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VGA Cooling News (17)
Posted: June 4, 2014 12:40PM
Corsair's Hydro Series CPU coolers are a popular choice to keep any number of processors from going up in flames, and now it can add video cards to the mix. The company recently introduced the Hydro Series HG10 GPU cooling bracket, which allows for one of the Hydro coolers to be adapted for a video card. The HG10 replaces the stock cooler on reference video cards, and it covers not just the GPU, but also the VRM and VRAM. Corsair says the new HG10 can help reduce noise by a significant amount, and drop temperatures as much as 50 °C on the GPU and 25 °C on the VRM/VRAM. Installation is promised to be painless, as all that's required is a screwdriver to swap the stock cooler for the HG10. The stock cooler's radial fan gets reused in the HG10, so there won't be any concern about lack of airflow over the memory and power circuitry.
Introduced alongside the HG10 are the new Air Series LED SP120 and SP140 static pressure fans. These fans come with either red, blue, green, purple, or white LED lighting; and feature ultra-wide, custom-molded fan blades to generate high static pressure that is perfect for heat sinks and watercooling radiators.
The Corsair Hydro Series HG10 GPU cooling bracket arrives this month for $39.99, and will fit the AMD R9 290/290X video cards. An NVIDIA model for the GeForce GTX Titan, 780 Ti, 780, and 770, is set to arrive later this year, as well as one for more AMD cards. The Air Series LED SP120 and SP140 fans are priced at $12.99 for the SP120 and $15.99 for the SP140, and should now be available.
Source: Press Release
Posted: February 12, 2014 08:34AM
Chiphell Forums have posted photos of the new ARCTIC Accelero Xtreme IV VGA Cooler for AMD Hawaii and NVIDIA GK110 GPUs. It features a monstrous heatsink with dimensions of 288mm (L) x 103mm (W) x 50mm (H), which requires three free expansion slots for installation. Up to 300W of cooling is achieved by the 84 fins on the heatsink, five copper heatpipes, three 92mm PWM-controlled fans, and pre-applied ARCTIC MX-4 thermal paste. It is expected to cost $99.99. A complete compatibility list is below:
R9 290 (X), R9 280 (X), 270 (X), HD 7870, 7850, 6970, 6950, 6870, 6850, 6790, 5870, 5850, 5830, 4890, 4870, 4850, 4830, 3870, 3850
GTX Titan, 780, 770, 680*, 670*, 660TI, 580, 570, 560 SE, 560Ti, 560, 550Ti, 9800 GTX+, 9800 GTX, 9800GT, 9600GT
Source: Chiphell (translated)
Posted: November 1, 2012 07:53AM
AMD's mildly elusive dual-GPU Tahiti XT boards will be making its way to HIS, in the form of the Radeon HD 7970 X2. Taking care not to follow the 7990 moniker, HIS has made an enormous three slot card to rival the size of PowerColor's Devil 13 HD7990. The HIS Radeon HD 7970 X2's 1050 MHz GPUs are individually cooled by separate heatsinks on top of its two fans, with the 6GB GDDR5 memory clocked at 6000 MHz. The meaty card is powered by three 8-pin PCIe power connectors, with a Lucidlogix PCIe switch bridging the two GPUs together. You'll also find two DVI and four mini DisplayPort outputs on the HD 7970 X2. Regarding availability, HIS has yet to announce a release date nor pricing. With such impressive specs, can a brawny Radeon HD 7970 X2 match the might of NVIDIA's powerful GTX 690?
Posted: June 9, 2011 12:33AM
Author: Daryn Govender
CoolIT today released the latest addition to its OMNI line of liquid GPU coolers, the OMNI N590. The OMNI N590, as its name suggests, is specifically designed for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 video cards. This new cooler from CoolIT is designed to lower the core temperature of the two GF110 graphics processors by up to 30°C while maintaining a quiet computing experience. The first model in the OMNI series, the CoolIT OMNI A.L.C., won the 2010 CES Innovations Design & Engineering Showcase Award and is touted by CoolIT to be the world's first self-contained liquid cooling system for video cards.
Drew Henry, the general manager of NVIDIA's GeForce business unit said that "we are excited about the OMNI N590 as it makes the world's fastest graphics card, even better. PC enthusiasts now have the best components available to build out the fastest, quietest, and coolest gaming rigs ever imagined."
The CoolIT OMNI N590 is available now in complete system builds from retailers such as MAINGEAR, Falcon Northwest and Puget Systems.
