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Monday, October 31, 2005
How To Be A Multiplayer Web Games Developer @ The TechZone
"In my first article “How To Be A Game Developer”, I discussed various games genres, including Web/Email games. This is one of the easiest ways to start developing games- you aren’t restricted to one language or platform and the costs are pretty low. In this article, I’ll look at the various technologies that you can use, and give you an idea of what its possible to do and how you get started."

More information on this article can be found here.
Enermax Liberty 620W PSU Review @ Phoronix
"Over the years, we've reviewed and tested countless power supplies. Sometimes it becomes a chore, as most power supplies don't bring much of anything new to the table. However, to mark our 300th article here at Phoronix, we have something a little more special. Enermax has provided us with their newly announced Liberty series power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer Copperhead 2000 DPI Laser Mouse Review @ BigBruin
"Razer has packed a lot of features into a mouse with great looks. From the on the fly DPI switching, to the onboard memory that stores user's profiles right in the mouse, to the drivers that allow for extreme fine tuning of the mouse for a user's personal preferences, you would be hard pressed to find a mouse that offers more to the hard core gamer."

More information on this review can be found here.

Razer Copperhead 2000 DPI Laser Mouse Review @ OCIA

"At this point, I was already pretty impressed with the Copperhead, but the real shock came when I switched back to my old Logitech mouse. One word: WOW. Never before had I realized that my mouse was sooo freaking slow! The pointer was practically crawling across the screen; I wanted to reach in and drag it myself."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hiper Type-R HPU-4B580 580W Modular Power Supply Review @ Hardware-Review
"With all the high-end components available today, it's more critical than ever to have a consistent and stable power supply source. The Hiper Type-R HPU-4B580 580W power supply combines a unique modular design with a shiny blue chrome exterior and awesome performance. Let's see how this beast handles our test rig's power-hungry demands."

More information on this review can be found here.
Freecom DVB-T USB Stick Review @ Cache-Community
"This little USB stick from Freecom, is the smallest digital TV tuner in the world available to computer users. Initally it looks just like any USB memory stick, but once you've plugged it into your computer, and connected the antenna, it is capable of displaying a massive choice of digital TV channels full-screen on your monitor at extremely high quality. This is great for home viewing, but even better when coupled with your laptop, as it means you can take the telly with you whaerever you go!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon X1800 XL 256MB & XFX GeForce 7800 Reviews @ Hexus
"Both card packages offer compelling reasons for purchase and both are available immediately, but given a direct choice between the two, our money would slide over into XFX's corner for a number of reasons. Its GeForce 7800 GT is marginally faster in a sector where framerates matter hugely. It also runs quieter, and, should you wish and funds/hardware permitting, can be put to immediate SLI use."

More information on this review can be found here.
Inno3D 7800 GT Review @ PureOverclock
"Overclocking both the 7800 GT and GTX is a little bit more complicated than usual. This is because there are three different clock speeds to deal with - the vertex, shader and ROP clocks and these are all controlled by the root clock. The root clock is the one you will be tweaking in overclocking tools such as ATI Tool or Riva Tuner. When you adjust the root clock, you actually adjust these three clocks."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EB DDR PC-4000 2GB Memory Kit Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This item has a fast memory timing of 3-3-2-8. Because of this, it performs very well, & is also overclockable for added performance. This kit is 2GB's in size which is fantastic for the latest games. For those who need stable, reliable, & fast memory, this product will not disappoint. And like all OCZ memory, it comes with a lifetime warranty!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
OCZ DDR2 PC2-4200 Value Pro Review @ Viperlair
"What can I say, this is some serious RAM, you can find it online for less than $100 for a 1GB kit. With some mild tweaking you got from some decent priced PC 4200 value RAM to some REALLY decent priced PC5400. Every once in a while a product comes along that gives you WAY more bang for the buck than you expect, like the ti series NVIDIA cards, the JIUHB XP 1700 and the ABIT NF7-s motherboard. You mention any of those products to an enthusiast and it brings a smile to their faces."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS (TWINX2048) PC3500LL PRO DDR Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The LED's do not just light up or not, they actually scale from a few lights to all the lights depending on the current RAM usage. Corsair has turned the normal RamSink into a light show by including LED lighting in the top edge and also embossing "XMS" right into the covers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair 2GB XMS PC4000 Platinum Review @ Techgage
"Corsairs back, and they have delivered the fastest memory we have ever tested! Clocked at DDR500 speeds and 3-4-4-8 timings, it's quite fast on it's own. Add on the large amount of overclocking headroom, and these modules have serious potential."

More information on this review can be found here.
Biostar M7VIG-400 Combo Review @ ThinkComputers
"Well, today we have something new and rather exciting, at least for me anyway, from our friends at Computers Geeks (www.geeks.com). I say it is exciting for me because I have never had a Micro ATX motherboard before. I never realized just how small a Micro ATX motherboard is really, they are very small, it's amazing all the features they can pack into such a small package. Obviously it is a Micro ATX mobo, but it features a Mobile Athlon XP 2600+ Barton core processor as well. The price from Geeks is $94.99, a VERY nice price. I went and checked prices for the Mobile Xp 2600+ and found that the cheapest I could find was $89.00, when you factor in a Biostar Micro ATX motherboard, this is one great deal, the cheapest I found the Biostar M7VIG for was $46.99, by buying the combo from Geeks you save almost $50, and get a great motherboard and an awesome CPU."

More information on this review can be found here.
LSLCool SHS-X500 CPU Cooler Review @ Techniz
"I have never used a cpu cooler of this type before, so was interested when lscool.com asked me to review their SHS-X500. It has a similar design to a water cooling radiator, with the copper fins and the heat pipes running through the fins."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dell Axim X50v Review @ HardwareHell
"It seems that life keeps getting faster. There is more to see, more to do, more to schedule and more places to be. If you are not careful, you are likely to end up forgetting you’re scheduling over the more to do and then find yourself in a very deep hole, with still more to do."

More information on this review can be found here.
Interview with VC from Arctic Cooling @ NGOHQ
"Today we had the chance to present some questions to Van Can TRAN from Arctic Cooling, but before we get to that we would like to present some information about Arctic Cooling as a company."

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How to Make a Pumpkin Computer
"Here we've mounted a Latitude D410 motherboard to a modified clipboard and put protective plastic around the edges. Meanwhile, we are mounting the fans & grills to the eyes. The left eye pulls in air and the right eye is the exhaust.Then we carved the logo and inserted the board into the slot. The pumpkin meat makes very good rails."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Tuniq Symmetry I Mid-Tower Review @ System Cooling
"Tuniq is a division of Sunbeamtech that aims to deliver content to the computing mod market. Currently, their product-line consists of chassis (did you know that the plural of chassis is chassis?!) and CPU coolers. Their mission is to meld form and function to create products that perform as good as they look – let’s see if they are successful with the Symmetry 1."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, October 29, 2005
Raptor Gaming M1 Mouse & P1 Mouse Mat Review @ XtremeComputing
"As for the resolution tests the raptor performs well at 1024-768 and also 1280-1024 at 1600-1200 there was a notable speed decrease ad I had to again adjust the mouse settings in the game options, this I would say is outstanding, considering that this mouse retails for under 20 pounds I think you would be hard pressed to find another mouse which offers you 1600dpi response timings with the quality of the materials and construction."

More information on this review can be found here.
High End Audio Cable Design Part 1 @ The TechZone
"Have you ever wondered what goes into the making of a $1,500 audio cable? Audio engineer Adam Blake will takes you through the process. In part 1 of this series, Adam will discuss cable geometry and construction."

More information on this article can be found here.
Logitech G5 Laser Gaming Mouse Review @ Tweaknews
"This mouse is slick, sleek, and everything a competitive or even moderate player could ask for. Playing for long periods of time is no longer a strain on your hands with the comfortable setup of this mouse. Know that when you play with G5 you are a fragging force to be reckoned with."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer Copperhead Mouse Review @ Bit-Tech
"I don't particularly like the position of the rocker buttons down the side. I found that I couldn't press the back button without pressing the front one at the same time. The fact that they're a very light touch means that you can often find yourself pressing both at the same time without intending to press either. For those who don't like the side buttons, Razer will be selling a Copperhead Toolkit in the near future, which will contain dummy buttons and three customisable weight standards for you to tweak your mouse with."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung Syncmaster 173P+ 17inch LCD Display Review @ PCstats
"The compact little 17" screen of the Samsung Syncmaster 173P+ boasts a native resolution of 1280x1024 pixels. It is pretty clear by looking at the three separate colour test patterns that issues with ghosting are reduced on the 8ms gray-to-gray panel. Its industry standard dot pitch of 0.264mm makes for a crisper image from the a-si TFT/PVA panel than many 19" LCDs can muster. The Samsung 173P+ does retail a bit higher than the average 17" LCD will, priced about $570USD, but it does offer up a contrast ratio of 1500:1 and brightness value of 270 cd/m2. Viewing angles on the Samsung 173P+ break the barrier at 178 degrees horizontal/vertical."

More information on this review can be found here.

Samsung Showroom Photo Tour 2005

"PCSTATS recently headed out to the Samsung Canada offices for a briefing. While we were there, we took the opportunity to snap a couple pictures of the companies brand new showroom which houses the latest Samsung products to hit the Canadian retail market. For readers of PCSTATS who have never had the opportunity to walk the expansive floors of the Las Vegas Convention Center during CES, the following photo-tour of the what we saw that day should come as a nice treat. Although, it is kind of unfair to show how awesome five 46" LCDs look back-to-back-to-back.... I mean, how can anyone be expected to go back to a 32" TV after seeing that!"

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Corsair 2GB TWINX PC4400 DDR550 Pro Series Memory Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"After reviewing 1GB of Crucial's PC3200 Ballistix memory and 1GB of OCZ's Gold PC3200 memory we continue the trend of enthusiast RAM with 2GB of Corsair's PC4400 TWINX Pro Series memory. The keyword here is enthusiast as the TWINX comes in a 2GB package with a speed rating of 275MHZ (DDR550). Perhaps not today, but certainly in the near future (6-12 months) having 2 gigabytes of memory in a computer will be the standard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool FOX-3 System Blower Review @ Tech-Mods
"One of the biggest problems with computers is heat. The FOX-3 System Blower is designed to intake heat that builds up around harddrives and disperse it out of an adjacent 3.5" front bay."

More information on this review can be found here.

Super Flower 480watt Plug N Power Review

"Checking out my favorite computer store, the average price of a PSU is $107. And of those, many lack the features you’ll find with the SuperFlower Plug-N-Power unit. With an expected price tag in the low mid-range, we’ll see if this is indeed a wise choice."

More information on this review can be found here.
SinTek 500w SLI, Enermax Liberty 500w, Silverstone Strider 600w @ 3DXtreme
"A stable source of power is the heart of every working PC. Overclockers can appreciate a stable and sufficient Power Supply as this could be the 'make it or break it' component within their PC. As of late there is a growing sense of awareness within the industry of the importance of a high quality Power Supply and today 3DXtreme is taking a look at three new comers to the market. Dual Core Processors and SLI based PCs are upping the power requirements and the marketing departments are doing a good job getting this information to the consumer. Here are the Power Supply Units that arrived for review in the last two weeks and they will be pitted against one another."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vapochill Micro Review @ Legit Reviews
"I have to say that I found the Vapochill Micro to be an outstanding product. Not only did it obliterate the stock AMD cooling solution, but the temperatures produced by the Extreme and High End models were on par with both water cooling kits I use on my system, at least at stock speeds."

More information on this review can be found here.
Heat Buster Review @ Max CPU
"The Heat Buster from PowerColor is a PCI slot cooler, with a little more to offer. It has the standard exhaust fan, as well as a second, adjustable fan to help facilitate air movement in your case. Not only is designed to reduce the temperatures of your case, but it can help chill a component such as a video card that has the focus of the extra fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Innovatek Premium XXS Watercooling Kit Review @ Xtreme Resources
"Innovatek is o­ne of the pioneers in the watercooling industry, being o­ne of the first companies that offered watercooling products for the PC enthusiasts. No wonder, like most of the oldest companies they are a company located in Germany, a country with somewhat of a ‘tradition’ o­n watercooling and a large market reflecting that. Innovatek has built the reputation of delivering top quality and silent products. Today we will take a look o­n a full watercooling kit, the Premium XXS, a simple and small but very effective kit for the average enthusiast. Let us see what Innovatek does to make their products differ from the masses."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, October 28, 2005
Blizzard's 2005 Blizzcon: Day 0 @ Legit Reviews
"Before Blizzcon has even started we bring you coverage from the day before to let you see the inner workings and give you a sneak peak for what you will see tomorrow. For those who attend the 2005 BlizzCon event will find out that they get a special gift from Blizzard that gives them a Murloc pet and access to a beta site for a FUTURE Blizzard title."

More information on this article can be found here.
Silentmaxx HD-Silencer Review @ TheTechLounge
"A couple of years ago I had to give up my dedicated computer room and move my systems into the sitting area by my front room. When things were in the old room, I didn’t mind the constant hum of my firewall or my main system; I could always turn the speakers up a bit to drown it all out. When it was all moved into close proximity to the TV, however, things began to change. The little Sun SPARC classic and its noisy power supply fan became too much to take and I had to trade it out with a typical DSL router. That made things quieter, but the main system with three 80mm fans was still grating on my ears. It just so happens that Silentmaxx, producer of silent PC components, makes a hard drive enclosure that manages to cool your drive as well as make it quieter. QuietPC USA is the exclusive distributor of Silentmaxx products in North America and they were nice enough to send me the Silentmaxx HD-silencer for review. With its heatsink-ish exterior, this enclosure promises to keep your drive and your ears happy, but will it deliver?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS9500 LED Heatsink Review @ Extensive Mods
"The Zalman CNPS9500 features a very unique, vertically mounted cylindrical design. In today’s cut throat marketplace, it is essential to be able to design products which exhibit unique and innovative designs. The 9500 has definitely fulfilled the “unique and innovative” part of the deal. The latest and greatest trend of “heat pipes” is a huge part of the overall design. The heat pipes create a backbone for mounting all of the fins and most importantly, providing a means of efficiently transferring heat from the base of the unit to the top, where it is dissipated. The fan is mounted inside the “tunnel” and has no casing so as to push air over the whole heatsink."

More information on this review can be found here.
Fatal1ty FS-V7 VGA Cooler & Fatal1ty FS-C77 CPU Cooler Review @ PimpRig
"The Fatality line-up has a red theme to it, so Zalman dyed the coolers red and added red LED fans to them to finish up the Fatal1ty look. The red LEDs are not the only thing Zalman added, the fans are a little faster for that extra few degrees. We all know cooler temps help for a more stable system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swissbit SWISSMEMORY s.beat Preview @ TrustedReviews
The s.beat combines a truly tiny MP3 player with a slightly larger Swiss Army knife, but the whole package still only measures 74 x 22 x 24mm. Like the previous knife models, you get a blade, a pair of scissors and a nail file/screwdriver as well as the MP3 player/memory key."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech Apex Watercooling Kit Review @ OCIA
"Filling the system was a breeze. I poured the bottle of HydrX into a cleaned out 1 liter soda bottle, topping it off with distilled water. Next I filled the system through the reservoir as the instructions show. Adding a little water, then tipping the case back, I got a good amount of water in the tubing. After powering on the system some more fluid was immediately required as the pump should never be allowed to run dry. After tipping the case and adding more fluid a few times, the fluid level was just below the inside edge of the fill-hole. I then let the system run for a while allowing all of the bubbles to work their way out of the system, which also gave me time to sit and check for any leaks or seeps at the connections."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC4000 Enhanced Bandwidth Platinum Ed Review @ Overclockers Online
"Gone are the days when the best performance is provided by 1GB kits of memory. OCZ has given us an alternative that provides amazing performance, solid overclockability, and 2GBs of memory in the form of two 1GB modules running in dual channel at timings that are un-heard of anywhere else on the market. As you saw from the overclocking, this kit not only runs DDR500 @ 3-3-2-8 but it actually runs DDR500 @ 2.5-3-2-7 and 2-3-2-7 up to DDR450+!"

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Technology Rally USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review @ The TechZone
"We'll get right to the point; the OCZ Technology Rally USB 2.0 Flash Drive is the fastest USB flash drive we have ever tested. If you're looking for the fastest flash drive money can buy, the OCZ Rally is it. How does the Rally get it amazing speed? With Dual Channel technology. OCZ Technology is among the first memory makers to use dual channel in a flash drive. The result is a flash drive that leaves the competition sucking dusk."

More information on this review can be found here.
Power Color X800 GT Xtreme Edition Review @ Avault
"What does someone do when they want to make the jump to PCI-E? For someone it’s not an easy task because it can be very costly. Most people that have AGP seem to have a 6800GT or a X800 Pro that they dropped a lot of cash out for already so upgrading to the biggest and best is not a option. So what does your average gamer do? Ill let you in on a little secret it’scalled the X800GT."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal Review @ InsaneTek
"Intel's current flagship chipset continues to be the 955X. Gigabyte has taken that chipset and made a wonderful board out of it. The GA-8I955X Royal provides great performance, great overclocking headroom, and has a big bundle of goodies."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor X800 GT Xtreme Edition Review @ The Tech Zone
"Power for the X800 GT Xtreme is provided by ATI's R480 chipset running at 500MHz. This is 25MHz faster than the standard X800 GT. The Xtreme achieves this higher core speed with a better cooling solution. The normal X800 GT use 256 Meg of 2ns GDDR3 memory running at 980MHz. The Xtreme version use 1.6ns memory running at 1050MHz. All together, it adds up to a faster video card for just a few dollars more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Acer Aspire E300-7NB73 PC Review @ Trusted Reviews
"However, the case on this Acer is pleasingly compact, in the main thanks to the use of a microATX motherboard. Design wise, it’s quite attractive, with a futuristic sort of ‘Star Trek’ look to it (but in a good way) with a pleasing mix of silver and black combined with the seemingly obligatory blue lights. Fortunately, these are done tastefully, with a glowing power switch and the Aspire brand lit up from behind."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle XPC SD11G5 Celeron/Pentium-M SFF Review @ Hexus
"One stumbling block Shuttle faces in marketing the SD11G5 is price. A search of online retailers shows it to retail at around the £340 mark. That's a lot of wedge to pay for a motherboard, case (albeit a stylish one), and cooler. There's also the lack of relative gaming performance from the onboard graphics. Playing any modern game is an absolute no-no, as far as we're concerned. Shuttle, though, is aiming the SD11G5 at style gurus and those interested in an ultra-quiet, powerful machine. In that respect and if you can put up with the price, it succeeds well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Windows Vista, HDCP and Digital Rights Management @ PCstats
"Part of the feature set of Microsoft's upcoming Windows Vista operating system is support for High-Definition content, either through television signals, HD or Blu-Ray DVDs, or Internet video. Along with this support though, is a new set of restrictions designed to ensure the sanctity of HD content and protect it from copying. Microsoft, as you might imagine, intends to support HD DVD and video on all its current operating systems, especially the upcoming Windows Vista. To this end, the company is building support for HDCP into the operating system as part of its suite of DRM (Digital Rights Management) abilities called Output Content Protection Management (OCPM)."

More information on this article can be found here.
HTPC Primer Part II @ BigBruin
"In the first of a two-part series of Tech Tips on getting started with a Home Theater PC, or HTPC, we looked at the two most basic features to be considered: audio and video. With those areas addressed, there are still plenty of aspects worth considering that can help your computer become better integrated into your home theater for a truly enjoyable experience. Some of these aspects include component speed, cooling, noise, style, and the user interface."

More information on this guide can be found here.
SilverStone LC16M HTPC Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This case is as close as it gets to a perfect Home Theatre PC Case. With all the excellent features, a remote control and VFD, it's sure to please. The overall styling and design is very desirable. There are also plenty of locations to install fans for excellent air flow. While this is not a slim HTPC case, it does allow for a standard ATX motherboard and PSU to be installed. In true SilverStone fashion, this is another fantastic HTPC."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Zboard Gaming Keyboard & Doom3 Keyset Review @ All Round Modders
"Founded in North America, Ideazon not only manufactures their Zboards, they all design and manufacture limited edition keysets to aid the user in gaming. More on these keysets a little later in the review, but for now, let's see how easy gaming can really be."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek VapoChill Micro Review @ InsaneTek
"Asetek makes their entry into the aircooling crowd with a big bang. The VapoChill Micro performs well at minimal noise levels and has the capability of cooling up to 150W of heat! Your toasty CPU can now thank you for prolonging its life."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wolf Claw Type II Gaming Keyboard Review @ Extensive Mods


"When I mention the name PD Scientific Pte Ltd, most of you are probably wondering what that name has to offer in the world of PC’s. I would imagine the people who have heard of them would better recognize the company by the name of “Wolf Claw.” Wolf Claw is a subsidiary of PD Scientific and Wolf Claw happens to be the name stuck onto the one of a kind killer keyboard, and take killer literally that they make. The wolf claw was designed to meet the needs of the gamers, specifically the demand for a First Person Shooter (FPS) keyboard. The Wolf Claw Type II keyboard is here to meet the challenge. Today I’m going to take a shot at killing the enemy with this innovative product."

More information on this review can be found here.
A.C.Ryan 450w CableFree Power Supply Giveaway @ Virtual-Hideout
"Be a registered VH forums member with at least 5 posts. Free shipping to the continental 48 USA. Outside areas will be responsible for S&H costs. Contest ends Halloween night ( 10/31/05) at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be selected no later than 11/3/05 and notified via Email."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Sansun Arctic 550w Power Supply Review @ A1-Electronics
"With modern computers going for a more darker inside look it would look better if this Sansun Arctic 550w supply were say dark grey or matt black which seems to be the colours today but in all honesty you do not really look at a power supply once it is installed, and with 550 watts of power you will not need to install a new supply for a long time."

More information on this review can be found here.

Vantec Stingray Water Cooling Kit Review

"But all that said we are very impressed with this complete Vantec Stingray universal AMD & Intel kit which is very easy to install and should suit a lot of people. Filling was a breeze which on some systems is not so easy and there is the point that the pump & reservoir are outside your PC computer case as a stand-alone unit making this Vantec Stingray cooler heatsink system ideal for a lot of you who have cramped PC computer cases and would not be able to install an internal pump and reservoir."

