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Saturday, October 30, 2004
Asetek HD & Antarctica Socket T Waterblock Review @ OCPrices
"Recently, Asetek updated their product line with Socket T (LGA775) adapters for their Waterchill series. They have also introduced two hard drive waterblocks. Today, we will be investigating their 3 ½' bay hard drive and Socket T Antarctica waterblocks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Twinmos Speed Premium Dual Channel Kit RAM Review @ HardwareZoom
"We lowered the CPU multiplier to 12x and push the CPU and DIMM voltage to around 1.76V and 2.8V respectively. The highest FSB we could obtain was 250Mhz, using Twinmos Speed Premium. However, the system refused to boot into windows until we lower the FSB to 240Mhz. On the other hand, Kingston and Corsair were not as overclockable, we only manage to boot into windows at 225Mhz and 230Mhz respectively."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI HDTV Wonder Remote Control Edition Review @ System Cooling
"High Definition Television (HDTV) continues to gain in popularity and market share. ATI is bringing this technology to the desktop with the introduction of the HDTV Wonder. At the heart of the HDTV Wonder Remote Control Edition is a PCI tuner card that allows receiving both traditional analog TV signals and the newer over-the-air (OTA) high definition digital television signals. The received video signals are decoded and passed to the PC's main video card for display on a standard computer monitor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin PC3200 LII V2 DDR Dual Channel Memory Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product has excellent memory timings of 2-2-2-5 at 400MHz DDR. Because of this, its performance at the default speed is top notch. But when these timings are relaxed, it can be overclocked way beyond the PC3200 rating. It's reliable, stable and affordable. Also, the heat spacer is available in a number of colors."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Silverstone TJ06 Case Review @ BJorn3D
"Let's face it: Every computer has to have a case, and cases aren't anything new. From case to case, they are all pretty much a rework of the same basic design. Every now and then, however, there is a product that truly stands out and Silverstone has done so recently with their Temjin 6 series. I must extend my greatest thanks to Sundial Micro Inc. for providing me the opportunity to review this product."

More information on this review can be found here.
"Trade Up to the Best" Promo @ Ultra Products






"Nov. 1st - Dec. 31st, 2004 is the "Trade Up to the Best" program where customers can purchase any 500 Watt X-Connect Modular PSU, send us their Antec Power Supply and get up to $50 dollars back!"

More information on this promotion can be found here.
New Weekly Special @ The Cutting Edge
"We have a new special for Logisys Lighted USB Keyboards in Black & Silver. These are not the same old keyboards that have been reduced so it is nearly impossible to type on. These are full size and include features like USB, 6 foot cord, volume control and multi-media keys plus an on/off switch for the light. They come in black or silver and are priced at just $35.00. Get one of them while they last."

Specifications:
- Black or silver keyboard with blue EL lighting
- On/off switch for light
- Multi-Media Keys
- Extra long 6 feet power cord
- Fullsize keyboard
- PS/2 & USB Interface
- Compatible with all Windows operating systems
- Cheaper than the competition

More information on this special can be found here.
Friday, October 29, 2004
Logisys Spider II Giveaway Contest @ Hi-Techreviews
"Thanks to the fine people at Logisys Computer we are giving away and brand spanking new Spider II Computer Case to some lucky winner. But that''s not all, included along with the computer case Hi-Techreviews.com is tossing in a new Albatron PX875B PRO motherboard. Then to speed that little Intel board along we are including 1GB of Kingston HyperX PC4300 DDR memory.

2nd Place receives
Vantec NexStar 2 - 3.5 Hard Drive Enclosure
Logisys Cold Cathode Light

3rd Place receives
Coolmax Gemini 3.5 Hard Drive Enclosure
Logisys Cold Cathode Light

All you need to do to win is register for our forum, answer the simple contest questions and email us the answers. That''s it no posting of messages or jumping through hoops, just two steps and your done. So get with it!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
Pumpkin Carving Contest @ PimpRig
"The entries are coming in for our pumpkin carving contest but there is still time to get yours done. Remember that you have until the end of the 31st to enter your pumpkin for a chance to win a 500W UV X-Connect PSU!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
Ideazon ZBoard Gaming Keyboard Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"One of the things that I hate most about a new game is the time that it takes to learn all of the keyboard shortcuts. I mean, sure game manufacturers include keymaps most of the time, but who among us can honestly say that they have ever used them. And once you’ve got them all memorized, you still feel that some of them are misplaced. Intro the ZBoard from Ideazon. This keyboard is made for gamers, but the beauty of it is that even office workers can benefit from it. Check out Buddha’s take on it, as well as the new Doom 3 keyset."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Hyper 48 Multiplatform Cooler Review @ MetkuMods
"With a price tag around $40 the cooler can be concidered to be cheap for its performance. All copper construction combined with four heatpipes seems to be the ticket for really good performance. Top this with low noise fan and you are set to tackle against ever increasing heat output of new CPUs."

More information on this review can be found here.
HumanScale M7 Monitor Arm Review Review @ XYZ Computing
"The upper part is composed entirely of aluminum; even the adjustment knob. This gives the M7 a quality feel and impressive looks, both of which will certainly be appreciated in an office/executive type setting. The knob pictured here is all that is needed to keep the post's gas strut in place once a proper monitor height has been reached. I was impressed to notice that even the internal post, which is the end of the gas strut and will not be seen under normal use, is made of polished aluminum."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor X700 Pro Review @ Neoseeker
"We got a very good overclock out of our PowerColor X700 Pro. On the core we got a hefty 74 Mhz boost from the default 425 to 499 catapulting it past the stock speed of the X700 XT (475). The memory side was even more impressive with the stock memory speed coming in at 864 Mhz. We noted that the memory was rated at 2.0nz (1000 Mhz) so hitting 1000 should not have been a problem and it was not. In fact we were able to push the memory clock all the way up to 1100 Mhz."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS AX800 XT (X800 XT Platinum) 256-MB Review @ Sharky Extreme
"The high-end video card market is currently a very competitive one, populated by eerily similar ATI and NVIDIA products, and featuring top-end performance that would make a Radeon 9800XT dizzy. The two main combatants are the Radeon X800 XT Platinum and the GeForce 6800 Ultra, and both are well equipped to deal with the performance requirements of games of today, with enough power in reserve for those of tomorrow."

More information on this review can be found here.
PQI Turbo PQI25400-1GDB DDR-2 Memory Review @ PCStats
"While not as well known as some of the other manufacturers, PQI has been in business since 1998 and produces a wide variety of memory based products from simple DIMM's to flash card readers. Today PCStats has the opportunity to play with some of PQI's latest and greatest in the form of their Turbo PQI25400-1GDB dual channel memory kit. Officially rated to run at PC5400 speeds, or DDR2-667, the PQI Turbo memory uses conservative timings of 4-4-4-12 by default; it seems companies from Corsair to Crucial, Kingston and OCZ are being conservative with their ratings these days."

More information on this review can be found here.

Mushkin 1GB PC2-4200 DDR-2 Memory Review

"In this review, PCStats will be testing a set of new 512MB Mushkin PC2-4200 DDR-2 RAM modules, for a total of 1GB. These green single-sided DIMMs are wrapped in black aluminum heatspreaders, and fall into the PC4200 class. They are rated to run at 266 MHz with 4-4-4-12 memory timings, at 1.8V. The memory runs a bit conservatively considering it's Mushkin, but then again it seems like most memory manufacturers are being cautious right now."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI HDTV Wonder Review @ Designtechnica
"There’s no denying the incredible picture improvement of HD broadcasts over regular analog TV. The ATI HDTV Wonder does a good job of allowing you to enjoy this amazing video on your computer at a fraction of the cost of an HDTV. Of course, an HDTV is often much larger than a computer monitor and if you get an HDTV set, chances are you will just get an HD tuner from your cable company – allowing you to enjoy all of the HD cable channels as well as the over-the-air broadcasts."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI Mega Player 516 Digital Audio Player Review @ Designtechnica
"The Mega 516 itself is a wonderful audio player and there are so many things right with it that it is just a shame to see a couple things holding it back. The integrated lithium-ion battery and OLED display make the Mega 516 a very unique player to begin with. Add to that expansion capabilities via the MMC/SD media card slot and you have a player that should stand out in a very crowded market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8TRS350MT Motherboard Review @ Short-Media
"Integrated graphics do have a place on the desktop. The question is where? Motherboards equipped with integrated graphics solutions have been shunned due to poor 3D performance. That changed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8I915P-D Pro Motherboard Review @ OC-Zone
"Today we present the Gigabyte Ga-8i915p-d Pro with this, is the third motherboard with chipset 915 that we have tested.This is total different of the previous models that we presented, in contrast of the previous MSI 915G and Albatron Px915G pro this chipset is 915P that it does not possess VGA onboard. Lets see ao perform the 915P chipset."

More information on this review can be found here.
BIOSTAR K8NHA Grand nForce3 250Gb Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"BIOSTAR has carved out a niche market in producing budget boards based on most currently available chipsets. Stability, decent performance, and, usually, a sub-£70 asking price has made them a genuine alternative to other companies' boards that often retail at the wrong side of £100. Their associated bundles may not be as esoteric as DFI's and the BIOS often lacks fine-tuning available with, say, ABIT boards, but with S462, S478, and S754 now enjoying true budget processors, BIOSTAR reckons there's a significant market for feature-rich boards that don't break the bank."

More information on this review can be found here.

ATI's TV Wonder USB 2.0 Review

"I prefer the PCI version for latency reasons, but if USB2.0 is the interface you need for a TV tuner and multimedia product without breaking the bank, the TV Wonder USB 2.0 is highly recommended. The software needs significant spit and polish, to rectify some aesthetic and usability issues, but coupled with a RemoteWonder II, the TV Wonder is how I'd enjoy low-cost, high-quality TV tuning on my PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ahanix D5 Media Center Enclosure Review @ Viper Lair
"Ahanix has delivered an enclosure that gives you everything you would desire in an HTPC. The versatility of using MicroATX or Standard ATX motherboards, the look and feel of high end audio/video equipment and a VFD information center that gives the added information of what is playing. It comes at a hefty price tag mind you, but in this particular situation, you get what you pay for."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, October 28, 2004
Samsung Yepp T5V MP3 Player Review @ Overclockers Club
"With the smaller size, greater capacity, vastly improved case and the ability to create a playlist, the Samsung Yepp T5V is an amazing piece of work. The sound is still crisp and clear, and I've also noticed an improvement in the player's identification of songs while the songs you load on will appear in a seemingly random order, the ID3 tag recognition process allows you to quickly see what song is playing, as the title of the song now comes up first, then the artist. All that is left to improve is an easy way to create those playlists, and the Yepp would be virtually flawless."

More information on this review can be found here.
X-Micro EVA 256Mb MP3 Player Review @ Think Computers
"X-Micro's Eva MP3 player works to combine a number of different features into one small package. The properties of solid state MP3 players brings disadvantages as well as advantages that one needs to consider before making a purchase, such as size, flexibility, battery life, drivers, and more. X-Micro is very intuitive with their Eva player, taking a multilateral approach on features in a device than can be very simple, or very complex."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec EZ Swap Removable SATA Hard Drive Rack Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Vantec EZ Swap Removable SATA Hard Drive Rack holds a SATA HDD, resulting in excellent data transfer speeds; much faster than USB2 or Firewire 800. A 3.5" SATA HDD is affordable and very large in capacity, making it a perfect backup solution. This product has a fan to keep the HHD cool and a blue LCD at the front showing all kinds of information."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Albatron Mars PX915P Pro Review @ The Crucible
"The Mars PX915P Pro delivers a complete, quality package at a very reasonable price. Exactly what we expect from Albatron. Upgrading to the LGA775 platform now has an affordable, high quality alternative. Albatron has shown us that there can be a feature rich, good looking motherboard that doesn't break the bank. Hopefully this trend will continue and spread to some of the other brands."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS2 5400 Pro DDR2 RAM Review @ PimpRig
"One more time, DDR-2 has better performance than DDR, but not nearly living up to the hype of being the next greatest thing in RAM. The difference between the 1:1 and 3:4 configurations is hardly noticable. Suffice to say, at stock clocks, the new DDR-2 format dissapoints. However, we're going to see where these new sticks of RAM really come into their own by stepping on the gas."

More information on this review can be found here.
PrimoFlex Tubing Review @ GruntvillE
"PrimoFlex and is a silicon-base tubing which means it has all the same qualities, but is much softer and therefore more flexible. In addition, PrimoFlex tubing is available in 3 UV reactive colors. Clear, which glows a slight purple in UV light, green, and blue. The green and blue are opaque so that they retain their color under regular light, which means no more need for dyes."

More information on this review can be found here.
DDR RAM Guide III @ Overclockers New Zealand
"Users were begging for memory chips like the legendary Winbond BH-5 or Samsung TCB3 (back in DDR-333 days). Luckily, Samsung recently released its TCCD which people found to be a very good all-purpose ram, as it is capable of 2-2-2-5 at DDR-400."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Simple Dual Channel PC3200 1GB Kit Review @ AMDReview
The chips on these modules are manufactured by a company called Mosel Bitelic according to Simpletech's tech support team. They seem to be of good quality. The stock timings, or latency of the modules at 200Mhz is 2.5-3-3-8. Even at 166Mhz, the supported timings are 2-3-3-7. I am happy to say that I was able to run this set at 200Mhz at 2-2-2-5 timings stable."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin LII-V2 1024MB PC3200 Review @ ipKonfig
"Mushkin has recently introduced its next generation of High Performance memory, called V2, in 256MB and 512MB modules. The new memory sweeps in with a custom 6 layer PCB using high quality componets available to the memory industry. As we've mentioned in previous reviews and articles, the memory industry has become a vast growing area trying to meet or beat the demand of hardware and consumer wants. Mushkin seems to be doing well from what we've seen over the years, and keeps pushing harder with each new version, and is making consumers very happy."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle SN95G5 Review @ VR-Zone Hardware
"Here we can see the latest rendition of Shuttle's ICE (Integrated Cooling Engine) cooling solution for the SN95G5. From the picture you can see that the base of the ICE cooling system is made of copper with heatpipes connecting to the aluminum exhaust portion of the cooling unit. Installation of the ICE cooling unit was very easy, with it being just like any other Shuttle SFF system. You attack the heatsink, fasten it tight with the included fastener, and just install the 80mm exhaust fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel P4 Aircooling Heatsink Roundup 2004 @ Madshrimps
"In this roundup we compare 13 different P4 heatsinks made by Thermalright, Coolermaster, Scythe, Speeze, Swiftech, Evercool, Aerocool and TTIC. Using different fans at low and high speed we try to find the best bang for the buck, best performer and most silent heatsink out there."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Shark Computer Case Review @ A1-Electronics
"This Shark case is yet another super, stylish well made computer case from Thermaltake complete with handy front panel ports and easy fitting of drives and PCI cards and handy removable motherboard tray for easy motherboard installation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax Samurai ATX Gaming Case Review @ BigBruin
"In essence what Raidmax did was to take a plain square case and screw plastic panels and shells to it to obtain the unusual shape and contours of this case. They then applied the top notch paint job and some trim pieces, and presto you have one very unusual and stunning case, perhaps just a bit reminiscent of something from Alienware."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Spider II Case Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"It's almost Halloween time and what better time to review a computer case that uses spider webs for accents on the bezel and side window. The case I'm referring to is the Logisys Spiders II. One other thing that makes this case rather unique is the fact that it has blue LED thermal display in the front bezel thus allowing you to monitor your processor temperature or case temperature depending on which way you configure the probe."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
RAID Optimization Guide @ Adrian's Rojak Pot
"IDE (or ATA) RAID seems to be the rage these days. Practically every motherboard manufacturer has several motherboards with IDE RAID features built-in. With RAID support built into most motherboards and hard disk prices dropping, more and more people are opting for RAID solutions as a cheap way to improve performance or reliability. Today, we are going to take a look at how you can optimize your IDE RAID solution. For this purpose, we are going to use Promise Technology's FastTrak100 ATA-RAID card. So, before we start with the checking out the optimal settings, let's take a look at Promise Technology and what the fuss about RAID is all about!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
Enermax Noisetaker EG475P-VE SFMA 2.0 470W PSU Review @ BigBruin
"The Enermax Noisetaker 470W power supply is one of the few products that works as good it is looks. The power supply includes just about everything an enthusiast could expect: SATA connectors, dual 12V rails, 24-pin motherboard support, and 6-pin auxiliary connectors for modern video cards. Best of all, this power supply is stable!"

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ DDR Booster Review @ hardCOREware
"OCZ makes some pretty hefty claims for this device, such as "vdimm adjustments up to 3.9V*" and "compatible with most DDR motherboards. If you're like us, the first thing you noticed were the asterisks. Check out our review to see how the DDR Booster performed for us (once we were able to find a board that supported it!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AA8 Duramax 925X Express Alderwood Motherboard Review @ Tweaknews
"Ok, so you checked out the Intel D925XCV Alderwood motherboard and you are interested in the upgrade but you want something a little more overclocker friendly. Well, if that is the case, the AA8 Duramax is absolutely perfect for your situation. Without a single corner cut, ABIT packed every single enthusiast option they could into their entry into the Alderwood including extensive Windows and BIOS overclocking and monitoring, excellent cooling, industry leading uGuru technology and let's not forget about the onboard high definition 8 channel audio and firewire."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolmax 3.5" Xtreme Files F1-B Review @ ExtensionTech
"Are you backing up your computer? Are you backing up your files at least? No? Do you think you should? Well, this is one of the newest accessories from Coolmax. The F1-B, for short. What it does is make an image of your C:\ drive for complete disaster recovery. You can backup files additionally from your C:\ Drive, or any other drive. Sound like something you would use?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Cable Sleeving: ACRyan vs Vantec @ BurnOutPC
"Both kits are nearly identical, both kits do not have enough sleeving and heatshrink to sleeve your power supply as nicely as you would. Your forced to buy another kit just for the extra sleeving or heatshrink. The Vantec Cable Sleeving Kit looks brilliant, it's available in most popular colors. The heatshrink is somewhat reactive to getting pitch black due to the flame of my lighter, and that's why ACRyan has chosen to use a different heatshrink. It's more "rubberish" and it doesn't catch fire or anything. Installation is as hard as you make it. Both kits are nice, somewhat expensive but well worth the purchase."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Timjin 5 Case Review @ OCIA
"The case comes with the typical screws, stand-offs, and fiber washers; though there are much more than normal. The manual (the first installation manual I have received with a case) has lots of photos, and does a pretty good job of helping you get the job done. The slot cover is to cover the AGP slot, if you happen to be using the case for a server. The keys lock the bezel, preventing unwanted access to the optical drives."

