AMD BOOSTS DATACENTER EFFICIENCY WITH BEST PERFORMANCE PER WATT ...

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 9, 2005 - 08:36 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif.-Nov. 9, 2005-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a variety of customers are embracing the powerful combination of Dual-Core AMD Opteron(tm) processors, Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions, Microsoft SQL Server 2005, and Visual Studio 2005 to improve business processes.  Customers who demand leading-edge performance are rapidly recognizing and embracing the speed, price and efficiency advantages offered by AMD64 and Microsoft x64 innovations.

Source: AMD

Quiet! We're trying to compute

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 8, 2005 - 01:11 PM |
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Part 2 of the silencing guide from Hardware.GamersHell is up.  Part one is here if you missed it.  In it you will find all sorts of tips on how to build a new, silent machine, or how to quiet a PC you've already built, but is drowning out your speakers.

"If you are considering getting into the addictive game that is silencing, you will be looking to

either build a new system with silence in mind or si

Source: HardwareHell

The 6800 GS arrives

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2005 - 10:54 AM |
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The 6800GS has arrived, and most sites have a review up, so you won't have to wonder what it can do anymore.  Start off at the Guru of 3D, and keep going 'till you've read 'em all.

"It was mid 2004 when NVIDIA released it's young rascal, the GeForce 6800 GT. It offered

staggering performance!. We are now a sturdy year away from that first GT release and a couple of

things have changed in that time-frame. Most importantly, we noticed a massive shift from the AGP

platform towards PCI-Express.

Source: Guru of 3D

All aboard the Radeon Xpress

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2005 - 10:40 AM |
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Legion Hardware has posted a review of the LANPartyUT RDX200 CF-DR, which uses the new Radeon Xpress 200 chipset.  Read through the review to see if this will replace an nForce4 board on your wishlist.


"Already the LANPartyUT RDX200 CF-DR looks much like the DFI nForce4 SLI motherboard. However,

there are a number of small changes made to the board and of course a few new features have been

included.

Take Thermaltake's new case for a Swing

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2005 - 10:32 AM |
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Get a new case, with 120mm fans, without blowing a large chunk of the money you were going to spend on your new system with the Thermaltake Swing.  It's not the most feature filled or stylized case, but if you want good cooling without breaking your bank, read the review at InsaneTek.

"Want a decent looking case with good features without the expensive price? Thermaltake's new

Swing is a good candidate.

Source: InsaneTek

Big and Beautiful, Thermaltake's Tai Chi

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 4, 2005 - 01:06 PM |
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It's a huge block of stylish aluminium, with more than enough space for a watercooling setup.  Plus, with a pre-installed 120mm fan, and room for more, even with air cooling a system will be quite happy living the the Tai Chi.  Even better, it has a removable mobo tray, and can be set up for BTX systems.  Read the full review at Neoseeker.

"We have a review of Thermaltake's monstrous Tai-Chi case.

Source: Neoseeker

Full Buffer DIMM's hunger for power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 4, 2005 - 08:48 AM |
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AMD had something to say about Intel's unpcoming full buffer DIMM's ... they'll need about twice the power of a DDR stick to run.  As many PC owners have found, the more power you put into a component, the more cooling it requires, and with the heat a Prescott throws out already, these blades will be hot.

"Close chip watchers know that Intel and its OEMs plan to support Fully-Buffered DIMMs in 2007.

Source: The Register

Leaky reservior got you down?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 3, 2005 - 01:02 PM |
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Check out PimpRig's review of the Thermaltake Aquabay M3 5.25" Reservoir.  Made of translucent blue 

Polyethylene, this reservoir will look good in a modded case, and you won't need to worry about it cracking over time.

"I'm one of those people that likes a reservoir over a T-line, yet I've never really cared for the

thought of a plexiglas reservoir inside my case. Plexi ages, plexi cracks...plexi leaks. Plexi

bad.

Source: PimpRig

Able to cool 7 cpus with one radiator

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 2, 2005 - 12:56 PM |
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The Asetek Xtreme KT12A-12VX Triple Radiator Kit can remove a lot of heat from a system.  According to Xtreme Resources findings, about "2445Kcal per hour (9702 BTU), which roughly translates to 680W", with all 6 fans running on the radiator!

"When Asetek first entered the PC watercooling market with the introduction of the initial

Waterchill kits, their good value and excellent performance made them loved within the enthusiast

circles.

Taming the heat of a P4, Asus style

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 1, 2005 - 12:13 PM |
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It's a big, bad, powerful cooler, but it only fits on P4 systems (LGA 775).  Motherboards.org reviews the Asus VR Cooler, which tames the heat of the Prescott, even overclocked.

"For our closing remarks, I'd have to think that our comments on the performance will more than

suffice - wow. At a great price with great performance, there's almost nothing not to love about

this heatsink, apart from the disappointing lack of cross platform mounting.

