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Monday, January 31, 2005
HIS X700Pro IceQ Turbo VIVO 256MB PCI-E Review @ Overclockers Online
"Today we would like to give you a look at a card sporting ATI's mainstream PCI-E solution, the HIS X700Pro IceQ Turbo VIVO 256MB PCI-E. A long name indeed, but the length is justified by the amount of features this product carries."

More information on this review can be found here.
I-rocks X-Slim EL Keyboard Review @ XYZ Computing
"When I first heard about the X-Slim keyboard I knew exactly what it was, and I was very excited about it. The X-Slim, in my approximation, was designed to be an updated version of the Eluminx keyboard, with all the little issues worked out. I obtained a sample unit to test out and see how true my hypothesis was."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX GeForce 6600 GT Dual-DVI Review @ Hexus
"XFX, a division of Pine, has done an excellent job with its GeForce 6600 GT card. The company knew that it was on to a winner with the GPU; it's difficult to manufacture a bad one, really. XFX, intelligently, also knew that bigger NVIDIA partners would probably steal the limelight unless it did something special to its package. A pre-overclocked GPU speed was always unlikely, so XFX has gone with video RAM that runs at a full 20% faster than the default 1000MHz. That extra memory bandwidth, totalling 19.2GB/s off only a 128-bit bus, is the reason why XFX's effort is between 5-10% faster than the competition in the majority of our benchmarks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix PC4000 Review @ Steamed Turtle
"Crucial Technology, a division of Micron has been known for good quality products with a great price. Recently Crucial has added a new "high performance" memory product line, called Ballistix. Today we are taking a look at the Crucial Ballistix 512MB PC4000 DDR Memory Kit, which is a pair of 256MB modules rated to run at 250MHz (500MHz DDR). One of the more unique features of the PC4000 Ballistix memory is the CAS Latency is rated at a lower 2.5 timing, providing better performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X800 Pro Review @ OCModShop
"There is a DVI, VGA, and HDTV & TV-out (Mini Din 10pin S-Video) connector which means you will be able to use this video card with a CRT, LCD, TV, HDTV, and just about anything you can think of. Because this video card requires more voltage than the AGP slot is able to dole out you will need to plug a 4-pin molex from your power supply into the purple connection on the card. Adjacent to the purple connector is a yellow connector which is an analog video-in connector. This is so you can run a cable from the video card to an analog video capture port on the front of your case if you have one."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound Review @ Mikhailtech
"Having recently tossed my near-empty tube of AS3, I noticed several differences between the two. From a packaging perspective, one complaint I had with the previous container was that it would always "leak". That is, the compound would be at the very tip every time which eventually caused a few messes. The new packaging suffers no such fate. Also, AS5 is a lot thicker and harder to spread. Surprisingly, what seems like a few grains of sand is more than enough to cover an entire P4 core after a few minutes of spreading. I prefer to use an index card, but a finger through a plastic sandwich bag will also work."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT Fatal1ty AA8XE i925XE Motherboard Review @ OCTools
"This is the most overclockable Intel P4 board that money can buy to date. Finally, here's an extreme board that can go the distance as long as you have the right components to go with it. We've never seen any board that can overclock like this out of the box and with such ease".

More information on this review can be found here.
VIA PT Series Chipset Preview @ BigBruin
"VIA Technologies, Inc. is on the verge of releasing a new series of core logic chipsets for Intel Pentium 4 based motherboards that should be the first viable third party alternative to the Intel i915 and i925 based boards on the market right now. The new VIA PT880 Pro, PT894, and PT894 Pro will cover a broad range of the motherboard market, offering solutions for entry level systems, all the way up to workstations and high performance enthusiast systems."

More information on this preview can be found here.

VIA PT Series Chipset Preview @ Tweaktown

"Today we will see the launch of three new chipsets from VIA Technologies for the Pentium 4 chipset - namely the VIA PT880 Pro, PT894 and PT894 Pro. They wish to penetrate the Pentium 4 chipset market with the aim of maximizing end-user upgradeability and value for money by allowing you to use your AGP graphics card AND PCI Express graphics card together along with the ability to choose between using DDR or DDR-II memory. Read on for our impressions of the new chipsets from VIA!"

More information on this preview can be found here.

VIA PT Series Chipset Preview @ Techzone

"Today VIA launched three new core logic chipset for the Intel Pentium 4 processor platform; The PT880 Pro, PT894 and PT894 pro. The new chipsets are designed to compete head to head with Intel's 915 and 925 chipset and will offer users an alternative and less expensive PCI Express solution."

More information on this preview can be found here.
SuperPower XP03P Mid-Tower ATX PC Case Review @ LAN Addict
"There's a lot to like about SuperPower's XP03P Mid-Tower ATX PC Case. The distinctive looks, the convenience of built-in handles, and the easy-access latching side panels are sure to be a hit with LAN gamers and other folks that change parts in their PC on a regular and/or frequent basis. If SuperPower can address the front bezel intake fan issue that I feel is very important and maybe do something about all those screws while they're at it, I think this would be a really good case design. Until then, it's just OK."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Vanessa CPU Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"Getting away from the plain square heat sinks make the Vanessa truly unique. This design works very well, and I found it to have a great ability to cool a processor. If the "butterfly" design doesn't bother you, this is a great option to get away from the normal designs. Perhaps Titan will develop other more manly heat sink designs, such as a skull or a dragon."

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den MAZE4 GPU Water Block Review @ Techniz
"Danger Den is a very famous manufacturer for the water cooling kit and accessories. Danger Den is kind enough for sending the MAZE4 GPU water block all the way to us for review. The MAZE4 water block series was designed to provide high performance for any setup. It was available red, blue and black color. Our review unit was a blue color which is my favorite color."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Aquagate ALC-U01 Review @ Hexus
"Overall, the Aquagate has a fair bit going for it. Although perhaps not the most exceptional water cooling kit from a performance point of view, it nevertheless performs admirably. Add to that its ease of installation thanks to a good design and manual, and you have a tempting set-up."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe's Arctic Silentium 1 Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"With Scythe's new Arctic Silentium 1 case they have broken with tradition and designed a case that does not follow the standard guidelines used in most ATX cases since the mid-90's. The Arctic Silentium 1 was designed from the ground up concentrating on two key things - noise reduction and optimal thermodynamic properties. With the cases bottom ventilation system and the use of four 80mm temperature controlled fans to provide a constant positive airflow the case it is able to achieve great temperatures while producing very little noise."

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den MCT-5 and MCT-40 Liquid Review @ Madshrimps
"Danger Den has partnered with Midwest Cooling Technologies to bring two non-conductive cooling liquids for the H20 Enthusiast: MCT-5 and MCT-40 are premixed, non-conductive, and with significantly lower freeze points then water. They even fluoresce under black light."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, January 29, 2005
Thermaltake Circle Fire Review @ FastLaneHW
"Thermaltake, well known for cases heatsinks and other cooling supplies, has now introduced it's new sound system and monitor the Circle Fire. The Circle Fire plays audio from your computer through it's internal speaker while it monitors the sound levels from that speaker through it's analog and digital readouts."

More information on this review can be found here.
Making successful DVD backups to DVD+/-R @ Hardware Analysis
"Making backups of DVDs and keeping the originals in a safe location is often the only way to safeguard them. But creating a backup can often be a daunting task. We explore exactly what is needed to create successful backups."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Project Lament by ARTbyTROY @ CaseModGod
"Hellraiser is hands down cool and quite scary, there are a fair amount of existing modded cases that pay tribute to the puzzle box but face it, the box isn't scary. Cenobites are scary, so I am shooting for a "what if the box opened and a case modder were transformed into a cenobite" kind of theme, the story above and the sketches below show what I am going for."

More information on this project can be found here.
CTX International X701A 17" LCD Monitor Review @ Tweaknews
"If you are looking to upgrade your monitor, I would recommend this one without hesitation. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles as some of the more expensive monitors on the market, but for the price of about $225-260 you absolutely cannot go wrong with the CTX X701A. It is cheap, at 14ms response latancy it is a very capable gamer, did I mention it is really cheap? This will be one of the smartest investments you will make for your desktop."

More information on this review can be found here.
XG Vortec 600w Power Supply Review @ Controlled-Insanity
"Let's jump in the waaay back machine for a minute. Power supplies have come a long way since the days of the Pentium 1 and 2, needing only a 250w PSU to deliver more then enough power to keep your system stable was pretty standard. Nowadays, gaming systems are blazing fast, and thus require a stronger, more reliable source of power. Enter our next product for review. Not only does it look amazing, but this 600w PSU from XG (Extreme Gamer), dubbed the Vortec, packs a big punch. Let's go see if the Vortec delivers a knock out blow, or is just swinging at air."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-In-Wonder X600 Pro Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The ATI All-In-Wonder X600 Pro 256MB Video Card does it all. You can play the latest games, watch TV and listen to the radio all on one Video Card. This is very impressive to say the least, but it's also capable of many audio/video in/out connections. These features make this an extremely versatile product and the perfect affordable card for a HTPC."

More information on this video review can be found here.
The VapoChill XE II Review @ XtremeResources
"Only a very few number of companies jumped o­n the opportunity to fulfill the lust of the hardcore overclockers by offering very powerful cooling systems. asetek was such a company and the VapoChill XE II is such a product: a very powerful phase change cooling unit. The VapoChill XE II is special in it’s own way because it is the o­nly system that comes pre-installed in it's own special computer case, saving the end-user from the hassle of case modifications and/or other worries and making it the most simple to use phase change cooling system to date."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC4200 EL Platinum Edition Memory Review @ Neoseeker
"In short, if you are purchasing memory for your Athlon 64 system, your purchasing decision should come down to whether or not that memory can run at 1T at your target memory clock. OCZ's PC4200 EL PE didn't break a sweat running at 1T at 263 MHz."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCP350 Pump Modification for Increased Flow @ System Cooling
"Everything I said in the original Swiftech MCP350 12 VDC pump review still stands. But for the hard-core enthusiast that is willing to perform a relatively simple modification, this little pump has the potential to deliver significantly more flow. As expected, the modified MCP350 pump remained just as quiet as the original and current draw increased ~0.1 Amp (at 12.0 VDC) under full flow."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Corsair Introduces COOL Water Cooling Kit

"Fremont, California, January 27, 2005: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced a water cooling kit that enables greater overclocking performance by cooling Intel and AMD processors far more efficiently than conventional heatsink/fan air cooling units.

Branded simply “COOL”, this kit was designed for ultimate ease of installation; it can be installed in virtually any system in about an hour, with no need for power tools. The included RadBox allows the fan/radiator assembly to be mounted on 80mm, 100mm, or 120mm chassis fan openings. The kit is available in two flavors:

• CWC100-1000 supports Pentium™ 4 Socket 478 and Athlon™ 64 CPUs
• CWC100-1001 supports Pentium 4 LGA-775 and Athlon XP processors.

To develop this kit Corsair performed exhaustive testing on virtually every water cooling component available, then selected the combination of components that together delivered the top results. The complete kit includes a 120mm fan, radiator, CPU cold block with factory-clamped tubing, bay reservoir, 12-volt DC pump, and all necessary mounting hardware. Each component is the best in its class."

If you really take a look at the components in this kit, you would swear you were buying re-branded Swiftech products. More information on this press release can be found here.
Friday, January 28, 2005
Edirol FA-101FireWire Audio Interface Review @ XYZ Computing
"Edirol, a division of Roland, fine makers of professional audio and music equipment, with their FA-101 FireWire audio interface. In brief, the FA-101 is an outboard soundcard with 10 channels of both input and output. But the features run much deeper."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI GeForce 6600GT PCIe Graphics Card Reviewed @ VR-Zone Hardware
"After seeing MSI's unique cooling solution, I expected the NX6600GT-TD128E to have some overclocking potential. Fortunately, I was left impressed, with the card reaching a maximum stable core speed of 565MHz and maximum stable memory speed of 1.115GHz. This was a 13MHz core increase over Albatron's GPU overclock, but at the same time a 5MHz decrease in memory speed over the card."

More information on this review can be found here.
128MB XGI Volari V3XT AGP Card Review @ BigBruin
"If you were looking for a serious gaming graphics card, you came to the wrong review. But, if you are looking for a budget solution for multimedia or home theater applications, the XGI Volari V3XT is an excellent option. The processor runs cool enough to only need passive cooling, and the silence is ideal for an HTPC situation where even the faintest hum of fans may interfere with video or music playback."

More information on this review can be found here.
Akasa Integral 3.5in External HDD Enclosure Review @ Mikhailtech
"Akasa went with a minimalist approach when designing their Integral series of enclosures. There are three parts to the entire case: the main aluminum shell, an acrylic front panel, and a sliding acrylic back panel. On each side is a clear plastic strip with indentations to refract light coming from rear-mounted LEDs, in effect creating a lighted strip. The rear has a USB2.0 connection, a power plug, and an on/off switch."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe AMD Athlon 64 Motherboard Review @ A1-Electronics
"The Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard uses the latest high performance Nvidia nForce4 chipset supporting AMD Athlon 64 socket-939 processors and is a Asus top of the line AMD Athlon 64 939-socket motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
nVidia SLI Technology & 6800 Ultra Performance @ Tweaktown
"We finally get our chance to setup an nVidia SLI system with two GeForce 6800 Ultra graphics cards and see just what type of performance we can expect from this expensive yet impressive setup which deserves respect. Since this is our first SLI article we look into what exactly SLI is, what it stands for, how it works and everything else we think is important and then get straight into the benchmarking to see what we can come up with."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe - SLI Part 1 @ OCModShop
"Asus was kind enough to send us their brand new AMD flagship, the nForce4 A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard and two EN6600GT's so we could review a full-blown Asus SLI setup. We are going to take a look at this hardware in a three part article suite. With this article, Part 1, we will be looking at the motherboard. Then in Part 2 we will look at the the SLI compatible EN6600GT's, and finally in Part 3 take a closer look at the performance and issues of a current SLI hardware setup, and maybe give some insight to those looking at 6600GT SLI hardware."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Centurion 5 Case Giveaway @ 3DGameman
"Ready for another exciting Cooler Master Giveaway? Cooler Master is teaming up with 3DGameman to bring you this awesome giveaway! And guess what the prize is this time? It's our most popular tower chassis; the Centurion 5"

More information on this contest can be found here.
Swiftech H20-120 REV. 3 Liquid Kit Review @ Viper Lair
"One of the main reasons we have water coolers is for the performance and quietness. In this the Swiftech system delivers, at least compared the the stock Intel cooler. With the included fan the H20-120 is fairly quiet, but when we put a Vantec Stealth fan in it basically didn't register on our sound meter. Cooling performance was very good especially when overclocked, with the system being from 5-10°C cooler under load than the Intel cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool WC-202 Watercooling Kit Review @ Tech-Mods
"Alpha & Omega Computers founded in 1987, has emerged as one of the premier computer accessory distributors on the pacific-west coast. They sent over the Evercool WC-202 water-cooling kit for us to put through it's paces. The WC-202 is designed to provide cooling for today’s CPU’s and GPU’s with one simple to setup kit!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe - SLI Part 1 @ OCModShop
"Asus was kind enough to send us their brand new AMD flagship, the nForce4 A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard and two EN6600GT's so we could review a full-blown Asus SLI setup. We are going to take a look at this hardware in a three part article suite. With this article, Part 1, we will be looking at the motherboard. Then in Part 2 we will look at the the SLI compatible EN6600GT's, and finally in Part 3 take a closer look at the performance and issues of a current SLI hardware setup, and maybe give some insight to those looking at 6600GT SLI hardware."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalRock OceanDome Aluminum Chassis Review @ Techniz
"Have you heard of "ThermalRock"? If no, today we are going to introduce you about this new manufacturer. ThermalRock Incorporation was established by a group of multinational Research & Design, and Marketing elites from USA, Taiwan, China, Japan, Germany, France, and Australia. They specialize in the design and manufacture of aluminum, copper and metallic alloy products that raise industry standards, while remaining cost effective. Their expertise in thermal solutions and industrial design have assisted ThermalRock in creating innovative computer peripherals that users will appreciate and makes them the index of many followers."

Thermalrock sounds too much like Thermaltake. I'm pretty sure that there will be a few comparisons. More information on this review can be found here.
ATXPowerSupplies 753AB Chassis Review @ ExtensionTech
"This case has a simple look that I thoroughly enjoy. It is two-toned and it is not wild in colors or designs. It makes for a distinctively elegant look. The only thing that could be classified as even mildly different would be the weird window-style clear plastic chunk around the power/reset buttons and the LED's. It's not quite a window; all it shows is a section of the outside of the case. But it does add to the overall look of the case while in keeping with the more subtle overtones the case gives off."

