Been searching for a sub-145mm tall heatsink? If so, you'll want to pay close attention as Frostytech tests the Auras Shagon ARC-118 tower heatsink - it stands just 139mm tall!
In the era of +160mm tall tower heatsinks, it's getting harder and harder to find a CPU cooler suitable for compact PC chassis.The Auras Shagon ARC-118 heatsink is built around four 6mm diameter copper heatpipes and a 50x100mm aluminum fin stack. The heatsink features an exposed heatpipe base and utilizes a single 2400-1000RPM 92mm PWM fan for all its cooling needs. Since this heatsink is equipped with a 92mm fan, noise levels tend to be moderate at stock speeds and whisper quiet at minimum RPM. Total heatsink foot print is 101x88mm, its weight is 460 grams.
"Thermaltake's Jing heatsink is a dual fan tower style cooler that comes in a bright shade of nuclear green. The heatsinks' twin 128mm fans spin at 800-1300RPM in a push-pull orientation and create a modest amount of noise according to our real world sound measurements. Weighing a hefty 920 grams, the Thermaltake Jing stands 161mm tall and installs onto Intel socket 775/1155/1156/1366 and AMD socket AM2/AM3+ processors. While the Thermaltake Jing heatsink performed quite well on both the Intel and AMD reference charts at stock fan speed, the heatsink is best run with its front and rear fans rotating at 800RPM."
Amongst a long line of reviews on motherboards based on this chipset we have checked out premium brands mostly. There's always more in the market, Jetway for example ... a company making a lot of OEM products for other businesses, but they do have their own retail production line.
Though hard to find in the stores these product promise good quality, features and often an excellent price, yep allow me to repeat that -- always an excellent price.
"If Icy Dock MB994SP-4S is offering more than what you require then Icy Dock MB991IK-B is another alternative solution for you. In short Icy Dock MB991IK-B could be considered as a simplified version of Icy Dock MB994SP-4S which is only able to support a single 2.5" drive bay in 3.5" form factor instead of quad drive bays supportability in 5.25" form factor."
Remember the nightmare faced by the PC gamers more than 3 years ago where all high end graphics cards back then can't even run the game properly when all the eye candies were enabled? It seems the suitation is much better now with the new CryEngine 3 that seems more robust and support multi-platforms.
When you think of Sapphire you think of video cards and more recently motherboards. Along with expanding into the motherboard market, today, Sapphire introduced its newest product the Edge-HD Mini PC. With a dual core Intel Atom D510 and a Nvidia ION 2 GPU the Edge HD could be a perfect HTPC or PC for light use. The Edge HD gets its name from its thin size; everything is packed in a form factor that is smaller than the average home router. Considering its contents, the size is very impressive!
Recently we reviewed a few items from Arctic Cooling that help gamers stay cool under pressure. A gamer won't get the opportunity though if their rig can't do the same. You don't have to have a top-of-the-line gaming laptop to worry about its temps; the nature of all that hardware in such a little space is cause enough to create concerns. Arctic Cooling has also has a solution for your mobile computing companion, and today we sit down with the notebook cooler to put it to the gamer's test.
DirectX 11 API is already quite a mature piece of software that has been with us for a couple of years. Unfortunately for end-users its actual implementation in real life applications has been slow. But recently Blizzard has officially released its World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 4.1 Patch, which should attract just that bit more attention to this. Read on to find out why.
“One of the first to the plate with the newest 990FX chipset is ASUS with their latest release the Crosshair V Formula. ASUS has diligently worked and planned the release perfectly in anticipation to the long waited release of AMD's Bulldozer re-engineered architecture. Previous versions of the Crosshair have been power packed with the ultimate features both gamers and enthusiasts love so without due await, let's see if the ASUS Crosshair V Formula lives up to its past predecessors' potential, bringing among other things, SLI to AMD motherboards.”
The world’s second largest (and Asia’s largest) IT event -- COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2011 -- will be held at all exhibition halls of the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) from May 31 to June 4. MSI, the world-leading manufacturer of mainboards and graphic cards, will be at Booth L607 in TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall A. MSI will display the best of its best products at the show, including products that have passed the uncompromised US Military Standards (Military Class II Series) and the latest Intel Z68 mainboards equipped with the MSI-exclusive OC Genie II.
