ATI Partner "SAPPHIRE" have just released their new kickarse "Blizzard RADEON X1900XTX" graphics card, sold with a silent yet extreme liquid cooling solution dubbed the "BLIZZARD" cooler (and designed with the help of Thermaltake).
Given how well cooled the card will be with this bigarse aftermarket monster cooler attached to it, SAPPHIRE assure us that the flagship ATI card will overclock *well* above stock speeds with the use of SAPPHIRE's exclusive TRIXX overclocking software, of course bundled with the card.
For the full scoop, grab SAPPHIRE's official PR here folks.
Now adding silent cooling to the highest levels of graphics performance ever achieved in the PC industry, Sapphire Technology has just introduced a new Blizzard liquid cooled model in its Radeon X1900 series.
Taking up a single PCI slot in addition to the PCI-Express slot occupied by the graphics card, the new Blizzard cooler is a sealed and silent liquid cooling solution. Maximum efficiency is achieved by the use of a Pure Copper Water Block on the GPU for superior heat conductivity together with a Pure Copper Radiator in the Blizzard cooler for great heat dissipation. Coolant is circulated with a Silent yet powerful 12V mini pump with superb reliability. Air is extracted from the case by an integral transparent blue LED fan, passed through the radiator and vented out of the case at the rear mounting bracket. Two speeds of operation give a choice of lower noise or higher efficiency. (18dBA at 2000RPM, 26dBA at 2500RPM).
Advancing on their previous Centurion 500 series chassis, Coolermaster are about to release a superior offering in the "Centurion 534" case. As well as being a tool-free design, better airflow is said to be easily achieved with this new model, having support for 120mm case fans at the front and rear.
More details found over at the product page folks.
Scythe have just unveiled their new Kama Bay 5.25" System Cooler, a unique cooling product designed with versatility in mind. The description below along with the info and pictures located on the official product page give you a good idea of its multiple uses.
Scythe Co., Ltd (Tokyo, Japan) announces the 5.25" bay system cooler KAMA BAY. This 5.25" bay system cooler is so unique that you can mount in 3-ways, using it as HDD cooler (hidden or exposed) or an extra fan for your system cooling (for visual description of mounting, please go to the product website)! Versatility and silence are extra features to make this product to outstand comparing to a normal 12cm case fan. 3 different color to match to your case!
GIGABYTE have just issued out two press releases detailing their newly released Poseidon and Triton mid-sized desktop tower cases. For specific details on each, grab the seperate Poseidon and Triton announcements in doc format.
Taipei, Taiwan Jan 3rd, 2006-Poseidon is the god of the sea, who has the power to calm the seas. GIGABYTE Poseidon Chassis series, named after the god of the sea represents the superior Aluminum covers. By the design of 12 cm front and back silent fan, it provides optimal system thermal solution. The most special here is users can easily install and maintain the system by its internal compact wiring and tool less design. Another characteristic needed to be highlight here is the patent front side light beam projector and changeable side panel, which help users to create their own style.
Taipei, Taiwan Jan 3rd, 2006 -Technology has always given us a mechanical impression in the past that could not be combined with our daily lives. In order to let technology integrate with our life, GIGABYTE presents a whole new chassis- Triton middle tower chassis, a minimalism style art work. GIGABYTE Triton Chassis series adopts superior aluminum design, 12cm front and back silent fan, adjustable ventilation hood, providing optimal system thermal solution. Users can easily install and maintain the computer system by its internal compact wiring and tool less design, and further enjoy their won unique style.
An announcement by Scythe yesterday lets us know of a new suped-up edition of their original Samurai CPU heatsink/cooler. The new Samurai Z sports a unique mounting mechanism thats tool-free whilst still designed for multiple platforms.
Details including a full specs listing can be found here folks.
Scythe Co., Ltd (Tokyo, Japan) announces the power-up version of previous CPU Cooler, Samurai. The new Samurai Z CPU Cooler is equipped with the patent pending new mounting mechanism called VTMS (Versatile Tool-Free Multi-Platform System) which allows users to install the cooler without using any tools! The cooler weight is only 360g & the installation is very simple that it could be done in less than 1 minute! Did you ever wonder that you cannot find a multi-socket CPU cooler with simple installation??? Then, this new Samurai Z CPU Cooler is the solution for you!
