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Shuttle's Z77-based XPC Z77R5 Pictured

Shuttle unveiled the XPC Z77R5 mini-PC barebone at CeBIT. It is built into a familiar-looking XPC chassis, but with a new motherboard based on the Intel Z77 chipset, which lends it support for "Ivy Bridge" Core i7/i5/i3 processors out of the box, apart from support for LGA1155 "Sandy Bridge" processors. Connectors include six USB 2.0, four USB 3.0, HDMI, DVI, RJ-45 (gigabit Ethernet), 2x SATA 6 Gb/s, eSATA, and 8-ch HD audio. There are four expansion slots, one PCI-Express 3.0 x16, one PCI-Express 2.0 x4, and two mini-PCIe.

The chassis includes drive bays for 1 5.25" drive (such as optical drives), two internal+exposed 3.5" bays, for gadgets such as card readers. The power supply is rated at 500W, with 80 Plus Bronze efficiency rating. The XPC Z77R5 chassis measures 32.5 x 21.5 x 19.8 cm (DxWxH). Pricing and availability information was not given out.


Zalman Launches GT Series Mid-Range PSUs

Zalman unveiled a trio of entry-thru-mid range PSUs for gaming PC builds, the 500W ZM500-GT, the 600W ZM600-GT, and the 700W ZM700-GT. The three feature uneventful fixed cabling, but offer 80 Plus efficiency. These PSUs feature two-forward switching circuit designs, are ATX v2.3 compliant, and conform to ErP 2010 Lot 6 power-draw standards (<1W standby power).

The ZM500-GT features a dual +12V rail design (each rail 18A), while the ZM500-GT and ZM600-GT feature quad +12V rail (each 18A) design. Internally, the GT series PSUs feature +5Vsb green IC, active PFC, and a secondary protection IC. The units are cooled by a 120 mm temperature-controlled fan. The ZM500-GT is 80 Plus compliant, while the ZM600-GT and ZM700-GT are 80 Plus Bronze compliant. According to the source, the ZM500-GT will be priced around $80, the ZM600-GT around $100, and the ZM700-GT around $125.

Source: Overclockers Ukraine

Scythe Launches Solid Power Bronze and Solid Power Gold Series in Japan

Scythe launched two new lines of power supply units in its home country, Japan, the Solid Power Bronze and Solid Power Gold. As the names might suggest, models of these lines are 80 Plus Bronze and 80 Plus Gold certified, respectively. These PSUs are designed to have high cost-performance ratios, and offer power capacities typically needed by today's gaming PCs. The Solid Power Bronze series includes 550W and 650W models, while the Solid Power Gold series includes 500W and 600W models.

Both lines use identical-looking bodies, measuring W150 x D140 x H86 mm, with fixed cabling, and cooled by 120 mm silent fans. Apart from 24-pin ATX and 4+4-pin EPS, the Solid Power Bronze 550W includes two 6+2-pin PCIe, one FDD power, three Molex, and six SATA power; the 650W variant has six Molex connectors, and eight SATA power connectors, instead. The Solid Power Gold 500W and 600W, apart from 24-pin ATX and 4+4-pin EPS, offer two PCIe 6+2-pin, six Molex, and six SATA power connectors.

Source: Hermitage Akihabara

EVGA NEX Series PSUs Pictured

EVGA is readying a new line of high performance power supply units (PSUs) for gaming PCs and overclocking bench setups, under the NEX Series. The company isn't new to PSUs, as it had rolled out a SuperRecord-branded 1200W PSU in the past. The NEX Series, however, is more spread out, into various price points. At least four models are confirmed, 650W and 750W models for gaming PCs, a 1000W model for overclocked gaming PCs with 2~3 graphics cards, and a bleeding-edge 1500W model for overclocking bench setups.

The EVGA NEX 1500W will include "customizable" +12V rails, we're hearing. It will probably be a mechanism with which a number of smaller 12V rails can be combined to make a larger one. It will feature a "Dummy Mode" for multiple/redundant PSU operations, an "OC Mode" that clubs all 12V rails to a single 133A one, and a very special kind of cabling. The PSU will qualify for 80 Plus Gold certification. The 650W, 750W, and 1000W models in the NEX Series will have more standard feature-sets, including modular cabling, all three of these will be 80 Plus Gold certified.

