Release roundup: Cases, power, cooling, and SO-DIMMs

We’ve got a packed roundup this week. No fewer than three announcements from NZXT have hit our inbox, and we have news from Cooler Master, Corsair, Scythe, and Thermaltake, as well.

  • Cooler Master rolls out Elite 431 Plus. At $59.99, this new budget mid-tower shouldn’t put too much of a dent in your wallet. Still, it looks relatively well outfitted, with five internal hard-drive bays, a 3.5″ drive dock that fits in one of the three optical drive bays (and can be removed), room for as many as five fans, and USB 3.0 front-panel connectivity. Look for this puppy in stores later this month.

  • Corsair announces Vengeance high-performance Memory for laptops. I don’t usually think of laptops as candidates for fancy enthusiast RAM, but I suppose folks with huge 17″ gaming notebooks may feel differently. Either way, Corsair has them covered with these 8GB DDR3-1600 and DDR3-1866 dual-channel SO-DIMM kits. The kits are purportedly “ideal” for Sandy Bridge notebooks and “designed to be plug-and-play, with no BIOS adjustments needed.”

  • Scythe announcing 3 new Rev. B CPU Coolers for socket LGA 2011. In a nutshell, Scythe has updated its Mugen 3, Mugen 3 PCGH Edition, and Ninja 3 coolers with out-of-the-box support for Intel’s new LGA2011 socket. There’s not much else to it. The Ninja 3 Rev. B is already in stock at Newegg for $49.99. Scythe quotes European prices for the other two coolers, but it looks like the vanilla Mugen 3 Rev. B should cost the same as the Ninja, while the PCGH Edition (which includes two low-speed fans) is priced at a slight premium over its two siblings.

  • Tt eSPORTS x Softball THERON lets you play like a pro! Thermaltake has expanded its gaming mouse repertoire with another rodent, this time endorsed by professional StarCraft II player Zhan “Softball” Zhenyu. (I hear Mr. Zhenyu has up to three times the “who?” factor of his counterpart Fatal1ty.) The device itself looks interesting, though, with its 5600-DPI sensor, hardware polling rate switch, braided USB cord, macro functionality, and customizable colored backlighting. Thermaltake even built in 128KB of memory for macro storage.

  • HAVIK 120 has arrived. NZXT’s latest tower-style cooler also supports LGA2011 as well as other popular sockets. It includes dual 120-mm fans and four 8-mm heat pipes. Depending on how fast the fans spin, you can expect noise levels of 18-22 dBA and airflow of about 62-76 CFM. Not too shabby for $54.99.

  • NZXT unveils HALE82 PSU series. This new family of power supplies includes 650W, 750W, and 850W models priced at $110, $120, and $140, respectively. All three variants feature modular cabling, 80 Plus Bronze certification, support for Nvidia SLI multi-GPU configurations, and five-year warranty coverage. Folks in the U.S. and Canada can also benefit from NZXT’s Less-Than-Three warranty service, which provides advance replacement and free two-way shipping. NZXT says HALE82 PSUs will be in stores “soon.”

  • The Phantom 410 finally makes its debut. Say hello to the successor to NZXT’s original Phantom enclosure. This revised offering has a more compact design with a clear side panel and all kinds of other goodies. There’s room for eight fans and dual 240-mm radiators for liquid cooling; NZXT also includes a three-setting fan controller, rail-mounted hard-drive bays, tool-less optical drive bays, and dual USB 3.0 front-panel ports. I think the Phantom 410 looks more elegant than the original, too, despite retaining the white-clad Storm Trooper look.

Actually, I’d say the first Phantom had an original trilogy vibe, while its successor looks straight out of the prequel trilogy—more rounded, aerodynamic, and sci-fi-looking. Hey, as long as they keep Jar Jar Binks out of it, I’m happy.

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    • just brew it!
    • 8 years ago

    If I was more into bleeding-edge stuff those Scythe coolers would be on my short list. But for the systems I run currently (my fastest CPU is a Phenom II 1090T at stock) the $20 CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 is more than adequate for cooling performance, and quite reasonable in the noise department as well.

      • FuturePastNow
      • 8 years ago

      I’ve always thought fiddy bucks for the Ninja was a bit unreasonable. I paid half that for a Hyper 212+, and the Ninja isn’t twice as good.

        • just brew it!
        • 8 years ago

        Price/performance never scales linearly when you get into higher-end hardware. $20-$35 seems to be the “sweet spot” for air cooler bang-for-the-buck these days, and Cooler Master is kicking butt in this price range with their “direct contact heatpipe” line.

        The only thing that concerns me is the fact that the jury’s still out on the longevity of the sleeve bearing fans they’re using. I understand the motivation though — sleeve bearing is quieter, and also allows CM to offer a nice heatpipe cooler at a very reasonable price.

