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Saturday, December 31, 2005
Thermaltake SI-120 Heatsink Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Thermalright have been making quality heatsinks for awhile now and usually lead the pack with new innovations to make the humble PC users’ life easier. Today we test the SI-120 from their latest line of ‘Light ‘n’ Easy’ products. Weighing in at 400g, it certainly is light, but is it easy?"

More information on this review can be found here.
VR-Fidelity USB Speakerphone Review @ Think Computers
"With the ever increasing popularity of voice over internet/broadband (VoIP), there will come of course, lots of cool products. Today I have one such product for review that actually surprised me in its quality and functionality. It comes from a company called Blue Gears; they primarily make high end sound cards. Blue Gears has come up with a small gadget that has multiple uses, not just for VoIP, it is called the VR-Fidelity USB Speakerphone. The name 'speakerphone' is somewhat misleading for this product because it is so much more than that."

More information on this review can be found here.
Compact Flash Card Round-Up @ The TechLounge
"I’d like to answer one question that I think many amateur and even some professional photographers have. What kind of performance can you expect in a real-world situation from various Compact Flash (CF) cards? The reason this issue is important is that the price varies for CF cards of different brands and speed ratings. I will attempt to find out what benefit higher-speed CF cards actually have under various circumstances, and going a step further, I will find out if there is any bottleneck incurred when transferring data via card readers or directly from cameras. I have rounded up 8 CF cards from various vendors with various speed-ratings, as well as 4 different card readers, and I’m ready to put them through their paces."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool GT-365 Review @ OCModShop
"You may have seen fan and case accessories that continue to operate case fans after the computer shuts down. Your computer's processor may continue to radiate heat during shutdown (when the system fans have shut off), leaving your processor unprotected. Vendors claim these units prevent overheating of the processor by running the system fans (and continuing to disipate heat) after the computer has shut off. Little timid to buy one? Well join the crowd. Today I had the chance to review one of Evercool’s GT-365 Extended Cooling System (ECS) provided by Evercool."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Liberty 400W PSU Review @ DH
"We’ve looked at numerous supplies here in the past and on the whole they have all been high specification units and those generally come at an equally high price. It goes without saying not everyone has a huge budget to work with; however stability is still an important factor. So today we are going to look at Enermax’s mainstream model which comes in at 400w. Enermax are not a company known for skimping on quality so we should be in for a treat at a very reasonable price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hiper Type-R HPU-4B580 Power Supply Review @ MVKTech
"Hiper hasn't been that long on the market but the name is already known around the globe for there powerful and professional products, especially their power supplies. We got the opportunity to get a closer look at their newest high performance power supply which delivers the latest ATX power standards and incorporates a new unique modular cable design to reduce excess cables. Lets dig into the Type-R series Power Supply Units, namely the Hiper Type-R HPU-4B580 (580W) power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor Radeon X800 GTO 16 Review @ System Cooling
"The world of video cards has become crowded indeed. In days past, a user looking at a given brand of video card would have three, perhaps four models to choose from, each clearly delineated in terms of price and performance. In case you hadn't noticed, those days are over. For example, ATI now has at least two dozen separate model numbers to choose from, and by the time you factor in all the possible permutations of each model, such as amount of memory, all-in wonder or not, etc., it's easy for a user to get horribly confused. The situation is worst in the mid-to-high end market, where there can be literally dozens of choices that fall within a few dollars of each other. The card we're looking at today is from Powercolor, and is designated the X800 GTO 16. The X800 GTO is based on the X800XL, with the main difference being that four of the chip's 16 pixel pipelines have been disabled. However, the 16 in the Powercolor card's name is an indicator that this is not an ordinary GTO. We're going to find out exactly what this card has going for it, and if it appears to be destined for success."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Vortex2 HDD Cooler Review @ 3DGameman
"This Hard Drive Cooling System does actually work! Some hard drive cooling solutions do not really accomplish much in the way of keeping a hard drive cool. Many have small fans that do next to nothing. The reason why this one does work very well is because of the cross-flow blower fan. This fan pushes enough air across the hard drive to prevent overheating. Overheating is very dangerous for a hard drive and can result in system instability, data loss or worse. It's very important to keep current hard drives cool, especially SCSI hard drives."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Nexstar GX External Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ PimpRig
"Although it may look like aluminum the enclosure is made primarily of a sturdy gray plastic. The hard drive cage however is aluminum and acts as a very effective passive heat sink. The fins on the bottom of the cage radiate heat to the outside of the enclosure. When mounted properly, the cage fits snuggly on a hard drive insuring good heat transfer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, December 30, 2005
APC Biometric Mouse Password Manager Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Combining a mouse with a biometric device seems like a no-brainer. Yet when APC first launched its Biometric Password Manager as a single device it didn’t hit us that it should be someday incorporated into a mouse shell. Now the company is releasing exactly that: a Biometric Mouse Password Manager (aka BioM34) that enables mouse usage, password management and file encryption in a single gadget."

More information on this review can be found here.
WiFi Vs. WiMAX @ The TechZone
"QOS (Quality of Service) is an major issue with WiMax because of the number of people accessing a tower at once. Some would think that a tower could be easily overloaded with a lot of people accessing it at once. Built into the WiMax standard is an algorithm that when the tower/base station is nearing capacity then it automatically will transfer the user to another WiMax tower or cell. Unlike a Wifi clients who have to kind of fight to stay associated with a given access point; WiMax will only have to perform this hand shake at the MAC level the first time they access the network."

More information on this article can be found here.
Titan Eagle Universal VGA Cooler Review @ Think Computers
"Titan is a relative newcomer to the cooling business, but from what I have seen they are a rising star. They produce quality products that not only look good but perform good as well. It seems everyone is coming up with aftermarket cooling solutions for today’s high end video cards, and everyone is trying to lure customers with some sort of attractive packaging. Recently I reviewed the Evercool Nighthawk VGA cooler, its cover was in the shape of a Stealth Airplane. Today for review I have the Titan Eagle Universal VGA cooler, as the name suggests it has an eagle theme to it."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Power and Cooling Turbo-Cool 1KW Review @ XYZ Computing
"As processor frequencies increase and users start to add in extra video cards, hard drives, and cooling, the demands on a computer's power supply rapidly increase. As system builders need more power, the amount provided by power supply manufacturers has exploded. As such, the average power supply has gotten a good deal more powerful and it is not out of the ordinary to see a system being built with a 500W, or more, PSU. While the norm has increased, so has the top range of power supplies. Higher end PSUs have gotten extremely powerful and now top out with the focus of this review, a kilowatt model. With a thousand watts continuous power avaible (1100W peak) this PSU is twice as powerful as a well-equipped unit. This review will be taking a look at PC Power and Cooling's Turbo-Cool 1KW. This is the first consumer-leve power supply to break the kilowatt mark. This is an incredible feat, but given this power supply's large price tag and all the hype surrounding it, we wanted to take a closer look and see what it could do when fired up."

More information on this review can be found here.
Rockdirect Xtreme 64 4800+ DTR Review @ Hexus
"The last six months has given Rock the time to engineer an
even faster laptop, replete with a dual-core AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ processor and twin 100GB 7,200RPM hard drives. Sounds like just the thing for you? Read on to see if it's as good as it appears to be on paper."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC-3200 Dual Channel Platinum Rev 2 Review @ Pro-Clockers
"OCZ isn’t a newcomer to the overclocking world. Nor were they the first to discover this world either. But sent there move into the enthusiast market, they have been pretty much at the top. OCZ was one of the first ram manufacturers to make the legendary Winbond BH-5 what it was. Then they introduced us to the Samsung TCCD chips. Which gave us tighter timing while climbing to an unbelievable higher frequency. This leads us right to the EL Platinum DDR 3200."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS PF88 Extreme Motherboard Review @ techPowerUp
"The ECS PF88 Extreme is a unique motherboard. Its SIS 656 chipset offers users the possibility to purchase CPU add-in cards, called SIMA cards which allow to run a completely different CPU architecture on the motherboard. At the moment SIMA cards are available for Intel Pentium M Socket 479, AMD Socket 754 and AMD Socket 939. Together with the on-board Socket LGA 775 this means that you can run any mainstream CPU available today. However, there are a few BIOS bugs, one allowed us to get a POST screenshot at 6750 MHz."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Laureate EB305C 3.5” External HDD Enclosure Review @ System Cooling
"Enermax currently offers three different external drive enclosures with USB 2.0 connectivity that provide support for 2.5” HDD’s, 3.5” HDD’s, and 5.25” optical drives. The new Enermax Laureate series EB305C features an attractive aluminum case and mounts one 3.5” HDD with support for both PATA/IDE and SATA interfaces."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Cordless Desktop MX5000 Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The many extra features offered, such as the LCD, touch-sensitive controls and rechargeable mouse, complement a comfortable setup, one that not only looks great but performs well too. The keyboard and mouse work as well as any corded counterpart, but have the benefit of freedom of movement."

More information on this review can be found here.
MGE XG Dragon Gaming Case Review @ BigBruin
"The business side of this case is almost as dramatic as the front; a half size window in the upper forward area is framed by part of the cowling that makes up the front of the case. In the lower left corner is a perforated square for more ventilation. Above that, there is another perforated area that leads to the CPU ventilation duct that is becoming more and more prevalent on cases these days."

More information on this review can be found here.

The Thumb Drive RAID Experiment

"The idea of a thumb drive RAID array might not be practical for every day needs, but it is a novel idea that could be of benefit to some people. For one, owners of mini-ITX systems that boot from a flash drive might be interested in the sizable speed burst a RAID 0 array could provide. In the end, results were achieved that showed great promise for thumb drive RAID arrays."

More information on this article can be found here.
SilverStone SST-LC10B HTPC Case Review @ Viperlair
"We think the Silverstone Lascala SST-LC10B definitely has the right look to go with the rest of your living room A/V components. Putting everything together is quite easy, but upgrading the PC afterwards is a little more tedious than it needs to be."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Swing Mid-Tower Case Review @ OCIA
"The side panel has a curved window that is shaped differently than the standard rectangular offerings. The handle doubles as an air intake grill although it has no provisions for mounting a fan to the inside. The panel is held in place by 2 thumbscrews. The window comes covered with a sheet of plastic to protect it from scratches during shipping."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, December 29, 2005
2005 - The Year Of The Blog @ The TechZone
"Blogging really isn't new. One of the blog pioneers is Justin Hall who started his personal blog in 1994 before it even had a name. In December 1997 John Barger coined the name weblog. Peter Merholz in early 1999 shortened the phrase to today's term blog. Few of the blogs are business/product oriented. In fact, the blogs that get the most attention and traffic are daily news and politics oriented. The majority of blogs though are personal, more like an online diary of your day-to-day experiences."

