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Tom's Hardware's AMA With Cooler Master, In Its Entirety

Peripherals, Liquid Cooling, And Cosmos News

Q. Will there be an ITX case that can hold tower CPU coolers like 212.. I like air cooling than AIO :)

A. Yes there will be this year.

Q. When are you going to release new products such as headsets and mouse pads?  When is the aluminum series and white colored series coming out?

A. We've re-tuned our design focuses on headsets to big improvements.Our aluminum headset , the Pulse-R, comes out the end of July and I think it's going to very well received. The surfaces we released the Power-RX and Control-RX, both which have been VERY popular with our e-sports teams. The aluminum keyboard will be launched in a full bundle ideally this year.  Sirus will see some updates as well since we feel it has great comfort and sound quality.

Q. Are there any plans for Cooler Master to release water-cooling products outside of Closed Loop options? So will we see Cooler Master designed radiators, pumps, reservoirs and other components necessary to build a custom loop?

A. Our Eisberg would probably fit your needs. The Eisberg comes prefilled and can be used as either a closed loop or you can add radiators, waterblocks, reservoirs etc to the system.

We sell three different versions:

Eisberg 240L - Which is the pump, 2 120mm fans and a 240mm radiator.

Eisberg 120L - Pump, 2 120mm fans and a 120mm radiator.

Eisberg Solo - Pump only.

Q. It's been hinted at but never confirmed beyond "It's currently in the planning stages". Is the Cosmos II ever going to get a side cover with a nice window? Can we get a definitive yes/no so we can go ahead and make our own or buy a 3rd party one? I love my Cosmos II but I want to know if I should continue to wait or if I should spend time on making my own.

A. Unfortunately the answer for CMUSA is no on the Cosmos 2 side window. We use a specialized construction, and when we calculated the cost, we would have to charge end users at least $60 for the piece. It would have been hard to sell and hard to make with that reality.

Q. I understand that future HAF cases will include USB3. Will these upgrades just be USB3 upgrades, or will new HAF products with many different changes replace older models?

A. Our current cases do have USB3.. namely HAF Xb, HAF X, and a few others.

Q. I think that you should use your expertise in cooling to make video cards. A cooler company making video cards should sell very well, I for one, will jump at the first rumor.

A. I don't think we'll get into that market, as it's already fiercely competitive.

Q. I was wondering if there are plans for a new HAF case full tower like HAF X?

A. Yes. Just cannot talk about it yet. :)  ... we have something that will really fit what you are looking for. Just not ready to talk about it yet!

  • johnvonmacz
    HAF XB 2!
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  • JJ1217
    Hyper 212X isn't released in America yet? Interesting, its released in australia:

    http://www.mwave.com.au/product/sku-ab48721-cooler_master_hyper_212x_cpu_cooler

    itss been up for quite awhile
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  • slicedtoad
    I've always considered CM somewhat subpar on the quality scale but I think I need to reassess. I actually have quite a few CM parts and while none of them are super high quality, thinking back to how much I paid, they had excellent value (price to performance/quality). I need to try one of their more premium parts sometime and see how well their value scales.
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  • JJ1217
    11103784 said:
    I've always considered CM somewhat subpar on the quality scale but I think I need to reassess. I actually have quite a few CM parts and while none of them are super high quality, thinking back to how much I paid, they had excellent value (price to performance/quality). I need to try one of their more premium parts sometime and see how well their value scales.

    Yeah, CM aren't the best in terms of cases tbh. My first item from them, a HAF X, had a side panel that wouldn't even fit back onto it.

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  • slicedtoad
    11103826 said:
    Yeah, CM aren't the best in terms of cases tbh. My first item from them, a HAF X, had a side panel that wouldn't even fit back onto it.
    I have an old 690 (original version) that I'm actually still using. I've modded the hell out of it but thinking back, I only paid ~$50 for it. The fact that it's supporting 2 watercooled gpus, a watercooled cpu and a triple rad is kind of amazing.
    I would never buy a budget case again (cause modding is a lot of work lol) but I think this case has done quite well. It's still fairly robust despite losing quite a lot of metal to a dremel.

    While you had problems with your haf X, a lot people have been very satisfied with it. I guess they sacrificed some QA for a cheaper price, lol.
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  • slicedtoad
    Wait, what?
    A. Just a quick tease: You will see Cooler Master products in your North American Apple Stores by the end of this quarter.
    I have no words. I can't think of any CM products that would fit in an apple store...
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  • KrazyKap
    love the HQ tour! :D
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  • manofchalk
    11103896 said:
    I have no words. I can't think of any CM products that would fit in an apple store...

    They have a few iPad stands and the like, can already get them on Newegg.
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  • slomo4sho
    A taller HAF XB to incorporate a 3rd 3.5" bay would be a welcome addition to the lineup. Having compatibility with longer PSUs (above the currently 180mm limit) would also go a long way in supporting 3-way sli/crossfire builds since many of the 1000W+ gold/platinum rated PSUs are larger than 180mm.
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  • zooted
    "Q. Would you mind telling me which of your products would be best for a 4.5ghz 4770k overclock?

    A. I'd recommend a CM V1000 80 plus gold power supply. You would have <1% voltage regulation, reliable output and extremely low ripple for better overclocks"

    Definitely need a 1000w power supply to o/c a 4770k.
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