Thermaltake improve DIY watercooling

Steve Dougherty | | May 15, 2008 5:59 PM CDT

With a bit of experience in the watercooling market now under its belt, Thermaltake has bettered its existing lineup of internal Liquid Cooling Systems with the launch of the new ProWater Series; the first DIY kit to show up in the new series being the PW 850i.

Looking over some of the specs listed on the supporting product page, the P500 pump used for the kit is capable of pumping 500 litres per hour and should have a very good lifespan with its hard-wearing ceramic bearing. Thermaltake has also gone with their exclusive Dimple Dimpled Tubes (DDT) technology instead of using traditional round tubes and an aluminum radiator with adjustable 120mm fan (1300 to 2400RPM).

The pure copper waterblock with reliable Brazing technology can be attached with a universal mounting system suited to all current-gen platforms, and Tt has also included their "Flow TX", a flow meter that allows one to monitor the movement of the coolant through its transparent cover for peace of mind.

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ASUS mobos will get instant-on Linux OS

Cameron Wilmot | Motherboards | May 15, 2008 3:15 AM CDT

The folks over at DeviceVM certainly have something to grin about - ASUS has just announced that it will include its Splashtop instant-on Linux OS software as part of its Express Gate feature on all upcoming motherboards starting with the P5Q family.

While Express Gate is not entirely new, it has seen some changes now. Instead of having to run the software off a HDD or pen drive (where you might as well just use Ubuntu), this time the boards will have a dedicated memory chipset linked to the BIOS. Turn on your system and within a second or so, you have an OS to play around with.

The type of setup is probably more suited to notebooks, but if you are only interested in web browsing, you could save a bucket of cash not having to pay for Vista or waste time setting up another Linux operating system, as it is there ready to go. The video below which was uploaded to YouTube below explains how Splashtop works.

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Hands-on with Aliph's new Jawbone 2

Cameron Wilmot | | May 15, 2008 12:17 AM CDT

Aliph has just unveiled its Jawbone 2 (or the sequel, as we should supposedly call it) and the folks over at Engadget were on hand to give it a hands-on preview and unboxing.

It is said to be roughly half the size of the original Jawbone headset and has a more comfortable fit. The somewhat complicated ear hook is now also gone in favor of a flexible fit design which impressed.

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Nehalem said to work well with fast RAM

Cameron Wilmot | | May 14, 2008 11:56 PM CDT

We are back over at TG Daily this story and Theo Valich offers a short story as to why he thinks Intel's upcoming Nehalem based processors will play nicely with expensive and ultra fast enthusiast RAM.

His argument says that on Intel based platforms, it's rather difficult to fully utilize modern high-speed memory such as DDR3-2000. If you wanted to fully utilize it and obtain the 32GB/s theoretical maximum bandwidth, your CPU would need to be running an FSB of 4000MHz. This is of course is not possible as you'd need a multiplier setting of 1x or 0.5x - let alone not mentioning the system being able to handle such an insane bus speed.

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ASUS has Atom powered Eee PC planned

Cameron Wilmot | Laptops | May 14, 2008 11:31 PM CDT

In the lead up to Computex Taipei next month we are seeing things really starting to spice up from our Taiwanese computer company buddies.

Just yesterday news leaked out about MSI's ASUS Eee Box competitor featuring an Intel Atom processor as well as full pricing details for MSI's Wind PC and now today we see reports that ASUS is preparing yet another Eee PC sub-notebook with model name 901.

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ATI Radeon 4800 launch details

Cameron Wilmot | Video Cards & GPUs | May 14, 2008 11:17 PM CDT

Theo Valich over at TG Daily managed to get the scoop on AMD's launch plan details for its upcoming HD 4800 series of graphics cards. You can read it in its entirety over here.

In short, AMD plans to release the single slot cooled HD 4850 with 512MB of GDDR3 sometime in June followed by the dual slot cooled GDDR5 bearing HD 4870 and HD 4870 X2 in mid-July.

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MSI has Eee Box competitor in the works

Cameron Wilmot | | May 13, 2008 11:10 PM CDT

It was only yesterday that news leaked through the cracks that ASUS will be launching its Eee Box computer at Computex Taipei in June and now MSI has stepped up to the plate to show off its Wind PC box computer.

MSI's version will also pack in Intel's Atom processor at 1.6GHz, a motherboard using the Intel 945GC + ICH7 chipsets (with passive heatsink cooling), 1GB DDR2 533 memory SO-DIMM, 160GB 3.5" HDD storage space, DVD combo SATA drive, gigabit LAN, 4-in-1 card reader and internal Mini PCI-E interface supporting WiFi / TV tuner card.

MSI claim that noise levels will be a little over 30dba and will consume just 30 watts of power, even though it will come with a 65 watt power adapter. VR-Zone managed to get what looks to be barebones shots of the Wind PC box.

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Arctic gets crazy with 9800 cooler

Cameron Wilmot | Cases, Cooling & PSU | May 13, 2008 6:43 AM CDT

Arctic Cooling has just sent us details of its latest product and this one is a monster.

Accelero XTREME 9800 is a graphics card cooler for the GeForce 9800 GTX and includes no less than three 80mm cooling fans which helps dissipate GPU heat from the five 6mm heat pipes and 107 fins.

Arctic Cooling claim that if you replace the stock 9800 GTX cooler, you'll end up with a temperature reading 29c lower. All this crazy cooling does not come cheap though, it will set you back around $54 USD and you will be able to buy it from next month to get your 9800 GTX overclock on.

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ASUS Eee Box B202 pictured in Chile

Cameron Wilmot | | May 13, 2008 2:25 AM CDT

The folks over at Chile Hardware managed to get what they are a calling a real first photo of the upcoming ASUS Eee Box B202. It is the desktop version of the hugely popular Eee PC notebook computer that took the world by storm when it was released last year.

The report suggests that ASUS will announce and release the sub-1kg Eee Box B202 with mass resemblance to the Nintendo Wii at Computex in Taipei early next month. We will be there to get the first shots of the product for you.

Chile Hardware claim that the B202 will pack in an Intel Atom processor, Intel 945 Express chipset based motherboard along with 1GB of DDR2 memory and 80GB hard drive. It is also no surprise that the operating system of choice will be Linux but as with the Eee PC, it will probably be followed with a version that includes Windows XP.

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Hypersonic Avenger AG2 12" gets reviewed

Cameron Wilmot | | May 13, 2008 2:03 AM CDT

After OCZ's purchase of Hypersonic into its growing technology group, exposure of the performance orientated notebooks are starting to increase.

Rob Williams over at Techgage has taken a close look at the Hypersonic Avenger AG2 12" notebook which is not for sale just yet but should be soon. We actually got our sample via DHL today and will have our full review online soon. The crew over at Hypersonic manages to pack in an Intel 45nm Penyrn 6MB T9300 processor running at 2.5GHz, 4GB of low latency OCZ DDR2 memory, fast 200GB 7,200 RPM hard drive with about the only thing lacking being graphics.

The 12" LCD screen will render you a resolution of 1280 x 800 and should be perfect for users looking for high performance on the road. This optioned out model will set you back around $1550, which according to Techgage, is much more affordable than the competition.

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