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Tuesday, August 31, 2004
PDP Patriot PC3200 Memory Review @ TechFreaks
"I was pleasantly surprised with the decent showing of PDP System's Patriot PC3200. Though not aimed towards the over clocker, the Patriot PC3200 is quite a contender among value RAM. The Patriot PC3200 retails around ~$70 a 512MB stick, but is often on sale for ~$50, at which the memory is a steal. While not as solid a performer as the OCZ Premiere PC3200, for half the price, the Patriot PC3200 is a can't miss for builders on a budget. Not to mention a 165MHz over-clock isn't that bad for budget RAM. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this memory to someone on a budget or someone who doesn't need the best performing RAM on the market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nu Tech DDW-081 8x DVD+RW Drive Review @ 3DXtreme
"The DDW-081 DVD +RW is a great drive and is well within the price range of most consumers. Its operation is both quiet, reliable and the media required is also very affordable. We just couldn't find any faults with this $55 drive!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Linksys WRT54GS Wireless Router + WMP56G PCI Wireless Card @ Bonafied Reviews
"Today at BFR we are going to be taking a look at the Linksys WRT54GS Wireless Router and WMP56G PCI Wireless Card. Several important qualities of the router are going to be closely examined such as ease of setup/installation and performance. These are the features that seem to be most pertinent to the consumer so it is the aforementioned which will be discussed thoroughly. We will also take a look at the wireless adapter and see how installation went."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire X800 XT Plantinum Edition Review @ The Tech Zone
"The design is much like ATI's reference board, except they went with a blue PCB and a cool little thumb rest at the top of the card to assist in card insertion. The good thing about this design is that the entire card only takes up 1 slot. A cool feature that this card has is the thermal sensing fan on its heatsink. When the card is not in use the fan will slow down and you will not hear it. When the GPU gets hot, you can hear the fan getting louder."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor Radeon 9250 Review @ FastLaneHW
"While I recommend spending at least $150 or $200 on a video card if you want to really get into games, what about those of us who aren't into the gaming scene as much, and whose gaming endeavors may be limited to playing the occasional round of UT or Quake 3? What if you don't even care about games, and just want a video card with a few nice features for a cheap price? Why should those people spend $150-200 on a video card? That's why today we're looking at ATi's Radeon 9250, on a board made by our friends at PowerColor."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Excalibur X600XT iCooler Video Card Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product is a PCI Express Video Card with an AGP Bus of 16x over the standard 8x. This card has many excellence features/technologies, performs well, and is best suited for a moderate gamer. Ramsinks on all the memory and a quiet cooler on the core helps when overclocking. Also, HIS offers this card in a number of VIVO/MB configurations."

More information on this review can be found here.
Epower's Fanless Enhanced PSU Review @ HTPCNews


"What exactly does "Fanless Enhanced PSU" mean? Is it just another marketing gimmick or something that actually might benefit the Power Silent PC user? We too were intrigued and have a review of Epower's "Fanless Enhanced PSU" for everyone to check out and see what the fuss is about. Check it out to see if "Fanless Enhanced" was just a load of bs or has any real substance to it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone SST-ST30NF Power Supply Review @ DVHardware
"Nowadays the amount of people prefering a silent computer system is growing and growing. For instance people who have a home theatre PC in their living room mostly want it to be silent. The subject of this review is Silverstone's SST-ST30NF Power Supply, which is entirely passively cooled by heatsinks. Since it contains no fans this PSU generates 0dBA background noise, and thus on first sight it seems to be ideal for silent computer systems."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Excalibur X600XT VIVO Limited Edition Review @ Viper Lair
"Gaming performance is mid range which is what the card is designed for. Modern games will run at about 1024x768 very happily with mild AA and AF applied. Older games will have no trouble, but the latest games such as FarCry and Doom III will push the card to its limits. If you are serious about playing either of those two then you would be better served by looking at a higher specification card."

More information on this review can be found here.
HEC SilentOP 385 Power Supply Review @ Hi-Techreviews


"Even though HEC's SilentOP 385 watt power supply is clear intended for the European market with its operating voltage of 220 VAC, we were still able to test it and came away with some rather surprising findings."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Polo735 3 in 1 Cooler Review @ AllAMD
"Thermaltake has been around for a while now, providing innovative cooling solutions not only to enthusaists but to mainstream users. With todays market of K7, K8 and P4 systems, it is hard to find a heatsink that will fit your needs and give you the kind of performance that you require. Thermaltake took that into account and has come up with the Polo735 3 in 1 cooler. This cooler will fit all platforms from K7, K8 and P4 and should provide you with the cooling you expect from a company like Thermaltake."

More information on this review can be found here.
VGA Silencer Review @ JHawk's Site
"Today up for review we have a VGA cooler that isn’t like the average coolers. Most aftermarket VGA coolers that you’ll find in various modding or computer sites/stores are of the small round chipset cooler type units resembling a mini HSF. Now we’ve seen many manufacturers start using bigger cooling solutions for their video cards (Abit OTES, nVidia’s stock cooling on the FX5800 and FX5950, etc) but none of these bigger type coolers were produced by the smaller after market modding community except for the Zelman Heatpipe’s, which weren’t meant for performance, but silent cooling. However, a new company, one that’s been offering silent CPU coolers for a few years now has released a VGA cooling device that promises some nice things, such as low noise and lower temps compared to the stock 9800 pro cooler. Already in use by the HIS Excalibur 9800pro line, Artic Cooling’s VGA Silencer promises less noise while providing more cooling, so let’s see how this fares."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec VA4-7245 Aeroflow 2 Socket A Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"Overclockers also like the AthlonXP for its overclockability, and great gaming performance. Hence, it's no surprise that heatsink makers like Vantec are creating newer Socket A heatsinks for the mass market. Vantec's AeroFlow2 VA4-7245 AthlonXP heatsink is the siamese twin to its VP4-7245 model, with the only major difference revolving around the clip. In our experience, heatsinks of dual use design tend to favour one platform over the other, so it with great interest that we'll be looking at the thermal test results in this review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCB-120 Radbox and Coolsleeves PVC Coils Review @ System Cooling
"You're looking to upgrade your water cooling setup and would like to go with a larger radiator and fan combo. One problem - your already cramped box just won't accommodate that '59 Caddy heater core you saw at the bone yard and have lusted after. Well, Swiftech to the rescue! The MCB-120 Radbox lets you "think outside the box" with your radiator solution, without some of the ugliness or hassle of other external setups. And to keep things looking as cool as they are running, we've got some new Coolsleeves to check out as well."

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

The Logisys 500 watt Power Supply is a great power supply for those looking for something with lots of wattage and a few extra features. The top half of this power supply is clear acrylic so there is no need for modding it out of the box. It comes with two LED fans that are connected to a chrome knob on the outside of the unit to control fan speed. This power supply is completely compatible with Intel and AMD processor and supports the 12v Intel ATX standard and comes with serial ATA connectors for the latest hard drives. Logisys finished it off with all the overload and short circuit protection you want in a power supply. You can't go wrong with this one.

Specifications:
- 500 watts total max power
- Chromed knob to adjust the fan speed and thermal degree
- Full AMD Athlon and Intel P4 support
- High energy power with low ripple
- Short circuit and overload protection on all outputs
- State of the art circuit design and clean PCB layout
- Built-in EMI Filter
- Includes Serial ATA connector

More information on this weekly special can be found here.
Monday, August 30, 2004
Making DVD Movies from Video Files @ PCStats
"In a recent PCstats.com Beginner's Guide, we explored the process of turning your videotaped home movies into compressed video files for storage and display on your computer. We'd now like to present the companion piece to that article. In this guide, we will explore and explain the process of authoring DVDs from video files you have stored on your computer, that will play on any home DVD player. We will also run through some basic editing techniques to help you get the best out of your home movies."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wire Weights Review @ XYZ Computing
"The Wire Weight is 8 oz. (226.8 g) of machined bronze. It is comprised of two pieces that screw together, sandwiching a cable between them. At only 1.75" (d) x 0.75" (h) (44mm x 19mm) it is small and should be quite unobtrusive on your desk."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec iLuminate Light Kit Review @ Mikhailtech
"This "puck" is responsible for everything that makes iLuminate unique. Some cold cathode kits have motion sensors to match them to the beat of music or the sound of games, but these generally look awful and aren't very practical. Antec took a different approach. This cylinder is meant to be placed externally, directly next to a sound source (such as a speaker or a sub) for the best effect. It connects to the PCI slot using a PS/2 style plug. This slot has three settings. "Light on" means the tube is constantly glowing, whether the controller is plugged in or not; "off" is the master switch for the whole thing; "control on" hands things over to the puck. The puck is basically a cylinder with a switch on the side and an adjustable knob up top. The switch has four settings: "off/on" are self-explanatory; "fla" makes the light constantly flash about twice per second; "mo" activates the motion (sound) sensor. The blue portion acts as a knob and adjusts the sensitivity of the unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PowerStream 420w Adjustable ATX PSU Review @ The Crucible
"There was little to no flex in the rails, and with their adjustability I no longer have to worry about sagging voltages. OCZ has delivered the total package. With great performance, reasonable price and an overall pleasant look the PowerStream has just taken the crown for best power supply!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Venus 12 K8 Cooler Review @ Bjorn3D
"Athlon 64, it's the new buzzword in tech circles these days. The AMD Athlon 64 processors are an inexpensive way to step up into the world of 64-bit computing. Along with new CPUs, you will always see new coolers/heatsinks popping up on the market to service the needs of the overclockers and die-hard enthusiasts."

More information on this review can be found here.
Three-way Cooling Showdown @ LAN Addict
"When it comes to cooling your CPU, it seems that there are almost as many choices available as there are people looking for them. This doesn't make it easy for the average PC user. Today, I'm looking at three different cooling solutions for the CPU. All three can be used on the Socket 462 AMD platform and the Socket 478 Intel platform. Let's take a look at our contenders."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI4 & NV5 Silencer Review @ PCunleash
"The most noticeable feature on the silencer cooler is that it expels the heat completely outside the case, which not only helps the graphic card cool but also helps maintain the system’s overall low temperature. This review will be short and simple, but it contains all the vital aspects regarding the performance of the new silencer. I have compared it with Gainward’s stock cooler as well as the Geforce 6800 cooler. These will be used when trying to compare the performance of the Silencer. I know that some of you are waiting desperately so why wait any longer to discover its secrets?."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake SilverRiver External Enclosure Review @ A True Review
"Just about everyone likes external drive enclosures. Why not; they allow us to turn internal drives into high speed external drives. External enclosures currently come three popular sizes: 2.5", 3.5", and 5.25". The 2.5" enclosure turns a laptop hard drives into USB powered external hard drives, while 3.5" enclosures transforms a 3.5" hard drive from internal to external. But the 5.25" enclosures can turn 5.25" optical drives or 3.5" hard drives into external drives. While some companies may only make one or two of the three sizes, Thermaltake's SilverRiver external drive enclosure series features all three. This review will be covering the 5.25" enclosure."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone Temjin TJ-03 Case Review @ Hexus
"In all honesty my first impressions of the SilverStone TJ-03 were very high. There are a few areas that I'm not 100% happy with but lets hope SilverStone keep producing stunning cases and make them readily available within the UK. It's always nice to see full aluminium cases being released with great attention to detail and superb features. Along with these features is a nice price tag too. When I looked last it was possible to buy this case for around $255 in America. At the current conversion rate that is 130 pounds. Not a bad price in my opinion for a full aluminium tower case."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer Models @ ADPMods

"ADPmods is happy to announce that the 8 newest Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer models are now available and shipping same day for orders placed before 3:00pm EST. These latest models are compatible with both Nvidia and ATI graphics cards, replacing the previous generation Revision 3 Silencer with enhanced features such as RAM cooling and RPM monitoring. See our website for technical details and model specific support information.

ADPmods.com is proud to be an authorized distributor for the full line of Arctic Cooling products including CPU Heatsinks and Thermally Controlled Fans."

More information on these new products can be found here.
Logisys Phantom Case Review @ FastLaneHW
"Today we're going to take a look at yet another pre-modified case, this time it's the Logisys Phantom. Sporting a 120mm rear exhaust and front intake, along with an 80mm side intake, the Phantom not only looks interesting, but cools well, and won't break the bank."

More information on this review can be found here.
BeanTech BT-85 Case Review @ Overclockers Online
"I always find case reviews fun to do. Every time I pop a motherboard onto a new tray it feels like I'm installing a brand new computer. Today I get a chance to revamp my test bed. For those who have seen my previous reviews know that my Abit NF7-S test bed consists of all the components placed on a little rack. As the school year approaches, I'm going to need something a little more durable and movable. Having a ton of fancy looking equipment in my case means I have to be able to show it off. Everyone knows there is only one way to do that - windows! With my new case, Prisma Prime BT-85, all I have is a window. It's Plexi-Time at Overclockers Online."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, August 28, 2004
Logisys 3D Edge Fan Kit Review @ PimpRig
"The 3D Edge Fan is a multi directional/positional fan set-up that can cool anything in the PCI slots or close to them. With the option of up to 5 fans or just one there is a plethora of settings this new innovation can provide."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PowerStream 470W Adjustable Power Supply Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The OCZ PowerStream series power supply is aimed squarely at the power user or gamer. When you decide to spend several hundred dollars on individual components for your newest box, you want to make sure that you have a quality power supply, and OCZ has assembled this unit to ensure that it is not going to be the weak link. OCZ has also done a great job of "future proofing" the unit to make sure that it will last you for a couple of upgrade cycles. When I removed the unit from the bright orange box, I was impressed with the heft of the unit and the fit and finish."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolmax 3.5" X-Treme External HDD Enclosure Video Review @ 3DGameman
"These external enclosures are great because they are inexpensive and offer an affordable backup storage solution. They are not as small as the 2.5" external enclosures; however, they are still extremely transportable. Also, this product is USB2 which means it's plug and play, and fast. It's a great product with excellent backup features."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Cooler Master KHC-V81 P4/AMD Hyper 6 CPU Cooler Review @ AusPCWorld
"Often we overlook the critical ingredient in keeping our systems cool. No its not the amount of fans you can put into your system to turn it into the jet plane we all love to hate, but its the one thing that keeps the core of your system running at peak performance. Today we look at CoolerMaster's new offering the KHC-V81 P4/AMD Hyper 6 CPU Cooler. A Cooler that looks great but also does what its supposed to do keeping your CPU nice and cool."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS Extreme AX600XT/HTVD Review @ Viper Lair
"ASUS put together a comprehensive packaging that covers a wide audience,depending on what you need. For gamers, the ASUS Extreme AX600XT/HTVD provides very good performance with many of today's popular titles, without sacrificing image quality in doing so. Many games are playable at 1280 resolution, with image quality cranked up high, though 1600 is something I would reserve for the higher-end cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS X800XT PE AGP Review @ HardAvenue
"The ASUS Radeon X800XT PE follows the reference board closely, although the cooler design is slightly different to what you will find on most other X800XT PE's. ASUS are usually pretty generous with their retail box extras and their X800XT PE is no exception. Software wise you will find Deus Ex: Invisible War, Counterstrike: Condition Zero, ASUSDVD, ASUS MediaShow SE 2.0, Ulead Cool 3D SE 3.0, Ulead Photo Express Se 4.0 and ASUS Power Director 3DE, all inside a nifty orange CD case. More games would have been nice, although the two chosen to be bundled will go down well with the majority of gamers, both being quite popular."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"The motherboard PCstats is testing today is made by MSI Computer, and based on the second generation VIA K8T800 Pro chipset. MSI's K8T Neo2-FIR motherboard follows through where its successful K8T Neo board left off, and proves to be a compelling option for a little over $140 USD. The motherboard supports Socket 939 AMD Athlon64/FX processors, comes equipped with four DDR RAM DIMM slots that accommodate up to 4GB of dual channel PC3200 memory, and packs in a long list of features."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AA8-DuraMAX Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ABIT AA8-DuraMAXX is currently one of ABIT's leading Intel 925X chipset based motherboards for Intel's latest LGA 775 processors (Socket T). The board comes jam packed with the newest technology a PC Enthusiast could dream of owning Intel's Socket T, 4 banks for DDR2 memory, and PCI Express."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Tsunami Dream Review @ FastLaneHW
"Thermaltake has been making cases for quite a while now, all of which bear the "Xaser" nameplate, and usually the accompanying flashy graphics and outrageous colors, all of which have been a heavy topic of debate amongst computer builders. On some forums I visit, this has been a topic that has been argued to death, almost as much as the usual Intel vs AMD or NVIDIA vs ATI topics. Today, Thermaltake shows us that they can do classy and understated, too. We have their new Tsunami case out with us today, which sports a classy black brushed aluminum front panel with chrome trim and two blue LED lights shining through."

More information on this review can be found here.
Watercooling Kit Mods @ Overclockers.com
"The test plan was to replace only one component and determine its impact on performance. I did not test for two changes as it gets uneconomic very quickly - by the time you replace two pieces, you've just about equalled the original cost of the kit. My supposition going in was the best change would be adding a higher power waterpump more flow, better performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Aquagate Review @ Ninjalane
"Superior ease of use and extremely flexible installation options make the Cooler Master Aquagate perfect for the average user looking for a mild cooling enhancement for their otherwise stock computer."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIA MII-12000 Review @ ASE Labs
"The EPIA series of motherboards from VIA has long been a favorite of mine. Ever since the first one came out awhile back, I had envisioned these tiny boards being made into HTPC or mods. Sure enough, they are a cornerstone of the small form-factor PC market and the HTPC market alike. What sets the MII apart from its predecessors is a faster CPU, better expansion, and a brand-new encryption engine."

More information on this review can be found here.
The SEGA-ITX Project @ Mini-ITX
"After seeing all the great mini-ITX projects I was tempted to make one of my old 8-bit computers into a PC, but not being able to use the original keyboard was somewhat of a disappointment. Also I would have to invest in a laptop CDROM and a small HD in order to cram it all in. What I wanted was a mini-ITX project that would cost me as little as possible using parts I had from other PC's. Then while putting Christmas decorations away in the basement I noticed the old SEGA CD box I used to store old computer parts and voila I had my next project!"

