Getting more out of the usual heatsink design

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 27, 2006 - 03:30 PM |
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The Gigabyte G-Power Lite CPU Cooler uses everything you would expect from a modern heatsink, though they implement it in different ways.  By using a large fan (110mm), the noise can be kept to reasonable levels, and Gigabyte has made the heatsink smaller and lighter than most of the coolers on the market now, so it should fit nicely into most sytems.  Read more about it at XYZ Computing.

"Although Gigabyte has made a name for itself by producing motherboards and video cards, lately

A video card with a descriptive name

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 27, 2006 - 10:43 AM |
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PureOverclock has a review of a well named card from Gainward, the BLISS 6800 GS GLH.  If the memory overclock they managed to achieve is typical of this card, then you can have a lot of fun tweaking it to an inch of it's life.

'Gainward's BLISS 6800 GS GLH is no reference board. Sure, the core headroom is still up to the

gods, but the memory headroom will destroy the competition. I managed to clock the memory to 1480

MHz at its peak.

New news from nVIDIA

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 27, 2006 - 09:01 AM |
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CoolTechZone has posted the lauch dates of several anxiously awaited nVIDIA products ... the NVIDIA G71, Quad-SLI and NFORCE 5.  Yes, it is official, there will be Quad-SLI, and it will likely be the hottest thing going, better get the watercooling setup ready.

"After a number of debates and speculations, we finally have the launch dates for NVIDIA's

next-gen. product lineup based on the G71 core. According to insiders, the launch is expected to

take place at CeBIT 2006, and the cards will be placed under the 7900 series.

Source: CoolTechZone

Going for gold in the Case Olympics

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 24, 2006 - 11:39 AM |
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Head to AnandTech to see the clash of the Titans, Tai-Chi versus The Stacker.  See which one comes out on top, and why it was picked as a winner.

"We've looked at products from both of these companies for several years now, and it's apparent

that they both know what they're doing. The last several models of Thermaltake's have had

exceptional capacity for drives, but don't have quite the same "quality of construction" feel that

cases from others like Lian Li tend to have.

Source: AnandTech

Size isn't everything, power can come in small packages

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 22, 2006 - 01:08 PM |
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The Tech Report was lucky enough to get SilverStone's newest Shuttle, the SN21G5.  While just as small as you would expect a Shuttle case to be, the amount of hardware they have managed to fit in is almost unbelievable.  This little barebones system could be a fairly powerful gaming machine, not just a SFF or HTPC with middle of the road performance.

Corsair's Nautilus surfaces

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 22, 2006 - 12:32 PM |
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The Nautilus has been found by Corsair, and they've backwards engineered Captain Nemo's coolant system ...

Source: HotHardware

Corsair Nautilus500 External Watercooling Kit Defines a New Generation of Watercooling Solutions

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 22, 2006 - 08:16 AM |
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Fremont, CA (February 22, 2006) — Corsair® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory products, took its acclaimed watercooling product line to a new level today with the release of the Nautilus500™. As the latest generation of external watercooling units, the Nautilus500 boasts the industry's easiest installation procedure while delivering chilling performance of 30% more efficiency compared to air cooling.


Designed with enthusiasts in mind, the new Nautilus500 brings 30% more CPU and 40% more GPU cooling efficiency without excessive noise.

Watercooling get easier with XSPC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 21, 2006 - 09:55 AM |
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Techniz reviews the XSPC X20 universal liguid cooling kit.  It is an easy to use all in one basic system, with a pump, CPU block and radiator, aimed at someone who has never changed to watercooling.  I even provides much better cooling than air, so you can see why people make the change from air cooling.

"Love it or hate is water cooling is here to stay, I'm undecided about whether or not I like water

cooling.

MSI's Platinum Intel board

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 17, 2006 - 02:45 PM |
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With CrossFire, support for the new Intel chips, DDR2 and SATA2, the MSI 975X Platinum is a good solid board.  Hardware Zone has posted a full review of this well thought out board.

"MSI delivers a new motherboard with native CrossFire capabilities using the Intel 975X Express

chipset.

Upgrading your watercooling system

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 17, 2006 - 12:20 PM |
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X-bit Labs has posted the results of an odd project.  They wanted to know if the least expensive Asetek WaterChill can be upgraded peicemeal to perform better, and what the difference between that system, and Asetek's top of the line model will be.

"Asetek has long been acknowledged by PC enthusiasts as the best manufacturer of water coolers.

