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SilverStone Intros Argon AR 11 Low-profile CPU Cooler

SilverStone released the latest entry to its Argon line of low-profile CPU coolers, with the Argon AR 11. Designed for LGA115x socket, with an installed height of just 47 mm, the cooler is ideal for SFF builds on mini-ITX motherboards, as its 97 mm x 94 mm x 47 mm aren't much larger than the CPU socket area of LGA115x motherboards itself. Like most Argon series coolers, its heatsink design involves a dense aluminium fin stack that propagates along the plane of the motherboard. Four 6 mm-thick copper heat pipes, which make direct contact with the CPU, pass through two ends of the fin-stack in an "S" shape. The fin-stack is ventilated by a 15 mm-thick 92 mm fan, which takes in 4-pin PWM input, spins between 1,200 to 3,000 RPM, pushing up to 55.76 CFM of air, with a noise output of 44.5 dBA at max speed. The cooler supports CPU TDP of up to 95W, which means you should be able to install even 6-core "Coffee Lake-D" Processors. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Silverstone Showcases Myriad of Computer Cases at CES 2018

Silverstone took to CES 2018 to showcase what they feel is their strongest case offerings for the current market. In the Silverstone booth, the company showed off their Redline RL07, Primera PM02, Lucid LD01 (MicroATX) and Lucid LD02 cases, which look to cater to all tastes - and sizes.

The Redline is an ATX form-factor case with an interesting, asymmetric front look, with interesting LED inserts in the top and bottom declinations, which bring about an interesting lighting effect. The black case shines red LEDs; the white case shines blue LEDs. Simple enough. The Primera, on the other hand, are Silverstone's "trend-setting" cases, with a bold, micro-perforated look on the front of the chassis, with a Silverstone branding LED projecting the company's name towards your desk (or floor, should you commit that particular crime). Both the Redline and Primera chassis feature a steel body design, with a tempered glass side panel.

Silverstone Also Showcases Storage Solutions at CES 2018

Silverstone at CES 2018 also showcased some number of cases and storage solutions that the company hopes to carve its way through the market with. There's an interesting 4x M.2 Drive bay, for instance, which occupies a traditional 3.5" bay but gives users the option to mount up to 4x M.2 SSD drives; there's a 2.5" SSD expansion bay (EXB01) that allows for hot-swapping of SSDs mounted on the rack; an M.2 to PCIe adapter with embedded heatsink and LEDs, as well as a PCIe Gen3 x16 to an NVMe drive adapter.

SilverStone Intros TP02-M2 Heatsink for M.2 SSDs

SilverStone rolled out the TP02-M2, a heatsink for 80 mm-long M.2 SSDs (M.2-2280). This chunky aluminium heatsink is 1 cm tall, and weighs a little over 16 g. In addition to a 3 g-ish adhesive thermal pad, it would have added close to 20 g of weight onto the various soldered components of your drive; but SilverStone is clever enough to include two silicone bands that strap the heatsink onto the drive, offloading some of that weight. The heatsink was tested by its designers to significantly lower temperatures of NAND flash chips and controllers, which pose performance penalties on faster NVMe SSDs. The company didn't reveal pricing.

SilverStone Intros Essential Gold Series Power Supplies

SilverStone, which last week expanded its Essential power-supply series with an entry-level 450W model, released the new Essential Gold Series PSUs, with 550W, 650W, and 750W models. Compared to the other Essential series models, which use 120 mm fans, these ones use larger (yet quieter) 140 mm fans, without the unit itself not being much larger (16 cm long). Also, unlike the other models, the Essential Gold Series offers partially modular cabling, and as the name suggests, 80 Plus Gold-rated efficiency (the others are 80 Plus Bronze).

The PSUs feature single +12V rail designs. Other internal features include active-PFC, and protection against over/under-voltage, overload, overheat, and short-circuit. All cables, including the fixed ones, are flat ribbon-type. The other fixed cables include 4+4 pin EPS, and two 6+2 pin PCIe power. Modular cables include two additional 6+2 pin PCIe power on the 650W and 750W models, nine SATA power, three 4-pin Molex, and one 4-pin Berg.

