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Saturday, January 31, 2004
Razer Boomer Speed 2100 Mouse Review @ Overclockers Club
"Razer is back! They have a new web site and a new product line with a rebirth of the Boomslang mouse. In April 2001 we took a look at the Razer BoomSlang 2000, a mouse that had no comparison at the time, and truthfully still doesn't. That is of course, unless you happen to take a look at the latest creation from Razer, the BoomerSpeed. The new "Boomer" product line has two models. The first one is called the Boomer Control which is 1400 DPI (for the control freaks) and the other is the Boomer Speed which is 2100 DPI. We'll be taking a look at the Boomer Speed today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire CopperStream II Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"Like our comments about the earlier Spire heatsink we reviewed, sure we can all agree that from such a compact heatsink the performance from this Spire CopperStream II is very good indeed. Good to see a decent colour fan fitted to this Spire heatsinks to complement the Nickel coating and look rather smart in todays personal computers. This fan should really be fitted to the AMD Athlon XP SkiveStreem II heatsink as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TwinX PC4400 Dual Channel Memory Review @ Madshrimps
"Corsair Micro has released what is currently the fastest DDR on the market. Their Twin-X4400 (DDR550) is ideally suited for Canterwood based 875 chipset platforms. We test them on a battery of motherboards to find out how far this memory can push your system!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS7000A-Cu HSF Review @ myWORLD Hardware
"The Zalman CNPS7000A-Cu is an excellent product for those particular of noise levels in their casing. Despite having an excellent performance with minimal noise levels, it was a pity that the CNPS7000A-Cu was an overkill in terms of weight and space required."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilenX 400W Power Supply Review @ Legit Reviews
"Enter SilenX Power Supplies into the picture! They specialize in making some of the quietest actively cooled power supplies on the planet! How quiet can they be? Try around 14 dBA from 1m of the power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolMax Taurus Series Silent Power Supply Review @ FastLaneHW
"CoolMax Taurus Series Silent Power Supply Reviews @ FastLaneHW.com Description: Today we're bringing you a review of two power supplies from CoolMax's Taurus Series, their line up of silent power supplies. Read on to find out how these two units perform and if they would be a perfect solution for those looking for a quiet computer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax EG375P Noisetaker PSU Review @ Viper Lair
"We've gone over some of the features earlier, but there are some interesting items worth noting. The two separate 12v rails will provide cleaner power to items that drain the most. In this case, it's the CPU and motherboard, and your hard drives. By separating them, you effectively remove one source of power drain from another."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone 400w PSU Review @ HTPC News
"When using products that are silent they just never seem to dissipate heat very well. The fans that are used run at lower speeds to ensure less noise and in return allow more heat to stay in the PC enclosure. Today we are looking at a PSU by Silverstone which tries to actually counteract both problems with one simple solution, a 120mm fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool VC-RE VGA Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"I'll admit I wasn't expecting much from the VC-RE before opening the package. I was confident it would work, and perhaps look cool, but was in no way prepared for how well it would work. The design truly is robust, which isn't particularly common in the general aftermarket choices of VGA coolers. The size, finish, and aesthetics are all impressive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec SuperLANBOY Aluminum Mini-Tower Review @ System Cooling
"Many times you won't be able to reduce the weight of you monitor, without spending a lot of money to buy a new LCD. But one of the best and most cost efficient ways of reducing the weight is to get a new case. And for LAN Party goers there is no better case then the Antec SuperLANBOY aluminum mini tower. The SuperLANBOY weights in at 8.8 pounds and offers attractive modern styling, large side window and two silent 120mm fans."

More information on this review can be found here.
Liquid Peltier Cooling for Your Video Card Guide @ PimpedOutCases
"The final rock-solid top speed I was able to achieve on my 9700 is 446MHz! A 121MHz overclock from its stock speed of 325! With the extra heat sink on the memory controller the RAM was able to overclock to 365MHz, bringing it up to par with the 9800XT. The benchmark results are very encouraging, as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Athenatech A801 Tower Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Authentic A801 Tower Case is quite different than most cases because of the countless very useful and interesting features. It's based around a tool-less design, has plenty of work space inside for installing computer hardware, and many drive bays. Air circulation is great because of the installed 120mm fan and another optional 120mm fan can be installed at the front along with other optional 80mm fans."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Friday, January 30, 2004
Overclocking Concepts and Methodology @ Hardware12v
"We are inaugurated a new section specified in Overclocking publishing a new guide about the knowledge and some metodology of the overclocking. This guide is directed to the newbiews and the users that has made some tests with his system but want to knows more. In this guide we explain the basics and how to configure the different items to make a good overclock (Vcore, Vchipset, FSB, multiplier and the main memory)."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Cable Cleaning Guide @ M:6 Hardware
"First, lets start with the IDE cables. Sure, you can buy those fancy rounded cables, but they are expensive and still don't look as good. We'll need to make a hole at the motherboard tray to allow the cables to pass through. Measure the exact location of your IDE ports and mark them. Measure twice, cut once!"

Nice work! More information on this guide can be found here.
Vantec Spectrum Mouse Pad Review @ FastLaneHW
"When people mod their mousepads, it's usually a piece of plexiglass or lexan, with blue leds shining throughout it. Today we get to review the Vantec Spectrum Mouse Pad, which does just that. What Vantec did, was they designed a cool looking mousepad, and added a cold cathode to go around the mousepad, lighting it up with a nice soft blue."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master CoolDrive 4 Review @ CoolTechZone
"It is important for enthusiasts to monitor their system temperatures when tweaking their systems. If you are one of those people that like to tweak their system and have lots of fans for cooling, you know the daunting task of reducing noise level while still keeping the temperatures at minimum levels. That's why most of us have fan controllers and system monitors. Some of us also like to cool their hard drives by putting fans around them. It's too much load when you have to pay attention to so many factors in a PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake "Extreme Giant III" Video Card Heatsink Review @ hardCOREware
"When Thermaltake originally ripped off Zalman's silent heatsink design and added a fan, many of us saw right through it as nothing more than an imposter (no, we wouldn't be fooled by the fact that it was named "Giant II" attempting to lead us to believe it was actually a second gen product). So we all ignored it, and silent PC enthusiasts enjoyed the awesome original Zalman. Well the "Giant" is back, this time sporting an "Extreme" moniker. What did Thermaltake do to make it deserve such a name? They added a 9000 RPM blower fan that does NOTHING. Just wait'll you see this thing."

More information on this review can be found here.
BFG Technologies Asylum Geforce FX5700U Review @ Monkey Review
"The BFG Technologies Asylum Geforce FX 5700 Ultra is based on the NV36 Core, which incidentally, is also the first GPU that IBM has manufactured. The core uses a .13 micron process which should keep things slightly cooler than its predecessors. The Core weighs in at a respectable 475MHz and its 128MB of 2.2ns DDRII comes in at 450MHz (900MHz Effective). Finally, the RAMDAC is dual 400MHz.

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte N57U 5700 Ultra Review @ Neoseeker
"It was last October when we first took a look at the Geforce FX 5700 Ultra (code named NV36). We found the card to be very promising, one of the most solid products Nvidia had released in recent memory. Fast forward three months to today and we take a look at Gigabyte's Geforce FX 5700. The Geforce FX 5700 Ultra is supposed to replace the disappointing FX5600 series as well as compete against the Radeon 9600XT. However Nvidia has muddied the mid-range market with the excellent 5900 Non Ultra as well as the derivatives, the 5900 XT and 5900 SE. It comes in very close to the 5700 Ultra price point but packs the architecture of the 5900 Ultra."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon 9600XT Ultimate Edition Review @ PimpRig
"Sapphire products are well known among the more "informed" computer users as the video card to get that meets or exceeds ATI's specifications while offering their products at a lower price than most other companies that produce ATI based video cards. The Sapphire Ultimate Edition version of ATI's 9600XT video card deviates from the original ATI design specification by replacing the heatsink and fan with a heatpipe that produces absolutely no noise at all."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Technology Temjin TJ-01 Mid-Tower Case Review @ 3DXtreme
"Today 3DXtreme has the great pleasure of reviewing one of SilverStone Technology's latest cases, the Temjin TJ-01. With the focus mainly on modded cases and lighting of cases it's actually refreshing once in a while to come across a design that is not. SilverStone Technology has put a lot of effort into providing a wide variety of case solutions to meet everyone's needs. This case is no exception."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nikao G3 Mid-tower Case Review @ Tech-Mods
"Ah the computer, we are fascinated by them as if it were the glary bouncing flashes of a fire place. If we don’t have our eyes glued to the monitor it is usually a fixed to the computer tower, some of the more advanced users create that of art when it comes to the computer towers. Well the growth of this has hit the case manufacturers and they too want to show the world the art that can be displayed, just from the interior of a home computer. Now some of these beauties come with a price but today we’ll be looking at one that is budget minded in deed at around $44.00 NIKAO’s G3 a mid-tower case. that seems to have form and function."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-K8VNXP K8T800 Athlon64 Motherboard Review @ BJorn3D
"We were lucky enough to get our hands on one of Gigabyte's most feature-packed offerings for the Athlon 64, the GA-K8VNXP. This mainboard is based on VIA's K8T800 chipset, and it is loaded with features, such as IDE and SATA RAID, IEEE1394b support, gigabit ethernet, and six-channel audio. The features really would not mean much to many consumers if the mainboard does not perform well when compared to its peers. That is why we will be checking out how the GA-K8VNXP's performance compares to Leadtek nForce2 and nForce3 solutions."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, January 29, 2004
Enermax Noisetaker EG425P-VE 420W Power Supply Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"Enermax is a well known and respected name in today's highly competitive power supply business. Innovation and creativity have kept Enermax at the top of the list, boasting a plethora of features that can't be found in ordinary power supplies. The Noisetaker line of power supplies from Enermax have certainly raised the bar with features such as smart fan operation, separate 12V rails, and serial ATA connectors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Creative Inspire T5400 5.1 Surround Speakers Review @ Ohls-Place
"Creative is known for their SoundBlaster line of sound cards as well as having a great line of speaker systems ranging from simple 2.0 systems to more complex 7.1 systems. I will be introducing you to their 5.1 system known as the T5400. The Inspire 5400 speakers are good solution to a 5.1 surround system at an affordable $99.00."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Cordless Desktop MX for Bluetooth Review @ Hardware Pacers
"The keyboard looks awesome, especially with the stylish silver and gray-blue colors. The comfort of this keyboard lies in its zero degree tilt and removable palm rest. This keyboard is different from the previous Elite Keyboard because it has a blue-gray color and contains Bluetooth technology. The older version had excellent transmission rates and could work over five feet away. The new keyboard has the Bluetooth technology and is capable of working thirty feet away without a single lost transmission."

More information on this review can be found here.
Homemade CPU/GPU/Chipset Water Blocks Tested @ Madshrimps
"Water cooling your entire system, something only for the rich ? Wrong! Buying cheaper blocks means crappy performance ? Wrong again! We received some home made water blocks, for VGA, CPU and Chipset, to see how the stack up against retail water cooling solutions. Now these blocks are going into mass production: low priced, good performing water cooling for everyone? Let's find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Highpoint RocketRAID 1640 Controller Video Review @ 3DGameman
"Like other Highpoint RAID host adapters, the RocketRAID 640 Controller has excellent performance and reliability at a great price. This particular controller can support up to 4 SATA Hard Drives and provides multi-level RAID support including RAID 5, 0, 1, 1/0 and JBOD. With so many RAID configuration options it will easily fit your storage needs."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Antec Super LAN Boy Case Review @ Think Computers
"What is needed for a good LAN Party case? It needs to be light, yet have alot of space. It neds to be functional, but not be overloaded with crazy gadgets. Antec had put out the original LAN Boy case a while back and it was the ultimate LAN Party case. The Super LAN Boy is the original LAN Boy with a sleek new look and some new features."

More information on this review can be found here.

Tec-Wind Thermal Compound Kit Review

"As many of you will recall, I recently discussed in my guide on Radeon Flashing the importance on memory cooling on video cards, especially when overclocking. This becomes a significant problem as video memory is stressed. Some chips will become warm enough to burn your finger under full load, and it goes without saying that this impacts both performance and stability. To curb the problem we will not only look at the Copper RAM Sink Kit from Tec-Wind, but we will compare them to some generic aluminum counterparts and see how it improves overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax CS-800TA-S Case Review @ Viper Lair
"The Enermax CS800-TA is a well designed case, and something I felt was quite easy to work with. It's quite large for a mid-tower, and some of the features such as fan control, drive rails/clips, and a temperature LCD are nice additions."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Technology Temjin Tj-01 Silver Mid-Tower Case Review @ The Crucible
"If you're looking for a solid case with good looks and unique styling, consider this case. It won't break the bank too much, for a little more of your hard earned green you could go completely aluminum, but nevertheless, SilverStone has done a good job with this case. Its definitely got lots of room for optical drives, plenty of mod potential, and will draw it's share of attention at the lan party."

More information on this review can be found here.
Athenatech A106 Designer Micro-ATX Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"Finally, the LCD, fan speed control and temperature monitor are fantastic additions to this line of cases. This means you can easily keep a close eye on the system and ensure none of the components overheat. Plus, it is incredibly stylish."

More information on this review can be found here.
InWin X710 Case Review @ MetkuMods
"Cases and power supply units quality shines from little details, and X710 has plenty of them. Nearly all edges of sheet metal are rounded, there are little things here and there that helps general use and installation of devices. I don't find any fault on building quality of the frame or finishing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Xoxide Illuminated Keyboard and Fan Mouse Review @ FastLaneHW
"Tonight we'll be taking a look at two products bundled as a kit. The Illuminated Multimedia Keyboard and the Optical Fan Mouse from Xoxide. Both designed to light up, but also designed to make input much better. Let's take a look at what these products have to offer, and if they will win a spot as your next rig's input devices."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Vortex Review @ Creative Mods
"The Vantec Vortex fits into a 5.25" drive bay with your hard drive resting inside. It monitors the temperature of your hard drive and also cools it, with a blower fan that is located at the front of the unit. The blower fan ensures that there will be no dead spots. It is nice to see a blower fan being incorporated into a hard drive cooler, when they are most often used for cooling CPUs."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Eudemon SST-FP52 Controller Review @ System Cooling
"Many companies try to get you to buy their product with flashy lights, shiny plastics and flat out gimmicks. And although some of the products might look good a first glance you will quickly get tired and or annoyed by the overpowering look. If quality, simplicity and contemporary styling work for you then today's review of the SilverStone Eudemon front control and temperature display panel will be right up your alley."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soltek 'Black Thunder' SL-K8AN-RL Motherboard Review @ Ninja Lane
"Looking to keep on top of the latest and greatest hardware money can buy? Having trouble in the money department? Look no further than the Soltek SL-K8AN-RL, a perfect solution for the Athlon64 hungry system builder on a budget."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evesham Axis 64 3000 Review @ Hexus
"Multi-use setups like the Axis will always appeal. It's for that reason, it's multi-talented abilities as a games machine, simple video capture and editing box and multimedia TV hub, that I'm happy to award it a high score. It has some downsides, I'd be looking to put a 512MB stick of something like Corsair XMS3200 in there for starters, relieving myself of the Hyundai mess, but overall it's a very well executed PC. With the Radeon 9800SE All-In-Wonder playing a large part, the excellent warranty and attractive £999.99 (sans VAT) price, combined with great HIDs and good speakers, I really recommend the Axis 64 3000+ if the budget fits."

More information on this review can be found here.
LeadTek GeForceFX 5700 Ultra Video Card Review @ NextGen Electronics
"LeadTek definitely has a winner in the WinFast A360 Ultra video card which employs a fantastic chipset at a cost most gamers can afford. A definite winner that you're going to want to check out the next time you plan to upgrade your video card solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake HardCano 12 Review @ A1-Electronics
"What more can you ask for. As computer cases have more than just one fan this Thermaltake HardCano 12 controller gives you quick and easy access to control them and makes the front of your computer very modern and stylish. Yes, we like it, especially the blue back light which really does look great."

