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Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Thermaltake Silent 775 Intel P4 LGA775 Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"You can see from our graph the Thermaltake Silent 775 gives excellent cooling performance and continues to hold its position as the heat is increased even up to our 170 watts of heat. When you consider how quiet the fan is (21dBA) at 2,500 rpm compared to the top two heatsinks shown here."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SI-97 Heatsink Review @ ap0calypse
"What do you do when you make the best performing Socket A heatsink? Well, if you are most companies you would probably be satisfied but not if you are Thermalright! Enter the SI-97. Thermalright takes a totally different approach to creating a high-performance heatsink and we are here to show you how well they did."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung Yepp YP-780V 256Meg MP3 Player Review @ Tweaknews
"Some or even most new MP3 players are entering the market with FM radio receiving and voice recording capability. If you are tired of the music you have on the MP3 player, you can switch to your local radio broadcast till you upload some new media or if you need to record a voice memo or even a small business conversation, won't have to carry around a separate recorder. The Samsung Yepp YP-780V MP3 player I will be reviewing today encompasses all of these features and compresses them into such a small size that you could easily fit two or even three of them into one hand."

More information on this review can be found here.
Transcend JetFlash 2A 256MB Review @ Viper Lair
"Compared against other USB 2.0 Flash drives, the JetFlash 2A holds it's own very well. The speed was not quite up to Transcend's specifications, but those numbers are theoretical maximums. Compared to the Mushkin, the Transcend drive has a slight edge."

More information on this review can be found here.

Thermalright XP-120 Heatsink Review

"The performance was very good, regardless of platform. While we were impressed with the performance, the real slam dunk for us is the noise, or lack thereof. You can place a monster 120mm tornado on the XP-120, but using a much quieter 120mm fan is still very effective and one piece of the puzzle if you're looking into building a silent system without using water."

More information on this review can be found here.
BTC 6300 Ultra-Slim Multimedia Keyboard Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"When BTC approached me about reviewing their new BTC 6300 Ultra-Slim Multimedia Keyboard I wasn't sure I wanted to review another keyboard since there is only so much you can say about a keyboard. Then I learn that this particular keyboard had done away with the plunger actuators used on most keyboards to depress the keys. BTC went to the drawing board and came up with a completely new architecture for this keyboard and came up with something called the 'Scissor Type Actuator". This tweaked my interest and I decided I needed to check this out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Speaker Review @ The Tech Zone
"The big difference between the Z-680 and Z-5500 is in bass performance. The new 10 inch subwoofer used by the Z-5500 is a lot more efficient and can play a lot lower than the 8 inch unit used in the Z-680. I had very little complaints about the Z-680 8 inch driver, but the 10 inch unit of the Z-5500 is downright incredible. When corner loaded, the Z-5500 subwoofer produced bass that was noticeably deeper at higher volumes. You need to be very careful with the bass control or you'll completely over power the satellite speakers."

More information on this review can be found here.

The Under $100 Christmas Gift Guide For Techies

"While the ultimate techie gift guide is great for the super rich, most of us can't really afford $40,000 plasma screens or $8,000 internet refrigerators. For the more price dependant gift givers who's on a budget, this under $100 techie gift guide is for you. Every gifts listed here can be purchased for less 100 smackers. While the price maybe the low, the gifts will be cherished very highly by the techie receiving it. Some of these gifts are so great you won't believe they can be had for less than $100.

More information on this guide can be found here.
Maddog Entertainer 7.1 DSP Review @ HTPCNews
"For HTPC users the Envy 24HT-S Chipset is one that meets and exceeds most of our needs in terms of audiophile levels of sound quality. One place where HTPC's differ from normal PC's is in the preferred chipset for the sound. Having the ability to produce bit-perfect sound with zero modifications being performed on the sound by Windows is a must. While not the greatest sound cards for Gamers, these Envy based cards excel in many other areas to merit consideration in any HTPC application. Today we take a look at one of the many many different types of Envy cards, the Maddog Entertainer 7.1."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake PurePower 350W Fanless PSU Review @ BigBruin
"The Thermaltake PurePower 350 watt Fanless Power Supply pretty much proves that when it comes to power supplies, size is not everything. Even at a relatively low rating of 350 watts it is able to supply stable voltages rails to a power hungry, overclocked system. The silent operation of the PurePower Power Supply would be great for use in a Home Theater PC or for anyone trying to set up a quiet PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Shark VA7000BWA Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Thermaltake Shark VA7000BWA Aluminum Case is a full size tower case with plenty of room to work and even has a motherboard tray. There are lots of drive bays; 5x5.25", 2x3.5" (ext.), 5x3.5" (int.). This case also includes two 120mm case fans which provide great case ventilation. Although, please note that the front fan is problematic."

More information on this video review can be found here.
XG Titatnium Case Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"So you’re looking for a killer case that you can store your enthusiast level computer in, or perhaps your server. Something that you can lock up so that no one else can get their dirty little thieving paws on. Well, check out the XG Titanium, a beauty of a case with a front LCD to monitor up to seven fans and keep tabs on the case’s temperature."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeamtech Transformer Full Tower Case Review @ Madshrimps
"From the dull look beige office type chassis; enthusiasts´ high-grade in both classic and not so traditional look alumimum tower; Business Application Server with 5 or more hard drives capacity to the latest Gamer Chassis can be found in ordinary household, consumer computer cases have come a long way. Let´s take a look at the latest Gamer Chassis from Sunbeam"

More information on this review can be found here.

Silverstone & Yesico Passive Power Supplies Review

"In today´s review we continue our search for the whole grail of complete silence. We have looked at some very efficient CPU coolers in the past, and today we extend our horizon to include another noisy part of every PC: the Power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
WMD - G-Gnome's Weapon of Mass Destruction @ Bit-Tech
"This article is the first in a series that will be covering the construction of project WMD, my very own PC doomsday device. The project originated as an idea at the end of 2003, but work on my Orac³ case kept it to just an idea until a few months ago, when planning began in earnest. There is still a long way to go, with only about 75% of the basic shell of the case completed, and none of the insides. I also have a lot of very special things planned for the project, some of which will be explaine here, though I'll be saving up a few as surprises for later articles."

The creator of the Orac³ is back in another fantastic modding saga. More information on this project can be found here.
Monday, November 29, 2004
Steelpad QcK+ Review @ Core Limits
"After days of testing this product and see how much it can deliver, it really is better than a hard surfaced mouse pad. The accuracy and the comfort of playing on a mouse pad which you can accelerate your games in is well worth the money. The mouse pad will take no time to get used to. If you like mouse pads made of cloth and still want to game hardcore just like on an expensive hard surfaced mouse pad, look no further than the Steelpad QcK+."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe LCD Master Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"Ever forgotten your clock speed, the name of your PC, the date and time, or wanted to see CPU and/or RAM usages on your box? Who the hell wants to have to right-click to get all of the info? And having to run various apps in the background is just a pain. So why not just have it displayed on your case instead. The Scythe LCD Master fits into a free 5.25” bay and should save us all this trouble."

More information on this review can be found here.
X-Micro's Wireless Network Products @ ThinkComputers
"More and more people are switching to wireless, whether it's with their laptop or their home network. It is very easy to setup and use. You do not need any cables and most wireless adapters or plug and play so you can just plug them in, and you're ready to go. Also there are tons of hotspots around so you can get online anywhere. So today we are going to take a look at some products from X-Micro that will get you started in the wireless world."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin PC3200 Level II Black Review @ Controlled-Insanity
"Our tested Mushkin DDR proudly kept up with some of the industry's best memory, and at a fraction of the cost! If your into the flashy LEDs then spend the extra $50 or so on them, but if your into some great performing DDR that will push well beyond its limits at a fraction of the cost, then grab yourself some Mushkin LVL 2 Black."

More information on this review can be found here.
HighSpeed PC Tech Station Review @ XYZ Computing
"HighSpeedPC's Tech Station is a product for system builders and chronic tinkerer's alike. It is an open-air computer workshop that gives the user full access to each of their system's components, allowing for unprecedented ease in installing, removing, and toying with parts. You can, of course, do this in a case but why make things harder than they have to be? Let's take a look at the Tech Station and see if its worth all the hype."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair PC3200 DDR400 Value DDR Memory Kit Review @ A1-Electronics
"They don't run at the same higher speeds of Corsair's higher performance DDR memory but then again they cost a lot less. Seems to us that this Corsair PC3200 DDR400 VS1GBKIT400 memory kit fits the bill for most computer users."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix PC5300 DDR2 Memory Review @ Madshrimps
"There has been alot of controversy surrounding Intel´s introduction of Socket T/775 motherboards, of which DDR2 has not escaped. However, DDR2 has been proclaimed the future memory standard by Intel, and like it or not Intel does dictate the majority of standards for our PCs. Crucial has stepped up to the enthusiest´s plate with their PC2-5300 Ballistix DDR2 memory which promises 667mhz memory speeds at timings of 4:4:4:10."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool Mini Water Cooler @ Techniz
"Evercool is the top 5 cooling fan manufacturer in Taiwan, we specialized in PC Thermal Solutions, especially in CPU cooling field, our main products including CPU Coolers, DC Fans, Heat Sinks, H.D.D. Coolers and System Blowers. Computers having a quick increase temperature need a good heat dissipation, and the air cool method adopted in the past habitually speeds up the fan to increase the air flow. However, such arrangement brings the problemof loud noise while improving the heat dissipation performance. The model of this mini water cooler is only solution such an annoying problem. The mini water cooler can be used individually for heat dissipation of a CPU, a GPU or an HDD as well as the heat dissipation for any combination of the series connection of the CPU, GPU and HDD. Our review sample was a mini water cooler for the CPU only."

More information on this review can be found here.

PDP System Patriot 1GB DC 3200+XBL Review

"Patriot’s Dual Channel (DC) 1GB and 512MB 3200+ solutions offer XBL performance. XBL solutions enable user’s flexibility to determine their system’s optimal performance settings. Patriot’s 3200+XBL solutions provide Extreme Bandwidth performance up to PC4200 with timings of 3-4-4-8 or Extreme Low Latency timings of 2-2-2-5 at PC3200. Patriot’s Dual Channel kits are composed of two (2) 256MB or 512MB modules, manufactured, tested and then immediately packaged to ensure reliability and stability."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Product Releases @ Swiftech

Signal Hill 11-27-04 for Immediate Release:

Introducing the MCP350(tm) pump despite a remarkably small footprint of 2.4" square, the MCP350(tm) features an astounding 13ft of head to provide superior flow rates in today's most complex liquid cooled systems. "This product could very well be considered as our industry's Holly Grail: Small, powerful, silent, reliable, and completely plug-and-play, it embodies everything we have been looking for in a pump for the past 3 years" said Gabriel Rouchon Chairman & CTA of Swiftech.

MSRP: $79.95

More information on the MCP350(tm) pump can be found here.

The MCW5002-775T (tm) is a fully assembled liquid-cooled thermoelectric (Peltier) solution, specifically designed for Intel(r) Pentium 4 (socket LGA775) processors. This unit is intended for advanced users in extreme processor cooling applications, such as extreme overclocking. "This enthusiast product completes our liquid cooled thermoelectric line of water blocks, and will tame these hot Prescott processors on a reasonable budget" said Gabriel Rouchon Chairman & CTA of Swiftech.

MSRP: $125.00

More information on the MCW5002-775T can be found here.
1A-Cooling SET-5Z280V1 Water Cooling Kit Review @ System Cooling
"We're going to be looking at a water cooling solution from a German company that I haven't heard of before. The company is called 1A-Cooling and the system we are looking at is their dual 5 ¼ drive bay radiator kit. It is this radiator what makes this kit different from most other kits on the market. It fits in 2 unused 5 ¼ optical drive bays and it's cooled by 2 80mm fans inside the radiator housing pulling fresh air through the cooling fins."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolRiver Deluxe Water Cooling Kit Review @ OCTools
"We check out an all-in-one water cooling kit produced by a relatively new company CoolRiver that promises to deliver a watercooling system that is easy to install ultra quiet and highly efficient at the same time. Best of
all its very affordable."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek Vapochill LS Review @ OC-Zone
"Today we review the ultimate cooling system, the VapoChill LighSpeed cooling system which is nicely built and provides great performance. Be sure to check out our overclock performance results taking a 2.4c / 3.0 / 3500+ CPU's."

More information on this review can be found here.
DIY Water Cooling Setup @ DreamWare Computers
"When you make the switch to water cooling you're going to ask yourself this question: do I want to buy a kit from a company or build a (DIY) Do It Yourself kit? Not only to DIY kits give you the chance to hand pick each part you want, but later on new components can be added to the loop and parts can be upgraded easily."

More information on this review can be found here.
E-Power Warrior Case Review @ FastLaneHW
"The Warrior gaming tower is made by a little known company called E-Power Technology. Little known E-Power is trying to make their name better known, and with 13 LED’s I think they are on the right path of becoming a well known company. But does all this bling, bling deserve your hard earned cash or better yet a place on your Christmas wish list?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Transformer Case Review @ OCIA
"Sunbeam has listened to the cries of enthusiasts for years and has included a 120mm front intake fan hole. I am not sure why they included a fan bracket, as a 120mm fan can be mounted directly to the steel shell behind it, eliminating the need for the bracket. Personally, I removed and discarded this bracket. Another great feature visible in the photo above is the fan grill. Many manufacturers use the tiny punched-holes, which do not provide adequate airflow for the fan. This style, with much larger holes, is less restrictive and allows for more cool air to flow into the case. Unfortunately, a 120mm fan was not included for this location. One can be purchased separately from Sunbeam, or you can simply use one you already own."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mutant Mods Acrylic Mid Tower ATX Case Review @ LAN Addict
"While I wasn't able to take pictures of the assembly process, I can tell you that putting this case together is very straightforward. The instructions are very clear and assembling the case is pretty simple, if a bit tedious. Probably the hardest part about assembling this case was making sure my screwdriver did not slip and scratch the case! It took me about two hours to finally get the case put together and another hour to install all of the components into it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Free Fedex Ground Shipping on U2-UFO and Twice7 @ Mountain Mods
"Mountain Mods is offering FREE Fedex ground shipping on all U2-UFO and Twice7 cases and packages for the holidays. This is a $35 - $40 savings for those in the lower 48 of the United States. Our international friends will receive $25 USD off any case or package. To top it off Mountain Mods is having some steep sales on many other items."

More information on this promotion can be found here. Be sure to also check out the new Mountain Mods Customer Case Gallery which can be found here.
Saturday, November 27, 2004
Ultra ULT31434 Connector Kit Review @ SLCentral
"Today, I'm reviewing the ULT31434 13-piece ZipCord Laptop Connector Kit. The kit includes more than what you need in one simple package: RJ45, RJ11, USB and Firewire cables plus adapters to fit many connections. Each cable features a retractable cord that helps eliminate tangles and unsightly bulky mess. Everything comes together in a foam-lined leather (plastic leather aka imitation leather aka pleather) carrying case with the word "Ultra" embossed across the top."

More information on this review can be found here.
Steelpad QcK+ Mouse Pad Review @ The Tech Zone
"The Steelpad QcK+ is without a doubt the biggest mouse pad I have ever seen or used. This mouse pad is so big that if I'm right handed and you're left handed, we could share the pad and our mice will never touch each other! I'm talking Texas size big here! The Steelpad QcK+ measures 17.7 inches by 15.7 inches. If only my LCD display was this big!"

More information on this review can be found here.
HEC Windmill Ultra Quiet 335W PSU Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The HEC Windmill Ultra Quiet 335W Power Supply has adequate power for most of today's computer systems. The average PC requires ~180-250 watts; this product does meet that need. Although plain in appearance, it produces quality power at an affordable price, and the 120mm fan makes it virtually silent!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
Gainward's GeForce 6800 GT Ultra/2400 Review @ Hexus
"Gainward's GeForce 6800 GT Ultra/2400 Golden Sample Goes Like Hell 256MB is a fast and furious card that will ultimately appeal to the enthusiast who desires clock speed above all else. In that respect, it's a decent effort. Forget that it's named a GT; that's just clever marketing. The only question you really need to ask yourself when contemplating a video card at this end of the market is whether an NV40-based 400/1200-clocked card is worth £380 of your hard-earned money. If it is, it's well worth considering."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor X700PRO 256MB PCI-Express Review @ Techniz
"PowerColor X700 brings a richer visual experience to all your favorite PC activities – 3D gaming, watching movies, Internet browsing and streaming video, viewing and processing digital photos, or general home and office applications like spreadsheets and multimedia presentations. Whether you are upgrading your present PC or buying a new one, the X700's advanced graphics architecture and on-board memory will easily handle today's workload and visual entertainment with plenty of power in reserve for tomorrow's possibilities."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron Mars PX915P-AGPe Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"The Albatron Mars PX915P-AGPe fills in the gap set forth by the socket 775 Intel Pentium 4 and Intel 915 chipset which require users to adopt PCI Express graphics solutions. Or course, this board will support a PCI Express x16 videocard (4GB/s bandwidth), but it also has a AGPe slot that is compatible with 8X AGP videocards. Furthermore, since the PX915P-AGPe is built around the Intel 915P core logic and ICH6 southbridge, it makes use of standard dual channel DDR memory, not DDR-2 RAM. Either type of videocard can be used, even at the same time. Although, we should point out that the AGPe (AGP extension) slot is not necessarily equal to that of an 8X AGP slot, as it runs through the PCI bus. The flexibility is nice, and makes it the major selling point of Albatron's PX915P-AGPe motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.

Corsair TwinX1024-3200XL Memory Review

"Over the next few pages PCstats will be testing out a set of Corsair TwinX 1024-3200XL DDR 512MB memory modules, using the above-mentioned 2-2-2-5 memory timings at 200MHz. Sweet memory, indeed. These chips sport Corsair's standard black aluminium heat spreaders. If you're into overclocking, you'll be interested to hear that Corsair's own internal tests show this DDR RAM is capable of running up to 250 MHz, with timings of 2.5-3-3-7 (with a modest voltage increase)!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SI-97 Heatsink Review @ Techniz
"Thermalright have come out with a number of excellent performance heatsink. Today, we are review another solid heatsink, the Thermalright SI-97. This heatsink is cost around $35 US. To install the SI-97 on to the motherboard, it is no needed to take out the motherboard, unlike the installation of the SP-97. This is a newer generation of heatsink from Thermalright to support the AMD K7 platform. And the SI-97 is able to support all the AMD K7 series motherboard according to the Thermalright SI-97 motherboard compatible list."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AG8 915P Motherboard Review @ BJorn3D
"ABIT is one of those companies that people seem to continually expect a lot from. When so many enthusiasts flock towards ABIT's products, that's bound to happen. Enthusiasts expect and demand more, and ABIT delivers that time and time again with abundant tweaking options and innovative features. A company like ABIT is good for all of us really, as it makes other companies think about innovation and staying ahead of the game as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek 3.5" Bay HDD Cooler Review @ System Cooling
"Many of us in the computer playground know and worry about the damaging effects heat can have on hardware. Whether causing instability and/or decreasing the hardware's lifetime, excess heat is something that most of us want to combat. The ever increasing weapon of choice in the enthusiast arena has been watercooling. It's allowed users to squeeze those extra MHz out of their CPU's and GPU's, but at the same time keep them cool, quiet and preserve their life expectancy. But benefits of watercooling don't have to extend only to processor, hard drives can also benefit greatly. In today's review will be taking a look at asetek's 3.5" bay hard drive cooler. Will its looks, ease of installation and most importantly performance be a worthy addition to your watercooling?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Samurai Case Review @ OCIA
"Here we have the side panel window. It provides a nice view of the interior, though reaches a little too far over the drive bays for my taste. I like side fans, and this case doesn't disappoint there. The laser cut fan grill is nicely unobstructed. Too bad it doesn't come with a fan in place."

More information on this review can be found here.

Sunbeam Samurai Case Review @ CoolTechZone

"The enthusiast computer case industry has come quite a long way in the past few years. Just a quick look at any major online reseller and you can see that literally dozens of manufacturers are competing against each other. From a consumer perspective, this is great news. More competition means better prices and features. We are starting to see features like tool-less designs, removable motherboard trays, solid construction, windowed side panels, UV lights, and numerous internal bays become available in more and more cases at lower and lower prices. The latest in budget oriented gaming cases is the Samurai from SunBeamTech."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Mod of the Month November @ Bit-Tech
"As a regular Lan-goer, my clanmates and I - of Clan [42] - have long wanted a simpler way to get together and game. We attend a lot of smaller Lans that fall into the 10-20 people bracket, but the considerations involved in even a small Lan can be a little daunting once you attempt to get all the networking equipment set up correctly and power issues sorted. We came to the conclusion that we could take care of all the issues by putting together one portable unit that would contain everything needed for a smaller size Lan to run smoothly and efficiently to maximize the time spent on actually playing games. We named this idea for a unit "The Lan Party in a Box".

