ZoneAlarm picks a fight with Eudora and McAfee

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 21, 2006 - 12:44 PM |
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CNET reports that ZoneAlarm users are having dating difficulties with Eudora, and some McAfee users are unable to install the program.  The fix was released yesterday, so drop by ZoneAlarm to have your difficulties removed.

Zalman tames the AM-2

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 19, 2006 - 04:00 PM |
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By copying the design for the s939 CNPS9500LED, Zalman's heatsink for AM-2 systems is bound to impress.  Drop by Pro-clockers to see how well the cooling power transferred.

A closer look at nVIDIA and ATI's AM-2 offerings

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 16, 2006 - 03:34 PM |
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X-Bit Labs examines 2 AM-2 boards, a reference ATI board from Sapphire called "Sturgeon" and the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe.  Drop by and find out what these chipsets are capable of, and the different implementations used by the two competitors.

Also check out Ryan's review of the Asus N4L-VM DH, a Core-duo motherboard.

Source: X-Bit Labs

BTX - Forgotten, but not gone?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 16, 2006 - 02:30 PM |
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The BTX form factor is taking a while to be adopted.  While not too many systems are being based on it, you can still find cases that meet the new specs, like the SilverStone TJ08, reviewed by TECHGAGE.

Source: TECHGAGE

[H]ard|OCP has lost their marbles

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 16, 2006 - 12:15 PM |
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Seriously, they've posted a full reivew of Marble Blast Ultra for the XBox 360, and they loved it!  I can't imagine what drove them to this level, where they describe a puzzle game involving a rolling marble as "...visually impressive and does a great job showing off the power of the Torque Shader Engine".  Drop by and watch their descent into madness, and see what else they buy with accumulated Microsoft Points.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NZXT provides precise power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 15, 2006 - 04:00 PM |
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The NZXT Precise 650 Watt Power Supply that Overclockers Club reviews won't have much problems powering newer graphics cards.  Over 500W is dedicated to the 2 12V lines, so even the new 7950GX2 should get enough power.  It also cools well, though that makes it a little louder than other models.

I spy with my i ... something that is not an iPod

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 15, 2006 - 12:51 PM |
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Drop by Think Computers to find out how unique the iRiver is.  It's not very large, at only 0.5" x 2.5" x 1.75", and sports a 2.2" colour display, and a price tag under $200.  Can it displace your iPod from next to your heart?

Keep your northbridge chilled quietly

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 14, 2006 - 05:16 PM |
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Drop by BCCHardware to find out about a way to keep your northbridge cool, passively.  The Zalman ZM-NBF47 is a passive cooler that is much quieter than any fan based solution, and it will outperform most stock coolers as well.  The blue tinted aluminium construction is rather nice looking, as well.

Source: BCCHardware

Stable like a rock, pretty like a glow-in-the-dark butterfly

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 13, 2006 - 06:47 PM |
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Having a powersupply that is stable is one thing, but having one that is as attractive as it is stable is quite another.  The Kingwin Mach 1 600W PSU, as reviewed at Club OC, is exactly that.  With a plentiful amount of blue LEDs, this PSU will be at home in any modded case.

Or, for a more unassuming PSU, check out Lee's review of the CoolerMaster iGreen Power 600 PSU here on PC Perspective.

Source: Club OC

A 570 Ultra intended for 1 graphics card

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 13, 2006 - 03:15 PM |
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The HardwareZone reivews MSI's K9N Platinum, an nForce 570 based motherboard. It has most of the extras you would expect from that chipset, with a little trimming, especially on the PCI-E side, making it cheaper while still having some extras, and staying rock solid.

It's got a 140mm fan!!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 12, 2006 - 04:12 PM |
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The AeroCool Dominator CPU Cooler is huge, and also much quieter than you would expect.  Moving 68.37 CFM at 20.87 dBA, it will perform well, if you're motherboard can fit it.  Drop by ThinkComputers to find out how well it works.

New and improved power calculator

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 9, 2006 - 06:04 PM |
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PC Apex has rethought their PSU calculator, and updated it to include some of the newer components that have come out.  Pick it up as a quick way to judge if the PSU that comes with the case you have in mind is enough to power the peices you want to put inside.

Source: PCApex

Getting back to basics

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 8, 2006 - 05:51 PM |
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The RAIDMAX X-1 gets back to basic case design, with a few extras.  There's no moulded plastic front, it is simply black and silver although there is an integral display included.  Add the 120mm fan, and you have a pretty well designed case, though I'm sure once Modders-Inc has finished with it, it will look quite different.

Source: Modders-Inc

What ever would they call themselves?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 8, 2006 - 11:53 AM |
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Tweaknews has been keeping an ear to the ground at Computex, and they seem to feel that Intel believes the ATI - AMD merger is likely.  No word on Intel taking nVIDIA out on a date though, everyone know nVIDIA's chipsets like hanging out with Opterons.

Source: Tweaknews

I will listen to my lossless music

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 7, 2006 - 06:04 PM |
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ExtremeTech has written an article describing ways to get your music CD's onto your hard drive, and then broadcast them to your home audio system.  I guess those 750Gb drives will be selling a little faster.

Source: Extremetech

My graphics card needs it's own 300W power supply?!?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 7, 2006 - 12:12 PM |
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Just like Anand admits, I am also having trouble with the fact that DX10 video cards will be consuming 300W of power, and either want their own dedicated PSU, or for your systems PSU to be at least a kilowatt.  That's not all they spotted at Computex, but it is the most shocking.

Source: AnandTech

Teach an old router new tricks

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 7, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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It's not something that can be done to every router, so make sure to double check the list, but with 2 flashes of an open sourced firmware update, you can have a router that handles QoS, IP prioritization, plus all the stuff it did before.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Thermaltake's newest chassis

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 5, 2006 - 02:00 PM |
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Thermaltake's Aguila ATX case and their TruePower 600w PSU are both up for review on Virtual-Hideout.  Drop by to see what they thought about the Aguila, and what kind of influences they used, properly and not so proper.

PSU review and giveaway

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 2, 2006 - 06:00 PM |
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Big Bruin reviews the CM iGreen Power 500W PSU, and now that they know all about it they are giving it away.  With a quiet 120mm fan, and very solid rails, this PSU is definately worth a post on the forums to try to win it.

Source: Big Bruin

Get up! Stand up! Stand up for your Bytes.

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 2, 2006 - 02:39 PM |
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Perpendicular recording is here, in the form of the 750Gb Barracuda 7200.10 from Seagate.  With 4 188Gb platters, fairly low CPU resource usage, it's performance is sure to please, even with it's higher than average power consumption.  Drop by The Tech Report for the whole story on this huge drive.