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Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 2, 2005 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 28, 2005 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 25, 2005 - 11:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 23, 2005 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 21, 2005 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 18, 2005 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 16, 2005 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 14, 2005 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 11, 2005 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 9, 2005 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 7, 2005 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the search for a quiet PC, many companies are taking their own proprietary methods and improving them. Such is the case with
"The masters of clever, co
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 4, 2005 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Is it easier to install a 2 pound chunk of aircooled copper, without crushing your core, or setting up watercooling without frying your mobo, or yourself? Well, your answer may change after you read this review from The Guru of 3D. If you are already a watercooling maniac, read further down, see if you need to pump yourself up.
"The fun thing about it is that within the hour you have everything up and running without drilling, modding, cutting and stabbing yourse
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 2, 2005 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
So, are you secure enough to have a butterfly named Vanessa in your case, or to install it in someone else's? Titan has released a new heatpipe based heatsink, and Big Bruin has a look at it. The cooler performs fairly well, but it is in a very odd shape, with a faceplate you can add, if you are brave enough. Perhaps your CPU will one day be a little more dressy, that biohazard fan grill may not be in style soon.
"Getting away from the plain square heat sinks make the Vanessa truly unique.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 1, 2005 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
These cooling tools aren't always in everybodies case, but more and more it seems that inntermittent errors are plauging our forum members. Often the cause is heat, or power. Well, if your RAM is a little hot under the collar, see if the review Phoronix posted of Prime Cooler's new heatspreaders help it cool off. Or maybe Seasonic's PowerAngel will help you prove that your house power mains are the reason for your headache.
"Remember four, five, six years ago when we hardly thought about cooling, much
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 31, 2005 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Enermax has a new case out, and 3DXtreme puts it to the test. If that doesn't seem like what you want then keep readin, there are server cases, aluminium cases, upside down cases, even an 8 way comparison. If you are still confused, Big Bruin published a guide to buying cases, that may help you out.
"We enjoyed reviewing this Case, some of the high points are the screwless drive rails, top USB ports, quiet 120 mm cooling, LCD with temperature and RPM readout and the overall classy, stylish look
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 29, 2005 - 11:06 AM | Ryan Shrout
Yesterday, Corsair Memory announced COOL, a new 120mm PC liquid cooling kit.
Fremont, California, January 27, 2005: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced a water cooling kit that enables greater overclocking performance by cooling Intel and AMD processors far more efficiently than conventional heatsink/fan air cooling units.
Branded simply "COOL", this kit was designed for ultimate ease of installatio
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 28, 2005 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Plain old clear conductive water got you down? How 'bout antibiotic and anti-corrosion green slime that cools as well as water? Check Pimprig's look at the MCT 5 and 40 fluids from Danger Den.
Just in case you are wondering how much $$$ "Danger Den has 32 ounce bottles of MCT-5 and MCT-40 for $20.99 and $21.99 respectively. The only competition in this market, Fluid XP sells for $30-$50 for 32 ounces. "
"As might be expected, both of the MCT products have a chemical smell.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 26, 2005 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Been a while since we've seen a shootout, so the six way heastink battle Overclockers Australia set up seemed appropriate. These guys are built for P4 Socket 478's, so if you are looking for a SocketA or 939 solution, scroll down just a bit, you won;t be dissapointed.
"Clockwise from top left we have Thermalright's XP-90, Titan's Siberia, Cooler Master's Jet 4, two versions of Vantec's AeroFlow and Spire's SP450B0 CoolGate.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 24, 2005 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Overclockers Online reviews a new case from Aerocool, called Spiral Galaxies. This case not only has a pre-installed windtunnel, but the clear side panel has a honeycombed pattern of metal on it and a special paint, which they describe togather as this ... "Bee-Hive" side panel for improved EMI protection'. Try it out, your CPU temps may drop, and you might get less interference drowning out the voices in your head telling you to buy new hardware!
Overclockers Online reviews a new case from Aerocool, called Spiral Galaxies. This case not only has a pre-installed windtunnel, but the clear side panel has a honeycombed pattern of metal on it and a special paint, which they describe togather as this ...
"Bee-Hive" side panel for improved EMI protection'. Try it out, your CPU temps may drop, and you might get less interference drowning out the voices in your head telling you to buy new hardware!
"So the next big ques
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 21, 2005 - 11:55 AM | Sean Pelletier
Given the convergence of graphics card vendors and gaming consoles, this seems fitting to post. Although we all have to remember this is not official and may not be true, let's all hope that these images are a good indicator of what PS3 games will look like. Do yourself a favor and follow the link!
Take note that these images are not that of a real althete!!! These are test renders!!! Although these say that the engine is for Fight Night Next Gen, EA tends to use their game engines for all different game titles.