Cooler Master today unveiled a new line of power supplies that promise to deliver "world-class" reliability and performance without beating up your savings account. Coming in 475W, 525W, 625W, and 725W configurations, each of Cooler Master's new Extreme 2 PSUs costs less than a C-note; the entry-level model carries an MSRP that's half that much. Oddly enough, Cooler Master doesn't claim any 80 Plus efficiency ratings on any of the new models, though the company insists they're constructed with "higher quality components and process improvements" than what's found on the first generation Extreme Series.
Cooler Master may be known best for its cases and cooling supplies, but the company also offers a fairly spiffy line of gaming accessories. Yesterday, Cooler Master unveiled a new entry in its CM Storm QuickFire line of mechanical gaming keyboards: the QuickFire Pro. As any serious gaming 'board should be, this one is all about the keys.
No matter how Kick Ass your gaming rig is, the PC's bound to crash and burn if your power supply isn't up to snuff. Cooler Master's Silent Pro M series of PSUs gets a lot of love from hardcore system builders for its efficiency, silent running and reasonable price -- and now it's getting an update. Today, the company pulled the proverbial curtain off the creatively named Silent Pro M2 series, which Cooler Master claims is better than its predecessor in every possible way.
If Cooler Master was a person rather than a company that provides PC supplies, it'd almost be old enough to drink: this year marks its 20th anniversary of existence. And rather than just patting itself on its imaginary back and sending out press releases touting its own awesomeness, Cooler Master's tossing a little something back to the community. The company just announced that for a short time, it's shaving nearly a quarter off the price of LAN-friendly CM Storm Trooper full-tower case, bringing it down from $190 to $150.
Frequent Maximum PC readers will have noticed our love affair with Cooler Master’s Hyper 212 Plus CPU cooler. The 212 Plus came out of nowhere and captured our hearts—and a spot on our Best of the Best list—with its excellent cooling power and rock-bottom $30 price tag way back in 2009. It’s not the best CPU cooler we’ve tested, but we’ve installed it in virtually every stock-clocked PC we’ve built since, thanks to its unbeatable price/performance ratio. Cooler Master’s all-new Hyper 212 Evo costs five dollars more than the Plus. But is it five dollars better?
Plan on buying a Cooler Master heatsink sometime soon? If so, you could be buying into a new cooling design the company’s dubbed “Vertical Vapor Chamber Technology.” Cooler Master claims that by tinkering with the traditional heatsink design, Vertical Vapor Chambers run cooler and quieter than traditional cooling solutions.
It’s been a long road for the Cosmos II, but it’s finally here. The long-awaited successor to Cooler Master’s blockbuster Cosmos was supposed to ship in September—around the same time as our 2011 Dream Machine, which used a prototype version of the Cosmos II as its chassis. Well, after some trips back to the drawing board, the Cosmos II is finally ready for prime time. It’s real. And it’s spectacular.
The Cosmos II, which Cooler Master bills as an “Ultra Tower,” is 20 percent larger than the original Cosmos—it’s more than 27 inches tall, 26 deep, and 13.5 inches at its widest; and it weighs a staggering 47 pounds empty. The chassis frame is steel, while the shell is plastic, with aluminum cladding on the panels. The build quality is outstanding, with nary a sharp edge, uneven panel or flimsy component. The sliding doors on the top and front panel slide smoothly, the side hinges are solid and easy to use, and the handles won’t fall off. Our review unit is all black, but Cooler Master also offers a silver model.
‘Tis the season for discounted prices, and if you’re in the market for a new PC, the next month may be a good one to go out and grab all the components you’ll need to toss a custom rig together. (Unless, um, you need a hard drive.) But if you find you’ve succumbed to a buying frenzy and blew your budget on high-powered components – and left yourself without a chassis – don’t despair, and certainly don’t recycle your mom’s old Compaq tower; Cooler Master’s releasing the CM Elite 431 Plus ATX Mid-Tower Chassis this month, a $60 case that might appeal to the budget-conscious.
There are precious few things we'd turn down if they're offered for free, like the flu, jail time, and handerpants. Cooler Master is offering none of those things, but the company is giving away LGA2011 brackets to owners of its Hyper 212 Evo and Hyper 212 Plus air coolers so you can upgrade to Sandy Bridge-E without factoring in the cost of a new cooling solution.
Mechanical keyboards are kind of a throwback to days gone by when keyboards offered a satisfying click and superior key action. More and more companies are coming out with mechanical planks nowadays, including Cooler Master, which just announced its new QuickFire Rapid keyboard for gamers. This board was built to withstand the kind of abuse gamers inflict when feverishly mashing away.