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Thursday, September 30, 2004
What Is Wardriving And How Can You Prevent It @ The Tech Zone
"Imagine a car equipped with nothing more than a laptop computer, a portable GP receiver, and a wireless network card slowly strolls through your neighborhood. Unknown to any onlookers, this is no ordinary vehicle; rather, it is a wardriving machine. As the car strolls past homes and businesses, a wireless network card (available at any electronics store for as low as $25) scans for any wireless access points. Anyone with a wireless network (and there are many out there) is vulnerable."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Introduction to Linux @ Nordic Hardware
"This article is intended as a straight-forward, easy to use guide to get you up and running with your first Linux Distribution, educate you about the History of GNU/Linux, and to help increase what I call “Linux awareness”."

More information on this article can be found here.
Ten Steps to a Secure PC @ PCStats
"With this guide, PCstats has set out to inform you clearly and concisely of the dangers you face, and the steps you can take to avoid them. Once you look through, I think you'll be struck by how little effort is required to make your PC more secure. Even performing the first five steps of this guide will make your system better protected than the vast majority of Internet connected PCs. It is not wise to rely on the comparative anonymity of the Internet to keep you safe. If you do, you will be burned eventually and inevitably. Secure your PC now to avoid future regrets."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Microsoft Optical Desktop Elite for Bluetooth Review @ HTPCNews
"HTPCnews takes a look at the newest Keyboard / Mouse set in the arsenal from Microsoft, the Optical Desktop Elite for Bluetooth, today and reports back on how this latest combo does. With it's Bluetooth technology they've increased the usable range on this unit to a very decent 30 feet and gave the set an impressive look and feel. Added extras include a built-in faux leather "padded" wrist rest, multimedia keys, programmable keys, and a two tone paint job.

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra MP3/128MB USB Flash Drive Review @ Viper Lair
"Ultra seem to have an excellent product. Good sound quality and performance, with easy to use controls even with its small size. 128MB should be perfect for those bus rides, or workouts, or whenever you need to drown out real life."

More information on this review can be found here.
IRiver iFP-190T 256MB MP3 Player Review @ Bona Fide Reviews
"If you are in the market for a new MP3 player, but cannot afford many of the larger hard drive-based units, flash-based MP3 players might be the solution that you are looking for. In the past, many have shied away from flash-based units because of their limited storage capabilities versus their large cost, but nowadays there are many affordable flash-based MP3 players that offer many of the same features as the larger units and at a much lower cost."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PowerStream 520W Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The OCZ PowerStream 520W Power Supply sets itself apart from others because the +3.3V, +5V, and +12V rails can be easily adjusted. This gives it a clear power advantage over others, resulting in total stability. In addition, 2 very quiet fans make it stealth quiet, and it has the best warranty of any PSU on the market."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Seasonic PowerAngel Power Monitor Review @ System Cooling
"Did you ever wonder how much power that computer sitting next to your desk is really using? Or for that matter, how about any other electrical device in your house? What's running efficiently, and what's making the little meter spin? The device we're looking at today, from Sea Sonic Electronics Co., is the Seasonic PowerAngel power monitor. Designed to identify power-wasting appliances, help forecast electrical expenses, and assist in troubleshooting problems, the PowerAngel also makes a great companion for the computer enthusiast."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone LC-02's Cooling Problem @ TechFreaks
"Normal end users would not be willing to take a dremel to their newly purchased $130 HTPC bundle-of-joy and may, in turn, suffer similar cooling problems. Most HTPCs will not be running stressful applications and thus cooling should not be as big of a problem. However HTPC's are meant to be quiet; relying on two 60mm fans that each introduce 30dBA is definitely not a desired way to go."

More information on this article can be found here.
Cooler Master X-Dream III Review @ Ap0calypse
"CPU cooling will always be one of the concerns on the mind of today’s PC owner, but another concern is getting optimal cooling without the constant noise of a large fan sitting beside us. As some of you read this, I know you’re thinking, “I don’t mind my Delta ‘screamer’, it’s not that bad.” But for the rest of you who do mind having a small jet engine in your case, perhaps the X Dream III from Cooler Master is for you."

More information on this review can be found here.
Micro Cool NorthPole Chipset Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"We do not have a catalogue of chipset heatsinks tests to compare this Micro Cool NorthPole with but have to say that the fan worked very well even at only 4.5 volts giving a surprising steady flow of air through the heatsink. We can only whole heartily recommend this excellent Micro Cool NorthPole chipset heatsink and all the other heatsinks for anybody looking for what must be the best chipset heatsink."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech H20 Rev. 2 Water Cooling Kit Released @ Swiftech
"The kits' performance, and convenience factors are now enhanced compared to the original series models. This is due to the replacement of the fill-and-bleed kit, by our new MCRES-525 5 1/4" drive bay reservoir, which yields a better overall system flow rate", said Gabriel Rouchon Swiftech's Chairman & CTA. Prices are unchanged compared to the earlier version. User convenience enhancements are apparent throughout the kit: Pre-installed tubing on the water-block and pump, and quick-connect fittings on the radiator reduce installation time."

- H20-80 (Rev. 2)
- H20-120 (Rev. 2)
- H20-220 (Rev. 2)

More information on these new products can be found here.
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
End of Summer Giveaway @ Tech-Mods
"Tech-Mods is at it again, giving away great prizes that is! this giveaway is the simplest one yet. Up for grabs is one Samsung ML-1710 Laser Printer thanks to Samsung.ca and also three awesome cooling products. one X-blower 2-channel VR fan kit, one Volcano 11+ Xaser Edition, and one Spark Series 7+ all thanks to Thermaltake.com."

More information on this contest can be found here.
HEXtreme UV Paint Review @ Crazymodders.be
"My first victim is an old S3 Trio videocard which I had lying around with the heaps so i could use one of them. The application of the paint was done with a simple small brush for fine work, the paint itself isnt verry thick so no worries to spil if you are working on small components like condensators for example. To keep the whole lot a little creative I decided to color the 4 memory chips in different colors, then I picked random small components on the card an gave them a lick of paint."

More information on this review can be found here.
X-Arcade Two Player Arcade Joystick Review @ XYZ Computing
"The chassis is a solid concoction of plastic-veneered wood with a strip of that all-too-familiar rubberized plastic around the rim. Six rubber circular feet keep the X-Arcade from slipping around on a flat surface. Altogether, the controller is an almost exact replica of the quintessential arcade kiosk interface, albeit slightly compacted. The most welcome difference between the X-Arcade and an authentic arcade machine is the lack of grease, dirt, germs. It seemed almost paradoxical to me to not be compelled to wash my hands after playing a few rounds."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Liquid Neon Lighting Kit Review @ ModdersHQ
"The new Liquid Neons from Logisys are something new for computer modding. It gives something new and unique to modders who are used to plain Cold Cathodes. They come in 3 different patterns to match whatever look you want, and different colors as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
D-Link DI-784 802.11 A/B/G Router AP Review @ Nextgen Electronics
"Overall, the D-Link DI-784 Wireless Access Point and Router is one of the more useful and intelligent products we've ever seen for the networking industry. This very innovative product uses all three protocols (A, B, and G) for wireless networking technology and proves to be a great tool for anybody that is serious about networking."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X300 Reference PCI Express Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"What I will be stating is that if you are moving to the new Intel LGA775 specification or the new Athlon64 PCI Express motherboard and you just need a basic 2D videocard, the X300 based alternatives on the market will make you more than happy. If you are even considering gaming, do yourself a favor and upgrade to an X600 if you want some decent playable framerates on any of the more recent or newly released games on the market."

More information on this review can be found here.
6800 to 6800Ultra Mod @ PCUnleash
"Some people have claimed that once you get the bios flashing, the 6800 can open up the extra pipelines. These claims, it turns out, are true but the results are certainly not optimal. At best, when the process is successful you’ll achieve 16 pipelines, but the driver would still be indicated as a mere 6800. Here, however, I will show you a much superior method. I will demonstrate that even a 6800LE, which has only eight pipelines, can be readily transformed into a full-fledged 6800Ultra."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax RX-520XP Titanium 520W Power Supply Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"The days of powering your rig with a sub-300Watt power supply unit are pretty much gone. Nowadays, taking into consideration power hungry processors, video cards and a plethora of devices, you need more juice for your computer. Join Buddha as he reviews the Raidmax RX-520XP 520W PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright XP-120 CPU Cooler Review @ Overclockers Club
"We don't review many heat sinks anymore, unless we think it's something very special. Today, we're going to take a look at Thermalright's new XP-120 heat sink which we believe will fall under the "special" category. The XP-120 is what Thermalright calls "Heavy-Weight performance in a feather-weight package" which seems to accurately describe this cooler. To give you an idea of how massive this heat sink really is, the XP-120 utilizes a 120mm fan! The XP-120 is an aluminum heat sink with six heatpipes and a nickel plated high purity copper base. The XP-120 was designed for performance but also for quiet cooling. We're going to put the XP-120 up against our Alpha PAL 8150, a heat sink that is sure to put the XP-120 to the test!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Gainward 6800GT 2400/Ultra Golden Sample Review @ Neoseeker
"The layout of the Gainward card itself is based on the Nvidia reference solution. However, the cooling is anything but. Gainward moves in the opposite direction from the Golden Sample 5950 of last year; instead of turning a dual slot solution into a single slot solution, Gainward takes the single slot 6800 GT and turns it into a dual slot beast."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS2 5400 DDR2 Review @ OC-Zone
"DDR2 still leaves me with mixed feelings, on the other hand we can reach high FSB with the memories without being necessary known V-Dimm mods, but for another, high latencies are something that in default DDR that use low latencies are bether. These memories are waiting for the new P4 Extreme Edition with 1066 Fsb, to be able to push them to the limits,the price it's the only thing we have to point."

More information on this review can be found here.
SuperTalent PC3500 CL2 DDR433 Memory Review @ 3DXtreme
"Today 3DXtreme has the great pleasure of reviewing SuperTalent's newest Memory product being introduced at the budget level. It is common when shopping for PC Memory to see brand names like Corsair, Kingston, OCZ and while you are getting a high quality product the price for such offerings can be too much for many folks on a budget, especially for CAS 2 Memory in the PC3500 (DDR433) variety. SuperTalent slides in here with a solution for those who want the speed but won't break the bank. Let's have a look at this Memory and see how well it performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Alphacool Xtreme Pro Set 240 12v Water Cooling Kit Review @ Guru Review
"The NexXxos XP is Alphacool’s flagship waterblock, it is available with fittings for most socket types, the one I have been supplied with has fittings for a Socket A “3 nose” fitting. Like everything else in the kit the pushfit connections are 1/4" parallel threaded connectors with a 10mm push in connection for hosing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Budget Water-Chilling @ Overclockers.com
"Having been watercooling for while, I began to yearn for a little more oomph out of my overclock. I started lurking through phase-change cooling forums looking for ideas. Direct die seemed to get the best results by far, but I don't have the equipment (or skills for that matter) to fill and braze a phase change circuit. So instead I set my sights on what looked like a much simpler task - waterchilling."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Alphacool NexXxoS XP Waterblock Review @ GruntvillE
"The Alphacool NexXxos XP block turned in a very impressive performance and really compares well against the top US designed blocks that I put it up against. The mounting mechanism is also impressive in the sheer simplicity of the design."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Logitech Rumblepad 2 Vibration Feedback Gamepad Review @ 3DXtreme
"Today 3DXtreme is taking a look at the new Rumblepad 2 Vibration Feedback Gamepad. Logitech largely known for it's game controllers, input devices and speakers has been at the top of their class for sometime. The Rumblepad 2 is available in a wireless and as seen here wired configurations. This controller features dual analog sticks along with vibration feedback, 8-way D-pad and 10 programmable buttons. The retail price on this particlur unit is $29.99."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer eXactMat Mousepad Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Mousepads have definitely come a long way since the days of the soft cloth pad. Years ago, as hardcore gaming began to overflow into the mainstream computer markets, few companies were there to cater to our mousing surface needs. In the past couple of years, however, the performance mousepad market has exploded with new comers. In fact, not too long ago, we published a rather extensive round-up of most all the big players in this new market. Unfortunately, the eXactMat wasn't ready yet, so we couldn't include it. Now, we've finally got our hands on one!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Vortex HDCS Review @ Hexus
"In my eyes I believe the Vantec Vortex is the best hard drive cooling solution on the market today. It does a great job and gives peace of mind that your hard drive isn’t going to be overheating and reducing its lifetime."

More information on this review can be found here.
Eumax 9-in-1 USB 2.0 Flash Genie Review @ Viper Lair
"Having a memory card reader can be quite useful. Being able to not only have the reader installed in your computer to cut down on desk clutter as well as take it on the road can be very useful. The Flash Genie is such a product; it is an awesome 9-in-1 card reader as well as a portable device."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zonet ZUB6110 Bluetooth Class 2 USB Dongle Review @ BigBruin
"In the end, I was disappointed to see that a Bluetooth adaptor would not be the answer to my wireless needs. File sharing was just not fast enough, convenient enough, or intuitive enough. I recognize that Bluetooth is not truly intended to be a wireless networking solution, but the manufacturers promote this capability, and before this review I did not know any better personally. Hopefully my experience will guide people in the same situation away from Bluetooth."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"With the Socket 775 Intel processor introducing so many legacy free technologies at once, it's going to be simpler and less costly for consumers to just implement everything at once or not at all and side with AMDs solutions. In this review, PCstats.com is testing out Gigabyte's new Intel Pentium 4 flagship motherboard, the GA-8ANXP-D. Based on the 925X chipset, the Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D supports the new Socket 775 Intel Pentium 4 processor formfactor, and can be run with up to 4GB of DDR-2 memory."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum A64 S939 Review @ Madshrimps
"Is the latest MSI motherboard for Socket 939 capable of delivering blistering fast performance when combined with your expensive CPU? We take a closer look at the Neo2 Platinum edition, and see how much performance increase we get from upping the HTT speed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron K8X800 Pro II Version 2.0 Motherboard Review at 3DXtreme
"The Albatron K8X800 Pro II v2 has working multiplier settings, 1.9 max vcore, 2.9 max DIMM voltage but still lacks working AGP and PCI dividers. The Albatron K8X800 Pro II v2 motherboard is a solid piece of hardware. Bundling so many features it's almost mind numbing. 8 channel onboard sound, Gigabit Lan, IEE1394 round out the features found on higher priced motherboards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech H20-120P Water Cooling Kit & Radbox Review @ Overclockers Online
"Water cooling made easy? It is still an involved setup, but the performance and compact design are really what make products like the H20-120 we focus on in this article stand apart."

More information on this review can be found here.
Water Block Tests Review @ A1-Electronics
"Today we put three water blocks to the test to see which works the best from the recent water cooled heatsink systems we have reviewed, namely the Thermaltake Aquarius III, Thermaltake BigWater and Titan TWC-A04."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin Mutant X Mid-Tower Case Review @ System Cooling
"When most people think of budget cases, plain vanilla with few frills is what usually comes to mind. And if you’re lucky enough to get a power supply included in the package, chances are it’s a 300 watt unit that is not up to the task that most of us will ask of it. Well, Kingwin has provided us with an example of a case that can be had for not a lot of dollars while looking far from bland and also provide adequate power for most users. So let’s get a look at the Mutant X and see exactly what it delivers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Aria mATX Case Review @ HTPCNews
"Antec has always had a decent reputation when it came to PC enclosures and power supplies but lets face it, the Overture had problems. Antec hopes to pull things around with it's next case the Aria. The Aria is a interesting case to say the least as it is meant to be a SFF alternative and a HTPC type case. But where this case is different is that unlike a proprietary SFF PC such as the Shuttle XPC line, the Aria is meant to take a standard mATX system board."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master CM Stacker Case (STC-T01) Video Review
"This case is in a league of its own. The overall design, layout, & build quality is superb. It has plenty of workspace, & with eleven 5.25" bays there are lots of places to install drives or add-on components. Two power supplies can also be installed & the motherboard tray is removable. It also has excellent air circulation."
More information on this video review can be found here.
Cooler Master TAC-T01EK Wave Master Review @ Hexus
"I've been pining after a quality aluminium chassis with a door for my ugly beige opticals, that's aesthetically pleasing to the eye (to my own tastes of course) and that doesn't break the bank. I think the Wave Master fits the bill. If you want something a little different and the plus points of the design and implementation are appealing, pick one up. I'll be replacing the sample with my own as soon as it has to go back, I can't give it a higher recommendation than that."

More information on this review can be found here.

AOpen EZ18-120 SFF System Review

"We've yet to see a perfect SFF system. AOpen does a lot of things right with the EZ18 - it also does a few things, subjectively speaking, wrong. Worth a look, surely."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, September 27, 2004
XTrac Hammer Review @ Creative Mods
"The XTrac Hammer is absolutely massive. It measures 11x17 inches and is approximately the same size as a dinner placemat. If you have a problem with small mouse pads and want to explore another option in the world of mousing, the XTrac Hammer might be for you."

More information on this review can be found here.
BTC 9019 URF Wireless Keyboard Review @ Hi-techreviews
"Wireless keyboards are not something I get to worked up about because they either work or they don't. That changed when I got a chance to review and use the BTC 9019 URF Wireless Keyboard with Dual Mode Joystick Mouse. This keyboard just might be the perfect solution for anyone that has a Home Theater PC. Yes it's a wireless keyboard but it also offers a dual mode joystick as well. The joystick can be switched to operate either as a mouse or a plain gamers joy stick. Now that is nice. Come take a look and I'll bet you will agree."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech MX510 Performance Optical Mouse Review @ The Crucible
"From a gamers point of view, the Logitech MX510 is not only a great benefit, but a required tool. In the extremely competitive world of online computer gaming any edge is a positive one, as long as it doesn't constitute cheating. If you are a serious gamer I would highly recommend taking a look at the MX510. It is fast, light and extremely accurate."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech MX510 Optical Mouse Review @ Core Limits
"The new MX510 Optical Mouse has set a new standard in computer mice looks, feel, and functionality. Logitech has been known for reliability and performance and yet with the MX510, Logitech has once again proven that they are on the top of the industry. What makes this mouse so distinct and unique from other Logitech mice is the 5.8 megapixel per second transfer. This means whether you are scrolling documents or playing some hardcore UT2004 or Doom 3, this mouse will always be on time and precise thanks to its new MX optical engine that also incorporates 800 DPI and can handle 15G's of acceleration. Now with all these new and exciting features, in today's review we will prove that the new mouse certainly promises to be a winner and will have outstanding performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
UV Reactive Ultra 500W X-Connect PSU Review @ HardwareMods
"With the featured ability to only use the power supply connectors that you need, you can now easily clean up those messy wires in your case, while improving airflow. This innovative design is not a new concept, modders have been creating their own modular power supplies for years, but this is the first manufactured modular power supply. With the addition of three acrylic windows and two cooling fans, this power supply also looks cool."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston DataTraveler 2.0 High Speed USB Memory Review @ The Tech Zone
"The Kingston DataTraveler 2.0 offers ultra-high performance, wide application support, data security and Kingston quality. Kingston's DataTraveler 2.0 provides an easy method for fast downloading or transferring digital files while holding more than 700 times the capacity of a floppy disk. And with TravelerSafe, Kingston's custom software, your data can be password protected. The DataTraveler 2.0 works with the vast majority of computers incorporating the USB Hi-Speed interface and delivers fast, easy data transfers whether you are backing up critical information or transporting files between systems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Deluxe Multifunction Panel UC-9AFATR2B Review @ 3DXtreme
"This multifunction panel will fit all uses from the Tech enthusiast to the basic user. The LCD display serves as an outlet of information with alarm and warning sensors. I would highly recommend that anyone looking for a memory card reader or Multifunctional display panel check this product out, you will not be disappointed."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Temjin TJ06 Case @ InsaneTek
"The TJ06' is a full tower. It's the same height as the ever popular Chieftec/Antec full tower cases. There is definitely one noticeable feature though, it looks a lot better. It also has feet at the bottom that swivel out to provide better case stability. The power and reset buttons are aligned down the center for a uniformed look. The front panel is actually a swinging door, which has a lock on the side and opens with the provided keys. The front panel needs to be unlocked in order to install or remove 3.5" and 5.25" drives. Just below the side of the lock are the front accessible ports: USB, firewire, line out, and the microphone jack."

