The new improved modder's Dremel

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 17, 2006 - 02:18 PM |

MAKE: Blog has spotted a new tool from Dremel, the Stylus.  It is much smaller, and comes with a handle at a 90° angle, making detailed fine work much easier.  Modders, you may have found a new best friend.

"The Dremel Stylus is a unique tool for people who are passionate about hands-on projects.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Bacteria belches to power batteries?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 16, 2006 - 12:11 PM |

Meet Shewanella oneidensis at CNET, a metal munching bacteria that literally poops power.  With more study, and perhaps a bit of tweaking, this micro organism could be put into fuel cells to increase their life.   They could keep the liquid in the cells from becoming contaminated by excess waste and turn in into free electrons.

"Researchers at Rice University and the University of Southern California have embarked on a

project t

Coolink combines air cooling and silence

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2006 - 01:53 PM |

MODTHEBOX has discovered some of the quietest fans on the planet, the Coolink SWiF, accompanied by the Silent Saviour for cooling hard drives.   There are many fans in the series, from 80mm to 120mm, with varying speeds, and the loudest one they have is only 26dB.

"The appearance of the Coolink SWiF fans are slightly different from what you would expect from

standard case fans that are currently on the market.


Poking at the IE7 beta

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2006 - 12:05 PM |

There are those who worry about installing alpha or beta software on their machines, and then there are complete masochists who love to try it, and see what happens.  Today, The Inquirer reports on 3 betas from Microsoft after thoroughly testing them, so you can guess which camp they fall into.

"So it fell to me to try a bunch of new betas available from Microsoft.
Source: The Inquirer

Lian Li's Lucky 7

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 14, 2006 - 01:04 PM |

BleedinEdge reviews the Lian Li PC-7 Plus, which carries on the tradition of quality cases that you expect from them.  With two 120mm fans a window, and enough space to be able to fit top-end video cards, you will be well satisfied with this case if you bought it.

"Lian Li has certainly come up with another excellent product in the Lian-Li PC-7A Plus. It is a

solid, well built case with good looks and convenient features that make this case a winner.

Source: BleedinEdge

A gaming keyboard that works easily

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 13, 2006 - 03:41 PM |

3DXtreme has a review of the Ideazon MERC Gaming Keyboard, and they are giving it away!  It looks exactly like a normal keyboard, with extra gaming keys added to the left hand side, instead of replacing your normal keys.  It may not come in reverse for the lefties, but it does have a PANIC button.

"The MERC integrates the large gaming keys onto a standard keyboard. Incorporating the features

the Zboard is known for with a standard keyboard so that no keyset swapping is required.

Source: 3DXtreme

Swiftech can cool your whole system

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 10, 2006 - 03:48 PM |

The Swiftech Apogee, MCW-30 and MCW-60 Cooler are all reviewed at today.  This inexpensive watercooling setup will give you blocks to cool your CPU, GPU and chipset, and it will do it without breaking a sweat, even when you overclock.  They compare it's preformance on both Intel and AMD systems, give it a view.

"As with all of Swiftech's goods in their time, the blocks look great and perform just as well.

Get some cooling onto cluttered chipsets

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 8, 2006 - 01:45 PM |

The Jing Ting Force chipset cooler, reviewed by Big Bruin, is designed specifically for upgrading the cooling of chipsets that are in a very tight space.  As cases and motherboards get more cluttered, with muliple oversized vidoe cards or large CPU heatsinks, smong other things, it is very hard to upgrade the cooling for the actual chipsets.  Give them a read, and see how well this cooler really works.

"With the current layout of motherboards based on the nVidia nForce4 chipset, the ph

Source: Big Bruin

Intel Disclose Technologies To Make The Internet More Personal And Mobile

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 8, 2006 - 01:13 PM |

INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 7, 2006 — Intel Corporation Executive Vice President Sean Maloney today outlined Intel's mobile future, announcing significant innovations in mobile devices and broadband wireless. As consumer and business demand for Internet applications on the go continues, Maloney for the first time disclosed details of the next—generation Intel® Centrino® mobile technology—based platform, as well as a single chip Wi—Fi/WiMAX radio and an Intel—branded mobile WiMAX PCMCIA card.

Gaming Network Accelerator in the works

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 8, 2006 - 12:04 PM |

How would you feel about an add-in card that reduces lag?   A Gaming Network Accelerator card is in the works from a new firm by the name of Bigfoot Networks, and they are promising a working beta version in time for E3.  Read more about it at The Inquirer.

"START-UP Bigfoot Networks plans to peddle a PC card which it reckons will reduce the in-game lag

for online video games.

