"More than meets the eye"

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 23, 2007 - 04:23 PM |
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The Cooler Master CM Media 281 is a very talented case.  Able to switch between HTPC and desktop at ease, with ample space in the interior for anyone's needs.  It is an interesting design from Cooler Master, but can this multifunction case stand up against some of CM's better cases?  Head over to The Tech Lounge and find out.

AMD Reports First Quarter Results

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 19, 2007 - 09:16 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- April 19, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 20071. AMD reported first quarter 2007 revenue of $1.233 billion, an operating loss of $504 million, and a net loss of $611 million, or $1.11 per share. These results include ATI acquisition-related and integration charges of $113 million, or $0.21 per share, and employee stock-based compensation expense of $28 million, or $0.05 per share.

Source: AMD

Drowning in decibels

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 19, 2007 - 03:58 PM |
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Is your PC is starting to sound a bit like a vacuum cleaner, maybe because summer approaches or that  video card you just bought?  Does the thought of switching to watercooling seems to be a bit much, and there is no way you are underclocking components so that passive cooling will work?  R&B Mods has posted a review of something you may not have thought of, but could really help.  Read on to see if SFM-1000 Case Fan Vibration Absorbers are the solution to your problems, or just a gimmick.

A PSU for the next generation of graphics cards

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 16, 2007 - 06:43 PM |
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Enermax has redesigned their Galaxy series, with the release of the new SGalaxy DXX 1000W PSU.  [H]ard|OCP takes a look at this PSU, with 5 12V rails at a combined 900W and 75A.  If that wasn't enough to impress them, the fact that the advertised efficiency rating was not exaggerated did.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Bionic Beaver

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 16, 2007 - 05:27 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has linked to an incredibly odd case mod.  In fact this is probably one of the oddest case mods you've ever seen.  Don't believe me?  Click on over and take a look.

"You can't make this stuff up, someone turned a stuffed beaver into a case mod. Kasey McMahon, the girl behind the case mod

(yes, girl), said the hardest part was actually cleaning out the beaver."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

OCZ Launches the ModXStream Power Supply Family

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 13, 2007 - 03:45 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-April 12, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and
components, today announced the ModXStream Series, a new line of power
supplies designed to offer consumers a combination of OCZ's legendary PSU
architecture and an efficient modular cable management system. Available in
780W and 900W models, the high efficiency ModXStream offers the industry's
highest performing modular power supplies on the market.

So, a heat spreader isn't good enough for you?!?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2007 - 06:06 PM |
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The Inquirer reminisces about the days before the the heatsink, when a heatspreader was all a CPU needed.  Now we are placing 1lb blocks of copper on the CPU's, and they are only getting hotter, especially with work on 3 dimensional processors.  Find out what the future may hold.

Source: The Inquirer

A summer treat for your RAM

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2007 - 07:28 PM |
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3dGameMan takes a look at CoolIT Systems RAM Fan.  An aluminium housing clips onto the same notches that the RAM clips attach to, with one 60mm fan rated at 17.74 CFM
@ 4200 RPM and 31.6dBA.  While it does help keep the RAM cooler than it would be without the extra airflow, the performance doesn't blow 3dGameMan away.  As well, the instructions are a bit vague, and if you don't install it properly, you can damage your RAM, as you can see in the article.

Source: 3dGameMan

Turns out the green is mostly envy

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2007 - 05:29 PM |
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The Ultra X-Pro 600W EE is the next PSU to face [H]ard|OCP's electrical obstacle course.  With an 85% efficiency sticker (at 300W load), and a 135mm fan it does fit the bill as an energy efficient PSU.  It's 600W total may be why it has an odd classification at SLIZone when it comes to powering an SLI setup.  Find out what happened when [H] stressed it out (though it's not as nifty as what Lee did to the Miller Electric).

"This Ultra PSU falls into a category that is drawing more

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Over 3 Cubic feet of case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 29, 2007 - 06:07 PM |
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PC Apex reviews the Lian-Li PC-343B

Modular Cube Case, an 18"x18"x18" case.  With all that space, you can pick up bolt-on modular add ons to increase the usefulness of the case, you aren't stuck with a default configuration for your fans, water cooling, HDD cage and other features.  Head on over to take a look at this case, it can fit a beer fridge in the unused space,

Source: PCApex

Shoving heatpipes in a PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 27, 2007 - 04:11 PM |
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The Zalman ZM-600HP 600 Watt Modular Heatpipe Cooled PSU is under review at futurelooks.  It has some nice features including 4 12V rails, modular cabling, and protection for just about any fluctuation in temperature or voltage.  It is also fairly quiet, sitting at about 45dBA, thanks to it's 120mm fan and heatpipe cooling.  Auto-sensing 115 or 240 V is also

Source: futurelooks

Have box, will travel

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 26, 2007 - 09:15 PM |
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HotHardware has posted a review of a case just perfect for LAN parties, the Thermaltake LANBOX.  From the integrated handle to the ability to handle micro and miniATX motherboards.  There is enough space to fit a RAID in, as well as some well thought out cooling, that make the case for this enclosure.  The only drawback they found was that the front aluminium panel is attractive, but

Source: HotHardware

Self Stabilizing Oil-pressure bearing

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 22, 2007 - 05:53 PM |
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SSO is a fancy name for a way to make a fan that is very quiet.  OCMODSHOP reviews Noctua's NF-S12 (120mm) and NF-R8 (80mm) fans.   47cf/m for the 120mm and 31 for the 80mm at 17dBA, and a slower setting that moves about half the volume but runs at 7dBA.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Intel Puts Vote To The People In Computer Design Challenge

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 21, 2007 - 09:53 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 19, 2007 — From today through April 19, people can visit www.intelchallenge.com 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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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