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Saturday, July 31, 2004
Logitech diNovo Media Desktop Review @ Designtechnica
"Simply put, you cannot find a better keyboard-mouse combo at this price point or below. The diNovo keyboard and mouse offer great range, responsiveness, aesthetics, and overall solid build quality. While the software could stand a tweak or two, we feel that the hardware that underlies the product is hands down some of the best we have seen. Even though this fine piece of eye candy comes at a steep cost, it is worth every penny."

More information on this review can be found here.
Transcend JetFlash 2A 256MB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review @ BigBruin
"The JetFlash 2A is a fine little flash drive. Its silver metallic finish is attractive, and it is well constructed. The protective cap that covers the USB connection fits nicely and snaps on with a reassuring click. Likewise, the write protection switch moves smoothly but locks into place with a noticeable click to let you know it is where you want it."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen CRW5232 52X CDRW Review @ Viper Lair
"Whether or not you still need a CDRW drive these days will depend a bit on how you use your computer. Personally, I don't find the current CD burning speeds of DVD writers to be fast enough, and considering how much those drives cost in comparison to a standalone CDRW drive, I would prefer to put them through less abuse and not rely on them for CD burning duties."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM80D-HP Review @ Virtual-Fusion
"This brand new Zalman ZM80D-HP has been designed to perform better than the previous ZM80C-HP, making it possible by using an increased area of dissipation and adding one more heatpipe into the cooler, which makes the heat transfer process much more effective."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Silent Tower Review @ DreamWare Computers
"With CPUs running hotter and hotter, it's harder for air cooling to keep up. There is an increased number of users who are switching over to liquid cooling to achieve the lower temperatures that they want. Today I'll be looking at the newest air cooler from Thermaltake, the Silent Tower. As you'll see, this is possibly one of the best air coolers on the market today."

More information on this review can be found here.
XConnect Power Supply Review @ Overclockers Online
"According to Ultra, the X-Connect uses the X-Cable technology, and that incorporates 4 points. First the molded cable core and connectors will eliminate loose wires. Later in the review, you will see before and after pictures of my system just to emphasize this point. Second, the technology uses premium tinned-copper braiding sleeve, not just your ordinary tinned-copper braining sleeve! Third, and the most interesting one, the X-Connect power supply has a UV translucent effect, not only will your watercooling fluid, IDE cables and fans glow, so will your cables! Lastly, the technology must have superior strength and flexibility for the life of your system. Ain't that great, it almost sounds like lifetime warranty!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Tower 112 Review @ OCIA
"Place 4 more nuts on the brackets and tighten each one down carefully. I tightened them diagonally from each other, kind of like you would the lug nuts on a tire. Tighten them slowly; I can't stress this enough. Just do a little bit to each one,that way your safe from cracking the core if you tighten one too tight right off the bat. The manual recommends you put 4 more nuts on top of the existing nuts you just tightened for extra security. I would recommend this as well. Never can be too careful with your processor, especially when your heatsink weighs around 4 lbs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax RX-520XP Titanium 520W Power Supply @ Think Computers
"Power supplies are increasingly becoming a necessary focal point for computer enthusiasts. In the past, it was seen as one of the easiest places to cut a corner or two, but with new Prescott based processors easily drawing over 100Watts, and nVidia cards that crave two dedicated rails to power them, it can't be denied that a solid, high power, stable PSU is required. While quality has been the focus of many companies like Antec, Enermax, Raidmax, and more for the past several years, like all things we enjoy, a certain level of aesthetic quality is now coming into play. Features like lighted fans, windows, modular cables, and more are becoming much more common place. Raidmax's new Titanium power supply takes a very nice "less is more" approach in their RX-520XP."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shader Model 3.0 Article @ Nordic Hardware
"When nVidia released its GeForce 6800 there was a lot of talk about Shader Model 3.0. Lots of talk, but no action, so to speak. However this time we do have new information and three different tests that use Shader Model 3.0. This will be a first glance of how Shader Model 3.0 can affect our view of the GeForce 6 series."

More information on this article can be found here.
July Extreme Gaming PC Buyer's Guide @ Sharky Extreme
"With Doom 3 officially arriving next month, the upgrade frenzy has moved into full swing, and there is no better time to upgrade to a new ultra high-end PC than right now. Each month the mission of our Extreme CP Buyer's Guide is the same; with $4000, we are sent to assemble the best possible gaming machine that money can buy. Following the same format as our other price guides, we keep an eye out for relative value, and weigh price-to-performance ratios heavily before making a decision on which components to include."

More information on this guide can be found here.
id Software's Official DOOM3 Benchmarks @ [H]ardOCP
"Today we are sharing with you framerate data that was collected at the id Software offices in Mesquite, Texas. Both ATI and NVIDIA were present for the testing and brought their latest driver sets. While an extensive amount of data was taken, what we want to focus on is the high end video cards that are currently making their way to market. That means we will be showing you frames per second rates taken using the DOOM 3 timedemo "demo1" that will be included in your boxed copy of DOOM 3. The version of the game used to test is the same version you will be loading onto your own computer."

More information on this guide can be found here.

The Official DOOM 3 [H]ardware Guide

"id Software and HardOCP have teamed up to help answer your hardware questions. We're publishing this guide before DOOM 3 goes for sale, so you will know beforehand what to expect in terms of gameplay immersion by your current hardware. We also want to help maximize the overall DOOM 3 experience for those of you that have been waiting for the opportunuity to upgrade."

More information on this guide can be found here.
New Weekly Special @ The Cutting Edge
"Our special this week is for the original Chieftec cases that are perfect for water cooling and modifying. We are having a blowout sale and selling them for $40.00 for steel and $60.00 for aluminum. They come in several colors and all of them are virgins. That means they come standard with no window, just plain metal waiting for you to mod them. This sale is subject to stock on hand and when they are gone this sale will be over. Feel free to e-mail or call for stock info."

Steel Case Specifications:
- Height 21 1/4 inches
- Width 8 inches
- Depth 19 inches
- Bays 4 x 5 1/4 external
- Bays 2 x 3 1/2 external
- Bays 4 x 3 1/2 internal

Aluminum Case Specifications:
- Height 21 1/4 inches
- Width 8 inches
- Depth 19 inches
- Bays 4 x 5 1/4 external
- Bays 2 x 3 1/2 external
- Bays 4 x 3 1/2 internal

More information on the Steel Case sale can be found here. More information on the Aluminum Case sale can be found here.
Friday, July 30, 2004
Silverstone SST-FP54 VF-Display Review @ TWINSBYTE.de
"In this review we present the new Silverstone SST-FP54 Vacuum-Fluorescent-Display. The display is built in a 5,25" case and has two lines. More about the new display you can read in this review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Jetart DT6000 Xpanel Multfunction Control Panel Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"High temperatures and loud fans have caused us to search for ways to reduce the amount of noise our computers generate and in doing so we have also been able to pick up a couple of nice bonuses along the way. A prime example of those bonuses can be seen in the Jetart DT6000 Xpanel multi-function control panel, which not only does it offer you the ability to the control six separate fans but it also provides the same number of thermal sensor for monitoring the temps inside your case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake XTunner IR Fan Speed Controller @ Big Bruin
"Cordless hammer? How about a wireless toaster? Or better yet a remote controlled Coffee Maker? It would seem right off hand that a Remote Controlled Fan Controller would fit nicely in the same category of useless gadgets. Indeed that’s what I thought until Thermaltake was kind enough to send over the XTunner 4 Fan Speed Controller."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sempron 2800+ Review @ Short-Media
"Not every PC buyer wants to or needs to pay big bucks for performance. AMD introduces Sempron to meet the performance needs of the budget buyer and just when you thought Socket A was dead; it isn't. Sempron is two processors. Rather it is the adaptation of two technologies based in Socket A and Socket 754. To understand what Sempron is to understand who Sempron is for."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GeForce 6800 Ultra Review @ Hardwarezoom
"Other than taking up two slots, this card requires two independent connections to the power supply. This is because the current AGP slot with single power connection is unable to supply enough current to power the 222 million transistors. Hopefully the PCI Express version will be able to solve this problem. nVidia recommend at least a 480W power supply to use with 6800Ultra. However, the power source must come from two independent 12V rails, and if only one power connection was used, the driver will warn the user after booting into Windows."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LanParty NFII Ultra B Review @ Neoseeker
"One of the unique features about the LanParty Ultra B are the reset and power buttons on the actual board in addition to the headers. For people testing the board before mounting it into a case, this is a god send and eliminates the need to have to short connectors with jumpers or anything of that nature. We complained previously about unlabelled front panel connectors and now it more often the norm than not. Other manufacturers should clue in with the onboard power and reset buttons because they are incredibly useful also."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus A8V Deluxe Athlon64 Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"When AMD released the new Socket 939 form factor for its Athlon64 and Athlon64-FX processors, AMD sent out evaluation kits to media around the world. In those kits which would serve as the first introduction for its newest processor, the company included the Asus A8V motherboard. Now, if AMD is comfortable with picky journalists judging its newest multi-million dollar CPU roll-out on an ASUS board, then that certainly underscores something consumers should be taking note of."

More information on this review can be found here.

Gigabyte GV-NX57128D PCI-E Videocard Review

"PCI-Express x16 video cards are upon us now, and AGP 8X is on the way out, but that doesn't necessarily mean the old video card architectures are being retired. After all, modern video cards haven't yet even been able to use the available bandwidth of the AGP 8X interface (2.1 GB/s), so moving graphic cards to the PCI-E interface which supports 8 GB/s bandwidth, isn't exactly necessary yet."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BWA Mid-Tower Case Review @ System Cooling
"Thermaltake recently introduced their Tsunami Dream series of PC enclosures, which incorporate clean lines and a sophisticated wave style. These cases offer a totally new look for Thermaltake and come with features not found in some of their other Xaser gaming cases. The new Tsunami Dream series was designed with performance, capacity, acoustics and aesthetics in mind."

More information on this review can be found here.
Opus Technologies MT-200 Titanium Mid Tower Case Review @ NewsTechInfo
"There is a new contender in the case market, Opus Technologies, Inc. The company offers various PC components such as power supply units, cooling fans, heatsinks, and computer cases. There are a variety of computer cases in the market already and they are all designed to suit one small group of users - the enthusiasts."

More information on this review can be found here.
The "Mac-ITX" Project @ Mini-ITX
"I think the classic compact Macs still look pretty cool, but there was nothing useful to do with my old SE/30 sitting up in the loft. Still, I did want a media server for the living room, and I did want to do a mini-ITX project, and I did want to do some engineering that didn't involve Powerpoint. So, the Mac-ITX was conceived.

Very cool! More information on this project can be found here.
Build Your Own Apple Macintosh Guide @ Overclockers.com
"This project was the result of me wanting to try the Apple OS and computer system but not wanting to pay the outrageous prices for the system to just simply toy with it. I am a PC person - I have used PCs for years, I have a "home" network of 4 computers and have built a number of PCs. Being the tech junky that I am, I decided to combine my first Apple OS experience with the experience of also building an Apple computer."

More information on this project can be found here.
Custom Acrylic Case Project @ Water-Cooling
"I decided to make my own Acrylic tower case but had very little experience in using the tools which I was about to use. When it comes to building your own tower it can be a bit of a hit and miss as to how it will turn out as little problems occur that you may have never thought of during the initial stages of planning it."

More information on this project can be found here.
Thursday, July 29, 2004
RedOctane Ignition DDR Platform Review @ TechFreaks
"The RedOctane Ignition is well worth the price. This pad is well designed and provides a balance for DDR players. The hard foam insert isn't going to wear-out any time soon and the surface underneath the pad is non-skid so it won't be scrunching up or sliding. And the feel of the pad is unbelievable; it's probably the most conformable pad yet."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thunder 8 Mouse Surface Review @ DreamWare Computers
"The performance mouse surface industry really seems to have grown lately. Buyers have many different kinds to choose from, be it smooth or textured, glass, steel or plastic. Having such a wide variety can leave some people unsure of what exactly is best suited for them. Today I received the Thunder 8 mouse surface from X-Raypad. This isn't just a regular mouse surface, it's smooth on one side and textured on the other!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Icy BOX Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ OC-Prices
"The day of the floppy has well and truly passed, with 8x DVD writers available for under £50 and super fast USB2.0 pen drives offering hundreds of times the capacity for a relatively inexpensive price. Nothing, however, comes close to the speed and sheer capacity of the hard disk drive, where once again prices have become almost ludicrously cheap. The only trouble with hard drives is that they are inconvenient to transport data on, since you have to unscrew them from the chassis, change jumper settings, screw them into the other PC and so on; or at least that is the case unless you have an external disk."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair PC-3200 Value Select Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
"While we have looked at many of Corsair's XMS modules over the past couple years we have yet to review any of their value memory. Seeing how many consumers cannot afford or are not in need of the Corsair XMS line they often opt for Corsair's Value Select memory due to brand loyalty and price point. To help give our budget & mainstream builders some prime time press coverage we recently ordered."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolmax Gemini 3.5" HDD Aluminum External Enclosure @ Hi-Techreviews
"Moving files from one computer to another can be a true pain especially if you don't happen to have the luxury of network available to you in that time of need. That's when an external hard drive is worth its weight in gold. But to have one you're going to need an enclosure to put it in. Today we take a look at the Coolmax Gemini 3.5" Aluminum External Enclosure that will work perfectly for just this purpose."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XL Pro Review @ ModdersHQ
"Memory is one of the top three most important pieces of hardware in your rig. Whether you are a hardcore bencher, gamer, or just weekend clocker, you want the best performing memory for your needs. Through their flagship line, XMS, Corsair has provided the enthusiast market with some of the best memory out there. Today, MHQ takes a look at Corsair's latest, the 3200 XL Pro, from an overclockers viewpoint. Are these new sticks overclocking friendly or do they pale in comparison to the godlike BH5 chips of yesteryear?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix PC4000 Memory Video Review @ 3DGameman
"There are four main positives you come to expect from a company like Crucial: Performance, Stability, Compatibility, and Support. This memory has a very fast default speed of 250MHz or 500DDR but it is not intended for overclocking. Ballistix PC4000 has timings of 2.5-4-4-8, is a great performer, and it's very affordable!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
ATI HDTV Wonder Review @ HTPCNews
"ATI has always had a strong line of multimedia products with their TV wonder, All in Wonder and other product lines. But for a long time though ATI has been AWOL from the PC HDTV market, until now. With the release of the new ATI HDTV Wonder card ATI hopes to release a complete package to make receiving HDTV on your PC a breeze. Is this package enough to leave you in awe and wonder or is it to little to late?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GeForce 6800 GT Video Card Review @ Legion Hardware
"With system limitations already in effect I did not expect overclocking to achieve huge performance gains. However, combined with a more powerful system I believe these overclocking results would see the Gigabyte GeForce 6800 GT graphics card surpass GeForce 6800 Ultra performance. With an overclocked memory frequency of 1180MHz and a core overclock of 420MHz, this would give the GeForce 6800 GT an advantage over a GeForce 6800 Ultra."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron PX875Pro Motherboard Review @ BurnOutPC
"Overall this motherboard is fantastic, it's much better than my IC7 and im looking forward to see motherboards exceeding the qualities this motherboard had, and I'm sure those are there already but if you want to check out some of those reviews on the latest motherboards, check out Toms Hardware or Hexus, or any other site out there on the planet. This is a motherboard packed with stability, it's highly overclockable with the right cooling and it's still good enough to play around with the new sockets. Overall a very nice product for a nice price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Centurion 5 Case Review @ Viper Lair
"What I was most impressed with was the ease in using the case. As a computer technician by trade, I often need often to test parts and swap components frequently. With the Centurion 5, in a matter of minutes I can do everything I want quickly and efficiently. Granted, the motherboard will take some time to remove, but everything else from expansion cards to hard drives are a snap to swap."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AA8 DuraMAX Motherboard @ Hexus
"The new platform's inherent downsides all manifest themselves with the AA8, given that it implements absolutely everything new. DDR-II is underwhelming, scarce and more expensive than DDR, PCI Express graphics cards are rarer than rocking horse poop and LGA775 CPUs are either hot, rare and expensive (3.6 P4 560), or not worth bothering about since they already exist on Socket 478, a socket that has many a brilliant motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.

ABIT AG8 Motherboard Review

"Given the AA8 as a base, the question to be asked of the AG8 is 'does its use of DDR memory make the platform any more attractive?' Again, personally, I have to answer that with a resounding 'no.' The only CPU you can get on LGA775, that you can't get on Socket 478, is the Pentium 4 560 at 3.6GHz. With that CPU costing as much as a very decent Socket 939 processor from AMD and the rest of the LGA775 CPU range available on Socket 478, the changes you'd need to make to move to the AG8, even taking your existing DDR memory with you, are too much of a sacrifice."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone Lascala LC03 Full ATX HTPC Case Review @ hardCOREware
"A couple weeks ago, we reviewed a small form factor Home Theatre PC case that supported full ATX. What we found out was that the "full" ATX support wasn't "full" at all. Because of the small form factor, many of the advantages brought forth from full ATX compatibility were sacrificed. We found that it would be better to go with a relatively larger case that maintains full ATX compatibility without so many sacrifices. The solution we're looking at today is also from SilverStone; their Lascala LC03 is not small, but might be 'just right' for your HTPC solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Seahawk Case Review @ OCIA
"The window is not cut exactly rectangular. It has small tabs that stick out of its edges that secure it by snapping into metal slots on the panel. This design causes the fit to not be 100% snug. I noticed when removing and attaching the panel that the window rattled a little bit, but I wasn't worried about it falling out or anything like that."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Twice7 Aluminum Cube Case Release @ MountainMods
"Mountain Mods releases Twice7. 14x14x14 in dimensions the Twice7 aluminum cube follows the U2-UFO in perfect cubical symmetry. It also utilizes the same dual chamber design. The left side houses the Motherboard Tray and the right side holds the drives and PSU. Twice7 is constructed from the same industrial grade aluminum and 2mm thickness as the U2-UFO making it as stout as a brick. Its lightweight (10.5 lbs), its small size, the fact that it holds a mATX, ATX or EATX form factor motherboards, and its utilization of a full size ATX PSU make it a perfect power performance LAN platform solution. Mountain Mods is having a limited time Promotional Sale to get these out into the public. Save 10% + on empty cases or full packages. Twice7 - Twice Perfection."