More information on this article can be found here.
Enermax Liberty ELT620AWT 620W Power Supply Review @ Bjorn3D
"Power supplies used to be the least-sexy component in your PC. Power supply makers spent their marketing dollars on convincing us of the benefits of quality power versus fancy bells and whistles. That changed not too long ago when customized cases came into vogue. Now you can buy power supplies with neon lights, blinking strobes, and just about anything else desired to pimp your rig. But product differentiation doesn't end at cosmetics thanks to recent hardware innovations and requirements. Modular connections were introduced in 2004 and have become a popular feature. The SATA IDE and PCI-E interfaces added new power needs, as did the return of dual video cards. Reduced noise and heat output are also high on the desired features list. And don't forget the potential replacement of the ATX form factor with BTX."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hardware Madness in 2005: Looking Back @ Madshrimps


"Another year has passed, how time flies! Our Madness continues to search for higher performance PC products at affordable prices. Let's look back at what has happened in 2005 and what we can look forward to in 2006."

More information on this article can be found here.
KingWin SK-523 PC Case Review @ Overclockers.com
"A very attractive case that requires no tools to set up - very simple. The only time you need a screwdriver is to remove the hard drive cage. It has all the performance and eye-candy features that make for an eye catching PC with good cooling - a very nice package."

More information on this review can be found here.
Post Holiday Purchase Guide @ The Moditory
"Today we offer you a full $1000 to $2000 computer buyer’s guide for you Do-it-yourselfers who need help heading off in the right direction. All of these parts were selected with careful research, advice from peers, and with an eye on the effect on the end user’s wallet. Enjoy the guide, and make wise purchases, fellow computer users; its time to spend that Holiday cash!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
How to Connect 5.1 Speakers to Your PC @ Hardware Secrets
"So you want to enjoy all audio experience your PC can provide? Installing a 6-channel surround speakers system is the way to go: playing games and watching videos will never be the same again. In this tutorial we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to connect analog 5.1 speakers to your PC."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Logitech diNovo Media Desktop Laser Review @ Overclockers Online
"The Logitech diNovo Media Desktop Laser has certainly become a welcomed addition to my desk. After getting over the learning curve, you'll be working just as fast, if not faster than with any other setup. This sleek desktop setup does not offer all the bling of other keyboards with flashing LEDs and flip up LCD displays, but if you only want a sleek setup, you can't go wrong with this puppy. Logitech has also done a fabulous job at making sure if you like the style of the diNovo you're not left out if you don't want Bluetooth."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech diNovo Bluetooth Laser Media Desktop Review @ Tweaknews
"With the new diNovo, Logitech has taken an already great product and made it even better. Whether on an executive desk or the coffee table, the diNovo's classic looks and outstanding feature set make it a good choice for the demanding user who wants wireless operation and uncompromising performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Technology or Spirituality: Which One Will 'Save? Us'? @ The Techzone
"Many people these days believe that technology, and in particular Information Technology, is the key to attaining a future world that is both ecologically and environmentally sustainable, as well as being socially stable. Are they right? Others believe that a balanced spirituality, one that focuses on generosity, peace, and compassion will have to be the main ingredient in a recipe for true human evolution. What do you think? Is this a black and white issue? It seems that most challenges that humanity comes across these days are solved by thinking laterally, often with multiple answers and solutions being utilized."

More information on this article can be found here.
Logitech G5 Corded Laser Mouse Review @ The TechLounge
"I’m back at it again, testing laser mice. Previously I’ve taken a look at Razer’s Copperhead laser mouse as well as Logitech’s wireless G7 laser powered entry. Today I’ll be putting Logitech’s G5, the wired brother of the G7, through its paces. I was quite impressed with the performance of the G7. Several innovations adorned the smooth and precise wireless mouse and I expect to see similar features on the G5. The G5 shares the same on-the-fly DPI switching and customizable SetPoint software."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung YP-T8 MP3 Player Review @ DreamWare Computers
Today we're looking at the latest offering in the MP3 player line from Samsung, the YP-T8. This looks to be a very packed and feature filled MP3 player. A few of the many features are full colour LCD screen, video and picture display capabilities and even games."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sharkoon Red Shock Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"Today we review this new and interesting AMD Athlon 64 & Intel Pentium 4 air cooler heatsink from a relatively new company to heatsinks and other computer accessories Sharkoon. Sharkoon extended their product range last year and now have built up an impress selection of computer items of top quality from heatsinks to power supplies and more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Blue Orb II CPU Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"Just like most SUVs, CPU coolers seem to be getting larger. Also like most SUVs, there is a controversy concerning this larger than adequate size. Thermaltake, a well known manufacturer of SUVs, I mean coolers, has come up with a new design that is possibly the largest heatsink I have seen to date. This creation is the called the Blue Orb II, named after its blue color and orb like design."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Technology Announces the Gamer eXtreme XTC DDR2 Series
"OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the release of the first DDR2 modules designed to make use of the recently introduced OCZ XTC heatspreader design. The Gold series modules will come in PC2-4200 and PC2-5400 configurations ranging from 512MB modules to 2GB dual channel optimized kits.

Both PC2-4200 and PC2-5400 GX XTC modules offer superior stability and performance for the modern Intel gaming platform. Operating at 4-4-4 and 5-5-5 timings, these DDR2-533 and DDR2-667 solutions offer lower latencies than standard DDR2 modules. DDR2 XTC will be offered in 2GB dual channel kits for the ultimate memory upgrade for the latest graphic-intensive PC games, 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.
Corsair XMS-4000PT DDR500 2GB Memory Kit Review @ 3DGameman
"While Corsair is a little late implementing their UCCC solution they have done a great job. I was a little disappointed in the overclocking result as I expected a little more. But remember, this memory is at a high default speed as it is. Getting the extra few MHz's out of it is a bonus."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Logitech G7 Laser Cordless Mouse Review @ Think Computers
"Well, I have to admit, I am a Logitech 'Fanboy', and why shouldn't I be? They make excellent products and they are at the top of the input peripheral market. The quality of Logitech's products is legendary and what other companies strive for. I own quite a few Logitech products myself, that I have purchased and received for review. Their products never fail to impress me, they seem to be on the leading edge of what we want or need in a mouse, keyboard or other hardware device. Recently I reviewed the Logitech G5 corded laser gaming mouse, today I have the G7, which could be considered the bigger brother to the G5. Let's take a look at it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Theatre 6M Headset Review @ The Moditory
"Zalman is known for making products that will keep your computer quiet and cool. It looks like they're blazing a different trail this time around with their 5.1 Surround Sound headphones. Headphones have always been great, especially for LAN parties: portable, small, lightweight, and decent sound. However, with the debut of 5.1 on the computer, surround sound was eventually pushed from speaker systems to headsets and here we are. With many sets out there, it might get confusing which one to buy. So to help you in your search for the best pair of headphones we present to you, with support from Directron.com, our review of the Zalman Theatre 6M headset."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Rally Flash Drive Review @ CaseModGod
"OCZ has taken the flash drive market by storm and has kicked up the speed to “Over Drive”! No more waiting to transfer files to slow and out of date drives or writing a CD to take a file from one PC to another."

More information on this review can be found here.
Milwaukee 2.4v Cordless Driver for Computers Review @ GruntvillE
"The drill itself will be of most use to modders and system builders alike. I used it to build a system and was able to use it for every screw in the case. The mainboard went in with ease. I had no problem with the small screws for mounting the floppy or the hard drive. The power supply was a breeze and even the video card and other PCI devices were easy. I found that setting the clutch to 3 was just right for every aspect of the build. Also keep in mind that the driver has a pivot joint to allow for it to bend if needed for tight spaces or simply for comfort."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ 1024-3200 Gold Edition XTC Review @ Overclockers Online
"For the suicide-shot overclockers, this is the memory for you because nothing will be able to touch it at 250+ with timings of 2-2-2-5. The gamers out there with higher end CPUs that also have higher multipliers will fall in love with the tight timings at moderate overclocks as well. It is hard to say whether the XTC heatspreaders are any better than the standard ones but the theory behind them is solid and they sure look much better in my opinion. Keeping the temperature of the modules at 40C with no active cooling and high voltages is definitely no luck, these XTC heatspreaders really do their job well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Digital Media 2005 Year In Review @ The TechZone
"With DVRs with big hard drives widely used in Japan, folks in the Americas and Europe are finally understanding that they don't have to live their lives by the TV schedule and personalize their viewing. They've also found out that they can cut a half-hour show to 23 minutes just by cutting out all the ads. That wasn't what broadcasters and advertisers had in mind when they first saw the units so now they've decided its time to embed products into the shows so you have to look at them!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech GeForce 6800GS 256MB DDR3 SLI Review @ Techniz

"The Chaintech GeForce 6800GS 256MB DDR3 PCI-Express graphic card is great mid range graphic card. The performance of this Chaintech GeForce 6800 256MB PCI-Express graphic card is very good during our testing in various benchmark and games. For the overclocking results from this Chaintech GeForce 6800GS 256MB DDR3 PCI-Express graphic card is very good as well. There was an increment of 93MHz for the core and 300MHz for the memory that brings up from the default at 425/1000MHz to 518/1300MHz."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeCube Radeon X1800XT Graphics Card Review @ Tweaktown
"We haven’t seen anything from GeCube around the labs in a while but now that a new card has made its way to our door step, we are glad to find that it’s a brand spanking new X1800XT. As we’re in the holiday season, we have to say... “Hang on, I deserve something for myself...” We don’t doubt that the X1800XT is going to make its way on to a lot of wish lists and the question is which one is right for you."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Theatrix 550 Pro TV Tuner Review @ AMD Review
"Today's Review is on Sapphire's popular Theatrix 550 Pro TV tuner. Sapphire Technologies is a well known ATI partner and today we will be looking at Sapphire's Theatrix 550 Pro TV Tuner. Like the product name begins to explain, this TV tuner employs ATI's Theater 550 Pro chipset. Read the review to see how this TV tuner performed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 955 & Intel 975X Express Chipset @ Viperlair
"For those of you following Intel closely these past 18 months, there has not been all that much for enthusiasts to get terribly excited about. Seems that Intel felt quite the same way as their last few launches have fallen on Sundays. At least it isn't Sunday today, but it looks like enthusiasts will still need to wait until there's really something to have them standup and take notice."

