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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 satisfactionMore 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
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