Reviving the ModStream lineup

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 30, 2006 - 03:06 PM |
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OCZ has updated their power supply line with the EvoStream series, including newer features like 600W total power and four +12V rails, perfect for newer systems, while retaining the modular design that made them popular in the past.  OC3D has a new review posted that covers all the bases of the OCZ EvoStream 600.

Source: Overclock3D

Shiny new copper heatsink

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 27, 2006 - 03:25 PM |
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FrostyTech reviews the Antazone ASC1000 Copper heatsink, a very attractive looking cooler, and it even performs fairly well without deafening bystanders.  The copper coating makes it a good choice for modders who want people looking under the hood of their PC.

Source: Frosty Tech

A very unique case and cooling setup

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 26, 2006 - 03:02 PM |
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It is silent, has a case made of wood, wheels on the bottom, and even gel packs to help dissipate heat from the HDDs.  Bill Todd's little project has been posted on SPCR, and is well worth a read.

Gigabyte's second Aurora

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 25, 2006 - 03:06 PM |
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It's a big sturdy aluminum case, with built in features to make it easier to setup watercooling.  The Guru of 3D is quiet impressed by the Aurora 570, since they like the extra space.  It makes it easier to install the parts, and you can fit more parts in, though the USB ports could use a better location.

Source: Guru of 3D

ATX12V 2.01, Eight ways to ultimate power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 24, 2006 - 05:57 PM |
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Various PSUs from NZXT, Thermaltake, Antec, Cooler Master and Silverstone are undergoing testing at R&B Mods.  All have dual 12V rails, although only 4 have the 8-pin EPS12V adapter some dual core systems want. 

If pure overkill is your preference, Lee's review of the Enermax Galaxy 1kW PSU may be what you want.

ASUS gets into quiet CPU cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 23, 2006 - 03:45 PM |
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The ASUS Silent Square CPU Cooler is fairly large (140mm*115mm*100mm, and 656g) in order to accomodate a 92mm fan and 5 heatpipes.  X-bit Labs pits it against their current favourite, the Thermaltake Big Typhoon, on both AMD and Intel systems.

Source: X-Bit Labs

It's a PSU that sounds like it should be a really fast Unix based text editor

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 19, 2006 - 02:50 PM |
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Zippy is a new player in the PSU game, and their newest 850W PSU, the Emacs PSL-68509(G1) gets put to the test at Bjorn3D.  This 8lb beast never dips below a .96 power factor, and the fan stays below 50db.  It's only weakness might be it's single 12V rail, but at 66A ~ 90A it is still able to deal with SLI setups.

Source: Bjorn3D

8 top watercooling setups to tame the heat

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 19, 2006 - 12:20 PM |
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Virutal Hideout has posted an 8 way watercooling review.  Swiftech, Vantec, Asetek, Thermaltake, Zalman, Alphacool, and Koolance are all represented.  They rate everything from ease of installation to cooling performance, so this is the article to read if you are considering entering the world of watercooling but aren't sure which kit to choose.

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF 1000 WATT AND 800 WATT POWER SUPPLIES

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 17, 2006 - 03:29 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (October 17, 2006) — BFG Technologies®, Inc.,
the leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D
graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast
products, announced today that the BFG 1000 Watt and BFG 800 Watt power
supplies backed by BFG's famous lifetime warranty will be immediately
available at leading retailers and e-tailers in North America.

Peltier cooling, the easy way

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 16, 2006 - 02:35 PM |
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The second incarnation of the Vigor Monsoon Active TEC CPU cooler is on the bench at ExtremeTech today.  The first version really did not perform as well as they were hoping, but this version shows a lot of improvement.  While it is expensive at ~$150, it will be cheaper than setting up a watercooling or phase change system, and much easier.

Source: Extremetech

What do you get the PSU that has everything?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 11, 2006 - 06:31 PM |
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SPCR seems to be a little enamoured of Seasonic's M12 700W PSU.  It is very similar to the S12, but has modular cables and a second fan (60mm).  Unless the PSU hits 40C or higher, the second fan never turns on, and doesn't really add any noise to the system.  With an efficiency that stays above 80% in normal operating situations, and less than 3% variance on the voltage, this system will be well at home in a power hungry dual core, dual video card system.

Corsair Launches Nautilus GPU Water Cooling Blocks

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 11, 2006 - 01:27 PM |
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Fremont, CA (October 11, 2006) — Corsair® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance enthusiast computer products, took its acclaimed water cooling product line to a new level today with the release of the Nautilus GPU water blocks supporting the latest NVIDIA® GeForce™based graphics cards in both single and dual SLI™ configurations.

Helping out the heatpipes on MOSFETs and chipsets

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 10, 2006 - 03:12 PM |
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If you have a motherboard deisgned to passivly cool your chipsets with heatpipes, the new Coolermaster Hyper TX will help.  The idea behind this heatsink & fan is a shroud that redirects some of the airflow onto any heatpipes located near the CPU socket, to turn the passive solution into an active one.  The HardwareZone does note that this is not a universal cooler, there are 2 seperate versions for AMD and Intel.

OCZ Technology Launches the EvoStream Power Supply Series

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 10, 2006 - 11:21 AM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-October 9, 2006-OCZ Technology Group
, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and
components, today announced the new EvoStream Power Supply. The exciting
addition to the prominent OCZ PSU family will be introduced in a 600W
configuration and features an advanced 100% modular cable management system
and polished, titanium mirrored case that is reminiscent of the
award-winning ModStream line.


DDR2 from Transcend

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 6, 2006 - 02:38 PM |
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Transcend's DDR2 modules haven't been reviewed as much as the OCZ and Corsair offerings, but they are not out of the memory business by any means.  Big Bruin was pleasantly surprised by their performance, and found it might even be possible to push these DIMMs harder with a better cooling solution.

Source: Big Bruin

Save $45 now, and spend $1450 later

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 6, 2006 - 01:35 PM |
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HotHardware points out a glaringly obvious oversight that a lot of people are guilty of.  Why are you plugging a PC worth more than $1000 into a $5 power bar?  If you ever get a power surge that kills your PC, you may be kicking yourself for not getting anything like the Ultra Power Systems.

Source: HotHardware

Going against the grain

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 5, 2006 - 12:16 PM |
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Bjorn3D offers some advice on building a truely unique case, without having to get a CNC machine.  They start out with several designs of wooden cases, but as the build progresses they find some of their ideas don't work out the way they wanted.  In the end though, a great looking wooden case is made, and advice on how to start your own is plentiful.

Source: Bjorn3D

620 rock sold Watts

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 3, 2006 - 03:03 PM |
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Corsair has moved into the PSU market with the same panache as they display with their memory.  The HX620W Modular PSU really impressed TweakTown with the stability of it's rails, a .01 V difference between idle and load. 

Source: TweakTown

Windows and Linux SDKs coming for AGEIA PPUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 2, 2006 - 02:47 PM |
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AGEIA PhysX SDK v2.6 Brings
Dynamic, Interactive Realism to Microsoft Windows Vista 64-bit & Linux
Environments

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Bloody huge turbine powered heatpipe cooler, and it runs underwater

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 2, 2006 - 12:37 PM |
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The Antazone AS-C1000 Universal Heatpipe cooler is built around a 95mm fan that provides 49.8cfm @ 25dBA and a speed of only 2200rpm, plus they claim it can run underwater ... not that I'd recommend testing that with a running system.  Big Bruin gives it a run against the XP120.

Source: Big Bruin