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Wednesday, March 31, 2004
ThermalTake Silent Boost K8 CPU Cooler @ 3DXtreme
"Today 3DXtreme has the pleasure of reviewing a new AMD64 CPU cooling solution from ThermalTake. ThermalTake is constantly raising the bar when it comes to cooling products whether it is CPU or Case cooling. The Silent Boost K8 Cooler is marketed to be able to deliver high performance cooling at 21 dBA a feat that by most would be considered impossible. Is the Silent Boost able to actually outperform an AMD64 stock Cooler at only 27.5 CFM and 21 dBA, keep reading we'll find out soon enough!"

More information on this review can be found here.
EverCool Product Showcase @ A1-Electronics
"EverCool PCAC Air Conditioner, VGA cooler & Extended Cooling System review. We review a selection of handy EverCool computer products to enhance your computer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS7000A-Cu CPU Cooler Review @ Neoseeker
"The finish on the bottom of the heatsink is very smooth being better than that of both the Gigabyte and the Thermaltake coolers we have in the lab but it is not quite as smooth as the Swiftech MCX462. Upon closer inspection the heatsink is constructed very differently from other heatsinks, each of the fins actually forms a section of the contact point. The fins are compacted together from two bolts that go through the center and hold the entire heatsink together."

More information on this review can be found here.
FIC K8-800T Motherboard Review @ Liquid Ninjas
"Liquid Ninjas is pleased to announce our latest motherboard review in which famed overclocking guru, Oppainter, has put the FIC K8-800T through the hoops. Based on VIA's K8 chipset with socket 754 support, the FIC K8-800T presents itself to be more than just another vanilla oem board."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron K8X800 Pro II Motherboard Review @ The Crucible
"The Albatron K8X800 Pro II is basically a clone of the ASUS K8V Deluxe, except that the K8X800 Pro II has far better onboard sound and lacks the Promise SATA raid controller. Not that this is a bad thing, the K8X800 Pro II has proven to be a worthy competitor. Keeping pace with it's far more expensive brethren. Being compared to the fastest Socket 754 board we have yet tested is a testament to the work Albatron has put into this board."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Spectrum Fan Card Review @ Viper Lair
"This is more of a visual aid for your system than anything else, bit like putting a bonnet (hood) scoop on a 1.0 litre car. It does look good but don’t expect big drops in system temperature. Those with side panel fans might find better results."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tweakmonster Fan Bracket Review @ PCUnleash
"Tweakmonster has really done it this time, they helped in a process of not just of cooling down your video card, but doing it with style. The brushed aluminium and the fan grills are not just appealing to the eye, but more efficient on the cooling process too! If their goal was to cool down your video card in style, well, they sure passed!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Voyeurmods Window Etching Review @ 1SweetPC
"If you want to have an etched-window look, get it done by Voyeurmods. However, if you want to have some money left over for some other mods, you may want to get an etched window appliqué with the same design. Both are good options, but the true window etching looks better in the end. It is just a matter of value to the modder."

More information on this review can be found here.
Build Your Own GlowBus @ ModAsylum
"This article is about how to build a rheobus, and how to build a glowing ring around the button, creating the glowbus. To top it off, we'll be building a rheoled: dimmer control on the lights of the glowbus Its pretty easy once you know how to do it, but may require some skill, you can see for yourself."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Super Flower SF-702T1-BT Case Review @ Tech-Dreams
"For the past couple of years now, I have sat on IRC (Internet Relay Chat) channels and forums discussing case modifications and other related/unrelated topics. If you're ever in a chat room related to case modding, you will find the biggest argument while chatting is DIY (Do-It-Yourself) modding vs. Pre-Modded equipment. So why is it a big deal?Well, a lot of people who have the time believe a true modded case is one which is done DIY, and I would have to agree with that somewhat. Not only do DIY case mods have their own appeal and uniqueness, but you also get the satisfaction of knowing you did it yourself. But what if you lack the time or knowledge to do these modifications yourself? This is where I typically disagree with those hardcore DIY'ers."

More information on this review can be found here.
UV Reactive Acrylic Case Review @ Creative Mods
"Today I reviewed an acrylic case that is slightly different from most acrylic cases. What separates this case from the rest is that it is made out of UV reactive panels. When exposed to UV light, the ordinary looking acrylic glows blue. If you are in the market for a unique case or just need an excuse to look at some pictures of a nifty little case, this review might interest you."

More information on this review can be found here.
PolarFlo SF Water Block and GPU block Review @ Tech-Mods
"With today's computer enthusiasts, keeping their systems cooled is serious business. They do not want inferior parts nor do they want to take any chances. With central processing units reaching levels of supremacy to fry an egg if left unattended, one must take serious steps in their cooling apparatus. Graphic boards too are becoming increasingly more powerful and now are also appropriate concerned components when it comes to serious business of cooling. Well today we will be looking at The PolarFlo SF Water Block and GPU block."

More information on this review can be found here.

Mountain Mods U2-UFO Solid Top Review

"Yesterday's computer cases were designed for one thing; to house the components of our computer systems. Not having a great deal of room for anything else, they worked well but as our computers became more and more powerful, we found that the temperatures also increased within the cases interior. Much advancement towards proper air flow to keep our systems cooler has justified most of the efforts; however, adding additional fans at best can be a challenge in a confined area such as the cases we are used to. Well, today we will be literally taking a tour in and around the Mountain Mods U2-UFO Solid Top all aluminum case with its mansion like size, with ample room for the serious enthusiast to add near anything that is needed. Oh on this tour, we might want to stay together so no one gets lost."

One of my all time favourite custom cases on the market right now. More information on this review can be found here.
VapoChill XE "Xtreme Edition Review @ [H]ardOCP
"The VapoChill XE should be considered an upgrade to the existing line of VapoChill products and not a “new” VapoChill. The reason for this is that Asetek has made only one minor change to the previous VapoChill unit tested here in our December 2002 review. Asetek has decided to replace the previous HFC ( hydrofluorocarbon ) refrigerant that is commonly used for automotive air conditioning called R134A with a different refrigerant R404A. According to Asetek the better cooling properties of the new refrigerant allow for the VapoChill XE to dissipate up to 180W of heat energy, a full 50W more than previous VapoChill units."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Zalman ZM400B-APS 400W Power Supply Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"Zalman is a company mostly known for their cooling solutions, and people instantly associate the name "Zalman" with silence. However, Zalman also manufacturers power supplies, with their new ZM400B-APS following the trend in quieter components. The ZM400B-APS is very similar to the previous model, ZM400A-APF, the main differences being Intel ATX12V ver 1.3 compliance, and two built-in SATA connectors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Interview with FrozenCPU @ Viper Lair
FrozenCPU was nice enough to sit down for a chat with us, talking a little about themselves, and giving us their take on manufacturers such as AMD, Intel, ATI and nVidia.

"Q: Bottom line, why should a person choose FrozenCPU over your competition when it comes to purchasing PC items?

A: FrozenCPU was established nearly 5 years ago. We were definitely one of the pioneers in this marketplace. We tout ourselves as the largest selection of PC Modification Supplies, as we carry all and any PC Modification paraphernalia. We also still manufacture some of our own items as well."

More information on this interview can be found here.

Sea Sonic Super Tornado 400W PSU Review

"Performance of this power supply is where we see this power supply shine. While it isn't the coolest power supply, it is the quietest power supply I have tested, which means that those of you with water cooling systems can use this power supply without really adding any noise. Power levels are very good with the 5v and 3.3v lines being almost perfect, with less than 1% variation from the rated voltage on our test system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Ultimate Controller Review @ Crazymodders.be
"When you unpack the controller it looks very sturdy and solid at first sight, and this is confirmed when you take a closer look. Everything is finished beautifully and there is enough space to hide your cables. The only thing that struck me immediately is that the cables entangle quickly when you loosen their binders because they are quite long. A solution to this problem is to put tie wraps around the cables every 10 to 15 cm. Once you have installed the controller completely this naturally doesn't bother anymore."

More information on this review can be found here.
Global Win GAT002 Case Review @ Madshrimps
"A case, that's where your put your computer in. Most people think like that. To some people, the case should become a stylish part of your room. What about this case? Worth changing from a boring beige to a black one?."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone LC03-VFD HTPC Case Review @ HTPC News
"SilverStone is known to many people in the HTPC market as a producer of affordable HTPC cases who listen to the public and try their best to give us what we want. After the LC03 had made its ways around the various review sites and received some constructive criticism, SilverStone set out to make a good case, great. What they ended up with just happens to be exactly what the doctor ordered. In an HTPCNews Exclusive, I present you with the SilverStone LC03-VFD."

Sweet case! More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen EZ65 SFF XC Cube Mini Barebone System Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The AOpen EZ65 SFF XC Cube Mini Barebone System is loaded with the latest technology. It uses the AOpen UX4SG-1394 motherboard which is based upon the i865G chipset. This means it supports the Intel Pentium 4 400/533/800MHz CPU's 2GIG's of dual channel memory. It has onboard Video, audio, LAN, Firewire, USB, SATA and much more."

More information on this video review can be found here.
New PrimoFlex UV Tubing @ VoyeurMods
"Our latest addition to our product line up is our "PrimoFlex" tubing. We have done a lot of research on tubing for the H2o market and we believe we have come up with the perfect solution for all water-cooling systems. Our tubing is made up of a very soft PVC material that allows the user to bend and twist our tube with little or no kink. The kink factor still remains a big deal for consumers that are making smaller and smaller systems these days. Once we ironed out the technical mumbo jumbo, we decided to make the tube look good as well. And well, we will let the pictures speak for themselves."

More information on this new product can be found here.
New Coolsleeves Product @ Swiftech
"Coolsleeves(tm) are extruded PVC coils designed to be wrapped around 1/2" (OD) soft vinyl tubes, and eliminate tube kinking and flattening in medium to sharp bend areas.

Coolsleeves(tm) coils features & benefits:

- Do not restrict flow rate compared to internal springs
- Completely eliminate flattening of the tubes over time
- UV reactive coils are a safe alternative to UV reactive coolant dies and prevent the pump failures caused by these dies.
- Allow to bend soft vinyl tubing at extremely sharp radii without kinking
- Can be used with existing 1/2" OD tubing systems to reshape tubes that have flattened over time without disassembling the system.
- Are more economical than other solutions: the cost per foot including vinyl tubing is up to 50% less than Clearflex(tm), and up to one third the cost of Tygon(tm) tubing.

More information on this new product can be found here.
Zalman ZM-WB2 Water Block Review @ Voided Warranty
"Today I’m taking a look at the Zalman ZM-WB-2 water block which was supplied by the good folks at Sharka Sales.When the box arrived via UPS I was very happy to see it was in one piece and upon opening it I was greeted by a very nicely packed water block completely covered with packing peanuts."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Water Coolant Chemistry - Part I @ Overclockers.com
"Water is unique. Over two thirds of the Earth's surface is covered by water and life as we know it could not exist without it. Depending on its temperature, water can exist as a solid, liquid or gas. Water has unique physical, thermal and chemical properties that also make it an excellent coolant for use in PC water cooling systems. No other substance can provide all of the advantages and benefits offered by plain old water."

More information on this article can be found here.
GlobalWin Silent Stream Water Cooling Kit Review @ OCIA
"Water cooling it just has a nice ring to it. Granted, most people think that water and electronics don't mix. However, this is not always the case. For instance, people don't have a problem at all with hooking up a water pump to an aquarium, but the sound of water inside a computer can be a bit intimidating for someone venturing into this area for the first time. That is what today's product is aimed to solve. We will look at the Global Win Silent Stream from PCToyland, a beginner's water cooling kit with various installation methods."

More information on this review can be found here.
Koolance GPU-180-L06 GPU Water Block Review @ System Cooling
"A few weeks ago, we introduced you to Koolance's newest CPU water block geared toward the DIY-er, the CPU-300-V10. We found it it to be an exceptional block, with performance definitely in the top tier of water blocks currently available. Today, we're going to take a look at another Koolance product aimed at the do-it-yourselfer, this time a GPU block. The GPU-180-L06 has some features that make it very attractive, and we're going to find out if the performance is there as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, March 29, 2004
Razer ViperT Review @ Ohls-Place
"It's not to often that you get a chance to review to review a mouse that when you get done using it will leave you with a feeling of amazement. That is until you lay your hands on the Razer Viper. So what makes this rodent so much different that the others? Let's start with Razer's "Karma Precision" optical engine that provides a true hardware based 1000 DPI resolution. Want more then read the review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake's Polo 735 Extreme 3 in 1 Cooler Review @ The Crucible
"Thermaltake has done a great job with the Polo 735 Extreme 3 in 1 cooler. In all applications it performed extremely well, keeping up with some pretty heavy weight contenders. While it did not deliver the blows to knock out any of them, the Polo 735 kept pace with the best of the best. The Polo 735 is a great multi-purpose heat sink. Not only does it offer a variety of mounting options, but with the included fan controllers, you have complete noise control too."

More information on this review can be found here.
Best Store Portable 7 in 1 Memory Card Reader Review @ Tweaknews
"This is one of those devices that does not need a lot of words to describe it, yet speaks volumes for itself. It is so absolutely effortless to use, and has the potential of saving you a lot of money which you would have otherwise spent on storage media. I also love the fact that you can also use it as a portable storage device. How great is that. Now, if this were some big, honkin' device, I wouldn't be as impressed. However that is not the case. The device is small, and ultra-portable."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech Apogee 5700 Ultra Video Card Review @ GruntvillE
"The new released video games all seem to be heading towards sharper more life-like graphics. This is great news to most of us, but I know there are still a few of you out there clinging to that old GeForce III card. You probably have a sign on your rig that reads, "You can take my old NVidia from me when you pry it from my cold dead system!" Now, while I admire your loyalty to a product that has treated you faithfully, I'm still going to have to shake you back into reality. Halo, Halflife2, Doom3. these are the games of the future, and they all look fantastic thanks to the new DirectX 9 effects. So what does this mean for those of you using older cards? It means that unless you think 15 stuttering frames per second is the cutting edge then it is definitely time to upgrade."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte K8NNXP 940 Motherboard Review @ Short-Media
"There are very few motherboards available that support Athlon FX51 and Athlon FX53 940-pin processors and the Gigabyte GA-K8NNXP 940 is one of them. Gigabyte are the most visible on the market next to the ASUS SK8N and the rarer SK8V. The MSI K8T Master Series for 940-pin processors is even more rare. Gigabyte has a reputation of making their flagship motherboard products feature rich and the K8NNXP is no exception. It bests the ASUS SK8N for options and price."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen AK86-L / AK89 Max Motherboard Reviews @ Overclocker Cafe
"So where does all this leave us? For starters the AK86-L nd AK89 Max have a street price of $125 and $110 respectively. There aren't a lot of boards available that come full featured for $125 or under. The features most noteworthy being they each have SATA, Gigabit LAN, the EZ Clock utility, color coded front panel connectors, SilentTek and SilentBIOS noise reduction as well as the Watchdog ABS."

More information on this review can be found here.
Stompfest March 2004 Event Coverage @ PimpRig
"We encouraged anyone who felt that they had the most ghettofied case there to bring it up to the front for judging by the crowd gathered around the stage for the competition. The rules were simple. The most AWEFUL, GHETTO, and UGLIEST case would win. What did they win? First place got their choice of two nice Xoxide cases as well as some other Xoxide gear and 2nd place would receive the other case and some other Xoxide gear as well. Let me tell ya that some serious beasts reared their ugly heads right about then. Too bad that the participants didn't know that they were about to be crucified by Digital-World for their creations. Each contestant received a battery of cuts, digs, and outright put downs all in the name of fun."

More information on this report can be found here.
Tech Tips: Dust Bunnies from Hell @ Short-Media
"The PC case is one sophisticated vacuum cleaner. It pulls every speck of dust through every opening. Shuffle your feet...dust. Get up for a cup of coffee...more dust. Dust finds its way into the PC case and molecule by molecule begins to build. Over time, and a very short time at that, something very frightening happens."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Thermaltake Xaser V Damier V5000D Mid-Tower Case Review @ 3DXtreme
"Today 3DXtreme has the great pleasure of reviewing the latest in Thermaltake's line of Xaser cases the Xaser V Damier V5000D. Thermaltake is well known for producing quality computer cases and cooling solutions for the enthusiast and the Xaser V is no exception. Can this new solution excel past previous Xaser models? Let's find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Custom Cutting Your Computer Case @ Computer Sphere
"Sometimes it’s great to have something different about your case! Why not cut a design in it? Cutting into metal is sometimes a very daunting task. Especially if the design you want is very complicated or intricate."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Antec Super LANBOY Case Review @ Ascully
"The SUPER LANBOY carries on with Antec's tradition of quality and value. It is not really a evolution of the LANBOY case. It's more of a refinement, but hey that's a good thing."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Gloria TJ-04 Review @ FastLaneHW
"Today we have SilverStone's latest case on the table, the "Gloria" TJ-04. It's an aluminum/steel hybrid midtower and is going to MSRP at about $100. Read on to find out if it's worth a spot in your computing area.

More information on this review can be found here.

Thermaltake Xaser V Damier Review

"Earlier, we reviewed Thermaltake's entry into the LAN box market, the Xaser III LanFire. Today Thermaltake is back with a brand spankin' new design both inside and out, dubbed the Xaser 5 (I think Thermaltake skipped over Xaser 4 since 4 means bad luck in Japan). The case comes in two versions-- WinGo, which is the same case internally with a different front bezel, and Damier, their highest-end case with an X-shaped window and checkerboard front panel design."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, March 27, 2004
Thermaltake Xray Lighter/Cup Holder Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"To work in some small measure of safety, Thermaltake has put an inline fuse in place. Speaking of safety, I do want to point something out. The Xray is a fantastic conversation piece but be wary. If you keep your case on the floor and have small children, little hands could all too easily push the lighter in heating it up then end up burning themselves or worse still start a fire. Safety first always."

More information on this review can be found here.
EL Wire Modding Kit Review @ Creative Mods
"EL wire, short for Electroluminescent Wire, is a very versatile form of lighting that has been getting more popular in mod related projects. The reason for its popularity is its ability to twist and bend to fit anything from keyboards to mouse pads. Today I reviewed an EL wire kit made specifically for modding projects. A blurb from the packaging: 'EL cable allows for complete customization of your case. EL cable is the latest advance in EL technology. It is flexible and can be bent in any angle."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-In-Wonder 9600XT Video Card Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The ATI All-In-Wonder 9600XT Video Card, like other All-In-Wonder products, offers a massive amount of features and functionality packaged in one box. Not only is this card great at gaming, but it has a huge multimedia focus as well. Watching TV, listening to the radio and dual display support is all possible. It has enormous bang for the buck.

