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Thursday, July 31, 2003
Ideazon Zboard Interface Keyboard Review @ Voided Warranty
"The gaming community has specific hardware made especially for gaming. Some examples are mouse pads, mice, joysticks and now finally keyboards. The new Zboard from Ideazon is a gamer's dream. The keyboard interface can be removed from its base, so you can use different interfaces specific to your gaming needs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam EL Case Badge Review @ Pimprig
"The contents of the package are the EL case badge and a tiny power inverter encased in a sturdy plastic project box. The badge has a self-adhesive backing and has a six inch power lead coming off the back of it. The inverter is also backed with a self adhesive backing and has at one end an 18 inch power lead terminated with a male Molex connector to connect to your PSU, and an 18 inch power lead on the other end to connect to the case badges power lead."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle SN45G System Review @ [H]ardOCP
"The SN45G is Shuttle’s latest creation based on the nForce2 Ultra 400 chipset. The NVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400 chipset offers support for all AMD processors including their line of 400 MHz FSB processors. The chipset also continues to support DDR RAM spec’d up to PC3200 operating in Dual Channel mode. As is common in the SFF (small form factor) arena, the SN45G is a feature complete solution featuring everything needed to get started with the exception of processor, memory, and drives (hard drive, CD-ROM, and floppy)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Pentium 4 - 3.2 GHz Review @ Guru of 3D
"Have a good look on how CPU dependant the game is. That's really interesting to see. What's also interesting for you to think about is the fact wether you need a processor as powerful as the 3.2 GHz for gaming. Look at the overall results from all benchmarks and of course draw your own conclusion."

More information on this review can be found here.
FrozenCPU Universal PSU Sleeving Kit Review @ SubZeroTech
"Loom was first designed for automotive use, and now is used heavily under the hoods of PCs. A few last products that have also been used heavily would be heatshrink and sleeving. The general idea of this combination would be that you sleeve the wiring with the sleeving and use the heatshrink to hold down the often fringed ends. Today we will be looking at a Universal PSU Sleeving Kit from FrozenCPU. FrozenCPU has always been known for high quality products, but with this Universal Kit end up a Universal Disaster? Let’s find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nexus NX-4000 400Watt Silent PSU Review @ The ModFathers
"Upon pressing the power button, I could clearly hear the Thermaltake Blue Orb Cooler, as well as some slight noise from my panaflow fans, which I had running at 7V. There was hardly any noticeable noise from the NX4000, which left me very impressed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolermaster Musketeer Review @ R&B Mods
"Musketeer is designed to display the fan voltage, audio sound pressure and the temperature of the positioned thermal sensor when connected to this device. Plus, the two sliders allow users to adjust the fan speed, and the dynamics of the sound pressure simply and with no hassles."

More information on this review can be found here.
QuietPC QuietFeet Vibration Isolation Feet Review @ RipNet-UK
"The idea is to dampen the audible vibrations from your computer which is passed through the feet into the surface it is sitting on. If your PC is on a plush carpet read no further as these are unlikely to help because the vibrations are well muffled anyway. But if your computer sits on a desk or a wooden floor then these vibrations can resonate like the wooden body of a stringed instrument."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cobalt3 Pyramid V Fan Silencer Review @ Big Bruin
"Fan speed controllers come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and technologies, all focused on maintaining a safe balance between system temperature and noise level. One of the most unique products in this market is the Cobalt3 Pyramid V Fan Silencer available from Quiet PC. It doesn’t look like most other fan controllers on the market, and it doesn’t quite function the same, either."

More information on this review can be found here.
Highpoint RocketRAID 1520 Card Review @ Viper Lair
"Well basically the HPT372a processes the data and moves it thru the PCI bus, but the data coming into the card first passes through a Marvell 88i8030 Serializer Deserializer chip (1 for each channel). So what does this mean for the end user? That basically you will be limited by the HPT372a to ATA133 speeds, and not the 150 speeds promised by the SATA interface."

More information on this review can be found here.
GigaCube Radeon 9600 Pro Game Buster Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"GigaCube has been around since 1990. They provide gaming solutions and all of their video cards are solely based on ATi's chips. Their goals are simple, "strong creativity, straightforward, and success." Today we have the opportunity to take a look at one of their video cards, the Radeon 9600 Pro Game Buster. The 9600 Pro is a budget/performance graphics card. It is targeted at the mainstream market for users who want DirectX 9 and 8x AGP support, but do not necessarily need the fastest gaming card on the planet. The card is a little different from the others we have reviewed. The heatsink also has some LEDs giving it some zing for end-users with window modifications on their case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB VGA Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"As one can tell from the benchmarks above, Gigabyte R9800 Pro 258MB is one of the fastest gaming cards on the planet. Its performance is even more astonishing when overclocked to 442Core/782Memory, where it scored 14094 in 3DMark2001SE at a resolution of 1024*768*32bit with 4xFSAA and 4x Anisotropic filtering."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, July 30, 2003
Logitech MX500 Mouse Review @ Keptech.net
The design of the Logitech MX500 is second to none. The sheer stylishness of the mouse screams out, "Put me with a PowerMac G5!". The colour scheme is certainly a very attractive one with the gunmetal/black scheme. The mouse certainly went well with my Antec 1080AMG with black floppy and CD drives. The designers over at Logitech certainly know style, and seem to have the design aspect under their belt since the MouseMan days.

In total, there are 8 clickable buttons on the MX500 plus the ever-so standard scroll wheel. To begin with you have the most-used standard left and right click buttons. Logitech keeps a nice sleek look with these two buttons by creating them with one piece of gunmetal painted plastic that branch off into the two buttons."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Aero 7 Lite @ Tech-Mods.net
" The CP5-8J71F or in other terms the Aero 7 Lite. is basically the same as the Aero 7 except, the Aero 7 Lite has an Aluminum extrusion with copper inserted heatsink solution that incorporates a blower instead of the traditional axial fan and it's a little bigger than the Aero 7. This unit is compatible with socket A, 370, 462. The unit features an adjustable fan setting which can be manually modified via a 3.5 inch drive cover bracket or a PCI slot cover. The blower mounted to the Aero 7 Lite is 80mm x 80mm x 70mm and has a rated speed between 1900 and 3500 RPM. Its a big heatsink, And it's very firm when its fitted by a full three pin retention clip. "

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Volcano 11+ Review @ Ninjalane
"Thermally responsive heatsinks have been avoided in the past due to the thermal sensors being located away from the CPU. The Volcano 11+ Xaser Edition builds on this downfall and includes a slim thermal probe to sample temperatures directly from the processor."

More information on this review can be found here.
GlobalWin SAF520 520W-P4 PSU Review @ Hardware Fusion
"Many systems now require at least a 430W power supply, this is particularly the case for users running the latest GeForce FX graphics cards that require a 4-Pin power connector in addition to the power output of the AGP slot. Many people may find a 520Watt power supply a bit excessive but now days 480Watts is increasingly becoming the norm and 520Watts is always good for future upgrade purposes."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax 660Watt PSU Review @ Legit Reviews
"Today we will be looking at one of the more powerful Power Supply Unit's (PSU) on the market today. The EG851AX-VH comes with a strong-arm of 660 Watts! You don't need to know anything about computers or even electricity to know that 660 Watts is a lot of juice..."

More information on this review can be found here.
Highpoint RocketRAID 404 Card @ Viper Lair
"SATA maybe making headway in the marketplace, but the 404 card can provide you with a speed boost for your current drives, peace of mind or both. And with its ability to add a total of 8 devices, can be a great way to get some extra storage into your existing setup."

More information on this review can be found here.
FIC A96P Radeon 9600 Pro Review @ SLCentral
"In this review we will be taking a look at a couple of graphic cards along with the A96P and their cost/effectiveness. We all know that there are many cards on the market that will beat the Radeon 9600 Pro hands down in performance, but do they cost less? Not likely. Lets find out the facts as we take a look at the prices of some of the more well known video cards in comparison to the A96P."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 9800 Pro Review @ Designtechnica
"Overall, we have to say that the All-In-Wonder Radeon 9800 Pro is one of the finest examples of functionality and performance we have ever had the pleasure of testing. Since things have certainly heated up in the video card wars as of late, we shall see the extent of the tenure this will hold. ATI has out done itself with this one and proves once again what it’s like to be the king for a reason. Though a bit pricey for the everyday gamer and casual web surfer, nothing we have seen can match it’s power and features. Everything clicked with this one except the price, but somehow I think that since this card is targeted on the PC enthusiast market and not just gamers or videophiles that things will work out for the best for whomever might purchase this awesome card. "

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT IS7-G (Intel Springdale 865) Motherboard Review @ 3dXtreme
"Today 3dXtreme has the great pleasure of reviewing the ABIT IS7-G motherboard. The ABIT IS7-G is based on the Intel Springdale (865) chipset. Our IS7-G is already loaded with the new version 1.4 bios that unlocks Game Accelerator Technology also known as GAT. ABIT has managed to unlock a PAT like feature previously only found on the pricer Intel 875 Canterwood motherboards. With this new jump in performance the IS7-G has become a real contender beating out some of the $200+ Intel Canterwood boards, however is there a price to pay for this extra "free" performance? Well take a look at that a bit later....."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Nexus NXP-101 With Additional Faceplates @ PirateSoftware.org
"The Vantec Nexus NX-101 still remains one of the worlds best fan and temperature monitoring systems. It's added faceplates mean that this system is more accessible to people around the world. It's good to see that Vantec haven't included all these plates with the unit itself and bumping up the price - this wouldn't be needed as I'm sure people really don't need a luminous green front to their controller."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Nexus NXP-205 @ HiTechMods
"Fans have always been a major annoyance in modern computers. They do remove hot air but also make a lot of noise. When the temperature is low enough or silence is needed it is nice to be able to reduce the voltage given to fans which in turn slows them down decreasing the noise produced. In the past years products have been developed to deal with this issue. The baybus provides some control but can only have up to four speed options. Even better is the rheobus which can adjust to any voltage"

More information on this review can be found here.
Mitron PWM Fan Controller @ SystemCooling
"Fan controllers are a very desirable accessory these days. With faster processors, overclocking and high performance video cards being the norm, excellent cooling is a must. But with good cooling comes a trade off - noise. And let's face it, very few of us are using our computers at 100% capacity all of the time. This is why a fan controller is such a great thing to have."

More information on this review can be found here.
Maxtop CSX-001 Case @ Bjorn3D
"Serious PC enthusiasts probably wouldn't be caught dead with anything less than a full tower case. Unless your PC is intended for hauling to LAN parties, bigger is better, right? I used to think that way, but recently I undertook a project that made me think good things can come in small packages."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Nexus NXP-205 @ ThinkComputers
"As much as many of us would like to have nice quiet watercooled systems, or cram soundproof matting into every crack, it is oftentimes simply far too expensive when compared to conventional air cooling. Once you put enough fans into a system you learn just how high your tolerance for noise can become. A partial solution to this problem can come in the form of dual voltage, switch based fan busses or rheobuses which used simple potentiometers and rheostats to cut voltage. More recently, companies such as Vantec have developed a form of rheobus type device that instead manages voltage using PWM (Pulse Width Modulation). The first models, the 5.25" NXP-201's were widely popular for both look and function. Today we look at its newer little brother, the NXP-205, a 3.5" based version"

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax CS-718CBX Case Review @ GruntvillE.com
"The very first thing I thought after carrying the case around for a little while was that it was made of aluminum. Maybe it's because of my past experience with only larger server towers or something I don't know, but I quickly dispelled this thought with the use of a magnet. Sure enough the case was made of steel.

The outside was pretty sleek looking with the two bubble light columns, although I've seen them before and like how they look, I was concerned that they may be too much of a distraction than the "Ooooo" and "Aaaaaa" effect at LAN parties may be worth."

More information on this review can be found here.
MountainMods U2-UFO Aluminum Cube Chassis Review @ TwistedMods.com
"The U2-UFO is manufactured locally in my home state of Oregon, it's unique, nearly flawless in design, and is fabricated with great quality and attention to detail. Throughout my testing experience with this case, I could not get over the size! It sure is bigger than it seems in the pictures, but it is without a doubt a case that will turn heads at special events like LAN parties and seminars. If you are an overclocker or someone who likes to take cooling to the extreme, the 2mm aluminum construction will assist, and the fact that it houses SEVEN 120mm fans and an additional FOUR 80mm fans will allow you to keep your Dremel in it's case and out of the aluminum. While I am not a fan of pre-modified chassis designs, I don't have any problem sporting this case; its unique and large design will have people looking no matter what!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, July 29, 2003
ClearPC Interview @ NextGen Electronics
"Case modding is at an all time high in popularity. There's wild styles and attitudes within this amazing niche of the tech community. NextGen Electronics had the opportunity to interview ClearPC's Frank Goluza in what might be the most candid interview you'll probably ever read. Find out what the latest in case modding is, what the future of case modding will be, and why never to mention 'Disco' to Frank."

More information on this interview can be found here.
Xoxide 12in Dual Blue CCFL Kit Review @ Mikhailtech
"Nowadays everyone wants a piece of the "riced PC pie". LazerLEDs, EL wire and MADlights are all innovative attempts at a share of the market. The cold cathode is no longer a novelty, at least not to the enthusiast crowd. We've seen several iterations of the CCFL with various
improvements along the way in the form of bulbs, casings, inverters, and more. Recently Xoxide sent over a package to help along with the building of a new system and these dual cold cathodes were part of the deal. While there's nothing particularly special or inventive about the kit, it's a good example of what can and should be expected from your next CCFL purchase."

More information on this review can be found here.
Compro VideoMate TV Gold+ Review @ BJorn3D
"If you ever had missed an important part of a TV-show or that final goal in the big game just because you had to go to the bathroom or answer the phone you need a TV-card capable of PVR - Private Video Recording."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax EG651P-VE 550W Review @ IPKonfig
"Its blue, it's silver, and it pumps out lots of wattage. So that must mean we are reviewing an Enermax 550 watt power supply. With the first look at this power supply you can't help but to be giddy as a schoolgirl. The power supply is dark blue with a near mirror finish, silver braided cables with a rubber PVC tube around the loom- much like you would see on rounded IDE cables. It's eye candy for sure. But enough with the eye candy, let's move on to the specs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SLK-800U Review @ Tech-Mods
"For many individuals cooling has become a high priority for them. They tend to spend ridiculous amounts of money on bottom of the line heat sinks and usually it ends up cooling even worse than the stock heat sink that came with the computer, and for many of us that is a major problem because when we game we always put our system to the max which tends to get the temperatures very high. Well I have a solution for that. Either you buy a expensive water cooling kit, or for under forty dollars you can get a paramount heat sink. I am talking about the Thermalright SLK-800U. You may be wondering what the U stands for so let me get that cleared up, the U stands for Universal so this heat sink can be used on both AMD and Intel CPU's."

More information on this review can be found here.
FIC RADEONT 9600 PRO 128MB Video Card Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The FIC RADEONT 9600 PRO 128MB Video Card is the little bother of the super fast 9800 Pro, however, it's still an amazing card. This card offers great gaming performance, crisp 2D, dual display and many more features. While this is not the fastest Video Card on the planet it has definite bang for the buck."

More information on this review can be found here.
Basic Overclocking Guide @ CyberCPU
"Overclocking has been the new trend amongst computer enthusiasts for quite a while. This leaves the High-End and High-Clocked components for the conservative users or those too afraid of pushing up a bit the limits of their systems. In this article I will review the essential notions and basic steps on How To overclock your computer."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Vantec Nexus NXP-205 and NXP-301 Reviews @ OCAddiction
"Vantec is considered among PC enthusiasts to be one of the leaders if not the leader in innovative hardware accessories for modern PC's. As the modding community has improvised new ways to spice up system cases and rev up hardware performance, Vantec has applied their technical expertise to produce professional quality products to meet the varied needs of the public. Vantec's primary goal has always been to understand and satisfy the consumers' needs. They do this by being super responsive to consumer feedback and incorporating improvements dynamically in their rapidly expanding product line."

More information on the NXP-205 review can be found here. More information on the NXP-301 review can be found here.

GF FX 5200 vs. R9200 Comparison

"At 2X AA, the FX5200 and R9200 look about the same. But stepping up to 4X AA, the Radeon seems to have the edge. Pull them out side-by-side, and compare 12 and 6 clock positions and you will see; the Radeon smoothes out the jagged edges a bit better than the FX5200. Remember though, when it comes to such budget video cards, 4X AA isn't really practical at all (as you will see), so the R9200 doesn't gain much value from this."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech 9CJS Canterwood i87PE Motherboard Review @ Envy News
"The Zenith lineup is the pride and joy of Chaintech's Socket 478 family of mainboards. Targeted at the enthusiast and power user segment, these motherboards arrive built upon the highest performance chipsets at the time of their manufacturing. The name Zenith also carries with it all the extra bells and whistles one could wish for in a motherboard. The Zenith 9CJS is quite possibly the most luxurious of all Canterwood boards on the market."

More information on this review can be found here.

Soltek SL-5600-XD Video Card Review

"Budget Gamers - they are a tough crowd to please. They represent the market segment that wants the most bang for their buck. Getting the top-of-the-line performance card for a modest outlay of cash are not two variables that usually stick side by side. That said, this is where NVIDIA and now Soltek have stepped in with the GeForce FX 5600 series of cards; a budget card with DirectX 9 features and some very adequate performance for the games of today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax CS-328 Micro-ATX Chassis Review @ Tech-Dreams
"There is a big market today for minimal computer hardware. As LAN partying is becoming more popular, people want small cases to be able to transport their systems with ease. Granted, some choose to get the biggest case possible with 50 hard drives and water/TEC cooling systems in them, but for those not wanting to win the case mod contest, compact cases are the smart way to go."

More information on this review can be found here.

Vantec Nexus 3.5" Multi Fan Controller

"Since the beginning of modding times, the essential goal has been to increase overall system performance. In previous years, a lot of the system performance aspect has been over turned by the quest for beauty. Many mods these days are designed to look good. Even though the style aspect is more at the forefront of today's modding scene, the quest for performance will never die. Vantec, a leader in the modding (for both performance and style) market has produced yet again another great product the Nexus Multi-Fan Controller."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus P4P800 I865 Motherboard Review @ MetkuMods
"Asus P4P800 is probably fastest i865PE motherboard around. Performance is extraordinary compared to other i865PE solutions and easily reach i875P levels. Overclocking features are rich excluding somewhat low Vmem setting. I also really liked integrated AD1985 audio, it's features and sound quality are exceptional good."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech Zenith 9CJS 875P Canterwood Motherboard Review @ Tweaknews
"With a package and onboard feature bundle that has it all, the Zenith 9CJS is the one stop product for the performance enthusiast who wants it all in one purchase. With the included 7.1 channel audio, dual LAN, remote control, extensive front panel and all around good looks coupled with decent performance, this product would be a recommended buy for anyone wanting a "turn key" approach to building an elite computer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, July 28, 2003
Pen Drive USA Pen Drive 2.0 Review @ Monkey Review
"When it comes to file transfers between two systems not on a network, what is the best the solution? We could burn a CD, and use 5% of the disc. The ol' floppy is still kicking, but if you're anything like me, that's fallen by the way side sometime ago, I'm sorry but those speeds just don't cut the mustard anymore. Recently, an alternative to these two methods has become available to us. The combatant? Flash Memory drives."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair's XMS4000 TwinX DDR Memory Module Review @ MetkuMods
"Corsair, company that was founded at 1994 continues their tradition to be one of the leading manufacturers in this field by offering their XMS4000 to the world. This time we will review their TWINX1024-4000 matched memory pairs that offer 1 Gigabytes worth of storage space with a tested maximum speed of DDR500 (250 MHz)."

More information on this review can be found here.
1GB Kit of Kingston HyperX DDR 434MHz Review @ Legit Reviews
"Since the release of the the Intel Canterwood and Springdale motherboards Dual-Channel memory has become a mainstream item for computer users. The memory industry responded with "paired" or "matched" memory kits that offer end-users modules of memory that can run the same timings. The enthusiast community and the average end-user have found these memory kits to be cheaper than buying individual memory modules, while also offering identical timings. Basically these kits make sure that the memory you buy run at the same specifications."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LANParty NFII Ultra Motherboard Review @ BJorn3D
"One of the original things that caught my eye (and probably many others' eyes as well) about the LANParty series is the whole LAN party theme. DFI does an excellent job pulling this theme together and offering a very appealing package that could make any enthusiast happy. UV reactive and rounded cables, PC Transpo, and FrontX are the big bundled extras, but there is much more to this package."

More information on this review can be found here.