More information on this review can be found here.
How to Choose a PC Case @ BigBruin
"In the past, computer cases were all very similar. Clones of the same boring, beige box. With all of the choices available today, this is no longer the 'case', and people can use their systems' chassis as a means to express themselves and to set their system apart from the rest. Although appearance may be a big one, it isn't the only factor in the selection process and the following items should be considered when shopping for a new computer case."

More information on this article can be found here.
Enermax CS-718B Maxflow Case Review @ 3DXtreme
"We enjoyed reviewing this Case, some of the high points are the screwless drive rails, top USB ports, quiet 120 mm cooling, LCD with temperature and RPM readout and the overall classy, stylish look of this particular Case. Also, the included Enermax 465 Watt Power Supply that delivers as much power to each of the rails as any $100+ Power Supply Unit would. The only real downside to this Case is that not all Motherboards will work as advertised, you may not be able to mount the wind tunnel or may have issues with cable lengths."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, January 27, 2005
Thermaltake Silent Purepower 410W PSU Review @ XtremeResources
"Power supply units are getting a lot of the enthusiasts’ attention the last few years due to the rising need of higher output and stable power. The old very cheap generic power supply units just will not do anymore for a highly overclocked rig, or a simply power hungry system. Others are simply not satisfied with the old white power supply units and all of their messy cables, looking for a better aesthetic result for their good-looking system."

More information on the review can be found here.
TFT Display Round Up & Buyers Guide @ Spode's Abode
"The physically fixed pixels of an LCD monitor restrict it to one "native" resolution. The typical 15" LCD runs at 1024x768, and most 17" models run at 1280x1024. There are exceptions to this rule, very cheap screens may be cheap because they have a lower resolution, and larger screens often use unusual resolutions, so do check before buying to avoid disappointment."

More information on the round-up can be found here. More information on the buyers guide can be found here.
Casebuy's EZ Power Supply Tester Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"A lot of people don’t understand the importance of a good power supply until their system becomes unstable or refuses to boot up due to a PSU failure. It’s time-consuming to have to test a PSU. Often, you will have to completely remove it from the chassis and test it in another system. Well, Casebuy has come to the rescue with a fantastic little tool; an EZ Power Supply Tester."

More information on the review can be found here.

Ideazon ZBoard WoW Keyset Review

"Zboard offers many excellent keysets for their gaming keyboard, and with the release of World of Warcraft came a custom keyset with a new layout. The question is, does it make a difference in the game? Let’s find out."

More information on the review can be found here.
Logisys Glacier 500W Power Supply Review @ PimpRig
"The PSU itself is quite rugged and sturdy. It weighs in at approximately 3lbs on my bathroom scale, which (considering the acrylic and aluminum casing) is quite heavy. For reference, my all steel 470Watt Enermax Noisetaker weighs 4.5lbs."

More information on the review can be found here.
Sirius Satellite Radio Vs XM Satellite Radio @ The Tech Zone
"Just as many TV viewers have come to consider cable TV a life necessity, so too is satellite radio becoming a mainstream replacement for traditional AM/FM listening. Yes you have to pay for it, but just as with cable, you get way more channels and edgier, more innovative programming. Plus, you don't lose your favorite station as you travel across the state or country. And satellite players show the artist and name of the song, which is definitely a plus for those who like to know what they're listening to."

More information on this article can be found here.
Sonos Music System Review @ Designtechnica
"The Sonos Digital Music System by Sonos is designed to bring your digital music files from your PC or Mac to other areas of your home. At the heart of the Sonos system are two components which interact together to provide a wireless entertainment experience no matter what room you may be in."

More information on this review can be found here.
Modding Bootcamp - Sleeving & Cable Tidying @ PimpRig
"Ugly wiring can really bring down an otherwise nicely modded rig. As I covered sleeving in some detail in my Sleeving - Jonny English Style article a while back, the first part of this installment will just be a recap of the basic principles. This time I'll be using a Vantec sleeving kit (2 of them in fact), and a set of UV reactive Molex plugs. While the Vantec kits (and others out there on the market) give the modder a great choice in terms of colours, I didn't find the kit that impressive."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Sunbeam Chameleon Review @ LAN Addict
"I think Sunbeam has a real winner on its hands with the Chameleon! Not only can you set the color to your liking, but the four individual LED cannon lights let you focus the lighting exactly where you want it inside of your case. The Chameleon is also a pretty good lighting deal price wise at $22.99 from FrozenCPU.com."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX424 LCD Review @ VR-Zone Hardware
"The Matrix Orbital MX4 series comes in a variety of drive bay insert colors. Colors such as: silver aluminum, white, black and black aluminum. The silver and black aluminum inserts blend right into brushed aluminum cases, looking so good it seems as iflike part of the case. The aluminum finish is top notch and sturdy. The display is a 20 character x 4 lines LCD and is approximately 76mm x 25.0mm."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast PX6600GT SLI Review @ Neoseeker
"The single 6800GT does much better (as it should) in comparison to the single 6600GT. Nearly half the time are the framerates above 55 FPS but there is still a good amount of time spent in the 30-40 FPS and sub 30 FPS zones which means that the end user will have noticeable dips in the framerates. The results with the Leadtek WinFast PX6600GT TDH SLI pair makes the choice between the 6600GT SLI pair and 6800GT much more difficult. A whopping 76% of the time has the framerates in the 55 FPS range."

More information on this review can be found here.
StarTech TV Jockey Review @ BigBruin
"The TV Jockey allows you to watch television broadcast programs (whether over the air broadcasts or cable) on your computer monitor without the need for a separate Television (or TV tuner card). But it’s so much more than this… it also allows you to watch DVDs & VCR tapes from set top units. You can even plug in your PlayStation or GameCube directly to the TV Jockey, and play on your computer monitor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Arctic Silentium 2 [AC-ST2] Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This case has a quality Seasonic 350W PSU, great looks & unique features. Most cases have the PSU compartment located at the rear, but this product has it located at the front. With four 80mm fans, air circulation is good. Also, there are 2x5.25" (ext.), 2x3.5" (ext.), & 2x3.5" (int.) drive bays. One of the internal 3.5" drive bays is a unique HDD muffler."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Chenbro Gaming Bomb II Review @ Viper Lair
"Chenbro came out a winner with this case, its' cooling capabilities are great, the handles make it a dream to move around, and the tool-less installation of drives makes swapping drives in and out a breeze. The case itself is rather light, as would be expected with an aluminum case, and the brushed metal and rounded curves look great. The case doesn't have any sharp edges, or noticeable problems other than the small ones I have pointed out before."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Sunbeamtech Case Accessories Review @ OCTools
"This is the only company we've seen so far that is totally dedicated in providing "geek" gear for case enthusiasts and modders. You'll be dazzled by the amount of innovation and effort spent on designing products to cater for every modders whim. Some might find other accessories as unnecessary, but for some, these products are almost a necessity."

More information on this review can be found here.
Bonzai Mods Custom Hand Sculpted Fan Grills @ Controlled-Insanity
"Well what can I say? No matter how you word it, it's clearly evident that Bonzai Mods has come through a winner in this our third review. Their unique design and amazingly detailed paint put these grills in a league of their own. Nothing in today's modding market even compares, and I don't expect anything to come close for some time. Not as long as Bonz is on the job at least."

More information on this review can be found here.
Change Your Mouse LED Guide @ Overhauled PC
"Some of us like to maintain a motif when it comes to our computers. It may be you like to buy a certain brand, style, or color. Sometimes we go as far as swapping out components in order to maintain this theme. In this case we will be performing a LED mod on a Logitech MX510 in order to replace the stock red LED with a new sexy blue LED."

More information on this guide can be found here.
A4Tech Wireless Battery Free Mouse Review @ XYZ Computing
"What can I say about the A4 Tech Battery Free NB-30? I guess it would be wise to start with my first impressions, which, keep in mind, are my first impressions without ever plugging the mouse in. When a product comes packaged in a box like this, it’s hard not to take notice. The front of the box shows an exploding double-A battery, blowing through the Ocean Spray cranberry-juice wave. A4 Tech’s true contempt for the simple AA battery is most obvious on the back of the box. Without so much as a “do-not-try-this-at-home” warning, a hatchet is taken to the Ocean Spray battery’s life partner."

More information on this review can be found here.
JAHT 5 Port Gigabit SOHO Switch Review @ Techniz
"The JAHT Gigabit Switch is really a good product with excellent performance. If you do a lot of file transfers between the computers on your LAN, you might want to consider investing in a Gigabit switch now that the price has come down to a reasonable level. One thing you will need to take into consideration, is that you must have at least Cat5e or better network cabling, regular Cat5 cable is not rated beyond 100Mbps. The most recommended cable is the Cat6 network cable. Furthermore, the design of the JAHT Gigabit Switch is in very nice color. And each port does have the LED indicator individually. Each of the Gigabits ports is also support Auto MDI/MDI-X."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool WC-202 Water Cooler Review @ Techniz
"Again, the WC-202 is another good design water cooler from Evercool. As for the performance, it was pretty good compare to the Intel stock cooler, you can refer to this water cooler cooling performance at the testing section. The only noise came out from this water cooler is from the both fan that blowing the radiator, but the noise is not loud. The water block of this water cooler is support the Intel P4 (Socket 478 and Socket T), AMD K8 and K7."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilenX IXtrema CPU Cooler Review @ AuphanOnline
"When it comes to building a silent PC, reducing the sound of the CPU cooler is a key step. SilenX steps up to bat with a silent CPU cooler which promises to run at less than 24dBA."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech H20-120 Water Block Tests @ A1-Electronics
"Today we put the Swiftech H20-120 h20 cooler heatsink system we reviewed earlier to the test with two other water blocks, the PolarFLO TT & SilverProp we have reviewed earlier and are designed for 1/2 inch pipe systems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel's BTX form factor, with a B for better? @ Hardware Analysis
"PCs based on the BTX form factor are just about to be available, offering better thermal management and smaller PCs. We take a look at a micro-BTX case, motherboard and heatsink to see whether BTX delivers on its promises."

More information on this article can be found here.
All You Need to Know About Bass Management @ eCoustics
"When it comes to home theater, nothing's more confusing than hooking up a powered subwoofer and configuring the "speaker set-up" or "bass management" functions of a 5.1 channel Dolby Digital processor."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Why 1080p is a Magic Number & Letter @ Designtechnica
"A lot of companies believe 1080p is the next big thing in HDTV. But what exactly is 1080p and why is it worth bragging about? Scan through coverage of the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas—a city I loathe with all my heart and soul, but never mind that—and you’ll see the mysterious recurrence of four numerals and a letter. By the first day of the show, several manufacturers were boasting that their next-generation video displays would support the 1080p signal format."

More information on this editorial can be found here.
Thinking Outside the Gamer's Box @ HTPC News
"A properly setup HTPC can be an amazing device that replaces most other items you hook into your home theater. It can be a progressive scan (or even HD upscaling) DVD player, digital audio jukebox, CD player, digital video recorder, and much more. The problem is getting it to that point. Building an HTPC is fairly easy; selecting the hardware is only say ¼ of the whole process. The other ¾ is the software. The software is what you, the user, are going to see and interact with on a daily basis. Since the functionality of an HTPC is so broad you will want to take a minute or two to figure out what the goals are for your HTPC. This will determine the hardware and quite often the software as well."

I couldn't agree more with this statement, software selection is a very important factor for designing your own personal HTPC system. More information on this editorial can be found here.
Corsair Mod of the Month: Hellraiser PuzzleBox @ Bit-Tech
"When I decided that it was time for a new case mod, I knew that I wanted a Hellraiser theme for my case, having been a big fan of the films. I wanted the case to house my server, a Pentium 4 1.7GHz machine. My plans were to make a replica of the Puzzle Box from the films. To do this, I planned to make an engraved plexicube. Whilst I originally planned to make it black & gold using gold leaf, I quickly discovered that this was going to be an impractical way to do things."

More information on this article can be found here.

Mid-Tower Group Test

"This movement was epitomised by the Lian-Li PC60 and the Coolermaster ATC 210 - for a long time the market leaders of the aluminium mid-tower range sector, and subsequently reverse-engineered and copied to death by many wannabe imitators. Today, however, a new generation of cases has arrived. The enthusiast market is well established now, and a whole new range of firms have sprung up to cater to it. Can these guys do any better than the classic cases of old? We evaluated eight challengers that all want to wear the crown of Enthusiast Mid-Tower King."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Samsung 173MW Wide Screen LCD Review @ Tech-Mods
"One would have to think the most used appliance in the home entertainment wise has to be the Television. With popularity of Home Computers on the rise one has to assume that it is just a matter of time before we put the two together. Wide screen format is becoming the norm in television stores the world over and not so much in the computer world of displays. Today we will be looking at a LCD monitor that not only incorporates a full function television but is also in the wide screen format. The Samsung 173MW Multi-function Wide Screen LCD."

More information on this review can be found here.
Epox BT-HS02 Bluetooth Wireless Headset Review @ Tweaknews
"With cellular telephones and internet voice chat becoming more and more popular, people realize that while enjoying these two communication applications, they are unfortunately tethered to either their cellphone or their computer via a wired headset. Although in most cases this might not be a huge concern, but after a while you will realize that you could doing other things rather than being tied down to your computer, or you could be talking over you cellphone without having that annoying separate headset wire constantly catching onto your clothing and uncomfortably ripping itself out of your ear."

More information on this review can be found here.
LTB USB Pro 5.1 Headphone Set Review @ LAN Addict
"The LTB USB Pro 5.1 Headphone Set would make a great addition to any LAN gamer's travelling rig! The detachable microphone is a big plus, too! It would also do quite as the primary sound source on many home systems, especially if you're space limited. The sound you get from them is really remarkable, considering that they have their own AC97 audio decoder and run strictly off of a USB port. I can easily recommend these headphones to anyone looking for a personal sound solution for their PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung 193P LCD Review @ DreamWare Computers
"Today we're looking at the Samsung 193P LCD monitor, which is a massive 19 inches of screen size. The 193P is aimed more at the office/bank setting, it's stylish looks blend well it an office setting and the fact that it has a slower response time than most monitors won't be a problem."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tranquil PC T2.e/MCE2005 Review @ Hexus
"Tranquil PC got in touch with us just before Christmas, certain they'd got it pretty much right. Confident that their new MCE2005 PC, built into their popular T2 enclosure, is as close to the mark as you can get at the moment. A company with a reputation for fine integration and some neat touches to their systems, Tranquil PC have a growing name for themselves. So it was with an open mind, willing to accept that my sceptism for the concept and current implementations is wide of the mark, that I agreed to look at their T2.e/MCE2005."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeamtech Samurai Case Review @ Overclockers Online
"Sunbeamtech's Samurai case managed to surprise me in a good way, offering a light-weight case with a cool looking design. The case is fitted with all the tid-bits you need nowadays like the frontal audio and USB connections, an original case-window with prefitted blowhole, plenty fan-mounts with one fan already preinstalled and last but certainly not least, an excellent tool-less design that makes adding hardware to your rig a joy instead of a pain in the bottom!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn 925XE7AA-8EKRS2 Motherboard Review @ MBReview
"If Foxconn wants to succeed in the high-end market, they need to address the needs and wants of the enthusiast. This means adding a wider range of voltages for the RAM as well as for the VCore and System. Also, Foxconn needs to allow for further tweaking of memory timings so that the end user can squeeze out every last bit of performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ ModStream 520W Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The ModStream 520W Power Supply offers lots of power for any current computer system. It looks fantastic and is virtually silent with the quiet blue LED 120mm fan. While these are top notch features, it is the modular design which sets it apart. This unique design and the premium shielded UV EZmod cables ensure no more cable mess. This product also comes with a no quibble 3 year warranty."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Ultra X-Connect 500W Power Supply Review @ DVHardware
"Nowadays the power supply market is a lot more diverse than in the past. One of the latest developments is the fully modular power supply, which allows you to connect only the cables that you really need. Basically this idea should lead to a cleaner case with less cable clutter. Today I'm going to take a look at the Ultra X-Connect 500W PSU which has a fully modular configuration."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra X-Connect 600W Power Supply Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"The voltage swing on the 3, 5 and 12 volt lines was .06, .04 and .24 respectively which indicates that the the Ultra 600 watt Power Supply falls safely within the 5% voltage tolerances so many consider to be the grail by which to judge the worth of a power supply. The dual 80mm LED fans do provide a nice touch to the front and rear of the case and will make for some interest eye-candy on a windowed case."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS Star Ice Cooler Review @ Viper Lair
"Numbers when compared to a stock HSF are very good, although that can be pretty much said about any non-stock cooler. An 11°C drop in temperature under load compared to the stock HSF is nothing to be scoffed at however, and this was at the fans lowest speed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den MCT-5 & MCT-40 Nonconductive Cooling Fluid @ PimpRig
"As might be expected, both of the MCT products have a chemical smell. It is nowhere near as off putting as Water Wetter, and is actually no stronger a scent than anti-freeze. There is an almost slippery texture to the fluid which is likely related to the friction reducing agents and anti-foaming agents. Both coolants are slightly more viscous than water. When poured the fluid is a reddish brown color with a layer of bright green at the surface."