Source: HardwareCanucks

ZOTAC Announces a Trio of New ZBOX Mini-PCs

ZOTAC International, a leading innovator and a channel manufacturer, today kicks off the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show with a trio of versatile 2nd-Generation ZBOX mini-PCs for all your computing needs. The new ZOTAC ZBOX ID81, ID80 and AD04 series deliver outstanding energy-efficiency and stunning high-definition video playback in a compact form factor.

2nd-Generation ZBOX platform enhancements debuting with the ZBOX ID81, ID80 and AD04 series include an external WiFi antenna for superior wireless reception, integrated Bluetooth 3.0 technology and a bundled Media Remote with USB IR receiver for use with Microsoft Windows Media Center, XBMC and other popular media player applications.

Thermaltake Announces Smart Series PSUs

Thermaltake, being the industry pioneer brand with expertise in PC power and thermal solutions, carrying the corporate vision of “building Thermaltake Technology into a cultural brand for the enjoyment of entertainment, e-Sports, technology, and lifestyle” and continues to drive toward the corporate mission of “delivering the perfect user experience” for all users. This November, is presenting the essence of mainstream systems – the SMART Series PSU, a value series of power supply units (PSU) that incorporated various PSU high-tech components, leading technology and Eco-friendly credentials, ranged between 430w and 750w with the choice of modular and none-modular that will accommodate any mainstream build under any circumstance.

XFX Intros New Kilowatt PSU Models Under ProSeries

XFX' line of high-grade power supplies targeting gaming PC builds, ProSeries, got an overhaul with three zesty new kilowatt models, including 1000W, 1050W, and 1250W. Among these, the 1050W and 1250W models bear 80 Plus Gold certification, while the 1000W 80 Plus Platinum. The three feature completely modular cabling including with essential cables such as 24-pin ATX, and CPU power. The units feature XFX' signature body design, which looks like a futuristic weapons crate.

The PSUs feature what XFX calls SolidLink technology. Each of the cable connectors are soldered straight to the main PCB, and not connected through wires. This works to minimize energy loss. All three feature a single 12V rail design, which ensures efficient power distribution. Other regulars include active PFC, and active protection against over voltage, over current, overheat, and short-circuit. The units are cooled by a large 135 mm fan, backed by an active fan control that prioritizes silence. The three are backed by 5 year warranty by XFX. Pricing and availability are not known.

OCZ Technology Unveils the PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III Power Supply Series

OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and power management solutions for computing devices and systems, today unveiled the Silencer Mk III Power Supply Series from PC Power & Cooling. Offering industrial-grade performance and stability for demanding computing environments, the Silencer Mk III provides high efficiency, quiet operation, and features the company’s first modular design.

“PC Power and Cooling has always catered to those clients that are looking for both performance and reliability from their power management solutions and the Silencer MKIII PSU continues that tradition and incorporates new features such as a modular cable design,” said Steve Lee, Senior Vice President of Power Management at OCZ Technology Group. “This is the first modular PC Power PSU and we spent extra time and resources to make sure we got it right by combining a highly efficient core with Japanese capacitors, a whisper quiet 120mm fan, and the flexibility of modular cabling, all to create the best Silencer yet, and we are releasing this exciting new series in a range of models up to 600W and pricing them competitively, making the Silencer MKIII PSU’s the ideal blend of performance, features, and overall value for customers.”

Aerocool Intros Strike-X Series Modular PSUs

Aerocool released its Strike-X high-end PSU series. It spans across a wide price range, starting with an 80 Plus Bronze-compliant 500W and 600W models, 80 Plus Silver-compliant 800W model, and the top of the line 1100W 80 Plus Gold one. All four feature modular cabling, and a racy red+black casing that's designed for gaming PCs. Compliant with ATX 12V 2.3 and EPS 12V 2.92, Strike-X PSUs feature active PFC, single 12V rail design, OCP, OVP, OPP, OTP, and SCP. The 500W, 600W, 800W, and 1100W models are priced at €44, €52, €120, and €150, respectively.

