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Enermax Thormax Giant Full Tower ATX Case

The multiple choices in the different areas for mounting HDD’s or SSD drives is a welcome addition and makes it so much easier to configure your build for not just looks but performance and water cooling options as well. This makes it a no brainer for anyone and everyone who is looking for a top notch full tower chassis with all the bells and whistles to go with it.



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Thermaltake Core V1 mITX Case Review

  Introduction The versatility of the mITX platform continues its popularity with gamers and builders of all kinds. This is partly due to the availability of a functional chassis to create these stellar systems. No matter if you want a gaming rig or a low profile HTPC there is a case for the task at hand. Thermaltake has offered a few mITX cases in the past but with some new design directions, they are at it again with the Core V1. The Core and Urban series chassis are a large shift from the style and overall designs found in TT’s past series. With smooth, sleek , functional and simplistic designs, the Urban and Core series has captured many awards and praise. That simplistic but functional idea is carrying over to the mITX platform and may be what makes the Core v1 special. “Started from the Passion with the DIY (Do It Yourself) concepts and the desires to “Delivering the perfect user experience.” Thermaltake Technology was established in November, 1999 and has been market to the world with “Thermaltake” brand name ever since. To achieve greatness, Thermaltake has the courage to explore and experiment on new possibilities, especially with excellent technical expertise and integration skill which makes Thermaltake the authority in the market” Specs



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NZXT S340 Case Review

Introduction Weather you are an extreme PC builder or just the average budget-minded consumer, NZXT has develop quite a few well rounded PC Chassis. Just a few years ago the NZXT Switch 810 caught the attention of many water cooling builders. Today, we are going to be looking at another chassis with NZXT’s famous attention to detail; we have the NZXT S340 Chassis on our test bench today. The NZXT S340 chassis has been classified as a mid-range tower, but it offers several features and benefits of a full tower. The S340 includes a full steel frame along with its steel panel construction. Let’s move forward and give you the full review of the NZXT S340 Chassis, but before we do, let’s talk a little bit about NZXT for those who haven’t yet heard of them.     Our People React, adapt and be fearless – we’re a group of young people who aspire to be better tomorrow than we are today. We are driven by the yearning to explore, create, change, and push boundaries. Our culture revolves around having a passion to walk off the well-beaten path, and turn away from the status quo. Our Company Avant-garde and unconventional – NZXT as created because we aspire to make a positive difference for people. We believe that there are companies that ship product, and then there are companies that ship innovation. We routinely re-invest in ourselves, and hope that we can drive a positive influence in the industry. Our Products Think like a beginner &...



Lian Li Unleashes Hell on the PC Market with the PC-D666

Lian Li Unleashes Hell on the PC Market with the PC-D666 One Chassis, Two Systems 31 October 2014, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today unleashes a hellish beast onto the enthusiast PC market with the dual system PC-D666 double wide brushed aluminum chassis. With a red and black aesthetic to match the number of the beast name, the PC-D666 supports a full EATX/ATX “workhorse” system on one side of the chassis, and a Micro-ATX/Mini-ITX “gaming” system in the other. Two Systems / One Chassis Separating the two systems into two compartments, the PC-D666 allows DIY enthusiasts to show off high end and intricate setups through oversized windows on both sides of the chassis. The latest high-end hardware is supported in the PC-D666 as well as extensive watercooling setups. Extensive Water Cooling Support With tons of room to work with, installing elaborate water cooling setups is simplified in the PC-D666. Thick 480mm and 360mm radiators can be easily installed on the “workhorse” side of the chassis, while another 360mm radiator can be installed in the “gaming” system compartment. 100mm of space above the motherboard tray allows the CPU cooler, cables, or radiator to be effortlessly moved between the compartments. Hot-Swappable Storage The six 3.5” bays in the two removable HDD cages feature hot-swap backplanes for convenient storage installation. Four 2.5” drives can also be mounted in the two hard drive cages. In the “workhorse” compa...