More information on this video review can be found here.
Battle of the Registered PC3200 from Corsair and OCZ @ AMD Review
"There are only a handful of companies that mass produce high quality enthusiast memory that come to my mind. These include: Corsair, OCZ – both featured in today’s article, Mushkin, and Geil. Some companies that recently started producing these chips are Simpletech and Kingston. Today, we pin Corsair’s finest against OCZ’s in the battle to see what chip comes out on top!"

More information on this review can be found here.
EverCool K802-715 AMD Athlon 64 Heatsink Review @ Hexus
"We were hoping for better performance from this EverCool K802-715 all copper heatsink compared to the EverCool Magic Cooler we reviewed earlier which is Aluminium with a Copper insert. It must be remember that both these EverCool heatsinks are much smaller and lighter than the other heatsinks shown here.

More information on this review can be found here.
AeroCool HT-101 CPU Cooler Review @ 3DXtreme
"The HT-101 tower cooler is a large cooler when you first take a look at it, but it is designed to compensate for that larger size. The cooler does come with one blue UV LED fan that can be mounted on one side of the cooler; however AeroCool has included the ability to mount a fan on each side. The HT-101 also comes with a mounting kit for the Pentium 4 series processor (Socket 478) as well as AMD Socket 462, I like this feature because if you ever did want to change you machine configuration your heat sink can go right back into your machine."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen AK86-L K8T800 S754 Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"If evaluated in context of its intended pricing structure the AOpen AK86-L deserves to be included on at least a shortlist of boards. It doesn't particularly excel in any one area, but neither does it falter. An example of what sensible engineering and excellent documentation can create, the AK86-L is good enough for most users' needs. The low price is an added bonus that's kind of hard to pass up. Recommended."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LanParty Pro875B Motherboard Review @ Legion Hardware
"Looking back at the results we have just witnessed it's clear that the i865PE chipset is just as competitive as the i875P. In fact the chipset is much more competitive on a performance vs. price basis. The EPoX 4PDA5+ really gave the LanParty Pro875B a run for its money and while the DFI solution did win the majority of the tests, the margins would be unnoticed in a real-world scenario. Even the extremely cheap 655TX Gigabyte solution was always within a few frames per second on both the i865PE and i875P solutions."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crystalfontz 634 20 X 4 USB LCD Review @ 3DXtreme
"More and more modding is the way that the hardcore computer user is going and having the most unique toys sets one apart from the rest. Crystalfontz provides toys for the modder or for the system admin who wants an easy way to monitor his hardware without having to hook up a monitor to the computer. They provide a wide variety of LCD displays for just about every application imaginable. Today we have the pleasure of reviewing the 634 LCD (CFA634-TFB-KU) with drive bay kit. It is a 4 line by 20 character display that is backlit and has the option of being connected to USB or serial connection."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Weekly Special @ The Cutting Edge
"Our special this week for Logisys LED case feet. These will fit any standard case with 1 inch round case feet and come in either blue or red. They are super easy to install and make an immediate impact on the appearance of your case. They also come with a switch that mounts in 1 PCI slot on the back of your case. They are posted for 1 week at just $9.00 so get yours while they last.

Specifications:

- 4 blue LED lighted feet
- LED bulbs last a long time
- 1.0 inches in diameter adn .75 inches tall
- Easy installation
- Fits almost every case

More information on this special can be found here.
March Extreme Gaming PC Buyer's Guide @ Sharky's Extreme
"Spring is just around the corner, new high-profile games have been hitting the market, and this is a perfect time to shop for an extreme gaming rig. Each month we are given $4000, and sent on a mission to assemble the best possible gaming machine to satisfy even the most discriminating enthusiast gamer. As with our other prices guides, we still keep an eye out for relative value, and weigh price-to-performance ratios heavily before making a decision on which components to include."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool Water Cooler WC-201 Kit Review @ System Cooling
"After my first water cooling experience ended up soggy, (no pun intended) I was a bit leery about delving into another setup, but figured in the name of overclocking and writing reviews I would take another stab at it. So I was sent the Evercool Water Cooling system to test. What makes this different then any other water cooling setup on the market? As far as I can tell it's the only one that has a reservoir and radiator all in one convenient 5 1/4" bay unit, as well as a thermal sensor and LCD display with automatic control of the radiator fan speed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Reserator Review @ Nordic Hardware
"The noise level should be very low, at least if Zalman has equipped the unit with a silent pump. I suspect that this product will start a trend and that there will be many more fanless water cooling systems on the market within the next months."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone SST-LC02 Review @ PCUnleash
"The computer is now becoming a more fully integrated system in peoples daily lives. A computer can now be more than simply a PC used for work or gaming. It can also function as a full-fledged entertainment system, obtainable at a more reasonable price than ever dreamed of in the past. It can function as an audio system and DVD home entertainment all in one. Therefore, it is interesting to see HTPC cases that increasingly take the form we have always associated with home entertainment devices."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
Mouse Pad Roundup @ TechFreaks
"Which pad is the best choice for you? Well, that really depends on what you are looking for. If desk space is an issue, then the XTrac Pro HS is probably your best choice. If you have a decent amount of desk space, then I would recommend the GamerzStuff Xtreme over the Xtrac Pro HS simply because it is big enough that it is extremely unlikely that your mouse will ever go off of it. If you prefer a fabric surface with more friction than the hard surfaces of the Pro HS and GamerzStuff Xtreme, then the Everglide DKT Megamat is a great choice, as long as you don't mind cleaning the dust off of it every day or two."

More information on this review can be found here.
Audiotrak Prodigy 7.1 Channel Soundcard Review @ BigBruin
"After just a few minutes of setup, I was listening to high quality music. The card was able to reproduce all genres of music with ease, making them all sound very detailed without getting too bright, and separation of channels was dead on. It was also able to provide solid bass without sounding muddied."

More information on this review can be found here.
M-Audio Firewire 410 Mobile Recording Interface Review @ Futurelooks
"There is so much more to a sound card than just special effects and playing games. M-Audio's Big Daddy, the Firewire 410, shows us the potential of what a professional level device can do for music production and performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
NEC Multisync LCD 2080UX+ Review @ BJorn3D
"Ever since I started reviewing monitors, I have been dreaming of finding a 20”+ LCD with a 16ms or lower response time. After reading about and seeing pictures of NVIDIA booths at gaming events and trade shows, I decided to ask them what they use. They told me NEC/Mitsubishi is the main line of monitors that they use. After looking around on the web and trying to find a suitable monitor in the size I was looking for, I saw that Alienware sells the NEC 2080UX as their top of the line offering. This is a 20” LCD with a 25ms response time, which is fast but not as fast as I was looking for. NEC, however, also makes the 2080XU+, which is the same as the 2080XU except for a 16ms response time."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool SCP-A Fan Controller Review @ Ohls-Place
"You just bought that brand new case and installed those new fans inside and now your wife says make the noise go away or you will. Sounds to me like you could sure use the new Evercool SPC-A Fan Controller. You can not only control the speed of 3 individual fans with the Evercool SPC-A Fan Controller, but with it's built in visual speed indicator you can tell the speed of each fan. Plus the Evercool SPC-A Fan Controller also includes an added safety feature of an alarm on each fan circuit in the event that you would experience a fan failure."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GV-N57U128D FX5700 Ultra Review @ Envy News
"Gigabyte isn’t one to rest on their laurels. They have insisted on giving the consumer what they want: A great card at a great price. And not only have they done that, but they have also included some fairly recent games, two of which I didn’t have (which is very odd for me). I also still can’t get over that Gigabyte included PowerDVD 5, that’s a major plus in my book as I have about five PowerDVD 4 discs lying around gathering dust that were stuffed in other manufacturer’s boxes."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC4400 Memory - Corsair, Kingston, and OCZ 1100 MHz FSB @ hardCOREware
"We thought we had reached the limits when we saw P4 2.4C chips pushed well beyond the 800 MHz FSB they were intended for. With the use of high latencies, and ultra fast memory speeds, we saw PC4000 from the top memory makers. This time they are pushing the envelope with PC4400 memory. Rated at DDR550, this memory gives us the opportunity to run at a FSB of 1.1 GHz with the right setup! Surely with this memory, you will reach the limits of your CPU before you his the limits of the memory."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerocool HT-101 CPU Cooler Review @ Overclockers Club
"Aerocool is rapidly making a name for itself in the performance air cooling market. They have been very successful in the past with their use of super conductor tubes (Heatpipes). Back in January I looked at the Deep Impact DP-102, and today we will be looking at another unique super conductor tube based heatsink, the High Tower HT-101. Can Aerocool repeat the success they had with the DP-102? Read on to find out!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8S655FX Ultra Review @ myWORLD Hardware
"The GA-8S655FX Ultra is an excellent performing board and it does pose a threat to Intel's mainstream i865 platform with its value pricetag. From the benchmark results, SIS's 655FX Chipset does hold some solid ground on the Pentium 4 platform. It's about time that an alternative showed up to give Intel some deserving competition."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax CS-800TA Case Review @ Bit-Tech
"A closer look at the bottom half of the front panel shows the interface items: 2 USB ports, Audio In, Audio Out, and Firewire. I prefer the location of these items to be at the bottom of the front panel to keep the wires out of the way and some of you prefer them to be hidden behind a door panel but they aren't too bad where they are. In other cases we have reviewed from Enermax recently featured front intake fan mounts that I highly praised because they allowed you to mount either an 80mm, 92mm, or even a big (and recommended) 120mm fan. The CS-800TA only allows an 80mm fan which is a step backward in my opinion."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Guardian Mid-Tower Case Review @ PimpRig
"I'm one of the old school dudes who would rather tackle a generic case with Dremel in one hand and a can of Krylon in the other instead of purchasing a pre-modded rig. The Guardian case from NZXT was so far over the top that I thought that they couldn't be serious; they had gone beyond pre-mod to pre-mad. All I saw was the "Power Ranger" face and my opinion of this case had already been made. As I spent time with this case I found that I was way off the mark with my initial assumption."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Underwood No. 5 Project @ Mini-ITX
"Quite a while back, one of my friends sent me a "photoshopped" picture of an old typewriter (it looked like a Remington) fitted with a monitor, mouse, and printer (the printer had the platten and carriage attached to it). I looked to see if "true" retrofit would be possible, but, at the time I researched the possibility, Mini-ITX motherboards were not yet available."

More information on this project can be found here.
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
Vantec NexStar 2.5" USB 2.0 External Enclosure Review @ ExtensionTech
"Removable storage has always been convenient; just look at the popularity of the Iomega Zip drive. While Iomega has lost most of it's luster from the Zip 100, removable storage is good for a lot of things. Vantec has released a new USB powered, 2.5" Hard Drive external enclosure. So let's begin looking at the aluminum enclosure, the NexStar."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mad Dog Entertainer 7.1 Sound Card Review @ Viper Lair
"A very solid card, and well worth the 60$ street price. If you're looking for a new sound card without the big price tag, the Entertainer is worth a look."

More information on this review can be found here.
X-Arcade Controller Review @ Tech-Mods
"Do you remember the time before home PC's? Do you remember what it was like playing video games before game consoles? Having to go down to the mall to play your favorite video games at your preferred arcade begging and borrowing pockets full of change to feed those games? Well X-Gaming has proceeded to bring back the arcade action minus the need for pockets full of change with the introduction of authentic arcade style controllers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone Eudemon Review @ Spode's Abode
"The Silverstone Eudemon is an electronic fan controller, which regulates fan speeds according to the readout of the three temperature sensors supplied with it. The Eudemon sports a blue backlit LCD display, which shows the temperature readouts, and a little animation of a spinning fan, which gives a rough indication of how fast the fan is going. There is also a hard drive activity indicator, and for some unknown reason, an alarm clock."

More information on this review can be found here.
Eagle Touch XP Wireless Keyboard & Optical Mouse Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Eagle Touch XP Wireless Keyboard and Optical Mouse have great tactile response and they look very spiffy. It uses a secure 27MHz digital RF technology and is good up to about 6 feet. Wireless products like these really help cut down on the desktop clutter caused by wired products. It's simply one full featured product for a very low price."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Intel Prescott 3.4E Processor Review @ Tweaknews
"It's honestly a tough call on the new Prescott core and Intel's new flagship CPU. On one hand you have just a couple core revisions for improved speed scaling and performance improvements when the 1MB L2 cache and the new SSE3 instruction set is used, but there are some definite drawbacks that have to be addressed in order for this CPU to become a popular and safe desktop CPU for the enthusiast or the everyday consumer."

More information on this review can be found here.

Intel Prescott 3.4E Processor Review @ Sharky Extreme

"Today we're pleased to present our official review of the Pentium 4-3.4E GHz Prescott, along with our first opportunity to test the Pentium 4-3.4C GHz Northwood, a processor that had been in the market for some time. These two processors are very important to the Intel strategy, as they compete directly against the Athlon 64 3400+, an upstart processor that has given Intel headaches at the mainstream high-end."

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den Maze 4-1 & Z Chipset Water Block Review @ Nexus Hardware
"The Maze 4 features a laser cut removable Lucite top. Such a clear top provides several benefits. The first benefit is easy accessibility for cleaning, and the second benefit is the ability to view the block for contaminants. The Maze 4 is sealed with a replaceable rubber o-ring; Danger Den sells extras as an inexpensive addition. Lastly, our blocks were outfitted with the chrome barbs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool WC-201 Water Cooling Kit Review @ Ohls-Place
"Evercool went back to the drawing board after their first attempt at water cooling and they completely redesigned their water blocks adding a highly polished copper bases. With their new WC-201 Water Cooling Kit we tested it to see if it could handle an over clocked 1700 Barton, and then tested it under normal conditions to see how well it performed. You might be interested in what we found out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3DCooler ULTRA Review @ Neoseeker
"Today we take a look at Gigabyte's newest revision of the 3DCooler, the 3DCooler-ULTRA. Gigabyte did not go and totally redesign the heatsink. The dimensions between the PRO and ULTRA are identical but there are several subtle changes. When it is first picked up, the first apparent change is the weight. The original 3DCooler-PRO was very light for a heatsink of its size, being only 430g. The Ultra by comparison is a massive 780g dwarfing even the Swiftech MCX462-V which topped the scale at 650 g."

More information on this review can be found here.
EverCool Magic Cooler Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"None the less, considering the EverCool Magic Cooler is made out of Aluminium and with only a very small slow running fan it has not done all that bad at all, in fact very impressive."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Guardian Mid-Tower Case Review @ System Cooling
"Transformers more then meets the eye." If you're anywhere close to my age, 29, those six words might ring a bell. They were part of the theme song from the Transformers cartoon, which was a staple of my daily TV watching diet. A never-ending battle between the forces of good and evil, Transformers vs. Decepticons. But what does this have to do with a review you ask? Well the answer is simple; today we'll be taking a look at the Guardian mid-tower case from NZXT. With it's robot head front panel design, it took me back to my childhood years. So, now that I have you all misty-eyed lets take a look at what the Guardian is all about."

More information on this review can be found here.

NZXT Guardian Mid-Tower Case Review @ OCIA

"This steel chassis mid-tower case brings a unique look as well as providing some nice ease of use features, including an almost completely screwless design. Its most prominent feature though has to be its unique "Guardian Eye Motion LED", which could make you the envy of any LAN party."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gazelle GA899ATX Plastic Mid-Tower Case Review @ The Crucible
"The Gazelle is not a revolution in PC cases, but it is a nice break from the norm. With six colors to choose from one is sure to fit pretty much any need. As far as function goes the GAzelle is amazing. Moving all my hardware into this case took the shortest amount of time that I can remember. The drive retention mechanism is great, it is easy to use and works very well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Xaser Skull VM 3000A Case Review @ Ascully
"If you are familiar with the Xaser line of cases the front of the Skull won't be much of a surprise. The standard Thermaltake styling is all present. A lot of people do not like the look of Thermaltake cases as they are a little bit "Flashy". I personally like the look of this one, but that's probably because I am a black/red type of person. I think it's either love or hate with TT's cases."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, March 22, 2004
The Fine Art of Soldering @ The Modfathers
"When you touch your iron to a component that part heats up. Your goal is to heat the part up so rapidly that you melt the solder and get the job done before the heat has a chance to spread throughout. If you leave your hot iron on the component for longer than a few seconds you could endanger the component by melting parts of it due to the extreme heat."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Decal Happy Applique Review @ Hot-Mods
"What better way to show you individuality or devotion to a game etc than by having it etched on to a case window? The problem is that is isn't cheap and if you suddenly change your mind a new case window would have to be bought. Decalhappy.com have the solution. Easily applied and removable case window Appliques."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Cooler-Ultra 2004 GT Edition Review @ Legion Hardware
"The primary difference between the Pro and Ultra coolers is the material used to construct the fins. While the original Pro cooler uses aluminum the new Ultra used copper giving it a 100% copper design. Giving the 3D Cooler-Ultra a 100% copper design increased the overall weight from 430g to a staggering 780g which is not far off twice the weight."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xeinix Illuminated Keyboard Review @ Think Computers
"It is inevitable, any new product that is the least bit innovative will soon be copied in a cheaper knock off from some other, often unheard of company. They may expand on the original design, adding not only functionality, but a lower price tag. This is exactly what happened with the Eluminx keyboard. When it came out, it was not only new and snazzy, but it also carried a nearly out of reach one-hundred dollar price tag. While I am all for new, cool looking stuff, I have not now, nor will I ever be able to justify dropping a C-Note on a keyboard. The market is now being saturated with not only the original lighted keyboard, but plenty of look-a-likes that offer a lot of the same features and a price that makes them very attractive to try out, such as the Xenix Lighted Keyboard we're looking at today."

More information on this review can be found here.
PMI 3200-1024DP Turbo Memory Review @ Overclockers Club
"I was impressed at how close the performance was against the Corsair, but I can live with the small trade off in performance for the lower price of the PMI 3200-1024DP. Both sets of memory were able to overclock about the same amount, and the difference in price makes the PMI a more attractive buy. Offering great performance at low cost, PMI is on the right track to making a name for their company in the performance memory market."

More information on this review can be found here.

