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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.
RGB Elegance Crazy amounts of colorful lighting can look impressive. It also tends to lend itself to a gaudy appearance. A large reason for this is the lack of precise control of the lighting schemes. NZXT is tackling this problem head on with their latest addition of HUE 2 accessories. The goal is to allow a builder to have a plethora of lighting, while being able to expertly synchronize color schemes as well.
Software News? Really!?! Look! I get it. This is a hardware site and you probably want hardware news. But here me out. NZXT has been doing great things with their CAM software. Forge is a company that specializes in capturing and sharing PC game play. If you put two and two together, it looks like NZXT is heading towards making a capture device that doesn’t hamper gaming performance during use.
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.
CLCs are overwhelming used for CPUs, but what if they are better suited for GPUs? The Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 proves it has excellent ability to keep temperatures low during intensive gaming sessions, at minimal noise as well. What it lacks in aesthetics it makes up for by far in price.
NZXT introduces their first 360mm CLC which will certainly add more performance, but at the expense of more noise. The Kraken X72 is likely in response to consumer demand, but the M22 cooler is probably another request for a unit that is more affordable, yet still has great RGB lighting.
If you already have a compatible closed loop cooler, buying an NZXT Kraken G12 is an easy choice for cooling your GPU. However, some builder look for the right CLC to purchase with the bracket. Here's a guide of compatible units, as well as one of the best choices to balance cost and performance.
NZXT is still a great case designer and while there is sure to be a lot to love with the H700i, the chassis is really missing the mark in a couple of points. Not only is the glass panel still using four thumbscrews instead of a hinge and latch, but the radiator bracket doesn't seem to ease CLC installs enough.
Many companies are hesitant to veer outside of their norm, but NZXT did a Superman into motherboards. The N7 Z370 is an Intel board. NZXT seems to have a solid VRM for overclocking, but what really sets their board apart is the built-in RGB LED control for products like the Kraken, Hue and Aer.
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 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...
PureOC will always recommend building your own computer, but we understand that isn't for everyone. iBuyPower does an excellent job selling pre-built custom PCs and we really enjoyed getting a chance to review the Element. Besides, we couldn't say no to the chance to try an Intel i7-7900X and Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti!
Bringing easy liquid cooling a graphics card is a great idea. The NZXT G12 bracket isn't quite as easy as installing a CLC to a CPU, but it's certainly easier than building a custom cooling loop. The long flat design of air coolers hinders their performance, which is why the NZXT Kraken G12 can perform exponentially.
NZXT is trying to make custom PC building easier by, well, doing it for you. Introducing BLD, a service that will help you find the right components for your next gaming computers. It seemed very easy to use and while we might lean a bit heavier on a better GPU, it seemed pretty good.
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...