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Akasa Rolls Out Cypher MX3 Thin Mini-ITX Case

Akasa today rolled out the Cypher MX3, a Thin Mini-ITX case for low-profile, fan-less desktop builds meant as digital signage boxes, thin clients, or low-power desktops that you tuck away behind your monitor. Measuring 208 mm x 203 mm x 45 mm (WxDxH), which amounts to a lunchbox-sized volume of just 2 liters, the Cypher MX3 features a SECC steel construction with a ventilated 3-sided panel covering the top and sides. Its front panel provides two each of USB 3.1 type-A, two USB 2.0/1.1, and HDA jacks. Besides the motherboard, there's room for a 2.5-inch drive inside. The case is designed for external power-bricks that plug in directly to the motherboard, which provides power for your SSD. Available now, the Akasa Cypher MX3 is priced at USD $59.

Akasa Presents Several New Aluminium-rich Cases

Akasa this Computex unveiled half a dozen new premium cases for congested desks and living rooms, which make use of copious amounts of aluminium to both look good and stay cool without any moving parts (read: fans). The Dot and Gem made us go "awww" first. The Dot looks like a Lego brick that spent too much time in Pripyat (although not as big as a real brick itself). It can house several models of Raspberry Pi, ASUS Tinker Board, and ODROID-C2, which are ARM-based "makerboards." You also get an included SD card reader, and room for a Hi-Fi Berry DAC board to go with your Pi. The Gem has a nearly identical design, but with an eclectic top plate design.

The Skytale and Skytale-X, obviously so-named to catch PC enthusiasts' eyes as they passed by the booth, are sleek, silvery-aluminium HTPC cases with a monolithic design (as opposed to heatsink ridges sticking out of the sides). With a height of just 50 mm, both cases are designed for mini-ITX motherboards that needn't be thin. What sets the two apart is the presence of a full-height add-on card slot on the Skytale-X, which uses a PCIe riser. Lastly, we spotted a new variant of the Turing case Akasa launched in February, which comes in a racy shade of blue.

Akasa Turing is an Art Deco Fanless "Bean Canyon" NUC Case

Akasa Turing is the company's latest fanless cases for Intel "Bean Canyon" NUC family, which embeds 8th generation Core "Coffee Lake" processors. Designed for living rooms or corner offices, the Turing is a carbon-black monolith with its aluminium body doubling up as heatsink for the processor. Fins and ridges of the body panel curve in an almost Art Deco style. You can either orient the case vertically, or sideways. The case can handle SoCs with TDP of up to 28 W without needing fans. Front panel connectivity includes a pair of USB 3.1 type-A, an IR receiver, and headset jack, while the rear panel is designed for most "Bean Canyon" boards. Akasa will reveal pricing very soon.

Akasa Vegas RAM Mate is a Trident Z-lookalike for your Non-RGB Memory Modules

Akasa unveiled the Vegas RAM Mate, the company's entry to the lucrative RGB memory heatspreader market. Borrowing a lot of design ideas from G.Skill's Trident-Z series, this heatspreader consists of two brushed aluminium plates that sandwich a silicone RGB LED diffuser at the top, with eight diodes. The RGB setup supports both 4-pin RGB and 3-pin addressable-RGB connectors. The heatspreader itself supports both VLP 18.3~18.7 mm-tall, and standard 30 mm-tall memory modules, which could be anything DDR1-thru-DDR4, as long as it's standard width (and not SO-DIMM). Akasa appears to be selling these in single-unit quantities, as opposed to some other companies selling their products in 2-piece kits. We expect it to be priced around USD $20-25.

Akasa Vegas is a Constellation of Illuminated Case Fans

Akasa at Computex, also unveiled several new illuminated case fans. The lineup begins with the Vegas series (not to be confused with a fan series of the same name from Enermax). The Vegas series come in fixed color options of red, white, green, and blue; characterized by spiral light-shafts from the LED studded frames. The Vegas 7 takes this design philosophy forward with contrasting light shafts in the opposite orientation, for a "kaleidoscopic" effect.

The Vegas R series is for those who prefer a uniform diffusion of light from the frame, and uses silicone diffusers over the monochrome LEDs (again, either red, blue, white, or green). The Vegas R7 and Vegas X7 series are identical to the Vegas and Vegas R series in design, but feature RGB LEDs. The Vegas AR7 is identical to both the Vegas R and Vegas R7, but with more advanced addressable RGB LED illumination. Akasa didn't put out details like the bearing type, or air-flow.

