Taming the power hungry PC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 7, 2006 - 11:53 AM |
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Energy prices are creeping up across the board, except when they are sky-rocketing.  While your PC might not account for a huge percentage of your utility bill, that could change.  (Unless you are in a DC project like SETI, and heat your bedroom via the heatsinks of at least dozen older computers.)  As PC's demand more and more power, Intel has decided to take some of the focus away from the CPU, to see if efficiency can be increased in other components, and C

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Introduction and Specifications

Lian Li is bringing a new addition to their popular V-series of cases to the US in a much smaller form factor. Will the V600 complement your next system?

VIZO gives you a choice in air cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 6, 2006 - 02:08 PM |
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Techniz reviews 2 of VIZO's fan lines today, the Muffle and the Windstorm.  The Muffle gives you some pretty good cooling, without trying to deafen you, the 120mm version moves 53CFM @ 28dBA, and the Windstorm will help with OC'ing, the 80mm model moves an impressive 84.1CFM, though it does so at 55.2 dBA. 

"The VIZO cooling products is design to provide the cooling solution for the enthusiast that

prefers low noise and also good performance.

Fileserver, on the rocks

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 3, 2006 - 04:02 PM |
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MetkuMods has posted a gallery of an extremely unique case by Janos Marton.  I can't begin imagine where the inspiration might have come from.

"I already had a powerful computer setup so I wanted something more quiet, small and low power

consumptioning to function as a basic home server. I love to tinker with hardware etc.

Source: MetkuMods

Crytek is ready to rock your world, again

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 3, 2006 - 11:59 AM |
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Although we have little information yet, Gamehelper has translated a german interview with some Crytek employees and a German website (Gamestar) about the upcoming FPS, Crysis.  While it does not exactly seem to be a follow up to Far Cry, it certainly sounds like they took everything that made FarCry great, and improved it.

"There will be a high degree of interactivity with the environment.

Source: Gamehelper

Danger Den is at it again

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 2, 2006 - 06:46 PM |
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Red & Blackness Mods tests the new Danger Den Thermalchill radiator, and as you might expect, it performs admirably.  It also manages to cool without being larger than your average tower case.

"Today we take a look at a radiator from Dangerden, we know that Dangerden is one of the top

companies when it comes to watercooling and their previous products have got very good ratings. We

will see how good this radiator performs vs a Alphacool Cora 6 and vs a BlackIce extreme.

A quiet arctic breeze for your Prescott

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 31, 2006 - 12:10 PM |
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The Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro is the LGA775 version of the Freezer 64 Pro.  It combines decent performance and low noise into an affordable package.  It also uses a different fan than the AMD model, so drop by and visit DriverHeaven to see what this heatsink can do.

"Today we have another Arctic Cooling cooler for evaluation, the Freezer 7 Pro.

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Go Go Gadget mouse-phone!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2006 - 12:14 PM |
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A1-Electronics has posted a review of the Act-on Optical MicMouse, which is, well, exactly what it sounds like.  Now you too can pick up your mouse and use it to talk over VOIP.  No word if it will work as a CB Radio too.


Also, Ryan has posted a review of the Diamond Xtreme Sound 7.1 with Dolby Digital Live Sound, so check it out.


"What to say.

... and they'll call him "The Str34k"

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2006 - 12:04 PM |
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If you thought that getting unexpectedly flashed was for Frosh Week and Football games, you have something new to consider.  According to this story from The Register, malicious BIOS flashing could be the next big viral problem for PC's.  This kind of exploit has not been spotted in the wild yet, but it is probably coming ...

Source: The Register