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Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 8, 2006 - 05:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
How would you feel about an add-in card that reduces lag? A Gaming Network Accelerator card is in the works from a new firm by the name of Bigfoot Networks, and they are promising a working beta version in time for E3. Read more about it at The Inquirer.
"START-UP Bigfoot Networks plans to peddle a PC card which it reckons will reduce the in-game lag
for online video games.
The company has been given $4 million in financing for the project, which has its roots at the
McCombs School of Business at
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 7, 2006 - 11:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 6, 2006 - 08:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 3, 2006 - 06:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 2, 2006 - 11:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 1, 2006 - 06:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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 - 06:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 27, 2006 - 11:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 27, 2006 - 06:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 27, 2006 - 05:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 24, 2006 - 07:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 22, 2006 - 09:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report was lucky enough to get SilverStone's newest Shuttle, the SN21G5. While just as small as you would expect a Shuttle case to be, the amount of hardware they have managed to fit in is almost unbelievable. This little barebones system could be a fairly powerful gaming machine, not just a SFF or HTPC with middle of the road performance.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 22, 2006 - 04:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA (February 22, 2006) — CorsairÂ® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory products, took its acclaimed watercooling product line to a new level today with the release of the Nautilus500™. As the latest generation of external watercooling units, the Nautilus500 boasts the industry's easiest installation procedure while delivering chilling performance of 30% more efficiency compared to air cooling.
Designed with enthusiasts in mind, the new Nautilus500 brings 30% more CPU and 40% more GPU cooling efficiency without excessive noise.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 21, 2006 - 05:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Techniz reviews the XSPC X20 universal liguid cooling kit. It is an easy to use all in one basic system, with a pump, CPU block and radiator, aimed at someone who has never changed to watercooling. I even provides much better cooling than air, so you can see why people make the change from air cooling.
"Love it or hate is water cooling is here to stay, I'm undecided about whether or not I like water
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 17, 2006 - 10:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With CrossFire, support for the new Intel chips, DDR2 and SATA2, the MSI 975X Platinum is a good solid board. Hardware Zone has posted a full review of this well thought out board.
"MSI delivers a new motherboard with native CrossFire capabilities using the Intel 975X Express
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 17, 2006 - 08:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs has posted the results of an odd project. They wanted to know if the least expensive Asetek WaterChill can be upgraded peicemeal to perform better, and what the difference between that system, and Asetek's top of the line model will be.
"Asetek has long been acknowledged by PC enthusiasts as the best manufacturer of water coolers.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 16, 2006 - 08:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech has grabbed a representative sample of XT and XTX cards in a big graphics shootout. Now that ATI has regained the performance throne, it's time to see which card can out do the rest.
"The X1900 took a long time in coming, but now that it's here, it's taken its place squarely on
the top in graphics card performance.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 15, 2006 - 11:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Think Computer has posted a review of AC Ryan's new BlackFire fans. They are very bright and colourful, and have LEDs, on seperate power leads, so adding the fans to a fan controller won't necessarily mean that the LEDs dim when you slow the fan down. They could well be one of the easiest ways to get into modding your box.
'If you know modding, chances are you know AC Ryan. They make a lot of cool modder related
supplies, but it's not all just for modders.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 13, 2006 - 10:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Zone has posted a review of one of the most mobile external HDD enclosures to date from ExBoot. It's under 100 grams, less than 6 inches long, and holds 80 Gb. Since it uses USB2, it's no slacker when it comes to transfer speeds, and with the bundled software, one touch backups become quite possible.
"The Exboot EXB-0121 is one of the smallest portable HDD enclosures around, making it a perfect
portable solution with data recovery for frequent travelers."
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