Crytek is ready to rock your world, again

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 3, 2006 - 11:59 AM |
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Although we have little information yet, Gamehelper has translated a german interview with some Crytek employees and a German website (Gamestar) about the upcoming FPS, Crysis.  While it does not exactly seem to be a follow up to Far Cry, it certainly sounds like they took everything that made FarCry great, and improved it.

"There will be a high degree of interactivity with the environment.

Source: Gamehelper

Danger Den is at it again

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 2, 2006 - 06:46 PM |
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Red & Blackness Mods tests the new Danger Den Thermalchill radiator, and as you might expect, it performs admirably.  It also manages to cool without being larger than your average tower case.

"Today we take a look at a radiator from Dangerden, we know that Dangerden is one of the top

companies when it comes to watercooling and their previous products have got very good ratings. We

will see how good this radiator performs vs a Alphacool Cora 6 and vs a BlackIce extreme.

A quiet arctic breeze for your Prescott

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 31, 2006 - 12:10 PM |
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The Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro is the LGA775 version of the Freezer 64 Pro.  It combines decent performance and low noise into an affordable package.  It also uses a different fan than the AMD model, so drop by and visit DriverHeaven to see what this heatsink can do.

"Today we have another Arctic Cooling cooler for evaluation, the Freezer 7 Pro.

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Go Go Gadget mouse-phone!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2006 - 12:14 PM |
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A1-Electronics has posted a review of the Act-on Optical MicMouse, which is, well, exactly what it sounds like.  Now you too can pick up your mouse and use it to talk over VOIP.  No word if it will work as a CB Radio too.


Also, Ryan has posted a review of the Diamond Xtreme Sound 7.1 with Dolby Digital Live Sound, so check it out.


"What to say.

... and they'll call him "The Str34k"

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2006 - 12:04 PM |
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If you thought that getting unexpectedly flashed was for Frosh Week and Football games, you have something new to consider.  According to this story from The Register, malicious BIOS flashing could be the next big viral problem for PC's.  This kind of exploit has not been spotted in the wild yet, but it is probably coming ...

Source: The Register

6800GS shootout

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 27, 2006 - 06:01 PM |
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The newly released 6800GS is one of the best bangs for your buck in the current graphics market, whether you want the AGP or the PCI-e version.  AnandTech has grabbed cards from 4 of the current manufacturers, to see how they work out of the box, and what kind of an overclock to expect.

"Today, we'll be looking at four different manufacturers' versions of the 6800 GS, and seeing what each has to offer. The cards that we have are from Leadtek, PNY Technologies, EverTop, and EVGA.

Source: AnandTech

1000 Watts of pure power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 27, 2006 - 05:07 PM |
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PC Power & Cooling has a 1KW PSU on sale, and Bjorn3D has a review.  If you have an obscene amount of power hungry components, this PSU will handle them all with power to spare, and it will have no problem with the heat, either.

"Have two video cards, two optical drives, three hard drives and a plethora of other components in

your PC? If so, you might wonder if your PSU is struggling. Well, there's certainly no struggling

for PC Power & Cooling's Turbo-Cooling 1KW.

Source: Bjorn3D

Watercooling on a budget

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 27, 2006 - 02:06 PM |
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sgOverclockers has posted a review of Cool-Trek Vostok Watercooling kit.  They are a newcomer to the cooling business, and are now focusing on watercooling that will fall into more people's budgets, without affecting cooling performance too much.


"Cool-Trek are a relative new comer to the world of watercooling.

I, for one, welcome our new alien overlords

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 27, 2006 - 12:04 PM |
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If you don't want to submit to them, perhaps you should take a peek at Think Computers review of UFO: Aftershock for the PC.  It carries on in the same vein as Aftershock, with updates to gameplay, graphics and it's overall complexity.  While it may not live up to it's distant ancestor, X-Com:UFO Defense, it is certain worth checking out.

'Science Fiction, probably one of the most popular themes of video games, in the past and most

likely in the future as well, combine that with strategy role

Tiny picoPSU Power Supply Enables Design of Small, Quiet PCs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 27, 2006 - 10:35 AM |
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Here is a tiny power supply that is 100% silent and delivers 120 watts of power at only 12V.  Dang!

Tiny picoPSU Power Supply Enables Design of Small, Quiet PCs and Smart Appliances; Gives Robots More Freedom to Roam

World's tiniest PC power supply offers new design possibilities for PCs, case mods and X86 devices


FREMONT, CA—January 26, 2006 -- Mini-box.com, a division of Ituner Networks today announced the picoPSU, the worl

Nero plays on, with version 7

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 26, 2006 - 06:58 PM |
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TECHGAGE grabbed a copy of Nero 7 - Ultra Edition, and took it out for a spin.  Drop by and see how this baby handles, and what new bells and whistles have been added.

