The Silentator: it's name speaks for itself

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 4, 2007 - 05:35 PM |
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At 153mm x 126mm x 85mm and 640g, the Coolink Silentator has a rather large presence.  With it's prepackaged fan, it moves 90CFM @ 24dB making it essentially silent in most systems.  OCC expected performance similar to other heatsinks that focus on noise reduction, and received a pleasant surprise.

Time for a new king of the hill?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 3, 2007 - 02:44 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP put PC Power & Cooling's Turbo-Cool 1KW-SR into their new PSU torture chamber, and came away with some interesting findings.  Until recently, they have always had the most powerful PSUs on the market, but as the power demand from high end PCs has grown, other manufacturers are entering the upper end of wattage.  Read on to see how PC P&C stands up against today's competition.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Get your own Black Pearl

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 2, 2007 - 05:23 PM |
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In the form of a case from Tagan.  A lot of work has gone into this case, from the exterior looks, to the inclusion of features that make setting up watercooling a breeze.  Bjorn3D thinks there are few improvements that could be made to the A+ Black Pearl, like a removable tray and separate fan controllers, but overall were very impressed.

Source: Bjorn3D

Cubic Zirconium for enthusiasts

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 27, 2007 - 01:37 PM |
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For a low budget case, the Revoltec Zirconium offers some unique features.  For instance, the extra external USB and Firewire and audio ports are located in a recess at the top of the case, and the front panel has integral eject buttons for your optical drives.  Read on to see how well the case satisfied the Guru of 3D's discerning needs, and where it fell short.

Source: Guru of 3D

Corsair grows more powerful

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 26, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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Corsair has joined it's competitors in releasing PSUs, in the form of the new HX series.  The HX 620W is a 620W PSU, as you might have suspected with 3 12V rails of 18A apiece.  It's modular design keeps your case tidy, and the variable speed 120mm fan keeps it cool; read the full review at Tech Connect.

Washable filters, pet owners and smokers rejoice

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 25, 2007 - 03:01 PM |
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The Sunbeam 3D Storm will remind you of the Quarterback, there some nice changes to this case, including washable filters behind all of the mesh on the case.  the 2 fans placed directly inside the middle of the case on a bar, which is referred to as 3D core fan makes installation a little tight, but techPowerUp's testing proves that it does help with your GPU temps.  Read on to see how the install went, and a

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Not much bigger than a breadbox

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2007 - 02:42 PM |
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Ultra has started a new line of HTPC cases, the first of which is the MicroFly BX6.  By designing a PSU to go inside the MicroFly, Ultra is able to make motherboard installation and cable management a snap, more so than most HTPCs on the market.  The only place where TweakNews thought they fell short was on the HDD cage, but overall found it very quiet and stylish, exactly what you want from an HTPC case.

Source: Tweaknews

Biostar TF560 A2+, The World's First Motherboard to support upcoming AMD AM2+ CPU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2007 - 01:58 PM |
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June 2007 - Biostar has released a new T-Series model TF560 A2+ in expectation of the launch of new AMD socket AM2+ CPUs. AMD is going to announce AM2+ socket CPUs, the so-called real Quad Core architecture, later this year. Socket AM2+ CPUs will be backwards compatible. TF560 A2+ is designed for both CPU series, AM2 and AM2+.
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Packed with the same technology used by the most demanding PC Enthusiasts, NVIDIA nForce 560 media and communications processor (MCPs) delivers outstanding quality and performance for every PC user.

Source: Biostar

Vertically gifted

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 21, 2007 - 11:55 AM |
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The new style in heatsinks is to have the fan sitting vertically, not horizontally, and it seems to be paying off.  Whether it is the increased surface area the fan can directly affect, or the push-pull configuration that some heatsinks allow, it tends to increase cooling performance.  The newest is the 3RSystem iCEAGE, and AnandTech has tested it out.  Read on to see one of the best retention systems they have seen in action.

