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Daily News Round #1 for March 2, 2004

Daily News Round #1 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for March 2, 2004
By Steve Dougherty from Mar 2, 2004 @ 20:17 CST

- Antec averts hard drive disasters with HD cooler


An announcement from Antec today lets us know of their latest addition to the market, a hard drive cooling device with built-in temperature sensors that keep you informed of how cool/hot your drive is running. Full details below.

Fremont, CA - March 2, 2004 - Antec, Inc., a manufacturer of computer hardware and accessories for the upgrade and build your own (BYO) markets, has introduced its Hard Drive Cooler to protect hard drives from serious heat damage that could lead to total disk failure and data loss.


Designed to provide maximum dispersion of heat generated from the hard drive with minimal disturbance, the Hard Drive Cooler features a dual heatsink / fan combination that ensures a quiet dissipation of heat within the system. The heatsink is made of aluminum and is coupled with two thermally-controlled, variable-speed 40mm fans.


The cooler comes equipped with two built-in temperature sensors that allow convenient monitoring of hard drive and case temperatures, which users can display in Celsius or Fahrenheit. A blinking LED light alerts users if temperatures surpass 45(C / 113(F, so they can intervene before overheating causes system damage. The Hard Drive Cooler supports IDE, SCSI and Serial ATA high-speed hard drives.


"Hard drive overheating is the number one cause of hard drive failure, which often leads to complete data loss. Too many users are unaware of the serious consequences of neglecting to keep their hard drives cool," said Scott Richards, Antec vice president of sales and marketing. "With the introduction of the Hard Drive Cooler, Antec solves the problem of hard drive overheating and continues to educate users about the importance of maintaining a properly cooled system. With this device, enthusiasts can keep on pushing the limits of their PCs without worrying about potentially devastating repercussions."


Antec's Hard Drive Cooler is available now for an estimated street price of $29.95 at major retailers, e-tailers and distributors. The system comes with the Antec Quality 3 Year Warranty. For more information, please visit


- GeCube RADEON 9600XT 128MB Extreme Edition

As far as 9600XT's go, they don't come better than this, GeCube have reworked ATI's already proven 9600XT mid-range card with psychical modifications to the reference board along with a 9800XT lookalike cooling solution and some tasty 2.5ns samsung modules. HardwareZone fire it up for review and show us it's well and truely earned it's name, Extreme!


The GeCube's RADEON 9600XT 128MB Extreme Edition is really one of a kind when it comes down to performance and overclocking because it is far better equipped than most other RADEON 9600XT graphics cards in the retail channel. Here are three key aspects that singles it out from the competition:-


Uses 2.5ns graphics DDR memory from Samsung, which is speedier than most other RADEON 9600XT products that typically use 3.3ns DDR parts.


Default memory clock is 700MHz DDR (up from 600MHz DDR for a stock RADEON 9600XT)


It is equipped with a much larger cooler unit resembling that of the RADEON 9800XT series that also cools the forward facing memory components while the rear memory chips have RAMsinks on them.


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