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Power Cooler PCH141 Review

PCH141 is another socket cooler from POWERCOOLER. This is my second review on this manufacturer. The first one was for the model PCH123(7020), and oh my, was that a BIG one. But guess what? Yes, this one is even bigger.
July 2nd, 2001

Power Cooler PCH123 (7020) Review

CPU cooling has become one of the hottest topics in the personal computer market. The fact that average users starting to aware of the damage of heat to their computer and that hardcore overclockers needing to push the limits of their cores have encouraged companies to develop all sorts of design, good or bad. Today we have a specimen from POWERCOOLER. Let’s see how it fits in the big picture.
June 29th, 2001

AMK TKO 2003 Case Review

At first glance, the case seemed to challenge me, "C'mon, I can take whatever you throw in me." Standing tall at its full tower height of 24", beautifully crafted from 1mm thick sheet metal, armed with an array of fans on the back, front, and sides, and weighing in at 32.5 lbs., the TKO-2003 was definitely a case to drool at. The design is modest and unassumingly simplistic, hiding its superior qualities under a smooth and blended exterior.
June 25th, 2001

OCZ Gladiator Review

Few coolers these days can still get my mojo flowing like they did way back when the Thermaltake Orbs were first introduced (before the widespread die cracking was well known – nothing sucks my mojo away like widespread die cracking ).
June 21st, 2001

Thermaltake Volcano II Review

The Volcano II is the latest addition to Thermaltake's line of CPU coolers: with a simple but catching design and great performance, the Volcano II looks to be a worth additon to the Thermaltake line.
June 19th, 2001

CaseAce Gear Grip CRT Review

Are you finding yourself constantly moving your monitor from room to room? How about to those LAN parties all the way across town? Moving 30 plus pounds of dead weight while avoiding cables trying to claim the life of you and your monitor is not a simple task. If you are in need of a saviour, then the CaseAce GearGrip-CRT may be the answer to your prayers.
June 18th, 2001

Thermaltake Copper Orb Review

Thermaltake has added a new heatsink to their line of Orb coolers; the Mini Copper orb offers a variety of new features including a copper base and a redesigned clip. Read on as I set out to see how these new features will affect this unit’s performance.
June 12th, 2001

Thermaltake Memory Cooling Kit Review

I remember back when not even CPUs had heatsinks: back in the day they sat bare to the world, but as technology and speeds increased eventually they became to the overclocker and then ubiquitous and even required. Next came video card cooling as tweakers tried to force out the last ounce of power from their graphics chips; now even motherboard chipsets have cooling on them to allow for more stability at higher speeds.
June 4th, 2001

ATEN IC-1394 Firewire PCI Card Review

Firewire is currently the hot ticket interface in the multimedia world and has been for some time. This isn’t surprising considering Firewire, which is also known as IEEE 1394, was developed by Apple – the kings of audio / video computing – and has a maximum data transfer throughput of 400Megabits/s or 50Mbytes/s. This is leagues faster than USB which maxes out at 12Mb/s or 1.5MB/s – no wonder why those USB webcams can be so jerky.
May 10th, 2001

AVC 112680 Athlon Cooler Review

Everyone knows that having a steaming hot CPU is a good thing if that implies that it's capable of running a compile, Unreal Tournament, and hacking the pentagon all at the same time. What you do have to note is that it's a very bad thing if your CPU temperature shoots up to be hotter than the core of the sun.
May 1st, 2001

Thermaltake Mini Super Orb DU0462-8 Review

Back in December of 2000, we reviewed the Thermaltake Super Orb – a large, sexy looking cooler in its day. The major problem with that particular cooler is its width which makes it near impossible to install it on some motherboards (most notably, the Abit KT7, the EPoX 8KTA3 and the FIC AZ11E). I say “near impossible” because with a little handy work and a few bent fins, the Super Orb (or SOrb as I like to call it) could be coerced into fitting.
April 10th, 2001

SP Silent PC Combo Review

Noise. The bane of many people’s office-life and the blight of managers looking to increase productivity. Studies have shown that noise can not only reduce productivity, but also increase stress – not to mention the fact that it is annoying, something we don’t need a study to verify. In many business situations (radio stations, TV/music studios, etc…), the working environment demands silence.
March 23rd, 2001