More information on this review can be found here.
January High-end Gaming PC Buyer's Guide @ Sharky Extreme
"The purpose behind this guide is to give you a general idea of what kind of high-end gaming PC is possible with a budget of $2500. While the individual components are top notch, we take a look at the larger picture, and decide which pieces meld together the best to form the highest-performing, feature-rich gaming PC possible. We recommend configurations for both the Intel and AMD sides of the spectrum, and are not here to promote one platform over the other."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Apple G5 Converted to a PC @ Overclockers.com
"The G5 uses a total of 7 Delta fans and 2 Delta blowers. I really wanted to keep them in use, but I could not figure out the wiring pattern - 4 black wires, I could not figure out the polarity. I think Apple had these custom made for them."

More information on this project can be found here.
CVN-65 USS Enterprise Aircraft Carrier Project @ Mini-ITX
"I was walking around a toy store waiting for my wife to finish looking at the Barbie toys one day (before anyone asks, yes, she is more than eight years old and I love the fact that she is still into toys) and I saw this cool looking toy of the aircraft carrier Enterprise. I looked closer at it, and thought that it might be big enough to hold one of those great Mini-ITX motherboards from VIA. Since the toy was only $19.99, I decided to get it. Upon getting home, I ripped open the box and confirmed that the width of the toy at it's largest area was a little over 17cm wide. The Mini-ITX would be a tight fit, but it would work."

Nice work! More information on this project can be found here.
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
Thermaltake Lanfire XaserBag Review @ PimpRig
"When I was looking over the case, I couldn’t help but keep going back to the amount of adjustable buckles they have on it. This thing is adjustable from every angle, which is actually a blessing because you can move the straps so the dont end up on the corners of you case, which will elimnate scratching."

More information on this review can be found here.
SMC Wireless USB Flash Drive Review @ Envy News
"Although we review PC and Mac hardware of a general scope, we're primarily a gadget-hardware oriented site. We continually strive to test and evaluate items small enough for a shirt pocket or the palm of your hand. Today, we bring you a review of a nifty hybrid product from SMC Networks; a 32MB USB Flash Drive with integrated 802.11b WiFi network transceiver - or is it the otherway around - a WiFi transceiver with integrated USB Flash drive?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic-Cooling VGA Silencer Review @ Ohls-Place
"Need something to help keep that new video card from melting down into a pile of molten plastic and metal? Well Arctic-Cooling has a product that just might help you do that. Their VGA Silencer won't put out fires, but it will cool down even seriously overclocked video card very nicely."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dr Thermal Sandwich Heatsink Review @ Overclockers Club
"This has to be one of the most unique looking bases I have ever seen on a heatsink. In one of the emails I received from T.I.T.I they called this the sandwich cooler and now I see why they call it that. You can clearly see in the pictures that aluminum and copper are sandwiched together to create the base of the heatsink, with the part of the base that touches the core looks to be solid but upon closer inspection it is sandwiched pieces of copper, and is held together with screws. The base had a very good finish and felt very smooth."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Jet 7 Socket A Cooler Review @ The Modfathers
"In the past there have been silly designs for cases, mice, keyboards, but very rarely the manufacturers come up with a really silly design on a critical component. Cooler Master have decided to do their bit in creating this unique design. The Jet 7 Cooler, a heatsink and fan combination that begs you to point and laugh at it. But can it cut the mustard in the cooling stakes or is it just cool?"

More information on this review can be found here.
IdeaZon Zboard Crossfire Review @ Viper Lair
"From a gamer's perspective, with the proper key set, this keyboard does simplify things by laying out the keys in a logical manner. Whether you use the predefined setup, or you customize it, the Zboard can be a useful device. Like we mentioned earlier, you can setup "zones" for commonly pressed keys, so your favorite keys are always nearby."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCX462-V Heatsink and MCX159-R Chipset Cooler Review @ OCIA
"The installation of the heatsink was much easier than I expected. I would rate it as the easiest heatsink installation I have experienced with an Athlon. The two clips are independent of each other and not dependent on that leaf spring style clip that many of us have grown to detest. The clip is a 3 prong clip on each side, a definite quality move."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Eudemon SST-FP52 Review @ FastLaneHW
"Today we'll be reviewing SilverStone's Eudemon SST-FP52 front panel controller, which auto-adjusts your fans, monitors your temperatures, and even functions as an alarm clock. We'll see if it offers the build quality and functionality we expect, and if it deserves a spot in your 5.25" bay."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Musketeer LLC-U01 Review @ 8BallsHardware
"Cooler Master has been very well known for their line of high-end aluminum computer casing spanning from the ATCS series to the current line of cases which include among others the very sexy Praetorian and WaveMaster chassis. Cooler Master also delved into providing cooling solutions for both OEM and commercial purposes. To stay competitive in the current market, new products have to be introduced to maintain interest and visibility compared to competing brands. Of special interest is Cooler Master's Musketeer, which is given the function 'System Dynamics Detector". This is but one of Cooler Master's latest products in their range of accessories for sprucing up your PC. Coming in two color schemes: Black (LLC-U01) and Silver (LLC-U02), this device gives the impression of more flash than functionality."

More information on this review can be found here.
SystemGuide Winter 2003-2004 @ Madshrimps
"The goal is again to present 4 systems that can serve as reference to build your own new system. Everything can and may be changed to fulfill your own needs and according to the possibility of laying your hands on the components we propose. Family, Low/High and a 64-bit PC."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Corsair TwinX-1024 XMS4400 Memory Review @ Hightekpc
"Corsair's memory that is most popular for high-end operations would be the XMS series (Xtreme Memory Speed). This memory has proven to be highly overclockable in the past. Today, we have a TwinX pack of Corsair's XMS4400; a hefty gigabyte of it. Corsair claims that the RAM can function in dual channel at 3-4-4-8 with 2.8vdimm at PC4400/DDR550 speeds, hence the 4400 in the name. Today, we will find out if that is possible."

More information on this review can be found here.
New LL Verge V Modded Case Released @ VoyeurMods

"Mounted on the side of the case is a HUGE Acrylic window with optional side fan configuration, for the best possible view of your RIG! Additional features for this case include internal case fans for additional cooling, triple exhaust chimney with laser grills, and thumbscrews everywhere you look. We have taking every step to insure that this case meets the demands of even the harshest Overclocker's/Gamer. Next, we have added the only top triple 120mm window in the business to the case; the window perfectly matches the side window in size and location. To continue the clean/sleek black look we have replaced all of the silver rivets with black ones".

More information on this new case can be found here.
Athenatech A106 Mini Case with LCD Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Athenatech A106 Mini Case has many excellent features; it's very stylish and is affordable. Something very distinctive about this case is that it has a small blue LCD at the front which displays; data/time/alarm, temperatures, fan information, etc. Considering its small size, the overall design works well and allows for easy hardware insulation. A definite consideration for a Home Theatre Personal Computer."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Monday, January 26, 2004
Cooler Master Jet 4 HSF Review @ CoolTechZone
"One of the major factors in achieving high overclocks is by adding a good heatsink. Many of us don't have the budget to purchase a water-cooling system so we are stuck at air-cooling heatsinks. There are quite a few air based heatsinks in the market but which one to choose is a difficult question. As mentioned earlier, good heatsink will allow you to get good overclocking results, which will increase system performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
CPU Trends Shown by 3DMark03 @ BJorn3D
"Thanks to the Futuremark crew, we have been granted an exclusive look at some of the data submitted by 3DMark03 users. Futuremark provided us with CPU data that covers June 2003 to December 2003. During this time, one of the most exciting CPU developments was AMD's release of the Athlon 64 processors. In this article, I will not only show you the distribution of AMD and Intel CPUs in Futuremark's collected data but also the distribution of Athlon 64 processors. So keep reading if you'd like an answer to any of the following questions: Which company, AMD or Intel, is more popular overall, according to the collected data? Is AMD's popularity increasing? Is Intel's popularity increasing? How fast is the Athlon 64 being adopted?"

More information on this article can be found here.
FrozenCPU Modular TrueBlue 480W PSU Review @ Virtual Hideout
"On the usability side, the TrueBlue has modular construction to allow the user to connect only those lines and connectors that will actually be used. This feature will keep you from having extra lines hanging around inside the case to restrict airflow and increase clutter. Extra features include an external connector for powering devices outside the case (although at this point I'm not sure what those would be; possibly a water-cooling reservoir/pump), TruePower fan control circuitry, dual ball-bearing fans (one lighted blue) and good documentation. As for looks, the TrueBlue has the modder in mind."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial PC3200 DDR400 Memory Review @ Tweaknews
"Crucial offers a fantastic product for mainstream users. Its memory is stable and reliable. It is not meant to overclock, yet I was still able to get a nice boost without damaging the modules. The temperatures remained warm (not hot) even without the use of heatspreaders."

More information on this review can be found here.
S3 DeltaChrome S8 Video Card Review @ Hexus
"There's matters that need resolving, that's for sure. But we still feel optimistic about S3 chances of capturing a small portion of this lucrative market. There's always room for competent products, and S3, if it can iron out some of the problems that we have made reference to, can provide competent architectures that partners would be willing to put their name to. That's a big if, and time will tell whether S3 has been able to surmount the obstacles that are presently in the way. There's a chance that S3 can be a real player again, but that's just what it is - a chance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TWINX1024-4000PRO Review @ MB Review
"Overall, I was quite impressed by Corsair's TWINX1024 4000PRO. Not only does it offer quite a unique feature with the built-in RAM activity LED's, but it also further cements the idea that Corsair is truly gamer's memory. Although the performance differences between our Corsair and OCZ test modules was quite small, as well it should be, the Corsair was still able to post sizeable leads for RAM performance differences when placed against OCZ EL DDR PC4000 offering."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Silverstone LC03 HTPC Case Review @ HTPC News
"Check out our review to see if this case has the chance to knock Antec's Overture as the hottest mass marketed HTPC case. Silverstone has listened to the reviewers and made some great changes to their latest version of the LC series HTPC case and is ready to let the world check it out. With it's Piano Black mirror finish, removable motherboard tray, removable drive trays, and a look to die for, this may just be your next case."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI Lanparty PRO975B Motherboard Review @ hardCOREware
"By now you're probably familiar with DFI's coming-of-age with the Lanparty series board. They first launched with a fair of AMD boards, and an Intel board. They have since dropped the KT400A chipset, and released new versions of their NFII and 875P boards. They also have a new 865PE board. The new series feature "CMOS Reloaded", which sounds a lot like PR fluff, but we found it to be truly innovative, and extremely helpful for overclocking. With a packed bundle, and awesome OC performance, the D875B is more than just a pretty motherboard!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooltech Modula 2 Water Cooling System Review @ System Cooling
"While Cooltech might not exactly be a household name when it comes to water cooling systems, it's certainly not from a lack of a product line. The Italian company produces their kits in no less than a half dozen different variations, each with its own niche. Today we're taking a look at the Modula 2 system, and we'll see how much cool that Cooltech has to offer."

More information on the MTB Case Gallery can be found here.

Kool Solutions Chill Vent II Review

"No matter what kind of heatsink and fan combination you have, it's not going to be of much use if the air around it is hot. There are a variety of means of getting cool air into that area, and ducting mods, although they've been around for a long time, are getting popular enough that entire companies are sprouting up around the concept. Kool Solutions is just such a company, and they make the subject of our review today, the Chill Vent II."

More information on this review can be found here.
Reminder: MTB Modification Contest 2004 & MTB Gallery Open!
MODTHEBOX.COM is happy to announce our 2nd annual Modification Contest for 2004.

There will be 4 winners drawn with selected prizes provided by our site sponsors: ADPmods, Bitspower, Bytewize Computers, Compuvision, Dremel, Flexiglow and Xoxide.


Rules:

The rules are very simple but we are adding a little twist. This contest will allow participants to submit either a modified computer case or modified component. A modified component can be any type of part either computer specific or non-computer specific.

To enter you must be a registered member of the forums. Users will be required to submit two of their best pictures of a past or present modification project. Images must be posted in this thread and include information on the case or project, type of mods performed and technique used. Winners will be selected by our very own MTB Crew. All projects will be placed in the MTB gallery after the contest ends.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

1st Place:
-Dremel MultiPro 395 w/10 accessories
-Dremelite attachment
-Thermaltake Silent Boost HSF Cooler
-Computuning Protector XP
-Xtrac Zoom Mousepad

2nd Place:
-Sunbeam Overclockers Cooling Kit
-Upgradeware CPU XP-TMC Multiplier Controller Kit
-Computuning Protector XP
-Aerocool Glacier HSF Cooler
-Xtrac Zoom Mousepad

3rd Place:
-PCMods Blue Window Kit + Window Applique
-Cutting Edge Blue PSU Window Mod Kit
-PCToys Blue Neon Maxx Paint
-FlexiGlow Blue EL Cable Kit
-Xtrac Zoom Mousepad

4th Place:
-Bitspower XP I & XP II Fan and Cathode Controllers
-Cutting Edge Red PSU Window Mod Kit
-FlexiGlow Yellow EL Cable Kit
-Xtrac Zoom Mousepad

The contest will run the duration of 30 days ending on February 19th with the winners announced on February 21st, 2004. By submitting pictures to the contest each entrant agrees to allow MODTHEBOX.com to use said pictures within the confines of the website. Contestants outside of the Continental U.S and Canada will be responsible for shipping charges of prizes. Prizes are subject to change without notifiction and no substitutions will be allowed by MODTHEBOX.

MTB Gallery Now Open

After a long development cycle, the MTB Gallery is back online and ready for business. The new integrated gallery offers alot more features and management over MTB's previous gallery. The MTB Case Gallery allows our readers to submit their own case modification projects for world wide display. In order to participate you must apply for a gallery account.

More information on this contest can be found here. More information on the MTB Case Gallery can be found here.
Saturday, January 24, 2004
Aerocool Deep Impact 102 Heatsink Review @ Overclockers Club
"Today we are looking a very unique heatsink from Aerocool, the Deep Impact 102. The Deep Impact 102 is unique because it has a special liquid that flows within it, to help keep your CPU cooler. In addition, you have the ability to add one or two fans which is not seen in most heatsinks today. There are many heatsinks on the market that are trying to achieve the very best possible cooling with air and others trying to achieve the quietest cooling possible. The Deep Impact 102 from Aercool claims to achieve both of these with its very uniquely designed heatsink. We're going to be testing the Deep Impact against probably one of the best heatsinks on the market today, the Thermalright SLK 800."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SLK-948U Heatsink Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Thermalright SLK-948U Heatsink is designed so it can be installed on AMD Athlon64, Athlon64 FX and Intel P4 motherboards. It has 40 thin copper fins that are soldered directly onto a thick, smooth and solid copper base. This allows for maximum contact between the heatsink and the CPU, resulting in great performance. 70mm, 80mm or 90/92mm fans can be mounted depending on your cooling needs."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Club3D Geforce FX 5900XT Review @ Madshrimps
"nVidia pulled a surprising videocard out of its hat: the FX5900XT. A lower clocked FX 5900 with a very attractive price, can it be crowned as "king of the budget-class"? Find out in this review where we pit it against the popular GF4 Ti4200."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Excalibur 9600SE VIVO Edition Review @ Legit Reviews
"This review brings our third HIS video card review in a row. We started off by reviewing one of HIS's midrange cards: the 9600XT Turbo. Next we looked at an enthusiast solution: the 9800 Pro IceQ. Today we are visiting their budget line by reviewing the 9600SE VIVO edition 128mb graphics card. Budget lines consume the majority of the market for most computer hardware, so we will be evaluating this card with budget performance in mind."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AI7 865PE Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"ABIT has once again given us a great board to play with without making us take out a loan. With all of the built in features and overclockability, this motherboard is anything but a wallet-breaker. I enjoyed the layout and attention to detail to things as minute as positioning of the headers and memory slots to reduce interference and allow someone as messy as I am to route cables neatly."

More information on this review can be found here.
Weekly Special @ The Cutting Edge
"The Logisys 80mm fan is something very different from other fans, it has four IRIS LED's that change colors at random in a blinking or blushing pattern. Not only are they great looking but they also put out over 32 CFM for some great cooling and feature ball bearings, 3-pin tial with a 4-pin adapter and fan screws."

