Corsair press Announcement, Supermicro 'Super Quiet' Tech, and more!

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Corsair Introduces COOL Water Cooling Kit

Fremont, California, January 27, 2005: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced a water cooling kit that enables greater overclocking performance by cooling Intel and AMD processors far more efficiently than conventional heatsink/fan air cooling units.

Branded simply "COOL", this kit was designed for ultimate ease of installation; it can be installed in virtually any system in about an hour, with no need for power tools. The included RadBox allows the fan/radiator assembly to be mounted on 80mm, 100mm, or 120mm chassis fan openings. The kit is available in two flavors:

•CWC100-1000 supports Pentium™ 4 Socket 478 and Athlon™ 64 CPUs
•CWC100-1001 supports Pentium 4 LGA-775 and Athlon XP processors.

To develop this kit Corsair performed exhaustive testing on virtually every water cooling component available, then selected the combination of components that together delivered the top results. The complete kit includes a 120mm fan, radiator, CPU cold block with factory-clamped tubing, bay reservoir, 12-volt DC pump, and all necessary mounting hardware. Each component is the best in its class.

According to Eric Ackerson, Corsair COOL Product Manager, "this kit delivers impressive cooling efficiency that allowed Corsair Engineers to reach remarkable overclock speeds. But it's deceptively quiet."

Both kits are shipping now to Corsair resellers worldwide, and will be available for retail prices under $240. For more information: Click Here

Modifying the Swiftech MCP350 Pump for Increased Flow @ SystemCooling

"Everything I said in the original Swiftech MCP350 12 VDC pump review still stands. But for the hard-core enthusiast that is willing to perform a relatively simple modification, this little pump has the potential to deliver significantly more flow. As expected, the modified MCP350 pump remained just as quiet as the original and current draw increased ~0.1 Amp (at 12.0 VDC) under full flow."

Soltek K8T890 Performance Preview @ t-break

"VIA had their K8T890 chipset announced for the Athlon64 platform quite some time back. If we remember right, it was announced before nVidia?s nForce4 as the first PCI Express solution for the AMD platform. However, boards based on this chipset are yet to make an appearance on store shelves. Today, we have recieved the first motherboard based on the K8T890
chipset and its an Engineering sample from Soltek modelled the K8T890."

Supermicro "Super Quiet" Technology Reviewed @

"Demand-Based Switching (DBS) is another power management feature that Intel has come up with. Its goals are to reduce core frequency and voltage until the horsepower is actually required. The processor frequency will be reduced to a minimum of 2.8GHz until the demands of an application or service force the processor back to its default clockspeed, which in my case was 3.6GHz."

128MB XGI Volari V3XT AGP Card @ BigBruin

"If you were looking for a serious gaming graphics card, you came to the wrong review. But, if you are looking for a budget solution for multimedia or home theater applications, the XGI Volari V3XT is an excellent option. The processor runs cool enough to only need passive cooling, and the silence is ideal for an HTPC situation where even the faintest hum of fans may interfere with video or music playback."