The company has been given $4 million in financing for the project, which has its roots at the

McCombs School of Business at

Source: The Inquirer

It's the little things that count

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 7, 2006 - 06:27 PM |

Drop by Legion Hardware to see what effect adding some well though out extras to a X1800XT can have.  The ASUS Extreme AX1800XT features an external power source and custom Arctic-Cooling heatsink, so it performs better than you might expect. 

Plus, follow the never ending ATI vs nVIDIA controversy, this time involving NForce4 bandwidth in SLI, in Ryan's article here.

"The ASUS Extreme AX1800XT TOP is an amazing product simply because it is different; the

Hard drives create heat too

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 6, 2006 - 03:05 PM |

When trying to get the heat down in your case, don't forget that HDD create heat as well, and it is usually in a dead zone as far as air circulation goes.  In order to get that hot air moving, and extend the life of your HDDs, consider the Vantec Vortex 2.  DriverHeaven has the full run down of what this HDD cooler can do.

"Of course cooling is not going to make any hard disk drive invulnerable, but can dramatically

lengthen its lifespan and increase its reliability.


Intel First-Quarter Revenue Below Expectations

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 3, 2006 - 01:39 PM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 3, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced that first-quarter revenue is expected to be between $8.7 billion and $9.1 billion, as compared to the previous expectation of between $9.1 billion and $9.7 billion, primarily due to weaker than expected demand and a slight market segment share loss.

The company expects the first-quarter gross margin percentage to be adversely impacted by the change in revenue.

NexXxos gets even more efficient

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 2, 2006 - 06:55 PM |

PCApex has a look at Alphacool's NexXxoS XP, a copper CPU waterblock with a beautiful finish and an innovative way of getting more surface area closer to the CPU.  They are so impressed with the changes from the last model, they feel it should really have deserved a new name.

"The fact that the lion's share of the potential for cooling a processor is within a few

millimeters of the core is not lost on Alphacool.

Source: PCApex

Asys gives you freedom in setting up your case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 1, 2006 - 01:17 PM |

Asys is not a well known name in case manufacturing, but that may well change.  Pro-clockers has posted their reveiw of the Freedom Tower Full case.  It is a large case, and would work perfectly as a server enclosure, or there is more than enough space for watercooling.

"Every once in a while a company come alone that makes a big splash on the computer community. And

I think that this is one of those 'once in a while'.

Intel Invests $300 Million In Vietnam, Build Nation's First Semiconductor Assembly And Test Facility

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 28, 2006 - 01:02 PM |

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Feb. 28, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced it will invest $300 million (US) to build a semiconductor assembly and test facility in Ho Chi Minh City. This represents the first such investment by the semiconductor industry in Vietnam and supports Intel's strategy to invest to support overall demand.

Getting more out of the usual heatsink design

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 27, 2006 - 06:30 PM |

The Gigabyte G-Power Lite CPU Cooler uses everything you would expect from a modern heatsink, though they implement it in different ways.  By using a large fan (110mm), the noise can be kept to reasonable levels, and Gigabyte has made the heatsink smaller and lighter than most of the coolers on the market now, so it should fit nicely into most sytems.  Read more about it at XYZ Computing.

"Although Gigabyte has made a name for itself by producing motherboards and video cards, lately

A video card with a descriptive name

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 27, 2006 - 01:43 PM |

PureOverclock has a review of a well named card from Gainward, the BLISS 6800 GS GLH.  If the memory overclock they managed to achieve is typical of this card, then you can have a lot of fun tweaking it to an inch of it's life.

'Gainward's BLISS 6800 GS GLH is no reference board. Sure, the core headroom is still up to the

gods, but the memory headroom will destroy the competition. I managed to clock the memory to 1480

MHz at its peak.

New news from nVIDIA

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 27, 2006 - 12:01 PM |

CoolTechZone has posted the lauch dates of several anxiously awaited nVIDIA products ... the NVIDIA G71, Quad-SLI and NFORCE 5.  Yes, it is official, there will be Quad-SLI, and it will likely be the hottest thing going, better get the watercooling setup ready.

"After a number of debates and speculations, we finally have the launch dates for NVIDIA's

next-gen. product lineup based on the G71 core. According to insiders, the launch is expected to

take place at CeBIT 2006, and the cards will be placed under the 7900 series.

Source: CoolTechZone

Going for gold in the Case Olympics

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 24, 2006 - 02:39 PM |

Head to AnandTech to see the clash of the Titans, Tai-Chi versus The Stacker.  See which one comes out on top, and why it was picked as a winner.

"We've looked at products from both of these companies for several years now, and it's apparent

that they both know what they're doing. The last several models of Thermaltake's have had

exceptional capacity for drives, but don't have quite the same "quality of construction" feel that

cases from others like Lian Li tend to have.

Source: AnandTech