More information on this new product can be found here.
Wednesday, July 28, 2004
OCZ PowerStream 470W Power Supply Review @ BJorn3D
"Since entering the memory market four years ago, OCZ Technology has gained a lot of respect (and probably a large following) in the PC enthusiast crowd. Since breaking into the memory market was a successful endeavor for OCZ, the company decided to branch out and start offering other products that enthusiasts look for, like silver-based thermal compound, CPU coolers, and RAM heatsinks. One of OCZ's latest ventures is in the power supply market (press release). The PowerStream line of power supplies is OCZ's attempt at gaining a new following of high-quality power enthusiasts."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Real Power 450W PSU Review @ Madshrimps
"Cooler Master making power supplies? We put their newest 450W creation through a series of tests on our fully equipped torture bench, does the Real Power survive?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Akasa PaxPower 460W Power Supply Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"The Akasa PaxPower 460w power supply has some wonderful features that give it excellent stability while running extremely quiet. Active PFC, Dual 12v rails, 120mm fan, quick release connectors, and a nickel black coating are some of the highlights of this PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Revised Build Silent PC Guide @ Build Silent PC


"By far the loudest component in most PC's is the CPU fan. With higher and higher clock speeds comes the need for larger coolers, and fans that move more and more air. The main problem with most OEM CPU coolers is this: They are designed with two things in mind: size and performance. This means that they have to be small, so they can be accommodated in the majority of users' PC cases. They also have to perform well at the same time. The only real solution for this is to use a small fan, usually no more than 60 or 70mm in diameter. Unfortunately, the smaller a fan is, the faster it has to spin to move enough air. The faster it spins the louder it gets. That's the problem, so what's the solution? There are a few options available, depending on your needs and goals in building a silent PC. We'll cover them separately."

More information on this guide can be found here.
AMD Socket 939 Athlon 3800+ Review @ Techware Labs
"AMD recently launched its socket 939 processor, which incorporates a dual channel memory controller and a host of other features. The 939 is targeted at high-end gaming and intensive workstation applications. TechwareLabs tests the 3800+ and answers the question everyone will ask: does the Socket 939 deliver the high end performance it promises?"

More information on this review can be found here.

AMD Sempron 2800+ & 3100+ Review

"AMD has just released its latest processor line, the AMD Sempron. The Sempron is designed to replace the Duron line of lower-performance, inexpensive processors aimed at home and business desktop users. Available in both Socket A and Socket 754, the Sempron offers good performance for its price, and has good potential for overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek Antarctica CPU Water Block Review @ ModdersHQ
"Let me ask you this. Remember when a water block was nothing more then a hunk of copper (or even worse, aluminum) with a few haphazard channels to create some excuse for water flow? If memory serves correct, weren't they also ugly as sin. It's safe to say that water block technology has come a long way in its somewhat short life. Blocks are available in damn near any size, shape, color and don't forget molecular make-up (thanks again Cathar for the Cascade SS). With that in mind, today we are looking at Aseteks latest CPU cooler, the Antarctica."

More information on this review can be found here.
3R System Poseidon Liquid Cooler Review @ HardwareZoom
"3R System Poseidon Liquid Cooler is an All-in-One system which require no assembly. Other than effectively bring down the CPU temperature by as much as 10 degree Celsius, it also gives you noise-free operation unlike those traditional air-cooled systems. But best of all it is so compact that you can even fit it in a Small Form Factor casing."

More information on this review can be found here.

3RSystem Poseidon Water-Cooling Giveaway @ System Cooling

"Here we go again with another giveaway. This time around we've teamed up with the good people at 3RSystems and American AMD to hand out ten Poseidon Water-Cooling kits. There will be six Poseidon WCL-03 Water-Cooling up for grabs to anyone that enters. But for those that are SystemCooling Forum members the chances almost double since members will be also entered in a giveaway of the six WCL-03 kits and also four all new Poseidon kits, which include the WCL-03 90Cu, WCL-02 90Cu, WCL-03 120Cu and WCL-02 120Cu."

More information on this contest can be found here.
WACC P/A Reservoir Review @ The Modfathers
"The Reservoir really is an item that makes a very bold statement. It's huge, my son when he saw it asked if it shot rockets, no more Halo for him!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCW6000-P Water Block Review @ Virtual-Fusion
"The MCW6000 proved to be an high performance waterblock, being capable of beating his brother, the MCW5000 showing how far can this new Swiftech concept go."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone SST-LC02 Case Review @ CoolTechZone
"Silverstone entered the case market with only a few products last year. Since last year, Silverstone has increased their product line significantly and what's even more important to us, as consumers, is that Silverstone listens to what consumers want and work accordingly on their next product revisions. If you recall, we analyzed Silverstone's SST-LC01 case last year, which was impressive, but it lacked the physical impressiveness that one would want in a HTPC case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Centurion 5 Case Review @ Viper Lair
"What I was most impressed with was the ease in using the case. As a computer technician by trade, I often need often to test parts and swap components frequently. With the Centurion 5, in a matter of minutes I can do everything I want quickly and efficiently. Granted, the motherboard will take some time to remove, but everything else from expansion cards to hard drives are a snap to swap."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Cavalier CAV-T03 Review @ nVPlanet
"The Cooler Master legacy is continuing today after a decade of dedicated service to thermal cooling solutions and computer enthusiasts a like. The reputation Cooler Master has built can be seen in the coporate markets everywhere, from atx tower cases to state of the art heatsink fan designs, Cooler Master has a proven track record with good looking high performance hardware. This model debut was shown at Computex a couple months ago and was a big hit with the crowds at Taipei 2004 and without further ado, the Cooler Master Cavalier CAV-T03 ATX Tower Case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian-Li PC-V2000 ATX Case @ AMD Review
"After playing with the Lian Li PC-V2000 for several weeks or more, I was satisfied and unsatisfied by the case. The V2000 is identical to the V1000, and I will highlight the areas that are worth mentioning."

More information on this review can be found here.
Basic Modding Guide @ Stream Turtle
"Just something I want to say before I get started on the safety precautions with CRT's. This is not limited to CRT's however, this goes for everything: Be prepared for the worst. Not sure what apparel is appropriate for the job? Then just take the extra step forward, just to make sure. Nothing worse than finding out that you should have done something before you started; like putting on a facemask."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Maxtill G-pad Mouse Pad @ BigBruin
"The Maxtill G-pad is just the right size for my likings. I never once ran off the pad no matter how wild the gaming action got. There obviously are no bench marks to be run on a mouse pad so everything is about the “feel” you get from the pad and mouse combination. With the combination of the Padmates on the bottom of my mouse and the Maxtill G-pad, I felt much more accurate and in control in all the FPS games I played."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon X800 Pro Toxic Edition Review @ VR-Zone Hardware
"The maximum core speed we were able to achieve was 536MHz and the maximum memory speed was 1.202GHz. This was an increase in core clock speed of 66MHz and an increase in memory speed of 302MHz. These are by far the highest clock speeds we've achieved with a Radeon X800 Pro card, and we'll be using these overclocked speeds in our performance tests."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen Aeolus 6800 Ultra DVD256(E) Review @ Hexus
"If the best of the best is what you're looking for, the Aeolus's no-nonsense approach translated into a keen price, makes the performance, features, image quality and noise seem very very attractive."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Excalibur Radeon X800 PRO IceQ2 VIVO LE Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"What you will be seeing today is the next edition of HIS's IceQ line called the IceQII. Utilizing ATI's next generation X800 video processors, HIS intends to pick where the initial 9x00pro based videocards left off and continue dominating the market with a videocard which is matched by none and envied by many."

More information on this review can be found here.

HIS Excalibur 9550 VIVO Review @ ASE Labs

"Even though you may be able to buy that new 6800 or X800 video card, not everyone can afford it or even needs that kind of power. I can't count the times that people come in a ask me for a Radeon 9800 XT or a Geforce FX 5900 XT or similar high end card. When I ask them what they're using it for, their reply is usually work stuff, spreadsheets and perhaps a game or two. These types of people don't need the ultra high end video cards, why they throw money away and buy them is beyond me. Regardless, there are many cost-effective alternatives to the latest and greatest. HIS steps up and delivers the Excalibur 9550 VIVO, based on the popular Radeon 9600 chipset."

More information on this review can be found here.
HEC Power 525 Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The HEC Power 525 has more than enough juice for the most demanding computer systems. With 525 watts of power & two quiet 80mm temperature controlled fans, there's no questioning it's capabilities. All the leads are long & sleeved for clean n' sweet looks inside your case. It's a perfect unit for any system but it's especially suited for server computers where long leads & plenty of connection are preferred."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Kingston 1GB DataTraveler 2.0 Hi-Speed Review @ Viper Lair
"Flash drives are something that once you've used one, it's tough to imagine life without it. Extremely portable, they can contain a fair amount of data depending on the size of the drive you've purchased. Since they are USB based, they'll work in almost any PC with a USB connection, depending on the OS installed, and in most cases, no drivers are required."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Real Power 450Watts PSU Review @ BurnOutPC
"Overall this is an excellent product. It costs just below a 100 dollars with a price tag of 89 dollars. To tell you the truth, a real bargain. You get a powerful product yet very silent. It looks cool and it is designed to be used for future products with for example SATA and it is really cool looking with that 120 blue led fan in there. Overall a very nice product, for a very nice price."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC3500 Platinum EB DDR433 Kit Review @ hardCOREware
"When Winbond left the memory market, along with it went the venerable BH chips known for amazing overclocking at disgustingly fast timings. The big OC memory makers (Corsair, Kingston, OCZ) were left wondering how they could promote new products that were likely to be slower than the older, Windbond-based ones. OCZ didn't give up though. They spent some time researching various timings which would give the best results. The resulting product is their new "Enhanced Bandwidth" line, to replace the "Enhanced Latency" line. We take the newest PC3500 EB DDR kit, and put it up against the PC3500 EL kit. You might be amazed at the results of some of the timings used!

More information on this review can be found here.
TwinMOS TwiSTER PC4000 DDR Memory Review @ 8BallsHardware
"The recent introduction of Intel's new 915/925 series chipsets have brought along a couple of new technologies, including DDR2 memory. In recent weeks, DDR2 memory has slowly started to creep onto retail shelves, though widespread adoption of the new technology is still considerably far away, in part due to the high cost involved in transitioning to the new platform as well as availability issues. As a result, plain old DDR memory is still very much alive and kicking. The people at TwinMOS sent over a set of their TwinMOS TwiSTER series memory for our evaluation some time ago. Aimed at gaming enthusiasts who want high speed memory for their dream machines, the TwiSTER line has the 'S' standing for 'Speed' while the 'TER' is named for 'terrific'."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Super LANBOY Case Review @ XYZ Computing
"One of the areas in which LAN-specific hardware is most sought out is in case design. People are looking for smaller, lighter, and easier to handle cases so as they can easily be moved from your home to the location of the LAN. One of the first cases built for this purpose was Antec's original LANBOY. This acclaimed case was small, all-aluminum, and easy on the eyes. With time Antec has updated the design in their Super LANBOY, which we'll be taking a look at today."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverProp Cyclone SE Water Blocks Review @ A1-Electronics
"The finish of the SilverProp Cyclone SE S462 is superb and well made with the base having a smooth finish to create an overall top notch product. You can see the 1/2 inch diameter water pipe fixing making it ideal for large water pipe systems."

More information on this review can be found here.
R-Type Water Block Review @ Procooling
"The relatively open design and the large 1/2" copper connectors used for barbs make the R Type a fairly low flow resistance block. I would guess that the 1/2" copper barbs are the major reason for the increased flow rate. It is also clear that the R-Type block does quite a bit better than the Lumpy Channel block at less than 1.25 GPM. This is consistent with the thicker base used on the R-Type."

More information on this review can be found here.
Acadia Technology YCC-S27 Case Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"For a long while it looked as though the Micro-ATX form factor motherboard and cases were about to become a thing of the past, but it's good to see that some of the major players in the motherboard field haven't given up on them yet. Just doing a quick check at Newegg shows that they have 38 - AMD motherboards listed and 58 for Intel. With all those motherboards we need cases and one of those is the Acadia Technology's YCC-25 low profile case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, July 26, 2004
Exclusive Preview: Meedio HTPC Software @ HTPCNews
"On Tuesday Meedio LLC will be releasing the successor to myHTPC, the definitive front end for Home Theater PC's, Meedio. HTPCnews.com was given access to the final version of the application for one week and has all the information anyone could want on this application. Once again, Pablo (the creator of myHTPC) has made something so revolutionary and so expandable that the HTPC community will forever change. It's apps like this one that get people to look at an HTPC and say, man I just HAVE to have that. Don't believe me? Look at the Plugin and Meedio: Basic pages of the review and make up your own minds. I think after you check it out, you'll mouth will water."

This is a must read for all myHTPC users including myself. More information on this preview can be found here.
Ultra Products UV Series Review @ PimpRig
"As you may have already seen in PimpRig's review of the X-Connect 500W, Ultra Products are quickly building a reputation for quality PC power supply units. PSUs aren't the only items in their portfolio though, as they also produce RAM, CPU heatsinks, PC cases, USB hubs & drives, external firewire/USB HDD enclosures, and so on. Also included in their lineup is the UV Series: a small range of ultraviolet light emitting & reactive items, currently standing at 80mm UV reactive fans (available in blue and red), UV reactive IDE cables (available in red, blue, green and orange), 12" UV cold cathodes, and round UV cold cathodes for 80mm fans. Ultra Products were kind enough to supply a box of goodies from their UV series for PimpRig to review."

More information on this review can be found here.
PolarFlo TT CPU WaterBlock Review @ GruntvillE
"In similar fashion to the PolarFLO Universal block before it, the TT block is available in multiple colors. The differences are that there are currently fewer of them, and it is as a two-tone design. Currently they are shipping blocks with 4 finishes; chrome (pictured above), chrome/red, chrome/black, and chrome/blue. To be honest, the new appearance options are pretty darn sharp. The two-tone look provides a nice contrast with the chrome."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Excalibur 9550 VIVO Edition Video Card Review @ LANAddict
"If you're looking for a card that will allow you to capture video from anything with an S-video or composite video connection and do a little gaming on the side, then you should consider the Excalibur 9550 VIVO Edition. With its 256MB of DDR RAM you get smoooth playback of DVD movies and video clips, plus very few dropped frames during video capture."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolerMaster AeroGate II Review @ ModdersHQ
"Today we take a look at the Cooler Master AeroGate II, a complete system monitor with multiple colors, a great look, and the ability to monitor temperatures as well as change fan speeds. If you want a good looking fan controller/system monitor combo, this could be your best bet."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS Extreme AX600XT/TD Review @ Legion Hardware
"The ATI Radeon X600XT is quite a step down from the X800 series and really is nothing more than a PCI-Express enabled Radeon 9600XT. For this reason I now understand why NVIDIA decided to push their pervious generation of technology into the PCI-Express market. The GeForce PCX 5900 (FX5900XT) had little trouble competing with the new Radeon X600XT."

More information on this review can be found here.
nVidia 6800LE Video Card Review @ t-break
"Just a few days back, some info surfaced on a new variant of the 6800 GPU from nVidia modeled as 6800LE. Just out of luck, one of the system integrators that we know of received a sample and wanted us to test the card out. From the little information he had, the 6800LE seems to be targeted as an OEM product and will not be released through the retail channel."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AG8 Motherboard Review @ MBReview
"It all comes down to the features, but on a performance level, you can't really beat a solid i915P option as we have seen here today. I've seen the AG8 rumbling around in the $140 so far, and it is still making its way into the market. This is about 20-25% less than the AA8-DuraMAX offering, so whether or not 3% performance gain, and additive DDR-II costs make up for it is up to you."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax CS-800TA-B Mid-Tower Case Review @ Tech-Dreams
"In the ever-changing world of technology, we have seen how cases have evolved over time. While the basic function of cases for personal computers has remained pretty much the same, they have undergone a number of changes - some are more dramatic than others. Some of these changes include decreasing the weight; increasing the drive capacity; and adding curves, doors, and other artistic designs, which include just about every color in the rainbow and surface finishes. Blending features, such as the number of drive bays and front I/O ports, and aesthetics has led to the production of a number of great-looking and feature-packed cases. Let's take a look at one of Enermax's newest mid-tower cases and see how it blends features with aesthetics."

More information on this review can be found here.
New LANPartyUT Press Release @ DFI
Taipei, Taiwan (July 26, 2004) DFI(r), innovator and maker of the award-winning LANParty(tm) motherboards and industrial solutions for applied computing platforms, today announced the worldwide launch of the new LANPartyUT(tm) series. Extended from the original LANParty family of UV-reactive motherboards, the new line takes this unique user experience to the next level with its unmatched engineering concepts.

Keeping the signature UV-reactive components on board, the UT series aims to please with its rich feature set and outstanding price per performance. Understanding the needs for a versatile hardware platform, this series caters to enthusiasts who are on the cutting edge of technology while still wishing to take advantage of mature standards the industry currently offers. Available in both Intel(r) and AMD(r) platforms, the LANPartyUT series offers a wide range of motherboards to choose from.

First in the series is industry's first hybrid memory solution for the Intel LGA 775 platform. The LANPartyUT 915P-T12 motherboard takes full advantage of the Intel 915P/ICH6 chipset and offers support for both DDR and DDR2 memory in dual channel mode. Users can enjoy the new features and engineering behind the new LGA 775 platform while still save by taking advantage of existing technology. DFI's new LANPartyUT 915P-T12 is designed to bridge the transition from current memory standard to the next generation high-bandwidth DDR2, thus minimize total cost of early adoption. Users can benefit from technology maturity and affordable price point of the current DDR or position for future adoption of DDR2. Further, memory's importance in extreme overclocking can now be realized in conjunction with DFI's new overclocking algorithm."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Antec Sonata Case Review @ Mikhailtech
"Even the bottom of the case is covered in the suave finish; you can clearly see the level of reflection. Also present are four rubber feet to further reduce vibrations (noise) and protect the bottom. But the most interesting point here is the inclusion of a slide-out dust filter which I first noticed on their Performance PLUS860 a couple years back. Its presence makes general case cleaning a breeze and encourages the routine to be completed more often. The filter isn't the same on both sides; initially the side pointing towards the inside of the case has walls around it, creating a sort of shallow pan for the dust to collect in. The problem with this is that dust collects on the outer (other) side of the filter. The simple solution is flipping it to the other side. The filter itself is plastic mesh so when it fills up just wash with water, dry and replace. Dust maintenance doesn't get any easier than this."

