Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2006 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are those who worry about installing alpha or beta software on their machines, and then there are complete masochists who love to try it, and see what happens. Today, The Inquirer reports on 3 betas from Microsoft after thoroughly testing them, so you can guess which camp they fall into.
"So it fell to me to try a bunch of new betas available from Microsoft.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 14, 2006 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BleedinEdge reviews the Lian Li PC-7 Plus, which carries on the tradition of quality cases that you expect from them. With two 120mm fans a window, and enough space to be able to fit top-end video cards, you will be well satisfied with this case if you bought it.
"Lian Li has certainly come up with another excellent product in the Lian-Li PC-7A Plus. It is a
solid, well built case with good looks and convenient features that make this case a winner.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 13, 2006 - 03:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
3DXtreme has a review of the Ideazon MERC Gaming Keyboard, and they are giving it away! It looks exactly like a normal keyboard, with extra gaming keys added to the left hand side, instead of replacing your normal keys. It may not come in reverse for the lefties, but it does have a PANIC button.
"The MERC integrates the large gaming keys onto a standard keyboard. Incorporating the features
the Zboard is known for with a standard keyboard so that no keyset swapping is required.
Introduction and Specifications
Silverstone has a very nice looking SFF case that might fit in more with your HTPC needs than you might think. This stylish case is not only nice to look at, but is functional as well.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 10, 2006 - 03:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Swiftech Apogee, MCW-30 and MCW-60 Cooler are all reviewed at motherboards.org today. This inexpensive watercooling setup will give you blocks to cool your CPU, GPU and chipset, and it will do it without breaking a sweat, even when you overclock. They compare it's preformance on both Intel and AMD systems, give it a view.
"As with all of Swiftech's goods in their time, the blocks look great and perform just as well.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 8, 2006 - 01:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Jing Ting Force chipset cooler, reviewed by Big Bruin, is designed specifically for upgrading the cooling of chipsets that are in a very tight space. As cases and motherboards get more cluttered, with muliple oversized vidoe cards or large CPU heatsinks, smong other things, it is very hard to upgrade the cooling for the actual chipsets. Give them a read, and see how well this cooler really works.
"With the current layout of motherboards based on the nVidia nForce4 chipset, the ph
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 8, 2006 - 01:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 7, 2006 — Intel Corporation Executive Vice President Sean Maloney today outlined Intel's mobile future, announcing significant innovations in mobile devices and broadband wireless. As consumer and business demand for Internet applications on the go continues, Maloney for the first time disclosed details of the next—generation IntelÂ® CentrinoÂ® mobile technology—based platform, as well as a single chip Wi—Fi/WiMAX radio and an Intel—branded mobile WiMAX PCMCIA card.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 8, 2006 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
How would you feel about an add-in card that reduces lag? A Gaming Network Accelerator card is in the works from a new firm by the name of Bigfoot Networks, and they are promising a working beta version in time for E3. Read more about it at The Inquirer.
"START-UP Bigfoot Networks plans to peddle a PC card which it reckons will reduce the in-game lag
for online video games.
The company has been given $4 million in financing for the project, which has its roots at the
McCombs School of Business at
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 7, 2006 - 06:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by Legion Hardware to see what effect adding some well though out extras to a X1800XT can have. The ASUS Extreme AX1800XT features an external power source and custom Arctic-Cooling heatsink, so it performs better than you might expect.
Plus, follow the never ending ATI vs nVIDIA controversy, this time involving NForce4 bandwidth in SLI, in Ryan's article here.
"The ASUS Extreme AX1800XT TOP is an amazing product simply because it is different; the
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 6, 2006 - 03:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When trying to get the heat down in your case, don't forget that HDD create heat as well, and it is usually in a dead zone as far as air circulation goes. In order to get that hot air moving, and extend the life of your HDDs, consider the Vantec Vortex 2. DriverHeaven has the full run down of what this HDD cooler can do.
"Of course cooling is not going to make any hard disk drive invulnerable, but can dramatically
lengthen its lifespan and increase its reliability.