Most users would agree that the once-not-so-hot hard drive is now possibly among the top 3 hottest components in a system, competing with the graphics card and CPU. Don't forget that the hard drive is also mechanical, so even the friction of air is enough to generate alot of heat from the spinning of the platters. While 50 degrees Celcius is considered to be "normal operating temperatures" for a typical 7200RPM hard drive, hardcore cooling enthusiasts will want to keep that number down. This is where a hard drive cooling rack comes into play
We have all heard of cold cathodes, LEDs, and window appliques, but what about a lighted window applique? Will EL Window Appliques be the next modding fad? Maybe, maybe not, today we will be looking at a Tweakmonster EL window applique from High Speed PC.
With the SLK-900, HSF compatibility is largely a function of the CPU platform. If you have a P4 based system, compatibility according to Thermalright should be 100%, as well as you have the choice of the two included mounting options, standard P4 retainer or the four hole motherboard mounting method. If, however, you have an AMD based system you must use the four hole motherboard mounting method. At this date not all manufacturers follow the AMD keep out specs so Thermalright has posted a list of AMD compatible motherboards that the SLK-900 will fit. I highly suggest you take a look at this list before purchasing a SLK-900
Asus’s V9900 Ultra graphics card is the latest high performance graphics card from this leading Taiwanese hardware manufacturer. Based upon NVIDIA’s latest GPU, the GeForce FX 5800 Ultra, the card aims to deliver the quality of CG cinematic films in real time form to the PC. NVIDIA’s GeForce FX chipset is undoubtedly an overdue technology in today’s video card market and now with ATI’s persistent success this once dominating graphics card company is finding it even harder to pull away from the competing edge of company’s such as ATI. Although that many fundamental reviews have already shown a large majority of the consumer market that ATI’s Radeon 9800 has an edge over a card that was expected to take the lead in the performance ratings lets not forget that the GeForce FX still holds many promising features over that of the Radeon 9800 which is simply a hyped up version of its predecessor, the Radeon 9700.
Power supplies have been getting higher in their supplied wattages these days, and more power brings more heat. This usually means louder and faster fans to cool down the PSU. You may remember power supplies as being the big ugly gray box taking up room in your computer. Power supplies have never been visually pleasing. Some companies try to throw in some LED fans, but the problem is you still have a big gray box. Raidmax has noticed these problems, and they have unleashed a line of power supplies that are powerful, quiet, and visually appealing.