NZXT Phantom Full Tower review
We review the NZXT Phantom. Absolutely stunning in many ways as the design is simply great, the features are grand and then the extras still need to kick in. What about a 5-fold fan controller connected to a plethora of pre-equipped fans? Yep, a fan controller in the chassis, something we have been requesting for years.
The NZXT Phantom is a full tower case with an excess of room for just about anything you'd like to install in there.
Check out the full review right here.
OCZ High-Performance 'Xtreme Thermal Exchange' and Blade 2 DDR3 Memory
OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for computing devices and systems, unveils new Xtreme Thermal Exchange (XTE) and Blade 2 high-speed desktop memory, providing the optimal balance of blazing DDR3 performance and cooling efficiency in one solution. Committed to staying ahead of the curve in the high performance segment of the memory market, OCZ is offering high-end memory that keeps pace with intensive overclocking, gaming, and other high-productivity computing environments.
Noctua NH-C14 Premium Cooler
Noctua today officially introduced its new NH-C14 CPU cooler. Sporting an exquisite, uniquely flexible 140mm dual fan setup of two Noctua NF-P14, the NH-C14 is a highly customisable, premium-class top-flow solution that further boosts the renowned quiet cooling performance of the company's much acclaimed NH-C12 series.
"Our NH-C12 coolers are renowned to rank among the most capable top-flow cooling solutions on the market, so we're truly proud to offer a further substantial improvement in quiet cooling performance with the new NH-C14", says Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. "This model really closes the gap to good tower coolers while being much lower in height and ensuring better component cooling."
The NH-C14's six heatpipe c-type design with two NF-P14 FLX 140mm fans brings top-flow cooling performance to a new level while maintaining a much lower profile than today's tower-style coolers and providing excellent airflow over RAM modules and near-socket mainboard components.
The two supplied NF-P14 premium fans can be installed on top and underneath the fin-stack to configure the cooler for maximum performance in dual fan mode and either lower profile or maximum component clearance in single fan modes. Run with a single NF-P14 fan underneath the fin-stack and with the top fan removed, the NH-C14 measures only 105mm in height, which makes it ideal for use in smaller enclosures and HTPC applications. Run with a single fan on top, the NH-C14 provides a full 65mm of clearance for chipset coolers or RAM modules with high heat-spreaders.
Topped off with a tube of Noctua's award-winning NT-H1 thermal compound, Low-Noise and Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptors (U.L.N.A.) as well as the professional SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system (LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA775, AM2, AM2+ and AM3), the NH-C14 forms a complete quality package for the highest demands.
Zalman outs budget CNPS5X CPU Cooler
Another CPU cooler is about to enter the market, this time from Zalman called the CNPS5X. Supporting both Intel (LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA775) and AMD (AM3, AM2+, AM2) processors, the cooler comes equipped with a copper base, three 8mm copper heatpipes and a 92mm fan that works at 1400 to 2800 RPM. heat pipes converge at a copper CPU base. The 92 mm fan is nested inside the aluminum fins. It spins at 1400~2800 rpm, with a rated noise level of 20~32 dBA. Together, the CNPS5X measures 127(L) x 62(W) x 134(H) mm, weighing 320 g. Installation is made easy by push-pins for Intel sockets, and a fixed clip for AMD sockets, requiring no access to the back of the motherboard.
The CNPS5X will become available in December for 26.90 Euro (about $37).
Beer keg casemod
The dude took an old, beat up Anheuser-Busch keg and cut some windows into the thing. He then cut the bottom off so he could slip those PC components inside and powered coated the whole thing black. After the powder coating was done some chrome trim went on to finish the bling.
Inside the keg PC the dude added some blue lights. It won
Intel Z68 Express chipset details
The chipset, which is said to include integrated Intel HD graphics with support for both digital and analogue outputs, is designed to offer performance overclocking features for Sandy Bridge processors according to the slide leaked by a member of the Chiphell forums.
According to the slide, the chipset will allow for 'performance over clocking of processor, memory, and processor integrated graphics,' with Intel clearly hoping to capture the performance enthusiast market with this revision.
Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced NVIDIA Edition
Well now, last week Cooler Master presented an NVIDIA-themed HAF X case and this week the company presents the CM 690 II Advanced NVIDIA Edition. This new model is based on the CM 690 II Advanced but features a green-black color scheme, with an NVIDIA logo in the front panel and a side window shaped in the form of NVIDIA's logo.
The chassis also has a green LED front fan. This NVIDIA Edition will be available soon for 110EUR, which is about 20EUR more than the CM 690 II Advanced Window Edition. The chassis measures 214.5 x 511.8 x 528.8 mm in size at a wight of 9.19 kg.
EVE Online: Incursion Trailer
GeForce Forceware 263.09 WHQL
For those that missed them earlier last week, we had posted GeForce Forceware 263.09 WHQL drivers. NVIDIA now started hosting these officially. Check out our forum thread for deeper info.
- Installs HD Audio driver to version 184.108.40.206.
- Includes PhysX System Software to version 9.10.0514.
- Supports DirectCompute with Windows 7 and GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
- Supports OpenCL 1.0 (Open Computing Language) for all GeForce 8-series and later
- Supports OpenGL 4.1 for GeForce 400 series and later GPUs.
- Supports GPU overclocking and temperature monitoring by installing NVIDIA System Tools software.
The driver holds an entire build including the latest PhysX and 3D Vision drivers.
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T listed in etail
AMD is apparantly soon releasing a new AMD Phenom II X6 processor, this one is tagged 1100T. Compared to the previous flagship 1090T this model will have a slightly increased clock speed and Turbo Core frequency at 3.3GHz (100Mhz higher than the 1090T), the Turbo Core frequency being rated at 3.7GHz.
