Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 8, 2007 - 11:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One 25cm intake fan, one 25cm fan on the side panel and an optional 12cm exhaust on the back ... who needs watercooling! The Xclio A380 case is up for review on Big Bruin, and with both of the big fans rated at 150.49CFM and 32.1dB this case is pretty well set up.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 7, 2007 - 10:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As the name implies OZC's Flex XLC Watercooled memory is quite flexible. The heatsinks on them are able to function as waterblocks to theoretically give you more room to overclock, but are also quite happy to cool passively without any water at all. As HotHardware discovered, the cooling does dramatically change the temperature, but not the maximum speed. It is very likely that the cooler temps achieved by watercooling would significantly increase the lifetime of the DIMMs, so it is not a meaningless feat
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 7, 2007 - 07:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lian Li is a recognizable name when you are talking about cases, but not so much when talking power supplies. Their new 600W HPC PSU has an 84% efficiency rating, 3 12V rails with a total of 440W and amperage ranging from 14 to 23. It's neatest trick is it's ability to hook into a second power supply, and have both function simultaneously off the same power button. Get more info and a look at this PSU over at SPCR.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 6, 2007 - 08:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SPCR has done a full update of their 'Recommended Fans' list. They cover 120mm, 92mm and 80mm fans, ranging from the 120mm NEXUS REAL SILENT CASE FAN D12SL-12 @ 36 CFM, 1,000 RPM and 22 dBA to the hard to find 80mm MECHATRONICS A8025S12D @ 25 CFM, 1,500 RPM and 21 dBA. If you are trying to keep your system quiet, as well as cool then memorize this list.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2007 - 11:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PCI Express is the defacto choice for graphics cards and other high speed components, like physics processing. It caught on for mainstream consumers, while PCI-X has been relegated to business applications like SCSI cards, and Gigabit LAN cards in servers.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2007 - 05:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Thermalright Ultra 120 is an immense heatsink that is designed to cool without needing a fan. It even manages to out perform the stock Intel cooler, while generating no noise. The interesting trick with this heatsink is that you can easily attach a 120mm fan, and get incredible cooling power. Head to AnandTech for a look at the performance of this powerful cooler.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2007 - 04:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL — (March 5, 2007) — BFG TechnologiesÂ®, Inc., the leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG NVIDIAÂ® GeForceÂ® 8800 OC2™ series of graphics cards.
BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX OC2 768MB:
- Core Clock: 626MHz vs. standard 575MHz.
- Shader Clock: 1450MHz vs. standard 1350MHz.
- Memory Clock: 2000MHz vs. standard 1800MHz.
BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS OC2 640MB:
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 2, 2007 - 05:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wi-Fi is a very handy way to set up a network without spreading cables all through your house or business, and it is much easier and cheaper to set up than just a few years ago. It also opens you up to a few vulnerabilities that are not always understood. CNET reports on some of the most common, from packet sniffers, to the fact that when your PC starts up, it broadcasts a list of the wireless networks it has connected to in the past.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 1, 2007 - 11:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newest cooler from Scythe has one of the oddest names going ... the Andy Samurai Master. You can read about this heatsink at Silent PC Review, where they put it up against the older Scythe Ninja, as well as the Ultra 120. They also try on a few different fans to see what effect that has on it's noise, and it's performance.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 28, 2007 - 11:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The AzenX X-Cruzer Flexible 70mm fan is a unique product. It resembles a small personal fan on a bendy straw, with 3M sticky pads, 3 magnets and a molex power connector. It is designed to be stuck inside a case, anywhere you are having airflow problems ... as long as you don't try attaching the magnets to the motherboard.
Drop by OCC to find out if this is a good idea, or just a flashy gimmick.