More information on this review can be found here.

Intel's Pentium Extreme Edition 955 Review @ Bit-Tech

"The crux is that Intel would have been better pushing a higher-clocked dual core Pentium Extreme Edition without HyperThreading Technology at gamers. They're more likely to appreciate the extra core speed over the additional threads that really aren't required by anyone who's serious about gaming. Intel would be better marketing this CPU towards the power user who, like me, hates waiting for one thing to finish before something else can be started. I've turned into a multi-tasking machine, and I'll often sit down and find myself doing more things than my current Athlon 64 X2 is capable of. The 955 is absolutely perfect for this."

More information on this review can be found here.

Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 955 Review @ Nordic Hardware

"The goal was to release a processor at 4GHz, but this turned out to be too much. Intel has for the last year been working on setting their factories to use 65nm technology and it has according to information we've received already reached a productivity equal to the already refined 90nm process."

More information on this review can be found here.

Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 955 @ Legit Reviews

The Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 955, which goes on sale to the public on January 16 for $999, is the second generation of dual-core consumer desktop CPU's from the chip giant. Intel has made a number of changes to it's dual core processor series and many will call this Intel's first true dual core processor."

More information on this review can be found here.

Intel Extreme Edition 955 Processor Review @ Hexus

"Parallel processing is the future for CPUs, and it's telling that Intel, some seven months later, introduces another premium CPU that carries dual-core goodness with it. Ramping up the clock speed and FSB, together with a die shrink and some nifty new technologies, let's take a closer look at Intel's Pentium Extreme Edition 955."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec TrueControl II 550 PSU Review @ Bjorn3D
The Antec TrueControl II 550 is a nice power supply, and being able to adjust the voltages and power supply fan speed is nice. SLI does bring us to another problem though. Users are really going to need to sit down and think about how they are going to use their machines and what future growth they are planning. We can see that my machine is a high-end machine, and many enthusiasts have machines of the same quality and probably want to overclock them some."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Blue Orb II Heatsink Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Thermaltake is a one of the world leaders when it comes to manufacturing great cases and awesome cooling devices. Only been in the business for about six years, they have grown incredibly fast in these areas. One of Thermaltake latest accomplishments has been the Big Typhoon cooler, which has been the talk of the town. Today, we take a look at another Thermaltake cooler, the Blue Orb II. Will these stir up some gossip of its own? We will see!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec PlusView II SOHO Chassis Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Once I had this machine up and running I noticed my SLI cards and overall case airflow was much improved, meaning my overall system temps were way down. This is a very good sign and should allow most of you out there to gain some nice temp reductions."

More information on this review can be found here.
Innovatek Water Cooling Review @ MVKTech
"Innovatek, the Gods of Coolness redefines state-of-the-art manufacturing & high performance thermal dissapation with exceptional products that give the end user a truly unique experience by offering the coolest cooling solutions available. Innovatek the makers of the world famous Cool-Matic series GPU/VPU water cooling blocks, continues the fine tradition of offering ultra low noise-high performance water cooling products for most major computer components. From hard drives to chipset's Innovatek covers it with style and performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
World of Warcraft Case Mod by MNPCTech @ PimpRig
"Well, the amazing Bill Owen from mnpctech.com has done it again. He has completed a new case mod based around the uber popular game, World of Warcraft. This is another case by the mod master that demands your attention so check it out."

More information on this project can be found here.
Monday, December 26, 2005
SanSun Arctic 500W Modular PSU Review @ Techniz

"The SanSun Arctic 500W Modular PSU is a powerful PSU with the white pearl and stylish housing and the the dual cooling fan. With the dual 12V rails of power, it will support many peripheral devices without any problems. The overall performance of the Arctic PSU is very stable and able to support the SLI setup without any problems."

More information on this review can be found here.
CivilianLab Tech-Recon LT Covert Harness System Review @ Futurelooks
"As Futurelooks has discovered in the past, there are always Pro's and Con's to clothing designed to stash your technical gear. CivilianLabs has decided to allow you to "Tech Out" your existing clothing collection with a highly functional and configurable harness system."

I just can't see myself wearing something like this. More information on this review can be found here.
Heatsink Roundup Q4 2005 Holiday Edition @ Madshrimps
"We are proud to present you with our last heatsink roundup of 2005. Featuring the latest offerings from Arctic, Scythe,
Silverstone, Sharkoon and newcomer Noctua. We compare them to the best out there in 3 different test configurations."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS9500 LED Heatsink Review @ Pro-Clockers


"Zalman has stamped their name in our community a long time ago. Developing unique products that make alot of us want. A couple these things that come to mind are the Reserator water-cooling kit and the TNN line of cases. Our review sample today is one of those unique products, the CNPS9500 LED Heatsink. So, let’s see if the 9500 can continue Zalman’s legacy have as being a great cooling company."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Flash Voyager: The Unbreakable Broke @ Hardware Secrets


"Our “unbreakable” flash USB memory from Corsair, Flash Voyager, simply broke, as you can see on the pictures below. How? We hit it by accident with our chair while it was plugged to our desktop. It happened to us, so it can happen to you. In this tutorial we are going to show you how we were able to recover the data stored inside this broken USB flash memory."

More information on this article can be found here.
USB Security Key UK-01 Review @ Think Computers


"Not long ago I reviewed software for security of your files on portable devices. What about actually securing your laptop or desktop computer? Today I have something for review courtesy of Geeks.com that answers that question simply and easily. It is a USB Security Key, sort of like a 'dongle'. It is coded to your computer or computers via software and hardware inside the USB Key itself. It look just like a USB Thumbdrive, but isn't. Let's take a closer look at it."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AN8 SLI Motherboard Review @ MVKTech


"Since 1989 ABIT Computer Corporation established itself as a definitive leader in manufacturing computer hardware components and peripherals such as VGA and motherboard technologies, ultimately designing some of the most popular hardware solutions the world over. Today some 16 years later we have the nForce 4 chipset featuring Scalable Link Interface (SLI) technology, which has proliferated it's way around the world with amazing success."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Mambo Case Review @ R&B Mods
"The front door has the same design as the Tsunami case, it has a wave going over it which gives this case a cool look without adding fancy expensive features to it. You can have four 5.25 units in this and two floppy drives. The front door is also made out of plastic instead of steel so it's not as durable as the steel ones on the more expensive cases."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mega of Hardware Origin - China @ Madshrimps
"The Mega of Personal Computer hardware center, China makes
more hardware for PC than any other places in the world while some of the sales and marketing functions are being handled by Taiwan for now. There is no better place than Guangzhou, China in terms of weather; gourmet food; access to sea port; the city has more than 2,800 years of history."

More information on this article can be found here

GSKILL Extreme Series (HZ) DDR I PC4000 Dual Channel Review

"GSKILL's foray into the Western overclocking community was
explosive. While their early modules were ergonomically challenged; without heatspreader and barren, they packed quite a performance punch. Today we test GSKIL the Extreme Performance PC4000 in 2048MB Dual Channel kit form"

More information on this article can be found here
Matrix Orbital MX6 Review @ Moddin.net
"I'm sure all of you (or at least the vast majority) have heard of Matrix Orbital in the past - they're a huge name in the moddin community, and quite rightly so; their LCD displays have built a reputation as the most versatile and easy to use on the market. Their latest offering is the MX6 - a PLED screen. The difference between a PLED and an LCD screen is basically that rather than using a backlight, and creating text by blocking the light with a liquid crystal, it uses LEDs to create the text with lights meaning that the viewing angles and response times are improved much like a VFD display."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Holiday Gift Guide '05 @ The TechLounge
"The year is just about over, and the Holidays are upon us. Normally we like to post these Holiday Gift Guide articles well ahead of Christmas to help people choose gifts for their techie friends and family, but not this year. So what’s different in this year’s guide? Well, for starters, it’s probably a little late to go buy presents now if you haven’t already done it – it’s possible, but it’s certainly not a great idea. Instead of taking the usual approach of telling people what to buy their loved ones for Christmas, we are instead going to tell YOU, receiver of crappy gifts from the likes of Aunt Edna and Uncle Joe, what to buy after returning those gifts."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Introduction To Hosted Applications @ The TechZone
"A hosted application, also known as Internet-based application, web-based application, online application and Application Service Providers (ASPs) are software applications where the software resides on servers that are accessed through the Internet instead of the more traditional software that is installed on either a local server or on individual PC's."

More information on this article can be found here.
Crucial Gizmo! Hi-Speed USB2 Flash Drive Review @ 3DGameman
"This product looks great, is lightweight and super tiny. It's so tiny you may forget to remove it from your pocket and send it through a wash. I know I've done that in the past. I find these products invaluable because they are so convenient. In a minute you can easily transfer lots of data. I primarily use mine for backup of my contacts, emails and other important data."

More information on this video review can be found here.
ATI X1800XL Video Card Overclocking Guide @ Legit Reviews
"By overclocking our ATI X1800 XL have reached the same core speed as the X1800XT, though the memory would not clock up to the 750MHz of the XT. Trying to go any higher meant that we would need more voltage, and created more heat than we were willing to accept."

More information on this guide can be found here.
ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 Motherboard Review @ Phoronix
"ASRock's latest Socket 939 offering, the 939Dual-SATA2, not only offers support for AMD's future M2 socket but it also incorporates some overclocking abilities that enthusiasts would have only dreamed about appearing on a budget motherboard. But just how well does it fair in the penguin trials?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Overclocking and WindowsXP x64 Edition @ PCstats
"We never know if the people actually buying the hardware care about its overclocking potential, but as computer journalists and enthusiasts, we know we have to test it out. This got us thinking though; what about under-clocking? Most modern processors and motherboards can just as easily run under a rated speed as it can run over but is there a point to this? Well possibly."

More information on this article can be found here.