More information on this review can be found here

The Commodore 1541 Disk Drive ITX PC Project

"The original project involved building a pc from a mail box bank that my father builds and sells at craft fairs. But this was a custom build, that would take alot longer to build. So with parts in hand and a boring Saturday, I began ripping and old Commodore 1541 5-1/4" disk drive. Everything just barely fits, with a little help from Dremel tools."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI Mega 865 Review @ Designtechnica
"The small form factor (SFF) market is picking up steam and many companies are jumping on the bandwagon. What was considered a niche product, the small form factor PC has now grown to appeal to gamers, media enthusiasts and office users. MSI sells a number of SFF systems under the Mega PC product line. The system in particular that we are reviewing today is the MSI Mega 865 which is geared towards media enthusiasts that are interested in adding DVR type capabilities into their system, although it makes a great gaming system as well. Featuring Intel’s 865G +ICH5 chipset, the MSI Mega 865 has the ability to be a very powerful and feature rich system provided you use high-end performance components. The MSI Mega 865 has a starting price around $300, but its total cost depends on what type of components you use in the system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, August 27, 2004
Ultra X-Connect 500W PSU Review @ Ap0calypse
"Enthusiasts have always searched for the best in quality and performance, but now appearance is just as important. In the case of power supplies, not only will high wattage and amps be the deciding factor, the power supply must look good in an enthusiast’s windowed case. Enter Ultra Products’ next generation power supply, the X-Connect. This innovative 500W PSU not only has the muscle to keep your system powered, it has a beautiful look to it that would appeal to all modders and enthusiasts alike. So let’s take a look together at this beautiful and powerful unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Akasa AK-P460FG BL PSU Review @ System Cooling
"The Power supply can be viewed as the heart of our computers, since every component relies on its ability to deliver adequate power to all the loads within the system. Today these loads are many: Multiple hard disks, multiple optical drives, as well as our ever more power-hungry CPUs all drive the need for more power. Not only do these devices require large amounts of power, they can also radiate considerable waste heat. A power supply capable of delivering that much power can also expel a good deal of waste heat in its own right. The standard solution to the two aforementioned problems, up until recently, was simply to add more fans. This works well enough, but it introduces something else no one wants: Noise. Akasa took a long look at this problem and built the AK-P460FG BL as their answer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nexus NX-4090 400watt PSU Review @ Mikhailtech
"Opening up the unit reveals a couple decent sized capacitors but relatively puny heatsinks. Their size (as well as that of every other component) is no doubt limited by the thickness of the fan which spans most of the top. Speaking of which, it's a 120x25mm blower (model name D12SM-12) made by Yate Loon Electronics and rated at 12V, 0.3A, and 1650RPM providing 56CFM at 39dBA. By default the fan runs at a fraction of its voltage, referred to by Nexus as its "idle mode". At this level it's rated at 16.2dBA which is inaudible beyond a couple inches. It speeds up in a linear fashion as the temperature rises (and increases in noise as well as airflow), though having used it for almost a week now I haven't witnessed any apparent changes in airflow."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer eXactMat Gaming Mouse Pad Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"Looking for a new mouse pad, are you? Looking for accuracy or speed? Or would you like both? May I suggest the eXactmat. The mat is versatile and has a definite style to it, however that isn’t saying its perfect. Read on for my opinion of the company’s first shot at creating a gaming mouse pad."

More information on this review can be found here.
Waffer PC AirCon PAC 400 Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"What do you get when you take two heatsinks and sandwich a Peilter or TE Chip as they refer to it, inbetween them? You end up with the Waffer Technology's PC AirCon PAC 400 cooling addition. The PC AirCon PAC 400 is referred to as an Air Conditioner for PC's. But can it live up to it's billing? We put it through it's paces and came up with our own conclusions as to just how well it worked."

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den NV-68 GFX Block Installation Guide @ Modtown
"Once you have all the washers, springs and thumb screws in place you can now start to tighten the mounting bracket down by tightening two opposite corners (A & A) one full turn at a time followed by the same with the other opposite corners (B & B) until a firm and even pressure is applied and the block is secure."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Slot Protector Kits Review @ ThinkComputers
"Have you ever had to install a PCI card and had trouble getting the motherboard to recognize it? Well, the problem may have been caused by dust or lint that has collected in the PCI slot over time. Even a small amount of dust can cause a bad connection if it falls into the right place. Because of this issue, Vantec has come out with the slot protector kit! So let's take a look."

More information on this review can be found here.
Global Win Dorri 40bit Encrypted HDD Enclosure Review @ HTPCNews
"No, it is not an alien spaceship. It's the Global Win Dorri External Hard Drive enclosure. With top secret alien technology it's supposed to keep your data (ripped movies and mp3's) ultra safe via a set of removable security keys and keep up to a 10,000RPM drive quiet and cool with a silent 19dBA fan. However, there were some seriously bad quality problems with the build of this product that people should know about before they ever think of spending their hard earned cash on it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Rocket Pro Cooler Review @ hardCOREware
"When we reviewed Gigabyte's first entry into the cooler market, we saw if nothing else a lot of potential. Weighing in at almost 1 kilo, it was a heavy beast, and while performance was great, a 1 kg copper cooler is going to cost a lot. The Rocket Pro is Gigabyte's sophomore cooling product, and where the original Cooler GT missed, the Rocket hits home run after home run."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Tech X600 Pro VIVO 256MB Video Card Review @ PimpRig
"The package is as flashy and eye-catching as they come. I really liked the inclusion of the window on the back so you can take a peek at the card itself. If the extra 128MB over their competitors don't work then maybe the sexy, black PCB will."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Fanless VGA Graphics Card Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"With this super Thermaltake VGA Fanless heatsink which will help to make your computer quieter as it does not make any noise really needs to be used for full benefit with a water cooled heatsink system that is external to your computer case."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolJag 661C P4 & V558A XP Heatsink Reviews @ Madshrimps
"Today, we are looking into the two most commonly used coolers; 661C for socket 478 Pentium 4 and V558A for socket 462 AXP provided by CoolJag."

More information on this review can be found here.

Cooler Master Cool Drive 6 Review

"The Cool Drive product line from Cooler Master has been upgraded to version 6. We take a look at this hard drive cooler which offer the end user a lot more control and info then your average HD box. Fan control, temperature monitoring and real time HDD transfer speeds can be read from the LCD! Read on to find out more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Power Color Radeon 9250 GameFX Board Review @ Bonafied Reviews
"With all of the graphic industry spotlights on the X800 and 6800, the ancestors of this latest wave of graphic processors are seeming to have been long forgotten. A few meantions of the older cards, like the 9800XT, are found here and there but even those remembrances usually aren't describing what great cards they were. Instead, they are simply insults accompanied by a graphic displaying the benchmarking results of the X800 XT and 6800 against the 'so last month' generation of GPU's and VPU's. Today, as the old movie title goes, we "Remember the Titans" as we look at Power Color's Radeon 9250."

More information on this review can be found here.
PDP PC3200 & PC4000 Dual Channel Kits Review @ Overclockers Online
"Today we will be looking at two examples from their dual channel DDR line: the Patriot Memory Dual Channel 1GB PC4000 eased latency and Patriot Memory Dual Channel 1GB PC3200 low latency memory kits. Our goal in this article is to not only see if they perform up to their advertised specification, but to also see how much extra headroom each kit can afford. With that in mind, lets get started."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair CMX512-4000PRO Review @ HardExtreme
"Today, RAM comes in many flavors varying in speed, bandwidth, and size. Finding the right RAM solution for one's needs can be a tedious process; with a vast number of companies barraging the public with proposed solutions and complicated jargon, one is often overwhelmed and uninformed regarding the best solution at the best price. Today we review of one of the most impressive high-end solutions available, namely Corsair's CMX512-4000PRO."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston PC3200 Ultra Low Latency Memory Review @ Bjorn3D
"Kingston is pulling this off nicely with their offering in the PC3200 low latency market. Yes, we are dropping the clocks down to 2-2-2-5 with a no holds barred speed war in full effect."

More information on this review can be found here.
PQI PC3200 1Gig Ultra Low Latency Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ Tweaknews
"More often than not, cheaper priced memory has a hard knock life getting respected in the enthusiast community seeing the market is dominated by a select few that make amazing memory, but it always comes at an amazingly high price. What I wanted to prove today is that you can save a boatload of money and still get absolutely exceptional memory capable of lower latency timings at stock speeds and still pull through with a jaw dropping overclock to boot."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, August 26, 2004
Sleeping Around Wirelessly @ The Tech Zone
"With all the personal information on your computer, do you ever wonder what would happen if someone gained access or control? You may be thinking, "But I have nothing important why would anyone bother?" Think again. People do bother and the information they gain could lead to serious privacy or identity theft, not to mention alarming financial repercussions. How do I know this is true? Time for a confession."

More information on this editorial can be found here.
KHypermedia 8x4x8 DVD+RW IDE Drive Review @ BigBruin
"The KHypermedia 8X DVD+RW burner pleasantly surprised me. It performed exceptionally with everything I threw at it. So far I have backed up the majority of my data and not one coaster. What more can you ask from a very inexpensive DVD Burner? Computer Geeks sells this drive for an incredible $48.90. For less than $50.00 you get yourself a +RW burner capable of burning at 8X speeds."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Coolmax 140mm Silent 500W Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Coolmax 140mm Silent Cooling Fan 500W PSU will satisfy even the most demanding computer power needs. The overall design, quality, performance, & appearance really make it stand apart. With a high gloss black paint finish & a 140mm fan, it truly looks exceptional. The large quiet fan also provides fantastic air flow at a low speed.

More information on this video review can be found here.
Voyeurmods Custom Etching Service Review @ GruntvillE
"The final option is a 3-D laser etch. These are done with high precisions lasers that basically burn little dots on the window. It uses gray scaling techniques to give the impression that the image is 3 dimensional. There are only a few places that perform this level of etching. While they all have some stock images to choose from, the real fun stuff is when you take an image that you created or picked and have it etched on your window."

More information on this review can be found here.
Military Dragon ICE Blue LED Switch Review @ ModdersHQ
"The Fighter Pilot military style switch has been popular in car-modifications, and for awhile now, computer modifications. They give a nice look to any case. This one from DragonModz takes it a step further by including a built in LED with a selection of colors (this one was Ice
Blue). The switch is solid and fairly easy to use, however, for computer applications it is very large."

More information on this review can be found here.

Raidmax RX470-XP PSU Review

"It's no mystery that the PSU is by far one of the most important hardware purchases you can make for your rig. Even video card manufacturers like Nvidia are telling us we need a PSU with alittle meat on its bones. What if I said you can get a stable PSU that includes all the bells and whistles to run today's hardware, conforms to the low acoustic trend and looks fantastic doing it? With that in mind, lets take a look at the Raidmax RX-470XP PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Free Card Reader Promotion @ CrazyPC
"CrazyPC is pleased to offer a FREE Enermax ECR-A7S 7-in-1 Card Reader with purchases of $60 or more. A savings of $14.99! To qualify you must spend over $60 before shipping. Add the ECR-A7S (item 82909) to your shopping basket, and enter the coupon code FREEECRA7S at Check Out to receive a $14.99 discount. You must select the "Redeem Coupon" button to apply the discount. (Offer Expires 9/30/04)

More information on this promotion can be found here.
WaterChill CPU/VGA/Chipset Power Kit KT12A-L30 Review @ Bjorn3D
"Is it me or do we get more and more fans in our systems for each year? When I started using PC’s you usually had 1 fan on the PSU and nothing more. Today it isn’t usual that you have 2-3 casefans, a huge fan on the CPU, a big noisy fan on the video card and even in some cases a fan on the motherboard chipset. While all these fans do help removing heat from the computer they also introduce a lot of noise."

More information on this review can be found here.
25 New WaterChill and VapoChill Products Launched @ Asetek
"Asetek Inc. the leading manufacturer of vapor phase CPU cooling systems and water cooling solutions for PCs has launched a whole bunch of new products. Exactly 25 NEW products have seen the light and are released Wednesday the 25th August 2004. Particularly the NEW WaterChill Hard Drive Kits for both PC enthusiasts and professional are noticeable! As one of the of the first manufacturers of a water cooling solution for hard drives it is with pride that Asetek present two different solutions one for the hard drive bay [3 1/2'] and one for the CD-ROM [5 1/4']. Through an amazing 34 - 42 percentage temperature reduction in hard drive temperature even in tightly packed PC/server systems the WaterChill Hard Drive Kits represents maximum value for anybody giving priority to system stability and low noise."

More information on this new product launch can be found here.
Niro 1.1 Pro Home Theater System Review @ Designtechnica
"This is an excellent approach to surround sound. While nothing I have ever come across will replace a seat surrounded by speakers and a receiver capable of discrete channels the Niro 1.1 Pro is the best around. The Niro would be best used in a small apartment, perhaps by a couple just getting started and on a limited budget. It also makes an excellent choice for a dorm room or a second home theater in a bedroom or den. The small size and incredibly easy installation makes it perfect for areas where space is limited or you simply can not or don’t want to run wires all over."

More information on this review can be found here.

Nitro Pro Music Server Review

"ReQuest Multimedia’s Nitro music server is a hard drive based audio player worthy of a prominent spot in any high-end audio rack or home theater. It does everything that you could want an audio player to do and it looks good doing it. With a highly evolved interface, advanced control options, and CD quality audio, the Nitro Pro should help the late-adopters appreciate the benefits of truly digital music, and satisfy those on the bleeding edge of technology.
If you’re one of the lucky consumers that can justify the $2500 price tag of the Nitro Pro music server, we recommend the product without hesitation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Tsunami Case Review @ 3DXtreme
"Today 3DXtreme has the great pleasure of reviewing one of Thermaltake's latest case offerings, the Tsunami Dream. When it comes to quality, attractive case designs Thermaltake is well known to be among the best. Always seeking new design ideas for both aesthetics and functionality they have come up with the Tsunami. Let's have a closer look at this case and find out what makes it stand out in a crowd."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen XC Cube AV Edition Review @ Neoseeker
"Today at Neoseeker we take a look at another SFF system with a twist; the AOpen XC Cube AV Edition. It goes beyond the basic SFF formula of merely shrinking the size of the case and motherboard but instead, AOpen takes advantage of the size and design to include Instant On features. Users can watch TV, play DVDs, VCDs, MP3s within roughly five seconds of hitting the power button as these functions do not require a boot into Windows. PVR functionality is included in the Windows portion of the software suite making the XC Cube an ideal solution for those who are lacking in space and are looking for a jack of all trades machine for desktop work and media playback."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Zephyrus & TouchONE Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Zephyrus is an Automatic System Controller that allows up to 5 fans, 3 extended channels, & 3 thermal sensors to be connected. Also, the robust software can monitor fans, temps, sys info, & more. The very functional TouchOne is a special addition that will leave you wondering how you ever got along without it! Both are very affordable."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Z-2200 Speakers Review @ Virtual Hideout
"Despite a few shortcomings, the Z-2200s are a safe buy in my book. The sound quality is more than worth the price, and if you only need a 2.1 system, you only need this system. They'll handle anything you can throw at them, and will fill most rooms with sound quite nicely. The only downsides are the hardwired satellite cables, which unfortunately limit placement of the sats. However, the combination of an easy to setup system, and most importantly, excellent sound quality without having to compensate by over-adjusting an EQ, makes this one a winner - you won't be disappointed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix PC4000 Memory Review @ GruntvillE
"With the Ram out of the static bags, you can see the cool Ballistix print that Crucial added to the heat spreaders. The black PCB looks cool from this view and is a nice added touch. Although most of these features are hidden when the RAM is tucked in the slots, at least you know Crucial went to all extremes to make this RAM appealing to the performance user."

More information on this review can be found here.
Value Overclocking: Celeron D 335 vs. Sempron 3100+ @ Sharky Extreme
"It has been a long time since both Intel and AMD released value processor lines with so much promise. Both the Celeron D and Sempron (Socket 754) models are variants of popular high-end core designs, and not only provide a nice performance increase over last-generation designs, but look to have serious overclocking potential."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Fanless 103 Heatsink Review @ TechFreaks
"For the normal user looking to eliminate some noise from their system, the Thermaltake Fanless 103 Heat-Sink looks to be a considerable option. While it runs a little hotter compared to an active cooling solution, a temperature of 123°F (50.6°C) is still acceptable. Not to mention the Fanless 103 stands strong against the Venus 7+ in both Idle situations. Only during load while over-clocked does the Fanless 103 reach a temperature of 129°F (53.9°C) which is a little too hot for me."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xice EC900 Review @ SweMOD
"Water cooling today is relatively safe and easy to handle. The perfect thing is that it's not like an aquarium that needs to be cleaned ever week or so. It could however be a little bit difficult to install a water cooling kit as it needs space, holes and more to start working in your case in order to get the best performance. Xice has released a product that helps everyone to run a water cooled computer. It's easy to install, looks really nice and its name is External Cool 900."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerocool VM-101 VGA Heatpipe Cooler Review @ 3DXtreme
"Today 3DXtreme has the pleasure of reviewing a silent cooling system for VGA cards, the VM-101. The quest for a good, silent cooling solution has come a long way and with the need to cool just about every major component in a computer system the need for silent cooling becomes even more important. But can this large heat pipe really perform as well as a fan driven cooler?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan TWC-A04 Water Cooled Heatsink System Review @ A1-Electronics
"We have compared the Titan TWC-A04 with our top air cooled heatsink, the Thermalright SLK-948U but it does use a very noisy fan and our top water cooled heatsinks, Thermaltake Aquarius III as in our Mods 5 & the Asetek WaterChill system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Poweroid TNN 500A PC Review @ Hexus
"Quietness is generally a subjective issue, yet I feel confident in stating that the Zalman / Poweroid combination can't be heard above normal background noise. It's nice to hear birds chirp 30 feet away. It's nice not to have to dial the stereo up when listening to music, and it's nice that such quietness can be achieved without having to compromise performance."

More information on this review can be found here.

Chaintech Summit SK8T800 VIA K8T800 Motherboard Review

"Chaintech's Summit SK8T800 is an interesting board in many ways. It's clear from the outset that features have to play second fiddle to cost. In that case, and at the time of production, Chaintech chose, correctly we might add, VIA's K8T800 chipset as a base. Every feature emanates from the feature-filled southbridge. That means RAIDable on-chip SATA, 10/100 LAN, USB2.0, and decent AC'97-supplied sound. It just feels like a board that's destined for the OEM market. Not bad for a package that currently costs $80 in the States."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Phantom Case Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people slam pre-modded cases. The fact is, not everyone has the time to invest in modding their own cases. Also, not everyone has access to the tools, nor the skill to do a good job of it. And let’s not forget about the most important factor: time. Pre-modded cases can either look cheap and cheesy, or downright gorgeous. There are so many things that can be accomplished with them things that the average modder wouldn’t be able to build."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone SST-TJ04 Case Review @ Overclockers Online
"SilverStone Technologies isn't one of the biggest companies around, however if you're browsing your favorite online retailer there is a good chance that you've seen some of their many products. They make some very innovative cases, have a large line of power supplies and tons of accessories to make your case look that much better."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Real Power 450W Review @ Viper Lair
"In the end, it's all about reliable power, and the Real Power 450W delivers in this respect. The glowing LED PSU fan, and shiny black exterior are the window dressing on what is one of the best power supplies we've had a chance to test."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalTake X Jog USB Fan and Light Kit Review @ PimpedOutCases
"As far as build quality is concerned, I was amazed to see how well the light and fan were constructed. I must admit I had a preconceived expectation for them to be made cheaply based on the gimmicky nature of the product. The flex-necks hold their shape well, and both the light and fan are terminated with metal ends."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolerMaster Cavalier Case Review @ OCIA
"Installing your motherboard and such is a snap. Just put the gold pegs in the appropriate place and bolt the board down. The neat part about this, which I mentioned before, is the screwless design. These clips hold the PCI cards in place. On the top of the clip, where the grooves are, is the release. Press that and the clip will flop up. It's very easy to release and lock, by the way. If your not satisfied that the clips will hold your monster video card, Cooler Master has left the option of using the screws AND the locks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec NeoPower 480w ATX Modular PSU Review @ HTPCNews
Antec is a name that many of us know from our main gaming rigs. HTPCnews.com has reviewed their PSU's in the past with fair results; however this PSU is one of their first that's aimed at Silent PC type users as well as the super power users. Antec packs this PSU full of items like modular power cables and a single 120mm fan to give it an edge over the competition. With Antec taking a departure from their normal PSU design of the past, will they have a winner on their hands? Find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone Technology SST-ST30NF PSU Review @ CoolTechZone
"Let's not forget that Silverstone also has their power supplies and other computer case accessories that many may find useful. Today we will take a look at Silverstone's SST ST30NF silent power supply unit. "Silent" will be the key word throughout this analysis as this power supply does not have fans for air circulation. Due to it being a silent power supply, the price will be one of the factors to pay attention to towards the end of the analysis."