More information on this review can be found here.
Advanced Keyboard Modification LCD4me @ The Modfathers
"We got to thinking, what could we end up doing with that perfectly allotted amount of space up top there after we smoothed it out? The obvious eventually came to mind; let’s install an LCD kit into the keyboard front and center."

More information on this review can be found here.
Meridian Tech. XClio Jr. Case Review @ System Cooling
"It would not be fair or accurate to say the XClio Jr. (referred to as just Junior hereafter) is just a smaller version of the XClio. True, they share the distinctive Silver "X" styling, the top mounted USB/ Firewire ports, the mesh-grilled side panel and the lighted 80mm fan mounted on it, but that's where the similarities end: It is completely different from its larger brother internally. Don't let "Junior" moniker bother you though, because most of the features on the XClio are present on Junior, just executed in different ways. As always, it is up to the reader to determine which case best fits his or her needs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Steelpad Steel Grip Review @ Steamed Turtle
"You're walking down a dark hallway and find a door. Damn! It's locked. Gotta go look for a key. So you turn around to go back, only to find something that wasn't there before. Some sort of brain-feeding creature that has absolutely nothing to lose if it went after you. So you whip out your 9mm Desert Eagle and try to aim at what might be considered a head, only to have your mouse slip out of your sweaty hands. GAME OVER. The only thought you're left with is: "Dammit, I wish there was
something that could help me grip my mouse better," or something along those lines."

More information on this review can be found here.
A.C.Ryan Accessories Review @ Mikhailtech
"Next up we have what A.C.Ryan calls Conductx. These are cable splitters available in 4-pin, 3-pin, and PCI Express varieties with up to 4 additional connectors. Color choices are UV green and UV blue. Similar to the Backy, the connectors, mesh, and heatshrink are all UV reactive. What's unique about these cables are the soldered UV LEDs near the tips. They're permanently attached to the positive and ground wires leads and encased in clear heatshrink."

More information on this review can be found here.
ColdHeat Soldering Iron Review @ XYZ Computing
"Of course, offhand, it may seem odd for us to be reviewing a soldering tool. However, there are a lot of you electronics buffs and case modders out there. Soldering iron technology really has not changed much over the years, and in all honesty, before ColdHeat, when is the last time you saw a soldering iron advertised on TV? It’s sort of exciting in a geeky way."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek Hard Drive Cooler Review @ BJorn3D
A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed the Asetek WaterChill cooling kit. This water-cooling kit contained both CPU cooling, GPU cooling and chipset cooling, and as far as I could see, there wasn’t anything missing. Asetek, however, found one more piece in your computer to cool, and today I am reviewing the Asetek HD Cooler. Yes, you read right. Asetek has released a cooling block for hard drives, allowing you to lower the temperature of your hot running drives."

More information on this review can be found here.
Altec Lansing XA2021 2.1 Speaker System Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Altec Lansing XA2021 2.1 Speaker System is not going to rock the house; however, they offer great sound quality for the price. The two satellite speakers have 3" full range drivers and the sub has a 5.25" woofer. Total power on this system is 17 watts. Also, the satellite speakers are shielded and can be mounted on the wall."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Logitech MX1000 Laser Cordless Mouse Review @ 3DXtreme
"During the course of the review we gamed, we photo retouched, we did everything possible to try and find fault with this unit. In the end we found that the MX1000 is now the best mouse I've ever used. The MX1000 is very response, accurate and is ultra smooth. Logitech took the MX700 - improved upon it's strengths and addressed its flaws creating what could arguably considered the best mouse in the world."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xtreme Gamer Vigor 500W Power Supply Review @ TechFreaks
"The MGE Xtreme Gamer Vigor 500W is a solid performer. It pairs looks with performance to produce a very affordable, quality power supply. Priced just a bit under $70, the Vigor 500W is a steal compared to the Antec TruePower 380W ($71) or OCZ PowerStream 420W ($100). The rails were very stable, even under a very pressuring load. The lights and sleeved cables are welcomed features; and if blue isn't your thing, the Vigor 500W also comes in red and green colors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Noisetaker v2.0 470W Power Supply Review @ 3DXtreme
"This is what we as enthusiasts and gamers want from our hardware and Enermax is there to deliver again. We would most definitely recommend this power supply for any application."

More information on this review can be found here.
GALAXY GeForce 6600 256MB Review @ Hexus
"I like NVIDIA's NV43 and I like GALAXY's GeForce 6600 card. What NVIDIA has done is harness current top-end technology into a GPU and card that, depending upon manufacturer and RAM arrangement, will cost between £90-£120. GALAXY's card comes in at the upper end of that scale, thanks to a healthy 256MB of onboard RAM. Looking at our benchmark numbers that include a few older titles, it's apparent that NV43 performance makes looking at previous generation's midrange cards, and I'm thinking of Radeon 9600s and GeForce 5700/5900 XTs, almost pointless. What's more, GALAXY's PCI-Express 6600 card doesn't require auxillary power and the GPU's fan is pretty damn quiet, although a few sacrifices have to be made for the cheaper NV43 part, as there's no SLI capability and a distinct lack of memory bandwidth from the 128-bit interface."

More information on this review can be found here.

ATI's Radeon X700 XT and Radeon X700 PRO Review

"This article serves two purposes. We'll take a look at the new XT, paying close attention to its thermal characteristics before looking at performance, and I'll also publish some numbers and thoughts from that initial look at the PRO. It was only 5MHz away on the core clock from matching ATI's final set clocks, so while its results are gleaned using an older driver build that ATI aren't especially happy with, it'll serve as a nice reference point for when we get a final PRO board to look at."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake XTunner Review @ TechPowerUp
"For the stereotype american the remote control is probably the most important aspect of his home life. That's probably why Thermaltake is the first manufacturer to create a fan controller that can be controlled via infrared remote. This is a great idea if you use your computer to watch movies - turn down the fan to reduce noise while you are watching."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone SST-TJ06 Temjin 6 Case Review @ Overclockers Online
"It's seldom we see cases this innovative. The Temjin 6 is one of the most unique designs we've seen to date. Implementing thermal zones and a wind tunnel, this case is a sight to behold."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Aerogate 3 ALD-V03 Review @ AusPCWorld
The Cooler Master Aerogate 3 is a fan/temperature control panel designed to display temperatures and speeds for 4 independent channels and control fan speed and temperature alerts. The Aerogate 3 is a product that I really liked and would highly recommend! I couldn’t wait to install it and try it out, however it has some quirks to it which I found to be quite odd and annoying."

More information on this review can be found here.
Build Your Very Own MAME Gaming Box @ HTPCNews
"Building your own MAME Arcade box is something that has become quite frequent around the Internet these days. HTPCnews.com takes a look at two pivotal parts to the creation of your very own MAME Arcade box that you can view / play on your big screen TV via a HTPC or some sort of dedicated box if you care to build one. First up we take a look at the X-Arcade Two player Joystick which looks and feels just like what you'd expect to use at an arcade! Second is our review of a front end to organize and create a professional feeling to your box when you are searching your 1000's of MAME titles for a game to play."

This review consist of two parts. More information on the X-Arcade Two Player Joystick Review can be found here and information on the GameEX, MAME Front End Software can be found here.
Monday, October 25, 2004
CoolMax 3.5 Xtreme Files F1-B 80GB Backup Drive Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"It is only a matter of time when a hard drive will fail, it could happen tomorrow, or in a couple months, or even a couple years. Any way you look at it, because of all the moving parts and constant usage, it is inevitable for a hard drive to eventually crash. The important question one has to ask is, "Is my important data backed up?". For most people, the answer is probably "no", which is not good. Most people do not get into the habit of backing up their data regularly until they loose something important."

More information on this review can be found here.
Anydrive CarMP3 FM Transmitter Review @ PimpRig
"Aside from having a limited amount of space by the USB port, the overall design of the Anydrive CarMP3 device was simple and straight forward. One major downfall I must point out about this product is the lack of an LCD screen, but I'll discuss that topic in detail very shortly."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Nexstar 2 Review @ Think Computers
"Portable storage has been a big thing this year. Some one of the most popular devices have been flash drives, and portable hard drive enclosures. Today we will be looking at a portable hard drive enclosure. A few months ago we took a look at Vantec's Nexstar hard drive enclosure. Today we will be looking at the Vantec Nexstar 2 Hard Drive Enclosure, and see if Vantec has made any improvements to the original Nexstar."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin Hi Perf LII V2 1GB PC3200 Review @ System Cooling
"These are good times to be a computer enthusiast, especially when it comes to the memory front. It seems like weekly we are seeing announcements from memory companies introducing the newest, fastest, coolest looking new sticks. Where once there were only one or two companies providing RAM that enthusiasts would seriously consider, today it seems like the market is flooded with good RAM. This is good for all of us because the competition keeps everyone fairly honest in price, and the days of trying stick after stick to get a great overclocker are pretty much over. One company that has been providing hardcore users good RAM for a long time is Mushkin. And today they have sent along some of their latest players in the low latency arena, the Hi Perf LII V2 PC3200. Let’s see if they can deliver the goods."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron Trinity PCX5750 Review @ Viper Lair
"In current games such as Serious Sam SE and UT2004, this card can play 1024*768 without any real problems, and for the most part you can enable AA and ansiotropic filtering while still keeping playability. Newer games such as Splinter Cell also are playable at 1024*768, but only without the extra quality settings enabled. New games such as Doom 3 and Far Cry are playable at 800*600 without AA and ansiotropic filtering, but I wouldn't really suggest going beyond that."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS Radeon X600 XT Extreme Review @ VR-Zone Hardware
"From our experience with the Radeon X600 XT, we knew that there was a lot of overclocking potential in the GPU. From a stock core clock speed of 500MHz and Memory clock speed of 370MHz, we were able to overclock the core 64MHz and memory 49MHz. These results were what we expected, and it can be said that the ASUS Radeon X600 XT Extreme overclocks to approximately the same speeds as ATI's reference design."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin PC2-4200 (DDR2) Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Last week we reviewed Mushkin's high performance L2V2 DDR and this week we have a go at their PC2-4200 DDR2 memory. This memory has a JEDEC Spec CAS rating of 4-4-4-12 and in our testing we were able to run this memory rock stable at frequency of 334.1 MHz (668.2 MHz DDR) for two solid hours of prime95/Seti@home combo testing."

More information on this review can be found here.
IBASE MB860 Motherboard Review @ Epiacenter
"This is the first Mini-ITX motherboard to make use of Transmeta's fanless efficeon TM8600 processor which is running at 1GHz while consuming very little power (around 2w during DVD playback). The board also features an ATI M7 graphics unit, onboard sound, onboard 10/100MBit LAN, four COM ports and four USB2.0 ports."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Tsunami Case Review @ Envy News
"When it comes to a computer case, much like the body of a car, you want to have something that stands out and looks good. Personally, in both cases, I like something that stands out because it is closer to stylish than flashy and in your face. So when I came across the ThermalTake Tsunami, I found a case that had a certain class about it, subtle elegance was all I could think and I just had to see what it had to offer."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Temjin TJ05 ATX Tower Case Review @ hardCOREware
"Take some 0.8mm SECC, do that wonderful stuff that case manufacturers do, add a machined aluminum front panel and you'll get a case. Do it well and you have a Silverstone. We've had Silverstone cases here in the past and going back to when they were a division of Cooler Master, they have not let us down."

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


"It’s been a while since our last special. We have been busy with new products and production of reservoirs. We do have a few new products including this UV reactive sleeving and connector kit from Logisys. This kit allows you to change all the connectors on your power supply and sleeve it at the same time. Includes a pin extractor and is only $8.00. This is a great product at a great price."

More information on this new special can be found here.
Saturday, October 23, 2004
MSI Radeon RX800XT-VTD256E Videocard Review @ PCStats
"Architecturally identical to the ATI Radeon X800XT PE, the 16-pipeline Radeon X800XT core is clocked a whole 20 MHz slower than the Platinum Edition, and so it sits at 500 MHz. The DDR-3 memory backing up the ATI R420 core is clocked at an even 1 GHz, down from 1.12 GHz for the X800XT PE version. MSI's RX800XT-VTD256E direct competition comes from the nVidia GeForce 6800GT class videocard, as both PCI Express cards are one step down from the top of the heap. However, as you'll soon see in PCstats benchmarks, the MSI RX800XT-VTD256E does very well for itself!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Alpine KCA-420i iPod Adapter Review @ The Tech Zone
"The Alpine KCA-420i was announced way back in January at the 2004 Consumer Electronics Show. Alpine promised the greatest Apple iPod interface for the car ever made and that it would be available within a month or two after CES. That never happen. The KCA-420i has to be the greatest paper launch in history. It would be 10 months after CES before the KCA-420i made it to the market. However, I'm happy to report that wait has been worth it. The KCA-420i is everything Alpine had promised it would be and then some."

More information on this review can be found here.
Win an MSI K8T Neo Motherboard @ Spode's Abode
"Over at Spode's Abode, there is a chance to win an MSI K8T Neo motherboard. This is a Socket 754 Athlon 64 motherboard and can be yours with a little creativitiy!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
Ultra X-Connect 500 Watt Modular Power Supply Review @ BJorn3D
"Ever since I first saw modular power supplies at several modding supply stores on the WWW, I was hooked and had to have one. After several failed attempts to get one for review, I just decided it was a luxury I didn't need. Then, several months ago I noticed that several companies, namely Ultra and Antec, were going to release a mass produced modular PSU. This obviously wouldn't be the first time that a company 'borrowed' an idea started by modders, but it's one that I strongly welcome. I love the clean looks and flexibility offered by modular PSUs. As a matter of fact, I hope that most PSUs go this route in the near future. It just makes too much sense not to."

More information on this review can be found here.

Edimax Wireless 802.11g Network Review

"Since I have multiple PCs and five family members in the house who all want access to the Internet, I have to create a small network to accomodate all of our needs. My past solution for this was running a Home PNA Network. Home PNA is a network that uses your existing phone wiring for data transfer. It worked well for me for over five years, but the catch is one of your PCs has to have the Home PNA NIC and a 10/100 NIC to the cable modem or router. This PC has always been mine since it remains on almost all the time. The problem with that is that I am always taking my PC apart for testing and reviews. Needless to say, the family was getting upset with me when they could not get onto the Internet."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire 500 Watt PSU Review @ OCIA
"Check out the heatsink on the fanbus. Aspire thought of everything. I know, I know, some of you are thinking that they should have put it in a bay instead of PCI slot. Well, what size should they have included? What color should it have been? What if the case has a stealth cover that a knob wouldn't fit under? No, they did the best thing by putting it in an empty PCI slot."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston Hyper-X DDR2 675MHz PC2-5400 Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"Kingston’s Hyper-X line of RAM has always been favored by overclockers and gamers alike. The modules are stable and run fast. Well, the Hyper-X line has finally made the jump to DDR2 and Buddha’s got some most excellent results to share with y’all."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ DDR Booster Diagnostic Device Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The OCZ DDR Booster Diagnostic Device is a very unique product that draws additional power from the power supply. The end result is increased memory voltage. There is no modding required, just pop it into a memory slot along with DDR1 memory and you're ready. Anyone who is into overclocking will adore this product. With a compatible motherboard and this product, memory voltages over 4 volts are possible."

More information on this video review can be found here.
XGBox Sidewinder Case Review @ DreamWare Computers
"Today we are going to be looking at a case which has it all, unique and awesome looks, great performance and cooling, and best of all is the very reasonable price tag. This is the Sidewinder Extreme Gaming case. It's unique looks and glossy paint are sure to make you stand out at a LAN Party. With 3 LED fans and room for two more, the Sidewinder offers superior cooling capabilities for even the most powerful of computer systems."

More information on this review can be found here.

Samsung SyncMaster 710N Review

"The first thing I noted when I opened the box was how incredibly thin this LCD monitor is. After digging deeper it was apparent that this LCD monitor is not only extremely thin but it has a built in power supply as well! I've seen many LCD monitors being a lot thicker than the Samsung 710N, but even for their size the use of an external power supply on the power cable was necessary. Samsung being able to harness an amazing performing monitor with a power supply inside one tiny shell adds to the appeal behind this monitor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, October 22, 2004
Samsung 172x LCD Display Review @ XYZ Computing
"Aesthetically, the 172x does not disappoint, in fact is a big step up from the 172T. The monitor weighs just 8.3 lbs and measures 14.2" x 14.3" x 7.6" which means it is a good deal smaller than your average LCD, especially older and less expensive ones. The height and angle of the display is controlled by a "Dual-Hinge System". This setup is a very graceful solution a problem which has always plagued monitors. The maximum height of the monitor is only about three inches but this travel is well appreciated."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston DataTraveler II, II Plus, & Elite Flash Drives Review @ Mikhailtech
"USB flash drives are without a doubt the floppy of the 21st century. Their small size, high capacity, amazing durability, and fast transfer rates make them an ideal portable storage solution. It comes as no surprise that so many companies embraced this technology."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI HDTV Wonder Video Card Review @ Viper Lair
"If you don't have digital cable, and you don't want to spend close to $1,000 for Satellite equipment and a HD capable television, you can use this to get HDTV."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Skinny on DTV @ Future Looks
"There's a lot of talk about "digital television" and HDTV (high-definition television), but many consumers are embarrassed to admit they don't know what these terms mean. Even those that do are often unsure whether these technologies are ready for primetime."

