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Friday, December 31, 2004
mCubed T-Balancer Fan Controller Review @ BigBruin
"Rarely does a product emerge that is truly new and different. The T-Balancer from mCubed is exactly that. There are many ways to control the speed of fans on a computer. The most common involves some sort of a fanbus or rheostat with knobs on the front. Turn the knob up and the fan goes faster, down and it goes slower, pretty simple. The T-Balancer is nothing even remotely close to a fanbus."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Lightbus Review @ LAN Addict
"The Sunbeam Lightbus is really a nifty device and one that I'm kind of surprised hasn't been copied by anyone else. The fact that it can also be used to control fans is just icing on a pretty sweet cake! The only things I see that could be improved upon are making the hard drive connector a pass-through one so the cases HDD activity light can still be used, and finding a way to utilize the motherboard's or sound card's headers for accessing the sound signals, rather than using a pass-through cable that will have to be strung all the way across the interior of your case and out the back."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung YH-999 Portable Media Center Review @ Whining Dog
"The Samsung YH-999 is a wonderful first generation PMC device. If you were to ask me for some positive attributes about the YH-999, it would be the following: lightweight, slim, beautiful, and sleek. It certainly is an eye catcher of a device. The 3.5 inch LCD display is a bit smaller than Creative's version of the PMC but it's bright and beautiful. The speaker system is loud enough if you don't want to use headphones but hey - the headphones aren't bad either so you can use them if your surroundings are too loud. The device is designed beautifully - everything from the navigation buttons to the built in kickstand shows that Samsung has truly paid attention to details with the product."

More information on this review can be found here.
HighSpeedPC Standard HSPC Tech Station Kit Review @ Phoronix
"As we all are constantly upgrading our computer components, it can often be a hassle if the case doesn’t offer any tool-less options or even plenty of work room. However, we are examining the HighSpeedPC Tech Station in this review, which is an open-air workbench for all of your computer components, to make building, testing, and upgrading a breeze. Is this item a dream come true for die-hard overclockers, enthusiasts, and tweakers?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Jetart JACSH1 VGA Cooler Review @ Techniz
"Jetart Technology has been established since 1989. In the early years, we started from ODM business for domestic and overseas customers. Our ODM business includes lines of computer peripherals, electronic parts and other relating products. Their main product including the AMD & Intel CPU Coolers, Chip Coolers, HDD Coolers, System Coolers, Case Fans, DC Fans, LED Fans, Heatsinks, Chip Cooling Kits, Notebook Cooler & Watercooling. Lately, they have just launching their new VGA cooler which is the JACSH1. This cooler is one for all nVIDIA & ATi VGA cards. The VGA cooler apply with delicate welding technique tremendously enhancing cooler heat dissipation performance. It is the one that overclockers and computer integrators would have never ever missed."

More information on this review can be found here.
FIC P4M-RS350 Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"The P4M-RS350 itself is a complete package that gives you the ability to upgrade the graphics when you have the money to do so. It carries competent performance and enough onboard solutions that voids the fact there is only 3 PCI slots available."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast A400 Ultra/GT TDH Review @ Hexus
"The most obvious selling point of these two WinFast A400 boards is the cooling solution. Not only does it look the part, but it's quiet and extremely effective too. Both the GT and Ultra variants we've looked at have exhibited impressive overclocks, and the A400 GT is almost irresistible when you look at the potential headroom in both core and RAM clocks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Rocket Cooler Pro Review @ BJorn3D
"Gigabyte has been in the cooler business for only a short while, but it still has managed to make its impression felt with its unique and innovative solutions. The latest cooler from Gigabyte is of the 'universal' variety, which means it can be used on all of the modern Intel and AMD sockets: 478, 775, 754, 939, 940 and A. The choices for LGA775 cooling have finally started to grow, and it's nice to see Gigabyte add to those choices with the 3D Rocket Cooler Pro (GH-PCU22-VG)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Modding Boot Camp Blowholes & Handles @ PimpRig
"For this installment in my series on modding basics, I'll be covering fitting case handles and blowholes, it seems logical to me anyway, as they both tend to be fitted on the top panel of a case."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Shuttle XPC SN96G5 Barebones Review @ hardCOREware
"Today we're looking at the XPC SN96G5 from Shuttle. It uses their own proprietary format motherboard, based on the NVIDIA nForce3 Ultra chipset. It's the 5th generation of this particular chassis, so form-factor wise, it's about as good as it gets for now. However, there are some glaring issues with this system that kept us from going crazy over it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, December 30, 2004
Looking at Legal Music Downloading @ The Tech Zone
"Throughout the past few years downloading music on the Internet has increased in popularity. At the same time though, it has become illegal through many companies to download music as musicians and artists have been losing money on their CD sales. With many people being sued in the past couple years for downloading music, is it really possible to download music legally anymore? If so, at what price will it cost you to download music?"

More information on this article can be found here.

How To Create Your Own Computer Games

"I've always loved video games, ever since I first played them on a friend's computer in the afternoon after elementary school. There's something almost magical about the fact that we can move images around and interact with virtual worlds, a living fantasy presented for us to interact with however we please. I've also always wanted to make games myself but, until recently, didn't have the technical knowledge to do so. Now, I'm a second year software engineering student, so if I weren't able to code a game without too many dramas there'd be something drastically wrong. But what about the common person: the person for whom the term 'memory leak' conjures up images of their grandfather, 'pipeline' is where the water flows, and 'blitting' is unheard of? Well, everyone can get in on the game creation process, and you don't even need to learn 'real' programming to do so."

More information on this article can be found here.
Three-Way Gaming Mouse Showdown @ LAN Addict
"I found, and continue to find, the Razer Viper the most responsive and easiest to control of the three mice. The extra large buttons make it hard to not get a shot off and the 1000dpi resolution of the mouse makes it easy to get the crosshair where you want it. Now, if it could just correct my aim a bit, I'd be all set to take on all comers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Tech Specialty Thumb Screws Review @ BigBruin
"If you have a highly modified computer case, some specialty hardware may be just the thing to complete the look. With four styles and three finishes to choose from, one combination may just suit the theme of your case. The various metallic finishes are complimented by highly detailed designs, making these some good looking screws."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corepad Magna Review @ GruntvillE
"I have three optical mice that I'd tried with the Corepad Magna. Other than my new MX1000 Laser mouse (which now performed even better with the Magna and none of the jumping and skipping I'd noticed with other pads when picking up the mouse), I'd also tried out my Logitech Cordless Optical mouse, Microsoft Optical WheelMouse and Sky's Logitech DiNovo Bluetooth MX900. All three mice showed a noticeable improvement in tracking, along with far less mouse “lag” time."

More information on this review can be found here.
MGE Quantum Case Review @ InsaneTek
"When consumers look for cases, they are attracted by its looks. Hopefully, the pretty case will be built with high quality materials. MGE strives to meet these standards with their new cases. MGE Company (Manufacturer of Great Electronics) was first started in 1990, but has not made a huge impression in the computer world. A recent poll in our forums reflects the relatively low recognition of the brand. Yet, they have introduced many products over the years, ranging from CPU coolers to computer cases. Today we'll be looking at one of their newest products: the MGE Quantum Black Mid-Tower."

More information on this review can be found here.
NexStar 2, 3.5" IDE HD Mobile Enclosure Review @ A1-Electronics
"We have to say a clean, neat, tidy and stylish mobile IDE hard drive enclosure and very lightweight is the Vantec NexStar 2 which would not look out of place on any desk. And as the Vantec NexStar 2 is made of plastic there is no chance of it damaging your desk or whatever you use to transport it in."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seasonic S12 430 Watt Power Supply Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Today we are reviewing a power supply from Seasonic that can best be described as state of the art; it conforms to the current ATX12V 2.01 guidelines, with both ATX 2.0-24 pin power connector and the latest ATX12V 2.0 connectors for hooking up a pair of SATA drives. The Seasonic S12 - 430 watt power supply also operates at a extremely high efficiently of nearly 80%. All in all this is one power supply worth checking out."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X700Pro PCI-E X700XT Review @ Tweaktown
"Today we take a close look at the HIS X700Pro IceQ Turbo including the impressive overclocking ability close to that of the Radeon X700XT which uses the new PCI Express interface and compare it against the older ATI Radeon X600XT VPU and see what is different and how it affects gaming performance in popular games such as HL2, Doom 3 and Far Cry."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GeForce 6600 GT Review @ BJorn3D
"The comeback of SLI technology is another reason NVIDIA has more people leaning its way nowadays. Most of NVIDIA's current GeForce 6 series is available in AGP and PCI Express flavors. With the release of the 6600 line of cards, NVIDIA finally lauched its first native PCI Express GPUs, meaning they were designed for PCI Express."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus Extreme AX800 XT PE/2DHTV Review @ Hexus
"It's hard to recommend any graphics card that costs more than a reasonable PC. £430 is an awful lot of money to be spending on a present card when a refresh is just around the corner. In that case, as comprehensive as it is, ASUS' AX800 XP PE/2DHTV package is simply too expensive to be considered by all but the very well-off enthusiast. Performance freaks should look towards SLI'ing a couple of 6800 GT cards, and for the rest, I'd recommend obtaining and overclocking the cheapest X800 XT you could lay your hands. The money you save will be better spent elsewhere."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Venus 12 Review @ XtReMoDs
"Thermaltake's Venus 12 is probably as good as it gets. It offers a lot of neat features and cools the CPU down extremely well. The only major downside is the noise level, which is always a factor in air cooling. The unit comes with 4 ways to control it. You can use the 3.5" control bus, a PCI control bus, straight up full throttle, or use a thermal sensor to detect the temp and adjust the speed accordingly."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LANParty UT 915P-T12 LGA775 Motherboard Review @ System Cooling
"The board we're looking at today, the DFI LANParty UT 915P-T12, is one of the newest members of the LANParty stable, and we'll find out if the board is a worthy successor to the LANParty name and reputation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Reserator 1 Review @ OCIA
"Moving on to the CPU block, we can see that care was taken to ensure the longevity of the block by making sure that bare metal is not exposed to the elements. In fact this kit doesn't require antifreeze to be added to protect the components. I would however, still recommend it to keep the algae to a minimum."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Liquid Cooling System Review @ Techniz
"Today, we are reviewing water cooling accessories which is the Water Level Indicator and Flow Indicator. Both of them are made by the pure aluminum and high quality arcylic. Moreover, users can via transparent window of the WaterLevel Indicator to check the movement of the water. By the indicator, users are able to know if the water is enough to operate the system or not. Also, users can make proper response such as add water to keep water cooling system runs smoothly. Another critical component is the high quality Flow Indicator. Users are also able to check the movement of the water via transparent window and make sure the water cooling system runs smoothly."

More information on this review can be found here.

Thermaltake Aquarius VGA Waterblock Review

"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. Today, we are reviewing the Aquarius VGA Waterblock. The Aquarius VGA Waterblock is made of copper with nickel coating, thus it will perform a very good cooling performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Mercury 6200W 5.1 Speakers Review @ Spode's Abode
"The set contains four satellite speakers, two for the front, two for the rear and one center speaker containing two of the same speakers found in the satellites. They are all magnetically shielded to prevent interference with other computer components."

More information on this review can be found here.
Steel Cord Holder & Steel Gaming Glove Review @ Pimped Out Cases
"With the majority of gamers playing hard paced first person shooters (FPS) such as Day of Defeat, Doom 3, and Counter-Strike: Source, a lot of stress can be placed upon your hand and wrist. As most gamers know, having a proper grip on your mouse can lead to hours of happy hunting and those headshots rolling in. But how about the countless times you were fragged, not so much due to the fact that you suck, but mainly due to your hand losing its grip on your mouse? For those hardcore gamers looking to get a grip, Soft Trading has a unique product: the Steel Gaming Glove."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Lighting Accessories @ OCIA
"This brings me to, in my opinion, the second coolest product in Sunbeams lineup, the Sunbeam Night Magic. I'll be honest and say that at first glance I didn't think I would be very impressed with these. Generally strings of lights are reserved for Christmas trees where I come from. This being said though, I tried to stay open minded."

More information on this review can be found here.
Amptron 17" LCD-TFT Monitor Review @ The Moditory
"LCD's are one of the neatest things in the computer industry today. As tech progresses, we're able to see the evolution of LCD's into quality products that are coming down in price and increasing in performance. Lets see how this 17" LCD from Amptron handles."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte Fanless 6800 Review @ Neoseeker
"On the temperature discussion note, we put the Gigabyte through a more rigorous test than usual we mounted the Gigabyte in a closed case for the duration of testing with no case fans only the OCZ Modstream and a Gigabyte 3DCooler. We're happy to report that we did not see stability problems. Ambient room temperature was a balmy 25C."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon XP Heatsink Roundup December 2004 @ Madshrimps
"The Thermalright SI-97, Scythe Kamakiri and Spire VertiCool compared using a variety of fans and reference heatsinks. Does the new generation Athlon XP coolers deliver good value for money? Read on to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seagate 5GB USB 2.0 Pocket Hard Drive Review @ Everything USB
"The 5GB bus-powered USB hard drive, measuring just 2.7" in diameter, fits easily in your pocket with the minimalist circular housing, while the 4-inch USB cable retracts snugly inside the case as to not get lost. It also comes loaded with software to easily create partitions and a boot disk."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilenX Ixtrema 120mm Copper CPU Cooler Review @ PimpRig
"Due to the similarities in size and shape with the Zalman, clearance most likely will be a problem. Once again my AGP slot was blocked and it was difficult to install RAM in one of the slots with the cooler installed. I was not able to find a compatibility chart on the SilenX web site but with the exception of socket A applications it should be the same as Zalman's list."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Computer Pitbull 500W Power Supply Unit Review @ BigBruin
"The unit I received is the silver version, and it is also available in a blue and black mirror finish. The finish on this power supply is beautiful! One major drawback to a mirror finish is the fingerprints you are sure to leave on the unit. If you are showing off the power supply (it's not meant to be hidden), fingerprints and smudges will drive you up the wall. I was sure to polish it prior to installing it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake PurePower 680w Power Supply Review @ A1-Electronics
"We have been using Thermaltake power supplies for some years now and have found them to do precisely what they say they do, work and work well and reliably and so does this Thermaltake PurePower 680w. What more can we ask."

More information on this review can be found here.
XSPC Radiator 120d Review @ Moddin.net
"Today, Moddin.net look at the new-kid-on-the-block in the world of high performance PC radiators. XSPC were kind enough to send us their R120-D dual fan radiator to review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Samurai Case Review @ XYZ Computing
"So black is the new beige and the case mod look is in full bloom after years of ripening. Sunbeam is right up with the best of them with its Samurai case, available in red, silver, and black plastic housing. This is a barebones ATX case with no bundled power supply. However, it does sport a few practical features that are enticing. Firstly, there is an 80mm fan mounted out back, a side-panel vent, as well as front-mounted USB ports, a mic in, and a headphone jack. Five 5.25-inch bays (plus a 3.5-inch) are no joke, and the overall case design is certainly spacious enough to be expansion-worthy without having a tremendous footprint."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian-Li PC-V1000 Case Review @ Viper Lair
"Overall, many of the V1000's issues are workable, and if the aesthetics are to your liking, you'll probably be very happy with the case. Personally, we think Lian-Li needs to rework some of the design details and improve the cooling performance before we give this case a recommendation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
SunBeamTech Molex Lighting Mods Review @ TechTastic
"Today we take a look at three products from SunBeamTech that allow you to add even more lighting to that case of yours with lighting mods for your Molex plugs: the MiniBay Bus, Molex lights, and Night Magic."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec EZ Swap 2 SATA HDD Rack Review @ Think Computers
"Recently we had the chance to look at Vantec's SATA EZ Swap which was chocked full o' featuredly goodness. It was a nice product that had a lot to its credit. In the case that you want something smaller and more simple, however, they have a stripped down EZ Swap. It is a very minimalist design by comparison, but still remains perfectly functional."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SI-97 Heatsink Review @ OCIA
"Definitely nothing to block the airflow through the fins. The SI-97 is fairly large, but with its design, it will fit nearly all Athlon XP based motherboards. According to the Thermalright site, the only board at this time that has been determined not to accept the SI-97 is the Gigabyte GA-7N400 Pro2."

More information on this review can be found here.
TwinMOS Speed Premium PC3200 Review @ TechPowerUp
"The TwinMOS Speed Premium PC3200 memory modules are geared towards the casual overclocker who wants to get more out of their PC. These modules are built using TwinMOS/TwinMOS PC3200 chips which have been selected to allow overclocking to DDR450 without any previous experience in overclocking. While the tests are performed at TwinMOS, the price does not increase."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS7700-Cu 120mm CPU Cooler Review @ The Tech Lounge
"Founded in 1999, Zalman is a relative newcomer to the computer industry. However, in the short time they have been around, they have built up quite a reputation. Zalman has a wide variety of low noise cooling products for virtually every component of your system. Their newest drool-worthy CPU cooler comes in the form of the Zalman CNPS7700-Cu flower heatsink. If you have been keeping track of Zalman’s product offerings, then this should look pretty familiar. The design is essentially the same as the CNPS7000-Cu, but on a larger scale. Sporting a 120mm fan and weighing in at no less than 918g, this beautiful chunk of copper is sure to have the ladies, or at least your processor, purring happily along."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolers Roundup @ OC-Zone
"Today we have an air cooling roundup, in our review you can find coolers for every user, from the quite unit like the Zalman 7700 CU and ALCU to top performer Thermalright XP120, but we have also the Titan Siberia and Thermalright XP90."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStonetek SST-FP54 Review @ ExtensionTech
"You'd perhaps think that this parallel powered VFD was late into the market. And well, perhaps it is, but seeing that you can't buy too many printers these days that use the parallel port anymore, that leaves potential for all those free printer ports doesn't it? This parallel (2x16) character VFD from SilverStone, with its beveled, brushed aluminum front panel, in silver or black, is perhaps the final touch to finish off a mod."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, December 27, 2004
Crucial Ballistix Tracer Giveaway @ LAN Addict
"Win a 1GB kit of Crucial(R) Ballistix(TM) Tracer(TM) PC4000 memory simply by registering in our forums and sending an email, it's that easy! The new Crucial Ballistix Tracer Series features high-performance, low latency memory with integrated heat spreaders, two rows of red and green LEDs that indicate how hard the memory is working, and blue ground effects LEDs. For video, images, and complete product specs, visit www.crucial.com/gamer. One lucky winner will be selected December 31, 2004."

More information on this giveaway can be found here.
2004 Christmas Giveaway @ Think Computers
"Well it's that time of year again, and we are giving something back to you guys again! We have 4 products to give away, the Vantec NexStar 2 External 5.25" Drive Enclosure, Vantec NexStar External 3.25" Drive Enclosure, X-micro 512MB USB 2.0 Flash Stick, and the Xenix Illuminated Keyboard! All you have to do is be an active orum member with at least 5 posts. The contest will run all the way through the New Year. Winners will be announced Monday January 3rd!"

More information on this giveaway can be found here.
5 Ways to Block Pop Ups @ BigBruin
"Advertisers are constantly looking for any way to draw attention to their products. Although typical banner ads are still used heavily, they now seem to be almost invisible to the average web surfer. Pop ups and other intrusive types of advertising are now used to thrust an ad in your face that you have no choice but to at least acknowledge. Regardless of the nature of the ad, pop ups are a nuisance, and there are now many options available for keeping them off of your computer screen all together."

