Give your EPIA mods some publicity and maybe win a prize

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 1, 2007 - 11:47 AM |

VIA Arena has a contest just starting and gallery of the entrants so far.  From Bender the robot to an XP retail box to a gingerbread house, these EPIA based mods are fantastic.  If you have a modded something, based on an EPIA board, or know someone who has, get your submissions in.  If not, keep an eye on the contest, you are going to see some outstanding work.

Source: VIA Arena

Lian Li energizes their cases

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2007 - 06:01 PM |

The next time you pick up a Lian Li case, you may find it contains a Lian Li power supply.  Usually, PSUs that come bundled with cases are frowned upon as being below par.  With modular cabling, 3 12V rails and a 120mm cooling fan, this isn't exactly a poor PSU.  Head to Hardware Zone for a look at Lian Li's 600W debut.

Fully loaded Kandalf

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2007 - 02:05 PM |

The Thermaltake Kandalf seems to have a lot of space inside.  Enough to fit an Asus P5B Deluxe and E6600 based system with a MSI NX7900GTO and an original XBox, plus lighting, a 5" TFT screen, and lots more. 

Head over to Madshrimps to sit in awe of this case mod, or use it to inspire your own creations.

Source: Madshrimps

Intel's Transistor Technology Breakthrough

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 29, 2007 - 11:44 AM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 27, 2007 In one of the biggest advancements in fundamental transistor design, Intel Corporation today revealed that it is using two dramatically new materials to build the insulating walls and switching gates of its 45 nanometer (nm) transistors. Hundreds of millions of these microscopic transistors or switches will be inside the next generation Intel® Core™ 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Quad and Xeon® families of multi-core processors.

Aerocool is a lover of BIG fans

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 25, 2007 - 02:01 PM |

The Aerocool Zero Flexi Tower has some serious cooling built into it.  A 250mm side panel fan is pretty much the biggest you will find on a non-modded case.  The front panel has room for 2 120mm fans and the back can fit either 1 120mm or a pair of 80mm.  There is a lot more that makes this case unique, so head to Pro-Clockers and take a look.

Cooler Master and Smooth Creations Presents: CSX

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 24, 2007 - 12:24 PM |

Imagine your dream machine.

A machine so unique, so stylish, you will be the envy of all your friends.

Up until now, Custom Painted PC gaming systems have always been pre-built.  If you wanted a Custom Painted PC — you have one of two choices:  buy a pre-built system which might not have all the components you want or build your own and find someone who's skilled enough to bring your visions to reality.

CPU bottlenecking GPU in games

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2007 - 04:24 PM |

[H]ard|OCP took 2 BFG 8800GTX's, 2 GB of Corsair RAM and 2 different motherboards.  One is an EVGA NVIDIA nForce 680i with a Core 2 Duo X6800 processor.  The second is an ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe 590 SLI with an Athlon 64 FX-62.

This a straight up head to head on some of the newest and most demanding games.  Any difference seen is an example of the CPU not being able to keep up to the SLI cards. 

Read on for a very interesting article.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

HD playback; ATI's AVIVO and NVIDIA's PureVideo

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2007 - 02:37 PM |

With the advent of Blu-ray and HD DVD, HD playback is becoming important.  Hardware Zone takes a look at how the 2 major players in the graphics field handle H.264, the main MPEG-4 codec.  Read on to find out about the CPU load you can expect without proper support for HD acceleration, and the difference in frame quality.

How a heatsink gets tested

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2007 - 12:49 PM |

SPCR has redone their heatsink test bench, and have published an article describing the new system, and the exact process used to test the heatsinks.  If you have ever been curious how some hardware review sites go about determining the performance of heatsinks, this article will fill you in. 

Dual transformers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 17, 2007 - 06:03 PM |

You've got dual GPUs, and dual cores, so why not dual transformers?  The Tagan EasyCon XL 700W that SPCR reviews has just that, to go with the quad 12V rails.  Each can handle up to 20A (56A total) and 672W are devoted to those 12V lines.  There were a few issues discovered along the lines, so keep reading before you run out and buy one.

A pair of cases from Thermaltake

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 16, 2007 - 03:24 PM |

X-bit Labs does a Thermaltake two-fer.  Under examination are the Armor Jr., is a slightly scaled down Armor and the Aguila, a new design.  The Armor is made of steel, which adds to the weight and stability, but gone are the detachable cages and modular front panel.  The Aguila design incorporates interesting styling as extra ventilation.  Both are worthy homes for good systems, so drop by and check them out.

Source: X-Bit Labs

OCZ Technology Announces the New 1000W ProXStream Power Supply for Enthusiasts

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 16, 2007 - 12:05 PM |

Sunnyvale, CA-January 15, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and power
supplies, today announced the launch of the ProXStream power supply series,
a new high performance PSU that was first showcased at the recent 2007
Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. OCZ engineered the
ProXStream to provide ample power to even the most demanding high-end

The first year of the UMPC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 15, 2007 - 03:58 PM |

Just about a year ago, VIA Arena looked at the first ultra mobile PC at E3 2006.  Now, with multiple providers offering UMPCs, extended battery life and support for XP tablet edition and WiFi, these little guys are really coming into their own.

Source: VIA Arena

Self contained watercooling device

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 12, 2007 - 04:01 PM |

The VIZO Igloo allows you to jump into watercooling your CPU, with no muss or fuss.  As is normal with self-contained devices, you can't really expect performance on the level of a fully designed solution, but even with that in mind Bjorn3D felt there should be more from the Igloo.

Source: Bjorn3D

AMD Announces Development of DTX Open Standard

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 10, 2007 - 11:52 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Jan. 10, 2007 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced development of DTX, an open standard specification designed by AMD to enable the broad adoption of small form factor PCs. The DTX standard will be designed to empower OEMs, ODMs, and component vendors to deliver innovative solutions to market that are smaller, quieter, and desktop-friendly, while leveraging commonalities within the ecosystem that benefit both customers and end users.

Source: AMD

Watercooling without a radiator

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 8, 2007 - 03:09 PM |

[H]ard|OCP tried the CoolIT Freezone Chilled Liquid CPU cooler, and fell in love.  Not only does it have incredible cooling potential, it is fairly easy to install.  The only complaint they have is that there is no way to get a GPU cooler into the loop.

You can also catch Lee's review of the Zalman Reserator 2 Fanless cooling system at the top of our front page.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A PSU that ought to last you a while

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 5, 2007 - 02:57 PM |

While I can't imagine what made Ultra design a 2kW PSU, they have, and Legit Reviews is there to examine it.  The +12V rail is rated at 1800W ... 150A load, about twice the power draw of a pair of 8800GTXs.  Head over and check this monster out!

The winds of change blow cool

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 4, 2007 - 12:39 PM |

Ionic cooling is a little known way of cooling PCs efficiently and silently.  The Future of Things gives you an overview of how the technology works, and an interview with 3 very knowledgeable scientists in that field, one of whom is the CTO of Kronos Advanced Technologies.

Silverstone Tundra TD01 Watercooling Kit Review

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 24, 2006 - 10:22 PM |

Do you remember that very unique Silverstone passive water cooling setup we saw at Computex last June?  Well it finally made its way out and has it on the testing block.

The SilverStone Tundra TD01 is a nice, well made product that would look at home in a HTPC setup.

Source: General