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Saturday, November 29, 2003
Aver Media Ultra TV PCI 350 TV Tuner Review @ ModTownPC
"The TV Tuner works just like any other TV Tuner card except this one comes with a really nice remote, you can use all the features of the software from the comfy ness of your couch or bed. Heck you can even move the mouse around with out even touching your PC, although it's a little on the slow side of moving, the picture quality was much better when using the S-Video connection from my Digital Cable Box,it was much cleaner and sharper"

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Spectrum UV LED Fan Review @ 8BallsHardware
"Case fans usually serve as tools for ventilating your computer casing. They also serve as heatsink fans when mounted on large heatsinks, and on occasion also serve to add pizzazz to one's computer case, especially when it comes to modded cases. We've reviewed similar items in the past, including the CoolerMaster Neon LED fan, and more recently the Vantec Spectrum UV Fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler and Quieter Barebones PC's @ Tom's Hardware
"Mini-PCs are all the rage. But are OEMs stepping up to the plate to address barebones systems' noise and heat issues? Are Mini-PCs' performances improving as well? THG tested seven of the latest barebones systems based on P4 and Athlon 64 chipsets to see."

More information on this review can be found here.
Steelpad 4S Steel Review @ HardExtreme
"As a Gaming enthusiast, it is important to have every possible advantage while taking your latest head shot, or striving to completely obliterate the competition. When it comes to LAN games, mouse precision and speed is of the utmost importance. Whether you are wielding a roller or optical weapon, the new 4S promises to deliver the best possible advantage for a fulfilling gaming experience."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin KF-83 Serial ATA Hard Drive Rack Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"The last Kingwin rack we looked at was constructed entirely of plastic. The KF-83 is aluminum with a plastic front bezel. The aluminum should prove to be more durable in the long run but I've never had a problem with the plastic models myself. One thing the aluminum model adds unfortunately is weight. The plastic Kingwin KF-72 rack hit the scales at 448gms where as today's KF-83 comes in at 799gms"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake SubZero4G Review @ 3DVelocity
"Thermaltake's SubZero4G unit utilizes thermo-electric cooling at a level which poses little threat to the computer itself. For those of whom do not understand the technology, thermo-electric coolers are composed of two parts. The first part, the power supply, typically draws power directly from the wall and converts it to 12 volts. The output power flows through a peltier (sometimes referred to as a TEC), which under current draws heat from one side directly to the other. When attached to a heatsink as is the peltier in the SubZero4G unit, heat will not dwell on the heated side of the peltier, instead it flows through the aluminum pins and is transferred into the air flowing between."

More information on this review can be found here.
A+ GPB Window Case Review @ A True Review
"If you are looking for a sturdy case, this case is a good choice. When putting weight on the top of the case, I could not get it to bend or sway. The supports located inside are in the right places. I have seen other cases start to give if you push down on the top of them."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Weekly Special @ The Cutting Edge

These covers are made of 1/8 thick cast acrylic. The inside dimensions are 2 15/16 tall x 5 13/16 wide x 5 9/16 deep. This cover is designed to replace the metal cover for PSU's with top mounted fans that are located where specified in the diagram. This includes most Antec and Enermax PSU's. Also will mount an extra fan in PSU's that don't come with one but have enough room inside. Most fans are 25mm thick so make sure you have at least 1 inch of vertical room.

Reminder: There are only a few days left in the Cutting Edge Home Page Contest and up for grabs is a prize of $200.00 worth of store credit to the winner. Voting is scheduled to end on Friday December 5th, 2003.

More information on this contest can be found here. More information on the PSU cover sale can be found here.
Chenbro Gaming Bomb Case Review @ Madshrimps
"The case is not screwless, but almost. It would have been better if there was a fan holder in the front panel. These are just minor details. The case is really easy to use, once you get to know how systems work!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, November 28, 2003
FrontX Panel Computer Port Review @ Creative Mods
"This thing is built tough. The steel reinforced plastic housing should outlast years of upgrades. It exudes quality. Assembly was super easy. Just slide out the blanks, and slide in the corresponding module of your choice. It really is just that simple."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SP-94 HSF Review @ CoolTechZone
"Thermalright has been one of our long time favorites as far as cooling manufacturers go. They have introduced many copper based heatsinks that excel in performance under rigorous conditions. Combing air-cooling with heatpipe technology they have introduced two new, copper based heatsinks. SP-97 is for AMD processors while SP-94 provides cooling for Intel Pentium 4 processors. This time, Thermalright made it so each platform uses a separate heatsink unlike many other models we have seen that can support both Intel and AMD processors."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon 9100IGP Review @ Short-Media
"The Radeon 9100 IGP is ATI's integrated graphics chip that steps squarely on the toes of Intel's Extreme Graphics chip. The impact that the 9100 IGP will have may not be clear to most; that is until now. The Radeon 9100 IGP is a cost-effective, on-motherboard graphics chip that will change the level of graphics performance for thousands and perhaps millions of pre-built PCs."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen Aeolus GeForceFX 5950 Ultra Review @ Hexus
"It's quiet, nView 3.0 is excellent, the 2D quality was the best I've ever seen in isolation using my Sony G400 monitor and it should be comparatively cheap. Radeon 9800XT's are quicker, but FX 5950 Ultras make a decent case for themselves. Overclocking was a highlight too."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon 9600 XT Review @ Viper Lair
"ATI has done a fine job in tweaking their 9600 series, and for the money, I really don't see any reason why anyone should look elsewhere when shopping for a sub-200$ video card."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek WaterChillT CPU Cooling Kit Review @ Ohls-Place
"I must admit I had some reservations. I had never really thought that the performance achieved was worth the risk of mixing water and electronics. After it was all said and done the results surprised even me, but you will have to read the review to see what they actually were."

More information on this article can be found here.
Computer Fest Show 2003 from Friday November 28th to Sunday November 30th
The last Computer Fest Sale of the year runs this weekend starting today until Sunday November 30th. The show features over 80 Exhibitors with new, used, closeout and overstocked items. There will also be free seminars and a free advise table for those individuals looking for computer assistance. The show is located at Hall 1, International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd and runs Friday 10am–9pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am–6pm. MTB Staff will be in full attendance on the Saturday Show.

A $1 discount coupon to the show can be found here. More information on this show can be found here.
Aspire X-SuperAlien Aluminum Case Review @ 3dXtreme
"The Aspire X-SuperAlien holds five 5.25" drives, the color of the drive bay covers match the blue seen throughout the rest of the case. Below the 5.25" drive bays is the removable 3.5" drive cage that holds two 3.5" drives. To the right of the 3.5" drive bays are the Power and Reset buttons. The Reset button is recessed and requires the use of a pen or some other similar instrument to activate it. This is a catch-22 however, while it's nice to not worry about accidentally bumping the Reset button, you'll need a pen or screwdriver on hand to actually Reset the PC is the time comes."

More information on this review can be found here.
My Dream HTPC @ System Cooling
"Being that I'm somewhat of an audiophile and a computer addict, I've been mixing computers with my home entertainment center for a few years now, mainly for audio purposes. But it is only now that I've finally been able to put together a system that I am extremely proud of. It is this pride that has brought me to write this short article, briefly detailing my configuration and how I use it."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thursday, November 27, 2003
NorthPole vs. ZM-NB47J @ Bit-Tech
"Microcool have produced a chipset cooler with some grunt, there's no doubting that, the only doubt I have is if it'll help you achieve any extra speed out of your system as it didn't ours. If you're trying to squeeze every last MHz out of your system no matter the cost, or just wanting to increase its longevity, then this product is for you, but don't bank on it fulfilling any of your overcooking dreams."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Xaser III Skull Case Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"More from Thermaltake in the Xaser III VM series, we bring you the screwless wonder dubbed the Skull. Adding to their popular Xaser line of cases, it seems that Tt is trying to make a good thing better. After personally owning a Blue Xaser III for a period of time, I know how big and bulky their full-size case can be. The LANfire was a great addition to the gaming market, as it is small, light and transport friendly. The Skull on the other hand is the LANfire's DARK distant cousin, weighing more than twice as much but having a few more bells and whistles."

More information on this review can be found here.
Yuan R9800Pro VGA Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"All in all, Yuan R9800Pro is the perfect choice for the knowledgeable tweakers who want a quality build R9800Pro at minimal cost."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gainward 5950 1800 / XP Golden Sample Review @ Neoseeker
"We can be honest about the target market for flagship cards; they are not going into the computers of average consumers but into the boxes of the hardcore early adopters. Flagship cards are not about common sense, they are about having the best piece of hardware you can get a hold of. Price is almost secondary. It is a bit rare these days to see companies really go out on a limb and not just put out a reference design card. Gainward really embraces this enthusiast philosophy with both their Goldensample and their watercooled solution. Big props to the engineering department at Gainward. Hopefully we will see this trend continue not only with Gainward but with some of their competitors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soyo Raptor 400 Watt Adjustable Power Supply Review @ 3dXtreme
"What can we say about the Soyo Raptor? It's as solid a Power Supply as you can find on the market today. There was very little fluctuation in the voltages which leads directly to increased system stability."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Principles of Overclocking @ Overclockers.com
"The key to intelligent overclocking is to see how the general principles apply to a particular situation. This requires somebody doing some thinking about it to establish very general parameters, then somebody doing some testing to verify the thinking and see more precisely how the general principles apply."

More information on this guide can be found here.

Danger Den RBX Water Block Review

"Danger Den's RBX Waterblock is a good choice for CPU cooling, but with high flow resistance, the RBX needs a high power waterpump to function effectively. Other components, such as a radiator or GPU block, will add to system resistance, increasing the water pump requirement. Users with low to moderate power pumps (eg, up to 300 gph) may require a higher power pump to realize performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Biostar M7NCG 400 and K8NHA-M mATX Motherboard Reviews @ Hexus
"I believe we've proved that it's a fallacy to state microATX boards cannot compete with full-blown desktop offerings in most respects. Manufacturers have become acutely aware that the form factor is an important criteria in the decision-making process of potential buyers. Couple up a mATX board housed in a small case, add in a TFT, stylish keyboard, mouse and multi-speaker set, and you'll soon have systems that the average consumer would like to own. The Small Form Factor systems have adequately shown that high specification machines need not be housed in antiquated cases."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS K8V Deluxe AMD Athlon 64 Motherboard Review @ A1-Electronics
"As with our comments on the Abit KV8-Max3 if you are looking for a decent top quality AMD Athlon 64 Motherboard and do not mind the limitations imposed by the Via K8T800 chipset then this ASUS K8V-Deluxe motherboard should be on your list. For those of you looking for an overclocking to the hilt motherboard then you should look at motherboards using the nForce3 150 but you have limited HyperTransport speed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chyang Fun MiniCube M Mini-ITX Case Review @ The Modfathers
"When you talk about small and simple computer systems two things spring instantly to my mind, Shuttle and Mini-ITX. Now only one problem with this and that is the small matter that a Shuttle is NOT Mini-ITX, its simply not small enough. So how much smaller can you go?? Simple answer is that Mini-ITX is a maximum Mainboard size of 170mm X 170mm and a Maximum power usage of 100W. This is a reference specification held by the designers and creators of the Mini-ITX Platform, VIA. So where does this place the Shuttle?? Well the Shuttle is called FlexATX format, a system built not for size but for Power; hence the Scalability that Shuttle have opted for over performance and size."

More information on this review can be found here.
Morex Venus Cube Review @ Epiacenter
"The case has 2 small fans located at the rear, just below the power supply. The fans are PowerLogic Brushless Fan's Model PL40512L. One of the fans has a 3-pin connector for attaching to the motherboard, and the 2nd has a pass through standard molex plug for an always on fan. As for he power supply, I don't have a scope to test it thoroughly, but I have included some pictures of the unit. The power supply is an Enhance Electronics supply, whom I've not personally dealt with, model number ENP-2220D, a 200watt model. Later on in this review you'll see a slight problem with the power supply that has nothing to do with its capabilities, just with its placement."

More information on this review can be found here.
VoyeurMods Verge9 Case Review @ Virtual Hideout
"Everything installed easily and fit without any force. I had only one problem: the top 120mm fan prevented me from putting my DVD drive in. I think this really isn't much of a problem though, because many people have fan controllers or system monitoring screens to put in a 5.25" bay, and those will still fit fine. Since I previously modded a window into the top of my DVD drive, I was pleased to have a top window in the case so I could actually enjoy the mod! Up front, the drives are a little tacky being beige, but thanks to the door they aren't visible when it's closed. I checked out the local automotive store, and they carry this same case color, so painting the drives is an option."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, November 26, 2003
How to make your XP Professional Machine an MP3 Server @ TheCrucible
"I like my music, and have rather eclectic/eccentric taste. So before I left the house for work the other day, I thought I would make my MP3 collection accessible from the web, so I could listen at work. Now, I'm no bootlegger, I'm just a nerd that keeps all of his CD's on his hard drive (in MP3 format), because my PC is the entertainment center in my home (I don't have cable, but I have broadband - that should clue you in to where I'm at."

I'm sure the RIAA will get a kick out this article. More information on this guide can be found here.
Chenbro Xpider Case Review @ NextGen Electronics
"Taking off the case side without the use of screws is extremely convenient for any computer owner. The screwless PCI/AGP slots through use of the chamber system is pretty convenient, but for those of you not happy with the performance, you can remove it and use your old screw standbys."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sleeving Good - Modularization Better @ System Cooling
"What is Modularization? It’s just what the name implies.. All the lines coming from the power supply are cut to about 3" from the case with single connectors at the end of each; the only exception is the main ATX power line, which goes untouched. Why was this done?? For the obvious reason you just thought of, by cutting all the lines close and only connecting the wiring you need, you eliminate all the excess wiring you would normally have."

More information on this article can be found here.
SilverStone SST-SDP01 6-in-1 Portable Card Reader Review @ 3dXtreme
"The SST-SDP01 card reader is a really versatile tool that you can add to your PC for a reasonable price. I like the ability to pop in just about any type of mainstream media and have the OS detect it immediately. Another great feature of the housing is that it has a USB port right on the front of the unit so it gives you another easily accessible port on the front of your PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Time Computers Platina Viper FX Review @ Hexus
"In summary, excellent performance that could easily be even better, a meagre software bundle but excellent monitor and speaker system to balance it out. Good features mean you get some value back for your substantial outlay. Disappointing in a few key areas for the money, could so easily have been much better."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman "Theatre 6" 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers Review @ Hard Extreme
"In terms of purchasing products, it is proven that presentation and esthetics play a major role. The Theatre Six headphones get an A+ for presentation and ease of use. The funky and professional design is impressive at first glance: it has a full design, but is not too bulky. You can walk down the street with these on and feel confident in their looks (if only a personal mp3 player offered 5.1+
surround sound). When placed on the side of your stereo or computer, they look great and scream quality. As for ease of use, the unit comes with foolproof instructions, and the packaging includes specifications for optimum results."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC4000 HyperX Review @ Legit Reviews
"Legit Reviews has the honor to work closely with the majority of the memory manufacturers in the world and recently learned that Kingston has begun using some Hynix IC's on their PC4000 line. Prior to using Hynix IC's Kingston was using Samsung Revision "C" IC's on their PC4000 memory modules and received some negative feedback from the enthusiast community. Is this criticism warranted by the community or are people jumping to conclusions without understanding the entire picture?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron FX5600P Turbo Review @ Viper Lair
"I was able to achieve a maximum of 360MHz core clock and a whopping 715MHz on the memory. That works out to a 230MHz over clock on the memory when you take into account that it is DDR. The 3.3ns Samsung ram really paid off in this case. Going any higher than these speeds would cause image degradation and system lockups."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Christmas Sale @ Lux-Design

MTB has received word from our good friends at Lux-Design that christmas has come early. Right now you can save 10% on everything in stock except for cases and performance hardware. Water Cooling kits and individuals parts have also been added to this sale. This is a once a year event that is becoming a tradition.

More information on this sale can be found here.
Soltek SL-865-GR Motherboard Review @ PC Guide
"For the final wrap up, the Soltek SL-865-GR is overall an awesome board that with its memory optimisation technology that Soltek implement helps give it boast in performance that sees it deliver an astounding price/performance ratio over the other boards and not that far behind the 875 chipset."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon 9600 XT VPU Review @ Tweaktown
"Capitalizing on the strengths of the popular Radeon 9600 Pro mid-range performance graphics card, ATI has just released their brand new Radeon 9600 XT VPU which offers a tremendous price to performance ratio and performance almost matching 9800 XT at times when overclocked."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, November 25, 2003
Stardock Object Desktop Windows Enhancement Software Suite Review @ Tweaknews
"Object Desktop is a fantastic suite, although it does have the potential to overwhelm certain users. Novices will be intimidated by the amount of separate components which make up this suite. I believe Stardock would have been further ahead to group everything together neatly, allowing you to change each aspect of Windows (skinning, desktop, Start menu, etc.) within one application."