More information on this review can be found here.
Iwill ZMAXap SFF Review @ Tweaktown
"While over at Computex in Taiwan this year we saw Iwill showing off their new line of small form factor PCs that were just about ready to hit the market – it was a bit hard to miss all the hype of the new Iwill small form factor systems with all the Taiwanese folks walking around the halls with the small form factor systems sitting on top of their heads. We have the ZMAX (AP) here today that utilizes Intel’s 865G chipset which we haven’t used for a while now with the array of motherboards coming in utilizing the new 915 and 925 chipset from Intel."

More information on this review can be found here.
Powercolor X300SE Review @ OC-Zone
"The Powercolor X300SE showed along the whole review that has capacities for who intends a low cost graphic card and the minumum performance in order to play anything without high quality of the latest games. Now, for those that like to play and doesn't have many financial resorces, it's worth to bet in a medium graphic card than in a low cost graphic like the one that we have today."

More information on this review can be found here.
A-Top Technology X-Blade ATX Window Case Review @ BigBruin
"I hate to admit it, but when I saw the list of features and the price of $59.90, I had some doubts on the construction and finish qualities. However, as I examined the case I was very pleasantly surprised. The fit and finish of this case far exceeds its price, and is on par with other cases that cost considerably more. Plus, as I am sure you will agree after seeing the pictures that follow, this case just flat out looks cool."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast A400 Ultra TDH Review @ BJorn3D
"If you want the fastest graphics engine for gaming on the planet, you basically have two choices: ATi's Radeon X800 XT or NVIDIA's GeForce 6800 Ultra. Each one has its strengths and weaknesses, and each one can dominate the other depending on the game or benchmark being run at the time. Until now, we had only reviewed one of each of these graphics powerhouses in retail form."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS Extreme EN5900/TVD & AX600XT/HTVD Reviews @ Hexus
"The main problem that I see facing both cards is the technology they're based upon. Benchmark graphs also showed the relative performance of a GeForce 6800 GT 256MB card, which was often double or treble either midrange cards'. Cheaper derivatives of the NV40 design, vanilla GeForce 6800 and 6600 GT, as well as ATI's upcoming RADEON X700 XT, will begin to encroach on PCX5900 and X600 XT pricing territory. These newer cards are fundamentally better in almost every regard, so waiting a couple of months may be the prudent thing to do in the $150 graphics card category."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"The only thing really keep us from getting overly excited is the lack of native SATA, and the inability to run 4 x double sided ram at 400MHz. All the other issues are really minor, and doesn't change the fact that MSI put together a good, solid motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
SuperTalent PC3500 Memory Review @ GruntvillE
"The stock speeds of the SuperTalent RAM were more than acceptable when compared to the Crucial 4000. Scoring right behind the Crucial, the SuperTalent RAM has an excellent score at Stock speeds. Of course, when overclocked, the Crucial 4000 comes out on top. Once again, you can see the benefit that Dual Channel RAM provides. The SuperTalent wallops the single stick of Geil."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K7N2 Delta2 Platinum Athlon XP nForce2 Review @ Madshrimps
"With the latest nVidia chipset for the Athlon XP we get onboard Gigabit, RAID and SATA; we take a closer look at MSI´s implementation of this feature rich chip and see what it has to offer."

More information on this guide can be found here.

OCZ DDR Booster Review

"Want to push your memory voltage way beyond what your motherboard has to offer without the need of a soldering iron? OCZ has just the thing; we take a closer look at their DDR Booster which can increase the vDIMM up to 3.9v! An overclocker´s dream come true?"

More information on this review can be found here.
[H]ardOCP $500 Upgrade Guide @ [H]ardOCP
"Given $500 dollars of your hard earned cash, this guide outlines a method for upgrading your current system to a level just below the top performers. Of course whether or not this guide will be a fit for you obviously depends on your current computer situation. Price to performance ratio was taken into consideration, but rest assured that does not mean that the components are lacking. The components chosen were also selected for their inherent overclocking abilities, so that you are able to squeeze just a bit more performance out of your "budget" system. This system upgrade guide itself is a barebones guide and covers the following components: CPU, motherboard, memory and video card."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Saturday, September 25, 2004
Xtrac Eels & Mad Dotz Mouse Enhancers @ Mikhailtech
"Mad Dotz is a slightly more elaborate approach though at the very basic level no different from the Eels. Instead of having to cut the pieces to size, you get 12 precut portions that'll fit any mouse with room to spare. Of course if you really wanted to size them down, there'd be nothing preventing you from doing so. They're also a lot easier to peel off and the adhesive feels a bit stickier than that of the Eels'. Furthermore, you get a handy isopropyl alcohol pad to clean off your mouse feet before installation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston Expands DataTraveler USB Flash Drive Product Line
For Immediate Release: September 27, 2004 at 8:00 a.m. PST:

Kingston Expands DataTraveler USB Flash Drive Product Line

Fountain Valley, CA -- (September 27, 2004), Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the expansion of its DataTraveler® USB 2.0 product line to better service the varying needs of USB customers. Kingston will add three versions to the product line: DataTraveler II, DataTraveler II Plus and DataTraveler Elite.

"Kingston entered the USB drive market in 2002 and the product has been immensely successful," said Mike Kuppinger, digital media product manager, Kingston. "As the USB standard continues to gain adoption in new market segments, Kingston decided the time was right to launch a trio of DataTravelers with enhanced features and functionality to best fit the needs of a diverse group of users."

DataTraveler II and DataTraveler II Plus For advanced consumers and small to midsize business use, DataTraveler II and DataTraveler II Plus provide high-performance solutions. Performance benefits include Hi-Speed USB 2.0, pre-loaded SecureTraveler security software with private zones and password protection. Both are designed for power-users who need higher capacities and faster data transfer. The DataTraveler II has a data transfer rate of up to 11 MB/sec. read; 7 MB/sec. write speed, while the DataTraveler II Plus is fastest in its class with a data transfer rate of up to 19 MB/sec. read; 13 MB/sec. write
speed.

DataTraveler Elite Designed for premium performance and safeguarding data for IT, corporate and government organizations, DataTraveler Elite features Hi-Speed USB 2.0, advanced security and ease of use utilities including a boot utility. The DataTraveler Elite has a data transfer rate of up to 24 MB/sec. read; 14 MB/sec. write speed, making it one of the fastest USB devices on the market today. DataTraveler Elite has a unique combination of hardware and software-based security that gives unprecedented access control and encrypted data protection. With DataTraveler Elite's TravelerSafe+ software, users can set password access control for a private data storage area that utilizes 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) hardware-based encryption. If lost, this advanced hardware encryption system protects the data against unauthorized access."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Cooler Master Real Power 450W Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product offers excellent power, looks great and has a very quiet 120mm LED fan. Unlike many power supplies this one has two +12 volt rails ensuring there is enough clean, continuous power for just about any application. Power can be monitored via the included analog wattage display which gets installed in an external 3.5" drive bay."

More information on this video review can be found here.
X-Ray Technology Aqua 3 Review @ XYZ Computing
"For those used to the old school feel of a cloth / rubber mouse pad, the Aqua 3 will not disappoint. Its surface texture is much slicker and “tech” feeling than the promotional mouse pads of yesteryear, and X-Ray offers the pad in a variety of sizes and thicknesses. The model to which we were privy is the larger of the bunch in terms of height and width, but has a skinnier depth of only 1.5mm."

More information on this review can be found here.

Ultra Products 4-in-1 MP3 Player Review

"With this player, Ultra is obviously going for the small, portable, solid state part of the market, as opposed to the large, hard drive segment. These two areas have been very much separated since the popularization of digital music players and now there is no crossing over between the two- for example, a person is either looking for a 40gb "portable jukebox" or a 128mb model to use for a jog."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIA's PCI Express Plans for late 2004 @ Hexus
"The K8T890 Pro is everything the normal variant is, but with one extra twist. It support dual PEG16X graphics cards on a pair of PEG16X electrical interfaces, but those interfaces share a full PEG16X lane implementation, giving each graphics card eight dedicated lanes. Four up and four down means 2GB/sec in each direction, concurrently, per graphics board. Think AGP8X in both directions, per card, in the same system. With NVIDIA's nForce4 touting the very same feature, almost in exactly the same way (possibly with some switching fabric between the boards and the PEG16X host on the northbridge), it'll be interesting to see how that all pans out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron Mars PX915G Pro Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"The Albatron Mars PX915G Pro motherboard supports all current Socket 775 Pentium 4 processors, but even though it is based on the Intel i915G chipset, it still uses regular DDR memory. The PX915G Pro can run two pairs of dual channel DDR, instead of the more expensive DDR2 DIMM's. Keep a close eye on the benchmarks a little later to see how the PX915G Pro handles loads without the aide of DDR2, very interesting! Other standard features are an IDE RAID controller, 7.1 channel audio, and twin Gigabit and a 10/100 Mb LAN connections."

More information on this review can be found here.

Asus V9999 Gamer Edition Videocard Review

"Over the next several pages, PCstats.com will be testing the brand new, nVidia-based Asus V9999 Gamer Edition videocard. This baby is a beast, and behind its shinny exterior rests the precious nVidia GeForce 6800 GPU. Like many GeForce 6800's, the Asus V9999 Gamer Edition is equipped with 256MB of DDR3 memory. Oh, I can almost hear those Quake 3 pixels shaking with terror."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin Mutant X Black Case Review @ Overclockers.com
"Both side panels can be easily removed with your fingers. However, the front panel requires removing screws should to be necessary to remove it. Air enters the front through vents in the case's front adequate considering the side fan and rear openings."

More information on this review can be found here.
Athlon 64 Chip Guide (Sempron, Newcastle, Clawhammer) @ Spode's Abode


"Choosing an AMD processor can be very confusing, with varying cores, pin counts and strange PR ratings. With the advent of the new Sempron processor, we felt it would be a good idea to take a look at this subject with a focus on their new budget option."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake VA7000 Shark Aluminum Case Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"Thermaltake has greatly expanded their case line up over the past year with new designs coming out every few months. Their latest chassis, called “The Shark,” shifts away from Thermaltake’s standard design to adopt the basic concepts of often seen in the Chenming/Chieftec case design. The Shark is not another clone of this popular standard but rather it incorporates this as a skeleton to be built around. One major facet of this new design is that the Shark is set up to incorporate water cooled systems with some of its advanced features. Today, we are fortunate enough to have a thorough look at Thermaltake’s latest box to see what’s where and why. As always, let’s begin with the basic specs."

More information on this review can be found here.
MNPCTECH: Pink Floyd's - The Wall Project @ PimpRig
"Pink Floyd is enjoyed by many around the world (I know they are one of my favorites) and The Wall is easily one of the greatest albums of all time. How about a case designed around the images from The Wall by a professional case modder? Bill Owen aka MNPCTECH, has been working on this case and has an impressive amount of work done on it already. Any Floyd fan would love to have this case."

More information on this project can be found here.

Fantazmic2's Fabric Mod How-To

"I got a computer one day that was going to be given to a 2nd grade school teacher and I wanted to do something different to it before I gave it to her. One day while watching While You Were Out and Trading Spaces, I came up with this idea to put school fabric on the outside of the case."

More information on this project can be found here.
Friday, September 24, 2004
OCZ PowerStream 470W Power Supply Unit Review @ 3DXtreme
"Without a doubt the OCZ PowerStream owned the competition. The Antec 550 True Control was tweaked to its maximum allowable adjustable settings and the OCZ PowerStream was tested at its default settings - we never adjusted the Fine Tune adjustments - we never had to! Even though the Antec was rated for 550 Watts, the OCZ PowerStream provided much better power levels even when under immense load."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake PIPE101 3in1 Heat Pipe Cooler Review @ The Crucible
"With all things considered the Thermaltake PIPE101 heat sink is an excellent choice. It is a real heavy weight when it comes to performance, though it also carries a heavyweight price tag. The performance with a low speed fan is a little disappointing, but for those that can handle the noise this puppy can really cool. I was quite impressed with the PIPE101 it is a real top performer, as is to be expected with a heat pipe heatsink."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake POLO12 PSU Review @ TechPowerUp
"Traditionally, power supplies have been sold either as stand-alone or together with cases. Now Thermaltake has put together a kit to silence your PC consisting of PSU, CPU heatsink and 120mm case fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master XDream III CPU Cooler Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"Looking for a sweet little CPU cooler that’ll look great in your pimped out rig? Look no further than the XDream III from Cooler Master. This little unit does a good job keeping a CPU cool, and in addition to lighting up your case, it’ll keep it silent too."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Cordless Desktop MX for Bluetooth Review @ The Tech Zone
"Take Logitech's excellent Cordless MX Duo keyboard & mouse combo, add a Bluetooth hub and you have the Cordless Desktop MX for Bluetooth. Bluetooth offers up to 10 meters of range for secure data transmission and works with devices like mobile phones, printers and PDAs. If you've decided to upgrade to Bluetooth or have Bluetooth enable devices and wish to communicate with these devices on your PC, then you need a Bluetooth hub connected to your home PC. But why add yet another device to your already-crowded desktop? Logitech's Cordless Desktop MX for Bluetooth combines a Bluetooth keyboard, a rechargeable Bluetooth mouse, and a Bluetooth wireless hub - all in one package."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron GeForce PCX5750 Review @ BJorn3D
"PCI Express is a versatile I/O interconnect technology that will eventually completely replace existing PCI technology as well as the current video card interconnect AGP. The key difference between PCI and PCI Express is that 'classic' PCI is a parallel bus architecture; whereas, PCI Express is a point-to-point serial I/O technology. It only takes a few numbers to see the advantage."

More information on this review can be found here.
KingWin Giga Plus USB 2.0 Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"All in all, I am very pleased with the performance of the unit when using it with the USB 2.0 interface. The unit was simple to assemble, uses standard drives and looks very good with the LED's and aluminum construction. It used no drivers, and Windows identified and configured the drive in less than 10 seconds from initial hook-up. I give the KingWin Giga-Plus Hard Drive Enclosure (USB 2.0 version) high marks for functionality, appearance and ease-of-use."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI NX6800 Ultra Review @ OC-Zone
"This first NV40 card reviewed in our site showed good performance, and in some tests showed massive gains against the FX5950U in heavy shader aplication. Although we detected some problems regarding the anisotropic filtering in games like UT2003 and Painkiller, where the texture floor shimers even with the optimization disabled and with the latest drivers used, and you can see those problems in our videos."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8TRS350MT Radeon 9100 IGP PRO Review @ PCStats
"Gigabyte introduced a micro ATX motherboard featuring this ATI chipset, and called it the GA-8TRS300M. It was one of the few companies that actually produced a Radeon 9100 IGP motherboard in fact. And now Gigabyte is releasing the GA-8TRS3500MT, a micro ATX motherboard touted as an ideal solution for system integrators, and packed with video features more common for a videocard. The Gigabyte GA-8TRS350MT is based around ATI's new RS350 core logic, which the company insists is better than equivalent integrated graphics solutions from Intel."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL PC-3200 Platinum Rev.2 Review @ PCUnleash
"From DDR400 to DDR530, OCZ’s EL rev2 pc3200 displayed consistent speeds, which is astounding for memory that claims to be a humble DDR400. In other words, the ram is truly a Jack of all trades. With a superior overclocking rate, OCZ’s EL PC-3200 has truly impressed me. It is not often that you’ll see a ram that can run at Cas2, 3-3-5, moreover at high frequencies such as PC4400."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Factory Tour @ Bit-Tech
"On our recent visit to San Francisco for IDF, we took the opportunity to go and see the guys at Corsair Memory for a tour around their facility in Fremont, CA. We thought it might be interesting for you guys if we snapped the place that actually makes all the RAM that goes in your machines, and take you around a little tour of how your RAM modules come into being!"

More information on this article can be found here.
Gigabyte Radeon X800 Pro Review @ HardwareZoom
"Good news for Small Form factor owners, these cards are rather cool during their operations and the heatsink fan occupy only a single slot unlike the GeForce 6800Ultra that take up two slots. Since the fan speed varies according to the temperature of the core, most of the time the fan was spinning at low rpm. Although the fan is huge, it is still less noisy than the blower fan found in GeForce 6800Ultra. This fan will also light up in blue during operation, a visual treat for casing with windows."

More information on this review can be found here.
PQI PC3200 1024DBU RAM Review @ GruntvillE
"The PQI3200-1024DPU is a matched pair dual channel 512MB DDR 400MHz PC3200 TURBO module. Capable of achieving ultra low latency 2-2-2-5, PQI3200-1024DPU optimizes overall system performance with superior stability. Efficient heat dissipation via elegant high quality Platinum Copper heat spreader extends the life expectancy of the module. Applying the advanced ICs sorting cutting edge technology, PQI - TURBO series utilizes only excellent quality ICs that are capable of reaching highest possible frequency."

More information on this review can be found here.
New MCRES-525 Reservoir Released @ Swiftech
"The patent pending MCRES-525(tm)is a reservoir designed to fit into 5 1/4" drive bays. The product is molded from high-density polyethylene for long term durability, and was specially designed to operate efficiently with high pressure, high-flow pumps. "The introduction of this product signals the imminent update of all Swiftech cooling kits to this user friendly filling system", said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech's Chairman & CTA."