Hercules Gamesurround Muse Lt Review

"The Muse LT is definitely an entry-level sound card offering for those looking for something simple, hassle free, and easy to install. There aren't many bells and whistles on this card for the more advanced sound gurus to play with, but this may also be one of the greater features Hercules offers in a very straight forward piece of equipment."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-7VT600-L Review @ MBReview
"Overclocking our hardware with the 7VT600-L was surprising and exciting. This was the first time we were able to overclock the FSB to a new level on a VIA chipset based motherboard. However, most users will probably not be able to duplicate the same results that we achieved since we used an air conditioner. Only time will tell if this feat was accomplished by luck, or with the skillful engineering from VIA or Gigabyte. We can only hope that manufacturers will send us their KT600 solutions in the near future so we can show our dedicated readers some more overclocking results with motherboards using this chipset."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron KM18G Pro (nForce2) Motherboard Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"From the vibrant colors to the added ability of TV out using the motherboards own onboard video Albatron has produced a very nice board. I know that looks don't matter when it comes down to performance; however this is a 'budget' board. Just as with the Chaintech, its onboard video will save you some money if this is going to be in someone's box that isn't into gaming and just wants a computer to work with and get online."

More information on this review can be found here.
VL Systems L.I.S LCD Review @ GruntvillE
"The L.I.S. was wedged so tight in the bay that it wasn't even necessary to use screws; I don't think I could pull it out again even if I wanted to. So it's installed and it looks almost like they color matched the paint with the Chenming, but no LCD is going to run with out software. Software can make or break a product like this. First thing to do is drop the CD in the tray and fire it up; the revision on the CD is 1.3 so I check out V.L. Systems home page and locate the 1.4.8.2 Revision that is out. Always make sure you're running current drivers and program versions for all your hardware."

More information on this review can be found here.
Reminder: ADPmods LANPArty Giveaway ends July 31st
"ADPmods LANParty nForceII Giveaway officially ends July 31st. The response has been great and we are trying to finish up this coming week with a flurry. ADPmods is bringing you the best Giveaway of the summer. We are giving away one LANParty nForce II Motherboard Kit. Every order for $150 or more automatically receives one Ballot in the Draw. Orders must be placed between June 27th and midnight July 31st. Enter as many times as you wish (each entry MUST be a new order). All orders must be paid in full by midnight Wednesday August 6th to be eligible. The draw will be held on Friday August 8th."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Lokie's Custom Window Etching Technique @ PimpRig
"When you have your image, which you wish to apply to a window for etching or paint. You need to lay out your window. The fans, if there are any, drill first. Why? You don’t want to do hours worth of work to finally drill for the fan and have it crack on you. Yes, I talk from experience."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Kingwin KT-424 Aluminum Case Review @ System Cooling
"When you think of the best aluminum cases you immediately think Cooler Master and Lian-Li. Well hopefully by the end of this review you will add a third name to that list, Kingwin. With the release of the KT-424 series, Kingwin has solidified its presents as one of the premier aluminum case suppliers in the world."

More information on this review can be found here.

Nexus NXP-301 Fan & Light Control Review

"We have seen quite a few fan control reviews here lately, with each one bringing a new feature or style to compete for an empty bay in your case. Choices are good for the consumer, and Vantec adds both style and a new feature to their NXP-301 Nexus Fan & Light Control."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xoxide X-500 Aluminum Mid-Tower Case Review @ Virtual Hideout
"Looking at the bare specifications and numbers, the X-500 is pretty normal for a mid-tower case of its class. At just under 20" in height, it's not too tall, but at the same time, is not too small so that interior space is cramped. Four 5.25" drive bays compliment its dimensions, along with two external 3.5" drive bays and four 3.5" HDD bays. Four 5.25" drive bays is about right, as you could easily fill all the drive bays and have your needs provided for. A single front 80mm fan provides intake in that area, and with it and the side (window) 80mm fan operating, airflow ought to be balanced pretty well against the two 80mm exhaust fans. Though there are four fan placements, the front intake fan position is empty, and you must provide a fan to go here."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax CS-3181L-S "Rainbow Light" ATX Case Review @ Tech-Dreams
"When deciding on what case to buy, the buyer needs to make careful decisions on what the case will be used for, the conditions the case will be exposed to, and of course what the case looks like. It is based on these decisions that a case will either be "stayin' alive" or keep sitting on the shelf. Enter: the Enermax CS 3181 Silver case. The CS 3181 is a nice elementary case for those who enjoy the basic necessities of life: a pre-modded case that has a case window, rainbow lights, temperature display, an attractive design and plenty of airflow."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chenming Mid-Tower AL-3O1KE Review @ Tech-Mods
"I think a computer case reflects both the personality of the person who owns it and the computer that is inside. Aluminum cases are very popular these days. They help to conduct heat better, they are much lighter then their steel counterparts and they don't corrode or rust. Computer cases today come in many sizes and colors. Today we are going to be looking at the Chenming Mid-Tower AL-3O1KE."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax/Wavesonic CS-3107 Micro ATX Case Review @ Ascully
"Looking for a small lightweight Micro ATX case? Enermax could have the solution for you with the CS-3107, its fully aluminum construction makes it the lightest case around, It looks quite pretty too."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, July 26, 2003
Galaxy 80mm Orange and White Quad LED Fan Review @ ExtensionTech
"As usually seen, the Galaxy fans come with everything you need. They are 3 pin fans by default, but they do come with the ever so popular 3 pin to 4 pin Molex connector to power off of your PSU. And as usual, they seemed to have left the 3 pin monitoring pin still in the adapter. I've complained before, that that could have a detrimental effect if that little extra piece of metal hanging out were to touch something perhaps on your motherboard. But I guess Galaxy doesn't read my reviews. Oh well."

More information on this review can be found here.
VL System's Lost In Space (LIS) VFD Indicator Review @ Tech Dreams
"A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to review the Lost In Space (L.I.S.) LCD Indicator by VL Systems. While it was visually stunning, the LCD was hard to read from certain viewing angles and still had some minor flaws at the time. Today, however, VL Systems has given me the opportunity to review a similar product, the L.I.S. VFD Indicator, which uses a VFD display rather than a LCD display. It also builds upon the L.I.S. LCD by offering new features and functions."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Spectrum UV LED Fans Review @ Think Computers
"Like most of you I have seen the evolutions of fans. From the plain black fans, to the clear fans, then the LED fans, and no recently UV reactive fans. When I first saw UV reactive fans I was amazed at how the lit up, but there was one problem you needed a UV light source. Having the fans spread out through your case you would have to buy many UV cold cathodes to light them up. Vantec has come up with a way to achieve the glow effect with out any external light source. They have put UV LED's in the fans!"

More information on this review can be found here.
3 Fan Controller Shootout @ Crazymodders.be
"If you put the Zalman on the lowest setting the led begins to blink. It's probably not with every fan but it's still quite annoying. The switches arent really finished either -in my opinion. There should be some kind of nut over them, now it's just the threaded bits."

More information on this review can be found here.
Digitalway MPIO FL100 MP3/FM/Voice Recorder Review @ Mikhailtech
"The three line LCD screen is pretty small but more than enough to display all the necessary information in one of several available languages. The driver/utility CD also contains plug-ins for various media players so you don't have to use MPIO's if you so choose. You can also store your music in folders by artist/genre/whatever you make of it. The FL100 is firmware upgrade-capable, runs for about 11 hours off a single AAA battery (I assume at medium volume) and has a SD/MMC slot for extra memory. On top of all that it also features an FM radio with up to 20 presets as well as FM and voice recording."

More information on this review can be found here.
Connect3D Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB Review @ Techseekers
"I was very pleased with the performance I got from the 9800 Pro 256MB. It was the first time I could turn on all the graphical extras and still keep 6x AntiAliasing and 16x Anisotropic filtering enabled at 1280x1024. Games look so much better when the jaggies are removed, and textures looks so much sharper, especially textured floors and walls. I do feel I would have been as pleased with the 128MB version though. The card gets quite warm..well.. scratch that.. hot. It gets very hot and good case ventilation and air flow is very important. I had no trouble running this in the ABIT IC7-G or the Gigabyte GA 7NNXP at 8x and the card remained stable at all times."

More information on this review can be found here.
GigaByte GA-7N400 Pro nForce2 Motherboard Review @ NextGen Electronics
"The GA-7N400 Pro is the platform for latest AMD Athlon XP 400MHz FSB processor. Powered by the NVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400 platform processors, this platform delivers new levels of performance and functionality. USB 20? Sure. How about IEEE 1392 FireWire? Done! What about on-board 6-channel audio AND on-board LAN? You got it. What about the latest in technologies like Serial ATA, ATA133 RAID, and Dual Channel DDR support? It's in there. It has anything you'd really want on-board already, so the price of $119 is really justified - it's a tremendous value to consumers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Big Weekend Sale @ PCMods
MTB has received word from our good friends at PCMods that they are have a very big clearance sale this weekend. Now is your chance to receive huge discounts on a variety of items. Here are some of the highlights on what is currently up for sale:

- Koolance PC2-601BW Black Koolance Case - $199.99
- Cold Cathode bulbs as low as $3.99
- All Appliques: $3.49
- Skyhawk PSR5605 black or silver $79.99 (the highly popular PSR5601 is back in stock but at regular price)
- LED fans for $2.99
- CCFL fans for $7.99
- Vantec Fan Controller $19.99
- RheoBus Version 2.5 $9.99
- Matrix Orbital (LCD Display) $84.99
- Remote LCD Monitor $49.99

More information on this sale can be found here.
Hot New Cases Released @ VoyeurMods
MTB has received word from our good friends at VoyeurMods that they have added 4 new pre-modded cases to their product line-up. Whether your looking to get into water cooling, LAN style case or product machine, these cases should suit everyone's needs. Here is a small list of what has been released:

- LL H20 Water Cooled
http://www.voyeurmods.com/llh2o.asp

- LL Stealth Water Cooled Case
http://www.voyeurmods.com/wc-stealth.asp

- Black VEXX SCORPIO Modded Cases with 420 watt PSU
http://www.voyeurmods.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=RM-SCORPIO-B

- Silver VEXX SCORPIO Modded Cases with 420 watt PSU
http://www.voyeurmods.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=RM-SCORPIO-S

More information on these products can be found here.
Xoxide's X-Elite Case Review @ Hightekpc
"The computer modding industy has grown so large in the last year. It always amazes me in the ways that case manufacturers are able to add that tiny little mod to a case that makes it that much better than the competitor. The most common mod to find on a pre-modded case is a window in the left side panel. Xoxide went the extra mile with the X-Elite line of cases."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Wave Master Aluminum Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Cooler Master Wave Master Aluminum Case is truly a piece of artwork with smooth lines, great looks and is well constructed. It offers lots of space to install all kinds of computer gear and even comes with a removable motherboard tray. Included as well are 2 USB ports, 1 firewire port, mic and headphone jack."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Friday, July 25, 2003
3acooler Zebra AlCu1 AMD CPU Cooler Review @ 3dXtreme
"Today 3dXtreme is proud to review the Zebra AlCu1 AMD CPU heatsink from 3acooler. This is a heatsink with an innovative design that hopes to make a big impact in the heatsink market. The Zebra AlCu1 is the only product currently available from this new company and we are happy that 3acooler has given us a chance to look at their first product...."

More information on this review can be found here.
Watercooling UV Dyes and Tubing @ The Modfathers
"There are a number of things that I like about watercooling, its stability, overclockability and yes its looks. The blocks are cool and the sight of those tubes full of colors water can be a work of art."

More information on this review can be found here.
Akasa 824cu CPU Cooler @ ThinkComputers
"Today, we find ourselves working with CPU's that are getting faster and faster, and at every iteration, are pushing Moore's Law to the absolute limits. With that speed and power there does come a cost. As CPU's become more powerful, they are prone to producing more heat, and as any good overclocker will tell you, heat is indeed the enemy. Enter the Akasa 824cu. This is Akasa's latest entry into the AMD cooling field. Topped with an illuminated fan, it is, if nothing else, an aesthetically pleasing solution to your cooling needs as high as an Athlon XP 3000+. It's nice that AMD has addressed some of the heat issues in their newer, cooler running Barton core chips, but today we will be putting this heatsink to my blast furnace of an 1800+ Palomino. It's competition: the long praised and truly proven Thermalright SLK-800A."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hercules Gamesurround Muse 5.1 DVD & Fortissimo III 7.1 @ Bjorn3d
"For the comparison, I will be using the onboard sound of the AOpen AK79D Max motherboard (you can read the review I wrote up on it here), which obviously features the nForce2 chipset. When I received these two sound cards for review, the first thing I thought was, "Why would anyone with an nForce2 mobo want one of these sound cards?" Well, that is the question I am going to try to answer in this review. Is there any compelling reason to buy one of these sound cards from Hercules if I already have great onboard sound? What if I don't? "

More information on this review can be found here.
Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 200GB SATA/150 Hard Drive Review @ Modtown
"Maxtor is the only manufacturer to provide both the PATA 'legacy' power connector and the new style SATA power connector on their SATA drives, having both type of connections is a great bonus. User's without a SATA power adaptor (or who cannot source one easily) can still power this drive easily using their current power supply, leaving the only requirement a SATA connector on their motherboard or a SATA PCI adaptor card..."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hercules Gamesurround Muse 5.1 DVD Soundcard Review @ Tweaknews.net
"This has to be by far the best budget soundcard I've ever put my hands on. For $29.99 you can get full surround sound support for your PC, and the multimedia software to go with it. The software suite definitely helps this card as it provides users with everything they need to fully take advantage of the cards capabilities via PowerDVD and/or Hercules Media Station."

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den Maze4 P4 Water Blocks @ ipKonfig
"Owning a product from a company like Danger Den is much like owning a trophy, but unlike a trophy--you get to take it off the shelf and play with it. Its products are, in all respects, among the best looking and designed blocks on the market. It has always a pleasure to review the workmanship of one of its fine waterblocks. It has been in the water cooler business for some time now, offering safe and affordable water blocks for our processor cooling needs. So again we have an opportunity to have a look-see at its latest and greatest water block to hit the market: the Maze4. Mainly designed for the Intel Pentium 4 based processors, it comes in two flavors. First, the Pure-Poly topped block, and the CT (Copper Topped) water block. Both use the same internal Maze4 design, 1/2" fittings, and get the same pressure-tested quality check before shipping out-which makes for a good feeling once it arrives at your home/office."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Atlantis 9800 Pro and 9600 Pro Ultimate Editions @ Extreme Overclocking
It seems like we have been reviewing a lot of video cards lately, but this time we have something really special. Sapphire is a large manufacturer basing their video card solely on ATi's chips. They have made cards such as the Atlantis 9800 Pro and 9600 Pro, which we reviewed awhile back. Today we take a look at these two cards once again, but this time there is one slight difference, these are the ultimate versions. What makes these cards appealing is their silent heatsink design, which keeps the processing core cool, and your PC a little quieter."

More information on this review can be found here.

Albatron FX 5200 Ultra Video Card

Albatron has worked closely with NVIDIA since the release of the GeForce 4 line of video cards. Since then, the company has designed cards using all of NVIDIA's latest chipsets and more recently, the GeForce FX line. Albatron has been noted as producing some of the better video cards in terms of features and overclocking. Today, we are going to take a look at the Albatron GeForce FX 5200 Ultra video card. It is the budget chipset of the FX line but still offers features such as DirectX 9 support.

More information on this review can be found here.
FIC AU13 nForce 2 @ Viper Lair
"The jump to DDR400 proves to be quite an improvement for the AU13. The AU13 had no problem running the benchmark at 220 MHz, although things got rough after that. So far I am very impressed by the performance and stability of this system."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIA P4PB Ultra Review @ OCAddiction.com
"The VIA P4PB Ultra and specifically the P4X400 chipset are much better than the previous Pentium IV offerings from VIA. Add to that the features and accessories that come with the P4PB Ultra and you have a pretty decent motherboard package. I have to admit the P4PB Ultra exceeded my expectations. After dealing with motherboards based on the P4X266 and P4X333 chipsets VIA has gotten it right with the P4X400 chipset. It is really a shame about the legal hassles VIA had with Intel and that mainstream motherboard manufactures didn't pick up this chipset."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus A7N8X-X nForce2 400 Motherboard Review @ Overclockers NZ
"The A7N8X-X is an amazing board by Asus, which offers decent performance, stunning FSB overclocking potential, and most of all, a rock bottom price."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMS G-BOX Blue CF-S968 @ SystemCooling
"Today we'll take a look at the sleekest looking of them all - the AMS G-BOX Blue. Why Blue?? Simple, the LED's and the CPU cooler fan use blue LED's! Our approach in this article will be from the viewpoint of an enthusiast who has just purchased this unit and is investigating it prior to installation, so we'll not dwell on the technical issues, but rather on the practical."

More information on this review can be found here.
X-Elite Case Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"The oversized square recessed area you see behind the teardrop illuminates as your power lamp. What is interesting about this is that the LED that lights this area is a color switching number. Meaning the light changes between white, red, green, blue, yellow, teal, and violet. The change is a soft transition which adds quite a bit to the effect."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax X-Point CS-528 Review @ GruntvillE.com
"Removing the front faceplate we can see that, as is the same in back, we are provided with two 80mm fan mounts as well as several oval shaped holes that are used for routing of the faceplate wiring. One interesting point for would-be modders is the array of tiny circles below the two 3.5" bays. They're just about the right size for your average LED and could provide for some interesting lighting through the front faceplate grill."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, July 24, 2003
Logitech MX700 Cordless Optical Mouse Review @ Modsynergy
"The Logitech MX700 has a black and grayish color scheme going. I really like the style of the mouse. It looks down to business and really comfortable. There are a total of eight buttons throughout the mouse. The construction of the mouse is strong and not flimsy in any way. The mouse also weighs a bit more than your standard mouse. This is due to the wireless features housed in the mouse."

More information on this review can be found here.
PCALAN Coverage @ Nexus Hardware
"The 4th annual PC Abusers LAN was held July 18th-20th. Upon arrival we prepared for a genuine good time, and we were impressed with the outcome. PCALAN was kindly sponsored by AMD, Corsair, BFG, Plantronics, Ideazon, KDC Computers, Kool Cases, Bawls, Bullet PC, Crazy PC, Google Shack, Voyeur Mods, Mad Lights, and Shattered Web. Approximately 94 participants came to take place in the action."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake TR2 Heatsink Series Review @ Pirate Software
"So which one is the best? Well, they all have their merits and their downfalls. Be it poor performance, or loud noise. To be honest, I was pretty happy with all the heatsinks in this roundup - I mean, if I was to buy any of them, I would be happy with it. Therefore, the only conclusion that I can pull from this review is to recommend the TR2 series as a whole. The prices I've seen on these heatsinks are low, and to be honest - the temperatures they cool your CPU down to are pretty much well worth the price they quote."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master CoolDrive 3 Review @ Voided Warranty
"Well, there she is folks! As you can see this hard drive cooler looks pretty damn cool. It almost makes my computer look like it has a set of eyes. You may also notice that I have taken the liberty of VOIDING the WARRANTY by removing the print that was on the front of the unit. This can be done with a rag and some acetone."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel D865PERL Motherboard Review @ Spode's Abode
"And now for the numbers. Here I shall be comparing the D865PERL against the Canterwood sample that we reviewed a few months ago, and clocking it down to 1.6gig to compare it to a similar speed AMD chip, a palomino running at 1750mhz, on a 166FSB, with Dual DDR 333, using an nForce 2 motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
TT Silent PurePower 480W PSU Review @ ASE Labs
"When you pick up the latest and greatest hardware product, I'm sure you seldom think of if that piece of hardware will drain too much power out of your power supply. Even though you may think that box in your case has an infinite supply of power (after all, it is plugged into AC), it isn't. In this review today, we'll see how the Thermaltake Silent PurePwer 480 watt PSU handles itself. Now let me give you a little lesson on power supplies."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Musketeer Review @ BJorn3D
"When I first pulled the Musketeer out of the box, my first thought was that this thing looks pretty cool. The blue gauges look great even when the unit is not powered up. I was looking forward to seeing how it would look with my black aluminum case. I already had four blue LED fans installed in the case, so the Musketeer's colors match this motif perfectly."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Nexus NXP-301 Fan & Light Controller Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Vantec Nexus Fan & Light Controller adjusts up to 3 fans and two cold cathodes. The great feature of this product is doing this both in one unit. Also, the fans can be adjusted from 0 to 12 voltages and the two cold cathodes which are included can be turned on, off or sound activated."

More information on this video review can be found here.
DFI LanParty KT400A Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"Maybe I've been a bit spoiled with the ABIT NF7-S, but 200FSB was in no way attainable with our TBred 2400+. Considering I could do an easy 12x200 on my nForce 2, this proved to be extremely frustrating. I lowered the multiplier from 15 to 11, and the highest OC I managed was 191, but to say it was rock solid would be a flat out lie. The best, stable environment I managed was 11x189."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, July 23, 2003
AOpen's HP-590 "Vibration Bass" Headphones @ Techware Labs
AOpen has developed a very unique feature with their HP-590 headphones, dubbed "Vibration Bass." Basically, this pair of headphones features a second 30mm "vibration" driver that is specially designed to translate low frequency sounds into vibrations. This is designed to add to the overall audio sensation by accenting bass with a tactile response."

More information on this review can be found here.
Drive Stealthing @ HiTechMods
"Everyone knows how ugly beige drives look in an aluminum case. Stealthing the drives will give your case a nice clean look and there is no cost and hardly any work involved to finish this mod."