Also shown are the latest Military Class II AMD 9-Series mainboards, with easy overclocking and core unlocking, and the flagship-level Big Bang-Marshal (B3) mainboard equipped with eight PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots, the most in the industry, and the premium Creative X-Fi MB2 sound processor - the best choice for gamers with its superb gaming performance and sound effects.
MSI, the world-renowned mainboard and graphics cards manufacturer, has officially launched their AMD 9-Series chipsets products: the 990FXA-GD80 and 990FXA-GD65 mainboards, supporting the latest AMD native octa-core AM3+ CPUs. The high-end 990FXA-GD80 mainboard has been equipped with MSI’s two outstanding award-winning technologies: Military Class II components with MIL-STD-810G Certification and OC Genie II one-touch overclocking technology. Complemented with a number of practical and convenient features, MSI 9-Series mainboards are enabled to satisfy the requirements of extreme overclockers, gaming enthusiasts and entry-level users alike.
Futurelooks breaks down the big ASUS press conference that saw the launch of many new products ... *COMPUTEX 2011 Video Coverage ? ASUS Press Conference Coverage Featuring The Padfone and More * One of our first videos is finally posted! As you know, ASUS had a number of things to announce at COMPUTEX 2011 this year and Futurelooks saw it all. Here are the highlights from the press conference that saw the launch of the new ASUS Padfone, super thin UX series notebooks and more."
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards,
graphics cards and computing hardware solutions today announced their latest EZ
Smart Response utility that allows users to install Intel® Smart Response
Technology with the click of a mouse, even if their system is set to IDE mode,
without having to reinstall their Windows operating system.
“One of the key benefits of GIGABYTE’s new Z68 Express chipset enabled
motherboards is support for Intel’s Smart Response Technology, which delivers an
exceptional performance boost for our customers,” commented Henry Kao, VP of
Worldwide Sales and Marketing at GIGABYTE. “We hope that the majority of our
customers enable this technology, and therefore we have developed our own unique
EZ Smart Response utility that allows users to effortlessly set up Intel Smart
Response technology so they can quickly experience the all performance benefits
it has to offer.”
GIGABYTE is once again leading the industry for their support of Intel® Smart
Response Technology with the recent announcement of the world’s first range of
Z68 mSATA enabled motherboards as well as the soon-to-be available GIGABYTE
Z68XP-UD3-iSSD motherboard that comes pre-bundled with the 20GB Intel® SSD 311
Series. With the launch of the EZ Smart Response utility, GIGABYTE is the only
motherboard manufacturer to give their customers, whether using a standard SSD
or onboard mSATA, the ability to quickly set up and install Intel® Smart
Response technology with the simple click of a mouse.
About GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response
The GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response utility is a simple application that allows
users to quickly and easily configure their system for Intel® Smart Response
Technology. In the past, enabling Intel® Smart Response meant users needed to
enter the BIOS in order to configure their system for RAID mode, which then
required a complete reinstall of the operating system. Once that processes was
complete, users then needed to install the Intel® Rapid Storage Utility as well
as configure Intel’s Smart Response Technology. GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response does
all of this automatically, without users having to perform a complicated install
This allows them to quickly and effortlessly enjoy a significant boost in
Intel® Smart Response Technology
GIGABYTE Z68 series motherboards are equipped with the much anticipated
Intel® Smart Response Technology, allowing users to experience system
performance similar to SSD only systems. Intel® Smart Response technology works
by using intelligent block-based caching of frequently used applications to
improve system performance and
responsiveness. In fact, GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards with Intel® Smart Response
Technology are able to outperform hybrid drive systems by more than 2X (PC Mark
Vantage HDD test) and HDD-only systems by as much as 4X (PC Mark Vantage HDD
test) and deliver a 60% performance improvement over HDD-only systems in PC Mark
To see the GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response utility in action, watch Colin Brix:
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB Intel Z77 Motherboard Review Apr 12 | Motherboards Rating:
The Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB motherboard is a fully featured mainstream-gaming platform based around the Intel Z77 chipset and bundled with a Wireless 802.11bgn + Bluetooth 4.0 PCI Express x1 card, not to mention all the bells and whistles of a highly expandable workstation platform and a good set of overclocking tools.