Has Arctic Silver met it's match?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 10, 2006 - 06:32 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 - 01:50 PM |
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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 - 11:56 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 - 11:59 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 - 12:02 PM |
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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 - 11:53 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

VIZO gives you a choice in air cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 6, 2006 - 02:08 PM |
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Techniz reviews 2 of VIZO's fan lines today, the Muffle and the Windstorm.  The Muffle gives you some pretty good cooling, without trying to deafen you, the 120mm version moves 53CFM @ 28dBA, and the Windstorm will help with OC'ing, the 80mm model moves an impressive 84.1CFM, though it does so at 55.2 dBA. 

"The VIZO cooling products is design to provide the cooling solution for the enthusiast that

prefers low noise and also good performance.

Fileserver, on the rocks

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 3, 2006 - 04:02 PM |
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MetkuMods has posted a gallery of an extremely unique case by Janos Marton.  I can't begin imagine where the inspiration might have come from.

"I already had a powerful computer setup so I wanted something more quiet, small and low power

consumptioning to function as a basic home server. I love to tinker with hardware etc.

Source: MetkuMods

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