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The Drop-in Rad Bracket on NZXT H700i isn’t Quite what I Want

I want to apologize for being a bit harsh, but NZXT’s been getting me excited about something that ends up not being what I was originally expecting for a while. This has mostly been a moot issue since releases, like their new motherboard, are still pretty awesome. On the other hand, the new cases of late have left me just wishing that we could get a new full tower design of the Phantom series, combined with some tempered glass. News just came out about the H700i and while it does have some epic features, the drop-in radiator bracket could use some improvement. I don’t want to completely harsh on the case because it has some good things going for it. The big one is the cable routing trays for management. The way those are designed and laid out is about as perfect as I could imagine, which is not a surprise coming from NZXT. As always, we have a very nicely laid design that also looks professional, yet still gives the builder a clear tempered glass side panel that shows off the build nicely. After that though, it starts getting cliche. NZXT still hasn’t put a tool-less hinge and latch system on the side panels, the case mostly looks like an H440, and it’s yet another mid-tower release. While cases like the S340 and H440 are nearly perfect case, amazing to build in, who doesn’t like to see huge steps in the direction of innovative design? That said, the drop-in radiator bracket ended up being a huge disappointment for me. When I first saw the cl...



NZXT Announces it’s First Motherboard! The N7 Z370

NZXT just announced something amazing!!! By now, I’m used to seeing manufactures tepidly stay within their realm of expertise and if they dip their toes in new waters, it’s usually fairly shallow ones. NZXT took a head first dive in the middle of the Pacific ocean like a honey badger! Seeing a case manufacturer release a motherboard is a HUGE step, but there’s more to the N7 Z370 than just being a motherboard. Fan and RGB lighting controllers are starting to add a lot of connections to our motherboard headers, as well as our PSU power connections. The logical step is to build those controllers into the motherboard, but we’ve seen that the level of control is lacking when comparing to things like the Hue+ or Grid V3. That’s what makes this release such a huge deal for PC builders. NZXT built their epic fan and RGB control right into a high end Intel motherboard, which will instantly clear tons of cable clutter. However, I don’t want to see aesthetic features without having some raw performance. The N7 Z370 also has a 15 phase digital VRM which is very hefty for a first time release. Am I excited about it? Why yes, yes I am! NZXT also mentions having an adaptive noise reduction system that automatically adjusts your fan speed to the way your system is used in an attempt to perfectly adjust noise and performance ratio. I’d certainly be curious about how well this implementation works out. This is a great release from NZXT and I’...



NZXT Introduces the H Series Cases

NZXT hasn’t released a new case in a while, but that changed last week with the new H series. While we’re pretty pro NZXT here, you will probably see a bit of familiarity here on this release. While this may not be the completely never-before-seen design we were hoping for, there are some nice sounding tweaks to the design and integrated digital fan/RGB control. Check out the full press release below for more info and links! Los Angeles, CA – October 17th, 2017 – Today NZXT is announcing the all-new H Series PC cases showcasing its vision for modern PC building. The H700i, H400i, and H200i include the newly-developed, fully-integrated Smart Device controller providing the same capabilities as NZXT’s highly-acclaimed GRID+ and HUE+ products. Each case comes build-ready with pre-installed RGB lighting and pre-wired Aer F fans*, saving the cost and hassle of adding RGB and fan controllers. Introducing the All-New H-Series The Smart Device also adds an audio sensor to measure fan noise, enabling a new feature called “Adaptive Noise Reduction.” This intelligent, cloud-based algorithm leverages the power of shared data and machine learning to develop fan curves that can reduce system noise by up to 40%. A patent-pending cable management system makes it easy to keep your system neat and tidy, without wasting time on your wiring. And finally, all H Series cases feature a tempered glass side panel so you can show off the stunning results of your buil...



CAM upgrades to 3.5

CAM has a pretty nifty update that showed up on my PC, as well as in a press release. The interface looks great and it seems to run a bit smoother than before. Check out the full details below! CAM upgrades to 3.5 Better readability, lower system load … and more Los Angeles, CA – October 3rd, 2017 – NZXT introduces a new update to CAM, the free PC monitoring software, combining better information readability and new features to optimize your daily PC experience. “We always think of CAM as work in progress, looking for new ways to improve your ability to control and optimize your PC. Thanks to the usage metrics provided by CAM, as well as the feedback directly provided by our users, we are improving CAM to make it even easier to use and understand”, says Johnny Hou, NZXT’s founder, and CEO. Continuously working to optimize CPU and RAM load, the latest version of CAM now uses less than 1% and 120 MB respectively in most scenarios, so you can get the best gaming experience. With CAM 3.5, the entirety of the UI has been redesigned based on user feedback to increase information clarity and streamline the CAM user experience. Main features of CAM 3.5 available at launch: New UI design makes CAM even easier to use New dashboard highlighting the essential information Updated navigation, each tab is organized by functionality New, easier to read graphs CPU graphs can now show up to 8 cores at a time vs. 4 before, adapting to newer CPUs Smaller footprint interf...



