Wierd & Wild Cases from Computex & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 6, 2005 - 12:01 PM |
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Pistons, pyramids or snail?  Virtual-Hideout has a look at some interesting new form factors and case shapes from Computex.  If those are a little too wierd for you, perhaps a more vanilla case, or some good old case mods will be more to your taste. 


"Whenever a new form factor comes out, it means a new opportunity. We saw several new form factor designs on the show floor of Computex 2005 May 31-June 4.

That's not a scanner, it's an EXOS-2 & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 3, 2005 - 11:41 AM |
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Got a hot computer, but no room for a reservior or pump?  Look to Koolance for the answer, and LegitReviews for the scoop.  Not only is this an well designed solution, the video card cooler is essentially a box that seals your entire card away from ambient air, and surrounds it with cool water instead.

"Today, we take a look at the latest and greatest from Koolance, one of the premier players in system cooling, the Koolance Exos-2.

Air cooling for summer & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 1, 2005 - 11:44 AM |
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It weighs the better part of 2lbs, and moves 54 CF/M, what is it?  Thermaltake's Big Typhoon, as reviewed at LAN Addict.  If you think you can fit in your case without incorporating too many new blowholes, try it out!

"Yes, it is a big heatsink and requires that you have some room (OK, a lot) around your CPU socket, but the Big Typhoon's design keeps it from have any clearance problems with components on the motherboard.

Source: LAN Addict

Why AMD is less expensive, and less well known.

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 30, 2005 - 12:01 PM |
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The Register posted an article from Forbes, about the release of the A64 X2, and why the PC market isn't jumping all over the release date.


"Intel, with $34 billion in sales, can afford to pay for a lot of advertising - $2.1 billion in 2004 to be exact. A sizable chunk of that goes to a co-marketing program called "Intel Inside." The company doesn't disclose how much it spends on Intel Inside, but in its 2004 10-K filing with the U.S.

Source: The Register

Analogue Case Pride & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 30, 2005 - 11:57 AM |
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Sunbeam's Trio comes with a fairly strong PSU, a 120mm fan and a nice looking front panel.  Read about it in LANAddict's review.  Plus more news about the BTX from factor, if you haven't already seen enough, and an interesting looking case from Antec, that SilentPCReview hasn't finished testing yet.

Sunbeam has done a pretty outstanding job with the Trio! Although it is a steel case, its size helps keep the weight very manageable without sacrificing strength.

Source: LAN Addict

Tubing in 1/2 or 3/8 & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 27, 2005 - 11:49 AM |
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GruntvillE has 2 12V pumps up for testing today.  The PolarFLO TT is the larger, prettier one, with barbs for both 1/2ID and 3/8ID tubing, and the Swiftech MCP-600 is the smaller, quieter performer, built only for 1/2 inch.  See which is right for you, then consider build flexible LED leads to highlight it.

Source: GruntvillE

Cornucopia of Cases & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 24, 2005 - 11:50 AM |
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NZXT's Trinity is a nice open case, that can be set up to be very breezy.  Head on over to ExtremeMhz and read the full review.  Then keep looking down, there are over a dozen reviews, and one of them might just be the case you're looking for.

'When it comes to gaming cases, NZXT has quickly taken the interest of many in the gaming community thanks to their highly unique product line. Their cases certainly do stand out from a majority.

Source: ExtremeMhz

Another mixed cooling bag & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 20, 2005 - 11:41 AM |
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The one liquid cooling review I have to give you comes from MODTHEBOX, the Cooler Master AquaGate Mini R80.  If you are wondering, it's an 80mm-based radiator, and you can also get a 120mm version.  It has no abliilty to add video cooling to it, so here's a few new coolers below, in case you need 'em!

"One unique aspect of the Cooler Master AquaGate Mini R80 is the inclusion of an integrated pump and reservoir housing. This all-in-one solution works well with case interiors tight on free space.

Source: MODTHEBOX

Aerocool Gatewatch

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 19, 2005 - 02:00 PM |
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GruntvillE has put together a nice review on the Aerocool Gatewatch fan contoller.

The Gatewatch unit is made of a plastic material that matches the aluminum cases very well. This unit comes in silver aluminum and black only. The front plate is plastic, but the base of the unit is aluminum. Recently I reviewed the Coolpanel from Aerocool, which was made entirely of plastic, which made mounting the unit difficult. I do not expect the plastic screwholes to last long.

Source: GruntvillE

Compucase gets Compu-reviewed

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 18, 2005 - 10:57 PM |
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This Prescott Compliant budget case gets put in the hot seat over at 3DVelocity.