More information on this article can be found here.
How to Backup Your Computer Files @ The Tech Zone
"Let's make a new year's resolution together, you and I. Let's promise to back up our computers. It's important, I promise. Just yesterday the automatic backup feature in MS Word saved me about an hour's work when my computer froze up. Given that I haven't backed up my computer in almost a year, I can't even imagine how much data I'd lose if I suffered a power surge or hard drive failure. It can happen to the best of us, and often does. Even high end hard drive manufacturers report an average failure rate of between five and eight per thousand every year."

More information on this guide can be found here.
HKC 775CA 17" Flat CRT Monitor Review @ Tech-Mods
"So the days of beige seems to have passed us by, we have had these beige blocks of computer parts surrounding us for quite some time. Now not only are the towers of our computers going to a colorful array of excitement but our options for a non-beige display is now upon us. With an usual price higher than one wants to pay, the display of a computer system can break the bank at times. Today we are going to take a close look at a designer looking CRT monitor that is not much more to purchase than a good night out at your favorite eatery. The HKC 17" Flat CRT Monitor with its bold color scheme that will brighten up any home computer station."

More information on this review can be found here.

Steelpad S&S Mouse Pad Review

"Every gamers knows by now that a quality mouse pad is the key to fragging. Even for all you guys out there that are lets say, not the best at gaming it should increase your score. Now I'm not talking miracles here; maybe just a few more frags here and there. From the point when first person shooters were released into an multi-player environment mouse pads have become an requirement. Not any old mouse pad does it; you have to look for specific aspects and features to actually get the best mouse pad out there. Its not always the most expensive “thing” is going to provide the best performance, actually most of the time its the less known companies that out-perform the more known."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ ModStream 520W PSU Review @ Viper Lair
"While we wouldn't call this our PSU of the year, the ModStream is definitely on our short list. It has the aesthetics and reliability that enthusiasts desire, and is backed by one of the best warranties in the business which demonstrates OCZ's confidence in their products."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LANParty UT 915P-T12 Motherboard Review @ BJorn3D
"Today, I'm looking at the LANParty UT 915P-T12, which is a board based on the Intel 915P chipset. It offers support for both DDR and DDR2, but you can only use one type at a time of course. With four DIMM slots, this leads to a limitation of 2GB for the maximum amount of RAM, which should be more than plenty for 99.9% of users. The board also features dual Gigabit LAN (one being on the PCI-Express bus), PCI-Express x16 graphics and DFI's proprietary Karajan audio card."

More information on this review can be found here.
Alphacool Cape Copper Set CPU Water Cooling Kit Review @ Techniz
"Alphacool have been know as a manufacturer of producing the water cooling product. Every time they release a product, you can expect great functionality and quality. Now, we are reviewing their water cooling set which is the Cape Copper set. The water block and resevoir from this Cape Copper set is fully made of copper. Not only that, it comes with the famous radiator which is the Black Ice Pro 120mm radiator for the best performance. Futhermore, it was using the Alphacool powerful pump that able to pump 900 litres of water per hours."

More information on this review can be found here.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 CPU Cooler Review

"Arctic Cooling is the well known brand that produce the super silent CPU cooler and their most famous VGA Silencer. Today, we are their latest CPU cooler which is known as the Freezer 7. The Freezer 7 is design to specially support the Intel socket 775. The fan using on the CPU cooler is a patent design by the Arctic Cooling. Let's moving on to look at this Freezer 7 CPU cooler and the performance of it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Da Blue Lian Li PC-V1000 & Koolance EXOS Mod @ System Cooling
"In today's article I'll be pimping out my Lian Li PC-V1000 case and the Koolance EXOS watercooling system, two items that even when stock already look great. My goal is not to make the mod so over powering that I'll get sick of it in the next few weeks but to give it that extra kick which will make everyone's head turn. To do this I'll install five new LED fans, UV Cold Cathodes, rounded cables, power button, cut out a stamped fan grill, replace a digital display and LED's and run blue coloured coolant."

More information on this project can be found here.
Ahanix D.Vine 4 HTPC Case Review @ Overclockers Online
"Today we'll be looking at the D.Vine 4 model. Although it's not the latest model, the D4 is an ideal suit for those looking for an HTPC system that can support multiple optical drives and hard drives."

More information on this review can be found here.
Giant Boxing Day Sale @ ADPMods

ADPMods is happy to announce that our 3rd annual Boxing Day Sale has been extended to an extra long 11 day period with more than 300 products at significantly reduced prices! The sale will run effective from December 24th, 2004 to January 3rd, 2005. All pricing applies to new orders only and we will sell until stock is gone, and if possible restock. Rainchecks are not available with this special pricing. Here is a sample of what is currently available:

- Arctic Cooling VGA Silencers (lowest prices in Canada)
- Zalman CPU Coolers (7000B series) at super low prices
- Case Fans starting at $2.00
- $9.95 Dual Cold Cathode Kits
- 25¢ Power Supply Connectors
- 50¢ 3mm and 5mm LEDs
- CPU Coolers starting at $6.95
- Sunbeam 5-1/4" Rheobus Kits only $21.95

More information on this giant sale can be found here.
Saturday, December 25, 2004
Razer DiamondBack Review @ HWzone
"In order to maintain the highest possible motion accuracy, the mouse must gather as much information as it can while it is moving, which is achieved using a special image processing engine, that provides a scan resolution of up to 1600dpi. Such resolution allows the mouse to scan a square inch with the highest level of accuracy (in comparison with theother products in the market), so even the slightest movement will receive a reaction on the screen, and be much smoother than ever before. The image that is scanned by the optical sensor is analyzed by the microprocessor and translated into the cursor's motion on the axis system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Pentium 4 HSF Roundup @ Overclockers Online
"Today we look at three new Pentium 4 choices on the market: the Zalman CNPS7700-AlCu, SilverStone NT01, & Spire CoolWave II. Accompanying our look are updated numbers reflecting some of the previous coolers used in recent reviews."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS7700-AlCu Cooler Review @ Neoseeker
"We take a look at something that is quiet and big today at Neoseeker. No, we're not giving Santa a physical - we're taking a look at Zalman's CNPS7700-AlCu CPU cooler. With the fan exceeding the dimensions of a CD, the Zalman is not likely something that will fit in a stocking yet due to its tapered design, it should fit in most motherboards despite its size."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Flash Voyager 512MB USB Flash Review @ PCStats
"In this review, PCStats is testing Corsair's new rugged Flash Voyager 512MB USB 2.0 drive. With a retail price of $73 CDN ($59 US), the Flash Voyager is priced around the same as most other 512MB USB flash drives. It boasts read speeds of 19MB/s, and write transfer speeds of 13MB/s."

More information on this review can be found here.
PCI-Express Roundup: Mainstream Video Card Mania @ Madshrimps
"PCI-Express if firmly upon us, Intel has seen to this and AMD will be joining the fray shortly. A few select individuals have been able to obtain high end samples of PCI-Express cards, however for most people these cards are simply priced out of their reach. This leaves the mainstream segment, and as this name suggests, the mainstream cards are targeted at the average consumer."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI AIW Radeon X600 Pro PCI Express Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"The All in Wonder X600 pro in its' stock form would be deemed a safe buy if you were interested in full course buffet of multimedia features with a small side order of gaming. Although the card will easily handle older games with relative ease and acceptable framerates, I would not purchase this card if you were interested in playing the best games."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIA Epia MII Review @ Hexus
"From our looks at VIA's Mini-ITX systems previously, it stands out that the biggest leap in progress for the Epia range has been the increase in clock speeds over time - While the CLE266 north bridge has always handled DVD/MPEG-2 playback and handled it well, low clock speeds for the VIA C3 processor hampered DiVX and other MPEG-4 codec playback in the past. Now the MII sees an Epia system sat at the 1.2GHz mark, this performance issue has been eased considerably."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin DDR2 PC2-4200 1GB DC Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"Mushkin was a bit slow with the release of DDR2 solutions. The first and only available choice for DDR2 was their PC2-4200, rated at 4-4-4. The latencies were rather high for a speed of 266MHZ, but they did come with nice silver heatspreaders. Mushkin has now expanded their line of DDR2 options. There are now two choices of PC2-4200 memory, one rated at 4-4-4 without heatspreaders and one rated at 3-3-3 with heatspreaders. The sample we received today would most likely be PC2-4200 3-3-3 with a heatspreader, although the sample was not clearly labeled."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Lascala 10M Home Theater Case Review @ EOC
"SilverStone's LC-10M case is meant to be the foundation for a Home Theater PC, utilizing an intergraded iMON VFD from SoundGraph. The design of the case is mean to be aesthetically pleasing and blend in with regular home theater components. SilverStone chose to bundle the iMON with their LC-10M case, providing a front display, remote, and easy-to-use multimedia software. Building a HTPC is as simple as assembling the PC components, installing Windows and the iMON software."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalTake Big Water Review @ Core Limits
"ThermalTake is not new into the water cooling industry, most high end users purchase kits from Danger Den or Swiftech because of their quality and their ease of use. While ThermalTake already has the Aquarius II and III kits in the market, they cannot compete with the rival companies that produce high end kits that work very well. ThermalTake has re-written the books with their new kit named the BigWater, a cost effective way to get the power of watercooling without the heavy price tag."

More information on this review can be found here.
Poseidon WCL-03 120cu Water Cooling Kit Review @ System Cooling
"Ever since I got my first water cooling kit I have been hooked on it, air cooling is just no longer an option for me. Today I will be looking at a kit that will be familiar to those of you who have been browsing around this page for awhile. The Poseidon WCL-03 120Cu water cooling kit is much like the 3R Systems Poseidon Water Cooling system reviewed here a few months back, except for one very importantfeature, this cooler uses a 120mm fan to cool the radiator. This system comes completely assembled and filled with coolant, which should really make the installation a lot easier, but will ease of assembly and good performance go hand-in-hand? Let's find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Merry Christmas from the MTB Staff!

On behalf of myself and Mantis, we want to extend the warmest Christmas wishes to everyone who has supported MTB for the past year. Without the continuous support from our sponsors and community this site wouldn't exist. We look forward to providing our services for 2005 and hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday!

On the subject of Christmas, here are 10 historical facts about the popular holiday:

- The common abbreviation for Christmas to Xmas is derived from the Greek alphabet. X is letter Chi, which is the first letter of Christ's name in the Greek alphabet.

- Telesphorus, the second Bishop of Rome (125-136 AD) declared that public Church services should be held to celebrate "The Nativity of our Lord and Saviour." In 320 AD, Pope Julius I and other religious leaders specified 25 December as the official date of the birth of Jesus Christ.

- The first printed reference to Christmas trees appeared in Germany in 1531.

- Real Christmas trees are an all-American product, grown in all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii.

- In 1836, Alabama is the first state in the USA to declare Christmas a legal holiday. In 1907, Oklahoma became the last USA state to declare Christmas a legal holiday.

- The first American Christmas carol was written in 1649 by a minister named John de Brebeur and is called "Jesus is Born".

- Epiphany, 6th January, is the traditional end of the Christmas holiday and is the date on which we take down the tree and decorations. To do so earlier is thought to bring bad luck for the rest of the year. From the middle ages until the mid-nineteenth century, Twelfth Night was more popular than Christmas day, and even today some countries celebrate Epiphany as the most important day of the Christmas season.

- Many Christmas customs are carry overs from pre-Christian celebrations. Hanging gifts on trees is supposed to stem from tree worship of the Druids, and the belief that the tree was the giver of all good things. The Druids are also partly responsible for the use of mistletoe at Christmas time. They regarded the mistletoe as sacred, made certain that it never touched the ground, and dedicated it to the Goddess of Love, which explains the kissing that goes on under it. Originally, when a boy kissed a girl, he plucked a berry from the cluster and presented it to her. When the berries were gone, so were the kisses.

- Hanging the Christmas stocking on the hearth on Christmas Eve in the hope that it will be filled with presents the next morning is a custom that goes back about 400 years. It derived from the custom in Holland of children placing wooden shoes next to the hearth the night before the arrival of St. Nicholas. The children would fill their shoes with straw and food for St Nicholas's donkey that carried the gifts. In exchange he would leave them a small gift such as small cakes, fruits and other gifts. Stockings were substituted for the shoes in Britain, most of Europe and in North America.

- A wreath with holly, red berries and other decorations began from at least the 17th century. Holly, with its sharply pointed leaves, symbolised the thorns in Christ's crown-of-thorns. Red berries symbolised the drops of Christ's blood. A wreath at Christmas signified a home that celebrated to birth of Christ.
Friday, December 24, 2004
5 Ways to Backup Your Data @ BigBruin
"The data on your hard drive is the most critical item inside your computer, and the only item which can not be replaced. It may be an unwanted hassle and expense to replace a defective memory module, monitor, or processor, but there is no replacing data once lost. Data loss is an extremely frustrating and potentially costly situation, but one that can be avoided."

More information on this guide can be found here.
A4Tech Battery Free Wireless Mouse Review @ Neoseeker
"The accuracy of this rivals that of any other wireless mouse around. Compared to the MX 700, the difference in accuracy is negligible, but the lower weight allowed slightly faster starting and stopping, which translates to marginally better performance. This is especially important in games where quick movements are the norm, like Unreal Tournament."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire Chameleon 550 Watt PSU Review @ OCIA
"In the above picture, you can see that the power cord "bracket" as well as the "on / off" switch have been constructed of green UV reactive material, fitting in with the overall theme of the power supply. To the upper left of the power switch is the adjustable fan speed controller, which controls the 120mm clear LED fan mounted on the underside of the power supply. Below the fan controller is the 115 / 220 voltage selection switch. To the right of this switch we have another switch with three different color settings. This switch actually controls the LED color of the 120mm fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATake Phantom Robot ChipsMod IV Chipset Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"There are certainly other coolers, but none of them can be compared to the ChipsMod IV's unique looks. As for the performance, that's marginal without the fan, giving only a 2 degree C advantage over the stock MSI heat sink. Add the fan on there, and that improves to almost a 6 degree C difference! That's a good difference, and if you're overclocking your system, you will want to keep all components as cool as possible."

More information on this review can be found here.
External TV Tuners PVR Device Shootout @ TechSpot


"These products have the ability to turn your workstation into a multimedia tool. The tested units all have built-in television tuners, along with remote controls which allow watching television on your computer either on full screen or windowed modes. All products came with software that enables the user to record live television (similar to a Tivo), schedule future programming, and edit for burning to DVD, provided you have plenty of hard drive space available."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor X700 PRO Videocard Review @ PCStats
"In this review PCStats is testing out the PowerColor X700 PRO videocard, which is obviously based around the Radeon X700 Pro VPU. The videocard is native to PCI Express, using the PCI Express 16x slot. It comes packing 128MB of Samsung GDDR3 memory, and that runs on a 128bit memory bus. A similar solution by Gigabyte used a passive heatsink, but the PowerColor X700 Pro uses an active cooling solution. It is still very quiet, and you're unlikely to notice this card once it's installed and running into your PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TwinX1024-4400C25PT Memory Review @ PCStats
"These two TwinX1024-4400C25PT Platinum Edition DDR modules are 512MB in size, and run at 550MHz. This memory isn't as fancy as the LED-illuminated TwinX1024-4000PRO models PCstats burned in recently, but they are faster."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston HyperX PC5400 Review @ Viper Lair
"Kingston has delivered high performance DDR2 memory that does not dissapoint when run through its paces. Although we could not reach the true top end of the memory, I think we realize this is not a bad thing, leaving us to worry about other bottlenecks. While stock performance is basically on par with DDR memory, the overclocking results are more than promising."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake BigWater Water Cooling Kit Accessories @ Overclocker Cafe
"Thermaltake's BigWater Cooling Kit has gotten lots of attention from the hardware community and for good reason. Its recipe for success is a simple blend of excellent performance and being cost effective. Never one to sit still long, Thermaltake has expanded the BigWater Kit by releasing a line of accessories for it. Just a few of these accessories/upgrades are VGA water blocks, flow meters, water temperature indicators, reservoirs as well as UV reactive tubes and coolant. Today we have a couple of these recent releases up on the bench, the Tt Flow Meter and the Tt Refill Water Tank."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerocool GateWatch Black Review @ HardwareXL
"If you're interested in getting the best possible performance from your machine by overclocking it, you need to be able to keep your PC cool. It helps if you take your PC's temperature and control the speed of its fans. AeroCool offers GateWatch, a mult-function unit that claims to do just that."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone TJ05 Case Review @ PC Modding Malaysia
"In the past, we reviewed a couple of mid-range computer cases that were pretty much affordable yet good looking. Well, the case that we took a look in this review will be the “big daddy” of all cases. If you’re yet to familiarize yourself with the name SilverStone, read the rest of their Tejmin 5 (SST-TJ05) full tower case review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Mod of the Month Dec '04: AquaSphere @ Bit-Tech
"Project Aquasphere started with a simple question, 'is it possible to build a robot to control a robot?'. My answer to this question I named 'Aquabot', a small self-constructed robot whose job it is to control the power to the motors which open and close the case. When I started construction of the 'Aquabot' I wasn't sure it would work, the picture below shows it in action - sliding along two aluminium bars."

It's a little overkill on the size and water cooling configuration but still a fantastic project. More information on this project can be found here.
Thursday, December 23, 2004
20 Questions with 3DCool.Com @ Virtual-Hideout
"We pride ourselves on being connected. We test all the latest computer technology to ensure that we understand the ramifications on our end users (overclockers, gamers, pc enthusiasts, brick and mortar retailers, etc.). Additionally, we are continuously globally sourcing new and innovative leading edge technologies to keep 3DCOOL.COM at the forefront of our industry. We are contacted by product developers, and VARs alike, to have us test their latest products to sell through our channels."

More information on this interview can be found here.
BTC 9019URF Wireless Keyboard Review @ Envy News
"Home Theatre PCs have become a major force in recent years, accompanied by an influx of wireless keyboards and mice. Some keyboards have imply been cordless refabs of their wired originals, while others have added some media-specific buttons to aid in ease of control. But it wasn't until now that we saw a keyboard that had HTPC written all over it. With fully customizable media controls in addition to a shwanky mouse/joystick combination controller, BTC's 9019URF wireless keyboard demands a close look by the HTPC enthusiast."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Dual CCFL Kit Review @ Moddin.net
"The kit comprises of two 12 inch Ultra Violet Cold Cathodes along with an inverter, back PCI plate switch and all the wiring you'd expect between them all. Just like their previous kits which you should have seen by now, this has yet again full colour instructions printed on the back and as you'd expect from recent experience, the price of the full kit is pretty aggressive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer Diamondback Gaming Mouse Review @ OCIA
"Some of the coolest features on this mouse are found in this control panel. Here we are looking at the overall sensitivity and the double click speed. Above that is the "on-the-fly" on/off switch. If you click this to "off", then button 4 will activate/deactivate that feature. If "on" is selected, button 4 will not function. What on the fly does is enable you to change the speed and sensitivity of the mouse during gameplay."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seasonic Power Angel Test Kit Review @ PCStats
"A computer running day and night can handle fun tasks like P2P file sharing, distributed computing or code compiling, but people should start to take notice of just how much power their computers use. Now what if you knew that leaving a PC on all night cost X amount of money, would that change things? To answer such a question we need a test kit to find out how much power is actually being drawn to keep your PC running. Enter the Seasonic Power Angel Tester. This nifty device provides everything you need to precisely measure the power draw of your PC and monitor, and even power efficiency of your PC's power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.

