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
Over at Dan's Data! Dan has written an article about what he's learned in the course of reviewing HSF's plus what makes a good one and titled it The CPU Cooler Snap Judgement Guide.
I've written this CPU cooler comparison. It is, roughly speaking, the size of a cow.More information at Dan's Data!
In the course of writing, and regularly updating, the comparison, I have learned some general things about CPU coolers. Since there are about a squillion coolers out there that I haven't even seen, it helps to have some rules of thumb to tell you whether they're likely to work well or not. You can't count on being able to find a decent review of every cooler on the market.
The pics and links in this review are to coolers that are in my comparison, but the following rules ought to apply to everything.
I'll catch up with maniac mailbox yet, so here's a few more quickies for you to choose from.
- Enermax CSX305ILS Case @ OCModShop
- ThermalTake Volcano 9 HSF @ X-Treme PC TECH
- CoolerMaster ATC-101 Case @ BiT-Tech.net
- Titan TTC-ALC2 Fan Control @ Casetest.de
- Antec TruePower True380 PSU @ MonkeyReview.com
- Rainbow LED Mod @ BiT-Tech.net
- Antec 80mm TriLite Fan @ TechWatch
- Antec Lighted Fans @ SubZeroTech
Damn! There are a heap of these here so I'll just lob them at you.
- LM 317 Based 4-way BayBus @ ReviewNation.com
- Lian-Li PC-6089A Case @ AthlonXP.com
- Cooler Master ATC-710-SX2 Case @ Mikhailtech
- Lian-Li PC-86 Aluminium Case Mod @ SystemCooling.com
- Shattered Web Appliques @ AusPCWorld
- AVGS PRISM Case @ PC PowerZone
- LIAN-LI PC60 MOD: Stage 1 @ PimpmeisterMods.com
- Cooler Master Rounded IDE and Floppy Cables @ Overclocker Warehouse
- CHROME Applique Kit @ Modfactor.com
- Impression IM-21 Mid Tower Case @ WhiningDog.NET
Enjoy them. ;)
Well I have a few here that fit this subject so I'll quickly list them and you make up your mind what you want to check out.
- Swiftech Quiet Power Thermo Electric Cooling Upgrade @ Liquid Ninjas
- BGMicro Cold Cathode Light @ Techware Labs
- Vantec Stealth 420W Aluminium PSU @ ipKonfig.com
- Kingwin KT-436B-WM Case @ AMDZone.com
- D.I.Y Spiral Wrap @ 8Balls Hardware
- Lian-Li PC7 Aluminium Case @ RipNet-UK
- 7volt Fan Modding @ Phlux.co.uk
Several sites sent in news of their cooler reviews today, here they are for you people to take a look over.
That should keep you cool for at least a while...sorry that was at very bad attempt a humor.
I've got a few things this category cover today so I'll list them quickly and you decide what to read.
- ChiefTec Silver Server ATX Case @ The Tech Zone
- Condor Mid Tower ATX Case @ Club Overclocker
- Lian Li PC-61 With CrazyPC Biohazard Mod @ Club Overclocker
- MacPower DigitalDoc5 @ M:6 Hardware
- Vantec Stealth 520W Power Supply @ SystemCooling.com
- Litewave Sliding Neon Light @ PC-Extreme
- Newegg Blue 12" Cold Cathode @ PCReviewspot
Overclocked Cafe has a look at Vantec's Iceberq Chipset/VGA cooler. This is an all copper cooler, that has a small enough footprint to fit almost any board.
My ongoing battle against the forces of evil (read that as heat) extend beyond just the CPU, chipsets are the next in line when it comes to heat aversely effecting performance of a system, and I have tried everything from cutting down socket 7 active coolers, peltier coolers (dismal failure) all the way down the gambit, for the most part the increases in cooling I have gotten have at best been minimal.More information at Overclocked Cafe
Jsi Hardware have just finished their review of the Belkin Regulator Pro™ Gold Series Uninterruptible Power Supply.
Since using the Belkin Regulator Pro™ Gold Series Uninterruptible Power Supply I have not had any problems at all and also with its ability to power my computer when there is a black out means I would have time to save my important work and shutdown safely this also means there is less risk of hard drive damage and data loss.More information at Jsi Hardware
Club Overclocker checks out Vantec's 420w "Stealth" Aluminium PSU.
It has been a very slow process, but the power supply manufacturers are catching up with the CPU race. It has taken them what seems like an eternity, but they are catching up. The funny thing is, due to the fact that the power supply companies took so long to upgrade their technology, other companies that you wouldn't have expected to see make power supplies have stepped up to fill in the gaps. One such company is a trusted manufacturer of cooling products, Vantec. I can only think of two, maybe three companies who currently make high quality power supplies worthy of putting in a high end computer system. Now it looks like we can add Vantec's name to that very short list. Vantec has just introduced their Stealth Power Supply that makes a giant leap in what we have come to expect from a power supply.More information at Club Overclocker
Icrontic has checked out Coolermaster's "Ultra Series" rounded cables for you.
