Powerful cooling that won't deafen you

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 17, 2007 - 05:48 PM |
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Up for review at TechPowerUp! is the Noctua NH-U12F, a large (640g) cooler with 120mm fan and a few neat tricks.  It will fit on any current processor socket and has a rather innovative screw design that will keep you from over tightening them when attaching it and cracking your core.  The cooling performance is quite impressive at 27dB and the included adapter to slow down the fan makes it much quieter, albeit with reduced cooling capacity.

Source: techPowerUp!

"Tell me why I had to be a powerslave"

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 16, 2007 - 01:33 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has posted a review of a very unique PSU.  Koolance's 1200W PSU is watercooled ... as in fluid flowing around inside the PSU.  It isn't water, and is likely non-conductive, but still!  The base unit appears to be an 850W that is able to be pushed to 1200 because of the extra cooling, although not without some drawbacks.  If you are planning on a 2900XT Crossfire setup this is the kind of power you need, but read on to decide if this is the right PSU for you.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

One case, hold the bells and whistles please

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 15, 2007 - 01:21 PM |
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Following the simplicity of design that has made them famous, Lian Li has released the PC-A08 Case.  OCC reviews this roomy case, that may not have many special features but does have a low price.  If you aren't looking for any fancy insides, just a case that won't limit your choices in cooling and graphics, and looks sharp on the outside, Lian Li might just have your answer.

When will we start seeing GPU & PSU bundles

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 10, 2007 - 01:35 PM |
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When the limited edition nVIDIA 8800 GTX hit's the street, you are going to see something you never have before ... a graphics card that wants an 8 pin power connector.  Before you get the wire cutters out, read about the new PSU from Enermax, the Galaxy 1000W DXXGuru3D has a full write up of this PSU, that is a must have if you are looking at purcahsing the Limited Edition 8800GTX.

Source: Guru of 3D

Clearly a good deal

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 9, 2007 - 04:13 PM |
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The Sunbeam UFO ACUF-T Acrylic case is much cheaper than most acrylic cases, coming in at under $100.  It's shape is a little odd, at 11.8" x 11.61" x 14.96", and that is assuming you assembled it correctly as it comes in about the same shape as IKEA furniture ...

PCs should be seen, not heard

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 7, 2007 - 12:33 PM |
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At the Overclocker's Club, the roar of fans is as frightening as the overclock on their processors.  In an effort to change that, they review the NZXT Hush; a case designed to reduce noise.  The interior is liberally coated with a 3/16" layer of foam and every retention bracket comes with a rubber washer.  The pair of 120mm fans give good airflow without the noise a smaller fan would make.  Head over and find out if it cools well enough to quiet OCC down a bit.

A plethora of powerful PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 3, 2007 - 02:42 PM |
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X-bit Labs reviews 6 1000W PSUs from 6 different manufacturers.  Every single one has the power to run even the most cutting edge performance PCs, and they do so within acceptable electrical parameters.  One of the deciding factors turned out to be the fans.  Those that were cooled by 80mm fans tended to become uncomfortably loud when stressed, but the 2 models with 135mm fans were quite acceptable.  This review covers a lot of tests for each PC, so make sure you have some time to read throu

Source: X-Bit Labs

Fight fire with fire

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 2, 2007 - 05:45 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has a brand new overclocked E6300 for it's test-bed, and the first cooler that gets to try and tame it is Thermalright's Inferno FX-14.  It's shape is a little bizarre, but it does allow you to install 2 120mm fans if you so desire.  The size could lead to some problems though, at 6.3'(160mm) tall x 5.75'(146mm) wide x 4.8'(122mm) deep and 790 grams it is huge.  It also performs well, keeping that C2D at room temperature when idle and the load temps within 15°.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

An energy conscious peltier

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 30, 2007 - 01:22 PM |
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The Ultra ChillTec Thermoelectric CPU Cooler is designed in such a way that the TEC part does not begin to draw power until a certain temperature is reached allowing you a bit of savings in electricity.  It also comes with an LCD panel to display current temperatures, fan speed and the load that the TEC is under.  Since it is a TEC, the cooling capability is quite impressive allowing you respectable overclocking potential, as Le

