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Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Saitek ST90 Joystick Review @ Think Computers
"Saitek makes some great products, not long ago I reviewed the Cyborg Evo Force joystick. The Cyborg would be considered high-end. Today I have what some would consider low end, not cheap but lower priced. I have the Saitek ST90, billed as: 'The revolutionary foldable stick for professional gamers', I'll admit I am not a professional gamer by no means, but I do love to play games when I get time, which is rare these days. The Saitek ST90 is a cool looking joystick that anyone can afford and might want to add to their holiday gift list."

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Logitech MX5000 Laser Cordless Desktop Review @ Tweaknews
"The recently released MX5000 laser cordless desktop we're going to take a look at this time is the latest in a long list of Logitech's desktop products. With impressive specifications and an extensive list of unique features, the MX5000 promises to provide the user with unparalleled functionality and ease of use."

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Microsoft Comfort/Natural Keyboards 2000 & 4000 Review @ Hardware-Pacers
"Both Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 and Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000 are simple low-mid budget products. Each of them incorporates some new feature to enhance the users productivity, but nothing major has changed (except Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 gull wing design). These are good, solid and reliable products which can find their place on one’s desk or under the Christmas tree as fine presents. Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 is product designed for the secretaries (or anyone who works heavily with the documents), while its little brother, the Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000 can really be used by anyone."

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Logitech Z-5450 Digital 5.1 Speaker System Review @ The TechZone
"Leave it to Logitech to once again raise the bar for computer speaker systems. The Logitech Z-5450 provides high performance sound with the innovation of wireless rear surround satellite speakers. The introduction of dual wireless rear speakers finally solves the common headache of having to run those long unsightly wires that run to your rear surround speakers. I’ve run into this problem myself and in the past it has caused me to either string cables all over the place or sacrifice a true surround experience by placing the rear surrounds closer to the front speakers."

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Altec Lansing AHS602i Gaming Headset Review @ ExtensiveMods
"It’s the middle of the night and you’re blasting away the bad guys playing games on your PC, the next thing you know your parents or spouse is rapping on your head to turn it down. Well I’m here to help you keep from getting those knocks on your head, especially after the third or fourth time you’re told and you get hit with a book... that’s painful… Altec Lansing is a name that rings a bell, not quite as painful as a book to the head, but a bell nonetheless. Altec Lansing makes high quality audio equipment ranging from headphones to full out speaker setups."

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Nu Tech Dark Shadow 256MB MP3 Sunglasses Review @ BigBruin
"Nu Tech has combined one of the most popular technology items of today, an MP3 player, with something many of us use every day, a pair of sunglasses. I am the first to admit I am a sucker for any tool or gadget that tries to combine more than one use or function into a single item, but I also have learned from experience that many times such items fail to perform well at any of the tasks they were designed to do."

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XG Vortec 600 Power Supply Review @ LAN Addict
"There are a lot of connectors for different devices. 8 standard legacy 4-pin molex connectors, 2 floppy drive connectors, two SATA connectors, and one PCI Express power connector, as well as the 20+4 pin connector for the motherboard. All of these cables are sleeved in UV reactive red latex. The switch on the PSU was also easy to find in the dark, as it glowed as well as the fans."

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12-in-1 Multi Card Reader Review @ A1-Electronics
"For those of you still using a wire from your camera to your PC computer we have to ask why. There are many different makes on the market, this is only one we bought off the cuff so to speak. It works and works very easily for us here and only took a couple of minutes to install. A must for everybody with a computer."

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Enermax Liberty 400W Modular Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews
"Where PSUs have failed me in the past, the Enermax Liberty 400W PSU was a much needed solution. It looks fantastic, works fantastic, and best of all - its modular. Seeing as this is a development still being developed, the Liberty definitely took a step up even from my expectations. Seeing as many people, myself included, consider the power supply as the lifesource of the computer, its important to feel confident in the power supply you purchase."

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Seagate Momentus 7200.1 100GB Review @ Viperlair
"Performance is the main focus of this drive, that's what you are paying the extra $140 for after all. So how does it do? Is amazing, excellent, jaw dropping enough for you? The Seagate ST910021A will blast the covers off of the hard drive currently located in your laptop. Laptop drives are known for their speed, or lack their off, but no longer. As shown in the tests, the Seagate drive came very close to desktop drive performance, which is a huge hurdle. This drive will now allow you to have a full desktop replacement laptop."

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Mid-Range Graphics Card Round-Up @ TrustedReviews
"With the arrival in our offices of a retail GeForce 6800 GS, from Leadtek, we thought that the time was ripe to take a look at what you can get for around the £150 mark. ATI might prefer to see its X800 XL as a more direct competitor for the 6800 GS but that’s a 16-pipleine card and at around £190, it’s more expensive than the 12-pipeline 6800 GS. Similarly, the X800 GTO is a 12-pipeline part."

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Matrox DualHead2Go Analog Edition Review @ PCstats
"The Matrox DualHead2Go Analog Edition is a device that enables multi-display functionality from mainstream laptops or desktop PCs. It works with a computers' analog monitor output, and splits the display signal between two external monitors by pretending to be one extra-wide display. The host PCs graphics solution does all the processing, so the device (which looks like a little black box) is pretty compact, lightweight, and quick to set up. The pocket book sized DualHead2Go is compatible with a collection of recent Intel, nVidia and ATI mobile graphics chipsets, at desktop spanning resolutions of exactly 2048x768 (60, 75, 85 Hz) or 2560x1024 (60Hz)."

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BFGTech GeForce 7800GTX OC 256MB PCI-E Video Card Review @ Hardware-Review
"No video card in recent years has given gamers more of a performance boost as NVidia’s 7800GTX GPU. This card came onto the scene closely after the graphics card company’s highly successful 6-series cards and took gaming to another level. After the 7-series announcement, BFG Technologies immediately released the BFGTech GeForce 7800 GTX OC 256MB PCI-E video card that has been bringing tears of joy to gamers who ached for a card they could run Battlefield2 and F.E.A.R. at their highest graphics settings. Check out our review of this exciting and dynamic card."

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Epox Socket 754 SLI Motherboard Review @ Bit-Tech
"It is clear that this board fits into a niche market, and we're not quite sure how big that market is at this moment. By transporting NVIDIA's increasingly popular SLI technology over to socket 754, Epox has done something that no other manufacturer has managed thus far. The board is well-implemented and generally stable, despite the consistent failures in our stress test at the 21 hour mark."

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Moving a Beginner to Linux @ XYZ Computing
"This article goes over one person's experience when moving computer beginners from Windows to Linux. This is not always a smooth transition, but this this case a computer which was barely working was salvaged and there was an easy switch from one operating system to the next. Casual computer users almost always use Windows but the article observes that they could just as easily be using a Linux distribution, which would save money and extend the life of their computer, while avoiding many of the security hazards to which new users are most vulnerable. This is not a HOWTO so much as it is a personal experience, but it relays thoughts and observations which all people who find themselves often helping their friends and family with computers will find interesting."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thermaltake VB6000SNS Swing Case Review @ CaseModGod
"Time for another case review and today we are going to take a look at the Swing case from Thermaltake. This case resembles the look of the Tsunami and Soprano mid tower cases. The Swing has a stylish front panel design which leaves some room for the modders out there. In the time spent writing the review I have already had several ideas that a modder could do to the case to make it their own."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mountain Mods Bob Slay Clear Acrylic Case @ Think Computers
"Inside the case is separated into upper and lower sections. The lower section provides space for two 5.25” drives, three HD’s (with the optional attachments), and a full size ATX power supply. The upper section is somewhat more interesting, this is where the motherboard is mounted however it is mounted horizontally as opposed to the traditional vertical mounting. This allows for the IO panel to be situated at the front right of the case allowing for easy and quick access at LAN Party’s."

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MjO Media Center Project @ Nordic Hardware
"I made a few fast sketches inside my head and came to the conclusion that the computer would be built with slightly blue tinted plexiglas. The plexiglas would be kept together with screws and bolts that run all the way through the case. Because I wanted it to be visible, I made it an open case, in other words completely without sides and of course it had to be water cooled."

More information on this project can be found here.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
How To Grow Your MP3 Music Library @ The TechZone
"Some people have 200 tracks, others have 50,000. But where do people get all their music? People with bulging MP3 collections surely can't buy every track they own, so where do they get them? In this article, we will go over some of the common, legal ways to obtain music, and give you that music collection you have always dreamed of!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
Hawking Technologies HKS112AU 2-Port KVM Switch @ Hardware-Review
"Every computer-loving geek knows that a basic KVM switch controls two PCs with a single keyboard, mouse, and monitor, right? But, what do you do if you want to share audio and microphone capabilities between two systems? Hawking Technologies has got you covered with their HKS112AU 2-Port KVM Switch with audio and microphone ports. This switch is affordable, durable, and designed by a top-notch company who makes quality products. What more could you ask for this holiday season?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec VCool Review @ All Round Modders
"Passive VGA cooling is becoming quite a craze these days. Most of the top manufactures have some sort of passive cooling in their VGA product line up. Although its quiet and it cools the GPU fine, the GPU still reaches high temperatures. Antec has developed a solution to combat these high temperatures with the VCool expansion slot VGA cooler. This cooler should reduce the temperatures of any passively cooled solution, though it can be used for any VGA card on the marked, active or passive cooling. Read more to find out if this VCool is effective or not."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright V-1 VGA Cooler Review @ Techniz

"The Thermalright V-1 is a very good VGA cooler in terms of the performance and the stylish look. The Thermalright V-1 VGA Cooler performs very well during our testing. Moreover, it is made of fully aluminum with nickel plating which is a very good material for cooling. The design of this VGA Cooler is very stylish, nice, and light weight. It also supports dual 80mm cooling fans to mount on the top and bottom of the heatsink."

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Asus Extreme AX800 Silencer Video Card Review @ Got|Apex
"The AX800 Extreme was somewhat hurt by the heatsink the makes it so great. My inability to use it with my stock CPU cooler hampered it's performance. Furthermore, I did have some stability issues, the R430 core still puts out a decent amount of heat and it seemed to overwhelm the SilentCool technology, enough so that benchmarking wasn't always stable unless I had some active cooling. I didn't push the card hard in overclocking because of these reasons, I clocked it up to 410/420 core/mem."

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Zalman VF700-Cu LED Review @ Maximum CPU
"The graphics in computer games are constantly evolving. As a result more powerful video cards are required and not everyone is able to afford to purchase a new video card on a regular basis. One option to help increase the life of your current video card is to overclock it. However, the stock cooling on a lot of video cards is not effective enough to properly cool an overclocked video card. This is where the Zalman VF700-Cu LED VGA cooler comes in. Zalman claims that the VF700 is able to drop the temperature of your GPU by up to ten degrees Celsius."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech H20-Apex "Extreme Duty" Series Liquid Cooling Kit Video Review @ 3DGameman
"There's a reason they call this product "Extreme Duty"! They include massive tubing (5/8"), the excellent STORM waterblock, and a wicked industrial quiet pump. All this in combination has to yield excellent results, and it does. If you're in the market for an internal watercooling kit, definitely put this baby at the very top of your list."

More information on this video review can be found here.
5-Way Radiator Round-Up Part 2 @ Phoronix
"For those of you who had missed out on part one of our water cooling round-up, we are presently in the midst of a 5-way radiator comparison with the Hardware Labs Black Ice Xtreme I and II, Danger Den Dual Heater Core, CoolingWorks CoolRad 12T, and Thermaltake 12cm Big Radiator. Posted today we have the second part of this article that consists of the chilling results."

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Zalman CNPS9500 LED Heatsink Review @ Viperlair
"Overall, we found the Zalman CNPS9500 LED heatsink to be quite impressive, which isn't something we say very often about air coolers. The performance was very good, but when you consider the fact that our video card fan was the only noise source we noticed during testing, that says volumes about Zalman's dedication to silence."

More information on this review can be found here.
New CPU Database @ techPowerUp
"The CPU Database lists all modern CPUs together with important characteristics like codename, real frequency, multiplier and cache size. At the moment it holds almost 300 entries and is constantly updated with new info."

More information on this database can be found here.
ASRock 775Dual-915GL Motherboard Review @ Phoronix
"The last time we had any ASRock products at Phoronix was a few months back when testing their 775Dual-880Pro, which was based upon the VIA PT880 Pro + 8237R Chipset. Back with us today is ASRock and we have our hands on the 775Dual-915GL, which is powered by the Intel i915GL + ICH-6 Chipset while offering some innovative features such as its exclusive AGI Express."

More information on this review can be found here.
Overclocking Overview @ OCModShop
"Most people overclock out of thrift, and the satisfaction of pushing the hardware's limits. These people (myself included) are out to purchase the slower (and less expensive) hardware to yield better performance than their higher-priced equivalent. Example: Say I buy the AMD 3700+ San Diego core processor (2.2 GHz with 1MB cache multiplier locked at 11) at a price of $233. I get it home and I overclock it to 2.6 GHz, which is the equivalent of an AMD FX-55 San Diego (2.6 GHz 1MB Cache unlocked multiplier) at a price of $811. I just saved my self $578 Now let’s get some better cooling, like water, peltier, or vapor chill and clock it to 2.8 GHz. That is the equivalent of an AMD FX-57 (2.8 1MB cache unlocked multiplier) at $1,011."

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ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Fast, reliable easy to setup/over clock and cheaper than similar featured boards. Someone at ECS knew what they where doing. I can’t think of a better single socket 939 board I’ve looked at."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Swing ATX Mid Tower Case Review @ BigBruin
"The cooling performance of the Swing case was quite respectable, and the fact that it allowed the processor to run cooler than a case with many more fans and a perceived better cooling design was a surprise. The Swing ships with one 120mm fan, which did the job, but I would recommend getting a second fan for better airflow, and to keep drives in the drive cage nice and cool."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Centurion 531 Case Review @ Viperlair
"We do consider the case to be in the "upper budget" range since it does retail over $60, but we think you'll be hard pressed to find a better choice under $100. It is easy to work with, has good cooling performance and is built pretty well."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Lexa Case Review @ Driver Heaven
"NZXT always had us used to cases that are innovative, practical and different from most of the competition. Always their cases were made with care, good quality components and were very promising to the users. They only recently expanded their products line with a new case, promising excellent performance and attractive design at the same time. This case is very elegant and aesthetically appealing by being completely symmetric, rather than featuring a complex design. Let us have a close look at this new, very promising case from NZXT, the Lexa."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li PC-V880 HTPC Case Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Lian Li's PC-V880 will find a huge following in the HTPC crowd. It has a features and flash to please the most discriminating of users. Some of the most notable of its features is the value of two externally accessible bays which cannot be overstated. When you need to do disc to disc burning a single bay case won't do and will have you fussing in no time. The smart and compact layout as well as the high level of construction quality show you that this case is a Lian Li and worthy of all you have heard before."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, November 28, 2005
Das Keyboard Review @ VelocityReviews
"Every computer has a keyboard. Most people choose to use the free one that came with their system. Others are buying keyboards with flashy features, but the Das Keyboard does not try to lure consumers in with those features, extra buttons, or cool lighting. Instead, its main selling point is its lack of a certain feature that everyone has come to expect from their keyboard. This keyboard has no characters printed on its keys."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wolf Claw II FPS Gaming Keyboard Review @ Hardware-Review
"When the original Wolf Claw keyboard hit the scene a few years back, it gave FPS gamers a unique tool that helped them become the top fraggers in their clans. With the introduction of the Wolfclaw II this year, the company has redesigned the key layout and also made it function better as an everyday keyboard. Will their second effort receive the same respect as the original Wolf Claw or will it take a head shot in the early rounds?"

More information on this review can be found here.
SonicWALL TZ 170 SP Wireless Review @ TrustedReviews
"The multi-function security appliance is fast becoming the most popular method for home users and small businesses to secure their Internet connection against all manner of inbound nasties and SonicWALL has traditionally offered a wide range of cost-effective products. We were impressed with the TZ 150 Wireless when we looked at it a few months ago and now we move up the ladder to the TZ 170 SP Wireless which aims to offer larger offices and businesses an equally strong range of features and a few new ones into the bargain."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Dual Channel PC-3200 Gold GX XTC Review @ ThinkComputers
"OCZ Technology has become a major player in the performance memory market. If someone posts a question on a forum asking for a recommendation about what ram to buy, I can guarantee you that OCZ will always be mentioned, and more than once. For good reason, many people have had great success with OCZ ram for their overclocking experiences. It performs great and has low timings, which have become something that people are looking for now when they buy ram. OCZ has taken things a step further with the introduction of their new XTC line which features a new type of heatspreader, it has a honeycomb pattern of ventilation on it to produce better airflow and keep the ram cooler. So today for review that is just what I have; PC3200 2x512mb Dual Channel Gold Edition GX XTC Ram, running at 2-2-2-5."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI AIW Radeon X800XL Multimedia PCI Express Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"The one thing today I am still seeing is how a lot of people just aren't considering these All in Wonder cards to be an option for their new computer system. Who wouldn't want a competent videocard that can game with the best of them along with the endless multimedia features that make this card the swiss army knife peripheral of the computer industry. There is not one other product in the computing market that encapsulates more features for such a decent price than the All in Wonder. If you are thinking about a new videocard, you OWE yourself the time to consider this option."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TwinX XMS PC4000 2GB DDR Memory Kit Review @ PimpRig
"Until recently, going with more than 1GB of RAM had some pitfalls. It was outrageously expensive for 1GB modules, and if you went with 4 512MB modules you would either lose your low latency or FSB speed. Not so anymore, a few companies are producing low-latency high speed 2GB DDR kits and, of course, Corsair is among them. The RAM that I will be checking out here is from the infamous Corsair XMS line, the Corsair TwinX XMS PC4000 2GB memory kit done up in Platinum color."

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Creative X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS Review @ 3DVelocity
"Once everything is installed the initial task should be to set things as you want them. This is done through the driver panels and perhaps a good habit to get into at this stage is to use the little "volume knob" system tray icon. Right!"

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Gigabyte 955X Royal Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"It’s clear that the battle between the big names is one that is an extremely close race. Gigabyte today has shown that it has ability to produce one of the most feature packed boards on the market as well as back it up with great performance to boot."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Nexstar GX USB Drive Enclosure and Hub Review @ BigBruin
"I have had many cheap, flimsy, generic external enclosures of both the 3.5" and the notebook sized 2.5"varieties, and most were able to transfer data, but sure not look good doing it. The Vantec Nexstar GX looks very good sitting on a desk, moves data faster than expected, and keeps a hard drive nice and cool."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe - x16 SLI Motherboard Review @ TrustedReviews
"Asus is once again ahead of the competition and is the first company out with a dual x16 SLI motherboard. The A8N32-SLI Deluxe is one of the first motherboards with two PCI Express graphics card slots that offer the full bandwidth of 16 lanes to each slot. Rather than releasing a new chipset altogether nVidia made a 16 lane PCI Express controller called the SPP 100."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI Infinity NF4 Ultra Motherboard Review @ Overclockers Online
"The DFI Infinity nF4 Ultra is a very solid motherboard. The build quality is great and the components that are used are top notch and seem to be almost the same as the LanParty Ultra-D. I have basically compared these two motherboards throughout the review and have come to the conclusion that the Infinity nF4 Ultra is almost the same model but without the options or accessory package. Call it the base model if you will with the LanParty Ultra-D being the GT or Type-R version that has slightly better performance and more buttons."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Silentium T2 ATX Case Review @ Hardware-Review
"With the addition of SLI, Crossfire, dual core processors, and higher-wattage power supplies, the sounds from inside a PC have gone from a gentle hum to a loud roar of fans and other noisy components. Arctic Cooling has developed the Silentium-T series to reduce noise and give their cases “optimal thermodynamic properties.” We have on our test bench the Silentium T2 to see if it truly can give us a silent workstation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Laptop or Desktop - Which Computer to Choose? @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Traditionally, laptop computers were bought by people who had to be able to take their computer with them when they left the office, such as the salesman visiting a customer. It always used to be the case that buying portability meant a trade-off in terms of power and functionality, so desktop machines were the preferred option for those who didn't have to travel. Is this still a genuine trade-off, however? It's time to re-examine the assumptions to see if they are still true."

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SilverStone LC16M HTPC Case Review @ Bjorn3D
"With HTPC users in mind, SilverStone continually adds to and refines its Lascala series cases in an attempt to create perfect HTPC cases. SilverStone has had quite a bit of success so far, especially considering the company is not even three years old yet. When creating its latest cases, the LC16M, LC17 and LC18, SilverStone used feedback from actual users to come up with designs to meet the various and unique needs that HTPC users have. In this review, I'll cover the LC16M, which is an attractively styled HTPC case that comes in both black and silver."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nikao Black Dragonfire Case Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Nikao may not have the largest and most recognized name in the industry, but they are quickly gaining reputation with this case whose inspiration comes directly from the case-modding culture. With a design based upon Alonso_Bistro’s famous case The “O”, this case is definitely proof that the pre-mod industry is trying to kick things up a notch."

More information on this review can be found here.
XG Ninja 2 Case Review @ Maximum CPU
"The case of a computer can be just important as the CPU, PSU, ram, and motherboard. If a case does not have effective cooling your computer will run hotter and the overclocking capabilities of your computer could be severely limited. Today we are going to look at the Ninja 2 from XG which claims to boast an advanced airflow system, a 400 watt power supply, and many other cool features. Hopefully the Ninja 2 will live up to all the hype and not turn out to be a pile of scrape metal."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Saitek P3000 Wireless Gamepad Review @ Think Computers
"When you think of PC games you usually think of a keyboard as your “controller”. That is what a large percent of PC users use for gaming on a PC. There are just some games that would be totally better with a controller; sports games, racing games, even some action games. A lot of PC users seem intimidated by using a controller, but it’s really easy and improves game play on a lot of games. So what controller will be up on the testing block today? The Saitek P3000 Wireless Gamepad."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LanParty NF4 SLI-DR Expert Review @ techPowerUp
"When I first heard that DFI is coming up with a new "Expert" version of this board, I was wondering if they could really improve things so much that it warrants a new product. Yes they did! There are a lot of improvements compared to the older LanParty NF4 series. For example you can finally run four 512 MB memory modules at 1T timing."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EB DDR PC-4000 2GB Platinum Review @ Phoronix
"Up on the review block today is OCZ Technology's EB DDR PC-4000 2 x 1024MB Platinum Edition. Although we have seen countless reports under Windows XP on how an extra 1024MB of system memory can be beneficial, in particular games and applications, we have done this comparison with the Linux 2.6.14 kernel and have discovered some intriguing results."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrox DualHead2Go Review @ TrustedReviews
"The DualHead2Go is a very clever bit of kit that gives you access to masses of desktop real estate without having to pay the price for a super high resolution monitor. The DualHead2Go achieves this feat by convincing your notebook graphics chipset that it’s connected to a single massive external monitor, when in fact it’s connected to two external monitors with the image spanning both."