More information on this review can be found here.
Fortron/Source Aurora 350W Power Supply @ System Cooling
"Today I'll have the pleasure of presenting one of the more exotic looking power supplies, the 350W Fortron Aurora with a 120mm LED fan. As you will be able to see in the review it not only looks great but it also performs incredibly well, while staying under 20dB."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM50HP VGA Cooler @ Enscape
"Zalman's smallest passive heatpipe VGA cooler is in for testing. How good can silent be?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM-2HC1 Heatpipe Hard Disk Cooler @ Hardware Zoom
"This heatpipe cooler is simply four anodised aluminium bars that clamp onto ten pieces of heatpipes. These aluminium bars are suppose to touch both sides of the hard disk, so that heat can transfer to the aluminium bars and then to the heatpipe quickly. The surface area created by the heatpipe is as big as 400cm square according to the specification. The large surface area ensures that heat can dissipate to the surrounding easily."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dual Display capabilities on the ATI All In Wonder Video Cards Article @ 3DGameMan
"As many of you know the ATi All-In-Wonder 9700 Pro and other AIW cards do not come with dual VGA output like the Radeon 9700 series. In fact, ATi does not advertise the ability to use multiple computer monitors with the AIW 9700 Pro. But as some of you know, I've been tinkering with the idea of using a DVI-I splitter with my AIW 9700 Pro to see if the DVI-I output supported multiple monitors, just like the Matrox Parhelia. So."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Samsung Spinpoint SP1604N Review @ Monkey Review
"In the last couple of years we've seen hard drives explode to massive sizes. At this point it could prove to be a challenge for quiet a few of us to even come close to filling them through normal usage. Today on the block we've got the Samsung SpinPoint SP1604N, a nice n big, 160GB, ATA-133 HDD from Samsung Electronics. The size of the drive's going to appeal to a lot of people but there are a few key features which really add to this drives value."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI GeForce FX 5900 (FX5900-VTD128) Review @ BJorn3D
"One of the most interesting things about MSI's version of 5900s is the Twin Flow cooling system, which consists of two fans mounted on the card, one on each side. Sounds strange, doesn't it? MSI continues to use the nice shiny copper we're used to seeing from them though, and it actually looks quite cool. Additionally, it's supposed to be more efficient and quieter than NVIDIA's reference design. So read on and take a look at the pictures of this interesting design. I'll put the card through some of the typical benchmarks and also comment on how well it actually plays in games with high quality settings cranked up."

More information on this review can be found here.
PNY GeForce FX 5900 Ultra Video Card @ Extreme Overclocking
"It is time again for a new video card to try to compete with the Radeon 9800 Pro. The GeForce FX5800 originally was supposed to be the competitor with the ATi chips but as we all know, there were a few issues that made the card a bad performer. The 5900 Ultra is the what the 5800 Ultra should have been and maybe a little more. Today we take a look at the PNY 5900 Ultra graphics card and compare it to the two fastest cards we have, ATi 9700 Pro and a Sapphire 9800 Pro. We hope to find out if this $500 video card can out perform our 9800 Pro."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon 9800pro Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"With no competition in sight, ATI's All-in-Wonder 9800pro is nothing less than a dream card for the computer enthusiast. Not only does it handle any game on the market with the quality at maximum, it does so with amazing framerates. Gaming aside, you just have to understand the capabilities of this card for it's price. With a one card solution, you practically turn your computer into a home theater system, a gaming system and a full featured multimedia center."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC-3500 Dual Channel Review @ Legit Reviews
"There are two types of people when it comes to computing. Those who run everything stock, and then the rest of us, pushing everything to the limits. We were a bit of both in this review."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ 2x256MB PC3200 Dual Channel Platinum Memory Review @ KEPTech.net
System memory has become an ever-so crucial part of overclocking and in computers in general. Major players in the game are no longer just Crucial and Kingston. Out of darkness it seems over the last couple of years many new players in the game have shown up offering high performance RAM with the ability to clock higher than its rated specifications. Some of these new companies with that goal in mind have gained a lot of spotlight in the world of high technology such as Mushkin, Corsair, GEIL and of course OCZ. Today the review consists of a product from OCZ. That product if you haven't read the title yet (cause that happens quite too frequently) is the OCZ EL DDR PC-3200 Dual Channel Platinum.

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron PX865PE Pro II Review @ OCAddiction
"Albatron has some onboard features that make them special compared to others. Their Bios Mirror makes flashing bios almost fail proof, since with a bad update you can go into the second bios and then re-flash the man bios. Their second feature is the Voice Genie. It's a diagnostic program that tells the user what problem has been encountered when something goes wrong. A Pretty cool feature compared to the plain old LED diagnostic found on some boards. The dipswitches control AGP protection, Bios Mirror, and the Voice Genie language selection. The AGP protection makes sure that the video card installed is either agp4x or agp8x. No older card could be used. "

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus P4P8X Motherboard Review @ Tech Juice
"We will have to give the nod to Asus for once again making a stable board at a good price. Although the board did not overclock well, probably due to the fact that the chipset is pretty much maxed out from the factory, I don’t think users buying this board will be buying it for overclocking. This motherboard fits the user looking for a stable, solid performer, with above standard features for their Pentium 4 CPU up to 800 MHz front side bus. Standard features include Serial ATA, Dual DDR, Hyper-threading support, Onboard 6 channel audio, Onboard gigabit LAN, and a very intellegent BIOS. "

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek K7NCR18G Pro 2 nForce 2 IGP motherboard Review @ Overclockers NZ
"Leadtek had done a wonderful job with the K7NCR18G-Pro2, a nice update from the original Pro series. The Pro2 board comes with SATA raid support, dual 10/100 LAN capabilities, dual VGA output (including TV-out), and a good selection of overclocking options."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xoxide's X-Hurricane Case Review @ HightekPC
"It never ceases to amaze me that no matter how many new creative, unique, and downright dangerous cooling methods appear in the modding community, the tried and true method of forced air cooling remains the standard for economy, effectiveness, and beastly-sounding cases. Xoxide knows these rules better than everybody else, and their new X-Hurricane line proves just that. This case is well-deserving of its name, packing a full six 80mm fans with three more 92mm fans thrown in."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ahanix Iceberg II from ExoticPC @ GruntvillE.com
"Here we have the CPU block, made out of blue anodized aluminum and big enough for both the P4 and AMD chips. You can see the blue acrylic around the edges; this is for the P4 mounting. Since the kit comes assembled you'll need to specify AMD or Intel P4 when ordering. The good news is that the clips for the Socket A are included in the kit if you change your mind at a later date.

Also above is the pump and reservoir. As you can see the kit included a submersible pump that is already installed in the reservoir with all the hoses attached. Keep in mind that the pump, like most, runs on 120v (standard AC power) and therefore will require to be plugged into its own outlet and running before you fire up your machine."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, July 22, 2003
Everglide Ricochet 2.52 Mouse Pad Review @ Voided Warranty
"The first thing I noticed when taking the Ricochet out of the package was how thin it was. Everglide has some nice mouse pads but most have been too thick for my likings. This can make it uncomfortable for long periods of use."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Silver Céramique Review @ Viper Lair
"Arctic Silver have been working hard on a new compound that isn't conductive, and infact doesn't contain silver at all. The new compounds name is Ceramique and as the name describes, this is a ceramic based solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
Switch Guide @ Mod Synergy
"Wanting to add a switch like the ITW Vandal Switches we reviewed? Well this article is for you. It's going to be a short and quick one describing what I did and how I placed the switch into my Chenming Aluminum Silver case. Depending on your case, procedure could be a bit different but this will give you an idea of what you need to do."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Samsung SM-348 Combo Drive Review @ enScape
"Although the speeds are usually slightly behind those of stand-alone CD-RW and DVD-ROM drives, combos offer a great compromise in terms of versatility and so have remained popular since they first started appearing. The Samsung SM-348 is no exception. It combines 48x CD-Recording, 24x CD ReWriting, 48x CD-ROM Reading, and 16x DVD-ROM Reading into a good combo package at a good price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Nexus NXP-205 Fan Speed Controller Review @ A1-Electronics
"This Vantec Nexus NXP-205 now gives those of you overclocking the opportunity to control your water pump, radiator fan and case fans with this neat stylish Vantec NEXUS-205 fan controller PC computer panel as opposed to different controls all over the place."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Nexus NXP-301 Review @ ExtensionTech
"Rheobuses seem to be getting more and more common. That is a great thing for the community as a whole, actually. Not everyone wants to listen to a whirring PC, wherever the location of their box is. There have only been a few good variations of rheobuses so far. This is one of them. The NXP-301 has a built-in inverter to control a dual set of CCFL's in sound activation mode, or turn them on/off. While that seems very neat, let's take a closer look."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SLK-800U Heatsink Review @ BigBruin
"The test results speak for themselves, proving that the Thermalright SLK-800U is truly a top performer for cooling an AMD Athlon XP processor. Even with a mediocre fan, the SLK-800U provides respectable cooling, and the results just get more impressive with a better fan attached."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Original Harmony Remote Control Review @ Futurelooks
"The ususal draw back to purchasing a high end remote control is the set up. One of the things that I really like about this unit is that you can set it up on the internet. If you were to enter a store that sells these remotes you will find that the price on the remote is usually a bit more than the price of programming it. The high end theater market has been the only part of the electronics industry to maintain margins on all its sales."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-In-Wonder 9800 Pro 128MB Video Card Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The ATI All-In-Wonder 9800 Pro 128MB Video Card is simply the best all around video card currently on the planet. This product will easily fulfill all your video needs. Whether it's video editing, watching TV, gaming or all of the above this card will certainly satisfy."

More information on this video review can be found here.
The Ultimate Thermal Paste Round-Up @ TheCrucible
"Thermal paste is fast becoming a major fixture in every overclockers tool kit. Which paste is best has been long disputed and no one has ever really tested all available pastes in one review, until now. In typical Crucible fasion, we sourced out 22 of the most common, and a few uncommon pastes and tested them on both AMD and Intel machines to try and see if one is really better than the others."

More information on this review can be found here.

OCZ PC3700 Gold EL DDR Review

"So there you have it. 480Mhz at CAS 2.0 and 510Mhz at CAS 2.5 very impressive results indeed. I think what has impressed me most about the OCZ PC3700 Gold EL DDR is the fact that it can run so high, with very little voltage. I have tested ram in the past that would not come close to this type of speed, even with 3.2v."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Basement Mod Project by Karsten
"It's been a long time coming and overdue on posting the pics. The story is basically this: After buying the new house and taking care of the majority of projects in and around it. It was time to carve out my own little space and after some short discussion with my wife I got my wish and got the room without windows (What better room would there be for a bunch of geeks?!). So this is how I converted my Basement from a boring storage place into a great Computer room for me and some friends."

This is a great renovation project and includes a full pictorial from start to finish. More information on this project can be found here.
PimpRig Review and Contest: MNPCTECH SC195 (Pre-Production) Case
"The SC195 is not for everyone, even Bill acknowledges that. Hardcore modder's would rather build their own and n00bs go crazy for cheap pre-mods with lots of lights, shiny stuff, and biohazard fan grills. His target is somewhere in between those two demographics; someone who realizes that performance is important but doesn't have the time or inclination to mod their own."

More information on this review can be found here. Contest details can be found here.
Enermax X-Point Series Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"I do like the way this case looks from the outside. I like the big window and cool design with the "X" on the front. So if you like the way this case looks, be prepared to understand that you will not be getting any extra features to go along with the case. With a price tag of about US$70, the Enermax CS-EN5281X-Br is not too far out of the price range to purchase this "just because of its looks." For this price, you also get an Enermax 300Watt Power Supply. But if you want a nice case with lots of "nicer" features, I would look elsewhere since you will not be happy with all of the manual labor necessary to install your rig in this case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Athenatech Pearl White A100 Mini-ATX Case Review @ XtReMoDs
"There’s is not much diversity form the every day Mini-ATX cases that are shipped out now a days you get a square front and a window on the side. Well after a while that gets boring, you need to spice things up a little with some style. If you are tired of the pre-modded windowed cases then you might be interested in Athenathech’s Pearl White A100 case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax Scorpio-668 Silver Case Review @ OCIA
"The rear fans come installed along with the door fan. The 3.5 inch drive bays are removable using a lever action lock which locks firmly. The lower 3.5 inch bracket has an 80 mm fan bracket in the front to ease the task of cooling those hard drives. The rear 80 mm fans connect with a standard 4-pin molex. I wish they had been 3-pin, but they do the job. The included hardware was more than enough to get everything screwed down."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, July 21, 2003
Crucial GIZMO(tm) 128Meg USB Flash Drive Review @ Tweaknews.net
The drive performs well and problem free, and could be touted as one of the smallest USB drives around. But on the other hand, the price is almost twice as some other manufacturers drives with the same capacity. This is a major down point seeing that you will be paying for the name on the side and not for the product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermal Paste Showdown @ PirateSoftware.org
"Thermal paste isn't as generic as it sounds. Major companies spend a lot of money fine tuning and producing grease that we should all apparently be using over each other. But is there really any difference? Today I'm looking at thermal paste from 5 of the main manufacturers. In my big pile of pastes I have the classic Artic Silver 3, the newly released Artic Silver Ceramique, the alternative OCZ Ultra, some Japanesey Shin Etsu and the rather technically named AKT842 from Akasa"

More information on this review can be found here.
EliteCool.com Lapping Kit Review @ OCHardware
"The most important part of a heatsink is how well it comes in contact with the CPU. Even with the best heatsink imaginable (100% pure copper, countless fins, and an 80 CFM fan to top it off), if the base does not come in good contact with the CPU then the cooling power is being wasted. Using extra thermal compound may help, but will not provide the performance that a flatter heatsink would."

More information on this review can be found here.
USB Flash Round-up @ SoundCardCentral
"These attractive, portable, and increasingly affordable storage devices are what will replace the floppy. The three we\'ll be looking at today come supplied from three different companies and each have their own distinct look. This definately won\'t be a long review, however I will give you a good look at these three USB flash drives and what you can expect from others out there on the market if you\'re out looking for one yourself."

More information on this review can be found here.
InCoder Slim Metal Combo Drive @ Techware Labs
"The InCoder Slim Metal Combo Drive is no ordinary CD burner. The design is impeccable with solid, substantial feet that mount nice and tight to keep this unit fully upright. The slimline incoder won't lay down until you tell it too, and when it does, it has a thin silicon anti-vibration pad to keep it nice and comfy. So, take it with you if you need your burner on the go. USB and FireWire cables are supplied so you can even impress you MAC friends or enemies. "

More information on this review can be found here.
SilenX 400W Power Supply Unit @ SystemCooling
"Power supply manufacturers have stepped up to the plate, offering units that can provide enough power for any needs, but as always, the enthusiast asks for more. We not only want a power supply that can supply the juice, we want it to do its job quietly. And quiet is the key word when describing the power supply we're looking at today, a 400W unit from a company called SilenX."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon 9800 All In Wonder Video Card Review @ Ascully.com
"Grab the remote and surf an unprecedented set of TV, DVD, audio and video features. With 128MB DDR memory and an 8-pixel pipeline, ALL-IN-WONDERr 9800 PRO delivers increased rendering power for faster, cinematic quality graphics. Filled with customizable home entertainment features, ALL-IN-WONDERr 9800 PRO is the engine behind cutting-edge gaming, broadcast and PC entertainment."

More information on this review can be found here.
Serial ATA Drives Shoot Out @ HardwareZoom
"The Seagate 7200.7 and Maxtor DM+9 with 80GB platter plus Serial ATA has trashed its 60GB pre-successor with Parallel ATA interface. We believe that the performance gain is because of higher platter density and not the interface. Serial ATA gives you 50% more bandwidth than ATA100, but the drive may not be able to make full use of the bandwidth. As you can see from the results above, the average read speed is less than 50MB/s, which is only one-third of what Serial ATA provides."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair 1GB TwinX-4000 Memory @ ipKonfig
"Power is great, stability is great. Place those two together and you get memory modules from Corsair Memory, and they're what we're looking at this time. But rather than just being memory that does the job, these go much further. Corsair's latest memory modules plunge in at 500MHz of DDR speed, with decent latency timings as well. As we've seen with Corsair's TwinX, which are rigorously tested for Dual Channel DDR motherboards, lower latency is a key factor for a more stable Dual Channel DDR memory module--that is for right now, at least. It's a company that's well known mostly because of speed, and workmanship. Most all gamers find them to be some of the best performance memory of choice. I personally have been a huge fan of Corsair memory for quite some time. I've even had the pleasure of meeting some of the individuals that work at Corsair Memory as well. It's a great company that cares about its customers, and those like myself who test their products. So without further ad, here's the worlds fastest memory: XMS4000!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TWINX1024-3700 Review @ 3dXtreme
"Today 3dXtreme has the great pleasure of reviewing Corsair's new XMS3700 TwinX memory. Our review will look at the 1 GB package containing two hand tested 512 meg sticks of ram..."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LANPARTY PRO875 CANTERWOOD @ Hexus.net
"The DFI's Canterwood heritage and name will count against it when considered in relation to a number of excellent Springdale boards that have flooded the market recently. It's hard to justify spending the extra £30 when certain Springdales, equipped with new BIOSes, manage to beat out the vast range of Canterwoods. What's worse is that a reasonable percentage of these i865PE boards carry the same feature set as the more expensive i875P's. However, if you're after a Canterwood that's a little different to the rest, the DFI 875PRO LANPARTY PRO875 may just be for you. Highly recommended."

More information on this review can be found here.
Project StratoBox : An EPIA Mod Journey @ VH
"I thought of many different ideas for the case designs at this stage but I wanted to get away from the squarish look of the Project Black Qube altogether. And while talking to my buddy Calvin about it (he was also thinking of a case design for his own custom rig), he gave me an idea of an outer and inner shell for the case. The outer shell would just be a cover for the case with no real modification or work done to it. The inner shell would be the part where all the hardwares would be located. He wanted to build a slim case but with the hardwares that I had in hand, no way a slim case would be able to house all of them so I basically "modified" his idea and came up with what you're about to see here."

More information on this project can be found here.
MSI 865PE Neo2-FIS2R Review @ MBReview
"The MSI 865PE Neo2-FIS2R offers some serious performance, especially when run in "Ultra-Turbo" mode. You'll need some real high quality, high performance RAM to run in this mode, but it's well worth it for the added performance. The overclocking capabilities of the 865PE Neo2-FIS2R rival that of the IS7-G, and actually best the IS7-G by a small margin. I haven't seen a motherboard to date that offers the voltage selections that the 865PE Neo2-FIS2R bring to the table."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xoxide X-Turbine Case Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"You can tell at first glance that the X-Turbine is set up to be a high flow case. What immediately grabs your attention are the two 80mm case fans. These two fans are blue tri-lighted LED fans that come included with the X-Turbine. The wire grill work over the fans will do a great job at keeping fingers and pencils out of the fans but as for dust... not so much."

More information on this review can be found here.
BeanTech BT-85 Prisma Prime Acrylic Case @ Tech-Mods.net
" Ok, now in the pictures above the front of the case, from the bottom you'll find three different ports. Two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire port. People are looking for conveyance and speed, this case provides conveyance and speed for those high data throughput devices. To take advantage of this FireWire port you'll either have to have a FireWire card or a motherboard which has a FireWire port built in. The reason is, the port on the front of this case must be plugged into an existing FireWire port just like an extension cord. The USB 2.0 ports plug directly into the motherboard. Most motherboards these days have support for additional USB ports.. "

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Centurion Case Review @ GruntvillE
"No surprise, there is an opening for the PSU (not included) at the top. Above the PSU, is one plastic thumbscrew to hold the top panel in place. I think Cooler Master must have been trying to save a few cents here with this plastic cream colored thumbscrew. In my opinion, it's kinda cheesy. One aluminum thumbscrew would be an easy replacement for this plastic thumbscrew, and it would look a lot less tacky. Even a black plastic thumbscrew would have a little more appeal. Under the opening for the PSU is an 80mm fan hole for rear exhaust (fan not included). The holes for the opening are shaped like fan blades, which I also think is different, though it's somewhat prohibitive to airflow. Of course, this could be easily fixed with a dremel."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, July 19, 2003
Akasa Solid LED Case Fan @ Think Computers
"We have a seen clear fans, color LED fans, multi-color LED fans, the list goes on. We have not really seen anything different in a while. What we are about to look at today is a bit different. The Akasa fans we are going look at have a solid colored fan with LEDs on the outside."

More information on this review can be found here.
SVC 80mm UV LED Fans Review @ Milhailtech
"As with other fans the LEDs are mounted around the perimeter of the casing, but this is where the similarity ends. The Vantec fans had their LEDs pointing in the same direction as the side they were mounted on (as in parallel to that side). Because of this there was also a slit to allow for the light to travel in one direction, only to be bent by the spinning blades. Here the story is different. The LEDs are mounted at what appear to be 45 degree angles with no slits, so the beam is already "bent" before it even hits the blades, once again creating a slightly different effect."