More information on this review can be found here.
Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Elite Pro Review @ Nordic Hardware
"X-Fi doesn’t just mean a bunch of new products with improved DA transformers and a newly designed breakout box, but more of a fundamental shift of generations that’s happening. Keep in mind that it’s about seven years ago since Creative launched a completely new chip. For example, the old SoundBlaster Live! uses the same fundamental technology just like the recent SoundBlaster Audigy 4 Pro."

More information on this review can be found here.
StarTech 2 Port USB Mini KVM Switch Review @ Futurelooks
"KVM switches are the way to go for controlling 2 or more PCs, saving you space, time, and money. But just how good do these new USB-based switches perform? We take the new StarTech unit for a test drive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeamtech Theta TP-101 Fan Controller Review @ BigBruin
"Sunbeamtech has offered the typical fan controller (rheobus) in a variety of styles in the past, but the software based Theta TP-101 is much different. Instead of using knobs to mechanically vary resistance, a Windows interface is used to automate this through software, while providing on screen information for up to eight fans and eight thermal probes."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X800GTO IceQ II Turbo 256mb GDDR3 PCI-E Video Card Review @ Tech-Mods
"With recent releases of several X800 series graphic cards there seems to be a card suited for almost everyone. Today we look at The X800GTO IceQ II TURBO PCI-E with 256mbs GDDR3 from Hightech Information System (H.I.S.) to see if it is X800 Series Graphic card you’re looking for."

More information on this review can be found here.
BYTECC LanDisk Review @ Tweaktown
"While we’ve seen any number of external hard drive enclosures, just about every single one of them is accessed through either the USB or IEEE1394 (Firewire) ports. The LanDisk, as the name implies, relies on networking a hard drive - it's a NAS product or Network Attached Storage. This puts a new twist on external storage from what we’ve become accustomed to."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI NF4 Ultra Infinity Motherboard Review @ InsaneTek
"We all know that DFI makes some killer AMD nF4 motherboards through their LANParty series. They're out again with a more budget oriented nF4 motherboard that also excels in performance and overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC-4000 2GB Gold Edition Dual Channel Review @ Pro-Clockers
"With the introduction of graphic intense memory hungry games like Battlefield 2 and recently released F.E.A.R. the need to increase ram is more important now then ever. And with the average gamer and enthusiast running at least one gig of memory the only logically choice to upgrade to will be two gigs. Looking thought any forum today the talk to the town are high performance one gig modules. Today we got ahold of a kit of OCZ's EL DDR PC-4000 2GB Gold Edition. So if gaming is your forte, you may want to look into this one."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire X800 GTO2 Review @ Neoseeker
"ATI up until this summer had a crisis on their hands. While they were busy selling overpriced X700 pro's to a few ATI-committed mainstream users, NVIDIA were swamped with production of 6600 GT cores. The 6600 GT offers very good performance for a very small amount of money. As far as good performance verus price ratios went, ATI had their own winner, the X800 XL. The X800 XL is still one of the best cards you can buy for the money, and is capable of running alongside (and sometimes faster) than the 6800 GT from NVIDIA. Despite strong X800 XL sales, ATI still had a massive gap in their lineup."

More information on this review can be found here.
How To Be A Game Developer @ The TechZone
"In the good old days, back when the Internet had about 10 users and the web was a far off vision, PCs were called Home Computers and anyone could learn to write computer games. Three of us set up in business to write and sell our own games for the ZX Spectrum (Aka Timex/Sinclair) and Commodore 64. We didn’t sell many games but we were saved by getting into the game conversion business. A publisher would release a hit on the Commodore 64 and we’d write the Timex, Amstrad, MSX, CBM 16 etc versions. It took about 3 months for one person to produce a game."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Albatron K8SLI nForce4 SLI Motherboard Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"The Albatron K8SLI exhibits an extraordinary level of overclocking potential, reaching 332MHz "FSB". (Note overclocking is NOT guaranteed and may vary from sample to sample.) Based on our sample, Albatron K8SLI entered the same realm as the famous DFI LanParty series!! However, the board is lacking a bit in terms of raw performance, as it is slower than Gigabyte's K8NXP-SLI."

More information on this review can be found here.
Flat Panel Furniture Buying Guide @ Designtechnica
"Does your old, pressboard IKEA TV stand from grad school look out of place with your new plasma screen? If so, check out the following suggestions to help you organize and jazz up your home entertainment theatre quicker than you can find something decent to watch on TV."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Aspire X-CRUISER-RD Mid-Tower Case Review @ Tech-Mods
"Aspire sent over its X-CRUISER-RD case for us to have a look, and I am impressed with the construction and its features. Aspire Int'l Corp. was formed in March 1999, with the strategy of standing behind our customers to ensure their total satisfaction. Aspire also manufactures PC parts including Computer Cases, Accessories and Peripherals such as Case Fans, Power Supplies and Matching Color Keyboard/Mouse/Speaker Kits."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen XC Cube MZ915-M Review @ TrustedReviews
"AOpen seems to be a firm believer in the small form factor (SFF) and has released a wider range of systems than anyone else, bar Shuttle of course. This latest creation from AOpen differs from the ones we’ve seen in the past, not only because it’s using a Pentium M platform, but also because it’s about half the height of previous SFF systems we’ve seen from AOpen. The MZ915-M is one of the smallest SFF systems currently available and measures in at an impressively tiny 200 x 106 x 320mm (WxHxD)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Beginners Guides: Flash Memory Data Recovery and Protection @ PCstats
"Stuck with lost data on a USB memory key or Flash card and don't know what to do? Recovering data from flash memory devices is possible, and not to complex, so follow along and we'll help you get those pictures back! In this Beginners Guide, PCSTATS is going to look at how flash memory works, what can go wrong with it, and how to recover and protect your data in case the worst does happen."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Do All Audio & Speaker Cables Sound The Same? @ The TechZone
"The very basic reason why audio cables are important is because they change the signal going through them. There are two different, fundamental ways that an audio cable can change the signal. The cable itself can change the signal, or the cable can allow outside sources of energy to change the signal. In order to understand how these two situations can occur, some basic background electrical knowledge is needed."

More information on this article can be found here.

IPTV - The Future Of TV

"But that is the marvel of IPTV. It may be bad but you won't sit through 3-4 minutes of ads to watch a reality show. You can watch bad reality free of commercials. With the global adoption of DVB (Digital Video Broadcast) standards for 95% of the global market, Intel and Microsoft are more than ready to serve a market that is just beginning."

More information on this article can be found here.
Logitech Z-5500 Digital THX Certified 5.1 Speaker Set Review @ 3DXtreme
"I don't know where to start. These speakers are just amazing, the clarity this speaker set delivered was unmatched. Even the Logitech Z-680s could not compete with the Z-5500s. Both sets are incredibly loud and offer superior bass than anything I've owned before and yes, I've even owned Klipsch and Bose Speakers. The control over the surround effects was also impressive, turning my room into a venue many times bigger with a twist of the control knob on the Surround option."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sin-Tek 500w SLI Power Supply Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Power supplies in general have improved by leaps and bounds over the past few years, and the Sintek unit is a great example of the state of the art. The modified ATX connector is a nice feature, making the use of an adaptor unnecessary."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix DDR2-800 Review @ Phoronix
"When it comes to system memory, Crucial Technology is a name that comes to mind for many enthusiasts. Unlike a majority of the other system memory manufacturers, Crucial employs its own DRAM chips manufactured by their parent company - Micron Technology. Not only does Crucial utilize Micron chips on its memory modules but it also brings fourth superior technical support and competitive prices. Up for testing in this article is Crucial's Ballistix DDR2-800 PC2-6400 2 x 512MB memory modules."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Technology Announces the New OCZ XTC Heatspreader
OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, is extremely excited to announce the PC-3200 and PC-3500 Gold GX series modules which will be the first two products to utilize the latest OCZ heatspreader design. The new, patent-pending XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) Heatspreaders allow increased ventilation and heat dissipation due to an innovative honeycomb design providing more direct access to the actual memory ICs.

"Memory modules that implement conventional, solid heatspreaders provide sufficient heat dissipation but do not adequately address the build up of heat pockets; The new Xtreme Thermal Convention Heatspreader design tackles this problem and more," commented Dr. Michael Schuette, VP of Technology Development at OCZ Technology."

The PC-3200 and PC-3500 Gold Gamer eXtreme Series with 2-2-2-5 timings will be the first OCZ memory parts to include the new XTC heatspreader.

More information on this press release can be found here.
HIS X800GT IceQ II Turbo and HIS X800GTO IceQ II Turbo Review @ Bjorn3D
"The X800GT and X800GTO chips are aimed at providing mid-level performance. The X800GTO actually is recognized as a X850Pro in the drivers but I can see why they chose to rename it to X800GTO as it would have been confusing to have the X800XL, which is a bit faster, and then the X850 Pro which is slower."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Announces Immediate Availability of DDR1 XMS-4000 2GB Solutions
Fremont, CA (Wednesday, October 26, 2005) – Corsair® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory and cooling products for enthusiasts and overclockers, today announces immediate availability of the XMS-4000PT 2GB kit. Adding to Corsair’s comprehensive line-up of 1GB modules and 2GB kits, the new XMS-4000PT kit is designed to deliver high memory density and excellent performance at affordable prices.

Available in both 1GB single and 2GB kit packages, the XMS-4000PT is guaranteed to run at 500MHz at 3-4-4-8-1T. Taking full advantage of Corsair’s stringent RAM screening process and the specially designed BrainPower PCB, the memory targets enthusiasts who demand the highest frequency at 1T command rate for maximum system performance. In in-house tests, these modules have shown excellent performance at stock speed while providing significant headroom for overclocking. Based on the same design philosophy as XMS products, the new XMS-4000PT aims to deliver maximum Front Side Bus (FSB) frequency without excessive voltage requirements, hence lengthening the life of the memory modules and the motherboard.

Demonstrated in games like BattleField2, the additional memory bandwidth from a 2GB kit enhances game play by delivering more frame rates per second, thus amplifying the overall user experience by providing a smoother game play. Designed with the budge t gamers in mind, Corsair carefully crafted the new XMS kit to extend Corsair’s performance guarantee while keeping the cost down.

“We believe the TWINX2048-4000PT provides solid performance at a very aggressive price,” noted John Beekley, VP of Applications Engineering at Corsair. “These specially screened two gigabyte memory pairs provide a great price/performance solution for current Athlon 64 based enthusiast platforms.”

More information on this press release can be found here.
ECS PA1 MVP Extreme Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"It pains me to say so but being a solid, dependable mainboard even at a pretty excellent £90 including VAT sometimes isn't enough to make a recommendation. There are better Pentium 4 mainboards out there (and ECS sell some of them!) and currently Crossfire is fairly forgettable. Overclocking the PA1 was an exercise in frustration although it appears a coming BIOS might solve some of those problems. Stability was there to go with all the other upsides."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Radeon X700 IceQ 128MB AGP Graphics Card Review @ Tweaktown
"The most interesting thing we’ve witnessed is that as the X700 and the GeForce 6600 are so close in terms of capabilities, the real battle has shifted to the card manufacturers. Who can pack the most onto the card? Who can put together the most attractive bundle? Who can come up with dynamic cooling and heat dissipation, and who can implement it the best?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax MESH Pandora CA-3030 ATX Case Review @ BigBruin
"The CA-3030 boasts some impressive features not normally found in lower priced, almost entry-level cases... like: tool-less drive mounting system, fan filter, flip down drive bay covers, and it is also great looking. But the nicest feature has to be the ability to run two full sized 120mm fans. This should provide enough quiet cooling for all but the hottest running machines."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Max 4 3.5inch HDD Enclosure Review @ Techgage
"This enclosure is one of the more stylish ones you will find on the market, and could add class to even a messy room.. such as mine. The entire enclosure is made of metal, and has a silver body which adds to the look. Because there is no fan included with the Max 4, it should prove much quieter than those that do."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit NI8 SLI Motherboard Review @ InsaneTek
"Intel fans who look for SLI performance now have a new choice on their motherboard list. Abit's NI8 SLI is a solid board that performs well without any issues. Overclocking is probably the only department that needs help."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Take 4 Server Case Review @ Overclockers Online
"This 4U rackmount case is designed for studio professionals looking for quiet superior performance, so who better to test its abilities than an overclocker? I must admit that I cannot wait so let's take this show on the road and get to the package and contents section."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire X-Plorer Case Review @ Viperlair
"Aspire has delivered a very attractive design, on the outside. Once you open the case up, you run into some old fashioned design concepts with some not so thought out solutions and positioning of fans and air-ducts. Although in my situation I have a specific motherboard that causes a position issue, there should be a plan in place for that, as DFI is not exactly a small motherboard supplier in the enthusiast market space."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mesh CA3030-BS Mid-Tower Case w/400watt PSU Review @ Tech-Mods
"Since 1990 Enermax has been manufacturing cases, power supplies, and accessories designed with the customer in mind. The Mesh CA3030 BS is designed to provide excellent cooling in an elegant design. The Mesh has a lot of features normally found in higher price cases like stealthed drive bays, tool less design, and enhanced cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone LC17 HTPC Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product is a fantastic case to build a robust Home Theatre PC. A Standard or Micro ATX Motherboard can be installed, and installation of a standard PSU allows for a wide variety of affordable parts that fit. It's very pleasing to the eye and well constructed. Included are two 80mm fans; however three additional fans can be installed for added air flow."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
SMC Barricade VOICE ADSL Router Review @ TrustedReviews
"SMC has always tried to make its broadband routers stand out with extra features and its latest Barricade VOICE ADSL Router does just that. This sleek plastic slab adheres to SMC’s new design philosophy and brings together an integral ADSL modem, four-port Fast Ethernet switch, 802. 11b/g wireless access point and support for VoIP (Voice over IP) operations."

More information on this review can be found here.
XClio "Goodpower" 500-watt PSU Review @ Tweaktown
"For many, the name XClio may be rather new. While not one of the mega-companies we’re accustomed to hearing about, they have been in the market of making products for the DIY segment for a little while now. They created some case designs that have been hitting the circuits and they have what they call a “Goodpower” power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone Strider ST60F 600watt Power Supply @ Pro-Clockers
"Let’s start off by showing you the huge 120mm cooling fan that helps to take warm air from the Strider. The fan that mentioned here is an ADDA fan model AD1212HS-A71GL. After taking a trip of ADDA homepage specs out to be a brushless 12v sleeved bearing fan. This is a 25mm thick IC controlled low noise unit. Doing testing this fan was almost dead silent."

More information on this review can be found here.
FSP Group Blue Storm 500W PSU Review @ Think Computers
"Feeling down in the dump? Well then this might not be the review for you. Reason being, this power supply is very VERY blue! It's made by FSP Group, which has been around since 1993 and currently is the 10th largest power supply vendor world-wide. They are focusing on green power products and looking forward to strengthening their product line as well as the range. The unit which I received for review is the Blue Storm 500 with (passive) PFC, they also have three smaller sizes and these all have the option to have PFC or not."

More information on this review can be found here.
Case Gear X-Plug 450W Modular Acrylic PSU Review @ BigBruin
"All of the eye candy the Case Gear X-Plug PSU offers up is great, but to me what counts the most is how well it supplies clean, stable power to the various voltage rails in the computer. Unfortunately, it stumbled a little bit in this area... The Case Gear X-Plug PSU voltage rails never fell out of specification, but all of the voltage rails did a lot of 'dancing' around within the 5% allowable tolerance. "

More information on this review can be found here.
nPower NPH-775-1 & NPH-K8-1 Heatpipe Coolers Review @ ap0calypse
"Today Scott and I are going to look at two of these nPower coolers, the NPH-775-1 for the Intel LGA775 processor, and the NPH-K8-1 designed for AMD’s socket 939/940 processors. So let’s now see if the last seven years of TTIC’s cooling experience has transferred over to their products."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan TTC-G3T Aluminum Notebook Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Using the TTC-G3T Value Aluminum Notebook Cooler was a no-brainer experience. It really doesn't get much easier to "setup" and use a product than this. Simply sit it down, place the notebook on top, and plug in the cooler to an available USB port."

More information on this review can be found here.
Jetart JAK801 Athlon64 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"It might be a little strange to be testing out the Jetart JAK801 Socket 754 AMD Athlon64 heatsink, but remember there are plenty of single-channel DDR Socket 754 processors out there, and lots of Sempron's too. The Jetart JAK801 is an all-aluminum extruded K8 heatsink with a pretty standard set of accouterments. Its 15x70x70mm fan operates at a single speed, and is not temperature responsive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products Fan Commander Review @ BigBruin
"Ultra Products has a new fan controller called the Fan Commander which can control up to seven fans, and monitor three temperature probes. Controlling all your fans in one location will help you save time while also achieving the perfect balance between noise level and cooling performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wacom Graphire4 4x5 Review @ BoxGods
"Waycom is a world class manufacturer of input devices--most notably tablets, and they have a product line to fit most any requirement. Professional artists might opt for the uber powerful feature-rich Intuos series; or for the very serious, the interactive Cintiq pen display. For those who need to do a little photo editing, etc. and want a user friendly yet powerful tablet, Waycom has the Graphire4 series which we will be looking at today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Silent BOX SBX-1000 Review @ Madshrimps
Today we take a look at a retail solution from Scythe to silence your hard drive. It should be considered as a last resort after you have swapped other noise makers from your system like the VGA/CPU fan/heatsink, and the power supply. The “Silent Box”, as Scythe has aptly named it, is basically a large rubber box the size of a CD/DVD drive. The internals are filled up with foam pads cut to make place for a 3.5” hard drive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Aurora GZ-FSCA1-AN Aluminium Case Review @ PCstats
"While fancy plastic and steel cases are now the order of the day, aluminium cases still have a high-end niche in the market and have retained a lot of their initial cachet. Gigabyte seems to have a hand in every conceivable PC market these days, and cases are now no exception. Today we'll be looking at the company's first stand-alone computer chassis, the high-end Gigabyte 3D Aurora aluminium case which is designed to especially accommodate watercooling systems. Let's see how it measures up."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake VB6000 Swing Mid-Tower ATX Case Review @ 3DXtreme
"Lacking any fancy LED fans, powering up the Thermaltake Swing Case was uneventful. The Thermaltake Swing Case is the perfect marriage of budget, usability, and looks. This Case has room to grow, so as an entry level Case the Swing would be an ideal purchase. Also, with its $60 price tag it's within reach of many peoples' budget - our only ding was that it doesn't include a Power Supply Unit. In any case, the Thermaltake Swing fits its' price point perfectly giving the user features found on more expensive cases."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Armor Full Tower Case Review @ PimpRig
"The front panel on the Armor appears massive. The most noticeable feature on this case is the two aluminum doors that swing out to expose the drive bays. Serving no real purpose other then looks, these drive bay doors do in fact add attractive appeal to this case. The hinges on the doors are easily removable and could be removed if the user chooses not to have the doors on the case. The front of the case is nothing but options to the user. The power and reset button are interchangeable to any of the 11 bays on the front of this case. The “Power Box” also serves as an adapter that allows you to mount a 3.5” drive in one of the 5.25” bays."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec P180 Advanced Mid Tower Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"With the recent introduction of the P-180 chassis, the latest in their Performance One series, Antec has made an attempt to address both the cooling problem and the noise issue. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a PC enthusiast who hasn't heard of, much less owned any Antec products. Antec has a reputation for marketing high quality products that perform as advertised. The P-180 chassis has a distinctive look and a plethora of innovative features. Let's take a closer look at this product and see if it lives up to Antec's venerable reputation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mountain Mods Bob Slay Acrylic Cube Case Review @ OCIA
"The name Bob Slay is really an interesting play on words, taken from bobsleigh. The case is not a true "cube case", as it measures 14.59 x 11.11 x 12.21 inches (L x W x H). The name bobsleigh goes along with the "mountain" theme, has good cooling, and of course “slay” being a synonym for frag yeah, a very fitting name."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, October 24, 2005
Albatron K8SLI Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"Today we are looking at the Albatron K8SLI motherboard based on nVidia’s nForce4 SLI chipset for the AMD Athlon 64 processor based around the value segment requirements - will this board hold up to the test? Let’s have a closer look."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GeForce 7800 GT Video Card Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"The GT model is quite similar to the 7 series flagship model, known as the 7800GTX, having 1 less vertex shader and 4 less pixel pipelines. The GT also has slower stock clock speeds of 400MHz core and 500MHz memory as compared to the GTX's 430MHz core and 600MHz memory. Seemingly minor differences but we shall see what the benchmarks have to say as we pit the Gigabyte 7800GT against the BFG 7800GTX which comes pre-overclocked out of the factory."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GeForce 7800 GT Video Card Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Ever wanted to carry large amounts of data and files around with you? This could be accomplished by a small USB thumb drive but if you have larger files fitting them on may be a problem. For those who wish to put a 3.5" hard drive in an external enclosure, Vantec offers the NexStar 3 as a great looking enclosure that will get the job done!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec True Control 2.0 550W PSU Review @ Tech-Mods
"Building a mid to high end system is one thing, having the ability to control the newly built system is another. Today we take a look at a dominant power supply unit from Antec with their Truecontrol 2.0 550W that lets you control individual rails as needed to fine tune the best of systems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Liberty 500W Modular Power Supply Review @ PureOverclock
"Modular power supplies are starting to become very popular for obvious reasons, but there are a few potential drawbacks. Modular plugs can add electrical resistance to the lead. What this means is that almost all modular power supplies are going to be sacrificing voltage efficiency to incorporate this very convenient feature. Another drawback is corrosion of plug pins which could further hinder the unit’s ability to serve good voltages to components. We are talking minimal amounts here so don’t worry too much."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Modstream 520 Power Supply Review @ BurnOutPC
"The OCZ Modstream is impressive, it's silent, and it performs great. I tell you, it's a lot more stable than other power supplies I reviewed, ones that were suppose to be silent and it's fairly cheap too (82euros for the 450watts version, and 111 for the 520watts version). The only small problem I had with this power supply was a high pitched noise coming from the inside. Now it wasn't really that annoying, but still worth mentioning. Put it in your case and the sound is nearly gone."