Akasa Unveils a Range of Fanless Cases for "Dawson Canyon" NUC Desktops

Akasa at Computex, unveiled a wide range of fan-less aluminium cases for the 7th generation "Dawson Canyon" NUC boards. The company had alreadly launched the Pascal MD late-2017. Among the new cases are the Newton S7D, Newton D3, and the Plato X7D. The Plato X7D is the largest of the three, and is characterized by a lattice of aluminium ridges that work like heatsinks for the SoC and chipset of the NUC, and diamond-cut edges along the front panel. Front-panel connectivity includes two each of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports. Besides rear I/O holes for "Dawson Canyon" series NUC boards, the case offers a stub for an RS232 (COM) port at the back. All three cases feature VESA mounts, so you can strap the NUCs behind your monitor and reduce clutter on your desk.

The Newton D3 is the most compact case of the three, and supports fewer NUC board models, namely the NUC7i3DNBE, NUC7i3DNKE, and NUC7i3DNHE (all of which have are low-TDP SoCs and fewer connectors). You still get a 2.5-inch drive bay, mount holes for your WLAN card's antennae, two USB 3.0 front panel connectors, an IR window, and an RS232 serial port provision at the back. The Newton S7D is its larger sibling, with more metal to the bone, to cope with higher TDP SoCs, and hence supports NUC boards based on Core i5 and Core i7 SoCs.

Akasa Intros Compact AMD Socket CPU Cooler

Akasa introduced the AK-CC1104EP01, a basic AMD socket AM4-capable CPU cooler targeted at system-integrators that buy processors in trays and want a baseline cooler alternative to AMD's PIB stock coolers, or those who just want a low-cost AM4-capable cooler. The cooler is similar in design to AMD's heat-pipe based stock coolers, in featuring a copper base-plate, from which four 6 mm-thick heat pipes emerge, conveying heat to a dense alumniium fin-stack along the plane of the motherboard, which is then ventilated by a somewhat big 92 mm fan.

The cooler supports not just AM4, but also older AMD sockets, such as AM3(+), AM2(+), and FM2(+). Its fan takes input from a 4-pin PWM connector, spins between 600 to 2,500 RPM, pushing up to 47.68 CFM of air, with a noise output ranging between 17.2-29.5 dBA. The cooler measures about 98 mm x 97 mm x 76.32 mm (WxDxH). It features pre-applied thermal paste. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Akasa Releases Pascal MD Waterproof Case for Intel "Dawson Canyon" NUC

Akasa today introduced the Pascal MD (A-NUC40-M1) fan-less case for Intel 7th generation "Dawson Canyon" NUC boards, namely NUC7i3DNBE, NUC7i3DNKE, and NUC7i3DNHE. The case boasts of IP65-compliant waterproofing, including modular waterproof connectors at the back of the case, which connect internally with the various ports of the NUC board. Its body doubles up as a chunky, ridged aluminium heatsink, to cool the "Kaby Lake" SoC. The case measures 234.6 mm x 238 mm x 76.3 mm (WxDxH), and comes with 2 m long modular cables with connectors for power, USB 3.0, network, and HDMI. The case is recommended for outdoor builds such as digital signage, automobile, marine vessels (navigation computers), etc.

Akasa Intros Venom R10 and Venom R20 AIO Liquid CPU Coolers

Akasa today rolled out additions to its coveted Venom line of premium CPU coolers, with the new Venom R10 and Venom R20 all-in-one (AIO) closed-loop liquid CPU coolers. The two are differentiated with radiator sizes, with the R10 featuring a 120 mm x 120 mm radiator, and the R20 a 240 mm x 120 mm. The two are characterized by a pump-block with a groovy RGB multi-color LED studded ornament, which takes input from a standard 4-pin RGB header, and can be controlled with ASUS Aura Sync, GIGABYTE RGB Fusion, and MSI Mystic Light RGB software.