More information on this project can be found here.
Friday, November 26, 2004
Holiday Gift Guide 2004 @ Futurelooks
"So what gizmo's are in high demand this year? Are you looking for a gift for that special someone who is always hard to buy for? Well, hopefully this technological influenced gift guide will give you some ideas and minimize your last minute Christmas shopping and stress."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Mushkin MP3/WMA/Voice Recorder Review @ Viper Lair
"MP3 players like this are very common, but what isn't so common is the rechargeable battery negating the need for regular purchases of standard batteries. If this is a feature you could use, then you will be happy with this player."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra ULT31576 8-in-1 MP3 Player Review @ SLCentral
"The eight functions that comprise one ULT31576 (herein known as "device") is an MP3 player, FM tuner, voice recorder, thumb drive, e-mail client, and MMC reader. Oh wait. That's 6 functions. There are eight functions listed on the package, but the other two are ID3 tags and language learning function."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Enhanced VGA & HDD Power Cables Review @ BurnOutPC
"These cables cost you 10 bucks, is it worth spending you might ask? Does it give me 2 more MHz's or does it do absolutely nothing at all. It seems to work for me though, annoying sounds coming off of my 9800xt were gone, but I cannot tell you for sure if it were these cables that made these sounds go away. I can tell you though that these cables give you this little extra you need in overclocking stability, it helps removing interference, and best of all it gives you the sattisfaction knowing you did everything you could to increase the life of your hardware."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plantronics .Audio 90 Stereo PC Headset Review @ The Crucible
"The Plantronics .Audio 90 headset is arguably the best sub $50 headset available. It is extremely comfortable, has excellent acoustic quality and in-line controls. Basically everything that you could want in a high quality headset. While we were initially a little disappointed with the music playback, adjusting the EQ to better suit these headphones made all the difference."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Z-680 5.1 Speaker Review @ The Tech Zone
"Up until a few months ago, the Z-680 was Logitech's top of the line computer speakers. That title now belongs to their new Z-5500 Digital. However, just because the Z-680 is not longer top of the hill doesn't mean the speakers are no good - far from it. The Z-680 is still among the best computer speakers money can buy. And thanks the fact that it's no longer top of the line, these speakers have become a super great buy."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Digital 500 Watt RMS Speaker Review @ Tweaknews
"Summing up this powerful product is nothing but a no brainer. The Z-5500 Digital system is literally packed full of multimedia features which is not only targeted towards the computer user, but also the home theater buff and console gamer. For around a US$275 investment you will never find a better sound solution on the market that will allow you to terrorize with such force that you will be hated for months. It's intimidating, it's ridiculously powerful, and it is capable of much more than the average user will ever subject it to."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SI-97 Review @ Steamed Turtle
"Thermalright are renowned for their quality performance heatsinks throughout the enthusiast and overclocking community. Their latest offering for the aging but popular Socket A market, is the SI-97. In Thermalright terms, this is a different kind of heatsink. By abandoning the bolt through retention mechanism in such a large heatsink, they have limited the use of this heatsink, creating a different market all together: the audiophobic enthusiast market. Today we'll see just how well it performs, in a range of different situations."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire Concord ATX-MR500W PSU Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"Today I’ll be reviewing the Concord ATX-MR500W from Aspire. 500Watts is a lot of power by today’s standards and it comes with some nice extra features, such as an included 80mm fan and a rheostat that you can install in a free expansion bay."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Noisetaker EG701P-VE Review @ Xtreme Resources
"A strong and stable power supply is the heart of any system, although many people pay little to no attention to it. With companies releasing new technologies and enthusiasts pushing their systems to the limit, the demand for better power supply units rises as well. Enermax answers the demand by releasing the Noisetaker EG701P-VE power supply unit, a 600W monster which features some of the very best power supply technology available to date in the industry. Real world load testing by running an AMD A64 and Intel P4 system simultaneously on the EG701P-VE."

More information on this review can be found here.
WC-301 Mini Universal Water Cooled System Review @ A1-Electronics
"So the beauty of this EverCool WC-301 Mini water cooled system is that it is a very neat, stylish and compact unit which does not take up any room as it is so small and yet is more than capable of having its cooling performance increased by the simple addition of radiators being fitted inside your computer case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 8GPXNP Duo Revisited @ Tweaktown
"We first looked at Gigabyte's 8GPXNP Duo motherboard (which is based on Intel's 915 chipset for Pentium 4 processors) a little while back in our Intel I925 and I915 Mega Roundup, we found the performance with the original BIOS to be less than stellar but since then we have worked with Gigabyte and they have released a new BIOS for the motherboard designed to deliver better performance and overclocking options. Read on as we take a closer look at the new BIOS!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys UV Blue Acrylic Case Review @ OCIA
"That just about wraps up the features of the case, except for these included feet. In my opinion, they are the final touch to the case. By putting these onto the bottom of the case, you can limit the possibility that the bottom panel will get scratched on the desk. Honestly, I didn't expect to see them included and wouldn't have been the wiser if they were missing. However, I was glad to see that Logisys had taken every measure to make sure the case doesn't run into any scratches from normal use."

More information on this review can be found here.
The HYPERCUBE² Project
"Here you see all the plexi nicely arranged by type on my desk. I'm gonna use two types of plexi. The plain transparant one everybody knows and a frosted white plexi, thats a bit translucent and lets light trough. Its a pitty the sides of the panels arent polished (the company who delivered them didn't have the time to do this because they were going on holiday for 3 weeks, and otherwise I had to wait for all this time. So I choose to get them like this and polish the sides myself."

This is a fantastic movie inspired case project! More information on this project can be found here.
Thursday, November 25, 2004
Razer Diamondback vs. Logitech MX1000 @ The Crucible
"There's been a huge buzz of excitement lately over our oft-ignored input buddy, the mouse. Not since the great migration from roller-ball to optical has there been such a blitz of marketing, tech articles or reviews. What's driving this renewed interest in pointing devices? Games. Well, actually not games, but hard-core, dedicated gamers who are willing to trade their daily bread for any advantage in the online arena."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 6600GT Review @ Neoseeker
"We managed to get some pretty good overclocks out of Gigabyte's 6600GT - 592 Mhz on the core and 1.16 Ghz. The 6600GT could use more memory bandwidth more processing power so the bigger gains should be seen from increasing the memory frequency."

More information on this review can be found here.
Case Art’s UV Molex Kit & PSU Modding Tool Kit Review @ Oz Case Mods
"We spend a lot of money on flashy fans and cathodes, but often some parts are overlooked. Our power supply cables create the most clutter in our case, they are messy and make our interior look unattractive and affect our airflow. Fortunately, CaseArt’s have released their “Full sorted molex kit with tool” which they claim to be a total solution for PSU modding. CaseArt’s also have their “PSU Modding tool kit” separate to the molex kit which has all the right quality tools for modding your power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI DR16-B Dual-Layer DVD Burner Review @ PCStats
"Conventional recordable DVD media stores data on a single 4.7GB plane (level) of the disc. On dual-layer DVD media, there are two recordable 'layers' which can both store up to 8.5GB of data. Today we're looking at MSI's new DR16-B dual-layer DVD burner. The DR16-B is capable of burning DVD+/-R media at a blistering 16x, DVD+/-RW at 4x and most importantly, dual-layer DVD media at 2.4x. Of course you can still burn conventional CD recordable media and the MSI DR16-B flies along at 40x for CD-R, and 24x for CD-RW."

More information on this review can be found here.
GigaByte GA-8GPNXP Duo Motherboard Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"The GA-8GPNXP is from the brand new 8(Sigma) Series recently released by GIGABYTE. Some of you may have seen or even participated in GIGABYTE's promotional maze game (It's no longer online but you can still see Google's cache of the site. The object of the game was to navigate a little man through a virtual motherboard maze and pick up various components needed to build a motherboard.) for a chance to win one of the new 8Ó motherboards. However, if you're like me and couldn't get that little maze man to pick up the pieces fast enough, you can only imagine what could have been. Luckily for the both of us GIGABYTE has provided BFR with a sample so that we can both see what this board is all about."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TWIN2X1024-5400C4PRO DDR2 Memory Review @ Madshrimps
"While there have been many reviews on DDR2, I fear early reviews for the new standard were unconsciously prejudicial. While PCIe/DDR2 technology continues to experience growing pains, Corsair has done an excellent job with what is arguably the fastest memory on the market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Guide to Memory Performance, Technology and Purchasing @ Spode's Abode
"This article is aimed at understanding how memory works and what to look for when buying it. We also take a look at gaming performance on the Pentium 4 platform and see how different factors such as latency, and frequency can affect it. We also cover DDR and DDR-II memory."

More information on this guide can be found here.
PQI PC4000-1024DBL TURBOmemory Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"PQI makes a wide range of DDR / DDR2 / Flash memory products that fit everyone from the budget consumer to the performance enthusiast. Today we are taking a look at the PQI4000-1024DBL TURBOmemory modules. These memory modules are rated to run at DDR 500MHz (PC4000) with better than average latency timings of 2.5-3-3-7, and have a mirrored black copper heat spreaders. Also worth mentioning is that this memory carries a lifetime warranty."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wireless Networking & Security @ PimpRig
"Instead of writing something too technical and boring, I decided to start off with the basics, hopefully providing you with some useful information and possibly start to pique your curiosity into the wireless world. There is "Hacking" information contained in this article for information and educational purposes only! I do not encourage any form of "Hacking" since it is against the law!"

More information on this article can be found here.
X-Micro WLAN 802.11g Wireless Router Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"The router we are looking at today is the X-Micro WLAN 802.11g which offers a number of standard features but also offers something called 'Super G'. On paper X-Micro claims this router is capable of speeds up to 11 Mbps using 802.11b increasing up to 54 Mbps for 802.11g and an amazingly fast speed of 108 Mbps using Super G. But that's on paper, what will it do in the real world?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Setting up a Wireless Network Part 2 @ AuphanOnline
"Now you have your wireless setup up what can you do to make it better? Learn how to use more than one AP to increase wireless coverage and how to configure the wireless router to work with troublesome programs."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thermaltake HARDCANO 13 Review @ Techniz
"Thermaltake already has become the global leader in Thermal Industry. Initial focussed primarily on CPU Coolers, high performance heat sinks, DC fan, PC chassis and power supply. Now, we are reviewing the HardDisk Drive Cooler Series - HardCano13. The HardCano 13 is a multi-functional media panel with intelligent Thermal Management System and Smart Card Reader. The Intelligent Thermal Management System monitors fan speeds, temperatures at 4 different locations in real-time with "Thermal Alarm". The smart card readers support 6 popular Flash Memory Card formats."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Kamakaze 2 HSF Review @ ap0calypse
"I learned of the importance of cooling CPUs while learning to overclock a P3 733Mhz processor. The cooler I bought then had a 60mm fan that screamed at 6800RPM at an ear shattering 50dBA. Sure it kept things cool, but what a noise. Things have definitely come a long way since then. Enter the Scythe Kamakaze 2. Kamakaze is a Japanese term meaning “Devine Wind”. Will this “Devine Wind” help keep my CPU cooler? Let’s find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Powerplant PCI Relay Card Review @ ModdersHQ
"Raise your hand if you're guilty of the following. You turn on your water cooled rig and after about 3 minutes the bells and whistles start going off, warning you that your system is overheating. It's at that point you realize that you forgot to turn on your 110/220 volt pump. I've personally done this on more then one occasion. One way around this is to use a PSU with an switched accessory plug but not many PSUs offer this option. Well, the crew at Criticool have come up with a solution; the powerplant PCI pump relay."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake BigWater Water Cooling Kit Review @ BJorn3D
"Thermaltake has a reputation of being on the front line when it comes to new technology for the PC enthusiast market, and their BigWater watercooling kit helps them stay out front. With its easy to configure design, great looks and awesome performance, the BigWater should be considered by everyone looking at getting into water cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den DD12V-D4 Pump Review @ DreamWare Computers
"The pump is a very important choice in buying watercooling parts. Make the wrong choice and you may be stuck with a poor performing, noisy and maybe leaky pump, trust me! If you make the right choice, the Danger Den DD12V-D4, then you will have a high performing and silent solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Lascala SST-LC03 HTPC Case Review @ The Tech Zone
"The Silverstone Lascala SST-LC03 is not your average Home Theater PC or HTPC case. The SST-LC03 is one of the very few HTPC cases that offers full 100% ATX compatibility. With many other home theater cases, you have to make do with small form factor motherboards using riser cards and small power supplies. With the Lascala, you're free to use a full size motherboard, no rise cards and you won't have to settle of weak power supply as the SST-LC03 accommodates full size ATX power supplies."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone LC10M HTPC Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The SilverStone LC10M Case is intended for use as a Home Theatre Personal Computer, but since this case is designed to accept ATX form factor computer components, it is suitable as a desktop PC as well. The only disadvantage to this is its size; it's much larger and heavier then most HTPC's on the market. Overall, the case is well designed and has a very sleek, sharp appearance."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
How-to Make a CPU Keychain @ Overclockers Club
"Ever miss your favorite CPU manufacturer when you leave your house - if you ever leave your house? Want to carry something around that shows your unconditional support for your favorite CPU manufacturer? Well the perfect way to do so is with a CPU keychain! This guide will take though the tedious art of de-pinning, and the construction of your very own CPU keychain."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Everglide Xtreme Mouse Pads Review @ Mikhailtech
"Although vinyl, up close the front of each pad is very finely textured which helps with tracking. On the flipside, you can either opt for a thin 1.5mm non-slip backing or a slightly thicker, more textured 3mm back. Neither one really slips, but if I had to choose a more stable one I'd go with the latter. Also, the thicker pad has a layer of cushion between the two surfaces, so it's nicer on the wrists than the thin pad. Neither one can be rolled up due to the semi rigid vinyl matte top layer."

More information on this review can be found here.

Xtrac Mad Wax Review

"You get a small bottle with maybe a couple ounces of this lotion-reminiscent substance. In short, it's a mix of carnauba wax and teflon. The wax is what holds the teflon in place. For a normal-sized mouse pad, you only need a dime sized amount. During moderate-heavy use, a single coat should be enough for several days. Ideally a bottle should last you a couple months. The only downside is you have to remember to apply it whenever the teflon wears off."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen ACP4SH Pentium 4 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"Included along with the AOpen EX915 XCube small form factor PC is this heatsink, the AOpen ACP4SH. Designed with a skived copper base, and heatpipes, this cooler is technically used with the socket 775 Intel processor in the XCube system. However, the ACP4SH heatsink is designed to work with the socket 478 architecture, and clip system. It also happens to be a pretty competent cooler, so this is why FrostyTech is testing it here for you today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM80d-HP Dual Heatpipe VGA Cooler Review @ PimpRig
"The quality company that Zalman is can be distinguished here with their kits. The extra bag of spare parts should never be considered necessary but they know that there are n00bs out there that lose those little screws and can mess up anything else that matters."

More information on this review can be found here.

MonsterGecko PistolMouse FPS Review

"What’s so special about the PistolMouse FPS? The most obvious is that it resembles a Sig Sauer P228. A nice little piece of heat, but not very much stopping power. It would have been much more cool to model it after a Mark XIX .50AE Desert Eagle, but I imagine that they were working within a size constraint."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn Heat Guzzler Athlon XP HSF Review @ Think Computers
"When it comes to overclocking, there is only one thing standing in your way, heat. Luckily, Foxconn has come to save the day with their "Heat Guzzler" PKP134. Not only does this nearly four inch monster cool your cpu, it does it with a literal rainbow of color."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech H20-8600 AMD A64 Water Cooling Kit Review @ Madshrimps
"Today we are taking a closer look at one of Swiftech's all-in-one water cooling kits. Aimed at the novice user out there it promises easy installation and decent performance. Can their H20-8600 kit deliver? Let's find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TWINX1024-4400C25PT DDR Memory Review @ Madshrimps
"Corsair´s second foray into Samsung TCCD modules brings about higher levels of performance onto the DDR scene. Validating the ram for both Intel and AMD Athlon 64 platforms at timings of Cas 2.5 4:4:8 with 2.75v there is certainly the promise of memory Valhalla."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Announces System Select: Upgrades Made Easy
"Fremont, CA, November 23, 2004: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced System Select, a new memory product line specifically designed to meet the needs of consumers and IT professionals in the upgrading of their desktops, laptops, and servers.

The System Select product line takes the guesswork out of upgrading everything from a personal laptop to a corporate server. There are no compatibility charts to consult and no hard decisions to make. The Corsair Memory Configurator makes finding the right System Select module easy. Simply search for the brand and model of your system and the configurator does the rest, recommending a module guaranteed to not only work with your system but also enhance its performance as well.

The Corsair Memory Configurator is an online tool that can be found on the Corsair Memory homepage and includes over 15,000 systems and 1,000 motherboards. It is a wealth of knowledge on motherboards, chipsets, and overclocking, as well as being the single best source of upgrade information for desktops, laptops, and servers. After finding an upgrade module, the Memory Configurator will also search our extensive list of retailers worldwide to see which have your recommended part in stock."

More information on this press release can be found here. More information on the Corsair Memory Configurator can be found here.
ASUS V9999 Gamer Edition 256-MB Review @ Sharky Extreme
"The NVIDIA GeForce 6800 is the entry-level part for the GeForce 6 Series line, and although it is the base model, there is nothing basic about its features or performance. The main difference between the GeForce 6800 and its higher-end brothers is the number of pipelines, and while the GeForce 6800 GT/Ultra models sport 16 pipes, the GeForce 6800 has lowered the pipelines to 12."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI RX800 XT Videocard Review @ Designtechnica
"The question everyone has been asking is which graphics card is the best, the Nvidia 6800 Ultra or the ATI X800 XT. There is no real answer to this. The differences in performance between the two chips are so small that it is rarely noticeable by the average gamer, but Nvidia appears to hold a slight lead. If you have a beefy power supply that puts out more than 480-watts of power, go with the MSI NX6800 Ultra which is based on the Nvidia 6800 chip. But if you are a loyal ATI fan or you are worried about not having enough power to run the Nvidia based card, then the MSI RX800 is the card for you. Either way, you will not be disappointed by what you get."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Mobility X300 & X800 Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Albatron Trinity PCX 5750 would be the perfect card for someone in need of a videocard which is faster than budget, but not as expensive as mainstream. The card was always completely stable during normal use and oddly during overclocking and I never once had one single artifact throughout my extensive gaming and benchmarking. The card took a licking and kept on ticking. Image quality was always very good, gaming speed was acceptable if you keep out of the games full of eye candy and the card was very easy to install and setup."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Mobility X300 & X800 Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Mobility X800 proved to be able to play some of the most current game titles. We played Doom3, FarCry, and Half-Life 2 on the Mobility X800 at 1600x1200 and the games were smooth. In Half-Life 2 playing at 1024x768 with 4xAA & 8xAF we got over 60FPS, which is amazing for a notebook."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sicuro 360XL/670Xl Gaming Speaker Promotion @ CrazyPC

"CrazyPC.com is offering free shipping for all Sicuro 360XL, and 670XL gaming speakers from now until 12/31/04. To take advantage of this offer customers must use the coupon code CPCSICURO."

More information on this promotion can be found here.
XG Viper Enclosure Review @ Viper Lair
"Overall, this is a pretty nice case. If you're looking for a new case that's a bit different than the rest and inspired by the Dodge Viper car, the XG Viper case is worth a look. At around $99 at the time of this review, it is a great value, especially when you factor in the included 500 watt PSU and the cooling possibilities it affords."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Multi-function Panel Review @ GruntvillE
"The device arrived in an attractive, retail-shelf package. Nice graphics and details listing the box contents. The Enermax Multi-function Control Panel is complete with everything needed for installation and is packed well enough to stand up to severe handling during shipping. It will arrive at your door intact, short of the delivery truck running it over."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Ultimate Techie Christmas Gift Guide @ The Tech Zone
"The Tech Zone has their Ultimate Techie Christmas Gift Guide up. If you have an impossible person to buy for, then this is the guide for you. If you want to spend an insane amount of money on some really expensive (and sometimes stupid) techie gifts, this is also the guide for you! Gifts range from a $600 MP3 player, $8,000 internet refrigerator, a $45,000 monitor plus everything in between!"

More information on this gift guide can be found here.
HighSpeed PC Tech Station Review @ OCIA
"The motherboard doesn't actually mount onto the Tech Station. Instead, it simply rests on the lower platform. This is one reason it's so easy to install hardware on the Tech Station. You place this foam pad on the bottom shelf and then put the motherboard on top of it. This protects the bottom of the board, prevents it from sliding around and ensures a static-free motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Logitech MX1000 Wireless Laser Mouse Review @ XYZ Computing
"The MX1000 is a great mouse. It not only handles itself very well under normal use but it accurate and responsive enough for gaming and graphic arts applications. The extra buttons can get in the way from time to time but if used appropriately will be effective time-savers. The design of the MX1000 is top-notch, from its ergonomic contours to its great button action to its industry-leading mouse wheel. If you can justify the price, you can't go wrong with this mouse."