More information on this review can be found here.
Custom Built Acrylic Case Guide @ Overclockers.com
"Many have made modifications to their case to make it look cool. Others have made mods to just cool it down. One thing who don't see often is one that does both. I have attempted to make a custom case that is both affordable ND is one that will cool down a system without any trouble at all for around $100."

More information on this guide can be found here.
D-TEK White Water Blocks @ Lux-Design


"MTB has received word that the popular D-TEK White Water Blocks will be hitting Lux-Design on Monday July 21st, 2003. Two versions will be available, the standard aluminum top and the new poly top. Quantities are limited, so if you into water cooling its best to pre-order yours today.

The White Water CPU waterblock design brings revolutionary levels in water-block performance to the main-stream market by drawing upon a number of techniques to offer an extremely efficient CPU cooling implementation. Tailored for today’s and the future trends in CPU’s, it focuses purely on cooling such CPU’s without compromise, including bare-die CPU’s, and CPU’s that utilise an integrated heat spreader. The White Water uses serveral techniques to achieve its outstanding performance."

More information on this product can be found here.
Vastech 2 Port KVM Review @ ExtensionTech
"If you do computer repair or just need a KVM for testing purposes, then I would say this is the KVM for you. I mean this is the cheapest KVM I have seen yet! It functioned as it should have, and gave me no problems. It's very small in size, and it would fit most anywhere."

More information on this review can be found here.
X-Micro APEX Flash Stick 128MB @ Tweakers Australia
"We can see here that these devices offer the user an easy and convenient way to transport data, and come in many sizes to suit different tastes. Certainly there is a price to pay for that convenience, as CD-R media is quite inexpensive today and a CD-R burner is a very common piece of hardware found in most (even OEM) computers - including laptops."

More information on this review can be found here.
Altec Lansing XA3051 5.1 Speaker System Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Altec Lansing XA3051 5.1 Speaker System offers 56 watts of total continuous power with 4 satellites, center and a subwoofer. While there is no wireless remote control, there is a wired digital controller included. This system is very easy to setup and has great overall sound at a very reasonable price."

More information on this video review can be found here.
PalitDaytona GeForce FX 5200 Ultra 128MB Review @ Bjorn3D
"You can easily see where the strength in the FX5200 Ultra is. The Ti4200 is able to take the FX5200 Ultra hands down in tests without AA or anisotropic filtering, but the FX5200 Ultra begins to turn the tides when the settings are cranked up."

More information on this review can be found here.
Compro VideoMate TV Gold+ TV Tuner Card Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"Compro VideoMate TV Gold+ is an easy to use TV capture card, with a handy remote and a fairly comprehensive package. The biggest selling point of this card is the ability to turn on/off PC based on user's recording schedule. This is a very useful feature for those who do not have PC on for 24/7."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-7VT600-L: VIA KT600 Review @ Techseekers
"The performance is good at both 166MHz and 200MHz but just not good enough to beat the nForce2. There is a definite improvement over the KT400 range and is evident in games and memory throughput. The fact that the KT600 is only single channel doesn't hinder the board much at all, and in fact belittles the much hyped Dual Channel of the nForce2 chipset. The board lacks multiplier control and the CPU voltage options are fairly limited, allowing you to increase the Core voltage by percentage of the original voltage. When overclocking the proper FSB/PCI dividers are not selectable, nor are the PCI / AGP bus frequencies locked which limits overclocking at any frequency because the AGP and PCI buses will be out of specification before you reach the limits of your CPU or even the chipset itself."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax UC-A3FATR2B Fan Controller Review @ Envy News
"Fan Controllers - you know them, you might even use them. They are those case bay products with switches or dials that slow your noisy fans down or shut them off. The premise is you are able to use your computer quietly while writing reports, but when you need maximum cooling power for things like gaming, you turn your fans on/up even though it is a bit noisy. Most are 5.25-inch bay products, but few have occupied the spot where your 3.5-inch floppy drive used to be. Enter the Enermax 3.5-inch Fan Controller."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master AeroGate I Fan Controller Review @ System Cooling
"Recently, we have introduced you to a number of new and innovative Cooler Master Controllers, starting with the Musketeer and a few days ago the AeroGate II. We started with these because they offered much more than what had been previously offered in fan controllers. Today we'll introduce you to Cooler Master's (straight) high quality fan controller the AeroGate I."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aquatec Blue Ice Review @ OCAddiction
"Also included is a small manual and a small pack of white silicone grease. The small manual gave absolutely no instructions for mounting the heatsink to a socket A motherboard. I found that to be quite disappointing. To attach the 2 spring-and-screw clip, I had to remove the copper fin block to gain enough clearance to screw the two clips to the aluminum base. This process of the installation required a little thinking. I had to carefully remove the copper fin block. Once the copper fin block was removed however, antifreeze spilled quite easily."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, July 18, 2003
Cooler Master Aero 7+ CPU Cooler Review @ Bjorn3D
"The Cooler Master Aero 7+ is not without flaws, but it's a good performer and if you are looking for a CPU cooler that is both quiet and suitable for overclocking your Athlon, you should certainly consider this unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 153B 15 Inch Black LCD Monitor Review @ Tweaknews.net
"For a budget monitor, the 153B is no slouch in the feature or performance department. With a release price supposedly going to be in the US$250-$325 range depending on the retailer and availability. Add in the fact that it includes speakers and can be adjusted for longer document viewing and you would have the recipe for a smart, cost effective LCD purchase."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI TV Wonder VE Remote Control Edition @ Viper Lair
"As for this TV tuner card in comparison with the TV wonder USB edition, we can see a slight improvement. Since you'll be using a monitor don't expect a crystal clear image in full screen mode, but it'll still turn out pretty good. In windows mode the quality is perfect, which even surprised me! You can constantly work with the application and it won't lag, only when you have an application minimized and you maximize it that you're going to see interference in your TV windows screen."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GV-R96P128D Radeon 9600Pro 128MB VGA Review @ Overclockers NZ
"In terms of the card itself (Gigabyte R9600Pro), I would say that Gigabyte did an acceptable job on manufacturing and packaging. The card's overclocking potential is a lot better than Gigacube's R9600Pro, with a maximum clock of 506C/702M."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeIL Golden Dragon PC3200 Review @OCAddiction.com
"I was able to run the Golden Dragon PC3200 Dual Channel at 280MHz front side bus with a 5:4 CPU:Memory ratio CAS 2.5-7-4-4 Game Accelerator set to Auto and at 293MHz front side bus with a 3:2 CPU:Memory ratio CAS 2-6-3-3 and Game Accelerator set to Street Racer. I could not run this memory at the F1 Game Accelerator setting or at CAS 2-5-2-2 even at the default 200MHz bus speed. These settings were verified stable with Memtest86 v3.0."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TWINX512-3700 Review @ Techseekers.net
"If you have been following the reviews of recent Canterwood and Springdale boards like I have, you will very quickly find out that the majority of them are excellent overclockers. It is not uncommon to achieve quite a substantial increase in performance just by raising the FSB speed alone. This is the market at which these Corsair modules are aimed. As we found out in previous memory reviews here on Techseekers.net, particularly in the last two, that low latency memory timings becomes less and less important the higher up in FSB speed you go. To cover this market Corsair has brought out some new memory modules to allow you to reach the dizzy heights of high FSB."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC3700 Gold Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
"We decided to skip the performance benches at 200 fsb with our 2.8c. This memory is built for overclocking, and though we could have run at 200fsb with a 4:5 or 3:4 divider, that is not where this ram shines, so we started right out at 233fsb, which gives us 466ddr using 2-3-6-3 timings, the rated speed for this memory..."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingmax SuperRAM 512MB DDR400 @ Legion Hardware
"From a value stance these Kingmax modules are excellent, offering an abundance of memory at a very low cost. However, these modules simply cannot be used as an alternative to products such as the Corsair XMS memory modules. I found with the Kingmax modules there was a greater need to adjust memory timings to increase stability on a wide range of motherboards. There may be boards that these modules will run DDR400 at CAS 2.5 with tight settings, though regrettably the ASUS P4C800 Deluxe is not one of these boards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Boogie Bug Tuluz Mini Disco Review @ DV Hardware
"Last two-three years we have been overwhelmed with new modding products. Some of these things like fan controllers were things that the real modders first made themself, and later manufactors started to offer these things. Other things like Cold Cathodes are also very useful to light up your case. But also we have seen some products which are not really usefull, and only cool to use for a few times. And I feel the product we are going to review today is one of those."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Nexus NXP-301 Fan & Light Controller Review @ OCIA
"There are three fan controllers from left to right. I like the quality of this controller. When the fan controller knob is set off there is no leakage, the fan is off. The 4th knob from left to right is the light control. If you look closely you can see a speaker icon on top of the controller. Yes this controller can be set to being sound sensitive. I also liked the green led glow surrounding the knobs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Romtec TRIOS II Mutli-Drive Selector @ SystemCooling
"Welcome to TRIOS. The Romtec TRIOS II is a second generation high-tech A-B-C switchbox for IDE devices. The original TRIOS is probably best known for its ability to select between any one of three connected hard disk drives (HDD) at the push of a button. This allows running three separate operating systems on one machine without the complexity of setting up multiple partitions on one drive and the possibility of cross-partition corruption."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li Aquarium Side Panel @ Pimprig
"I, for one, love the panel with the design reversed. The only downfall I am monitoring is the moisture vent in the inside of the case now. So far she seems pretty dry and I haven't noticed any condensation inside. It's not that big of a pressure and change in internal humidity of the case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec NXP-201 Fan Controller Review @ ExtensionTech.net
"There are currently many fan controllers on the market. Some of them sport a lightshow of LED's, knobs, and buttons, while others are plain, simple, and just do the job of quieting down case fans to a bearable level. The Vantec NXP-201 is one of Vantec's older fan controller offerings, but it has stuck around amidst fancier controllers and held its own. Today we'll take a look at the NXP-201 and see just why it has lasted so long in a market where newer products constantly shuffle and fade out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li PC37 Review @ Hexus.net
"The external appearance of the PC37 is unique as the case is designed for people who want to have maximum usage of the drive bays but still remain small in size. I can't think of another case that has 5 x 5? inch drive bays yet only measures 365mm high."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax X-Point CS-528 Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews.net
"For the price of ~US$65, you really can't ask for more. It includes a 300 watt power supply, it has a removable motherboard tray, and best of all, it has a side window. Until now, I only thought these characteristics were housed in cases that were valued in the US$100 and up price-point."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xoxide Clear UV Acrylic Case @ Nexus Hardware
"If you like to show off your hardware and a window just doesn't cut it; you need a clear case. Xoxide has added a new twist to clear case production. Xoxide has made their case out of UV reactive acrylic."

More information on this review can be found here.
SVC Quad UV LED Fans Review @ GruntvillE.com
"As you notice from the pic there are two very obvious differences in these fans. First, the SVC fans does not have the LED band wrapped the outside. SVC choose to wire there fans directly to each LED. This allows the entire fan to glow and radiate light. Secondly, the SVC is much darker and a more pronounced green. These fans are a much deeper color than I am used to seeing and that's a good thing.

As far as air flow goes, 36 CFM is a very respectful output. After putting 2 of these fans in a case, the overall temp didn't decrease but it didn't increase either. These fans are also noticeably quieter than my old ones. They also put out more CFMs.more powerful and less noise."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nexus NXP-301 @ HiTechMods
"Vantec has been in the modding market for a while now and have always created new and unique products. Fan controllers have been available for a long time, but most new products that come out are relatively the same, they only adjust the speed of fans. Vantec has now combined fans and lights to create the NXP-301. This fan and light controller not only adjusts up to three fan's speed, but it also contains a built in dual cathode inverter and control for the lights."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chieftec MG-01BDU Mid Tower @ Hard Tecs 4U
"On the back there is a further innovation: One does not only see the two 80mm ventilator openings, but a large punched air passage for a 92mm exhaust - the trend to larger exhausts holds on: - to any more). One can let this 92mm exhaust very slow run then on 7V and one keeps still an acceptable air volume, which a comparable 80mm exhaust could not reach with 7V no more. In addition the source of noise on the back of the housing was thus minimized on half ..."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin KT-424 @ OCC
"The lower drive cage sports something I haven't seen before. Notice how the HDD mounting holes each have a rubber grommet in them. There grommets dampen out any vibration and subsequently noise your hard drive may make if otherwise attached directly to the metal of the rack. Every little bit helps you know."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, July 17, 2003
Crownhill Serial Graphics LCD Review @ enScape
"Crownhill generously supplied this item for review after we found it on their website. The kit basically includes everything you need to get it connected to the PC and powered up. After that, depending how you want to use it, you may either need to do a bit of programming or use some of the software that Crownhill supply separately."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TwinX512-3200LL DDR Memory Review @ 8BallsHardware
"Corsair isn't a new name to the market, as they've been around for quite some time providing consistently high quality memory modules for the discerning computer user. Corsair isn't exactly an old name around here either, as we have had the opportunity to check out their products before, namely the XMS3500 and XMS3200 memory modules in our last memory roundup. This time, we check out some Dual Channel loving with the Corsair TwinX512-3200LL DDR Memory."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aqualia Water Cooling Kit Review @ Techno Yard
"Want to get your hands on a water cooling kit that can be installed in under 15 minutes. Look no further, the Aqualia water cooling kit is a all in one solution which is easy on your pocket and a snap to install."

MTB had mixed reviews on this product, here is our comparison review. More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Review @ GruntvillE
"ATI has made some great improvements to this card over the 9700Pro. ATI is way ahead of the game, pun intended, when it comes to being prepared for next-generation games. They've gone above and beyond what's required for DX9 and have dubbed it DX9++ compatible. One can only assume it SHOULD make it through all the DX9 revisions OR it's just marketing hype. Marketing confuses most, but the reason I make this statement is nVidia claims that their cards are DX9+ compatible. Coincidence? Maybe."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax UC-A07FATR2 Multifunction Panel Review @ Mikhailtech
"Blister pack opened, you'll find a complete kit. One problem that arises with these types of devices but is unavoidable is cable clutter. Anything short of a full tower and you'll have to spend some quality time tucking away cables to keep up the airflow. The contents consist of the unit itself (featuring two 3-pin plugs, a pair of flat thermal probes and a pass-through 4-pin molex connector for main power), two USB wires, two audio wires, a Firewire plug, bag of screws for mounting, a PCI bracket for feeding the wires around back, three zip ties to help
with the cable organization, and an easily read manual."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soltek SL-KT400A-L KT400A Motherboard Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"Well, I am sorry to disappoint you, boys and girls, but the Soltek SL-KT400A-L is no match for the nF2 boards. It surely is faster than Soltek's KT-400 motherboard, 75FRV L, but it is lagging behind when comparing to other nF2 solutions, including Soltek FRN2."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle AB60RS Springdale Review @ Hexus.net
"Shuttle's task is a difficult one. Because they're not as well known in the U.K as, say, ASUS or ABIT, they have to make their boards better than these truly established names if they're to be considered as possible purchasing material. The AB60RS is another fine, stable motherboard with a limited BIOS."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax CS-5281X-Br Case Review @ The Tech Zone
"I knew, from reading up on the case, that this would not be a workstation case, and it is clearly geared for the DIY gamer and enthusiast market, even for some LAN party goers. I unpacked the box and found the case to be extremely light. It’s an aluminum construction, with an acrylic window through which to peer onto the motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
V-Tech XRAY Mid Tower Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The V-Tech XRAY Mid Tower Case has a stylish look, window with LED fan, up to 5 fans for great air circulation and a 400 watt Power Supply is included. While most new motherboards will fit into this case it does not have a removable motherboard tray. Also, the case is steel so it's on the heavy side but that keeps the price down and considering what is included it has great value."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Nexus iStyle Quiet PC Case Review @ The ModFathers
"Silent equipment is not new to the computing field, Zalman have been very successfully marketing the CNPS for years now. But until now you couldn't find a decent enough case to house it in. There are some great cases that are silent but none with the looks to brag about."

More information on this review can be found here.
1st Anniversary Sale @ VoyeurMods


"MTB has received word that VoyeurMods is currently celebrating their 1st year anniversary. Right now there is huge sale with a ton of savings on a few selected items. The sale ends Sunday July 20th, all specials are while supplies last. Here is a list of what is currently up for grabs:

-VEXX Modded Cases $52.00
-ALL Lazer LED's $5.50
-1/4 inch Sleeving-ALL $0.25 per foot
-FraggPad LAG with free appliqué $18.95
-Typhoon Quad Reservoir $29.95
-ClearFlex Tubing $0.99 a foot
-Hose Clamps $0.45 each (All Colors)
-Any and All Appliqués $6.50
-Aluminum Thumbscrews $0.55 - Any Color
-120mm UV Fans (Any Color) $5.50

Congrats to Brian and Crew for passing their first year. More information on this sale can be found here.
Wednesday, July 16, 2003
Hardware Price Index Update @ The Tech Zone
"The Tech Zone has update their Hardware Price Index for Tuesday, July. 15th. Not much movement in prices this week. More hardware went up in price than down so you may want to keep an eye on your favorite piece of equipment. A great deal right now is the P4 2.66, which at $196.00, is selling for less than P4 2.5!"

Check out the full index here.
Internet Connection Sharing on the Cheap @ PirateSoftware.org
"I used to sit on various forums before starting Pirate Software and I still do. One of the most commonly asked questions that I had seen on there relating to networking was: "My mum / dog / sister / girlfriend / giant rat has another computer that I've networked up to mine. How do I share the Internet between the two computers?". Then as if by magic, we'd have a queue of people telling him how to do it with the most amount of money available possible. But surely there's an easier way? Well yes, there is. Today, I'll be telling you how to set up a shared Internet connection cheaply and easily on a Windows based network."

More information on this guide can be found here.
JBL Invader Self Powered Multimedia Speakers Review @ Computer Critics
"JBL's Creature series speaker systems made a big splash with Mac users last year. Now find out how the Invader, their newest addition PC-compatible 4.1 stereo surround sound Invader system, performs against a pretty tough critic."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spode's Abode : Speeze Give Away
"Over at Spode's Abode, you can win one of 3 Speeze top-end coolers. Just a forum post is needed!"

Giveaway details can be found here.
OCZ Gold PC3700 @ 520MHz CL2 DDR @ Extreme Overclocking
Not really a review in itself, but rather some great results with an Asus P4C800 Deluxe and OCZ's Gold PC3700 Dual Channel DDR.

Check out the benchmarks here.
Dual Format DVD-Writers Round Up @ HardwareZoom
"For reading of CD media, both Iomega & TDK were faster than Sony in all read test by as much as 30%. This is justifiable because TDK is capable of 40x read while Sony is only capable of 32x. However, for DVD+/-R media, Sony was faster than Iomega & TDK by 6%. For DVD+/-RW and DVD-Video media, Iomega & TDK were faster than Sony by as much as 88%. This is mainly due to the fact that CAV reading method was used by Iomega & TDK."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xabre 200 Graphics Card Review @ RipNet-UK
"The Xabre Chipset family are all directx 8.1 compliant, and support the new 8x AGP bus, which should lend itself well to high performance gaming. we have been kindly given by ECS to review the Xabre 200 version. The Xabre is a product designed to directly compete with the nvidia Geforce 4 MX and upwards series of cards. Unlike the Geforce MX the Xabre is fully DirectX 8.1 compliant, which means it will take full advantage of the latest DX8.1 complaint 3D games. DX8.1 Adds Pixel shading, which gives 3D objects greater depth and detail, making those flesh eating zombies look all the more real."

More information on this review can be found here.
SiS 648FX Reference Board @ ASE Labs
" The 648FX is SiS' latest single channel Pentium 4 chipset. I take the reference board out for a spin and see how it performs. Read more to find out. "

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek A350TDH MyViVO Edition 128MB GeForce FX5900 VGA Review @ Overclockers NZ
"There is nothing special about Leadtek A350TDH, standard PCB and heatsink are used; it is just a standard Nvidia FX5900 graphics card. At its current price (~$800NZ), Leadtek A350TDH is one of the cheapest FX5900 around and should compete quite well with ATi's R9800Pro 128MB."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake's X Blower @ TechTastic
"Today we're looking at Thermaltake's new cooling solution kit the X Blower, which includes 2 fans and a dual fan speed controller. The fans aren't your typical variety either, one is a new version of the smartfan 2 and the other is the radically different designed Blower fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen AX4C Max i875P Intel Pentium 4 Motherboard Review @ A1 Electronics
"The AOpen AX4C Max motherboard is well thought out with all the necessary connections well placed, including space between the DDR memory slots and AGP slot. For a difference the Battery is fitted upright along the left edge of the motherboard.
Again good to see a fan assisted chipset heatsink and there is a heatsink fitted to an essential power MOSFET just above it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master AeroGate II @ SystemCooling
"AeroGate II is Cooler Master's new 5.25" bay thermal controller that gives you the ability of adjusting and monitoring 4 different temperature areas of your computer; CPU, VGA, HDD and CASE. You not only have control of and vital information but you do it all in absolute style."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Nexus NXP-205-BK Fan Controller Review @ Modtown
"Following the specification and looks of its bigger 'older brother', the NXP-201, the NXP-205-BK has been designed to fit perfectly into a spare 3.5" floppy bay and is constructed of shaped piece of black aluminium (a silver aluminium version is also available) combined with a bright blue LED backlight, that glows in a ring shape around each individual knob when the fan controller is powered..."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aqualia Water Cooling Kit @ Technoyard
"Want to get your hands on a water cooling kit that can be installed in under 15 minutes. Look no further, the Aqualia water cooling kit is a all in one solution which is easy on your pocket and a snap to install."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax CS-10181 Black Case @ OCAddiction
"I honestly don't even know where to start on this category as there are so many things that I think warrant mentioning, most of 'em are even good! I'm just gonna randomly throw them at cha rapid fire like.. Let's do it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crazy PC Lian Li Stealth Case @ Nexus Hardware
"The computer modification industry has grown to immense proportions. It has matured to the point where it is absolutely bloated with products. For us, interest in modding started to fade when we could drive to the local CompUSA and choose from a variety of cold cathodes, laser cut fan grills, and LED fans. No longer is modding a sign of elitist computer enthusiasm, it's merely another market exploited to its absolute max. Therefore, finding a modification product that truly impresses us is rare. However, today we have found that rare product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, July 15, 2003
RageCage: 2U Server Mod Project @ TechJuice
"Since this will be an on going mod there will be lots of updating and process pics over the next few months. We are going to start with the basics and work our way to being a unique mod and not the run of the mill windows and lights sorta case mod. Plans for this case include, a window in the top and lighted fans with temp controllers as well as a custom paint job."

