Socket AM2 maddness

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 23, 2006 - 03:07 PM |
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Socket AM-2 is here, and the reviews are everywhere!  Start off at [H]ard|OCP, for their look at the newest from AMD, and finish off back here, with Ryan's review.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel's Core Microarchitecture Redefines Computing

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 23, 2006 - 02:38 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 23, 2006 — Intel today disclosed record breaking1
results on 20 key dual-processor (DP) server and workstation
benchmarks.

[H]ard|OCP takes a look at the Pavilion

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 22, 2006 - 05:05 PM |
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[H] went and picked up an HP Pavilion a1330n from a local reseller.  Follow them through the purchase, set up, benchmarking, and the inevitable call to Tech Support.

For those who prefer to build their own, Ryan has updated the PCPer Hardware Leaderboard, don't go shopping before you read his recommendations!

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Making a good cooling system better

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 22, 2006 - 04:39 PM |
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The Tekbunker looked at the Zalman Reserator 1 and liked what they saw ... but wondered if they could improve it's looks and performance.  They start first with improving heat exchange for the Reserator itself, and will continue on by trying to improve the flow.

Plus, our own Bob Dyl looks at the Cooler Master Mystique Modified Aluminum Case, a new take on the old Wave Master 2.

Source: Tekbunker
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Introduction and Specifications

Cooler Master has a unique case design that fits just about anyone's demands in the Mystique. We take one and mod it up for an even better design!

Hard work pays off in monstrous case mods

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 19, 2006 - 02:15 PM |
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Leecho's newest case mod at MODTHEBOX is a monster ... literally.  Already with a frightening facade, and a backbone ... he adds gull-wing doors.  Check out the pictures of this almost completed mod.

Source: MODTHEBOX

Will you believe the PSU is important now?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 18, 2006 - 12:01 PM |
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A True Review points out all the ways that a strong PSU is the heart of any system.  Now that every component in your PC is thirsting for more power ... a high end graphics card will drain as much power as an entire system would have 5 years ago, you need to put a lot more thought into the PSU you use.

Do it yourself extreme cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 17, 2006 - 04:26 PM |
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If you have more spare time than spare change, and have avoided phase change cooling because of the price, then this guide will eat up some of that time.  MAKE:Blog has linked to an article describing how to build your own phase change cooling system.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Introducing Viiv

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 15, 2006 - 03:54 PM |
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X-bit Labs reviews a Viiv system, based around an ASUS N4L-VM DH and a socket 479 processor, Intel's Core Duo T2600 clocked at 2.16GHz.  While it is essentially a mATX board, it contains far more built in features than you would expect.  Drop by for a sneak peak.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Cooling solutions balanced for your bank account

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 15, 2006 - 02:30 PM |
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Overclockers Online reviews 2 budget coolers from Spire, the VertiCool II and the DiamondCool II.  While neither will win prizes for extreme cooling, they are certainly powerful enough to use in a normally clocked PC.