Posted: April 30, 2011 03:00AM
Author: Daryn Govender
Alpenföhn today unveiled its latest VGA cooler, named the Alpenföhn Peter. The new cooler boasts a maximum cooling capacity of 420W, making it perfect for cooling high-end video cards such as the AMD Radeon HD 6970 and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580. The Alpenföhn Peter consists of twelve 6mm nickel-plated copper heatpipes supported by eighty-four aluminum fins, enabling effective heat dissipation. In addition the VGA cooler can support up to four 140mm fans on the fan rail. The Alpenföhn Peter will be bundled with thirty small heatsinks to cool components on the graphics card, along with multiple mounting brackets to ensure compatibility with most video cards. The Alpenföhn Peter VGA cooler will be available in mid-May for around US$80 (€54.90).
Posted: January 25, 2011 11:53PM
Author: Daryn Govender
Scythe today released the latest version of its Setsugen 1 VGA cooler, the Setsugen 2. The Setsugen 2 features four copper heat pipes spread throughout the cooler, cooled by a 120mm Slip Stream fan to enable quick dissipation of heat from the GPU. The Slip Stream fan runs between 800 (± 10%) and 2000 RPM (± 20%), producing between 19.40 and 45.47 CFM of airflow. The fan is controlled by a PCI bracket-mounted dial, allowing users to choose their desired noise level. The cooler and fan are designed to support Crossfire or SLI configurations with heights of 33mm and 12mm respectively. The Setsugen 2 uses a new version of the U.M.C.P. (Universal Multi-Platform Compatibility Plate) mounting mechanism, consisting of two mounting plates and a universal backplate. This allows the cooler to be compatible with a range of video cards, such as NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 460, 465 and 470 along with the AMD Radeon HD 5850, 5870, 6950 and 6970. The Setsugen 2 is bundled with numerous aluminium memory heat sinks for VRAM and voltage regulators, Scythe's thermal compound and a PCI-Express extension cable. The Scythe Setsugen 2 VGA cooler is available now for approximately US$53 (€38.90 excluding VAT).
Posted: January 5, 2011 06:14PM
Author: Dale Shuck
CoolIT has announced it has formed a partnership with graphics card maker Inno3D to equip its GTX 580 Black Series graphics card with CoolIT Systems' OMNI ALC liquid GPU cooler. The OMNI ALC (Advanced Liquid Cooling) has a universally compatible design and now it's available factory installed on the iChill GTX 580. That means the customer gets the iChill GTX 580 with the closed-loop cooling system already installed, eliminating the hassles of disassembly and dealing with any plumbing issues.
"Inno3D is known for bringing the best available technologies to market and we love innovations that allow us to optimize board performance and acoustics. Working with CoolIT on our iChill GTX 580 Black Series has allowed us to create the perfect combination of raw performance, silence and ease of use. When you pair the fastest GPU in the world with the best possible thermal solution, the results are simply outstanding" Says Derek Ng, Marketing Manager of Inno3D.
Inno3D did not disclose availability or pricing information, but the unit will be on display at CES 2011 this week and OCC hopes to get a closer look.
Posted: December 21, 2010 05:54PM
Author: Nick Harezga
It might not be on the same block as the iPhone and some Android devices, but Windows Phone 7 is at least moving into the neighborhood. After two months in the wild, Microsoft has announced that 1.5 million units have been shipped. However, that number represents the number of phones that have been sold to cell providers, not to end users. The number is still good compared to the launches of the original iPhone and G1 from T-Mobile. Both took more than 2 months to reach 1 million units sold. The Marketplace application store is also growing at a greater pace than those that came before it. The OS is certainly off to a good start and it will be interesting how it stacks up against the other players after it has had time to mature.
Posted: May 3, 2010 02:28PM
Swiftech has announced the succesor to its MCW60 universal GPU water block, the MCW80. The MCW80 measures in at 49.6 x 49.6 x 32.2 mm and weighs 141 grams. It features a 0.25mm pin matrix copper water block, black Delrin housing, and supports Euro-style housings with a built -in O-ring. It also has a G 1/4 ports thread specification. It fits most GPUs using various mounting kits and comes with Arctic Ceramique thermal paste and an installation guide. The new MCW80 water block can be purchased from Swiftech's online store for $56.95 starting today.
