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Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 21, 2005 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Start your overclocking, t'is the season to squeeze some extra heat out of your PC, and start thinking about what you want other people to buy you. The Guru of 3D has his hands on a Thermaltake Tai Chi, another giant heatsink that has been hollowed out and sold as a PC case. If you can afford it, this case will not dissapoint.
"Thermaltake recently released a new PC case.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 19, 2005 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the size of components shrinking, the size of the cooling seems apparatus to grow. With the norm quickly becoming huge heatsinks, 120mm fans, oversized videocards, or a radiator and waterpump, the size of your case can become an issue. Gamepyre reviews the Lian Li PC76, a huge case, 24.79'(D) x 10.43'(W) x 22'(H), that should fit just about anyhing you want in it.
"After our exhaustive tour-de-force, there's one thing we've got to say about this case — it's big, really big — you wo
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 16, 2005 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Titan's Robela Water Case is a simple watercooling solution, that will net you some good temperatures. As just about everything is built right into it, you get to worry less about jumping into watercooling to see what it is all about. The folks over at hi-techreviews show you just what this case is made of.
"What do you get when you take a full-size tower case and turn one side-panel of it into a radiator with two 120mm fans mounted on it? You get the new Titan Robela Water Case.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 14, 2005 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SystemCooling reviews the ThermalRight SI 120, a much more compatible version of the XP 120, with almost no performance difference. If you want your A64 to run at under 40C, but couldn't fit the XP 120 into your PC, then this may be the cooler for you.
"The new Thermalright SI-120 heatsink is a redesigned XP-120 that offers greater motherboard compatibility while still accommodating a 120mm fan of your choice.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 12, 2005 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Miss one Monday, and a dozen new reviews come out. First up today we have the MGE Titanium at Think Computers, a case that seems to incorporate every new innovation in case design from the past year into one case. It is roomy, it still has enough space for a watercooling setup, and all that, and a price tag around the $100 mark. If that's not the case you're looking for, there are almost 20 other reviews to choose from!
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Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 9, 2005 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you've never heard of Wintsch, they are a company making waterblocks with thermoelectric cooling built in. I'm not sure if you are comfortable running something that makes ice in your box, but as Pimprig found in their tests, it can give you a bit of room for overclocking ...
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 7, 2005 - 03:07 PM | Ryan Shrout
Newegg sent along word about their latest Case Mod contest winners. The winner built a PC in a Ford Bronco model
So I started making a model out of clay and spent about 3 months getting it right. I found a 12.1'' LCD screen on EBay for $100 that was just the right size for under the hood. After the clay was done and all measurements checked out I made a rubber mold.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 7, 2005 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-Bit Labs takes 4 coolers from Thermaltake,
the Big Typhoon, Silent Tower, PIPE101 Rev.2 and Sonic Tower, and sees which comes out on top as the best cooler from Thermaltake right now.
"Today we are going to witness a breath-taking race among four processor air coolers from Thermaltake Company.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 26, 2005 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's very bright, and with a 12v pump, very powerful, Hexus takes apart Asetek's WaterChill Xtreme 12V Pump & Reservoir.
"The design is revolutionary. I'm sure we'll see copycat designs surfacing to flatter the Asetek engineers. Performance is excellent, this pump should be able to handle the most taxing of watercooling circuits.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 24, 2005 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you can fit all 125mm (5 inches) in, the CNPS9500 LED will certainly satisfy you. X-Bit Labs has the numbers to show just how well this thing cools.
"We would like to introduce to you a real masterpiece of the air cooling art designed by Zalman. This new baby, which was first showcased at the Computex 2005 has now reached our lab and simply impressed us with its cooling potential.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 22, 2005 - 12:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At 1000 Watts of power, the Enermax Galaxy is the Toolman's dream PSU.
Currently in final production at the time of writing, the two samples in the photos are engineering samples so we couldn't get out hands on one for testing, but having run the figures past Rys, they add up to just a little over 1000W output, drawing 1400W from the mainsâ€¦ so no need for a dimmer switch in the lounge anymore!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 22, 2005 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Antec's P180 will give you a classy look in the BTX style, while still accepting the installation of ATX boards. Washable filtres and 4 120mm fans make it a top air cooler to start with, and the extra space inside could easily fit a pump and reservior, if you were so inclined. The full story is at Legit Reviews, go read it.
"In the end, the P180 is one of the finest cases I've ever seen.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 19, 2005 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Asetek has a WaterChill 3/8" ID Power Kit, which includes CPU, GPU and NB Waterblocks with a 120mm Radiator cooled by 3 fans. The CPU waterblock is designed for Intel's LGA 775 (Socket T), thought the GPU block should fit almost any card. Read the full review at PimpRig.
"My initial expectations of this kit is that in it's complete configuration it will provide very reasonable performance but that better performance could be achieved with a little "tw
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 17, 2005 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Weighing in at only 334 grams, and
around 7.5 - 8 cm a side, the Nexus AXP-3200 is tiny compared to most heatsinks available today. MODTHEBOX has a full review of this low noise CPU cooler, see how it performed in their tests.
"The AXP-3200 introduces Nexus's new SkiveTekÂ® technology which involves the process of shaping materials to produce high fin density thermal solutions. The AXP-3200 includes patented V-shaped fins which optimize the airflow and prevent air obstruction.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 15, 2005 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermalrock has released the Eclipse chassis, and Phoronix has a good look at it. Along with some interesting additions, this case has the tool-less assembly and 120mm fans that are almost standard in PC Cases this year.
"ThermalRock, a division of Thermaltake, has diverted away from the design of traditional ATX cases in favor of offering a new level of innovation with such things as CD storage on the front bezel.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 12, 2005 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SystemCooling has a Swiftech MCP655 12 VDC Pump to review, and it does exactly what Swiftech says; it improves on the MCP650. There is a pot on the pump, letting you run it at anywhere between 5 and 14 V, with a simple twist of the wrist.
"In their on going quest for the perfect PC water-cooling pump, Swiftech has recently released the MCP655 12 VDC Pump, which features several key improvements over the ori
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 10, 2005 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Asetek has released a line of Vapochill CPU heatsinks designed to be air cooled, not watercooled. There are 3 models in the series, and Overclockers Online has posted a review of the Ultra Low Noise version. It performs fairly well, and does so nearly silently.
"The addition to the Asetek arsenal is more traditional than a phase change or water cooling system, but still cutting edge in its own right.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 8, 2005 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Starting off with the full sized systems at the top, and carrying on into SFF enclosures perfect for home theatre use, there are a few recent case reviews to check out. Start with Extreme Overclocking's review of the Antec TX1050B.
"Antec is one of the top most recognized brand names when it comes to high-end PC enclosures. The original Performance Series is undoubtedly the most well-known Antec design, and each new generation since then has been based on this classic chassis.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 5, 2005 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Asetek has released a 12V Waterchill reservoir and pump, and PimpRig has it for review. While it may not be a top of the line performer, some of the extras that it comes with may influence your decision somewhat.
"Odd shape or not, the reservoir is very precisely mated to the pump body over the inlet to the impeller making for a very clean look. A small tube is modeled into the back of the reservoir to accommodate a LED which is accessible from the underside of the pump.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 4, 2005 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Your Graphic card's GPU and RAM are probably the 2 hottest components in your case. While it is common to have a fast main processor running at 35-45 C, the GPU is often nearly twice that temperature. Treat the poor card to a Zalman VF700-Cu, not only will the card be cooler, but the fan has a silent setting too. Read the full story at Xtreme Resources.
"Is your video card one of those that is getting very hot and even
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