Two seperate announcements were made by Antec over the past 24 hrs, with one introducing a new member to their Performance One series of cases in the "P150" chassis, and the other informing us of a new energy-efficient line of PSUs in the Neo HE range. Pairing these two together is said to be a terrific combination for those that desire a silent yet powerful system.
Fremont, CA - October 4, 2005 - Antec, Inc., the leading manufacturer of computer hardware and accessories for the upgrade and build your own (BYO) markets, has launched P150, the latest case in its innovative Performance One series. P150's quiet computing enhancements and gleaming white and brushed aluminum finish with blue front bezel LED accents make it ideal for a broad range of computing environments.
The case was designed from the ground up for silence, featuring sound-deadening polycarbonate side and top panels to reduce overall noise. P150 also comes with four removable hard disk drive (HDD) trays with silicone grommets to isolate noise-causing vibrations. For even quieter performance, the drive trays can be removed and Antec's pioneering HDD suspension system can be used for up to three hard drives, thus completely eliminating direct contact and resultant noise between the drives and chassis structure. The P150 also includes an Antec 120mm TriCool selectable-speed fan, which allows users to adjust the fan speed to their desired cooling level and quietness.
Neo HE PSU Family:-
Fremont, CA - October 4, 2005 - Antec, Inc., the leading manufacturer of computer hardware and accessories for the upgrade and build your own (BYO) markets, has launched Neo HE, a quiet and environmentally friendly PC power supply. With its unprecedented high efficiency design and ultra-quiet operation, Neo HE consumes up to 20% less energy than standard power supply units (PSU), making it ideal for virtually any PC use.
Available in 380W, 430W, 500W and 550W models, Neo HE features universal input with active Power Factor Correction (PFC). Its improved circuit design and 0.99 power factor result in an environmentally friendly power supply that saves energy and has positive effects across the power grid. Since the PSU generates less heat than traditional power supplies, a slow turning, single 80mm fan keeps Neo HE cool at a less than 18dBA noise level, as independently tested to ISO Standard 7779.
- Articles and Reviews from around the Web
- Spartan Z800 Notebook @ TechwareLabs
- Music Download Services Compared @ Designtechnica
- Staying In Control With Trusted Platform Modules @ Toms Hardware
- Cooler Master Aquagate Mini @ Hardware Secrets
- Silverstone Nitrogon NT03 heatsink @ Pro-Clockers
- 3 external rack 2"5 @ CowCotLand
- TVisto Multimedia HDD Enclosure @ i4u
- Casebuy EZ Power Supply Test 2 @ Pro-Clockers
- CPU Overclocking Guide @ XBit Labs
- Enermax CA3030 Pandora Case @ OCIA
With demands on higher amounts of power from hardware devices as they get faster and hungrier, its not surprising maker's of power supplies are continually working to provide us with beefier units for our systems. But who'd ever have thought we'd see 1000w (or 1 kilowatt) monsters pop up so soon? - Developed to power next-generation graphics and high-performance servers, the Turbo-Cool 1KW from PC Power & Cooling will ship worldwide in September 2005. With a form factor that fits most ATX cases, the ground-breaking power supply delivers 1000 watts (one kilowatt) of continuous power with a peak power of 1100 watts. The unit will retail for $489.00 US and carries a 5-year warranty.
The upscale technology behind the Turbo-Cool 1KW was first introduced by PC Power & Cooling in its Turbo-Cool 850 SSI power supply, the industry's current performance leader. Released in February 2005, the 850 SSI has been recognized for excellence by NVIDIA corporation, Tom'sHardware, Maximum PC, and many other high-performance experts.
In order to generate one kilowatt of continuous power from the existing 850 SSI platform, the Turbo-Cool 1KW's power modules were engineered for greater thermal efficiency and key components throughout the unit were upgraded to handle the additional current. The result is an EPS12V/SSI/SLI power supply with unprecedented output (66 amps total on the +12VDC rails) in a form factor that fits most ATX cases.
