Boutique outfit Digital Storm is once again dipping its system building fingers into sub-zero territory with the launch of its Cryo-TEC Cooling System. This chilly cooler is essentially a redesigned version of Digital Storm's Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled system and is now smaller and more powerful than before by way of direct contact heat dissipation technology.
You know parents are the same, no matter time nor place; they don't understand that us enthusiasts need to micromanage airflow in our case. Yeah, we'll leave the lyrical stylngs of DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince in the 1980s and focus our attention on what we know best: PCs. Still, the point remains, if you want to micromanage your case's half-dozen fans, NZXT's new Sentry Mix fan controller will allow you to do just that.
Gelid believes the key to improving air cooling performance lies in the orientation of heatpipes. The company's latest cooler, the GX-7 (or CC-GX7-01-A, if you prefer), falls under Gelid's Gamer branding and utilizes seven heatpiples arranged in a way the company claims facilitates better heatflow than most traditional heatsinks.
Liquid cooling can be a scary proposition if you've only ever played with air. When it's your first time diving into the depths of liquid cooling, you can't help but envision a worst case scenario, one in which you end up accidentally soaking your motherboard and other pricey components with H20. Such horrific scenarios are becoming less of a concern as companies launch all-in-one liquid cooling setups, such as what you'll find on PNY's new XLR8 Liquid Cooled Graphics series.
Intel and AMD have a history of tackling the same problem with different solutions. Remember Intel's Netburst architecture? It was all about extra long pipelines in pursuit of ever-increasing frequencies. AMD went the efficiency route and branded its processors with model numbers intended to denote performance, a marketing trick designed to wean consumers off of GHz ratings. Now the two chip makers are one taking opposite approaches to their upcoming processors, with AMD seriously considering bundling a liquid cooling system (LCS) with its top-flight Bulldozer chip, and Intel reportedly telling Sandy Bridge-E system builders to bring their own coolers.
Stock CPU coolers have their place, like in Aunt Mabel's machine or the spare parts bin. If you're planning to overclock the snot out of your system, a third party cooler should be high on your shopping list, lest you taunt the god of instability with high temps. There's another solution -- you could purchase a processor that's pre-packaged with a high-end cooler, only AMD and Intel haven't been real keen on going quite so far to encourage overclocking. That might change with Bulldozer.
Being computer geeks, most of our wants and wishes skew towards things with processors and AMOLED displays. In this hot almost-August sun, we find ourselves wishing for something a little more simple – a nice, cool breeze. Not for us, but for all the poor fresh air-cooled servers around the country. Traditional thinking says hot winds and hot servers make for a melt-down margarita, but Dell's offering a warranty that guarantees its servers and storage devices can withstand the scorching summer heat.
Feeling wet behind the ears when it comes to liquid cooling? If so, Thermaltake's hoping to ease your trepidation with a new line of liquid cooling products that includes a special version of its Level 10 GT case and two additions to its Bigwater line. All three products are self-contained, all-in-one units that are purportedly easy to install.
Case fans typically aren't all that exciting. Some sport funky fan blades, other boast LED lights, and all of them are shrouded in plastic with screw holes to attach to your case. You have fans that are designed to push more air than a hurricane, and others built with low acoustics in mind. But what makes the new USB Rubber Vegas (U.R.Vegas) fan line from Enermax so unique is how you mount the fans and move them around.
PNY on Monday announced it was working with Asetek to "deliver liquid-cooled, high-end graphics cards that far outperform equivalent air cooled models," but stopped well short of providing any real details, like which cards would get the Asetek treatment and for how much. It looks like PNY was just waiting for the right moment, that moment being the E3 Expo that's now taking place, and has answered all the questions we had.