Specifications:
- Quad Multi-Color IRIS LED's
- 40,000 hours expected life
- 32.37 cfm
- 3-pin tail 14 inches long
- Comes with 4-pin adapter
- Ball bearing
- Fans screws included

More information on this sale can be found here.
Athenatech A811 Server Case Review @ System Cooling
"Athenatech, a name we have grown to know for their high quality and low price has now brought to the table a server case. Having seen their mid-tower and micro-ATX cases, will this new server case posses the same craftsmanship and affordability of the earlier case? Will its look and features place it ahead of the pack? Won't you join us to see whether the Athenatech A811BB can answer the demand for a server case that is in reach for any prospective buyer?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Don't Throw That Old Computer Away @ Designtechnica
"With the holidays over, many of you may be sitting at homereading our Website on a new computer. With a new system, web pages load so much quicker, CDs burn faster and games play smoother. Your old computer may seem like its only use is as a boat anchor now and you're ready to throw it to the curb. The truth is, while your old computer might not be able to play the latest games or be fast enough for your daily tasks, it still is quite useful. Besides having slower and older components, most old computers seem so much slower because of all of the junk that has accumulated on the hard drive. If you've had a computer for several years, no doubt you've installed and uninstalled many applications and written, copied, moved and deleted many files. A clean install of an operating system will bring that computer back to life. Once you've copied your documents and data over to your new computer, wipe that hard drive clean and install a new operating system."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Macintosh 2004 Case Mod @ Primotech
"Finally, one fateful day in December, the Mac’s slumber was awoken yetagain. It was time for the Mac to be reborn. That’s right, for all those that have caught on to where I’m going with all this. I had plans as ambitious as the great Dr. Frankenstein. I was going to give a dead soul life once again. I was going to rebuild the first modern-day PC, with modern-day parts…20 years later. Ladies and gentlemen, I proudly present my creation Macintosh 2004."

More information on this project can be found here.
Friday, January 23, 2004
Xenix Optical Wheel Mouse Review @ OCIA
"The aesthetic appeal of a black vented mouse with blue LEDs and fans really appeals to me. I'm not sure about the sweaty palms thing but if you have sweaty palms when on your PC, (Cyberperv Geeks Included) then this fan provides a dual benefit to you. You can have a cool looking mouse that keeps at least one of your hands dry."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone SDP01 6-in-1 Portable Card Reader Review @ Ohls-Place
"Media card readers are becoming rather common place these days so you really need something special to set yourself apart from the crowd. The folks at Silverstone Technologies have done just that with their SDP01 6-in-1 Portable Card Reader. This is not just another plastic card reader, this one has the features to remain a part of your system of long long time."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech diNovo Review @ FastLaneHW
"Recently, Logitech released the highly anticipated diNovo Media Desktop. Not only is the diNovo an incredibly well designed and elegant product but it also has a separate media pad complete with an LCD display which lets you control your digital media, play music and video, and even functions as a calculator."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron GeForce FX 5700 Ultra Video Card Review @ 3DXtreme
"Now, everyone has set out to design their own special cooling system for video cards nowadays. Anything from a simple heatsink and fan with memory heatsinks to the contraption designed around the Leadtek 5900 Ultra we recently reviewed. Albatron is no exception with their own unique cooling solution. Albatron uses what they call the Wise Fan II - 2+1 design which utilizes 2 active fans with a single fan backup in case one of the others fails or if GPU temps exceed 56C. This is all controlled by a tiny circuit board that all the fans are connected to just under the cover plate. Not only is this a great idea, it’s also very attractive looking as you can see here with it’s blue LED lit up."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS P4P800S-E Deluxe Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"Think of it this way: the i848P chipset is basically an i865PE chipset with one memory channel disabled. We were not impressed by the specs of the chipset, but when visiting ASUS on a trip to California at the end of the year they said that their board with the i848P chipset was worth a look. Boy, were they right! This could be the best price/performance Intel motherboard on the market by any company!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech 9CJS ZENITH Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
"The 9CJS ZENITH features support for a wide range of CPU's, even the latest Prescott (support added with bios version 4.0). It’s build around the high performance Canterwood (I875) chipset from Intel. Providing huge amount of memory bandwidth for the P4 CPU by using dual channel DDR and PAT (Performance Acceleration Technology), PAT basically lowers the access time between CPU and Memory thereby increasing performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS Radeon 9800 XT and GeForce FX 5950 Ultra Reviews @ Tweaktown
"Today we are looking at the two top dogs from both ATI and nVidia in the form of the Radeon 9800 XT and GeForce FX 5950 Ultra from ASUS. We pit them directly against a reference 9800 XT and an older 9800 Pro to find out who is the king of the hill in the VGA department."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ahanix Wireless Freedom iMON Review @ HTPC News
"In today's market finding the right remote control for your HTPC can be a tough task. There are many options and none of them seem to be the perfect all in one type remote that everyone is looking for. Ahanix supplied us with their iMON Wireless Freedom remote control to review and use on our test bench systems in all it's glory over the past month. We'll see if this new remote is what everyone has been waiting for or if it's just another PC remote control that tries but doesn't deliver."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Xaser III Skull Case Review @ Neoseeker
"As mentioned above the VM3000A has a full window side panel with a honeycomb decoration (which looks quite odd)to shield off any EMI. EMI has been an issue ever since processors broke the 1 Gigahertz barrier. At that time it was not a huge concern as most cases did not feature windows and solid metal sidings would block EMI waves. In the last couple years the advent of case windows has made this more of a concern. Does EMI radiation have any bad effects? To be honest, I don't know but if I am unable to have kids in 10 years the case window is going to get some really dirty looks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone LC-02 Black Case Review @ ASE Labs
"The most important thing about this kit is the riser cards. Since the case is basically a desktop style case, the AGP/PCI cards won't fit due to the limited height of the case. What the riser cards do is make the card go parallel to the motherboard, flipping the slot 90 degrees. Another important part is the slim line to normal IDE connector. The case uses a slim line drive (which is expensive, it is basically a laptop drive). These drives use a different kind of IDE connector, and Silverstone made the right choice of including this connector."

Sweet looking HTPC case! More information on this review can be found here.
Athenatech A747SS Case Review @ Ownt
"One of the first things you will notice about the Athenatech A747SS case, besides the window, is that the window has a specific design in mind. The window focuses the view on the main system components, including the motherboard and cards in the computer, while drawing attention away from the drives above and the plain part of the case used to hold the drives in the front of the case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, January 22, 2004
Monthly BAWLS Giveaway @ Creative Mods
"Creative Mods has 12 bottles of BAWLS that need to be given away ASAP. Who can win this free case of BAWLS? If you are selected as the Modder of The Month on our website, and you live in the continental U.S., the BAWLS are yours. There have been very few people who have applied for the Modder of The Month title for this upcoming February (aka, very little competition for the BAWLS), and we are looking for more potential candidates. If you want some free BAWLS and to be featured on our site as the Modder of The Month, please visit our site for more information."

Free stuff rules! More information on this review can be found here.
Spire SkiveStream II Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"Think we can all agree that from such a small compact heatsink the performance from the Spire SkiveStream II is very good indeed. Makes you wonder at how much better the performance would be with a slightly more powerful fan fitted. Our only gripe would be for us Colour conscious types the boring black colour of the fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Laptop Desk Ensemble Review @ 1SweetPC
"If you’re interested in finding out more or purchasing one, please visit their website at www.laptopdesk.net. The v.2.0 desk can be purchased for $29.95 and their v.1.0 (I believe everything is the same except that the height cannot be adjusted in the desk setup) for $19.95. The MouzPad can also be purchased for $9.95 on it’s own and the SwivlPad for $19.95. There are also several combination packages as well as some other accessories (mice, card readers, USB lights, USB hub) available."

More information on this review can be found here.
Power Supplies: The Shocking Truth @ Short-Media
"When was the last time you looked at a power supply in the computer case? Have you recently bought a power supply smug in the knowledge that "you've bought the best"? What if that expensive 400 Watt power supply just wasn't? What's on the label isn't necessarily what comes out the cable. Take a
closer look with us at power supply specifications and find out if you've really got the power."

More information on this article can be found here.
RatpadzGS Mouse Pad Review @ Viper Lair
"If you're in the market for a new mouse pad, the RatpadzGS is the only mouse pad I'd even consider purchasing. Up until the GS, I was still using the original Ratpadz. I decided to order myself a GS since I had some spare cash, and as a BUYER, I am very satisfied with my purchase."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake PurePower Butterfly 480W PSU Review @ Explosive Labs
"Talking about case modifications, we can say lately the case mod scene is bigger then ever and companies are thinking up new ideas to make their products more attractive to the end "case modding" user. Thermaltake being no exception has released numerous funky looking cases to say the least. And for awhile Thermaltake has been making power supplies, however it's just recently we are seeing power supplies quite like the one we are reviewing here today. It's definitely not your general looking silver box with ugly cords hanging from it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Memorex Modz Gear: Modding Supplies Meets Mainstream @ Tweaknews
"I am really happy to see a mainstream producer jumping into the modding pool of computing. What this means is modding supplies with be more readily available seeing Memorex already has a very strong distribution network. Prices on Memorex's gear are also bound to be better priced than the competition with their ability to buy large quantities at a lower cost. All that is needed is a product line expansion and I can see a very successful future for Memorex's modding introduction."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Mid Range Graphic Card Roundup @ Overclockers New Zeland
"It is a fairly standard FX5700 graphics card, with a satisfactory HSF design and software bundle. However, do not expect to overclock the card much, due to the use of 3.6ns memory chips, as they are already operating at their maximum."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI DR4-A DVD Writer Review @ Designtechnica
"MSI, a company known for their motherboards and video cards has broadened their computer hardware product line to include several DVD writers. The DR4-A DVD writer features a 4X DVD+R write speed and is considered a value at just $115 dollars. What separates this drive apart from other manufacturers is the beefed up specifications such as an 8MB buffer and a promising software bundle. But specifications aren't everything in the hardware world. Read on to see if this 4X burner can perform up to its specifications."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast A360TD FX 5700 128MB Review @ Hexus
"What this conclusion, rambling as it is, is attempting to convey is that Leadtek has made decent use of a GPU that's not a hot property at its current price point. That's an eminently important point. Finite money forces the user to choose the product that provides the best value. Unfortunately, we can think of one or two cards that would tickle our fancy ahead of the Leadtek A360TD FX 5700. Solid and dependable, so it's a decent enough choice for a die-hard NVIDIA fan. We just feel as if it doesn't have enough of the right stuff to make it a recommended choice."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle XPC SB75G2 SFF System Review @ BJorn3D
"The case is a smooth jet black aluminum finish. Very sleek, very sexy for a PC. I can definitely see this kind of component in a home theater system or in the living room. It's very refined with the black finish and silver buttons and accents. You have to be a little careful you don't scratch up the surface as it seems like it could show knicks and scrapes pretty easily if you get rowdy with it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron PX865PE Pro II Motherboard Review @ Envy News
"Albatron has hit the nail right on the head with this one. The board provides everything that the power user craves, such as Gigabit networking, great looks, awesome Northbridge cooling, 24-bit audio courtesy of the Envy24PT, SATA & ATA-RAID capabilities, 8 USB 2.0 ports, 2 Firewire ports and all the audio outputs to get a full 7.1 speaker system pumping out great-sounding tunes. This board has it all. Pretty much the ONLY item Albatron hasn't included with the PX865PE Pro II is a second SATA cable. This board comes as close to being a perfect an i865PE solution as I've seen."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crystalfontz CFA-631 USB LCD Modules Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Crystalfontz CFA-631 USB LCD Modules look fantastic, fit in a 3.5" drive bay and come in a variety of styles. With 5.25" drive bays quickly filled up it's great to see a full featured 3.5" USB LCD Module. Since this product connects directly into your computer's USB port, it's easy to install. Also, the free software makes it a snap to configure."

More information on this video review can be found here.
A Guide to a Successful Review Site @ Hardware Pacers
"In my experience, I was screwed up about 10 times. These kiddies who design do not care what so ever if they are offered only like $300-400 for a design. These kiddies will prioritize their designs from the highest payers to the lowest. The customer could be waiting 6 months and guess what happens after 6 months? The designer has other customers who are offering $1000."

I would take the advise in this article with a grain of salt. It you really want the proper information on running your own successful review website, I'd suggest reading Moto's Techsite How-To Guide at The Techzone. More information on this guide can be found here.
Properly Prep Anodized Aluminum for Painting @ PimpRig
"Right on the box it says "Anodized Aluminum", after a bit more work I decided that they are actually 'hard' anodized. "Hard-anodization is an electro-chemical process that hardens the surface of the aluminum. (Hard-anodized aluminum is 30% harder than stainless steel). During hard-anodization, aluminum is submerged in an acid bath and then subjected to electrical charges. The result is a chemical reaction where the surface of the aluminum combines with oxygen to become aluminum oxide. This reaction is also known as oxidation, a process which occurs spontaneously in nature. Hard-anodization is actually controlled, accelerated oxidation." Does that really say 30% harder than stainless steel?, no wonder. They use this process on aluminum used on satellites to protect it from the harsh environment of space!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Enermax Noisetaker EG425 PSU Review @ PimpRig
"To help control the amount of noise produced from the 2 fans, they have included an auto/manual dial to reduce the fan speed, but the user doesn't control the fan speed totally. The fan speed is also controlled thermally, if the heat does build up it overrides the manual control and speeds the fans up automatically until everything cools off."

More information on this review can be found here.
Philips Aurilium External USB 5.1 Surround Sound Center Review @ Tweaknews
"The actual main unit is small and attractive with all needed features within easy reach. Starting from the top and working our way to the bottom, you will first notice the top mute button. If you ever get a phone call while listening to your favorite track, you can easily silence your whole sound system without having to fumble for your pause button in your software MP3 player."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial's 7-in-1 Hi-Speed Flash Card Reader Review @ Pyro Port
"The Crucial 7-in-1 USB2 reader is a highly compact, lightweight and portable little device which lends itself well to laptop users. The support for seven key flash memory formats is a godsend for people who own several products that use the different formats and do not want readers for each one."

More information on this review can be found here.
ChillVent II Deluxe Cooler Review @ Overclockers Club
"As overclockers and extremists, we're always scrounging for those few degrees so we can push out those few extra megahertz of speed and the ChillVent system helps us do exactly this. By taking a formed piece of plastic, its designed to take the cool air from the bottom of your case and direct it right onto the hottest place - your CPU. The idea behind venting your system isn't a new one, but the ChillVent is certainly a new and easy to use system. Without further adieu, let's take a look at how this cooling system works."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon 9600XT 128MB Review @ hardCOREware
"Back then, it competed against the NVIDIA GeForceFX 5600 Ultra. NVIDIA has since launched a pair of new chips at the same price point - one wasn't enough! It started with the 5700 Ultra, and then the new 5900XT. Today, we compare the 9600XT to NVIDIA's first XT killer - the 5700 Ultra. We'll of course consider the 5900XT throughout the review though."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor Radeon 9600XT 128MB Review @ System Cooling
"Well if you're looking for a graphics card for that new system you're building or are considering replacing what you currently have, today's PowerColor 9600XT review will hopefully assist you in your decision. We will put the 9600XT through several different types of benchmarks and compare it's performance to an ATI 9500Pro and 9700Pro."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Excalibur 9800PRO IceQ Review @ Legit Reviews
"Today we have another HIS product up for review. This time it is their Excalibur 9800 Pro IceQ version which is part of their Enthusiast class product line. We will give you the grand tour of this card and also look into their IceQ cooling system featured on this card. We are looking at their 128MB of DDR memory version."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle ST61G4 SFF PC Review @ [H]ardOCP
"The ST61G4 is the latest release for their XPC line of SFF (small form factor) PCs based on the ATI 9100 IGP chipset. The ATI 9100 IGP chipset offers full support for all Intel Pentium 4 socket 478 processors, including their performance line of 800 MHz FSB processors. As a direct competitor of the Intel based chipsets, the 9100 IGP also offers full support for PC3200 DDR memory running in Dual Channel mode. As a member of the XPC line, the ST61G4 is a complete barebones PC, requiring only CPU, DRAM, and drives for a fully functional system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Super Lanboy Case Review @ Tech-PC
"The left side panel features a rectangular Perspex window. This is held in place by 12 push pins designed to look like rivets. These are both a blessing and a curse however, on the one hand they mean you can easily remove the window, ideal for those looking to modify the case, the downside of this however is that they seem to have a habit of working themselves loose in transit meaning over time you might find yourself losing them unless you superglue them in, which kind of defeats the object in the first place."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, January 20, 2004
Microcool NorthPole Review @ Neoseeker
"The Northpole is a clever name for a Northbridge cooler. Granted, most of you do not need to cool your northbridge as the stock solution is sufficient in most cases but the NorthPole is not meant for the average user but for the extreme overclocking. Niche market remember? The NorthPole is a solid copper solution with a small 8500 RPM fan. The NorthPole kit also includes a set of eight adhesive aluminum mosfet coolers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon 9600XT and 9800XT Reviews @ HardwareZoom
"From our observations, the Sapphire Radeon 9600XT is already an "upgraded" card the moment you take it out from the box. Running at a default memory speed of 650Mhz, which is 50Mhz higher than the original specs, most users should welcome that extra "bonus". However, it is not an overclocking card and it will not run to those insane 750-800Mhz memory speed. This card is mainly for mainstream users who don't give a hoot about overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Desktop Cordless MX Review @ Pirate Software
"The MX700 lives up to the performance needed for gaming, the accuracy needed for photo editing etc., it is comfortable over long periods of time, and has the battery problem sorted. The keyboard is great, I really can't find anything to put a negative comment on. This does all come at a price though. If you want the best of the best, then you need look no further."

