Razer enters the PC Component market with new AIO, fans & more announced at RazerCon 2021
The new Razer PC components take us one step closer to having an entire Razer set-up - is the future green?
Razer has just announced its new range of PC components, so you can be one step closer to having a whole PC setup entirely made just from Razer products. Right now, they have the full range of peripherals (mice, mouse mats, keyboards, headphones), streaming accessories (webcams, microphones, capture cards), gaming chairs, and even clothing. So of course the next step was to infiltrate the guts of your computer. With the release of their case a few months ago all that was left for the Singaporean giant to conquer was PC components. With that, they have just announced they will be selling a suite of PC components at RazerCon 2021.
Kicking off their lineup is their brand-new line of fans named the Kunai Chromas, followed by a PC fan controller, an all-in-one cooler named the Hanbo Chroma, and a power supply called the Katana Chroma. As you can expect from the names they all are full of RGB but actually quite tastefully done.
Razer Kunai Chroma Fans
The Razer Kunai Chroma are Razer’s first-ever fans, coming in two sizes of 120mm and 140mm. They are on sale from the Razer website right now and are available at retailers for a price ranging from $44.99, which is likely to be the 120mm version. That would be a steep price to pay for a singular fan but it’s really not specified in their briefing. No other fans come close to being as expensive as the Razer Kunai Chroma fans. At that price, not even cutting-edge fans with maglev bearings like the ML series from Corsair are as expensive as Razer’s offering.
Even so, the Razer fans are equipped with hydraulic bearings, the longest-lasting and quietest, aside from maglev-type fans. However, they are rated for nearly seven years of use (60,000 hours) so even leaving your PC on 24/7 they should last you a while. With a noise rating of 15-35 dBA (120mm, 140mm rated for 15-30dBA), they should also run fairly quietly. The 120mm version offers you 18 addressable LEDs and 22 for the 140mm model. They only light up the outer ring of the fans, which does give it have a sleek design with a balance of RGB and black, which makes for a good-looking compromise between the two extremes of garish RGB fans and a stealthed-out look.
The 120mm model of the Razer Kunai Chromas has an RPM ranging of 500-2200, with the 140mm being equipped with a slightly lower range of 500-1600, which allows them to move 17.48-65.5 cubic feet per minute (CFM) and 34.48-81 CFM (120 and 140mm respectively). This is decent airflow and will have no issues moving lots of air into your system. This is especially useful as these fans are also being used on their AIO, so it needs the power to get air through the radiators and be an effective cooler. You can also see this with the ML series from Corsair, used on their H series radiators where the 120mm fans have an RPM of 400-1600, and 400-1200 for the 140mm, which report an airflow of 47.3CFM and 55.4 CFM respectively. And so the Razer fans provide higher airflow, good for the transfer of heat from the radiator.
Razer Hanbo Chroma AIO
Equipped with the Razer Kunai Chroma fans, the company also announced an all-in-one cooler. Named the Razer Hanbo Chroma, this AIO is coming a little later than some of the other products they’ve announced at RazerCon 2021, in November 2021. Razer states that it’s still going through quality control, so we’re not sure what price they’ll be starting at yet.
You’ll have two options with 240mm and 360mm models, which will both be using the 120mm fans. The pump is an Asetek cooling block, fairly standard in the AIO market, with the pump and heatsink being built alongside Razer and Asetek in collaboration. However, the cap of course comes sporting Razer RGB, with a ring round the outside and logo in the center, sticking to that minimal RGB look. The performance of the pump is rated at 800-2800 RPM on both sizes, drawing 12v, 0.3A and with a copper plate, which should make for a competent cooler. The cooler compatibility is fairly broad and standard, supporting AMD AM4, with the Intel compatibility spanning from LGA 1150 all the way to 1200. It will even support the new Intel LGA 1700 socket, so there’s no need to worry about the possibility that the cooler will become obsolete any time soon. Razer did not comment if the Hanbo Chroma AIO will be compatible with what we expect will be AMD’s AM5 socket.
Razer PWM PC fan controller
In addition to an AIO and fans, Razer have also announced a PWM fan controller, available now. The controller is able to connect and power eight fans. However, there are no RGB connectors, so if you want to have a hub for your RGB, you’ll need the Razer Chroma Addressable RGB controller.
To have control through hubs of your RGB fans, you’re going to need both hubs to have full control of them, and with the PWM controller costing $49.99 and a Chroma controller costing $39.99, it’s not going to be cheap to fully deck out your setup with the Razer ecosystem. However, if they are universal three pin RGB (as the Chroma controller supports) you can get away with daisy chaining directly to your motherboard if you have enough sockets for them. Even so, we’re not sure you’ll be able to control it through Razer’s Synapse software, so you’d have to rely on bios or other software controls.
Razer Katana Chroma PSU
The last announced component is the Razer Katana power supply, which will be available in ATX size from 750-1200W platinum or a 1600W version titanium 80+ efficiency. These will become available in Q1 of 2022 and they currently have no announced price. There will be some differences between each model, with the specifications not stating what might be different between them.
They can be seen in the renders provided. The 750W offers a split ATX motherboard connector, four 8-pin connectors for either CPU or PCI-e power, three six pin connectors for SATA and peripherals, and of course an RGB control connector for the 140mm fan in the power supply. They did not specify what manufacturer they have used, as many power supplies are actually made by third-party companies. But, Razer have said that it’s been developed to their requested specifications, promising the best quality, including 105c Japanese capacitors. With this high efficiency, quality and protection it will likely be a solid product but with no cost attached to it yet, we’ll have to wait and see how it holds up against other brands.
So, what does this all mean for the industry?
With Razer entering the market, they’re looking to topple the current market leaders such as Corsair. PC components are an incredibly lucrative market, and it makes sense for Razer to want some slice of the pie. It’ll also benefit them to have the most components being their own in your build, with one big ecosystem, not unlike what Corsair or NZXT currently offers.
With their sleek, RGB, and black designs, the products fit well into the components they already have, and from the promotional imagery that features all of their new components into their recently-released Tomahawk case, it does go well together.
With all these announcements and most likely more down the line, Razer is becoming the Apple of the PC market, with minimalist designs and high prices to match. With an entire ecosystem of their own products, Razer is gearing up to be a huge player in the components market, but it remains to be seen if any of it is worth the likely very high price tag they’ll come attached with.
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