The direct touch

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 26, 2007 - 05:53 PM |
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XIGMATEK is a company that has some interesting ideas, but hasn't really caught on with enthusiasts. X-bit Labs is going to try to undo that by reviewing their HDT-S963, a cooler with Heatpipe Direct Touch.  They find that it is efficient enough to compete with the major brands, especially at lower fan speeds.  At higher speeds the fan noise becomes a problem, but that could easily be rectified by replacing the stock fan with a quieter model.

Source: X-Bit Labs

PC Power & Cooling PSU Powers the Maximum PC Dream Machine for the Ninth Consecutive Year

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 26, 2007 - 02:38 PM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - July 26, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability PC components, today announced that the Silencer 750 Quad power supply from PC Power & Cooling has been chosen by leading technology publication Maximum PC to power its 2007 annual "Dream Machine." The famed "Dream Machine" is a high-performance computer system built each year by Maximum PC to represent the ultimate in cutting-edge hardware and performance.

Power that doesn't feel the need to announce it's self

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 25, 2007 - 05:16 PM |
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Six 12V rails, two of which are 28A, the other four are 18A, at a combined maximum power of 960W, coupled with two 6 pin PCI-E and two 8 pin PCI-E connectors make the Coolermaster M1000W PSU perfect for multiple GPU systems.  The most shocking surprise for R&B Mods was how quiet this PSU was, something they did not expect to go hand in hand with such a powerful PSU.

Zalman has a new flagship case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 23, 2007 - 12:37 PM |
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Zalman's Z-Machine GT1000 offers a lot, which helps justify the price you have to pay to own one.  Every case has been inspected to ensure the parts fit perfectly, and combined with the 4-5mm thickness of the sides, it offers stability, and good airflow while remaining relatively quiet.  The tool-less assembly philosophy is carried to extremes, even the front panel can be removed with thumbscrews.  Read on a Pro-clockers to see what

The case almost does it for you

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 19, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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Gigabyte is really getting into the case and cooling business, this time combining watercooling and stylish case design in the 3D Mercury.  Not only does this case have five 120mm fans, it has watercooling built right in.  Contained in the case is a pump, radiator and reservoir set, as well as a CPU waterblock, and an optional pair for GPUs.  Guru3D has some great shots of this sharp looking case in their review

Source: Guru of 3D

81 percent is 12 Volt

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 18, 2007 - 01:53 PM |
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The Seasonic 500W S12II PSU may sound a little underpowered, until you look at some of the stats, like the fact that 408W is available to the two 12V rails at 34A.  [H]ard|OCP put it on their torture bench, and was quite impressed at this PSUs ability to live up to all the claims Seasonic made.   It even went through a whole hour of the 100% power tests and stayed at 45C.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Emaciated heatsink

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 17, 2007 - 01:08 PM |
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The marketplace today is flooded with heatsinks that weigh about 2 pounds, and are 120mm or more in at least one dimension so they can fit the largest common fan size.  This can make it hard for HTPC builders, or anyone who is looking at upgrading a rack-mount case.  FrostyTech has found a heatsink from Akasa, the AK-975Cu which is designed to fit in a 2U case.  It is 77x56x89mm and weighs in at 350g, with a pair of heatpipes and isn't going to be much competition for the Thermalright Ultra 120, or other high

Source: Frosty Tech

Cooler Master quality carries over

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2007 - 06:16 PM |
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Cooler Master Real Power Pro 750w offers 4 separate 12V rails, with a combined 54A and 648W output, which should keep your PCI Express cards quite happy.  When subjected to [H]ard|OCP's torture test, there was barely a ripple, with or without the Bead Cores.  Read about those and more in the full review.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Thermalright puts some pressure on Scythe and Thermaltake

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2007 - 02:40 PM |
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Brand new from Thermalright is the Ultra-120 eXtreme for any LGA775 or AM2 processors.  It's a big one, weighing in at 790g, and 160mm tall, 132mm wide and 63mm thick, and can fit 2 120mm fans.  X-bit Labs tested it both ways, and their findings place this heatsink as a major contender for the top place in air cooling.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Apple's medium for your messages

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 11, 2007 - 02:45 PM |
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The Tech Lounge have spent enough time with their iPhone to give it a full review, 14 pages worth.  If you haven't picked one up because you aren't sure it can do what you want, then read on.  Ther's lots to cover from the bad, like the battery and EDGE problems, to the great UI.

Time to kiss your heatpipes goodbye?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 10, 2007 - 02:22 PM |
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The new hotness in cooling is the self-contained watercooled heatsink.  With no risk of spillage and no more complex to install than a normal heatsink, they are much easier to setup than a full watercooling system.  AnandTech reviews the Xigmatek AIO and the Evercool Silver Knight, to see if this new cooling technique has what it takes to compete with Thermaltake and Scythe's top of the line air coolers.

Source: AnandTech

Decoding power states

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 9, 2007 - 02:36 PM |
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TechARP presents the PC Power Management Guide, a perfect primer on figuring out what exactly is going with power in your PC, beyond how many amps to expect from your 12W rail.  If you are confused between ACPI and APM, or trying to figure out what a C4 State is and why your CPU went there, then read on, and all shall become clear.

Source: Tech ARP

TEC and watercooling, together at last

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 6, 2007 - 01:46 PM |
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TechwareLabs grabbed the CoolIT Freezone, a CPU waterblock, attached to a TEC radiator that is to be attached to one of the rear outake fan grills at the back of the case.  Unfortunately, they used a 92mm fan, rather than opt for the 120mm, but as the pictures show you, it is a tight squeeze and the 120mm might not have worked in many cases.  The technology is sound and the performance is great, but Techware Labs thought there were a few improvements to be made to this powerful cooler.

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

Source: techPowerUp!

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