Lian Li Announces the Brushed Aluminum PC-Q26 Mini-ITX Chassis

Lian Li Announces the Brushed Aluminum PC-Q26 Mini-ITX Chassis NAS-Centric Chassis with Ten 3.5” HDD Bays October 23, 2014, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today announces the brushed aluminum PC-Q26 mini-ITX chassis. Ideal for users who want to build their own NAS as well as system integrators, with its support of up to ten 3.5” drives, the PC-Q26 packs a lot of storage in a compact package. Small Chassis with Vast Storage Support With a volume around 32.3L, the PC-Q26 supports a vast amount of storage for its size. Up to eleven hard drives can be installed: ten 3.5” and one 2.5” drive. A hot-swap backplane for two 3.5” drives is included. Additional backplanes can be easily added. With the ever-expanding storage capacity of mechanical drives, this small and lightweight aluminum chassis provides vast storage potential for the home or small office. Tool-Less Installations and Features The PC-Q26 has pop-off side panels for simplified installations, upgrades and maintenance. Hard drives, 3.5” and 2.5”, can be tool-lessly mountedwith thumbscrews with rubber suspensions. Additionally, the expansion slots are secured by a single thumbscrew. Efficient Thermal-Flow Three front 120mm fans bring cool air into the chassis through side ventilation. Filters with magnets prevent dust and debris from entering the PC-Q26. A top 120mmm exhaust fan with a removable filter pulls hot, hardware damaging air out of the chassis. More ventilation on the rear an...



In Win Launches 707 and 703 PC Chassis

In Win Launches 707 and 703 PC Chassis [Taoyuan, Taiwan, October 2014] In Win Development Inc., a leading innovator in PC design and winner of internationally renowned design awards, has today announced availability of its new 707 full-tower and 703 mid-tower, mainstream PC chassis. 707 Full Tower Available initially in Gaming Black, with Silent White following shortly after, the 707 is a full tower PC chassis with svelte, contemporary styling that blends great features and value for PC builders. Both are constructed from strong and reliable SECC steel, with the black featuring an acrylic side panel window, and the white fitted with sound damping to provide a choice of style and features. The case affords exceptional cooling capacity with support for both 360mm and 240mm water cooling radiators in the roof and bottom respectively. Up to 10 fans can be fitted (Gaming Black version), and there is 206mm in depth to the opposite side panel giving ample clearance for extra-tall coolers, while a large cut-out in the motherboard tray aids heatsink or water block installation. The three 5.25-inch bays are hidden behind a one-touch, pop-open door, and inside the eight 3.5-inch HDD bays require no screws for drive installation. Plenty of cable management and a large 20mm gap behind the motherboard tray keeps PC builds extremely neat for great looks and airflow. The 707 is the first step to a PC build you can be proud to show off through outside, in! 703 Mid Tower The 703 is ...



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be quiet! Straight Power 10 700W Review

Looking to make further inroads into North America with the Straight Power 10 700W, European company be quiet! is targeting a fairly lucrative mid-range segment for the power supply market. The be quiet! Straight Power 10 700W features simple styling, a mostly-modular setup, an 80Plus Gold certification. Let's take a closer look at this power supply from be quiet! and see if it can deliver the goods to a demanding consumer base.



Lian Li Announces the PC-T80 Test Bench

Lian Li Announces the PC-T80 Test Bench Brushed Aluminum Test Bench with Radiator Support and Modular Design October 16, 2014, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today announces the brushed aluminum PC-T80 DIY Test bench. An update of the PC-T60, the PC-T80 features the same high quality, simple design that has made its predecessor a favorite across the DIY community, while adding native radiator support and a more modular design. Three Zones The PC-T80, with the dimensions of 440mm x 435mm x 335mm (17.3”x 17.1” x 13.1”) WxHxD, is separated into three zones, allowing for easy configuration and updates of hardware. Modular Design A dual functioning bracket allows for the installation of radiators up to 360mm or three 3.5′/2.5” HDDs. The HDD cage and power supply location in the lower zone can be easily exchanged, and if desired an additional HDD cage can be installed in the lower zone. The bottom zone also allows for the hard drive cage and power supply to be mounted in several different positions according to the builder’s preference. An additional HDD cage can be mounted in the middle position. Fast Access to all Components The PC-T80 is designed for easy and fast access to all components, including motherboards up to XL-ATX, expansion cards, power supplies, and DRAM modules. The tool-less mounting system of the hard drives adds even more to the hassle free installation and upgrade experience. Optional Accessories The PC-T80′s mo...



A new source of POWER: EDISON M Series is here!

