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August 4, 2005 - 08:43 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
August 3, 2005 - 09:04 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gigabyte seems to produce everything nowadays, and is doing a good job of it to boot. Next on their list is CPU heatsinks, like the G-Power Cooler Pro that is reviewed at ExtensionTech, that will keep your chips cool and good looking. Also included are 2 news releases from Muskin, and some dust proof fans.
"Gigabyte, a name you'd come to think of as a motherboard company, has been diversifying themselves over the last few years.
August 2, 2005 - 08:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Foxconn TP-230 case is steel with a black and silver colour scheme. It features screwless mounting, something many of us have become very used to, as well as a removable motherboard tray. Read the full review at X Bit Labs.
"We would like to offer you a review of a new system case from Foxconn, which appears to be one of the most interesting mainstream solutions out there.
July 29, 2005 - 09:02 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Swiftech is offering up the Storm, a universal CPU waterblock. Not only is it pretty; if paired with a powerful pump, it is also very cool. Read the full review at SystemCooling.
"Swiftech has teamed up with the well-known Australian engineer Stew Forster (aka Cathar) to commercialize one the most innovative and exquisitely executed waterblocks on the market today.
July 28, 2005 - 10:31 AM | Ryan Shrout
Ever want to see a video of someone making blow holes in their case before you try it on your own? This article over at VIA Arena does just that.
Case cooling is very important to the healthy operation of any PC. John has produced many articles that give blow by blow descriptions of how to provide your case with adequate cooling. One such article is how to insert blow holes (with fans) in a metal case. The end result of that effort was a Star Wars case mod with serious air flow.
July 28, 2005 - 09:04 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is an amazing amount of choice in the PC case market today. From newer companies just getting into manufacturing them, to companies that have been in the market for years. No matter if you want inexpensive, spacious, wind tunneled or just easily mod-able, you can find it. Coolermaster is a well recognized name, that has been making cases for years.
July 27, 2005 - 08:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
RAM coolers, HDD coolers and fans with filtres nay not be in everyones PC, but the chances are good that if you have them, you've at least considered Evercool products. If you want your HDD floating in the breeze of a 120mm fan, then head over to 3DXtreme to read the full review.
"Evercool may not be one of the names that immediately comes to mind when you think of cooling products, but they are actually one of the top five cooling manufacturers in Taiwan.
July 26, 2005 - 06:34 PM | Ryan Shrout
Taipei, Taiwan; July 25, 2005 — ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS), a leading provider of graphics solutions, today introduced SilentCool Technology, a fan-less, noiseless cooling solution for high-performance graphics cards. The all-new thermal innovation operates at 0db for silent operation and reduces GPU (graphics processing unit) by 40ËšC compared with competing cooling technologies.
'In the past, enhanced video capability also comes with louder noise.
July 22, 2005 - 08:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gigabyte enters the watercooling market with the 3D Galaxy. It's the usual pump/reservoir/rad/waterblock solution for cooling CPU's, and the water block is designed to fit both the newer AMD and Intel processors. Based on 1/2 ID tubing enough water flows to allow more headroom in overclocking. Get the full review at InsaneTek.
"Gigabyte continues to amaze us with their cooling advancements.
July 20, 2005 - 08:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tuniq tower is monstrous, it weighs in at 798g, and is 131mm (W) x 108mm (H) x 153mm (D), so you may want to take measurements before you run out and buy one. All that heatsink does serve a purpose though, so head over to Big Bruin to see how well it cools ... and what it looks like installed.
"The overall size no doubt plays a significant role in the Tuniq Tower's performance, but I think it may actually be too big.
July 18, 2005 - 08:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Gaming Bomb 2 is a full size aluminium case with a huge list of features inside, including integral handles for carting it to your next LAN party. Read the review at Bjorn3D to get the full list of cooling and assembly tricks incorporated into it.
"When Chenbro released its design for the second generation Gaming Bomb, I wasn't interested in it because I figured it would only be a slight change from the first GB. Much to my surprise, I was totally wrong.
July 15, 2005 - 08:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Koolance's new Aquian ICM looks to be a powerful, self contained, all in one watercooling setup. It may be a little loud at it's higher settings, but it will keep your CPU cool. If you don't believe it, head on over to SystemCooling and read the review.
"The Aquian ICM-505+CPU is an all-in-one liquid cooling system designed to provide quick and easy installation inside your favorite case.
July 13, 2005 - 08:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Cool Scraper SX1 is a CPU cooler than speaks softly, and is like a big stick, being the better part of 6" tall (15cm). Read the review at Xtreme Resources to see how it performs.
"Summer usually brings many kinds of pleasures, but it also brings something really unpleasant for computer enthusiasts; heat.
July 11, 2005 - 07:24 PM | Chuck Smith
Cooler Master is giving away 30, Musketeer 3 sound quality controllers in their Creative Idea Contest & Lucky Draw.
To introduce such wonderful invention to the public, Cooler Master has prepared 30 free Musketeer 3 for giveaway! Simply answering a few questions and sharing your most creative ideas on function panels with us, you will be eligible to participate in the lucky drawing to win an all new Musketeer 3.
July 11, 2005 - 08:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You may not thing of your PC Case when someone mentions Gigabyte, but you may keep them in mind after reading the review at Bjorn3D. 3 120mm fans keep the case cool and quiet, and it has enough room to easily fit a watercooling rig, if that is your preference. The installation of components is completely tooless, and it has blue LED projector so you can show off a logo if you wish.
"Lately, it seems like I have been changing my computer cases almost as often as I have been changing my oil.
July 8, 2005 - 08:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you've heard the term brazing before, but aren't sure how to do it, perhaps this article from PimpRig can give you the basics. Brazing is usually used in phase change, but it could certainly make a water cooling system look unique.
"Zennzzo, our resident phase-change expert, has written up a really quick intro guide to brazing and the process involved.
July 6, 2005 - 08:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Time for take 2 of the Golden Orb, aptly named the Golden Orb II, and reviewed at Overclockers Cafe. It is much bigger, as it is based around a 100mm fan, but it is also almost silent. Read on for more...
"A successful product or movie cannot go long without a sequel. Sporting a similar design but much larger body size, the Tt Golden Orb II looks to make an effort to continue the Orb's name here in 2005.
July 4, 2005 - 09:03 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The CoolerMaster Stacker or CM Stacker has been around for quite a while in various forms. It has always been one of the better choices to build a high powered 'puter in, but the price is steep ($200 +). The newest incarnation is on the dissecting table at X-Bit Labs, and it is able to work with both ATX and the new BTX form factor.
"We reviewed an interesting system case for wealthy PC enthusiasts from CoolerMaster.
June 29, 2005 - 09:01 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Overclockers Online reviews the Ultra Fire from Ultra Products. A heatsink with 2 fans, one pushing and one pulling mean that you get reasonable airflow with very little noise. It was designed for AMD retention clips only, Socket
A, 754, 939 & 940, and seems reasonably easy to install.
"Ultra Products still has a bit of refinement left for the Ultra Fire; more fins would definitely be an advantage.
June 27, 2005 - 08:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
How about a $50 case which includes a side fan, a blow hole and a back exhaust that can accomodate an 80, 92 or 120mm fan? The Rosewill that 3DXtreme reviews has all of that, and some style in it's design too. Plus, a mouse which will help rid you of any sweat on your plams from fragging all night.
"I'm sure if you asked anyone these days what brand of computer case they wanted, they would probably tell you Lian Li, Thermaltake, Silverstone, CoolerMaster or maybe even Antec.