- Category: Hardware News
- Published: Monday, 24 August 2009 23:40
"Smaller, quieter, greener. These are the new key words of the industry. Computer components are reducing their size and their footprint. The next wave of computer enthusiasts isn't looking for that full tower monster case with LED lighting. They want sleek and slim, lean and trim. Benchmark Reviews takes a look today at the SilverStone SUGO SST-SG06B mini-ITX case. When you read mini-ITX, I know what you're thinking. Another HTPC case, nice and small, but useless for any type of CPU or GPU intensive activity. And that's where SilverStone breaks the trend. The case comes stock with a 300W power supply and enough room for a 9" long video card. Could this be the answer to those of us yearning for a PC that meets our computing needs as well as our space and aesthetic needs? Follow along as we delve deeper to find out."
"Corsair Labs recently conducted testing to determine whether the use of high-performance DDR3 memory for Core i7 platforms also requires the use of more effective CPU cooling products.
The results clearly show that using high-performance memory results in increased CPU temperatures, due to the higher CPU VTT voltages and Uncore clock speeds required by the IMC (Integrated Memory Controller) in the Core i7 processor. The average load temperature of a Core i7-920 processor cooled by the Intel HSF (heatsink and fan) was 11°C higher when utilizing 2000MHz C8 Dominator GT memory compared to 1333MHz DDR3 memory. The same PC cooled using the Corsair H50 CPU Cooler maintained average CPU core temperatures up to 24°C lower than the stock Intel HSF, and was able to stably cool an overclocked CPU while also maintaining a 2000MHz DDR3 memory frequency.
Standard CPU cooling solutions are inadequate for effectively cooling a Core i7-based PC using memory at frequencies above 1600MHz. Using high-performance memory running at 1866MHz or above (set by the XMP profile), the stock Intel Cooler was unable to stably cool the test PC, resulting in system crashes (BSODs) or processing errors."
"Razer™, a leading manufacturer of high-end precision gaming and lifestyle peripherals, has joined forces with Blizzard Entertainment, a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software, to co-develop StarCraft® II gaming peripherals powered by Razer technology. With the upcoming launch of StarCraft II, Razer and Blizzard Entertainment are collaborating on bringing gamers a quality tournament-grade mouse, keyboard and headset specifically designed to maximize the StarCraft II gameplay experience."