More information on this new product can be found here.
Chenbro Xpider II Gaming Case Review @ System Cooling
"Chenbro has been making cases for a long time, ranging from slim desktop cases to advanced server cases to premodded gaming cases. The case we're looking at today, the Chenbro Xpider II, is the second generation of the Xpider case that was very well received by gamers. This version benefits from a handful of strategic design changes as well as some cosmetic updates, all of which seem destined to make the Xpider II an even better and more popular case than the original."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone LC-02 Case Review @ TechFreaks
"The thought of fitting an ATX motherboard into one of the smaller HTPC cases seems like a great idea, but is more of a pipe-dream than a reality. The overall design of the case is great, there were few installation problems, the power-supply looks like a keeper and the size is perfect. There is just one problem that one can't shrug-off and that is the cooling situation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Bluetake Hi-PHONO Audio Station Kit Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"The transceiver and receiver can be up to 50 meters apart, and with the help of the amplifier, there should only be less than 3 hundredths of a percent distortion (Distortion (THD+N): 0.03% @ 1KHz RL: 4Ohm Po: 7W). What this means is that the sound that you hear from those back speakers should be crystal clear. And if you think this little amp can’t handle what you’re planning on throwing at it, read the specs again (Signal to Noise Ratio: 100dB @Power Supply: 12V DC Input Sensitivity 1.0V RL:4Ohm). That’s right… 100dB. Go ahead and crank the tunes. This little box will be able to handle it."

More information on this review can be found here.
SanDisk Cruzer Mini and Water Filled Optical Mouse Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"One of these items will turn heads and the other will give you the ability to transfer files between computers. Now can you guess which one is which? Today we are doing a tag team review featuring a "Water-Filled" Optical Mouse; yes a fish is included with the mouse. Along with that little conversation piece we are taking a peak at the SanDisk Mini-Cruzer. So come on along and check them out and leave your fishing pole at home."

More information on this review can be found here.
Altec Lansing's AHS602 Gaming Headphones Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Altec Lansing AHS602 Gaming Headset offers loud, clear audio from any audio source due to high quality 40mm neodymium drivers. While they are 2 channel, they feature Surround Sound 3D Audio Technology which adds depth to audio. Combine this with a quality mic and it satisfies. Need a well designed, built, and priced headset that performs?"

More information on this video review can be found here.
200GB Seagate External USB2.0 Drive Combo Review @ Mikhailtech
"The front of the case has ventilation holes for the dual fans behind. In the middle is a star shaped cutout for a tri-color LED. The back has a power switch, two FireWire ports, a USB2.0 port, and a power connector which resembles PS/2 plugs. Both 5V and 12V lines are necessary to power the HDD, the fans, and the circuitry. The case is comprised of an outer shell and an inner tray; they're held together by a pair of rather small screws. Once removed the inner tray slides out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Global WIN Leleel 450 SAF Power Supply Review @ System Cooling
"Global WIN has introduced a new line of power supplies and they sent us one of their SAF Leleel 450 units to review. SAF stands for: Super Silent, Active PFC, and Fan Control. The Leleel 450 incorporates a micro control chip to achieve an optimum balance between cooling and noise reduction. The new Global WIN power supply arrived sporting a black titanium coating, tinted windows and a two unique LED displays to indicate power supply load and temperature status."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X700 Pro 256-MB Review @ Sharky Extreme
"The Radeon X700 line of cards is built on the RV410, which is a 0.11-micron core, and has all the basic core features and technologies as the higher-end Radeon X800-based products. Naturally, the Radeon X700's design is not as powerful as the X800 Pro (12 pipelines) or X800 XT (16 pipelines), but it does feature a healthy 8 pixel pipelines and 6 vertex pipelines. The Radeon X700 feature list is also current, and includes SmoothVision HD, VideoShader HD and HyperZ HD. The cards are also fully DirectX 9 compliant, and the SmartShader HD ensures full Vertex Shader and Extended Pixel Shader support."

More information on this review can be found here.
Power Color 9800 Platinum Edition Radeon 9800 Pro Review @ Tweaktown
"After doing a little digging, we quickly discovered that the 9800 Platinum Edition is nothing more than a Radeon 9800 Pro GPU which is cut-down a little to help reduce the retail price for consumers. The 9800 Platinum Edition only uses a 128-bit memory bus compared to the 256-bit on the “true” 9800 Pro and the memory speed is a little slower on the Platinum Edition by around 40MHz (80MHz DDR) which gives the “true” 9800 Pro the ability to push about 2GB more bandwidth per second."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum Review @ Viper Lair
"The Socket-939 is a step in the right direction for AMD, and the MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum would make a fine choice if that is the path you're looking to take. Whether the FX or non-FX version of the Athlon 64 is your cup of tea, this motherboard can swing both ways."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 5 & ATI Silencer 4 Review @ The Crucible
"The Arctic Cooling NV5 and ATI4 Silencers provide excellent cooling, low noise and a decent price. Not to mention the added head room for overclocking. I would say that Arctic Cooling has a real winner with their new Silencer line."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire CoolForce VGA Cooling Kit Review @ OCIA
"First, apply some of the grease to a surface that can be cleaned or disposed of. (NOTE: don't squirt thermal compounds directly onto a chip surface, as you will usually get about 5 times more than you need on it.) Then, take a credit card or single-edged razor blade, and apply a small amount of compound to the surface of the chip, about the size of half of a grain of rice will be plenty. Wipe the credit card clean, and carefully smooth the grease out to a level, opaque layer completely covering the surface of the chip."

More information on this review can be found here.
Fitting a 120cm Radiator into a Computer Case @ A1-Electronics
"We hope you now have the confidence to modify your own computer case with these or similar radiators & fans for your water cooled heatsink system. We have kept to these radiators & fans because the Thermaltake BigWater can be purchased separately and the 80mm radiator we used at the top can be bought easily and we have been using them in our tests where they worked very well with the 12 volt, 1/4 inch tubing systems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Innovatek XX Flow Review @ Nexus Hardware
"Today we have the first review in quite some time. Months ago High Speed PC sent out a waterblock for us to test, and today, we will finally do so. The Innovatek XX Flow waterblock is simplistic design with a lot to live up to. Many moons ago we were (and still are) impressed by the InnovaCOOL Rev. 3 waterblock. Lets see how the XX Flow fairs!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Cleaning Copper Waterblocks Guide @ OCModshop
"In this article we will be performing a routine cleaning on a set of Danger Den waterblocks: Z-Chip and GeForce4 Blocks. These blocks have been used for 12 months in a closed loop system. The radiator was a Black Ice Extreme Copper Radiator and the coolant was Distilled water with 1oz Water Wetter additive."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
SteelPad S&S Mousing Surface Review @ GruntvillE
"The S&S pad itself is definitely on the large side measuring Length 320mm Width 270mm, but it's also incredibly thin. It measures just 2mm tall. One of the first things you'll notice when picking it up is the rather odd feeling pad backing. It is not rubber feet or foam rubber but rather a motley applied rubber type finish that reminds me of the spray on Rhino truck bed liners. It looks almost splatter painted but once you feel it, the sticking effectiveness is easily understood."

More information on this review can be found here.
Harmony SST-659 Remote Control Review @ Designtechnica
"The Harmony Remote SST-659 is very easy to use. If you just want to watch television, simply press the ‘Watch TV’ button. It turns on the television, satellite box, and A/V receiver. If you have a favorite channel, you can also program it in during initial set-up. You can watch a TV show, change channels, and adjust the volume up or down without having do anything else. If you’re watching HBO, for example, and its being broadcast in Dolby Digital 5.1, simply hit the “Device’ button and press the corresponding key for ‘Receiver.’ It then lists several functions within the LCD display. You simply press the key for ‘Surround,’
and you’re done. "

More information on this review can be found here.
Altec Lansing VS3151 Review @ DreamWare Computers
"When purchasing home entertainment gear, like anything else, you get what you pay for. When looking at the Altec Lansing VS3151 set of speakers there may be a small exception in that saying. The 5.1 set of speakers retails for $99US, but as you'll see in this review, sometimes there can be exceptions made in "you get what you pay for"!

More information on this review can be found here.
Reminder: SilverStone Temjin TJ06 Mid-Tower Giveaway @ System Cooling

"Here we are with another giveaway. This time we're teaming up with the good people at SilverStone Technology to giveaway the SilverStone Temjin TJ06 Mid-Tower computer case. Like our previous giveaway, we're going to make you work for it. But instead of answering 10 questions you'll only need to answer 5. The contest will run until Sept. 27th, 2004 and is open to those living on the planet Earth. So, head on over to our forums, there you'll find the five simple questions."

More information on this contest can be found here.
VisionTek Xtreme2 GO DRIVE Review @ The Tech Zone
"While not as big as the 2 GB Swissbit TwistPRO drive reviewed last week, the GO DRIVE carries one advantage over the TwistPRO; you can buy two 1GB GO DRIVE for less than the cost of one 2GB TwistPRO. To help get the VisionTek Go DRIVE off to a good start in the tight flash drive market VisionTek is offering the GO DRIVE for just $99.00 after a $30.00 mail-in rebate."

More information on this review can be found here.

Asus WL-330g Pocket Wireless Access Point Review

"What really sets the WL-330g apart from other wireless access point is its size. This thing is really small - about a quarter the size of a standard router - so you can carry it in your pocket, suitcase or laptop bag without it weighing you down. Yet it's fast enough to keep up with any standard 802.11G router so you won't have to lower your performance standard in the pursuit of portability."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI's Radeon X700 XT Pro Review @ Hexus
"Vertex shader performance is class-leading, on-chip video decode is class-leading, pixel shader performance is very strong, and apart from a few hiccoughs with a couple of tests, overall performance was very strong. In our mix of mainly theoretical tests, it doesn't oust the 6600 GT in terms of overall performance, but neither does it yeild. ATI fixed the X700 XT's clocks at the very last minute, and it shows. Also, ATI once again feed a GPU with just the right amount of bandwidth (you need to scale both core and memory together for meaningful performance jumps), judging things very well."

More information on this review can be found here.

ATI's Radeon X700 XT Pro Review @ Neoseeker

"Dark and early here on the west coast we take a look at ATI's next mainstream part in the X700 Pro today at Neoseeker. Based off the RV410 core, a derivative of the R420, ATI packs 8 pipelines onto the X700 series. Take a look at how it compares to Nvidia's highly regarded 6600GT and the 6600."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Excalibur X600XT Limited Edition PCI Express Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"HIS's X600XT proved to be an excellent choice if you looking at a more affordable PCI-E videocard option, but still want an excellent card with some excellent features. In this case, the software bundle was second to none and the additional perks like the ramsinks and large VPU cooler will allow the buyer to squeeze a little more free performance out of this videocard for the dollar. This card is all about the extra value for your hard earned dollar."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS 9550 128MB VIVO Edition Video Card Review @ Tech-Mods
"The Video card, every computer has to have some sort of visual processor of some kind. Whether it a rock solid gaming tool or a mild mannered graphic aid. These days there are many video cards to choose from. If it be a cost factor or an options factor either way something is available for everyone. Today we are going to take a look at a budget priced GFX card that is aimed at the video in and out features one would need to capture their latest video creations; The H.I.S. 9550 128mb VIVO Edition Video Card."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec SATA EZ Swap Review @ Think Computers
"Today's computer market is becoming more and more focused on a system that is flexible and modular. Multifunction drives, hot swappable ports, fan controllers, LCD's, customizable power supplies and more all contribute to systems that can grow with a user. One feature that has been ever present in the server market that has slowly permeated the consumer levels is the removable hard drive. This was a neat feature several years ago, though mostly useless. The removable hard drive trays of yore were cheap, beige, ugly, and thanks to IDE, not hot swappable. Now, the advent of SATA has breathed new life into the removable hard drive market, allowing drives to be changed on the fly. It is this feature that Vantec's new product, the EZ Swap, takes advantage of."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AA8 DuraMAX Motherboard Review @ Bjorn3D
"ABIT is probably not a name that many of you are unfamiliar with. Always innovating and striving for top performance, ABIT has been an industry leader for over 15 years. When you think about the top enthusiast-oriented motherboard and video card manufacturers, ABIT will definitely make the list. The company produces many of the best performing products on the market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus K8N-E Deluxe nForce 3 250GB Motherboard Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"Based on the benchmark scores above, we conclude that Asus A8N-E Deluxe is on par with MSI K8N-Neo Platinum in office works and Asus is slightly slower in games. It is safe to say that Asus A8N-ED is as fast as the MSI K8N-NeoP when benchmark margin of errors are taken into consideration. However, Asus did not fare so good in terms of overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.
AngelEye Fill/Bleed Reservoir Review @ ModdersHQ
"Today we have a spiffy looking reservoir from AngelEye. If you are new to the watercooling scene, or are looking to upgrade that outdated T fitting, check it out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan TWC-A04 7.5 Volt Water Pump Mod @ A1-Electronics
"We think our graph ABOVE shows it all. Increasing the Titan TWC-A04 water pump voltage to about 7.5 volts gives a substantial increase in cooling performance such that it is now in-line with the other water cooled heatsink systems tested here."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
LiteON SOHW-1633S Review @ Overclockers Online
"When we last looked at a LiteON drive, the LiteON SOHW 1213S, we found it to be an impressive offering for performance and value. With up to 12x +R burning speeds it was LiteON's fastest DVD burner available. Today we have something faster from LiteON that goes further and adds dual-layer support. The LiteON SOHW-1633S is the topic of today's review. The drive looks very promising given who manufactures it, the features it boasts, and of great importance: it's price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Maxtill MousePad-G Review @ XYZ Computing
"Aside from simply making pads Maxtill sets themselves apart from the competition by printing company logo's on their pads. This is a sweet feature that helps to personalize things a bit and may be able to give Maxtill a one-up on the competition."

More information on this review can be found here.
Microsoft S+arck Mouse Review @ TechFreaks
"Computer mice have become more advanced over the years, transforming from the simple corded two-button balled mouse to a behemoth featuring no wires, twenty optical lasers, and an assortment of buttons that no one will ever amount to use them all. Each new advancement brings a new technology, new features, and, most importantly, new (and strategically placed) buttons. With the newest addition out of Redmond, it appears Microsoft has taken a step back to create a simple yet appealing mouse for the common user. Teaming up with world renowned designer, Philippe Starck, Microsoft has created a mouse with appearance the top priority."

More information on this review can be found here.
Pioneer DVR-108 16x Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Drive Review @ 3DXtreme
""The DVR-108 is capable of writing at speeds up to 16x maximum on DVD-R and +R discs that are designed for this recording speed, as well as specified 8x media. With 16x
media not yet available, Pioneer's DVR-108 is allowing customers to write on currently available 8x media at faster speeds by capitalizing on Pioneer's over specification technology, a writing strategy designed to allow the DVR-108 to record at higher speeds with certain media. The double-layer technology extends data storage capacity on DVD recordable discs from 4.7 gigabytes to 8.5 gigabytes. The new drive is also dual format, which support DVD-R and DVD-RW disc formats as well as the +R and +RW formats to eliminate consumer confusion."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC3200 Platinum Revision 2 Review @ hardCOREware
"Today we're reviewing OCZ's latest entry to their upper middle-range "Platinum" line of DDR products. This is actually the second revision of their EL PC3200 product. They managed to get the timings about as low as possible - 2-2-2-6. Wow. So you know you have the lowest timings available with these, but what about overclocking? Well if you plan on OCing, you're going to have to bump the timings up a bit. But once you do, you'd be amazed at the headroom you have with this memory!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston Launches 2GB and 4GB CompactFlash Cards
"For Release 8:00 a.m. PST, September 20, 2004:

Kingston Introduces Two and Four Gigabyte CompactFlash Cards

CompactFlash Product Line Expands to Provide Faster, Higher Capacity Media Storage for Advanced Amateur and Professional Photographers.

Fountain Valley, CA September 20, 2004, -- Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the world's leading independent memory manufacturer, today announced the immediate availability of 2GB and 4GB CompactFlash Elite Pro cards featuring the latest in high-density Flash components to optimize performance and storage capabilities.

As technological advancements produce more sophisticated digital devices, demand for higher-performing CompactFlash is continuing to grow. "Expanding our Elite Pro line to include the 2GB and 4GB CompactFlash Elite Pro cards is essential to support imaging professionals with the best digital storage for their high-end cameras and devices," said Mike Kuppinger, digital media product manager, Kingston.

The new 2GB and 4GB CompactFlash Elite Pro cards provide a low-price-per-megabyte solution of reliable, high-speed media. With ultra-fast transfer rates, users will enjoy more efficient workflow than ever before. The 2GB cards work in virtually any digital device. The new
2GB CF cards work in just about any digital device but advancements in technology may prevent some cameras, MP3 players, PDAs or other digital devices from fully utilizing the 4GB CF cards.

The new 2GB and 4GB CF cards enhance performance of power-hungry imaging applications used by both advanced amateur and professional photographers. When used in conjunction with matching high-performance digital devices, Kingston's CF Elite Pro cards provide ultra-fast transfer times with read speeds up to 10 MB/sec. and write speeds up to 8 MB/sec."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Foxconn 915M07-G-8EKRS Motherboard Review @ MBReview
"Foxconn has a solid i915G offering with the 915M07-G-8EKRS. The board comes with a an okay product package, though I was hoping for a little more to be included given that the board comes with IEEE1394 and USB 2.0 headers built-in. The major point where this board suffers is when it comes to overclocking. Granted, this board is more suited for a simple use PC, or perhaps a HTPC given the mATX form factor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus A8V revision 2.0: Exploring Max HTT Adventure @ Madshrimps
"The purpose of this article is to explore the limits of the Hyper transport bus (HTT) on this retail board. The HTT is the speed at which the cpu communicates with the motherboard, while different than a traditional Front Side Bus (FSB) that many of use as a common term, a higher HTT speed will increase overall performance much the same way and is the reason that people have sought to overclock their P3/P4, Athlon, and Athlon XP CPUs by raising their FSB to highest max stable."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sleeth 1 Waterblock Review @ Overclockers.com
The Sleeth features a mounting system which concentrates all force on the center of the CPU - much preferred to other mounting schemes. Note also that it ships with two sets of fittings for 8mm and 10mm tubing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Project Synapse @ Bit-Tech
"When VIA approached us to enquire about having a custom modbox made, we were delighted to oblige. VIA gave us a budget and a timescale, and we delivered a custom bit-tech box to them in time for their appearance at the ECTS trade show this year. As some of you will know, we are no strangers to custom boxes commissioned for companies - our Project 3GClear box for Intel was a great success, as were the Take 2 Vietcong cases, and we hoped we could follow up those with another cool rig for VIA."

More information on this project can be found here.
Logisys Phantom Case Reviewed @ Hi-Techreviews
"If you saw the musical Phantom of Opera you know that the Phantom tried to stay hidden because of an injury to his face, with the Phantom case from Logisys Computers about the last thing you will want to do is keep it hidden. With its stylish good looks and engraved window and 485 watt PSU, this is a case that will be placed on your desktop for you use and other to admire."