PMI PMI3200-512DGL Turbo Memory Review @ The Crucible

"PMI's PMI3200-512DGL Turbo Memory is a great choice. The price is right and the quality is very good. Not to mention that it has a lifetime warranty. Overall the PMI3200-512DGL Turbo Memory is decent ram. I could definitely see using PMI memory in one of my systems. At the price it will be hard to find memory that is as high quality, has a lifetime warranty, and decent timings."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX GeForceFX 5900XT Review @ NextGen Electronics
"Overall, the XFX GeForceFX 5900XT is a surprisingly valuable card for gamers who will enjoy the low price tag and impressive performance. The best thing about this card is the value and price point. The value stems from the fact you are paying $200 for a great performing DX9 compliant card, and is bundled well."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Processor Performance @ BJorn3D
"AMD's 64-bit strategy seemed to be quite a bit more broadly scoped than Intel's. With its Opteron, Athlon 64 FX, and Athlon 64 product lines, AMD has been striving for the proliferation of its AMD64 computing platform in server, high-end workstation, and mainstream and enthusiast consumer markets. The release of the 3000+ was AMD's first big step in trying to get some momentum in the lower market segments, because when it was released, it was priced at about half the price of the only other mainstream desktop AMD64 chip at the time - the Athlon 64 3200+."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel 3.4GHz "E" Prescott Review @ Legit Reviews
"Intel launched the 2.8GHz, 3.0GHz, 3.2GHz, and 3.4GHz Prescotts back on February 1st, 2004 but due to allocation issues the 3.4GHz Prescott didn't make it to store shelves as quickly as Intel had planned. It seems that Intel has enough on hand now to safely market the chips and has thrown the latest and greatest Prescott to the mercy of the media. While the Prescott is something very recent that Intel has come out with it should be fairly common to our readers.We have already written four articles looking at the Prescott ranging from performance to cooling issues so if you have not looked at them it is highly recommended that you take a look at them. We will not go into great detail on the Prescott today as the 3.4GHz Prescott is just a 200MHz clock speed increase for the processor."

More information on this review can be found here.

Intel Pentium 4 3.4 GHz Prescott Processor Review @ PC Perspective

The Prescott offers a couple of new technology improvements over the Northwood, but there is some debate on whether these changes are beneficial to the P4 line of processors at this point in the frequency ramping at Intel."

More information on this review can be found here.

Intel Pentium 4 3.4 GHz - Prescott and Northwood Review @ hardCOREware

"While the Northwood version of the 3.4 GHz Pentium 4 has been available for some time now, Intel is launching the Prescott version tonight. There is nothing new to report besides an increase in clock speed. You might think that the scorching hot Prescott will now be hotter than ever, but you'd be surprised. We put the new P4's up against the entire Hyper-Threading lineup, and include AMD's Athlon64 3400+ to see how that 'performance rating' stacks up now."

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den RBX Review @ Crazymodders.be
"If you look a bit closer you can see that a part of these grooves have a wave-like shape instead of just being dead straight. This peculiar shape raises the turbulence of the water, entering the waterblock, which makes the water absorb more heat thus improving overall performance of the block. Last but not least there are about 45 very shallow holes on the bottom on the inside of the block. These holes are actually called Heat Voids and add to raising the turbulence of the water, every way of improving the block's performance has really been employed by Danger Den."

More information on this review can be found here.
Epia M2 10000 Review @ Epiacenter
"Friday, 19th of March 2004 will be a day to be remembered for a long time. As most of you know VIA presented their new Nano-ITX form factor at their Press Conference on Friday at CeBit. EPIACENTER was there to get all the latest information and to provide you with photos from the first Nano-ITX cases which were shown."

More information on this report can be found here.
Cool-Cases CF1 Microstructure Water Block Review @ Madshrimps
"It's important to understand the surfaces you're mating. If for example, both are concave, the resulting gap will be detrimental to heat transfer. I've read in numerous forums where people purchase new heatsinks, and wonder why they're temps haven't dropped, and in some cases temps increased? This is due to the fact some Intel CPU Integrated Heat Spreaders, as well as custom heatsinks may have a slight concave or convex anomaly in their surface. In such circumstances it may have been the case your processor had a slight concave surface, while your stock heatsink had a slight convex protrusion. Ergo they mated well, albeit a relationship based on imperfection, it was none-the-less, functional. In purchasing your expensive perfectly flat, or slightly concave custom heatsink, that thermal transfer is now rendered moot. I tested the CF1's base plate surface, and was impressed to find near perfection."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, March 20, 2004
Mutant Mods Crystal Clear Fan Guard Review @ Think Computers
"Today we will be looking at a crystal clear fan guard by Mutant Mods. This is something that is inexpensive and will add some style to your computer. It is a very cool and easy to install product so lets take a look!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Cebit 2004 Coverage @ Spode's Abode
"CeBit is a trade show so tends to be full of Taiwanese companies trying to produce incredibly cheap replicas of products, to be sold on the cheap around the world. This, and considering how easily we can keep up with new products through the web, very little is new, interesting or innovative. So I'm not going to try and bore you with the same old stuff, I've only included photos of stuff that I believe is worth a mention."

More information on this report can be found here.

Cebit 2004 Coverage @ OCWorkBench

"OCWorkBench has two days worth of Cebit 2004 coverage. The highlight of this report is a detailed pictorial review of Cooler Masters brand new product line-up."

More information on this report can be found here.
Logitech diNovo Review @ SweMOD
"Today we are going to take a look at Logitech’s new Bluetooth keyboard, multimedia pad and mouse. Why invest in a new keyboard is the main question. There are many reasons to do so, the regular keyboard are often very ugly with its pale greyish colour and the quality is often rather low. With this new kit from Logitech you have all that you can wish for in accessories for your computer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Build a Glowing Coaster @ PCUnleash
"Oddly enough, I got this idea from a dream I had, yes, pretty crazy! All I remember is a glowing coaster. So I got to thinking and decided that this wouldn't be too hard to make. Actually it took me 30 mins, and you can probably get this done faster. Here is what you will need, and my entire cost of purchasing this all was only $10.72."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seasonic Super Silencer 460W PSU Review @ OCIA
"Most people don't even think about their power supply. The most vital part of the computer that, for the most parts, sits quietly and keeps your rig running smoothly. Folks have started paying more attention to the PSU lately, coming out with products that are anodized, come with LED fans, and many other gizmos to tickle your fancy. This power supply, however, isn't one of those. This is what people in the automotive world call a sleeper, or an eagle in disguise. For that same fact, we will be calling this PSU the SS, which stands for Super Silencer. It may look like your standard generic PSU, but it hides some very interesting technology inside."

More information on this review can be found here.
CleverPower 500W Powerbar PSU Review @ hardCOREware
"There's not a lot we can tell you about power supplies when we review them; the true test of a PSU is the test of time. And when that time runs up, it's up to good customer service and warranty support to determine if a PSU is really worth your time. However, some power supplies carry some interesting features to grab your attention. Today, we're looking at the SPS-500 from CleverPower. It's a 500W that supports a four-port powerbar, with breaker!"

More information on this review can be found here.
M-Audio Revolution 7.1 & Sonica Theater Reviews @ myWorldHardware
"In short, M-Audio has a terrific line-up with incredible sound quality for a low price. Hardcore gamers however, will have to look elsewhere for their gaming needs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax UC-A8FATR4 Fan Controller Video Review @ 3DGameman
"As fan controllers go, the Enermax UC-A8FATR4 unit is one of the best on the market. It can control and monitor four fans and temperatures. The front plate can be swapped to match silver or black cases. The four knobs that control the speed of the fans are light up and the LCD can be changed to a blue or green color."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Logitech MX 510 Performance Optical Mouse Review @ Hardware Pacers
"The improved MX Optical Engine on the MX510 captures 5.8 mega pixels of information per second. This means that the user will receive the highest quality of performance when using the mouse."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM400B-APS PSU Review @ FastLaneHW
"Zalman has been known for their low-noise cooling equipment for a while now. Today we're reviewing one of their PSUs that was released recently, called the Zalman 400w "B" revision, which is similar to the A revision but adds on a few features."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS Radeon 9600XT/TVD Review @ BJorn3D
"Now I'd like to reiterate that I personally purchased this card, so I will therefore be giving it a very thorough set of tests to find out if I made a wise decision buying it. I'm looking to find out just how fast this card is in comparison to my Ti4400 and FX5600 non ultra. I am expecting to find that the Ti4400 outperforms both of the DX9-based cards in DX8 games and benchmarks when no AA (anti-aliasing) is enabled, but I expect it to fall behind both DX9 cards once AA is enabled (this is why I bought the card and for playing future and present day DX9 based games). I also expect the DX9-based cards - especially the 9600XT - to perform better than the Ti DX8 based card in more modern titles and tests."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor Radeon 9800XT 256MB Review @ Hexus
"PowerColor, then, has to position its 9800XT on the basis of price. It doesn't contain enough novel or value-adding features to warrant purchasing for anything other than low price, and priced at around £320, it's one of the cheaper retail 9800XTs. Overall, our advice is simple. If you require a no-nonsense Radeon 9800XT card the PowerColor version is as good as any."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron PX875P Pro Review @ Ohls-Place
"Albatron's latest addition to their already strong arsenal of Intel based motherboards is the PX875P Pro based on the new Intel 82875P chip which offers up to 1200 MHz FSB speed. So we decided to see what this new blue colored beast was capable of doing and ran it through a few benchmarks and came away with some interesting results. You will have to read the review to find out what they were."

More information on this review can be found here.
Koolance CPU-300-V10 Water Block Review @ Viper Lair
"If you're putting together a water cooling system, or you're planning to upgrade your CPU block, the Koolance CPU-300-V10 should be among those on the top of your list. Performance was excellent in our tests, but the ease of use and build quality are the real stars here."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dual Cascade -111C Cooling Unit Guide @ VR-Zone
"VR-Zone has a guide up on building a Dual cascade cooling system (2 stages vapor phase change) for cooling the CPU and GPU. The guide will show you the components that are required for the cascade cooling system such as the compressors, condensers, refrigerants, evaporators, heat exchangers, oil separators etc. and the tools you would need. The cooling performance is definitely great with temperature reaching as low as -111C that allows hot chip like Prescott to reach over 5.1Ghz and ATI Radeon 9800 XT to reach over 660Mhz core."

Very impressive! More information on this guide can be found here.
Overclocking the Intel P4 3.2 EE Processor @ Legit Reviews
"We kept raising the FSB and Voltage to find the max of the CPU and found it to be at 1.775Vcore and 240MHz FSB. We took the Vcore up to 1.85V, but it still wouldn't let us get into Windows XP Pro with any stability at any FSB setting over 240MHz. So we reached our retail processors limit at 3.84Ghz, which is a 641MHz overclock over the default settings."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron K8X800 Pro II (VIA K8T800 Chipset) Motherboard Review @ 3DXtreme
"Today 3DXtreme has the pleasure of reviewing the latest AMD64 motherboard from Albatron. Albatron has always produced some of the best quality products in their respective product lines, will the K8X800 Pro II provide a motherboard worthy of the Albatron name?"

More information on this review can be found here.
New Weekly Special @ The Cutting Edge
"The special this week is for Sunbeam's 3D UV re-active 80mm fan grills in the Blade and X styles and in UV blue, UV red and UV green. These grills glow very bright and the domed shape give a great 3D effect that other grills don't have. These are priced at just $5.00 for this week only, after that they go up.

Specifications:

- UV re-active
- 3 dimensional design
- Made from acrylic
- Fits 80mm fans
- Comes in 3 colors (red, blue and green)
- fans screws included

More information on this special can be found here.
Thermaltake Damier Xaser V V6000A Aluminum Computer Case Review @ Futurelooks
"In the top drive bay, you'll see a fan and temperature control display that allows you to monitor CPU temperature and adjust the speed of the four fans inside the case. This allows you to control the speed at which the fans spin (RPM), providing you with the ability to create more airflow within the case or making your multiple fans quieter."

More information on this review can be found here.
Case4U Mona Designer ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"The Mona case from Case 4u is the lazy modder's dream: It requires no hard work to improve its appearance and can have lights and fans added without drilling or cutting to put in a window or fan opening. While the case requires nothing extra to make it look great, there is room for additions which makes the case a viable option for advanced modders as well. I enjoy the case thoroughly as I am one of those people who want to do nothing to the case but still have an impressive looking computer."

More information on this review can be found here.
ClearPC Secret Agent Acrylic Briefcase Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"ClearPC acrylic/Lucite cases are unlike any other. For one, the quality of the construction is excellent. While other manufacturers relies on bolt/nuts and screws to assemble their acrylic cases, ClearPC molecularly bonds the different pieces to give them the truly unique feel and look with minimum installation work required on the end-users part. I'm glad to say that this new Secret Agent case carries on that fine tradition and even broke new grounds as well. ClearPC is again the first to come out with this briefcase-like design for the Secret Agent Case and despite being fairly smaller in size with it's older siblings, still managed to handle a standard ATX mobo and PSU. The layout was well laid out and most components installs just as easily as you would in a standard Mid Tower case."

MTB reviewed this same case a few weeks ago, here is our comparison review. More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, March 19, 2004
Zalman 5.1 Surround Sound Headphones Review @ Viper Lair
"Though the Zalman 5.1 Surround Sound headphones are not without a few problems, overall, I found them to be a solid product. From a gamer's perspective, they worked very well, and accurately produced the sound effects you need for an involving game experience."

More information on this review can be found here.
Altec Lansing VS3151 5.1 Speakers Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Altec Lansing VS3151 is a 6 channel speaker setup with a twist. Not only can it connect directly into a 5.1 audio source, but it also turns 2 and 4 channel audio into 6 channel audio through the control pod. Each of the satellites is 5 watts, center is 10 watts and the sub is 20 watts. The system is easy to set up and offers great sound at a very reasonable price."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Corsair TwinX1024-3200LLPro 1Gig DDR400 Memory Kit Review @ Tweaknews
"Being one of the premier performance memory manufacturers in the world, Corsair provided Tweaknews.net with a 1Gig sample of their representative TwinX PC3200LL PRO Dual Channel DDR memory to test. The version of the DDR400 standard boasts low latency timings of 2-6-3-2, but what really separates it from the pack is the inclusion of activity LEDs which would be a great addition to a windowed case. Although this memory is meant to be used in its stock speed, we wouldn't be called tweakers if we didn't try to see what extra free performance we could squeeze out of this unique purchase. As you will see later on in the review, I was able to push this memory to some nice speeds."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mid Range Graphic Card Roundup @ Overclockers New Zealand
"What is R9600XT Extreme? It is simply an overclocked R9600XT offered by Gecube/Gigacube. The default core/memory clocks are raised from 500C/600M to 500C/700M. Other than the higher memory clock advantage, GeCube R9600XTE's architecture is the same as any other R9600XT."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-In-Wonder 9600 XT Review @ Tech-Mods
"When it comes to middle of the road GFX cards you don't think of a card that might have enough clock speed to get you a ticket with your preferred driving game or have ample power to keep you upright all through the night while your attire of camouflage is inches from the enemy line in your favorite first shooter gaming adventure! And you probably wouldn't be thinking of a middle of the road GFX card that would have enough features to let you pause and record not only live TV but also FM radio, Capture and edit home movies, turn your PC into a full featured television that can be remotely controlled with the most advanced second generation RF remote control currently on the market to date! Well today we'll be looking at The ATI All-IN-WONDER 9600 XT a GFX card that not only has all the advanced multimedia options but also possesses the world's fastest mainstream VPU!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Polo 12 420w Power Supply Review @ A1-Electronics
"For those of you looking for the easy life with a complete computer power supply package you cannot go wrong with this Thermaltake Polo 12 Silent Purepower 410w package in its very stylish grey/silver finish and Blue power supply LED."

More information on this review can be found here.
I-Star 400W + 400W Redundant ATX PSU Review @ OCIA
"One thing to note here is that both power supplies are fed from the same AC source. I-Star also has redundant power supplies that have two AC inputs so that you can hook one input up to a battery backup and one to a backup generator if you absolutely have to guarantee the system will not shut down due to power loss. For this project however, one AC input will work just fine as I am not running a corporate server off of this power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.

OCIA T-Shirt Design Contest

"OCIA.net has teamed up with several of our sponsors in order to create the ultimate case cooling prize package. Our goal in gathering up the prizes for this contest is to assist the winners in cooling down their hot rig, which will in turn allow for plenty of OverClocking! OCIA.net is in need of a new t-shirt design, and this is where you come in. Put your graphic design skills to the test and submit your best design for entry into the contest."

More information on this contest can be found here.
MNPCTECH Case Handles Review @ Voided Warranty
"These case handles are a perfect solution for anyone that moves their computer around frequently or if you attend LAN Parties. They are stylish and are easy to install."

More information on this review can be found here.
TekGems Creative Labs PC Multimedia Remote Control Review @ ExtensionTech
"At $15.00 USD shipped, this thing is the perfect addition for anyone that craves a remote for their PC. Imagine yourself on your couch with your HTPC across the room, and the phone rings. You pick up your remote, and hit pause. There, your remote has just paid for itself."

More information on this review can be found here.
Comp USA Black ATX Case Review @ Creative Mods
"High end cases these days can cost over 300 hundred dollars. Made from the finest materials and with the best features, these cases set the standard for what a case should be. But not all of us can afford 300 dollars for a single case. Buying things to improve the visual appeal of a case like fans, lights, and paint add to the costs of a modding project. Because the costs of modding can be so very high, I decided to start a project with the absolute cheapest case I could possibly find. My search ended at the local Comp USA, where they were selling black Comp USA brand ATX cases for a mere 20 dollars."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek Antarctica Water Cooling Kit Review @ System Cooling
"So what’s new over at Asetek these days? Asetek, most famous for their extreme cooling VapoChill, recently added a new CPU water block to their WaterChill line up called the Antarctica. It arrived here packaged in a kit with some components that promise maximum performance along with a low noise level and easy installation. We have bold claims as to it being the best and the parts are in hand, so let's see what happens."

More information on this review can be found here.

Arctic Cooling Cpper Silent 2L Heatsink Review

"A few weeks ago, we gave you one of the first looks at a new heatsink for P4 systems from arctic-cooling, called the Super Silent 4Pro L. Today, we'll give you the lowdown on the kissing cousin to this heatsink, for AMD systems, called the Copper Silent 2L. The heatsinks have much in common, but there are also some fundamental differences that allow the 2L to perform well on an AMD based system. We'll see if the design is as adept at cooling the small-die AMD as it is the P4, with its large heat spreader."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, March 18, 2004
Network Media Station Boxster Review @ Nordic Hardware
"Many people take a step back when you mention the word Microsoft, but you can say what you want but very many of you out there are using Windows XP on your home computers. There are resources behind the company and they have really put time and energy into this product, but foremost they have listened to the customer and their thoughts. All this put together has become Media Center 2004, a to us very positive experience purely spontaneous."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Musketeer 2 LLC-U03 Review @ 8BallsHardware
"Sporting more cool retro analogue dials with a smattering of color backlighting, case mod enthusiasts have yet another gadget to stuff into their spare drive bays. We give you, the CoolerMaster Musketeer2."