The Underclocking Experiment

"PCstats knows overclocking. You know overclocking. Everybody knows overclocking. The PC runs faster and hotter, provides more performance, and yadda yadda yadda. Overclocking has become so routine in the hardware world that every processor, motherboard, memory module and videocard needs to be overclocked as part of its review. We never know if the people actually buying the hardware care about its overclocking potential, but as computer journalists and enthusiasts, we know we have to test it out."

More information on this article can be found here.
Heatsink Roundup Q4 2005 Holiday Edition @ Madshrimps
"We are proud to present you with our last heatsink roundup of 2005. Featuring the latest offerings from Arctic, Scythe,
Silverstone, Sharkoon and newcomer Noctua. We compare them to the best out there in 3 different test configurations."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master R80 vs. R120 Liquid Cooling Kits Compared @ Virtual-Hideout
"These 2 units perform well, and they are perfect for the first timer who is just getting into liquid cooling. The all-in-one self contained units provide a quick introduction to water cooling, as well as a quick and easy installation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro Review @ techPowerUp
"Arctic Cooling is famous for their video card coolers, but they offer more. The Freezer 64 Pro is the latest addition to their CPU coolers. Clever routing of airflow cools the motherboard voltage circuitry. Another good idea is that the fan is mounted on rubber posts which absorb any vibration caused by the fan. During our testing we learn that the Freezer 64 Pro can not only deliver solid cooling performance but does so without creating a lot of noise."

More information on this review can be found here.
ModMyMachine Website Released!
"Mod is a short version of 'to modify' and means that we take PCs to a new level. We see our projects as whole object that not only has to be equipped with fine, high performance hardware - it's got to have that killer look, too. This is our motto and you can observe that in everything we do! Apart from that our motivation is to help people that cannot help themselves at this matter - we get the job done, fulfilling the needs of our customers. We build custom computers with full functionality which don't have to be hidden under desks."

If you are into MTV's "Pimp My Ride" then you'll probably get a kick out of this website. More information on this website can be found here.
Friday, December 23, 2005
Building a P4 CPU Simulator @ Overclockers.com
"I've been thinking a while about developing a new CPU simulator for CPUs with IHSs and finally made one up. I started with a copper block that weighs about ten pounds and had a 10 x 10 mm die machined in the top, ground flat by local machine shop."

More information on this article can be found here.
Logitech G7 Cordless Laser Mouse Review @ OCIA
"The USB dongle is similar in size and shape to a USB flash drive. The G7 communicates with the computer via this USB dongle, which uses a 2.4 GHz wireless frequency to send 500 reports per second to the computer. This should allow for a lag-free experience."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS Pro Series PC3500LL 2GB TwinX DDR RAM Review @ BigBruin
"In recent reviews at Bigbruin.com we have taken a look at Corsair DDR rated at PC4000 and PC4400 speeds, but this time we're going to take things down a little and look at some PC3500. The Corsair 2048MB XMS PC3500LL Pro Dual Channel DDR Kit provides a nice, big 2GB of dual channel DDR rated to run at 438 MHz DDR with timings of 2-3-2-6 1T."

More information on this review can be found here.
X-Arcade Trackball Mouse Review @ 3DGameman
"It's interesting to note, even with the complexity of games like Call of Duty 2, F.E.A.R., and Quake 4, that arcade products like these still exist and are thoroughly enjoyed. The hardware required for playing these games can set you back thousands. While this controller is not meant for these games it's still a blast to revive and play the oldies. Some of you younglings don't remember games like Asteroids or Pong, but I do."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Corsair XMS Pro Series PC3500LL 2GB TwinX DDR RAM Review @ PimpRig
"The label shows it all. This is version 1.2, it's a 1024MB stick, and the timings are 2-3-2-6. Yes, that's right, each stick is a GB in size, yet runs at CAS2 with a 1T timing at 436MHz DDR speed. That is one hell of a freaking accomplishment. Many vendors are reaching to get their 1GB RAM sticks to run at CAS3, and Corsair takes it all the way to the mat with CAS2. A feature that the XMS Pro memory shares with it's brethren are the 18 LED's across the top of the sticks that show activity levels. This feature is not only handy to see when RAM is being accessed, it also looks pretty damn cool when installed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Portable Disk Enclosures Review @ Hexus
"Today we're taking a look at two enclosures from Ultra. One is a 3.5" enclosure with USB and Firewire - one which would go up well against the Icy Box, which we reviewed some time ago. The second is a slimmer model for 2.5" laptop drives with just a USB interface."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-In-Wonder 2006 PCI Express Review @ Viperlair
"The All-In-Wonder 2006 PCI Express won't break any records in gaming benchmarks, but it's a much stronger performer than its previous generation brother. It does have an edge in several ways though, mainly with the much improved multimedia features. As far as the competition goes, nobody offers a similar product, so if you're looking for a do-it-all product without breaking the bank, it's hard to go wrong with the All-In-Wonder 2006 PCI Express."

More information on this review can be found here.
Desktop Linux's Hardware Woes @ XYZ Computing
"Linux works. This is a very matter-of-fact statement, but it is one many people (myself included) make every day when they boot up their computers. It is not a perfect product, it would not be sensible to expect something as complex as an operating system to be flawless, but fact remains that Linux does work. On the software side of things the open source community has done a very good job of making this clear, but the other half of computing, hardware, this movement has not been as successful. Every day Linux users encounter driver and compatibility issues which Windows users have not had to deal with for years."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thermaltake Mambo Case Review @ techPowerUp
"The Mambo is another competitively priced case from Thermaltake. It weighs only 6.2kg but still offers all the comfort of a full tower case. Its elegant black design makes it pleasing for the eyes of the more mature computer users."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Shark VA7000BWA Case Review @ Gruntville
"On the left side of the case is a distinct side panel that flows with the Shark theme. Rather than use a case window, Thermaltake designed an opening with mesh surrounded by molding that tells us that this Shark has gills to breath in that fresh cool air. The side panel utilizes EMI shielding to protect your vital components inside and a sliding handle to remove the side panel."

More information on this review can be found here.
Upgrading A Motherboard Without Reinstalling Guide @ PCstats
"You can upgrade a processor or add a new memory module without causing so much as a blip from Windows XP, but a new motherboard can and will cause XP to stop booting altogether. Many have tried, and many have been greeted with the cold gasp of the Blue Screen of Death for their efforts. Fortunately, the procedure for correctly installing a new motherboard is rather easy and straightforward, and more fortunately, we're here to talk you through it. PCstats never-ending quest to save you from computer store labor charges continues... after all, this is the exact same procedure a Service Center will charge you $80/hr to do."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Thursday, December 22, 2005
asetek Inc. receives €4 million in Venture Capital
Broenderslev, Denmark – December 22, 2005 – asetek today announced the investment of €4 million from Northzone Ventures, Vaekstfonden and a group of existing investors. asetek is the leader in high performance and next generation mainstream personal computer chip cooling sporting international brands such as VapoChill® and WaterChill™.

“Through in-house research & development and acquisition asetek has built and patented an impressive product portfolio that addresses mainstream and specialized cooling demands in terms of performance, noise and assembly convenience, and due to significant innovations asetek can provide these cooling solutions at competitive prices”, says Gregers Kronborg, partner in Northzone Ventures, “We see several technology and market trends that asetek can leverage to achieve significant market penetration in next generation personal computer systems”.

Despite the arrival of multi-core CPU’s with lower overall power consumption, thermal management has not become easier as shrinking dies implies increased heat fluxes and demand for lower noise and radically smaller PC form factors eat up much of the achievements, thus stretching traditional fan-sink based cooling solutions beyond their capacity.

“I am thrilled with the investment that will enable us to pursue the business success that we believe our technology innovation and market demand warrants”, says André Sloth Eriksen, founder and CEO of asetek, “This first round of a VC backed investment will allow us to market the results of 2 years of development of a ground-breaking liquid cooling technology, that accommodates convenient OEM integration, as it has a very compact form factor, high reliability and a low cost compared to other high performance liquid cooling systems on the market”.

The PC market and the CPU and VGA roadmaps become more segmented than ever before – especially with the arrival of Small Form Factor (SFF) PC’s, Home Theater PC’s (HTPC) and high performance gaming PC’s. Noise has become a serious design issue both in the business, educational and home office environment, and obviously in the living room environment where the HTPC’s are claiming a bright future. Consequentially novel cooling solutions fitting diverse application needs of future computers is an urgent need.

”The investment will make it possible to expand our organization on a global scale starting with a Silicon Valley based office in Q1 2006 where we will establish and strengthen sales and product marketing. We need to be closer to our key customers” Says Mr. Eriksen and finish off by stating that asetek will engage 25 new employees within Europe, US and Asia during the upcoming time.

The round was led by Northzone Ventures, a leading Nordic early stage ICT hands-on investor with almost 10 year tenure developing companies such as Stepstone, Pricerunner, Funcom and Nextgentel. The round was shared with Vaekstfonden, the largest early stage investor in Denmark that takes a global approach in developing emerging high-growth companies.

“asetek has built a solid brand as the preferred choice in high performance cooling systems. We believe that asetek is in an ideal position to map into the emerging Small Form Factor trend in computing”, says Soren Christensen, Venture Partner in Vaekstfonden. “We are committed to working with asetek in building a global presence”.

More information on this annoucement can be found here.
The Future of Computer Memory: 2GB+ @ Legit Reviews
"The old 32-bit processors that we all loved such as the Intel Pentium 4 and the AMD Athlon XP, could not address more than 4GB of memory. While this was an issue the move to 64-Bit computing did away with those concerns. Did you know that the current Intel Pentium 4 (EM64T) and AMD Athlon 64 (AMD64) desktop computer processors can handle 1024GB (1 Terabyte) of memory."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Announces Corsair BattleField 2 Infantry Cup Online Tournament
Fremont, CA (December 22, 2005) – Corsair Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory and cooling products for enthusiasts and overclockers, today announced that it has furthered its commitment to the gaming community by hosting the first Corsair BattleField 2 (BF2) Infantry Cup online tournament. In association with Team Dignitas, one of the world’s top ranked gaming teams, online registration will take place on Team-Dignitas.com and tournament logistics will be handled by these professional gamers to ensure a successful tournament. The first Corsair BattleField 2 Infantry Cup will include sixty-four (64) teams from around the world to compete for the tournament title and prizes.