- Articles and Reviews from around the Web
- Fall Extreme Gamer System Shootout Begins @ Toms Hardware
- Dual Crap @ Lost Circuits
- PCI Express Bus Tutorial @ Hardware Secrets
- Abit finds itself in more trouble @ DigiTimes
- Patriot Memory PDC1G5600ELK @ PCStats
- Crucial Ballistix PC2-8000 (BL2KIT6464AA1005) Memory Modules @ XBit Labs
- Seagate Momentus 120GB @ Viperlair
- The Different Levels Of RAID & What They Do @ The TechZone
Cooler Master's CM Stacker Chassis attracted much attention when first released around a year ago. But like many cases on the market, there were some little nigglys still to be ironed out if it was considered to reach near perfection for some.
Looks like Cooler Master have been listening to the crowd's feedback. Seeing much potential in the unique CM Stacker design, they've taken it upon themselves to better the case with a new version, the CM Stacker 810 which Cooler Master unveiled yesterday.
Cooler Master went back to the drawing boards after introducing the CM Stacker a year ago, and we have managed to incorporate the essential features of a server from the existing CM-Stacker to create the powerful CM-Stacker 810. The CM-Stacker 810 supports up to 4 CPU motherboards ranging from Micro-ATX to full size Extended-ATX. Unique power supply cage re-design to fully support standard ATX or redundant power supplies. We maximized the airflow by reconstructing the motherboard tray to support two 120mm super silent exhaust fans. Back from the root, CM-Stacker 810 will continue to have the ability to utilize up to three 120mm fan from the 4-in-3 Device Modules.
- Articles and Reviews from around the Web
- Just Who's Computer Is This Anyway? @ The TechZone
- 7800 GTX and World of Warcraft, image tweak guide @ Origo3D
- JAHT 54Mbps Wireless Broadband Router @ Techniz
- Patriot Memory 5600+XBLK DDR2 @ PCModdingMy
- PDP Patriot PC4800 1GB Dual Channel Kit @ InsaneTek
- HEC Power Supplies @ ThinkComputers
- Cooler Master Centurion 530 Case @ System Cooling
- EVGA e-GeForce 7800 GTX @ Anandtech
- Albatron's PCI Express Bridge for AGP 8x Graphics Cards Reaches Stores @ XBit Labs
- Nvidia's G71 is also dual slot @ The Inquirer
- Unlock SLI Capability On nForce 4-4x Chipset @ VR-Zone
CoolerMaster HK has issued a recall for one of their latest coolers according to a story over at Warp2Search. Many owners of the Aero 7 CPU cooler are reporting all types of bizarre problems with the product such as sudden scratches on the cooler material up to it actually catching on fire!
This is a very serious issue, if you use an Aero 7 owner I would look at replacing it right away and checking with your supplier for a refund or replacement with the newer Aero 7+ which apparently fix these strange problems.
To HK Aero 7 owner only: due to the design problem, our previous Aero 7 fan will potentially be damaged after certain amount of usage. We have noticed the problem and released the improved Aero 7+ to replace Aero 7. To be safe and this is a recall notice, we advise you to take your Aero 7 to our office before July 15th to exchange with Aero 7+. Should you have any inquiry please feel free to contact us.More information @ Warp2Search
For some light reading, Rocky and the guys from Sudhian Media come SFF Tech posted a humorous article about the Top 10 options you have with your tower computer case after upgrading to a Small Form Factor based system. The video which is available for download made me laugh and the acting was quite good - fans of the movie Office Space will appreciate it that little bit more.
More information @ SFF Tech
Thermaltake, the company made famous by their odd looking Orb style processor coolers, have just announced their new range of Laser III computer cases. They look a little like modern space craft yet stylish. As you would expect, each come included with a bunch of various Thermaltake products. You'll find more picture by clicking the link below.
More information @ Thermaltake
Benny from CoolerMaster let us know about the release of their newest heatsink for the Athlon platform, the attractive looking HAC-V81. It's similar to many of their previous model products, with the exception of a few new cool ideas to help give the product a little more spot light in the ever growing market.
You have such things as fan control speed options from 2,500 RPM to 4,800 RPM and a new and stylish looking fan grill which CoolerMaster claim reduces noise.
I've posted information and pictures of the HAC-V81 HSF in our New Products Forum for those interested.
Hey I've got a few items here that fit into this category that maybe of interest to some of you who maybe in the market for such things.