Introducing EDISON M modular PSUs! Fractal Design is proud to announce the NEW modular PSU family, Edison M, available in a variety of wattage levels. The Fractal Design Edison M series of power supplies feature excellent electrical performance, including 80PLUS® Gold efficiency certification. Designed for maximum reliability, the Edison M units feature Japanese electrolytic capacitors with a full protection suite, including over-temperature protection. The modular cable system assists with a clean installation and the extra-long ATX12V cable accommodates cases with bottom mounted PSU positions. Fractal Design Edison M units are equipped with a large, temperature-controlled FDB-bearing 120mm fan contributing to a maximum lifespan while keeping noise levels at a minimum. The Edison M is a highly reliable choice, for both gaming computers and powerful workstations. Key Features Modular construction to assist with a clean build with only the most essential cables permanently attached 80PLUS® Gold efficiency with a 5 year warranty on the PSU ATX 2.4 compliant, including full support for the new C6 / C7 power states introduced with the 4th generation Intel Core CPUs DC-DC design for improved system stability and maximum 12V output Tight voltage regulation: +/- 2% for +12V and +/- 3% for minor rails Japanese electrolytic capacitors, rated at 105°C; Japanese and Taiwanese solid polymer capacitors Extra-long ATX 12V cable Silent, temperature-controlled 120mm fan with quiet, lon...



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Azza Z mITX Case Review

Introduction ITX style cases never cease to amaze me. Just when you think there can’t possibly be a better/different way to house and organize your hardware, along comes another case to once again challenge your thinking on how these form factors can be laid out. This is especially important for those of you who, like myself, enjoy a bit of tasteful case modding from time to time to really make the rig stand out as being uniquely your own. It can also be just as important to those who simply require a specific shape/size to accommodate their usage scenario.   Azza, always one to bring us somewhat “outlandishly” designed cases, is now offering up their first mITX case: the Z. Somewhat conservatively designed in comparison to their other offerings and providing a unique layout that accommodates both water cooling radiators and a slim profile, can this case really offer an enthusiast what they need out of their next small form factor (SFF) build? I was bound and determined to find out, so I tried to cover pretty much all of the bases here. Now, let’s dig in!   www.azzatek.com AZZA’s Mission is simple: You satisfaction is our success! Jumpstarted with the Vision to build a premier corporate company that consistently exceeds the managed expectations of our customers, team members and partners, AZZA is driven by the Mission to provide the highest quality products of unmatched value, along with exemplary customer support. We do this via t...



Introducing Pandora

BitFenix Pandora – Style Without Limits Brushed aluminum and integrated LCD logo bring MATX design to the next level (BitFenix Design Lab, September 18, 2014) – With the release of the venerable Prodigy, BitFenix changed what people expected from compact cases by combining groundbreaking aesthetics with supreme functionality in a compact form factor. Today, the BitFenix Lab is releasing our latest achievement in chassis design – Pandora. Combining a fresh and clean modern look with never-before-seen functionality in a slim form factor, Pandora represents the next level of BitFenix case design. The Journey Nowadays, computers are not restricted to the study or computer room. With the advent of digital media and streaming services, more and more PCs are breaking free from their traditional computing environments and moving towards the living room. With that in mind, BitFenix sought to design a case that would blend in perfectly with this environment. It had to look less like a computer and more like a modern entertainment appliance. Everything from the choice of materials to the finish of the surfaces needed to be attractive when placed beside a TV or entertainment unit. At the same time, the design had to retain its DIY roots. It needed to be compatible with a wide range of readily-available hardware on the market, be able to keep these components running cool, and it had to avoid the common pitfalls of compact cases by being easy to build in. After months of deve...



Lian Li Releases the PC-V359 and PC-Q36 in Two New Color Options

Lian Li Releases the PC-V359 and PC-Q36 in Two New Color Options Modular Chassis Now Available in Red/Black and Champagne Gold September 18, 2014, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today announces that the PC-V359 and PC-Q36 are now available in two new color options: Red/Black and Champagne Gold. Taking Modularity to the Next Level in New Colors The PC-V359 and PC-Q36 are almost entirely modular – the acrylic top panel can be removed with the twist of four thumbscrews, and once removed, the side panels can be slid right off, providing total access to interior hardware in a matter of seconds.   Versatile Cooling The PC-V359 and PC-Q36 can utilize air, water, and passive cooling to keep builds running at a comfortable temperatures. Price and Availability The Red/Black and Champagne Gold versions of the PC-V359 and PC-Q36 will be available for the suggested retail price: PC-V359WG (Gold): $219 V359WRX (Red/Black): $199 PC-Q36WG (Gold): $179 PC-Q36WRX (Red/Black): $164 Video Overview of the PC-V359 and PC-Q36: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUTxAx5nKTk Product Information and Detailed Specifications: PC-V359 – http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/pc-v359/ PC-Q36 – http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/pc-q36/ Product Highlights: Full aluminum construction See-through acrylic top panel and front window Slide-off front, back, and slide panels Side 240mm radiator support MSRP: V359WG: $219 V359WRX: $199 PC-Q36WG: $179 PC-Q36WRX: $164 Available in...