More information on this review can be found here.
QuietPC AcoustiCase 6607B Review @ Madshrimps
"The AcoustiCase from QuietPC is aimed at those looking to silence their system. Acoustic materials inside the case reduce noise from vibration, hard drives and high pitched fans. Does the 6607 deliver? Read on to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
New U2-UFO Revision Release @ MountainMods
"Mountain Mods announces the release of the U2-UFO (1203). Utilizing the same award winning design this U2-UFO revision looks nearly identical to the untrained eye as the original U2-UFO, but for those wanting the best in a water cooled PC take notice. The spacing on the U2-UFO (1203) motherboard side fan holes has been altered to fit the King of Computer cooling Radiators - The Thermochill HE 120.3. Put away your dremel, thread taps, and drill bits. Just apply the fans to the shrouds and the shrouds to the radiator. Then line up the fan holes to the front panel of the U2-UFO (1203) for a radiator installation that almost anyone can do. Once the Thermochill 120.3 is installed listen closely. You might just hear radiator saying "Finally, I'm HOME". Yes the Thermochill HE 120.3 has found a home and in this case it's a magnificent mansion. Other revisional changes include a new locking motherboard mechanism and optional EATX/SSI-EEB form factor motherboard trays for your dual Xeon and Opteron boards."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Saturday, July 24, 2004
TR's CPU Decoder Ring @ The Tech Report
"AMD and Intel have abandoned clock speed entirely on some chips in favor of three-digit model number systems that are more or less arbitrary. It's gotten to the point where you need a secret decoder ring just to understand what you're getting in a modern CPU."

More information on this useful chart can be found here.
Command Per Clock, ON or OFF? @ Insanetek
"If you have a good overclocking motherboard, you'll find a plethora of tweaking options. One of the most important options would be the advanced chipset section. This is where you do all your memory tweaks and timings. This is where you'll also find the CPC option for nForce2 chipsets."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thermaltake Xwing Bluetooth Wireless Optical Mouse Review @ Tweaknews
"Now don't get me wrong, I know that this mouse is really not suited for everyday extended office use but is more targeted towards laptop users and/or Lanparty gamers that don't want to drag around the heavier corded version. This package is very small, very light weight and can be considered a small wireless optical version of your everyday run of the mill mouse."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS A8V Deluxe Motherboard Review @ Sharky Extreme
"Socket 939 has provided AMD enthusiasts with a high-end platform without the concessions of Socket 940. Gone is the reliance on expensive and hard-to-find Registered DDR, and the new Socket 939 Athlon 64 and Athlon 64 FX processors have shuffled off this last connection to the Opteron architecture, and stepped out on their own. The key features of Socket 939 include supporting industry-standard DDR, a dual-channel DDR memory controller, and an upgrade to the Hyper Transport speeds."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AV8 K8T800 Pro Motherboard Review @ VR-Zone Hardware
"Coming into this review I had high hopes for the AV8's overclockability, primarily because of the success I've had with the KV8-MAX3 and the NF7-S Rev 2.0. Luckily, I did not leave dissapointed. With our Athlon 64 3800+ processor, we were able to achieve a stable overclock of 265MHz, an overclock that was 74MHz higher than what we were able to achieve with our MSI K8T Neo2-FIR board. We ran our Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness tests to see how the board performs when it overclocks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-250 Review @ Designtechnica
"Hauppauge’s WinTV-PVR-250 TV tuner and capture card is the product of choice for HTPC enthusiasts and Windows Media Center system builders, and for good reason. There certainly are lower-priced solutions available, but the PVR-250 has quite an advantage over them with its hardware based MPEG encoder, saving valuable processor performance for other tasks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Iron Modder Competition @ Creative Mods
"The first Iron Modder modding competition has officially begun. The rules are simple: mod a PC case or accessory using the required ingredient, take pictures of it, and submit. Your entries will be judged by: ZapWizard, Hakujin, and Linear. The prizes include: a Logisys Acrylic Case, 3x Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer's Revision 3s, and more. If you are curious to see what the required ingredient is, if you want to participate, or if you just want to see the crazy and imaginative results this competition will yield, feel free to check it out."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Shuttle's XPC SB81P Review @ Hexus
"It's unappealing with the GMA900 on-board video, so wait for PCI Express graphics cards to appear, pick your CPU and GPU poison, then definitely consider the SB81P as the host platform for those choices. Because if you can stomach LGA775 and PEG16X, it's good. Very very good."

More information on this review can be found here.

NVIDIA's GeForce 6800 and 6800 GT GPUs

"What strikes me most is the performance difference the entire range of product from both IHVs has over the outgoing generation of parts. They all make 9800XT and 5950 Ultra look very very silly indeed. Something for everyone from £200 upwards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Red Hot BMW Mid-Tower Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"Anyone who loves BMW styling will like the Red Hot BMW Mid-Tower Case. The streamline handle at the top is a very nice feature for transporting the case, and there are plenty of drive bays and places to install fans. It even has lights, two USB ports, plus microphone and headphone jacks at the bottom front. Also included is a 500 watt Power Supply to give this product major bang for the buck."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Cavalier 3 Case Review @ XYZ Computing
"Just a few weeks ago CoolerMaster released its newest chassis line, the Cavalier. These too use a curvy, aluminum bezel and stylish, understated design. The Cavaliers (there are four variations) seem to be based on the WaveMaster but with a few twists and innovations."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Weekly Special @ The Cutting Edge
"Our weekly special is for 12” and 4” cold cathode kits for $5.00 each. These are made by Sunbeam and feature dual inverters, velcro to adhere the light and PCI slot plate with switch. Available in Blue, Red, Green and UV for both plus white, purple and yellow for the 12."

Specifications:
- Cold cathode is very bright-29,000 cd/m2
- Dual invertor can run 2 lights
- Average lifespan is 30,000 hours
- Low power consumption-0.005A for light
- Velcro for attaching light
- Plug and play
- Inexpensive

More information on this sale can be found here.
Friday, July 23, 2004
id Software's Official DOOM3 Benchmarks @ [H]ardOCP
"Today we are sharing with you framerate data that was collected at the id Software offices in Mesquite, Texas. Both ATI and NVIDIA were present for the testing and brought their latest driver sets. While an extensive amount of data was taken, what we want to focus on is the high end video cards that are currently making their way to market. That means we will be showing you frames per second rates taken using the DOOM 3 timedemo "demo1" that will be included in your boxed copy of DOOM 3. The version of the game used to test is the same version you will be loading onto your own computer."

More information on this article can be found here.
Raidmax Scorpio 668 Gaming Case Review @ ClubOC
"Raidmax has moved the front ports to the top of the case. You will find 2 USB, 1 Firewall, an audio and a mic port on the top. This is great for normal daily use because most of the time the case is sitting on the floor or under your desk. This makes access to the USB ports easy. At a LAN it may be different, since most LANs that I've been to have you put your case on a table next to your monitor. The large plastic cover is not just for the ports. It also houses an exhaust fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Cavalier1 Case Review @ Bit-Tech
"Opening the aluminum door reveals five 5.25 bays and one 3.5" bay. The only negative to the door (if you are a fan of doors, some folks hate them and some don't but we will address that later) is because of it's curved design, it swings quite wide of the body so if you plan to have your case in tight quarters around your desk, keep that in mind. The positive side of the door's shape is you should be able to accommodate any 5.25" bay devices that may have knobs or any other raised elements like an Audigy panel. Prior models of CoolerMasters with the flat panel glass doors made having such devices a headache."

More information on this review can be found here.

Cooler Master RealPower 450W PSU Review

"In the world of computer components the power supply is probably the least sexy, and therefore, the most overlooked. You won't frequently find many dedicated forums to power supplies like you would for video cards and processors with threads boasting about their recent "over clocking scores OMG!!!" But, as any experienced system builder and/or over clocker will tell you, without plenty of solid and stable power, your over clocking career maybe cut short in its prime. And, with the greedy power demands of the next generation of video cards and motherboards, even non-over clockers will be needing a whole new breed of power delivery features found in the recent generation of power supplies.

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCW50-T Review @ Virtual-Fusion
"The Swiftech MCW50-T performance is superb, making it possible to achieve awesome temperatures letting you overclock a bit more your graphics card. The installation is easy and quick making it possible for the "not so experienced" users to get into the extreme cooling world."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Stacker Case Review @ Viper Lair
"Though it's not that important yet, the ability to go from ATX (and the various flavours) to BTX is something that separates the CM Stacker from the rest of the field. At $165 USD, this case isn't cheap, but if you're keeping an eye out for the future, this is a case that will "switch teams" for you if the need arises."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan TWC-A04 Water Cooling System Review @ BigBruin
"The Titan TWC-A04 Water Cooling System is just a few final touches away from being a highly recommended product. Overall, I am very impressed with the fit, the finish, the performance, and the attention to detail on things like the water block bases, the secondary radiator, and the ease of use in or out of a case. In general, the components impress with their appearance, and their performance doesn't suffer for it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xice ExternalCool EC900 Water Cooling Kit Review @ Madshrimps
"If you like to hear yourself think when sitting next to your PC, then Xice has a solution for you; the EC900 is a completely passive water cooling kit. Today the Madshrimps install this kit into a small barebone system to see how it will cool down a 2.4ghz P4 system!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, July 22, 2004
Vantec PCI/RAM Slot Protector Kit Video Review @ 3DGameman
"Not only do Vantec Slot Protector Kits keep dust out of PCI and RAM slots, but they also look fantastic when installed! Installation will only take a minute due to their efficient design. They are available in five different colors; Red, Green, Blue, Yellow and Black, and all are UV reactive. The best part is they are inexpensive and will brighten up or add to any case modding theme."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Vantec Lapcool 2 Review @ Think Computers
"With the increasing number of people using laptops, and the ever-increasing speed and features of today's laptops, a laptop cooler is an important addition to many mobile computer-users. The heat produced by some of these laptops can be quite surprising, and quite uncomfortable. If you rest your laptop on your legs for any length of time, as when traveling by plane, for instance, a laptop cooler is an especially welcome addition."

More information on this review can be found here.
Okion OwlEye Illumination Keyboard Review @ Modguidez
"The usage of Electroluminiscent lighting in keybaords is now becoming very popular in the modding community. EL technology is used in many areas from movie sets to the military because of its versatility, how they emit low heat and their luminosity. It was originally used by government branches and the military for computing in rugged places as well as areas where light is at low. Today I'll take a look at Okion's OwlEye Illumination Internet/Multimedia Keyboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec SmartBlue 350W PSU Review @ TechFreaks
"If you have the choice between the 350W SmartPower and the 350W SmartBlue, I might opt for the SmartPower because they generally run cheaper and the LED fans were anything but impressive. The SmartBlue 350W nevertheless proved true of deserving the Antec name and even for those on a budget, there is a power-supply option for you that delivers performance at a reasonable price. A post on your site would be greatly appreciated."

More information on this review can be found here.
DragonModz Military LED Switch Review @ PimpRig
"The switch is available in “Karbon Phyber” and “ICE Bloo”. You got to love the color names, even if "Phyber" sounds like something robots eat to stay regular. The switch is a military style we’ve all seen before, but in addition to the new finishes, there is a blue LED embedded in the tip of the switch arm."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax NoiseTaker 420w Power Supply Review @ XYZ Computing
"Today we'll be taking a look at one of the newest additions to the Enermax family, the Noisetaker line, specifically the 420w unit. Enermax purports this power supply to be one of the best available for people looking for all-out performance even with when using the newest processors available. By having Intel ATX12V Ver. 1.3 compliance this unit should be more than ready to power any platform, including Prescott and Athlon64. As if this was not enough, the NoiseTaker line is designed to run and extremely low noise levels."

More information on this review can be found here.
Behind Closed Doors: DDR2 Marketing @ Legit Reviews
"As you can tell the marketing behind DDR2 memory is far from an open/shut case by any means. From the naming of the DDR2 memory lines to the differentiating of brand lines based on performance we can see that each companies marketing department took a different approach to the DDR2 battlefields. Sad as it may be in the end it is the consumer that bites the bullet. If we, the professional media, can't keep things straight how do these companies expect the public to be able to."

More information on this article can be found here.
Gigabyte K8NSNXP Skt 754 NF3 250 Motherboard Review @ GruntvillE
"While I would have liked to seen an integrated audio solution (like the Soundstorm system integrated into nForce2), we can't blame Gigabyte as NVIDIA did not include one in this round of chipsets. That's not to say the Realtek ALC850 audio controller is a slouch in the audio department. This 8-channel (7.1) audio codec is fully AC '97 2.3 compliant and features 16-bit, 8-channel audio with auto-jack sensing which basically auto detects the speakers/devices currently plugged in and adjusts output accordingly; no more guess work."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron FX5700P Turbo & Gainward Ultra/980 SilentFX Review @ Hexus
"If I learned anything from this article it's that it doesn't pay to take your eye off the mid-range sector, even just for a second. You do so, concentrating on all that's shiny and new and when you glance back you've got dual-DVI boards aplenty. It's a mini paradigm shift that the market has been waiting for for some time, so it's nice to see it finally taking effect, even if it's just from one or two vendors."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X600 XT Review @ VR-Zone Hardware
"Overclockability has been a key selling point of the ATI Radeon 9600XT over the last 10 months. The card has a great amount of overclocking headroom, and since the Radeon X600 XT is essentially the same card under the hood, we expected it to be a decent overclocker as well. Our results weren't disappointing; we were able to get an overclock of 60MHz from the core and 50MHz from the memory of the Radeon X600 XT, giving us a final core speed of 560MHz and memory speed of 840MHz."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI RX9800 Pro TD-128 Video Card Review @ Virtual-Fusion
"The results achieved by the MSI RX9800 Pro TD-128 were very good prooving why ATI Radeon 9800 Pro is still on of the best price and performance gpu´s. The cooling of this graphics card seems to be very efective, however the overclocking results were not as good as expected."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast A400GT TDH Video Card Review @ BJorn3D
"Leadtek is one of the oldest NVIDIA board partners around. They actually have been working with NVIDIA since the GeForce 256 back with their WinFast GeForce256 DDR. We at Bjorn3D are always excited when we get a board from Leadtek since they have always offered a good board with custom cooling and a decent bundle."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCW6002-A Waterblock Review @ Procooling
"If you are using a high pressure pump then the MCW6000 will likely perform better than the MCW6002. Also note that the performance curves of the MCW6000 and 6002 lie atop one another at flow rates of 1.25GPM and below. This means that, if you are using a low pressure pump such as a Eheim 1046 or 1048, the MCW6002 will probably perform better than the MCW6000 because resistance is lower and so final flow rate will be higher."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aquagate Water Cooling Kit Review @ PCUnleash
"In the past, a water cooling system was mainly used by overclockers. Normal users didn’t even consider the idea of using water cooling, since it involves a much more sophisticated installation procedure, as well as potential for damage being caused to the system by water leaks. However, if you think of the heat that is generated by a typical system nowadays, you can easily understand how the demand for water cooling is gradually increasing. Moreover, in the summer, reliance on air cooling for your system can even be dangerous, the system being more vulnerable to heat. I’ve heard many complaints from users that in summertime they had to go back to the original clock."

More information on this review can be found here.
Meridian Tech. XClio Case Review @ System Cooling
"My first experience with Meridian Technology was about two years ago when I came across their aluminum case in the Global Sources magazine. It was nothing revolutionary and pretty standard for that time. Well today we'll be taking a look at a brand new offering from Meridian, the XClio. As you'll see the XClio delivers a pre-modded look that is second to none and why its tasteful futuristic styling, features and cost make it a pure winner."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Zalman Real Surround Sound Heaphones Review @ 1SweetPC
"Today I have the pleasure of reviewing the most comfortable, best sounding headphones I have ever used. The Zalman Real Surround headphones have probably been the most talked about headphones ever, and they deserve every good thing that has ever been said about them. From their hinge-design, which allows for easy transport to LAN parties, to their excellent fit and superior sound these headphones are a must-have for gamers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Real Power 450 PSU Review @ MetkuMods
"While Cooler Master isn't the first manufacturer to use honey comb structure in their power supplies, they have used it in bit different way. Only the side that will be facing out from the case is opened this way. Some manufacturers have included similar openings to the from of the unit but that will only push warm air back to the case. Cooler Master's solution ensures that all the air that gets sucked inside the PSU will be forced out from the system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Total Watts Viewer 480w ATX PFC PSU Review @ The Crucible
"Thermaltake is continuing to deliver high quality power supplies. As long as the price is good I think that the Thermaltake Total Watts Viewer 480 active PFC power supply would be a great addition to any new, or upgraded PC. The 480 total watt rating should provide more than adequate power, and the TWV display is something to show off to all your friends."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Z-3 Speakers Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"While the Z-3s had a few minor annoyances such as the situation with the control pods wires being attached to those of the satellites, I was very impressed with this system overall. I'll admit that I wasn't expecting this level of sound quality, and was very much pleased to see a system that not only looked good but also delivered on the sound reproduction goods as well. While the MSRP for this setup of $99 USD, you can undoubtedly find them online at a much lower price, though this figure still places them above most 2.1 setups. However, I believe the Z-3s warrant the slightly higher price tag, as testing has shown to me that the sound quality is above most 2.1 systems. If you're looking for a 2.1 system, I can wholeheartedly recommend these, as they won't disappoint you."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mapower Electronics 3.5" Aluminum USB 2.0 Enclosure Review @ 3DXtreme
"The KC31U2 is a very sturdy external enclosure with a very stylish design. This unit can be up and running within just a few minutes so you can move or copy files at will for backup, mobile work, or just taking some music back and forth to work. I've only had this unit for about a week, but not having to worry about moving things on a 256meg pen drive anymore lets me breathe a sigh or relief."

More information on this review can be found here.
Maxtor MaXLine III 250GB SATA Review @ Legion Hardware
"Another hyped about feature of these MaXLine III series hard drives is their native command queuing (NCQ) support. Unfortunately, I was unable to exploit the potential performance of this new technology. Nevertheless, I do not doubt for a moment how significant the impact of this technology could be. Obviously at this point in time NCQ is a technology that will benefit few, though it does exist in this new hard drive series from Maxtor."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI Lan Party NFORCE II Ultra B Review @ HTPCNews
"The feature rich DFI Lan Party NFORCE II Ultra B is on the test bench at HTPCnews.com today with a little twist. We aren't looking at how well it can be used as a Lan party box, but instead as a full featured Media Center motherboard. Items like real time encoding of Dolby Digital 5.1, excellent playback of 1080i video clips, passive cooling, and a great deal of HDD connectors make this motherboard one that we just had to take a look at. For more information on this latest motherboard from DFI, check out the review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech VNF3-250 Motherboard Review @ AllAMD
"The nForce3 150 was met with nothing more than a fizzle in the enthusiast world. So when the nForce3 250 came out, it had to make a big impact. Chaintech offered up this chipset in ther VNF3-250. The VNF3-250 offers a lot in terms of configuration, but will it live up to its Zenith logo in terms of performance, eventhough there's a tiny Value tagged at the end of it?"

More information on this review can be found here.
WACC Dual Radiator and P/A Reservoir Review @ Viper Lair
"I'm typing this review in MS Word, Winamp is playing a song from an Internet radio station, mIRC is in another corner and for all intents and purposes the system is pretty much idle, with the odd spike up to 8% CPU usage. During all this, my CPU temperature is holding at 38C in utter silence, no fans. That's pretty damn good to me."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Aquarius III Mods Part 6 @ A1-Electronics
"After having a break from modifying our Thermaltake Aquarius III we decided to try something we had thought of trying earlier. Quite simple really. Instead of using two fans to push/pull air through the two cooling radiators we would try using just the one powerful fan that comes as standard with the Thermaltake Aquarius III. One of the ideas of these series of mods has been to keep the price down to the minimum and yet achieve the best cooling possible from the Thermaltake Aquarius III."