More information on this review can be found here.
PolarFLO TT Series 2 Port Waterblock Review @ PimpRig
"The PolarFLO TT Series waterblock is designed for performance, but aesthetics are also kept in mind. The TT Series is offered in Red, like the one I received, and is also flavored Blue, Black, or Chrome; you just need to pick the color that best fits in with your case theme. The mounting method is ingenious in that there is no need to switch out the mounting plate for newer boards. The block "will fit on Intel socket 478, 603, and 604 boardsand AMD socket 754, 939, and 940 boards without having to change the mounting plate."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, September 20, 2004
Creative Gigaworks S750 7.1 Speakers & Audigy 2 ZS Review @ Spode's Abode
"For many people, the computer is not just an academic resource, it's a complete entertainment solution. Gaming, DVD's, TV, Radio, Internet - the PC is a multifunctional platform that can do anything. When stuck to a fairly low budget, a cheap hi-fi system will give you quite poor sound quality as most of the money goes into the main unit rather than the speakers themselves. When a PC can do everything a cheap hi-fi can do and more, money would more wisely spent on a superior set of computer speakers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Z-2200 Speaker Review @ The Tech Zone

"Take Logitech's award winning top of the line Z-680 5.1 speakers, remove the center speaker, rears speakers, surround sound break-out box and you will have the Logitech Z-2200. Logitech markets the Z-2200 as a THX certified speaker system which sounds great for people who doesn't understand what THX is all about. Those who do know what THX is about will know that having a THX stamp doesn't mean much anymore. This doesn't mean the Z-2200 sound bad or don't perform well. On the contrary, these are among the best multi-media speakers I have ever had the pleasure of listening to."

More information on this review can be found here.
Make your CD/DVD burner go from Internal to External @ Bonafied Reviews
"There are few options for portable DVD burners. Most cost quite a bit more than similar internal versions. One of the available options is to make an internal DVD external by putting it into an enclosure. This option is not a well-known one, and because of that, not many people are willing to spend the money to see if it actually works. This guide is to help out in setting up an enclosure and drive so that the mystery and uncertainty is dispelled."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Seasonic Power Angel Power Monitor Tester Review @ PimpRig
"So, what exactly IS a Power Monitor Tester? Quite simply, it's a multi-meter designed specifically to monitor and measure electricity usage in atypical 120V electrical/electronic appliances. In other words, Seasonic's words to be exact, "Identify power-wasting appliances. Forecast electrical expenses."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax UC-A3FATR2 3.5" Multifunction Panel Review @ BigBruin
"Fan controllers have nearly become a necessity for computer enthusiasts interested in getting the most out of their systems, while also maintaining a tolerable level of noise. We've looked at enough fan controllers here at BigBruin.Com to know they come in all shapes and sizes, but to me, smaller is definitely better. Enermax offers a product, the UC-A3FATR2 3.5" Multifunction Panel, that appeals to my desire to keep my 5.25" drive bays open for use with drives."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright NB-1C Review @ Steamed Turtle
"Back in march, I had the honour of being amongst the first to review the then-latest fanctastic addition to the Thermalright line up. The NB-1 impressed immensely, my only qualm being that it didn't match the SP-97 for pure-copper-sexiness. Thermalright are good at taking on board the findings of we journalistic types, and it is with pleasure that I introduce to you, the valued readers, the Thermalright NB-1C. Machined from a single copper block, the NB-1C is 100% solid copper. Your northbridge doesn't get much happier than this. Lets see how this baby performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra UV Fans and CCFLs Review @ Viper Lair
"Ultra Products' UV line is in line with the competitions when it comes to quality and UV reactiveness. Everything is brightly lit once the UV lights are turned on. Ultimately, it's going to come down to price and availability, not to mention if UV-based products is something you desire."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Modding Supplies Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"So you have a sweet case with a nice window, some cathodes, and sleeved power supply cables, what’s missing? Rounded IDE and Floppy cables and LED fans, of course! ome along with me as I sample some of Cooler Master’s line."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron PX915G Pro Review @ OC-Zone
"By the experience that I had with this motherboard I have to detach the price, the performance and the stability. Usually the chepest products are not the best but if we have in account that this motherboard has the lattest technologies like PCI-Express x16 and x1, Intel High Definition Audio, GMA 900, Sata and more the price of $130? is a great advantage for the Albatron PX915G Pro."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI ALL-IN-WONDER 9800 PRO Review @ Tech-Mods
"When it comes to options the top end of the multimedia video card from ATI has you covered. The ability to watch, record, freeze, edit live television along with slapping in your favorite DirectX9+ games is a snap. No frame rates will be compromised here, just shear power and visual quality. Today we will be looking at the ALL-IN-WONDER 9800 PRO; a video card of video cards when it comes to combining gaming capabilities and multimedia preferences."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Temjin TJ01 ATX Case Review @ LAN Addict
"The front Bezel is the main feature of this case; it's clearly the most stunning portion of this case. In fact it's the only portion that makes this case different from the standard array of steel cases."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor Radeon 9800 Platinum Edition Review @ Bjorn3D
"Today we are looking at the PowerColor RADEON 9800 Platinum Edition. For those that don't know, Tul owns the PowerColor brand and is the third largest provider of ATI-based graphic cards. The company makes very competitive products that are known all over the world. Although the RADEON 9800 has been around for some time now, this card is something totally different and I do mean it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerocool JetMaster Jr. ATX Mid-Tower Case Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"The most distinctive feature of the JetMaster Jr. is the "Jet Engine" look on the front of the case, a 120mm fan w/blue LEDs is mounted directly behind the intake to give it effect and also cool the system. The large acrylic side window allows for a clear view of the inside of the case, and it has an 80mm fan mounted (w/blue LEDs) in it for extra cooling. Overall, the case is solid steel construction with lots of cooling potential."

More information on this review can be found here.
Casedge 3GTS-01 Mid-Tower Case Review @ Tech-Mods
"As of late we have had some pretty extraordinary looking computer cases popping up for all to enjoy, from the extreme to the ultra extreme. Today we are going to look at a budget priced mid tower case that is a little on the calm side yet having all the form and function of the hardcore cases available. The Casedge 3GTS-01 Mid-Tower Case with the only thing budget about it is the price."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolerMaster Praetorian Case Review @ OCIA
"The first thing that caught my eye here was the rear 80mm fan; particularly the fan grill, or better yet, lack thereof. I am a big fan of free-flowing air (no Pun intended), and CoolerMaster's choice to not include a rear fan grill on the frame of the case was definitely a good one. Instead, the case fan grill is a simple wire grill, which can be removed should you be inclined to do so. Also, notice that the power supply bracket is removable. This bracket attaches directly to your power supply, which is then slid into the case from the backside and fits nicely into its own "holding station". More on this later. The final thing that stands out with the rear of the case are the thumb screws used to hold the case panels on. These screws are also used to secure the removable motherboard tray."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, September 18, 2004
CoolJag JVC682A Heatsink Review @ OCIA
"The fins on the JVC682A are slightly taller than that of the OEM cooler, but not quite as consistent in spacing. Of course, this has a lot to do with the JVC682A being manufactured with a skiving technique, and the OEM fins being affixed to the base separately. Skiving ensures the best possible conduction of heat."

More information on this review can be found here.

Blackfire 4 UV-LED Lighted Fans and Backy Review

"I found the Backy to be an interesting device. The device installs into an unused expansion slot on the backside of your computer. Its function is to give easy access to 4 pin Molex and 3 pin power connectors, without having to remove your side panel."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Rocket SE Cooler Review @ Short-Media
"Gigabyte's 3D Rocket-SE heatsink is the stripped down version of the impressive 3D Rocket Pro that previously blew us away. The Gigabyte 3D Rocket SE heatsink is for those who want efficiently quiet operation. It's impressive to see bolted onto the side of a motherboard but it would be more for those who don't have window kits in the side of the PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech H20-120 Series Water Cooling Kit Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Swiftech H20-120 Series Water Cooling Kit is a basic kit which includes one CPU Waterblock & a Radiator. However, additional waterblocks & even an extra radiator can be added. The pump in this kit is an industrial model so it has more than enough power to push liquid though the system. The overall build & performance on this kit is excellent."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Asus Crux P4 XB7N Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"Up until this point, Asus had not sold heatsinks under its brand name, and was known primarily as a videocard and motherboard manufacturer. The Crux P4 is the first Asus heatsink to be tested by FrostyTech, and thanks to its thermally controlled fan, is also one of the quietest ones for its class. Our digital sound meter measured its lower end noise output at a meager 38.5 dBA, excellent compared to most Pentium 4 coolers. When temperatures rise, expect sound levels to follow suit through to 52.9 dBA."

More information on this review can be found here.

Evercool SCPA Fan Controller and ECS Review

"Given the upsurge in LAN gaming events where we all like to show off our PC's like miniature hot-rods, it's not uncommon for the once utilitarian fan controller to be sporting a billion blinking LEDs of every imaginable colour. The Evercool SCP-A falls into that category with three dials surrounded by a changing colour fixture. As the RPM on the attached fan increases, the colour changes from blue to purple to pink (fastest). A red light indicates an error with the fan in question, and an alarm also wails away."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec EZ Swap Removable HD Rack Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Moving a hard drive from one computer to another has never been a easy task and with more and more people using SATA drives the task of drive swapping becomes even more daunting. Well that is until Vantec came along and introduced the EZ Swap. Now you have the ability to hot swap your SATA drive, secure it under lock-and-key and monitor the activity and temperature of your drive all with a single device. So come along as we check out this new toy from Vantec."

More information on this review can be found here.

MicroCool NorthPole NB Cooler Review

"One doesn't often think of a heatsinks as something that can add a touch of class to your computer system that is until you take good long look at MicroCool's NorthPole NorthBridge Cooler and companion ChipSink heatsinks. When these two items are added to your system they not only will increase the performance by cooling things far better than you ever thought possible, but they also add a very nice look to any system they are added to. So come on along as we find out just how much of a difference temperature wise the NorthPole cooler can make."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC3500EB Platinum DDR Memory Review @ PCStats
"OCZ's recently released PC3500EB Platinum Dual Channel Memory kit consists of two 512MB sticks, and comes from the familiar family of OCZ's Enhanced Bandwidth line of memory products. The timings of these two 512MB PC3500EB Platinum DIMM's are not the tightest we've ever tested, but they're much better than the average for PC3500 DDR. Each stick is rated to run at 217 MHz with memory timings of 2.5-3-2-8 on AMD systems, and 2.5-3-2-6 on Intel rigs with a supply of 2.8V."

More information on this review can be found here.
PQI Turbo 1GB Ultra Low Latency PC3200 Review @ System Cooling
"Recently, some high performance memory manufacturers have revisited good old DDR400 memory, and spruced it up for use with even today's fastest systems. The memory we're looking at today, PQI's Turbo 1GB Ultra Low Latency PC3200, is a perfect example of this trend. It is still DDR400 memory, but it's designed to operate with very tight timings, which helps it gain back some of what it loses in sheer speed when compared to faster offerings. Then again, maybe it doesn't lose much after all because, as you'll soon see, this memory has some looooong legs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Samurai Gaming Case Review @ Hexaplague-Hardware
"Today ladies and gents we will be looking at Sunbeams latest case offering the 'Samurai' Gaming Case, in particular the rather sporty red version you can see to the left. If red is not your colour then you're in luck as Sunbeam has been kind enough to produce the Samurai in silver and black aswell. No matter what colour you choose they all have the distictive 'samurai' front panel styling and 'HAL' type lighted jewel clearly visible on the front."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Cavalier 3 Review @ BurnOutPC
"Aluminum cases have been a favorite of many modders these days. Back in the old days you were king if you actually had a lian li casing. You paid hard cash for such a case, over 200 dollars for just a case. I always wanted one but over time more and more people started buying those cases and you weren't special anymore. Anyway to get back to the review, Lian li, Chenming and companies like Coolermaster have really started to bring out kickass cases since they started years ago. Steel cases with looks of expensive aluminum cases are in these days and Coolermaster has just recently launched their Cavalier 3 case, let's take a peak shall we?"

More information on this review can be found here.
The Gramaphone-ITX-HD Project @ Mini-ITX
"Tony Greenberg wanted to build the classiest system in all of HTPC Land. He was looking around the room to draw inspiration from his decor when it hit him. His case was already there - on top of his stereo rack, was an antique Gramophone beckoning to be restored and upgraded."

More information on this project can be found here.
The Virtual Window Project @ Hoagy.org
"What if only your imagination limited what you could see outside your windows? Flat panel technology is quickly becoming bigger, better, and more affordable, which will allow for all sorts of fun ways to transport your domicileto wherever tickles your fancy. This is my modest attempt to view something more interesting than my neighbors."

More information on this project can be found here.
Miniature Car PC MOD @ PCunleash
"Making a component, or your entire PC, into a miniature car may not be a new concept. However, what makes this mod you are about to see truly extraordinary is that it was made by a novice modder, and he claims it was his first attempt at modding. Despite the wretched fellow’s lack of experience, the quality of the mod is exceptional and it has the kind of eye-catching features that are definitely worth taking a look at."

More information on this project can be found here.
Friday, September 17, 2004
Steelpad S&S Review @ Steamed Turtle
"If you are a gamer, you know that a good mouse pad is part of successful gaming. Ever since the introduction of optical mice, gamers around the world have been seeking depthless and smooth surfaces. The mouse pad sector has grown big, as you can obviously see if you've been following our reviews lately. In games, mostly in First Person Shooters, a high quality mouse is a necessity for reasons we have already beat to death."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soyo TechAID Review @ 1SweetPC
"Sick of wasting time RMAing the wrong part of a broken system? Build systems for a living and want to cut down on troubleshooting time? Soyo may have the answer with their TechAID PCI-based POST debugging card."

More information on this review can be found here.

Cold Heat Soldering Tool Review

"If you've burned yourself one too many times with a conventional soldering iron or find that the cord is often interfering with your work, the Cold Heat soldering tool may be just what you need. It heats up to soldering temperatures in a couple tenths of a second and is cool to the touch again in another five."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix 1GByte PC4000 Memory Review @ Hexus
"It's always difficult to make absolute recommendations based on the results obtained from a couple of modules. However, if the performance of the sample pair are representative of the vast majority of Crucial Ballistix PC4000 modules, I'd have no hesitation from recommending them to a wide range of enthusiasts. The test pair seem to break the long-held belief that high-speed RAM, along with associated high timings, cannot be run at moderate speeds and extremely low latencies. Priced at around £190 for a 1GByte pair, Crucial Ballistix PC4000 modules sit alongside equivalent modules, in both price and specification, from the likes of Corsair, OCZ and GeIL."

More information on this review can be found here.
DDR-2 533MHz Memory Royal Rumble @ Tweaktown
"It's been a long time in the works but we are finally ready with our DDR-2 533MHz Memory Royal Rumble of September 2004. We check out and compare the performance of memory modules from Kingmax, Crucial, TwinMOS, Mushkin, Corsair and Kingston. If you are on the market for a new set of DDR-2 memory, you cannot miss this article."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Mother Of All USB Flash Drive Review @ The Tech Zone
"I just received the mother of all USB flash drives! The Swissbit TwistPRO is a USB 2.0 flash drive with 2Gigs of storage. That's right! 2 Gigs! And this is the smaller of the two TwistPRO model that Swissbit sells. They make a 4GB model for those who are true storage hogs. The extreme capacity allows you to use it for digital photography, movies or use as an external hard drive you can put in your pocket and carry with you at all times. Best of all, the drive is no bigger than a standard USB 2.0 flash drive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gateway AR-230 Home Theater DVD Recorder Review @ Tweaknews
"The Gateway AR-230 can be summed up as being an affordable and high quality DVD Recorder with all features and ease of use as your standard everyday VHS VCR. It is easy to install and configure, makes recording a DVchild's play and has every feature seen in its' competitor's products without the expensive pricetag."

More information on this review can be found here.
Pioneer DVR-108 16X DVD+-RW 4x Dual Layer Writer Review @ XYZ Computing
"Whether you are looking to copy your movies or backup your files, Pioneer's DVR-108 is a great way to do it. For under $100 you can't really complain, especially when you consider that a standard DVD-ROM drive will cost you at least $35. This is a large jump in price but the features offered by a CD/DVD writer will make this a great investment for many computer users. A smart consumer will be able to recoup the cost of the investment in a drive like this within a few weeks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gainward PowerPack Ultra/2400 256MB6800 GT Review @ BigBruin
"I was happy to see that every game I have ran great at 1600x1200 resolution. With the exception of Far Cry and Doom 3, I was able to run at least 4x Anti Aliasing and 8x Antostropic Filtering and maintain a 30fps minimum. This was a HUGE improvment over my Ti4600. I was able to overclock the card from its Golden Sample defaults of 350/1000 to 425/1150 for every day use, its completely stable, no artifacts, not even on the turtles back in 3Dmark03 Nature."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X800XT and X800 Pro IceQ II Video Cards Review @ hardCOREware
"Today we're reviewing HIS' entries into the X800 market: The X800 XT Platinum, and the X800 Pro. These cards feature a HUGE heatsink, which HIS promises will cool the video cards by 11 degrees more than a standard cooler. It runs quieter as well. You'll be giving up a PCI slot though. Our goal is to find out how these cards stack up in terms of performance and price. We'll also throw in a 9800 Pro so you can get an idea if it is worthwhile to upgrade from your current video card."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast TV2000 XP Expert TV-Tuner Review @ PCStats
"While the primary purpose of a TV-tuner is still to put that cable TV signal on your computer monitor, these products are definitely moving towards the role of video appliances. That is to say, they bring the video into the computer to be manipulated, or recorded, before being output to a monitor or TV. In this review, we're testing one of Leadtek's latest TV-tuner cards, the Winfast TV2000 XP Expert. This PCI card has ambitions to replace your VCR, with video recording straight to DVD, timeshifting and an assortment of other goodies made for a computerized home theater setup."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Dragon Glossy Blue Case Review @ Viper Lair
"The basic design of the Chieftec case has not changed for over two years, but it still remains one of the nicer looking cases today, at least in our opinion. The Liquid Gloss paint job looks fantastic, and the big case window is something CCFL fans are going to love."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Technology SST-FP54 VFD Display Review @ The Crucible
"One of the coolest things that you can add to your modded rig would be what? Something you could make display whatever you wanted? Information like system stats, temps, or even just your favorite slogan right? well then you need to get a VFD. VFD stands for Vacuum Fluorescent Display, similar to LCD in technology, this nifty little devices allow you to have anything displayed on the front of your box. Today we look at the SilverStone Technology SST-FP54 VFD Display."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalRight XP-120 & XP-90 CPU Promos @ ADPMods

"ADPmods is pleased to announce that the ThermalRight XP-120 and XP-90 CPU Coolers are in stock and shipping immediately. For a limited time ADPmods is offering Panaflo cooling fans, at a great price with each ThermalRight "XP" series Cooler purchase. Purchase an XP-120 CPU Cooler, get a Panaflo 120mm M1A for only $16.00 Purchase an XP-90 CPU Cooler, get a Panaflo 80mm L1A for $4, 80mm H1B for $5 or 92mm H1B for only $7."