More information on this review can be found here.
DVD2XViD 2.0: The Ultimate Guide @ Short-Media
"In addition to separating encoding difficulties into three separate levels, this guide focuses on a marked expansion in MPEG4 and XViD explanation so you can begin to understand how to control the codec for yourself, for your own needs."

More information on this review can be found here.
My DVD Collection for Windows MCE 2K5 @ HTPCNews
"This latest guide shows how simple it is to setup the application and shows what your results will be like when properly configured. This little "freeware" is really a must have application for any MCE users (2k4 or 2k5) and will allow the user to keep a full screen listing of all their DVD's in their collection. It even goes a step further and supports "online" movies (aka ones you have on your server) for direct playback without having to ever leave the couch."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Corsair Twin2X DDR2 5400C4 ProSeries Review @ Ninjalane
"System memory can only be as fast as the slowest link so it is important to install matched memory modules whenever possible for the best performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soltek SL-K8AN2E-GR Motherboard Review @ 3DXtreme
"Soltek has once again provided a superior budget solution for the Athlon64 platform with this motherboard. The implementation of working AGP/PCI locks is a major key to the success of this board and why it should be considered by the overclockers. Early BIOS or board revisions have shown maximum VCore for this board to be 1.55V. Our sample had VCore up to 1.7V which is another essential for overclocking. CPU multiplier adjustment options are also a plus to bump up the bus speed of the motherboard while keeping the CPU at a manageable/stable core speed. All these things make this a great board both for the overclocker and the budget minded consumer looking to make a break into the Athlon64 platform."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin PC3200 LII V2 Memory Review @ PCStats
"Today PCstats will be checking out a couple of Mushkin's new low latency PC3200 Level II version 2 memory modules. Each stick of DDR RAM is 512MB in size (for total of 1GB), and operates at 200 MHz with timings of 2-2-2-5 at 2.6V. Both modules are protected by sleek black heatspreaders which should keep the modules safe from physical damage."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix and Kingston HyperX PC3200 Memory Review @ CoolTechZone
"We have been discussing quite a bit about low-latency modules and the future of DDR I in our freshly published memory evaluations. According to our recently confirmed reports, DDR I is here to stay for sometime and memory manufacturers will continue to develop DDR I memory products to better fit the market segment. In this analysis, we will not start our discussion on Intel's immature platform and the future of DDR2, as we have already presented our thoughts on these subjects previously."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerocool Gatewatch Review @ Hardware12v
"The GateWatch will not leave indifferent anybody, because to its great functionality (4 potentiometers electronically regulated for the different ventilators that we pruned to have, 4 soundings of temperature with function of independent alarm and to the wished temperature, gain control, 3 colors of illumination and until a clock) his guessed right design to is united which the only one beats that it is possible to be found is that his size does not make it apt for any box of computer, although this size of 2 bays of 5 1/4 also repels in display enormous (7cm of diameter) in which we will not have no problem to visualize any parameter with a simple look and without forcing the Vista. In order to finish, its use is very intuitive reason why, in spite of not having manual, we will not have any problem in accustoming us to its operation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Radian Heatsink Crown Helix Cooler Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Trying to find a good heatsink for LGA 775 system is about as hard as trying to find a happy Yankee fan today. But I may have found one heatsink that will make a large number of Prescott user breath a great deal easier when they see the temperatures drop significantly when they try this heatsink. The heatsink I am referring to is the Radian Heatsink Crown Helix Cooler. The name Radian Heatsink is not all that common but this heatsink could very well change that."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Stacker STC-T01 Review @ Hexus
"It takes all ATX mainboards you'll ever throw at it, it can be converted to BTX without much fuss, it takes two power supplies. The list goes on. I mentioned that the Stacker's size would afford its creators options for new and useful internal case cooling schemes, if they were smart. Cooler Master are smart, the X-Flow fan really doing the job in terms of keeping the mainboard area cool with the minimum of created noise."

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den FillPort Review @ ModdersHQ
"With the popularity of water-cooled computers rising daily, one thing has remained constant. The way will fill our systems. Rule of thumb is using either a reservoir or a T-based system. There are pros and cons to both and I'm sorry to say this review will not focus on that debate. It will however show you how to clean up your T-based filling system with a new product by Danger Den called the FillPort."

More information on this review can be found here.

Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BWA Case Review

"The ThermalTake Tsunami Series cases are excellent cases. The style is unique and sleek, and not over-flashy. The case is chock-full of features and accessories to keep it looking 100%. The Tsunami is just begging for mods, yet looks great even without mods. The case is worth every penny, and is comparable to much more expensive cases: You can't go wrong with it"

More information on this review can be found here.
Installing a Water Cooling System in a Standard Computer Case @ A1-Electronics
"You will recall from our earlier easy case radiator fitting and our second easy case mod installation that we used a mid-tower size for those examples and mods. This time we are going to use this popular smaller size to show how easy it still is to install a water cooled heatsink system even with an additional radiator/fan. In this instance we are using the Thermaltake Lanfire case we reviewed earlier."

More information on this review can be found here.
Storm G4 Waterblock Review @ ProCooling
"The fact that the design of the Storm G4 enables it to outperform the Silver Cascade SS is quite surprising and welcome. Consider that the Cascade SS was AUD$255 and available in very limited quantities. The Storm G4 is AUD$116 and performs as well or better in typical use. It's hard for me to call a US$91 waterblock "a bargain", but if you must have the best-performing waterblock, it just became a lot cheaper."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
MSI RX9550SE Video Card Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"As I have said time and time again, not everyone needs a $300+ video card. Most people can get away with a hell of a lot less and be quite happy… most won’t even notice the difference. Certainly, gamers will disagree (justifiably). They crave the highest framerates and this card simply will not provide those kinds of results… but it does offer a very stable solution for office workers are casual gamers. Remember – I have been playing Doom 3 with this card since I got it without a single hiccup and the game looks absolutely fantastic."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultimate Mobile iPod Project @ The Tech Zone
"What do you get when you cross a 40GB Apple iPod MP3 player with a 2004 Acura RSX and $7,000 of Alpine car audio components? The Ultimate Mobile iPod Project of course. The Tech Zone shows you how to build it. There are many companies that make interface modules to integrate youriPod to your car but without a doubt the Alpine KCA-420i is the best. Alpine can teach AMD thing or two about doing a "paper launch". The KCA-420i was announced back in January at the 2004 CES but have just now hit the market. My advice to Alpine: If you announce a new product, it's est to ship it within a month or two from the announcement date."

More information on this project can be found here.
GeCube X300 and X600 Graphics Cards Review @ Tweakers Austrailia
"ATI’s release of the X series of DX9 VPU’s has been one of success for the already popular graphics chip makers. The Radeon brand on release gave ATI a new lease on life, and nVidia a high problem to worry about; in fact it gave nVidia a good kick to the kerb, as ATI Radeon 9xxx series took over as the most powerful graphics chip on the market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Gizmo 2.0 512MB USB Hard Drive Review @ PCStats
"With the proliferation of WindowsXP, plugging a device like the 512MB Crucial Gizmo 2.0 into a system doesn't even require drivers - everything is automatic. It measures a scant 16 x 67.5 x 8mm, and has a tiny little green LED to indicate activity. The Gizmo 2.0 flash drive is small enough that two can be installed into adjacent USB ports without encountering any space issues."

More information on this review can be found here.

Vantec iON2 350W Power Supply Review

"Considering all the junk power supplies offered with computer cases these days, finding a power supply that's right for your system requirements can be quite a challenge. But don't get me wrong, not all power supplies bundled in with cases are junk; most will work just fine with moderate loads, and others just as well with light loads. Now, let's take a close look at the Vantec ION2 power supply. The Ion2 is equipped with one large temperature controlled 120mm fan to cool the inside of the PSU, and keep noise to a minimum. There is no exhaust fan here, just a hexagonal grid for external venting from the one large intake fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Firewire/USB 2.5" HDD Enclosure Review @ PyroPort
"The benefits of external hard drive enclosures are clear: for the average user it's an incredibly easy way of adding storage without opening up their PC, and for the techie it's a great way of moving around large amounts of data between machines where a network is not available, or isn't up to the task."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Rocket Pro Cooler Review @ PCReview
"Since fitting an XP3200 to my machine, I've suffered cooling problems. At full load the CPU would peak at 65C with case temp hovering around 42C - which is obviously unacceptable. After searching for an alternative, I found the Gigabyte 3D Rocket Pro Cooler in an attempt to solve my cooling problems. This particular cooler also comes with a fan speed module, allowing you to change the RPM of the fan. The cooler even comes fitted with 4 Blue LEDs which light up when in use, making this particularly attractive to case modders."

More information on this review can be found here.
NV Silencer 5 Review @ HTPCNews
"When it comes to silently cooling the ultra high end video cards these days, the option list isn't long and one main company that comes to mind is Arctic Cooling. Today HTPCnews takes a look at the Arctic Cooling NV5 Cooler, which is made solely for cooling the Nvidia 6800 series cards. They test its noise performance along with it's overall cooling performance in comparison to the stock cooler on a NV6800 card."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Theater 6 Real Surround Sound Headphones Review @ The Crucible
"I had high hopes for these headphones and was left feeling quite disappointed. While they do the job, there are many better solutions available that probably won't cost as much. Zalman took a chance with the Theater 6 and it really did not pan out. These headphones lack frequency respose, the sound is fairly bad and the price is pretty high. If you are looking for good quality gaming headphones, look some where else."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon 64 4000+ Review @ VR-Zone Hardware


"Throughout the board in almost every benchmark we tested today, the Athlon 64 4000+ and even the Athlon 64 3800+ have outperformed Intel's 3.4GHz and 3.6GHz processors by very convincing margins. In every game tested the Athlon 64 remains supreme over the Intel Pentium 4, with the only benchmark the Pentium 4 actually did well in being ones that are multi-threaded and used with Intel's Hyper Threading technologyNot much more can be said beyond that the Athlon 64 4000+ overall outperforms current Intel desktop CPU offerings, period"

More information on this review can be found here.

AMD Athlon 64 4000+ Review @ Short-Media

"Two new processors hit the market with the launch of the AMD Athlon FX-55 and the AMD Athlon 64 4000+. Two new processors that offer 32-bit/64-bit capabilities, leading edge performance, Cool'n'Quiet technology and Enhanced Virus Protection. AMD says their new Athlon 64 FX-55 is the world's best pc processor. Period. The Athlon 64 4000+ is Leading Performance for today and tomorrow's software. Short-Media takes a look at AMD's newest Athlon 64 4000+ processor and how it stacks up against the competition."

More information on this review can be found here.

AMD Athlon 64 4000+ Review @ Hexus

"Bottom line is that AMD has raised the performance bar yet again with its new FX-55 and Model 4000+ CPUs. It's now up to Intel to respond with its next iteration of performance hardware. Blazingly fast, blazingly expensive, blazingly nice. I just hope it's not a pure paper launch and new CPUs are available imminently."

More information on this review can be found here.

AMD Athlon 64 4000+ Review @ AMDReview

"AMD is releasing two new CPUs, the Athlon 64 FX-55 and Athlon 64 4000+. Both of these chips are being released on the 939 socket platform. I'm not going to go into detail on the differences between the 939 and 754 socket platforms, if you are not aware of the difference please see our upcoming review on the 3000+ and 3200+ 90nm CPUs."

More information on this review can be found here.

AMD Athlon 64 4000+ Review @ GeekExtreme

"I think that the most interesting part of the presentation was when the focus shifted to running 64-bit benchmarks (beginning on page 3). You can see an appreciable difference in the POV Ray numbers from 32- to 64-bit platform, but the Panorama Factory slides (p.4) really best illustrate the 64-bit advantage to me. The presenter proceeded to dodge my questions about the availability of WinXP 64, & suggested I badger Microsoft about it. Think they're frustrated, too?"

More information on this review can be found here.

AMD Athlon 64 4000+ Review @ Sharky Extreme

"The Athlon 64 4000+ moves away from this dual-tiered architecture, and instead of the logical 2.6 GHz/512K release, it incorporates 1-MB of L2 cache and runs at 2.4 GHz. This was a bit of a surprise to us, especially as the Athlon 64 4000+ is, at its core, simply a repositioned Athlon 64 FX-53. The base specifications are the same (both models feature 128K of L1 cache), and while AMD is sticking to its guns and "retiring" the existing Athlon 64 FX-53 when the FX-55 is released, it looks like the old FX cores are being demoted to the Athlon 64 line. The only real difference between the Athlon 64 4000+ and the Athlon 64 FX-53 is that the latter is an enthusiast part, and ships factory unlocked."

More information on this review can be found here.

AMD Athlon 64 4000+ Review @ Techware Labs

"As most are aware AMD launched its Socket 939 processor line a short while ago. This article will cover AMD's latest offering to the Socket 939 line, the 4000+ and the FX 55. The socket 939 processors offered a dynamic increase in productivity and computing power over anything the market currently offered. The 4000+ represents a definite status symbol for AMD as at this point in time Intel has no corresponding 4Ghz part."

More information on this review can be found here.
MonsterGecko PistolMouse FPS Review @ XYZ Computing
"The PistolMouse is exactly what its title suggests; a mouse shaped very much like a Glock 9mm handgun, one of the preferred weapons of police officers. The mouse comes packaged in a very attractive gatefold box, printed with a black-on-black varnish-on-matte background and a really nifty red and black color scheme. It’s usually a good sign when a manufacturer pays close attention to its packaging."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech diNovo Media Desktop Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"I have always liked the feel and the compact designs of most of the laptop keyboards but have never been able to find many keyboards with such features for the desktop, that is, until now. Logitech’s diNovo media desktop is an excellent combination of three great devices: a keyboard, a separate numeric pad with tons of extra features called the MediaPad and the MX900, a mouse that has already proven itself. The best part about this trio is that all three units use Bluetooth, eliminating the need for even more wires."

More information on this review can be found here.
Jetart AquaCool AK1000 External Liquid Cooling Kit Review @ System Cooling
"With water cooling becoming more mainstream, more and more companies are entering the market with their own systems and ideas on how it all should be done. Some companies are going for maximum cooling for the enthusiast market, while others are building systems for the everyday mainstream user. Some of these systems are designed to be installed inside the computer case, while others are intended to sit outside the case. Today we are looking at the AquaCool AK1000 External Liquid Cooling Kit from Jetart Technology."

More information on this review can be found here.
MGE XG Sidewinder Case Review @ OCIA
"Turning the case around we see the acrylic window and the two 80mm fans mounted to the side facing inward. I like the idea of two 80mm fans mounted like this, it should make for good airflow throughout the case. The acrylic window is secured with 8 screws, and it does not rattle one bit. I've had a couple of windows rattle around in previous cases just when taking the side off or moving the tower, and it just makes them feel cheap."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor R9800 Platinum Edition 128MB VGA Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"What does the term "Platinum Edition" usually imply? I think we should all agree that it usually refers to a superior class of product. However, we were quite baffled when we got PowerColor's R9800 Platinum Edition, as it sports 128-bit memory path which is half of the normal R9800s. In addition, the clock speed does not comply with any ATI official specification."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus AX800XT/TVD Video Card Review @ PCStats
"In this review PCstats is testing one of Asus's flagship Radeon videocards, the AX800XT/TVD. Built on the extremely popular ATI Radeon X800 XT Platinum Edition VPU, I'm sure you can already guess that the benchmark results are going to be fast like hella-fast! ATI offload the production of their graphics processors to TSMC's now aging 0.13 micron manufacturing process, and each one of these little slabs of silicone contains a full 160 million transistors. Backing those 160 million transistors is 256MB of Samsung 1.6ns DDR-3 memory, clocked at 1.12 GHz."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS Extreme N5900 Review @ Viper Lair
"Overall I like the Extreme N5900, it is a good looking card, plays the newer games at very respectable rates and falls into a price point a lot of us can afford. One bright spot is that the ASUS Extreme N5900 is available now. However, it is a matter of time before we startseeing the GeForce 6600 series (as well as ATI's X700) come to market, and based on what we've seen, those cards are going to be a lot faster than the N5900."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ DDR2 PC2-5400 Performance Series Memory Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The OCZ DDR2 PC2-5400 Performance Series Memory is rated at 675MHz DDR2 and has a timing of 4-4-4-12. Memory timings on DDR2 memory are lower than DDR memory; however, DDR2 memory is capable of faster speeds. This memory is stable, reliable, performs very well and comes with a lifetime warranty. It's also available in 1GIG and 2 GIG kits."

More information on this video review can be found here.
New 550 MHz CAS2.5 DDR Modules @ Corsair
"Fremont, CA, October 20, 2004: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced their fastest ever DDR memory module, a DDR550 module that supports very aggressive 2.5-4-4-8 latencies. These modules typically support 2-2-2-5 latencies at 400MHz clock speeds. The new parts are:

TwinX1024-4400C25 matched pair of 512MB, DDR550, 2.5-4-4-8, black XMS modules and TwinX1024-4400C25PT matched pair of 512MB, DDR550, 2.5-4-4-8, platinum XMS modules.

Both these parts are available immediately from resellers worldwide, and are also available as individual 512MB modules. TwinX kits are tested as a matched pair at their rated specifications and packaged together immediately after passing test, guaranteeing that the customer receives a product that has been verified in the dual channel environment. These modules include Corsair’s classic black or platinum aluminum heat spreaders for improved heat dissipation."

More information on this annoucement can be found here.
Corsair TwinX 1024 PC3200XL Low Latency Memory Review @ BigBruin
"The Corsair TwinX 1024-3200XL Memory performs great at its advertised speeds, with a front-side-bus of 200MHz and aggressive (2-2-2-5) timings. Using the (2-2-2-5) timings and changing nothing else this memory operated error free up to 214MHz. A modest RAM voltage of 2.8V allows this memory to fly. Even at a FSB of 240MHz it still maintains respectable (2.5-3-3-6) timings."