The video cards it can fit are: ATI Radeon 1800, 2800, 3800, 4800, and 5800 series. NVIDIA GeForce 6, 7, 8 (G92), 9, and GT200 series. For ATI Radeon 4870x2 and 5970, as well as NVIDIA GeForce 8 (G80) and GT400 series, you can purchase an optional hold-down kit.
Posted: April 14, 2010 03:58AM
Author: Daryn Govender
Inno3D is preparing its latest series of water blocks, dubbed Black Freezer for the new GeForce 400 series of video cards. The Black Freezer series will come in two models, the VG-NGTX480 and VG-NGTX470; each catering for the GTX 480 and GTX 470 respectively. Inno3D has not released any details about the new water blocks although it is known that both provide full coverage of critical components and are constructed out of nickel or nickel-plated copper, with a foil-covered acrylic top. Both water blocks should retail soon, although the prices are still not known. Inno3D will either sell the blocks separately, on a factory-fitted video card, or both.
Posted: April 8, 2010 08:07PM
Courtesy of VR-Zone, we have some new information on the latest Zalman GPU cooler, the VF3000A. The new cooler will fit on an ATI Radeon HD 5850 or 5870. It features a copper base, copper heatpipes, and aluminum fins while it measures in at 239 x 98 x 51mm and weighs 430 grams. The cooler also comes with Zalman's own ZM-STG2 thermal compound pre-applied and has two 92mm fans that run at 2500RPM and generate 32 decibels of noise. It also comes with a FAN MATE 2 fan controller for manual adjustments in case it is just a little too noisy for your liking.
No words on availability or price so far, but expect more information on that to follow.
Posted: April 1, 2010 03:10AM
Author: Daryn Govender
Danger Den is busy preparing its upcoming range of water blocks for the GTX 480. The new water blocks will cover all the vital cooling areas, such as the GPU, memory chips and the VRMs for maximum overclocking potential. The GTX 480 water block will be available in three variants: all-copper, a nickel top and copper base and all-nickel. All models will include a mirror-finish, and are expected to retail between $140 and $150. The all-copper version will be available by the end of this week, which means that it will be available well ahead of the GTX 480 release. The remaining models will be available at a later date.
Posted: March 13, 2010 04:13AM
Author: Daryn Govender
Arctic Cooling has unveiled its latest VGA cooling offerings: the Accelero XTREME 5970 and Accelero XTREME 5870. Both of the new Accelero models are designed for their respective graphics card counterparts, the ATI Radeon HD 5970 and 5870.
Both models include three 92mm PWM fans which run at 900-2000 RPM, and produce 81CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) of airflow to cool even the most power-hungry video cards. The Accelero XTREME variants differ slightly to cater for the different cards. The Accelero XTREME 5870 features 5 heatpipes, 84 pins and a 250 watts cooling capacity, where as the 5970 model boasts 8 heatpipes and 119 fins to cool two GPUs. Both versions include pre-applied ARCTIC MX-2 thermal paste for better heat dissipation.
According to Arctic Cooling, the Accelero XTREME lowers the GPU temperature of the 5870 and 5970 by 36°C and 40°C respectively when compared to the stock cooler. Both the Accelero XTREME 5970 and 5870 are backed by a 6-year warranty. The Accelero XTREME 5970 will be available in May for US$76.95 and the Accelero XTREME 5870 will be available in April for US$67.95.
Posted: January 7, 2010 07:18AM
Author: Dale Shuck
CoolIT Systems is using CES 2010 to unveil four new cooling products aimed at the liquid cooling market. First in line is the CoolIT ECO A.L.C. CPU cooler which is a factory sealed liquid cooling unit designed to offer high-end cooling performance at an affordable price. CoolIT says the ECO retails for just $74.99 and is available now. The CoolIT VANTAGE A.L.C. Is targeted at enthusiasts looking for more advanced features including monitoring and control. The VANTAGE is the world's first "wireless-ready" CPU cooler that incorporates CoolIT's revolutionary ESP (Extra Sensory Peripherals) wireless technology which enables the cooler to be controlled and monitored through CoolIT's Maestro software and USB wireless controller. The VANTAGE features a programmable 84 x 48 pixel LCD screen and can be used to optimize all chassis fan speeds, RGB case lighting, LCD Backlight color along with monitoring and alarm triggers. Priced at $124.99 the CoolIT VANTAGE should be available by mid February 2010.