SilverStone Intros the Primera PM02 Case

SilverStone today introduced the Primera PM02 mid-tower case. The case is characterized by a front-panel vent design that's halfway between minimalist and brutalist, with accents of red concealed behind matte-black overalls, or gray with matte-white overalls. A tinted-black tempered-glass panel covers the left side. Inside the case has a contemporary horizontal partitioned layout, with room for graphics cards up to 41.5 cm in length, CPU coolers up to 16.7 cm in height, and PSUs up to 19 cm in length.

The bottom compartment houses three 3.5-inch/2.5-inch drive trays. You can mount an additional three 2.5-inch drives behind the motherboard tray. The cooling system of this case includes three 140 mm / 120 mm front intakes, two 140 mm / 120 mm top exhausts, and a 140 mm rear exhaust. Front panel connectivity includes three USB 3.0/3.1 type-A ports, one USB 3.0/3.1 type-C port (two 2-port standard headers), and HDA jacks. The case measures 220 mm x 456 mm x 491 mm (WxDxH). The company didn't reveal pricing.

SilverStone Intros Essential Series 450W PSU

SilverStone today introduced its Essential series 450W power-supply (model: SST-ET450-B), which covers all the basics for first-time builders. The Essential series made its debut earlier this year, with larger 550W and 650W models. The standard-ATX PSU is 14 cm long, and features fixed cabling. It has enough juice and straws for a premium mainstream-desktop build with one high-end graphics card. The PSU offers 80 Plus Bronze switching efficiency. Under the hood, it features a single +12V rail design, with a single 34A rail.

Other under-the-hood features include active-PFC, and protections against over/under-voltage, overload, and short-circuit. A low-noise optimized 120 mm fan keeps the unit cool, with noise output as low as 18 dBA. Connectors include a 24-pin ATX, one 4+4-pin EPS, two 6+2-pin PCIe power, four SATA power, three 4-pin Molex, and one 4-pin Berg. Backed by a 3-year warranty, it is priced at USD $59.99.

SilverStone Announces Availability of RedLine RL07 Cases

SilverStone today announced availability of its RedLine RL07 series ATX mid-tower cases. The cases were first unveiled at the 2017 Computex expo. They are characterized by the asymmetric front-panel design in which one half slopes downward, and the other one upward, with the gaps between them being studded with LEDs. The case comes in two principal variants - white with blue LED lighting, and black with red LED lighting. A tempered glass panel forms the left side panel. Under the hood, it features a contemporary horizontally partitioned layout.

The top compartment has room for an ATX/micro-ATX motherboard, with add-on cards up to 41.5 cm in length, and CPU coolers up to 16.7 cm in height. The bottom compartment houses a PSU up to 19 cm in length, and three 3.5-inch drive bays (which each support 2.5-inch drives). Three additional 2.5-inch drive mounts are located behind the motherboard tray. Fan mounts include three 120 mm front intakes (which convert to 2x 140 mm), and a 140 mm rear exhaust. You can mount either a 360 mm x 120 mm radiator along the front-panel, or a 280 mm x 140 mm radiator there (besides smaller radiators). Front panel connectivity includes two each of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0/1.1 ports, and HDA jacks. The company didn't reveal pricing.

SilverStone Adds Tempered Glass to Redline Case Series

SilverStone has just announced availability of their Redline chassis lineup. Aimed towards a more budget-conscious consumer, the Redline offers a standard ATX support and seven expansion slots in black and red or white and black color schemes (yes, you physics pundits are right when you say that black or white aren't colors... Let's let that one slide now, shall we?)

The RL06-G and RL06-GP cases are able to accommodate CPU coolers 158 mm tall, full-length graphics cards up to 348 mm, and power supplies up to 200 mm. Both chassis have mounting locations for 3x 3.5" hard disks (trays located in front of the PSU) and 2x 2.5" solid state drives (behind the motherboard tray.) The latest additions to the Redline series come standard with a full length power supply shroud that covers both the PSU and the three 3.5" trays.

SilverStone Intros the Strider Titanium Line of High-Wattage PSUs

SilverStone introduced its flagship Strider Titanium line of high-wattage power supplies for enthusiast-segment gaming PCs and record-seeking overclocking builds. The lineup consists of 1100W, 1300W, and 1500W variants, and boasts of 80 Plus Titanium-certified efficiency. The units offer full modular cabling, with enough juice and straws for Core X or Threadripper HEDT builds with 3-way or 4-way multi-GPU configs. All models feature two 8-pin EPS connectors, which each collapse into 4+4 pin ATX, so you can power Intel X299 or AMD X399-chipset motherboards with two EPS inputs.

