Manufacturer: NVIDIA

Introduction and Background

The first time we looked at NVIDIA's Enthusiast System Architecture it was a high-level overview but now that we have spent some time with an ESA-capable system, we have come away from the experience impressed. Skeptical, but impressed.

Inexpensive, not cheap

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 23, 2008 - 01:47 PM |

The SilverStone Strider ST400 400w Power Supply won't win any awards for power or efficiency, but it certainly passed all the tests that [H]ard|OCP put it through.  The big surprise that it offers is it's price tag, which is around $50.  It is worth considering, even with modern systems, if you aren't planning on overclocking or slapping 2 (or more) gra

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Adding some intelligence to system monitoring

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 21, 2008 - 01:49 PM |

You have most likely heard of nVIDIA's Enthusiast System Architecture, their attempt to bring a new level of accuracy to monitor the health of the temperatures and voltages in your system at many different points.  We even saw a few ESA compliant parts at CES, so the chances are good we will see at least a trial of this technology.  You can see what the first release looks like over at The Tech Report, as they have managed to get their hands on a reference model.

Power done properly

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 21, 2008 - 12:15 PM |

PC Power & Cooling's Silencer Quad 750W is a forerunner of the power supply technology we will see in the near future.  It is a 12V power supply, with 60A of current and some additional circuitry on the PSU's board allow the changing of voltage to +5V or +3.3V (or -12V if you are strange).  The benefits offered are additional reliability and the ability to provide any and all unused amperage to the 12V line.  If you are only

Source: OCIA

Great board, if only there was something comparable to put in it

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 17, 2008 - 01:55 PM |

The ASUS AM3A32-MVP Deluxe is the latest AMD 790FX chipset based motherboard for AM2 and AM2+ chips.  Still only supporting DD2 up to 1066MHz, but with a new total count of 4 PCI-Express x16 slots and new heatpipes, there is more to this board than you might first think.  As [H]ard|OCP laments in their conclusions, it's hard to justify picking this boa

Source: [H]ard|OCP

"build a high quality aluminum case with basically a hacksaw and a file"

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 17, 2008 - 12:44 PM |

Instead of tossing old cases, the folks at MektuMod like to disembowel cases and remake them to their own bizarre ideals.  This time the victim was a small defenseless Antec Sonata II case, which had custom lighting, watercooling and a pair of 8800GTXs inside by the time they were done with it

Source: MetkuMods

To Infiniti and beyond

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 15, 2008 - 03:02 PM |

The new top end series from Enermax goes under the name Infiniti, and DriverHeaven has the 720W Crossfire Edition up for review.  It certain sports a lot of connectors and power, claiming to be able to handle 3 graphics cards and 18 drives or you can go for a four but then you are limited to 12 drives.  DriverHeaven tests to see how stable the power is, and just h


Pimp my Coolermaster

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 14, 2008 - 03:41 PM |

You will be familiar with the actual cases in the new CSX line from Coolermaster, as they will let you order any of the Coolermaster line before they CSX it.  What that entails is shipping the case off to Smooth Creations for a full paint job, and adding several extra hundred dollars to the total price.

See what the examples at CES 2008 looked like in the gallery at Hardware Secrets

CoolIt shows off new GPU, CPU cooling at CES

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 11, 2008 - 04:39 PM |

A small company compared to some of the cooling giants out there, CoolIt is making a name for themselves by making high quality products and the work as advertised.  Some larger system integrators are using their products in their high end systems as well.

First up from CoolIt are two new, complete system GPU water coolers.

The new Cosmos

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 10, 2008 - 02:35 PM |

The new Coolermaster case, based off of the Cosmos, will be appearing at the end of February.  Also, they will be introducing a new watercooling system with a waterblock for just about every component in your entire system.  A brand new fan design goes with the waterblock for your GPU, and your memory modules and power regulators get waterblocks as well.