More information on this review can be found here.
nForce4 Technology Preview @ BJorn3D
"The eagle has landed! nVidia's nForce4 is set to dominate the AMD64 marketplace, and it has plenty of features to offer to all levels. There is far more to this new chipset than the much-hyped SLI architecture; in fact, in my opinion the most exciting features are what will be offered to the average customer. Last week I met with nVidia and witnessed the nForce4 for myself prepare to be impressed!"

More information on this review can be found here.

nForce4 Technology Preview @ Neoseeker

"The nForce 4 brings PCIe to the Athlon 64 platform as well as a few significant upgrades in the features department compared to the nForce 3 250Gb. One of the showcase features will be SLI support."

More information on this review can be found here.

nForce4 Technology Preview @ Hardware Analysis

"NVidia's nForce4 chipset could possibly be one of the most desirable chipsets to date, being the first chipset to bring SLI capabilities to the AMD Athlon-64 platform. We explore the ins and outs of nVidia's latest and pass judgment on it's performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
D-Link Gigabit and Wireless Network Review @ GruntvillE
"This is the brains of the network. It offers all of the connectivity from WAN to LAN after the modem. For some, the router is the one and only piece you will need for a home network. It will allow you to share your network connection and provide a little security by using NAT, Network Address Translation. NAT is a network standard that allows a Local Area Network (LAN) to use one set of IP addresses for internal traffic while allowing a second set of IPs or IP to be used as the external or Public IP. The router interprets or translates the IPs to allow the internal IPs access to the Internet."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Forum Giveaway Contest @ BurnOutPC
"BurnOutPC.com has just announced their very own giveaway cuz of the arrival of the new forums. You can win a mp3 player, digital camera or the easy file transfer cable which emulates a network connection without the hassle of ethernet cables."

More information on this contest can be found here.
HKC 775CA 17in Flat CRT Monitor Review @ XYZ Computing
"The monitor itself has a unique look, two shades of matte black mix with matte and chrome silver for interesting styling. The monitor’s swivel mount was slightly difficult to clip on at first, and I was reminded as usual that it usually pays to read the instruction manual when setting up any hardware, as emasculating as such an act can feel."

More information on this review can be found here.
Altec Lansing AHS-502 Review @ Auphan Online
"When it comes to competitive gaming, any serious gamer can tell you that speakers just don't cut it. Nowadays with sophisticated game engines and EAX integrated sound, players without a good set of headphones can find it difficult to take advantage of rich in-game audio. Having the right set of headphones can mean the difference between accurately hearing your opponent's footsteps and walking into a trap."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ DDR PC-3700 Gold Revision 3 Memory Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The OCZ DDR PC-3700 Gold Revision 3 memory has a default speed of 466MHz DDR and a complete memory timing of 2.5-3-3 8. When these timings are relaxed it has insane overclocking skills. This memory will ensure anyone interested in overclocking the freedom to express themselves! If you are on a budget and need the speed, this is it."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Logitech Z-3 Speaker Review @ Overclockers Online
"For my last test, it was time to load up Doom 3. Overall the Z-3s performed very well, but without having rear speakers it’s hard to create the same atmosphere as my Z560s do. Nevertheless, the Z-3s made Doom 3 fun to play. I should also note that you may want to turn up the bass for games when compared to music in order to feel the explosions and bullet sounds more."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX 6800GT Review @ OC-Zone
"In terms of price tag, this GeForce 6800GT is a best buy than the GeForce 6800Ultra. Keeping the same characteristics of top like the 6800Ultra but with a downclock speed, the 6800Gt has a performance very near to 6800Ultra."

More information on this review can be found here.
Freon Cooling Basics @ PC-Serwis.pl
"The idea of regular freon cooling system is quite easy. The compressor pumps gas freon, which – through the compressing – gets warm. Then hot freon gets to the condenser where it is being cooled and liquefyes. Later to the filter, which catches some little dust and absorbs all the moisture. Filter also works as a container with the liquifyed freon. Pass the filter, liquified freon gets to the capillary ( a thin pipe responsible for the pressure to liquify the gas ) and thgourgh this it gets to the evaporator. Inside of it – the pressure is approximately the same as atmospheric pressure, but it is the pressure that freon evaporating temperature depends on."

More information on this review can be found here.
A Cooling Mystery Solved @ Bitbender Forums
"CPU Cooling solutions can be maddening sometimes, a good case, plenty of airflow, and yet things don't go right. A recent addition of an AthlonXP 3200 to my system gave me reason for some detective work to find a solution."

More information on this article can be found here.
Danger Den Maze4 GPU-1 Peltier Block Review @ R&B Mods
"We have looked at several waterblocks in our days but today we will add something more extreme to our testing. We got a sample of Dangerdens Maze4 Gpu-1 waterblock which has a perltier included. Most of us know that if you connect a plet wrong you burn it and if you mount it wrong you get condensation on your card which might ruin it so this will be interesting to see how/if we get this to work. We will see if we can get some nice overclocking stats on our Albatron FX5700."

More information on this review can be found here.
64-bit vs. 32-bit AMD Athlon64 Comparison @ PCStats
"A new era of 64-bit computing is coming though, and it got us to thinking what does 64-bit, specifically the 64-bits support built into AMD's Athlon 64 and AthlonFX processors, have to offer the gamer and enthusiast markets? In this article PCstats will examine the performance of the AMD Athlon 64 processor using conventional Windows XP and 32-bit benchmarking software, and compare those results to the same tests using the 64-bit 'x64 edition' beta version of Windows XP."

More information on this review can be found here.

AMD Athlon 64 4000+ Socket 939 Processor Review

"On October the 19th, AMD officially launched the latest version of its successful Athlon 64 processor line, the 2.4GHz Athlon 64 4000+. PCstats spent a few weeks with this CPU prior to its release, and after running the silicon through its paces, we've come to a couple conclusions which we'll share with you in this review. These Athlon 64 processors share the socket 939 form factor with the high end Athlon 64 FX class, though as you will see later in this review, the line between the two is beginning to blur. To be specific, the Athlon 64 4000+ contains twice as much Level 2 Cache memory of the Athlon64 3800+. In other words, this chip is packing a full 1MB of exclusive L2."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, October 18, 2004
VisionTek 1GB Go Drive Review @ BJorn3D
"Always on the go? Do you need to store a CD and a half worth of stuff and have it at your side at all times? Well, either way you can benefit from having a USB flash drive with you. These drives have hit the market running and are beginning to take over the old and busted floppy drives of yore. Good riddance to the floppy for all I care, and a big hello to the VisionTek Go Drive! A huge gigabyte of data, USB 2.0, and a very compact size make for a sweet little removable storage solution. I don't know about you, but the fact that I can hold a full gigabyte of data in my pocket and have it to use in any PC with a USB port on it turns my frown upside down."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Mini Portable Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Overclockers Online
"The Ultra Mini Portable Hard Drive Enclosure is a good solution in my book. While it is certainly not perfect, it's small size, simple looks, connectivity, and performance are enough to leave me feeling satisfied using this as a portable storage solution. The convenience of being able to carry so much space over to the next room, a friends house, or on vacation and simply plugging it in makes it extremely useful. "

More information on this review can be found here.
COOLMAX 3.5" X-Treme Files Review @ ExtensionTech
"Having previously looked at the 2.5" X-TREME Files, I was pondering which one would someone choose, and for what reasons. I think you should take a look at this one, and decide. I'll of course link to the 2.5" review, if you hadn't seen it, or don't remember it. Overall, this is an easy way to back up your files with a touch of a button. Come see what I like, and don't like about this."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SI-97 Socket A Heatsink Review @ System Cooling
"Lately, owners of AMD Socket A systems have had reason to be sad, since all the new and cool (figuratively and literally) heatsinks coming from Thermalright have been geared toward P4 and AMD64 systems. With the fade from the limelight of Socket A systems, this is not really surprising, but as it turns out, Thermalright has at least one more trick up its sleeve for the aging platform. The heatsink we're looking at today, the SI-97, is a brand new heatsink cut from XP-120/XP-90 cloth, but made for use on the Socket A platform. We'll put it through its paces, and see if AMD XP owners have a reason to rejoice."

More information on this review can be found here.
3R System Poseidon WCL-03 Review @ Hardware12v
"If we do a global valuation of the set, reducing importance to the section of the temperatures and valuing aspects as the design, size, facility of installation and the variety of accessories that can be acquired for Poseidon 03, we deduce that the purpose of 3R System with Poseidon 03 is not to obtain to optimal temperatures or a greater level of overclock in our microprocessor, but to facilitate to the end user a different, expandable and simple product with which to personalize its computer. It is for that reason that the final valuation is not going to be a categorical condition and we have considered all the commented one throughout the article."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix PC3200 C2 Review @ Viper Lair
"As for the performance results we see that for the most part, the two sticks of RAM performed very close to each other even with the differences in timings. The latency of the Crucial memory at its tightest timings was a good bit lower than the Corsair memory, and provided better synthetic numbers. The real world differences between timings was less than 3% in basically all cases."

More information on this review can be found here.
Budget Memory Roundup Review @ 3DXtreme
"Today 3DXtreme takes at a look some budget memory covering a wide spectrum from PC3200 to PC3700 and varying from CAS 2 to CAS 3. We have Wintec Amp-X Gaming modules, SuperTalent 512MB CAS2 modules and some Geil Value PC3200. This gives us an opportunity to evaluate lesser known brand names to see how they compare to a more well known brand. Like a lot of electronics today it doesn't take much to create a product, all that needs to be done is base it on a well established IC chip like Samsung or Infineon and the result is a product that performs nearly as well as the top of the line memory for considerably less. Let's have a look at our memory offerings today and see how well they performed."

More information on this review can be found here.
A Trio of Budget CPU's @ Hexus
"Which value processor should you choose?. If your budget resembles a shoestring then a bottom-end Sempron (Socket A, obviously) or Celeron D 320 are the natural choices. Both CPUs have a number of cheap-ish supporting motherboards that often feature integrated video as standard. If your budget is set a little higher, say, at £80 for a processor (or ~£150 for a processor/motherboard bundle), AMD's K8-class Sempron 3100+ is comfortably the best choice. It's just a shame that it's been stripped of 64-bit goodness, though."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire X-Navigator Case Review @ Envy News
"Aspire's new X-Navigator Aluminum Case (more specifically the ATXA8NW/500 Series, reviewed today) is a journey of theirs that has been in R&D for the last year, and it seems to have paid off. The exterior design is simple, yet has a nice flair about it. The flowing lines, both on the 'X' shape and on the lower fan grill culminate nicely around the front I/O ports that also contain a digital temperature readout and a fan controller housed in a swanky chrome bezel."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax Cobra 822 ATX Case Review @ BigBruin
"The Raidmax Cobra 822 is a great bargain for a gaming case. Its paint job is superb and it has a striking appearance that is sure to stand out at any LAN party. For those who like the style of the case, but don't care for the blue paint job, no need to worry. Raidmax offers the case in other slick colors, such as silver, red, and black."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Under Glow Mod Guide @ CreativeMods
"This mod is designed to provide a cheap, easy and better looking alternative to lighted case feet. It can be done by raising the case with already existing case feet, using store-bought feet, or creating your own supports. A window is then cut into the bottom of the case to allow light from a mounted cold cathode tube to enter the bottom of the case. This creates an "under glow" effect not unlike some tricked out cars you see on a Friday night."

More information on this guide can be found here.
How To Make a PCI Express Power Connector @ Spode's Abode
"Many new power supplies come with the 6-pin connector as standard, so some companies may opt to not include the cable, and of course many OEM cards have no cables included at all. Buying an adaptor may be hard to do and you may end up paying an extortionate price for it."

More information on this guide can be found here.
AMD Athlon FX Overclocking to 3Ghz @ Madshrimps
"This setup has all the bragging rights available, but is it actually worth its extreme price? Does buying an 800 euro cooling for your CPU improve your gaming experience? Do we need a 3Ghz FX? Find out in this overclocking extravaganza!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
Building an AMD A64 HTPC for $1000 @ HTPCNews
"With prices of computer parts dropping quicker than anyone could imagine, building a full scale high performance HTPC couldn't be cheaper! HTPCnews takes a look at various parts that have been proven to work extremely well together and compiled it all together into their latest $1000 hardware guide, Building an AMD A64 HTPC for $1000. Included in this guide are imbedded links to a great deal of their other guides from the past that have been updated for use at the current time including their PVR Identification guide, HTPC Audio 101, Quieting and Cooling your HTPC Case, and much much more."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Saturday, October 16, 2004
Steelpad Steel Grips Review @ Think Computers
"Today I will be looking at a product by the people at Steel Grip, a product that should solve the problems of slippery mice, and the losing of one's mind after you hear the words "HEADSHOT!" from the announcer! On with the adventure of installing!"

More information on this review can be found here.

Steelpad S&S Mousepad Review @ OCIA

"I could immediately tell the difference the mousepad made. Small movements were so much more accurate it was incredible. I made several kills that I probably wouldn't have made using my previous setup (no mousepad), as the mousepad made me much faster on the draw. Don't get me wrong, I still got my butt kicked, but I was amazed at how many more butts I kicked in the meantime."

More information on this review can be found here.
1A-Cooling Blacklord 240 Watercooling Kit Review @ Overclockers.com
"This is a nice package that features an integrated reservoir; this is well constructed, using all metal parts. Note that there is no relay to turn on/off the waterpump with the system but adding one is not all that difficult."

More information on this review can be found here.

Cheap As Free Air Cooling Mod

"Bill Leggett just did a great article about case ducting that showed a genuine temperature and noise reduction. I've been working on a similar ducting project for a while, and the results have been absolutely amazing."

More information on this article can be found here.
Logitech Z2200 THX 2.1 Computer Speaker System Review @ Tweaknews
"Testing this product interested me right from the first time I picked it up to move the product box to the office. The incredible heft of this two channel system speaks volumes for the thick robust construction and large powerful speaker magnets that make this product what it is. Everything about this system is oversized, powerful, heavy and can only be described as a thumping and deafening tank for your computer system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolermaster Vortex Ultra Review @ BurnOutPC
"The Cooler Master Vortex Ultra has a nice design, it's build quality is fantastic, the looks are brilliant because of the extremely nice looking fins which makes it a real eye catche. Although it's somewhat big and heavy which makes installation a bit harder on some motherboards it works brilliant on my asus p4c800. The temperatures were somewhat high but acceptable, still though a very nice cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mr. Intel, Ms. AMD, where's my performance? @ Hardware Analysis
"So despite all of the new technologies such as Serial-Ata, HyperThreading and 64-bit instruction sets that were introduced over the past two years, the net result is only a slight increase in performance."

More information on this article can be found here.
GeForce 6800/Ultra Roundup @ [H]ardOCP
"We cover top to bottom GeForce 6800 series performance taking a look at four different video cards from ASUS, Chaintech, and Gainward to find what kind of gaming experience you can look forward to with these video cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC-3200 Platinum Revision 2 Memory Video Review @ 3DGameman
"Revision 2 of the OCZ EL DDR PC-3200 Platinum Memory has gargantuan bang for the buck. Its fast default timing of 2-2-2-5 at 400MHz DDR is great; however, relaxing the timing will result in ridiculously high speeds. Anyone, especially overclockers on a budget, will adore this memory. Wicked fast + Affordable + Lifetime Warranty = Incredible!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
Sparkle GeForce 6800GT Review @ The Modfathers
"Well, the conclusion for this one can really be summed up in something we have always known "The middle brother is always the best one!" Though my older and younger brothers do disagree. However in the case of the 6800 range looking to the middle really is very sound advice."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chenming ATX-602 Aluminium Case Review @ Adrian's Rojak Pot
"A good case shouldn't have one component impeding the removal of another, and it should have more than enough space for your RAIDs, optical drives, expansion cards, etc. That much is easy enough to look out for."

More information on this review can be found here.
XG Sidewinder Case Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"Gamers are always looking for the next best case to house their killer rigs. They want something that runs cool and will look great. And if it’s portable, all the better. Today we’re going to be looking at the Sidewinder from XG (Extreme Gamer), a subsidiary of MGE. See what Buddha thinks of this case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Elements of the Classical Designs @ Cooler Master
"Cooler Master was the first to have come out with a series of products designed with built-in classical meters, such as Musketeer, Cavalier, and Real Power. The meters designed for these units are not only decorations; they are also functional as voltage and temperature gauges. When the computer is started, not only the needles dance along with the beats of power and sound surges, the meters emit cold lights of different colors.This new and fashionable design started a heated discussion in the market, as well as a spree of heated buying in Japan."

More information on this article can be found here.
SST-TJ06 Full Tower Case Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"From the exterior, the SilverStone SST-TJ06 case looks like any other high quality case on the market. Sporting an aluminum front panel, and a 0.8mm steel body, this case is built extremely solid and looks great. What you don't see from the outside is the interior has been completely redesigned, with the motherboard mounting upside down! The reason for this radical change comes from the unique "Wind Tunnel Design" that enhances the cooling for the CPU and memory."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, October 15, 2004
I-Rocks KR6810 X-Slim EL Keyboard Review @ BigBruin
"If you want to give your system a little extra style, this keyboard is perfect. It's very comfortable to type on, and the Blue EL light against the ivory white case gives it just a little extra flash. Perhaps it's the ivory white and silver trim styling, but my first thought when I saw the KR6810 X-Slim El keyboard was that I received a Macintosh keyboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung Yepp YP-55 Digital Audio Player @ The Crucible
"The quality was excellent, it has tons of useful features and comes with an amazing assortment of accessories. I was very pleased with the audio playback of the YP-55 with 128kbs encoded MP3s. With the inclusion of an FM tuner and voice recording, the YP-55 is not just your average MP3 player. The YP-55 is very versatile, playing not only MP3 format but WMA as well."

