Your source for quiet fans

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 6, 2007 - 03:12 PM |
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SPCR has done a full update of their 'Recommended Fans' list.  They cover 120mm, 92mm and 80mm fans, ranging from the 120mm NEXUS REAL SILENT CASE FAN D12SL-12 @ 36 CFM, 1,000 RPM and 22 dBA to the hard to find 80mm MECHATRONICS A8025S12D @ 25 CFM, 1,500 RPM and 21 dBA.  If you are trying to keep your system quiet, as well as cool then memorize this list.

PCI-X lives

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2007 - 06:04 PM |
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PCI Express is the defacto choice for graphics cards and other high speed components, like physics processing.  It caught on for mainstream consumers, while PCI-X has been relegated to business applications like SCSI cards, and Gigabit LAN cards in servers. 

Source: PCStats

Quiet cooling, with optional noisemaker

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2007 - 12:30 PM |
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The Thermalright Ultra 120 is an immense heatsink that is designed to cool without needing a fan.  It even manages to out perform the stock Intel cooler, while generating no noise.  The interesting trick with this heatsink is that you can easily attach a 120mm fan, and get incredible cooling power.  Head to AnandTech for a look at the performance of this powerful cooler.

Source: AnandTech

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES OC2 SERIES OF THE GEFORCE 8800 GTX & GTS

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2007 - 11:47 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (March 5, 2007) — BFG Technologies®, Inc., the leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 OC2™ series of graphics cards.


BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX OC2 768MB:

  • Core Clock: 626MHz vs. standard 575MHz.
  • Shader Clock: 1450MHz vs. standard 1350MHz.
  • Memory Clock: 2000MHz vs. standard 1800MHz.


BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS OC2 640MB:

Ferret sniffs your packets

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 2, 2007 - 12:21 PM |
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Wi-Fi is a very handy way to set up a network without spreading cables all through your house or business, and it is much easier and cheaper to set up than just a few years ago.  It also opens you up to a few vulnerabilities that are not always understood.  CNET reports on some of the most common, from packet sniffers, to the fact that when your PC starts up, it broadcasts a list of the wireless networks it has connected to in the past.

How handy is Andy?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 1, 2007 - 06:44 PM |
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The newest cooler from Scythe has one of the oddest names going ... the Andy Samurai Master.  You can read about this heatsink at Silent PC Review, where they put it up against the older Scythe Ninja, as well as the Ultra 120.  They also try on a few different fans to see what effect that has on it's noise, and it's performance.

This fan knows Yoga

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 28, 2007 - 06:22 PM |
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The AzenX X-Cruzer Flexible 70mm fan is a unique product. It resembles a small personal fan on a bendy straw, with 3M sticky pads, 3 magnets and a molex power connector.  It is designed to be stuck inside a case, anywhere you are having airflow problems ... as long as you don't try attaching the magnets to the motherboard.

Drop by OCC to find out if this is a good idea, or just a flashy gimmick.

High voltage reviews

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 27, 2007 - 01:58 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has decided it's time to start reviewing PSUs, as part of their regular articles.  They start off by figuring out a quite intricate testing process, involving incubators, transformers and more. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Extension Station observation

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 26, 2007 - 02:22 PM |
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Virtual-Hideout looks at a nice piece of equipment from Logisys, the Extension Station.  At first glance, it looks like a stand to place an LCD monitor on to get it in line with your eyeballs.  There is a lot more to this though, it contains powers switches and plugs, all with fuse protection so that you don't end up with a powerbar on the floor gathering dust bunnies and any liquids you might spill.  As well it has a 4-port USB Hub, and other features including a drawer to keep little screws, jumpers e

Something old is new again

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 23, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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Multiplayer Wing Commander!!!

If you aren't excited by that, then just move on, otherwise take a peek at the screenshots on HEXUS ... I need an Xbox 360.

Source: Hexus

Small size, big fan, low cost ...

