A batch of case reviews to brighten your monday & more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 21, 2004 - 01:10 PM |
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Take a gander at these cases, with names from Armor to Z-Alien.  Maybe one of them will hold you off until the BTX form factor gets going as the new standard. 


"At first glance, the A600 does not seem to be a "stand out from the crowd" type of case. There is no crazy pre-painted design, no elaborately cut window, but this is exactly what I liked about the case. So many cases today are too "XTREME!!!" for me ... Once opened up, the A600 is a dream. The A600 sports four 5.25" drive bays as well as two external and six internal 3.5" bays.
Source: Bjorn3D

Zalman's and phase change & more ... oh my!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 18, 2004 - 06:28 PM |
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A member of the pimprig forums walks through the change from aircooling to watercooling, and 3 different sites look at Zalman's Fanless Reserator.

"Our own unaclocker, ZENNZZO, has a first quicky article up on phase change cooling as he makes the initial transition from water cooling: "This is all new to me, and by no means is a bible or the end all on the subject. There are many HVAC engineers that build Phase change units.

Source: PimpRig

Asus and Abit temperature readings examined closely & more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 16, 2004 - 01:03 PM |
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BleedinEdge drills a hole in a stock heatsink, inserts a temperature probe into it and looks at the differences in temperature readings from the motherboard's sensors, MBM 5 and their temperature probe.  If reading the article makes you want to upgrade your CPU cooling, well here's a list of solutions.

Source: BleedinEdge

PC Case or cell phone accessory & more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 14, 2004 - 01:13 PM |
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Convergence just keeps on coming.  Overclockers Australia looks at this case from COMSCOM.  It has a fan controller, thermal monitoring, and keeps your fans spinning for ~3 minutes after shutdown.  It also has a mobile phone charger?!?  Take a look and decide if it's too much for you, or if it is the case that finally has everything you need.

"This front panel also has an LED to show when the mobile phone charger is operating.

Friday's Frigid Fluids Fare & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 11, 2004 - 12:01 PM |
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A look at 2 different, and powerful watercoolers.  Xtreme Resources really gave their Flukes a workout, as there are a lot of temperature readings from key spots in the evaporator, as well as the temperature of air giong in and out.  A True Review gives you another look at Fluid XP, and much more for you to discover.  Unless you're just in a partyin' mood tonite...


"If you want the lowest temperatures you can get on

PCPer! you heatsink too small!! enlarge it with new product!!! & more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 9, 2004 - 04:07 PM |
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Is that a heatsink or a jet engine?  Heatsinks designed for the Prescott seem to prove that AMD no longer deserves to be though of as the producer of the hottest chips around, and Legit Reviews shows off some displays from Computex.  Another round-up of Prescott heatsinks, an new company just starting out and a neat little device from Logisys round out today's cooling news.


Quote: "One of the first things noticed about the new socket, LGA775, is the size of the heatsinks used to cool the new prescotts w

Lian Li turns their box upside down & more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 7, 2004 - 01:22 PM |
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Lian Li has a released a different kind of box layout, and Dan at Dan's Data takes you on a guided tour.  Then take a look at some of the others, and see if your next, must have upgrade is just a click away.

"The PC-V1000 is the first of Lian Li's new V-series cases to make it to market, and it's a corker. For years now they've been making 101 variants of the PC-60, but this thing's all-new, and pretty much all good.

Source: Dan's Data

Friday, so it must be watercooling & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2004 - 03:39 PM |
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hard-h2o looks at a silent external passive water cooling kit, the Xice-e900.  MODTHEBOX reviews a bundle of cooling supplies from Arctic cooling, and even more.

"With this external watercooling system we can get more than average temperatures, even if we overclock the processor. And best of all, it is noiseless. Without any doubt this is a great choice to become initiated in water cooling.

Source: hard-h2o

Is a see-through case vapourware? & more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 3, 2004 - 11:47 AM |
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SystemCooling takes a look at an acrylic case from Logisys.  While it may not be the kind of case to haul around to LAN parties, it is definately not a case to hide.  Also featured are some Small Form Factor cases, compatible with EPIA, micro-ATX and other smaller motherboard designs.

"The Logisys CS888CL has changed my opinion of acrylic cases considerably.