When a golf ball meets a case fan

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 31, 2005 - 09:07 AM |
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MVKTech has review up of Sharkoon's Silent Eagles.  Not only will it go well with that Golf themed PC you're working on, but an 80mm fan that moves 22.7CFM at 17.8 dB(A) is not something you have to yell over to be heard.

"Sharkoon came up with a new silent solution when it comes to fans, namely the Silent Eagle range.

The Silent Eagle comes in 2 different versions, the Eagle 1000 and Eagle 2000 where the number

stands for the rotation speed of the propeller.

Source: MVKTECH.NET

Happy Halloween

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 31, 2005 - 08:41 AM |
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So what if it will be obsolete within a week, get your Pumpkin PC today!!!

"Just in time for Halloween, the staff at the computer store at the University of Arkansas have

created a seasonally appropriate PC."


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Tech Talk

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  • Source: ZDNet

    When there's something strange ... with your temperatures ...

    Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 28, 2005 - 03:58 PM |
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    Who you gunna call?  Heat Buster!!!  Well, maybe not ... but Maximium CPU does have a review of the PCI cooler with more today.  Not only does it provide cooling to whatever component is closest to where you place it, it also has an exhaust to remove more hot air from the case.

    'The Heat Buster from PowerColor is a PCI slot cooler, with a little more to offer. It has the

    standard exhaust fan, as well as a second, adjustable fan to help facilitate air movement in your

    case.

    Source: Maximum CPU

    The Invisible Fan ... Controller

    Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 27, 2005 - 03:19 PM |
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    The Sunbeam Theta TP-101 fan controller is a little different than you might expect.  It's a PCI card, with a satndard molex power connector and 8 fan connectors.  All the fans in your system connect to it, and are controlled via installed software.  Read the full review at Big Bruin.

    "Sunbeamtech has offered the typical fan controller (rheobus) in a variety of styles in the past,

    but the software based Theta TP-101 is much different.

    Source: Big Bruin

    Gigabyte's 3D series, together at last

    Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 26, 2005 - 08:55 AM |
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    The 3D Galaxy from Gigabyte has been around for a bit, and you may have seen reviews of this watercooling system.  New from Gigabyte is the 3D Aurora, an ATX case designed specifically to house the Galaxy watercooler.  See how well they work together in the full review from Legion Hardware.

    "They did this by developing the "Galaxy Liquid Cooling Kit" designed for use with high-end

    systems.

    Fan Commander to the rescue

    Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 25, 2005 - 10:09 AM |
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    Cooling off a hot system is about more than just putting as many fans into the PC as the chassis will allow; unless you live alone, and like wearing earplugs.  Fan controllers allow you to monitor your temperatures, and reduce the speed, and therefore the noise eminating from under your desk.  Ultra Product's newly released Fan Commander may be what you need, and Big Bruin can tell you all about it.

    "Ultra Products has a new fan controller called the Fan Commander which can control up to seven fa

    Source: Big Bruin

    DFI's NF4 Infinity - Function over Form

    Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 24, 2005 - 11:12 AM |
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    hardCOREware likes DFI's NF4 Infinity.  Unlike their LAN Party series, this board gets the job done with a minimum of embellishments.  It handles the latest Athlon's, will overclock fairly well, and costs less than $100!

    "We have soft spot for motherboards that offer nothing more than the basics, but are superb

    overclockers and performers.

    Source: hardCOREware

    Help choosing a cooling solution

    Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 24, 2005 - 10:10 AM |
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    Red & Blackness Mods try to help out with the vast amount of choices available for cooling off your system.  If you find yourself wonder what cooler to pick, and are maybe frustrated about having to do so after choosing all your other components, this article may give you some hope.

    "It seems like the market makes it harder and harder for the average consumer to make choices.

    Zalman, Scythe and Thermaltake Under The Magnifying Glass

    Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 21, 2005 - 02:47 PM |
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    X-Bit Labs can solve your cooling dilemmas.  Zalman's CNPS9500 LED, Scythe's Shogun & Ninja (SCNJ-1000), and  Thermaltake's Big Typhoon (CL-P0114) & Sonic Tower (CL-P0071), all in one huge comparitive review.  There is a lot of detail, everything from cooling performance to installation is covered.

    "We would like to offer you a detailed roundup of five today's best CPU coolers with heatpipe

    technology.

    Source: X-Bit Labs

    Jump into HTPC's with this primer

    Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 21, 2005 - 09:55 AM |
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    Big Bruin can answer all of your HTPC video and audio questions in this first installment of their HTPC primer.  If you are thinking of putting together a SFF system, or incorporating an HTPC into your multimedia system, give it a  read!

    "HTPCs don't have to be much different than your typical computer, but a few key areas do need to

    be addressed.

    Source: Big Bruin