PSU testing, the easy way

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2006 - 03:09 PM |
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3dGameMan reviews a handy PSU tester from Ultra Products.  Instead of using a multimetre to test each wire individually, this PSU tester has 6 connectors - 20/24 Pin ATX, 4 Pin/8 Pin CPU, 4 Pin Floppy, SATA, and PCI Express, all with LED lights representing the various voltages.

'So who needs a Power Supply tester anyway? Well, anyone who has a Power Supply should have one to

insure everything is in order. This tester is especially useful for anyone purchasing a new Power

Supply.

Source: 3dGameMan

Add an extra effect to your next mod

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 11, 2006 - 02:41 PM |
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Take a look at this paint that MAKE:Blog found.  It changes colour with temperature, just like some kids toys, and some older 80's - 90's T-shirts.   With the right setup, it might even be an early warning for overheating.

Source: MAKE: Blog

570 vs. 590, nVIDIA's chipset maturing

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 10, 2006 - 05:53 PM |
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Legion Hardware compares nVIDIA's 570 SLI chipset (MSI K9N SLI Platinum) against it's newer 590 SLI (ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe).  Considering the price difference between motherboards, is the newer chipset worth what it will cost you?

"The performance of these two chipsets using a single graphics card is almost identical and you can

expect SLI performance to be much the same.

Now that's what I call a multi-function machine

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 10, 2006 - 03:39 PM |
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Ars Technica has spotted an impressive optical drive in the works, at Ricoh.  Designed to read just about any media, it may make life much easier, as you won't have to choose between Blu-Ray and HD-DVD, it will read both.  This first generation will be pretty expensive though, think $1000 or so.

Source: Ars Technica

Old, but not forgotten

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 7, 2006 - 01:23 PM |
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The XP-90C was king of the cooling hill for quite a while.  With new sockets coming out, and much hotter systems, techPowerUp! revists this Thermalright cooler to see how it stacks up against the new breed of coolers.

Source: techPowerUp!

My, what big fans you have!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 6, 2006 - 02:08 PM |
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The most noticable things on the ICute 0502ULA case are the 140mm fan on the front panel and the 250mm fan on the side.  Head to Overclockers Club to see what effect an enclosed tornado has on running temps.

"Captain, we need MORE power! Hurry men fire up that extra turbine. The latest addition to a large

line of cases from ICute the astutely named 0508ULA Series. While the name may not be very appealing,

the looks are.

Aspire becomes Apevia, releases new PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 5, 2006 - 06:10 PM |
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The recently rebranded Aspire sent their new As550w-bk PSU to R&B Mods for testing.  With an LED switch to change the colour of the 120mm fan and a blck finish you can have power and style.

If you feel function trumps form, then check out Lee's review of the Thermaltake Toughpower 750W PSU.

Low profile heatsink

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 4, 2006 - 12:52 PM |
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Virtual-Hideout has  a review of the Zalman CNPS8000, a powerful cooler that is only 62.5mm tall.  This makes it perfect for HTPCs and other slim cases, but still keep an eye on the sides, it is as wide as most current heatsinks.

The Summer of Defeat

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 30, 2006 - 02:01 PM |
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Techgage will take you through the improvements offered by the summer update of Day of Defeat.  Read the article while you are waiting for Steam to finish the download.

"Valve has unleashed a new DoD: Source update, and this one is a winner. Included is a brand new mode, Detonation, which will be familiar to some CS players. Two new maps and the film grain graphic effect are also included. We give our first impressions inside."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

Source: TECHGAGE

Four 12V rails, with 500W to split between them

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 29, 2006 - 12:35 PM |
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ClubOC puts the 750W iStar TC-750PD2 to the test.  With 4 rock solid 12V rails, it is perfect for quad SLI.  It only has one fan, an 80mm exhaust, so you shouldn't find it terribly loud either.

Source: Club OC

Quietly cooling your HTPC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 28, 2006 - 05:52 PM |
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The nMedia Icetank is not strictly for HTPC usage, but considering how quietly it can cool, it is perfect for that type of use.  It is fairly large, but designed to fit almost any processor type, which greatly helps during installation.  Drop by O2 for the full review.

This case swings both ways, and likes the water ...

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 26, 2006 - 12:31 PM |
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Thermaltake's Aguila is a hefty beast, that is designed to be set up either as a normal ATX system, or a BTX.  It has plenty of space in HDD bays for hiding your cabling, and good airflow.  On the other hand, it will be difficult to place a Bigwater 735 and a large video card into the case, at the same time.

If you want a more spacious interior, check out Lee's review of Thermaltake's new Armour Jr.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Office 2007 - Worth the time it takes to install?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 26, 2006 - 12:15 PM |
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The Inquirer starts off the week with an overview of the new Office 2007 Suite, Beta 2.  More than just an aesthetic change, this Office incorporates several new ideas like ribbons.  Drop by for this overview, and keep an eye open this week as they test each application individually.

Source: The Inquirer

AM2's secret weapon

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 23, 2006 - 04:52 PM |
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The Inquirer has discovered AMD's answer to Conroe, and have posted a bit of information on what their upcoming plans may be.

If you are unfamiliar with Conroe, and the idea of IPC, read Ryan's preview, right here on PC Perspective.

Source: The Inquirer

The TGIF Mod Squad

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 23, 2006 - 01:41 PM |
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The case mods are starting to arrive at ExtremeTech.  Drop by to look at the competition, and sumbit your own if you have 'em.  Don't forget we have our own Member Gallery here at PC Perspective to show off your mods too!

Source: Extremetech

Look Ma! No hands!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2006 - 05:11 PM |
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Hands free input devices, such as head tracking devices are steadily improving.  Drop by PDAToday to look at Natural Point's newest offering, the Track IR Pro 4, and see if you are ready to eveolve past the mouse & keyboard.

Source: PDAToday

High-Powered Shoot Out

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2006 - 02:43 PM |
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Legit Reviews grabbed 8 SLI/CrossFire PSUs, none less than 550W.  Drop by to find out who makes the cut.

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.