Along with the CPU coolers, CoolIT is offering the OMNI A.L.C. liquid cooling solution for graphics cards. The OMNI uses a two-stage cooling system with an interposer plate customized for each model of graphics card. The use of the interposer plate and a universal water block means users can more easily install the cooler as well as ensuring you can still use the cooler on new cards as the come along by simply using a new plate designed for that card. The OMNI also features ESP wireless technology and can be controlled and monitored by CoolIT's extensive Maestro software along with any other CoolIT ESP product such as VANTAGE A.L.C. OMNI A.L.C. packages are available for a number of current graphics cards in 120mm radiator and 240mm radiator variations with pricing to varyby graphics card type.
CoolIT Maestro E.S.P. is a suite of software and hardware designed to monitor and control not only CoolIT's VANTAGE and OMNI coolers but all cooling devices in a PC as it is capable of optimizing and monitoring any 3rd party fan or pump. While the CoolIT Maestro will automatically detect all ESP enabled products within the PC System, it can also control and monitor up to 3 fans, water pumps or other devices that are powered by a 3 or 4 pin fan header. Maestro is being priced at $89.99.
Posted: December 4, 2009 12:34PM
Thermalright, a well-known manufacturer of high-end air cooling components has yet another cooler planned to be released and this time for your graphics card and it’s known as the Spitfire. This cooler weighs in at half a kilo and measures 147 (L) x 123 (W) x 154 (H) mm with a copper, nickel plated base, 6 copper heat pipes and support for a 120mm fan. Price tag and release date are unavailable yet, but this is one to look out for. Supported cards are:
- ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series
- ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
- ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series
- ATI Radeon HD X1900, X1800, X1650, X850 and X800 Series
- NVIDIA Quadro FX 3000 Series
- NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250, 9800 GTX/GT
- NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT, 9500 GT, 9400 GT
- NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS, 8800 GT, 8600 GTS,
- NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GT, 7900 Series
- NVIDIA GeForce 7800 Series
- NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Series
Posted: October 19, 2009 07:31PM
Author: Dale Shuck
CoolIT Systems of Calgary, Alberta has announced a new self-contained liquid cooling kit designed for AMD's latest GPU, the Radeon HD 5870. Incorporated into the design is an universal liquid plate enabling customers to cool the latest generation cards but also allows it to be used on future cards as well. Since the cooling unit is self contained, the factory sealed system is maintenance free and CoolIT will be demonstrating it for the first time at the AMD Technical Forum & Exhibition 2009 in Taipei, Taiwan on October 20.
“I think the implementation of the universal design has addressed the need for performance cooling in the GPU space with the added benefit of upgradeability.” said Dr. Gamal Refai-Ahmed, AMD Fellow and lead thermal architect, AMD Graphics Product Group. “Using the liquid system has a tremendous cooling advantage over traditional air cooling allowing our enthusiast community to push the limits of our latest architecture.”
It will be interesting to see how well this cooler works on the latest Evergreen CPU architecture cards as the idea of a universal liquid plate means a more future proof cooler.
Posted: October 22, 2008 09:49AM
Author: Dale Shuck
CT Electronics announced it's new GPU cooler called the GVC-1. The GVC-1 was developed in conjunction with Dr. Gamal Refai-Ahmed, AMD Fellow and Chief Thermal Architect using patented technology from CT Electronics' parent company, Convergence Technologies Limited. The new cooler is designed to work with AMD's latest 55nm process GPUs and has nearly half the footprint of a stock HD 4870 cooler yet offers 15% better performance. That means better overclocking results and less noise - not a bad combination. The new cooling technology will be offered through AMD's OEM partners.
Posted: August 14, 2008 12:38PM
Author: Dale Shuck
Following this week's release of the fastest video card on the market, the AMD HD 4870 X2, CoolIT today announced a new version of its Dual Drive Bay VGA cooler designed specifically for the Radeon HD4870 X2. This means extreme cooling is now available for gamers and enthusiasts looking for the highest clock speeds. CoolIT claims liquid cooled HD 4870 X2 cards have been successfully clocked up to 880Hmz and the GDDR5 memory clocks increased to 1GHz. That represents a 13.5% and 11% increase respectively. In benchmark testing they saw a 10% increase in 3d Mark Vantage scores as well. Although pricing has yet to be announced, CoolIT says the units will be available directly from its web site beginning next month.
