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Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 17, 2006 - 03:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs has posted the results of an odd project. They wanted to know if the least expensive Asetek WaterChill can be upgraded peicemeal to perform better, and what the difference between that system, and Asetek's top of the line model will be.
"Asetek has long been acknowledged by PC enthusiasts as the best manufacturer of water coolers.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 16, 2006 - 03:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech has grabbed a representative sample of XT and XTX cards in a big graphics shootout. Now that ATI has regained the performance throne, it's time to see which card can out do the rest.
"The X1900 took a long time in coming, but now that it's here, it's taken its place squarely on
the top in graphics card performance.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 15, 2006 - 06:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Think Computer has posted a review of AC Ryan's new BlackFire fans. They are very bright and colourful, and have LEDs, on seperate power leads, so adding the fans to a fan controller won't necessarily mean that the LEDs dim when you slow the fan down. They could well be one of the easiest ways to get into modding your box.
'If you know modding, chances are you know AC Ryan. They make a lot of cool modder related
supplies, but it's not all just for modders.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 13, 2006 - 05:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Zone has posted a review of one of the most mobile external HDD enclosures to date from ExBoot. It's under 100 grams, less than 6 inches long, and holds 80 Gb. Since it uses USB2, it's no slacker when it comes to transfer speeds, and with the bundled software, one touch backups become quite possible.
"The Exboot EXB-0121 is one of the smallest portable HDD enclosures around, making it a perfect
portable solution with data recovery for frequent travelers."
Here are some mo
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 10, 2006 - 06:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to PC Apex, Arctic Silver 3 may have been displaced as the king of thermal compounds by CoolerMaster's NanoFusion. While 1 or 2 degrees may not seem like an amazing improvement, it might let you push your CPU just that little but harder.
"We have a new, quick review up on an outstanding thermal transfer paste from Cooler Master named
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 9, 2006 - 01:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GruntvillE has posted a review of 2 of Noctua's new heatsinks, the NH-U9 and NH-U12. Both are very large, so not all cases will accomodate them, but if you can squeeze them in, the cooling power is impressive. Neither model comes with fans, as they aren't needed in a normal setup, due to the size of the heatsink, and the number of heatpipes. However, both models can fit 2 fans for overclocking, the U9 using 92mm and the U12 allowing the use of 120mm fans.
"Noctua, a recent upstart in Au
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 9, 2006 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This Raptor X preview is brought to you by a parnership of the folks of Western Digital and AnandTech, and is approved for all audiences. While sequels in the movie industry are often worse than the original, in the world of tech, we usually function in the opposite manner. The Raptor X is no exception, bundling the tried technology that made the past 2 generations shine together with newer PATA technology into one speedy 150Gb drive.
"The latest version of the Raptor was launched as the WD1500
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 8, 2006 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Aerocool ExtremEngine 3T takes aircooling seriously. It doesn't even use millimetres to describe it's 2 huge fans, why bother when the larger one is just shy of 10 inches! Read the full review at Pro-Clockers.
Also, Bob Dyl returns to the writing staff of PC Perspective, with a review of the Lian-Li v600, so welcome him back.
"Aerocool is one of those companies that are taking the enthusiast market by storm.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 7, 2006 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GeekExtreme has posted an article dealing with adding a Danger Den Maze 4 GPU waterblock to a X800XT AIW. The investment of time and money did result in better cooling for the card, but read on to see if the effort invested was rewarded properly.
'With my recent purchase of a X800XT AIW from the trusty Newegg, I decided to take advantage of my
newly constructed watercooling setup by investing in a Danger Den Maze 4 GPU waterblock and
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 7, 2006 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Energy prices are creeping up across the board, except when they are sky-rocketing. While your PC might not account for a huge percentage of your utility bill, that could change. (Unless you are in a DC project like SETI, and heat your bedroom via the heatsinks of at least dozen older computers.) As PC's demand more and more power, Intel has decided to take some of the focus away from the CPU, to see if efficiency can be increased in other components, and C
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 6, 2006 - 06:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 6, 2006 - 02:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Techniz reviews 2 of VIZO's fan lines today, the Muffle and the Windstorm. The Muffle gives you some pretty good cooling, without trying to deafen you, the 120mm version moves 53CFM @ 28dBA, and the Windstorm will help with OC'ing, the 80mm model moves an impressive 84.1CFM, though it does so at 55.2 dBA.
"The VIZO cooling products is design to provide the cooling solution for the enthusiast that
prefers low noise and also good performance.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 3, 2006 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MetkuMods has posted a gallery of an extremely unique case by Janos Marton. I can't begin imagine where the inspiration might have come from.
"I already had a powerful computer setup so I wanted something more quiet, small and low power
consumptioning to function as a basic home server. I love to tinker with hardware etc.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 3, 2006 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Although we have little information yet, Gamehelper has translated a german interview with some Crytek employees and a German website (Gamestar) about the upcoming FPS, Crysis. While it does not exactly seem to be a follow up to Far Cry, it certainly sounds like they took everything that made FarCry great, and improved it.
"There will be a high degree of interactivity with the environment.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 2, 2006 - 06:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Red & Blackness Mods tests the new Danger Den Thermalchill radiator, and as you might expect, it performs admirably. It also manages to cool without being larger than your average tower case.
"Today we take a look at a radiator from Dangerden, we know that Dangerden is one of the top
companies when it comes to watercooling and their previous products have got very good ratings. We
will see how good this radiator performs vs a Alphacool Cora 6 and vs a BlackIce extreme.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 31, 2006 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro is the LGA775 version of the Freezer 64 Pro. It combines decent performance and low noise into an affordable package. It also uses a different fan than the AMD model, so drop by and visit DriverHeaven to see what this heatsink can do.
"Today we have another Arctic Cooling cooler for evaluation, the Freezer 7 Pro.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2006 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A1-Electronics has posted a review of the Act-on Optical MicMouse, which is, well, exactly what it sounds like. Now you too can pick up your mouse and use it to talk over VOIP. No word if it will work as a CB Radio too.
Also, Ryan has posted a review of the Diamond Xtreme Sound 7.1 with Dolby Digital Live Sound, so check it out.
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Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2006 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you thought that getting unexpectedly flashed was for Frosh Week and Football games, you have something new to consider. According to this story from The Register, malicious BIOS flashing could be the next big viral problem for PC's. This kind of exploit has not been spotted in the wild yet, but it is probably coming ...
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 27, 2006 - 06:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newly released 6800GS is one of the best bangs for your buck in the current graphics market, whether you want the AGP or the PCI-e version. AnandTech has grabbed cards from 4 of the current manufacturers, to see how they work out of the box, and what kind of an overclock to expect.
"Today, we'll be looking at four different manufacturers' versions of the 6800 GS, and seeing what each has to offer. The cards that we have are from Leadtek, PNY Technologies, EverTop, and EVGA.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 27, 2006 - 05:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PC Power & Cooling has a 1KW PSU on sale, and Bjorn3D has a review. If you have an obscene amount of power hungry components, this PSU will handle them all with power to spare, and it will have no problem with the heat, either.
"Have two video cards, two optical drives, three hard drives and a plethora of other components in
your PC? If so, you might wonder if your PSU is struggling. Well, there's certainly no struggling
for PC Power & Cooling's Turbo-Cooling 1KW.