More information on this review can be found here.
X-Arcade Two Player Review @ FastLaneHW
"The X-Arcade is very, very different from your average controller it's meant to simulate the old arcade controls of yesteryear with the games of today. In addition, it also has hookups to popular game consoles like XBOX or PS2. Let's take a look at this interesting gem and see if it's worth the dinero."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ DDR PC-4000 Dual Channel Memory Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The OCZ DDR PC-4000 Dual Channel Memory offers fantastic performance and stability at a reasonable price. It's available in 512MB and 1GB kits, has a speed of 500MHz DDR and timings of 3-4-4-8. While very fast at it's default speed it can be overclocked to 530MHz (265MHz) which makes this memory even more of an excellent buy."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Just PC Ancient Series GA-779ATX9 Case Review @ FastLaneHW
"Just PC is a name that, if you asked me a few months ago who they were, I would have stared blankly at you. However, up for review today I've got a Just PC Ancient Series GA-779ATX9 case. Read on to find out what this case is like and if Just PC is a company which you should consider for your next case."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIA PT880 Chipset Review @ Tweaktown
"For such as a Christian orientated company, VIA has been through hell and back in the past 18 months with battles against Intel for rights and blessings to produce Pentium 4 chipsets with their motherboard partners. We've got VIA's very first Dual Channel DDR-400 Pentium 4 chipset under the spotlight today in the form of the PT880 from MSI."

More information on this review can be found here.
January Extreme Gaming PC Buyer's Guide @ Sharky Extreme
"It's the start of a brand new year, and we're back with an updated edition of our Extreme Gaming PC Buyer's Guide. Each month we are given $4000, and sent on a mission to assemble the best possible gaming machine to satisfy even the most discriminating enthusiast gamer. As with our other prices guides, we still keep an eye out for relative bargains, and weigh price-to-performance ratios heavily before making a decision on which components to include."

More information on this guide can be found here.
MTB Server Issues
I wanted to let everyone know that for the last 24 hours, MTB's stability has been up and down. I'm currently in the process of troubleshooting the issue with the server to find out the root of the problem. I apologise for the inconvenience and I hope to have the service levels back to normal very soon.

-- Hi-TEK
The Cardboard PC Project @ Short-Media
"I already had enough parts to build a functioning computer, so why not do it? The only thing I was missing was a case. That is when a cardboard box caught my eye. Yes, a cardboard box. What better place to put an old computer than in a box? My mission was clear. I was going to make the most kick-ass cardboard box ghetto computer the world had ever seen."

More information on this project can be found here.
Thermaltake Aquarius III Water Cooled System Review @ A1-Electronics
"Overall from this graph you can see that this simple modification and using the Zalman water block gives an increase in cooling of basically 3 degrees Celsius. You can also see that the fan can be run at 3,350 rpm which is very quiet and give the same cooling as with the original one radiator setup which has the fan flat out and noisy. Not bad as we are sure you agree."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, January 19, 2004
AMD Athlon 64 Heatsink Roundup @ Madshrimps
"Very few people have an AMD Athlon 64, but recently AMD introduced the A64 3000+ for a reasonable price. I couldn't resist and bought me one. Time to put some custom HSF units under some fresh A64 load!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Microsoft Wireless Intellimouse Explorer V2 Review @ Ascully
"Microsoft surveyed their customers when redesigning this mouse and asked them, "Do you want a recharger on your desk that your mouse needs to be put into each night? Or do you want improved battery life with no charger?" The answer they got was that people wanted longer battery life. Microsoft took the feedback to the labs and started redesigning."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS4400 TwinX 1GByte Memory Review @ Hexus
"In summary, Corsair's XMS4400 TwinX 1GByte memory pack will appeal to a very select, niche market. Priced at over £300 it certainly isn't cheap. Recommended if your setup can make the full use of it - just ensure that it can before you part with a large chunk of cash."

More information on this review can be found here.
Heatsink Lapping Guide @ BigBruin
"You bought the pinnacle of air cooling technology, but you want to make sure you're getting the best contact possible; you want to lap and polish your heatsink. This guide will show you how to do just that and get the most from your heatsink. This guide uses a Thermalright SLK-900U heatsink, but the lapping technique applies to pretty much any heatsink."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AN7 nForce2 Ultra Motherboard Review @ Envy News
"Standing back and looking at the overall package that ABIT provides you with, you almost feel like you got too much for your money. The price is about the same as the NF7-S currently, but you get so much more. The inclusion of the µGuru chip along with the FanEQ is enough to get me to bite. But when you include the rest of the µGuru software suite, it just makes it that much more tempting to dive in. The board layout, the great stock performance, it all comes together to bring a smile to your face."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI Infinity 865PE Motherboard Review @ FastLaneHW
"We've already looked at DFI's top AMD board, the Lanparty NFII Ultra, but today we're covering the Intel side of things. DFI's Infinity i865PE board. The Infinity series is pretty much the same as the Lanparty, but without the same accessories or the UV reactivity. However, it sports a much more attractive price tag, which puts it in competition with other performance boards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Super Flower SF-201T3 Case Review @ Tweaktown
"The particular case we are looking at today, the SF-201T3, comes in a multitude of colors with a number of colored fronts including blue, green and silver as well as a gold looking cooler called “champagne” and finally the very cool and sleek looking black model that we have here today."

More information on this review can be found here.
A Golf Putter PC Case Mod @ ExtensionTech
"I had a case design lost in my head when I found out that 2cooltek was having a case mod contest. This seems as good a reason as any, right! The idea is simple: take a standard ATX case, take a golf ball returner, and meld them together."

More information on this project can be found here.
PolarFlo Universal & VGA Blocks Review @ PimpRig
"In all honesty the original PolarFlo block debuted with more of a whimper than a roar. But the latest version is putting up some stellar numbers in recent testing. Even edging out the famed White Water block in a recent review. No doubt in part due to PolarFlo’s new “Super Finish” process."

More information on this review can be found here.
CasEdge Diabolic Minotaur Mid-Tower Case Review @ hardCOREware
"The case itself is a somewhat common ATX case you'll see on many towers. The big difference is the plastic face on the front. Let's be honest; this all started with the AlienWare case that was launched some months ago. Of course, to have that cool case, you'd need to buy a ridiculously expensive system, because they don't sell the cases alone. The Diabolic Minotaur is one of the alternatives, if you're looking for a radical design."

More information on this review can be found here.
AcoustiCase C6606 Review @ Spode's Abode
"The AcoustiCase is a Mid Tower case designed with noise reduction in mind. This plain looking black tower case comes with a large set of foam inserts and pieces of noise cancelling and vibration damping rubber. These pre-cut inserts fill almost every nook and cranny of the case, giving a very noticeable reduction in overall computer noise."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Temjin Series Case SST-TJ01 Review @ Tech-Mods
"These days’ computer case manufacturers are definetly taking the plain beige boxes and leaving them in the dust. We have seen many new looks when it comes to the chosen housing attire for our computers, along with the options to pick colors sizes and among other things such as what the case is even made from, the list goes on. Today we’ll be looking at a case from SilverStoneTek. The Temjin Series Case SST-TJ01 a case that has a few features one might not expect, let’s take a look and see."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, January 17, 2004
CES 2004 Wrap-Up @ Designtechnica
"The Designtechnica crew was at CES in Las Vegas from January 7 to January 11th and walked through the 1.38 million square feet Las Vegas Convention Center for four days to bring you the latest and greatest products from the world of consumer electronics."

More information on this report can be found here.
FSP Group Silent Solution Kit Review @ System Cooling
"The FSP Group Silent Solution Kit includes a Power Supply, Intel P4 heatsink and fan and a system fan. All of the necessary hardware to mount these in your case is included. So it's one-stop shopping for the person in search of quiet."

More information on this review can be found here.
How To: Add Front Access USB Ports @ Overclockers.com
"I wrote an article a couple months ago, that dealt with connecting USB cables to the headers on a typical new motherboard. It came about because I was also in the midst of a product review, which adds front access USB ports to older Chieftec/Antec/Chenming mid-tower cases, by means of a replacement/upgrade front bezel."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Zalman CNPS7000A-Cu CPU Cooler Review @ Bjorn3D
"The weight alone, or that combined with the fear of possibly voiding a warranty, may scare many people away from such a beefy HSF. However, there is a very good reason this CPU cooler weighs so much - its large chunk of copper coupled with the 92 millimeter fan are meant to keep a CPU very cool with minimal noise. I hooked the CNPS7000A-Cu up on an Athlon 64 to see if its weight is justified by its performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Hardcano 12 Thermal Control Review @ Tweaktown
"We've got Thermaltake's latest PC thermal control unit under the spot light today, in the form of the Hardcano 12. It carries over all the solid features of its older brothers but with a bunch of new and intelligent options which make the latest incarnation an even better option for thermally controlling your computer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plextor 708UF DVD Burner Review @ Hard Extreme
"Plextor has not only focused on the inner workings of the drive. Plextor is marketing the external version as part of its Spectrum Series. The 708UF is marketed in 12 wacky colors. They have such colors as Berry Blue, Wicked White, Pretty Pink and Granny Apple Green! I received the Sterling Silver model. There is definitely a color to suit everyone’s taste. Leave it to the marketing experts at Plextor that are always hard at work bringing the consumers the best."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LanParty NFII Ultra Motherboard Review @ Ninjalane
"For this review we have one of the newest and most unique nForce2 motherboards in the DFI LanParty series. The new board from DFI features the latest nForce2 Ultra 400 chipset from nVidia and is by far one of the most unique nForce2 motherboards that I have ever seen. This review will concentrate mostly on what makes the board unique though will also touch on overclocking and how similar the different versions of the nForce2 chipset are."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX Geforce FX 5700 Ultra 128 MB Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The XFX GEFORCE FX 5700 Ultra Video Card is loaded with many excellent features. It has 128MB of DDRII memory which helps when it comes to demanding 3D games. The dual DVI support is simply fantastic; offering an enormous amount of desktop space to work. Also, the Video In/Video Out makes the card even more flexible."

More information on this video review can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC-4200 Dual Channel Review @ Madshrimps
"Has this kit the potential to provide tight timings at lower FSB? While also providing head-room for the continuous rise in memory speeds? Find out in this review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool Extended Cooling System (ECS) Review @ 3DXtreme
"Today 3DXtreme has the pleasure of reviewing the Extended Cooling System (ECS) by Evercool Thermal Corporation. The ECS by Evercool is a versatile unit that can be used to continue cooling even after your computer has been turned off."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Hydrocool 200 EX Xtreme Water Cooling System Review @ Tech-Mods
"In the spring of 2003 Corsair Micro Inc. A company well known for high performance memory modules teamed up with Delphi Thermal systems to bring to the table the Hydrocool 200 A self contained computer water cooling system. A water cooling unit that can be easily connected to any given computer that is performance minded, enabling it to run quiet and at low temperatures all the while supporting an attractive style that is effortlessly transportable. As well as the first Hydrocool 200 models performed, Corsair has taken the Hydrocool 200 and added a few performance tweaks along with new features with The New Hydrocool 200 EX today we’ll be reviewing that particular model."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, January 16, 2004
Sparkle Geforce FX 5700 Ultra Review @ Madshrimps
"We take a look at the Sparkle FX5700Ultra Platinum edition (SP8836U-PT), it improves upon nVidia's FX 5600 Ultra, while sporting ViVo features. Pitting it against the Radeon 9800 Pro to see how it holds up in popular benchmarks and games!"

More information on this review can be found here.
A Guide to Wireless Networking @ Enscape
"Wi-Fi (short for "wireless fidelity") is the popular term for high-frequency wireless networking. Wi-Fi is increasingly found in homes and offices now. The obvious reason for this is the lack of cables required for setting up a small network and the roaming ability you get with tablets, laptops, PDAs and the like. Common Wi-Fi is specified as 802.11b and 802.11g. There have been others, including 802.11a which requires a radio license in the UK."

More information on this guide can be found here.
OCZ EL PC4000 vs. Kingston HyperX PC4000 @ hardCOREware
"Today we'll be looking at two speedy sets of dual channel memory. At DDR500 (or PC4000) specs, these two pairs run stock at a whooping 200mhz effective than the fastest processor FSB on the market. Chances are that if you're reading this you're a serious overclocker who's looking to push their P4 chip to the max."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 9600XT Review @ Neoseeker
"There were a few anomalies with the Gigabyte R96XT. Two things that were missing included screen rotation as well as Overdrive. Screen rotation is like Nvidia's Nview utility that allows users of LCDs to rotate their screen. Gigabyte explained that ATI does not enable screen rotation in 3rd Party products which is very odd. Overdrive's benefits are a bit on the questionable side but for that to be missing also is a bit strange since that was one of the more highly touted improvements between the Pro and the XT line from ATI."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TWINX1024-4000Pro DDR Memory Review @ Viper Lair
"In case you missed it earlier, I left out 200FSB performance for a reason. If you have no intention of overclocking past 250FSB, this ram is not for you. I had some issues at 200MHz actually, where I was not able to run with timings as tight as I could with Corsair's TWINX PC3200 kit. However, this ram is not targeted at users who are satisfied with staying at PC3200."

More information on this review can be found here.
Serial ATA Explained @ Tweaktown
"Today we begin our investigation into the relatively new and future orientated Serial ATA interface for our personal computing storage needs and discuss the benefits, as well as disadvantages, compared to the aging Parallel ATA standard which we’ve been using for around 15 years now."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TWINX1024-4000Pro DDR Memory Review @ Explosive Labs
"Companies like OCZ, Corsair, Mushkin, etc. all seem to be leading the way, but obviously are in fierce competition with each other. No manufacturer want to be left in another's dust so we have them pulling tricks out their sleeves. Corsair and their new line of ProSeries memory brings a whole new hand to the table. Encased in an all new cast aluminum heat spreader and featuring 18 activity LED's, its safe to call the ProSeries the Ferrari of system memory. Or is it? The outer shell may look good but does it have the performance to match. Well we are soon to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASRock P4S61 vs Gigabyte GA-8S661FXM @ Overclockers New Zealand
"Gigabyte's 8S661FXM offers good performance, software bundles and that's not all. The motherboard is backed by a three years warranty that gives a solid assurance to the buyers."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT IS7 Motherboard Review @ myWORLD Hardware
"Abit has gone a long way in the motherboard industry. Tracing back to its roots of its highly acclaimed BH6 i440BX to its latest IC7-MAX3, Abit never fails to impress its enthusiast fans. Recently we've reviewed the IC7-MAX3 featuring Intel's very best Canterwood i875. While the i875 is catered for a premium niche market, its sibing, the Springdale i865 holds a much favorable price tag with a near i875 performance. This time around, we're going to take a closer look at Abit's i865PE solution, the IS7."

