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

25 ways to tame your Prescott

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2007 - 01:34 PM |
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HEXUS has put together the mother of all LGA775 cooler reviews, with 25 different models and 15 different manufacturers represented.  They test them all, and break the winners and runners up apart based on price, so you can pick the best cooler you can afford.  Pour yourself a fresh cup of coffee before you start reading, this one will take you a while.

Source: Hexus

Sneaking into Computex

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2007 - 11:36 AM |
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HotHardware managed a sneak peek into Computex before the official start.  They have pictures of people hard at work assembling the booths and displays that will dazzle everyone today, as well as some nice external shots.

Source: HotHardware

Asetek Liquid Cooling Solution Supports DTX Platform at Computex 2007

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2007 - 11:06 AM |
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Computex Taipei, June 5 9 2007 Asetek, the market leader of thermal management solutions for semiconductors will show their Low Cost Liquid Cooling (LCLC) solution inside the new DTX small form factor platform at Computex this week. DTX is an open industry standard specification initiated by AMD to enable the broad adoption of small form factor PCs.

PCs and consumer electronics are facing a variety of challenges as they trend towards smaller form factors and designs. This leaves little room for existing bulky cooling solutions.

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What can Vista do for your HTPC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 31, 2007 - 03:24 PM |
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OCMODSHOP builds an HTPC running on Vista Home Premium, to see how it does at replacing the Media Center edition.  You also get some good recommendations on what hardware to include in an HTPC.  Read on to find out why Vista may be your new best friend when it comes to HTPCs.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Give your case some flash

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 31, 2007 - 12:09 PM |
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Get attention and distract opponents at LAN parties with the help of Techware Labs, and their recently published guide on how to put strobe lights in your PC.  Just pick up a strobe kit at your friendly neighbourhood auto store, and with a little bit of soldering people will be raving over your PC.

Big power, small price

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 29, 2007 - 02:47 PM |
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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!

Now that's a blowhole

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 28, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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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

Source: HotHardware

PC Power & Cooling Joins the OCZ Technology Group!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 25, 2007 - 05:33 PM |
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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.

More fans of silence

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 24, 2007 - 01:22 PM |
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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.

Middle weight power battle

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 23, 2007 - 02:53 PM |
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[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.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

We're going to pump you up

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 22, 2007 - 02:46 PM |
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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

Source: Overclock3D

Powerful cooling that won't deafen you

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 17, 2007 - 05:48 PM |
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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.

Source: techPowerUp!