Source: 3DVelocity

Big Brushed Box & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 16, 2005 - 11:08 AM |
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Mountain Mods U2-UFO Brushed Aluminum Case is not like too many other cases out there.  It is a basic box that is just beggin to be modded and tricked out.  Plus, as SystemCooling shows in it's review, adding any type of cooling system to it is almost ridiculously easy.

"For the computer enthusiast and modder there never seems to be enough room inside your computer case.

Liquid Cooling Oddity & no more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 13, 2005 - 11:35 AM |
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Sorry, I got nothing in the way of watercooling or phase change reviews today.  However, if you will bear with me for a minute, I'd like to show you one of the oddest liquid cooling methods I have ever seen.  I can't postively say that this works, but I think you all should see it ...


 

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Source: boingboing

Blowin air for CPU's and GPU's & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 11, 2005 - 11:40 AM |
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Fan controllers, multifunction panels, and air cooling for your CPU and GPU, it's all here.  First, start off at 3DVelocity, and see a fight between a Turbine and a Kamaboko.  Neither will take the air-cooling performance crown, but they are ceratinly interesting to look at.  Also check out the various flavours of panels, and the 3 GPU cooler reviews at the bottom.

"I'm not quite sure if the recent surge in CPU coolers is due to some kind of upsurge in air cooling or if it's just one of those unexplainable coincidences that we have to put down to some strange, latent

Source: 3DVelocity

Cases, Cool Stuff & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 9, 2005 - 11:53 AM |
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Start off with this review of the Antec TX1088AMG at Overclockers Online.  At 35lbs, it's a cooling heavyweight, with 1 120mm fan and 2 80mm's, plus an optional 92mm CPU duct.  If a new case isn't on your list, how about some greating modding stuff, or a nice multi-function panel?

"As you can see, there was a dramatic drop in temperatures when I shifted cases. Over 10 degrees Celsius in the load temperatures!

Coming Soon - Liquid Metal Cooling & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 6, 2005 - 11:43 AM |
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It's been a while since we've seen a unique new cooling liquid, for watercooling setups.  Non-conductive and UV-reactive fluids are great, but they don't offer that much performance benefit over plain old distilled water.  Well, a company called NanoCoolers might just change all that, look at the

Source: techPowerUp!

Land of the Giant Heatsinks & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 4, 2005 - 11:43 AM |
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What do Igloos, Typhoons and Beetles all have in common?  They are all huge, and all being reviewed at 3D Velocity, that's what.  Find out whether bigger means better when the temps are rising.

"Prior to recent developments like strained silicon, low-k and reductions in die sizes, temperatures seemed to be spiralling out of control, and the continued use of air as a suitable method for cooling seemed less and less likely with each new processor.

Source: 3DVelocity

Koolance EXOS-2 Water Cooling Kit Review

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 3, 2005 - 12:42 PM |
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Koolance is back with a brand new top-loading water cooling unit, called the EXOS-2.  It is a replacement for the EXOS-Al, so let's see if they have improved on the technology any.  HardOCP has the review

Speaking of expense, the EXOS-2 is far from inexpensive. In fact, it is downright expensive weighing in at over US$400 after adding a water block (not including shipping and possible sales tax). Then again, the EXOS-2 is built like a brick house with nearly enough cooling for one.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Boxing Boxen & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 2, 2005 - 11:53 AM |
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The A-Top Technology Gladiator Mid-tower, as reviewed at Xtreme Resources may not be filled with 120mm fans and other power cooling, but it is ceratinly well built.  A-Top gave much more focus to being seen than on being heard.

"A-Top has been one of the long standing leaders in the computer case market by offering innovate new designs or supporting base models for OEMs.

Watercooling your way to a win & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 29, 2005 - 11:57 AM |
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Now I'm not saying you are guaranteed to win the PCPer/Corsair contest with these watercooling kits, but it certainly can't hurt!  Try Alphacool's new 12V NexXoS, reviewed at MODTHEBOX.  It's good at cooling and powerful, as in 30W of 12V, so make sure your powersupply still has a bit of overhead on it, you don't want that pump shutting down!

"One of the key components included with this kit is the Alphacool NexXxoS XP Water Block which measures approximately 2"x 2" x 0.75".

Source: MODTHEBOX

Heatsink reviews, a contest & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 27, 2005 - 11:47 AM |
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There's a contest over at 3D Extreme to win Spire's KestralKing, and a review of it as well.   It's a good heatsink if you aren't planning to overclock, but want better performance than the packaged heatsink/fan.  Also included are 3 VGA cooler reviews, including a two-fer from GruntvillE.

"Spire has always made some decent coolers and the KestrelKing VI ranks among their better ones.

Source: 3DXtreme