More information on this review can be found here.
Altec Lansing AHP712 Headphones Review @ TheTechLounge
"These headphones are less gaming oriented and are intended more for the strict audio geek. But the incorporation of the Active Noise Reduction feature is undoubtedly the premiere highlight of these headphones. This useful feature should most certainly appeal to the frequent flyer weary of the constant white-noise assault inherent to airline travels. Sporting the same stylish design found on the rest of Altec Lansing’s family of headphone products, the AHP712 is the flagship of the line, at least as far as price is concerned."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asante FR1104-G Wireless Router Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"At first glance most wireless router seem to be about the same, that is until you have a chance to look at how many different settings there are available to configure. If you were basing the quality of a product on the shear number of options the Asante FR1104-G would outclass most other wireless router hands down. With over 20+ screens from which to configure your wireless network you are insured the maximum security when teamed with a good firewall package. Thankfully the massive number of options does not make for a complicated setup procedure either, with the built in network wizard the total time to setup the system takes less than 3 minutes."

More information on this review can be found here.

Logisys SP6002CL 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System Review

"Multimedia speaker system are a dime a dozen these days, every electronic store you visit whether it be a brick and mortar store or a click and order store has a 2.1 multimedia speaker ranging in price from $15.00 all the way up $150.00 they will be happy to sell you. So when I was offered the chance to review Logisys SP6002CL - 2.1 + 1 Multimedia Speaker System I was not expecting a lot, I just thought this was another company getting into the speaker business, cluttering up the market making it harder for people to find a good set of speakers. Surprisingly after the review was over my opinion had completely changed about these speakers and they had become and item I would actually recommend."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SI-97 Heatsink Review @ InsaneTek
"Thermalright has been reigning king of aircooling for quite some time now. The SP-94 and SP-97 were proof that aircooling still has a future. The only competition Thermalright is facing seems to be themselves, and with the release of the XP-120 and XP-90, no other manufacturer is capable of reaching their level of performance. The XP-120 and XP-90 were great solutions for Intel Socket 478 and AMD K8 CPUs, but Thermalright has not forgotten about the widely owned Socket A platform. Thermalright now introduces the SI-97, a cheaper and lighter solution than the previous SP-97 as part of the Light 'N' Easy tradition."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte PCU22-SE 3D Rocket Cooler Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Gigabyte 3D Rocket Cooler (PCU22-SE) is a variation on the 3D Cooler Ultra design, with a couple of significant enhancements that make it an interesting option for mainstream users who just needs a multi-platform heatsink that works quietly. The Gigabyte PCU22-SE is configured to work on the socket 462/A AthlonXP, socket 478 & 775 Pentium 4, and socket 754/940/939 Athlon64 processors. That level of versatility inherently dictates some sacrifices are made to accommodate the different thermal requirements, and differently size CPU cores and heatspreaders. The obvious benefit for consumers is that with just one heatsink, you can cool any platform you may upgrade to in the near future. In practice, the PCU22-SE works best on processors with a larger core, like the Athlon64 and Pentium 4."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Silent PurePower TWV480 PSU Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Tt Silent PurePower - TWV (Total Watts Viewer) PSU is 480 watts. The package includes more than most regular Power Supplies. Included are a 80mm case fan & a TWV device which shows real-time wattage use & controls up to two fans. This product is more than adequate for just about any power-hungry computer system."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Asus eXtreme EAX600XT Videocard Review @ PCStats
"When it comes to videocards, a souped-up deluxe version that caters towards enthusiasts is usually the best bet. This is all well and good, but sometimes just a few extra features are all we really need. Overclocking is nice, but with a videocard forming the basis of a home theatre system, overclocking isn't a very important consideration. With that in mind, PCstats will be putting the Asus eXtreme EAX600XT videocard through its paces today. The card is based on the ATI Radeon X600XT graphics processor, which allows it to bridge the gap between PC and home entertainment with a little thing we like to call HDTV."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vbox DTA-151 ATSC HDTV Windows MCE2k5 Tuner Review @ HTPCNews
"Timeshifting HDTV in the past has been quite a chore to score a high WAF (wife acceptance factor) while doing. With the recent release of ATI HDTV Wonder MCE 2k5 drivers, we have an option for bringing a HDTV tuner into Windows MCE. However, the first working HDTV tuner card for MCE was actually made by Vbox, and HTPCnews is here to review their card. The DTA-151 is the first of a multi-part series of Vbox DTV cards getting ready to hit the USA shores this holiday season and are sure to spark up some competition for the value HDTV capture card market segment."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GV-RX30128D X300 PCI-E VGA Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"Well, not much can be said about its performance, as it is a budget 3D accelerator. Users will not be able to enjoy newer game at or above 1024*768, as the FSP is consistently below 30FPS. By extrapolating the results, I think the X300 should handle newer games fine at 640*480 and 800*600. This is an adequate performance from a card of its price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Clever Power SPS-400 & SPS-500 Power Supply Reviews @ BJorn3D
"With ever more demanding hardware constantly appearing on the market, computer users are finding that ignoring the power supply is a serious mistake. Fortunately, relative newcomer Clever Power Inc. is onboard with a new and innovative solution for your power needs. Featuring a unique built-in power strip and surge protector, these nearly-silent power supply units offer a great value for those especially with limited power outlets or who already have jam-packed power strips."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek WaterChill Antarctica Water Cooling Kit Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"Asetek is well known for their vapor phase cooling solution dubbed VapoChill, however they also entered the water-cooling market a while back with their WaterChill products. Now, Asetek has taken water cooling a step further and developed their WaterChill Antarctica line with improved cooling and modular / upgradeable designs available in parts or in kits."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA's SLI - An Introduction @ Hexus
"Currently, SLI allows you to accelerate rendering using two effective modes, which map to around four general cases of multi-GPU rendering. The first, SFR or split-frame rendering, has each graphics card render a portion of the screen, split horizontally. One card, the primary device on the PEG host, is responsible for the top section of the screen, the secondary device therefore responsible for the bottom. That situation is then load balanced."

More information on this article can be found here.
Logisys Phantom PC Case Review @ Creative Mods
"The Phantom PC case is a midrange ATX case from Logisys. The Phantom is completely premodded making it an easy case to switch to. If you lack the time, effort, or skill to mod, and want a decent case, the Logisys Phantom should be a consideration. For some neat night pics of the case and a complete review, please read on."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek 5.25" Hard Drive Water Block Review @ BurnOutPC
"The Asetek Harddrive Cooler looks brilliant, feels brilliant and resembles quality. Installation is fairly simple, if you installed a water-cooling kit before. The hard drive cooler looks superb and has the ability to cool down any hard drive you throw at it. Overall a really nice product."

More information on this review can be found here.
SuperPower XP01Q Gaming Case @ ModGuidez
"Gaming cases have gained strong popularity this past year. There are so many selections of PC cases out in the market that one can get lost in choosing a case that suits their taste. Occasionally, we get blown away by a very unique case and forget to look deeper into the inner qualities of the case itself. Even if a case is very well designed in the outside, it doesn't mean it is well designed inside. Today we'll take a look at a case from SuperPower, XP01Q Game PC Case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, November 22, 2004
8COM BH220 Bluetooth Phone Headset Review @ Mikhailtech
"Measuring 120mm x 30mm x 20mm and weighing in at only 14 grams, the BH220 is smaller and lighter than most car door remotes. After wearing it for a while you forget it's even there. There are three buttons on the front, the biggest one being the function key, with a pair of volume keys below. Each button has several functions. You'll notice a clear casing between the lower buttons; this is where two LEDs (red and blue) reside. The tiny hole at the bottom is the microphone. It does a surprisingly good job of picking up close range audio. The backside has the speaker, a pair of screws for maintenance, and a socket for inserting the ear hook (the L and R labels dictate from which side the hook should be inserted, depending on ear preference)."

More information on this review can be found here.

ViewMate KP102 Keyboard & MC201 Optical Mouse Review

"On the left side are more useful buttons. Up top are the Forward and Back keys. Below that is a multidirectional pointer, used for scrolling and moving through documents. Unfortunately it doesn't act like a mouse, but it's still a nice addition. Below that are Cut, Paste, Copy, and Mark keys. The Mark button I don't understand; it doesn't seem to have any particular purpose and makes some applications act strange. At the very bottom are the Application (same function as Alt + Tab) and Close (same function as Alt + F4) keys. This arrangement is incredibly helpful if you're 1337 and use your keyboard more than your mouse."

More information on this review can be found here.
DVD Burner Roundup @ Hard Tecs 4U
"The selection of DVD burners continues to increase and the decision, which burner one should buy, and which dearer, does not fall ever more heavily. The prices for DVD burners always sink further and the devices work ever faster. During before not yet all too long time the fastest DVD burners with 8x - speed on DVD+R and Dvd r worked, achieve current models speeds of 12x and even 16x. and this at the price of under 100 euro."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire 9600 XT Review @ Team Hardware
"The original Radeon 9600 XT was released more then a year ago. When it was released the question if this card was going to be fast enough for the next generation DX9 games came to mind. Now 1 year later after the release of this card and 1 week after the release of Half-Life 2, were going to take a look at the Sapphire 9600XT if it indeed is fast enough for the next generation of games."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X600XT Shootout - HIS vs. ABIT vs. GeCube @ Tweaktown
"Today we have a PCI Express graphics card shootout comparing three different ATI Radeon X600XT cards from HIS, ATI and GeCube. After taking a look at each product we run them through our usual array of benchmarks and then overclock each as far as possible and then re-run the benchmarks to work our which is fastest for modern day gaming."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TWINX1024-4400C25PT Review @ Viper Lair
"We were never able to hit 2-2-2-5 timings with the older kit at DDR400, but the latest TWINX-4400C25 had no problems with those timings. We were also able to hit as high as 278FSB at 2.5-4-4-8, which is also something we weren't able to do before."

More information on this review can be found here.
PQI Memory Giveaway @ System Cooling
"This PQI Memory giveaway is open to those living in the United States and Canada. To enter simply send an email to contest@systemcooling.com with the subject line "PQI Memory Giveaway" include your name and email address in the entry. Entries will be forwarded to PQI Memory. On Nov. 22nd we'll randomly draw the winners, after which will draw which prize goes to which winner. If you have any questions just drop by the PQI Memory Giveaway thread in the forum and good luck!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
Corsair TwinX1024 PC4400 CAS 2.5 Review @ IPKonfig
"For quite some time now we have been reviewing Corsair's top-notch memory and have received much good feedback from readers abroad, and no comments with negative feedback. This doesn't surprise, us to be honest, as we're quite happy with each sample we receive and have yet to experiance any problems with this memory. From high-end servers to hard core gaming rigs, this memory stands out- in great part due to overclockability that continues to be much superior to its competitors."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI Mega Cache 15 Review @ Spode's Abode
"With the thankful demise of the floppy disk, the industry has moved towards other forms of portable storage to fill the void. If you have a broadband internet connection, an e-mail attachment is often good enough for small files, but above 10MB or so this becomes impractical."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec SATA EZ-Swap Removable Hard Drive Rack Review @ Techniz
"Unlike standard IDE hard drives, Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives feature faster speeds, easier configuration, and the ability to change hard drives without having to turn your system off first. Thus, Vantec introduces the Serial ATA EZ-Swap Mobile Rack. The SATA EZ-Swap Mobile Rack combines the features of our IDE EZ-Swap with the convenience of SATA. The SATA EZ-Swap is hot swappable, features a keyed lock for security, a built-in fan for cooling, and a built-in LCD that display hard drive up-time, temperature, and fan status."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chenbro Xpider II Case Review @ Hexus
"All in all, the Xpider II is a very solid piece of kit. It does everything that is asked of it, and does it well - The build is sturdy, the screw-free drive bays and PCI/AGP slots are easy to use, and there is plenty of nice attention to detail in the overall layout, from the drive rails neatly stored at the bottom of the case to the positive feel of the push-button panel to access the front USB ports and the like. The side panel window is the perfect example of this thoughtfulness in the design process - The option of having a window into the case which can be covered with the provided tin plate inside for those of us ashamed of the tangle of cables within is not far short of genius."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek Water Cooling Kit and Hard Drive Cooler Review @ Techniz
"The Asetek WaterChill package come with WaterChill CPU Cooler Antarctica, WaterChill Plexiglas Reservoir, WaterChill Tube Set (2,5 mtr), Black Ice Pro Radiator with push on fittings, 120 mm Low Noise Sunon Fan, Hydor Pump with push on fittings, WaterChill Control Unit with SafeStartTM, NoiseControlTM and LED connection, WaterChill Anti Alga Fluid (10 mm bottle), Heat Conduction Compound, all fittings and mounting accessories are included, and Installation manual."

More information on the Asetek WaterChill CPU Water Cooling Kit review can be found here. More information on the Asetek WaterChill 3.5' Hard Drive Water Cooler can be found here.
Thermaltake BigWater Liquid Cooling System Review @ The Tech Zone
"Not too long ago, water cooling was reserved for the elite, adventurous few who are willing to pay the extra bucks for the extra cooling power. A few years ago, if you wanted to do some extreme over-clocking with water cooling, you would have figure out all the parts that you need on your own, then try to find them online. All this could cost you well over $200 USD easily. Thus water cooling was off limits to most computer users, including myself."

More information on this review can be found here.
Reminder: 9 Days Left in the MTB Guest Author Giveaway Contest 2004
You have all patiently waited and now it's contest time! Our latest series of site contests for the MTB community was made possible by the following sponsors: ADPMods, The Cutting Edge, Thermaltake, Tradex Information Technology Inc., Vantec and Xice.

Time to put on those knowledge caps kids! This month's contest is focused on testing your writing skills by providing you the opportunity to become a guest author on MTB. What exactly does this mean? We are providing you the opportunity to have your work published on MTB and at the same time win great prizes for your participation. Contestants will be required to submit their own original material which can include articles, projects, case mods or how-to guides in order to educate and entertain the MTB community. All entries much be submitted or linked in the contest thread to be considered as an official entry.

We are looking for conventional and non-conventional articles. Most of all we want to see some really creative ideas coming out of this contest! Contestants are allowed to submit two of their best entries for the contest. Multiple entries submitted will be disqualified. Here is what is up for grabs:


The top three prizes for this contest are the following:

1st Place Winner:
- Xice External Cool EC900/H Water Cooling Kit
- ADPMods Complete Black PSU Modding Kit
- MTB Baseball T-Shirt (XL)

2nd Place Winner:
- AeroCool JetMaster Jr Gaming Case
- ADPMods Complete Black PSU Modding Kit
- Arctic Cooling Pro2L Fan + Sunbeam Cold Cathode Fan
- MTB Baseball T-Shirt (XL)

3rd Place Winner: (Modders Prize Pack)
- ADPMods Complete Black PSU Modding Kit
- Vantec Black Slot Protector Kit
- Cutting Edge Black Window PSU Kit
- Thermaltake Fanless 103 Heatsink
- Tweak Monster Memory Cooling Kit
- Sunbeam Case Chassis Kit
- MTB Baseball T-Shirt (XL)

To enter you must be a registered member of the MTB forums. All entries must exist in this contest thread to qualify. The contest will run from November 9th to November 30th with the 3 top winners announced on Wednesday December 1st, 2004. Please note the following additional rules:

1. By submitting entries into this contest each entrant agrees to allow MODTHEBOX.com to use said entries within the confines of the website.
2. Contestants are allowed to submit two entries, duplicate entries will be disqualified.
3. No substitution of the prizes will be allowed by MODTHEBOX.
4. All submissions will be subject to review and the decision of the judges is final.
5. Absolutely no plagiarism or ripping off of other peoples ideas. You must prove that you are the originator of the idea. If you are caught you will be disqualified. No questions asked.

Good luck to all participants..

More information on this contest can be found here.
Saturday, November 20, 2004
Half Life 2 Benchmarks @ [H]ardOCP
"This article will not cover the quality of the gameplay experience, as is our usual fare. Instead, today’s preliminary tests are to find out who has the fastest video cards for playing Half Life 2 in apples to apples benchmarks. This will dispel many of the myths being rumored about Half Life 2 performance as we cut to the chase and see who has the fastest Half Life 2 AGP video card."

More information on this article can be found here.

Half-Life 2 Review @ Buddha's LAN Room

"We've been waiting years. It's the most anticipated game of the year. We've seen the movies. We've seen the screenshots. We've seen the previews. That's right. We're talking about the one and only Half-Life 2. And we've got one sizzling hot review for you all. So sit tight, and enjoy the show."

More information on this review can be found here.

Half-Life 2 Review @ Game Connect Info

"Out of the ashes of an evil alien occupation, mankind’s tattered remnants attempt to form an ineffective resistance against their technocratic masters. The endless source of inspiration for their efforts is one man, a four eyed physicist that stuck it to the aliens and corporate forces of evil once before, armed with nothing more than determination, ingenuity, and a crowbar."

More information on this review can be found here.
XrayPad Aqua3 Large Gaming Mousepad Review @ Tweaknews
"Well I would have to say the Aqua 3 from X-Ray has got a lot to offer. I enjoyed using this product and think it may remain on my work desk until I get canned. The pad is well made and appears to be very durable. I like the stylish simplicity of design that makes for a very modern, professional and clean-cut look. The Aqua3 is not only comfortable and stylish, but it also has the functionality needed in a quality mouse pad."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Prometeia's Future - Veil of Mystery Rasied
"Extreme Cooling Technologies (E.C.T) is pleased to announce that it has purchased the assets of nVENTIV A/S, formerly known as Chip-con. nVENTIV is best known for selling Prometeia cooling units and accessories. E.C.T's knowledge of cooling technology and decades of experience was instrumental in the development of all versions of the Prometeia cooling units. E.C.T is excited to continue to develop and manufacture the Prometeia cooling units and accessories. E.C.T will shortly commence distribution of the Prometeia cooling units to its distributors for sale around the world."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Linkworld LPG8-43-P4 430W PSU Review @ PimpRig
"The power connectors on this unit are a bit lacking in my opinion. In addition to the ATX, P4 and Aux connectors there are only four 4 pin molex and two floppy drive connectors. I know for a fact that almost everyone here needs more than four molex connectors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooljag 2QC/180 1U Socket 478 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"Following along with our look at some new 1U coolers, FrostyTech will be testing out the CoolJag 2QC/180 1U socket 478 skived copper heatsink in this review. The 2QC/180 is actively cooled with a 15mm-thin squirrel cage fan that intakes air through the body of the heatsink, before exhausting it out through another set of copper fins."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake XSpeaker Professional Music Kit Review @ Buddha's LANRoom
"One of the downsides of dragging your rig to a LAN Party is that you have to rely on someone else for sound unless you drag your speakers along with you. Well Thermaltake has decided to do something about that. The XSpeaker Professional Music Kit fits into a free 5.25” bay and guessing from the device’s name, the sound should be decent."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD 3000+ 3200+ 90nm CPU Review @ AMDReview
"Today we have more than a couple of choices in 64bit computing. It's popularity is quickly becoming mainstream. AMD has recently released it's next generation of 64bit cpu's with the introduction of the Winchester core line built on the new 90nm fabrication process. These cpu's are now made to fit in a 939 pin socket versus the 754 pin socket of previous Athlon64 cpu's which were built on a 130nm process so you will have to replace the motherboard if you want to run these cpu's if you are coming from a socket 754 setup. Today we take a look at the 300+ and 3200+ models, both socket 939."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair PC-4400 Dual Channel Memory Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Corsair PC-4400 Platinum Series Dual Channel Memory has a blistering fast default speed of 275MHz or 550MHz DDR. The memory timings at this speed are 2.5-4-4-8, which will result in amazing memory performance. While this default speed is very impressive it can be pushed even higher. If you need memory to reach the extreme, then this is it."

More information on this video review can be found here.
LG GSA-4120B Super Multi DVD Rewriter Review @ PCStats
"The LG GSA-4120B writes to dual layer DVD+R discs at 2.4x, single layer DVD+R media at 12x, DVD-R at 8x, DVD-/+RW discs at 4x, DVD-RAM discs at 5x, CD-R's at up to 40x and CD-RW up to 24x. For reading, the LG GSA-4120B can handle DVD's up to 16x, dual layer DVD+R discs at 8x and CD's at 40x speed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Portable Storage Guide Q404 @ hardCOREware
"Today we're going to look at several portable solutions - from a bulky 3.5" drive enclosure to the amazing 5GB Seagate Pocket Drive. We also check out Kingston's super fast Data Traveler Elite USB2 Flash Drive that breaks flash media speed records."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston DataTraveler Elite 1GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review @ BJorn3D
"Flash memory is a huge business right now because of consumers' insatiable appetites for more digital devices that require more and more storage capacity. They most often get this storage in the form of flash memory cards. That is not the only use of flash technology, though. Flash memory is also responsible for the proliferaion of a very popular floppy disk replacement - USB flash drives. Kingston Technology, a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of memory products, offers a full line of flash memory products."

