AM2 early preview

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2006 - 09:08 AM |
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AnandTech has a very early preview of socket AM2.  Right now the big thing holding it back from the market is a lack of chipset and BIOS support, though the chip itself is somewhat immature as well.  This, the second preview, shows some improvements over the first, but is it enough to displace s939?

Source: AnandTech

Time to spring clean your thermal goop

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 10, 2006 - 09:41 AM |
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If you haven't changed your thermal paste in a while, it is probably dried and crusty, which means it isn't cooling your CPU as well as it could be.  Time to put on some new paste, so why not try out Coolermaster's new Nanofusion.  R&B Mods tests it against Arctic Silver 5, in case you are worried about it's perfromance.

Wasn't this supposed to be everywhere by now?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 6, 2006 - 02:02 PM |
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I could have sworn we were all supposed to have thrown out the towers of old ATX cases that accumulate over time and make the switch to BTX by now.  That Form Factor has been slow in rolling out to the consumer, but ExtremeTech has seen signs of life for it.  Drop by to see what kind of choices you have when building a BTX system.

Heat pipes and water cooling, together at last

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 5, 2006 - 09:09 AM |
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Thermaltake has introduced the Volcano Heat Exchanger, and A True Review will explain exactly what it does.  It looks much like an oversized, fanless heatsink with connectors to use with tubing for water.  Read on to see just how it performs, and how to install it.

VIA Launches First Single-Chip Embedded Chipset, the VIA CX700, at ESC 2006

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 4, 2006 - 01:01 PM |
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Fremont, California, 4th April 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA CX700 digital media IGP chipset for the VIA C7® and Eden® processor platforms, the most advanced x86 embedded chipset that integrates all the cutting-edge features of a modern chipset's North and South bridges, including rich video graphics, HD audio, and DDR2 and SATA II support, into a single, compact and highly power-efficient package.

Mobile monsters from Alienware

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2006 - 03:15 PM |
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Stop by Hot Hardware for a review of the Alienware Area-51 m5500, a perfect blend of portability and power.  A 2.0 GHz Pentium M, with choice of the built IGP or a 6600 Go (either 128 or 256M), 533Mhz DDR2, and a 15" display, weighing just over 6 pounds.  Read the full review to get a feel for the newest mobile Area-51.

"As one of the pioneers of the gaming notebook, it comes as no surprise to see Alienware coming

to the table with yet another innovation.

Source: HotHardware

Cooler Master Centurion 534 Review and Giveaway!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2006 - 02:52 PM |
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That's right, Bob Dyl has reviewed the Coolermaster Centurion 534, and now that he is done with it, it is being taken away from him, and given to a lucky PC Perspective member.


If you could do with a free, stylish case, all you need to do is head to this thread and follow the instructions!

A watercooler built for two

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2006 - 01:13 PM |
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Thermaltake comes to the rescue of overheating SLI rigs with the Tide Water Plus kit.  PC Modding Malaysia reviews this kit that was designed specifically for rigs with 2 video cards.  Read on to see if it is superior to jury-rigging your own.


If you are in the need of a futuristic case, then Bob's review of the newest case from NZXT should be right up your alley.


"All in all, the Tide Water Plus water cooling solution is yet another ingenious dual GPU cooling

Take your notebook to the races

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 31, 2006 - 03:46 PM |
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X-bit Labs grabbed a hold of a fast new notebook from Acer Labs, the Ferrari.  It has a very attractive finish, and even has the Ferrari logo emblazoned on the cover.  Of course the price also reflects the branding, though you certainly won't be dissapointed by the performance.

"We would like to introduce to you a superior notebook on AMD Turion 64 processor from Acer.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Tell your plexi to get bent

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 31, 2006 - 01:09 PM |
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Modders-Inc has posted a how to for bending plexi and other plastics for case modding.  If you are into modding cases and want to build something really twisted, this will tell you how, and what tools you need to do it right.

"Master Modders Sheldog23 show us one of his secerts for making a custom modded case. Quote: I

get asked all the time "How did you bend the Plex for your UTMod?".

Source: Modders-Inc

The Monarch Rebate Countdown continues

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 31, 2006 - 09:09 AM |
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Monarch Computer's rebate countdown continues ... not that much time left to wait.


