Making noise at SPCR

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 21, 2007 - 02:47 PM |
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It was with great trepidation that SPCR fired up the Enermax Galaxy EGA1000EWL-DXX02.  In the search for quiet systems, a kW PSU isn't going to fit in very well, but it will support quad core and quad video card setups, as well as having two sets of electrically isolated 12V transformers, to give it 5 12V rails.  It may not reach the 80% efficiency rating they claim at most power levels, but with essentially no ripple or voltage fluctuation, it is one solid performer. 

The fans are big, but what else can they do?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 19, 2007 - 01:26 PM |
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AeroCool's AeroEngine JR, AeroCool ExtremEngine 3T, and AeroCool Zero are all up for review at X-bit Labs.  Although all 3 sport very large fans to help with the cooling, there were some issues discovered during installation and usage.  Drop by to find out if one of these cases is right for you, or if you are better off looking elsewhere.

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Manufacturer: Thermaltake
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Features and Specifications

Thermaltake has combined their popular Kandalf full-tower case with a complete water-cooling system to produce the Kandalf LCS. The unique location of the large pre-installed radiator and fans may surprise you!

Cooler Master- PWM Fan Hub, the best of the both worlds

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 16, 2007 - 10:47 AM |
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All this begins from the desire to control the temperature in our computers with minimum effort. You are probably familiar with the topic of PWM technology from Intel and AMD, of which the motherboard consists of 1 PWM header to auto-adjust CPU cooler fan speed according to CPU loading and temperature variation. However, the only one is not enough at all.

Corsair's powerful PSU takes on [H]'s torture tests

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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The Corsair HX620 is the second PSU you undergo [H]ard|OCP's new testing method.  At 620W, this PSU is tough, keeping it's efficiency over 80% under 120V loads, and functioning for 8 hours in a 45C room it isn' t likely to die in most systems.  With 3 12V rails running at 18 amps, a combined amperage of 50, it is not likely to run out of power either.

"What happens when

Source: [H]ard|OCP

More solid state drives

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 14, 2007 - 03:23 PM |
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DigiTimes has a quick look at Intel's newly announced solid state drives.  They come in 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB densities and read at 28MB/s and write speeds at 20 MB/s.  Finally we are seeing some movement in larger sized SS drives.

"Intel has announced its entry into solid state drives with the Intel Z-U130 Value Solid-State Drive featuring NAND flash

memory with industry standard USB interfaces.

Put some power into you cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 14, 2007 - 03:01 PM |
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Thermo-Electric Cooling is becoming commonplace, as CPUs grow hotter.  While some chips have been designed to utilize lower power settings, once an overclocker get's hold of it the heat shoots up again.  OCIA reviews the ChillTec Thermo Electric CPU Cooler, a blend of heatpipes and a TEC.  The hotter it gets, the better this cooler works.

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Manufacturer: PC Power & Cooling
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Introduction and Features

The Silencer 750W power supply can deliver up to 60A on a powerful single +12V rail and is backed by PC Power and Cooling's legendary reputation for reliability and performance. It's relatively quiet, very efficient and affordable too.

The incredible shrinking HTPC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 13, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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Shuttle's new X200 HTPC system is tiny at 11.76' X 8.27' X 2.1', as [H]ard|OCP puts it "roughly the size of a single package of printer paper".  While Shuttle did pack a fair amount of power into the system, [H] found it lacking in some areas, especially it's lack of an HD tuner, and the fact you can't even get one in afterwards.  As well, they really liked the lack of bloatware, but would

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Overclocked off the line

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 12, 2007 - 05:26 PM |
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Join AnandTech in looking at 4 different manufacturers overclocked 8800 GTS and GTXs although only 2 offered the lesser 640MB versions as well as the full 768.  Not every manufacturer has set the clock speeds to the same frequency or even the same ratios.  As well the voltage and temps differ between the cards.  Take a look at the impact that memory and speed has on these otherwise identical cards.

Source: AnandTech