More information on this review can be found here.
APEX Super Case TU-150 ATX Mid Tower Review @ hardCOREware
"Today, we're taking a departure from reviewing the $100+ cases to shed some light on something that is a bit easier on your wallet. At $55 (400W PSU included), the APEX TU-150 is obviously not going to garner a lot of excitement, especially considering the understated design. But as you know, it's the $55 cases that can be the perfect base for some of the most insane case mods out there! But is the TU 150 worthy of your attention?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe e-OTONASHI Fanless Mini PC Case Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"The Scythe e-OTONASHI Fanless Mini PC Case could never be classified as just another Mini-ITX case not by any stretch of the imagination. There is one thing alone that separates it from all of its competition and that being the use of Heatlane(tm) Technology cooling. Where other cases depend upon case air flow and minuscule fans, Scythe has come up with a cooling system that takes the heat completely away from the processor as well as out of the case."

More information on this review can be found here.
QuantumPC Project @ PyroPort
"With computers getting smaller and more powerful, sophisticated and more efficient we are starting to see computers ebb their way into almost every aspect of life. Ever since I became the owner of a Quantum 2+2 kitcar I have had the desire to blend my two biggest hobbies together - PCs and Cars. The Car-puter project was born. The idea of a car-puter is nothing new, many people have done something similar and numerous production cars are now coming with built-in "computers". What I am aiming to do is create a system that - in theory at least - someone could purchase and install in their own vehicles."

More information on this project can be found here.
Building your own X-Large Keyboard @ ModAsylum
"Since the modding world interested me, I always wanted to create real objects that aren’t using premodded stuff. Not to say that I got my own opinion about that kind of stuff. Anyway, many modders have always wanted to create an object then others never think about. In that same way, I decided for myself to make a one of a kind keyboard that would be unique. There are certainly others reasons why I created it, like for helping people who need it for any physicals problems that require big-key keyboards for helping them with access to computers. After having created it and having many comments about it, I decided to write a little guide about how it works and how it is possible to build your own. I hope that it will give you ideas about creating your project using PS/2 or other interface via a controller."

Very cool project! More information on this project can be found here.
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Cooler Master Real Power 450W PSU Review @ VR-Zone Hardware
"The Real Power 450 is not your standard power supply. Traditional power supply design has one 80mm fan exhausting excess heat from the power supply, but with the Real Power 450, Cooler Master included a large 120mm fan instead. To prevent overheating and increase airflow, the Real Power 450 has a "honey comb" exhaust structure."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec ION 2 350W Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This virtually-silent power supply sports a whisper-quiet 120mm fan, has black sleeving and black EZ-Grip connectors on each of the 4 pin leads, and rounds out nicely with a reasonable price point. While this power supply is only 350 watts, it has no problem powering the most current computer systems. The overall design, appearance, and performance of this product is excellent."

More information on this video review can be found here.
SilverStone SST-ST30NF Fanless PSU Review @ HTPCNews
"When it comes to ultra high end PSU's we expect perfect rails and silence. Silverstone has been making strides into the HTPC arena in the past few months and this latest product just proves how serious they are. Their 300w "Fanless" PSU hit the test bench at full steam; see if it survived the grueling tests or if it fell by the wayside."

More information on this review can be found here.
Icy Box Mobile Rack Review @ The Modfathers
"The looks are also really very appealing. The simple, none cluttered design really works well. The flashing lights are a gimmick, but a fun one to have."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolJag JVC682A K8 Heatsink Review @ Ninjalane
"The CoolJag JVC682A is a hybrid design meaning that it is constructed from two different materials. The base is made from a solid copper plate that is attached to a skived aluminum heatsink. This technique is quite common in heatsink construction though performance increases are dependant how the copper is used, attached, and located. The heatsink base has been machined flat with no apparent surface imperfections."

More information on this review can be found here.
TTIC NPH-1 Socket 478 Heatpipe Cooler Review @ InsaneTek
"TTIC utilizes a different technique of heatpipe technology than most other heatsink manufacturers. Smaller, thinner heatpipes is the common design. Instead, TTIC chose to have one extra large heatpipe that runs directly through the center of the fins."

More information on this review can be found here.

OCZ DDR Voltage Booster Sneak Peaks

"Expect a review of the Booster on August 2nd, and no later than August 3rd. Here are some quickshots to ease the drooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle ST61G4B Special Edition Review @ PCUnleash
"Many companies are currently seeking a new gold mine that can facilitate the market. The most successful field for attracting an audience nowadays is with the barebone system. Although barebone systems were not initially given a warm reception by extreme enthusiasts, Shuttle’s small form factors are in fact gaining their reputation mainly among this type of people. So we would like to introduce a very relevant product today for any extreme enthusiast, or casual user. It is the ST61G4 from Shuttle."

More information on this review can be found here.
July DDR2 Pricing Guide @ Legit Reviews
"Pricing for DDR2 has finally steadied out on the market. For the first time in over three months we have started to see DDR2 pricing go up instead of coming down. This makes sense as we are getting set to enter August, which is traditionally a strong month for computer sales."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nvidia Geforce 6800 128MB Review @ Hardware Avenue
"Hardware Avenue have today reviewed Nvidia’s Geforce 6800 128MB (non ultra) reference sample. Coming in at an expected RRP of $US 300, they compare the 6800 to ATi’s 9800XT, which is not only less impressive feature wise and generally slower, but is also still more expensive than the 6800. Find out why the 6800 makes previous 3D chip generation leaders irrelevant in today’s videocard market in their review!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston HyperX 1024MB PC4300 Dual Channel Kit Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"Kingston Technology is one of the largest independent memory module manufacturers in the world, and to be at the top means meeting consumer needs. Kingston's HyperX line of memory is targeted towards high performance PC enthusiasts, offering top of the line memory at market competitive prices backed by Kingston's lifetime warranty."

More information on this review can be found here.

Kingston HyperX 1024MB PC4300 Dual Channel Kit Review @ Viper Lair

"If you're going to be running at PC3200 speeds, in which case we've always recommended lower latency modules, you CAN tweak the HyperX PC4300. At PC3200, I managed 2.5-3-3-5 timings, which isn't super, but it isn't too bad either."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP nForce3-250Gb Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"Apparently too, the MOSFETs on this motherboard can handle up to 150 amperes. The Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP's Dual Power system is a 6-phase unit, which reportedly can scale up with CPU's as fast as 10 GHz. I guarantee we won't be seeing anything that quick, anytime soon, however!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, July 19, 2004
Cooler Master Musketeer 2 Review @ Overclockers Club
"Cooler Master has had a slue of slick looking multi function panels in the past year, and today we will be looking at the second addition to the Musketeer line the Musketeer2. With the original Musketeer you had a slick looking panel using analog gauges; this really makes the Musketeer stand out from any other multifunction panel on the market. The first Musketeer had gauges to for temperature, fan voltage, and the ability to read the sound pressure level and adjust the volume accordingly. On the Musketeer2 we have the same volume adjustability, but now you can control both the left and right channel, along with analog gauges for both channels. You also have an analog gauge to show the level of hard drive activity. Let's take a closer look and see if the Musketeer2 is what you need to add some flare to your case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Maxdy FlexiGlow FX GamePad Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Maybe you can't build a better mousetrap, but Flexiglow has managed to improve on the mousepad idea with their new Illuminated Fx Game Pad, provided by Maxdy. It combines a slick (but not too slick) hard plastic gaming surface with a stylish lighted border. Not a lot of benchmarks to run on this piece of hardware, but it's a functional item so I'll give it a look."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xtrac Mad Wax Review @ ModGuidez
"Mad Wax is a carnauba wax which is mixed with liquid Teflon designed to increase the speed of your plastic mouse's surface. This solution is designed to work best on plastic Xtrac mouse pads. The Mad Wax is contained in a small container and is sealed by a plastic cap."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Tumwater / Nocona (EM64T) Platform Review @ Spode's Abode
"The new Xeons are available at speeds of up to 3.6GHz and run on an 800MHz bus, unlike their 533MHz predecessors. The chip still uses the 604-Pin package, but there have been architectural changes. The processor now uses the "Prescott" core with the addition of the EM64T 64-Bit instruction set."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston HyperX PC4300 Memory Review @ Viper Lair
"If you're going to be running at PC3200 speeds, in which case we've always recommended lower latency modules, you CAN tweak the HyperX PC4300. At PC3200, I managed 2.5-3-3-5 timings, which isn't super, but it isn't too bad either."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AA8-DuraMAX Motherboard Review @ MBReview
"This motherboard offered up all of the features and performance that we expected, but at the same time it was very stable, even when we had all of the available components enabled, and added in a PCI sound card and Ethernet controller for added stability testing. I've come to expect only the best from ABIT when it comes to stability, and the AA8-DuraMAX didn't fail to live up to my expectations."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech 8600 Liquid Cooling Kit Review @ OCIA
"The three cooling blocks provided in this unit provide cool water to your CPU, GPU, and northbridge chipset. The standard 8600 kit only comes with the CPU block, but the other two may be added onto the order, and believe me, they are well worth it. Having a cool CPU is worthless if you can't keep the chipset cool, which is the link between the memory and CPU."

More information on this review can be found here.
AlphaCool Cape Water Cooling System Review @ XYZ Computing
"This is why I was so excited when I was given a chance to review AlphaCool's Cape Water Cooling kit. Though you may not be familiar with AlphaCool, they are purveyor of quality computer hardware based in Germany. Aside from selling all sorts of hardware and accessories, AlphaCool compiles their own water cooling kits. Today we will be taking a look at the "Cape Blue Kit CPU,GFX Dual HTF 2.0".

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Guardian Black Case Review @ ASE Labs
"The optical drive area. NZXT has a great locking mechanism for drives. It is the best screwless lock I've ever encountered. All you need to do is slide the lock to one side and put it in the locked position. The screwless design is amazing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerocool JetMaster Jr Silver Case Review @ 3DXtreme
"Increasingly we are seeing companies come up with new and innovative designs for computer cases. For those who wish to have a unique looking case the JetMaster appears to meet those needs. Let's take a closer look at this case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gateway KAS-303 Home Theater Review @ Designtechnica
"Gateway’s combination of a proven speaker set that we’ve already rated as an editor’s choice, a quality digital receiver and a choice of DVD player makes the KAS-303 an excellent option for a home-theater setup. The small speakers are easy to place (providing you have a location for center rear) and the small receiver should fit just about anywhere, making this ideal for apartments, dorm rooms, and home-theaters. By pairing HSU-Research’s Ventriloquist technology with Sherwood’s TruDigital, Gateway has come up with a solid performer at a very reasonable price. Music lovers and movie buffs alike will appreciate the ease of use, versatility and quality sound."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Cavalier 3 CAV-T03 ATX Tower Review @ hardCOREware
"If you've been getting tired of all the plastic bezeled wonders we've been reviewing over the past few months, you're in store for a treat. The Cavalier series from Cooler Master is clearly aimed at the sub-$100 case buyer, but doesn't spare at all from their usual high quality design. One thing it does spare on however is aluminum; this is a full steel case, with an aluminum door over a plastic bezel. So while it isn't a lightweight case, it still looks like one."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li PC-37A Aluminum Case Review @ Mikhailtech
"Lian Li didn't waste any space with the 37A. The front is loaded with everything you'd expect in a mid tower: 5x 5.25" bays, an external 3.5" bay and a pair of hidden 3.5" bays. This is quite a feat considering the case is barely over a foot tall. Also up front are the power/reset buttons, power and HDD status LEDs, a vent, Lian Li's signature case badge, and a hidden port panel. The only way Lian Li was able to cram everything in was by mounting the PSU sideways."

More information on this review can be found here.
Frost-Byte H2O Case and H2O Cooling System Review @ GruntvillE
"Every good Water Cooled rig starts out with the pump, for this we are using the Danger Den 12V Pump which plugs into a standard molex connection and turns on and off with the PC. From here we move on to the reservoir which is a Floppy Bay Reservoir allowing you to fill the system with the twist of a cap. Next, we have mounted a Black Heater Core radiator in the top of the case with a low profile shroud which will give you some of the best temps possible from a water rig. Attached to the radiator is a 120mm Aluminum Fan pulling almost 90cfm's. Finally we run 1/2 inch PrimoFlex Tubing, all cut to perfect lengths, and clamp these puppies down with colored hose clamps."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, July 17, 2004
PSU Threesome @ ModdersHQ
"Today we are all about the number 3 and PSU's. That's right, we have 3 of the hottest PSU's on the market up for review. These power supplies represent the top of the line from each company and the top favorites among overclockers, benchers, tweakers, and power hungry rigs. We'll even take a look at how each PSU handles Nvidia's latest power hungry card: the 6800 Ultra. So if you are in need of some extra juice to feed that power hungry graphics card, or if that generic PSU just isn't cutting it anymore; listen up cause today at MHQ we have the Enermax Noisetaker EG475P-VE SFMA, Antec's TrueControl 550, and PC Power and Cooling's Turbo-Cool 510 Deluxe."

More information on this new product can be found here.
New Product Release @ Swiftech
Signal Hill, 7-16-04 - Press Release for immediate release

The MCX604-V(tm) heatsink is a high performance, low noise thermal solution for Intel(r) Xeon(tm) processors with 800MHz system bus (mPGA socket 604), code named "Nocona". This heatsink is primarily intended for quality system builders and integrators, and thus ships with a factory fan. The MCX604-V(tm) meets and exceeds Intel(r) Xeon(tm) thermal & mechanical design specifications."

MSRP: $59.95
Availability: shipping now

More information on this new product can be found here.
Foxconn Heat Guzzler Heatsink Review @ FastLaneHW
"Today we have a new cooler from Foxconn on our hands. The heatsink we're reviewing today is called the Heat Guzzler. Yes, I know that sounds pretty cheesy, but this is 2004, and companies never cease to come up with cheesier and cheesier names for computer products."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire Coolwave CPU Cooler Review @ The Modfathers
"However, once fitted it really does look sweet. The picture really does not do justice to quite how neat and tidy the heatsink looks. The other thing the picture does not tell you is the noise it makes. Next to none! Lovely."

More information on this review can be found here.
eVga e-Geforce 6800 Ultra Review @ Neoseeker
"Subsequent tweaking found a sweet spot at 465/1.22 where the eVga was happily rendering away. A 65 Mhz overclock on the core and a 122 Mhz overclock on the memory are quite good and are approaching the limits of the more exotic solutions from some other vendors. As useful as the detect optimal frequency feature is, note that it is not bulletproof but merely gives a rough guideline as to what a good starting point is for experimentation with the clockrates."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X800Pro IceQ II VIVO Edition Video Card Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This Video Card is screamingly fast because of it's ATI R420 GPU core & 256MB of GDDR3 memory. It also has Video In/Video Out capabilities, and is excellent at overclocking because of an effective but quiet cooler and quality components. As a bonus, some very useful games & applications are included. This product has 'buy me' written all over it!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
ASUS AX800PRO/TD/P Video Card Review @ Hexus
"Performance was simply excellent, sitting head and shoulders above the test Radeon 9800 XT in terms of raw benchmark numbers. While the price sits artificially high since it's a brand new generation of GPU and performance, even at 323 pounds it's nearly tempting me into making a purchase of my own for my own PC. My only hesitation is with the (hopefully) imminent introduction of NVIDIA's 6800 GT variant into mass market retail. Benchmarking the 6800 GT reference board indicates greater than X800 PRO performance in a number of tests."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Cordless MX Duo Elite Desktop Review @ Tweaknews
"So, are you ready to to cut peripheral ball and chain? Does your workstation need to have the input umbilical cord snipped for good? Well, in any case you should have no problem setting up and incorporating your new MX Duo Wireless Desktop into you office or workstation. All that you need to do is plug the base into the computer, charge and install the batteries into the mouse and the keyboard, install and configure the software and enjoy."

More information on this review can be found here.
Alphacool Basic 80 mm Waterkit Review @ R&B Mods
"Tonight we have a nice little waterkit on the test bench. We recieved a Basic 80mm waterkit from Alphacool to try out. This kit seems to be able to be squeezed into most computers as it's very compact. We will as always test,get some overclocking and stock speed temperatures and then conclude by comparing it to another watersystem to see how it will perform."

More information on this review can be found here.
Valve Demo Blackmesa HL² PC Pictorial Log @ Bit-Tech
"Following on from Piloux' superb HL² Black Mesa project here, and it's pictorial articlehere, is Black Mesa 2 a fully commissioned project by Valve themselves who were so impressed with Piloux' original work they asked him to make them a demo version for their upcoming blockbuster."

Piloux has some great modding skills on display here. More information on this project can be found here.
GlobalWin Jefi Watercooling Kit Review @ [H]ardOCP
"The GlobalWin Jefi is targeted towards users wanting a solid yet silent cooling solution with a twist. The twist is the unique design of the Jefi that turns a simple watercooling kit into what can only be described as an open reservoir evaporative cooling system with a unique aquarium-style look and feel. One thing is for sure, the Jefi's unique design is at the very least a conversation starter. The Jefi has many of the same components you would find in a traditional watercooling kit, but where the Jefi varies most from a standard watercooling kit is the heat exchanger."

More information on this review can be found here.
Darth Vader PC Project Part II @ BurnOutPC
"I was amazed at the attention I received from my first part of DarthVader PC. Some of the emails I received had great suggestions. I think the question that was most relevant was "where's the CD drive?" The problem is that there was no place to put a drive in the original. So I came up with a completely new design."

More information on this project can be found here.
Building a Specialized Power Supply @ Monster-Hardware
"This time, we are going to make a hybrid power supply capable of pumping lots of juice. A buddy asked me to recently build him a power supply for his grandiose overclocking plans that include a peltier; he also does some occasional testing and mods on computer parts (that’s putting it mildly!). Therefore, the design criteria was such that the power supply needed to provide lots of amps at the common PC voltages, plus something a little higher for the big peltier he planned to use."

More information on this article can be found here.
Guide to Buying a New Computer @ PC Review
"Weighing up the merits of components when buying a new PC can be confusing. Whether you're trading your old PC in for a newer, more powerful model or looking to buy a second computer for the home or even contemplating a first-time buy, it pays to know exactly what you'll get for your money. There are few machines you can buy whose performance can be so accurately judged simply by knowing what's inside it. It might make sense to choose a TV solely on picture quality alone, or a new car on the bases of its reputation for reliability, but to buy the right PC you have to learn to play the "Numbers Game". This guide will show you how it all adds up."