More information on this review can be found here.

SteelPad Mouse Accessories Review

"The Steel Grip however is the perfect synergy of form and funtion. It really adds to the way my mouse works. I find that my hands are far less sweaty after playing a few grueling rounds of Unreal Tournament 2004. As well the grips stop me from thinking that I need to really hold on to the mouse tightly to get it to move where I want it. It makes gaming a little more effortless."

More information on this review can be found here.
Imation 1GB USB 2.0 Swivel Flash Drive Review @ BJorn3D
"If you have a USB flash drive, you probably have a little cap you have to keep track of when you use the device. Imation has a solution for this hassle and risk (we all lose little things, after all) in the form of the USB 2.0 Swivel USB Flash Drive."

More information on this review can be found here.
T-Balancer Temperature and Noise Balancer Review @ OCIA
"Face it, geeks are gadget freaks. We love neat "stuff", especially those cool little gadgets designed for our computers. Many of us are also very concerned with fan noise. If you have read my earlier reviews, you have found that I have become somewhat anal about having a quiet rig. Well, I have discovered the mother of all "silent PC" gadgets, the mCubed T-Balancer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Native Command Queuing & Seagate's Barracuda 7200.7 @ Viper Lair
"For most home users, there will be no tangible benefit rom Native Comand Queuing. While benchmarks may look nice, ur real-world tests said therwise. That is not to say that CQ is useless altogether, but for the majority of desktop computers, you're not going to see a performance gain as you would with a jump to a newer processor. However, in situations when Hyper-Threading is being tapped, we saw some improvement in the results that would not be seen without a major hardware upgrade."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master CoolDrive 6 Review @ System Cooling
"When Cooler Master grafted the Aerogate II multifunction panel onto a CoolDrive 3 hard drive cooler, they immediately had one of the best multifunction devices on the market in the CoolDrive 4. Never one to rest on their laurels though, they came up with a whole new version of this great device. Their newest effort in the hard drive cooling world, the CoolDrive 6 aims to better the CoolDrive 4 with some features you'd expect as well as some you've never seen before in such a device."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolmax Ultimate OS Backup Drive Review @ FastLaneHW
"Viruses, worms, Windows system crashes, not a problem if you are the proud owner of Coolmax’s new Ultimate “OS” backup drive. Your Windows XP system restore feature did not work, once again not problem with the ultimate “OS” back up drive from Coolmax."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chenbro Xpider II Review @ Envy News
"Chenbro has transplanted their Gaming Bomb’s successful designs into a completely new line of ATX cases: The Xpider II. Chenbro has taken into consideration the questions and ideas handed to them by consumers and gamers worldwide in the hopes to better the Gaming Bomb’s design and provide a distinct case, in terms of features, with a distinct look."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Case Buyer's Guide @ Mikhailtech
"It is possible to build a fanless, or nearly fanless case, but it's more costly and you will sacrifice some level of performance depending on your budget. A more practical solution is one with fewer, larger, slower spinning (and therefore quieter) fans. This is what office/quiet computer users and HTPC builders should strive for. Pick out a case with good airflow and preferably 120mm fan slots (instead of 80mm ones). You will get the same/greater airflow with less noise. Chances are it won't be bling, but that's not a main priority when building a "peaceful" PC. HTPC cases will rarely have 120mm fans due to their desktop form factor, so consider purchasing quiet 80mm fans. It's not going to be the most demanding system so heat output will be lower."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thursday, October 14, 2004
WireWeights Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"So you still haven’t made that bump up to a wireless mouse? Do you keep pulling at your cord for slack?Something to weigh it down would be good right? Well that’s what WireWeights.com had in mind. Dig the review to see if the weight is worth the green."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Raidmax RX-520XPW 520W Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Raidmax RX-520XPW 520W Power Supply has plenty of power for just about any application. It performs well, has great looks and is virtually silent. This product has lots of long leads and even two separately shielded ones for the Video Card/HDD. Separate leads ensure clean power to two vital computer components, and increased stability."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Aerocool HT-101JR Review @ Hardware12v
"The HT-101JR has demonstrated a quite acceptable yield in spite of being made completely in aluminum, thanks to their 40 incorporated sheets and heatpipes. With a thermal ressistance between 0,38 and 0.40ºC/W, we can be relatively calm of which it will maintain our microprocessor relatively fresh and still it allows us to play a little with overclock, although is not its strong point and we recommended to do it without raising the voltage of the microprocessor."

More information on this review can be found here.
BTC 9019 URF Wireless Keyboard Review @ Hardware Pacers
"The BTC 9019 URF Wireless Multimedia USB Keyboard with Dual Mode Joystick Mouse is one of the world's finest gaming keyboards on the market today. It is small in size yet powerful in its functionality. Handy function buttons, and superior joystick response and sensitivity make this keyboard ideal for gamers. Easy installation creates a hassle free environment during setup. Full featured functionality create a smooth sailing keyboard experience for gaming and keyboard input during any computing function."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saitek Cyborg Evo Review @ ModdersHQ
"In the past, people only used joysticks for Flight Simulator games but now there is a vast selection of PC games incorporating the use of joysticks. Now imagine a joystick that is completely customizable to fit your hand. This is definitely the stick of choice on paper."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeCube Radeon X800 PRO Review @ Hexus
"X800 PRO pricing sits around the £280 mark in the U.K. at the time of writing and GeCube promise us that if you find the X800 PRO CS:CZ Limited Edition in the U.K. or indeed elsewhere, it'll be competitive with any and all X800 PRO pricing from other manufacturers. Given that, and the derivative PRO performance (no bad thing!), it's hard not to recommend the card to anyone who asks. If you're desperate for X800 PRO, if NVIDIA's hardware isn't your thing or you're annoyed with GT availability at the moment, GeCube's board is as good as any to spend your money on."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec NexStar 3.5" HDD External Enclosure @ ExtensionTech
"Anyone doing any hardware upgrades, or perhaps pc repair, usually comes across hard drives. An extra hard drive is a good thing, but what if you want to use it externally. Or perhaps you aren't too PC savvy, and have an extra hard drive laying around? Vantec has just an enclosure for that, the NexStar. This particular unit supports Firewire and USB, so hooking it up between PC's, and any reasonably newer PC should be a breeze. Let's take a closer look shall we?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Waffer PC AirCon PAC 400 Review @ 3DXtreme
"The PAC 400 is basically an air conditioning unit for your PC. It's designed to provide cooler ambient air into the computer system in the hopes of dropping the internal and CPU temperatures. It sounds like a great idea, but can it live up to the marketed expectations?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Soltek Qbic EQ3801a Review @ Neoseeker
"As with the 3401a, the 3801a is very quiet. There was little difference in noise between idle and load which is a great thing. The Qbic is not noiseless, the fans are audible and the chart places it in the range of a library and a quiet converstation level. From my perspective I would say that the noise is about the same as that of an original Playstation 2"

More information on this review can be found here.
Powercolor 9100IGP Pro RS350 Review @ PCUnleash
"The new RS350 which is the enhanced version of RS300 is an ambitious move for ATI. ATI claims that the chip has been well revised and that many of the problems that existed with the older RS300 have been solved. They also have made the claim that the new RS350 will run much better with the Intel’s Prescott CPUs, suggesting that the RS350 has been optimized for the most current technology. At a glance, Powercolor’s RS350 has definitely added some eye catching features. So with no further ado, let us introduce the first motherboard to have been produced by Powercolor."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LanParty UT 915P-T12 Motherboard Review @ HardwareZoom
"Since the layout of the IO panel is rather unique, you will need to replace the backplate on your casing with the one that comes with the package. It is pretty amazing that DFI engineers managed to squeeze 6 USB 2.0 ports, two Gigabit LAN ports, two PS/2 ports, eight audio jacks and an IEEE1394 firewire port in this little space."

More information on this review can be found here.
Building The Ultimate LAN Party Computer @ The Tech Zone
"I was reading the latest issue of Mobile PC magazine where they tested 14 "desktop replacement" notebooks and proclaimed in big bold letters "Ding Dong The Desktop's Dead!" It seems they were so impressed by some of these new breed of desktop replacement laptops that they feel no one needs a desktop anymore. They even went so far as to say these are the new LAN party machine kings."

More information on this article can be found here.

How To Turn A Computer Into A Book Case

"Having seen a lot of case mods on the net one TTZ reader decided to do something completely different. What was it? He turned his computer into a book case! This has to be the strangest How To ever!"

More information on this project can be found here.
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Sunbeam LED Fans Review @ BurnOutPC
"There's not much to say really. These fans are of high quality, they do not produce that much noise and they do what they suppose to do. They light up nicely, the color is fantastically bright and installation is easy if you use the supplied screws."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wireless A/V Spycam Review @ OCIA
"During testing, I wandered all over the house with this camera seeing how far the signal would go. This annoyed the wife to no end because she had to watch the TV to see if I lost signal. Unfortunately for her, I couldn't loose signal anywhere in the house. Outside I went. Even across the house and outside for that matter with plaster interior walls and a brick exterior, I couldn't loose signal."

More information on this review can be found here.
CaseArts Molex Sleeving Kit Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"A custom case isn't finished until all the details have been taken care of. One of the last tasks that needs to be accomplished is wire management. Even if your case doesn't have a window in it, keeping the inside of the case free from clutter is important for cooling. For a case that is windowed, it is even more important to try your best to give the case a finished look. Neatly bound and sleeved wiring harnesses show others that you care about the details, and that can make your case a winner in a field of also-rans. Today I'll be looking at the CaseArts Molex Sleeving Kit provided by the good folks at Directron."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TWIN2X1024-5400C4PRO Review @ Viper Lair
"Corsair has earned a reputation as makers of fast and reliable ram, and this tradition continues from past ram formats and into DDR-2. While not earth shattering, performance-wise today, DDR-2 is forward thinking as Intel scales their clock speeds, and the TWIN2X Pro Series is up to the task."

More information on this review can be found here.
BFG GeForce 6800 Ultra Overclocked @ Hexus
"Any and every GeForce 6800 Ultra is an excellent gamers' card. BFG's effort is above average, as the company offers a pre-overclocked core at default core prices. BFG's popularity is on the rise and it's easy to see why. If BFG can beef up the entire bundle, add, say, basic VIVO, and keep a keen price, its range of 6800-series cards will be hard to beat. As it is, you can literally place the names of NVIDIA's AIBs into a hat and pick any one. Most cards keep to the reference design and most range between 400-450MHz core."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon x800 Pro 256MB Review @ The Crucible
"If you are looking for a great card to play any game you can throw at it, Sapphire's x800 Pro is a great choice. With a price that beats most other brands Sapphire offers great performance with it's x800 Pro. While there are faster cards available they also come with a much higher price tag. The price difference between the Pro and the XT is almost $200."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soltek K8AN2E-GR nForce 3 250GB Motherboard Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"K8AN2E-GR's layout is similar to MSI K8N Neo Platinum, with the ram sockets located on the right hand edge. It is a bit unusual to see only two ram sockets onboard as the motherboard clearly has space for the 3rd one. Power users may find the lack of ram slots annoying."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LANParty 875P-T Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"DFI's LANParty 875P-T is a very interesting motherboard, and one of only a few in its class. It allows users to upgrade to a Socket 775 Intel Pentium4 processor, while at the same time allowing them to keep all of their old hardware since. This is possible because the DFI LanParty 875P-T is based on the Intel i875P chipset. Of course, this also means that there is no PCI Express x16 or DDR-2 RAM support. However, with the imminent replacement of the 925X by the 925XE, and little in the way of high end PCI Express videocards to choose from, the DFI 875P-T is a good alternative right now."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8GPNXP Duo @ BJorn3D
"Of course, companies like Gigabyte like to get in on the action in the enthusiast market. It's the area where margins are higher and where a company can really get noticed. To that end, Gigabyte developed its flagship 8Sigma line of motherboards. This family of motherboards is billed by Gigabyte as a 'Fusion of Top Innovations', and it features support for Intel's LGA775 Pentium 4 processor, DDR and DDR2 memory, Intel's High Definition Audio, dual gigabit ethernet, and Gigabyte's patented U-Plus D.P.S. eight-phase power circuit. I have been fortunate enough to get my hands on the GA-8GPNXP Duo from the 8Sigma line, and that is what we will be taking a look at in this review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech H20-120 Water Cooling Kit @ Envy News
"The Swiftech H20-120 kit has two things different from other recently-released kits by Swiftech: Firstly, there's the new MCP650 Pump from Swiftech's recent acquisition. Then there's the new MCR120-FB 120mm copper-core radiator implemented after requests by the community. And we are sure glad Swiftech listened! One 120mm radiator is preferred over 2x80mm radiators that Swiftech was previously offering."

More information on this review can be found here.
FSP Group's Cooling Kit Review @ PyroPort
"FSP Group have been one of the quiet contenders in the power supply market, producing quality supplies for a variety of systems - akin to what Crucial were doing for the memory market up until just recently. Just like Crucial, FSP have started venturing out into other areas, today we have one of their latest kits dubbed the Cooling Kit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li PC-V1000 Aluminum Case Review @ System Cooling
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"Looking back a few years, I remember when owning an all aluminum case brought a sense of prestige and absolute quality. Aluminum cases offered sleek and innovative designs, superb cooling and a fit and finish that steel cases could not match. But all of these improvements came at a high price and case manufacturers such as Lian Li, Cooler Master, Chenming and a few others were in fierce competition to win over a handful of potential customers. Recently the progress of all aluminum cases seems to have faded. Today we're beginning to see more and more so called hybrid case that feature an all aluminum front with steel chassis. What is also noticeable is a bit of a relaxed attitude towards really refining these new cases and making them something special."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone SST-SP54 VFD Display Review @ ModdersHQ
"Lets say you're looking for a device with a customizable display that fits nicely in your 5.25 drive bay. You want this device to display such items as CPU temps, Winamps playlist and your folding@home User Rank. Today we are reviewing the SST-SP54 VFD (Vacuum Flurorescent Display), a product that claims to fit the bill by SilverStone."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Logitech X-530 5.1 Speakers Review @ Hardware Avenue
"With games making the jump from static image text adventures to multimedia cinematic experiences the need to deliver an equally impressive audio experience is paramount. With recent titles such as Activision's Doom3 supporting full 5.1 surround systems, and the proliferation of DVD drives in today's systems, manufacturers have rushed to meet the market demands and we now have a bevy of competitive 5.1 systems available in all price ranges."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolmax 3.5 Xtreme Files Review @ Hardware Pacers
"Coolmax's new Xtreme Files 5-in-1 OS Backup / Data Backup / Restore system is a truly outstanding innovation. This system provides a user with 80GB of storage space to backup files or operating systems, or restore files. This system has a spectacular design and can be used right out of the box for data storage, or after a few simple steps can be used for operating system backups."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Noisetaker EG475P-VE 470W PSU Review @ Think Computers
"Enermax has always been a pillar of stability and reliability in the power supply market. They have adopted a number of features over the years that are now commonplace on their units, such as sleeving, fan controls, temperature monitoring, EMI shielding, and more. Many of these features are combined into this new power supply, which can be purchased up to a mammoth 600 watts to please even the most demanding hardware enthusiast."

More information on this review can be found here.
Microsoft Windows Media Center 2005 Review @ HTPCNews
"The time has come, Microsoft has FINALLY released a version of Windows Media Center Edition that normal people like you and me can purchase through distributors who sell OEM software. Many years in the making, this latest version of Media Center Edition makes a serious push at the mainstream HTPC software market (SageTV, Snapstream Media and Meedio) with the mighty Microsoft backing it. HTPCnews takes a super in-depth look at this product and reports back the good, bad and the ugly. As a little extra, we even explain how you can edit the DLL's and create your very own unique looking MCE 2k5. For an all you can eat / read buffet of information covering every possible aspect of Windows MCE 2k5, check out HTPCnew's review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Topram 1GB SD Card Review @ Hard Extreme
"Don't let size of this card fool you. The card may look small but has a monstrous storage capacity. I have a Compact Flash GPS attached to my Dell Axim X5. Having a GPS can be very handy when going on long trips. However sometimes it can be frustrating when you don't have enough room to store the maps and you have to switch media to continue your route. I noticed that the GPS gave me a choice of using internal memory or external memory to store the maps. I downloaded 28 full state maps to my card. I then synced and then ran the GPS. I noticed that the GPS did not slow down at all reading the data off of the SD card and I had a peaceful travel. With SD card prices dropping everyone should pick up a card or two. The card was able to store data for half of the United States. You could go from NY to California without switching cards provided you drive thru less than 28 states to get there."

More information on this review can be found here.
Meedio Essentials Guide For Your Home Theater PC @ VoidedWarranty

"Since the introduction of Meedio Essentials I have put Build a Home Theater PC - Part II on hold. Meedio Essentials is developed by the same people that made the application myHTPC. Meedio Essentials is still going through a few growing pains but has a good solid foundation from which to build upon. It is very configurable and with the 3rd party plug-ins that are being made almost on a daily basis, this gives Meedio almost unlimited possibilities for any Home Theater System."