More information on this review can be found here.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 Hard Drive Review

"When we utter the word "Barracuda", we all immediately knew that it was Seagate's flagship hard drive for the high end desktop consumers. It became famous since their initial release of the Medalist Pro 9140, which is later known as Barracuda ATA, II, III, IV, V and now, ".7". As a 7th generation of Seagate Barracuda line, they decided to label them as Barracuda 7200.7 as part of new naming scheme."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI 865PE Infinity Motherboard Review @ hardCOREware
"With the release of the Infinity lineup of motherboards, DFI is hoping to once again garner the attention of the industry with a shiny new nugget of uniqueness in CMOS Reloaded. This time however the goal isn't the high-end enthusiasts market. Instead DFI is hoping to break into that all important midrange sector from which the majority of all computer hardware is sold. The motherboard we'll be looking at today is the DFI Infinity 865PE."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, January 14, 2004
Vantec LapCool Notebook Cooler Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Vantec LapCool Notebook Cooler is a very unique product and does assist in cooling. There are two 70mm fans which can be adjusted so the amount of cooling and noise can easily be controlled. Also, there is a very handy 4 port USB 2 hub at the back. One significant drawback of this product is it's too small and light and will cause most notebooks to topple over."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Enermax UC-A8FATR4 Fan Controller Review @ OCIA
"The package came with a healthy supply of adhesive labels for labeling the thermal probes as well as a 3 pin adapter for the CPU fan that allows you to control the speed of the CPU fan and keep track of the fan RPMs. I placed my thermal sensors on my RAM sink, my CPU Cooler, and my video card cooler. I was impressed with the accuracy as the temps all registered within 2-3 degrees F at idle when compared to the temps registered in motherboard monitor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saitek Wireless Game Pad Comparo Review @ HTPC News
"Having a good game pad can really make the difference on your gaming experience. Who wants to use a keyboard for a game of Madden? And cornering in racing games is about impossible on a keyboard. Plus in a HTPC environment you will more than likely want to have a wireless controller to prevent people from tripping over the cords."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Announces 2 Gigabyte Registered PC3200 Modules
"Fremont, CA, January 13, 2004: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in extreme-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced the industry’s first registered PC3200 2 Gigabyte matched module pair designed specifically for AMD Athlon 64 FX processors.

Building on the success of the company’s Registered PC3200 line of XMS modules which were designed specifically for the Athlon 64 FX platform, Corsair is introducing higher density modules. The new TwinX2048RE-3200 is a matched pair of Registered PC3200 modules with ECC (error correction) that has twice the density of existing Registered PC3200 parts. Each module is built with eighteen 64Mx8 (512Megabit) RAM chips which do not require stacking. With these modules, Athlon 64 FX users will be able to install up to 4 Gigabytes of PC3200 memory.

TwinX2048RE-3200 has passed Corsair’s demanding qualification process, which includes extensive compatibility testing with a variety of Athlon 64 FX
motherboards. In manufacturing, every matched pair of modules is tested in a motherboard at its rated speed and at its rated latency values.TwinX kits are tested as a matched pair and physically packaged together immediately after passing test, guaranteeing that the customer receives a product that has been verified in
the dual channel environment.

According to John Crank, Athlon 64 FX Product Manager at AMD, “This new Corsair memory kit gives enthusiasts more to be enthusiastic about—greater memory expandability. Corsair has a proven track record of delivering exactly what the enthusiast community needs, and this product is no exception. The combo of Corsair memory and the Athlon 64 FX gives complete confidence in the performance.”

This matched pair will also be available as individual modules; CMX1048RE-3200 is a 1 Gigabyte Registered PC3200 module packaged solo. Both products are available with either black or platinum colored aluminum heat spreaders that enhance performance by keeping the components cool. These new parts support 3-3-3-8 latency settings. Both parts will begin shipping immediately to distributors and resellers worldwide.

"These products give Athlon 64 FX power users an avenue to get to 4 Gigabytes of memory, or to 2 Gigabytes with room to expand later. This is ideal for graphics applications and for resource hungry new games such as Doom 3” said Corsair Marketing Director Joe James."

More information on this new product can be found here.
TwinMOS TwiSTER PC4000 512MB Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ Hexus
"In summary, the TwinMOS TwiSTER PC4000 512MB Dual Channel kit does what it says on the box. That puts it on a par with other PC4000 modules we've tested. What sets it apart from the other heavyweight premium manufacturers is price. It's cheaper and just as good. Indeed it managed to run at PC4200 speeds without too much difficulty. If you can appreciate the knowledge that high-speed modules, and we're talking PC3700 upwards here, aren't partial to ultra-low latencies, the TwinMOS set provides that best value. That sounds contradictory when 512MB costs £110, but that's the state of play in this niche market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron Gigi Geforce FX5900PV Review @ Monkey Review
"The Albatron Gigi Geforce FX5900 blew away everything we had here at the office, though no other 5900 cards were displayed in our benchmarking line up, we'll be making comparisons to the ATI 9800XT core later in the month. This should give us a closer price/performance comparison. For the time being I'm giving the card full marks for its performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI 865PE Infinity Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"One of the major tweaks is that of CMOS Reloaded, which offers the ability to save multiple settings to reload at ny time. This is a great bonus to those who like to have multiple RAM settings to make sure that the system works fast without having to do much."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron KX18D Pro II Nforce2 Motherboard Review @ Tweaknews
"I am thoroughly impressed with this motherboard. Part of what one has to consider when purchasing any type of hardware is what they are getting for their money. What you are getting with the KX18D Pro II is a stable, feature packed motherboard that overclocks like a dream. I know that a lot of people do not overclock their systems, and so care very little about such things. Frankly, that doesn't matter. The board has so much to offer that even if you never stray from the default settings, you will still be very happy with your investment."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS K8V Deluxe Wireless Edition Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"The latest piece of hardware to go through our labs is the ASUS K8V Deluxe Wireless Edition motherboard based on VIA's popular K8T800 chipset for the AMD Athlon 64. It contains enough features to put a smile on any geeks face - maybe even enough for yours."

More information on this review can be found here.
Demonic XTC Waterblock Review @ Ninjalane
"The modern PC watercooling kit requires at least 4 things to operate at top efficiency, pump, radiator, reservoir, and waterblock. Each of these items can have a profound effect on the system in how it performs though many will argue that the waterblock is the most important. The focus if this review will be on a very new and special waterblock called the Demonic X.T.C. (Extreme Turbulence Cooling)"

This looks more like a White Water rip-off. More information on this review can be found here.
Cooling The Lian Li PC6077 @ System Cooling
"We reviewed the all Aluminum Lian-Li PC-6077 Mid-Tower case a while back and were quite impressed with its looks and improved design as it applied to cooling a hot running system. While the changes and additions have turned the Lian-Li PC 6077 into a very good performer in the way of cooling, it was our desire to turn the PC-6077 into an exceptional cooling case without committing any surgery and at the same time keep it as quiet as possible."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Venus 12 Athlon 64 Cooler Review @ hardCOREware
"The Venus 12 is a full-sized, full-copper HSF with a unique fan sporting 3 large surface area blades, as opposed to many small ones. It operates from 2000 to 5500 RPM, and offers the best of both silent and high speed cooling performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax NoiseTaker 420W PSU Review @ Envy News
"Never one to rest on its laurels, Enermax has taken another step forward with their latest power supply series. Dubbed “NoiseTaker”, the newest in Enermax’s expansive line of power supplies adds a couple new toys to keep the careful and cautious PC user, the QuietPC fanatic, and the overclocking enthusiast interested and happy. Brandishing a new time delay fan feature that runs the PSU fans up to two minutes after system shutdown and two separately controlled 12V power outputs, the NoiseTaker series of power supplies looks to be an exciting new product line."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plexiglas Mousepad with LEDs Guide @ 1SweetPC
"Kobalt has written a complete guide to making a really cool mousepad! This mousepad is made out of mostly Plexiglas giving it a really cool see-through effect. He talks about everything from the tools you need, to cutting the Plexi to wiring and placing the LEDs. He also includes instructions on how to wire the mousepad up so that the LEDs turn on when the computer does. He even includes information on how to make this mousepad work with optical mice. This is a simple modding project, but the result is a really cool, custom mousepad."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Server Power & Performance: A Buyers Guide To Upgrading Your System @ Extreme Overclocking
"Servers these days perform such a variety of tasks that it is impossible to give a "one size fits all" solution on how to make it run better. However, one thing that most servers have in common is the programs like to cache large amounts of data to maximize performance. Adding RAM could be the most cost-effective way to increase application performance of a server, giving the greatest gains where caching is highly utilized."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Chaintech ZNF3-150 Zenith nForce3 Motherboard Review @ Bjorn3d
"This review will focus on Chaintech's Zenith line and in particular the Athlon64 offering, the ZNF3-150 Zenith, based on the NVIDIA nForce3 150 chip. Not only does this board feature the awesome Zenith bundle, but it also features some innovative features as well, such as RadEX."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech diNovo Media Desktop Review @ Whining Dog
"Over the last year there have been a variety of Bluetooth adapters that brought support to the Windows platform but none can make as big of an impact as the Logitech diNovo Media Desktop can. This keyboard and mouse combination uses Bluetooth to communicate to the desktop PC. However the real innovation lies in the mouse charging base, it is also a full featured Bluetooth Wireless Hub."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe EPIA Fanless Mini-ITX Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The EPIA Fanless Mini-ITX Case is designed to be small and it definitely is at only 11" x 7.5" x 3.5". This product uses a heatpipe/heatlane which means no fan is required to cool down the CPU and that equals one very quiet PC. It's a perfect case if you are in the market for a super small home/office PC or a Home Theater PC setup."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Danger Den Maze 4 CPU & GPU Waterblocks Review @ Overclockers Club
"Water cooling." That's a term loved by many, yet at the same time feared just as much. I mean, after all you would have to be crazy to stick flowing water inside of your computer that is worth at least $1,500.00+, right? To be honest, even though I'd seen the results that water cooling produces over air-cooling, I'd really never gotten up the courage to attempt it. That was until the gang at DangerDen sent me the Maze 4 CPU and GPU blocks to try out. Figured this would be as good a time as any to venture into the world of water cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
Innovatek Premium XXS Water Cooling Kit Review @ Big Bruin
"The Innovatek Premium XXS Water Cooling Kit is an excellent choice for someone who wants a complete kit consisting of some of the best built water cooling gear available. The performance and ease of use should appeal to someone making their first foray into water cooling, as well as an experienced veteran."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Thermaltake Extreme Volcano 12 Heatsink Review @ CoolTechZone
"Heatsinks are an essential part of a system for enthusiasts. It is hard to choose the right one when you have so many options available to you. There are many companies that have taken air-cooling to the next level. Thermaltake is one of those companies that come into mind when discussing heatsinks. They have extensive line of processor coolers to choose from."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Spectrum Fan Card Cooler Review @ Ascully
"As we all know the number one enemy inside your PC is heat, we all have fancy heatsinks on our CPU's, coolers for our hard drives, huge case fans to cool the air inside, but how many of you can honestly say the bottom back half of your case is fully optimized for cooling?"

More information on this review can be found here.
FSP Silent-Solution Kit Review @ PC Review
"In the past, the main emphasis on PC cooling has been largely on performance. The more CFM (air) a fan could push, the better, regardless of noise it made whilst doing so. For the non-overclocker at least, this performance-over-silence trend is gradually being reversed as people now increasingly work (and play) by their PCs, making silent operation far more desirable. In this review we're going to be taking a look at the "Silent Solution Kit" from FSP Group, which promises good cooling performance and very quiet operation."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS 9600 XT Turbo Review @ Legit Reviews
"I would like to give HIS some kudos for creating a graphics card using the 9600 XT graphics core because it really does hit a big market since not everyone can afford a $300-$400 video card. This card performs just as it said it would and with our "out of the box" testing strategy, we found no issues and were very impressed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Cooler-PRO PCU21-VG Review @ Neoseeker
"As the pictures show, the heatsink design is very different from a standard heatsink. The base looks very cool with the area around the CPU die having a sandblasted texture. I don't know how you would take it, but the texture of the copper base looks really unique to us. The actual bottom portion of the heatsink that makes contact with the processor has a nice finish although it is does not have the polished, mirror look."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xbox Modding Part 1 – What You Need to Know @ Tweaktown
"Microsoft Xbox console modding has been a part of a world for some time now. We suspect though that not everyone is aware of the quite legal benefits of modding your console can bring. Interested? Read on and find out what some soldering and circuitry boards can provide for your experience."

More information on this guide can be found here.

The Simple Antialiasing and Anisotropic Guide

"Antialiasing" and "Anisotropic Filtering" are two phrases which are often bandied about by gamers and 3D graphics enthusiasts with scant regard for those of us who didn't graduate from Geek High. What are these mystical words which seem to make young geeks drool and put fear into the hearts of those with ageing hardware? If you think Antialiasing is a strong dislike of the Jennifer Garner TV series, and Anisotropic is a small region in the South Pacific then I think you might find this guide will help you more than you know."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Soltek QBIC 3702M Review @ MBReview
"With the ever-growing level of competition in the SFF market, all of the various manufacturers much develop ways to gain the attention of their potential customers, not only with looks, but with the capabilities that their systems have. The options that we have seen within the 3702M's BIOS are more than adequate for any user looking to attain higher performance levels from their unit. I was pleased to see the selections offered for the DRAM timings, and the various system voltages."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle SB65G2 XPC Review @ Legion Hardware
"With more than a dozen Shuttle XPC models in existence it is hard to imagine newer versions of these small form factor computers, such as the SB65G2, offering anything different. Though the challenge to find something different in these new XPC systems becomes quite an easy task, once the chipset and other imbedded features are revealed. It was not until I discovered the integrated Wireless LAN and Serial ATA support that I really started to pay attention to this product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Super Lanboy Case Review @ Virtual Hideout
"Less than a year ago, if you wanted an aluminum case or one made with Lexan or Plexiglas, you had to get it from a specialty shop. Now it is more commonplace to see more color choices, and different materials being used. I think a lot of the credit has to be given to the staying power of the ATX specification. I still remember when the AT standard was dying out, everyone was kind of holding their breath to see if ATX was going to stay around. Now that it has been with us through so many chipset and processor revisions, manufacturers are confident that they can invest the resources into making complex cases that won't become obsolete before they can be sold. This results in more plastic components, more complex door mechanisms, more well-thought-out features and more tool-free designs. All good things for us. What used to be a field populated by identical beige boxes has become a highly competitive design contest amongst manufacturers. The Super Lanboy is a good example of this continuing refinement process."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, January 12, 2004
Best Store Portable 7 in 1 Card Reader Review @ ExtensionTech
"The most fabulous thing about this 7 in 1 card reader is that it needs a 2.5" Hard Drive. "What?" you ask. Well, with a hard drive in this card reader, you download your pictures to the Best Store. The number of pictures is only limited by the size of the hard drive you install. Imagine just using one or two media cards for your digital camera. For a modest amount of money to outfit this. You'd probably spend that already in two media cards. Instead, you can download all of your media cards, then hook it up via USB, and grab them all at once. Does it get any better than that?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolest of 2003 Report @ System Cooling

"SystemCooling has been around for almost two years now. Being that 2003 was our first full year of operations we are happy to present what we consider the "Coolest of 2003". Throughout 2003 we've seen hundreds of products come through our doors, some of which you'll see made our best of list and although some of the other products were not reviewed. They were however, in one shape or another used by our staff."

More information on this report can be found here.
Ximeta Netdisk Review @ HardExtreme
"Ximeta Inc. based in Irvine, CA recently unveiled its line of Netdisk external hard drives. The Netdisk is a robust external hard drive solution that takes advantage of Ximeta’s own NDAS technology. Ximeta’s site states, “NDAS is an acronym for Network Direct Attached Storage, XIMETA's patented disk storage technology which allows direct connection to your network without a server, IP address, or a protocol.” The drive is the first in its class that allows you to connect it to a network via Ethernet without a host. There is no need to purchase expensive server equipment so I find this very cost effective. You can also use it as a regular USB 2.0 drive. In our review we’ll be going over some of the features of the Netdisk as well as let you know about the final verdict and whether we’ll award it the Editors Choice Award for January."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hauppauge MediaMVP Review @ HardwareZoom
"Hauppauge MediaMVP is a mini Linux setup box that can receive multimedia data such as movie clips, MP3 and jpeg picture from a Windows 2000/XP computer through an Ethernet cable. Since the cable can be as much as 100m long, you can now playback these data even if your computer is located a few rooms away. MediaMVP will convert these multimedia data and send it to your TV and Hi-Fi system."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Product Press Releases @ Microcool
"HOOK ADAPTOR - The exclusive mounting system that allows you to install Microcool NorthPole onto all of your motherboards with the latest generation of Intel chipsets (i865, i875).

