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Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 24, 2004 - 08:53 PM | Geoff Baker
Here's a review about the Aerocool HT-101 for your Socket A or Pentium 478 cpu. While the tall design makes me nervous, they get some good performance numbers here.
Aerocool is rapidly making a name for itself in the
performance air cooling market. They have been very
successful in the past with their use of super conductor
tubes (Heatpipes). Back in January I looked at the Deep
Impact DP-102, and today we will be looking at another
unique super conductor tube based heatsink, the High Tower
HT-101. Can Aerocool repeat the success they had with the
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 24, 2004 - 08:50 PM | Geoff Baker
AllHardwarezone has a review posted of this inexpensive heatsink for Athlon XP. Though you wouldn't want to overclock with it, it looks to be a pretty good performer for a great price.
"Marketed as a product for computer users looking for a quiet cooling
solution with competitive cooling capabilities, the WhisperRock
performs exactly as Spire claims it to. While I wouldn't recommend
this cooler to overclockers, it is a fine cooler to put in any other
computer. The build quality was great, it has an attractive look and
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 24, 2004 - 09:27 AM | Ron Goldin
Like most people who consider themselves PC enthusiasts, I think I know a fair lot of what cases should be and how they can improve their designs. Thats probably one reason I have done case reviews here previously at AMDMB. Not only did I have a fair bit of knowledge walking in the door, I also learned a lot. One thing I know is taller is not always better. One of my favorite reviews that I have had the pleasure to do was the Chenbro Junior server case.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 21, 2004 - 04:52 PM | Geoff Baker
X-Bit Labs has their hands on an Asetek Vapochill XE. Not only they are reviewing it, but seing how high they can push their collection of P4's. Benchmarks too.
Today we are going to offer you an unprecedented material devoted to super-extreme overclocking of the top Intel Pentium 4 processors, namely Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.20GHz (Gallatin), Intel Pentium 4 3.20C GHz and 3.4C GHz (Northwood) and Intel Pentium 4 3.20E GHz (Prescott).
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 21, 2004 - 04:40 PM | Geoff Baker
PCTechzone is reviewing a new heatsink from Thermaltake. This one adapts to Socket A, Pentium 478 and your A64. Take a look as they do pretty well with it.
"The POLO 735 is one heck of a cooler. Those of you that have the Volcano 12 will love this cooler. The POLO is the Volcano 12, with a few well done changes."
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 17, 2004 - 03:45 AM | Geoff Baker
The Madshrimps are exited as Alpha comes forward with a heatsink for Intel socket 478. See if it is still a top performer.
"Alpha has delivered a solid solution for the P4 with their new updated release
of the PAL heatsink. A few minor adjustments
to the pins (height/form) has brought the performance on par with other high end
products while mounting system could have benefited
from an overhaul as the installation is still quite a time consuming process."
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 17, 2004 - 03:25 AM | Geoff Baker
OCIA has posted a review of this cooler for the Intel socket 478. They are getting some decent performance for the price, and it looks cool too.
"Installtion of the 4ProL was one of the easiest I've ever done, even
easier than Intel's retail P4 heatsink, which has been praised by many,
including myself. Installation of the 4ProL was as easy as adding some
thermal compound to the processor, placing the heatsink between the
retention bracket, and pushing the 4 clips onto the 4 retention posts.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 17, 2004 - 03:21 AM | Geoff Baker
Have a look at how 3Dextreme did with the tall glowy Gigabyte sink with the long name that you can use on just about any processor.
"Today 3DXtreme has the pleasure of reviewing the newly released and
innovative Gigabyte 3D Cooler-Ultra Cooler-Ultra Heatsink. We'd like to
thank our friends over at PCPartsLeader for providing this Heatsink for
review. The Gigabyte 3D Cooler-Ultra Heatsink is a unique heatsink
featuring a heat pipe design and provides '360 Degrees of Cooling'..."
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2004 - 09:23 PM | Geoff Baker
FrostyTech looks at this cooler for Pentium 4. Though its brother might work out for your AthlonXP, this one doesn't seem to make the grade.
