Radical Sony VAIO RA-104

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Sooty
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Radical Sony VAIO RA-104

Post by Sooty » Fri Aug 27, 2004 12:58 pm

Not sure if I should be posting this in ‘Prebuilt’, but at the risk of it going unnoticed there, I’ve posted it here:

Sony UK page

Features:

CPU heat is conducted to the radiator by a phase-change heatpipe system.

Heatpipe radiator, cooled by a 120mm fan, is located where the PSU normally sits.

Central air slot in case sides allows cool air to be drawn over radiator.

120mm PSU located sideways, and near bottom of case - extracing warm air from Northbridge and PCI slots.

Hard drive cage has fan sitting on top – presumably drawing air from vents in the bottom of case.

There’s a review in PC-Pro Mag (UK). I’ve not time enough to post further info - perhaps tomorrow. Certainly a very interesting concept! 8)

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Post by the_smell » Fri Aug 27, 2004 3:33 pm

It's interesting, and suggests Sony may have finally woken up and smelt the goodness of quiet computing, but at £1900 I think I'll stick to building my own computer :D (especially when they don't say if that includes the monitor).
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Post by msm_zgok » Fri Aug 27, 2004 5:43 pm

I've seen those Sony models around. There's nothing in the middle of the two silver triangles. Weird case design.
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Post by davidstone28 » Sat Aug 28, 2004 2:03 am

There are some more pictures here:-
http://www.vaio.net/models/desktops/r/f ... esign.html

I think it looks great.

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Post by Sam Williams » Sat Aug 28, 2004 4:13 am

According to http://www.vaio.net/models/desktops/r/tour.html, the price tag does exclude the monitor.

So: very serious money for real power, exotic looks and exotic cooling... Sony's answer to the Power Mac G5, isn't it?
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Post by grandpa_boris » Sun Aug 29, 2004 11:26 am

Sam Williams wrote: So: very serious money for real power, exotic looks and exotic cooling... Sony's answer to the Power Mac G5, isn't it?
i would think that it's more of an answer to HUSH ATX and zalman TNN 500A. the price is in the same range. does anyone have a first-hand experience with the sony box? how does it stack against HUSH and zalman?
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Post by purplehaze » Mon Aug 30, 2004 8:11 pm

i seriously hate sony's in terms of cases, i own one for that matter and the crappy thing about sony cases it makes its psu as a big fan/slash psu and it is one big freaking block that blocks proper airflow throughout the system ill take a pic of my system some time this week and oh ya im getting an slk3700 bqe soon from directron can someone tell me how long they ship if they bought from these dealers

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Post by grandpa_boris » Tue Aug 31, 2004 1:23 am

purplehaze wrote:directron can someone tell me how long they ship if they bought from these dealers
i have. they are reasonably fast. i think they processed the order in less than 24 hours and the rest was up to UPS.
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Post by purplehaze » Tue Aug 31, 2004 9:22 pm

w00t nice i bought a slkbqe3700 with a switch from 350w smart power to antec 380 true power :P all for only 95 dollars
i am so anxious on getting this beast at least i hope it will be a quiet beast

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