Turns out the green is mostly envy

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2007 - 01:29 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 - 02:07 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 - 12:11 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 - 05:15 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 - 01:53 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 - 05:53 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 - 02:47 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 - 01:26 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 - 10:47 AM |
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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 - 12:00 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 - 03:23 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 - 03:01 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

The incredible shrinking HTPC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 13, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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Shuttle's new X200 HTPC system is tiny at 11.76' X 8.27' X 2.1', as [H]ard|OCP puts it "roughly the size of a single package of printer paper".  While Shuttle did pack a fair amount of power into the system, [H] found it lacking in some areas, especially it's lack of an HD tuner, and the fact you can't even get one in afterwards.  As well, they really liked the lack of bloatware, but would

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Overclocked off the line

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 12, 2007 - 05:26 PM |
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Join AnandTech in looking at 4 different manufacturers overclocked 8800 GTS and GTXs although only 2 offered the lesser 640MB versions as well as the full 768.  Not every manufacturer has set the clock speeds to the same frequency or even the same ratios.  As well the voltage and temps differ between the cards.  Take a look at the impact that memory and speed has on these otherwise identical cards.

Source: AnandTech

Light on weight, heavy on features

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 12, 2007 - 11:31 AM |
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Virtual-Hideout reviews the Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 case.  It's aluminium construction keeps the weigh of the case under 20lbs, and that is a good trick, considering they have upped the cases volume 10% over the ATX specs.  Side loading 3.5" bays, easy to install 5.25" bays accessed by opening the front panel and three 120 mm fans push this case beyond a mere box.  Watercoolers w

Corsair Showcases Families of Products at CeBIT Germany

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 12, 2007 - 10:43 AM |
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Fremont, CA (March 12, 2007) — Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer products, today announced the company will showcase its impressive breath of award-winning products in the upcoming CeBIT Germany trade fair. CeBIT is the world's largest IT related trade event targeting the industry and users passionate about technology.

Is bigger better?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 9, 2007 - 02:34 PM |
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Anand compares 2 of Dell's monitors the 2407WFP and the 3007WFP.  The 2407 is a 24" monitor, 1920x1200, with a 6ms grey to grey response time and many different inputs, VGA, Composite, DVI with HDCP, Component and S-Video.  The 300WFP is a 30", 2560x1600, with an 11m response time and DVI-D Dual-Link (with HDCP) and can handle Single-Link DVI as well. 

Source: AnandTech

... but what will we do all day?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 9, 2007 - 12:47 PM |
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Patch Tuesday just won't be the same this month, there are going to be no critical security updates.  Sure there will be a Malicious Software tool update, and 2 other non-security updates, but it just won;t be the same.  The Inquirer's obscure reference in reaction to the news is here.

Source: The Inquirer

This case ought to take off

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 8, 2007 - 06:27 PM |
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One 25cm intake fan, one 25cm fan on the side panel and an optional 12cm exhaust on the back ... who needs watercooling!  The Xclio A380 case is up for review on Big Bruin, and with both of the big fans rated at 150.49CFM and 32.1dB this case is pretty well set up.

Source: Big Bruin

Gymnastic memory

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 7, 2007 - 05:00 PM |
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As the name implies OZC's Flex XLC Watercooled memory is quite flexible.  The heatsinks on them are able to function as waterblocks to theoretically give you more room to overclock, but are also quite happy to cool passively without any water at all.  As HotHardware discovered, the cooling does dramatically change the temperature, but not the maximum speed.  It is very likely that the cooler temps achieved by watercooling would significantly increase the lifetime of the DIMMs, so it is not a meaningless feat

Source: HotHardware