More information on this review can be found here.
Super Flower Fan Master Review @ Tech-Mods
"Fans are very simple to connect together. The hardest part will be hiding the 20" extension cables they have generously included. Using the Fan extension cables run them from your case fans to your vacant 5.25 where you are planning to mount your Fan Master control unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hunter Series Gamer Keyboard Review @ Ohls-Place
"The best of both worlds combined into one. A full-sized keyboard that is set up for Microsoft Office, your multimedia needs and Internet surfing, Yet still has all of the nice full size keys one comes to expect in a good gaming keyboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle AN50R Athlon 64 Motherboard Review @ MetkuMods
"Overclocking with AN50R was easy job after I found suitable memory module for overclocking. Motherboard didn't have any problems achieve over 300MHz FSBs if HyperTransport bus speed was kept close to 600MHz. So with some help of the voltage mods and Mach II cooling system motherboard was ready for serious overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.
StormCool Water Cooling Kit Review @ CaseModWorld
"I love the use of copper rather than aluminum and the pump is incredibly silent. Overall this is a great kit for the price and certainly a sound investment to get you started with water cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dual Channel DDR Pentium 4 Chipsets Review @ Tweaktown
"Today we have six Dual Channel DDR Pentium 4 chipsets under the microscope from Intel, VIA, SiS and ATI. Read on as we discover the best Pentium 4 chipset to spend your hard earned dollars on."

More information on this review can be found here.
Biostar K8VHA Pro & K8NHA Pro Review @ Bjorn3D
"Over time I have had mostly good experiences with these boards. These are what I would call the "entry" level boards in the AMD 64 processor line. They have plenty of features for the average user, but overall when push comes to shove they aren't up to par with the best of the best. I experienced a few stability issues with each board, the K8T800 providing the worse show of the two."

More information on this review can be found here.
SiS655TX Chipset Review @ ASE Labs
"With a new memory controller andsome tweaks, this evolution to the 655FX proves to be faster indeed. This is the new chipset to buy for the Pentium 4 boards. Find out why."

More information on this review can be found here.
New DDR2 Modules Launched @ Kingston
Next-generation DDR2 Memory Technology Offers Faster Speeds, Greater Bandwidths, Lower Power Consumption and Enhanced Thermal Performance

Fountain Valley, CA (March 17, 2004), Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of DDR2 memory modules. Shipping immediately in limited quantities, Kingstonâ offers 400- and 533- MHz DDR2 Registered DIMMs, Unbuffered DIMMs and SODIMMs, in capacities up to 1 GB, to support the next-generation computer platforms launching in 2004.

"DDR memory technology has matured and reached its limits, and DDR2 is the new technology that has been chosen by the industry to replace it. DDR2 memory features faster speeds of up to 667 MHz, higher data bandwidths, lower power consumption by about 50 percent, and enhanced thermal performance versus DDR," said Mark Tekunoff, senior technology manager, Kingston. "It's a memory innovation that we expect to see rapidly embraced."

More information on this press release can be found here.
New 2 Gigabyte XMS Pro Series Module Pair @ Corsair
Fremont, CA, March 18, 2004: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced 2 Gigabyte TwinX Pro Series memory modules which consist of a matched pair of 1 Gigabyte modules.

The new TwinX2048-3200PRO is the highest density XMS Pro Series module available to date. The overwhelming success of the company’s 2 Gigabyte TwinX classic XMS modules
prompted development of this XMS Pro Series version of the part. According to Corsair Marketing Director Joe James, “Our high density XMS modules have been very well received by customers, so we’re very pleased to offer an XMS Pro Series module pair in the 2 Gigabyte size. These modules were developed both for memory intensive games and for graphics applications such as digital video editing.”

Corsair Launches Online Corsair Community

"The Case Modding section of the Corsair Community spotlights a few incredible modded systems from master modders like Paul Capello (the Matrix: Regenerator) and Jeffrey Stephenson (the Humidor). “I'm honored to be a part of this exciting new web page for you folks. It's terrific that companies like Corsair take recognition of the modders and this new art form; without your support these amazing mods could not be possible”, said Paul Capello at TheBestCaseScenario.com. In addition, Corsair announced a new Mod of the Month contest. Case modders are invited to submit pictures and specs on their rigs to vie for a spot on the Corsair Case Modding showcase page and for a free set of Corsair XMS Pro Series modules."

More information on this press release can be found here.
nForce 3 250 Review @ Hexus
"With NVIDIA giving the 250-series chips a feature upgrade, a 'fixed' HyperTransport implementation, some new disk based ability with the changed ATA and SATA controller, 1000Mbit/sec Ethernet capability to let marketroids tick a box, along with an all round spit and polish, nForce3 250 is rather good. The hardware firewall for example is a fine chipset level feature upgrade, scoring NVIDIA good brownie points."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 Review @ Legit Reviews
"Today AMD is releasing the next processor in their enthusiast line, the AMD Athlon 64 FX-53. The FX-53 is now the fastest processor that AMD has in their aresnel and packs 64-bit processing for upcoming 64-bit applications. The Athlon 64 FX line is aimed at the heart of the power user, since the processor is unlocked from the factory and offers a 400MHz Dual Channel memory solution."

More information on this review can be found here.

AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 Review @ Hexus

"Intel's Pentium 4 3.4GHz Extreme Edition put the onus back on to AMD's shoulders. We'd call the heavyweight fight pretty even now, although the balance may swing entirely in AMD's favour when 64-bit computing isn't just a thought but a full-blown, usable reality. The trouble is, we were saying the same thing back in the FX-51 review (September 2003). AMD's just keeping that as a bonus, flashy PR feature, for 32-bit performance is damn hot."

More information on this review can be found here.

AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 Review @ [H]ardOCP

"Today AMD is launching the second CPU in the Athlon FX series. With the roll out of the FX-53, clocked at 2.4GHz, the FX-51, clocked at 2.2GHz will be retired from service. While there will certainly be some overlap of the two CPUs in the market place, don't expect much. Few FX-53s have been seen in the wild as of yet and from what we have been told, there are very few on the way to retailers in PIB (Processor In a Box) form. With that said, do not expect the release of the FX-53 to force any big price dips in the FX-51 part. The AthlonFX will remain the flagship CPU with flagship prices to match."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, March 17, 2004
Arctic-Cooling Super Silent 4ProL Heatsink Review @ OCIA
"Installtion of the 4ProL was one of the easiest I've ever done, even easier than Intel's retail P4 heatsink, which has been praised by many, including myself. Installation of the 4ProL was as easy as adding some thermal compound to the processor, placing the heatsink between the retention bracket, and pushing the 4 clips onto the 4 retention posts. The clips only require a little pressure to seat them into position, and makes the heatsink seat firmly to the processor, without using excessive pressure."

More information on this review can be found here.
FlexiGlow FxGamepad Review @ ExtensionTech
"Anyone, yes, anyone, such as an avid gamer, should be satisfied with what the FxGamepad has to offer. Even if you are a modder, no matter how advanced, or new, for that matter, here is the pad to go along with your EL keyboard, or the lighting color scheme of your case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone Product Reviews @ 1SweetPC
"The SilverStone 3.5” I/O Module is a solid product if you are looking for the ports. If you don’t need these ports you are probably better off getting a Rheobus to fill your 3.5” drive bay, as that has more practical use."

More information on the 1st review can be found here. More information on 2nd review can be found here.
Athlon 2500+ Overclocking @ Neoseeker
"Pushing the envelope on an XP-M gets easier because as you increase the Front Side Bus and increase the unlocked multiplier you are required to add more power to the CPU by increasing the Vcore; since the default Vcore of the X-MP is 1.45V you have much more room to play with. Now that we have an understanding of the potential, we'll test the theory by running stock tests and then overclocking the XP-M and XP and comparing results."

More information on this article can be found here.
Clever Power Silent Series SPS-500 Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"One of the most important, and most overlooked, components in a computer system is the power supply. A lot of problems people report with their computers can be traced back to a faulty power supply. As computer systems grow more powerful people will need power supplies that can handle some serious loads. I'm taking a look at the SPS-500 500Watt PSU from Clever Power. The most exciting feature of this PSU for me is that it has a built-in power strip with 4 AC sockets on the rear of the PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Koolance EXOS Aluminum Review @ System Cooling
"Aluminum, etymology: New Latin, from alumina. A bluish silver-white malleable ductile light trivalent metallic element that has good electrical and thermal conductivity, high reflectivity, and resistance to oxidation and is the most abundant metal in the earth's crust where it always occurs in combination. Being that it's so abundant in the earth's curst, aluminum is also becoming more and more prevalent in the computer industry. We see it used in everything from heatsinks, keyboards, control panels and cases. And it's because of aluminum that we find ourselves today taking a look and the newly redesigned Koolance EXOS. Will the new aluminum frame and refined features push the EXOS to set even a higher-level target for competition to aim for?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Total Home Remote Review @ HTPC News
"One thing I can't stand is to have a ton of Remotes sitting on the Coffee Table. Wouldn't it be nice if you could use just one remote for everything, including your HTPC without breaking the piggy bank? This Total Home Remote might be just what you are looking for if you are in my shoes. If you could control x10 devices as well as all of your HTPC and Home Theater equipment with one easy to use remote, would you want to? Find out if this remote lives up to the hype or falls by the wayside."

More information on this review can be found here.
Demonic XTC P4 Waterblock Review @ Ninjalane
"Demonic Water Cooling has been busy finishing parts for the XTC waterblock and was nice enough to send over the updated components for review. These include an upgraded mounting kit, anodized hose barbs and Pentium 4 poly top."

More information on this review can be found here.
All CoolTech Products on Sale @ Frogtuning


"MTB has received word from our good friends at Frogtuning that right now they have a sale on CoolTech IDRASTATION Water Cooling Kits. This is a self enclosed external water cooling solution that features an advanced electronic control that continuously monitors all the main parameters of the module, controlling the health status of all the components. The informations are visualized on the big 4x20 LCD display, and the system is 100% customizable."

Specifications:

- Cooling system: External all-in-one liquid cooling system
- External shape: Interchangable with different colours covers available
- LCD Display: Interchangable with different backlights available
- User Interface: 4 buttons, 1 LCD with backlight, 4 rows and 20 columns
- Max Cooling power: Up to 236W
- Ventilation: Four 80x80x25 (mm) fans, with thermal control
- Pump : submersible, delivery rate of 550 L/h, delivery height of 130cm, electronically controlled
- Overall dimensions: 545x210x90 (mm)
- Weight: about 5.5 Kg

More information on this sale can be found here.
CrazyPC Demon Case Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Man o` Man I tell ya, It's amazing just how far this whole "custom case" thing has come. I remember back in the day of hours of dremeling holes into some 1mm thick steel, burning out a dozen cutting wheels and wasting an entire afternoon. However today, you need do nothing but surf the web and you'll see literally hundreds of different cases for your PC already pre-modded (if there is such a thing anymore) from their respecitve factories. Most of them are from places like Korea and Taiwan where the labor is cheap and the output is strong (just like the quakes!). They've been coming over to the USA in ship loads and their certainly doesn't look to be a lull anytime soon."

More information on this review can be found here.
Win a Custom Painted Case from Lunamods @ PimpRig
"Create the most over-all kick ass design to be applied to a Cheiftec Dragon case. Entry deadline is April 16th, 2004.

1st Place Wins (picked by PR staff): Custom painted Cheiftec Dragon case using your newly created design or another design of your choosing, and a PimpRig T-Shirt. As a bonus, if the 1st place winner includes the PimpRig.com title graphic or the PR logo in the design the will also win a Dremel MultiPro Kit.

2nd Place Wins (picked by PR members): Dremel MultiPro Kit and PimpRig T-Shirt.

3rd - 5th Place Wins: PimpRig T-Shirt.

More information on this contest can be found here.

Zalman 5.1 Surround Sound Headphones Review

"After checking the wires, I found out that the center channel is wired to the center speakers in Mono! This kind of shocked me, but it means that they could option for 7.1 surround sound with some wiring or driver tricks, perhaps in the future? As I took a closer look at the speakers, I noticed that the center speakers were different. The center speakers are 32 ohm speakers while the outer two are 16 ohms. If you think about it, it makes sense to limit the impedence of the speaker right over your ear to the ones that are away from them."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Updated Computer FAQs @ TechFreaks
"TechFreaks has updated their Frequently Asked Questions FAQ) Guide today (March 15th) featuring guides on playing .m4p files in WinAMP, gaining more control over User Accounts and removing Driver Signing validation warnings."

More information on this FAQ can be found here.
IOGEAR MiniView III 4 Port KVMP Switch Review @ Voided Warranty
"If you have several computers as I do, you know that desktop real estate is used up pretty quickly by monitors, keyboards and mice. IOGEAR has a perfect solution with the 4 port KVMP Switch."

More information on this review can be found here.
Part 2: Vantec Cable Sleeving Kits Video Review @ 3DGameman
"These Vantec Cable Sleeving Kits are fantastic, and really tidy up the cable mess associated with power supplies. They come in 5 different colors: black, blue, UV red, UV yellow and UV green. While they look great when installed, the complete modding procedure can take quite some time and requires a lot of patience. Also, two kits are recommended to ensure enough materials for the job."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Trendware 2 Port KVM Switch Review @ IceTeks
"In this review, we will look at a 2 port KVM switch that I bought for my business, and realized it was very good, and even worth reviewing. I have a 4-port switch for the server room, but it's a manual one and while it gets the job done, it never really impressed me all that much, and sometimes I need to play around with the knob to get a good video connection with decent colors. But this switch is solid state and electronically switches like mentioned above, so there's no problem with partially connected video and such."

More information on this review can be found here.
Noise Isolator PWM Fan Speed Controller Review @ The Crucible
"The Noise Isolator PWM Fan Speed Controller worked flawlessly. I could not have been more pleased with the results. I had no problems running high power fans, and lights all at the same time. While I don't recommend that you try running more then the rated power output of this device, it is good to know it can handle a significant load with ease."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax A8 5.25 Fan Controller Review @ Ascully
"The product comes in some awesome retail packaging. Fan controllers usually come in those nasty blister packs that take a bodybuilder to open, but things are different with the Enermax controller. The box is obviously aimed at retail stores. The box explains everything you need to know about the product and lets you actually see the product through the front window. Now this isn't the cheapest fan controller, selling for around $45 on Xoxide.com, but with the high price comes one awesome sturdy product."

More information on this review can be found here.
PMI Turbo Memory PC3200 Review @ FastLaneHW
"Today we're going to review some memory from a company that is new to most of you, called PMI. They've given us their Turbo Memory Series 512MB PC3200 kit for review today, which consists of a matched pair of 256MB sticks with gold heatspreaders."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS TwinX PC4400 Memory Review @ CoolTechZone
"Corsair is one name that no enthusiast can forget or shouldn't forget. After all, Corsair is the leading memory manufacturer who truly targets the enthusiasts with super fast memory modules. Memory is the key to any system and us enthusiasts are looking for something beyond the value RAM's approach. Value RAM is good for pre-manufactured systems from companies like Dell and HP. We are looking for something that goes above and beyond its specifications. Corsair's sole purpose is to cater us, the enthusiasts."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TwinX1024-4000PRO Memory Review @ LAN Addict
"This kit consists of a pair of 512MB sticks of DDR500 RAM. The TwinX1024-4000PRO DIMMs come with an added bonus. Each DIMM has 18 activity LEDs on it, shading from yellow to orange to red, three pairs of each color. These LEDs are attached to the black heat spreaders that are installed on the DIMMs. If you have a windowed case, this gives you yet another set of lights for everyone to admire while you're busy fragging them!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Acousticase C6607B Case Review @ SweMOD
"More and more people are jumping on the ”Quiet PC” bandwagon, and more and more products are heading against this rapidly growing market, so is the case we are reviewing today. The case is a case from AcoustiProducts called AcoustiCase C6607B. There is also a white version of this case called C6607A. Keep on reading to find out more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek Antarctica Water Block Review @ A1-Electronics
"The Asetek Antarctica is really designed for the Asetek WaterChill system with its larger tubing and larger water flow rates than our Thermaltake Aquarius III cooling system with its small water pump and small pipes."

More information on this review can be found here.
3R System R101 Aluminum Casing Review @ HardwareZoom
"The first thing that caught my attention is the Front Sliding Door. After you have flipped open the door, you can actually slide it to the left side of the casing. The sliding action is smooth and the door is solid. Also, there is a sticker near the door that shows the function of each buttons and how the sliding door works. Basically you press thee select button to read the temperatures and up/down to control fan speed"

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, March 15, 2004
Epia M2 10000 Review @ Epiacenter
"This board improves over the M series, by adding a Compact Flash I and II card reader, plus a Cardbus / PC Card slot - both of which are very useful - for example my digital camera, the Canon A300 used to take the photos in this review, uses a Compact Flash card to store pictures, having the slot in the computer will mean I can easily access the pictures on there or put other files on there."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron PX875 Pro Motherboard Review @ Tech-PC
"Overall the Albatron doesn't put in a bad showing, beating the IC7 in a few instances and not too far behind in others. The SiSoft Sandra Arithmetic results are slightly odd but don't seem to be reflected in any other test results so can just be put down as one of those things, perhaps a new BIOS will sort things out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Overclocking the AMD Mobile Athlon XP CPU @ FastLaneHW
I purchased the AMD Mobile 2400+ for $84, when I first heard of the overclockability of the chip. I was taking a risk with this, because you cannot expect to get the same performance as someone else with the same hardware, but I had faith. Three days later, I had received a IQZFA0348TPMW stepping XP 2400-M. I couldn't wait. Let the overclocking begin."

More information on this article can be found here.
Spring Fever Contest @ Tech-Mods
"Spring Fever has got the best of us here at Tech-Mods, and we love having contests so much that we're going to launch our "Spring Fever Contest" What's up for grabs? Three PC-Notetaker electronic pen sets ($70, US value each) Thanks to our sponsor PC-Notetaker.com where you'll find the revolutionary electronic pen that is the world's first device that captures natural handwriting on any surface onto any computing device in real time. Check out how you can win one of your own."

Free stuff rules! More information on this contest can be found here.
Aerocool HT-101 High Tower Heatsink Review @ System Cooling
"Over the past several months, Aerocool has introduced a number of new heatsinks, and they've garnered a reputation not only for the unorthodox looks of their creations, but for performance as well. Today, we're going to take a look at one of the newest of these offerings, the Aerocool HT-101 High Tower, a heatsink that is unlike any other that you've ever seen. We'll find out if it's all just flash, or if it has performance to go with its unique looks."

More information on this review can be found here.

Microcool Chipset Cooler Review

"When Microcool released their NorthPole northbridge cooler, they included with it a set of heatsinks intended to cool the MOSFET and clock generator chips on the motherboard. For many people, this was their introduction to cooling individual chips on the board, although diehard enthusiasts has been doing it for some time. Microcool has now taken the concept of chip cooling to new levels with the introduction of their SouthSink southbridge cooler, along with tiny heatsinks for even the smallest board chips, which they call MicroSinks. We were sent an entire collection of these heatsinks to play with, and we're going to find out if they can help the cooling freak extract a little extra heat from their system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Artic-Cooler VGA Silencer Review @ Spode's Abode
"Compared to the 9800 Pro stock cooler cooling to 79.6c (according to them), its high speed mode cools to 47C at the same noise level. Its low speed setting is 50% of the noise and cools to 58C. Clearly these will depend on case temps, clock speeds, brand etc. These claims aren't hard to believe either. Put a huge chunk of metal on a card and you can expect it to run a bit cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soltek EQ3702M Barebone System Review @ PCUnleash
"I have had a couple of slim PCs and HTPC but this was my first experience with a Barebone system. Barebone systems are classified as Small Form Factor PC due to their surprisingly small size and weight. The case, motherboard, and power supply come already assembled, which is an unexpected plus. Today we will look at the EQ3702 Barebone system produced by Soltek. Soltek's EQ3702 has a unique design with an extremely slick and modern look. Besides that, it also has many more features than other Barebone systems."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Weekly Special @ The Cutting Edge
"The special this week is for the Xenix illuminated keyboard in black or silver. It features a blue illumination, 18 Hot keys, hand rest and an on/off switch for the lighting. These are very nice full size keyboards the separate number pad and they are selling this week for only $32.00."