More information on this review can be found here.
Rock GeForce 7800 Notebook Review @ Bit-Tech
"The novelty of the overclocking and the usefulness of the backup-restore partition are both added bonuses to what is already a fantastic notebook. If you're in the market for a portable gaming machine, this should be top of your list."

More information on this review can be found here.
EVGA e-GeForce 7800 GTX BlackPearl 512MB Review @ Hexus
XFX lose the fastest-clocked GTX 512 competition, though. EVGA submitted a final engineering sample of their e-GeForce 7800 GTX BlackPearl 512MB a few days ago. Clocked out-of-the-box at 600/900, the watercooled graphics board also challenges for the title of world's most expensive consumer VGA board, tipping the money scales at a scary $1000. We shudder to think of the converted UK price, fully expecting it to be in the high £600 range, closing in rapidly on £700."

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Editorial: Supplemental Storage vs. Backup Devices @ Virtual-Hideout
"If you've been saving copies of all of your critical data to an external hard disk, I strongly urge you to think about copying that data to CD-R or DVD-R, and keeping the disks away from the computer."

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HIS X800GT IceQ II and X800 GTO IceQ II Review @ OcPrices
"Both of the cards on show today are the iTurbo models, which means that you have manufacturer-supported overclocking via HIS’s iTurbo overclocking utility. Many people are unsure about overclocking, since you can invalidate the warranty or cause damage. The nice thing about the HIS iTurbo models is that the cards are garunteed to hit the advertised overclock with no stability issues – or you can return it for a replacement."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, November 25, 2005
G.skill F1-3200PHU2-2GBZX (2x1GB 2-3-2-5) Review @ PureOverclock
"Today’s memory review is an interesting one, though, as it’s a 2x1GB offering that is seriously well priced compared to the competition. It’s also rumoured to offer decent overclocking headroom. These modules are the G.Skill F1-3200PHU2-2GBZX which guarantee DDR400 2-2-3-5 with 2.6~2.75v for $215/£167. This is a superb price for sticks of this quality."

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IPod Nano Vs. Motorola: Brand Vs. Product @ The TechZone
"Motorola Chairman/CEO, Ed Zander had some harsh words for Apple regarding the simultaneous release of the iPod nano with the Motorola ROKR, but, more importantly, he had admonition for his own brand as well. Having a lot of previous success with the RAZR, the ultra sleek and stylish flip phone, Motorola believed it had permission to take the next step in production: phone + music. What Motorola failed to recognize is that brand permission relies upon the perspective of the customer, not product offering."

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OCZ EL DDR PC-3500 Gold GX XTC Dual Channel Memory Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product simply rocks in the latency department! It quite simply kicks butt with an extremely tight memory timing of 2-2-2-5. If that's not enough, it can be overclocked for added performance. One cool feature is OCZ's Xtreme Thermal Convection honeycomb heat spreader design. This not only looks amazing but allows for maximum cooling."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Vantec Stingray STG100 Water Cooling Kit Review @ CaseModGod
"Water Cooling kits are becoming very popular on the market. There are several types of kits available in many different configurations. Today we are going to take a look at the Vantec Stingray Water Cooling Kit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax Glacier CPU Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"Check the price of the Thermalright XP-120. Roughly the same price as the Raidmax Glacier, and you do not receive a fan or fan controller. If you were considering the XP-120 previously, you would be well justified buying the Glacier and the same fan you intended to use on the XP-120. It would wind up costing the same, but the performance may be better!"

More information on this review can be found here.
FrozenCPU ATX 2.0 PSU Tester Review @ PimpRig
"When it comes to troubleshooting hardware inside your computer, any enthusiast can tell you that any particular problem can be caused by one or more components going/gone bad. Narrowing any problem down can be quite challenging if you do not have extra components lying around to swap in for the suspected bad component(s). Any help one can get in troubleshooting components is more than welcome in my eyes."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec AVOX Audio/Video Jukebox Review @ PimpRig
"Nothing impresses me more than little gadgets that can do a lot. Expanding the HDD enclosure idea further, Vantec has created the AVOX. The AVOX is a 2.5 HDD enclosure that doubles, no triples, no QUADRUPLES as a Movie/Music/Photo player and a storage device. My title of "The little black box that could" is fitting for the AVOX and has me all amped up for this review. Pimps and Pimpettes, please have a look at the AVOX."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Fab18 Factory Tour in Kiryat Gat Israel @ Hardware Secrets
"Intel has several facilities in Israel, including two chip factories. We had the chance to visit Fab18, located in Kiryat Gat, which manufactures Pentium 4 chips in 90 nm process and also chipsets and flash memories. In this coverage you will have a better notion of where Intel factories are located, what is the relationship between them and, of course, how Fab18 looks like inside and how a chip manufacturing facility works."

More information on this article can be found here.

How Chips are Manufactured

"Have you ever wondered how chips such as microprocessors, video processors, memories, chipsets etc are created and manufactured? In this tutorial we will explain everything you need to know about chip manufacturing process."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Not a Black Friday PC Hardware Shopping Guide @ hardCOREware
"Today the press will be covering the madness that is the biggest shopping day in America - Black Friday. Many gift buyers will be doing the bulk of their Christmas shopping for all their recipients, but in doing so will have to put up with major traffic, parking, and checkout aisle lineups and headaches. If that doesn't sound appealing to you, you might want to have a look at what is available online. When you really look at it, Black Friday is more about hype than actual good deals on relevant products. Sure, you'll grab an old MP3 player for $50, or get a free case with an iPod, but what gifts do techies REALLY want? We'll let you know."

More information on this article can be found here.
Breathing Life Into Older Computers @ ASE Labs
"Many people in the information technology world collect computers like I do. Taking a quick inventory of computers I have I noticed that there are rather older computers that aren't being utilized for anything. Linux can easily breathe life into that old hunk of junk collecting dust in your closet."

More information on this article can be found here.
XG Dragon Special Edition Case Review @ Think Computers
"Hello again my faithful review readers! I have something special today for review, in fact it is so special it is labeled 'Special Edition'. If you have read any of my previous reviews you will know that I love Dragons, and anything that has anything to do with them. Today I have something from one of our good sponsors; MGE/Xgbox, it is what is considered a high-end gaming chassis. It is the Special Edition Dragon Pc Case, available only at NewEgg in the US and Jet Computer in Europe in limited quantities."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Lexa Aluminium Mid-Tower Case Review @ XtremeComputing
"I think NZXT put it in better word than I could “The Lexa. Designed from ground up to be symmetrical” and I think NZXT have done just that, the case is gorgeous, and is “symmetrical” where possible. The front panel is not without its features, apart from looking a million dollars it has also got and integrated thermal monitor. I think the Paint work deserves mention here also as it is top notch, the font panels metallic paint job will fool anybody until they touch it, it is also more reflective than aluminium."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Waiting in line for an Xbox 360 @ OCModShop
"Other parties were going on around Seattle, and Bill Gates himself was at the Bellevue, Washington store to hand out new Xboxes to the hundreds of patient fans. The night air was unusually foggy and cold for Seattle, and most of the squatters came prepared, either with portable heaters, makeshift fires, or even staying in a running car. It seemed like a non-stop party, as some hooked up Xbox games to a TV, swiping electricity and Wi-Fi access from Best Buy themselves!"

More information on this article can be found here.
Microsoft Xbox 360 Preview @ Viperlair
"There are three IBM PowerPC-based processors, each clocked at 3.2GHz and capable of handling 2 hardware threads each. The processors are each armed with 1MB of L2 cache and within the Xbox, operate as symmetrical cores. What this means basically is that the Xbox 360 is capable of executing 6 hardware threads simultaneously. While the launch titles currently available will not require that much power, future titles certainly may."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Microsoft Xbox 360 Gaming Console Evaluation @ Designtechnica
"The Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system places you at the center of the experience. Available this holiday season in Europe, Japan, and North America, Xbox 360 ignites a new era of digital entertainment that is always connected, always personalized, and always in high definition. Xbox 360 gives you access to the games you want to play, the people you want to play with, and the experiences you crave when and where you want them."

More information on this article can be found here.
Xbox 360: Which Core Bundle is Right for You? @ The TechZone
"If you've lived under a rock since May then you'd be surprised to learn that Microsoft has released their second Xbox titled XBOX 360. Upon your emergence it wouldn't take long for you to figure out that this is no regular system; the XBOX 360 will lead the next generation consoles by including some of the latest wireless and graphic technology to-date. What some of you may not know is the fact Microsoft will release TWO different systems. They were concerned about the price of all the gadgets so they made a second, cheaper system. What's the difference? This article will explain some of the must knows before buying the XBOX 360."

More information on this article can be found here.
SIMO TCI 2005 Report @ Hardware12v
"After two years without saying nothing about the computer science fair of Spain, in this article we bring you most substantial of the edition of this year, the 45º edition of celebrated SIMO TCI 2005 during the 15 to the 20 of November. In spite of the lack of existence of great companies, we have investigated in all the fair, and some newness we have found."

More information on this report can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro CPU AMD64 Cooler Review @ 3DXtreme
"At this point the Zalman CNPS9500 bowed out. It was able to prime the Opteron 146 up to 2.90 Ghz but was unable to maintain prime stability any further while using the CNPS9500 - consider this that it was a closed case environment. We've seen results showing the Zalman CNPS9500 excelling on an open bench, I don't consider an open bench environment a computer - it needs to be in a closed case for me to really accept cooling figures."

More information on this review can be found here.
World Cyber Games 2005 Final Day @ Hardware Zoom
"Over 39,000 spectators have flocked down to Suntec City to cheer on their favourite teams as they battle it out to win the grand prize of US$435,000. On the last day of WCG, the final round for CS:Source, StarCraft, WarCraft & Fifa was held on the main stage in front of thousands of spectators. Let's check out our photo coverage."

More information on this report can be found here.
Tuniq Tower 120 CPU Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout


"So overall the Tuniq Tower 120 was a very well thought out and designed unit. I would recommend this to anyone wanting a fan based CPU cooler as it performs well and is rock solid."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Quickcam Fusion Review @ Futurelooks
"What a name for a webcam! Can it be as functional as its namesake? Fusion is defined by Webster's dictionary as “the process or result of joining two or more things together to form a single entity”. So what can you combine to make a great webcam? Let's find out!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Big Water SE Review @ Think Computers


"Water/Liquid cooling is becoming more and more popular, and has become something that is not just for the hardcore overclocker or enthusiast anymore. Many companies have come out with all in one water cooling solutions that don't require much skill to assemble. We all know the name Thermaltake, they are one of the leading PC cooling manufacturers today, and they are constantly looking for ways to improve their products. Today for review I have the Big Water SE, all in one water cooling system, adding to Thermaltake’s award winning line up of quality cooling products."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX610 Review @ Hardware-Review
"PC modders, enthusiasts, and even basic users are always looking for unique and creative ways to have their rigs stand out in the crowd. Some choose to add UV lights and a new paint job, while others search for more functional ways to improve their computers to give them more style. One major improvement that can add class, style, and superior functionality to any PC is the Matrix Orbital MX610, which is the subject of our review today."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GS Mini Review @ NGOHQ
"A month ago, we revealed the existence of the GeForce 7800 GS. Today we have a mini review of it for our readers. First of all, you may want to print this article. Not because we write so well, but because it’s not everyday you hear a story like this one."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X800GTO IceQ II Turbo PCIe Review @ HardwareHell
"I used ATITool, my ATI tweaking utility of choice. I had read that this card offers a ton of headroom, and now I have confirmed it. I was able to reach overclock speeds of 595MHz on the core and 610MHz (1.22GHz) on memory. In case you haven't figured it out yet, that's almost a 50% overclock on the core and 25% on the memory."

More information on this review can be found here.

EVGA e-GeForce 7800 GT CO Review

"Thanks to its generous factory overclock, you can expect the EVGA e-GeForce 7800 GT CO to outperform a reference clocked 7800 GTX at the most common playing resolutions and settings for many current games. If you crank the resolution beyond 1280 and turn AA and AF way up, then this GT won't best the GTX, but it will put up some really good numbers nonetheless."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB DDR3 XXX Edition Review @ Hexus
"As impressed as I was with the reference board in the preview on HEXUS.core, I'm the same again with XFX's attempt. While the bundle could do with some work, the performance is spot on. While the clock increases are modest, they almost always turn in to real-world performance increases when the hardware is made to work and the CPU isn't the bottleneck. Effectively, the performance is free."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lexar JumpDrive Secure II 'File Shredder' Drive Review @ EverythingUSB
"In today's world of corporate espionage, identity theft and general paranoia, it's vital that any portable documents are secured in case the flash drive they're stored on is lost or stolen. There's a bunch of products out there that do this, but many are limited in their functionality and even crippled by lack of cross-platform software. Today we're reviewing Lexar's JumpDrive Secure II, a drive that looks to solve all these problems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec NexStar GX USB2.0 Hub & HDD Enclosure Review @ PCstats
"The Vantec NexStar GX (NST-370GX) is the ideal solution for anyone looking for more flexible external HDD space. The small grey unit comes with a three port USB hub embedded into the back of it. The Vantec NexStar GX supports a single 3.5" IDE hard drive (not included), and connects to the computer via a 480Mbps USB 2.0 cable. At 16.5 x 16.5 x 4cm in size, the Vantec NexStar GX is larger than a traditional external HDD enclosure, but not by too much. The Vantec NexStar GX is basically built to look like the Apple Mac Mini, and it can rest under or above that mini-computer quite comfortably."

More information on this review can be found here.
PrimoChill X-QPack H2O SFF Case Review @ GruntvillE
"When you order the X-QPack H2O from VoyeurMods you have the option of adding blocks, a different radiator and many other things. The base case, which comes with the black Black Ice Pro radiator sells for $299. The unit we tested only had the radiator upgraded to the chrome version and would run you $311. This is great for a system with just a CPU block that you are not going to try to run extreme overclocks on. If you want two blocks, say a GPU and CPU, you should upgrade to the Black Ice Extreme or ThermoChill radiators. The MCP-350 can handle a two block system easily."

More information on this review can be found here.
Holiday 2005 PC Case Buyers Guide @ Think Computers
"Tis the season for you to go and spend your hard earned money on things you most likely don't need, or the person you are getting it for doesn't need either, but we still do it anyway. So in the spirit of the Holidays we decided to make your gift giving and maybe receiving a bit more painless and easier. I have come up with a PC case buyers guide. I have reviewed a ton of cases and know what it takes for a case to be a good quality case. I will be going through a bunch of cases in no particular order. We will mainly be looking at name brands, but I might throw some special ones in there!"

More information on this article can be found here.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Logitech G5 Gaming Mouse Review @ Hardware-Review
"Nowadays, there are many computer peripherals like keyboards, joysticks, and mice that take gaming to a whole new level. With manufacturers in a fierce competition to win our hearts over with the latest and greatest computer hardware, we evaluate how the Logitech G5 gaming mouse stacks up in this battle for fragging supremacy."

More information on this review can be found here.

Buttkicker Gamer Sound System Review

"When you're gaming at LAN parties or with a bunch of friends in a garage or basement, using your 5.1 stereo sound system when you're fragging them isn't an option. So, what are you going to do when you want that “bass feel”, but you have to use headphones? The ButtKicker Gamer was designed with this purpose in mind, and we just happen to have one on our test bench to review today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saitek Eclipse Illuminated Keyboard Review @ Think Computers
"Saitek, a name synonymous with game controllers, joysticks, and other gaming devices. They are not really known for keyboards, but keyboards are gaming controllers too, aren’t they? The 2 big companies who make keyboards are of course Microsoft, and Logitech. The keyboard we are about to take a look at might make those 2 companies go back to the drawing board. The keyboard I’m talking about is the Saitek Eclipse Illuminated Keyboard. This keyboard is branded a gaming keyboard, but it will appeal to almost anyone."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dell XPS 600 SLI Gaming PC Review @ TrustedReviews
Yes, that's cards. There are of course, two in this machine - nVidia GeForce 7800 GTXs operating in SLI configuration. As with the motherboard, nVidia has custom made the cards for Dell. Each is fitted with a large dual-slot heat pipe and fan cooler, similar to what nVidia has used on its new 512MB 7800 GTX cards. The PCBs on the Dell cards are full length with a metal bracket running down the spine. The only reason I can see for this is so that the cards can be secured in the bracket that also houses the internal fan with the advantage that there's less chance of anything coming out of place."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Laureate Drive Enclosures Review @ BigBruin
"Enermax has made computer parts for over fifteen years and has always kept their name among the highest of quality. They used the word Laureate to describe these enclosures, so I looked up the exact definition and found it described as being the recipient of the highest honor and excellence. This may not be the most accurate way to describe these enclosures, but the Enermax quality is still apparent in its craftsmanship."

More information on this review can be found here.
X-Micro Mini DisGo 20 GB Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Nowadays with broadband Internet, DVDs and hard disk drives over 120 GB the necessity for high-capacity mobile storage is greater than never. You may need to copy some files at a friend’s home or even make a backup. Flash USB drives are a convenient way to carry data around, but they are not available with capacities beyond 4 GB yet. X-Micro has just released a very small external hard disk drive that promises to fill this gap, named Mini DisGo."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nikao Dragonfire Case Review @ ExtensiveMods
"Being a modder, having a pre-mod on my desk seems almost like blasphemy. I mean, it's like a mechanic bringing his car to another shop to be fixed, it just doesn't happen all that much. A while back, I got an email from Nikao, a company whose sole purpose is to sell pre-modified computer parts. Not wanting to turn them down, I accepted the case, and a few days later it lay upon my doorstep ready for me to open it. I brought it inside, popped the top, and to my surprise, “gasp,” I actually liked what I saw. Today I have the opportunity to review the Nikao Dragonfire case. A pre-mod that pleases a modder? That can’t be! Or can it?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake's Golden Orb II Review @ All Round Modders
"Thermaltake's Golden Orb II wasn't as good as people expected it to be, or at least for me it wasn't. I had one for testing when it was released, but I think it suffered from a low fin count and smaller fan. Sure, it was quiet and kept heat to acceptable levels, but it couldn't out-do the competition. Thermaltake then redesigned this cooler and coined it the Blue Orb II. Looking at the features, Thermaltake seems to be quite serious this time around. Read further for the results!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling ATI Silencer 5 Rev 2 Review @ NGOHQ
"Here we have the Arctic Cooling ATI Silencer 5 VGA cooler. These coolers are becoming an industry standard of sorts when it comes to top of the line video cards. HIS started the trend and now many other top manufacturers like ASUS have added them to their high end offerings."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS9500 LED High Performance Quiet CPU Cooler Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Zalman CNPS9500 CPU Cooler has a lot going for it. The heatsink is all copper, it has a torrent of fins, 6 heatpipes, & a smooth solid copper base. All this and a quiet 92mm blue LED fan in the center. They also include a rheostat to control the speed of the fan. It even fits all new AMD & Intel motherboards. This cooler is king!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
PrimoChill PC ICE Non-Conductive Coolant Review @ PimpRig
"PC Ice retains its non-conductive nature much better than distilled water, from this stand point it should prove somewhat safer in a water cooled PC. It however is not an insulator, it will carry a slight charge when polluted."

More information on this review can be found here.
5-Way Radiator Round-Up Part 1 @ Phoronix
"The final contenders for the Phoronix Radiator Round-Up have been narrowed down to the talented folks at Danger Den, Hardware Labs, CoolingWorks, and Thermaltake. Just how well do these various 120mm water cooling radiators perform when they attempt to be tamed by a raging DFI nForce4 Ultra-D with Athlon 64 Venice? Today we have a presentation of the opponents in our two-part radiator challenge."

More information on this review can be found here.
The 12 Days of Christmas Bona Fide Style @ Bona Fied Reviews
"We have searched high and low, to the furthest corners of the known… internet to find great gifts that will make all your relatives jealous of your gift giving prowess. We know, that’s not what Christmas is supposed to be all about, but it’s still nice when mean old Auntie Bertha glares at you for giving the gift that outdoes her hand knitted yarn ball yo yo. Read on and choose those that fit in with your gift giving needs."

More information on this article can be found here.
Buying Guide: Holiday 2005 Gifts @ Designtechnica
"This year, you can be the one putting the 'happy' in happy holidays. Impress everyone on your list with one of these handpicked gadgets. We've included the best gifts - spanning all budgets - to make this year's gift buying a snap. Grab your list, check it twice, print this out and head to the stores."

More information on this article can be found here.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Geeks smash a brand new XBOX360 @ SmashMyXbox.com
"November 22nd 2005 - 10am - Well, after 55 hours of pain, cold, and suffering, we have got our Xbox 360 and successfully smashed it outside Best Buy minutes later, with a large sledgehammer in front of a few Xbox Fanboys who just bought brand new 360s. Short video clip will be posted tomorrow (23rd) and the longer documentary style one will be posted with the next few days. For now, enjoy these pictures!"

I can't believe anyone would be stupid enough to destroy an XBOX360 when many are killing themselves to obtain one. More information on this article can be found here.
Icemat 2nd Edition Mousing Surface Review @ Hardware-Review
"One of the best ways to improve your gaming performance is having the right mousing surface that fits your gaming style and personal preferences. One surface that's sure to be near the top of the list is the black Icemat 2nd Edition mousing surface, which is the subject of our review today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xbox 360 - Back to the Future @ Firing Squad
"The Xbox 360 represents a step back in time for Microsoft. A chance to return to the 1980's when Microsoft took the world by storm by leveraging the experience and technology of its competitors. Check out Alan Dang's take on the next-generation console market and see why PC gamers should take notice."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xbox 360 Zero Hour @ Krunker
"There I was tonight standing in line at 8:59pm watching the seconds tick by, waiting in anticipation for the Xbox 360 to be officially launched at 9pm PST. 40 seconds.. 39 seconds.. 38.. tick tock tick tock.. As I stood there among the thousands that had braved the trek to Palmdale, CA, I couldn’t help but think about the last 12+ hours of this incredible day."

