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Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 20, 2005 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today I've got a mixed bag to share with you. First up is air cooled heatsinks, like the Thermaltke K450 that Bjorn3D reviewed. It's not the fanciest on the market, but it can certainy cool an FX-51 or 55. After considering the other CPU heatsinks, move onto the GPU coolers for that extra kick on your games. Increase the life of those Raptors with the HDD enclosures, and wrap it all up with multifunction control panels that do more than just tell you the temperature and let you change the speed of your fans
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 18, 2005 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
What do you get when you cross a PC Case with a Wiffle ball? Well, some might say you'd get something that looks an awful lot like the R105SH that CREATIVEMODS reviewed. It looks like airflow couldn't be better, though it might not work so well in an environment with furry pets. Read on to see if it's right for you!
"The R105SH computer case from 3R System features a rather unusual airflow design.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 15, 2005 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Its gorgeous, it's cools very well, and it's so passive and silent you may feel the occasional need to check that it's still running. Guru3D got their hands on The Aquabox, and if the amount of pictures they took is any clue, I think they liked it!
"Initially I was a little skeptic about the design concept as I worried a little how well a passively cooled system can cool down a modern CPU, in our case an Athlon 64 4000+, but what if I tell you that we never ever topped 35 Degrees C with this kit, in complete silence and
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 13, 2005 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Come on, you know you want it! A nice big chunk of gold, sitting in the middle of your case, LED lights glinting off of it, as everyone stares in envy. Mikhailtech reviews the Aerocool GT-1000, and finds that not only does it look good, but it will do so in just about any system, SocketA, S939 & S754 or the P4 478 & LGA775. Plus, it cools your CPU too!
"As you may have guessed, the entire heatsink is gold plated. This is more of a cosmetic feature, but it doesn't hurt performance either.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2005 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sooner or later we will all be using BTX cases, but the change is coming slow. Currently we have several of the innovations being touted for BTX being incorporated into our current ATX form factor, though we are still waiting to see if the "You got chocolate in my peanut butter" idea will work as good for tech as it did for snacks. In this Enermax case that PureOverclock reviews, a wind tunnel to isolate the CPU fan is the biggest innovation brought from BTX, although maybe not for DFI users. Read on to see w
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 8, 2005 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sorry guys, I've only manged to spot 2 Watercooling reviews, and no phase changed ones ... but hey, it's quality, not quantity, isn't it?
Danger Den's Maze 4 Waterblock was built with AMD in mind, and GideonTech takes a look. They had to put a little extra work into it, but the temperatures they got made it well worth it!
"To connect the Maze 4 block to the CPU socket using the 4 holes in the motherboard, the kit comes with an unusually large selection of threaded rods, nuts, thumb nuts, washer
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 6, 2005 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are a hardcore overclocker who likes having to wear earplugs when sitting at your computer, then this isn't for you. If, on the other hand, you are looking for peace and tranquility, consider a fanless CPU Heatsink. XYZ examines the Thermaltake Fanless103. It isn't the coolest or the lightest, but you can't beat fanless if you want a silent running PC.
"If you are looking to quiet down your system there are a lot of options available.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 4, 2005 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With an 80mm in the front, a 120mm in the rear, and intake scoops that make it look turbo charged, the ASUS Vento is a unique looking case and PCStats has one to review. If it's a not the case you are looking for, then keep scrolling, because there is more.
"What used to be the solitary pastime of a few geeks with Dremels and too much free time is now a full scale modding industry, and even major computer retail chains are selling 'enthusiast' parts like.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 1, 2005 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wanna buy a case that could give you a 1.2Ghz overclock? The new Asetek Vapochill X-treme Edition II did it for Extreme Overclocking, it may not be silent, but it sure is cool. If that's a little too much power for you, then keep scrolling down for some of the newest watercooling products.
"In the constant quest for better cooling, Asetek has released their VapoChill Extreme Edition II offering 180 watts of cooling at sub-zero temperatures.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 30, 2005 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermaltake just keeps the innovations coming, not only a new heatsink, but a new 'toolless' retention clip. Feast your eyes on the K450, brought to you by the folks at Techtastic. This cooler performs, but as with most targeted at the A64, it is huge, weighing in at 438g, and with a fan it's over 100mm tall. If you have a tight fit in your case right now, maybe you should think about cutting out a blower!
"Today we take a look at Thermaltake's K450 which is part of a new line of heat sinks developed by
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 29, 2005 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Pimprig checks out Mutant Mods' stylish new acrylic case. You know they mean business when the case comes complete with gloves to use when you are installing your pieces. It is also a little smaller and thinner than most cases, so if you are looking at any of the larger CPU fans, then you may want to reconsider your cooling ...
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 23, 2005 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 21, 2005 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 18, 2005 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 16, 2005 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 14, 2005 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 11, 2005 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 9, 2005 - 11:33 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 7, 2005 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.