More information on this review can be found here.
Think Computers 101: The Case Window @ Think Computers
"Think Computers 101 is being developed as a tool for beginning modders looking for the basic instructions to get started in this hobby. Often times you can find resources, but they are scattered across several websites, rarely all in one spot. So, in response to this need, we are developing this series of tutorial articles aimed specifically at the newbie modder, looking to get his or her feet wet. We will cover the most basic types of modding and mod projects, as well as various schools of thought as to how to approach a project."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Arctic Silver 3 vs. 5 Review @ Short-Media
"The question has begun to pop up across the internets, including the the Short-Media forums: Does upgrading from Arcitic Silver 3 to Arctic Silver 5 provide a significant change in temperature that justifies the cost? In this review the performances of the two thermal pastes will be tested and explained at various fan speeds, voltages, CPU speeds, and CPU loads."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Z-5300 Speaker System Review @ Designtechnica
"The speakers are light enough to mount on the wall, out of the way. The sub woofer is large enough to cramp you a bit under the desk. The system has a nice, clean look to it with the option of using the supplied grill or without if you are the type that likes to see the actual speakers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake PurePower 480 Butterfly PSU Review @ Tweaktown
"The fan included is one of Thermaltake’s newest models, the X-blower. This particular fan sits at a crosswise angle to create a larger than normal amount of airflow without creating any dead spots. The fan is intended to be used as an exhaust fan on the back of your case and measures 80mm x 80mm x 70mm. It spins at a maximum speed of 4500 RPM and produces 27CFM airflow while emitting 41dBA sound output."

More information on this review can be found here.
ApexTech Allied 500W Quiet Power Supply Review @ Ascully
"We are no stranger to power supply reviews around here, in fact this will be our fifth. A friend wanted me to play Unreal Tournament the other day and I told him I couldn't as I was writing a power supply review. "A power supply review, what can you write about a power supply?" was his reply. That my friends is the public's general misconception about Power Supply's. What they do for your PC is mostly seamless and you can't physically see what they do for you. People seem to think any psu will do as long as it's cheap and it runs their PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCX159-P Review @ BoPC
"If your afraid of applying water-cooling to your system go ahead this cooler, if your an overclocker but have no money to buy an expensive water-cooling kit, go ahead and cooler, but if your seeking for low temperatures go ahead and search for an excellent water-cooling kit because the temperatures achieved here are nothing compared to water-cooling results. The MCX159-P is silent, works excellent, is way better than your standard chipset cooling, and installation is easy."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilenX 400 Watt Power Supply Unit Review @ Overclockers Club
"Today we have with us another exciting review product. Sure, its not flashy, it doesn't glow and it certainly does not make a lot of noise, but this SilenX 400W PSU has a lot to offer. When most of us Overclockers think 'power' we think 3 things - Higher, Faster, Louder. Well, this PSU is about to change the face of what we're looking for. Rated at 14 dBa or LESS, this PSU is the quietest one on the market, bar none. At 14 decibels, its not a matter of how much you need to ramp it down to hear it - its a matter of checking to see if its still on! But can something so quiet be efficient and useful?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SP-97 Socket A Heatsink Review @ System Cooling
"When it comes to heatsinks, AMD people rarely have occasion to be jealous of their Intel brethren. Most high end heatsinks are released first in an AMD version, and an Intel version comes later. The exception to this rule was the Thermalright SP-94. Released solely for P4 systems, the SP-94's awesome performance made many of us dream of an AMD version."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Barton Core Review @ CyberCPU
"With processors coming out every week, it seems like lately you have to ask yourself what exactly is the benefit of keeping up to date with the latest hardware. The AMD Barton has had hundreds of reviews and I wanted to do something a little different. I wanted to see how it stands up to its little brother the Thoroughbred. The processors I will be comparing today are the AMD Thoroughbred B core 1700+ against the AMD Barton 2800+. To keep things fair, both CPU's will be clocked at 200x10 which is the highest stable overclock the 1700+ was capable of."

More information on this review can be found here.
CMI Mercedes and BMW Case Reviews @ FastLaneHW
"Today at FastLaneHW.com, we're bringing you double trouble-- two cases from CableMart Inc (better known as CMI Computer) which slightly resemble luxury cars such as BMW and Mercedes, so the website claims. They don't have lights or extensive features, but the bezel design is interesting, and they don't cost enough to break the bank."

More information on this review can be found here.

Sunbeam Acrylic Case Feet Review

"Each case foot has a circular inset, which screws into the bottom of your case (if your case fits these feet, it will have the proper holes). This allows the foot to rotate, if you want to either fold it in or fold it out so that others can get a better look at your case feet."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT KV8-Max3 AMD Athlon 64 Motherboard Review @ A1-Electronics
"The ABIT KV8-Max3 motherboard uses the latest Via K8T800 chipset supporting AMD Athlon 64 socket-754 processors and is Abit's top of the line AMD motherboard. The motherboard is fitted out with uGuru & OTES technologies while being packed to the brim with features. Serial ATA-150 & RAID, Gigabit Ethernet, 6-channel audio and more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soltek SL-865-GR "Black Thunder" Review @ Ninjalane
"Black Thunder is what Soltek is calling their High-End series aimed at giving the overclocker and hardware enthusiast what they demand. The boards will feature a jet black PCB, purple expansion slots, with more onboard features and plenty of included cables."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, November 24, 2003
Comdex 2003 Report @ The Tech Zone
"The 2003 Comdex took up just 150,000 square feet and just half a hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. It took me all of one hour to see all the displays. Attendance was estimated at just 50,000. Gone were the hour long taxi line ups or the running out of food in the media room because very little media showed up."

More information on this report can be found here.
Realworld Sicuro RW-360XL 2.1 Gaming Speakers Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Realworld Sicuro RW-360XL 2.1 Gaming Speakers have very distinctive features and looks. The satellite speakers and subwoofer light up when you crank the audio. The overall power on the system is 42 watts; 12 from the satellites and 30 from the subwoofer which is more than enough for most audio needs."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Comdex 2003 Report @ Legit Reviews
"The Comdex 2003 floor was pretty open with very few new products shown when this photo was taken Tuesday afternoon. The one good thing about the low attendance was that the people who came were able to see everything in a timely manner and had the opportunity to receive personal attention from the company representatives on the floor."

More information on this report can be found here.
Gigabyte Radeon 9600 Pro VGA Card Review @ myWORLD Hardware
"There has been a debate over the past years when it comes to choosing the right 3D accelerated VGA cards. No doubt, 3D cards based on NVIDIA chip were the choice among 3D gamers few years ago and ATi wasn't getting much attention; plagued by poorly programmed driver and unimpressive performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston HyperX PC3500 RAM 1GB Review @ Envy News
"Kingston HyperX Dual-Channel Enhanced PC3500 1GB Kit. It's quite a long-winded title from a company that's built a reputation for quality components in a variety of markets. As with most companies, Kingston have begun manufacturing components aimed specifically at the enthusiast market. These components fall under the HyperX brand. HyperX modules can be defined as modules which have been tested to run at faster bus speeds (in this case 433MHz) than typical components and with faster timings. Of course, higher bus speeds go hand in hand with overclocking, so it's the perfect match. The faster timings can be expected from purchasing quality memory over generic brands."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon 64 Performance Computing @ Tweaktown
"We collected high-end performance parts from AMD, ABIT, ATI, GeCube, Mushkin, Maxtor and Thermaltake and built the fastest possible Athlon 64 desktop computer around. The heat is on - become part of the action and read about what this high-powered system is capable of!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
Corsair TwinX1024 XMS4000 Pro Review @ GruntvillE
"Well, you could go the road that Corsair decided to travel by taking their already successful PC4000 XMS line of memory modules and give them a new suit to hit the town with. Being that case modding is an entire industry in and of itself, what better way is there to stand out than come up with something that'll be sure to strike a nerve with the
community?"

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K8T Neo-FIS2R Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"Early samples of the K8T Neo-FIS2R had its share of problems upon its initial release, and it would appear that the board is much more mature now. One improvement was in the overclocking arena, though there are still limitations, either in the VIA chipset, or in the A64 itself."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LanParty NFII Ultra B Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"Four port SATA, lots of USB2.0 and FireWire, Gigabit Ethernet, the FrontX and Transpo hardware, class topping Socket A performance, excellent audio, attractive looks. I'm struggling to think what else the board could do right. The layout has a couple of quirks, I ran into a BIOS issue or two, but on the whole I'm supremely impressed."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS P4S800D-E Deluxe Motherboard Review @ Legion Hardware
"Finally, it would seem that someone has brought the competition to Intel and in a big way. SiS really should be proud of their 655TX chipset as it has single handedly taken on both the big guns from Intel. While it has performance that is comparable to the i875P, it also carries a retail value that should bring the price of the so called i865PE budget chipset down. The only disappointing aspect of this motherboard/chipset was its underachieving overclocking performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
PolarFLO Universal CPU Water Block SF Review @ Overclockers.com
"The use of two water outlets is interesting, but it does not yield higher flow through the system - the gating constraint is the smallest diameter opening used in the cooling loop."

More information on this review can be found here.
Make Your Own Glow Pad Guide @ Creative Mods
"In this new guide, you will learn how to make your very own glow pad. These glow pads are lit with 4x 5mm LEDs that make it shine very brightly. If you want to learn how to make this sweet mouse pad, please read on."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Professional Case Modder Interview with Mashie @ TwistedMods
"Johan Grundstrom aka Mashie was born in Sweden in the mid seventies. In 1998 he put an angle grinder to a computer case for the first time unknowing that he a few years later should lift his arms as the winner of The Summer 2002 CPL Consummate Computer Competition (C3) taking home the biggest cash prize ever. His cases have been featured in printed media all over the world such as America, Taiwan and United Kingdom. Now the media notices him again after several other mods such as the Anemone and the Intel '3' case with his newest work: The Y2K bug."

More information on this interview can be found here.
SilverStone SST-LCO1 Case Review @ CoolTechZone
"SilverStone is not a familiar name to many of us. Like Thermaltake, Thermalright, and CoolerMaster they also specialize in computer cases and power supplies. Cases are essential for any computer builder. The case we are reviewing today is quite different from rest of the cases in the market."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone SST-LCO1 Case Review @ FastLaneHW
"Today SilverStone brings us the Lascala SST-LC01 home theatre case. It supports the ATX form factor, it's small enough to look great anywhere, yet large enough inside to make it so easy to work inside."

More information on this review can be found here.
Build Your Own Control Panel on your PC @ HTPC News
"Today we are featuring another Warren Liick modification. His last one made headlines all over the Internet for the amazing quality and build of the PlayStation 1 LCD modified into his PC Case. Today he brings us an awesome modification where he takes a simple remote and a game pad, modifies them together to create the ultimate control panel for the front of anyone's PC case! Of course this description doesn't do his mod justice, you simply have to come read it."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Kingwin KT-424-BK-WM Case Review @ HightekPC
"Today we take a look at one of Kingwin's newest addition to their line of PC cases. We have the Kingwin KT-424-BK WM. The case is mid-tower in size, aluminum in build, and aesthetically beautiful in looks. This chassis sports many great features such as a pre-modded window, anti-shock absorber system for the hard drives, hidden fan controller, front I/O ports, and the one feature that is not as popular as it should be, the removable motherboard tray."

More information on this review can be found here.
GlobalWin YCC-61F1-B Server Case Review @ Ohls-Place
"Located directly beneath the power controls you will find an access panel which provided you with a pair of USB ports and one extra little treat. If you happen to have an extra slot header say for a pair of fire wire connectors or another pair of USB ports you can add it right into the panel and access it right from the front of the case. Sure beats reaching behind to find the connection points."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, November 22, 2003
Window Your Case Guide @ TechNation
"This little article will run you through the basics of cutting a nice simple window in your side-panel. I’ve tried to cover the tools and techniques as well as highlighting the likely pitfalls which you may encounter along the way. I’ve also gone one step further with this mod. Instead of simply fitting a clear window in the the panel, I’ve etched a design into the window itself. In fairness, this is probably beyond the means of most DIY modders - not because it's so very difficult that only the truly gifted amongst us could achieve the result, but rather because the tools used aren’t what you would normally find in a DIY modders garage or workshop. But at least it gives you an idea of what can be done with a little hard work and imagination."

More information on this article can be found here.
BlueTake BT400 GII Bluetooth Headset Review @ Modtown
"During our tests, we were able to pair and use the headset ith a Nokia 6310i, okia 7650 and a SonyEricsson T68i without any problems. The headset was able to hold an active call for a longer distance than expected (Bluetooth technology supports up to 10 metres) only dropping the call at around 15 metres from a Bluetooth enabled phone left indoors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SLK-947U HSF Review @ Tech-Mods
"Thermalright has been in the business of heat sinks for quite some time now. They have managed to construct supreme heatsinks and with doing that they have also built a reputation. Along this quest for Thermalright to gain their reputation, they have assembled the SLK family. The prices may seem high but don't let that engross you. With Thermalright heatsinks you always get a product that performs, complete with everything needed for mounting Today I will be testing out the SLK-947U with assurance that this heatsink will provide me with very good temperatures."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mad Dog Multimedia Entertainer 7.1 DSP Soundcard Review @ Madshrimps
"VIA´s Envy24HT-S chip is powering some new soundcards out there, we take a look at its features and see how it performs when put it up against a Hercules Fortissimo III 7.1 / SoundBlaster Live 5.1 and nVidia's Soundstorm."

More information on this review can be found here.
M-Audio Revolution 7.1 Sound Card Review @ Sound Card Central
"The Revolution 7.1 is a solid choice for any gamer, music, or movie lover who wants the best quality with great performance. Users who do a lot of recording and mixing will find this card to be a great choice with its great signal-to-noise ratios and sampling options."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AI7 Springdale Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"ABIT's latest motherboard is the value-orientated AI7 for the Pentium 4 based on Intel's Springdale chipset. We put it right up against the IC7 MAX3 based on the more expensive Canterwood chipset and it doesn't fair too badly at all."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LanParty NFII Ultra Nforce2 Motherboard Review @ Tweaknews
"DFI's Lanparty NFII Ultra is a great example of a high quality motherboard for the AMD processor as the Lanparty PRO875 is for Intel. You get a great bundle which contains a flashy UV reactive motherboard that performs very well right out of the box and can be inserted into any windowed case to create an instant attractive enthusiast computer system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech Zenith ZNF3-150 Motherboard Review @ Ninjalane
"The synthetic benchmarks put the ZNF3-150 behind the reference system but in a strange twist the board won every real world benchmark we had. In the case of the Athlon64 3200+ we obviously cannot judge performance by synthetic numbers alone."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire X-Gear ATX Case Review @ 3dXtreme
"The Aspire X-Gear also offers a large window on the side panel with a uv blue led fan mounted to the window. The two case fans include X-Alien fan grills which add extra appeal to the look. The side mounted case fan is positioned directly over the CPU which is key to providing cool air from outside directly to the CPU cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-7VT600 1394 KT600 Motherboard Review @ PC Guide
"All in all the 7VT600 1394 provides a complete value for money solution. It lacks the higher gaming performance that nForce2 Ultra 400 chipset based boards can provide, but still manages to outperform even these "performance kings" in a few benchmarks! The 7VT600 1394 is a stable and reliable board that will allow users to generally do anything they need to with a value-end board."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Technology SST-LC01 HTPC Case Review @ TheCrucible
"Ever considered building a Home Theatre PC? Since computers are becoming more of a standard appliance in the home, odds are you'll find quite a few being integrated into the family entertainment center. Today we take a look at the SilverStone Technology SST-LC01 Lascala HTPC (Home Theatre P.C.) Case. For those of you who haven't heard of SilverStone Technologies they are relatively young in the P.C. market, being founded in 2003. They are based out of Taipei Taiwan, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see more of them soon with Comdex being this week."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek WaterChill Review @ System Cooling
"Here at SystemCooling we very rarely give away the conclusion of a review in the introduction. But if you want, what I consider the best water cooling kit out there right now, the Asetek WaterChill should be at the very top. It's quality, design, ease of installation and performance put it ahead of the game in the ever growing and very competitive water cooling market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Overclocking your Graphics Card @ The ModFathers
"Overclock this; overclock that; don't leave out your poor video card. Overclocking, a term referring to running components in your computer faster than they are specified, has become quite the craze, and for good reason."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Real World Pump Performance @ ProCooling
"Real world pump performance in a water cooling loop is significantly less than maximum flow rates reported on boxes and labels. By interpreting a manufacturer's P-Q curve, you can make a far better choice of pump for your specific cooling system. Of the pumps tested, the Swiftech MCP600 is clearly the best choice for very restrictive cooling loops. For those looking for silence while water cooling, the Eheim 1048 and Hydor L20 are both good choices."