More information on this report can be found here.
Ultra Products 7-Port USB Buddy Hub Review @ PimpRig
"So, what is a 7-Port Buddy Hub you may ask? It's a nifty new product from Ultra Products that is perfect for any small home or office business that needs to share resources but doesn't have the network for it. It is designed to eliminate that contortionist act that you have to do to unplug USB cables from the back of your computer when you want to use your peripherals on a different computer, all with the simple click of a button. However, with the quirky behavior concerning USB devices when it comes to Windows XP, can this product still manage to deliver what Ultra says it can?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Startech SV411KA KVM Review @ Overclockers Online
"A four port KVM switch that also has the ability to distribute audio and a microphone across four computers in or out of the OS can be the ultimate tool for those of us with multiple systems. With a quality KVM like the SV411KA there is absolutely no lag whatsoever. I was worried that mouse lag or stuttering would show up with all three machines on but it certainly didn't. Even at 1600x1200 the display kept up 100% when gaming and watching movies. The other huge benefit to using this KVM over VNC is the ability to switch between computers outside of Windows allowing me to jump into the BIOS of any of the three machines without swapping a single cable; this is priceless for an overclocker."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master RealPower 550W PSU Review @ techPowerUp
"Cooler Master has engineered a great PSU which has a PCI-Express Power connector and can supply 12V from three rails. Most PSUs have only one or two. For the visual aspect there is a Watt Viewer which goes into a drive bay and automatically displays the current power consumption of your computer - without the need of additional software."

More information on this preview can be found here.
SilverStone Strider ST60F 600w SLI Power Supply Review Review @ OCIA
"A total of eight Molex connections should be plenty for your power-hungry system. The beautiful thing about modular technology is that you can eliminate the clutter of wires in your system by simply removing the wires that you will not utilize. Do note that the main ATX power cable is 24-Pin, but can be converted to 20-Pin should your motherboard require it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra X-Finity 500 Watt ATX Power Supply Review @ PimpRig
"The other thing that caught my eye, the cabling. There were no red, black or yellow wires anywhere, and this is not a modular unit with sleeved cables. The cables themselves offer the new idea from Ultra called, FlexForce Cables."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC-3500 Gold GX XTC Dual Channel Memory Preview @ 3DGameman
"OCZ PC-3500 Gold GX Edition is the latest addition to the extreme-speed Gold GX Series family. These modules 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."

More information on this preview can be found here.
GeIL Ultra PC2-5300 DDR2-667 Review @ Phoronix
"Golden Emperor International Ltd, or better known as GeIL, has facilities located in the United States, Taiwan, and China since they began offering their wares in 1997. Although GeIL may not be making as many product launches as the folks over at OCZ or Corsair, they have made their share of memory advancements. Up for review today is GeIL's Ultra PC2-5300 667MHz DDR2 Ultra 2 x 512MB Dual Channel Kit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus EN7800GT 2DHTV/256M/OSP/A Videocard Review @ PCstats
"One example of what the GeForce 7800GT is capable of is Asus' EN7800GT 2DHTV/256M/OSP/A PCI Express x16 videocard. Built with the massive 320 million transistor GeForce 7800GT 'G70' core, the Asus EN7800GT packs in 256MB of GDDR3 memory. The card supports nVidia's Scalable Link Interface (SLI) for dual videocard gaming like all current generation nVIDIA parts. The bright blue videocard incorporates twin DVI connectors so users can attach digital LCD displays. Component output (HDTV, Y, Pb, Pr) and S-Video output comes standard via a breakout-box. The software package includes a couple of games and some multimedia applications."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC-3500 Gold GX Review @ CaseModGod
"OCZ PC-3500 Gold Gamer eXtreme Series is the latest addition to the extreme-speed Gold Series family. As part of the award winning OCZ Gold series, PC-3500 Gold is built with leading edge technology designed to provide users with unwavering performance features capable of excelling in even the most demanding gaming environments. With the slightly above average voltage of 2.8V, these high-speed modules run at DDR433 and turn out heart-pounding 2-2-2-5 timings with flawless performance and stability—a necessity for today’s PC gamers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Via K8T900 Preview @ Bit-Tech


"The chipset appears to be a very competitive one from VIA. At least, in terms of performance. The K8T900 reference board managed to match the popular DFI LANParty nF4 SLI-DR across our selection of real-world and gaming scenarios. The platform appears to work well, too, which is good to see from a reference motherboard."

More information on this preview can be found here.
What is a Motherboard? @ PC Review
"Two of the biggest makes of CPUs at the moment are Intel and AMD, yet you cannot buy motherboards that support the use of either: it will support one or the other, due to physical differences in the connectors. This is often referred to as a type of 'platform'; for example, an 'Intel platform motherboard' means a motherboard with an Intel CPU. Furthermore, you must choose a specific type of processor; for example, an AMD Athlon 64 or Pentium 4. Therefore, you must choose which CPU you want before you can choose your motherboard. Both Intel and AMD processors are capable of running the same applications, but there are differences in price and performance depending on which one you choose."

More information on this article can be found here.
NZXT Lexa Classic Case Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Some may consider NZXT to be the new kid on the block. And they are right. But when the new kid moved in they bought alot of new toys to play with in the form of new ideas. With a couple of legendary cases under their belts like the Nemesis and the Trinity made some of the older kids gather around and see what the fuss was all about. NXZT stepped away from the their robotic creations to come up with a new classic case. The Lexa. And it is bound to catch the eye of everyone in the enthusiast market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone LC17 HTPC Case Review @ Madshrimps
"Since their launch in 2003 we've seen many innovation and high quality products from Silverstone. Today we take a closer look at one of their most known case series: Lascala or LC for short. With more than 17 variations available their aim is to please almost everybody out there. The LC17 is one of their latest full size ATX HTPC cases, to accommodate standard size computer equipment the LC17 is one of the larger members of the LC family and it comes with the usual splendid looks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, November 21, 2005
XG Viper ATX Blue/500W Review @ Nordic Hardware
"The Viper case has been designed for gamers and has been created to be light, powerful and above all easy to carry along. When it comes to the power it has chosen to use 500W power supply which should be more than enough. The question is if these are just peak values or really are for longtime load."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Power Station 520W PSU Review @ BigBruin
"On the front of the power supply, where the connectors usually go, you find that the unit is modular. The difference is that where there are usually many plugs, we instead find that there are only three plugs for the modular cables: two 6-pin PCI Express power connectors, and the 8-pin Power Station connector."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC4000 2GB Gold Edition Memory Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"My game play is all about Battlefield 2 right now. The OCZ EL-DDR PC4000 Gold Edition kit has proved without a doubt to me that two gigs are a very worthwhile investment for gamers. You could get a rough feel for this in our graph but within a game, you get the emotionally positive feedback that does not translate well into rote figures and results. If you are not a gamer, I think you may be better off saving your upgrade dollar right now as the benefit isn't earth shattering elsewhere."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-In-Wonder X1800 XL Review @ Viperlair
"The ATI All-In-Wonder X1800 XL isn't all about games of course, and the main selling point really is the X1800 XL combined with the myriad of multimedia features put into the product. Simply put, nobody from NVIDIA, Hauppage, Matrox, S3 or anywhere offers anything close to what the AIW family, let alone the AIW X1800 XL can offer."

More information on this review can be found here.
ZyXEL ZyAIR AG-225H WiFi Finder and USB Adapter @ Trusted Reviews
"The AG-225H is a well designed, pocket sized package that comes complete with a short carrying cord and a USB extender cable. The front panel is home to a small LCD panel and the unit can be powered on and off with a switch underneath, while the two buttons on the upper surface are used to initiate a wireless scan and to scroll through the list of identified access points. It would have been nice if the LCD display was backlit - especially as the unit uses a Li-Ion (Lithium Ion) battery which is recharged whenever connected to a USB port."

More information on this review can be found here.
ViewSonic N3250w 32 Inch LCD Television Review @ XYZ Computing
"Flat screen televisions are one of the most interesting products in this upcoming holiday season. The dominance of LCD monitors in the computer market has dispelled most users' fears of moving from the large CRT screen which they have gotten used. The advantages in size, aesthetics, and performance of an flat screen television is immediately clear, but people's reluctance to make the change and the price premium on this new technology is going to slow the transition down a bit. This review is going to be taking a look at ViewSonic's N3250w 32" LCD television. Given its price level and size, this is going to be a great product for the average consumer- it offers a smart mix of price and performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Apricorn Ez Bus Portable 20GB Backup System Review @ Think Computers
"Everyone needs more storage, especially if you travel a lot with your laptop. We also need security and it is recommended we do regular backups. The new trend seems to be toward USB thumb drives, but the speeds just aren't there yet, and the capacities are great for moving a few documents but not major files and programs. The next choice you then have is to either upgrade your hard drive or get an external hard drive, either choice is not great one. External hard drives are big and bulky for the most part and upgrading a laptops hard drive is usually costly and the technology isn't there yet for large capacities. The same thing partially applies to desktop PCs as well, sometimes a CD or DVD is just not big enough to transfer the data you need, so you have to get a big and bulky external/portable hard drive. Today I have something for review that I found really cool and useful, it is a very small USB powered 2.5 inch hard drive from Apricorn called the Ez Bus."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Expands Flash Voyager Line Up With 4GB Ultra-Durable USB2.0 Drive
"Fremont, CA (November 21, 2005) – Adding to its award-winning Flash Voyager USB2.0 drives, Corsair Memory today announced immediate availability of a new capacity – 4GB. Enclosed in the Corsair proprietary all-rubber Flash Voyager housing and boasting water-resistant/temperature tolerant properties, the new 4GB drive allows users to carry more valuable data and applications without compromise. Equipped with a security application and featuring dual channel technology, the 4GB Flash Voyager delivers a perfect combination of functionality, capacity and performance.

Favored by those who are on the go, the Flash Voyager drives bring additional features to make the perfect mobile companion. First in the industry to feature an all-rubber housing, the USB drive performs reliably even under the most extreme conditions. Whether it is exposed to severe temperature, moisture or physical abuse, the Flash Voyager performs consistently to hold the valuable data. To promote data security, each Flash Voyager is readied with a security application that allows users to create a hidden, password-protected partition on the USB drive."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Kingston Launches New 15-in-1 Reader
"Fountain Valley, CA November 17, 2005 Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of its new Kingston® 15-in-1 Hi-Speed Reader.

Designed to support 15 popular types of Digital Memory cards using four media ports, this USB 2.0 Hi-Speed reader delivers up to 480 Mbps data transfer rates for high-resolution images, data and more. Kingston's 15-in-1 Reader installs quickly and easily with its plug-and-play design and is backward compatible with USB 1.1 specification standards. It is the essential reader to suit faster speed cards currently offered in the market, including Kingston's SD Ultimate memory card with 133x write speed.

"Kingston's 15-in-1 Reader is incredibly versatile for personal or business use. Compatible with 15 of the most popular media available today it is a must-have for any professional photographer or serious enthusiast who needs a fast and reliable data transfer device," said Mike Kuppinger, digital media product manager, Kingston. "It provides a direct gateway between digital media and your desktop or laptop, avoiding the hassle of moving photos, music, data and more between multiple platforms," Kuppinger added."

More information on this press release can be found here.
The Ultimate Techie Gift Guide - When Price Is No Object @ The TechZone
"What do you give the techie who has everything? That's the ultimate question. If you have an impossible person to buy for, then this is the list for you. If you want to spend an insane amount of money on some really expensive (and sometimes stupid) techie gifts, this is also the list for you! We search the world to bring you the most unique and outrageously high priced toys the world has ever seen. Let's begin with the biggest LCD display money can buy."

More information on this article can be found here.
Holiday Guide 2005 @ Krunker
"It’s the holiday season which means it’s time to start shopping for family and friends. Unfortunately shopping isn’t always so easy especially for the person that seem to have it all. If you’re sitting at home wondering where to start, we here at Krunker thought we’d offer some starting points to help things along. We must emphasize that these are merely starting points. There are plenty of products out there that are worth looking into it and we’re certainly going to miss a number of them here. However, this should offer a glimpse into what is cool for the ‘05 holiday season."

More information on this article can be found here.
World Cyber Games Results @ The TechZone
"SINGAPORE - It was the moment of truth today for more than 39,000 spectators at the World Cyber Games (WCG) 2005 Grand Final in Singapore with the completion of four of the eight championship matches – Warhammer, Need for Speed, Dead or Alive Ultimate and Halo 2. The day ended with Brazil leading the national ranking chart, followed closely by USA and Japan. With home-ground advantage, host city Singapore also climbed the national ranking chart to take 5th place after 24-year old Wilson Chia bagged a silver medal for Dead or Alive Ultimate. Japan’s Tomoyuki Inui claimed the gold medal."

More information on this report can be found here.
X-BOX360: Zero-Hour Live Coverage @ OCIA
"For those of you that are following the X-BOX360 hype, you may know that tonight is the beginning of Zero-Hour, Microsoft's official release party of the X-BOX360 to 3,000 lucky winners in a recent contest. OCIA.net's own Striker777 was lucky enough to score a ticket to the event, and brings us live photos from the top-secret event. Click the picture below to be taken to a thread with updates throughout the night."

More information on this report can be found here.
Dracos 2005 Christmas Wish List @ Think Computers
"Tis the holiday season, yet again. This article is not only my wish list but could be the wish list of most computer enthusiasts out there today. These things, in my opinion are the top 10 most wanted gifts of the 2005 holiday season. Everyone loves getting Christmas presents, so why not get what you want this year?"

More information on this article can be found here.
World Cyber Games 2005 Grand Final Day 3 @ Hardware Zoom
"The highlight for the third day was DOAU final between Japan and Singapore. Today, the champion for Halo2, WarHammer and Need For Speed were made known too. For CS:Source, WarCraft and StarCraft, the semi-finalists will be fighting for the championship tomorrow."

More information on this report can be found here.
Saturday, November 19, 2005
How To Clean Up Your MP3 Collection @ The TechZone
"If like me you have a big music collection gathered from lots of sources, then you are probably having the same problems with the awful metadata that some tracks have. This article will show you how to tidy up your collection with the correct information."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Logisys Black Illuminated Office Pro Keyboard Review @ ExtensiveMods
"Logisys is a well-known and well-established name in the computer industry, and are known for a wide selection of computer related devices. Today, I was lucky enough to get to take a look at their Black Illuminated Office Pro Keyboard. That’s right, it glows. It also has many other features, such as a scroll wheel placed off to the left of where a regular keyboard would end… but more on that later, lets get to the packaging and specifications."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saitek Cyborg Evo Force Joystick Review @ Think Computers
"Professional Joysticks have advanced pretty far since the days of the Atari joystick, some of you may be too young to remember them, but they had a square base, 1 button and a short stick coming out of the middle. None of the stuff you see on today’s joysticks, and game pads were non-existent, unless you count the pads that came with Intellivision, I guess that was sort of a game pad. Today’s joysticks are pretty complicated, especially the high-end ones, with many buttons and customizations available to the professional gamer. Saitek is one of the companies that specialize in professional joysticks and game pads. Today for review I have the Saitek Cyborg Evo Force joystick. It could be considered a professional joystick for the hardcore gamer or enthusiast. It features many buttons and customizations, and has the force feedback feature as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plextor PX-740UF External DVD±R/RW Drive Video Review @ 3DGameman
"If you're in the market for a top of the line external DVD burner keep this one at the very top of your list. It's loaded with bleeding edge features and looks great. Additionally, it also can be connected to a USB2 or Firewire connection. What sets this drive apart from others is the ability to burn Dual Layer media at 4x. Burn, baby burn!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
Athlon 64 X2 4600+ & 4200+ Review @ Sharky Extreme
"The Athlon 64 X2 line is at the forefront of dual core technology, and while we've covered off the Athlon 64 X2 4800+ and 3800+ in previous reviews, the Athlon 64 X2 4600+ and 4200+ processors offer a more compelling mix of high-end performance and feature a more mainstream pricing structure."

More information on this review can be found here.
DDR2 PC2-6400 (800MHz) 7-way Memory Showdown @ Legit Reviews
"Legit Reviews has recently had the opportunity to look over SEVEN PC2-6400 memory kits from some of the most popular enthusiast brand lines here in North America. Our three memory kits came from A-DATA, Corsair, Crucial, Kingston, Mushkin, OCZ, and SyncMAX. All of the kits are rated at PC2-6400 or DDR2 800MHz and are meant to be used in overclocking situations. While all seven brands are rated at 800MHz, this is where the similarities end."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS Extreme N7800 GTX TOP Video Card Review @ Hard Avenue
"The cooler featured on the ASUS 7800GTX TOP is similar to what we are seeing emerge from a lot of videocard companies lately - that is, a dual slot design that has an exhaust for dumping the air out the back of the case, shaped in a manner that reminds you of a hair dryer. The reason such cooling was adopted rather than a more standard solution was because the 7800GTX TOP actually comes pre-overclocked right from the beginning. In fact, the clock speeds here are 486MHz on the core and 1350MHz on the RAM, as opposed to the 7800GTX's default clocks of 430MHz on the core and 1.2GHz on the RAM."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-In-Wonder X800XL Video Card Review @ Viperlair
"Feature-wise, nothing really comes close to the AIW X800XL as an all around product. If your space is limited in your PCI Express based setup and you're in need of a TV tuner and decent gaming card, the AIW X800XL is tough to beat. The multiple inputs, covering the different cable budgets, an easy to use software package and FM tuner makes it relatively easy to setup a multimedia (or at least a multipupose) box."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS KN1 Motherboard Review @ Bit-Tech
"ECS has invested heavily in making sure their Extreme series motherboards cater for the enthusiasts needs, and we believe that they were a little bit unlucky here. This board is fast, and if the retail reliability is as good as ECS say it is, this board is worth considering if you are looking for a reasonably priced SLI motherboard. However, we find it hard to give the ECS KN1 SLI Extreme an unswerving recommendation, based on the prices of the other boards in its market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AW8-MAX v1.0 Motherboard Review @ Phoronix
"Back in August of this year, we had reviewed the Abit AW8 motherboard, which is based upon Intel's i955X Chipset, and overall we were much impressed by its abilities on not only the performance front, but also the Linux compatibility and build-quality we have come to expect from the engineers over at Abit. At hand today, we have the Abit AW8-MAX, which packs in a few tweaks and additions than what was built into the AW8 vanilla."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone NT03 CPU Cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"As we mentioned earlier the fans although only 60mm in size have 11 blades and according to the specs should not produce much noise, well for 60mm fans anyway. Having said that the size still has me in doubts about the overall performance, even with them acting in a push pull configuration."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech™ introduces the "APOGEE" Water Block
Signal Hill, CA - Friday November 19, 2005 - Swiftech™ today announced the release of the Patent Pending APOGEE water-block and revamping of its entire line of CPU Liquid Cooling kits. The Apogee water-block is a universal CPU cooling solution that reaches “exotic” performance levels without the flow restrictions usually associated with such high-end devices. As a result, it yields substantial performance gains in multi-processor and multi-VGA environments. "Anyone looking at our test data will be shocked by the results, but the Apogee water-block clearly demonstrates Swiftech's commitment to bring the best possible solutions to the market place." said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech's Chairman.

Following the introduction of the Apogee water-block, Swiftech also released three new CPU liquid cooling kits as follows:

The H20-80 MICRO is a high-performance low noise kit designed for space-constrained applications such as Small Form Factor computers. This cooling system is rated for one Single or Dual core processor of any speed and one high-end VGA card. The kit concept favors low maintenance, and most importantly the ability to fit each of its small individual components in any space available.

The H20-120 PREMIUM is configured to satisfy performance-oriented users and overclockers who wish to maintain a quiet working/playing environment. This cooling system is rated for up to two single core processors or one dual core CPU and two high-end VGA cards in SLI mode. The system is focused on plug-and-play installation and universal compatibility.

The H20-220 Apex ULTRA is dedicated to the two extremes of the enthusiast market spectrum: Overclockers in search of the lowest CPU temperatures AND Silent computing users in search of the lowest possible operating noise. This low maintenance cooling system is rated for up to two dual-core processors and two high-end VGA cards in SLI mode. It requires minimal case modifications."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Cooler Master Centurion 531 ATX Case Review @ PimpRig
"The case I am reviewing today comes from Cooler Master. A trusted name in the computer industry, not only for cooling, but now coming with more varied items to add to their product line. This particular case I am looking at is the silver Centurion 531 without the window or power supply. In addition to the window and PSU several other options can be added; a black finish with or without the window, and an additional 120 mm fan in back."

More information on this review can be found here.
Holiday Wishlist 2006 @ XYZ Computing
"Well, it is that time of the year again. With Halloween done and over with its time for Thanksgiving and, before you know it, the holiday season. Every company realizes this and has made sure the stores are packed with cool new gadgets, gifts, and gizmos. This guide is going to go over a few of the items which appear of the wishlists of a few of the XYZ Computing staff members. Nothing too formal, but you can get an idea of some of the cool products to keep an eye out for this season."

More information on this article can be found here.
Dreamhack Winter Preview @ Bit-Tech
"Yet the crown for the biggest single event belongs to the Swedes: Dreamhack is "the world's largest computer festival" and is expected to attract some 6,000 people to Jönköping, west of Stockholm, Sweden when Dreamhack Winter 2005 kicks off next week, 24-27 November. The 4-day event is held twice annually in the Elmia exhibition centre, spread over two halls, the main one of which is 10,000 square metres."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Friday, November 18, 2005
Wardriving - What is it and how does it affect me? @ OCModShop
"I actually knew a guy who took this a step farther and wrote a program on his Commodore 64 that could spoof the phone company computers and let him make "free" long distance phone calls well, at least free to him but I digress. In the modern day of broadband and high-speed internet, people have migrated from modems to routers, many of which have wireless capability. "War Driving" is the act of driving around in a car looking for "open" wireless access points, usually with a booster antenna on the roof that is attached to a wireless LAN card in a laptop. But these days, this can also be done with a PDA, like an iPAQ."

