Gimme a Temjin, but hold the extras

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 3, 2007 - 12:31 PM |
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SilverStone's Temjin enclosures rank up there with a very few others at the high end of quality features and especially price.   Many enthusiasts just are not willing to drop more than $200 on their case, especially if they have no plans to use the extras that raise the price so much.  SilverStone's answer is the Kublai KL01, which shares the look of the Temjin, but with some of the extras trimmed down. 

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Manufacturer: Swiftech
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Introduction and Features

Swiftech has a new all-in-one CPU water cooling solution that is an update on the classic H2O-120; the new H2O-120 Compact. It combines their Apogee water block, an MCP350 pump, radiator and reservoir into an easy to install package.

Does this Rogue get to steal the ultimate gaming SFF title

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 29, 2007 - 02:32 PM |
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The NZXT Rouge is supposedly the ultimate gaming SFF case, and there are some features that you might expect from a case that makes that claim that are completely missing.  The two biggest omissions would have to be the complete lack of handles, or any way of carrying the box, and the fact that even thought the case is huge for SFF, it only allows the installation of micro-ATX boards.  Nevertheless, Virtual-Hideout decided to give the case a fair trial, and found the case did have enough redeeming factors to rate a good, but not ultimate.

For those with full size cases, I recommend looking at Lee's review of the enormous Thermalright Inferno IFX-14 CPU Cooler, and it's accompanying backside cooler.

"Deciding what chassis to house your computer in these days can be an agonizing decision. The selection of computer cases on the market is simply astonishing which tells you it's a lucrative market segment and everyone wants a piece. Not to mention everybody needs some type of case for their system so just like the selection of automobiles is huge to try to fit every personality and situation, so tries the case market. However it's not every day that a product launches that simply breaks the normal segment boundaries. NZXT just launched such a product called the Rogue. It's tagline is "the ultimate gaming SFF chassis". Let's take a closer look at the specs and see just what's so different about this new case."

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CASES & COOLING

Sunbeam's spreading influence

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 28, 2007 - 02:42 PM |
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Sunbeam and Tuniq, the brand most of their PC components are sold under, is seeing it's influence grow.  With several reasonably designed cases and one of the best price/performance CPU coolers on the market, the name is become much more well know.  Now they head into the high voltage market of ultra powerful PSUs.  techPowerUp! reviews their 1200W Tuniq Ensemble, with a 140mm fan and some rather impressive claims as to it's efficiency. 

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Manufacturer: Thermalright
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Introduction and Features

Thermalright’s IFX-14 is currently the largest CPU cooler on the market and incorporates a secondary, back-side cooler for enhanced performance. Can it be the ultimate cooler?

Unlikely inspiration

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 26, 2007 - 12:26 PM |
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Where most of us finished Doom 3 and relegated it to the pile of games that we wouldn't touch again, and others proclaimed it a shiny example of perfection, one fellow went a different path.  MAKE:blog has a link to an insanely detailed case mod, called Doom3: Project Mars City, which looks better than anything the UAD made.  Check out the worklog and detailed pictures of every piece that went into this amazing case.

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Manufacturer: Ultra Products
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Introduction and Features

Are you in the market for a high quality, all modular PSU in the 600W range? Check out our review of Ultra’s X3 600W to see if it will meet all your needs.

Magnets in a PC case?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 22, 2007 - 06:05 PM |
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Despite sounding like an incredibly bad idea, the usage of magnets to keep the side door of the Xion Dazl case was one of Hardware Canucks favourite features.  As the full review reveals that turns out to be the main feature of this case.  Aging 80mm fans provide the cooling, and a no-name 500W (peak) PSU is included and even so the price remains about $70.  You certainly get what you pay for, but for a testing case, or a cheap enclosure for a "b

Perfect power positioning

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 22, 2007 - 12:11 PM |
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AnandTech has a round up of 8 (10 metric) PSUs that all sit in the sweet spot for powerful SLI/Crossfire rigs, between 730W-850W and run from $115 - $230.  They have all have various strengths and weaknesses, so you can get a feel as to which would suit you best, and their new oscilloscope pictures really give you a good picture as to the noise the various lines on these PSUs produce.

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Cool and quiet for hardware hackers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 20, 2007 - 02:21 PM |
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With only a pair of scissors, a tiny screwdriver and this guide from Hardware Secrets you can mod any fan into a 3 speed fan.  It offers even the beginning modder a chance at a successful project, but it will lower the noise in your system from all of those high speed fans.  Even better, since all you are doing is undervolting the fan, you aren't likely to find a way to hurt anything in your system.