“Corsair has always been on the forefront of supporting the gaming community. The idea of hosting the first Corsair BF2 Infantry Cup was encouraged by the numerous gamers we interact with regularly. The online tournament is a great way to publicly demonstrate our support for the e-sport and those gamers who demonstrate excellence in play” said Richard Hashim, Director of Product Marketing at Corsair Memory. “Hosting the Corsair titled tournament complements our ongoing grass root marketing efforts. It gives us an opportunity to reach out to an extensive global gaming audience who demand the best memory technologies that can aide in their game play. We would like to thank Team Dignitas for organizing the event logistics to have a successful first event,” continued Hashim.

The 48-hour online tournament will commence on December 29th. Avid BattleField 2 gamers from over 14 countries will play against each other in single elimination. Three selected maps will be played (Strike at Karkand, Mashtuur, Sharqi Peninsula), and the winning team will be unveiled on December 30th. Each team consists of 4 players. The top 3 teams plus the 4 most sporting players will be awarded with Corsair products valued at over $5,000.

“Corsair is the most respected memory company by gamers, and we are excited to have the opportunity to work with Corsair to make this first BattleField 2 Infantry Cup a reality,” said Michael O’Dell, Team Manager for Team Dignitas. “Based on the great initial responses we have received from the gamers, it is evident that the BF2 community is growing and that there is always a need for a well organized tournament. We look forward to an intense match and a great celebration of e-sportsmanship!” continued O’Dell.

More information on this event can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix PC3200 2x512mb Review @ EclipseOC
"We have decided to revisit the Ballistix sticks for various reasons. Previously our testing was limited, now it is not. Ontop of this, CCU and I had a suspicion that Micron's yields are very strong right now. The results show this, and are quite impressive for a $120 set."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Radeon X1800XT and HIS Radeon X1800XL Videocards Review @ Hard Avenue
"While Nvidia have been enjoying the success that is the 7800GTX and 7800GT, ATI were left with their older generation X800 series as their prime offering, and while the X800 was a quality series of chips (and still is), the power of Nvidia's latest efforts could not be ignored. If you were looking for a high end videocard in the past month or two, it would have been hard to deny Nvidia's 7800GTX. Much to the ATI fanbase's approval, however, it wasn't too long after that ATI finally let loose their latest series, that of course being the Radeon X1K series. Today, we check out two revisions from the X1K series, the X1800XT and X1800XL, from ATI vendor HIS."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sicuro DEC-900 Cardbus TV Tuner with FM Radio Review @ ThinkComputers
"Home theater PCs are very popular these days, being able to use your PC to listen to the radio, watch movies, watch TV, record TV etc is something that more and more people are doing. What happens when you are on the road traveling with your laptop computer? Or maybe you only own a laptop. Finally a company has come up with a solution for you the laptop owner, Sicuro has developed a PCMCIA card that plugs into your laptop that allows you to do almost everything you can do on your home theater system, but it is portable. Sound interesting? Read on to find out more."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor X800 GTO 16 Review @ Bjorn3D
"The card I'm displaying off today is last years generation based on ATi's RADEON X800 XL (R430) -- both core and design wise. The price you have to pay however is not $599. It's not even $399, $299 or $199. You can get a rebranded X800 XL for as low as $179. So you're scratching your head and thinking where is the catch?"

More information on this review can be found here.
ffdshow/Avisynth with Limited Sharpen HTPC Guide @ HardwareXL
"Sometime ago I started experimenting with Avisynth in ffdshow, for filtering DVD playback in real-time. I soon found an extraordinary Avisynth script written by Didee on Doom9's Avisynth forums called Limitedsharpen. This script was designed for the pre-processing of video and film prior to being encoded and burned to DVD or stored on hard drives. However I found if its settings were turned down enough it could be used in real time for DVD playback with amazing results and consequently Live TV as well."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Antec P180 Mid-Tower Case Review @ The TechLounge
"Antec has seemingly spared no expense with the P180. It was made very clear to us during our meeting that the primary goal for all of Antec’s new cases was to be as quiet as possible. A number of things were done to help achieve this; from specially designed side panels, large diameter low-speed fans, anti-vibration measures, and more… One rather interesting design decision was to have a separate compartment on the bottom of the case dedicated to the power supply and hard drives, while the motherboard was left on top in its standard orientation. What’s unusual is that they didn’t reverse the motherboard or turn it upside-down, like you typically see in this sort of configuration. It will be interesting to see what sort of implications this has on cable management."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Logitech Z-4i 2.1 Speaker System Review @ XYZ Computing
"For many people, tech-savvy and otherwise, a computer has become the center of their "digital life". The versatility of computers when dealing with multimedia has made them the obvious choice for all different sorts of users and media playback applications. Whether is music or movies or television, computers can do it all, so long as they have the help of a few add-ons. One of the most important of these is a good speaker system. Logitech's Z-4i speaker system is a simple, 2.1 audio solution for the home computer. It is designed to be inexpensive, cool looking, and super easy to set up, just what many people looking for. We took a look at this product to see how well it was able to meet these claims."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Review @ The TechZone
"The G15 keyboard is the result of extensive research that Logitech has conducted within the gaming community. At first glance, the G15 may appear as just another fancy backlit keyboard. However, you will quickly discover the wealth of functionality that it provides. The more games you play with this keyboard, the more you’ll come to love it."

More information on this review can be found here.
mCubed miniNG 2 Channel Fan Controller @ Think Computers
"mCubed? Who the heck is mCubed you ask? mCubed is a company that is based in Europe that makes many great products including the one I am reviewing today. I'm not going to list the products, just click the link above to go there and check them out. Today for review I have something that I thought was rather cool, it is a powerful, yet tiny fan controller. It is not the type you think of when you think of fan controllers, the miniNG sits inside your computer and does the controlling for you with its own microprocessor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec TruePower 2.0 430W PSu Review @ Hardware12v
"In this review we analyzed TruePower 2,0 of Antec with 430W of power, this source includes a ventilator of 12 cm in its inferior, quiet and effective part, two qualities that Antec already has demonstrated to us very well with its previous products. This source offers good benefits to the set of components with which we worked nowadays, like graphs PCI Express, processors that consume but of 100W, connector of 24 pins for the new plates which they require greater separation of tensions and one better distribution of the intensity."

More information on this review can be found here.
HEC Win Power 480W PSU Review @ Techniz
"The HEC Win Power 480W PSU is a powerful PSU with the black and stylish housing and the 120mm blue LED cooling fan. With the dual 12V rails of power, it will support many peripheral devices without any problems. Furthermore, this PSU is ready with dual PCI-E connector to be use for the Nvidia SLI or ATI CrossFire technology."

More information on this review can be found here.
Centon Advanced A2X512S26400LL 1GB Dual Channel Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"Centon is back with another Advanced memory. This time it caters to the needs of Intel users. Using the great Micron fatbody D9s, the Advanced PC2-6400 looks to be a sexy winner."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B Radeon X1800 XL 256MB Review @ Hexus
"Gigabyte, purveyor of high-quality motherboards and recognised partner for both ATI and NVIDIA graphics cards, was keen to jump on the X1800 XL bandwagon. Without further ado, then, let's take a look at the company's GV-RX18L256V-B graphics card. Better known to you as an ATI Radeon X1800 XL 256MB, does it have what it takes to be a consideration for purchase?, and, more importantly, is it the must-have PCI-Express graphics accelerator this side of £300? Let's
find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review @ Bit-Tech


"Rather than the typical PCB-based SLI bridge, ASUS has decided to include a ribbon-based 'soft' SLI bridge. It might prove to be a better solution when water-cooling if your cards are ever so slightly bent because of the video card waterblocks, but we can't see it making much of a difference in all honesty."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston 2GB DataTraveler Elite AES-128 Encrypted Review @ PCstats


"Kingston Technology has developed a novel product to address USB flash drive data security issues, while maintaining the quick data transfer speeds that USB2.0 affords. It has done this by embedding a hardware-based 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) co-processor to handle all algorithm processing within its flagship DataTraveler Elite series USB flash drives. The hardware encryption co-processor works in conjunction with Kingston's TravelerSafe+ software to encrypt/decrypt files stored on a specified portion of the USB flash drive that is created by the owner. The entire AES-128 encryption process is transparent to the owner, and does not diminish transfer speeds nor draw CPU cycles away from the host PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mapower MAP-H31SS 3.5" eSATA External Enclosure Review @ BigBruin
"Calling this external enclosure 'portable' might be a bit of a stretch right now. I am pretty sure that one would not be able to take this unit to work and just plug it into any PC they find. However, if what you need is the fastest external solution available then the Mapower MAP-H31SS is the way to go, offering full hard drive speeds with a semi-portable enclosure."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Flash Voyager 4GB Review @ Viperlair
"Be it slipping on to a shampoo bottle while taking a bath (I didn't see it, honest!), or dropping something while stepping out of the car, let's face it, accidents happen. If you're accident prone, the Flash Voyager is for you. In the case of the Corsair Flash Voyager 4GB, it has plenty of capacity and speed for both the clumsy and cautious folks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Mambo Mid-Tower Case Review @ A1-Electronics
"Thermaltake just to remind our readers started in 1999 making top quality heatsinks starting with the Golden Orb which we reviewed way back then as well. Makes us feel old some how. Since then they have continued making top quality designed computer products from heatsinks, cases, power supplies and much more establishing their name for top quality and style throughout the world. As we can see here in this overall picture of the Mambo computer case it is a rather nice matt black colour with the addition of the Tt silver badge on the front. Strikes us that Thermaltake have produced a stylish mid-tower case offering all that you expect from Thermaltake at a value price for not everybody wants to spend a fortune on a computer case."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen/Evesham Mini PC Review @ TrustedReviews
"Having a solid cast aluminium top casing the Mini PC oozes of quality and its hard not falling in love at first sight and the slot loaded DVD writer adds to the quality feel. The power button has a blue LED back light and a further two blue LEDs light up when the hard drive is being accessed. Even the Evesham logo looks stylish as it is a proper raised logo, not just a cheap sticker."

More information on this review can be found here.
Computer Shopping Tips @ AuphanOnline
"This article will focus on some tips and advice that I can give for purchasing a computer. My subsequent follow-up article will detail the steps in putting together a system from its components. I will try to give some advice on the various choices and decisions that a computer buyer has to choose from."