Gigabyte GM-W9C Wireless Optical Mouse Review

"Gigabyte's new wireless rechargeable optical mouse, the GM-W9C, is an RF device that is scaled for portability, and includes a rechargeable battery that can be charged within the mouse itself for convenience. Anyone who has tried to use a conventional wired mouse with a laptop in a cramped environment such as an airplane will appreciate the benefits a wireless optical mouse can bring. They offer an excellent alternative to the built-in touchpad and trackpoints that many find difficult to use."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Coolergiant 430W Power Supply Unit Review @ Techniz
"The Coolergiant PSU support latest P4 Prescott and Athlon 64/64 FX processors based systems: P4 main boards that use 875 (Canterwood) and 865 (Springdale) chipsets, and also fully support power requirements for platforms using chipsets like Intel 925 (Alderwood) or 915 (Grantsdale) and next generation CPU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra X-Connect 500W ATX Power Supply Review @ The Crucible
"With a price of only $120 Canadian the X-Connect comes out shining, and not just because of it's mirrored finish. With it's good looks, stable voltages, quiet fans and modular design the X-Connect encompasses everything we could want in a quality power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
FSP BlueStorm 400W Review @ HWzone
"The BlueStorm PSU is, as its name suggests, blue - ranging from the package, to the PSU body itself and even the enormous fan inside, all are painted in blue. Another look at the package provides us with good news in the noise aspect - only 23dB under 50% load. Note that the regular noise of the environment is about 20dB, so this PSU is pretty much inaudible - great news for those who like to keep their computer as quiet as possible."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Noisetaker EG701AX-VE Review @ PimpRig
"There are three sleeved wire looms on this power supply, and it should be noted the the folks at Enermax abandoned the thick, inflexible plastic covering that plagued the original Noisetaker line. Let us look first at the ATX connector which adapts, in a most ingenious fashion, for use on both 20 & 24 pin connectors. The extra four wires simply snap on and off. Brilliant."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 DDR2 1GB DC Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"Crucial never targeted gamers until now. Rather, their focus was stability and compatibility. With the release of their new Ballistix line, Crucial is reaching out to gamers. Additionally, Ballistix is available in DDR and DDR2. Many enthusiasts were forced to jump to Intel to get the new PCI-E performance, which offers no real distinguished performance increase right now. To compensate for the "slow" processing performance, DDR2 was necessary. It's true that DDR2 comes with high latencies, but it does provide great bandwidth. Like the recently reviewed Kingston HyperX PC2-5400, the Ballistix offers the lowest latencies available at ultra high frequencies."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AV8 K8T800 Pro Motherboard Review @ hardCOREware
"I have to admit, I was somewhat let down by the bundle (or lack of) in the AV8 box. I guess I have just been spoiled after reviewing boards from DFI and Gigabyte. However after spending a few weeks with this board, and witnessing its unbelievable overlocking and monitoring features, I have to say I am quite impressed with this board! It's lacking some bells and whistles, but for the hardcore overclocker."

More information on this review can be found here.
The "Deco Box" Project @ Mini-ITX
"A common complaint about most computers cases is that they lack any real sense of style. For Dave Benz, a beige box just wasn't going to cut it for his Linux server. After finding Art Deco inspiration on a recent roadtrip, Dave built a super-quiet EPIA ME 6000 powered system, and created an ingenious "poor man's neon".

More information on this project can be found here.
Ultra Wizard ATX Case Review @ The Moditory
"Your PC Case. The place where all the action happens and all your hard earned cash goes to creating the ultimate rig. It's common to see a window. Why not have one thats UV reactive? Check out this new case from Ultra, just in time for the Holiday season."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX222 LCD Kit Review @ BJorn3D
"Case mods have gone from being a simple fad to an all out competition between friends, foes, and everyone in between. Everywhere you go there is someone with a PC filled with lights, fans, custom windows, etc. Now there are the true competitors that go the limit with modding their case and PC to try to achieve pure uber geeky coolness. I have the opportunity to take a look at one of the coolest mods that I have seen so far with the Matrix Orbital MX222 LCD screen. LCD screens aren't just for your monitor anymore, they can add a nifty little display that can show you everything from temperatures to what song you have playing at the moment."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Corsair TwinX1024-4400C25PT Memory Review @ Xtreme Resources
"At Xtreme Resources we recently received some samples of the latest iteration of Corsair's DDR550 memory, TwinX1024 4400C25PT. It consists of 2 x 512MB TwinX paired memory rated at PC4400 (DDR550). Corsair previously produced DDR550 memory, but the difference was those modules used memory timings of 3-4-4-8. In a press release for this new memory, Corsair advertised "their fastest ever DDR memory module, a DDR550 module that supports very aggressive 2.5-4-4-8 latencies"."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech GeForce 6600GT 128MB AGP Review @ Techniz
"The Chaintech GeForce 6600GT 128MB fully supports the newest PC architecture standard – PCI Express with the ability to send and receive data simultaneously at twice the speed of current AGP 8x solutions."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI FX5700LE-TD128 Video Card Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"So what if you can’t afford a 6800 that certainly the only nVIDIA chipset out there. A lot of people can do with less than the best, and you’d be surprised at just how much you can do with an affordable video card. Today we’re going to take a look at the FX5700LE from MSI. For just under a hundred bucks, you get a 128-bit 128MB video card that’ll run damn near everything you can throw at it. But how does it stack up against its Radeon based counterpart? Read on."

More information on this review can be found here.
Media Player Shootout @ The Tech Zone
"Back in the day, we had Winamp, and it was good. Unfortunately the original Nullsoft team has all moved on and instead of the hacker cred that Winamp used to have back when Justin Frankel et all were on the job it is now just another corporate media player with a hazy future."

More information on this article can be found here.

Last Minute Techie Christmas Gift Guide

"Christmas is just a few days away and you still haven't done all your gift buying yet? Well you're in luck. We got a list of last minute techie gifts to help you out. They're not that expensive and they make great stocking stuffers."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Mushkin PC2-5300 vs. Corsair PC2-5400 Review @ MetkuMods
"With the latest chipsets there have been many new terms and technologies introduced to the public. In system memory this meant the introduction of DDR2 memory modules. With lower voltage requirements, 4-bit prefetch and enchanced registers the DDR2 is a step forward in terms of technology."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS P5GDC Deluxe Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"With the ability to upgrade yet maintain your current DDR, this motherboard provides enough flexibility to make it well worth a look. You will need a new graphics card since the 915 Grantsdale chipset doesn’t support AGP, replacing it with PCIe, but this statement rings true for the majority of 915 boards (discounting the AGPe equipped boards)."

More information on this review can be found here.
SunbeamTech Samurai Case Review @ InsaneTek
"Many might have heard of Sunbeam's accessories for the computer but many do not know that they produce computer cases as well. They started in 2000 but have been quiet in the scene since. Sunbeam focuses on innovation in their products and brings a wide variety of mods for those craving a nicely designed case. Today, we'll be looking at one of the few cases offered by Sunbeam, the Samurai. It might look nice to some, but looks can be very deceiving."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Chameleon Review @ A True Review
"You've had those old green cathodes in your rig for way to long and want a change, so what do you do? Grab some different colored cathodes, tear apart your rig, and rerun wires for the rest of the afternoon trying to get those things tidy. Well the future is looking bright my friend and Sunbeam Tech has a little something that just may make your day. Let's take a closer peek at the Chameleon!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Big Water 12cm Water Cooling Kit Review @ Madshrimps
"Today we´re evaluating an all in one water cooling solution from Thermaltake, the Big Water 12cm internal H20 kit and see if it can tame a Prescott powered system."

More information on this review can be found here.
JACSH1 VGA Cooling Kit Review @ Think Computers
"The JACSH1 is one of the few fully featured VGA cooling kits on the market that packs RAM heatsinks with a VGA heatsink compatible with nearly any modern ATI and nVidia video card into one singular product. And while the name may not be particularly well known, they made a product that well should be."

More information on this review can be found here.

ATake Phantom Robot Meteor Light Review

"Case lighting has been around for a while now. There are many different products for it like LED's, Lazer LEDs, neons, but the standard so far has been cold cathodes thanks to their bright light, low power consumption, and varied colors. Today we will be looking at a case lighting product that looks like a cold cathode in its design, but is much more! So let's take a look at the ATake Phantom Robot Meteor Light!"

More information on this review can be found here.
New Typhoon 120X Reservoirs @ VoyeurMods

"The next reservoir in the Typhoon Series are here, the 120X. This 5" round reservoir is the most versatile water reservoir ever built. Mounting and installation is easier than ever because the 120X natively mounts in any 120mm fan hole. As with all of the Typhoon reservoirs, the 120X has 2 Inlet and 2 Outlet ports to enable multiple pulls and multiple returns to and from the reservoir. These features are exclusive to the one and only Typhoon Series. Location options of the 120X are numerous. It can stand up, lay down or be stuffed in a corner with ease."

More information on this new product can be found here.
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
OvisLink 54Mbps Wireless 4-port ADSL Modem Router Review @ Techniz
"The AirLive WL-5434ARM is a powerful wireless router with integrated ADSL modem. For users whose ISP offers USB ADSL modems that make IP sharing difficult or for those who prefer all-in-one design, the WL-5434ARM provides the complete wireless IP sharing solution with the renown OvisLink user friendly interface and elegant housing. Just plug in the ADSL line into the router, the entire wired and wireless IP sharing network is instantly established."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Tech LAN Party Bag Review @ BigBruin
"The Sunbeam Tech LAN Party Bag could prove to be a handy accessory for anyone who frequents LAN parties, or otherwise needs to move their computer on a regular basis. It will accomodate cases in a wide range of sizes, including some fairly large ones, while also making room for a keyboard, mouse, and various other odds and ends."

More information on this review can be found here.
D-Link Gigabit 108Mbps Wireless Network Review @ BJorn3D
"Several months ago, D-Link approached me about doing a review. The proposal was for a 'hybrid wired/wireless gaming network' review. I was about to move to a new apartment, so this was perfect timing. I was growing more and more annoyed by the router I was using at that time, and I wanted to try wireless in the new apartment to prevent running cable into the living room for my media PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Iconnect AP880G-Pro Wireless Turbo Router Review @ HardwareZoom
"Iconnect AP880G-Pro is a 4-Port Ethernet Router with Wireless LAN capability. Powered by Atheros Chipset, you can enjoy wireless data rate up to 108Mbps in Turbo mode and backward compatibility with 802.11g and 802.11b standards. Some unique features includes wireless LAN to LAN bridging as well as wireless repeater, which are not commonly found in many wireless routers."

More information on this review can be found here.
PQI Turbo PQI3200-1024DBU PC3200 DC Memory Review @ The Crucible
"If you are looking for some serious high performance memory PQI's Turbo PQI3200-1024DBU PC3200 memory warrants some serious investigation. Not only did we manage to max out our test rigs but we were able to maintain good timings as well. The combination of Samsung's TCCD memory chips, the Brain Power PCB, and PQI's super sexy mirrored heat spreaders make this memory a really exceptional choice for the overclockers, gamers and modders."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ DDR Booster Diagnostic Device Review @ AuphanOnline
"Overclockers have had many great tools added to our arsenal in the last couple years. We've had great CPU's like the Athlon XP-M, the P4 2.4c and most recently the Athlon 64 Winchesters. It has never been a problem getting volts to the CPU. RAM however, has been a different story. Short of volt mods, we had to settle for what our motherboards gave us until now."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS Twinx1024-4400C25 1GB DC Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"Corsair recently sent us their latest and greatest XMS memory modules, the TwinX11024-4400C25. These modules use the highly-acclaimed TCCD chips that Corsair originally introduced with their XL lineup. Now they have revamped the TCCD chips with newer chips, higher rated speeds, and a new PCB that looks to be made by Brainpower, although I'm not entirely sure. With that said, on to the review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Twinhan DTV MagicBox and VisionDTV Mini Ter Review @ Hexus
"Between the two products you've seen here, Twinhan have covered all their bases for anybody wanting a straightforward device enabling them to view terrestrial digital television on their PC. For laptop users or anyone on the move, you have the USB-based MagicBox, and for those only planning to use a single computer to feed their TV watching habits, then the PCI board will be the way to go."

More information on this review can be found here.
Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 160GB HDD Review @ Mikhailtech
"All DiamondMax Plus 9 series drives include Fluid Dynamic Bearing motors (for reduced noise) and Maxtor Data/Shock Protection Systems. Keep in mind this isn't the latest and greatest from Maxtor; the new DiamondMax 10 series has drives ranging from 80-300GB with lower 9ms seek times and 8-16MB buffers depending on drive capacity."

More information on this review can be found here.

iConcepts 4-Port Mini USB Hub Review

"It's about the length of one side of a wallet and maybe half an inch tall. It's entirely black (obviously) and the top has a green power LED and logo. The bottom has a model identifying sticker and the necessary primary USB plug. This is held in place by a triangular protrusion which snaps into the bottom of the hub which makes it extremely portable and ideal for laptop users in particular."

More information on this review can be found here.
NForce4 SLI: Wise Upgrade Path? @ Bona Fied Reviews
"For those who want the best visual game playing experience possible, SLI motherboards do offer the best and broadest options for all current platforms, but these mobos are also being marketed as the best upgrade-path option. The argument is, buy an SLI-capable motherboard and you can then spend less up-front on your graphics card. Later, a second graphics card can be used to bring graphics - namely gaming - up to snuff with high-end gaming systems. The argument looks good on paper, but the facts suggest otherwise. We will explore the idea of upgradeability and examine why SLI falls short of being the best option for upgrade-conscious buyers."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI Lanparty 875-T LGA 775 Motherboard Review @ hardCOREware
"Enter DFI's Lanparty 875-T. It takes the latest CPU socket platform and mates it to the mature 875P chipset. It won't win any Gigabit Ethernet races, but you just wait and see how it performs with the tighter timings of DDR memory, and killer overclocking ability."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hypercube² Project Part 1 @ Bit-Tech
"Belgium may be famous for its chocolate, but it is also rapidly building a reputation as a hot-bed of modding talent. Of course, everyone knows Piloux, and the various projects he has done, like Dark Crystal and BlackMesa II, but pretty soon you will know the name of Gert "Jounge" Swolfs - the creator of today's project: Hypercube²."

We have showcased this fantastic project before, be sure to check out the detailed log at Bit-Tech. More information on this project can be found here.
Monday, December 20, 2004
USB Christmas Lights Mod @ ExtensionTech
"Back in November of 2002, Greg "BuSy" Sowell, made hisfirst mod appearance on the net. Basically, he took a DC powered Christmas light set, and powered it by USB. Stroke of genius? I think so. Greg, like many modders come up with ideas, that cause us re-think what modding is all about. So, with that in mind, I give you a slightly enhanced version of his original debut."

More information on this project can be found here.
OvisLink 32-bit 1000Base-T Gigabit Ethernet Adapter Review @ Techniz
"OvisLink was the first company in Taiwan to introduce Fast-Ethernet NICs, switches, and hubs when IEEE 802.3u standard was established in 1996. OvisLink stunned other competitors again with the introduction of our first Gigabit switch only months after IEEE 802.3ab Gigabit Ethernet standard was instituted in 1998. Today, OvisLink provide the most complete range of Gigabit products in the industry. With the advent of the GE-2032R gigabit Ethernet adapter, the foundation to build a high performance and very affordable all Gigabit network for your home and office is realized."

More information on this review can be found here.

OvisLink 5-Port SOHO GigaBit Switch Review

"OvisLink was one of the very first vendor in the world to introduce Gigabit Ethernet switch, back in 1997. Besides the surprisingly affordable pricing and stylish housing, the Live-GSH8T is equipped with a 25.6Gbps switching engine to guarantee all ports can operate at full gigabit speed simultaneously."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Multi-Function Panel Review @ Virtual Hideout
"When the fist BayBus shipped out of the FanBus labs in 1999, the requests for external USB and various other items naturally came along soon after. In the struggle to be the king of the hill of front mounted multi-function panels, the Enermax UC-9FATR2 bulldozes its way to the top. It features a multipurpose card reader, front panel USB, front panel SATA ports, IEEE-1394 and a a two channel fan controller with alarms for temperature and fan speed. Whew! That's a laundry list of items. Follow along as I install it and give it a shakedown."

More information on this review can be found here.
Choosing a Graphics Card Guide @ A1-Electronics
"2004 seems to have flow past rather quick and we are here again doing our choosing & buying a graphics card. We have tried to simplify the now rather extensive list of available cards that are presently available but hope that our guide gives you the basic information you need to make your choice and have focused on ATI & Nvidia."

More information on this guide can be found here.
ATI Radeon X700 Pro Review @ System Cooling
"Video card manufacturers may hype the bejesus out of their top end offerings, but they are not stupid, and they know for every buyer of a top end card, there are numerous consumers who have no desire to assume a second mortgage just to play a game. Thus, the midrange market has become a battleground every bit as vicious, and in truth, more important than the Battle of the Titans. ATI has released their X700 series video cards to fill this market segment, and the card we're looking at today, the X700 Pro 256MB, is the middle card of three X700 offerings in terms of rice and performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX232 LCD Review @ Viper Lair
"The LCD itself is very nice. The picture is crisp and bright, and with the included software you can adjust how well the display looks in your environment. The included accessories were great as well. The internal USB cable allowed for a cleaner install, and the temperature sensors were easy to use and a extremely useful. The included software is very powerful and allows for a multitude of custom configurations and screens."

More information on this review can be found here.
The ABC's and 123's of Firewalls & Ports @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Gaming in general is fun, but there's something about multiplayer gaming that's even more enjoyable. Perhaps it's the satisfaction of realizing that the car you just passed in the last lap is being driven by a real person, like you, and not some computer program. But the Internet connection that makes gaming so much fun also serves as a doorway through which nefarious hackers can send malicious code, causing havoc with your computer. Broadband users are especially fertile targets for bad seeds. That's why a firewall is so important. A good firewall, such as Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) that comes with Windows XP, protects your computer from attacks."

More information on this article can be found here.
The Essential Data Recovery Report @ The Tech Zone
"Your worst nightmare just became a horrifying reality. You keep hearing that little voice in your head mockingly shout "you should have backed that stuff up" The voice keeps echoing throughout your head as you perform a quick inventory all of the important information that you just lost, our client database, a years worth of e-mail, your entire inventory database, even your family photos."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thermaltake Aquarius III Water Cooling Kit Review @ PimpedOutCases
"The Aquarius III is a unique little unit. The previous Aquarius models were a series of parts one had to install into their PC case, including a separate water block, reservoir/pump combination, and radiator. They took quite a time investment to install properly and effectively. The Aquarius III is built to change all of that with an all-in-one design that requires very little time to get the whole installation process completed properly."

More information on this review can be found here.

Cyril's New Hardware Guide Part II: PCIe and SATA

"The old, familiar PCI bus has quite a history. Introduced in mid-1993 to the high-end server and workstation market, it trickled down to the mainstream market in 1994 and has remained mostly unchanged in our desktop PCs for the past decade. Time has passed, however, and PCI’s meager 133MB/s data throughput across a single shared bus is not enough for current high-end systems with Gigabit LAN, Firewire and SATA RAID controllers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Case Lighting Products @ XYZ Computing
"The products that Sunbeam sent over were the Laser Beam LED, the Chameleon, and the Hyper-Light. Starting with the least useful but not necessarily least cool, I installed all the gear into my PC at once, with a little help from Sunbeam's Minibaybus. I thought that my case, a windowless beige box was somewhat of a waste to install all of these products in, with it being the Volvo of the computer world and all. When it woke up from its boredom induced coma, I was expecting it to ask to be taken off of life support, unable to face its family and bear the shame. Little did I expect what would really happen…"

More information on this review can be found here.
Koolance PC3-720SL Liquid System Review @ Viper Lair
"Overall, Koolance has a very impressive kit in the PC3-720SL and is definitely worth considering if you're interested in an easy to use water-cooling setup. Performance is very good, and the case aesthetics are top notch in our opinion."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Pre-Assembled Blue UV Case Review @ Compmodcentral
"When it comes to computer enclosures, you really need to be picky. After all, thats the first thing anyone sees when they look at your computer. Shouldn't it be as pretty as the $2000 than you just dumped into new hardware? If your like me and you don't have the time, (or energy) to mod your own case, then the Logisys Blue UV Reactive Acrylic Case just might be what your looking for. With its 4, 5 1/2" External Drive Bays, 2, 3.5" External Drive Bays, and 6, 3.5" Internal Drive Bays, you can't at all call this case tiny."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunday, December 19, 2004
PimpRig Caffeine Compendium @ PimpRig

"You know it, you love it, and if you are anything like me, you live by it. Caffeine is one of a geek's best friends and for good reason. I would venture to say that the majority of PC gamers out there have had their fair share of late night gaming sessions fueled by a number of Mountain Dews or, better yet, some Bawls. What some of you may not know is that there are a number of products on the market that packs caffeine into very easy to consume substances."