More information on this review can be found here.

Silverstone Technology SST-ST30NF PSU Review @ MetkuMods

"The looks of SST-ST30NF is quite special. This is because it is meant to act like a big heat sink. SST-30NF is 150mm wide, 140mm long, 86mm high and it weight about 2,6 kilos, which is quite a lot. This is usually a sign of quality and especially very big heat sinks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seasonic PowerAngel Power Monitor Review @ Mikhailtech
"I've wanted to get one of these forever and just in time Seasonic released their newest doodad, the PowerAngel power monitor. As the name implies, this simple to use contraption monitors energy usage in a variety of ways. Its primary purpose (according to Seasonic) is to optimize power usage in the workplace whether it's a small business, a factory or an enthusiast's basement. Though it's not a product for everyone, die hard techies and IT workers alike will find this tool quite useful."

More information on this review can be found here.
Flashing a Video Card BIOS Guide @ PCStats
"We recently ran an article on flashing the BIOS of your motherboard to enable new features and fix errors. Video cards in particular have an interesting history in relation to the BIOS flashing procedure. While motherboard BIOS fixes generally add support for new processors and fix hardware glitches, video card BIOS updates have the potential to do much more. Enterprising tech-heads have discovered instances where a video card can actually be transformed by a BIOS update, activating hidden features and potential buried performance aspects by the manufacturer."

More information on this guide can be found here.
MSI GeForce 6800 Review @ VR-Zone Hardware
"Overclocking the MSI GeForce 6800 yielded some very interesting results. From a stock clock speed of 325MHz and stock memory speed of 700MHz, we were able to overclock the card to a clock speed of 376MHz and memory speed of 798MHz. This is a 51MHz increase in core speed and 98MHz in memory speed. By all accounts this is a very good overclock considering the card's single-slot design and relatively quiet operation."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor Radeon 9250 128MB Graphics Card Review @ System Cooling
"In the recent months we've seen dozens of reviews showing the top of the line ATI and nVidia cards that can push your gaming experience to levels that were only dreamed of half a year ago. But these dream FPS pushers come with a heavy price tag, elevated noise levels and even PCI slot hogging sizes. Most of us have absolutely no problems with using and spending our hard earned money on these types of graphic cards. But what if you don't need the speed limit shattering FPS, don't have money tree in the back yard, can't deal with the extra noise and are limited by space. All you want is a quality, fanless, stable graphics card that will deliver superb image quality at a very affordable price. Well PowerColor might just have the perfect piece of hardware for you; enter the PowerColor 9250 graphics card powered by the ATI Radeon 9250."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen H420 MicroATX Case Review @ PCStats
"The jet black Aopen H420 is a compact desktop chassis intended for use with MicroATX or FlexATX motherboards. It is large enough that full height AGP and PCI cards can be installed too. Depending on the application, the Aopen H420 is versatile enough to be laid horizontally, or standing in a vertical orientation. Behind a little plastic locking cover along the bottom of the bezel is a set of common multimedia ports; a headphone and mic jack, and two USB2.0 ports."

More information on this review can be found here.
Prolink Pixelview PlayTV P7000 Media Centre Review @ Hexus
"There's no integrated program guide, it doesn't tune digital TV, the FM tuner is unusable, the remote would intermittently stop working, requiring a reboot to fix. That list goes on and on. The list of basic functionality issues present in the P7000 package make it highly unattractive in the face of competing products."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan TWC-A04 Water Cooling Kit Review @ OC-Zone
"This is a very compact kit, but for the guys who thinks that buying this kit will represent a big jump from the best of aircooling, I recommend a better kit. It seems that the performance problems of this kit are from the very low flow rate of the water pump."

More information on this review can be found here.
PolarFLO TT Series CPU Water Block Review @ Legit Reviews
At stock speeds, the Danger Den TDX and the PolarFLO TT were evenly matched. When over clocked or stressed, the PolarFLO TT really stood out as the outstanding performer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek Vapochill LightSpeed [AC] Review @ System Cooling
"Asetek has been at the forefront of the phase change world, as it applies to computers, pretty much since the beginning, with their line of Vapochill cooling systems which was first introduced way back in 1997. Since then, other companies have come and gone, but Asetek has remained, constantly refining and improving their products. The system we're looking at today, the Vapochill LightSpeed [AC], represents the pinnacle of phase change technology, and the culmination of years of work for the people at Asetek."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, August 23, 2004
Waffer Technology PAC 400 Review @ ModGuidez
"As overclocking becomes more and more popular and widespread, people are pushing their CPUs to their limits, trying to squeeze every ounce of performance out of them. This requires more and more elaborate and extreme cooling methods to rid them of that nasty heat. Today we bring you one of the more interesting cooling methods. You may not have air conditioning in your homes, but now, thanks to Waffer Technology, your PC can experience the air conditioning that you lack!"

More information on this review can be found here.
A.C. Ryan Backy Review @ A True Review
"Computer modification has come a long way. Everything you can do with the interior of a computer has probably been done. Naturally, that leads to modding outside the box, so to speak. In order to install things outside the case though, the proper cables need to be routed to the outside. To help make this process a lot easier, A.C. Ryan has released their Backy line of products. With a Backy, your internal cables can now be easily accessed externally."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD XP Aircooling Heatsink Round Up August 2004 @ Madshrimps
"So here we are with yet again an AMD Socket A roundup. Last time in December 2003 we saw that the field was dominated by the Thermalright SP-97 heatsink which sports heat pipe technology. Nowadays a lot of manufactures have caught up and we have a wide variety of heatsinks available which are based upon the successful heat pipe tech. Let´s find out if they can beat our Golden Oldie."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix Low Latency PC3200 DDR Review @ BigBruin
"The benchmarking results speak for themselves, and no debate is really necessary. The two 512MB sticks of Crucial Ballistix DDR-400 offer some serious performance, and do it in the face of some worthy competition from Corsair. The low latencies no doubt contribute to the dominance experienced during testing, and overall provided some impressive scores. Crucial has developed a solid reputation for quality memory products, and it is about time they extended their reach into the field of performance DDR. They obviously did their homework, as their first offering is right up to speed with the proven competition!"

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Excalibur AIW 9600 Review @ Bjorn3D
"A couple of weeks ago I reviewed the HIS Excalibur AIW 9600XT TURBO, a All In Wonder card based on the Radeon 9600XT with both FM and TV and good performance. But what if you don’t need the speed and want an AIW-card that not only is cheaper but also quieter and which would fit perfectly into a SFF system? HIS has the answer for you with their HIS Excalibur AIW 9600, the card I am reviewing today."

More information on this review can be found here.

Thermaltake XTunner IR Remote Fan Control Device Review

"The remote control, found in the hand of many Americans every evening and weekend after a hard work week. This device has brought us comfort and efficiency since its inception, and it doesn't show any signs of stopping anytime soon. The old style televisions required you to actually get up and walk to the television just to change the channel. How horrible."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI PCX5750-TD128 Review @ Viper Lair
"With the ability to output to two monitors, as well as TVs via S-Video, this wouldn't be a bad choice for media professionals who normally rely on these features. Otherwise, those of you serious about gaming, you're better off looking towards a VPU/GPU more suited for the task of playing over 1024x768."

More information on this review can be found here.
Powercolor All-In-Wonder Radeon 9600 Pro Review @ Virtual-Fusion
"We found out that the included RV350 graphics processor could perform better than an usual Radeon 9600 Pro based card, being capable of overclocking more than 85Mhz in core, and 100Mhz DDR in memories, almost achieving the 9600XT performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit IC7-Max3 Motherboard Review @ PimpRig
"The first things that caught my attention on the board were the sexy, black PCB and the OTES cooling shroud. The board is layed out well and I am a big fan of the method they chose when mounting the IDE sockets. They have them setup so the cables attach in manner that is parallel with the motherboard instead of the traditional perpendicular setup."

More information on this review can be found here.
Socket 754 Shootout @ hardCOREware
"If you are considering the awesome value of the 64 bit Sempron processor, you are going to have a great time looking for boards. You aren't confined at all to use the latest, rarest, most expensive motherboards to use it. Instead, you are actually bound to get a board that is more capable that the CPU itself, due to limitations of the budget CPU! Today we're looking at a trio of Socket 754 boards worthy of your consideration for the Sempron. All are based on VIA's K8T800 chipset, and all can be had for just around $100 or less today. Find out who offers the best solution Abit, Albatron, or Asus."

More information on this review can be found here.
64-bit Benchmarking with a Real Application @ Short-Media
"There is discussion, rumor and banter that 64-bit technology will alleviate some of the bottlenecks. Many hope but some are still waiting for a definitive answer to the 64-bit question. Is it for us and is it better? Here is a real world application giving real world results."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Stacker Review @ FastLaneHW
"Cooler Master has been a big name in the computer scene, providing high end enclosures and cooling devices for computers, and they have a top of the line case for a top of the line computer, known as the Stacker STC-T01."

More information on this review can be found here.
Athlon 64 Motherboard Round Up (Socket 754) @ Spode's Abode
"Recently, we covered the performance differences between Athlon 64 chipsets and found performance differences to be negligible, which is why this motherboard round up doesn't contain a single benchmark. If you would like information on performance, we recommend reading the chipset performance analysis article."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, August 21, 2004
Vantec Slot Protector Kit Review @ ExtensionTech
"Keeping dust from invading your PC is a problem for almost all of us. But what if we could block dust from getting into PCI and RAM slots? Neat? Maybe. Gimmicky? Yeah. Vantec manages to pull something out of the haze that maybe some of you want. An easy dust protector for unused slots, along with UV-reactive properties. I was excited to do this review, and as I had the product finally, time went on, and my excitement faded."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Liquid Neon Thunder Kit Review @ Mikhailtech
"Like other lights the Thunder kit is plug & play. While it's not as bright as cathodes, it more than makes up for it with its coolness factor. The tube has a steady green glow while brighter spirals go crazy within. These spirals don't have a constant pattern, but instead react to the presence of nearby objects. Holding the tube up in the air will create a very slow moving effect; gripping it in your hand will make the spirals move a lot faster. It's very entertaining to see them speed up and slow down as you move your hand closer or farther away. It doesn't seem to be reactive to sound or light though, so don't expect any synchronization with games."

More information on this review can be found here.
Altec Lansing FX 6021 2.1 Speaker System Review @ Bona Fide Reviews
"To 'test' the FX6021 system, I ran a wide array of audio and sound through them. First a bit of techno; performed very well. The satellites and their combined 12 drivers really deliver on mid to high range sounds. Next a bit of 'booty music', you know, the songs that really call for some serious bass. With my MC Hammer pants on, I was ready to jam. Sadly, when the music played, the bass was very disappointing. A slight bump here and there, but nothing to really get me going."

More information on this review can be found here.
SATA Roundup @ Nordic Hardware
"We'll begin this harddrive review just as we did the last one, we've been inactive in covering the storage section for some time now, but now comes the time to change that. As a preview of what you're about to see today I can tell you we're about to have a closer look at a couple of mainstream harddrives using the SATA interface. We're talking about drives with 160 GB capacity, 7200 rpm speed and 8 MB cache. Harddrives with 120 GB storage capacity have long been the standard and most bang for the buck (most GB/penny) but disks with 160 GB capacity have taken that lead and today we thought we'd do a straight forward shoot-out in this price range."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Rocket Cooler Review @ HardwareZoom
"The central blower fan has a speed of 3000rpm at 12V, it has a life expectancy of 50,000 hours and generate only 26.3dBA at 3000rpm. The purpose of this fan is to draw air via the fins and cool the fins at the same time. The beauty of this blower fan is that it will draw air from 360 degrees of the surrounding. If you compare this to the traditional heatsink design where air only enters from the top of the fan, this 3D cooler will be able to draw higher volume of air due to the larger surface area of the surrounding fins."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plextor PX-712SA SATA DVD±RW Writer Review @ Bjorn3D
"As serial ATA (SATA) hard drives grew in popularity over the past year or so, many users who fancy SATA's small cable and simple interface (no jumper) started wondering when SATA optical drives would hit the market. It makes sense, right? You get so happy that you can toss those large ribbon or round IDE cables in place of your new SATA cable for that new SATA hard drive, but then your joy is quickly diminished as you realize you still have to live with your optical drive's big, fat cable."

More information on this review can be found here.
HyperX DDR2 Launched @ Kingston
For Immediate Release: August 23, 2004 at 8:00 a.m. PST:

Kingston Launches HyperX DDR2 Memory Modules

HyperX DDR2 Memory Technology Offers Faster Speeds, Greater Bandwidths, Lower Power Consumption and Enhanced Thermal Performance for Gamers and PC Enthusiasts.

Fountain Valley, CA (August 23, 2004), Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of HyperXâ DDR2 533-MHz (PC2-4300) and 675-MHz (PC2-5400) memory modules. Shipping immediately in limited quantities, Kingston offers HyperX DDR2 modules tested to run at PC2-4300 and PC2-5400. These new HyperX DDR2 unbuffered DIMMs are available in capacities up to 1GB to support the latest generation of computer platforms (actual speed depends on various supported motherboards).

Kingston's HyperX DDR2 memory features faster speeds of up to 675 MHz, higher data bandwidths, lower power consumption by about 50 percent, and enhanced thermal performance versus DDR," said Louis Kaneshiro, senior technology manager, Kingston. "Gamers and PC enthusiasts will achieve increased performance and better thermal conditions in their rigs from the latest HyperX offering.

Kingston designs and qualifies its HyperX line of products by careful selection of memory components that are assembled and tested for ultimate performance. The Kingston HyperX PC2-4300 modules have been tested to run at low latency timings of 3-3-3-10 and the PC2-5400 support low latency timings of 4-4-4-10. SPD timings are programmed at JEDEC standard latency timings of 4-4-4-12. The new modules also offer a range of advanced features.

HyperX DDR2 Features:

- 1.85 Volts operation, reducing power consumption by about 50 percent.
- Memory signal termination inside the memory chip ("On-Die Termination") to prevent reflected signal transmission errors.
- Operational enhancements to increase memory performance, efficiency and timing margins.
- CAS Latencies: 3 and 4

More information on this press release can be found here.
HIS Excalibur X800 Pro IceQ II Review @ Viper Lair
"This card is fast, very fast. With only four high end cards to choose from (X800 Pro, XT, 6800GT, Ultra) this card should be on your very short list. With stock overclocking that for sure can't be beat, this is surely a winner."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial X800 Pro 256MB Review @ Ocprices
"Memory manufacturer Crucial have been making ATi based graphics cards for some time now, and their 9800 Pro card we looked at last year was the winner of two awards. Competition has become stiffer since then though, and suddenly it feels like everyone is selling Radeons. Last time we looked at a Crucial card, it came in a brown OEM cardboard box and a minimal package. This has all changed!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron Trinity PC5900 PCI Express Videocard Review @ PCStats
"With high end PCI Express videocards in short supply, those of you looking for the best performance may want to cast an eye towards nVIDIA's GeForcePCX 5900 series. The videocard in question is the Albatron Trinity PC5900, which is obviously based on the GeForcePCX 5900 GPU. The Trinity PC5900 videocard is powered with 128MB of DDR RAM, and supports both analog and DVI monitors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling ATI and NV Silencers Review @ InsaneTek
"Arctic Cooling is well known for their excellent and quiet cooling gear. They have always built well performing heatsinks, fans, and other cooling devices that offer excellent performance for overclockers while creating minimal noise. It was the Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer that made them popular among enthusiasts. This cooler was arguably the best video card cooler in the market and gave fierce competition to the likes of Thermaltake and Zalman. This cooler was the perfect cooling solution, but many wished that Arctic Cooling would somehow integrate copper and cooling for the ram chips as well. Many also wished they could have made Silencers that were available for ALL different video cards. Well Arctic Cooling has answered all of your pleas by doing just that and so much more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Tsunami Aluminum Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product is chock full of fantastic features! The overall design & build quality is very high. Good news for LAN goers; the Tsunami is all aluminum and extremely light. Top it all off with 120mm fans in the front and back, plus one 90mm fan on the window for exceptional air circulation. Without a doubt, this is one of the best cases on the market."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Navy Cockpit Software Development Simulator Rig @ GeekExtreme
"I've put up a post in our forums that showcases the machine my buddy built for the Navy's cockpit software development simulator. After some convincing, I got him to include some shots of the 3-node, QuadroFX 3000G image generator."

More information on this project can be found here.
Live Modders Webcam @ Modcam.net
Master Modders Crimson Sky and Mashie are at it again and this time both are working on Doom 3 inspired mods. To make both their projects more fun and interactive this time round they have set up a live webcam to document the construction process.

More information on the live webcam can be found here. Crimson Sky's work log can be found here here and Mashie's work log can be found here.
The Hummer PC Project @ Bit-Tech
This project started with a 1/6th scale RC Hummer from NewBright Toys. The idea was to build a fully functioning gaming computer but to also be able to unhook all the peripherals and drive the truck around, when I got bored and needed a break."

Nice work! More information on this project can be found here.
Bio-Hazard Custom WaterBox Project @ System Cooling
"I've been messing around with water cooling for a little while now. I started with a bone stock Corsair Hydrocool 200EX. And being the kind of person that I am, I couldn't leave well enough alone. So I started modding it little by little and ended up with a pretty good performing LITTLE box. That's when I came up with the idea to try and build a system something like the Hydrocool but without most of the bells and whistles and with a bit better performance."

