Release roundup: Gaming cases, silent PSUs, and more

We’ve got a loaded release roundup for you folks this week. Let’s start with a couple of announcements from Cooler Master and Thermaltake:

  • Silent Pro Hybrid power supply series: the new standard. This new Cooler Master PSU series sports rated efficiencies in excess of 90%, modular cabling, and a bundled 5.25" fan controller. The fan controller has one dial for the unit’s 135-mm hydraulic bearing fan and another dial for up to three system fans. The PSU supports a "silent" cooling mode that switches off the fan entirely until power output reaches 200W. Look for this unit in 850W, 1050W, and 1300W variants priced at $199.99, $249.99, and $299.99, respectively.

  • The aesthetic Thermaltake V3 BlacX Edition chassis. As its name suggests, Thermaltake’s latest enclosure is a version of the V3 Black Edition chassis with a built-in BlacX hard-drive docking station. The dock is mounted at the top, can accommodate 3.5" drives, and hooks up to the system via Serial ATA. Aside from that, the enclosure has a mid-tower layout with three 5.25" bays, four internal 3.5" bay, one 2.5" bay, a bottom-mounted power supply emplacement, USB 3.0 connectivity, and cut-outs in the motherboard tray. Thermaltake ships the case with a 120-mm exhaust fan, and users can mount additional fans at the front, top, and bottom.

We also have a handful of announcements from Corsair, has been busy these last few days:

  • Corsair announces availability of $139 gaming PC case. We first encountered the Carbide Series 500R at Computex this spring, and it’s now out in the wild—Amazon has graphite grey and white versions of it in stock for $119.99, or $109.99 after a $10 mail-in rebate. Internally, this bad boy could be mistaken for one of Corsair’s pricier Graphite or Obsidian designs. Perks include horizontally mounted tool-less hard-drive bays, rubber-lined cut-outs in the motherboard tray, a 200-mm fan for "additional GPU cooling," and room for graphics cards as long as 17.8" (if you remove drive cages). As icing on the cake, Corsair implements USB 3.0 connectivity via dedicated headers, so you don’t need to have an ugly pass-through cable poking out the back.

  • Corsair announces major advance in high-capacity SSDs. The title of the announcement doesn’t tell you much, so here’s the skinny: Corsair has rolled out 180GB and 480GB Force Series 3 solid-state drives as well as a 480GB Force Series GT SSD. Their respective prices are $249, $799, and $999. All three drives are based on SandForce’s SF-2280 controller, feature 6Gbps Serial ATA connectivity, and can purportedly push 85K random write IOps. The GT drives use ONFI synchronous flash and can hit 555 MB/s read and 525 MB/s write speeds, while the Force Series 3 offerings use asynchornous flash memory and are supposed to be 5MB/s slower with both reads and writes.
  • Corsair announces new liquid CPU coolers. Rounding out this flurry of announcements are Corsair’s new Hydro Series H40 and Hydro Series H70 Core liquid coolers, which both have self-contained, closed-loop designs similar to that of the H50 we reviewed a couple years back. The H40 is an entry-level offering priced at just $59; it ships with a 120-mm fan, has an aluminum radiator and cold plate, and supports virtually all recent AMD and Intel sockets—including Sandy Bridge-E’s LGA2011. The Hydro Series H70 Core, meanwhile, is a bring-your-own-fan version of the seemingly discontinued H70 model. It has a copper cold plate and sells for $89.99.

I’ve gotta say, that Carbide 500R enclosure seems like a pretty solid deal for $120. It looks rather decent, too, although I’m more partial to the strictly rectangular look of the pricier Obsidian Series 650D.

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    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    the corsair looks great though.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    That thermaltake is one ugly case.

    • flip-mode
    • 8 years ago

    Those Corsair coolers look nice but someone tell me what $30 additional value the H70 Core brings over the H40? I get a fan with the H40 but not the H70. I get a copper plate with the H70 instead of aluminum with the H40, but does that really even matter much?

    Would any TR staff care to comment on the possibility of doing a Corsair water cooler roundup? I’d like to see all versions of these tested with the same fan (maybe using the fan that comes with the H40 or something) to see what the real performance difference is between these units. And also with a decent air cooler thrown into the mix for comparison, such as the ubiquitous Cooler Master Hyper 212.

      • stratosrally
      • 8 years ago

      The H70 has a 38mm thick radiator vs. the 27mm found on the H40 & H60 (I have the latter).

      Their price points are reached by different combinations of round-pump (in alum. or copper), square-pump (with or without the fan control), thin radiator, thick radiator, square radiator,and rectangular radiator.

      Oh, and now they are releasing models that allow you to pick your preferred fans from the aftermarket.

      I installed 2 CM Excalibur fans in push/pull on my H60, it’s performing beyond the tested parameters of the stock Corsair single-fan version.

