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Has ATX run its course? - Has ATX run its course?
Sun Jul 18, 2010 | 12:02P| PermaLink
"As a technical journalist I have been very fortunate to be able to test the latest and greatest hardware as (and sometimes before) it hits the market. Lately I have noticed that our current form factor ATX seems to be reaching the limits of its usefulness. ATX (Advanced Technology Extended) was introduced in 1995 by Intel as the ‘replacement’ for the AT form factor that was pioneered by IBM in the 1980s. Of course, these are very simplistic items to discuss when we talk about motherboard design. If we went into detail this article would grow to several volumes to describe the various virtues of ATX. Intel changed a great deal including extending the board for a cleaner tracing layout. Traces are the small copper lines under the surface of the board; these traces connect the different components and if they are not laid out properly can result in current bleed and cross talk. But now that we are 15 years from the introduction of the ATX form factor and have seen many new variants come out (micro-ATX, Mini-ATX, E-ATX, etc), has ATX run its course?"

Sneak Preview - Spire Core i5 CoolWave LGA1156 Heatsinks - Sneak Preview - Spire Core i5 CoolWave LGA1156 Heatsinks
Thu May 21, 2009 | 3:37P| PermaLink
Spire have given us a little preview of its new Spire CoolWave i5 Socket 1156 silent and cost effective CPU Coolers. The CoolWave i5 Series consists of the CoolWave 5 and CoolWave 5 Pro. Both ready to cool the expected to release in Q3 Intel processors built on the 1156 Core i5 'Lynnfield' platform. Designed for SI, Mainstream and price cautious user in mind. Below the images are the main features of these new Spire coolers:

CoolWave 5       
* Large all aluminum heat-sink   
* Measurements: 90x90x80 (LxWxH)  
* UV-reactant 92x30mm silent fan design  
* Four anti-vibe rubber fan mounts  
* S350 Thermal compound pre-applied  
* Tool-free, time saving & secure retention 

CoolWave 5 Pro
* Large Copper core heat-sink
* Measurements: 90x90x80 (LxWxH)
* UV-reactant 92x30mm silent fan design
* Four anti-vibe rubber fan mounts
* S420 Thermal compound included
* Tool-free, time saving & secure retention

Product Includes Multi-language Owner manual *Universal Mounting Clips for 775/1156 & AM2/3 *S350 thermal interface compound. Heatsinks are compatible with the latest Intel and AMD Micro-processors based on sockets 775/1156 for Intel and AM2/AM3/940/939 for AMD.

The CoolWave 5 coolers will be available late June, MSRP Coolwave 5 $9.95 / €7.30 and MSRP Coolwave 5 pro $14.95 / €11.00


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