More information on this project can be found here.
Friday, August 20, 2004
Easy Ways to Cleanup your Hard Drive @ The Tech Zone
"You know that a regularly scheduled simple maintenance may help keep your computer in shape. There are plenty of third-party programs to help you keep your computer in peak form. However, Microsoft Windows provides you with a solid toolbox of built-in programs to help you keep your computer in shape."

More information on this article can be found here.
Logisys Cold Cathode Kits Review @ Mikhailtech
"Each inverter can power two bulbs and has cutouts on top for ventilation (the electronics inside can get a bit warm). It still makes a tiny bit of noise when working, but nothing noticeable more than a few inches away. The provided velcro strips are cut to size and have adhesive backing for easy application, allowing you to mount the lights anywhere in a case. The cables are good length so placing two cathodes on opposite ends of a case is no problem. The molex connector is pass-through and is wired to a PCI slot with a simple on/off switch."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix PC5300 DDR2 Memory Review @ PCStats
"And so, without further delay, PCstats is testing out a pair of Crucial's brand spanking new Ballistix PC5300 DDR2 memory. Each heatspreader encapsulated DDR2 module is 512MB each in size, and features sleek black PCB shielded by orange aluminum heatspreaders! By default the DDR-2 Ballistix memory is capable of running up to 333 MHz (or PC5300 speeds) while maintaining 4-4-4 memory timings at a voltage of 1.9V. It appears as though Crucial is not to wary of consumers raising the voltage a bit to reach those higher speeds either. The memory timings are on the conservative side but then again so are most PC5300 DIMM's on the market."

More information on this article can be found here.
Testing Wattage Consumption of your Computer Equipment @ IceTeks
"Measuring your equipment’s wattage is a good way of knowing if you are overloading your UPS, or if you have too many things plugged in to the same circuit. This article will show you how you can test wattage of your equipment using a multimeter and a few wires."

More information on this article can be found here.
OCZ 2GB PC3200 Performance Series Dual-Channel Kit Review @ Hexus
"If you can honestly find a meaningful use for 2GB of unbuffered memory, OCZ's 400 dual-channel pack is as good as any. We'd pair it with AMD's new S939 Athlon 64 FX-53 and ATI's Radeon X800 XT PE. That would lead to a multi-purpose system that's equally at home with the most demanding of games and adept at handling professional image and rendering applications. For most users, though, it's one of those options you select when deciding on your dream system. 2GB of system RAM has its uses, sure, but they are few and far between for most of us."

More information on this review can be found here.
Overclocker's Lack Of Choices: Cooling the LGA775 @ Legit Reviews
"How many sales has Intel lost to the boys in green (AMD) due to their processors running hot and a lack of cooling solutions to cool the Prescotts for overclockers? No one can answer that for sure, but it is pretty obvious that AMD's recent Socket 939 processors have many more high performance cooling options available than the latest processors from Intel. When it comes to the heat sink options between the Intel socket 775 and AMD socket 939, AMD clearly has the lead in cooling options not to mention they have a cooler processor to begin with."

More information on this review can be found here.
3R System Poseidon WCL-03 CPU Watercooler Review @ FastLaneHW
"In today's computer enthusiast market, there are many cooling solutions and these cooling solutions all vary in the ammount of noise they make. Many enthusiasts can stand the harsh, loud sounds of many fans, while others prefer the quiet brought by few, and sometimes even no, fans. Up for review today we have a nearly silent CPU watercooler provided to us by PCUSA.com. That CPU watercooler is the 3R System Poseidon WCL-03."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus A8V Deluxe AMD Athlon 64 Socket-939 Motherboard Review @ A1-Electronics
"Asus A8V Deluxe motherboard uses the latest Via K8T800 Pro chipset supporting AMD Athlon 64 socket-939 processors and is a top of the line Asus AMD motherboard. The Asus A8V Deluxe rev 2.0 motherboard comes packed with everything you need: Dual-channel DDR memory, Serial-ATA 150 RAID, Gigabit LAN, 10/100 LAN, 8-channel audio, Wi-Fi, AI features and more. The Via K8T800 Pro chipset supporting PC3200 (DDR400) memory in dual-channel configuration using unbuffered memory. The Asus A8V Deluxe motherboard has a wide range of adjustments as you can see below to allow you to get the best performance from it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soltek K8AN2E-GR NForce 3 250Gb Review @ Neoseekers
"With the K8AN2E-GR, Soltek has managed to bring a NForce 3 250Gb based board into the realm of a value priced board while giving up nothing in terms of performance. On the Athlon 64 side, the 250Gb remains on the pinnacle in terms of feature set. No other chipset currently offers an onboard firewall, a Gbe solution that resides off the PCI bus or RAID capability that is as flexible as Nvidia's solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
Poseidon WCL-03 90Cu Liquid Cooler Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"First we reviewed the WCL-02 120Cu and now we have a go at the new WCL-02 90Cu. Don't let the numbers confuse you into thinking these are similar units, because they are entirely different. The WCL-02 90Cu arrives completely assembled and is ready to be installed in your system as soon as you attach the water block to the the processor. No need to fill it, drain it or even burb the lines. We tried it on two different machines just to see how well it would work under normal operating conditions and then on a second machine with a 500 MHz overclock."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Reserator 1 Fanless External Water Cooling Kit Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Zalman Reserator 1 is a water cooling kit that stands apart from most. It's an external unit which is very easy to install and doesn't clutter up the inside of the case. Performance equals any high quality heatsink with a fast fan, but there is one big difference: this unit is virtually silent. Also, the overall design and large stance screams cool!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
Raidmax Scorpio Gaming Case Review @ Think Computers
"A few months ago we took a look at our first Raidmax case, the Cobra, and we were very impressed. Today we will be looking at their larger Scorpio case. This case features 5 different color schemes, five 5.25" external bays, two 3.5" external bays, space for 4 hard drives, a custom door, and much more! So let's get this review started!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Xoxide Bio-X Case Review @ 3DXtreme
"Today 3DXtreme is taking a look at a new Case from our friends over at Xoxide, the Xoxide Bio-X Case in black. The Bio-X is a slick looking budget Case with a side panel window sporting the Bio-Hazard logo. Another attractive feature of the Bios-X Case is on the front of the Case where decorative screen covers are backlit with multi-color LEDs that alternate patterns and colors. This Case retails for $49.99 without a Power Supply Unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Global Win YCC-S27 Aluminum Slim Case Review @ A True Review
"By now you should have all heard it, convergence is in. Like the nerd trying to hang with the cool kids, your brainy computer wants to fit in with the cool home theatre equipment. The only way to do so, without standing out, is with a case that looks the part. With a nice HTPC case, your computer will actually look like it belongs with your home theatre equipment. There are many HTPC case options available today with sizes ranging from horizontally laid mid-ATX cases to component DVD player sized cases. This review will be looking at a case from the latter, the Global Win YYC-S27 Aluminum Slim Case."

More information on this review can be found here.
DVRs, PVRs and HTPCs: The Battle For Your Living Room @ Designtechnica
"If you’re still using a traditional VCR, now might be the time to step out of the 20th century. PVRs, DVRs and HTPCs are the new VCR, and if you aren’t currently using one, chances are you will very soon. PVRs (Personal Video Recorders) and DVRs (Digital Video Recorders) are essentially the same thing – a hard-drive based set-top unit designed to record television shows digitally. HTPCs (Home Theater PCs) are computers designed to interface with your television and stereo, allowing access to all of your media files and the ability to digitally record TV as well in the comfort of your favorite viewing area."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thursday, August 19, 2004
Lighted Keyboard Review @ Creative Mods
"Today there are all sorts of keyboards on the market. Some keyboards are made for casual home PC users while others are made for hardcore gamers. Everyone has their own preference to the type of keyboard they wish to use. I have even seen people with dual keyboard setups, one for
everyday use and one for gaming. Today I got to review a lighted keyboard from CensusPC aimed at the gaming community."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wise Tech Flash Cables Review @ BigBruin
"Today, USB is the most widely used cable for external devices. Unfortunately in today’s market of computer mods, cables are usually ignored. Wise Tech has announced some new cables that hope to change that. The cables I am talking about are the Data Flash Cable Pro and the Full Activity Flash Cable available for USB 1.1 and 2.0, Firewire, and PS/2 connectors in a variety of colors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Z-2200 2.1 Speakers Review @ OCIA
"Once upon a time, I owned a set of Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Speakers. I purchased these speakers just over a year ago, dropping off nearly $ 200 USD for the setup. I was very pleased with the performance of these speakers, that is, until the left channel died a few weeks ago. It is just my luck for the speakers to malfunction just a month shy of the 1 year warranty. So then began my search for a suitable replacement. I had to look no further than Logitech for said replacement. Boasting 200 watt RMS, 400 watt peak power, would the Logitech Z-2200's have what it takes to compete with my beloved Klipsch system, or dare I say, outperform them?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Vosonic X's-drive Pro 9-in-1 Card Reader Review @ Buddha'sLAN Room
"So, you’re in the market for a new portable card reader? Well, there are several choices. You want something that’s quick (has to be USB 2.0). You also want something that will read everything (how about a 9-in-1). An easy interface is a must (of course). And what’s that you also want it to play MP3s? Cool. How about the X’s-drive Pro?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Philips PSC724 Ultimate Edge Review @ Nextgen Electronics
"The performance of the PSC724 Ultimate Edge sound card is impressive, and the value of the card which is priced competitively at $69 99 gets high marks. The coolness factor of the card gets good marks, as anyone who considers themselves an audiophile would know the difference this card provides."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS Everex Review @ Hardwarezoom
"Everex CE PC represents the evolution of home PCs into digital media hubs that bring together entertainment choices and allow users to access them with one remote control. The Everex CE PC comes equipped with all the necessary hardware to deliver powerful computing and complete home entertainment experience: powered by Pentium 4-2.8Ghz, 256/512MB RAM (upgradeable to 1Ghz), 120/200GB hard drive, DVD-ROM/Writer, Radeon 9200 GPU, TV/FM Tuner card, 5.1 channel audio and best of all - a 17" Wide Screen LCD!"

More information on this review can be found here.
PCI Express Explained @ CoolTechZone
"Bandwidth. We all want it and we all need it, but can we get enough of it? Well, PCI Express is here to satisfy our appetites for the next several years. PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) was originally developed by Intel Corporation, but is now slowly coming to an end, but probably won't be entirely discarded for a couple of years. Why do we need PCI Express you might ask? Well, the PCI 2.2 bus and other revisions just don't provide us with enough bandwidth to support the evermore demanding peripheral cards. Hard drive controllers and networking cards just aren't providing enough bandwidth that some hard drives have the potential to offer."

More information on this article can be found here.
MSI PCX 5750 Review @ VR-Zone Hardware
"The MSI PCX 5750 does have two things going for it: a great bundle and good overclockability. However, those two features are nice, but not nice enough to warrant you to buy this graphics card. Bottom line is that if you are going to be gaming on your new PCI Express system, any card based on the PCX 5750 is not what you should buy."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI RX600XT-TD128 PCI Express Videocard Review @ PCStats
"The MSI RX600XT-TD128 flew through all the benchmarks we ran, and performed quite well at 1024x768. Higher resolutions might be out of the question depending on the application, but if you find the card a bit slow, simply overclock it. Our particular card was able to hit a very respectable 610 MHz core, and 438 MHz memory. Despite the added stress, the MSI RX600XT-TD128 is completely silent during operation, and you will not hear it when it's installed into a case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Silent PurePower TWV480 Review @ Hardware Pacers
"As back as some of us can remember, we always tried to bring out our computer at its peak performance which sometimes involved overclocking certain parts. When we overclocked such as the CPU, it drained more power, however we did not how much. With today's new power hungry CPUs and especially with extreme cooling such as with vapor, it is very important to monitor if there is enough power provided for the system. Today Thermaltake introduces a new revolutionary product that displays how many watts are used up on the front panel. As we go further into the review, we will finally see various power consumptions when the computer is idle or fully active at its overclocked state."

More information on this review can be found here.
SimpleTech Nitro PC4000 Dual Channel Kit Review @ GruntvillE
"The SimpleTech package is similar to most matched pair product packaging. It encases two golden modules and has all the features of the modules listed minus one; the timings. Other than the rated speed of the modules, this is by far the most important bit of information users will be looking for. Nowhere can you find the timings of the modules; not on the package and not even on the site. This missing piece had the three of us searching high and low to find them but it was nowhere to be seen. I fired off an email to the SimpleTech folks and they provided us with the timings but I feel, as I’m sure most of you do, that this information should be included on both the packaging and website."

More information on this review can be found here.
CrystalFontz CF634 LCD Review @ Steamed Turtle
"LCDs, both text and graphical, are becoming quite popular in computer modding circuits. While graphical LCDs taken from automobile DVD systems may provide more versatility in the way of displaying information, they also come with a hefty price tag. A four or two line text-based LCD is a less expensive alternative, and with the proper software can be just as effective. CrystalFontz is one of the leading providers of text-based LCDs. In this review we will take a look at the CrystalFontz 634 series of LCDs with a display size of twenty characters by four lines, and this particular unit features inverted white text on blue LED backlight."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone SST-FP54 VFD Display Review @ Short-Media
"Sundial Micro's economic answer for a highly-configurable, low-content data display device that's easy to install and configure was to put the SilverStone SST-FP54-B VFD display in our hands for a test drive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Tsunami Dream Aluminum Case Review @ BJorn3D
"The Thermaltake Tsunami, what can I say? When I saw it on Thermaltake's site, I instantly knew I wanted one. It's a very nicely designed case and well thought out, with a totally different front that makes it stand out from all other Thermaltake (Tt from here on out) cases. I've been using probably one of the most popular 'clone designs' for the past year or more in the form of PCToys' CaseMax 610 (also seen from Chieftec/Chenming/etc, the list just goes on and on). The Tt Tsunami design is a nice departure from this overly common design."

More information on this review can be found here.
AquaComputer AquagrATIx Review @ Virtual-Fusion
"This AquaComputer waterblock is undoubtly very usefull for overclockers who seek better videocard ram cooling than simple ramsinks. The performance of AquaGratix was astonishing, and its aesthetics and quality showed how a waterblock should be."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCW5002-64T Thermoelectric Waterblock Review @ System Cooling
"Swiftech is one of the few manufacturers that offer actively cooled waterblocks for extreme cooling. Today we are going to take an in depth look at the Swiftech MCW5002 series of thermoelectric waterblocks, which incorporate a Peltier device to actively cool a CPU well below ambient room air temperatures. The MCW5002 series includes three different mounting options for AMD Athlon XP (socket A), AMD Athlon 64/Opteron (socket 754/939) and Intel P4 (socket 478)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Super Cantenna Wireless Booster Antenna @ A True Review
"Wireless networking is an easy way to network your house. You don't need to run cables through the walls or string them down stairs. Why stop at your house? What if you could have your neighbors home network on your network? Wireless allows you to do this, as long as you have a good signal. There lies the problem, as the distance increases, signal degradation grows. To allow for wireless networks to function over longer distances, you need a signal booster. One such wireless booster is the Super Cantenna Wireless Booster Antenna w/RPSMA & RPTNC, sold at ComputerGeeks."

More information on this review can be found here.
LiteON SOHW-1213S Review @ Overclockers Online
"Many of you have heard of LiteON for its superior drives at reasonable prices. At one point, I remember everyone trying to find one of their CD-RW's because they were so affordable. However, they also have a wide variety of other products: barebone systems, DVD players, LCD monitors, cameras, projectors, WiFi, Bluetooth, etc. They first opened for business in 1975 and they created various LED products. In 1981 they left Asia and opened a branch office in Dallas, Texas. Since then, they have been opening more offices and spreading their line of products like wildfires! Last year, 2003, they were ranked 61st among the top 100 IT companies; not bad for being in the business for less than 30 years. It's amazing how one company can go from building LEDs to top notch burners."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wireless Security - How To Lock Down Your WLAN @ The Tech Zone
"How tightly you want to lock down your wireless network depends on your level of paranoia. To help you out we have prepared a step by step how to on locking down your network from unwanted attacks. To serve you better we rated the important of each security protocols on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most important. Doing all the steps listed here won't make your wireless network hacker proof but it will greatly reduce the risk of a security breach.
Read the full article here."

More information on this article can be found here.
Powmax Demon Series PS Review @ AMD Review
"Some of the most prominent parts of a computer are the CPU and video card. However, the life blood of the computer, electricity, comes from the often overlooked, yet integral part of the computer, the power supply. With today's high end CPUs, video cards, and numerous drives demanding large amounts of power, a quality power supply has never been more important to have. Powmax offers two high-wattage power supplies under their Demon line. Let us see how they handle the rigors of today's high end machines."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Cool Drive 6 Review @ Viper Lair
"If you need the cooling, the device does the job well, plus it has the added benefit of controlling your fans, monitoring temperatures as well as allowing you to keep an eye on your hard drive storage space and speed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake XTunner Remote Controlled Fan Controller Review @ Tweaknews
"I have to admit to you, for ~US$20, you really can't go wrong with the XTunner. Sure there are other options on the market that have a boatload more feature and capabilities, but they also have the much higher pricetag to deal with. The XTunner allows the computer enthusiast to finally get control over their computer's case fans and with the slight touch of a remote control have them adjusted perfectly for their current work environment and load."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ’s Powerstream 520 Watt vs Enermax Noisetaker 600 Watt @ PCUnleash
"Having a high power PSU can be very important to optimizing your system and achieving the level of performance you desire. In fact, a good power supply really gives you options when it comes to what you want for your system. Some of the recent graphic cards from ATI and Nvidia require a certain level of power in order to function properly, so choosing a PSU is no longer a decision that takes almost no consideration. After all, the computer industry is rapidly evolving, and as you have probably noticed there is a growing trend toward increasingly power consuming products."

More information on this review can be found here.
Counter-Strike: Source Benchmarked @ VR-Zone Hardware
"The R420 based cards that we saw were able to give the best performance at high resolutions with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering enabled, and therefore I do have confidence in saying that the ATI Radeon X800 XT Platinum Edition will be the fastest graphics card for games based on the Source Engine, particularly Half Life 2 and Counter-Strike: Source."

More information on this article can be found here.
How Will Doom 3 Play On My Notebook @ Legit Reviews
"If you are expecting to play at 1600x1200 on a notebook and get killer performance you are mistaken. On the other hand if you are a dedicated die hard gamer and are willing to play at lower screen resolutions (640x480 at low quality) then games like DOOM 3 can be played when using discrete graphics such as the ATI Mobility 9600 or an equivalent video solution from nVIDIA."