More information on this article can be found here.
The Moditory 2005 Holiday Buyers Guide @ The Moditory
"Welcome to The Moditory’s 2005 Holiday System Buyer’s Guide! While other pages may only cover upgrades, we will provide best in class gaming towers for price ranges from $3500 to below $500. Throughout the week, we will be releasing a guide for increasing budgets, concluding on Friday with a dream machine. Today though, we’ll start at the $500 and $1000 price range."

More information on this gift guide can be found here.
Holiday Gift Guide for Geek's @ GruntvillE
"We have searched high and low to find you the coolest gadgets for certain someone on your list that you just can't shop for at Sear's for. The person that knows more about computers than the rest of the neighborhood combined. We know what it feels like to open that video game sized present only to find that you just got your third wallet of the season. We understand that just because it looks like a motherboard box to us that its probably another sweater. This list can help those members in your family find the perfect gift for you."

More information on this gift guide can be found here.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Vantec Mach 1 MP4-7015-FC Athlon64 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"There are heatsinks made for low noise computing, for overclocking, and then there are those built at an affordable price point which try to do both. The Vantec Mach 1 heatsink is such a heatsink; it's inexpensive and includes a sliding fan speed controller which adjusts the fan from 2800-to-3800RPM. The Vantec Mach 1 heatsink is compatible with sockets 478/754/939/940 thanks to a retention frame that accomodates both AMD Athlon64 and Intel Pentium 4 heatsink mounting spaces."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro CPU Cooler Review @ HardwareXL
"Arctic Cooling was founded by two long time friends Gebhard Scherrer and Magnus Huber in 2001. Since then Arctic Cooling has produced high quality cooling products for both mid- and high range hardware. Products including fans, cpu coolers, gpu coolers, pc cases and lets not forget thermal compound. Arctic Cooling products are known for their cooling abilities but also not to forget that these products are also very silent. Today I'm having a look at one of the two samples Arctic Cooling has send us recently, The Freezer 64 pro for the AMD platform."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Big Typhoon Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Our next review product has been the talk of the forums and enthusiast community since its release a few months back. The Thermaltake Big Typhoon has been talked about in many ways. First, it has been named by many has the best cooler on the market today. Some even say it outperform alot of the mid range water cooling setups. With words like this been thrown around how could I pass up a chance to review it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire DigiPanel II Multi-Function Control Panel Review @ A1-Electronics
"But putting that aside we like this Spire DigiPanel II for its clear and very easy to use control front panel compared to some we have seen especially if you have fans to control as well and it looks OK in this computer case example as we are sure you agree."

More information on this review can be found here.
The ButtKicker Gamer Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Buttkicker Gamer provided a completely new feature to the games, movies, and music on my computer. Most of us are already able to watch and listen to the games and movies we interact with, but the Buttkicker Gamer activates a third sense: the ability to feel what we are watching. For me, this took my gaming experience to the next level and made some of the games I've already played 'new' again."

More information on this review can be found here.
NHJ MPM-201 30GB MPEG4 Personal Video Recorder Review @ BigBruin
"The video playback is one of the biggest reasons to get the MPM-201. If you select the "My Movies" icon from the main menu, you will be provided a list of the videos you have on the unit. These are all done by filename, and you can have them in sub-folders if you'd like. You can easily move any DivX 5 or MP4 video to the unit, simply by dragging it to a folder under "My Movies".

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Muse A2293 Review @ Phoronix
"When it comes to Thermaltake, their portfolio is spread across nearly every computer area imaginable for enthusiasts from Mozart HTPC cases to Gamma Pad mouse surfaces. In this article, we will be looking at one of their recent ventures that have been in the area of drive enclosures and it is the Muse 5.25-inch."

More information on this review can be found here.
Alienware Aurora 5500 Review @ UK Gamer
"The important facts are these. AMD's Athlon 64 4000+ is coupled to 1GB of DDR 400 (two modules) and graphics are powered by 256MB XFX Geforce 7800 GTX. Regardless of who makes the computer, the combination of those components will undoubtedly be fast, and the Aurora wasn't going to prove me wrong."

More information on this review can be found here.
Fanless Geforce 6600 and PureVideo Explained @ HTPCNews
"NVIDIA's GeForce 6600 graphics cards have become an instant hit with HTPC users everywhere, their output options are second to none: offering DVI (compatible with HDTV sets), VGA, Component (Y/Pb/Pr), S-video, and composite video. NVIDIA was the first to offer robust overscan compensation support when using DVI. The output options combined with the excellent PureVideo video processing capabilities makes a GeForce 6600 a perfect option for an HTPC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Galaxy GeForce 7800GTX 512MB Video Card Review @ Tweaktown
"The Galaxy graphics card is a fantastic buy for people who just find that they cannot bring themselves to spend over $1000 AUD on a graphics card. There is no doubt that the 7800GTX 512MB is an expensive card and its all good and well ATI saying that the 512MB 7800GTX shouldn’t be compared against their 512MB X1800XT but their TBA card."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA 6800GS 256MB Video Card Review @ techPowerUp
"NVIDIA is successfully filling all the gaps on today's market, offering solutions for both the masses as well as the few "exclusive" people. The 6800GS is NVIDIA's latest product and is aimed at people looking for a compromise between performance and money. Unlike the 6800 Ultra, which is no longer manufactured, the card has only 12 pipelines, but the GPU clock has been bumped up by 25 MHz."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-In-Wonder X800XL PCI-E Review @ Tech-Mods
"ATI and their ALL-IN-WONDER series graphic card line up keeps growing and growing, they have offered immeasurable options to view, record, edit or simply watch TV in the past. Now with their X800XL offering they have brought to the table a graphics card that will dazzle the TV enthusiast and catch the attention of the gamer as well. Today we will be looking at the ALL-IN-WONDER X800XL PCI-E 256mb graphics card."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI X1000 (X1K) Series Video Card Roundup @ Legit Reviews
"The entry level X1300 Pro proved itself to be a very good videocard for less than $150. When you consider the hardware requirements for Microsoft's upcoming Windows Vista operating system going with a non-integrated graphics solution is mandatory in my book. It is also nice of ATI to allow the X1300's be run in Crossfire mode (two cards at once) without a master card. This gives entry level consumers the option of adding in another card and having plug-in-play Crossfire performance without the need of dongles."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel 'Black Creek' 955X Motherboard Review @ Viperlair
"Should you get this if you already have a 925X or 925XE board? Probably not, unless Dual Core support is important to you. If you don't already have a 925X or 925XE board then you may as well start at the top with a 955X. However think carefully, as while this is a good board, you will likely find more features and accessories with a slightly more expensive, or even cheaper third party manufacturer 955X boards."

More information on this review can be found here.
EPoX EP-5LDA+ GLi Motherboard Review @ Overclockers Online
"I have to say that this outing with EPoX was nice. The board really sets itself apart from EPoX's typical green PCB styling and offers those concerned with aesthetics an attractive product. The performance is all EPoX though, and their reputation for great reputation hasn't failed them in this product. While we weren't able to push the chipset (it officially supports a 1066 FSB), the stability this board was able to offer over previous boards I've used from MSI and Albatron using the same processor was excellent and allowed a much higher CPU frequency to be achieved."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All in Wonder Radeon X1800XL Multimedia PCI-E Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"This card like all its older predecessors is just another notch in the corner post in the multimedia videocard market where ATI is still dominating with a product that gives any weak competition the "who's your daddy" as soon as they enter the room."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, December 19, 2005
X-Arcade Trackball Review @ XYZ Computing
"Last year, I took a look at X-Arcade’s premiere product, the two-player joystick. It demonstrated X-Arcade’s quality as a brand and attention to detail. Since then, X-Arcade has introduced a new product, its Trackball. Designed to look and feel like ball-based arcade games from the past, the X-Arcade Trackball fits the bill. With a 3-inch-ish ball, and a rolling action that simulates the "I’ll take a beating from a bunch of 80s kids" feel, playing with the trackball is actually great fun. And it features the exact same parts and feel as the other X-Arcade controllers. I has USB and PS/2 connectivity so it is a great choice for any computer or MAME system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone Zeus ST56ZF 560W PSU Review @ Overclockers Online
"When it is all said and done, the SilverStone Zeus ST56ZF is a very solid offering. The package is top notch with very little chance of damage being done to the unit during any amount of transport and the power supply inside is just as good. In addition, the quality of the cables is excellent, with clean heatshrinking and artistic cable tying. Another nice feature of this power supply is that the length of the cables should allow this power supply to be used inside of any case no matter how big. If you noticed in the testing photo I have the power supply a good 6 inches lower than the desk that the motherboard is sitting on and the cables reach to all connections on it quite easily. The cables are also quite easy to maneuver, twist, and bend in order to go where you want."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec TrueControl 2.0 550watt Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews
"There are many very good power supplies on the market these days, and the Antec TrueControl 2.0 550W has proven to be one of the best. At this price point, you’re going to be hard-pressed to find a better one with adjustable rails and this kind of stability."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products 500w X-Finity Power Supply Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"You may have noticed by now that this power supply, unlike the current market trend, does NOT utilize a modular cabling system. Why? Well, why not? Wouldn't a fully connected, non-modular cable offer better stability and assurance that it won't "fall off"? Sure. Wouldn't a fully connected, non-modular cable offer better stability because it has less interference in the lines? Most likely, it only makes sense."

More information on this review can be found here.
PrimeCooler MegaCool 6 Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"Some of you might not know the name of PrimeCooler who have been around for some years now producing quality heatsinks and computer peripheral devices. We have been reviewing PrimeCooler products for years as well. We do not get involved with prices but suspect that they are great value for money."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermax Tech XtFlux-GA Thermal Grease Review @ ThinkComputers
"There is a new addition to the world of Thermal Compounds, a company called Thermax Tech. They have developed a new type of thermal compound, that I believe is going to give the competition a run for the crown of the top thermal paste. So is this stuff any good or is just the normal thermal gook that we find everywhere? I think we need to run some tests and check it out. So read on to learn something about Thermax Tech XtFlux-GA Thermal Grease."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coollaboratory Liquid Metal Thermal Interface Material @ PimpRig
"I was shocked when I pulled the cap off the syringe and saw that the needle was still there. I had no idea how the thermal interface material could get through an opening that small until I pressed the plunger slightly over the CPU. A drop of the material came out with no problem and sat there like a ball on the CPU. It was at that point that I got a little nervous since it looks just like Mercury. But then I had to think, "What company, whether in their right mind or not, would sell Mercury on eBay?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman 9500 CPU Cooler Review @ Techgage
"If you have been looking for a new CPU cooler that not only does it's job well, but looks great in the process, then the 9500 may be exactly what you need. Made of pure copper, the 9500 utilizes 3 heatpipes which effectively does the work of 6! Let's see how it compares to other heatsinks we have tested."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech APOGEE Extreme Performance Waterblock Review @ OCIA
"Swiftech used their Patent Pending Diamond Pin Matrix design and was optimized using Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis to optimize flow and performance. By looking at the layout and design, it seems that this is an updated and improved version of their older MCW5000 series blocks."

