CeBIT 2008 Day 3 - PSUs and Casesby Christoph Katzer on March 6, 2008 5:00 PM EST
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Gigabyte used a small corner of their booth to show their power supplies, including the 800W Odin that we already reviewed. The Odin series is currently Gigabyte's first and only PSU brand, which is now adding bigger brothers with 1000W and 1200W models. Another eye-catcher at the booth was the memory water-cooling - a little overkill for some people, but for those pushing to get every last drop of performance from their RAM it could prove useful.
HEC / Compucase
HEC / Compucase is a rather conservative known for their power supplies in the system builder field. The company has served that market for many years, and recently they decided to take a step into the retail market. We saw the first versions a few years back, which didn't look very good since they used on an older topology with passive PFC. The company is now introducing the Cougar series, available in black and in bronze (the latter of which actually looks light brown).
We had the chance to open up a sample and inspect the inside. The filtering stage is well designed, with more components than the average power supply. All the installed capacitors are made by Teapo. HEC claims an efficiency of up to 85%, which might actually be possible with this model. We will be testing some of these models soon and will provide additional information at that time.
Lian Li showed a large lineup of cases at their booth, all made of aluminum of course. Lian Li did just introduce a hybrid case not long ago that will actually have a steel body, however. The front will still be aluminum to keep with the company tradition. There are several other new cases coming out that we will be reviewing shortly. Lian Li also displayed a new case that users can use to provide an Xbox 360 with better cooling - and potentially better looking, depending on personal taste.
Lian Li focuses on medium and large towers, leaving the gaudy/exotic creations for other companies. The designs look very sleek and are similar to what we normally see from Lian Li. We also saw several power supplies from Lian Li, based on the same topology that Xigmatek and Hiper use - and we all know where they come from (CWT).
The company NesteQ is more known in the European regions even though it is a Taiwanese company. We were told that there are several US retailers with NesteQ products, something we will look into once we are back home. The reason we wanted to show their products is that they are famous for their semi-passive power supplies. These designs run most of the time without activating the fan. A fan is present, however, and it will start turning at higher loads and heat levels.
The company features several different models, with a new 700W model introduced at the show. This model has several advantages over the older versions, the primary one being that the housing is covered with small ventilation holes, similar to what we have seen with several Hiper models in previous roundups.