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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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Bitfenix Comrade Case Review

Introduction New APU systems are becoming more popular allowing builders and enthusiasts to build more high demanding systems on a budget. Why not put non-budget builds in a budget minded case? Bitfenix has given us the opportunity to take a look at their Comrade case, and not just one but two! These cases were designed strictly for budget builds; while they don’t offer the opportunity for major expansions or the room for a high end system, they can still hold up to 6 hard drives and support graphic cards up to 30cm in length. During our test builds, we’ll be building a low end APU system as well as stuffing a “Gamers dream PC” into these cases to determine just how much we can get away with. Before we get started filling up these cases, let’s take a closer look at the build quality and features we have to work with. Focused on combining superior design with the latest advances in technology, BitFenix creates state-of-the-art computer hardware and peripherals that blur the line between man and machine. Users shouldn’t have to adjust themselves to the way their hardware works. So, we strive to put the user in complete control of his hardware, so that it functions as an extension of his will, and not as another variable he has to compensate for. In the heat of battle, the user should not have to worry about the state of his equipment, which is why BitFenix products are engineered to perform under even the most extreme conditions. No matter how...



BitFenix Releases New Prodigy M Colors

New colors and window side panel options take customization to the next level (BitFenix Design Lab, August 21, 2014) – The BitFenix Design Lab has always been listening intently to the feedback from the community, and nowhere has this been more evident than the release of the Prodigy M chassis. The micro ATX variant of the Prodigy, Prodigy M is the result of direct feedback from users who wanted the same styling and sophistication of Prodigy, but desired the capability of installing micro ATX motherboards. Today, BitFenix is announcing not one, but two releases inspired by community feedback: Prodigy M Color and Prodigy M Window Side Panels. Prodigy M Color Offered in both Midnight Black and Arctic White variants, Prodigy M made a big splash when it was introduced last August. Featuring an all-new layout, it maintained the styling and size of the original Prodigy, but added micro ATX motherboard support. Since its release, users have been wondering if it would be getting the same color options as the original Prodigy, and starting today, Prodigy M fans will finally be able to get their hands on four new vibrant colors: • Fire Red • Atomic Orange • Vivid Green • Cobalt Blue Bold yet minimalistic, the new color versions of Prodigy M are perfect for those who want the same award-winning case, but with a dash of color to light up any decor. What’s more, Prodigy M will also have window side panel models. With the new Prodigy M color options, users now have more ...



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Streacom FC8 EVO Fanless Chassis Review

Introduction With the growing industry of digital media and streaming devices, the world of compact designed media players and HTPCs have grown quite a bit over the last few years. While some can suffice with a simple media device like the Roku, Western Digital Media Box and even the Chrome TV, these devices can sometimes only satisfy the basic general consumers’ needs. What about those in need of a little more power and flexibility? This is where the growing SFF (small form factor) HTPC market comes into play. Some will say you can build an HTPC with some basic PC components and drop them into a computer case and call it a day, but who wants a junky or bulky PC tower sitting in their entertainment center looking out of place. For users like us, we like our media center to be the center of attention… so you probably want something a little more aesthetically pleasing. Today, we have chance to look at a uniquely designed SFF PC chassis that can operate in complete silence. We have on our test table today the Streacom FC8 Evo Fanless Chassis. Also, when we refer to it being silent, we really mean it, because the Streacom FC8 Evo case features a completely fanless design. Perhaps its sleek aesthetics will prove to be a talking point of your entertainment center. Let’s review it and find out…   Before we move forward with the exciting features, let’s first talk about who Streacom is: History Streacom was founded in 2010 by a small but experi...



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Cooler Master V550 PSU Review

Introduction With power consumption getting smaller and smaller, even in our high performance computers, sometimes we just don’t need or want that massive 1500 Watt power supply. We want something that is relatively tiny in comparison to the standard power supply, yet will also offer clean power and only the fewest cables we will absolutely need. This automatically points us towards semi-modular units. Cooler Master thinks that their newest V-Semi-Modular Series lineup might just be the thing you are looking for.   Boasting all Japanese capacitors, a slightly smaller form factor, 450-750 Watt capacities, and an 80+ Gold rating, could this be the power supply to go into your next small form factor machine? Before we go on to find out, let’s get to know Cooler Master a little bit better. www.coolermaster.com Cooler Master was founded with the mission of providing the industry’s best thermal solutions. Since its establishment two decades ago, the company has remained faithful to this mission, emerging as a world leader in products and services for companies dealing with devices where heat issues must be resolved. In pursuing this mission, Cooler Master is absolutely committed to delivering solutions that precisely meet customer requirements for features, performance, and quality. Moreover, we strive to be a reliable long-term partner for our customers that they can truly depend on. It aims to be the first and foremost name that comes to mind for compani...



Thermaltake The New Core V1 Mini and Cute ITX Based Chassis – Don’t Miss Out!

Thermaltake The New Core V1 Mini and Cute ITX Based Chassis – Don’t Miss Out! Taipei, Taiwan-July 30, 2014-Thermaltake, being an industry leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units today launch the new Core V1, a small and cute ITX based chassis with a 200mm fan in the front panel, now available worldwide. Carrying on the mission of “Delivering the perfect user experience”, Thermaltake continues developing innovative and amazing products. After the ultimate powerhouse Core V71, which gained favorable reviews, Thermaltake new Core V1 is ready to lead Core Series to another trend! Especially designed for gamer who looks for a powerful mini system with mobility and portability. Smart interchangeable side panels allow users to flip it accordingly to showcase either for superior liquid cooling or superb airflow. Additionally, Core V1 has the ability to house various overclocking components to keep it really cool! Don’t miss out! Take a Closer Look at Core V1: Chambers Concept: Core V1 has divided into two main chambers: the upper chamber is made for cooling performance and efficiency, and the lower chamber is made for PSU and cable management. With the aid of the removable 2.5”/3.5” drive device racks, users can enjoy to the freedom of gain the maximum interior space for advance cooling performance or liquid system build. Advanced Ventilation: With a promising cooling ability, Core V1 has various mounting points to support all ty...



Lian Li Announces the PC-V2130 Brushed Aluminum Full Tower

Lian Li Announces the PC-V2130 Brushed Aluminum Full Tower Extensive Watercooling Support and Tool-less Features July 31, 2014, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd today announces the release of a new brushed aluminum full tower chassis – PC-V2130. The update of the popular PC-V2120, the PC-V2130 improves on the design by adding extensive water cooling support, a more versatile HDD system, enhanced cable management. Brushed Aluminum Full Tower At 94L, the PC-V2130 can handle any hardware PC enthusiast desire. Motherboards up to HPTX are supported. Up to 11 3.5”/2.5” drives can be mounted behind the motherboard tray and on the individually removable hard drive bays. An included removable bracket allows for 4 more 2.5” drives to be installed. The chassis also features a modular 5.25” cage that gives builders the flexibility to use the space as they see fit. Extensive Water Cooling Support A tool-lessly removable top panel allows for 240/280mm radiators to be easily installed. Two more 280mm radiators can be installed at the front and bottom of the chassis, respectively. Two grommeted holes above the rear 120mm exhaust fan allows for more water cooling support. Cable Management The PC-V2130 features 8 grommeted holes for simplified cable management. 31mm (1.2”) behind the motherboard tray gives builders plenty of space to work with. High-End Tool-less Features The PC-V2130 is stacked full of high-end tool-less features to ease installations. On the ...






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