Under the hood, the Strider Titanium features a single +12V rail design on all variants, active PFC, and most common electrical protection mechanisms. The units also feature a compact 180 mm length, compared to other brands which typically come in 220 mm lengths for this kind of wattage. All three variants come with eight 6+2-pin PCIe power connectors, up to sixteen SATA power, and six 4-pin Molex connectors. The units are cooled by a 135 mm fan, which stays completely off when the load is under 20%. The company didn't reveal pricing.

SilverStone Raven Z RVZ04 Prototype Pictured

The next in the long line of prototype cases at the SilverStone booth is the latest iteration of the SFF prodigy by the company, the Raven Z RVZ04. Its design is bolder than the current Raven Z, and encloses a micro-STX form-factor motherboard. This is a tiny 1U form-factor with DIY boards far a few between, but SilverStone's creation had a Core "Kaby Lake" quad-core processor, and a discrete graphics card. It doesn't have any storage areas of its own, and relies on any M.2 or mSATA slots on the motherboard. The case measures 238 mm x 81 mm x 199 mm (WxHxD), or about the size of a game console.

SilverStone Primera PM02 Prototype Detailed

SilverStone also showed off a prototype of its second-generation Primera series "stylish" ATX mid-tower cases. The case features an all-steel construction, including its front door. The front is characterized by vertical slits and a silvery finish. The side is dominated by a black-tinted tempered glass panel. The case measures 220 mm x 490 mm x 473 mm (WxHxD). Under the hood, you get three 3.5-inch drive bays (which convert to 2.5-inch), three 2.5-inch mounts, and five 140 mm fan mounts, with an included 140 mm fan. A curious-looking IR remote was placed near this case with RGB LED (color/brightness), system power, and fan-speed controls. We're not sure if it's included with the case.

SilverStone Redline RL07 Series Prototypes Pictured

Here are some of the first pictures of SilverStone's Redline RL07 case prototypes. These stylish ATX mid-towers come in black with a dash of red, and white with a dash of blue, and are characterized by the front vertical dividing crease with LED inserts. The case is made almost entirely of SECC steel (including the front), while its side panel is made of tempered glass. The case measures 230 mm x 488 mm x 482 mm (WxHxD).

Under the hood, the SilverStone RL07 features three 3.5-inch HDD bays (which each convert to 2.5-inch), and three 2.5-inch mounts. Cooling system is bolstered by an all-140 mm mount layout. The case features a total of five 140 mm fan mounts, a 140 mm fan comes included with it. Front panel connectivity includes two each of USB 3.1/3.0 type-A, and USB 2.0/1.1 ports, and HDA jacks.

SilverStone Fortress Box External Thunderbolt Enclosure Pictured

SilverStone showed off the Fortress Box (FTB01), an external Thunderbolt enclosure, which expands the connectivity of your notebook. The case stands tall, with a small desk footprint. It encloses a 500W power supply, and plugs into your machine with a Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gb/s) connection. Inside, you'll get a PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot, letting you install a high-end graphics card (over 25 cm long), and some front-panel connectivity such as USB 3.1 ports. The top of the enclosure scoops into a cavity with air vents, and is arched by a convenient handle.

SilverStone New Generation Argon 11 Low-profile CPU Cooler Pictured

Here are some of the first pictures of the latest-generation Argon 11 low-profile CPU cooler by SilverStone. Coupled with the fan, the cooler sits just 49 mm above the motherboard PCB when installed. It features a dense aluminium fin-stack to which heat drawn directly from the base is conveyed by four 6 mm-thick copper heat pipes. The base itself is made of a stack of the fins. The heatsink is ventilated by a 92 mm fan with PWM control. SilverStone claims that the cooler can handle thermal loads of up to 95W, making it fit for a wide range of CPUs.