More information on this review can be found here.

Super Joy Box 5 PS2 to PC USB Adapter Review

"What else is there left to say? It works, and without any troubles at all. As long as you play games that support additional controllers like a joypad or a racing wheel. And if you want force feedback, than you will not be sure if the game supports that, than it will work without any problems with your playstation controller. Again a fine product available at merconnet for a reasonable price. Too bad there's still no memorycard functionality though, although it's already been figured out by other manufactures in the time that Bleem! was popular."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI Infinity NFORCE4 Motherboard Review @ hardCOREware
"We have soft spot for motherboards that offer nothing more than the basics, but are superb overclockers and performers. When the price is low and performance is high, these motherboards always get our attention. DFI sought out to do just that with their Infinity line of NFORCE4 boards. While they may not look as snazzy as their Lanparty boards, they are certainly worth your attention if you care more about performance than flashy lights and glowing colours."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Z-4 2.1 Speakers Review @ Techgage
"Listening to music and watching movies on our PC's has become something we do on a daily basis, and how that sound is output is very important. The audio should be crisp, clear and undisturbed by distortions caused by speakers. The Logitech Z-4, an award winning product, promises crystal clear sound deliverance in a sleek retro design with advanced driver technology."

More information on this review can be found here.
Steinberg Cubase SX3 Sequencer Review @ CyberwizardPit
"The art of music production has come a long way, from the days of player pianos, to gramaphones, to magnetic tapes, and the latest synthesizers. Computers of today are capable of processing power unimaginable a few years back, and thanks to technology, the way music is made over the past decade has been revolutionised completely, bringing about the development of the mobile studio. In today's world, when it boils down to production, the proper equipment and a good computer can easily match a hundred-thousand dollar studio punch-for-punch... and maybe even better it throughout! Only a select few, very special software can execute such a task; hence CyberwizardPit brings to you, on review today, from the infamous Cubase series - the SX3. After a bit of browsing and tinkering around, music-making will never be viewed the same way again."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung HT-P50 Home Theatre System Review @ The TechZone
"The Samsung HT-P50 Home Theatre System is one of Samsung's many home-theatre-in-a-box (commonly referred to as HTiB) packages. It's a higher end model in Samsung's line-up, and provides you with the very best combination of features. For starters, the receiver has a 5-disc turntable changer that plays not only DVD, CD, and VCD, but also WMA, DivX , and most other MPEG4 compression schemes. The 5.1 speakers system produces a total of 1000W of pure audio power. This will ensure some wall shaking that your neighbors will love to hate."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Mini-ITX Project Part II @ XYZ Computing
"Once my original Mini-ITX project was completed I finally had a chance to sit back and use the computer. After a couple weeks of general internet browsing, emailing, and so forth, I was able to get a better understanding of the system and a feel for its design. Knowing how simple my needs were, the Mini-ITX project computer was orginally designed to be as basic and quiet as possible. This meant no hard drive, no extra accessories- just a stripped down system. While this suited my needs well at the time, its lack of versatility soon became an issue. This meant it was back to the drawing board for a retooling of the Mini-ITX project computer. The changes include a new case, operating system and boot device, along with improved cooilng."

More information on this project can be found here.
Securing Your Computer Part 1 @ HardwareHell
"The first thing that you should ask yourself is, "What is this computer for?" For example, if this computer is only going to be used for surfing the web and writing documents, do you really need it to be able to run network games? After we have decided what we are going to use our computer for, we should begin locking out the features we don't need. I will give a few useful examples related to networking here."

More information on this guide can be found here.
RaidMax X-1 Gaming Case Review @ PimpRig
"The exterior of the steel case is finished in black high gloss paint, with an aluminum door. You also have the option to purchase the case in gloss white and the aluminum door. The black power button is almost hidden, being flush with the front of the case, under the LED display. I like that, I’m tempted to remove the markings from the button, just so it’s totally hidden. A real-time thermal LED temperature display shines brightly for you to show off your cool or not so cool temperatures. They should have added a feature to switch the display over to Celsius; it would have been a nice touch."

More information on this review can be found here.
SN-C001 BAT Case Review @ Phoronix
"The fictional superhero Batman was originally conceived in 1939 when appearing in an issue of Detective Comics, and since that point Batman's popularity has increased tremendously and is still popular with its Batman Begins movie, and video game, out this year as well as other merchandise. Attempting to capture onto the popularity of Batman, the relatively unheard of Sansun Group Company has created the SN-C001 BAT Case and we have this themed ATX chassis with us today for testing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nikao Dragon Fire Mid Tower Gaming Case Review @ Tech-Mods
"Nikao is a company that has been catering to computer enthusiasts for some time, having bright styles, colorful features and above all quality for a reasonable price. Today we take their newest offering of the Dragon Fire mid tower gaming case to see if it’s got what it takes to be a computer case different from the rest."

More information on this review can be found here.
Performance-PC's Custom Lian Li V-1000B Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Performance-PC's is no stranger to custom mods and custom cases, custom power supplies and custom faces. They've been doing it for awhile now and they're reputation for quality and service are up there with the best of them. I am never dis-pleased with a custom "something" from Performance-PC's because I know it's going to be done right and with attention to detail, just as I'd do it myself. Today I have for you a Custom Lian Li V-1000B PLUS direct from, and exclusive to Performance-PC's. Why is it exclusive to them you ask? Well because they took what was already considered by many to be the best high end chassis in the market, and made it even more appealing!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Where to next? What happened to it? What is it really? @ Think Computers
"This isn't really an article, more of something to think about. Things that I observe, questions that I would like answered. Taking a look around the modding community you can see lots of things, the major thing you can see is that modding is becoming more and more mainstream. Is this a good thing? There are 2 TV shows that I know of that are dedicated to modding, but it still is not fully mainstream yet. Some consider it an art form, some consider it a hobby and some say 'What's modding?' Browsing all the forums I see lots and lots of mods, some are great and some are not so great. I see many people modding their computers with some theme in mind, some pull it off well and others do not."

I tend to agree with some of the points raised in this article. There are still a few modders who don't mod for money or fame. More information on this article can be found here.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
The Rules of RAID @ TrustedReviews
"Most features about RAID tell you what RAID is and then help you to decide whether or not you need RAID in your PC or workstation. We could easily follow the same path and do no more than quickly run through the different types of RAID. But then we’re going to throw out the rulebook and throw a spanner in the works as, to paraphrase our Prime Minister, "The rules have changed", though he admittedly wasn’t talking about PCs. Yes, we’ve going to talk about each type of RAID but we’re going to follow this with some exhaustive test results to back things up."

More information on this review can be found here.
G.SKILL F1-4400DSU2-1GBFC PC4400 1GB @ techPowerUp
"G.SKILL uses Samsung TCCD or TCC5 chips on these DDR memory modules. The timings of 2.5-4-4-8 are pretty much what you would expect from modules using these chips. During our overclocking tests we could get DDR600 speeds out of the sticks, at a rather small voltage of 2.8V. The best about this memory? It's the price. You can find a 2x 512MB kit for around $170 online."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hiper Modular TypeR 580W Power Supply Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Although you may not have heard of Hiper, over the past few years they have produced some of the finest power supplies available to the mainstream user and enthusiast alike. However, their new TypeR range of PSUs is scheduled to blow competitors out of the water; with its huge 580W power output, and flashy looks. The particular model I will be reviewing is the Modular TypeR 580W model. TypeR, a name synonymous with speed and power. Let’s see if Hiper’s flashy boy racer can stand up to this prestigious name."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer Copperhead Gaming Mouse Review @ Think Computers
"The overall feel of the mouse does take some getting used to, the rubber grips on the side protrude out a bit too far in my opinion. The mouse itself is very lightweight, and moves with little resistance across my mousepad, which is an Xray Thunder9, rough surface pad. The buttons on the left side of the mouse were easily accessible, but the buttons on the right were a bit difficult to reach, especially the second one located farther back on the mouse. I found myself actually moving my whole hand over to find the buttons, the reason for this was, again, the rubber grip protrudes a bit to far, the buttons are located under the grip itself, and you have to essentially maneuver your finger around and under the grip to reach the buttons, I found this very awkward and difficult to get used to."

More information on this review can be found here.
PrimeCooler SuperSilent VGA Graphics Card Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"The PrimeCooler SuperSilent heatsink itself is made in the tried and trusted design of using individual copper leaves which are then held tightly or squeezed together to form the base contact area."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X800GTO IceQ II Turbo 256MB PCIe Video Card Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product is fully featured and packed with the latest technologies for excellent performance in today's demanding games. It's based on the R480 chip and comes with 12 pixel pipelines, a core speed of 500MHz, and 256MB of GDDR3 1GHz memory. It's even CrossFire™ Multi-GPU ready for hardcore gaming needs. Wicked card for the money!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
Prime Cooler Water Cooling Preview @ Phoronix
"Prime Cooler, who has been in business since 1998 but isn't widely recognized in the United States, recently unveiled their initial line of water cooling components. These products range from a lift pump with water tank to a triple 120mm fan radiator, and today we have an exclusive preview of what's to come from these Prime Cooler Water Cooling components. Continue on as we dive into these frigid waters."

More information on this preview can be found here.
TITAN Serina Heatsink Review @ InsaneTek
"Who doesn't own a laptop these days? Your thin notebook with that itty bitty heatsink is causing your CPU fan to spin at full speeds. Need better cooling for your laptop? The Serina from TITAN will be a good candidate."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dension Ice>Link Plus Review @ XYZ Computing
"While a lot of the accessories out there take a unidirectional approach to solving automotive listening woes, Dension decided to kill all three birds with one stone. The Ice>Link Plus ports the iPod audio directly to the car’s stereo, holds the iPod in place, and charges your iPod while plugged in. It even throws in some extras. The Ice>Link lets you control the iPod through the existing car stereo controls (details depend on the car / stereo make and model), eliminating the trouble and safety hazard associated with fiddling with the click wheel while steering."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek VapoChill Micro Review @ Extensive Mods
"Computer cooling methods have increased in complexity, reliability, and innovation over the past few years because of the steep incline in the heat generated by today’s computers. Heat is a problem computer tweaking and overclocking enthusiasts are all not to fond of because it is usually one of the bottlenecks that they encounter while overclocking. When thinking in terms of enthusiast cooling applications, Asetek, based out of Denmark, is probably one of the first companies to come to mind. Up until recently, Asetek concentrated all of its efforts to please the extremists who save up all of their money to spend on high end computer equipment. Their WaterChill water cooling lineup and legendary VapoChill phase change lineup were highly sought after in the enthusiast marketplace. But after a period of time, it became apparent that there is a more budget restricted, then “loaded” computer enthusiasts willing to purchase the best of the best. This is where the VapoChill Micro comes into play."

More information on this review can be found here.
Altec Lansing inMotion7 Portable Audio System Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"In January I reviewed the inMotion3 portable audio system. While I was impressed by the design and performance of the inMotion3 and by how well it accomplished what it was designed to do, I noted that “As long as volume is kept at a reasonable level, overall quality is superior to most two-piece computer speaker systems I have heard. However, if you really want sockin’ bass that blows your socks off, you probably want to look elsewhere.” Well, look no further – with the inMotion7, Altec Lansing has delivered the goods."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone LaScala LC18 Review @ Tom's Hardware
"If you didn't know better, you might mistake Silverstone's new case for a member of its well-known home theater PC case line-up, designed for home use. In fact, the primary target for the LaScala LC18 is the server room, not the living room. This attractive model uses a 19" form factor that fits nicely into any server cabinet or rack enclosure."

Why you'd want to use this beautiful HTPC case in a server rack is beyond me. More information on this review can be found here.
DVD Insider - Where HDTV Is Going @ The Tech Zone
"What we can't figure out is that with 1000+ channels and the successful rise of reality TV what are all these people watching? Guess Alfred Hitchcock was right -- Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn't change people's habits. It just kept them inside the house."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thermaltake Rhythm - Watercooling for the HTPC Crowd @ XtremeComputing
"Although I think that they could have compromised and installed a digital pump flow and fan speed controller for the massive overclocking market out there, saying that I suppose the unit could be modified if you simply must have these functions but it would be very time consuming and costly, and as I was saying this is designed to function silently for the HTPC market and for this function Thermaltake has equipped rhythm with more than enough cooling capabilities."

More information on this review can be found here.

Shuttle P2500G SFF System Review

"The P2500g (also known as the SN25P) was the first small form factor computer to offer HyperTransport and PCI Express. The XPC SN25P uses the new P chassis, a member of Shuttle's fifth generation XPC chassis family. The P makes a number of improvements over the earlier G, G2, G4 and K series chassis which will be mentioned in more detail later in this review. Paraphrasing from Shuttle's press kit, the XPC concept utilizes high performance, industry standard desktop components, using minimum size possible while preserving component compatibility and expandability, and finally Shuttle's continued high focus o­n quality, using best-of-class materials, construction and industrial design."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, October 21, 2005
The Buttkick Gamer Review @ Tech-Mods
"The Guitammer Company was founded in 1990, originally to patent a guitar accessory called the Hammer Jammer The device was created so bass players and drummers could feel the low end without turning the stage monitors up so loud that it disturbed the rest of the band. After several years, the ButtKicker was born. Now the ButtKicker has found many uses. Bands like the Backstreet Boys and The Who use it. They’re all the rage with custom home theater systems. Amusement parks, theaters, hearing impaired, and even military flight simulators are also adopting the ButtKicker. Now comes the release of the ButtKicker Gamer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Wireless Mouse Roundup @ Geekextreme
"Today we're going to take a look at three of Logitech's new wireless mice: the Cordless Mini, the V200, & the LX 7. The Cordless Mini & the V200 fall into Logitech's "Notebook Mice" category, while the LX 7 is simply in the "Cordless Mice" category. This is interesting to me, because the LX 7 is basically the same size as the V200, but there are some differentiating features between the two that certainly separate them into those categories."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys 4 Direction LED Mouse Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The first thing I noticed when placing my hand upon this "gaming mouse" was that it is very small. It has an awkward feel to it due to the curve and the overall size, although the grip is nice. Compared to my MX510 it is roughly half the size. I feel if they were to expand its size to about the size of the MX510, then the mouse would be a perfect fit into the hand and that the curve feature would fit fine."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 Review @ Viperlair
"Lastly is the price of the RAM, a rather large question especially since there isn't a lot of difference, performance wise to PC5300 RAM. As of this moment its around the $200 (US) mark, which puts it around the other PC6400 RAM around. The upside is that it has tighter timings than the competition, at least at the moment, at 4-4-4-15 rather than 5-5-5-15."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn WinFast 6150K8MA-8EKRS Motherboard Review @ Overclocker Online
"The Foxconn WinFast 6150K8MA-8EKRS packs a lot of punch into a tiny little package. The lack of DVI monitor and component video outputs does take away from some of the shine that was put on this motherboard by the performance it offers. With that said, I don't think we can hide from the fact that this is one heck of a solid package in the price range it is being offered. Foxconn has once again put a smile on my face with the overclocking options and performance out of the Micro-ATX WinFast 6150K8MAA-8EKRS and I think it is an exceptional offering in what is sure to become a very competitive market."

More information on this review can be found here.
How to Find Out Your Motherboard Manufacturer and Model @ Hardware Secrets
"Sooner or later you will need to know the manufacturer and exact model of your motherboard, especially if you do plan to upgrade your computer, since the upgrade capabilities of your computer are set by the motherboard model you have. You will need to know this information if you need to perform a BIOS upgrade or download your motherboard manual or drivers. A BIOS upgrade is needed to make your computer to recognize a new CPU, and the manual is necessary if you want to check how much RAM your computer is able to recognize, for example."

More information on this article can be found here.
EQS A72K9-CF Crossfire Edition Mainboard Review @ Hexus
"EQS enabled HEXUS with its EQS A72K9-CF CrossFire Edition mainboard literally weeks before we got our grubby paws on the ATi Master graphics board required to complete the platform for our analysis on the launch of the CrossFire platform. Thattimely showing, has enabled us to really get to know the EQS A72K9-CF CrossFire Edition mainboard for this HEXUS article."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron PC6600LEQ Videocard Review @ PCstats
"nVIDIA recently addressed a rather large performance gap between its entry level and mainstream products by introducing the GeForce 6600LE GPU. It uses the same NV43 core as the mainstream Geforce 6600GT videocard, but this time around the NV43 has been teamed up with TSOP-II 400 MHz DDR memory which dramatically cuts down costs. Videocards based on the new GeForce 6600LE core, like the Albatron PC6600LEQ, can be had for around $100 US. That makes these cards very price competitive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dell XPS 600 Generation 5 Desktop System Review @ Hardware-Review
"Companies like Alienware, VoodooPC, and Monarch Computer have been building systems geared toward gamers for years and now Dell is getting into the mix. One system we have from Dell that falls in this category is the XPS 600 Generation 5 desktop system. It's not their best system by far if you read the specs, but we'll still take it for a spin and see where we end up. It should be a wild ride."

More information on this review can be found here.
G-gnome's WMD Project Part I Revisited @ Bit-Tech
"This article is the first in a series that will be covering the construction of project WMD, my very own PC doomsday device. The project originated as an idea at the end of 2003, but work on my Orac³ case kept it to just an idea until a few months ago, when planning began in earnest. There is still a long way to go, with only about 75% of the basic shell of the case completed, and none of the insides. I also have a lot of very special things planned for the project, some of which will be explained here, though I'll be saving up a few as surprises for later articles."

If you haven't had a chance to read about this project I strongly recommend it. More information on this project can be found here.

7800 GTX Extreme Edition Head-to-Head

"Looking back, there are a few performance differences between the Leadtek PX7800 GTX TDH Extreme Edition and the XFX GeForce 7800 GTX Extreme Gamer Edition, but for the most part the highest playable settings were the same. In scenarios where the highest playable details were exactly the same, we found that the XFX Extreme Gamer delivered a generally smoother gaming experience. When our highest playable details weren't the same, XFX's Extreme Gamer was the faster of the two."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Harmony 800 Home Theater Remote Control Review @ The TechZone
"Taking the 880 out of its packaging, I could immediately see improvements. I am excited to say, no more battery worries and running out of batteries is a nightmare of the past. The Harmony 880 now has its own rechargeable Li-Ion battery and charging station. The buttons have been rearranged, simplifying the remote process even more. The buttons themselves have been redesigned to "integrate" into the shell of the remote. The overall size and shape of the Harmony 880 has remained the same as previous models. Sometimes you just can't change a proven successful style."

More information on this review can be found here.
SanSun SN-C001 Red Bat Case Review @ OZ Case Mods
"There are allot of computer case designs out on the market today that are making case manufacturers all the more specific as to how they design there cases, what features will be implemented, and any other bonuses like case windows or led lighting! Today we had the opportunity to take a close look at a Red Bat Case (SN-C001) which was kindly supplied by our friends at SanSun Group."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li PC-777 Anniversary Case Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"The Lian Li PC-777 Anniversary Case is a definite head turner. Its design absolutely screams 'look at me!' A few of my qualms with the basic functioning of the case such as the access ports and power button on top as well as the mesh side panel window (aka dust intake) can be easily tolerated by the end user, as any change to them would disrupt the clean conch look that Lian Li has achieved. The list of pros with the PC-777 reads like a litany of what every case should be and have in the way of features."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalRock Mystic HTPC Case Review @ Think Computers
"HTPC cases, we are seeing more of them as HTPC’s are becoming more popular, and easy to setup. My current HTPC is sitting in a Raidmax Scorpio Case. Which as you can see is not the best case for an HTPC. Today we will be taking a look at ThermalRock’s Mystic HTPC case. ThermalRock is a subsidiary of Thermaltake, who we all know are known for making good products. This is my first HTPC case so I’m excited to take a look at it! We will see if it will replace the Raidmax case, and become part of my home theater system."

More information on this review can be found here.
HTPC Primer Part I - Video and Audio @ BigBruin
"HTPCs don't have to be much different than your typical computer, but a few key areas do need to be addressed. Just as with a typical desktop computer, there are limitations to what certain configurations can achieve, but customizing the hardware and software can enhance the experience to the point where it may threaten the existence of some of your more traditional home electronics components."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Logisys Black LED Office Keyboard Review @ Techgage
"Are you in the market for a new keyboard? It has to have functions such as internet navigation, volume controls, and all those ease of use accessories that we have come to depend on. Today we are looking at an Illuminated Office Pro keyboard from Logisys; let’s see if it stands up in our tests."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Silent PurePower TWV500W Power Supply Review @ 3DXtreme
"Today 3DXtreme is taking a look at Thermaltakes' Silent PurePower Series, ATX 12v 2.0 TWV500W Power Supply Unit. Thermaltake once again delivered their latest product to 3DXtreme and this time around has some extremely unique features that will be interesting to look at. The TWV500W features a modular cable management system and Total Watts Meter Module as well as Dual PCI-E connectors. Other features include Active PFC and dual 12v rails. This is one of those “last one you’ll need to buy” products that should keep you covered for quite awhile to come."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Cordless Desktop S 510 w/Media Remote Review @ XYZ Computing
"This review is going to take a look at a new offering from Logitech. With its keyboards Logitech has been focusing on evolution, not revolution, which is fine, because they have a good foundation to built upon. The Logitech Cordless Desktop S 510 Media Remote is Logitech's first desktop to include a remote control, so you know its aimed at media and home theater PC (HTPC) use. This is a quickly growing segment of the market, as computers are often taking over the digital enterainment duties of the tech-savvy household. This desktop kit has great looks and functions to spare, it should be a great pick."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM-RS6F 5.1 Real Surround Sound Headphones Review @ Tweaknews
"Zalman has been around for ages, and their sound quality is known to gamers all around the Globe. They don't have many sound products, but the ones they do are top of the line. Let's see how their Theatre 6 headphones do to tide my thirst of explosions at 4am in the morning."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Liberty 620w Power Supply Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"You really couldn't ask for anything more in the modular cable department. Next to each 4pin molex connection is an SATA plug. Enermax calls this the E-Ternity System, where by placing SATA plugs in tandem with molex plugs. Never be without the right plug again for your drives!"

