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Lamptron CL420 – One Controller to Rule Them All!

You might have seen the name Lamptron pop up on our site a couple of times. They might seem a bit obscure, but they have some surprisingly cool products that cover niches not explored by other companies. Our recent review of their LED strips showed some brilliant designs in giving users lighting control without software or a large-ish control boxes. Once again, Lamptron is at it with designing an all-in-one RGB LED Light and Fan controller. The CL420 is a 5.25″ bay controller that is meant to control LED strips and RGB LED fans from nearly every manufacturer. If you like NZXT’s strips but prefer the lighting design on Corsair’s fans, in theory you can control each from this single controller. The question comes in how many lighting options you’ll have, but it’s nice to know that you wouldn’t need any additional software to handle the settings. Based on the performance of their recent RGB LED strips, I imagine there will be numerous effects built into the controller. The good news is it looks like Lamptron already has a page up on their site for the CL420. You can check out the details at the link below, but it’s hard to narrow down what the availability and price will be at the time being. Hopefully time will permit us to get a chance to take a look at it and really see what it’s capable of. http://www.lamptron.com/2016/08/08/lamptron-cl420-case-controller/



While we were Sleeping, Raijintek was Lighting it Up!

A while back, Raijintek introduced some new CPU coolers that were pretty excellent. Well, I inadvertently let them off my radar, but that didn’t stop them from going crazy with awesome new product designs. Why am I writing about this? I’m saying that you will probably be interested in the new designs coming out of this company. For starters, they have numerous aluminum case designs that mix a great aesthetic blend of gaming and professional looks. Not many designers try to compete in this field but I think Raijintek is bringing some great things to the table. On the top of that list is the Paean. This is one of the nicest open designs I’ve personally seen and would also make a great test bench as well, imho. I was digging through their products and noticed an aftermarket air cooler called the Morpheus II Core Edition. A black coated air cooler for GPU cooling up to 360 watts? Yes, please! Raijintek also has products ranging from CPU air coolers and RGB LED fans, as well a nice assortment of custom loops liquid cooling parts. It looks like they’re just getting started and I have high hopes that we have some great things in store from them in the future. Check out their website in the link below and let us know what you think in the forums! http://www.raijintek.com/en/index.php



NZXT Kraken G12 Video Card Cooling Bracket Review

Introduction Liquid cooling is all the rage with these kids today, but back in my day…. Ah who am I kidding? I’ve mostly experienced the ease and simplicity of CLC units myself. While I firmly believe that aluminum rads and integrated pumps have their clear performance limits, CLCs offer a simple, yet fairly safe alternative to air cooling while giving consumers a huge variety in aesthetic design. The only problem is that these units have primarily catered to cooling the CPU. NZXT is trying to change that with their Kraken G12 cooling bracket. Even though it isn’t a full closed loop cooler, it’s supposed to easily adapt the Kraken (an other) coolers to be used on a graphics card instead of your CPU. The concept is great and I suspect we’re getting closer to an age where extra cooling isn’t going to net near as much of a benefit on a 95W CPU as it is on a massive 300W GPU. Before we move on, let’s take a quick look at NZXT’s company values. 13 YEARS OF SUCCESSFUL SERVICE CORE VALUES These are the principles that inspire our creativity, drive our decision-making, and guide us in bringing you the best PC gaming products possible. PURSUE PASSION WE ARE A COMPANY OF GAMERS CREATING THE BEST PRODUCTS FOR GAMERS. REVEL IN THAT. FOSTER COMMUNITY WORK AMONG FRIENDS. LISTEN TO AND SUPPORT OUR USERS. BOTH ENSURE OUR CONTINUED SUCCESS. DEMONSTRATE COURAGE GO BEYOND WHAT’S EXPECTED. DO NOT COMPROMISE OR FEAR MAKING MISTAKES. BE HUMBLE...



Corsair Takes their Lighting Control to the Next Level, Reveals Awesome Concept Cases, and Launches Water Resistant Keyboard

Corsair got busy the last couple of weeks with things that are bound to make a few of us drool. Of course, with Computex having finished, it was bound to be a busy press week so of course I’d have several releases to catch up on. I already saw the tweets for the new RGB lighting control and I have to say that I love what I’ve seen. On top of that though, we have some new case concepts, as well as the launch of a water resistant K68 keyboard. The LED control on Corsair’s RGB products looks fantastic. Of course, photos tend to do that, but it seems like we’re getting the option of individual LED control which is a great addition to products like the Crystal series cases. The concepts that were showcased at CES look like they were pretty fun to design, even if they don’t end up as consumer level products. Forget water cooling builds, you can fit small children (or reviewers) inside the design of the one case. On top of that, Corsair released a water resistant keyboard while managing to still give us mechanical switches and LED backlighting. While I’m not prone to spill stuff on my keyboard, I did have a cat puke on one which effectively ruined it as well, so water resistant can be extremely useful to have. There’s a few shots of the products so you have a rough idea of what happened, but for full details simply follow the links below. Needless to say, I’m extremely excited about that beautiful RGB awsomeness being showcased in ...



