Monday Morning Case Reviews & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 18, 2004 - 11:47 AM |
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Couple of differently styled cases for you to look at today.  The Raidmax that Big Bruin reviews is fairly flashy, and the Silverstone Wind Tunnel will help out of you are more into speed than looks.  Or maybe you just don't have enough Spiderman stuff yet. 

"The Raidmax Cobra 822 is a great bargain for a gaming case. Its paint job is superb and it has a striking appearance that is sure to stand out at any LAN party.

Source: Big Bruin

2 Waterkits & No More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 15, 2004 - 11:35 AM |
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Quiet again this week, only 2 watercooling reviews to offer you, but then it's the quality, not the quantity that counts, right?  The Asetek kit that Big Bruin reviews, based on 1/2 inch tubing, should keep your A64 nice and cool while you crunch SETI numbers or frag friends.

"The added heat created by overclocking the Athlon 64 really didn't do much to stress the WaterChill system. Temperatures rose by nominal values across the board, from mere fractions of a degree to a couple degrees maximum. Very nice!

Source: Big Bruin

Heatsink Roundups & More new products

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 13, 2004 - 11:53 AM |
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Silent PC Review looks at a new offering from CoolerMaster, OCModShop looks at a heatsink designed for the Prescott, and there is a 7 way round up at bit news.  Hope you don't have any deadlines today.

"The Ultra Vortex is a recent addition to CoolerMaster's enthusiast HSF line, one that addresses the quiet market -- at least in the promotional material and packaging. It is also one of an increasing number of cross-platform HSF. This one works for socket 478 and the AMD K8 sockets.

A case that could last a lifetime & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 12, 2004 - 11:49 AM |
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I was far too full of turkey to post these yesterday, so the case reviews for this week come a day late.  Everthing from the budget MGE ECO L4 to the more heavy duty Temjin that 3DX reviews is worth a look. 

"The SilverStone TJ05 is just a monster of a Case, it's spacious and rigid. The quality behind this Case was never and will never be questioned. If you are looking for a LAN Party Case, look elsewhere.

Source: 3DXtreme

Easy Make Watercooling Kits & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 8, 2004 - 11:45 AM |
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Overclockers Online puts a Swiftech Watercooling Kit to the test, A1-Electronics compares 3 heatsinks built for 1/4 inch hoses, and even more from GruntvillE.

"The Swiftech H20-120-P Water Cooling Kit we examine today is everything a user needs to jump into water cooling. This kit is made for Socket 478 Pentium 4 users, but most of the material covered should apply well to the other kits using similar parts.

Air cooling is still in style & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 6, 2004 - 11:34 AM |
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Bit News has posted a good old fashioned heatsink round-up.  Also, ExtremeMhz and OverClockersClub look at the Thermalright XP-120, and there is more ... cooling solutions for your VGA, chipsets and an air conditioner to boot.

"AMD's socket A may be one of the oldest sockets that's still selling, but it is alive and kicking; Sempron processors are flying out of the shops.

Source: 3DCenter

Cases that change their outfits & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 4, 2004 - 11:46 AM |
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If home decorating is your thing, or maybe i';s the "thing" of someone close to you, and you are getting grief over your PC case not matching the window treatments.  Well, Overclockercafe looks at a case from Aspire that let's you change the colour scheme of the case in 5 minutes.  If that doesn't interest you, look down to see if any of the other reviews catch your eye

"Aspire realizes that you don't always want to look at the same old colors over and over so they have devised a way for you to have some variety in your case.

All Quiet on the Water Front & a little more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 1, 2004 - 11:39 AM |
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Not to much action in the watercooling world this week, but the three I got I give to you.  Including GruntvillE reviewing at a very good performer, the Alphacool NexXxos XP block.

"The Alphacool NexXxos XP block turned in a very impressive performance and really compares well against the top US designed blocks that I put it up against.

Source: GruntvillE

Air Cooling Bazaare & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 29, 2004 - 12:24 PM |
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If it moves air to cool your PC, chances are that at least one of these reviews will cover that area.  Start it all off with and odd looking dual fan from Coolermaster, put through it's paces by ExtremeMhz.

'Recently, many enthusiast manufacturers have been starting to shift away from the standard 80mm fan design. This has resulted in several very odd looking setups, and today we get to take a look at Cooler Master's entry — the Dual Storm.

Source: ExtremeMhz

Cases Made For Watercooling, Fan Controllers & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 27, 2004 - 12:10 PM |
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Thermaltake has designed a case specifically made to accomodate external radiators, and Overclocker Cafe takes a look at it.  If that's not enough, further down we have 2 multifunction panels, and some thumb screws that are a little more artistic than normal.