More information on this article can be found here.
How To Avoid Identity Theft @ The TechZone
"Although you can recover from having your identity stolen, it is far better to prevent it from happening in the first place. Knowing what criminals can do with your identity is the first best step to protecting your identity. It doesn’t do much good to try and protect your identity from some unknown threat. A criminal that can assume your identity can open and access credit accounts, bank and investment accounts, and generally pretend to be you in many ways. Most identity theft actions result in costing you money, but not all. Identity thieves can use your medical background as well to disclose personal information or just to get fraudulent medical services or drugs. The list of what crooks can do with your identity is nearly endless. That’s why you need to do all you can to protect your identity."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thermalright SI-120 Heatsink Review @ OCIA
"The heatpipes pass through the center of the fins and are soldered in place. A total of 52 fins provide for a large surface area for cooling. As with Thermalright's other coolers, the finned portion of the heatsink overhangs the base by a good margin and should provide indirect cooling for components surrounding the CPU socket."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeIL ONE W BH5 PC3200 400MHz DDR Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Sometimes I get too excited about dealing with a new manufacturer here at Pro-Clockers. Being able to test and try new hardware makes my day. So today was one of those days. I returned home and saw that there was a package for me. Open it right there on the spot. Some GeIL One W memory. What a good day. Moving on past my excitement now. GeIL is one of those companies some average joe off the may not have heard of. But if you are an Apple enthusiast you have. And if you have visited any of the more popular forums on the web you have heard of them also. They have made a name for themselves in the last few months with their One series of memory. Boasting CAS 1.5 timings made everyone stand up and pay attention."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung Spinpoint 250GB PATA (SP2514N) HDD Review @ Tech-Mods
"The SP2514N has a rotation speed rate of 72,000 RPM and an 8mb buffer. The buffer to and from host; settles in at 133mbs/s with an average latency of 4.17ms and spins off with a18ms full stroke. The aluminum and black body of the SP2514N feels rugged to hold, having a simple top sticker over a smartly polished cover gives information of drive and connection jumpers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial PC3200 2GB Kit Review @ Techgage
"Just because a memory kit is 'value' doesn't mean it's not worthy of your attention. Today we are taking a look at a fair priced 2GB kit from Crucial, which rolls in at DDR400 speeds. Let's see how it stacks up, and see if we can squeeze any overclocking out of it."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC-3200 Gold GX XTC @ techPowerUp
"OCZ is well known for being constantly on the lookout for new ways to improve performance of their enthusiast memories. The 3200 Gold GX XTC are using OCZ's completely reingeneered heatspreaders which feature a pattern of honeycomb holes for improved heat transfer. Being able to run tight latencies of 2-2-2-5 1T is a great way to improve system performance. In our tests we could run at DDR476 with those timings."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-In-Wonder X800XL Review @ Viperlair
"Feature-wise, nothing really comes close to the AIW X800XL as an all around product. If your space is limited in your PCI Express based setup and you're in need of a TV tuner and decent gaming card, the AIW X800XL is tough to beat. The multiple inputs, covering the different cable budgets, an easy to use software package and FM tuner makes it relatively easy to setup a multimedia (or at least a multipupose) box."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte Geforce FX 6600 128MB Turbo Force Review @ All Round Modders
"As we all know, NVIDIA and ATI have both released their next generation graphics cards, namely the 7800 and X1X00 series VGA cards. So, whats the point of reviewing a NVIDIA 6600 128MB? Its price vs. performance factor has come into play. The price of these cards has dropped a tremendous amount since it was released. Now we get to see a high-end offering of this GPU, in the form of the Gigabyte Turbo Force Edition, for a great price. Read further to explore the performance and price factors of this PCI Express graphics card."

More information on this review can be found here.
World Cyber Games 2005 Grand Final Day 1 @ Hardware Zoom
"Apart from the gaming action, spectators were also treated to an array of activities at the Sponsor Pavilion with worldwide sponsor, Samsung, kicking off with an extravagant exhibition, daily spectator prizes and its plans for bridging the physical and digital divide. To further boost the gaming industry, Razer launched a one million dollar sponsorship fund for professional and amateur gamers. Intel also conducted media tours and shared with show spectators their latest development in PC gaming technology."

More information on this report can be found here.
Gigabyte Radeon X1800XL Graphics Card Review @ Tweaktown
"Another day sees another graphics card and this one comes in the shape of the newly released Radeon X1800XL from Gigabyte. This is our first sample to be tested with the new official ATI Catalyst drivers with the previous X1800XL we looked at was still running pre-released non-WHQL drivers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Highspeed PC Tech Station v2 Review @ Paradise|OC

"There have been times when a box of band-aids has been needed for every finger when I go to work in a case. No matter what, I always got a few cuts from somewhere in the case. They were small, so I never noticed until red stains started showing up on clothes and the case itself. Those are not fun times. That is one thing I look for in a case, one that is easy to work with, that won't turn my hands into confetti. This is where Highspeed PC's Tech Station comes in."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec P160W P160 Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"The design and execution of the P160W, while not perfect, is very impressive indeed. It's quiet and has very good cooling potential. With the exception of the drive rail issue and the rather fussy stealth cover buttons, the case was a pleasure to work with. I particularly like the design of the HDD drive trays, the motherboard tray and the control panel. The aluminum chassis is light but robust with a well-designed layout."

More information on this review can be found here.
Metal Leafing Guide @ CaseModGod
"Gold, silver or copper can be a great looking accent, but not all mod parts come in these colors. Having parts dipped and plated, like chroming, can be very pricey. So what do you do? A technique called Leafing, which is a process of applying a real metal onto wood, metal, or plastic."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
iONE Scorpius-P20 2.4 Ghz Wireless Keyboard Review @ Tech-Mods
"With the increase in HTPC computer systems, remote wireless keyboards now becoming increasingly popular. Ione has come out with a wireless joystick-mouse/keyboard unit to suit these people’s needs. Will the Scorpius-P20 meet our HTPC needs?

More information on this review can be found here.
Sharkoon Xurface Gaming Pad Review @ OCIA
"I used an Xraypad Thunder 8 with dual surfaces for comparison against the Xurface and although the Xurface's surface was in between the 'smooth' and 'rough' sides of the Thunder 8, I have to say that I like the Xurface better. The other pad's surfaces were either too smooth or too rough; the Xurface is a nice medium."

More information on this review can be found here.
Steel Sound 5H USB Professional Gaming Headset Review @ ThinkComputers
"Professional gaming products, there are only a few companies that come to mind. One of which is Steelpad. Steelpad has been making professional gaming mouse pads for a while now. We have reviewed a couple of their pads and they were great. Today we have something different from a mouse pad, a gaming headset. The Steel Sound 5H USB gaming headset. Usually when you see a company change from one type of product to another their quality in that product usually is not that of the previous product. That is not true with Steelpad; the Steel Sound 5H is a great professional headset. There are so many features so let’s get into the review!"

More information on this review can be found here.

Steel Sound 5H USB Professional Gaming Headset Review @ CyberwizardPit

"Danish gaming equipment giant Steel Series is well-known throughout the gaming world for their innovative products, especially their trademark mousepads and mousing accessories. However, today Steel Sound attempts to cross over into audio territory with their first pair of Professional Gaming Headsets - the Steel Sound 5H. Today's review by CyberwizardPit focuses on the Steel Sound 5H USB Edition, and gives a closer look at what this pair of headsets is all about."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TWIN2X1024-8000UL Review @ Viperlair
"If you're running air cooling on a 915P/925X based motherboard with a Pentium 4 5xx series processor, this kit may not make a whole lot of sense. Otherwise, owners of 955X or nForce 4 SLI boards with a Pentium Extreme Edition will want to give this kit a close look."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX GeForce 6600 DDR2 256MB PCIe Review @ Hexus
"XFX's GeForce 6600 DDR2 256MB card provides more-than decent performance for the £80 asking price. Add to this the high-quality bundle and immediate availability and we have little reservation in recommending it to gamers who are looking to upgrade to a PCI-Express card and want a fistful of change from £100."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS IceQ X700 128Meg AGP Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"There is no way I am going to put this card down. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this card if you consider its' targeted consumer genre. This card is meant to be a value based premium graphics card with exceptional cooling and overclocking potential. What more could you ask for when you are laying down US$139. Sure there might be cheaper, but I bet it isn't as loaded as this model. If you are in the market for a cheap, yet superb value videocard, give this one a try. The overclocking and cooling alone are worth it in my mind."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Nitrogen NT03 Review @ ExtensiveMods
"As some of you may know, we reviewed the Silverstone Nitrogen NT02 a little while back, and were very pleased with its performance and overall build quality. Well, today we have the NT02's little brother, the Nitrogen NT03 up on the bench for testing. The NT03 features two 50mm SilverStone fans, three copper heat pipes, and a vast amount of horizontally mounted copper fins."

More information on this review can be found here.
Jetart VGA All in One Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers
"With a large core clock of and a small memory clock overclock to boot, my graphics card has begun kicking out some serious heat. So upon contacting Jetart, I was sent their VGA all in one cooler. Needless to say I was very impressed by this cooler, to the point that it is still in my rig as I write this. Read on to find out why."

More information on this review can be found here.
MC14 All-copper BGA Memory Ramsink Product Released @ Swiftech
Signal Hill, CA - Wednesday November 16, 2005 - Swiftech™ today announced the release of the new MC14 line of all-copper Ramsinks. Optmized for convection cooling, these Ramsinks are designed to fit individual memory modules such as used in graphic cards made by ATI® and nVidia®. " Our tests revealed up to 6 Degrees Celsius improvement over existing Ramsink solutions", said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech's Chairman and added " these are the ideal companions to our VGA liquid cooling solutions such as the MCW55 Waterblock for example, as they allow high-end graphic cards to operate in virtual silence".

More information on this press release can be found here.
Connecting Two PCs Using an USB-USB Cable @ Hardware Secrets
"A very easy way to connect two PCs is using an USB-USB cable. Connecting two PCs with a cable like this you can transfer files from one PC to another, and even build a small network and share your Internet connection with a second PC. In this tutorial we will explain you how to connect two PCs using a cable like this."

More information on this guide can be found here.
World Cyber Games 2005 Grand Final Opening @ Hardware Zoom
"First day of the WCG started with an opening press conference for international and local media who will be present to cover the world's largest computer and video game festival. The opening ceremony was held in the evening, it was a colourful display of multicultural performances that set the gaming spirit for the five-day gaming festival."

More information on this report can be found here.
Lian Li PC-7B Plus Aluminum Case @ System Cooling
"Today we are reviewing the Lian Li PC-7B Plus, which is one of the latest designs in the classic PC-6x series of aluminum enclosures. The PC7 Plus is an all-aluminum, mid-tower enclosure that is available with an optional transparent side window and comes in natural aluminum (PC-7) or with a black anodized finish (PC-7B)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sansun SN-C001 The Bat Case Review @ techPowerUp
"Sansun is a new and rather unknown company, which produces various types of hardware including premodded cases. There are different designs available, the case that we tested has a Batman theme. It looks good and performs pretty well at the same time."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
LG LGDVB418 DVD Player Review @ Designtechnica
"As the battle lines were forming over future high definition DVD formats Blu-Ray and HD-DVD, impatient home theater enthusiasts have been drawn to standard definition DVD players featuring up-conversion and high definition outputs. These DVD players can convert your standard DVD video to 480p, 720p, or 1080i resolutions for use with your HDTV. The theory is that with some signal processing, the video quality can be improved enough to justify converting to a higher resolution format for compatibility with high definition televisions featuring inputs such as HDMI, DVI or component video."

More information on this video review can be found here.
PrimoChill PC ICE Review @ Think Computers
"I've been into liquid and water cooling for almost a year now, you may think that that isn't a long time, but trust me it is. I've learned A LOT in that short amount of time about the various aspects of liquid cooling. I've used plain water, water with additives, and alternative liquids for cooling. Being in the review 'business' I find I need cooling solutions that are far superior to stock and even after market air cooling. With many reviews I have found myself overclocking my CPU, which of course generates a lot of heat and stock cooling just will not let me do what I need to do. In all my trials and errors I have found water is the best for cooling, there are a few companies out there that make alternatives to water and today I will be looking at one of them. PrimoChill's PC Ice from Voyeurmods is what is on the testing/review block today."

More information on this video review can be found here.
X-Micro Video MP3 400 Player Video Review @ 3DGameman
"There are many MP3 players on the market but only a few can do it all. Well, this one is loaded! It comes with a 65,000 color OLED display, is available in 256MB/512MB/1GB sizes, supports a number of different media formats & its USB2. It plays music, records & plays back voice, has a FM radio, displays pictures, plays video, & even has an e-book feature for reading text files. All this and it weights in at only 40 grams!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
Logitech MX5000 Cordless Laser Desktop Review @ XYZ Computing


"If the input device market has taught us anything it is that cords are not only unnecessary, but also uncool. The ever increasing integration of computers into our lifestyle means that computer components have to be stylish in addition to being functional; cutting down on clutter and excess wiring is a step in the right direction. Just think of it like this: cords are the new beige. Logitech's MX 5000 cordless desktop is one of the most impressive sets of input devices to come along in some time. This kit is crammed full of cool new features as well as some slightly older, but proven, technology. If you are looking for style and cutting edge buzzwords, like laser and Bluetooth, you have come to the right place."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron 6600GT (single and SLI) Review @ Bjorn3D


"As a reviewer it is easy to always use the high-end stuff you get to review and forget about the mid-end and even low-end cards. Today though, I will test the Albatron 6600GT, a mid-level performance card that promises a nice performance/price ratio. I’m also testing it in SLI-configuration to see if it is worth getting a second GeForce6600GT instead of buying a completely new card."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mini Keyboard Roundup @ TrustedReviews
"The latest keyboard trend seems to be to go smaller, sleeker and better looking. However, many of these new fancy keyboards seem to have missed out a key point of what you use a keyboard for - typing. In order to use a keyboard comfortably for a long period of time, you need good key travel and keys that are sized and weighted well. This isn’t always the case with these new slim and sleek keyboards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair 2GB Secure Digital 133x Review @ Viperlair
"We added the Flash Voyager simply as a scale to help put the numbers in perspective. Flash media (in it's current state) will never be as fast as a flash drive, so what it boils down to today is how does Corsair fare against other "hi-speed" memory cards? Overall, very well from a performance aspect. The Sandisk Extreme III gave a close fight, but generally trailed the Corsair SD 133x by a small margin."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Pure Innovation PI-A9RX480 Motherboard Review @ PimpRig
"Tell me, isn't that one of the purdiest boards you've seen seen since the Soyo Dragon KT400 Platinum? I "borrowed" the full board pics from Sapphire since the top is pretty reflective and honestly, their shot looks better than any that I took of the full top. I think I would have to cut a window in the motherboard tray and right side of the case just to show off the nice Sapphire logo on the bottom of the board."

More information on this review can be found here.

E-Power Tiger 550W (EP-550P5-T1) Modular PSU Review

"How does it compare to my old Antec True 480W PSU? Using the recording feature on the Asus Probe software, I compared both units under no load (for 5 minutes, right after booting) and under gaming load (10 minutes, Battlefield 2 single player mode). Both the Vcore and the +5V fluctuated within the same range for both units, but the ePower seems to provide a more stable +12V and Vcore than the Antec PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC4800 DDR and PC5400 DDR-2 Reviews @ Tweaktown
"Today we are taking a look at some of OCZ’s fastest memory on the market. First off we have the AMD Athlon 64’s pride and joy, PC4800 DDR SDRAM with the branding “EL Platinum Limited Edition”. After this we also have the Pentium 4’s ultimate companion - low latency DDR-2 SDRAM at 667MHz with the branding “EL Gold Edition”."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC-3200 Gold GX XTC Dual Channel Review @ Techgage
"Lots of memory manufacturers have tried their hand at custom heat spreaders, but most don't usually make much of a noticeable difference. Being the innovators that OCZ are, they have delivered a very unique new spreader, that incorporates a honeycomb design to aide with better heat transfer. We are taking a look at their Gold GX PC3200 1GB kit."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Technology Announces the Gamer eXtreme XTC 2GB Dual Channel Kits
"OCZ Technology, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the release of the PC-3200 and PC-4000 Gold GX XTC 1024MB Modules. These exciting, new memory solutions will be available in 2GB Dual Channel Kits to accommodate the increasing demand for high density modules in today’s contemporary gaming PCs.

Both PC-3200 and PC-4000 GX XTC modules offer superior stability and performance for the modern gamer. The PC-3200 Gold 1GB/2GB kit runs blazing timings of 2-3-3-8 and the PC-4000 Gold 1GB/2GB kit pumps out timings of 3-4-3-8! These exceptional 2GB dual channel optimized kits are the ultimate memory upgrade for the latest graphic-intensive PC titles, such as Battlefield 2, Half Life 2, Doom 3, and Quake 4, which deliver the best end-user experience with 2GB+ of memory."

More information on this press release can be found here.
World Cyber Games 2005 Grand Final Preview @ Hardware Zoom
"Over 700 national finalists from 67 countries will be competing with each other at World Cyber Games 2005 Grand Final, to fight for prizes worth more than US$435,000. From 16 to 20 Nov, HardwareZoom.com will keep you updated with the latest happening here. 24 hours before the official opening, let's check out the battleground to see what's hot here for the next few days at Suntec City, Singapore."

More information on this report can be found here.
Console War Part 2: The Future @ Nordic Hardware
"We nearly got through all earlier consoles in the first part, and now in part two we will take a closer look at coming consoles; Sony Playstation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Nintendo “Revolution”. Especially the first two we have reported about a lot of new features, while the last one has been more of a rare catch. We have tried to summarize these three as good as we can, and we hope that this will help you when choosing what console going to buy."

More information on this article can be found here.
Techie Christmas Gift Ideas @ The TechZone
"Finding the perfect gift for the person in your life can be tricky. That's made even more so when the person you're buying for happens to be a techie. However, the editors and staff at The TechZone got together to help you out with our gift ideas for the tech heads. Not only will we give you some great gift ideas but we'll show you where to get the best deals on them."

More information on this guide can be found here.
MGE XG Dragon Case Review Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"Along with the wicked looks, this case packs a long list of features. The removable mainboard tray was a blessing in disguise. The 80mm intake and exhaust fans that were included boast spectacular blue LED's as well as directing the airflow. The included 500W PSU should be enough for any enthusiast, and the tool-less drive clamps were also a definite plus."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
How To Maintain Password Security @ Virtual-Hideout
"Password security is something that everyone needs to be mindful of, in the same way the we need to keep part of our attention on our surroundings when we're out for a walk. I'd like to talk today about some of the simple things that you can do to help keep yourself safe, things that people who spend a lot of time on their computers rarely think about."

More information on this editorial can be found here.
Razer Copperhead High Precision Gaming Mouse Review @ Hardware-Review
"A serious gamer is always looking for an edge when they are playing online or at LAN tournaments. One way they can tip the scales in their favor is by using Razer's new Copperhead competitive gaming mouse. This mouse has all the bells and whistles you'd expect from a $79 mouse, but how did it perform in our test lab? Read the review to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
How To Clean Your Keyboard - A Step By Step Guide @ The TechZone
"In this guide I will show you how to thoroughly clean you keyboard with some simple household items. When you reach the end of this guide, your keyboard should look as clean as it was the day you bought it."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Sunbeamtech X-1300 Gaming Mouse Review @ SystemCooling
"The computer mouse has been evolving over the past few years. They used to involve nothing more than a rolling ball, two buttons and maybe a scroll wheel. Today mice can have seven buttons, vertical and horizontal scroll wheels, not to mention movement sensing LED’s and now even lasers instead of those old fashioned balls. Today we will be taking a look at Sunbeamtech’s new gaming mouse the X-1300."

More information on this review can be found here.
Metapo/Egen Power 150Watt Power Can Inverter Review @ ThinkComputers
"Today I have another product from Metapo, under the brand name EgenPower. It is something I found interesting and quite useful, it is a power inverter for you car. I'm sure you are wondering what's so interesting about a power inverter, those can be purchased anywhere. The Metapo/EgenPower Power Can Inverter is shaped like a soda can and is made to fit into most cup holders of cars. It not only has one outlet for power, but it also has a powered USB port as well. I think it is just plain cool, and considering it's size, something that everyone can and should have, especially in emergencies. Despite emergency uses, todays world has become very mobile, and having power on the go is pretty much essential, some cars today even feature outlets in them for just such purposes. If you don't have a car with built in outlets, you need to go and buy one of those square and cumbersome inverters, well not anymore. The Power Can Inverter is small and very portable, and comes in varying wattages for varying uses. I have for review the 150Watt version, more than enough for most things including a 19” TV if you brought one along."

More information on this review can be found here.

Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5000 Laser Review

"The last time I took a look at a mouse / keyboard combo from Logitech was the MX 3000 Laser. Today we will be looking at an upgrade to the MX 3000, the MX 50000. The MX 5000 has a better mouse, better keyboard with more features, and something that I have never seen before on a keyboard. The MX 5000 has a lot of cool technologies that you do not see on keyboard / mouse combos. It also uses Bluetooth, so let’s get into the review to see what I’m talking about."

More information on this review can be found here.
ePower XScale 570W (EP-570MP) PSU Review @ Phoronix
"OCZ Technology has been near the top of the power supply hierarchy for quite a while now. Nevertheless, it is a well-known fact that they, like most manufacturers, do not actually make their own units. OCZ Technology uses Topower's as their OEM supplier. Some of the other companies that benefit from Topower include Athena Power, Globalwin, BeQuiet, Aerocool, and ePower. Today we have ePower's Silent Engine 570W PSU for review and it uses Topower's power supplies."

More information on this review can be found here.
XG Magnum 500W Modular PSU Review @ Techniz
"The MGE Extreme Gamer (XG) Magnum 500W PSU is a totally silent and powerful PSU. With the fully aluminum housing, internal heatpipes and multi-direction air ventilation which will provide the optimum cooling solution for this PSU yet silent. With the dual 12V rails of power, it will support many peripheral devices without any problems. The downside for this PSU is the sleeving is not very good due to it was not fully sleeve to the end of the cables and this PSU is not SLI ready as well. This was a good buy power supply unit if you are looking for a powerful and nice looking PSU although it was slightly expensive than other normal PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool K803-925CA Heatsink Review @ Overclockers Online
"The Evercool K803-925CA is not going to be the outstanding performer like the huge heatpipe coolers you have seen here at O² and other places. What the K803-925CA is, however, is one heck of a stock HSF replacement that will fit into any case. Even without the lapping the results were comparable to the retail boxed unit from AMD and after some wet sanding fun it easily outperformed it. The whole time making less noise, not taking up much more space, and looking a whole lot better. Keep in mind, we were asking this cooler to cool an overvolted, overclocked CPU and it performed quite admirably."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool Ice Man Review @ All Round Modders
"Evercool has sent us a sample of their Ice Man Heatpipe CPU Cooler. Evercool realized the demand of better and quieter cooling and they attempted to create a product to accomplish just that. Heatpipes are once of the most popular heat exchanging technologies that is being used today. Evercool implemented this heatpipe technology into there Ice Man CPU cooler. Let us look if this heatsink does create any ice."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 510 Express/SLI Review @ PCstats
"The PC Power and Cooling Turbo-Cool 510 Express/ SLI is a no-nonsense black 510Watt (650Watt peak) power supply. The woven sleeved cables eminating from this PSU include no less than (6) SATA HDD connectors and (2) six pin 12V connectors for dual SLI videocards! This means no more converters that tie up four molex connectors or independent lines. The Turbo-Cool 510 Express/SLI's main selling point is its suitability for SLI videocard systems. This starts with the pair of 12V six-pin video card power connectors on the unit and ends with the fact that the power supply is one of only four officially recommended by nVidia for use with SLI videocard computer systems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooljag SFO-H (68YC) Skived Athlon64 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Cooljag SFO-H (68YC) stands out because of its one piece skived copper construction with four milled exhaust ports in the base. The heatsink is intended for use with socket 754/939/940 AMD Athlon64 and Opteron K8 processors, and comes with a K8 retention frame and packet of silicon thermal compound."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Review @ InsaneTek
"Arctic Cooling is currently dominating the GPU aircooling category, but how do they hold up in the CPU area? The new Freezer 7 Pro comes with some new features and improved performance, with drawbacks of course."