Specifications:
- Black or silver keyboard with blue lighting
- On/off switch for light
- 18 Hot Keys
- Palm rest
- Fullsize keys
- PS/2 connection
- Cheaper than the competition

More information on this special can be found here.
Ahanix D.vine 4 HTPC Case Review @ The Crucible
"The Ahanix D.vine series of cases sets the standard for all to follow when it comes to looks and style for home theater PCs. Sexy sleek and stylish are the three best words I can use to describe the D.vine 4. If you are looking for a case for your home theater system be sure to check out Ahanix D.vine series of cases. One is sure to fit your needs."

More information on this review can be found here.
How to build a HTPC for $1000 @ HTPCNews
"Everyone knew that sooner or later HTPCNews would finally bring you a guide on building a HTPC. Well folks here it is! Our first in a three part series of building HTPC guides, each focusing on a different price bracket. Today's guide is Building a HTPC for around 1000 Dollars. All of the hardware you could need is covered in this guide, along with some looks at the pieces of software that we all love to use in our HTPC's. For those of you who are just now looking into HTPC's, this is for you. For those of you who have been around for a while, you might get some new ideas from it too."

This is a very good detailed guide. More information on this review can be found here.
Biostar iDEQ 200P Athlon64 SFF System Review @ Bjorn3D
"Two other iDEQ systems have made their way into Bjorn3D reviewers' hands, and each was highly praised and awarded with our highest honor - the Bjorn3D Golden Bear Award. Naturally, this made me excited to get my hands on one and see what all the fuss was about. However, as it turns out, I was in store for not quite the same uplifting experience as my fellow reviewers had with the iDEQ 200T and the iDEQ 200N. The iDEQ 200P is one of Biostar's newest models in the iDEQ family, and it is the one we will be taking a look at today. It features support for AMD's Athlon 64 processor by way of NVIDIA's nForce3 150 chipset on Biostar's own K8BNP motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, March 13, 2004
Samsung SyncMaster 192T LCD Display Review @ Monkey Review
"Overlooking the lackluster speaker sound, the SyncMaster 192T is a solid 19" monitor. It offers a brilliant display and the added presets offer a quick transition between video display, gaming and office applications. The dual source inputs are a nice touch, adding the ability to hookup both a VGA connection and/or DV-I connection. With its crisp display, gaming is more than acceptable and day to day desktop operations are above average with the SyncMaster 192T."

More information on this review can be found here.
Part 1: Vantec Cable Sleeving Kits Video Review @ 3DGameman
"These Vantec Cable Sleeving Kits are fantastic, and really tidy up the cable mess associated with power supplies. They come in 5 different colors: black, blue, UV red, UV yellow and UV green. While they look great when installed, the complete modding procedure can take quite some time and requires a lot of patience. Also, two kits are recommended to ensure enough materials for the job."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Kool Solutions Chill Vent Revisited @ System Cooling
"When last we visited the Kool Solutions Chill Vent II, which we reviewed here, it was humming away happily on our AMD test system, having reduced temperatures on an already efficient cooling system by 2-3ºC. This improvement got us to wondering what kind of improvement we could get on a somewhat less robust cooling system. This, along with the fact that we really wanted to do some testing on a P4 based rig convinced us to take our evaluation on step further."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Aeroflow 2 Review @ Think Computers
"Vantec has come out with yet another great heatsink, the Aeroflow 2. It is the predecessor to the "Aeroflow Premium CPU Cooling Fan". The Aeroflow 2 packs more of a punch with a powerful 70mm fan the is quieter and more reliable than its predecessor. The AeroFlow 2 also features a larger copper core and an enhanced 4-way aluminum fin design that not only draws heat away faster, but allows more air to reach the CPU itself."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston HyperX PC4000 1Gig Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ Tweaknews
"When it comes to memory, there are several manufacturers on the market to cater to your current requirements. But, if you are on a mission to find "quality" memory, there are only a handful that you should be selecting from and I can assure you, Kingston should definitely be on your short list. The PC4000 dual channel kit reviewed today performed exactly as it should with no instability or problems of any kind. Just insert them in your motherboard, adjust your BIOS settings accordingly, and enjoy the performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
2xPCI GFX Review @ Nordic Hardware
"Today we take a look at two lightweighters on the graphics card market. These products use the PCI interface instead of AGP (which is standard today). In short, a review for you without a free AGP slot. For those of you who do not have a mainboard with integrated graphics, who do not
ave an AGP slot and do not wish to play games, these cards may be to consider. In short, they work as the old time's 2D cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Performance Mousepad Roundup @ Virtual-Hideout
"The current lineup is definately a huge step in the right direction. People are putting a lot of time and effort into designing products for gamers these days so that our experience can be pleasant and take care of our competitive whims. All the pads reviewed were great and like I imagined, each has it's own respective feeling and deserves to have some real information about each pad listed for people to read up before they shell some money out. Each surface is very different and the market isn't as simple as Plastic vs. Cloth anymore."

More information on this review can be found here.
Modding 101 Pt 3 - Cladding and Plating @ Bit-Tech
"In this, part 3 of this series of modding articles I shall be turning my attention to cladding and plating. Specifically cladding a case with plexi rather than actually constructing a case from plexi. Added to that and just for fun I shall show you how to trim your case with real gold plating to add a touch of style."

More information on this project can be found here.
The NES Home Theatre PC System Modification Project @ Futurelooks
"Over a year ago I toyed with the idea of building a small HTPC inside a Classic NES (Nintendo Entertainment System). I wanted it to play Divx Movies, MP3s and retro games. It also had to have the original Nintendo controllers function as the systems mouse and game pads. Lastly I wanted it to discreetly conceal its new purpose in life regardless of what angle people looked at it."

More information on this project can be found here.
NZXT Guardian ATX Tower Case Review @ hardCOREware
"The case model we will be looking at today is the NZXT Guardian which comes in six standard colors: black, silver, blue, orange, yellow and green. The Guardian's case design is a take on a knights armour and looks quite impressive straight out of the box. Personally the blue model we were sent reminds me a little of Optimus Prime from The Transformers, which makes it just that much cooler!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 8S655TX Ultra & 8VT880 Ultra Review @ Legion Hardware
"The Gigabyte 8S655TX Ultra is a slightly better performer, especially when it comes to programs that rely on memory bandwidth. Generally, motherboards from other highly rated manufacturers such as ASUS and MSI supporting the SiS 655TX chipset, are priced around the $100~$110 US mark. Boards boasting the PT880 chipset from the same manufacturers just mentioned, retail for just $70 US. Gigabyte has done something extraordinary, placing both their VIA PT880 and SiS 655TX solutions in the same price range."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, March 12, 2004
Sunbeam Fan Duct Kit Review @ Creative Mods
"CPUs often times do not get as much cooling as they need. Luckily, there are many options out there to help combat high temperatures and to preserve the life of your hardware. One of the many options available are air ducts to supply CPU heatsinks with fresh air from the outside of the case, instead of using warm air inside of the case. Today, thanks to 2CoolTek, I had the opportunity to review a fan ducting kit made by Sunbeam."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultimate Athlon XP Overclocking @ Guru Review
"Now that AMD is shifting to 64 bit computing with their Athlon 64/FX and Opteron CPUs the days are numbered for Socket A systems. However, there is still a strong market out there for Socket A based systems due to their relatively low price and their relatively high performance.
In this review I hope to show you what is possibly the best motherboard, CPU and RAM combination available for a Socket A based system, especially when it comes to overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 173P LCD Monitor Review @ Overclockers Club
"Everyone has heard of LCD monitors, many own them and the rest of us envy their desk space, but what makes an LCD monitor so desirable? Are they an improvement over CRT? Well, Samsung's monitors are among the best in the world, so the standards are being set high today as we dive into the world of LCD monitors. Today we'll be looking at a brand new LCD monitor from Samsung that has not yet been released, the SyncMaster 173P. The SyncMaster 173P was built with the following three things in mind; Slim, Simple, and Stylish. This monitor is one slick piece of work. From the silver bezel, to the beveled edges and trim, to the simple, understated but sleek fashion, this monitor has good looks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech QuickCam Orbit Review @ Designtechnica
"If you're sick of the same old webcam design, the Logitech QuickCam Orbit will breathe life into your online chatting. It looks techy-elite, offers good image quality, is compatible with all major instant messengers, and sports a great list of features. Even though you'll pay a premium price with an MSRP of $129.95, you'll be getting a premium product. Functionally, it provides every feature you could want in a webcam. While the software could use some refinements and the mechanics are a bit distracting, the Orbit is fine product where it counts."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech MX 510 Performance Optical Mouse Review @ BJorn3D
"I had absolutely no problems using the MX 510 during general app use and during hours of gaming. It has many nice improvements over the MX 500 (and the entire first generation MX family for that matter) thanks to the new MX Optical Engine. You can't deny that it's one of the best performing mice around. Plus, it's also one of the best looking. The red, 'reflex finish' looks awesome. It's very unique and will definitely spark conversations (and envy) at LAN events. The MX 500 and Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 4.0 look quite boring next to the MX 510."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman MFC1 Fan Controller Review @ FastLaneHW
"Since I've been running one of my systems heavily overclocked lately, I've had a need for fast, whiny, high cfm fans. Today I'll be reviewing a product from Zalman. I've got their ZM-MFC1 Fan Controller to tame these wild fans to a tolerable level, and keep the family off my shoulders."

More information on this review can be found here.
Altec Lansing 251 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers @ HardExtreme
"Looking for a quality speaker system? Picking out a speaker system is not as easy as you think. There are many options available on the market depending on your needs. Speaker systems can range from sub $100 to as high as a few thousand dollars. Manufacturers have speaker systems developed for gamers, music lovers, etc. It's confusing to pick out a speaker system. One may think but I listen to music and play games so what is the right solution for me? Altec Lansing's site is laid out very nicely and has a music and gamer category with suggested models layed out. The Altec Lansing 251 5.1 surround sound speaker model is marketed as one of their gaming models. I have always been a fan of Altec Lansing speakers. They seem to pack performance into their speakers at relatively inexpensive prices."

More information on this review can be found here.
Case Master V828 FireBird Server Case Review @ Madshrimps
"The plug and play attitude of this case is simply amazing; with a few clicks and tricks you have the whole case disassembled and ready for motherboard insertion. Although it suffers from the known “un-removable motherboard-tray” feature, the inside offers enough room to work with even the largest motherboards on the market (Dual Xeon/Opteron would fit nicely inside)"

More information on this review can be found here.
DangerDen RBX AMD Athlon64 Waterblock Review @ The Crucible
"Well DangerDen sure did not disappoint. The RBX bested our best air cooling by four degrees. For anyone looking at a water cooling solution for your Athlon64/FX the RBX is a great choice. Keep in mind that a high flow rate pump is needed to achieve good temperatures."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerocool HT-101 AMD/P4 HSF Review @ Viper Lair
"The single fan performance is slightly better (1-2°C) than I've seen with a Thermalright SLK-800 and Swiftech MCX462+ using Delta 68cfm fans. The superconductor tubes are for real, and likely the major reason why we see the HT-101 do so well today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Global WIN Travel Box External HDD Enclosure Review @ System Cooling
"For people who need to transport large amounts of data, portable hard drives have been a boon. Their growing opular has spawned new solutions from a variety of manufacturers. One thing many have realized is that most portable hard drives are no bargain. Consequently, the solution of choice for many is to simply buy the empty box, and make their own hard drive portable. It's an effective and inexpensive method of making your data mobile. The hard drive box we're looking at today is the Global WIN Travel Box, a light, compact unit that comes in a variety of interfaces. We'll give it a thorough thrashing and let you know if it's worth your hard-earned money."

More information on this review can be found here.

Super Flower TTGI SF-550MT Power Supply Review

"Producing a clean, reliable source of power is not enough to guarantee a market for a power supply unit these days. As is always the case, users want more. They want looks, they want flexibilty, and they also want bells and whistles. The power supply we're looking at today, the Super Flower TTGI SF-550MT, aspires to fill all of these needs and more, and by the time we're done, we'll know if Super Flower has succeeded or not."

More information on this review can be found here.
CasEdge Diabolic Minotaur Case @ NextGen Electronics
"CasEdge has developed one of the more unique and "in your face" cases that the market has ever seen in it's Diabolic "Minotaur" Midtower ATX Gaming case. It's designed to scare the hell out of little children, make the government force an upgrade in the DEFCON rating, and fill gamers and serious upgraders with a well of pride."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Cyberathlete Extreme World Championships Starts Today!
"TFL to host Toronto Counter-Strike Qualifiers for the $200,000 CPL Extreme Summer Championships at March 12-14 2004 at Toronto Games.

Toronto Fun League (TFL), Canada's largest LAN gaming league, and LANGM, Canada's premier LAN gaming event organizer today jointly announced that they will be hosting the first international qualifier of The Cyberathlete Extreme World Championships, which runs from March 12 - 14, 2004 at the massive 60,000 square feet Toronto Games facility.

Date: March 12, 2004 - March 14, 2004
City : Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Location : Toronto Games, 169 Eastern Avenue,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5A 1H7

Official CPL Tournament : Counter-Strike 5v5
Official TFL BYOC Tournaments :
WarCraft III The Frozen Throne 1v1
WarCraft III The Frozen Throne 2v2
Starcraft Broodwar 1v1
Starcraft Broodwar 2v2
Call Of Duty 6v6

The qualifier, the largest of its kind and biggest gaming event ever held in Toronto, will feature the official CPL 5v5 Counter-Strike tournament to be held at the gaming arena on identical match computers. The winners will proceed to the CPL Canada Finals from which 2 teams will be sent airfare and hotel included, to compete for the $100,000 USD CS portion of the Cyberathlete Extreme World Championships in Dallas, Texas.

The event will also feature a 300+ BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) Counter-Strike tournament and various gaming tournaments such as Warcraft III The Frozen Throne, Starcraft Broodwar and Call of Duty. BYOC fees have been reduced to $30 per person (includes all FREE SIDE tourneys).

An event this big requires the joint effort of partners and we would like to acknowledge the assistance and support of our partners Toronto Games, CompuSmart and Bawls."

More information on this event can be found here
Thursday, March 11, 2004
Global Win Silent Stream Water Cooled Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"Using our New heatsink test rig we review the super Global Win SilentStream water cooled heatsink so that you can see how well it works using our new heatsink test rig. We are also adding our own dual-80mm fan radiator we used with the latest Thermaltake Aquarius III to see how much of an improvement in cooling adding this radiator to the Global Win SilentStream makes."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone 2.5" USB External Box Review @ Steamed Turtle
"External Hard Drives are a great thing; they allow us to move a huge amount of data in something you can slip into your pocket. The whole thing is usually powered by USB (in this case it is) and requires no other power source. That makes things very convenient. Today we'll be taking a look at the SilverStone 2.5" USB External Box and seeing how it performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec NXP-205 Review @ Extensiontech
"The Vantec NXP-205 has been out now for almost a year, here is my strange sort of documentary. The NXP-205's did have a some problems along the way, but all of them have been solved. Perhaps you didn't even know about some of the issues, but I'll show you them here."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman External 5.1Ch USB Sound Card (ZM-RSSC) Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Zalman External 5.1 Channel USB Sound Card (ZM-RSSC) is an ideal product for anyone who has basic 2 channel audio on their notebook or desktop computer system. Adjusting each channel is simple with the volume controls for the center, subwoofer, front and rear speakers. It's very easy to install, configure and offers great sound quality."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Cooler Master ATCS-710-GX1 Review @ Tech Angel
"Cooler Master were possibly the pioneers of the whole "stylish computing" genre. It might be hard to believe for some of you but back in the day we used coffee and/or cigarette smoke stained beige desktop cases with 14" monitors perched on top, and clunky keyboards alongside mice with 2 buttons and no wheel. We knew no better, that to us was computing. Nowadays everyone seems to have a silver case with perspex windows wherever there's space, neon lights, illuminated fans and a sound sensitive strobe light. But let's take a step back to the earlier days of this new breed of computer enclosures at one of the early models from Cooler Master, the ATCS 710 enclosure. This is the first of three coolermaster case reviews, so watch this space."

