Western Digital Raptor, Cooler Master Cavalier, Shuttle Mobo and Other Goodies
Good morning everyone, NJ here with another edition of the HH times. With a few not so pleasant incidents over the weekend, the HH team was not in the best mindset. So, in hopes of starting the work week off right, I have a XL dose of juice for all of us. Here is your AM shot...
"The main barrier that hard drives face is that as opposed to other computer hardware they are still mechanical. Motors, platters, actuator arms and other components, all packed together in a small housing and asked to work in perfect harmony. To increase hard drive performance the answer is simple, increase the RPM (revolutions per minute). Although the answer might be simple its implementation is not, excess heat, limited storage size and dependability have worked against high RPM hard drives. In today's review we'll be taking a look at the Western Digital Raptor 74GB SATA, 10,000 RPM, 8MB cache hard drive that dares to go where no hard drive has gone before."
"We've received a really impressive entry into the PC Database today. The_Snarf has managed to squeeze watercooling and no less than 4 HDD's, totalling 640GB of storage, into a Shuttle SFF mini-PC!"
"Are you tired of all the gaudy pre-mod cases that have dumped into the market lately? Well so are we! And so is Cooler Master who has just released a very sweet and simple new case called the Cavalier. We have the -1 model on review here, which comes with a very smart and elegant pre-mod borrowed from their Musketeer device called a Sound Pressure Indicator. We audiophiles would just call it a Vu meter, but regardless what you call it, it still ads a nice touch to a great enclosure. Yes, for you folks that don't like it, Cooler Master also makes a model of The Cavalier (TC-03) that does not come with the meter installed. Read the full review, right here on Club Overclocker, to see this new case from Cooler Master for yourself."
"The tiny button that you see on the back panel is for clearing the CMOS which can come in handy if your overclocked system fails to boot up after you've fitted all your components and have the casing closed. Instead of re-opening the casing, simply press that button for a couple of seconds and you're up and running again."
"The EPIA MII features some new technology that is fairly innovative. One such feature is built right into the VIA C3 processor, the Via Padlock Advanced Cryptography Engine (ACE). Via Padlock is an encryption and decryption engine designed to be used with the US Government approved Advanced Encryption Standard."
"In keeping with the market sector this board is aimed at, you can see that it is significantly lower clocked than other GeForce FX 5700 variants available. This board weighs in with both core and memory clocks of 250MHz, in comparison to clocks of 425MHz core and 350MHz RAM for a standard 5700, and 475MHz core and 450MHz memory for the 5700 Ultra."
"Thermaltake's Combo Cool DIY series of heatsinks features broad cross-platform compatibility as one of its hallmarks, and the heatsink we're looking at today, the CL-P0006 Pipe101, is no exception. It supports AMD K7 and K8 as well as Intel Socket 478 applications, and with its solid copper construction and four big heatpipes, it looks primed to perform. We'll find out soon whether its looks and features translate into great cooling performance."
"This, my first hardware review, is of the ThermalTake Silent Boost K7, as purchased for $20 at Bestbyte.net. Some of the key selling points of this fan are support of AMD Athlon XP chips up to 3400+, and it's near-silent operation. Descriptions from the website include, "Fan: High performing "Hydro Wave Bearing" fan, increase airflow by intake air from multi-directional; Heatsink: All copper base, more surface area provides better heat transfer; Unique fan frame design significantly reduce the noise level." This is a high-performance, middle price-range heat sink assembly, that could work well for many users."
That is all at the moment friends, I will catch you back here later :) - Cheers