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Rally High Performance USB 2.0 Flash Memory Drive Review @ PimpRig
"Unless you force this drive into a socket it isn't meant to fit in, the install for this drive is pretty much fool-proof. I have to add the "pretty much" part since I am sure there is some very anti-ingenius fool out there who can figure a way to screw it up somehow. All you have to do is uncap the drive and plug it into a USB plug. Done. Within seconds the drive is ready to receive files."

More information on this review can be found here.
Verbatim 1GB Store 'n' Go U3 Smart Drive Review @ The TechZone
"With the U3 platform, users can launch portable applications from the smart drive without requiring the applications to be installed on the computers. As a result, users can work in familiar environments and don’t have to worry about leaving any personal information or traces of their visit behind. Everything remains stored on the USB smart drive. Users can carry their emails, applications, personal settings, bookmarks and favorites, folders and documents with them wherever they go without always having to carry a laptop, or risk not having a needed application on a borrowed PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Muse 3.5" HDD Enclosure Review @ Pro-Clockers


"Thermaltake has had a great year this year. Boasting one of the best coolers made this year, the Big Typhoon. Producing one of the best watercooling cases this year, in the Tai-Chi. The next item we are about to review may not be turning the overclocking community upside down, but it will make things a lot easier for the day to day computing. Thermaltake has sent us the Muse 3.5 hard drive enclosure."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hewlett Packard StorageWorks DAT 72 USB Review @ TrustedReviews
"The DAT 72 model on review is the external version which is well built with the drive enclosed in a sturdy plastic chassis. The USB cable is fixed at the rear and the internal power supply means the drive can be powered with standard kettle lead. Our only complaint is that the internal cooling fan is a tad on the noisy side. The drive uses compact 4mm tapes and has the added advantage of being backward read and write compatible with DDS-4 and DDS-3 media as well. Installation is a swift process as the drivers need to be installed first after which the drive can be plugged in."

More information on this review can be found here.
Joytech Neo S PC Gamepad Review @ PC Review
"The biggest selling point behind the Neo S is the ability to map your keyboard and mouse controls directly to the gamepad via the packaged Config Pro software. With this in mind, virtually every PC title imaginable is opened up for control pad use, not merely restricted to the more action orientated titles. How much people really want to play Black and White 2 with a pad remains to be seen, but it is a nice choice to be able to have."

More information on this review can be found here.
Remote Control 12V DC Relay Switch Review @ Extensive Mods
"The good folks over at Xoxide sent me what is called the Remote Control 12V DC Relay Switch, made by Logisys. This little outfit will let you control your case lighting or even you car lighting remotely. I’m going to remotely dive into this product to give you the ons and offs (ins and outs) about it."

More information on this review can be found here.
FrontX Panel Review @ Think Computers
"With more people building their own computers there are a ton of cases to use. Depending on the decision you make, you may lack front or side connections. This is where the FrontX panel comes into play. By using the FrontX panel you have the ability to bring just about any type of port to the front of your system, this is a great product that you can configure to your own need and usage."

More information on this review can be found here.

Nyko Airflo EX Review

"Nyko was founded in 1995 and is based out of Los Angeles, California In that short ten years, they have proven themselves as qualified developers, manufacturers and marketers of innovative peripherals to enhance the digital lifestyle. They produce peripherals for every major console, as well as PCs and the iPod. Their latest foray into the PC game market brings us the Nyko Airflo EX, and brings PC gamers closer to the console."

More information on this review can be found here.

Sunbeam X-1300 Gaming Mouse Review

"The mouse is an integral part of your system, what you do with it determines what type of mouse you will want to use. Sunbeamtech is a maker of a wide variety of items, they are fairly new as they launched in 2000. Located in Taipei within China, they make cases, lights, fans and much more. Today we are going to look at their latest gaming mouse the X-1300; they have two different models the Sensor-X and the X-Sharp. I will be taking a spin with the X-Sharp. Sunbeam is stepping up to the gaming grade mouse plate; the only spin here is that they offer a low price. Let's take a look and see if this less expensive mouse can hold up in line with such other mice as the Mx-518 from Logitech."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Chromatic Windmill Fan Controller Review @ LAN Addict
"The Chromatic Windmill is made by Sunbeamtech. It\'s packed with cool features and neat little things. When you open up the Chromatic Windmill's box you'll find the 5.25" bay controller unit, fan leads, thermal sensors, and power cord. There are also two wafer batteries (to save settings when unit losses power) along with mounting screws and adhesive tape for the thermal leads. The cables are wrapped in EMI shielded cable that shrink wrapped at the ends to keep things tidy."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX610 Display Review @ Bit-Tech
"Considering that HTPC enthusiasts would be a large part of the MX6's target market, it is positively criminal that it is not Media Center compatible. Again, if one had the determination and skill, one could use LCDC to produce your own custom screens to display various HTPC activities. If you were seriously hardcore, you might even code your own Media Center plug-in for LCDC. However, having forked out big bucks for this display, this functionality should be a mere installation wizard away - it should not be down the community to write their own software."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Enermax Liberty EL620AWT Power Supply Review @ Pro-Clockers
"When Enermax releases a new power supplies onto the market, you know that you are going to get a quality part. >From the Whisper line to the Noisetaker unit, Enermax has not disappointed us yet. And with the release of the new Liberty line of power supplies, I am sure the quality is there. Boasting modular cables and a dark metallic paint job you are in for a treat. And our model puts out 620 watts of pure power."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seasonic S12 430w Power Supply Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Seasonic S12 power supply series presents the most powerful, most versatile and quietest PSU today. There is a greatly improved visual aspect, and rock solid dependability even when under heavy load. The series comes from 330W to 600W configuration, which provides plenty of power and extras to keep even an enthusiast satisfied."

More information on this review can be found here.
E Power Tiger 550W Modular Power Supply Review @ System Cooling
"E Power Technology has released two new power supplies in their Silent Engine series. The new Tiger 550W and Tiger 650W Silent Engine power supplies feature dual +12V outputs, dual PCI-Express connectors, and a quiet, variable speed fan. Both Tiger power supplies are fully modular and support Intel, AMD, multiprocessor and dual core motherboards."

More information on this review can be found here.
PrimeCooler HyperPipe PC-HP1 Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"Today we review this new universal AMD Athlon 64 & Intel Pentium 4 heatsink HyperPipe PC-HP1 from PrimeCooler. To start off this PrimeCooler HyperPipe PC-HP1 has a nice light airy feel about it which we hope you can appreciate from these review pictures. And yes, it is light weight as well. Its overall size is 120mm high and then 140 x 85mm, see our other review pictures. The fan is a 90mm size and stands out well with its red blades against the black plastic surround."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SI-120 CPU Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"On top the excellent CPU temperatures, another bonus is that the large wingspan of the Thermalright SI-120 allows cool air to be delivered to the motherboard's voltage regulating chips as well as the system memory. Knocking a few degrees off of both of these components is good for system longevity, and will definitely help with any overclocking efforts."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS 9500 LED Review @ techPowerUp
"Under-hyped or Overrated? The Zalman CNPS 9500 LED is Zalman's newest addition to their top of the line air coolers. This full-copper heatsink comes with a fan controller so you can optimize for performance or fan noise. In our testing it even beats a watercooling kit and proves that it is well worth your money. Watch as we put it to the test on the Pentium 4 Prescott 561 at 180 Watt TDP."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC TV Tuner Primer @ BigBruin
"TV tuners add a whole new dimension to any PC, and don't have to cost much to do so. With the ability to watch TV full screen or in a small window, as well a recording programs much like commercially available personal video recorders, they can be quite a convenient accessory to have. This Tech Tip will look at some of the basics of computer TV tuners, including the interfaces, the technologies, and the performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Tide Water Review @ techPowerUp
"Thermaltake has engineered a completely new video card cooling concept. A self-contained water cooling unit which is mounted into two PCI slots keeps the GPU cool. People who think watercooling requires a lot of maintenance or leaks easily will be proven wrong. The installation is also remarkably easy. What makes this unit even more attractive is its competitive price. Powercolor liked it so much, that they use it on their X800 GT EVO series."

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den Acetal Maze4 GPU Block Review @ Techniz
"Overall, the Danger Den Acetal Maze4 GPU water block is performing very well during in the testing section. The package includes all the necessary components for proper assembly. Furthermore, it was totally silent during the operation. The installation was very simple, just took about few minutes is able to install the Maze4 GPU water block on to the VGA card. But, it does not bundle with any RAM sink for the VGA RAM. So, the recommended Ramsinks to purchase is the OCZ Copper BGA Ramsinks. Anyway, the retail price for the Acetal Maze4 GPU block is at US $44.95 which is a very affordable price and the 8 pieces of OCZ Copper BGA Ramsink is at US $18.99."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Radeon X850XT Review @ XtremeComputing
"As with Connect3d’s X850XT, the Crucial version easily kept the frames above 100 in the doom3 test and with details set to high. The performance gain from the overclock was good with an average of up to 20FPS increase at some resolutions, this is still an impressive feat and not to be sniffed at as it outperforms the more expensive PE version."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech AE6800 PCI-E Review @ ParadiseOC
"The Chaintech uses the newer NV42 GPU. This makes it a true PCI-E based graphics card, instead of using the NV40 GPU which AGP cards used. The NV42, unfortunately, keeps better track of its pipelines, making use of all 12. So there is no way to unlock the core, which was popular on the older AGP versions. However, the NV42 is said to be more stable, so a higher overclock might make up for the lack of the 4 extra pipelines."

More information on this review can be found here.
7800GT vs x1800xl Review @ AMD Review
"Today we got our hands on both an ATI X1800XL and NVIDIA 7800GT, so we decided to benchmark each of these cards with the same configuration to see what happens and how much bang you get for your buck."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial CT2KIT6464Z40B 1GB Kit Review @ Think Computers
"Modding Crucial is most commonly known now for their Ballistix line of high performance, high speed, top quality memory. What if you don't want or have a need for enthusiast, overclocker memory, but you still want quality, stable memory? Well today for review I have 1 gig of Crucial's PC3200 desktop memory. It is what would be considered by some, plain, vanilla memory, no fills, no activity LEDs, no flashy, shiny heat spreader, it's just a couple of sticks of ram like we used to have in our systems before it became common place for companies to 'bling' their memory to get attention to it."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI Infinity nF4 Ultra Motherboard Review @ Ninjalane
"When DFI launched the LanParty line of motherboards they targeted at a very narrow though highly vocal sector of the hardware market with one purpose in mind, to get DFI known in the enthusiast community. The marketing and products were solid and as a result DFI and the LanParty series are household names."

More information on this review can be found here.
Console War Part 1: History @ Nordic Hardware
"In the first part of our series of articles on the new consoles we've chosen to summarize what has happened up until today. What is it that has made Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony the three biggest companies of today. We have seen a lot of companies and consoles pass by during the years. Many have been really good, even great in some cases, but have failed anyway."

More information on this review can be found here.
AeroCool AeroEngine II Case Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"It's time for our monthly AeroCool case review and today we are going to be looking at a case that was designed for a lower price point but in my opinion it looks like it could sell for far more than the $75.00 that Newegg is currently charging. I'm not normally a fan of mid-sized cases but the AeroCool AeroEngine II won me over this time, it has enough good features to make me forget the bad ones I associate with the smaller cases. So come on along as we check out this little gem and perhaps you will become a believer as I did that this is indeed a very nice little case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Logitech Z-5450 Wireless Surround Speaker System Review @ hardCOREware
"If you've used the Z-680, Z-5500, or any good surround PC speaker system, you might have been annoyed by the rear speakers. Having to run speaker cables from them to the amp most likely means you have cables running from behind your chair to under your desk. Not exactly tidy. To remedy this, Logitech has released the Z-5450. While it is mostly inferior in specification to the Z-5500, it does have one major advantage: the rear speakers do not require cables to transfer the audio signal. Instead, it uses an 802.11b WiFi signal. Do they sound good enough though?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Tuniq Tower 112 Heatsink Review @ OCIA
"The fan & bracket removed -- I find out later that having only two screws securing the fan, then mounting this part horizontally, makes for a very annoying rattle and vibration. I just pulled it out and placed two more screws to fix this."

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Thermaltake Blue Orb II Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"This Thermaltake Blue Orb II has clean lines, look stunning especially when running with its internal LEDs and works very well. What more can you ask from a heatsink. It does what it says it will do."

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Asetek Vapochill Micro Extreme CPU Cooler Review @ Techniz
"This Vapochill Micro Extreme Performance CPU Cooler from Asetek is an extreme performance CPU cooler. This CPU cooler is an ideal choice for those users who wish to overclock their CPU. The entire cooler is really looks different compare with others. Not only that, the performance of the Vapochill Micro Extreme Performance CPU Cooler from is very good as you can see in the performance section, it really gives what you want. This Vapochill Micro Extreme Performance CPU Cooler from price is ranging from US $45-50, it was a good buy CPU cooler in terms of the performance and weight."

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Zalman Fatal1ty FS-C77 CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Fatal1ty has partnered with Zalman, among other companies, to market high-end products to the computer gaming community. The FS-C77 CPU cooler is one of Zalman's first products to carry the Fatal1ty moniker and the company touts it as the “ultimate CPU cooler.”

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Zalman NCPS7700-Cu Cooler Review @ The TechZone
"Just how big is the CNPS7700-Cu? Try 5.5-inch in diameter! It's also 2.6-inch tall and weighs in at, hold on to your hat, 918 grams! This exceeds the maximum weight for an Intel P4 cooler over 100%! Special care should be taken when moving a computer equipped with CNPS7700-Cu as Zalman Tech is not responsible for any damage that may occurs when moving the computer. The CNPS7700-Cu is so big that Zalman has a List of Motherboards that will not fit on this cooler!"

More information on this review can be found here.
GEIL PC2-4300 Ultra DDR2 Dual Channel Kit Review @ HardwareZoom
"Specialised in memory modules design and manufacturing, GeIL has been making high performance memory modules since 1997. Their latest PC2-4300 533MHz Ultra DDR2 Ultra memory modules feature a new aggressive timing of 3-3-3-8. Available in 512MB to 2GB Dual Channel packages, all modules come with Aluminium Heat-spreader, 6 Layers Ultra Low Noises Shielded PCB and backed with Lifetime Warranty."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ballistix Tracer PC4000 High-Performance 1GB Kit Review @ Tech-Mods
"Back in 1996 Micron launched Crucial to be able to place quality memory into the hands of the end user and not just the large OEM companies. Today we are looking at their Ballistix Tracer 184-pin DIMM (with LEDs) high-performance 1GB kit (512MBx2) PC4000 memory that is targeted to gamers, enthusiasts, and overclockers."

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DDR2 800MHz Roundup: A-Data, Kingston, & Mushkin @ Legit Reviews
"The Mushkin eXtreme PC2-6400 modules loaded Windows at 1060MHz on the first try. Although we later found that 1060MHz was unstable this was an impressive achievement. After RST Pro2 testing we found that 1042MHz was 100% stable on our 2GB memory kit."

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eVGA e-GeForce 6800GT PCI-E Review @ Phoronix
"Although the NVIDIA 7800GTX has a definitive advantage over the 6800GT, the GeForce 6800GT remains a respectable card for enthusiasts not wishing to shell out nearly $500 USD for a graphics upgrade. With us today we have the eVGA GeForce 6800GT 256MB and will see just how well this card can fare through overclocking and just how the card can fare against a 7800GTX in a dual-core environment."

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ATI All-In-Wonder X800XT Review @ Got|Apex?
"The VIVO breakout boxes give you all of the connectivity you need to capture external sources such as your camcorder or VCR. It also outputs HD source to your TV and gives you full capability to hook it up to everything in your home theater. The HD connection to my TV is of very good quality thanks to the HDTV acceleration of the Rage Theater chip. The Easy Look software combined with the Remote Wonder puts all of the features at your fingertips and allows you to remotely locate your system. The interface is very easy to use and gives you access to everything you need."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphrire X1800XL Review @ Bit-Tech
"From an architectural point of view, there are some things about the architecture that we really like. We love the idea of HDR and Anti-Aliasing at the same time in more games, along with the option to enable Adaptive Anti-Aliasing and High Quality Anisotropic Filtering too. However, we are not quite sure about the performance of FP16 HDR and Anti-Aliasing together. The current games using the FP16 blend technique for HDR are Far Cry, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory and Age Of Empires 3, which comes out very soon. We're expecting a patch for Far Cry to be released in the near future, but we've not heard anything about the other two games just yet. The patch for Far Cry should help to answer our initial questions regarding FP16 HDR and Anti-Aliasing at the same time, though."

More information on this review can be found here.

Sapphire Radeon X1800XL Review @ Tweaktown

"Sapphire gave us the heads up the other day that their Radeon X1800XL was coming off their factory line extremely soon and shipped to us straight away. As far as we can tell, this is one of the first retail offerings to be benchmarked so let’s see what Sapphire have done package wise and have a look at one of the first X1800XL retail cards which is actually available on the market."

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MSI Theater 550PRO Review @ Viperlair
"For the cool price of $74 USD, the MSI Theater 550PRO is a pretty good value when compared to many other TV Tuners, including ATI's own TV Wonder Elite which goes for almost double the price. Considering there isn't much difference between the two in terms of software bundles and hardware, we'd lean towards MSI's version of the card if you're in the need of a tuner for your HTPC box."

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Shuttle XPC SD31P SFF Case Review @ Hexus
"The one word that describes Shuttle's SD31P XPC is competent. Just add a hard drive, preferably SATA, optical drive, RAM, and an LGA775 CPU and away you go. Everything works just as it should, and installation is a real cinch for even novice XPC builders. Performance is also good when judged in comparison to ATX-sized i945G and i955X motherboards, and the ability to specify a Pentium 4 Extreme Edition or dual-core CPU, GeForce 7800 GT, 2GB RAM, and 1TByte of storage, should your pocket be deep enough, is eminently possible in this larger-than-normal XPC."

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Project Spire @ MetkuMods
"This is the most expensive case I have made. The laser cutting and the plexis (with TFT stand) cost about 180 euros. I estimate laser cutting plexi parts for a regular shaped case would not cost even close to 100 euros. If you can use Autocad or similar software, laser cutting is quite a cheap way to build a professional looking case."

More information on this project can be found here.
Monday, October 17, 2005
Sunbeam 550w NUUO Power Supply Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The main body, or power supply itself, is the same on both units. It's a 550w version of the new NUUO power supply from SunbeamTech. As I mentioned earlier, it's their first entry into the power supply market, but it's a fantastic entry. You've no doubt read the other reviews on this power supply around the web: everybody is cheering this unit. I will be no different as I really like believe this is a quality product, as an extremely reasonable price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro Review @ Hexus
"Creative has been going strong since the days of ISA sound cards because its family of audio products moves with the times. This is reflected well in the new four-strong range of X-Fi cards of which the leader is the Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro under review. The X-Fi cards span a price range from about £100 to £250, offering enthusiasts add-in alternatives to the on-board audio that is common in many of today's PCs."

More information on this review can be found here.
SimpleTech 80GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Review @ Techniz
"The SimpleTech Portable Drives will provide the needs for home and even office users. It was specially design for portability, performance and reliability for storage and even backup purposes. The SimpleTech's high speed and high capacity drives are ideal for any storage need, including digital music, movies and photographs. Every SimpleTech External Hard Drive comes with StorageSync software that consists of a lot of functions such as automatic backup, restore, data synchronization and lots more."

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X-Micro Mini DisGo Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Capitalizing on Toshiba's new 1.8" hard drives X-Micro has introduced a line super-small portable hard drives that will surely be be applauded by those of us wanting more space than a thumb drive, speed equal to a full-size hard drive and small enough to drop into a shirt pocket. During testing, the Mini DisGo proved itself to quite the little workhorse, benchmarking numbers that were equal to a comparatively sized notebook drive."

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ColorVision Datacolor SpyderTV Review @ XYZ Computing
"This review is going to be taking a look at the SpyderTV, a colorimeter and software package which is designed to be an easy-to-use way to optimize your television's image. To some it may seem extraneous but if you have money invested in your home theater you should make sure it is working as well as possible, just like you would tune a guitar or tweak your computer."

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XFX 7800 GTX Review @ HardwareHell
"By now, there is no need to question the power of the 7800 GTX, whether it comes with a factory set overclock or not. Everyone knows that it is the card to get if you want the best gaming performance available. When you care about raw power though, a factory and warrantied overclock is a big plus. In fact, XFX only offers overclocked versions of the 7800 GTX. If that's not catering to enthusiasts, then I don't know what is!"

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Air Improvement Case Guide @ Madshrimps
"Most homes in the U.S. have carpeted floor; we all know too well most ATX tower cases anchored or sunken into the carpet with those tiny rubber pads called feet. Are you sick and tired of dragging your PC from under the desk out? How about letting in more outside air? $4 to get your rig higher on the rug in 5 minutes and get more air from your front panel for $1 in about 30 minutes."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Mashie Design MDVA Review @ Think Computers
"Modding products, where did they go? It seems like we never see any new case mods at all. Well if you’re into case modding at all, then I’m sure you have heard of Mashie. If not take a look at his website. As you can see he is very talented. He has come up with a great product that you will not see in other PC’s out there. It comes from his case mod called Anemone, and it is called the Mashie Design Visual Audio, or MVDA. Finally, a new modding product, are you excited?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Ammo 533 Case Review @ Overclockers Online
"The Ammo 533 is definitely one of those cases that you would either buy or turn away because of its looks. Ultimately, the Ammo 533 is a unique case and definitely a good LAN case. The screwless design, handle, meshed side panel and oversized buttons really set it apart from other cases on the market today."

More information on this review can be found here.
MGE XG Dragon Case Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Dragon is one of the latest cases released by MGE. I've never owned a MGE case, so I can't comment on the quality of the previous cases first hand. They have however, been in the game long enough to have learned from any previous mistakes, and to get a handle on what the market wants. I know most reviews make a big deal about the shipping and boxes a company uses. I don't know why that is, but I guess enough people want to know SOMETHING about it, so here's my points."