Air cooled northbridges, warm coffee & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 1, 2004 - 12:01 PM |
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It's June, and time to find out if your new motherboard likes heat and humidity.  MyWorldhardware takes a good look at a very functional chipset cooler from Thermaltake.  There are a few other things to get the air moving inside your case, and a fun little device that keeps your morning brain lubrication warm.

"Mainboard chipsets are often forgotten when it comes to cooling.

A mixed bag of cooling supplies

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 31, 2004 - 01:50 PM |
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A few articles touching on just about every aspect of keeping your system cool, quiet, or both.  Hitachi gives The Inquirer a sneak peak at their new quiet watercooling offering.

"The prototype exclusively pictured here, is installed in a customised Shuttle Small Form Factor PC and is capable of dissipating 150W at <34dB(A) and 120W at <28dB(A).

Source: The Inquirer

MCW6000 from the inside @ More watercooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 28, 2004 - 06:07 PM |
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The folks over at procooling have reviwed the Swiftech MCW6000.  After that, one of their forum members tore one apart to look at the insides.  Have a great weekend.

"The low flow rate performance (0.75GPM and less) of the MCW6000-A is the best I've seen in my testing.

A plea, Some cooling tools & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 27, 2004 - 06:09 PM |
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I beg of you, my fine readers, to never ever do this to a machine.


Unless it was really naughty and deserved it.


" NeuHausPlatz Computer Systems is proud to announce: The NHP 200NC, a lightweight caseless PC the world has never seen before."

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Selection of Thermally Energetic Gas Transfer Motivators

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 26, 2004 - 01:50 PM |
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I am not too sure what a Pentium 4 heatsink is, how it differs from an Athlon64 heatsink, or why it is becoming standard to see thermal solutions being branded to a specific chipmaker.  I never want to get a Windows error that reads "Incompatible Heatsink detected, please contact your system administrator.  The system will now shut down."


Here's a 3 way shoot out, and some other reviews from 'round the net.


"Not too long ago when the Pentium 4 was released it w
Source: Club OC

A case of the 70's & more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 25, 2004 - 12:17 PM |
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Have you ever wondered what a Mod'ed PC would look like?  Do you think Pete Townsend has one?


"The front bezel, I am pleased to say, is a big hunk of thick aluminum adorned with color and flashy lights. The first of two doors… yeah, I said two, is decorated with color, knobs, LED's, and knobs. These two big knobs up front are actually fan controllers.

MSI Making ATI-Based Cards As Well?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 24, 2004 - 04:05 PM |
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In the past, MSI has created some controversey by producing a limited amount of ATI-based cards specifically for Europe. Going with the current trend as of late in offering cards based on both NVIDIA and ATI chipsets, MSI is finally making their full product line public.

Source: Email

Danger Den TDX Nozzle Testing & More Wet Cooling Solutions

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 21, 2004 - 01:16 PM |
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Friday, and a long weekend for us Canuks!  Here are all the watercooling links that have come my way this week.  Have a fun friday evening. 

"It is clear that for all the pumps tested that using the #4 or #5 nozzle results in improved temperatures. It also becomes apparent that, for nozzles #4 and #5, the gain from changing to the more restrictive #5 nozzle is offset by the accompanying decrease in flow rate.

Are you a fan of quiet?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 18, 2004 - 01:26 PM |
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The Register has a few hints on how to keep your system cooling from drowning out your speakers.  2 round ups from Madshrimps, and 3 reviews of a Coolermaster heatsink.  Silent PCReview takes a look at ducting, and among other things, shows how lower rotation speeds limit suction, regardless of the CFM rating.

"If you're tired of the racket your PC is making, you have two choices before you.

Source: The Register

Cases of the Monday

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 17, 2004 - 02:02 PM |
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Monday morning, and the caffiene is still trying to plug the holes in my spinal column.  I have just about enough mental dexterity to conglomerate a list of case reviews for you all.  Without further mumbling,  I bring you ...

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A cool dip in the water & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 14, 2004 - 11:59 AM |
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Here's a nice little article at PC Stats that covers the basics of cooling. It covers the 3 main ways of cooling, air, water, and fire ...

Source: PCStats