Posted: June 18, 2008 06:10PM
Author: Dale Shuck
The ink is barely dry on the press releases and reviews on Nvidia's latest GTX 280 graphics card released earlier this week. Hot on the heels of the new card is CoolIT's latest cooling solution in the form of the NV200 VGA cold plate designed to fit GTX260 and GTX280 cards. The cold plate pairs with CoolIT's existing liquid cooling products to cool the major components on the card including the GPU, RAM and power components. The end result is a single-slot cooling solution designed for the latest video card to hit the market. This new cooler is being offered with Nvidia's reference solution card and will soon be available as a standalone product for the the enthusiast market.
Posted: April 15, 2008 09:10PM
Author: Chris Benjamin
So you picked up that killer new GeForce 9800 GTX, and you're already looking for better cooling so you can push it to its OC'd limit? Check out this water block (SPY SHOTS!) from German cooling innovator Aqua Computer, manufactured specifically for the GeForce 9800 GTX. The aquagraFX 9800 GTX water block - which just went up for sale yesterday - is 600 grams of 99.9% pure copper, cools the GPU, RAM, and the voltage regulators, using a specially designed thermal paste that takes the place of bulky, underperforming thermal pads - virtually eliminating the need for additional heat sinks. Hopefully, this water block will make its way across to the U.S. side of the Atlantic...
Posted: March 13, 2008 03:08PM
Author: Ben Grantham
CoolIT systems produce water cooling systems with a bit of a twist, with that twist being that the water is chilled using the company's MTEC Technology. We reviewed the CoolIT Eliminator early last year and were impressed with the performance. CoolIT has moved on since then and has broadened its product line-up considerably. The latest creation is the MTEC Coldplate for NVIDIA 8800 series graphics cards, which should boost cooling performance when compared with regular water cooling blocks. That should be handy for those looking to push their cards that little bit further, maybe in the aim of benchmark records? The NVIDIA MTEC Coldplate is available now from CoollIT for $109.99
Posted: February 22, 2008 08:39AM
Sapphire - After releasing the HD3870 Atomic Edition (you can find OCC's review of it here), Sapphire is once again providing an alternative cooling solution for their enthusiast line-up. The all-new Toxic Edition features the Vapor-X cooler, a single slot solution that cools through the Vapour Chamber Technology (VCT). As you might have noticed, the Sapphire Atomic and Toxic Edition cards are probably the only single-slot HD3870's around, indicating that the VCT technology cools very efficiently. The single slot cooler could even allow for CrossFire configurations on boards that don't have much space in between the PCI-Express slots, such as Shuttles XPCs. The Toxic Edition has it's core pre-overclocked at 800MHz and the 512MB GDDR4 memory has a clock of 1152MHz (2304 MHz effectively).
Posted: February 19, 2008 10:11AM
Author: Ben Grantham
Arctic Cooling -
Releasing a product with an 'Xtreme' qualifier has been popular with a number of manufacturers, and why we can't use the regular spelling I don't know (maybe that wouldn't be 'Extreme' enough?). It seems Arctic Cooling is the latest to jump onto this product naming band wagon, with the release of its Accelero Xtreme graphics card coolers. The Accelero Xtreme comes in two variants, the '2900' model being designed for use with ATI HD2900 series cards, and the '8800' model being for use with the 8800Ultra, GTX and GTS/GT (G80). The first question I find myself asking is why release a new high end cooler for cards that are essentially a generation old already? I guess Arcitic Cooling must think the demand is there, so what does the new Accelero Xtreme have to offer?
Both models of the Xtreme bear a resemblance to earlier models in the series (S1 and S2), although taking on a longer and slightly thinner profile than the S1. AC manage to pack in an impressive 5 heatpipes, 107 cooling fins and 3 80mm PWM fans, so cooling potential definitely isn't lacking here, and with a claimed heat dissipation of up to 240W it should be able to handle pretty much anything you can throw at it. Of course, as with most of AC's products, those fans are likely to be almost silent. The Accelero Xtreme 2900 comes with an MSRPof $49.90 and the 8800 version comes in at $47.90. It will be a tough job living up to the very popular S1, but it does look like it offers consumers an 'Xtreme' solution (no matter how much that name may grate with some).
