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I have always been surprised with all the notebooks that I review that most of them have giant power adapters. The adapters for some of the smallest machines are much bigger than they really need to be. A fat power adapter adds bulk and weight to the gear you have to carry around with you on the road. Cooler Master has unveiled a new power adapter that is claimed to be the world's smallest 95W adapter.
In addition, to providing 95W of power for notebooks or netbook computers, the adapter also has a USB port built-in for charging your USB devices like phones and cameras. Cooler Master ships the charger with nine different tips that allow it to work with most of the notebooks on the market today from major manufacturers.
When it comes time to build up a new gaming PC many gamers look to Cooler Master for a case that looks good, performs well, and won't break the bank. The company has some very expensive cases that look cool and then it offers some more mainstream cases that even those on a budget can afford. The latest chassis from Cooler Master falls into the latter category.
The case is called the HAF 912. It is made from steel with a mesh plastic front bezel. The chassis measures 91" x 18.9" x 19.5" with the stand attached and weighs in at 17.8 pounds. The case is designed with robust cooling in mind with support for multiple 200mm fans and up to four 120mm fans. The case is also designed to accept dual 120mm fan radiator for liquid cooling.
When it comes to keeping your CPU cool, some just use the plain heat sink and fan combos that the CPU makers design. Others go to more extreme measures to keep their CPUs cool and operating correctly when they overclock with liquid cooling. More users will simply go with a more efficient heat sink and fan combo from a company like Titan.
Titan has announced a new CPU cooler called the TTC-NC25TZ. This CPU cooler is made to fit just about any AMD or Intel CPU that is around today. The cooler is a low profile unit that is 46mm height and has four 6mm heat pipes with direct contact tech to conduct the maximum amount of heat. The cooler supports CPUs with TDP of 130W.
TweakTown fans have been pretty excited for the release of the Thermaltake Jing CPU cooler ever since our cooler pro Chad got an early sneak peek at it around a month ago. It looks the wait is finally over as Thermaltake has officially announced the release of the Jing.
The Jing cooler gets its name from the Chinese word for "silence, " and back up that claim with a high performance cooler that has up to a 200W cooling capacity and a fan rated at just 16 dBA at 800 rpm for those that desire whisper-quiet cooling.
There's a new player in town on the PC chassis scene, and their name is BitFenix. Their first splash is going to be a big one, as their highly anticipated Colossus E-ATX case has been officially announced today.
Built "specifically for gamers and PC enthusiasts from the ground up," the Colossus case boasts features like USB 3.0 ports on the front I/O, user customizable LED lighting and fan controls, and surfaces covered with Betfenix's "SofTouch" coating that protects the case from stains. There's even a place to lock away valuables in the top of the chassis with the included BitFenix S3.
They say once you go Lian Li you never go back. Well, OK so maybe they don't say that but all of the Lian Li cases I have used over the years were much better than most other cases on the market. The big downside to Lain Li gear is that the company knows it makes good products and charges dearly for them. A Lian Li case sometimes costs as much as a netbook to purchase.
Lian Li has added a new HTPC chassis that might be just the thing for the living room computer user looking for performance and good looks. The case is offered in black or silver brushed aluminum finishes. It works with Micro ATX, Mini DTX, and Mini ITX mainboards and measures in at a svelte 445 mm x 167 mm x 325mm and weighs 3.2kg. The chassis also has a plethora of front mount ports and connectors to keep you from having to dig behind your HTPC.
I don't know anything about design, but this DIY wooden table/PC case looks more 1960's to me than Danish in design. Still the thing is cool if you like to build your own computer cases.
It's made from wood and the back of the case appears to be removed from some other sort of computer case. The designer claims that the case is about 85% complete right now.
Our Download of the Day today is SpeedFan 4.41.
SpeedFan is a program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips. SpeedFan can even access S.M.A.R.T. info and show hard disk temperatures.
SpeedFan supports SCSI disks too. SpeedFan can even change the FSB on some hardware (but this should be considered a bonus feature).
SpeedFan can access digital temperature sensors and can change fan speeds accordingly, thus reducing noise.
SpeedFan can find almost any hardware monitor chip connected to the 2-wire SMBus (System Management Bus (trademark belonging to SMIF, Inc.), a subset of the I2C protocol) and works fine with Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, 2003, XP and Windows Vista. It works with Windows 64 bit too.
SpeedFan can handle:
almost any number of South Bridges
almost any number of hardware monitor chips
almost any number of hard disks
almost any number of temperature readings
almost any number of voltage readings
almost any number of fan speed readings
almost any number of PWMs
SilverStone has been in the computer case market for years and has today announced a new SFF PC chassis called the Sugo SG07. The new case is made for a Mini-ITX mainboard.
The SG07 has a giant 180mm fan that is larger than the board the case is designed to house. The big fan allows the small chassis to run high-end components and keep cool. The case can handle video cards with up to a 400W thermal envelope and 12.2-inches long.
Thermalright has put the finishing touches on another impressive looking piece of metal to rest atop your CPU.
They call this the Silver Arrow which makes use of a couple fin stacks and two TY series fans. These fans are 160x140x24mm sized with variable RPMs of 500 to 1300 and a max dBA of 21.