Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 1, 2007 - 05:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Xigamatek is new to cooling, and their first device on the market is a self contained watercooled heatsink. It comes with a mix of anti-corrosive and antifreeze liquids mixed with water, and all pre-installed in the reservoir. The waterblock/pump/reservoir comes with brackets to fit any socket size, and it makes installation a breeze. At 55dB it is a little loud, but an interesting feature is separate power sources for the fan and the pump, so you can put a rheostat on the fan power to give you control ove
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 1, 2007 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA Arena has a contest just starting and gallery of the entrants so far. From Bender the robot to an XP retail box to a gingerbread house, these EPIA based mods are fantastic. If you have a modded something, based on an EPIA board, or know someone who has, get your submissions in. If not, keep an eye on the contest, you are going to see some outstanding work.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2007 - 06:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The next time you pick up a Lian Li case, you may find it contains a Lian Li power supply. Usually, PSUs that come bundled with cases are frowned upon as being below par. With modular cabling, 3 12V rails and a 120mm cooling fan, this isn't exactly a poor PSU. Head to Hardware Zone for a look at Lian Li's 600W debut.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2007 - 02:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Thermaltake Kandalf seems to have a lot of space inside. Enough to fit an Asus P5B Deluxe and E6600 based system with a MSI NX7900GTO and an original XBox, plus lighting, a 5" TFT screen, and lots more.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 29, 2007 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 27, 2007 In one of the biggest advancements in fundamental transistor design, Intel Corporation today revealed that it is using two dramatically new materials to build the insulating walls and switching gates of its 45 nanometer (nm) transistors. Hundreds of millions of these microscopic transistors or switches will be inside the next generation IntelÂ® Core™ 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Quad and XeonÂ® families of multi-core processors.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 25, 2007 - 02:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Aerocool Zero Flexi Tower has some serious cooling built into it. A 250mm side panel fan is pretty much the biggest you will find on a non-modded case. The front panel has room for 2 120mm fans and the back can fit either 1 120mm or a pair of 80mm. There is a lot more that makes this case unique, so head to Pro-Clockers and take a look.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 24, 2007 - 12:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2007 - 04:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2007 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2007 - 12:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.