Month: October 2007

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Asus EN8600GT OC GEAR graphics card

Asus is one of the few manufacturers who doesn’t follow the mold with graphics cards. Not only do they produce both ATI and nVidia based cards, they seldom utilize the reference cooler; they even offer a wide variety of passively-cooled cards. The product we’re reviewing today isn’t passively-cooled, but it does have the potential to

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AMD DTX small form factor system preview

AMD’s DTX small form factor specification has progressed since its announcement in January 2007. Here’s an interim overview of DTX and its objectives, and a preview of a reference DTX system from AMD. DTX coverage by other selected sites: The Tech Report, Anandtech, Ars Technica, Hot Hardware, Techware Labs

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Antec NSK-3480: 80-Plus Case

Antec has updated its popular NSK-3300 with a new power supply and some tweaks to airflow and cable management. The power supply is its 80-Plus EarthWatts, making the NSK-3480 the first 80-Plus certified case on the market. Can Antec make a good thing better?

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Zalman CNPS8700 LED CPU Cooler: Update of a Classic

The new Zalman CNPS8700 CPU heatsink/fan has a rich heritage: It borrows from the company’s earlier products, the 9700, the 7000, and even the VF900, a GPU cooler. It’s a return to “tradition”: An all-copper, blow-down fan cooler with additional muscularity provided by modern heatpipe design.

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Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme: Heir to the CPU Cooling Throne

They added two more heatpipes to the Ultra 120 and renamed it the Ultra 120 eXtreme. Did this simple modification improve the already excellent performance of one of the biggest tower heatsinks around?

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Zalman ZM-MFC2: 4 x Fan Controller + Power Meter

A fan controller with a power meter built in? Zalman’s ZM-MFC2 brings something new to the endless list of things you can display on your front panel: Power consumption. Oh, and it also controls up to four fans.

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Hiper Media Center Barebones PC

The Hiper Media Center has a full featured MATX motherboard by MSI along with a 200W power supply in a small, very low profile case that has room for one hard drive and a notebook slot optical drive. Notable standard equipment include a complete front panel card reader and I/O board hidden under a pop-up

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