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

I'm still here!

Subject: Editorial | July 24, 2005 - 10:55 PM |
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I've been working on a lot of things behind the scenes recently and have been getting used to the new surroundings at the house.  Anyone that has moved into a new home can tell you all the "small" things that suddenly are required to keep on going.  I'll have some more updates for you tomorrow as things pick up yet again here.


Just wanted to make sure everyone knew I was here!  :)


Friday waterfight & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 22, 2005 - 11:56 AM |
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Gigabyte enters the watercooling market with the 3D Galaxy.  It's the usual pump/reservoir/rad/waterblock solution for cooling CPU's, and the water block is designed to fit both the newer AMD and Intel processors.  Based on 1/2 ID tubing enough water flows to allow more headroom in overclocking.  Get the full review at InsaneTek.

"Gigabyte continues to amaze us with their cooling advancements.

Source: InsaneTek

Huge Honkin' Heatsink & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 20, 2005 - 11:56 AM |
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The Tuniq tower is monstrous, it weighs in at 798g, and is 131mm (W) x 108mm (H) x 153mm (D), so you may want to take measurements before you run out and buy one.  All that heatsink does serve a purpose though, so head over to Big Bruin to see how well it cools ... and what it looks like installed.

"The overall size no doubt plays a significant role in the Tuniq Tower's performance, but I think it may actually be too big.

Source: Big Bruin

Gaming Cases, Economical Cases & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 18, 2005 - 11:59 AM |
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The Gaming Bomb 2 is a full size aluminium case with a huge list of features inside, including integral handles for carting it to your next LAN party.  Read the review at Bjorn3D to get the full list of cooling and assembly tricks incorporated into it.


"When Chenbro released its design for the second generation Gaming Bomb, I wasn't interested in it because I figured it would only be a slight change from the first GB. Much to my surprise, I was totally wrong.
Source: Bjorn3D

All in one Watercooling & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 15, 2005 - 11:50 AM |
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Koolance's new Aquian ICM looks to be a powerful, self contained, all in one watercooling setup.  It may be a little loud at it's higher settings, but it will keep your CPU cool.  If you don't believe it, head on over to SystemCooling and read the review.


"The Aquian ICM-505+CPU is an all-in-one liquid cooling system designed to provide quick and easy installation inside your favorite case.

Tall, cool one for your CPU & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 13, 2005 - 11:59 AM |
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The Cool Scraper SX1 is a CPU cooler than speaks softly, and is like a big stick, being the better part of 6" tall (15cm).  Read the review at Xtreme Resources to see how it performs.


"Summer usually brings many kinds of pleasures, but it also brings something really unpleasant for computer enthusiasts; heat.