Posted: February 11, 2008 06:41AM
Author: Dale Shuck
Our week gets started with a lot of ground to cover. Intel-based systems are dominating the roundup today so if that's your platform of choice we have a lot to offer. LostCircuits leads off with an in-depth look at Intel's SkullTrail Extreme Platform. By now you are most likely aware that Skulltrail is a dual-processor platform with Crossfire and SLI support. You may have also noticed it will require a serious wallet to implement. However, there are alternatives based on other Intel chipsets such as the P35 and X38 as well as the upcoming X48. Today we have a chance to examine motherboards based on two of those platforms. ThinkComputers reviews the ASUS Maximus Formula Intel X38 Motherboard. If you've been wondering about the X48 and what it offers over the previous generation you can check out the MSI X48 Platinum Motherboard at RBMods. To round out the news, Tech ARP has an article on Intel G45 & G43 Chipset Details. Not all the news is around Intel's chipsets though. NVIDIA has a new chipset supporting PCI-E 2.0 and the Intel 45nm CPUs, so if you're currently looking for SLI support you need to check out the EVGA 780i SLI Motherboard at motherboards.org. A quiet, but effective, way to cool your processor is the goal of the CoolIT PURE Silent Liquid CPU Cooler reviewed at Techgage. Thermalright is well-known among enthusiasts for it extreme air-cooling products. When you combine that name with a name like Inferno Fire eXtinguisher you end up with the Thermalright IFX-14 CPU Cooler and this one is truly a monster with room for up to three 140mm fans. Madshrimps gives us the chance to see what this behemoth can do. For those looking for a more traditional air cooling solution you can check out the TweakTown review of the Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU Cooler. Your CPU is not the only item in your machine needing cooling. Virtual-Hideout takes a look at the Thermaltake DuOrb VGA Cooler to see how well it performs. Today's roundup also features more opportunities to check out the latest video cards from AMD/ATI as Fudzilla has their article HD3870 and HD3850 mix tested in Crossfire and Bjorn3D evaluates the PowerColor HD 3650 512M GDDR3 Xtreme PCS. Just how well do those cards perform? Every review has some sort of reference to a set of results from one or more benchmarks. [H]ardocp challenges that approach in its Benchmarking the Benchmarks article. We've had the opportunity to look at several software packages from Uniblue here at OCC and today Tweak News has another in that lineup with the UniBlue Process Scanner Software. Last, but not least, there is the OnAir Solution GT Mobile HDTV Tuner at Overclockers Online.
Posted: February 6, 2008 06:25AM
Author: Dale Shuck
The mid-week edition of the roundup brings more information on Intel's Skulltrail platform. As we saw in the reviews earlier, the Skulltrail platform has a lot to offer including the first support for SLI cards on an Intel platform. Legit Reviews dives further into the details with their Intel SkullTrail Preview - Dual Core 2 Extreme QX9775 Processors. More details can be found in the Intel SkullTrail Platform from motherboards.org where they state the QX9775 processor is simply a LGA771 version of the QX9770 processor (reviewed HERE by OCC). Neoseeker posted the Phenom 9600 Black Edition Review & TLB Fix Investigation and reveals the microcode fix for the TLB erratum has some pretty astounding effects on performance. While we're discussing CPUs take a look at the Zalman CNPS8700 LED Low Noise Heatsink from FrostyTech for a capable low-noise cooling solution. HotHardware is back with more workstation-class GPUs with their FireGL V5600 vs. QuadroFX 1700 vs. FireGL V3600. In the gaming GPU department, there is the ASUS EN8800GTS TOP at Bjorn3D. We also have the BFGTech 8800 GTS 512MB OC2 WC Edition at [H]ardocp. Not only is the card factory overclocked, it also includes a pre-installed Danger Den water block. If water cooling is not in your budget then check out the Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme 8800 Video Card Cooler reviewed by Madshrimps. Enthusiasts looking for an Intel-based board with PCI-E 2.0 and support for the 1600 MHz FSB need to check out the Asus Maximus Extreme Intel X38 Express Motherboard at PCSTATS. Touch screens seem to be the rage a la the iPod Touch and the iPhone and the Super Talent VIDEGO28 Touch Screen Digital Media Player at ExtremeMHz is another entry with that feature. Rounding out our selection today, ThinkComputers looks at the Zalman ZM-RS6F USB Surround Sound Headphones.