More information on this article can be found here.
New Weekly Special @ The Cutting Edge

The special this week is Sunbeam's 12" Liquid Neon Light Kits. These are bright and very different than the standard cold cathode kits that adorn every modified case. The kits have the same visual effect as a plasma ball but in a colored tube that features a on/off switch that's mounted to a PCI cover plate. Comes in red, blue and RGB and at just $10.00 these are a steal.

Specifications:

- Liquid neon light is very impressive
- Comes in 3 colors
- On/off switch mounts in PCI slot opening
- Low power consumption
- Velcro for attaching light
- Plug and play
- Inexpensive

More information on this sale can be found here.
How-To: Overclocking Your P4 800FSB @ DevHardware
"Today on Dev Hardware's OC Addiction, we're going to give you a little tutorial on overclocking your new 800FSB Pentium 4. It seems these types of systems are getting much more popular, and people are getting rather insane clock speeds out of their hardware. With the 2.4C's and i865PE/875P boards, it's almost like a return to the days of the Celeron 300A and 440BX mobo's. Fifty percent overclocks are not exactly commonplace, but with the right hardware combinations, it's definitely achievable. So, without further ado, lets get this party started."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Friday, November 21, 2003
Galaxy USB Adapter Review @ OCIA
"Each time the keyboard is activated (i.e. I press a key) the adapter lights up, letting you know it's working properly. No more wondering if it's locked up or turned off now. With this little gem I can tell immediately by looking at the adapter."

More information on this review can be found here.
Owen-made Jet Impingement Cooling: Part One - The Slot @ Overclockers.com
"In a nut shell, the idea behind jet impingement cooling is to spray a 'jet' high velocity cooling fluid onto a surface. The idea is that the fluid strikes the surface with such force as to make the boundary layer very thin and therefore heat transfer easier."

More information on this article can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 173T Review @ Monkey Review
"Of the listed specs the main points of interest lay within its 270 cd/m2 brightness, 450:1 contrast, and 25ms response time. All of these results tie in within this monitors price range, about $490 ~ $550 USD. Though the brightness level and contrast ratio are acceptable, the 25ms response time wouldn't be my first choice when it comes to high speed FPS gaming."

More information on this review can be found here.
Comdex 2003 Coverage @ Overclockers Club
"Sin City, USA... Las Vegas, Nevada, home of the 2003 Computer Dealers Exposition, or better known as COMDEX... Today we start our coverage with the Digital/Mobile Focus Bikers Bash at the Bellagio Hotel. This pre-COMDEX event included such names as nVidia, Opera, Dell, Microsoft, HP, Netgear, IBM, Sprint, Palm, Kingston, Harley-Davidson, the Hooters Girls, and many other popular names. The event faired well, with many companies showing off their latest gadgets and software for the Mobile world. Software, Hardware, and even some we're-not-so-sure-what-ware."

There have been reports that this year's show was a big failure. More information on the Day 1 Report can be found here and more information on the Day 2 Report can be found here.
Metal Gear Box USB 2.0 & SATA HDD Enclosure Review @ BJorn3D
"One feature that you will no doubt notice right away when looking at the Metal Gear Box is the stylish design. The MGB is built from aluminum and punch metal. No flimsy, cheap plastic here! Not only does the design look great, but it also feels very solid and seems to be of high quality. Everything you'd want in an external HDD enclosure."

More information on this review can be found here.
Audiotrak Prodigy 7.1 vs. M-Audio Revolution 7.1 @ TechConnect
"Just to notice the little differences between the Revolution and Prodigy, we felt that the Prodigy put some more emphasis on bass response and highs, while the Revolution had a little bit more flatter sound and better stereo presence/detail. These are the little differences we managed to observe between the soundcards. We can safely say the soundcards did keep us in the front of the speakers quite a time, giving us a hard time to observe the differences."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech ZNF3-150 Zenith nForce3 Motherboard Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"The ZNF3-150 Zenith is based on NVIDIA's nForce3 chipset, which is on a single-chip architecture. This is much different from the typical North Bridge and South Bridge common to many types of motherboards. This allows for lower system latency and less power consumption. This is one of the major differences between nForce 3 and VIA's K8T800."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-In-Wonder 9600 Pro Review @ Viper Lair
"The FM-Tuner is a concern for SFF owners, but the dual CRT display ability has finally made it to the AIW. It's a fast card, loaded with features, and with Half-Life 2 available as a free download, you can't go wrong with the AIW 9600 Pro."

More information on this review can be found here.
P4-ITX Mainboard Review @ Epiacenter
"Thanks to our buddies from PC-Max.de we are able to present a review of a pre-production sample Idot P4-ITX board. I know many of you have been waiting for something "a little more powerful" and this board may answer your prayers."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AI7 I865PE Motherboard Review @ Envy News
"After having such an enjoyable review of the i875P IC7 MAX3 motherboard, I was interested to see what ABIT had to offer in the way of the i865PE chipset. As luck would have it I not only get to try out the ABIT solution of the i865PE chipset, but I also get hands on experience with the Guru features in the form of an AI7 motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, November 20, 2003
Cooler Master Jet 7 Review @ Pirate Software
"However, the Jet 7's main selling point is its fan rated at 22CFM. Having it's 'dead spot' horizontal, the fan is able to cool the entire heatsink, whilst a normal fan would miss a small circle in the middle where the fan spins around. This is a similar design to Thermaltake's TR2-M4, and a design which Coolermaster themselves are not a stranger to."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ximeta 80GB Netdisk Review @ BigBruin
"The Ximeta NetDisk offers reliable mass storage in a compact device that may challenge the necessity of a full file server for smaller business and home environments. The NetDisk occupies a minimal footprint, draws very little electricity, produces almost no noise, and requires none of the maintenance that your typical server might."

More information on this review can be found here.

Black-Out Desktop Give-Away Contest

"BigBruin.Com is going to be giving away the following items to one winner on December 05, 2003:

-A black Logitech MX-300 Optical USB Mouse
-A black Steelpad 4S Mousing Surface
-A black USB keyboard with PS2 mouse pass-through

This contest is free for anyone to enter but you must be a registered forum member to participate."

More information on this contest can be found here.
ATI 9600Pro All-in-Wonder Review @ Bit-Tech
"Comparing the 9600Pro All in Wonder version with the 9600Pro shows that the DB15 VGA has been removed and some capacitors rearranged to make room for the Phillips CATV converter box. The DVI is gone too and replaced with the new connector to host the big, new, cable assembly. The chipset cooling solution is slightly different, but not the dramatic change as we saw between the 9800Pro All in Wonder and the 9800Pro."

More information on this review can be found here.

Winamp IR Remote Control System Review

"Remote control for the PC is not new but neither is it particularly common. Companies like Creative have bundled remote control into some of their top range products, but these are the exceptions rather than the norm. Until recently the need for a PC remote control has been limited, mainly due to the fact users are usually sat in front of their computers with all controls within arms reach. But things, they are a changing. More and more people are now starting to make real use of their PC's multimedia facilities."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Review @ Viper Lair
"There was a trade-off between using the different driver sets, which should be expected. If you want the absolute best visual quality, as well as a driver set with overclocking built in, be sure to check out Omega's drivers. If you want maximum performance, download the newest Catalyst drivers along with the Rage3D tweaking utility."

More information on this review can be found here.
Embedding a Graphics Display into a Drive Bay Guide @ HardH20
"There are many different electronic components we use in everyday life that can be used in a PC, like a thermal probe, a LCD display (liquid crystal display), a car radio, etc. Most of these components aren't specifically designed for computer use, and the few that are usually have a noticeable higher price tag. This is why we're going to try to make the most out of one of them and perfectly adapt it to our computer case."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI NFII Ultra B Motherboard Review @ Ohls-Place
"They say that good things come to those that wait; in the case of the new DFI NFII Ultra B LanParty board they were exactly right! DFI went back to the drawing board and did what some companies never learn to do and that is listen to what their customers tell them they want. They replaced the 4 mounting holes around the socket, the increased voltages in a couple of key spots in the BIOS, but did they make the board any faster?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Promise FastTrak S150 TX2plus & TX4 SATA Controllers Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Promise FastTrak S150 TX2plus & TX4 SATA Controllers offer excellent performance at a very reasonable price. These controllers are capable of RAID 0, 1, 0+1 and JBOD and support most Operating Systems. The TX2plus model only has two SATA connections but the TX4 has four SATA connections which will satisfy even the most demanding storage needs."

More information on this video review can be found here.
SuperFlower Fan Master Review @ Virtual Hideout
"The Fan Master is a 5.25" bay-mounted fan controller (or baybus, rheobus, etc). The Fan Master allows you to connect 4 fans (with speed monitoring) via its back panel. The connections are the standard mini 3-pin such as you see on a motherboard fan header. You can buy most popular fans these days with that style, but retrofitting existing fans may require some wiring. There is plenty of room on the back panel to connect the fans, but it does leave the circuit board exposed to dust. I don't consider this a big issue, since most of the internal components of your computer are exposed as well."

More information on this review can be found here.

AC Ryan XNeon EL SATA Cable Review

"Cable management iis one of the areas many PC enthusiasts look into when building their computer system. Apart from making your system interiors look neat, it also helps to enhance the overall airflow within your case, allowing unobstructed airflow and thus keeping all the components in the rig cool. Amongst the many cables and wires in a PC, one of the more challenging ones to managed are the IDE cables. But that's a few years back and with rounded cables widely available now and many motherboard manufacturers including them in their package, you don't have to worry anymore. But things just got better with the new interface, Serial ATA or SATA. Not only does it bring a speed bump, the data now travels on a cable just a tad larger than your regular USB cable! And for those of you who have a window, here's a SATA cable that would go well with your case!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle XPC SB62G2 SFF PC Review @ Hexus
"Perhaps we're being critical here but the XPC line doesn't seem to have evolved greatly over the past 18 months. We want it all, all without compromise. That entails Wi-Fi support, FireWire connectivity and perhaps even a snazzy remote control. If you've got a Socket-478 CPU and are short of space but thick of wallet the SB62G2 may help relieve you of some hard-earned cash. Lots of a good and a little bad make the Shuttle SB62G2 a mildly attractive proposition."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek WaterChill Review @ GrunvillE
"Since its inception and release at CeBIT 2003 the Waterchill kit has undergone two major revisions. The first revision kit has been thoroughly reviewed online and has received quite favorable marks. Asetek being a customer-oriented company still felt they should address the one or two minor complaints about the setup. They quickly went to work producing revision two. The second generation kit boasts easy to use push fit connectors, redesigned waterblock lids and an upgraded radiator."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hauppauge WinTV PVR-250MCE Review @ HTPC News
"The Hauppauge PVR250MCE is their latest capture card in the long line of high quality cards from Hauppauge. This particular card includes a high quality radio, TV tuner, s vid, composite and stereo inputs for the maximum in quality captures. If you are looking to build an HTPC or just need a TV Tuner for your PC, the 2-3% CPU usage of this card while recording may be just what you have been waiting for. Combine the 2-3% CPU usage and the amazing quality this card produces and you have a winner any way you look at it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, November 19, 2003
IceMat Black Ice, SteelPad 4D & SteelPad 4S Mouse Mats Review @ A1-Electronics
"They do exactly what they say on the packaging, giving accuracy, comfortable to use, long-lasting, solid & steady. What more could you ask from a mouse mat. We certainly found them great to use. These IceMat mouse mats work for us."

More information on this review can be found here.
Steelpad 4s Review @ Creative Mods
"The first thing I noticed about the steel pad was its simple, design. It doesn't have any busy texture, or pattern which makes the steel pad very easy look at. The pad itself is smooth and cold to the touch."

More information on this review can be found here.
Akasa Everything UV Reactive @ System Cooling
"When you think of UV Reactive, you normally think of fans and rounded IDE cables. While that’s true, Akasa has taken UV Reactive a step further; and introduced a whole line of products to compliment the two we’ve mentioned."

More information on this review can be found here.
Creative Inspire T7700 Speakers Review @ PC Guide
"Overall I wasn't disappointed with what Creative had to offer with the T7700 and is a perfect pair for the Audigy 2 ZS sound card. For its price the T7700 is an excellent buy, able to deliver really top quality audio for gaming 3D environment, and with CMSS surround sound MP3's, it immerses you in the music. For DVD playback the sound when listening to true surround was amazing and with the added THX controls on the Audigy 2 ZS to help fine tune the sound there is nothing better for the price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Vortex Hard Drive Cooling Unit Review @ HightekPC
"Although the hard drive is not the most costly piece in a computer, it's failure is probably far more devastating than any other piece. It's your information. It's your couple gig's of [LEGAL] MP3s, your video clips, your documents, your programs, your 60 hours of blood and sweat in the latest RPG. Hard drives are very important, and often overlooked when it comes to cooling. Today's hard drives spin at faster than ever, and produce more and more heat with each new model. Vantec has a new solution for these drives, the Vortex."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone Lascala Series SST-LC01 HTPC Case Review @ Modsynergy
"There is this entire craze over HTPC's and they are going to become a trend in the mainstream within a couple of months. If you home theatre or entertainment room is getting cluttered with all these different devices such as a DVD Player, VCD Player, and VHS and you want a solution to spice up the room with something that could do everything, you are looking for HTPC (Home Theatre PC's). HTPC's will be the center of all your entertainment needs. But first you need a case to put it in and Silverstonetek may just have that case you want for your HTPC. Introducing the Silverstone Lascala Series SST-LC01 HTPC Case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCX462-V Review @ FastLaneHW
"Today Swiftech strikes back with the MCX-462V, a new hybrid cooler, similar to the MCX-462+ plus a few improvements. How will this cooler perform in our high-heat environment? That's what you'll need to read on to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCX478-V vs Thermalright SP-94 @ Madshrimps
"Little over a year ago we put Swiftech´s greatest against Alpha´s best. The MCX4000 vs PAL8942 review is more then a year old. And it is time again to find out who´s the king of the Pentium 4 aircoolers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon 9800XT 256-MB Review @ Sharky's Extreme
"The Radeon 9800XT is the latest in a line of high-performance ATI video cards, and is based on the latest R360 core design. This update takes the popular R350 core, featured in the Radeon 9800 Pro, to the next performance level, and uses manufacturing "quick wins" to eke out as much power as possible. This translates into faster core and memory speeds to start, which place it above the other Radeon 9800-based cards, but ATI snuck another bonus into the design: OverDrive. This is a form of on-demand overclocking, enabled through Catalyst 3.8 and higher driver revisions, which gives the Radeon 9800XT an extra boost of power."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All In Wonder 9600 Pro Review @ NextGen Electronics
"If you are looking for a card to buy this holiday season that won't cost you $400+ for yourself or a friend, then ATI has put together a solution for you. The ATI All-in Wonder 9600 Pro is a great performing card, and with the inclusion of Half Life 2, the bundle is probably the best ever we've seen from a video card."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek WaterChill Review @ Viper Lair
"The quality of the kit was excellent, from the individual components, to the manual. A lot of the problems and complaints directed to the earlier revisions of the WaterChill seemed to have been corrected. With the exception of their default tubing, which is far to stiff in our opinion if you have a small case."

More information on this review can be found here.
FIC KT748 Motherboard Review @ AllAMD
"In all three cases, the FIC KT-748 nudges ahead of both the KT400 motherboard as well as (surprisingly) the nForce2 motherboard. The difference was anywhere from 1% to 5% across the board, whether it was CPU, memory or multimedia. Particularily surprising is the memory, as the nForce 2 should theoretically have the advantage there. In this case, apparently not."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIA PT880 Chipset Review @ Hexus
"VIA has come into the dual-channel game a little late for it to make a major impact immediately. It needs to ensure that partners utilise the best parts of the chipset and price it aggressively. It'll then be considered a real contender to Intel's crown. We can see that system integrators may want to get in on the cheap(ish) dual-channel act. VIA may just have provided the means to do so. We'll examine just how well partners have lived up to the promise shown by the reference board in a look at retail examples shortly. Until then, the VIA PT880 rivals the best from Intel - and that's quite a compliment in itself."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Crucial Hi-Speed USB 7-in-1 Card Reader Review @ Viper Lair
"About the size of half a deck of playing cards, and weighing in at a couple ounces, the 7-in-1 card reader can easily fit into most shirt pockets. Good aesthetics are key to any modern day gadget, and the card reader's brushed silver (it is made of plastic though) is a nice touch."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Silent Boost Review @ Neoseeker
"The fan is indeed very quiet compared to many other heatsink fans. However, the provided rating of 21 dB is not very accurate, as the fan is audible over a whisper power supply fan. However, out of the heatsinks listed, the Silent Boost is the quietest of the bunch."

