I’ve said it before and I guess I’m saying it again; I have reviewed a lot of AiO coolers. As the resident AiO guy at ThinkComputers if there’s a new closed loop product on the market it finds it’s way to me. As you might imagine I have seen everything from coolers that are basically bone stock, slap the company logo onto it and call it good, to very unique, well thought out and inventively engineered designs. It’s the later that keeps me going, because every once in a while a sample will come along that you can tell some love and creativity was poured into the design. Today we’ll be taking a look at the Silverstone TD02-E. While Silverstone is far from being a one-off boutique brand, their products in general carry a certain feeling of quality and pride in the design. Follow along as we find out if the TD02-E has the genes of its counterparts or if it’s simply a generic design with a logo slapped on as an after thought.
This week on our Weekly Tech Podcast we talk about our review of the Corsair HX1200i 1200W Power Supply, some new GeForce GTX 980 Ti’s that just hit the market, 20 really bad PC setups and much more!
Most of the cases that I have seen and reviewed this year have usually been what I personally refer to as cookie cutter cases. Meaning that most are generally all alike in build placement and engineering except for one or two exceptions that make that particular case unique, but the Silverstone FT04 is a case that defies this rule of case making. The Silverstone FT04 still has to follow the usual JEDEC Rules for conformity to the E-ATX form factor but past that is where it all changes to pure uniqueness. This Silverstone case defies most of the usual configuration standards and sets itself apart as being a “Case all its own”.
SilverStone had their Petite Series of super-compact NUC cases on display at Computex. The PT20 is the enclosure made for Intel’s Core Broadwell equipped NUC boards. While the case looks aluminum, it is actually made of SECC steel. It has official dimensions of 125 mm x 50 mm x 110 mm (WxHxD) and features a 2.5-inch hard drive bay and two from cutouts for USB 3.0 ports.
SilverStone was showing off a power supply at Computex that will be their next flagship smart power supply line. The ZEUS Smart Power Supply is expected to launch in several high-wattage variants. The unit that was on display was the 1200W version which features 80 PLUS Platinum efficiency, a single +12V rail design with a single 100A rail, temperature activated 140mm cooling fan, and an onboard sensor suite.
Okay lets stop accentuating the negatives, because there are some good parts as well. For the compromises you do make you get a nice looking case that has a really nice mirrored finish emblem two fully autonomous USB 3.0 Ports and some small amount of foam on the inside of the panels to keep them from vibrating to the heartbeat of your hard drives for $50.00. The engineering is really neat as the whole top panel can be completely removed to easily build inside. Don’t worry, there are no mention of the 10 screws that hold the top cover on, in the manual, but if you are fortunate enough to have read this review or you figured out on your own why they used Phillips head screws to hold the top panel instead of rivets, then you can remove them quickly and effortlessly and replace the top back on after the build is completed.
The SilverStone Kublai KL05B-W edition is the sport model of the two similar cases. This one has a very nice thin tall window to show just the right amount of glamour of your motherboard and cooling without showing too much. I find it a welcomed change to some of the other full paneled windowed versions that show every bad wiring mistake or give the appearance of TMI. “Too much Information”. The SilverStone Kublai has a taller stance than most with a plastic top cover made to house the Radiator or fans depending on your building needs. This mostly gives room on the top side of the motherboard for any size radiator you might have including a nice fat radiator. The tall thin look of the Kublai is just an illusion because it still gives plenty of room for that large air cooling solution that you may have been thinking of.
For small form factor enthusiasts, the standard SFX power supply form factor has excellent combination of size, power, and affordability. At 100mm deep, however, the standard SFX PSU is also limited in fan size to 80mm. While advances in engineering and components have made modern high-end SFX PSUs quieter than ever, there is still inherent limitation with 80mm fan’s ability to dissipate heat at maximum loading conditions while maintaining satisfactory noise profile for users sensitive to higher-pitch sounds. With this in mind, SilverStone has released a “lengthened” variation of the SFX form factor called, SFX-L.
SilverStone’s RVZ01 case has been quite popular for the company and they are following it up with the RVZ02. If you know about the RVZ01, you know it is an extremely small and compact case. Well SilverStone was able to make the RVZ02 even smaller! It has a volume of only 10 liters compared to the 14 liters of the RVZ01.
SilverStone has been making smaller cases for a while now and the biggest thing with many of these cases is getting the correct power supply that will fit these cases. Well at CES 2015 SilverStone showed us their Power Supply line and how they have tried to make the units smaller to better fit their cases.
Aug 03, 2015 0