More information on this review can be found here.
Water Addictives: Water Wetter & Super Coolant Review @ A1-Electronics
"How did we test in this review. We used our lab review heatsink test bench as always and to ensure that this was as accurate as possible and used the Vantec Stingray we still had on the heatsink test bench. We did not disturb the CPU heatsink block only drained the system down and refilled with water and or addictive as needed."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB Review @ Bit-Tech
"We think it is fairly safe to say that this video card is the fastest video card on the planet with no exception to that fact. In newer DirectX 9.0c titles that have come out over the last few weeks and months, we have seen that the GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB is considerably faster than the Radeon X1800XT 512MB."

More information on this review can be found here.
EVGA 7800GTX 512MB Review @ Techwarelabs
"The race for the performance crown between ATI and Nvidia almost seems like the fable about the Tortoise and the Hare. For the past 4 months, the Hare (Nvidia) has been taking a relaxing nap and reaping in the profits since it raised the bar with its GeForce 7800 GTX in June. Now, just as the Tortoise (ATI) catches up to the Hare riding on its new 512MB Radeon X1800 XT, the Hare awakens and revs up its own 512MB response: the GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX GeForce 6600 Video Review @ Viperlair
"Those of you on a budget, but are still pretty serious about gaming should really look no further than the XFX 6600. I'll have to admit that our expectations were pretty low when I was told that this was a mere 6600 but the card exceeded my expectations in almost every way. Performance was excellent, and despite not having any fancy copper/heatpipe cooling solution, the card overclocked very well as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB Preview @ Nordic Hardware
"Despite that the name of NVIDIA's new flagship doesn't indicate much of a difference there is more to it under the hood. GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB is NVIDIA's 7800-architecture pushed to the limit with just one target in sight, reclaim the crown of performance from ATI and Radeon X1800 XT before it has even had a chance of making themselves comfortable."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Super Lanboy Aluminum ATX Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"Since I am not a millionaire, yet, I have seen my fair share of the low and mid price range computer cases. With the name like Antec behind this case, I had pretty high expectations. Now I can see why this case sells so well. It has the perfect recipe for the perfect purchase like affordability, being lightweight, and last but not least important it is well constructed. Antec has clearly thought of you the consumer when designing this case. For a MRSP of about $75 I think this case is a great buy."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, November 14, 2005
Enermax Liberty 620 Watt PSU Review @ Think Computers
"I have done quite a few power supply reviews, and have purchased quite a few, I have never owned an Enermax power supply, so I was more than happy to get this for review. Enermax has a great reputation for top quality products, when people ask for a PSU recommendation, Enermax is usually one of the names on the list. They have come out with a new line of power supplies called the Liberty. So today I have the Enermax Liberty 620Watt power supply for review, it is a powerful beast, sporting a very nice paint job and modular cables, but can it perform?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin Nighthawk USB/SATA External Rack Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"The thing about thumb drives is that no matter how hip your unit is, you still won't be packing a movie or other large unit of data in it just yet. Anything over a gig and you should be looking for another way to haul your data around. One way to do this is with a USB external drive rack. USB drive racks were the original portable storage devices. Sure, you can't exactly put one in your pocket but where else can you find portable storage limited only by the size of the hard drive you can afford?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Harmony 525 Universal Remote Review @ TrustedReviews
"As well as being able to switch between devices the 525 has a button at the top called, ‘Activities’. From here you can access specific pre-defined tasks, so that you it can do several things at the touch of a button. So if to watch TV your setup requires you to turn the on the TV (obviously), making sure it’s on the correct input, turn on your AV Receiver on a particular input, and turn on the Sky box, you can do that pressing two buttons, instead of fifteen."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS9500 CPU Cooler Review @ OCIA
"The Zalman CNPS9500 comes with everything you need to get your system up and running quickly, including Zalman's own TIM and Fanmate 2 fan speed controller. The included instructions are easy to read and understand, but if you have a problem, Zalman offers very good information on their website ranging from a Knowledge Base to user forums to Flash Video instructions."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Intel Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Last week we reviewed the Arctic Cooling Silencer 64 Ultra TC. A good little cooler with some great potential for the AMD platform. Today we have Arctic Cooling's newest cooler for the Intel platform. The Freezer 7 Pro. Equipped with another Arctic Cooling patent pending fan and copper heat pipes. We all know that A. C. is known for quiet and well performing cooling solutions. Let’s see if the Freezer 7 Pro lives up to the reputation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Holiday 2005 Memory Buyers Guide @ Think Computers
"Tis the season for you to go and spend your hard earned money on things you most likely don't need, or the person you are getting it for doesn't need either, but we still do it anyway. So in the spirit of the Holidays we decided to make your gift giving and maybe receiving a bit more painless and easier. We've come up with, a Memory buyers guide, featuring 4 of the top Ram manufacturers out there today. There are many companies out there that make ram now, but these four are in my opinion the top 4 manufacturers. We will be looking at 3 offering from each company, High End, Low End and DDR2. The companies are Corsair, Crucial, OCZ and GEIL, the companies are in no particular order of preference just an order. Since the new shift is toward 2 gigabytes of ram, that is what we will be focusing on, but some choices will be 1 gig sets."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS2 5400UL 1Gb Kit DDR2 Review @ Madshrimps
"Corsair originally designed their XMS2 5400UL for optimum performance on the nVIDIA C19 chipset. Unfortunately there have been some problems innate to the C19 and it seems there's a Pink Elephant in nVidia's living room. Today we not only test Corsair's Twin2X-5400UL,, but in the process discuss the Pachyderm stepping on motherboard maker's toes."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XPERT TWINXP1024-3200XL Review @ Techware Labs
"Corsair is synonymous among the enthusiast community for delivering high-octane RAM that never fails to impress, with very low-timings and some unique features added to give that extra grunt. Today we're taking a look at the 3200XL model and compare it to the 3200XLPRO."

More information on this review can be found here.
Teac HD-35NAS Review @ TrustedReviews
"Teac is back in the NAS game again and it’s learnt a few lessons as its latest HD-35NAS concentrates purely on providing a shared storage solution. Four capacities are on offer with the smallest 250GB version on review. Teac’s engineering prowess shines through as the unit is extremely well constructed with the finned sides made from solid aluminium."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec AVOX|Jukebox Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Imagine a device that would allow you to watch original and ripped DVDs, play long play lists of MP3 files, and store your family pictures on it and be able to view all of these things on a Television without the aid of a computer. With Vantec's new AVOX|Jukebox you can do all of the things I just mentioned with a box that is smaller than a VCR tape and costs slightly more than $100.00. All you need to do is add a notebook hard drive and you are in business and ready to use the slickest audiovisual device we have ever tested."

More information on this review can be found here.
How to Build a Small Network Using a Broadband Router @ Hardware Secrets
"Broadband routers are the easiest way for you to build your own network. Using them, you can automatically share your broadband Internet connection among all computers on your network, as well as files and printers. Since they also work as a hardware firewall, it is also the safest way to be connected to the Internet nowadays. The installation is really fast and you can literally build your own network in just a few minutes. In this tutorial we will show you how to build your own network using a broadband router."

More information on this guide can be found here.

How to Share Folders and Printers on Your Network

"After you have built your own network, you may want to share files and printers between your computers. In this tutorial we will show you how this is done. We are assuming that you already have built your network. If that is not the case, read our tutorial How to Build a Small Network Using a Broadband Router, where we also explain how to share your Internet connection."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Plexiglass Basics: What You Need to Know @ CaseModGod
"One of the first mods usually done to a case is the window mod. It shows off almost all the other mods, hardware and hard work done in a system. The material that goes in every window and many other mods is clear plastic, better known to Modders as plexiglass or acrylic. This is a Look into the basic tools and techniques for working with this material."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Shuttle XPC SD31P Review @ The TechZone
"Today, we get a chance to look at Shuttle's latest, the SD31P. This new Shuttle XPC features all of their latest innovations in cooling and chassis design including the latest Intel Chipset, Dual Core CPU support and 64 bit hardware and software support. Can the Shuttle SD31P really take over the job of my big honking desktop system?"

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Lexa Tower Case Review @ Madshrimps
"NZXT known for their more extravagant case designs like the Guardian and Nemesis, has decided to introduce a more common-look case. The Lexa is a sight to behold, lightweight with a lot of space, comes with 4 rather silent case fans. How does it perform? Read on to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowMax Mega Assault Black ATX Computer Case Review @ ExtensiveMods
"ATX Power Supplies! I know what the first thing that pops into your mind, computer power supplies. Well you are correct but there is something else that you need to know. ATX Power Supplies is also the name of a company who supplies PSUs and cases of all sorts. ATX Power Supplies has recently went through a little storm called Katrina a while back which delayed the shipment of this case, but it is finally here for your viewing pleasure. Today the PowMax Mega Assault Black ATX computer case is up on the bench, ready for us to review her. This case survived a hurricane, but can it survive us?"

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalTake VB6000BWS Swing Case Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"On the front, the bezel has the Piano finish, chrome trim, and an "S" shape design. The front bezel pulls off, allowing access to the dust filter and for installation of your 5.25" drives. The windowed panel has a recessed area for your hand so you can easily slide off the panel, and also has holes to allow air flow onto your CPU. The power LED is blue and the HDD activity LED is red."

More information on this review can be found here.
New changes to MTB!
Just a heads up to our faithful readership that I have gone ahead and implemented two new changes here at MTB. The first most obvious change is with our community forums. This has been a long 2 week migration period but the new MTB Forums v2.0 is now online and ready for public consumption. The entire membership and message databases have been successfully migrated with no reported issues. MTB Forums v2.0 is a huge step up from the previous version of YaBB which we have been running for the past 3 years. The list of new features is too long to include in this post but some of the new highlights include:

- File Attachments
- User Polls
- Additional Membergroups
- Additional Smilies
- More Advanced Personal Messaging System
- Mark topic unread button
- Recycle Bin
- New Notificaton System
- Better Board Index Organization
- Security and SPAM filtering system

The second implemented change is a new MTB Shopping Portal. We have teamed up with Shopping.com to provide our members a searchable real-time price index that covers a wide variety of consumer and computer related products. Be sure to check it out especially if you're looking to purchase gifts for the Christmas season.

More information on this announcement can be found here.
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Buffalo High Powered Router and Notebook Adapter Review @ Maximum CPU
"Wireless networking is becoming a big commodity for home users and computer enthusiasts a like. It is becoming cheaper and faster all the time and sometimes even quality of the devices are sacrificed. Today we are going to review one of the more expensive wireless routers out there, the AirStation G54 High Power Wireless Cable/DSL Smart Router, along with the Buffalo WLI-CB-G54HP notebook adapter. Hopefully this will turn out to be a fine example of “you get what you pay for” and not an expensive mistake."

More information on this review can be found here.
VPNs and Internet Connection Security Guide @ PCstats
"This article is intended to deal with creating Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to connect a home network with the outside world. In the course of this slightly more advanced PCstats guide we will discuss the nature of VPNs, the dangers of the Internet, and the encryption methods involved in securing yourself from them. It is assumed that you have a basic knowledge of the meaning behind networking terms such as IP addresses, Local and wide area networks, firewalls, etc. A VPN incorporates two features, encryption and tunneling to ensure that the data is delivered safely and privately across the public space."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Seasonic S12-600W PSU Review @ Viperlair
"Amidst all the reviews of flashy items with power and style at the forefront of their design, it can often be the case that a Plain Jane decent performer is overlooked. While the appearance of the Seasonic S12-600 isn’t going to win it any awards, its features and performance certainly will. 80% efficiency is not a common thing from the majority of PSU’s in the market place today, and neither is a 600w power rating."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PowerStream 520watt ATX Computer Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews
"To be completely realistic, this in my mind is pretty well as close to a perfect power supply as you can get. It looks great, the build quality is absolutely immaculate and the aesthetics are surprisingly good for "just a power supply". When you also kick in the fact that it has three adjustable voltage nails and rock steady power production and you have a no brainer for your next power supply purchase."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Strider ST60F 600W PSU Review @ InsaneTek
"SilverStone has really made a great impression with their robust power supplies. Through the ST52F and the ST65ZF, they have really shown that they have what it takes to provide reliable power supplies for your systems. Much like all the other power supply players in the industry, SilverStone realizes the move to modular units. Although the demand was high when Ultra Products first introduced the X-Connect, SilverStone did not rush into pumping out their own version."

More information on this review can be found here.
SanDisk ImageMate USB 2.0 CompactFlash Reader Review @ CyberwizardPit
"Data file storage is quick becoming an issue in today's world of bits and bytes. However, any attempt in storing would be useless without a proper method of transferring the data into storage. SanDisk Corporation has come up with one such device, a CompactFlash card reader, named the SanDisk ImageMate CompactFlash USB 2.0, utilizing the power of USB 2.0 to work its magic. At a first glance, it appears like just another method of data transfer - but can it live up to its the demands of the professional? CyberwizardPit puts the SanDisk ImageMate CompactFlash USB 2.0 to the test today in this review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400PRO Review @ MBReview
"Overall, I was very impressed with Corsair’s TWIN2X2048-6400PRO kit. This is a beast of a kit, and meant only for those who really want or need it. Corsair also produces a more sane 1GB kit for those without large pocketbooks, or a serious need for 2GB. The main place where 2GB comes in handy is with games such as Battlefield 2."

More information on this review can be found here.
X-Micro Mini DisGo Video Review @ 3DGameman
"It's important to backup your vital data. Well, this unit makes it very easy to do so because it’s USB2. This results in quick setup and fast transfers. Also, it has a large storage capacity ranging from 5 to 40GB in size. This puts flash drives to shame! Additional, this extremely compact unit makes transport a breeze. All this and it's reasonably priced. Now there's no excuse not to backup your vital data, get at least one!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
Leadtek PX7800 GTX MyVIVO Extreme & Sapphire Radeon X1800 Xt Review @ Hexus
What we've learned today is that both ATI and NVIDIA's partners know how to put a decent package together. Both cards, although expensive, offer something the other doesn't, and neither is a bad buy. That's not a review cop-out; it's the plain truth."

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Foxconn WinFast 761GXK8MC-S Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"The Foxconn WinFast 761GXK8MC-S motherboard is based upon a new chipset from SiS which has a couple media-friendly assets. The SiS 761GX chipset supports all current AMD Athlon64 or Sempron processors, in this case on the socket 754 formfactor. The SiS 761GX is an integrated chipset which features SiS' Mirage 1 graphics core. Elsewhere on the WinFast 761GXK8MC-S motherboard are two DDR memory sockets for up to a maximum of 2GB of PC3200 DDR memory. Onboard goodies are kind of thin outside of the integrated graphics, with just 10/100 LAN, SATA, and audio standing out. The microATX board includes one PCI Express x16 slot and three 32 bit PCI slots."

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HIS Radeon X800 GTO IceQ II Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Radeon X800 GTO is the latest graphics chip released by ATI targeted to the mid-range market, located between Radeon X800 Pro and Radeon X800 GT and competing with GeForce 6600 GT from nVidia. This new chip officially runs at 400 MHz, while both Radeon X800 Pro and Radeon X800 GT run at 475 MHz. However, both Radeon X800 GTO and Radeon X800 Pro process 12 pixels per clock, while Radeon X800 GT processes only eight (the same amount as Radeon X800 SE). Radeon X800 XT can process up to 16."

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Guide To New Laptop Technologies @ The TechZone
"For the ordinary computer user keeping abreast of all these new technologies and inventions can be a major chore if you're considering buying a laptop in the next little while. As you approach the smiling salesperson in your favorite tech store - here's a few bits of new notebook technology you might want to have in your possession so you won't look like a complete neophyte. Hey, where technology is concerned, we have all been there, done that."

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Antec Overture 2 ATX Desktop Case (Update) @ TheTechLounge
"When I originally reviewed the Overture 2, one of my complaints was of an unusually noisy power supply fan. I thought this was an important point to note in my review in part because this is the sort of case people consider for an HTPC enclosure. Since the review went up I have received several emails from readers reporting the same problem, and a couple of emails from readers suggesting a simple fix. In the update I will discuss some of the feedback I received, some of the questions I asked Antec about this problem, and finally, the resolution to the problem."

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Dell's Open Source Desktop Systems Review @ XYZ Computing
"A major hurdle preventing the growth of Linux with non-professional users has been installation the operating system and dealing with the resultant compatibility issues. An ideal solution to this would be a major manufacturer which is willing to sell computers with Linux preinstalled. This would not only make it easy for users to buy a computer and have Linux running after simply plugging it in, but it would theoretically allow the manufacturer to lower the cost of a computer because software licensing costs could be minimized. Dell is not the first company to take the Linux plunge, but given their size and the outspoken statements from Michael Dell, their "n" line is a big deal. This is a big step for the Linux community and though it is not going to revolutionize everything it is a step towards increased Linux acceptance and an overall easier move from Windows."

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Friday, November 11, 2005
St. Louis LAN Party Raises $2k for Charity @ Legit Reviews
"We saw an opportunity with the Katrina disaster to help people with the resources we have. Gamers are usually portrayed as an antisocial branch of society, uninterested in anything outside of the virtual worlds they enjoy. Recently, they've even been branded as budding criminals because of the controversy surrounding people who go out and kill someone and then say a game made them do it."

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Gigabyte NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT with Silent-Pipe II Review @ HardwareZoom
"Gigabyte NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT, now with Silent-Pipe II technology, is a fanless solution for the enthusiastic gamers who want performance without noise. Unlike the traditional heatpipe cooling solution, Silent-Pipe II has a front-flow thermal module to create a natural system convection. Therefore a well-ventilated casing is necessary for the hot air to be removed by the PSU and CPU fans. Even without any cooling fan, we manage to overclock the card from 500/1000 to 552/1200 with rock stability. The idle temperature was 47.2 degree and 73.3 degree when loaded. This is well within safety level but you should ensure that your casing is well-ventilated too."

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Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 5 Rev3 Review @ InsaneTek
"The NV Silencer 5 Rev3 looks just like any of the Silencer line. The cooler is designed to exhaust the heat emitted by the GPU directly outside of the case via the lower PCI slot. One thing that Arctic Cooling has improved upon is the contact between the heatsink base and the video card memory chips. The older Silencers used to have the copper base touch the memory chips, but the contact is poor even if thermal grease was used. The newer revisions now come with thermal pads that make 100% contact with the memory chips."

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PrimoChill ICE UV Blue Water Cooling Fluid Review @ BigBruin
"PrimoChill ICE performs as advertised, with a noticeably lower temperature in our test system. Given the slick oily feel, and the fact that PrimoChill ICE lived up to the claims regarding lower temperatures, I am inclined to believe that it will also live up to the claims of longer pump life and reduced internal build up in any water cooling system."

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iOne Lynx-Q5 Gaming Mouse Review @ Tech-Mods
"Without good input and output devices, a fast processor is a waste. iOne sent us their high precision gaming mouse. It features 7 buttons, maximum 1600 dpi adjustable optical sensor, a usb to PS/2 adapter, teflon feet, and a two meter cord. They promise accurate and instant positioning of cursor under high speed movement making it a weapon of choice for gamers. We're going to see if it lives up to it's promises."

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SunbeamTech X-1300 Gaming Mouse Review @ OCIA
"The X-1300 is designed for either left or right handed users, which is a huge plus in my book as I'm left handed. The left and right buttons are transparent, letting the user see the internals of the mouse and also give a nice red glow when in use. The center wheel is a translucent white that also glows red when the mouse is in use."

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FlexiGlow CyberSnipa Gamepad Review @ Virtual-Hideout


"If you hit a key on your keyboard and the same key on the game pad, your computer gets the exact same signal. Saying that “functions are automatically mapped” implies that the game pad is doing something special."

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Das Keyboard Review @ PimpRig
"The biggest changes made to the keyboard have included adding various shorcut buttons and/or changing the shape of the keyboard including splitting it and angling the sides to make "ergonomic" models. These changes while very helpful to some are still just minor aesthetic tweaks most of the time. Today we will be taking a look at a keyboard which I would consider to be the first successful major overhaul to the keyboard. The Das Keyboard is a special keyboard in that it offers functional changes which can also lead to the improvement of your typing skills."

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DAS Keyboard Review at The Moditory

"Looking for a new keyboard to proclaim your status of Geekdom? The DAS Keyboard is a product invented by Über Geek Daniel Guermeur intended to make a bold statement to enthusiasts. This isn’t any ordinary keyboard; all the keys are 100% blank and custom weighted to improve typing performance and your accuracy. Just how much of a difference do these features make? That’s what we’re here to figure out."

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BTC 6301URF Low Profile Keyboard & Optical Mouse Combo Review @ Techniz
"The slim and clean styled design is finished in an elegant silver color and features improved usability piano-style hotkeys. The convenient hotkeys allow the user to easily and intuitively adjust to audio volume, navigate the Internet, start e-mail or put the system to sleep. Furthermore, this combo was bundle with the battery for operate the keyboard and mouse. If you are looking for quality keyboard and mouse combo that combines fantastic design with great features and high usability, then the 6301URF is the one to choose."

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Boxwave MiniSync Cable Review @ BurnOutPC
"This has been a really short review, but I can't tell you anything more than I already did. It supports usb 2.0, it's small and it has it's own power output to charge your playstation portable. What more do you want? And Boxwave has a whole line of minisync cables that support almost any portable device."