More information on this review can be found here.
ADS Tech's InstantHDTV PCI Card Review @ Tech-Mods
"With a HTPC personal computer, you can read email, perform on-line banking, surf the internet, play games all in the comfort of your living room. With the ADS Tech InstantHDTV PCI package, you can add the capability to receive HDTV or analog signals from antenna, cable or satellite dish. With the included SnapStream Beyond TV software, you'll have a nice interface for surfing channels, and best of all recording your favorite programming."

More information on this review can be found here.
XPSC LCD Character Display Review @ XtremeReview
"Every overclocker knows, having statistics about temperatures, fan speeds and memory usages is interesting and always useful. Most use software to monitor these statistics, which limits displaying of such information to windows. The problem being, under the stress of full screen 3D gaming is when these statistics will most likely come in handy. Seeing how your system performs under the pressure and if your cooling system is up to the job. Today we are going to look at the XSPC LCD display. This is a 4x20 character display that connects via a free parallel port. The display sits within an acrylic mount perfect for sitting on a desk."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Buttkicker Gamer Review @ ExtensiveMods
"The Buttkicker, sounds like someone that goes around kicking butts. Well there is a little truth to its name because you do get your but kicked. But in a good way. The Buttkicker is essentially an add-on to your sound system, be it your PC or home theater setup, which enhances your listening pleasures by enabling you to feel, rather then just listen to your audio."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIZO Master Panel Review @ Techniz
"The VIZO Master Panel is design to provide the conveniences to the user that always have to open the chassis and install the hard drives. Now with the Master Panel, you can do it immediately. Just simply plug in the hard disk data cables and power, then you can get the data you need in a short time. Beside, the data transfer speed of the Master Panel is very fast too just like the hard drive is directly plug into the motherboard. The VIZO Master Panel is available in few colors such as the black, grey and white. You can get the right color to match with your chassis."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xion II Case Review @ Technic3D
"Xion, still a company relatively unknown in Germany, would send its new Xion II housing into the editorship of Technic3D. It concerns here a Mid-Tower for a narrow budget with some Modding accents. Lit ones 120mm exhaust as well as a sight are already contained in the scope of supply. Whether the calculation comes up, experience you in this Review."

This review is in German, be sure to use a online translator such as Babelfish. More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Mambo VC2000 Review @ TrustedReviews
"The front of the case has taken some design cues from other Thermaltake models but it’s not as overly complicated as some of the more expensive models. The silver 50s car logo also adds to the overall feel of the case. Sadly the front is made from quite cheap plastic, something that lets down the looks. But considering the stuff other budget cases are made from this isn’t too bad."

More information on this review can be found here.

Fujitsu Siemens PRIMERGY TX150 S4 Review


"Aimed at a wide range of applications the TX150 S4 targets scenarios such as remote offices, small businesses with minimal on-site IT support and general workgroup file and print services. In these environments build quality needs to be good and the TX150 S4 looks well up to the job. The server is offered in both rack and pedestal versions and we were supplied with the former. If you opt for the pedestal version it’ll come with the trademark silver mesh panels which protect access to the front bays and can be locked shut. Storage options are good as the front drive bay has room for up to four hot-swap hard disks and the price of the review system includes a duet of 73GB Seagate Cheetah 10K.7 Ultra320 hard disks."


More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Shark Case Review @ GruntvillE
"The big PSU went in with ease, as Thermaltake leaves plenty of headroom to allow for large PSU 's. This additional headroom provides the space for a water cooling setup. Installation of the motherboard with processor, HSF and memory was simple, thanks to the removable tray. The video and sound card were secured easily with the included case screws. My previous Thermaltake case used plastic brackets to hold the cards in place, but I ended up removing them in lieu of case screws. You don't want some of your most precious/expensive items coming loose in transport to a LAN. The hard drives were screwed into the rail kits and went in smoothly."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, December 17, 2005
Girl's Gift Guide for the Geek Guy @ OCModShop
"I'll tell you the secret to the perfect Christmas gift. I really shouldn't be revealing this, as the other men in the club will probably lynch me in the parking lot for sharing this with you. The truth is men don't want you to know the Secret of the Perfect Gift. That way we can spend our money all year on what we really want, while you feel guilty that you can never find the perfect birthday, anniversary or Christmas gift. Women feel disappointed that they can never please their man, and want to express their love for you with a personal tangible item. Men's taste is an enigma that cannot be understood by those of the female persuasion. We want you to be in the dark, oblivious, wearing your guilt around your shoulders like a familiar designer scarf: that way we can ride the Guilt Train all year and buy the things we really want."

More information on this gift guide can be found here.
Good Work Systems R2 Mark II Gaming Mouse Review @ Hardware-Review
"Good Work Systems has jumped into a market that's currently dominated by peripheral monsters like Logitech, Microsoft, and Razer with something that is so “out of the box” that it literally comes in a can. The R2 Mark II starts with the basic core of most “gaming” mice: a 1,600 dpi optical engine running on a USB 2.0 interface. However, this is where the similarity to other mice ends."

More information on this review can be found here.
HEC WinPower 480W SLI Power Supply Review @ 3DGameman
"This power supply performs well for this category of product. While the 12V rail is a little low it has no problem powering an overclocked system. Stability is also important, especially when overclocking. This really reflects the quality of power it's providing. I experienced no locks or system instability."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI RDX200 CF-DR Cross-Fire Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"There is so much to love about the DFI RDX200 CF-DR. With a better developed BIOS over that of their NF4 boards and excellent overclocking potential, the RDX200 CF-DR is better than some companies flagship motherboards. While the board has its strong points it also has several flaws that are of concern. The RDX200 is simply a very good board, while the DFI NF4 LANParty SLI board is still the great board."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X1800 Crossfire Review @ Hexus
"The reason is the release of ATI Radeon X1800 XT Crossfire master boards to market. Radeon X1800 XT Crossfire was always on the cards, bringing the SuperAA and performance acceleration enhancements to that product, but the big question is have the downsides of the first generation of Crossfire been eliminated? Doth It Suck™ as much as it did with X850?"

More information on this review can be found here.
ATi Radeon x850 Pro Review @ AllOutComputers


"It has similar specs to its older brothers, the x850xt, and x850xtpe. With lower clocks and the main thing, 12 pixelpipes. The card is very reasonabally clocked at 500/500 out of the box, but that is easily broken. Though this doesnt stop the card from being a great performer. Playing anything you can throw at it at near maximum eye candy."

More information on this review can be found here.
XSPC X2O Water Cooling Kit Review @ Overclockers.com
"Overall, the kit is quite complete and includes all necessary mounting gear; build quality looks good and the attention to noise reducing gaskets and grommets is a welcome addition to any kit. There are fan mounts to adapt to an 80 mm fan hole, so using the kit in just about any case should not ba a problem."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech H20-Apex Water Cooling Kit Review @ BurnOutPC
"Performance wise it's probably one of the best kits I've tested so far. It's hard to compare each new kit with each other since computer hardware is ever evolving, kits either have a gpu block with it, or one for the chipset, or a different radiator. But looking at these temperatures, you can clearly see it's really doing it's best keeping that trustee old P4 cool."

More information on this review can be found here.
Atomic Live 2005 Show Report @ Bit-Tech
"Atomic Live 2005 was held last week at the former Fox Studios in Sydney. The event was so named because it was organised by Atomic Magazine - the top Aussie enthusiast mag for hardware and modding. It is the equivalent of Maximum PC in the US, and Custom PC magazine in Europe. This first one-day event held much promise. It was the first chance to play Xbox 360 before it is released Down Under in March 2006, grill the Atomic team in a Q&A session, learn about dual-core and 64-bit computing in the AMD keynote presentation, and of course, lots of cool prize giveaways."

G-Gnome's WMD Project is really shaping up to be a fantastic case mod. More information on this report can be found here.
Foxconn TP-544 ATX Chassis Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Foxconn TP544 is a mid-tower ATX case that is designed to be friendly to the system builder and owner alike. Although it is not a bargain-basement case, it is a good value for the mid-range system with its included power supply option. The overall case design is handsome without being gaudy, and would fit quite well in an office environment or den. The black exterior with the silver front panel looks businesslike and sleek, and manages to convey quality without screaming for attention."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tt Kandalf Enhanced Aluminum Chassis Review @ Driver Heaven
"It's time to look at the Thermaltake Kandalf Enhanced Aluminum Chassis Series, in the form of the VA9000 series aluminum chassis identified as the VA9000 SWA. You'll never lack for storage space with the Kandalf chassis or complain about cramped quarters. The versatility and cooling options abound with this particular product, which will be discussed in more detail below."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Japanese Case Mod @ ExtremeTech
"Sangaku" (which in Japanese translates to "mathematics tablet") is the synthesis of my passion for furniture making and my fascination with computers, and this is my first try at modding a computer. I was disappointed with most of the wood cases I've seen and thought I could make an improvement. The design is primarily based on Japanese lamps and shoji screens. The Japanese attention to detail carries over to the craftsmanship of the case since it took approximately 300 hours to construct and contains approximately 130 wood joints, most of which were done entirely by hand with my Japanese chisels and dozuki saw.

The main concept for the layout of the case was the inner and outer frames. The inner frame is what contains all of the components and the outer frame contains the lighting and, the doors, and such. The inner frame is made of 3/16-inch and 1/4-inch transparent dark grey acrylic while the outer frame is made out of mahogany, spruce, and ebony woods. The outer frame is not glued but held in with the ebony pins."