Wendel's case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 27, 2007 - 01:33 PM |
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The Fatal1ty brand has expanded into cases, with the release of the Zalman Fatal1ty Champ1onship Series FC-ZE1 Chassis.  Now you can build an entire PC, barring the processor, out of Fatal1ty branded parts and peripherals, although you will probably still lose to him in a CS:S match.  There are some things about the case that disappointed Hi-Tech reviews, but overall they were very impres

We need more power!!!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 26, 2007 - 12:34 PM |
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The Thermaltake ToughPower 1200W is one impressive PSU.  With four 12V rails, and a combined output of 100A, [H]ard|OCP thought it sounded to good to be true until they loaded the PCI-E with a full 1200W and 100A and the PSU pulled it off easily.  If you are looking for that kind of power, then read on.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Free is not always good

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 26, 2007 - 11:57 AM |
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The next time you use a free WiFi connection to surf, you should probably question who provides it.    Some of those networks could easily be run by someone trying to harvest your personal data, and not just an altruist with bandwidth to spare.  Ars Technica tells you just how easy it is to fall prey to a scheme like that.

Source: Ars Technica

Redesigning the Reserator

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 25, 2007 - 03:01 PM |
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Zalman has redesigned their Reserator, and are aiming for zero noise.  The pump is absolutely silent, and there are no fans on the radiator to make noise.  As X-bit Labs discovered in their testing, this change of focus has lead to a degradation in the performance of the cooler, especially when the optional waterblock for the VGA  is installed and running.

Source: X-Bit Labs

OCZ Technology Announces the Ultra-Quiet StealthXStream 600W

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 24, 2007 - 11:16 AM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-April 23, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and power
supplies, today announced the new StealthXStream Power Supply. This new 600W
PSU features a conservative look with a sleek, black case and fan.

"More than meets the eye"

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 23, 2007 - 12:23 PM |
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The Cooler Master CM Media 281 is a very talented case.  Able to switch between HTPC and desktop at ease, with ample space in the interior for anyone's needs.  It is an interesting design from Cooler Master, but can this multifunction case stand up against some of CM's better cases?  Head over to The Tech Lounge and find out.

AMD Reports First Quarter Results

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 19, 2007 - 05:16 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- April 19, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 20071. AMD reported first quarter 2007 revenue of $1.233 billion, an operating loss of $504 million, and a net loss of $611 million, or $1.11 per share. These results include ATI acquisition-related and integration charges of $113 million, or $0.21 per share, and employee stock-based compensation expense of $28 million, or $0.05 per share.

Source: AMD

Drowning in decibels

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 19, 2007 - 11:58 AM |
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Is your PC is starting to sound a bit like a vacuum cleaner, maybe because summer approaches or that  video card you just bought?  Does the thought of switching to watercooling seems to be a bit much, and there is no way you are underclocking components so that passive cooling will work?  R&B Mods has posted a review of something you may not have thought of, but could really help.  Read on to see if SFM-1000 Case Fan Vibration Absorbers are the solution to your problems, or just a gimmick.

A PSU for the next generation of graphics cards

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 16, 2007 - 02:43 PM |
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Enermax has redesigned their Galaxy series, with the release of the new SGalaxy DXX 1000W PSU.  [H]ard|OCP takes a look at this PSU, with 5 12V rails at a combined 900W and 75A.  If that wasn't enough to impress them, the fact that the advertised efficiency rating was not exaggerated did.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Bionic Beaver

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 16, 2007 - 01:27 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has linked to an incredibly odd case mod.  In fact this is probably one of the oddest case mods you've ever seen.  Don't believe me?  Click on over and take a look.

"You can't make this stuff up, someone turned a stuffed beaver into a case mod. Kasey McMahon, the girl behind the case mod

(yes, girl), said the hardest part was actually cleaning out the beaver."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

OCZ Launches the ModXStream Power Supply Family

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 13, 2007 - 11:45 AM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-April 12, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and
components, today announced the ModXStream Series, a new line of power
supplies designed to offer consumers a combination of OCZ's legendary PSU
architecture and an efficient modular cable management system. Available in
780W and 900W models, the high efficiency ModXStream offers the industry's
highest performing modular power supplies on the market.