More information on this review can be found here.
X4Pro X3M and GPU/Chipset Waterblocks @ System Cooling
"All of the X4Pro Extreme Cooling waterblocks exhibit excellent build quality and performed quite well over a broad range of water flow rates. The larger X3M performed much better than the GPU/Chipset waterblock but even the smaller waterblocks should be very capable of cooling the secondary chips they were designed for. To obtain optimum performance with the X3M waterblock, you will need a system capable of delivering above average flow rates."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, January 24, 2005
Swiftech MCX64-V Review @ InsaneTek
"The newest trend in air cooling is the heatpipe, a phase change type of cooling that enhances the performance of air cooled heatsinks. Swiftech has not introduced a heatsink with heatpipe technology because their pin design isn't compatible with it. They have stuck with the pin design and worked with what they have. Swiftechs latest heatsinks sport pins bent out in a flower shape to improve performance and reduce noise."

More information on this review can be found here.
Akasa Integral 2.5in External HDD Review @ Mikhailtech
"The case itself is very sleek. The body is black anodized aluminum while the sides are acrylic. Akasa claims that you can install a drive in this enclosure without any screws. Well, you can, but it won't be very stable. To get inside, you need to remove the pair of screws in the front. Then depress the button on top of the front panel and remove it. Once that's out, the rear of the case slides outward to reveal the PCB and installation rack. If you look closely, you'll notice a pair of LEDs on opposite sides of the rear panel; these are used to display power and activity status."

More information on this review can be found here.
512MB Corsair Flash Voyager Review @ BigBruin
"The trade off of size for durability is one I am betting lots of folks will be willing to make. I think you will be hard pressed to find a better built, better working USB flash drive on the market, but then again this is Corsair, and we have come to expect the best from them."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra 4 in 1 USB 1.1 128MB Drive/MP3 Player Review @ PimpRig
"The main draw (for me, at least) is the mp3 player portion. Obviously there are included Play, Stop, Forward and Rewind buttons (yes, holding down on the Forward or Rewind buttons serves for rewind/fast forward funtion as opposed to track selection), but also included is a 5-mode EQ preset button. The modes are normal (no EQ and also the default), Classic, Rock, Jazz, and Pop."

More information on this review can be found here.
D-Link Air Premier 802.11a/b/g Wireless Network Review @ Bjorn3D
"With demands on bandwidth usage continuing to increase in my household, I decided it was time to look at a higher speed wireless network. The network I was using before was a network from Edimax. With that network, Internet and file sharing worked well for small files, but when streaming videos off of my server to the wireless clients, things got choppy at times. So I started my search for a faster wireless solution. This led me to the local Best Buy where I picked up a D-Link DI-784 Wireless Router. I chose this router due to the ability of it being able to work with 802.11a/b/g. This would let me set up the network independent on the cards I used for the wireless network. This router also has full support for WPA security, which is stronger protection than WEP which also is a plus."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin 1GB DC DDR2 PC2-5300 Review @ Techniz
"The Mushkin DDR2 PC5300 memory modules are very overclockable RAM. Furthermore, it comes with a sexy black heat spreader. As for the performance, with the slightly loosen the timing, the RAM was able to hit 336.5MHz which is equal to DDR 673. That was an excellent result. But, we were unable to test it higher due to the limitation of the processor default speed which is at 3.2GHz, we have hit the wall of this processor. This Mushkin DDR2 PC5300 memory module is really a good buy at the MSRP at US $274 for a DDR2 range of memory."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Centrino Sonoma Pentium-M Mobile Technology @ A1-Electronics
"The first generation of the Centrino mobile brand is the 'Carmel' and this second generation goes by the name 'Sonoma'. The Sonoma processor the 'Dothan' Pentium-M will use the new Sonoma system mobile 915 chipset called 'Alviso' and is joined with the new Intel Pro/Wireless network."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Platinum PC3200 Rev2 1GB DC Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"Today we have OCZ's Enhanced Latency Platinum Revision 2 PC3200. OCZ's EL series focuses on low latencies at all of their rated speeds, making it an overclocker's dream. The Platinum series is just one of the many groups of memory that OCZ produces. OCZ's primary goal is customer satisfaction and their warranty assures that. OCZ does not only produce memory, but power supplies, cooling solutions, and a DDR booster, which allows the user to adjust memory voltage higher than what many motherboards allow."

More information on this review can be found here.
nForce Professional Chipset Launch @ Legit Reviews
"Before NVIDIA introduces to the world their venture into Intel-based chipsets, NVIDIA is making a move today to further grasp their hold on the AMD market with a new release in the nForce Professional chipset series for servers and workstations. Today we are going to give you the rundown on the new NVIDIA nForce Professional 2200/NVIDIA nForce Professional 2050 chipsets."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nforce 4 Pro Tech Overview @ Viper Lair
"Compared to what was previously offered for the professional market in terms of the Opteron workstation and server side of things, the nForce Professional is a vast improvement. While the performance is in question until we see some professional level benchmark numbers, feature-wise NVIDIA is putting a lot on the table."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax Samurai Black Review @ FastLaneHW
"Lately, computer cases don't seem to be marketed as computer cases anymore. These days it's more like the tagline of an action flick, in an effort to market to the easy-to-please "hardcore gamer" crowd. We've seen everything from flashy expensive cars, to viking warriors, to aliens from outer space. But today Raidmax shows us that the marketing doesn't stop there, so we're having a look at the Raidmax Samurai case in everyone's favorite color, black."

More information on this review can be found here.
Electrolytic Etching Guide @ OverhauledPC
"We're going to keep this guide short and sweet because it best fits the process. Today I'm going to be showing you a simple process that I have come to call electrolytic etching. From research I've seen it called any number of things, but the process I'm using most resembles electrolytic plating, only in reverse, hence the name. Many a time has a modder found a sweet design that he would like to cut out of the side of his computer, but there's never been an efficient way to cut small detailed designs. If done correctly, electrolytic etching can cut the most intricate designs out of various types of metal."

As with any new guide of this type, caution should be exercised. More information on this guide can be found here.

Installing ATI Silencer 4 on x800 Series Cards

"The instructions are pretty good, but this is 100% idiot proof. Step by step instructions on how to install an ATI Silencer 4 on your x800 Series Video Card. The Card used in this guide is a Gigabyte x800XT."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Shuttle XPC SB77G5 Review @ Hexus
"Shuttle are aiming the SB77G5 at the gamer, giving them recent P4 processor support in a small form factor, while letting them use existing AGP graphics and good DDR400 memory. The performance relative to DFI's excellent 875P-T shows they've succeeded in the performance endeavour, using that processor. But if you're a gamer, with the money to spend on SB77G5, why are you using Pentium 4? Shuttle's alternate SN95G5 is more suited to you."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, January 22, 2005
Casebuy USB Vacuum Cleaner Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"When I was first approached to review Casebuy’s USB powered vacuum cleaner, I must admit I had my doubts. My wife picked me up a small battery powered vacuum cleaner some time ago, and it still sits in its bag as the batteries wore out quickly and even then, it was not nearly powerful enough. I thought that something that is USB powered might have a little more sucking power and I wouldn’t have to worry about having to swap out batteries. Here’s what I found."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer 1st Edition eXactMatT Mouse Pad Review @ ExtensionTech
"Razer has been making high precision mice for gamers since 1999. Razer now has made a dual surface mouse pad. It's large like other "gamer" pads if you will, but does have one unique feature, two sides with differing surfaces. One is geared for "control" and the other for "speed." Continue on for my thoughts and impressions of Razer's first endeavor into the mouse pad world."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech MX1000 Wireless Laser Mouse Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Logitech, well known among gamers for their popular MX series of optical mice, has officially declared that “optical is obsolete” with the release of the MX1000 laser mouse. This is quite a claim, especially when you consider the obvious cost benefits of optical. Logitech claims that the new laser technology offers tracking power is 20 times more accurate than optical mice. Optical mice are very accurate already, is the benefit large enough to justify paying 80 dollars for a mouse?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Benq PB 6100 Review @ Overclockers Online
"Having a larger than life-size Gordon Freeman hand as your entry into his world is definitely a plus, but again there were issues surrounding the rainbow effect. Especially a game like Half Life 2, with light and dark being a key feature of the visual style of the game, it unfortunately suffers due to the rainbow effect being painfully apparent."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Flash Voyager 512MB Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"When you think of Corsair you generally think of high speed memory for your computer, well that has changed with the latest addition to their already large arsenal of potent memory products. Now they have added CompactFlash and Secure Digital Memory cards to their list of products. Today we're reviewing the Flash Voyager 512MB and then we will run it through some benchmarks with three other high-end memory stick to see how well it performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI MegaStick 256 Review @ VR-Zone Hardware
"Secondly, the bundled earphones actually stopped working after about two weeks usage, and before they broke, the sound quality from them wasn't anything to be proud of. Also, radio reception and quality were far from what you get out of most portable radios."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI Board Review Review @ Neoseeker
"We had some pretty good success with the overclocking on the Gigabyte board. Dropping the HT bus to 3x, we managed to hit 277 on the FSB speed before the K8NXP-SLI begged for mercy. Attempts to move the FSB any higher would result in Prime95 errors within about 15 minutes."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seasonic S12 500W PSU Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Seasonic S12 500W Power Supply offers ample power for any current computer system on the market. It has plenty of leads for most motherboards which add versatility and longevity. One of the plus points of this particular product is the true power it provides in virtual silence. The extremely quiet 120mm fan included makes it a product for anyone interested in building a silent computer system."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Overclocking the Pentium M: Silent Powerhouse @ Madshrimps
"One of Intel´s latest CPU runs at 1.6ghz, no there is no typo here, the Pentium M normally intended for laptops have been given a chance to shine in desktop systems also with the help of resourceful motherboard manufactures. We take a closer look at DFI´s offering to see how far we overclock this new "Dothan" CPU."

More information on this review can be found here.
A.C. Ryan Backy Review @ Oz Case Mods
"AC Ryan have come out with a very new and unique product for case modders, powering external mods has always been a bit of a tricky task to perform but AC Ryan seem to have that problem solved with Backy."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Nexus Fan & Light Controller Review @ AusPCWorld
"Fan controllers are flooding into the PC market these days, each with its own features and style. With that in mind let’s take a look at the Vantec Nexus NXP-305-SL and try to find out what makes this fan controller different from the vast amount of others."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Tech Lighting Mods Review @ BigBruin
"Sunbeam Tech has provided a good selection of their mod items for review, including: a Four Port Minibaybus (four additional Molex connectors), tool-less Molex connector lights, LED projector, Night Magic (bendable LED cable), and LED Case Handle. Let's see what these items are all about."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian-Li PC-60 Plus Case Review @ AMD Review
"Lian-Li has made a new version of their PC-60 aluminum case, the PC-60Plus. This is one of the most popular aluminum cases ever released. Even after over four years on the market, the PC-60 is still one of the most popular aluminum cases. In this review on the PC-60Plus, I am going to assume you already know about the PC-60. I am going to tell you about all the new features on the PC-60 Plus."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Chameleon Review @ BJorn3D
"Everyone knows that having PC lights in your custom case gives it a high-tech and clean look. The only problem with that is most neon lights and LEDs are single colored. Of course you could make your own color switch but why bother? Chameleon comes to the rescue. So you want red on Monday and purpule the following day? No problem, I will illustrate how easy it is to do just that!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, January 21, 2005
Thermaltake Schooner Fanless VGA Cooler Review @ Techniz
"The Schooner VGA cooler performs very well during the testing when comparing it with the stock cooler. Moreover, the VGA cooler itself has two pieces of large aluminum heat sink and using the heat pipe technology to cool down the GPU core. Besides that, it supports universal VGA cards even you can upgrade your VGA cards in the future. The Schooner VGA cooler is able to produce the max cooling performance with the most noiseless solution. It was a worth purchase item in terms of the performance and look."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seasonic S12 500W Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Seasonic S12 500W Power Supply offers ample power for any current computer system on the market. It has plenty of leads for most motherboards which add versatility and longevity. One of the plus points of this particular product is the true power it provides in virtual silence. The extremely quiet 120mm fan included makes it a product for anyone interested in building a silent computer system."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Alphacool Cape KC42-X2 Water Block Review @ Madshrimps
"Today we evaluate Alphacool´s CAPE KC42-X2, a cylindrical shaped water block with a unique internal design, the CAPE can rotate 360 degrees within its mounting plate making installation affable!"

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X600 XT VIVO Edition Review @ Legit Reviews
"With the release of numerous new Gaming titles like Doom III and Half-Life 2, we return to our video card stock pile, find the HIS X600 XT and decide to take it through our gauntlet of benchmarks. With a challenge from ASUS' AGP 9600XT, the HIS PCI-E card shows what it could do in your new system!"

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X600 XT Review @ Viper Lair
"When reviewing a product like the X600XT, it's important to keep in mind what the product's purpose is - in the case of the X600XT, it is to provide a budget/mid-range PCI-Express solution. In this respect, ATI has definitely succeeded; the X600XT is within the boundaries of mid-range
cards, and performs well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sparkle 6600GT AGP 128MB VGA Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"Sparkle made quite an entry into the N.Z. market by releasing the first retail 6600GT AGP version back in Nov 2004. Let's take a look at this highly anticipated GPU, which is said to be the next GF4 Ti-4200. The AGP version of the 6600GT has the same core clock however the default memory clock is 100MHz lower than the PCI-E alternative."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX GeForce 6600GT 128MB AGP Review @ AuphanOnline
"The 6600GT we will be reviewing is the XFX 6600GT 128MB, this card has gained a reputation as an impressive overclocker. With the 6600GT Nvidia hopes to regain the midrange glory it had in its Geforce 4 Ti4200 days and with the widespread adoption of PCI express, this card in its PCI-X form is a force to be reconed with in an SLI setup."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron GeForce 6600GT PCIe Review @ VR-Zone Hardware
"From a stock core clock speed of 500MHz and memory speed of 1GHz, we were able to overclock the core 52MHz and memory 120MHz. We're comparing these overclocked results to what we got from the XFX, and as you can see from the graphs below we were able to get 8MHz increase in core and 26MHz increase in memory speeds over the XFX GeForce 6600GT card. Albatron's use of a custom heatsink fan and memory sinks have significantly helped the overclockability of the card."

More information on this review can be found here.
SapphireTech Hybrid X700 Pro Video Card @ PimpRig
"Too bad Sapphire didn't stick with the black PCB that they used on the X600 Pro. The X700 has a blue PCB with a matching aluminum GPU cooler (held on by simple plastic posts) as well as matching aluminum RAM sinks. I was really happy to see them include the RAM sinks on this card since, like I mentioned earlier, the RAM on this card should overclock well."

More information on this review can be found here.
PDP Systems Patriot PDC1G3200+XBLK DDR Memory Review @ PCStats
"According to the PDP Systems the pair of 512MB PC3200 DDR memory modules included in the PDC1G3200+XBLK kit are capable of 2-2-2-5 memory timings at their stock 200MHz speed, and can run up to 266MHz at a loose 3-4-4-8 timing. It's nice of PDP to tell us what to expect right on the packaging! We'll see how the memory measures up to these numbers in a little while. The PDC1G3200+XBLK kit is not PDP System's highest performing Patriot memory kit, but it occupies a nice middle ground between performance and price. Like most DDR modules PCStats has reviewed recently, these PDP Patriot PDC1G3200+XBLK sticks are equipped with aluminium heat spreaders, which mainly protect the individual memory chips from physical damage."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston 1024MB PC2700 SODIMM Review @ Mikhailtech
"This particular stick is built specifically for Dell Inspiron notebooks (hence the "KTD-INSP5150/1G" label on the sticker). To fit 1GB onto a single board, Kingston used a total of 16 small modules, each 64MB in capacity. The markings on the chips are "SEC 434 NLB3" (first row), "K4H510838B" (second row), and "AUG537XX" (third row). The RAM is rated at 166MHz DDR (333MHz effectively), i.e. DDR333 or PC2700. I'll be comparing it to a pair of 256MB Hynix sticks that came with the laptop originally. Although the capacities are different, both memory sets use a total of 16 modules at 64MB each."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Tracer Ballistix PC4000 Review @ Neoseeker
"We toss Crucial's PC4000 Tracer Ballistix memory onto the test bench for a quickie here at Neoseeker today. After a long period of more general consumer oriented memory with a reputation for quality, Crucial is making a move into the enthusiast/gamers market with their Ballistix series of memory. The Tracer series goes a step further and adds LEDs that show memory activity which is a pretty neat effect for those with case windows."