The ornament features multiple diodes that put light out through a diffuser, and the Akasa Venom logo. The coolers don't include 120 mm fans, you add your own. The pump-block puts out up to two 4-pin PWM fan inputs. The coolers support most common CPU socket types, including AM4, AM3(+), FM2(+), LGA2066, LGA2011(v3), and LGA115x. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Akasa Intros Galileo ST Fanless Mini-STX Chassis

Akasa today introduced the Galileo ST, its fanless chassis for the mini-STX form-factor. The cuboidal pedestal chassis features two compartments. Two-thirds of it is the main compartment with the motherboard tray and room for drive bays and connectivity, while a third of it is a large aluminium heatsink for passively cooling the CPU. Two 6 mm-thick copper heat pipes draw heat from the CPU base, pushing it through this heatsink, where it's passively cooled. The heatsink can handle Intel LGA115x CPUs with TDP of up to 35W.

Measuring 300.6 mm x 154 mm x 58.5 mm (WxDxH), the case is made almost entirely of brushed aluminium with diamond-cut edges. The case can hold up to two 2.5-inch drives. Other nifty features include holes for WLAN antennae, front-panel connectivity with one each of type-A and type-C USB 3.1 ports (standard header), and HDA audio jacks. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Akasa Intros Newton S7 and Newton AC Fanless Cases

Akasa introduced a pair of fanless mini-PC cases for Intel's "Apollo Lake" and "Kaby Lake" NUC boards, the Newton S7 and Newton AC. The Newton S7 is designed to cope with the 15W TDP thermal loads of NUC boards with Core i3 and Core i5 "Kaby Lake" NUC boards, such as the NUC7i3BNK, NUC7i3BNH, NUC7i5BNK, and NUC7i5BNH. The Newton AC, on the other hand, is designed for Pentium and Celeron "Apollo Lake" based NUC boards, such as the NUC6CAYH and NUC6CAYS.

Measuring 176.5 mm x 200 mm x 53.5 mm (WxDxH), the Newton S7 features a chunky aluminium body that doubles up as a heatsink for the SoC. It offers one 9.5 mm-thick 2.5-inch drive bay. Its front-panel ports include two USB 3.0 type-A, HDA audio jacks, a hole for IR receiver, and two WLAN antenna holes at the rear end. The Newton AC, on the other hand, measures 140 mm x 111 mm x 51 mm, with one 2.5-inch drive bay, and cutouts for front IR receiver, USB type-A ports and HDA jacks. Both cases come with options for compatible power bricks.

Akasa Intros the Venom LX Chassis

Akasa today unveiled its Venom LX mid-tower chassis. Designed with a contemporary internal horizontally partitioned layout, the case serves up room for an ATX or E-ATX motherboard with graphics cards up to 370 mm in length, and CPU coolers 170 mm in height. The two 5.25-inch drive bays are non-intrusive in design. Other drive bays include two 3.5-inch inside the bottom compartment, and three 2.5-inch along either sides of the motherboard tray.

Cooling features include two 240 mm x 120 mm radiator mounts, one each along the front- and top-panels; and a 120 mm rear exhaust. The standard variant (A-ATX03-A2B) features an opaque side-panel, although variants with large acrylic windows (clear A-ATX03-A3B, tinted A-ATX03-A1B) are also available. Front panel connectivity includes three USB 3.0 ports, and HDA audio jacks. Measuring 520 mm x 445 mm x 200 mm, the case weighs 4.8 kg. The company didn't reveal pricing or availability information.

Akasa Unveils Plato X6 and Newton X6 Cases for "Skylake" NUC

Akasa announced its Newton X6 and Plato X6 line of premium fan-less NUC cases, which are compatible with Intel's latest Core "Skylake" NUC system boards. The two cases stay fan-less, and yet keep the 45W-ish TDP machine (Core "Skylake" CPU + PCH) cool, as their anodized aluminium bodies double up as heatsinks. The two cases feature slate-colored, brushed aluminium textures, with diamond-cut edges.

The Plato X6 measures 240 mm x 247 mm x 38.5 mm; features a mostly flat top and bottom surface, with passive heat dissipation happening at two vertically ridged sides. This case has room for a 9.5 mm-thick 2.5-inch drive, two USB 3.0 front-panel ports (standard header), and an IR receiver. The Newton X6, on the other hand, features more conventional 200 mm x 176 mm x 53.5 mm dimensions, with the sides and top of the case being ridged for heat dissipation. It's got the same feature-set as the Plato X6.