- Voyuer Mods SF50 Modded Chenming Aluminium Case @ PCReviewSpot.com
- Project: [RICE:CASE] Part 2 @ M:6
- Koolcase's Blue Meany Case @ OCModShop
- ColorCases Stealth-X Midtower ATX Case @ Maximum3D.com
- Skyhawk PSR-4616-B7 Aluminium Case @ Modtown
- Antec 480W True Blue PSU @ OCAddiction
- TTGI TT-520SS 520w PSU @ XtremeSystems.org
- Jab-Tech Dual Cathode Kit @ ReviewNation.com
There's a bit here today, probably as I was a bit slack yesterday, but take a look at these as some may interest you.
- Kool Cases Dynax Server Tower Case @ MODTHEBOX!
- Zalman 300A-APF PSU @ OCModShop
- PCToys 430watt PSU @ TwistedMods.com
- PCToys 520w Power Maxx PSU @ Club Overclocker
- Frozencpu 6port Bay Bus @ Virtual-Underground.com
- Lian Li RH-Series Aluminium Mobile HDD Rack @ OCAddiction
- Xoxide Sound Activated CCFL @ BurnOutPC
- Make Your Own Mini-Fanbus and Control Device Power Extender @ Virtual-Hideout.Net
I've got some news this morning for you all so carve it up and while you're waiting for the rest just check these out.
- Lian Li PC6099B Aluminium Case @ Warp2Search
- Antec 1080AMG Case @ KEP Technologies
- Enermax 305B Pre-Modded Black Case @ 3dXtreme
- 4 LED fan and Tricolor RGB Cold Cathode @ Overclock Intelligence Agency
- SunBeam Multi-Color CCFL Kit @ SubZeroTech
- Poorman's Mouse Feet Guide @ GideonTech
- PC Power and Cooling Turbo-Cool 475W PSU @ Extreme Overclocking
- Creative Labs SBS250 Speakers @ Spode's Abode
For those of you in need of a new power supply for that new setup or because the old one just isn't up to the task anymore might like to head over to Overclocker Cafe and check out their review of Kingwin's Triple Fan 450w PSU.
The selector switch gives you the option of auto, low, and medium. With the selector switch set to 'medium' the unit was anything but silent. Not annoying just very noticeable. In low mode, things were pretty much silent. Set in the auto position, the fan speed is controlled by a temperature probe embedded in the PSU's heatsink.More information at Overclocker Cafe
This one maybe a little short but for those looking at buying Thermaltake's Hardcano 5 may find the information that PCReviewSpot has is more than enough to make that decission on whether to buy one or not.
As you can see in the graphs, the fan is capable of keeping the drive a full 7C below what it would normally be. This 7C could translate into a few years more of life for your drive! Overall this is a great product that has a great many uses. You can hook up virtually any fan to the fan switch, the thermal probe can be used to record temperatures on a limitless amount of things such as RAM, hard drives, cpu's, gpu's, north bridge chips, and even ambient case temps.More information at PCReviewSpot
Over at Dan's Data today, Dan takes a look at two cases from Codegen that some people out their may like the look of so go and have a gander.
At a glance, you'd say these were fairly expensive tweaker-cases, since two of them have aluminium panels and three of them have side windows to show off the computer's guts. The ones with windows even come with a blue cold cathode fluorescent light (CCFL) as part of the package.More information at Dan's Data
But these Codegen cases are actually cheapies.
With our review of the Topower 520W Power Supply, you may still be left with some questions as to just how a PSU works, and what makes a good unit. Head on over to ZephirTech as they explain all this and more!
When you think about building a killer PC, do you spend a lot of time thinking about what power supply to buy? Probably not. If you have done your homework you probably know that today's components are becoming increasingly power hungry, and you should be getting something in the 250 to 350 Watt range...More information @ ZephirTech
Generally, though, most enthusiasts and system builders pick up a generic 350 Watt PSU... Some people have picked up through online forums and online PC builders guides that they should buy a name-brand PSU from a trusted company like Enermax, PC Power and Cooling, or Sparkle. Unfortunately, there are few that actually understand what sets a higher quality power supply apart from a lower quality one.
I've got 3 case reviews and a PSU mod here for you tonight so here they are.
AntecAsylum.com is first up with their look at the Antec SX1000 case.
