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Intel to shut plants and eliminate 5,000 jobs
     Thu, Jan 22 2009 | 2:16P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With demand for its chips drying up at record rates, Intel has decided to shut down several plants and dismiss thousands of workers. Fresh off one of its worst quarters in the last 25 years, Intel, based in Santa Clara, California, told investors after the market's close on Wednesday that it would lay off at least 5,000 people. The cuts result from the closing of three chip-testing facilities in Asia and halting operations at plants in Oregon and California. The closed facilities mostly used aging technology, and Intel will continue to invest billions of dollars this year in new plants, said Chuck Mulloy, an Intel spokesman. As many as 6,000 people could be dismissed, depending on how many workers can secure jobs at other Intel plants. Intel employed 84,000 people at the end of last year, and had already eliminated 20,000 jobs in the last three years.
  FULL STORY @ IHT

Sony expects record $3 billion loss
     Thu, Jan 22 2009 | 2:16P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Sony, the Japanese electronics company, said Thursday that it would post a record annual operating loss of nearly $3 billion because of the rapid deterioration of the global economy. It also announced a major restructuring that will include layoffs and factory closings. "The massive economic upheaval being experienced across the world is sparing no one in the consumer electronics world," Howard Stringer, the Sony chief executive, said at a Webcast news conference in Tokyo. Stringer said the main problem had been "a significant deterioration" in the company's core electronics division. But business worsened across every major line, including games, movies and financial services, even as competition from Apple's iPhone and Nintendo's Wii game console turned up the heat.
  FULL STORY @ IHT.COM

Zalman CNPS9900 LED Intel Core i7 Heatsink Tested on Frostytech
     Sun, Jan 18 2009 | 3:23A | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
www.frostytech.com Want to know the trick to making Zalman's NEW CNSP9900 LED socket 1366/775/AM2 heatsink run five degrees cooler? Hint, it's not the thermal compound, nor is it increasing fan speed. Frostytech tests the Zalman CNPS9900 LED heatsink here, and dishes out a TIP that will make silent running this all-copper heatsink an extra bit cooler.

"Frostytech first saw Zalman's CNPS9900 LED heatsink at Computex Taipei this past year, today we've finally got it on the test bench! The heatsink was appropriately set to release in tandem with socket 1366 Intel Core i7 processors and is thus fully socket 775/1366 compatible."

  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

Frostytech Test Report - Coolage Frozen Orb Z924 HDC Heatsink
     Sun, Jan 11 2009 | 5:21P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
www.pcstats.com Latest Frostytech heatsink review is up, this time the results are..... not what you'd expect.

"Coolage's Frozen Orb Z924 HDC heatsink makes use of the trendy "heatpipe direct contact" technique, except this time we're looking at a modified thermal design Coolage originally manufactured with a copper base plate. That heatsink was the Freezer Orb F0-Z924AL. Can a heatsink be retooled into an effective exposed heatpipe base CPU cooler if it wasn't originally designed as such? That's just one of the questions Frostytech will seek to answer in this review."

  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

Happy New Years!
     Thu, Jan 01 2009 | 9:28P | Site News | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Happy New Years from all of us at PCSTATS! May 2009 be the best year yet!
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Gelid Solutions Silent Spirit Heatsink Reviewed on Frostytech
     Mon, Dec 29 2008 | 2:45A | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
www.pcstats.com Frostytech review the new Gelid Silent Spirit heatsink and tell you straight up wether it's worth getting, or if there's a better option.

"If you know how quietly Arctic Cooling's past thermal solutions ran and how well they performed, I'm sure you're as interested as Frostytech is to see how Gelid's first low noise heatsink stacks up. After all, it's no small feat to construct a well performing low noise thermal solution for today's crop of multi-core Intel and AMD processors!"

  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 LP Low Profile Heatsink Reviewed on Frosty
     Sun, Dec 28 2008 | 11:17P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
www.frostytech.com

Frostytech is back with a new low profile heatsink from Arctic Cooling for super slim and super compact Intel PC's - the Freezer 7 LP.

"The Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 LP is a lightweight Intel socket 775 heatsink made specifically for slim-line and book-sized PC cases. It stands less than 50mm high, weighs just 260 grams and operates very quietly. Although it's 80mm 600-2000RPM PWM fan is underpowered for high temperature Intel processors, for the newer generation of sub-85W CPUs, the Freezer 7 LP is more than satisfactory. The heatsink is officially rated for heat loads up to a maximum 95W.... we'll still throw 150W at it for fun!"

