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Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 29, 2007 - 06:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Overclockers Online spotted the CoolingWell V14 Vortex 800W, a PSU maker without much of a reputation either way. When they put it through their tests, it passed with flying colours. If you are looking for 800W of solid power, and care less about modular cabling than you do about price, check this PSU out.
For even more extreme power, Lee has finished his review of the Koolance 1200W PSU ... the one that is liquid cooled!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 28, 2007 - 04:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Antec 900 Advanced Gaming Case is up for review at HotHardware. With a 200mm blowhole on the top, you will want to keep your caffeinated beverage of choice far away from it, but it is great for getting rid of hot air. It also means that the PSU is located at the bottom, giving you a more stable case, if you are in the habit of trying to knock your PC over. Read on to see w
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 25, 2007 - 09:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PC Power & Cooling, THE name in high quality PSUs, has been bought by OCZ! Their website and products will still be sold, but the company itself is now part of OZC. They have certainly come a long way from simply selling RAM.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 24, 2007 - 05:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In their 4th 120mm fan roundup, SPCR tests 8 different fans. All of the fans tested did move a fair amount of air at a reasonable noise level, but only one can come out on top. Read on to find out which fan could manage 34CFM at only 22dBa and still moved 19CFM @ 19dBa when reduced to 7V.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 23, 2007 - 06:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP reviews 5 PSUs ranging from 450W to 500W and from $20 to $100. There are a lot of systems that only need a maximum of 500W, in fact for most office PCs it is almost overkill. You would expect that these PSUs would be very stable and conform to specs, as the PSU manufacturers have managed that with PSUs twice as powerful. Read the full review, as you may be surprised what they found.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 22, 2007 - 06:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Overclock3d has published a review of 2 new water pumps from Laing. They compare the performance with Swiftech's MCP600 pump and use Alphacool, Petra's Tech and OCLabs tops to see how powerful these pumps are. Flow rate and head may not mean much to those who are not into watercooling; if you are though, it looks like these pumps are a step up in performance.
"Today in the OC3D Labs we get to compare the Alphacool, OCLabs and Petra's Tech tops for the Laing DDC
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 17, 2007 - 09:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Up for review at TechPowerUp! is the Noctua NH-U12F, a large (640g) cooler with 120mm fan and a few neat tricks. It will fit on any current processor socket and has a rather innovative screw design that will keep you from over tightening them when attaching it and cracking your core. The cooling performance is quite impressive at 27dB and the included adapter to slow down the fan makes it much quieter, albeit with reduced cooling capacity.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 16, 2007 - 05:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has posted a review of a very unique PSU. Koolance's 1200W PSU is watercooled ... as in fluid flowing around inside the PSU. It isn't water, and is likely non-conductive, but still! The base unit appears to be an 850W that is able to be pushed to 1200 because of the extra cooling, although not without some drawbacks. If you are planning on a 2900XT Crossfire setup this is the kind of power you need, but read on to decide if this is the right PSU for you.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 15, 2007 - 05:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Following the simplicity of design that has made them famous, Lian Li has released the PC-A08 Case. OCC reviews this roomy case, that may not have many special features but does have a low price. If you aren't looking for any fancy insides, just a case that won't limit your choices in cooling and graphics, and looks sharp on the outside, Lian Li might just have your answer.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 10, 2007 - 05:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When the limited edition nVIDIA 8800 GTX hit's the street, you are going to see something you never have before ... a graphics card that wants an 8 pin power connector. Before you get the wire cutters out, read about the new PSU from Enermax, the Galaxy 1000W DXX. Guru3D has a full write up of this PSU, that is a must have if you are looking at purcahsing the Limited Edition 8800GTX.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 9, 2007 - 08:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Sunbeam UFO ACUF-T Acrylic case is much cheaper than most acrylic cases, coming in at under $100. It's shape is a little odd, at 11.8" x 11.61" x 14.96", and that is assuming you assembled it correctly as it comes in about the same shape as IKEA furniture ...
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 7, 2007 - 04:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At the Overclocker's Club, the roar of fans is as frightening as the overclock on their processors. In an effort to change that, they review the NZXT Hush; a case designed to reduce noise. The interior is liberally coated with a 3/16" layer of foam and every retention bracket comes with a rubber washer. The pair of 120mm fans give good airflow without the noise a smaller fan would make. Head over and find out if it cools well enough to quiet OCC down a bit.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 3, 2007 - 06:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs reviews 6 1000W PSUs from 6 different manufacturers. Every single one has the power to run even the most cutting edge performance PCs, and they do so within acceptable electrical parameters. One of the deciding factors turned out to be the fans. Those that were cooled by 80mm fans tended to become uncomfortably loud when stressed, but the 2 models with 135mm fans were quite acceptable. This review covers a lot of tests for each PC, so make sure you have some time to read throu
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 2, 2007 - 09:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has a brand new overclocked E6300 for it's test-bed, and the first cooler that gets to try and tame it is Thermalright's Inferno FX-14. It's shape is a little bizarre, but it does allow you to install 2 120mm fans if you so desire. The size could lead to some problems though, at 6.3'(160mm) tall x 5.75'(146mm) wide x 4.8'(122mm) deep and 790 grams it is huge. It also performs well, keeping that C2D at room temperature when idle and the load temps within 15Â°.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 30, 2007 - 05:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Ultra ChillTec Thermoelectric CPU Cooler is designed in such a way that the TEC part does not begin to draw power until a certain temperature is reached allowing you a bit of savings in electricity. It also comes with an LCD panel to display current temperatures, fan speed and the load that the TEC is under. Since it is a TEC, the cooling capability is quite impressive allowing you respectable overclocking potential, as Le
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 27, 2007 - 05:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Fatal1ty brand has expanded into cases, with the release of the Zalman Fatal1ty Champ1onship Series FC-ZE1 Chassis. Now you can build an entire PC, barring the processor, out of Fatal1ty branded parts and peripherals, although you will probably still lose to him in a CS:S match. There are some things about the case that disappointed Hi-Tech reviews, but overall they were very impres
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 26, 2007 - 04:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Thermaltake ToughPower 1200W is one impressive PSU. With four 12V rails, and a combined output of 100A, [H]ard|OCP thought it sounded to good to be true until they loaded the PCI-E with a full 1200W and 100A and the PSU pulled it off easily. If you are looking for that kind of power, then read on.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 26, 2007 - 03:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The next time you use a free WiFi connection to surf, you should probably question who provides it. Some of those networks could easily be run by someone trying to harvest your personal data, and not just an altruist with bandwidth to spare. Ars Technica tells you just how easy it is to fall prey to a scheme like that.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 25, 2007 - 07:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Zalman has redesigned their Reserator, and are aiming for zero noise. The pump is absolutely silent, and there are no fans on the radiator to make noise. As X-bit Labs discovered in their testing, this change of focus has lead to a degradation in the performance of the cooler, especially when the optional waterblock for the VGA is installed and running.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 24, 2007 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA-April 23, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and power
supplies, today announced the new StealthXStream Power Supply. This new 600W
PSU features a conservative look with a sleek, black case and fan.