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OCZ Gladiator Max (OCZTGLADM)And finally, the third new solution based on Heat pipe Direct Touch technology a cooler from OCZ Technology with an ambitious name Gladiator Max. A smal pandora jewelry l box made of thin cardboard is designed in blue and light blue colors with a cut out window in the front panel that reveals part of the cooler:

Overall, the package informational content is quite typical: distinguishing features, technical specifications, list of compatible processors and sockets and several cooler photos. It is interesting that there is the same polyurethane foam casing inside like the ones we have just seen by Xigmatek coolers. Moreover, I had a very strange vu feeling all the way. There is a plastic bag with accessories on top including two retention brackets for LGA 775 mainboards, swing clip for AMD platforms, silicone spindles, screws and Stars thermal compound (that is called Generic Thermal Compound for some reason):

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Just like the previous two cooling solutions, OCZ Gladiator Max comes with its heatsink and fan packed separately. This is what the heatsink looks like:

Its general structure is similar to that of Xigmatek HDT S1284, because it is built on four copper heatpipes 8mm in diameter that form part of the cooler base. They hold an array of 42 aluminum plates, each about 0.250.30 mm thick. The plates are spaced out at 2 mm distance from one another:

Each aluminum plate bears an embossed OCZ logo. Heatpipes are also shifted awa pandora jewelry y from one another.

The distinguishing feature of OCZ Gladiator Max cooler is its base that has six aluminum rods piercing four bottom heatsink plates:

I have to admit that it is a pretty strange solution. If these rods should help transfer the heat from the base to the heatsink plates, then why haven they been made of copper, not aluminum? And if they are intended to improve sturdiness, then I really don understand why in this particular zone.

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2 Stir in flour mix, then chocolate mint candies. Refrigerate dough until completely chilled, about 2 hours.

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5 In bowl, whisk powdered sugar, milk or cream, and the remaining 5 ml (1 tsp) peppermint extract. Additional milk can be added if mix is too thick to drizzle. Drizzle icing over surface of cookies and immediately sprinkle with green sprinkles.

6 Allow icing to harden before storing in an airtight container between sheets of waxed paper.

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New Condo Will Double as Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic Village

New Condo Will Double as Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic VillageAustin Gangur has spent five days and four nights on a VANCOUVER sidewalk. Normally clean cut and gelled, Gangur thinks he looks homeless. But this is not the Downtown Eastside; rather, it’s South East False Creek, Vancouver’s upmarket new ‘hood. And his brand new beard and pandora jewelry dishevelled mop are testaments to his endurance. Curled around the block and onto West First Avenue, a chi chi crowd of several dozen, like him, brave the elements. Most are perched, shivering, on lawn chairs. Some sip lattes, or reach up to warm their hands on the industrial sized heating lamps rolled out for them. Gangur has brought his multivitamins. At the front, three figures are stretched out in sleeping bags on the sidewalk; they’re fast asleep, though it’s already afternoon. Lining up, it seems, is dull work, even when the prize is a piece of history.

Tomorrow, Oct. 25, the waiting game will be over. Condo king Bob Rennie will begin taking orders for his latest offering Millennium Water: 200 units along False Creek for local developer the Millenium Group. The cheapest condos start at $450,000. The best views top out at $3.5 million. None will be ready until 2010. In fact, the decontamination of the downtown brownfield once a mishmash of shipyards, sawmills and municipal incinerators isn’t even complete. It’s the kind of hysteria only the king can create.

Rennie is billing this as “Vancouver’s Last Waterfront Community,” a tag that is surely meant to stir panic among view obsessed locals. But that’s not the ace up Rennie’s sleeve: this is also Vancouver’s Olympic Village. For 16 days during the Winter Games, the marquee project going up along Athlete’s Way, a new city street will be the focus of intense global interest as the temporary home of speed skaters, downhill skiiers and bobsledders from all over the globe. In spring 2010, well into the Olympic hangover, the condos will be handed over. Their lightly used status is a selling point: Rennie will tell buyers which elite athletes slept in their bedrooms.

Rennie takes home a jaw dropping $200 million on the first day. Nope, that’s not even a personal best. His one day record was $240 million on a condo development in the city’s infamous Downtown Eastside. Few outside the Lower Mainland have ever heard of him, but this son of a trucker, raised in Vancouver’s working class e pandora jewelry ast end, sells more condos than anyone in Canada. Rennie is among the most successful real estate agents in the history of North America, according to architecture critic Trevor Boddy. “One of Vancouver’s most influential citizens,” is how former mayor Larry Campbell, now a senator, puts it.

