Watercooling, now in premade and DIY

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 10, 2004 - 08:38 AM |
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Danger Den is a very well known watercooling company, and their TDX series shows why.  Club Overclocker takes you through the performance of a socket 939 cooler.  Or, if you are feeling adventurous, why not build your own heatcore.  Enjoy the weekend!

"Some people think that water cooling can be dangerous, hard to put together, and unreliable, but Danger Den has been active in the water cooled PC market for years, and speaking from personal experience I have yet to experience any kin

Source: Club OC

Corsair Announces Entry Into Flash Media Market

Subject: Memory | December 9, 2004 - 04:13 PM |
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Fremont, CA, December 8, 2004: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced the company's entry into the flash media market with new families of USB 2.0 flash drives and Secure Digital (SD) cards.

AMD Press Releases - Week of 12/6/04

Subject: Processors | December 9, 2004 - 04:09 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA -- December 6, 2004 --AMD today announced the editors of Maximum PC magazine have named the AMD Athlon™ 64 FX-55 processor 'Best CPU' as part of the publication's 'Gear of the Year' awards. Maximum PC recognized the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor for its unparalleled performance and stellar gaming benchmarks. Currently in its ninth year of existence, Maximum PC's editorial board gives the 'Gear of the Year' awards for products that the magazine has tested and verified as the best of breed for the year.

Source: AMD

Western Digital Answers Customer Call...

Subject: Storage | December 9, 2004 - 04:00 PM |
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LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Oct. 4, 2004 - Addressing a large and fast-growing segment of the storage industry and demand for notebook-class hard drives from independent, high-volume suppliers, Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today introduced its WD Scorpio™ high-performance, low-power 2.5 inch hard drive for notebooks and other portable digital devices. With its new product, WD is delivering the features and industry-leading specifications that offer the greatest benefits to its customers: high reliability, low power and fast performance.

Gigabyte GA-8TRX330-L Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | December 8, 2004 - 11:00 PM |
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Those of you interested in ATI's motherboard chipset, might want to take a look at a review of the Gigabyte GA-8TRX330-L motherboard. You can find it over at Extreme Overclocking.

Air cooled CPU's, GPU's and Northbridges & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 8, 2004 - 10:13 AM |
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Heatsinks are growing in size at an unbelievable rate, just check out this Zalman that Systemcooling just reviewed.  If you are happy with the cooling on your CPU, maybe your HDD's, RAM or graphics card could chill a bit.

"The CNPS-7700 Cu is Zalman's latest (and largest) addition to their line of radial coolers. This monster measures 5 3/8"/136mm in diameter, and stands 2 5/8"/67mm tall yet masses only 2.0lbs./0.91kg.

Asus A8V-E using VIA K8T890 Chipset

Subject: Motherboards | December 7, 2004 - 06:20 PM |
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Despite what other might be saying, it would seem that Asus is indeed still making their K8T890-based 939-pin motherboard for Athlon 64 processors and PCI Express GPUs.  Specifications are below from this link at Asus.com





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NVIDIA to Bring Back SoundStorm?

Subject: Motherboards | December 7, 2004 - 02:42 PM |
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I am sitting here at the NVIDIA Editor's Day and we have some interesting information that no one told me we couldn't share yet, so I'll pass it along. 

First, the opening discussion with Jen-Hsun, CEO of NVIDIA, brought about some interesting news about SoundStorm audio.  Without any of the usual pestering from the media in the room, he specifically mentioned that there was "still a lot of room for innovation" in audio technologies, "trust me."  He also stated point blank that they had continued development of SoundStorm audio and that rebuilding it was "going to be awesom

Coolermaster Hyper48 Copper Heatpipe Cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 6, 2004 - 09:19 PM |
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For those of us that overclock, there is a never ending battle to keep the cpu stable and the temperature low. It looks like Coolermaster has an addition to the selection of heatsinks and fans we use to battle high temperature. What is Coolermaster's answer to the battle on temperature? Introducing the Hyper48 Copper Heatpipe Cooler.

Source: ExtremeMhz

New Athlon 64 3000+ Winchester Review

Subject: Processors | December 6, 2004 - 09:09 PM |
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There is a new review of the Athlon 64 3000+ Winchester over at Hexus. For those of you considering a Winchester based cpu, this article is for you!

Our off-the-shelf sample was utterly stable at just under 2.4GHz, cooled only by the supplied reference heatsink. All it took was a slight rise in core voltage and a motherboard capable of scaling with the processor's heightened driven clock.