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 22, 2007 - 02:34 PM |
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The most noticeable feature of the NorthQ Giant Reactor 1kw ATX PSU is the 135mm fan which takes up the entire bottom of the PSU.  That lends credence to it's claims of silence, and the pair of 12V rails with 35A each make it seem powerful.  Join Overclock3d in their full review, and a reminder why buying a power supply from a little known company might not be your best move.

Source: Overclock3D

Look over there ... it's Ultra Bay!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 21, 2007 - 05:03 PM |
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The Soundgraph UltraBay is a multifunctional display that takes up two 5 1/4" bays, and offers an amazing variety of display options.  Head over to techPowerUp for the full review, you can't really grasp what this display can do without seeing it in action.

Source: techPowerUp!

OCZ Announces the Extremely Versatile Vindicator Premium CPU Cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 20, 2007 - 05:34 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-February 20, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide
leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory,
today announced the OCZ Vindicator CPU cooler, an enthusiast-grade thermal
solution for the latest high performance processors. The Vindicator can be
used as a passive or active cooler depending on the needs of the enthusiast.


A case for the racing fan

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 19, 2007 - 12:42 PM |
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The InWin F430 is indeed themed off of the Ferrari model, and that caught the attention of Think Computers. Sporting a very bright red finish and a sound effect when you first start the machine up will get racing fans eyebrows up. Add to the creative exterior a very roomy interior with removable hard drives and 120mm fan cooling and this is more than just a gimmick case. No word on how temperamental it makes your PC.

'When I hear F430 I instantly think of one of my favorite exotic cars, the Ferrari F430.

Unusually powerful, but still the same size

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 16, 2007 - 04:00 PM |
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When you are picking up a high powered PSU, of 1kW or so, you may notice that it is longer than the power supplies you are used to.  Some are large enough to give troubles installing it in certain cases.  OCZ comes through with their ProXStream 1000W PSU, and HotHardware has the review.  It will fit in your case, and the 4 12V rails with 20 amps each will keep your graphics happy.

Source: HotHardware

The current King of the Coolers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 14, 2007 - 02:08 PM |
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The Thermalright Ultra-120 is the cooler to beat.  You have probably seen it's name in mentioned in most heatsink reviews, sitting beside temperatures that are lower than whichever heatsink was being reviewed.  PC Apex reminds us why it is so powerful, it weighs over 700g, is almost 6.5" tall and 5" thick on it's wider side. 

Source: PCApex

What to do when your graphics system wants 600W on it's own

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 13, 2007 - 06:31 PM |
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You may have noticed in Ryan's review of the XFX 8800 GTX XXX, that the card demands more than 300W to run, and you can double that in an SLI rig.  Bottom line is that a 600W PSU will not be enough, and 700W probably won't be either.

Source: Bjorn3D

This cooler stands tall among the competition

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 13, 2007 - 12:53 PM |
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Rosewill is probably not the first name that jumps into your mind when you think of CPU coolers, but over the past 3 years they have had some successes.  Overclockers Online discovered that their new RCX-Z775-EX is another one.  Coming within a few degrees of the performance of the might Thermalright Ultra-120, and doing it very quietly is not easy.  There is one thing to keep in mind, this cooler stands about 5 1/2 inches tall, so make sure your case is wide enough t

GeminII - the Most Effective Main board and CPU Cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 9, 2007 - 11:34 AM |
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Cooler Master's newest Cooler Innovation, GeminII, is the world's first Main Board and CPU cooler. GeminII's thoughtful design creates high cooling performances due to its excellent heat transport ability and superior heat dissipation ability. Now you can enjoy all the benefits from Windows Vista with ease.


Find out the upper limit of your CPU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 8, 2007 - 06:04 PM |
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Thermoelectric cooling is a powerful way to keep your CPU cool, but it comes at a high price.  Enter the Monsoon II Lite, which has trimmed some of the features of it's big brother down, and lets you get into TEC for less than $100.

AnandTech managed to get a Core 2 Duo X6800 from it's stock 2.93GHz up to 3.96GHz at 14*283MHz with this 50W TEC cooler, mind you it does so at about 60dB.

Source: AnandTech