More information on this article can be found here.
A4Tech NB-30 Wireless Battery Free Mouse Review @ ASE Labs
"A4Tech makes the first wireless mouse that happens to be battery free. It uses a special mousepad that transfers power by induction. Let's see how this new type of mouse operates."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech QuickCam Orbit Webcam Review @ The Tech Zone
"What makes the QuickCam Orbit unique is the motorized camera head combined with face tracking software which allows the camera lens to follow its subject - up and down, or left and right - as that person shifts in a chair or moves freely about the room. The webcam also features a 9-inch stand, so the camera can be at eye level, whether on a desk or resting on top of a monitor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Lightbus Review @ A True Review
"Getting tired of the same old cathodes and/or lights just sitting there day after day? Do you wish there was an alternative that allows you to turn those boring lights into a festive light show? Wish no more my friends, for Sunbeam has brought forth "The Lightbus".

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright XP-90 Heatsink Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"Thermalright has been a leader in high performance heatsinks for AMD & Intel processors for quite some time now. Thermalright's constant innovation has led to bigger and better products to meet the demands of overclockers & PC enthusiasts. Today we are taking a look at the very popular XP-90 heatsink, which is a copper/aluminum design utilizing heatpipes and very large surface areas for maximum heat dissipation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Opti-UPS SM-B120A-RM 1100VA Rack Mount UPS Review @ BigBruin
"Today we are taking a look at the Opti-UPS SM-B120A-RM Rack Mount 1100VA/1100W 6 Outlet UPS provided by Computergeeks.com. When the power either fails or dips, the UPS will switch from direct AC power onto its internal battery power. This does a number of things, such as save you from short power outages, brown outs, and protects your equipment from surges and other nasty stuff that sometimes comes into your house."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Kamakiri and FCS-50 CPU Cooler Reviews @ System Cooling
"Scythe has a well-earned reputation for innovative and unique heatsink fan (HSF) designs. In this review we will take an in-depth look at their new Kamakiri cooler along with one of their popular, established products, the FCS 50 CPU cooler. Both the new Kamakiri and older FCS-50 CPU coolers incorporate heat pipe technology to quickly and efficiently transport waste processor heat away from the CPU. Each cooler comes with universal mounting hardware that allows attaching it to either Intel (socket 370/478) or AMD (socket 754/939/940) platforms. The Kamakiri also includes Intel (socket LGA775) support."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATP Electronics 2GB Secure Digital Card Review @ AuphanOnline
"ATP Electronics is making a big splash in the flash memory market with their innovative new designs, taking on the big boys like Sandisk and Lexar. Learn a little more about what makes a good flash card, why you should be concerned, and what sets ATP apart from the rest. We threw everything at this thing- including some household items you probably wouldn't want on any other memory card. If you own a device with an SD slot, you need to read this."

More information on this review can be found here.
Transcend StoreJet 1.8in 20GB External HDD Review @ Mikhailtech
"At the other extreme we have full-sized 3.5" internal hard drives kept in external cases. While this is a somewhat portable solution and is just as effective as internal storage (conceptually anyway, I/O speeds will be slower on a USB/FireWire interface), it's still quite bulky. The middle ground between these is a notebook hard drive (or smaller) that's more portable than a 3.5" drive (i.e. will fit in a pocket) and offers more storage than any flash drive. Transcend's StoreJet is just that: it's a wallet-sized 1.8" hard drive available in 20GB and 40GB capacities."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec EZ SWAP 2 Removable HD Rack Review @ Techniz
"The EZ-Swap 2 Serial ATA version is as convenient as mobile racks get. The EZ-Swap 2 SATA features the ability to directly connect your SATA hard drive without going through any additional circuits. Simply place the hard drive inside the cartridge, screw it in place, and your done. The EZ-Swap 2 SATA also features keyed lock protection to prevent removal while in use. Since it uses SATA technology, the EZ-Swap 2 SATA is also hot swappable. Easy, convenient, and reliable, the EZ-Swap 2 SATA is the ideal SATA mobile rack."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silver Vampire ATX Mid-Tower Case Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"CrazyPC's Vampire mid-tower case is one of those unique novelty cases that appeal to the PC enthusiast / gamer that really wants to show off their computer. The case is made from 0.7mm steel, and features a side window with 80mm blue LED fan, along with a front 120mm blue LED fan. A 120mm top blowhole or top window with 80mm blowhole can be ordered with this case, providing additional cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
IAOD Gaming Exposition & TFL Winter Fragfest 2004
"The IAOD Gaming Exposition & TFL Winter Fragfest 2004 weekend is in full swing at the International Academy of Design & Technology in Toronto, Canada and runs from Friday Dec 17th to Sunday Dec 19th. The event boasts over $50,000 in prize giveaways and offers a fun-filled weekend of gaming, tournaments and contests. MTB was in attendance at the show as one of the official event sponsors."

More information on this event can be found here.
Early Boxing Day Promo @ Compuvision
"Starting Saturday, December 18th, 2004 at 9PM EST CompuVision will be giving their customers a FREE window kit with every order placed over $100.00+ CDN.* This promo begins now and runs until we have no more to give. We will keep everyone informed to keep it fair for anyone interested. This is an $18CDN value item."

More information on this promotion can be found here.
Friday, December 17, 2004
Christmas Competition @ Raptor-mods
"It's Christmas so what better time for a giveaway with awesome prizes, they include a Matrix Orbital Display, 3x 600 Watt Ultra PSU's and an Icemat Gaming surface See Forum for details."

More information on this contest can be found here.
The 12 Stars of Samsung for 2005 @ HardwareZoom
"Here is a sneak preview of 12 Samsung hottest products which will be released in year 2005. From 56" wide screen DLP TV to the ultra compact MP3 player about the size of your thumb. Other highlight includes six compact & stylish clamshell/sliding phones, laser printer, video camera, LCD TV & DVD Recorder."

More information on this review can be found here.
Microsoft Windows Media Center Extender for Xbox Review @ Whining Dog
"The Microsoft Windows Media Center Extender for Xbox is a mixed bag. The software package is a good first attempt at distributing the media experience provided by the Windows Media Center Edition 2005. You're able to watch or listen to a portion of the media content made available on a Media Center PC. If you're a PVR enthusiast and want to be able to watch your shows from all over the house, then the Extender is a good way to access this content. However, if you're planning to watch your DVD collection or DivX video collection, then you can forget about the MCX."

More information on this review can be found here.
Digital Concepts CompactFlash Card Reader Review @ Mikhailtech
"The reader itself is nothing special: a silver plastic case with a good grip and a label up front. It's a single piece so if you have to get it open for some reason, you'll have to pry it apart. There's also a green power LED. The light doesn't blink or change colors; it remains on as long as the reader has power, regardless of whether a card is inserted and/or is being read from/written to."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec 11-in-1 Mobile Memory Card Reader Review @ A1-Electronics
"Maybe it is just us but this Vantec 11-in-1 mobile memory card reader seems to us to be a very handy little device for just about everybody. All it needs is a thin cloth bag to protect it a little. But that is being fussy."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT goes AGP @ Tweaktown
"A little while ago nVidia launched their GeForce 6600GT graphics card using the PCI Express interface. The GPU received great reviews around the web for impressive performance for the price but lacked one major thing - AGP support for those who had not yet made the jump to the new platform. nVidia has now released the AGP version of their 6600GT graphics card and today we take a close look at the product and see how it differs from the PCI Express version."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GV-NX66T128D GeForce 6600GT Videocard Review @ PCStats
"NVIDIA was the first to enter the 'mainstream' PCI Express video market with the GeForce 6600 class GPU. ATI followed suit a few days later with its Radeon X700. While the companies are different, the technology behind the competing VPUs is actually quite similar. Built on IBM's 0.11 micron manufacturing process, the nVidia GeForce 6600 has eight pixel rendering pipelines and the 'GT' model has a core clock speed of 500 MHz. ATI uses TSMC's 0.11 micron manufacturing process, and its graphics core has eight pixel rendering pipelines too. The higher-end Radeon X700 XT VPU is clocked slightly slower than NVIDIA's solution, at 475 MHz. Over the next dozen pages, PCStats will try to answer that question as we test out a videocard made by Gigabyte called the GV-NX66T128D. This PCI Express x16 videocard is based on NVIDIA's GeForce 6600GT GPU, and packs in a svelte 128MB of Samsung GDDR3 memory."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soltek SL-915GPro-FGR Motherboard Review @ Ninjalane
"The Soltek SL-915GPro-FGR is a rather unique motherboard, not only does it come with 4 DDR1 memory banks but includes a BIOS level automagic overclocking utility called SAT (Smart Acceleration Technology) that actually works."

More information on this review can be found here.
Four Socket 939 Motherboards Shootout @ Overclockers New Zealand
"After taking margin of error into consideration, all boards performed similarly at stock speed. However, things quickly changed when you take price, overclock potential and features into the picture. Out of those four socket939 boards, we find that MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum offers the best overclock potential (even with SATA hard drive), a wealth of features, and comes with an affordable price tag, which rightly gets our OCNZ Recommended Award."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX232 LCD Review @ Viper Lair
"The LCD itself is very nice. The picture is crisp and bright, and with the included software you can adjust how well the display looks in your environment. The included accessories were great as well. The internal USB cable allowed for a cleaner install, and the temperature sensors were easy to use and a extremely useful. The included software is very powerful and allows for a multitude of custom configurations and screens."

More information on this review can be found here.
1A-Cooling SET-5Z280V1 Water Cooling Kit Review @ Madshrimps
"Aah, I remember it well. It was a cloudy Belgian Sunday, with nothing more to do then watching the good ´old electric tube and smoking the pipe. Little did I know there we´re forces in play who wanted me to do some reviewing. Seems like the OC gods were restless, so the best thing to do was to sacrifice them a review. Since my editor dropped off the A1 water cooling kit the other day, I could really please the gods this time. Maybe they would use their divine powers to give me that Mustang I always ask for Christmas!"

More information on this review can be found here.

Sunbeam Samurai Case Review

"With a distinctive front bezel and side window, the Sunbeam Samurai Case attempts to grab prospective buyers with a penchant for standing out amongst the crowd. Does function follow form though in this pre-modded case? Step inside to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Janus Gaming Case & 500W All Acrylic PSU Review @ System Cooling
"With everything said and done, I think Logisys has a nice little case and power supply. There are a few things I'd like to see changed on both items though. First, the case, the rear 120mm exhaust fan grill needs to be changed, something like what the Logisys Dracula Mid-Tower Case would be great. I like the rest of the case just the way it is, nice simple interior that is easy to work with is a big plus in my book. As for the external design, personally, I like it, but everyone has their own likes and dislikes. You'll have to decide that part for yourself."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Aquagate Liquid Cooling System Review @ OCTools
"The Cooler Master Aquagate Liquid Cooling System is indeed one of the most innovative watercooling unit at the moment. There is no other all-in-one watercooling unit like it in terms of versatility, flexibility and looks. Its ease of installation will be a main attraction to those thinking of watercooling but just couldn't be bothered with DIY kits. No matter what type of case you have, the Aquagate will always have a place in your system, internally or externally."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, December 16, 2004
Steelpad QcK+ Review @ Think Computers
"When most people think of mouse pads they do not put much thought into it. Most of us have mouse pads that came with our computers. For gamers a mouse pad could make the difference between loosing a match and getting the perfect headshot. Steelpad has been one of the only providers of professional gaming mouse pads. Today we will be looking at the Steelpad QcK+."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mozilla's Firefox 1.0 Internet Browser Review @ PCStats
"Firefox is a startlingly mature product, full of features but just as easy to use as IE has proven to be. For a browser to gain mass adoption, this is an essential characteristic. PCstats is going to explore the features and capabilities of Firefox 1.0 as compared to the XP Service Pack 2 update of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6. We're looking for useful features, innovation and ease ofuse, as well as security. If you're trying to figure out whether to make the switch to Firefox, this is the article for you."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products UV Wizard Review @ Overclockers Online
"The window of this case is UV Reactive, which will add an awesome touch to your rig if you have a UV light. Even without the UV Light the window looks great, with a bluish tint to match the paint. The dark blue metallic paint that wraps this case looks at home on any desktop!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Dual Channel PC4000 Premium Review @ Viper Lair
"Looks are of course secondary to performance but here the Ultra doesn't fail you. The Ultra PC4000 is quite capable of delivering in the area's it is needed, be it raw numbers or overclocking potential. Like most PC4000, to get the really high clocks from it, you will need to up the voltage to 2.9v but the ram hasn't flinched running at this (default is 2.7v) voltage once in the week or so I've been using it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saitek Gamers Keyboard review @ ModdersHQ
"I'm going out on a limb and stating the following.Chances are if you show me a modder, there is a darn good chance this individual is also a gamer. From my experience with the rag-tag group of people I deal with, most were gamers before modders. With that being said, Saitek has developed a keyboard geared towards the gamer but should appeal to the modders as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Lightbus Review @ OCIA
"In the world of reviewing, it is not often that I am really impressed by a product's originality. Most modding accessories these days are just remakes or redesigns of an original idea that another company or individual created. That being said though, the LightBus, though an extension of a Rheobus, is still very innovative, especially given the large market of modding gear available today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Mini Baybus Review @ XYZ Computing
"The thing that sets this apart from other power-strip like devices is that it is undeniably Sunbeam, it lights up! Each of the molex connectors has a powerful blue LED built in, which makes finding it in your cramped case a breeze. The packaging advertises a rainbow of options for each of the molex light colors, making for complete case customization."

More information on this review can be found here.
Roku SoundBridge M2000 Media Receiver Review @ Designtechnica
"The Roku SoundBridge is the best looking networked media player we have seen to-date. It is incredibly easy to setup and is compatible with a large number of music services and server software. If Roku had added the ability to play shared drives or folders on your network, our score could have been higher. We find absolutely no reason for them to leave this feature out."

More information on this review can be found here.
IAOD Gaming Expo & TFL Winterfragfest 2004
Thursday December 16, 2004 - For immediate release

"TORONTO, Dec 16 - Toronto Fun League LTD (TFL), Canada's largest LAN gaming league, LANGM, Canada's premier LAN gaming event organizer and the International Academy of Design & Technology today jointly announced that they will be hosting the IAOD Gaming Exposition & TFL Winter Fragfest this weekend December 17 to December 19, 2004 at the International Academy of Design & Technology campus on the 8th floor of the CBC Broadcast Center in downtown Toronto at 39 John Street (corner of Front Street).

The event, the largest of its kind and biggest gaming event ever held in Toronto, is sponsored by leading edge companies such as ABIT, DLINK, Intel & CompuSmart. ABIT will be conducting Overclocking Seminars throughout the event and CompuSmart will feature a Gaming Zone complete with their gaming systems previously showcased on local TV. Opening Ceremonies and press conference begin 1.30pm Saturday December 18th. General admission spectators are free.

There will be a total of 9 official tournaments featured, such as team-based Counter-StrikeTM, solo WarcraftIIITM and Halo2TM. Numerous teams attending include top ranked East Coast Offensive and the only national female team Canadian Divas. Players will also be flying in from all four corners of North America such as Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax, Washington and Atlanta.

The event will also feature a 200+ BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) area where gamers will be playing non-stop for 50 hours, competiting for merchandise by sponsors. Our partners MODTHEBOX.com will also be hosting a modding contest and have plenty prize giveaways."

More information on this event can be found here.
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Future of Electronics Technology @ The Tech Zone
"How long do you think DVDs have around? 20 years? 10 years? Actually, they have only been around for about seven years, but it seems like they have been around much longer. Many of us can hardly remember life before DVDs. That can be attributed to how rapidly we can become acclimated to some innovations in electronics technology. I believe there are other electronics technologies, either just getting ready to take off, not widely available yet, or just around the corner, that are going to become adopted just as quickly in the near future."

More information on this article can be found here.
Futurelooks 2004 Holiday Gift Guides @ Futurelooks
"Let's not forget about our gamers out in the crowd this holiday season. Though notoriously difficult to buy for, hopefully these suggestions will make things that much easier. Better yet, buy them all, and let them choose on the big day."

More information on this guide can be found here.
iConcepts 10-Piece PC Tool Kit Review @ Mikhailtech
"It comes in a zippered cloth pouch and contains the following pieces (from left to right): 8mm nut driver, 10mm nut driver, 3-pronged tension "parts retriever", tweezers, 5mm Torx screwdriver (star pattern), insulated chip (IC) extraction clipper, 3.2mm Phillips screwdriver, 3.2mm flat head screwdriver, 5mm Phillips head screwdriver, and a 5mm flat head screwdriver. One thing I noticed that was clearly missing was a set of pliers. While the nut drivers help alleviate one of the typical uses of pliers in the computer environment, you still need a precise tool to grasp, pull, push, twist, and sometimes break off various parts."

More information on this review can be found here.

Akasa AK-183-L2B Amber Series Fan Review

"The model number on the motor sticker is AK-183-L2B, rated at 0.18A and 12V for a maximum power consumption of 2.16watts. Obviously, this is a low output fan and you should have no trouble connecting it directly to your motherboard header via the default 3-pin plug. The other ratings are: 1400 RPM, 18 dBA, and 44.8 CFM. Contrary to popular belief, this doesn't mean the fan is completely silent. It's certainly quiet, but still audible. Finally, it appears to be made by Y.S.Tech (as per label), which is a good sign since their fans are known for their performance and reliability."

More information on this review can be found here.
Network Cable Tester with RJ-45 Crimping Tool Review @ ExtensionTech
"Ever look at the price of network cables in your local retail store? What is that? A 6 foot cable for 10 bucks? And how many of you paid that? Ok, I'm not out to knock the person that needs one network cable, but what if you wanted to dabble in making cables for much cheaper than what you would pay retail? Well, you'll need a few things; cable, ends, a crimper, and possibly a tester. I'll be focusing on the crimper and tester of course. If that sounds remotely interesting, you can get the crimper and tester for really cheap. How about around $13 USD? Continue
on please."

More information on this review can be found here.
Directron & VH Logitech MX1000 Laser Cordless Mouse Giveaway @ VH
"Directron & VH have teamed up once again for a new contest giveaway. This time up for grabs is the newest weapon in Logitech's impressive mouse lineup, the New Logitech MX1000 Laser Cordless Mouse. Contest ends December 21st, 2004 @ 11:59pm and the winner's prize will be shipped out in time for Christmas delivery! Head over to the VH Forums To Enter To Win."

More information on this contest can be found here.

Interview with Bart Lane of 1CoolPC

"Recently I've been taking the time to reacquaint myself with the sponsors. Everyone is life is so busy and we seem to lose touch so fast today. You say you're gonna email them in a minute, then tomorrow, then the next thing you know, it's been a year or more! So today I kick off my December Interview Fest with our first guest. I introduce to you, 1CoolPC."