SilverStone Launches the ET-550B, ET-650B Essential Series PSUs

SilverStone has announced new models for its Essential series of PSUs, which aim to bring quality to a lower pricing level than the more premium offerings, and allow SilverStone to cater to the high-volume market at the same time. These PSUs are Sirtec-made, and do cut some corners in order to address some aggressive pricing targets. Case in point: SilverStone rates these PSUs for 40ºC operation, a full 10ºC lower than the ATX specification defines, and includes only a few protections, namely Over Power, Over Voltage, and Short Circuit. The lacking OTP (Over Temperature Protection) would seem to be the best feature for such a model with a lower-rated operating temperature, but alas, this is what SilverStone offers.

The ET-550B, ET-650B are 80 Plus Bronze certified, and their +12V rails can deliver 504 and 600 W respectively. Their combined +3.3, +5V rating stands at 110 W for the 550B, and 120 W for the 650B. The cabling is fixed on both options, black-braided, and cooling is taken care of by tour average 120 mm Sleeve Bearing Fan. The PCIe connectors stand at 2x PCIe (1x 6+2 pin, 1x 6 pin) for the ET-550B, while the ET-650B doubles that amount to two of each. The dimensions stand at 150 mm (W) x 86 mm (H) x 140 mm (D). European pricing seems to be the sweet spot for these PSUs, with the 550B coming in at around 53,50€ and the 650B upping the ante to 60,60€ (prices excluding VAT, however.) In the US, I don't expect these to sell well if they keep their pricing, where the 650B currently retails for $90.

SilverStone Announces the Vital Series VT02 - Compact Mini-STX Chassis

If you're looking for an enclosure for a media streamer or a work computer, SilverStone has just announced a compact chassis that you might be interested in. The VT02 measures 6.5 (width) x 2.87 (height) x 6.16 inches (depth). The fact that the chassis supports a mini-STX motherboard means you will not be constrained by your choice of an off-the-shelf processor - just remember that a Kaby Lake CPU is required for 4K Netflix. You can even acquire a more powerful drop-in upgrade down the road. The height of the system, however, will severely constrain your choice of cooling, but if you're looking into such a product, you know this already.

The chassis supports 2x 2.5" hard drives or SSDs, with the front panel including 1x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1x USB 3.0 Type-C, and an audio and microphone jack. A vertical LED light bar on the front panel handles power-state notifications, and the case increases its air circulation through large vents on the top and sides. It sports a VESA MIS-D 75 x 75mm mounting plate, which allows this chassis to be attached to the back of your TV or monitor. The Vital Series VT02 Mini-STX has a one-year warranty, and retails for 28,90€ / $31.50.

SilverStone Releases the TP01-M2 Thermal Pads for Your M.2 SSD

That some M.2 SSDs throttle their speeds because of increased operating temperatures has already been demonstrated. Some companies, like Plextor, have even launched M.2 SSDs with specifically-developed heatsinks to reduce operating temperatures and thus reduce performance degradation. Other companies, Like MSI, have started incorporating M.2 heatsinks on their motherboard design, looking to attract more customers on the prospect of increased SSD performance - though some say the merits of MSI's approach are debatable.

Now, SilverStone has announced a more cost-effective - and compatible - way of improving thermals of your M.2 SSD of choice, by introducing its TP01-M2 thermal pads. These pads are colored blue (because blue means cool, see?), and the company claims their usage on a Samsung SM951 SSD brought about improvements of around 15ºC in the operating temperatures, down to 71ºC from the 86ºC sans thermal pads. These go for around 5€ a pack, which comes with two 20 mm (W) x 100 mm (D), one with 0.5 mm thickness, and another with improved cooling capabilities but a greater 1.5 mm thickness.

SilverStone Intros the FG Series RGB LED Fan Mounts

Want to add RGB LED bling to your machine but don't want to lose the steady hands of your high-end SanAce fans? SilverStone may have a way out. The FG121 and FG141 fan mounts latch on to your fans, and add RGB LED lighting. Made of clear acrylic, the mounts feature programmable RGB LED elements. The FG121 is designed for 120 mm fans, and is fitted with 24 LEDs. The FG141 is designed for larger 140 mm spinners, and holds 28 LEDs. It uses conventional 4-pin RGB LED control input. The company didn't reveal pricing.