More information on this promotion can be found here.
Logisys Dracula Case Review @ Mikhailtech
"As previously mentioned, the "mouth" slides up to reveal a pair of USB ports and two audio jacks. There's also a punch-out for a firewire port, though no actual port. Hmm. The power button is big enough for even the largest of fingers and the reset button is nothing small either. Kudos to Logisys for the size and the labels. In general, this is the part of the case that makes it what it is. Though purely subjective, it's one of the best designed (visually anyway) cases I've seen to date."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, September 16, 2004
SteelPad S&S Review @ The Crucible
"I can not express how impressed I am with the S&S surface. If you are a serious gamer in need of a top quality mouse surface the SteelPad S&S should be just right for you. For me the SteelPad S&S is the best mouse surface I have ever used. It even got me to retire my trusty 4S."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech RumblePad 2 Vibration Feedback PC GamePad Review @ Tweaknews
"In the case with the RumblePad 2, you have full digital and dual analog control, ten programmable keys and lets not forget the built in vibration feedback to add even more realism to your immersive gaming experience."

More information on this review can be found here.
X-Ray Technology Thunder9 Mouse Pad @ XYZ Computing
"The Thunder 9 from X-Ray Technology provides the mouser with 350mm by 280mm by 4mm of ABS plastic real estate (roughly 13.7” by 11” by 0.16” for us backward folk), supported by a honeycomb-like matrix and eleven strategically-placed silicone non-slip pads. Its no-frills one piece design is simple, to the point, and does exactly what it intends to do."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Hi-Speed Gizmo! 2.0 Review @ Pyro Port
"It's a sound bet that most of the people reading this review will have purchased something from Crucial in the past. The good quality products and excellent customer service make them a very appealing supplier. Factor in the very competitive prices and it's no wonder why Crucial have a very good reputation."

More information on this review can be found here.
HEC Windmill 400W Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The HEC Windmill Power Supply offers 400 watts of power that meets today's current computer system requirements. For the most part, this is a plain, yet well priced product with a twist. What sets this one apart from any run-of-the-mill power supply is the 120mm fan. This fan is capable of pushing enough air to keep the inside cool but still remain virtually silent. It has all the main ingredients of a great product."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Soltek SL-K8AN2E-GR nForce3-250Gb Review @ Ninjalane
"This is the first nForce3-250Gb motherboard to be tested ere in the Ninjalane Labs and though it is clearly designed for mainstream use it also has enough features to satisfy many power users as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI NX6800 128MB Video Card Review @ Designtechnica
"For those looking to upgrade their video card, the NX6800 should be at the top of your list. If money is no object and you would prefer the top-of-the-line 6800 Ultra video card, we recommend you still stay with the MSI brand. MSI has taken a regular video card and presented it in such a way that you feel like you are getting a complete gaming system. The NX6800 is a solid performing card for its price range, but when you add in the amount of software and the quality of the board itself, the NX6800 stands apart from the crowd."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silent VGA Cooler Showdown Review @ ModdersHQ
"Today ModdersHQ looks at 3 of the best silent VGA coolers in a head to head review of Zalman's ZM-80D Dual heatpipe cooler, Arctic Cooling's VGA Silencer (Rev.3), and ThermalTake's Fanless VGA Cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chenbro Xpider II Review @ Madshrimps
"Buying a desktop chassis nowadays has certain similarities in choosing a car; style; color; size; functionality. While the look is important; often it is a matter of personal preference, thermal management has become the key element among enthusiasts. A stylish case might get you to reach for your wallet, a functional case with good thermal management; ease of installation; allowance for expansion will make your computing experience a pleasant one."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalRight SLK-947U Heatsink Review @ TechFreaks
"Heatsinks are a product often skimped on for builders needing to cut corners to stay within a budget, especially heatsinks retailing at $20+. ThermalRight, widely regarded as the king of heat-sink manufacturers, is also known for charging $40+ for the majority of their cooling products. In this review, I look to see if high priced heatsinks can justify their hefty price-tag with performance."

More information on this review can be found here.

ThermalRight SLK-947U Heatsink Review @ OCIA

"Now we move on to the installation. As noted previously, the installation for the SP-94 is a little more involved than the SLK-947U. To install the SP-94, you must first remove the P4 retention bracket that most traditional P4 heatsinks use. With only a 20g increase in weight from the SLK-947U, I was really surprised it would require such a robust mounting system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Fitting Additional Radiators and Fans in a Computer Case @ A1-Electronics
"So with these simple and very easy water cooled system mods you now have a very efficient water cooled system that will last for a great many years and a case that does not make much noise because you only have two slow spinning radiators fans and the power supply fan or fans that are now very quiet."

More information on this article can be found here.
Motherboard Design Article @ MBReview
"The layering layout of the motherboard is also very important, especially when it comes to servicing the various system busses and other high speed transmission lines. Each of these transmission lines requires something called a "return path." As current, a signal, travels down one of the high speed interconnect wires, a "return current" must flow in the opposite direction of the signal on the copper plane that is located directly under the interconnect."

More information on this article can be found here.
Building Your Own Notebook Part 3 @ Legit Reviews
"With all the eye candy turned on we see an amazing 37% increase in performance over the default default settings. A jump from 38FPS to 52FPS is an amazing performance increase and game play is noticeably smoother. It looks like our tweaks have been very successful."

More information on this article can be found here.
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
How to Setup a Wireless Home Office @ The Tech Zone
"The Tech Zone shows you what is needed to setup a wireless office in your home. Going wireless have many advantages, the most important being not having to run NIC lines from one room to another in a brand new place. That was one of the biggest thing that bugged me about my old office. There were wires everywhere because we were always moving computers around and more than a few people tripped
over the many NIC cables. This problem was multiplied when we hosted a LAN party."

More information on this guide can be found here.
T-Balancer TBAN-XL Knobless Fan Controller Review @ Madshrimps
"The world´s most advanced fan controller? But how, it has no knobs to turn? An Austrian company made a stand-alone high tech unit which can be controlled completely from within Windows. Is it any good? Find out in this review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mutant Mods Product Review @ ModGuidez
"The PC modding culture has been around for quite some time. Gone are the days when our desks were filled with dull, beige coloured cases. I believe that the introduction of windowed cases to the PC market catapulted the idea to modify the interior parts of a PC system. Now, one can replace their IDE cables, fans and even the screws to create an aesthetically pleasing and very cool PC interior. Today we'll take a look at a modding kit from Mutant Mods."

More information on this review can be found here.
LED RAM Mod Review @ ModdersHQ
"It's become quite apparent that if a computer product hasn't been modified in one fashion or another, it's only a matter of time. What exactly am I referring to? Well boys and girls, today I'm referring the your RAM. That's right, those expensive little sticks of memory. When Corsair introduced the XMS series with the LED activity lights, it was only a matter of time before we could all have a similar lighting effect at a fraction of the price. With that in mind, lets take a closer look at the LED RAM Mod provided by our friends at CrazyPC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Complete Cable Management Guide @ The Modfathers
"The challenge in proceeding forward is not necessarily to find out how to jam all of your cables all into one hidden area. On the contrary, the challenge that is cable management is more often how to best hide and reroute wiring from A to point B without it being seen."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Performance-PCs "Works" PSU Comparision Article @ Virtual-Hideout
"Performance-PC's has made a name for itself in the market with it's high quality, sleeved power supplies. Ript took a look at their first samples back in November 2002. Since then, Performance-Pc's has grown into a full blown mod shop for even the strictest of geeks to appreciate. Their variety of custom products and high quality customer service have made them a shop to be reckoned with in the market. Constantly driven to offer new and exciting products is what keeps them fresh and also helps to keep your box individual to your own styles. No mass produced clones here, just the way I like it!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TwinX1024-3200XLPro X-Treme LL Memory Kit Review @ The Crucible
"The ultra low latencies of the XL memory kit will put it on the top of the performance pile. If you are looking for the best performing dual-channel PC3200 memory, the Corsair TwinX1024-3200XLPRO is definitely the kit to get"

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Pentium 4 560 Review @ Viper Lair
"To sum it up, the P4 560, and the compatible chipsets can be viewed as a first step for Intel. Although it was generally the fastest chip in our application benchmarks, it wasn't what I would call revolutionary. The platform as a whole still needs to go through some growing pains, and I think it will take some time before the other complimentary technologies catch up a bit to make the LGA775 platform standout."

More information on this review can be found here.

Intel Pentium 4 560 Review @ BJorn3D

"When Intel first introduced the new Socket T (LGA 775) processors and motherboards, I was really intrigued by the pin-less processor. Never mind the general heat issues with Prescott CPUs and apparent disappointing performance of the new chipsets, I wanted to check out one of these new processors. Maybe I'm just easily entertained or just love a fundamental change, but I was eager to get my hands on the 560 processor that was heading my way."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake BigWater Mods for more Cooling Performance @ A1-Electronics
"From this we can see that the Thermaltake BigWater is more than capable of driving this additional radiator as well it should as it is the same pump from the Thermaltake Aquarius III system and we know what that with our Mods 5 can do."

More information on this article can be found here.
Cooler Master Wave Master TAC-T01 Case Review @ Whining Dog
"Cooler Master delivers another rock steady case in the form of the Wave Master TAC-T01. On the upside, the chassis is light, well manufactured, easy to setup, is accessorized, and stays relatively quiet. There are three bundled case fans to keep your system cool - even our dual processor system and there's plenty of drive space for the ever growing storage demands of the average computer enthusiast. On the downside, the case is pretty darn expensive so you'll want to shop around for the best possible deal. The front door is easy to flip open since the magnetic seal is fairly weak."

More information on this review can be found here.
GlobalWIN Jefi & Starfi WaterCooling Solution @ System Cooling
"GlobalWIN has always brought quality and innovation to the market. Whether it's power supplies, cases, heatsinks, hard drive enclosures or other accessories you always know that it's going to be some of the best hardware available. Today we're going to take a look at a product that will not only strengthen the claims of GlobalWIN's innovativeness but prove to be one like no other. This new product is the GlobalWIN Jefi Watercooling System. Include with the Jefi review we'll also take an exclusive look at the Starfi VGA waterblock, which works in perfect harmony with the Jefi."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Case Mod Contest Extended @ Cooler Master
The contest deadlines have been extended. We apologize for the registration and activation problems of our forum system a few days ago. Many people have failed to join this contest. Therefore, the contest deadlines have been extended.

Deadline to enter: September 17th (according to the time stamp on your email)
Voting starts: September 20th
Voting ends: September 25th, 11:59:59 PM Pacific Time Zone
Winners Announced: September 26th

Prizes:

- 1st Place winner's choice of Stacker / WaveMaster / Centurion 5 / Cavalier 1 / Cavalier 3 PLUS CoolDrive 6 PLUS Real Power 450W

- 2nd Place winner's choice of Centurion 5 / Cavalier 1 / Cavalier 3 PLUS CoolDrive 6

- 3rd Place winner's choice of Centurion 5 / Cavalier 1 / Cavalier 3

10 voting members selected in a random drawing will receive a Cooler Master Musketeer 2. Before voting, please press the below link to see all the entries. There are total 4 pages with 53 entries.

More information on this contest can be found here.
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Win a new X-Connect UV PSU @ PimpRig
"Ultra Products has decided to sponsor a nice giveaway here at PimpRig by giving away one of each of their new X-Connect UV PSUs. These 400W PSUs have the widely popular modular connections as well as UV reactive windows and (2) 80mm fans. How do you win one of these PSUs? Easy! Simply leave a post with a Geek/Gaming/PC related joke or riddle. Winners will be randomly selected from those who posted!"

More information on this contest can be found here.

Overclockulator v1.1.1b Freeware App Released!

"We have a new app available for download by one of our long-time members dubbed the Overclockulator. It's a great little app that will be an overclocker's best friend! Various calculating functions aimed straight at the overclocker incuding a tool to add up your systems total wattage use, CPU and FSB calculations, Temp conversions and more. Totally free and no registration is required for download."

More information on this app can be found here. Comments and questions can be found in the PimpRig forums.
September 2004 Contest @ Mikhailtech
Monthly giveaways are back at Mikhailtech! September is under way but that's not stopping us from getting a head start on bringing back the tradition. This time we're teaming up with XtracPads and giving away 5 Xtrac gaming mouse pads of the winners' choice."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Samsung YEPP YP-780V Digital Audio Player Review @ The Tech Zone
"I'm going to come out and say it. Samsung definitely has a very good player on their hands. It's feature laden, giving you a large amount of storage space for the various operations. You can store more than 4 hours of music, and have that whole four hours repeat 5x over without the batteries burning out. On the other hand you can leave some music off the player, and save room for encoding audio from the FM Tuner or the line input. Also available is the voice recorder we forgot to mention (oops), which allows you to leave small voice notes for yourself or record entire lectures for your friends."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Temjin TJ06 Mid-Tower Giveaway @ System Cooling


"Here we are with another giveaway. This time we're teaming up with the good people at SilverStone Technology and we'll giveaway a product that as Sept. 13th, 2004 has not yet been reviewed anywhere. That's right we're giving away an exclusive. This brand new product is the SilverStone Temjin TJ06 Mid-Tower computer case. And like our previous giveaway, we're going to make you work for it. But instead of answering 10 questions you'll only need to answer 5. The contest will run from Sept. 13th, 2004 to Sept. 27th, 2004 and is open to those living on the planet Earth. So, head on over to our forums, there you'll find the five simple questions. When you have the answers email them to contest@sysetmcooling.com."

More information on this contest can be found here.
High-Tech Home Health Gizmos @ Futurelooks
"With Summer starting to "Chill Out" we've put together some gizmo's that will keep that Summer Glow alive and well right through those cold winter months."

More information on this review can be found here.
JOGR 512mb 2.0 USB Flash Disk Drive Review @ Tech-Mods
"A roll of film from a SLR camera is one way to capture life's treasured moments; you had to guard them with your life until they were developed. Today a side from a roll of film we have other ways of saving our treasured moments and data. Smaller than a bic lighter; capable of storing many MP3's, personal pictures, and even lengthy notes from half written S.A's Today we are going to take a look at a Flash Drive that has security and freedom built into one unit; The JOGR 512mb Flash Disk Drive From Computer Gate."

More information on this review can be found here.

I-Rock IR 7100 Mini Optical Mouse Review

"If you are an ardent laptop user, there will always be a time the included pointing device that is equipped with most laptop just won't do. A small convenient optical mouse is always nice to have readily available for those trying times. Well a price factor may come into consideration, with the available optical mouse out there; the prices can be way up there. Today we are going to look at the I-Rock IR-7100 a small easy to store, attractive, functional optical mouse that can be taken with you near anywhere and only cost you the price of a few cups of your favorite latte at your local internet café."

More information on this review can be found here.
AeroCool VM-101 Fanless VGA Cooler @ OCIA
"That ZIF socket sure is closer to the AGP slot than on my last board, this one being the MSI K8N Neo Platinum. Fortunately, I don't use any PCI cards, so putting it on backwards wouldn't be an issue, and it would prove convenient later."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Scythe NCU-2000 Pentium 4 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Scythe NCU-2000 is a revised version of the TS Heatronics NCU-1000 fanless heatsink, offering up compatibility with the Socket 754/939 Athlon64 processors as well as the good old Pentium 4 CPU. What makes the NCU- 2000 unique is that it is an entirely passive cooling solution. It functions by making use of the air currents that exist within a computer case to keep itself, and the processor cool. While the Scythe NCU-2000 is technically a 'zero noise' heatsink, it cannot operate without some degree of air flowing over its fins."

More information on this video review can be found here.
FIC P4M-RS350 Motherboard Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The FIC P4M-RS350 Motherboard is based on the ATI RS350 chipset and supports the latest Socket 478 CPU's. It has onboard USB, LAN, Audio, Firewire, and even Video. The onboard ATI Radeon 9100 Integrated Graphics Port offers good results but is not recommended for serious gamers. Considering the target market it's a great product."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Asus K8N-E Deluxe Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"In this review PCstats will be focusing on the brand new Asus K8N-E Socket 754 motherboard. This little baby is powered by nVidia's nForce3-250Gb chipset, and comes loaded with features like an additional four port Serial ATA/RAID Silicon Image controller, Gigabit IDE RAID, 8.1 channel audio and IEEE 1394a. On the software front, the bundle lists WinDV Platinum 5, WinDVD Creator Platinum 2 and WinRip2 software among the titles."

More information on this review can be found here.
Global WIN YCC-61F1 Server Case Review @ Overclockers.com
"The Global WIN YCC-61F1 Case originally piqued my interest with its refreshing cooling design: two 120 mm fans, one intake in the front of the case, and one exhaust at the back of the case. After tinkering with the case and installing my hardware into it, however, the innovative fan configuration was simply a prelude to the creative modernization of the rest of the Aluminum and Stainless Steel YCC-61F1."

More information on this review can be found here.
Casetek IQ-Eye Case Review @ Ocprices
"This year has been a good one for cases, and the bar has definitely been raised by manufacturers for what we now expect in terms of functionality, style and price. Casetek is a relatively new manufacturer available to UK customers, being distributed to suppliers by Nanopoint distribution. The model we have today is known as the Casetek IQ-eye, an ATX midi tower case with built-in thermal monitoring."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, September 13, 2004
Steelpad S&S Mouse Pad Review @ Mikhailtech
"As for the pad, there are two unique sides. The back side is shiny and sprayed with seemingly squishy rubber goo (for lack of a more scientific explanation) which does a great job of preventing the pad from slipping. While it is possible to move the S&S from the sides, once your hand is on the pad it won't budge. The front is micro textured plastic and that's about it. By having tiny gaps between the miniature bumps and the flat surface beneath, friction is greatly reduced allowing for quicker, smoother movements. And because there's no fancy artwork or anything that would upset an optical sensor, tracking is very accurate."

More information on this review can be found here.
Microsoft Wireless Desktop Comfort Edition Review @ Hardware Pacers
"In Microsoft's long keyboard history, they have come up with the most comfortable keyboards that feature curved designs. Today with the new Microsoft Wireless Desktop Comfort Edition, Microsoft brings a completely new meaning to comfort. This new comfort feature yet again includes a curved design and a new soft wrist pad, instead of the old plastic one. In addition to comfort, the keyboard sets it self with a great mouse that features side scrolling. With all these new features, we will see in today's review how Microsoft developed a perfect keyboard set yet again."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Cavalier 1 Review @ Viper Lair
"All in all, this is one of the nicer cases we've had a chance to work with in awhile. Personally, I never liked the Centurion line that much. They are well designed, but the appearance wasn't something I particularly enjoyed. The Cavalier 1 has the aesthetics of a $200 case, but is 30% cheaper."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Excalibur X800XT VIVO 256MB IceQII Review @ GruntvillE
"The obligatory front and back shots. On the front you cannot see much other then the very large HSF. On the back however, you can see how that HSF is mounted on the card as well as several stickers identifying the card. You will also note that the plate on the back has 4 indentations, which are where it touches the rear ram chips to keep them cool. In addition to all that, there is one very interesting chip that you usually only see on ATI All-in-Wonder cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek Winfast TV2000 XP Review @ Pheaton
"The HTPC or Home Theater Personal Computer has been a staple in the modding community for many years. HDTVs are now more affordable than ever and home theater systems are commonplace, therefore the integration of a pc into a home's entertainment system is a logical step. An HTPC
can act as a digital music library, DVD player and digital picture library with minimal special parts, but the addition of a TV tuner like the Winfast TV2000 XP can bring the functionality of a PVR, DVD recorder and even an FM receiver to your HTPC for minimum cost."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Socket A 2500+ Comparison (Barton, Mobile, Sempron) @ hardCOREware
"If you're in the market for a midrange system, there is still great reason to look at the Socket A platform from AMD. At the 2500+ level, you are looking at a CPU that costs less than $90. But which Socket A CPU should you choose? You could go for the old standby - the Barton AthlonXP. But what about this Mobile Athlon you've been hearing about? It is known as being a killer OCer. And how about Sempron? Is it really worthy of the "2500+" rating given to it, even though it is around $10 less than the others? And finally, what are the differences between all these CPU's? And which one performs the best?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Jetway PT800TWIN Review @ Hexus
"It's a specialist product that works well, but there are a lot of caveats to take into consideration before you'd do so. You'll know straight away if a MagicTwin system is for you, otherwise I'd maybe look elsewhere. Cool to look at and very specialist in nature, it's hard to score the PT800TWIN. As a hardware implementation for MagicTwin, it scores pretty high, but given the bigger picture, it's harder to award it something similar. I'll refrain from scoring it outright, consider the pros and cons hard before making a PT800TWIN purchase."