Its distinctive design, in just a few minutes, allows us to transform the northbridge mounting holes into convenient screw holders, to adapt the NorthPole brackets to the new geometric obstacles, and above all the ability to install the heat dissipator regulating the pressure with the two screws. Hook Adaptor is the solution that gives NorthPole definitive compatibility with all the motherboards actually on the market, making it the best Northbridge cooling solution.

CHIPSINK - Microcool makes its family of Chipsink heat dissipators more complete with the addition of two new models designed specifically for the most demanding clients. In fact in addition to the already noteworthy PLL and MOSFET Chipsinks, they have created:

South Sink: Heat dissipator in black anodized aluminum with a thermally conductive adhesive specially studied for cooling the Southbridge chip. Its notable dimensions assure efficient thermal dissipation even in operating conditions beyond its specifications. The compact design allows for easy installation among the components of the motherboard.

Micro Sink: Heat dissipator in black anodized aluminum with a multi-purpose thermally conductive adhesive. It can only be utilized to cool the MOSFET of small chips or can be used to make up a larger sized dissipator, if in a modular structure, to be used on chips that regulate RAID or SATA controllers."

More information on these products can be found here.
Gainward Hollywood@Home 7.1 Review @ Hexus
"It's tempting to criticise it too much but I'll say this: as a method of adding good quality (although not audiophile level), multi-channel audio with a digital, optical output port to your PC, without going nuts and breaking the bank, the card has a market. Decent features, nice and cheap, just don't expect sonic miracles."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Excalibur IceQ 256Meg DDR2 Radeon 9800pro Review @ Tweaknews
"The Excalibur IceQ 9800 pro embodies everything I have ever wanted in a videocard. The card is packed full of 256megs of fast DDR2 memory, includes a quiet and efficient monster cooler and for once there are memory sinks installed throughout the card. The performance numbers and results would easily make even the pickiest of gamers happy with the ability to handle quality settings and pump out great framerates without breaking a sweat."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast K8N Pro nForce3 Motherboard Review @ Bjorn3d
"The WinFast K8N Pro offers a plethora of features, including four SATA connectors (supporting RAID 0, 1, and 0+1), support for six USB 2.0 ports (2 from front panel header), and an onboard Realtek ALC-658 chip for 6-channel surround sound. Another feature this motherboard boasts is a data security system from eNova called X-Wall IDE. One of the three IDE connectors is coupled with eNova's X-Wall LX-64 chip, which provides encryption for the hard disk connected to that IDE connector."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8TRS300M Motherboard Review @ Short-Media
"Gigabyte introduces a value motherboard centered around ATI's Radeon 9100 IGP. The question is to buy the GA-8TRS300M or not. It's a very good product for basic desktop needs and while the Gigabyte GA-8TRS300M may not be an impressive motherboard in itself it will be if a more aggressive price point is set than the competition's 9100 IGP motherboards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Diabolic Minotaur Mid-Tower ATX Case Review @ OCIA
"You will notice the monster 120mm fan that provides for most of the case's airflow. There is always a debate over whether negative pressure or positive pressure is better for airflow. I personally prefer negative pressure because it allows cool air to be pulled from any opening in the case. This is not the case with CPU coolers, however, but that is a different story all together. One other thing to point out here is the mechanism above the expansion card slots. This is a hold-down for the expansion cards that replaces the normal screw hold-downs. A very nice feature IMO, as I tend to change out PCI/AGP cards on a regular basis."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian-Li PC6010 Case Review @ RipNet-UK
"Whilst they're not exactly ten a penny yet, aluminium cases are becoming more and more popular with both home PC builders and OEM suppliers. Lian-Li were undoubtedly one of the pioneers in this field, but as ever in business it didn't take long for competitors to spot a good thing. Sure enough more and more manufacturers quickly got their products into the market. Some of these were pretty shoddy affairs, but others rapidly cottoned on and started to turn out cases which were all but a match for the top-end suppliers, often at a very competitive price."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Temjin SST-TJ01 Tower Review @ SCC
"We begin this new year here at SoundCardCentral with a look at another new case from SilverStone Tek. Our previous look at the SST-B032FW showed a case with much appeal and features, but with a few flaws that would make it a case in need of some design fixes. The case in hand today, the Temjin series SST-TJ01 is another affordable SilverStone case that offers their designer's touch and room for expansion. In this review I'll be covering this cases' specs, install, and usage to give you a solid recommendation and view of this case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Lanfire Case (VM2000) Review @ myWORLD Hardware
"Out from the box, the Lanfire case body was well constructed with aluminium with the front made of high quality ABS Plastic. With its silver colour finish, it looks pretty sleek overall. Located right on top of the case, you'll find a multipurpose panel which allows you to control cooling fans via its 4 silver dials. On the centre, there is a LCD display coupled with 4 rubber buttons and a tiny screw dial. We'll look into its functions in detail later."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Xaser III "Skull" Mid Tower Case Review @ hardCOREware
"If you're into a 'louder' case design, you should give this one a look. It has a ton of features and gadgets, not the least being its 100% (well 99%) tool-free installation process. Even the motherboard and case doors don't need so much as a thumbscrew here!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Centurion Case Review @ Tweakerzone
"Cooler Master often uses grills in it'ts case design and there is no difference for the Centurion. On the front panel there are two oval grills, allowing the fan behind it to get fresh air into the case. These grills give the case a nice look though. So design and performance go well together in the design of this case. Between the oval grills, the power switch, power LED, HDD LED and reset switch have been implemented."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech H2O-8501 Water Cooling Kit Review @ Envy News
"While water cooling has been around for a few years in one form or another, this is Envy News' first foray into what is becoming a much more common trend among high-performance enthusiasts. Ken O'Rielly, Envy's own "take it to the limit and then another notch" senior editor, takes Swiftech's H2O-8501 water cooling kit out for a spin. Instead of ending up all wet, he found a quiet system with better cooling performance than even his "cover your ears" air cooling setup. Better yet, he found the H2O-8501 easy enough to install that someone new to water cooling should have no trouble whatsoever if they want to take the plunge themselves."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, January 10, 2004
New Weekly Special @ The Cutting Edge

"The Cooler Master Musketeer is one of those truly unique products that sets itself apart from the rest. Although not an overly useful product, it is definitely one of the better looking with it's blue lit meter style displays. It comes with 1 thermal probe and will allow 1 fan to be hooked up to it and the fan speed controlled by the voltage slider. This will give you the means to monitor and adjust the temperature of one area of your computer like the CPU. You can also hook up your soundcard to the VU meter and watch it bounce to the music just like many stereo products made during the Jimmy Carter administration. If you have an extra bay and are looking for a great product to fill it then this is the eyecandy you have been looking for."

Features:
- Black or silver finish
- Reflective blue lighted displays
- A truly unique look
- Temperature display in Celsius or Fahrenheit
- VU meter hooks up to soundcard and swings with the sound
- Voltage dial displays 0-12v
- Comes with all the cables and instructions
- Easy to install
- Fits in 5.25" drive bay
- Includes instructions and mounting hardware

More information on this sale can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast A350 Ultra TDH MyVIVO Video Card Review @ 3DXtreme
"The A350 differs from the all the other standard 5900 boards by integrating ViVO features on the Leadtek model. The Leadtek A350 ViVO includes features like PIP, Direct Burn and it's a damn fast gaming card."

More information on this review can be found here.
Consumer Electronics Show 2004 Day 1 Report @ Anandtech
"The exhibition halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center were actually full of exhibitors; attendance was supposed to be over 100,000 - a welcome change from the 15,000 we were hearing for the disappointment that was Comdex '03. CES was the show to be at and it honestly felt like the Comdexes of the good ol' days; it was exciting to be here and as tiring as crowd surfing to get to a meeting can be, it felt like home."

More information on this report can be found here.
Consumer Electronics Show 2004 Day 1 Report @ Tom's Hardware
"It's called the Consumer Electronics Show. Does it make sense to differentiate electronics devices anymore? Consumer electronics in one corner, computers on another side, and then, what else is there? It's all electronic, ain't it. It's all getting digital, ain't it. It's all getting connected, ain't it."

More information on this report can be found here.
Mod your FX5900 into a FX5950 Ultra @ Explosive Labs
"Some pretty interesting results I came up with. With the card running at the same speeds results for 3DMark03 and Q3A drop with the A380U BIOS. With the new BIOS though I was able to overclock the card even some more. This seems to be the same thing happening to members over at the Futuremark forums and here is what they have come up with. Reason why we see a decrease in results is most likely because that with the new BIOS memory timings are more relaxed. That is most likely the reason I am able to overclock the memory even higher with the new BIOS. For the core it seems like the new BIOS gives a bit more voltage to it allowing me to clock it even higher. No solid evidence yet but certainly a good explanation for the results."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Modding 101 Pt 2 - Top Window @ Bit-Tech
"Following on from part 1, and as promised, let's look at creating a top window. Windows can come in all shapes and sizes. They can be small and just cover a small part of the case top to reveal a particular feature inside the case, all the way up to encompassing the entire case top. With experience, (and the right tools), the shape is limited only by your imagination. For the purposes of this article and to demonstrate the basic techniques involved I will stick to a simple rectangular shape."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Thermaltake Xaser III Super Tower Series Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Thermaltake Xaser III Super Tower Series Case is truly loaded with features. Features like two-way lock in front of case, side panel is also lockable, 7 80mm fans, tool-free design, a unit that controls the speed on up to 4 fans and also has an LCD with thermal features and much more. This case has a lot of bang for the buck.

More information on this video review can be found here.
I-Star D300 Storm Rackmount Case Review @ OCIA
"The case cools just as well as the YY-Cube I was currently using. All of the aluminum on this case is definitely appealing to the eyes, as is the overall design of the chassis. There were no sharp edges on the case that I could find, or at least not any place that you would normally have an extremity near, hehe. I also looked at the specifications for this case on the manufacturer's website. Everything seems to be in order there."

Very sweet rackmount! More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake X-Blower Review @ Creative Mods
"The X-Blower, from Thermaltake is an interesting product because of variety of included cooling devices. The X Blower comes with 1 standard 80mm fan, one 80mm blower fan, and a 2 channel fan controller that fits into any 5.25" bay. The combination for these three cooling devices makes for an excellent product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Happy 2nd Year Anniversary @ MTB


It was two years ago today that I officially launched the MODTHEBOX website and since then we've grown to become one of the largest and most respected Canadian modding sites on the Internet. In the upcoming weeks we will be presenting our MTB: A Year in Retrospect 2003 Report covering all the positives and negatives of last year. We will also be launching our first contest for 2004 with a bunch of cool prizes to give away. I want to thank all the staff members (Shennon, Mantis, Dr. Mobius and Shatterstar) for all their hard work, our roster of sponsors for their contributions and the community for giving us great support for the past 2 years.

Friday, January 9, 2004
Year in Review 2003 @ Hardware Analysis
"Want to take a look at what happened in 2003, what new products and technologies where introduced? What news headlines made a lasting impression? Here's our 2003 coverage from January to December."

More information on this article can be found here.
Vantec Spectrum Fan Card Review @ HighTekPC
"With the speed at which computer components now run, there is a tremendous amount of heat generated inside a PC. While case fans help cool the system, they generally only provide horizontal airflow. With that in mind, Vantec introduces the Spectrum Fan Card."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Spectrum Mouse Pad Review @ Overclockers Club
"When you think of Vantec, fans and fan controllers would probably could to mind. We should now add mouse pads to the list of products Vantec manufactures. Today we'll be looking at the first mouse surface Vantec has designed, the Spectrum Mouse Pad. This new offering from Vantec is no ordinary mousepad - it glows!. Its a good looking pad and it glows, but can it hold up to our performance tests against the current reigning champion - the XTrac Hammer? Only one way to find out, so let's get into it."

More information on this review can be found here.
SunnyTech Mentor 5.1 Surround Headphone Review @ FastLaneHW
"Perhaps aside from hearing Ed McMahon at my door saying, "Congratulations on winning our $20 million grand prize", nothing makes my ears light up more than a great sound system. Today we're going to show you another set of surround headphones, this time by SunnyTech called the "Mentor 5.1 headphones". I'll be evaluating these headphones on their own merits and I'll see if they can hold their own."

These units look like they will be competing directly with Zalman's ZM-RS6F Theatre 6. More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Cooler Review @ Tweaktown
"When we think of processor cooling devices most of us would first think of Thermaltake, Cooler Master or OCZ. What about if we told you to think of Gigabyte? Start thinking about it! Gigabyte has just released their very first cooler for AMD Athlon XP and 64 as well as Intel Pentium 4. We've got Gigabyte's 3D cooler on the test bed. Come see just what it is capable of when we push some more MHz through the processors!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Flash your nVidia FX5900 NoneUltra to a FX5950 Ultra @ Madshrimps
"nVidia used to hardwire all graphic cards with the correct BIOS so flashing cards like ATi wasn't possible. However, newly released information suggests that the NV38 (5950u) is simply a software rebadged NV35 (5900). This means that even a 128MB 5900 can be flashed into a 128MB 5950u. This also applies to VIVO."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Creative RADEON 9800XT Review @ Hardware Fushion
"Currently Creative’s ATI range stands at a rather limited, but strong product line of cards, aimed at the ultra-gamer, performance enthusiast and budget buyer. At present the competition between Nvidia and ATI remains very tight, with next-gen cards from the two companies not expected until mid 2004. Nvidia’s top performing card, the FX5950 Ultra, has shown to do considerably well in comparison tests against the Radeon 9800XT, but doesn’t seem to be able to break away from the competition enough to make a fundamental difference. Whilst the Radeon 9800XT has still managed to keep a performance edge over the FX5950, it is still an older generation card, which has simply been tweaked to keep ATI in the leader board."

More information on this review can be found here.
Year End Sale Continues @ Lux-Design

"We have gotten real good prices on lots of items and we are passing them to you. Some prices are really amazing! If we can beat any price you get from another online Canadian store, we will. Right now the Vantec Nexus 205 is priced at $29.95 CDN is just on example on all the goodies being on sale at terrific prices."

More information on this sale can be found here.
Abit AI7 865PE Motherboard Review @ hardCOREware
"The AI7 is from Abit's latest batch of motherboards that introduce a cool new set of features they have dubbed 'uGuru'. uGuru is great, but what really sets this board apart is GAT, and its ability to not only outperform other low cost 865 based motherboards, but also high end 875 boards. This keeps the AI7 at an approachable price point, and may just be the perfect solution for an overclocked 2.4C!"

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LanParty NFII Ultra B Review @ Viper Lair
"Simply enough "CMOS Reloaded" as DFI has dubbed it, is a back up for your commonly used BIOS settings. So if you wish to set it up a particular way, or change the settings a lot and are a tweaker, the next time you reset your CMOS you can simply load up your old settings and start from there."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Aluminum P160 Case and 430W TruePower PSU Review @ Bjorn3d
"The Antec P160 is a sweet case that will turn heads and leave you without a noise induced headache. It is a little on the expensive side, averaging around $120 at most major online retailers. It is definitely worth a look for anyone looking to upgrade his/her case. The only thing you have to watch out for is that fragile LED cable and the short length of the included control panel connections."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Verge X Modded Case Released @ VoyeurMods
"The Verge X Modded Case is outfitted with the HUGE side window with 2 x 120mm Quad LED Fans, with Stainless Steel Laser Cut Grills. On top we have followed the same theme, and went with a 2 x 120mm Quad LED Fan, with Stainless Steel Laser Cut Grills. Last but not least we again at Voyeurmods.com have raised the bar on the competition by adding 2 x 80mm bottom intake fans, in our Signature, Voyeurmods bottom window for ultimate cooling performance."

