It's the little things that count

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 7, 2006 - 06:27 PM |
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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

Hard drives create heat too

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 6, 2006 - 03:05 PM |
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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.

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Intel First-Quarter Revenue Below Expectations

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 3, 2006 - 01:39 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 3, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced that first-quarter revenue is expected to be between $8.7 billion and $9.1 billion, as compared to the previous expectation of between $9.1 billion and $9.7 billion, primarily due to weaker than expected demand and a slight market segment share loss.


The company expects the first-quarter gross margin percentage to be adversely impacted by the change in revenue.

NexXxos gets even more efficient

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 2, 2006 - 06:55 PM |
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PCApex has a look at Alphacool's NexXxoS XP, a copper CPU waterblock with a beautiful finish and an innovative way of getting more surface area closer to the CPU.  They are so impressed with the changes from the last model, they feel it should really have deserved a new name.

"The fact that the lion's share of the potential for cooling a processor is within a few

millimeters of the core is not lost on Alphacool.

Source: PCApex

Asys gives you freedom in setting up your case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 1, 2006 - 01:17 PM |
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Asys is not a well known name in case manufacturing, but that may well change.  Pro-clockers has posted their reveiw of the Freedom Tower Full case.  It is a large case, and would work perfectly as a server enclosure, or there is more than enough space for watercooling.

"Every once in a while a company come alone that makes a big splash on the computer community. And

I think that this is one of those 'once in a while'.

Intel Invests $300 Million In Vietnam, Build Nation's First Semiconductor Assembly And Test Facility

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 28, 2006 - 01:02 PM |
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HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Feb. 28, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced it will invest $300 million (US) to build a semiconductor assembly and test facility in Ho Chi Minh City. This represents the first such investment by the semiconductor industry in Vietnam and supports Intel's strategy to invest to support overall demand.

Getting more out of the usual heatsink design

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 27, 2006 - 06:30 PM |
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The Gigabyte G-Power Lite CPU Cooler uses everything you would expect from a modern heatsink, though they implement it in different ways.  By using a large fan (110mm), the noise can be kept to reasonable levels, and Gigabyte has made the heatsink smaller and lighter than most of the coolers on the market now, so it should fit nicely into most sytems.  Read more about it at XYZ Computing.

"Although Gigabyte has made a name for itself by producing motherboards and video cards, lately

A video card with a descriptive name

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 27, 2006 - 01:43 PM |
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PureOverclock has a review of a well named card from Gainward, the BLISS 6800 GS GLH.  If the memory overclock they managed to achieve is typical of this card, then you can have a lot of fun tweaking it to an inch of it's life.

'Gainward's BLISS 6800 GS GLH is no reference board. Sure, the core headroom is still up to the

gods, but the memory headroom will destroy the competition. I managed to clock the memory to 1480

MHz at its peak.

New news from nVIDIA

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 27, 2006 - 12:01 PM |
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CoolTechZone has posted the lauch dates of several anxiously awaited nVIDIA products ... the NVIDIA G71, Quad-SLI and NFORCE 5.  Yes, it is official, there will be Quad-SLI, and it will likely be the hottest thing going, better get the watercooling setup ready.

"After a number of debates and speculations, we finally have the launch dates for NVIDIA's

next-gen. product lineup based on the G71 core. According to insiders, the launch is expected to

take place at CeBIT 2006, and the cards will be placed under the 7900 series.

Source: CoolTechZone

Going for gold in the Case Olympics

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 24, 2006 - 02:39 PM |
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Head to AnandTech to see the clash of the Titans, Tai-Chi versus The Stacker.  See which one comes out on top, and why it was picked as a winner.

"We've looked at products from both of these companies for several years now, and it's apparent

that they both know what they're doing. The last several models of Thermaltake's have had

exceptional capacity for drives, but don't have quite the same "quality of construction" feel that

cases from others like Lian Li tend to have.

Source: AnandTech