Quakecon Bound

Subject: Editorial | August 10, 2005 - 09:07 AM |
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I think the title says it all. If you are going to the best LAN event in the world as well, look me up!

I'll post more when I see or hear it and expect a new product to be announced tomorrow at the show.

Full Sized, SFF/HTPC Cases & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 8, 2005 - 01:22 PM |
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Starting off with the full sized systems at the top, and carrying on into SFF enclosures perfect for home theatre use, there are a few recent case reviews to check out.  Start with Extreme Overclocking's review of the Antec TX1050B.

"Antec is one of the top most recognized brand names when it comes to high-end PC enclosures. The original Performance Series is undoubtedly the most well-known Antec design, and each new generation since then has been based on this classic chassis.

NVIDIA "Announces" nForce4 SLI X16 Chipsets

Subject: Chipsets | August 8, 2005 - 11:51 AM |
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Though it wasn't officially released or announced yet, NVIDIA sent out a PR this morning touting the use of a new chispet in an upcoming Dell system.  The XPS 600 series of system will now be using the NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 MCP that gives the board a full x16 lanes of PCI Express to both graphics card slots and rids the system of any switching or paddle boards for moving between SLI and standard modes.  In all reality, this will mean nothing in terms of perfor

USB Controlled Watercooling & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 5, 2005 - 11:47 AM |
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Asetek has released a 12V Waterchill reservoir and pump, and PimpRig has it for review.  While it may not be a top of the line performer, some of the extras that it comes with may influence your decision somewhat. 

"Odd shape or not, the reservoir is very precisely mated to the pump body over the inlet to the impeller making for a very clean look. A small tube is modeled into the back of the reservoir to accommodate a LED which is accessible from the underside of the pump.

Source: PimpRig

Your GPU Wants Fans & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 4, 2005 - 11:43 AM |
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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

Air Cooling by Gigabyte & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 3, 2005 - 12:04 PM |
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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.

New summer outfits for PC's & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 2, 2005 - 11:57 AM |
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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.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Weekend Watercooling Widgets & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 29, 2005 - 12:02 PM |
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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.

ECS Shows the PF88 Dual Platform Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | July 28, 2005 - 04:08 PM |
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Touting another industry first, ECS is still showing off their upcoming PF88 motherboard that allows users to use either an Intel Pentium processor based on the LGA775 socket or a 939-pin AMD processor at their choice.  It does NOT allow for usage models like running both processors at the same time, but it does attempt to helps users deal with the constantly changing processor socket platforms from both Intel and AMD. 


Using a technology they are calling the "Elite Bus", ECS has setup a serial connection between the processor bridge card and other components on the mainb

Case Cooling with Style

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 28, 2005 - 01:31 PM |
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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.

Source: General

Mushkin Redline PC3500 Memory Review

Subject: Memory | July 28, 2005 - 01:28 PM |
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Here is some more competition on the super low latency memory front, this time from Mushkin.  They are offering up PC3500 DDR memory at a latency of 2-2-2.

Mushkin's outstanding Redline memory modules have shown that great timings are possible with more voltage, and as we've learned over the years; voltage makes for greater stability with the down side of extra heat. With that said, cooling is of course essential for these modules.

Source: General

GeForce 7800 GTX Comparison

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 28, 2005 - 01:24 PM |
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Our friends at Tech Report have posted a review that looks at three different 7800 GTX cards from BFG, MSI and XFX.  Turns out the winning card has NOTHING to do with graphics!

The first thing that should be said in any roundup of GeForce 7800 GTX video cards is that these cards are all essentially the same thing. NVIDIA doesn't just design the GPU; they create a reference design for the whole card, memory and all.

PC Case Buyer's Market & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 28, 2005 - 12:04 PM |
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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.

Source: Club OC

Evercool Round-up, NB Coolers & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 27, 2005 - 11:55 AM |
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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.

Source: 3DXtreme

Asus Launches Silent Cooled 6600GT

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 26, 2005 - 09:34 PM |
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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.

Asus CT-479 Pentium M Adaptor Review

Subject: Processors | July 26, 2005 - 02:09 PM |
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The Tech Report has a review up of the Asus CT-479 device that allows you to use the Pentium M processor on various Pentium 4 socket 478 motherboards.  You can check out my review for comparison too.

Compared to other available Pentium M desktop solutions, the CT-479 is compelling. Currently, the CT-479 is available for approximately $42, and compatible motherboards are available for as little as $80-85.

Gigabyte i-RAM Review

Subject: Storage | July 26, 2005 - 02:05 PM |
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Anandtech has an article online today that looks at the Gigabyte i-RAM device that I showed you at Computex this past June

The other issue with solid state storage is that DRAM is volatile, meaning that as soon as power is removed from the drive, all of your data would be lost.

Source: AnandTech

ECS KN1 Extreme nForce4 Ultra Review

Subject: Motherboards | July 26, 2005 - 02:03 PM |
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HardOCP has posted a review of the ECS KN1 Extreme board based on the nForce4 Ultra chipset for the AMD platform.  We are working on a board review of this solution as well.

Let's preface this by saying that this is the first ECS motherboard review we have ever completed. In the past, we have tried to review ECS' boards but they have failed so miserably in our testing that we did not see the reason to spend the resources to complete a review on them. That was, however, several years ago.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD Passes 11% Server Marketshare

Subject: Processors | July 26, 2005 - 02:01 PM |
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AMD hit a big milestone recently according to this News.com article that shows AMD has hit 11.2% of the server marketshare. 

The milestone is important in that server chips sell for more than desktop ones. An increase in sales of Opteron servers also gives AMD an opportunity to sell chips to manufacturers of business desktops and servers. To date, the vast majority of AMD desktop and notebook chips have gone into consumer computers.

BFG 7800 GTX OC Reviewed

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 26, 2005 - 01:59 PM |
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Beyond 3D has posted a review of the BFG 7800 GTX card that comes default overclocked. 

The BFG Tech GeForce 7800 GTX OC is clearly a great 7800 GTX solution, offering more speed than the default configuration and a lifetime warranty as well. If you are faced with the choice between a board at the reference clocks verses the BFG board and they are still at similar prices then it appears to be a no-brainer which option to go for!

Source: Beyond3D