More information on this article can be found here.
Memory PCB Selection Matters @ Legit Reviews
"We found that at tight timings (2-2-2-5) the difference in PCB's is minimal and insignificant. So, if you are not an enthusiast/overclocker then this article will not impact your buying decisions. If you are an overclocker looking to get the highest possible FSB/Memory performance at loose timings, then we just showed you a secret that can help you gain up to 42MHz on your memory overclock."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin PC3200 222 LII V2 Memory Kit Review @ XYZ Computing
"We will be taking a look at Mushin's PC3200 High Performance LII V2 memory kit. Featuring two 512MB sticks, this Mushkin kit is obviously trying to attract the computer enthusiast crowd; the same people who are considering alternatives like Corsair's XMS 3200XL Pro and OCZ's Enhanced Latency series. This is a very tough market segment but Mushkin has been able to do well in the past so we have pretty high hopes for these modules."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K8T Neo2 FIR AMD Athlon 63 939 Motherboard Review @ A1-Electronics
"Another excellent motherboard to choose from packed with features and giving super performance for your AMD Athlon 64 socket-939 processor. With 7.1 channel audio, 802.11g wireless network adapter, RAID and more MSI have covered just about everything."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian-Li PC-V1000 Aluminum Case Review @ BJorn3D
"You have the latest vid card, a terabyte of storage, and the biggest and baddest processor on the block, but that case looks like an old Apple IIe that just died its last death. Don't keep killing your style with that ugly case of yours; get something with a little more flair, pizzazz, and any other redundant word you want to use to describe a sweet looking case like the Lian Li PC-V1000. All-aluminum, sleek, fast, and flashy as hell! This is just what you need to put a new spark into your blah PC life."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Guardian Case Review @ ModGuidez
"The Guardian is an example of a stylish case designed mainly for the gamer who will be lugging his computer around from LAN party to LAN party. The case comes in a wide array of colours to suit any taste. We received the case in a stylish green paint scheme which came well packed in a nice box displaying all the features of the case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den TDX Review @ Overclockers Online
"Danger Den has been continually making a stronger presence in the computer enthusiast market with its high quality products. More specifically, DD's waterblocks have given Danger Den their well known name amongst enthusiasts. Today we will take the TDX waterblock from Danger Den for a test drive."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolerMaster X-Dream III Review @ OCIA
"Well, I'm still trying to lower the noise level of that noisy rig that sits about 2 feet from my head while I'm at my desk. I've installed an Ultra-Quiet PSU, a nice, quiet cooler for the video card, and even added some acoustic foam. Each time I've added "silent" hardware, everything else sounds louder. Now I'm going to try to lose some decibels from the CPU cooler, with the ACC-L81, also known as the Cooler Master X Dream III CPU Cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
PolarFlo TT Chipset Block Review @ GruntvillE
"There are 3 pieces; the base, cover, and mounting ring. Simply put, the base and cover screw together and the mounting ring sits between them along with an O-ring for seal. With this design, you have the ability to purchase a new base from PolarFlo when the next generation blocks are released. If you upgrade in another year from the Intel 875P motherboard to a K8T800 or Intel 925X and need a new mounting ring, simply order it from PolarFlo. And if PolarFLO has a new and improved copper base, order that too and replace the old one."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek WaterChill Power Kit Water Cooling Review @ BigBruin
"The added heat created by overclocking the Athlon 64 really didn't do much to stress the WaterChill system. Temperatures rose by nominal values across the board, from mere fractions of a degree to a couple degrees maximum. Very nice! The overclocking may not have been extreme, but the performance of the WaterChill components tells me that it would be up for it!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, October 11, 2004
Steelpad S&S Review @ Envy News
"First impressions may be important, but the true test is in the usage. What I found with the S&S was a very positive mousing experience with all four test mice. The Steelpad S&S provides characteristics of both flat and textured surfaces, giving grip for tight starts and stops and a mouse feet-friendly surface for maximum speed. The inclusion of a zippered sleeve adds to the value of the pad, and is sure to make an impression any time it’s taken out and about."

More information on this review can be found here.
SteelPad Steelgrip Review @ Core Limits
"When I first was contacted by Soft Trading ApS and told me about their new Steel Grips, I was skeptical at first and thought it was another gimmick that they used to sell with mice these days. As I received it in the mail and actually used it for the first time, boy I was sure wrong. If you are a hardcore gamer, you know it can be a pain when you sweat and loose your grip on your mouse, especially with the high glossy finish on a lot of today’s mice, including the Logitech MX510 Performance Optical Mouse."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PowerStream 420W PSU Review @ Viper Lair
"The OCZ PowerStream has hit the mark, and then some. Not only is this power supply of the highest quality, it is quiet and sexy. OCZ has hit a homer with the PowerStream line, it would have been a Grand Slam had they wrapped up all of their power leads, but that is only a small issueand you can wrap them yourself to get the colors you desire."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys UV Molex Sleeve Kit Review @ Mikhailtech
"The rations struck me as odd. Generally UV sleeving kits are meant for PSU mods so it makes sense to have the ATX, AUX, P4 12V, floppy, and 4-pin female molex connectors. However, there are no power supplies that make direct use of male 4-pin molex connectors. I'm assuming these
extras were included for swapping out connectors of other components that hook up to the PSU (such as fans). There are also no SATA ones present. Another oddity is the UV sleeve length: only 5ft. This may seem like a lot, but unless you have a generic PSU with few, short cables, you'll run out before you cover even half the wires, meaning you'll need to purchase at least two of these kits for a complete overhaul."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dual Monitor How To @ The Tech Zone
"The benefits of going multi-monitor are many and it's not as expensive as you might think. When I went LCD shopping, I discovered that for the cost of one 21" LCD you can buy two or three 17" LCD monitors. Most 21" LCDs run at a native resolution of 1600x1200 while a 17" run at 1280x1024. By combining two 17" LCD monitors in a dual setup you can have a HUGE 2560x1024 desktop!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
ECS 915P-A Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"Giving the upgrader to Intel's new P4 platform the means to take two of the most important and expensive of their existing components with them, the 915P-A hits the spot, and hits it hard. The performance of the AGP Express slot leaves a little to be desired, but it's nothing you can't stomach if you have a decent graphics card already. It also brings flexibility to your display configuration Performance is competetive with either DDR or DDR-II memory installed and you get all the benefits of the ICH6 southbridge and HD Audio technologies and features."

More information on this review can be found here.
Athlon 64 3200+ 90nm (S939) Review @ Madshrimps
"Combining affordable pricings, good overclockability, top level performance and the ability to keep things cool is what we enthusiasts pursue in our quests to build high performance computers. Does the new S939 3200+ 0.09µ have these attributes? Find out as we compare to an expensive FX53, a cheaper S754 3400+ and a mid-range S939 3500+ CPU."

More information on this review can be found here.
VL System LIS 2 Premium VFD Review @ PimpRig
"The unit we are reviewing here is the "Premium" or VFD version. There is also a LCD or "Blue Eyes" version available for those on a tight budget. To paraphrase Henry Ford, "You can have any color you want as long as it's blue." The L.I.S.-2 displays currently come in only one color."

More information on this review can be found here.
Socket 939 Motherboards Review @ Tweaktown
"Mike has served us up some AMD related content today where he compares two Socket 939 Athlon 64 motherboards. The first is the MSI K8N Neo 2 Platinum which is based on nVidia's nForce3 Ultra chipset and the second is the ABIT AV8 3rd Eye which is based on VIA's K8T800 chipset. We tested with an Athlon 64 FX-53 along with a whole bunch of benchmarks over a whooping 24 pages."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nvidia GeForce 6200 Review @ Hardware Analysis
"Most people would never consider buying a $400 graphics card, even $199 is a little over budget, they're looking to spend little more than $100. For these people Nvidia today introduces the low-cost GeForce 6200, which packs a plethora of features at a bargain price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nvida Geforce 6200 Preview @ Neoseeker
"Today we do a quick preview of Nvidia's 6200 series. Once again we refer back to Editor's Day back in April because they gave everyone a boatload of information there. Jen Hsun Huang's rallying speech for Nvidia claimed that they would have a top to bottom lineup of NV4x derived parts by the end of the year and the announcement of the GeForce 6200 validates that statement as Nvidia will have parts in each segment of the market from the value oriented 6200s, midrange 6600s , and enthusiast 6800 series."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Cooler Master Cavalier 1 Mid-Tower ATX Case Review @ The Crucible
"This case makes a statement no matter where you place it. The Cooler Master Cavalier is as much at home nestled a long side a Marantz hi-fidelity power amp as it is tucked neatly under a desk. Though placing this case under your desk is like hiding one of Picaso's master pieces under a sheet. The combination of aluminum, steel and plastic melds into a fine poetic statement."

More information on this review can be found here.

Albatron Trinity GeForce PCX5750 128MB Review

"If you're an overclocker, the Albatron Trinity PCX5750 is definitely a prime choice. The card tested was able to reach an amazing speed of 505 MHz core, 667 MHz memory. If you are bent on building a new PCI Express based system and are looking for an inexpensive interim card that won't hamper your gaming fetish or just to hold you over until native PCI-E cards are released, be sure to check out the Albatron Trinity PCX5750."

More information on this review can be found here.
October Value Gaming PC Buyer's Guide @ Sharky Extreme
"As usual, our Value Guide takes both performance and price into consideration, and we're pinching every penny in search of a high-performance system for gamers on a budget. In a nutshell, the Value Gaming PC Buyer's Guide delivers the system and gaming performance you want, but at a price that won't break the bank. The overall scenario is bit different than some of the other buyer's guides on Sharky Extreme, as we limit the budget to $1,000 in cold, hard cash while the goal remains the same: to assemble a kick- ass gaming system that will play today's hottest games and still have some power in reserve for tomorrow."

More information on this review can be found here.
FIC Condor SFF Review @ Techware Labs
"FIC has introduced a new machine to the market, targeting those in search of a powerful, upgradeable, and portable small form factor (SFF) machine. The Condor does all this, in a stylish, tool-free SFF case, which houses an Intel motherboard with onboard video, an AGP 8x slot, and two PCI slots, for huge potential power from a portable machine."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Temjin TJ-05 Case Review @ 3DXtreme
"The SilverStone TJ05 is just a monster of a Case, it's spacious and rigid. The quality behind this Case was never and will never be questioned. If you are looking for a LAN Party Case, look elsewhere. If you are looking for something to last a lifetime - this is it!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, October 9, 2004
Coping with a Serious Data Loss @ The Tech Zone
"Data loss is an expensive reality. It's a hard fact that it happens more often then users like to admit. A recent study by the accounting firm McGladrey and Pullen estimates that one out of every 500 data centers will experience a severe computer disaster this year. As a result, almost half of those companies will go out of business. At the very least, a data loss disaster can mean lost income and missed business opportunities."

More information on this article can be found here.
BTC 9128CRF Wireless Office Keyboard Kit Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"We reviewed one of BTC's wireless keyboards a week ago andthis week we are checking out their BTC 9128CRF Wireless Office Keyboard Kit. It offers multi-function shortcut keys along great looks and ease of setup. Plus it made be give switch from one brand to another."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Rheobus Review @ BurnOutPC
"I'm pretty sure you guys have heard of Sunbeam Technologies no? They've been on the market for quite some time now producing casemodding accessories or selling hard to find case modding supplies under their brand. They've earned their roots in the casemodding scene and we've reviewed quite some products from them. Well we are back with a new row of products from them. New ones? well kind off we still had a box full with goodies here."

More information on this review can be found here.

TweakMonster RamSink Brackets Review

"The day the Tweakmonster sold his very first Shim for AMD processors was the day somebody came into the casemodding / overclocking scene who has done alot. He produced the world famous Tweakmonster ramsinks, did zillion revisions on those and he recently launched his very own Ramsink brackets for the 9800XT. A dying bread you say? Not with these sinks brackets and rev 4 sinks attached."

More information on this review can be found here.
Atdec Spacedec Monitor Arm Review @ XYZ Computing
"When in use one of the best traits of the Spacedec is that the user will quickly forget it is there. After a few minutes of use I became adjusted to the new height of the displays. Since the do not wobble or move by themselves it was nothing but viewing pleasure! A nice feature of the Spacedec is that due to the fact that the arms are so adjustable it is relatively easy for the user to set up two different monitors close to one another. This can only be done with much difficulty on the desktop as each monitor is generally at a different height and has a different size bezel. Once the displays on are an arm you simply can forget about the bezel and line up the liquid crystal displays."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec NeoPower 480 PSU Review @ GruntvillE
"Since then, I have run up to 10 Laser LEDs, 6 CCFL's, 15 fans (8 LED and 7 non-LED), 3 HDs, a CD writer, DVD writer, various video cards, etc, etc. Get the point? Not once, have I had an issue with power. Until today, I have been running my Antec TrueBlue non-stop, pushing the max at times. With all the new products, come new innovations. Power Supplies today have lights, fans, and are modular. What? Modular, meaning the cables can be added according to the users needs. No more silly floppy connector if you aren't using a floppy."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor A350A-VF Motherboard Review @ BJorn3D
"PowerColor is mostly known for its range of ATI graphics cards. Less known is the fact that PowerColor and its parent company, TUL, actually sell a variety of products, including thin clients, computer cases, service gateways, video cards and motherboards. Today, I am looking at one of PowerColor's motherboards, the A350A-VF. This motherboard is special since it doesn’t use an Intel, AMD, VIA or NVIDIA chipset. Instead, it uses an ATI chipset for both the northbridge and the southbridge."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron Trinity GeForce PCX5750 128MB Review @ The Crucible
"If you're an overclocker, the Albatron Trinity PCX5750 is definitely a prime choice. The card tested was able to reach an amazing speed of 505 MHz core, 667 MHz memory. If you are bent on building a new PCI Express based system and are looking for an inexpensive interm card that won't hamper your gaming fetish or just to hold you over until native PCI-E cards are released, be sure to check out the Albatron Trinity PCX5750."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeIL Ultra-X PC3200 Memory Review @ PCStats
"As usual we started with the Athlon64 overclocking first, and without much fan fare the GeIL DDR reached timings of 2-2-2-5 on an Asus K8V motherboard with absolutely no problems. After raising the motherboard clock speed a few MHz at a time, we ran into a few stability problems at the 210 MHz mark. Increasing the DIMM voltage to 2.8V solved this issue and we continued on to 227 MHz. Unfortunately, any speeds higher would cause instability, but 227 MHz is certainly not too bad for PC3200 memory!"

More information on this review can be found here.

Gigabyte GO-U0128B USB Flash Drive Review

"Gigabyte's entry into the world of Hi-Speed USB flash drives is the aptly named GO-U0128B, and it has to be one of the most compact flash drives we have ever tested. The whole device measures 45 x 20 x 9mm when the USB jack is retracted into its protective case. The GO-U0128B flash drive comes encased in an aluminum and plastic shell, and a small thumb catch allows users to extend the USB jack out
when they want to use the device."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS2 DDR2 PC2-5400 Memory Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Corsair XMS2 DDR2 PC2-5400 Memory is without a doubt the sexiest, performance laden memory out there. It's great to see the activity LEDs on this line of memory, modders will love it! Fancy LEDs is one thing; but this memory is rock stable, reliable & even overclocks very well. Impressive! This is a must have for anyone purchasing DDR2 memory."

More information on this video review can be found here.
OCZ Gold PC3700 V3 and EL PC3200 Platinum Rev2 Review @ Madshrimps
"Not too long ago, the outlook on performance ram modules was looking a bit bleak. Now with the addition of some newer revisions of ram chips being implemented by OCZ and hopefully other companies as well, we are realizing the performance we once had and them some. Let´s find out how OCZ´s latest revisions perform on our Intel P4 and AMD A64 test platforms."

More information on this review can be found here.
The 9GHz Rendiathon Project @ Bit-Tech
"Max realised this and decided that the answer to speeding up his rendering times was to use several networked computers. Of course that takes up a lot of room, not forgetting the miles of cable spaghetti involved in running them. The ingenuous solution was to build all of the computers into a single case with just one network cable required to run it. Building five computers is a costly business, so to add to the challenge the entire project had to be easily affordable."

More information on this project can be found here.
Friday, October 8, 2004
Cable-Safe Cable Manager Review @ PimpRig
"This review was brought to you by a couple of guys that had a rat’s nest of cables behind seven systems. I have a hard enough time with two to three systems let alone seven of them! They figured that there has to be a better way. With serious conviction of thought, research, and creativity, they developed the Cable Manager."

More information on this review can be found here.
Updated Computer FAQs @ TechFreaks
"TechFreaks.org has updated their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Guide today (October 8th) featuring guides on changing one's MAC address, cracking .ZIP password protection and changing the default amount of files able to be downloaded through Internet Explorer."

More information on this article can be found here.
Ultra XConnect 500 Watt Power Supply Review @ OCIA
"Installation is basically the same as for any other power supply. I first mounted the power supply in my case, then figured out the minimal amount of cables that I could utilize for powering all of my hardware. After that, all that is left is the simple task of plugging them in. The cables are rather stiff near the ends (plugs), so if you have a case with a side-ways mounted hard drive rack, it may be a very tight fit, if they fit at all."

More information on this review can be found here.

Ultra XConnect 500 Watt Power Supply Review @ 3DXtreme

"Today 3DXtreme is presenting our latest review of the Ultra X-Connect 500 Watt Modular Power Supply. This unit has been all the rage since its release a few weeks ago. Is it all show and no go for this unique Power Supply or has Ultra created a force to be reckoned with?"

More information on this review can be found here.

Ultra Products Brand Mod Gear Review @ Big Bruin

"One specific case modification that has really become popular is the inclusion of Cold Cathode Fluorescent Light (CCFL) tubes. I hadn’t fully appreciated the purpose of this type of modification in the past, however after receiving several UV products from Ultra Products, I can say without a doubt that this modification can make a PC stand out in the crowd."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LanParty 915X-T12 Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"The 915P-T12 is a good buy for its price, for those looking for a mid-to-high range motherboard, or a motherboard that will be able to support relatively new technology, the 915P-T12 seems to be right on target."

More information on this review can be found here.
BFR Consumer Price Guide @ Bona Fied Reviews
"In this column, our goal is to inform you about what computer parts you should build and use for your needs. We aim to cut through the hype, and present to you the most cost-efficient computer builds, depending on what you use it for. Unlike the PC makers, we won’t recommend more than you need, or give you a package that you won’t be able to upgrade in the future if your needs increase."

More information on this article can be found here.
Asetek WaterChill CPU Cooler Antarctica Review @ Overclockers Online
"With Intel's new socket T platform, Asetek had to redesign their waterblock's cover for compatibility. In this look, we compare the performance of this new cover to that of the stock cooler Intel provides."