“It was the rich side of East Vancouver,” Rennie says of his childhood. He smirks, his eyes narrowing behind his black rimmed Buddy Holly style Ray Bans. “We used to think because the lots were 42 ft. instead of 33 ft. that we lived in a privileged area.” He left high school three months before graduation. At 18, he sent away for both his bartending and real estate licences; the realtor’s licence was first to arrive. In the late ’80s, still fairl pandora jewelry y new to the game, he imported to Vancouver the hyper competitive, made in Hong Kong concept of the pre sale, condo jargon for selling the condo before ground is even broken. The concept then fanned out across the continent, says Tsur Somerville, a real estate expert with the Sauder School of Business. In the beginning, pre sales were used to persuade banks to fund developments during economic downturns; they’ve since become promotional machines. Rennie is marketing British architect Norman Foster’s first ever condo towe pandora jewelry r, as well as the local big three: Estates at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, Residences at the Ritz Carlton, and the Shangri La which, by December, will become Vancouver’s tallest tower, at 61 storeys.

Today, though, he’s focusing on the Olympic Village. “Somebody said the other day, and I thought it was cute, ‘Will we change the toilets?’ ” says Rennie. “Well, the chances of a toilet in a new home not being used by a construction worker before you move in are zero.” These toilets are dual flush, by the way. And they’ll run on recycled rain water. In fact, the project which Rennie says will cut treated potable water consumption by 40 to 50 per cent from day one is expected to set a new standard for green development in North America.

Half the buildings will have green roofs flat roofs that incorporate grass and plant life to capture solar heat and act as natural insulants. On the rest, traditional flat roofs will be used to harvest the rain; water will be sent down into huge, underground cisterns already in place. The roofs are just the beginning. “The idea was to build a community where you don’t need cars,” croaks Vancouver project manager Jody Andrews. (The gee whiz green design has drawn A list visitors from Harvard University, Chicago and Kiev; Andrews’ voice is hoarse from shouting over heavy construction equipment in site tours.) City planners are stuffing it so full of amenities they hope cars will seem unnecessary. By the time the Olympic flame arrives, there’ll be a new Sky Train stop named Olympic Village Station an on site elementary school, a full stop community centre, and a marina for non motorized boats, obviously. Half the total acreage is being devoted to park space, including an island being built in False Creek, accessible by foot during low tide. Green Building Council.

Do Rennie’s buyers care about the sustainable design? Not one bit, says one of his sales associates; she didn’t field a single question about the site wide compost pickup or the sanitary sewer heat recovery system that will heat buildings and hot water. “But eventually we’re going to start wearing green and social consciousness the same way we wear Prada and Gucci. Why don’t we get as much green as we can into the project, be opportunistic, just like it’s our new lemon fresh. It’ll sell product.” These buyers may not care about green architecture, he says, but the next batch will.

Before getting the condos to market, Rennie had to mediate between city planners, a community oversight group and the developer who worried its cutting edge green development was becoming a money pit. (Rennie is no stranger to civic showdowns. When he moved into the Downtown Eastside in 2005, he had to make nice with residents who were furious that he’d used gritty black and white photos of local street folk to sell the “edgy” Woodward’s condo development on Hastings Street. “I had community groups saying I had raped their soul,” he recalls.) In packed meetings for Olympic Village, the hackles were up, and the split was crystal clear: “suits” on one side, “bike helmets and backpacks” on the other, he says. Environmental advocates argued passionately that a design that included air conditioning could never be considered green. “But who’s going to pay $1,000 a foot, without a/c?” countered Rennie, who also nixed plans for costly mini forests that would have acted as natural coolants. And even before all this, Rennie quietly fired Yale University architecture dean Robert A. M. Stern, originally commissioned to design the prestige Olympic Village structures, replacing him with ailing local treasure Arthur Erickson, after Stern’s proposal thought to resemble a New England fishing village was thunderously rejected in Vancouver.

But these and other fights are ancient history. Today, eight bright white cranes stand at the ready on the False Creek flats; the push for 2010 is on. It’s unlikely Olympic Village will become an iconic landmark, like Moshe Safdie’s modular Habitat 67, Montreal’s eerie, twin pyramid Olympic Village, or the Expo Dome, Vancouver’s own strange ode to the future. Rather, the city’s getting yet more “Big View, Big Price” condos so Rennie’s complex is an ode, perhaps, to the here and now. “Condos,” as he says, “are our new vocabulary.”