Akasa Intros its First Mini-STX Chassis

Akasa introduced its first case for the emerging mini-STX form-factor. Think of mini-STX as a NUC-sized (127 mm x 127 mm) motherboard with a common LGA CPU socket; or a "socketed NUC." Akasa Euler ST has cutouts at the right spots for Intel's upcoming mini-STX motherboards, with tons of room left for storage devices. The ridged aluminium body of the case doubles up as CPU heatsink, and can handle chips with TDP of up to 35W. The platform itself will support chips with TDP of up to 65W.

Akasa Also Unveils Aluminium Case for Raspberry Pi

Akasa went smaller than the NUC, with its latest case for Raspberry Pi, the DIY micro-computer that captured every budding electronics engineer's imagination. Called simply "Pi," the case is made of 4 mm-thick aluminium on 5 sides, and a tinted acrylic top. The case measures 91.5 mm x 68 mm x 35.5 mm, and features cutouts for the base-board, with standard extension boards that add the Ethernet RJ-45 connector, and additional USB ports.

Akasa Unveils Abel Series NUC Cases

For those looking to build an extremely compact NAS server that's fan-less; Akasa unveiled the Abel MT at Computex 2015. Made entirely of aluminium, with body panels that double up as heatsink for the CPU and PCH, the Abel MT can enclose a 5th generation Core "Broadwell" NUC system board. Eight types of "Broadwell" NUC system boards are supported.

A star attraction with the Abel MT, is its two 2.5-inch SATA hot-swappable drive caddies. Other features include two USB 3.0 front-panel ports, VESA mounts (letting you tuck it away behind a monitor), and cutouts for WLAN antennae. The company also unveiled the Abel S, a fan-less NUC case with roughly the same dimensions and features as the Abel MT, but with a slimline optical drive bay, instead of the two 2.5-inch caddies. The case includes front bezels for both tray-type and slot-in type optical drives.

Akasa Intros the Newton S Case for NUC

Akasa announced availability of its Newton S fanless case for Intel NUC system boards. Measuring 176.5 mm x 200 mm x 53.5 mm (WxDxH), the case is made of aluminium, its top and side panels double up as heatsink for the CPU. Eight kinds of NUC boards, including "NUC5i5MYBE," "NUC5i5MYHE," "NUC5i3MYBE," "NUC5i3MYHE," "NUC5i5RYH," "NUC5i5RYK," "NUC5i3RYH," and "NUC5i3RYK" are supported. In addition to cutouts for the various ports offered by its supported NUC boards, the Newton S offers two USB 3.0 front-panel ports (standard header), an RS-232 serial (COM) port, a 2.5-inch drive bay with room for 9.5 mm-thick drives, two antenna holes, and a Kensington lock slot.

Akasa Announces Plato Chassis for Intel "Broadwell" NUC

Akasa announced Plato, a refreshing new design for an NUC case. Designed for Intel's Core "Broadwell" based NUC system boards, the case features a central chamber housing the NUC system board, which is flanked by sets of large aluminium fins on either sides, which form part of its passive CPU heatsink. Compatible with all "Broadwell" NUC boards, the Plato features a single 2.5-inch drive bay, which is thick enough for 9.5 mm drives, standard cutouts for the board, and front panel connectivity that includes two USB 3.0 ports, HD audio jacks, and a USB infrared receiver. The case features VESA wall-mount, and a Kensington lock slot. Measuring 247 mm x 200 mm x 38.5 mm (WxDxH), the case is made of brushed aluminium. The company didn't announce pricing or availability.

Akasa Intros Euler T and Euler M Cases

Akasa made two stylish new additions to its slim mini-ITX case lineup, the Euler T, and Euler M. Built completely with chunky aluminium panels that double up as heatsinks for the CPU, capable of passive cooling CPUs with TDP of up to 35W, the Euler T is an evolution of the Euler S. It's a minor redesign that creates room for three 2.5-inch drive bays. Measuring 245 x 215.5 x 68.5 mm, it dry weighs in at 2.5 kg. The Euler M, on the other hand, is the largest in the series, yet. While the case can still only handle 35W CPUs, it comes with a slightly larger 80W power supply, and room for four 2.5-inch drives. It can seat regular thickness mini-ITX motherboards, with regular memory modules. Measuring 245 x 274.5 x 68.5 mm, it weighs 3 kg. Available starting a little later this month, both cases will sell for $250 a pop.