More information on this article can be found here.
Friday, July 16, 2004
Logitech MX-510 Performance Optical Mouse Review @ 3DXtreme
"This new mouse uses the latest Logitech MX Optical Engine to deliver a staggering 800 DPI resolution, image processing rate of 5.8 megapixels/sec and is able to track up to 15 G's of acceleration!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Silver AS 5 and Ceramique Review @ XYZ Computing
"The biggest name in thermal compounds (aka TIMs or thermal interface materials) is Arctic Silver. They have been at it for a long time and are the most respected company in the game. Currently their two most popular products are Ceramique and, at the higher-end, Arctic Silver 5. The "Arctic Silver" line has been around for some time it is the companies flagship thermal compound and is usually regarded at the industry's best. Note that the previous compound was AS3, as no AS4 was ever produced."

More information on this review can be found here.
Revoltec Lightboard Review @ Virtual-Fusion
"With the fashion of modding in the computers, they had started to appear some sufficiently interesting products, having as main characteristics fancier lights, and colors. In a first phase, only illumination for the boxes of computer existed disponiveis, however, with the strong adhesion to this practical, since soon was verified that it had a certain necessity also to exist peripheral to combine with the boxes. Thus carpets of rat, rats and illuminated keyboards of different forms had appeared. Today we have a product of the Revoltec, German company who was born recently, and since soon she was implanted in the market of modding. One is about the Revoltec BLack LightBoard."

More information on this review can be found here.
XGI Volari V8 Reference Card Review @ PCStats
"It's quite amazing to realize the extent to which Nvidia and ATI dominate the mainstream computer graphics market. Easily 95% of video cards reviewed over the past four years are using technology from one of these two giants. Since the death of 3DFX, only a few blips from Matrox, Savage and SIS have registered on our radar. Now XGI Technology has spawned itself from the ashes of SIS's graphics division and launched into the competition for the 3D graphics throne."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Excalibur 9550 VIVO Review @ Viper Lair
"Should you decide the 9550 is for you, then you really can't go wrong with the HIS Excalibur 9550 ViVo Edition, and since the iFan version doesn't add to the sound levels at all, that's the version I would personally go for. HIS have a great overall package here, a decent card and without useless software/games added, everything included is actually useable."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATi Radeon 9550 vs GeForceFX 5500 Review @ Legion Hardware
"The Radeon 9550 is a much more competitive product I feel, as it boasts that little extra on the performance side and is generally found to be a little bit cheaper. Graphics card based on the Radeon 9550 GPU are certainly going to be much faster than the GeForce FX5500 in newer titles such as FarCry. The Radeon 9550 is even able to outclass 256MB GeForceFX 5600 graphics cards when testing under FarCry.

More information on this review can be found here.
ICY BOX External Hard Drive Review @ Short-Media
"External hard drives are very convenient but aren't as fast as the same hard drive that is connected internally and directly to a PATA or SATA header, however, the ICY BOX may just change that."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra PC4000 Dual Channel 1-GB Kit Review @ Sharky Exteme
"Ultra is a relatively new player in the high-end memory market, but the company has definitely made up ground by offering an extremely wide range of products. The Ultra line ranges from PC2700 to PC4000 and includes basic single module offerings, higher-end overclocking memory, and serious enthusiast, dual-channel DDR kits. The Ultra PC4000 Dual Channel 1-GB kit we'll be reviewing is from the last category, and features two 512-MB sticks of Ultra PC4000. This kit offers up to 500 MHz DDR specifications, matched pair operation, and guaranteed compatibility with Intel and AMD platforms."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TwinX 1024-3200XL Pro Review @ Steamed Turtle
"For a long time I've been a fan of Corsair memory. Until recently, my system and others before it, relied on a 2 or 3 year old 512mb stick of XMS3200 memory. I had been considering replacing said memory, when lo and behold, Corsair released their 3200XL range of modules. The opportunity arose for me to review some of this fine memory and I took it. Thus, let us be getting on with what we came here to stress the fastest memory modules in the world!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TwinX-1024 3200XL PRO: nForce3-250 v. Intel-875 @ Madshrimps
"The integrated circuits found beneath the heat spreaders are Samsung K4H560838F-TCCD. Original specifications have these ICs designed for 4ns operation or 200MHz at CL-3, VDD=2.6, and VDDQ=2.6. Given the manufacturer's specs, Corsair has done an outstanding job engineering the PCB, SPD (Serial Presence Detect) EEPROM. The end result produces a memory capable of 2-2-2-5 latencies at DDR400 speeds, and 2-4-4-8 at DDR500. In this case Corsair's "Plug and Frag" technology does not fall into the category of marketing fodder. The memory automatically adjusts to run low latencies at DDR400, and slightly higher at DDR500. All this without the need for manual BIOS adjustments."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Super Lanboy Case Review @ Envy News
"What I’ve enjoyed seeing lately from Antec is that they have broken away from the standard Chieftech / Chenming look that we see in a lot of the other cases that are floating around. Antec has laid their own design path in their recent cases such as the Sonata and the P160. This new design theme continues with the Super LANBOY, finished in anodized aluminum with a style all its own, you're sure to be pleased."

More information on this review can be found here.
Building a Whitebox Notebook: Part 2 @ Legit Reviews
"Once you get all the pieces for your notebook you then just have to put it together. While many DIY (Do-It-Yourself) users may feel overwhelmed at building a notebook it is really quite simple. The only tools you will need for the project is a screwdriver set, tweezers, and some space to get everything put together."

More information on this project can be found here.
Thursday, July 15, 2004
Plextor PX-712SA DVD Writer Review @ T-Break
"Plextor has been around pretty much since CDs were first introduced to the world. In 1998 Plextor began producing CD-R/RW drives which proved to be very popular. In 2003, the increasing demand for DVD writers caused Plextor to introduce DVD+R/RW drives to the ever expanding market. Today they provide a large variety of top range products, but their main focus is still on DVD and CD RW drives."

More information on this review can be found here.
Win a FrozenCPU HyperCube YY Cube Case Contest @ PimpRig
"FrozenCPU.com has offered up one of their SWEET HyperCube YY Cases to the person who can design the most PIMPIN' T-Shirt. Everyone is free to enter! The T-Shirt designs should be posted in this thread (be sure to have a high res version as well, should you win) for judging by the guys over at FrozenCPU who will make period visits to check entries and answer questions."

Guidelines:
- All entries must be posted by August 15th!
- Entries must contain the FrozenCPU logo attached to the end of this post.
- Entries must use the phrase "Computer Bling" in them somehow.
- Entries must have a high res version which is a 300dpi RGB image.

More information on this contest can be found here.
Philips PSC725 Ultimate Edge 24 bit Soundcard Review @ Hardcoreware
"If you think there are no other alternatives to Creative Labs soundcards when it comes to high end PC audio, think again. Times have changed in the past 3 or 4 years since Creative Labs sued their competition into the ground and bought all their assets. Today we're looking at the Ultimate Edge from Philips. It's based on the Envy24 GT chipset from VIA, and capable of 24 bit resolution with 96 kHz sample rate. Find out how it compares to Creative's latest greatest, and find out how much of an improvement Intel's new High Definition Audio specification brings to today's motherboards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Bluetooth Cordless MX Duo Review @ Designtechnica
"With cutting edge technology and a sleek, sexy look, the Cordless Desktop MX for Bluetooth is sure to please many users. The excellent overall functionality, coupled with the ergonomic considerations, make it a good choice for many users ? providing they are right-handed and use Windows 2000 or XP. Those looking for the next generation in wireless keyboard/mouse combos, as well as those who want freedom from wires, will be well-suited to consider this Logitech
standout."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lilliput 7" Wide Screen VGA TFT LCD with Touch Screen Review @ BigBruin
"The growing popularity of small form factor computers has done wonders to increase the availability, while also decreasing the prices. As the prices of mini systems become easier to afford, more and more systems are finding their way into less than typical installations, such as in the family car. Using a computer in a car obviously requires special display and input considerations not needed in the home, and the Lilliput 7" display featured in this review addresses both. The 7" VGA TFT LCD display features a resistive touch screen, making it easy to view and control basic applications with one compact device."

More information on this review can be found here.
IGigaram 2*512MB PC3200 Dual Channel Kit Memory Review @ Overclockers Online


"When I found out the modules used the same IC as those on the Ultra Products, I already had a certain level of expectation. I tested out the module at 2-2-2-5 and I had no luck with POSTing despite the maximum voltage being applied At 2-3-3-7, I hit a clock speed of 422. When I loosened the timing to 2.5-3-3-7, I went up to 446 MHz on a 1 to 1 ratio. Any further and my mobile Athlon XP 2500+ just couldn't take it. After playing with the FSB/DRAM ratio, I stopped at 141 FSB, 470 DRAM. Not too shabby as this was a whole 3 MHz higher than the Ultra Products."

More information on this review can be found here.
IOMagic Sound Assault 5.1 Channel Headphones Video Review @ 3DGM


"Included with this product are a number of cables, an amp, and the headphones. These are not your standard headphones since they offer 5.1 Channel audio. They have 8 speakers; 2 fronts, 2 rears, 2 centers, and 2 subs. One very cool feature is the inline control that enables quick adjusts to the front, rear, center, and sub speakers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Powercolor Radeon X800 Pro Review @ Overclockers Club



"One new feature on the X800 Pro and XT is a new compression technology called 3Dc. 3Dc is optimized to work with normal maps which allows fine per-pixel control over how light reflects from a textured surface. With up to 4:1 compression possible, this means game designers can include up to 4x the detail without changing the amount of graphics memory required and without impacting performance. In a nutshell it's suppose to provide better looking graphics and faster performance without taking up any extra memory. Of course developers will have to include the new compression technology in their games for you to take advantage of the new feature on the X800 cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plextor PX-712A & PX-712SA 12X DVD+/-R- RW Optical Drives Review @ Tech-Mods


"If you are interested in high speed DVD burning capabilities along with soaring CD burning speeds well you better fasten you seat belts! Plextor Corp. has unleashed two of their newest DVD+/-RW units with blistering performance. The PX-712A (ATAPI) 12X DVD+/-RW internal optical drive and the PX-712SA (SATA) 12X DVD+/-RW. Now at a quick glance they look the same, however the PX-712SA is their new optical drive sporting the long awaited Serial ATA interface. Today well will be taking a close look at both of these drives and hopefully we don't get pulled over for speeding"

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolmax 14cm Silent Cooling Fan Switching Power Supply Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"With more and more people looking a quiet solution to their computer needs we are still faced with the problem of having a large enough power supply to provide enough current to run all of the accessories so many people are demanding be installed in their computers. Coolmax has come up with a power supply that might help solve this problem. It's their 14cm Silent Cooling Fan Switching Power Supply (Model CR500B). With the adjustable speed 120mm fan, along with the option of letting the temperature circuitry control the fan you end up with a near silently powered system under normal operating conditions."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
CoolWave Storm III Watercooling Kit Review @ Overclockers.com
"The CoolWave ships with a Yae Loon fan D12BM-12, a 120 x 25 mm unit that runs at 1650 rpm. I found it to be fairly quiet - I could not get a reading with a Radio Shack sound meter 8" from the fan's intake (the meter stops at 50 dBA)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Interactive Waterblock Performance Page @ ProCooling
"You may have noticed that we have put together a lot of waterblock reviews over the past few months. So many reviews that it was becoming difficult to compare them all to one another on the same graph. Our always-clever forum readers helped me come up with a great solution. It's a page that allows you to simply choose the waterblocks you are interested in and see their performance. Select as many as you want. I personally wasted an entire work day randomly checking and unchecking blocks."

More information on this chart can be found here.
Razer Viper Gaming Mouse Review @ The Modfathers
"So how do you test a high performance mouse? Well I'm not one that likes hard work so I decided to go and play some games. A few hours of fragging later and lots of tweaking I finally got used to having an uber leet reaction and 360 spins were now a thing not of dreams but of reality."

More information on this review can be found here.
IR-7100 and IR-7300 800 DPI Optical Mice Review @ Big Bruin
"The I-Rocks IR-7300 and 7100 offer good performance for what they are, very reasonably priced optical mice. They look nice and perform well, but lack some of the features of higher priced mice, like extra programmable buttons. If your budget is of utmost concern, and you need performance but not a lot of buttons, the I-Rock mice are just what the Doctor ordered."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec 8 in 1 Card Reader & USB 2.0 Hub Review @ OCIA
"The three USB 2.0 ports are located on one of the short sides of the unit, which is just wide enough to accommodate these. As you plug devices into the 3 ports, lights located on the top of the unit will light up. These lights don't seem to serve much purpose other than a rudimentary check that the cable is plugged in firmly, but still a nice feature. On the opposite side there is the USB to computer and 5V power port."

More information on this review can be found here.
ViewSonic 17" VA720 LCD Monitor Review @ TechFreaks
"For the $330 price-tag, the monitor delivers a great performance and is a recommendable solution for someone looking for something a bit nicer than their current CRT. I can't recommend this monitor for someone who has a performance demanding agenda, such as a hardcore gamer or avid movie watcher. The lack of DVI certainly doesn't help the VA720's appeal but is still ideal for the office workplace and moderate home users. And at its current retail price, the VA720 is almost a steal."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron FX5700P Turbo Review @ OC-Zone
"What I cannot recommend in this graphics card is for who to wantplay more advanced games like FarCry since it lags behind the Radeon, and in these games that runs at 30~40fps, extra frames can make the difference in the game experience."

More information on this review can be found here.
ADS Tech Instant TV USB 2.0 TV Tuner Review @ BJorn3D
"The convergence of electronic entertainment devices such as TV's, DVD players, and stereos with personal computers is finally starting to happen. Purpose-built computers with direct support from Microsoft in the form of Windows XP Media Center Edition are available now. Even better news for the do-it-yourselfer is the availability of devices and software to create your own Home Theater PC (HTPC). Building a low budget HTPC was on my list of summer projects and this effort was greatly facilitated by the arrival of ADS Tech's 'Instant TV' USB 2.0 TV Tuner."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston 1GB CompactFlash Elite Pro Review @ Viper Lair
"If you're a digital photography enthusiast, the Elite Pro deserves a spot in your camera bag. There are different options available when it comes to capacity, but I would strongly recommend 512MB and up if you own anything higher than a 4MP camera."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen GeforceFX 5900XT Review @ 3DXtreme
"A few months ago this video card would have been considered top of the line or close to it, but with the emergence of the ATI X800 series and GeforceFX 6800 series it has been bumped into the mainstream market. As such, pricing for this video card is not much more than that of the NVIDIA 5700 or ATI 9600XT making it an even more attractive buy considering its performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
New HyperX Low-Latency Memory Modules Released @ Kingston
For Immediate Release: July 14, 2004 at 8:00 p.m. PST:

Kingston Launches New Ultra Low-Latency DDR PC3200 Memory Kits For PC Enthusiasts

Fountain Valley, CA (July 14, 2004) - Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the worldwide independent leader in memory products, announced today the addition new ultra low latency DDR PC3200 memory. The Kingston HyperX 400 MHz (PC3200) CL2 DDR module specifications have been updated to support lower latency timings of 2-2-2-5-1 in 512-MB memory configurations.

Kingston's HyperX modules are designed for the avid gamers and PC enthusiasts who like to maximize the performance of their systems to allow for the optimization of memory parameters. With the lower latency timings, enthusiasts can take their systems to a higher level with the increased performance provided by HyperX.

"Kingston expanded the HyperX line to include even lower latency timings, due to customers who have specifically requested a lower latency product," said Mark Tekunoff, senior technology business manager, Kingston. "The reduced latency timings will dramatically increase system performance for the enthusiast while still providing frequency headroom."

Kingston engineers designed and qualified HyperX modules by careful selection of memory components that were assembled and then thoroughly tested for ultimate performance. The modules were then assembled with a heat spreader and tested at their highest-rated speeds.

Kingston HyperX Features:
- 184-pin Unbuffered DDR Modules
- PC3200 400-MHz settings: 2-2-2-5 (CAS Latency 2)
- Aluminum heat spreader for thermal diffusion
- PCB height: 1.200" (30.48mm)
- Voltage: 2.7v

More information on this new product can be found here.
System Board Comparision @ Overclockers New Zealand
"Both K7S41GX and K7VM400RZ are good candidates for office machines. In terms of gaming performance, that is where SiS741GX(or 741) has an over-whelming advantage over Via KM400 chipset."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS A8V Deluxe Wireless Edition S939 Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"ASUS has waved its deluxe wand over a socket-939 motherboard with encouraging results. Deluxe means a horde of useful goodies. ASUS obliges with Gigabit Ethernet, 54g Wireless, FireWire400, on-chip and discrete SATA and decent sound. Packaging and presentation is usual ASUS, that is, first class. We were also pleased to report that the board ran flawlessly with the strictest memory timings. Performance, as our graphs have shown, was excellent, so much so that S940 is firmly relegated into third place, behind our test Model 3800+ and the S939 FX-53."

More information on this review can be found here.
The "Moo Cow Moo" Project @ Mini-ITX
"I found a hollow plastic cow at a monthly flea market at a Wal-Mart Parking lot in Wiesbaden, Germany. I thought it would be perfect for a Mini-ITX based computer. I grew up on a dairy farm in NY so I know a lot about cows. It was about a half hour into walking around the flea market. I looked at it and thought about it for 5 minutes. I bought it and had walk around the rest of the market. I carried the cow around the rest of the flea market for 2 hours. This was the third time I bought something heavy or awkward and had to carry it a long way to get to the car or home, when will I ever learn. It was not heavy but it was a bit awkward walking around the packed parking lot of Wal-Mart having all these German people go Moo or say something that I did not quite understand. I took 3 years of German in high school over 15 years ago. I do not remember much of it but I know bits and pieces."

More information on this project can be found here.
The Upside Down Case Project @ GideonTech
"This all started because I liked the design of the new LIAN-LI cases but not the outside of them. So I thought why not take my Xaser II that I like very much and just redesign it."

More information on this project can be found here.
Rusty Wallace 2001 Ford Taurus Car-Case Mod @ Madshrimps
"It's a 1/10th scale 2001 Ford Taurus Superspeedway R/C car body. I used only a few of the decals from the body kit, but made the rest through various mediums using Windows Paint, PaintShop Pro, and PhotoShop. They were printed on a Lexmark Z-11 inkjet onto some adhesive-back photo-paper. Turned out pretty good, I must say."

More information on this project can be found here.
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
Logitech Orbit Webcam Review @ Envy News
"Webcams have been around for quite a while, but when it comes down to it they're generally among the least evolved part of a desktop. These static devices sit on top of your monitor or at some other vantage point and stare blindly in one direction, waiting for you to take center stage. Imagine what could be done if a webcam were intuitive enough handle very low light situations, adjust its angle without use of a mouse, and even follow you as you move? Imagine no more, as we're going to show you the next generation of webcams - Logitech's Orbit Webcam."

