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Who would have thought NEC would be the one to come out with something like this. It's been discovered they've been working on a unique CPU cooling solution that is said to use up to 60% less energy than a typical ewater cooling setup and a whopping 80% better effiency claim compared to traditional air-cooling methods.
This eco-friendly unit works by making use of the heat generated from the CPU to boil the cooler's CFC (Chlorofluocarbon) alternate. At around 50c it changes into a gaseous state and the vapors are what removes the heat from the CPU, traveling into a radiator that is cooled by a fan which is then reverted back into the liquid state; repeat cycle.
Another benefit aside from much less energy being used is that it's said to be approximately 70% cheaper to manufacture than average water cooling solutions and thus the savings will be handed over to the buyer.
The cooler won't be available to consumers for a while yet as NEC wants to test the cooler internally in data centers first and make any necessary improvements along the way.
Through its PC Power & Cooling division OCZ has introduced a new series of high performance power supplies to market today.
Dubbed the Silencer Mk II, this range of PSUs can be purchased in wattages of 500, 650, 750 and 950. The entry level 500W model in the series gets an 80Plus Bronze rating, whilst the rest are stamped with and 80Plus Silver rating, indicative of meeting high efficiency standards.
Standard across the range is a single large 12V rail and a thermally controlled 135mm double-ball bearing fan. The power supplies have standard compability for ATX12V and EPS12V and are given an MTBF of 100,000 hours.
The 500 and 650W models come with a 5 year warranty, whilst the 750 and 950W models come with a 7 year warranty. Pricing is yet to be disclosed.
Lamptron, reknowned for making quality fan controllers have just introduced the FC-6 four-channel fan controller to market; this being the slightly cut down version of their popular FC-5 unit.
Whilst being less powerful than the FC-5, it can still deliver 20w of power per channel. The unit is designed to slide into a 5.25" bay and features a well finished brushed aluminum bezel.
The independent channels are given analogue control with multi-coloured LED displays for each that give information about fan speeds and temperatures.
The quality of the LCD panel is also said to be superior to the FC-5, though the FC-5 is apparently getting a revision update with the new LCD model in the near future.
Lamptron's FC-6 is due out in the U.S. very soon with a suggested retail price of $45.99.
EK Water Blocks has gone all out with support for the GTX 400 series, giving four differing versions of its new supporting blocks each for the GTX 470 and GTX 480, making eight in total for the line-up.
All four for each card use the same shaped, full coverage design, but differ in the types of materials used. The entry level models use a copper base with clear acrylic tops; these are dubbed the EK-FC470 GTX and EK-FC480 GTX with pricing of 74.95 and 80.00 respectively.
Moving up the line-up from there are the EK-FC470 GTX Acetal and EK-FC480 GTX Acetal models, which as the name indicates use acetal tops and go for pricing of 77.65 and 82.9 respectively.
Still not to your liking? They also do models with Nickel plated copper blocks and clear acrylic tops that are priced at 80.95 and 85.90 respectively.
If you want nothing but the best, you can go for the EK-FC470 GTX Acetal+Nickel / EK-FC480 GTX Acetal+Nickel models which give nickel plated copper blocks with acetal tops. These are of course priced the highest of the bunch at 84.95 and 89.90 respectively.
EK's online store now has all of these models listed for purchase at the aforementioned prices.
Watercooling gurus Swiftech have quietly released a new GPU water-block to market; the MCW80. This is the successor to their popular MCW60 and is of universal design with compatibility for all current generation GPUs (bar the GTX 400 series, but a supporting kit for this can be purchased separately in the near future for an additional $11.99.
The block is full copper with a high-density pin matrix that increases the surface area of heat dissipation. The outer housing is made of black Delrin.
The block has compatibility for eurostyle fittings with a built-in o-ring and it maintains the G 1/4 specification for the ports. The overall size of the block comes in at 49.6 x 49.6 x 32.2 mm with a weight of 141g.
Swiftech is now selling the MCW80 at a price of $56.95.
