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Video Review #848: Thermaltake LANBOX Lite SFF Case

The Thermaltake LANBOX Lite SFF Case really stands alone in many respects. One feature that really sets it apart from the many other small form factor cases (SFF) that are on the market is it's capable of an NVIDIA SLI Video Card setup. This will attract hardware gamers because it means you don't have to sacrifice performance when building a small form factor rig. Another big draw is the modular chassis. The power supply mount, external drive bay cage, internal drive bay cage and motherboard tray can be removed.

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Video Review #1027: CoolIT Domino Advanced Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler

The CoolIT Domino Advanced Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler performs extremely well, easy to install and is affordable. As a matter of fact it's around the same price as a really good air cooler but performs better. This sealed liquid cooling system comes completely configured with the liquid coolant preinstalled. So theres no need for any extra installation like many other liquid cooling kits. By combining the waterblock, pump, radiator and reservoir together, CoolIt has simplified the traditional four-component loop into just one-component.


Video Review #1028: Thermaltake V9 Black Edition Case

The Thermaltake V9 Black Edition Case is the top of the line in the V9 series. It comes with two massive 230mm fans and two 120mm fans which provide excellent air circulation. It has great looks and is all black. There are plenty of drive bays considering this is a mid-tower case. They include removable dust filters on all intake fans. It even comes with a tooless design for installing drives in the drive bays and cards in the expansion slots. Bang for the buck, this case rocks! Although it's steel and plastic, not aluminum and the motherboard tray isn't removable.

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Video Review #1029: HIS HD 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo 1GB Video Card

The core speed on the HIS HD 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo 1GB Video Card is 770MHz and the 1GB of GDDR5 256 bit memory is 4GHz DDR. Note that a standard 4870 video cards only have a core speed of 750MHz and a memory speed of 3.6GHz DDR. It comes with 800 stream processing units for vertex, pixel and geometry data, 40 texture units and 16 raster operators. The pixel fillrate is 12.3 Gpixels/sec, texture fillrate is 30.8GTexels/s and the memory bandwidth is 128GB/s. Be sure to check out the CrossFire results. Watch the video to find out more...

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Video Review #1030: Enermax REVOLUTION85+ 1050W Power Supply

The Revolution85+ line of power supplies are currently available in wattages ranging from 850 to 1250 (the 1250W model is 220V) . I'll be reviewing the Enermax REVOLUTION85+ 1050W Power Supply. The approximate maximum peek output of the 3.3/5v rail is 170 watts & the 12v is 1044 watts. This PSU meets the 80+ silver, CrossFire & SLI certifications. It also comes with PowerGuard, AirGuard & HeatGuard features. If you're in the market for a high wattage super efficient power supply, this is it! Watch the video to find out more...

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Video Review #1031: Infrasonic BLOW5D Studio Monitor Speakers

The Blow line are available in a few different models. There is the 4 series which are 55watts and the 5 series which are 90watts. Both have a D line as well. The 4D and 5D differ from the standard models and include a digital interface module as well. The Infrasonic BLOW5D is a shielded, powered near-field studio monitor speaker and features a two-way, bi-amplifier design to achieve high quality sound. Frequency response is broadened downward by a bass reflex system and broadened upward by a natural silk dome tweeter for delicate signal reproduction.

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Video Review #849: Lian Li PC-A71 Case

If you are in the market for a full tower case and you need it to have excellent air circulation, dust filters, plenty of room to work, a removable motherboard tray, lots of drive bays, a sleek look, excellent construction and it has to be all aluminum, than I would strongly recommend checking out the Lian Li PC-A71 Case. There are six 120mm fans and two dust filters at the front, five external 5.25" drive bays and ten 3.5" drive bays. There's no other full tower server case that has these features and weights in at only 9.5kg (21lbs).


Video Review #851: Western Digital 750GB Hard Drive (WD7500AAKS)

The Western Digital Caviar SE16 750GB Hard Drive (WD7500AAKS) is one of the largest hard drives currently on the market. Why does anyone need a hard drive this large? Well, if you are asking this question, you probably don't. On the other hand, if you have or are building a Home Theatre PC you most certainly can have definite use of a massive hard drive. Movies, family videos, music, TV shows, games and other data requires a lot of space. This hard drive performs very well, is quiet and affordable. It's a must have for any serious computer user.

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Video Review #852: SilverStone SG03 SFF Case

The SilverStone SG03 Case is one of the very best Small Form Factor cases on the market. The reason being is you can fit just about everything you need inside with very few restrictions. That's includes the NVIDIA 8800 GTX/Ultra Video Cards or the ATI 2900XT Video Card. The layout might be different than standard Small Form Factor cases, but this is a good thing because it means improved air circulation. It comes with a 120mm fan at the front which can be repositioned for custom cooling. Another optional 120mm fan can also be added at the front for optimal cooling.


Video Review #853: Ultra X3 1600W Modular Power Supply

There's no question that the Ultra X3 1600W Modular Power Supply has a lot of power. Considering your typical computer build only requires 500W or less, is there any need for 1600 watts? Well, if you have the very latest hardware installed, there might be. If you have an ATI 2900XT Crossfire setup and lots of other hardware installed it can easily eat up to 700-900 watts of power. That's still leaves a lot of power for other uses or for future hardware that will consume even power power.


Video Review #854: Zalman Z-Machine GT1000 Case

If you're in the market for a very well constructed, thick aluminum mid-tower case, than the Zalman Z-Machine GT1000 Case is for you. With four external 5.25" drive bays, one external 3.5" drive bay and 6 internal drive bays, there lots of places to install drives. Although the front HDD cage which houses up to four HDDs does hinder air circulation. Speaking of air circulation, there are two 92mm fans at the front of the case and one 120mm fan at the back of the case. Since it is a mid-tower case there isn't a lot of room to work, but the motherboard tray is removable.


Video Review #857: Swiftech H20-120 Compact Water Cooling

The Swiftech H20-120 Compact Water Cooling combines the waterblock and pump together and the radiator and reservoir together. This simplifies the traditional four-component loop into just two-components. This reduces the space required for installation and it tremendously simplifies the installation process over most water cooling kits. The combination of high quality components sets this kit apart from others in the same category. While this kit will not outperform some of the four-component water cooling systems, it will outperform air coolers by a long shot.