More information on this review can be found here.
SnapStream Media's Firefly PC Remote Review @ ThinkComputers
"Today we will look at the quality, sturdiness, and ergonomics of the physical pieces; the simplicity, compatibility, and performance of the software; and the general experience of using SnapStream Media's Firefly PC Remote."

More information on this review can be found here.

Vantec NexStar 2 5.25" External Drive Enclosure Review

"Portability means flexibility. With as often and as fast as we change computers today, having a means to swap things on the fly is important. We do it all the time now with flash drives, removable drive racks, and USB hubs. Wifi lets us roam with ease now. And now with the new NexStar 2 drive enclosures, you can easily and stylishly tote a burner or hard drive wherever you may want to go."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, November 19, 2004
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 Review @ Ninjalane
"In this review we will be looking at the VIA K8T800 Pro enabled motherboard from Soltek the SL-K8Tpro-939. As you can guess from the title this board supports the Athlon64 939 processor giving you everything found in the 754 pin version and a dual channel memory controller."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI RX800XT-VTD256E Review @ Viper Lair
"The card bundle is one of the better ones out there, though it's a shame ATI (and as a consequence, MSI) no longer bundles a Half-Life 2 voucher which could have made the software package worth getting excited about. Nonetheless, performance is where it ultimately matters, and the MSI RX800XT-VTD256E brings it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston Elite Pro CompactFlash Review @ Legit Reviews
"Now that CompactFlash (CF) memory has become popular we take a look at Kingston's flash memory line. We take their ElitePro series and see how it performs over the standard series. Is it worth the extra ~10% to get a "high-speed" CF card over the standard? We think it can be justified."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Processor Comparison @ Neoseeker
"Over at Neoseeker today we take a look at some Intel processors - Socket 478 and LGA-775 are both included and the three cores for the two socket types are represented by the Northwood, Gallatin and Prescott. We also toss in three different platforms with the 875, 915 and 925x to see the relative performance differences between the different platform and processor combinations in desktop, media encoding and of course gaming tests. The result was 10 different processor/motherboard combinations with some surprising results."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Kamakiri SCKKR-1000 CPU Cooler Review @ XYZ Computing
"Regardless of all this, Scythe had made a large step in the right direction with their release of the Kamakiri SCKKR-1000 CPU cooler. Though it appears to be based on the Hyper6 it is certain distinct advantages, like its high-flow fan, its ability to use certain stock mounting brackets, and its impressive base. What really matters is that the Kamakiri can do some serious cooling. We have concluded that the Kamakiri can compete with just about any of the newest air coolers on the market, including Thermalright's XP-90 or CoolerMaster's Hyper 48."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master X-Dream III Cooler Review @ Tech-Mods
"Since 1992 Cooler Master's mission has been to provide some of the best thermal solutions on the market, recently they have supplied me with their new XDream III socket A/370 cpu cooler. The XDream III has a fresh clear design aerodynamic grille to help reduce fan intake noise and blue leds create a smooth glow for appearance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Epower Technology Warrior Case Review @ PimpRig
"I was really impressed with the actual construction. Instead of using glue or rivets to attach the mesh and plastic window, they used screws with end caps. This is great feature for those who would like to personalize your case, since you can easily replace the window with your own design."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vapochill Xtreme II Phase Change Cooler Preview @ BurnOutPC
"BurnOutPC.com has some exclusive close up photos of the new Vapochill Xtreme II from Asetek.com. The new revision includes some better improvements over the original design."

More information on this preview can be found here.
SilverStone Temjin TJ06 Full Tower Case Review @ System Cooling
"Prior to the last few months, it had been a very long time since there were any true innovations in the PC case world. Oh sure, there were certainly some very nice cases that were produced, but the same basic design always applied. That situation has changed recently, primarily due to the new BTX motherboard standard pioneered by Intel. The platform really hasn't taken off yet, due the lack of supporting hardware, but what it HAS done very quickly is inspired ATX case manufacturers to some new creative heights regarding case and cooling design. The case we're looking at today, The Silverstone Temjin TJ06, epitomizes many of those new concepts, and endeavors to take case cooling to a new level with some very interesting design twists on the old ATX theme."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone LC06 Mini-ITX Case Review @ 3DVelocity
"The LC06 I'm looking at today comes from SilverStone, a company with a rapidly expanding reputation for innovative and quality products that push the boundaries for cost and quality. They have some genuinely unique designs in their case lineup, but as we've so often seen, designing a good small factor case isn't as simple as just shrinking an existing design. There are a whole host of technical and design considerations to be made first."

More information on this review can be found here.
Project Udat: A 1TB Fileserver @ Mashie.org
"It is time for a new little project again. This time I need a small footprint file server with a big internal space. Right now the files are distributed all over the the network forcing a couple of computers to constantly be on wasting power and causing noise. Project Udat will try to fill the following requirements: Small form factor, silent, low power usage, RAID 5 for redundancy and plenty of storage."

Nice work! More information on this project can be found here.
Thursday, November 18, 2004
Half-Life 2 Graphical Performance Evaluation @ The Tech Lounge
"Today we will be examining Half-Life 2’s performance with two different systems and several different video cards. ATI, feeling pretty good about their situation, took it upon themselves to run through the entire game and find the most graphically intensive locations suitable for graphics benchmarking. We also checked out several levels of the game and for the most part, agreed with ATI’s findings. We will be using two of ATI’s timedemos as well as one we recorded ourselves, just for good measure."

More information on this article can be found here.
Samsung Syncmaster 193P LCD Monitor Review @ Futurelooks
"What do you get when you cross one of Samsung's great LCD Monitors with the looks of an Apple iPod? Well, you get this! Samsung takes some design cues from the PC Alternative Giant. Is this the monitor for you?"

More information on this review can be found here.
WireWeights Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"WireWeights are an inventive and simple solution to a common problem. Every PC user knows the routine of having to tug on your mouse from time to time because the slack in the wire always falls back behind the desk. The WireWeight remedies this problem by fitting onto the wire, preventing it from falling behind the desk. The WireWeight is not designed just for the mouse, it can be used with peripherals such as the keyboard or flash card reader."

More information on this review can be found here.
Flexiglow UV Reactive Neon Paint Review @ Viper Lair
"Flexiglow's Reactive Neon UV Paint come in 15ml bottles, complete with applicator brush, apply in a thick clear liquid, dry to a transparent and barely visible coating, and only require a blacklight or UV light to excite the colours. The green and yellow paints are definitely the most dominant of the 3 colours available, providing a very intense and strong glow. The blue follows close behind but with a paler shade than I expected."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lite-On SOHW-1633S Review @ BJorn3D
"Being a major player in the optical drive market, Lite-On is no stranger to the latest technologies available. For instance, Lite-On currently offers several drives capable of writing to DVD+R DL media and one of these drives (the SOHW-1653S) offers write speeds as fast as any other drive available today for almost any media. Today, I will actually be looking at the SOHW-1633S, which was Lite-On's top-of-the-line model until the 1653S was released. The 1633S simply offers slower write speeds for DVD-R and DVD+R DL media."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GO-M1600B Multimedia DVD Drive Review @ HardwareZoom
"Once you get everything connected and power on the drive, you will see a clock running. When booted up, it works just like a normal DVD-ROM drive. However, the AC power MUST BE ON for the operation. This player is able to play Audio CD and MP3 CD offline without turning on your computer. This is a very cool feature and ultimately, the GO-M1600B is able to replace your mini Hi-Fi at home!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Nvidia Geforce 6800GT PCI Express 256Meg Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"Boiling down my thoughts on this impressive card and chipset is practically a no-brainer. If you are considering buying an enthusiast videocard and were leaning towards the 6800 Ultra, don't bother. Grab a 6800GT, overclock it and smile knowing you have just kept $150 in your wallet with the same performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooljag E44C/180 1U Socket 478 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The E44C/180 is a fully copper skived heatsink which is actively cooled by a thin squirrel cage fan that rests on top. The entire heatsink measures 28mm in height, and fits into a standard socket 478 wire-clip retention frame. These types of retention frames were popular with the socket 423 Pentium 4 processors for a while, and have now been retasked to 1U requirements. The CoolJag E44C/180 is available through SelectCool. "

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax 470 watt Noisetaker PSU Review @ OCIA
"The EG475P-VE SFMA power supply has 470W of total power and exceeds Intel's new ATX 12V 2.0 standard. With the new ATX 2.0 specification comes the introduction of two +12V rails. The first +12V1 rail provides the noise-sensitive processor and motherboard components with their own clean power, while the second +12V2 rail provides power to all the drives and fans(except those connected to motherboard header pins) in a persons computer. If heat is the biggest factor in decreasing computer component life, one would think that computers would have a cool down period after shutting down, like many of today's automobiles do. Enermax now brings to the PSU table Smart Fan Technology or SFMA with this new power supply. SFMA will keep the units cooling fans running for up to 2 minutes after the computer has been shut down."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AA8 and AG8 - Intel Socket 775 in Style @ Tweaktown
"It is ABIT’s turn in the spotlight today as we provide a look into two of their newest motherboards, the AA8 and AG8. Each are designed specifically to work with Intel's new Socket 775 processors along with DDR (on the AG8) and DDR-2 memory (on the AA8). After taking a look at both motherboards we compare the performance of each to determine which the best choice is. Intel 915 or 925X?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Epox 9NDA3+ Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"Based on the nForce3 Ultra chipset, the Epox 9NDA3+ Socket 939 motherboard comes with onboard IEEE 1394a Firewire, Gigabit Ethernet, 8 USB2.0 jacks, an additional 2-channel SATA controller, a 7.1-channel audio and Epox's awesome Port 80 diagnostics card. The Epox 9NDA3+ offers users five PCI slots, and one 8X AGP slot for expansion purposes. The four dual channel DDR sockets will support up to 4GB of DDR-266/333/400 RAM, in sizes of up to 512MB per DIMM. The processor socket supports 939-pin Athlon64 and AthlonFX CPUs, and maintains a 2GHz (1GHz upstream, 1GHz downstream) Hypertransport link with the nVidia nForce 3 Ultra chipset."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TwinX1024-4400C25PT DDR550 Kit Review @ OCTools
"If you want only the fastest Dual DDR modules at aggressive timings, then the Corsair TWINX1024-4400C25 is an excellent choice. With these modules, you'll be assured that the memory won't be the limiting factor in your quest to push your system to the limits, be it Intel or AMD."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Purepower Fanless Power Supply Review @ AuphanOnline
"In the never ending quest for the silent PC, Thermaltake weighs in with their solution to combat the ever noisy power supply. The Thermaltake Purepower 350W Fanless PSU operates absoultely fan free, as the name would suggest, but lets see how it stacks up performance wise."

More information on this review can be found here.
How To Build Home Theater PC @ The Tech Zone
"So I concluded my new place needed a media room with a home theater in it and being the hardcore computer guy that I am decided a normal run of the mill home theater setup just wasn't going to do. This is where the idea for building a Home Theater PC or HTPC came in. The ability to watch TV, DVD movies, surf the web and play 3D games on a big plasma screen was just too tempting to pass up."

This is a real basic introduction to building a HTPC. More information on this guide can be found here.
November Extreme Gaming PC Buyer's Guide @ Sharky Extreme
"As the holiday season approaches, there seems to be a torrent of high profile games being thrown at us over a very short time span. Half-Life 2, World of Warcraft, and Everquest II are just a few of the hot PC titles available this Holiday season. To play these games in their full glory virtually requires an ultra high-end PC, and thankfully we're back this month with our system recommendations. With $4000 in cold hard cash we set out to assemble the absolute best PC our budget can achieve. However, we still need to follow the same format as our other price guides; we keep an eye out for relative value, and weigh price-to-performance ratios heavily before making a decision on which components to include."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Cooler Master Cavalier 1 (CAV-T01) Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Cooler Master Cavalier 1 (CAV-T01) Case has lots of useful features and looks fantastic. The front on this case looks very sexy with its stylish curves and an analog sound pressure display accentuates that look. There are 5x5.25", 1x3.5" (ext.), and 4x3.5" (int.) drives. It also includes two fans (120mm & 80mm) and a 350 watt Power Supply."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Antec Sonata Mid-Tower Case Review @ hardCOREware
"While diminutive in size, the Sonata has a deceptively high amount of drive bays - 9 in total! Add to that the features added to the case to help maintain silent operation, and a nice silent PSU, and you have yourself a case worth looking at!"

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Nemesis Elite Edition Case Review @ Techniz
"NZXT Introduces the Nemesis Elite, built on a aluminum body with a screwless design. The Nemesis is filled with features like the LCD Temperature Display. It's capabilities include thermal display/alarm/sensing for your CPU, Hard drive and Video Card to insure your system stays cool. The three blue led 120mm fans included provides cooling and silence both at the same time. Since NZXT's goal is to create unique products and designs. Their R&D Department spends hours researching and finding ways to improve their product months before production. As a result, they've used a method calling "Die-casting", a technique typically seen with laptops and is the first ever in the case industry."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
How to Set Up a Home Windows Server Guide @ AuphanOnline
"Ever wanted a server to called your own? Having a server in your own home is no longer just for the rich or the technical geek anymore. Find out just how easy and affordable it is to set up your own server."

More information on this guide can be found here.
104 More Tech Tips for Windows XP @ PCStats
"PCStats is pleased to present this latest installment of our Windows XP Tips collection. This guide brings you 104 ways to make using Windows XP faster, safer and more enjoyable. From quick tips to WindowsXP, right through to cool tweak, toys and experiments, PCstats has go you covered with over a hundred new Tech Tips!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
Thermaltake's Silent Power Supply Review @ Legit Reviews
"As the digital world infiltrates the living room, silent operation becomes the key. More and more people are investing and building home theater PCs. Thermaltake has since released a power supply that is guaranteed to please even the stiffest of audiophiles when it comes to silent operation. The Thermaltake Silent PurePower Fan-less Power Supply sets the bar high when it comes to power, efficiency, and silent operation."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA's GeForce 6600GT AGP Review @ Hexus
"It's fast, doesn't break the bank and hopefully will be available in large numbers in a matter of a week or two. Recommended very highly if you're shopping in the mid-range with just shy of £200 to spend. Drop 150 notes on the card, some change on Half Life 2 and enjoy the game, as ATI struggle to bring X700 XT to AGP. 9800 Pro and XT aren't far off in terms of performance, but in terms of features and price, the 6600 GT on AGP beats them off with a very big stick. Until RIALTO is a reality, 6600 GT is the new mid-range card to choose on AGP, bar none."

More information on this review can be found here.

NVIDIA's GeForce 6600GT AGP Review @ Neoseeker

"The mainstream market is always one of the big battlegrounds for both NVIDIA and ATI. Despite the fact that ATI generally had the better comparable parts during the GeForce FX era, NVIDIA had their share of gems including the 5700 Ultra and 5900 Non-Ultra at the 200$ segment. ATI in turn had their popular 9600Pro and 9600XT. Unfortunately, with the release of the current generation of cards, there lacked a compelling upgrade path for current owners of last generation's midrange parts. The 6600GT was released with much fanfare during the summer but unfortunately it has been PCIe only thus far which means that end users will have to upgrade both their motherboard and CPU which may not be the ideal situation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech VNF3-250 nForce3 250 Motherboard Review @ HTPCNews
"For those of you looking for a budget board to run the latest and greatest AMD A64 chips on, we've got one up for review that you very well might be interested in. Seems to pack in a great deal of options for the price; including on-board LAN, Passive chipset cooling for silence, 5.1 Audio that even includes the desired SPDIF for sending your Digital audio to a receiver / preamp. Just to name a few of the HTPC related options we found nice to have."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone TJ-05 Case Review @ FastLaneHW
"We've looked at a lot of cool SilverStone cases in the past from their Temjin series, to their Lascala home theater series, to the miniature GD98-LED mATX case, we thought that we've seen it all until we got the TJ-05. Today we're going to go through the ropes of this lovely black case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel 925XE Chipset with 1066FSB Support Review @ Tweaktown
"If you can find the time to pull yourself away from playing HL2, we have posted an article which looks at the recent FSB speed increase from Intel with their 925XE chipset and Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.46GHz processor. We compare the performance of the new 1066FSB system against an older 800FSB system with reference 925X motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe SCKKR-1000 KAMAKIRI Heatsink Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"We have reviewed numerous products from Scythe USA in the past and each one of them was somehow unique in its design and the Scythe's new SCKKR-1000 Kamakiri Heatsink is no exception. Offering a total of six heatpipes cooled in what can best be described as a push-me-pull ventilation system. With this products ability to be used on seven different types of motherboards (Socket: 775 - 478 -754 -940 - 939 - A - 370) it should be one heatsink that allows the users to keep using it over and over again. When test against another major company's heatpipe style heatsink we found out that not all heatpipe based heatsinks are created equal."

More information on this review can be found here.
Waffer PC AirCon PAC 400 Review @ Techniz
"Waffer technology is introducing a new cooling concept, PC AirCon by bringing the idea of Air Conditioning System into the computer system. PC AirCon PAC 400 the first issue of PC AirCon, was launched in the Q3, 2004. Waffer Thermal is the subsidiary division of Waffer Group, which is a listed corporation in Taiwan. We are one of the leading heatsink manufacturers in Taiwan, and used to base at OEM/ODM business oriented supply - providing efficient manufacturing and professional technical support & service for the products from CPU coolers, chipset coolers, graphic card coolers, thermal modules to a total thermal solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek Antarctica LGA775 Water Block Review @ Viper Lair
"Even with the system overclocked, the temperatures were still a good 10 degrees C below the stock Intel heatsink. The time between full load and idle temperatures was also quite low. Temperatures dropped nearly 10 degrees almost the instant I closed Prime 95 and paused Folding @ Home."

More information on this review can be found here.
Alphacool NexXxoS XP Water Block Review @ ProCooling
"Conventional wisdom is that this doesn't matter because the Alphacool (and other European waterblocks for that matter) are "designed for low flow". You can see such comments perpetuated in other reviews of this block, but looking at the above graph it doesn't seem to be valid. In fact the relatively thin baseplate and accelerator nozzle make the NexXxoS block perform extremely well at higher flow rates."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright XP-90 Heatsink Review @ OCIA
"The second thing I noticed were the quad heatpipes protruding from the base of the heatsink. Heatpipe technology has recently found its way to aftermarket heatsinks and, if implemented properly, can produce very nice results. Another notable feature of this sink is the ability to work across multiple platforms. Should you decide to upgrade your system, there is a good possibility that you will not need to purchase a new heatsink."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
X-Trac Mouse Pads Review @ Madshrimps
"We take a closer look at 3 high performance mouse pads from X-Trac. Putting them head to head to the competition how do they hold up? Read on to find out in this in-dept mouse sliding review."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Spyware Who Loved Me @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Don’t ever let anybody tell you otherwise, the Internet is not a safe place to take your computer systems without adequate protection. It wasn’t too long ago that anti-virus and firewall software could provide your systems with more than enough security to safely cruise the Internet. Unfortunately, the Internet has become a haven for far too many unscrupulous companies and individuals who actively engage in developing and then enticing you to place software on your computers purposefully designed to invade your privacy in ways that cannot be described as anything but sinister."

More information on this article can be found here.
Aspire ATX-MR500W CONCORD Series Aluminum Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Aspire MR500W Power Supply has a peak wattage of 500 watts which is ample for most PC's. It has two 80mm fans which can be manually controlled, and all of the leads are sleeved. The sleek aluminum casing makes it very light compared to most power supplies. In addition, this package includes a 80mm case fan and a fan rheostat."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Zboard Gaming Keyboard Review @ Spode's Abode
"The Zboard works in a modular way, so the actual keyset can be snapped in and out of the base. Provided with the standard Zboard is a QWERTY layout and the gaming layout as seen above."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooljag JACE2DC/180 1U Socket 478 Heatsink Review @ PCStats
"Called the JACE2DC/180, this particularly heatsink shares most of its similarities with the CoolJag 2QC/180 1U cooler, save for a slightly different skived fin structure. The Cooljag 2QC/180 has an extra set of tall copper fins on either side of the squirrel cage fan, whereas the JACE2DC/180 we are testing here, maintains the same 7mm tall fins from end-to-end."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston Patents New Server Burn-In Process
"Fountain Valley, Calif. (November 15, 2004) -- Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced a technology advancement with the development of the KT2400 tester: a patent-pending, proprietary testing platform designed to detect early-life failure (ELF) in server memory modules, taking quality assurance for server memory to a new level of excellence. Memory plays a critical role in server performance and if a server goes down it can cost a company millions."