More information on this interview can be found here.
OCZ Modstream PSU Review @ Neoseeker
"Due to the PowerWhisper design of the OCZ ModStream, there is only one 120mm fan present in the power supply, and it is located on the under side of the unit as opposed to the rear. The entire rear of the power supply is one large, non-obtrusive grill, allowing for unobstructed air flow. The 120mm fan acts as an intake fan, taking hot air out from the inside of the chassis and expelling it out the back. There are no other cooling vents present, with the exception of three small slits beside a voltage transformer."

More information on this review can be found here.
AVerMedia AVerTV USB 2.0 Plus Review @ Hexus
"Almost everything about the device is easy to use and set-up, which generally speaking makes it a joy to use. My biggest concern prior to testing the device was that such a small component would struggle to provide a good quality picture and sound, but it proved me wrong and then some. The only missing link in the package seems to be Teletext abilities - Although the player software and remote control both make mention of it, I could find no such functionality anywhere."

More information on this review can be found here.

Hiper Type-R Series 480W Power Supply Review

"Looking at the overall package available here, it's hard to fault Hitech's Type R offerings - A fantastic bundle coupled with a very nice looking and relatively lightweight power supply, all for a reasonable price. What is even nicer to see is the subtle yet understandable variety in the three packages we've seen here. For those who want a case full of LEDs, the red bundle offers both a red LED equipped PSU and fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron GeForce 6800 GT Review @ Bjorn3D
"ES, XL, SE, GSR and every other combo of letters used to describe a car, razor, or your favorite deoderant can be confusing. So which one is the best, which one is fully loaded, and which one sucks like a black hole? The same kind of system has been floating around the video card world for a while now, and NVIDIA's latest line of 6 Series cards has their own to throw around. Well today we are going to take a look at the Albatron 6800 GT, the gran turismo of the video card world. We won't call this the model with heated leather seats and navigation, but it definitely comes with 17's and a moonroof."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA 6600GT AGP Video Card Review @ Hardware Avenue
"Hardware Avenue has today reviewed the NVIDIA Geforce 6600GT AGP Reference videocard. With a very competitive mid range price, a good showing of performance could equate to one of the best value solutions since the 9500Pro, but does it succeed?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Icybox IB-350U-B-BL Enclosure Review @ PyroPort
"When I received the product, it was good to see that upon taking the box out of the jiffy bag, it was fairly well protected thanks to thick cardboard packaging. I was already eagerly anticipating using this product, and initial impressions were good."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI TV Wonder USB 2.0 In-Depth Review @ Everything USB
"We were all amazed at how many different ways there are to record the same program. Apart from the standard recording based on a schedule or one-touch recording found in all PVRs, the TV Wonder USB 2.0 can automatically time lapse record a specified number of frames per minute / hour / day, or by manually clicking. There's also a motion-triggered recording feature that is particularly useful in home surveillance setups or when watching a shopping network. When a selected area of the screen has movement beyond a certain threshold, recording will begin either normally or in time-lapse for a set amount of time."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cheap, Clean, Cool and Quiet Case Cooling @ Overclockers.com
"As a solution, I've found a way to quickly remove the hot air while cooling the video, drives, chipset, etc. I think it's okay for the hot air to go through the power supply, because it has electronic components (such as transformer, capacitors, etc.) that are thermally robust. Thus they can safely endure warm air without significantly decreasing performance and/or durability, unlike that of the delicate, heat-sensitive computer components such as the CPU, video, RAM and hard drive."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thermaltake Big Water 12cm Liquid Cooling System 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. Today, we are reviewing their latest liquid cooling product, which is known as the Bigwater. BigWater is consists of three core components including the 12 cm fan radiator and the copper water-block as well as the water pump."

More information on this review can be found here.
VoodooPC chooses Swiftech for RAGE f:5
"Swiftech is proud to announce that the famous Canadian firm VoodooPC has chosen Swiftech liquid cooled systems for their latest high-performance personal computer, the RAGE f:5. Featuring a completely new chassis design, which incorporates the best of two major form factors, ATX and BTX, the RAGE f:5 was designed from the ground up to take full advantage of Swiftech's advanced liquid cooling technology. "It is a real treat to work with professionals such as the Voodoo staff. They are just as obsessed as we are with attention to detail, ultimate performance and extreme reliability." said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech's Chairman and CTA."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Athenatech A605 Mid ATX Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"After using this case for a couple of weeks, I'm fairly pleased with its performance. The Athenatech A605 has a lot of competition in its $50 price range. While none of its features put it head and shoulders above its rivals, I feel it is a good buy. With the addition of another fan and a motherboard tray it would have been a great buy."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Samsung SyncMaster 193P 19 Inch LCD Monitor Review @ Tweaknews
"The SyncMaster 193P is not meant to compete with the lower end affordable options and is more targeted towards the end user that requires a large LCD monitor with designer aesthetics, a higher contrast ratio, flexible mounting and screen orientation and color reproduction sought after in the graphics and CAD industry. This is Samsung's premier 19 inch model and they have done a great job at packing almost every feature needed by most consumers, yet still kept the slim and sleek visual appeal."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PowerStream 600W Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This Power Supply Unit offers a humongous 600 watts of power, peaking at 700 watts. It's a product that will meet and exceed all computer needs with its high quality overall design and build. All of the leads are sleeved, to cut down on the cable mess. Also, the +3.3V, +5V, and the +12V rails can be manually adjusted."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Transcend 128MB JetFlash MP3 Review @ BigBruin
"With scores of manufacturers making MP3 players, and even more folks making USB memory thumbdrives, it is nice to have a few options that can do both. Transcend has come up with a family of USB devices capable of storing data, playing MP3s, and even tuning FM radio. The big question is, does Transcend do it better than anyone else?"

More information on this review can be found here.
SwissBit 2 X 512MB PC4300 DDR2 Review @ Techniz
"Swissbit Group is Europe's leading producer of Memory Products with 4 million manufactured units per year. The group produces memory modules for Desktops, Servers, Workstations, PC and Mac Notebooks, USB Flash Memories and Compact Flash Cards. The core business includes contract manufacture for well-known clients all over the world. Today, we are reviewing their latest product - 2 X 512MB DDR2 memory modules. The DDR2 is a well known in more relax latency compare to the DDR. So, let's moving on to the look at the performance of this pair of SwissBit DDR2 RAM."

More information on this review can be found here.
1GB PQI Intelligent Stick USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review @ The Tech Zone
"The PQI Intelligent Stick or I-Stick is the smallest USB flash drive I have ever seen. Yes, that is a 25 cent coin next to the USB drive. The I-Stick was supplied to us by Upgrade Memory and measures just 1.22" long by 0.7" wide by 0.11" thick and weighs only 3 grams. Got two pennies? Put them side-by-side and you'll have the length of the I-Stick. How PQI managed to get 1GB of storage out of so little space is simply amazing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte P4 Titan Series 8TRX330-L Review @ Techware Labs
"The leader in producing highend video cards teams up with Gigbyte to produce a chipset to perform. The leader in chipsets for Intel processors the past few years has been Intel. So to have a video card company compete is an attention getter. The main factor in the performance of a system is the chipset of the motherboard, (the traffic cop if you will of the system)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soltek 8KAN2E-GR nForce3 250Gb S754 Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"Soltek has put together an impressive S754 package with its K8AN2E-GR motherboard. The intelligent board layout made installation simple. I especially like the way DIMM slots are orientated away from the AGP slot. Soltek has also done well on the feature count, adding in discrete SATA and IDE RAID through Promise's PCI-riding controller. Benchmark performance, too, was right on where I'd expect a well-tuned S754 board's to be, and the sample board overclocked like a champ."

More information on this review can be found here.
EPoX 915P Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"For those who have had an interest in performance computing for several years, you'll remember the name EPoX as being one of the several companies who really pushed overclocking in the beginning stages and worked hard on competing with the best in the motherboard business. Today we are taking a look at their 5EPA+ board which is based around Intel's 915P chipset with DDR memory support. Does the overclocking trend still exist today or does EPoX have a little more work to do? Read on and find out as we take a closer look!"

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon 64 Socket 754 Motherboard Roundup @ Madshrimps
"While the s754 platform might seem to lose its appeal with cheap s939 based A64 processors around the corner, the s754 platform is still good for a budget friendly overclocking thrill with just a minor performance loss compared to the newer s939 platform. The recent release of the some excellent OC boards have spiced up the s754 world, making the choice between going for s754 board now or to waiting for a good s939 setup even harder."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Transformer Case Review @ System Cooling
"Though I’ve mostly known Sunbeamtech for things like their Laser Beam LED’s and LED Case Feet, today we’re going to find out that they are expanding their horizons and getting into the pre-modded case business as well. With an emphasis on both looks and cooling, the Transformer has the potential to be a winner. Let’s dig in and see if it delivers the goods."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Shark Full Tower Aluminum Case 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. Thermaltake Technology has expanded its line of computer chassis with the launch of the "Shark". The Shark is a masterpiece that users can appreciate with breakthrough design and beneficial features. For the Shark, the most noticeable features are the double layers pattern all aluminum front panel design and honeycomb see-through side panel with EMI shield."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Nemesis Elite Case Review @ OCIA
"That brings me to how the governor controls the fans. I tested how well this works by placing the system probe between two ice cubes and keeping an eye on the fan. The monitor jumped down to 12 C, 4 C, 0 C then finally it settled on "LO". Apparently there are no negative readings. Checking the fan, it had completely turned off. The governor is doing its job. Removing the probe made the fan slowly start to spin again. It eventually got back to its normal speed and was working fine."

More information on this review can be found here.
XG Sidewinder Enclosure Review @ Viper Lair
"Cooling is very well executed with the Sidewinder case as well. The fact that it can keep a case temperature of 27 degrees Celsius with a 3 GHz Presscott P4, ATI x800 Pro, and 4 hard drives installed with an ambient temperature of 23 degrees Celsius is pretty good."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Tsunami Dream USB Keyboard & Mouse Review @ A1-Electronics
"We have to say that it is for the writer a delight using the keys on this Thermaltake Tsunami Dream keyboard compared to the expensive cordless one he normally uses. Their touch when tying is both soft, firm and positive. The keyboard is steady and stiff compared to the one he normally uses which is flexible and was expensive."

More information on this review can be found here.
EPoX 9NDA3+ nForce3 Ultra Socket 939 Motherboard Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"The EPoX EP-9NDA3+ motherboard is based on nVidia's nForce3 Ultra chipset supporting the latest Athlon64 & AthlonFX Socket 939 processors. The nForce3 Ultra chipset officially supports a 1GHz HyperTransport link, along with all the features of the regular nForce3 250gb chipset (like Gigabit Ethernet, on-chip Firewall, and "Any Drive" RAID technology). EPoX has packed as many features as they can onto this board, providing the user with the ultimate NF3 S939 platform. Overclocking has not been forgotten either, with tons of CPU and memory tweaking options, along with a variety of voltage choices in the BIOS, this board is sure to be a hit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, December 13, 2004
Sunbeam Chameleon Review @ OCIA


"Taking a look at one of the LED lasers, we see it is actually quite large. I was under the impression it would be small and fit almost anywhere, but these bulky pieces are as large as a AA battery."

More information on this review can be found here.

Sunbeam Wherever PCI Rack Review

"Looking at the thumbnail sized photos on the box, I tried to figure out some of the other configurations of the rack. Some of them appeared to have the rack "arms" mounted perpendicular to the rack. In this particular case, the "arms" were much too long to mount that way, even without a motherboard installed, so I assume that it is not one of the configurations. The only way I can see to mount anything in front of the PCI slots is to mount one "arm" parallel to the rack, and only have screws in one side of the drive, radiator, etc."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL PC3200 Platinum Rev2 Dual Channel Kit Review @ LAN Addict
"After the smoke has cleared and all the dust has settled, what do we have? Well, I think we have one very impressive PC3200 dual channel memory kit from OCZ! While it may need its timings loosened up a bit fairly quickly in the overclocking game, there is no denying that OCZ has a fantastic product here. About the only thing they could improve upon would be increasing the voltage they'll cover under warranty from 2.9V to 3.0V+."

More information on this review can be found here.
Memory Bandwidth vs. Latency Timings @ Bona Fied Reviews


"All memory is not created equal, nowadays you need to know which 'flavor' is best for an Intel or AMD PC if you expect the best performance back from your investment."

More information on this article can be found here.
Logisys Illuminated Keyboard Review @ Think Computers
"When it comes to gaming, I can think of nothing more exciting than packing my machine up and driving off to the nearest LAN-party. A basement filled with tables, assorted snack foods, tons of wire all snaking to the middle of the room where a superstack 2200 is precariously balanced on an old folding chair. Perhaps this isn't the typical environment you're used to, but if you do game with a lot of other people at once, their is a desire to be noticed, or to stand out. With little more than a tower, monitor, keyboard, and mouse, you don't have too much to work with, so you need to make it count. Fortunately, Logisys has stepped up and brought us an illuminated keyboard. There are few, if any, other modifications you can do to a keyboard other than making the whole thing glow. Without further ado, let me introduce the Logisys KB606BK."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sharkoon SilentStorm 480W Power Supply Review @ Madshrimps
"Sharkoon targets the enthusiast with their latest power supply, does the SilentStorm pack enough power to please the demanding high end user? Find out in this review."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PowerStream 420W Review @ OC-Zone
"This time we have de pleasure to make a review of the Most Wanted power supply in the overclockers dream, true it's only de 420w OCZ PowerStream, but it's performance makes envy to others with more power."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products 600W ATX PSU Review @ ap0calypse
"Imagine you’re designing your new dream system. You have it all planned out complete with two new PCI-E video cards running SLI. The one thing you forgot to plan on though was that those two new cards require 220W to power them alone and you’re currently running a 400W power supply. Ultra Products may have your solution. Already known for their award winning X-Connect line of power supplies, Ultra Products follows up with a brand new 600W power supply to deal with the power demand of today’s high end components. Let’s find out if this new power supply can live up to the reputation the X-Connect has already made for Ultra."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec NeoPower 480W PSU Review @ Viper Lair
"Antec have released another great power supply. The NeoPower 480 provided solid voltages across the board, dual 12v rails and a 120mm temperature controlled fan for quieter cooling. I would have liked to see all the cables sleeved and all of the cables modular, but the performance easily outweighs these slight downsides."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Polo 735 3-in-1 Heatsink Review @ Mikhailtech
"The second method to controlling the fan speed is using the provided thermal probe. One end plugs into a special connector on the fan; the other end should be in contact with any side of your processor core (or its underside). While this is certainly a worry-free option that increases the fan speed as the temperature rises, the correlation between these is preset. At 20C the fan speed will be at its minimum 2000 RPM; by 55C it'll be running at the maximum 5500 RPM. Here's the catch: at full speed the fan is loud. If your CPU normally gets to 55C, you'll have to deal with the noise at high speed, as well as any throttling that happens as a result of constantly rising/falling temperatures."

More information on this review can be found here.
XSPC R120-D Dual Fan Copper Radiator Review @ Viper Lair
"Being of a size to accommodate two 120mm fans speaks to the cooling performance on its own, but the design with its 2 rows of 12 tubes and plenty of fins between provides a lot of surface area for cooling. The design is very reminiscent of a car radiator and works well. The radiator assembly is covered in black epoxy giving you a colour that will pretty much go with anything."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek Black Ice Micro II Radiator Review @ Techniz
"Today, we are reviewing the Black Ice Micro II radiator. The Black Ice Micro II radiator is specifically designed for PC water-cooling. It uses a full copper-finned core with a high-density louvered copper fin configuration, flat tubes for maximum coolant-core heat conductivity, built-in mounting brackets and plenum chamber with tap tight screw holes for outstanding cooling performance that fits perfectly inside your PC - Any case with DUAL 80mm fans. This edition of the Black Ice Micro II radiator is equipped with easy push-on fittings for easy and better mounting of the tubes."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Shark Case Review @ Bjorn3D
"The whole Jaws phenomenon caused quite the stir back in the day, keeping many beaches empty for the summer. Thermaltake incorporates the whole shark theme into its new aluminum Shark case and causes quite a stir in the water. Stay there at the safety of your computer, as I get a closer look at the all new Thermaltake Shark."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, December 11, 2004
WACOM Intuos3 6x8 USB Tablet Review @ Futurelooks
"The Intuos3 is a dream come true for aspiring graphics artists. Being able to turn your thoughts into digital reality is something that this product can do for you. Check out the review and see if it's the right tool for you."

More information on this review can be found here.
Christmas List Contest @ Buddha's LAN Room
"Buddha's LAN Room has got a fantastic Christmas contest going on, and all you have to do to enter is post your Christmas list in their forum. Cooler Master is sponsoring the event, handing out a Praetorian as the grand prize. It doesn't get any easier than that! The winner will be announced December 25th."

More information on this contest can be found here.
A4 Tech NB-30 Battery Free Wireless Optical Mouse Review @ The Crucible
"So no batteries, no cord, no problems? A4 Tech has provided an innovative solution, though not without its short comings. All these new technologies are great however the implementation is a little lacking. Choosing to use a 620dpi sensor rather than a more sensitive 800dpi one is like buying a brand new Ferrari and putting a four cylinder engine from a Honda Civic in it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech MX1000 Laser Cordless Mouse Review @ The Tech Zone
"When I first heard of the MX1000 Laser my first thought was "I wonder if I could use it as a laser pointer?" The answer is no. All lasers conform to one of four classes, depending on usage and power. The MX1000 is a Class 1 laser device - extremely low-powered and can be stared directly into, even with a magnifying glass, for extended periods without causing any eye damage."

More information on this review can be found here.
BTC 8193 Deluxe Office Keyboard Review @ Xtreme Computing
"Today's review is another keyboard from BTC, this time we are taking a look at there deluxe office keyboard with specialized keys for office. This makes this keyboard ideal for people who use Office or any of its apps as it has got Word, Excel specific keys etc. Let's stop right there before I tell you everything, and take a look at the keyboard first."

More information on this review can be found here.
SunBeamTech Chameleon LED Controller Review @ TechTastic
"So you've decided to add some lighting mods to that cool new case of yours, but you're not sure what color lighting to go with. Well with SunBeamTech's Chameleon controller you don't have to decide. You simply dial in the color you want, be it red, green, blue, or any other color you can come up with."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Stove Fan Review @ OCIA
"Since computer case modding has become such a huge fad, manufacturers have been thinking of ways to up the ante with lights and all sorts of fancy gizmos to pull at a modder's wallet. Fans have become not just a means of cooling your computer, but a style all their own."

More information on this review can be found here.
A.C. Ryan Mod Roundup @ Viper Lair
"All of these products reviewed from AC Ryan are definitely competitive products to Vantec. Modding is becoming more and more popular and sleeving, lights, and fans are usuallythe first items that are upgraded. Sleeving works great for keeping things tidy, aesthetically pleasing, and perhaps even allow better airflow."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston HyperX 1 GB KHX3200UL DDR Review @ Controlled-Insanity
"Are you in the market for some blazing fast DDR? Is your gaming rig craving that low latency performance? Are you sick of flashy LEDs and marketing gimicks? Then read on, because believe me, we have found just what you are looking for in our latest review, Kingston Hyper X PC3200UL 2-2-2-5 DDR Modules."

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den DDC-12V Water Pump Review @ Madshrimps
"If water cooling is in your blood, Danger Den needs no introduction. If you plan on making the transformation from air to water cooling, Danger Den is a company you may want to get to know better. Today were going to take a look at what may be the smallest 400l/h pump available, the Danger Den DDC-12V."

