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Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 14, 2007 - 02:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Thermalright Ultra-120 is the cooler to beat. You have probably seen it's name in mentioned in most heatsink reviews, sitting beside temperatures that are lower than whichever heatsink was being reviewed. PC Apex reminds us why it is so powerful, it weighs over 700g, is almost 6.5" tall and 5" thick on it's wider side.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 13, 2007 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You may have noticed in Ryan's review of the XFX 8800 GTX XXX, that the card demands more than 300W to run, and you can double that in an SLI rig. Bottom line is that a 600W PSU will not be enough, and 700W probably won't be either.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 13, 2007 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Rosewill is probably not the first name that jumps into your mind when you think of CPU coolers, but over the past 3 years they have had some successes. Overclockers Online discovered that their new RCX-Z775-EX is another one. Coming within a few degrees of the performance of the might Thermalright Ultra-120, and doing it very quietly is not easy. There is one thing to keep in mind, this cooler stands about 5 1/2 inches tall, so make sure your case is wide enough t
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 9, 2007 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Cooler Master's newest Cooler Innovation, GeminII, is the world's first Main Board and CPU cooler. GeminII's thoughtful design creates high cooling performances due to its excellent heat transport ability and superior heat dissipation ability. Now you can enjoy all the benefits from Windows Vista with ease.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 8, 2007 - 06:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 6, 2007 - 03:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 5, 2007 - 02:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 5, 2007 - 12:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 1, 2007 - 05:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 1, 2007 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2007 - 06:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2007 - 02:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 29, 2007 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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 IntelÂ® Core™ 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Quad and XeonÂ® families of multi-core processors.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 25, 2007 - 02:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 24, 2007 - 12:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A machine so unique, so stylish, you will be the envy of all your friends.
Up until now, Custom Painted PC gaming systems have always been pre-built. If you wanted a Custom Painted PC — you have one of two choices: buy a pre-built system which might not have all the components you want or build your own and find someone who's skilled enough to bring your visions to reality.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2007 - 04:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP took 2 BFG 8800GTX's, 2 GB of Corsair RAM and 2 different motherboards. One is an EVGA NVIDIA nForce 680i with a Core 2 Duo X6800 processor. The second is an ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe 590 SLI with an Athlon 64 FX-62.
This a straight up head to head on some of the newest and most demanding games. Any difference seen is an example of the CPU not being able to keep up to the SLI cards.
Read on for a very interesting article.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2007 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the advent of Blu-ray and HD DVD, HD playback is becoming important. Hardware Zone takes a look at how the 2 major players in the graphics field handle H.264, the main MPEG-4 codec. Read on to find out about the CPU load you can expect without proper support for HD acceleration, and the difference in frame quality.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2007 - 12:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SPCR has redone their heatsink test bench, and have published an article describing the new system, and the exact process used to test the heatsinks. If you have ever been curious how some hardware review sites go about determining the performance of heatsinks, this article will fill you in.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 17, 2007 - 06:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You've got dual GPUs, and dual cores, so why not dual transformers? The Tagan EasyCon XL 700W that SPCR reviews has just that, to go with the quad 12V rails. Each can handle up to 20A (56A total) and 672W are devoted to those 12V lines. There were a few issues discovered along the lines, so keep reading before you run out and buy one.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 16, 2007 - 03:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs does a Thermaltake two-fer. Under examination are the Armor Jr., is a slightly scaled down Armor and the Aguila, a new design. The Armor is made of steel, which adds to the weight and stability, but gone are the detachable cages and modular front panel. The Aguila design incorporates interesting styling as extra ventilation. Both are worthy homes for good systems, so drop by and check them out.