"Our development of the KT2400 Dynamic Burn-In Testers puts modules through the most stringent battery of tests simulating the most demanding server environments, so marginal modules are weeded out at the earliest stages," said Dr. Ramon Co, vice president, worldwide test engineering, Kingston. "Kingston can continue to lead the way with server memory quality and reliability," continued Co.

The most common type of memory failure is early-life failure (ELF) which happens when a module's electronic components cease to function during the first three months of normal operation. Failures outside the ELF window are rare. In their relentless pursuit for memory quality, Kingston engineers devised a burn-in testing process that simulates the ELF period, thus screening out unreliable modules before they leave the facility."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Microcool Coolers for Motherboards Review @ Legit Reviews
"The "North Pole" northbridge chipset cooler looked to be a very well made heatsink. It has a full copper construction of the base, with a good, clean surface. A 40MM fan secured with an aluminum frame and the ability to mount the cooler on boards using either holes or hooks should offer a big improvement over any stock northbridge chipset cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Black Ice Xtreme Radiator Review @ Overclockers.com
"The Black Ice Xtreme is a flat tube type - there are 11 tubes running the length and breadth of the radiator's fins, cross connected by a dense fin array; the tubes are connected by plenums at the top and bottom of the radiator. This design gives a lot of cooling area but with relatively high airflow resistance (due to its thickness) and fairly low water pressure drop. The flat tube design is, IMHO, a much better radiator for PC water cooling than more traditional round tube types."

More information on this review can be found here.
Polarflo TT CPU Block Review @ Controlled-Insanity
"In a day an age where computer modding and the number of people who are wanting to build high performance machines is reaching new heights, we thirst everyday for each new performance part to hit the market. But what are we looking for? We as modders want something that takes our machines to a whole new level, aesthetically and especially performance wise. Well, my fellow modders that day has come."

More information on this review can be found here.
LED Pimp Bed Project
"I got this idea last year from a couple different things, one was this ropelight decoration at the Illini Union courtyard cafe that continuously changes colors. The other was from this huge bright LED sign at Irving Park and Sheridan in Chicago that is at some mechanic that uses the sign to advertise his parking spaces for Cubs games. I made this with Red, Green, and Blue LEDs, so I can make any color of the rainbow. This is done the same way your TV or computer monitor works, Red+Green=Yellow, Red+Blue=Purple. I threw in some ultraviolet LEDs in hopes they'd be nice like a blacklight, but they're more violet than a blacklight."

This definitely takes modding to a whole new level. More information on this project can be found here.
AeroCool GateWatch Control/Monitoring Panel Review @ System Cooling
"It's been a long time since I got excited about reviewing a control/monitoring panel. But every once in a while a product comes along that simply does everything you could wish for, has the perfect style to match your taste and its quality surpasses your expectations. In today's review we'll be taking a look at the AeroCool GateWatch control and monitoring panel. Will the GateWatch turn into that unexpected ideal product or will it just get filed away as an average unit into the already cramped front panel filing cabinet?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products Dragon Case Review @ ap0calypse
"There is no denying that Ultra Product’s Dragon is a beautiful case. The glossy red paint is one of the best finishes I’ve seen on a retail case. The Dragon’s many features including the snap in fan mounts, removable drive bays, drive rails, and front USB/Firewire hookups make it a very usable and well designed case."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Nemesis Elite Case Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"Pre-modded cases have been accepted by most people now, especially considering the amount of craftsmanship that goes into making some of them. Case in point (pun intended), the new NZXT Nemesis Elite. With its stunning crafted front, this case certainly garners a lot of attention. Toss in an LCD and you’ve got yourself a rig worthy of attention."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, November 15, 2004
Logitech Precision PC Gaming Headset Review @ Tweaknews
"If you are constantly getting flack for being too loud, maybe it is time to take a look into investing into a quality gaming headset to enjoy your gaming and music listening without alienating everyone around you. In some cases people say, I like gaming headsets but the full blown studio headsets sound good, but they make my ears sweat and the standard version never has the sound quality I am looking for. Well, not anymore, as you will learn today, you now can have the best of both worlds."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer Diamondback Gaming Mouse Review @ The Modfathers
"The more solid feel and grip does allow for great sporadic movements as you try to get out of trouble. At the time when fast and repeated hitting of the mouse key was needed the better grip does come into its own."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Super Silent 2L Athlon XP HSF Review @ Madshrimps
"Arctic Cooling has a line of low cost coolers covering S478 and S462. Previously we looked into the 4Pro L, and today we will examine the 2L for Athlon XP."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Hyper 48 Review @ Viper Lair
"As with many of their products, the Hyper 48 features excellent build quality and is well designed. The Delta fan used by the Hyper 48 did its job of keeping the volume down, and aiding the Hyper 48 in beating the stock Intel cooler in the cooling department."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI HDTV Wonder Review @ VR-Zone Hardware
"With the ATI HDTV Wonder, ATI has once again emerged at the forefront of Multimedia card market. They have released a product HTPC enthusiasts have been wanted for a very long time now, and the bottom line is that this card does exactly what it was made to do, and does it very well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake BigWater Review @ GruntvillE
"The entire waterblock is copper with a see-through acrylic cover. The copper combined with the shiny acrylic is just gorgeous. The overall design of the waterblock is well done and aesthetically pleasing. Four screws securely attach the acrylic cover to the copper base. Two barbs are centered evenly for a symmetrical look. Under the screw down caps are 5/16in prongs to attach the tubing. Between the barbs you can see the pathway for the liquid cooling. In the right hand corner you can see the small LED encased in the acrylic cover. The LED is blue to light up the entire block. This waterblock is universal; with the included clamps it is designed to fit Intel P4 socket 775, P4, AMD K8, and AMD K7."

More information on this review can be found here.
AcBel 450-watt Intelligent Power Series PSU Review @ Tweaktown
"Mike has checked in with yet another power supply review from a newcomer on the block called AcBel Polytech with their 450-watt “Intelligent Power Series”. The company has long produced power supplies for the OEM market but like many recently acknowledged the growth in the consumer market and the need for better quality and fancy power products. So what is so Intelligent about this product compared to others? Read on!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Q-Tec 500W Big Fan PFC PSU Review @ Xtreme Resources
"We will be testing the Q-Tec 500w Big Fan Low Noise power supply unit today. While it can provide (in theory) at least 500W to your system and it is good looking power supply unit. The price of it is very low, retailing for less than 35€ in most European countries, making it less expensive than many ‘no-name’ power supplies."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Phantom 350W PSU Review @ BJorn3D
"Do you dream of the day where the only noise coming from your PC will be from the speakers? As time goes by that dream is becoming more and more of a reality. Antec has come to the plate with the Antec Phantom power supply, a completely fanless, passive cooling PSU that is quiet as a mouse."

More information on this review can be found here.
Giga-Byte G-Max Cube Review @ NextGen Electronics
"These small PCs are gaining popularity for a reason ... small, lightweight, and still as powerful as you pretty much want them to be. The performance of the G-Max CA2 is up to the user but the groundwork has been done masterfully by Giga-Byte with what the consumer is buying with this unit. Overall, a great product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products X-Connect 500W Modular PSU Review @ System Cooling
"In the recent year we've seen more and more power supply manufacturers deliver modified units with wrapped wires, coloured connectors and fancy finishes. But none have gone to the extent that Ultra Products has with their X-Connect power supply line. The X-Connect brings to the end user a fully modified, modular power supply that will change the way you look at power supplies. It will not only keep your wires looking nice and neat but will allow you to use only what you need. Please join us as we take a look and the X Connect 500W Titanium power supply and find out if its performance can match its beauty."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Dracula Case Review @ OCIA
"The design of the side panel is unique however this same exact design that looks like a bat wing (Dracula), is "mirrored" on the other side of the case as well. Mounting the fan at an angle is a nice touch to make it fit with the design. Though a little hard to see in the picture, thumb screws are included for both side panels of the case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Reminder: MTB Guest Author Giveaway Contest 2004
You have all patiently waited and now it's contest time! Our latest series of site contests for the MTB community was made possible by the following sponsors: ADPMods, The Cutting Edge, Thermaltake, Tradex Information Technology Inc., Vantec and Xice.

Time to put on those knowledge caps kids! This month's contest is focused on testing your writing skills by providing you the opportunity to become a guest author on MTB. What exactly does this mean? We are providing you the opportunity to have your work published on MTB and at the same time win great prizes for your participation. Contestants will be required to submit their own original material which can include articles, projects, case mods or how-to guides in order to educate and entertain the MTB community. All entries much be submitted or linked in the contest thread to be considered as an official entry.

We are looking for conventional and non-conventional articles. Most of all we want to see some really creative ideas coming out of this contest! Contestants are allowed to submit two of their best entries for the contest. Multiple entries submitted will be disqualified. Here is what is up for grabs:


The top three prizes for this contest are the following:

1st Place Winner:
- Xice External Cool EC900/H Water Cooling Kit
- ADPMods Complete Black PSU Modding Kit
- MTB Baseball T-Shirt (XL)

2nd Place Winner:
- AeroCool JetMaster Jr Gaming Case
- ADPMods Complete Black PSU Modding Kit
- Arctic Cooling Pro2L Fan + Sunbeam Cold Cathode Fan
- MTB Baseball T-Shirt (XL)

3rd Place Winner: (Modders Prize Pack)
- ADPMods Complete Black PSU Modding Kit
- Vantec Black Slot Protector Kit
- Cutting Edge Black Window PSU Kit
- Thermaltake Fanless 103 Heatsink
- Tweak Monster Memory Cooling Kit
- Sunbeam Case Chassis Kit
- MTB Baseball T-Shirt (XL)

To enter you must be a registered member of the MTB forums. All entries must exist in this contest thread to qualify. The contest will run from November 9th to November 30th with the 3 top winners announced on Wednesday December 1st, 2004. Please note the following additional rules:

1. By submitting entries into this contest each entrant agrees to allow MODTHEBOX.com to use said entries within the confines of the website.
2. Contestants are allowed to submit two entries, duplicate entries will be disqualified.
3. No substitution of the prizes will be allowed by MODTHEBOX.
4. All submissions will be subject to review and the decision of the judges is final.
5. Absolutely no plagiarism or ripping off of other peoples ideas. You must prove that you are the originator of the idea. If you are caught you will be disqualified. No questions asked.

Good luck to all participants..

More information on this contest can be found here.
Saturday, November 13, 2004
Setting up a Wireless Network Part 1 @ AuphanOnline
"WiFi networking's biggest advantage over wired networking is freedom. Freedom from wires. Freedom from the clutter. Freedom to move. However freedom comes at a cost. Bandwidth and security are the main sacrifices. But most people would agree that the benefits outweight the costs."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Xtrac Ripper XL Review @ ModGuidez
"Most PC users these days just use very simple mouse pads or no mouse pads at all. Mouse pads are sometimes overlooked and not given proper thought when purchasing one. Gamers, on the other hand, are very picky on where they put their mice, from simple cloth to metallic surfaced mouse pads. Size also plays a role depending on a user’s situation. Tonight I'll take a look at Xtrac's new Ripper XL mouse pad."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 710n 17" Analog Flat Panel Display Review @ TheCrucible
"With a 12ms response time and a fairly decent price tag the Samsung SyncMaster 710n provides an excellent compromise of performance, price and size. It seems that there is finally an alternative to a bulky CRT without having to sacrifice clean ghosting free gaming. Samsung has come a long way in the LCD market place and the 710n is a testament to that progress."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys SP6001BK 2.1 Speaker System Review @ Mikhailtech
"Coming in at under $50, this system is competitively priced with Logitech's X-230 (32W total output) and Z-3 speakers (40W total output). 12W per satellite is pretty good for low-end speakers. Another 16W for the sub and you get a total of 40W. The advantage these speakers have over most 2.1 systems are the RCA audio plugs which let you connect them to a television set, DVD player, pretty much anything that accepts said input. Needless to say, this makes them a lot more useful."

More information on this review can be found here.

Mikhailtech 11/04 Giveaway - 35 Prizes Over $1200

"Just wanted to remind everyone that our biggest giveaway to date is still in its prime. We already gave away an Antec P-160 aluminum case and TrueControl 550W PSU, and there are still 33 more prizes up for grabs, including a NeoPower 480W PSU, Super LANBOY aluminum case, and another TrueControl 550W PSU!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
Ultra X-Connect 500W Power Supply Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"When you get to the point where you've seen just about every gadget you could imagine, sometimes you find something new that is so exciting yet so simple. The X-Connect PSU in itself looks like it would be a very attractive and overall high quality PSU, but the great thing about it is the fact that all of the cables are detachable. Instead of having to take your newly installed PSU and rack your brain over how to hide the rats nest of wires and unused connectors, you can just leave them in the box."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston Hyper-X Ultra Low Latency PC3200 1GB Review @ System Cooling
"PC3200 memory has experienced a resurgence of late with the introduction of ultra low latency modules from a variety of manufacturers. The design of these modules is such that they can run at very tight timings, and a side effect of this is that many of them will overclock with mad abandon. Kingston has jumped on this low latency trend with a vengeance with the release of their KHX3200ULK2 modules, which are designed to run at 2-2-2-5 timings. Today we're looking at a 1GB set of these modules (2-512MB sticks), and we're going to find out if they're as good as we think they might be."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-K8VT800 Pro Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"VIA's K8T800 Pro chipset powers the most popular Socket 754 boards on the market and when that core logic was released, it was no surprise to see the major Tier-I and Tier-II board vendors update any K8T800 designs they had, using V-Map flexibility to just drop the new ASICs in (for the most part). Gigabyte is one such vendor. Today, we'll be looking at one of the cheaper offerings in the broad spectrum of Socket 754 motherboards available on the market, in the form of their GA-K8VT800 Pro."

More information on this review can be found here.

Akasa's Eclipse 62 Case Review

"Akasa, while not the original manufacturers of the chassis, have worked with the original creators to tweakit just as they like it, engineering out any initial flaws they saw and paying close attention to the smaller details and the wider cooling performance. The width of the chassis and its modular nature afford you excellent thermal performance and ease of use. It's stylish too, the all-black aesthetic tickling my fancy. Simple to work with and open for modification and integration of any powerful system you wish to put inside, the Eclipse 62 is a stand-out chassis and one worth your consideration."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 (667MHz) DDR2 Memory Review @ BJorn3D
"That is no longer the case today. Earlier this year, Crucial introduced an enthusiast line called 'Ballistix,' which is obviously intended to grab gamers' attention. The Ballistix DDR has grabbed plenty of positive attention and feedback from users and reviewers alike. Crucial sent us some DDR2 from the Ballistix family, so we'll get to see firsthand if Crucial truly can deliver what enthusiasts want."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT KV8 Pro-3rd Eye Review @ Viper Lair
"Overclocking went very well, and the board was very stable once we settled on our desired overclock. While it wasn't looking good for the KV8 Pro at first in our synthetic benchmarks, once the real world benchmarks started, the KV8 Pro pulled ahead. This was especially apparent in gaming, and given the price of the board, you should have a bit of money to put towards a decent video card."

More information on this review can be found here.
Alphacool NexXxos XP Water Block Review @ Madshrimps
"We´re rapidly approaching the point where these HSF (Heat Sink Fan) combinations are simply too large and heavy to mount on our motherboards. Given the benefits of H20, it´s only a matter of time until most CPU´s are water-cooled. We take a closer look at Alphacool´s NexXxos XP water block. Can it keep an overclocked Prescott running cool at 4Ghz? Read on to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Circlefire Multi-Media Drive Bay Review @ Tweaknews
"I know that as a consumer, I would expect much more from a product that Thermaltake advertises as a "professional multi-media kit". It tries to do too many things, and ends up doing none of them very well. I could only find one online retailer for the Circle Fire, and at $77 CAD ($65 USD) the bang for buck coefficient is quite low, by my estimation. I've owned Thermaltake products in the past and been very pleased with them, but using the Circle Fire has been a little like admiring a choice '49 Mercury hot rod, then finding a lawn-mower motor under the hood."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 nForce4 Ultra Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"Over the course of this review, PCstats will explain the attributes of nVidia's hot new nForce 4 Ultra chipset, the benefits of this technology, and how it application on the Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 motherboard performs. The Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 is bound to be a favourite solution, for not only does it incorporate the all important PCI Express x16 slot alongside an Athlon64 64-bit processor, but it also features a remarkable array of goodies. For starters the GA-K8NXP-9 includes an additional Silicon Image Sil3114CT176 SATA I/RAID controller, IEEE 1394b Firewire, 7.1-channel audio, Gigabyte's DPS2 power system, dual Gigabit NICs as well as a full PCI 802.11g wireless network PCI card, and even a dual BIOS!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Sky Hawk IMC-6371 Mini Barebone System Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Sky Hawk IMC-6371 Mini Barebone System is an ideal small form factor computer for home, work, or even LAN parties. It has onboard Audio, USB2, Firewire, LAN, and more. While there is onboard Video, it's not meant for serious gamers who play demanding 3D games. This product performs very well, looks great and is reasonably priced."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Friday, November 12, 2004
USB Computer Desk Lamp Review @ ExtensionTech
"Need some more light at your computer desk? Something that uses very little electricity, yet provides lots of light? This just might be your answer. A USB powered Desk Lamp. But ah, this one is a bit different. I expected it to use LED's. Nope, this one uses a white CCFL. Isn't that slick?"

More information on this review can be found here.
USB Memory Drive Projects & Tips @ PCStats
"The USB memory key appears well on its way to replacing the floppy drive completely. As you will see here though, there's a lot more you can do with your USB memory key than just transfer files. In this guide, PCStats will reveal eleven tips, tricks and projects for getting more out of your current USB memory drives than you may have known was possible. From the mundane to the insane, we're sure you'll find something here that's worth trying, so let's begin!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
XG Vigor 500 Power Supply Review @ LAN Addict
"Well, from this we can see little variation in the voltage readings; the Vigor 500 is holding its ground when it comes to supplying the right voltage constantly. I tested this while running Sandra 2004 Pro, 3d Mark 2005, and all cam within 0.01v of what we have ab!

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec NexStar 2 External 5.25 Drive Enclosure Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Have you ever ran into the need to copy or burn a DVD with a computer that didn't have a burner installed in it or perhaps you have one DVD burner and would like the option of sharing it with all of the computers in your home or office. The same thing applies to a CD drive, if you answered yes to this question then the Vantec NexStar 2 External 5.25 CD/DVD Drive Enclosure should interest you."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec's NeoPower 480 Modular PSU Review @ Legit Reviews
"Today we’ll take a look at Antec’s newest entry into the PSU market, the NEOPOWER 480, a 480 W “modular” power supply. Antec has a great reputation of making high quality PSUs (Power Supply Units) -- their “True Power” series is arguably the industry standard for gaming and overclocking. Recently, a few companies have released a new standard in PSUs, the modular power supply. Antec calls their entry the “Advanced Cable Management System.” Basically they give you all the connectors shown below and you get to pick the cables you need to use in your system!"

More information on this review can be found here.
T-Zero Thermal Compound Review @ Madshrimps
"When a new company told us that they had a thermal paste which could beat Arctic Silver 5, we were more then intrigued, today we test their T-Zero versus the competition to find out if their claim is true."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Siberia 12cm K8 CPU and System Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"The Titan Siberia does its job, and then some! Not only does it cool your processor, but it also cools your system. Sporting a large fan (12cm), it keeps cool air flowing over everything, and definitely becomes a major centerpiece of your case, overshadowing your RAM and Northbridge."

More information on this review can be found here.
Waffer PC AirCon PAC 400 System Cooler Review @ OCTools
"The PC AirCon PAC 400 is basically an air conditioner for your PC case. It brings in cold, below ambient, air inside your case to cool the entire system. Manufactured and invented by Waffer Technology, this product promises to bring system cooling to the next level."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Rocket Cooler Review @ PCUnleash
"Gigabyte which is one of the major manufacturers of motherboards and graphics cards, may be a relatively new name in the cooler industry. However, this one, which they’ve just introduced, is really quite innovative. And it is impressive to see a unique design from a company that hasn’t been known for manufacturing coolers. The 3D Rocket cooler from Gigabyte is not a conventional air cooler. Board this Rocket with us, friends and lovers, and you’ll have a gay (happy) time indeed. Discover the joys of properly handling the Rocket, and you might just reach the celestial orbs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Big Water 12cm Liquid Cooling System Review @ BigBruin
"Thermaltake has really hit the mark with this kit. It has everything you need to easily make the switch from air to liquid cooling for your CPU. Although your case may need some modification to mount the radiator, Thermaltake has made it as easy as possible with several mounting options."