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eDimensional AudioFX Gaming Headset Review @ Techwarelabs
"Although the headphones seem and look rather bulky, they are quite comfortable and can be worn for a long period of time. However some may find them a little uncomfortable if you like the ear pieces to go completely around your ear rather than rest on your ear. And if you happen to have a large melon, the headphones easily adjust in size to fit almost anyone without compromising comfort."

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Asour VPC 2000 Multimedia Hub @ ExtensiveMods
"I was surfing the net looking for some ideas for a Home Theater Personal Computer or HTPC as it may commonly be referred to. I had looked at most everything needed for one and was in search of a DVD drive of some kind. I came across a company headquartered in Taiwan by the name of Asour Technology Inc. Asour had a product in their lineup that was an all in one remote controlled DVD with a VFD front."

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Ultra Mini Portable Disk Review @ Moddin.net
"Now that I have a pile of IDE hard disk drives sitting around in the wake of several SATA upgrades, what better than to use it in an external enclosure like this. This unit will upgrade any 3.5" IDE hard disk drive into a portable external storage solution. All you will need to take with you is the unit, a data cable (USB or Firewire) and the power adapter."

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Case Window How-to Guide @ Pro-Clockers
"Nowadays, there are countless numbers of computer cases available with panels that have been pre-fabricated with windows. Two of the most popular methods of window mounting are gluing and riveting, both of which work quite well but leave something to be desired aesthetically. Today we will look at the professional finish and industrial look of an H-locked window."

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Buffalo Link Theater Review @ TrustedReviews
"Buffalo probably isn’t the first name that springs to mind when you think of DVD players, but the Link Theater is more than just a DVD player. Following in the footsteps of KiSS, Buffalo has created a DVD player that can playback multiple video formats on multiple storage mediums. Gone are the days when consumers just needed MPEG2 DVD playback in their living room, now MPEG4 is as much a prerequisite as retail DVDs."

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Thursday, November 10, 2005
BYTECC Backup Star External Enclosure Review @ Tweaktown


"Today's product review will be an external hard drive enclosure with a twist. Yes it uses a standard 3.5” drive and has a USB 2.0 interface, but the twist comes from its specialized purpose. As the name implies, it is designed to be used as a system backup tool; something that could come in very handy for those of us who regularly forget to back up our vital data."

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Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 500GB SATA 3 Gb/s Hard Drive Review @ BigBruin
"Taking a look at the burst results honestly made me say "WOW"! The Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 not only outscored the RAID 0 array of SATA 1.5 Gb/s drives, but it also blew away the Hitachi SATA 3 Gb/s 500GB drive by over 20 MB/s. Taking a look at the other results from this benchmark show that all of the drives are just about equal, and that the burst is the only place a major advantage will be had."

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SilverStone Zeus ST65ZF 650W Review @ InsaneTek


"Never thought SilverStone was a good choice for a power supplies? Think again. Their robust flagship 650W monster is an excellent choice for pure performance. You might want to watch out for the high noise level though."

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Seventeam ST-550EAG 550W Power Supply Review @ HardwareZoom


"Seventeam ST-550EAG has a total power output of up to 550W. It has two 12V rails deliver up to 18A each, to pump maximum of 432W just for your 12V devices. It is compliant with SSI EPS specification, with dual PCI Express, dual SATA, +12V ATX & EPS connectors, 6 Molex and 2 floppy power connectors. Featuring active PFC to improved energy efficiency and dual fans to keep the system cool, every set of cables are twisted and sleeved to further improve the airflow and tidiness inside the casing."

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Nexus NX-5000 SLI 500 Watt Quiet Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product has many pluses. It's SLI, allowing for two video cards to be connected, and it has a very quiet 120mm fan. As well, there are plenty of sleeved leads, but it lacks a 6 pin motherboard lead. The +3.3V & +5V rails are strong; however, the +12 rail isn't. The NX-5000 offers quality, clean, and reliable power that's easy on the ears!"

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Sunbeamtech Theta TP-101 Fan Controller Review @ CaseModGod
"This is a great concept that’s time is over due, in reality it is a good product for the first and only one of its kind. A functional software controlled card, eight channels with temperature probes, alarm, timer, plus many other features."

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Evercool H.D.D Air Condition Review @ Overclockers Online
"The Evercool HDAC is a very straight forward hard drive cooler that mounts in an open 5.25" drive bay. The aluminum body is solid and does a good job drawing heat out of the hard drive and the turbine fan performs very well and nearly silent at lower RPMs. In a tightly packed case or one with no front fans, this hard drive cooler can really help keep the hard drive with all your precious data nice and cool. This will extend the life of the drive and help prevent an early failure."

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Cooljag JZC811C Heatsink @ Paradise|OC
"Heatsinks are something that you can't do without. It's so insignificant compared to the rest of the computer. It's the one thing you really don't think about when doing a PC build. You order a processor, it comes with a heatsink, and you move on. This heatsink is fine unless you want to push your system a little further. That's where companies like Cooljag come in."

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LS Cable LSHS L500 and X500 CPU Coolers Review @ PimpRig
"I could come up with only 3 reasons why nickel is used on the bottom of heatpipe heatsinks: Nickel bonds very well and having a nickel bottom would protect the surface, prevent oxidation, and diffuse the heat. Since nickel retains heat longer, the heat will spread over a larger area which spreads it evenly across the heatpipes so you don't have just one or two doing all the work. I don't know if this is actually the case, but it makes sense to me (unfortunately, so does beer flavored ice cream)."

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NorthWater Xtreme Xchangers Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The NorthWater Xtreme Xchangers are inline heat exchangers that are designed to assist your existing liquid-cooling setup with an extra level of heat dissipation. They are offered in (currently) two sizes: Large (117mm length) and Small (60mm length). Both sizes measure 37mm in diameter and have a huge 14mm bore drilled through the center."

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XFX 6600 DDR2 Video Card Review @ Neoseeker
"XFX have done an awesome job with the 6600 DDR2. For $100 this card performs almost as well as what cost $200 this same time last year. Take note that almost all 6600 GT's come with only 128 MB of RAM as well, versus the DDR2 which comes with 256 MB. The fact that XFX overclocks the card by 50 MHz and charges $20 less than Nvidia's MSRP and still packs in Far Cry is almost unbelievable. As competition for ATI's X1300, this does extremely well. The card beats it in most benchmarks and overclocks well out of reach of the top model 1300. Nvidia have a very solid product with the 6600 DDR2, and XFX just makes the deal a little sweeter."

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Club3D 7800GT 256mb pci-e Review @ XtremeComputing
"Overclocking this card was a great success. I was able to get the GPU up to 450MHz for a 12% speed boost, and the memory went straight to 1200MHz! That’s the same speed as the 7800GTX memory, which is a nice bonus. Of course this is no guarantee that every 7800GT will overclock like this, but from what I have seen, most should and bearing in mind the quality of the components used the Club3d cards look like all being excellent clockers."

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Epox 8NPA SLI Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"If you were one of the early adopters of an AMD Athlon64 processor in the Socket 754 formfactor, congratulations! The bevy of new Socket 754 motherboards being released will extend the investment you made in that processor all those months ago. The Epox 8NPA SLI supports all Socket 754 Athlon64 or Sempron processors, comes equipped with two DIMM slots and supports a maximum of 2GB of PC3200 DDR memory. Other onboard goodies, some new to Socket 754 are nVIDIA's Serial ATA II RAID controller, Gigabit LAN, and 5.1 channel audio. My personal favorite is the Port 80 diagnostics card."

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Asus Vento 3600 ATX Case Review @ Futurelooks
"The Vento 3600 is a stylish gaming chassis for high-performance 3-D gaming. The case sports a stunning UV-paint coating, which gives off a shiny, waxed look. For Star War fans, you could almost wear it on your head and call yourself Daddy!"

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ECS KN1 EXTREME SLI 1.0a Motherboard Review

"Extreme! Hardcore! Awesome! That's the kind of thinking ECS wants when you mention their name now, and now they've released the KN1 SLI for the elite (a.k.a. those who can afford to buy two top of the line video cards). So come and check out what we thought of it."

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Antec Minuet II Micro ATX Case @ Think Computers
"The Not long ago I got a Biostar Micro ATX motherboard combo from Geeks.com for review, after the review was done I kinda said, 'Ok, now what do I do with a Micro ATX motherboard, considering I don't really have a case made for Micro ATX form factor?' Well the folks over at Antec solved that problem for me; they sent me a very nice and sleek looking mATX form factor case for review. Problem solved! Today I have for review the Minuet II from Antec, like all Antec cases it is well designed and refined in nature, not very flashy, but not dull either in any way. When I got the Minuet II, I looked at it and said this might make a great Home Theater PC case, its small size is great, and it looks very sophisticated. A while ago I did a review of the Silverstone Lascala series HTPC cases, and being a full ATX case it was rather large for an HTPC, but functional and good looking nonetheless. I wanted something smaller from my HTPC, and I think the Minuet II will fit the bill very nicely. Let's check it out shall we?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, November 9, 2005
Antec Smart Power 500watt Power Supply Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Antec power supplies are one that doesn’t need much of an introduction. They have been favorites of alot of people that want the most out of their computer power supply. Antec was nice enough to let us examine one of the new Smart Power 500 watt power supplies. The Smart Power series of power unit may not have the industrial strength of the NeoHE series or the extreme quietness of the Phantom line but it does have the quality of both of the two power supplies mentioned."

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Soyo BayOne Extreme 9-in-1 Card Reader/Writer Combo Review @ Hardware-Review
"Modern PC enclosure manufacturers have made it a standard practice to put audio/microphone jacks and USB 2.0/Firewire ports on the front panel of their cases. But, for some people with older models or lower-end cases, these features are non-existent. To give people the option to have these features, as well as a detachable 9-in-1 card reader, Soyo developed the BayOne Extreme 9-in-1 card reader/writer combo, which is the subject of our review today."

More information on this review can be found here.
LiteOn SHW-1635S DVD Writer Review @ Techniz
"LiteOn have come out with another great DVD Writer, the SHW-1635S. The SHW-1635S was a very good optical drive in terms of performance. The drive itself is very stable during the reading/writing of any CD/DVD media. As for the noise level, it was much quiet compare to the all the previous model. Furthermore, this new unit is comes with the extra bezel kit that you can change the color of the bezel according to you needs to match with your chassis. The LiteOn SHW-1635S DVD Writer is a worthy solution of the new 16x Dual Layer DVD writer that able to write the DVD+R9 dual layer media at SMILY_.png speed."

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Enermax Liberty 620W Modular PSU @ Viperlair
"Enermax has entered the modular PSU market in a big way as the Liberty EL620AWT did very well in our tests and finished on top in the tests that count. While were were not able to stress the PSU to the max, we feel our setup falls in line in what would be considered "high-end" and certainly there are a few of you with somewhat similar systems so we're pretty confident the Liberty would be suitable for those setups."

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Thermaltake PowerStation 520W Review @ Bjorn3D
"Power supplies play a crucial part in how our computers operate. Number of Watts a power box has will not make your computer more stable -- as long as you don't overload your system. What many motherboard manufacturers require now are stricter voltage / Amps requirements on all rails rather than exuberant Wattage. Today I will be looking at Thermaltake's Pure Power PowerStation 520W modular PSU. This is a new product from the company, designed mainly with flexibility in mind."

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Corsair TWINX 2048-3500LLPRO Review @ Overclockers Online
"For overclockers, you are not going to get amazing 1:1 performance with this kit, but 248MHz is still pretty good for an overclock with a CAS of 2.5. This memory did run at a command rate of 1T throughout testing with both my E3 3000+ Venice and in some basic testing with my D0 3000+ Winchester. This is good to know as some have had concerns with the memory controllers being able to run 1T in older processors before the E6 stepping. If you are running the new Asus A8N32-SLI DELUXE, then you are guaranteed these timings and frequency as they are tested on that motherboard before packaging at a command rate of 1T."

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Crucial Ballistix PC4000 2GB Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
"The next major push was at 3-3-3-8, where these modules scaled all the way to 287FSB (DDR574) at 2.93V, which is well past their rated speed of 250FSB. I was pleasantly surprised here, and considering the very modest voltage increase and the fact I still hadn't loosened the timings to their rated specs of 3-4-4-8, I thought this kit would fly past 300FSB (DDR600). Alas, loosening the timings to their rated speed only garnered me a slight increase to 292 FSB (DDR584)."

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Mushkin Redline XP4000 2GB Review @ techPowerUp
"Mushkin has been well known for producing top-notch overclocker's memory. Now they have released a 2 GB kit which features their brand-new reengineered heatspreaders. Even though it uses 6 ns rated memory chips from Infineon we could overclock them to 280 MHz, a great result for a 2 GB kit."

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Super Flower Plug-N-Power Power Supply Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Overall, for basic functions I do have to say this power supply will do decent, but wouldn't any typical 400w? I do believe so, the problem with this one is that when I went after a hard test on it, it simply could not hold up. The system would die and reboot and for some people, they will need that type of power."

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Diablotek nVidia GeForce 6600 256MB Video Card Review @ Think Computers
"The last time we took a look at a video card it was the Geforce FX 5700VE, a budget card that was able to play games well. Today we will be moving a step up to the GeForce 6600 from Diablotek. This is also a budget card selling for $119 (at time of review) from Geeks.com. This time we will be doing some video tests to see just how powerful this card is, and checking out some of the extra features of the card. So let’s get started!"

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Biostar GeForce 6100-M9 TForce Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"The integrated desktop graphics market is often one which is overlooked by many users. It’s generally understood that integrated graphics adaptors will never be as capable as their beefy standalone cousins, and so tend to get written off as being beneath the interest horizon. While this generalisation is certainly founded in truth, it is also true that apart from games and some high-level graphics rendering applications, there’s not much out there that really requires dedicated, high-end graphics cards."

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6800 GS Review @ Bit-Tech
"The GeForce 6800 GS offers comparable performance to the GeForce 6800 GT for a lot less money, in the case of Leadtek's implementation. It also delivers performance comparable to (or better than) ATI's currently available competition in this price bracket."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 204T 20" Silver LCD Monitor Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"It has been a while since our last Samsung monitor review but today they are back in slightly larger form with their 20" SyncMaster 204T. The 204T comes with Samsung's MagicTune and MagicRotation software which gives it the ability to display tall images and documents on screen without having to scroll much if at all. The 204T also delivers a 300 cd/m2 brightness, 1600 x 1200 resolution, 178/178 degree viewing angle and a contrast ratio of 700:1."

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The Convergence of Monitors & Televisions @ XYZ Computing
"Now, more than a few months into the time of LCD dominance in the computer market, flat panel televisions are becoming more accessible to consumers than ever before. Just as LCD computer monitors made rapid inroads into the market in the late 90s, the shift it starting to be made in televisions as well. This situation is no surprise though, for a few years now consumers have seen prohibitively expensive flat panel televisions in stores, bars, and in the homes celebrities and wanted to have their own. The picture quality and dimensions of flat screen televisions have landed them on almost every consumer's wish list. With computers and televisions using flat panel technology (normally LCD, but plasma as well), it is becoming clear that the two products are on a collision course. The growing similarities between LCD televisions and displays coupled with the increasing interactivity between computers and the home theater has made this practically an inevitability."

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Dell 2405FPW Widescreen LCD Display Review @ Hexus
"The monitor rocks, pure and simple. It's not perfect by any means, but then what current LCD display is right now? It's close enough to perfection for me, though, and that's all I can really say subjectively. A really nice piece of kit to complement any modern PC with a DVI port. Gamers should love it, and it's an 8bpc panel with a provided sRGB profile for Windows and Mac, so Photoshop addicts should get along with it just nicely too."

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Tuesday, November 8, 2005
Zalman CNPS9500 Led CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
"When it comes to PC cooling Zalman has a great name. Being one of the first who introduced heatpipes into VGA cooling, it was an immediate hit. But when the competition started using this same technology for CPU heatsinks, Zalman's own CPU coolers were falling behind. Now, a bit late perhaps, we have Zalman's first heatpipe based CPU cooler. The Zalman CNPS9500 Led. Let's see how it does against the best out there; the Scythe Shogun and Thermalright XP-90C are waiting."

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SilverStone Nitrogen NT02 Review @ Extensive Mods
"When it comes to the segment of CPU coolers, it's not hard to see that there are an extremely vast number of choices. You've got your high end, low end, mid range, low noise, high noise, 1u, copper, aluminum, heat pipe, combination, and the list could go on forever. Today I've got the Silverstone Nitrogen NT02 cooler up on the bench for review. With a copper base, copper heat pipes, and copper and aluminum fins, and a high quality fan, it is apparent that Silverstone did not skimp on materials."

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Gigabyte Neon Cooler 8-BL Athlon64 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Gigabyte Neon Cooler 8-BL is one of small series of mainstream heatsinks manufactured by Gigabyte, and differs from the Neon Cooler 8-Pro version only by its lack of a separate fan speed controller. The Neon Cooler 8-BL (GH-ED821-LC) heatsink is an aluminum extrusion design, and it incorporates an inlaid circular copper base. The copper pad is set into a machined recess in the aluminum base and helps to transfer heat energy from an AMD Athlon64 processor's IHS to the surrounding heatsink more efficiently. T6-6063 Aluminum has a thermal conductivity of 193 W/mK, whereas copper is much more thermally conductive at 398 w/mK."

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Dangerden MCT5 & -40 Fluids Review @ BurnOutPC
"Overall these two products are fantastic when you have a waterchiller at home and you require fluid that can withstand lower temperatures. Although it might lower your temperature inside the water-cooling kit by a degree. I would rather purchase some other cheap fluid that prevents corrosion and algae because it's simply a lot cheaper."

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Vantec NexStar GX HDD Enclosure Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The NexStar GX unit itself is actually made mostly out of metallic grey plastic. It feels very sturdy and not cheap in any way at all. It's not entirely plastic though as it uses a unique half-sleeve heatsink unit that slips tight over half (the hot side) of the hard drive you are installing and hangs thru a cutout in the NexStar GX unit. The purpose of this design is to release heat from the hard drive outside of the unit viz the heatsink being attached directly to the hard drive. It works pretty well as once the hard drive is in use for alittle while, you can definitely feel the warmth by placing your hand across the heatsink."

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Vantec SATA EZ-Swap MRK-200ST-BK Review @ PCstats
"The Vantec EZ-Swap MRK200-ST-BK only comes in black, and it supports the Serial ATA I standard although Serial ATA II drives will function just fine in it at reduced maximum peak thoughput. The HDD caddy is made of aluminum which should help keep high speed drives a littler cooler than plastic would. There is also a small 40mm fan at the back of the unit which pulls a little air through the unit. On the front of the HDD caddy is blue-illuminated LCD that displays the ambient temperature and has a few simple temperature related alarm controls."

More information on this review can be found here.
3GHz Socket 939 OPTERON for $200? @ PimpRig
"Again we have one of those special low dollar "Gifts" this time from AMD, the OPTERON... just in time for Christmas! "But Opteron is a 940 pin CPU for servers only" you say? Well not any more, AMD has been kind enough to start making them for 939 pin boards a few months back with little notice by the mainstream desktop users. It all began last week my good friends SpikeShot and Captain Planet sent me a link on them in a IM convo. Spike was looking for a new CPU, and Capt. started looking around a bit and came across this. We all ordered them, just too see if it was true and not a one shot deal...all of us got the good stepping CABYE, each screaming away at 3GHZ now!"

More information on this review can be found here.
ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 Motherboard Review @ techPowerUp
"ASRock has engineered the 939Dual-SATA2 around ULi's new M1695 chipset. The board has both AGP 8x and PCI-Express x16 slots which do not suffer from performance loss like other manufacturers' implementations. You can even use both slots at the same time. General performance is very close to that of the competition. Suprisingly the board is a good overclocker as well, it reached an amazing 380 MHz HTT after some tweaking."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT Fatal1ty AN8 SLI Review @ Nordic Hardware
"Probably they were waiting to make their second generation NF4 motherboards perfect, Fatal1ty AN8 SLI and their siblings AN8 SLI and AN8 Ultra. We will now find out if Abit have succeeded with this, and try to find out if this motherboard can be overclocked. Let us start with looking at the specifications on our test board, Fatal1ty AN8 SLI, and finding out if it was worth waiting for."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 8VT880P Combo Motherboard Review @ Viperlair
"Long story short, the 8VT880P Combo is a solid product if your needs aren't anything too demanding. From a budget standpoint, there is some pretty good value here, but if you go through a full system overhaul, the value diminishes as it does not cost much less than a 915P based board which outperforms it. Without saying it enthusiasts should look
elsewhere."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K8NSLI Platinum nForce4 SLI Motherboard Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"The MSI K8N SLI Platinum is a feature packed nF4-SLI motherboard, with excellent power and audio sub-systems. The board also gets top place in terms of raw performance, overshadowing both Albatron and Gigabyte's offerings. Sadly, its overclocking ability is severely limited when SATA devices are attached."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Silencing Guide Part 2 @ Hardware Hell
"If you are considering getting into the addictive game that is silencing, you will be looking to either build a new system with silence in mind or silence an existing system. If you are doing the former, then you're in a much more envious position, as planning the right system from the start can be all that's needed to build a quiet computer. Those looking to silence an existing set-up face a more difficult task, but this part of the guide is accustomed to assist either audience."

More information on this guide can be found here.
GigaByte GA-K8N PRO-SLI Mainboard Review @ BigBruin
"For all the gamers out there who are looking for a low cost SLI system, this would be a great place to start. Not only is the board affordable, but it also has some extra features that make it stand apart from the others. Gigabyte's famous Dual BIOS allows for some extra stability and is packed along with a Q-Flash utility for easy BIOS flashing. Overclocking is also made simple with the Easy Tune 5 program."

More information on this review can be found here.
Buying Guide: Chic Laptop Bags For Fall @ Designtechnica
"Tired of papers hanging out of your plain old, torn-up black nylon laptop bag and ready to upgrade to something bigger, more manageable or ultra-stylish? The following ten uber-cool, hand-picked bags aim to please with style that will simultaneously punctuate your look and give you the ultimate in functionality, whether you're headed back to school, back to the boardroom or back to The Outback."