More information on this review can be found here.
SiS 655FX Chipset Review @ ASE Labs
"SiS makes some great chipsets. The 655FX is the first dual channel SiS chipset for the Pentium 4 platform. It targets the Springdale market, and it does it well. It is even faster than the Springdale!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin Thermal Center TC-02BK Review Review @ Overclockers Club
"We've seen our fair share of thermal monitors in the past, and one thing is for sure, no two have been exactly the same. Today, we'll be taking a look at another thermal monitor, the Kingwin Thermal Center. With three thermal probes and three fan speed monitors, the Kingwin Thermal Center doesn't appear to be the most sophisticated thermal monitor out there, but it does have one unique quality, it automatically adjusts fan speeds based on temperatures recorded from the associated thermal probe."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic-Cooling Super Silent 4Pro L HSF Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Arctic-Cooler 4Pro L is an inexpensive alternative for the budget case modder. The 4Pro L cools a little better than the retail HSF unit by a few degrees. This is largely due to the fact that the 4Pro L has more fins on the heatsink than the retail stock HSF unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Extreme Volcano12 Review @ Kande.be
"Nowadays the heatsink market is really full with brands and types of coolers. Some go for silence while others try to be the best cooling solution for the processors of today. Today we are going to take a look at this Thermaltake Extreme Volcano 12 and see what it does with our Athlon Xp 2500+ Barton."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SLK-948U Heatsink Review @ CoolTechZone
"Cooling is one of the major concerns for an enthusiast. We like to overclock our processors to ultimate speeds but for those of us who can't afford water-cooling kits, it's hard to reach the unbelievable speeds. For affordable thermal solutions, we turn to air-based heatsinks. We want something that works just as well as some of the affordable water-cooling kit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool CUF-715 Socket A Heatsink Review @ BigBruin
"One very nice surprise is the mounting clip. Not only does it take advantage of all three lugs on both sides, it is hinged on the tool side and proved very easy to use. Latch the first side down under the three lugs, insert a flat blade screwdriver into the capture, and just hinge the second side onto the lugs. One of the nicest socket mount clips I have ever used. Should become the standard,
it is that good."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool "Magic Cooler" MAG-01 Heatsink Review @ 3DXtreme
"Today at 3DXtreme we have the great pleasure of reviewing the "Magic Cooler" MAG-01 Heatsink by Evercool. Yet again Evercool has given us the chance to voice our opinion about one of their new products in their product line. The MAG-01 is versatile enough to carry out multiple CPU applications while keeping performance differences to a minimum. This "Magic Cooler" has many different applications by having the ability to be installed on many different socket types."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
Tagan TG480-U01 Power Supply @ PC-Review
"One of the most overlooked components during a PC build is often the power supply, neglected as one of those items that should just 'work'. The sad truth of the matter is, all power supply units are not created equal. Tagan have released the new TG480-U01 as a high end PSU, aiming to quench the thirst for power in even the mightiest of systems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Black Icemat 2 Review @ FastLaneHW
"Earlier, we reviewed the Black Icemat, which we found to be an excellent mousepad with one small shortcoming, the size was just a little too small for my liking. Today we get a chance to review the new version of the Icemat, called the Black Icemat 2, which improves on this small shortcoming. Could it be the perfect mousepad?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Beginners Guides to Installing RAID on Desktop PCs @ PCStats
"It's an unfortunate fact that hard disk drives are rather slow at storing and retrieving data. Sure they are faster than CDs, linear backup tapes and other removable media, but compared to actual computer memory, they lag behind massively. The mechanical nature of hard disk technology will always hold it back when compared to a purely electronic storage devices such as a stick of RAM. The thing is, our reliance on hard drives has if anything increased over the years, while the technology they are based on has changed little."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Hidden Space on Hard Drives @ AllHardwareZone
"The Ghost trick did not seem to take advantage of this hidden space on my Seagate drive and merely created overlapping partitions. So what can you do with this trick? Well for one, you can show your friends what a wicked hacker you are and that you have a 500GB hard drive!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
Belkin Nostromo n50 Speed Pad Game Controller Review @ PimpRig
"One could write a 30+ page book on how to really tweak out your profiles with the software, so I’m going to Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS) in this review and just stick to what is used most common, Shift Keys, Single Keys and Macros."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCX478-V Heatsink Review @ Viper Lair
"Another interesting observation is with the slower Enermax fan, the MCX478-V is only 1°C warmer than the MCX4000 with the Tornado. It looks like Swiftech achieved their goal of good performance with less noise."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool Personal Computer Air Conditioner Review @ Ohls-Place
"We all get a bit to warm in the summer time and need to crank up the old AC from time to time, well now Evercool has come up with a Personal Computer Air Conditioner for your computer. Using a 80mm 100 CFM turbine blower to expel hot from your computer. So come on along and find out if this little unit can help put the chill on this overclocked AMD 2500 processor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Musketeer 2 Review @ hardCOREware
"If you are looking for another 5.25" drive bay accessory, but already have a good fan controller/temp monitor, you may be wondering what else is out there. How about the brand new Musketeer 2 from Cooler Master? The Musketeer 2 has an original look, with awesome looking analog gauges to monitor sound levels and HDD activity. On top of that, it is available in 2 finishes to match black or aluminum cases, and the backlit dials light up in seven individual colors. The Musketeer 2 is virtually guaranteed to match up with any case on the planet!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolmax Gemini External HDD Enclosure Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"This is one of those cool products that many people sitting at their computer one day happen to dream up as an interesting product, not realizing that it is already on the market. I'd always thought it would be nice to be able to take my hard drive with me to a lot of places so I'd be able to access all my data, but knew that it was impractical for an internal hard drive. Not anymore, this product makes it extremely simple to take your internal 3.5" hard drive, put it in a strong and attractive housing, and use it with any computer that has a USB interface."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech Apogee 5700 Ultra Video Card Review @ Ninjalane
"The Chaintech Apogee AA5700U is a very solid card that not only performs well but also has enough overclocking headroom to boost performance up by 20% across the board."

More information on this review can be found here.
nForce 3 250Gb Preview @ The Modfathers
"As I only ever run on striping. What was interesting was that it allows you to create a striping RAID out of a mixture of SATA drives and PATA drives. Though you will be running at the slower speeds of the PATA drive, it does mean that you can move to SATA gradually."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIA KT880 Chipset Review @ Hexus
"nForce2 Ultra 400 has been around since July 2003, some seven months. Plain nForce2 has been around for over a year. While KT880 may boast better base features than nForce2 in some respects (SATA), it's still deficient and reliant on other chips for others (FireWire). With NVIDIA ruling the 32-bit AMD enthusiast market with iron fists, VIA are going to find it hard to break into the market with KT880, given that performance is barely more than KT600, if at all, and it still lags behind NVIDIA's effort in that respect."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Nimiz SST-TJ03 Aluminum Case Review @ System Cooling
"Creating the ultimate case is not easy. It's a fine balancing act between quality, workmanship, features, price and performance. Many times we see cases succeed greatly in a few of these areas but fail miserably in others. In today's review we'll be taking a look at SilverStone's flagship case the SST-J03 "Nimiz". Will the SST-J03's all aluminum construction; quality, features and value make it the ultimate case?"

More information on this review can be found here.
VIA EPIA ME6000 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review @ Tweaknews
"I am quite happy with the Epia ME6000. Certainly, there are a couple things that I would have liked to see done differently. The ability to handle faster DDR would have been nice, not to mention the availability of more USB headers on the motherboard. And were it possible, an AGP slot would propel this motherboard much further for HTPC users. Lastly, the file transfer on this system is quite slow. However, let's stack that against the boards strong points. Low power consumption, fanless for ultra-quiet operation, geared toward HTPCs and multimedia users, 6 channel sound, embedded MPEG-2 decoder, DDR support up, and the list goes on."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, March 9, 2004
Steelpad Mousepads Review @ Ascully
"Most people think that a Mousepad is very unimportant when it comes to using a computer, after all why pay money for one when optical mice are touted to work perfectly fine on the desk or even your pant leg? Gamers would disagree with this point of view whole heartedly since a good Mousepad can mean life or death in the latest First Person Shooters. Some time ago we were shipped two mouse pads from a company in Denmark that claim to have revolutionized the Mousepad industry as we know it. The pads are so renowned that even the pro gamers are starting to use them. Let's take a look at the Steelpad series of pads."

More information on this review can be found here.

Steelpad 4S Mousepad Review @ Steamed Turtle

"Lately we have been looking at a lot of mouse pads, and trust me there are more to come. Some will be cheap and flimsy; others will be extremely high quality and just better to use. We'll be looking at the SteelPad 4S today, it is probably the most expensive mouse pad I've ever seen in my life; let's see if it's worth all the money you would be spending on it"

More information on this review can be found here.
Pioneer DVR-A06 DVD±RW Review @ TechFreaks
"Pioneer has once again brought another great quality drive to the market. The DVR-A06 is not for everyone though; film makers or people who just want to backup information only need a drive that supports might favor a less expensive and less feature-full drive. For those who like to experiment or have certain equipment that supports one type of DVD format over the other (DVD Players especially), then this is the drive for them. All in all, this drive does what it is advertised to do, even though 8x drives are on market, this is a cheap alternative to try as it is only 4x slower, and most patient people can handle it."

More information on this review can be found here.
LiteOn 8X DVD+-RW Drive Review @ NextGen Electronics
"LiteOn has now released their newest DVD writing device, an impressive USB 2.0 external DVD+-RW drive that can burn DVDs at 8X, currently the fastest on the consumer market. If that wasn't enough it can also burn CDs at 40X and operate for DVD+-RW at 4X, very impressive numbers to say the least."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 172x LCD Monitor Review @ Tech-Mods
"Since we have had the computer taking up home stead, some of us have accustomed ourselves to playing games on our new found toys. Most hardcore computer gamers usually attach themselves to a fast responding CRT monitor, as serious as these speed demons are; they want none other than a display that can keep up with their every move, through the eyes of the serious gamer the LCD monitors of yesterday have not been capable of keeping up with this fast paced virtual worlds created on the screen before them. Well Samsung brings to the table a slim and narrow fasted paced monitor in it’s own right; The Samsung SyncMaster 172X with a response time far quicker than conventional LCD monitors, Today not only will we be looking at it’s sleek design but also to see if it turns out to be friend or foe when it comes to the fast action worlds we create."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM80C-HP Review @ HTPC News
"Are you ready to take the next step into creating your ultra quiet HTPC / PC? Many of us are plagued with noisy VGA coolers that just seem to get louder with time. Today we don't have to put up with that noise anymore! Zalman has a reputation for silencing PC parts, and this new VGA cooler does exactly that. The question is, at what cost? Is there a downside?"

More information on this review can be found here.
FrontX Port Extensions Review @ JustFPS
"I never expected that the FrontX would pose any real use for me or any hardware junkie. We just don't mind getting down and reaching for the back of our PC change devices. However, I overlooked one advantage which I noticed while testing the FrontX. Using headphones always used to be a pain in the neck because the cords were never long enough. My PC is located on the floor so that I can save some more desk space for my laptop. Since the FrontX moved the audio ports to a 5.25" bay, this problem was remedied very nicely."

More information on this review can be found here.
Fortron NoiseBlocker 400W PSU Review @ MetkuMods
"Voltages were what Fortron promises. On "burn" +5 V line was as stable as in idle, but +12 V started to fluctuate a bit on "burn". In my opinion the voltages were excellent and during the test weeks there were no crashes that could have been caused by the power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
Fortron Source FSP350-PN(PF) Review @ Temple of Technology
"The FSP Group that produces the Fortron Source power supplies are one of the leading power supply manufacturers in the world. Their headquarters is based in Taiwan, but their main production facilities are located in mainland China. Their 30 production lines are capable of producing 2 million power supplies each month. That should give you some sense of their size. Many OEMs have been using their power supplies for many years."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic-Cooling Coolers (4ProL & 2L) Video Review @ 3DGameman
"These Arctic-Cooling Coolers look great with the blue LED 80mm fan and offer good cooling performance at a very low price. The 4ProL cooler is designed to fit the Socket 478, is all aluminum with a smooth base and has a great clip design. The 2L cooler fits the Socket 462 and is aluminum with a smooth copper base. However, the clip design on the 2L requires the use of the screwdriver for installation and removal."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Antec SmartPower SL350 PSU Review @ PimpRig
"No doubt you noticed the word “SmartPower”, both in the review title and emblazoned on the box - Antec describes this feature as “intelligent fan control”. The premise is simple enough, the idea being that fan speed (and therefore cooling power) is increased with temperature, with the advantage that the PSU is quieter in low draw setups."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Centurion 2 Case Review @ BigBruin
"The Cooler Master Centurion 2 case should work very well in a workstation environment with no problems. It is a light weight case that is very easy to work with. However, for anyone that wants to take their computer system to the next level (read: Overclock), then you should be prepared to do some modding."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec P160 Aluminum Tower Review @ Viper Lair
"Thumbscrews are used throughout, the HDD's are mounted onto vibration dampening trays, and even the front intake fan is on a removable tray. Antec have also provided a removable motherboard tray and have done lots to cut down on vibration, from rubber grommets to mount the HDD's to plastic strips to back the motherboard tray onto."

More information on this review can be found here.
Graphic Card Cooler Roundup @ Madshrimps
"With modern graphic cards producing as much heat as a modest desktop processor, 3rd party graphic card coolers have changed from being an exotic piece of aluminum owned by geeks to a necessity for silent/cool computing. We tested 7 popular VGA coolers to see which one would suit your needs best, whether you are searching for silence or extra performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, March 8, 2004
Seagate Cheetah 15K.3 SCSI Hard Drive Review @ CoolTechZone
"Fast hard drives are the latest trend in the computer industry. Many manufacturers such as Seagate and Hitachi are now releasing enterprise edition drives that are smaller in size. Although expensive, they get the work done quickly and efficiently in the enterprise environment. The productivity is increasing and the size and prices are decreasing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake's Venus12 AMD K8 Heatsink Review @ The Crucible
"There are not a lot of choices yet for keeping your Athlon64/FX cool. It is a good thing that the choices that are available are good ones. Thermaltake's Venus12 heat sink is a quality product with many functions. It worked very well through out our tests. With the included speed controller and stylish design, Thermaltake's Venus12 is sure to please just about everyone."

More information on this review can be found here.

PSU Sleeving Guide

"So your case is pretty pimped, its got lights and windows, and all kinds of neat stuff. The only thing left is the eye sore of those yellow, red and black power cables. Well today we are going to show you how to mod those cables into slick looking nicely managed ones."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sparkle Geforce FX 5500 Review @ Spode's Abode
We used the same test bed as we did for our round up at Christmas. So we replicated the same benchmarks giving us a very easy comparison. We have bought in the benchmarks from the Sparkle 5600 and Terratec 5200 so we can get an idea of how it compares to it's closest competition for your money."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor 9800XT Review @ Madshrimps
"While most of the reviews out there give you an idea how fast a video card is, almost none show you what the actual visual difference is between a DX8 and a DX9 capable video card. In this article we'll show you what improvements you get when upgrading to a DX9 graphics card, the Powercolor R9800XT (XR98T-D3)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Ultimate Fan Controller Review @ FastLaneHW
"Today we review the Enermax Ultimate Fan Controller, which allows you to control up to four fans, monitor four temperature sensors, and alarms you when temperatures get too high and when fans fail."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soltek SL-5900-FD Review @ Envy News
"Soltek has done well with its GeForceFX SL-5900-FD offering, setting it apart from the rest of the pack. Its cooling unit is truly a step above the standard 5900-class cooler. Extremely thin copper fins which cover a rather large surface area cooled by two quiet fans are just what the doctor ordered. The cooling solution is a single slot solution, thus it doesn't block access to any PCI cards and the card should be able to fit in most SFF cases. Although the purple PCB doesn't aid in any other department besides aesthetics, it’s a welcomed change and may be quite a rather demanded feature by particular case modders."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon 64 Model 3000+ Review @ Hexus
"The Athlon 64 Model 3000+ was a much-needed CPU in AMD's performance lineup. All we now ask for is a 1.8GHz 512kb L2 cache version priced at around £140. That would cover Intel's present Prescott and Northwood range admirably. We've only evaluated the 32-bit side of the processor. Its attractiveness will be further boosted when Windows XP, in particular, launches the final 64-bit version shortly."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Remote Wonder 2 Multimedia PC Remote Control Review @ Tweaknews
"The many programmable buttons mean that you can configure your remote to your liking. The RWII can take care of all of your entertainment needs, from playing tunes in WinAmp, to watching movies and TV via ATI's MultiMedia Center. The unit is much better designed, sitting comfortably in your hand, and the mouse handling is far, far better than that of the RWI. Lastly, the fact that ATI is planning future support for IR Blasters means that this unit will be able to handle your hardware needs for quite some time."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hydor L300 II Water-Cooling Pump Review @ System Cooling
"The Hydor (Seltz) L30 pump has become quite popular with PC water-cooling enthusiasts during the past year. When our good friends at Crazy PC offered to send us a new Hydor L30 II pump to review, I was excited about the opportunity to check one out. In this review we will take an in-depth look at the Hydor L30 II and see how it performs. The specs for the Hydor L30 II are nearly identical to those of the Eheim 1250 but its size is closer to the Eheim 1048, so we will also include side-by side comparisons with these two pumps."

More information on this review can be found here.
Motherboard Design Process @ MBReview
"Why is serpentining used? This process is used in order to meet the target lengths for traces that are determined during the simulation process. This is also used in order to make sure that when the signals travel down the traces, they will meet up at the device in unison. Each signal takes a finite amount of time to travel between the source and destination, called the propagation delay, and therefore, varying trace lengths are needed if one signal needs to arrive at the destination at the same time as another."

More information on this article can be found here.
Corsair TwinX 4400 DDR550 Memory Review @ Hard Extreme
"Whoa, DDR550, is this possible? Intel's Canterwood and Springdale chipsets, released back in April 2003, only support a 200MHz bus speed, but Corsair now has Double Data Rate RAM running at 275MHz, much higher then the stock speed of 200MHz. RAM used to be the limiting factor of a system’s performance, but now it’s the motherboard and the CPU’s ability to reach the huge 275 MHz mark. So all in all, The TwinX 1024 4400 550 DDR will definitely make your computer a kick ass machine, and blazing fast."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin KT-424-BK-WM Case Review @ Overclockers
"It's been a few months since we've taken a look at a case around here, and it's been even longer since we've seen anything from Kingwin. Today we get to kill two birds with one stone with a review of the Kingwin KT-424-BK-WM Case. The Kingwin KT-424-BK-WM is a black case made from an all aluminum construction. It features a clear acrylic glass window, front media ports, 3x case fans, slide out motherboard tray, and a rather unique anti-shock absorber system for hard drives. Can the KT-424-BK-WM give the Lian Li PC-70 a run for it's money? Read on and find out!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe's e-OTONASHI Fanless M-ITX Case Review @ PyroPort
"Scythe are well known for their ambitious products, including a totally fanless P4 heatsink. Considering the very high heat output of the P4 CPU this is quite an achievement. As this case is a small and lightweight totally fanless setup, could we be looking at the holy grail for silent Mini-ITX project designers?"

More information on this review can be found here.
The Cyberathlete Extreme World Championships Reminder!
"TFL to host Toronto Counter-Strike Qualifiers for the $200,000 CPL Extreme Summer Championships at March 12-14 2004 at Toronto Games.

Toronto Fun League (TFL), Canada's largest LAN gaming league, and LANGM, Canada's premier LAN gaming event organizer today jointly announced that they will be hosting the first international qualifier of The Cyberathlete Extreme World Championships, which runs from March 12 - 14, 2004 at the massive 60,000 square feet Toronto Games facility.

Date: March 12, 2004 - March 14, 2004
City : Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Location : Toronto Games, 169 Eastern Avenue,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5A 1H7

Official CPL Tournament : Counter-Strike 5v5
Official TFL BYOC Tournaments :
WarCraft III The Frozen Throne 1v1
WarCraft III The Frozen Throne 2v2
Starcraft Broodwar 1v1
Starcraft Broodwar 2v2
Call Of Duty 6v6

The qualifier, the largest of its kind and biggest gaming event ever held in Toronto, will feature the official CPL 5v5 Counter-Strike tournament to be held at the gaming arena on identical match computers. The winners will proceed to the CPL Canada Finals from which 2 teams will be sent airfare and hotel included, to compete for the $100,000 USD CS portion of the Cyberathlete Extreme World Championships in Dallas, Texas.

The event will also feature a 300+ BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) Counter-Strike tournament and various gaming tournaments such as Warcraft III The Frozen Throne, Starcraft Broodwar and Call of Duty. BYOC fees have been reduced to $30 per person (includes all FREE SIDE tourneys).

