How a heatsink gets tested

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

The first year of the UMPC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 15, 2007 - 03:58 PM |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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[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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 XSReviews.co.uk 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

Zalman to Giveaway Two Systems at CES

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 20, 2006 - 12:29 PM |
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While this won't help most of you NOT going to CES this year, if any of you are, you can stop by the Zalman booth, watch a presentation and be entered to win one of two complete systems from our  friends at Zalman.

1.      HTPC


        a.      HD160XT Silver


        b.      CNPS9500AT


        c.    &nb

Handy kit to quiet a PC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 12, 2006 - 01:49 PM |
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MODTHEBOX continues their review of 7zoneUSA's DIY kits.  From fan adapters to upsize heatsink fans from 70 to 120mm, to ducting and rubber fixings and silica gaskets, 7zoneUSA has everything you could possibly need to increase cooling and reduce noise.  They will even sell you a stylish blue anti-static wrist strap, for those who are into them.

Source: MODTHEBOX

Professional Power Providers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 11, 2006 - 02:59 PM |
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The ultimate providers of power supplies has been PC Power & Cooling.  With the new power hungry components that are popping up in high end systems everywhere, they went and made a new series of PSU.  Bjorn3D reviewed their newest, the 1kW-SR.  With a .98 Power Factor and 3 12V lines (two 18 amp and one 36 amp) you won't run short on juice.

Source: Bjorn3D

Lian-Li tries a few new tricks

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 8, 2006 - 01:43 PM |
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TechPowerUp! reviews the PC-A10B from Lian-Li, a case built for watercooling.  From a top intake fan placed to cool a radiator to the pair of knockouts in the back to allow tubing to run into and out of the case.  Read the full review of this good looking case here.

Source: techPowerUp!

Can bundled PSUs still compete?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 6, 2006 - 06:21 PM |
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It's not that In-Win are a no name company, it's just that their PSUs are usually found pre-installed in cases.  X-bit Labs grabbed 6 of their PSUs, of differing wattages and series to test them with the newer, power hungry components found in enthusiast's PCs.  Find out if they can still hold their own in this big test session.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Low noise case with a lot of airflow

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 5, 2006 - 02:55 PM |
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NZXT's Zero case is an unassuming case that hides some interesting features.  Overclockers Club found the most odd feature is the front cover.  In order to open it and get at your optical drives, you would have to remove anything that is plugged into the front panel.  However, if you are looking for a quiet case that can keep your system cool, you may forgive them.

Oooh ... Shiny!!!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 30, 2006 - 05:22 PM |
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A True Review stumbled upon a very shiny case called the XKROMA.  Not only is the chrome outside spectacular, there are some interesting things going on around back.

Tagan Turbojet & Thermaltake Toughpower, which fits you to a 'T'

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 28, 2006 - 02:45 PM |
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HotHardware can't overstress the importance of a good power supply, and provide you with some help in getting one.  The Toughpower comes in at 750W with a 14cm fan for cooling, and some nice cable management.  The Turbojet is 1.1kW with a pair of 80mm fans for cooling and a more traditional (non-modular) cable system.  See which is right for you, or skip them both and head straight to Lee's review of the Akasa Power+ 650W.

Source: HotHardware