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.

Cooler Master Musketeer 3 Giveaway

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 11, 2005 - 10:24 PM |
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Cooler Master is giving away 30, Musketeer 3 sound quality controllers in their Creative Idea Contest & Lucky Draw.

To introduce such wonderful invention to the public, Cooler Master has prepared 30 free Musketeer 3 for giveaway! Simply answering a few questions and sharing your most creative ideas on function panels with us, you will be eligible to participate in the lucky drawing to win an all new Musketeer 3.

Gigabyte tries cases & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 11, 2005 - 11:50 AM |
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You may not thing of your PC Case when someone mentions Gigabyte, but you may keep them in mind after reading the review at Bjorn3D.  3 120mm fans keep the case cool and quiet, and it has enough room to easily fit a watercooling rig, if that is your preference.  The installation of components is completely tooless, and it has blue LED projector so you can show off a logo if you wish.

"Lately, it seems like I have been changing my computer cases almost as often as I have been changing my oil.

Source: Bjorn3D

DIY Brazing & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 8, 2005 - 11:42 AM |
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If you've heard the term brazing before, but aren't sure how to do it, perhaps this article from PimpRig can give you the basics.  Brazing is usually used in phase change, but it could certainly make a water cooling system look unique.


"Zennzzo, our resident phase-change expert, has written up a really quick intro guide to brazing and the process involved.
Source: PimpRig

AMD Announces Official Technology Alliance With "Austin City Limits"...

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2005 - 06:43 AM |
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AUSTIN, TEXAS -- July 7, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that it is an official technology partner and sponsor of 'Austin City Limits' public television program, America's longest running live music television broadcast which airs nationally on more than 300 PBS stations every week. AMD is also announcing it is co-sponsoring the Austin City Limits Music Festival, an annual three-day music festival that is one of America's favorite outdoor live music events, attracting an estimated 65,000 attendees per day.

Source: AMD

Forthcoming Dual-Core Itanium CPU Achieves Fastest Four-Way Floating Point Benchmark

Subject: Processors | July 8, 2005 - 06:41 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif, July 7, 2005 — Based on internal testing by Intel Corporation, a system based on the forthcoming dual-core Intel® Itanium® processor codenamed 'Montecito' demonstrated a 60 percent performance increase over a previous technical computing benchmark posted by a four-way RISC-based system.

Intel and Corning Enter Joint Development Agreement

Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2005 - 05:21 PM |
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CORNING, N.Y., July 6, 2005 — Intel Corporation and Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) have entered into an agreement to develop ultra low thermal expansion ULE® glass photomask substrates required for Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography technology. These substrates are needed to develop low defect EUV photomasks to enable 32nm node high-volume production using EUV lithography.

Intel And Revelations Drive New Online Film Distribution Models

Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2005 - 05:21 PM |
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SUN VALLEY, Idaho, July 6, 2005 — Revelations Entertainment and Intel Corporation today announced the formation of a new digital entertainment company focused on distributing premium movies directly to consumers over the Internet, connecting filmmakers to film fans worldwide.