  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

 
Antec NeoPower Blue 650W Power Supply Review
     Tue, Dec 23 2008 | 9:02A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I've looked at several Antec power supplies lately, and this time I'm looking at a new take on a Seasonic based platform introduced with the Truepower Trio line. Only this time, there are blue LEDs and it's modular.
  FULL STORY @ JONNYGURU

Nexus BeamAir Air Guider
     Mon, Dec 22 2008 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"All the while most of the PC manufacturers are trying to produce some coolers or fans which are not only good in term of cooling but also silent as well. Today, let us bring you an unique product from Nexus; BeamAir. Beam is neither a fan nor cooler but it helps to increase the cooling effectiveness by concentrate the air flow; basically it is an air guider for a fan."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREBISTRO

Nvidia's Ion platform announcement
     Thu, Dec 18 2008 | 6:20P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So in conclusion, Nvidia has created some much needed potential for a very restrictive, yet immensely popular platform. The GeForce 9400 MCP is a good part and we can't wait to test the actual product to check how viable the Ion platform is and how well it works with an Atom CPU. Will Nvidia's Ion be price competitive and will Intel offer its Atom CPUs on their own? These two factors will determine whether an Ion dream comes reality, or if we simply forget about it by breakfast.
  FULL STORY @ BIT-TECH

Samsung PN50A650 650 Series 50 Inch 1080P Plasma
     Mon, Dec 01 2008 | 4:03P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"To sum this TV up, the picture quality for a mid-range TV is amazing, the connection choices can be compared to a HD buffet and the icing on the 1080p cake is that this is a great looking TV that looks a lot more expensive than its price tag."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKNEWS

Lian Li PC-7FW
     Fri, Nov 28 2008 | 9:01A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Lian Li has finally returned with a new mid-tower lineup, their PC-7F series, offering modern new features in an updated aesthetic that still thrives to retain its traditional heritage. More significantly, is that Lian Li has priced these mid-tower products to be more accessible to those who have always wanted one of their cases. Yes, today is the day that Lian Li has opened the vaults to the masses and look at the PC-7FW.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Sapphire Radeon HD 4550 512MB Low Profile Video Card Review
     Thu, Nov 27 2008 | 4:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It stands to reason that there is a very limited number of video cards that will fit in the MicroATX Slim case. Our friends at Sapphire have added an additional selection, with the new Radeon HD 4550. This card has a very small footprint, and comes with both a standard expansion bracket and a low profile bracket, sports 512 megs of DDR3 memory, and has active cooling to boot. All for a price too low to believe. Read on to find out about this cute little video card!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Coolermaster UCP 1100w Review
     Sat, Nov 15 2008 | 9:00A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"When it comes to cases, Coolermaster are one of the big name manufacturers that most see going hand in hand with quality. In recent years they've extended their reach in the hardware world to many different markets, but one of the biggest ones has to be their range of PSUs. Today I have the chunky UCP 1100w unit. Let's see how it compares to the myriad of PSUs we've looked at recently."
  FULL STORY @ XSREVIEWS

Titan Cool Idol TTC-NK75TZ Heatsink Reviewed on Frostytech
     Mon, Nov 10 2008 | 12:22A | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
www.frostytech.com

Frostytech tests the new Titan Cool Idol heatsink in this review.

"Titan's Cool Idol heatsink is made from three separate aluminum fin sections joined to a copper base by six 6mm diameter copper heatpipes. The heatsink uses one 120mm PWM fan mounted on vibration absorbing rubber posts that is capable of spinning from 800-2200RPM. The use of six heatpipes and three aluminum fin sections is fairly unique, but at 850 grams in weight the Cool Idol is seriously under supported."

  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

UPDATED - Top 5 Best Heatsinks for Intel and AMD
     Mon, Oct 27 2008 | 11:27P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
www.pcstats.com

UPDATED - Top 5 Best Heatsinks for Intel and AMD - low noise/low temps

Quickly find the Top 5 AMD & Intel heatsinks according to FrostyTech! Find an amazingly cool CPU heatsink, or a super quiet one. The #1 Rank is considered the current Top heatsink for either low noise or low temperatures.

A rank of #10 is considered the 10th BEST. Only heatsinks that Frostytech has tested are included in these Top 5 lists. Find the heatsink you like, then click for a detailed review if available and the official thermal and acoustic test results. Frosty's just posted a new heatsink chart for November 2008!

  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

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