More information on this article can be found here.
Silver Hawk Aluminum Mid-Tower Case Review @ Overclockers Club
"When building a computer, choosing the right case can sometimes be as tough or tougher than chosing what goes inside. Regardless of the internal components, a case can give the impression that a high tech beast is waiting to be unleashed; or on the other hand it can also give the impression that you're using a pathetic pile of junk with bairly the resources to print "Hello World." However, as we've seen in the past; just because the case looks cool, doesn't necessarly mean that it is a good case. That's what happened with the Silver Hawk All-Aluminum Mid-Tower ATX case that xPCGear sent me. As you'll see, this is a case of "you get what you pay for".

More information on this review can be found here.
QuakeCon 2004 – Ultimate Collection of Case Mods @ Tweaktown
"Over the last few days at QuakeCon, I walked around the BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) area several different times and checked out the local case modding talent, expecting to see just a few decent mods here and there. I was wrong. The BYOC area was packed full of interesting and very talented case mods in all sorts of forms – Small Form Factor all the way up to lawn mower computers – yes, I’m not kidding!"

More information on this article can be found here.
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Ideazon Zboard Review @ Neoseeker
"Installation of a new keyset is both literally and figuratively a snap; unfold the keyset and snap the right side in place and it's ready to go. Alignment problems were generally not an issue. There were a couple instances where I had a couple keys feel a bit sticky but this was remedied by unbuckling the keyset and laying it back in. The keyset replacement is a quick process that just takes seconds."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer eXactMat Gaming Pad Review @ A True Review
"So, you want to take your computer gaming to the next level. You got yourself a prime gaming rig and a +$50 mouse, but you still feel that something is holding you back. Just like how terrain can affect how fast a world class sprinter can run, your mouse pad has a big influence on the performance of your mouse. High performing mouse pads generally fall into two categories: speed pads and control pads. While most other quality mouse pads are one or the other, the Razer eXactMat is both. By both, I mean the eXactMat features a speed and control surface."

More information on this review can be found here.
XTrac Pro HS Review @ CreativeMods
"The XTrac Pro HS is a very good all around mouse pad. It works well with high and low end opticals perfectly, and is practically a bargain. 12USD for a mouse pad with perfect tracking is something worth looking into."

More information on this review can be found here.
I-Rocks X-Slim 6110 and 6120 Keyboards Review @ BigBruin
"Many people simply use the keyboard that came with their system, the spare one they have laying around, or they go to the nearest superstore and buy the cheapest one they can find. Having fallen prey to the above mentioned keyboard neglect in the past myself, reviewing both the I-Rocks X-Slim 6110 and the 6120 keyboards has opened my eyes to the quality and variety of keyboards that are on the market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix 1GB PC4000 DDR Memory Kit Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"Crucial Technology has always been known for their quality memory, great prices, and fast shipping. Recently Crucial has added a new "high performance" memory product line, called Ballistix. The Ballistix line of memory encompasses both DDR & DDR2 products, and emphasizes performance while still maintaining Crucial's high standards of quality."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TWINX1024-3200XLPRO Review @ ExplosiveLabs
"Corsair is the first company that has released modules based on Samsung's new low latency DRAM compared to the older Winbond modules. They wont obviously be alone in this, in the coming months we should see an increase in companies using the newer Samsung chipsets in their RAM modules to lower the latencies. But for now, Corsair have been rewarded by having made some very tasty RAM sticks for enthusiasts to boost their PCs performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master ACC-U72 Review @ Price Network
"Cooler Master included a retention module for mounting the heat sink, which screws into your motherboard. These mounting holes are designed for socket 754, 939 and 940 Athlhon64/Opteron based solutions. The HSF weighed 512g and was made of pure copper. Although not extremely light for a heat sink, there are some models in excess of a kilogram. In spite of the weight, I decided to install the unit on my standard Intel retention module."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mad Dog Entertainer 7.1 DSP Review @ ASE Labs
"Sound cards are a commonly overlooked component when building a computer. As more and more software and games use better, three-dimensional audio engines, the importance of a good card becomes obvious. Let's see what VIA's mid-range chipset, the Envy24HT-S, can do."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wireless Networking Guide @ Futurelooks
"Like Pinocchio, being wireless is truly the way to go, especially with notebooks and PC's. Imagine if that nasty rats nest of wires behind your PC just disappeared. We'll get you one step closer with this Wireless Networking Guide."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Logitech Cordless Desktop LX 300 & 501 Review @ Hardware Pacers
"The new Logitech Cordless Desktop LX series are great products to improve looks, comfort, and performance of a computer. Whether a consumer is looking to enhance performance and functionality, or simply desires the convenience of a cordless keyboard and mouse system at an affordable price the LX Series desktop is the right choice. The comfort of the LX series keyboard combined with ergonomic design gives the user a keyboard that is virtually therapeutic. Advanced technology, user oriented design, and full featured configurability makes the Logitech Cordless desktop series a great buy for consumers on virtually any budget."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte Wireless Presentation Kit (GM-FPB) Review @ OC-Zone
"This is one of the products that go to interest in a reduced amount of people, but for who it has to deal with presentations, is a very good product. It has some functionalities of great interest, since it can work as storage, control of the mouse pointer (by emulation), easy control of the presentations thanks to some especial buttons, and also this product includes an integrated laser that work as a pointer.

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Centurion 5 Review @ InsaneTek
"I remember when the Centurion 1 first came out. I was a bit shocked to see that Cooler Master deviated from the use of aluminum with steel. I was skeptical about the looks and the quality. Much to my surprise, I still own one. Although it needs some help with cooling, it is still one of the best cases I've worked with. Much has changed since the first Centurion. Cooler Master has heard the demands from consumers and have created the new Centurion 5."

More information on this review can be found here.
AquaComputer Cuplex Pro Review @ Virtual-Fusion
"There are many specifications on this waterblock which makes of it an excellent buy, starting with the extremely good construction, awesome aesthetics, and the easy of assembly, making of it a perfect product for who wants to give his first setps in watercooling world while having one of the best performing products."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, August 16, 2004
DFI Releases World's Fastest Athlon 64 Based Motherboard
"Hayward, CA (August 16, 2004) - DFI®, a worldwide leader in industrial computing solutions and maker of the LANParty(tm) series of motherboards, today launched the highly anticipated LANPartyUT 250Gb motherboard for the Athlon(tm) 64 platform. Regarded as the best overclocking motherboard for performance minded enthusiasts, DFI's new LANPartyUT addition combines the flagship UV sensitive hardware design with rich integrated features to deliver unsurpassed user experiences.

Based on the NVIDIA® nForce3 250Gb chipset, the LANPartyUT 250Gb takes full advantage of the chipset's revolutionary single-chip architecture to enable systems with lower power consumption. Built for the 64-bit computing platform, it supports socket 754 Athlon64 processors up to 3700+, 1600 MTps Hyper Transport and high speed DDR400.

The new LANPatyUT flies past the competition with the industry's most robust BIOS options. For the discerning overclockers, the LANPartyUT 250Gb is the first to incorporate a wide range of voltage options, including CPU, AGP and memory voltage controls. These unique BIOS options give enthusiasts the highest possible overclock. Removing any bottleneck in the quest to boost performance, this motherboard also features flexible memory timing options that allow users to increase VDIMM multiplier values in 1 and 0.5 increments. Both unique BIOS features provide DFI users the ability to take the socket 754-based motherboard to a level unseen before. Using only air cooling, overclocking champion Tony Leach (also known as Bigtoe) broke the world record with the LANPartyUT 250Gb to deliver an amazing 425 MHz CPU Front Side Bus and DDR 600 memory overclock."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Enermax Noisetaker EG475AX 475 Watt PSU Review @ System Cooling
"It is safe to say that the EG475AX is one of those enthusiast items: Sleek Metallic Blue color, Gold-plated fan grilles, Silver mesh cable sleeving, Gold-Plated Power connections, Dual cooling Fans with user-adjustable speed, special 4 Pin Molex for high-end GPUs, copper-plated case to reduce EMI, to name a few. Other features include automatic input voltage and frequency sensing, Full ATX 1.3 Compliance including dual 12V rails, SATA-Compliant 3.3V/5V/12V Power Connections, Fan Monitoring Header, Thermally Controlled Fan speed, as well as Overvoltage and Overcurrent protection are built into the unit as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen DRW8800 8X DVD Burner Review @ Viper Lair
"AOpen has delivered an adequate drive for those of us who require +/- support, and at a very nice price point of $75 USD. Although the drive is not as fast as the ASUS, it is a suitable drive for those of us who don't burn DVDs 24x7 as the MIAA thinks we all do."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mad Dog MegaSTOR 8X Dual Layer DVD Writer Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"So Buddha’s got his hands on a new USB DVD burner from Mad Dog Multimedia. And it’s not just any USB2.0 DVD burner… but one capable of burning Dual Layer DVDs. Check out what he’s got to say about this 8x unit, the good and the bad."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sharkoon 6-in-1 Memory Reader USB 2.0 Review @ Madshrimps
"If you want to transfer data from memory sticks in a flash, then the new Sharkoon memory reader might be for you. Sporting a leather carrying bag and small USB cable it looks promising in the feature department, but how does it perform?"

More information on this review can be found here.

Arctic Silver ArctiClean Review

"Arctic Silver, manufacturer of Ceramique and AS5 , arguably the finest thermal compounds available, introduces a two stage cleaning fluid/prep liquid designed to remove any thermal paste, and prepare surfaces for a fresh thermal paste application."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Gizmo USB 2 Flash Drive Review @ BJorn3D
"Last November, Crucial asked Bjorn3D if we wanted to look at their new Gizmo 256 MB USB drive. In looking at it, we only found two things that bothered us physical size of the drive and the fact that it only supported USB 1.1. Today, I am looking at the new USB drive, the Crucial Gizmo USB 2.0. Did Crucial learn their lesson with the new drive?

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Radeon 9550 VIVO 128MB Review @ Envy News
"The 9550 is not the purchase that hardcore gamers will consider. Casual gamers will enjoy the fact that at the "low" stock speeds, games such as Return to Castle Wolfenstein and Unreal Tournament should play very well in moderate resolutions. Where this card excels is in the Home Theatre PC niche. The output to TV, especially HDTV, provides a crystal-clear picture that must be seen to be believed. Tack on the video-in capabilities and a software bundle that makes the whole video experience a much easier affair, and you've got a great value for not much money."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Excalibur X800 Pro ICEQ II Review @ Bonafied Reviews
"The HIS X800 Pro not only comes with a well rounded software bundle, but also with one of the most advanced stock cooling systems found on any video card today. The ICEQ II cooler is quite a site to see, from its large high speed fan to the giant streamlined copper heatsink, this baby looks like it means business. It even has its own exhaust!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax UC-9AFATR2 Multi Function Panel Review @ BigBruin
"Today just about every computer user wants more and easier access to USB, Firewire and other connections. Having to reach around to the back of the case is just not convenient. There are lots of accessories out there to offer you just this and more. The good people at Maxpoint were kind enough to supply us with an Enermax UC-9AFATR2 Multi Function Panel packed with 18 functions that we will be looking at today."

More information on this review can be found here.
How-To Round & Sleeve Flat IDE Cables @ Overclockers Club
"Are you sick of those expensive rounded cables? Sure they may look pretty, but they also carry a hefty price tag, and are they really worth it? Well, cheap yet innovative people like me for example say no, it really isn't worth the price. Why would you go for a pre-mod if you can do it yourself? This guide will take you step by step through the process of creating your very own sleeved round cables. Estimate time, 15 minutes +/-."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Thermaltake XTunner Remote Control Rheobus Review @ GruntvillE
"A click on the remote and an immediate response to the next lowest setting. Hey, I am getting to like this! Each successive push of the button results in a lower fan setting. The corresponding LEDs turn off with each click of the button. The changes in fan speed are quite noticeable. The lowest setting was really a comfortable humm. The remote works from quite a distance and the angles seem to provide good response. Except for the purpose of review photographing, I have all my rigs below the desk and had no problems controlling the fans at all."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec FanPal Review @ Mikhailtech
"Like similar geek gifts of this genre, the FanPal is essentially an 80mm fan with a fancy desktop mount used to complement your already rainbowed PC. It comes in a shelf like package though copper inserts prevent resealing after it's been opened. There's only one flavor to choose from: this silver/aluminum red-green-blue lit doohickey with a grill Spiderman fans are sure to appreciate. It also has an adjustable stand."

More information on this review can be found here.
Modding Outside the Box @ IceTeks
"We think outside the box and we mod not only the existing modded case but mod the desk. Yes that's right the desk. In this article we install some toggle switches right on the desk to control the fans. The PC is not stuck to the desk since the cable can be disconnected, and the computer's existing switches or fanbus can then control the fans."

More information on this project can be found here.
HyperCube Blue2 YY Cube Case Review @ PimpRig
"The first thing to catch my eye is the plasma ball. I couldn’t wait to plug it in and see it in action but I was patient. The paint is not a glossy finish but more of a flat black textured finish. The windows on this case are perfect for displaying the components of any system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, August 14, 2004
HIS Excalibur Platinum Radeon 9600 Review @ Hexus
"With my recent look at Gainward's dual-DVI GeForce FX 5700, it was great to take a look at the Radeon 9600 mid range side of the same fence. If dual-DVI is your bag, there's a hell of a lot to like from the tiny little Excalibur, should balls-out performance not be one of your considerations. That's not to say it's slow, far from it actually, since the RV350 GPU used to power the board is a very competent DX8 and DX9 performer. But it's the board size, lack of any need for external power, cool running, quiet fan and no-frills approach that make it appealing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Iron Modder Contest Teaser @ Creative Mods
"What do you get when you combine two UV cathodes, a pair of headphones, some duct tape, and a little imagination? Undoubtedly the coolest pair of gaming headphones ever conceived. Our Iron Modder competition has brought out some interesting results that we would like to share."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Soltek SL-865Pro-775 ProSeries Motherboard Review @ Ninjalane
"I just wanted to let you all know that Ninjalane has just posted their review of the new "Hybrid" LGA 775 motherboard from Soltek the SL-865Pro-775. This is a Springdale enabled motherboard that is using the LGA 775 processor socket, while it might sound weird it overclocks quite well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec NexStar 350U2 Review @ AllAMD
"Looking for a removable storage device? A flash drive isn't big enough? Have a spare hard drive? Vantec's NexStar 350U2 HDD enclosure might just be the solution for you. Question is, how well will it perform?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Nexus AXP-3200 SkiveTek® Cooler Review @ PimpRig
"Installation of the cooler is pretty straight forward for a clip-on cooler. It is made easier, however, because one end of the clip is captured so it doesn't pop up when pushing down on the other end to clip it the socket."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCB120 Radbox Review @ Procooling
"This is a very well built kit, with high fit and finish quality. My results were very good, with the system improving overall temperatures substantially without adding noise or requiring a great deal of metal rework to the case. I used a somewhat anemic mystery pump, and your results might vary with more flow. It should work very well with a SFF case and a small pump."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Aquagate Review @ Overclockers Online
"This shows how effective the quick-disconnect fittings were. They are virtually leak-proof. As I mentioned earlier, only a few drops of coolant will remain inside the fittings, which can easily be cleaned out with a cotton swab"

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen H420 Tool-Less Compact Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The AOpen H420 Tool-Less Compact Case is designed for anyone who is interested in a small computer system. This is a compact product and will easily fit on any desk. It fits a Flex/MicroATX motherboard, has plenty of drive bays, and adequate cooling. Work space is limited; however, it's laid out very well! Drive bay and expansion slot installation is a snap."

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

More information on this article can be found here.
Friday, August 13, 2004
SilverStone SST-30NF 300W Fanless Power Supply Review @ hardCOREware
"If you are building a silent PC or a home theatre PC, you are going to have to go all the way with silent components. This includes the Power Supply. Unfortunately, most silent power supplies are only silent when they are within a certain temperature range. Once they are above that range, they are anything but silent. That's why many manufacturers are releasing fanless power supplies! SilverStone is one of them, and their SST-30NF looks to be perfectly designed for silent PC builders looking for the perfect combination of power and silence."

More information on this review can be found here.
Transcend JetFlash DSC Review @ Hardware Pacers
"USB flash drives are the current trend for general-purpose data storage and transportation, as they can hold much more data than floppy disks and transfer data more conveniently than CD-RWs. Transcend Information, Inc., a leader in data storage technology, has recently combined their JetDrive flash drive with the functionality of a mini digital camera to produce the JetFlash DSC. This device can quickly transfer files to or from a PC via USB port, and doubles as an ultra-portable, easy-to-use digital camera."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax UC-9FATR2 Multi-function Bay Device Review @ BJorn3D
"One of Enermax's newest products is a multi-function bay device, the UC-9FATR2, and, fortunately, Maxpoint decided to send one to Bjorn3D for review. The UC-9FATR2 fits in a standard 5.25 inch bay and offers a wide variety of features. One feature that you will not find on many, if any, other similar devices is serial ATA connectors, and this unit has two."

More information on this review can be found here.
Flexiglow xRaider Mouse Pad Review @ Viper Lair
"Flexiglow have once again produced a good product. I like the tribal design and the dimmer dial is a great idea. The low height makes it a very comfortable pad in use. It is very precise in use for gaming as well as other tasks such as windows navigation and image editing, although I'm pretty sure gamers would prefer a little extra room."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung DDR2-533 PC4200 Memory Review @ PCStats
"DDR2 RAM allows manufacturers to clock the memory needed by today's cutting edge computer systems much higher than regular DDR, with less heat, and less voltage. So far this applies to just Intel chipsets (i915p, i925x), but speculation is that AMD will be getting into the game later in the year. Talk about the best of both worlds At the moment, if you intend to upgrade your system with DDR2 memory, you will have to upgrade to an Intel i915p or i925x based socket 775 Pentium 4 motherboard. As Samsung are one of the world's largest memory manufacturers, it's no surprise that it already has its DDR2 modules in the hands of test labs. The two 256MB DDR2 modules we are testing in this review make use of Samsung K4T56083QF-GD5 DDR2 DRAM, which is rated to run at 533 MHz, with timings of 4-4-4 and a voltage of 1.8V."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA's GeForce 6600 Product Launch @ Hexus
"Back when NVIDIA launched their first NV40 products, back in April, they assured us that NV4x designs would be prevalent from the budget end of the market, to the highest of high-end boards, by Christmas. Today sees the first part of that being fulfilled. The current NV4x product lineup is all NV40, with three designs - 6800, 6800 GT and 6800 Ultra sitting in the $200 to $400 range, qualifying themselves as enthusiast products based on current pricing, just above the mid-range. That changes today with the release of a the 6600 product series, initially only on PCI Express, based on NV43."

More information on this review can be found here.

NVIDIA's GeForce 6600 Product Launch @ Neoseeker

"We've got coverage of the Nvidia's 6600 series here at Neoseeker today. The quick take is sub 200$ NV4x based parts that are feature complete. Best part is that they perform better than last generation's high end cards like the 5950 and 9800XT. SLI has also trickled down to the mainstream segment with the 6600GT."