More information on this project can be found here.
Chenming AL-301KEGN Aluminum Case Review @ OcPrices
"Behind a flap just below the door on the front panel are two USB ports and an IEEE 1394 port. The case does not use cables that run through to the back and behind the case to attach to the motherboard’s external USB and FireWire ports as some other cases do. Instead, its cables attach directly to the motherboard’s headers, which would be useful if your board didn’t come with an expansion plate for the extra ports."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek WaterChill GPU & NB Cooling Kit Review @ VR-Zone
"A couple of weeks ago, we received the Waterchill kit from Asetek, the makers of the famous Vapochill systems. In that review, we found the kit to perform wonderfully with just the CPU load and hence it managed to score well in our tests. The Waterchill radiator has been rated up to 400W and it's with great pleasure that we are now able to test it. Today, we'll take a look at the Waterchill GPU and Chipset waterblocks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire SP420B8 CopperStream Heatsink Review @ DVHardware
"Things that can really make a difference in performance is the design of a heatsink, pins and fins all try to make the contact surface with air as big as possible and how bigger the surface how more it can spread his heat and copper does this better. Another very important thing is the fan, a powerfull fan will draw the heat away much faster than a weak fan. Also a good contact between the CPU and heatsink is important! Lapping or thermal compounds are used to make the surface as flat as possible. So between Copper, Aluminium with Copper base and Aluminium heatsinks with exactly the same design and fan the Copper one will be the best, and the Aluminum one the worst. But the difference will only be a few degrees."

More information on this review can be found here.
Auravision EluminX Illuminated Keyboard Review @ Ascully.com
"The AuravisionT Illuminated Keyboard is a computer keyboard with internal luminescence using EluminXT technology. The first commercially available computer keyboard that remains totally visible in the dark or low-lit workspaces."

More information on this review can be found here.
Jazz J9938 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Jazz J9938 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System is an ideal setup for most people's audio needs offering 5.1 Channel Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Surround Pro Logic II & AAC. It also has 45 watts of total power and is magnetically shielded. The overall sound quality is good and it's well priced."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Thermaltake Silent Powerpower 480w Power Supply Review @ Think Computers
"How important is a power supply to you? Are you just a normal computer user, and its just the box that site there. Are you an overclocker, and you need more power to reach your best marks. Are you a case modder who wants a cool looking power supply. No which one you are there are many choices out there. Well today we will be looking at ThermalTake's Silent Purepower 480W Power Supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron Gigi Geforce FX5600EQ Review @ Monkey Review
"As you can see from the benchmark results, the Albatron Gigi FX5600EQ didn't really have the steam to deliver the kind of marks we had half expected to see. Something else that was realized during our testing was the lack of overclocking potential. We muscled with it for about an hour and the best that we were able to hit was a mere 331/410."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Sonata LifeStyle Series Tower Review @ Viper Lair
"While using this case I wanted to test it for three things: Ease of assembly/disassembly, cooling, and my personal taste on how the case looks. While using the case, I intentionally DID NOT look at the instruction manual in order to see how intuitively designed the Sonata is. Simply enough, if the case requires a huge manual to figure out how everything is installed, then there is a problem, and I wanted a case that could be easily used."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, July 14, 2003
LIUtilities SpeedUpMyPC @ Extreme Overclocking
Every windows user knows that over time windows seems to slow down. Taking longer to boot, random freezes & crashes, and sluggish overall performance, are all symptoms that we all experience over time, and usually the only cure is to do a fresh install of windows. This process can be particularly time consuming, having to re-install dozens of applications and reconfigure everything, not to mention the preparation needed in backing up critical data. In steps another nifty product by LIUtilities, this one is called SpeedUpMyPC. SpeedUpMyPC is meant to be an easy to use application that provides simple point-and-click functionality for a variety of tweaks as well as system monitoring."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 172W LCD Monitor Review @ SL Central
"LCD Monitors continue to improve picture quality, brightness and viewing angles, we got hold of the latest Samsung SyncMaster 172W LCD Monitor and put it to the test. Find out how we rated it and what makes it different from the rest in our official review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Silver Céramique Thermal Paste Review @ ExtensionTech.net
"All heat-producing elements in your computer that utilize a heatsink have some sort of thermal paste or adhesive between the chip and the heatsink. First it was the CPU, but GPU's and northbridge heatsinks soon followed. The point of thermal paste (some manufacturers use thermal adhesive instead) is to remove any air between the heatsink and chip, and filling those microscopic pockets with thermal paste is the best way to do that. Let's take a look at Arctic Silver's newest addition to the thermal paste market, Céramique, and see if it can hold up and even beat its predecessor, Arctic Silver 3."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Keyboard Q @ Envy News
"I believe it was Fernando, portrayed on Saturday Night Live by Billy Crystal, who said, "It is better to look good than to feel good". Now I can not speak for the rest of you, but it seems like there is an abundance of high-tech gadgets out there that follow this mantra. Take keyboards for example - backlit, aluminum, wireless, cordless, transparent, and chock full of multimedia controls. In line with this statement, we take a look at the Cooler Master Keyboard Q, which may prove Fernando wrong..."

More information on this review can be found here.
Everglide Giganta Optical Mouse Pad Review @ Xtrememods.com
"Today we look at Everglide's amazing new series of optical mouse mats, coming in nicely with our series of input device reviews, this product is designed to take the stress of mouse movement from your hands. With the growing demand of optical mice, providing us with more precise work and gaming, however not all mouse mats or desk surfaces are up for the job performance being the limiting factor. This is where Everglide comes into the equation, they bring you a new product designed specifically for Optical Mice to sort these problems out and they sure have done a good job of it!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master's CoolDrive 3 @ Tech-Dreams
"It's summer time -- the season known for longer days, high temperatures, skimpy clothes, and heaps of air conditioning. For computer enthusiasts, it is the season to make sure their PC hardware -- CPU, chipset, and video card are being adequately cooled. Regretfully, other components are often overlooked, namely the hard drive, which can get surprisingly hot. An overheated hard drive could potentially suffer from degraded performance, shortened life, or, in extreme cases, total failure."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Multi-function Panels @ System Cooling
"The device we're going to look at today, from Enermax, integrates all these functions and more in a package that fits in a standard 5.25" drive bay. Actually, we're going to look at two different Enermax offerings, but we'll get into more details on that later."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax UC-A5FATR2 Thermal Control Panel @ Tech-Dreams
"Noise. Heat. Both enemies of the personal computer. As a solution, modification devices like rheobuses and baybuses entered into the computer community. Their popularity rose as more and more users saw the usefulness of having a device that would allow them to control fan speed, which, to some extent, allowed them to control noise levels and the amount of heat building up inside the PC. As the majority of our readers probably know, a baybus has 3 settings - 12V, 7V, and Off. A rheobus, on the other hand, offers virtually infinite settings by using variable resistors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolermaster AERO 7+ HSF Review @ GruntvillE.com
"At first look, the heat sink looks like your typical copper base with skived fins, but one quickly notices the odd-shaped clear/aqua colored fan that sits atop. It is this unusual looking fan that sets the Aero 7+ apart from other cooling setups. Unlike the common axial type fans you'll find with most heat sinks, the Aero 7+ uses what's referred to as a blower fan, similar in design to what you'd find inside the housing of a turbo charger.

Now you may be asking yourself "How is it really better than a normal fan?", after all, a fan of any kind still just moves air right? Well, to explain it, let's first take a look at airflow movements created by each type of fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Xaser III Case Review @ Liquid Ninjas
"Need a new case? Can't be bothered to install fans your self? Want a fan speed controller with temperature monitoring? Then the Xaser III from Thermaltake may be right up your street. Thermaltake long known for their line of chillers and smart case fans have also started selling cases."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Bettle PSU Project @ The Modfathers
"One of the pleasures of modding is to take something, change it and make it do something completely different. It was whilst walking around my children's school fate that I saw this Beetle, which immediately caught my eye. Therefore at the cost of £1 and the use of a few bits I had lying around, welcome to Beetle Mania."

More information on this project can be found here.
VL System Lost In Space LCD Display Review @ TwistedMods
"While I had the chance to play with this setup for a couple of weeks, I really started to get a feel for it, its functionality, and other things that it lacked. I think that making a judgment on an LCD really comes down to how well the software was written. I did not have any problems with the software included with this LCD. It was fairly easy to use and install, however, I would have liked to be able to pick and choose specific items that were shown, instead of having to activate an entire tab."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC-3700 GOLD Dual Channel Memory Review @ Hexus
"This review's primary objective was to investigate whether OCZ's impressive claims held true. It's nice when products work just as they were intended to. OCZ's EL DDR PC-3700 Gold memory is about as good as we've seen if high RAM MHz is your thing. The next real performance step, we feel, is to have PC3700 speeds with 2-6-2-2 timings. Is any memory manufacturer brave enough to oblige us ?????."

More information on this review can be found here.
Exotic Wood Crafts Madrone Burl Case Review @ Virtual Hideout
"They started as steel, then aluminum, and now increasing in popularity, acrylic. But what about wood? Modders and custom PC builders, being a more youthful and technologically advanced genre have desired a more modern style, which has translated into the case industry predominantly conforming to the sleek and modern style of steel, aluminum, and acrylic cases. Since the concept of a case being more than just a bulky beige box is relatively new, there never really has been a market for a traditionally styled wooden case. I'm not saying that this is a totally foreign concept; there are currently a few imitation wood cases covered in a wood design overlay, or even some with a painted wood design. But, from what I can tell, this is the first of its kind."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Platinum PC3200 EL DDR Review @ Overclocer Cafe
"In an effort to build on to its success, OCZ has put out a "Platinum" version of their PC3200 RAM. The difference is, the Platinum version sports, as they phrase it, "hand picked" 4.5ns OCZ memory chips. I'm not exactly sure what hand picked means since the only hand picking I can do is with apples."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Hydrocool 200 @ Bjorn3d
"One of the best features of Hydrocool 200 are the quick connect non-drip hoses. When detaching a hose from the main unit, very little water is lost. I was able to move the system from one room to another without losing, or worrying about losing, any of the water. This will help anyone who takes their PC with them. Whether it's from one room to another, or to a LAN party, this system is very portable."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TwinX Dual Channel PC3200 XMS RAM Kit Review @ OCIA
"Corsair has been a major player in the memory industry for as long as I can remember (late '98). In this short time, I have seen and heard nothing but good things about them. If you remember, we took a look at their 256 MB PC3500 XMS stick a while back and left the review with grins from ear to ear. In the short time since our last Corsair review, many new products have been released in the computer industry. One of the most notable releases in recent times has been that of the Nforce 2 chipset, and more notably, Dual Channel DDR."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ 512mb PC3500 Dual Channel Optimized DDR Kit @ Tech-Dreams
"RAM is a very important part of a computer system. It is one of the main causes of system failures and instability so that is why buying and using high quality RAM is so essential to a quality system. Many times, when choosing RAM, a lot of people will stick with the "Yum-Cha" (vanilla) RAM and not think twice, but us overclockers, enthusiasts and `geeks in general` know that high quality RAM is the only pathway to a stable system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit IS7-G Review @ MBReview
"Abit's "Game Accelerator" technology adds a wealth of value to the IS7 and IS7-G motherboards. Performance at stock settings truly wasn't anything special at all. I was expecting to see the IS7-G put up some better numbers at stock settings, but I was a little disappointed to see it fall behind the D865PERL. When we kicked the IS7-G into "F1" mode, everything changed. The IS7-G then took complete control of the benchmarks and, in several cases, blew the rest of the competition out of the water."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek K7NCR18D Pro II Deluxe Limited review @ Hexus.net
"In the absence of pricing information, a bad decision or not, full marks to the Leadtek, a great end of era motherboard for the Athlon XP platform."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech 9CJS Zenith Motherboard Review @ ipKonfig
"There has been much anticipation about the release of the Intel i875P chipset; speed alone will make the Canterwood chipset one of the most heavily demanded in a long time. Chaintech's Zenith 9CJS, its latest Pentium 4 motherboard, takes advantage of this newest chipset. For those not familiar with the Zenith line of Chaintech products, these are the high end models. You will spend a few extra dollars, that's pretty much a given, but you get your money's worth. The Apogee line is the Chaintech mid-range, and the Summit the low-end. The motherboard we're looking at here, of course, is from the Zenith line, the Zenith 9CJS."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, July 12, 2003
NEW DawG PounD Giveaway @ GruntvillE
"This month we're offering up the crazy product from our friends at MADLights. We've recently reviewed these lights and they sure seem to be popular. I've never seen anything like them before and can certainly help you keep your case a little bit different from everyone else's rig. Hope to see all of you enter and qualify and we want to wish you all good luck!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
Hydor Seltz L20 Pump Preview @ GiBTEK
"As part of the "Slik Silver Project" I've been looking for a compact pump as the workhorse for this project. I had tried a Eheim 1250 pump at first, which is a well established pump for this purpose. But found it was little too powerful for a one block system. I then look at what was on the market that was small, quiet, inline and above all reliable. I then notice some reviews of these Hydor pumps breaking on the scene with some rave reviews."

More information on this preview can be found here.
H3003 Super Mini Optical Mouse Review @ Mikhailtech
"The connector is very small USB plug accompanied by a wire several times thinner than that found on most mice. Aside from left and right click is a scroll wheel which makes a soft but audible clicking sound when rotated. The bottom piece is tinted black plastic, so it is possible to see a red glow emanating from the mouse at night, though it's not very luminous. There are four plastic stubs that act as feet on the bottom, all of which is held together by a pair of tiny phillips head screws."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung 172B 17" LCD Review @ ExtensionTech
"Although this is an analog only LCD monitor, that does not take away from how it fared. I'm not trying to be biased and saying that analog monitors are just pure crap. Before I started reviewing them I thought this was true because a few reviews I've read seemed to downplay them quite a bit. "No digital input" said most of the reviews and it was quite clear that's where the monitor lost some points for the overall rating. I believe you have to judge an analog monitor based on what it will most likely be used for."

More information on this review can be found here.
Budget Video Card Showdown @ [H]ardOCP
"Browsing through the various PC hardware-related websites on the net, one finds no shortage of reviews of $300-$500 flagship graphics cards. However, one look at the sales breakdown for ATI or NVIDIA reveals that there is a shortage of buyers who will actually put that type of money on the table for a graphics card when compared to the rest of the market. As a result, these companies release a wide line of products in an effort to suit everyone’s taste for price and performance. Today, we will examine the latest "budget" graphics cards from ATI and NVIDIA to determine if you can really game on these cards or if the extra cost of the pricier models is warranted."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS V9950 GeForce FX5900 Review @ Hexus
"Assuming price being as close to £300 as possible, the ASUS has to get same plaudits as the MSI. It ships with a good bundle like the MSI, and performance was spot on."

More information on this review can be found here.

High End Workstation Chipsets Editorial

"So with AMD out of the high end workstation arena just now with nothing to really challenge a high end E7505 solution in terms of features or performance it's up to ServerWorks and Intel to provide you with products."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soltek SL-86SPE-L Motherboard Review @ Envy News
"Purple may not be our favorite color, but the Soltek SL-86SPE-L i865PE Intel mainboard has a lot of other things going for it! The best thing is inarguably its price tag, hovering around the 100 bones mark, and that's saying a lot for a Springdale mobo. As for the other cool additions, well, you will just have to click on the link and read the rest. Tested against an i845G system on a new 800MHz FSB P4C, a variety of RAM was used including Kingston HyperX PC3500."

More information on this review can be found here.

Crucial 6-in-1 USB Card Reader Review

"Whatever memory cards you have at home, Crucial is there with a solution in the form of their 6-in-1 USB Reader. This non-powered USB 1.1 compliant reader can accept any of six Flash memory card form-factors allowing you to combine any other readers you may have into this one unit. Reduce desktop clutter and save both desktop space and the battery life of your portable digital devices that you usually plug into the PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
iPC Mod Project @ HiTechMods
"I received a dead iMac for free and I could not get it working, could such a nice computer go to waste? no way! I decided to build a PC inside of the iMac case. My goal was to not make any modifications to the outside shell, and keep it looking stock as much as I could. The only hardware from the iMac that I used in the new computer was the 15 GB hard drive, and the cd-rom drive. Everything else I bought or already had."

More information on this project can be found here.
Abit NF7-S v2.0 Motherboard Review @ Liquid Ninjas
"In the past it was impossible to buy an integrated motherboard solution that actually performed well but that has all changed with the Nforce2 chipset, as it is now practical to use a motherboard with on board sound and LAN with no perceptible limitations to overclocking. This board is also one of the first to offer full DDR 400 compatibility meaning those with fast memory can really take advantage of the extra bandwidth. The locked and independently adjustable AGP bus is a great aid to the overclocker in the search of the ultimate clock speed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li PC-0716W Case & Aluminum Bezels Review @ System Cooling
"We've been on a roll showing you some of the best budget steel, aluminum and bi-metal chaise computer cases. Everything from Cooler Master's Centurion, Antec's Sonata and Athenatech's A747, today we are going to show you a budget aluminum case that will satisfy beginner and advanced user alike."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle XPC SB51G Review @ Whining Dog
"If you’ve been thinking about jumping into the Small Form Factor PC market, now is the time to do so. There are so many great options available to the computer enthusiast and the SB51G exemplifies that. Though the SB51G is no longer the top of the line XPC from Shuttle, it is by no means a slouch either."

More information on this review can be found here.
Acrylic Blue UV Reactive Computer Case Review @ Voided Warranty
"With case modding being a regular thing to allot of PC enthusiasts, adding a window to your case seems to be one of the first things to do. Why stop at just a window Acrylic cases aren't exactly new to the case modding scene but have become more and more popular in the last year."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, July 11, 2003
IceMat Mouse Surface @ Viper Lair
"The IceMat, whilst restricting your overall movement area suffers from none of the other problems, with the surface being almost frictionless yet still provides enough grip to be able to stop the mouse intentionally without loss of control, perhaps to make a head shot whilst sniping. Trying to explain the frictionless effect only brings to mind a cushion of air but yet the traction in both ball and optical mice is enough to be able to stop where you want and when you want with no sloppiness or overshooting the mark."

More information on this review can be found here.
Modders Mesh @ GruntvillE.com
"Modder's mesh isn't a normal case modding product in that it doesn't come packaged with a set of instruction's and mounting hardware. Instead, it is a cool looking material that you can use creatively to take your rig to the next level."

More information on this review can be found here.
Iomega DVD+RW Writer Review @ HardwareZoom
"There is only one green LED on the faceplate which lights up during reading or writing. However, the TDK Cyclone CD-writer has two LEDs which gives a clear indication of what is going on. Also, we have seen that the Sony and TDK Dual Format DVD writer do not come with any earphone jack and volume control but there is one for this Iomega writer. So for those of you who like to use your drives to play back CD, you will be delighted that this writer provides that extra feature. As for the eject button, it is protruded and sensitive, and is much easier to press than the TDK one."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax EG851AX-VH(W) FM PSU @ Envy News
"If you are a server administrator or have mission-critical workstation tasks, then this power supply might be right up your alley. It provides enough power to handle the biggest tasks and can withstand long periods of stress, with enough connections to easily handle large RAID arrays and cooling. Designed for large server cases, the EG851AX-VH(W) FM PSU has more physical depth than the average ATX case. Delivering 660W of pure power, this gold-colored behemoth would be an interesting addition to multi-processor servers and gaming dream machines."

More information on this review can be found here.

