Cases & PSU
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It’s Been a Long Time NZXT used to be a familiar name in the PSU world. Even though the company was, and still is known for cases, the Hale series stirred up some attention. That was quite a few years ago however, so seeing the new E850 come to market was a decent surprise. The unit has some strong bragging rights, with Seasonic as the OEM, and a new feature that feels quite unique to the industry. First, a quick word from NZXT, then we’ll move right over to the unit.
Merging Classic and Modern Lian Li is one of the elegant case manufacturers. They typically use aluminum construction, but certain designs come with some hefty price tags. The other issue buyers can have with aluminum designs is that they can feel like the case is a bit boring. What’s a company to do? If you’re Lian Li, you make an amazing, innovative design. The Lancool One mixes the best of classic aluminum, and the best of modern beauty.
P850W for mGPU Gigabyte is moving it’s Aorus branding to PSUs now. The P850W is being touted as a mGPU level unit that can handle 4k ready systems. If you’re running to 1070s or 1080s, or even a couple of RX 5xx series cards, then 850W is plenty. Two 1080 Tis would probably benefit from having a 1000W and when you start looking at two Vega GPUs, 1200W isn’t a bad idea. This makes the new units a solid release from Aorus, but we need something a little more interesting to get excited here.
NZXT Launches E Series Remember when NZXT was just a case and cooler company? Pepperidge Farm remembers. The company has upped their game in some incredible ways. First they introduced a motherboard, and now they have PSUs. Okay, they’ve had PSUs, but these ones are special. The E Series gives builders a choice between a 500W, 650W and 850W model. All three are rated with an 80 PLUS Gold efficiency, which quite frankly is more than enough for normal use. You might think NZXT is just jumping on a bandwagon, but that’s seriously not the case here.
RGB cable combs won't be for everyone, but iBuyPower gives PC builders who love tons of colorful lighting options a great addition to their computers. The product is well designed and the pricing is very reasonable considering who the market is. Give those cables some bling!
The Panzer Evo RGB makes a statement that says it's trying to lead the case market, rather than merely joining it. Cougar has an excellent looking design with tons of features, including tons of building space and great RGB lighting. The price seems excellent for the amount of features.
The power of the Greek gods not only makes for great performance, but amazing beauty. The Gamdias Astrape P1 PSU is one of the greatest looking power supplies to date. The only thing holding it back is a high price, and hopefully time will improve that to more competitive levels.
The latest from FSP looks like a great case. The CMT520 has a lot of building room and some solid tempered glass features. While the RGB lighting looks nice, it's a bit misleading. This chassis only seems to support one RGB color at a time, rather than addressable RGB lighting.
The SIlverStone Milo Series ML09B Mini-ITX HTPC does a great job in the HTPC case market. The layout is functional and the price is excellent. If you're trying to build a specialized system in this chassis, you may have to work around some inconveniences and the built in fan could really use a PWM connection.
Raijintek brings an impressive new case design to the market with the Zofos Evo. When we say it's a monster, it's because of the massive EE-ATX design it has. In spite of the size of the chassis, it manages to have a very elegant design and silent features.
Abko Ncore is an overseas company that might be bringing more products to the US. The Aura is an interesting PC case that not only has RGB lighting, but tons of radiator and fan support. It could also have a huge benefit in providing exception graphics card cooling. No official news on the US market yet.
Gamdias may not be the big name in the PSU industry, but they probably should be. Their RGB power supplies were shown off at CES and they look excellent. It's not just the lighting, but the design on the grill that stands out as unique among similar components.
If Skiller sounds like a bad pun, you're probably right. On the plus side, the painted interiors of Sharkoon's PC cases are a great idea that stands out in the chassis market. You will have to overlook some budgety aspects of the case, but at least it has some decent looking build space.
Improving on previous case designs can get boring. How many models get a tempered glass upgrade, with everything else about the chassis staying the same? Deepcool introduced a completely new design with the Ark 90 and while it continues to have an included CLC, it stands out as fresh.