Phanteks Announces the new Glacier C350a CPU Water block for AMD Platforms

This is what I love about the component industry. You can never see it all and something will always surprise you. For instance, I knew Phanteks had gorgeous cases, but I was surprised to find out about their stunning CPU blocks as well. While they are fairly new, the Intel ones have been out for a few months now. Hey, at least I know about them now. Since the press release has all the details and beautiful images, check that out below. http://www.phanteks.com/PH-C350a.html (Click the image for larger sizes)



Deepcool Launches Gammaxx GT RGB Air Cooler and Earlkase RGB PC Case at Computex

Oh Deepcool, I love you! Not only did I get the chance to build in the Genome II recently and find out how great of an experience it was, but you send your press releases in Word documents. You know how to make a freelance journalist’s life so much easier in so many ways. Oh! Deepcool has an awesome RGB air cooler and case coming out. I’m surprised that RGB air coolers are so few and far between, but 2017 seems to be the year to bring more options to the market. With the Gammaxx GT, not only do we have the obvious option of an RGB fan, but Deepcool integrated the customizable lighting into the top cover as well. Following the cooler, Deepcool is adding the Earlkase RGB case to their lineup as well. It’s interesting that there doesn’t seem to be any included fans with the chassis, but the case is strongly catering to liquid cooling enthusiasts who are unlikely to keep stock fans in their rig anyways. What would normally seem like a cop-out ends being a strong value proposition since the MSRP is only $79.99. Considering the size and features, I feel like it’s a pretty good deal. Check out the full press releases below so you can see some images, find out more details, and determine if one of these designs needs to end up in your future building plans. While I’m pretty excited about what I see here, I’m still waiting for that official launch of the amazing Quadstellar case I saw at CES. Nobody can convince me of a good reason why one ...



Swiftech Releases Bridges, 1080 Ti Blocks, and Apogee Drive II AM4

Man! I take one week to finish some house work and the press releases explode!!! It’s alright though because we’re catching up on them and Swiftech is next in line. As always, they have a couple of releases that correlate to new hardware releases, but the SLI/Crossfire bridges are extremely impressive. These are bridges to connect multiple Komodo waterblocks and the LE edition has RGB lighting that can be controlled to match other components. Of course the other major release is the Komodo blocks with compatibility to the latest GTX 1080 Ti graphics card, which I’m sure will be an awesome combination for pushing GPU clocks to the max. Finally, Swiftech also announced AM4 compatibility with their Apogee Drive II integrated pump and waterblock. Check out the PRs below for the full details and links to their site. PICO RIVERA, CA – May 15, 2017 – Rouchon Industries Inc., dba Swiftech® (OTC Pink Current: RCHN), the leading force in driving the high-end thermal management scene in personal computers today announced the release of their new Universal Bridges. Following the Komodo product lines, these bridges are available in two sizes: Luxury Edition (LE) and ECO Edition. The LE Edition distinguishes itself from the ECO version by an integrated RGB ALED lighting system compatible with the Swiftech Iris-Eco light controller. Swiftech Universal Bridge Dual LE in red, blue, and green The 1.6” (40mm) PCI spacing is currently available, and the 2.4” PC...



Noctua Expands Their A-Series Fans, Including 200mm

Noctua is the gold standard when it comes to fan performance. They seem to know the best way to get great airflow at some of the lowest noise levels possible, but “fans” of 200mm fans were out of luck, until now. It turns out customers have been asking for them, but as always Noctua has to make sure quality and performance meet their standards before releasing a product. Hey, if this customer is a huge fan RGB LED, do you think Noctua has some of those in the works? Check out the full press release below for more information and links to all of the releases that include slim fans, 40mm fans, a fan controller and S-ATA to 4-pin power adapter. Vienna, May 17th 2017 – Noctua today expanded its award-winning A-series of premium-quality quiet cooling fans with new 200mm, 120mm and 40mm models. Thanks to the series’ signature features such as Flow Acceleration Channels and AAO (Advanced Acoustic Optimisation) frames, the new NF-A20, NF-A12x15 and NF-A4x20 provide outstanding performance and superb quietness of operation. All models come with Noctua’s trusted SSO2 bearings and a full 6-year manufacturer’s warranty. In addition to the new fans, Noctua introduced the new NA-FC1 fan controller, NA-SAV3 and NA-SAV4 anti-vibration mounts and NA-SAC5 S-ATA power adaptor cable. “Customers have been asking us for 20cm and slim 12cm fans for years, but meeting the quality standard users have come to expect from Noctua fans in these form factors has proven very chall...