Enermax Whisper EG465P-VE FC PSU

"Enermax has decided to join in on the fun and we've got two power supplies in the labs to look at. In this review we'll be looking at the Whisper series of power supplies. The Whisper series makes use of two fans to cool the supply's internals as well as your computer. Unlike many other thermally controlled power supplies, the Enermax Whisper power supply gives you the option of controlling the power supply's fan speed yourself. If the room is cool or you're doing light work such as word processing, you can leave the fan at its lower 1500RPM speed. When it's time to enjoy some gaming, just turn the dial to the max and enjoy 3000RPM of cooling power."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax EG465P-VE(FC) Power Supply Review @ Bjorn3d
"One such example of a high quality power supply is the Enermax EG465P-VE FC. One of the highlights of this 460 watt power supply is that it automatically adjusts the fans' speeds based on the temperatures it measures. The bottom fan's speed is based on the temperature measured by a thermal sensor inside the power supply. However, the rear fan's speed is controlled by the temperature read by a thermal sensor that is attached to a short wire that can be placed anywhere it can reach to monitor the temperature at that location."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax EG365P-VE(FCA) 350W PSU Review @ OCAddiction
"Our multimeter readings were consistently greater than both spec and MBM average, and they remained within the ±4% (for 3.3V) and ±5% (for 12V and 5V) ranges. Ideally these readings should be as close to 12V, 3.3V, and 5V as possible, but in the real world this usually isn't the case. From an overclocker's POV, it's better to have higher power rails than lower to provide better voltage to components, and the EG-365P does exactly so."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC3200 EL DDR Dual Channel Memory @ Hexus.net
"First things first. The modules do exactly what they're specified to. The 2-2-3-6 timings caused no problems when tested in both AMD and Intel dual-channel motherboards. We're still not sure how valid certain manufacturers' claims are regarding optimisations for dual channel. All we can say is that the OCZ PC3200 EL DDR behaved impeccably through arduous testing"

More information on this review can be found here.
Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 200GB Review @ Bjorn3d
"The Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 200GB drive performance actually was better than I thought it would be. The only downside some people may find with the drive is you do hear the heads moving during operations. I for one though do not mind this. It may be the car freak in me, but it makes me feel like my system is doing some work and doing it fast when I can hear it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TwinX PC3200 Dual Channel DDR Memory Review @ Tweaknews.net
"After reading how well Corsair's memory was benchmarking and performing throughout all the reviews I have read over the past year, I had some high expectations for their memory. Was I let down? Not in the slightest."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gainward FX Powerpack Ultra/760XP 5600 Ultra Review @ TechSeekers
"At the time of purchase, I was aware of the FX5600 revision and inquired as to the revision of the card / GPU, stating that the newer GPU was much faster and I didn't want to be stuck with the old one. They told me that there was only one revision of this card, and that they had just got them in. "Foolado" me, decided to take a chance and order it. Unfortunately, they were wrong and when the card arrived it turned out to be the older 5600U core. In fact it turns out there are 2 versions of the Gainward 760XP and the newer one does have the 5600U core, and a Firewire card is bundled with it also. "

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K7N2 Delta-ILSR @ Viper Lair
"It wasn't till we got to 11x215 we got another BSOD during bootup of WindowsXP. Backing off to 11x210 in 1MHz increments and increasing voltage to 1.675v on the core got us stable again. At this point we lowered the Mulitplier down to 10.5, for a 10.5x 210 at which point we proceded to increase the FSB once again. By 10.5x 219 we still had no issues."

More information on this review can be found here.
Canterwood Double Shootout - Abit IC7-G vs Gigabyte 8KNXP @ Overclockers NZ
"The 8KNXP is a great board to work with and offers massive onboard functions. It is capable of catering a wide range of users and currently one of the fastest Canterwood motherboard on the market. 8KNXP is able to catch some mild overclockers and the overclocking result is satisfactory. However, for the overclockers on the extreme side, IC-7G is clearly a better choice."

More information on this review can be found here.
Clear Acrylic Case Review @ ThinkComputers
"As I said in many of my previous reviews case modding has been evolving so quickly. A lot of things are changing, especially cases. Cases are coming pre-modded with windows, fan controllers, etc. Well what could be better than a case with a window? How about an all clear case? Sounds cool right? Well these have been out for a while, and are very cool. Today we will be looking at one that you have to build unlike the Bean-Tech BT-84 case which we reviewed a while ago. So lets get this review started!"

More information on this review can be found here.
GigaByte GA-8S648FX Motherboard @ NextGen Electronics
"NextGen Electronics now checks in once again with GigaByte to see their newest motherboard, the GA-8S648FX, which supports the SIS 648FX and the SIS 963 AGPset chipset. Boasting 8X AGP, DDR 400+, Hyper-Threading Technology, and AC97 6-channel audio onboard, this is one motherboard that packs a punch - especially at under $100."

More information on this review can be found here.
GMC X-21 Trinity Case Review @ Mikhailtech
"After getting through the installation of the Sound Selector, actually using it is a walk in the park. Simply connect the speakers to the audio outs on the SS block, connect a pair of headphones to the front audio port, and everything is ready to go. Pressing the Sound Selector button on the front of the case switches between the speakers and the front audio jack. When the front audio jack is in use the Sound Selector button is backlit by a green led, making it easy to tell which audio output is active."

More information on this review can be found here.
First Look : Vantec Nexus NXP-301 Fan & Light Controller Review @ VH
"Vantec has done it once again with the NXP-301. Not only you get a rheobus to control your fans, they also included an Sound Activated inverter for the CCFL. And you get TWO tubes of the CCFL as well! Vantec has always emphasized on their packages but this one goes off the roof with excellent packaging. One that you would only find on videocards packaging! Instead of the blue glow we're used to with their current rheobus units, Vantec has changed that to a green one. While subjective to the user, it's a nice move from the norm and the green glow is rather nice too. Although they still use Blue LEDs so you can construct your own clear acrylic sheet if you still want the blue glow. It's ready to use out of the box with it's "U" shaped aluminium housing and entension cables are also included to help you with your fan connections. The instruction manual is also a nice touch for the newbies out there. But if you're looking at matching this unit either with a black of silver case, you'll be out of luck. Vantec only produces this unit in a metallic grey housing, much like the Antec AMG1080 Case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, July 10, 2003
Corsair TWINX Platinum Series PC-3200 512MB DDR Memory Review @ Modsynergy
"So you want to start overclocking but you don't know where to start. Well Corsair has been producing high performance memory since 1994 and have been sought put by overclockers. Today we are going to take a ride with Corsair's latest offering. The Corsair TWINX PC-3200 512MB DDR Memory Modules."

More information on this review can be found here.
UV Sensitive Rounded IDE Cable Roundup @ Pirate Software
"IDE cables. The once scurge of my case whilst I adopted the "you will get in there" mentality, trying to bend and weave the cables into corners and crevasses just so my hard drives, optical drives and floppy drives would actually be connected to the motherboard. Without a doubt, they ended up to be in a mangled mess."

More information on this review can be found here.
UV Sensitive Rounded IDE Cable Roundup @ Pirate Software
"As we know Intel introduced 3.0 GHz P4 along with i875P chipset and little later 2.4 GHz-, 2.6 GHz- and 2.8 GHz- models with i865PE chipset. So P4 processors now support 200 MHz FSB and hyper threading technology and what really kicks ass is that although 3.0 GHz model is quite expensive, 2.4 GHz is almost as cheap as "old" 533 Mhz 2.40 GHz. So 2.4C is obvious choice to our review as it support all new features is cheap and hopefully overclocks as madman. Right, this is mainly overclocking test as Internet is full of P4 reviews which quite often tell as same story in different words."

More information on this review can be found here.
Romtec Trios II Review @ WildReviews
"For anyone who is interested in running multiple systems on one machine this is a great device to have. The nice thing about the Trios II, it works, it does exactly what it says it will do. And it is not just limited to use with HDD's, it can be used with other devices, such as CD-Roms, Zip Drives, etc."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron GeForce FX5600P Turbo Review @ Technoyard
"The GeForce FX5600 based cards are nVidia's newest mainstream graphics cards introduced to compete with ATI's Radeon 9600 based cards. Today we look at one of the new comers to this arena by Albatron. Albatron's Turbo series as a renowned reputation for its incredible overclockability. Read on to find out how this card performed in our tests."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX GeForce4 Ti4200 Platnium Review @ Gaming Illustrated
"This time around on this card, it's on an 8X AGP PCB board, stocked with 128MB of RAM (up from 64), and has one of the coolest (both literal and figuratively) fan and heatsink solutions on the market. What does this all add up to? The best damn $199 you'll ever spend on a video card."

More information on this review can be found here.
QuietPC QuietFeet Review @ BigBruin
"In the HTPC application, installation of the QuietFeet produced a noticeably reduced noise level, which will make regular use of the home theater that much more enjoyable. The market for QuietFeet might not be a large one, but for people serious about reducing computer noise, QuietFeet are an attractive, simple, and effective solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Specials @ CompuVision
MTB has received word from our good friends at CompuVision that they are currently running a few specials at reduced pricing. Here are some of the promotions now online:

Vantec Stealth Silent Case Fans are dedicated to those who always wanted to make their computers quieter. Here is another reason for you. All Vantec Stealth Case Fans are priced at a much discounted rate.

- Vantec Stealth 60mm Case Fan
- Vantec Stealth 80mm Case Fan
- Vantec Stealth 92mm Case Fan
- Vantec Stealth 120mm Case Fan

AMD Athlon XP Processor Promo

- AMD Athlon XP 2000+ (266MHz Retail) $107.00
- AMD Athlon XP 2200+ (266MHz Retail) $119.00
- AMD Athlon XP 2400+ (266MHz Retail) $134.00
- AMD Athlon XP 2500+ (333MHz Retail Barton Chip w/ 512K L2 Cache) $139.00
- AMD Athlon XP 2600+ (333MHz Retail) $153.00
- AMD Athlon XP 2700+ (333MHz Retail) $204.00
- AMD Athlon XP 2800+ (333MHz Retail Barton Chip w/ 512K L2 Cache) $262.00
- AMD Athlon XP 3000+ (333MHz Retail Barton Chip w/ 512K L2 Cache) $382.00
- AMD Athlon XP 3200+ (400MHz Retail) $658.00

OCZ High Performance Memory

- OCZ PC-2700 (2x256) 512MB Dual Channel Kit
- OCZ PC-3200 512MB (2*256MB) Dual Platinum Kit
- OCZ PC-3500 1GB (2x512) Dual Channel Kit
- OCZ PC-3700 EL Gold 512MB (2x256MB) Dual Channel Kit

CompuVision will price match on all OCZ orders.

Now is the time to cash in on some of the savings. More information on these promotions can be found here.
UV Reactive Acrylic Case Review @ GruntvillE
"Some other things to keep in mind with a case like this is that you need to use the screws they provide for the fans, motherboards, drives, etc. because the panels on this case are much thicker then what you will find on any metal case, and therefore the screws are longer. While installing the rheobus and CD-ROM drive I realized that the screws provided for that purpose are just long enough. What does that mean? Well, the space for the drive is a little wider (about 1/8") then what is needed. If you screw in one side all the way so that the drive is snug against the panel, then the screw on the other side will not reach the drive. So you need to leave the first screw a little loose so that you can get the other side in and then tighten them up. If those screws were about 1/8" longer, this would not be an issue."

More information on this review can be found here.

Ideazon Zboard Review

"After removing the contents I find that everything is included in the box: a Driver CD, a quick guide for the interface and attachable wrist rest. It appears that this is NOT a USB keyboard. I was taken back a bit by this so I checked into it on ideazon.com and found this; "Ideazon will launch a second base with a USB connector that will include two additional USB ports on the back of the ZboardT base." Well it was good to see that they were ditching the age old PS/2 for the now standard USB but disappointing that this one was PS/2."

More information on this review can be found here.
Falcon Northwest Mach V Review @ System Cooling
"The Mach V is Falcon Northwest's flagship model. Each machine is hand-built and tuned, and represents the pinnacle of PC performance. The machine we looked at was absolutely stuffed with high-end gear, and we were very excited at the prospect of putting it through its paces."

More information on this review can be found here.
X-Dreamer Mid Tower Case Review @ Virtual Hideout
"The first time a saw a pre-modded case for sale was atleast a year ago. These days, the price of a stock and a pre-modded case are almost the same! With so many different styles and colors, one of the biggest questions when customizing a case is, "Where do I start?" In my opinion, a pre-modded case is a good structure to add more personalized mods to. Buying pre-modded helps saves time, and ensures your case will have a professional construction to it. Today I am taking a look at the "X-Dreamer" pre-modded case. It's features and design look promising, but how well will it actually function?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit IC7-G Motherboard Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This motherboard is based on the Intel 875 chipset and supports the Intel P4 800/533/400MHz CPUs with Hyper-Threading technology. It has onboard; USB2, Firewire, 6 channel audio, Gigabit LAN and more. Also, it's fantastic at overclocking and has blistering performance. Overall this product is exceptional."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Wednesday, July 9, 2003
Falcon Northwest - The Tour @ SystemCooling
"Any time there is a discussion regarding custom-built computer systems, you can bet that one of the first names mentioned is going to be Falcon Northwest. More than just purveyors of some of the finest high-end gaming PC's on the market today, Falcon Northwest quite literally invented the market niche over ten years ago, and remained unchallenged for a number of years."

More information on this review can be found here.
Altec Lansing XA3051 Surround Speaker System Review @ Tweaknews.net
Although not a true 5.1 surround speaker system, it definitely has its advantages. For one, you don't need a 6 channel surround sound card to use this on your computer if you go and pick up an adapter, and this could save you a quite a bit of money."

More information on this review can be found here.
Griffin Powermate Black Limited Edition @ ExtremeMhz
"We got a great response from the Griffin Powermate review. We got our hands on the Black Limited Edition model that is now available from Griffin Technology. It looks quite stunning!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake's XaserIII Office Keyboard & Mouse @ TechTastic
"Are you looking for a keyboard with short-cut keys? Well today we're taking a look at Thermaltakes Xaser 3 Office Keyboard and Mouse that's just chock full of shortcut keys."

More information on this review can be found here.
CritiCool PowerPlant review @ OCAddiction
"Today we are going to look at a PCI card relay to turn on your pump with your system. The CritiCool PowerPlant is touted as "The worlds first Plug & Play PCI Relay Card". While simple in design, it is a nice addition to a water cooling system so you don't have to worry about turning your pump on."

More information on this review can be found here.
ADPmods 5 1/4" PWM Rheobus Review @ ExtensionTech.net
"All, ok, most of us hate PC noise. Many companies have gone forth and initiated some sort of fan noise lowering scheme. By far the most popular hardware for quieting down an already noisy system is the rheobus. You may think a rheobus is a rheobus, but this one brings something very cool to the table. Two on/off switches! You can use those for additional fans, CCFL's, bubble lights, you name it. Continue on as I take a peep at this new 5 1/4" rheobus from ADPmods..."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sharkoon Luminous Mini Gamer Keyboard Review @ TWINSBYTE.de
"In this review, we presented a new keyboard from Sharkoon, the Luminous Mini Gamer Keyboard. It is very small and has blue lights under the keys. More about the product you can read in our article."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Volcano 11+ Heatsink Review @ OCC
"Thermaltake is a company well known for their superb cooling products, and we've had several opportunities in the past to take a look at their products. Today, we'll be taking a look at their latest heat sink, designed for the AMD XP processors, the Volcano 11+ Xaser Edition. Is the Thermaltake Volcano 11+ any better than the Volcano 9? Read on and find out!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Global WIN 520 Power Supply @ A1 Electronics
"We are stuck for words. The Global WIN 520w works and works well for us. And yes, it is silent in use.
You do not buy a power supply every day so you want to buy one that is top quality and has power to spare for the future. The Global WIN 520w has just that. Capable of pushing out a peak load of 620 watts and all day long running at 520 watts loading you have a super power supply for years to come."

More information on this review can be found here.
HeatlaneZen NCU-1000 Fanless CPU Radiator @ MonkeyReview
"The only concerns I would have is the installation, and the possibility of any future upgrades. With the falling prices of the Intel CPU's it would be rather cumbersome to switch to a faster chip with this installed. Since this unit does contain gases that are under pressure, care must be taken when handling the product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GV-98P128D 9800 Pro 128MB @ Envy News
"Gigabyte - known for their flashy blue motherboards - lately have made incursions into the Video Card domain with some truly great introductions. Today, we take a look at their Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB product, the GV-98P128D. Pretty much a no frills card, Gigabyte does try to please with a decent bundle of older games, flashy packaging and card, and stable performance. Read on for the full monty."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tyan Tachyon G9700Pro 128MB R9700 Pro VGA Review @ Overclockers NZ
"At stock speed, Tyan G9700Pro is just another R9700Pro graphics card with the addition of hardware monitoring. However, this card can become a truly wild beast, should one overclock it. Now, you are looking at a totally different card."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron GeForce FX5600P Turbo @ Technoyard
"The GeForce FX5600 based cards are nVidia's newest mainstream graphics cards introduced to compete with ATI's Radeon 9600 based cards. Today we look at one of the new comers to this arena by Albatron. Albatron's Turbo series has a renowned reputation for its incredible overclockability. Read on to find out how this card performed in our tests."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron PX865PE Pro II Motherboard @ Extreme Overclocking
"Continuing our coverage of 865PE based motherboards, we take a look at the Albatron PX865PE Pro II motherboard. Many of you know Albatron from their success with the NVIDIA based video cards. Not too long after, the manufacturer became more popular as an enthusiast motherboard maker offering boards with nice features and overclocking options. The 865PE motherboard from Albatron is worth looking at if you are in the market for a very feature rich motherboard that overclocks fairly well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Biostar M7NCG PRO Motherboard Review @ Bjorn3D
"I like nearly everything about the M7NCG PRO. This nForce2 mainboard is a solid overclocker, with support of FSB speeds of up to 200 MHz. While the second built-in VGA port will appeal to some of you, the missing Serial-ATA and RAID features will likely be an issue for others, as will the missing serial port."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI i865PE Neo2 FIS2R Review @ Hexus.net
"Another decent board from the MSI Deluxe stable. Brimming full of usable features and having a BIOS that's a tad scary, it does most things right. This MSI is for those that want every conceivable extra on their boards, and who want to use those extras immediately. If there's one word to sum up the MSI 865PE Neo2 FIS2R (don't you just love long names) it would have to be 'impressive package. Wait .... that's two."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax CS-B031-TBB Titanium Case @ Bjorn3d.com
"All I could say when I first saw the case was WOW. The construction is immaculate. I immediately got a sense that some serious thought was put into the making of this case. The case is solid in construction without being too heavy and is very aesthetically pleasing. Boy is it SHINY!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Apple 17" PowerBook G4 Review @ The Tech Zone
"With a 60 Gig hard drive and a recordable DVD ROM, it's clear that the PowerBook G4 was tailored made to be a portable video editing station. The software suite that ships with the G4 includes iMovie and iDVD. These two programs allows you to edit your movies effortlessly and the inclusion of Firewire 800 lets you easily connect a digital video camera to the laptop. No doubt about it, the 17" PowerBook G4 is one nice system for creative (and rich) professionals on the go."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, July 8, 2003
The Lego 0933 Portable PC Project @ Mini-ITX
"The first thing I needed to do was to work out just how to layout all the components, I needed a plan before I even considered constructing the machine, so to this end I came up with the image to the left, the original was a multi-layer Paint Shop Pro image so I could view each layer individually and stack them properly, as you'll see the finished layout is pretty close to this design, which given the that I drew this layout up from dimensions from the Mini-ITX store, is pretty incredible."

More information on this project can be found here.
A Thought About Water Cooling @ Overclockers.com
"If you're already using the best aircooling system out there, water cooling may or may not improve your temperature very much. However, it definitely WILL improve the noise level. The most efficient air cooling systems currently use very high rpm fans and exhibit loud noises. My watercooling rig uses only 2 120 mm low rpm (2000) low noise (30 dBA) fans."

More information on this article can be found here.
Introduction to Water Cooling @ Nordic Hardware
"Among today's computer users an increasing number takes interest in water cooling. There are more and more complete kits requiring no experience from the user, which allows water cooling to spread to larger and larger groups of people. As part two in the "article series" concerning different solutions of computer coolance we will present water cooling and explain it's theory. The main part of the article will deal with the parts needed - as that is the most important - as well as common problems."

More information on this article can be found here.
Building the Ultimate Gaming PC @ Puget Custom Computers
"If money was not a factor, how would you design the Ultimate Gaming PC? At Puget Custom Computers, we are asked that question quite often, so here we come with an article devoted to that subject. What makes a gaming computer great, and what should you think about when you design your own? In this article, we will answer those questions, and get you on your way to gaming paradise!"

