I’ve always looked forward to what Cooler Master does because very often the industry tends to follow their trend. The best-selling CPU cooler on the forums just so happens to be a variant of the Hyper 212. For those who can’t afford a Fractal chassis, there’s the Elite 344. Even I went with an Elite 310 chassis, after looking at all the other crummy options in the same price range. Like Volkswagen, they seem to have something for everyone, from the slightly understated Elite family through to the Cosmos and the Stryker, with all the bits and bobs in between. Its been a long time coming, but it looks like they’re finally changing their design language to something a bit more modern and mature.
Starting things off is the new N-series of chassis, which I think are probably going to replace the Elite range. Cooler Master already makes a K-series range which is supposed to appeal more to the gamer crowd and the entire front panels of those chassis are also fully meshed. The N-series, though, looks a lot better and moves up in size from mATX (same as the Elite 344) to regular ATX. The N200 starts off by cramming in space for a single 5.25″ drive, three 3.5″ devices, one 2.5″ drive and, get this, a 240mm radiator or two 120mm intake fans in the front.
From there it scales up. The N400 sticks in two DVD drives, seven 3.5″ hard drives, an ATX board and a 240mm front-mounted radiator, while the N600 sticks in three DVD drives, seven hard drives and two 240mm radiators. With the larger chassis there will be extra cable management holes, although they won’t be filled with rubber grommets.
The N300 (black) and the N500 (white) are a little different. The N300 is the same size as the N400 but only has two DVD drive bays and two 3.5″ bays, while the N500 is the same size as the N600, but only has space for three DVD drives and three hard drives. Both will have dual rad support and, I suspect, drive bays maneuvered out of the way to make space for extra-long graphics cards. The Sliencio range gets another sibling in the form of the Silencio 352. It has a shiny bay door (Hal, do I need to ask again?…) with space for a single DVD drive and three hard drives. It has sound-dampening material on both doors and ships with two low-voltage 120mm fans.
All of the chassis, aside from the N200 and N300, will have two USB 3.0 ports on the front panel via an internal header (Yes!). The N200/N300 will retail around €40, the N400 is €50, the N500 €60 and the N600 is €70. The Silencio 352 will cut things down to €55, making quiet computing far more affordable now that the only other player in the silent game, Antec, doesn’t have value-orientated silent chassis.
There’s also a new lineup of modular PSUs. The V-series feature PWM-controlled 140mm fans and range from 750 to 1000W. All of them are modular with a Gold efficiency rating of more than 90% at 50% load and 87% at 100% load. All three have enough connectors for multi-GPU action and five or seven year warranties. They also might be made by Seasonic, a major change for Cooler Master who normally uses FSP and some of the other OEM suppliers. There’s no pricing or availability, but you can bet they’ll probably be out a little before Computex, just in time for all the buyers looking to build up their Haswell-based rigs.
Finally, they also had some upgrades to their popular CPU cooler and fan lineup. The first out of the gate is the TPC 612, a downsized version of the massive TPC812, which uses the same heatpipe design clustered together, as well as two Vapor-MG chambers to facilitate extra heat transfer. It looks like a good fit for most motherboards where the RAM or the GPU sits too close to the CPU socket. A single 120mm fan attaches to the TPC612, although there’s probably a way to mount another one. The V8 GTS rotates the heatsinks by 90° and puts in space for two turbine-style 140mm, PWM-controlled fans in a push-pull configuration. On its own it weighs 1.2kg.
The last update from Cooler Master is the JetFlo 120 fans. These actually seem quite thin and have sleeved cable, so I suppose they’re purpose-designed to look good next to a radiator. They’re rated for 85 CFM and spin between 600 and 2000RPM. Keeping with the other coolers, it’s also PWM-controlled.
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