SP Silent PC Combo Addendum

After posting the initial review of the Silent PC, we received a few comments from Thomas Schramm of SP North America. In light of these comments, this addendum will clarify a few fuzzy areas in the review and correct some of the factual errors that I made.
March 23rd, 2001

AOpen HQ08 Full Tower Case Review

In general, current day full tower cases share the same qualities, and the HQ08 is no exception. We found this baby after some readers sent us email asking us whether this bad boy would be a good alternative to the hot roddin’ Antec SX830 (by far my favourite full tower to date). The HQ08 is a fairly appealing case, and at first glance you can see that the case packs a solid offering. We’re showing the HQ08 with aquamarine trim, but the case also comes in grey, blue, and green, just in case (pun totally unintended) you’re fashion conscious.
January 19th, 2001

Thermaltake Low Profile Orb Review

The Thermaltake Orbs are a very popular line of cooling solutions. It’s easy to understand why: they’re good performers and their strikingly sharp looks have a pretty high “wow” factor. Thermaltake is hoping to spread this boom of popularity into other market niches with the introduction of several models, including the Low-Profile Orb which is made for space-confined rackmount servers.
January 11th, 2001

Thermaltake Super Orb Review

Not too long ago, Thermaltake made their grand entrance into the cooling arena with the original Golden Orb -- the first, in what has come to be, a very popular series of "Orbs". While being one of the sleekest looking cooling solutions, this original orb quickly proved that looks certainly can kill.
December 13th, 2000

Antec SX830 Full Tower Case Review

This is what Antec terms as a performance workstation tower. I like to think of it as a well-crafted piece of artwork – for a computer geek anyway. All the standards are there – rolled edges to take off the sharpies, lots of roomy workspace, and a suite of areas designed specifically for case fans.
November 28th, 2000

CaseAce GearGrip Pro Review

Even before I was into network gaming, before 10/100 NIC cards started becoming a household item, I was already moving my computer from my house, to those of my friends. Moving a computer has always been a chore. The case is not the easiest thing to move, and once you pile on your cables, your keyboard, your mouse, and any CD-ROM discs or other myriad accessories you might want to bring, you are talking about a very large, very bulky, and very unstable tower of equipment.
October 5th, 2000

Globalwin WAA08 Fan Duct System

In order to get more cooling –Global Win has designed a Fan duct system that takes the best of both worlds and combines them, by having a case fan mounted inside an air duct unit to help suck the air out the rear of the case. But can it really provide any additional cooling over standard case cooling methods?
August 21st, 2000

Globalwin VOS 32 Cooler Review

Designed for use with the PII/PIII & the Athlon, this combination heatsink/fan cooler really does the trick. Equipped with two 26CFM fans and a rectangular sink, this cooler keeps the CPU down to unthinkable temperatures. Come take a look at what it can do...
August 18th, 2000

Globalwin FLK50 Athlon Cooler Review

The Globalwin FLK50 comes with a rectangular anodized Aluminum Alloy heatsink with one 26CFM fan that sits in the middle of the sink. This setup seems to perform very well in comparison to the other coolers we have reviewed. Take a look at exactly how well it stacks up.
August 17th, 2000

Computer Nerd's FAK780B EIGHTY-ON Athlon Cooler Review

Constructed with a large black anodized heatsink, and equipped with a large 80mm fan, the FAK80B is one powerful athlon cooler able to really keep your CPU temperature down to reasonable levels. Take a look at what this baby can do!
August 10th, 2000

RDJD K701 Athlon Cooler Review

RDJD rivals the competition with their addition to the Athlon Cooler market with their K701 Athlon Cooler. This cooler/heatsink is equipped with one fan compared to the dual fans that most other Athlon cooler come standard with. Find out whether this feature of RDJD's product is a benefit, or whether this limits the amount of air flow it can move.
August 4th, 2000

3D Cool Athlon Freezer Pro Review

As more and more Athlon CPUs hit the market, Cooler manufacturers have to keep on their toes to create new cooling devices to satify the needs of the overclocking community. Join Richard in his first of several reviews of Athlon cooler. Richard reviews the 3DCool Athlon Freezer Pro.
August 2nd, 2000

Socket Cooler Final

We took the last 5 socket cooler reviews we published and rounded up all our data to pit them head to head. Check out how the coolers compared to one another, and how they scaled as we turned up the heat.
June 21st, 2000