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Akasa Intros the 16 mm-tall KS7 Ultra Low-Profile CPU Cooler

Akasa today introduced the KS7, an extremely compact CPU fan-heatsink for builds where thickness standards begin to rival portable desktops. With a today height (fan+heatsink) of just 16 mm, the KS7 is designed for Sockets LGA1200 and LGA115x, and its designers claim that the cooler can keep a 35 W TDP processor, such as the Core i9-10900T, afloat. It's design is straightforward: an aluminium mono-block heatsink has a 64 mm fan nestled within, and exhausts radially. The fan takes in 4-pin PWM input, spins between 2,200 to 4,000 RPM, pushing up to 24.61 CFM of airflow at 3.76 mm H₂O static pressure. At top speed, its noise output is rated at 32.8 dBA. Its EBR bearing is rated for 40,000 hours lifespan. measuring 85 mm x 85 mm x 16 mm, the cooler weighs about 105 g. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Akasa Unveils NE-west Newton NE and Plato NE Cases, Compatible with NUC Compute Elements

Akasa, a leading provider of passively cooled computer cases and accessories, has released two new fanless cases to the Newton and Plato line-up. These cases are compatible with Intel's 8th generation of Board Element motherboards, and Compute Element products, the latest technology with the potential to change everything we know about computing.

The Compute Element is a system-on-card with modular capabilities, that can be plugged into the Board Element motherboards (a carrier board with a wide variety of inputs and outputs). Intel predicts this to be the next stage of mainstream computing, as upgrades and repairs become easier and more accessible for the consumer.

Akasa Announces SOHO MBA RGB Light Strip

Akasa, has released a new range of addressable RGB light strips under the SOHO line of products. With bright and vivid colors, this light strip flaunts your PC and its components in style. The strips have a futuristic vibe, and an almost "cyberpunk" style neon effect, providing your computer with a flashy, premium light strip you never knew you needed!

Our premium feel rubber diffuser allows the LED lighting to smoothly blend, leading to neat curves and a clean aesthetic. The white colored strip will complement white builds, whilst also giving the ability to stand out in other builds. Bend SOHO MBA to your will with the flexible, durable strip, and daisy chain them to make your PC a striking statement piece on your desk.

Akasa Releases New External M.2 USB Enclosures

Akasa has added two new aluminium enclosures for M.2 drives to the current range of products. These are compatible with both SATA and NVMe drives and features USB 3.1 Generation 2 connectivity and UASP support, meaning you'll be making the most out of the super-fast data transfer speeds from your M.2 drive of up to 10 Gb/s.

The body on both enclosures are machined out of high-quality aluminium, ensuring a tight, safe fit for the closing mechanism. A tool-free design allows the installation of an M.2 SSD to be quick and easy, whilst also functioning as a heatsink to draw away excess heat from the drive. The sleek and simple Akasa logo finishes off the design perfectly, making the enclosure stand out from the crowd.

Akasa Releases Turing A50 Fanless Chassis for ASUS PN50

Akasa, a global leader in fanless technology, has extended their Turing fanless chassis design series by releasing the new Turing A50. The Turing A50 has been designed specifically to support the mainboards found inside the ASUS Mini PC PN50 series, which features the latest AMD Ryzen 4000 notebook PC mobile processors in conjunction with Radeon graphics. The Turing A50 is a product at the forefront of fanless technology and combines innovative style with solid functionality in order to create a contemporary Ryzen fanless system.

The ASUS Mini PC PN50 series can feature some of the latest AMD mobile processors: the Ryzen 3, 5 and 7. Whichever you choose, the Turing A50 will be able to keep the APU cool under all working conditions to optimize performance in complete silence. The case utilizes fanless technology, where the solid aluminium core that showcases hi-performance AK-TC5026 thermal compound and gap fillers, efficiently transfers heat from the APU. With the chassis itself working as a heatsink, the excess heat from the APU is then transferred to the external fins via the aluminium core and into the surroundings, keeping the APU cool without the need of a noisy fan. Built with deep cooling fins to maximize the surface area and an aluminium casing, the system functions optimally whilst also existing as a completely silent component.

Akasa Rolls Out Turing QLX Fanless Case for Intel NUC 9 Pro

Akasa today rolled out the Turing QLX, a fanless case for the Intel NUC 9 Pro "Quartz Canyon" desktop platform that consists of an Intel NUC 9 Pro Compute Element, and a PCIe backplane. This form-factor is essentially a modern re-imagining of the SBC+backplane desktops from the i486 era. The Turing QLX case is made almost entirely of anodized aluminium, and its body doubles up as a heatsink for the 9th Gen Core or Xeon SoC. You're supposed to replace the cooling assembly of your NUC 9 Pro Compute Element with the cold-plate + heat-pipe assembly of the case. NUC 9 Pro series SBCs compatible with the Turing QLX include the BXNUC9i9QNB, BXNUC9i7QNB, BXNUC9i5QNB, BKNUC9VXQNB, and the BKNUC9V7QNB. The case doesn't include a power supply, you're supposed to use a compatible power brick with the SBC+backplane combo. The Turing QLX measures 212 mm x 150 mm x 220 mm (DxWxH). The company didn't reveal pricing.