More information on this review can be found here.
Class Action Lawsuit Against ABIT for Bursting Capacitors
"The Class Representative alleges in this Action that Abit Computer (USA) Corporation ("Abit") manufactured, marketed, and sold select models of its motherboards containing an allegedly defective component, namely, a capacitor, which was allegedly prone to failure. Abit has denied and continues to deny these allegations and has asserted a number of affirmative defenses."

More information on this law suit can be found here.
Motherboard FSB Overclocking Database @ MBReview
"Are you tired of having to search around the web, looking over countless reviews of motherboards to decide which seems the best for overclocking? Sick of trying to figure out what board will be the best for your setup? Then you've come to the right place. The purpose of this database is to allow you, the overclocking enthusiast, to gain a better idea as to the overclocking capabilities of the motherboard that you're currently interested in."

More information on this database can be found here.
Aerocool Spiral Galaxies Case Review @ 3DXtreme
"The Aerocool Spiral Galaxies is a quality made Case; there was never any doubt about that. The "screw-less" design makes installation a breeze. The issues we ran into were related to the non standard Form Factor that everyone is trying to copy while using ATX hardware. Aerocool delivered a quality product, its flaws while not entirely Aerocools' fault can be attributed to the sudo BTX standard implementation."

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

More information on this guide can be found here.
SilverStone LC11 HTPC Case Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"I have been searching for a long time for the perfect HTPC case for myself. I have come across quite a few over the years that appeared to be “the one”, but there was always something missing or not quite right. Today I’ll be reviewing SilverStone’s newest entry, the LC11. From what I have seen, it may very well make its way into my home
entertainment centre. Let’s see."

More information on this review can be found here.
VapoChill Extreme Edition II 115V/230V Released @ Asetek

"Asetek has not rested on it’s laurels since the launch of the VapoChill LightSpeed™ – on the contrary asetek has once again proven with the release of the NEW VapoChill® XE II 115V/230V AC cooling system that there is no other company that continues to put further investments in research and development to optimize their products to the optimal.

The NEW VapoChill® Extreme Edition II 115V/230V has the best core features from the VapoChill LightSpeed™ edition and as an extra ace - the designer case. Based on an 115V/230V compressor the need for a powerful Power Supply Unit is gone and the NEW USB ChillControl™ with Windows based software ensures 100 % motherboard compatibility.

Besides the release of the NEW VapoChill® XE II the long waited release for Socket LGA 775 (Socket T) kits for all existing VapoChill® models has been released. "

More information on this press release can be found here.
Thursday, January 20, 2005
CES 2005 Photo Essay Report @ Futurelooks
"Snow, Rain, and 2 Hr Cab Lines were just some of the highlights of this years CES 2005 in Las Vegas. I guess you had to be there. Since you weren't, we've decided to give you all the goods, in full color, using the power of Futurelooks new Photo Gallery. Check out the cars, the babes, and of course, the New Technology from the largest consumer electronics show in the world!"

More information on this report can be found here.
RAIDers of the Lost Benchmark @ XYZ Computing
"When the drive started taking longer and longer to access, and kept repeating the same spin-up-spin-down process, I realized it was sounding similar to other, more severe crashes I’ve experienced in the past. I realized I had limited time, and any kind of utilization of the drive would accelerate its demise. I had to make this count. I copied the data to another drive, a process that took up an entire day and required multiple reboots in order to run CHKDSK and restore the MFT of the external drive, which kept becoming corrupted in the process of copying the data. This is guerilla computing, folks."

More information on this article can be found here.
Speaker Placement Advice @ eCoustics
"Large wall units or entertainment centers are sensible solutions to house an A/V receiver, DVD player and other gear as well as the TV display. But putting tower speakers inside the wall unit will degrade and compromise neutral and transparent sound."

More information on this article can be found here.
Edifier R501 5.1 Six Channel Speaker Review @ Tweaknews
"This beautifully simplistic designed sound system shows Edifier, a relatively unknown speaker manufacturer, really knows what geeks want their speaker system to look like. Simple design is becoming more and more the trend in computer peripheral manufacturing. Have the product perform well, but keep the aesthetics uncomplicated."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Flash Voyager 512MB USB 2.0 Drive @ OCIA
"Above we have a photo of the Voyager itself. As you can see, the exterior is constructed of rubber. This rubber construction makes for a water-resistant and shock-proof drive. Get caught outside in the rain or accidentally drop the drive down a flight of stairs? No worries! On the right side of the drive, you see a hook, which can be used to attach the drive to the included neck strap (kinda dorky, but if you use the drive frequently, it works great). I chose to attach my drive to my key ring. Next to the hook, we have the LED activity light. When activated, the LED flashes blue. The left side of the drive is where the USB 2.0 connector is, hidden under its protective cap."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Flash Voyager Review @ Ninjalane
"The big issue many users have with flash drives is the typically the device itself since they tend to fall apart with minimal use. Corsair has tried to solve this by wrapping the entire drive in a durable rubber shell."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS2 Revisited @ OCTools
"With the memory running in dual channel configuration and with the voltage set at 2.0v, we were able to run the Corsair TWIN2X1024-5400C4PRO DDR2 rock solid to an amazing 760MHz DDR2 at its rated latency of CAS 4-4-4-12 and up to an incredible 838MHz DDR2 at CAS 5-5-5-12!".

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Announces 2GB USB Flash Voyager Drive
"Fremont, California, January 18, 2005: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced immediate availability of a new 2GB Hi-Speed USB 2.0 flash drive.

The new CMFUSB2.0-2GB card offers a great amount of storage capacity in an extremely small package. Corsair’s new Flash Voyager products are as highly acclaimed for their durability as they are for performance. Their soft rubber shock resistant, water resistant casing protects valuable data from the elements better than any other USB drive on the market. Supporting read speeds of up to 19MB per second, this drive also offers award-winning performance.

According to Corsair Product Manager, Eric Ackerson, “This product is the result of Corsair’s considerable effort to constantly drive performance and capacity to new levels. It shows Corsair’s commitment to the Flash market.”

The CMFUSB2.0-2GB is shipping now to Corsair resellers worldwide. Street prices on this product are expected to be around $189."

More information on this and other Corsair USB products can be found here.
Wintec AMP-X DDR2-5400 Review @ GruntvillE
"Wintec was raving about their memory’s ability to adjust its timings to the system. They claimed that if your system was running at 400fsb that these modules should be able to hit Cas 3. This is a very impressive for DDR2 modules. In fact, Wintec is the first to claim this. I set the system up to run 200FSB and set the memory to 533 and was able to run at 3-2-2-8. Anything over 540 and it was time to adjust the modules."

More information on this review can be found here.
Interview with Intel @ Viper Lair
"If the application is not threaded, it will not see benefits from Dual Core. However, if the OS is threaded and it's running two non-threaded applications, we'll see some improvements as compared to a single core design. Say you have a virus scanner running and you open a 20MB PowerPoint presentation, a dual core CPU will do so much more efficiently."

More information on this interview can be found here.
Athlon 64 Overclocking @ AuphanOnline
"Overclocking has always been the persuit of bragging rights and free performance. However, most are afraid of frying or damaging components. In a few easy steps Auphan Online will show you just how easy it is to squeeze a few (hundred) megahertz out of your rig."

More information on this guide can be found here.
nVidia SLI Technology Review @ AMD Review
"A lot of people have no idea what SLI is, or what it does. SLI (Scalable Link Interface) allows your computer to use two video cards at once and it improves your video performance. To use SLI you need to have a PCI Express motherboard that supports SLI, currently only the NVIDIA nForce 4 chipset supports it. The board must have two 16x PCI-E slots, and you must have 2 identical video cards that support SLI, like the GeForce 6 series GPUs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle SB77G5 XPC Review @ Tweaktown
"We've got yet another Shuttle small form factor system under the spotlight today, this time it's the SB77G5 XPC. It makes use of the Intel Canterwood chipset supporting AGP and DDR memory but supports the newer Socket 775 Intel Pentium 4 processors. Today we take a look at the XPC and what has changed (if any) as well as see what type of overclocking performance we can get from the unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soltek K8TPro-939 Motherboard Review @ A1-Electronics
"Soltek are well known for their great value motherboards and this K8TPro-939 is no exception. We would have liked to seen a fan assisted heatsink on the North Bridge chipset and small heatsinks on the voltage controllers but one cannot ask for everything from a great value-for-money AMD Athlon 64 939-socket motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.

Soltek K8TPro-939 Motherboard Review @ Neoseeker

"We managed to overclock the Soltek K8TPro-939 to a maximum stable speed of 255 MHz on the HT bus, with a memory divider of 1:1, HT multiplier of 4x, and CPU multiplier of 9x. These settings resulted in a total CPU clock of 2295 MHz, memory clock of 255 MHz, and HT bus clock of 1020 MHz. Unlike the 3901a, the SATA port on this particular board is locked and we experienced no problems with data integrity."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cavalier II CAV-T02 HTPC Case Review @ Xtreme Resources
"Most people have o­ne PC for every facet of their needs, whether it be education, work or entertainment. However many people want a HTPC (home theater PC) for their living room lately to join with their home cinema systems and high-end audio systems. Most men accept having their typical nice tower next to the other equipment, or even normal beige towers in the living room: but in order for a HTPC to pass W.A.F. (wife acceptance factor) it has to be 1, looking very nice and fit in with the rest of the equipment and 2, it has to keep cable clutter to a minimum and be as silent as possible. Coolermaster has an answer to that call, the Cavalier II CAV-T02 case, which is a silver desktop case that is made to fit those requirements. Today I shall have a look at it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Logitech MX-1000 Review @ TechPowerUp
"After work you put the mouse in the docking station to recharge it. The docking station is both RF receiver and recharging station at the same time. It is connected to your computer's USB port to transmit the mouse signals and the AC adapter to recharge the mouse batteries. The AC adapter is not required for operation of the mouse."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Purepower 680W Power Supply Review @ Techniz
"Thermaltake have come out with a good looking and great PSU. The performance of the Pure Power 680W PSU is very good and stable as you can refer back to the testing and performance section. Moreover, the PSU is finished in Electroplate Black Nickel, it also looks so great!. A part from that, it comes with the 20-24 Pin adapters which are able to support all the platforms of motherboard nowadays."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PowerStream 520W PSU Review @ Legit Reviews
"This time around OCZ has provided me something worth my fanaticism. For your tech pleasure I present the OCZ PowerStream 520. OCZ made a name for themselves in the memory market by creating top quality products. It looks like they aim to do the same in the power supply market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monitors - LCD vs. CRT @ BigBruin
"As the technology has improved and the prices have come down, LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) monitors have rapidly been replacing CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitors on desktops around the world. The question is why choose LCD over CRT? There are several pros and cons to consider, and a few items will be considered in this Tech Tip."

More information on this article can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 711T 17" LCD Monitor Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Samsung is back in black with their SyncMaster 711T 17" LCD monitor. Compared to the multifunctional Samsung SyncMaster 192MP 19" Display reviewed earlier on BFR, the 711T gets back to the basics offering just two input modes at an extremely high contrast ratio of 1000:1. For those unfamiliar with the term, the "contrast ratio" is the measurement of the difference in light intensity between the brightest white and the blackest black. While most 17-inch LCDs today offer 600:1 contrast ratios, the SyncMaster 711t provides a super-high 1000:1 contrast ratio. As a result, the 711t should seemingly offer greater legibility when reading or viewing content on the monitor’s screen."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone SST-FP53 Review @ The Moditory
"As computers run hotter and hotter, not just in processors, but in video cards, memory, and even hard drives, new cooling solutions are being designed to handle the increased amount of heat output. For hard drive cooling, Silverstone has their SST-FP53."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS 7700ALCU CPU Heatsink Review @ Tech-Mods
"Its no secret, we are building systems that create high amounts of heat produced by the CPU. We need heat dissipating products that work effectively; all the while we want to be able to hear ourselves think. Today we will be taking a gander at a Massive sized heatsink; the CNPS 7700-ALCU CPU Heatsink from Zalman to see if size really does matter or not."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake BigWater Liquid Cooling System Review @ System Cooling
"Until recently water cooling was the domain of the hardcore. But with Intel's latest CPU's turning PC's into toaster ovens, and darn near everyone looking to get more speed via overclocking, it is becoming an option for more and more people. To be able to achieve common status with the general enthusiast crowd, a water cooling system must be simple to install, easy to operate and effective at cooling the processor. If it can add to those general requirements by looking good and being able to run quiet, then you've got a winner. Today, we'll take a look at the latest water cooling kit from Thermaltake and see just how it measures up to those guidelines."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax CS-718 MaxFlow ATX Case Review @ PimpRig
"When I received the press release on the CS-718 MaxFlow, I immediately saw what they were attempting to accomplish with their new design, but I decided to hold judgment on whether it was beneficial or not until I got my hands on one. There are those guys who learn by seeing, there are those that learn by reading, but me? I've just got to pee on the electric fence for myself."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Venus MicroATX Case Review @ 3DXtreme
"3DXtreme today presents the our latest review of the Enermax Venus CS-10068-B MicroATX case. We have reviewed a lot of products by Enermax and what is most common is that they produce quality hardware, whether it be cases or power supplies. With a big push for smaller and smaller cases for the home theatre enthusiast it makes sense for Enermax to jump on the bandwagon and present their own solutions. Can this case meet the needs of the HTPC crowd and avoid the issues that have plagued the small form factor crowd? Let's find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax CS-527 Midi-Tower Series Case Review @ XtremeComputing
"It's time to install some equipment inside plus check out some of the features. We will start buy taking a look at the hidden bay mechanism which is unique to Enermax and quite appealing."

More information on this review can be found here.
AeroCool Spiral Galaxies Case Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"AeroCool really upped the ante when they introduced their new Spiral Galaxies case to the market, for a company that in the past had only dabbled in computer cases to see this bold of a move from a company is both refreshing and exciting. The Spiral Galaxies introduces us to a new type of cooling technology in what AeroCool has dubbed their "Air Tunnel Cooling System". If you're looking for a case with plenty of room to work in or if your the watercooling the layout of this case makes it almost ideal for any of the front mount radiator watercooled systems."

More information on this review can be found here.

AeroCool Spiral Galaxies Case Review @ Overclockers Online

"So the next big question here, is does that wind tunnel really help? Let's take a closer look at that. I used my Thermaltake Volcano 9 on this processor running at 2.5ghz, that's overclocked about 700mhz from the stock 1.8ghz. I used Motherboard Monitor 5 to record the temperatures with the tunnel and without, at idle and under load temperatures."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Zalman VF700-AlCu VGA Cooler Review @ Neoseeker
"Subjectively, the VF700 in silent mode could not be heard in an open bench environment in our office from a distance of greater than 3 feet. Zalman definitely continues their tradition of a low noise threshold with the VF700."

