Big Fans, Controllers & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 23, 2005 - 11:42 AM |
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So, just how important is the choice of fan nowadays?  There used to be quite a bit of difference between the performance of fans, but now it seems that the size of the fan is your most important consideration.  Mikhailtech compares 6 80 and 92mm fans, 2 Panaflo's and 4 Delta's.  Go see who comes out on top.

"Make no mistake about it, this is the ultimate 92mm fan you can get. Rated at an astounding 126.48CFM, it also sounds like it.

Source: Mikhailtech

New boxen for all & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 21, 2005 - 11:56 AM |
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There's been a nice spread of case reviews over the past week, from silent to stormy and from fancy to frugal.  A True Review looks at one right in the middle, the XPER X-Armor ATX Case.  A nice inexpensive box, with good 120mm powered cooling and a 420W PSU.

"With all the mid-range cases on the market, it's hard to find one that has great airflow. We all know 120mm fans are the way to go, but they're reserved for higher priced cases, right? Wrong!

Quick dip into Watercooling News & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 18, 2005 - 11:45 AM |
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Not too much is happening on the watercooling front.  However, that doesn't mean the quality of the products is declining, as Legit Reviews can show you with their look at Corsair's new COOL.  Have a great friday! 

"With the majority of today's processors becoming hotter water cooling is something that is becoming more mainstream. Corsair has been doing watercooling for years with the Hydrocool 200 and has decided to bring out a new product called the COOL to replace their old unit.

Air cooling goes retro & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 16, 2005 - 11:43 AM |
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Just because your heatsink is huge doesn't mean it has to look like a plain old copper square.  Take the new Beetle from Thermaltake, as reviewed by Overclockers Cafe.  This heatsink would look great in the middle of a fully lit, fully modded case ... especially if you went with a plush theme!

"When I first saw the new Thermaltake Beetle Cooler, I thought of beetles all right. Not the four winged type that eat roses but more of the 72' or 73' variety.

New case makers, old stand-bys & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 14, 2005 - 11:38 AM |
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Thermalrock has a new case in the market, the Oceandome, and it is one that is worth checking out if you want good ventilation, while keeping the noise under control.  R&B Mods takes you on a tour through the case, so make sure to pay them a visit today.  They also noiticed that there is plenty of room for watercooling, if the 80mm fans aren't your style.

"We have heard about Thermaltake before, but today we will look at a case from Thermalrock which is a fairly new company on the market.

Phase changing, Watercooling & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 11, 2005 - 11:39 AM |
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This Vapochill Micro from Asetek may look like it's more of an aircooling solution, but it may well be something that can be incorporated into a full water system, once it is readily available.  Pop on over to bit-tech, and see what you think!


"We have the first pictures on an in-action VapoChill Micro unit from Asetek.
Source: bit-tech

Clean your old heatsink, buy a new one & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 9, 2005 - 11:33 AM |
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Over in our tech talk forum, a common topic is how to go about removing leftover thermal goop from a heatsink.  Arctic Silver is a common brand to use, and they now have their own cleaning solution.  Mikhailtech reviews it, and you should read it if you are wondering just how to remove that old paste from your heatsink.

"Given the minor time investment in cleaning the heatsink, I was pleasantly surprised by ArctiClean's ability to get rid of the leftover compound.

Source: Mikhailtech

A case that knows the high notes & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 7, 2005 - 11:42 AM |
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Thermaltake has a nice looking case, called the Soprano.  Not only does it look good, but the incorportation of 120mm fans and toolless assembly really make this one shine.  Read all about it at Big Bruin.

"For those looking for a case to pay tribute to their favorite HBO show... "fuhget about it"! But... The Thermaltake Soprano is easily at the top of its class for looks. I would certainly not have any problem having this case sit in the family room, office, or professional studio.

Source: Big Bruin

Asetek's cool mid-range solution & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 4, 2005 - 11:27 AM |
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Asetek's VapoChill kit is famous, but a little too pricey for some.

Roundups, well round cooling & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 2, 2005 - 12:05 PM |
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X-bit looks at the best heatsinks out there, and makes a call for best of the bunch from a few different criteria.  Systemcooling put together the coolest PC equipment that came out of 2004, in their eyes.  There are more below, from quietingthe fiercest PC to cooling your OC'd videocard!

Nowadays computer users pay attention not only to performance of their PCs, but also to such characteristic as external design, high stability and silence.

Source: X-Bit Labs

A case with some new tricks & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 28, 2005 - 12:01 PM |
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Check out the Thermaltake Armor Case at Overclocker Cafe.  It incorporates so many different features into a unique looking case,  you may toss out your old box for the upgrade ... make sure to pull out the motherboard first!