Source: AnandTech

A very well behaved PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 20, 2007 - 02:40 PM |
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SilverStone, better known for their cases, has joined the kilowatt crowd with their Olympia 1000W.  While it lacks many features that are common in PSUs, like modular cabling and multiple 12V rails it is still a very solid PSU.  In fact, the single 12V rail offers 80A, which is one of the most powerful on the market, and one of the most well regulated as well.  [H]ard|OCP puts i

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Antec Introduces TruePower Quattro Power Supply

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 20, 2007 - 12:42 PM |
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Fremont, CA - June 20, 2007 - Antec, Inc., the leading global brand of
high-performance computer components for the PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself
markets, today announced its latest power supply unit (PSU), TruePower
Quattro. Antec's most powerful PSU is designed for high efficiency while
providing the ultimate in green energy for system builders and support for
the latest generation of dual video cards.

TruePower Quattro is the most efficient power supply to date in Antec's
successful TruePower line due to Active Power Clamping technology.

Source: Antec

The MFD & Fan Controller for micro managers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 19, 2007 - 02:45 PM |
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Check out the NZXT Sentry Temperature Controller MFD up for review over at OCC.  Along with the clock display and fan controllers you would expect, there are also 3 thermocouples.   These allow you to take temperature readings from 3 separate areas in your system, your choice which ones.  As well there are 3 separate programmable temperature alarms, so you can adjust for the components you are monitoring. 

Alienware Offers Exclusive Dekstop Chassis in Limited-Time Barebones Kit

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 19, 2007 - 12:09 PM |
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MIAMI - June 19, 2007 - Alienware - the leading manufacturer of
high-performance desktop, notebook and professional systems - is now giving
PC enthusiasts a limited-time opportunity to purchase an Alienware barebones
kit featuring the company's highly popular P2 desktop chassis.

Source: Alienware

The mothership has landed

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 15, 2007 - 12:10 PM |
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The Rosewill RCX-Z2 Heatsink has a very odd overall shape with fasteners that look a bit like landing gear as well as a glowing blue fan.  If it is run on a motherboard without PWM, the full 59dBA adds to the overall impression of some sort of alien craft landing.  Frosty Tech gave it a try on their test bench, and you can find out how well it did here.

Source: Frosty Tech

Watercooled test bench

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 12, 2007 - 01:38 PM |
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Danger Den has released something that was once found only in their test labs.  Hardware Canucks have posted a review of Danger Den's Torture Rack, which is a fully acrylic case designed for fast access to components, much like a test bench.  The large interior also allows you to fit just about any combo of heatsinks  and video cards, which can be very handy as both are growing very quickly.  Read on to see what other tricks this case will le

Switching to a higher power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 8, 2007 - 03:01 PM |
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Tagan joins their high powered competition with their Silver Power SP-1000E.  Not only does it offer 1000W of power at a claimed 85% efficiency, it has 6 12V rails.  Bjorn3D has spent a week testing it out, and while the power efficiency is not good enough to get it an 80 PLUS rating, it wasn't a disappointment to them at all.

Source: Bjorn3D

Hitting the high notes

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 7, 2007 - 02:26 PM |
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ThermalTake has updated their most popular case series with the new Soprano DX.  The old 120mm in the back has been dropped in favour of a 140mm fan at the front of the case, offering a definite improvement in cooling performance.  The only real drawback that X-Bit Labs found was that with the included fastening clips, you can't install dual-slot PCI cards, but it isn't to hard to implement a solu

Source: X-Bit Labs

AMD Empowers PC Industry to Deliver Innovative Small Form Factor Solutions

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 5, 2007 - 11:27 AM |
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TAIPEI, Taiwan - June 5, 2007 - Further advancing the availability of energy-efficient platforms, at Computex today AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced the finalization of the DTX specification, an open standard initiated by AMD to enable the development of small form factor PCs. AMD also introduced new 45-watt energy-efficient processors based on 65nm technology, the AMD Athlon X2 dual-core processor BE-2350 and the AMD Athlon X2 dual-core processor BE-2300.

Source: AMD

Passive power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2007 - 05:14 PM |
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Over at MADSHRIMPS they're reviewing a passively cooled 400PSU from FSP.  While it may not have the power of the liquid cooled 1200W PSU from OCZ that Lee just reviewed, MADSHRIMPS didn't have any problems with their test system.  Read the full review if you are interested in getting rid of a bit more noise from your system, or if you

Source: Madshrimps