Akasa Intros Tesla T NUC Case

Akasa introduced its new Tesla T case for the Intel NUC form-factor. The case features double the volume of a typical NUC enclosure, the additional space is used to seat 2.5-inch internal drives, and connectors on the rear panel, which plug into the NUC motherboard over headers. The case measures 236 mm x 111 mm x 39 mm (WxDxH), and is made of the same ridged aluminium panels that make up the rest of Akasa's Tesla series, which double up as heatsinks for the CPU and PCH. The case features rear-panel cutouts for Intel's DE3815TYBE system board, with three cutouts for RS232 (COM or D-Sub) ports, and a Kensington lock slot. Akasa didn't announce pricing or availability.

Akasa Announces Euler S Mini-ITX Fanless Case

Much like the Newton X it launched earlier this week, Akasa updated its flagship fanless mini-ITX case, with the new Euler S. The case offers room for a thin mini-ITX motherboard, its body doubles up as a heatsink, and can handle thermal loads from the CPU as high as 35W TDP. The case features a brushed-aluminium front-panel, with diamond-cut edges, and a chunkier aluminium body that offers higher heat dissipation surface area. The Euler S offers a couple of USB 3.0 ports on the front bezel, something that was left wanting on the original. The company didn't reveal pricing or availability details.

Akasa Newton X Case for Intel NUC Unveiled

Akasa gave its premium Intel NUC case an update with the Newton X. The all-metal fanless case is chunkier than its predecessor, weighing in at 1.27 kg, and the extra metal makes for more heatsink fins, for better cooling of its innards. The case features a brushed aluminium front, with diamond-cut edge finish. It measures 150 mm x 185 mm x 47 mm (WxDxH). Compatible with Intel's D54250WYB and D34010WYB mainboards, and apart from the standard cutouts, the case offers a 2.5-inch drive bay, two front-panel USB 3.0 ports, a USB infrared receiver, holes for two Wi-Fi antennae, VESA mounts, and a Kensington lock slot. Akasa didn't reveal pricing.

Akasa Rolls Out Tesla H NUC Case

Akasa rolled out the Tesla H, an all-aluminium fanless case for Intel's second-generation NUC, based on its Core "Haswell" processor. At 240 x 150 x 48 mm, it's somewhere in between traditional NUCs and slimline mini-ITX cases; but uses that volume productively, in adding not one, but two 2.5-inch drive bays. The first one takes advantage of the standard SATA 6 Gb/s port on the D54250WYK motherboard, and the other requires the included mSATA to SATA adapter. The case is also compatible with Intel's D54250WYB and D34010WYB motherboards.

As mentioned earlier, the all-aluminium case features ridges along its body that let it double up as a passive heatsink for the Core "Haswell" processor and PCH. In addition to the two 2.5-inch drive bays, the Tesla H offers two front-panel USB 3.0 ports, HDA audio jacks, a USB infrared receiver, three holes for WLAN/Bluetooth antennae, a Kensington lock slot, and VESA wall mounts. Akasa didn't announce pricing or availability details.

Akasa Newton H NUC Case Pictured

Akasa is giving final touches to a variant of its Newton series fan-less case for the second-generation NUC platform, which is based on Core "Haswell" processors. Called Newton H (H for "Haswell,") the case measures 150 mm x 170 mm x 47 mm (W x D x H), dry-weighing about 1 kg, making it about 20 mm longer than its predecessor, and pushing it into the mini-ITX gray-area. Made of anodized aluminium, the Newton H features a chunky, ridged body, which doubles up as heatsink for the CPU and PCH. It features cut-outs at the right spots for a couple of front-panel USB 3.0 ports, front-panel HD audio jacks, an infrared receiver, holes at the back for Wi-Fi/Bluetooth antennae, and other connectors standard to the form-factor. Other features include Kensington lock slots, and VESA wall-mount support, which let you securely tuck it away, behind your flat-screen monitor. The company didn't finalize pricing or availability.

Akasa Tesla NUC Case Pictured

Here is the first picture of Akasa Tesla, the company's latest fan-less chassis for Intel's NUC (next unit of computing) system boards. When launched, it will be compatible with both generations of the NUC platform. It stays fan-less with its anodized aluminium body doubling up as a heatsink for the CPU, PCH, and other hot components. It's bigger than the average fan-less NUC case, and features room for two 9 mm-thick 2.5-inch drives, which can be anything between a fast SSD, or a spacious HDD. Not much else is known about the case, and one could expect a formal launch pretty soon.
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