More information on this review can be found here.
Speeze EEA30B4 LightOwl Heatsink Review @ Voided Warranty
"As you can see, the core is copper, and the body is aluminum. They did a nice job of milling the bottom - flat and smooth. This thing is really light. If it does a good job cooling, it would make an ideal cooler for that LAN rig."

More information on this review can be found here.
PolarFLO CPU Water-Block Review @ CoolTechZone
"Surely, finishing is not everything that makes a product worthwhile. You, as a consumer, must look on the performance side of things when it comes to purchasing PC components. We received a PolarFLO CPU Water-Block in our lab few weeks ago and we must say that the performance was just as good as the finishing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Super Flower SF-609 Fan Master Controller Review @ OCIA
"Fan Controllers have been around for awhile now. You can get one to control multiple fans, or just monitor your temps while controlling one fan. How would you like both? This little controller by Super Flower lets you control 4 fans while giving you the LED read-out of temps, fan RPMs, and you can even change the faceplate color! Those are just a few of the many features available with the Super Flower Fan Master."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax CS-30881TA Case Review @ 3dXtreme
"Simply upon inspecting the outside of this case, we can find a number of items of interest. Particularly, the flip open panel at the bottom that includes front access 2.0 USB, Fire Wire & Audio Ports. Also of note is the front panel which includes a light up power switch, a backlit lcd display, light up reset switch and a 4 channel fan speed adjustable VR controller."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Jet 4 Review @ System Cooling
"When the Cooler Master Jet 7 was introduced for those people on the Dark Side (AMD users), some of us in the Intel camp were mildly jealous. And in August when I got the chance to test the Cooler Master Aero 4, I thought "I like the concept, just wish it looked as cool as the Jet 7." Well Intel people, the wait is over. Today we will be looking at the new Jet 4 for Intel P4 processors."

More information on this review can be found here.

Swiftech MCX478-V P4 Heatsink Review

"The introduction of the Swiftech MCX462-V for AMD processors marked the first time Swiftech has delved into the world of quiet air-cooling solutions. The new design allows a much broader range of application, from extreme-duty cooling on one end of the spectrum to extreme quiet cooling on the other. Now, with the introduction of the MCX478-V, Swiftech offers this new design to owners of Intel Pentium 4 systems as well."

More information on this review can be found here.

CpuMate DA34HM2 Heat Pipe Heatsink Fan Review

"CpuMate Inc. has released another new cooler in their COOLMALL series, which is designed to provide a quiet, high performance cooling solution for AMD socket A CPUs. The new CpuMate cooler incorporates two heatpipes to help rapidly conduct heat away from the base plate into an upper array of closely spaced fins. A side mounted 80mm fan moves air over the fins to dissipate the waste heat."

More information on this review can be found here.
Realworld Sicuro RW-350XL 2.1 Gaming Speakers Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Realworld Sicuro RW-350XL 2.1 Gaming Speakers have a very stylish appearance packaged together with great sound. Total power of this system is 46 watts; 16 watts from the satellites & 30 watts from the Subwoofer which is certainly enough power for most people who enjoy playing games or music. Also, these speakers are well priced considering the accurate loud sound they produce. Watch the Video to find out more."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Window Applique Designs @ Lux-Design

"Shortly after people started putting windows in their cases, etched windows began to show up. One of our goals here at Lux Design is to bring you easy to use modifications for your PC's, and our etched window appliques are a bullseye. These etches can be applied to any existing window, and to any shape window, making it an easy addition to your case. And, if you want to change etches, its as easy as taking off the old applique, cleaning the window, and reapplying the new applique. Our etched window appliques are all approximately 7.5 inches in diameter and all come with a squeegee and instructions."

More information on these new products can be found here.
Clear View for XPC Review @ Legit Reviews
"Some computer modders mod for looks, others mod for enhanced performance. Well, the Clear View casing gives the best of both worlds. The plastic design with numerous air holes provide a cooler case, while the fact that it is clear give a lot of room to show your system's innards hard at work."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron & DFI 865PE Motherboards Review @ Legion Hardware
"The performance was expected and the results received from these two boards are close to that of the i875P competition. However, performance aside these are extremely good value products. The DFI 865PE Infinity in particular offers extreme value, while the performance figures were better than expected the price tag of $110 US is hard to refuse. With loads of Serial ATA, a highly tweakable BIOS and the numbers to back it up."

More information on this review can be found here.
Biostar iDEQ 200T SFF Review @ Hexus
"The iDEQ 200T is pretty good, especially if this is your first foray into the SFF world. It's by far the easiest to work with. Performance is adequate, even if the overclocking potential and PSU were found a little lacking. There's a number of other iDEQs, based upon differing chipsets. What we'd like to see is an all-aluminium offering with better integrated graphics, Wireless connectivity and a quiet PSU. Biostar is on the right track with the basic design, and we look forward to futre models with renewed optimism."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, November 17, 2003
The Technology Behind a Game Server @ HightekPC
"Here is a long, boring explanation on how servers send/receive data to game clients. Its long, but if you read it, you will fully understand the process of how clicking on your mouse button kills the guy in front of you!"

More information on this article can be found here.
Optimizing Networks for Bandwidth and Latency @ LAN Addict
"Today we're looking at networking at LAN Parties and how to best optimize your network for speed with what you already have. We all know the fastest solution is to have a switch with 120+ ports, however you could assume that most LAN Parties simply cannot afford this. Our resident networking guru takes us through the paces on how to properly set up a network!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
ATI Radeon 9600 All In Wonder Pro Review @ Ascully
"The card we are taking a look at today is the midrange card in the 9000 series and sports a ridiculously low price tag of $250 (a little less if you shop around online). The ATI 9600 All In Wonder Pro is the card in question. It's a video card with so many bells and whistles you won't believe what this can do for you. It sports everything from TV, FM radio, superb gaming performance, and video capture to dual monitor support and TV out, all in one nifty little package."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8S655FX Ultra Review @ MB Review
"The SiS655FX chipset offered several new features, mainly dealing with that of the available memory configurations that the i875P and i865PE chipsets do not. Not only can you use different sizes and types of RAM with the 655FX chipset, but you can also retain some form of dual channel operation while doing so, something that is currently impossible with the i875P or i865PE chipsets offered by Intel."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT IC7-Max3 Motherboard Review @ Short-Media
"If it's been said once it has been said a million times; the ABIT IC7-Max3 is one great motherboard. The Max series of motherboards have always been the flagship products for ABIT. The IC7-Max3 is no exception and carries on the tradition in fine form. Features include 6 channel serial ATA RAID, 8 USB 2.0 ports, IEEE 1394. 6 channel sound, ABIT's OTES cooling, LAN, S/PDIF in and out and a host of other features including a BIOS to make overclocker's drool."

More information on this review can be found here.

Chaintech AV-710 7.1 Audio Card Review

"Sometimes all the bells and whistles aren't required. Why pay for the "extras" that may go unused? Some people just want to listen to music or watch a DVD with high-quality multi-channel audio support. Chaintech made the AV-710 a highly affordable solution that delivers 7.1 channel sound with the quality of the ENVY24 chipset. The AV-710 is half to two-thirds the cost of other Envy chip solutions but what does it deliver and what does it lack?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Modder of The Month Launch @ Creative Mods
"This November, Creative Mods has started a new section called: Modder of The Month. Each month, a new modder and his or her case will be profiled. November's Modder of The Month is Andrew Barnett (aka CrazyBee)."

You just got to love that picture! More information on this modder profile can be found here.
Yeong Yang YY-5601 Mid-Tower Case Review @ TheCrucible
"The case is geared towards desktop OEM and office use, though mod potential is high for those looking to do so. This is a black model with a platinum colored front door and louvers for front air intake. I find the intake which is filtered to be a neat idea. A ducted blow hole is included on the side panel to allow fresh air intake to the heatsink, even loaded temps were impressive with this case. Fit and finish on the case are excellent. Case is well constructed from steel, no sharp edges and the rest of case is recycled plastics."

More information on this review can be found here.
UV Reactive Computer Painting Guide @ The Valley
"After an amazing Laptop Painting Guide, The Valley Forums is back with a DIY UV Reactive Painting guide that will turn heads no matter what. You are guided step by step on how to successfully apply UV Reactive Paint to your motherboard, fans, video card, traces, and anything else you want."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Aerocool Lubic-P3519 Customizable Computer Case Kit Review @ Tweaknews
"I am so torn (figuratively and literally) with this case. On one hand (the cut one), I hate it. I think the manual is absolutely useless. It is frustrating to have to unscrew pieces over and over again to slip in more sliders. (On this note, a word to the wise: slip in a lot of sliders on each bar.) On the other hand (the unscathed one), I am actually looking forward to working on another project with this case. The thing is, the case is all about preparation. If you sketch out exactly what you intend to build, then you will be able to make excellent diagrams which will prevent a lot of the frustration which I experienced putting this case together."

More information on this review can be found here.

Terratec Aureon 7.1 Space Surround Soundcard Review

"Never before have I heard sounds as crisp as those produced by this card. Unlike the Muse 5.1 which had trouble dealing with assigning sounds to various speakers on occasion, the Aureon 7.1 expertly takes advantage of each point in a surround sound setup."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire (VM2000A) Review @ BJorn3D
"I don't think that Thermaltake was struggling to gain acceptance from the LAN party crowd; the company just wanted to make a bolder statement in the segment to compete more directly with the other cases out on the streets that are marketed to LAN party gamers. The Lanfire version of the already popular Xaser III series was obviously made for travel. It was made smaller and weighs about 4.5 kg less than its bigger brother, the Xaser III Super Tower. Obviously, this move was to make it a more appealing chassis for a LAN rig."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Lascala SST-LC01 HTPC Case @ Tech-Mods
"Well, it was only a matter of time, Since the mainstream Personal Computer made it's way into our livingrooms, with the ablilty to watch movies using DVD's or capturing live TV signals to your Hard drive. While utilizing your television as the display. The new concept of putting all that into an attractive ensemble, HTPC (Home Theatre Personal Computer) The PC is no longer confined to the den's and cubbie holes of our homes. With new HTPC cases it can be displayed with ease right out front with the rest of your home theatre equipment. Today I'll be looking at the efforts of the SilverStone Lascala SST-LC01 HTPC Case."

This review looks like a poor mans rip-off the MTB review which was posted 2 weeks ago. Everything from the product specification format to the layout of the review. You be the judge! More information on this review can be found here.
TheaterTek DVD Player Review @ HTPC News
"TheaterTek is a HTPC based Software DVD player made by HTPC users for HTPC users. Do keep in mind that TheaterTek can of course be used on PC's that are not HTPC's! This software offers users full control via Remote control and amazing visual results on their televisions, projectors or monitors through an advanced set of codecs and post processing to the images. The entire On Screen Display is designed to look just like what a user would expect from a stand alone DVD player with easy to read numbers and letters."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, November 15, 2003
Icemat, Steelpad 4D, & Steelpad 4S Mouse Pad Shootout @ Overclockers Club
"We have for comparison today 3 of the finest optical mousepads on the market. The Icemat Black, the Steelpad 4S and the Steelpad 4D. These, unlike normal mousepads, are optical mousepads, and so are a unique format and surface types. Now, our test mouse is no ordinary test mouse. Tonight, we have a top-of-the-line Logitech MX700 optical mouse to test with (more on why that's important later)."

More information on this review can be found here.
SeaSonic Super Silencer 400W PSU Review @ System Cooling
"You've seen them, fancy LED fans, see through enclosures, built in fan controls. What am I talking about? I'm talking about the power supplies that when turned on, have become almost like a three ring circus. What if you don't want all the bright lights, extravagant enclosures and endless controls and knobs. What if you just want a simple power supply that will be of high quality, deliver top of the line power, be packed with the latest technology and most importantly be silent? If those seem to be the criteria that you are looking for then let me introduce you to Sea Sonic's Super Silencer 400W power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
LAN Party Etiquette @ The Modfathers
"If you start getting flamed and pummeled by the big guy you laughed at in the shower blocks, after you called him a cheat. Expect the Event staff to do no more than get the deck chairs out and start selling tickets."

More information on this article can be found here.
Home Theatre Projector Review @ Hardware Analysis
"Ever wanted to recreate a movie theatre in your living room? Or are you thinking about replacing that big-screen TV with a projector? Here's a look at three popular home theatre projectors from Dell, InFocus and Sanyo."

More information on this review can be found here.
Bleu Jour Modding Accessories Review @ GruntvillE
"Everyone seems to want some action in the retail modding world, but sometimes I wonder how many different Heatsinks, CCFL's, and Cases there can be. It seems that lately most companies have been improving on existing products instead of creating totally new ones. Yet a few companies are striving to create the newest and most innovative products imaginable. A new company to the modding world that is creating some crazy and eye-catching products is Bleu Jour. They're located overseas in France. They claim to be bringing French style into the IT world. Today we will be looking at some of their new custom mod products; 3 fan grills, 2 types of thumbscrews, and an LED fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 7N400 Pro Review @ FastLaneHW
"Today we'll be taking a look at Gigabyte's mid-range nForce2 board, the 7N400 Pro. While lacking some of the more advanced features of its bigger brother, the Gigabyte 7NNXP, the 7N400 is a capable board at a price that won't break your wallet."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SLK-900A Heatsink Review @ SLCentral
"With overclocking becoming a bigger and bigger fad in the technological world, users and CPU’s demand better cooling to keep up with the excess temperature from overclocking. We put the Thermalright SLK-900A Heatsink through its paces, how did it do when the heat was on? find out in our official review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gainward CoolFX 1200XP Review @ OC-Zone
"Gainward transformed a good GPU from Nvidia into a great card, capable of fighting head to head with the high-end ATI card, Radeon 9800 Pro. The Image Quality is very good, and the performance is just great, both of them make this product a great choice. Besides the water cooling system keeps the system really cool."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire 500 watt Aluminum See-Through Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Aspire 500 watt Aluminum See-Through Power Supply is one of the coolest looking Power Supplies on the market. This product has a clear acrylic cover, two LED UV fans, UV leads and more. Not only does it have great looks it has enough power to run the most demanding computer systems. Also, this unit goes great with the Aspire X-SUPERALIEN Aluminum Case."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Mushkin PC4000 Memory Review @ myWORLD Hardware
"Mushkin Enhanced Memory modules, especially High Performance Black, are made with overclocking in mind. It came with a nice heatspreader, whereby color may vary from the time when you purchased. For our case here, Mushkin has sent us a stick of memory module with blue colored heatspreader. The heatspreader helps to cool off the DRAM while operating it, which might proved useful when it comes to overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.
CMI Cool Dog Case Review @ ASE Labs
"Looking for a cheap and relatively nice case? Look no further if cheapness is your friend. Read on about the Cool Dog Case!"

More information on this review can be found here.
New Weekly Special @ The Cutting Edge


"The Vantec Vortex hard drive coolers take hard drive cooling to a whole new level. The crossflow blower pushes up to 30 cfm across the entire width of the hard drive for optimal cooling and features ball bearings not sleeve. The fans feature 3 speeds (Hi, Lo, Off) and replaceable filters to help keep things clean. The drive mounts on blue rubber vibration dampeners to reduce noise and soften any impact which may damage your drive. The unit displays the temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius through a temperature probe which can be place anywhere on the drive. This coooler can drop your temps up to 40% and for some of the newer and faster drives this can mean the difference between good data storage and no data."

Features:

- Black or silver anodized finish
- 30 cfm crossflow blower with ball bearings
- Temperature display in Celsius or Fahrenheit
- Replaceable dust filters
- Lower hard drive temps up to 40%
- Special vibration dampening mount for H.D.D.
- Fan speed selector
- Compatible with all 3.5" hard drives
- Fits in 5.25" drive bay
- Includes 3 dust filters
- Includes instructions and mounting hardware

MTB Labs will be featuring this product very soon. More information on this special can be found here.
Project Y2k-bug @ Mashie.org
"Presidents and generals feared it, the investors feared it, more or less everyone feared it that very night a few years ago. Billions had been spent on hunting it down, still no one had even caught a glimpse of it until now. Let me present the Millennium bug."

This is a 20 page project log on a fantastic custom made case. More information on this project can be found here.
Friday, November 14, 2003
Mushkin Flashkin 256MB USB2.0 Flash Drive Review @ Viper Lair
"The Flashkin is definitely the fastest flash drive we've had the opportunity to test here at VL. For anyone who has used one of these devices, they will almost certainly tell you that they are extremely useful, and it's tough to live without one."