More information on this review can be found here.
Deck LED Backlit Keyboard @ LAN Addict
"I really like the Deck LED Backlit Keyboard, especially while gaming. The USB interface means it's a snap to move from one machine to another. It uses the built-in Windows drivers, so there's no software to install. It gets its power through the USB connection, so there's no power cable to worry about. It's not perfect, but it's damn close!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Kama HSF Review @ Ap0calypse
"The name Scythe, while being fairly new on the cooling scene, is rapidly gaining a good reputation for itself. My first visit with the Scythe Kamakaze 2 was a good experience and today I will be taking a look at another of Scythe’s processor cooling solutions, the Scythe Kama. This solid copper HSF is not only appealing to the eye but extremely quiet as you will soon find out. So read on and see how the Kama stacks up."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolerMaster Hyper48 Cooler Review @ PimpRig
"Installation of the Hyper48 was reasonably simple. The LGA775 spec does not call for a HSF cage, unlike the previous P4 flip-chip spec. Instead, there are just 4 mounting holes in the motherboard for the HSF to attach to. The stock Intel HSF has these weird plunger screw-clips. You basically press the clip into the hole, turn it 90 degrees, and it's in. It's a bit tricky the first time you install one. Personally, I prefer the cage method to this."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston 2 GB Data Traveler Elite Review @ Controlled-Insanity
"I am a computer professional by trade and there are just some tools in a technicians toolbox that are indispensable, this is one of those tools. I have used the Data Traveler for just about everything, but my favorite use is to deploy system images. This thing can pump a 2GB system image out in a blistering 1:24, yes you read that right, one minute and twenty four seconds. This is fast considering a common CD-R took 4:57 for the exact same image. My boss is really happy too. Because now I can do 4 times the work!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Vosonic Xs Drive Super VP6210 Review @ Hardware Pacers
"Not only is the VP6210 a music and video player, but it is also a portable storage device capable of reading over 10 types of portable digital data cards. Capable of playing four video formats (to include MPEG, MOV, and AVI) as well as four audio formats, this Multimedia Viewer is capable of fulfilling the needs of most high demand users. With amazing features and capabilities, the VP6210 is amazing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seagate 5GB Pocket Hard Drive Review @ BJorn3D
"When you need highly portable storage, you probably immediately consider USB flash drives and maybe 2.5' USB-powered portable hard drives. Well, Seagate has another product that you might want to consider if you need an affordable 2.5GB or 5.0GB device, and that product is the USB 2.0 Pocket Hard Drive. While it is not as small as a USB flash drive, it is extremely portable and convenient thanks to its retractable USB cable."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec EZ Swap 2 Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Vantec EZ Swap 2 Serial ATA & IDE Hard Drive racks are fairly plain looking since they do not have an LED at the front. This does, however, keep the cost down. Installation of a 3.5" HDD is simple, & overall the units are great. Please note: there are a few small issues with positioning of the plastic popup gate. It may easily be cracked off. While this gate is not vital to the operation of the units, it's poorly designed."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Ultra High Performance Memory Roundup A64 Socket 939 @ Madshrimps
"Socket 939 has established itself as THE gaming platform. To extract the utmost in performance from a 939 platform, some very good memory is needed. Today we are looking at 8 sets of memory modules which are based on Samsung´s TCCD chips. As many know, the TCCD chips are fast becoming legendary for their ability to clock to crazy levels with modest or even low voltages. Let's take a peak at how our provided samples behave in our test bed shall we!"

More information on this review can be found here.
LeadTek GeForceFX 6600GT Video Card Review @ NextGen Electronics
"The WinFast A6600GT TDH 128MB AGP video card is a mid- range priced card with the popular nVidia GeForceFX 6600GT chipset. The card features 8 vertex pipelines, a core GPU clock-speed of 500MHz, and offers up some impressive 900 MHz rated GDDR-3 memory."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-In-Wonder X600 Pro Review @ Designtechnica
"ATI’s All-In-Wonder X600 Pro improves upon its predecessors in many ways and falls short in others. By combining gaming and multimedia benefits into a single card, owners of PCI-Express based systems can have the best of both worlds for an affordable price. ATI has improved the dongle which you use for audio/video connections by allowing it to physically screw into the card to make it more secure. There are also plenty of audio and video connections to make the casual user very happy. Hardcore gamers or multimedia buffs will want to upgrade to the X800 XT. All-In-Wonder card which includes support for component video output, a faster processor and their Remote Wonder remote control."

More information on this review can be found here.
SunBeamTech Black Transformer Full-Tower Case Review @ EOC
"The Transformer case is a full-tower chassis, mostly tool-less design, available in two distinct colors: Blue, or Black (as featured in this review). 1.0mm SECC steel is used throughout the case with a plastic front panel. Case cooling includes a front 120mm fan intake (fan optional), a rear 120mm exhaust fan, two side 80mm intake fans, and one 80mm exhaust fan."

MTB reviewed this case this month, be sure to check our very own review at the top of the page. More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, January 17, 2005
Vantec NexStar 2 External 5.25" Enclosure Review @ Techniz
"The Vantec Nexstar 2 External 5.25" Enclosure is a very good enclosure. Our review unit was a USB 2.0 and Firewire hard disk enclosure. So, it do have extra feature compare with the normal version which is only support USB 2.0. The NexStar 2 top and bottom panel is in metallic pearl color which is very good looking. The disadvantages of this enclosure are the entire housing is made of plastic and does not support 3.5" HDD. The MSRP of the Vantec Nexstar 2 External 5.25" Enclosure is around US $40. It will be a good buy for a optical devices enclosure with a USB 2.0 and Firewire."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Xpeaker Panel Review @ Mikhailtech
"The drivers are too small and too weak to reproduce any low frequencies, so the result is a slight boost in sound levels. As for distortion, there really is none since it never reaches levels where it would be noticeable. In short, these are quiet speakers. For what it's worth, the Xpeaker is a neat contraption and useful in certain situations. However the hype is rather misleading."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Kamakiri SCKKR-1000 Review @ Tech-Mods
"The Kamakiri cooler is a solid idea that needs abit more refining for it to shine above others. Scythe's main mission is to make DIY builders create their dream machines with quality parts. The SCKKR-1000 Kamakiri is a copper tubed heatpipe cooler for many platforms that utitizes a push/pull fan design across all 6 heatpipes."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Freezer P4 Heatpipe Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Today I will be reviewing a rather unique cooling solution that boasts a quieter fan and from what the manufacturer is claiming, is a better and more efficient cooling solution for your new LGA775 processor. With a rather interesting fan and enough surface area to cool a toaster oven, let's see how this heatpipe based cooler performs while being attached to the Tweaknews testbed equipped with one of the hottest running processors on the the market, the Intel 3.46Ghz Extreme Edition."

More information on this review can be found here.
PolarFLO TT Water Block Review @ A1-Electronics
"We can see that these PolarFLO TT water blocks come in a choice of colours from plain Chrome to Red, Blue and Black making them very smart, stylish and modern looking to enhance any computer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Review @ InsaneTek
"Arctic-Cooling has been known mostly for their dominating VGA Silencers, which combined efficient cooling and minimal noise. We reviewed their latest update of VGA silencers months ago and awarded them the "MUST HAVE" award. Today, we will be looking at their latest innovation. The Freezer 64 utilizes a patented fan that creates almost no noise. Hopefully, this heatsink will be just as effective as their VGA Silencers were."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Samurai ATX Case Review @ Spode'a Abode
"The look of the Samurai case is striking, and what you think of it is down to personal taste. The front door and bezel are intended to resemble the mask of a Japanese Samurai, hence the name."

More information on this review can be found here.

Sunbeam Samurai ATX Case Review @ BigBruin

"The Sunbeam Tech Samurai has 5 external 5 ¼” bays, 1 external 3 ½” bay and 4 internal 3 ½” bays. That is a lot of drive bays for a mid tower ATX case, plenty of room for multiple optical drives, fan controllers, lighting controllers, and of course hard drives. Because of the unique mask style of the door, there is plenty of room behind for even the largest fan controllers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Superpower XP03P Gaming Case Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Superpower has introduced a new case the model XP03P Gaming Case that reminds me of a cross between a Power Mac G5 and a Star Wars battle pack. On the outside it has some rather unique features like the grab and snatch handles located on the top and bottom of the case, as well as removable access side panels that maybe the easiest to remove of any case we have ever reviewed. But as we all know good looks alone do not make a great case. So come on along as we check it out and find out just how good it really is."

More information on this review can be found here.

Superpower XP02P Gaming Case Review @ 3DXtreme

"Today 3DXtreme presents their latest review of a modded mid-tower case by SuperPower. They are not one of the bigger names in computer cases, however the case we present today is definitely different than what you would normally see. Let's have a look at this case and see how well it rates."

More information on this review can be found here.
PDP System Patriot 1GB DC DDR2 PC4200+XBL Review @ Techniz
"The PDP Patriot’s DDR2 4200+ memory module is a very overclockable especially at the aggressive timing. These dual channels DDR2 RAM are able to run at tight timing which is the best and basic requirement for a good memory module. As for the performance, with the slightly loosen the CAS Latency, the RAM was able to hit 334MHz which is equal to DDR 668. That was an excellent result. According to the specification sheet, this pair of RAM is able to reach DDR700."

More information on this review can be found here.

PDP System Patriot PC3200+XBL Review @ Overclockers Online

"As you can see, these modules kicked some serious butt. I was able to reach PC4000 on a rather tight timing - 2-3-3-5 to be exact."

More information on this review can be found here.
EPoX 9NPA+ Motherboard Review @ The Crucible
"EPoX has delivered an excellent product in the 9NPA+. It provides a ton of options, great overclocking and very nice performance all at a reasonable price. If you are looking to upgrade to a new PCI Express Athlon64 system and are looking for a board that won't let you down take a look at the EPoX EP-9NPA+ nForce4 Ultra."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X800 Pro Review @ Viper Lair
"The X800 Pro is definitely no slouch. Smooth performance in most games with the image quality turned up and the resolution maxed is something to be proud of. Based on our results, we have no problems recommending this card to our readers. While some benchmarks have shown the 6800 GT to be faster, the actual gaming experiences with the X800 Pro were positive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Visual Glossary of PC Graphics 2005 Edition @ Primotech
"A new year is here, and we thought it would be the perfect oppurtunity to share with our readers some of the important aspects of PC graphics they might encount while at our site and others. We've compiled the most exhaustive list of graphic-related terms, their definitions, and illustrations that will help you to understand their meaning."

More information on this glossary can be found here.
Saturday, January 15, 2005
The Gumball PC Project @ Mini-ITX
"The smallest power supply I could find was still too deep to fit entirely inside the case. Using my Dremel with a metal-cutting disk, I cut out an opening that would allow the power supply to expose a little over an inch outside the case. Cleaned up the sharp edges with a grindstone."

More information on this project can be found here.
Titan Vanessa CPU Cooler Review @ Techniz
"This Vanessa CPU cooler from Titan is a good performance CPU cooler. This CPU cooler was an ideal choice for those users who wish for a good cooling system. Not only that, the performance of the Vanessa CPU cooler is very good as you can see in the performance section. But, there is always some downside which is the size of this cooler, it is huge!, which will cause some problems for the smaller PC cases. However, it might not be a problem as long as the cooling performance is good."

More information on this review can be found here.
I-Rocks Slim EL Keyboard Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"The I-Rocks Slim EL provides you with the identical features of other keyboards costing as much as $30.00 more. For the money the Slim EL could possibly be the best keyboard in it's price-range."

More information on this review can be found here.

I-Rocks Cross-Directional Mouse Review

"The I-Rocks Cross-Directional Mouse maybe the most that becomes the standard equipment for tax accountants. With it's ability to scroll pages side-to-side as easily as it does up and down if finally makes working in Excel far less laborous."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS 7700-Cu Review @ OCIA
"A side-by-side comparison with the AMD 64 OEM (supplied with Athlon 64 3000+ / S-754) to give you an idea of the size of this cooler. There is no question about which cooler would appear to be more effective at first glance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Laptop Memory & Hard Drive Upgrade Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This upgrade is all about getting more performance out of your existing laptop. Going from a 4,200 rpm to a 7,200 rpm HDD will result in a tremendous increase in disk access. Windows will load faster, and programs will open quicker. Also, upgrading from 512MB of memory to 2GBs will greatly help when using memory hungry programs."

More information on this video review can be found here.
D-Link DGL-4300 Gaming Router Review @ Gaming Illustrated
"The D-Link DGL-4300 Wireless Gigabit Gaming Router is a high performing, great looking product that should be considered the top end of the product spectrum for routers. The proprietary GameFuel technology increased performance in both MMORPG and FPS games in a heavily populated network environment."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin 1GB PC2-4200 DDR2 Dual Pack Review @ System Cooling
"Mushkin is a company that's been around for a while, and one whose product I've always liked. As a matter of fact, the first "high performance" memory I ever bought carried the Mushkin label. I've owned several of Mushkin's memory products since then, and when I got the opportunity to take a look at a member of their DDR2 line of products, I didn't hesitate. Today we're taking Mushkin's 1GB PC2-4200 (533) Dual Pack CL 4-4-4 modules and putting them through their paces to see if they're worthy of your hard-earned dollars."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron Trinity Geforce 6600GT Review @ 3DXtreme
"Today 3DXtreme is presenting our latest review of the Albatron Trinity Geforce 6600GT AGP Video Card. The Nvidia 6600GT AGP chipset has arrived on the scene and we've put it through the paces to see how it performs in the mainstream market. This card features 8 Pixel Pipelines, 128MB of DDR3 memory, 500MHZ Core Clock Speed as well as VGA Out, TV-Out, DVI and support for HDTV. Targeted directly at the heart of the mainstream market this chipset is out to steal the crown from the much loved ATI 9800 series. The 6600GT AGP is the PCI-E chipset with an added unit that ports to AGP."

More information on this review can be found here.

Albatron Trinity Geforce 6600GT Review @ PCStats

"The Albatron Trinity GeForce 6600GT AGP is only compatible with 1.5V 4x/8x AGP motherboards and it's physically impossible to insert this videocard into a 2x only AGP slot. If you tried to force it, you'd only damage both the videocard and the motherboard (and possibly yourself). The Trinity 6600GT AGP sports 128MB of Samsung BGA DDR3 memory, and uses a 128-bit memory bus; which is enough memory for today's most demanding games."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, January 14, 2005
Logisys Phone Smart LED Keyboard Review @ PimpRig
"The review sample I received is a PS/2 keyboard. The below pictures show closeups of the keyboard layout, which is similar to many laptop keyboard layouts. This helps to make it compact, but how comfortable is it for everyday use? For those of you that have laptops, you may not have the "get used to" factor in for your use, but since I don't own a laptop, I am very used to full-size keyboards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys KB602BK EL Keyboard Review @ Mikhailtech
"Near the top of the keyboard you'll notice a PCB and a yellow coated transformer. This is used to power the EL backlight and the blue LEDs. There is a slight hum/buzz generated when the EL is working, but it's pretty quiet and unnoticeable beyond a few inches. Seeing as how most people will have at least a foot or two between their ears and the keyboard, this shouldn't pose a problem. Newer keyboards are using LEDs for backlighting (as they're more reliable and don't require a transformer), but EL still has the advantage of being more uniform without any pockets of extreme brightness and darkness."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire Coolwave II LGA 775 Heatsink Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Spire Coolwave II is a very nice looking unit featuring a UV reactive fan and mounting assembly and perhaps one of the securest mounting methods of any 775 heatsink we have tested. So come on along as we take a look at this unit and see just how well it performs under stock conditions and with a 500 MHz overclock."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe SCKBK-2000 Kamaboko Z Heatpipe CPU Cooler Press Release
"While the CPU heat generated from the latest processor is getting much larger and larger, so does the CPU cooler price is going upward. With the latest Heatpipe CPU Cooler "SCKBK-2000 Kamaboko Z" from Scythe company, users can enjoy the GREAT performance & SILENCE for a affordable price! A must features for Do-It-Yourself PC users (easy installation, good performance, low noise and affordable price) are all featured in Scythe SCKBK-2000 Kamaboko Z, you can't go wrong with your cooler choice!"

More information on this press release can be found here.
Thermaltake POLO 735 Extreme Review @ Legit Reviews
"Thermaltake, a leader in heatsink technology for PC's has introduced a new cooler for Socket-478, AMD K7, and K8. The POLO-735 Extreme 3 in 1 Cooler is a powerful all copper thin-finned unit. Mated with a powerful 80mm smart-fan, thermistor, and rheostat, all in an ergonomically friendly package."

More information on this review can be found here.
G.SKILL Extreme Series PC4800 512Mb Kit Review @ OCTools
"The Extreme Series PC4800 512Mb Dual Channel DDR Kit showed tremendous potential for overclocking. The ability to run at aggressive timings at high speeds is something that overclockers have been waiting for for a long time. Running CAS 2.5-3-3-7 at DDR562 is indeed quite an achievement".

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI NX6600GT-VTD128 Geforce 6600GT Review @ PCStats
"MSI's new NX6600GT-VTD128 AGP videocard is compatible with 8x/4x AGP motherboards only, and will not physically fit in AGP 2X or earlier slots. It comes equipped with 128MB of Samsung GDDR3 BGA memory on a 128-bit memory bus. At 900MHz, the MSI NX6600GT-VTD12's memory is clocked 50 Mhz slower than the Albatron Trinity 6600GT AGP card we reviewed recently, and a full 100Mhz slower than the Gigabyte GV-NX66T128D's memory. We'll see later if this has any impact on benchmark performance. For the multimedia enthusiasts out there, the NX6600GT-VTD128 is fully VIVO compatible."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soltek Qbic 3901a Socket 939 SFF Review @ Neoseeker
"Soltek's QBics have always had one consistent advantage over every other SFF. The QBics would consistently achieve a much lower noise level than competing cases. No change here. Even with the extra side fan, the noise level from this thing is still lower than most cases. Whereas cases like the Shuttle would start off really loud and then drop after booting into Windows, the Soltek starts quiet and stays quiet."