Akasa Rolls Out Turing A50 Case for ASUS PN50 Ryzen 4000-powered Mini PC

Akasa ended the year with the release of the Turing A50, a fanless all-aluminium case with which you can replace the case that comes with the ASUS PN50 mini-PC. The ASUS PN50, if you recall, is a NUC-sized mini-PC that uses 15-Watt AMD Ryzen 4000-series "Renoir" mobile processors. The Akasa Turing A50 is a variation of the original Turing NUC case the company released back in February 2019, but with its innards re-designed for the ASUS PN50 mainboard. On the front side, you get mounts for the board's headset jack, two USB 3.2 ports (from which one is type-C and has DisplayPort passthrough), and the IR receiver. The rear has mounts for the three other display outputs, and a couple more USB ports, and the DC power input. Internally, the case features an SoC cooler base designed to mount onto the "Renoir" SoC, from which a few copper heat-pipes convey heat to the case's aluminium body, which doubles up as a heatsink. Fanless Tech reports that the case should be available from February 2021.

Akasa Maxwell Pro Fanless Mini-ITX Chassis Supports 10th Gen Intel Core i9 Processors

High-end processors such as the Intel Core i9-10900 usually requires a hefty cooler, usually equipped with high-speed fans, but Akasa's new Maxwell Pro fanless Mini-ITX case can tame the beast, all whilst producing nothing but silence. The Comet Lake Core i9 comes with ten cores and twenty threads; and a max turbo frequency of 5.2 GHz, making it one of the most powerful processors on the market. Our tests have shown its impressive benchmark scores whilst being passively cooled in the Maxwell Pro, making it perfect for assisting the processor in activities such as content creation and 4K video. The case is a high-performance fanless case that can handle up to 65 W TDP, and can adequately maintain temperatures around 80°C.

In Cinebench R20, a multi-core stress test program, we achieved exceptional multithreaded scores of 4010, with an average core frequency of 3.1 GHz. Temperatures averaged at a cool 78°C, and never went over 91°C. These results show the excellent cooling power of the passive case, able to tame the mighty Core i9 10900.

Akasa Launches the Gem - Passively Cooled Raspberry Pi 4 Case

Akasa, the maker of all kinds of cooling solutions, storage accessories, and cases, today launched a new type of case. Called the Gem, the case is a passively cooled design made for Raspberry Pi 4 in mind. Featuring a unique design that reminds of a gem, the case got its name from it. The case is made from 100% aluminium and its body is sturdy and provides efficient heat dissipation ensures the system runs optimally, even under a heavy workload. The case has an L shaped block that connects the parts that generate heat with an external shell. It covers the SoC and power management integrated circuit, which is a rare design decision. The other block is covering the USB controller. The case features precision cutouts so every bit of I/O is accessible including GPIO, microSD, Ethernet, USB, camera, and display connectors. You can purchase the case here for approximately $40.

Akasa Maxwell Pro Pictured: 65W TDP Fanless Case for both Intel and AMD

Here's the first picture of the Akasa Maxwell Pro fanless HTPC case. This Mini-ITX case features an all-aluminium construction, with diamond-cut edges on matte-gray anodized aluminium panels. The case's body doubles up as passive heatsink for the processor, and the Maxwell Pro is one of Akasa's first few cases to feature a common fanless block design that supports both AMD Socket AM4 and Intel LGA115x/LGA1200. The case extends into heatsink ridges along the sides, while a series of four copper heat pipes links it with a base at the CPU socket. Akasa claims the case is capable of handling CPU TDP of up to 65 W without any fans.

The front-panel features a brushed-aluminium finish, along with a handful USB ports and a power button, although we can't spy an IR receiver port. The case measures 280 mm x 209 mm x 110 mm (WxDxH). An optional 150 W power-brick is included, along with an internal DC-to-DC switch that converts the 2-pin DC input from the brick to various ATX standard connectors. The company didn't reveal availbility or pricing.

Akasa Rolls Out Vegas Chroma CPU Coolers with ARGB Lighting

Akasa rolled out the Vegas Chroma line of top-flow CPU coolers. The coolers come in two variants based on CPU socket types supported. The Vegas Chroma LG supports Intel LGA115x sockets, while the Vegas Chroma AM supports AMD sockets AM4 and AM3+. The cooler's design is an awful lot similar to Intel's stock HSF for desktop processors. An anodized aluminium heatsink with spirally-projecting fins, is ventilated by a 120 mm fan. Airflow from the heatsink ends up ventilating other components around the CPU socket, such as VRM heatsinks, M.2 heatsink, and possibly even memory.

The hydraulic bearing fan takes in 4-pin PWM for its main function, and 3-pin ARGB for the lighting. LEDs are embedded in the hub of the translucent white impeller. In both variants, the fan spins between 500 and 1,800 RPM, pushing up to 51.3 CFM of air, with a noise output of up to 32.5 dBA. Both variants measure 120 mm x 120 mm length and width; but differ in height. The LG variant is 59 mm tall, and the AM variant 63 mm. The LG variant weighs 380 g as it requires a back-plate, while the AM variant tips the scales at 340 g. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Akasa Addressable RGB Products Now Razer Chroma Certified

Akasa are proud to announce partnership with Razer, a leading global gamer's lifestyle brand, for its flagship and award-winning lighting technology: Razer Chroma.

Enabling Akasa's array of addressable RGB products to sync with Razer Chroma brings the full-spectrum of vivid RGB to your build. Taking full advantage of the Razer Chroma software platform and Akasa's addressable RGB devices such as the new Vegas TLY cooling fan and Dual M.2 PCIe SSD adapter with RGB LED light and heatsink, gamers can truly immerse themselves in popular games. Syncing individually addressable LED nodes adds RGB vibrancy and ambience to gamer's systems and surroundings for epic gaming experiences.

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.
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