More information on this review can be found here.

ASUS V9999 GeForce 6800 Gamers Edition 256MB Review

"ASUS ripped up NVIDIA's suggested vanilla GeForce 6800 spec. sheet with its V9999 GeForce 6800 Gamers Edition card. There's little basic resemblance - 256MB GDDR3 RAM, rated at 1GHz, a 350MHz core and dual Molex connectors make it, on a purely physical level, more akin to the GT/Ultra variants. In fact, it's far closer in internal specification to a GT model. On the face of it, a lack of a fourth quad (4 pixel pipelines, so 12 vs. 16) and lack of a sixth vertex shader is all that stands between it and fully fledged GT status. Dual Molex connectors kind of infer failed Ultra status, too."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn 915A03-P-8EKRS Motherboard Review @ MBReview
"Our overclocking experiences with the Foxconn 915A03-P-8EKRS were rather poor. Clearly, Foxconn has not joined the rest of the crowd in finding a way to get around the 10% overclocking lock that Intel placed on the i925/i915 series of chipsets. The highest stable overclock we were able to attain was 10% on the FSB, or a final FSB of 880MHz. Anything higher than this point would lead to failed boots, or the system simply would refuse to POST."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron PX915P Pro Motherboard @ Bjorn3D
"Albatron's PX915P Pro features Intel's 915P Express chipset, which includes support for PCI-Express, an 800 MHz front side bus, Intel High Definition Audio, and four SATA ports. The PX915P Pro also features two ethernet controllers (one supporting gigabit ethernet), eight USB 2.0 ports, and IDE RAID. The onboard RAID controller supports RAID 0, 1, and 0+1 and JBOD modes. Since this motherboard is based on an Intel chipset, it obviously is designed for Intel processors. With its Socket T (a.k.a. Socket 775) interface, the PX915P Pro supports Intel's latest Pentium 4 Prescott CPUs.

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI K8M800-MLVF System Board Review @ HTPC News
"DFI is famous for their Lanparty series of motherboards, however they do make other types of motherboards, of course. HTPCnews decided to give one of their "other" motherboards a try, the K8M800 mATX motherboard, and we lived to tell a story about it. Does it's quality and features hold any water against their Lanparty series or any other mATX motherboards? Onboard video by s3, onboard audio, and support for the A64 lineup of processors are just a few "highlights" of this unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan TWC-A04 Mods Part 2 @ A1-Electronics
"Although you cannot see much here by way of a comparison with other water cooled systems the cooling performance has improved and it shows that the Titan TWC-A04 is capable of driving this additional 120cm radiator from the Thermaltake BigWater system."

More information on this article can be found here.
Swiftech H20-120-P Water Cooling Kit and Radbox Review @ XYZ Computing
"The real test of these kits came in the final category, 3.5ghz Load. At a high Vcore and a 25% overclock our CPU was pumping out just about as much heat as it could and the H20-120-P kit just laughed at it. The nearest competitor was 3.5 degrees above it, at a respectable 37 degrees. Though this is a good temperature, the 33.5 achieved by the Swiftech kit is simply stellar."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, September 11, 2004
SWISSMEMORY USB Victorinox Review @ Think Computers
"Well, by now almost everyone is back to school. With school comes tests, quiz's, and of course homework! If you are in college like I am, you have to take your assignments to and from class all of the time. The easiest way to transfer projects is a floppy disk. The problem with floppy disks is that they are large and can easily break. They also cannot hold that much information. Today we will be looking at a solution that is better and more useful than the floppy disk, the the SWISSMEMORY USB from Victorinox, the makers of the original Swiss Army Knife!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Fan Vibration Dampener Kits Review @ FrostyTech
"Vantec's Vibration Dampener kits come in a variety of sizes for fans from 60mm, through to 120mm. Vantec have also produced a version to help reduce vibration coming from a standard ATX powersupply. Each Vantec Fan Vibration Dampener kit comes with two silica gel gaskets, a pack of 8 case fan screws and several silica gel washers for alternative mounting of up to two fans. The powersupply vibration dampener kit comes with just one silica gel gasket and the necessary mounting hardware."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ 1GB PC4000EL Dual-Channel Kit Review @ EOC
"When it comes to choosing the right memory for your overclocking needs, you'd be hard pressed to find memory more highly recommended than OCZ Technology. In the short time since OCZ hit the memory market in August 2000 it has become the most sought after brand of high performance RAM products among computer enthusiasts. OCZ has always catered to the high-end user and provides products that are on the bleeding edge of memory technology. OCZ even offers a lifetime warranty on all of their products."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 172X LCD Review @ ipKonfig
"One of the biggest fall backs on LCD monitors is ghosting. But this hasn't stopped Samsung from working on it. With their latest release, the Samsung 172X, it has produced a 17" LCD pushing a response time of 12ms. The gaming community hasn't show great interest in LCD monitors due to the ghosting factor, but here we have a monitor that is capable of making gamers heads turn a bit more, and rethinking the possibilities."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman 5.1 Channel Headphone Amplifier Review @ OCIA
"Gaming was stellar to say the least. I didn't notice any difference in Quake 3, mostly due to its aging sound engine in sure, but Battlefield and Call of Duty where unbelievable. I was able to hear people creeping up behind me in both of the latter mentioned games. This was especially useful when piloting a jet in Desert Combat. I could locate, with extreme precision, where the plane was on my tail. This helped me to outmaneuver them and ultimately increase my kill to death ratio."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8KNXP Ultra-64 Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"In this review PCstats will be looking at the GA-8KNXP Ultra-64. Although this board is impressive across the scale, it does seem as though Gigabyte's engineers simply adapted the already successful GA-8KNXP Ultra motherboard for extra duty; tossing in two 64bit PCI slots and an Adaptec SCSI controller into the mix. Obviously based on the reliable and proven i875P chipset, the GA-8KNXP Ultra-64 motherboard supports the usual assortment of Socket 478 Pentium 4 processors from 533MHz to 800 MHz FSB."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolForce VGA Cooler Review @ HardwareHounds
"Enter Spirecoolers with the CoolForce VGA chipset cooling kit. A full copper, all-in-one cooling solution to help keep your video card running nice and cool."

More information on this review can be found here.
PNY Verto GeForce 6800 Ultra 256-MB Review @ Sharky Extreme
"The NVIDIA NV40 core provides the base for this new line of GeForce Series 6 cards, and provides a superscalar 16-pipe GPU architecture for the GeForce 6800 Ultra. The NV40 core and is built on a 0.13-micron core and features 200 million transistors, which is more than AMD or Intel desktop processors, and is a very complex design for a graphics core. At the default clock speed of 400 MHz, the GeForce 6800 Ultra sports a fillrate of 6.4 Giga-texels/sec. and because the NV40 is a true 16 pipe design with added texture, shader and vertex processing, it is a far more powerful core than the NV35/NV38 used in the GeForce FX 5900/5950 Ultra cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin Mutant X Case Review @ Bjorn3D
"Wanting to get away from the sometimes boring and average looking cases that are out on the market, Kingwin designed the Mutant X case for those who want to be a little on the wild side. Many of today's cases have a plain or modern and sterile look to them that may not appeal to everyone. The Mutant X is definitely not that type of case. Let's dive in and see what makes Kingwin's Mutant X stand out from the rest of the crowd!"

More information on this review can be found here.

CoolMax CR-500B Power Supply Review

"To say that a power supply is a vital component of a computer would nearly be an understatement; here at Bjorn3d we constantly recommend high-end power supplies as the solution to many problems involving top-notch graphics cards and powerful computers. Many people fail to see the necessity, and now the necessity can be fulfilled with COOLMAX's quiet, affordable, and full-featured new CR-500B 500W Power Supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerocool JetMaster Mid-Tower Gaming Case Review @ Tech-Mods
"With so many options out there these days it is becoming hard to choose a decorative case, whether it be a pre modded chassis; they are mostly manufactured in that fashion. As side from price categories there are different themes as well. Today we are going to have a look at a budget minded gaming case from Aerocool that is themed from the well known T3 series movies. The Aerocool JetMaster Mid-Tower Gaming Case."

MTB reviewed this case last month, here is our comparison review. More information on this review can be found here.
How to Etch a PCB Guide @ OCModShop
"PCB stands for Printed Circuit Board, for example your motherboard is one big PCB (just multilayered) obviously a motherboard is way out of our league, however with some household equipment and some chemicals we can make ourselves some great casemodding PCB’s. Just think of fading LED’s, homemade fan controllers, and anything else you can come up with. In this guide I’m going to explain how to make a usable PCB. With this step by step guide you can make you own in no time."

More information on this guide can be found here.
FIC Condor Mini Gaming PC Video Review @ 3DGameman
"With a fast Socket 478 CPU, the FIC Condor makes an excellent mini computer system. It's very compact and does not take up a lot of space as most computer systems do. Since it is small, working inside could be a problem. However, the ingenious case design makes access easy, and there is plenty of room for installing or removing hardware. This product sets new standards for mini computing."

More information on this video review can be found here.
DOOM 3: Project Mars "City Mod @ [H]ardOCP
"There will no doubt be a flurry of Doom3 themes this year and next, so I thought I'd add my project to the mix. Project Mars City will be fun to build with lots of kitbashing for that military/industrial Doom3 look. Expect lots of armor, mesh, lighted machinery, pressure doors, plumbing, and maybe a few sculpted animatronic beasties. This case will be a Doom3 gaming MONSTER, DangerDen watercooled, and top of-the-line hardware and components that have yet to be determined. I have an Antec Super Lanboy to use as a base, since it's very lightweight, and the kitbashing/structural enhancements will add enough strength to this otherwise flimsy case."

If you haven't had a chance to check out Crimson Sky's work, I highly recommend reading this thread. More information on this project can be found here.
Friday, September 10, 2004
Razer Viper Optical Mouse Review @ XYZ Computing
"As stated before, if you like simplicity, and precision, this is the mouse for you. If you want a Swiss Army Mouse, perhaps you would be best off with a multi-button mouse suited for more of a home-user audience"

More information on this review can be found here.
D-Link DWL-G650 Xtreme G Wireless Cardbus Adapter Review @ The Tech Zone
"Performance of the D-Link Cardbus was really good. While it may never reach the maximum speed of 108Mbps we were able to measure nearly 40 Mbps transfer speed when standing 5 feet from the DI-624 router. Moving 50 feet away reduced the transfer speed to about 20 Mbps but that is still blazing fast for a wireless setup. We were able to travel almost 200 feet away from the wireless router before we lost the signal. Overall, we have no complaints about performance. This is the fastest Cardbus we have ever tested."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake XTunner Review @ Hardware Pacers
"The Thermaltake XTunner is an out-of-sight performance enhancer to any computer system at a minimal cost. Although this device has limited functionality (increase and decrease), it is very efficient in controlling fan speed. The design and look of the XTunner is vibrant and sharp. The addition of the XTunner will enhance a computer in both operational effectiveness and aesthetic value. The remote makes the XTunner a unique system giving it an interesting touch. Overall, the XTunner is one of the great value buys of the season."

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.
OCZ 1024-PC3200 2-2-2 Platinum Revision 2 Memory Kit Review @ 3DX
"The OCZ PC3200 Revision 2 memory delivered slightly faster speeds than the Corsair XMS 3200XL at DDR400 (2-2-2-5) and costs significantly less (around $280 vs. $315). This difference in cost may be the single most determining factor for someone that is shopping for DDR400. Keep in mind that with slightly looser timings operation up to DDR500 should be easily possible making this memory the perfect compliment to any system from an AMD64 based rig to an overclocked Intel P4 based rig. We award the OCZ PC3200 Revision 2 Memory the 3DXtreme Editor's Choice Award based on the performance and price of this product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron PCX 5750 Trinity Review @ Overclockers Online
"The overclocking ability of this card is really what impressed me the most. Achieving more than a 20% gain in core and memory clock is nothing to sneeze at. I'd be very interested in finding out just how much higher these cards could go if given some more powerful cooling and something to cool the rear memory chips."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 (Socket 939) Processor Review @ Tweaktown
"Mike has checked in with a review of the AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 processor today which is based around the new Socket 939 platform. After taking a quick look at what the processor has to offer in terms of features we get down to the real issue and see how the expensive beast can really perform in today's current games such as Doom 3 against an older overclocked Athlon XP processor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte nForce2 7NF-RZ Motherboard Review @ HardwareZoom
"Gigabyte RZ series consists of three R's - Reliability, Real performance & Right value. Powered by nForce2 chipset with Dual Channel DDR and Hyper-Transport Technology, they will give you an extra boost in terms of performance. The integrated Ethernet LAN connection and 6-Channel audio eliminate the need for PCI network card and sound card. With the support for the latest AMD Sempron processors, this will be the best combination for today's value conscious buyers "

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX422 LCD Review @ GruntvillE
"The MX422 is basically the LK204-24-USB LCD display mounted on a nice looking double 5-1/4” drive bay insert. The front has a brushed metal finish which is pretty typical in the nicer aluminum cases like the Cooler Master and the Lian Li. The rear of the unit looks a little confusing and has a lot packed on to it, but it is designed to allow easy access for plugging in the accessories and it is easier to figure out than it first appears."

More information on this review can be found here.
Yeong Yang YY-5601 Mid-Tower Case Review @ System Cooling
"You may have heard of Yeong Yang but, like me, have no hands on experience with their products. In the pressed metal business since 1978, they began building PC chassis in 1990. A couple of years ago I saw a beautiful black cube server case that I have lusted after ever since. That's right, it was from Yeong Yang. Well, it's finally time to get up close and personal with one of their cases, the new YY-5601. The YY-5601 or "Cetus" is a mid-tower case with cooling and ease of use in mind. Let's take a look and see if it meets those goals."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, September 9, 2004
Doom III Review @ Futurelooks
"Most gamers that I know really consider Doom to have been the one that started it all. Sure, Wolfenstein came out first, but Doom was the first one most gamers really played and played a lot. Scary bad guys that were hard to kill, little puzzles, rocket-hopping and that Big Freaking Gun were loads of fun."

More information on this review can be found here.
BFG 6800 OC 128MB Review @ Bjorn3D
"The war between the graphics giants will go on and on for eternity at this point, so the biggest news is always who has the biggest weapon at the time. There always seems to be someone with a bigger gun, but finding out just how much more heat the competitor is packing is becoming more and more of a challenge. Enter NVIDIA's big gun, the 6800 series of video cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron WIDIO Wireless Audio System Review @ PCStats
"The Albatron Widio Deluxe wireless audio receiver and transmitter is a small glossy white and green i-Pod sized device which allows users to listen to music at distances of up to 50m (164 feet) from the audio source. The Widio system is not dependent on any computer hardware, and only requires a power source and audio input for its base station (transmitter) to function. Albatron's Widio works on a 2.4GHz wireless signal, and its receiver can also tune into FM radio signals for those times when you get tired of listening to the same old CDs or MP3s. The base station doubles up as a drop-in charger for the wireless receiver, which will last about 4 hours before needing a recharge."

More information on this review can be found here.
Power Supply Roundup @ Tweaktown
"Today Cameron Johnson has posted a power supply roundup comparing some of the latest units from OCZ, Thermaltake, Vantec and Cooler Master. We’ll check out the appearance and features of each PSU and then put them up against each other and measure the type of minimum and maximum voltages each is able to deliver with a standard system and then an overclocked system based around an Intel Pentium 4 Prescott processor."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PowerStream 520W Power Supply Unit Review @ CoolTechZone
"OCZ Technology is a key leader when it comes to producing high quality workstation memory. They cater to enthusiasts with high expectations of gaining as much performance out of their systems as possible. OCZ is right next to their competitors and even ahead in some areas (value). System memory is not the only product that OCZ specializes in, the company produces power leads, heatsinks, and power supplies."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone SST-30NF Fanless 300watt Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This power supply is quite different than most. Instead of fan cooling, it has a heat pipe, which results in a completely quiet unit. However, it does run at a high temperature. Temps between 50C-60C are the norm for this product and even at these high temps it's 100% stable. The overall design, build quality and performance are excellent for a 300 watt PSU."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Altec Lansing AHS602 Gaming Headset Review @ Tweaknews
"If you are a serious gamer, you ALWAYS have to have a high quality set of gaming headphones to compliment your computer speaker system in times where silence is golden. These are usually when you are sneaking a late night round of Doom 3 without the parents permission, attending a Lanparty or just want to be completely immersed into the gaming experience without being interrupted by outside noises and distractions. The headset being reviewed today brings other features to the gaming environment like a high quality microphone, a remote volume and mute capabilities along with simulated 3D audio Passive Noise reduction and surround sound."

More information on this review can be found here.
6600GT Hands-On Benchmarking @ Neoseeker
"We've got our preview of the 6600GT up at Neoseeker. To spice things up a little, we also underclocked the 6600GT to 6600 levels (300 core / 600 memory) to see how well it stacks up against the stock 6600GT as well as ATI's X600."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Excalibur X800 XT PE IceQ II 256MB Review @ Ocprices
"We have already looked at a few X800 Pros here at OcPrices, and despite being extremely fast cards, they are not ATi’s flagship. Unless you have been living under a rock for several months, you will already know that the fastest card to come from the Canadian firm is the X800 XT Platinum Edition. The card we are looking at today is the HIS version, more specifically the HIS Excalibur X800 XT IceQ II. Despite its name, I should emphasise this is the full Platinum Edition chipset, not the slower XT version delivered to OEMs."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone SST-TJ-03 "Nimiz" Case Review @ Overclockers.com
"In researching this case, I found that the design team now working for SilverStone formerly worked for CoolerMaster, designing their cases. This explains the high level of quality and attention to detail throughout SilverStone's product line. This product is a showcase of their talent."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dual Core Processing: Over-simplified, Demystified and Explained @ Short-Media
"Why the shift to dual core and how will this impact the gigahertz performance race? Who or what will dual core processing benefit and will it be sought after by enthusiasts or left buried deep inside the dark recesses of server rooms?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Cavalier T01 Mid-Tower Case Review @ Tech-Mods
"Right when you thought there couldn't be much more added to a computer case; Cooler Master Makers of well known computer enthusiast items has introduced their Cavalier series mid tower line with an eye catching addition. Very similar to their Cavalier T03 with the added feature of a dancing sound gauge presented on the front bezel for all to enjoy. Today we will be looking at the Cavalier T01 Mid-Tower Case from Cooler Master."

