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Kobalt shows new Blade chassis, CoolIT gear

Kobalt shows new Blade chassis, CoolIT gear

CoolIT's other modded on their stand had a very icy theme.

CeBIT 09: Always on the lookout for new mods at CeBIT, we came across this case cooling shell from Kobalt. Inside it houses four CoolIT Elite multi-TEC coolers chilling two watercooled loops for every component. It has a Core i7 965 running at 4.4GHz, a Rampage II Extreme with Full EK water cooling, 6GB of OCZ Flex EX DDR3 1,866MHz (unique to this system), quad SLI BFG GeForce GTX295 with EK waterblocks and a Be Quiet! Dark Power Pro 1,200W PSU.

This Kobalt Blade chassis is the very first one to roll off the Kobalt factory line and even though it feels solid and it looks great, it’s still early days according to the team. Chatting over lunch, they were confident the case would pass EMC testing, but it might require some meshing on the inside too – just minor tweaks to bring it up to Kobalt standard, though as it is it adheres to the necessary specifications for sale.

The entire chassis is 100 percent aluminium and the CoolIT Elites sit in the top with the hot air venting upwards and outwards. The Elites are designed to make use of multiple TEC coolers – each one works at just a fraction of its rated value as the power consumption to cooling ratio drops off the more volts are passed through. The CoolIT guys found that by running several together instead of just a couple the cooling performance was far more efficient (but inevitably more expensive).

The Elites are the upper end of CoolIT’s new range of cooling hardware – the most interesting of which is a new £65 sealed watercooler with active control that’ll last five years, apparently cool anything and fits wherever there’s a 120mm exhaust fan. Naturally, CoolIT claims it’s better than the Asetek LLC kit, but while this latest product does impress us, previous CoolIT kit has left a lot to be desired.

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Jack_Pepsi 9th March 2009, 13:50 Quote
Dust magnet!

Very OTT, but very cool... no pun intended.

;)
perplekks45 9th March 2009, 14:12 Quote
What really destroys the clean look for me is the ATX cable. Why not go all the way and pick up blue sleeving?
p3n 9th March 2009, 14:34 Quote
Didn't mashie make a case like that back in the days? :P
craigbru 9th March 2009, 16:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by p3n
Didn't mashie make a case like that back in the days? :P

http://www.mashie.org/casemods/301.html

Yep!
Nicb 9th March 2009, 19:16 Quote
Nice! I want one. Change a few things but yes, Nice.
Slyr7.62 9th March 2009, 20:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by perplekks45
What really destroys the clean look for me is the ATX cable. Why not go all the way and pick up blue sleeving?

What destroys the clean look for me is quite plainly the water cooling, lol. :)

Yes though, they should have @ last sleeved the ATX cable blue.
clik 9th March 2009, 21:13 Quote
Its REALLY nice....very good job. Check out the photos from the Kobalt site;

http://www.kobaltcomputers.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=653

think the wrap around the ATX is uv reflective.

I'd def have one!!!! ;)
Redbeaver 9th March 2009, 21:22 Quote
oh! me like! price probably insanely stupid for us canadians...
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