Keep an eye on this page, or you will miss some amazing deals!


Boldly going where no AMD part has gone before

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 31, 2006 - 08:53 AM |
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AMD will be announcing a new single core chip clocked at 3GHz in early April.  It will probably take longer for the dual core version to appear.

"AMD will use its 65nm party in Prague to talk about the progress company is making with

production ramp of its Fab36, but at the same time, company will introduce their fastest clocked

production CPU.

Source: The Inquirer

Washington, D.C. Ranked Best City For Teleworking In Nationwide Study

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 30, 2006 - 09:45 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 30, 2006 — Washington, D.C has been named the 'Best City for Teleworking' in America, according to a new study released today by research firm Sperling's BestPlaces and Intel Corporation. The phenomenon of telework has grown rapidly in recent years thanks in part to the availability of powerful mobile computers based on Intel® Centrino® Mobile Technology and a network of more than 19,000 hotspots in the U.S.

A tool-less heatsink for your tool-less case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 29, 2006 - 09:09 AM |
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Virtual-Hideout reviews the Kingwin Big Air AMD CPU Cooler, a incredibly easy to install heatsink.  If you are a little clip-shy after managing to drive a screwdriver through a motherboard when dealing with a very stubborn socket clip, take a look at this innovative way of securing the heatsink to the socket.


Don't forget about the CoolerMaster giveaway, you have until April 11th to enter!


"Kingwin has

Modding ahead of the curve

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 27, 2006 - 02:19 PM |
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In the last of the series on case modding at Extremetech, suggestions from readers on the best way to cut curves was requested from those who have done it before.  The replies poured in, and you can take advantage of all of the tips'n'tricks on your next project.

Source: Extremetech

Start with a silent case, then add quiet components

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 24, 2006 - 03:11 PM |
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With as many case manufacturers and styles as there are in the market right now, it makes sense to start with a purpose built case to put your system in.  If you are going to agonize over every component on the inside, give the case some consideration too.  Silent PC Reivew examines the Nexus Breeze Real Silent Computer Case, which, as you may have guessed, is a good enclosure to build a quiet PC in.

"Nexus Technology is addressing the problem of noisy computers head-on with their new Nexus

Breeze Real Sil

Add a little "Green Power" to your PC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 24, 2006 - 02:49 PM |
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Coolermaster jumps into eco-friendly waters with their release of the iGreen Power series, and Hardware Zone has pics and stats.  Before you start looking down your nose at them, these are simply high efficiency PSU's with added PR.  High efficiency translates into less heat, and more stablity, so keep your eye out for them.

"Green power is all the rage nowadays and Cooler Master reacts to this with its new iGreen Power

series of energy efficient PSUs.

*NIX SendMail vulnerability

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 23, 2006 - 09:05 AM |
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UNIX and LINUX are getting in on the newly discovered vulnerability theme for this week as well.  According to this story on CNET, the Sendmail flaw could allow a remote attacker to gain control of your machine.  The Windows version is not at risk and upgrading to version 8.13.6 of *NIX sendmail will secure you, as it contains a patch for this vulnerability.

"An attack could interfere with or intercept mail delivery, permit the intruder to tamper with

other p

The reasons to spend more on an HTPC case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 21, 2006 - 03:46 PM |
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PCApex demonstrates the benefits of choosing a purpose built HTPC enclosure instead of just using a small case.  The investment will cost you more up front, but read the article and see if they can convince you the Cooler Master Media 260 is worth it.


If you like the idea, but not the case, read Bob's review of the SilverStone SG-01 Evolution.


"The idea behind a home theater PC is to make it as inconspicuous as possible while able t
Source: PCApex

A universal heatsink

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 21, 2006 - 02:28 PM |
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The NorthQ 3310BL UFO may not keep your cpu as cold as outer space, but according to the review at DriverHeaven, it is universal.  It won't win awards for silence or efficiency, but there are certainly some redeeming qualities to this heatsink.


Make sure you read Lee's review of the Cooler Master Praetorian 730 Mid Tower before you go buying any cases, too!


"The 3310BL UFO cooler has a great advantage over many other coolers.
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