More information on this article can be found here.
Scythe Co NCU-1000 Heatsink Review @ SLCentral
"The Scthe NCU-1000 comes with an innovative cooling system. We were given one to review, how did it perform and did it manage to keep its cool, find out in our official review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hexagonal Dual Blue and UV CCFL Kits Review @ ExtensionTech
"While some things fail to stimulate me when doing reviews, things that light up, or control noise, do. Well, this is one that lights up. These new hexagonal shaped 12" CCFL's are making their way around here and there to resellers. Jab-tech has them, so I asked for a couple. Keep reading and see what I think of these Dual CCFL kits in blue and UV that I received to show you folks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Iluminate USB External Light Tube Review @ Ascully
"This is a pretty good product for a newbie on the case modding scene, or perhaps someone who wants to light up there monitor or keyboard. I would really like to see Antec come out with a internal Molex version as LED lighting requires hardly any power and you could use a lot of these inside a case for a really dramatic effect."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cremax Icy Dock Bodyguard 525 Review @ Legit Reviews
"One of the biggest features of this hard drive rack is the display. This display will show you HDD access, temperature of each of the 3 thermal sensors, fan failure/overheat alarm, HDD Usage Time Record (HUTR), HDD Master/Slave status, and alarm function."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston 128mb USB Drive Review @ Mikhailtech
"The DataTraveler is about the size of a stick of gum and 3-4 sticks thick. Mac users will be delighted to know that they too can use this in their computer. Which also makes it handy for transferring files between platforms. 10 years of listed data retention means you'll probably lose it before it dies. But of all the specs, the most important (at least to me) is the transfer rate: 950k/s read and 925k/s write. This is in tune with most USB1.1 drives, though it really depends on the individual model."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Purepower 480W PSU Review @ Pirate Software
"As with all my reviews, I'll end with the question: would I recommend it? Well, why shouldn't I if it's sitting in my computer right now? It's a pretty good performer and you really get what you're paying for it. To be completely and brutally honest, if you really cared about having 0.1V of difference on your rails, you wouldn't buy a Thermaltake anyway!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Nexus Multi-Fan Controller Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This particular model of Nexus Multi-Fan Controller fits in a 3.5" drive bay and for many that's a great plus if all your 5.25" drive bays are full. Remember that Vantec has a 5.25" model as well (NXP-201). It can control the speed of 4 fans and can handle up to 18 watts per channel."

More information on this video review can be found here.
ASUS A7N8X Deluxe 2.0 Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"If you're in the market for something solid, feature packed and that overclocks nicely due to the use of the new chipset, do yourself a favour and put the ASUS A7N8X Deluxe 2.0 on your shopping list. Sure there may be cheaper Ultra 400 boards about to arrive, but you can't go wrong with this one if the price is to your liking."

More information on this review can be found here.
Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 80GB Hard Drive Review @ TwistedMods
"If you're a gamer or a speed enthusiast, then this is the drive for you. If you're not willing to spend the extra money for the newer Serial ATA technology or highly expensive SCSI drives, then I recommend considering this drive. It performed well in every benchmark and I even noticed a speed increase in program load times when I upgraded from my old drive to this one. Maxtor really has made a superior product here and I can't wait to test more of their products. Nice job Maxtor!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, July 7, 2003
EluminX Slim-Series Illuminated Keyboard Review @ XtReMoDs
"At this point there is not much that can be said about the EluminX Illuminated Keyboard that hasn’t already been said. My first contact with this company was at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in May. I had a very fortunate opportunity to speak with the VP of the company. We spoke for a while and he was showing me some of the new models they plan in releasing soon. They have some great looking designs in mind including some new colors for the lighting, camouflage style keyboards, and you can look forward to some mouse designs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master CoolDrive 3 Review @ OCIA
"You will also notice the screws that come in a nice and neat zip lock bag. I like that. I hate opening those heat sealed bags that send screws flying as you tear them open. Don't give me that look, you know 90% of the people out there tear them with their teeth like I do."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin KF-72 SATA Hard Drive Rack Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Opening the housing up we see a SATA power and data cable. What is less apparent are the four grommets at the screw mount points where you secure the drive to the housing. These grommets are billed and function as tiny shock absorbers, dampening out any vibration. They also keep your drive mounted snugly if you choose not to screw your drive in place as is recommended by the manufacturer."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon 9600 Pro Video Card Review @ The Modfathers
"Core rate of 519.75 and memory rate of 337.5. This is with stock cooling in a stuffy little case. I recon with a bit of decent cooling this card could go a bit further. Even without this is one hell of an overclock."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek A310 MyVIVO FX5600 @ ASE Labs
"The FX5600 is hard card to place. Leadtek bundles a bunch of good stuff and packs it with VIVO features. Is this good enough for your hard earned cash? Read on to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gainward Geforce4 Powerpack! Ultra/750-8X XP Golden Sample Review @ 8BallsHardware
"nVidia is still alive and kicking with their GeforceFX 5900 series of graphics cards. So where does that leave all the older graphics cards? While manufacturers are obviously intent on phasing out older cards and replacing them with newer ones, older cards from the nVidia Geforce4 Ti series and ATi's Radeon series lower than the 9700s are still very much available in the market. You can't really expect everyone to simply upgrade once new technology comes out. Many people can't afford to get the latest and the greatest, so they usually head for older cards as they cost much less."

More information on this review can be found here.
Project Blue Ice @ Review Nation
"Well ladies and gentlemen; it's finally time that I am releasing my first full case mod! Many of you may have been following Blue Ice from a few of the forums I post in, but this is the real deal. More detail, more pictures, and more depth. I'm very excited to release Blue Ice, as it has taken me a lot of time and effort, and thanks to many-a sponsor, she's now complete."

More information on this project can be found here.
ECS P4S8AG Pentium 4 Motherboard Review @ RipNet-UK
"RipNet-UK have another motherboard review online. This time an evaluation sample of the P4S8AG from Elite Computer Systems gets put through its paces. This is a Pentium 4 board based on the SiS648 chipset, featuring 64MB of integrated video RAM, onboard 6-channel sound and a host of other goodies."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI Lanparty PRO875 Canterwood Motherboard Review @ Tweaknews.net
"Having a motherboard that overclocks as good as it looks is a rare commodity in the enthusiast market. This motherboard has it all, period. It looks great, comes bundled with a truckload of extras and can handle a decent overclock without even breaking a sweat. You just can't ask for more from a motherboard purchase. If DFI takes my improvement ideas seriously and makes the appropriate updates, this board will be one of the best on the market. Throw this puppy into a windowed case with a UV cold cathode and you will have a real display piece."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soyo P4I875P Dragon 2 Platinum Edition Review @ MBReview
"The performance of the board was on par, or better than that of our GA-8KNXP, but still fell well short of the D875PBZ in most tests. The best part about this board, for me, would have to be the overclocking capabilities. I was able to run up to roughly 1110MHz FSB, and above. The only limiting factor keeping me from achieving an even better overclock was the limitation of my memory. The P4I875P Dragon 2 Platinum Edition offers several voltage options within the BIOS and memory voltages up to 2.9v."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake SubZero4G Thermo-Electric Cooling Review @ System Cooling
"Quiet - the absence of noise. There is a new force gaining momentum in the PC industry, driven by consumers interested in quiet cooling solutions. Today we are reviewing a high-tech solution from Thermaltake designed to offer excellent cooling capabilities while operating at low noise levels. The SubZero4G is a smart system that incorporates a dynamically controlled thermo-electric cooling unit. The complete kit includes a PCI card based power supply with integral microprocessor and one variable speed 80 mm case fan. What is really unique about this system is that it uses an imbedded microprocessor controller to regulate CPU temperature and minimize fan noise."

More information on this review can be found here.
Yeong Yang YY-0221 Cube Server Case Review @ Virtual Hideout
"Yeong Yang has been around since 1978, and having gained experience in metal pressed production, they started into the PC case/chassis manufacturing business in 1990; thus, they have over 12-13 years of experience in making their own cases, quite a bit in the computer industry. It's safe to say that they know a thing or two about what users need in a case. Today, I'll be looking at one of their older case models, the YY-0221, better known as the "Cube Server Case".

More information on this review can be found here.

Directron Shakeproof Grommet/Washer & VH Acrylic Fan Grills Review

"I would highly recommend the PSU washer/grommet to anybody, because once you get it in there, it ain't coming back out, and they are reusable so you get a new PSU, you don't have to buy a new one, you just swap them out. The fan washer/grommet is really only necessary if you have a bigger fan, In my 3 years of case modding I've only had 1 fan that rattled and it was a 120mm 210cfm beast mounted to my water cooling radiator.

More information on this review can be found here.
How-To Fill and Bleed an Inline Water Cooling System @ PimpRig
"One of the largest challenges in designing an inline water system (with or without a reservoir) is making sure the system is easy to service. You want filling and flushing to be fast and efficient. Bleeding air from your lines is something else that you don't want to have to worry about."

More information on this article can be found here.
Benchmarking: The Real Deal? @ Nexus Hardware
"Benchmarking was once a way to compare products and their performance. However, recent discoveries, as well as some not-so-recent discoveries have shown that benchmarking is no longer an objective test of product performance. “Optimizations” for specific benchmarks have become a way for a company to better the public view of their products. In a sense, “Benchmarking” has really become Bench“Marketing”. Quite frankly, as an enthusiast and devotee to the computer hardware world, this upsets me."

More information on this article can be found here.
Upgrading to Peltier Cooling @ OCAddiction
"Why is the Delay Timer Kit necessary for my system? It's a well-known fact that even if you have the very best water cooling system chilled with a High-Wattage peltier (i.e. 226W), the CPU Overclock can still fail during computer start-up. The cause of this symptom is of course heat. The CPU is not sufficiently cooled down yet when you first boot the computer. Connecting the dedicated Peltier Power Supply(such as the Mean Well S-320-12) and pump(s) to a surge protector is a common practice, so that the system start-up can be manually delayed. First you turn on the water cooling and dedicated peltier PSU, wait for couple of minutes and then you start the computer."

More information on this article can be found here.
Saturday, July 5, 2003
Water Cooling: Kit vs Do It Yourself (DIY) @ Overclockers.com
"Water cooling computers has become very popular in the last few years to the extent that there are now a large number of companies making components, kits and even complete cases that are ready for your computer's guts to be installed. Often this causes a great deal of confusion though, especially with people who are considering Water Cooling as an option for the first time."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Xoxide 80mm UV LED Fans Review @ Mikhailtech
"As you can probably guess the LEDs are mounted in pre-drilled holes around the casing. This is optimal placement as it doesn't take up any extra space (unlike cold cathodes mounted on fans). Aside from being glued into the case from the outside, they (along with the wires) are also secured by a piece of clear tape, possibly to prevent shortage. Unlike Antec's original fans, however, the wires for the lights don't come from the main power lead. Instead, each LED has its own connection on the motor PCB. However it still seems like they're wired in series, so if one stops working the rest will shut off as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Ion 400 Watt PSU Review @ ExtensionTech
"A sometimes forgotten part to keeping a stable system is the power supply. Cheap cases almost always come with cheap power supplies. From what I've seen in my years of PC repair, a cheap PSU doesn't handle the need for power in today's demanding systems well. Sure, you may get away with running your old system on a cheap 300 watt PSU, but keep adding hard drives, CCFL's, Fans, and so on, and you'll probably run into problems one way or another. Continue on, as I look at the new Vantec Ion SATA ready 400 watt PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen AX4SG Max Springdale Motherboard Review @ DV Hardware
"With the launch of the new 800MHz FSB Pentium 4 CPU's Intel also announced two new chipsets, the Canterwood for high performance systems, and the Springdale chipset which is a little bit cheaper. The only big difference between both is that the Canterwood chipset supports ECC (Error Correcting) Memory and officialy supports Intels PAT Performance Acceleration Technology)."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT IC7-G Motherboard Review @ Hexus.net
"IDE RAID, a touch more DDR voltage, a fan-less Northbridge heatsink, and a modicum of extra performance would have made this a sure-fire winner. But let's make no mistake about it, this is a solid, dependable board that will find its way into many a system. Another pedigree board to add to the burgeoning ABIT stable."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ati Radeon 9600 Pro Review @ Overclockers Club Canada
"For a card of this price, it does seem to be a bit on the expensive side if you use only the stock settings, or play games at low resolutions. However, once you raise the graphics level, the R9600 Pro clearly outperforms the GF4 Ti4200. Add support for DirectX 9.0, and you've got a great card that clearly beats the GF4 Ti4200 in pretty much all respects. If you're looking for a strong upgrade, but don't want to spend the huge amounts of money for a 9700 Pro, or even the 9800 Pro, consider the 9600 Pro."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte Radeon 9600 Pro GV-R96P128D Review @ Techseekers
"Well ATI are discontinuing the 9500 Pro, and placing the 9600 Pro at a cheaper price point. Doing a quick search around some European shops, in places I could find the 9600 Pro $50 to $60 cheaper than the 9500 Pro. That's quite a saving. It is impressive for ATI's first 0.13 micron process and it does run a lot cooler than the older 9500 pro. It is overclocking friendly so you may be able to squeeze 9500 Pro performance from the 9600 Pro, especially easy with the Gigabyte as it includes the V-Tuner."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xoxide Bubble Lights Review @ GruntvillE
"Most modders use CCFLs to light up their cases, but they hide the CCFLs out of direct sight. This is where the placement of these bubble lights is critical. They do no emit a lot of light, but they look cool. So you would want them in a location where you can see the bubbles lights, but not the ends and wires. The preferred location would be to place them directly behind a window for full visibility. I had difficulty placing these lights in my case. I did not want the ends or wires to show through a window, but all my windows were too large. I wanted to install them so I could get some pics, so I decided to put these lights in the bezel door of my Antec DeceptiMod Case."

More information on this review can be found here.
MadLights Digital Lighting System Review @ Think Computers
"Case modding is growing so fast, we are seeing crazy things done to cases, water cooling, LCD displays, etc. For some reason case lighting has not evoled that much. There are very few options when choosing case lighting. Well there is a new product that changes all that, it called Madlights. Raven Computers was nice enough to send us over a set so lets check them out."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Enermax Hulk - Custom Sleeved Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Enermax Hulk is a custom sleeved Power Supply and is currently availably in two models; EG355VE & EG465VE. The mesh not only helps cut down on the clutter but increases airflow inside the case and looks great. Also, the two original fans have been replaced with green LED fans."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Enermax CS-10182 Server Tower Review @ Virtual Hideout
"I found the Enermax CS-10182 to be pretty much the same height and width as my Antec SX1000 (same as SX1030, just purchased w/o PSU), but about 8cm or ~3" longer - this adds quite a bit to the weight, but at the same time provides much more room for the motherboard so that drives and so forth won't block access to the mobo. This is necessary if you're using a larger motherboard. No PSU is included, but you'll most likely want to pair this case with a quality one as chances are you'll be pairing this case with quality components."

MTB covered the same server tower case two months ago, here is our comparison review. More information on this review can be found here.
X-Pider Aluminum Case Review @ OCAddiction
"If you have ever worked with these style cases, then you know what a pleasure it is to install/maintain/upgrade hardware. There is plenty of room to move around, and there are no sharp edges what so ever. There is plenty of room behind the 3½" drive racks to 'hide' most of your wiring. Mounting the motherboard to the case is done by using the brass standoffs in the array of marked motherboard mounting holes. Installing the drives is a snap as well with the removable 3½" drive racks, and the 5¼" drive rail system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, July 4, 2003
KoolPCMods Xide-Pad ][ Giveaway @ XtReMoDs
" Because at XtReMoDs we like to give back to the modding community, we are giving away the Xide-Pad ][ from KoolPCMods. "

More information on this giveaway can be found here.
Window Kit Guide @ Spode's Abode
"You can see the specifications in the picture. It came with a nicely cut rounded piece of perspex which had a layer of papery type stuff on it for protection. Also in the box were: a set of instructions, a load of rubber moulding, a rubber locking strip and a small washer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Extreme Overclocking the Pentium 2.4C @ Extreme Overclocking
"It has been awhile since we have gotten a chance to kick back and do some hardcore overclocking. Feeling that we have not been extreme enough in a long time, we are going to go back to our roots. Today, we will take a look at a retail Pentium 2.4C processor that was purchased from Newegg. This article analyzes the processor in terms of overclocking, ExtremeOC style. We are not going to be using an air coolers, water cooling, or even a TEC. Strap on your seat belts as we show you what a 2.4C can do with a Prometeia and some dry ice!"

More information on this review can be found here.
SteelPad 4S Mouse Surface @ Viper Lair
"The SteelPad 4S does reduce the amount of space that I'm used to, but after a few days of playing I found it to be comfortably enough room to play well. A little more room probably wouldn't hurt but it certainly doesn't compare to the cramped feel you get from a standard size mouse pad. Mice glide very nicely across the SteelPad but I was a bit disappointed from the noise."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial PC3200 Memory @ Bjorn3D
"We've gotten hold of a 1 GB Kit (2x512 MB DIMMS) from Crucial. With no heatsinks it might not be as cool looking as memory from competitors but on the other hand it is cheaper. Is it worth saving a few bucks going with the Crucial? Read our review to find out what we thought."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech MX700 Cordless Optical Mouse Review @ VH
"Logitech seems to have thrown all the good things they had into the design and function of the MX700. It promises everything, from easy cordless use, to pointer accuracy, to added functionality and life from the extra buttons and rechargeable batteries. Indeed, the formula for Logitech's MX700 seems to be cordless + rechargeable + accuracy = a winner in the optical mouse market. But we all know that things can always look better in words on paper than they actually are, in real life. Does the MX700 deliver the goods, or is it a sorry excuse meant to catch you with its cordless/wireless appeal? "

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Musketeer @ Metku
"With more and more manufacturers entering this multifunction panel market the need for something out of ordinary increases. People are demanding something new and innovative and Cooler Master's Musketeer tries to answer this call. It sure has the looks but does it still function the way it should or does the styling take the upper hand?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Hardcano 10 Review @ Pirate Software
"Now, I will try very hard not to swear in this section. Although the Hardcano 10 is a nice unit, it is, and this is the censored version, "very difficult to install". Previously I mentioned that the unit was packaged with a rather sub standard manual. This manual has one side for the Hardcano 9 installation and another for the Hardcano 10 and neither really helps in any vein attempt to install the unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec UV Cathode and Cables Setup @ TwistedMods
"In conclusion I'd say that this Cathode unit and the reactive IDE cable are some of the highest quality products I've ever seen. If you combine these units with a nice window design it'll really take your case to the next level. Unfortunately I only got one of the reactive cables for review but I'm sure two would make your case out-of-this-world wicked!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Xoxide 80mm UV LED Fans Review @ Mikhailtech
"As you can probably guess the LEDs are mounted in pre-drilled holes around the casing. This is optimal placement as it doesn't take up any extra space (unlike cold cathodes mounted on fans). Aside from being glued into the case from the outside, they (along with the wires) are also secured by a piece of clear tape, possibly to prevent shortage. Unlike Antec's original fans, however, the wires for the lights don't come from the main power lead. Instead, each LED has its own connection on the motor PCB. However it still seems like they're wired in series, so if one stops working the rest will shut off as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Laserbay (Blue) Review @ ExtremeMhz
"Every PC enthusiast or case modder is always in search of new and exciting ways to modify or make their cases uniquely appealing. Many companies currently offer a wide variety of case mod accessories to satisfy just about everyone in the growing case modding community. ExtremeMhz is always looking out for new and unique products to compliment your system. Laserbay Ltd, a UK based company, provides such a product. The Laserbay is a personalized lighted PC bay insert available in a variety of colors. This is truly a one of a kind product with amazing looks that will have your buddies saying "Wow...How did you do that?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Tech's 4" Cold Cathode Kit @ Voided Warranty
"Now that we have seen what this light can do, let's see how we can VOID IT'S WARRANTY. After my last hard drive mod TSLI, a storage device repair company requested a hard drive mod be made for them for display purposes. So what better opportunity would I have to void two warranties at once, haha."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus P4SDX @ Pimprig
"Although the technology is no longer cutting edge, the board is stable, fast, and a good choice for anyone wanting hyperthreading and dual channel memory on an Intel platform. The Asus P4SDX with the SiS655 chipset is a combination that is hard to beat and easy to buy."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus A7V8X-X (KT400) Review @ MBReview
"The A7V8X-X is a motherboard targeted at consumers with a low budget, so as expected, the features included are rather slim. Asus does throw in 6-channel audio and integrated LAN into the mix which can save the consumer a nice hunk of change at the checkout counter if he or she wishes to use them. And as stated before, the user manual does not have a section for troubleshooting problems that could arise, so I am going to have to deduct a point or two here. I should also mention that this motherboard will not be able to support the new 400MHz FSB processors from AMD."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek K7NCR18D PRO II Review @ Bjorn3d
"We loved the original K7NCR18D Pro, and this followup is as good if not better due to the 400MHz FSB support. This time there is a lot more competition in the nForce2 motherboard market, but I'd still consider this motherboard one of the best."