More information on this review can be found here.

NVIDIA's GeForce 6600 Product Launch @ [H]ardOCP

"The new GeForce 6600 series however is based upon the new NV43 GPU. The lineup consists of the GeForce 6600GT and 6600 both with 8 pixel-pipelines and a 128-bit memory bus. The GeForce 6600GT comes with 128MB of GDDR3 and will be clocked at 500MHz core frequency and 500MHz memory frequency. The GeForce 6600 comes with 128MB of DDR1 and is clocked at a core speed of 300MHz and the memory speeds will be set by the manufacturer at their discretion."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Excalibur Radeon 9550 iFan VIVO Edition Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"When it comes to mainstream videocards, you buyer has to know that a card cannot be deemed poor if it doesn't blow every game and benchmark out of the water. What you have to consider is the performance to value ratio. In the case of the Excalibur Radeon 9550 reviewed today, you just cannot ask for more performance and overclocking potential from a sub US$100 videocard. With the soft-modded drivers and an overclocking utility, this card really picks up the pace and was even seem to tackle and take on the FX5600 Ultra in some benchmarks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech H20-8600-64 & MCW-50 Review @ OC-Zone
"The Swiftech H20-8600-64 showed good performance. Considering the size of the radiator and the low volume of water in the system, the results are very good. About the F&B (Fill & Bleed) system I found sufficiently easy to use and can prevent many water spills in your hard earned hardware. About the MCW-50 VGA block showed good results as expected and also feets very well in a Radeon X800XT-PE!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Aquagate Review @ Sudhian Media
"A few weeks ago we took a look at Coolermaster’s Cavalier 2, a well thought out case that was well suited and priced for its target market. Today, we will take at Cooler Master’s first water cooling the Aquagate, a pre-built kit that comes with everything you need to start water cooling your rig."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Snarf's Shuttle Project @ Overclockers Australia
"It all began in December last year. I was looking for a small computer with an NForce chipset and no onboard video. I chose to buy the Shuttle SN45G. After installing my AMD XP1700+ it became clear I needed water-cooling because the temperature was rising to 80 degrees at 2000Mhz. So, I was looking for a small radiator and water pump. I found a complete water-cooling kit that you can put in a 5¼" drive bay. This fit into my little case perfectly with the radiator on the back. Heat problem solved and I can run at a speed of 2158MHz @ 51 degrees with one 12cm intake fan and two 7cm fans on the outside for exhaust."

More information on this project can be found here.
Quake Con Case Mods @ Home LAN
"While a lot of the QuakeCon BYOC attendees have yet to claim their spaces in the massive exhibit hall at the Gaylord Hotel, there are already some interesting moc cases and coverings to be found. Here are just a few of them. More will be seen tomorrow."

More information on this article can be found here.
Silverstone's TJ05 Case Review @ PCUNleash
"The TJ05 is quite big and heavy so it is not a portable case that can be easily transported to a lanparty. However, it is well suited as a server chassis or as the case for an enthusiast that requires a lot of devices to be installed. In addition, the case provides a low noise level and the 120mm fan controls heat quite well. Because the thermal controller is built inside, it doesn’t clash with the overall design. With a reasonable price the case has many good features that can help users easily manage their system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, August 12, 2004
Quakecon 2004 Pre-Show @ Legit Reviews
"For those of you that do not know, Quakecon is one of the best LAN parties in North America. What make it unique is the fact that its free! Corporate sponsors foot the bill for the event and the majority of the "big" names in the hardware industry so face. What makes Quakecon 2004 special is the recent launch of DOOM 3 and Quakecon will be the proud host of the ID launch party."

More information on this article can be found here.
Silverstone SST-FP54B LCD Display Review @ FastLaneHW
"SilverStone brings us today the SST-FP54 VFD (Vacuum Fluorescent Display). It's an attractive device that fits in any available 5.25" bay, and displays 32 characters of text (2 lines, 16 characters each). That may not sound like a lot, but you'd be surprised what you can fit into that small amount of space, Winamp info, network stats, and system info like memory/CPU utilization, just to name a few."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec LapCool2 Notebook Coolers Video Review @ 3DGameman
"With laptop computers getting faster and faster they are harder to keep cool. While most have cooling technology to adequately lower temperatures, these Vantec LapCool2 products offer additional cooling. Both coolers are very sleek and stylish, have two 70mm fans, and the speed can be adjusted from 1800-2600 RPM. The 305 model even has a built in 4-port USB 2.0 hub."

More information on this review can be found here.
Memory Bandwidth vs. Latency Timings @ PCStats
"When one talks about memory timings they're basically talking about how long the system has to wait for the memory to be in a ready state before data is fetched or delivered. With all things equal, a stick of DDR memory capable of running 2-2-2-5 will make the computer operating experience seem faster than a DIMM which may only run at 3-4-4-8. This is because the delay from when the memory receives an instruction, retrieves the data, and sends it back out is less. Where it starts to get confusing is when you has the choice of buying high speed memory with slow timings."

More information on this article can be found here.

AOpen DRW8800 8X DVD Burner Review

"One of the greatest uses for a DVD burner is recording your old home movies onto recordable DVDs. This is something that used to be out of the realm of the consumer, require expensive video capture devices, and cost a bundle in supporting hardware. Not any more; any current model PC based on the Intel Pentium 4 or AMD AthlonXP/64 processor has more than enough power to help you turn your old VHS or BETA home movies into shining works of DVD glory. Today we're going to be checking out one of the latest dual format DVD writers, the AOpen DRW8800 drive. It's capable of writing to DVD-/+R discs at up to 8x speed, DVD-/+RW at 4x while burning CD-R media at 32x and CD-RW's at 16x."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston KHX3200K2/2G Hyper-X3200 2GB DDR400 Review @ Madshrimps
"Kingston has been providing the PC market with reliable, cost effective memory for some time. Their Hyper-X series has been a favorite of the Overclocking and Enthusiast communities. Today we take a look at their 2GB Dual Channel kit aimed at the Power Users out there."

More information on this review can be found here.
SimpleTech Nitro PC3700 Review @ GruntvillE
"SimpleTech has been manufacturing a wide array of memory products since 1990, so they're not exactly the new kid on the block. They're recently started to market a new product line called Nitro which is geared towards those folks who deem it necessary to push their hardware to the brink of extinction. Today, we'll be looking at the Nitro 1GB PC3700 matched pair memory kit from SimpleTech to see just what these modules have to offer the average consumer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Pipe101 3 in 1 CPU Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"The Pipe101 is one serious piece of copper. With 4 heat pipes, a huge amount of very thin copper plates and a serious looking aluminum shroud wrapped over the entire thing, this has got to be the best looking sink on the planet. Looks aside, can this beauty cool a processor? That’s what we are going to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Waffer PC AirCon PAC 400 Review @ Overclockers Online
"Waffer Technologies presents us with a unique take on system-wide cooling that may have many curious as to it's effectiveness. How much cooler can this device take your system temps? Read on to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Noiseless VGA Cooler Review @ OCIA
"After applying your own cooling goop, install the proper heatsink that goes to your video card. Remember to remove the sticker on the bottom of the heatsink. Refer to the manual for the right heatsink to use. Place the screws into the designated holes on your vid card. Be sure the rubber nipple things are on the screws. Then flip it over on the back."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan and Alphacool Review @ A True Review
"Now, I bring you the sequel to Water cooling for Everyone, Water cooling for Everyone 2. In this review I will, yet again, look at two water-cooling systems. Like this review's predecessor, one system will be a kit and the other a unit. The unit is the Titan TWC-A04 and the kit is the Alphacool Cape Set (Cape Plexi Set CPU Dual HTF 2.0). As you read on, you will notice that the theme of this review is radiators."

More information on this review can be found here.
W-ZEROº X2 Double Radiator & W-Tank LX Reservoir Review @ System Cooling
"Today we’re going to take a look at two components for a water cooling system from Nextcool. Nextcool was not a company that I had heard of before, but our European readers may be familiar with the name. They are based in
Italy and produce a fairly full range of water cooling equipment, from blocks to pumps and full kits. Our review today will cover the W-Tank LX Reservoir and the W-ZERO° X2 Double Radiator. Let’s see if they live up to the reputation the Italians have for fine mechanical craftsmanship."

More information on this guide can be found here.
KayinStorm's Etching Technique @ PimpRig
"The answer isn't a sandblaster or laser etcher, but a lot of patience, and 3-D etching with a Dremel. The idea itself is daunting, and will take a LOT more time than normal how to guides, but the effect is one-off and certainly well worth the effort, especially at LANs, where everyone is admiring everyone else's rig."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Logisys Spiderman Case Review @ Creative Mods
"A Spider Man themed case from Logisys has been reviewed here at Creative Mods. With the success of the first movie, and more recently the second, the Spider Man series has undoubtedly gained in popularity. If you are interested in reading a review on a Spider Man related computer accessory, this article is for you."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Aria Review @ Neoseeker
"The optical drive bay is stealthed and it uses a system that we have seen with the AOpen and Soltek cubes where an external button on the case itself presses against the CDROM eject button. This is system is not perfect however as we have found that some CDROMs do not have the buttons in the same place and therefore, the external button does not trigger the door. Antec however, designed around this problem by making the stealthed door removable; those with optical drives with funny buttons will be able to access the button directly. With a black optical drive, the front panel does not look too off, but those with beige ones may want to think about replacing it. A huge fan that serves both as the exhaust for the powersupply and the inside of the case is found on the back of the Aria. The power supply does not have a kill switch like most regular power supplies."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Cavalier 3 Review @ BurnOutPC
"Overall this is a really nice case for a really nice price. Sure it's not aluminum, but to tell you the truth It doesn't matter anymore. Steel cases are gaining ground on the aluminum cases because of their special looks and lower price tags. The Cavalier cases are fantastic, the looks are nice and it comes with a powersupply as well. No sharp edges were found in the case except for the front bay plates which you will have to remove prior before installing a drive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
AOpen External Optical Drives Video Review @ 3DGameman
"Both of these drives offer performance, stability, & compatibility. They are USB2 as well, which makes installation a snap & data transfers quick. The DVD ReWriter does just about everything, including burning DVD±R media. The Combo drive will take care of all your burning needs, except for burning DVD media."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon Toxic X800 Pro VIVO Review @ BJorn3D
"The card on the review bench this time is the Sapphire Toxic X800 Pro VIVO, and it is an entirely different kind of beast. Under the hood, it's still a X800 Pro of course, but Sapphire has tweaked more than just a couple things that will undoubtedly make you raise an eye-brow or two. For those of you keeping track at home, the Sapphire Ultimate series is out, and the Toxic series is in."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products Dual Channel 1GB PC4000 Kit Review @ PimpRig
"The first thing I did was set it up for 400MHz at CAS2 to ensure there was no problem with that, there wasn't. I compared my Sandra Memory test results at 400MHz against a GB of PMI RAM at the same settings and the results were within 3 points, so I knew the speeds of the Ultra RAM were valid."

More information on this review can be found here.
Build a PC Test Box Guide @ CaseModGod
"This guide will show how to build some extra help with a PC test box, it's a fun little homemade toy for any true computer repair geek."

Very cool! More information on this guide can be found here.
The BMWPC Project @ Mini-ITX
"The LCD screen has a wonderful resolution and excellent picture quality when using VGA. The buttons have a blue LED backlight. The PC will be running MediaCar by Coyote which I find to be the best software for car purposes. It is fully touch screen capable and has a very nice GUI. It has all the functions you will ever need in your car."

More information on this project can be found here.
Enermax CS-656TA Case Review @ Viper Lair
"If you are in search of a case that is not plain vanilla and yet not on the extreme side of design, then we may have found a nice fit. That is, as long as you don't have to switch out motherboards often. With efficient air flow and the ability to control the noise level, this case can be that quiet, stout corner piece in your office."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K8N Neo Platinum nForce 3 250GB Motherboard Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"In terms of nF3 250 chipset, it is a more refined K8 chipset than Nvidia's first attempt, the nF3 150; it now comes with a speedier HT bus, native SATA, and gigabit LAN (only on GB model) supports. It is sad to see the absence of Sound Storm technology, as it is used by many enthusiasts who have enjoyed multi-channel digital output via SPDIF since the nForce1 age."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron PX915G Pro Motherboard Review @ MBReview
"We were able to hit 252MHz FSB with the PX915G Pro, but only when we had the Northbridge set to +.3V. We already have discussed the temperature at which the passively cooled heatsink runs, but it's even worse with +.3V. This might not seem like much, but it's a 20% increase in voltage over the standard application. We took out our external temperature gauge and found that near the core, the Northbridge heatsink was hitting 65C!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Epox 8RDA6+ PRO Socket A Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"If you consider yourself a tweaker and like to muck around overclocking, you'll appreciate the Port 80 diagnostics card. Using numbered codes, it displays information about memory errors, problems with the CPU, or even faults relating to the videocard. In fact, after using a board with the Port 80 card, it's often difficult to move back to a motherboard without it!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Reserator 1 Fanless Water Cooler Review @ hardCOREware
"The Zalman Reserator 1 fanless water cooler is one of those products that you would have never imagined to exist until you saw one in person. You're probably heard of it right now, so check out our review of the newest version of the Reserator 1 to find out how it performs!"

More information on this review can be found here.
New Black Ice Exterme Low Profile Shrouds @ VoyeurMods
"Please let your readers know that we have some new shrouds for all the Black Ice series radiators. These things are awesome and help channel all the air perfectly over the radiator fins. Plus they are low profile, to help save on space. The shroud kit comes with all the screws you will need to safely mount the shroud and fan to your BIX unit. We have also included a neoprene spacer to help cut down on air loss, and are guaranteed an air tight fit. The shrouds are available in 8 different colors and are the perfect solution for any Black Ice Pro, Black Ice Extreme or Black Ice 2 owner. The single sells for $9.95 and the dual for $11.95."

More information on these new products can be found here.
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
Cooler Master Real Power Super Silent PSU Review @ A1-Electronics
"A power supply is a power supply some might say, but with this Cooler Master Real Power 450w Super Silent supply you get ample juice for to days hungry processors and beyond, super quiet operation and an excellent power supply meter for the front of your computer."

More information on this review can be found here.
MGE Vigor 500W UV Sleeved Power Supply Review @ Overclockers Club
"A couple of years ago when you thought of a power supply unit, a picture of a gray metal box with ugly wires coming out of it probably would have popped into your mind. Nowadays, power supply units are as much as a conversation piece as they are a device for powering your computer. You can buy power supplies with multiple LED colored fans in it, sleeved cables, and even plexi glass windows in them to see the insides! Today we're going to take a look at the MGE Vigor500 power supply unit, which includes all of those features! This new power supply unit has dual LED fans, sata connections, UV sleeved cables, two blue acrylic windows, UV blue molex connectors, variable fan controller, and it's enclosed in a shinny chrome housing."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen COM5232 CDRW/DVD Review @ Viper Lair
"Although Just Link wasn't present, the buffer under run protection worked well. While burning files on to a CD at 52x, I defragged the folder it was copying from, and ran a virus scan on that drive. The burn times increased by about 30 seconds longer than when the PC was left alone. The burn worked just fine, save for the Teac drive being unable to read the disc."

More information on this review can be found here.
CenDyne 4x DVD±RW External Drive Review @ BigBruin
"The construction and appearance of the Cendyne 4x DVD±RW External Drive are top notch, and the testing shows that the performance is just as solid. Installation is nearly foolproof, and one can be up and running burning DVDs and CDs in a matter of minutes with no need to access the inside of their computer. Likewise, the device can just as easily be disconnected and taken to work, school, or anywhere else a versatile device such as this may be required."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plextor PX-712A Review @ HardExtreme
"Plextors’ 712-A is a dual format drive, meaning that it can read and write in both the plus and minus format. Early adopters of dvd burning technology are at a loss compared to what is available today. While single format drives continue to be high sellers, we are seeing more and more companies going mainstream with dual format drive, though Plextor is leading the pack and as far as I can see will continue to lead."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Announces the Fastest 1 GByte Modules Available
"Fremont, CA, August 9, 2004: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced new XMS 3200 speed 1 GByte modules supporting CAS-2 latencies. Following the success of the company's 1 GByte PC3200 CAS-3 modules, these new products offer the same speed and density but support lower latencies and improved performance. These memory modules offer incredibly fast 400MHz speeds at aggressive 2-3-3-6 latencies.

These modules are available as a 1 GByte module or a 2 GByte matched pair of modules that have been tested together in a dual channel motherboard. This part is the first 1 GByte CAS-2 module on the market, offering exceptional performance in extreme gaming conditions."

Corsair Announces $20 DOOM 3 Rebate

Corsair is offering a $20 mail-in rebate on any set of 1GB XL modules (eligible products are TwinX1024-3200XL, TwinX1024-3200XLPT, and TwinX1024-3200XLPRO) when purchased together with DOOM 3. The XL modules have garnered over 40 awards since their launch in May 2004, making the Corsair XL the most highly awarded memory module of the year. Most recently, the XL modules were selected as “Must Have Hardware” by Kyle Bennett of [H ardOCP in the Official Doom3 [H]ardware Guide. Both the game and the XL memory must be purchased between August 1 and August 31, 2004 from any retailer in the USA to be eligible for the rebate, and the mail-in must be postmarked by September 20, 2004."

Too bad Canadians are not eligible for the rebate. More information on these press releases can be found here.
NVIDIA 5900 XT/SE Overclocking Article @ OCIA
"I started at the default 400Mhz GPU / 700Mhz Mem and scaled up to 505Mhz GPU / 960Mhz Mem -- the highest clocks are not stable for prolonged use, though they most likely could be with a better cooling solution, like water so I included them anyway. I did 4 steps because not everyone will get the same results when overclocking their card, every single card is different, sad but true."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen Aeolus GeForce 6800 GT 256MB Video Card Review @ Hexus
"AOpen has achieved a low price by running with a completely reference card in every way, shape and form. The associated bundle, however, is non-reference. AOpen manages to bundle in a couple of reasonable retail games. That's more than can be said for a number of NVIDIA's other partners. Benchmark performance, by dint of the card's default 350MHz core and 1000MHz memory clocks, was also strictly reference, although reference equates to a massive step up from the previous generation's cards. Purchasing the second-highest card in the range often leads to decent overclocking results, as it often uses the same technology and setup as the premier card but runs at slightly slower speeds. That was the case here. 411MHz core and 1100MHz memory put the Aeolus GT above a default Ultra's clocks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Tsunami Case Review @ VR-Zone Hardware
"The back panel of the Tsunami is standard in design, with the only exception being the attached keys that come with the case. There are two sets of keys (with two keys per set). One set will unlock the front panel and the other will unlock the side panel. The side panel lock is a good idea especially if you want to protect your equipment at LAN parties, but the front panel lock is really unnecessary."