An event this big requires the joint effort of partners and we would like to acknowledge the assistance and support of our partners Toronto Games, CompuSmart and Bawls."

More information on this event and to pre-register can be found here.
Saturday, March 6, 2004
Microsoft Windows: Evolution Article @ The Crucible
"With Windows XP SP2 and Windows XP Reloaded just around the corner, we thought we would bring you a little sneak peak at what new features, and what to expect from these new releases. We managed to wrangle up a copy of SP2 Build 2082. This will be one of the last interim builds before SP2 is released within the next two months. With past events and release of Longhorn looming, (even though public release is still a ways away) Microsoft is now taking steps towards a more secure Windows environment. Unfortunately, it has taken much damage, time, and frustration before Microsoft finally recognized and responded to the problems in XP and previous versions of Windows software."

More information on this article can be found here.
XTrac Hammer Mousepad Review @ TechFreaks
"Performance mouse-pads have hit a plateau. The differences between the previous mousepads I've reviewed have been minimal. All pads have slowly deteriorated in performance with use and very few have brought something new to the table. There has been a sudden influx of performance mouse-pads to hit the market and to be honest, none of them have truly impressed me. Enter the XTrac Hammer and the XTrac Mad Dotz."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung 173 MW Widescreen Multimedia LCD Review @ Neoseeker
"Gaming was a bit more of a mixed bag. Some games supported wide screen resolutions out of the box, notably UT2k4, Wolfenstein Enemy Territory, the Far Cry Demo and Max Payne 2 while others had no support for Wide Screen resolutions whatsoever including Sim City 4 and Need for Speed Underground. (Need for Speed Underground was limited to 1024x768 as its maximum resolution). Other games took more work to get working including Halo, Quake 3 and Call of Duty. The wide screen resolution of 1280x768 was not listed in the resolution menu so one has to be familiar with the console commands to do a custom height and width so widescreen support is not exactly user friendly."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tagan TG480-U01 480W Power Supply Review @ Modtown
"Much thought has gone into the design of this PSU. From external looks, such as the smart black finish and twisted/braided cables, to internal design decisions to improve performance such as a neat and tidy layout and giant black anodized heatsinks. The PSU is built to perform and last."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech MX900 Bluetooth Wireless Optical Mouse Review @ Tweaknews
"I am very impressed with this combo. Not only did it perform exceptionally well (both as a gaming and an office mouse), but the Bluetooth integration via the hub makes this a multi-functional device worthy of its price tag. The MX700 made a name for itself as the best mouse available in its price range, and it still maintains that title. However, for those wanting more from their mouse, the MX900 is a clear winner. For those looking to consolidate other Bluetooth devices via a hub, the MX900 is a fantastic option. The software bundle is very user-friendly, yet offers powerful configurations to make your life easier."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilenX IXtrema Pro 350-watt PSU Review @ 1SweetPC
"If this were 400 or 450-watts I would have easily given it the full 10/10. People who buy PSU’s today want them to work for their future upgrades, which may include a more power hungry processor. Overall, this thing rocks! Not only is it incredibaly quiet, it also functions perfectly. The price is right on target as well. Put SilenX on your list of quality power supply makers!"

More information on this review can be found here.
March PC Builder's Guide @ PCUnleash
"Well, so you have decided to build you own PC huh? If you have been sitting in a closet for the past 5 years then I will give you some more info on today's technology. As we get to the next generation of 64 bit processors we start having more and more advances in technology, just think, almost 2 years ago Nvidia released their Geforce 4 lineup! With the to-be releases Half Life 2 and Doom III, they probably won't play on your grandmother's PC, and even though those you may feel set on your hardware for these games, don't be surprised if you have to upgrade again soon!."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT KV8-MAX3 Motherboard Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"ABIT is well known in the enthusiast market for their feature rich and highly overclockable motherboards. With the release of Athlon 64, ABIT designed the KV8-MAX3, which sports a few goodies such as, Guru, Security IDE, OTES (outside thermal exhaust system), and VIA's K8T800 chipset. The mainboard is geared towards the high end enthusiasts who want every bell and whistle available."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SLK-948U Review @ OCIA
"The only solid section of the heatsink is the center portion over the core. This design allows the air to flow through the heatsink and creates a more postive airflow through the heatsink. Warm air is not forced to change direction and exit out left or right from the heatsink but is allowed to flow clear through and then change to be deflected by the motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Real Surround Sound Headphones "Theatre 6" Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Zalman Real Surround Sound Headphones "Theatre 6" are much different than standard headphones. Instead of the standard two speakers found on most headphones these have three per side for a total of six. Also, instead of one jack, these have three, one for the front, rear and center channel audio. Considering the price, this is a great product."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Chenbro Hornet PC-80566 Micro-Tower Case Review @ 3DXtreme
"The Hornet PC-80566 Micro-Tower Case by Chenbro is a cutting edge micro design with a load of great features. The exterior is very stylish and flexible with the multiple front door design. The interior for a micro ATX case is really easy to work with because of the quick release drive bays. Overall, if you going to build the micro system, get a Hornet, you won't get stung."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone HTPC LC-02 Case Review @ SweMOD
"On the left side of the case we find the Silverstone logo, a nice blue color on the silver background. We could also find some holes for air to get in and also fast connection for 2 USB ports, 1 Firewire port and at last one hole for headset and another one for a microphone."

More information on this review can be found here.
A-Top Technology Z-Alien Gaming Case Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"Premodded cases can easily be found in all shapes, sizes and styles now. What I have liked most recently has been the emergence of the custom case/bezel look with a theme. Brian reviewed the Minotaur not too long ago that really emphasized this. One of the most popular themes is the alien theme. Today we have a look at A-Top Technology's stab at this theme with their Z-Alien midtower case. A-Top has done quite a bit more than add a bezel design and some LEDs to make their case different. A custom cut window, filtered case fans and an improved drive rail system to name just a few."

More information on this review can be found here.
Modder Of The Month March @ Creative Mods
"The Modder of The Month for March is Kestrel, A 13 year old who enjoys modding and gaming. He combined his passion for these two things in his latest project, which is based on the upcoming sequel to Half-Life. The HL2 logo was painstakingly dremeled in and is very well illuminated by a few orange cathodes behind the side panel. The front bezel is custom and so is the fan grill that covers the top blowhole."

More information on this article can be found here.
Weekend Sale on Evercool 80mm Aluminum Frame Fans @ ADPMods

"ADPmods has a massive overstock of Evercool 80mm Aluminum Frame Fans, and they are on sale for the super low price of $6.50 Canadian each. Good while stock lasts, sale ends Monday March 8th. The Evercool AL8025M is an aluminum case fan, designed for looks and cooling prowess. Manufactured by Evercool Thermal, this fan is forged from a block of polished, extruded aluminum. The mounting holes are machined and the plastic impeller is chromed to compliment the look of the frame."

More information on this sale can be found here.
Friday, March 5, 2004
Flexiglow FxGame Pad Review @ Voided Warranty
"Flexiglow needs no introduction, they have been supplying modder's around the world with quality lighting for quite some time now. The FxGame Pad comes standard with 7 Colors options in one pad."

More information on this review can be found here.
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Wireless Music Review @ Whining Dog
"I wanted to like the Sound Blaster Wireless Music Receiver. The concept was quite simple and the design of the receiver was fairly elegant. Yet Creative Labs delivered a product that wasn't quite ready for primetime."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Excalibur 9600 XT Turbo Review @ Viper Lair
"The HL2 voucher is nothing new for Radeon 9x00 based cards though, and HIS had to do more to differentiate themselves from the rest of the market. The faster ram, which is 50MHz faster than the reference 9600 XT, is a start and the extra speed will make a difference at higher resolution and detail levels. The iCooler heatsink is more than just a flashy LED fan, as the large size of the cooler will aid in cooling the VPU."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Temjin SST-TJ01 Case Review @ BJorn3D
"Cases these days range from your plain-Jane beige enclosures to flashing and glowing aluminum monstrosities. Silverstone has taken into consideration the opinions of a wide range of customers and has created the SST-TJ01, hailing from their Temjin series. A nice blend of quality components, spotless paint and an aluminum front make the SST-TJ01 a great case for someone wanting that 21st century look without spending much more than they would for any other case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Akasa Fan Control Plus Review @ System Cooling
"Finding a multifunction panel is easy. Finding the right multifunction panel for your needs can require some thought. Some users have six or eight fans they want to control, others have only one or two. Some users need I/O ports, and others don't care. The panel we're looking at today, the Akasa Fan Control Plus, takes the middle road, offering a moderate dose of all the most popular features in multifunction panels. Let's give it a onceover and see if it might fulfill your needs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Notebook Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers
"Well, by this point we've all heard the tales of rogue laptops catching on fire or running so hot that they burn people's crotches. While these are largely exaggerated a lot of the time, and from time to time outright lies (though exciting and perhaps enticing to some of you), it is no secret that with increasing power being shoved into smaller and smaller cases, laptops are getting hotter. Batteries have to push out more current to run bigger hard drives and faster CPUs and higher end video processors. Screens are bigger and brighter than ever. So let's face it, laptops are definitely not getting any cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Fridge Adventures @ Overclockers.com
"Since 1998, when I bought my first computer (that wouldn't run a MHz over stock speed), I have been using water cooling of one sort or another to help with overclocking. After having run with a water block and an external tank inside my fridge, a "bong" type cooler, standard radiator cooling, water cooled peltier systems and just using a 50 litre container full of water with no radiator or fans, I figured I could do better if I could get the whole computer inside the fridge."

More information on this project can be found here.
Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer Review @ Overclockers Club
"Today we will be looking at the arctic-cooling VGA silencer REV .2. The second revision brings along more compatibility for ATI cards. With a redesigned base the VGA silencer is now compatible with ATI's AIW series. Today's modern video cards dissipate a lot of heat, and if you're a overclocker the stock cooler on some of today's video cards are lacking in the cooling department. The VGA silencer takes some of its design cues from the outside exhaust systems of the FX 5800, 5950. this is a great feature and the only aftermarket cooler on the market with this option for ATI cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT KV8-MAX3 Athlon64 Motherboard Review @ Techseekers
"Well from the graphs we can see that the Athlon 64 3200+ trounces all over the XP 3200+, beats the P4 in most game tests and although loosing out in PCMark2004 and in rendering in Cinebench, it does tie very closely in the rest of the tests and pulls the fastest score here in the Winstone benchmarks. This is all before we get to see how the Athlon64 performs in a true 64bit environment."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool WC-201 Water Cooling Kit Review @ 3DXtreme
"Usually with a water cooling setup this has been confined to the Do-It-Yourself'ers out there but more and more we are seeing companies provide complete kit solutions for those who do not wish to piece together their cooling system. This is where Evercool has come in with the WC-201, a complete water cooling kit solution for the average user."

More information on this review can be found here.
Core Temperatures Examined @ Legit Reviews
"After posting our recent Prescott Overclocking article the sharp eyes of many review sites, online retailers, and enthusiasts noted some large temperature differences between our articles. After using identical settings for testing we found that the results are not only surprising, but they also point out an issue that needs to be better understood by enthusiasts."

More information on this article can be found here.
Gigabyte 8TRS300M (ATi Radeon 9100 IGP) Motherboard Review @ Legion Hardware
"Personally, I found the ATi Radeon 9100 IGP to be a very surprising chipset. This could have been due to my initial lack of excitement. Lets be honest, in the past integrated graphics has pretty much sucked and even companies such as Intel and NVIDIA have done little to change this. I feel the 9100 IGP, using an onboard Radeon 9200 class VPU, has been the first real step in the right direction for integrated graphic platforms. Of course the performance will not blow high-end users away. However, those casual gamers out there or even those on a tight budget, will benefit from what the 8TRS300M and 9100 IGP chipset has on offer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Technology to Watch in 2004 @ Designtechnica
"We live in an age of great technological change and innovation. While it can be confusing and at times scary, these changes are often a good thing. The staff of Designtechnica lives technology. When we're not testing the latest gadgets, computer hardware or audio equipment, we're working tech day jobs such as software engineers, MIS managers and microprocessor engineers at organizations such as Intel, RealNetworks, Microsoft, and NASA. With that in mind, we polled the Designtechnica staff to see what they thought would be the big tech stories of this year. With 2004 well underway, we're starting to see some new trends and ideas that really look like they will be in the forefront of technology this year."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thursday, March 4, 2004
Tagan 480Watt Silent PSU Review @ The Modfathers
"The times I have had people complain about system stability are too many to count. They blame the maker of the motherboard, driver developers, etc., the only thing they don't blame is their own meanness."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Nexus NXP-205 Review @ Steamed Turtle
"On this day we will be taking a good look at the Vantec Nexus NXP-205 Fan Controller. You stick it in one of the floppy bays, hook up all the proper connectors and bam; you can now controller the speeds that your fans spin plus it has a nifty blue light around the knobs. This is basically the same thing as the NXP-201 except smaller; the 201 fits in the CD-Drive bay and this one sits in the floppy bay. Let's take a look into how this little thing performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec AeroFlow 2 VA4-7245 (Socket A) HSF Review @ ExtensionTech
"The AeroFlow packed quite a punch for a low budget, medium noise cooler, but issues with the T.M.D. technology caused it to fall out of favor as newer and bigger heatsinks overshadowed it. Little more than a year later, Vantec returns with the AeroFlow 2, which sports a few features that are similar to its predecessor, but also tries to create waves of its own."

More information on this review can be found here.
Win a Thermalright SP-97 @ FastLaneHW
"FastLaneHW is holding our first contest ever! We've written a review on Thermalright's flagship AMD CPU cooler, the Thermalright SP-97. Now we'll be giving it away to one lucky forum member! Basically, to enter the contest, all you've got to do is sign up on our forums and make a few posts."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8TRS300M ATI9100 IGP Motherboard Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"Gigabyte 8TRS300M is a fantastic gamer's choice, given its integrated core. ATI 9100IPG is 50 to 190% faster than SiS 661 chipset, under gaming condition."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM400B-APS 400W Silent Power Supply Unit Review @ CoolTechZone
"Zalman has dedicated their efforts to producing silent PC products and have won industry wide awards for their excellence. We have also reviewed Zalman's products and have been very impressed by the performance. Zalman's main goal is to produce products that are silent as well as functional. After the CES, Zalman released various products, all targeted towards the enthusiast crowd and for those who prefer quietness around their PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All in Wonder Radeon 9200 Multimedia Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"With the successful release of the newest member of the ATI Radeon family, all consumer areas have been covered with a version of the All in Wonder that will fit their budget. As you can see through the benchmarking, this card is not a huge performer while 3D gaming, but, it's not meant to be. But what realistically can you expect from a complete multimedia card that has a tiny pricetag of US$149.
If you a very occasional gamer that want acceptable 3D performance, but still wants all the great features associated with an All in Wonder videocard, you will not find a videocard that will give you a bigger bang for the buck than this card. Hell, even the bundled software is worth more than US$150 bucks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gateway M275XL Tablet PC Review @ Designtechnica
"The Gateway M275 XL is an excellent performer that provides the power of a notebook and versatility of a tablet. The flexibility this provides becomes invaluable as you become comfortable with using the unit in tablet mode.
With its Intel Centrino based processor and 802.11b wireless, the M275 XL is both powerful and portable. Useful for both the home and business user, the combination of a Tablet PC and a standard notebook makes this unit something that a wide range of users can appreciate."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec P160 Aluminum Case Review @ System Cooling
"Today I am going to take a long look at Antec’s new aluminum tower case, the P160. When people hear the name Antec, expectations run high. Antec has provided excellent cases for the enthusiast crowd for several years now. Can they improve on their already high standards? Let’s take a look and see."

More information on this review can be found here.
Yeong Yang Casper YY-A206 Micro ATX Case Review @ The Crucible
"The Yeong Yang YY-A206 micro ATX case is a very fuctional and fine looking case. For someone who is looking for a PC that will take up very little room and still be stylish, the Casper is well worth a look. Yeong Yang's attention to details is second to none. The Casper case is both functional and stylish. The case comes equipped with pretty much everything you would need to create a beautiful mini PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xoxide Green UV Acrylic Case Review and Giveaway @ 1SweetPC
"This case is really cool. A completely see through design that is ultra violet reactive really amounts to a cool looking case. You will be able to see the innards of your computer from all angles. The acrylic is very reactive to an ultra violet light which makes it a perfect fit with any UV theme you already have going or want to begin. The only issues that I had with this case were that the side panels were a hassle to remove. There are no thumbscrews or easy slide release, and that you needed to assemble this case yourself. Otherwise this is another sweet product from Xoxide."

More information on this review can be found here. Contest details can be found here.
Part 2: Danger Den RBX/MAZE4 Water Cooling Kit Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This Water Cooling Kit includes; the RBX CPU Block (Socket 462), Maze4 GPU Block, Black Ice Xtreme 2 Radiator, 2 Papst 120mm Fans, Hydor L30 II Pump, PCI Pump Relay, Dual Typhoon Quad Bay Reservoir, UV Lights, UV Dye, Arctic Silver 5, 1/2" Tygon Tubing, and Hose Clamps. It's the right stuff that ought to make any overclocker very happy."

More information on this video review can be found here.
[H]ardOCP vs Infinium Labs
"On Friday, February 27, 2004, HardOCP.com filed a declaratory judgment lawsuit against Infinium Labs to establish its position that there was nothing improper, untruthful or defamatory about its September 17, 2003 article Behind The Infinium Phantom Console. The lawsuit was filed by this firm in the name of KB Networks, Inc. the owner of HardOCP.com. The lawsuit was filed to clear the air and terminate the flurry of demands, allegations, and defamatory Internet posts directed against HardOCP.com, by Infinium Labs and law firms representing Infinium Labs and its CEO, Tim Roberts. The lawsuit was filed under the Declaratory Judgment Act, which permits a person or entity being threatened with lawsuits from another party to force the issue to be decided, rather than having to operate under a cloud of uncertainty and intimidation. HardOCP.com stands by its article, and we believe that the Federal Court will conclude, as HardOCP.com believes, that all relevant facts in the article are true."

