A 570 Ultra intended for 1 graphics card

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 13, 2006 - 03:15 PM |

The HardwareZone reivews MSI's K9N Platinum, an nForce 570 based motherboard. It has most of the extras you would expect from that chipset, with a little trimming, especially on the PCI-E side, making it cheaper while still having some extras, and staying rock solid.

It's got a 140mm fan!!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 12, 2006 - 04:12 PM |

The AeroCool Dominator CPU Cooler is huge, and also much quieter than you would expect.  Moving 68.37 CFM at 20.87 dBA, it will perform well, if you're motherboard can fit it.  Drop by ThinkComputers to find out how well it works.

New and improved power calculator

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 9, 2006 - 06:04 PM |

PC Apex has rethought their PSU calculator, and updated it to include some of the newer components that have come out.  Pick it up as a quick way to judge if the PSU that comes with the case you have in mind is enough to power the peices you want to put inside.

Source: PCApex

Getting back to basics

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 8, 2006 - 05:51 PM |

The RAIDMAX X-1 gets back to basic case design, with a few extras.  There's no moulded plastic front, it is simply black and silver although there is an integral display included.  Add the 120mm fan, and you have a pretty well designed case, though I'm sure once Modders-Inc has finished with it, it will look quite different.

Source: Modders-Inc

What ever would they call themselves?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 8, 2006 - 11:53 AM |

Tweaknews has been keeping an ear to the ground at Computex, and they seem to feel that Intel believes the ATI - AMD merger is likely.  No word on Intel taking nVIDIA out on a date though, everyone know nVIDIA's chipsets like hanging out with Opterons.

Source: Tweaknews

I will listen to my lossless music

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 7, 2006 - 06:04 PM |

ExtremeTech has written an article describing ways to get your music CD's onto your hard drive, and then broadcast them to your home audio system.  I guess those 750Gb drives will be selling a little faster.

Source: Extremetech

My graphics card needs it's own 300W power supply?!?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 7, 2006 - 12:12 PM |

Just like Anand admits, I am also having trouble with the fact that DX10 video cards will be consuming 300W of power, and either want their own dedicated PSU, or for your systems PSU to be at least a kilowatt.  That's not all they spotted at Computex, but it is the most shocking.

Source: AnandTech

Teach an old router new tricks

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 7, 2006 - 11:56 AM |

It's not something that can be done to every router, so make sure to double check the list, but with 2 flashes of an open sourced firmware update, you can have a router that handles QoS, IP prioritization, plus all the stuff it did before.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Thermaltake's newest chassis

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 5, 2006 - 02:00 PM |

Thermaltake's Aguila ATX case and their TruePower 600w PSU are both up for review on Virtual-Hideout.  Drop by to see what they thought about the Aguila, and what kind of influences they used, properly and not so proper.

PSU review and giveaway

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 2, 2006 - 06:00 PM |

Big Bruin reviews the CM iGreen Power 500W PSU, and now that they know all about it they are giving it away.  With a quiet 120mm fan, and very solid rails, this PSU is definately worth a post on the forums to try to win it.

Source: Big Bruin

Get up! Stand up! Stand up for your Bytes.

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 2, 2006 - 02:39 PM |

Perpendicular recording is here, in the form of the 750Gb Barracuda 7200.10 from Seagate.  With 4 188Gb platters, fairly low CPU resource usage, it's performance is sure to please, even with it's higher than average power consumption.  Drop by The Tech Report for the whole story on this huge drive.

12.8 Gbs bandwidth @ 800 Mhz

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 2, 2006 - 01:55 PM |

The Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4 DDR2 kit, with EPP, is made just for making sure that socket AM-2 FX-62 isn't waiting around and wasting cycles.  Drop by PC Stats and see how these DIMMs stack up against Super Talent and Patriot.

Source: PCStats

Dead or Alive or Dead or Alive or Dead or Alive or Dead or Alive or ...

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 2, 2006 - 12:24 PM |

The newest installment of Dead or Alive is available for the Xbox360, and [H]ard|OCP just couldn't keep their hands off it.  With 16 characters, most of whom you've met before, they have added a few new faces.  Now if only someone could explain why the Master Chief has had a sex-change.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

How AMD cools the AM-2

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 1, 2006 - 12:10 PM |

If you have been wondering what AMD has been using to cool it's Socket AM-2 displays and reference setups, it's called the AVC Z7U7414001.  Frosty Tech reviews it here, so take a look as it is probably the fan that will be included in retail AM-2 packages.

Source: Frosty Tech

The UMPC shows off it's stuff

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 31, 2006 - 04:13 PM |

The first Ultra Mobile PC, the VIA Oragami, is put on [H]ard|OCP's examination table.  Join them as they find out whether it is just a big iPod Video, or if the inclusion of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition allows you to get enough done to make it stand out.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

More power!!! Overkill edition.

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 30, 2006 - 06:24 PM |

Having power troubles?  Then do what PC Stats did, and get the PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1KW PSU.  Just see if you can get enough drain on this beast to make your system unstable, I dare you ... I just hope you can afford to pay the electrical bill.

If you are looking for something a little less overwhelming, but still powerful, Lee's review of the SilverStone Zeus 750W PSU might just be the thing!

Source: PCStats

They make a good server case, can they do the same with mid-towers?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 30, 2006 - 01:43 PM |

I-StarUSA has been making server cases for quite a while, but the S-8 Storm Chassis is the first Mid-tower they've produced.  With a fairly minimalistic design, tool-less installation it may seem run of the mill, but when is the last time you bought a case made of real steel?  See what ClubOC thought here.

Source: Club OC

Hard drive basics served up on a platter

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 29, 2006 - 12:55 PM |

If you find yourself confused about hard drives, the RPM speeds available, and the difference between various ATA, SATA and SCSI interfaces, then worry no more.  The Tech Zone has put together a guide that should answer all your questions.

Lamptron will sell you a rubberized screw replacement

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 29, 2006 - 12:05 PM |

Screw replacements that reduce vibration noise, fan grills tight enough to act as filters and keep you clean, and other noise reducing fan add-ons are their specialty.  Think Computers gives Lamptron's products a try, so check out how it worked out for them.

For the Emperor!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 26, 2006 - 03:57 PM |

A member of PC Apex has designed a case mod themed on an Inquisitor from the tabletop game Warhammer 40K.  Everything, right down to the Seal of Purity is included, so get over there and look at it, or else you are a spawn of Chaos.

"This mod is based on the Inquisitor characters in the warhammer 40000 universe. For those who have no

idea what I'm talking about, it's a table top miniatures wargame from a british company called Games


Source: PCApex