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Silverstone Sugo SG01 Small Form Factor Chassis Review @ ExtremeMhz
"The SG01 is about as stripped down as a case could be. There’s no motherboard I/O plate, and it has two out of the potential three fans installed. Silverstone did include all the needed hardware and a well-done instruction manual. More case manufacturers should include the manual…not everyone has assembled a computer before."

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Enermax Pandora Mesh CA3030-BS Mid-Tower Case Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Not everyone is into huge cases with window side panels. Or cases with glossy paint jobs that you leave all kinds of finger prints on. Some people just want a Mesh CA3030 mid case from Enermax. The Mesh 3030 gives you above simple styling but also gives you full functionality. The Mesh 3030 provides good air circulation and limits dust from entering the case. The Mesh advertises a lot for a little (money)."

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Thermaltake Tai-Chi Super Tower Chassis Review @ Big Bruin
"Installation is a dream. There is so much room in the case you don't have to worry about whether or not everything is going to fit. In fact, the toughest part about the install was deciding exactly where I wanted my 5.25" drive bays to be installed in relation to the power switch. Ultimately, there is nothing wrong with the front panel layout, because it's left totally up to you to determine what works the best for your install."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, October 15, 2005
Thermaltake 520w PST Modular PSU Review @ XtremeComputing


"I think the mini PST is actually an excellent idea that enables you to connect other stuff such as lights and other accessories with out stretching the cables up to the PST or vice versa, it has 2 x 3 pin outputs, 4 x 4 pin and of course 1x 4 pin power input. I think the idea in this is so you could run the cable to the mini PST at the rear of the case to power a water pump for instance or a GFX card cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Muse USB 3.5" Drive Enclosure Review @ BigBruin
"The Thermaltake Muse USB 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure is an all aluminum fanless portable hard drive case with many features that set it apart from the crowd of enclosures. The well built case has a brightly illuminated analog data transfer meter that indicates when the enclosure is in use. The fanless aluminum design keeps your work area quiet, while the 4ft long USB cable allows plenty of room for those hard to reach USB connections."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone Strider ST60F 600W Modular SLI Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Silverstone Strider ST60F offers plenty of power for today's most demanding hardcore computer systems. While 600 watts of quality power is tremendous it's also modular and has a quiet 120mm fan. Additionally, all the leads are sleeved which cuts down on all the cable mess and increases air flow inside the case. This is one Badass product!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
Corsair XMS TWINX2048-3500LLPRO 2GB Dual Channel Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"Corsair's recent PC4400PRO 2GB is not their only 2GB enthusiast solution. They quickly follow the high speed memory with another offering that provides low latencies at a slightly overclocked speed."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor X800 GT Xtreme 256MB and X800 GT EVO Tide Water Review @ Hexus
"We've looked at a couple of PowerColor X800 GT cards and have come away with the feeling that whilst both offer something new in the marketplace, the respective asking prices takes away much of their shine. Novel, exciting products? Yes. Value-for-money? Not quite."

More information on this review can be found here.
Creative WebCam Live! Motion Review @ TrustedReviews
"With the continuous mode on, the digital zoom will kick in and although this is handy if you want a close up of your face at all times, the image quality degrades noticeably when in maximum zoom mode. Without the digital zoom enabled the image quality is on pair with entry level digital cameras. A 640 x 480 pixel CCD sensor which captures up to 30fps - at full resolution - is as good as you’ll get with any web camera these days."

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Do Computers Rule Our Lives? @ The TechZone
"There are many games to get addicted to and many programs that are disguised as games that make computers seem like a fun pastime. This is all a ploy. People make these programs so that they hook even the most anti-computer person into computers and then convince him that he ‘needs’ to keep adding new “toys” to his computer. I do want to stress that computers are an important part of our advancing culture, but the obsession and dependency is nothing more than a marketing scheme."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"Today we've got a brand new motherboard on the chopping block from ASRock, a sub division of ASUS who produce value orientated motherboards. The ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 motherboard is based on ULi's new M1695 chipset and offers many innovative features. It has many features such as PCI Express and AGP support and upgradeability to upcoming AMD processors - it's an upgrader’s dream."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TWINX2048-4400 PRO Review @ Viperlair
"Does anyone really need 2GB though? Our answer is yes. Even if your system is fine at 1GB, I can tell you that Microsoft will probably say something like "1GB is the recommended amount of ram a user needs for Vista". Using our rule, 1GB will probably be the minimum for Vista, and truth be told, we feel 1GB is the minimum anybody should have in their system now."

More information on this review can be found here.
MGE XG Dragon Case Review @ Overclockers Online
"If you want to hear a buzz when you walk into your next LAN party, then you will definitely want to walk in with the Dragon swinging from your right hand. It's portable, it's cool looking, and it performs very well. The features speak for themselves and that list of features is a long one, you definitely won't be disappointed with the Dragon from MGE."

More information on this review can be found here.

MGE XG Dragon Case Review @ Virtual Hideout

"The first impression of the case for me, was the high quality paint job, and the great handle. The paint job is surprisingly resistant to fingerprints and scratches. And the whole case is sturdy; even with the sides off there is almost no bend to the case. Aside from my quick point about the drive bay punch outs, you would be hard-pressed to cut yourself working in the case. The handle on top of the case is rock solid, and would be great for going to Lan parties or just for moving the computer around to upgrade."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, October 14, 2005
Steelpad Steel Sound 5H Professional Gaming Headset Review @ Extensive Mods
"Steelpad, a subsidiary of Soft Trading is known to produce some of the highest quality gaming goods available. As Icemat, another one of Soft Trading divisions released their headset, the Icemat Siberia, gamers from everywhere couldn't get enough of it. With it's success, Steelpad decided that it should follow in the footsteps of Icemat and capitalize on immense popularity that Soft Trading has developed, and design a new, more improved headset under the Steelpad name."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra X-Finity 500 Watt PSU Review @ CaseModGod
"Today we are going to take a look at one of the Ultra X-Finity (2nd Generation) 500 Watt power supplies. The X-Finity power supply boasts dual rail technology for better power distribution along with a few other nice features. Ultra has been around for a good while now and continue stepping up to the challenge of bringing consumers excellent products."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 850 SSI PSU Review @ Pure Overclock
"On removing the top we see a very unique design. It’s laid out in such a way you can see each stage of the design as you look from left to right. I personally have never seen a PSU built like this, not even the Turbo-Cool 510 SLI. In design terms it’s exceptional and from talking with PC Power & Cooling I started to understand why it looks so different inside, for this is the first power supply to market with proprietary rails."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn WinFast 6150K8MA-8EKRS Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"Foxconn is one of the first manufacturers to release an GeForce 6100-series motherboard, and the 6150K8MA-8EKRS specifically uses the best of class nVidia GeForce 6150 iteration and nVidia nForce 430 Southbridge. The Foxconn 6150K8MA-8EKRS mini-ATX motherboard which supports all Socket 939 AMD Athlon64 X2/FX processors on the market, as well as up to 4GB of PC3200 DDR RAM. In terms of goodies, the motherboard incorporates onboard analog video, a 7.1-channel Azalia audio codec, a single Gigabit LAN port and IEEE 1394a."

More information on this review can be found here.
Power Supply Group Test @ TrustedReviews
"You might have noticed a small sticker on some electrical equipment that is labelled Hi-POT. What this means is that the power supply has been tested with a high voltage static discharge. To pass the Hi-POT test requires that the power supply doesn’t pass the static charge on to the device(s) it’s powering, as this could potentially cause damage. This is especially important when it comes to computer components, which are very sensitive to electrostatic discharges."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS PF88 Extreme Hybrid - Intel/AMD Motherboard Review @ hardCOREware
"Not many people noticed when two of the most boring Motherboard OEMs merged last summer. ECS and PC Chips were never really known for making amazing or innovative products, instead focusing on low end, mainstream hardware. But they assured us, times were changing. Starting with some flashy purple boards that were a nice start, but failed to impress. Now they have the PF88, featuring their very own bus type and a highly portable SiS chipset allowing the board to support both Intel and AMD processors (and potentially more!)."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Nitrogon NT02 Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"At our 70 watts test we can see this new SilverStone Nitrogon NT02 heatsink is doing very well indeed. With only a couple of degrees Celsius separating it from the Thermaltake Beetle but that is somewhat more noisy. Only as we increase the watts or temperature does it."

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Zalman CNPS9500 LED CPU Cooler Review @ PimpRig
"As formidable as the CNPS7700 is, it is unfortunately incompatible with many motherboards because of it's huge size. The damn thing 5.35 inches across so if it doesn't cover your memory, it probably will rub up against your video card. The smart guys at Zalman knew they couldn't increase performance by making their heatsinks any bigger, so they stood the fan up on end and added 3 heatpipes to the mix."

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Ergodex DX1 Input System Review

"To place a key, first you peel off the protective cover off of the adhesive, then press it down firmly on the DX1 pad. To remove the key, simply twist it off. The instructions say not to pry, but I tried it anyway. I pried as hard as I dared, and the damn thing wouldn't budge. Gave it a twist, and off it came."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tt Silent Water H2O Kit Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"The Thermaltake Silent Water has lots of good points. The first of these is the absolute ease of installation. When a water cooling kit requires no more effort to install than does any higher quality air cooler, you know you really have something special. Second is the performance. Only a two degree difference was observed from running the Silent Water at full and low speed setting on its fan."

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Mashie Design Visual Audio Review @ techPowerUp
"World-famous case modder Mashie has created this unique case modding accessory. It is a stereo 7-channel real-time spectrum analyzer which shows beautiful patterns on 112 LEDs. It goes into two 5.25" drive bays and does not require any additional software because it comes with its own microprocessor on-board."

More information on this review can be found here.
Innovatek Fan-O-Matic Micro Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Innovatek has built a strong product that many people should find useful for either water cooled systems or air cooling. It does everything for you, the only adjustments you make are to the manual temperature knob."

More information on this review can be found here.
How To Build Parallel Port Prototypes @ Hardware Secrets
"The computer parallel port is the easiest way to control devices outside the PC, like LEDs, lights and even home appliances. In this tutorial we will teach you how to use the computer parallel port to control circuits outside your computer."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Antec Performance TX1050B Case Review @ Nordic Hardware
"This case has a look that you might want to call a bit luxurious, it has style but its robust. It hasn't been prepped with tons of extra features but Antec has gone for the most necessary and obvious needs. The power supply is at a whopping 500W and as it is modular you save a lot of space."

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Antec P180 Advanced Super Mid-Tower Review@ ThinkComputers
"BMW, Mercedes, Ferrari, etc these are all considered luxury cars. In the computer case industry we have the same luxury products Lian-Li, Cooler Master, Silverstone. Now Antec is not quite up to that point yet. What I consider luxury is something that has quality, and added features that you do not see on other cases. Antec is known for quality, and all the cases we have reviewed were quality. The cases were well made and really had no problems with them, it was just they were lacking the added features. Well today we are going to look at a case that will bring Antec up into the luxury category. So without further ado I present to you the Antec P180 Mid-Tower Case."

More information on this review can be found here.

Thermaltake Swing Series Case Review

"Today for review we have another Pre-mod PC case. This one comes from a company that has become very popular and well known for lots of reasons. Thermaltake is considered a big name in the PC community, they make lots of various products, I'm sure you have heard of them. Today I have the new Swing PC case for review, it is what Thermaltake considers a 'Stylish' mid-tower case. Is it? Read on to find out just what makes this a 'Stylish' case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Kingston U3 DataTraveler USB Drive Review @ The TechZone

"With the launch of the U3 DataTraveler, Kingston has open up a whole new world of smart drive computing whereby any PC user moving between various locations and Windows 2000 SP4 or XP-based systems has the freedom to work with their own personal workspace - carried on a device small enough to fit on a keychain. The new U3 DataTraveler allows mobile workers to access personal e-mail, photo organizers, music players, graphics software and productivity applications wherever they go. Think of it as a personal workstation on a stick."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sennheiser PC160 Headset Review @ XtremeComputing
"Sennheiser equipment can be found all over the place from tv to live shows and to your living room, so why not you’re PC. A while back I looked at a set of the PC135 set that included USB and although they were great they didn’t quite produce the same bass as the plantronics and Altec Lansing’s gaming headset. Well today Sennheiser have the chance to redeem them self’s with the PC160 headset and judging by the size of the ear pieces there should be a big improvement on the bass."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Review @ EverythingUSB
"In my experience as a LAN party goer, there are two kinds of gamers. There are those who liken to smaller, compact keyboards without number pads so they have weight to haul into a LAN and more space for the joystick, and there are the gamers who like a full sized keyboard for their tactile keys, number pad, and familiar design. Logitech has catered to the later group with the G15, and has actually expanded this. The G15 is by far the largest keyboard I have ever used, surpassing even the Microsoft Natural keyboard. It's a full 21.5" long and 10.5" tall with the wrist rest attached, 2" longer than the Logitech Elite, and 3.5" longer than your basic OEM keyboard. In order to accommodate the larger footprint, I had to turn my mouse pad sideways so they could both fit on the keyboard tray."

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XG Vortec 500w Power Supply Review @ Phoronix
"Looking for a good power supply? Can't stand noisy fans? Well today we have XG's beastly fan-less supply; the Magnum 500W. This unit features an all aluminum chassis, copper heatpipe cooling technology, modular cables, and LCD wattage and temperature display, pretty much all you can ask for in a power supply. Last thing to consider, however, is how does it perform? Let's take this out to our test bench and give it a run!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Turtle Beach Ear Force HPA 5.1 Surround Sound Headphones Review @ Tweaknews
"Here we have one product model from Turtle Beach's new line of high quality surround sound headphones, made specifically for PC usage be it DVDs, gaming or anything audio related. Now I have been known stickler for not settling for anything but the best when it comes to sound quality. Let's see if Turtle Beach can wet my very dry proverbial throat."

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QTechnology 400w Gold Series PSU Review @ The Moditory
"Computers are a great tool and can provide many hours of fun and use. Your power supply is the root of your PC, keeping everything running with it's optimal amount of energy. Monitoring that energy and keeping it from changing to a point where it damages your hardware is important; you need a stable power supply. Not to mention that you don't want to hear your power supply running; ambient noise is bountiful as it is without a noisy computer. QTechnology has released a power supply that is meant to fulfill your needs, the QT-03400 Gold Series, a 400w sleek PSU (noise not included)."

More information on this review can be found here.
XG Vortec 600w Power Supply Review @ A1-Electronics
"The supply leads are just what we like in that the normal 4-pin leads have 4, yes four connectors on them and each has a floppy drive connector which we think is only needed on one. There are only two of these leads but you don't need any more. There is also a dual connector SATA lead and a P4 4-pin connector lead."

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Asus EN6600GT Silencer Videocard Review @ PCstats
"The Asus EN6600GT Silencer offers users an excellent mix of performance from its GeForce 6600GT core and silent operation thanks to its passive heatpipe cooler. The videocard is based on the GeForce 6600GT core and is backed by 256MB of DDR3 memory. The card sports dual output with a pair of DVI/analog connectors. There is also a DVI to analog converter in the package for dual monitor users."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Schooner Fanless VGA Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"Where I can see the Thermaltake Schooner being best implemented is an HTPC environment. Silence is of course a key consideration in an HTPC, but you still need to address cooling. By taking a good part of your graphics card's heat straight out of the case, the case's cooling system has less heat load to deal with. This could translate to slower spinning case fans and less noise, with even better temperatures."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Digital Thermal Controller Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"This product worked fantastic. For someone looking for a fresh look to their pc as well as a way to make sure your not overheating, then this is a must for you. For me, this is a near perfect thermal monitor."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon64 CPU Raffle to Raise Money for the Gulf Coast @ H4H
"This week we are giving away an AMD64 3800 dual core chip, next week a AMD64 FX-55. We will be mixing in the remaining processors with the other items that our generous sponsors have provided over the next few months. Raffle tickets are just $5 each, 5 for $20, and all proceeds will go to the people that need it. Everything the organization uses from web space to people’s time is donated, so there is $0 in overhead (other then PayPal fees). Any raffle tickets you buy are good for the ENTIRE raffle, not just the current week. So buy now and have 26 chances to make the leap to 64 bit computing while helping out a good cause."

More information on this raffle can be found here.
Windows XP64 Support Why did I Buy a 64bit Processor Again? @ Think Computers
"Well, Windows Xp 64 has been out for quite a while now, I for one have already upgraded and there is a noticeable difference, better in some respects, while not better in other. The 'not better' part is driver support. 64Bit is the future, pretty soon all CPUs will be 64bit, so why would anyone want to run WinXp 32 with a 64bit CPU, isn't that like putting Ultra High Test Premium gas in a Yugo? There are no drivers for most of the hardware I own, sure there are workarounds I can do to get my hardware to work, but it is a workaround."

More information on this article can be found here.
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-D Motherboard Review @ Linux Hardware
"The nForce4 chipset has been out for the AMD platform for almost a year now. Upon release, it quickly became the chipset to have for most mid to high end systems. As with any popular chipset, you tend to see a plethora of motherboard makers offering little differences here and there to make their product stand out from the rest. BIOS options, fan-less chipset cooling, and UV cables are just some of the features that you see motherboard makers boasting as a selling point. Today we are going take an in depth look at the DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-D motherboard and investigate whether or not its features, performance and stability make it stand out from the rest."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Samsung SyncMaster 930MP 19" Multifunction LCD Monitor Review @ Tweaknews
"With Samsung's brand name bringing strong backup, we've come to expect the highest quality available. As a multifunction panel, this monitor excels in every capacity. The monitor sports a high contrast ratio, an excellent viewing angle and nearly every input you could imagine."

More information on this review can be found here.
How To Select A LCD For Gaming @ The TechZone
"A computer monitor with a smaller dot pitch is usually better, but this is not always true because of the methods used to measure it. There are many methods of measurement as well as differing pixel geometries on the screen and differing screen resolutions when judging image quality on the display."

More information on this guide can be found here.
How Gigabit Ethernet Works @ Hardware Secrets
"Gigabit Ethernet allows network transfers up to 1.000 Mbps using standard Cat 5 UTP (unshielded twisted pair) cabling. How can this be accomplished, since Cat 5 cables can run only up to 100 Mbps? We will explain this and also other very interesting issues regarding Gigabit Ethernet performance."

More information on this article can be found here.
Intel 945P Motherboards from Gigabyte @ Tweaktown
"Today we're looking at two new motherboards from Gigabyte based on Intel's 945P chipset, the replacement for the Intel 925XE chipset. The first is the Gigabyte GA-8I945P Pro which offers Dual Core CPU support at a good price and the second is the Gigabyte GA-8I945P Dual Graphic which is a similar motherboard but features two PCI Express x16 slots for dual graphics and up to four monitor support. We'll see what you get for your dollars and which of these motherboards is worth your hard earned cash."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GeForce 7800 GT (GV-NX78T256V-B) Review @ Bjorn3D
"When NVIDIA introduced us to the 7 Series GPUs with its current flagship GeForce 7800 GTX, we were quite impressed. Most people, though, aren't going to buy flagship hardware, so they wait for the little brothers of the flagship. Currently, the only 'little brother' released has been the 7800 GT. A quick look at the specifications reveals that the 7800 GT is a slightly crippled 7800 GTX, which actually is not a bad thing if you are a 7800 GT. Although the GT has less power under the hood, it still performs quite well when compared to the GTX. Follow along and keep reading to learn about the first retail GT offering to hit our test benches - the Gigabyte GV-NX78T256V-B."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400 PRO 2GB Kit Review @ Viperlair


"In regards to the Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400 PRO itself, the memory is Corsair's usual high quality stuff. Performance is on par with the Ballistix kit, winning some, losing some, and is a good overclocker. This is pretty important for those of you still using 915P/925X based boards where 533MHz is the current official ceiling, so there's plenty of headroom to move upwards. One thing to point out though is your overclocking success will vary depending on the hardware setup you have."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TwinX2048-6400 PRO PC2-6400 DDR-2 Memory Review @ PCstats
"Battlefield 2 is especially well known for requiring at least 1GB of installed RAM memory to run smoothly... so why not aim high and upgrade to 2GB of installed RAM? To see what effect 2GB of system RAM will have on Battlefield 2, and a couple of other game titles PCSTATS is testing out a (2x1GB = 2GB) set of Corsair's dual channel Twin2X2048-6400 PRO PC2-6400 DDR-2 memory. This is exactly what the doctor ordered for any memory-strapped dual core Intel Pentium 4 PC!"

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC-3500 Gold GX Dual Channel DDR Review @ Virtual-Hideout


"OCZ has for some time been providing high-quality memory modules specifically designed for Dual- Channel performance, which most systems will need. Besides this, they come with other nice features such as heat spreaders (which also make installation easier), Extended Voltage Protection and a lifetime warranty. Today, I'll be looking at their PC-3500 Gold Gamer eXtreme Edition, in the form of a 1GB (2 x 512MB) Dual-Channel kit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston Launches 667-MHz DDR2 SO-DIMM Memory


"Fountain Valley, CA (October 11, 2005), Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of ValueRAM DDR2 667-MHz (PC2-6400) memory modules to support next generation notebook and mobile systems. The new Kingston ValueRAM 667-MHz DDR2 unbuffered SO-DIMM modules are available in 256-MB, 512-MB and 1-GB capacities, shipping immediately in limited quantity.

"Kingston is delivering the next evolution of ValueRAM DDR2 SO-DIMM memory, ready to support the newest notebook designs being prepared for the market," said Mark Tekunoff, senior technology manager, Kingston. "Like all ValueRAM products, the new 667-MHz modules were designed and qualified by careful selection of the best components, then assembled and tested for ultimate performance," continued Tekunoff.

