Find out the upper limit of your CPU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 8, 2007 - 06:04 PM |
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Thermoelectric cooling is a powerful way to keep your CPU cool, but it comes at a high price.  Enter the Monsoon II Lite, which has trimmed some of the features of it's big brother down, and lets you get into TEC for less than $100.

AnandTech managed to get a Core 2 Duo X6800 from it's stock 2.93GHz up to 3.96GHz at 14*283MHz with this 50W TEC cooler, mind you it does so at about 60dB.

Source: AnandTech

Good price, great power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 6, 2007 - 03:34 PM |
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The Listan BeQuiet Dark Power PRO 850 Watt PSU has a lot going for it.  It's modular, with up to 19 cable strands available, it has 4 12V lines for a total of 640W and 20A per line with a max load of 50A and it runs below 40dBA.  When you turn it off, it uses 0W and with an efficiency of 84% and active PFC of up to 0.99, you get a lot for ~$230.   Get over to the Guru of 3D for the full review.

Source: Guru of 3D

Newfangled input thingamajig

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 5, 2007 - 02:13 PM |
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The NuLOOQ Navigator is a new device from Logitech, which you use in your keyboard hand.  A heavy round, puck looking doohickey, with a ring (called a Navring)that can be pushed left, right, up, down and can be twisted clockwise and counterclockwise, giving you 6 'buttons' right there.  The center of the navring is touch sensitive and gives you accesss to a popup menu of commmands, and there are also 5 fully programmable buttons, or 'triggerpoints'.  The Tech Lounge tries out this interesting little device in a number of differ

Upside down heatsink

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 5, 2007 - 12:45 PM |
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The Spire Fourier series has a very unique look.  By putting the fan below the heatsink fins, and using heatpipes to transfer the heat to those fins, you guarantee that the airflow is going where you want it.  This also leads to a bit of a tricky install with the mounting plates, but at least there is little chance of putting a screwdriver through your motherboard.  Drop by Pro-clockers for the full review of this heatsink, and take a look at what a big block of unobstructed copper looks like on a motherboard.

New kid with a block

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 1, 2007 - 05:44 PM |
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Xigamatek is new to cooling, and their first device on the market is a self contained watercooled heatsink.  It comes with a mix of anti-corrosive and antifreeze liquids mixed with water, and all pre-installed in the reservoir.  The waterblock/pump/reservoir comes with brackets to fit any socket size, and it makes installation a breeze.  At 55dB it is a little loud, but an interesting feature is separate power sources for the fan and the pump, so you can put a rheostat on the fan power to give you control ove

Source: Frosty Tech

Give your EPIA mods some publicity and maybe win a prize

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 1, 2007 - 11:47 AM |
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VIA Arena has a contest just starting and gallery of the entrants so far.  From Bender the robot to an XP retail box to a gingerbread house, these EPIA based mods are fantastic.  If you have a modded something, based on an EPIA board, or know someone who has, get your submissions in.  If not, keep an eye on the contest, you are going to see some outstanding work.

Source: VIA Arena

Lian Li energizes their cases

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2007 - 06:01 PM |
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The next time you pick up a Lian Li case, you may find it contains a Lian Li power supply.  Usually, PSUs that come bundled with cases are frowned upon as being below par.  With modular cabling, 3 12V rails and a 120mm cooling fan, this isn't exactly a poor PSU.  Head to Hardware Zone for a look at Lian Li's 600W debut.

Fully loaded Kandalf

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2007 - 02:05 PM |
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The Thermaltake Kandalf seems to have a lot of space inside.  Enough to fit an Asus P5B Deluxe and E6600 based system with a MSI NX7900GTO and an original XBox, plus lighting, a 5" TFT screen, and lots more. 

Head over to Madshrimps to sit in awe of this case mod, or use it to inspire your own creations.

Source: Madshrimps

Intel's Transistor Technology Breakthrough

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 29, 2007 - 11:44 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 27, 2007 In one of the biggest advancements in fundamental transistor design, Intel Corporation today revealed that it is using two dramatically new materials to build the insulating walls and switching gates of its 45 nanometer (nm) transistors. Hundreds of millions of these microscopic transistors or switches will be inside the next generation Intel® Core™ 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Quad and Xeon® families of multi-core processors.

Aerocool is a lover of BIG fans

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 25, 2007 - 02:01 PM |
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The Aerocool Zero Flexi Tower has some serious cooling built into it.  A 250mm side panel fan is pretty much the biggest you will find on a non-modded case.  The front panel has room for 2 120mm fans and the back can fit either 1 120mm or a pair of 80mm.  There is a lot more that makes this case unique, so head to Pro-Clockers and take a look.