Also, I recieved a sales pitch for wooden cases outta the orient.  It isn't a review, nor have I been able to find them reviewed anywhere.  I know almost nothing about them, and am not backing them in any way, but I thought you all should get a chance

Watercoolin' on a friday morn & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 25, 2005 - 11:32 AM |
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Why just get a plain-jane waterblock when you can have one with customizable nozzles.  That's the question Danger Den asked when they made the RBX, and OCMODSHOP got a chance to see how it performs.  If you are leaning more towards picking up a new radiator, keep reading, we got you covered.

"The accelerator nozzles on the RBX are a very interesting concept. They allow the end user to adjust the water flow through the block to best suit the rest of the cooling system.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Air cooled goodness for your CPU, GPU, HDD & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 23, 2005 - 12:07 PM |
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Arctic Cooling is keeping up the quality you would expect from them, with their Freezer 4, follow the link to MODTHEBOX and find out more.   If your CPU is already in a comfortable temperature range, consider treating your video card to new thermal paste and heatsink, or just extend the life of your hard drives by actively cooling them.

"The second stage of cooling added into the Freezer 4 is the inclusion of four copper heat pipes that are interconnected to a solid copper base.

Source: MODTHEBOX

A small offering from Enermax & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 21, 2005 - 12:04 PM |
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Enermax has jumped into the micro-ATX game with the Venus series.  It's a smart looking black case, about a foot high, with far more cooling than you might expect from a small sized case.  Read Xtreme Resources review here!

"With the enthusiast community continually striving for more powerful, faster hardware, and the industry providing, the idea of smaller seems to get lost in the shuffle.

Two Radiators and some Clear Goo

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 18, 2005 - 12:05 PM |
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Quiet week for phase change.  A1 Electronics has 2 radiators by SilverProp, a companyyou may not have heard of, but that does good work.  Also the new improved drinkable Fluid XP+!  I'm not saying you should drink it, only that it likely won't make you sick.  Maybe overclocking and kids shouldn't mix, but you can get non-toxic, non-conductive fluid, if you feel the need.

Our good friends Bacata kindly sent us two SilverProp radiators for computer water hea

Keeping your CPU & GPU chillin & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 16, 2005 - 11:54 AM |
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Heatpipes are already popular quiet cooling solutions, but built in case ducting is only now hitting the mainstream.  The Thermaltake Silent 775 takes advantage of both ideas, but puts the ducting directly onto the heatsink, so the fan's efforts are funneled right to where it matters, and for ~43 CFM at 21dBa, reading the full review at Techtastic is worth it. 


If your CPU is already swinging in the breeze, make sure your graphics card doesn't get jealous, below are 4 reviews it doesn't want you to miss.
Source: Techtastic

A Nonchalant Box & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 14, 2005 - 11:59 AM |
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Much like children in a previous age, many people want their PC to be seen, but not heard.  Arctic Cooling has released a new case, called the Silentium T2, which follows that belief.  A True Review sees just how cool and quiet this case is.

"There are many factors to consider when building a computer system; things like power, price, and looks are among the most prominent factors. Another important factor, though not everyone may have in mind but can all appreciate, is noise.

Hybrid Watercooling Based Case & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 11, 2005 - 11:57 AM |
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Systemcooling reviews the Koolance PC3-725BK.  This isn't your everyday water cooling kit, this is a case designed with watercooling as it's raison d'etre.  Tubing, coolant and splitters are included, as well as several smaller accesories, but no waterblocks, you can choose your own favorites.  The cooling system integrated into the case is rated to dissipate 700W of heat, so there is some serious cooling.  If the step to phase change cooling isn't in your plans for the weekend, maybe

The Cure for a Hot, Hot, Hot CPU & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 9, 2005 - 12:07 PM |
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Big Bruin reviews a heatsink that comes in 3 flavours (sockets- 939/754, 478 & 775) only weighs 460g, has several heatpipes and a unique fan.  It is fairly tall, so putting it into a smaller case may not work, but it is less likely to block RAM slots that are close to the CPU, or make you gently bend capacitors out of it's way.

"The Scythe Freezer 64 does a great job at cooling, and the only negative is also a plus for it.

Source: Big Bruin

Cases full of fresh air & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 7, 2005 - 12:17 PM |
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In the search for a quiet PC, many companies are taking their own proprietary methods and improving them.  Such is the case with Arctic Cooling's Silentium T2.  A very wide PSU, with large fans, an upside down case and a unique airflow design make this case worth checking out.  Silent PC Review has some new tools to display the sound coming from a PC, and they pull out all the stops for today's review.

"The masters of clever, co