iBuyPower Element PC Review: Intel i7-7900X & Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti

Introduction Most of the readers that will frequent a hardware review site will swear by the experience of building their own custom PC. Price, performance and customization are all highlights we love to point out, but sometimes we like to overlook the problems like compatibility, DOAs, and tons of troubleshooting. If you’re a troubleshooter by nature, then building a PC is the perfect way to appeal to that need for figuring out problems. If you aren’t then the idea of building your own gaming PC is probably a nightmare! So what are gamers supposed to do if they want performance on a custom built level, but are afraid to dive into putting their own components together? The answer that you shouldn’t go to is to buy a Dell. Perhaps the real answer is to look at a company like iBuyPower. They have custom built PCs that are pre-assembled and pre-configured so that a buyer has little to worry about on their end. The only question is if the company is offering a worthwhile system to spend your hard-earned cash on. We’ll find out soon how this variant of the iBuyPower Element stacks up, but first let’s look at a statement from the company on their values. iBUYPOWER symbolizes several key beliefs: unity, strength, ambition, and perseverance. These are fundamental attributes of life inside and outside of gaming. You need them all to win. Leading the pack, iBUYPOWER is gaming, defined.Since 1999, iBUYPOWER has been delivering on its promise to build the...



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...



I Think NZXT is Building PCs for Consumers Now, Introducing BLD

I’m not exactly sure what the black magic is behind this, but the end result is that it seems NZXT is providing pre-built systems to consumers now. I ran through the process and I have to say that I don’t know if you can make the concept of building a PC easier for a gamer. On the other hand, I felt like some recommendations were a tad light on the GPU end and I didn’t notice Ryzen in the list of components yet. What can I say though, is that I’ve built my own PCs for so long that I can’t help but be biased, yet I can come just short of guaranteeing that what NZXT will offer will be immensely better than buying a Dell. Check out the rest of the press release for the details and a link to BLD. Introducing BLD from NZXT A recommendation engine that delivers the PC tailored for the games you play EMBARGOED UNTIL JUNE 6th, 2017 @ 7:00AM PST Los Angeles, CA – June 6th, 2017 –NZXT today launches BLD, the easiest way to get into PC gaming and play the games you want to play enjoying guaranteed gaming performance.BLD (pronounced “Build”) allows users who don’t have the time necessary to build a gaming-ready DIY PC. By leveraging over 10 million and counting analyzed gaming hours, BLD’s unique recommendation engine accurately predicts a system’s gaming performance so you can spend less time researching, troubleshooting and setting up. Start by choosing the games you want to play, at the performance settings you desire, then set a budg...



The Hyper Beast Comes to NZXT’s S340 Elite

If you were staring at the H440 Hyper Beast thinking about pulling the trigger, debating it for while, seeing the stock slip away and thinking you’d never get another chance like that, well NZXT has some great news for you. Apparently the art design was so well received, that graphic artist Brock Hofer made a design for the S340 Elite case. Honestly, this is already my favorite since the tempered glass side panel make the build look great, while the art design on the front and other side panel really sharpens the overall aesthetics of the case. Like last time, there will only be a limited amount of units, 1,337 to be exact, and you will find a bit of a price tag premium for this design in the amount of $199.99. Don’t let time run out if you know you need to own one of these! Will NZXT begin bringing new art designs to their cases, maybe in the shape of other game or even movie franchises? Check below for an image gallery and the full press release from NZXT. https://www.nzxt.com/products/s340-elite-hyper-beast Los Angeles, CA – April 18, 2017 – NZXT today announces the S340 Elite Hyper Beast Limited Edition, a monstrous psychedelic evolution of the popular S340 Elite mid-tower. Following up on last year’s highly sought after H440 Hyper Beast, NZXT and graphic artist Brock Hofer have again joined forces to deliver a case crafted for the dedicated CS:GO player. This new chassis features the breathtaking Hyper Beast weapon skin found on CS:GO’s infamous...



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...



