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I've known some computer geeks that have tried some really out there ways to cool their PC. One dude used a massive copper pipe system buried in the snow outside to cool the liquid for his computer to some cold temperatures for overclocking. A guy over on Hack A Day has come up with a way to suck cold air from outside into his PC to cool things down.
The system is really simple and uses a coiled hose from a dryer along with the dryer vent hood that goes on the outside of a house and a piece of wood. The wood has a hole cut in it and a green Scotch-Brite pad was used as a filter to keep bugs and debris from getting into the computer.
A fan inside the machine in a puller config sucks the cold air from outside the house into the computer. The only thing I wonder about is condensation inside the machine. This proves geeks will do just about anything to get more performance from their computers.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - While the European market has already had their opportunity to get their hands on Xigmatek's latest chassis, the Pantheon has been unavailable to their fans in the United States. This is getting ready to change as Xigmatek brought their newest midtower to CES and let us have a sneak preview before it hita American retail outlets.
With a nearly completely tool-less setup, dual 120mm fans cooling the hard drive bays, and watercooling extras like the ability to stealthfully install a dual radiator setup in the top, the Pantheon looks to be one of Xigmatek's most versatile midtowers yet. The huge motherboard cutout accommodates 99.9% of motherboard cooler setups to avoid removing your motherboard for cooler swap.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - The Corsair booth at CES 2011 was a happening place today. Corsair, in their effort to move past being a memory and solid state drive company introduced a new software called Corsair Link (C Link) that takes hardware monitoring and control to a new level.
C Link has a completely custom interface that can be arranged with a picture of your chassis and then the monitoring points moved to the locations you see fit. Nothing is off the table in this software, you can even monitor how much power your GPU is using in watts.
Reading the data is the easy part and Corsair's new software goes one step further to allow users to program certain actions based on the hardware's status. If a system component reaches a temperature deemed too high the software can turn up the speed of a specific case fan and change the color of the internal case LEDs to keep you informed of how the system is performing.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Corsair has unveiled a new computer chassis at CES 2011 along with lots of other gear for computer fans. The new chassis fits into the Obsidian series that Corsair has been peddling for a while now. Corsair says that it built the case to last an enthusiast through years of hardware upgrades and still look good.
The case is made from steel with matte black on the inside and outside of the case and a brushed aluminum faceplate for good looks. The front of the case has a dust filtered 200mm fan and shoots the hot air out the top and back for efficient cooling with a 200mm fan on top of the case and a 120mm fan on the rear of the case. The dust filters of the case are easy to access to clean and the side panels are quick release. The chassis also has an integrated fan controller.
The case has a CPU back plate that is cutout for easy installation of a CPU cooler and it has a routing system for internal cables to keep things clean. The drive cages are removable and can be located in different areas. The case also has room for long power supplies and video cards inside. The case will sell for $199.99 and will ship in April.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - We caught up with Bryan from NVIDIA during Digital Experience here in Las Vegas last night. We didn't see any Tegra 2 devices, but of course NVIDIA didn't forget to add some 3D action to it's booth.
One thing they did have on display was a 3D keg. No, I mean the kegputer, as the graphics firm is calling it. One of their case modding friends took a beer keg, greenafied it, added in a bunch of NVIDIA parts and create a full a fully working PC and keg in one. Get a close up look at it in the video above.
While the keg was empty at the time, we are told that it can hold 40 beers at a time. The perfect PC for LAN gamers? Most likely. I just need to put in an order for the show nexr year with something big enough that dispenses whiskey and I will be all set.
We have talked about some of the cool BitFenix compute cases before here at Tweak. The company has some of the coolest cases that I have seen in a long time. I am particularly fond of the cool Colossus case with the green lights and black housing. That is a sweet case for my next computer. The big problem for geeks in the US has been that the cases weren't offered here.
All that will soon change. BitFenix has announced that staring at 11am on January 10, 2011 it will start taking pre-orders for an "extremely limited" number of computer cases through its new US online store. It's not clear, if the whole line will be offered in small numbers or if only one case will be offered. I would assume that after the initial batch is sold out the company would be trying to get more of the cases available for computer fans in the US.
"After receiving emails almost daily inquiring about BitFenix in the US, we are excited to finally say that both Colossus and Survivor will be available for pre-order," says David Jarlestedt, BitFenix Product Manager. "By bringing BitFenix products to North American shores, users in the US will finally be able to experience what BitFenix users in Europe and Asia have been raving about."
Bitfenix pulled the wraps off its sweet Colossus case a while back and it was one of the coolest cases I have ever seen. Before the Colossus hit the market, I had not heard of the company at all and I was very impressed with the design and features of the chassis. Bitfenix is back with a new version of the Colossus called the Colossus Venom.
The main difference between the new Venom and the original Colossus case is that the Venom has a new lighting color to choose from. The case has LED lighting that can be changed from red to a new green hue at the touch of a button. The green with the black aluminum shell looks fantastic. Like the original, the light channels run down the sides and across the front of the case. The chassis has a pair of USB 2.0 and a pair of USB 3.0 ports on the top under a trap door to keep things clean looking along with other connectivity options.
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Besides looking at Antec's new range of High Current power supplies today, we were also given a guided tour of Antec's Taipei offices.
Christoph Katzer who is Antec's Power Supply Marketing Manager showed us around their shiny work space in Taipei's "Silicon Valley" area just outside of the city center. We go from outside the front doors all the way through to its special overclocking lab that is usually occupied by famous Taiwanese overclocker Nick Shih.
Watch the video above as you get an inside look into Antec and what goes on.
Today we visited the Antec offices here in Taipei, Taiwan and were introduced to their range of new "High Current" power supplies which were only just announced a couple of days ago.
Christoph Katzer, Antec's Power Supply Marketing Manager, was on hand to give us a solid run-down of the new High Current Pro and High Current Gamer power supplies that started shipping this week.
The High Current Pro is at the top-end of Antec's range and comes with 80 Plus Gold certification and in a range of sizes from 1200-watts down. We also got a look and unboxing of the High Current Gamer PSU series which is more affordable. They come in five different wattages all the way up to 900-watts and lack cable management on the rear of the PSU which helps cut costs down. Chris commented that roughly half of Antec's PSU business is units without cable management.
Both the Pro and Gamer series power supplies feature Antec Continuous Power which is something all PSUs on the market should really to be honest. Continuous Power means that if say you buy a 500-watt power supply from Antec, it will actually operate at 500-watts and won't just sometimes peak at 500-watts like cheap power supplies that main really only offer reliable power at around 300-watts. Watch the video above for more.