Source: X-Bit Labs

X1900XTX Shootout

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 16, 2006 - 12:14 PM |
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AnandTech has grabbed a representative sample of XT and XTX cards in a big graphics shootout.  Now that ATI has regained the performance throne, it's time to see which card can out do the rest.

"The X1900 took a long time in coming, but now that it's here, it's taken its place squarely on

the top in graphics card performance.

Source: AnandTech

Give your air cooling some style

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 15, 2006 - 03:29 PM |
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Think Computer has posted a review of AC Ryan's new BlackFire fans.  They are very bright and colourful, and have LEDs, on seperate power leads, so adding the fans to a fan controller won't necessarily mean that the LEDs dim when you slow the fan down.  They could well be one of the easiest ways to get into modding your box.

'If you know modding, chances are you know AC Ryan. They make a lot of cool modder related

supplies, but it's not all just for modders.

80 Gbs in a 3 by 5 inch enclosure

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 13, 2006 - 02:47 PM |
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Hardware Zone has posted a review of one of the most mobile external HDD enclosures to date from ExBoot.  It's under 100 grams, less than 6 inches long, and holds 80 Gb.  Since it uses USB2, it's no slacker when it comes to transfer speeds, and with the bundled software, one touch backups become quite possible. 

"The Exboot EXB-0121 is one of the smallest portable HDD enclosures around, making it a perfect

portable solution with data recovery for frequent travelers."


Here are some mo

Has Arctic Silver met it's match?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 10, 2006 - 03:32 PM |
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According to PC Apex, Arctic Silver 3 may have been displaced as the king of thermal compounds by CoolerMaster's NanoFusion.  While 1 or 2 degrees may not seem like an amazing improvement, it might let you push your CPU just that little but harder.

"We have a new, quick review up on an outstanding thermal transfer paste from Cooler Master named

NanoFusion.

Source: PCApex

Heatsinks that offer a choice

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 9, 2006 - 10:50 AM |
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GruntvillE has posted a review of 2 of Noctua's new heatsinks, the NH-U9 and NH-U12.  Both are very large, so not all cases will accomodate them, but if you can squeeze them in, the cooling power is impressive.  Neither model comes with fans, as they aren't needed in a normal setup, due to the size of the heatsink, and the number of heatpipes.  However, both models can fit 2 fans for overclocking, the U9 using 92mm and the U12 allowing the use of 120mm fans.

"Noctua, a recent upstart in Au

Source: GruntvillE

Raptor X : The sequels keep getting better

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 9, 2006 - 08:56 AM |
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This Raptor X preview is brought to you by a parnership of the folks of Western Digital and AnandTech, and is approved for all audiences.   While sequels in the movie industry are often worse than the original, in the world of tech, we usually function in the opposite manner.  The Raptor X is no exception, bundling the tried technology that made the past 2 generations shine together with newer PATA technology into one speedy 150Gb drive.

"The latest version of the Raptor was launched as the WD1500

Source: AnandTech

A case that dreams of growing up to be a helicopter

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 8, 2006 - 08:59 AM |
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The Aerocool ExtremEngine 3T takes aircooling seriously.  It doesn't even use millimetres to describe it's 2 huge fans, why bother when the larger one is just shy of 10 inches!  Read the full review at Pro-Clockers.


Also, Bob Dyl returns to the writing staff of PC Perspective, with a review of the Lian-Li v600, so welcome him back.


"Aerocool is one of those companies that are taking the enthusiast market by storm.

Get a feel for watercooling your GPU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 7, 2006 - 09:02 AM |
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GeekExtreme has posted an article dealing with adding a Danger Den Maze 4 GPU waterblock to a X800XT AIW.  The investment of time and money did result in better cooling for the card, but read on to see if the effort invested was rewarded properly.

'With my recent purchase of a X800XT AIW from the trusty Newegg, I decided to take advantage of my

newly constructed watercooling setup by investing in a Danger Den Maze 4 GPU waterblock and

ramsinks.

Source: GeekXtreme

Taming the power hungry PC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 7, 2006 - 08:53 AM |
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Energy prices are creeping up across the board, except when they are sky-rocketing.  While your PC might not account for a huge percentage of your utility bill, that could change.  (Unless you are in a DC project like SETI, and heat your bedroom via the heatsinks of at least dozen older computers.)  As PC's demand more and more power, Intel has decided to take some of the focus away from the CPU, to see if efficiency can be increased in other components, and C