Coolermaster, a name associated mostly with OEM heatsinks and top notch aluminum cases has stepped into the retail market with a new line of products. Among these products is its line of rounded cables. Their first line of cables was a simple, no frills type of cable, although it did boast a better build quality than the "average rounded cable" and aluminum foil shielding. Now, they've come up with a whole new model of rounded cables called the "Ultra series", not only do they have the same previous features but also have some very obvious new ones.More information at Icrontic
ipKonfig.com is first up with their look at the temperature controlled fan model.
Enermax power supplies are among the best you'll find on the market, known for stable performance and operation. AMD and Intel both see the benefits of these power supplies; most of them are recommended by both. Often people overlook the importance of a power supply, and PSU flaws commonly cause or emulate almost every kind of hardware-and even software!--problem in computers. Near perfect watt, amp, and voltage settings and supply are crucial for each and every computer component.More information at ipKonfig.com
Tweaknews.net is next up with their look of the manually controlled fan version.
One the the foundation blocks of a fast, efficient and problem free computer system has to be the power supply. Most instability problems with stock or even overclocking ventures taken place at a workstation can more than often be boiled down to an inferior power supply with improper current flows on its certain voltage rails.More information at Tweaknews.net
Voidedwarranty.com will take us on a tour of CoolerMaster's aluminium ATC-101 case with the ATC-SPW-VX1 windowed panel.
I don't know who this guy is. He just barged in and grabbed the window out of my hands! As you can see the window is the perfect size. The aluminum is cut very nicely. Unlike other pre-madeMore information at Voidedwarranty.com
windows you may see, the aluminum has rounded corners. Very nice.
AusPCWorld has been inudated with CoolerMaster products. Today there are rounded IDE and floppy cables plus temperature sensing case fans.
Read about the Round IDE & Floppy Cables here and the DAF Model Dual Ball Bearing Case Fans here.
Dan has two new additions to Dan's Data Cooler Comparison, Bigger Than Some Planets, today. Maybe you havn't checked it out in a while but Dan has been adding more for a while now.
First, there's Microplex's Silent Twin, a groovy looking two-fan cooler that delivers more than acceptable performance despite being barely audible, and which really impresses if you stick a couple of medium power fans on it. And then there's Silverprop's Cyclone5 water block, which is big and beefy and modular, and also happens to be dead sexyMore information at Dan's Data
Club Overclocker is at it again with a new review of the Antec TruePower 480w power supply.
In previous reviews and forums discussions we've covered the AMD Recommended Power Supply Issue and recounted endless circumstances in which a power supply was to blame for system failure. To briefly recap, a power supply rated at 300 Watts may very well be able to deliver 300 Watts. However, the filter and regulator circuits in that power supply may be composed of poor quality components and thus not able to properly normalize power output when a high strain is put upon the unit. Many a beginner system builder has emailed us with "Why does this power supply from Brand-X only cost $50 and this power supply from Brand-Y cost more than my case did?" It's what's inside that makes all the difference in the world. While AMD no longer maintains a list of individual power supplies that have met the "AMD Recommended" field test, they do maintain a list of Manufactures whose power supplies have passed all manner of tests and evaluations.More information at Club Overclocker
3dXtreme has announced their review of the Spire P4 478 Easy Stream CPU Cooler.
Recently slapped on my desk to review was a CPU fan provided by the folks at Fanner. At first glance the Spire Easy Stream 9T236b1m3 looks like your average CPU cooler however taking a closer look at it, it's not so average. The state of the art locking mechanism is one that I have never seen before and comes first in its class.More information at 3dXtreme
Gaming in 3D takes a look at Coolermaster's ATC-110 case with Window Side Panel.
Most aluminum cases look somewhat the same, so when I saw an aluminum case with a feature that I've come to love in cases that break out of the beige box mold I knew I had to review it. Any of you who frequent my case reviews know I love cases that come in different colors, but you should also know that I'm just to lazy to paint my drives to match. For a long time I had thought of an aluminum case, after getting tired of lugging around the big black box at LAN parties, but thought I'd never find one that wouldn't look lame with beige drives stuck in the front of a beautiful silvery aluminum surround. So when I came across the ATC-110 with its coverall door and a beautiful, and not to mention light, exterior I had found the case I was looking for.More information at Gaming in 3D
The Viperlair gets a look at the Windtunnel IV Case from the Coolerguys.
Many people wish to modify their case for at least one of two basic reasons, to increase the cooling ability or to make the computer look more appealing. The first choice, cooling, seems to be a motivator behind most of the mods we see so far. But the growth of the business of increasing the aesthetics of a computer is growing and Coolerguys seems to understand this as well as or better any other company.More information at Viperlair
WinHQ has a look at the Topower 470W Power Supply.
Having enough juice for your machine is important. 'Enough' means power that is best suited for the type of computer. Grandma's web surfing machine isn't going to require a 550W power supply for her Duron processor. A hardcore overclocker who uses water cooling, a zillion delta fans.More information at WinHQ
3dXtreme is excited to announce their Thermalright SLK-800 Socket A Cooler Review.
After the Thermalright SLK-600 was introduced there was even more of a demand for an higher performing 80mm version of it. It looks like their voices were heard and Thermalright has answered. Thermalright has finally released an 80mm version of the SLK-600, rightfully called the Thermalright SLK-800, which we will be reviewing today.More information at 3dXtreme