"If you look closely you will see multiple 3/8' indentations, ten to be exact in several places. These can be punched out so that 3/8' OD hosing can be run through there to reach an external radiator or reservoir if you choose.

Cleaning Copper Waterblocks & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 24, 2004 - 11:46 AM |
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Copper ain't so shiny no more?   Your transparent tubing letting you see your liquid cooling system looks like it uses Slushie mix?  Maybe this article's for you!  Or if you just want to toss it and buy a new one, look at the kits being reviewed this week.

"Here you can see some of the residues left on the acrylic tops from such a long period of use. Most likely under closer inspection, you could find a similar residue over the surface of the interior of your copper blocks.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Now Asus makes Heatsinks & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 22, 2004 - 11:54 AM |
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As you can see, it is a quiet one, and able to keep a P4 cool n' froody.    If you haven't read Robotech's review of the CoolerMaster Hyper 6, shame on you!  Drop what you're doing and read it, now. 


"Up until this point, Asus had not sold heatsinks under its brand name, and was known primarily as a videocard and motherboard manufacturer.
Source: Frosty Tech

Cases of a Martial Nature & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 20, 2004 - 12:15 PM |
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Is it just me, or are a lot of case manufacturers re-usung each others model names, usually with a fighting theme of some sort?  Well, true or not, the Cavalier that Viper Lair reviews would stand out in any battlefield.  Much like a Glitterboy for you Rifts fans :-)

"The basic design of the Chieftec case has not changed for over two years, but it still remains one of the nicer looking cases today, at least in our opinion.

Source: VIPERLAIR

Waterblock, Multifuction Panel & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 17, 2004 - 11:38 AM |
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One lonely watercooling review, from SystemCooling, and some miscellaneous additions to your cooling setup.  The Enermax Panel might be something you are looking for, it reads most memory cards, has serial ATA connectors for external devices, USB & Firewire ... plus it's a fan controller.

"GlobalWIN has always brought quality and innovation to the market. Whether it's power supplies, cases, heatsinks, hard drive enclosures or other accessories you always know that it's going to be some of the best hardware available.

Source: 3DCenter

Both Fanless and fanned cooling, noise dampening & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 15, 2004 - 12:16 PM |
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ExtremeMhz takes a look at a new companies heatsink.  There's a lapping kit to look at, or maybe you are more concerned about noise dampening?  Don't forget the 3 way fanless VGA cooler showdown, and for those neat-freaks out there, PCI slot covers!

Source: ExtremeMhz

Monday the 13th Case Reviews & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 13, 2004 - 11:52 AM |
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Whether you are more concerned with how your case looks on the outside, or on the inside, there should be something to tweek your interest today.  Start off with the Mutant X, and see what else catches your eye.


"Wanting to get away from the sometimes boring and average looking cases that are out on the market, Kingwin designed the Mutant X case for those who want to be a little on the wild side. Many of today's cases have a plain or modern and sterile look to them that may not appeal to everyone.
Source: Bjorn3D

Watercooling Quickie & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 10, 2004 - 12:01 PM |
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Just a quick one today folks, but still worth reading.

"As we've stated at the beginning of the review, building an efficient water cooling system will take some planning and research.

Source: VIPERLAIR

Quiet Cooling Miscellania & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 8, 2004 - 11:49 AM |
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It's a mixed bag of fans and fins today.  These reviews cover everything from Phoronix's look at a silent VGA cooler through traditional heatsink/fan combos to a heatpipe based HDD cooler.  Don't forget our Corsair giveaway!

"When one focuses upon cooling their computer system, more often than not the main focus is the CPU. With recent graphics cards getting warmer due to higher clock and memory speeds, stock cooling just isn't satisfactory any more.

Source: Phoronix

Back to School Case Reviews & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 7, 2004 - 11:49 AM |
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ExtremeMhz looks at a very large and stylish case from Silverstone.  Also, some themed cases, Dracula, and Mutant X and a statement from Cooler Master about some competitors claims ...  and sorry 'bout the school thing.

"Today I have the enviable pleasure of reviewing the brand new Temjin Series flagship from Silverstone Technology…the TJ05S-T. Silverstone is getting to be more and more of a recognized name, and rightly so.

Source: ExtremeMhz

Externally mounted radiator & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 3, 2004 - 11:54 AM |
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Just a few reviews for today, make sure to look at the radbox if you are on a tight budget, or consider the BigWater H2O kit if you want a top performer.  Enjoy your long weekend!

"You're looking to upgrade your water cooling setup and would like to go with a larger radiator and fan combo. One problem — your already cramped box just won't accommodate that '59 Caddy heater core you saw at the bone yard and have lusted after. Well, Swiftech to the rescue!