More information on this product release can be found here.
CasEdge Diabolic Minotaur Case Review @ BigBruin
"The exterior of the case is well done and it is obvious that high-quality materials were used. The “horns” on the front are not flimsy like I thought they would be. As a matter of fact, the red bezels are gorgeous and have an interesting depth to them. I almost refused to take them out when I put in my boring beige CD-ROMs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, January 8, 2004
The ATI Radeon Cooler Mod Guide @ Rojak's Pot
"Since the GeForce 2 days, active cooling on the graphics processor has become absolutely necessary. It has become virtually impossible to make any graphics processor run reliably without active cooling. The power consumption of GPUs keeps increasing as faster and newer ones appear and this trend shows no sign of abating. And why not? Each new design incorporates more and more transistors which increases the GPU's power consumption. Ditto for increases in clock speed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Spectrum Mouse Pad Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Vantec Spectrum Mouse Pad is a very unique and stylish product. With a quick glance, it's very clear to see that this product is different than your traditional mouse pad. What really separates this product from others are the ultra bright blue cold cathode lights which make it glow. Also, the PVC surface provides enough space for accurate mouse movement."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Koolance Exos-Al Review @ Nordic Hardware
"It has been a while since we had a glimpse at cooling, with the latest being a roundup of a number of waterblocks. Today, we shall continue in the spirit of water cooling and we are now looking at a complete system from Koolance - it's external aluminum solution aptly named Exos-Al. Is is a completely external box with a radiator, pumps and a reservoir which you put on top of the PC. The tubes are connected to a waterblock in the computer. It won't get much easier than this. The radiator is in aluminum, but the waterblock is made of gold-plated copper."

More information on this review can be found here.
Channel Well Technology (CWT) 480W PSU Review @ HardwareZoom
"There is a total of 7 molex connectors for your graphic card, hard disks and optical drives. This should be sufficient for those who have multiple drives in the system. The blue/black cable will be connected to the motherboard to read the rpm of the exhaust fans inside the PSU. Talking about the fans, they are both 90mm and 80mm fans, and they are both similar to the ones in the Antec TruePower 480W PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Auravision EluminX Illuminated Keyboard Review @ TwistedMods
"I have been using one for several months now, and it has served me well through many gaming sessions, constant typing, and everything in-between. Some may find gaming with the keyboard a bit difficult due to its cramped layout, but it still seems to be a very solid product. After using the keyboard for around six months, a bit of my D key has worn off due to typing, but other than this, I have not had any problems with the keyboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS V9980U/TVD Video Card Review @ Hexus
"With a mediocre game bundle that needs a revamp, a utility set that borders on the weird (you want to use a £372 games accelerator to provide security on your house?), high price and a cooler that screams out for fan adjust, the ASUS is underwhelming. It's a shame that despite strong performance, the bundle contents, cooler and price conspire to make its rivals look that bit more attractive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Maxtor DiamondMax9 200GB SATA HDD Review @ Monkey Review
"Unfortunately the ATA100/133 standard has a new format to contend with. Introducing Serial ATA drives. While the standard/format has taken some time to catch on from it's early days it is making it's way into the home user market. Many motherboard manufactures have included the support for SATA while still offering support for ATA. Today we're going to be looking at Maxtor's SATA DiamondMax Plus 9 200GB drive from their SATA Ultra Series."

More information on this review can be found here.
Revoltec Tattoo Case Review @ Kande.be
"Over the past few years a computer-case changed from a boring beige heavy case to a colorful and somethimes impressing modded case. Today we are gonna take a look at the Revoltec Tattoo case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Vortex Hard Drive Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"The Vantec Vortex Hard Disk cooler does accomplish its goal of successfully dropping hard disk temperatures, but only in some cases. Due to a poor design, on cold boots the Vortex defaults to a “fan off” state that actually increases temperatures higher than a hard disk without any cooling at all."

More information on this review can be found here.
Noise Isolator PWM Fan Controller Review @ CoolTechZone
"Noise Isolator is a relatively unknown company. They specialize in producing silent products for cases such as the PWM fan controller. Fan controllers are recommended to people with lots of fans in their cases. They allow the flexibility of changing fan speeds at different operations. Let's see how the PWM fan controller from Noise Isolator stacks up amongst its competitors."

These are excellent units if you ever get a chance to get your hands on them. More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, January 7, 2004
MADDOG Multimedia Entertainer 8 Channel Soundcard Review @ Tweaknews
"The Entertainer is a great soundcard with a good price, solid performance and extreme compatibility. You can plug every audio toy you have into this card and enjoy them all in heart-pounding 8 point surround sound. The Entertainer does everything a soundcard should do and more, which makes it an exceptional product that I would recommend to anyone."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chill Vent I Review @ OCIA
"Now that we are familiar with the concept behind this product, let's do some testing to see how it performs. First let's go over the installation. This is where the fun begins. I could not fit this product into my case. Granted, I am running a YY Cube case, but this product was too wide to fit in there. However, it says on their site that this is designed for a mid-tower ATX case, so no point deductions here. I went ahead and installed it into a different computer using a typical mid-tower ATX design. It fit into the case as advertised."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Aero7+ Heatsink Review @ Tech-Dreams
"Heatsinks are becoming a dime a dozen lately; with so many manufacturers and models to choose from these days, making a decision can leave you with quite a headache. Many heatsinks manufacturers try to lure you in by offering some sort of visual attribute, which doesn't always mean it performs well. I find myself choosing the basic, not to mention plain, heatsinks because of their cooling performance. However, I treat us to an entry in the heatsink market that seems to offer both looks and performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC-3200 ECC Registered Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
"OCZ has delivered a quick and well designed module to the table with their PC-3200 ECC Registered Dual Channel kit. By having the ability to run tight timings it was able to pass up the other PC-3200 ECC modules it was benchmarked against in all the tests but one. Enthusiasts who play graphic intensive games should be able to see the clear choice in modules as running tight timings will result in a FPS increase."

More information on this review can be found here.
Global Win SilentStream Water Cooled Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"What an excellent, compact, efficient water cooled heatsink system this Global Win SilentStream is. The idea of fitting the pump directly on the water block heatsink to create maximum water flow and agitation through the water block coupled to a very efficient radiator really has paid off especially for those of you overclocking. It will be interesting to see how many other heatsink manufacturers follow this Global Win SilentStream design idea this year as water cooling systems take off."

I'm not so sure if I agree with this comment after seeing the initial design and concept. More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon 64 3400+ Review @ Neoseeker
"The migration of the memory controller from the North Bridge to an on-die solution is a big architectural change. A big advantage is the reduction of DRAM latency; this is especially important in when dealing in large datasets that require frequent memory access. The onboard cache size has also doubled in size compared to the XP line from 512 KB to 1 megabyte."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon 64 3400+ Review @ Hexus
"Like any company, a CPU's fundamentals need to be sound. The Model 3400+'s are. Performance in spades, at least two chipsets with solid, stable support and a third on the way, clever engineering through Cool'n'Quiet technology."

More information on this review can be found here.
Computers are Like Fish @ Dev Hardware
"Computer cases are a bit like fish; they make for nice decorations when they’re pleasing to look at. (When they’re not, you stick them in the corner, and hope they don’t die.) Up until about six years ago, home desktop computer case designs were all pretty much the same: beige, white, or even black boxes. With the introduction of the iMac in 1998, Apple set off a revolution in the basic premise of computer design. Form, it seems, was to be as important as function. With desktop computers being seen more as furniture and entertainment centers than workstations, it's no wonder that the way a computer looks has started to become just as important as what it does. But who should really get the credit for getting the computer design ball rolling? And where can we expect those designs to be in the future?"

More information on this article can be found here.
Think Computers 101: Drive Stealthing @ Think Computers
"One goal of modding is to get the best results you can and make it look as clean as possible. Sometimes this can be a problem, especially when you are color matching a case and can't get a drive you want in the same color. Rather than painting it, a good way to install it and keep a sleek looking case is to stealth the drive with one of the pre-existing blankout bezels that came with the case originally."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Soltek SL-87CW-FL 'Violets Eyes' i875P Motherboard Review @ PC Guide
"Just a few weeks ago we reviewed Soltek's SL-865-GR based on the 865PE chipset and it proved to stand up to the challenge as far performance and features go. Now we have there SL-87CW-FL version based on the Intel 875P chipset in for review and expecting to see Soltek can deliver on there high end board."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gainward CoolFX 1800XP Review @ OC-Zone
"This is a wonderfull Gainward card, one of the best cards in the world, and maybe the only one capable of showing the new Nvidia GPU at its full strength. The cooling system granted an increase of 5 GB/s over default, about 10% better than the default voltage. The overclocking in this card is awesome, it climbed until an impressing result of 596/1113Mhz."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Super Lanboy Review @ Viper Lair
"This is not a case you'll find at ACME Generic Computer Resellers (Ed. Note: I made that name up, so don't bother looking it up). Though it isn't a revolutionary redesign, it does improve on a lot of the original Lanboy's shortcomings. The new 120mm fans are a welcome addition, as is the redesigned storage compartment for extra screws and small tools."

More information on this review can be found here.
High-End Graphic Card Roundup @ Overclockers New Zealand
"Leadtek A380Ultra is one impressive Nvidia card. It is the first consumer-level graphics card that offers out-of-box HDTV connection. A380Ultra's real strong point is its custom cooler, capable of keeping the card at acceptable temperature even when overclocked."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Excalibur Radeon 9600XT Review @ LAN Addict
"Hightech Information System Ltd was established in 1987 and is currently one of the largest graphics card companies in Hong Kong. Most of us in the US have never heard of HIS, however, although that should change this year. Today, I'll be looking at the 128MB version of the HIS Excalibur Radeon 9600XT."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, January 6, 2004
Lan Party Guides: Power Primer @ LAN Party
"So now you’re hosting a LAN party? Well one of the issues you will likely have to deal with is power, or the management of it. With a few basic rules and some planning, you should have little or no problems. Do note that while the numbers in this article mainly pertain to US/Canada and other areas that use 110V AC, the basic rules apply everywhere. For areas that use 220V AC service, simply divide the listed amperages in half."

More information on this guide can be found here.
MSI X48-A 48x24x48x + 16x DVD Review @ Viper Lair
"NHL99 fills up the whole CD, so we can see that the MSI X48-A got close to its maximum rated performance. It tops out at about 46.82x, and averages 35.53x throughout the disc. You'll have to understand that given the nature of CAV technology, the maximum rated speed is reached only at the outer portion of the disc."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Spectrum Fan Card Video Review @ 3dGameman
"The Vantec Spectrum Fan Card is one product hardcore gamers will love because it allows substantial cooling to the Video Card. That means a higher overclocking result which in turn means better performance. This fan card is easy to install, affordable, looks great and both fan speeds can be quickly adjusted. A must have for any serious gamer."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Plextor PX- 708UF Spectrum Series 8X DVD+/- R/RW External Drive Review @ Tech-Mods
"As many years ago automobiles improved experientially each passing day, having come to what we have today, fast, safe, luxurious, and obtainable in many styles and colors. Computers and their accessories are also leading down the same hispeed highway. For the home user the option lists are beginning to become full circle of different avenues. A couple of these options have been the recent capabilities to not only to watch your favorite DVD movies on your home computer, but also to create your own DVD movies. Along with that ability is the option to have these devices that will perform these tasks, within a unit that is full featured, fast and available in many colors to accent your home décor. Today we'll be looking at and testing the fastest to date external drive from Plextor Corp. The PX-708UF Spectrum Series DVD+/-R/RW Hi-Speed USB and FireWire External Drive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Transcend JetFlash USB 2.0 Drive Review @ OCIA
"The JetFlash comes with everything you need to get started. The nice neck strap to choke the folks trying to steal your JetFlash, or to hang the unit around your neck so you don't lose it; whichever you choose. A USB extension cord is provided as well. The standard user manual, product overview, and warranty card has also been supplied. You get a driver CD to install the JetFlash. This CD is only used for Windows 98, 98SE and below. Every other version recognizes it automatically. Then, of course, the JetFlash itself."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TwinX1024 PC4400 Memory Review @ Legion Hardware
"There is no doubt in my mind that these modules can do exactly what Corsair say they can as I have seen the numbers with my own eyes. The biggest concern now is the price tag which this 1GB TwinX kit will carry. The estimated retail of at least $430 is a bit hard to swallow, considering the XMS3200 1GB kits are less than half this price. Nevertheless, if you are going to overclock to the max, then you need memory that can do this. The XMS4400 can do this as you have just witnessed, and are the only memory modules that are guaranteed to do so."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon64 3400+ Review @ Hardcoreware
"At long last, AMD is on the top in terms of CPU features. It is already known that the Athlon64 has all the features and gadgets to not only be a fast processor today, but tomorrow and the next day as well, as 64 bit desktop computing becomes a reality. Today we put the 3400+ through the wringer with Intel's closest competing product; the Pentium 4 3.2 GHz. Results were somewhat surprizing in many cases."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIA EPIA CL10000 Motherboard Review @ PyroPort
"How many times has your spouse demanded they use your PC? Or perhaps you want a second PC for serving some files, your music or to act as your firewall. You may even want to get a cheap PC as a gift to give to someone. Well help is at hand, VIA Technologies have been producing some very cheap and compact motherboards and in recent months the performance is starting to improve to a point where the price to performance ratio is very appealing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Revolution 7.1 High-Definition 7.1 Surround Sound PCI Card Review @ Tech-Mods
"Since the home computer developed into our homes we all mostly thought of it as a visual object. We gradually added sound with external speakers’ sets that sat neatly along side of our monitors. As time has past, Some added more flair with multiple speaker sets with satellite systems left and right speaker combined with a throaty sub woofer. For most the sound came via the onboard chipsets the given motherboard provided. Now with the advancements of the latest games and movies with their 5.1 sound tracks and even the newer 7.1 sound tracks one can now hear the sounds as the maker of theses games and movies intended. The home computer is no longer a visual machine it has become an audio and visual entertainment system. Today we’ll be looking and testing and more importantly listening to the efforts of M-Audio’s 7.1 Revolution sound card."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen H600B Mid-tower Case Review @ Neoseeker
"Unlike many other cases which require a lot of physical force to remove the front bezel, the H600B provides a smooth and easy method. There is a latch hidden on the bottom of the case; pull on the latch and the pull at the top of the bezel lightly and the whole thing comes off. The bezel just snaps back in when it is lined up with the chassis. Very good design overall."

More information on this review can be found here.
AeroCool Lubic Custom Case Review @ Viper Lair
"The Lubic case simply put is totally different. In a world where pre-modded cases are becoming more and more popular it is nice to see something totally different. Constructing the case can be cumbersome, but if you enjoy assembling things you will have fun."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, January 5, 2004
Tec-Wind Thumbscrews Review @ Think Computers
"Case screws can be such a pain. You need a screw driver to use them, and they are unattractive. Not that long ago thumbscrews came into the picture. They are attractive, easy to use, and add some extra style to your case. Today we will be looking at some thumbscrews from Tec-Wind."

More information on this review can be found here.
FSP Group Silent Kit Review @ Tech-Dreams
"Amongst the hustle and bustle of today's society, we as computer geeks like to relax in front of our overclocked, riced up computers and relax. How peaceful, but not with that CPU fan and PSU fan roaring at a million miles an hour making an awful racket! Not to mention those extra case fans! Well, all of those troubles can be resolved with a quiet solution from the FSP Group."

More information on this review can be found here.

Steelpad 4S Review

"If your life revolves around computers, or if you're just heavily into gaming, a mouse pad is an important part of your computer system. A generic mouse pad can result in frustration, and it could end up being the difference maker in a Quake match. Many generic pads do not provide decent enough surfaces (or surfaces that only last a very short while) for accurate control of mouse movements, which results in a mouse that skips all over the place or worse. To remedy this problem, we take another look at a gaming mouse pads - only this time, we'll be taking a gander at the Steelpad 4S."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Kamakaze Heatsink Review @ Overclockers Club
"Well for a heat sink marketed towards silence the Scythe Kamakaze sure hit a bull's eye with this one. Even at full speed the fan is fairly quiet, much quieter than the Aero7+ it was up against. The look and build of the heatsink is not the best I've seen, but the performance more than makes up for that. Considering some of the other silent heatsink prices, this heatsink is a great deal for the level of performance you get. The Sycthe Kamakze will now be replacing my Aero 7+ for silence and cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
6 in 1 Card Reader and Writer Review @ Tech-Mods
"Well there is nothing more convenient than the ability to swap data from one device to another. Today’s micro gadgets have memory capabilities and can store small amounts of your pictures, mp3’s, or even lists of your emails. Unfortunately all the different types are not yet universal so with having several types available we tended to have the problem of loading the data to a head quarters if you will. Today we’ll be looking at and testing the 6 in 1 card reader and writer from Merconnet."

