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Cooler Master has new cases

Cooler Master has new cases

The only shot we were allowed to take of Cooler Masters new, even larger Storm Chassis, which is still in the pre-tooling stage.

CeBIT 09: Never one to rest on its laurels, even in when others are scaling back, Cooler Master has a plethora of new kit to put your hardware in.

First up is the Mini-ITX-1. This little black box is bigger than most mini-ITX cases, but the advantage is that it comes with a higher power PSU and more space for cooling from two 80mm fans. Cooler Master eschewed the LCD option in the front because it was concerned with cost and software. It handles standard 3.5” hard drives and also a slimline optical drive, as well as the mini-ITX board that has plenty of space to breathe despite being low profile.

To be honest, it’s the industrial mini-ITX products we’d love to see come to retail – with a passive cooling shell CM has several of these smaller boxes that, to us, not only look better than the mini-ITX-1 but the potential silence is a considerable bonus for HTPC enthusiasts.

The V10 is probably the biggest “aircooled” heatsink we’ve ever seen. With an integrated TEC unit it’ll cool up to 200W with a large 120mm to keep it cool. We were told it has a special mounting bracket to brace the considerable size and weight, and CM appreciate it’s not for everyone, so this exclusive cooler will only see 50 units coming to the Blighty shores, at £85 a pop.

We wonder – has Cooler Master finally bridged the gap between good air and water cooling, where other cheap “high end” products have always failed?

The HAF922 and CM Scout are new downsized and discounted alternatives to other, larger designs. The Scout still has the large handle similar to the Sniper, but with (dare I say it) an Antec 902 front its design is equally utilitarian (so undoubtedly loved or hated). Also with black innards and externals, five 5.25” bays, five hard drive slots, space for watercooling and an array of fan options up to 140mm it should make for great competition to the 902 we liked so much. Is it built like a brick-*hit-house like the 902 to take all the knocks of LAN gaming? When we get one for review, we’ll let you know!

The HAF9 922 is very similar in spec and equally in-your-face in style (again, bring on the love/hate) and to be honest we feel that Cooler Master might be overlapping itself here with two HAFs on the market. Quite clearly missing from the range is a budget ATCS. We appreciate the ATCS range was always expensive and high quality, but take the Lian Li PC60 for example – subtle, inexpensive, good quality build. Even the old ATCS 201 was just as popular and didn’t cost that much either.

Finally, Cooler Master is developing a new cooling mount for its products! Huzzah! That should make Harry happy, at least! In addition to this – Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 watch out; CM has a new product up its sleeve that it says will undercut it on price, but also outperform it.

A possible new budget king? From the looks of the sample we saw, the theory is there, but whether the package is right at the end of the day remains to be seen. Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Cooler Master has new cases CeBIT 09: Cooler Master has new cases Cooler Master has new cases CeBIT 09: Cooler Master has new cases

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Baz 5th March 2009, 13:25 Quote
want smaller ATCS 840 NOW!
ParaHelix.org 5th March 2009, 14:18 Quote
Good god, is that a "Start" button of have I exceeded the recommended caffeine intake.
Blademrk 5th March 2009, 14:23 Quote
No shots of the new TT compartmentalised case? ignore should have read title more carefully
That's one case I'd like to see reviewed when it's released.
The Cooler Master Storm shot you've posted makes it look sort of like a guitar ampliefier? Interested to see how that turns out.
scarrmrcc 5th March 2009, 14:38 Quote
that V10 is reason alone, to have a window in a case...... i love a big heatsink.
(and glad to live in america where i MIGHT be able to get one...)
E.E.L. Ambiense 5th March 2009, 16:17 Quote
None of those do it for me personally. A smaller 840 would be interesting, but I'm sure that's out of the question.
Redbeaver 5th March 2009, 18:35 Quote
oooh.... pretty....
thehippoz 5th March 2009, 18:41 Quote
that cooler sure is unusual =]
FeRaL 5th March 2009, 19:05 Quote
The V10 is junk btw. One of the worst performing overprices HS in history...
C-Sniper 5th March 2009, 20:11 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baz
want smaller ATCS 840 NOW!

Agreed!

Hey BT, any news on when they might pump one out? (the smaller ATCS that is)
DarkLord7854 5th March 2009, 22:14 Quote
That CPU cooler looks ridiculous.. I'd like to see a review of it.
tominated 6th March 2009, 11:19 Quote
i really hate the haf 932, but the 922, well, that's a whole different story. i want one now!
Cupboard 6th March 2009, 13:10 Quote
Silly CPU cooler.
naokaji 6th March 2009, 15:32 Quote
Mini-ITX-1 = me wants
V10 = I bet mounting that thing will be a pain in the a**
FeRaL 6th March 2009, 17:58 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DarkLord7854
That CPU cooler looks ridiculous.. I'd like to see a review of it.

Here's your review... http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/coolermaster-v10_9.html#sect0

And, some poor guys comment who bought one is in this tread... http://www.forumapex.com/intel_cpu_motherboard_oc/80408-new_parts_coming-7.html
DarkLord7854 6th March 2009, 18:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by FeRaL
Here's your review... http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/coolermaster-v10_9.html#sect0

And, some poor guys comment who bought one is in this tread... http://www.forumapex.com/intel_cpu_motherboard_oc/80408-new_parts_coming-7.html

Well.. confirms my suspicions.. it's not a great cooler :)
TomH 6th March 2009, 22:56 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by naokaji
Mini-ITX-1 = me wants
Absolutely. Looks very neat. :)
Elton 8th March 2009, 16:53 Quote
Agreed either make a smaller ATCS 840 or a smaller Stacker 830.

The 922 is good for LAN Parties but I still have my doubts.
jhanlon303 8th March 2009, 19:57 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by naokaji
Mini-ITX-1 = me wants
/snip

ME TOO! with all the mini-ITX builds I do, this one would look fine. I would even replace my aging CM ATCS HTPC with a smaller one. More shelf room. I could fit 2!

john
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