More information on this review can be found here.
SteelPad 4S Professional Gaming Mousepad Review @ The Crucible
"While I don't think that the 4S made me any better of a UT player, I did have a few excellent rounds this morning. I even lead a couple of maps, and those I didn't, I was right at the top following the leaders very closely. I can not express how impressed I am with the 4S surface. It is by far the best mouse surface I have ever used."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corepad Review @ Creative Mods
"The Corepad is gray with orange accents on the top and bottom left hand corner. The Corepad has rounded edges and a smooth outline. There is space on the bottom middle for the included wrist rest. The Corepad’s surface is covered with a very thing layer of plastic that feels quite smooth to the touch. There is a dot pattern in the surface that helps mice tracking accuracy. The Corepad doesn’t make much noise when in use."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Gizmo 256MB USB Flash Drive Review @ Tech-Mods
"Gone are the days of floppy disks. This is evident in the fact that it is becoming increasingly difficult to purchase a new laptop computer that has a floppy disk drive. What is one to do with a file that needs to be taken with you, or transferred to another computer? Enter the FlashRAM devices. Crucial has produced a line of FlashRAM devices by the name of GIZMO! Let's take a closer look at the discreet, convenient Crucial Gizmo! Hi-Speed 256MB USB Flash Drive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Combo Cool DIY Series Cooler Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Thermaltake PIPE101 Heatsink is very versatile and can be installed on the AMD K7, K8, and Intel P4 CPU. It has an all copper construction with 67 fins, a smooth solid base and four heatpipes. Add an optional 80mm or 90mm fan, and this product offers a real solution to the growing heat problem of today's fast CPUs."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Thermaltake SilverRiver External Drive Enclosure Review @ A1-Electronics
"A very well made product that again lives up to the top quality you expect from Thermaltake. If you are looking for mobile date storage this SilverRiver external drive enclosure or any of the other two versions have got to be your choice. We have to say and hope you see from our pictures that the brushed aluminium finish of the SilverRiver and design really does look smart. And with the choice of either free standing or using the neat support its positioning is easy on your desk."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Nexstar 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ PimpRig
"Unlike the NexStar's 2.5 inch sibling, the increased power needs of a 3.5 inch drive requires the use of an external power supply. The power brick is not big, about as long as a CD Sleeve and is pretty lightweight. If we have to have 120V power to juice it, I would rather see a little larger enclosure with the converter built into it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8I915G-MF (i915G Chipset) Motherboard Review @ HardwareZoom
"GA-8I915G-MF is a cost-effective solution for the latest LGA775 Intel P4 CPU with Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 - the fastest Intel integrated graphics engine ever available. Packed with features like PCI-Express, Gigabit LAN, Firewire and Intel High Definition Audio. GA-8I915G-MF will be the best choice for a mini-PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Nexstar 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"While most of their products are targeted at the modders/overclockers, their latest one is something everybody could use in their everyday PC operations. We've all had to move large pieces of data from one PC to another or simply backing up our PC or archiving our humongous MP3 or video collections at some point of time. We'll also probably share our files with friends and family members and one of the best ways is to use an external HDD Enclosure, much like the Vantec Nexstar we're looking at today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xoxide GC-900 X-Clear Acrylic Case Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"The main anchor points for the case are the eight corner blocks like the one seen below. Each block measure 3/4" x 3/4" x 3/4". Each corner block has been drilled and a brass threaded insert pressed into three sides of the block. Two of the holes will be used to fasten either a rear panel to the side panel or the front panel to the side panel. And the remain hole will be used either to secure the top or bottom panel."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron K8X800 Pro II Athlon 64 Motherboard Review @ LAN Addict
"The Pro II really has potential since it has all the features I’d personally want as a LAN Party enthusiast such as 3Com’s Gigabit Network Card for the amazingly quick connections to our game servers, FireWire ports for capturing video from your digital video camera and some diagnostic tools that we just crave! You’ll notice BIOS Mirror has become almost standard from many companies but are often named just slightly differently such as Dual BIOS or something similar. If you’ve ever had the joy of accidentally screwing up upgrading your BIOS you’d understand the importance of having a backup."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li V1000 Case Review @ PCUnleash
"Lian Li’s V1000 is a revolutionary product, breaking the stereotypical concept of what a case should be. Usually, if the product has visually appealing features, these sometimes act as the bottleneck on its performance. However, Lian Li’s V1000 is not just easy on the eyes, but it combines practical performance and the appearance. This gives it a serious advantage, making it among the next generation of cases, I dare say."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, July 12, 2004
CoolMax 2.5" X-Treme Files V1 Review @ ExtensionTech
"While we all should back up our data regularly, do we really practice what we preach? I don't think so. How about if it were easy? Well, how about 3 buttons, like Selective Backup, Total Backup, and Restore? That about sums the COOLMAX 2.5" X-Treme Files up for you. While there can be improvements made, as with any product, this one stands on it's own pretty well for being a 1st revision. Continue on to take a closer look with me!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer Viper Mouse Review @ FastLaneHW
"Razer was founded in 1998, after hearing about many user's experiences with crappy mice. Razer sought out to bring the best to the consumer, and it's first product was the Boomslang 1000. You may remember it, as the best mouse out at the time, but with a ball. While other manufacturers were going optical, Razer stuck to the ball mouse because it offered better precision for gamers, as optical technology was fairly new. New products were being developed by Razer, which offered more and more precision while sticking with the ball mouse. Just recently, Razer has introduced a new mouse, the Viper, which uses an optical lens for tracking and from a company who is serious about precision, may just be the next best mouse."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolMax CD-510-U2 Aluminum External Enclosure Review @ Viper Lair
"The CoolMax CD-510-U2 is one of the best external enclosures we've had a chance to work with. Data transfers were very reliable, and we experienced no file corruption in any of our tests today. The USB 2.0 interface insures that the enclosure will allow drives to perform quickly, though not as fast as a direct IDE/SATA connection, regardless of what PC you use."

More information on this review can be found here.
SuperTalent Active Memory Cooler Review @ GruntvillE
"I find it funny then that for the most part our memory has been left to the feeble protection of thin heat spreaders. I spent some serious cash on my memory and I imagine you did to. I want a product that helps protects my investment so that I can safely squeeze out every last MHz from my system. And call me vain but I expect it to look good as well. I haven't spent hours upon hours improving my rigs appearance to tape a big awkward fan on my memory sticks. Well this review of the Super Talent LED Memory Cooler looks like a promising solution to my needs. It has two fans set into a rather sharp looking clear housing that slips on to the RAM. The looks are pretty snappy, but read on and we will take a closer look to see if it actually makes a cooling difference."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCX6400-V Heatsink Review @ BJorn3D
"With the temperatures of modern day processors at an all time high, third party heatsink manufacturers are always looking for and finding new ways to suck that heat off of the CPU. Swiftech is one of those manufacturers that has always been at the head of the pack. With their new MCX6400-V heatsink for Athlon64 processors, Swiftech is sure to keep their lead on the competition. In this review, we will take a look at the interesting features of the MCX6400-V and show you what sort of temperatures you can expect to see from your Athlon64."

More information on this review can be found here.

Swiftech MCX6400-V Heatsink Review @ Envy News

"Swiftech is using nearly the same proven design they've using for over a couple years now; a copper base with protruding aluminum serrated pins. Instead of the pins coming straight out and up like their older MCX4000, the MCX6400-V has them coming out in a flower pattern. This allows for more heat dissipation as the fins aren't so tightly packed. Will this design allow for the A64 chips to reach their limits? Only time and testing will tell."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Centurion 5 CAC-T05 Case Review @ Hexus
"The biggest deal about the Centurion 5, as far as Cooler Master are concerned anyway, is the tool-free nature of the chassis. The only time you'll need a screwdriver is to secure the motherboard, everything else, including getting into the case and installing hard disk drives and optical devices, requiring nothing more than deft fingers."

More information on this review can be found here.

Hiper HSU-3S350 Power Supply Review

"With a price of ~£40 inc VAT in the U.K. from a number of retailers, combined with respectable, if not earth-shattering, performance, the Hiper isn't a bad PSU by any means. The cheap is bad mantra in the budget PSU space doesn't apply here."

More information on this review can be found here.

Cooler Master KHC-V81-U1 Hyper-6 HSF Review

"The heatsink weighs a lardy 995 grams with fan, according to my digital scales. The weight violates the maximum cooler weights set out by both Intel and AMD for the CPUs the Hyper-6 supports (all AMD Socket 940, 939, 754 and Intel Socket 478 processors)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Tsunami Dream VA3000BNA Case Review @ Whining Dog
"The Thermaltake Tsunami Dream is another take on the popular "wave" design commonly seen on Cooler Master Cases (you'll see a review of the Cooler Master version of this case shortly). Although this case is a fairly expensive chassis, you do get a good amount of value out of it. The pre-modded side panel is beautiful and the glowing rear case fan spices up the internals of the chassis. The front panel also has eye candy with the blue LED lights and the wave design of the case door."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone SST-LC04 HTPC Desktop Case Review @ System Cooling
"The market for HTPC (Home Theater PC) is expanding daily. Many people are learning that "rolling your own" HTPC can have benefits over buying a stock TIVO, DVD player, CD Player etc. Because of this, more and more cases are coming to market with this in mind. Most of these cases have been less than friendly if you wanted to use a full sized ATX motherboard. And if the case did support ATX, it was too big to fit in with the other components in a typical Audio / Video cabinet. Today we'll look at a case from SilverStone Technology, the SST-LC04, which lets you have your ATX cake and eat it too."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Ahanix D5 Media Center Enclosure Review @ HTPCNews
"This review is sure to spark up some interest in many circles since it involves a bit of controversy between the original manufacture and the American reseller who has now left to produce the case at another facility. Two companies are about to butt heads big time and it's not the first time for one of the two companies, Ahanix. Last time Ahanix had controversy flaming around them was the SilenX fiasco which still has yet to be resolved and there are currently two companies using the SilenX brand name. This time around, Uneed International says Ahanix has taken Uneed's Intellectual Property that Uneed paid for (R&D) and created to another manufacture. Uneed is so P.O'ed about this that they are making a move into the USA market with a whole slew of new products of which are sure to stir interest. Ahanix has bitten back by "re-releasing" the product as a full featured kit and lowering the price of this unit by over 130$ down to a price many can afford. The question is, What makes a product good? The quality of build and price or does corporate controversy make people not want to buy what would otherwise be a great product?"

This is not the first time consumers and manufacturers have complained about the actions of Ahanix. More information on this review can be found here.
Modfest 2004 Report @ Tech Angel
"July 10th brought to the UK what I understand to be the first national modding contest. Modfest 2004 was sponsored by, among others, Custom PC magazine and PC World and featured previous winners of Custom PCs own Readers Drives monthly case modding competition. All were brought together to battle for the coveted King of Kings trophy as well as other titles and prizes. Eight previous winners turned up and were joined by next months winner, our own staff and forum member Carlos."

This is a great little report and we definitely need an event like this in Canada. More information on this report can be found here.
Poseidon WCL-03 Watercooler Review @ Think Computers
"In today's world water cooling is not for hardcore computer enthusiasts anymore. As prices go down and more and more complete kits come onto the market it is becoming easier to get a water cooling system. Whether you are looking for better performance or minimal noise there is a kit out there for you. Today we are going to take a look at 1 such kit. The 3RSystem WCL-03 CPU water cooler is a fully assembled, water cooling kit ready to go right out of the box."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, July 10, 2004
Crucial 7-in-1 Card Reader Review @ The Tech Zone
"Crucial provided us with a Hi-Speed USB 7-in-1 Card Reader which supports USB 2.0 capable of transferring at 480Mbps compared to 12Mbps (USB 1.1). The card reader supports Plug & Play and hot-swapping capabilities, which allows you to be carefree when installing and downloading your pictures from your flash cards. The card reader is very light and small as its dimensions are 3.98” x .57” and weighs about 64.9g."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer Viper Gaming Mouse Review @ TwistedMods
"The Viper is noticeably smaller in height and width when compared to the Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical - my favorite $15 mouse. There are three standard buttons, a left click, right click and a scroll wheel. The buttons are all non-slip, with a rubber coating over them, and they felt very soft and smooth. Also note the buttons come back on the base of the mouse much further than a conventional mouse making it easy to do a left or right click with the entire finger rather than just the tip. The buttons are approx. 3” long, which is considerably long on a 4.5” mouse. A generic optical mouse will usually have buttons about 1.5”-2” in length."

More information on this review can be found here.
Global Win Dorri External Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ A True Review
"External hard drive enclosures are quickly becoming standard equipment for computer users and for good reason; they offer a relatively inexpensive way to for people to turn an internal hard drive into a high speed external drive. Most case companies and some other component companies have manufactured their own brand of enclosures. While all enclosures do the basic job of turning an internal drive into an external one, some companies design their enclosure to stand out by adding unique features."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin 3.5" & 5.25" Portable USB Enclosures Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Portable storage devices have really been put in the limelight because of the popularity and wide availability by thumb drives. Thumb drives are great personal storage units but what do you do when you have more than a couple hundred megs to transport? Say your MP3 collection, videos or otherwise big files. This is where USB drive racks come in. They give you the ability to make a hard drive hot swappable and give you ready access to as much storage as the drive in question has. Kingwin in putting out their new USB drive enclosure, made the next logical progression in external drives by putting out a 5.25" USB drive enclosure."

More information on this review can be found here.
THG's 15-Case Power Tower Round-Up @ Tom's Hardware
"Price is certainly a big consideration when buying a new midi tower. But what do you really get for your money? How well built is the case? What hardware can you install and, most importantly, how do you install it? We tested 15 different cases to see how they measured up. We also tested how safe the cases for hardware installation. We did this by using a cucumber to test the sharpness of all the edges and drive bays that you have to watch out for when installing hardware. So don't laugh - it's better to have a bowl full of cucumber salad than a pile of gauze and band-aids."

More information on this review can be found here.

Fighting Fan Noise Pollution @ Tom's Hardware

"THG tested 15 fan control devices which, at least according to the manufacturers' specifications, are able to reduce noise levels effectively and cleverly. The basic premise is that fans do not always have to run at top speed and can be adjusted. With normal office usage, only low revolution numbers are necessary. Only with games or computing-intensive tasks do chips produce excessive heat. In those situations users generally can't escape the noise."

This has got to be one of the most impressive fan controller comparison articles released. More information on this review can be found here.
CrazyPC Raidmax Storm Case Review @ System Cooling
"The Storm case reviewed here is compact, lightweight and nice looking, all in one package. It comes pre-modded with a side-window design, as well as a top window with mounting holes for fans as well as a spot in front for up to a 120mm fan. Stylish design makes this a great case for those that want to jump on the "custom" bandwagon and not have to do any of the hard labor themselves."

More information on this review can be found here.
Yeong Yang "Mars" YY-5603 Mid-Tower Case Review @ SilentPC Review
"Yeong Yang has been involved in PC case manufacturing for over a decade, focusing on both desktops and servers. As with most Taiwanese companies, their manufacturing is now done in China. YY's range of cases is vast, as a quick visit to their web site will show. Some of their server cases have been discussed in the SPCR forums in the past, notably the huge cube-like 02 and 04 series. The product under review here is a new mid-tower case named MarsYY-5603."

More information on this review can be found here.
Take 2 Interactive Vietcong Launch @ Bit-Tech
"When we were approached to produce two camouflage styled systems by Take 2 Interactive for a Vietcong Fist Alpha competition we couldn't say no. The cases would then be installed with a top of the range system and given away in PCZone and PCGamer. However with time and resources against us we had to come up with something we could turn around in days rather than weeks."

More information on this article can be found here.
Chenbro Hornet LAN Party Case Review @ Adrian's Rojak Pot
"It has always been a real burden to lug a heavy tower case to LAN parties. Luckily, many manufacturers are now coming up with special LAN party cases that are not only portable, they also look great! Today, we will take a look at the new Chenbro Hornet LAN party case! Join PsYkHoTiK as he examines the Hornet and its unique features!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Support MTB's Folding@Home Team
As part of our commitment to supporting good causes, I thought I'd throw up this reminder about MTB's Folding@Home Team. For those of you unfamilar with Folding@Home, it is a worldwide distributed computing project which studies protein folding, misfolding, aggregation, and related diseases. To join our team all that is required is the installation of the Folding@Home client, a free computer and some bandwidth. MTB's Folding@Home Team ID is #32319 and the client can be downloaded from this location:

http://folding.stanford.edu/download.html.

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More information on this MTB's Folding@Home Team can be found here.
Friday, July 9, 2004
NV45 & R423, PCI Express Testing @ Spodes Abode
"Recently, Boston sent us a rather powerful Dual 3.4GHz Xeon (Nocona) workstation on the new Tumwater chipset, with DDR-II, PCI Express and U320 SCSI. The Nocona core is basically a Prescott core with a 64-Bit Extended Memory bolt on. Considering we are running in 32-Bit and these Xeons don't have any Level 3 cache, this can be considered to be a dual Pentium 4 Prescott system hopefully offering a bit more power than our 3200+ Athlon 64."

More information on this article can be found here.

Coolmax Fanless Switching PSU Review @ HardwareHounds
"Silent system. It’s the dream of many enthusiasts but it is easier said than done. Many people go the way of bigger fans and lower rpms for less noise but the key sticking point has always been the power supply. Powersupplies generate a fair amount of heat and they need a fan to keep things cool. Well, at least they did. Coolmax has just introduced a fanless power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
CCFL Color Mod @ GruntvillE
"Not being one to give up easily, I decided there had to be a way to achieve the look I was going for. I had to have real flames!! I just had to find a way to mod the lights and get some real color. This is the same case, with the same lights but I spent an extra 5 min of time and about $2."

More information on this article can be found here.
Vantec Slot Protector Kit Review @ Hi-techreviews
"Dust and lint are two things that can really cause you a problem inside your computer, especially if they take up residence in your PCI or memory slots and you are having a hard time getting either accessories cards or memory to work properly. Vantec has come up with a product called the "Slot Protection Kit" that will pretty much eliminate any further problems you might have with dust or debris of any type entering these slots."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra X-Connect 500W Review @ NextGen Electronics
"The Ultra X-Connect 500W eliminates annoying excess wiring by using a system of power connectors that can attach and detach at user will. It offers a sleek look and amazing finish for power users. If you have the money to spend on what looks like the absolute elite in power supplies, then this is undoubtedly the unit of choice."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Neoseeker BFG GeForce 6800 GT OC Review @ Neoseeker
"The BFG GT OT overclocked to] a whopping 428 Mhz core and a 1.11 Ghz memory clock. The headroom on the GT seems pretty amazing if this sample is any indication of the ability of the retail cards. Not only are we past 6800 Ultra speeds but we are also surpass BFG's 6800 Ultra OC specs (425 Mhz). Something else to ponder is that the GT is a single slot, single molex solution compared to Ultra which utilize dual slots and dual molex connectors. The BFG 6800 GT OC stayed stable and artifact free for over an hour looping in 3DMark03."