      HTH!

    • Chrispy_
    • 8 years ago

    <sarcasm> New Sandforce drives, yay!! </sarcasm>

    Any word on their BSOD bug, acknowledgement of the problem and a working fix? I have seen or heard about too many unusable sandforce drives in the last three months to warrant gambling on them myself.

      • dashbarron
      • 8 years ago

      I saw the 480GB and I got excited.

      Then I saw the $999 and I’ve become depressed.

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 8 years ago

    WARNING: Stay away from the Thermaltake V cases. They are cheap, yes, as is cheap quality. I have 3 of them and they are just falling apart everywhere. You can buy better for 50 bucks.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 8 years ago

    What happened to the guy that complained all the PC cases were rectangles, anyway?

    • swampfox
    • 8 years ago

    It would be great if you could include in the release roundup power supplies in the 400W-600W range. Every time there are new super-cool power supplies on here, I immediately scan to the wattage, see that it is far higher than I’ll ever need, and ignore the rest of what you say about them. Doesn’t anyone produce and market great power supplies in a more reasonable range?

      • Jambe
      • 8 years ago

      I agree. There’s actually a good number of them out there, like Seasonic’s revamped X-Series (e.g. [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151098<]the SS-560KM[/url<]). The price has recently fallen a good bit on this. It has stellar reviews (mostly as the X-560, which is the same thing). I have one and I think it was worth the money, but then I always like to overspend on my PSUs (which have been in service for years). You could easily get for less than half the cost and be fine with it. Anyway, you can just use Newegg's search feature to whittle down to 80 Plus bronze/silver/gold and they're all pretty good units. I like Seasonic's because they're all modular now and that's handy. But yeah, there's a good few brands in the 350-650W range - Seasonic, FSP, Sparkle/SPI, PC P&C/OCZ, etc. And there's nice Antec and Corsair units to be found as well, though I think they're all outsourced to Delta, Seasonic, et al. Also, Kingwin as some really-expensive Platinum-rated PSUs manufactured by SuperFlower — they've had excellent reviews, too, and there's [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817121080<]a 550W version[/url<] (for $160).

        • NeelyCam
        • 8 years ago

        I’d be most interested in the 200W max range… none of my recent builds go above 120W at max load.

        For me, PicoPSU is great, but the efficiency nerd in me is bothered by the crappy AC/DC bricks, and the chinese-made super-efficient ones are too expensive or too hard to find.

        • dmjifn
        • 8 years ago

        I was just going to mention that SS-560KM. I have it. I like it. I have no qualms recommending it. The package it comes in is nice enough that I think some people would actually complain about the $10 they could have kept in their pocket if it’d come in a whitebox. The PSU also looks nice, though I haven’t seen it. The big deal for me is the purported power quality and the noise level. Which, since the fan doesn’t even spin if your rig isn’t under load, is negligible most of the time.

    • Jambe
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]Look for this unit in 850W, 1050W, and 1300W variants priced at $199.99, $249.99, and $299.99, respectively.[/quote<] FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU Ahem. So they're only producing really high-wattage units which I have absolutely no use for which also prices them out of my budget [i<]even if I wanted to use one and have a crapload of headroom[/i<]. Brilliant job, CM. I do like where case design is headed lately, though. Lian-Li and Lancool just released a bunch of new designs, among them the no-nonsense PC-K9WX, and now you have this new Carbide 500R (not that the 400R looked bad). Mmm, yay for clean lines, USB 3.0, and 3 or more spiffy fans included. Also, I find that most of the new cases in the 80-120 range have nice features like foam mounts for the PSU, rubber dampening for the hard disk trays, filters on both intakes, and clearance for cable routing. It is a good time to be in the market for a PC case, is I guess what I am saying. One thing that does annoy me a bit is that 99% of cases with side vents don't have filters for them. It's not like hitting it with a compressor is terribly hard but a filter at least keeps the system tidier. I still would like to see Fractal Design's Arc Midi reviewed by TR. Sleek lines, 3x140mm fans, not unnecessarily huge... Or this new 500R! Basically whatever, I just like ogling the photo galleries.

    • CheetoPet
    • 8 years ago

    The Carbide case is kinda ugly. That said, I’m currently in a Mountain Mods H2Go so feel free to question my taste in these matters.

    • End User
    • 8 years ago

    I’m planning a mid life upgrade to my gaming rig with a 500R and a H100. Glad the 500R comes in graphite as I did not like the white version.

    • sweatshopking
    • 8 years ago

    i seem unable to get excited about any products in these veins.

      • LoneWolf15
      • 8 years ago

      Perhaps it is time for a transfusion.

      • End User
      • 8 years ago

      Why do you come here? This stuff is what TR is all about.

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