More information on this guide can be found here.
NZXT Trinity Case Review @ ModGuidez
Pre-modded cases has been around the modding community for quite some time now. NZXT has become well known for their excellent designed and well crafted gaming cases. From their Guardian to their Nemesis line, NZXT continues to push craftsmanship, fused with unique designs to create gaming cases that can only be called masterpieces. This new case we got for review is another masterpiece. Tonight we'll take a look at the Trinity case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nikao Dragonfire Case Review @ Think Computers
"Dragons, yes I have a soft spot for anything related to dragons. I have always liked them, everything about them. I have for review today a new case from Nikao, called the Dragonfire. When I was offered the chance to review it, I jumped on it! In fact I told my editor, anything with dragon in the name is MINE!! I have to admit, I had never heard of Nikao until I got this case for review, so I was somewhat skeptical about the quality of yet another pre-mod, but I was pleasantly surprised by this case. Read on to find out more about it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, November 7, 2005
Mnpctech Blowhole Kit Review @ Creative Mods
"Today we reviewed a blowhole kit from the Mnpctech pro-line. Mnpctech is run by a professional modder named Bill Owen who makes customized cases and accessories for his clients. He was recently commissioned by Computer Power User magazine to build a case for their cover, making him the first modder to be commissioned to make a case for a magazine. Bill has been around modding for quite some time and has started offering some of his modding kits to the masses."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wireless USB Vs. Bluetooth @ The TechZone
"Wireless USB offers the convenience of Bluetooth with the security and seamless integration of current USB technology. In addition, the first release of Wireless USB (aka WUSB) will allow you to use legacy USB devices wirelessly. Here's how it will work - you will plug a Wireless USB dongle into your desktop or laptop and then plug the Wireless USB hub into an external power supply - this could range from a few feet to several meters away. Then you could plug your USB devices into the Wireless USB hub and use them as if they were attached directly to your computer. This would be especially useful for a printer, scanner or any other device you might want to share with local computers but not necessarily over a network."

More information on this article can be found here.
Logisys Wireless Remote MultiFunction Panel Review @ Think Computers
"Panels are now just about a staple item in the custom built computer case. You have a lot of companies making different types and adding their own twist to it. Today I bring you the Logisys Wireless Remote Multi Function Panel, it's truly in a class of its own. Logisys is a fairly well known name in the computer product world. Form, function, looks .. Basically what it all boils down to here. Everyone has a different need thus the reason for so many types and styles of panels."

More information on this review can be found here.

Seasonic Power Angel Review

"Were you ever curious about just how much power your computer consumes? Did you ever want to know just how efficient that Active PFC power supply is? Well Seasonic has an indispensable device called the Power Angel. It can be used for any device that consumes electricity, not just computers. The Power Angel can help you determine just which electrical devices in your home or workplace are draining to much electricity and draining your wallet at the same time. In this day, when utility prices are only getting higher, the Power Angel is a great way to figure out how to cut your energy use and cost. It is also a great way to test devices for their efficiency."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Z-4 Speaker System Review @ Designtechnica
"The Logitech Z-4 is an all-around top performer in the 2.1 speaker category. The appealing modern design, though fingerprint prone, is modern but not gaudy, though some may be put off by the prominent Logitech logos. The controls are tight and accurate, with the control panel sporting headphone and auxiliary in. While the bass could use a little more punch on the lower frequencies, the sound quality was first rate."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 VCore & VDimm Voltmods @ techPowerUp
"The ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 is a great value oriented board with native support for both AGP and PCI-Express. Unfortunately ASRock has put very limited voltage selections in the BIOS. This voltmod article describes how to raise the CPU voltage and gives three different methods for a mod which increases the voltage to the memory."

More information on this review can be found here.
Icemat Siberia USB Combo Headset Review @ CyberwizardPit
"The Danish company Icemat has established a name as one of the most popular manufacturer of gaming equipment. Innovation is the name of the game where, well, gaming, is concerned and Icemat have come up with all sorts of gadgets and ideas to enhance gaming quality. Icemat enters the audio realm as a newcomer with its Icemat Siberia Headset. This review by CyberwizardPit takes a look at whether the Siberia can hold its ground against the old-timers of the audio zone, or maybe even better them completely."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM-RS6F Theatre 6 Heaphone & Microphone Review @ Techniz
"The Zalman ZM-RS6F Theatre 6 Real Surround Sound headphone was an excellent design. The Theatre 6 headphone is perfect for gamers and also watching DVD movies. It really gives the 5.1 surround sound to the users. During playing music, it did a great job as well. The sound quality is very clear, the bass is good. The foldable design is really given the most comfortable fitness to the user while using it. Furthermore, it comes with a high quality microphone that is good for LAN games and also online chatting."

More information on this review can be found here.
Budget Gaming with the PowerColor X800GT @ Got|Apex
"The X800GT performs very well for a $160 card. It delivers solid performance when using 4x Aniso and 4x Anti at 1280x1024 and below, but anything over that will get you choppier video. Once you get to higher resolutions the card really shows it's lack of pipeline power by showing an even larger % dropoff than the GTO cards. Doom3 really shows some of this weakness as does Futuremark and FarCry, but UT2004 and HL2 are a bit more forgiving. Once overclocked to 510/510 you get a decent 8% or so boost which is respectable for the money. With an R480 core you'd get a much larger OC but you would also pay for it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron GeForce 7800 GTX Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Several review sites have really popped the 7800 GTX from a price point of being around $500. For the past few years, be it ATi or NVidia, the pinnacle of VGA performance has always hit the market around $500. The increase in performance with the 7800 GTX is much more than just the next logical step as we have seen before. With this said, your dollar is actually much more future proof here than it has ever been before."

More information on this review can be found here.
Connect3D X800 GTO Review @ PureOverclock
"When testing this card which is based on R423, I noticed that clock for clock this card is faster than the Sapphire based R480. I tested this thoroughly to make sure there wasn’t a driver issue or incorrect setting in place. I feel confident enough to state that R423 based X800 GTO’s are faster than R480 based ones clock for clock."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX 7800 GT SLI Review @ Bjorn3D
"When video card shopping, many people look at a card's core and memory clock speeds, the included bundle of software and accessories, and the warranty among other things. More than ever before, NVIDIA's board partners are offering out-of-the-box, warrantied overclocks, so checking out clock speeds is worthwhile. More important to many consumers, though, is the warranty. XFX not only offers factory overclocked cards, but it also offers an exclusive Double Lifetime Warranty on 6 and 7 Series cards. The company also packs in some nice bundles with its cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Performance TX640B Case Review @ Phoronix
"Coming out of the Antec review, we were quite pleased with what was offered by the Performance TX640B MiniTower. This ATX chassis offered a great deal of functional features such as removable drive cages and a front fan filter, while sticking to the phenomenal build quality we've been accustom to seeing from Antec products."

More information on this review can be found here.
Building a PC Computer Case for Beginners @ A1-Electronics
"This is not meant as the definitive building a PC computer review but we hope to show you the first time builder how easy it really is and maybe there is a tip or two for you experienced PC computer builders."

I'm not sure if this is a guide or just a showcase of Thermaltake products. More information on this guide can be found here.
ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Mainboard Review @ BigBruin
"Although they still have strong a focus on motherboards, they have not always received praise from the computer enthusiast segment. ECS is trying to change that with the release of their new flagship motherboard, the KN1 SLI Extreme. On paper it has the makings of a very solid motherboard that could help you move into a SLI configuration at a lower cost than the bulk of the competition."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone SG01 Micro ATX SFF Case Review @ XtremeComputing
"One thing I do like about Silverstone's cases is the ease of which you can stealth CD roms. Now not everyone has a dremel or other cutting tools to do this, and some may not be competent so we will show you how with out the need to be a modding guru or even handy with cutting tools."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Praetorian 730 Case Review @ Xtreme Resources
"Cooler Master has introduced the 730 series of aluminum alloy cases into the marketplace for enthusiasts. As the successor to the successful Wave Master case design, an improved air flow design implemented the use of 2 vertically stacked 80mm exhaust fans just underneath the power supply. Cooler Master used a very thick curved door o­n the front of this stylishly designed case, which hides four 5.25 inch drive bays, with two external 3.25 inch bays, and 4 internal 3.25 inch bays just below. An LED lit 120mm front case fan sits at the bottom of the case, allowing ample air flow to cruise over as many as 4 hard drives which will fit into the space allowed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone TJ05 Temjin 5 Case Review @ CaseModGod
"This extended ATX case could be the perfect gaming rig, Over clocking rig or just your clans own mini-server. It's high quality finish and roomy interior defy you to pin it to a category."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, November 5, 2005
Beginners Guides: Forgotten Passwords & Recovery Methods @ PCstats
"Ever wondered how to recover or reset a forgotten password in WindowsXP? This guide will help you get back into your computer, all without reinstalling the operating system. Fortunately, for every method of password protecting a computer system, there is a method of defeating said protection, especially if you have physical access to the computer. Since it's your PC, that shouldn't be a problem, so cheer up."

More information on this review can be found here.
How To Secure Your Emails @ The TechZone
"Well, no one wants to read your email right? Wrong! Have you ever heard of Carnivore? That's a system that the FBI uses to harvest all email traffic going through a network. How does this affect you? When the FBI hooks Carnivore up to your ISP's network because they suspect someone of dealing drugs or some other crime, Carnivore will filter through ALL email looking for keywords that relate to the crime in question. And because the search has to be intentionally vague, you may be sending a request for information about a prescription drug you take and Carnivore will harvest your email to be read by a human agent. Suddenly, the drugs you're taking are now public knowledge. Spammers have also been known to harvest email addresses via captured emails."

More information on this article can be found here.

The Changing Face Of Music

"Music still sounds the same as ever - the strut and jive or hip hop, the rollicking passion of rock, the cool precision of jazz - but everything else is changing in a hurry. Digital technology has revolutionized how we listen, where we listen, how we collect and how we share it. The face of music has changed for good. The revolution is led by an astounding outburst of new technologies and products, from sleek portable digital music players to wireless home networking devices and online stores, like iTunes, that sell music one song at a time."

More information on this article can be found here.
Evercool Magic Cooler MAG01CA Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"While the MAG01-CA certainly installs onto all of those processor form factors, it's been our experience that a heatsink is either best suited for a large heatspreader capped CPU or for pumping heat away from the small surface area of bare silicon... almost never both. The extruded aluminum Evercool MAG01-CA has most recently been marketed towards K8 AMD Athlon64 application, so that is what well be focusing on in this review. But is this heatsink really suitable for socket 754/939 AMD Athlon 64 processors?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Fire Socket 775 CPU Cooler Review @ PimpRig
"When looking this heatsink over I noticed a couple of things that the Ultra Fire 775 had in common with the Intel heatsink. The fin design is the same but with different copper cores. The Ultra is a bit taller but the overall radius is the same. Intel’s mounting clips are the push pin and lock type that can have problems if you remove and reuse the pins more than a couple of times. The strong point for the Intel heatsink is the fan, an 80 mm fan that runs virtually silent. Unfortunately this is not good enough to run any serious OC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nanopoint 420W iEye PSU Review @ Moddin.net
"Recently I compared some of the latest PSU's designed to produce very little noise, which has become an important factor in PC component selection. One of the units compared was the Tagan 480W PSU which clinched the competition by providing a extensive range of features with great value for money."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS2 DDR2 PC2-6400 Pro Memory Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Corsair XMS2 DDR2 PC2-6400 Pro Memory performs great & even has head room for overclocking. The default memory timing on this product is 5-5-5-12 & has a speed of 800MHz. It even has 18 LED's which show memory activity & look really cool, especially inside a case with a window. If you are in the market for DDR2 memory, check this out."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Enermax Liberty 500W Modular Power Supply Review @ BigBruin
"The new Liberty series of power supplies incorporates many traditional features of Enermax units with the latest trend, modular cabling. Modular power supplies first became popular in 2004, and although Enermax can't claim to be a pioneer in the field, you can count on their effort being worth consideration, even if the market is a bit more crowded at this point."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC4000 Dual Channel Gold VX DDR Memory Review @ EOC
"OCZ's VX memory stands Voltage eXtreme technology, and this review will be covering their PC4000 Gold VX Dual Channel memory. OCZ's Gold VX product line is 100% hand-tested and optimized for Athlon64 motherboards. The modules are rated to handle up to 3.5V ± 5% without invalidating the OCZ Lifetime Warranty."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 930BF LCD Review @ Nordic Hardware
"Today we will take a closer look at one of Samsung's latest contributions to the monitor market, SyncMaster 930BF. Those of you who haven't heard of it before we're talking about a gaming monitor. It focuses a lot on the response time at 4 ms, which makes 930BF perfect for both games and movies according to Samsung. If this is correct we will soon find out, but also what the monitor has to offer and a closer look at MagicTune."

More information on this review can be found here.
ULTRA Mini Portable Disk Review @ Bjorn3D
"Sure flash drives are very handy for moving files around when a floppy disk is too small and a CD-R is overkill, but what about those files or groups of files that take up more room than even a DVD-R can store? Many users have the need for this type of file movement, and external hard drives are just the solution for this dilemma. ULTRA has just what the doctor ordered, so read below to see what kind of prescription they provided me with."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Harmony 659 Remote Review @ Think Computers
"We all have remotes and a lot of them. We have them for our TV, DVD player, Cable Box, etc. Why do we need all these remotes when we can put them all into one? Well, with Logitech Harmony remotes you can. Today we will be looking at the Logitech Harmony 659 Remote. The 659 features an interactive display, activity buttons, and a backlit glow. So let’s get this review started and see what the 659 can do."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Muse 3.5 Review @ Extensive Mods
"External hard drive enclosure, well, what comes to mind? Yeah, I am betting that you came up with the same conclusion as me, laptops and portable mass storage. After purchasing a laptop, there is not really too much that can be done in the area of expandability, with the exception of ram of course. For you guys and girls out there who work in the IT field, I am pretty sure that quite a few of you work on multiple computers throughout the day, and if there is no network present between them, it is often time consuming to transfer files."

More information on this review can be found here.
Win an Antec Sonata II Quiet PC Bundle @ QuietPC

"Win one of 2 superbly-quiet Antec Sonata II PC cases with the NEW AcoustiPack Soundproofing materials AND the latest Zalman quiet CPU & GPU coolers! There are also 4 Runners up prizes to be won. To enter simply send your comments & any suggestions about quiet computing to Acousti Products."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Thermaltake Swing Case Review @ InsaneTek
"Want a decent looking case with good features without the expensive price? Thermaltake's new Swing is a good candidate. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles, but it way better than a beige box."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, November 4, 2005
Saitek Eclipse Keyboard Review @ XtremeComputing
"I have waited a long time for a backlit keyboard and for the life of me don't know why it wasn't done sooner yes there are a few on the market at the moment but none with the actual letters glowing. I suppose there wasn’t a market for it like there is today and that’s because of the computer modding industry."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dynatron A22 AMD Socket Heatsink Review @ Pro-Clockers
"A few weeks ago we tested a new product from Dynatron the P22 Intel cooler. Today, we have one for the newer AMD sockets dubbed the A22. With it's all aluminum construction and 70mm fan will it surprise us like the Intel version. We will see."

More information on this review can be found here.
Microsoft Media Center 2005 Keyboard Review @ TrustedReviews
"While there are plenty of wireless keyboards and mice out there I’ve been using wired devices, which to be honest looked pretty lame with wires trailing. So when I heard that Microsoft was releasing a wireless keyboard, custom designed for MCE I was very eager to get hold on one. The only thing that surprised me was that it took Microsoft so long to actually bring one out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 Review @ Everything USB
"A few months ago I felt something I've only heard about in the horror stories of my friends and the net. A sharp pain shot through my wrist, aggravated by the fact my desk was horribly higher than my chair at the time. Unfortunately, my wrist has never fully recovered, inducing pain after typing for a mere 20 minutes. I've since bought a wrist rest for my mouse hand, visited a chiropractor, and done stretching exercises every few minutes of using the computer. Shortly afterwards Microsoft leaked out information about their latest in their line of keyboards, the hyped Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000. Seeing as how I type for a living, I figured it'd be worth a try. Here are my impressions after two weeks of testing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooljag SFO-D(18SC) Skived Copper Opteron Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Cooljag SFO-D(18SC) is a heavy one piece skived copper heatsink intended for use with AMD Athlon64 and Opteron processors. Its thick copper base and tall 58mm tall fins add up to 732 grams worth of heatsink, a weight that requires a special set of mounting hardware which is included with the heatsink. A high speed 6800RPM Delta fan is set on its side so that air is blown tangentially to the fins, moving about 38CFM air in the process. The Cooljag SFO-D(18SC) pays no attention towards doing all of this quietly, and according to measurements made in the FrostyTech sound isolating chamber it makes a 64dBA racket in the process."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Aquabay M3 5.25" Reservoir Review @ PimpRig
"I'm one of those people that likes a reservoir over a T-line, yet I've never really cared for the thought of a plexiglas reservoir inside my case. Plexi ages, plexi cracks...plexi leaks. Plexi bad. The latest batch of bay reservoirs to hit the market are constructed of a high density Polyethylene, a material known for its chemical resistance and durability."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA Selects Corsair as its First Certified SLI Ready Memory
Fremont, CA (Thursday, November 3, 2005) – Corsair® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory and cooling products for enthusiasts and overclockers, today announced that it has became the first company in the memory category to receive the NVIDIA® SLI™ Ready certification. Recognized as the performance memory of choice for enthusiasts, Corsair added to the SLI Ready certification program by creating a new memory category to amplify user experience. NVIDIA SLI (Scalable Link Interface) technology supercharges the platforms by linking two graphics cards together to provide scalability and increased performance. In addition to motherboards, add-on cards and power supplies, Corsair’s XMS2-5400C4 family of products bring additional performance edge to an Intel based SLI system.

“Corsair is recognized as the leader and innovator in the high-end memory space. Being the first to become SLI Ready certified on the Intel platform validates our reputation of making only quality products that deliver on the performance front,” said John Beekley, Vice President of Applications Engineering at Corsair Memory. “NVIDIA SLI technology is the most widely adopted technology among gamers and enthusiasts. Extending our close relationship with NVIDIA, Corsair brings additional performance advantage to the SLI platform users with our blazing-fast DDR2 memory.”

More information on this press release can be found here.
MSI P4N Diamond Review @ Viperlair
"While the board did not sit on top of every benchmark, it has the potential to be one of the fastest gaming platforms for Intel. Benchmarks don't tell the whole story though, as the P4N Diamond proved to be a reliable board throughout testing and is stacked with enough features that it should be able to survive in most people's PC for a long while."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire X800 GTO Ultimate @ PureOverclock
"I was already expecting this card to overclock well but my expectations were blown away. This card reached 617 MHz on the core and 1146 MHz on the memory. The memory clock is good, but the core clock is mind blowing. It’s a 54% overclock! I’m not sure if I’ve just been lucky or if this is indicative of what you can expect on these cards, so I tested another X800 GTO I had to hand. The other card, which is not a Sapphire card reached 570 MHz on the core and 1110 MHz on the memory, so though the Sapphire is probably an above average clocker, it seems the high 500’s are highly likely for all."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon X850XT PE AGP @ techPowerUp
"Today, we will take a look at Sapphire's Radeon X850XT Platinum Edition for AGP. With nForce 4 for AMD and the i9XX chipsets for Intel, it seemed that the long era of AGP was over once and for all. However, about a year later, this is not quite the case, and many people still use AGP. Is there still some life left in the dying standard? Or would you be better off upgrading to PCI-Express right this minute?"

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS GeForce 7800GT Dual Review @ Tweaktown
"ASUS then fought back with the 6800GT Dual graphics card but due to the price this card never really seemed to hit the retail market, while it seems that Gigabyte haven’t done anything (yet) this time around to bring light to the 3D1 line up, ASUS have gone ahead and created the GeForce 7800GT Dual."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte K8N51GMF-9 nForce 430/GeForce 6100 Mainboard Review @ Hexus
"What you get for £52 is a solid board with very few surprises that's good for a multitude of uses. Voltage manipulation in BIOS, better subsystem performance, and, perhaps, a sweeter bundle would garner the Gigabyte K8N51GMF-9 an instant recommendation in the budget sector. As it is, it's decent but not outstanding, although you could do a lot worse than the K8N51GMF-9 if your budget stretches to only £50 or so and you require a S939 motherboard with onboard video and decent storage potential."

More information on this review can be found here.
Editorial: Taking the SLI Plunge @ Virtual-Hideout
"I recently spent a ton of money and built a completely new computer using all high end hardware. However I did not go "over the top" and take the SLI plunge right away. I was upgrading from an old P4 with 512mb of ram and an ASUS TI4600 graphics card. (Note to self: DO NOT wait 3yrs to upgrade again!) Most of you probably remember my P4 overclocking articles (here and here). Yes it's been THAT long since I did a full system upgrade from scratch. So when I finally did it, I did it all the way."

More information on this editorial can be found here.
Alienware Aurora 5500 Case Review @ TrustedReviews
"Take the side of the case off and you’re greeted by a very tidy machine, something that adds to the overall quality feel of the Alienware PCs. The hardware isn’t bad either. The processor is a 3800+ Athlon 64 (single-core) and this has been paired with 1GB of PC3200 DDR memory but the heatsinks are Alienware branded. For some reason the latency of the memory wasn’t set as low as it could have been, (CAS 2.5 rather than CAS 2.0), so there’s an opportunity for a slight performance boost by tweaking this."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle SD11G5 SFF Case Review @ Bit-Tech
"The system is exceptionally quiet. Companies will often market silent this and ultra quiet that, but this thing is leaps and bounds ahead of every other powerful system I've ever used. The problem you will encounter with this rig is that it is so quiet, other noise pollution coming from the system (eg video card, hard drive) is easily noticeable."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Tai Chi Case Review @ Neoseeker
"Thermaltake has released a lot of products in the last few years, ranging from CPU and video card heatsinks to mid sized cases with questionable designs all the way up to full tower cases with a dozen 5.25 inch bays. There isn't a whole lot that Thermaltake hasn't already done in the cooling industry, so where to now? Taking a cue from Gigabyte's entry into the case market, Thermaltake has come up with a new full tower that is designed to work best with their in-house watercooling system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, November 3, 2005
Does Violent Video Games Really Lead To Aggressive Behavior? @ The TechZone
"The violence is often brutal and degrading to women. In the game "Duke Nukem," for instance, a player can enter a room with naked women saying "Kill me," while tied to posts. In the Grand Theft Auto series, one of the most popular and also most violent and controversial of the games, a player is rewarded if he has sex with a prostitute and then murders her (the most recent of the series, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, was the best-selling title in 2004)."

