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Date: March 31st, 2002
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was purchased and Donated from : Pham Computer & www.ncix.com
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Prologue


To most of us avid tweakers, overclockers and the computer modding elite across the net, we reach for one thing and one thing only, stability and performance. As everyone knows, a good, stable overclock can be one of the most fullfilling free performance enhancement that anyone can do. I know with my first attempt to overclock my Duron 700 to 1Ghz, I did everything to aid in getting that overclock to be stable and effective, even to the point of doing a voltage mod on my Abit KT7 motherboard, which I am writing this review on as we speak. The utter nerve racking experience of soldering a resistor on a motherboard in which you cannot afford to replace is both incredibly stressful while in the process, and unbelieveably fulfilling when it is completed and working. To feel like you have accomplished a stable overclock is to a carpenter building his first home, a feeling of accomplishing something by yourself. But to one accomplishment, brings another. You feel that you should try something, perhaps overclocking your videocard, or on the basis of this little writeup in its little corner of the internet, modifying your case with a couple exhausts to get rid of the one thing that that can bring trouble to your accomplishment,,,,,HEAT!!


Heat is the number one cause of all computer problems I have seen to this day in my short computer technician lifetime. I often get calls from friends asking for help on their systems, their computer locks up while burning a cd, a favourite game will not work for no more than an hour before the computer will spontaneously reboot by itself, which is quite a frustrating matter if you are in the middle of your graduate thesis, and your computer locks up and you lose the last 10 hours of typing. What I have always recommended as a first try at figuring out the problem is to open the case up and have a small fan blowing into the case. Nine times out of ten, they will never have a problem again. For instance, everyone knows or knows of a person which is the proud (cough) owner of a pre-manufactured computer from xxxpaq, xmachines, xxxxxxx-packard, etc. You see the problems these computers are plagued with. Harddrives burning out, ram dying, motherboards going kaput, cd-rom's quitting even if they were only used 2 or 3 times in there short lives. These are not actual hardware failures due to poor workmanship these are heat related failures!!!. Mind you, I am a firm believer in name brand components, but these computer manufacturer's seems to cram there component's in these tiny little cases that have no case cooling other than a power supply exhaust fan to rid the case of heat. In some instances, I have seen some companys install a small 80mm case fan in the front bottom of the case to bring in some cool air into the case, but do these guyz understand that to cool a case, bringing cool air in does nothing if you don't get rid of the heat. The newly introduced cool air will do nothing but just warm up and circulate slowly around the case until the power supply fan finally gets rid of it in an hour. Like in the case of xxxpaq, I see their new cases have a place to screw a nice 80mm exhaust fan into place under the power supply and at the back of the case. But do they use it, no, its just left there like a gaping hole. The investment of 2 dollars in a small fan per computer could save them millions in hardware failures and warrenty claims. If only they could have a little foresight, tweakers like us would buy these computers and maybe respect them a little more.


And to this review of 92mm Case Fans, I dedicate to the owners of these computers. Open your case up and see what your computer is comprised of, see what you can do to cool it down, and you will NEVER have a hardware failure in most cases ever again. A good test is to hold your hand at the back of your computer where the power supply fan blows out of your case. If you feel moderately warm air, you have a problem. And this problem is what is going to shorten your computers life. I see people with case temperatures of 35-40 degrees and stand there and complain that there computer is sluggish or is always having problems, well, your car will not perform well and will show the same symptoms if its overheating, well apply the same physics to computers and you will have a perfect match. Cool it down and it will work like a dream.


Well cripes, the prologue developed into almost a rant there, but if you are the average computer user, heed my words, if you are a tweaker and an overclocker like I am, you already know this and are probably rolling your eyes at me as we speak, but I thank you for your patience, now,,,ON TO THE HARDWARE!!!!

 

 


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