More information on this review can be found here.

Vantec Tornado and NXP-205 Multi Fan Controller Review

"If you want extreme performance from your air cooled system then this Tornado fan might be what you need. The generated noise is equally extreme, that´s why Vantec recommends the use of a fan controller; In this review we take a look at the NXP-205 fan controller used in combination with their high CFM CPU/Case fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
VisionTek XTASY X800 XT Review @ BJorn3D
"PCI-Express continues to gain ground over AGP and will even more so once new Athlon64 chipsets (like nForce4) hit the shelves, but PCI-Express is still only really appealing to people who are getting the latest motherboards. Otherwise, there is no compelling reason to switch from AGP to PCI-Express. So, what's the point? Well, for those wanting a top gaming rig now, an Athlon64 motherboard with AGP is probably high on the list of 'must haves.' That's where the VisionTek XTASY X800 XT comes in. You already know that it will offer great performance for gaming, but you might not realize that it includes VIVO capabilities with HDTV support."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX 6600GT 128Mb Video Card Review @ AMD Review
"I wanted to do something a little different this time. I had this 6600GT video card to review, but I knew there would be lots of sites out there with the same old hard facts and figures with benchmarks of games like UT2004 and Far Cry. I decided to go a different route. I wanted to bring to you a review of the card, including the specs and such, but also wanted to provide some useful information as far as how well it plays the most system demanding game to date, Half Life 2."

More information on this review can be found here.
eVGA e-GeForce 6600GT 128MB PCI-E Video Card Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This particular product comes standard with 128MB of DDR3, 2ns memory. The default core speed is 500MHz and the memory speed is 1GHz. While these are high default speeds, the core and memory can be overclocked even higher for added performance. Also, an included adapter enables easy hookup of S-Video, Composite and Component Video out."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Friday, December 10, 2004
Tapwave Zodiac2 Mobile Entertainment Console Review @ Hardwarezoom
"The Zodiac offers a high resolution (480x320) 3.8-inch color display, Yamaha audio with stereo speakers and vibration effects. With integrated Bluetooth and infrared wireless technologies, the Zodiac can also be used in conjunction with a supported mobile phone to browse the Internet and manage e-mail. The Zodiac can be operated in landscape or portrait mode, allowing Word documents, e-mail or family pictures to be viewed in the orientation which best suits them."

More information on this review can be found here.
Harmony 688 Remote Control Review @ Designtechnica
"The Harmony 688 remote is sleek and has a modern look. It could fit nicely in an average adult hand and quite comfortable to be operated one hand. It employs a unique curvy button layout as can be seen from the picture. In such a layout, no two buttons are the same. They might be mirror image to each other, but none is exactly the same. Its buttons and LCD display are all backlit."

More information on this review can be found here.
AeroCool GateWatch Fan Controller Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"Fan controllers are nothing new. We’ve seen many variations on the theme some fairly interesting for sure. But I have to say that from the moment I saw that AeroCool GateWatch, I was curious to set one up and test it. Here’s what I found."

More information on this review can be found here.
DIY Heatcore: Inexpensive & Great Performance @ OCModshop
"The usual components found in a watercooling loop are a waterblock for the processor, a water pump, a reservoir or t-line, and a heat exchanger. Traditionally, heat exchangers were often items that were originally intended for some other purpose, such as automobile transmission coolers, with modified fittings so they could be plugged into a watercooling loop. More recently, companies have began developing radiators specifically for use in watercooling systems but most of these have the drawback of being somewhat expensive."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Modstream 520w Review @ AuphanOnline
"The subject of this review is OCZ Technology's Modstream 520w PSU. The success of the the OCZ Powerstream line is now akin to that of legend. Ninety percent of all overclocking and system performance records since the Powerstream's release have been made with the assistance of it. Does the Modstream live up to it's cousin?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra 500W Titanium ATX PSU Review @ Viper Lair
"The Ultra 500W Titanium ATX Power Supply may not have a modular cabling system, or flashy fans or windows, or even sleeved cabling for the most part, but it does have an excellent titanium mirror finish and good performance. Voltages are pretty much spot on, its quiet and bottom line it does its job."

More information on this review can be found here.
NV Silencer 5 Video Card Cooler Review @ System Cooling
"With today's video cards, cooling has become as much of a concern as it is with CPU's. A high-end GPU can approach the heat output of a pretty well-to-do CPU, and have operating temperatures much higher. Video card manufacturers, of course, put enough cooling onboard to keep things safe, but that's about all, and what cooling prowess many stock coolers do possess comes at the expense of considerable noise. Arctic Cooling manufactures a line of GPU coolers designed to combat not only the heat issues, but noise issues as well, and we know from experiencing the original VGA Silencer that they have succeeded in the past on both counts. Today, we're looking at one of their newest offerings, the NV Silencer 5, and we'll find out if this new generation of Silencer is as good as the old one."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire R9800Pro 128MB VGA Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"Sapphire R9800Pro is a quality built VGA card, with moderate overclocking potential. (based on our test sample). It is a good choice for those who are looking for an R9800Pro."

More information on this review can be found here.
Overclocking the AMD ATHLON XP-M CPU @ Tweakers Australia
"I must explain that while overclocking is a viable option for any enthusiast who knows what they are doing, there is a very real risk of causing serious damage to your system. Should you choose to overclock, I recommend that you do your research before you proceed. Neither I nor anyone else can be held responsible for any damage done to your computer by attempting this practice. Overclocking can be a dirt-cheap way to speed up your PC, or a fairly expensive hobby. It can also be a nightmarish ordeal, should your processor burn up."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Zalman CNPS7700-AlCu Heatsink Review @ PimpRig
"Can you say big? I knew that you could. This sucker is big, boys and girls. Almost five and a half inches across. Except for its size it looks almost identical to the CNPS7000-AlCu. It weighs in at 600g, that's 1.3lbs. Keep in mind this is the aluminum and copper version. The all copper one is 900g or 2lbs!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin 1GByte Level-II PC3200 RAM Review @ Hexus
"Mushkin has evidently seen the fantastic flexibility of Samsung's latest performance ICs, ranging from ultra-low latencies through to high MHz speeds with relaxed timings, and used them in its latest iteration of high-performance RAM. It's needed to, really, as Corsair and OCZ already have 2-2-2-5 PC3200 modules available right now. Performance-wise, there's not much to say other than it's predictably excellent memory."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC4000 Memory Review @ PCStats
"Along to top edge of each stick of the brand-spanking-new Crucial Ballistix Tracer memory are sixteen red and green activity LED's, and an additional eight blue LED's along the bottom of the DIMM. These blue underlights are particularly cool as they illuminate each DDR socket. Each 512MB Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC4000 stick is rated to run up to 250 MHz, while maintaining CAS2.5-4-4-8 at 2.8V. The timings are not the tightest, but Crucial is typically a little conservative so we're hoping for some magic. The Ballistix Tracer memory is also certified to run in both single and dual channel operation, for those wondering."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin 1GB PC2-4200 Review @ ASE Labs
"I did decide to mess with the timings a bit to determine how hard I could push the memory at stock MHz and at stock voltage. Needless to say, the memory ran flawlessly at the rated speeds. JEDEC says that 533MHz DDR2 should run at 4-4-4. The SPD said the RAM was rated at 5-4-4-12, which was strange to me. Although it said this, on auto, it was at 4-4-4-12. The board may just be screwing up stuff. Unsure. I pushed the RAM to 3-3-3-8 and it was running nice and stable. Anything lower and it would crash or not POST. The lighter blue on the graph is the faster latencies."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, December 9, 2004
The EXTREME Techie Christmas Gift Guide @ The Tech Zone
The Tech Zone has posted The EXTREME Techie Christmas Gift Guide featuring gifts that are bigger, gifts that are better, and gifts that are just down right ridiculous."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Akasa Cooling Review @ Hardware Fushion
"Hardware Fusion takes a look at some of Akasa's cooling products for the PC, including an 80mm fan, hard drive cooler and cable tidy kit. The review also takes a look at efficient cooling for your PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec TriCool Fans Review @ Mikhailtech
"What's even better is the wiring method. If you remember, the original blue and Trilight LED fans (as well as most LED fans currently on the market) had a wire running around the perimeter connecting all the lights to the motor; this was usually secured by a piece of tape. This time Antec extended individual wires from the motor to each LED along the "bridges" that connect the motor to the rest of the fan's case. This is a very subtle and effective approach (it's also barely visible). In theory, if one LED stopped working the rest could still function."

More information on this review can be found here.
Holiday Gift Guide 2004 @ Futurelooks
"We're into December now and Futurelooks has some great gift suggestions, personally tested and abused, that are guaranteed to please someone on your list this year. If you're looking for something that you're certain wont' suck, then check out this guide!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
Vantec Computer Enhancing Products Review @ A1-Electronics
"How often do you pop around manufacturers web sites looking to see what new products they are selling. Not often we suspect. We got a shock seeing all of these in a recent delivery from Vantec."

More information on this review can be found here.
NexStar 2 5.25" External Drive Enclosures Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product looks fantastic & installation of a 5.25" drive is rather simple. There are two models: The NST-525U2 supports USB2 only while the NST-525UF supports USB2 & Firewire. Both offer fast performance when equipped with a speedy drive. Please note: Not all drives are supported due to differing drive lengths."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS7700-Cu Silent CPU Cooler Review @ hardCOREware
"Zalman first made a big splash back in 2002, when we were one of the first sites to review their fanless CPU cooler. Back then, it was a Northwood 2.80 GHz we were using it on - that was the fastest CPU around at the time. Since then, Zalman has refined their CPU cooler designs, and eventually was required to add a fan to the mix. While they added a fan, they tried to maintain the most silent operation possible. To do this, they designed a radial heatsink, with a large, low-RPM fan in the middle. Today their CPU cooler takes another step in evolution, in order to facilitate today's faster, hotter CPU's. Today we're going to push their new CNPS7700-Cu to its limits with a Pentium 4 560 (3.6 Ghz)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cyril's Guide to New Hardware Technologies @ Pimped Out Cases
"These past eighteen months have been quite exciting: they have seen the coming of the first 64-bit desktop chips, the first desktop alternatives to PCI, AGP and IDE, the introduction of DDR2 memory, and the universal adoption of dual-channel by the mainstream desktop market. But what do these terms really mean, and more importantly, what implications do they have in the real world?"

More information on this review can be found here.
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"What was needed was a motherboard solution that provided a bridge between the affordable Socket 754 Athlon64 chips and the future of the Athlon 64, Socket 939. ASRock has provided us with just such a solution, and we're going to see how the K8 Combo-Z/ASR handles it task. This could be the perfect board for those of you who want to go Athlon64 on the cheap, but don't want to be stuck without an upgrade path to newer socket 939 processors. Based on the ALi M1689 chipset which we'll cover in more detail later in the review, the K8 Combo-Z/ASR can be used with both Socket 754 and Socket 939 Athlon processors! Although not at the same time."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8TRX330-L P4 Motherboard Review @ EOC
"The GA-8TRX330-L motherboard is an exclusive product by Gigabyte based on the ATI RX330 chipset specially designed for Intel Pentium 4 platforms. The board supports up to an 800MHz FSB socket 478 processor, 8x AGP, up to 4GB Dual Channel DDR 400 memory, 10/100Mbps networking, 6 channel audio, 2 SATA-150 ports (supporting RAID 0 & 1), 2 ATA-100 ports, 8 USB 2.0 ports, and more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle SN85G4 Athlon 64 Barebones Review @ Spode's Abode
"If you read our Athlon 64 Chip Guide, you'll be well aware that the Socket 754 Sempron is not only very close to the speed of an Athlon 64, but a cooler running chip and a great overclocker. These are all qualities that make for a great SFF processor. With this in mind, we decided to take a look at the SN85G4 barebones unit from Shuttle. Although this is now fairly old, being an nForce 150 solution, we wanted to see how it faired with these budget CPUs."

More information on this review can be found here.
iCute 314 ATX Case Review @ ModdersHQ
"Pre-mod case manufactures are a lot like the automotive industry. You take a bare-bone vehicle, throw in a new set of bumpers, a re-designed grill and presto-chango, you have a new car. Case manufactures have been pulling the same deal with us for the past couple years. They slap a fancy front bezel and a re-designed window panel on the same chassis that has been used over and over and over and call it a new case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li PC-6077 Mid-tower Case Review @ BJorn3D
"There are certain brands or companies people usually turn to when they want a certain level of quality in a product or service. When it comes to aluminum PC cases, Lian Li is one such brand. Based in Taiwan, Lian Li has been a leader in the aluminum case market for quite a few years now. The company recently released its newest line of cases - the V Series. However, its older lines of cases are still readily available and worth consideration from anyone wanting a high-quality case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Koolance PC3-720 Professional Series Water-Cooling Case @ PimpRig
"Koolance continues with the traditional dual-pump configuration. Koolance rates the pumps at 1 liter/minute or 15.8 gph working at 2 watts. This offers not only increased head utilizing small inexpensive, pumps, but a back-up in case of pump failure. Add to that, three temperature sensors with programmable audio alarms and a automatic shut-off feature, the 720 is probably one of the safest choices for water cooling on the market."

More information on this review can be found here.
IAOD Gaming Expo & Winter Fragfest Modding Competition 2004
Thursday December 9th, 2004 - MTB Press Release

"MODTHEBOX.COM and the TFL are pleased to announce the official launch of the IAOD Gaming Expo & Winter Fragfest Modding Competition. The IAOD Gaming Expo & Winter Fragfest Modding Competition will take place on Sunday December 19th, 2004 at the International Academy of Design & Technology. Event participants will have a chance to showcase their best and most creative work which will be judged by a panel of case modding experts. Prizes for this competition have been sponsored by Coolwave, The Cutting Edge, Logisys Computer, Matrix Orbital, Samsung Canada, SilverStone Technology and Vantec. Members from MODTHEBOX.COM will also be on hand to provide additional prizes and free giveaways."

More information on this event can be found here.
Wednesday, December 8, 2004
SilenX Luxurae HDSS Review @ AuphanOnline
"Up until recently, Hard Drives were one of the most difficult things to silence in a personal computer. The SilenX Luxurae Hard Drive Silencing Solution is one of the newest entries into this area, and we'll see just how well it stands up to the test."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TwinX1024 4400C25PT 1GB Memory Review @ Hexus
"Whichever way you cut it, DDR550 memory is extremely useful when the only means of radically raising CPU speed, and by inference performance, is to crank FSB to 275MHz+. It would make a perfect partner to a setup consisting of, say, AMD's Athlon 64 3000/3200 and/or Intel's Pentium 4 2.8GHz/3.0GHz processors. These processors often overclock to 250MHz+ FSB with relatively innocuous cooling, and having synchronous RAM allows you to extract maximum bandwidth and performance from said setup."

More information on this review can be found here

Inno3D GeForce 6600 GT 128MB Review

"There's decent pixel-pushing power that's aided and abetted by 16GB/s memory bandwidth, albeit from a 128-bit memory bus. Sheer card grunt is augmented with a full set of DX9.0c/OpenGL 1.5 features, including Shader Model 3.0 and High Dynamic-Range (OpenEXR 64-bit) rendering, along with the possibility of adding another in SLI mode. Our benchmarks have shown it to be at least as fast as ATI's X700 variants,and much, much faster in OpenGL titles such as DOOM 3."

More information on this review can be found here.
G. SKILL Extreme Samsung TCCD 1Gb DDR550 Kit @ OCTools
"The G. SKILL Extreme Samsung TCCD 1Gb Kit is a matched pair of 512mb Samsung TCCD PC3200 modules capable of running CAS 2-2-2-5 at PC3200 (DDR400) and an impressive CAS 2.5-3-3-7 at PC4400 (DDR550)! If you want the most aggressive 1Gb Dual Channel DDR550 kit for your system today, then the G. SKILL Extreme Samsung TCCD 1Gb Kit should be on top of your list."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra UV X-Connect Modular PSU Review @ GruntvillE
"Power supplies have been going through some much needed overhauls the past few years in order to keep pace with the PC mod market. Gone are the days when the only difference in choice between various manufacturers was the amount of outputted power and warranty. These days you have your choice of color illuminating fans, plexi based covers, housing material (steel, aluminum, etc), colored cable sleeving, and now even modular cabling. The best part is that all of this comes in a off-the-shelf package, no need to order a custom-made unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Retractable Cables Review @ Viper Lair
"People in general like things to be somewhat organized. Be it your house, or the cabling on the computer, things definitely have their place. Now your computer can look awesome on the inside, but the rats nest of cables on the outside draw away the attention. Or you are someone on the go, and need to carry the least amount of stuff possible. These are the markets that the Ultra cables are aimed at."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair, OCZ, Kingston CL2 TCCD Memory Shootout @ VR-Zone Hardware
"Our max FSB overclocking results showed a difference of 7MHz between the Kingston HyperX KHX3200UL sticks and the Corsair XMS 3200XL Pro. The OCZ EL DDR PC 3200 Platinum Revision 2 was right in the middle of the two, running at a max speed of 280MHz."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerocool Case Fan Roundup @ Oz Case Modz
"Today we looked at the Aerocool Chameleon, X Flow, Silver Blade II, Aluminum Green and a Quad UV LED which are all high quality case fans from Aerocool."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerocool HT-101JR Heat Pipe Heatsink Fan Review @ System Cooling
"Aerocool was one of the first heatsink providers to incorporate heat pipe technology into their heatsink designs. The original Aerocool Deep Impact series used one large heat pipe to transfer heat away from the base and up into an array of cooling fins while the newer High Tower series uses three smaller heat pipes. The latest model in the Aerocool High Tower series of heatsink fans is the HT 101JR. The two main differences between the HT-101JR and the original HT-101 are the JR's aluminum construction and much lower price."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Temjin TJ04 Case Review @ Ninjalane
"The front panel is really the key design element on the SilverStone TJ04 and defines the entire case as a modern piece of computer hardware. The elegant lines and brushed finish are very clean and require no further modifications."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX211 Review @ Raptor-Mods
"With all our high-tech, high speed rigs today we want to monitor and check everything, yes there are applications to monitor everything about your PC, voltages, speed, fan RPM even safety alarms to shut it down if things get a little warm or fans fail. But matrix orbital have offered a very cool way to monitor your PC and expand its functionality to suit you. I give you the Matrix Orbital MX211 USB."

More information on this review can be found here.
New H20-120-775T™ Thermoelectric Kit @ Swiftech

Introducing the H20-120T(tm) series of thermoelectric liquid cooling kits. Our design choices have been made to allow installation in the largest possible number of chassis with a minimum of modifications. The kits are also meant to include absolutely everything that is needed to perform a complete thermoelectric installation with proper components insulation. "This complete thermoelectric cooling kit solution has been long in the making. It finally offers a reliable, effective and versatile tool to the extreme cooling crowd at a cost significantly lower than that of phase change refrigeration" said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech's Chairman and CTA.

Four kit models support the most popular microprocessors:

- Intel(r) Pentium(r) 4 (lga 775)
- Intel(r) Pentium(r) 4 (socket 478)
- AMD(r) Athlon(r) 64 (socket 754, 939,940)
- AMD(r) Athlon(r) XP, Sempron socket 462)

More information on this new kit can be found here.
Sunbeam Tech Transformer Case Review @ BigBruin
"The Sunbeam Tech Transformer Case is quite appealing, and is something of a hybrid case. It has the enormous size, strength, and room for drives like a server, but has the edgy styling, lighting effects, and tool-less installation features of a gaming case. Could it be the offspring of a server and a LAN rig?"

More information on this review can be found here.

