Intel Puts Vote To The People In Computer Design Challenge

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 21, 2007 - 09:53 PM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 19, 2007 — From today through April 19, people can visit and vote for their favorite concept PC design. Voters get to choose from designs submitted by companies competing for $1 million in the industry Intel® Core™ Processor Challenge.

Making noise at SPCR

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 21, 2007 - 06:47 PM |

It was with great trepidation that SPCR fired up the Enermax Galaxy EGA1000EWL-DXX02.  In the search for quiet systems, a kW PSU isn't going to fit in very well, but it will support quad core and quad video card setups, as well as having two sets of electrically isolated 12V transformers, to give it 5 12V rails.  It may not reach the 80% efficiency rating they claim at most power levels, but with essentially no ripple or voltage fluctuation, it is one solid performer. 

The fans are big, but what else can they do?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 19, 2007 - 05:26 PM |

AeroCool's AeroEngine JR, AeroCool ExtremEngine 3T, and AeroCool Zero are all up for review at X-bit Labs.  Although all 3 sport very large fans to help with the cooling, there were some issues discovered during installation and usage.  Drop by to find out if one of these cases is right for you, or if you are better off looking elsewhere.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Cooler Master- PWM Fan Hub, the best of the both worlds

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 16, 2007 - 02:47 PM |

All this begins from the desire to control the temperature in our computers with minimum effort. You are probably familiar with the topic of PWM technology from Intel and AMD, of which the motherboard consists of 1 PWM header to auto-adjust CPU cooler fan speed according to CPU loading and temperature variation. However, the only one is not enough at all.

Corsair's powerful PSU takes on [H]'s torture tests

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2007 - 04:00 PM |

The Corsair HX620 is the second PSU you undergo [H]ard|OCP's new testing method.  At 620W, this PSU is tough, keeping it's efficiency over 80% under 120V loads, and functioning for 8 hours in a 45C room it isn' t likely to die in most systems.  With 3 12V rails running at 18 amps, a combined amperage of 50, it is not likely to run out of power either.

"What happens when

Source: [H]ard|OCP

More solid state drives

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 14, 2007 - 07:23 PM |

DigiTimes has a quick look at Intel's newly announced solid state drives.  They come in 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB densities and read at 28MB/s and write speeds at 20 MB/s.  Finally we are seeing some movement in larger sized SS drives.

"Intel has announced its entry into solid state drives with the Intel Z-U130 Value Solid-State Drive featuring NAND flash

memory with industry standard USB interfaces.

Put some power into you cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 14, 2007 - 07:01 PM |

Thermo-Electric Cooling is becoming commonplace, as CPUs grow hotter.  While some chips have been designed to utilize lower power settings, once an overclocker get's hold of it the heat shoots up again.  OCIA reviews the ChillTec Thermo Electric CPU Cooler, a blend of heatpipes and a TEC.  The hotter it gets, the better this cooler works.

Source: OCIA

The incredible shrinking HTPC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 13, 2007 - 04:05 PM |

Shuttle's new X200 HTPC system is tiny at 11.76' X 8.27' X 2.1', as [H]ard|OCP puts it "roughly the size of a single package of printer paper".  While Shuttle did pack a fair amount of power into the system, [H] found it lacking in some areas, especially it's lack of an HD tuner, and the fact you can't even get one in afterwards.  As well, they really liked the lack of bloatware, but would

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Overclocked off the line

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 12, 2007 - 09:26 PM |

Join AnandTech in looking at 4 different manufacturers overclocked 8800 GTS and GTXs although only 2 offered the lesser 640MB versions as well as the full 768.  Not every manufacturer has set the clock speeds to the same frequency or even the same ratios.  As well the voltage and temps differ between the cards.  Take a look at the impact that memory and speed has on these otherwise identical cards.

Source: AnandTech

Light on weight, heavy on features

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 12, 2007 - 03:31 PM |

Virtual-Hideout reviews the Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 case.  It's aluminium construction keeps the weigh of the case under 20lbs, and that is a good trick, considering they have upped the cases volume 10% over the ATX specs.  Side loading 3.5" bays, easy to install 5.25" bays accessed by opening the front panel and three 120 mm fans push this case beyond a mere box.  Watercoolers w

Corsair Showcases Families of Products at CeBIT Germany

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 12, 2007 - 02:43 PM |

Fremont, CA (March 12, 2007) — Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer products, today announced the company will showcase its impressive breath of award-winning products in the upcoming CeBIT Germany trade fair. CeBIT is the world's largest IT related trade event targeting the industry and users passionate about technology.