Source: TechConnect Magazine

Enermax Platimax 80 Plus Platinum-Compliant PSUs Released to Market

The introduction of the international energy saving certification 80 PLUS for desktop power supplies in 2004 has significantly changed the PSU market. Efficiency has turned into the guiding theme of the following years. PSU manufacturers quickly stepped forward and developed new technologies to achieve higher and higher efficiency rates. Accordingly, the 80 PLUS organisation extended the certification system with Bronze, Silver, Gold in 2008 and finally Platinum at the end of last year.

With its own R&D team and its own PSU production, Enermax plays a leading role in the development and market introduction of energy saving PSU technologies. Series like Modu82+, Revolution85+ or Modu87+ have won the most influential international awards and set new standards in terms of performance, quality and design. Also the latest Enermax creation, the high-performance MaxRevo series, continues the success story of its predecessors.

ENERMAX Releases New PLATIMAX Series 80 Plus Platinum Compliant PSUs

The most powerful power supply is ready to hit the market. ENERMAX is pleased to release the new PLATIMAX power supply series, which has achieved the highest 80PLUS Platinum standard with maximum efficiency over 94%.

PLATIMAX has a wide range of models from 600W to 1200W, which satisfies variety of heavy-duty platforms from multi-graphics-card workstation, industrial computer, or enterprise server. It is also great for the business application or home entertainment PC, bringing ultimate energy efficiency, stability, and silent power quality.

Thermaltake Announces New High-Wattage, High-Efficiency Toughpower XT PSU Models

Thermaltake, an award winning state of art PC power supplies, the leader and pioneer in PC thermal solutions, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, with “delivering the perfect user experiences” as our mission, this September Thermaltake is presenting a visionary outlook of the world first efficient high-output power supply unit “The Toughpower XT Platinum & Gold series”, – a rigorous power plant series aiming towards hardcore gamers, DIY enthusiasts, professionals and massive power consumption machines to fulfill every possible condition.

The new Toughpower XT Platinum & Gold series is a set of meticulous PC power plants include 1275W Platinum, 1375W Gold and 1475W Gold, are the world first high-output power supply units with 80Plus Platinum and Gold (the highest efficiency levels) certified which can perform up to 94% power efficiency.

Thermaltake Announces New Toughpower Silver Series 80 Plus Silver Compliant PSUs

Thermaltake, a premium computer components designer and supplier, an expert in creating leading-edge innovations and fascinating environment for gamers and enthusiasts, has provided customers with the ideal blend of high quality, performance, and efficiency power supplies to improve system performance and bring the users to the up most potential. Since the end of 2010 on the release of Toughpower Silver Series 1350W 80Plus Silver certified, this is the well-proven success formula and showing the intelligent interaction with technical innovations. Thermaltake globally adding three more silver stars (80Plus Silver Certified) to the series in August, 2011.

Now the Toughpower Silver Series 80Plus Silver series will includes 1000W, 1200W, and 1500W along with 1350W for today’s dynamic systems and power hungry enthusiasts. This Toughpower Silver Series high-efficient power supplies offer high-end features and exacting performance standards, but are still energy efficient and targeted at high-end users. With the proof of 80 Plus silver certification, Toughpower Silver Series power supplies stands out from the crowd and inherit the Thermaltake’s passion to technological craft and application of life entertaining culture.

SilverStone to Release Nightjar 500W Silent PSU Later This Week

SilverStone is on course for releasing the Nightjar ST50NF this Thursday. The ST50NF is a 500W, fan-less (completely silent), 80 Plus Gold compliant, non-modular power supply (PSU). The PSU does away with the 120 mm fan, and replaces it with a large aluminum heatsink that draws heat from numerous smaller heatsinks below that in turn draw heat from the various hot components. To try and offset the weight it puts on with all those heatsinks, and to make the unit airy, the outer body is made of thin perforated aluminum sheets.