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 8 years ago

    Does anyone know if the that mouse (and other Tt ones) have all their functionality built in, such as the dpi switching, or is it ultimately controlled by software?

    I had a deathadder for a short time that required programming from it’s ui to do dpi switching (and was glitchy), which was awful compared to what I switch back to, a G5 (which switches from within the mouse).

      • Kollaps
      • 8 years ago

      You have a G5. Stop wasting your money. It’s not going to make you a better gamer.

        • sweatshopking
        • 8 years ago

        why do i want memory on my mouse? i’ve never understood this.

          • BobbinThreadbare
          • 8 years ago

          Probably for macros like the report says.

          • ImSpartacus
          • 8 years ago

          Advanced mouse features (macros?) sans bulky software?

        • lilbuddhaman
        • 8 years ago

        Well there is more to it than I mentioned. I’m a leftie. A true leftie. I use the mouse with my left hand, and sadly the G5 is contoured for the right hand. The mouse is GREAT, but it forces me to deal with slight discomfort.
        I was excited when the left handed Deathadder came out, tried it, HATED IT. Not only was the dpi switching in software (and glitchy), but also the button clicking mechanisms were trash. They felt all wrong and missed clicks. I dunno if it was just my mouse or maybe some flaw in the leftie version, but I hated it.
        Then the monstrosity that is the RAT7 came out, and I took the time to call the company and find out if the thing was configurable to a leftie, or if they had plans for a leftie version. NOPE.
        So here we are today, with this mouse, which appears to be ambidextrous, might have on-mouse dpi switching, and all the other normal bells and whistles. If it does fit all that, it’ll be an improvement to my current situation.

        k ?

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    The phantom is really nice the photos don’t do it justice its a solid case. The visual design is much more impressive in person.

    • destroy.all.monsters
    • 8 years ago

    The Charlize Theron mouse?

    • Duck
    • 8 years ago

    Fake carbon fibre on a sticker… oh dear.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 8 years ago

      That’s so you know the memory is REALLY FAST.

        • Duck
        • 8 years ago

        I lol’d

        • willmore
        • 8 years ago

        Does it have racing stripes, too? That’s known to shave off a clock cycle or two.

      • cynan
      • 8 years ago

      Are you referring to the Corsair SODIMMs? Why are the stickers necessarily fake carbon fiber?

      They’re obviously not carbon fiber, but they don’t really look like carbon fiber, as a real carbon fiber sheet would have the same weave throughout, instead of just something that is vaguely reminiscent of a 3k carbon weave under the “VENGEANCE” logo.

      And why is Corsair’s choosing to decorate a DIMM with something that looks vaguely like a 3k carbon weave problematic anyway? Is it possible that people will mistake it for real carbon fiber and somehow feel swindled out of some functional property when they realize it’s not actually carbon fiber? It’s not like carbon fiber is a good heat sink…?

        • BobbinThreadbare
        • 8 years ago

        Because fast cars use carbon fiber, and it appeals to the extremely annoying ricer crowd.

          • cynan
          • 8 years ago

          My being purposefully dense in the above post aside, why is this an issue again?

          It’s a black sticker that vaguely resembles a 3k carbon fiber weave. If that really impacts someone’s SODIMM purchasing decision, when all SODIMMS I know off are not visible after installation (laptop chassis windows anyone?) then I say shame on the consumer, not Corsair. SHAME!! (In case you missed it the first time).

          As far as PCs go, or at least notebooks, I would say unibody aluminum has a much greater status appeal thanks to Apple. What would people say if Corsair put a silver sticker on a SODIMM or crafted a ramsink to look like it was machined out of sliver aluminum billet?

          Well, from this, it seems pretty obvious what they would say, doesn’t it?

          In case you haven’t guessed yet (and are still reading this asinine post), I’ll give you a hint: It starts with a “SH” and ends with an “AME!!”

            • BobbinThreadbare
            • 8 years ago

            Ricers are annoying, things targeted at ricers are annoying.

            That is all.

    • yokem55
    • 8 years ago

    Okay, so it is a question of taste, but that phantom 410 has got to be the ugliest case I have seen in a long time.

      • khands
      • 8 years ago

      I love that thing, so yeah, it is a question of taste. I’d love to see some reviews on it though.

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 8 years ago

      Makes me think of the cars in THX 1138.

      • kamikaziechameleon
      • 8 years ago

      thought the same thing till my friend got one and I saw it in person. If you actually get some hands on time with one it REALLY grows on you. Not gonna lie though there isn’t a case on the market that is perfect for me. There is always some visual element in every case that bothers me. This case has the greatest visual consistency, though the appearance isnt my style I like that I don’t see anything that doesn’t belong when I look at it… Ok maybe that is the designer in me going off again.

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