Is bigger better?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 9, 2007 - 07:34 PM |

Anand compares 2 of Dell's monitors the 2407WFP and the 3007WFP.  The 2407 is a 24" monitor, 1920x1200, with a 6ms grey to grey response time and many different inputs, VGA, Composite, DVI with HDCP, Component and S-Video.  The 300WFP is a 30", 2560x1600, with an 11m response time and DVI-D Dual-Link (with HDCP) and can handle Single-Link DVI as well. 

Source: AnandTech

... but what will we do all day?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 9, 2007 - 05:47 PM |

Patch Tuesday just won't be the same this month, there are going to be no critical security updates.  Sure there will be a Malicious Software tool update, and 2 other non-security updates, but it just won;t be the same.  The Inquirer's obscure reference in reaction to the news is here.

Source: The Inquirer

This case ought to take off

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 8, 2007 - 11:27 PM |

One 25cm intake fan, one 25cm fan on the side panel and an optional 12cm exhaust on the back ... who needs watercooling!  The Xclio A380 case is up for review on Big Bruin, and with both of the big fans rated at 150.49CFM and 32.1dB this case is pretty well set up.

Source: Big Bruin

Gymnastic memory

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 7, 2007 - 10:00 PM |

As the name implies OZC's Flex XLC Watercooled memory is quite flexible.  The heatsinks on them are able to function as waterblocks to theoretically give you more room to overclock, but are also quite happy to cool passively without any water at all.  As HotHardware discovered, the cooling does dramatically change the temperature, but not the maximum speed.  It is very likely that the cooler temps achieved by watercooling would significantly increase the lifetime of the DIMMs, so it is not a meaningless feat

Source: HotHardware

600W PSU looking for partner into OCing and big graphics cards

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 7, 2007 - 07:30 PM |

Lian Li is a recognizable name when you are talking about cases, but not so much when talking power supplies.  Their new 600W HPC PSU has an 84% efficiency rating, 3 12V rails with a total of 440W and amperage ranging from 14 to 23.  It's neatest trick is it's ability to hook into a second power supply, and have both function simultaneously off the same power button.  Get more info and a look at this PSU over at SPCR.

Your source for quiet fans

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 6, 2007 - 08:12 PM |

SPCR has done a full update of their 'Recommended Fans' list.  They cover 120mm, 92mm and 80mm fans, ranging from the 120mm NEXUS REAL SILENT CASE FAN D12SL-12 @ 36 CFM, 1,000 RPM and 22 dBA to the hard to find 80mm MECHATRONICS A8025S12D @ 25 CFM, 1,500 RPM and 21 dBA.  If you are trying to keep your system quiet, as well as cool then memorize this list.

PCI-X lives

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2007 - 11:04 PM |

PCI Express is the defacto choice for graphics cards and other high speed components, like physics processing.  It caught on for mainstream consumers, while PCI-X has been relegated to business applications like SCSI cards, and Gigabit LAN cards in servers. 

Source: PCStats

Quiet cooling, with optional noisemaker

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2007 - 05:30 PM |

The Thermalright Ultra 120 is an immense heatsink that is designed to cool without needing a fan.  It even manages to out perform the stock Intel cooler, while generating no noise.  The interesting trick with this heatsink is that you can easily attach a 120mm fan, and get incredible cooling power.  Head to AnandTech for a look at the performance of this powerful cooler.

Source: AnandTech


Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2007 - 04:47 PM |

Lake Forest, IL — (March 5, 2007) — BFG Technologies®, Inc., the leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 OC2™ series of graphics cards.

BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX OC2 768MB:

  • Core Clock: 626MHz vs. standard 575MHz.
  • Shader Clock: 1450MHz vs. standard 1350MHz.
  • Memory Clock: 2000MHz vs. standard 1800MHz.

BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS OC2 640MB: