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Monday, June 30, 2003
Cooler Master Cool Drive 3 Review @ Mikhailtech
"At 29dB this fan should be pretty quiet and it actually is. The airflow is not bad either for a 40mm fan, 9.21CFM should be enough for cooling a hard drive. Of course it also depends on the type of HDD used, but for most drives this cooler is more than adequate. The front panel of the cooler can be removed in case you want to clean out the dust. The Cool Drive 3 also features two blue high intensity LEDs, one on each side of the fan, which give the cooler a very distinct look while the computer is powered, especially in the dark."

More information on this review can be found here.
EluminX Sapphire Blue Keyboard Review @ ExtremeMhz
"Let's face it, we have said it before and we'll say it again. Blue is in. Computing Hardware with Blue Lighting or LED's is much more visually appealing and gives them that high tech look we love. We are easily attracted to such devices and many companies are featuring new products that make use of them. Auravision has incorporated blue lighting in a way that is both appealing as well as practical with their highly popular Eluminx Keyboard. This illuminated keyboard can be used by gamers, for late night computing in dark settings or those looking for the ultimate in high tech computing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Aero 7+ Cooler (Socket 462) Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Cooler Master Aero 7+ Cooler has a very unique design and a fan that directs air to the center of the heatsink allowing for maximum cooling. It also has a thick, smooth copper base with fins that are machined from the same copper block. It's easy to install and remove and the fan speed is adjustable."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Corsair XMS3500C2 DDR Review @ TheCrucible
"Since back in the days of PC133 SDRAM, Corsair has always been pushing the envelope with their ram. First was PC150 when anything above 133 was unheard of. Long classed as the king of the enthusiast memory market Corsair has a reputation for building the highest overclocking modules you can buy. Many companies have set out to de-throne Corsair, but most have failed. Corsair has weathered the storm of fickle overclockers and stayed strong."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cremax Icydock Bodyguard 525 Hard Drive Cooler review @ Ascully.com
"This is the best hard drive cooler we have had the pleasure of reviewing to date, the concept of hard drive cooling is nothing new but Cremax have gone to great lengths to make this product something a little extra special. The extras such as temp monitoring on three separate sensors, SMART reading from your hard drive for information such as time to failure etc and the sliding front bezel bring it into the realms of greatness."

More information on this review can be found here.
How Are Motherboards Designed @ MBReview
"The layering layout of the motherboard is also very important, especially when it comes to servicing the various system busses and other high speed transmission lines. Each of these transmission lines requires something called a "return path." As current, a signal, travels down one of the high speed interconnect wires, a "return current" must flow in the opposite direction of the signal on the copper plane that is located directly under the interconnect. An easier way to understand this would be to think of the return current as a way to complete the circuit full circle. The key to this is for the designer to try to achieve the most efficient return path for this return current."

More information on this article can be found here.
Trust SoundForce 460P @ Pirate Software
"Trust never said they were the best speakers around, if they were into musical production, they would have given me a HiFi to review. Instead, these are PC speakers, and PC's are what they're good for."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LanParty NF2 Ultra Motherboard Review @ The ModFathers
"The nForce 2 chipset really is as good as it is sold as. I have got to admit that I am very very impressed. The motherboard however, has to be the star of the show, and on this occasion it does shine."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI KT400A LanParty Motherboard Review @ Short-Media
"DFI has raised the bar! The LanParty series of DFI motherboards puts an impressive package into the hands of the consumer including the FrontX device, 6-channel audio, Serial ATA, round cables and UV-reactive components on the motherboard PCB. DFI is out to get attention and they have stomped onto the market with a hefty hardware package."

More information on this review can be found here.
ConStar Aluminum External Box Review @ System Cooling
"The piece of equipment we're looking at today is the ConStar Aluminum External Box. The Box, as we'll refer to it from here on out, allows the user to "externalize" any standard ATA (IDE) device. This includes hard drives, CD-ROM drives, CD-RW drives, even DVD drives."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT NF7-S Ver. 2.0 Review @ Nexus Hardware
"ABIT is well known for its enthusiast based products. They cater to the hardcore performance, overclocking, and gaming community. Today we have one of their NF7-S Revision 2.0 boards to test. The revision 2.0 has several refinements including a 200mhz FSB and increased overclocking capabilities."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen AX4SG Max - Performance Boosting Engine Article @ DVHardware
"Today we will be taking a look on the Performance Boosting Engine (PBE) function from AOpen which is added in the new BIOS for this motherboard. The Performance Boosting Engine is similar to Intels Performance Acceleration Technology (PAT) which is for the Canterwood chipsets only."

More information on this article can be found here.
SharkaCorp New Innovatek Water Cooling Eqpt Review @ Virtual Hideout
"Installing all the equipment was literally a 20 minute process from start to finish. After draining the existing water cooling system, I disconnected the tube from the pump and waterblock. Mounting the waterblock was as easy as mounting a heatsink. I applied thermal compound on the CPU, placed the waterblock on, then clipped the mounting hardware on to the socket and tightened it down. I cut the intake tube in half and installed the inline temp. probe, then connected the tube to the waterblock."

More information on this review can be found here.

D-Link DVC-1000 i2eye Broadband VideoPhone Review

"Staying in touch with people who are far away has been one of the mainstays of technology throughout the ages. Indeed, to support the vast infrastructures in place, fast and efficient communication is not a luxury, but a necessity nowadays, and when one thinks about it, much of our communication equipment not only supports infrastructure, but is an essential part of that infrastructure. When one thinks about it, a phone is pretty much a prerequisite to living in the modern world; some would say that Internet access is also the same."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX-2 Review @ GruntvillE
"As you've no doubt noticed from the previous pictures, the new Advanced GPO's are made to accept your standard three-pin fan tail. The three new GPO's have been equipped with full rpm sensing and the ability to control their power using Pulse Width Modulation, a method of pulsing 100% voltage at defined intervals. This not only allows you to monitor the connected fan speeds, but to control them as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolermaster ATCS 630 Case Review @ Hexus.net
"A few years back when I first started messing around with computers, I can remember those horrible beige desktop cases that housed all the technical components. Recently Cooler Master have released a new model to add to there current range of cases. The Cooler Master 630. There are 2 models within the Cooler Master 630 range."

More information on this review can be found here.

MSI GeForce FX5900 Review

"What you can't see is the seperate cooling on the back side of the board. Another sizable chunk of what appears to be copper coloured aluminium with another fan embedded inside. It's not heavy enough to be copper and far too shiny, but looks absolutely stunning all the same."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, June 28, 2003
Thermaltake Xaser Edition Silent Purepower 480W PSU Review @ Envy News
"One thing that is common to all computers is power. Whether it is a PC or a Mac, running an almost infinitesimal selection of hardware, it still needs power. With that in mind we should consider the quality of power we are feeding our machines. Weak or budget power-supplies can cause many problems including instability and even hardware damage. It is always a smart idea to spend the little more and purchase a high quality power-supply rather than save a few dollars and get a budget one. Otherwise, this usually ends up coming back to haunt you down the road."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lamps Electronics Blue Spiral Fan Grill Review @ ExtensionTech
"Just about any modded case these days has some form of lighting. It's generally either CCFL's, or LED's perhaps for primary lighting. While custom laser cut fan grills are still popular, CCFL fan lighting seems to be gaining popularity still. While I don't think CCFL grill lighting will take over the fan grill industry because of the thickness, and perhaps the delicacy of them, but they are particularly great at lighting up the interior of your case. Here we look at another release from Lamps Electronics, the blue 80mm spiral CCFL grill."

More information on this review can be found here.
NetBIOS: Ins and Outs (Guide to NetBIOS) @ KEPTech
"NetBIOS stands for Network Basic Input Output System. It was originally developed by IBM and Sytek as an Application Programming Interface (API) for client software to access LAN resources. If you have experience working on a LAN using Microsoft Windows Operating Systems you must have clicked on "Network Neighborhood" to access the computers attached to your network. After clicking on the icon you would have seen the names of the computers on the network."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake AquariusII Liquid Cooling System @ Pirate Software
"I would most likely fry my components with the impending flow of water. It's not that I know nothing about hardware, it's just that I'm pretty much unlucky and I wouldn't count my chickens if I had to build the entire water cooling system myself and actually expect it to cool my CPU. Thank god then, for water cooling kits!"

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Toys System Maxx Multi-Function Panel Review @ IANAG
"The PC Toys System Maxx Multi-function Panel simplifies a few tasks with one great looking device. It provides fan speed control, monitors up to three temperature sensors, and provides up-front USB 2.0 / Firewire connections all in one 5.25" drive bay."

More information on this review can be found here.
Painting 101 Guide @ The Modfathers
"A very good friend of mine sprays and repairs cars for a living. After quizzing him for several hours and a few pints later he divulged some of the trade secrets to me. So in the spirit of secrecy I have published them here."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Painting Your Chassis Guide @ Twisted Mods
"Each can of paint ending up being around $5 a piece. I would also advise a 3rd can of color because you’ll use it up pretty quickly. In the end, you will want to have at least 3-4 coats of paint on the case. The sandpaper will be used to sand down the inside of the case to make the paint adhere better. It’s also useful for sanding off ink logos on the inside of the case. My Antec had this little black “OK” logo on the side. Sand those off immediately because they will seep through your paint job. I learned that the hard way. Once you have everything, grab some old newspaper and go outside."

More information on this guide can be found here.
AOpen A600 Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"I also would like to iterate that this case comes with a 350W PSU and has a very big open window: two things that some cases around do not come standard with. At the time of this review, this case was listed on newegg.com for US$118. Now when you compare the PSU and nice window on the AOpen A600 to some of the other cases in this price range, I don't think you will find too many with those two features."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle AN35N nForce2 Ultra review @ Hexus.net
"Bar the odd latency issue, the AN35N is another solid if unexciting board. The trouble for Shuttle is that most of the major players have excellent boards already, so a lesser known manufacturer has to work that much harder to establish themselves amongst the usual suspects. The AN35N is much like an accountant; it's dependable and a little boring."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle SN45G XPC Review @ Legion Hardware
"There are few gamers that could deny the SN45G as a better gaming alternative to what they currently have. Not only is the SN45G system still incredibly small but it is also very quiet and can now be accompanied by a serious 3D graphics card such as the Radeon 9800 Pro. Supporting the latest nForce2 chipset from NVIDIA there was nothing stopping the SN45G from producing some very impressive results."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel PAT Enabled 865PE Boards Roundup @ VR-Zone
"VR-Zone has specially selected several 865PE boards in the market that came equipped with PAT feature and we are going to put them together for a roundup. No doubt the boards that we are going to look at today are the best performing 865PE boards around and these are the boards that consumers should be considering seriously. Among the candidates are ABIT IS7-G, ASUS P4P800 Deluxe, AOpen AX4SPE Max, Albatron PX865PE Pro II, EPoX 4PDA2+ and MSI 865PE Neo2. We will take a close look at the board features, BIOS features, performance and most importantly their overclockability."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-In-Wonder 9000 Pro Review @ Viper Lair
"Quality is something often overlooked by many people, but quality is very important, especially in a video card that you will be looking at quite alot. The 2D quality of the card was very good, besting most of the other cards I have tested so far, including a Radeon 8500LE and the GeForce 4 MX 440. 3D quality without any antialiasing or ansiotropic filtering is very nice."

More information on this review can be found here.
i875P Roundup: Asus, Chaintech, Gigabyte, MSI @ Explosive Labs
"This announcement of the Canterwood chipset brings the introduction of the 800MHz FSB processors, a 66MHz addition to the existing Northwood family. The new 800MHz FSB processors feature HT, which Intel has been touting as a multi-tasking benefit. However, the biggest change from the i850E/i845PE family, aside from the Dual Channel DDR support, is the official support for Native Serial ATA. Though, there is no software is on the market that can take the full advantage of this bandwidth, and probably will remain so till the next Windows release."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigacube GC-R9600Pro-C3 ATi R9600 Pro 128MB VGA Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"The benchmarks speak louder than words; R9600Pro at stock is no match for the R9500Pro. At its maximum clocking, 472C/606M, Gigacube's R9600Pro only performs on par with a stock R9500Pro. ATi has done a good job on segmenting the market with the R9600Pro. The difference between R9800 and R9600 series are more visible than R9700 and R9500 series."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron GeForce FX 5200 Ultra Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"The final stable speeds we can get out of our Albatron FX5200 are 381MHz on the core and a whoppin' 756MHz for the memory. Now, one thing I found really cool about card was that there was no tearing or loss of image quality at high speeds. All the other cards we have overclocked here showed their instability first by image quality reduction and tearing. However, this baby just kept going and going and when it had reached its peak, it just quit."

More information on this review can be found here.
GF FX 5900 Ultra vs. Radeon 9800 Pro @ OCAddiction
"Not only does the FX 5900 Ultra have great GPU cooling, the memory chips are cooled with gargantuan sized sinks that are mounted separately from the GPU cooler. Add to this the fact that you can overclock the 5900 at both the 2D and 3D level; you can keep your card cooler while not running in 3D Apps if you're the type to keep your card overclocked day in, day out. Memory chips get hot on the R9800 Pro yet this particular model does not have any sinks on the memory. Fortunately, ATI implemented them on their newer R9800 Pro 256MB model which has DDR II that can get very hot."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, June 27, 2003
The Imperator Deathstar Project @ OCAU
"OCAU is very proud to host the official website for BlueSmurf's latest case project. You might remember his GTR PC which pretty much started the model car PC craze off and captivated us until it was eventually stolen from his home. There's been a few interesting things since then, but this latest project, The Imperator, will blow them all away."

Very impressive work! More information on this project can be found here.
Comserver Components Watercooling Kit Review @ Overclockers.com
"The good guys at Comserver Components were nice enough to send a sample of their Standalone Water Cooling Unit. This is a very compact external unit with about 6' of 3/8" OD tubing, so it can be located some distance from the PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Aero 7 HSF Review @ OCIA
"The first thing you'll notice about this heatsink is it's big. This provided a bit of a problem for me in that I have an Asus A7N8X Deluxe motherboard which I dearly love. It is so crammed with extras that there wasn't much room to work with on the install. I eventually broke down, removed the motherboard and the sink installed in a snap. This was because in my PC75 the chip placement means there was only about an inch of clearance between the bottom of the power supply and the base of the heatsink. I didn't feel this was worth the risk of cracking the chip and after a couple of tries I removed the motherboard. The thumb clip was a breeze and the motherboard was installed and it was all running in less than an hour total."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Dominator 2cu Heatsink Review @ GruntvillE
"You just broke the bank on the new motherboard, CPU, and a kicking video card, so you have to do this without spending the last of your Bawls funds. So, with that in mind we are taking a look at the 2nd generation of the Dominator HSF from OCZ, the Dominator 2-Cu. As you might guess the Cu stands for Copper. Unlike the pervious generation of the Dominator this one has a copper core that will sit right on the CPU core for better cooling. So let's see how this inexpensive cooler holds up."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIA KT600 Chipset Preview @ Hexus
"The VIA KT600 chipset is a step in the right direction. VIA needed to match NVIDIA on pure specification before they took them on from a performance viewpoint. The 'upgrade' of the Northbridge now sees full XP3200 support and precious little else. The VT8237 Southbridge gets a couple of extra USB2.0 ports and, most notably, provision for on-chip SATA. The SATA feature extends to the ability of effectively adding a coupe of extra ports via an optional SATA physical layer. The memory interface, though, has been left in VIA's preferred single channel mode."

More information on this article can be found here.
Maxtor DiamondMax 160 GB Plus 9 Review @ ExtensionTech
"The drive itself benched quite nicely, and I am quite pleased with the performance. When compared against the 60GB drive, the 160GB fared quite well. As the saying goes, you win some and you lose some. The noise level was also very reasonable, which is a big plus for those of you who are massively inclined towards having the quietest computer ever."

More information on this review can be found here.
AGP Aperture Size Revisited @ CyberCPU
"The AGP aperture setting specifies to the north bridge how much of a PC's system memory is addressable by an AGP video card for textures after the video card has used all of its video memory. In that case, if you have 128Mb video card and your game textures never exceeds 128MB then you will never even use the AGP aperture. I believe this is why testing is so hard on this subject."

More information on this article can be found here.
Samsung Yepp YP35H (128MB) MP3 Player review @ Monkey Review
"There are numerous advantages to currently available MP3 players over previously hailed media players. The first and probably most noteworthy would have to be the sheer small size in comparison to a walkman or Discman. The Samsung Yepp YP-35H weighs in at a measly 1.04 ounces and its size is a small and compact 66.5mm x 45mm x 16.5mm. The other notable advantage to MP3 players is that the unit has no real moving parts; this dramatically increases the unit's battery life. The YP-35H utilizes 1 (one) AAA battery and has a battery life of 15Hrs."

More information on this review can be found here.
AthenaTech A747 Mid-Tower Case Review @ System Cooling
"This case is along the lines of very affordable steel cases that we recently have presented to you. It joins the ranks of such well-known steel cases like Cooler Master's Centurion and Antec's Sonata. It does this by offering superior construction quality, attractive looks, included PSU, ease of installation and low cost."

More information on this review can be found here.
Blue UV Reactive Acrylic Case Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"Case modding today has become extremely popular, with people adding windows, custom grills & fans, lights, rounded cables, and dozens of other accessories. However to take a PC case to the ultimate extreme, one can purchase a clear acrylic case. The case we are reviewing has been sent from Xoxide, and is a "Blue UV Reactive" case, meaning UV light will make the acrylic glow blue. They have several colored UV reactive cases, as well as regular tinted cases, or you can always go for the original plain clear case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast A310 Ultra TD MyVivo Review @ BJorn3D
"Today, we are going to take a look at the high end of the A310 series, the WinFast A310 Ultra TD MyVivo, which as noted above is based on NVIDIA's FX 5600 GPU. As you may already know, this is a very capable midrange graphics processor that, as we will see, really flexes its muscle when GPU intensive features such as anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering are enabled."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron GeForce FX 5600 Review @ 3D Newsnet
"I was impressed with Albatron's heatsink and ramsinks and how Albatron applied thermal compound on each BGA memory chip and the GPU core so I was sort of expecting to get at least decent overclocking results. What I ended up getting were pleasent results. From it's default speeds of 325MHz for the core I managed to get 380MHz and for the default speed of the memory of 550MHz, I managed to get 659MHz. That's a 55MHz increase on the core speed and a whopping 109MHz increase on the memory. The memory overclock was actually amazing and I was blown away."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, June 26, 2003
OCZ Eliminator Pentium 4 HSF Review @ Legit Reviews
"The "Active" Eliminator comes with the heatsink and attached fan, the back plate for the motherboard, the plastic retention bracket for motherboard to hold the HSF in place, screws for the mounting of the bracket, and a small amount of thermal grease. There were no instructions included, but it was not too difficult to figure out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Achieve 500W Power Supply Review @ The Modfathers
"This is supposed to be a high wattage, low cost power supply, for just about $20 more; one can get a little less powerful Antec or Enermax. There are 2 fans in this power supply, one intake fan on the bottom and one on the rear. Both with rounded wire fan guards instead of stamped grills. On the rear of the power supply is a master switch. The power supply leads have a total of six regular molex connectors and two 3.5” style molex connectors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tabula Rasa Semantics, in Microprocessor Burn-in. Part-1 @ Madshrimps
"In my last article; "AMD Ingots, sliced TBread, with the crusts cut off" I proposed a hypothesis which purported to explain the propensity for "low speed" Thoroughbred-B's (1700 - 2100) to attain extraordinarily high clock-speeds. Athlon 1700's were achieving speeds as high as 2.7GHz on air cooling and minimal voltages. And in a few cases the coveted "double overclock" was achieved via LN2, and phase-change. Unfortunately, several of the premises on which my theory rested were incorrect. Here is correct version based on true facts, many hours and days of research has gone into this article."

More information on this article can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC3200 Dual Channel Platinum Review @ Viper Lair
"Everything was running well so we will go up 1 MHZ at a time until we reached our maximum overclock. As we approached the higher speeds, we had freezing issue, and we've had to increase the memory voltage up 2.7v to maintain stability. At 2-2-3-5, we managed a maximum over clock of 230MHz (460MHz DDR), but the ram fail the Memtest86 tests. Clocking back down to 22MHz (440MHz DDR) resolved the problem."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman 400A-APF Ultra Quiet Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Zalman 400A-APF Ultra Quiet Power Supply is 400 watts which is plenty for even the most demanding computer systems. This product is a little different then most because it's extremely quiet, virtually silent when installed. A handy Multi Connector and Velcro cable tie downs are also included."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Lite-On 52X CD-ROM Drive review @ TweakersZone
"Today we are looking at another optical drive, this time it is the 52X LTN-526D CD-ROM from Lite-On. This drive has been on the market for some time now and is known to be a reasonable drive. With a reading speed of up to 52X the LTN-526D is one of the fastest CD-ROM drives that you can currently get. This drive has some impressive specifications, so lets see what it can do."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech 9EJS1 Zenith Motherboard Review @ Envy News
"When the Chaintech 9EJS1 arrived at my doorstep, I was rather taken aback. The box was quite large and bulky, as if Chaintech accidentally sent me two motherboards instead of one. Gleefully, I tore into the box like a kid, only to find a absolute plethora of bundled accessories, cables, and gizmos. The 9EJS1 is just that, the gold a the end of the rainbow. In fact, all Chaintech boards come with a wide variety of in-box accessories which really add to the value of the purchase."

More information on this review can be found here.

Xitel Pro HiFi Link Review

"The Xitel Pro HiFi-Link is a PC audio device that allows you to digitally connect your PC to your HiFi system through your USB port. The Pro HiFi-Link takes the digital audio signals from the USB port on your PC and outputs them digitally to a coaxial or fiber optic (TOSLINK) connection. You may also use a standard analog connection, but if that is all you wanted, Xitel has a non-Pro HiFi Link that is half the price with only analog connections."

More information on this review can be found here.
Building a Computer Step by Step @ ASE Labs
"You should lay out all the parts, and make sure you have everything you need to make the system. If you don't, go back to the checklist and see what's missing. Don't do something stupid and destroy the boxes that parts came in just yet. You need to test the system. A nice box of screws and a screw driver is also need."

More information on this guide can be found here.
FIC Radeon 9200 64MB Review @ OC Addiction
"The Radeon 9200 is essentially the 9000 (RV250) but with AGP 8X support and a few upgrades which come with the newer RV280 core. It is important to note that the 9200 still is only DX8.1 compatible. With the 9000 series, ATI has strayed from their past pattern of naming where the first number denotes the DirectX version, since neither the 9000 nor 9200 support DX9."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIA KT400A Roundup @ Hexus.net
"There's a board for everyone in this review and providing you got here (probably by skipping right up, past the good stuff) without dropping off, I'm sure you've found one that's to your liking. For me that's the DFI, but you really can pick and choose to suit your tastes."

More information on this review can be found here.

ATI Radeon 9600 Pro Review

"This is what the midrange is all about. Good IQ combined with good performance and 9600 Pro (and 9500 Pro before it) certainly brings that to the table."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gateway Media Center XL Review @ Designtechnica
"Gateway’s Media Center XL is representative of a system new to this genre. While performance is above average, more fit and polish would have made this system more intuitive to consumers new to the Media Center idea. The fact that there are two separate programs for writing both CD-R and DVD-R media as well as two separate DVD player programs means that there will just be that much more confusion to the end user. The design of the Gateway Media Center XL matches the rest of Gateway’s desktop computer line and other than the remote control; there is nothing that distinguishes the Media Center XL from the rest. Those who decide to purchase the Media Center XL should be more than happy, but make sure to do some research first as there may be features on other brand Media Center PC’s which you may find more attractive."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIA EPIA M-10000 1GHz Nehemiah Core Review @ Techseekers.net
"The M-10000 is based on the 1GHz Nehemiah core VIA C3 processor. The M-10000 is small, 17cm x 17cm in fact. It uses the VIA Apollo CLE266 chipset which features an embedded MPEG-2 decoder designed to help in creating smooth DVD playback. Although this chipset has integrated 2D/3D graphics it is not designed for games. The chipset also supports DDR266 SDRAM and, ATA/133, USB2 and Firewire. On the audio side of things we have support for (6 Channel Audio) 5.1surround sound, courtesy of the onboard VIA VT1616 6 Channel AC'97 codec. The M-Series has addressed many of the issues that have cropped up in this quest for the Home Theatre PC. As you can see VIA have moved away from letting the CPU handle every part of the multimedia operation. The have combined the virtues of each component to bring the needed multimedia features in to the home in and economical and quiet fashion.

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, June 25, 2003
Gaming Systems June 2003 Builder's Guide @ ASE Labs
"I've been searching for the deals of the week, and sadly, it doesn't look that promising for killer deals. But we work with what we have. Read on!"

More information on this article can be found here.
M-Audio Studiophile BX5 Reference Monitor Speakers @ FutureLooks
"Would all the Computer Music makers in the audience raise their hands! This is a review for you! Ryan takes a set of M-Audio's BX5 Reference Monitors for a test spin. Could they be too much or too little for your digital DJ setup? Find out by reading on!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Spode's Abode: Trident Cheating Benchmarks? - Part 2
"I had a poke around in the "bugged" drivers using just a hex editor and came across references to particular exe files such as GTA3, FS2002, Spiderman, Aqua and of course 3dMark. In the "fixed" driver however there is no longer a reference to 3dMark's exe file. So they are obviously detecting 3dMark in a much better manner now, or covering it up better - whichever way you want to look at it."

More information on this article can be found here.
SystemGuide Summer 2003 @ Madshrimps
"Ah, summer at last. Time to build the new system you dreamed of last winter. And if you lost your way trough all the new hardware out there, you are lucky to find yourself here @ [M], since the new Systemguide has arrived... 4 systems to please you all, one site where you can find them and bind you all to buy them"

More information on this article can be found here.
ICEMAT Black Mouse Pad Review @ XtReMoDs
"The fight for the best mouse pad has been going on for a while now. Not everyone is aware of it, but its happening none the less. For those of you not into gamming and are not aware of the fight for the best mouse pad then you probably thing your cloth pad is fine. You may even think that all mouse pads are the same and what is the point of spending the extra money when your cloth pad was free, or close to it. When you were a kid, did you ever run across a tile or marble floor in your sock and slide across it? Well that is what its like to use the ICEMAT every day."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake XView @ PirateSoftware.org
"When I saw this pop up on the Thermaltakes website, I really wasnt sure about it. Yes, in these times we live in it seems everything in a computer must glow in some fashion, be it LEDs, cathodes or the many applications of Electro-Luminescent technology. So this is Thermaltake's stab at something which has never been illuminated in quite such a fashion before, a 5 1/2" bay. This wasnt something I was dying to do, but I am sure it will appeal to someone out there."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin KF-201DF LCD Mobile Rack @ Short-Media
"The mobile rack lets a user easily and simply pull a hard drive from its cradle and move it to another. The Kingwin KF-201DF gives the mobile rack a high tech facelift and we couldn't wait to get our hands on it and when we did...it failed."

More information on this review can be found here.
TTR2TT's TR2-M3 Heatsink Cooler @ TechTastic.ca
"Featured in today's review is the TR2-M3. It's the second heatsink fan combo we've received from TR2TT.com and we'll be testing it out to see if it can hold it's own like the TR-M2."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plextor PX-504A DVD+R/RW CD-R/RW Review @ Bjorn3d
"For many years now, Plextor has maintained its reputation of having high quality and top performing optical drives. After receiving many awards for its CD-RW drives, Plextor has decided to enter the DVD recording market with a DVD+R/+RW drive. The PX-504A offers much more than just DVD recording abilities though. It's actually a 6-in-1 drive, offering the following functions: 4x DVD+R, 2.4x DVD+RW, 12x DVD-ROM, 16x CD-R, 10x CD-RW, 40x max CD-ROM. Pretty much everything you need is there, eh? Only thing missing is DVD-R/-RW and DVD-RAM support."

More information on this review can be found here.
Pentium 4-3.2 GHz Review @ Sharky Extreme
"The Pentium 4-3.2 GHz shares the same D1 core stepping of the 800 MHz models, which is a newer revision than the C1 found on the fastest 533 MHz Pentium 4 CPUs. The faster clock speed also makes the Pentium 4-3.2 GHz the hottest-running Intel desktop processor, with an 82W thermal guideline and thermal spec. of 70 degrees C. These numbers aren't noticeably higher than either the Pentium 4-3.0C or 3.06 GHz, but in practice the new 3.2 GHz does need an upgraded cooling solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron Gigi Geforce FX5200 Ultra @ ExplosiveLabs
"NVIDIA's latest mainstream or entry-level cards, the FX5200/ Ultra (NV34) and FX 5600/ Ultra (NV31) have gone through some much needed and appreciated improvements over NVIDIA's previous mainstreams cards, the Geforce MX440 and Ti4200. But have they done enough? The FX 5200 Ultra core is the supposed competition to ATi's Radeon 9000, 9100 and 9200 cards. However, ATi's cards offer no competition in terms of features as they do not offer any DirectX 9 support while the FX5200 does."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech H20-22500-AV Liquid Cooling Kit @ SystemCooling
"If you are thinking of water-cooling, Swiftech has many options for you to choose from. You can purchase a case already set up, choose individual components, or start with a complete kit based around their impressive water blocks. We have the H20-22500-AV Extreme Duty kit to evaluate today. Extreme Duty refers to the dual 120mm fan radiator included in this kit."

More information on this review can be found here.
PCToys CaseMaxx 210 Black Aluminum Mid-Tower Case @ ExtremeMHz
"We have previously looked at a couple of low cost pre-modded cases and were impressed with their overall design, features and performance. Each offered its own unique features, making them more appealing than most of the wide variety of cases currently available to PC users. Today we look at yet another by PCToys, the CaseMaxx 210 Aluminum Mid-Tower Case. This attractive, lightweight aluminum Mid-Tower features a side panel window, pre-installed bubble light strips and front port extensions."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chenbro Xpider Case Review @ 3dXtreme
"Today 3dXtreme has the great pleasure of reviewing yet another case from our friends over at Chenbro. Since we've started reviewing their products we've come to enjoy using their products more and more. This latest review is Chenbro's debut case targeted towards the computer enthusiast market..."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, June 24, 2003
Trust 4 Port Compact USB 2.0 Hub Review @ Modtown
"Have you run out of USB ports on your computer or laptop?Then this is the product for you. The Trust 4 Port Compact USB 2.0 Hub is a extremely portable solution that instantly gives you four more USB 2.0 compatible USB ports for your PC or Mac computer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Non-ConDUCKtive Fluid Project @ PimpRig
"It all started with Gabriel, the Gaming Program Manager from Intel challenging me to make a great mod for a computer. He never expected this. The precursor for the
"ORB".

More information on this project can be found here.
Boogie Bug Tuluz Light Rope & ATA Light Cables Review @ A1-Electronics
"The two round ATA-133 cables, one being system and other floppy cable even look smart with the light off. The Tuluz light rope is easily bent to any shape as you can see here where we made it fit the picture. This is ideal for twisting around either inside your PC computer or on the outside. Even a Christmas tree."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Q Aluminum Keyboard Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Cooler Master Q Aluminum Keyboard is stylish, well crafted, compact, lightweight and plugs into a standard USB port. This product puts traditional keyboards to shame but it does come with an expensive price tag. If you have an aluminum case then this keyboard is a much have."

More information on this video review can be found here.
ThermalRight SLK-800U HSF Review @ The Crucible
"ThermalRight is well know for thier cooling products. With CPUs getting hotter and overclocking becoming more mainstream, cooling is becoming a very important issue. ThermalRight's SLK-800U is geared at the mid to high end overclocker that is looking for great performance, without the expense and trouble of watercooling. Can it live up to such steep expectations?"

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor ATi R9800 Pro 128MB VGA Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"Well, what can I say? ATi successfully regain the champion title in the high-end graphics market with the release of R9800Pro. Currently, there are no other cards, including Nvidia FX5800Ultra, that can match R9800Pro's performance, especially when FSAA is enabled. The other advantage ATi has over Nvidia is the noise level. ATi R9800Pro is surprising quiet when comparing to Nvidia's flagship, FX5800Ultra."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI FX5600-VTDR128 Review @ Viper Lair
"As mentioned before in the specifications, the GPU clock runs at 325 Mhz, and the memory runs at 550 Mhz. I was able to boost the GPU up to 360 Mhz, and the memory to 650Mhz stable, a 35 Mhz overclock on the core, and a 100Mhz effective overclock on the ram (it's actually only a 50 Mhz overclock on the ram, but because the card uses DDR RAM, it is treated as an effective 100 Mhz)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Iwill K7S2 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"Today we are going to be taking a close look at the Iwill K7S2. This motherboard is based on the SiS 746FX Chipset. We will be comparing this board to the ABIT KD7 which features the VIA KT400 Chipset. This should make for an interesting comparison."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silent PC Project @ Madshrimps
"As I've moved, my pc, my desk and myself have moved into wardrobe furniture. Yeah, yeah very funny. I bet you don't have kids running around that will actually demolish everything in their path. The wardrobe is needed to protect the goods. And besides, I adjusted everything myself and it's actually a good workplace."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dual Opteron K8D Master Review @ DDR Zone
"The K8D Master mainboard of course supports the new 64bit CPU from AMDR the Opteron DPT. The CPU comes in now familiar plastic package with the heatsink fan assembly. The CPU is quite large, compare it with a P4 cpu (left of picture). The Opteron DPT cpu introduces a number of new elements to cpu design one of the major one's of course is the integrated memory controller, supporting up to 166 MHz DDR."

More information on this review can be found here.
Athenatech A747SS Case Review @ The Tech Lounge
"Overall this is a great case packed with great features such as the tool less drive installation, removable cages, and a top I/O port. Athenatech even goes as far as to include a power supply. This case is also very sturdy and very safe with all edges folded to prevent nasty cuts. The only department this case is really lacking in is the airflow, but Athenatech makes up for it with the left panel duct. I would definitely recommend this case to anyone who loves a feature-full case."

More information on this review can be found here.
DIY Acrylic Case Review @ HightekPC
"Most case mods consist of windows, lights, and the occasional over-do of fans. Not very many people will use or make their own acrylic case. Reason one, they are expensive, reason two, they aren't easy at all to make. A lot of online modding stores sell clear acrylic cases. They can look really great, but they also require a lot of care and attention. Today we take a look at the common acrylic case."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI MegaPC Review @ Hexus.net
"The mini PC market is getting very crowded; potential buyers have plenty of choice at the moment. MSI have exactly the right approach and have created something different with unique features to enable it to stand out from the crowd. We wish the MegaPC every success."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, June 23, 2003
Akasa Sound Activated Neon Light @ PirateSoftware.org
"Is this just some other light we see in modded cases all the time? Well in a way yes. But, in many others, oh hell no. Its much more! Retailing at around £13, thats less than a cathode from the same makers, Akasa, and in my opinion, you get more for your money. "

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Silver Ceramique Review @ OCC
"Arctic Silver has established itself as one of (if not the) best manufactures of thermal compound. The Arctic Silver 3 thermal compound offered great heat transfer, and was the highest recommended compound in by users in our forums. So what happens when Arctic Silver tries to take things up a notch? We'll find out when we take a look at the "Evolution of Cool", Arctic Silver's Céramique. And to make things interesting, we'll add Arctic Silver's closest competition, Nanotherm Silver XTC, to the fray."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax EN-006-TM1 Transfer Panel @ The Tech Lounge
"Enermax has been long known to produce quality power supplies and cases for years. Recently they have spread their wings to cover other accessories to go along with their cases. The bulk of the accessories they produce are devices that fit in the front drive bays of cases. These include fan controllers and port extensions. Today we will be looking at the Multifunction Transfer Panel (EN-006-TM1) from Enermax."

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den Watercooling Kit Review @ Review Nation
"Watercooling vs. air cooling... The ultimate debate when it comes to cooling your expensive computer parts. So which do you choose? We've reviewed plenty of air cooling products here at RN, so I thought it was about time to review an alternative to the standard air cooling we're all used to. Danger Den was nice enough to provide us with a custom Socket A Watercooling Kit, and with the help of Voyeurmods supplying a reservoir, we have a complete watercooling kit to review. Lets see what was included in the kit, and what kinda results you can expect to see from this top of the line setup! ..."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax EG651P-VE Power Supply Review @ 8BallsHardware
"Power supplies are often the most overlooked component in your system, but is in fact one of the most important of all your hardware. The quality of the power supply used in your PC greatly affects the stability of your computer, as well the longevity of the hardware powered by the power supply. To overclockers, who regularly push their systems to the extreme, the quality of the power supply may mean the difference between a stable overclock or random crashes, lockups and general hardware failure. To users who have loaded systems; multiple hard drives, optical drives, dual processors and fully occupied PCI slots etc; having a robust power supply is essential to proper operation for all that hardware."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 171N 17" LCD review @ Designtechnica
"Business users who are looking to upgrade their current CRT monitors to an LCD will find the Samsung SyncMaster 171n very attractive. The 171n performs well and has some nice extra features plus it's very competitively priced. The entry level LCD market is gaining some stiff competition and the Samsung 171n should be able to hold its own both feature and design wise."

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IOGEAR 6 - n - 1 Memory BankT Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Memory Card Reader @ Futurelooks
"If you're a gizmo geek like me, then you probably have more than one device that takes some sort of expandable memory media. Until the industry decides on one single standard, IOGEAR answers our cry for a single memory interface with this great little product."

More information on this review can be found here.
crucial Gizmo! USB Storage Device Review @ GruntvillE
"Finally we get down to the drive itself. The unit is grey in color with a pearly white top casing. In the center of the unit you can see the chrome inlay with a holographic 64MB noting the units capacity. Just to the right of the hologram you may be able to see a small hole where the activity LED resides. The rear portion of the drive is flat gray with a small hole for the lanyard attachment. Overall this is one well-dressed little gadget. It wouldn't look one bit out of place attached to your average CEO's Armani suite. A downside of this sleek design is the lack of any attachment method on the cap. It would have been nice if the cap could somehow be attached to the unit itself when in use. This would help prevent accidental misplacement and in the long run give you one less thing to worry about. I also find it quite odd that Crucial decided to forgo the option of the write protect tab that is commonly found on removable storage. For those who use the device to carry around boot disks, diagnostic software, and drivers this option is often used to prevent careless deletion of needed files. Unfortunately, we'll just have to be more careful."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sharkoon Luminous Optical Mouse Review @ TWINSBYTE.de
"In this review, we reviewed the Luminous Optical Mouse from Sharkoon. The Design is very cool and the mouse has blue lights."

More information on this review can be found here.
LED Case Fan Roundup @ PirateSoftware.org
"Fans. Fans have come along way, no longer are they the black things that just spin and collect dust. It seems as the rise in demand for more CFM was needed to cool todays faster and hotter CPUs and graphics cards we've seen great aesthetic advances in the humble case fan. And also there's the fact that black fans are really boring!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Gainward Geforce 4 Ti4800SE GS @ GamersHell
"Before I started benchmarking this card I had my doubts about how much of a difference the whole Golden Sample stamp would mean, and it really was apparent when looking at the stability, and ability to overclock. This card doesn’t have the greatest game bundle, but DV enthusiasts should welcome the included Firewire card with open arms."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Musketeer @ SystemCooling
"It is designed to display, on round automotive type gauges, Fan voltage, Audio level (dBA's) and monitor the temperature of either your system or CPU when you connect and position the supplied flat type thermal sensor. There are also two slide controls; one to adjust the fan speed and the second, to adjust your sound level."

More information on this review can be found here.
BFG GF FX 5900 Ultra Review @OCAddiction.com
"Boasting new features such as CineFX 2.0, Intellisample HCT and UltraShadow Technology, nVidia is hoping to blow our socks of with stellar performance and stellar graphics. Can they do it? Right now many of us are unsure since the ATi Radeon 9700 was launched back in September of 2002 and was simply unrivaled in both visual performance and raw horsepower. NVidia countered a few months later with the GeForce FX 5800 series cards, and it soon became evident that NV30 was little if any better than the Radeon 9700 and worse yet, it was very expensive and almost impossible to obtain, and as we now know, the 5800 series cards never really made it to full production and when ATi introduced the Radeon 9800 (R350) the FX 5800 had already put one foot in the grave and another would soon follow."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sneak Peak: ABIT IC7 Max3 @ KEPtech.NET
"Differences include a strange new poser supply design with forced cooling via the back plate. They take out all legacy ports except for the ever-so popular PS2. Some have claimed that they fixed their MIC problems that some IC7-(G) users have found in the sound, as well as providing 6xSATA. This is hard to believe, since there are no SATA controllers out there that can handle more than 2. ETA is around August."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz (800Mhz FSB) Processor @ Extreme Overclocking
"A few weeks ago more processors were released by Intel based on the 800 MHz FSB. Today is the release of Intel's latest flagship processor, the Pentium 4 3.2GHz CPU. Over the past year we have seen Intel ramp up the clock speeds on the P4. Sadly this is probably the end of the line for the legendary Northwood core. The new processors from Intel will have to use a .09-micron process to help keep the core running cooler. These new processors are codenamed Prescott and since they are awhile away, Intel has decided to up the speed one more time from the 3.0C."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit NF7-M Motherboard Review @ TwistedMods
"Judging from the performance of this product, I'd say this board overall meets the demands people have for a name like ABIT. It was one of their first boards to incorporate the nforce2 IGP chipset, 400MHz DDR, and agp 8x but it managed them all like a pro without any known bugs or complications that would require a bios update...The performance on the board overall was above average with benchmark scores being fairly decent if I do say so myself."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT IC7 "Game Accelerator" Analysis @ Viper Lair
"As we've seen, the Game Accelerator BIOS made a huge difference, for the better, in our benchmarks. I would imagine any quality sticks of ram can easily handle the Street Racer option, and for F1, you'll need something really good."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Pentium 4 3.20GHz / "C" Processor Review @ MBReview
"Well, how much of an overclock did we indeed achieve? Well, if you take a look at the image above, you'll see the maximum stable overclock we managed was roughly 3708.5MHz with a roughly 1059.6MHz FSB. Anything higher than this frequency, and we began to experience lockups or stability issues began to plague the operation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Exotic Wood Craft's Wooden PC @ VoidedWarranty
"I took the liberty of testing the woods durability by slamming my keys against it many times. The case suffered no visual damage at all. I asked the creator of this fine case if he could make a case that wood match the finish of a persons desk. I was informed that this could indeed be done."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz review @ Hexus.net
"This CPU feels like a stopgap to the inevitable Prescott core. There's little denying that it is the fastest x86 processor around. Whether you're willing to stump up the cash for superlative, default performance is another matter. Recommended for those with fat wallets."

More information on this review can be found here.
Compucase LX-6A19 & CI-6919 Review @ Techware Labs
"Today, pre-modded cases are becoming more and more the norm, at least among geeks. This saves individuals the risk, time, and expense of modding cases themselves. Vendors that offer pre-modded systems are seeing fairly consistent growth in this niche market, indication that new companies are likely to join the competition, offering innovation and lower prices, so the theory goes."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, June 21, 2003
Vapochill PE Titanium Review @ OCTools
"In the never ending quest to find performance for our PC's, solutions are sought to achieve optimum results in our endeavors to overclock. Solutions other than air cooling are becoming more common place these days in the form of watercooling to lower temperatures to allow higher MHz overclocking above standard. The problem however is that as the ambient temperature fluctuates, then so does the system temperature, idle and load temperatures will fluctuate accordingly and may cause system instability when overclocked, obviously in hotter weather, compromising optimum results."

More information on this review can be found here.
Accent HTPC HT-200 Gold Home Theatre PC Case Review @ OCPrices
"The Front Bezel is made of solid aluminium around a third of an inch thick. The twin 5.25” bays are concealed by an aluminium door which is sealed magnetically. It has the all-important Mercedes Benz quality “clunk” sound when you close it, adding to the HTPC’s so far excellent build quality. I wouldn’t have minded seeing optional bay covers, but then I suppose if you only needed the one bay, you would buy the HT100 model."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake G4-VGA Review @ ExtensionTech
"The memory temperature decrease from the default heatsink to the G4-VGA 'sinks was very relieving, as the TIM appeared to be working well, and the cutting did not seem to lower the cooling value of the sinks. As you can see from the above chart, there were significant temperature drops across the board. This was most likely because the large copper plate that partially made contact with the memory chips on the default heatsink did not dissipate the heat fast enough, causing it to build up."

More information on this review can be found here.
Eumax Automatic Fan Speed Controller Review @ Computer Sphere
"The idea of this device is to help your fan to control it self when it is in need or when it is not in need. The Eumax Automatic Fan Speed Controller is great idea If you looking to control one of your fans. It will help reduce noise and save power when you don't need it. Overall this helped my fan to control itself according to the temperature of the heat sink (or wherever you may place the probe) and helped reduce noise when my temperature was lower due to being idle from my computer."

More information on this review can be found here.

Changing Your PC's Power and Reset Buttons Guide

"In this day and age, people wish to change everything about their computers, hoping and striving to find a new mod to set their computer apart from the rest. In this effort I propose to you all a new mod, cheap, and simple. Changing your PC power buttons. You know that case that you absolutely love which has an eyesore for a button? Buy it, and follow this guide to fall in love with it all over again. To some of you this may seem simple, and a lame thing to write a guide on, to others, this will seem insurmountable, and others still will think its just a stupid idea. To those who wish to do it, read my guide; by the end you will be powering your system up in a different way."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Antec Cobra Rounded Cables Review @ Envy News
"I had the pleasure of installing Antec Cobra Rounded Cables, both floppy and IDE. These were to replace those annoyingly large, obstructive, and generally outdated ribbon cables we have all come to despise. With case modding the new rage, a clean and tidy interior is just as important as a well decorated exterior. The Antec Cobra cables would hopefully eliminate any airflow obstructions as well as give the inside a more clean appearance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SW-252B 52/24/52 CD-R/W Drive Review @ Explosive Labs
"The Samsung 252B comes with a pretty much standard retail package compared to other drives. It is nice to see they included the very popular Ahead Nero 5.0 burning software. Included in the box is a setup guide, Nero 5.0, User's Guide CD, analog audio cable, IDE cable and 4 screws. Unfortunately Samsung did not include any recording recording medium. A blank CD-R or CD-R/W disk would have been nice to see and is usually included in the competitors retail package."

More information on this review can be found here.
5-Socket-A-Heatsinks-In-One-Bonanza @ PirateSoftware
"Given the packaging mix-up and the fact that I'm not even sure whether this would be able to successfully cool later Athlon XPs the 5-Socket-A-Heatsinks-In-One-Bonanza winner goes to the ThermalTake Volcano 11+! Its price, and cool looking heatsink won me over from the moment I received it through the mail."

More information on this review can be found here.
GMC Noblesse SE Case Review @ Mikhailtech
"The inside front of the case contains the hidden 5.25" bay that was discussed earlier. Evident in the lower left of the picture is one of the tabs on which I caught my knuckle. The rainbow colored ribbon is what connects the front power buttons to the 3 hard drive controller boxes. The two other leads are for the Sound Selector and the front USB 2.0 ports. Also visible are the mounting spots for the two front fans. In order to mount them it seems that the front bezel must be removed. I tried to take the front bezel off, but my attempts to remove it came dangerously close to breaking the tabs. The tabs on the left side of the bezel are behind a metal support and it's impossible to reach them with fingers, and very difficult to reach using a screwdriver or other tool to pry them."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit IS7-G Motherboard (Socket 478 - Intel 865PE) Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product is based on the Intel 865PE chipset and supports the Intel P4 800/533/400 MHz CPU's with Hyper-Threading technology and supports dual channel memory. It has onboard USB2, firewire, LAN, 6 channel audio, SATA RAID support, and more. It's simply a fantastic product and overclockers will love it."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Metal Air Studios Copper Heatsink Radiator Review @ GruntvillE
"The principle is quite simple; the radiator is designed to help move heat from the "dead spot" under the hub of a fan out to the edges where it will be safely dissipated. It looks kinda cool and with claims that this simple add-on can lower your load CPU temps by 3C, this is something that needs checked out. So just what is this radiator? Well, it is fabricated from 1mm copper and is about 120x90x10mm and weighs in at 74g. As you can see in the pictures, there are fins coming out from three sides as well as 2 copper discs that come with it, one of them 1mm the other 2mm thick."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, June 20, 2003
Windowing 101 Part 2 @ Modasylum.Com
"Windows.. love em or hate em, they are the one mod everyone needs. "Why do we need them Bob?" I hear you ask, well the simple reason is that if you cant see into the case you cant see the CCFLs, LED fans, or water-cooling kit you've spent you hard earned £$£$s on!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
irock! 730i MP3 Player @ ThinkComputers
"When searching for an mp3 player there are many things you have to look at, size, memory, possible expansion, compatibility. There are just so many things to consider. All mp3 players have their good points and bad points, it’s up to the user to select which one fits their needs. Today we will be looking at the irock 730i digital audio player."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zippy EL-610 Keyboard @ Viper Lair
"Usability of the keyboard, on the other hand, I have found to be quite poor. I will be the first to admit my fingers are anything but slender, yet these keys are much smaller than those on a standard desktop keyboard. They are also significantly smaller than those on my laptop (Dell Inspiron 8100.)"

More information on this review can be found here.
Akasa UV Sensitive System Extractor Fan @ PirateSoftware.org
"I did a quick 4 minute run of GTA3 Vice City with the details set pretty highly (1280x960, large drawing distance, etc.) and gave the machine about 20 seconds whilst I turned it off. Touching the heatsink on the video card led showed me it was fairly hot, but the only way to test it was to play 4 minutes again with the fan off. Turning the system off after this run and touching the heatsink revealed that the graphics card was fairly hotter. During the test with the fan on, it was pumping out quite a bit of hot air."

More information on this review can be found here.
Maxtor Personal Storage 5000DV Review @ Modtown
"Backing up your data... How many of us actually backup on a regular basis? I can personally admit to not backing up regularly. We seem to have a mind set that it would never happen to us, no-one expects to loose data because of a fire, theft or hard drive failure - but these things can and do happen..."

More information on this review can be found here.
Jab-Tech Pyramid Smart Fan Controller Review @ 3dXtreme
"The Jab-Tech Pyramid Smart Fan Controller can provide a controlled method of silencing and extending life to case fans..."

More information on this review can be found here.
TDK Dual Format DVD +R/-R Writer Review @ HardwareZoom
"We have seen the cool transparent blue tray of the TDK Cyclone CD-writer, and this time TDK came out with another unique tray design for this Dual Format writer so that it also stands out from the rest. At the moment, the drive only comes with black faceplate but it will be great if there is a white version in future for users with silver or white colour casing. The material of the tray is glossy and reflective; it is nice and eye-catching but you may leave your fingerprints on the glossy surface."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec ION 400W Power Supply @ Pimprig
"The lawyers at Vantec made damn sure that there were plenty of warnings on the PSU to discourage curious folks from digging around inside. There are also warnings in the manual, but I am still wondering what the hell this means: "Don't open the power cover without any authorizations; It will cause thunder-stroke danger." Holy crap, thunder-stroke! I've never been thunder-stroked...and it kind of sounds like fun, sooo...."

Gotta love those sketchy translations ...

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TWINX XMS PC3200 Low Latency Memory @ Techseekers.net
"With the recent release of the 400MHz bus Athlon XP 3200+ , and the introduction of the Canterwood (i875P) and Springdale (i865PE) board for Intel 800MHz processors DDR400 memory and especially Dual Channel memory has become the memory of choice for the performance minded. Among the most recommended memory is Corsair. Corsair needs very little introduction, as they are leaders in the field of high performance memory, and have been for quite some time."

More information on this review can be found here.
Geil 512MB PC3200 Dual Channel DDR Kit @ BigBruin.Com
"The Geil 512MB PC3200 Dual Channel DDR Kit is capable of some serious speed, hitting an impressive 480 MHz DDR in our testing... If you want to have fast, stable memory that won’t break the bank, consider Geil."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Atlantis Radeon 9800 Pro Video Card @ ExtremeOC
"There are two full version games included with the 9800 Pro. The first is Soldier Of Fortune II: Double Helix, which is a very popular first person shooter. The second is the best selling Return to Castle Wolfenstein, which is also a first person shooter. Keep in mind, both games are the full versions and not just demos. The games are both really popular and can cost around $30 a piece. Including them in this bundle tops almost any other 9800 Pro we have seen so far. Many people are interested to see what games are included in a package and Sapphire has chosen to use some of the top sellers in their bundle."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI Hermes 845GV Barebones Review @ Hexus.net
"In short, a featured, well-designed base unit with a number of possible uses. The business sector will appreciate its versatility, but it may well get shunned by the enthusiast crowd for not being equipped with an AGP slot. Horses for courses, as always."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Centurion Bi-Metal Mid-Tower @ SystemCooling
"What makes the Centurion special is the use of an elegant Cooler Master designed aluminum front bezel married to an entry level steel chassis. What is so special about that?? Well, for the first time, an enthusiast can purchase a case that has a touch of Cooler Master Class without shelling out a lot of money. That’s right; the Centurion will be priced at well under $ 79.00 USD."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soyo SY-Pi875P Dragon 2 Pentium 5 Motherboard Review @ A1 Electronics
"Yet another well made, high-performance, top quality motherboard from Soyo offering what can only be called a really complete package at a decent price. For those of you only needing 10/100 LAN the Black version is a little cheaper."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI KT400A LAN Party Mobo Review @ OCAddiction.com
"The placement of the AGP slot ensures that you can use an extended length graphics card without interfering with the DIMM slots. And, the AGP slot has a very nice locking retention clip for the gamer on the go. If you plan on using the header for the 5th and 6th USB ports and some PCI expansion cards, you could have routing problems as it is located between the 2nd and 3rd PCI slots."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, June 19, 2003
Athenatech's A747SS Mid Tower Case Review @ TechTastic
"The A747SS front features four drive bays and two 3.5” drive bays. The front of the case is easily removable by pulling the bottom of the case forward. There you have access to the drive bays, and the front 80 mm intake fan. The case is painted silver, and Athenatech has done a good job on the finish."

More information on this review can be found here.
The AudioBUG - FM Transmitter Review @ ExtensionTech
"Now here's something you don't see everyday, or even thought of perhaps. With portable MP3 players becoming more and more popular, and in dash car MP3 players being very pricey, or hard to find, how would you like to hear your existing MP3 player through your car stereo? Sound too good to be true? Not at all. This remarkably compact FM Transmitter is probably just what you have been looking for."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte Radeon Series Review @ Legion Hardware
"Gigabyte’s latest ATi Radeon based products are a well balanced combination of performance and features. All three products are designed to cover different market segments based on their price and performance. The Radeon 9800 Pro is obviously the high-end solution in this Gigabyte series designed to deliver maximum performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Inno3d GeForce FX 5600 Ultra Review
"The DirectX 9 compliance seems to come at the expense of performance for non-DirectX9 games/programs (which mean about everything out right now.) Let me emphasis "right now." In our results, you can see that with the eye candy of FSAA enabled the FX5600 Ultra engine starts to rev up as if a switch was thrown."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeForce FX5600 Ultra rev2 Review @ Hexus.net
"The reference card sports a heatsink and fan assembly that is surely the shiniest in the industry. My absymal digital camera skills don't pick it out very well, but the front face on the heatsink is mirror like. In the right light you can double your PCI slots. We've got the usual 4 pin Molex style connector on the top right, and the board arrived with a Y-splitter just incase I couldn't find a spare connector from the quarter billion my Enermax PSU provides. Expect a nifty splitter in the retail box."

More information on this review can be found here.
Speeze Panther Stream P4 Cooler Review @ 3dXtreme
"The Speeze PantherStream wins our Editor's Choce for it's innovative clip design, great performance and quiet operation. If you're in the market for a new P4 CPU Cooler or to complient an OEM CPU purchase, the Speeze PantherStream would fit the bill very nicely."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Volcano 11: Xaser Edition Review @ XtReMoDs
"By now everyone should know how important cooling is, but you shouldn't have to sacrifice your hearing just to get a little more performance out of your PC. The ability to adjust the speed of the fan on your CPU Cooler is becoming more of a necessity, since you only need that extra cooling while gaming or doing very tasking work."

More information on this review can be found here.
Trios II Hard Drive Selector Review @ MyGamer
"Romtec has developed another product that allows you to manage multiple drives on your computer at once, the Trios II. With the ability to run up to three drives at the same time with one Master drive and two other "Slave" drives, the Trios II combines easy and safe installation with the efficiency of three computers at once. The Trios has use for many different establishments and people alike, including schools, business, organizations, students, programmers and gamers."

More information on this review can be found here.

Shattered Web Appliques Review

"Computer hardware fashion has seemingly come a long way popularity wise over the years, as the basic looks of a computer tower or otherwise hasn't held their owners interest. Companies have started to develop products that rush your computer out of the bland accident and into the style-like emergency room with products such as cold cathode lights, acrylic casings, and acrylic casings with etching. Etching, however, takes a great deal of skill and time to pull off, and the specialized acrylic casing for the towers can tend to be a little bit costly."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC3200 Platinum EL DDR Review @ TheCrucible
"This ram proved to be a particularly good overclocker, maxing out my NF7-S (@ 466Mhz). With its great looking mirror finish heatspreaders and great overclocking, this ram would be a great addition to any rig."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ideazon ZBoard Review @ Overclockers Club
"I have seen many gaming devices come and go over the years that promise gamers easy game play and quick weapon selections. One of the best gaming devices that I have seen was a device that looked like a mini keyboard with about 20 keys on it. The device allowed you to map the keys to different functions within your favorite game titles. These type of devices seem like they would work well but it looks like it would be very awkward to play with. The Zboard from Ideazon is like no other gaming device that I have ever seen. The Zboard allows you to interchange the keys on the board with interfaces sold separately. Each interface is made specific for game with hotkeys and labels on the keys."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle SB61G2 Review @ [H]ardOCP
"Without question, hardcore gamers will find it hard not to at least consider the SB61G2 as a viable option. Based upon the Intel i865G chipset, the system features support for the latest and greatest hardware available. From the ability to use the new 800MHz FSB Pentium 4 processors and the fastest AGP graphics cards that require only one slot width, along with the inclusion of native SATA support; Shuttle has managed to squeeze cutting-edge technology into an incredibly small package."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeIL Golden Dragon PC3200 Dual Channel DDR Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product has major differences over conventional memory and the biggest difference is it uses the advanced WLCSP (Wafer Level Chipset Scale Packaging) for the memory modules. This means less heat and much higher speeds are possible. Even though this memory is rated at 400MHz DDR it can go much higher."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Wednesday, June 18, 2003
Chaintech 9EJS1 ZENITH Giveaway @ Viper Lair
"Just a reminder that there's just under 2 weeks left in our current giveaway... we're going to be handing out a Chaintech 9EJS1 ZENITH 845PE motherboard to a lucky forum reader this month."

The rules can be found here.
PSU MOD: Adding A 120VAC Recepticle @ Tech Juice
"In this guide we show you how to add a 120V power outlet to your computers powersupply. Now you can power those mods internally rather than plugging them into the wall. This gives your system a clean look like the pros"

More information on this guide can be found here.
Mouse Pad Roundup @ Voided Warranty
"One of the main things gamers of today are concerned about is which mouse pad they will use to best fit there style of gaming. Thanks to the sponsor's, Voided Warranty has 13 Pads to review, from cloth mouse pads to plastic pads. We will give the gamers, as well as the everyday computer user an idea of each pads performance."

More information on this roundup can be found here.
CoolerMaster Aero 7+ @ The Tech Lounge
"Overall this is an outstanding CPU cooler. It performs better than the roaring Volcano 11 and looks cooler, sporting an innovative blower design. The 3.5" mount simply won't mount, but CoolerMaster is working on a solution. I would also like to see an optional temperature monitor to control fan speed like the similarly priced Volcano 11, maybe in a future blower fan? If you are looking for a CPU cooler that does the job, looks great, and remains quiet, look no further."

More information on this review can be found here.
Everglide Giganta V-3 Mouse Surface Review @ OCC
"I had not been searching for a better mouse surface, simply because I love the Icemat mouse surface that I have been using for the past two years. However, I was contact by Everglide and they asked me if I would be interested in reviewing their new mouse surface, the Giganta v3. I was very eager to jump on the offer because I had heard many great things of Everglide mouse surfaces. Can the Everglide Giganta V-3 live up to my gaming expectations?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Maxtop CCFL's Review @ WildReviews.com
"I was very impressed with both sets of Cathodes. For those of you who already have the regular single colored cathodes, I would suggest that you get some of these multi-colored ones."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Iceberq 4 / Iceberq 4 Pro Video Card Cooler Review @ OCIA
"The finish on the base was mirror clear and on the pro you can actually see the reflection of my hand and Nikon digital camera. Each package included the Cooler, 4 plastic clips for attaching the cooler, a tube of white thermal paste, 4 RAM sinks, and 4 pieces of thermal tape for attaching the RAM sinks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Atlantis Radeon 9600 Pro Video Card @ Extreme Overclocking
"There are a few manufacturers who are using the ATi R350 chip and today we take a look at Sapphire's version of the 9600 Pro. The Sapphire Atlantis 9600 Pro comes bundled with some really nice features such as TV-out, Redline overclocking software, and a full version of Soldier of Fortune II. Sapphire has been a big supporter of ATi graphics chips, making cards based solely on ATi's chips."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Nexus Multi-Function Panel @ Techware Labs
"Vantec has continued its tradition of making stylish add-on components with the release of the Nexus Multi-function Panel. The Nexus Multi-function Panel will make controlling and monitoring CPU temps a snap. With the great design and ease of installation anyone should find the Multi-function Panel a great buy. With 4 different colored themes to choose from it should match any case and will look great."

More information on this review can be found here.
MainGear Premier F131 Complete System @ SystemCooling
"MainGear is a fairly new computer builder who has recently entered the market. What makes them standout above the rest is their devotion to their customers and their never-ending pursuit of the highest quality computer components available."

More information on this review can be found here.
EPIA M10000 Nehemiah @ ASE Labs
"The EPIA M10000 is not only a speed upgrade to the M9000, but a new CPU core as well. This board is a nice improvement over the M9000."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Lanboy review @ OCAddiction.com
"The first thing that strikes you when unpacking the case is that the LANBOY is all aluminum - I hear my back muscles are planning a celebration - meaning its light. VERY light. This is pretty much the lightest case I've ever lifted. I was actually quite shocked at the miniscule weight of the case with the power supply accounting for the majority of the weight"

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li PC6010 Case & Aquarium Kit @ GruntvillE.com
"First things first, the wonderful slide-out mb tray. These certainly come in handy and are greatly appreciated when doing an install. The motherboard can be the easiest or most difficult part to install depending on what you have to work with. In the Lian Li it was a cake walk. The mb tray was very easy to use and it's mounts felt very stable and smooth. After I installed the motherboard, processor and HSF I mounted the PSU. What a breeze. They've included a mount which can be flipped over to allow for better placement of your PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, June 17, 2003
X-Trac Hammer Optical Mouse Pad with D Gel Wrist Wrest Review @ ExtensionTech
"First I said, no, I can't say what I initially said in surprise about this mouse pad. I knew the dimensions, 11" x 17", but wow! Either you will be totally turned on, or totally turned off. I myself, as I'm writing this, am really confounded as to which way I will turn. Is the real mother of all mouse pads for you? Or not for you, really is the question. Continue on as I take a look at this astoundingly enormous mouse pad."

More information on this review can be found here.

Vantec Iceburq4 CCB-A4C Video Cooler Review

"So you still have an older video card, and the fan is gone on it. Good luck finding the same replacement fan. Or maybe you want to squeak out a few more MHz out of your core on your ATI series video card. Vantec has a very good solution to end your woes. Enter the Iceburq4 Video cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Jab-Tech Thermalright SLK-800U Review @ XtReMoDs
"When cooling is a high priority for you, when you are willing to spend some extra money just to get your system a couple of degrees cooler, then most likely you want only the best of the best inside your computer case. Thermalright’s SLK-800U is just that; this heatsink is one of the best on the market today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Comta PNW-1 Computer Desk Review @ Designtechnica
"The Comta PNW-I L-shaped desk is a pleasant surprise in a market dominated by the likes of Office Depot and Staples. The construction of the PNW-1 is solid and the design is definitely simplistic and modernistic. We like the fact that there are options available when it comes to the color of the wood and length of the table top. The PNW-1 is available through desk4computers.com for $399 including free shipping; a steal if you ask us."

Nice change of pace! It's not often that you see someone reviewing a computer desk. More information on this review can be found here.
Antec True Control 550 Review @ Nexus Hardware
"Recently we have reviewed several power supplies, and tested their capabilities in real world situations. Today I have yet another power supply review for you, however, this power supply deviates from the standard power supply design. The Antec True Control allows the user to directly adjust the voltage rails to their liking."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec ION 400 watt Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product is similar to their high-end Stealth series Power Supplies; however, it's more affordable. It has two fans that can be controlled via a switch and that switch has three setting; Low, Med and Auto. It also has two SATA cables, an AC outlet and all the power needed for most computer systems."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Inno3D Tornado Geforce FX 5200 Graphics Card Review @ 3DXtreme
"Features like CineFX technology and 128-Bit Precision Color are included as well as this card supporting DirectX 9. This card does not use intellisample technology which can be found on the higher end FX cards, not to mention the clock speed which is much slower. The Inno3D Tornado Geforce FX 5200 has a lower fill rate and the memory bandwidth is half of the Geforce FX 5800. The higher end FX 5800 cards utilize DDR-II memory interface while the 5200 and 5600 ultra and non ultra cards are using the DDR I interface."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron FX5200U GeForce FX 5200 Ultra 128MB VGA Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"With no image enhancements enabled, i.e. FSAA, the FX5200Ultra is just a budget video card, around 15% faster than a standard FX5200. However, the table starts to turn when FSAA is enabled, thanks to FX5200Ultra's high memory clock and the efficient memory management; Albatron FX5200Ultra is up to 40% faster than a FX5200."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT IC7 Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"Moral to the story? It's obvious overclocking will net some serious performance gains. What's great is that the IC7 and Pentium 4 2.4C handles it so well, and realistically, a 250FSB should be a slam dunk."

More information on this review can be found here.
Biostar M7NCD Pro Motherboard Review @ BJorn3D
"If you are building an AMD powered system these days chances are high that you will be using a motherboard using NVIDIA's excellent nForce2 chipset. Today we are taking a look at Biostar's second nForce2-based motherboard, the M7NCD Pro, a nForce2 motherboard with a $80 pricetag."

More information on this review can be found here.
PCToys CaseMaxx 610 Case Review @ Monkey Review
"I like this case in the sense that it's a good starting block for building your own rig, and also has the bells and whistles that more experienced enthusiasts will appreciate. Beginners will find lots of use for the internal space, and the case is simple enough to customise on their own and dress it up for success. All-in-all though, this is a great case that is worth the look if you're looking for a case that provides solid value for the dollar, not to mention he subtle effect of lime green eye-candy."

More information on this review can be found here.
Motherboard Round Up : 5 x Nforce 2 @ Spode's Abode
"Ever since its release at the end of last year, the nForce 2 has been the top of the range chipset for AMD systems. In this round up, we take a look at 5 nForce 2 motherboards, spanning a price range from £65 to £130, boasting a wide range of nifty features, from dolby digital 5.1 to Serial ATA and on board Geforce 4MX graphics."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Home Entertainment PC Part 5: Wireless @ Short-Media
"The case has been chosen and the components have been installed. The operating system is in and somewhere, someone is heard crying out "It's alive!". The HEPC is nearing completion and it is time to cut the cord. In this case "cords" would be more appropriate. Out of a PC can shoot the tangled mess of keyboard, mouse, joystick and game pad cables. The HEPC must be discrete and a long bundle of cables is a definite can't have."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Make Your Own Waterblock @ Madshrimps
"I'd like to start with stating the intentions of this article. It is not my aim to sell blocks so don't look at this how-to as a commercial. The goal is to motivate you, yes why not you, to consider making your own block too. You won't make big bucks doing so without disproportionate high investments though. The method I would like to get you acquainted with will show you how to do so with the most limited investment."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Crossover WS-5 Mission II Water Cooling Kit Review @ PimpRig
"The default speed tests can sometimes be a good place to see how much headroom you will have to work with when overclocking. If a heat sink sucks at default speeds then the odds are that its going to suck even harder when you crank up the juice. The main thing that stands out to me here is the fact that the Crossover kit with one fan was able to score 45 degrees when the CPU was at full load and the the same score was made by the Alpha under Idle conditions."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, June 16, 2003
Samsung ML-1710/1750 Digital Monochrome Laser Printers Review @ Tweaknews
"If you are not into color printing and would like a cost effective solution to your inkjet nightmare, today I will be reviewing two of Samsung's latest redesigned monochrome laser printers, the ML-1710 and the slightly higher end ML 1750. Did they improve their laser printer line over the ML-14XX line in which I reviewed one earlier? In a few pages and photos, you will have your answer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 200 GB Hard Drive @ The Tech Lounge
"We all know that when it comes to hard drives, size matters. With all this advancing technology, software, and media, you need some beefy storage to contain it. Maxtor's latest hard drive is the Diamond Plus 9, a 200 gigabyte 7200 RPM hard drive. If that isn't enough for you, I don't know what is. Not only does this drive have an extreme storage capacity, but it also has speed to back it up. Boasting a high cache buffer of 8 megabytes, a 9.4 ms average seek time and the new Fluid Dynamics Bearing Motor, this is one of the best ATA drives on the market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle SN41G2 Nforce 2 Barebone Review @ BurnOutPC
"The size of the entire barebone, is nearly as big as a shoebox really. It's really tiny, and it's an excellent home theater device, Mp3 storage device, or a ultra fast gaming machine, capable of being dragged to any LAN party you want, by using a special designed carrying bag, which Shuttle also sells."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake K7 Volcano 11+ Xaser Edition HSF Review @ A1-Electronics
"While the performance of this Thermaltake K7 Volcano 11+ heatsink is good compared to a lot of heatsinks out there in the market it does not have the performance of the earlier Volcano 7+ we reviewed way back in early 2002 but which is probably not available any more. But for those of you looking to complete your Thermaltake Xaser computer case this or the Thermaltake SubZero4G will suit you."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial 64MB CompactFlash Memory Card Review @ 8BallsHardware
"Items like PDAs, MP3 players, digital cameras and so on all usually come with some form of upgradeable internal storage for storing all those MP3s, pictures, emails, programs and so on. With the proliferation of digital devices in the market, there has also been an increase in the demand for digital storage media for those devices. A multitude of storage types and formats are available for use on the aforementioned devices. CompactFlash, SmartMedia, Secure Digital, MMC, MicroDrive etc are among the names and phrases being thrown around. With prices of flash memory storage becoming more and more affordable, there is really no reason to put off getting some extra storage for your digital toy."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Truecontrol 550 Power Supply Review @ Ascully
"Power supplies have come a long way since the first 100 Watt ATX supplies hit the market. Back then we would have never dreamed that we needed any more power, but with time came higher and higher voltages and faster and more powerful CPUs. Power supply manufacturers had to design something new. The power supply we are looking at today is the next generation in Antec's popular True power series. This new supply differs in quite a few ways, one of which is the addition of a cool control panel that fits into a bay on your PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 (i865PE Springdale Chipset) Review @ HardwareZoom
"Similar to all the Gigabyte motherboards that we reviewed recently, there are plenty of clearance between the AGP slot, CPU socket and RAM slots. You need not worry that your large graphic card or heatsink will obstruct the acccess to the RAM slots. However, the ATX power plug is rather near to the floppy port, hence you may need to remove the ATX power connector before you install or remove the floppy cable."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Sonata Super Mini Tower Review @ System Cooling
"We normally don't review many cases constructed of steel, but as you'll see the Antec Sonata is one very special case for many reasons. With the front bezel constructed of plastic, to its outer shell of steel with its jet black, highly reflective automotive finish the Antec Sonata's superior quality is a pleasure to behold!"

More information on this review can be found here.

Akasa King Copper 901 P4 Cooler Review

"You knew, it had to be only a matter of time before Akasa the manufacturers of the now famous "Silver Mountain" AMD cooler, released an equivalent high-performance cooler for Intel P4 CPU's. Today we have the pleasure of sharing the King Copper 901 with you all!"

More information on this review can be found here.
FIC 9800 Pro Review @ OCAddiction
"When running in the performance and balanced settings the Radeon 9700 kept up decently with our FIC R9800, but when the resolution was cranked to 1600x1200 and the quality settings were used, the R9800 walked away handedly from the 9700."

More information on this review can be found here.
MADLights Digitally Controlled LEDs Review @ GruntvillE
"The four smaller PCBs included are what we will be referring to as LED PODs. These hold the Red, Green, and Blue LED's that allow the kit to display over one million color combinations! There are two types of LED PODs; two are double ended and two are single ended. Obviously, the single ended PODs are designed to be at the ends of the two cable runs."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC-3700 Gold Edition Memory Review @ Techseekers
"In short, this memory does exactly what its specified to do, and then some. DDR500 is quite impressive and with the modern 875P and 865PE boards being able to achieve high FSB speeds, the OCZ PC3700 Gold is right at home. Because this memory is rated to work at this speed at 2.75V it does do away with the need to do Vmods and such, running high DIMM voltages to squeeze the most out of your memory setup. The main disadvantage of this type of memory is trying to find the hardware to keep up with it. The cost is a bit high but if you have to have the absolute fastest PC around and you have the rest of the kit to match the I would recommend this memory."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, June 14, 2003
Nexus iStyle Case Review @ Gaming3D
"Macs. You either love 'em, or you hate 'em. Either way, you have to admit their towers look swank. Beautiful silver coated in crystal-clear high-quality plastic. The transparent handles blend in artistically with the rest of the case, and the chrome accents on the fascia get even the mightiest of Mac-haters weak in the knees."

More information on this review can be found here.
Screwless Blowhole Guide @ Overclock-UK
"Here's a quick guide on mounting fans for blowhole use without having the ugly screws showing. The screws I am using have a 4mm diameter and are 16mm long. It is important that the heads are countersunk. First, key the heads of the screws with sandpaper or emery cloth. I used grit 100 paper."

Short but sweet guide, definately worth book marking this one for future reference. More information on this guide can be found here.
LINDY CPU (KVM) Switch Smart Review @ Monster Hardware
"PC's are getting cheaper! Multiple PC's under the desk are becoming more common, especially with the competiton of all the distributed computing projects around. With so much processing power it is unlikly that most people have room for multiple keyboards, mice and monitors. In order to control multiple PC's from a single keyboard, monitor and mouse a device called a KVM (Keyboard/Video/Mouse)is required."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIA EPIA M 10000 Mini ITX Motherboard Review @ XtremeMods
"Multimedia is where the M10000 struts it's stuff. DVD playback was crystal clear, and with the 6 chan sound capabilities the audio was spectacular. The built in composite and s-video connections make hooking the system up to a TV a breeze. I had the system set up next to my system I use on a daily basis and spent a LOT of time watching DVD's, listening to all types of audio (MP3 and CD) and never once experienced a problem."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mitron Waterblock, Radiator and Reservoir Review @ Overclockers.com
"The waterblock is a snap to mount - it uses two spring oaded bolts on each side; the center screw is used to lower the clips to engage the socket's lugs (note all three are used) and as you back off the screw, the springs pull the waterblock to socket. Once the center screw clears the clip, it's done - simple and effective. Mounts are included for P4 and Socket A."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital GPO Guide @ GruntvillE
"General Purpose Outputs “GPO” are found on a lot of hardware. One of the more popular pieces of equipment to have them is Matrix Orbital’s line of LCD Displays. If you own, or plan to buy a Matrix Orbital LCD display, you’ve most likely been baffled by these little pins. It’s tempting to just go wild connecting wires every which place to try and figure these things out. Unfortunately that’s about the worst thing you could do. Many first time MO owners have damaged or even destroyed their displays by rushing in with both eyes shut. Today I’m going to walk you through a quick setup of the 12v GPO’s on an MX212. Hopefully this will be enough to get you safely started on your own crazy tangents of how to use this extremely versatile feature."

More information on this guide can be found here.
MSI Hermes Slim Barebones PC Review @ PC-Stats
"The barebones Hermes is based around the SiS 650 chipset and that means it supports Socket 478/400 MHz FSB Celeron/Pentium 4 processors. The SiS 650 chipset does not support the newly released 800MHz FSB Pentium 4 processors. As you may have guessed, because this is a Small Form Factor (SFF) PC, everything is integrated, integrated, integrated! On board goodies include analog video as well as DVI so you can connect a CRT or LCD monitor up easily, TV and S-Video outputs, 5.1 audio, 10/100 LAN for networking, a MS memory card reader, USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394."

More information on this review can be found here.
Project Deep Freeze @ Viper Lair
"The reason I took on this project was because I am all about customizing computers. The more I am able to get away from the norm the better. I have had a water cooled system before, but I always wanted a submerged PC."

More information on this project can be found here.
2Mb and 8Mb Cache Size on HDs Tested in RAID @ Madshrimps
"How does a 2mb cache hard disk compare to its bigger 8mb cache brother? We test them in different RAID setups, using real word benchmarks to show you the actual difference"

More information on this review can be found here.
865PE/875P Motherboard Roundup @ Anandtech
"Even after finishing our 5-way memory compatibility comparison that tested seventeen different Pentium 4 motherboards we still had lots of work ahead of us. Today we bring you the first part of a two-part 865PE/875P roundup series. Part 1 includes twenty different 865PE and 875P motherboards while Part 2 will include another thirteen to fifteen P4 motherboards. We will announce the runner-ups in Part 2."

More information on this review can be found here.
Minor Downtime @ MTB
It looks like we had some minor downtime this morning starting at 6:30am. All services at MTB including mail, web and forums stop responding for approximately 4 hours. I've checked our logs and everything seems to be back online. I'll be continuously checking the website for any additional issues during the course of the day to make sure everything is stable.

Now onto the Weekend News Edition..
Friday, June 13, 2003
BenQ FP781 17" LCD Review @ ExtensionTech.net
"Being a PC Technician for many years now, I've seen a lot of monitors. CRT's, Flat screen CRT's, LCD's, including a lot of 14" crappy old 800x600 monitors that you wouldn't give your Grandma. So on that note, today I'll be reviewing a BenQ 17" LCD for your reading pleasure. Continue on as I put this LCD through the paces..."

More information on this review can be found here.
Steelpad 4s Mouse Pad @ Extreme Overclocking
"The best gamers out there probably have some of the best systems. However, having a killer machine is not the only important thing. Choice of mouse and mouse pad can mean the difference between a hit or a miss in a heated battle. Many companies have tried to design the perfect mouse pad. We have found the surfaces can be made out of anything from plastic to glass in order to try and create the ultimate mousing surface."

More information on this review can be found here.
Compex WP11A+ 802.11b Wireless Access Point @ Hardware Analysis
"Imagine not having to manually connect your laptop to a network everywhere you went, or being able to read your email from your Pocket PC in your own kitchen. It's all possible, and suprisingly inexpensive, with quick-and-easy wireless products like Compex's WP11A+."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake's Fireball Fan @ TechTastic.ca
"Case modders have been using led fans and cold cathode light for awhile now and it's hard to find anything new to add to a computer case lately. Thermaltake though has come up with something new with their Fireball Fan Which includes on top of the standard tri color led fan a Double-side EL illuminating grill!"

More information on this review can be found here.
PCToys Neon Maxx Black Light Accent Paint @ Pimprig
"A couple of ideas that we have considered outside of our rig are our speaker grills on subwoofers in a car, various items on our desk, Mardi Gras beads, and anything you want to highlight or accent."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM80A-HP @ Hardware Analysis
"Looking for ways to silence your PC? Or does the annoying whine of your videocard's heatsink and fan start to irritate you? Zalman's ZM80A-HP offers an innovative solution for keeping your videocard running cool."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zippy EL-610 Keyboard Review @ Designtechnica
"One of the latest keyboards to come from Zippy is a keyboard that has been spotted all over the internet. The EL-610 is Zippy's trendy blue "glow-in-the-dark" keyboard that seems to be all the rage. What could be better than a low-profile desktop keyboard that resembles a laptop and has the added benefit of glowing in a darkened room while one is either working or gaming? Well, the reality is that while the board sports a stunning appearance and will definitely attract comments, it is simply too small for the average user to use comfortably on an everyday basis and lacks hot keys to simplify the users experience. This is definitely a case where bigger is better."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek A310TD 128MB FX5600 VGA Review @ Overclockers NZ
"By looking at the scores above, I find it hard to convince the consumers that FX5600 would give them a better gaming experience than a good old GF4 Ti. Generally speaking, Leadtek A310 (FX5600) is around 10~35% slower than a standard GF4 Ti-4800SE. The FX5600 may come out on top if FSAA is used but that is about it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial PC3200 DDR RAM @ Envy News
"Today, I will be taking a look at two sticks of 256MB Crucial PC3200 DDR modules. These differ from the previously reviewed Crucial PC3200 DDR RAM in that these are the final revisions that no longer use the Samsung DRAM chips, but Micron DRAM. The greatest advantage of not having a middleman in the manufacturing process is cost. These sticks are topped with 5ns DDR RAM stamped with the Micron logo and rated at CAS3."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC3200 Dual Channel Platinum @ OCAddiction
"With the latest chipsets Canterwood and Springdale recently introduced by Intel, we are in desperate need of the super fast memory that will let us overclock the newer "C" stepping processors. Even stock these CPU's are running 200MHz so they'll need an absolute minimum of PC3200. If you plan on overclocking, you'll want some really good PC3500 or higher. And quite honestly, the hardcore overclocking crowd will be calling for PC4200 and higher very soon. Especially since the introduction of the new Intel P4 2.4C and 2.6C CPU's. The core of these chips seem to top out at just over 3500MHz. So the 2.4C will need roughly 290MHz and the 2.6C will need around 270MHz to reach the 3500MHz plateau. Currently there is no memory available that is sold guaranteed to run those speeds, but let's hope companies begin to introduce these to the masses soon."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8KNXP (i875P) Review @ MBReview
"If you're looking to do some heavy overclocking, I doubt that this is the board for you. We have seen several manufacturers touting boards that are claimed to overclock up to 1.0GHz, or 1.1GHz which is rather incredible speed. As far as performance goes, I wasn't really surprised as to the results we achieved. We have never known Gigabyte to be the king of performance, rather the king of features. With the recent events of i865PE boards being transformed into "i875P" boards via BIOS updates and other manufacturer's tricks, many of you may want to wait it out to see how the Springdale market goes before making a large investment into an i875P board such as the GA-8KNXP."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron KM18G Pro M-ATX nForce2 Motherboard Review @ MonkeyReview
"The KM18G runs off of the nForce 2 IGP Northbridge and the MCP Southbridge. Although we've checked out the nForce 2 SPP (System Platform Processor), this is our first experience with the IGP version which sports integrated graphics with allocation of up to 128MB of system memory. The integrated graphics comes to us via the Geforce 4 MX (NV17) core which runs at 250 MHz. Although this won't be a selling point for those of us using ATI radeon 9000+ cards or Ti / FX based cards, it will appeal to someone looking for a system with solid integrated graphics for an office system or even to play the most recent games only with toned down settings."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xoxide X-Dreamer *Limited Edition* @ The Modfathers
"I must say, this is one nice looking pre-modded case for this price point. The side panel window is pretty large and provides a very nice view of the insides and the included thumbscrews for both side panels make for easy entry into the case.."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chip-Con Prometeia Mach II Review @ VR-Zone
"Prometeia Mach II is probably the most advanced cooling solution to date. It has the capability of removing up to 200W of heat dissipation which allow you to overclock your Pentium 4 to reach 4Ghz or Athlon XP to 3Ghz comfortably."

More information on this review can be found here.
Verre V770 Black Case w/Window @ Overclockersclubcanada.com
"As with many of our other technological advances, even computer cases have evolved quite a bit asthetically. From our dull, beige-coloured cases to multi-coloured ones complete with side windows, case manufacturers continue to improve on the quality of their appearance on the cases, fueling the pride of hardcore computer owners/users as well as making the computer appear to be more than "just a simple-looking machine". This time I am taking a look at the Verre V770 Black case, that also includes a side window for your viewing pleasure."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Sonata Case @ ThinkComputers
"Antec has been in the PC industry since 1986, and remains a leader in power supplies and PC cases. Antec cases have always been know for their quality and reliability, so it comes as no shock that their new line of PC lifestyle cases share these same qualities. The front runner of the lifestyle series that Antec offers is the Sonata. The Sonata is designed with the consumer in mind and is meant to blend into your surroundings. One of the main selling points of this case is its apparent silent construction. Antec constructed this case so that it remains quiet yet very functional."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Product Release from Voyeurmods.com "Verge 8" Modded Case
"You can say BYE-BYE to the side handle, and hello to one KICKASS window. Voyeurmods.com is 1st again in the Case Mod World to offer a full side window on a Chieftec/Chenming case. The Verge 8 is the 1st in the world to support a "DUAL 120mm Top-Blow-Hole window, you will only find these windows and this modded case at Voyeurmods.com"

More information on this product can be found here.
Thursday, June 12, 2003
New Window Appliques Released @ The Shattered Web


"MTB has received word from our good friends at The Shattered Web that they have released a few new window applique designs. Be sure to head over and check them out."

More information on this new product can be found here.
High Power For Power Users - 13 Power Supplies In The Spotlight @ Tom's Hardware
"A reliable, potent power supply is required to prevent instability and system crashes. THG took a close look at 13 power supplies rated higher than 400 Watts. The test showed that lines supplying the system with +3.3, +5 and +12 Volt lines generated, on average, 20 Watts less overall power than was promised by the product name or product branding."

More information on this review can be found here.
Phonex NeverWire 14 TwinPack Review @ TheTechLounge
"Welcome to the future of home networking. Phonex Broadband's QX-202 NeverWire 14 uses the existing home A/C wiring to pass digital signals between Ethernet-enabled devices, without running new wire. This facilitates sharing a single high-speed Internet modem among multiple computers, sharing data files, streaming audio/video as well as playing interactive computer games between PCs.* The QX-202 allows you the flexibility to place a computer anywhere in your home or small office with flawless, uninterrupted high-speed Internet access, simply by plugging your computer into any QX-202 equipped A/C outlet. The QX-202 NeverWire 14 can also be easily installed by anyone within minutes."

More information on this review can be found here.
Jamo A 210PDD Speaker System Review @ Designtechnica
"I think Jamo has come up with a nice solution for people who want all-round sound in a limited space. For $599, the A 210PDD speaker system offers an excellent value. It is small, flexible to setup, has a unique elegant look, and most importantly, delivers strong all-round performance. Although I have a few quibbles here and there, it still exceeds my expectation in many ways. The A 210PDD is the little system that could, indeed!"

More information on this review can be found here.
FIC Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB Video Card Review @ 3DGameman
"This product is currently one of the fastest Video Cards on the planet and supporting all the latest technologies it will satisfy even the most demanding gamers. Fast and furious is one thing but this card also has dual display support and excellent 2D quality. If you are in the market for blistering performance, quality and stability then keep this product at the very top of your list."

More information on this video review can be found here.
ABIT IS7 [865P] Motherboard Review @ Hexus.net
"ABIT now stride into the Springdale competition with not one, not two, not even three, but four distinct boards based on this versatile chipset. The i865 opens up the way for full 200FSB support, DDR-400 support and integrated graphics. Cheaper variants make do without 200FSB compatibility. Barring the odd freak board, we've seen the performance Springdale chipset, the i865PE, benchmark within a few percentage points of the Canterwood gang. So decent performance, a high degree of flexibility and a lower price earmark the i865's potential."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalTake Xaser III Review @ Madshrimps
"I really liked this case. It had everything I needed: pre-installed side window, top blowhole, 2 fans in the front, 2 in the back, and 2 in the side. The rheobus came in very handy to control these fans. It had 4 connectors with which you can easily connect the necessary fans. You can set an alarm temperature that goes off when you reach a certain temperature."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, June 11, 2003
Mouse Bungee Review @ WildReviews.com
"A Mouse Bungee; what is it you may ask? Basically in short, it is a mouse cord keeper. It's a very simply item but can prove to be very useful. After using the Mouse Bungee for a while you will find that mousing without it will never be the same again."

More information on this review can be found here.
UV Blade CCFL Fan Grill Reviews @ Hightekpc
"Xoxide's sells quite a few high end products, one of the newest is the UV CCFL Blade Fan Grill. From the information on xoxide.com, it is supposed to make the blade grill design glow. Lets check it out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Speeze Rounded CCFL Fan @ XtReMoDs
"The term you've seen on every modding site around, CCFL. Whenever the topic of lighting comes up, when referring to modding at least, the topic of CCFLs can't be far off. There's a simple reason why they're so popular, they look great! CCFLs (which stands for Cold Cathode Florescent Lights) are probably the brightest type of light you can put into your computer. But there are different qualities of CCFLs, not all cathodes are created equal, just like men there are the bright ones, and the not so bright ones. You all know what I'm talking about, but seriously, I've heard good and bad things about different cathodes, now it's time to see how the Round Cold Cathode Fan from Speeze does when it's plugged in."

More information on this review can be found here.
KoolPCMods "Swamp Dragon" Laser Etched Acrylic Window @ XtReMoDs
"Everyone is getting into case modding now and its popularity is at an all time high. More people than ever have windows on the side of there computer. Windows are becoming a standard when buying a stock PC. So, the original modders that installed windows themselves aren't as unique as they used to be. Well here is a way you still can have that leading edge, a laser etched window. Laser etching is much more detailed then using appliqué. An appliqué is just sticker that go on the side of the windows and that's about it. Laser etching takes a little more planning, with the ability to get up to 1000 dpi (dots per inch), it's much more visually appealing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Achieve 500Watt PSU reviews @ Hightekpc
"Alright. For all you guys and girls that need another dose of power and perfection, here it is. The all new Achieve 500watt power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM400A-APF PSU @ Hexus.net
"£80 is steep for a 400w PSU. Whether it's worth it or not depends upon how much you value silence. Recommended to those looking for uber-quiet rigs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS7000-Cu Cooler @ Hexus.net
"What attributes should a decent heatsink and fan combination have ?. It should cool well. It should be able to cool well with reasonable voltage load. It should have the ability to dissipate the heat effectively. It should be able to do the above without hurting your eardrums or your wallet. The Zalman CNPS7000-Cu appears to be in a position to fulfill our requirements. Excellent design, aesthetically pleasing, and, above all, a fantastic noise-to-performance ratio make this CPU cooler one of the most enviable. "

More information on this review can be found here.
Tt Giant II VGA Cooler Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Finding an extra 21MHz on the core clock is nothing to sneeze at. Every little bit helps if you are looking to turn out some serious FPS. The appeal of the Giant II will be more to the mod crowd in my mind. This thing is so wild looking, it is absolutely begging to be shown off through a case window or in a clear acrylic case. The difficulty in installing the cooler was minimal. The instructions were straight forward and easy to understand."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 8KNXP Ultra i875P Motherboard @ A1 Electronics
"We like the addition of the Adaptec SCSI as this suits us down to the ground saving us buying the add-in Adaptec SCSI PCI card but of course puts the price up for those of you who do not use SCSI drives. We would not be without ours as their performance is top notch. But then their is the standard Gigabyte 8KNXP version motherboard. The additional power supply PCB is a bit of an advertising gimmick, but if it helps what can we say."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIA EPIA M10000 Nehemiah Review @ IAmNotAGeek.com
"The M10000 Nehemiah is a nice step up in the line of EPIA boards from VIA, but it still isn't the mainboard for those insisting on raw power. Instead it offers a low power, low noise, low cost system ideally suited for rich multimedia, desktop, and internet applications. The miniature size and onboard integration of most of the essential peripherals allow the user the flexibility of endless installation opportunities."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8KNXP Ultra (i875P Canterwood Chipset) Review @ HardwareZoom
"The bottom left hand side is pretty crowded; there are 2 SATA connectors provided by the i875P chipset. There is a GigaRAID controller which gives you two more IDE connectors (green) so that you can connect up to 8 IDE devices. The two little yellow connectors are for the USB 2.0 brackets. Below the IDE connectors are the Dual BIOS and next to them are the front panel connectors. The pins are all well labeled and coloured to make installation easier. The big adaptec chip in the middle is the Adaptec AIC-7902W SCSI RAID controller, with two SCSI ports below it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron KM18G Pro Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Albatron KM18G Pro motherboard comes with some nice features. As you can see in the photo above, this motherboard does have on-board graphics for those who may not need high-performance video; the AGP8X slot is there for that. Features like on-board LAN, Dual-Channel memory, and USB 2.0 make this motherboard very appealing to a budget-buyer..."

More information on this review can be found here.
Innovatek Tank-O-Matic Resevoir Review @ GruntvillE.com
"Once you get into the modding scene or attend a lot of LAN parties; you tend to take notice of your rig a bit more and always give it a sprucing up before the next event. With water cooling and dyes, it seems that the dye will never last forever. It seems that no matter how much you add, if it was old to begin with, it's going to look old after you add more dye. For those that have already figured this out, you know it's time to change the water; a nice big resevoir is just what ya need to make things easy!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, June 10, 2003
Steel Pad 4S Review @ ASE Labs
"The size of it is extremely large, perfect for people that need a large surface. I find myself constantly wrapping around my normal mouse pad, but with this one, I had to do it less."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 7N400Pro nForce 2 Motherboard Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"Gigabyte's 7N400Pro is a top performing board, running neck to neck with Epox's 8RDA+ and Asus' A7N8X. It is also a feature rich board, with the ability host a whopping 10 IDE hard drives. This would satisfy most of the storage freaks out there. The onboard SATA controller means that you can hook up 7N400Pro with a couple of Western Digital Raptor drives to further enhance your performance. However, the 7N400 failed at overclocking, unable to POST whenever multipliers are changed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xoxide's UV Reactive UV LED Fans Review @ ExtensionTech
"I recently looked at Vantec's UV reactive, UV LED fans, and low and behold, here is another batch, but not by Vantec. At a glance, they are almost identical. However there are some good things, and bad things about these particular fans that I will show through the course of the review. Any UV nuts out there should really take a look at these fans. Besides some short comings, these fans are really slick!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung LTM295W 29" LCD Monitor/TV Review @ MonkeyReview
"The contrast ratio of 600:1 is amazing, and takes the cake for being the highest I've seen to date here with the site. I was pleased to see a more than acceptable brightness level of 450cd/m2. The response time isn't anything to snuff at, standing at 22ms. For viewing angles everyone should be pleased with 170/170 (W&H). The last mention is the pixel pitch which sits at .4935(h) X .4935(w). The optimal resolution while in PC use is 1024 x 768 @ 75Hz although the maximum is 1280 x 768 @ 75Hz."

More information on this review can be found here.
TR2 M1 and M2 Cooler Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"As you can see the M2 with its inserted copper slug easily outperformed the M1, even with the fan running at low speed. While the M1 did cool adequately it's not going to be an overclocker's choice, but it will get the job done on a normal system. Given the cost of these coolers the performance isn't too bad, especially for the M2."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dell Ultrasharp 1800FP LCD Review @ ExtremeMhz
"We usually associate DELL with computers. Those in the market for a high quality LCD display typically will look at respectable manufacturers like Samsung, Sony & Planar. Yes, you can purchase any of these name brand LCD's on the DELL website but they also manufacture their own line of displays. They were not quite as popular though until the release of their Ultrasharp series LCD's. These have gotten quite a bit of attention lately and are some of the top selling LCD's in the market. But how good are they? We will take a look at one of their most popular in the series, the DELL Ultrasharp 1800FP. The 1800FP is an 18.1" display with an attractive slim bezel design."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Processor Breakdown Chart @ CyberCPU
"I always have people asking me what the actual MHz are on a particular Athlon XP processor so I decided to put together a chart that goes over some of the basic specs of the Athlon XP processors. I may add older and newer AMD processors to this list at a later date but for now we will just stick with the current line of processors. If you find any errors in this chart let me know. The Athlon 64 information below may not be accurate but its all the info I was able to find."

More information on this helpful chart can be found here.
Thermaltake Volcano 11 Xaser Edition Heatsink Review @ Ascully
"The underside of the heat sink is pure copper as is all of this product, it looks like a little bit of lapping was done to the metal during manufacturing so you don't need to bother. The clip mechanism is adequate for a heat sink of this weight (476 grams) and once on wont be going anywhere. Thermaltake uses a clip that covers all 3 lugs on both sides of your CPU socket, this isn't a tooless design but using the right sized screwdriver in the slot it went on with no problems at all."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Grand Scheme: Canterwood on a $1000 Budget @ Liquid Ninjas
"Many of us overclockers have been thinking more and more about Intel P4 solutions. There should be no doubt in anyone's mind that if you want top of the line, you will be choosing Intel right now."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI Lan Party KT400A Motherboard Review @ Think Computers
"Many companies have been creating top of the line motherboards with different color pcb boards. Motherboard style has been evolving, just like the case style has evolved. Now the way a motherboard looks can determine whether or not you buy it. This is mainly because most cases are coming stock with a side window. We are seeing different color pcb boards, DIMM slots, PCI slot, etc. DFI has taken this idea a bit farther. They have introduced a new line of motherboards called the Lan Party. They are geared toward the PC Enthusiasts who like to show off their cases at lan parties, and they have many features lan gamers will enjoy. There are two AMD based motherboards in this series, the NForce II Ultra, and KT400A. The Pentium 4 based board is the PRO875. We are proud the present our review of the DFI Lan Party KT400A Motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIA EPIA M10000 MINI-ITX Motherboard Review @ Tweaknews
"Via has been pushing their EPIA series of motherboards out onto the market and are getting a tremendous response. The motherboard, as you will see further on in this review, is so small that with some ingenuity, it can be pretty well be inserted or incorporated into anything slightly larger than itself to make a unique one-of-a-kind PC. So, grab your toaster/gas-can/toolbox/lunchbox/cat or anything you would like to make a computer out of because here comes the review of Via's latest EPIA Mini-itx offering, the m10000."

More information on this review can be found here.
Athenatech A100-SC Mini Case Review @ 3DGameman
"This product is stylish and has a unique design. Deciding between a desktop or tower case will not be a problem because it can be orientated in either position. Even though it is a mini case there is enough room for all the essential computer hardware to be installed. It also comes with a 230watt Power Supply, two 60mm fans, removable racks, a blue LED and more."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Monday, June 9, 2003
Pioneer Wearable Computer Jacket @ I4U News
"On the photo Kayoko Tanaka, a PR staff member of Pioneer, tries on a prototype of a wearable computer, a jacket with a built-in display in its sleeve in Tokyo Thursday, June 5, 2003.

Pioneer works on this technology since 2001. I found this article in the Taipei Times from 2001. Interestingly Kayoko Tanaka is also back then wearing the prototype jacket. Back in 2001 the jacket looked a bit "fake" compared to the one shown today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Voided AMD T-SHirt Contest!
"Voided Warranty is having a contest for an AMD T-Shirt. All you have to do is submit your case to the gallery and the best case will win the shirt."

More information on this contest can be found here.
SATA Article @ PirateSoftware.org
"Lets face it, when a new technology appears on the market, the same thing happens over and over and over again. The said technology becomes a buzz word, something that absolutely everyone must say when trying to convey they actually know anything about technology. Suddenly we get an influx of people saying: "Yeah, my SATA drive is capable of transferring data at 150MB/sec", "My mum has SATA in her computer!", "My dog is SATA enabled", "I like SATA with ham!"."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Radeon Tweak Guide @ Digital Domination
"While the ATI developers would probably argue otherwise, the recent sets of Catalyst drivers have hit the scene largely un-optimized for many games that are played today. This guide is designed to help even the somewhat computer illiterate person fix that little detail.

I have encountered what seems to be an excellent mix of tweaks and utilities for the ATI Catalyst driver set which can help you enhance your gaming experience. Currently I run a variety of applications including Battlefield 1942, Tribes 2, Ghost Recon, Half-Life, 3D Mark 2001 SE, and 3dmark03 - all of which have been improved to varying degrees as a result of using the tweaks mentioned later in this guide."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Benchmarking - How and Why? @ Viper Lair
"As you can see from a sampling of the top five results in the Mad Onion database the Kyro II is about 2500 'Marks' less than the GF2 Pro's, yet in most games it performs as well as or better than a GF2 Pro. We can see that this helps show the ineffectiveness of 3D Mark 2001 to show the real life performance of a video card, and how it tries to reduce the performance of games to a simple number but in some cases fails."

More information on this guide can be found here.
MouseWax Review @ The Modfathers
"With everyone clambering for that extra bit of edge, the fastest Graphics the best mouse/mouse pad. MouseWax can offer an edge in a demanding market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Gizmo! 128MB @ Envy News
"When Crucial announced their new Gizmo! USB Flash drive a week ago, I was wondering why they would come to the table with a Flash drive this late in the game, especially with the market as nearly saturated as it is. We here at Envy News have completed well over 20 different reviews on Flash drives of various brands. Crucial must think they have something up their sleeve to offer yet another USB Flash drive to the mass market, and that they certainly do; an excellent price-point, nice in-box features, and their award-winning pre/post-sale customer service experience."

More information on this review can be found here.
Fun with Fans @ Overclocker Cafe
"Attaching these rascals one on top the next and strapping the lot onto a ThermalRight SLK-800 didn’t affect the cooling one way or the other but it sure looked hip. The second pic above gives you an idea of the light they put off. You could read by it. No more tripping getting out of bed to use the bathroom at night for me!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam's EL Case Badge @ CaseModWorld
"So over all, this is a good product from Sunbeam, with just a few downfalls, I'm not going to moan about it being pink, because that just happens to be the colour of the design that I was sent. Overall, this item is a reasonably priced, and it's still a good item..."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crystal Bluetooth USB adapter and Bluetooth Printer adapter @ Technoyard
"Bluetooth technology has gained much popularity over the last few years than ever before. As more and more manufactures integrate this technology into their products, it's a great incentive for manufactures such as Bluetake to come out with new and improved Bluetooth devices. Today we look at some of their newest arrivals, the Crystal Bluetooth adapter and the Bluetooth Printer adapter. Read on and be amazed at what these products can do for you."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax 460w PSU @ Overclocker Cafe
"While I don't have a decibel meter, I can definitely tell the difference. To find out just how quiet it really was, (and don't try this at home) I unplugged all the case fans and the heatsink fan as well and could still barely hear the PSU fans running."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec iCEBERQ4 VGA Cooler @ HighTekPC
"Vantec is one of the greatest manufacturers of cooler products of all time. They make things from fans to "silent" fans, to VGA coolers, to CPU coolers. Today, we look at the iCEBERQ4 CCb-A4C."

More information on this review can be found here.
TTR2TT's TR2-M2 Heatsink Cooler @ TechTastic
"Today we're taking a look at the TR-M2 heatsink and fan combo from Thermaltake's sister company TR2TT. TR2TT's products are aimed at the budget conscious buyer and we're going to check out how well the TR-M2 performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-7NNXP, the Ultimate nForce2 Ultra 400 board? @ Techseekers.net
"This blue beast is one feature packed board, not only does it have Firewire, GigaBit Ethernet, 4 DIMM slots, the board also has support for 10 ATA devices, 4 on nForce ATA133, 4 on the GigaRAID , and 2 S-ATA drives on the Silicon Image controller. It was stable in standard configuration and had no trouble running my XP 2500+ at XP3200+ 400FSB settings. The GA-7NNXP is also an excellent overclocker with stable FSB speeds in excess of 240MHz. The Dual BIOS is a useful feature and can prevent unnecessary RMAs."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT NF7-S Revison 2.0 @ Viper Lair
"Thankfully, nothing was taken away with the latest revision, and we have all of the high-end nForce 2 features present, including Soundstorm. In my opinion, the sound quality and low CPU usage makes it good enough that you should even need an addon card. With the new SPP, we have support for the latest Bartons, future-proofing the NF7-S."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT IS7 W/ "PAT"? @ Legit Reviews
"The ABIT IS7 could be the best enthusiast i865/i875 chipset motherboard released by any company thus far. Now that Tom's Hardware has uncovered the truth about PAT technology, a handful of companies have begun to unlock PAT technology on the Intel i865 (Springdale) chipsets. Last week ABIT-USA sent us an unreleased BIOS for the ABIT IS7 that "increases performance." It seems that from our testing that ABIT was able to activate PAT technology on the ABIT IS7 and the results are outstanding..."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec LANBOY Case @ Envy News
"You don't game the night away alone - that's not your style. And when you get together with the gang to battle it out, you want a case that won't weigh you down. That's why this super light aluminum case is just for you. With an easy-tote carrying strap, cool blue LED-illuminated power supply, and a windowed side-panel, it's just what you've been looking for - a portable case for the Road Warrior in you."

More information on this review can be found here.
EPoX P4PEA-800 Motherboard Review @OCAddiction.com
"Also in this area is the debug LED, and a USB2 port. The display is a great tool for getting that max overclock, or at least understanding what is holding you back. I'd like to see this instituted on every motherboard that is geared for overclockers. All of the codes can be found in the manual. If you have USB on the front of your case, you can hook them up to this port, and up the total connector content to 4. Still in the same area, we have the front panel connectors for power, LEDS, reboot, and HD activity. I really like the layout here, everything is in one line. It makes it very difficult to hook things up wrong. Another tactic I'd like to see more motherboards adopt."

More information on this review can be found here.
D-Tek FSB Northbridge Water-Block @ SystemCooling
"Do chipset coolers help to increase your front side bus? That question often appears in forums and you can get mixed responses. The majority says you don't need them. Yet manufacturers make them, people buy them, so the question remains. Perhaps we can get some answers from the D-Tek water-cooled FSB Northbridge Cooler we have to test. D-Tek is no stranger to water-cooling. They were founded in 2000 and were the first company to manufacture 1/2" systems, and 1/2" high flow channel water blocks. They also have an earned reputation for quality and performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, June 7, 2003
High-End Case Roundup @ OnePC
"For a long time now we’ve reviewed cases as standalone items. That’s great when you have your eye on a particular case and want to see the pros and cons of such a case, but it doesn’t help when you’re trying to choose between several cases. With that in mind, we asked a few case manufacturers to participate in our first case roundup."

More information on this review can be found here.
Project Bliss Unleashed @ Bit-Tech
"The BiT-Tech forums are full of great and impressive modding projects and every once in a while one comes along that has that "special" quality about it which deserves "special" treatment and be presented as a full blown BiT-Tech article. The thing which really attracted me to this project was how the author was inspired by other mods he had seen, started to implement them, changed his mind and rather than just copy them, turned them into something unique, with great results."

More information on this project can be found here.
Water Cooling Reservoir Theory and Construction Guide @ Overclockers.com
"I have been experimenting with water cooled PCs for several years now and incorporate water reservoirs into most of the systems I build. Reservoirs are optional - you don't have to use one (and many people don't). But for me, the advantages of having a reservoir usually outweigh the disadvantages of not having one. The purpose of this guide is to discuss a little reservoir theory and illustrate a simple technique for constructing your own inline reservoir."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Vantec iCEBERQ4 Premium VGA Cooling Kits Review @ 3DGameman
"The Vantec iCEBERQ4 Premium VGA Cooling Kits offer great cooling for just about every Video Card out there. The heatsink is polished copper and thankfully there are four ramsinks included to help cool your Video Cards memory and assist in overclocking. They also have a clear fan, blue clear top and LED's."

More information on this video review can be found here.
KoolPCMods Xide-Pad Mouse Pad Review @ XtReMoDs
"The first thing I noticed when I unwrapped this mouse pad is that it was large and sturdy, but was still lightweight. After placing it in just the perfect position and throwing my old mouse pad in a drawer somewhere, I simply plugged it into the USB slot and presto there was light."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SLK-800 Heatsink Review @ PimpRig
"Thermalright continues their reign of terror with another excellent CPU cooler. The design that they started out with in the SK-6 is still being tweaked by each subsequent generation of their heatsinks, and the performance gains show that the tweaking works."

More information on this review can be found here.
PCToys CaseMaXX 610 Review @ BurnOutPC
"The CaseMaxx 610 takes the best things of a respected and well-liked case, and adds on great features like front usb ports, aluminum construction, and a large windowed side panel. This is a highly recommended case for those looking for a roomy aluminum case without taking out a personal loan."

More information on this review can be found here.
MADLights Digital Lighting System Review @ Envy News
"MADLights was kind enough to send us a sample of their lighting kit. The MADLights are red, green, and blue micro-processor controlled LED light assemblies. Combinations of red, green, and blue within the visible spectrum can literally generate millions of distinguishable samples. With this ability, it is guaranteed that your computer case, or whatever else you choose to light with these LEDs, will show off your own inner colors."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Review @ Hexus.net
"For starters, the 256MB version debuts at slightly higher core clock, 400MHz to be precise, compared to the 380MHz on a 128MB 9800 Pro. Memory clock is slightly up too, at 700MHz DDR rather than 680MHz DDR on the smaller board."

More information on this review can be found here.
Building a VGA Dummy @ ModAsylum
"Modders that build so called HTPC or Home Theater Personal Computer might have encountered a little problem in their planning. Whenever only the video output is sent to the TV, most video cards will fail booting because of missing VGA. A simple patch to this problem is putting a secondary monitor, but stand-alone Divx box might need more independability and monitorless MP3 machines"

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, June 6, 2003
Vantec Spectrum UV LED Fans Review @ ExtensionTech.net
"This is probably the day all you UV nuts, like me, have been waiting for. UV reactive fans with UV LED's in them! These are fans are perfect for supplementing, or even adding UV lighting to your case. They are pretty darn bright too. Continue on as I look at Vantec's newest in their line of Spectrum fans."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mouse MoD II @ GruntvillE.com
"GruntvillE recently posted the Mouse MoD How-to and has followed it up with Mouse MoD II – The WindoW. The same mad modder that brought you the LCD MoD, router mod, and many more is here to explain how to add an uber cool window and add some ambience enhancing LEDs. This crazy MoD requires little more than a knife, glue and CD/RW spindleJ If you want to add the LEDs a simple soldering gun is added to the list. You can find this MoD and MORE @ GruntvillE.com"

More information on this review can be found here.
BFG FX5600 @ B3D
"The BFG FX5600 is an adequate FX-class card, but its comparatively high price and dubious top feature (extra memory) make us hesitant to recommend it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Overclocking the ABIT IC7 @ Legit Reviews
"Last week you saw our Canterwood motherboard shootout. And, as you can plainly tell, all the boards we reviewed had their strong points. They all perform rather close when it comes to actual performance. The thing that seems to set these boards apart would be features and price. Some of these boards, in our opinion, are just priced too high when you compare them to other solutions that have the same feature sets. Some of the motherboard makers have decided to offer the same board with different features included. ABIT is one of those companies. Our Canterwood round-up included the IC7-G. Today though, we look at the "G's" little bother, the IC7. And specifically, we look at it in the area of overclocking..."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tyan Tachyon G9500Pro 128MB VGA Review @ Overclockers NZ
"Tyan Tachyon G9500Pro is a feature rich graphics card, with a respectable performance and an impressive hardware monitoring function. In addition, the G9500Pro is the only R9500Pro that can be overclocked without flashing custom BIOS. In our attempt, overclocking raise the performance by 2~10%."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 9000 Pro Video Card Review @ Tweaknews
"Face it, the All in Wonder line of videocards are second to none when compared to any other videocard on the market. The swiss army knife of videocards is loved by its owner and envied by consumers that would love to own one, but just can't seem to find the money to buy the latest 9700pro version. So, what did ATI figure out? Well, one thing is the fact that there are millions of consumers out there that would just love to get their technology starved hands on a Wonder. So ATI decided to release an all-in-one videocard for the rest of us common folk in the world, the All-in-Wonder 9000pro. As you will see in this review, this card has every single capability as its faster, more expensive brother. If you don't need a bleeding edge performance videocard, I think the US$199 you pay for this card will be a solid investment. And guess what, it's half the price of the equivalent 9700pro but not half the performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIA KT400A Board Roundup @ Legion Hardware
"I personally think these new KT400A boards such as the Gigabyte 7VAXP-A Ultra or MSI KT4A Ultra are very good value solutions. Both boards offer excellent performance and a great deal of features making them viable solutions for all users. Because KT400A boards generally cost no more than the current KT400 solutions I guess there really is no reason to question the chipset’s purpose as it offers marginally better performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hush M-ITX EPIA M10000 System @ Envy News
"Small Form Factor (SFF) PCs are beginning to catch on and with VIA introducing higher powered M-ITX motherboards, Hush Technologies are in a strong position to offer some truly superb SFF / HTPC setup. Hush Technologies is a top manufacturer of non-standard PCs and cooling systems, amongst other things. Hush Technologies have given the VIA M10000 their unique touch offering it within a totally silent, sturdy and stylish case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel's Family of 800 MHz FSB Processors Compared @ Techware Labs
"Techware Labs had the opportunity to spend some time with Intel's new 800 MHz front-side bus (FSB) processor family. They compared from the affordable 2.4C GHz to the top of the line 3.0 GHz. The review includes a overview of the features in this processor family, Intel's new Springdale and Canterwood chipsets, and an analysis of processor scaling within this family. The article also focuses on how the relationship between CPU and video card affect various aspects of performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT NF7-S nForce2 Motherboard Review @ Sharky Extreme
"The ABIT NF7-S is a fully-featured motherboard, with all the standard nForce2 SPP options such as dual-channel DDR400, AGP 8X and USB 2.0, but it adds a few extras as well. Due to the presence of the MCP-T Southbridge, the NF7-S is upgraded to Soundstorm and Dolby 5.1 audio, although it doesn't add in the same functionality as the high-end MCP2-T. ABIT rectifies this through onboard 10/100 LAN and IEEE 1394a Firewire, as well as a Silicon Image Serial ATA RAID chip on the NF7-S, which supports up to 2 drives in RAID 0 or 1 mode."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX2 (LK202-24-USB) LCD Guide @ VH
"With MO's displays being paired with LCDC, widely considered to be the best LCD driver software out there, it's easy to see that you have a winning combo. But, despite these LCDs being easy to setup and get running, getting the most out of the LCD and the LCDC software can be a somewhat daunting task, especially if you're wanting to use the additional features of the LCD or if you're heavily into customizing what you want to see on your LCD. So today, hopefully I'll be able to help you, at least a little, on getting the most out of your Matrix Orbital MX2 LCD."

More information on this review can be found here.
Beantech BT84 Emerald Dream Acrylic Case @ OCC Canada
"Some of the more astute among our regular readers will have noticed that during my last review wherein I built a system for KeyNet Computer Systems with H2O cooling, it was built in an acrylic case .... But how was the case to work with, what the heck was it, and will it work for me you ask. Keep reading to learn about my experience with the Beantech 'Emerald Dream'."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, June 5, 2003
Millenium Falcon Mod @ TechTV
The folks over at TechTV sent us this heads up on an interesting mod with a mini-ITX board. These boards fit just about anywhere, but the integration into the Falcon is really well done.

The TechTV article can be found here while the web page on the project is here.
Samsung ML-2151N Laser Printer Review @ MrPCPro.com
"The ML-2151N is much like the ML-7300N printer; it has the same networking capabilities, 21 ppm, 1200DPI printing, and the option to print on both sides of the page automatically (this is called full duplex printing). It however builds on the ML-7300N as it brings to the table USB 2.0 support, optional wireless networking, quick toner save and full duplex printing buttons, and a smaller, lighter, and better looking design. Another great thing about the ML-2151N is that it supports so many different OSes (much like the ML-7300N); the ML-2151N supports Linux, Windows, and Macintosh computers (talk about diversity!)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Pen Drive Plus 2.0 2GB @ Envy News
"PenDriveUSA is a little known firm that does what few other Flash drive firms do – make their own hardware. As with the hundreds of other Flash drive companies out there, only a handful actually make and hold patents to their technology. PenDriveUSA is one of these rare firms, and they specialize in a number of interesting Flash drives. The review item in question today is their flagship product - a Pen Drive Plus 2.0 2GB. This drive boasts 2-Gigabytes of Flash storage at a whopping 7MB/sec transfer rate over USB 2.0!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Keyspan USB2+FireWire PCI Card @ Envy News
"Have an older Mac or PC with USB 1.1 ports, and you want to spruce it up with USB 2.0 and FireWire connectivity options? How about adding the elusive USB 2.0 to your PowerMac G4 or Beige G3? Thanks to Keyspan, experts at dongles and cable converters, they released a USB2+FireWire Mac/PC PCI card which performs well and delivers on their renowned quality. In this review, we pit a 2GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive on the PowerMac and show that USB 2.0 can be achieved with Mac OS X - a tall feat indeed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech MX300 Optical Mouse Review @ Techware Labs
"Logitech's MX series of mice are made up of the MX300, MX500, and MX700. This MX features Logitech's new MX optical technology. MX300 preserves the "time-tested" shape of Logitech's most popular line of mice: their standard optical wheel mouse. The MX500 and MX700 feature a new shape that fits the contours of your hand. The MX700 is a fully cordless model, with all of the advantages of the MX500, and without any of the disadvantages that are present in previous generation cordless mice."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Toys AeroMaxx Cooler with T.M.D. Fan @ I Am Not A Geek
"I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the performance of the PC Toys AeroMaxx cooler. I did not anticipate it being able to maintain temperatures as low as it did, and I definitely did not expect the noise level of a 70mm fan running at over 5000 RPM to be so low. The T.M.D. fan, coupled with the AeroMaxx's uniquely designed heatsink base, create a respectable combination for cooling your processor. Although not a silent cooling solution, the AeroMaxx produces a minimal amount of noise that could possibly be eliminated, without impacting the cooling performance, through the use of a speed control device."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razor 3D Video Viewing System @ Designtechnica
"There is a definite sense of depth provided by the system but in most scenes some may be disappointed. If you expect the realism of actually looking at something you will be disappointed. If you set your expectation at a reasonable level you will enjoy the effect and it will add to your viewing enjoyment. Razor has paid attention to the little details, something rare today. By offering films, IMAX and a mastering kit for your own videos they have covered the bases for three dimensional viewing. If you are going to get this system do yourself a favor and invest in the wireless glasses. The one downside is the limit of two sets of glasses per converter box; four jacks would have been more family friendly."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidtronics RaidMAX PSU Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Besides having the normal motherboard connectors, the PSUs have only six 4-pin molex connectors and two floppy connectors. I was a little disappointed by this, as I personally like to have as many as I can to keep items on their own separate chains (i.e. HDD's by themselves, CD's, and then fans, ect.). Dean, on the other hand, really liked this. He pointed out that this would greatly reduce cable clutter inside the case. Well, I guess it's a case of personal preference here."

More information on this review can be found here.
M-Audio Revolution 7.1 High Definition Surround Sound Card @ Futurelooks
"Derived from the success of Midiman, M-Audio has been scorching up the audio scene with some very killer products. Check out M-Audio's stab at Creative Labs "Audigy Franchise" with this hot new card!"

