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Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 16, 2006 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The second incarnation of the Vigor Monsoon Active TEC CPU cooler is on the bench at ExtremeTech today. The first version really did not perform as well as they were hoping, but this version shows a lot of improvement. While it is expensive at ~$150, it will be cheaper than setting up a watercooling or phase change system, and much easier.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 11, 2006 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SPCR seems to be a little enamoured of Seasonic's M12 700W PSU. It is very similar to the S12, but has modular cables and a second fan (60mm). Unless the PSU hits 40C or higher, the second fan never turns on, and doesn't really add any noise to the system. With an efficiency that stays above 80% in normal operating situations, and less than 3% variance on the voltage, this system will be well at home in a power hungry dual core, dual video card system.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 11, 2006 - 01:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA (October 11, 2006) — CorsairÂ® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance enthusiast computer products, took its acclaimed water cooling product line to a new level today with the release of the Nautilus GPU water blocks supporting the latest NVIDIAÂ® GeForce™based graphics cards in both single and dual SLI™ configurations.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 10, 2006 - 03:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have a motherboard deisgned to passivly cool your chipsets with heatpipes, the new Coolermaster Hyper TX will help. The idea behind this heatsink & fan is a shroud that redirects some of the airflow onto any heatpipes located near the CPU socket, to turn the passive solution into an active one. The HardwareZone does note that this is not a universal cooler, there are 2 seperate versions for AMD and Intel.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 10, 2006 - 11:21 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA-October 9, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and
components, today announced the new EvoStream Power Supply. The exciting
addition to the prominent OCZ PSU family will be introduced in a 600W
configuration and features an advanced 100% modular cable management system
and polished, titanium mirrored case that is reminiscent of the
award-winning ModStream line.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 6, 2006 - 02:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Transcend's DDR2 modules haven't been reviewed as much as the OCZ and Corsair offerings, but they are not out of the memory business by any means. Big Bruin was pleasantly surprised by their performance, and found it might even be possible to push these DIMMs harder with a better cooling solution.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 6, 2006 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware points out a glaringly obvious oversight that a lot of people are guilty of. Why are you plugging a PC worth more than $1000 into a $5 power bar? If you ever get a power surge that kills your PC, you may be kicking yourself for not getting anything like the Ultra Power Systems.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 5, 2006 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bjorn3D offers some advice on building a truely unique case, without having to get a CNC machine. They start out with several designs of wooden cases, but as the build progresses they find some of their ideas don't work out the way they wanted. In the end though, a great looking wooden case is made, and advice on how to start your own is plentiful.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 3, 2006 - 03:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Corsair has moved into the PSU market with the same panache as they display with their memory. The HX620W Modular PSU really impressed TweakTown with the stability of it's rails, a .01 V difference between idle and load.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 2, 2006 - 12:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Antazone AS-C1000 Universal Heatpipe cooler is built around a 95mm fan that provides 49.8cfm @ 25dBA and a speed of only 2200rpm, plus they claim it can run underwater ... not that I'd recommend testing that with a running system. Big Bruin gives it a run against the XP120.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 29, 2006 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gamehelper has got the scoop on TF2 today, in an interview with Doug Lombardi and Kim Swift at Valve HQ. Covering not only TF2, they also discuss a bit about Portal and Narbacular Drop, as well as Episode 2.
If you are a fan of turn-based 4X games ... you have to download the Space Empires 5 demo, the link is just below.
"GH: What kind of maps can we expect to see? I know 2Fort makes an appearance.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 28, 2006 - 03:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At 7kg (15lbs), 72cm tall (almost 2.5 ft) and 36cm wide and deep (1.2ft), it is hard to imagine using Thermaltakes Mozart Tx as an HTPC case. Fitting both full ATX/BTX and mini ATX boards, it is very versatile, but when you are easily able to fit 10 120mm fans into the case, it seems more likely the case will be stuffed with top of the line, heat pumping components. Legion Hardware loved it, and want you to love it too.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 28, 2006 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The VIA pc-1 is a client and server set up, running a flavour of Ubuntu Linux which lets youth in Cape Town program Open Source applications, under the tutelage of University students. The idea is to enable them to produce software that is usable in their lives, as well as giving them a lot of knowledge in the basics of programming.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 25, 2006 - 02:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SPCR likes to talk about PSU that are certified 80 Plus. As taken from the website, that means "The 80 PLUSÂ® 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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 25, 2006 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 25, 2006 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 21, 2006 - 02:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 19, 2006 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 18, 2006 - 02:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.