The Nightjar ST50NF delivers 500W of continuous power, it is standards-compliant with ATX 12 V2.3 & EPS 12V. It features active PFC (power factor correction), and uses a single +12V rail design. All its cables are fixed to the unit. There should be enough cabling for a performance PC with a single graphics card. The PSU carries an MTBF rating of 50,000 hours. SilverStone's Nightjar ST50NF will be priced at €129.

Source: TechConnect Magazine

Enermax Intros MaxRevo High-Wattage PSUs

Enermax announced two new high power PSUs that are compliant with the 80 Plus Gold efficiency rating, under the MaxRevo series. It includes 1350W and 1500W models. The two are designed for gaming PCs with four graphics cards, a ton of hard drives, and possibly even a dual-socket workstation. The MaxRevo PSUs use Copper-Bridge Array transmission technology that is claimed to deliver a 'cleaner' DC output. The 12V circuit is spread across six rails, and is backed by eight kinds of protection circuitry.

The PSU makes use of high magnetic power density transformer, 105°C Japanese electrolytic capacitors, and is cooled by a 139 mm twister-bearing fan that spins between 900 and 2000 RPM. The receptacle features CordGuard, which firmly secures the AC cord, while the fan-controller features HeatGuard, a feature that keeps the fan spinning even after system shutdown, to cool components down. The MaxRevo 1350W is priced at €344.90, and the MaxRevo 1500W goes for €379.90.

Source: TechConnect Magazine

OCZ Displays Fatal1ty-Branded 1000W Modular PSU

OCZ displayed a new Fatal1ty-branded 1000W modular PSU at this year's Computex. The PSU bears 80 Plus Gold efficiency rating, and is fit for gaming PCs with up to three graphics cards, or "hardcore gamers", as the placard puts it. The PSU is partially modular, i.e., essential connectors such as 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS are fixed to the unit, while everything else, is detachable. OCZ is said to be using special cables that are flatter and a lot more flexible, to reach around tight spots in the case. The unit is cooled by a 130 mm fan that is red LED-illuminated. It is backed by a 5 year PowerSwap warranty by OCZ.

Thermaltake Unveils New ''Smart'' Value PSUs

Thermaltake displayed some of the first PSUs in its new "Smart" series, which is designed to offer "just the right power", in other terms, cost-effective PSUs with proper connectivity. Some of these even feature modular cabling. Thermaltake Smart PSUs come in output capacities below 750W, we spotted a modular 550W model, fixed-cable 630W and 730W models. The Smart M550W is the modular box with 550W continuous power and 650W peak output, it is 80 Plus Bronze efficiency compliant.

The Smart 630W has peak output of 700W, and is designed for entry-level dual-GPU systems (two 6+2 pin PCI-E connectors), it is 80 Plus compliant. Leading the pack is the Smart 730W, with a peak output of 800W, and four 6+2 pin PCI-E connectors. All three models use single 12V rail designs, are standards compliant, and feature most protection mechanisms. Thermaltake is backing these value PSUs with 3 year warranties.

Thermaltake Displays Toughpower XT GOLD 1475W PSU

Thermaltake brought out its big guns in the field of PSUs at this year's Computex, with the Toughpower XT GOLD 1475W. As the name suggests, it's 80 Plus Gold efficiency rating compliant. Mind you, 1475W isn't its peak power, but continuous power guaranteed 24x7 @ 50°C. Further, the PSU uses a single massive 12V rail design to deliver that kind of power. The Toughpower XT GOLD 1475W is partially modular, with an angled 24-pin ATX connector and two 8-pin EPS connectors being fixed, and the rest let up for cable management. Thermaltake will back these beasts with 7 year warranty once released.

AmacroX Displays Calmer 4 Fanless 500W 80 Plus Gold PSU

PSU maker AmacroX displayed Calmer 4, its new silent PSU for mid-range gaming PCs. The PSU is fan-less, and relies on passive convectional air-flow to cool components inside. It can deliver 500W of power, with an efficiency that earns it 80 Plus Gold efficiency rating. The Calmer 4 has fixed cabling, and provides all essential cables, including two PCI-E cables for a single high-end graphics card. It is backed by a 5 year warranty.