Enermax’s Awesome RGB Reservoirs are Here! The NEOChanger

I was completely taken off guard by Enermax/Lepa when I visited their booth in January. They had some great looking products, yet it felt like there wasn’t enough people taking notice. My feelings on the subject could be completely off, but it isn’t going to stop me from showing off more releases I think many builders would be interested in. It looks like the Enermax NEOChanger Reservoir and Pump kits are about to release and while I may be one of the few writers that gets excited about everything RGB, I’m really excited about the lighting on these units. There’s much more going on with these units than a simple RGB lighting effect. For starters, the RGB cycles can be controlled separately by an included remote if you need stand alone lighting control. However, the lighting can also sync with your motherboard’s if it has a 4-pin RGB header. The best part though is the flow rating on that pump. At 900 L/h, these seem like extremely capable units for a custom loop with multiple components. Top it all off with an RPM meter and it looks like a great offering from Enermax. Performance is a primary concern for many of us, but I still feel like RGB lighting is a great addition to any great part. Surely I’m not the only one who ends up staring at color cycle effects for minutes at at a time! Check out the rest of the press release below for more details and specifications. Stay tuned at PureOC because we plan to have a more detailed look at the ...



Deepcool Captain EX RGB: My Favorite Mini Nuclear Reactor Finally has Color Choice!

From the moment I first saw the Captain series of CPU coolers from Deepcool/Gamerstorm, it’s been my favorite design for a pump and block combo. Even then, the only thing I felt the design needed was RGB lighting to be complete. It turns out dreams really do come true because the Captain EX RGB looks like it just launched with availability coming next month. Outside of the RGB changes, everything else about the EX series is staying the same. We still have 120mm and 240mm rad options, while also staying in line with previous pump and flan flow specs. However, it looks like the unit will also include a single RGB LED strip as well. This is a fun surprise for people who enjoy lighting behind their tempered glass side panel. I’m still hoping that Deepcool will add 140mm and 280mm versions to the lineup, but I can’t help but be excited for these units to become available. Each unit will cost a decent amount, with the 120EX retailing for $99.99 and the 240EX going for $129.99. These aren’t the highest prices, but if you’re simply looking for performance then there’s several units that can give the Captains a run for their money. It’s when you start looking for the RGB options that these units get pretty competitive. Honestly, these units easily top my list for coolers I’d like to use in builds that cater to performance and ease of install, but still look excellent. Check out the link below for some extra details and we’ll kee...



Liquid GPU Cooling for the Masses? NZXT Releases the Kraken G12

CLCs (Closed-Loop-Coolers) are all the rage today and quite honestly, I’m a pretty big fan of them. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the performance and quality in a custom cooling loop, but CLCs make liquid cooling extremely easy for a wide range of builders out there. GPUs can also benefit immensely from liquid, but installing loops on video cards can be a bit trickier. It looks like NZXT is trying to help with the release of their Kraken G12 mounting kit. Not only does it look pretty simple, but the concept of turning a CPU cooler into a GPU one is a great idea, especially when it’s compatible with multiple products. The idea behind the G12 is genius when you think about it. NZXT simply designed a bracket that clicks on to the pump head, just like the one that typically comes with units like the Kraken. When you realize that many CLCs share the same OEM in Asetek or CoolIT, it makes sense that NZXT could pull this off. Top the unit off with a fan to help keep the rest of the video card components cooled down and you have a pretty simple way to put a high end graphics card under liquid. I’d still recommend using a Kraken unit with that awesome RGB mirror design, but you might be able to re-purpose an older CLC you have lying around. If you still want more details on the Kraken G12, check below for features, images and a link to NZXT’s site. The asking price of $29.99 seems like a pretty great deal as well. Let us know what you think in the...