Well, I finally got my Antec case. I've wanted one for some time, but due to budget restrictions when building my rig (I preferred better hardware to a better case) I just went with a generic case when I built this system. Some of you may have read my water cooling review/article, and noticed that my case was a generic one, which may have seemed odd since this is an Antec site. Well, I said in that article I wanted and Antec and hopefully would be getting one soon, and here it is.More information at AntecAsylum.com
Next up is MonkeyReview.com with their inspection of the Nikao Cube Tower.
Okay Nikao, you guys impressed me this time around. Although I had never heard of the company before the review, I can now safely say that if these guys continue the way they have thus far, we can expect some great things in the future. After looking at their site, I noticed all the towers are steel based. I think if they decide to go with aluminum we'll see them popping up more and more in the den of modders. If you're looking for a tower with some nice features to work with, and you have the time to do a few mods, this will be the guy for you.More information at MonkeyReview.com
eliteHW has the last of the case reviews with their impressions of the Kool Cases Sante Fe Midtower.
Before we continue on into the review, I would like to point out a couple of things. First off, Kool Cases has the absolute BEST service I have yet to encounter with any company. I emailed them and within a few hours I had a reply. We exchanged emails several times, and all of them were prompt and detailed. Then, to top it off, Ed (the owner), even offered to drive the case to me! Nonetheless, I was impressed, and I must say that from now on, I will be ordering my customers cases from him, and him only! WOW! I wish all companies were so well based upon customer satisfaction…More information at eliteHW
Gaming In 3D does a bit of "Amateur Case Modding" with the Antec TrueBlue 480 PSU and Blue LED Fans.
Let's face it; most of us don't have the time or sometimes theMore information at Gaming In 3D
expertise to do our own lighted fan mods, especially when it calls for
breaking open a power supply. Well now, there is an answer from one of
the best known names in case and power supplies. Today, Antec brings us
their TrueBlue 480 watt power supply and blue led fans, watch as we size
them up against the competition.
VR-Zone has done up a shootout among on the new GlobalWin CAK4 cooper series coolers like the CAK4-88T, CAK4-76T, CAK4-86 compared with the CAK-II38 and CAK-II58 coolers.
These days, trying to look for a suitable cooler fan for your brand new, high & mighty AMD Athlon™ XP processors can be such a "helluva" difficult decision making. There are simply too many brands, too many choices and too much reviews/ recommendations. There's 3 main factors many of us are very much concern when we wanna spent that couple of bucks on a brand new cooler fan, namely - Effectiveness, Performance & Noise Level.More information at VR-Zone
Active-Hardware.com is up next with their review of the Zalman CNPS6000-Cu Socket A & Socket 370 cooler.
The first thing that you will note when you put your hands on the CNPS6000-cu, is its weight. The heatsink alone weights 462g (exceeding in 162g the specification from AMD, and 282g the specification from Intel). This situation has a good side and a bad (or at least, dangerous) side. With more metal to dissipate the heat from the CPU, you will lower its temperature, but by being so heavy, you will have to be extra-extra careful when you move your computer.More information at Active-Hardware.com
Spode's Abode heas a Socket Cooler Round Up.
Performance was not as expected. I hoped for great things from this unit, but got rather less than I'd hoped. Under load, the temperature would not stabilise, fluctuating in a 2ºC range almost periodically. It's most likely that the cooler was moving around on its pathetic clip so cooling in fits and starts. Change the clip if you get one.More information at Spode's Abode
OCModShop has taken a look at an awesome case, the Cooler Master ATC-101-SX2.
There is no question about it, I love this case and there are many reasons to love it. This is an awesome case because not only is it made out of aluminum and looks really cool but it has so many great features. I cant say how nice it is to finally review a case which has a removable motherboard tray because I love these things. This case has front USB, it comes with 3 good fans and all of the cutouts are really good. I also love that Cooler Master spent the few extra bucks so that thumbscrews would be provided because they make everything so much easier and faster. There are a lot of spaces for hard drives and there are no sharp edges on any part of the case which is really nice because when you are installing those hard drives you won't have to bleed on them. I also really like the blue LEDs on the case they compliment it so well and are so much better than the normal colors. The only negative aspect to this case is the high price tag on it, if you want to pick this case up its going to cost you about $300 but let me tell you it is worth every penny if you are looking for a really good case.More information at OCModShop