In Win Shows off Carlian IV, MANA137, and 80 Plus Gold PSUs

In Win's latest case is the Carlian IV, a fancy-looking ATX mid-tower that features a wacky slide-out drive bay design, a space-age white+black color scheme, and plenty of cooling. The company also showed MANA137, an airy new, all-black mid-tower. To top it off, there were 80 Plus Gold Compliant PSUs with 900W and 1200W outputs.

EZCOOL PSUs Are Dipped in 80 Plus Gold

The EZCOOL booth had PSUs of various shell designs, some are fixed-cabled, others semi-modular. One thing common is they're all 80 Plus Gold certified. The run-up began with a compact 1000W fixed-cable PSU, the PS-1000. Next up, are a pair of PSUs with fancy air-intake grills that use acrylic-made designs. Maybe these structures are lit up. The 600W PS-600, and 900W PS-900 fall in this category. Moving on, there's a duo of mid-range, fixed-cable PSUs with fancy air-intakes. The PC-05 is 500W, 80 Plus Gold compliant, and has a gold-colored fan to "show" that. Next, there's the 690W PS-690, another fixed-cable box, but with a round, spirally-spoked grill. Lastly, there's a trio of familiar-looking PSUs, including the 700W PS-07, 650W PS-650, and 890W PS-890.

X Marks the Air Intake on New, Stylish Strike-X Modular PSUs

Strike-X showed off its groovy-looking performance-segment, semi-modular PSUs. Boasting of 80 Plus Silver and 80 Plus Bronze efficiency ratings, the Strike-X PSUs come in 500W, 600W, 800W, and 1100W models. The part that caught our eye was the red+black styling with the "X" cutout design at its air intake. The PSUs are cooled by large 140 mm fans. Essential cables like ATX, EPS, and one set of PCI-E, are fixed, with everything else detachable. Expect these PSUs to be relatively affordable in their segments.

Xigmatek Displays 80 Plus Platinum 1450W Goliath PSU

An 80 Plus Platinum-compliant 1450W PSU? No, we're sober. Xigmatek is flexing its engineering muscle in the PSU department with a semi-modular PSU that has both high-power and high-efficiency. The Goliath GP-1451 from Xigmatek gives you all the connectors you'll ever need, and with 1450W, enough power for 4-way SLI, 4-way CrossFireX, dual-socket systems. What's to not to like? The Goliath uses an asymmetric double 12V rail design, the first rail can deliver 55A, and the second 75A. Apart from 24-pin ATX and EPS connectors, most connectors are detachable to improve cable management. The beast is cooled by a 130 mm fan.

Cougar Shows off 92% Platinum Efficiency Modular PSUs

If 80 Plus Gold was the order of the best PSUs shown at Computex 2010, this year, the trend is with even higher efficiency ratings, such as 80 Plus Platinum. For any PSU to be certified 80 Plus, it has to go though independent testing, a bad thing if you're rushing in new products. At the same time, having buyers discover that your 80 Plus certifications are fake would be a disaster for your brand. To tide over this dilemma, PSU major Cougar came out with an efficiency rating badge of its own for use on new models, 92% Platinum, denoting that the PSU offers efficiency on-par/close to 80 Plus Platinum. It's probable that these PSUs will get the actual 80 Plus Platinum rating later. Up on display at Cougar's booth were beautiful-looking Cougar PTX 500W and Cougar GX 500W two semi-modular high-efficiency boxes.

Club 3D Announces New 1200W 80 Plus Silver Compliant Modular Power Supply

Club 3D B.V. announces the introduction of the 1200 Watt Switching Power Supply CSP-X1200CS as the new top of the line of its award winning Switching Power Supply Series. The new Club 3D 1200 Watt Switching Power Supply CSP-X1200CS is a real powerhouse and allows you to combine all lately introduced hardware in your high end system and play the most powerful games without risking any lack of power.

The new CSP-X1200CS gives you the power you need with the efficiency that is required on today’s PC thanks to its 80-Plus Silver Certification and an ultra-quiet-135 mm fan.
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