Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 23, 2014 - 12:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: heatsink, air cooling, water cooling, quiet
Silent PC Review has just done a major update to their lists of the best Big, Small and Fanless coolers, both air and water. The Big list requires a fair sized case in which to contain the cooler and consists of those coolers which operate at 20 dBA or less from 1m away with no more than 45°C rise over ambient. The graph starts with the loudest 20dBA and grows more quiet with the measured temperature appearing at the noise level they tested, those with multiple values have adjustable speeds. The Small list has the same setup but consists of coolers that should fit in most SFF cases and the fanless lacks noise ratings for obvious reasons. Check them all out here.
"Recommended Heatsinks lists SPCR-reviewed top cooling devices for CPUs, VGA and other hot computer parts, ordered by cooling performance and low noise. Major update on 16 Sept 2014."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate Review – Keepin’ It Cool @ Techgage
- Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate 360mm Liquid CPU Cooler Review @HiTech Legion
- Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate CPU Cooler Review @ TechwareLabs
- NZXT Kraken X61 28cm Liquid Cooler @ SPCR
- Enermax Liqtech 120X AIO Liquid CPU Cooler @ SPCR
- NZXT Kraken All-In-One CPU Cooler Roundup @ eTeknix
- Cooler Master Hyper 612 V2 CPU Cooler @ Kitguru
- Lian Li PC-V359 Micro-ATX Modular PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- A Fine Line Between ‘Inexpensive’ and ‘Cheap': BitFenix Neos Review @ Techgage
- Nanoxia Deep Silence 3 @ techPowerUp
Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2014 - 03:12 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: blizzard, titan, MMO, mmorpg
Titan has been officially canceled by Blizzard after a year and a half delay. Since around May of 2013, the developer attempted to "reset" the project by shrinking its staff down to a core group of thirty, down from a hundred. This team wanted Titan to embody their wildest ambitions, but they realized that it was not going to be fun. "Fun" is not the goal of every game, nor should it be.
If "fun" was the intention though, and it isn't, then you have a problem.
As for the employees, there does not seem to be any discussion of lay-offs. 16 months ago, when the team was downsized from 100 to 30, Blizzard claimed that its staff would be reassigned to other projects. The smaller, core team is not mentioned today at all, positively or negatively. Whether that is a good sign, and why it never came up in the inteview, is still unknown. Hopefully they will be transferred to an existing game or service, or work on a different, new product.
Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2014 - 03:35 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: ups, ups store, 3d printer, 3d printing
If you have a few 3D objects that you would like to make physical, it might not make sense to purchase a whole MakerBot Replicator or equivalent device. To print, fax, and copy shops, the third dimension seemed like a natural extension to their business model (because it literally an upward extension on their previous service).
Image Credit: Wikipedia
One such retailer is The UPS Store, and they just announced that their six-location test was successful. They are now expanding to "nearly 100 additional locations nationwide". Their "Find a Location" page currently lists 45 locations which, I assume, will be appended as more stores setup with the required hardware and training.
Unfortunately, being Canadian, I cannot utilize any of these yet. I could see this being mostly useful, for me, if I wanted to print out an original 3D figurine or sculpture as a gift. Others could make replacement parts and so forth.
UPS Store has not given a timeline to complete this rollout.
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