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Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 25, 2006 - 06:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SPCR likes to talk about PSU that are certified 80 Plus. As taken from the website, that means "The 80 PLUSÂ® performance specification requires power supplies in computers and servers to be 80% or greater energy efficient at 20%, 50% and 100% of rated load with a true power factor of 0.9 or greater."
The problem being that they are very hard to find. The 500W Zalman ZM360B-APS is an 80 Plus PSU, though there are other issues that SPCR discovered while reviewing this power supply.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 25, 2006 - 04:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
techPowerUp reviews the full sized XLCIO A380, whose pair of 250mm fans move a lot of air very quietly. Combine that with the "toolless installation" that is becoming very common and a fairly low price tag, and you have the basis of a good gamming system that won't drown out a vacuum cleaner.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 25, 2006 - 03:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Well, you don't have to feel like that any longer, Microsoft has opened up a beta version that anyone can download and install. The Inquirer has the link straight to the download page for the DVD. It will take a while to finsh, so don't hold your breath, and whatever you do, don't overwrite your main copy of Windows, use a spare HDD!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 21, 2006 - 06:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Technibble reveals the theory behind airflow in cases and how to best utilize it. Without getting incredibly technical, they show why a sealed negative case is the worst possible situation and why unsealed positive is the best way to go ... plus explaining what those terms mean.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 19, 2006 - 04:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thar be a new way to be keeping your PC cool. Tha scurvy dogs at
Slashdot be noticing some bright swabs tearing apart an ionic air
purifier. They be puttin' in in tha front of thar PC in place o' tha
intake fans. They be using charges both negative and positive ta be
movin' air 'round.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 18, 2006 - 06:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Real men learn how to braid too ... as long as it's the cabling from a PSU. (Female techies, laugh at them if you already know how to do this!) VIA Arena shows you how to clean up the cabling in your PC once and for all.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 14, 2006 - 05:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gideontech reviews the Aerocool Turbine 2000 120mm LED Fan, which happens to have 16 blades. It claims to provide about 37CFM at just under 20dBA. Head over to check out this fan, and it's blue LEDs.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 12, 2006 - 10:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legion Hardware looks at Gigabyte's 3D Galaxy 2, the follow up to their original watercooling system. Find out what improvements they've made, and if they can successfully carry over their expertise in making motherboards to cooling them.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 11, 2006 - 09:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCZ, Sharkoon and Silverstone have each sent their toughest PSUs to Madshrimps, to participate in battle for top spot. It looks to be a close battle, as each has 4 12V rails, with 750W total from Silverstone and 700W even from the other 2.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 11, 2006 - 07:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Titan Amanda TEC is up for review at Virtual-Hideout. Combining heatpipes and a Thermo-Electric cooler (aka a peltier device), you get some serious cooling power. It is really not necessary for low power systems, this is designed for serious overclocking, and also manages to draw 50W off of your 12V rail, when cooling at full power.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 6, 2006 - 06:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hi-Tech Reviews looks at the Pininfarina, the new stylish case from Spire. Not only attractive looking, it may well be one of the easiest cases to work in.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 31, 2006 - 09:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Lounge wants to help you get a little more life out of your s939 system. By rounding up all the heatsinks they can find and comparing them, they'll help you buy one of the best ones, tweak your multiplier up a bit. Overclock it far enough, and you might even feel like you have a new system.
"AM2 has revitalized AMD's K8 architecture. Core 2 has spurred the competition fiercely. Socket 939
has lost its leg up. Or has it?
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 31, 2006 - 07:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Madshrimps look at 2 products from Clever Power, a CPU stabilizer and a VGA booster. Both are essential huge banks of capacitors, which massage the electrical flow to your components into a perfect sine wave. If you are having random power related problems, you owe it to yourself to check these out.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 29, 2006 - 10:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The people at DailyCE are as confused as I am over the soon to be released MP3 player, the Vibex from Trekstor. With a remote control and an FM Tuner, a docking station and more, you have to wonder if we are going a little overboard. Mind you this is the company that also proudly proclaims to have made the world's most expensive MP3 player:
"The casing of the organix is cast in 750 gold (18 karat) and adorned with 63 diamonds (one-karat)"
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 29, 2006 - 04:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Ultra Grid case may seem tiny, at 19.5" deep, 7.5" wide and 16.7" tall, but don't let it's size fool you. This motherboard will fit ATX boards, and even comes with 2 120mm fans. Drop by Pro-Clockers for the full review of this compact, well laid out case.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 28, 2006 - 05:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
3dGameMan reviews PC Power & Cooling's answer to Crossfire and SLI systems, the Silencer 750W. With more than enough power to keep your cards going, and a very high efficiency, you do get your $400+ worth.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 25, 2006 - 09:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 3-D TVs are coming ... red & blue glasses required. Philips' WOWvx is here, and with the help of a little processing power, each pixel can generate up to 9 angles. Wired News is more than happy to tell you about it, what it looks like, and Philips' plans for the near future.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 25, 2006 - 06:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
sgOverclockers has gathered quite a collection of waterblocks, and today they gather 9 of them to contrast the best and worst in their designs.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 25, 2006 - 03:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A console is only as good as the games that can be played on it, no matter what the technology behind it can do. Sony is making sure that gamers have some choices for their upcoming platform. Head to CNET to look at the choices being offered.
"Sony said Wednesday that it would offer 27 playable games for its PlayStation 3 at the Tokyo Game
Show next month, a sign of progress in critical software development ahead of the November launch of
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 25, 2006 - 03:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The fastest residential internet commonly sits at about 2.5Mbs in North America. There are faster ones availbale, but the cost increase is usually much higher than the speed increase. Slashdot looks at Broadband around the world, and while they all have certain differences, I still want my 100Mbs download speed!