More information on this review can be found here.
Socket A 7-Way Cooler Roundup @ HWZone Israel
"The issue of CPU cooling has long ago became one of the most discussed among the enthusiats community, and whether your purpose is extreme overclocking or just keeping your temperatures low at stock speed, almost everyone today knows the benefits of smart and efficient cooling. There is a very wide variety of coolers on the market for various platforms and with various features, so noise, performance, ease of installation and even good looks are factors that customers take into account today, when they are shopping for a new cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chenbro Xpider II Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"The original Xpider case while not the top of the line was consider by many to be one of the better cases in its price range. So when word leaked out last winter that Chenbro was giving the Gaming Bomb a face-lift many people including myself were curious as to what they were going change. If you owned or used one of the originals Xpider's you were aware of some the quirks the case has and our hope were that these would be addressed with the next version."

More information on this review can be found here.
New U2-UFO OPTIMAX Case Released @ MountainMods
"Mountain Mods releases yet another variation of the award winning U2-UFO. The U2-UFO OPTIMAX version incorporates an additional 5.25 bay allowing up to ten 5.25 devices to be placed into the chassis. Even with these ten devices the case has more than enough space for 9 hard drives and various other modifications including water-cooling equipment. Two 120mm intakes are perfectly prepared for mounting single 120mm radiators such as the black ice extreme or pro without the need to make any modifications to the chassis."

More information on this new product can be found here.
SilverStone Lascala LC03V HTPC Case "Cool-n-Quiet" Mod @ System Cooling
"When Tommy asked me a few weeks ago if I would like to review one of the new SilverStone Home Theater PC (HTPC) enclosures I jumped at the chance. I was rewarded with a sleek Lascala LC03V sporting a new vacuum fluorescent display (VFD) and glossy black finish. The SilverStone LC03V has been designed to blend in perfectly with modern audio-video equipment and permits using both a full size ATX motherboard and standard ATX power supply."

Some nice cooling modifications are documented in this article. More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, October 7, 2004
LIS 2 Indicator VFD Display Device Review @ Short-Media
"The L.I.S. 2 Indicator is more than a pretty face. It's a fan controller too. Virtual Lab System took the VFD display device one step further by incorporating a 4-channel fan controller. The L.I.S. 2 Indicator surpasses other units in aesthetics, price and features but there are areas that didn't quite measure up."

More information on this review can be found here.
Viper ATX Gaming Case @ AMD Review
"When I first opened the packaging I was excited to see all the features packed into this nice mid-tower aluminum ATX case, which included an 500w power supply. I noticed the nice glossy red paint of this case. The chassis is painted flat red to match the glossy exterior. This model is also available in blue. The case was made with the idea of gaming in mind, noticing the handles and the lightweight aluminum construction."

More information on this review can be found here.
Professional Headphone & Audio Accessory Roundup @ Hardware Pacers
"While many people in the world find wearing headphones a 'Necessary Evil' that comes with portable music listening, HeadRoom Corporation knows about and caters to the large segment of the population that enjoy listening to music through the wonderful world of headphones. Some unsavvy consumers will find 15 dollar headphones that come with portable music players acceptable, however, many music connoisseurs have found listening to music using traditional means is lacking in quality. HeadRoom has an extensive product line that will accommodate any music buff that desires increased performance from personal audio equipment."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI 9100 Pro IGP vs. Intel GMA 900 @ hardCOREware
"That's right, it's an integrated graphics review! We're looking at the GMA 900 graphics supported by Intel's latest 915G chipset, and comparing it to ATI's 9100 Pro IGP. Intel touts their solution as being the only DirectX 9 compatible integrated solution, but you're going to find that in some cases, it doesn't really matter."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AG8 Motherboard Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The ABIT AG8 Motherboard is based on the Intel 915X chipset and supports the latest Intel Socket 775 CPUs. This board has onboard 5.1 channel audio, USB, Firewire, LAN and more. Also included is software which has a number of very useful overclocking and monitoring features. It's loaded with goodies, stable, performs well and is great at overclocking."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Samsung SCD103 MiniDV Digital Video Camcorder Review @ Tweaknews
"Ok, I have to admit, this has been my first full camcorder experience other than a couple short video projects in college and university and thanks to the SCD103, it was a very smooth full introduction. You see, I walked in just like you would and I have had nothing but a positive experience with this affordable, feature packed and easy to use MiniDV camcorder."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron PX915G Pro Review @ Viper Lair
"This is a good board that has good performance and overclocks well, though it could do better if the PCI-E lock worked better. There were really no problems with this board, though there was nothing overly amazing, a good solid first LGA775 board."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI X600 PRO Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"ATI X600 PRO Reviewed - When ATI started designing there first mid-priced PCI-Express video card you knew they were on pretty sound footing when you look at how closely it resembles their very successful Radeon 9600XT. So when we got a chance to review the new ATI Radeon X600 PRO we were extremely curious if this graphics card would perform as well as its AGP cousin did."

More information on this review can be found here.
FX5900 PCI-E vs AGP Gaming Comparison @ Overclockers New Zealand
"However, one has to wonder if it is sensible to go all the way to embrace the new technology. Does the new technology offer a better performance/price ratio in gaming than the old solution? How does P4 with DDR2 compete against AMD64 with DDR memory? Thus, we've prepared this review, David VS Goliath. Before we begin, let us find out what a PCI-E graphics card looks like."

More information on this review can be found here.
SageTV and Hauppauge PVR-250 Review @ GruntvillE
"Nobody wants to come home from a hard days work, plop down in front of the TV and muddle through a windows/linux OS in order to watch their favorite shows. A DOS prompt and a task bar are the absolute last things I want to see when I'm trying to wind down. So apart from the obvious hardware requirements, an HTPC also needs an easy to use front end."

More information on this review can be found here.
Stark's Quest for Silence Article @ Auphan Online
"For a long time now, the sound of my PC has driven me absolutely bananas. When it finally came time to give my machine an upgrade, I also decided to put an end to the constant noise once and for all. Step one: replace the CPU and video card fans."

More information on this article can be found here.
How to Polish Your HDD Guide @ Madshrimps
"In this guide we show you how to make you Hard Drives sparkle, and with the correct light setup in your case, they can even become your "center piece", if done right."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Case and Videocard Airflow Coolng Mods @ Overclockers.com
"I just wanted to share my latest computer modification venture with you all. I was worried about my total case temperature after I recently upgraded by video card to a PNY 128 Mb FX5200 Verto Ultra card. Of course, I immediately upgraded the GPU fan to accommodate my overclocking. But that, combined with additional cabling for the new secondary hard drive, left my airflow a little more choked off and my internal case temp up 3-4 ºC, bringing my CPU temp up. I felt that it was time for a system modification."

More information on this guide can be found here.
The "Coelacanth-PC" Project @ Mini-ITX
"Geir Ergoy felt his old ATX computer was a dinosaur, ready for extinction. But electronic evolution can take some strange turns. After excavating a fossilised transistor TV, his Mini-ITX inspiration hit like an epoch ending asteroid. The result? Good Norwegian wood gone bad! Just like the once long lost Coelacanth, (or is it cola-can-th?) something old, is new again."

More information on this project can be found here.
Wednesday, October 6, 2004
October 2004 Contest @ Mikhailtech

After September's reinstatement of monthly giveaways, we're back for round 2. This time we're teaming up with Kingston and giving away 5.5 gigabytes worth of memory products! That's over $1700 of some of the fastest memory on the planet! Before we get to specifics, here's the list of prizes:

One (1) 1024MB HyperX DDR2 PC5400 Kit (2x 512MB)
Two (2) 1024MB HyperX PC3500 Kits (2x 512MB)
Five (5) 512MB HyperX PC3500 Kits (2x 256MB)
One (4) 1024MB Compact Flash Card

More information on this contest can be found here.
Ultra 4-in-1 USB Drive / MP3 Player Review @ Overclockers Online
"If you've been with Overclockers Online for a while, you'll notice we don't review very many USB Drives / MP3 players. As a matter of fact, in the 4 years of operation I don't think we've ever reviewed anything like this. Never the less, it is a product you can buy and it deserves a quality review. Get ready because this won't be your standard 1 or 2 page MP3 player review, this baby is going to be put through the full gauntlet."

More information on this review can be found here.
500 Watt Ultra X-Connect Power Supply Review @ The Tech Zone
"The X-Connect 500 is the next generation of power supplies. Ultra Products has taken power supply design to the next level and then some with this baby. I have never seen such an innovative design before, as the X-Connect is both practical and beautiful. The detachable power lines are sheer genius, allowing you to keep your case looking super clean by letting you detach unused power lines. Topping all this off is the low price, just $99.99! 500 watts for less than $100? Simply amazing! The X-Connect Ultra would be a bargain even at twice that price."

More information on this review can be found here.

500 Watt Ultra X-Connect Power Supply Review @ PimpRig

"Opening up the PSU I could see that the Green UV intake fan has a UV cold cathode installed on it which should really make this thing glow. The inside is pretty packed but I couldn't see any major changes from the original X-Connect other than the fact that both heatsinks are now copper colored. The same method of providing juice to the PC is used here via an in-line rail."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LanPartyUT 915P-T12 Motherboard Review @ Ninjalane
"In this review we will be looking at the DFI LanPartyUT 915P-T12. This board is based on the new Intel Grantsdale 915P chipset designed for LGA775 processors and features a dual channel DDR2 memory controller and integrated PCI Express. As with all LanParty motherboards the PCB is jet black with all of the major expansion slots being UV reactive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec NeoPower 480 PSU Review @ BJorn3D
"Another trend that is obvious to those of us who follow modding, even if just a little, is the increasing demand for so-called 'modular' PSUs. A modular PSU is one that allows you to connect only the cables that you need for your system, thus reducing clutter and hopefully increasing airflow inside your case. This type of unit allows for instant customization and a great amount of flexibility. At first, modular PSUs were only seen at online retailers that offer custom products and modding supplies. Now, there are several modular PSUs being mass produced, and one of those is the NeoPower 480 from Antec."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zensonic Z710 Wireless Headphones Review @ Hard Avenue
"Most audio enthusiasts appreciate the private nature of headphones; whilst the audio quality of your average headphones may not be comparable to similarly priced speaker systems, being able to listen to what you want, whenever you want has its advantages. Zensonic, however, plan to introduce "where ever you want" to that list, with their Z710 RF Wireless headphones in review today, which claim a 100m distance capability."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soltek EQ340IM QBiC SFF PC Review @ PCStats
"Through competing companies, the SFF PC has evolved from a bite-sized desktop replacement concept, into a Home Theatre PC, multimedia and audio station, and killer gaming rig. In this review, PCstats is investigating what the Soltek QBIC miniPC has to offer. This is a bare bones Small Form Factor (SFF) PC, based on the Intel i865G chipset and Pentium 4 800MHz FSB processor architecture. Soltek's EM340IM QBiC model supports any current Pentium 4 Northwood CPU, so if you don't need a lot of power simply get yourself an inexpensive chip and you're all set."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake CircleFire 5.25" Drive Bay Speaker and Meters @ XYZ Computing
"Simply put, the CircleFire is a portable LED show and an in-case speaker but the Circle Fire really is intended as a LAN party conversation piece, with analog meters and LEDs to catch the eyes of your soon-to-be-fragged opponents. However, there actually is quite a bit more you can do with the Circle Fire to justify its purchase."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech X-530 Speakers Review @ CoolTechZone
"Logitech has been known for their computer peripherals for a long time. The excellent MX700 Wireless Mouse has become the mouse of choice for gamers and professionals alike. Logitech has expanded their product line over the last few years to include high quality speaker systems, computer headsets, mobile phone headsets, remote control devices, gaming peripherals and various other innovative products."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nexus AXP-3200 SkiveTek AMD CPU Cooler Review @ The Modfathers
"The fitting clip really is very bad. I thought the Thermaltake was harsh, but this one has not progressed since the GlobalWin FOP days."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Ultra Vortex CPU Cooler Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"Cooler Master has come out with a great answer for people with AMD K8 (socket 754 / 939 / 940) and Intel P4 (socket 478) processors with the ultra Vortex. The Ultra Vortex is a honkin’ CPU cooler, however you should not be intimidated by its size. It screws into the motherboard instead of just clipping into place, which means it is likely to be held quite firmly in place."

More information on this review can be found here.
VapoChill LightSpeed Review @ BurnOutPC
"Today I'm looking at the Vapochill Lightspeed from Asetek, a company with roots in the overclocking and cooling scene. They've been producing vapochill systems for a long time now, and they've gained ground on the water-cooling market as well with their Waterchill line of products. So what is that phase change im talking about?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Waffer PC AirCon PAC 400 Review @ System Cooling
"The other day, it was feeling hot in the Absorbine_Sr. technical department (the back bedroom), so I went to the window and turned on the air conditioner. That got me thinking, when it gets hot inside a computer case, why can’t we have little air conditioners to turn on and help cool things down? Well, as if by magic, what should appear at my door that very same day? A computer “air conditioner”! Ok, it wasn’t by magic, it was sent by one of our fearless leaders, Tommy. Between dodging gators and hurricanes he sent me the Waffer PC AirCon PAC 400 cooling device. Is it truly a computer air conditioner? Let’s take a good look and find out, shall we?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, October 5, 2004
Razer Diamondback 1600 DPI Optical Mouse Review @ Overclockers Club
"Six months ago Razer released their first ever optical mouse, the Viper. They are back this time around with another intimidating mouse, the Diamondback. The Razer Diamondback was made to add more features that all gamers want that the Viper didn't have, buttons! The new Diamondback has a total of 7 physical buttons which can be
independently programmed via the Razer software. If that isn't enough, the Diamondback has a 1600 dpi optical sensor, 16-bit data path, and of course the on-the-fly sensitive adjustment. The new mouse also comes with all new colors, chameleon green and translucent flaming Magma/salamander red. As the name suggests, the chameleon green changes colors when you look at it from different angles! Let's take a closer look at the new Diamondback and see if there is any performance advantage over the Viper!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Ezonics Esound 5.1 6-Channel USB Headphones Review @ BigBruin
"The fact that these headphones do not require a sound card is also a big plus. Systems without a sound card, or with sound cards capable of less than 5.1 stereo sound, can now have their audio performance upgraded quickly and without opening the computer case. Laptop owners who find their onboard audio performance lacking, will also be rewarded by the use of the Ezonics Esound headphones!"

More information on this review can be found here.
SWISSMEMORY USB Victorinox 128MB Drive Review @ HardExtreme
"The SWISSMEMORY USB Victorinox at first glance looks like an average Swiss Army Knife. It comes with a scissors, a knife and a nail filer with a screw driver. It also comes with a built in LED as well as a pen. An enclosed 128MB USB drive makes this a hot item. You can carry around the unit on your keychain or a lanyard and transfer data on the fly. The unit weighs a mere 1.2 oz and can fit in your shirt pocket. The SWISSMEMORY USB Victorinox is Swiss made as Swissbit and Victorinox are headquartered in Switzerland. There is also a slimmed down version of the unit called the Victor Flight which just includes the LED, pen and USB drive. This version is perfect if you travel frequently."

More information on this review can be found here.
Waffer PC Air Con PAC400 Review @ Tweakers Australia
"Heat is the number one killer of PC components. Heat reduces the ability for electrical signals to pass through the transistors on modern CPU’s and various other chipsets you will find in a PC. The only solution is to actively cool components of the computer, but this can only go so far, after all you can have as many fans inside the PC as you want, but if cool air can’t get into the case, you are just going to be running hot air through the system, defeating the purpose."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolmax Xtreme Files HDD Enclosure @ System Cooling
"Performing backups is probably one of the most overlooked yet vital tasks one can do. Whether it's important documents, family pictures, music or movies, a back up can prove to be a lifesaver. But unfortunately backing up can seem to many like a tedious and daunting task. Others may think that they need expensive hardware and software or simply the entire process seems too overwhelming. Today we'll be taking a look at an external hard drive enclosure the Coolmax Xtreme Files "4-in-1" that will take the mystery and hassle out of backing up and restoring."

More information on this review can be found here.
EverCool WC-201 Water Cooled Heatsink Review
"We are very pleased to see that EverCool have improved with this WC-201 on their earlier super small, compact high performance universal AMD, Intel water cooled heatsink system which is designed for installing inside your computer making it self-contained. But we prefer even better our mod of raising the EverCool WC-201 so that it can be used externally which gives better cooling performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron GeForce 6800GT Videocard Review @ PCStats
"With so many differently clocked 6800 models to choose from, consumers have a couple of routes to follow. They can shop on price points alone, or shop smart and overclock for a little after-the-fact performance upgrade. For example, the Albatron GeForce 6800GT is not quite as fast 6800 Ultra version, but with its core running at 350MHz it is still plenty powerful, and a heck of a lot less expensive than a 6800 Ultra. It's also safe to assume that the 6800GT is overclockable to Geforce 6800 Ultra levels (400MHz core), and in fact in our own round of testing we were able to push this card as fast as 433MHz!"

More information on this review can be found here.