Logisys Silver Phantom Case Review

"With the computer case market becoming saturated with cases in hundreds of designs, the Logisys Phantom gives you enough of a unique look without going overboard. With the included fans and top vents, it will help keep your components cool without having to add in multiple fans. The etched side panel is a nice touch, and gives the window a little extra flare."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, December 7, 2004
SUPER PimpRig Holiday GiveAway 2004 @ PimpRig
"This is a simple scavenger hunt giveaway. I provide links for you to find words that will stand out a bit and then form a sentence to email me for entry. You are then eligible for one of over 50 random prize drawings totalling over $4,500! Enter once and you are entered for the entire month! No registration required!"

More information on this contest can be found here.

Holiday Gift Guide 2004 @ The Tech Lounge

"Tis the season for gifts, gifts and GIFTS! Around the theoretical The Tec hLounge office, we have all been pondering what we would like to see under the tree this year. With such a great year behind us and so many new gizmos and gadgets, picking the right gifts can be quite an adventure. Each member of our staff has compiled a list of their favorite high-tech toys in an effort to give you some more options when shopping for that geeky or gadget loving friend or family member. We have seperated the list into several categories for different price ranges. From a Star Wars DVD Box Set to Night Vision Goggles, our gifts are so varied that something is bound to catch your attention!"

More information on this guide can be found here.

Holiday Buyer's Guide 2004 @ HWLogic

"Christmas is coming up soon and many of you out there will be building new systems this holiday season. With a plethora of selections for your CPU, video card, memory, and many other components, HWLogic is here to help you decide on the best system solution, a solution that has a good upgrade path in the future."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Spire Verticool CPU Cooler Review @ Techniz
"Today, we are reviewing their AMD K7 CPU cooler which is called as Spire Verticool™. The cooler is utilizing dual copper heat pipes and a vertical tower design the VertiCool™ is ready to push your AMD® Athlon XP to its limits. The VertiCool™ is constructed with a combination of a copper base and horizontal aluminum fins to provide excellent thermal performance and weigh only 333 grams."

More information on this review can be found here.
Waffer PC Aircon PAC 400 Review @ OCIA
"With the Aircon installed in the bottom of the four 5.25" bays in my case, there is only about 1/4" of clearance from the bottom of the lower rom drive's tray. My fan controller and floppy drive are pretty much blocked off."

More information on this review can be found here.

GamerzStuff Xtreme Mouse Pads Review

"Any hardcore gamer will tell you that the single most overlooked ingredient to winning is the mousepad. You can have a top of the line $3,000 + gaming system and the skills to go undefeated, but if you show up at the LAN party with a lame mousepad (or not one at all), then you are already one step closer to defeat."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake HardCano 13 Fan Controller Review @ A1-Electronics
"Now we and you are able to remove our old fan controller and memory card reader and install this single modern Thermaltake HardCano 13 and with so many different colours to choose from there is bound to be one that suits the computer case."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolForce II Graphics Card Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
"Spire´s CoolForce II is made to fit any card in the Geforce 4 Ti series and includes everything necessary to switch from the current “stock” cooling to the brand spanking new one and squeeze out a bit of extra performance at the same time."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Review @ Hexus
"Our off-the-shelf sample was utterly stable at just under 2.4GHz, cooled only by the supplied reference heatsink. All it took was a slight rise in core voltage and a motherboard capable of scaling with the processor's heightened driven clock. Overclocked benchmark results were on a par with a standard Athlon 64 3800+, a processor that costs almost 4x the £110 3000+ retail price. S939 is soon to enjoy the performance benefits that SLI-capable chipsets can deliver, so faster CPU speeds become even more important due to the number of games that will become system-bound with a pair of fast SLI cards working in tandem."

More information on this review can be found here.
EPoX EP-9NDA3+ Motherboard Review @ Hardware12v
"The 9NDA3+ is to the height of which it would be possible to wait for of a EPoX product, good overclock and considerable benefits: 300MHz of FSB with total stability, a number that is not habitual in many motherboards, and still more with with no need making mod to overfeed chipset. In this sense doubt that does not fit to me the effectiveness of the system of refrigeration of chipset has much to do, contrasting with the heat generated in the elements of electrical flow control (although we do not have to forget that EPoX provides 7 minidissipators that, placing them in these elements, will contribute to reduce the heat, although we have not gotten it to make). What it more emphasizes of this motherboard is the direction to overclock through its excellent BIOS, and is that you already can put aggressive configurations and even disparatadas, that the motherboard is extremely stable."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saitek PC Gaming Keyboard Review @ LAN Addict
"Saitek's PC Gaming Keyboard comes in a box that is a little bit longer than the average 104 key keyboard box. That is so there is room for the Command Pad, which comes with the PC Gaming Keyboard and adds a whole new level of functionality to the package."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT RX600 Pro-Guru 256MB PCI-E Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The ABIT RX600 Pro-Guru 256MB PCI-E Video Card is a product targeted at the casual gamer. It has a core speed of 405MHz and a memory speed of 257MHz. There is an interesting feature which enables the core speed to increase to 500MHz by simply changing jumper position. Also, the vGuru software is loaded with features."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Microsoft Digital Media Pro Keyboard Review @ DreamWare Computers
"The Digital Media Pro keyboard from Microsoft is their latest wired keyboard. It offers very sleek looks, coupled with a wide variety of customizable hot keys. There is a new feature making it's debut on this keyboard, and that is the new Zoom Slider! The zoom slider is a feature that can really enhance computer usage by adding a function people use all the time, now at the touch of a button."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone LC04 Case Review @ Spode's Abode
"In order to keep the case small they have put the PCI/AGP cards on their side using riser cards. We tried a few types of motherboard and some would fit both an AGP and PCI card, while some wouldn't fit if you had to use the larger AGP riser. This meant you could only use one AGP card and no PCI. This is due to the location of the AGP slot. Once again, for most media PCs, this shouldn't be a issue."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone LC09 Case Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"If you’ve been waiting to build an HTPC because you just couldn’t seem to find the right case, SilverStone may have you covered with its LC09. This sexy case packs a lot into such a slim package and does so with style."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Harmony 676 Remote Controller Review @ Hardware Pacers
"Every single device that is utilized for entertainment has controllers today. The problem is that each device has its own controller. Logitech Harmony 676 combines the various controllers into one. It can turn on your television, DVD player, CD player, cable, DVR and satellite controller at the same exact time. It can basically operate anything that accepts infrared signals. Unlike other universal controllers, this controller can connect to the internet and be updated. Not only does this controller control everything, a person can set it up to automatically adjust to their desired settings. Furthermore, the controller is extremely easy to setup. All a user has to do is plug the controller into the computer via USB cable, install the software provided and follow the given instructions step by step."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, December 6, 2004
OCZ DDR Booster Review @ Tweaktown
"You've just gone and bought a brand new CPU, motherboard and memory. Once you finish setting up your new system you are ready to begin overclocking the system only to find that your motherboard doesn't have enough voltage to supply the memory. OCZ have come to the rescue with an intuitive device called DDR Booster which provides you with extra DIMM voltage up to 3.9 volts and a cleaner power supply to the memory. It's your aid for real RAM overclocking!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Hardware [M]adness in 2004: a Recap @ Madshrimps
"The year is ending in a few short days. In looking back a few months ago, we, the enthusiasts certainly could say "what a year!"

More information on this article can be found here.
Holiday Gift Guide 2004 @ BJorn3D
"Many cultures practice gift-giving at the beginning of Winter. We at Bjorn3D are a multi-cultural lot, so we pooled together our various backgrounds, faiths, and heritages to come up with practical (and a few less than practical) gift suggestions that should satisfy any of your tech-savvy friends and relatives this Holiday season. And if your gift-giving extends to yourself, all the better! Here are our suggestions, grouped by staff member."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Ultra 400W Dual LED ATX PSU Review @ Viper Lair
"Image is not everything though. I have seen many things that look awesome on the outside, but are not so nice once you start using them. The Ultra 400W UV power supply is definitely not such a product. It not only looks good, but has the performance to back it up."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plextor ConvertX PX-TV402U USB2 PVR Review @ HTPC News
"Plextor's latest digital encoding device is being marketed at the home user even more so than in the past with their products. Today HTPCnews.com takes a look at their first ever external USB2 Tuner DivX Hardware encoding box. For HTPC users and regular PC users alike, this unit can do things that we've only dreamed of doing with software. Encode high quality DivX on the fly and even time shift with it. For those of you looking to make your first PVR but don't want to deal with hefty MPEG2 file sizes, this just might be what you're looking for. HTPCnews breaks it down and compares it to "the standard" of hardware encoding, the Hauppauge PVR250."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seagate 120GB SATA 7200.7 HDD Review @ Mikhailtech
"Today we have a newer model up for evaluation, the 120GB SATA Barracuda 7200.7. Keep in mind this isn't the newest drive currently on the market; Seagate recently announced their 7200.8 series featuring native command queuing and lower 8ms access times. Supposedly this technology outperforms standard 10,000RPM SATA and PATA drives; even WD's Raptor may get a run for its money."

More information on this review can be found here.
Bytecc USB 2.0 Aluminum External HDD Enclosure @ XYZ Computing
"The first thing you’d notice taking this Bytecc Hot Drive is the impressive slimness of the entire enclosure. Sure we’ve all seen a 2.5” inch drive, but this is a great size and looked like it could take some abuse. "Abuse" meaning you could actually use it- there’s no room for fragile an cheaply made accessories in my notebook bag."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X800 XT PCI-Express 256MB Review @ The Tech Lounge
"Today we will be taking a look at the Radeon X800 XT from ATI. The main differences that seperate the X800 XT from the X800 Pro are the clock speeds and pipelines. The X800 XT has 16 pixel pipelines and operates at 520 MHz core and 560 MHz (1120 GHz DDR) memory speeds while the X800 Pro has 12 pixel pipelines and operates at 475 MHz core and 450 MHz (900 MHz DDR) memory speeds. At present, the X800 XT is pretty much the best PCIE card on the market, as the X800 XT PE is hard to find, and the 6800s are nonexistent."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte K8NXP-9 nForce4 Ultra Motherboard Review @ hardCOREware
"Being a part of Gigabyte's "8 Sigma" series, the K8NXP-9 is packed with features. This is our first nForce4 review, so we give an overview on the chipset as well, and talk about what new features it brings to the AMD platform. We also have a close look at the awesome NVIDIA Firewall."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8GPNXP Duo Motherboard Review @ Envy News
"This time around Intel has implanted a number of new technologies into their most recent motherboard chipsets, the i915 and i925. These new technologies require an upgrade of a variety of key system components other than the motherboard itself. A totally new approach has been taken with the CPU socket for the new LGA 775 socket. Gone is the AGP port, which has been replaced with the highly anticipated PCI-Express bus. And on most boards, even the fairly recent adoption of DDR memory support by the Pentium lineup, has been dropped in favor of DDR2 support."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax Cobra 822 Case Review @ Overclockers Online
"It isn't often that you see a case of this type turning up on our desks. Indeed, I have never personally owned one and could not see the lure to the bright lights, odd styled windows, and themed bezels. I'm talking about heavily pre-modded cases; Thermaltake, Raidmax, Cooler Master, Antec, and so many more all do it in some form. These are the cases that were built to grab attention."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Samurai ATX Case Review @ LAN Addict
"So, after having gone through all of this, what do I think of the Sunbeam Samurai case? Well, I certainly think you could do a lot worse than to buy this case. Yes, it has it's share of flaws, but I think that most of them are pretty minor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Build a Windows XP MCE 2005 PC @ Whining Dog
"If you're looking to create a new PC for your home, then definitely consider constructing a Media Center PC. The OS simply rocks and you'll need only a few more components in your system to make it all work. We're sure that you'll enjoy the results at the end of the day. "

More information on this guide can be found here.
Saturday, December 4, 2004
SunBeam Theme Screws Review @ TechTastic
"So you've got your computer case all set with a window, cold cathode lights, led fans connected to a Fanbus, and everything that could be used to customize your case. Have you ever thought you could do something with the thumb screws? Well SunBeamTech has you covered with their custom Theme Screws."

More information on this review can be found here.
Yamada Beatbox MP3 Player Review @ PC Review
"The Yamada Beatbox is not along the same lines as the iPod MP3 players (and clones), as the capacity is a much smaller 512 Megs - which can store around 8 hours of music. Firstly, this unit is about 60% the size of a standard iPod and 75% than the iPod mini. Secondly, this unit features an inverted LCD colour backlight which can display many different colours of text during playback."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Silent 775 CPU Cooler 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. Today, we are reviewing the Silent 775 CPU cooler. It is not the same as standard LGA-775 CPU cooler, Silent 775 uses heat-pipe technology to cool your processor, the two heatpipes with aluminum fins can take the heat out of the heat source; In addition, Silent 775’s funneled 90x90x25mm fan centralized airflow blow high air pressure directly to the core of CPU – the central of heat source. Furthermore, it can enhance the cooling performance due to Silent 775 adopt large copper base."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Clear Panel Titanium 600W PSU Review @ Xtreme Computing
"What more can you say, not only did the PSU look great it was a performer and at 600w has more than enough power. The fact I couldn’t put any strain on it speaks for it self, it also Makes me think I am going to have to re-think the PSU testing procedure. This PSU was so solid I have too as even with a heavy load I couldn’t get any slight dips in voltages."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI 875P-T Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"A few motherboard makers have released boards that bridge this gap in the 865 chipset, these "budget boards" allow users to upgrade their CPU to the new LGA 775 while continuing to use their AGP and PCI based hardware, but none of these boards really stand out performance wise. With the release of the 875P-T, DFI became the first motherboard maker to mix the high performance 875 chipset with Intels newest processor line, the LGA 775. The DFI 875P-T allows users to realize the full potential of the LGA 775 processor while still using their current AGP video card and DDR 1 memory. This allows users to upgrade incrementally instead of replacing their whole system at once."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial PC-4000 Ballistix Tracer Memory Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Crucial PC-4000 Ballistix Tracer Memory has a fantastic default speed of 250MHz or 500MHz DDR. At this speed the timings are 2.5-4-4-8, which is speedy but can be overclocked even higher. This memory is stable, reliable, & has blistering performance! Let's not forget the "bling bling" factor; 16 active (8 Red, 8 Green) LEDs & 8 Blue ground effect LEDs."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Sunbeam Chameleon Light Controller Review @ 3DVelocity
"Sunbeam supply some shaped self adhesive Velcro to mount the lamp units pretty much wherever you like. Of course you can also drill the base and mount using a screw if you'd sooner. I was helf tempted to suggest Sunbeam should pre-drill these but with hindsight this would reduce the surface area of the already small base and may stop the Velcro sticking effectively."

More information on this review can be found here.
How To Improve Broadband Performance @ Overclockers.com
"I have Comcast broadband for an ISP. I have a nice little Motorola modem that works fine. To that I have a router and a wireless access point. That's my home network: 2 wired desktops and a roaming wireless laptop."

More information on this article can be found here.
Raidmax Cobra Gaming Case Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Looking at the front of the Cobra case we can see where the name came from, the door is adorned with the yellow inlays representing the Cobras hood and use of prism cut plastic to represent the eye and head. During operation the eyes light-up and take on this rather cool looking glow that you will see later on in the review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax Samurai 908 “Spirit of War” Review @ ClubOC
"The smooth profile and unique look of the Samurai have been achieved by molding a sturdy plastic shell over a well designed steel frame. This marriage of plastic to steel is also one of the few drawbacks of working with this case; the Samurai is larger than almost any case in its class and weighs about as much as a steel case and a plastic trimmed case combined. This case also came with a capable 420 watt PSU installed. Did I mention this case looks sweet?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX312 LCD Review @ OCModShop
"Matrix Oribital is probably the most well known display company for case modders and overclockers. Matrix Orbital sells a wide range of LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) and VFD (Vacuum Fluorescent Display) products that are designed to easily work with your computer. There are a few benefits of using a VFD over a LCD including: a 180 degree viewing angle, crisper display, and the ability to filter out light better. This particular display that I will be reviewing today is a MX312 from the MX3 family of VFDs. In the past you had no option but to use a legacy serial or parallel connection for your LCD or VFD. However with USB now prevalent in any recent computer Matrix Orbital now offers their displays with USB connections making life much easier."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, December 3, 2004
Diagnose PC Problems with Memtest86+ @ Short-Media
"One of the recommended steps to diagnose a problem with a PC that is crashing or unstable is to test and diagnose memory because memory is one of the more likely hardware components that can fail. Faulty memory can cause many problems even if the PC continues to operate."

More information on this article can be found here.
Just B4 Christmas Giveaway @ Tech-Mods
"Thats right we are at it again and this time we have teamed up with Santa. We have 4 amazing prizes to be won just in time for christmas. So don't worry about it this year if you don't get the computer thingy's you want because we can take care of it! With prizes like a Samsung ML-1710 Laser Printer or a Thermaltake X-blower 2-channel fan kit and a Thermaltake Volcano 11+ Xaser Edition CPU Heatsink or a Thermaltake SparksSeries 7+ CPU Heatsink (P4) you can never go wrong!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
Sunbeamtech CCFL Fan Grill & Fan Combo Review @ Madshrimps
"So you made a hole your case: a nice cut out in side panel and painted it all in florescent colors; a successful case mod requires one common product to "high-light" the creation, which is lighting. SunbeamTech offers a line of products that all case modders will need. The CCFL fan and fan grill."

More information on this review can be found here.
How To Recognize If Your Computer has a Virus @ Bona Fied Reviews
"It isn’t always easy to tell if your computer has become infected with a virus or similar anti-social piece of software. Normally, your antivirus software will locate and identify any malicious programs that find their way onto your computer. However, in the event that you haven’t yet installed the antivirus software, or have let it get out of date (shame on you), here are a few things to look for as clues that you have an infection of some sort on your machine."

More information on this article can be found here.
ATake Flash Pro Cables Revisited @ Think Computers
"Well as your read the red cable that we reviewed did not work at all. After reading our review Wisetech was nice enough to send us another one to test. So let's check out the Flash Pro Red USB Cable again!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Shark Case Review @ CoolTechZone
"Thermaltake's latest addition to the Xaser line is the Shark full tower aluminum case. Weighing in at 14lbs (6.8 kg) the Shark is packed with features. It includes two 120mm fans spinning at a leisurely 1,400 RPM, producing 21dbA. Besides the fact that the exhaust fan includes a blue LED, they are identical. The front door features a blue LED as well, and provides a cover to hide un-matching 5.25" drives. The door also features a lock because the external drives can be installed and removed from the front of the case. The side panel has a lock as well, and features a see through mesh that is coated with an EMI shield. In terms of expansion, the Shark supports five externally accessible 5.25" drives, two externally accessible 3.5" drives, five internal 3.5" drives, and seven card slots in the back."

More information on this review can be found here.
Roku SoundBridge M2000 Network Music Player Review @ eCoustics
"The SoundBridge connects directly into your stereo system or receiver just like a CD player. It receives/plays music from your computer through a wireless connection or via Ethernet cable. Now with the SoundBridge I can listen to all of my music without having to be at my computer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Verbatim Store 'n' Go Pro USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review @ The Tech Zone
"The new Verbatim Store 'n' Go Pro flash drive separates itself from other flash drives with sheer speed - this is the fastest flash drive you can buy. Offering higher performance, higher capacities and more advanced security features than other USB flash drives, the ultra-sleek Pro support up to 23MB/sec read and 14MB/sec write speeds and are available in capacities ranging from 256MB to 2GB. Verbatim sent us a 256MB unit for testing because they're too cheap to send anything bigger."

More information on this review can be found here.

