Decoding power states

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 9, 2007 - 02:36 PM |
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TechARP presents the PC Power Management Guide, a perfect primer on figuring out what exactly is going with power in your PC, beyond how many amps to expect from your 12W rail.  If you are confused between ACPI and APM, or trying to figure out what a C4 State is and why your CPU went there, then read on, and all shall become clear.

Source: Tech ARP

TEC and watercooling, together at last

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 6, 2007 - 01:46 PM |
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TechwareLabs grabbed the CoolIT Freezone, a CPU waterblock, attached to a TEC radiator that is to be attached to one of the rear outake fan grills at the back of the case.  Unfortunately, they used a 92mm fan, rather than opt for the 120mm, but as the pictures show you, it is a tight squeeze and the 120mm might not have worked in many cases.  The technology is sound and the performance is great, but Techware Labs thought there were a few improvements to be made to this powerful cooler.

The Silentator: it's name speaks for itself

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 4, 2007 - 05:35 PM |
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At 153mm x 126mm x 85mm and 640g, the Coolink Silentator has a rather large presence.  With it's prepackaged fan, it moves 90CFM @ 24dB making it essentially silent in most systems.  OCC expected performance similar to other heatsinks that focus on noise reduction, and received a pleasant surprise.

Time for a new king of the hill?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 3, 2007 - 02:44 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP put PC Power & Cooling's Turbo-Cool 1KW-SR into their new PSU torture chamber, and came away with some interesting findings.  Until recently, they have always had the most powerful PSUs on the market, but as the power demand from high end PCs has grown, other manufacturers are entering the upper end of wattage.  Read on to see how PC P&C stands up against today's competition.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Get your own Black Pearl

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 2, 2007 - 05:23 PM |
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In the form of a case from Tagan.  A lot of work has gone into this case, from the exterior looks, to the inclusion of features that make setting up watercooling a breeze.  Bjorn3D thinks there are few improvements that could be made to the A+ Black Pearl, like a removable tray and separate fan controllers, but overall were very impressed.

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Introduction and Features

The SilverStone OP750 power supply is targeted towards gamers and power users who want a compact power supply with a single, powerful +12V rail and connectors that support the latest video cards.

Cubic Zirconium for enthusiasts

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 27, 2007 - 01:37 PM |
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For a low budget case, the Revoltec Zirconium offers some unique features.  For instance, the extra external USB and Firewire and audio ports are located in a recess at the top of the case, and the front panel has integral eject buttons for your optical drives.  Read on to see how well the case satisfied the Guru of 3D's discerning needs, and where it fell short.

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Corsair grows more powerful

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 26, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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Corsair has joined it's competitors in releasing PSUs, in the form of the new HX series.  The HX 620W is a 620W PSU, as you might have suspected with 3 12V rails of 18A apiece.  It's modular design keeps your case tidy, and the variable speed 120mm fan keeps it cool; read the full review at Tech Connect.

Washable filters, pet owners and smokers rejoice

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 25, 2007 - 03:01 PM |
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The Sunbeam 3D Storm will remind you of the Quarterback, there some nice changes to this case, including washable filters behind all of the mesh on the case.  the 2 fans placed directly inside the middle of the case on a bar, which is referred to as 3D core fan makes installation a little tight, but techPowerUp's testing proves that it does help with your GPU temps.  Read on to see how the install went, and a

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Not much bigger than a breadbox

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2007 - 02:42 PM |
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Ultra has started a new line of HTPC cases, the first of which is the MicroFly BX6.  By designing a PSU to go inside the MicroFly, Ultra is able to make motherboard installation and cable management a snap, more so than most HTPCs on the market.  The only place where TweakNews thought they fell short was on the HDD cage, but overall found it very quiet and stylish, exactly what you want from an HTPC case.

Source: Tweaknews