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

Shuttle's SN95G5 XPC Reviewed @ GamePC

Subject: Systems | September 14, 2004 - 03:57 PM |
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The guys over at GamePC have thrown the Shuttle SN95G5 nForce 3 Ultra Socket-939 through the lab. Read on and see what they found!

Despite the valiant attempts of every major motherboard maker to grab a piece of the small form factor market, Shuttle is still the dominating player.

Source: GamePC

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

VIA Releases PadLock SDK for Windows and Linux

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2004 - 11:47 AM |
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VIA Releases PadLock SDK for Windows and Linux-Based Information Security Software Developers


Easy to use Software Development Kit assists third party developers in integrating support for the VIA PadLock Hardware Security Suite


Taipei, Taiwan, September 10th 2004 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the release of the VIA PadLock SDK, a step by step programming guide designed for third party software developers who want to capitalize on the performance

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

RIAA Playing Defense

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2004 - 11:55 AM |
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Yes, you did indeed read the title correctly. The RIAA is now on the defensive side of things concerning this case...

SUING MACHINE, the RIAA is on the legal defensive after a P2P software company has accused it of nicking its technology.

Altnet is suing the RIAA and several of its partners of pirating its patent covering technology for identifying requested files on a P2P network.

Source: The Inquirer

New Weblog Entry

Subject: Editorial | September 8, 2004 - 11:51 PM |
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No, this isn't exactly news, but I figured I would throw a link to my lastest weblog entry out to you all in case you hadn't checked it in a while (as if you did before) because I took so long to update it.  :)


It has personal junk as well as work related info it, so maybe you'll find it worth your while to read... 


Have a great week!


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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

Alienware Introduces 4GHZ Desktop

Subject: Systems | September 7, 2004 - 02:08 PM |
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Alienware has introduced one of the first desktop systems that runs at 4GHZ. Don't worry, you're not losing your mind, you didn't miss the Intel Press Release containing 4GHZ P4 information, because it hasn't occurred yet! Being the speed freaks they are, Alienware has used a water-cooled overclocked P4 to hit that magical 4GHZ mark. But get ready to donate a redundant internal organ, because this system ain't cheap!

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!

Corsair Memory Giveaway!!!

Subject: Memory | September 2, 2004 - 10:45 AM |
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Contest Ended!!  Winners are:




  • John Jenkins, Charlotte, NC


  • N.

Consider losing your CPU fan or add 5 to a PCI slot & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 1, 2004 - 12:15 PM |
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Pimprig looks at an interesting gadget from Logisys, an adjustable fan bracket that mounts in a PCI slot to keep your cards cool.  Also look at flickerdown's review of a Fanless heatsink from Thermaltake. 

"What is a 3D Edge Fan? Well I'm glad you asked. The 3D Edge Fan is a multi directional/positional fan set-up that can cool anything in the PCI slots or close to them.

Source: PimpRig

Gaming Inspired Update to the Ars Technica System Guide

Subject: Systems | August 31, 2004 - 09:28 PM |
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With gaming the focus, Ars Technica has updated the System Guide, bringing you The Performance Gaming Box and The Ultimate Gaming Box. The Ars Technica System Guide has always been an excellent resource to anyone building a new system. To get fraggin and increase those FPS, head over and check it out!


Major upgrades are often driven by software, not hardware. And one of the biggest software categories driving upgrades is games.

Source: Ars Technica

AMD Demonstrates World's First X86 Dual-Core Processor

Subject: Processors | August 31, 2004 - 06:17 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF.-AUG. 31, 2004-Today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announces it is demonstrating the industry's first x86 dual-core processor.

Source: AMD

Morning cup of coffee, case reviews & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 30, 2004 - 11:48 AM |
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fastlanehw looks at a non-Xaser Thermaltake case, there's an acrylic case from beantech, and a "transformer looking" NZXT Guardian at R&Bmods.  Enjoy.

"Thermaltake has been making cases for quite a while now, all of which bear the "Xaser" nameplate, and usually the accompanying flashy graphics and outrageous colors, all of which have been a heavy topic of debate amongst computer builders.

Source: fastlanehw

Ohh... There's TWO of Them!

Subject: Systems | August 29, 2004 - 12:13 PM |
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Only two SFF reviews for you today, but both are good reads. And yes, I have been watching too many Strong Bad Emails...

GPU and Memory Waterblock & more

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 27, 2004 - 11:38 AM |
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Modtown runs through the installation of a waterblock onto a GPU and RAM.  If you are thinking of trying watercooling your own system, take a look how easy it is to set up a watercooled VGA.

"The NV-68 Block is relatively simple to fit, but considering you have just invested heavily in both a top of the line Graphics Card and Block it's well worth taking a little time to read the following step by step guide to ensure you get the block fitted correctly first time without any costly mistakes."

Here are some mor

Source: modtown

We don't need no stinkin' heatsinks

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 26, 2004 - 01:00 PM |
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Slashdot, the AP, and Sciam are all reprting on a new material for CPU's - 

Silicon carbide (SiC).  That's the stuff used to make the heat shields on the Space Shuttle.  Although it may take a while, as "SiC semiconductors are generally expected to b

Source: Slashdot

Misc. SFF Reviews

Subject: Systems | August 26, 2004 - 12:31 PM |
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We have the SFF reviews rollin' in! Enjoy.