More information on this review can be found here.
Commodore 64 DTV Review @ Hexus
"What can I say? I'm a nostalgia junkie when it comes to reliving my childhood (This is the man who has a complete set of Transformers DVDs), and this product has caught me hook, line and sinker in that respect. If you owned the C64 in your youth, or wanted to, you'll find a few hours of entertainment in checking out the games on offer and reminiscing about when you used to have a joystick just like this one. It could also offer after-pub entertainment aplenty, being as 'pick up and play'-able as it is. There are some truly classic games of their time in the compilation, which could well give the device some longevity once that initial buzz of 'Wow! A Commodore 64!' has worn off."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Great Battle of the Waterblocks @ ModMag.net
On January 8th, 2005 there was a water block design contest in Kiev, Ukraine. It was a contest of custom waterblocks made by people that were sent to Kiev from many cities of Russia & Ukraine. There were performance tests but the final results haven't been published. A gallery of the entries is available on the site link."

More information on this contest can be found here.
A Study of Wireless Networks and Security @ ASE Labs
"The purpose of this report is to compile information on the use of wireless networks in Hoboken. It will attempt to discover where there are insecure wireless networks and to pinpoint them onto a map using standard GPS technology."

More information on this report can be found here.
Power and Your PC @ BigBruin
"A computer system is only as strong as its weakest feature, and many times that distinction falls on the power supply and related components. By choosing a quality power supply, surge protector, and perhaps a UPS, one can make sure that they have adequately strong and stable power to keep their system running now, as well as down the road when upgrades may increase the demand on their system."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thursday, January 13, 2005
Bullfrog Gamepad Review @ Moddin.net
"Gamepads are perhaps less often used with PCs nowadays since most games favour a mouse/keyboard interface, but they still have a place on the PC users desk for the simple reason that they do make certain games a whole lot more fun! Today I have a good example of a pad that does exactly that; the Speed Link Bullfrog Force Vibration Gamepad."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer Diamondback Gaming Mouse Review @ ModdersHQ
"Well, times have changed and Razer has listened to the demands of the public with the Diamondback. It's boasting 7 programmable buttons and an industry leading 1600 dpi sensor. This all sounds great on paper but how does it perform? With that being said, lets take a closer look at the Razer Diamondback Mouse."

More information on this review can be found here.

Razer Diamondback Gaming Mouse Review @ Buddha's LAN Room

"The first product to receive a 100% ranking from us was the Razer Viper mouse. I was (and still am) so impressed with that mouse. I saw it as a must-have for gamers. Recently, Razer has unleashed the Viper’s successor; the Diamondback. And we’ve got it."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATake Pipe VGA For Dual Heat-Pipe VGA Cooling Kit Review @ BigBruin
"While this item can't be seen as a requirement for any computer system, the amount of cooling it provides and total lack of noise would make this a nice additional to any case. A good set of instructions and a bit of a price break are all that is needed to make the "Pipe VGA For Dual Heat-Pipe VGA Cooling Kit" great."

More information on this review can be found here.

Logitech MX1000 Laser Mouse Review

"I was hoping the performance would at least come close to living up to what seemed like marketing hype in the published features, and the Logitech MX1000 far exceeded these expectations. The performance and precision were not only better than any other wireless mice I have tried, but as good as (or perhaps better than), high end corded mice I have used."

More information on this review can be found here.
Geek Chic: The Dawning of Wearable Tech @ Futurelooks
"If your digital stash (MP3 player, cell phone, and PDA) creates an unsightly bulge in your pockets, a fashion fix is on the way. Yvonne Seng unveils the latest developments in techno-skin."

More information on this article can be found here.
XFX GeForce 6600GT PCIe Review @ VR-Zone Hardware
"For our overclocking tests, we achieved a maximum core speed of 544MHz and maximum memory speed of 547MHz (1.094GHz effective). We ran a 3DMark03 game test loop for 30 hours straight at these speeds, and saw no artifacting throughout or after the test loop."

More information on this review can be found here.
Altec Lansing MX-5021 Review @ Overclockers Online
"I've had the pleasure of using many different sound cards and speakers over the years. They keep getting better as time marches on, and Altec Lansing's MX-5021s are a testimate to this evolution of great audio for the PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabit Ethernet Switch Review @ PCStats
"Today PCstats is testing out the MSI SW8G, which is a 8- port Gigabit Ethernet Switch. It's intended for SOHO business/server operations, but it can also be useful to home users who demand a lot of bandwidth. Of course, the MSI SW8G is also backwards capable of 10Mb or 100Mb operation for PCs that aren't up to Gigabit spec yet."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn WinFast 755FXK8AA-8EKRS Motherboard Review @ EOC
"The Foxconn WinFast 755FXK8AA-8EKRS motherboard is based on the SiS 755FX chipset supporting the latest Athlon64 & AthlonFX Socket 939 processors. An update to the previous SiS 755 chipset, the FX adds new features such as dual channel memory, 1GHz HyperTransport, and of course socket 939 support. Foxconn has loaded this motherboard with all sorts of features like Gigabit Ethernet, 8 channel audio, four SATA-150 connectors, USB 2.0, Firewire, and more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial PC3200 DDR400 Memory Kit Review @ A1-Electronics
"Not all of us want to buy the best most expensive high- performance DDR memory for the ultimate overclocking so we bought a basic PC3200 DDR400 1GB memory kit from Crucial, their CT12864Z40B. This comes as just one stick."

More information on this review can be found here.
BTX Form Factor Exposed @ PCStats
"Weren't we all supposed to be using BTX by now? When this radical form-factor change for motherboards and PC cases was first proposed by Intel in 2003, its introduction was supposed to coincide with the birth of the 'Alderwood' and 'Grantsdale' chipsets we now know as the Intel 915P and 925X. Instead, the standard took until just recently to get off the ground with manufacturers in Taiwan, resulting in Intel bumping the official introduction of the BTX form factor to their upcoming chipset generation, 'Glenwood' and 'Lakeport.'"

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Blue Dracula Special Edition Case Review @ GruntvillE
"The case is available in Black, Red, Silver and this, the special limited edition model in Blue and Chrome. Notice the front bezel has the appearance of a face? Well the mouth slides open to expose two front USB ports, headphone and external speaker plugs. There is also an unused knockout for a 1394 plug. What’s up with that Logisys? The crystal cut “eyes” are backlit with red LEDs to give this case a wicked look powered on. On the chrome trimmed front door there is a case badge with a led lit dagger."

More information on this review can be found here.
Recycle Your Computer Project @ CaseModGod
"It's a pity that we have garbage containers for glass, paper and organic materials, but not for computers. So the only way to solve the problem is by your own strength: reinstall Windows and/or make an upgrade. ProModz studio which always aims at innovation and interesting tendencies decided to help those emotional users and created the Recycle Your Computer Project."

Excellent work! More information on this cool project can be found here.
SilverStone LC11 HTPC Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The SilverStone LC11 HTPC Case is very slim, stylish, and perfect for a Home Theatre application. It's a Micro-ATX case that comes with two 80mm fans and lots of ventilation so air circulation is very good. Even though it is a sleek case there are 3x3.5" (int.), 1x5.25" (ext.) drive bays and three expansion slots. There's also easy access to four USB2.0 ports, one 1394 Firewire, Earphone jack, and MIC at the front of the case.

More information on this video review can be found here.
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
BTC 6300CL Backlit Keyboard & Wireless Mouse Review @ Tech-Mods
"There was a time that people never put much thought into a keyboard, if all the letters were there; then it was OK’, nobody really cared if it looked good! With today’s trends we have changed the whole computer atmosphere including all the attachments that go along with the everyday systems. Whether it is at home or the office we want better looking equipment. Today we will be looking at the latest effort from BTC; a world known keyboard manufacturer with their 6300CL ultra slim Backlit Keyboard and their M960M RF Wireless Optical Mouse."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATake EasyView 4 Port USB KVM Switch Review @ Mikhailtech
"The benefits of shared USB ports (something that's not included with most KVMs) are far reaching. The first thing that comes to mind is a networked drive/fileserver. This can be achieved by connecting an external hard drive to one of these ports; it will automatically be shared across any connected computers. What's great about this is that it's done purely on a hardware level; no software, drive mapping, or permission manipulation is required. It also means you don't need a separate computer to function as a fileserver as any of the others can do so, manipulating data on said external drive."

More information on this review can be found here.
EZ Power Supply Tester Review @ MetkuMods
"So, if your PSU is fine, this tester will indicate just that. If the supply if broken in one way or another, EZ Power Supply Tester will give you very little information on what is wrong. In the worst case, the tester itself can get damaged in the process. In my opinion the low price
doesn't justify the low usability of this product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Triple nVidia 6600GT Shoot-Out Review @ HardwareZoom
"At first glance, the green Leadtek PCB with aluminium heatsink does not look very attractive. This card is based on reference design too. Unlike Gigabyte that uses copper heatsink fan, Leadtek uses aluminium heatsink with a slightly bigger fan. The memory chips are not cooled by the heatsink, and the small rectangular heatsink below lies the HSI chip"

More information on this review can be found here.
Unlocking & Overclocking the 6800 @ OCIA
"As you may know, one of the main differences between the 6800 base model and the GT version is the fact that the GT version comes with a total of 16 pixel pipelines, whereas the 6800 only has 12. I began reading on various message boards that some people were actually able to unlock the remaining four pixel pipelines on their 6800 cards for a total of 16, matching that of the GT model. This seemed completely reasonable, as the 6800 is more or less a watered-down version of its GT counterpart. My mind began to roam, wondering if it would be possible to unlock / overclock this base model XFX 6800 to the GT level, a card that cost nearly $130 more. And so my quest began."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake PurePower 680W Power Supply Review @ BJorn3D
"After you stop drooling at the thought of having dual video cards in an SLI setup, you come to realize some practical concerns. Cost is the most obvious one. Most of us struggle to pay $450 for one video card, but spending $900 to $1,000 on two is just ludicrous to many people. Beyond the cost though are other important concerns, like power requirements. More and more power supplies are including the new 6-pin PCI Express power connector, but I have only seen a couple that offer two such connectors. I happen to have one of them for review today, the Thermaltake 680W Silent PurePower power supply (W0049)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D1 Single Slot 6600GT SLI Review @ Neoseeker
"Today at Neoseeker we take a look at Gigabyte's 3D1 - a SLI 6600GT solution unlike any other. Instead of the usual two boards associated with SLI, it is infact a single slot solution. Gigabyte has also splurged on memory instead of the default 1000 Mhz clock speed on memory, they have raised it to a whopping 1120 Mhz. The 3D1 will be bundled with Gigabyte's SLI solution with the MSRP set to 550$ so this will be an interesting alternative for gamers looking for both a card and board in one go."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hypercool 4+ Heatsink Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"When we reviewed the Hypercool II+ heatsink earlier this year we came away from that review with a great deal of respect for Primecool and their heatsink manufacturing process. Even though their name is not as commonly known as some of the larger companies here in the US this company from the Czech Republic seems to be doing things right. So when given the opportunity to review their latest heatsink, the Primecool 4+ I snapped at the chance."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X700Pro IceQ Turbo VIVO 256MB PCI-E Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The HIS X700Pro IceQ Turbo VIVO 256MB PCI-E Video Card has great performance and looks. The quiet stock cooler does a fantastic job at keeping the core cool. Since this is the Turbo version, it has fast default speeds. The core speed is 460MHz and the GDDR3 memory is 960MHz. It also has Video In/Video Out and HDTV output support."

More information on this video review can be found here.
ATI All-In-Wonder X600 Pro Review @ Viper Lair
"Overall, if you're not much of a gamer and you're looking for more than just a "video card" without breaking the bank, the AIW X600 Pro is a good choice for you. If you are a more serious gamer who is also interested in multimedia, you may want to wait for ATI's AIW X800 XT flagship to arrive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek Reaches +100 Press Awards
Asetek reaches +100 Press Awards - a significantly recognition of the WaterChill product line.

Since the launch in March 2003 more than 100 Awards from international PC magazines and hardware review sites has been given to the WaterChill product line. This broad spectrum of tests and different approaches to water cooling has given Asetek not only a significantly recognition but also a lot of input and ideas to continue to develop and improve the WaterChill solutions. Today Asetek has more than 20 kits and a long list of components to satisfy the newbie to enter the water cooling world for the first time and the most hardcore overclocker seeking the best results possible.

More R&D resources to get even further

"No other water cooling products has been so thoroughly tested and awarded as the WaterChill kits and components - but we are not satisfied yet! When we state that we will develop and provide for the global computer market the best and most effective cooling technologies and that we will continuously improve our technologies to reach that goal we surely intent to fulfill that statement - in 2005 Asetek has doubled it's R&D resources to get even further in both the high-end segment and the more mainstream business", says André Sloth Eriksen, founder and CEO/CTO at Asetek.

A "virtual tour" around Asetek

A lot of Asetek's customers, resellers, distributors and suppliers have through the years asked to see some photos from Asetek and this occasion is obvious to open the doors and give a short glimpse of the factory and office.

More information on this press release can be found here. More information on the virtual tour can be found here.
Alphacool Xtreme Pro Set 240 12Volt Review @ System Cooling
"As water cooling begins to get more and more popular, the number of companies getting their foot in the door in the US market is increasing. Today we are going to be looking at Alpahcool's top of the line kit to see if outstanding German engineering can beat out the pure brute force of American high flow systems. Alphacool has been in the water cooling business for a few years now, and have built a very good reputation for making high performance water cooling components."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Mushkin PC2-5300 DDR2 Review @ Viper Lair
"However, having the number of different speeds of DDR 2 coming from as many of the memory manufacturers as they are, DDR 2 should be quite refined by the time most people migrate to it. During my testing, I noticed absolutely no problems with this memory. I am quite impressed with the results that I was able to achieve when overclocking the memory as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Twin2X1024-4300C3 DDR-2 Memory Review @ PCStats
"So for the moment, DDR-2 is an interesting evolutionary step in the world of system memory, and manufacturers can only wait for consumer interest to catch up. If you are one of the very few to have a performance PC powered by DDR-2, this review is for you! In it, PCSTATS is testing out two brand new 512MB sticks of Corsair Twin2X1024-4300C3 DDR2 memory. Corsair is consistently a market leader in the memory field, and they were among the first to announce performance grade DDR-2 RAM for enthusiasts. Talk about being on the ball."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Modding Kit Review @ Virtual-Fusion
"Vantec has brougth some new products into the world of modding, being these three (Vantec Cable Sleeving kit, EZ-Grip Molex Connector Kit and Slot Protector Kit) some of those that surely will put a smile on the mouth of most modders out there."

More information on this review can be found here.
PQI Turbo Memory PC4000 Review @ FastLaneHW
"Today PQI (formerly known as PMI) brings us their Turbo Memory 1GB PC4000 DDR dual channel kit. It's rated at an aggressive 2.5-3-3-7. It used to be that if you wanted PC4000 memory, you'd have to give up your latency to do so. This appears to no longer be the case with PQI's new PC4000 sticks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin 1GB PC2-5300 (667) DDR2 Dual Pack Review @ OCTools
"We were able to take Mushkin's PC2-5300 up to 706MHz DDR2 at CAS 4-4-4-11 and up to 760MHz DDR2 at CAS 5-5-5-12 with the memory voltage set at 2.0v".

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS A8V Deluxe Motherboard Review @ 3DXtreme
"Today 3DXtreme has the great pleasure of reviewing one of Asus' offering to the AMD Athlon64 socket 939 line, the A8V Deluxe. Historically it has been shown that performance from one motherboard to another on the Athlon64 platform has been very close across all manufacturers. We really don't expect things to change much with the A8V. We then shift to finding the motherboard that offers the most features for the enthusiast who is looking to overclock the Athlon64 to it's maximum potential."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS P5AD2-E Premium Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"Today we take a look at the first retail Intel 925XE based motherboard to hit our labs and it comes from ASUS. The newest Pentium 4 chipset from Intel increases FSB to 1066MHz and removes ECC memory support. The ASUS P5AD2-E Premium motherboard provides a stack of features but how does it perform against the Intel reference board? Read on as we investigate this 925XE retail board and what it’s all about."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS KN1 Extreme Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"So, if you want to taste the goodness of NVIDIA's latest chipset in its Ultra incarnation and aren't worried about the overclocking side of things, what you have here is a solid, stable, fully featured setup, and all at an extremely tempting price point to boot. The overclockers among us will want to wait however, either for future BIOS updates for this board or to look elsewhere."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool WC-301 Water Cooling Kit Review @ Tech-Mods
"Evercool is one of the top 5 manufacturers of cooling solutions specializing in cpu and component cooling since 1994. The Evercool WC-301 Water Cooling Kit is self a contained compact reservoir, pump, and radiator that has the ability to provide formidable cooling over the usual air type solutions."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech H20-120 Water Cooled Kit Review @ A1-Electronics
"So for cooling performance we are proud to award this Swiftech H20-120 water cooled universal AMD & Intel heatsink our Editors top choice but less for design and style."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool WC-202 Water Cooling Kit Review @ Madshrimps
"Ready to take an adventure into water cooling your computer system but don't know much about the subject? Have a desire to mutilate your case, or crave a Dr. Frankenstein approach to piecing a kit together? Evercool may have just what you are looking for in their WC-202."

More information on this review can be found here.
SunbeamTech Transformer Case Review @ InsaneTek
"We recently reviewed the Samurai case, providing consumers with quality at a decent price. SunbeamTech also produces the Transformer case, which bears a strong resemblance to the Samurai. Today, we'll see if the Transformer lives up to the precedent set by the Samurai."

More information on this review can be found here.
iMac Conversion @ Creative Mods
"Read about how Brian purged an iMac of its previous components and replaced them with PC parts. If you are someone looking to do some Mac mods, this guide is for you. If you are just interested in seeing Windows loading on an iMac, this guide is for you too. "

More information on this project can be found here.
Project: Vash (Trigun) @ PimpRig
"We have a new article up featuring the build of a NICE project case by one of our members. What sets this member apart is that she is a young lady who first dove into the world of PCs and modding a short time ago and this build is her FIRST project ever which turned out exceptionally well. The mod project is centered around the anime character Vash from Trigun."

More information on this project can be found here.
SunBeamTech Black Samurai Mid-Tower Case Review @ EOC
"Sunbeam Company originally started out in 2000 specializing in cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL), however quickly expanded their expertise with other case modding equipment. As you may or may not know, SunBeamTech now also offers a line of gamer cases which feature the stylish looks and excellent cooling that gamers and enthusiasts can appreciate."

More information on this review can be found here.
HyperCube Part 3 @ Bit-Tech
"Before I present my Final Gallery, I want to give a quick recap of the project, for those who are reading this for the first time - click any of the images to read more detail about that part of the project. Some 6 months ago, having decided to base my project around the film Cube 2: Hypercube, I spent many weeks preparing a number of detailed plans and renderings of my idea."

More information on this fantastic project can be found here.
Back from the Dead & Happy Belated B-Day MTB!

I just wanted to drop a quick note to let everyone know that my Internet connection is finally turned on and the move was a success. My office is far from being functional and I still have to get my wireless network up and running. This means that I have limited access and a back log of e-mails that I have to catch up on. Just a reminder that yesterday Monday January 10th, 2005 was MTB's official 3yr anniversary. This means that next week I will be holding a BIG birthday contest to celebrate. The official contest will be kicked off over the weekend and posted in our forums. Stay tuned!
Friday, January 7, 2005
A4Tech Easy Go Optical Notebook Mouse Review @ Mikhailtech
"The cable is approximately 2 feet long. This is optimal length for a notebook (since the mouse is never far from it), but a bit short for desktop use, especially if it has to be wired up, under, over, or around a desk. One of the best features of the Easy Go is its ability to wrap up completely. The cable can be fed through the back and locked into place via the rectangular block."

More information on this review can be found here.
A4 Wireless No-Battery Mouse Review @ Creative Mods
"The A4Tech BatteryFREE Wireless Optical Mouse does not need the battery to keep powered on. It works with its partner - the Ingenious Mouse Pad. The Mouse Pad will transfer constant power to the mouse and whenever the mouse is placed on the mouse pad which is plugged to the computer via a USB connector. This is we so called: The Electromagnetic Induction Technology."

More information on this review can be found here.
Philips PSC724 Ultimate Edge 6-Channel Soundcard Review @ Tweaknews
"I was skeptical about this sound card, as I believed that my onboard sound was actually not bad at all. For $69.99 though, this did so much more. The installation was a breeze, it auto-detected to override my onboard sound, the drivers were installed easily without any moving/searching for files."

More information on this review can be found here.

XrayPad Thunder 8 Dual Surface Gaming Mouspad Review

"Switching from the normal gaming surfaces (desktop and cloth mouse pad) to this Thunder 8 gaming pad was a great pleasure. I honestly did not think it would make much of a difference. Well, I was wrong there, very wrong."

More information on this review can be found here.
Creative Zen Micro Review @ DVHardware
"Today we'll be taking a look at the Zen Micro from Creative. This tiny-sized MP3 player is less popular than its biggest competitor - the Apple iPod Mini, but it offers more features like one GB extra storage capacity and FM radio. The Zen Micro from Creative is available in 10 colors, some are rather classic and others are very funky! In this review I will take a look at the black one which lights up blue."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax EG701AX-VE(W)SFMA V2.0 600 Watt PSU Review @ BigBruin
"With computers having more and more hard drives, optical drives, video cards with huge power requirements and even the possibility of running dual video cards with SLI, what is enough power when it comes to your PSU? Even more important, the quality of the power the power supply puts out can mean the difference between a stable machine and one you have to fight to keep running."

More information on this review can be found here.
Creative's Triple Duty USB Sound Blaster Review @ Everything USB
"Creative just introduced perhaps the most verstaile external multimedia device ever. Not only is the new USB Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Video Editor a THX-certified sound card that delivers 24-bit sound in 7.1, it is also a Hi-Speed USB video encoder with its own onboard processor. It also triples as a 4-port Hi-Speed USB hub."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Pitbull 500 watt PSU Review @ OCIA
"I couldn't find any specs on the rear fan but the low setting was about the same as a normal PSU rear fan. Cranking it to high created great airflow out of the back. Unfortunately this was quite a bit louder. I would guess its in the 30+ dba range; definitely audible over the other fans in my case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Bargain Shopping 101: Hard-Drives @ TechFreaks
"Hard-Drives have gradually increased in size over the past year. With this steady growth, their prices have exponentially declined. Good news for the consumer? Yes, but when and how do you know if you're getting a good deal compared to the average going rate? In this brief article I'll be covering Parallel ATA, Serial ATA and External USB 2.0 hard-drives except SCSI."

More information on this article can be found here.
Swiftech MCP350 12 VDC Pump Review @ System Cooling
"The MCP350 is similar in design to the MCP650 pump also sold by Swiftech. It is smaller, quieter and produces even more head pressure than the MCP650 but has lower free-flow capabilities than its big brother. Swiftech claims the MCP350 is ideal for smaller ID systems, especially when using more than one waterblock in series. The MCP650 on the other hand may be better suited for ½" ID tubing systems that perform better with higher flow rates and have minimal flow resistance."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X850 XT PE and X800 XL Review @ BJorn3D
"Earlier this autumn, ATi revealed details about their new PCI-Express video cards, the X850 XT Platinum Edition (PE) and the X800 XL. While the X850 XT PE of course is the new high-end video card, the X800 XL is ATI’s answer to NVIDIA’s GeForce 6800 GT. ATI was kind enough to lend us two reference cards for a quick spin in some of our benchmarks."

More information on this review can be found here.
PCI-Express Roundup Part 2: nVidia 6600 & 6600GT @ Madshrimps
"Still saving up your lunch money for a PCI Express graphics card? Salivating in anticipation for Nvidia 6600 series graphics card benchmark numbers? Or just bored enough to read part II of our PCI Express Graphics card comparison? No matter, we got you covered here as we added an Albatron 6600 and a XFX 6600GT to the mix, stirred the pot, and came up with some interesting numbers that just may change your opinion of mainstream PCI Express graphics cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS Xpert Arrives @ Legit Reviews
"You better believe it! Corsair pulls out all the stops and has already launched their first product for 2005! We take a look at the modules and see what all makes these Xpert modules different from the Pro series."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X700Pro IceQ Turbo VIVO Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"A new year, a new review. HIS's (Hightech Information System) first appearance on BFR comes in the form of their new X700Pro IceQ Turbo VIVO 256MB PCI-E graphic card. The X700 Pro is our first PCI-E based graphics card and we are quite excited to try it out. This "Turbo" model is running a ramped up core clock speed of 460MHz, slightly higher than the "normal" clock speed of the X700 Pro which is 425MHz. The memory clock speed is also juiced up a bit, running at 960MHz- 100MHz faster than stock memory speeds. The reason for these overclocked speeds becomes quite apparent when looking at the image of the X700 Pro, more specifically the mammoth IceQ cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soltek EQ3901-300P SFF PC Review @ Viper Lair
"In the end, what we're really concerned about are the features, performance and stability. Feature-wise, the Soltek EQ3901-300P SFF has it all. Sure, PCI Express would have been nice, but that is a limitation of the chipset used rather than the barebone design and can easily be added once VIA releases their new chipset for mass adoption."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Nemesis & Nemesis Elite Case Review @ PimpRig
"The thermal LCD meter that is included with the Elite is a nice touch. The angle of display is adjustable and can even be folded all the way down for easier transport. While I'm not going to whip out a hammer to test its durability, the LCD display seemed a little fragile when handling. It's a good thing to keep that in mind when you load it up for LAN parties."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Samurai Gaming Case @ A True Review
"Computer cases have come along way since their unpromising beige ancestors. Nowadays, the variety of cases almost rivals the variety of automobiles. Cases can look anywhere from gorgeously sophisticated to relentingly aggressive. This review will be looking at a case that leans toward the latter part of the spectrum, the Sunbeam Samurai Gaming Case."

More information on this review can be found here.
MTB News Temporarily Suspended!
I just wanted to drop a quick note to let everyone know that the news page will not be updated for the next 3-4 days. I will be moving to a new house this weekend which means no Internet or e-mail access until next week. In the meantime, there is one important issue that is worth mentioning. MODTHEBOX.COM will be turning 3 years old on Monday January 10th, 2005 which means I will have a BIG birthday contest to celebrate. More details on the birthday contest will be available next week.
Thursday, January 6, 2005
Coolermaster Hyper 48 Review @ Madshrimps
"The successful Hyper 6 has sprouted a successor; today we take a closer look at the Hyper 48 from Coolermaster and see how it stacks up against the competition using a variety of fans."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool Mini Watercooler WC-301 Review @ PC Review
"There are a bewildering amount of water cooling components and kits on the market, ranging from custom made components to ready made kits containing everything you need to take the water cooling path. Most 'off the shelf' kits cost in the region of £150.00 so we were interested to receive a review package of this all-in-one water cooling solution from vadim.co.uk which retails for £85.00. Our review kit contained only a block to cool the CPU though further solutions are available for VGA and hard drive cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
Keeping That Hot CPU Running Cool & Quiet @ Hardware Analysis
"Processor cooling is and always has been a topic of much debate, with the majority of PCs being aircooled. Here's a look at two popular heatsinks from ThermalRight and Zalman, featuring 120-mm fans, to see whether they're able to keep the hottest processor running cool and quiet."

More information on this article can be found here.
JAHT JN-1110R32C Gigabit Ethernet Adapter Review @ Techniz
"The JN-1110R32C is a 10/100/1000Mbps 32bit Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) Local Bus Ethernet adapter designed to address high-performance system application requirements. The Bus-Master architecture provides very high data throughput as it runs in the 32-bit PCI bus of the serve's mainboard rather than waiting on the CPU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Rev2 PC3200XL 2-2-2 Memory Review @ BJorn3D
"How do you improve such good RAM? Well, you don't change too much. At the heart of the new revision of the 3200XL modules are the same Samsung TCCD chips that were used in the original 3200XL sticks (and now in many competing products). The main difference between the old and new XL's is the PCB (printed circuit board). Corsair made some design enhancements to the PCB in order to support higher top-end clock speeds. That adds up to the new 3200XL overclocking to high speeds with more success than the old one."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8TRX330-L Motherboard Review @ HardwareZoom
"ATI is a relative newcomer in the motherboard field, but performance and compatibility issues are the things of the past with the new ATI RX330 chipset. From our benchmark results, the ATI RX330 has proven itself with a great improvement over the ATI 9100IGP chipset. In fact, the results were as good as Intel 865PE based motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
nVidia nForce 4 vs. ATI 200 Series @ Tweaktown
"Today we are taking a look at two new Socket 939 chipsets for the AMD Athlon 64 platform from nVidia and ATI. Usually we would compare these two companies in the usual GPU wars but today they battle it out against each other in the form of motherboards with nVidia's feature-packed nForce 4 and ATI's 200 Series. Which motherboard based on these chipsets deserves to make it into your Socket 939 AMD64 system? Read on and we'll let you know our thoughts on the subject."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Centurion 5 Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Cooler Master Centurion 5 Case is a very stylish product with great build quality and design. Two fans are included (120mm and 80mm) for good air circulation. Also included is a 350W Power Supply. There is adequate room to work inside the case, but the motherboard tray is not removable. With 5x5.25", 1x3.5" (ext.), and 4x3.5" (int.) drive bays there's plenty of room to install all kinds of products."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Intel P4 Socket 775 Heatsink Roundup @ Madshrimps
"Looking to cool that small nuclear reactor Intel has sold you in the Prescott P4. Well we have for you today 6 samples of aftermarket LGA775 coolers that might just let you squeak a little more MHz out of your CPU, or at the very least allow the CPU to run just a bit cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.

865P and 915P chipset for Socket 775 Comparion

"Socket 775 has given the troubled Prescott Pentium4 a much needed shot in the arm. With better voltage regulation and a new socket interface, we have hope this will cure what ails the Prescott CPU. Today we look at two viable alternatives for those looking to get into socket 775, without having to sell of a kidney to finance the transition."

More information on this review can be found here.
Annual PC Checkup Guide @ PCStats
"A medical primer for your computer, from dust bunnies to defragging, keep your computer in good health. There comes a time in every once-new computer's life when it just doesn't feel fresh anymore. You know, when it's taking 5-10 minutes to boot up into Windows, the fans are making funny squealing noises, and there's a wad of orange cat hair protruding from the rear fan grille. It's the computer equivalent of senility, your once precious box has lost its edge. Let's take a quick look at some of the most common hardware and software problems related to constant use, and find some quick solutions."

More information on this guide can be found here.
iMac Conversion Guide @ Creative Mods
"A while back MacMods.com featured a story on an iMac converted to an “iPC”. It was built by a person known only as “Tony”. It had a Micro ATX Pentium III motherboard running at 1 GHz, LCD screen, and was skinned to look like an Apple. Even with the Micro ATX board, the iPC was starved for room inside the case. After many attempts to try to find “Tony” for permission to clone his computer, I finally decided on making my own version of the iMac named “Evil-iMac”. There are many differences between the iPC and the Evil-iMac. Most notably is the fact that it contains a full ATX board that runs an AMD 2700+ Barton processor."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Modding Boot Camp Window Cutting & Fitting @ PimpRig
"The first step is going to be deciding what shape window you want. I'd recommend not going for the biggest rectangle you can possible have: too many premod cases are like this, and showing off your drive cages seems a bit pointless to me. I wanted my window to match the fan grilles I'm going to be using throughout the case, so I blew up an image of one until it was the size I wanted. It's not a particularly big window - trust me though, small is going to be really big."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Wednesday, January 5, 2005
Razer Diamondback Optical Mouse Review @ XYZ Computing
"This review will be taking a look at Razer's Diamondback, its second generation optical mouse. This product is an alternative to the Viper, an update of sorts, but does not replace it. We'll be taking a look at the mouse, testing it, and comparing it to the Viper to see how it stacks up against its younger brother."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech MX1000 Mouse & Ratpadz GS Review @ System Cooling
"The optical mouse revolutionized how we look at these input devices. We no longer had to deal with the jerky cursor movement or the dust and goop clean up from the rollers and ball. But just when you thought it couldn't get any better, Logitech again brings us a world's first in their MX1000 Laser Cordless Mouse. The Logitech MX1000 features a completely new laser tracking technology from Agilent and a more reliable communication method with FastRF Cordless."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Phone Smart LED Keyboard Review @ Hardware Pacers
"The only extra feature that comes with this keyboard is the phone smart LED feature that informs users of incoming phone calls. Many people use their monitor screen flickering as a warning, but this keyboard will actually light up and warn of the incoming call. It even works if the phone is not in the keyboard vicinity. The keyboard, as soon as it detects incoming phone signal will start the signaling procedure which consists of the keypad lights turning on and off. This is great feature for people who tend to leave their cell phones on 'vibrate' and sometimes can't hear the incoming call."

More information on this review can be found here.
MGE XG Vigor 500 Watt Power Supply Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"The MGE XG Vigor 500 Watt Power Supply may just be ideal power supply for the computer user that wants good looks, a well ventilated case, exceptional tight voltage on all the rails and most of all at a price they can afford. With a MSRP of $60.00 this power supply may prove to be the sleeper of the year if our tests are indicative of what this power supply is capable of doing. Where most power supplies are happy to fall within a 5% tolerance on rail voltages the Vigor 500 shocked us by producing results of less than 3%."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products UV X-Connect PSU Review @ Overclockers Online
"The UV X-Connect is another high quality product. Ultra Product engineers are expecting to add dedicated rails, and hopefully in the future we'll see some filtered rails and EMI Shielding like in the RaidMax power supply we've looked at. Afterwards there won't be much left for Ultra Products to do on the X-Connect but let the sales cash in. This is one popular power supply and in many places still very hard to find. The sales in Canada and in Europe have just begun, but it won't be very long until there will be one of these in many computer enthusiast's systems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Purepower 680 Watt PSU Review @ Tweaknews
"It's a rare product indeed that I can't find some fault with. The Thermaltake PurePower 680W is one of those products. Stability, power, features, finish and quality are all first rate. Hell, I'm even using the box it came in, with its nifty plastic carry handle, to store spares. I've always considered the PSU to be the most important part of a system, feeding and protecting all the other components. With a retail price of around $170 US, it's not the cheapest PSU out there, but it's not the most expensive either and factoring in what you get for your money, it's a good value."

More information on this review can be found here.
HighSpeed PC Tech Station Review @ Viper Lair
"The Techie in me rejoices, a case that I can quickly build a system in and test its function, rip it down as quickly and start all over again. HighSpeed PC has hit the mark with the Tech Station. Not only does it fit the bill, you can rest assure your components are cool and protected from static shock the short period of time it will reside there."

This is a must have unit if you frequently test hardware products. More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den TDX Block Review @ Legit Reviews
"While the TDX has been reviewed many times, there has not been very many instances featuring this block with its fairly recent Socket-775 hardware. I've been running several Socket-775 systems with the TDX, and it's done well with a P4 530 (3.0GHz), and 540 (3.2GHz)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soltek QBiC EQ3901M Barebone SFF Review @ 3DXtreme
"The Soltek EQ3901M QBiC had it's flaws, however those aren't necessarily flaws of the EQ3901M they are flaws of the whole Small Form Factor genre. Soltek did a good job with the EQ3901M with room for enough hardware to make it a decent gaming rig or media center. The Motherboard gives users plenty of options for overclocking however with the limited space and airflow overclocking isn't a reality. The performance of the EQ3901M puts it on par with any desktop board, this is nice because moving to a SFF unit doesn't mean you have to sacrifice performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax CS527 Case Review @ Spode's Abode
"From the outside, the case has a sleek black look thanks to incredibly shiny paint that covers both the metal and plastic parts. So shiny, that even the shots Enermax supplied had reflections of other objects in. This does however, iterate exactly how shiny it is!"

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Nemesis Elite Aluminum Gamer’s Case Review @ Tech-Mods
"Today we’ll be looking at the NZXT Nemesis Elite aluminum gamer’s case that Johnny at NZXT was nice enough to send my way! The Nemesis Elite is NZXT’s newest creation to their product line. NZXT is a fairly new company but its designers have twenty plus years in the business and strive to create the ultimate gamers chassis."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hypercube² Part II @ Bit-Tech
"Got the New Year's blues? Let us brighten your day with the next instalment of Hypercube². Why stop at merely building a complete system from scratch when there's a keyboard and mouse to mod? Indeed, while you're at it, go ahead and mod a TFT monitor and dub it "HyperScreen". Be careful what you wish for - he's only gone and done just that!"

If you haven't had a chance be sure to check out the second installment of this fantastic project. More information on this project can be found here.
MGE Sidewinder Case Review @ BurnOutPC
"Some key features on this case are the blue illuminated fans, the 400 power supply, a window and the shiny black finish. All this for approximately 55 dollars, I call that a bargain for what you get! The MGE Sidewinder is available in several different colors such as silver, black and blue."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, January 4, 2005
Basic System Buyer's Guide January 2005 @ Mikhailtech
"With a good Socket 754 motherboard still out of our budget by $20 or more we're left with a Socket A solution. NVIDIA's nForce chipset still reigns supreme on the AMD platform. This month we decided to spend an extra $4 and opt for a much more potent nForce2 Ultra 400 chipset which supports dual channel memory."

More information on this article can be found here.
Cooler Master CoolViva Review @ Tech-Mods
"Cooler Master is well known in the enclosure market, but has ventured into the component cooling areas as well. The Cooler Master CoolViva VGA cooling solution is their latest product for enthusiasts demanding better cooling for today’s high temperature graphics cards. The CoolViva uses the popular heat pipe technology to aid in heat transfer to the large heatsinks and maintain quiet operation."

More information on this review can be found here.
A4Tech NB-30 Battery-Free Optical Mouse @ TechFreaks
"The NB-30 has two components to it. The first being the special pad that transmits signals to the mouse to power it. The pad connects to the USB port and you never have to worry about it again. The mouse is only active when sitting on the pad, so you can only use it as far as the pad can reach. I was amazed how easy it was to setup out of the box, and I was surprised that there wasn't any troubleshooting at all while messing around with it. So after many play tests with this new item, I decided to check out how it works and what it was composed of."

More information on this review can be found here.
MS IntelliMouse Explorer Vs Logitech MX900 Review @ The Tech Zone
"In one corner we have the MS IntelliMouse Explorer for Bluetooth, in the other corner we have the Logitech MX900 Bluetooth mouse. Both are wireless mice powered by Bluetooth technology and both promise to open your computer to a Bluetooth world by allowing it to connect to other Bluetooth devices like cell phones, PDA or anything else that is Bluetooth enable. But the question remains, which mouse is better?"

More information on this review can be found here.
SAITEK Cyborg EVO Wireless Joystick Review @ Futurelooks
"SAITEK sends us one of their wireless joysticks based on their popular designs which allow customization for left or right handed users as well as different hand sizes."

More information on this review can be found here.
AC Ryan XTOR Xilencer HDD Silencer Review @ Madshrimps
"Today we take a look at A.C.Ryan's solution for silencing and cooling your 3.5" hard drive by using large aluminum heatsinks and foam blocks."

More information on this review can be found here.
CaseBuy EZ Power Suppy Tester Review @ HardwareHounds
"Today’s review is for all you technically inclined readers out there or for anyone who just seems to have a lot of bad luck when it comes to computers. I have in front of me the EZ Power Supply Tester from CaseBuy Tech. Simply put, this device is a must have for anyone who repairs, builds and/or troubleshoots computers on a regular basis."

More information on this review can be found here.
Extreme Wireless Networking from Gigabyte @ Tweaktown
"Have you ever considered implementing wireless LAN? With some of the initial hiccups of wireless LAN seemingly out the way, now might be a good time to consider adding the freedom and flexible of wireless networking to your home or office. Today we take a look at some of the latest wireless equipment to come from Gigabyte with their Turbo G gear which offers data throughput up their with wired networks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Centurion 5 Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"Cooler Master did a wonderful job with their tool-less design, both locking systems did a great job securing their individual components without issue and made installation a breeze. Their new design, with the individual covers secured by screws instead of plastic clips also ensures that your new case will keep its clean, undamaged look for as long as you own it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soltek SL-915GPro-FGR Motherboard Review @ MB Review
"I'd have to say this is one of the better packages I've dealt with on an i915G offering. Given that these boards are meant more for budgeted users looking to upgrade to the latest processor, it isn't too surprising to see less hardware or cabling inclusions with the package, but Soltek has chosen to supply everything the end user would need."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte K8NS-939 Motherboard Review @ Techniz
"Supporting the latest AMD socket 939 Athlon64FX/64 processors, the K8NS-939 represent the most cost effective solution for AMD platform. Accompanied with the innovative designs of AMD64 technology, the advanced NVIDIA nForce3 processor contributes to functionality and stability of this platform. The Serial ATA interface enhances storage performance. The high speed Gigabit Ethernet interface delivers the efficient broadband connection to the internet. Features such as AGP 8X graphic interface and 8-channel audio also ensure the enjoyment of multi-media application. Finally, Norton Internet Security 2004 software is bundled for security protection. With such an array of leading technology and Gigabyte’s unique features, users are sure to get the most value from the GA-K8NS-939."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, January 3, 2005
VL's Editor's Choices of 2004 @ Viper Lair
"Some things caught our attention, and other things not so much. In the end, we saw some interesting technology, and put together a list of what we felt is truly deserving of recognition, and one company guilty of dipping its hands into the well once too often."

More information on this article can be found here.
ACRyan XNeon SATA Review @ BurnOutPC
"Soon they will start putting lights behind the back of your motherboard, oh wait Abit has done that already. These EL wired SATA Cables look cool and their easy to install. What's next? Power cables with El wire? ACRyan note that down in case you need some future product ideas. Overall a very nice product, you either love all the lights popping out of your case or just fancy regular cables. The inverter produces an annoying pitch and there was no switch to be found, but maybe someday they will produce these kits with a backplate mounted switch."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gainward's Hollywood@Home Roundup @ Hexus
"I've looked at one of their Hollywood@Home components before, their Hollywood@Home 7.1 not doing too badly and in hindsight it probably deserves a slightly higher score, recent drivers enabling excellent stereo output for music using the high quality Wolfson DAC. Gainward aren't all about the graphics and they do have other tricks up their sleeves. So it's with an open mind that I agreed to look at a triplet of their latest Hollywood@Home editions. A USB TV tuner, USB soundcard and a set of surround sound headphones, they seem to have applied the same high-value, low-cost mantra that Gainward used to create the original soundcard product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products 600W Power Supply Review @ InsaneTek
"Today, Ultra Products has sent us an even more impressive power supply. Now that our computers are harboring powerful CPUs, graphics cards, and 10,000 rpm hard drives, it is important to have a power supply that can supply enough juice to ensure system stability. The power supply is often overlooked component for a system's vitality. It is assuring that Ultra Products has decided to offer those enthusiasts a more powerful option for a power supply while avoiding further "modular" capabilities to keep costs to a minimum, although I suspect a modular 600 watt will be seen in the near future."

More information on this review can be found here.

Ultra Products UV X-Connect 500W PSU Review @ ap0calypse

"Riding on the success of the original X-Connect PSU, Ultra Products has released a new UV version sporting some windows and an interior UV light. Since we've already done a review on the original X-Connect, this review will focus more on the visuals of the PSU and also on my opinions of the unit after running it in my rigs for over a month. As always, I hope you find the review informative and interesting!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec EZ-Swap 3.5" SATA HD Mobile Enclosure Review @ A1-Electronics
"So for those of you looking for a mobile carrier for your SATA drive this Vantec EZ-Swap to our mind certainly fits the bill for ease of installation and use while looking great. It works for us."

More information on this review can be found here.
PQI Turbo 1GB PC4200 DDR2 Memory Review @ System Cooling
"A few months ago, PQI knocked our socks off with their PC3200 DDR RAM, which performed so well that it shamed not only every other PC3200 RAM we tested it against, but every other DDR RAM we had tested, period. Now, we're back with another set of PQI RAM to test, this time their new 1GB kit of PC4200 DDR 2. By the time we're done putting the memory through its paces, we'll know if PQI has taken the trend it started with the PC3200 and continued it on this entirely new platform."

More information on this review can be found here.
Toshiba 80GB 16MB Cache 2.5in HDD Review @ Mikhailtech
"The drive features a Fluid Dynamic Bearing motor for quieter operation and spins at 5400 RPM. It's rated for ATA-100 speeds and has a 12ms average seek time. While this may seem slow by desktop standards, keep in mind that more compact lower density notebook drives have a lot of catching up to do. From a laptop perspective, things are looking good for Toshiba's high-end HDD."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory Review @ Madshrimps
"As the PC-enthusiast/overclocking community became an avant-garde force to be reckoned with, they sought to crack the memory manufacturing code. Overclockers discovered what' was under the heat spreader quite often determined performance regardless of the company name on the package. For example when it was rumored a specific IC was responsible for some of the fastest DDR on the planet, Overclockers left no stone un-turned and no heat spreader in tact to find it. That specific IC became the hottest commodity in the history of DDR memory, as it was the common denominator among the DDR speed demons. The code they cracked consisted of two letter's one number and a company name, and it changed everything BH-5, Winbond."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX421 LCD Kit Review @ Bjorn3D
"What device would a network administrator, an electronics gadgeteer, and a computer enthusiast all find that is useful and maybe even a little fun? Whether you are looking for a programmable device to display status messages, a car stereo, or a downright wicked cool toy to play with (that doubles as a fan controller), the Matrix Orbital MX4 series of LCD kits offers tremendous versatility for just about anyone with an imagination and a purpose."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek WaterChill KT03A-L30 CPU Power Kit Review @ OCTools
"Armed with an unlocked Intel 3.6GHz Prescott LGA775 processor and the latest LGA775 board from ABIT, the FATAL1TY i925XE board, we managed to overclock the processor using the asetek WaterChill CPU Power Kit to 4.29GHz (14 x 306MHz FSB). Now that's definitely an impressive overclock."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Cool Drive 6 Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"Ever lay your fingers upon an operating HDD that is not cooled? Damn hot, isn’t it? Now think about everything that’s on that HDD that you’d rather not lose. Think about your saved documents, your e-mail, your bookmarks, your saved games (gasp). Time to cool off that HDD to that end, let’s check out the CoolDrive 6 from Cooler Master."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron PX915G4 Pro Motherboard Review @ Overclockers Online
"Albatron decided to stick with the current Socket 478 processors on this model. This allows existing P4 users to migrate over to the PCI-E world without having to buy a new processor. They can further break down the upgrade process as the Albatron PX915G4 Pro already comes equipped with an shared video memory."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, January 1, 2005
Corsair Flash Voyager USB 2.0 Drive Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"USB flash memory drives are extremely popular these days as a universal portable storage device. The advantage to a USB drive is that they are relatively inexpensive, small, rugged, reliable, plug-n-play, rewritable, and available in various capacities. Today we are taking a look at the 128MB Flash Voyager USB drive made by Corsair Memory."

More information on this review can be found here.
BFG 6600GT OC AGP Review @ Neoseeker
"We were able to squeeze 588 Mhz out of the GPU and 1.17 Ghz out of the memory before it cried for mercy and the NVIDIA driver control panel shooed us off. The 6600GT OC remained stable through hours of 3DMark05 and displayed no visual anomalies or any other sort of stability in DOOM 3."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright XP-90 Heatsink Review @ Techniz
"Thermalright have come out with a number of excellent performance heatsink. Today, we are review another solid heatsink, the Thermalright XP-90. This heatsink is cost around $40 USD. To install the XP-90 on to the motherboard, it is not needed to take out the motherboard unlike the SP-94. And this XP-90 is a AMD and Itel heatsink."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cyril's New Hardware Guide, Part III @ Pimped Out Cases
"Processor socket changes are interesting events. They tend to pave the way for great technological strides, and always cause a good deal of confusion and uncertainty during their introductory period. With dual-core processors on the horizon and ever widening buses, it isn’t a coincidence that both AMD and Intel decided to launch their new sockets at barely a month’s interval this summer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax Samurai 908 Gaming Case Review @ OCIA
"The case is tool-less and even though there is no window in the case, Raidmax thoughtfully used black tool-less hardware instead of beige. The interior is sturdy steel, sprayed with a dull gray finish. All edges are rolled to keep you from cutting your fingers, even the back edge of the mobo tray."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone LC03V HTPC Case Review @ OCModShop
"The front of this case looks really nice and clean from a design standpoint. The case has dimensions of 425 mm (W) x 160.5 mm (H) x 415 mm (D) which is a pretty large desktop case in comparison to some of the other slim line ones out there. However this case will allow you to use all of your PCI slots rather than using a riser card. From the back of the case you can see that the parallel cable for the VFD runs through one of the I/O back plates which will result in you losing one space. There is also a 60mm exhaust fan that will pull hot air out of the system."

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A Cool System @ Overclockers.com
"Here is an update on my cool system; I am now running an AMD Opteron running @ 3.0 stable. This computer has it all and I use it for my design office."

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Modder of the Month 2005 @ Creative Mods
"We here at Creativemods.com are starting the new year off with a bang. This month's Modder of The Month has been doing his thing for over five years and has come up with some absolutely brilliant stuff. His case is a one of the finest pieces of UV reactivity I have ever laid eyes on. It features UV reactive cooling water, fans, fan grills, fan knobs, and even thumbscrews. Please read on if you enjoy looking at ridiculously well modded cases."

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Spraypaint Keyboard Mod @ XYZ Computing
"Even considering all this, the movie is entertaining and offers us a very solid keyboard mod. In the movie Dade (Jonnie Lee Miller) is preparing for a large-scale hack and deems it necessary to spray paint his keyboard. He does not bother to remove the keys and does limited masking, but it looks super cool. If this was not fun enough, he is painting directly on his laptop, which is probably not too good of an idea."

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