More information on this review can be found here.
RaidMax PS-500W Black Anodized PSU @ GruntvillE.com
"The clear fans look good with the black aluminum but it would have been nice to see some fancier LED fans to enhance the appearance. The wire mesh also looks good but unfortunately, they only included it on the Main 20pin Power wires leading to the motherboard. It may not be on any of the other leads however, I was thrilled to see the sleeving goes all the way up the cable, through the eyelet and into the PSU which gives it a very clean look. I opened the PSU up to take a peek inside and I found that all the components looked well designed and organized. The large heat sink was a nice feature to see, as was the clear tubing placed around the fan wiring to protect them from heat."

More information on this review can be found here.
EPIA M10000 @ Techbits.ca
"The Intel solution obviously is superior if you have the bucks. However, if you are looking for a cost effective, 'all-in-one' solution the EPIA can't be beat. Add to this the low noise and awesome thermal characteristics and this board rocks. Most business people and home users are on the computer to access the internet, email or for entertainment. This board, with the exception of 3d game performance, can satisfy all the itches at a low cost."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SM352 CD-RW DVD Combo Drive @ Technoyard
"52X Writers have slowly started to flood the market, but here is a novelty, Technoyard is proud to present the world's first 52X CD RW DVD combo drive the Samsung SM 352 with the specs of a 52X Writer and a 16X DVD Rom. This drive had quite a few surprises in store for us. And you know you don't see the Technoyard recommended logo everyday. "

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master ATC 201B-SX2 @ WhiningDog
"Today we're going to take a look at the Cooler Master ATC 201B-SX2 ATX case. It's an all aluminum case that is light in weight and a joy to work with. I opted to use this case for my new dual processor system and decided to write up a quick review of what it was like and how it performed. It's not a cheap case by any means but hey - you do get what you pay for"

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li C-01A 5.25" Universal Aluminum Bay Cover Review @ ExtensionTech
"Having a Lian Li case in itself is something to be proud of. You work with it, changing out hardware, showing off your slick system, but you have those but ugly beige drives showing, and they don't look so good do they? What are you to do? Stealth them? Dye them?Paint them? How about stealth them the Lian Li way? While Lian Li has specific covers for some drives, why not take advantage of a universal 5.25" bay cover that is just now hitting the shelves."

More information on this review can be found here.
Auravision EluminX Review @ Computer Critics
"For years the mouse has gotten all the attention. Now the folks at Auravision want to change that by creating the world's first glowing keyboard. The bright blue glow of the Auravision EluminX makes it perfect for dim environments. Gamers will love the fact that they can play in complete darkness and still type in all those cheat codes."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI TV@nywhere (MS-8876) Review @ Bjorn3D
"Bjorn3D just posted our latest review of MSI’s TV@nywhere (model MS-8876) PCI TV-tuner, which packs a lot more than just video input and some TV-tuning software. Two features that stand out, right off the bat, are that the TV@nywhere can (1) record and convert between MPEG1, MPEG2, and MPEG4, and (2) actually serve it’s TV connection over the internet such that you can watch your TV channels from work or wherever."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SK-6+ vs SK-7 Review @ Viper Lair
"Here the SK7 takes a decent lead, of about 2ºC over the next closest rival, the Zalman CNPS 3100 heatsink, which has a larger surface area due to its 'flower' design. The SK7 at medium speed also beats the SK6+ with the high speed Thermaltake fan, which is a interesting point, as this 'apples to apples' comparison shows the SK7 is a better performer when most other things are equal."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Aeroflow VA4 Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"Impressed. This Vantec VA4-C7040 AMD Athlon XP heatsink keeps up with the best heatsinks available today shown here with only 2 degrees approximate Celsius difference between this Vantec AeroFlow VA4-C7040 and the other top performing heatsinks shown. The Vantec AeroFlow VA4-C7040 combination of using the Y.S.Tech TMD fan with its superior air flow over conventional heatsink fans and the ingenious heatsinks fin layout Vantec have designed a winner."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Pentium 4 2.6C Review @ OCAddiction
"Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Intel knew that it had some tricks up its sleeves. What tricks could Intel possibly throw at us to shove their way squarely to the center of attention and again reclaim their king of speed title? Well, that's what we're here today to discuss and review. Enter the Pentium4 processors based on an 800Mhz front side bus. Intel, as well as more than a few fan sites, have declared these new CPU's champion and again relegated AMD to 2nd place. To be honest, after seeing the results of our own Pentium4 3.0c review I would tend to say they were dead on. That left us in a bit of a quandary: Intel was again the biggest and baddest, but they were still priced out of reach for average consumers. They answered that call by releasing 2.4GHz, 2.6GHz, and 2.8GHz flavors of the new chip shortly after the launch of the 3.0c."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Thermal Monitor Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"The set button provides for trip levels to be set for fan speed or temperature. If these values are exceeded a small alarm goes off for 30 seconds. The alarm cuts off if the reading goes below the trip value or as we just said after 30 seconds. The alarm is the first sensible alarm I've seen in a while. Most alarms are more akin to a car horn with how loud they are. The Enermax alarm wasn't too much to cause your spinal column to decalcify but it was loud enough to get your attention."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech H20-8500T Series Liquid Cooling Kit Review @ 3DGameman
"This product is one of the highest quality kits on the market today. The blocks are extremely well crafted with a polished copper base for maximum contact with the processor, tubes easily insert into fittings, effective radiator, etc. Also, since there's no reservoir it will fit into even the smallest tower cases."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Corsair HydroCool 200 Review @ System Cooling
"Corsair, best known for their superior memory, saw great potential in a market that was waiting to explode if provided with the correct product. With that in mind Corsair has brought us the HydroCool 200. An attractive, self-contained water cooling kit, that includes everything you need and requires minimal installation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master 220B-VX1 Case Review @ Sound Card Central
"The case of your computer is something you will probably look at everyday. One of the reasons I tell people to put care into picking a case is because you should like the look of your computer. On top of that a great case will last you longer than much of the hardware it will see inside it. The case we're looking at today is the Cooler Master ATC 220B-VX1 tower. Just the name gives you an idea of what to expect and this one doesn't disappoint."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chili Pro Micro ATX Review @ Tech Juice
"The Chilli Pro III is not for everyone. Its price can be daunting at first, but with the cost of components forever plummeting, rest assured you can get a lot of PC for your money and still have ample funding to indulge a little in a case that will catch the attention of everyone. The Pro III is quite possibly the most rugged and yet refined case on the market. What do you get with the case? An amazing wealth of parts that most manufacturers never include. The Chili cases are only available at a number of online stores."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, June 3, 2003
VIA EPIA M10000 Motherboard Review @ Hexus.net
"One of VIA's least known ventures is into the Mini-ITX world. The Mini-ITX form factor measures a scant 17cm x 17cm. Motherboard designers are then tasked to build a fully functional board into that limited sized factor. Add to this the need for a CPU, some sort of integrated graphics and a wealth of features, and you'll quickly see why it's a complicated and intricate affair. VIA also market a range of physical layers and controllers, so manufacturing a Mini-ITX integrated motherboard seems like a perfect opportunity for them to pool their talents."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Nexus NXP-201 Fan Controller Review @ Ascully
"It might look like the controller comes in one of those un-openable packages that we hate around here, but looks can be deceiving. This packaging actually clips open so if you decide to sell it at a later date you can package it back up nice and tidy. Why can't all manufacturers go with this packaging?"

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI CR52-A2 52/24/52 CD-R/RW Review @ BJorn3D
"One of the most important aspects in my opinion about a drive like this is value, and I think the CR52-A2 is a good value. Additionally, I think the average user would be quite happy with its performance, especially with higher rated media. MSI has packed in some good features and thankfully included good software. Unfortunately though, Mount Rainier format is not supported with this current firmware version."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Barton 2500+ Review @ Viper Lair
"There's plenty of power to spare, and the pricing of the 2500+ is in the vicinity of the 2400+. Given that we did manage a stable 400MHz OC, unless you're the type who prefers running CPUs at stock speed, the 2500+ is the best choice for price and performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chenming Silver 301KE Aluminum Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Chenming Silver 301KE Aluminum Case is lightweight, looks great, has a clear window with pre-cut 80mm fan hole, two front USB and one fire wire port, removable 3.5" drive rack and more. Unfortunately the motherboard tray is not removable and since the case is small it means tight working conditions."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Sunbeam's Acrylic Case Review @ myGamer
"The Sunbeam acrylic casing units. There's really not much more to say after that as Sunbeam delivers *yet* another bright and fun product to spruce up the average PC unit. I'm going to cut down on the text and let you guys know that it's another well done and superior product from this company. I'm starting to like these guys."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Multi Fan Speed Controller Review @ TWINSBYTE.de
"In this review, we reviewed a fan controller from Zalman. The controller is called Multi Fan Speed Controller and is for six fans and has a special design."

This review is in German, so use your nearest Babelfish translator to get the English version. More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek WaterChill Kit Review @ Pirate Software
"The creators of the well known VapoChill system have released a water cooling system aptly named: Waterchill. This is aimed at the entry level, extreme cooling market, i.e those who can't afford a VapoChill but still need that cooling power. Just to cover a few things quickly for those who have just met the idea of cooling your CPU with water (if you know what water cooling is, just skip to the next paragraph). Water cooling embraces the idea that a liquid has better heat conducting properties than air."

Gotta love this domain name, I wonder how many people will hit this URL looking for warez. More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast A300 Ultra MyViVo (GeForce FX 5800 Ultra) Review @ Sharky's Extreme
"Physically the WinFast A300 Ultra MyViVo card differs greatly from the NVIDIA reference design. Gone is the gigantic and loud Flow-FX cooling system, replaced by Leadtek's own proprietary apparatus. The card is almost completely encased in aluminum, with two fans placed on top of the card - one to suck air in, one to blow it out. Both fans are lightly filtered to help keep nasty dust from piling up inside the card casing. While not as large as NVIDIA's cooling solution, the WinFast A300 Ultra MyViVo still manages to take up two slots, as the fans extended down into the first PCI slot, preventing it from being used."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCW50-T Thermoelectric GPU Cooler Review @ System Cooling
"While many reviewers might jump right into overclocking the video card, I am going to focus on how to integrate the MCW50-T into a water cooled PC. I'm guessing that if you're considering a thermoelectric cooler (TEC) for your graphics processor, you already know a thing or two about overclocking it and might appreciate a little insight on how best to install it."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermoChill HE120-3 Heat Exchanger Review @ The Modfathers
"What can I say, the noise produced by those fans on an open system when placed right next to you is phenomenal. The air flow is so great that A4 sheets of paper stick to it and whole civilizations can be sucked into the vortex. However the noise produced is no match for Rammstein, so up goes the volume, "Ich will dass ihr mir vertraut..." fans? what fans?"

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AOpen AX4SG Max (Intel 865G "Springdale") Motherboard Review
"Anyone looking for the best performing Intel motherboard supporting the latest features and shopping on a budget should be looking at the Intel Springdale chipset and the value of the AOpen AX4SG Max."

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ASUS P4C800 Deluxe Motherboard Review @ A1-Electronics
"The ASUS P4C800 Deluxe motherboard offers what one can only call a basic but good motherboard. The basic ASUS P4C800 version does not have Multi-RADI for ATA133 & Serial-ATA, no Serial-ATA ports and no IEEE FireWire either. They both have ASUS Ai software."

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Soltek 75FRN2-LR nForce 2 Motherboard Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"The performance of Soltek FRN2-LR is about the same as the original FRN series, which is almost as fast as the fastest nF2 board. There are some variations in the results but they are within margin of error. By combining this level of performance with an exceptional overclocking potential and integrated SATA raid, Soltek FRN2-LR is one formidable contender in the socketA motherboard market."

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TwinMOS Dual Channel PC3200 DDR RAM @ Extreme Overclocking
"TwinMOS has been around since 1998. Their goal, is to "create value through professionalism." Today, we will be testing out their PC3200 Dual Channel memory kit. Dual Channel is the latest hype in the industry and does show a nice performance gain versus a single 64 bit memory controller. This memory is rated at 400 MHz DDR at CAS 2.5. We will show you just how high the memory overclocks as well as how it performs on our ABIT IS7 (865PE)."

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Kingston HyperX PC3500 CL2 DDR Review @ OCAddiction
"A few weeks back we took a look at Kingston's First incarnation of the HyperX 3500, and the single stick performed very well. Kingston answered back with a Lower Latency line of the HyperX, and today we are going to look at the PC3500 CL2. Two of them to be exact, to see how they play in Dual Channel mode with the ABIT NF7-S v2. If the first batch of the HyperX series are an indicator if what the Low Latency sticks can do, then we should see a nice improvement in the performance of the memory."

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Monday, June 2, 2003
LCD Keypad Guide @ Hexus.net
"At the start of this project, it was designed to work with an LCD, but I will be finally applying the keypad to my VFD, showing how versatile the 'custom PCB' is, due to Matrix Orbital units having the same keypad controller on the bulk of their units"

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PimpRig How-To:: How-To change the Logitech MX 700 LED
"This mod is pretty simple, but I saw a lot of questions asking what kind of LED to use, or how it works. Well guess what folks; today is your lucky day. Right now this mouse is probably the most expensive mouse out there, so trust me; I wouldn’t be doing this if it didn’t work."

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Creative MegaWorks 5.1 550's Review @ Games Fusion
"Visually the 550’s do not dither much from its predecessor - the 510’s. In fact one of the only major visual changes lies within the new logo, which now shows support for THX support in all its glory! Since the 510’s Cambridge have added some minor sound adjustments and tweaking to get the full backing from THX. With the addition of THX consumers will truly be able to enjoy the kind of audio playback that you would normally hear in today’s modern cinemas."

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Ratpadz GS Mousing Surface Review @ GruntvillE.com
"There are several things that make the Ratpadz GS different. For starters it is a hard mouse pad made out of a high-tech polymer that is very difficult to break or warp. The UltraSlick ™ surface is just that, ultra slick and tough. There are also 9 polyurethane feet, that are countersunk into the base, that keep the Ratpadz GS from moving, even during the most furious of sessions in UT2003. To ensure the rigidity and stability of the pad, the base is ribbed, which makes for a solid construction, light weight, and low profile, only ¼”! Finally, there is the actual mousing area: 11.5” x 9.3”, which is huge! Great for when you are really getting into the game."

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X-Trac Zoom Optical Mouse Pad @ Overclocker Warehouse
"The world of mouse pads, though terribly dull to the casual user, is today as vast as its ever been; and with this vastness come a respective amount of mouse pad gems. Pads such as fUnc Industries' and the infamous Ratpadz tower over the otherwise bland crowd in their quality and performance. And as any hardcore gamer or graphics designer will tell ya, the type of mouse pad that you use does make a difference, despite the fact that a mouse will work just fine without one. Today we take brief a look at the X-Trac Zoom optical mouse pad (and the X-Trac Eels mouse accessory), an enthusiastic looking pad made for the optical mouse users."

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Spire Flowcooler Review @ Modsynergy.com
"RPM’s. We all love high RPM’s. From fans, motors, and hard drives, RPM’s provide us with how fast these things perform. However, hard drives with high RPM’s such as 7,200RPM, 10,000 RPM and 12,000 RPM’s introduce heat. Heat can be a determining factor between being stable or being unstable, or failure or non-failure. We all know that components like to be cool. So what is one way of beating the heat? Today we will be taking a quick look at the Spire Flowcooler and see if it can beat the heat"

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Sunbeam Technologies UV CCFL Fans @ The Crucible
"Sunbeam Technology has done an incredible job with these fans. They are very quiet, move more than enough air, and look really cool. If you are looking for some modding gear for your next project, take a trip over to Sunbeam Technologies website."

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Flexiglow Lazer Beam Kit Review @ DV Hardware
"Flexiglow provides us their newest product: the Lazer Beam LED. One of the mission statements of FLexiglow is to supply lighting products of the highest quality and innovation. So lets have a look at the Lazer Beam LED!"

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Crucial PC3200 DDR RAM @ Extreme Overclocking
"Overclocking with the SPD timings was very easy. The memory ran all the way up to 470MHz DDR. We had to use 2.65V to make the memory stable at this speed. By stable, we mean being able to run through endless loops of MemTest86. It is very clear from the Sandra scores, how much an improvement running at 470MHz makes. Going anywhere over this speed resulted in errors in MemTest86. We also tried increasing the voltage, which did not help either. The machine could even boot into Windows at 500 MHz and run Sandra but the memory was not 100% stable."

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Enermax UC-A3FATR2 Thermal Control Bay @ Burnout PC
"Personally I like the Enermax UC-A3FATR2. There are some who would like more monitoring out of a device like this, but I would like to see them fit it in a 3.5 drive bay. The ability to set the temperature threshold to specific levels is very useful when it comes to overclocking. With AMD Procs where heat is a major issue, having the annoying BEEP BEEP over your Battlefield game is a good way to save your proc."

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Soltek SL-86SPE-L - Springdale-PE @ Hardware-Test
"I loved the mainboard from the moment I unpacked it from the box. Just the silver look itself, now that’s amazing. And the board’s layout is one of the finest I’ve seen to this date. Still, I was very nervous about the AMI BIOS regarding overclockability and so on. However, it seems that no problems occurred in this category. This mainboard is very stabile in both standard operations as well as in overclocking mode."

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