More information on this review can be found here.
EPoX 8RDA6+ Pro Motherboard Review @ Legion Hardware
"Today EPoX are looking to please even more enthusiasts, with an updated AthlonXP motherboard. The 8RDA6+ Pro could be an ideal solution for those looking to upgrade their current AthlonXP system. Furthermore, this new motherboard could also be a building block for those looking at upgrading from much slower systems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Poseidon WCL-02/03 Round Up @ PCUnleash
"New Poseidon cooler has a lot of advantages. While water cooling is typically targeted for a small audience, comprised of extreme enthusiasts, the WCL series is targeted for everyone. It is designed in a way that makes its installation easier than ever before. Water cooling has just gotten friendlier, I dare say. I am starting to believe that 3Rsystem is the pioneer in this field and I have no doubt these water cooling kits will attract many more users to the world of water cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
Global Win Jefi Water Cooling Kit Review @ Overclockers.com
"The aluminum ring spreads water over a large surface area; the fan directs air over the aluminum ring, evaporating water - hence this is a very compact evaporative watercooler."

More information on this review can be found here.

3R System Poseidon WCL-03 Water Cooling Kit Review

"What looks like a fan is a magnetic flywheel which drives the impeller inside the waterblock. As you can see from the specs above, this is a very low flow system - about 8 gallons/hr (3R System spec); note also that the system's head is minimal - 16 inches."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, August 9, 2004
Western Digital 250GB Light Up Drive Review @ PyroPort
"Western Digital have long been one of the big contenders in the harddrive market; they have enjoyed quite a bit of success from their high capacity, large buffer IDE drives dubbed the SE's. These solid drives offer a massive capacity and good performance at a reasonable price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra X-Connect 500W Fully Modular PSU @ Viper Lair
"If you're looking to reduce cable clutter, a modular PSU is the way to go. The Ultra X-Connect is a sight to behold, and from the PSU to the cables themselves, everything screams quality. It also helps that the PSU itself provides plenty of reliable power as well."

More information on this review can be found here.

Ultra X-Connect 500W Fully Modular PSU Review @ hardCOREware

"The latest mod-inspired PC product is the X-Connect Modular Power Supply from Ultra Products. If you have been wondering what to do with all those unsightly, long, messy cables on your 500W PSU, Ultra has the best solution; don't install them at all! This is a product you have to see to truly appreciate."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Samurai SCSM-1000 Review @ ASE Labs
"The bottom of the heatsink was polished enough for a mass produced product. I recommend that you wiped it down with some Alcohol or other cleaning substance to get rid of the grim left from the plastic cover, or your fingers if you touched the bottom. Without anymore stuff to ramble on about, we'll get down to the testing."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ DDR Booster Review @ VR-Zone Hardware
"The DDR Booster is an incredible device. Even at stock voltage of 2.9V, what I realized was when the DDR Booster was in the slot and running the DDR would overclock 2 FSB more than when it is not on the slot. This maybe OCZs patented PowerClean Technology at work. The PowerClean Technology gives the memory a cleaner and more stable power supply, resulting in more stable DDRs. Highest stable overclock speed on the Mushkin Level II was 252FSB (504MHz) with a 1:1 divider."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master KHC-V81 Hyper 6 Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Here is where I conclude my love/hate relationship with the Coolermaster's Hyper 6. There is very little middle ground with this cooler. All the good and bad points are exceptional and should be definitely considered if you are thinking about purchasing this heatsink. I am going to lay everything out as honest as I can."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA GeForce PCX 5900 (P4 3.4EE vs. 3.6E) Review @ Hardware Pacers
"The overclocking results showed great performance increases. Although the temp rose 6°C the heat indictor can be enabled so if the heat goes above the threshold the card will be reset to stock frequencies. The best overclock was 442/821 giving 635 points gain in 3DMark03 and 868 gain in 3DMark2001 SE. Overall the card is an awesome overclocker with its increase of the core of 92MHz and its RAM at an astonishing 271MHz. In conclusion, 16336 in 3DMark2001 SE and 5755 in 3DMark03 will give the user decent gaming in all games available today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 8GPNXP Duo Motherboard Review @ Legion Hardware
"The 8GPNXP Duo not only offers the user a platform capable of utilizing all of today's latest technologies, but it offers an easy upgrade path. The ability to operate with either DDR or DDR2 memory modules is an extremely flexible feature. Although this is not unique to the 8GPNXP Duo, it is unlikely that most high-end LGA775 boards will incorporate this kind of support."

More information on this review can be found here.
Super Grip with Plasti Dip Review @ MetkuMods
"Airsoft enthusiasts have been using similar products to improve grip on their airsoft guns. It should be only natural for this stuff to work on computer input devices too. Read on and see how it turned out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Quiet CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs Guide @ BuildSilentPC
"For months, I have not had an answer when someone asked me about silent optical drives. My best advice was to just hope for the best. No companies seemed to be interested in creating an optical drive for the silent PC market. Until now. Samsung has introduced several key technologies into their lineup of optical drives. The results are some of the quietest CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs you'll find on the market! Check out our guide on silent optical drives!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
XMod Product Lineup Review @ GruntvillE
"Not only does Xmod International manufacture sleeving kits, UV connector kits and molex extraction tools but they also make fancy thumbscrews. Fancy thumbscrews are that added touch to the never-ending PC mod. They are a small detail that can add a bit more custom attraction. Since my start of FrozenSky , I am on the search for ice & snow related products. It just so happens that Xmod has the perfect snowflake/star thumbscrews for my theme. Pictured below is a close-up of the Xmod 3d thumbscrew."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master CM Stacker Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"The CM Stacker is a new computer chassis from Cooler Master with extremely powerful functions. The innovative design supports Extend ATX, BTX and dual power supply, making for easy upgrading. Besides its unique cross-flow fan, the CM Stacker supports up to eight regular fans, giving it unmatched cooling performance. Built from 1.0 mm thick steel plate, the CM Stacker is immensely strong, with a high-quality anti-vibration stand providing extra protection for the system. Designed for maximum extensibility and allowing the user the utmost flexibility in the utilization of space, the CM Stacker makes upgrading incredibly easy, and can be configured to meet your own personal needs with minimum hassle."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin Arctic Liquid Cooler @ BJorn3D
"Newcomers to the PC enthusiast community may be set back by all of the talk of keeping your system properly cooled. There's the traditional heatsink and fan combo, the watercooling, thermo-electric and even peltier cooling. Kingwin has introduced a watercooling kit into the market that is simple to set up and can help a new or even seasoned enthusiast break into the watercooling arena. The Arctic Liquid Cooler features an all-internal design, multiple radiators and even a GPU waterblock."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, August 7, 2004
Fragapalooza 2004 Event Coverage @ BJorn3D
"Well, Fragapalooza is over, and I've finally managed to recover after catching an average of 3 hours sleep a night for the 4 nights. I'm going to just give a little overview of what it is and what it's all about with a few photos to help illlustrate. I registered for Fragapalooza about a month before the event. It was icing on my cake as I had already booked my vacation and just happened to find out that while I was in Edmonton I'd have the opportunity to attend Canada's largest LAN gaming event".

More information on this report can be found here.
Logitech MX310 Optical Mouse Review @ Mikhailtech
"Yet another feature of the MX series is the 800dpi resolution, apparently twice that of competing mice(whatever those may be). This basically means that ideally for every 1 inch the mouse moves, the cursor will travel 800 pixels on the screen. Of course there are more factors to this in the way of user preferences and speed/acceleration, but a higher dpi corresponds to more precise movements."

More information on this review can be found here.

Logitech MX510 Optical Mouse Review @ Creative Mods

"5.8 megapixels/sec, 800dpi, 15g acceleration, and a max speed of 40 inches/second. If you haven't guessed, these specs are for the new Logitech MX510 performance mouse. So is this all techno shmechno jargon, or does it actually amount to a worthwhile product? Read more to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire AS500W 12V ATX Power-Supply Review @ TechFreaks
"This is where we end up; while being visually appealing, the Aspire AS500W falls short where it matters: performance. The Aspire AS500W has its good features, but nothing can out-weigh unstable and unsafe voltages. I would not trust this power-supply in my system; I hope you would choose the same. Other than the faulty rails, despite looking good, I was disappointed with the feel of the On/Off switch and the glow of the two L.E.D. fans is blocked by the internal components of the PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax UC-9FATR2 Deluxe Multifunction Panel Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"Enermax has been producing high-end computer products since 1990 and was nice enough to send over their new Supreme Multi-function Panel for PC or Mac for us to take a look at. The Supreme has a lot of features included like USB 2.0, Firewire, memory card reader, and fan controller, which is a lot for one panel. The Supreme also has SATA ports on it, but the lack of external SATA devices at this time deems it a null feature."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Ion 2 Power Supply Review @ Think Computers
"Power supplies have been around forever! They have been basically the same for a long time. Lately we have seen many new visually appealing power supplies that are concentrated more on looks than anything. What makes a good quality power supply? Today we will be looking at a power supply that defines that word, "quality". I am proud to present the Vantec Ion 2 Power Supply!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix DDR2-533 Review @ VR-Zone Hardware
"In order to get more performance out of the Ballistix memory, we relaxed the memory timings to the JEDEC standard 4-4-4-12 and from the start, overclocked the our FSB to 220MHz, giving us a memory speed of 293MHz (now we're using the 3:4 FSB to DRAM ratio). The highest FSB we were able to run at 4-4-4-12 was 265MHz, giving us a final memory clock speed of 354MHz. We made a few stops along the way, benchmarking at 240, 250, and 255 MHz as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X800XT-PE Review @ OC-Zone
"The ATI X800XT-PE is simply fantastic. With almost the same powerdraw of previous cards, this card put impressive numbers in the arena. Just find out the performance of this card in our special review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax Scorpio 668 Aluminum ATX Tower Case Review @ hardCOREware
"The round "Z" circle on the front lights up blue when powered on and the red triangles on either side of it light up red with the HDD activity. The first thing that struck me as weird about the front bezel was the lack of a key which is typical for this style of pre-mod (not that anyone uses it). Opening up the front bezel door (which uses a nice push-style retention mechanism) we find out that there in fact a key lock hiding beneath."

More information on this review can be found here.
Opus Technologies TT-501 Titanium Tiny Case Review @ NewsTechInfo
"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.
FIC Condor SFF System Review @ Designtechnica
"In the consumer electronics and computer marketplace, FIC may not be a brand that many readers are familiar with. And even though they produce a wide-range of products, the company can easily be overlooked because many of their products are produced for other companies. You do not see a lot of products branded under their FIC company name, but as an OEM/ODM manufacturer, their products are being re-badged and sold under big names such as Intel and Gateway. But FIC has been making small form-factor (SFF) barebones systems for quite some time now an has made some waves with their ICE Cube brand. We were first made aware of FIC’s latest SFF design, the Condor, at CES 2004, and looked forward to getting our hands on this innovative design."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Tsunami Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"A case this light has to be flimsy or have absolutely no room", I thought to myself. Upon opening the side panel, I was amazed. Thermaltake did a fabulous job designing this case. If properly laid out there is enough room here for an internal water cooling kit! There are all sorts of places to tuck in extra wires or tubing."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Aluminum TJ05-ST Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The SilverStone Aluminum TJ05-ST Case has numerous very unique and functional features. The overall design is exceptionally stylish and attractive, and it's quite a large case. There is plenty of room inside to work with, and lots of drive bays. Two 120mm fans are included and more can be added for excellent air circulation inside the case."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Friday, August 6, 2004
DOOM3 Midrange Performance Scaling Guide @ Neoseeker
"[At 800x600]the limiting factor with Medium Quality graphics is fillrate while High Quality is more memory dependent. Notice the relatively linear scaling of the 9800 Pro at 800x600 while the 9700 Pro starts to level off. Contrast that to high quality where the 9800Pro starts leveling off a lot quicker and does not scale linearly with the processor speed. Fillrate remains the same as we are still at 800x600 in both cases."

More information on this article can be found here.
Time Warp Computer Prices @ Overclockers Australia
"This article came about because of an ad page in the August 2004 issue of APC Magazine. Page 158 seemed to be a reprint of an ad from July 2001 (200KB pic). APC say it wasn't an error on their part, so I assume it was a clever (and successful) attempt by the vendor to attract more attention to their ad. I found the historical pricing interesting, so asked people to send me, over the next 24 hours, scans of ad pages from the oldest Australian computer magazines they could dig up. Some of the submissions were too hard to read, or too recent, or didn't really have anything interesting in them - but there were enough to put together this article and show how things have changed over the years."

More information on this article can be found here.
Albatron GeForce PCX 5750 Review @ VR-Zone Hardware
"Going into this review, I really did not know what to expect when overclocking the Albatron PCX 5750. The GeForce FX 5700 Ultra gave us good results when overclocked, but nothing spectacular. The same can be said of the Albatron PCX 5750. From a core speed of 425MHz and memory speed of 500MHz, we were able to overclock the core 85MHz and memory 115MHz. These were good overclocks by all accounts, and we'll be using our overclocked speeds to test against stock frequencies and the ATI Radeon X600 XT."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra X-Connect 500W Fully Modular PSU Review @ Viper Lair
"If you're looking to reduce cable clutter, a modular PSU is the way to go. The Ultra X-Connect is a sight to behold, and from the PSU to the cables themselves, everything screams quality. It also helps that the PSU itself provides plenty of reliable power as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte Radeon X600XT Review @ Legion Hardware
"Unfortunately, I have struggled to find many if any positive aspects of the Radeon X600XT. Hopefully, Gigabyte can change all this with their Gigabyte GV-RX60X128V graphics card which is of course based on the Radeon X600XT core. Personally, I feel the only way this new solution can impress is if the pricing is more competitive"

More information on this review can be found here.
VisionTek X800 XT Platinum Edition Review @ Bonafied Reviews
"The VisionTek X800 XT is quite an amazing piece of hardware. It took a nap while the Athlon 64 3200+, 512 HyperX PC3200, FIC K8-800T system tried to feed as much data as it could into the X800 XT, but they just couldn't keep up. Any enthusiast, as well as anyone that would like to enjoy playing Doom 3, should definitely consider taking a look at this card."

More information on this review can be found here.

Klipsch ProMedia 4.1 Speaker System Review

"The Promedia 4.1’s may not be as flashy or have all the new features, but they perform with the best out there. They are a perfect match for a user that is looking for the crisp reality of surround sound, but not the hefty price tag that goes along with the more current models."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ville Mönkkönen Wood Case Project
"Little beige boxes used to house our PC hardware. Now our cases are plexiglass with crafty looking fan grills, flashing cold cathode lights and little LCD displays for showing the case temperature. Somebody once said that "Modding is the application of artistic ability and craftsmanship to solving technological problems". Case modding has become too easy these days, there are prefabricated modding parts for everything you can think of. Hard-core modders build the whole case from scratch. The reason I started making a new case was my old case, which was heavy, noisy and ugly. Instead of buying a new case, I decided to design and build something I could really call my own. I've always loved wooden furniture, and my father had a lot of woodworking tools readily available, so I opted to make a wooden case."

More information on this project can be found here.
Thursday, August 5, 2004
HIS Excalibur X800 XT IceQ II VIVO Limited Edition Review @ BJorn3D
"I always admire companies that try to do something special with their products. HIS is one of those companies. With their IceQ line of ATI cards, they have gained a very good reputation. Today, I am looking at the king of their cards, the HIS Excalibur X800 XT IceQ II VIVO Limited Edition. Yes, a long and complicated name, but somehow it does fit with this card since it is anything but simple."

More information on this review can be found here.
ALLNET ALL1682 Ethernet HomePlug Bridge Review @ GiBTEK
"This Allnet bridge allows you to plug a small box into any one of your mains power sockets, attach an Ethernet cable to the box and into your computer, XBOX and router, then repeat the process to setup a home network (upto 250 times which should be more than adequate for the average UK home). Yes I know this sounds like madness, plugging something from a little box which has 240V going though it into your expensive computer. But no it's not madness, it a new way of networking."

More information on this review can be found here.
iBASE MB870 P4 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review @ MetkuMods
"MB870 is really tightly packed unit. With everything installed it still feels incredible compact. I can imagine this opening a whole new world for case modders and builders. No need to settle for VIA EPIA performance when you can get full benefits from Intel P4 processors."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS 9550 VIVO Review @ GruntvillE
"Built upon the 9500 VPU, this card should also be quite able to handle those late night jaunts into the gaming world. If you’re tight on money or just can’t justify spending a months car payment on the latest and greatest for a little extra eye candy then you’re reading the right review. At just over one hundred dollars this little DX9 capable beauty just may be what you’re looking for."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax ATX Sea Hawk CS-656TA Case Review @ 3DXtreme
"The Sea Hawk has many of the features we are used to seeing on cases priced much higher. The integrated fanbus controller just adds to the allure with this case, purchasing a fan controller separately would cost the user at least another $25. Also consider the other features we've seen - side panel window, backlit temperature LCD and the finish and it's easy to see why the Enermax Sea Hawk impressed us. If you're in the market for a new case and looking for something affordable the Sea Hawk may be just what you have been looking for!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Smart Drive 2002 Silent & Cool HDD Enclosure Review @ System Cooling
"We all know hard drives can get hot and become noisy at certain times. The heat issues may not be as big of an annoyance as the excessive noise. And combating the noise is not always as easy as getting rid of the heat. Today we'll be taking a look at new product supplied to us by the good people at Sharka Computers called the Smart Drive 2002C. The Smart Drive claims to be able to silence that hard drive crunching and rattling and at the same time keep it cool."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Armor Gaming Case Review @ BigBruin
"This case has two features of particular interest on the front. The most notable is the large LCD temperature display. It allows users to monitor any piece of hardware or ambient case temperature using a small thermal diode. The other feature is a hidden side access panel. Located on the front plastic bezel, it allows users to conveniently connect peripherals without crawling to the back of their machine."

More information on this review can be found here.
Doom 3 Ultimate Gaming Machine Giveaway @ DFI
DFI(r) and Micro Center(r) Team to Give Away Doom 3(tm) Ultimate Gaming Machines

Hayward, CA (August 5, 2004) - This is what many gamers have been waiting for since 2000. One of this year's most anticipated PC titles, Doom 3(tm), is about to redefine first person shooter games. DFI(r), maker of the award-winning LANParty(tm) series of motherboards and a worldwide leader in applied computing platforms, and Micro Center(r), nation-wide retailer known as the technology customers' one stop shop, have teamed up to bring to you the Doom 3 Ultimate Gaming Machines Giveaway. The Doom 3 Giveaway will run from August 5-31 at all Micro Center locations. To participate in the giveaway, gamers simply obtain a coupon from any of the 20 locations and go to DFI's website to enter.