More information on this article can be found here.
Func Surface 1030 Archetype Review @ Extensive Mods
"Func Industries is one of the most popular designers and producers of competition gaming surfaces on the market. The good people over at Func always seem to know what gamers want, and how to fulfill their demands. Ever since my first review of the Func 1030, I took an instant liking to their products, and have had the opportunity to review all of their new releases since."

More information on this review can be found here.
McAfee Wireless Home Network Security Review @ The Tech Lounge
"So what if you can’t tell WEP from WAP, or WPA from AP? You no longer have to – or so claims McAfee, speaking about their new Wireless Home Network Security software. McAfee has been kind enough to provide me with a copy of their latest software package designed for those who want a secure wireless experience, but just don’t have the time to dig through a host of unknown acronyms. The package I am looking at today is their Wireless Home Network Security product. This can be purchased by itself or as part of a security suite, but I will come to that later."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung YH-MT6 1Gb Digital Audio MP3 Player Review @ Tweaknews
"As the player snugly rests in my hand I can contemplate just what I can find as a fault with this player. To be honest, I can't find many. The player in my mind is essentially flawless. Everything works, everything is built well (including the excellent headphones), and the buyer will be happy to find out that this player can be setup and loaded in under 5 minutes thanks to the USB2.0 capability."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5000 Laser Review @ The TechZone
"The Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5000 Laser features a built-in LCD on the keyboard that helps people manage the constant flow of information that has become an inherent part of working with computers. The LCD screen can display e-mail and instant message notifications, favorite playlists and Internet radio stations. And by displaying certain information on the LCD - such as the status of the caps lock and F lock keys, volume levels and mute - the keyboard also alleviates visual clutter that would ordinarily be displayed on the computer monitor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Codegen Dual +12v Rail 480W PSU Review @ All Round Modders
"Good clean power... Something your valuable asset needs. Without, it could lead to hardware failure or system crashes. This is probably one of the most overlooked areas within a computer. Using a cheap power supply unit is only asking for trouble, especially when using Dual Core CPU's, SLI, Crossfire and/or other power demanding hardware. Codegen has stepped up to meet this problem with a 480Watt PSU. Not only does it support dual +12v Rails, it's also packed with features!"

More information on this review can be found here.
SinTek 500 SLI 500W PSU Review @ InsaneTek
"The power supply is the most important piece of hardware in your system. A newcomer by the name of SinTek steps into the
competition with their modular power supply. Do external adjustable potentiometers sound good?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra X-Finity FlexForce 500W Power Supply Review @ Techgage
The boys and girls at Ultra have made a bit of a name for themselves with their line of power supplies. While PSUs aren’t their only products, they are their most famous. Their first big name PSU was the X-Connect and it was labeled as the “World’s first fully modular power supply.” Today, I am taking a look at their new X-Finity FlexForce PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC-4000 2GB Gold Edition DDR RAM Kit Review @ PimpRig
"More recently, the RAM sweet spot using Windows XP has been 1GB using a pair of 512MB DDR RAM sticks. Since the release of Doom 3 and Battlefield 2 though, many users are finding that using 2GB of RAM enhances game play and computer performance. There have been a few problems with going to 2GB though; first off was the availability and price of 1GB DDR sticks, since so many users opted to go with 4 512MB sticks of RAM. Unfortunately, some motherboards do not support DDR with 4 sticks, and others will kick the FSB speed down to 333 to reduce errors. Also, many people have limited success when trying to overclock a motherboard with 4 sticks of RAM in it even if they are matching sticks. Plus, there is the increased voltage requirement. OCZ recognized the issues and released a 2GB DDR memory kit that is rated up to PC-4000, so now you can have your cake and eat it too."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair DDR PC-3500LL Pro 2GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ OCIA
"Those with a good eye will notice that the XP-90C heatsink in this picture is mounted upside-down. The heatspreaders make these modules too tall to fit under the fins and in the dimm slots. Thankfully, it just barely cleared my videocard when mounted upside down, and I was able to fit the modules without issue. This is something everyone should be aware of."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair DDR PC-3500LL Pro 2GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This memory has lots of performance, reliability, stability, and bling-bling with 18 LED's in each module. While the memory timing of 2-3-2-6 is blistering fast, this memory can be pushed beyond it’s default speed. It comes in a 2GB kit which is fantastic for playing the latest very demanding games. All this and it's backed by Corsair's lifetime warranty."

More information on this video review can be found here.
HIS X700 ICEQ 128MB Review @ Viperlair


"For the cost involved the X700 from HIS turned out to be quite a performer. When compared to a similar classed card from NVIDIA it outperformed at almost every task put before it. AGP is still a VERY viable option, and HIS has proven with the X700 that they haven't forgotten about those of us that can't shell out a couple weeks pay every time a new card is released."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron nForce4 K8SLI Motherboard Review @ Bjorn3D


"Sometimes us reviewer tend to forget that not everyone have the money to buy one of the latest and fastest cards available. Instead of a GeForce 7800GT or GeForce 7800GTX many instead have opted for cheaper, but yet capable, GeForce 6600GT. But what if you have one of those and want to in a cheap way increase the graphics performance? NVIDIA has the solution with SLI. Pop in a second card and in theory get double the performance. Today I am looking at one of the cheaper SLI-capable motherboards on the market, the K8SLI from Albatron."

More information on this review can be found here.
Editorial: The More Things Change @ Virtual-Hideout
"Just ask yourself, please, manufacturers: "Would a mainstream OEM be embarrassed to ship out your case with a front panel carved into a three-dimensional relief of Goku's head?"

More information on this editorial can be found here.
Overclocking Athlon 64 FX-57 @ Nordic Hardware
"Further improvements from the 130nm FX-55 are various adjustments and add-ons to the integrated memory controller. We will not dwell further into these subjects but will concentrate more on how to further improve the performance of this CPU. We have three different cooling methods, air cooling, water cooling and compressor cooling, which will help us test the boundaries of what this CPU can perform."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Lexa Mid-Tower ATX PC Case Review @ Guru3D
"You've all seen, heard and some of you even bought a case designed by NZXT based on our reviews right? And there's no reason not to as they make seriously intriguing PC cases targeted at the enthusiast PC community. Can you remember some of them? The Guardian, Nemesis and their last one was Trinity. We reviewed all these cases as NZXT makes some pretty impressive stuff that we just love to take a closer look at. Today we bring you a review on, once again, a new case: the Lexa. Despite the fact you and I figured out that it must be getting harder and harder to design something original yet functional for the gamer, NZXT once again have outdone themselves, ladies and gents, the Lexa is what we'll be reviewing today and it's by far one of the best cases ever reviewed here on Guru3D.com."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian-Li V880 Desktop ATX Enclosure Review @ ClubOC
"The home theater PC market is fast becoming more mainstream as more and more enthusiasts are discovering the advantages of paring their home entertainment system with the power of a high end PC. This increased market has not escaped the attention of the designers at Lian-Li. Today we are looking at the latest in their HTPC line, the PC-V880. With the V-series cases, Lian-Li has taken the traditional desktop style and created a new line of Home Theater Aluminum cases. Lets see what the PC-V880 has to offer!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, November 2, 2005
Blizzard's 2005 Blizzcon: Day 1 @ Legit Reviews
"Fans of the StarCraft franchise are greeted with a life-like replica of the newest edition to the storyline: Nova. Nova is a special forces operative in the Conferate Army and is the center of the single-player game for StarCraft: Ghost. Ghost features an intense single-player storyline, as well as multiplayer action for up to 16-players, spanning 3 races each with unique weapons and abilities."

More information on this report can be found here.
ThinkComputers New Layout Giveaway / Contest @ ThinkComputers
"In honor of our new design and layout we have decided to have a few contests all during the month of November. We are going to be doing 5 different contests, so everyone will have a chance to win. And we have lots of prizes, 26 total, and not just for first place either. All contests will run till the end of November, and top winners will be announced on or around the 5th of December. Except for the Random Contest, those prizes will be given away all during the month."

More information on this contest can be found here.
AC Ryan UV Kit Review @ PC Review
"The Cold Cathode Tube kit was interesting, as some similar products seem to be plagued by high-pitched noises from the inverter and slow warmup times. Thankfully, neither of these effects was visible in this kit and was surprisingly silent. This CCFL set came with 2 x 30cm UV tubes which were very bright (certainly better than most I've seen), this allows you to place them either side of your case to light up many UV items."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Lite-Up Slim Keyboard Review @ Paradise|OC
"Clear, see-through, transparent, the look of something professional. Professionalism goes hand in hand with clarity. What better way to have clarity than to have things clear? A high powered executive, in his 50th floor office, might stroll over and gaze out of the 15 huge glass windows that surround him. Getting thirsty, he reaches for his coffee mug, which sits atop a Museo Contemporary Glass Desk."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sirtec High Power ATX-410-212 Review @ techPowerUp
"Sirtec may not be one of the known big players of the PSU industry, but in fact they are a huge OEM producer of power supplies, for example for Thermaltake and Chieftec. We test Sirtec's 410W unit which offers a beautiful chrome finish and a low-noise fan at a very competitive price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dynatron A41 V-Shaped Skived Athlon64 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"With an abundance of heatpipe-infused copper heatsinks up for sale these days, it's easy to forget that there are other ways to make a slab of metal a great conductor of heat into the surrounding atmosphere. Designed properly, a skived aluminum heatsink can leave an extruded aluminum heatsink in the dust. If any company has perfected the skived heatsink it would have to be Dynatron. The latest example of the companies' skived Socket 754/939 AMD Athlon64 heatsink line recently arrived at FrostyTech for testing, it's called the Dynatron A41 heatsink."

More information on this review can be found here.
G.SKILL F1-4000USU2-2GBHZ PC4000 Review @ techPowerUp
"The G.SKILL F1-4000USU2-2GBHZ unite overclocking and 2GB. They almost overclock like the best 1 GB Dual-Channel kits, but offer double the amount of capacity. We reached 275 MHz (DDR550) at low 2.6V. If you want the smoothness of 2 GB and also overclocking, they can be yours for about $245, which is an excellent price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek Waterchill Xtreme KT12A-12VX Liquid Cooling Kit Review @ Xtreme Resources
"When Asetek first entered the PC watercooling market with the introduction of the initial Waterchill kits, their good value and excellent performance made them loved within the enthusiast circles. Even the most hardcore users loved them because they could integrate the watercooling kits to their Vapochill cooled systems, for VGA and chipset cooling. Asetek came a long way since then and now they have a long line of kits and standalone products across all of the Waterchill range. Their pinnacle of the Waterchill line, the Xtreme KT12A-12VX Waterchill kit is under the scope today. Featuring all the best that Asetek has to offer, let us see what it can do for the cooling of your PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Creative X-Fi Fatal1ty XPS Review @ Bit-Tech
"As we have seen, the performance of the Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS is top notch. It is feature-rich and is a genuine step forward in PC audio - if you are in the market for a top quality soundcard that excels in all areas, then the X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS comes highly recommended."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ 2GB PC-4000 Platinum EB DDR Kit Review @ OCIA
"True to OCZ's standard, these modules are protected by a lifetime warranty. Timings of 3-3-2-8 1T are pretty impressive considering the capacity and rated speed on these modules. EVP stands for Extended Voltage Protection which is OCZ's commitment to enthusiasts, allowing for users to run their modules at voltage levels of 3.0V ± 5% without voiding the lifetime warranty. ULN (Ultra Low Noise) is a technology that uses various printed circuit board (PCB) techniques to reduce the amount of electrical noise that is present in all high-speed integrated circuits."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon X800GT PCIe (256MB BGA DDR3) Review @ HardwareZoom
"Cost only half as much as the X800XL, the Sapphire Radeon X800GT is a great choice for main-stream gamers who want to play the latest games at affordable price. Bundled with full version of Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow, PowerDVD 6 and cables for HDTV connection, it adds even more values to this main-stream gaming card. Featuring 8 pixel-pipelines, which is half as much as X800XL, the X800GT actually performs as good as X800XL at lower resolution. However at 1600x1200 with full-screen anti-aliasing, the X800GT can lag more than 50% behind the X800XL. Therefore, we would recommend this card if you are not planning to play games at high resolution with full details and anti-aliasing."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-In-Wonder X800 XL Graphics Card Review @ Designtechnica
"ATI's new All-In-Wonder (AIW) X800 XL picks up where the company's X600 AIW card left off, which means a faster core processor, more multimedia capabilities and a heftier price. Surprisingly, the AIW X800 XL isn't the company's most expensive All-In-Wonder product though. Nestled in between the AIW X800 XT and the X600 PRO on the ATI product line, the AIW X800 XL offers impressive performance while still maintaining a somewhat modest price. But what is the main difference between the AIW X800 XL and the AIW 800 XT, and have multimedia capabilities really been improved over the previous year's offerings?"

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI NF4 SLI Infinity Motherboard Review @ InsaneTek
"DFI surprised us all with the NF4 Ultra Infinity. This time they bring us their NF4 SLI Infinity, another budget motherboard for the gaming/overclocking enthusiasts. It might not "look" much, but it does pack a lot of power."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Motherboard @ Viperlair
"Overclocking with the ECS board and our Athlon64 3200+ (Venice core) yielded a result of an impressive 2.65GHz. We got here by dropping the HT to 4x, moving the DRAM timings to 3-4-4-8. We left the CPU at 10x and increased it's Vcore by 125mv (resulting in a Vcore of 1.52). This is an impressive overclock to say the least. I was thinking that without the ability to apply more voltage to the chipset or FSB (HT) ECS would be hard pressed to catch up with the DFI's overclock. It turns out, we passed it nicely."

More information on this review can be found here.
Beginners Guide to installing Windows @ Tweaktown
"Regardless of why you need to install, you do need to install. Unfortunately, you haven't the slightest clue as to what you’re doing - or you do, but want to learn a bit more. You might not be sure what to do just to install; you might not know what to do afterwards; you might even think you know what to do, but you want to be sure. You've come to the right place, it’s our complete beginners guide to install Windows (XP and below)."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Beginners Guides to Ergonomics & Computers @ PCstats
"If you are a long time computer user like me, you might have noticed the occasional hurts and discomforts that go hand in hand with spending long periods of time in front of the PC. Stare at a monitor for hours on end, year after year and most likely you'll eventually start to notice the pains magnify in frequency and severity. Do this long enough, and the discomfort could become part of the daily routine when you sit down to work or game at a computer. This guide aims to provide a guideline for identifying and avoiding situations which could result in the development of a repetitive strain injury, and to recommend ergonomically sound computer setups and products."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Tuesday, November 1, 2005
ViewSonic VX924 3ms LCD Monitor Review @ XYZ Computing
"Over the past year or two computer users have been witnessing something very interesting- the maturation of the LCD monitor. In a short amount of time these products went from being overpriced and awkwardly designed to being the mainstay of the display industry and the forefront of technology. This review will be taking a look at ViewSonic's VX924 display. This display has been making headlines for a number of reasons, the foremost being its impressive 3ms response time. When it comes to LCD displays ViewSonic has been doing well, but much of the focus has been on their competitors, like Samsung. The VX924 marks a major step in the right direction and one of the more interesting displays to come along in some time."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS2-5400UL RAM Review @ Phoronix
"Although Corsair's XMS2 TWIN2X1024-8000UL memory modules, which are rated for 1000MHz compatibility on Intel-based motherboards, have taken some of the spotlight away from their famed TWIN2X1024A-5400UL modules, these DDR2-667 modules continue to be popular with enthusiasts due to their cheaper price point and phenomenal overclocking abilities. While sticking to its DDR2-675MHz speeds the memory can run at impressive 3-2-2-8 timings, and when loosening the timings they can breach the 1GHz barrier. Of course, none other than Micron's "Fatbody" D9 ICs powers these modules."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TWINX2048-4000PT Platinum Series @ Think Computers
"Hot off the heels of the last Corsair review, we have another Corsair review for you. Corsair has done it again, they are leading the pack in memory technology advancements, by releasing yet another quality high performance memory product. The Twinx2048-4000PT line of memory is engineered for speed and performance, using Samsung UCCC chips to power the sticks, these sticks just rock. Guaranteed 250Mhz at 1T with timings of 3-4-4-8, using high density, high capacity modules, being able to run high capacity sticks of ram at 1T is crucial to having a great performing system. Today’s high end systems take a performance hit if they run at 2T, so being able to run 2 gigs at 1T is a great triumph indeed, and at a speed of 250/500mhz is just amazing! Let's get into this review and see just how well these do perform."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire X800 GTO2 Limited Edition 256MB PCIe Video Card Review @ PimpRig
"The Sapphire X800 GTO2 was modestly launched recently and not much hooplah had surrounded the card until it's secret was discovered. The X800 GTO2 is a 12 pipeline 256MB video card much like the vanilla X800. What is very much un-like the vanilla X800 is that the X800 GTO2 doesn't run on the same ATI430 GPU. Instead, it runs on the ATI480 GPU. For the GPU model informed you will notice that is the same GPU core model used on the Sapphire X850 video cards which pack 16 pixel pipelines."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeCube Overclocked Radeon X800 GTO Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Radeon X800 GTO is the latest graphics chip released by ATI targeted to the mid-range market, located between Radeon X800 Pro and Radeon X800 GT and competing with GeForce 6600 GT from nVidia. This Radeon X800 GTO sample we’ve got from GeCube came already overclocked under a limited “special edition” series, so it is faster than Radeon X800 GTO from other companies."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS IceQII Radeon X800GTO Turbo PCI Express Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"The X800GTO from HIS in my point of view would be a perfect performance mainstream oriented gaming card that will handle any current game on the market and will easily toy with most games when overclocked. The overclocking potential in this card is fantastic and seeing that HIS has strapped on such a great cooling solution, you can squeeze out every last Mhz without turning your card into a peripheral cinder."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (nForce 4 SLI Intel) Review @ Viperlair
"Foxconn has doven headfirst into the shark infested waters of the mainstream market and proven they can swim with the big boys. Pleasing the hardware enthusiast crowd is no easy task, but Foxconn has put their years of manufacturing experience to good use and put together a winner with this board. Even a hardcore enthusiast will have a hard time finding fault with this board."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SI-120 Heat Sink Review @ ap0calypse
"In today’s review we take a look at one of Thermalright’s latest heat sinks, the SI-120. This heat sink continues the trend of Thermalright's "Light 'N' Easy" line-up. As with the XP-120, the SI-120 also makes use of a 120mm cooling fan, however, in the case of the SI-120 all of the heat is transported away from the CPU via the heat pipes. Since we do not have an XP-120 on hand for testing, we will be comparing the SI-120 to another popular Thermalright heat sink, the XP-90. Time to check it out!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Alphacool CORA 662 Passive Water Cooling Kit Review @ Madshrimps
"Alphacool is known for their high quality and high performance water cooling systems. Today we take their best performing water block and mate it with CORA, their new passive radiator, aiming to build a fast, yet silent system."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Water Block Tests Review @ A1-Electronics
"Today we review test six PC CPU heatsink blocks to see which works the best out of the ones we have here. The efficiency of a water block is very important for no matter how powerful a pump or how many radiators you have in your computer heatsink system they will not compensate for having a water block that does not transfer the heat from your AMD or Intel processor efficiently. It makes a difference if one is designed for low flow and a lot of water passing through it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic-Cooling Silencer 64 Ultra TC Heatsink Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Arctic cooling hit the cooling market hard with their Air Silencer VGA coolers. Providing the end user with a better cooling and quieter solution than the stock manufacturer OEM items. This in the end gave us more overclocking headroom. Now they are back with the same plan but for your processor. An alternative to those ugly and sometimes loud stock pieces. The Silencer 64 Ultra TC heatsink seems to be poised to do the same as the VGA coolers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sharkoon Silent Eagle 2000 Review @ MVKTech
"Sharkoon came up with a new silent solution when it comes to fans, namely the Silent Eagle range. The Silent Eagle comes in 2 different versions, the Eagle 1000 and Eagle 2000 where the number stands for the rotation speed of the propeller. So what is so exciting about this new Silent Eagle 2000 and is it actually any different from many other silent fans on the market? Sharkoon itself sets the trend, and differentiates themselves from the other brands. Let's find out together what that means."

More information on this review can be found here.
Amazing X-Fi Case Mod Project @ Bit-Tech
"Today's article on bit-tech is something a little bit special. Our old-school mod master, Dave 'Macroman' Williams, has put together an amazing case mod based around the Creative X-Fi soundcard. Macro has built a computer into a guitar amplifier, integrating the dials from and adding lights to the X-Fi breakout box. The finish is of an impeccable standard with astonishing attention to detail, and Macro has even invented a brand new mod - the 'Power Surge'! This has to be seen to be believed. This is case modding at its finest, from one of the most creative and talented modders on the planet. The 20-page, step-by-step,
immaculately photographed worklog is simply unmissable!

More information on this fanastic project can be found here.
Silverstone LC17 HTPC Case Review @ Overclockers Online
"The SilverStone SST-LC17 is an attractive case. For an HTPC desktop solution, it offers very competitive cooling and does this well right out of the box. What it could stand to improve on though is the interior arrangement by either going to a micro ATX only design (and then rearranging the layout) or increasing the length one or two inches. Anyone who tries to take advantage of the full expansion capabilities of this case are likely to run into some frustration along the way. Sure things will fit, but it isn't exactly easy sometimes."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Ammo 533 Case Review @ InsaneTek
"In need of a good case for your next LAN party? Cooler Master's new Ammo 533 just might be your solution. The built-in handle makes transportation a breeze and the case design makes your system look beefier than it actually is."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax Ninja 918 Silver ATX Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"Today we're looking at one of those options, the Raidmax Ninja 918 ATX case . This case was built for gaming, and offers a number of features that you'd generally see in a higher performance case. However, when it comes to top-notch gaming products, I'm a fairly demanding person, and most of us are - we want the fastest, the coolest, the most moddable. Can the Raidmax hold a candle to our list of desires? Only one way to find out, so lets take a closer look."

More information on this review can be found here.
October Extreme Gaming PC Buyer's Guide @ Sharky Extreme
"It's time for another edition of our Extreme Gaming PC Buyer's Guide, and thanks to our hefty $4,000 budget, and some new hardware releases, we were able to make a number of sizeable upgrades again this month. These include a shift towards dual core processors, faster system memory, a new soundcard, and various other aesthetic and performance-oriented upgrades. While this will not be a complete overhaul of our previous AMD and Intel configurations, there are enough improvements in this October guide to represent a new high in terms of features, performance and future proofing."

More information on this guide can be found here.
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