More information on this review can be found here.
DangerDen D4 Pump and HDPE Bay Reservoir Review @ GruntvillE
"Anyone familiar with watercooling knows DangerDen; they've brought us some of the most popular products in the industry including the award winning Maze series. The first watercooling block I used was a Maze and I've had a couple since. They've always been among the best performing blocks available at any time. Today we're going to be looking at their new reservoir and their very popular D4 pump. The reservoir is based on the popular bay reservoir style but ads a new material to the mix."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Cavalier 1 CAV-T01 Review @ Overclockers Online
"There are many cases to choose from, as most of you know. The great difficulty in choosing a case however is finding one that suits your functional needs as well as your personal tastes. Cooler Master, supplier of the case we look at today, has built a reputation for making some of the sleekest and most high quality of cases."

More information on this guide can be found here.
High-End Buyers Guide @ The Tech Lounge
"The goal of this guide is to outline an entire high-end computer system for around $3000. This includes the internal hardware, input devices, monitor and speakers (everything but an OS). With this $3000, we want to outline the best all-around system with the highest quality components available. While $3000 may seem like a lot, it can disappear quickly considering all the options. Depending on your individual needs, you may prefer to swap out different components in order to focus more on gaming, multimedia or multitasking. While we will recommend specific components throughout the article, keep in mind that this is just an outline and your idea of a high-end computer may differ from ours."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Building Your Own Laptop @ Steamed Turtle
"Let me tell you this, if you can build your own desktop, then there should be nothing you don't know about building your own laptop. What I present to you today is an article that shows you just how easy it is to build one on your own. If you have all the parts ready, you can really put the whole thing together within 30 minutes!"

This article seems more like upgrading than actually building a laptop from scratch. More information on this guide can be found here.
Beginners Guide To OverClocking @ OCIA
"So what exactly is overclocking and why would anybody want to do it? Overclocking is the art of pushing your system to the limits; squeezing every last bit of power and performance out of your components. Overclocking is an enthusiast hobby. A good comparative example would be a car enthusiast. Sure, you can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to own some of the fastest cars in the world, but why bother when you can take virtually any car, and make it just as fast with the right modifications for a fraction of the price?"

More information on this guide can be found here.
Thursday, November 11, 2004
WarDrivingWorld Platinum WarDriving Kit Review @ PimpRig
"Three weeks ago I purchased the Platinum WarDriving Kit 802.11g 5xSpeed/4xDist. from War Driving World a company I stumbled upon while looking for a new wireless card with an external antenna. This is the best of the best when it comes to wireless cards. If your interested in Wardriving, this is a must have!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Home Networking DIY Guide @ PCStats
"Home networking can be a daunting topic for computer users who are unfamiliar with the intricacies of network technology, even if Windows XP's new features make the process vastly easier than it used to be. To help home users out with this essential subject, Cisco Press recently released a new book entitled "Home Networking: A Visual Do-It-Yourself Guide," this 175-page softcover book falls into the lower-priced category of computer guidebooks, which certainly makes it an easy addition to your tech library."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Mushkin 1GB L2V2 Dual Pack Review @ Steamed Turtle
"Mushkin is very well known for the construction of very high quality memory. Mushkin has actually been around a lot longer than a lot of the other RAM manufacturers and used to be one of only a few of them. These days, however, there are tons of RAM manufacturers. I'm quite happy Mushkin chose us to be one of the few websites to review this RAM. Today, we'll be reviewing this 1GB (2x512MB) L2V2 Dual Pack extensively while making comparisons to the very similar Corsair TwinX1024-3200XL Pro we reviewed not to long ago."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Technology Ballistix PC4000 Memory Review @ Xtreme Resources
"There are many modules to choose from for every purpose; however are there any modules versatile enough to cover as many market aspects as possible? The Crucial Ballistix series are rumored to be as such. We decided to utilize 2 systems for testing, both an Athlon A64 and a Pentium 4 system, since these 2 are the most popular configurations at the time plus they are completely different when it comes to memory performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin PC3200 L2V2 Review @ Viper Lair

"Of course true enthusiasts will want to overclock, and the samples I have here have shown themselves to be capable of near PC4000 speeds which is quite a jump from PC3200. Timings had to be loosened to reach the higher speeds but the headroom is there. If you are a mild overclocker of P4 systems, or you run an AMD system, then this ram would be suitable for you."

More information on this review can be found here.
SATA and PATA Hard Drive Group Test @ Spode's Abode
"This group test covers 15 different drives across 10 model ranges and 5 major manufacturers. The first 4 pages are dedicated to information about hard drive technology and the benchmarks we used. We cover Serial ATA technology, an understand of how hard drives work, S.M.A.R.T, understand our benchmarks and believing manufacturer specifications."

More information on this review can be found here.
Highpoint RocketRAID 1820A Review @ Tweaktown
"For those who thought the high-end SATA RAID arrays were only for the corporate types, think again. Today, Cameron Johnson takes a hard look at the Highpoint RocketRAID 1820A, a means to bring monster arrays to your desktop. Who said only the big boys could play this game?"

More information on this review can be found here.
HighPoint RocketRAID 1640 PCI SATA RAID Controller Review @ hardCOREware
"The 1640 is based on the venerable HPT374 controller that has been around for a long time, as a RAID solution for PATA drives on motherboards and other HighPoint PCI cards. Find out how this somewhat dated solution fares against Intel's two latest RAID controllers, ICH5R and ICH6R."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GV-NX66T128D-3 6600GT PCI-E VGA Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"Gigabyte GV-NX66T128D flexes its muscle over the old PCX5900 and R9800Pro, due to its advanced architecture. It is amazing to see that Nvidia managed to give a sub $400NZ card this level of performance. I feel the GF4 Ti-4200 days are back again."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire Concord 500W Aluminum PSU Review @ FastLaneHW
"The Concord MR500W comes packaged well protected and lots of features. There is a handy hole in the side of the box to verify the color the of PSU before buying it. Two user adjustable 80mm fans keep the PSU cool. At full speed, the fans are loud, but nothing like other high performance fans on the market. The power switch is oversized and very easy to find when reaching behind the computer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron GeForce PC6600 Videocard Review @ PCStats
"PCstats will be putting the Albatron's new GeForce PC6600 PCI Express videocard though its paces in this review, so let's get started. Using the NV43 GPU, the Albatron card is backed up by 128MB of 5ns Hynix DDR memory. Not a lot, but it should suffice for the average gamer. Albatron typically doesn't include a large software bundle with their cards, and true to form the PC6600 comes with a full version of Arx Fatalis, a five game demo CD, WinDVD and a driver CD. With a retail price of only $161 CDN ($130 US) the card is very affordable, and the extra's are modest. Oh, did I happen to mention that the Albatron GeForce PC6600 also supports TV-Output, as well as component out for HDTV users? Well, it does."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Ion² 350w PSU Review @ HTPCNews
"Keeping up with our theme of the week, we take a look at another quiet cooling solution for your HTPC. This time around it's the Vantec Ion² 350w PSU on the Review block. With their "Stealth" case fans, Vantec is fairly well known in the HTPC market."

More information on this review can be found here.
HEC Windmill 385W PSU Review @ Techniz
"Today, we are reviewing another good power supply unit from HEC which is the Windmill 385W PSU. HEC have started to expand from pure manufacturing into establishing designing, R&D, sales channels and global logistics businesses. Besides computer cases, their main products include Power, Barebone Assembly, IPC/Server hardware, Redundant Power, Peripherals (mobile rack, storage box, RAID system), and so on. They also have developed their own HEC brand in switching power supplies for cases and for many first-rate system integration companies."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Silent PurePower Fanless PSU Review @ System Cooling


"Thermaltake has recently expanded their product line to include PC power supplies and their latest model is fan less for those users seeking a truly silent computing experience. The Thermaltake Silent PurePower Fan-less Power Supply Unit (PSU) is rated for a maximum power output of 350 watts. In addition to the ventilated black aluminum enclosure, Thermaltake uses a combination of heat pipes and external copper heat exchangers to dissipate the heat away from internal components. The Silent PurePower Fan-less 350 is available in two models; one that incorporates passive power factor correction (W0050) and the one we are reviewing today that does not (W0029)"

More information on this review can be found here.
Speeze AtlanticWave Cooling System Mods @ A1-Electronics
"Many of you know the Asetek WaterChill system and have very likely seen ours and other web site reviews of it which is why we have included our earlier test results here with our modified Speeze AtlanticWave because it runs of mains voltage unlike the Titan & Aquarius III which use 12volt or 6v water pumps. It is not comparing like with like."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Swiftech H20-120 Rev2 Athlon 64 Water Cooling Kit Review @ Tweaktown
"Today we have an in-depth look at Swiftech's newest water cooling kit by Mike. We test the H20-120 Rev2 with an AMD Athlon FX-53 processor and compare it against one of the best air coolers on the market today. Read on and let's find out if Swiftech are offering something which really deserves our money."

More information on this review can be found here.
Valve Blackmesa II: Part 2 @ Bit-Tech
"We present the second and final part of the Blackmesa II case mod, the Official Half-Life 2 Demo PC. See the finished case, which includes all manner of goodies including Combine wall detailing and the finishing touches that turn a good mod into a great mod."

More information on this fantastic project can be found here.
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Four Products from ACRyan Review @ PimpRig
"We have two new articles quickly covering 4 products from ACRyan including their Backy External Power Kit, Xneon SATA Cable, Blackfire4 120mm UV LED Fan, and their MORF UV PSU Sleeving Kit."

More information on the Xneon SATA and Backy review can be found here. More information on the Blackfire4 Fan and MORF Kit review can be found here.
Halo 2 Launch Event Coverage Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Halo 2 Launch Event Coverage at Future Shop in Toronto, Ontario, Canada was a blast! Food, gaming, prizes, and a life size walking, breathing Master Chief. If you don't have a copy of Halo 2, go get one! And if you don't have an XBOX this is an excellent opportunity."

More information on this video review can be found here.
ATake Flash Pro USB 2.0 Cable Review @ Think Computers
"USB devices are becoming more and more popular, with such devices as MP3 players, USB Memory devices, and digital cameras. A few years ago almost every USB cable was the same. Now you have all different kinds of USB cables. Today we will be looking at a USB Cable that has LED's on the ends and that lights up to show data that is being transmitted. So let's take a look at these cables."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Xaser Damier V5000A Case Review @ BigBruin
"Thermaltake has embraced the idea that the plain beige, or even black, case is pretty much a thing of the past. Now within your grasp are computer cases that not only offer better cooling, but fancy windows, lights, and other gadgets to make even the most hardy case "modder" take notice. The V5000A is very definitely one of those cases!"

More information on this review can be found here.
EPoX EP-8RDA6+ PRO Motherboard Review @ PyroPort
"EPoX have been one of my favoured motherboard manufacturers for some time now, mainly down to a favourable price / performance ratio. Today we have their latest (and quite possibly last) Socket A (Athlon XP) motherboard, the EP-8RDA6+ PRO."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AV8 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"This board brought me a lot of satisfaction! Once I got the ABIT AV8 set up and running, it was fast and enjoyable to work with. ABIT has built another quality board that is a great performer! The board overclocked very well, and with faster ram, I am sure we could have even pushed it higher with the memory at 1:1."

More information on this review can be found here.
X-Micro WLAN 11g Broadband 108Mbps Router Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"The push for wireless technology is unbelievable right now. No one wants to be tied down by cables, however they don’t want to sacrifice security and speed for the sake of comfort. Today, Buddha’s going to review a trio of excellent products from X-Micro; their WLAN 11g Turbo Mode Broadband Router, PCI card and PCMCIA card all operating at 108Mbps."

More information on this review can be found here.
E-Power Warrior PC Case Review @ Short-Media
"It's a PC case that comes stock with 13 LED lights. The side panel glows with a spectrum of constantly changing colors and the light show can continue in the Warrior PC case even after the computer is shut down."

More information on this review can be found here.
Blue Dracula Special Edition Case Review @ Tech-Mods
"If looks are high on your agenda when it comes to purchasing your next computer case, or if you just want something that is totally different! Well look no further than the new special edition Dracula case from Logisys. With enough chrome accents to brake up a unique front bezel and an exterior that will catch your eye. With cases have been taking on all kinds of themes in recent months and this Dracula Gaming case has a sufficient amount."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen EX915 XCube SFF PC Review @ PCStats
"Small Form Factor (SFF) PCs have advanced in leaps and bounds since they were first released by Shuttle a few years ago. PCStats recently reviewed an attractive SFF kit from AOpen, the EX915 XCube. In terms of standard equipment, the system also supports IEEE 1394b, Gigabit LAN, 7.1 channel audio, S-Video out and an onboard videocard. Of course, if you feel the need to upgrade, the AOpen EX915 XCube also includes one 32-bit PCI slot as well as a PCI Express 16x slot for hardcore videocard goodness!"

More information on this review can be found here.
BFR's Build-It-Yourself Guide @ Bona Fide Reviews
"A step-by-step guide with all of the information you need to build your own PC from scratch. So close that Dell magazine and get off the phone with that Gateway rep because you can build your computer yourself!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
Tuesday, November 9, 2004
SteelPad S&S Professional Gaming Mouse Pad Review @ Tweaknews
"I'll have to admit that I probably wouldn't have gone out and purchased a Steelpad, but now that I've used it for a while I don't think I'll be going back to "commando-style" mousing anytime soon."

More information on this review can be found here.
G.Skill PC3200-PC4400 Memory Review @ Madshrimps
"The results and benchmarks speak volumes for the potential performance to be had with high HTT and memory speeds on a Socket 939 Athlon64 setup. I have no hesitation in recommending this memory to those users seeking the utmost in performance potential from their high end computing hardware."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products 256MB 8-in-1 MP3 Player Review @ BigBruin
"The Ultra Products 8-in-1 MP3 Player is little device that isn't short on features. Although I would lean towards calling it a 6-in-1 device, it manages to do those six functions quite well. As an MP3 player and FM tuner alone it might be worth consideration, but throw in the voice recorder and the ability to accept SD/MMC as a flash drive or card reader, and it earns considerable bonus points."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hiyatek 7-in-1 Memory Card Reader Review @ A1-Electronics
"What can we say. We use card readers all the time because they are so useful and this one is just the same. Stylish and very usefull especially for all of you out there with digital cameras. Fit the Hiyatek 7-in-1 card reader and no more fumbling looking for your old reader."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys UV Reactive Molex Sleeve Kit Review @ LAN Addict
"First off, five feet is about half of what should be included if you want to get all of he PSU wiring sleeved. A tiny bit of research, such as using a tape measure on some power supply wiring, would have led someone to this conclusion long before the product was finalized for release. Also, the half-inch sleeving would be great for the ATX connector, but it is a bit large for the other leads. Maybe Logisys could include about five feet of some three-eighths-inch sleeving for the other leads in the next version. Also, some heatshrink tubing for connecting the sleeving to the power supply wiring and keeping the sleeving from unraveling would be a great touch!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston PC3200 ValueRAM 1024MB Review @ Mikhailtech
"CPU-Z 1.24 reported the following information about the memory chips (Crucial on the left, Kingston on the right). Aside from the capacity, the only difference between the two memories is the CL3 latency of the Crucial vs. the CL2.5 of the Kingston. Crucial's DIMMs are single sided 256MB modules, so the density is identical. The ValueRAM is rated at 2.6V, so feel free to bump it up a notch from the (older) standard 2.5V. As far as overclocking goes, it's practically non-existent. I used a Biostar M7NCG nForce2 all-in-one mATX motherboard. Granted, it's not an overclocker's dream, but being the broke college student that I am it's the only board I have access to."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon XPRESS 200 Chipset Preview @ Legit Reviews
"The ATI Radeon Xpress 200 has arrived and offers another choice for those users wanting a better integrated graphics solution. ATI may have a winner if the final production boards look anything like this."

More information on this review can be found here.

GeCube "X" Collection – ATI Radeon PCI Express Awareness @ Tweaktown

"GeCube in Taiwan sent us their complete collection of PCI Express graphics cards based around the new "X" series from ATI. After taking a quick look at each of the cards we compare the performance of the entry level X300 all the way up to the beastie X800. If you're on the market for a PCI Express graphics card from ATI and need to know where each of your options stands, read on!"

More information on this review can be found here.

ATi Radeon Express 200P Athlon 64 Chipset (RX480) @ Spode's Abode

"The RX480 solution works in the same way as most chipsets, with a separated north and south bridge. This means chipset companies can introduce new features by replacing one or the other, without having the redesign the entire silicon."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec NexStar2 3.5" HDD External Enclosures Video Review @ 3DGameman
"These NexStar2 enclosures are available in two different models. The 355-U2 has a USB2 connection and the 355-UF has a USB2 and two Firewire connections. USB2 and Firewire ensure excellent HDD performance. They look very stylish, have plenty of ventilation holes and can be mounted horizontally or vertically."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Antec HD Cooler Review @ GruntvillE
"A direct correlation can be drawn between the speed of your drive and the heat produced. The faster the hard drive the hotter. Lucky for you, there are a slew of options for controlling high temperatures in your case caused by storage devices. Antec, well known for its quality enclosures, power supplies, and case fans, has manufactured a nifty hard drive cooler that does more than just blow air."

More information on this review can be found here.
Paradigit Enjoy Y165 Media Center Review @ Tech Connect Magazine
"This Media Center is based on an Aopen XC Cube EX65-II Case with a big button on the front, which gives a blue light when the PC is running. Together with the rest of the metal perforated holes in the front of the machine, it gives the Paradigit Enjoy Y165 a futuristic/modern look."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX212 PC-Bay Insert Review @ PCStats
"With a backlit blue LCD screen, this USB controlled bay insert interacts with software you load onto your PC, bringing more than a host of useful features and information right to the front of your modded computer. With the Matrix Orbital MX212 you get a very cool interactive unit that can control various pieces of software within your PC, from Winamp to weather reports (via internet link to standard weather information providers), or even displaying the amount of free space on your hard drive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master CM Stacker (STC-T01) Review @ Xtreme Resources
"A case that is good looking, very sturdy and significantly large in order to fit every item that may be needed is the enthusiast's dream. Few companies release full tower cases to satisfy those that want it as large as it can get. Coolermaster answered that call recently with the release of the Stacker case, a full tower case that is one of the largest and most customizable out there."

More information on this review can be found here.
PilouX Blackmesa II: The Official Valve Demo PC
"This is the complete build article for the Half Life² Demo PC that I built at the request of Gabe Newell, ounder/managing director of Valve Software. For people who did not follow this project via my worklog in the bit-tech forum, here is a little background regarding the birth of this mod. A short time after I had finished my first Blackmesa HL² casemod, I received an E-mail from Gabe Newell himself. He and all the Valve staff were very impressed by what I had done to this case and they wanted me to build a similar casemod to use as a Demo PC in their main conference room. This was the start of another HL² adventure for me. I wanted to do something similar to my previous HL² case with rusty bolts and broken pieces - but not an exact replica, as I wanted to make this new Valve sponsored case with enough differences for it to be unique in its own right."

If you haven't had a chance to see this fantastic case, please read this article. More information on this project can be found here.
Monday, November 8, 2004
Kingston 2GB Elite Pro CompactFlash Card Review @ Mikhailtech
"The main difference between Kingston's regular CF cards and their Elite Pro line is the type of NAND flash chip. The standard CF cards use Multi-Level Cells (MLC) which translates into two data values per cell. The Elite Pro uses Single-Level Cells (SLC) which translates to one data value per cell. This allows for higher capacities and higher speeds, both of which are crucial when dealing with high resolution images and any other large files."

More information on this review can be found here.

Akasa Power Eyes Review

"The Power Eyes come in a set of 5 in the retail package shown. You'll need to snap the pieces apart before inserting them into your connectors. Two versions are available: blue and "rainbow": one each of blue, green, orange, red, and blue/red. Instructions can't get any simpler, as shown on the back of the package. You insert the PCB into a male connector, then plug in the female connector and enjoy the show."

More information on this review can be found here.
PQI Memory Giveaway @ System Cooling
"Not too long ago we reviewed the PQI Turbo 1GB Ultra Low\ Latency PC3200 Memory. We found it to be the fastest and overall best memory we've ever tested. To share this awesome memory with our readers we've teamed up with PQI Memory to offer a giveaway of three different PQI prizes.

- PQI Turbo DDR 1GB (2x512MB) PC3200 Ultra Low Latency 2-2-2-5
- PQI Turbo DDR 1GB (2x512MB) PC4000 Dual Channel 2.5-3-3-7
- PQI I-Stick 2.0 256MB USB 2.0 Flash Drive

This PQI Memory giveaway will run until Nov. 21st, it is open to those living in the United States and Canada. To enter simply send an email to contest@systemcooling.com with the subject line "PQI Memory Giveaway" include your name and email address in the entry. On Nov. 22nd we'll randomly draw the winners, after which will draw which prize goes to which winner. If you have any questions just drop by the PQI Memory Giveaway thread in the forum and good luck!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
Super Talent PC3500 Low Latency Memory 2x512MB Review @ The Crucible
"Super Talent's PC3500 Low Latency memory warrants some serious recognition. Not only did we manage to max out both of the test rigs we used, but SuperTalent's PC3500 memory out performed the more expensive memory even though it used looser timings. Super Talent's PC3500 Low Latency memory exhibits great value, excellent performance and high quality."