Source: Hexus

Silent PC Case & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 6, 2004 - 09:00 AM |
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So what if you made a huge heatsink, and hollowed it out that your entire system could fit in it, and then filled most of the remaining space with heatpipes?  You'd have Zalman's TNN500AF case, and X-bit Labs does a great review on it.  My only warning about it is the price, a quick look shows the cheapest price to be around $1000.00.

"The new system case from Zalman, the TNN500AF model, beats its precursor, the TNN500A, in every respect. The new system is more efficient, functional and easier to assemble and use.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Raidmax Cobra 822 Case Review

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 5, 2004 - 04:42 PM |
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Check out the Raidmax Cobra 822 case review over at Overclockers Online.

It isn't often that you see a case of this type turning up on our
desks. Indeed, I have never personally owned one and could not see the lure
to the bright lights, odd styled windows, and themed bezels. I'm talking
about heavily pre-modded cases; Thermaltake, Raidmax, Cooler Master, Antec,
and so many more all do it in some form. These are the cases that were built
to grab attention.

AMD Announces Broad Enterprise Support For The AMD Opteron(TM) Processor

Subject: Processors | December 4, 2004 - 04:18 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif -- December 2, 2004 --With 25 percent of the Fortune Global 100 now using AMD Opteron™ processor-based systems, AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced broad enterprise support for the AMD Opteron processor, the world's first 32-bit and 64-bit processor compatible with the x86 architecture. Since its introduction more than one year ago, Fortune 500 companies from industries including financial services, insurance, manufacturing, automotive, and energy have selected AMD Opteron processor-based systems to run their critical enterprise applications.

Source: AMD

AMD To Present At Credit Suisse First Boston Annual Technology Conference

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2004 - 04:16 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA -- November 30, 2004 --AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that AMD Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Robert J. Rivet will present at the Credit Suisse First Boston Annual Technology Conference at 10:00 a.m. MT (12:00 p.m. ET) on Thursday, December 2, 2004 in Phoenix, Arizona. Forward-looking and other material information may be discussed during the presentation.

Source: AMD

Friday waterfight & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 3, 2004 - 08:47 AM |
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Radiators that hide inside the case, watercooling on the cheap, and a way to make your 6800GT cooler and quieter than it is now.

"We're going to be looking at a water cooling solution from a German company that I haven't heard of before. The company is called 1A-Cooling and the system we are looking at is their dual 5 ¼ drive bay radiator kit. It is this radiator what makes this kit different from most other kits on the market.

NVIDIA and Intel giving away GeForce 6600 GT

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 2, 2004 - 06:34 AM |
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Some interesting news from NVIDIA and Intel today. Intel will be bundling GeForce 6600GT video cards with their PCI Express motherboards until December 31. The following products qualify:



  • Intel Desktop Board D925XCV/BC family

  • Intel Desktop Board D925XECV2/BV2 family

  • Intel Desktop Board D915PBL/CY/CM family

Holiday upgrading just got a lot more interesting.
Source: NVIDIA

2 story heatsinks & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 1, 2004 - 08:51 AM |
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Air cooling is still going through innovations.  Thermalright's SI-97 is about half the weight of most newer heatsinks, so it doesn't need to be screwed into the 4 mounting holes, it can use a retention clip, and one that sounds easy to work with, partially because of the unique design of the SI-97.

"Thermalright are renowned for their quality performance heatsinks throughout the enthusiast and overclocking community. Their latest offering for the aging but popular Socket A market, is the SI-97. In Thermalright terms, this is a different kind of heatsink.

Your PC wants a new outfit & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 29, 2004 - 08:46 AM |
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The Sunbeam case that OCIA reviews has one of the most interesting side panels I've seen on a non-modded case.  See if it fits your style too.  If not there are 1 or 2 more reviews to try.

"Sunbeam has listened to the cries of enthusiasts for years and has included a 120mm front intake fan hole. I am not sure why they included a fan bracket, as a 120mm fan can be mounted directly to the steel shell behind it, eliminating the need for the bracket.

Source: OCIA

ThermalTake BigWater & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 26, 2004 - 08:57 AM |
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Everything comes in kits nowadays, and watercooling is no exception.  For around US$150, you can have Thermaltakes's newest watercooling kit, and The Tech Zone picked one up to review.  Plus a guide on how to assemble watercooling systems in general and Asetek's watercooling kit as well. 

"Not too long ago, water cooling was reserved for the elite, adventurous few who are willing to pay the extra bucks for the extra cooling power.

Razor Diamondback High Precision Gaming Mouse

Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2004 - 09:41 AM |
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Razor Diamondback; makes it sound like one of those surprisingly good Australian 'creature' films doesn't it? Well it's not!