Evercool CUW8-715 is a carbon copy of the Evercool
CUF-715 for the AthlonXP, it will be interesting to see how the former
performs when faced with the increased thermal interface of the Pentium 4
synthetic temperature test platform."
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2004 - 02:47 AM | Ron Goldin
This is just one of those items that just looking at it makes me cringe. I would not suggest a heatsink design like this for a LAN party case at all. Frankly, just its size alone to me looks like it would put undo strain on the cpu socket clips on any tower case. Desktop model pcs that lay flat only, would be the only place I personally would put a heatsink of this design in. You be the judge, better yet, shoot me an email about your opinion of this heatsink.
The single fan performance is slightly better (1-2Â°C) than I've seen with a Thermalright SLK-800 and
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2004 - 02:29 AM | Ron Goldin
Let's see what putting water through a heatsink is all about.
Using our New heatsink test rig we review the super Global Win SilentStream water cooled heatsink so that you can see how well it works using our new heatsink test rig.
We are also adding our own dual-80mm fan radiator we used with the latest Thermaltake Aquarius III to see how much of an improvement in cooling adding this radiator to the Global Win SilentStream makes.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 11, 2004 - 09:17 PM | Geoff Baker
Here is a review of the Thermalright for A64/FX and Pentium 4. Check out the comparisons against the Thermaltake competition, the Venus.
Cooling is one of the major concerns for an enthusiast. We like to
overclock our processors to ultimate speeds but for those of us who
can't afford water-cooling kits, it's hard to reach the unbelievable
speeds. For affordable thermal solutions, we turn to air-based
heatsinks. We want something that works just as well as some of the
affordable water-cooling kit.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 11, 2004 - 09:13 PM | Geoff Baker
Big Bruin has a review posted of an Evercool for Athlon XP that might be an alternative to the stock cooling. Not for overclockers it looks like.
"One very nice surprise is the mounting clip. Not only does it take
advantage of all three lugs on both sides, it is hinged on the tool side and proved
very easy to use. Latch the first side down under the three lugs, insert a flat
blade screwdriver into the capture, and just hinge the second side onto the lugs.
One of the nicest socket mount clips I have ever used. Should become the standard,
it is that good."
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 11, 2004 - 09:06 PM | Geoff Baker
3DXtreme has a quick review of this Evercool heatsink that will work with your XP, P4 or A64 processor.
"Today at 3DXtreme we have the great pleasure of reviewing the "Magic
Cooler" MAG-01 Heatsink by Evercool. Yet again Evercool has given us the
chance to voice our opinion about one of their new products in their
product line. The MAG-01 is versatile enough to carry out multiple CPU
applications while keeping performance differences to a minimum.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 10, 2004 - 08:42 PM | Ron Goldin
Modsynergy takes their turn at the Thermaltake Aquarius III Watercooling kit.
There are many ways of cooling your processor. First, there is air-cooling, which
is the most common approach. Second, there is Peltier-cooling, which is not commonly
used yet because it requires massive power. Third, we have water cooling used
extensively by the overclocking and computer enthusiast crowd. Water-cooling has
gained popularity and looks to become mainstream soon, for even non-computer geeks
have been talking about it lately.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 10, 2004 - 08:39 PM | Ron Goldin
Man the Thermaltake reps have been busy. Many reviews lately, maybe more to come. A-1 Electronics performs some mods on their sample, adding some radiators and such.
" We now conclude our reviews on improving the cooling performance of the super
Thermaltake Aquarius III water cooled heatsink system.
Here we try fitting an additional radiator to the inside of the Thermaltake Aquarius
III cooling unit that you can buy easily at many computer parts suppliers and try
adding a dual 80mm fan size external radiator to the Thermaltake Aquarius III system
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 10, 2004 - 08:37 PM | Ron Goldin
X-Treme Modz has posted a look at the Polar Flo water blocks. Check out the performance they get as compared to a couple of air coolers, the Aerocool and the Gladiator 3.
"A year or so ago who would have thought that an unknown (to the PC world) machine shop in
Montana would be such a force in the PC water cooling market. Up until the last year if you
asked someone about water cooling hardware there were only a couple of names that came to mind,
boy has that changed..."
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