More information on this review can be found here.
Super Talent DDR433 Low Latency Budget RAM Review @ PimpRig
"This review item is manufactured by Super Talent, and they want gamers & high-end system builders to know that there is another source for 256MB Low Latency (CL2) DDR Memory. Some system builders have had a hard time finding low latency ram at a decent price. For those that seek a 512MB, DDR 433 MHz, and CL2 memory module but can't find it, Super Talent offers a very price competitive 256MB, DDR 433 MHz, CL2 module - with a lifetime warranty. Also, the price structure of 256MB x 4 sticks (=1GB) is positioned to be at least 25-30% cheaper than the competition's 512MB x 2 (=1GB)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright XP-120 Review @ Techniz
"Thermalright have come out with a number of excellent performance heatsink. Today, we are review another solid heatsink, the Thermalright XP-120. This heatsink is cost around USD50. To install the XP-120 on to the motherboard, it is require to take out the motherboard. And this XP-120 is a giant heatsink. So, you better make sure your motherboard can fit in this giant heatsink."

More information on this review can be found here.

FSP Silent Solution Kit Review

"FSP Group is a leader in the power supply industry in Taiwan and one of the top manufacturers in the world. Since the company's establishment in 1993, their outstanding management team has drawn together with their R&D expertise, their sizeable production capacity, outstanding product quality to consistently excel in this competitive marketplace. Today, we are reviewing their Silent Solution Kit. The Silent Solution from FSP is a complete solution for minimising the noise level of the computer systems. This is achieved by replacing those components, which generate the most amount of noise, with near silent equivalent."

More information on this review can be found here.

Silentmaxx HD-Silencer Rev 2.0 Review

"The non removable disk is completely encased. Airborne sound is switched off thereby. The transmission of the impact sound is prevented by the 4fach swinging suspension. But not only optimal noise control but also life-extending cooling by aluminum cooling profile and the heat guidance foil are guaranteed."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalRight XP-120 Heatsink Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"In our continuing search for the perfect cooling solution for the LGA 775 platform we have found what may turn out to be the 'Final Solution'. Today we are reviewing the Thermalright XP-120 heatsink along with the new LGA 775RM (Retention Bracket). The LGA 775RM allows the Thermalright XP-120 and XP-90 heatsinks to be used on most LGA 775 motherboards. So how does this behemoth perform when we fasten it on top of an overclocked Prescott? Read the review to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolerMaster Ultra Vortex Review @ HTPCNews
"When it comes to keeping your CPU chilled on air it's always a bonus to have a setup that'll be quiet enough for your wife to not throw the PC out the window. Cooler Master seems to be taking a shot at Zalman's 7000 series CPU HSF with this latest Ultra Vortex and comes close in performance / noise. Check out the review at HTPCnews.com and see how well it fared in comparison."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silver Storm G5 Water Block Review @ ProCooling
"The G5 uses the same basic cooling methodology as the G4, but jet density has increased and a pure silver baseplate was used instead of copper. The middle and top plates are black Delrin (which will not crack), the barbs used on the Storm have a slightly larger inside diameter than normal 1/2" barbs (and are chrome). As with the G4, the cups in the baseplate contain a small pin in their center to increase turbulence."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek Hard Drive Water Cooler @ Viper Lair
"A solid offering from asetek, that can make a huge difference in extending the longevity and reliability of your hard drive. If you already own an existing water cooling setup, you might want to consider this to round things out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master CoolViva (VHC-L61) Review @ ap0calypse
"Ap0calypse.com takes a look at a new cooler from Cooler Master only this time the cooler is for your video card! That's right, the people over at Cooler Master have released their first video card cooling solution and we are here to tell you how it performs. We give you the CoolViva review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den MAZE4 GPU Water Block Review @ Madshrimps
"Want to overclock your graphics card? Want to replace that noisy stock cooling? We take a closer look at Danger Den´s MAZE4 water block to see if it can tame an ATI X800 Pro video card!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, November 6, 2004
Special Edition Video Review @ 3DGameman
"In this Special Edition Video Review #500, Sherry reviews her computer system. Rodney reviews Sherry, and Rodney has a bit of info on how/when the site/video reviews were started. Popcorn is required snack food for this one!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
Logitech MX1000 Laser Cordless Mouse Review @ DVHardware
"About two years ago Logitech launched the amazing MX700 mouse. It was a huge leap for cordless mice since it were one of the first cordless mice that performed as well as a wired one. It immediately became a big hit and a few weeks ago Logitech released its successor, the Logitech MX1000 Laser Cordless Mouse. This new mouse promises a lot. According to Logitech optical is now obsolete, and the company also claim that their new laser-based optical mouse offers a 20x surface tracking improvement over LED-based optical mice like the MX700. In this review we'll take a closer look to see Logitech's promises are true."

More information on this review can be found here.
Windows XP Media Center Review @ AMD Review
"I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of Microsoft's Windows XP Media Center 2005 to review. Media Center is Microsoft's answer to Tivo. It allows you to create your own Digital Video Recorder (DVR). You can do everything that Tivo allows you to do and more. In the following review I will show you some of the advantages of Media Center; along with the disadvantages (there are a few)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooling Competition @ Buddha's LAN Room
"Design what you think would be the best cooling solution!Now, seeing as we're having fun here, the laws of physics need not apply. Let your imagination go wild and draw me a picture of an uber-cooled box! It can be real, it can be imaginary. use a pencil and lined paper, or photoshop it for all I care. just have fun with it."

More information on this contest can be found here.
RaidMax RX-520XPW Review @ Overclockers Online
"Overall, the performance of this power supply is solid and my confidence in the build quality and the internal components justify the current high price of this product. If moneys not a problem, I recommend it for those users out there who feel safe knowing their power supply won't be holding them back in the future and those that put a high demand on their system with a high-end GPU, extra storage, and overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GeForce FX 5700 256MB Review @ Hardware12v
"The Gigabyte GeForce FX 5700 with 256 MB VIVO is an option for which they are satisfied to playing resolutions not too high and to slight graphs of details and effects, in addition to being able to use the video entrance to pass to digital format any analogical reproduction. It is to say a multipurpose card in both fields of the graphs: entrance and exit but without excelling in neither, rather are a useful but nonpowerful component."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS WL-HDD 2.5 Review @ Hard Avenue
"Hardware Avenue has today reviewed the ASUS WL-HDD 2.5. No bigger, if not smaller than a normal Access Point, this handy device takes a standard 2.5" HDD and shares it wirelessly to an existing wireless network. But that's not all, it can also act as a fully featured Access Point with WDS support, a FTP server and a USB thumbdrive reader just to name a few. Find out how it fairs in the full review."

More information on this review can be found here.
NoiseBlocker CoolScraper Review @ Virtual-Fusion
"This heatsink prooved to be a top performer. That is beacause of its dimensions and the fan used, making it possible to achieve the best performance with a low noise solution. Even though it seems to be a bit large, the materials used in its conception (copper and aluminium) could make it wheight less than what I excpected."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS P4S800D-E Deluxe Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"I have to admit I was surprised. In apps that are memory bound, the 655TX appears to be faster than Canterwood. The Springdale-PE on the DFI, backed up by a capable PAT BIOS means that we were emulating Canterwood. It has lower memory access latency, measured by Sciencemark, and it appears to have a touch more available bandwidth too. It's not much, but it's enough. With Canterwood the performance champion for P4, it appears we have a new champion when your app is memory bound in any way. Raw CPU performance is identical; 655TX ran the 3.2GHz Northwood without issue."

More information on this review can be found here.

ABIT Radeon 9600 XT 256MB Review

"In summary, ABIT's done a decent enough job with its 9600 XT card. It's quiet, efficient, benchmarks well for a midrange card and carries basic VIV0 functionality. Compared to other cards running similar GPUs, and I'm thinking of other 9600 XTs, FX5700 / Ultras, it's not a bad buy. What condemns it graphics card limbo is the significant increase in performance users can get by spending just a few pounds more. All in all, a good 9600 XT that's a victim of aggressive R350 pricing."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Weekly Special @ The Cutting Edge
"Logisys has come up with a new LED fan that looks like nothing else on the market. This fan features 6 LED's that spin around to create the appearance of rings or what looks like the top of an electric stove. The LED's are extremely bright as you can see by the pictures. They come in a variety of colors and combinations of colors that include blue, red, blue/green and red/yellow. These come with a 14 inch long 3 pin tail and 4 pin adapter for any configuration. Spins at 2600 RPM and pushes 31.6 cfm. Very nice indeed."

Specifications:

- Rotating LED's
- Original style
- 31.6 cfm
- 3-pin tail 14 inches long
- Comes with 4-pin adapter
- Sleeve bearing
- Life Time: >20,000h(at25C)/>12,000h(at40C)

More information on this sale can be found here.
Friday, November 5, 2004
FlexiGlowHK xRaider Illuminated Mouse Pads Review @ ExtensionTech
"FlexiGlowHK is back once again with a product that should appeal to anyone that just doesn't want a normal looking or performing mouse pad. I'll put the new xRaider LED illuminated mouse pad on th chopping block in this one page review. FlexiGlowHK was nice enough to send all three color variations, blue, red, and green. So continue on to see I think of this pad."

More information on this review can be found here.
Steel Grip Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"Ever been playing your favorite FPS and have the mouse slip right out of your hands when you had the crosshair centered on the enemy’s forehead? Maybe that mouse of yours could use some kind of enhanced traction on your hand, like a grip let’s say. Well, Steel has you covered with their Steelgrips! Check out the review for the handiest stickers I’ve ever seen."

More information on this review can be found here.
JetAudio iAudio U2 MP3 Player Review @ The Tech Lounge
"JetAudio has sent us quite a few of their iAudio line of players to review and they all have been of very high quality both in form and function. But JetAudio doesn’t seem to rest when it comes to their players. Their website is constantly updated with newer firmware, new background animations and logos, and of course, new products.

One such product is their newest player, the iAudio U2, and with such a fine ancestry, I have very high expectations for its performance. With a long list of features including FM radio tuner, voice recorder, and the ability to record from FM radio as well as a separate line in jack, it definitely has great potential. A built-in rechargeable battery, incredibly small size and amazingly great looks certainly don’t hurt things either. But in the end, it’s the sound quality that ultimately makes or breaks a player, so keep reading and see how this latest iAudio player stacks up."

More information on this review can be found here.
AnyDrive Car MP3 FM Transmitter Review @ Tweaknews
"Today, I'll be reviewing the Anydrive Car MP3 FM Transmitter. This unit will allow you to attach a USB flash drive, MP3 player, MD player, CD player, cassette player, or anything with an audio out and transmit it to an FM frequency for your car radio."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra 256 MB 8-in-1 MP3 Player Review @ OCIA
"I was very happy to see an included USB extension cable. For those of us who have our cases on the floor and do not have front USB ports, this is a lifesaver. Another foot or so of length would have greatly appreciated, as the cable just barely reaches the front of my system now. But again, the included cable is a great addition."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA PCI-Express GeForce 6800 GT Review @ BJorn3D
"PCI-Express video cards have been available for a little while now, but the high-end cards are not widely available yet. ATi's Radeon X800 and X800 XT cards are starting to show up on e-tailers' virtual shelves, but the newest NVIDIA card you'll find in retail form is a GeForce 6600 GT. Demand for PCI-Express cards probably hasn't been really high yet, though. However, now that nForce4 is about to hit the streets, I'm sure we'll see a spike in demand."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Dual Channel 1024MB PC3200 DDR Memory Review @ BigBruin
"When you purchase "performance" RAM, overclocking is usually a major selling point. The published timings of 2/3/2/5 only carried up to 420MHz DDR, and from there adjustments were required to keep the system stable. At 440MHz DDR, the timings had to be relaxed to 2.5/3/3/8, and I was able to hit a maximum overclock of 450Mhz DDR with the same timings."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATake Crystal Notebook Cooling Pad Review @ Think Computers
"There is no end to innovation. When you think a product design can't be changed or improved upon, someone will step up to prove you wrong. This is how I feel about the realm of notebook coolers. By this point, this is our fourth cooler review in as many months, and this unit is the most different from any of the other three we have looked at. Is it better, does the design offer more or less than the others? Let's take a look at the Cooling Turbo from ATake and find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Ultra Vortex CPU Cooler Review 2 XYZ Computing
"With the Ultra Vortex Cooler Master is offering consumers silent CPU cooling for under $30. In addition to this the fan speed can be adjusted on the fly to offer additional performance, making this cooler much more versatile than any stock CPU cooler available today. In this respect the UV is a well-designed product and a reasonable deal."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 Motherboard Review @ 3DXtreme
"The Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 met our expectations and delivered an experience indicative of our past experiences of Solteks' products. The price to performance ratio of these boards just can not be beat. At the same price point most of the other boards lack SATA Raid, while this may not be used by everyone it is a feature that some may grow into. The stock performance was on par with other VIA K8T800 Pro based Motherboards and the overclocking ability outshined that of the ABIT AV8."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Quickest Guide to AMD Processors @ Short-Media
"What Athlon do I buy?" To begin to answer that question you need a compiled list of all the current platforms and brief outlines for each. Personal recommendations for what's hot and what's not are also included."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Swiftech MCP650 Pump and MCRES-525 Reservoir Review @ System Cooling
"I've had the pleasure of reviewing several of Swiftech's water cooling and water cooling related offerings over the last few months. All of them impressed me with their quality and ease of use. When Tommy informed me that Swiftech had offered us their brand spanking new reservoir and their newest 12v pump, I jumped at the chance to review them. Both of these parts play an integral part in Swiftech's current water cooling kits, so let's see if they improve over their forbearers and are worthy of your hard earned cash."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATake Crystal Notebook Cooling Pad Review @ Think Computers
"There is no end to innovation. When you think a product design can't be changed or improved upon, someone will step up to prove you wrong. This is how I feel about the realm of notebook coolers. By this point, this is our fourth cooler review in as many months, and this unit is the most different from any of the other three we have looked at. Is it better, does the design offer more or less than the others? Let's take a look at the Cooling Turbo from ATake and find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Compaq GX5000Z Desktop Gaming System Review @ Designtechnica
"Compaq has developed a formidable contender with their X series gaming systems. The GX5000Z system we reviewed proved to be both fast and reliable. We love the fact that Compaq is using OEM parts from major manufacturers like MSI, Samsung and Creative Labs. This separates the Compaq X series apart from others such as Gateway and Dell because it allows their system to be upgraded with extreme ease. In essence, Compaq has built you a system using the same off-the-shelf parts that you can purchase yourself. They build the system for you, test it and then sell it for a few hundred dollars less than you would pay building the system yourself. Top it off with a one-year warranty through Compaq, and you are good to go."

More information on this review can be found here.
FIC Condor SFF Review @ Viper Lair
"FIC put together a nice little barebone PC, but missed on some important features that enthusiasts have come to expect. While it's no slouch in gaming, it does not stand out in the performance department which is a shame as the design itself was well thought out. A change in motherboard and PSU selection is certainly in order, and hopefully FIC thinks about this with their next Condor revision."

More information on this review can be found here.
Morex Mini-ITX P4 Barebones System Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Start out with a small stylish Morex 3677 Mini-ITX case then add into it a motherboard based on the Intel i845GV chip set which support processor speeds up 3.0 GHz and you end up with the Morex Mini-ITX P4 Barebones Systems. This unit is configurable from our sponsor with a number of choices including processor, hard drive, CD/DVD and memory. You get to build the system the way you want it adding more power if you think your application will demand it. The unit we are reviewing came pre-configured with a P4 - 2.8/533 Processor - 512 MB of PC3200 DDR - 24X CD - 20GB Seagate Hard Drive. Then it was just a matter of benchmarking the daylights out of this little box to see what it would do."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, November 4, 2004
Keeping that High-end Graphics Card Cool and Quiet @ Hardware Analysis
"Modern graphic cards generate about as much heat as a desktop processor, which makes keeping them cool and quiet a challenge. We detail how to go about making sure even a high-end graphic card is running whisper-quiet and cool."

More information on this article can be found here.
Modding a Single-Layer to Dual-Layer @ Legit Reviews
"Today we set out on a fun little project. We decided to test a mod that was floating around on the net making your single-layer burner turn into a Dual-Layer (DL) burner! Is this really a free upgrade?"

More information on this article can be found here.
November 2004 Contest @ Mikhailtech
"November marks a very special month for Mikhailtech. For those who have stuck around with us long enough, you know that Mikhailtech was born on November 7th, 2000 as a humble Geocities page. Since then we've grown tremendously and moved around more than we can remember, but we couldn't have done this without you. In a few days, Mikhailtech will be 4 years old. As a thank you, we've teamed up with Antec for our biggest giveaway EVER! We have 35 prizes totaling approximately $1200 up for grabs!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
Radian Heatsink Turbo Helix Heatsink Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Last week we reviewed Radian Heatsink's Crown Helix heatsink for the LGA 775 platform and came away totally impressed with the result we obtained. This week we are looking at their offering for Socket 478 - named Turbo Helix. Can it perform as well as its larger counterpart did? Only the review tests will tell."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Hyper 48 Cooler Review @ BurnOutPC
"The cooler performed quite nicely. The looks are brilliant, the performance is nice and it's very quiet. I was surprised by the size of the cooler weighing over 850 grams making it quite heavy. No wonder there's a backplate mount you need to use. Installation was easy but the holes were missing on the socket bracket. Overall a really nice cooler, and this is surely a step upwards for Cooler Master in the line of quality coolers out there."

More information on this review can be found here.
Low Latency PC3200 Memory Roundup on Intel @ Madshrimps
"We test a new batch of PC3200 and PC4400 rated memory from known and lesser known manufacteres on our Intel P4 test setup. With the introduction of Samsung´s TCCD revision F memory chips we might get performance only seen in the days of Winbond BH-5!"

More information on this review can be found here.
AtlanticWave Water Cooled System Review @ A1-Electronics
"Straight off the bat we have to say that we are very impressed with the design of this Speeze AtlanticWave system because it uses mains voltage to drive a small yet more than powerful enough water pump and it is automatically controlled so that it switches on and off with your computer so getting rid of that problem on some mains voltage systems."

More information on this review can be found here.

EverCool VGA Heat Pipe Universal ATI & Nvidia Heatsinks Review

"EverCool kindly sent us these recent additions to their expanding range of top quality heatsinks. One version has three fans and the other is Noiseless having no fans."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair 1GByte DDR2 Twin2X Review @ Hexus
"DDR2 memory is here to stay. Intel has decided that future scalability is more important than immediate performance. Corsair's 1GBye DDR2 Twin2X pack debuts in at a blistering DDR533 speed. Just in case it sounds slow, that's high-end, premium DDR territory. What's more, Corsair is already marketing DDR2 that runs at, wait for it, an effective speed of 667MHz."

More information on this review can be found here.

ASUS K8N-E Deluxe Motherboard Review

"It's the features that drive this mainboard more than anything. The use of the 250Gb nForce3 variant, bringing with it GigE and those highly useful hardware firewall features for the home user, combined with plenty of USB2.0, FireWire400 and six SATA ports, means that ASUS push almost all the right buttons. Eight channel audio rounds things off."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K8N Neo & Neo2 Platinum Nforce3 250 Motherboard Reviews @ The Crucible
"MSI has delivered two excellent products in the K8N Neo and Neo2 Platinum. Both provide a ton of options, good overclocking and very nice performance all at a fairly reasonable price. If you are looking to upgrade to a new Athlon64 system, and want one of the fastest boards available take a good look at MSI's K8N Neo Platinum and K8N Neo2 Platinum motherboards."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI Brings Dothan to Performance Desktop Computing
Hayward, CA (November 4, 2004) - DFI, maker of the award winning LANParty(tm) and record-scoring LANPartyUT series of motherboards, today launched industry's most enthusiasts-oriented desktop Pentium M motherboard, 855GME-MGF. Based on the Intel mobile 855GME/6300 ESB chipset and supports socket 479 Pentium M processors, this motherboard merges cutting edge mobile technology and performance potentials onto an environmentally friendly platform. Its low heat generation, virtually fan less operation and performance-oriented design makes the new 855GME-MGF the perfect solution for small home servers, silent home theater PCs, or blazing fast gaming systems.

Designed with versatility in mind, the 855GME-MGF is based on the standard micro ATX form factor and features support for low latency DDR333 memory and AGP 4X. Similar to the CPU socket used in notebooks, the motherboard features a low profile CPU socket that fully supports socket 479 Pentium M and Celeron M processors with 0.09 µm Dothan or 0.13 µm Banias core. Migrating the mobile chipset and CPU platform to the desktop means DFI users can now truly enjoy green computing without the expense of performance degradation. From lowered energy consumption, low heat
generation, low noise generation to a possible fan-less system design, the 855GME-MGF motherboard promises more than any current desktop can deliver.