"ATI is thrilled to work with industry leaders like Kingston to ensure the broadest compatibility of high-end memory modules with our Radeon Xpress 200 chipsets," said Reuven Soraya, Director of Marketing, ATI's Chipset Business Unit. "Through our close working relationship with Kingston, consumers will be able to harness the true power of Kingston's ValueRAM 667-MHz DDR2 SO-DIMM modules in Radeon Xpress 200-based notebooks. Moreover, ATI's Radeon Xpress 200M is the only mobile chipset available today with support for DDR2-667 memory."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Antec VCool Review @ Techgage
"You have expensive toys, and want to prolong the life of them as much as possible. One of the best ways to do this is to take extra steps to keep your components cool. Antec has a solution for your video card, a double slot cooler. They say that use of the VCool can decrease your GPU's temperature between 5ºC and 15ºC!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products Fan Commander Review @ PimpRig
"All of the cables that are included with the Fan Commander are Silver braided and covered with a clear plastic which will make them look less unsightly inside a case. They needed to do something because think of it; once everything is installed you will be adding 12 cables to your interior. The braided cables are flexible and because of the Silver braiding they hold their shape well when you bend them."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Katana Heatpipe Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers
"With the success of the Ninja heatpipe cooler, Scythe is now being looked at as a company that can compete with the best of them. The Ninja is right up there with the likes of the Thermaltake Big Typhoon, Cooler Master Hyper 6 and the Thermalright XP-120. Now we have in our mitts the little brother to the Ninja. The Scythe Katana. Today we will see how well it stacks up to big brother."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Stingray Water Cooling Kit Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Vantec as a company has never released a water cooling product of any type prior to this, so we were really quite curious of what the large box might have in store for us when we received it. After examining the parts it became very clear that Vantec had not rushed this product to the market, it was evident that they had really put forth and effort to deliver a water cooling kit that was easy to install and still performed well. So now come on along and we will find out if it answers yes to both of those questions."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Cool Watercooling Kit Review @ GotApex
"Corsair has taken the base of the Swiftech H20-120 it and improved it with a nice retail package, a very detailed instruction manual, and their own flair in the paint of the waterblock and brackets. The kit itself is very solid, performing extremely well and not offering anything in the way of surprises. Installation is easy using the directions and manual."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Tai Chi ATX Case Review @ hardCOREware
"Over the years, Thermaltake cases have been hit and miss in the design department. Their products are more often than not ripped from successful designs from smaller companies. That's the first thought that came to mind when we came across the Tai Chi at Computex this past June. It looked a lot like Zalman's impressive "TNN" cases, but with a more conventional design inside. We're happy to report that the Tai Chi is indeed different from any other Thermaltake we've come across. Although it will set you back nearly $400, there is a lot to like about this case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax CS-10182-BBA Entry Level Server Case Review @ Extensive Mods
"In today’s age of brand spanking new technology, people are turning to more and flashier alternatives to the boring beige box. Most of the new pre-modded cases available on the market are constructed from thin, flimsy steel. When you move up in price, you begin to notice that there ARE cases that are extremely well constructed, and good looking. Today I get to look at a case that is compatible to a Mack truck in the PC world. The main difference between this case and a Mack truck is that it is a little easier to build a PC inside the case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Beblu Component Media Center System Review @ Bit-Tech
"This machine is designed to be quiet, look good, and offer at least most of the functionality of an ATX Media Center PC. It can be stacked with the components horizontal, or the components can sit side by side for a more low profile configuration. As more components are added, you could obviously build up a 1x4 vertical system, or a 2x2 tiled system, or however you fancied."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
New Layout and Features @ TheTechLounge
"TheTechLounge is nearly three years old now, and it was time to make some changes. As you have no doubt noticed, the new site looks drastically different. We decided to update our old logo and graphics, which were created by Brian and Kurtis, to something that was more professional and better portrayed the image we wanted for TheTechLounge. The new logo was created by professional graphics designer, David Montooth. The new website design was a collaboration between Brian, Kurtis and designer, Naveed Lalani."

More information on this new site launch can be found here.
PSU Cable Plaiting Guide @ All Round Modders
"Ever looked inside your case, seeing those messy PSU cables? That spiral wrap or split loom looking boring? Here is a simple guide to orgainse those PSU cables with a simple concept called plaiting. It's done similar to the way in which hair is plaited. Now, let's give it a go!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
HIS X800GTO IceQ II Turbo 256MB Video Card Review @ Overclockers Online
"The best price/performance card ever built' How can you argue with that statement after reading this review? If you were not impressed by the 42% overclock of the GPU core or the 22% overclock of the memory, then surely the temperature when running this ridiculously impressive overclock under load thanks to the IceQ II cooling technology that HIS incorporates in their X800GTO offering has you running out the door to buy it. In addition to the overclocking capabilities of the HIS X800GTO, the pure performance of this new chipset is just incredible."

More information on this review can be found here.
Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB SATAII HD Review @ Hardware-Review
"The world of Serial ATA hard drives has been extremely busy lately and getting 250GB drives for about 50 cents a gigabyte has become the norm. You can also look around in the Sunday newspaper and find rebates that will bring the gigabyte price down to around 25 cents. But, finding hard drives with 16mb caches and SATAII technology for this price is another story. One such drive that has a competitive price tag as well as awesome performance is the Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB SATAII hard drive, which is the subject of our review today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products 2nd Generation 500W X-Finity PSU Review @ BigBruin
"One issue that Ultra Products seems to be avoiding is the power factor value. While most manufacturers are offering units with active (or passive) PFC resulting in PF values around 0.90 - 0.99... the Xconnect and previous X-Finity were both rated in the low 0.60 range, and the new X-Finity is slightly improved at 0.70, but that is still quite weak."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 7800GTX Video Card Review @ Pro-Clockers
"No more wondering what is around the corner or what will be released in the days to come, as of right now the 7800GTX video chipset is the 'King of the Hill'. Since day one there was no shortage of available video cards containing the mammoth NVIDIA chipset. Every big manufacturer offered their version of the fastest graphic chipset known to man. Gigabyte was kind enough to send us their version, the GeForce GV-NX78X256V-B 7800 GTX. With the Gigabyte 7800GTX having so much."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS Extreme N7800 GT Dual World Exclusive @ Hexus
"ASUS didn't can the idea of two GPUs on a single board in SLI mode, though. The recent release of NVIDIA G70 which powers the GeForce 7800 GTX and 7800 GT SKUs has given ASUS something new to work with. The G70 GPU, built on 110nm, is actually cooler and less power hungry than NV45, despite a large hike in transistor count and die area."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS KN1 Extreme NF4 SLI Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"Today we take the ECS KN1 Extreme SLI motherboard out for a spin. Looking at the specifications the board is based on NVIDIA's NF4 chipset and features SLI technology, so should we expect to see a solid motherboard if done right. ECS told us to expect more from this SLI board than the original KN1 Extreme."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS KN1SLI Extreme Motherboard Review @ The TechZone
"The KN1 SLI is based on the NVIDIA nForce4 SLI media and communication processor (MCP) which has set the benchmark for the best desktop platform solution currently available. nForce4 SLI is a single-chip, highly integrated, high performance HyperTransport peripheral controller. The motherboard support up to 4 GB DRR RAM, ultra high performance graphics via two PCI Express slots, dual LAN, USB 2.0, 8-chanel digital audio and SATA II with RAID function. In other words, this is has all the trappings of a high end motherboard but without the high end price."

More information on this review can be found here.
SwissBit Victorinox retroALOX 1GB Review @ Think Computers
"What do you get when a company that makes fine quality utility knives and a company that makes memory products? You get a sophisticated and sleek next generation tool for the 21st century. What I am talking about is the retroALOX, created when Victorinox the famous makers of Swiss Army Knives and Swissbit, a maker of quality memory products collaborate together. The retroALOX is the culmination of history and the future combined."

More information on this review can be found here.
Creative Zen Vision 30Gb Portable Media Player Review @ Tweaknews
"Creative have decided to ditch Microsoft's Portable Media Center initiative along with their operating system for Creative's own in-house operating system, more codec support and a plethora of other features that I'm going to tell you all about in this review. I suggest you pause here, go put the kettle on and then kick back with a nice brew and enjoy as I take you for a wild ride of this year's most anticipated Creative Labs Audio/Video player release."

More information on this review can be found here.
2partsfusion Digital Media Server 701 Review @ HTPCnews
"Things that stood out to me were parts chosen for the sole purpose of building as quiet of a HTPC as possible without going to extremes. The fact that these guys who build the 2partsfusion HTPC's are just HTPC enthusiasts like the rest of us is a major added bonus. This ensures that the unit is of overall high build quality and will perform as advertised."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek VapoChill Micro Extreme Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"Let us start by saying that in this review of the Asetek VapoChill Micro Extreme heatsink we have only tested with the heatsink in the horizontal fitting position which is how you would install it in your tower computer case. In our next review using the other fan choices from Asetek for the VapoChill Micro we will also test this heatsink in the vertical position for those of you with horizontal desktop computer cases and to show you the difference in cooling performance with this super Asetek VapoChill Micro heatsink."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake T-Type H20-Temp Indicator Review @ Madshrimps
"Thermaltake provides an easy to use T-Type digital water-temp meter. Reading your H20-cooling system anywhere in the loop you like, the unit features a water-temp alarm, if for example your pump were to fail. Is the unit accurate? Read on to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Stingray All-In-One Water Cooling Kit Review @ Techniz
"The Stingray All-In-One water cooling kit is the first water cooling kit that launch by Vantec, and they did a great job by producing such a great water cooling kit. This kit comes with all the block that you needed for cooling your high performance hardware. All the block is made of aluminum cover with the copper base and a powerful pump to give the best cooling performance to meet the Enthusiast needs. The universal clips are ready to support all type of system. The installation was very easy as well due to it was using the quick connector, the quick connector is one of the most safety hose connection for water cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Silencing Guide Part 1 @ HardwareHell
"Graphics cards, processors and almost every other component inside our PCs become increasingly powerful with each generation, and, as a result, often consume more power and produce more heat than the previous generation. Do we just have to accept that in order to cool these hot running components, PCs will continue to just get louder and louder? Not necessarily."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Monday, October 10, 2005
Microsoft's X05 Event in Pictures @ Bit-Tech
"There will be a bunch of content already insalled on the drive. This will include a custom soundtrack with some famous bands, as well as wallpapers and gamer icons for your Xbox Live Gamertag. There's a video showing the assembly of the X360 as well as Hexic - a puzzler by the creator of Tetris. This is in addition to the software already announced, namely, the Neon light synthesizer by Jeff Minter."

Being a XBOX owner myself, I am really impressed with how the XBOX 360 is turning out. More information on this article can be found here.
Evercool Nighthawk VGA Cooler Review @ All Round Modders
"For the stock cooling to cool this GPU at its max load, it had to increase the fan speed, making a very irritating and high pitched noise. Though the Nighthawk isn't exactly whisper quiet, it performed great against the stock cooling. This cooler would perform even better when connected to a fan speed controller, which can be used to decrease the noise of the cooler while still getting better results."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hitachi Deskstar 7K400 to the Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 Review @ The TechZone
"Today we will review two of the biggest hard drives currently on the market. The first drive is the 400GB Hitachi Deskstar 7K400 which features five 80GB platters, 8MB of cache, a 7,200RPM rotation speed, and a 8.5ms average seek time. We will also look at the 400GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 which carries basically the same specifications as the Hitachi drive except that the Seagate has a 8ms average seek time rather than 8.5. Both the drives in this review use the SATA 1.5Gb/s interface. However, they are also available in PATA if needed."

More information on this review can be found here.

The Story Of The First Internet Worm

"Robert Tappan Morris was the first person convicted by a jury under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986. The story of the worm he created and what happened to him after it was released is a tale of mistakes, infamy, and ultimately the financial and professional success of its author."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thermaltake Blue ORB II CPU Cooler Review @ Techniz
"The Blue ORB II CPU Cooler from Thermaltake is a good performance and good looking CPU cooler. This CPU cooler is an ideal choice for those users who wish for the fancy look and good performance. The entire cooler is just looks like a huge blue flower. Not only that, the performance of the Blue ORB II CPU Cooler is very good as you can see in the performance section. But, there is always a downside which is the size of this cooler, after install it onto the motherboard, it will block the 1st and 2nd RAM slot. However, it might not be a problem as long as the cooling performance is good. Furthermore, the 12cm fan on the Blue ORB II CPU Cooler is a Blue LED fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
XG Box Vortec 600 Watt PSU Review @ Extensive Mods
"Over the past five years there have been an increased number of quality power supplies available on the market, and even today, new innovations are just around every corner. Sent to me by XG Box, a subsidiary of MGE Company is the Vortec 600 Watt power supply. With elegant styling, sleeved wires, adjustable fan speed, and LED fans, it's sure to be a hit for those of you looking to snazzy up the inside of your PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec TruePower II 480w Power Supply Review @ NGOHQ
"As most of you already know, today’s latest hardware tends to require very reliable power sources for it to operate properly. Some video cards require as much as 200w at full load. If you are one of us dreaming of going towards an SLI or Crossfire setup, then you will have to shop carefully and make sure that you acquire a very powerful high end power supply. Most people are familiar with Antec for their high quality power supplies and cases. They have earned a high level of respect among us by continuing to offer quality product lineups."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolmax 24-pin PSU Tester Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"In today's furious power supply market, it seems as though everyone from mom & pop shops to major worldwide manufacturers are on the power supply train. However to have a good seat on that train, you'd better be carrying a deadly combination of high power and drop dead good looks. Whether you buy a new power supply already sleeved or you plan to sleeve it yourself, it's almost inevitable that the power supply in your next rig will be sleeved from tip to tip. That's a lot of sleeving, but more importantly, that's a lot of voltage wires hidden to the eye. There's no way to tell if there's any damage to the wires, or if a wire has been crossed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nexus NX-5000 500 Watt PSU Review @ HardwareXL
"Finally for the power hungry the Nexus NX-5000, 500 Watt Power supply. This high wattage 500 Watt power supply is loaded with the latest features to fulfil any of the latest PC systems needs. The NX-5000 power supply is a EPS12V and ATX 2.01 form factor PSU with a slick black and white look. All this packed in a small no nonsense package."

More information on this review can be found here.
Icybox IB-360 External Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ TrustedReviews
"The Icybox IB-360 is part of a growing family of external storage solutions that take advantage of USB 2.0’s fast 480Mbps bandwidth. And for anyone who has an old hard disk hanging around from a previous upgrade and regularly needs to move large chunks of data around from PC to PC, or wants extra disk space but doesn’t have any space left inside their machine, or needs some means of backing up their entire system, this is a relatively inexpensive way of doing it."

More information on this review can be found here.

ZyXEL ZyWALL 5/ZyWALL Turbo Card Review

"The ZyWALL 5 is a solid little steel box which comes equipped with a 266MHz Intel IXP422 network processor and 32MB of SDRAM memory. Four switched Fast Ethernet ports are provided for LAN connections and the single Ethernet WAN port can be used to connect to an existing gateway or an ADSL or cable modem with an Ethernet interface. Any of the LAN ports can be designated for DMZ duties if required."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chromatic Windmill Fan Controller Review @ Madshrimps
"Chromatic Windmill controls 7 fans NOT 4, and 3 temperature monitors. Just in time for those proud owners with more than 4 fans in their highly modded cases; Choice of Silver and Black cased in aluminum with colorful readouts. Let's find out how it looks and performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
SunBeam Trio Case Review @ Bjorn3D
"Can you remember the days when the typical computer case was grey or beige? I’m not sure who decided to use those colours but you couldn’t call computer cases good looking or cool. Those days are now long gone and these days we expect our to be able to keep our cases out in the open without being ashamed of the look. SunBeam sent over a new case from them, the SunBeam Trio, which both has a low cost but also look pretty cool."

More information on this review can be found here.
LTB ProAmp 5.1 Headphone Amplifier & True 5.1 Headphones Review @ Think Computers
"Listen to Believe; interesting name for a company, rather catchy actually, kind of makes you want to buy their product just to see if they are that good. With a name like Listen to Believe, you expect their products to be just awesome. Today I have for review something that I thought was pretty cool to be reviewing, I myself like good quality sound from all my audio equipment, and since my computer is such a large part of my life I feel that I need great quality from that as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
The "K'nex-ITX" Project @ Mini-ITX
"I needed an interesting case for an embedded Linux/Wireless control computer that will be installed in a Science Museum running some mechanical Art. I looked all around the house for something "interesting" to use for a case, but I couldn't find anything the right size, so I decided to see if I could make a small case out of K'nex. I started with an EPIA 5000 MINI-ITX sized motherboard and a Belkin Wireless Access Point."

More information on this review can be found here.
Emko 141 Fanless Case Review @ Epiacenter
"If you want to create a computer that runs silently, doesn’t require a permanent CD-ROM drive and will not be fiddled about with internally once setup. Then this is definitely the case for you. I looked forward to this review and although it is only for a case it does answer a lot of questions. For example, how does a "fanless" case cope with heat."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, October 8, 2005
Centon Advanced A2X1GS3200LLE PC3200 2GB Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"Centon gives their Advanced line a new face and joins the 2GB battle. The price point of the memory is supposed to be in the affordable range, but the overclocking results didn't look very promising."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix PC4000 DDR RAM Review @ PCstats
"Trying to find the "right" memory for one's PC is a difficult task, what with all the different brands and speeds to choose from for both Intel and AMD platforms. On the test block today is a 1GB set of dual channel DDR from Crucial. Sold under the Crucial Ballistix name, this pair of 512MB PC4000 DDR modules have been well received by the enthusiast community. The 184 pin (unbuffered, non ECC) DDR DIMMs are dual channel compatible and have a default rated speed of 250 MHz, or PC4000. Default timings are very conservative at 3-4-4-8. To reach an overclocked speed of 250 MHz, the memory is rated for use with voltages as high as 2.8V."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn 6150K8MA-8EKRS Mainboard Review @ Hexus
"The Foxconn C51GK8MA, priced at around £65 in the retail channel, offers the ideal combination of GeForce 6150 IGP and nForce4 430 southbridge in a microATX-sized form-factor. Board layout and BIOS options were both surprisingly good, and the latter was a real bonus for a form-factor that usually is bereft of any tweaking ability whatsoever."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 Socket M2 Upgradable Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"The ASRock 939Dual-SATA 2 motherboard we're testing here is a socket 939 AMD Athlon64 solution which incorporates a special slot for a daughter card that will in the near future support the upcoming Socket M2 AMD Athlon64 processor and its allotment of DDR-2 memory. Both the Socket M2 AMD processor and the necessary ASRock daughter card are not currently available, but the CPU is expected in Q2 of 2006 so the ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 is certainly forward-looking. ASRock takes the worry out of things with its new 939Dual-SATA2 motherboard. The motherboard boasts the ULi M1695 Northbridge (1 GHz 16/16 HTT connection to the CPU) and ULi M1567 Southbridge which support any current Socket 939 AMD Athlon64/FX/X2 processor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Jackson Armor Card Review @ Hi-Techreviews


"Things have changed over the course of the last five years when it comes to using the Internet. what used to be a pretty un-eventful experience has now turned in a game of Russian Roulette whereby you don't really know what you are going to bring home to your computer every time you turn it on. It’is not bad enough that there are people out there writing scripts and viruses in an attempt to either gain entry to your system or destroy your data but now you have to be on guard for people trying to misdirect you to damaging URLs via phony emails. All of these nasty payloads have one thing in common, the ability to leave you without a computer no matter how good your spy ware or anti-virus software is. That was until the arrival of the Jackson Armor Card, we are going to tell you more about this handy-dandy little product and by the time we're done you may want to go out and buy one."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Theta Fan Controller Review @ LAN Addict


"The Theta isn’t the greatest fan controller on the market, but it does what it set out to do and it does it quite well despite some misgivings with the software. It gives you all the fan and light controllers of a hardware unit with a software interface. I’d like to see a version with some longer thermal leads and fan power extenders, along with a hybrid PCI-E x1 and PCI mounting, a sound activation sensor to make your case lights blink with the beat of the music, and a little better software interface."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic Review @ CaseModGod


"The Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic harnesses the full power of the Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio processor to upgrade any existing library of MP3 files to the Xtreme Fidelity audio standard. With the X-Fi 24-bit Crystallizer™, MP3 music and movies are converted to Xtreme Fidelity, making them sound even better than they do on their original CD or DVD recording."

More information on this review can be found here.
Epower Technology Silent Engine Tiger 550W Power Supply Review @ XYZ Computing


"This review is going to be taking a look at Epower's Silent Engine Tiger 550W power supply unit. This product has all the buzzwords that consumers are looking for in a PSU right now, like SLI, modular, SATA and so on, so it is worth a look. We'll see if it could ever be a threat to PSU powerhouse's like Antec and Enermax. If you are looking for a solid power supply without having to pay a lot for the name, this could be a great choice."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax ALL In One PCI Express x2 535W PSU Review @ Extensive Mods
"Today’s world is becoming more Hi-Tech everyday. Each and every month, it seems that our computer parts have become even more outdated, yet again. With the development of dual core processors, PCI-E and SLI, Crossfire, faster hard drives, better cooling and the ever popular extreme overclocking, larger and more powerful power supplies are needed to supply the juice needed for these baby's to run. With generic 300 and 400 watt piece of crap PSU's coming in almost every single pre-modded case these days, people have just forgotten about purchasing quality units all together. This is not to say that manufacturers are not keeping up with the need for these power supplies. It is a struggle to keep on top of the ever evolving PSU market, but companies always seem to want to stay one step ahead of their competitors. This gives the consumer a larger selection of quality power supplies at fairly affordable prices. One such company is CoolerGiant, a subsidiary of Enermax."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Phantom 350W Review @ Nordic Hardware
"Silence is a conception which is a not all too known phenomena in computer contexts. There is a computer buzzing in almost every home now, and the buzz comes mainly from the fans. The manufacturers of fans has had a "happy hour" since the computer became a product which everyone could afford."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolmax CXI-Series Power Supply Review @ DreamWare Computers


"In the past we have looked at a wide range of power supplies from our friends at Coolmax USA. All have proven to be quality, well built power supplies with excellent test results and a decent line of features. Today we are looking at one of the latest offerings from them, the SLI capable 500W CXI."