More information on this review can be found here.
PolarFLO TT Water Block Review @ Viper Lair
"As we've stated at the beginning of the review, building an efficient water cooling system will take some planning and research. For LGA775 processors, your current options are a bit slim, but we certainly would have no problems putting the PolarFLO TT on your short list."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek Antarctica vs Swiftech MCW6000 @ Insanetek
"In the end, while both blocks performed very well, I'd have to give the Insanetek "MUST HAVE" award to the MCW6000, due to its simpler 2 barb design, as well as for the use of the existing motherboard bracket for easier installation. The gripe I had about the leakage regarding use of different tubing for the MCW6000 can easily be alleviated by purchasing the quick-connect slide on fittings here, so that gives another nod to the MCW6000."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, September 8, 2004
Ultra 512MB PC3200 Memory 2 Pack Review @ Overclockers Online
"Overall, I'm fairly pleased with the performance of the ULT31022. For the price you would normally pay, this actually surpasses my expectations. This does not mean however that there isn't room for improvement!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Pioneer DVR-108 16X DVD+/-R Combo Drive Review @ Mikhailtech
"Although still relatively new, DVD writers are now more affordable than ever and mid-range (4X) media no longer breaks the bank. They're also faster. Pioneer, known throughout the enthusiast community as the maker of slot loading drives, is taking charge with one of the most ggressive drives to date: the DVR-108. This is the first drive to allow 4X dual layer writing (up from the previous 2.4X) as well as 16X DVD±R writing, and being a CD-RW on top of everything makes this a very potent all-in-one combo. The price is the icing on the cake: at $96 for the OEM (with Nero Suite). Pioneer may have a winner."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix PC-3200 Memory Review @ Overclockers Club
"In a recent poll of our forums members, not too many people thought of Crucial when it comes to "High Performance Memory." Well, a good explanation to that would be that Crucial hasn't had a high performance memory until recently. Sure, they've been a big name in mainstream memory and flash memory, but they've left the niche stuff to the other guys. Well, not too long ago Crucial announced a new performance memory line, BallistixT."

More information on this review can be found here.
D-Link AirPlus Xtreme G DI-624 Review @ The Tech Zone
"When used with an Xtreme G adapter, the D-Link AirPlus Xtreme G DI-624 becomes the faster consumer level wireless router available today. We were able to wirelessly transfer the 246 Meg Windows SP2 update from one desktop to the other (both with DWL-G520 PCI Adapters) in just 2 minutes and 14 seconds. And that was with encryption on! That is almost as fast as transferring on the wired 10/100 LAN line which doesn't require encryption."

More information on this review can be found here.
T-Balancer Fan Controller Review @ Hardware-Test
"This is a four-channel PWM-regulated software controlled fan controller but its main force is that it is equipped with onboard logic, so when it has been programmed it continues on its own independent of a loaded operating system which means that it also works during system boot, and of course even if the system freezes or crashes! This product is simply incredible, and indicates a very high level of competence and innovation - can it get any better?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Cool Drive 6 Review @ Hardware Mods
"The CoolDrive 6 is rather large for one hard drive (HDD). The design of the HDD cooler looks like a sweet car CD player minus the removable faceplate. The LCD portion of the faceplate has the usual plastic overtop, which keeps everything nice and shiny until the owner get it working. The bottom heatsink has bright blue washers on the inside and the outside of the heatsink. I am guessing those long screws are used to fasten the hard drive. These washers are great quality, a lot better than those cloth or plastic washers that are normally found to silence a case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake BigWater Universal Water Cooled System Review @ A1-Electronics
"Very pleased to see that Thermaltake have introduced another type of water cooled heatsink system which is designed to be fitted inside a computer case for those of you that prefer that type of design."

More information on this review can be found here.
TITAN TWC-A04 Water Cooling Kit Review @ Tech-Mods
"It wasn't very long ago that computers and heat was an issue, times have changed like all things good. We now are running into temperatures created by our processors that can literally melt down a top end system in minutes. Air cooling has been the norm for most of us and we all know to well how loud that can be, well the next step forward in cooling our systems safely and generously quieter can easily be water cooling. Surprisingly enough the average computer user wouldn't even think to have their computers cooled with radiators and tubes of water. Today companies such as TITAN Computers.co has a water cooling kit that makes the step forward very simple with their TWC-A04, a fully self contained unit that can be installed easily by the novice or the expert in all of us."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Temjin SST-TJ05 Mid-Tower Server Case Review @ System Cooling
"If you compare the LC06 to it’s smaller brother (the LC05 that is) then you’ll realize that the LC06’s shape is more cube-like. The only curved shape on the case is the front with the bay for the optical drive, the front-ports, the LEDs and the power button. With the button in the middle you can open the optical drive which worked flawlessly with all the drives which I tested."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, September 7, 2004
Tweak Monster 80mm Fan Bracket & UV Fan Grills Reviews @ ModGuidez
"The Tweak Monster fan bracket is a steel plate designed to add up to two more fans to increase air flow in the case. The bracket supports 80mm fan and the UV fan grills adds a very sleek add-on to the bracket. At first glance, the mirror finish of the fan bracket is very attractive. The package I received included the Fan Bracket, 2 UV Fan Grills, Screws and a bracket riser as well. To test the bracket, we used 2 Vantec 80mm fans and attached it to my Chieftec Dragon Case along side my ATI 9700 Pro with a Zalman heatpipe installed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer eXactMat Review @ SLCentral
"To a casual PC user a mouse pad is insignificant; any smooth surface that translates to fairly smooth mouse movement will work; while on the other end of the spectrum, a hardcore gamer regards his mouse pad with the same reverence as his video card and processor, a crucial part of any gaming rig. Razer is no stranger to the gaming world and has defied convention since their very first offering: the Boomslang mouse. Their newest offering, a first for Razer, their eXactMat continues this trend of defiance. The eXactMat is a mouse pad designed for hardcore gamers and picky computer users."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products Xconnect 500W PSU Review @ BigBruin
"When I opened the box and saw the Ultra Products Xconnect power supply I was immediately impressed, but crossed my fingers that the performance wouldn't suffer for the incredible appearance. I was relieved, and even more impressed, when testing was completed and the Xconnect power supply proved that it wasn't all about looks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mutant Mods Reactor 480 Watt Power Supply Review @ AllAMD
"Power supplies play an important role in the performance of a system. Only recently have they also become a fashion statement with the rising popularity of modding. To fill this void, Mutant Mods' releases their Reactor 480 Watt power supply, which blends both style and performance into one unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crescendo Systems TCP2200 PCI VGA to YPrPb Transcoder Review @ HTPCNews
"HTPCnews.com takes a look at the latest offering from Crescendo Systems, the famed external Transcoder manufacture. This time they are taking a different approach and have created a PCI version of their external transcoder which doesn't even need an external power source. They use the PCI bus to deliver all the power that the device needs, and even include a better set of chips this time around for a crisper picture on your HDTV. Perfect VGA to YPrPb conversions are possible with devices like this one, and they don't invoke the Macrovision limiting the user to 480p resolutions which make them all the sweeter."

More information on this review can be found here.
VisionTek Xtreme2 USB 2.0 1 Gigabyte GO DRIVE Review @ Bona Fide Reviews @ Bonafied Reviews
"USB drives aren't really all that new to the market, and personally, have never really been of much interest to me. This lack of interest was due to two main factors, the small storage space of the early models (the ones I saw were usually in the range of 16MB to 128MB) and the fact that I had a CD burner drive. With 700MB of storage space on one CD, the measly 128MB amount found on the USB drives just couldn't compete. While I feel that my reasons were valid at the time, with the introduction of USB 2.0 and larger drive sizes, the 1GB VisionTek GO DRIVE really caught my eye."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Swiftech Liquid Cooling Products @ Swiftech
Signal Hill, 9-6-04 press release for immediate release

Swiftech(tm) liquid cooling systems are now supporting two of Intel's latest generation processors: the Intel(r) Xeon (tm) "Nocona" processors (800Mhz system bus ), and Intel(r) Pentium(r) 4 (socket LGA 775).

A number of professionals and system integrators have been waiting to implement quiet liquid cooling solutions for these processors, and we are proud to be the first company worldwide to provide support for Xeon(tm) "Nocona" systems", said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech's Chairman and CEO."

More information on this press can be found here.
ASUS P5AD2 Premium Wireless Edition @ Viper Lair
"The fact is, Intel changed a lot at the beginning of this Summer with the 915/925 release, and it required a lot of manufacturers to come up with compelling products that take advantage of all these new features, and at the same time, provide an enjoyable computing experience. We think ASUS did just that with the P5AD2 Premium."

More information on this press can be found here.
Thermaltake Tsunami Dream Case Review @ The Tech Zone
"I really love this case. It is probably the nicest case on the market right now. It is a pleasant mixture of classy and coolness. There are not too much colors or designs to make the case look too clowny. I have a thing for classy yet cool looking cases, and this one tops my chart so far."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Dracula Case Review @ ModdersHQ
"Like it our not folks, themed pre-modded cases are here to stay. If by chance your in the market for one of these gems, you most definitely have your pick ranging from cute little mice to the Diabolic Minotaur that looks like it crawled right out of Hell itself. With prices ranging from $50.00-$100.00 (some including PSU) your bound to find something with its own flare and in your price range. With that in mind, lets take a look at the Logisys Red
Dracula Case provided by Xoxide."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone LC06 Case Review @ Epiacenter
"If you compare the LC06 to it’s smaller brother (the LC05 that is) then you’ll realize that the LC06’s shape is more cube-like. The only curved shape on the case is the front with the bay for the optical drive, the front-ports, the LEDs and the power button. With the button in the middle you can open the optical drive which worked flawlessly with all the drives which I tested."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chenbro SR20968 SATA Server Chassis Review @ GruntvillE
"Directly below the 3 5 ¼” drive bays is the crème de la crème of this particular case. Optionally, you can purchase a removable SCSI or SATA drive cage with backplane. Chenbro has sent us the SATA to play with in the SR20968. Mounted to the front of the case by 4 thumbscrews, the drive cage holds a maximum of 4 SATA hard drives, each hot swappable with a simple pull of a latch. The design is remarkable and yet so simple. The basic case comes pre-equipped with a standard IDE drive cage that holds 4 drives itself. Both drive cages have ways to mount 92mm fans to the cage so that you get maximum airflow to these hot hard drives."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunday, September 5, 2004
Logitech Z-3 Speaker Review @ The Tech Zone
"Once properly adjusted, the sound coming out of the Logitech Z-3 was simply superb. The bass was tight and well extended, the mid range was free of coloration and the highs were crystal clear. I couldn't believe this level of sound quality could be had for less $100. I've heard many sound systems that cost over three times more than the Z-3 but sound no where near as good."

More information on this review can be found here.
Whats up with Computer Audio? @ Tweaktown
"Last month during QuakeCon it became clearly apparent that computer audio has become somewhat of a forgotten component in the computer industry when talking to gamers and listening to companies at the gaming event. We’ll present some benchmark numbers of five different sound solutions as well as provide commentary along the way on our thoughts of computer audio solutions and what should be done to improve things using nVidia's SoundStorm APU as an example."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Cordless Desktop LX 501 Review @ Bjorn3D
"Today we will be looking at the Logitech Cordless Desktop LX 501. Call me old-school, but I was never a fan of multimedia keyboards nor wireless devices. I'm a gamer and few years back wireless technology was not as mature as it is today. The LX 501 however is a very slick combination when it comes to functionality and usability. For the past two weeks of using this combo I've been starting to like it. To the best of my knowledge LX desktop models are available in Europe as well as North America. Kind regards to Logitech Poland for sending us a sample."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Rocket Pro Cooler Review @ Short-Media
"It's massive. It looks like a cylinder head for a motorcycle and it clamps onto the CPU socket; most every CPU socket. Gigabyte's 3D Rocket-Pro heatsink blew us away. It's intimidating. It dwarfs other heatsinks. It looks like it weighs much more than a socket can handle."

More information on this review can be found here.
VisionTek Xtreme2 Go Drive USB 2.0 Review @ Madshrimps
"There are products that we need to have, others would be nice to have or want to have. I believe products that can improve productivity resulting to better time management and lowering cost are the ones that we need to have. Which category does VisionTek Go Drive fall into? We shall find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
A Second Look at the 9800 Pro @ XYZ Computing
"With graphics technology moving as fast as it is, we were wondering if this video card could still compete. Though it was released a while back this card's price has finally fallen into a reasonable range making it a viable candidate for many consumers. Is this a wise decision with so many newer alternatives available?"

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AV8 AMD Athlon 64 Socket-939 Motherboard Review @ A1-Electronics
"This Abit AV8 motherboard does come with all you need including Gigabit LAN and plenty of USB ports and has been designed for those of you looking for an overclocking high performance motherboard with its super BIOS and mass of overclocking options."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte K8 Triton GA-K8NS Pro Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"The K8NS Pro felt every inch the solid Gigabyte mainboard that they're famous for. It didn't miss a beat during testing, BIOS operation was flawless and stability was excellent. After that, and given that the ASUS K8N-E is just as good at those things, it's the feature set that determines what you purchase for your Athlon 64 CPU these days, with performance being so derivative and tied to the CPU itself."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Silver Phantom Case Review @ Hardware Pacers
"If performance and functionality are key, but design, look, and aesthetics are paramount, then the Logisys Phantom is the right choice. The Phantom offers the user a multitude of preinstalled LEDs and lighted UV fans, but allows the user to add even more design options. Ultimate attractiveness has been Logisys' goal when they design their products and appealing quality craftsmanship has been their vehicle for delivery. The silver Phantom case with engraved acrylic LED lit-up window will have users blown away with its cool explosive looks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Labour Day Weekend 2004 Sale @ ADPMods
ADPmods is having a Labour Day Weekend clearout to make way for some new stock and to celebrate the last weekend of summer. Several great bargains are to be had including rock bottom pricing on ConnectorZ 4 Pin Male and Female Molex Connectors, Panaflo 80mm L1A cooling fans, and Sunbeam Hard Disk Silencers, to name a few. The sale ends Tuesday September 7th @ noon Eastern or while stock lasts.

More information on this sale can be found here.
Super Flower Xion Case Review @ PC Modding Malaysia
"The design that Super Flower used on the Xion case is very impressive. The front panel was uniquely designed and has an “X” design on it. The “X” design on the front panel had a silver coloured acrylic chamber. Since this casing had a Black and Green theme, the “X” curves on the front panel will be glowing green in colour. There was another “X” logo in the middle of the front panel. The logo fucntions as an HDD activity indicator that flickers during HDD activity."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, September 4, 2004
AC Ryan & VL Slogan Contest @ Viper Lair
"AC Ryan teams up with Viperlair and GameChronicles to hold another contest! AC Ryan keeps it simple this time again and wants to hear your new slogan for AC Ryan."

More information on this contest can be found here.
ATI Catalyst Tweak Guide Revamped @ Tweak Guides
"After the recent release of ATI's new Catalyst Control Center, TweakGuides.com has revamped its popular ATI Catalyst Tweak Guide, adding two new pages and many and various updates throughout the guide to cater to the changes brought about by the Control Center. As well as full descriptions of all the new features, included is some invaluable advice on how to prevent the Control Center from taking up a massive amount of system resources, so it's a must-read."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Gigabyte B49GU Router Review @ Designtechnica
"Based on the Atheros 802.11g chipset that supports Extreme-G speeds of up to 108Mbps, the B49GU was just as disappointing and erratic as the very similar D-Link DI-624. As a wired router, the Gigabyte B49GU is a solid performer with a lot of useful enhancements. But when you dig deeper into its feature set and take the wireless performance, or lack thereof, into account, the B49GU looks like a good idea that was poorly implemented and rushed to market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gainward 6800GT 2400GS Review @ PCUnleash
"One of the features of the board that is immediately noticeable is that it has a dual DVI. The overall layout is similar to a normal 6800GT but Gainward’s 6800GT offers Dual DVI that resembles what you’d find with a 6800Ultra card. It is a delightful feature that only Gainward’s 6800GT possesses, and it will help users achieve phenomenally high image quality by using two digital TFT LCD monitors. Note that the reference video GeForce 6800 GT does not comes with dual DVI. This alone makes Gainwards 6800GT very unique. The card also comes with an S-Video port for video and television."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP-939 Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"In this review, PCstats is testing a brand new Socket 939 motherboard from Gigabyte which is priced at around $350 CDN ($240 US). The Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP-939 is powered by the nForce3 Ultra chipset, and includes an onboard Serial ATA RAID controller, IEEE 1394b Firewire, Gigabit LAN, a 10/100 NIC, 7.1 channel audio, dual BIOS chips and Gigabyte's proprietory Dual Power System (DPS)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Microcool NorthPole Northbridge Cooler Review @ XYZ Computing
"Microcool's NorthPole cooler is an active cooling solution for your northbridge. Though many motherboard's have the potential to overclock they do not have the necessary northbridge cooling to go very far. This is the case with our present test motherboard so we are going to see what happens when we use the NorthPole on it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCX 6400-V Heatsink Review @ OCIA
"There were NO clearance issues installing this heatsink on an MSI K8N Neo Platinum. The included backplate was not used, ONLY because the backplate on the MSI K8N Neo is glued on. I compared both plates and saw no visible difference with the spacers included, as long as the threads go as deep as the backplate sent by Swiftech, there should be no complication."

More information on this review can be found here.
Jetart Xcool NP5000 Laptop Cooler Review @ ExtensionTech
"Although laptop coolers are nothing new to the enthusiast market, one would question the real necessity of them. I mean, if your laptop would get too hot, the whole 4 or 5 real manufacturers of laptops would catch that, and put in better cooling, right? But one could say that a cooler system will last longer, and perhaps be not as prone to crashes and lock-ups. Back on track here, this cooler is very unique in a few ways; it has a 4 port USB 2.0 Hub, adjustable fan speed, and it's AC powered!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM-2HC1 Heatpipe HDD Cooler Review @ FrostyTech
"While fans are easily the quickest way to cool down a toast drive, they create noise. Passive heatsinks are a good option, but in and of themselves they aren't really all that necessary. A better solution recently came to light in the form of Zalman's ZM-2HC1 heatpipe hard drive cooling rack, primarily because it addresses the noise and vibration factor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Poseidon WCL 02 & 03 Cu Kit Reviews @ Overclockers Online
"To be honest with you, I have never heard of 3R System prior to this review. However, after taking a look at their website, I quickly familiarized myself with them. They were incorporated in the year 2000 in Seoul, Korea with the goal to provide cutting-edge enclosure and cooling solutions. Today, they have established themselves as a formidable contender in the enthusiast market. Currently, their flagship line of cooling solutions is the Poseidon series. In this review we'll be taking a look at this family of products and see how they compare to similar offerings from 3R's rivals."