A significant update has been made to Extreme.Outervision's popular online PSU Calculator tool that assists in helping one determine not so much just how many Watts their exact system configuration needs, but even more importantly how much amperage is required to back said Wattage up.
You can access their Lite version of the facility for free, but a Pro version is also available for a small charge which will give out more details specific to Amperage on all rails, support for systems with multiple video cards, recommended UPS rating and print-out functions.
This latest update includes stacks of new and not so new hardware not previously selectable in the dropdown lists, including the new GTX 400 series cards, latest Core i5 and i7 processor range, all the latest Phenom and Athlon processors and more.
If you're in the market for a quality PSU to power up your new rig, this tool should serve as a great guide in helping you make a wise decision about your purchase without under-cutting or going overboard.
Got a well spec'd up SFF system and finding it hard to pair it with a decent enough SFX form factor PSU? SilverStone come to the rescue with their new SFX Form Factor PSU that while only measuring 125 mm (W) × 63.5 mm(H) × 100 mm(D), can deliver up to 450W of continuous power.
The unit runs a single +12V rail and a single 36A rail with 80 Plus Bronze certification thanks to its efficiency of 82 to 85%. All the standard power connectors required for most systems are resident; 24-pin ATX, 8-pin EPS, a 6+2-pin PCI-E, a 6-pin PCI-E, three SATA power connectors, two Molex and one Floppy.
Other features jam packed into this tidy little unit include active PFC, over/under-voltage and current protection as well as assisted cooling by means of an 80mm fan (rated with minimum noise output of 18 dBA).
While the unit can mount into SFX form factor cases out of the box, it also comes bundled with an SFX to ATX bracket that gives the ability to mount it to standard ATX and M-ATX chassis'.
SilverStone is shifting this power supply at around 60 Euros (about 80 bucks U.S.).
Certainly not kind to all eyes, some camouflage crazed folks out there might like the new style NZXT is offering in its new run of Tempest EVO mid tower chassis' dubbed the Tempest EVO Camo.
As you can see, it's going to be much of a love or hate it thing here, which I imagine would lean substantially more towards the latter if we ran a poll. However, this wannabe stealthy mid-tower might just be your cup of tea and it's a good thing NZXT left the specs list pretty much unchanged from the stock Tempest EVO as it's a well suited up mid-tower with plenty of features on tap.
NZXT is shifting the Tempest EVO Camo for about $40 more than the stock version at $150ish. Further details on specs and some more images (if you can bare to see) at the source.
Cooler Master's HAF 922 has been an attractive little winner in the mid-tower market for some time now, so the company thought they'd spice it up a little more with a limited edition run that features a shiny red exterior coating (with black mesh covers on the front bezel) and a black and red interior.
The mesh side panel of the standard version has also been changed in favour of an acrylic one and there's now a mounting spot for a 200mm fan on top, though that doesn't appear to come included with the case. The fans that come shipped in the case include a 200mm one mounted up front and a 120mm at the rear.
Apart from this the case remains much the same as the stock HAF 922 with five 5.25" bays, five 3.5" internal bays (all of which give tool-free installation) and front I/O panel with audio, USB and eSATA connectivity.
As this chassis is a limited edition run, if it really tickles your fancy at the $150 U.S. asking price then you may like to pre-order one directly from CM by requesting it by e-mail to email@example.com. Just provide your name, shipping address and phone number and they'll take care of the rest.
Tuniq has been working on improving its thermal paste recipe and has come out with the new TX-4 branded paste which it's aiming to release to market next month.
It goes without saying that Tuniq made sure TX-4 would offer better performance than TX-3. TX-4 has increased thermal conductivity and broader thermal range over previous pastes from the company. More specifically, its thermal conductivity is 6.53 W/mK and it has a temperature range of -45°C to 160°C.
A chart giving performance estimates hints that TX-4 will lower temps by as much as 5% over TX-2 and 11% over generic thermal pastes. Of course, they use their impressive Tower 120 Extreme to obtain these readings nestled atop a Core i5 750 processor at 4GHz under load (using Stress Prime 2004).