"Nero has released a new version of their Ultimate Edition and we are here to take a look at

what's new and upgraded.

Source: TECHGAGE

DFI gets into ATI

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 26, 2006 - 06:52 PM |
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Now DFI users have a choice between nVidia's SLI and ATI's Crossfire with the introduction of the LanParty UT RDX200 CF-DR motherboard, based on the Radeon Xpress 200 Crossfire chipset.  Read the full review at X-Bit Labs.

"DFI Company is very well-known for its overclocking friendly mainboards on NVIDIA nForce4

chipsets. Now they have got down to building a similar solution around the Radeon Xpress 200

CrossFire chipset from ATI.

Source: X-Bit Labs

WD SHIPPING HALF-TERABYTE SERIAL ATA DESKTOP HARD DRIVES

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 26, 2006 - 03:09 PM |
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LAKE FOREST, Calif. Jan. 26, 2006 Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC)today announced it is shipping its new high-capacity 500 GB Serial ATA
(SATA) WD CaviarR SE16 desktop-class hard drives. Providing a half terabyte of capacity for data-intensive applications such as graphic design, digital
video editing, personal video recorders and advanced business computing, WD Caviar SE16 500 GB drives also deliver high 7,200 RPM performance with 300
MB/s transfer rate, 16 MB cache and Native Command Queuing (NCQ).

Converse with the creator of ATI's R580

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 26, 2006 - 12:13 PM |
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Beyond3D has a conversation with Eric Demers and Richard Huddy from ATI.  If you are curious about the power behind the X1900, these guys have a lot of answers.


"In our recent R580: ATI Radeon X1900 XTX and Crossfire article we took a look at the architecture

of this new ATI chip and the performance it brings with its interesting configuration.

Source: Beyond3D

Intel, I shrunk the transistors again

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 26, 2006 - 12:01 PM |
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CNET posted a story on Intel's first working chips produced using a 45 nanometre process.  This keeps Moores' Law on track for the next year, 65 and 90 nanometre were the last greatest processes, and we've doubled again over 18 months.  This year they will be able to etch using normal lithography, as opposed to immersion, or other, more complex ways like Extreme Ultraviolet lithography, something that will be needed in the future to continue this shrinkage.

AMD's star line-up

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 25, 2006 - 04:04 PM |
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Hardware Zone has posted a comparsion between the the newest FX processor, the FX-60, versus the FX-57 and the 4800+.  Head over to find out which is fastest, and which will give you the best bang for your buck!

"AMD welcomed the new year with a spanking new AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 processor. Based on the Toledo

core, it's a dual-core processor clocked at 2.6GHz.

The quest for quiet cooling continues

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 25, 2006 - 01:39 PM |
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Silent PC Review takes a look at 2 low noise coolers, from Noctua/Coolink.  See how they stack up agaisnt heavy hitters like Scythe's Ninja.


"Noctua of Austria and Coolink of China are working together to offer large tower-style heatsinks

for the performance-oriented aftermarket. Both companies supplied review samples of two models,

one very large and one merely big. Coolink's products are offered with a fan and fan controller;

Noctua's are bare.

Light up your electronic life

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 23, 2006 - 04:28 PM |
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TECHGAGE points out a very easy and economical way to make your case a little more interesting.  Logisys' LED Lazer lights let you chose Blue, Red, Green, Ultra-Violet (UV), or a Red, Green, and Blue each about $5.


"Are you looking to add some pizzazz to your computer but don't want to hand over a huge chunk of

change?

Source: TECHGAGE

Evercools new thermal goop makes a great bundle

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 20, 2006 - 03:03 PM |
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While the Evercool STC-01 that Overclockers Online reviews make not be the top performing thermal paste on the market, it is a very solid product.  Hopefully we will see it in heatsink bundles soon, and on store shelves.

"After an interesting battle among the thermal interface gladiators,
we have a verdict. Evercool has earned its place in the thermal interface
market. Though not the best performer, the Sidewinder STC-01 is hardly a
loser.

Liquid cooled case, just add water

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 17, 2006 - 06:55 PM |
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X-Bit Labs provides a full rundown of ThermalTake's Tai Chi water cooled case.  Everything you need, except the liquid, is included in this well thought out case.

"Today we are going to take a closer look at a very interesting system case from Thermaltake with

pre-installed water-cooling system, which features extravagant and demanding image, boasts quiet

operation, efficient internal cooling and the whole bunch of other attractive features."


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Source: X-Bit Labs