be quiet! Straight Power 10 is even quieter than its predecessor

 be quiet! Straight Power 10 is even quieter than its predecessor With a SilentWings 3 fan, better voltage stability and even more watts at the same price Glinde, September 16th, 2014 – be quiet! the market leader for PC power supplies in Germany for eight successive years*, today announced its brand new Straight Power 10 series. These new power supplies feature an extremely quiet and brand new 135 mm SilentWings 3 fan. Voltage stability has been improved by extending the PSU’s topology with DC-to-DC. The overall wattage has been increased and a high-quality PFC capacitor has been installed to prevent high-frequency noise. The previous generation Straight Power E9 was the best seller for be quiet!. Now, be quiet! is introducing the next step in the Straight Power series. The German based company and design team was focused on improving the earlier product in every critical performance parameter. Noise Levels The new power supply units are equipped with a revised cooling system, including a 135 mm SilentWings 3-fan with a high-quality Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB). This fan has been developed by be quiet! exclusively for use in power supplies. The new six-pole motor and the FDB not only provide an exceptionally long lifespan, but silent operation as well. The funnel-shaped, larger air inlet of the SilentWings 3 increases airflow, while reducing unwanted turbulence. Thanks to the larger diameter the same amount of air can be transported at lower fan speeds and at lowe...



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NZXT S340 Chassis Teaser

A few days ago, NZXT teased us with their latest release of the NZXT S340 Chassis. Our first impressions with its latest addition is WOW! Talk about “value” with a retail price of right around $69.99 USD. With most Press Release we only get a glimpse of what to expect, but this time around, it is bit different. To make a long story short, I had been looking for a replacement panel for my NZXT Phantom P630 that I had managed to damage. So I took to NZXT’s website to purchase the replacement panel. After short chat with customer service rep Lauren Kim regarding my matter, she was able to help me by warrantying my existing panel and offered a replacement for FREE, talk about outstanding customer service! Since I was local to the NZXT headquarters, I had offered to come pick up the panel to save on shipping cost. During my visit, I managed to catch Eric Henry, a NZXT Community Rep at the office since it was still during business hours. Eric was nice enough to give me a short tour and I was able to meet with the Mitch from PR and the NZXT Staff. Great people by the way! While I was here, we were able to get first hand look at the NZXT S340 Chassis up close and personal. While the one they had on display was still a prototype, it was nice to see first hand what to expect before we receive our review sample. Here are some pictures of the NZXT S340 during our visit (sorry about the quality, I only had my cell phone with me at the time since the visit really was u...



Lian Li Announces the PC-V1000L Full Tower Chassis

Lian Li Announces the PC-V1000L Full Tower Chassis High Airflow Full Tower with Versatile Tool-Less Features September 2, 2014, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd today announces the PC-V1000L Special Edition full tower chassis. This brushed aluminum chassis features a ventilated front providing high airflow while featuring the high-end versatile tool-less designs for which Lian Li is known. Short Full Tower with Full Hardware Support With a height of only 551mm (21.7”), the 74L PC-V1000L can hold the hardware a PC enthusiast desires, including: motherboards up to EATX, the largest graphics cards, and extensive water cooling support. Individually Removable Hard Drive Bays DIY enthusiasts are able to individually mount/remove the 9 HDD bays according to their build preference. Each bay allows for a 3.5” or 2.5” drive to be tool-lessly mounted. For more storage potential one 3.5” drive or two 2.5” drives can be mounted behind the motherboard tray. Extensive Cooling Three 120mm fans pull cool air through the ventilated front panel. These front fans are attached to a removable bracket that slides out for easy maintenance. At the bottom of the chassis a removable bracket secured by a single thumbscrew allows for two 120mm fans or a 240 radiator to be installed. At the top of the chassis a tool-lessly removable top panel allows for two 120mm/140mm fans or a 240/280mm radiator to be easily installed. A rear 120mm exhaust fan with two grommeted holes pull...






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