80 Plus, and what it means when it comes to PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 25, 2006 - 02:16 PM |
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SPCR likes to talk about PSU that are certified 80 Plus.  As taken from the website, that means "The 80 PLUS® performance specification requires power supplies in computers and servers to be 80% or greater energy efficient at 20%, 50% and 100% of rated load with a true power factor of 0.9 or greater."

The problem being that they are very hard to find.  The 500W Zalman ZM360B-APS is an 80 Plus PSU, though there are other issues that SPCR discovered while reviewing this power supply.

A quiet hurricane

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 25, 2006 - 12:15 PM |
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techPowerUp reviews the full sized XLCIO A380, whose pair of 250mm fans move a lot of air very quietly.  Combine that with the "toolless installation" that is becoming very common and a fairly low price tag, and you have the basis of a good gamming system that won't drown out a vacuum cleaner.

Source: techPowerUp!

Feeling left out of the loop when it comes to Vista?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 25, 2006 - 11:53 AM |
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Well, you don't have to feel like that any longer, Microsoft has opened up a beta version that anyone can download and install.  The Inquirer has the link straight to the download page for the DVD.  It will take a while to finsh, so don't hold your breath, and whatever you do, don't overwrite your main copy of Windows, use a spare HDD!

Source: The Inquirer
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Manufacturer: Scythe
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Introduction and Features

The new Scythe Infinity heatsink fan is one of the largest CPU coolers on the market and comes bundled with a 120mm fan that delivers excellent cooling with minimal noise. But does the Infinity have what it takes to beat out the current reigning champions?

Buying big fans won't help much if you don't know how to use them

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 21, 2006 - 02:54 PM |
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Technibble reveals the theory behind airflow in cases and how to best utilize it.  Without getting incredibly technical, they show why a sealed negative case is the worst possible situation and why unsealed positive is the best way to go ... plus explaining what those terms mean.

Source: Technibble

The cool ionic breeze be more tangy than salty

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 19, 2006 - 12:04 PM |
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Thar be a new way to be keeping your PC cool.  Tha scurvy dogs at
Slashdot be noticing some bright swabs tearing apart an ionic air
purifier.  They be puttin' in in tha front of thar PC in place o' tha
intake fans.  They be using charges both negative and positive ta be
movin' air 'round.

Source: Slashdot
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Manufacturer: Silverstone
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Introduction and Features

The Element ST50EF-Plus is the first SilverStone power supply to receive the 80 Plus certification for high efficiency. And thanks to high efficiency, it runs cool and quiet, while delivering the same stable outputs we have come to expect from SilverStone.

Prettty up your PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 18, 2006 - 02:00 PM |
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Real men learn how to braid too ... as long as it's the cabling from a PSU.  (Female techies, laugh at them if you already know how to do this!)   VIA Arena shows you how to clean up the cabling in your PC once and for all.

Source: VIA Arena

Blue light special on turbines

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 14, 2006 - 01:34 PM |
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Gideontech reviews the Aerocool Turbine 2000 120mm LED Fan, which happens to have 16 blades.  It claims to provide about 37CFM at just under 20dBA.  Head over to check out this fan, and it's blue LEDs.

Source: Gideon Tech

Gigabyte returns to watercooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 12, 2006 - 06:11 PM |
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Legion Hardware looks at Gigabyte's 3D Galaxy 2, the follow up to their original watercooling system.  Find out what improvements they've made, and if they can successfully carry over their expertise in making motherboards to cooling them.