Conclusion: Computers are insanely powerful and incredibly affordable nowadays. However, it's not without its consequences -- ten years ago, components run cool enough that a simple heatsink plus a few low RPM fans, if necessary, will suffice. Nowadays, many components will need additional cooling if you want some overclocking headroom or just to bring it to an acceptable operating temperature.
Excerpt: If you've ever been in the market for a new computer enclosure, power supply, or cooling solution the name Antec is probably familiar to you. Based in Fremont, CA, Antec has been around for some time and has built up quite a product portfolio including is variety of cooling solutions. Today we look at one of their most unique coolers, the SpotCool.
Summary: Internal cooling problems are difficult to solve in desktop computer systems. Server and workstations frequently have extra internal fans and are specially designed for optimal airflow through the chassis, but desktop systems don't usually have anything more than a front- or rear-mounted fan to move air.
Conclusion: I wish I could say that the Spot Cool solved some kind of problem for me, but I don't have any problems with heat in any of my test machines (Core 2 Duo, Athlon 64 X2, dual Opteron), and I don't overclock. If you do have such problems and can't use or are already using an on-chip heatsink and fan for your chipsets and video processor, or if you have heatsinks on your RAM that you need to help cool down, the Spot Cool can be a great asset.
Conclusion: Antec SpotCool is an innovative design on system components cooling. It is not going to be a permanent cooling solution since it won’t replace the CPU fan or graphic fan. However, it would be a great additional cooling to a system specially if one of the components is generating too much heat or holding back the overclocking potential. The SpotCool is able to deliver a good performance at the price of little noise level. Unfortunately, I think that the slightly short...
Conclusion: At just below £10, the Spot Cool is an expensive cooling option. But when you think that it can cool anywhere, it looks pretty good and it’s more or less silent, it’s a sound buy. However, it does make your PC look a little unprofessional in that a fan on a stalk isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing addition to your case. Looks or temperatures, the choice is yours.
Excerpt: Als een van de oudere spelers op de computer markt, heeft Antec sinds 1986 een flinke lijn aan mooie producten. Antec is altijd al een bedrijf geweest welke zich heeft gericht op stijlvolle-, kwaliteits-
Conclusion: Le Spoot Cool de Antec est un produit de refroidissement original qui, si votre boitier offre la place suffisante, peut se monter n'importe où pour refroidir des composants comme la RAM ou les disques durs ou encore les puces chipsets de la carte mère. Peu bruyant, il offre à votre ordinateur un look plutôt sympa avec ses belles LEDs bleues.
Pros: - peut se monter partout, - silencieux, - belles LEDs bleues