More information on this review can be found here.
AeroCool Deep Impact DP-102 HSF Review @ Bjorn3d
"After looking over a few of Aerocool’s new fans, I was really anxious to start testing their new Deep Impact heatsink. The Deep Impact is a far step away from your average heat sink, touting 36 copper fins surrounding a superconductor tube for maximum cooling performance. I like to keep the “hot spots” of my PC cool, and a nice processor heatsink is one of the products that I use to achieve this goal. Let’s see how the Deep Impact fares against my Athlon 2000+'s retail heatsink/fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Aerogate One Review @ Creative Mods
"Fan controllers are great additions to any case. Not only do they cut the noise level of the case down, they also can make your case look spiffier. Fan controllers can vary the amount of airflow in a case to best suit the needs of the user. Today I am going to review a nice offering from Cooler Masters called the Aerogate one."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Theatre 6 Surround Sound Headphones Review @ Ascully
"Zalman is a name computer enthusiasts are familiar with. It's a company that specializes in the field of quiet PC components. I actually run Zalman flower heatsinks in the two main PC's here in my home office and they are very quiet. So, it was a surprise to me when I learned that Zalman have started to make high quality surround sound headphones that are a long way from being quiet."

More information on this review can be found here.
Inside Look at BFG Technologies @ Envy News
"You see their products all the time when you shop at your local electronics retailer or online store. Their packaging is unmistakable, and their promises of service and support are unmatched. Though only in its second year of existence, BFG Technologies has made quite a splash in the graphics card market. What started as a few former Visiontek employees sitting in a kitchen has become one of the largest and most respected names in this highly competitive business. Now that BFG has established itself in the marketplace, the company is preparing to move forward by continuing to offer NVIDIA's latest and greatest video card technology, along with some new products. In this exclusive look, we'll see where BFG has been, where they are going and how they plan to maintain their status as one of the top computer peripheral distributors."

Very cool! More information on this tour can be found here.
Transcend 1GB DDR500 Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Transcend modules are rated at DDR500 (500MHz) with timings of 3-4-4-8; 1T, but only require 2.6 Volts for operation. This is lower than any DDR500 modules that we have seen! It will be interesting to see if these modules run cooler and see how the headroom is with higher voltages."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD nForce2 Memory Timings Explored @ Madshrimps
"A couple of days ago, I read on a Dutch forum a question concerning AMD timings. This week I saw almost the same question on our forums. It was a question about the fastest memory timings for an AMD nForce2 setup. Nobody could give a clear answer, so started to test the most common used timings. Here are the results you´ve always wanted to know!"

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AN7 Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"Overall I'm left slightly deflated by the AN7 experience. It's not a bad board by any means, it just has some annoying niggles that stop it from rating really highly. Recommended for the hardcore tweaker, everyone else should maybe look elsewhere. High end Socket A performance for sure but with a little baggage to carry around."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone GD98-LED Review @ FastLaneHW
"Today we're bringing you another case from SilverStone, this time it's the GD98-LED, a little blue Micro ATX model. The Micro ATX form factor can be called the "forgotten" form factor since most users spring for ATX these days, and people who want compactness go for mini-ITX or Shuttle XPCs. We'll see if the GD98-LED can breathe some life back into Micro ATX."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Performance One P160 Aluminum Case Review @ Ascully
"As I mentioned earlier in the review Antec are going to make a side window available just after the launch of the case. The Window arrived today and boy does it look good. Its not a plain window and carries the theme of the front bezel over to the sides. Installation is a matter of removing the old side panel and attaching the new one that's it there is nothing to it. Retail price of the windowed side panel is $29.99 and should be available when you read this. They say a picture can say more than a thousand words so here are a couple of shots for those of you that asked."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, January 3, 2004
A.C.Ryan Fan Controller2 Review @ Kande.be
"If you have a modded case you will also need a fan controller to control your fans and lights. Without this your fans would always be working at their max speed and make an awfull noise. Today we are reviewing the A.C.Ryan Fan Controller2."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec EZ-Swap Removeable Hard Drive Rack Review @ Gideontech
"You can see how the device has three settings on the key. They are on/locked, off/locked, and off/unlocked. The first setting is when the drive is running normally and you cannot remove it. The second setting turns the drive off, but will not allow you to remove it. Switching the key to the third position turns off and unlocks the drive so you can remove it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake HardCano 12 Fan Monitor & Controller Review @ Hardcoreware
"Thermaltake's latest entry in the HardCano series is the best looking yet! With an EL backlit LCD display, and digital controls that look like they belong on a high end car stereo, this could be just the mod to make your case look better and faster than ever! With the ability to control 4 case fans, with a temperature probe for each, and an alarm for each, the HardCano is worth looking at for any power tweaker, as well as case modders."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evil Inside - Double Your Pleasure with Double the Processors @ The Modfathers
"The more the merrier. That's what they say. And in the case of processors that is definitely the truth. You can never have enough raw computing power in your machine."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Corsair TwinX 1024 XMS4400 Platinum Memory Review @ System Cooling
"Corsair's newest memory is their XMS4400 series, and is rated to run at DDR550, or 275Mhz. As Corsair puts it, the product line is so fast that "The challenge was finding test machines that could keep up." Today, we're going to take a look at the flagship of the XMS4400, Corsair's TwinX 1024 XMS4400 Platinum, a full gigabyte of Corsair's best."

More information on this review can be found here.
Case Modders Featured in the Sunday Oregonion @ TwistedMods
"Modders shun the ubiquitous boring beige tower that contains the hard drive and other guts of the computer. Instead, they cut windows in their boxes, install colorful cold-cathode fluorescent lights, attach glow-in-the-dark cables and customize other parts ranging from buttons to fans."

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

"This Galaxy Crystal optical mouse is very unique. Besides the blue glow of the scroll wheel and the red optical sensor that are easily visible through the clear shell you may notice that there are no buttons. The whole outer shell of this mouse pivots left and right to eliminate the need for buttons. In a short period of time you will have mastered this new method of mousing and will wonder why no one else is duplicating this new approach. The scroll wheel also acts as a third button. The glide strip on the bottom is a complete cirlce. No more problems with the single pads getting ripped off. Hook this mouse up to your USB port or use the PS/2 adapter that's included. All this at an unbelievable price of $12.00, but only for a limited time."

More information on this special can be found here.
Modder of The Month: January @ Creative Mods
"Today I had the privilege of interviewing a fine young woman who has been psyched about modding ever since she started at the young age of 16. Outside of modding, Ashfoot is involved in many extra curricular activities and is enjoying her last year in high school. Although Ashfoot lives a very busy life, she still finds time in her schedule to get a healthy dose of gaming now and then, and always finds time to work on her case, entitled: GreenAsh."

It's always nice to see more female modders in the scene. More information on this interview can be found here.

Steelpad Gaming Glove Review

"Steelpad is a company that is well known for making high end products that cater to high end gamers. They are the makers of some of the most expensive mouse pads on the market today. Steelpad has recently expanded their line of high end PC gaming accessories with the creation of a glove made specifically for PC gaming. Their new product goes by the name: The Gaming Glove, or simply: the GG3."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xoxide X-Turbine Case Review @ ASE Labs
"This case has two sides with windows on it, the top and the side. Both of the windows have a fan in the center to draw attention to (and to make some better airflow, after all, heat rises). Like I said, the rivets and the window to case matchings are nearly perfect, there are no sharp corners or jagged edges."

More information on this review can be found here.
New MTB T-Shirts @ Hackerthreads
As part of a few new surprises for 2004, we have teamed up with Hackerthreads to create some brand new MTB Gear. For those of you not familiar with Hackthreads, they are a company that specializes in full service screen priniting. We have worked behind the screens to introduce two new t-shirt designs to show off your case modding and MTB pride. Be sure to check out the "Beige Sucks" and "Some Assembly Required" designs along with a cool new MTB Logo. Sizes range from M-XXL, priced at $16.95 USD.

More information on this cool new MTB Gear can be found here.
Friday, January 2, 2004
Steelpad 4D Review @ FastLaneHW
"Tonight we'll be taking a look at a new mousepad from our friends at Steelpad, the Steelpad 4D. It's a cheaper version of the 4S, and we'll be comparing the two to see if the 4S is worth the extra money or not."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GeForce FX 5950 Ultra Review @ Tweaktown
"For our first review of 2004 we take a look at Gigabyte's very newest video card, the N595U based on nVidia's GeForce FX 5950 Ultra GPU. It has been quite some time since we've seen an nVidia based video card from Gigabyte ever since ATI turned up the heat around about 12 months ago. Gigabyte once again has embraced nVidia; let's see what they have come up with!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Best of 2003 Report @ IPKonfig

"There are always worthwhile things to spend our money on that's part of our faith, and we believe! So we found quite a few. The graphics card biz got quite exciting, though we're still holding our breath for the full 64-bit impact of all the new stuff. Some memory makers started to get down to business with product that could actually keep up with the fast processors, more or less. And the cooling boys are staring really hot future systems in the face, so water cooling is moving mainstream."

More information on this report can be found here.
DFI LanParty NFII Ultra B Motherboard Review @ Legion Hardware
"After being left so impressed by the Abit AN7 I hardly expected to find a solution that would rival it so quickly. DFI have been aggressively attacking the enthusiast market recently and they have been doing it right with the LanParty series. Overclocking seems to be a huge focus point, and none do it better than DFI with the LanParty NFII Ultra B, as it seemed to hit high FSB frequencies effortlessly. The added ability to save BIOS configurations, and load them with ease, is also another plus for overclockers."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Guts of a Gamecube @ Enscape
"Over the next few months I'll be in and out of my Nintendo more freqeuntly than an Italian mustached plumber would be into and out of pipes! Today I'll just be showing you the basics of how to get the Gamecube open, Without the need of special equiptment like a 'Gamebit' or a £6 hex nut driver that wont fit down the screw holes. If all goes to plan I could even show you how to change the boring standard orange LED into something more your taste!"

More information on this project can be found here.
MNPCTech SC185 Case Review @ Bit-Tech
"Premod cases appeal to people who want a case to set theirs apart from the rest with little or no effort. What if you could get a case that would set yours apart from even other premods and have choices of various options? From the time the first premodded cases hit the scene, they have been the cause of a ruckus (technical term). Purist don't care for them and exaggerate their impact as the end of the world as we know it. Manufacturers and premod buyers would say that they represent a choice of product with specific features that are in demand. No doubt, the non-beige age is in full swing and still growing. But for whatever reason, could be lack of: time, skill, tools, etc some folks just want a case that not only looks good but performs well and sets their system aside from every other flavor you would see at your local PC outlet. Nothing wrong with that."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, January 1, 2004
Logitech MX900 Review @ FastLaneHW
"The Logitech MX700 has been the "king rodent" for quite a while now; today, however, we have a new contender, the Logitech MX900. It's very similar in design to the MX700, but with several new additions; the most major being the integrated Bluetooth, which will enable you to use your base station as a hub for PDAs, cell phones, headsets, or even printers, all just as wireless as your mouse."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool K802-715 (AMD K8 & Athlon64) CPU Cooler Review @ 3dXtreme
"There is also something to be mentioned about the noise levels that each produced. While the Thermaltake was producing about 45dB, the Evercool was producing just under 30dB. This alone is something to consider, especially if you're concerned with PC noise."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zippy WK-207 Aluminum Keyboard Review @ Overclockers Club
"Most keyboards today offer an array of multi-function buttons and extras, but leave no simplicity to the keyboard itself. Today we are taking an exclusive look at the newest keyboard that hasn't yet hit the market, the Zippy Aluminum WK-720. It was nice to see the simple approach Zippy took with the WK720 keyboard; no shortcut buttons or scroll wheels just the basics needed in a keyboard, which was very nice to see since I never use the multi function buttons on my current keyboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
VL's Editor's Choices of 2003 @ Viper Lair
"With 2003 behind us now, we here at Viper Lair have looked at a ton of products this past year. Some things rocked, and others not so much. In the end, we saw some interesting technology, and put together a list of what we felt is truly deserving of a spot in your rig, and one item you can pass on."

More information on this review can be found here.
Build A Pulse-Width-Modulation Fan Controller @ Overclockers.com
"Many people have rheostats/potentiometers that control their fans. In essence, these are large variable resistors that are used to reduce the current to a fan and slow it down, giving the user a degree of analogue control. These are fine up to a certain extent, but the greater the load placed on the rheostat, the larger the thing has to be in order to dissipate the heat produced."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Vantec Spectrum Mousepad Review @ Envy News
"If you are into modding your computers like I am, then any cool gadget that comes along piques your interest. Call me simple minded, but if the new gadget is lit, then I am all over it. Of course, there is the problem with manufacturers adding lights to otherwise cheap and useless products in an attempt to sell them. Vantec is NOT one of them. Vantec has been making USEFUL modding products for a while now, and I own several of them. I will be reviewing is the Vantec Spectrum Mouse pad. Not only is the Spectrum mouse pad glow blue thanks to internal lighting, but it also features an on/off switch for the light and a non slip base."

More information on this review can be found here.

Vantec Spectrum Card Cooler Review

"Vantec as you probably already know, produce tons of fans and fan controllers designed to help keep the airflow up in your case. One such product is the Spectrum Card Cooler, and it’s brand new to the Vantec lineup. This dual fan PCI slot mounted card cooler is designed to blow air directly on to your video card, unlike most other PCI slot fans which suck air OUT of the case and exhaust it out the rear."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lubic 3519 Evaluation Customizable Case Kit Review @ PCExtreme
"The world of imagination! This is the moniker that resides on Aerocool’s website for it’s line of fully customizable and interchangeable computer case kits known as Lubic. The moniker on the actual box that I received for this review stated: To be something new. I wonder which would best describe this case kit that I had sitting on my table? The Lubic model 3519 case really is a novel concept and a very welcomed change of pace if you are craving something off the beaten path."

More information on this review can be found here.
Radeon 9800 Flashing Guide @ Think Computers
"Many people have been reading about the new mod popping up on forums that discuss the ability to convert a Non-Pro or SE ATI 9800 into a Pro card with all the benefits thereof. The problem is there are a lot of conflicting reports and half truths floating around about just what is useful and effective and what is not. The simple truth is that this is easy to do with the right card, effective, and better yet you can keep an extra $150 in your pocket. What I want to do is share my experiences with two different cards and give you all the resources you need to track down the right cards and tools you will need. For now, let's continue."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Chaintech ZNF3-150 Motherboard Review @ IPKonfig
"Chaintech's newest mobo takes on 64-bit, and covers the bases--for those who just can't wait! Here’s our view of the latest motherboard from Chaintech, the ZNF3-150 motherboard sporting the NVIDIA nFroce3 chipset. The board seem to perform well for such a new technology, and introduces the same classic goods that Chaintech is known for with their high-end motherboards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Epox 8KRA2+ KT600 Mainboard Review @ myWORLD Hardware
"To bring up the heat, Epox joins with the rest of the gang to include IEEE1394 Firewire solution that utilizes VIA VT6307 chip. The package comes with a PCI Bracket that gives you 2 Firewire ports. With falling prices of DV Cams and External Firewire casings, IEEE1394 firewire is gradually getting popular among home users. It was thoughtful for Epox to add this feature."

More information on this review can be found here.
Welcome to 2004!
On behalf of the staff here at MODTHEBOX, I want to thank everyone for showing us great support in 2003. This year marks our 2nd year anniversary which will be in exactly 9 days. With a brand new team, we have some great plans for releasing some long overdue fresh content in terms of case modification projects and articles. I especially want to acknowledge all our forum members who have kept our little community both fun and friendly. All the best to everyone in 2004!
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