AMD managed to retain the same 125 TDP for the 1100T. The processor is a Black Edition and thus has an unlocked multiplier. The current listing is priced at 276 EUR.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 480 SOC review
Oh dear, did they just miss the boat? We review the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 480 SOC. This card is labeled under SKU code GV-N480SO-15I and comes with Dual BIOS technology, a SOC Default BIOS and one LN2 BIOS selectable by pressing a simple LED based button.
A card that seems a little out of place released right after the GTX 580 launch. But yeah, as our review will show, the card really is remarkably good, roughly as fast as the GTX 580.
Check out the full review right here.
Viking Modular 8GB High-Density DDR3 Modules
Viking Modular Solutions announced its DDR3 8GB Very Low Profile (VLP) Registered DIMM is available for immediate qualification. Suitable for the most demanding environmental conditions, this high-density VLP RDIMM is optimal for Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers in the telecommunications, enterprise, cloud and embedded computing markets that need the benefit of high density in a very low profile form factor.
Viking Modular is a leader in creating innovative DRAM packaging solutions that offer excellent signal integrity and thermal management. This latest DDR3 8GB VLP RDIMM uses mainstream 2Gbit DDR3 DRAM to deliver a cost effective, reliable, high-density solution, ideally suited for blade servers, storage bridge bay (SBB), AdvancedTCA (ATCA) and multiple space constrained high performance computing environments.
Built with Viking Modular's patent-pending BGA stacking technology, the DDR3 8GB VLP RDIMM features include:
- Superior Thermal Performance: -40 degrees C to 85 degrees C
- PC3-6400 to PC3-10600
- DDR3-1333 240-pin VLP Registered DIMM (w/Thermal Sensor)
- JEDEC Standard MO-269
- Thermal sensing energy management
- Low voltage option (1.35 and 1.5V options)
- Ruggedized enhancements
- Meets SWaP military COTS requirements
"Viking Modular continues to be at the forefront of developing leading DRAM packaging and stacking capabilities," said Adrian Proctor, Vice President of Marketing for Viking Modular Solutions. "This new DDR3 8GB VLP RDIMM allows our OEM customers in the enterprise server, storage and embedded markets the flexibility to upgrade new or existing platforms to maximum memory capacities."
Viking Modular Solutions is a product division of Sanmina-SCI. As a leading electronics manufacturing services provider, Sanmina-SCI continues to provide its OEM customers with cutting-edge technological development, industry certified manufacturing facilities and the benefits of a global supply chain with long standing, strategic partnerships.
Arctic Sound Series 2.1 Speakers
The ARCTIC S series 2.1 Speakers bring best audio quality for all needs. Dive into pure sound and make your PC to a real multimedia system. The speakers in the ARCTIC SOUND S Series features excellent sound quality with rich bass and clear highs. High fidelity drivers along with quick and precise responding driver coils play your music the way it is thought to be played.
The sleek and contemporary designs of these metallic-looking speakers blend seamlessly into any media center environment and emphasize your modern lifestyle. The different sizes will fit into either limited areas or spacious environments. All of the speakers are integrated with volume, bass, and treble controls, either on one of the satellites or on a control pod. Tweaking those settings with turning knobs are at user
Apache: Air Assault PC Released
Apache: Air Assault is a new combat flight simulation game based on the Apache AH-64D Longbow attack helicopter. The player takes on the role of three distinct Apache crews that each deal with what at first appears to be localized enemy activity, but eventually reveals itself to be part of the larger plan. The gameplay intercuts back and forth between the three crews as the action and stakes escalate.
Apache: Air Assault features 16 multi-stage missions involving air and ground strike operations off the coast of Africa, the mountains of the Middle East and the jungles of Central America, each meticulously created using high resolution map data from real-world satellite photography. Apache helicopters are some of the most sophisticated combat aircraft on the planet
NVIDIA dual-GF110 graphics card PCB spotted
Our colleagues from TechPowerUp spotted photo of what seems to be an early engineering board of a dual-GF110 graphics card.
The reference design PCB of the dual-GF110 accelerator (which still needs some components fitted) reveals quite a lot about the card taking shape.
" First, it's a single PCB card, both the GPU systems are located on the same PCB. Second, there are slots for three DVI output connectors present, indicating that the card with be 3D Vision Surround ready in a single card. You just have to get one of these, plug in three displays over standard DVI, and you're ready with a large display head spanning three physical displays. Third, it could feature a total of 3 GB of video memory (or 1.5 GB per GPU system). Each GPU system has six memory chips on the obverse side of the PCB. "
Cooler Master HAF X NVIDIA Edition
Now I mean no disrespect to NVIDIA or Cooler Master, both great companies of course. And sure, the HAF-X is a great chassis. But that .. I would not want in my office, no Sir. Cooler Master has teamed up with NVIDIA to release an NVIDIA-themed version of the HAF X case. The new case has a black/toxic green color scheme and an NVIDIA logo attached to the front but other than that it looks pretty much the same as the regular HAF X.
The case retails for $229.99, a $50 premium over the regular edition. Read our HAF-X review right over here BTW. Click on the thumbnails and see for yourself.
GeForce GTX 580 3-way SLI review
Well sure we can, but the dynamics are way more complicated. So before starting up the article, rest assured we'll be showing you performance of our standard benchmark suite, that means some older titles, some modern titles and some DX11 titles.
We'll also overclock a little, look at power consumption, heat .. and well .. everything else.
Check out our full review right here.
3DMark 11 to launch November 30, 2010
Good news for the benchmark enthusiasts, 3DMark 11 launches November 30, 2010. 3DMark 11 is the latest version of what probably is the most popular graphics card benchmark.
Designed to measure your PC