Posted: February 1, 2008 07:20AM
Author: Dale Shuck
Our Friday roundup seems to have picked up a bit after yesterday's lull with a good mix of items. Tech ARP starts off with a bit of news telling us Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Out Next Week, at least for OEMs. PC Perspective has some additional news in their podcast as they look at AMD Q4 results, NVIDIA ESA, VIA Isaiah x86 CPU, AMD 3870 X2 and more. The AMD Spider platform is designed for its line of Phenom processors. Today we get a chance to examine the MSI K9A2 Platinum AMD 790FX Motherboard from HotHardware. For Intel fans we have two more boards from MSI based on the P35 chipset. First in the queue is a TweakTown review of the MSI P35 Diamond Motherboard. This board supports DDR3 memory and offers onboard X-Fi sound. Buying a new board based on the P35 chipset means choosing between DDR2 and DDR3 memory formats. The are trade offs involved with going with either format. Viper Lair reviews the MSI P35 Platinum Combo board that offers you the option of using either memory type. What could be easier? Then there's the choice of which processor to buy. TechSpot has a look at Intel Core 2 Duo 45nm Wolfdale vs. 65nm Conroe to see what the new 45nm technology has to offer. Back over at TweakTown we get a look at the ASUS Triton 75 CPU Cooler that uses a passive design but also allows you to attach a 120mm fan. Also in the cooling arena, Techgage pits two aftermarket VGA coolers against each other in their GeForce 8800 GTS/GTX Cooler Comparison. Next off you get to compare two other products with the Razer Pro|Click Mac Gaming Mouse at Virtual-Hideout and the Steelseries Ikari Optical Gaming Mouse at Tweaknews. Computer builders are always looking for the perfect place to house their rigs. With so many choices it's always a tough decision and motherboards.org has a look at the Ultra Products M998 Case. Your iPhone deserves a case of its own as well. The Otterbox for iPhone Defender Series at ThinkComputers is a good way to protect your investment. Bjorn3D has a review of the Thermaltake Muse X-Duo Raid external storage unit. Finally PCSTATS has another installment in their ongoing series with the Beginners Guides: Setting up an FTP Server in WindowsXP.
Posted: January 29, 2008 05:51AM
Author: Dale Shuck
The flurry of reviews of the ATI HD 3870 X2 from yesterday has subsided somewhat but we have a couple more installments. First up is an entry that arrived after our last roundup was posted from Legit Reviews and their look at the ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 Video Card. So what is the best setup - two HD 3870s in Crossfire mode or a single HD 3870 X2? TweakTown takes a look at HD 3870 in Crossfire vs. HD 3870 X2 to help you decide. Next up we have two cases from the same manufacturer. LAN Addict opens up the Sunbeamtech Freezing Storm ATX Case for us to examine. The other offering is the Sunbeam Tuniq 3 Case from 3dGameMan. High-end graphics cards require extreme cooling, especially for those of us who overclock their cards. That often means turning to an after-market cooler. NVNews reviews the Inno3D GeForce 8800 GT i-ChiLL that comes from the factory equipped with an Artic Cooling Accelero X1 cooler. Neoseeker has a look at the MSI K9A2 Platinum 790FX Motherboard, an AM2+ board based on the AMD 790FX Northbridge/SB600 Southbridge chipset. For Intel fans, Techgage brings us the Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L, offering us a chance to examine a budget board based on the P31 chipset. The Galaxy Tvisto Pro Digital Media Enclosure is a big name for a little product. ThinkComputers finds this device comes up short where it counts. PCSTATS has Beginners Guide: 99 Windows Vista Performance Tips and Tweaks. We also have another guide, this time for gamers with Oblivion: Shivering Isles Walkthrough at OCModShop.
Posted: January 28, 2008 05:59PM
Author: Dale Shuck
CoolIT Systems -
In case you missed it, the new ATI HD 3870 X2 cards are out. Many sites including OCC had reviews up today on the new dual GPU card. That's right, two graphics processing units on a single card that offers Crossfire capabilities while only occupying two slots. In conjunction with this release, CoolIT Systems has announced the next member in their Reference Series with the release of a liquid cooling system for the HD 3870 X2. Working closely with AMD engineering and utilizing AMD's micro-channel technology, the CoolIT cooling option is a closed-loop cooling system that effectively cools both GPUs and memory while reducing the the card's profile to a single slot. With the new cooling set up, CoolIT was able to push the core clock from the reference speed of 825 MHz to over 900MHz. Memory clock speeds were pushed from 900MHz to 1GHz with no resulting thermal issues. The result was a 3D Mark06 score of over 23,500. No details on pricing or availability were released.