Created with the Doom 3 gamers in mind, the Ultimate Gaming Machine is built on the Intel LGA 775 Pentium 4 540 (3.20 GHz) platform and features DFI's signature UV sensitive LANPartyUT 915P-T12 motherboard. Based on Intel's 915P chipset, DFI's latest offering is the first to support high-bandwidth DDR2 memory and ultra fast PCI-express graphics technology. Breaking the 10% overclocking barrier, the LANPartyUT motherboard offers both performance and features without compromising its looks. DFI's proprietary Karajan 8-channel audio, built on Intel's new Azalia audio standard, eliminates unwanted background static noises to provide the best theater-like audio experience during game play.

More information on this giveaway can be found here.
Dual Storm Review @ DreamWare Computers
"With all case fans there lies one hidden problem; there is a dead spot of slower moving air under the center of the motor. This causes the fan not to output an exact "wall" of air moving at the same speed. This is quite obviously a problem considering that the hottest part of your CPU is in the centre, where the least amount of moving air is. Cooler Master has solved this problem with their Dual Storm fan. The fan's workings closely represent that of a turbine. One fan inputs air which gets compressed in the middle, then the second fan outputs the air. This results in a stronger and more even flow of air which provides better cooling capability."

More information on this review can be found here.
Koolance EXOS Al Review @ [H]ardOCP
"The EXOS Al utilizes the familiar pump/reservoir system we saw in the previous EXOS line with one small difference, the reservoir can now be filled from the top instead of from the bottom. The redundant dual pump system is given a 1 liter per minute flow rate by Koolance. The low flow pumps work in tandem (push / pull configuration) that also acts as a failsafe. In the unlikely event that one pump should fail the system can get by on a single pump long enough for the system to be shut down and repairs to be made."

More information on this review can be found here.

PolarFLO TT Water Block Review

"The PolarFLO TT sports a unique round triple barb design that consists of an anodized aluminum cap mated to a copper base plate. Sandwiched between the two halves of the water block is a metal hold down bracket that has 5 holes per side that allow for both Intel socket 478 use as well as AMD Athlon64 use. Both halves of the block are threaded and the base basically screws into the cap. The PolarFLO TT uses a black rubber "O" ring between the two halves as a seal."

More information on this review can be found here.
AlphaCool NexXxos XP CPU Socket 478 Water Block Review @ XYZ Computing
"This review will be looking at AlphaCool's NexXxos water block. This is their top-end block which is said to outperform the kit included water block and do so while looking good. At this price level the NexXxos is one of the most expensive blocks on the market."

More information on this review can be found here.
JetArt DT6000 Multifunction Control Panel Review @ SweMOD
"The DT6000 has built in 6 fan controls and 6 temperature probes, with long cables, to be placed anywhere in your computer. All of the temperature probes are colour and number marked to easily find which one goes where. The fan cables are about the same, but only number marked."

More information on this review can be found here.
Power Supply Unit Architecture Explained @ CoolTechZone
"The Power Supply Unit (PSU) is the most neglected component in many computer systems even though it is the original source of all the good things that your computer can do on a regular basis. We have listed quite a few things that you should consider when you make your next power supply purchase. Without further ado, let's begin."

More information on this article can be found here.
Build Your Own $5 Fan Controller @ ModdersHQ
"Today we are looking at one way of keeping your loud fans from bleeding your ears. For a long time, modders have had to buy either a fanbus or rheobus to control the fans in their systems. Of course, the truly thrifty modders have made custom controllers for themselves, but most of them are complex and involve bread boards, resistors, rheostats or potentiometers, bus wire, and of course switches. Well, today we are going to show you a simple and more importantly cheap way to control all the fans in your rig with a single switch."

More information on this article can be found here.
Wednesday, August 4, 2004
Evercool PC Air Conditioner Review @ HardwareZoom
"The PCAC itself is mostly made from plastic, except for the motor and the fins which are metal. Next to the motor, there is a small PCB board which is most likely for routing the power as there is a capacitor and two 3-pin power headers, one wired to the turbine motor while the other is for plugging in the 3-pin power cable. There is also a metal knob at the side to adjust the fan speed. The fin blades of the blower seems to be made of aluminium and are curved to help "catch" the air better."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Kamakaze SCKM-1000 Review @ ASE Labs
"The other thing that caught my attention was that the fan sucked air from the heatsink instead of blowing on it. In my experience, most heatsinks do better when the air is force into the heatsink than sucked from it. This heatsink proved no different, I had to switch the fan to blow on it to make the cooling better (in my case anyway)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright XP-120 Heatsink Review @ Short-Media
"Several months ago, Thermalright’s SP-94 was toppled from its position as the best Pentium 4-compatible air cooling solution on the market by the latest crop of “tower” style heatsinks, such as the Coolermaster Hyper 6 and the Aerocool HT-101. These heatsinks managed to outperform the SP-94 by virtue of their far greater surface area and the use of up to six heatpipes to distribute heat across that surface area as rapidly as possible. However, Thermalright has come back with a vengeance. Their latest heatsink, the XP-120, is truly unique."

More information on this review can be found here.
DragonMeter HDD Activity Meter @ ModdersHQ
The “DragonMeter” HDD Activity Meter is an excellent addition to any mod. The meter is perfectly built for anyone who wants a little lighting on their mod that actually means something. It is easy to install for almost anyone if you read the directions carefully and correctly, and when put in, you have the great ability to have more than one lighting mode! DragonModz really pulled through in accommodating us modders"

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin KH-525U Drive Enclosure Review @ System Cooling
"Portable drives have been around for some time now. Portable CD burners, portable hard drives. And as my esteemed colleague Howard noted in an earlier review, it's much more cost effective to buy an enclosure and add your own drive to it. But today, just having a portable drive is not enough. We work hard at making our rigs look good. Why should we be saddled with a butt ugly drive enclosure? Well, today we'll take a look at a new part from Kingwin that not only will support your drives, but can look good while doing it."

More information on this review can be found here.
In-Win 10-in-1 USB Digital Memory Card Reader @ BigBruin
"Memory card readers have become a common upgrade as people try to simplify the use of all the various media with one integrated device. I was impressed when ioCombo.com sent over a 9-in-1 card reader for a recent review, but they have "one upped" themselves with the In-Win 10-in-1 USB Digital Memory Card Reader."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec 8-in-1 Card Reader / USB Hub Review @ ExtensionTech
"With the advent of various portable technologies, there comes a need for storage formats that suits the requirements of these devices. It seems that each manufacturer has their own propriety memory format, requiring that you plug in your device and use the manufacturer's programs to transfer your files. All of these devices also need to connect to the computer somehow; the parallel and serial methods have thankfully been dropped in favor of the faster USB 2.0 and Firewire connections, but computers don't always have enough of these ports to satisfy each device. Vantec hopes to solve both dilemmas with the 8-in-1 Card Reader / USB 2.0 Hub."

More information on this review can be found here.
512MB OCZ Premiere PC3200 Memory Review @ TechFreaks
"At $94 a stick from NewEgg, I was able to get an easy 300MHz overclock resulting in a noticeable performance gain. For those who don't OC, I had no problems running the RAM at more aggressive timings. The Premiere line is a welcomed step up from most Value RAM while keeping an affordable price-tag. A post on your site would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin PC3200 Special Edition Memory Review @ Madshrimps
"How do the old but not forgotten Winbond BH-6 chips stand up against the competition? Thanks to the Mushkin PC3200 Special Series we were able to find out. Want to know how it feels to put all the memory options in your BIOS to the most aggressive setting?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax Cobra 822 Gaming Case Review @ Madshrimps
"Often considered just an option for cheap budget pc enclosures, Raidmax is trying to break into a very recent niche in the market - the mid-range gaming case, complete with a pre-modded window, glowing front door, and led fan on the side."

More information on this review can be found here.
Doom 3 Benchmarks @ VR-Zone Hardware
"What we learned today was that NVIDIA's backing of Doom 3 is definitely not unfounded. At press time we weren't able to get a working GeForce 6800 GT or Ultra graphics card running on the AGP bus, but we'll be getting those in later this week. Still, the standard GeForce 6800 was able to run Doom 3 almost as fast as the Radeon X800 XT Platinum Edition, a card almost double its price."

More information on this article can be found here.

Doom 3 Console Guide @ Viper Lair

"Well Doom III has hit the shelves and some of you are even lucky enough to have already started playing it. As with any new game their will be a lot of questions and not many answers. I have my own questions, and have found a few answers to them which I'm sharing here."

More information on this article can be found here.

The Age of Doom @ Time Magazine

"The game was called Doom, and the janitor was among the first of us normal people to get a look at the electronic frontier of the coming century. With Doom, Carmack and his colleagues had created a three-dimensional virtual world so powerful, compelling and disturbing that it would change the real world around it. This week id will launch Doom 3, four years in the making. It is, if anything, a little too real."

More information on this article can be found here.
Valve Demo Blackmesa HL² PC Pictorial Log Update @ Bit-Tech
"Following on from Piloux' superb HL² Black Mesa project and it's pictorial article, 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."

This case is turning out to be a fantastic project which is a must see. More information on this project log can be found here.
Tuesday, August 3, 2004
Asetek WaterChill Antarctica KT03A-L30 Review @ Hexus
"All my issues with the KT12 were blown away with the KT03A. Better relative performance, no more tubing hassles and better packaging all combine to sort out the WaterChill experience. Asetek are back on track with the current WaterChill products, the KT03A-L30 a stand-out example."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCX159-A North Bridge Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The MCX is an impressive piece compared with the stock cooler. The base is a solid hunk of copper and has a good heft to it. There is no doubting the mass here, as it easily outweighs two other active coolers in my possession. The copper base is home to 96 vertical rods that penetrate the copper base. The vertical rods look a lot like machine screws with the heads cut off, and at first I thought this was a little strange. As I thought about it though, I realized that the threading on the rods is an excellent way to increase the surface area for heat dissipation. With 96-1" screws, you get a lot of linear inches of surface area (someone care to calculate the total surface area?). The rods are topped by a tall fan with big, broad blades. The kit includes the cooler, mounting hardware, instructions, thermal paste, and the fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xoxide Spiderman Case Review @ Steamed Turtle
"I was happy to find a nice big package when I arrived home from work. I knew what it was the second I saw it, because it was covered in Xoxide branded tape. So I have here the new design Spiderman case from Xoxide that even Tobey Maguire would be jealous of its looks. So, let's check it out, shall we?"

More information on this review can be found here.
14-Way PSU Roundup @ Madshrimps
"Are you looking for a power supplies which perfectly fits your needs? Completely silent? Flashy colors? Adjustable voltage rails? 120mm fans pre-equipped? We round up 14 Power Supplies from known and less known manufactures to see how well they can handle an overclocked A64 system. Which ones stand out? Read on to find out!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Compucase PowerOP 525W PSU Review @ System Cooling
"If you've never heard of Compucase, you're not alone. Neither had I. Until, that is, I realized that the company is also known as HEC Group. For those of you not familiar with HEC, they've been quietly going about making some of the best power supplies on the market for a number of years. They've been neither very flashy nor very heavily marketed, at least here in the U.S., so in recent years they've sort of slipped below the radar of the enthusiast market. The power supply we're looking at today, the Compucase Power OP 525, aims to change that trend, and on the surface it appears to offer a great deal to the power fanatic."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle AN51R nForce3 250 Review @ PimpRig
"There isn't anything too exceptional about the layout of the AN51R. Even though there are plenty of capacitors near the CPU socket, they are low enough where almost all heatsinks would clear it. The ATX connector, IDE1 and 2, and floppy connector are all conveniently bundled near the top back of the board which makes wire management easier, but once again, the 4 pin 12V connector is located clear across the board right below the CPU socket."

More information on this review can be found here.
Athlon 64 Chipset Performance Analysis @ Spode's Abode
"As the figures show, we are seeing only the smallest performance differences as the HyperTransport is slowed down. This means that the lower Hypertransport speed of the nForce 150 is not really any reason to reject it immediately. More puzzling is the fact that overclocking the HT speed has resulted in a lower score. We can only conclude that since neither the board nor CPU are designed for the higher speed so perhaps corruption is occurring but not badly enough to crash the system. It may well be a timing issue."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron K8X800 ProII Motherboard Review @ OCPrices
"Here at OCPrices, we've looked at several of Albatron's Pentium 4 motherboards, and were always impressed with their generous bundles, solid build quality, impressive feature content, and strong overclockability. The K8X800 Pro and ProII (which is the subject of this review) are Albatron's first entry into the K8T800 Athlon64 market. Can Albatron repeat their past sucesses with their Athlon64 boards?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte K8NSNXP-939 AMD Athlon 64 Motherboard Review @ A1-Electronics
"Is it us or are motherboards a whole lot better than they were say 5+ years ago. We think so, and this K8NSNXP-939 is yet another top quality performance motherboard from Gigabyte. If we have a grip it would be that the price of motherboards should be half."

More information on this review can be found here.
Basics to System Cooling Explained @ CoolTechZone
"Around eight percent of computer problems are caused by insufficient cooling. The fact is that more computers suffer heat-related problems than users realize. Your computer's stability and speed can both be affected when heat builds up inside the case, which, in return, can cause crashes at odd times and reduce performance significantly. Even if your computer seems to be running fine, it will probably fail prematurely if it's running hot."

More information on this article can be found here.
AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Budget Gamer's Perspective @ Viper Lair
"I'd imagine not a whole lot of you are ready to drop $1200 for a CPU, motherboard and video card combo. For the price of the Socket-939, you can pick up an A64 3000+, K8T800 based motherboard, and a decent mid-ranged video card. For gamers on a budget, I think the choice is obvious."

More information on this article can be found here.
Guide to Upgrading Your PC @ PC-Review
"Is your computer looking a bit long in the tooth? If so, there are plenty of ways to breathe new life into an old system. One of the frustrating things about technology is the fact that any computer you buy always seems to be out of date the moment it is delivered. There is always something bigger, better and faster coming along, and just to rub it in, the new models will probably cost the same. It's wrong to assume that your PC is obsolete just because a newer model has come out. That's just part of the computer industry's fiendish master plan to get you to buy a new PC every 2-3 years. It's perfectly possible to get the latest technology without starting over and buying a new system. There are various ways to improve performance and add features that won't cost the earth."

More information on this article can be found here.
Monday, August 2, 2004
Niveus Media PC Remote & Giveaway @ HTPCNews
"Finding that perfect PC remote can be a little difficult these days. No one seems to have it just right, but Niveus made a step in the right direction by including both IR and RF capabilities with this latest remote. It can learn the IR signals for the rest of your Living Room remotes while still controlling the PC. The big question is, does that make it good enough to score well? Hardware is cool, but you have to have the software to back it up."

More information on this review can be found here.
Icybox Illuminated Aluminium Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Modtown
"Offering blistering fast speeds of up to 150 MB/s in the Serial-ATA version (S-ATA), the Icybox is a neat way to expand disk storage space or just to create a portable hard drive solution. Other connectivity options available are FireWire (IEEE 1394a) which offers up to 50 MB/s and USB 2.0 (Universal Series Bus) speed of up to 56 MB/s..."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone SST-FP53 5.25" HDD Cooler @ Modders HQ
"In today's "modding" market, the old saying "looks don't count for much" couldn't be farther from the truth. This largest problem I've noticed is getting something that looks good and performs just as well if not better. SilverStone has in the past been able to meet or exceed expectations on both counts. Today, we are taking a look at the SST-FP53 5.25" HDD cooler. Let see if SilverStone can sustain that same level of excellence."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li CR-03 6-in-1 Card Reader Review @ Mikhailtech
"The unit itself is very simple yet elegant. It's encased on all sides by brushed aluminum so it looks good even if you choose to leave it out in the open. The front has four slots for the respective cards along with a green LED indicator for each slot. And of course there's the printed Lian Li logo. You can remove the top panel via a pair of screws around back. The internal view is pretty simple: a couple processor chips, card slots, a 5-pin connector and a red LED. I'm guessing the latter is for diagnostics (in case something isn't working), though fortunately I haven't seen it in action."

More information on this review can be found here.
SimpleTech PC3500 Review @ GruntvillE
"One thing that the site or the packaging neglects to explain is the timings on the Nitro series RAM. I received an e-mail during the review, listing the timings as 2.5, 3, 3, 7. Since this is performance RAM, I would like to see the timings added to the site at least so that people could research what they are buying."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X) Motherboard Review @ MBReview
"Much like what we are used to with Gigabyte, they've managed to shove a huge amount of added features into the GA-8ANXP-D and still supply a well managed layout. Gigabyte has consistently provided their users with solid designs, despite the amount of features that can be implemented into them, especially the high-end products. The GA-8ANXP-D is no slouch when it comes to cleanliness, but it does have one annoying problem."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek A400 & A400GT Video Card Review @ T-Break
"All cards based on the same core will perform almost identically. So what would separate a Leadtek 6800GT from, lets say, a Gainward or an MSI card? Three things come to mind. Starting off, the noise levels produced by a card should be low and Leadtek does well in this department claiming under 30dB. The cooling solution also relates to the overclocking, however, the amount of overclocking also depends a lot on your luck as we've seen identical models from the same manufacturer overclock differently."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sparkle 6800 Graphics Card Review @ The Modfathers
"You have a strong GPU with 12 pipelines and memory that clearly does not have the bandwidth to run it all. It gives you a good performance, but being so wanting in guts it runs out of steam very quickly."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Reserator 1 Review @ Overclockers Online
"Fans in your computer gotten on your nerves? Zalman hopes to remedy your problem with the Reserator 1 watercooling system. Tested under overclocked conditions, we see how well this passive solution is able to hold up."

More information on this review can be found here.
New H20-120 Water Cooling Kit Series @ Swiftech
"CPU liquid cooling kits continue our tradition of plug-and-play high performance systems, by bringing to power users the efficiency and quiet operations of a carefully matched 120mm radiator and fan. They can also be installed without case modifications in almost any desktop computer by using our optional patent pending MCB120(tm) "Radbox".

More information on this new product can be found here.
Poseidon WCL-02 120Cu Liquid Cooler Review @ Hi-Techreview
"3R Systems that company from Korea that not many people had heard of 6-months ago is about to make a big splash on the US market thanks to a new line of products coming this September. We had a chance to look at one of the big boys that should cause a big stir when it hits the shelf here in the US. It's 3R Systems - Poseidon WCL-02 120Cu Liquid Cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
August Modder of the Month @ Creative Mods
"What do you get when combining 4 years of modding experience and a love for computers? Some really sweet cases. Christian is the creator of Pandora's Media Box which is one of the most impressive mods I have seen in quite some time. He is the owner of his own PC business that has modding incorporated into it, giving him much time to work on his craft. I am proud to present this month's Modder of The Month: Christian Francis S. Ong."

More information on this article can be found here.
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