Release roundup: Cases, power, cooling, and all-in-one PCs

This week’s release roundup is a doozy. We’ve got news from Asus, Be quiet!, Cooler Master, NZXT, and Thermaltake.

  • Asus unveils a new series of innovative and powerful all-in-one PCs. Asus’ new line of iMac rivals includes 21.5″, 23.6″, and 27″ models, all with 1080p display resolutions, Sandy Bridge processors, USB 3.0 and external Serial ATA ports, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and VESA mounting holes. Asus even offers optional Blu-ray combo drives. The 23.6″ ET2410 is available now for a starting price of $899, the company says, while the 21.5″ ET2210 and 27″ ET2700 will follow in October and November, respectively.

  • Be quiet! releases new Pure Power line L8. We don’t hear about Be quiet! all that often on this side of the Atlantic, but the company’s products look solid. The new Pure Power L8 family, which is made up of four models ranging from 430 to 730W, features 80 Plus Bronze certification, modular cabling, “up to four” PCI Express connectors, and noise levels that are purportedly “up to . . . 10 dB(A) quieter than similarly positioned models from the competition.” Not too shabby.

  • Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler – A legend reborn. We’ve featured the Hyper 212 Plus in several of our system guides, and this looks to be its successor. Cooler Master says the Evo model has an “improved tower fin design, heat pipe layout, and upgraded fans and fan brackets that provide an even more extreme value for end-users of all types.” The new cooler is a little dearer than its forebear, though. Cooler Master quotes a price of $34.99, but you can get the Hyper 212 Plus for around $26 right now.

  • CM Storm Trooper – the future of full towers. Cooler Master has a new case up its sleeve, as well. The Storm Trooper looks like a fairly voluminous mid-tower solution with perks like a carrying handle, a fan controller, a “rubberized” finish, a 2.5″ hot-swapping drive dock at the top, USB 3.0 connectivity, and a pair of removable hard-dive cages, each with room for four hard drives and one 120-mm fan. Oddly enough, and despite the name, Cooler Master didn’t go for a white paint job for this puppy. I suppose that’s just as well—the grey-black finish doesn’t look half bad.

  • NZXT announces Source 220 mid tower chassis. This new NZXT enclosure might be a little less ambitious than its Cooler Master colleague, but it has a nice, affordable asking price—only $54.99. The feature list looks rather well-furnished considering that figure. Users can expect 120-mm and 140-mm fans built in, room for a total of seven fans, a tool-less drive bay design, cable routing holes, a cut-out behind the CPU socket area, a bottom-mounted power supply emplacement, and a USB 3.0 port. NZXT also touts a brushed aluminum finish.

That NZXT case looks surprisingly slick for the price. If the build quality is up to snuff, I think we might have to consider the Source for the next system guide.

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    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    INTERESTING WEEK FOR SURE These are some good hardware offerings.

    • ApockofFork
    • 8 years ago

    Is Evo the new Neo?

    • Jigar
    • 8 years ago

    NZXT source looks yummy for my next bulldozer home.

    • CuttinHobo
    • 8 years ago

    You forgot to mention the optional accessories for the “be-quiet!” power supply. be-quiet! will send you your choice of a real librarian (sorry, the Sexy Librarian model is continually out of stock), or a Dr. Evil impersonator. They both serve the same purpose of telling everyone to “shhh!” whenever the noise around your cubicle reaches a predetermined level.

    • zdw
    • 8 years ago

    A slot load optical drive on that Asus would make it about 10x less likely to snap off…

      • ew
      • 8 years ago

      Also, it turns out toddlers like pushing the button on tray loading drives over and over again until they break.

      • BiffStroganoffsky
      • 8 years ago

      The complaint/support calls would also increase by 10x as many consumers cannot understand that the drive does not read a disc if it is inserted ‘face up’ (face being the data surface that is).

    • flip-mode
    • 8 years ago

    That is the nicest looking nzxt case I have ever seen -appearance wise.

    The hyper 212 EVO looks nice too.

    All of these products intrigue me, for once!

    First post from my Android phone!

    holy cow speech recognition on this thing is good

    • indeego
    • 8 years ago

    I want a PCIe optimized (for storage and Mid-range graphics only) SFF desktop with NO optical ports or ANY drive bays.
    Just USB3/usual I/Os otherwise. Midrange graphics+Processor a plus. Quiet is more a priority. Go!

    • Dashak
    • 8 years ago

    That NZXT case looks very similar to Fractal Designs’ cases. Including the white fans.

      • internetsandman
      • 8 years ago

      It’s almost as if they’ve started copying them….oh wait, they already have

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