More information on this review can be found here.
More Power Do We Really Need It? @ Think Computers
"If you take a look around, there is a growing trend in the Power Supply industry. Bigger, more powerful power supplies are being introduced all the time. Is there really a need for them? I guess in the hardcore enthusiast segment there is, but how many hardcore enthusiasts are there out there? I can guess that most of the computers out there today are pre-built systems from the big computer companies, like Dell and Hp to name the biggest. There are many others out there that are trying to get their part of the pie."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire KestrelKing CPU Cooler Review @ DreamWare Computers
"Today we are going to be looking at a relatively inexpensive cooler from Spire called the KestrelKing and it's for the AMD K8 platform of processors. This cooler has some fancy looks to it for the price, but will it hold it's own in terms of cooling our CPU well for being an aluminum heatsink?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Lexcool XC-801 HSF Cooler Review @ Overclockers Online
"The biggest drawback from the Lexcool XC-801 is the mounting issues that I ran into but I have a very simple solution to alleviate the pressure on the motherboard and to make mounting a lot easier. The fan does turn rather fast and is quite loud at this speed and a fan controller would really add to the value of this cooler. The cooling abilities of the XC-801 speak for themselves on the previous page and I was quite impressed with the results."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalTake Big Typhoon CPU Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"I know I’m not going to make any friends with this review, but I think everything I have said has been the truth. I still think Thermaltake can make some very high quality hardware, but the Big Typhoon seems like a rushed marketing job."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Mod Mania Column @ ExtremeTech
"This little scenario is happening all over the world. The art of computer modding has spread. Once mysterious and arcane, it's not mainstream nor does it want to be mainstream. Modders created the first windows in personal computers—now a lot of PCs come with windows. Modders took lighting from car auto shops and lined their cases with them—now there are lights designed precisely for computers. Modders devised massive fans, liquid cooling, stunning paint jobs, and all kinds of other stuff that today sits on the shelves of Internet superstores dedicated specifically to modding. This column isn't the first regular column covering the subject. Hopefully, however, it will be among the best."

This column is being written by Joel Durham Jr who is the author of PC Modding for Dummies. More information on this review can be found here.
Xion II Steel ATX Mid Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"There is plenty of room inside the Xion II for what ever you might decide you need to install and where to hide the cables at. The two 120mm fans and the 80mm fan really pulls a lot of air across the PC at a noise level that will not make you insane. Plus the 450 watt power supply that comes with it seems up to the job to keeping your power hungry components happy. After a day of monitoring the power consumption the +12V averaged in at 12.6V, the +5V was running at 4.95V, and the 3.3V was at 3.312V."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Swing Mid-Tower Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This is clearly a budget case; however, it has lots of great features. It comes with one 120mm fan & an optional 120mm fan can be installed at the front. Installing this optional fan is strongly recommended for optimal air flow inside the case. It also comes with lots of drive bays & has a tool-less design for the drive bays & expansion slots. Additionally, it has an easy to access Firewire port, 2 USB ports, mic & headphone jack."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Friday, October 7, 2005
Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook P1510 Review @ TrustedReviews
"Don’t expect it to be able to compete with bigger laptops in terms of raw performance as the ultra-low voltage Pentium M 753 processor is only clocked at 1.2GHz. It has 2MB of cache and operates at a 400MHz bus. The chipset is the Intel 915GMS, which is a 400MHz bus version of the 915GM and only supports single channel DDR2 memory."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS CT-479 Pentium M Adapter Review @ techPowerUp
"We are taking a look at the ASUS CT-479 Adapter which allows you to use an Intel Mobile Processor in your desktop. This Socket 478 to Socket 479 converter is considerably less expensive than the native Socket 479 boards. With this adapter you can turn that old ASUS 865P/875P mobo into a serious gaming machine. The OCZ DDR Booster is reviewed along with the ASUS CT-479 Adapter."

More information on this review can be found here.
State Of Information Security @ The TechZone
"One might think that years after such a devastating loss of lives, property and information there would be dramatic differences and improvements in the way businesses strive to protect their employees, assets, and data. However, changes have been more gradual than many had expected. "Some organizations that should have received a wakeup call seemed to have ignored the message," says one information security professional who prefers to remain anonymous. A look at some of the trends that have been developing over the years since September 11th reveals signs of change for the better--although the need for more information security advancement is abundantly clear."

More information on this article can be found here.
Microsoft Ergonomic 4000 Keyboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"I wanted a natural, ergonomic, black and WIRED keyboard to replace my ageing Microsoft Natural Pro Keyboard that I've had for years! Ya know, you just get sick of looking at the same old thing? Well the wait is finally over! Microsoft is one of the big players in the keyboard and mouse arena and very seldom do they put out a sub-par product. At least as far as quality and function are concerned. Let's take a closer look at this beauty (yes, it's a beauty and I'm writing this review on it right now)."

More information on this review can be found here.
GigaPod III USB External Hard dDrive Enclosure Review @ MarnsCDA
"We have looked at a few other Spire products in the past and were always satisfied with the overall quality and performance. Spire has made a great enclosure this time we are very impressed with almost every facet of the GigaPod. This product will fit nice with anyone that needs a drive bay or a backup device."

More information on this review can be found here.
Imation Disk Stakka Review @ XYZ Computing
"Enter Imation. Their shockingly lightweight Disc Stakka, which stylistically resembles something like a restaurant booster chair for toddlers, is designed to rid me and the rest of the world of our optical backup woes. Despite Playskool styling, the Disc Stakka seems to bring a lot to the table. In brief, the Disc Stakka is a combination jukebox, Lazy Susan, and databased storage-solution. Its internal (and inaccessible) carousel holds 100 five-inch optical discs (sorry, no mini-CDs for you). The slot-loading mechanism up front is merely a loading bay; there is no drive or optics present in this device whatsoever."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Cordless Desktop S510 with Media Remote Review @ Think Computers
Logitech, I'm pretty sure, unless you have been under a rock, you know the name, and chances are very good that you own or have owned one of their products at one time or another. When I hear the name Logitech I think of quality mice and keyboards, but they make other things as well, with the ever increasing popularity of Home Theater PCs comes a need or demand for quality input devices, preferably cordless, to go with those HTPCs. You need input devices that won't stick out in the living room or the den where your HTPC is located, but since you put a lot of time and effort into your HTPC, then why just throw any old cheapie keyboard and mouse with it? Well you don't have to, as Logitech has come up with a few solutions for this, today I will be taking a look at two of them, the Cordless Desktop S510 with Media Remote."

More information on this review can be found here.
Home Theater Q&A @ eCoustics
Nine common home theater questions are answered. Questions include: Do I need to match impedances? Can I use in-ceiling surround speakers? Do you need a subwoofer? Does cable length matter? Which HDTV is best?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Copper Lite Socket A Cooler Review @ Techgage
"Still use Socket A and are in need of replacement cooling? It's time to test out Arctic Cooling's Copper Lite, which will hopefully cut down on our overall load temps. It also promises much quieter cooling than stock coolers, so let's jump to it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 5 (Rev. 3) 7800 GTX GPU Cooler Review @ 3DXtreme
"Today 3DXtreme is taking a look at the newly released Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 5 revision 3 designed specifically for the NVIDIA 7800 GTX series of video cards. Arctic-Cooling has been producing some of the best after market coolers for GPUs replacing noisy, inefficient stock cooling with a unit that outperforms while producing very little noise volume. The NVIDIA 7800 GTX already includes a stock cooler that is silent, so why the need for Arctic Cooling to step up and release this modified version of the already successful NV Silencer 5? The 7800 GTX’s cooler may be quiet it’s also not all that effective as the load temperatures can slowly climb towards 80 degrees Celsius. And while this is a safe temperature according to NVIDIA’s specifications allowing your $500 video card to see temperatures this high is something even the average enthusiast would cringe at."

More information on this review can be found here.
asetek VapoChill Micro Review @ Viperlair
"The performance is the real story, as the asetek VapoChill Micro excelled in our testing, specifically when used with their Extreme Performance fan. Yes, it is noisy, but if you want to sacrifice a bit of cooling, by all means go for the Low Noise setup."

More information on this review can be found here.
MCT-5 Fluid revisited: After the Spill @ Madshrimps
"Today we revisit MCT-5 in particular and it's effectiveness in a real world environment. Be forewarned, what your about to see isn't pretty and may have long term traumatic effects on those whom love their graphic cards. Remove the children from the room, put on your Goulashes and pour yourself a strong one."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle XPC SD31P SFF System Review @ Xtreme Resources
"After the release of new CPUs and technologies, every company had to evolve their products and refresh their line-up. Shuttle was no exception too, although perhaps they had the hardest of time making the move, since they had to fit every new technology (ranging from Dual Core CPU support to SATA-II support) into a tiny box. So the masterful engineers of Shuttle designed the SD31P; an XPC claiming to be a pocket-size supercomputer, versatile and powerful enough to fit any house and office. Since Shuttle was nice enough to provide us with a review sample of the SD31P, we can see up close what this baby can do."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Sonata II ATX Case Review @ Madshrimps
"AMD or Intel; ATI or Nvidia; Water Cool or Air Cool; Huge heatsink or Normal size; it does not matter here; we are talking about a new Sonata II ATX case from Antec. Unless, you are one of those fanatics who doesn´t need a case at all. Armed with 1x120 mm fan and room for one more it comes with unique fan duct. Can Sonata II be a quiet case?"

More information on this review can be found here.
MGE XG Ninja 2 Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"If you're looking for a case that has some bling but doesn't cost a lot of bucks, follow along with me as I take a look at the new Ninja 2 chassis from XG. A subsidiary of the well-established MGE Company, XG markets higher-end cases and power supplies to the gaming community. The Ninja 2 chassis is XG's entry-level case, selling in the $50-60 range and comes with a 400W PSU. Lets have a look."

More information on this review can be found here.
RaidMax Ninja 918 ATX Gaming Case Review @ BigBruin
"Once again RaidMax has offered up a solid performing case with an excellent fit and finish. The power supply and AGP/PCI expansion card locking system are both improved over previous models and the Ninja 918 has a stylish look that will attract attention without being over done."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aliens vs Predator Case Engraving @ Bit-Tech
"The left side panel is the central focus of most cases. It has the perspex window, so it was clear that I needed some strong Alien vs Predator theming on this panel. Luckily, I found the right artwork to give me the 'Alien' and 'Predator' text in the correct font, and there was room to engrave a small Alien head and a small Predator head in opposite corners of the panel."

More information on this project can be found here.
Thursday, October 6, 2005
OCZ Rally 2GB Flash Memory Drive Review @ 3DXtreme
"Our Sandra bench scores confirm the HDTach results, along with that it also shows the write speed which also blows the Kingston drive out of the water. OCZ claims up to 23MB/s read and up to 17MB/s write for this 2GB unit and by the looks of the results certainly meets those numbers. The 512MB and 1GB modules are listed with even faster read/write speeds as they are smaller modules."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Rally 1GB USB Stick Review @ techPowerUp
"OCZ is well known for their excellent enthusiast memory. Now they have entered the USB memory stick market with a bang. Their Rally USB sticks use dual-channel technology to deliver the fastest transfer speeds available. Not only are the sticks fast, they also come in a robust aluminum case."

More information on this review can be found here.
yellowTAB ZETA OS Version 1.0 Review @ XYZ Computing
"When looking for an alternative to Windows most people think of either Apple's OS X or Linux. Of course, these are both viable alternatives but there are not the only options. One way to go is with yellowTAB's ZETA operating system. Though it is not yet very popular, ZETA is the successor to BeOS, the highly regarded OS from Be Incorporated. This is a very interesting and beautiful operating system which may not presently be a threat to Linux but it does have more than a few things going for it."

I've never heard of this OS before but it does look very user friendly. More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Flash Media: 40X CF & 60X SD Review @ Overclockers Online
"Corsair has certainly done an excellent job in entering the Flash Memory market by offering an abundance of choice. Both products live up to their expectations and even exceed them. The 40X CF certainly impressed me with the full 1006 MB capacity, a rare find in most storage products, but it does come at a cost slightly more than your typical 40X card. What you do end up buying is a brand many enthusiasts trust. The 60X SD is priced slightly higher than some other brands, but still well below the brand names like Lexar or SanDisk. You could even get a 1 GB 133X SD and a free 128 MB Flash Voyager for less than the cost of comparable Lexar and SanDisk products!"

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor X800GT EVO with Factory Watercooling @ Tweaktown
"Our second review today is of PowerColor's brand new Radeon X800GT EVO graphics card which comes with factory out-of-the-box watercooling. The watercooling unit is actually the ThermalTake Tide Water cooling solution and its clear PowerColor is making moves to get into the hearts of enthusiasts but have they succeeded? Read on for our thoughts on the new graphics card."

More information on this review can be found here.

Enermax EG565P-VE FMA 535-watt PSU Review

"Mike is back in the action with a review of a new power supply unit from the folks at Enermax. We're looking at the EG565P-VE FMA PSU which offers quality 535-watt sustained power output at a price which won't make your wallet go into hiding. Read on as we take a close look at the power supply and examine the power rails as we put the unit under load. If you're building an enthusiast system, this PSU might just be what the doctor ordered."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-In-Wonder X800XL 256MB PCIE Video Card Review @ 3DGameman
"This product is absolutely loaded with features. It's based on the R430 chip with 16 pixel pipelines for excellent performance, even in the most graphically demanding games. This card doesn't stop there! It has many Audio/Video inputs/outputs, TV & FM tuner, a remote control & more."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon X550 Video Card Review @ The TechZone
"The new Sapphire Radeon X550 represents an affordable graphics upgrade for the gamer who wants performance at a price that won't break the bank. The new video card operates with a standard core clock speed of 400MHz and memory speeds of 500MHz. The X550 also feature both 64-bit and 128-bit Memory Interface which provides significant performance advantages over competitor’s 32/64-bit solutions. Several models will be available offering a choice of memory configurations with 128 or 256MB of memory, including versions with enhanced memory specifications suitable for overclocking and with a choice of conventional fan or fully passive cooling, like our review sample."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron Mars PX915SLI Intel 915PL SLI Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"Albatron is one of the more innovative motherboard manufacturers, and its team of engineers has actually figured out a way of running SLI on the budget Intel 915PL chipset! Albatron's method does not split the PCI Express bus evenly between videocards like a true SLI chipset does, but it's close enough and it works! We will get into how the 915PL is turned into an SLI chipset in just a moment. Since the Albatron PX915SLI is based on the Intel 915PL chipset, the motherboard only supports Socket 775 Pentium 4 processors that run on a 533/800 MHz FSB."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman 7000B-Cu LED CPU Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Zalman is known for it's extremely high quality, copper fin perfection, and ultra low-noise coolers. They make awide range of very unique products. If you've been around a bit, you can spot a Zalman product about 4 blocks away. Today I have for review one of the newer CPU coolers named the Zalman 7000B-Cu LED. It's a twin to the 7000B-Cu, only adding the LED fan to this model. Do not confuse the "Cu" models with the "AlCu" models. "Cu" = All copper construction . "AlCu" = Aluminum/Copper contruction."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Aquabay M2 5.25" Bay Reservoir Review @ PimpRig
"As you can plainly see, even though the bezel is 1U configuration, (1U = 1-5.25" bay) the fan means you'll need at least two free bays. And if it is going to work well, you'll need clear space both above and below the radiator for sufficient air movement and above average case ventilation. So in reality, the M2 Radiator will need 3 or even 4 clear drive bays to function. A shallow bay device such as many of those in the Hardcano line, which only extend a short distance inward past the front bezel, would not present a problem mounted directly above the M2 AquaBay."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech H20-APEX "Extreme Duty" Kit Review @ Viperlair
"With the amount of kits for watercooling your PC that are out on the market today it's hard to decide what would be best for you, throw in all of the different types and sizes of cases that are available and choosing a kit could be a real nightmare. Swiftech has done all of the leg work with the Apex-H2O kit and have made a damn near universal water cooling kit that requires very little if any "handyman" work to install."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone SST-TJ05B-X Case Review @ Hardware-Review
"The PC enclosure market has been engulfed by poorly-designed plastic, acrylic, and steel-chassis systems, but Silverstone has chosen to follow their own path when they designed the Temjin series and especially the TJ05. This case is an extended ATX case that’s roomy enough for a mini server or serious multimedia workstation. Let’s see how it performs on our test bench today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Sonata 2 Case Review @ Think Computers
"Antec, a name that pretty much anyone who is into computers knows. They make various products from top quality computer cases to lights and cables. The name Antec is pretty much synonymous with top quality, high end computer enclosures. When you purchase an Antec product you know you are getting something that is quality made with care and pride. Today I have the Sonata II for review, another fine quality product from Antec that claims to be designed to be completely quiet."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax CA3030 Pandora Case Review @ OCIA
"Sandwiched between the grill in the bezel and the front of the case is this nifty push-to-open filter slot. The panel slides out to reveal a washable, reusable foam filter that would hopefully prevent a little less dust from getting sucked inside the case. Unfortunately, no such preventative measure exists on the other two openings in the side panel."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Wacom Graphire 4x5 Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"I never though I would have a great deal of need for a pen and tablet until I tried to sign my name to a document with a mouse. Or perhaps you want to do a bit photo editing and the mouse is just not cutting it, this is a perfect place to use the Graphire 4x5. With massive software bundle provided with the tablet you will be editing photos, or creating greeting cards in a matter of minutes and this way you can ad your own personal touch to each one. So come on along as we check it out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Steelsound 5H Headset Review @ ASE Labs
"The headphones in this package are more like the kind designed for studio/DJ work and more "serious" listening. They are not just a pair of $10, throw-away headphones. These have a much more accurate sound output, and wrap around your head, creating a near sound-proof barrier between your ear and outside background noise. Since these are headphones for gamers, a couple of special features have also been added with their needs in mind."

More information on this review can be found here.
GameTrak Hardware Review @ Hardware Hell
"Over the years gaming has been made accessible through a number of successful peripherals like joy pads, steering wheels, flight sticks and less successful ones like virtual reality goggles and gloves that control movement. In this big sea of gaming accessories, it’s difficult to be innovative, but In2Games has done just that. They have concocted a device that lets you control movement in the game by moving your hands. Now you’re probably thinking that this is nothing new, but the way In2Games has implemented this concept is not like anything you’ve seen before."

More information on this review can be found here.
TVisto Multimedia HDD Enclosure Review @ I4U
"One use is to store all your favorite DVDs on the TVisto hard-drive in ISO format. The DVD movies can be watched in the same quality and with all features from the TVisto. On a 500GB hard-drive you could store about 80 full length DVD movies. The TVisto plays back video with up to 1920x1080i resolution, so you can use it with your HDTV and loose no quality here as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Creative X-Fi Sound Card Review @ AMD Review
"Creative has always offered a lot of features with their sound cards and now that list has gotten even longer with their new series of X-Fi sound cards. But before now, trying to figure out those controls was very confusing and not very user friendly. Switching between applications, like movies and games and managing your sound card speaker output between the two applications was very fustrating, and I have felt this way from the first Creative sound card I ever owned and up to the last Creative Platinum Augidy 2. It sometimes felt like I needed a degree in musicology to figure out some of those controls and continually keep sound coming from all 5.1 speakers. Now, after reviewing this new X-Fi sound card, I feel I can finally put this fear of Creatives controls behind me."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus GeForce 6800GT 256MB PCI-E Video Card Review @ A1-Electronics
"We know a great many people are tempted to buy the cheaper versions of graphics cards but to us that is a false economy in the long run. Us like you look for value for money and seek to buy items that will have a long life. Buying a cheaper less powerful graphics card instantly gives you a poorer frame."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte Radeon X800XL 512MB PCIe Review @ HardwareZoom
Gigabyte GV-RX80L512V, powered by Radeon X800XL CPU, boosted with 512MB of GDDR3 memory running at 256-bit. Featuring 16 pixel pipelines like the top-of-the-end X800XT, the X800XL is a more affordable alternative. If you want to play games at high resolution and FSAA without burning a big hole in your pocket, the Gigabyte Radeon X800XL will be good enough to deliver smooth and low-noise games play."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek PX7800 TDH MyVIVO Extreme Review @ hardCOREware
"NVIDIA captured our attention with their launch of "G70" an evolutionary, if not revolutionary graphics core. The top end model was the 7800 GTX, and unlike what we've seen from their Canadian counterparts, NVIDIA had the products on store shelves the very same day they were launched. Fast-forward to now: Manufacturers have had some time to play around with their designs, and we're starting to see some interesting products. Today we're reviewing teh 7800GTX Extreme from Leadtek. They used a Quadro heatsink, and gave it a nice overclock."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X800GT Head to Head HIS vs. PowerColor @ Tweaktown
"In August we saw the introduction of ATI's Radeon X800GT which finally gave some competition to nVidia against their mighty mid-range GeForce 6600GT. Maybe the X800GT was a stop gap for ATI until their next-generation of cards is released but nevertheless the VPU is penetrating the market and we've got two new cards in the labs from HIS and PowerColor. Read on as we take a look at both graphics cards and work out which is best in this head to head battle!"

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E SLI Videocards Review @ PCstats


"MSI videocards are traditionally some of the best on the market, largely because the company bundles the most value into its products by including lots and lots of extras. The MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E PCI Express videocards we'll be testing in this review, in single and SLI mode, each come with a full version of the highly popular "The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay" video game."

More information on this review can be found here.
CrossFire: The Biggest Vaporware of the Year? @ Hardware Secrets
"Well, these are the facts. And how about CrossFire? When will it arrive? Nobody knows for sure. Kyle says November. If is that so, ATI will be one year delayed to the party. With nVidia having 90% of AMD discrete motherboard market share, ATI will face a really hard time to stand up and gain market share after being burned that way. Frankly, for me ATI today is like a flying saucer: there are people that say that have seen one, but at the end it is a matter of believing it or not. My badge reads “skeptic”. I only believe on CrossFire after it really arrives at the stores."

More information on this article can be found here.
BrightSide DR37-P Extreme Dynamic Range Display Review @ The TechZone
"The DR37-P takes display technology to a new level. This is the world's highest dynamic range display. How high? Try contrast ratio of infinity! Well, it's officially listed at 200,000 to 1 but it's really infinite. I have seen this display in action and words (and following pictures) can not describe how amazing it is. The DR37-P is a 37" display that offers 10 times the brightness of a standard LCDs and delivers over 100 times the contrast range plus provide much more vivid color. The display provides peak luminance in excess of 3,000 candela/m2, a contrast ratio in excess of 200,000:1 and it is the first display capable of accurately displaying 16 bit per color."