More information on this review can be found here.
LiteOn 8x DVD±R/ 4X ±RW SOHW-812S Review @ Bjorn3D
"Isn’t it amazing to look where we are today with optical storage? It was not long ago when my Philips 2x CDRW drive was ‘hot,’ and the true proof of what a hardware geek I was. True, it took 30 minutes to burn a CD, and if you sneezed at the computer while it was burning, you got a coaster, but so what? I could burn baby burn! Today, I’m testing a DVD-burner from LiteOn that can burn 4.7 GB in about 10 minutes, do it in almost all of the available formats and won’t care if you do the flamenco on the keyboard while it is burning. Progress – amazing, isn't it?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Cordless Desktop Express Review @ VH
"I came through at the end with mixed feelings about this setup. While the keyboard and mouse both appealed to me on an aesthetic-level, what with their nice stylings and limited use of desktop real-estate, they had a few flaws that can't be ignored. For the keyboard, the new layout may take sometime to get used to, but of somewhat more importance was the slightly sluggish response I noted sometimes. For the mouse, the reduced refresh rate can be a minor annoyance as well. While I can't recommend this set to anyone who absolutely *must* have the most out of their keyboard and mouse (for them, Logitech has other options available), I can recommend it to someone who just wants a plain-and-simple cordless setup that's easy to use and doesn't want to be hassled by extra unnecessary features."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, July 8, 2004
Corsair TwinX1024-3200XLPRO 2-2-2-5 Giveaway @ System Cooling
"Since we recently celebrated the 4th of July we have added a 4th kit of Corsair TwinX1024-3200XLPRO 2-2-2-5 to our giveaway. The giveaway will run to July 15th, 2004. At the end of the two weeks SystemCooling will randomly draw not three but now four lucky winners. This contest is open to our readers world wide so that everyone can enter."

More information on this giveaway can be found here.

Thermaltake MagicSound Fan Controller Review @ A1 Electronics
"The Thermaltake MagicSound kit comprises two 80mm by 25mm case fans. One with Blue LEDs and the other with Red LEDs which spin at a maximum of 2,000 rpm so they are not noisy. The main Thermaltake MagicSound control unit fits into one of your 3.5 inch drive slots and connects up to your power supply and the fans with leads that have plenty of length and are covered in rather neat looking coloured plastic"

More information on this review can be found here.
Is DDR2 Ready To Replace DDR1 Article @ Legit Reviews
"All said and done we learned a lot from benchmarking for this article. First off we found that it was possible for DDR2 PC2-4200 4-4-4 memory to hit low latencies of 3-3-2 (3-2-2 is the lowest possible). Secondly we found out that memory rated for DDR533 by almost all brands overclocks VERY well. A prime example of this was our ability to get an extra 200MHz out of our DDR533 Crucial memory. When DDR1 memory first hit the market you didn't see people overclocking memory 200MHz from the get go! So in terms of being a new product it looks as if DDR2 memory will scale nicely and quickly in the following months."

More information on this article can be found here.
Cascade SS Waterblock Review @ ProCooling
"The jet intakes into each cup were tweaked to more evenly balance the jet flow distribution to more accurately match the bulk heat load distribution patterns under the jetted area - which as a byproduct also lowered the block's pressure drop while improving performance. The cupped area was carefully "ported" to further lower the block's pressure drop without impacting cooling performance. The thickness of the silver material between the CPU die and the cupped area was altered to take better advantage of the silver's higher thermal conductivity over copper."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chenming 602 ATX Case Review @ NewsTechInfo
"Chenming has been very popular with modders and among those who are looking for a simple, pre-modded case with a side panel. The company's Dragon line is a success in itself and it was not a surprise when Chenming announced their 602 model, which is a step above the Dragon series. The 602 Chenming case is an entry-level ATX server case with more than enough space for components, few wires, and good cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolingWorks Mini-CoolShroud Review @ PimpRig
"Every so often a product comes along that is superior to everything else on the market. The kind of product that hits the nail, right dead center. What we have here in the CoolingWorks.com shroud does just that. It does so in the construction and design, as well as the included hardware."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PowerStream 420W Power Supply Review @ LAN Addict
"What do you get for your hard-earned $100? First and foremost, you get reliable power. Not only is that power reliable, each of the three positive rails is adjustable! You get a bit of future-proofing, due to the fact that the OCZ PowerStream PSU is already BTX-compliant. The pre-sleeved and neatly twisted wiring will help keep your case tidy, which can help air flow through your case. OCZ is also one of very few companies that have a warranty of any kind on their PSU, let alone a total of five years worth of warranty coverage!"

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI X48 CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo Drive Review @ PCStats
"Taking into consideration the popularity of small formfactor PC's, 'combo drives' are the perfect match for space lacking cases such as those tiny toaster-sized PCs. After all, Small Form Factor contraptions generally only have one useable 5.25" drive bay, and if they do have two, using multiple CD-ROMs would just be a waste of valuable 5.15" bay real estate. The MSI X48 is capable of burning CD-R media at 48x, CD-RW media at 24x, reading CD's at 48x, and reading DVD-ROM's at 16x. Users of smaller/SFF PC's will be happy to hear that the MSI X48 is only 17CM in length, making for a nice and compact package."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS P4R800-V Deluxe Review @ Viper Lair
"If this motherboard had better performance in our tests in either/both video and motherboard tests, then it would be easier to live with the faults. However the performance is not enthusiast level and our samples had some problems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte G-Max CA2 Review @ OC-Zone
"This PC has a very proper appearance and favours to its size, make me remember a Nintendo, although to be a bit bigger. As already was said, does not wait great technological evolutions as Sata and Dual Channel, therefore this PC was made for who wants to go to InterNet and at the same time to occupy a reduced space well being fit in any office or room."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech 8600 series Water Cooling Kit Video Review @ 3DGameMan
"The Swiftech 8600 series Water Cooling Kit will transform just about any computer system into a world of cool! The basic system includes a radiator with fan, CPU waterblock, pump, tubing and more. If more cooling is required, extra waterblocks and radiator can be added. This particular kit doesn't need a reservoir because of the fill and bleed assembly, which means it will easily fit into almost any mid tower case."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS V9520/TD GeForce FX 5200 Review @ Hexus
"The problem, if you can call it that, lies with the NV34 GPU. Comparative (and that's the key word) performance looks poor with other GPUs that hover around the £100 mark, so much so that running at 1024x768, with no image enhancement, can be problematic with new titles that make full use of DX9's feature set. This point is exemplified by the v9520/TD's performance in AquaMark3. If, however, you're content with running at lower resolutions and using in-game settings at, say, medium levels, the FX 5200 isn't a bad choice. We'd still opt for either a GeForce FX 5200 Ultra (325/650 clocks) or, with a little larger budget, a cheaper FX 5700 / Radeon 9600 XT derivative."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, July 7, 2004
Ahanix SilenX 14db mATX 300w PSU Review @ HTPCNews
"Recently there has been a massive surge in people building custom HTPC cases from pawn shop purchases of dead DVD STB's and CD changers. Until recently there wasn't any power solution that involved a decent set of rails to go along with the small size of a mATX form factor that would include a fan that only produced 14dba. This barrier has been shattered and this most recent mATX PSU from Ahanix could very easily be a custom case modder's dream come true. Come see how it stacked up against our latest AMD
test bench and if it survived a 36 hour marathon of prime95."

More information on this review can be found here.
SATA RAIDing With Maxtor @ BJorn3D
"RAIDing - it's what pirates and vikings do... no, wait, this is a computer hardware and software review site, so that's probably the wrong kind of RAID. How about a Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks? Yeah, that's more like it. For those unfamiliar with the term, RAID systems require at least two hard drives, and they allow for two main benefits over single drive configurations increased performance and fault tolerance. Well, that's the simple way to look at it at least."

More information on this review can be found here.
Five Dual Format DVD Writers Shootout @ HardwareZoom
"All the drives are capable of 8x DVD+R writing except Sony. From the performance graph, there seems to be some problem with the results from Benq, it shouldn't be writing constantly at 6x. Nevertheless, if we compare the graph for Pioneer, TDK and LG, we can see that Pioneer will hit 8x at around 600MB, while TDK and LG will reach 8x after writing 2GB of data."

More information on this review can be found here.
Philips PSC724 Ultimate Edge Review @ Overclockers Online
"What we have today is called the Philips PSC724 Ultimate Edge. Last September I was given the chance to write on the Philips Aurilium external sound card and in this article today I'll be pitting this new blood against both the Aurilium and the M-Audio Revolution 7.1 sound cards. While the Aurilium is an external sound card, we'll be paying most of our attention to the sound quality and not the performance of that particular product. This should give us an idea of where the PSC724 falls compared to last years technology as well as, what is still considered one of the best consumer audio cards available, the Revolution 7.1."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI AIW 9600XT Review @ AllAMD
"Need to run multimedia applications AND have decent 3D performance? You won't find any other card that'll do this and give you the added bonus of having an FM tuner. ATI pushes forward with their new incarnation of the All In Wonder line with the AIW 9600XT"

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone Temjin SST-TJ02 Case Review @ Tech-Mods
"Now days when a new computer case is released there is no telling what might be expected, when it comes to looks there is no real barriers. The modding world has opened up the eyes of most case manufacturers and they have put these newly found ideas to the test. Today we will be looking at a case from Silverstone that you can nearly see yourself looking back from the high patina finished aluminum front bezel. Now let's take a close look at the Silverstone Temjin SST-TJ02 Case to see if the rest of the case is as ascetically pleasing?"

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Berserker SST-B032F Case Review @ Whining Dog
"We were thoroughly impressed with the SilverStone SST-B032F. It offers a great deal of expandability, is easy to set up, has a tool-less chassis, is well constructed (minus our gripes about the front panel), and is relatively inexpensive. Once finished, the SST-B032F was definitely one sweet looking system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, July 6, 2004
AudioTrak Optoplay Review @ Short-Media
"The AudioTrak OPTOPlay rejuvenates the audio experience in a laptop or PC with 24-bit 96 kHz professional quality audio. OPTOPlay is a USB device to enhance a user's listening experience including Dolby Headphone Technology. It's small and easy to pack away in a laptop bag."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products X-Connect 500W Power Supply Review @ PimpRig
"Each port has a cover to keep the dust out if you aren't using it. You just plug in the cables you need to power your gear and you don't have to worry about bundling and hiding excess leads. Very nice."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec TrueBlue 480 PSU Review @ ModdersHQ
"My only complaint about this power supply would be the missed opportunity to sleeve all the cables. However, I did find it easy to look past that because this PSU is a great performer. It delivers on so many levels, that I can't imagine anyone who this would not be suited for. The blue LED's appeal to the modder, it is quiet enough for the silence freaks, and its powerful enough for the hardcore clockers and tweakers. It is a great all around PSU. The quality is top notch, and of course, it is backed by Antec's 3 year warranty. For $80, you really can't go wrong. And for the same amount, I don't think you would be able to find a better looking, better performing PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plextor PX-712A DVD Burner Review @ BJorn3D
"Over the past few years, Plextor has become a name that is synonymous with high-quality and high-performance optical storage drives. Plextor seems to try to always be in the lead or at least tied for the lead in the CD and DVD burner speed races. Regardless of where the company stands in the performance races, Plextor always provides a rich set of features with its drives. With features like PoweRec, which optimizes laser power and writing speed based on the media in the drive, and buffer underrun proof technology, which helps prevent the drive from making the dreaded CD coaster, Plextor offers optical storage devices that provide a lot of worry-free operation."

More information on this review can be found here.
AeroCool VM-101 Fanless VGA Cooler Review @ System Cooling
"AeroCool has responded to increased consumer interest in fanless cooling solutions with their new Video Magic series fanless VGA cooler. The VM-101 video card cooler incorporates heat pipe technology to transfer heat away from the graphics processing unit (GPU) to a large array of aluminum fins, which the manufacturer claims can passively dissipate up to 70 watts of heat. The VM-101 can be used on both NVIDIA and ATI Radeon video cards up to and including the GeForce FX5900 and Radeon 9800 Pro."

More information on this review can be found here.
Transcend Xabre 400 64MB Graphics Card Review @ Tech-Mods
"Today I will be taking a look at the Transcend 64MB Xabre 400. Transcend might not be as known as ATI or NVIDIA, but they are in the business too. Let's take a close look at the graphic card itself. Below are the features & specifications taken directly from Transcend's website.

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalRight SLK948U Heatsink Review @ GruntvillE
"ThermalRight has held the KOTH for quite awhile with their SLK900U. As soon as the Athlon64 version was released, I just had to check it out. I was concerned about the temps my A64 3200 was reaching with the stock HSF so it couldn't have come at a better time. ThermalRight has released quite a few new heatsinks since our review of the 900. The 900 series is a force to be reckoned with; they are dominating the field with this series. Small changes to each unit ensure performance and compatibility with whatever platform you choose. The funny thing is that the original still seems to perform the best; even the added heat pipes of the SP series couldn't tackle the temps of the SLK900U."

More information on this review can be found here.
Powercolor Radeon 9550 Review @ Neoseeker
"The 9550 is far from being a technological slouch though. While it may lack the raw pixel processing power of the Pro and XT series, it still has a 128-bit memory bus like the 9600 Pro and XT - in fact the 9550 is positioned between the 9600SE and the 9600Pro. While it definitely is not cutting edge, it should provide a healthy boost over DX7/DX8 video cards. This is an important step as it technically gives ATi a featureset that is nearly identical from the bottom up. This means that while games like Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia may not play as fast or at the same resolution of higher end cards, they will nonetheless play. The same cannot be said about the GF4MX series of cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone's LC04 HTPC Case Review @ PCUnleash
"Despite the fact that Silverstone has only been on the North American market for couple months, it has already achieved an enormous reputation, and we have been given the valuable opportunity to review their best HTPC case, the LC04, which is the newest addition to the impressive Lascala family."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI Lanparty 875 Motherboard Review @ HTPCNews
"Motherboards are an item that can make or break a HTPC in terms of stability and performance. Motherboards like the DFI Lan Party are mainly suited for a Gamer's market, however what can they do when placed in a HTPC? Digital audio out, passive Northbridge cooler and more are inside. Does it make it worthy of an HTPC?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Memory Announces XMS2 DDR 5300 Pro Modules
"Fremont, CA, July 6, 2004: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced new XMS2 5300 speed modules at low latencies. These memory modules offer the incredibly fast speeds of DDR2 5300 and the low latencies of 4-4-4-12 with the added benefits of the Pro Series heat spreader and memory activity LEDs.

These modules are available in a pair of 512MB modules. These products are based on the new DDR2 technology which increases the memory bandwidth available for memory intensive applications.

DDR2, the second generation of Double Data Rate memory technology, includes new features such as a larger 4-bit prefetch and programmable on-die termination (ODT) to reduce signal bounce and improve reliability at high speeds. This new specification also utilizes 240 pins.

According to Joe James, Corsair Marketing Director, “the DDR2 5300C4 modules are extremely fast and are a must-have for all gamers."

More information on this press release can be found here.
SilverStone Lascala SST-LC02 ATX Slim HTPC Case Review @ hardCOREware
"I'll say it right now. Most cases designed for HTPC use suck. All they are really, are standard desktop cases with fancy names. They are big, and will stand out in your Home Theatre setup right away. And unfortunately, most of the smaller HTPC cases have major limitations; they are usually designed with low-end mATX motherboards in mind, or worse, mITX. Good luck finding such a motherboard to build a system capable of any sort of decent caming on! Enter SilverStone's solution - the SST-LC02. This is a very slim, gorgeous HTPC case the supports full ATX motherboards. Or does it? Check out our review to find out about some of the advantages and limitations on this design!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Opus Technologies TT-501 Titanium Tiny Case Review @ CoolTechZone
"Opus Technologies recently made a move to the North Amercian market, mainly the United States with their new line of desktop cases and cooling products. The Taiwan based manufacturer has been successful in the Asian and European markets, but in order to be successful here, Opus Technologies will have to go above and beyond a lot of strong competition."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, July 5, 2004
BTC 8193 Deluxe Office Keyboard Review @ Hardware Pacers
"The BTC 8193 corded keyboard is stylish and it is pleasant to the eye. Each time a key is pressed, scarcely any noise is released. It is exceptionally quiet and it has many features such as multimedia keys, unique F-keys and a set of Internet keys. The keyboard is extremely comfortable and contains a detachable palm rest. Most importantly the keyboard is very comfortable and each key is soft to the finger."

More information on this review can be found here.
BFG Tech GeForce 6800 GT OC Review @ BJorn3D
"Even when I had just heard the name BFG Tech for the first time, I knew that the company planned on doing something different, being a different kind of hardware company. I mean, it sure as hell better be with a name that uses those three letters in its name, right?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Theatre 6 5.1 Surround Headphones Review @ ipKonfig
"The computer audio market has grown dramaticly since the days of the beeps and bonks of the 80's genre games. Today, there are powerful 5.1 surround sound audio systems that will move your pant legs with the sound of explosions and rifle fire. The problem is that with a really nice speaker system, there are times when you don't want everyone around you hearing the noises. Not to mention, carrying a 5.1 surround sound speaker system to a lan party would be rather difficult and rather impracticable."