More information on this review can be found here.
A-Top Technologies X-Blade Mid Tower Gaming Case Review @ Tech-Mods
"Well it's no secret, home computer cases have stepped up a notch considerably we do not have to settle with what was once the beige normal look. There are now cases out there for everyone's style and appeal. Call it pre-modded or call it computer cases with flair, either way the options of looks are on the rise. Today we will be looking at a mid tower case from A-Top Technology that has form and function with looks that may have not been seen before. The X-Blade Mid Tower Gaming Case has enough flash of chrome and lights to call it your own."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin Mutant X Mid-Tower Case Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"The Mutant X comes in two color schemes, Black/Blue and Silver/Gray. Our review unit is of the Silver/Gray variety as you can see. The molded plastic bezel that runs top to bottom is a definite eye catcher. The gentle rounding edges all seem to pull your eyes to its center. Here we see a large lengthwise oval made of colorless acrylic with a bubble pattern of sorts in it. This acrylic oval lights up in operation but more on that later. In the middle of the oval is a single silver button which is of course your power on. Just below this is another small light which is your hard drive activity lamp that lights red when you access your drive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master's Declaration to Clear Rumors about the Wave Master
"Recently Cooler Master has found that one of our competitors has been falsely claiming that their designer was the one who originated the design of our renowned Wave Master. Therefore, it is vital for us to clarify such rumors with declaration letter written by Cooler Master Head Quarters. Please visit below link for a closer look at the declaration."

More information on this announcement can be found here.
Chenming 602A Case Review @ Club Overclocker
"The Chenming 602A has been categorized as an "Entry Level Server" enclosure. Expansion bays for drives and excellent internal ventilation potential are very typical attributes for an enclosure in this genre. The sleek design is punctuated by an acrylic side window and up front connections that are typical in modern-day enclosures. The 602A sports the classis Chenming faceplate and door arrangement and is available in the black and silver. "

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, September 3, 2004
Creative MuVo² FM 5GB Seagate CF Removal @ VR-Zone Hardware
"Creative has just launched the MuVo² FM 5GB player powered by Seagate's new 1-inch ST1 5GB, 3600rpm hard drive with RunOn Technology. Definitely we are very interested to know if this drive can be used in digicams like what the Hitachi 4GB Microdrive has been able to do before. Therefore we take this player apart, remove the 5GB drive and test it out on a Nikon D70 digicam."

More information on this guide can be found here.
4GB of Corsair PC3200 XL Giveaway @ Viper Lair
"Viper Lair and Corsair Memory will be giving away four 1GB Corsair TwinX1024-3200XL PRO kits. Yes, that means four readers have a shot at winning some kick ass ram. All that is needed is for you to enter in your email. That's it."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Thermaltake TWV480 Total Watts Viewer Power Supply Review @ BigBruin
"Leave it to Thermaltake to come up with some twist to a mundane device like a power supply. Enter the TWV480 Total Watts Viewer, part of the Thermaltake Pure Power Series. Included is a 5-1/4" bay device that monitors the total wattage your system is using and allows you to manually control one of the fans in the supply and the auxiliary fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Xpeaker Review @ OCIA
"The first thing I noticed straight out of the box was that the main drive assembly that holds the speakers was light in weight. I did not expect much from the speakers due to that fact but we will have more to say about that later. Looking at the front facing of the speaker bay assembly you see the bass knob on the left, volume knob in the center and power knob on the right. I have a feeling it will look nice once inside the case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Liteon SOHW-832S 8x8 Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Drive Review @ 3DX
"The Liteon 832S is an 8x DVD burner with 2.4x Dual Layer Burning capabilities. We at 3DXtreme have always been big fans of the products released by Liteon, let's see if the 832S maintains the Liteon tradition and delivers another respectable product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM80C HP GPU Cooler Review @ TechNation
"The ZM80C HP VGA Heat pipe cooler and the optional ZM-OP1 fan are aimed at becoming another feather in the cap of anyone looking to quieten their machine down, or even someone just looking for a new heat sink for their graphics."

More information on this review can be found here

Nexus Tech's AXP-3200 XP CPU Cooler Review

"Starting with one of the more important areas of the cooler; the copper base. Note the attention to detail in an effort to achieve a smooth surface to increase the effectiveness of the cooler. Granted, the perfectly smooth surface is currently outwith anyones reach, but the closer to true, the higher the effectiveness of the cooler. Slight blemishes can be corrected with a small application of the thermal paste."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright XP-120 Review @ Madshrimps
"Thermalright introduces a new heatsink with support for 120mm fans, made from aluminum it´s light as a feather, but does it perform? We´ve installed the XP-120 on our test system with a variety of fans on top to see how it stacks up against the competition."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Cavalier 3 Mid Tower Case Review @ Tech-Mods
"Today we'll be looking at the Cooler Master Cavalier 3 case that they were nice enough to send my way! The Cavalier 3 is a new design that breaks up the usual flat everyday PC with flowing curves and brushed aluminum bezel along with their excellent internal design. For any PC enthusiast Cooler Master is well known for their high quality thermal solutions whether it be enclosures, cpu cooling, or component cooling for the past decade."

More information on this review can be found here.

Samsung Yepp YP-780V 256MB Digital Audio Player Review

"From the first sounds of a beating drum, we have been attracted to some sort of music. So much so that most of us like carrying it with us, accordingly we can hear it any time we wish. With the computer world at our finger tips we now have a way to carry countless amounts of music with us with ease via the form of digital audio players. They too have had many improvements in their short life span. Today we are going to look at the latest offerings from Samsung Canada; The Yepp YP-780V a 256mb Digital Audio Player slightly larger than the very well known Zippo lighter that also houses an FM tuner and a voice recorder."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake BigWater Water Cooling Kit Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"The Thermaltake BigWater kit comes nicely packaged with everything you need to get your system up and running as a water cooled rig. Thermaltake has seen fit to include mounting hardware to make the BigWater effectively universally applicable to most every processor, to include the Intel LGA775, Intel P4 478 pin, AMD K7, AMD K8 and AMD Sempron processors. In addition to the mounting hardware, the kit includes a large radiator fitted with a 120mm fan, copper water block with see through acrylic top, two sections of hook and loop fasteners for mounting, 12 volt water pump, five feet (150cm) of UV reactive green 5/16" tubing, fan controller, 17 ounces (500cc) of UV reactive coolant and installation manual."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Aquagate ALC-U01 Review @ Rage3D
"Cooler Master entered the liquid-cooling market with the Aquagate ALC-U01 liquid-cooling kit which they introduced at CeBit last March. Unlike many other liquid-cooling kits, the Aquagate is compact and versatile enough to work with just about any system. Exactly how it's put together and how it performs is what I'm going to look at in this review."

More information on this review can be found here.
MTB Forum Upgrades Planned This Weekend
Just a heads up to our forum members that the MTB Forums will experience some downtime this weekend as I apply a series of upgrades to YaBB. Over the past month I have noticed some latency issues with the speed of the forums and feel it time to update some of the modules. I anticipate that the process will probably take up most of my day to confirm that everything is backed up and working correctly after the upgrades have been performed.

More information on this announcement can be found here.
Thursday, September 2, 2004
In-Win CR-I530 10-in-1 Card Reader/Writer Review @ Ninjalane
"I've found that the In-Win CR-1530 very handily replaces all of the functions that DFI includes with the FrontX panel. The obvious is the media connections, the card reader / writer is a welcome addition along with the compact size that easily fits into an empty 3.5" bay. While the additional connections are nice it will take a rare and special person to fill them all."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Doom 3 Article @ Core Limits
"Doom was the pinnacle of first person shooters during its release in 1991. The graphics, audio, and gameplay were the beginning of a new era for computer gaming. For those of us old enough to remember the enchanting times of playing Doom on our 2/3/486 systems, we could not put the keyboard down. Gaming has come a long way, just a little over a decade now, the amazing new technologies of graphics and raw computing power has led to such innovative titles as the upcoming Half-Life 2, Unreal Tournament Series, and of course Doom 3. For those of you not familiar with the story behind the Doom games, the UAC (Universal Aerospace Corporation) has unlocked technologies of teleportation from an ancient civilization found under the surface of Mars. Strange happenings begin to occur, and the UAC accidentally opens the gate to Hell. Souls manifest your once colleagues, demons spawn, and hell literally breaks out on the surface of Mars. It is up to you, a lone UAC marine, to blast, kill, and vanquish the evil before it has a chance to make its way to Earth and doom mankind."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sony DRU-700A DVD Writer Review @ Designtechnica
"The Sony DRU-700A Dual Layer DVD writer improves upon the DRU product line by offering a better software package and faster write speeds than its predecessors. We found the DRU-700A to be a reliable and consistent drive throughout the testing process, trailing the Plextor PX-708 and Sony’s own DRU-530A drives by only a few seconds."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan TWC-A04 Mods @ A1-Electronics
"Here we can see that the Titan TWC-A04 in its basic form gives super cooling performance even with the single external fan running at only 7.5v volts and the main unit at the lowest speed for least noise. As we increase the fan voltage hence speed of the external radiator fan the cooling increases proportionally."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI TV Wonder USB 2.0 Review @ Viper Lair
"What we've seen today is a very flexible TV tuner, that is both easy to use and offers excellent image quality. If you're a notebook user or an enthusiast with limited expansion port real estate, and you'd like some TV-In capabilities, the ATI TV Wonder USB 2.0 is worthy of your consideration."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron PX915P Pro Motherboard Review @ Overclockers Online
"The Albatron PX915P proves a worthy solution that is both affordable and a solid performer for anyone looking to migrate to the new PCI Express/LGA 775 platform. The features provided in this solution are numerous and give the enthusiast options for improving the performance of their stock setup through added tweaking."

More information on this review can be found here.
Waffer PC AirCon PAC 400 Review @ A True Review
"With the advent of super fast processors and ultra performance video cards, a user who chooses to stay with air cooling is going to face some challenges. One of those challenges could be that air cooling with the ambient room temperature air will affect stability. Even though air can be brought into a case by fans, what temperature can one expect from the air outside of the case? If it's summer the air could get very hot. Today, I'm going to look at the Waffer AirCon PAC 400, a product that might solve the problem of the temperature difference between the outside and inside of the case. It allows for 24/7 cold air. However, the question is how practical will it be to the end user?"

More information on this review can be found here.
HEC Silent OP 475W Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The HEC Silent OP is not a fancy looking power supply; however, it offers almost 500 watts of power at an affordable price. Bottom line - power is what's most important. Two fans, 90mm and 80mm, provide plenty of cooling. These fans, coupled with the Auto Temperature Detection System, equal a quiet product. Today's computer systems can demand a lot from a power supply. This one can handle it."

More information on this video review can be found here.
QTechnologies Model 350G Power Supply & Product Review @ OCIA
"Over the past few years, the manufacturers have paid much attention to the demands of computer enthusiasts for quieter systems, and have been developing "silent" power supplies. QTechnology is among these. Since 1998, QTechnology has worked hard to silence office and home computers with their "Ultra Silent" power supplies, CPU coolers, cases, and Acousti Products noise reduction materials."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Silent PurePower TWV480 Power Supply Review @ System Cooling
"PC power supply unit (PSU) manufacturers continue to look for ways to differentiate themselves from the crowd and make their products stand out. A recent trend has been the inclusion of a power meter, which provides the user with visual feedback of how much electrical power their system is using. The new Thermaltake Silent PurePower TWV480 Total Watts Viewer power supply features a digital watt meter mounted into a 5.25” bay panel. In addition, the package also includes two front panel fan speed controls for the PSU exhaust fan and an included 80mm case fan. The TWV480 PSU is available in two models: one with Active Power Factor Correction (W0043) and the one that we will be reviewing, which does not include active PFC (W0044)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products X-Connect 500w Power Supply Review @ XYZ Computing
"The X-Connect is a modular ATX power supply unit. This means that each wire that plugs into the back of the PSU can be disconnected if it is not needed. Up until now units like this were only available custom and generally started at about $175. So the X-Connect is, in certain respects, the first pre-modded PSU to take of advantage modular design and the cost benefits of mass production."

More information on this review can be found here.
A.C.Ryan BackyT Review @ Madshrimps
"Internal connectors on the outside? Not problem with a BackyT. If you were thinking of something dirty, you're way off. This is a new product from the modding company A.C. Ryan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seasonic Power Angel Power Monitor Review @ BigBruin
"Seasonic has sent over one of their newest items for review, but this time around it is something other than a power supply. The Power Angel is a compact diagnostic tool which allows users to monitor power consumption of just about any 110V device. Ever wonder how much juice your high-end PC is drawing? Or much money that air conditioner is costing you every month? The Power Angel power monitor is just the device to let you know."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master CM Stacker Giveaway @ System Cooling
"It's that time again! Systemcooling.com has teamed up with our friends at Cooler Master to offer one of our coolest giveaways yet. This time around, one lucky winner is going to walk away with a shiny new CM Stacker case. The only catch is that we're gonna make you work for it this time. See the forum thread for contest details. Good Luck!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
Antec Super LANBOY Review @ Hardware12v
"If yours it is to often go to parties and you like to take care of the aesthetic one of the box, the Super LANBOY deberia to be in the first positions of your list of options as far as boxes. It is an ideal box to teach it to the others and to have it well bright with our components in his interior. In perfect harmony if also we have a source Antec TrueBlue480."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, September 1, 2004
Clean a Laptop Heatsink @ Short-Media
"Maintenance is good. A notebook will get dirty. It is inevitable that dust and dirt will build up inside and out. This dirt will begin to make a notebook computer operate at a higher temperature compared to when it was new. If your notebook is experiencing BSODs or complete shut-downs then the culprit be a dusty, dirty CPU and heatsink. This means it's time to clean it and gain back stability. Just how to do it is what this guide is all about."

More information on this guide can be found here.
How to Cook your Hard Drive @ Bona Fide Reviews
"That's right, its BFR's first ever, and hopefully not last, hardware BBQ. One of our writer's had their hard drive die, so we decided to through it on the barbie. Here is our guide to cooking your hard drive."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Future Broadband Article @ HardAvenue
"Today Hardware Avenue have posted an article entitled 'Future Broadband'. In the article they cover a few candidates of technology featured in the race for truly high performing widespread broadband, including Broadband over Power, WiMax, FTTH, Stratellite and ADSL2."

More information on this article can be found here.
Arctic Cooling ATI Silencer 1 Review @ Virtual-Fusion
The ATI Silencer 1 seems to be an high quality product, being able to achieve a very good level of performance, however, like the previous VGA Silencer, it has some flaws specially assembly related problems."

More information on this review can be found here.
nPowerTek TTIC NPH-201 Socket A Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Thermal Transtech International Corp. NPH-201 Socket A heatsink is nifty little cooler. It has a copper column, 25mm in diameter, with a chemical coating on the inside that works to the same effect as a wick in a traditional heatpipe at least as far as we can glean from TTICs patent on the technology."

More information on this review can be found here.
DangerDen 6800 Block Review @ MHQ
"Today ModdersHQ has one of the very first reviews up for the highly anticipated DangerDen 6800 block. Of course, many of you know this is one of the most exciting blocks released for this year, and one of the first retail blocks to cool the GPU and the memory chips. We take a look at this block from an overclockers view point, and see if the clocks gained are worth the negatives and the hefty price tag."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Reserator 1 Review @ ipKonfig
"Water cooling has made several changes within the last two years with introduction of easy kits, and external units, making them more portable also. But now Zalman comes out with their version of a fan-less watercooling kit, and from what we’ve seen, the only version currently on the market for the consumer side."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor Radeon 9250 Videocard Review @ PCStats
"We usually focus on higher end parts here at PCStats.com, but in ths review we'll be evaluating the little PowerColor ATI Radeon 9250 videocard. The Powercolor Radeon 9250 retails for just $62 CDN ($47 US), and does not come with much else other than a driver CD, CyberLink DVD software suite, a S-Video-to-composite converter, composite-to-composite cable and a half height mounting bracket great. For $47USD, that's not bad!"

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X600 XT VIVO PCI Express GFX Adapter Review @ MetkuMods
"All of the eight memory modules are passively cooled with shiny aluminum heatsinks. With all this metal, HIS makes sure that you will be getting most out of your purchase and allow you to get some pretty impressive overclocking results in the process."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor 9250 GameFX Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"If you’re looking at building an office computer, why the hell would you spend $300 + on a video card, with something under a hundred bucks would do the job just fine. The same can be said about low-end gaming computers (same for your kids… or parents). And let us not forget the almighty HTPC. A lot of people are starting to get into HTPCs in a big way. The versatility is something that appeals to everyone. Well, you don’t need an uber card for any of those. So save some green, and check out this review of the PowerColor 9250… or as I like to call it, the little card that could. (Could play Doom 3, that is.)"

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Pentium 4 550 (3.4 GHz LGA775) Processor Review @ Bjorn3D
"Although its current processors are not quite outperforming the ability of these interfaces, Intel Corporation decided recently that it was time to introduce a new package for their flagship Pentium 4 line of processors in order to get ahead of the curve a little bit. The engineers at Intel chose a design that is quite different than any other mainstream CPU available today. The processor design itself has not changed; the packaging of the processor is what has changed. Intel is still using the recently released Prescott core (replaced Northwood) for their Pentium 4 line-up."

More information on this review can be found here.
925x Motherboard Shootout @ hardCOREware
"We look at all the high-end boards from Abit, Gigabyte, and Foxconn. And we have also included the latest version of DFI's Lanparty! The 925x-T2. Our shootout review is more like four separate motherboard reviews put together, so you won't miss out on anything. Check it out for 21 pages of high end motherboard goodness!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle AN51R Motherboard Review @ Overclockers Club
"With their XPC line, Shuttle has grown immensely over the last few years. However, they have been around as an OEM main board builder for a long time. Today we are going to look at Shuttles latest main board; the AN51R, which is based around Nvidia's newest chipset the NF3 250. Shuttle had arguably one of the most popular NF3 150 boards with the AN50R, for the price you got great overclocking ability for an NF3 150 board at a bargain price. Can Shuttle repeat the success they had with the AN50R with the AN51R? Let's take a closer look and find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Modder of The Month September @ Creative Mods
"I am quite proud to present this month's Modder of The Month: Mr. Ken Geronilla. The mod that is featured in this article is just one of Ken's many creations: The Pelican 1500, a computer in a carrying case that is reminiscent of ZapWizard's infamous Radioactive Ammo PC. Ken has also experimented in other areas of modding by seamlessly integrating a speaker system into a chair and an Xbox into his truck."

Very nice work! More information on this interview can be found here.
Yeong Yang YY-5601 Mars ATX Mid-Tower Case Review @ 3DX
"The Mars YY-5601 Case is not as flashy as some of the Cases we've reviewed, but it provides a solid design with easy to use features and allows for a quick and easy installation. If you are on a tight budget and need a no frills Case with a Power Supply Unit, the Mars YY-5601 may just fit the bill. For the mere price of $52 the YY-5601 is a Case that provides great value for the dollar."

More information on this review can be found here.
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