More information on this review can be found here.
Bytecc Mobile HDD Enclosure Review @ Ninjalane
"If any of you are like me you probably have a small stack of unused and/or slow hard drives sitting in the corner collecting dust. Time to put those drives to work with this mobile HDD enclosure from Bytecc."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 172X 17" LCD Flat Panel Display @ Extreme Overclocking
"You always here about how good LCD monitors look, but very rarely are they any good for games. With gaming becoming a very important role for pretty much every home PC, having a monitor that makes your games look good is important. It seems that Samsung has taken this to heart. The new SyncMaster 172X is the answer to every space conscious gamers prayers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Atlantis Radeon 9800XT Review @ Envy News
"ATI has recently started to include component companies in their product launches, and the results have been amazing. Newer products are out to market more quickly and are easier to get a hold of. That's a good thing, especially for the subject of our latest review. Sapphire's Atlantis Radeon 9800XT video card is a real winner in every category. Packed with 256MB of RAM and a well-rounded bundle, this card is the ultimate gamer's delight."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS7000A-Cu HSF Review @ CoolTechZone
"Zalman has been a long time favorite of ours. We have been using Zalman products for quite sometime and they have never disappointed us. Zalman is mainly known for their large but effective, copper-built heatsinks. Little while ago, Zalman introduced their new batch of silent heatsinks that supposedly perform just as well as some of the loud heatsinks in the market. This way they are tackling both the enthusiast and the average consumer market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-7VT600-1394 Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"While AMD's Athlon 64 has taken much spot light over the past while, AMD 32-bit central processing is far from dead. Read on as we take a look at the Gigabyte GA-7VT600-1394 motherboard based on VIA's KT600 chipset."

More information on this review can be found here.
A-Open AK79D-400MAX Nforce2 Motherboard Review @ Neoseeker
"There are several settings included; fixed fan control makes sure that the fan is always spinning at a constant rate regardless of heat, Smart Fan Control allows the fan to kick in at a specified temperature, Multiple Level Control allows the user to set the fan speed for a given temperature, and lastly there is the A-Open Recommended Setting. The A-Open Recommended Setting is quite aggressive as the fan shut off completely while the CPU was idle but runs at full blast when running intensive programs like games."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Centurion 2 Case Review @ Ohls-Place
"We are continuing our case review cycle today as we look at the Cooler Master Centurion 2 case. The exterior offers you great looks along with stylish design line but can the inside of the case impress us as well? Guess you will have to read the review to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Last chance to win a Thermaltake Xaser III V2000A Super Tower Case @ ADPMods

"For every order for $100 Canadian or more before taxes, shipping and discounts, and placed between 12:01 a.m. EST Wednesday October 15, 2003 and 12:00 midnight EST Saturday November 15th, 2003 qualifies for one ballot in the draw. Multiple Entries allowed as long as they are placed in the period of the giveaway. All COD, Money Order, Email Money Transfer orders must be paid by 12:00 midnight November 18th to be eligible. If we draw your name, and you haven't paid yet, we automatically move to the next winner drawn and you lose out!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
Cooler Master Praetorian Mid-Tower Case Review @ System Cooling
"The best cooling aluminum or for that matter, any metal computer enclosure right out of its shipping box and stock from the factory, just got better! Today we are going to show you the “Praetorian” the new improved version of their most popular case of the past, the ATC-201."

More information on this review can be found here.
iCue CS-6058ROGX Case Bundle Review @ Dev Hardware
"Today, I'm checking out another budget case. Now, I know at least some of you folks are the person in your family or circle of friends dubbed Computer Guru, so I'm sure you've run into the situation where you've needed to build someone a budget system that's decently fast, but cost efficient. That's why when you find a deal like this you don't pass it up: case, PSU, keyboard, mouse, and speakers - all for under $60 (USD)! That's what you'll get with the iCue CS-6058ROGX Mid Tower ATX Case Bundle. But is this one of those deals where the case looks like you should keep dogs in it, the mouse needs to be fed, and the speakers are cups attached to strings?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital LCD MX-2 Review @ RipNet-UK
"The LCD can display a bewildering amount of scrolling information, completely without any intervention on your part. Keep track of CPU statistics, hard disk space, and temperatures. Use Winamp to monitor your personal music collection, and have the latest news headlines and weather updates displayed just as often as you want. The array of plug-ins you can use with the Matrix Orbital is equally impressive. To name just a few you can implement RSS feeds, Motherboard Monitor, Seti@home and other distributed computing apps."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, November 13, 2003
Setting Up a Windows Web Server @ Enscape
"Why struggle to develop a website? Follow this step by step guide to getting a windows webserver up and running with Apache, PHP and MySQL and you can save yourself all the time and bother of repeatedly uploading and testing your work."

More information on this review can be found here.
Metal Gear Box USB 2.0 HDD Enclosure Review @ System Cooling
"There's no doubt that external drive boxes are handy. They allow you to take what was previously an internal drive and turn it into a portable one. For several months now, I've been using just such a device, and have been quite happy with it, except for one problem - it's big. That problem is unavoidable for drive boxes designed to accept 5.25" drives, but what about people like me, who use one almost solely for lugging around an extra hard drive? Enter the Metal Gear Box. Designed to be used only with hard drives, the Metal Gear Box takes portability to a whole new level."

More information on this review can be found here.
HyperX 1GB DDR400 Registered Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
"When Kingston was developing their DDR400 Registered Memory Module they could either follow the JEDEC specifications or disregard the "qualification status" and enter the market with a TSOP module with lower latencies. It is obvious that Kingston went along with the JEDEC standards and thus became the only "officially supported" memory module at the time of the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor launch."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ 512mb PC3500 EL DDR Review @ Tech-Dreams
"I have yet again the opportunity to review some wonderful RAM from OCZ. The guys at Yen Industries have been great enough to review a single stick of OCZ 512Mb PC3500 EL DDR ram. This RAM is from the same series of RAM that I reviewed earlier this year. This time I'm looking at the single stick as opposed to an optimized dual channel kit. Enough with the suspense, let's get on with the review!"

More information on this review can be found here.
COOLINK Cool Armor2VS Review @ Madshrimps
"If you are looking for the best of the best you can be sure that you will be spending some $$$. But when you are an avid overclocker who doesn't have deep pockets but who still wants to get above average performance, look no further then this all-copper ARMORVS2 heatsink!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Power Color Radeon 9200 SE Review @ LAN Addict
"Building a computer on a budget can be a difficult process. How do you know which processor is the best value for the money? Which hard drive? Or even which video card will still play the games you want without costing an arm and a leg? While we have all heard about the 9600 series and the 9800 series, it is more rare to hear about the 9200 series. And so it is that today we’re looking at ATI’s budget solution, Power Color’s Radeon 9200 SE 64 MB edition."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI 9800 Pro 256 MB vs. ATI 9700 PRO 128 @ Short-Media
"The home PC user's number one reason for upgrading is games. Video cards continue to turn up the frame rates and pack on the onboard memory but how is this "bigger, better, faster" benefiting you and how much? Is 128 MB of onboard memory enough or is it the new monsters with 256 MB? ATI's 9800 PRO 256 MB edition will be stacked up against its little brother, the 9700 PRO 128 MB edition, to reveal a few answers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit IS7 i865PE Motherboard Review @ Hardcoreware
"Aside from the "MAX" line of exotic, over-the-top motherboards, Abit also offers some basic motherboards that are rock solid. Although they are more conventional than the MAX boards, they do not skimp on the OC features at all. The IS7 is one such board. Based on the Intel 865PE chipset, this board has a plethora of tweaks and overclocking features, including the ability to enable "PAT" thus effectively making it an 875P board in every way but name."

More information on this review can be found here.
EPoX 8RDA3+ nForceII Ultra 400 Review @ Monkey Review
"The first thing I wanted to do was see how far we could push the FSB. As mentioned, anything above 184MHz required us to loosen our memory timings. With that being done, I was able to get stable operation with a FSB of 234 / 468 MHz. Not bad at all, but I feel my memory really proved itself to be a bottleneck this time out. Once we had established our best FSB."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech H20-Series Cooling Kit Review @ IPKonfig
"Swiftech has been in the running for some time, now, and with great success on the market with its products. In fact, they currently have some of the most well designed water blocks on the market, so it should be no surprise when gaining significant results from their water blocks. With their latest kit, H20-8501 Series cooling kit, we put it to the test on an AMD Athlon 64 CPU environment."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li PC-6077 ATX Computer Case Review @ Tweaktown
"We've got the very latest ATX computer case under the spot light today from Lian Li. The PC-6077 includes a whooping total of six 5.25 bays which is more than most full tower cases and it's only a midi tower!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire X-Super Alien Aluminum Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Aspire X-Super Alien Aluminum Case has many more useful features than most cases currently on the market. Features like easy drive installation, removable motherboard tray, and 6 LED fans to allow for great air circulation. Also, at the front there is an LCD which shows CPU and HDD temperatures, Firewire, Audio, USB ports and much more. This is one hot product!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
White Water vs. Maze 4 Waterblock Review @ GruntvillE
"Both blocks have a solid copper base and are toped with a thick layer of polycarbonate. In between the layers is a rubber seal to keep the water in its place and to help ensure your computer is safe by ensuring there are no leaks. The two layers are held together by screws through the layers on the outside of the rubber ring. Both are designed for AMD mounting however the WW can be used on a P4 with the purchase of an additional mount kit. The Maze4 requires the purchase of a new block with a differently designed poly top for Intel mounting. Both blocks also come with ½” ID chrome barbed fittings."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, November 12, 2003
BIOS Flashing Guide @ CyberCPU
"The computers BIOS ( Basic Input Output System ) is the software that is loaded on the BIOS ROM chip that comes with your motherboard. The BIOS software serves as the missing link between your hardware and operating system. Your BIOS controls your CPU speed, FSB frequency, and all other low level hardware for the motherboard like intergraded peripherals including sound, video, ports etc. Your BIOS also controls power management and some BIOS's even keep track of system health settings like CPU and system temperatures."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Xtrac Ripper & Micro Mousepad Review @ Ascully
"We will start by taking a look at the Ripper. I think the first thing you will notice is how bloody huge this thing is. Compared to a regular mouse pad, it's a beast at 17 inches long and 11 inches high to be exact. It's quite obvious the folks at PCXMods are gamers, who else would introduce a mouse pad so large to the market"

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC-4200 Dual Channel Memory Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The OCZ EL DDR PC-4200 Dual Channel Memory has a default speed of 533MHz DDR (266MHz) and the timings are; CL 2.5-4-4-7. Together this means blistering-fast memory results. Also, overclockers will love this memory because speeds of 280MHz and beyond are very achievable. Not only is it highly overclockable but it's stable quality memory that will work in any computer system."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Belkin 2 Port KVM Switch Review @ Techniz.co.uk
"I was at the point of whether I purchase another monitor, or buy some sort of splitter box to use two computers on the same monitor. As deskspace was critical, i.e. I had very little, the second option was the route I was to take. In the past I have looked for a splitter, or switch box only to find that the box and cables are separate and are very expensive. After looking at the Belkin website I decided to purchase this switch, as it came complete with all cables!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Trust Combi TV-PC Pop View @ MetkuMods
"The automatic channel tuning worked nicely and found all the channels available. I noticed that the sound rattled at some frequencies, but it was quickly fixed by lowering the sound volume from the computer (PC audio goes through the device). This, however, leads to the fact that you have to turn your audio system up quite a bit because Combi can't amplify the sound all that much. Fortunately, I didn't notice any noise yet, but people with high-end audio systems might hear some static."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIA EPIA CL10000 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review @ Tweaknews
"VIA's latest EPIA offering is an excellent office alternative to the the multimedia HTPC targeted M10000. With the digital audio and video removed and an additional LAN and two USB 2.0 ports added, the CL10000 has every feature and enough power needed for an inexpensive file server, firewall or corporate office PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Insight Solution Mediabox Review @ Epiacenter
"The Mediabox is another step towards a "tighter integration of PC technology with consumer electronics in your living room". This phrase pretty much explains what this product is about."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek WaterChill Cooling KIT - KT03-L20 Review @ Madshrimps
"Asetek has delivered a high quality water cooling solution for chilling your hardware. It keeps your CPU at healthy temperature levels and allows you to push its performance past the default. The included Fan is guaranteed to keep the whole unit running silently while still providing the needed airflow."

More information on this review can be found here.
Just PC 779 Game Server Case Review @ The Crucible
"Just PC is a name you may not recognize. Relative new comers to the PC case business Just PC is making a name for themselves with some high quality products. Today we take a look at their PC779ATX mid tower lockable front case. This case is fairly standard mid tower size, about 17", houses four external 5 1/4" bays, two external and five internal 3 1/2" bays. The entire front of the case is one big swinging door, which for some will be a nuisance, but for others this is just what they have been looking for."

More information on this review can be found here.

ABIT KV8-MAX3 Motherboard Review

"If you ask any hardcore enthusiast to name their three favorite brands, I would hazard a guess that nine out of ten of them would say ABIT. ABIT is well know for producing products that cater to the overclocker, and hardcore user. With the initial launch of the new MAX3 line of boards, ABIT has jumped back in to the enthusiast ring with both feet. The MAX3 line delivers the high voltages demanding overclockers require. The KV8-MAX3 really embodies the spirit of the MAX3 line. From its OTES mosfet cooling to the four channel SATA RAID controller to it's massive voltage adjustments the KV8-MAX3 screams extreme."

More information on this review can be found here.
Maxtop CSX-147K Signature Series Case Review @ Ohls-Place
"Maxtop who just happens to be one of my favorite case makers has just released a new Signatures Series Cases bearing the Number CSX-147K, which by itself is not a great deal to get excited about. But when you factor in the built-in "Carrying Handle" and "92mm Stealth Top Mounted Blow Hole" then it might get someone attention."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Case Review @ A1-Electronics
"We like it. Not just saying that. Nice livery in Silver, light as a feather, no rough edges to the cut oneself on and the Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire comes as a complete package as such, leaving you to buy a power supply and harness/carry handle of your choice. Just what more can you ask for."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec PlusView 1000AMG Server Case Review @ Legion Hardware
"Antec have done well with the exterior of the case. Once the user ventures inside to install their hardware they will quickly realize the quality extends far beyond the exterior. The interior of the PlusView 1000AMG is clean and everything seems to work well, which made the installation process a breeze."

More information on this review can be found here.
Home Made Cube Case @ Spode's Abode
"So, how much do you think this custom case cost to create? a hundred pounds? a hundred and fifty? As a matter of fact, the exact figure is Zero Pounds, and Zero Pence. Necessity may be the mother of invention, but necessity's mother is poverty. The industrial design of this case was dictated not so much by my sense of aesthetics, as by my empty wallet."

More information on this project can be found here.
Tuesday, November 11, 2003
XBOX CombiCable Mod @ MetkuMods
"Want to use XBOX game controller when playing games on PC? If the answer was yes, keep on reading. I'll show you one of the most popular XBOX mods, well actually two of them in this one article."

Very neat idea! More information on this guide can be found here.
Solarism Flex-View LM-1730 17in LCD Review @ Mikhailtech
"Resolutions scale from 800x600 up to the native 1280x1024. First off, a 17" LCD isn't the same as a 17" CRT. The former doesn't "inflate" specifications but rather provides 17" of viewing area, whereas the CRT only has 16" of viewable width. Also, because 17" is a diagonal measurement, native resolution may vary from screen to screen (you'd be hard pressed to find 1280x1024 on a 17" widescreen display). And because LCDs are optimized for only one resolution, the rest don't appear nearly as good."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Cordless MX Duo Review @ Tech Juice
"The Logitech Cordless MX Duo is a wireless desktop package that has won our hearts. By combining the MX700 and the cordless Elite Keyboard, we were able to enjoy outstanding functionality, an aesthetically pleasing presentation, and a comfortable ergonomic design; all while cutting the cords. We believe that the competition will have a heck of a time putting together a wireless keyboard and mouse combination that can match the quality of the Logitech Cordless MX Duo. From the experienced to the novice, from the workhorse to the gamer, there is not one user that should pass up on the Logitech Cordless MX Duo."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS7000A-Cu Cpu Cooler Review @ Tech-Dreams
"For years now we have seen a variety of different designs from manufacturers of heatsinks. Zalman by far, has some of the wildest designs on the market. Not only are their designs wild; but they are also effective and quite attractive. Zalman founded in 1999 has grown quite popular in the computer cooling market mainly because of their effective low noise cooling products."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Overture Desktop/HTPC Case Review @ GruntvillE
"One nice feature of this case is that it will accept a standard ATX MB. Once the MB and risers were installed, it is necessary to make sure the PSU power lead would reach the ATX power header due to its non-standard location. All turned out decent in that respect, but it is tight and might interfere with a large HSF if you have a similar MB layout. Although with this being touted for quiet computing, large HSFs shouldn't be an issue. Next, I laid out the front panel connectors and made sure they were long enough to reach around the PSU to the bottom of the MB. Again everything reached, but in some situations the cables will have to cross the MB which might not be ideal for a killer cable management scheme."

More information on this review can be found here.
Down with the "Redness" Upgrade @ OCIA
"The contrast between the mesh and shrink tube along with the black power supply was surprisingly flashy. The mesh job was done quite well. Only a minimal amount of wiring showed, and as you can see in the picture below, the mesh detailing was professionally done. A close-up below shows that the mesh extends into the power supply itself. It's that attention to detail that makes the difference between a quality mesh job and a hack job, and believe me, this was no hackjob. Thanks Case-Mod!"

More information on this review can be found here.
PCChips EZ-Watcher EZW-3060 Mini-PC @ Hardware Analysis
"In the good old days, overclocking pioneers had to pull their systems apart to adjust jumpers. Not long ago, Abit pioneered BIOS-based overclocking. So what's the next step? What if you could overclock without even closing your applications?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Aluminum Green X-SuperAlien Chassis with 500 Watt PSU Review @ TwistedMods
"The looks of the case are utterly amazing; from the paint to the fan grills and aerodynamic as well as its futuristic looks it's by far one of the nicest pre-modded cases for sale to date. However, looks aren't all that matters, while using this case I found numerous problems and things I didn't like from the power supply to the hefty amount of cables needed to utilize all the special features of this case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire X-Dreamer II Review @ FastLaneHW
"Today we'll be taking a look at Aspire's X-Dreamer II case. The X-Dreamer II comes in a variety of colors (we have the Blue one with us today), has 6 LEDs in the front, and a cool temp sensor right next to the power/reset buttons. It also goes for about $80 with a PSU, and while not cheap compared to some other cases, it isn't as expensive as some cases which may cost up to $200 without a PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Building a Budget Storage Server @ Firing Squad
"Storage Servers aren't simply computers with a bunch of hard disks, nor are they another name for RAID storage. In our latest article, we build a budget storage server and explain why you can't take a random desktop PC and add a bunch of disks. Like the previous Opteron article, even if you're just into building gaming systems, you'll want to read this article to see our thoughts on robust cooling and power."

More information on this guide can be found here.
New Loyalty Promotion @ Lux-Design
"At Lux-Design we never forget our customers. That's why as a loyal Lux-Design customer, we want to thank-you because you have been there for us in the past. The promotion consists of a rebate of 7% on almost everything we have on our site. All you have to do is enter in the rebate coupon area when you checkout the word: loyalty. Click on recalculate and voilà! You get yourself a nice 7% discount! No minimum numbers of item or amount that you have to buy. Think of it as a Christmas gift from us."

More information on this promotion can be found here.
Asetek WaterChill Review @ Ninjalane
"Watercooling is not much different than any other cooling system but when used on a small scale, like in a computer system, the parts tend to get rather complex. The Asetek WaterChill makes it easy."

More information on this review can be found here.
Build a Water Flow Switch for a Water Cooled PC @ Overclockers.com
"This article describes the construction of a water flow switch from simple inexpensive materials for a water cooled PC. The flow switch can be connected directly to a pump or installed "in-line" in a section of tubing. The flow switch monitors water flow and is connected to an electronic circuit which uses light emitting diodes (LED) to indicate the flow of water."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Water Block Round-Up 2003 @ Liquid Ninja's
"As water cooling CPUs becomes more popular with the masses, there seems to be an increasing number of waterblocks out on the market claiming that they are the best performer. Of course, experienced watercoolers know that watercooling a PC can be a very complex system of variables, even if they are simple to physically assemble. Flow rates, flow restriction, radiator position, and even things like relative humidity can all impact a waterblock's performance in a system. Often times, the real performance differences become muddled due to other circumstances occurring on watercooled PCs, causing some people have real good luck with certain waterblocks, and others feeling ripped off because of poor performance."

More information on this round-up can be found here.
Monday, November 10, 2003
ConexUSB lighted USB 2.0 Cables Review @ Tweakerzone
"ConexUSB sells 4 different USB cables: red,white,green,blue are the different colors of the LED's. Now why should anyone want to buy this product? Only because it looks fancy or does it provide some other functionalities as well? In my opinion it has a good function when you want to keep a good eye on your peripherals. So you do not only get the nice lighting, but also a fast way to identify your peripherals according to the colors."

More information on this review can be found here.
X-Micro Wireless Broadband Router XWL-11bRRG Review @ PC Guide
"One thing we can say for sure is that Wireless technology is among us and becoming the way of the future. The XWL-11bRRG means that the wireless benefits are more available to end users without having to spend hundreds of dollars for the technology. Being able to transfer data up to 11Mbps makes WLAN a more viable option, although you will be waiting a long time if you need to transfer large files like 1GB, over the network fast which can take like 30mins compared to couple mins using 100Mbps Ethernet connection. But for portability and general use, wireless adds the edge of convenience and ease of use."

More information on this review can be found here.
9800 Pro Heatsink Modification @ Nexus Hardware
"The 9800 Pro is without a doubt, an incredibly powerful card. However, stock cooling leaves much to be desired. Its stock cooling allows for good overclocking but doesn’t take the card to its full potential. Let's take a look at how we can improve our card's performance."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Cheap and Easy LED Case Lighting Guide @ Creative Mods
"In this guide, you will learn how combine a spare molex connector and 2 LEDs to create a simple and effective lighting solution. Basic soldering skills are necessary, but apart from that, this mod requires very little experience and very little money."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Do It Yourself (DIY) Pump Relay Switch Guide @ The Valley
"Another new guide at the Valley Forums, a Do It Yourself Pump Relay Switch guide that effectively turns your PSU switch into a on/off switch for your water-cooling pump."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Zalman Theatre 6 Surround Sound Headphones Review @ System Cooling
"Here’s something interesting – 6 channel surround sound headphones! Zalman Tech has just released a new pair of audio headphones designed to create a realistic surround sound listening experience. The new Theatre 6 headphones incorporate six drivers, three on each side, which produce enhanced spatial effects by separating the front, rear and center channel signals."

More information on this review can be found here.
DVD Burner Roundup Review @ SL Central
"Prices of DVD Burners are now dropping dramatically making them more affordable than ever before. We reviewed Dual Format DVD Burners from TDK, Memorex and LG. Although the prices for these burners are similar performance varied significantly. Read on to find out which one out performed the others in our official review."

More information on this review can be found here.
BeanTech BT9023 Plus 7 in 1 Card Reader Review @ 8Balls Hardware
"A generic card reader usually supports multiple flash media formats, and are usually small enough to be portable and/or used on a desktop or laptop computer. Card reader devices are easily found in nearly any computer store. They all do the same thing, and most look the same as well. So what makes one better than the other? That's what we asked of the BeanTech 9023 Plus 7-in-1 Card Reader on the review block today."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Toys SystemMaxx Multifunction Panel Review @ BigBruin
"I was not interested in slowing the CPU fan since my AMD Athlon already runs fairly hot. I wanted to use this to control my case fan speed to quiet the system down without raising temps too much. With the case fan control I was able to decrease the fan noise considerably and only increase case temps by 1C. It is now quiet enough that I know I need a quieter PSU!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Bytecc External Enclosure @ Think Computers
"To tell you the truth I had never thought that external enclosures were anything special. I have never owned a laptop or anything that would require me to have an external drive. Well bytecc has sent us their aluminium 3.5" HDD mobile external enclosure, and I have got to say I am impressed. Not only does the external enclosure add an extra hard drive to your computer, it looks cool too. Before I tell you all the details lets take a look at the product!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Global WIN YCC-1101 Micro-ATX Case Review @ Ohls-Place
"We used to think of Micro-ATX form factor cases as just about as small as you would want a case to be. It seems some people even shied away from this size case because of the lack of available fast motherboards to fit inside them. That has all changed now with the release by a couple of motherboard makers deciding an nForce board of this size was acceptable. So this brings us to the point of our review as we take a closer look at the Global WIN YCC-1101 Micro-ATX Case."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Gamer PC Case Review @ Short-Media
"The SilverStone Tek Gamer PC Tower just kept revealing itself. Behind a panel was a door. Behind the door was space for a fan. The SilverStone Tek designers took many ideas from the competition and made them fit into SST-B032FW. The Gamer PC tower is solid, packed with features, stylish and takes some getting used to."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake VM2000A Xaser Lanfire Mid-Tower Case Review @ Modsynergy
"Thermaltake has taken the leadership by case manufactures by entering the LAN Party. We are of course talking about Thermaltake's portray in luring LAN goers to purchase their new case for their needs. We all know LAN parties are about get up and go style but sometimes carrying a case to one can be very difficult. It's basically the weight of the case holding you back. Today we look at the VM2000A on Thermaltake's Lanfire Series of cases. This Mid Tower could be the case for the LAN person".

More information on this review can be found here.

Aspire X-Dreamer II Case Review

"Ever walk in a computer stores with computer cases that are jam-packed with cold cathodes and all this lighting? They all look nice and are mostly light from the inside. Today we look at a case from Aspire that might be the case you want that looks good inside and outside. And it doesn't hurt your wallet!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, November 8, 2003
Mitsumi Floppy/Card Reader Combo Review @ System Cooling
"The combination of a floppy drive and 7 in 1 card reader occupying the same space as a normal floppy is an idea long overdue and thanks to Mitsumi, just such a product has come to life. The Mitsumi FA404A fits in a standard 3.5” drive bay, complies with the USB2.0 standard and is backward compatible with USB1.1."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lighted USB Cables Review @ Pimped Out Cases
"As external USB devices are becoming more and more prevalent, for example hard disk drives, scanners, printers, cameras, etc. a need to easily identify which cable belongs to which specific device may be needed, especially when you have a multitude of these devices plugged in."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Nexus NXP-305 3.5" Rheobus Kit Review @ GruntvillE
"Armed with your newfound determination you hit the web searching. You find 3.5" fan controllers. You find 3.5" bay bus controllers, even dual voltage bay bus controllers. Finally, you come across your salvation. The Vantec Nexus NXP-305-BK, a 3 channel fan controller with a built in dual CCFL inverter and on, off, sound activated switch. And look, it even comes with 2 12" blue CCFLs! It is perfect! It is everything you ever wanted in a fan and light controller."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung Tantus LTM405W 40 Inch LCD TV / PC Monitor Review @ Tweaknews
"The Tantus LTM405W is not intended to be the average everyday TV for the regular consumer. This particular 40 inch LCD TV/Monitor is targeted towards a consumer that doesn't want to just use it the view the daily news, but with the push of a remote control button, be transformed into one of the largest LCD PC computer monitors in the world. With a feature list that is just begging to be hooked up to a Home Theater PC, the LTM405W is one of the most complete multimedia TVs on the market today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Speed Strip SSA-1 (Athlon Unlocking Strip) Review @ Neoseeker
"The Speedstrip is a simple product to install. Open the package, take out the strip, don't lose the strip while taking apart the system to get the cpu out, and finally install the strip over the designated area just as the picture shows. The only real key issue for me is the height that it adds to the cpu. The plastic strip is a bit thick and even the instructions note that force will be required. For many a solid surface is key to their cooling systems and caution should be taken to using the speedstrip as they could have an uneven surface that might throw off their cooling solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilenX 400 watt 14 dBA Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The SilenX 400 watt Power Supply is very quiet at about 14dBA which is virtually inaudible. Not only is it silent but still has all the power needed for the most demanding currently computer systems. It's definitely one of the quietest Power Supplies on the planet. This unit comes with one 80mm fan, 6 molex and 2 floppy connections and connections for most motherboards. This product offers the best of both worlds; power and silence."

More information on this video review can be found here.
OCZ PC3200 Dual Channel DDR 512MB RAM Review @ NextGen Electronics
"Many people out there are also fed up with the old stand-by mainstays who have been in the memory market for so long. OCZ Technology offers up a very nice solution for people looking for fast performing RAM of the 512MB variety, including the much heralded "Dual Channel DDR" technology."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hercules 3D Prophet All-In-Wonder 9800SE Review @ Hexus
"I honestly can't think of a more compelling graphics card purchase in recent times. It fits so many possible scenarios. It'll play Half Life 2 and Doom 3 when they appear with good performance, it plays all current games titles just fine with IQ enhancing features enabled to boot. The All-In-Wonder hardware and software bundle just top it off. The price is excellent too."

More information on this contest can be found here.
New Weekly Special @ The Cutting Edge


"The Kingwin KT-424 aluminum cases are simply awesome and feature a large side window so you can see everything in your case. The case is not painted but anodized black or silver for an incredible look. Has a removable motherboard tray with thumbscrews to make it easy to break the entire case down. Includes 3 80mm ball bearing fans for long life and good air flow. Has room for 4 internal 3 1/2" bays for tons of drives. USB 2.0 and firewire ports are up front so you won't have to crawl around the back of your case to plug something in. The attention to detail is very evident. You will not be dissapointed."

More information on this special can be found here.

The Cutting Edge is also sponsoring a Home Page contest for a chance to win $200.00 worth of store credit. The contest is scheduled to end on November 30th. Be sure to get your entries in as well as vote for the existing contest participants.

More information on this contest can be found here.
Networking X-Micro Style @ Tweaktown
"X-Micro is a company we know for producing a whole range of graphics cards. Today we take a look at their complete and new range of networking products including 802.11b wireless gear. Cheap, Stylish and Simple!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Tri-Cool (Wavemaster, Aerogate II and Musketeer) Reviews @ myWorld Hardware
"One of the chassis that we are going to look at will be CoolerMaster WaveMaster! Along together in this review coverage, we have included some new CoolerMaster's accessories as well that are Musketeer and Aerogate II! And hence forth, I've decided to call it, Tri-Cool review! Three cool CoolerMaster product review coverage at one go."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, November 7, 2003
Logitech io Personal Digital Pen Review @ BigBruin
"After carrying the pen around with me for about 3 weeks now, one thing is certain, it is definitely a conversation piece. Regardless of an individual’s interest in tech gadgetry, almost everyone that has seen the pen has been intrigued with it, and impressed by the revolutionary concept of the device."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tweakmonster Biohazard EL Window Appliqué Review @ ExtensionTech
"I did not think that the EL appliqué would look that great in a window. Being only 4 inches square, it would look tiny and out of place as the focal point of a window. My idea for the appliqué; put it as the focus in a CD-ROM window mod! It is just about the right size. The first thing that had to be modded was the appliqué itself. I did not care for how bulky and restrictive the plastic lining around it seemed, so that was the first to go. I turned the appliqué over a few times, analyzing it and deciding where to make the first cut."

More information on this review can be found here.
Guide to DVD Media @ Designtechnica
"The ability to hold a movie or several episodes of your favorite television with crystal clear picture and full surround sound has transformed how we enjoy our entertainment centers. Unfortunately, the specifications of this media are not as clear as the picture it provides. There are numerous, non-compatible, often conflicting formats currently in use. One of the problems here is the merger of the home theater with the computer. DVD is the central point between the two and has to accommodate both types of systems. There is also a variety of reasons for DVD drives. While the one that comes to mind first and foremost is viewing movies there is also data storage, music and editing your only multimedia endeavors. At first glance all DVDs might seem the same but they are not all created equally."

More information on this guide can be found here.
XTrac Micro Review @ Creative Mods
"I was very pleased with how smooth the surface of the XTrac Micro was. I was able to move my mouse with very little effort. The mouse was able to track all of my movements evenly and without any jumps or jitters."

More information on this review can be found here.
Auravision Black Sapphire Illumination Mouse Review @ Ohls-Place
"Remember the Auravision Elumix Keyboard that almost every site reviewed earlier this year? They have a new companion to go along with that specific keyboard called the Auravision Black Sapphire Illumination Mouse. So come one along as we take a first look at it and see just how it handles."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake X-Blower Review @ Neoseeker
"The Thermaltake X-Blower system delivers some power. Well actually just enough power to rival only itself in cooling in this situation. The system offers advanced cooling with controls to new users as the blower and SmartFan II can both be adjusted to various speeds so that noise isn't a large factor. For the mild enthusiast the system provides improved airflow over standard 34cfm fans with controlled power and high output at full blast that pushes over double the air onto the processor or out of the system. The blower allows the budget oriented user to get more for their money as they don't have to run 2 fans in the exhaust sections of the case since the blower itself pulls air from above and below."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman 5.1 Surround Sound Headphones Review @ CoolTechZone
"Surround Sound is getting very popular these days. Many of us have seen 5.1 Surround Sound headphones online or at retail stores BUT are they worth the money? To find out the performance levels with 5.1 complaint headphones, we decided to review Zalman's famous 5.1 ZM-RS6F headphones today. Read on and find out how we liked them."

More information on this review can be found here.
VapoChill Facelift Project @ Overclockers Australia
"The vapochill classic case was looking a little tired and in desperate need of a facelift. The perfect replacement was the Lian Li PC75. Silver, sexy and a look that never goes out of style. The conversion mod had been done before but never quite like this."

More information on this project can be found here.
Hercules ProphetView 920 PRO Review @ Hexus
"The Hercules isn't a 22" inch wide, wallet busting behemoth, with questionable gaming attributes. It slots right in to the sub £325 gamer oriented LCD market with notable aplomb. 17 inches, 1280x1024 pixel array and excellent fast motion performance, combined with a low price, make it hard for me to say much bad about it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Carbon Fibre - A Different Case Mod Material Guide @ Mashie.org
"Carbon fibre, the final frontier in case modding. You have probably heard people asking about using carbon fibre for cases on forums all over the web just to see the common reply that it isn't possible to do without a lot of specialist tools. Well that is partially true, to make a case using the same process that is used in a formula 1 car would be very difficult and expensive. There are two approaches for making panels with carbon fibre, the one above using carbon fibre fabric with pre impregnated resin that needs vacuum and heat to cure for best possible performance. This makes it suitable for extreme conditions but also very expensive and complicated to manufacture.
The approach used here won't give the same extreme strength/weight ratio but will make it easy enough to do home at the kitchen table."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Lian-Li PC-60H3 Aluminum Mid-Tower Case Review @ System Cooling
"This is the third in a series of new Aluminum Mid-Tower Cases from Lian-Li; the first two have been very different in style and design and have different and very unique features. And so it is with the PC-60H3."

More information on this review can be found here.
Blue X-Gear PC Case Review @ Tech-Mods
"Have you ever gone to a car show and seen that awesome lookin gem gleeming with all it's glory, all the while wishing you could build something simalur to it. With busy schedules or lack of knowledge that dream seems farther than reach. In some circumstances that's no different when it come to having a modded computer case. The Aspire Int'l Corp. may have come up with something you may desire with the new Blue X-Gear PC Case that Includes a 350W P4/AMD Power Supply and Blue Front LEDs. It looks to be road ready, Let's take it for a test drive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Interview with ATI´s Eric Demers @ 3DCenter
"In general, with shrinking processes (150nm, 130nm and now 90nm), active power has gone down per transistor (smaller transistors and voltage lead to less power outputted when switching), but our transistor counts have increased at a larger rate, so that the active power has kept on going up. But with 130nm and even more with 90nm, static power is getting higher and higher. In a normal CMOS process, one can think that if a transistor is not switching, it's not using power. That's roughly right, but there is something called "leakage", which is a small current that leaks out of a transistor, even when not switching. As dimensions have shrunk, leakage currents have gone up by about an order of magnitude each time. This is leading to the problem that non-switching power is getting bigger and bigger."

More information on this interview can be found here.
Thursday, November 6, 2003
Nyko Wireless Net Extender Review @ myGamer
"Easy Online - Nyko's Wireless Net Extender is the cheap and easy way to transmit data without pesky wires. This model is truly a Plug and Play. No configuration or installation is needed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Pioneer DVR-SK12D Slim External DVD Writer Review @ Designtechnica
"We cannot argue that the Pioneer drive is great to look at and it would score a 9/10 on the coolness factor alone, but the poor CD-R write times leave something to be desired, at least on the desktop computer side. If you mainly use your laptop computer, then you are probably already used to the slower read/write times since laptops are behind desktops on the recordable CD/DVD side. Overall we were satisfied with the performance of Pioneer's drive. The DVR-SK12D is a very rugged and flexible external drive and would make a great companion for your trips on the road provided you are near a power outlet."

More information on this review can be found here.
128MB W@lk Key USB 2.0 Flash Drive @ BJorn3D
"The W@lk Key might not be the fastest performer in flash drive land, but it has a couple things going for it that the competition is lacking. First, it is very stylish. The aluminum casing looks great, is light and should be very durable. Keep in mind that Plexuscom also makes a plastic W@lk Key. The second feature that most of the competition lacks is the small, slim form factor. The fact that the W@lk Key will not get in the way of your other USB devices is a big plus in my books."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Cordless Optical Mouse for Notebooks Review @ Big Bruin
"The mouse works perfectly and installation is as simple as you would hope. Using the mouse is comfortable, and it performs just as well as my corded optical mouse. The only complaint I have is that it doesn't operate as smoothly on a hard surface as the corded mouse does, but put it on a mouse pad and it's great."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire 500W Dual Fan Aluminum Power Supply Review @ Envy News
"I must say I was impressed by the guts of the Aspire Power Supply. Not only that it had a good layout, but there was extra insulation on parts that didn’t really require it. Another thing that draws your eyes their way is the high-quality heat sinks. They definitely put some extra touches (along with the extra cost) on this power supply, so you know it’s not a bottom-of-the-barrel PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCX478-V AMD Cooler Review @ Neoseeker
"In order to achieve the best results with the MCX462-V, an extremely loud fan is needed which brings the noise level to that of a vacuum cleaner. However, with a fan output of less than 30 CFM, the performance of the MCX462-V is only par with other heatsinks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hauppauge WinTV-USB Review @ Ohls-Place
"When Hellfire checked out the ATI TV Wonder VE for his HTPC he was building he was one happy man. But never being one to stay happy for very long he went looking for something that might be a bit better than the ATI. So he ends up finding a Hauppauge WinTV-USB , now Hauppauge is supposed to be known for their outstanding audio/video devices, but someone forgot to tell Hellfire this."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Kamakaze CPU Cooler Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Scythe Kamakaze CPU Cooler is very versatile and fits the Socket 462, 370 and 478. This cooler comes with an adjustable fan controller so keeping it very quiet is a definite plus. It has a smooth copper base surrounded by aluminum and approximately 500 mounted pins to help dissipate the heat. Also, installing or removing this cooler is very easy because of the great clip design."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIA M10000 ITX Mainboard Review @ LAN Addict
"VIA Technologies, long known for their mainboard chipsets, has expanded their product lines to meet new computer needs. One of their offerings is small footprint motherboards. Using the Mini-ITX form factor, VIA’s M10000 mainboard hits the scene. LANAddict.com takes it for a test run so read on to see how it faired."

More information on this review can be found here.
Highpoint e.SATA Kit V2.0 Review @ Tweaktown
"Serial ATA drives are great. They are quick, use thin cables and don't break the bank account in the process. Though what happens if you want to run drives external to your case? You turn to Highpoint with their e.SATA Kit V.2.0, of course!"

More information on this review can be found here.

ATI Catalyst Installation Guide

"The simplest of tasks can often be the most important. As is the case, we take a look at the correct methods of ATI Catalyst graphics card driver installation and tidying up."

More information on this guide can be found here.
New UV Style Floppy Reservoirs Now Available @ VoyeurMods
"Ready for the Next Gen in water cooling reservoirs, in UV colors? With the Typhoon design, you will be able to return your warm water to the reservoir, instead of the "Next Block" in your system. Perfect for any "Multi-Block" cooling system. This Floppy Bay needs to be mounted in 2 empty 3 1/2 bays."

More information on these new products can be found here.
M-Audio Sonica Theater Review @ Short-Media
"7.1 audio couldn't be easier. M-Audio's Sonica Theater simply plugs into an available USB port on a laptop or PC then it's a matter of connecting it to powered speakers or a home Theater amplifier. The Sonica Theater is portable, small and convenient with big theater sound. Just who is the Sonica Theater ideally suited for and is it worth the $100 USD sticker price?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Working With Acrylic Guide @ Pimprig
"I decided to dedicate an entire ANTEC mid, to house all the watercooling appurtenances, other than the Block and the hoses leading to it. This afforded me the opportunity to do a how-to on Building your own Reservoir and Finishing Clear Acrylic."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Final Staff Member Announced @ MTB
Two weeks ago, I posted two new staff position openings here at MTB with the requirement that we were looking unique individuals to fill some really big shoes as well as provide some new energy to the existing team. We received a number of qualified candidates from all over Canada and the U.S and I'm pleased to make the immediate annoucement of our first new staff member. Congratulations go to Mathieu Gilbert aka Shatterstar who has accepted the second staff position here at MTB. I want to personally thank everyone who applied for the open positions. This was an extremely difficult decision since so many of you were equally qualified. I'm hoping that the new team will build on the foundation and goals that were originally set when I started this website and bring a new level and energy and enthusiasm.

More information on this announcement can be found here.
Wednesday, November 5, 2003
Antec TrueControl PSU Review @ Techniz
"The time comes when you need a power supply for your PC, one that will be quiet and reliable. Those attributes are what the Antec True Control 500w PSU have. The installation and operating of this power supply were just like any other - just this psu has a few extras."

More information on this review can be found here.
Premium Lapping Kit Review & Lapping Guide @ Tweakers Australia
"Lapping" is the art of sanding the surface area of the base of a heatsink flat (and then secondarily, smooth). This increases heatsink (HS) surface area contact with the CPU die, which means more effective heat absorption, and thus better CPU cooling. Now, overclockers and tweakers have known about lapping for quite some time now - and many have devised their own 'special' methods towards creating an extremely flat surface area on their respective HSF's."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Kamakaze Cooler Review @ BoPC
"It seems we've got ourselves a winner here, it might not be "the" cooler for modders with windows in their computers because the Kamakaze cooler definitely hasn't won the beauty contest, but that doesn't matter because the temperatures are right, and the overall performance of this cooler is above standard."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Gladiator 3 HSF Review @ GruntvillE
"Today we'll be taking a look at the tiny, all copper Gladiator 3 heatsink from the folks at OCZ. For those of you who didn't know, OCZ does indeed make more than just high performance memory, expanding their services off into areas such as thermal compound and even water cooled components. When stacked up against most of the common coolers on the market today, this unit would definitely be dwarfed in the shadows due to its size. Will its meager 60x60x30mm core allow it to go toe to toe with the big boys or will the CPU under its care succumb to an early heat related death? Read on while we look and see what the tiny titan has in store."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire ATX-AS500W See-Through Power Supply Review @ System Cooling
"For a long time, the lowly power supply was one of the most-neglected pieces in any modded box. Not so anymore, as sleeved wiring, LED fans, and other modifications have become increasingly popular. The power supply we're looking at today, the Aspire ATX-AS500W, includes all of these enhancements and more. It's undoubtedly built to look great, and by the end of this review, we'll know if its performance can keep pace with its appearance."

MTB had a chance to take a look at this product last month, here is our comparison review. More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron PX865PE Pro II Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The board we are specifically looking at is Albatron's PX865PE ProII Springdale Motherboard. We will be giving it our typical torture tests to determine how it matches up against its competitors. The PX865PE Pro II is our second Springdale motherboard that is Prescott-ready!"

More information on this review can be found here.
GeForce FX 5950 Ultra Graphics Card Review @ A1-Electronics
"The GeForce FX 5950 Ultra has a new more efficient and quieter cooling heatsink system to keep the core cool while the memory chips have a cooling plate fitted to them. The GeForce FX 5950 Ultra of course needs two slots to install. The heatsink fitted on top of the core now follows top performance heatsinks for processors and has a radial fan blowing the hot air out."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon 9800 XT Visual Gaming Performance @ Tweaktown
"Half a grand is a lot of money to spend on a graphics cards. In this article we examine visual gaming performance of ATI's latest GPU, the Radeon 9800 XT, in Counter-Strike, NHL 2004, Max Payne 2, Midnight Club II and Halo PC to work out if it is really worth spending all those dollars."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire X-Alien Aluminum Case Review @ Rbmods
"Tonite we are going to have a look at the X-Alien case from Aspire. This case is REALLY SWEET looking but we are going to go inside the case and see what it looks like. There are tons of cases out there which are premodded and I've been against them for awhile, but this case has changed my mind abit about that. They have done a really good job on the outside of the case but lets have a closer look of the case in overall and see what we can come up with."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle SB65G2 SFF System Review @ Hexus
"In summary, the Shuttle SB65G2 is an effortlessly competent barebones unit that'll appeal to many potential buyers on the basis of performance, portability, features, stability and overclocking potential. It's not perfect by any means, but you can do a whole lot worse than have the SB65G2 sit on your desk. Ironically enough, the SB65G2's main threat isn't from powerful, full-size PCs, it's from other SFF PCs and Shuttle's very own SB6xxx and SN85G4 cubes. If you're determined to go down the Intel route, the SB65G2 is a classy performer in most respects."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech H20-8501 Water Cooling Kit Review @ XtremeSystems
"Swiftech should need no introduction, they have been making some of the most Xtreme CPU air and water cooling solutions for a long time now. Known to enthusiasts around the world for their excellent quality, performance and workmanship, they have been number o­ne in processor cooling solutions more then enough times. Swiftech has put together a water-cooling kit that is completely plug and play, the H2O-8501A."

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den RBX Waterblock Review @ The Modfathers
"No I am not joking the first thing that takes you is how small this block is. Then you start to look at it and you really do begin to become captivated. The block itself is strange in shape. It is neither straight or curved but a mixture of both with the base and the cap making their own route. Its unusual, but strangely esthetically pleasing and definitely captivating."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, November 4, 2003
Panaflo "M" Series Fans Review @ System Cooling
"Almost three years ago, we advocated the virtues of Panaflo fans and spread the word in many an enthusiast sites' forums. What makes Panaflo fans so unique is that they deliver more CFM’s at lower dBA’s than most of the high quality fans on the market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Acoustic Energy Aego 2 Speakers Review @ HardwareZoom
"How does the Aego2 pull this track off? Excellent is all we can say and with the right balancing on all the different frequencies. The pace of the track "Victory" was fast, mean and fierce, but the Aego2 tamed it with such grace that you could distinctly enjoy the beauty of the highs, mids and bass. Even our Mordaunt Short, MS-40i floorstanders together with its Marantz ampliflier could not pull off the same grace with this track. The Aego2 produces sound that was neither too high nor too low on this track, just right and pleasing to the ears even when the pace gets tough."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Internal Blue LED Light Tube Review @ Future Looks
"Antec has been at the forefront in case design for a long time. They also design some very cool case modification accessories. This 6 LED light tube is one of the cooler things that I've discovered to add that last touch to that modified case with a big plexiglass window."

More information on this review can be found here.
BeanTech My Reader Review @ FastLaneHW
"Since the portable media industry is unable to come to a conclusion as to the standard memory format, the age of the 7 in 1 reader has been born. There's certainly no shortage of options, but today we'll be looking at the Beantech "My Reader" model BT-9023 reader."

More information on this review can be found here.
Global WIN SAF520-Sapphire 520W PSU Review @ Madshrimps
"A Shiny Power Supply (PSU) from Global WIN, does it perform as good as it looks? We put it to test on an overclocked AMD system and compare it to ThermalTake's latest 480W PSU, PurePower W0015 and the older Enermax EG365P-VA 350W."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CPNS7000A-Cu Heatsink Review @ Tech-Mods
"With CPU MHz growing in numbers, It's been a constant battle to keep temperatures down, while maintaining a low noise level. They seem to be fighting each other. If one succeeds the other faulters. Zalman known for their silent components has brought to the table a HSU. The Zalman Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler, CNPS7000A-Cu. Will this be the answer to our problems, achieving low temperatures to the CPU while maintaining low noise levels at the same time? Today I'll be looking at and testing this CNPS7000A-Cu."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Musketeer Review @ Spode's Abode
"My review sample from Overclock.co.uk is the silver model. It contains a Fanbus, with a dial showing the fan voltage, a volume meter, showing the volume levels from your sound card, and a temperature dial, showing the temperature from the supplied probe."

More information on this review can be found here.
Biostar iDEQ 200T Springdale SFF System Review @ BJorn3D
"In addition to the small size, the iDEQ offers an awesome brushed aluminum finish and construction (except for the front bezel, which is plastic). I am a huge fan of aluminum cases and their typical silver color, so this fits right in with my tastes. The chassis consists of two removable side panels and one removable top panel, a design I prefer over the use of one big removable cover, like Shuttle uses with its XPC line (the SN41G2 for example)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin High Performance Black PC4000 Memory Review @ Viper Lair
"There is no question that Mushkin has a real quality product here with the High Performance Black PC4000. The construction quality is top notch, from the PCB to the heatspreaders. Performance was flat out excellent, and the overclocking was above average as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Allied AL-B500E 500 Watt Power Supply Review @ Voided Warranty
"What I expected to pull out of the box, and what came out of the box were two different things. I was anticipating just another PSU, but I was wrong. This power supply looks awesome with its brushed aluminum casing. Looks can be deceiving. Will this unit perform as good as it looks? We will find out soon enough."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Minuet Slimline PC Case Review @ Ascully
"The last Antec case we took a look at was the super quiet Sonata. I like that case so much I still use it for my main work/gaming machine. The lifestyle series of cases, as Antec like to call them, is evolving and the newest addition to the family is the Antec Minuet. A quick look in the dictionary tells us that Minuet means "small and dainty" in old French. That would be the correct way to describe this new case. This case isn't for the enthusiast gamers amongst us but is ideal for building a small Internet PC that would be at home in your kitchen."