GeIL Ultra Platinum PC3200 Memory Review

"In this review PCstats is testing something a little more mainstream, but no less interesting; a pair of GeIL's Ultra Platinum PC3200 512MB DDR RAM DIMM's. Each DDR memory module has a liquid crystal thermal monitoring sticker attached, which shows the temperature in both Celsius and Farenheit. Each stick of Ultra Platinum PC3200 DDR is rated to run at 200 MHz, while keeping memory timings of 2-2-2-5 at a voltage of just 2.55V. To help protect the memory from physical damage, tin coated copper heatspreaders are utilized."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8I915P Duo-A Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Not everyone is ready to do a complete switch over to the new Intel LGA 775 platform quite yet and perhaps for good reason. Should you decided you would like to say take a peek at it without having to "Sell the farm" the Gigabyte GA-8I915P Duo-A is the motherboard for you. Since its key component is the i915P chipset it allows you the best of both worlds. You can use your old DDR memory or spring for some new DDR2 memory at a later date. You say you don't want to buy a PCI-Express video just yet? Well thanks to Gigabyte's proprietary G.E.A.R. slot. (GIGABYTE Enhanced AGP Riser) you can continue to use your current AGP video card."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AA8-DuraMAX Motherboard Video Review
"This product is based on the Intel 925X chipset & supports the latest Intel Socket 775 CPUs and DDR2 memory. It offers performance, stability, reliability and it's loaded with excellent overclocking features. It has onboard 7.1 channel audio, USB2, Firewire, LAN, and much more. Very useful monitoring, overclocking & update software is included too!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
Monday, October 4, 2004
PPA 9-in-1 Card Reader Review @ Mikhailtech
"The most impressive feature is the size: it's no larger than a standard credit card. It's about half an inch tall, so it'll fit pockets nicely. Overall I was impressed with the simplicity of the reader: it's not oversized to include a compartment for storing the cable and neither is it flashy or obtrusive like other readers I've seen. The only downside is the lack of at least one LED to let you know when the reader is working. Ideally, there would be one for every card slot so you could tell if a card was being accessed before removing it."

More information on this review can be found here.
DawG PounD Giveaway: 2 TrackIR 3 Pros @ GruntvillE
"Natural Point is working hard to get all of the game developers to include support for the unit and is having quite a bit of success in doing so. We all know what success means, no not just hot chicks and nice cars, it means more development on the unit. Who knows, in a few years, it might not be fun to play a First Person Shooter without one!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 192MP 19" Multifunctional Display Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Today we look at Samsung's new 192MP 19" LCD monitor, a multifunctional display unit with the capability to perform as a monitor, TV (using its optional TV tuner), or both with its PIP (Picture-in-Picture) feature. It accepts inputs from pretty much any video device you can think of (ie: PC, Air/Cable TV, DVD, VCR, Camcorder) and comes HDTV ready. This is the first multifunctional display that we've been able to review, and from the press release and spec. sheet, this monitor looks very promising."

More information on this review can be found here.
HDD Eyez Mod @ MetkuMods
"On/Off blinking Hard-Drive led can get quite annoying sometimes or it just doesn't seem to fit the overall theme of the case or a project. Why not make it smoothly fade in and out when there is some HDD activity? These following steps will show you how to do just that easily and with only small amount of money."

More information on this project can be found here.
Logitech Cordless Desktop LX 501 Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"I was very impressed with the LX 501. Initially, I was worried that this setup would just be a cosmetic makeover and not one that would increase the effectiveness of the keyboard and mouse, and their ease-of-use. But my fears were quickly allayed when I started using the devices. They were extremely comfortable to use, and despite the layout differences, I didn't have too much of a hard time getting used to them. Both the keyboard and mouse offered good tactile feedback when their keys or buttons were activated, and I believe the layout changes do aid in helping improve usage. I did this entire review using this keyboard and mouse combination and didn't have any major complaints - in fact, I found it very appealing!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Glacier Dual LED Fan 500W Power Supply Review @ BigBruin
"The silver control knob on the back of the Logisys Glacier power supply controls the speed of the two fans. Unfortunately the control knob was not very reliable; it only worked for about an hour. During that hour, I was able to adjust the speed of the fans (and the brightness of the fan LEDs). Shortly thereafter, I needed to leave the room so I turned the fans down to the middle speed. When I came back, the fans were off."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake SilverRiver & Ultra Mini Portable Disk Comparison @ XYZ Computing
"These are two products that serve the same function but go about it in very different manners. The Thermaltake SilverRiver is sleek and stylish while the Ultra has clearly chosen "function" over "form". This is not to say the the SilverRiver is ineffective or that the MPD is ghastly, just that each unit definitely has its strengths. When it really comes down to it users will have to decide which features are most important to them and choose according. This review has shown that each enclosure transfers data about as quickly as the other and since they are similarly priced, only certain features set them apart."

More information on this review can be found here.
DDR vs. DDR-2 @ Tweaktown
"Today we have posted an article for you which investigates the current state of DDR vs. DDR-2 memory in the industry. We have included in-depth information about what is different about the two technologies, possible adoption problems for AMD with Athlon 64 and benchmarks comparing both on an MSI motherboard which supports both memory standards."

More information on this review can be found here.
X-Connect 500w PSU Review @ ModGuidez
"A basic power supply should be enough for ordinary users these days. However, for power users, a simple PSU is never enough. Buying a PSU is no longer as simple as before. There are now many factors one must understand in order to buy a suitable PSU for their PC. Besides the wattage, one must also consider the features that the PSU comes with. Tonight we'll take a look at Ultra's X-Connect 500w PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI PCX5750-TD128 Review @ OC-Zone
"As always from MSI cards, their PCX 5750 card brings a big deal in games and software. If you want a faster card you can shell more bucks for it, but maybe that more expensive card comes with a poorer software bundle."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor X800 PRO Limited Assassin Edition Review @ BJorn3D
"Around two weeks ago we've looked at PowerColor RADEON 9800 Platinum Edition, a mainstream video card based on ATI's R360 ASIC. What you will find on our review bench today is a high-end PowerColor X800 Pro Limited Assassin Edition from Tul. Tul Corporation is a Tier-1 provider of ATI-based graphic cards. The company is also a leader in providing motherboards and barebone systems. Be sure to check out our PowerColor A350A-VF IGP 9100 motherboard review as well. If you recall back in 2002, R300 (RADEON 9700) was blasting at full speed with its full availability. Although it was still a .15µ micron process it was a very mature silicon (ATI's first .15µ chip was the R200) with very few if no flows. R300 was ATI's greatest success which accounted for best performing DirectX 9 chip. During 2002, ATI was already working on a new design, the R400 which was later canned mainly because of beyond DirectX specifications which could make the chip a bit too avant garde if you will."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS AX800XT/2DT PCI-Express Review @ Hexus
"The ASUS AX800XT/2DT package has a number of positive features going for it. The card is small, well-built, quiet, and looks damn good. The very fact that you can pop it into a small PCIe-based system is a real bonus. ATI/ASUS also use a native PCI-Express design with no bridge chip in between. The benefits of the faster PCIe link won't manifest themselves until applications require massive streaming from motherboard to GPU (and vice-versa), but it's nice to know that architectural bottlenecks aren't going to hold up progress."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mountain Mods Twice 7 Case Review @ Viper Lair
"Everything on the case uses thumbscrews, which makes building and administrating your system extremely easy. For example, four thumbscrews and the 5.25” bay slides right out allowing extremely easy installation of devices. Everything is basically designed for ease of use. The two compartments make wiring easy, and cooling performance even better."

This is the mini version of the popular U2UFO Case. More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire X-Navigator Case Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Taking a quick tour around the outside, there are several items worth noting here. The first is the combination front access ports and thermal monitor. The front access ports include (2) USB 2.0 and (1) FireWire port directly beneath the backlit thermal monitor screen."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright XP-90 P4/K8 Heatsink Review @ System Cooling
"Thermalright recognized the needs of the latest generations of hot-running processors, and the result of their efforts is a something they call Light 'N' Easy. This concept is based on efficiency rather than brute force, and is epitomized by the spidery XP-120. With its aluminum construction, huge surface area, and five heat pipes, the XP-120 is marvelously effective, but in some cases its large size creates compatibility issues. Thermalright's response to this problem was to introduce the XP-90, which takes its design cues from the Light 'N' Easy concept, but in a package substantially smaller than the XP-120."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, October 2, 2004
Enermax EG475P-VE Noisetaker Power Supply Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"In keeping with the times, Enermax has released a new line of Noistaker power supplies that are ATX v2.0 compliant. These PSUs meet the high current requirements and provide the proper connectors for the latest Intel & AMD motherboards. When building a new system (or upgrading one), the power supply is often overlooked as a key component, when in fact it is probably THE most important part of the PC."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Ultra X-Connect 500W Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Ultra X-Connect 500W Power Supply offers excellent power, looks great, and has two quiet 80mm fans. The modular cable connections are an extremely unique feature for this product; its modular design really makes this one stand out from other power supplies. Say goodbye to that web of cables you thought would never be neatly organized!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
ADS Tech Instant TV Review @ Tech Connect
"The new center of entertaining in many of today's houses is the computer itself. You can now watch lots of movies, DVDs, listen to hundreds of hours of music, and even watch TV stations. Regarding the last, we bring to the review table the ADS Tech Instant TV tuner. What's its story? Well, it's an external TV tuner, quite small, yet powerful."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gainward FX Ultra1800PCX "Golden Sample" Review @ Overclockers Online
"Another PCI Express video card makes its way into our hands for testing. This card from Gainward features a hand picked GPU for better overclocking, but can performance justify its price?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron PCX5750 Vs Powercolor X600XT @ OC-Zone
"These two graphic cards are similar in some aspects, both have big coolers and both make a considerable noise, despite the Albatron makes less. But in the end there are a lot of diferences, your choice will be based on performance or price."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"Over the next few pages PCstats will be sussing out the MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum motherboard to see just how it performs, and the features it offers up. Built upon the nVidia nForce3 Ultra chipset, the MSI K8N Neo2 supports the socket 939 AMD Athlon64 or AthlonFX processor, and will support up to 4GB of PC3200 DDR memory. With respect to its onboard components, users of the MSi K8N Neo2 Platinum will find two onboard Gigabit NICs, IEEE1394 Firewire, 7.1-channel audio, four Serial ATA ports with NVRAID (RAID 0, 1, 0+1), and MSI's own CoreCell technology. That might not sound like a lot, but remember the four Serial ATA channels are integrated, as is Serial ATA/IDE RAID, and all this runs us about $140USD."

More information on this review can be found here.
Socket-775: An update from the Trenches @ Hardware Analysis
"Intel is aggressively moving forward with the socket-775 platform; it is getting harder and harder to find a high performance socket-478 PC for sale anywhere. Here's an update on our findings with the socket-775 platform until sofar and what's to expect from Intel in the next few weeks."

More information on this review can be found here.
October Modder Of The Month @ Creative Mods
"Jeffrey Stephenson, October's Modder of The Month, has a hankering for fine furniture that can be seen in his modding style. Many of his mods are made out of polished wood and glass and look professionally made. The time, effort, and attention to detail in his mods are apparent without question. Read on for information and pics on some of the classiest mods I've ever laid eyes on."

More information on this article can be found here.
NZXT Guardian Case Review @ ExtensionTech
"Having seen a NZXT Guardian case previous to the influx of reviews on the Internet, I quickly contacted NZXT for a review sample. I was excited, because I had not seen anything quite like this before. Being a reviewer, I noticed a few slight flaws right away, but I needed to do a through look over before I passed any judgment."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sormé Design MAX602 Case Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"What happens when you take a successful design (the Chenming ATX602) and jazz it up? Well, you wind up with something better. At least that’s the theory. Join Buddha as he reviews Sormé Design’s MAX602."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone TJ05 PC Case Review @ Short-Media
"The SilverStone TJ05 has got every angle covered; cooling, temperature monitoring and control, tool-less design, front USB, 1394, audio ports, abundant space for components and stylish design. It's the PC case with all the features most others don't have but is it too much? Did Silverstone try to put too much into one case?

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, October 1, 2004
Intel's Laptop Art Project @ Bit-Tech
"Intel have been big supporters of the enthusiast scene since it's conception. Whether it's commissioning us to produce Project 3GClear, or putting up cash to sponsor gaming teams like 4Kings, they've always been keen to push the limits of what we can do with the technology they put out."

More information on this article can be found here.
A Day at ATI @ Viper Lair
"Given some of the demos we've seen that day, we asked for his opinion on benchmarks, particularly synthetic vs real-world. Both are important he says. The problem of course is possible driver optimization, so a balance with real-world benchmarks is needed. On that note, we bugged him a little about the performance gap with NVIDIA regarding Doom 3. Stanley recognizes that scores can be improved, but timedemo'd benchmarks are not true indicators of actual gameplay."

More information on this article can be found here.
AC Ryan MORFT PSU Sleeving Kit Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Cable management in PCs have come a long way since the day of the home-made rounded cables in the early 2000s. Since then, modders and overclockers alike have thought of various ways to keep the cable mess in their PCs to a minimum so as to get the best airflow as possible. Anything from electrical tape to split looms were used to keep those pesky cables in check. As usual, the big boys were watching closely and soon enough, round cables started to show up and slowly, everything and anything that has some form of cable got cleaned up, direct from the factory. The component that got the major upgrade was the power supply with it's tons of cables suddenly got wrapped up, courtesy of cable sleevings. Of course, that too has it's roots in the modders box. Now you can get your favourite PSU all sleeved up and ready to go."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerocool VM-101 GPU Heatsink Review @ GruntvillE
"Minus it's excessive length and the fact that it doesn't have a solid base, the VM-101 could almost pass as a common day CPU cooler. From an overhead perspective, the unit almost takes on a Thermalright SP-94 personality; with its dual heatpipes and massive fin array. The nickel plating definitely adds a nice touch of class to the unit; easily helping it to stand out from other components in your PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Waffer PC Aircon PAC 400 Review @ ThinkComputers
"With CPU's and video cards becoming more powerful there is a wide range of cooling options to choose from. One of the easiest and most popular would have to be air cooling. The problem with air cooling is that the temperature outside of the case has an impact on the temperature inside of the case. Well today I will be looking at the Waffer AirCon PAC 400, a new cooling concept that might solve this problem."

More information on this review can be found here.
New MCX775-V™ Heatsink for Intel® P4™ (socket LGA775) @ Swiftech
"The MCX775-V(tm) MSRP: $54.95 heatsink is a high performance-low noise thermal solution for Intel(r) Pentium 4(tm) (socket LGA775) processors. "The product is fully compliant with Intel's LGA775 keepout areas, and provides a compact, yet powerful solution for OEM's and enthusiasts alike", said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech's Chairman & CTA."

More information on this product release can be found here.
Danger Den Water Cooling Kit Review @ XYZ Computing
"At this point in my life I have become very discerning about which water cooling kits with which I like to work and those I do not. The Danger Den kit was well designed, easy to installed (though with a few small hang-ups), and did very well in our testing. The build quality of the parts is very high and each component fits well with the rest. Danger Den has a fantastic kit on its hands."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair 675MHz DDR2 Twin2X1024-5400C4PRO Review @ Bjorn3D
"Surely, by now you've all heard that DDR2 currently doesn't offer any compelling performance gain worthy of a serious upgrade involving a new DDR2 motherboard and PCI-Express video card. I emphasize 'currently' because it probably won't be long before DDR2 really starts to show off its true muscle as newer, lower-latency, and faster modules are developed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Super Talent Low Latency PC3500 Memory @ The Crucible
"There are not many "value" or "budget" products that have impressed us like Super Talent's memory. They didn't skimp out on the memory just to keep the price low. The this particular memory you are getting a very high quality product, with lower than average latencies, a lifetime warranty and cool blue heat spreaders at $15 to $20 less than any comparable brand. Great job Super Talent!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin PC-3200 Level II V2 (2-2-2-5) Memory Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Every since the Winbond BH-5 chips became as scarce as hens teeth computer enthusiasts have been on the lookout for any memory that would approach the BH-5 claimed speeds. Earlier this year with the release of the Samsung TCCD chip it became evident that there was a new player in town as far as low latency memory was concerned. Not one to sit on the sidelines Mushkin immediately started designing a replacement memory module to take the place of the discontinued Level II memory and came up with the new PC-3200 Level 2 Version 2 (2-2-2) memory. After seeing our benchmarks I think you will agree that this is some blazing fast memory.

More information on this review can be found here.
PQI Memory PC-3200 Turbo Memory @ Legit Reviews
"When it came to overclocking the PQI PC-3200 Turbo memory we found the BEST overclock to be 542MHz DDR (2.5-3-3-7). This gave us a solid 142MHz increase over default and roughly a 1,400 MB/sec increase in memory bandwidth performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
September High-end Gaming PC Buyer's Guide
"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.
Antec P160 Performance One Case Review @ JHawk's Hardware
"The Antec P160 is Antec’s first case for the enthusiast to depart from their classic SX1000 series which was immensely popular with the community and was built under many manufacturers apart from Antec ranging from Chenming to Thermaltake. The P160 improves upon the classic SX1000 primarily in using 120mm fans and having a front panel with temperature readouts, along with the other minor improvements that Antec has made along the way of the SX1000 series. Today we’re going to look at this new case and how these features help the case stand out from it’s predecessor and if it’s a worthy upgrade if you’re needing a new case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Modding Competition @ Buddha's LANRoom
"Alright people, time to spit-shine that dremel, Buddha's LAN Room, in cooperation with Cooler Master is proud to announce a fantastic competition to keep you busy during the month of October. We are running a LAN Room modding competition, judged by Buddha himself. Now, this isn't going to be your average everyday modding competition however. There are specific guidelines in place to help entrants, and to make certain the competition is absolutely fair. Of course there will be room for subjective opinions, but most of the scores will be comprised of such things as originality, effort and resources. Want to know what you're playing for? A Cooler Master Cavalier 1."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Aplus Xclio and Tagan TG420 U02 i-Xeye @ Planet3DNow
"That one goes past not completely at Modding, we know for some years. Already for a long time kunterbunte products are located in the shelves of the Shops, with which one knows its 08/15 housing to something special one changes. The fact that this was exaggerated with the time a little is not to be pointed from the hand to. Today we want to show you that it goes also differently. Gemoddete housings or power packs do not have to work exaggerated and flash and flash from all seams. It goes also more elegantly, what us Aplus with its Xclio housing and Tagan with the Tg420-u02 power pack to prove to want."

Please note this review is translated from German. More information on this review can be found here.
ATX Case Round Up @ Spode's Abode
"As with anything else, trends in computer cases come and go. As the whole modding scene took off, we saw beige tin cans replaced with hulking great black boxes which were judged solely on the number of cooling fans they could accommodate. Lian Li started the craze for all things aluminium and the last couple of years have seen the rise of cheap pre-modded cases in every garish colour imaginable."

More information on this review can be found here.
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