Cooler Master and Smooth Creations Presents: CSX

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 24, 2007 - 12:24 PM |

Imagine your dream machine.

A machine so unique, so stylish, you will be the envy of all your friends.

Up until now, Custom Painted PC gaming systems have always been pre-built.  If you wanted a Custom Painted PC — you have one of two choices:  buy a pre-built system which might not have all the components you want or build your own and find someone who's skilled enough to bring your visions to reality.

CPU bottlenecking GPU in games

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2007 - 04:24 PM |

[H]ard|OCP took 2 BFG 8800GTX's, 2 GB of Corsair RAM and 2 different motherboards.  One is an EVGA NVIDIA nForce 680i with a Core 2 Duo X6800 processor.  The second is an ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe 590 SLI with an Athlon 64 FX-62.

This a straight up head to head on some of the newest and most demanding games.  Any difference seen is an example of the CPU not being able to keep up to the SLI cards. 

Read on for a very interesting article.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

HD playback; ATI's AVIVO and NVIDIA's PureVideo

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2007 - 02:37 PM |

With the advent of Blu-ray and HD DVD, HD playback is becoming important.  Hardware Zone takes a look at how the 2 major players in the graphics field handle H.264, the main MPEG-4 codec.  Read on to find out about the CPU load you can expect without proper support for HD acceleration, and the difference in frame quality.

How a heatsink gets tested

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2007 - 12:49 PM |

SPCR has redone their heatsink test bench, and have published an article describing the new system, and the exact process used to test the heatsinks.  If you have ever been curious how some hardware review sites go about determining the performance of heatsinks, this article will fill you in. 

Dual transformers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 17, 2007 - 06:03 PM |

You've got dual GPUs, and dual cores, so why not dual transformers?  The Tagan EasyCon XL 700W that SPCR reviews has just that, to go with the quad 12V rails.  Each can handle up to 20A (56A total) and 672W are devoted to those 12V lines.  There were a few issues discovered along the lines, so keep reading before you run out and buy one.

Manufacturer: Ultra Products

Introduction and Overview

We have three new PSUs up for review from Ultra Products: the Ultra X-Pro EE 600W, Ultra X-Pro 800W, and Ultra X-Finity 800W. All three tested out very good and one proved to be outstanding!

A pair of cases from Thermaltake

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 16, 2007 - 03:24 PM |

X-bit Labs does a Thermaltake two-fer.  Under examination are the Armor Jr., is a slightly scaled down Armor and the Aguila, a new design.  The Armor is made of steel, which adds to the weight and stability, but gone are the detachable cages and modular front panel.  The Aguila design incorporates interesting styling as extra ventilation.  Both are worthy homes for good systems, so drop by and check them out.

Source: X-Bit Labs

OCZ Technology Announces the New 1000W ProXStream Power Supply for Enthusiasts

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 16, 2007 - 12:05 PM |

Sunnyvale, CA-January 15, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and power
supplies, today announced the launch of the ProXStream power supply series,
a new high performance PSU that was first showcased at the recent 2007
Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. OCZ engineered the
ProXStream to provide ample power to even the most demanding high-end

The first year of the UMPC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 15, 2007 - 03:58 PM |

Just about a year ago, VIA Arena looked at the first ultra mobile PC at E3 2006.  Now, with multiple providers offering UMPCs, extended battery life and support for XP tablet edition and WiFi, these little guys are really coming into their own.

Source: VIA Arena

Self contained watercooling device

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 12, 2007 - 04:01 PM |

The VIZO Igloo allows you to jump into watercooling your CPU, with no muss or fuss.  As is normal with self-contained devices, you can't really expect performance on the level of a fully designed solution, but even with that in mind Bjorn3D felt there should be more from the Igloo.

Source: Bjorn3D