More information on this review can be found here.
NorthPole Chipset Cooler & More @ SystemCooling
"Any die-hard overclocker will tell you. Quite simply, there is no such thing as enough. For that reason, overclockers are always looking for that one product that will give them the edge; that will let them squeeze that last megahertz out of their already super tuned system. Once upon a time, cooling the CPU was enough. Then graphics cards became powerful enough to require cooling of their own. Then system memory got its own cooling. These days, chipsets are what the overclockers are attacking as a way of gaining a few extra megahertz, and it's a chipset cooler we're going to be looking at today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, July 3, 2003
Sony DRU-500AX DVD+/- Writer Review @ Hardwarezoom
"For writing on Recordable media, Sony is rated 24x while TDK is only 16x. However on average, Sony only writes at 21.5x while TDK is still 16x. This is because Sony uses CAV while TDK uses CLV. As the result, Sony completed the burning of 701MB file 50s faster than TDK. However, Sony seems to have compatibility problem with cheaper media (Smartbuy). Even if more expensive media (Verbatim) was used, Nero ScanDisc reported that some of the data were damaged."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung 171P LCD Review @ ExtensionTech
"The long strip of black, believe it or not, actually houses the "buttons" to activate the on screen display. It would be wrong of me to continue saying "buttons" so let's get rid of that word altogether. Let's replace it with, oh I don't know, touch sensitivity! Yup, that's right. The only button you will encounter on this monitor is the power button. The rest of the functions are activated via touch sensitive surfaces."

More information on this review can be found here.
FIC A98P Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB Video Card Review @ Envy News
"With a fall gaming season ahead that is proclaiming a major jump in technology, it's time for many of us to upgrade our hardware so that we don't have to experience the pain of choppy graphics when we sit down to play. ATI has already released their graphics solutions ready to meet the challenge and First International Computer jumped onboard. The FIC Radeon A98P is based on ATI's R350 GPU and packs a punch with 128MB of RAM. Step inside to see what this card can do; it might be what you're looking for to gear up for this fall's coming attractions, such as Half Life 2, Doom ]|[, Deus Ex 2, etc."

More information on this review can be found here.

Compex SKW811 WiFi Internet Kit Review

"Wi-Fi has its own challenges. Just wrapping your head around the myriad abbreviations and specifications can be a dizzying affair: IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, RF, WEP, WPA, OFDM, DSSS, CFK. Say what? How does the average consumer reap the benefits of the wireless revolution without having to take night courses in networking? Compex suggests its SKW811 Wireless Internet Gateway Kit. The SKW811 is an 802.11b-based, 11 Mbps bundle geared toward the networking neophyte. It aims to provide you with all you need to get a LAN up and running in an easy and efficient manner. Laudable goals, but how does Compex deliver?"

More information on this review can be found here.
EpoX 4PDA2+ i865PE Springdale Motherboard Review @ Hexus.net
"This 4PDA2+ sample was a prodigious FSB overclocker, a features champion and a paradigm of stability. As long as EPoX launch a BIOS that corrects the Vcore failings found on the 6/18 update, we're confident that this board will sell well. One has to ask themselves exactly what they need from a prospective motherboard. This EPoX seems to have most of the bases covered."

More information on this review can be found here.

Intel LGA and Tejas Scoop!

"Well Intel are moving away from the 'socket' interface and on to a LAND GRID ARRAY format - this is 775 push-pin style contacts. This will be introduced at the same time as Intel launch the new Grantsdale core logic. There are photos of the new interface, the reference board, and also the weird new mounting bracket for the LGA."

More information on this preview can be found here.
OCZ 512MB (2x256) PC-3200 Dual Platinum Memory Kit Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The OCZ 512MB (2x256) PC-3200 Dual Platinum Memory Kit offers excellent performance, overclockability and is very well priced. This memory is CAS 2, 4.5ns and goes well beyond its default of 400MHz DDR. Bang for the buck this memory is hard to beat and will certainly give overclockers something to smile about."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Crucial PC3200 DDR400Mhz Review @ Monkey Review
"As you can see from the results, the Crucial PC3200 held its own nicely even when compared to memory that had superior timings. Unfortunately, despite all our best efforts, the memory wouldn't boot at any other timings while running at 200MHz. For that reason, we opted to skip the overclocking phase of the review. Our opinion is to look elsewhere if you're intending on doing memory overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.
Pentium 4 800MHz FSB CPU Round-up @ OCAddiction
"The big thing that comes into play with these 200MHz FSB Pentium4's when overclocking is the memory you're using. With the PCI and AGP divider you can simply lock them at 33MHz and 66MHz respectively with no substantial performance hit and overclock the FSB until your hearts content. With the memory that isn't necessarily so. With the memory the higher DDR bus you have your performance scales right along with it. With a bus that is default at 200MHz you need some memory that can carry the mail"

More information on this review can be found here.
Maxtop CSX-147KBF-WIN Case Review @ Modsynergy
"Ever wanted a case for $50 U.S? Ever thought you had to spend lots of money to get a decent case? Are you on a budget but want a case that looks good, cools well and actually is worth your money? Today we are going to take a look if that $50 can buy something of quality. We are reviewing the Maxtop CSX-147KBF-WIN Case".

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle XPC SN41G2 Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"Shuttle XPC is by no means the fastest PC on the planet, however, it is not far behind the performance leader, Epox 8RDA+. Shuttle proves to us that size does NOT matter. Gone are the days where small and integrated PCs were considered as "sub-standard" when it comes to upgradability and performance. Heck, the XPC can even accommodate the latest ATi R9800Pro on its 200W PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Pentium 4 3.0C 800FSB Processor Review @ Tweaknews
"It's fast, it's stable and it is terribly expensive. With a price point that is more than twice the cost of the 2.4C, you really have to do a price to speed comparison to see if the extra US$150+ dollars is really worth the 600Mhz increase. If the retail version of 3.0C overclocks in the same manner as it's slower siblings, reaching the 3.7-4.0Ghz range should not be a problem."

More information on this review can be found here.
SkyHawk Aluminum Case with QWindow PSR4638 Review @ Techjuice
"After reviewing this particular case, the final verdict is that as a low end case this one certainly seems to provide an unprecedented amount of features for a case in the $50 to $60 range. Many companies do not seem to do quite the attention to detail that SkyHawk brings to this case in terms of finish and features. A more solid internal frame would be highly desirable in this model. For the amount of Time and effort put into the case itself, it is a bargain for the price and a handsome addition to any office or LAN setting."

More information on this review can be found here.
TEC Cooling Article @ Liquid Ninjas
"Having a 12bay Enermax server case I wasn't really worried about space. It was a little bit tight but everything fit fine. I decided on mounting the radiator on the top of my case. One of the advantages of the Thermochill is the bleed screw that allows you fully bleed the radiator of air. This allows you to put the radiator on the top of the loop and still have the ability to get any air that is trapped."

More information on this article can be found here.
Wednesday, July 2, 2003
Online at 10,000 feet? @ DWPG
"Scandinavian Airlines has signed a contract with Connexion by Boeing for installation of wireless broadband. After one year, all long distance flights will be able to offer this to its passengers."

More information on this article can be found here.
Samsung VoiceYepp VY-H200S 64MB @ Envy News
"With each passing year, Samsung Electronics Corporation introduces wave after wave of really cool products designed to enhance our enjoyment of life. Known primarily for their LCD Displays and DDR RAM, Samsung also designs and manufactures a broad range of consumer electronics as well as portable digital audio players, known to some as Yepp. Today, we look at their VoiceYepp VY-H200S 64MB recorder. Digital sound recorder or MP3 player? Read on to find out!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Black Icemat Mouse Pad Review @ ExtensionTech.net
"You've undoubtedly seen some Icemat reviews previously. Well, so have I. I've always want to look at one, and when I had the chance, I jumped on it. The good, the bad, the ugly? Well, as usual, I'll give you my honest thoughts. They probably won't reflect the other reviews you have probably seen already. While this is a great pad, just like the price, this is really a specialty pad."

More information on this review can be found here.
Everglide Optical Mouse Surfaces Reviewed @ TechFreaks
"The portability of the Attack pad and the fact that it doesn't take up a lot of desk space is nice, I believe that it's just simply too small for anything. The Giganta is as big, if not bigger than the RatPadz GS and offers plenty of surface area for mouse movement; but simply can not compare with the RatPadz GS and some Pledge. The Mouse Bungee opened our eyes to a solution for mouse-snags, but a rock will also suffice. And at last, the wrist-pad is great half the time, and an interference the other half. I would recommend this kit to anyone who a) has a corded mouse or b) is anti RatPadz. It's great for the casual gamer and web surfer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Volcano 11+ Xaser Edition HSF Review @ Modsynergy
"Thermaltake has been changing ever so quickly this year with the introduction of new products, a new division, and a revised Thermaltake slogan that who wouldn't think that Thermaltake means business? Thermaltake's latest creation is their all-new Thermaltake Volcano 11+ Xaser Edition CPU cooler. Will all the hype surrounding it do justice?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Bitsmodding's XP II CCFL Controller @ Metku
"For a long time now the fans are the only part of the computer that have had a control panels for them. In this review you will get to know the first Cold Cathode Lamp controller, XP II. This dedicated device will combine all the separate on/off switches, rheos and sound activated units to one centralized control panel."

More information on this review can be found here.
QuietPC Cobalt3 PyramidV Fan Silencer Review @ PC-Arena.net
"In this review I'm going to be looking at another product aimed at reducing the noise emanating from your PC, the Cobalt3 Pyramid Fan Silencer. QuietPC, one of the veterans in this particular marketplace, has provided this product for review..."

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Pyramat PM300 Review @ GruntvillE.com
"So I had set up my Microsoft Xbox to test the mat up against DVD playback and in game sound. I first prepared myself to test the lounge factor. I wondered exactly how comfortable the mat was. After my initial sit I was amazed. This thing was not going to make my legs fall asleep or make me get uncomfortable at all, at first at least. I fired up the Xbox and tossed in Sega GT 2002 and started a race. I turned on the power using the super ergonomic power control. Pyramat did a great job with the volume control / power switch. It is attached to the far right of the I/O panel and has a 2 foot cord that can be neatly packed away in the pouch directly below it. I then adjusted the volume to its max output, underestimating the power of the PM300"

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast TV 2000 XP Deluxe Tuner Review @ SLCentral
"The Leadtek WinFast TV 2000 XP Deluxe comes with an impressive list of features including TiVo functionality, recording, time shifting, FM radio and the ability to edit video. Whats it like and what did we think, read on in our official review... "

More information on this review can be found here.
Gainward Ultra/1200 Plus GeForce FX 5900 128MB VGA Review @ Overclockers NZ
"Today, we are going to examine Gainward's GeForceFX 5900 Golden Sample (1200XP). Gainward guarantees that its Golden Sample FX5900 can safely run at 440MHz for the core and 900 MHz for the memory, which is close to FX5900 Ultra speed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TwinX PC3200 Dual Channel Memory @ Tech Dreams
"Memory is arguably the most important component to actually spend the money on to get the high quality stuff. Top companies like Corsair and Kingston have always stayed in good competition and have fueled the memory market, even in bad times. Dual channel DDR is now the latest and greatest in high-speed memory technology and with that speed comes the necessity to pay even closer attention to what you are buying for your system. The way I think of dual channel DDR is sort of like RAID for RAM. While sometimes its possible to get two drives exactly the same size without being having the same hardware; 99% of the time it will not work at all, or have problems further down the road. The same goes for Dual Channel DDR. Luckily, Corsair has packaged pairs of matched RAM for this new standard, and correct me if I am wrong, but they were the first to do it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin PC3500 High Performance 'Black' DDR @ TheCrucible.ca
"Well, where to begin? I can't emphasize how easy it was to overclock this RAM. I recently have had some RAM in my hands (four times RMA'd now) that would not even do stock speeds at 3.0v on my old IT7-max. It was a joy to get my hands on such a quality product; I know this ram still has headroom. It also does have a pretty swanky trademark black PCB, although it's hidden for the most part under the copper heatspreaders..."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial 2x 256MB PC3200 @ ASE Labs
"In the modern world of faster and faster CPUs, you need some RAM that can handle very high FSB speeds. Crucial steps forward to provide the RAM you need. Read on to find out more."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LanParty Pro 875 Canterwood Review @ OCAddiction.com
"You'll notice the orange UV-Sensitive color of all of the ports built onto the board, including the P4 cooling cage. This is a very nice touch that goes nicely with the rest of the components they've included in the LANParty package. As with every motherboard review, there's a few area's of interest that we'd like to point out specifically..."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ 256Mb PC3200 Premier Series @ Legit Reviews
"Most of the products we take a look at are the fastest and priciest computer pieces on the market. This is great, but it also leaves the majority of computer users looking at reviews on products they can not afford or even need. Today we are taking a look at the PC3200 Premier Series from OCZ Technology Inc. This line of memory is considered "value", and therefore should offer good performance at a price that will not leave your wallet empty...."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LanParty NFII Ultra @ Legion Hardware
"The LanParty NFII Ultra certainly is an impressive board from its extensive list of features to the superb performance. The board offers superior performance compared to its KT400A partner, however with a retail value of $170 it is also much more expensive. The LanParty KT400A retails for just $140 which is a $30 US saving and considering the boards share almost identical features the KT400A version really is a bargain. Nonetheless, for those seeking ultimate power look no further than the LanParty NFII Ultra."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT IS7 Max II Advance Motherboard @ Viper Lair
"Let us remind you one thing that was obvious today… make sure your ABIT IS7's BIOS is updated to v1.3. Not everyone will have an ABIT Canterwood to compare against, but it seems likely to me that an ABIT IS7 with the Game Accelerator BIOS will make a strong argument of considering a Springdale, specifically the IS7, rather than a Canterwood."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit IC7-G Max2 i875 @ A1 Electronics
"Using the popular Award BIOS this Abit IC7-G Max2 motherboard gives you all the features you expect for everyday use and overclocking including a "Performance Mode" for Fast, Turbo or Ultra. Abit's usual comprehensive package of overclocking options including AGP/PCI which is adjusable, FSB/RAM ratios, Voltage adjustments for your processor, AGP and memory to name just a few."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle AB60/RS (865PE) Motherboard @ Extreme Overclocking
"Shuttle is a well known motherboard manufacturer among the community. More recently you may know them from their very successful XPC line, which revolutionized the small form factor industry. Today, we are not going to be looking at their XPC line but a motherboard based on the Intel 865PE chipset. The 865PE chipset supports many nice features such as Serial ATA, 800 MHz FSB, and dual 64-bit memory controllers. So far, this chipset has been a great success for motherboard manufacturers as well as Intel."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Xaser III V1000A @ The Tech Lounge
"When you think of Thermaltake, the word "performance" comes to mind. Thermaltake deals mostly with cooling your computer, and has products that branch out into other fields but remain true to the original game plan. In the past, Thermaltake created the Xaser II series of cases, which offered additional style and functionality to the original Chenming cases. Now they have released the Xaser III, which is the next step in cool cases. Is this case really a unique performance case, or did they just modify another case and sell it as their own?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Athenatech A747SC Midtower Case @ Bjorn3D
"A CPU "cooling tower" is used to evacuate the warm air from the CPU directly. During installation no sharp edges were noted inside the case. This is a great relief because I am tired of bleeding on the motherboard during installation. The power switch is surrounded by a blue light to let you know that power is on."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chenming 301KE Aluminum Case @ Pimprig
"While installation on the 301KE is a fairly simple process, there are a few oversights. The lack of a removable motherboard and the non-removable opposite side panel namely. The real problem that the non-removable side panel causes is in wire management."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xoxide X-Sonic Mid-Tower Case Review @ VH
"Manufactured by Chenming, the X-Sonic is a relatively low-priced Mid-Tower ATX case that continues Xoxide's line of affordable aluminum cases. Gone are the days where the only aluminum cases were high-priced Lian-Li models; the market is now flooded with lower-priced aluminum computer housings that almost anyone can afford. But a downside to this is that there are many sub-par and low quality aluminum cases that you simply would not want your computer to be in. Does the X-Sonic unfortunately fit into this category, or is it worthy for your system?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, July 1, 2003
TDK 440N Indi DVD Writer Review @ Designtechnica
"The TDK 440N Indi DVD writer is a great investment for those that plan on creating media content or backing up their computer. The instruction manual and installation video shows TDK’s dedication to the consumer while the new look of the front faceplate gives the drive a look of quality. Read and write performance on the TDK 440N was above average in our tests and the included Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator 6 worked beautifully without a hitch. TDK once again gives us a quality product at a reasonable price in the TDK 440N Indi DVD writer. Make sure to buy DVD+RW media and an audio cable if this will be your only drive as neither is included in the 440N package."

More information on this review can be found here.
Projekt CK II - A Software Controlled 8-Fanbus Controller @ Hardware-Test
"Around a year ago Robin B. Jensen revealed Project CK, a 5-channel software-controlled fanbus. A short while later I was contacted by Morten Givskov (d_morten), and we discussed lots of possible improvements before reaching this new version, which we have developed together. d_morten is primarily responsible for the hardware part, while I’ve concentrated on the programming side. Like Project CK it is a software-controlled fanbus with parallel port interface, but now with 8 channels and pulse idth odulated outputs, which means that each output an be controlled a lot better than just 0-5-7-12 volts."

More information on this project can be found here.
Antec Lanboy Case Review @ Enscape.net
"With more and more people travelling the country with their PC in tow someone had to capatilise on LAN parties. This is Antec’s contribution: The Antec Lanboy."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zippy EL-610 Keyboard @ Think Computers
"So you are looking into getting a new keyboard? Most people stick with their keyboard for a while before they go look at a new one. Keyboards are not that flashy at all. You usually just see the basic beige ones in the shelf, but recently we have seen black, and silver ones. Besides color and shortcut buttons keyboards do not really offer anything that has caught my eyes. Well just reciently some really cool looking keyboards have been coming out. Today we will be looking at the Zippy EL-610, sent to us by Bytecc."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mouse Padding Around @ System Cooling
"There are many mouse pads or surfaces out there that you can use. Everything from your standard foamy cloth pad, steel pad, plastic pad or anything flat and hard. Today we are going to take a look a four mouse pads, which I consider to be the best that's out there. This includes the Giganta V-3 from EverGlide, Mouse Maxx 100si from PCToys, Ratpadz GS from Ratpadz and last but not least Xide-Pad from KoolPCMods."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nexus NX-4000 Power Supply Review @ MyGamer
"The Nexus NX-4000 power supply has increased the power output by 400 watts all while being careful not to increase the noise level of the power supply itself. They've done a very good job at accomplishing such a task, as the added power output hasn't hindered the noise level in the slightest, and it still remains to be very silent."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master CoolDrive3 Review @ 8BallsHardware
"While Cooler Master is more known for their line of excellent aluminum cases, they also happen to provide the enthusiast market with other types of products including thermal compounds, CPU coolers and also hard drive cooling solutions. The CoolDrive3 is Cooler Master's latest hard drive cooling solution which attempts to blend visual flair with functionality. While I haven't had the chance to check out their other hard drive cooler; the DCD-4002; the CoolDrive3 should prove interesting."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle SN45G nForce2 Ultra 400 XPC review @ Hexus.net
"This cube is the fastest AMD one yet. It's stable, fast, tweakable, feature rich and relatively quiet. One almost begins to question the wisdom of large boxes when this little wonder can accomplish so much. If we had to be critical, and we often are, we'd question the return to the tacky-looking fascia. The previous nForce2 (SN41G2) and SB61G2's overall look was classier. This one, it has to be said, does look a little 'cheap' in direct comparison. Other than this, this is another fine example of how to pack speed and features into a small form factor. There's no stopping Shuttle, it seems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Noritake 800 VFD Mounting Article @ ICEHardware
"There are a few possibilities when it comes to mounting a display such as this, it could either be mounted in an external box or internally in the computer case. This article looks at mounting the display in a Lian-Li case."

More information on this article can be found here.
UV Red Acrylic Case Review @ OCIA
"The case was securely packaged after first being wrapped in bubble wrap and then fitted into slots in the foam box ends. The first thing that strikes you when you open the box is a big note taped to the components box stating clearly "Do Not Use Electric Screwdriver". I assumed that the no electric screwdriver instructions are to keep a person from stripping threads. Upon building the case I realized this was a good assumption. If you are in a habit of torquing screws tightly, in assembling this case, change your habits."

More information on this review can be found here.
Win a Free DFI LAN Party NForce II Ultra Motherboard @ ADPMods
"ADPmods is bringing you one of the SICKEST Giveaways of the summer. We are giving away only ONE LAN Party Motherboard Kit. The draw will be held on Friday August 8th, and the winner will be notified by phone and/or email. The winner has 7 days to claim their prize after which a new winner will be selected. DFI LAN Party NForce II Ultra Motherboard. The first Motherboard constructed with Modding aesthetics and LAN Gaming in mind. Every order for $150 or more automatically receives one Ballot in the draw. Orders must be placed between June 27th and midnight July 31st."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Happy Canada Day from MTB!
On behalf of everyone here at MTB, we would like to wish Canadians everywhere a Happy Canada Day. As part of the celebration we have partnered together with Jab-Tech to offer a special discount on Digital Doc 5+ Kits. Right now when you order your own Digital Doc 5+ Kit, enter the discount coupon code "modthebox" and receive a $4 discount off the regular purchase price of $54.95. This promotion is subject to change and is for a limited time only while quantities last. A big thanks to Jab-Tech for hooking up our readers with this great promotion.

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