In addition to the green features of this motherboard, DFI's 855GME-MGF also brings performance desktop computing to a new height. "In general application performance, a 2GHz Pentium M actually outperformed the desktop chips and even in gaming and workstation applications the Pentium M was competitive, all while running at significantly lower temperatures with much lower power requirements." said Anand Lal Shimpi, Editor-in-Chief of Anandtech."

More information on this press release can be found here.
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"In this article, PCstats will be reviewing MSI Computer's brand new 915P Neo2 Platinum motherboard which is built with the performance user in mind! This full-size ATX motherboard includes a comprehensive feature set, from IEEE 1394 (for your high speed external multimedia devices like HDDs, scanners, MP3 players, etc), to an additional IDE RAID controller, Gigabit PCI Express ethernet controller, and Intel's Azalia onboard 7.1-channel audio."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone TJ06 Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The SilverStone TJ06 Case has an extremely unique design. Unlike most cases where hardware installation is done through the left side, in this case it's on the right. Another distinctive feature is the large wind tunnel which quickly ports all the heated air from the memory and the CPU out of the case. Plenty of fans are included: two 120mm and one 80mm. Also, lots of drive bays: 5 x 5.25", 2 x 3.5" (ext) and 6 x 3.5" (int)."

More information on this video review can be found here.

Altec Lansing MX5020 2.0 Speaker System Video Review

"The Altec Lansing MX5020 is a basic 2.0 Speaker System with good sound quality. The total continuous power is 12 watts, 6watts/channel with a frequency response of 20-20,000 Hz. Each speaker has two drivers, a 1" tweeter and 3" mid-bass driver. For the size, price and target market these speakers perform well."

More information on this video review can be found here.
New Laser Etching Service @ Mountain Mods

"Mountain Mods takes another climb into customization. Take advantage of laser precision cutting and etching services to add a unique flare to any computer case. Available now are custom etched acrylic 5.25 bay covers, 120mm & 80mm blow-hole covers, acrylic 5.25 bay converters, U2-UFO & Twice7 custom etched window upgrades as well as windows custom cut and etched to your specifications for any case. More great custom items will become available in the near future; and remember Mountain Mods continues to offer custom case design and construction at well below the normal cost of a prototype."

More information on this service can be found here.
Wednesday, November 3, 2004
Arctic Cooling ATI Silencer 1 Review @ ap0calypse
"Up for inspection today is the highly anticipated ATI Silencer 1 from Arctic Cooling, the people that brought us the awesome original VGA Silencer! I really had high hopes for this next generation Silencer, but as you will see as you read through this review, I had more then one issue with this "new and improved" design!"

More information on this review can be found here.
PCAirCon PAC400 Review @ Hard Avenue
"Hardware Avenue have today reviewed Waffer Technology's PCAirCon PAC400 system cooler, based on "Thermoelectric" technology. With specialized system coolers out of the spotlight these days, the PAC400 is certainly part of a dieing breed, but does it do enough to warrant a purchase?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Radeon X800 PRO 256MB Review @ Hexus
"It's safe to say that any card, and I mean any card, based on the R420 GPU will be a good one. Greater rendering parallelism and higher core and memory speeds ensure that benchmark performance will be stellar. That point of view is corroborated by decent benchmark results from Crucial's X800 PRO. If, then, all X800 PROs are considered to be 'good', what makes one better than another?. What immediately springs to mind are cards that arrive pre-clocked at higher-than-default levels, or ones that bundle in the very latest games, or, for most buyers, the ones that are the cheapest."

More information on this review can be found here.
VisionTek Xtreme 2 Go Drive Review @ Overclockers Online
"Apart from the capacity of the USB Drive, they are all pretty much the same. VisionTek offers their Xtreme 2 Go Drive in 5 flavors: 1GB, 512MB, 256MB, 128MB and 64 MB at $129.99 - $30 USD Rebate, $79.99, $39.99, $24.99 and $19.99. The diverse price and capacity makes it easy for anyone to pick up one that suits their needs and fits their budget."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire x800 Pro Review @ Pyroport
"Today on Pyroport, we would like to bring you a comparison of what are bound to be very popular variants of the cards, the Ati Radeon X800 Pro vs. the Nvidia Geforce 6800GT. Both are priced in the UK at roughly the same point, approx £300 at the moment."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon X800XT PCI Express Review @ VR-Zone Hardware
"From stock core and memory clock speeds of 500MHz, I was able to overclock the Sapphire Radeon X800XT PCIe's core 46MHz and memory 55MHz, yielding a final clock speed of 546MHz/555MHz (core/memory). It's important to note that the core speed is actually faster than the stock core speed of the Radeon X800XT Platinum Edition, and just 5MHz slower than it's memory clock speed (Core: 520MHz / Memory: 560MHz). I was impressed that we were able to get at and maintain these speeds throughout our testing, with no artifacting or problems at overclocked frequencies after more than a week of playing games at them."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"While Intel chooses to market the 915P as a mainstream part, based on our results today we can see MSI's 915P Neo2 Platinum is anything but ordinary. Out of the box, we had zero issues with the board (always an important thing), and once we got everything up and running, the board proved itself to be quite the speed demon."

More information on this review can be found here.
EPoX EP-8KDA3+ Motherboard Review @ Hardware12v
"EPoX gained very good reputation with its motherboards for socket To, later it would acquire it with plates for socket 478 and now we see how it has offered a product of first quality with the 8KDA3+. Proof of it is 290MHz of FSB that we have reached without no external modification nor advanced system of refrigeration."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AA8-3rd Eye Intel 925X Motherboard Review @ PC Guide
"The AA8-3rd Eye is not much different from the AA8 DuraMAX board, the 3rd Eye still maintains all the same specs as the DuraMAX like support for DDR2 at 533MHz, FSB800MHz, PCI Express and SATA RAID etc, but now includes a new extra the assists enthusiast enable for instantly overclocking, monitor their system with ease."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LANParty UT nF3 250Gb Motherboard Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"DFI LANParty UT nF3 250Gb is the best socket754 board that we've tested, with amazing overclock potential (reaching 297MHz with a SATA drive) and an abundant settings for even the craziest tweakers."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LANParty Motherboard Used to Break the Magic "Six" 6GHz
November 3, 2004 (Hayward, CA) - DFI, maker of the award winning LANParty and LANPartyUT series of motherboards, today joined the enthusiasts community to congratulate avid DFI user, Fugger, in his recent world record achievement. Using only phase change on an unmodified LANParty 875P-T motherboard, Fugger successfully overclocked his 3.6 GHz Pentium 4 (LGA 775) processor to stunning 6.3 GHz, or about a 75% overclock!

Unlike any in its class, the new LANParty 875P-T motherboard combines the best of both worlds. Designed for the latest Intel LGA 775 socket architecture, it features the mature Intel i875P chipset and includes an unrivaled feature set. The motherboard natively supports low latency DDR400 in dual channel mode and AGP 8x, enabling users to upgrade little at a time while enjoying the performance advantage the i875P chipset offers. Since its debut, avid overclockers around the world have been able to break various world records thanks to its complete overclocking options, forgiving hardware platform, and high quality components used.

Last month, Oppainter, world 3DMark champion, marked double world records with the new LANParty 875P-T motherboard in 3DMark03 Hall of Fame (score 18515) and 3DMark05 (score 8382).

Fugger's latest achievement puts him 300 MHz+ ahead of the next overclocker. At a core speed of 6.3 GHz, his overclocked Pentium 4 560 processor had a front bus speed (FSB) of 1800 MHz. Fugger's record-breaking system setup includes:

- DFI LANParty 875P-T motherboard (350 MHz FSB)
- Intel Pentium 4 560 (3.6GHz) processor (cooled to -121°C)
- Centon Advanced DDR memory (Samsung TCCD)
- OCZ DDR Booster
- Chilly1 Three-Stage CPU Cascade

More information on this press release can be found here.
LAN Pirates Buccaneer M+ Notebook Review @ Spode's Abode
"LAN Pirates are a very new name on the UK scene, being an off-shoot of NS Optimum who mainly provide computers for schools, so they aren't alien to the world of system building. LAN Pirates themselves now offer a selection of performance PC's and notebooks, aimed to cater for the enthusiast in all of us. In today's market, enthusiast generally translates as high performance and an equally high price. This laptop is no different."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone Temjin 5 SST-TJ05-B Case Review @ 3DXtreme
"Today 3DXtreme is presenting a refresher to an earlier review we had posted. Recently we posted a review of the SilverStone Temjin TJ-05 ATX Case. We ran into a few issues with the Case and SilverStonetek quickly provided another one, this time in black and without the integrated fan controller. SilverStone provided this Case to see if we experienced the same issues, hoping it was damage that ccurred in transit we proceeded to move our whole system into this new TJ05B Case. We decided to deliver this as a separate Case review, due to the fact that this Case lacked the fan controller and had a lower purchase price. Let's see how this Case fared regarding the issues we experienced and if this model of the TJ05 delivered more than just a replacement product."

More information on this review can be found here.
MNPCTech's Tsunami Ultra Quiet Custom Case Review @ PimpRig
"The MNPCTech Tsunami that Bill sent had some killer airbrush work on it that is called "Silent and Deadly". I get it completely; a Tsunami is a giant wave (as in the style of case), this is the Ultra Quiet so it's silent, and the Killer Whale is a deadly predator in the water. The artwork is drop-dead beautiful."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Logitech MX510 Optical Mouse Review @ Mikhailtech
"This is by far the best looking mouse I've seen. It's not overly flashy and doesn't have distracting LEDs. As a matter of fact, the optical LED is hidden so well that once the mouse is on a surface, you can't tell if it's lit even with the lights off. The MX510 comes in either dark blue or dark red. The top has a very peculiar holographic effect which gives the impression of folded fabric beneath the seemingly clear surface. Because this is a random design, no two mice are the same. Even more interesting is the lack of buttons; the single top piece is so well built that you can click on the left side without ever disturbing the right. This gives the impression of two separate buttons, but better since your hand never leaves the surface."

More information on this review can be found here.

Xtrac Mouse Pads Review

"From a technological standpoint, there are several points that distinguish these pads. First is the top sheet. This is either cloth or plastic with a printed hexagonal pattern (except the Ripper XL, which doesn't use a pattern). The underside uses either Sure Grip or Sure Grip II backing. Sure Grip is used on the 1/8" thick pads and is basically a zigzag pattern of rubber rectangles. Sure Grip II is used on the credit card thin pads and while it doesn't use any sort of pattern (due to thickness constraints), it still does a fine job of not slipping. Granted, it's not as good as the thicker Sure Grip backing, but the difference is negligible and you do have other options."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gateway MP3 Photo Jukebox Preview @ The Tech Zone
"The new Gateway MP3 Photo Jukebox looks tempting enough to make anyone currently on a waiting list for other mini-digital music players think twice. The unit combines 4GB of storage in a small and lightweight 3.4-ounce design, with cool new features including color display, digital photo storage, and, unlike the Dell Pocket DJ or iPod Mini, a removable and rechargeable battery."

More information on this review can be found here.

The Art Of Cable Folding

"Folding cables serves two purposes; to create a super clean looking system and maximize air flow going though the computer case. Nothing messes up air flow more than a bunch of dangling IDE cables. Rounded cable helps this roblem but they still tangle inside the case and still block airflow. A properly fold IDE cable will snake along the sides of the case so air flow is not disrupted and will look cleaner than anything you can do with rounded cables."

More information on this review can be found here.
Merconnet Super Joy Box4 Review @ BurnOutPC
"I used the Super Joy Box4 for several racing games and all of them worked brilliant. Still I prefer my keyboard and mouse for some games but whenever you play Tony Hawk you really need a gamepad. You can purchase an expensive controller or just use your playstation controllers :). Another cool feature is the force feedback, this device lets you use force feedback as it normally would on wheels or other joysticks. Installation was easy, and I had no problems using this device."

More information on this review can be found here.
D-Link AirPlus XtremeG 802.11g Wireless Products Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Xtreme G line of products are loaded with features, especially the DI-624, which is a remarkably adept router with loads of useful features, a solid 4-port switch and access point. However, the problems I noted with the Super G modes cannot be overlooked - for me, and for some reason they just did not work all that well. I have yet to find a solution, but there may be one out there."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tomcat i915 (S5120) Motherboard Review @ Bona Fide Reviews
"The Tomcat i915 (S5120) is one of Tyan's latest Socket 775 system boards. With the recent jump to the PCI Express graphics platform, we decided it was time to hop aboard the tech. train and see what PCI-e is all about."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston HyperX PC2-5400 DDR2 Memory Review @ Madshrimps
"We take a closer look at Kingston´s DDR2 offering, this 1gb kit is clocked by default at 675Mhz (PC2-5400 / KHX5400D2/512) and will give any DDR2 powered platform quite a boost. Let´s found out how much."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin 1GB PC2-4200 DDR-2 Memory Review @ PCStats
"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."

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Build a $5 VGA Cooler @ Short-Media
"A video card gets hot, hot, hot! Ram heatsinks on a performance video card can get to 150 degrees Fahrenheit hot. The large fan and heatsink assemblies on the graphics processor chip can get equally as hot; around 130 degrees Fahrenheit. PC enthusiasts know heat is the enemy of PC stability and successful overclocking. Sure a VGA cooler could be the answer for $25-$35 USD (plus taxes, shipping and handling) but we set out to build our own for under $5."

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Six Low Latency PC-3200 1GB Kits @ Legit Reviews
"Recently while characterizing six low latency DDR1 PC-3200 memory kits we noticed a performance gap when overclocking the modules. Sure, it is not uncommon to experience a few MHz here and there, but we were seeing 20+ MHz differences from similar memory kits."

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Mid-Range Buyers Guide @ The Tech Lounge
"The goal of this guide is to outline an entire mid-range computer system for around $1500. This includes the internal hardware, input devices, monitor and speakers (everything but an OS). The components we have chosen for this system are what we consider to be great all-around products with the best bang for the buck. Depending on your individual needs, you may prefer to swap out different components in order to focus more on gaming, multimedia or multitasking. While we will recommend specific components throughout the article, we will also point out some options that you may want to consider as well."

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Thermaltake Tsunami Dream Case Review @ PimpRig
"To be blunt, I always had found Thermaltake cases to be a little over the top for my tastes. Too much gaudy plastic chrome and oddly shaped bezels for my stomach. This case caught my eye while working on a new system build for a client. I first noticed the case and then looked to see who made it and to my surprise it was Thermaltake. I am sure that Thermaltake needs no intro since they have been slingin' PC gear for years and have a good overall reputation."

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CoolerMaster Cavalier 1 CAV-T01 Designer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"Today I will introducing the CoolerMaster Cavalier 1 Designer Computer Case which rides the knife's edge between the two fields as an attractive alternative for the mainstream user, but also would be an excellent case for an gamer as well."

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RaidMax Cobra Gaming Case Review @ Viper Lair
"Cooling is very well done, but we think they could have substituted the sheer number of 80mm fan options with fewer larger fans. While the cooling is efficient, it is noisy if you plan on using all the available fan mounts. Granted, given the Cobra case is aimed at gamers, the noise will probably not be much of an issue."

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Monday, November 1, 2004
Vantec NXP-201 and Vantec Fans Review @ DVHardware
"Since case modding started to become popular a few years ago the market has been flooded with all kinds of fan controllers. In this review we will take a closer look at the Vantec NXP-201 fan controller and we'll also have a very quick look at Vantec's Tornado and ThermoFlow fans."

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OCLabs PlexyBlock B3 Review @ XYZ Computing
"The base of the B3 water block is very interesting. As opposed to being polished copper OCLabs has chosen to plate the copper in what appears to be chrome plating. This gives the surface a great shine and extra hardness."

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Thermalright XP-120 Heatsink @ OCIA
"The first step is pretty simple; lay down the included plastic bracket, and screw it in place if your backplate is glued on like mine, you don't even have to remove your motherboard for this. Then of course you would apply a thin layer of thermal grease to the CPU."

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Intel's 3.46Ghz Extreme Edition 1066Mhz FSB Processor Review @ Tweaknews
"So to boil this conclusion into the Cliff's notes version all I can say is if you have the excess capital and want the fastest Intel based computer on the market, then this would be your baby. But if you consider the price for this new processor to be way out of your league, don't worry, you are comfortably amongst the 90% of us in your same financial boat that should consider the drastically cheaper LGA775 Prescott for more bang for the buck.."

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Intel 925XE Chipset @ 3.46GHz EE CPU Review @ Hexus

"AMD has moved on but Intel's top-level performance has remained largely the same, so whilst I'm a fan of all the good aspects of 925X/XE chipsets, I find it hard to recommend it as a performance platform when the Extreme Edition is still playing catchup, most notably in gaming. Cast aside any company-specific favouritisms and ask yourself objectively what you would rather have if money was not an issue - an AMD FX-55/nForce4/DDR1 2-2-2-5 memory setup or 3.46GHz Extreme Edition/i925XE/DDR2?"

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Intel P4 EE 3.46GHz& 925XE Overview @ Viper Lair

"The increased FSB appears to make the most difference when it comes to memory bandwidth tests. Application and games do show an improvement, but to a much lesser effect. Put it this way, if you already own a fast Prescott setup, regardless if it's an Extreme Edition or not, we do not feel that the 3.46GHz Extreme Edition brings enough to the table to warrant a platform change. The 925XE we'll have to keep an eye on, as it may have the potential to be quite overclocker friendly for 800MHz FSB CPUs."

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Intel's 925XE Chipset & 1066FSB Processors Arrive @ Legit Reviews

"The Intel 925XE chipset and the 1066FSB 3.46EE Processor are a step in the right direction for Intel. If you were waiting for the new chipsets to come that support
800 and 1066 FSB processors your wait is over."

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Intel’s 925XE, upping the ante for PCI-E? @ Hardware Analysis

"The Intel 925X chipset has just been launched a few months ago and Intel is already set to replace it with a newer, faster revision of the chipset. We explore the new chipset and its 1066MHz front side bus to see how it stacks up to the i925X."

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ABIT AV8 K8T800 Pro Socket 939 Motherboard Review @ 3DXtreme
"The ABIT AV8 performed very well, battling with the Soltek K8T800 Pro board for much of this review. The stock performance of the K8T800 Pro chipset seems to be consistent across the motherboards we used thus showing no clear winner. The AV8 has features galore and can be found online for only $111. Overclocking was the key here as this board has working AGP/PCI locks allowing us to briefly hit a 270 MHz FSB and I was actually able to game at 265 FSB x 9."

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Mushkin High Perf PC3200 L2V2 Review @ GruntvillE
"The modules have a black 6-layer pcb covered by satin black heat spreaders with chrome clips and make for a nice look. The heat spreaders are embossed with the words “Mushkin Enhanced Memory” on each side and have a sticker which tells us which model and the serial number of the unit. To find out what makes these modules tick I need to see what they're made of. The heat spreaders are affixed securely and I do not recommend removing them as it will void the warranty. To ease any curiosity, I'll handle that part for you."

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Corsair TWIN2X1024-5400C4 Pro XMS2 DDR2 Memory Review @ PC Guide
"Today we have Corsair's Twin2X1024-5400C4 Pro XMS2 1GB matched memory pair for review and we plan to spread some light over the DDR vs DDR2 question as well as help understand all the talk about all the different specifications and IT jargon."

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Modder of The Month November @ Creative Mods
"David Mendicino, November's Modder of The Month, has much to share about his experiences in modding (a staggering 7,131 words to be exact). If you are planning to build a case from scratch or are interested in the process, reading this very comprehensive article will be to your benefit."

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Logisys Dracula Mid-Tower Case Review @ System Cooling
"Lord Byron once said, "I have a personal dislike to Vampires, and the little acquaintance I have with them would by no means induce me to reveal their secrets". Although Byron was one who liked to keep secrets, we at System Cooling don't. In today's review we're going to reveal all that you would ever want to know about the baddest Vampire of them all, Dracula. To be more specific, we'll be taking a look at the Logisys Dracula Mid-Tower Case, a perfect product for this Halloween Weekend."

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YY-5603 Mars Case Review @ PCUnleash
"YYCase has been on the market for a while, but it wasn’t until quite recently that they introduced a gaming case. The YY-5603, also known as the Mars, is a steep improvement from the earlier members of their line up, and it is obvious by its design that this case is being aimed directly at hardware enthusiasts. The most noticeable feature of this case is that it has an air duct placed above the processor. Besides that, Yeong Yang claims that this case is a thermal advantage chassis which is ready for P4 Prescott. The new version which we have today also seems to draw in air particularly effectively in the areas where expansion slots have been placed, resulting in better air circulation."

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