SilverStone ECM22 Gives You Two Additional M.2 Slots

SilverStone showed us the ECM22, a neat accessory that provides M.2 slots to machines that lack them. The half-height PCI-Express 3.0 x4 addon card gives you two M.2-22110 (110 mm long) slots with PCI-Express 3.0 x2 wiring. One of the two slots features SATA wiring, which simply relays connection from a SATA port on your motherboard. The card doesn't have any native logic of its own, and as such NVMe booting support will depend on your motherboard BIOS supporting it. It could still come as a boon to setups such as video-editing rigs, in which the creative professional could want as many high-bandwidth storage devices as possible.

Silverstone Announces the RL06 ATX Case

In yet another addition to their already populated line of computer cases, Silverstone has announced the release of the budget-oriented (by Silverstone's standards) RL06 ATX case. It is built primarily from steel and plastic, and sheds the more premium tempered glass alternative for a more cost-effective transparent plastic side window.

The RL06 will be available in two different color schemes: the usual, gamer-style black with red trim or a more subdued white with silver trim. The base model ships with a single 120mm fan on the rear of the case, but Silverstone also announced a Pro version which comes with three additional 120mm LED fans mounted on the front of the case.

SilverStone Unveils 800W SFX-L Power Supply

SilverStone today announced availability of its 800W SFX-L form-factor power supply (model: LTI-SX800). This PSU was first unveiled at the 2016 Computex expo. Measuring 125 mm x 130 mm x 63.5 mm (WxDxH), this PSU is built for SFX-L ready cases such as the Fortress-Z (FTZ01B). It features full modular cabling, with enough wiring for a high-end gaming PC with up to two graphics cards.

Under the hood, the LTI-SX800 features a single +12V rail design with 80 Plus Titanium switching efficiency, active PFC, and most common electrical protection mechanisms, against over/under voltage, over/under current, overload, overheat, and short-circuit protection. The unit is cooled by a 120 mm temperature-controlled fan. The company didn't reveal pricing.

SilverStone Intros the 3 cm Thick NT08-115XP Ultra Low-profile CPU Cooler

SilverStone introduced the NT08-115XP, an ultra-low profile CPU cooler designed for media PC builds, and replacement for stock coolers. This top-flow cooler measures 101 mm x 101 mm x 33 mm (LxWxH), and is made of a copper-cored aluminium heatsink with forked, spirally-projecting fins, ventilated by a 10 mm-thick 80 mm fan that spins between 1,200-3,400 RPM, pushing up to 5.64-15.98 CFM of air, with a noise output of 16.5-28.98 dBA. The cooler is designed specifically for Intel LGA115x series CPU sockets (LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1150, LGA1151), and can handle thermal loads of up to 65W. It features a push-pin type retention mechanism similar to those found on Intel's stock coolers. The cooler is expected to go on sale on the 8th of December.

SilverStone Announces the Case Storage Series CS380 Chassis

Drive bays in mid- and full-tower cases becoming fewer by the days, making room for larger add-on cards and cooling contraptions. SilverStone announced a premium case for those seeking more drive bays, the Case Storage series CS380. This case is ideal for video-editing rigs and home-servers. The star-attraction here is its storage area, which includes two 5.25-inch drive bays, and eight hot-swappable 3.5-inch drive bays with SATA back-planes, which are compatible with 2.5-inch drives. The caddies are shielded by a lockable ABS front-door.

The CS380 is made almost entirely of steel. The motherboard tray serves up space for add-on cards up to 24 cm in length, and CPU coolers up to 14.6 cm in height. Its cooling system includes a pair of 120 mm fans (included) ventilating the drive cage, two 120 mm top exhausts, and a 120 mm exhaust. Front-panel connectivity includes a pair of USB 3.0 ports. The case measures 215.3 mm x 487.5 mm x 426.5 mm (WxDxH). The company didn't reveal pricing.

8Pack Announces the Rocket Compact LAN PC

Aesthetically unparalleled. Uncompromised in performance. Most popularly known for pushing PCs past their limits and holding multiple records at the world's largest overclocking events, Ian "8Pack" Parry is no stranger when it comes to breaking the laws of what many PC enthusiasts would commonly consider to be the impossible.

Meet the 8Pack Rocket. Distinctly crafted, highly refined and equipped with nothing less than the best, 8Pack's latest beast isn't one that's happy being confined to the home. Designed for portability and travel, all-the-while packing the power; the 8Pack Rocket is an overclocked powerhouse for on-the-go performance that's perfect for LAN parties.
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