Lepa NEOllusion RGB LED CPU Cooler Review

Introduction RGB LED seems to be taking over every component in the PC, so why are tower CPU coolers so far behind the curve on this one? Considering you only have to add an RGB LED fan and you’re done, it doesn’t make sense. The first image I saw of the Lepa NEOlluision looked cool, but at the time I didn’t realize it was actually RGB. They also went farther than simply adding an RGB fan to a tower. The light design on the unit looks amazing and I can already say that if you’re going to add LEDs to a cooler, then Lepa is doing it right. However, there’s more to a CPU cooler than how it looks. We’ll begin diving into that soon but first, let’s look at a statement from the company behind the NEOllusion. Whole New Vision – Beyond the Boundaries Let’s Power All ! In 2010, LEPA heralded the birth of a whole new rising star, shinning in the global computer hardware arena. LEPA was founded by a group of enthusiastic IT engineers with zeal about technological innovations. LEPA embodies the high standards of quality, performance and stability, and strives to provide consumers with more reliable, creative high-tech solutions. LEPA- The Pioneer of Spiral LED Fans With abundant research and development capabilities, LEPA introduced the spiral LED fans to the world, which has ignited the entire fan industry and sparked new lighting trends. The innovative LED fans with the multi-pattern control put fun in functionality, delivering ...



Calyos Redefines what Fanless Means: NSG S0 Phase Change Cooling Case

Phase change cooling is all the rage for people who love to drool over things they know they can never afford. Still, that doesn’t stop us from posting an awesome product that’s in the early stages of its Kickstarter campaign. Calyos is behind the design of the NSG S0, an extremely interesting case that uses phase change cooling to keep your CPU AND GPU cooled off. From the looks of it there’s also no need to insulate for condensation either. Based on the graphs, you get a fanless system that can cool on the level of upper tier liquid which is pretty incredible. The bad news is that an early bird special is still close to $600 to land one of these cases. Really, the pricing isn’t that terrible when you think about what’s being offered here. On top of that, users have the option to mount some fans at the bottom to effectively cool their system off even more. Is this the first step down a road that will offer phase change cooling to the masses? I suppose time will tell. We have a small gallery below if you’d like a closer look, but you can also follow the link to the Kickstarter page for more detailed information. If you help Calyos out and end up with one of these guys, pictures should definitely happen in the forums! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1489140137/nsg-s0-worlds-first-fanless-chassis-for-high-perfo/#General



What is Xigmatek doing? (P.S. It’s good!)

Boy, howdy! I’m just catching up all the news this week aren’t I? Well, not all of it, but I do want to point out a couple of things Xigmatek is doing in the PC market. At first glance, you might think they’re just releasing basic copies of other designs, but each product I noticed had one thing that shouldn’t be overlooked. The Prospect and the Scylla have one tiny detail that I think is revolutionizing the component market. Let’s look at the Xigmatek Prospect Chassis first. The front glass panel with the circular LED front fans is showing up more and more. The glass is nice, but we begin getting that carbon copy feel when we see this. That’s why it’s important not to miss where that PSU is located. It’s standing upward in the front of the case! This is something I really want to point out because it can do wonders for PC cooling. Xigmatek shows HDDs mounted on the bottom space where the PSU usually sits. However, if you replace that with some case fans, you have DIRECT cooling going to your GPU. I want this design to start catching on more. Second, I want to readdress the Xigmatek Scylla CPU coolers. I picked up on this a while back when I saw the news drop, but I’m glad to see that it looks like an official release now. The company decided to move the integrated pump into a spot on the radiator. Let’s think about this for a second. A closer look shows that the pump is taking up an effectively dead spot in the ...



Deepcool is About to Blow Up the Case Market! Quadstellar, Ark 90 and More

One thing I think I’ve learned in my push to build a video channel is that there are still many people who need a consistent writing channel. Video is great! If a picture tells a thousand words, I’m sure a video tells a thousand pictures. (Easy to do at 60 FPS) The problem is, not everyone has as easy access to video as they do written publications. I don’t want anyone missing out on what Deepcool has in store for builders this year! In light of that, I wanted to show off their CES 2017 press release on this post in case you missed my video coverage of it earlier. Where do I even start with this company? Nevermind. Of course I’m starting with the Quadstellar! The looks of the Tristellar are fantastic, but I want full ATX motherboard support on my builds. That’s where this new case really stands out, but it also has RGB lighting and temperature controlled panels that open up when the system reaches a certain point. Words can’t describe how awesome that is, but Deepcool was only getting started. The Ark 90 and Earlkase Liquid are beautiful looking cases that complete the finish with a tempered glass side panel. The Baronkase Liquid ads a nice budget sector case (if you plan on buying liquid cooling) that includes a pre-installed Captain CLC. In fact all three of the last, aforementioned cases have pre-installed liquid cooling. The included press release is below so you can check out everything Deepcool showed off at CES. I’ve mentio...






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