Tiny picoPSU Power Supply Enables Design of Small, Quiet PCs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 27, 2006 - 07:35 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 - 03:58 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 - 03:52 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 - 12:09 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 - 09:13 AM |
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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 - 09:01 AM |
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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 - 01:04 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 - 10:39 AM |
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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 - 01:28 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 - 12:03 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 - 03:55 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

A challenger for Arctic Silver?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 16, 2006 - 03:41 PM |
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OCMODSHOP reviews a new Thermal Compound with a big name, TherMax Tech XFlux-GA Thermal Compound.  Head over to see if this newcomer can replace Arctic Silver and AS Ceramique as the paste of choice for overclockers.

"Thermal compound is used to fill these microscopic gaps with a material that conducts heat, but

is pliable enough to fit in all the nooks-and-crannies, creating a complete physical surface that

heat can pass through.

Source: OCMODSHOP

What is WiMax, and why you should care

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 16, 2006 - 09:19 AM |
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Techware Labs takes the time to explain what WiMax is, and why it is slowly taking over wireles data transfer from WiFi.  Then keep reading, because there are a plethora of links today.

"WiMax is new wireless networking standard that will provide non-line of sight wireless coverage

up to 30 miles. This article explains how this new technology affects other wireless technologies

like cellular phones and WiFI.

Good looking, and quiet too!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 13, 2006 - 08:54 AM |
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Sunbeamtech's newest case, the Silent Storm is reviewed by Big Bruin today.  Not only is it an attractive case with good cooling, with the proper fan choices, it is almost silent.  Read on to find out what a Core Fan can do for you.

"If you are looking for a case that is not meant to be seen or heard, the Sunbeamtech Silent Storm

is a great option! It has a very plain look to it, but has the added benefit of being silent,

while keeping your gear cool.

Source: Big Bruin

955X vs. nForce4 IE x16

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 12, 2006 - 08:56 AM |
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nVidia tries another go at their Intel Edition nForce4 chipset, with the ASUS P5N32-SLI.  Tweaktown contrasts it's performance with the workhorse chipset from Intel, the 955X.  See if nVidia can bump Intel's own chipset into second place for performance.


"With all these features you would expect us to get a good amount of overclocking out of this

board, you are not wrong here.

Source: TweakTown

Cool camoflauged computer case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 11, 2006 - 01:12 PM |
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Driver Heaven reviews a unique case offering from Newance, the Triplecone.  I can guarantee you haven't seen a case that looks anything like this, so take a peek.

'For most home users, when it comes on deciding which high end computer case to buy, the greatest

factor is most probably not the efficiency of the case but the innovation of its design. Today I

have a pretty strange looking case for review from Newance, a new found company which is a

subsidiary of the large German company Listan, the Triplecone.

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State of the art cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 10, 2006 - 10:10 AM |
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FrostyTech takes a look at the advances in cooling over 2005.  More than just a shootout of heatsinks, they examine what changes have been made to the way we cool our hotplates ... er ... processors.  Read the article to see if you missed any products, and get an idea of what to expect from 2006.

"This article is a follow-up to the 2004 issue which looked at all the latest heatsinks and

cooling systems from that period.

Source: Frosty Tech

Professional Heatsink Abusers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2006 - 11:40 AM |
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Heatsink manufacturers are proud of the way they accuratly test heatsinks to ensure that they are sufficient for the various types of processors out there.  In fact they are proud enough to show the various ways they test heatsinks and Thermal Interface Materials to FrostyTech.

"Have you ever wondered how a heatsink manufacturer tests its new heatsinks to ensure what you buy

will do the job?

Source: Frosty Tech

Gingerbread Computer!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 23, 2005 - 12:56 PM |
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I saw this one over at HardOCP this morning and thought I would share it with you all as well.  How would like to build your very own gingerbread computer!






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Source: General

ThermalTake's Unconventional Radiator-Waterblock

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 21, 2005 - 10:30 AM |
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Pro-Clockers takes a look at the Thermatake Big Typhoon heatpipe cooler. This heatsink is an absolute monstrosity when it comes to size, but how does it perform? nvNews tackles another Thermaltake product, the Volcano 4005. This cooler is an odd waterblock with an integrated radiator and weighs almost 1kg with a fan.

Source: NVnews