More information on this review can be found here.
Smart Drive 2002C Review @ OC-Zone
"The Smart Drive 2002C revealed a good surprise at all. It possesses a pleasant and simple external aspect, a construction quality and conception seemingly excellent and a very good noise absorption, once it doesn't exist any better product than this in the market to "silence" and at the same time no to "kill" your hard disk. The internal coolers in copper revealed a more value to maintain the disk to acceptable temperatures and the own construction of this product shows that all of the aspects were had in mind to get acceptable temperatures and a maximum noise absorption."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeCube All-In Wonder 9600XT 128M/TV/FM Review @ Hexus
"It's the All-In-Wonder feature set and the board's technical implementation that combine to make the GeCube one hell of a product. It doesn't need an external power source, instead it's quite happy sucking from the AGP slot. The end result? Small form factor PC owners will quite happily be able to slot one into their boxes and run it without an issue. The one slot cooler and cool running RV360 core conspire to make sure heat won't be an issue in those enclosed spaces either."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeIL 1GB PC4000 Ultra Platinum Review @ SweMOD
"Besides the nice looking logo on the modules we have a sticker that tells you what kind of memory modules you have in front of you, what specs the modules have etc.
On the far left on the modules we find four two-digit numbers. These numbers tell you by colouring up with a different colour what temperature the rams have reached."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Upgrader's Perspective @ Viper Lair
"As a short term fix, the Socket 754 still has some life left to it. You will not be able to bring it with you later on though, as many manufacturers are only making Socket 939 version motherboards based on the newer chipsets. Availability is still limited though, and Socket 754 systems are something that are readily available now."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte K8NSNXP-939 Motherboard Review @ Short Media
"As one of the first Socket 939 motherboards, the K8NSNXP-939 from Gigabyte, offers a wealth of features. The Dual Power System (DPS) has now become a permanent feature and the adoption of NVIDIA's nForce3 Ultra chipset brings hefty promises of massive hard drive support, NVIDIA's firewall and disk management."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS P5GD2 Premium Motherboard Review @ Legion Hardware
"It is exciting to review a motherboard like the P5GD2 Premium. This really goes for any product based on a new generation of technology. Rarely will a product feature a number of new technologies and this is what makes the P5GD2 Premium so exciting. Although some of the new technology featured on this motherboard was not individually tested, they were all being used one way or another."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCW5000P Water Block Review @ Virtual-Fusion
"Swiftech proved why it is claimed as one of the best in the cooling world. The design of this waterblock is very eye-catching and the technology behind it surely will surprise you."

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den TDX Water Block Review @ System Cooling
"In many ways, Danger Den has helped put consumer-level water cooling on the map, and their venerable Maze series of CPU water blocks is one of the most popular of all time. Time marches on though, and the Maze design, while efficient in its day, is no longer at the top of the heap in terms of performance. In order to keep up with the cutting edge, Danger Den went back to the drawing board, and the fruit of their labor is what we're going to look at today, namely the Danger Den TDX water block. The TDX is a two barb block, but is touted to matched the performance of its larger three barb cousin, the Danger Den RBX."

More information on this review can be found here.
Opus Technologies MT-200 Titanium Case Review @ CoolTechZone
"There is a new contender in the case market, Opus Technologies, Inc. The company offers various PC components such as power supply units, cooling fans, heatsinks, and computer cases. There are a variety of computer cases in the market already and they are all designed to suit one small group of users - the enthusiasts."

More information on the cases can be found here.
Innovatek Rev3 Water Block Review @ ProCooling
"For a waterblock that is over 2 years old, the Innovatek Rev3 performs exceptionally well. In fact, at low flow rates it remains a viable choice. Notice how little the Rev3 improves at higher flow rates; the decision by Innovatek to couple this waterblock with small ID tubing and an Eheim 1046 pump would hurt performance relatively little."

More information on this review can be found here

JayDee's Lumpy Channel Water Block Review

"The Lumpy Channel waterblock is a two barb design that features multiple irregular channels. It is reminiscent of the BeCooling SlitEdge waterblock, but with a more complicated internal structure."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Tricked Out Rigs @ VoyeurMods
"MTB has received word from our good friends at VoyeurMods that they have expanded their line of tricked out cases featuring new water cooling gear from Danger Den. New to the product line is the Verge series as well as the Lian Li V1100 series."

More information on the cases can be found here and here.
Saturday, July 3, 2004
Cable Sleeving Made Easy @ GideonTech
"Many people nowadays are into wire management. This is a time consuming art that turns an unsightly mess into something pleasing to the eye. No matter how hard you try to conceal the wiring, you still end up with exposed wires. This is where sleeving comes in to make that mess of wires look nice in your case."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Logisys Optical Wheel Mouse Review @ PimpRig
"Playing some games to get the feel for the mouse was a bit uncomfortable. The shape just didn’t feel right to me. Even though there is four plastic feet on the bottom, when I would slide to the left the mouse wanted to tilt left. After I sanded down the feet a little it stabilized a little more but the mouse still wanted to role left actually lifting off the mouse pad."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TWINX1024-3200XL PRO Series Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ BJorn3D
"By now, you probably have heard about Corsair bringing back 2-2-2 to the world of memory. Well, now it's Bjorn3D's turn to play with some of these new modules from Corsair. For those who haven't heard, these modules are from Corsair's new XL memory line."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Cooler-Ultra GT Review @ Geek Extreme
"The unit is composed of two parts; the forged copper base, which sits atop your CPU, and the main assembly, which is a large set of copper fins surrounding a central fan. The unit weighs, in total, 780g, a sizable amount for a HSF, but as I'll go into later during installation, not a problem at least for the P4 retention clips."

More information on this review can be found here.
Altec Lansing VS4121 2.1 Computer Speaker System Review @ Tweaknews
"Today I will be reviewing Altec Lansing's recently released VS4121 computer speaker system. With full three way sound, excellent aesthetics and a decent price tag, you might want to stick around if you are in the market for a new stereo speaker system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Core Pad Mouse Surface Review @ GruntvillE
"As for performance of a mousepad, it is mainly determined on noticeable facts and some opinions. The Corepad is a solid surface that allows comfortable and precise mousing. I think it is a great all-around pad. One thing I noticed right off, is that the Corepad is not as slick as other hard mousing surfaces. Due to the grey "fencing" stamped across the pad, it causes the slightest friction. With the Teflon tape applied, this friction is reduced to a smooth, effortless glide."

More information on this review can be found here.
DangerDen 12V-D4 Pump Review @ ModdersHQ
"Today we have a real treat for all you watercoolers. We have DangerDen's best offering in the pump department: the DD12v-D4. This is a fairly new contender in the market, but at first glance seems to have the right stuff to take it to the top. So lets take a closer look at it and see if it stacks up to the established competitors."

More information on this review can be found here.
The "Mini-Mesh Box" Project @ Mini-ITX
"I have long been in awe of the beautiful and creative designs that people have created for the mini-itx form factor. Unfortunately I am a destructive force when paired with a tablesaw or dremel drill. So I searched around for projects that wouldn't require powertools and come up with the Mini-Mesh Box, which required nothing more destructive than a pair of wire cutters and a bottle of glue."

More information on this project can be found here.
NZXT Guardian Case Review @ DreamWare
"NZXT is a fairly new name in the case business. They are making their name with cases which they call "Crafted Gaming Armor." Today I will be taking a look at their Guardian case, which is currently the only case available from this line. I will see if it can defend it's name as a good case!"

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Temjin SST-TJ02 Case Review @ Hi-TechReviews
"Have you ever seen a case that really caught your eye when you first saw it? I mean really grabbed you and made you start surfing the web to find out more information about it. The SilverStone Temjin SST-TJ02 (Windowed Version) just happened to be that case for me. Perhaps it was perfectly machined aluminum front bezel or perhaps it was just everything about the case. So when I got a chance to review this little jewel I knew I had to be objective and it was made even harder by the fact that the model that was sent to me was a special windowed version. But come on along and see how well I did a keeping my objectivity."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, July 2, 2004
Razer eXactMat Aluminum Mouse Surface Review @ Overclockers Club
"We don't usually review a lot of mouse surfaces unless it's truly unique. The mouse surface that we'll be looking at today definitely meets this prerequisite. We all know Razer for their old famous Boomslang mouse, their newer Boomer mice, and their newest Viper optical mouse, but not for mouse surfaces. They decided to leap in to the mouse pad market and from the looks of their new Razer eXactMat mouse pad, it looks like they have made a truly unique mouse surface. When I first saw the eXactMat, I could not believe how enormous it was! This mouse surface should provide enough space for ANY hardcore gamer to play on. The size alone measures over a foot wide and nearly a foot in height (top to bottom).

More information on this review can be found here.
i-rocks Optical Mouse Review @ ThinkComputers
"With all the new mice on the market, you have the choice of 2 button, 3 button, 5 button, and maybe more! You also have the choice of wireless, corded, ball, and laser. What do you choose? It's getting really hard to decide! I myself like the typical 3 button laser mice, they are easy to deal with, and don't typically cost a lot of money. Companies such as "Microsoft" have really nice mice, but they tend to be a little pricey. Another company that has really nice mice is "Logitech", on a normal basis they are more commonly bought because of their slightly lower price."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone SST-FP53 HDD Cooler Review @ Steamed Turtle
"Today we are going to take a look at an aspect of system design that can be over looked quite often. And that aspect is cooling those expensive hard drives. With the manufacturing of high-speed drives on the rise we are becoming more and more concerned with keeping them cool. Even if you don't own 10K RPM Raptor you will still be glad to know that keeping your trusty 5400RPM or 7200RPM drive nice and cool will help prolong it's life. Keeping a hard drive cool will also help protect against drive errors. So, today we are going to take a look at the SilverStone SST-FP53."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Corsair Memory Announces 667 Megahertz XMS2 Modules
"Fremont, CA, June 30, 2004: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced new XMS2 5300 speed modules at low latencies. Today Corsair introduced four new products in this family of ultra-fast modules. These memory modules offer the incredibly fast speeds of DDR2 5300 and the low latencies of 4-4-4-12.

These come in several density options as well as in matched pairs. Developed specifically for Alderwood and Grantsdale DDR2 platforms, these products range from 256MB to 1GB. These products are based on the new DDR2 technology which increases the memory bandwidth available for memory intensive applications. JEDEC standard latencies at 667 MHz are 5-5-5-15, but Corsair’s 5300C4 modules are rated at 4-4-4-12 to deliver exceptional performance.

DDR2, the second generation of Double Data Rate memory technology, includes new features such as a larger 4-bit prefetch and programmable on-die termination (ODT) to reduce signal bounce and improve reliability at high speeds. This new specification also utilizes 240 pins.

According to Joe James, Corsair Marketing Director, "the DDR2 5300C4 modules are extremely fast and are a must-have for all gamers."

The DDR2 5300 product line currently includes the following products:

TWIN2X1024-5300C4: matched pair of two 512MB 5300C4 modules
TWIN2X512-5300C4: matched pair of two 256MB 5300C4 modules

CM2X512-5300C4: 512MB 5300C4 module
CM2X256-5300C4: 256MB 5300C4 module

All of these DDR2 5300 modules and TWINX pairs are available immediately from resellers world-wide."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Corsair XMS 3200XL Pro Dual Channel Memory Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Corsair XMS 3200XL Pro is Dual Channel Memory with low latencies of 2-2-2-5 at 400MHz DDR, a unique specification resulting in excellent performance. Something else that's different about this memory is the 18 activity LED's which indicate memory activity. When combining performance, reliability, compatibility, & a lifetime warranty, it's unbeatable."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Asetek WaterChill Antarctica Kit Review @ Viper Lair
"Temperature wise this water-cooling kit was amazing. In most of the tests, the CPU temperature was the same as the case temperature, which is excellent for any cooler. I credit this to the well designed water block. By using two water outlets, and placing the water inlet directly above the processor core, cooling was as effective as it could be."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan TWC-A04 Water Cooler Kit Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Titan has built their water cooling kit around an external unit, which has proved to be very successful as evidenced by Thermaltake and Corsair. Titan has taken this successful thinking one step further. Their unit is sized so that it can be used externally or internally. The central unit measures 144 (W) x 240 (D) x 85mm (H). This sizing allows it to be installed into two open 5.25" drive bays, provided of course you don't have the drive holders on the drive cage itself."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Cavalier Case Review @ VR-Zone
"The Wave Master's success made it a case that would be the "inspiration" for many high end cases to come, much like the old Alienware Chenming ATX-601 design was the inspiration of countless cases by companies like Antec, Thermaltake, Chieftec, and others. The Wave Master was targeted at the enthusiast market and sells without a power supply for around $150 + shipping. Since Cooler Master has ventured into the mainstream market within the last year, they have recently announced a Wave Master "inspired" case named the Cavalier 1."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Overture Revisited - Keeping it Cooler @ Madshrimps
"The original Overture was a great desktop case, but it was thermally challenged, high system temperatures meant that running a high end system in there would be almost impossible. Antec went back to the drawing board and came up with several improvements to the original idea. We take a closer look at this new revision and let you know how it turned out!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Modder of the Month July @ Creative Mods
"I don't know what to say about it. Other then I really enjoyed building it. It was something that I had thought about building for a long time. I just never had a decent wheel to use for the project, so for a while I just thought about how I would want to mount everything and the best way to seal it off, and how easy it would be to make the plexi glass parts. So once I found the rim that I used I had everything all figured out in my head, so I just built it."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thursday, July 1, 2004
Edifier R501 5.1 Speakers Review @ Viper Lair
"Quite frankly I was pretty surprised that it sounded pretty good in both music and DVD's, with nice highs even without a single tweeter. For gaming I did notice that it started to crackle after a short time, making gaming something that isn't quite a recommended pursuit with these speakers, though the sound card did have something to do with this."

More information on this review can be found here.
Keyboard Master WK9200 Keyboard Review @ Overclockers Club
"As a gamer I am always on the look out for something to improve my skills in first person shooters, so when I was contacted by Keyboard Master's to take a look at their new gaming keyboard the WK9200 Hunter keyboard I happily accepted. If you haven't heard of keyboard master's before you really need to take a look at there product line up. They offer some very unique and great looking keyboards. You won't find anything from Logitech or Microsoft that has the stylish looks that keyboard Master's offer. Marketed towards the gamer will the WK9200 improve your skills in games? Read on to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 Pro2-W Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"Although much attention right now is focused on the new i915/i925 chipsets, there is still several good performing 865 and 875 boards out there for consumers. With the introduction of the new chipsets, we will also eventually see the prices fall on these now "old" chipset powered boards. I prefer to look at them as "mature" rather than aging, as most 1st generation boards are hardly really ready for the average consumer."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI RX9800PRO-TD128 R9800XXL VGA Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"Trust me, you will not find any card offering this sort of performance/cost ratio on the market right now. We highly recommend MSI RX9800PRO-TD128 128MB to anyone who is seeking great performance without having to deal with the devil."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus P4P800 SE Motherboard Review @ XYZ Computing
"With its Prescott compatibilities this board can run any skt 478 processor, many of which can compete with the other, more exciting processors out there. For this reason we gave skt 478 one more try when we chose to build our most recent test computer. As far as price/performance this platform is tough to beat."

More information on this review can be found here.
Exposed: Foxconn AMD 3400 + Heat Guzzler Heatsink @ OCIA
"Seeing as we have been misled about the base of the heatsink, we could only wonder what other inconsistencies might exist. Moments later, we found some tools, and decided to dismantle the heatpipes. A little voice inside my head was telling me that something was fishy here as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire SP450B0-CoolGate Cooler Review @ IPKonfig
"Spire has been producing heatsinks for quite a few years now, and we've had many of its products come across our benches. Our experience with its products has always left us with very positive impressions of their quality and performance over the years working with them. We've yet come across any of its products we didn't like, and readers seem to show strong interest, too."

More information on this review can be found here.
New PolarFLO TT Series Waterblocks Released @ PolarFLO

(c) 2004 PolarFLO

"The PolarFLO TT CPU is the latest in pc water cooling technology. We bring you the best performance at much lower flow rates and at high flow rates. The new design is fully comprehensive and future proof. We decided to take a more feature-rich and performance approach with the TT Series. The features this series offers is unprecedented. The PolarFLO TT Series CPU block is a simple two part design. If you can change the batteries in a flashlight, you can service a PolarFLO TT CPU. The main body of the block rotates to relieve stress and deflection on hoses. All the components are available individually. You can take apart the new PolarFLO TT CPU to clean, modify or interchange parts. The PolarFLO TT CPU uses the PolarFLO TT Series Posi-Seal Barbs and Plugs. These Posi-Seal barbs and plugs are easy to interchange. You can get the PolarFLO TT CPU in a 2 port or 3 port configuration. The low profile design will fit into the smallest cases and with the low flow performance, you don't have to worry about your pump-life. The new PolarFLO TT Series CPU water block is the first in the series, which will be the most professional, high-quality, and top performance series available."

More information on this new product can be found here.
SFF Round Up @ Neoseeker
"The two gems in the lineup are the Qbic 3401a and the Condor. Remember how I commented that the Qbic looked porky? It was for a good reason. This bad boy can house 2 optical drive and 2 3.5" drives. The possibility of two optical drives is pretty impressive as it is the only SFF box in our roundup with the ability to do this. I'm under the impression that Soltek may be the only manufacturer who allows 2 optical drives. The Condor takes a slightly different route - 2 PCI slots. Want to upgrade the sound? Not a problem. Want to upgrade the sound and add wireless support? Not a problem either. The Condor is the only SFF that I'm aware of that can take a dual slot video card like the 6800 Ultra or the 5950."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek VapoChill LightSpeed [AC] Review @ Hexus
"The brilliant mounting mechanism, peerless cooling performance (now unmatched since the Mach II GT is no more) and stylish enclosure allow Asetek to raise the commercial phase-change CPU cooling bar."

More information on this review can be found here.
Yeong Yang Cetus YY-5601 Mid ATX Tower Case Review @ hardCOREware
"The 5601 is a mid-tower ATX case, sporting a nice aesthetic, and some neat features (check out that louvred front fan intake!). We'll take you through the features on this case, and you can decide if Yeong Yang is another company to add to your list of brands to check out in the future."

More information on this review can be found here.
U2UFO Giveaway Contest @ MountainMods
"There is only 3 weeks left to WIN one of the first ten U2-UFO's ever created. Stop on by www.mountainmods.com and make a purchase of $10 or more by June 23rd to earn a chance to WIN one of these award winning enclosures."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Thermaltake Tsunami Dream VA3000 Case Review @ A1-Electronics
"Yet another superbly well made and thought out computer case from Thermaltake this Tsunami Dream. When it comes to choice we prefer the Silver version but that is just us. We like the way the front is uncluttered yet to us a very attractive, stylish while being a simple design to suit just about any environment and is well set off with the blue LEDs."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Guardian Crafted Gaming Armor Case Review @ Envy News
"The Guardian - NZXT's launch into the pre-modded gaming case world. With patent pending locking mechanisms, an incredibly unique overall design, and even killer rodents, the Guardian has stepped up to the plate and hit a home run. The lights and glowing killer rodent will undoubtedly draw envy from gamers abound. The killer drive locking mechanisms are ingenious too. NZXT have really put their research and development teams to good use and come up with a handful of eye-opening features."

More information on this review can be found here.
Canada Day Weekend Specials @ ADPMods

In celebration of Canada Day, ADPMods is holding a weekend special on regular stocked items. If you are looking for that special product for your case, now is the time to get in on the savings.

- Vantec EZ-Grip Molex Connector Kits in 5 colours
Regularly $13.95 now only $8.50 (includes Female Molex Removal Tool)

-10 Packs of 5mm 4000mcd BLUE LEDs
$5.95 per pack (less than 60 cents per LED)!

- Akasa Pax Mate regularly $19.95
now only $13.95 * while supplies last!

- 3 Pin Cooling Fans on sale right now for dirt cheap!
Only $2.50 each or $2 in quantity (10+)!

More information on this sale can be found here.
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