NZXT Aer RGB LED Fans Review

Introduction We live in a new era. Some say it’s Trump’s America now, but I say that America belongs to RGB awesomeness! In fact, about the only component I can think of that doesn’t have RGB awesomeness built in is SSDs. Lighting schemes are getting better with more colors, easier integration for seamless coordination, and built into more components than ever before. NZXT has always managed to bring something great to the table and it seems like they’ve done it again with their new Aer RGB fans. These guys look great in pictures so following a quick look at the company, let’s dive right into what these bad boys (or girls if you prefer) can do. 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 CONFIDENCE IS VITAL, BUT THERE’S ALWAYS MORE TO KNOW AND ACHIEVE. ACCEPT ACCOUNTABILITY WHAT WE THINK, SAY, AND DO MUST BE IN COMPLETE ALIGNMENT. OWN VICTORY AND DEFEAT. LOOK FURTHER GREAT IDEAS COME FROM ANYWHERE, NOT JUST OUR INDUSTRY. EXPAND WHERE YOU SEEK INSPIRATION.



The Hardware Hound’s Ultimate PC Case Design: Episode 2

It seemed like yesterday I was starting this project, but a few reviews and a CES later and I realize that this could take a bit longer than expected. That said, the ultimate case design seems to be coming along nicely. Check out the latest episode below to begin seeing how the design is starting to pull together. Stay with us here at PureOC because we have a lot of product reviews on the way, including a new Z270 platform for benching. As always, huge thanks go out to NZXT for sponsoring my project. Take a moment to visit their site! https://www.nzxt.com/ Episode 1 Intro



NZXT Kraken X62 Liquid CPU Cooler Review

Introduction It feels like PC hardware has come a long way in a short time and I’m not talking about performance. Even 10 years ago, ugly white boxes and solid metal side panels were still a norm for many a desktop out there. Today, if it isn’t meant to look pretty, then it isn’t meant to be seen. We have excellent heatsink designs, decorative I/O shields, tempered glass side panels and RGB in just about every component. PCs have never looked better, but that didn’t stop NZXT from trying to raise the bar higher than it already is. The Kraken series has always been a great group of CPU coolers. In fact, this is only the second time NZXT has decided to revise the series since its release. The X62 looks like it has some nice improvements to help performance, but it’s that gorgeous design that makes it an exciting unit to review. We’ll look at all the ins and outs of this new design, but first let’s check out a statement from NZXT themselves. 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 CONF...



The Hardware Hound and the Ultimate PC Case

Have you ever felt that chassis airflow needs to be improved? Or maybe you’ve bought a really great looking PSU, only to have it mostly hidden in the bottom of your case? How do you keep a Crossfire or SLI configuration cool if you don’t plan to put it under liquid? These are all questions The Hardware Hound has officially decided to tackle. Welcome to the build log of the Ultimate PC Case. The project involves building a case that not only has a strategically optimized airflow design, but also keeps the system looking amazing in the process. Check out the video below so you can get an intro to the project and stay posted to PureOC to keep up with the updates on the project. PureOC gives a huge thanks to NZXT for helping sponsor the project. Check out their site at the link below and we’ll catch ya’ next time! https://www.nzxt.com/



NZXT Unleashes the Beast, the H440 Hyper Beast

I’m not a CS:GO player, but I know an awesome paint job when I see one. NZXT is releasing a limited number of custom painted H440 cases and if you love this artwork, you a better hurry. There’s only supposed to be 1,337 units made, but at $200 per case, I’m sure only the biggest fans will be clamoring to reserve the design. I have to say though, it looks like a great design and I hope we see more of this with other game titles as time goes by. Check below for the image gallery and the rest of the press release. Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles, CA – November 1, 2016 – NZXT today announces the H440 Hyper Beast Limited Edition, a very exclusive version of its classic H440. Developed in collaboration with Brock Hofer, graphic artist behind Hyper Beast, this case is focused at CS:GO fans. It features the fierce creature found on the CS:GO M4A1-S Hyper Beast weapon skin.This rare H440 is produced in a one-time production of 1,337 units, each with a uniquely numbered limited edition metal badge.“Being gamers at heart, we know how passionate gamers can be about their favorite titles. And even more so with the rise of in-game items customization featuring intensively sought-after rare skins. That’s why we decided to work with Brock Hofer to help CS:GO fans turn their favorite virtual skin into their own very rare build. With H440 Hyper Beast one can say that the beast is truly unleashed” says Johnny Hou, NZXT’s founder and CEO. H440 Hyper Beast ma...



Happy Hardware Hound Halloween, with Star Wars

It’s that time of year again! Scary movies, trick’r’treating, costumes, candy corn, and a review done by a guy dressed as a Star Wars Character? You probably already saw the review for the NZXT S340 Elite VR ready case, but I bet you’ve never seen it like this. If you ever wondered how Kylo Ren would handle building a PC, then check out the video below. You can probably already guess, but the Hardware Hound reviews what makes the S340 Elite great. Happy Halloween!!!  






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