The Venom Toxic is a full tower chassis which, thanks largely to its huge dimensions, supports a wide variety of components including the gargantuan E-ATX and XL-ATX motherboard form factors. Motherboard support isn’t the only weapon in the Venom Toxic’s arsenal though. 6 external, tool-less 5.25″ bays, 1 of which can be converted into an external 3.5″ bay, and 6 internal 3.5/2.5″ HDD/SSD bays ensure that even the most avid computing enthusiast’s storage requirements will be tended to. Enthusiast grade quality is again shown in the form of 10 tool-less PCI slots and an abundance of cable management grommets, ensuring a clean system even when all 10 expansion slots are populated.
Let's be real honest here. In the realm in which I live, as a reviewer, there is a level of trust that develops as you work with companies over the years. As a guy that is in the position to recommend things to others, I take that aspect seriously. When I put my "seal of approval" on it, I mean it! I don't see any reason to waver in how to explain it, or any issues bringing failures to the forefront when said failures do pass through my hands, just ask Gelid why I haven't heard from them since I failed their GPU cooler. That is an extreme example of my approach with companies and their products. Getting back to my original point, when dealing with various manufactures, a report and a trust is built as you see they are making great strides to improve things, or on the flip side, those that don't show any initiative, I'd rather not bring that material to your attention. With NZXT I am torn. Over the last few years I have seen great things come from them over many facets of the product lineup. The complete lack of any acknowledgement of any issues with their latest coolers, even though I was to find out later that they were fully aware that the fans sent were out of spec, but allowed me to test it as if it were just like what you would have bought retail, and that wasn't the case at all. I made strides to contact the company directly and was met with no reply, and had to gain my information from the third party PR firm that handles their products. Now that I put it all on the table, you can obviously see the level at where I hold NZXT has been knocked down a few pegs, and their lack of any help up front or after has definitely left a mark, even if just for a short time.
Today, we will be taking a look at a power supply aimed at people looking for a power supply that just works. Not only just work but is a quality product and built with all the protections one would normally get in a good power supply. Thermaltake is claiming that the new Smart series power supply is just that. The Smart series is only offered in a non-modular version for now. But the power range within the spectrum of everybody building a system from basic web browsing to gaming that reason is 430 to 730 watts.
On the test bench today is Glacialtech's Igloo H58 heatsink - a tower style exposed heatpipe base CPU cooler that marks one of the best efforts by this Taiwan-based thermal solutions manufacturer. The heatsink cools very well on both Intel and AMD platforms as you'll shortly see.
By retaining its original set of features the latest revision of the Phantom Enthusiast Full Tower Case by NZXT is not only beautiful in terms of design, offers superior airflow and has a spacious interior capable of housing even the largest possible hardware components but it now also features top I/O USB 3.0 connectivity.
The Enhance Corsa 1600Mhz 16GB Memory Kit from GeIL offers decent performance at a good price and comes with a specially designed heatsink which cools the memory chips with the help of the airflow inside the case.
The ASUS P8H67-M Evo supports one PCI Express 2.0 x16 videocard (x16 mode) and up to 32GB of dual channel DDR3-1066/1333 memory in 64-bit operating systems like Windows 7. Beyond the stock Intel H67 feature set, ASUS' P8H67-M Evo motherboard includes two USB 3.0 ports care of the uncommon ASmedia AS1040 controller, an IDE connector (that's rare these days!), eSATA II port via the low end Marvell SE6111 controller, four different video outputs (any two of which can be used for dual-monitor set ups) and an assortment of ASUS-gimicks like GPU Boost, EPU and MemOK.