Posted: January 24, 2008 06:16AM
Author: Dale Shuck
Many hardware manufacturers are beginning to tout their products as supporting the ESA standard and are even prominently display the ESA logo. Just what is ESA? PC Perspective explains it all in their NVIDIA ESA: Enthusiast System Architecture article. AMD/ATI has been getting some of the limelight with their HD 3850/3870 video cards. TweakTown shares the MSI Radeon HD 3870 X2 OC Graphics Card with us and you need to pay attention to the "X2" in the name because this is the new dual GPU version! Sharing the spotlight is the fact that AMD also just released two other cards as well and Legit Reviews looks at the ATI Radeon HD 3450 and Radeon HD 3650 Video Cards. For NVIDIA fans there is always the Inno3D 8800 GT iChill at Overclocker Cafe which sports a factory overclock and an Arctic Cooling Accelero X1 cooler. There's another new video technology making its way onto the market these days and you can head over to Techgage to read about DisplayLink - Multi-Display Setups with USB. Crysis is a game known for bringing many a system to its knees. What does it take to play this game at the highest resolutions? HotHarware has the Crysis v1.1 NVIDIA 3-Way SLI Performance Update. What good is a new video card without a large monitor to show off all that eye candy? That's where the Samsung SyncMaster 275T TFT LCD comes in and LAN Addict gives us a chance to check it out. Madshrimps just posted their Foxconn P35AP-S Motherboard Revisited: New BIOS. FrostyTech looks at the Xigmatek MAC-S3501 DDR/DDR2 Memory Heatspreaders and questions just how necessary is an active memory cooling solution. The Lian Li PC-P80 Case garners some pretty strong superlatives in the video review from 3dGameMan. Low power CPUs are more often found in mobile devices, not in enthusiasts' machines so find out what [H]ardocp has to say about VIA's New Centaur Designed Isaiah CPU Architecture. TechReport has a quick look at SanDisk's Sansa Clip MP3 player for those of you looking for a small music player whose name doesn't begin with an 'i'. When gaming, if your hands sweat like a kid on his first date then the Logitech ChillStream Actively Cooled Gamepad at Tweak News might be the answer for you. Don't forget to check out the Geeks 7" Digital Picture Frame over at Monster-Hardware before you go.
Posted: January 14, 2008 05:12AM
Author: Dale Shuck
We have a lot of ground to cover in today's roundup so let's jump right in. First up is the ASUS EN8800GTS 512MB Graphics Card at Tech ARP. Several cooling products made their way into today's offerings. OCModSHop has a look at the Danger Den MC-TDX 775 CPU Waterblock and evaluates its compares its performance to the previous TDX block. Virtual-Hideout looks at the ASUS Triton 75 CPU Cooler which features a fan-less cooling design that also allows you to choose your own 120mm fan similar to some of Thermalright's products. The Zerotherm Hurricane HC92 CU 8800 VGA Cooler is designed for cooling the latest generation of video cards and Tweaknews evaluates this beast to see if the bulky design of this cooler is worth it. Our friends at Bonafide Reviews have a look at the second generation Zune 2 80GB MP3 Player. The battle for DDR3 memory supremacy continues to heat up (literally) and Overclockers Online reviews the Corsair Dominator PC3-14400 (TWIN3X2048-1800C7DFIN) kit with its included Corsair Dominator AirFlow fan setup. For the gamers we have Crysis 1.1 Patch Performance with Multi-GPU Testing from TechSpot. Tired of all that cable clutter under your desk? Take a look at the ULTRA Stackable at Bjorn3D (also check out the OCC review here). Finally, ThinkComputers brings us more CES 2008 coverage with articles on Antec, Microsoft, Viewsonic and Thermaltake.
ASUS EN8800GTS 512MB Graphics Card @ Tech ARP
CES 2008: Antec @ ThinkComputers
Danger Den MC-TDX 775 CPU Waterblock @ OCModShop
CES 2008: Microsoft @ ThinkComputers
CES 2008: ViewSonic @ ThinkComputers
Zune 2 80GB MP3 Player @ Bonafide Reviews
Corsair Dominator PC3-14400 (TWIN3X2048-1800C7DFIN) @ Overclockers Online
Crysis 1.1 Patch Performance with Multi-GPU Testing @ TechSpot
ASUS Triton 75 CPU Cooler @ Virtual-Hideout
ULTRA Stackable @ Bjorn3D
CES 2008: Thermaltake @ ThinkComputers
Zerotherm Hurricane HC92 CU 8800 VGA Cooler @ Tweaknews