I've been following this one for a while and it seems that this is the final breaking point for Kyle and crew. More information on this press release can be found here.
Wednesday, March 3, 2004
X-Micro Wireless Round Up Review @ Tech-Mods
"With the home computer’s popularity on the rise it isn’t surprising to find more than one system in our households, whether it be for multiple users try to find out the latest stock trends or parents over children fighting time scheduling for the use of the one and only system in the house. It has become easier to have more than one system in a home to more manage the usage between them, now that problem has been looked at the next problem comes from having multiple systems in the house and all the wiring that goes along with it. Well the solution is some what simple, the capability of wireless networking is also on the rise and it has moved from the office to the comforts of your own home. Today we will be looking at the family of wireless options from X-Micro with their WLAN 11b Broadband Router coupled with a WLAN 11b PCMCIA Card and also their WLAN 11b USB Adapter in addition we will be also looking at their new WLAN 11g Broadband Router and the WLAN 11g PCMCIA Card to see the differences along with finding out which set up would be the right choice for you."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron FX5700 Ultra Review @ Techware Labs
"After consistently lackluster reviews for their FX5600, Nvidia a revision of the series and a winning chipset, the FX5700. With reports that ATI has overtaken Nvidia to become the number two chip supplier, next to number one Intel, Nvidia needed to continue to work hard to regain their reputation and market share. It appears that they have gained sufficient experience with this GPU and manufacturing process to pump out a surprisingly better card than was seen with the first revision, the FX5600. It will be interesting to see if Nvidia can improve upon the next generation of cards as much as they improved this revision."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Radeon 9800Pro IceQ Review @ Monkey Review
"I'm coming away from this review with an abundance of good things to say about the HIS Excalibur IceQ 9800pro. We found a good bundle, a great cooling solution, and a powerful card that can take on all the games currently available. This card really delivered it all, and I'm pretty hard pressed to find anything negative to report. Should you have the extra coin to spring on such a card, you'll be more than happy with each aspect of it. Major props to HIS on this very fine showing."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-in-Wonder 9600 Pro Review @ Tech-Mods
"Not long ago purchasing a video card for your home computer was no different than filling up your gas tank at your local petrol station, Either you got premium unleaded or regular. There was no real thought to it, but now days you can purchase a video card and save money at the same time? Now you ask how can one save money by purchasing a video card? well it's quite simple; With ATI Technologies All in Wonder 9600pro you can turn your home PC into a full featured television which would save the cost of yet another television, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg from the list of features this video card offers. Today we'll be looking into this feature filled graphics card that ATI Technologies. calls the All in Wonder 9600 Pro."

More information on this review can be found here.
Bytecc Mobile External Enclosure Review @ Voided Warranty
"If you're like me you probably have an extra hard drive laying around with no place to put it. I had that problem and now I've found a solution in this sweet looking Aluminum External HD enclosure from the folks over at Bytecc. They make all kinds of goodies including Mini Hubs, Keyboards, Cables, Cases, and much more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SLK-948U Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"Thermalright have made a really super heatsink with this SLK-948U. You only need to look at the graph for yourself. The Thermalright SLK-948U is probably the best performing air cooled heatsink & fan combination you can buy today and as it fits either AMD Athlon 64, FX & Intel socket-478."

More information on this review can be found here.
Jetart JAK802A Socket 754/940 CPU Cooler Review @ BJorn3D
"You might have noticed the retaining clips on the JAK802A and wondered, "Where is the locking lever I've seen on other Socket 754 coolers?" Interestingly enough, it's not here. Both sides of the cooler feature a 'triple-buckle' clip, which should secure the cooler adequately. I'd rather see the locking lever style though, especially after the trouble I had installing this thing. After getting one clip in place, I had to push very hard to get the other side down far enough to lock into place. I was thankful for that metal support that's under the socket because I was starting to worry about my board!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Cordless Click! Plus Review @ Envy News
"With the highly successful introduction of their MX series mice, Logitech really didn't have the need to innovate any further in regards to high-end mousing. However, one area which hadn't seen a large improvement was their mid-range offerings which don't use the MX technology found in the higher-end family. As such, Logitech's engineers and designers worked hard to release the Click! family of mice in cordless, wired, and low-button count configurations. The Click! Plus is just that; a lowered-cost and performance mouse tailored for a mid-range market segment."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT KV8-MAX3 Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"ABIT did a good job with their implementation of the K8T800 chipset, taking advantage of almost all the features available. With the K8T800, the additional RAID controller, as well as the onboard sound and Gigabit Ethernet, the board provides a lot of headroom for future growth as we head into Q2 2004."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 8IPE1000 Pro2-W 865PE Motherboard Review @ hardCOREware
"When choosing a motherboard for your Northwood 2.4C, you need to consider one thing above all others: can it overclock at a high FSB rate? Well with this new board from Gigabyte, the answer is clearly YES. But that's not the big feature of the GA-8IPE1000 Pro2-W! It adds a ton of functions, not the least of which is an included WiFi adapter, something we are starting to see more and more on high end boards. One question you may have about this board is how well it performs with the 865PE chipset at default settings this chipset can be quite a dog compared to the 875P."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, March 2, 2004
Altec Lansing MX5021 Speakers Review @ NextGen Electronics
"At the recent CES show, Altec Lansing showed off what easily looked to be the best speaker showcase of the entire event for both PC and enthusiastic speaker systems. We get a chance now to look at the brand new MX50121 Speaker system, a 2.1 THX-certified speaker system offering some incredible quality of sound and a very sleek and sexy look."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer Viper Optical Mouse Review @ Overclockers Club
"The Razer Viper is a newly designed mouse that looks and feels much different than the Razer Boomslang. The Viper is an optical mouse that features a translucent exterior shell design and ultra slick teflon feet to provide an effortless glide across your mouse surface. The Viper also follows in the footsteps of the Boomslang because it operates at a very high resolution (1,000 DPI) making it extremely accurate and causes less fatigue on your wrists. How does the Viper stack up with the Boomslang and other optical mice? Let's find out!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin Thermal Center TC-02S Review @ System Cooling
"We have witnessed a virtual explosion over the past year in the number of new multi-function drive bay controllers. Kingwin has just released a new unit called the Thermal Center. Today we will take an in-depth look at the Thermal Center and see if it offers the features and function deserving a home in one of your PC’s spare drive bays."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Aeroflow 2 Socket 478 Cooler Review @ hardCOREware
"One of our favorite price/performance coolers today is the original Vantec Aeroflow. It is engineered perfectly to effectively benefit from the design of a TMD fan. It performs quite well, and is priced very well at just around $20. But many people tend to avoid using TMD fans on their precious CPU's, due to the fact that they were recalled in 2002. In addition to that, we have heard numerous reports of Aeroflow fans dying or making a lot of noise after a while. To offer a solution to those who want an Aeroflow but not necessarily the TMD fan that goes with it, Vantec is introducing the Aeroflow 2. But what does it have that could make it special if not for a TMD fan?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel P4 “East vs West” Budget Heatsink Showdown @ BigBruin
"The Speeze LeopardClaw and Evercool CUW8-715 Pentium 4 heatsinks are both decent coolers for the price (under $20 US). Either device will provide an upgrade in cooling performance over the stock Intel heatsink, but the decreased CPU temperatures come with an increased noise level that puts a bit of a damper on the excitement."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hercules Gamesurround MUSE Pocket Review @ BJorn3D
"The Pocket is designed to give you “Instant audio at your fingertips,” whether you are using it at home on your main PC or taking it on that boring road trip for work to use with your laptop. The Pocket is for the audiophile looking to enhance his or her audio experience wherever he or she may be."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Z-2200 Review @ FastLaneHW
"We're going to be taking a look at the Logitech Z-2200 speakers today. They're a 200-watt, 2.1 system from the same company that brought the award-winning Z-560s and Z-680s. We'll see how these speakers stack up to their Altec Lansing and Klipsch competitors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Interview with VIA's Tim Handley @ Pyro Port
"The VIA CN400 is the new flagship digital media chipset for VIA processors. It will be available on both the Nano-ITX and Mini-ITX EPIA mainboards and, indeed, introduces a 200MHz FSB. Boards are planned for the first half of 2004."

More information on this review can be found here.
Part 1: Danger Den RBX/MAZE4 Water Cooling Kit Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This Water Cooling Kit includes; the RBX CPU Block (Socket 462), Maze4 GPU Block, Black Ice Xtreme 2 Radiator, 2 Papst 120mm Fans, Hydor L30 II Pump, PCI Pump Relay, Dual Typhoon Quad Bay Reservoir, UV Lights, UV Dye, Arctic Silver 5, 1/2" Tygon Tubing, and Hose Clamps. It's the right stuff that ought to make any overclocker very happy."

More information on this video review can be found here.
High-End Pentium 4 Chipsets @ Legion Hardware
"All three manufacturers have produced extremely impressive products for the Pentium 4 platform. From a performance stance it looks as though Intel still remains the leader, though SiS came close to changing this. VIA on the other hand were also not that far off the pace, however their strength came from the PT880’s amazing value. Since VIA is the latest chipset manufacturer to produce a Pentium 4 solution, being the PT880, let’s examine this product first."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soyo K8USA Dragon Ultra 'Black Label' Motherboard Review @ The Crucible
"For the average home user the Soyo K8USA Dragon 'Black Label' motherboard is an ok choice. I think at the current price there are far better boards to choose. The performance was average, the price is high, and the bundle doesn't include much of anything that is useful. Overall the Soyo K8USA Dragon 'Black Label' Edition motherboard fell below expectation."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS K8V Deluxe Motherboard Review @ Sharky's Extreme
"AMD64 platforms offer high-end performance in both the 32-bit and 64-bit areas, with the Athlon 64 providing a mainstream alternative to the enthusiast-level Athlon 64 FX-51, and allowing a more economical option for interested buyers. The platform selection is the real question, and for Socket 754 Athlon 64-based systems, the VIA K8T800 has emerged as the overall performance champ. These high-end K8T800 motherboards offer an incredible combination of top performance and very attractive prices, and this area has experienced significant growth over the past few months. Today we're taking a look at one of the most popular K8T800 motherboards, the ASUS K8V Deluxe, and putting it through the standard usage, design and performance tests."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Case-Mod Competition 2004 Report @ VR-Zone
"VR-Zone has an article up on the recent Intel case modding competition took place in Singapore. Previously such a competition has took place in Korea, Taiwan, US and Australia. There were all together 9 case mod finalists including us and our good friend Wolfie from Virtual-Hideout."

More information on this report can be found here.

Intel Case-Mod Competition 2004 Report @ Hardware Zone

"Case-modding has always been a very personal thing and although it is shared and discussed in online communities such as in our very own Case Mod Clinic, it has never really been brought up to the national level for community awareness – until Intel organized the first ever Case Mod competition in Singapore on Saturday, 21st February 2004. And of course it was held in none other than the atrium of the IT Mecca, Sim Lim Square."

Some great mods are showcased in this report. More information on this report can be found here.
The "Mini-Cluster Project @ Mini-ITX
"Early supercomputers used parallel processing and distributed computing and to link processors together in a single machine. Using freely available tools, it is possible to do the same today using inexpensive PCs - a cluster. Glen Gardner liked the idea, so he built himself a massively parallel Mini-ITX cluster using 12 x 800Mhz nodes. This picture shows just one half of it. The machine runs FreeBSD 4.8, and MPICH 1.2.5.2. After working with his machine and running some basic tests, Glen's cluster looks to be equivalent to at least 4 (maybe 6) 2.4Ghz Pentium IV boxes in parallel on a similar network - achieving a performance of around 3.6 GFLP. With the exception of the metalwork, power wiring, and power/reset switching, everything is off the shelf."

More information on this project can be found here.
DFI Lanparty PRO875 "Revision B" Canterwood Motherboard Review @ Tweaknews
"If any series of motherboards could be crowned as one of the most popular product line introduction in 2003, the Lanparty line would be definitely on the top of the class. With quality, performance, features, an unrivaled bundle coupled with UV reactive aesthetic goodness, the Lanparty motherboard has been a sought after enthusiast motherboard looking for the complete package. Today I will be reviewing the Revision B release of the Lanparty PRO875 Canterwood enhanced motherboard. With even more features and additions added onto an already solid Revision A release, the PRO875B is not an update to correct problems, but is a release to make a great product even better."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, March 1, 2004
Soldering Guide @ Madshrimps
"If you want to push your hardware to the maximum you are bound to warm up the old soldering iron. To allow higher voltages to RAM/CPU/Videocard and other components you´ll have to use resistors. In this guide we'll show you how to effectively do this!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
Smart Drive 2002 Enclosure Review @ NextGen Electronics
"The Smart Drive 2002 is an enclosure that you put your hard drive into for a reduction of sound. Inside the casing, the Smart Drive 2002 fits into your 5.25" drive bay and offers a significant (at least 4dB) reduction in the level of sound your hard drive makes. Overall, this is a great way to quiet down pesky hard drives."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Technology SST-Super Mini USB Hub Review @ The Crucible
"USB Hubs are one of those things you never think you need until you find yourself trying to plug in an extra joystick or get a digital camera. Once you have one you don't quite understand how you got along with out it. They make things so much easier, with the ability to turn one USB port into 4 (or more), its always worth it. SilverStone Technology has introduced yet another useful product: the SST-Super Mini Hub. The SST-Super Mini Hub is a pocket sized 4 port USB hub. It features port over current detection and protection so you don't have to worry about drawing to much power from you motherboards USB ports."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan TTC-K8ATB/825/SC Heatsink Review @ 3DXtreme
"Today 3DXtreme has the pleasure of reviewing one of Titan's latest heatsinks for the AMD Athlon64 platform. AMD64 heatsinks have been for the most part very slow to trickle out to the market and the biggest problem that we have yet found is that they are having a tendency of being loud. For some that isn't a big deal but for others it can really represent the reason why they would buy the product in the first place, regardless of how well it performs. Will Titan be able to provide a solid cooling solution and also come in with a quiet fan?"

More information on this review can be found here.

Spire KestrelKing III Heatsink Review

"Today 3DXtreme has the great pleasure of reviewing another CPU heatsink from Spire Heatsinks. The KestrelKing III is a heatsink for the AMD Athlon64 and Opteron line of processors. There are not a lot of choices on the market right now for Athlon64/Opteron heatsinks and as usual Spire is one of the first to jump out and provide an aftermarket cooling solution. Let's take a look at it and see how well it performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston HyperX KHX3500K2/512 Review @ AllHardwareZone
"With the proliferation of dual channel capable computers today, it is necessary to buy a matched pair of memory modules to achieve optimum performance. The KINGSTON HYPERX PC3500 512MB DUAL CHANNEL KIT fits the bill; it’s a matched pair of 256mb memory modules, wrapped with stylish blue headspreaders. While the maximum FSB of current CPU’s is 200mhz, this RAM is guaranteed to run at 217mhz FSB. This provides some headroom to overclock the system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TwinX1024 XMS3500RE Low Latency Registered Memory Review @ System Cooling
"XMS3500 doesn't sound very exciting in this day and age, when PC4400 memory rules the high end, but this memory happens to be registered memory and that’s what sets it apart. Furthermore, I am reviewing two sticks of 512MB from the TwinX line, which matches each pair of memory sticks for best performance. Soon we'll see if Corsair's XMS3500RE has anything extra to offer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Breaking into the Intel SFF Market with Shuttle, Soltek and ABIT @ Tweaktown
"In the first of our looks at the increasingly popular Small Form Factor (SFF) systems, we focus our attention on Intel Pentium 4 based platform systems from Shuttle, Soltek and ABIT."

More information on this review can be found here.
Koolance Exos-Al Review @ Viper Lair
"Performance was very good, especially when you consider the size of the pump and hoses. Normally, a pump of this size spells trouble for serious overclockers, and a 1/4" OD hose isn't exactly the best choice when putting together a high-performance water cooling setup. However, Koolance did a remarkable job of optimizing flow-rate in the entire package, and the end result was better-than-expected performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chieftec BX Mid-Tower Case Review @ Hexus
"Chieftec cases have always been popular and there’s a reason why. They are superb cases. Some people maybe put off by the size of it, but it’s lovely to work inside of it. There is plenty of space to swing a cat and no sharp edges at all."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone Temjin TJ-01 Case Review @ Ascully
"The case we are taking a look at today is from a company that has recently hit the scene in a big way with a range of power supplies and HTPC cases. The SST -TJ01 Temjin is the latest in Silverstone's high end series of enclosures. I think you will find it's a thing of beauty to look at, but how easy was it to use? Let's take a look!"

More information on this review can be found here.

Win a X-Trac MousePad

"One lucky winner will get the chance to choose the mousepad that suits them best from the Xtrac range. All you need to do is answer a couple of simple questions."

More information on this review can be found here.
DETN8R's Project ONE @ Virtual-Hideout
"After all the breaking and cracking to the shell of the case it was time to put humpty dumpty(so to speak) back together again. To do this I used one of the worlds strongest adhesives, JAB Weld. It comes in two tubes which you mix together in equal parts. I used a toothpick to mix and apply the stuff. First and foremost I had to reattach the piece that had been broken away from the shell so I applied the JBWeld all around it and put in place. Then I moved on to fixing the other cracks that were on the shell as well as a few other things that had broken off. I wiped away the excess that squeezed out with a paper towel so I would have clumps of steel like glue on the outside of the shell."

More information on this project can be found here.
Zalman CNPS7000A-Alcu Review @ Crazymodders.be
"When you take the socalled Flower Heatsink (FHS) out of the package, you immediately notice that all 130 fins are very thin and therefor very bendable/breakable. So handle with care at all times! Of the 65 fins on each side, 19 are made out of copper while the others are made out of grey aluminum. This mix of 2 different materials, and therefor different colors, doesn't only look good, it also helps to reduce the manufacturing costs. After all, copper is cheaper than aluminum which makes this hybrid version about 10€ cheaper than the full copper version."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Cyberathlete Extreme World Championships Press Release
"TFL to host Toronto Counter-Strike Qualifiers for the $200,000 CPL Extreme Summer Championships at March 12-14 2004 at Toronto Games.

Thursday Feb 26th - For immediate release

TORONTO, Feb 26 - Toronto Fun League (TFL), Canada's largest LAN gaming league, and LANGM, Canada's premier LAN gaming event organizer today jointly announced that they will be hosting the first international qualifier of The Cyberathlete Extreme World Championships, which runs from March 12 - 14, 2004 at the massive 60,000 square feet Toronto Games facility.

Date: March 12, 2004 - March 14, 2004
City : Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Location : Toronto Games, 169 Eastern Avenue,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5A 1H7

Official CPL Tournament : Counter-Strike 5v5
Official TFL BYOC Tournaments :
WarCraft III The Frozen Throne 1v1
WarCraft III The Frozen Throne 2v2
Starcraft Broodwar 1v1
Starcraft Broodwar 2v2
Call Of Duty 6v6

The qualifier, the largest of its kind and biggest gaming event ever held in Toronto, will feature the official CPL 5v5 Counter-Strike tournament to be held at the gaming arena on identical match computers. The winners will proceed to the CPL Canada Finals from which 2 teams will be sent airfare and hotel included, to compete for the $100,000 USD CS portion of the Cyberathlete Extreme World Championships in Dallas, Texas

The event will also feature a 300+ BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) Counter-Strike tournament and various gaming tournaments such as Warcraft III The Frozen Throne, Starcraft Broodwar and Call of Duty.

An event this big requires the joint effort of partners and we would like to acknowledge the assistance and support of our partners Toronto Games, CompuSmart and Bawls."

More information on this event and to pre-register can be found here.
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