Logitech MX900 Bluetooth Mouse Review

"What the MX900 does bring to the table over the MX700 is it'll transform your computer into a Bluetooth control center. Bluetooth is finally starting to have some useful applications and more and more products are starting to use them. Bluetooth is a personal wireless network which offers up to 10 meters of range for secure data transmission with other Bluetooth enable devices. A few years ago, Bluetooth devices were few and far between. Today, they're everywhere - in your PDA, cell phone, printer, notebook, etc. In order for all these Bluetooth devices to talk to each other you need a Bluetooth hub or control center. This is where the MX900 comes in as its docking station not only recharges the MX900 batteries but doubles a Bluetooth hub as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
EverCool Ice Man AMD & Intel Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"Considering the overall design of this Ice Man we cannot complain at its cooling performance which is very good for an air cooled heatsink. And of course this Ice Man is also a universal AMD & Intel heatsink."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Portable HDD Enclosure 2.5" Review @ Viper Lair
"The Ultra Hard Drive case was an interesting product. This product is aimed at the portable market. Including a Li-Ion battery allows you to expand the battery life on your notebook if you are on the go, and also allows more options in where you can hook the drive up. Looks wise the drive was pretty good. It has a nice outer shell, built from plastic with aluminum accents."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS-7700 Cu Heatsink & Fan Review @ System Cooling
"The CNPS-7700 Cu is Zalman's latest (and largest) addition to their line of radial coolers. This monster measures 5 3/8"/136mm in diameter, and stands 2 5/8"/67mm tall yet masses only 2.0lbs./0.91kg. The heat sink is composed of sixty-five copper alloy stampings that each measure 0.016"/0.40mm thick. Each copper stamping forms two fins that protrude from each side of the heat sink block in a radial pattern, for a total of 130 fins. This, as you might expect, provides a vast amount of surface area. Actually, the amount of surface area on this heat sink is borderline-ridiculous: 506.5 Square Inches/3268 Square centimeters! 3.5+ Square Feet! In layman's terms, the CNPS-7700 Cu heat sink has just a little more surface area than if you laid two food trays commonly found in fast food restaurants everywhere, side by side."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATake RamSink IV Review @ ModGuidez
"Trying to cool down your memory modules? Then take a look at ATake's new memory heat spreaders, the ATake RamSink IV."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Kamakaze 2 SCKM-2000 Review @ ASE Labs
"Scythe makes great cooling products. Their latest Kamakaze 2 fits most current socketted processors. With superior cooling, you can't go wrong with the Kamakaze 2."

More information on this review can be found here.
mCubed T-Balancer Review @ BJorn3D
"If there is one single thing that irritates me the most in a PC it is noise. True, after a while you get used to some of the noise but it is always there in the background giving you a headache and just annoying you."

More information on this review can be found here.
Waffer PC AirCon PAC 400 System Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"Waffer Thermal Division has come up with a very innovative idea in the PAC 400. The PAC 400 will cool all components in the computer case, and it is very easy to install and operate. Unfortunately the performance does not live up to the expectations and does so at a high cost in terms of drive bay space, noise, and price."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI’s Radeon X850XT PE Review @ Hardware Analysis
"Just in time for winter ATI introduces their new flagship graphic card, the Radeon X850XT PE. Featuring a dual slot cooling solution to keep the hot running processor cool, we take a closer look at what it brings to the table."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire R9550 ATI R9550 128MB VGA Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"The R9550 VPU should have a good potential for overclocking, as it's based on the R9600 and is artificially clocked down to 250MHz. In theory, we should be able to clock it to the default R9600 speed without any problem. Sadly, all R9200/9550 VPU are locked since Catalyst 3.4. The only way of overclocking is to use a hacked driver or firmware."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte Radeon X800XT Platinum Ed. Review @ HardwareZoom
"When comparing X800Pro and X800XT at default speed, the X800XT scored about 8% higher in 3D Mark 2001SE. It is interesting to note that the overclocked X800Pro (525/1230) is head to head with X800XT (520/1120) at default. Remember the latter has 4 more pixel pipelines? This is why the overclocked X800Pro isn't much faster despite the higher memory/core speed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mainstream PCI Express Shootout @ Tweaktown
"What will be going on your Christmas wish list to send to Santa Claus in the North Pole this year - ATI Radeon X700PRO or nVidia GeForce 6600GT? Today we are comparing both mainstream PCI Express graphics cards to work out which one should find its way into your stocking this year in our usual array of benchmarks. If you're on the market for a new graphics cards and Santa can't afford a high-end card, one of these cards is your next best bet!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, December 2, 2004
USB Powered Snowman & Xmas Tree Showcase @ ExtensionTech
"Excited about the upcoming Holidays? How about a snowman that goes inside the house, hooks to your PC, and of course, won't melt. And, how about a Christmas tree that uses very little power? I am talking on a small scale though. But when was the last time you saw something cute that hooked up to your USB port on your computer?"

More information on this review can be found here.
A.C.Ryan Backy Review @ Techniz
"Backy™ is a new system that gets your internal connectors onto the outside - eh, as the name suggests - at the back. Fan power connectors, molex power connectors, ATA data connector, SATA data connectors, now you don't have to open up your casing each time you want to test a fan, or borrow your friend's hard disk!! The Backy™ was retailing at affordable price and simple to use, Backy™ is for everyone but esp. the reviewers, testers, modders, DIYers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake 120mm Blue LED Smart Case Fan Review @ Tweaknews
"I must say that I'm very impressed with the Thermaltake Smart Case fan. The packaging, product quality and accessories are all top-notch. I used nothing more than a screwdriver to take advantage of all options and never had to dip into my collection of spare parts to get it running or installed. While the highest fan speed produced a lot of noise, the Smart Fan was fairly quiet at low speeds while still moving a very respectable volume of air. 38CFM @ 17dBA on low is nothing to sneeze at."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec EZ Swap 2 Removable HD Rack Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Today we're checking out the Vantec EZ Swap 2 Removable Hard Drive Rack which should offer you two things once it's installed. Security knowing that you can take your drive with you where ever you go - and knowing that in an emergency you might be able to grab your drive and possibly save your data without having to worry about the entire system."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI DR16-B Dual Layer 16x DVD Review @ Viper Lair
"In terms of performance, the MSI DR16-B provides ample speed for a Dual Layer drive. Performance is on par with the HP unit and is quite a bit quicker in DVD-R burning. All the DR16-B burns worked flawlessly, and if you can find them, 16x DVD writes is as fast as it gets."

More information on this review can be found here.

MSI DR16-B Dual Layer 16x DVD Review @ Designtechnica

"The MSI DR16-B is a definite improvement in MSI’s DVD writer line and has a lot of promise, but the company still has a lot they need to work on. While the DR16-B proved to be fast at writing CD, DVD+R, and DVD+R DL media, it struggles when it comes to DVD-R media. We experienced random burn errors and slower-than-anticipated write times with DVD-R media."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chill Innovation CP-510A 510W Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Chill Innovation CP-510A Power Supply has 510 watts and all the leads are sleeved. While this Power Supply certainly has ample wattage, the performance is a little low for this class of product. Also note, a 20-24 pin adapter is not included. One big selling point for this unit is the virtually silent 120mm fan spinning at 700-1,000 RPM."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Hitachi Travelstar 7k60 HD Review @ XYZ Computing
"I ended up choosing a Hitachi Travelstar 7k60 to replace the 60gig 4200rpm that came installed in my laptop. The “7” in the beginning of the model name indicates the spindle rotation speed of 7,200rpm, and the two last digits stand for the storage capacity of 60GB. The drive uses two platters with the maximum data density of 30GB and four read/write heads. The buffer size is 8MB, the average seek time is 10msec, and the latency equals 4.2msec."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix PC4000 Review @ ModdersHQ
"As I sit here typing away and running my rig on the new Crucial Ballistix PC4000 ram, I have to wonder "why in the heck did I spend $320+ on 1GB of OCZ PC3500EB"? The new Crucial Ballistix series ram is made for mainstream enthusiasts who wish to have great performance without breaking their wallets. The Crucial Ballistix series PC4000 ram costs roughly $135-140 per 512MB stick, which is a great price/performance ratio."

More information on this review can be found here.
DDR/DDR Memory Round Up @ Spode's Abode
"Some companies will try and lure you in with extra eye candy, such as copper cooling plates and activity LED's. With our help you can see past the marketing. We have taken a look at the latest DDR and DDR2 memory from several manufacturers and put them all head to head, so you know what is best to buy."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI's Radeon X850 XT PE Review @ VR-Zone Hardware
"When you look at the R480 part we've tested today and compare it to NVIDIA's current high end PCIe offerings, the winner is ATI on every front. With Catalyst A.I. enabled, the ATI Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition is able to at least tie, but usually outperform the 6800GT in Doom 3 tests. In our other game tests, the results all swing in ATI's favor, with the ATI Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition fastest in every other test."

More information on this review can be found here.
EPoX 9NDA3 S939 nForce3 Ultra Review @ Hexus
"EPoX's 9NDA3+ has been designed to appeal to the largest possible audience. Layout is pretty good in most respects, aided by having only a single chipset bridge. The feature set is also a well-balanced affair. Due attention is paid to ensuring the board isn't just a stripped-down dragster, designed for pure performance. Instead, audio is given a helping hand by Realtek's ALC850 CODEC and dual S/PDIF-out jacks. There's also decent SATA and Gigabit Ethernet support, and the Power BIOS firmly has the enthusiast in mind. However, I'd like to see EPoX offer a greater variety of voltage options, especially with respect to the undervolting DRAM line."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung Syncmaster 172X Display Review @ PyroPort
"One of the best features for me has to be the auto adjust button. This really is a very useful tool. Lining up your video output can be a tedious task this press of a button feature simply does it all for you - No mess, no stress!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8TRX330-L Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"The new ATI RX330 chipset looks to be full of potential, its memory compatibility is even being validated by the company. Currently Gigabyte has exclusive manufacturing rights to this chipset, so if you want an ATi Radeon RX330 based motherboard, the only vendor that can currently supply it is Gigabyte. The Gigabyte GA-8TRX330-L is really a no frills Socket 478 Pentium 4 motherboard. It supports
800MHz FSB Pentium 4 processors with a maximum of 4GB of dual-channel DDR memory, and uses a standard AGP 8X video slot. The motherboard features and onboard 5.1 audio codec and a Realtek Gigabit Ethernet network adaptor, but nothing much else."

More information on this review can be found here.
Install a LCD in your PC @ OC-Service
"First overclocking then water cooling, then chassis’ modding, colour neons, glowing fans are more and more common in many PCs, even those belonging to a beginners. Not to mention the experienced maniacs of electronic light. Now it is time to install the LCD displayer in our lovely PCs. Some time ago impossible not only fromthe technical point of view but also because of no software. Now – it is a piece of cake and its quite easy to get. The cost can be very different depending on the displayer we get, wether it is new, wether it already has a soldered cable or software. Generally it can even be 1200PLN in case of byuying a brand new large LCD displayer 4x40 signs with a beautiful blue lightning. This is too much I think considering our profits."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX2 Series USB Display Review @ 3DVelocity
"The term "Multifunction Display" had come to have a huge range of possible meanings, and it seems most companies offer at least one variety in their product lineup. From simple fan controllers to more advanced temperature monitoring units, and even those that offer the best of both and, in some cases, automatically control your fans based on temperatures, there's certainly no shortage of models to go at. So with all that in mind, what chance does Matrix Orbital have of making any inroads into this already saturated market? What's so special about them that differentiates them from all the other similar looking hardware on the store shelves? Well, quite a bit actually."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Cavalier 3 Mid-Tower Case @ The Tech Lounge
"Today I will be looking at the Cooler Master Cavalier 3 mid-tower case. Coming in at just under $100, the Cavalier features a steel chassis, aluminum front and many tool-less features to aid in the installation process. Because of Cooler Master’s history and the quality of their other cases, I already have fairly high expectations for the Cavalier 3. I will be paying close attention to the materials, construction, quality, usability and aesthetics of this case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, December 1, 2004
Raidmax Cobra Gaming Case Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Looking at the computer case that someone uses can tell you a great deal about the person that uses that computer if stop and think about it for while. As I have gotten older I have begun to shy away from cases that have lights in them or lots of bells and whistles, instead I have begun looking for cases that have clean looks, good ventilation and most of all ones that are priced reasonably."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra 256MB 8in1 MP3 Player Review & New Contest @ GruntvillE
"Looking for an MP3 player that does more? How about being a USB thumb drive, expandable via SD or MMC, getting e-mail, and and FM tuner? Sounds like the Swiss Army version of an MP3 player, right? Well Ultra Products sent us just that, so we let teh G-Dawg loose on it and here is what he thought."

More information on this review can be found here. More information on this contest can be found here.
Athlon 64 S754 Memory Roundup @ Madshrimps
"We compare 5 different TCCD powered modules, discovering some surprising performance differences between them. To give the Samsung TCCD a worthy competitor we also include Winbond BH-6 over-volted results."

More information on this review can be found here.
Revision 3 Liquid Cooling Kits Released @ Swiftech
Press Release for Immediate Release

Signal Hill, 11-30-04

"Revision 3" takes the award winning H20-80™ and H20-120™ series of liquid cooling kits one step further, thanks to the new revolutionary MCP350™ pump. All other components being identical, the kits perform equally well compared to "Rev. 2" but are quieter, and easier to install. The kits now also support multiple types of processors, and are available in two colors: Royal Blue, and Black. "We are definitely excited about Rev. 3! It represents another milestone in our search for the perfect blend between performance, reliability, and ease of use" said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech's Chairman and CTA."

More information on this press release can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC-3200 Gold VX Review @ Xtreme Resources
"OCZ Technology has just released an extremist series of memory modules aimed directly at the high end overclocking community. We will examine how well these modules work in dual channel on an Intel based 875P Canterwood based platform. This memory is advertised as being able to work in a higher voltage environment - thus increasing speed and stability as a result. Our test results will determine if these claims are in fact true."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS TwinX PC4400 DDR Memory Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"Previously we reviewed Corsair's 1024MB TwinX PC4400 memory, now they have even faster PC4400 memory supporting a CAS latency of 2.5 at DDR550! Any performance enthusiast or gamer can appreciate the extra boost in performance with lower latency memory. These modules even typically support 2-2-2-5 latencies at DDR400 speeds!"

More information on this review can be found here.
nVidia GeForce 6200 GPU Surprising Budget Gaming @ Tweaktown
"Today we are taking a look at the GeForce 6200 reference graphics card from nVidia which is designed to take on ATI's Radeon X300 in the low-end PCI Express VGA marketplace. After taking a detailed look at the GPU and graphics card, we compare in our usual array of benchmarks against an older GeForce PCX5900 and Radeon X300. You might be surprised by the budget gaming performance like we were."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast A400 TDH @ BJorn3D
"Being the older brother in my family, I have always seemed to pick on my little brother, from as far back as I can remember. I had always thought that being the little brother probably sucked while growing up. But Leadtek has changed my mind about that. The Winfast A400 TDH, their name for the GeForce 6800, makes being the little brother not so bad after all."

More information on this review can be found here.
Water Cooling Your 6800GT Guide @ ModdersHQ
"Not so long ago in a workshop not all that far away there were a pair of modders hacking and slashing some computer parts. One of the plans for the evening was to watercool a Gainward GeForce 6800GT video card."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"The new Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 motherboard is based on the VIA K8T800 Pro chipset, and with a sticker price of $135CDN is quite a steal next to the competition. Like most Athlon64 motherboards these days, the SL-K8TPro-939 is very nicely equipped with IEEE 1394, 7.1-channel audio, Gigabit Ethernet, a Promise PDC20579 SATA/IDE RAID controller and the always useful Port 80 diagnostics card. There are five 32bit PCI slots, four 184-pin DDR slots, as well as a standard 8XAGP port. The Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 is probably a case modder's dream motherboard to work on. Its midnight black PCB and colourful expansion slots, IDE/Floppy connectors, DIMMs and CPU retention bracket give it a distinctive appearance."

More information on this review can be found here.

Gigabyte GV-RX70P256V X700 PRO Silent Videocard Review

"Sporting the ATi Radeon X700 PRO GPU and 256MB of memory, the GV-RX70P256V's most obvious feature is the complete absence of any sort of noisy active cooling solution. Instead, the GV-RX70P256V runs a single heatpipe from the front heatsink to the pair of massive heatsinks on the back of the card, Zalman style. This heatpipe distributes the heat from the GPU equally across all heatsink surfaces. This is one of the first commercial based on a relatively advanced GPU that we've seen forgo any type of fan-cooling solution, and it might well endear ATi to gamers who value a quiet PC system."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI RADEON X850 Preview @ Neoseeker
"The X850 XT PE improves upon the X800 XT PE very slightly - roughly a 4% increase in speed and a 5% increase in memory clock. We should note that ATI decided to throttle the core clockrate of the X700 XT slightly as the limiter is the memory clockrate and with the X850 XT PE, it is the memory clock that increases more by a relative amount."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Plextor ConvertX USB PVR PX-TV402U Review @ Everything USB
"To start, the aesthetics of the PX-TV402U are astounding, and likely to turn a head. The silver enclosure is clashed with by a black front, with a blue LED indicating power and an orange LED to indicate that a signal is being fed to the computer. The color scheme really fits in well with our monitor and speaker setup. Aside from the colors, the design of the tuner helps reduce cable clutter. On the backside your permanent connections of USB, power, and coaxial are neatly hidden, while the front provides the RCA and S-Video in ports for fast access that doesn't require you to reach behind anything."

More information on this review can be found here.
Beyond TV 3.5.1 & 3.5 Review @ HTPC News
"Beyond TV 3.5.1 was released on December 1st 2004 at midnight (about 30 minutes before this email was sent out) in unison with the Beyond Media software package. Beyond TV 3.5.1 is mainly a bug fix update for Beyond TV 3.5 which we are also reviewing in this feature. In the Windows HTPC world, most of us have three options: Windows MCE, SageTV, and Beyond TV 3.5. Of the big three, this application has shown in many ways to be the most "TiVo" like and deserves to be looked at by anyone who is even remotely considering a HTPC or whole home TV distribution network. Stay tuned for the upcoming feature reviews of Beyond Media and Beyond Link in the next week to complete the "whole house" TV distribution network."

More information on this review can be found here.
December Modder of the Month @ Creative Mods
"Alex Ossikine, this months featured modder, proves that boredom can bring about many great things. It all began one day when I was really bored, looking at my ugly gray computer. I wanted to do something about its looks, so I went online and discovered the world of modding. After making this realization, he put together an incredible case out of scratch. It features a glossy black exterior, a slanted front bezel, stealthed drive bays, and a bunch of UV reactive goodies inside. Please read on to learn more about this character and to see more pictures of his case."

More information on this article can be found here.
MTB Guest Author Giveaway Contest 2004 Winners!
On November 9th, MTB teamed up with ADPMods, The Cutting Edge, Thermaltake, Tradex Information Technology Inc., Vantec and Xice to create the official MTB Guest Author Giveaway Contest 2004.


The contest provided the opportunity to have your work published on MTB and at the same time win great prizes for participation. Contestants were 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. We were looking for conventional and non-conventional articles. Most of all we wanted to see some really creative ideas coming out of this contest! Contestants were allowed to submit two of their best entries for the contest. Multiple entries submitted will be disqualified. Here are the top 3 winners:

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

2nd Place Winner: Crewchief47 (Wire Management Guide)
- 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: Kfoss (Linux DVD Authoring)
- 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)

All winners are required to contact me via PM or site e-mail address to claim their prizes. Congratulations to the winners and we look forward to seeing everyone participating in our next contest.

More information on this contest can be found here.
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