More information on this review can be found here.
SinTek 500 SLI 500W Power Supply Review @ BigBruin
"SinTek has a real quality unit on their hands here. The 500 Watt power supply has many great features such as the adjustable voltage rails, a 120mm adjustable fan, a digital temperature readout, and modular cabling. Having all of the cables pre-wrapped and modular makes installation a clean and easy task. All of this is wrapped together with a five year warranty."

More information on this review can be found here.
EZ Power Supply Tester 2 @ Extensive Mods
"The EZ Power Supply Tester 2 is a handy little. The unit is a great item to have in the toolbox because it quickly tests your PSU to make sure it is in good working order. The aluminum housing, and easy to follow instructions, along with the bright green leds make this product a winner. Other PSU testers on the market limit your testing abilities to the 20/24 pin ATX connector ONLY! With a price of around $15US I would highly recommend the EZ Power Supply Tester 2 to any computer system builder."

More information on this review can be found here.
Weldbond Feature @ Think Computers
"It is my opinion that our community, the computer modding community, should know about this product and what it can do. I have used Weldbond on all my mods in one way or another, as an adhesive, as a coloring, as a special effect. I belong to many forums and when I mentioned that I used Weldbond in my worklogs, I was very surprised to see that 99% of people have never heard of it, and I would like to think that I have introduced a few people to its availability as an excellent adhesive for use in modding and other computer building."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire DarkSide ATX-AS600W-BL 600W Power Supply Review @ PimpRig
"The following pictures show the nice black finish (brushed aluminum) and the 2 80mm and single 120mm fans that are included. The fan grill for the 120mm fan looks very similar to the one on the Ultra X-Connect power supplies and I won't complain because I personally like the design, although airflow appears to be restricted somewhat."

More information on this review can be found here.

Enermax MaximumPlus 660W SLi PSU Review

"Independent 12V rails supply to MB/CPU and drives in order to provide stable and clean current to noise-sensitive devices, such as: CPU, add-on cards.Meet UL 240VA safety requirements. It also separate the motherboard rails and video card rails to ensure maximum power to your PCI Express video card."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Robela Watercase Review @ Techgage
"Titan likes to be unique, and it's very apparent in their product line-up. We are going to take a look at their Robela case, that's far from being ordinary. Packed inside is a full fledged water cooling set-up, but also includes many of the features you look for in a regular case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Aquagate Mini Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Aquagate Mini from Cooler Master is an entry-level water cooling system, targeted to users that want a high-end cooling solution but don’t want to go thru the hassle of building their own water cooling system. Aquagate Mini comes with all its parts (radiator, pump, block, reservoir and cooling liquid) already assembled and all you have to do is install it on your CPU and attach its radiator to your case to have a fully operational water cooling system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek Vapochill Micro Review @ OcPrices
"Asetek is a company now famed for its extreme cooling solutions, thanks to the superb Vapochill line of phase change coolers, and the equally well-known Waterchill series. The product we are looking at today however is a more conventional heat sink and fan solution, though there is more than enough high tech goodness for Asetek to distinguish itself amidst the crowded CPU cooler market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, October 4, 2005
HIS Radeon X800GT IceQ Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"The HIS X800GT that we've had in the shop performed well for a mid-range contender. While it's performance wasn't outstanding, it brought in playable frame rates and decent image quality, just like the 6600GT's that we've seen. However, with ATi's Crossfire technology not quite out in the open yet and nVidia's SLI already close to a year old, you won't be running a dual card setup with the X800GT just yet."

More information on this review can be found here.
Rouchon Industries, dba Swiftech™, Enters German Market Through Multi-Billion Dollar Wholesaler Actebis®
Monday October 3, 9:00 am ET

SIGNAL HILL, CA--(MARKET WIRE)—Oct 3, 2005 -- Rouchon Industries Inc., dba Swiftech(TM) (Other OTC:RCHN.PK - News), the technology leader in advanced thermal management systems, has begun their penetration into the German Market through their European Master Distributor Bacata who secured distribution agreements with Germany’s leading wholesalers: ACTEBIS and XCPD.

"Our ability to enter the German marketplace is another key to Swiftech’s continued growth. The recent partnership with Scan Computers allowed us to establish a strong foothold into the U.K. market. Now, thanks to Bacata’s aggressive PR and marketing campaign for Swiftech products in Germany, we are starting to land agreements with the Global European players such as the Actebis group. This strategy will allow us to build a strong and durable network of resellers throughout Germany, leading to a dramatic increase in revenues originating from the European market”, said Mr. Gabriel Rouchon, Chairman and CTA of Swiftech. Mr. Rouchon goes on to state, “The German market is by far the most sought after market but their scrutiny of products in thermal management is far greater than anywhere else in Europe. Recent “Editors Choice” awarded to Swiftech products by German review sites, similar to the ones we continuously receive in the U.S. and elsewhere, show that our products are being recognized and accepted by the German technical audience. This penetration into the German market has the potential to double our export revenues over the next 12 months with an 80% increase very reachable in the next 6 months alone."

More information on this press release can be found here.
TerraTec Cinergy Hybrid USB XS DVB-T/Analog TV Tuner Review @ Hexus
"There's a surprising amount of connectivity coming from the tuner, thanks to the provided cabling. The aerial, while a good design, is of little use in areas where the signal isn't strong. The USB cable, which isn't something usually worth writing home about, does allow you to plug in the tuner without risking catching it on anything and snapping the connector off - helping to protect that £130 investment."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Radeon X800GT IceQ II Turbo Review @ Viperlair
"From a performance standpoint, game experiences were consistently higher than a 6600GT, although in some games it was a close call. Doom 3 was happy to run at 1280x1024 although this was without any AntiAliasing or Anisotropic filtering."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS ICEQII Radeon X800GT Turbo PCI Express Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"So who is this videocard targeted for? It is getting harder and harder to say really. Seems that ATI is going to try to stick as many two letter version releases at the end of the X800 line before it is rendered obsolete in the upcoming months. If you were thinking because of the GT tag that this card is an enthusiast card, you will quickly that it is indeed a low to mid-range mainstream card."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Explains Their Warranty Reduction @ Legit Reviews
"ATI silently lowered its warranty from three years down to a single year on the majority of their desktop graphics cards, which has created some upset and confused consumers. The warranty change was found by consumers who visited the Warranty Service and Repair page on ATI's website. Cutting warranties is nothing new as many will recall."

More information on this article can be found here.
World's First Extreme Dynamic Range Display @ Bit-Tech
"The picture is analysed 60 times per second and the brightness value for every LED in the array is dynamically adjusted from zero light (0 cd/m²) right up to 4,000 cd/m², and everything in between. BrightSide call this technology Individually Modulated LED, or IMLED. This is the foundation of BrightSide's core Intellectual Property. A full 8-bits of the display are dedicated to this luminance channel which, when combined with the 8-bits of information going to the LCD panel, gives a display capable of receiving and displaying 16-bits per colour channel."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Logisys Wireless Remote MultiFunction Panel Review @ techPowerUp!


"Functional panels for our computers have been around for a while now, but Logisys took the standard functional panel with USB, Firewire, fan controller, and temp monitors and tricked it out one more. They created "The first remote panel in the world designed for media PC and for enhancement of all computers". The Logisys FP800BK includes almost everything you could want in a front panel device, plus you can turn your PC on and off with its handy remote!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Actiontec Wireless G Router and Network Cards Review @ TheTechLounge
"The wireless market has expanded far and wide from the days of old 802.11b. Now, not only do we have 802.11g products, but many vendors have used proprietary technology to boost those speeds far above the basic 802.11g. Unfortunately, this throws the interoperability idea of a standard out the window. For those individuals that purchased laptops or other items which work with the “g” standard, proprietary transmission protocols are worthless. Why spend money on technology you really don’t need or can’t even use?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Step-by-Step Guide to Making and Promoting Your Own Podcast @ The TechZone


"Think of it like an audio blog; a podcast is a recorded program similar to radio (sans commercials, of course) made available via MP3 files on websites or RSS feeds. But unlike radio, users can download these programs onto an Apple iPod or any other MP3 device and listen at their own convenience. Also unlike radio, there are no FCC standards to regulate the content; a podcast can say anything about any topic at any time. It's revolutionary, really."

More information on this review can be found here.
SMC Wireless Hotspot Gateway Review @ TrustedReviews
"The access point (AP) comes with five switched Fast Ethernet ports and no less than four of them can be used to provide simultaneous Internet access. You can add four ADSL or cable modems, enter their respective ISP login details and the AP will perform load balancing across all WAN ports in use. If any fail then all traffic will be switched to the active WAN links. Standard hacker protection is provided by NAT and an SPI firewall to which you can add custom packet filtering rules and apply them to specific ports. You can also stop wireless traffic from being passed to the LAN ports allowing you to isolate wireless users and restrict them to accessing only the WAN port."

More information on this review can be found here.
Augustus' Ultimate Linux Workstation Part II @ LinuxHardware
"If you've read part one of Augustus' Ultimate Linux Workstation, then you already know what my goals and thoughts were surrounding this system. If you haven't read that part yet, I'd suggest that you do that first. It will make what follows make a little more sense. In this part of my look at building what I would consider the ultimate Linux workstation, I will take you through some of the special construction that had to be done to accommodate some of the special hardware I selected. Although I will be commenting on what was done, much of this article will be a pictorial. In my final article about this system I will show some final pictures of the rig and produce some benchmarks from this system as well as my budget system that I outlined in the last article. The following is not a log of every aspect of construction, just the more interesting parts."

More information on this article can be found here.
Antec P180 Performance One ATX Case Review @ Xtreme Computing
"The first thing that noticed is that the case is not as light as I expected it to be, even though it is plastic on the outer skin with alu panels. How ever the design interested me as it’s the first plastic based case I have looked at. On first impressions it’s looking good and the finish is faultless."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, October 3, 2005
Who Says It's a Microsoft World? @ The TechZone
"I like to tell Linux doubters I encounter that they in fact probably use Linux as part of their daily activities. As you can imagine, they want to see the proof. I thought I'd share with you my favorite examples of Linux playing an integral part of our society and show you how, in some shape or form, many of us rely on Linux every single day of our lives."

More information on this article can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 730B LCD @ Tech-Mods
"With the latest technology at our fingertips we have many more affordable options. The hardcore gamers would always pick a CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) for a display due to its faster response time and color depth over an LCD (Liquid Crystal Display). Well today we will be looking at the Samsung SyncMaster 730B LCD monitor from Samsung that will give any CRT a run for its money and at a respectable price."

More information on this review can be found here.
HandioT Internet/Multimedia Keyboard Review @ Extensive Mods
"The keyboard is one of the main ways that you, the operator, interact with your computer, thus, the keyboard marketplace has changed drastically in the past decade. Keyboards come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Today you can choose from a variety of keyboards, ranging from lighted to wireless ones. Companies are also producing keyboards a wide range of users, from gamers to industry professionals. As technology continues to grow and expand into new territories, organizations find it necessary to stay ahead of their competitors by creating new, very innovative keyboard solutions."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung Syncmaster 940B LCD Review @ Overclockers Online
"As noted in the performance section, there wasn't a single time I noticed a ghost or streak in well over 20 hours of gaming and about 5 full length movies that I managed to watch on this monitor. I honestly can't ask for anything else from a monitor than what the 940B offered. Not once did my eyes ever fatigue even after long 24 hour sessions in front of the screen reading text and the adjustments you can make to the screen just never seems to end. Custom tailoring the brightness, contrast, and colors was simple and the software walked me right through it. At a price of under $400 USD, this huge 19" monitor is definitely something that will please every user no matter what your focus is, gaming or office. It will also look fabulous on any desk, and twice as good when doubled up side by side."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swissbit 512MB Minitwist USB Drive Review @ Think Computers
"When you hear the name Victronix, you think of Swiss Army Knives, after all that is who makes the Original Swiss Army Knife. Did you know that Victronix also has a subsidiary called Swissbit that makes computer memory and memory related products? Today I have the first of two reviews involving Victronix/Swissbit products. Today I will be reviewing the Minitwist, a new tiny USB drive, which has quite a few features actually. Most USB drives are just that, you put data on them and go, they arrive to you normally empty, and you have to put software on them, not the Minitwist. You're going to have to keep reading to see what cool software comes with it!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Anthology Solutions Terabyte Storage Appliance Review @ XYZ Computing
"This review will be taking a look at Anthology Solutions' Yellow Machine P400T Terabyte Storage Appliance. That's right, a terabyte storage appliance. This may seem like a lot for the consumer or even SOHO level user, but if the data storage industry has shown us anything, its that you cannot have too much reliable storage space. Does the average user need a terabyte or more of storage? Probably not, but once you factor in use by a business or a power user who needs data available on multiple systems at once or is doing something very storage intensive, like editing video, a solution like this one starts making a great deal of sense. It houses up to four 3.5" hard drives but is much more than just an enclosure, it has an extensive feature set which enables it to do things that would normally be done on a data server, not just a storage device."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Rally 2GB Flash Drive Review @ Techgage
"Thumb Drives are not usually the most exciting products on the market. It's no doubt though, that they can be extremely useful when backing data up.. especially at a high speed. We are taking a look at the new OCZ Rally drive, which promises to leave the competitors in the dust."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor X800 GT EVO Liquid Cooled Review @ Bjorn3D
"Today we are looking at something special from PowerColor. Something overclockers will drool at. What if I told you we have a card equipped with its own liquid cooling system? That's right, it's the first card ever to be coupled with Thermaltake's TideWater system. No other AIB used this type of solution before. The card I'm referring to is PowerColor X800 GT EVO based on R480. Let me tell you, it rocks like crazy in our system! Don't mistake it with Mitsubishi Lancer EVO, although I have to say video chipzillas and vendors are using more and more fancy names to attract customers."

More information on this review can be found here.
beblu Media Center Review @ Epiacenter
"The main part of the beblu system comes in three varieties, the Appliance, the Computer and the Home Entertainment systems. These are fundamentally the same with a basic hierarchy the appliance case is the most basic followed by the computer which has added front audio, a USB Universal System Bus is a "plug-and-play" interface that consolidates the present serial port configuration on the back of the PC into a single port from which up to 127 peripheral devices can be daisy chain connected."

More information on this review can be found here.
Modder of The Month October 2005 @ Creative Mods
"This month's modder of the month has put together some interesting cases that all vary in styles, but they all have very clean cuts. To see his many cases, and to learn more about him, please read on."

More information on this interview can be found here.
Thermaltake Aquabay M1 Review @ PimpRig
"The AquaBay M1 is actually two previous Thermaltake products skillfully married in a 5.25" drive bay mount, the CL-W0009 Water Level Indicator and the CL-W0012 Flow Indicator. If you add up the price of the flow and level indicators when purchased individually as compared to the M1, the cost savings is about 13 bucks. And you get the drive bay mount on top of that."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tt Tai Chi Water Cooled Case Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"It's hard to forget that this is a case review with this case haven't such fantastic cooling ability in its native water cooling system. The Tt Tai Chi case builds on its look of performance though the convection fins about the outer surfaces of the case itself. Not that you would see much difference in ambient case temps because of the 120mm intake and three 120mm exhaust fans (one for case, two for radiator) expelling the case's internal air certainly keep case temperature WELL in hand. The many extras such as the bezel tray and FDD/Power button insert bring out an already outstanding case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Aurora Full ATX Case Review @ hardCOREware
"We're not sure if it's a lack of direction, but for better or for worse, we're seeing a lot of unique products coming out of Gigabyte lately. I never thought I'd see a Gigabyte branded heatsink, let alone a water cooling kit. Now we have in our labs a nice looking aluminum tower case. The premise is simple: create a nice looking case, fully aluminum, load it full of features, and make it directly compatible with other Gigabyte products, such as their water cooling kit. But is it worth the $140 price tag?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Centurion 5 Case Review @ Nordic Hardware
"Time to review a case for those of you who want a clean look and functionality before LEDs and flashy details. The case is Centurion 5, made by Cooler Master which has been around for some time and has released a lot of high quality cases before. This is a rather new case from their Centurion series which costs a little less. As it also comes with a power supply it's a complete case with a lot of nice features but still has a very attractive price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, October 1, 2005
Guess the Price and Win a new CM Stacker 380 Case @ Cooler Master
Want to win a future proof chassis of Cooler Master? We are going to unleash our greatest innovation in the history of chassis with the CM Stacker 830! The CM Stacker 830 integrates the most advanced thermal management technology, top quality material, and unmatched functionality that surpass all enthusiasts' expectation. To introduce such wonderful invention to the public, Cooler Master has prepared one for the premium. Take a guess of our LIST PRICE for CM Stacker 830! We will randomly draw ONE LUCKY WINNER
from participators who got the right answer and award the winner one brand new CM Stacker 830."

More information on this contest can be found here.
SinTek 500W SLI Modular Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The SinTek 500W SLI Modular PSU is feature rich. The Aluminum casing is light & helps it say cool. There are 2 fans for excellent air circulation, and a unique readout on the side monitors the inside temperature. Also, modular leads & SLI capability are a huge plus. All this & it performs very well. A fully loaded product!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
The State Of HDTV @ The TechZone
"High Def TV set sales are experiencing considerable growth in the Pacific Basin but for a change sales in the area lag behind those in the U.S. Europeans are certainly interested in high def big screen viewing and the set manufacturers and European retailers are convinced that the soccer World Cup will be the key decision point for many households. Then European consumers will face the same challenge U.S. buyers face - a dizzying array of sets and techie points that will totally blow your mind."

More information on this review can be found here.
MGE Vortec 600W Power Supply Review @ Think Computers
"Today we have another power supply for review. It is another entry from Xgbox/Mge; it is the Vortec 600 Watt power supply. Pushing 37amps off the 12volt line, this is not your vanilla power supply, this is built for power. This is the third power supply I have reviewed from Xgbox/MGE and the others have been outstanding in looks and performance. With this review I will have covered basically the entire line of power supplies from Xgbox, the impressive and stylish Magnum, the quiet and sleek Vigor and now the Vortec. Can the Vortec live up to its 'brothers' reputation? Read on to find out!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Wireless Remote Multifunction Panel Review @ Extensive Mods
"We all know that there is a multitude of multifunction panels on the market. Everyone wants to be able to see the temperature of their PC, control fans, and insert USB and Firewire devices into one simple bay device right? Well, today we have the Logisys Wireless Remote Multifunction Panel for review, is this device complete all of those tasks? We will find out. One thing is for sure, this device is capable of turning on, turning off, and restarting your PC with the simple push of a button, and get this, WIRELESSLY. Let’s get on with this review and find out a little more about this device."

More information on this review can be found here.
VLSystem LIS 2 Blue Eye VFD Review @ techPowerUp
"We take a close look at VL System's L.I.S 2 Blue eye, to find out how this middle-segment LCD performs. It can display anything from fan RPM and current time all the way to CPU temperature and voltages, it can even control up to 4 fans. Have you ever caught yourself wondering what time it is in the middle of a frag fest, and couldn't risk switching back to desktop? Do you own a modded case and attend LAN Parties regularly? Then this might just be the unit you are after."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair New Factory Tour in Fremont @ Hardware Secrets
"Corsair has recently moved to a new location in Fremont, California, and we had the chance of visiting their new facilities and compare it to their old factory we had the chance to visit in the beginning of this year. They are now in a bigger building, with one more production line (six lines, previously they had five lines), a new memory chip testing and sorting machine, more memory module testing stations and much more space for inventory, packing and shipping."

More information on this tour can be found here.
OCZ 2GB PC4000 EL DDR Gold Memory Review @ PCstats
"As a Battlefield 2 junkie myself, I was definitely surprised to be greeted with a bit of choppiness when playing the game on my main rig. After increasing my rigs' memory from 1GB of RAM to 2GB, all the choppiness was solved. Yikes, that's 2GB of RAM! Never one not to capitalize on a new trend in memory, just as consumers are starting to see the peak of the 2GB RAM mountain poking out from behind the mist, a flurry of memory manufacturers are waiting in the winds with 'brand new' 2x1GB dual channel DDR memory kits like the 2GB EL DDR PC4000 Gold Edition memory kit from OCZ."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec LapCool 3 Notebook Cooler Review @ Xtreme Resources
"Most people may buy a $2,000 Notebook, a $100 wireless mouse for it, another $500 of hardware and accessories for it as well but still they wouldn’t consider something that their notebook really needs if it is going to be used for prolonged periods of time; cooling. Of course a low-cost and power Centrino notebook may not need the cooling; a desktop replacement notebook with a Prescott CPU inside it certainly could use it for example. Vantec created a very small, simplistic device which is also very inexpensive and can be a great companion to your notebook, even if you move around a lot as its small, thin size can have it fit easily in the notebook’s bag. The LapCool 3 is under the scope today and we will see what it can do for your notebook’s well being."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolTechnica AquaXtreme MP-05 Pro, Xtreme and SP Waterblocks @ SystemCooling

"The good folks at CoolTechnica recently sent over three new AquaXtreme waterblocks along with a revised, limited edition White Water block for us to review. The White Water-LE is fitted with a nickel plated copper top and mid-plate, features a polished SS universal socket mounting adapter, and retains the original dual outlet configuration."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Serina Notebook Cooler Review @ Viperlair
"Titan have created a pretty good package in the Serina. Sticking a USB hub, memory card reader and a couple of fans into a small aluminum pad is a pretty good idea. It is the perfect solution for those with a small amount of desk space. Why spread your devices around your desk when you can put them in a compact package under you notebook. And it is a well built pad. Built from aluminum, the Serina can take a beating and look sharp will doing it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Reserator 1 Plus Review @ CaseModGod
"So you want to water cool your system but you do not want to try and figure which pump to get, what is the best CPU water block, and what about hose size? Don't worry Zalman might have what you are looking for in the Reserator 1 Plus. Everything you need to get into the water cooling scene is included in this easy to install kit."

More information on this review can be found here.
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