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Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 21, 2006 - 05:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The NorthQ 3310BL UFO may not keep your cpu as cold as outer space, but according to the review at DriverHeaven, it is universal. It won't win awards for silence or efficiency, but there are certainly some redeeming qualities to this heatsink.
Make sure you read Lee's review of the Cooler Master Praetorian 730 Mid Tower before you go buying any cases, too!
"The 3310BL UFO cooler has a great advantage over many other coolers.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 20, 2006 - 03:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PC Stats feels it is official, there is no use for 1.44 floppies anymore. Now that you can boot from a USB thumb drive, flashing from DOS is no longer a painful evening of trying to find the one working floppy in a huge stack of corrupted ones. With the larger capacity, it is easy to carry your needed software anywhere, or to set your self up a bootable Linux distro that runs on almost anything. Read more, and see if USB drives can do more tricks than you think.
"The USB memory key appear
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 17, 2006 - 02:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MAKE: Blog has spotted a new tool from Dremel, the Stylus. It is much smaller, and comes with a handle at a 90Â° angle, making detailed fine work much easier. Modders, you may have found a new best friend.
"The Dremel Stylus is a unique tool for people who are passionate about hands-on projects.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 16, 2006 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Meet Shewanella oneidensis at CNET, a metal munching bacteria that literally poops power. With more study, and perhaps a bit of tweaking, this micro organism could be put into fuel cells to increase their life. They could keep the liquid in the cells from becoming contaminated by excess waste and turn in into free electrons.
"Researchers at Rice University and the University of Southern California have embarked on a
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2006 - 01:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MODTHEBOX has discovered some of the quietest fans on the planet, the Coolink SWiF, accompanied by the Silent Saviour for cooling hard drives. There are many fans in the series, from 80mm to 120mm, with varying speeds, and the loudest one they have is only 26dB.
"The appearance of the Coolink SWiF fans are slightly different from what you would expect from
standard case fans that are currently on the market.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2006 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are those who worry about installing alpha or beta software on their machines, and then there are complete masochists who love to try it, and see what happens. Today, The Inquirer reports on 3 betas from Microsoft after thoroughly testing them, so you can guess which camp they fall into.
"So it fell to me to try a bunch of new betas available from Microsoft.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 14, 2006 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BleedinEdge reviews the Lian Li PC-7 Plus, which carries on the tradition of quality cases that you expect from them. With two 120mm fans a window, and enough space to be able to fit top-end video cards, you will be well satisfied with this case if you bought it.
"Lian Li has certainly come up with another excellent product in the Lian-Li PC-7A Plus. It is a
solid, well built case with good looks and convenient features that make this case a winner.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 13, 2006 - 03:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
3DXtreme has a review of the Ideazon MERC Gaming Keyboard, and they are giving it away! It looks exactly like a normal keyboard, with extra gaming keys added to the left hand side, instead of replacing your normal keys. It may not come in reverse for the lefties, but it does have a PANIC button.
"The MERC integrates the large gaming keys onto a standard keyboard. Incorporating the features
the Zboard is known for with a standard keyboard so that no keyset swapping is required.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 10, 2006 - 03:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Swiftech Apogee, MCW-30 and MCW-60 Cooler are all reviewed at motherboards.org today. This inexpensive watercooling setup will give you blocks to cool your CPU, GPU and chipset, and it will do it without breaking a sweat, even when you overclock. They compare it's preformance on both Intel and AMD systems, give it a view.
"As with all of Swiftech's goods in their time, the blocks look great and perform just as well.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 8, 2006 - 01:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Jing Ting Force chipset cooler, reviewed by Big Bruin, is designed specifically for upgrading the cooling of chipsets that are in a very tight space. As cases and motherboards get more cluttered, with muliple oversized vidoe cards or large CPU heatsinks, smong other things, it is very hard to upgrade the cooling for the actual chipsets. Give them a read, and see how well this cooler really works.
"With the current layout of motherboards based on the nVidia nForce4 chipset, the ph
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 8, 2006 - 01:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 7, 2006 — Intel Corporation Executive Vice President Sean Maloney today outlined Intel's mobile future, announcing significant innovations in mobile devices and broadband wireless. As consumer and business demand for Internet applications on the go continues, Maloney for the first time disclosed details of the next—generation IntelÂ® CentrinoÂ® mobile technology—based platform, as well as a single chip Wi—Fi/WiMAX radio and an Intel—branded mobile WiMAX PCMCIA card.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 8, 2006 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
How would you feel about an add-in card that reduces lag? A Gaming Network Accelerator card is in the works from a new firm by the name of Bigfoot Networks, and they are promising a working beta version in time for E3. Read more about it at The Inquirer.
"START-UP Bigfoot Networks plans to peddle a PC card which it reckons will reduce the in-game lag
for online video games.
The company has been given $4 million in financing for the project, which has its roots at the
McCombs School of Business at
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 7, 2006 - 06:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by Legion Hardware to see what effect adding some well though out extras to a X1800XT can have. The ASUS Extreme AX1800XT features an external power source and custom Arctic-Cooling heatsink, so it performs better than you might expect.
Plus, follow the never ending ATI vs nVIDIA controversy, this time involving NForce4 bandwidth in SLI, in Ryan's article here.
"The ASUS Extreme AX1800XT TOP is an amazing product simply because it is different; the
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 6, 2006 - 03:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When trying to get the heat down in your case, don't forget that HDD create heat as well, and it is usually in a dead zone as far as air circulation goes. In order to get that hot air moving, and extend the life of your HDDs, consider the Vantec Vortex 2. DriverHeaven has the full run down of what this HDD cooler can do.
"Of course cooling is not going to make any hard disk drive invulnerable, but can dramatically
lengthen its lifespan and increase its reliability.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 3, 2006 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 3, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced that first-quarter revenue is expected to be between $8.7 billion and $9.1 billion, as compared to the previous expectation of between $9.1 billion and $9.7 billion, primarily due to weaker than expected demand and a slight market segment share loss.
The company expects the first-quarter gross margin percentage to be adversely impacted by the change in revenue.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 2, 2006 - 06:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PCApex has a look at Alphacool's NexXxoS XP, a copper CPU waterblock with a beautiful finish and an innovative way of getting more surface area closer to the CPU. They are so impressed with the changes from the last model, they feel it should really have deserved a new name.
"The fact that the lion's share of the potential for cooling a processor is within a few
millimeters of the core is not lost on Alphacool.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 1, 2006 - 01:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Asys is not a well known name in case manufacturing, but that may well change. Pro-clockers has posted their reveiw of the Freedom Tower Full case. It is a large case, and would work perfectly as a server enclosure, or there is more than enough space for watercooling.
"Every once in a while a company come alone that makes a big splash on the computer community. And
I think that this is one of those 'once in a while'.
Intel Invests $300 Million In Vietnam, Build Nation's First Semiconductor Assembly And Test Facility
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 28, 2006 - 01:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Feb. 28, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced it will invest $300 million (US) to build a semiconductor assembly and test facility in Ho Chi Minh City. This represents the first such investment by the semiconductor industry in Vietnam and supports Intel's strategy to invest to support overall demand.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 27, 2006 - 06:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 27, 2006 - 01:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.