- 5 Block Water-Block Shootout
The guys at Monster-Hardware have rounded up 5 different types of water blocks for review. These cover DTek's TC-4, Spiral, and White Water blocks, Swiftech's MCW5002, and Little River's Cascade. If you're looking to go water, this would be a great means of research for you.
Monster Hardware has pretty much every type of block made in this review…we have DTek's TC-4, a cross flow cog type; DTek's Spir@l, a traditional Spiral design; Swiftech's MCW5002, an "Open Plenum" cross flow, DTek's White Water, a direct impingement high pressure block and as a last minute entry a direct impingement mini-cupped high pressure block, the famed and mythic Cascade from Little River Waterblocks in Australia (Hi Stu, No worries mate!) With some help from Mr. Bill Adams I have adjusted my testing methodology and improved my ability to get accurate readings. I now take temperatures for ambient ˝" from the intake fan, and water temps before the block inlet. CPU temp is taken from the internal diode via the Asus mobo.
- Maxtor OneTouch 300GB External Hard Drive
The folks at SLCentral have been lucky enough to score Maxtor's new "OneTouch 300GB" External Hard Drive for review. The sheer storage size of the unit only warrants the pricetag, along with the versatility of being an external unit (via USB 2.0 and of course, Firewire).
I have to admit that $400 MSRP is quite a bit of money for a hard drive, external or not. I know I wouldn't have bought one myself; I would have gone for the smaller version. Nevertheless, people looking for a large hard drive that is external should really look no further.