More information on this review can be found here.
Micro-Cool NorthPole NB and MOSFET Cooling Kit Review @ GruntvillE
"Looking closer at the northbridge heatsink itself, I almost thought that, minus the size, it could possibly be a relative of the OCZ Gladiator line of coolers. With the aluminum shroud bolted to the solid copper base, it was almost like déjà vu. Removing the 4 mounting screws and pulling away the shroud, we get a good look at the solid, copper core. One thing for sure, the core is no slouch when it comes to weight. If it wasn’t for the smaller dimensions, it could almost pass as a CPU heatsink."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Single 120mm Heatercore Product @ Lux-Design
"Lux-Design's newest heater core comes with Twin brass tanks, copper construction, and louvered fins with peak airflow spacing, will outperform any single Black Ice Radiator on the market. Comes with a beautiful acrylic fan shroud to optimize the air flow. Here are some specifications:

- Use with 1/2" Tubing
- Has the least flow resistance of any radiator
- 6"W x 7.25"H x 2"Thick
*Fan not included

More information on this new product can be found here.
OCZ Annihilator Water Cooling Kit Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The OCZ Annihilator Water Cooling Kit is available in two different configurations, either the Basic or Deluxe. The basic includes; your choice of a Quiet or High Performance Pump, CPU waterblock, radiator, reservoir, tubing, & mounting hardware. The deluxe adds the GPU & chipset waterblock which is everything that's needed for overclocking. All waterblocks are copper with a smooth surface allowing great contact. It performs well & is reasonably priced."

More information on this video review can be found here.
New Staff Member Announced @ MTB
Two weeks ago, I posted two new staff position openings here at MTB with the requirement that we were looking unique individuals to fill some really big shoes as well as provide some new energy to the existing team. We received a number of qualified candidates from all over Canada and the U.S and I'm pleased to make the immediate annoucement of our first new staff member. Congratulations go to James Hays aka Dr. Mobius who has accepted the first of two staff positions here at MTB. Effective immediately James will have his forum level upgraded to Forum Administrator and will get involved in future articles and product reviews showcased on the site. Please take the time to send out your good wishes and we are still in the process of finding one more member who will be announced shortly.

More information on this announcement can be found here.
Monday, November 3, 2003
Hard Drive Window Guide @ TwistedMods
"Contrary to popular belief, hard drives are not hermetically sealed. A lot of people think that simply opening your hard drive will kill it. While that's not entirely true, it is true that dust or any other contaminants could harm your hard drive, and possibly make it completely unusable. Keeping your hard drive in a sealed container will help protect it from dust and accidental handling. Just make sure you put it somewhere safe, not on your coffee table where a child could knock it over."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Dual Deluxe Blue Cold Cathode Lighting Kit Review @1SweetPC
"Looking for a nice way to brighten up your case? Looking for a cool glow to your computer room? This dual cold cathode kit is absolutly right for you. With a standard molex connector it is easy to connect it to your power supply for internal use, and with a little modding can be easily used outside of your case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Twinx1024x-3700 Memory Review @ Rbmods
"A while back we reviewed TwinX3200 memory from Corsair. Tonight it's time for a newer version called 3700. This is going to be tested with some heavy overclocking as usual. We are also going to have a look at the timings etc that this memory can run at. We know that Corsair makes great sticks of memory and they really hold the spot as one of the greatest memory manufacturers. Let's have a look how this pair of 2*512 sticks can perform."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC-4200 Dual Channel Memory Preview @ Legit Reviews
"Today we have a look at a "Beta" product from OCZ Technologies; the dual channel kit of 4200EL DDR. OCZ Technologies has begun to ship Beta samples for us to test! This dual-channel kit contains two 256mb sticks, rated at a speed of 533MHz DDR with timings of 3-4-4-8."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Plextor PX-504UF External High-Speed DVD+R/RW CD-R/RW Drive Review @ Tweaknews
"The advantage of being able to choose either USB or Firewire makes the drive very versatile. The included software is fairly robust, though still user-friendly. DVD Builder is a great application for parents wanting to backup family videos. And the DVD+R format is still more widely supported by DVD-ROMs and home DVD players."

More information on this review can be found here.
Pioneer DVR-S606 DVD Writer Review @ Designtechnica
"Pioneer's DVR-S606 has what a lot of other DVD writers on the market seem to be lacking; substance. While the DVR S606 is not the fastest DVD writer on the market, you really get a lot for your money. The Pioneer DVR-S606 has a good software package, USB and FireWire cables that support both the larger and mini inputs (found on most notebook computers), and both write-once and rewritable media boxed with the drive; not to mention FireWire pass through for daisy chaining devices."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS K8V Deluxe Motherboard Review @ The Crucible
"With the release of AMD's Athlon64 microprocessor a whole slew of new Socket754 motherboards have hit the market. ASUS has long been know to produce some of the best motherboards available. With a long tradition of quality, ASUS steps into the enthusiasts ring with the K8V Deluxe. ASUS has finally moved away from the bland and boring yellow/brown PCB and brings the K8V Deluxe in with a slick black PCB, yellow PCI slots and blue north bridge heatsink. It all makes for very attractive package."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Lanboy Review @ CyberCPU
"When you think about it, what's the worst part of a LAN party? Most people would say transporting your PC. Sometimes case manufacturers do not think about a computer being moved all the time. Antec has a solution that should fit anyone's needs. The Antec Lanboy comes with all the great features to make it the perfect LAN party case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit IC7-MAX3 Motherboard Review @ Envy News
"The MAX series of boards from ABIT for both Intel and AMD platforms have received much deserved success and recognition in the industry. Likewise, ABIT marketed cooling technology on their GeForce4 Ti4200 and GeForce FX 5900 by the name of OTES, or Outside Thermal Exhaust System. ABIT once again took home the bacon with a merging of both MAX and OTES, with the IC7-MAX3 motherboard. Equipped with an avant-garde MOSFET cooling system, this Intel Pentium4 mainboard sports radical features, without compromising on performance!"

More information on this review can be found here.
G3 Black Mid-Tower ATX Case Review @ System Cooling
"Is it possible to get a case with many of the features so desired by geeks these days, and still get a rock bottom price? We’ll find out today by looking at the G3 Black Mid-Tower case from CrazyPC.com. Sporting an “X” style window, LED fan, and front fascia door, it’s an attractive case. And under $35 US (without Power Supply) is about as rock bottom as a case can get."

More information on this review can be found here.

Cooler Master Licensed Etched Window Review

"The window we're looking at today is from Cooler Master, and what they've done is gone out and licensed the logo from one of the most recognizable names in computer hardware today, and they've etched this logo into the window of one of their aluminum side panels. The nVidia logo panel is undoubtedly only the first of many licensed etched windows that we'll see from the folks at Cooler Master."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wahoo Computers ATX Chilli Pro Aluminum Computer Case Review @ Modsynergy
"Looking for a strong case? Looking for a compact case that looks good and is worth your hard earned money? Well continue reading on this Chilli Pro case that we are looking at and see if it might be just that case you want, or maybe not."

More information on this review can be found here.
Budget & Budget Buster PCs @ Short-Media
"Short-Media challenged our enthusiasts to dream up the cheapest PC around and one that only Howard Hughes would own. They did just that and told us, in their words, what they did to get there."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax Scorpio 868 Case Review @ Ohls-Place
"The last time we turned Hellfire loose with a case it was the Lian Li PC-9300, and I really had concerns about his mental health for months after that run-in. But the news is good from the land of brimstone as our pitchfork packing buddy describes his new love affair with the the Raidmax Scorpio 868 case. I do believe I will need to get a hose to separate from this one."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Overture Review @ HTPC News
"The Antec Overture is a HTPC marketed case that comes in at a price lower than most in the market and features some amazing items as standard equipment. We have a review of this newcomer online as well as a guide to picking the right parts to go with it. The guide also includes doing some modifications to the case to make it even more aesthetically pleasing."

More information on this review can be found here.

Antec Overture Modification Article

"HTPCs are really cool, but a cool home theater won't do you much good if you put your eyes out with flying shrapnel while making it. This goes double for using dremel-type tools. The speed at which such tools rotate, and the propensity for the bits to shatter, makes eye protection a must. Don't even turn one on unless you're wearing the proper protection."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Shuttle SB65G2 with ClearView Cover Review @ Tweaktown
"Put together one of Shuttle's latest XPC small form factor computers and a tuned Intel Springdale chipset and you have some serious performance from a little guy packing a big punch!"

More information on this review can be found here.

VIA EPIA M1000 Mini-ITX Review

"When you think of Small Form Factor the first company you probably think of is Shuttle. Though, VIA Technology is another company up the top of the pack leading the new frontier with their EPIA Mini-ITX series."

More information on this review can be found here.

Gigabyte 8IPE1000 Pro 2 GT2004 Review

"Gigabyte's 8IPE1000 Pro 2 GT2004 motherboard is the first to introduce their new C.I.A and M.I.B automatic acceleration technology. Read on and see how Gigabyte takes the Intel Springdale chipset to full speed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, November 1, 2003
Klipsch GMX D-5.1 Speakers Review @ The Tech Zone
"The GMX D-5.1 sound system is one of Klipsch's newer creations and is unique in the fact that it is geared towards console gaming. That's right, Klipsch made the GMX D-5.1 with the console gaming industry more specifically the Xbox, PS2, and Gamecube users in mind. They have observed the huge advancement console gaming and decided it was time to act. They thought, why not give users the chance to complete their gaming experience by adding 5.1 surround sound to complement the stellar graphics of these new video game consoles."

More information on this review can be found here.
HALO for the PC Platform Review @ Future Looks
"The little training session at the start explains everything for you and gets you comfortable with the controls. And then the proverbial poop hits the fan. If you don’t know the story, basically you are a modified soldier (think Kurt Russell in Soldier, only even more modded and better armour…more escape from new york connections…) on a human marine spaceship that has just made an evasive jump from a stronger enemy. The enemy somehow actually beat your ship to the stop point, outside an unusual planet with a mysterious manufactured ring encircling it. The story starts with your ship under attack from the enemy and the captain giving an order for you to be awakened from your cryogenic sleep to help in the ensuing battle."

This is currently one of my favourite PC games out right now. More information on this review can be found here.
Multi-Function 3.5" Fan Controller Review @ GruntvillE
"Not everybody has empty 5-1/4" bays, with CDRW drives, HDD coolers, and reservoirs, there's little room left. With the decline of the aging floppy drives most 3.5" bays have been left empty. Even though I did have 2 empty 5 1/4" bays, I decided to go for the 3.5" Rheobus because, well, because it was cheap. To be honest, I normally don't let price effect my buying decisions, but seeing as how this rheobus was intended for my "spare" computer I found the cheapest one I could. I don't need it to be able to handle that many watts, I don't need it to light up, and I don't need to mess with it that much. So the only factor left is price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian-Li 6 in 1 Card Reader Review @ System Cooling
"With the great number of memory card types on the market today, it's not uncommon for a single user to have 2 or even more devices that each use different types of memory. Rather than having to connect each device individually to the computer to access it, it's very convenient to have a single device that can read all of your digital memory media. The Lian-Li Card Reader is just such a device, supporting a total of six different memory card formats, and we'll be putting it through its paces today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech FX-71 Geforce FX5600 Ultra Video Card Review @ Tweaknews
"With not a single corner cut, the great looks and industry leading cooling technology coupled with great performance and a great software and accessory package makes the FX-71 an excellent videocard to put on your short list if you are considering a mainstream targeted videocard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SLK-900U Review @ 8BallsHardware
"While a great many enthusiasts have switched over to watercooling for their overclocking endeavours, Thermalright Inc's products are also considered among the best you can get if you're sticking to air-cooling your hot silicon. The guys at Thermalright Inc sent over their SLK900-U, which boasts compatibility for both AMD and Intel P4 systems, as well as allowing the use of 70mm, 80mm and 92mm fans to provide the airflow for cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nvidia FX5700 Video Card Review @ Neoseeker
"As a consumer choosing between these two mid-end cards, (for the first time in a long time) I might choose the GeForce FX card over the Radeon. Although the Radeon usually provides better bang for the buck, the GeForce seems to have more promise in this case. Also, the GeForce FX 5700 Ultra has a better implementation of dual monitor through a combination of nView's Duo-view and nVrotate. You could rotate a 15 inch LCD by 90 degrees and then pair it next to a larger CRT or LCD screen. This is not possible with ATi's Hydravision (since they do not have rotation built into its drivers)."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS Radeon 9800XT/TVD Video Card Review @ Hexus
"It overclocks decently, SmartDoctor makes it quieter than almost any other card, it's presented well, exudes quality and carries ASUS' 3 year warranty. Factor Half Life 2 into the price too, if you're feeling that way inclined. Shipping date for that title stops it making any real difference though. Should you want the fastest graphics card money can buy and you're deep of pockets, the ASUS is as good as any to relieve you of your cash."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron K8X800 Pro II Athlon64 Motherboard Review @ Legion Hardware
"As I suspected due to the integrated Athlon64 memory controller there really is little performance difference from one K8T800 motherboard to the next. The K8X800 Pro II was virtually identical to the K8VNXP in every test. What separated these two boards was the Quake III Arena audio test. In this test we saw the K8X800 Pro II come from 0.4fps behind when audio was disabled to a huge 10.8fps ahead when audio was enabled. This was made possible by the extremely low CPU utilization of the VIA Envy 24PT audio chip."

More information on this review can be found here.
Powercolor Radeon 9800 XT Video Card Review @ Overclocker Club
"The competition in the graphics industry today is very competitive and fierce. NVidia was on top of the competition a couple of years ago, while ATI was right on their heels. Over the past year and a half the tides have turned, and now ATI has the most sought after video cards for gamers. The only accurate way of knowing who has the better card is to run extensive testing of real world games and comparing the image quality to the competitor's card. Today, we're looking at the Radeon 9800 XT video card from Powercolor. To see how the Radeon 9800 XT stacks up, read on!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Weekly Special @ The Cutting Edge


"Galaxy has another great lighting product with these handy Lazer Beam LED's that you can stick anywhere. They feature a super bright LED that it mounted to a pivoting base that can be angled in any direction. They come with a pad of foam tape for easy application.

Specifications:

- Ultra bright high intensity LED
- Low heat output
- Very small to fit anywhere
- Lifespan of up to 10,000 hours
- Pivoting base
- Inexpensive

More information on this sale can be found here.

Home Page Contest Announced!

"The Cutting Edge is starting a home page contest that will run from November 1st thru November 30th with a prize of $200.00 worth of store credit to the winner. What we are looking for is creative ideas for menus and layouts so we can improve our site. Color schemes and header graphics are not as important as layout and ease of use. We are going to open this contest up to users to vote on so get all your friends to vote for you. You can enter as many times as you want but only one vote per person please."

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AMD Optimal BIOS Settings + Overclocking Guide @ Madshrimps
"You'll spend one day getting the best CPU Mhz you can. Another day devoted to getting a screencap of the best Mem Bandwidth you can. Another day getting the highest 3DMark score you can, another day getting the fastest HardDrive transfer rates you can, screencaps of the lot, post 'm in the forums, let the fans worship & adore you. Hardcore overclockers spend weeks devoted to bettering each individual score, and then when they've got the best scores they can, they sell off that component and try to find one that'll do even better."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Casetronics 2699R Mini-ITX Case Review @ Virtual Hideout
"More and more PC users are building a Home Theater PC, or better known as HTPC. As the name implies, the rig is mainly used for DVD movie playbacks, Divx or XVid movies, MP3 jukebox and since it's connected to a TV set, it could also be used as a PC for the living room where couch surfing usually takes place. And the Mini-ITX motherboards, the brainchild of VIA, was the perfect candidate for the applications. Being so tiny in size (17cm by 17cm), the resulting chassis that you'll need will definitely have a small footprint and will blend in nicely with any current home entertainment system setups. There's quite a number of Mini-ITX cases available right now in the market and one of them is the Casetronic 2699R MiniITX Case."

More information on this review can be found here.
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