Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to processes

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 13, 2006 - 09:25 PM |
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Don't just rely on spyware checks, to really figure out why your computer is acting like it's on Valium you need to be able to recognize some of the common processes, both good and bad.  Futurelooks steps up to the challenge, drop by to get a quick lesson.

Source: futurelooks

Buying gifts for things that don't even exist yet

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 9, 2006 - 08:22 PM |
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Taking a page directly from Apple, Microsoft's Zune player will have a huge assortment of accessories you can buy for it.  You can even see a list of them over at CoolTechZone.  The only problem I can see is that you can't buy a Zune yet, so why shop for accessories?

Source: CoolTechZone

Koolance's redesigned watercooled case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 9, 2006 - 07:46 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews Koolance's new take on a watercooled case.  While many features were updated, it seems that the CPU waterblock hasn't changed in 4 years.  It does do well at giving you the ability to balance noise and cooling easily, so all is not lost.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES THE WORLDS FIRST GRAPHICS CARDS WITH DIRECTX 10 SUPPORT

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 8, 2006 - 07:59 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (November 8, 2006) — 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 GTX 768MB PCI Express™ and BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB PCI Express™ graphics cards, the first with Microsoft® DirectX® 10 support.


A revealing PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2006 - 08:47 PM |
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Enclosing the top of a PSU in see through acrylic makes the Apevia ATX-IB 680W PSU very unique.   Don't worry about the choice of materials, it does conform to "ATX12V v2.2 spec. Stating that in the event of a catastrophic failure the
unit must protect from Flame, Charred PCB, emission of molten material, and others
".  MODTHEBOX puts it to the test, to find out if it is as stable as it is attractive.

Source: MODTHEBOX

Ready for a change of phase?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 6, 2006 - 08:02 PM |
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When watercooling just doesn't cut it anymore, many turn to Thermoelectric cooling, like the CoolIt Systems Freezone Peltier, that Lee just reviewed.  The other choice, at least without breaking out the liquid nitrogen, is to borrow technology from refrigerators, and get into phase changing.  WaterCooling 101 has just published a guide to phase change cooling, and explain what it is and how you go about doing it.

A big case with a watercooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 2, 2006 - 07:44 PM |
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The Thermaltake Kandalf has been redesigned with a liquid cooling system and given a LCS moniker.  Tweaknews was really impressed with the original design, and it seems this new incarnation has learned a lot from it's predecessor.

Source: Tweaknews

OCZ Technology Enhances the Award-Winning GameXStream with 850 Watt

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 1, 2006 - 11:01 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-November 1, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and
components, today announced the addition of an 850W power supply to the
GameXStream family
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Thermaltake updates the Big Typhoon

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 31, 2006 - 08:59 PM |
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Now ready for Socket AM-2, the Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX gives you even more control over fan speeds and noise.  It's performance blew ThinkComputers away.

Reviving the ModStream lineup

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 30, 2006 - 08:06 PM |
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OCZ has updated their power supply line with the EvoStream series, including newer features like 600W total power and four +12V rails, perfect for newer systems, while retaining the modular design that made them popular in the past.  OC3D has a new review posted that covers all the bases of the OCZ EvoStream 600.

Source: Overclock3D

Shiny new copper heatsink

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 27, 2006 - 07:25 PM |
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FrostyTech reviews the Antazone ASC1000 Copper heatsink, a very attractive looking cooler, and it even performs fairly well without deafening bystanders.  The copper coating makes it a good choice for modders who want people looking under the hood of their PC.

Source: Frosty Tech

A very unique case and cooling setup

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 26, 2006 - 07:02 PM |
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It is silent, has a case made of wood, wheels on the bottom, and even gel packs to help dissipate heat from the HDDs.  Bill Todd's little project has been posted on SPCR, and is well worth a read.

Gigabyte's second Aurora

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 25, 2006 - 07:06 PM |
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It's a big sturdy aluminum case, with built in features to make it easier to setup watercooling.  The Guru of 3D is quiet impressed by the Aurora 570, since they like the extra space.  It makes it easier to install the parts, and you can fit more parts in, though the USB ports could use a better location.

Source: Guru of 3D

ATX12V 2.01, Eight ways to ultimate power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 24, 2006 - 09:57 PM |
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Various PSUs from NZXT, Thermaltake, Antec, Cooler Master and Silverstone are undergoing testing at R&B Mods.  All have dual 12V rails, although only 4 have the 8-pin EPS12V adapter some dual core systems want. 

If pure overkill is your preference, Lee's review of the Enermax Galaxy 1kW PSU may be what you want.

ASUS gets into quiet CPU cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 23, 2006 - 07:45 PM |
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The ASUS Silent Square CPU Cooler is fairly large (140mm*115mm*100mm, and 656g) in order to accomodate a 92mm fan and 5 heatpipes.  X-bit Labs pits it against their current favourite, the Thermaltake Big Typhoon, on both AMD and Intel systems.

Source: X-Bit Labs

It's a PSU that sounds like it should be a really fast Unix based text editor

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 19, 2006 - 06:50 PM |
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Zippy is a new player in the PSU game, and their newest 850W PSU, the Emacs PSL-68509(G1) gets put to the test at Bjorn3D.  This 8lb beast never dips below a .96 power factor, and the fan stays below 50db.  It's only weakness might be it's single 12V rail, but at 66A ~ 90A it is still able to deal with SLI setups.

Source: Bjorn3D

8 top watercooling setups to tame the heat

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 19, 2006 - 04:20 PM |
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Virutal Hideout has posted an 8 way watercooling review.  Swiftech, Vantec, Asetek, Thermaltake, Zalman, Alphacool, and Koolance are all represented.  They rate everything from ease of installation to cooling performance, so this is the article to read if you are considering entering the world of watercooling but aren't sure which kit to choose.

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF 1000 WATT AND 800 WATT POWER SUPPLIES

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 17, 2006 - 07:29 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (October 17, 2006) — 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 that the BFG 1000 Watt and BFG 800 Watt power
supplies backed by BFG's famous lifetime warranty will be immediately
available at leading retailers and e-tailers in North America.

Peltier cooling, the easy way

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 16, 2006 - 06:35 PM |
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The second incarnation of the Vigor Monsoon Active TEC CPU cooler is on the bench at ExtremeTech today.  The first version really did not perform as well as they were hoping, but this version shows a lot of improvement.  While it is expensive at ~$150, it will be cheaper than setting up a watercooling or phase change system, and much easier.

Source: Extremetech

What do you get the PSU that has everything?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 11, 2006 - 10:31 PM |
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SPCR seems to be a little enamoured of Seasonic's M12 700W PSU.  It is very similar to the S12, but has modular cables and a second fan (60mm).  Unless the PSU hits 40C or higher, the second fan never turns on, and doesn't really add any noise to the system.  With an efficiency that stays above 80% in normal operating situations, and less than 3% variance on the voltage, this system will be well at home in a power hungry dual core, dual video card system.