More fans of silence

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 24, 2007 - 01:22 PM |
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In their 4th 120mm fan roundup, SPCR tests 8 different fans.  All of the fans tested did move a fair amount of air at a reasonable noise level, but only one can come out on top.  Read on to find out which fan could manage 34CFM at only 22dBa and still moved 19CFM @ 19dBa when reduced to 7V.

Middle weight power battle

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 23, 2007 - 02:53 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews 5 PSUs ranging from 450W to 500W and from $20 to $100.  There are a lot of systems that only need a maximum of 500W, in fact for most office PCs it is almost overkill.  You would expect that these PSUs would be very stable and conform to specs, as the PSU manufacturers have managed that with PSUs twice as powerful.  Read the full review, as you may be surprised what they found.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

We're going to pump you up

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 22, 2007 - 02:46 PM |
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Overclock3d has published a review of 2 new water pumps from Laing.  They compare the performance with Swiftech's MCP600 pump and use Alphacool, Petra's Tech and OCLabs tops to see how powerful these pumps are.  Flow rate and head may not mean much to those who are not into watercooling; if you are though, it looks like these pumps are a step up in performance.

"Today in the OC3D Labs we get to compare the Alphacool, OCLabs and Petra's Tech tops for the Laing DDC

Source: Overclock3D

Powerful cooling that won't deafen you

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 17, 2007 - 05:48 PM |
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Up for review at TechPowerUp! is the Noctua NH-U12F, a large (640g) cooler with 120mm fan and a few neat tricks.  It will fit on any current processor socket and has a rather innovative screw design that will keep you from over tightening them when attaching it and cracking your core.  The cooling performance is quite impressive at 27dB and the included adapter to slow down the fan makes it much quieter, albeit with reduced cooling capacity.

Source: techPowerUp!

"Tell me why I had to be a powerslave"

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 16, 2007 - 01:33 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has posted a review of a very unique PSU.  Koolance's 1200W PSU is watercooled ... as in fluid flowing around inside the PSU.  It isn't water, and is likely non-conductive, but still!  The base unit appears to be an 850W that is able to be pushed to 1200 because of the extra cooling, although not without some drawbacks.  If you are planning on a 2900XT Crossfire setup this is the kind of power you need, but read on to decide if this is the right PSU for you.

Source: [H]ard|OCP
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Manufacturer: Ultra Products
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Introduction and Features

The new Ultra X3 is a solid, high output power supply that offers quiet operation, comes with a full assortment of modular cables, and is backed by Ultra's lifetime warranty.

One case, hold the bells and whistles please

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 15, 2007 - 01:21 PM |
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Following the simplicity of design that has made them famous, Lian Li has released the PC-A08 Case.  OCC reviews this roomy case, that may not have many special features but does have a low price.  If you aren't looking for any fancy insides, just a case that won't limit your choices in cooling and graphics, and looks sharp on the outside, Lian Li might just have your answer.

When will we start seeing GPU & PSU bundles

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 10, 2007 - 01:35 PM |
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When the limited edition nVIDIA 8800 GTX hit's the street, you are going to see something you never have before ... a graphics card that wants an 8 pin power connector.  Before you get the wire cutters out, read about the new PSU from Enermax, the Galaxy 1000W DXXGuru3D has a full write up of this PSU, that is a must have if you are looking at purcahsing the Limited Edition 8800GTX.

Source: Guru of 3D

Clearly a good deal

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 9, 2007 - 04:13 PM |
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The Sunbeam UFO ACUF-T Acrylic case is much cheaper than most acrylic cases, coming in at under $100.  It's shape is a little odd, at 11.8" x 11.61" x 14.96", and that is assuming you assembled it correctly as it comes in about the same shape as IKEA furniture ...

PCs should be seen, not heard

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 7, 2007 - 12:33 PM |
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At the Overclocker's Club, the roar of fans is as frightening as the overclock on their processors.  In an effort to change that, they review the NZXT Hush; a case designed to reduce noise.  The interior is liberally coated with a 3/16" layer of foam and every retention bracket comes with a rubber washer.  The pair of 120mm fans give good airflow without the noise a smaller fan would make.  Head over and find out if it cools well enough to quiet OCC down a bit.