More information on this project can be found here.
Friday, December 16, 2005
Understanding How Spammers Work @ The TechZone
"Spammers trade email addresses for money. This is why the system is out of hand - it is an income producing activity. Every email address has a value to it and no matter how little the value, putting together a list of 100,000 can provide a neat income for a spammer. Most spammers have spam lists many times larger than this."

More information on this article can be found here.
Logitech G7 Mouse Review @ Designtechnica
"The Logitech G7 is the current king of the hill in the wireless gaming mouse category. The quick resolution switching, software profiling, and overall responsiveness make the G7 an all-around high performer for gamers. While the G7 does not sport as many buttons as other offerings from Logitech et al., the smooth functionality and convenient cabling options make up for it. Battery life is poor overall, but the quick swappable pair of batteries included makes this oversight forgivable."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Modstream 520W PSU Review @ Hardware Asylum
"So let me get this out of the way first: this powersupply is gorgeous. Drop dead gorgeous. The graphite-metallic paint is astonishing, with a reflection so faultless you could probably pick your teeth with it, should you ever feel the need. Beyond said matters of hygiene, the Modstream 520 also employs a large and quite quiet 120mm fan with blue LED backlighting. Not entirely passe yet, the effect is pleasing to the eye and more importantly, showers the rest of the case with the cool ambiance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Review @ HardwareXL
"In the Logitech profiler you can make your own macro's for any game you want and the G15 switches to the correct profile when you start up a game. Making macro's works perfectly and easy, you can make a macro up from scrap or press the instant macro key to record a macro on the fly. You can even record macro's ingame so you can see exacly what your doing and after you can perfect your macro in the profiler. The profiler can also be used to turn your gaming keys in shortcut keys to use in windows."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek Waterchill KT12A-12VX/10mm Water Cooler Review @ OCPrices
"Asetek’s Waterchill range is now one of the most popular branded kits available in the UK, largely thanks to their excellent quality components and wide compatibility. The kit we are looking at today features a new kind of pump and reservoir unit to the models we have looked at previously, as well as a new software interface that can be used for controlling the interface in windows."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Neo HE 500W Power Supply Review @ Think Computers
"I've done quite a few reviews of Antec products, and they have never failed to disappoint. Their products are always excellent performing and made with high quality standards in mind. Today I have my first official review of an Antec power supply; I've reviewed quite a few products by them but never a power supply. I have gotten power supplies with the cases I have reviewed yes, but the review was about the case not the power supply. I've heard a lot of great things about Antec power supplies; they are always on a list of award winning and recommended power supplies, so I was looking forward to this review."

More information on this review can be found here.
X-Mystique 7.1 Gold Review @ HTPCNews
"For those of you who have been hiding under a rock the X-Mystique was the first add-in sound card to have Dolby Digital Live (DDL) technology. This is exciting for HTPC users as it allows any system with an open PCI slot to gain what was previously only possible with the aging NVIDIA nForce 2 chipset or as an optional feature on select Intel chipset based motherboards."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC2-6400 EB Platinum Edition Review @ Viperlair
"A lot of people, and manufacturers (AMD) have steered clear of DDR2 due to the high latency, regardless of speeds the latency canceled out any performance gain so it just wasn't worth it to switch to DDR2. That is all starting to change with much higher speeds and latency dropping with each new product DDR2 is finally coming into it's own."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI 512MB Geforce NX7800GTX Videocard Review @ PCstats
"A bleeding edge part like the MSI 512MB Geforce NX7800GTX has an equally shocking enthusiast-level price tag... equivalent to the cost of a pretty decent Dell PC in fact. At the moment there are only a handful of manufacturers offering retail 512MB version Geforce 7800GTX videocards for sale. MSI Computer is one vendor with a card out in time for X-mas, and it has put together a good package that includes a full copy of the game "Colin Mcrae Rally 2005." Luckily for you, PCSTATS has managed to bring this monster 512MB card into the labs so you can see first hand what to expect!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon X1300 256MB PCI Express Video Card Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"After last week's review of the BFG 7800GTX OC we visit the opposite end of the video card spectrum with Sapphire's X1300 Pro. Sapphire seems to have really focused on making their offering of the X1300 extremely affordable by being cheapest X1300 available. At the time of writing this card can be found online for $95. In other words, this video card costs less than 20% of what the 7800GTX is currently selling for. That's quite a statement. However, a graphic card has to perform to provide any real value to someone. A cheap video card that doesn't run the games they want play doesn't do much good either. So is this card worth its $95 price tag or is it a very effective paper weight? That's what we will determine in our review of Sapphire's X1300 Pro video card."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D1-68GT Video Card Review @ Hardware Asylum
"The 3D1-68GT is as good a dual-GPU card as we've ever seen, but that does not exempt it from its associated faults. The weight of the card is a strain on the motherboard, the heat it produces leaves the case only after warming your processor first, its length forced this author to remount his harddrives into the floppy-drive bay, and use sub-par SATA ports to boot. However, should you be able to live with these drawbacks, you will be rewarded with performance only a 7800 GTX 512 can hope to match, and rarity only equaled by the 3dFX Voodoo 5 6000."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GV-K8N51PVMT-9 Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"At first glance the Gigabyte GV-K8N51PVMT-9 appears like this board has the potential to be a pretty impressive MicroATX Athlon64 motherboard. The Gigabyte GV-K8N51PVMT-9 supports all Socket 939 model AMD Athlon64/FX/X2 processors, and its four DDR DIMM slots can accommodate up to 4GB of PC3200 memory in a dual channel configuration. Despite its mico-ATX size, the GV-K8N51PVMT-9 is fairly well equipped with Gigabit LAN, IEEE 1394a, four SATA II headers, 7.1 channel high definition audio and of course the integrated GeForce 6150 GPU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel EM64T Technology Explained @ Hardware Secrets
"Intel has released their “64-bit technology” in order to compete with AMD’s 64-bit technology. This technology, officially called EM64T (Extended Memory 64 Technology), is present on Pentium 4 6xx models. In this article we will explain what is this technology and how it works."

More information on this article can be found here.

Intel Virtualization Technology (VT) Explained

"Intel has launched two Pentium 4 CPUs – 672 and 662 – supporting the new Intel Virtualization Technology (VT). Formerly known as Vanderpool, this technology enables a CPU to act as if it were several CPUs working in parallel, in order to enable several operating systems to run at the same time in the same machine. In this tutorial we will explain everything you need to know about this new technology."

More information on this article can be found here.
Realm Systems BlackDog Portable Linux Server Review @ XYZ Computing
"Portable computers are in almost everyone’s lives; ranging from MP3 players to personal movie players, to personal digital assistants (PDAs) and up to laptops. This is our technological world, but that does not mean it has to end there. Realm Systems has developed a portable computer likely to appeal to real geeks: a server so small it can fit in your pocket. This review is going to take a look at Realm Systems BlackDog. It is the smallest Linux server, weighing in at 1.6 ounces. It’s smaller than the size of a PDA and can be plugged into the USB (Universal Serial Bus) port of any computer running Linux, Windows 2000 or Windows XP."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master AMMO 533 Case Review @ ClubOC
"To help out the gamers, especially those who like to LAN up, Cooler Master has added a new ATX mid-tower enclosure to their product line. The Ammo 533 has all the features you expect wrapped up with some pretty unique styling. A heavy-duty SECC construction chassis, 120mm ventilation fans, and plenty of space for drive and peripheral expansion."

More information on this review can be found here.
PimpRig's Case for Hope @ PimpRig
"Over the past 5 months our forum admin and the PimpRig community has been working on a mod project centered around the theme of Breast Cancer Awareness. The case is outfitted with some smokin' hardware including a Sapphire X800 GTO2 flashed to a X800 XT Platinum, a dual core Pentium, Corsair Pro RAM and alot of custom made, one of a kind items donated from companies like, Lian-Li, Hiper, VoyeurMods, MNPCTech, DragonModz and more. We encourage everyone to help us make this auction successful since 100% of the proceeds are going to the Susan G. Komen foundation for Breast Cancer research."

More information on this auction can be found here. More information on this project work log can be found here.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
CPL Winter Championships 2005 Event Coverage @ techFEAR
"Dallas, Texas is home to the CPL Winter Championships 2005 where the world’s best gamers converge to battle it out in three tournaments for bragging rights and money. This year, CPL brings us fast-paced action with the Counter Strike $60,000 5V5 Tournament, the Quake 4 $30,000 Summer Championships 2006 Qualifier, and the F.E.A.R $10,000 Centrino Mobile Tournament."

More information on this report can be found here.
SuperTalent PC4000 C2.5 1GB Kit Review @ 3DXtreme
"We have reviewed product from SuperTalent in the recent past and it has proven to be a quality product that won't break the bank. Today we are looking at a kit of DDR500 ram with nice timings of Cas 2.5. It's hard to compete for the enthusiast dollar these days and making overclockable ram with tight timings is a great place to start. Let's find out if SuperTalent's latest enthusiast offering can keep up with some high quality well established memory."

More information on this review can be found here.
PQI Memory Intelligent Stick Pro 170 512MB Review @ PCstats
"The pictures do not do the PQI Intelligent Stick Pro 170 justice, it's a really low profile solution. The adaptor basically acts as a docking station for the Intelligent Stick Pro 170, essentially converting the connector into the standard male USB jack we're all familiar with. It's not absolutely necessary to use the adaptor because the low profile connector works just fine with existing female USB jacks on its own. The adapter can be used as a handy storage bay, and keeps the PQI Intelligent Stick Pro 170 safe from physical damage. The PQI USB drive itself is also pretty rigid in spite of its mini-size."

More information on this review can be found here.
Club 3D GeForce 7800GT 256MB Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
"Club 3D is offering a toned down version of nVidia's 7800GTX in the form of the 7800GT, this slightly more budget friendly video card might well be the hidden ace in Club 3D's deck of cards. Let´s find out!"

More information on this review can be found here.
GeIL Value Dual Channel PC3200 400MHz DDR Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"This ram is some of the cheapest 2GB of ram that I could find online and certainly the best looking in this price range. For the price of 1 GB in high-end ram, you can get 2GB. If you have anything resembling a budget, I’d go with the 2GB everyday and twice on Sunday!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GV-NX66T256DE Videocard Review @ PCstats
"The Gigabyte GV-NX66T256DE videocard is not just another run of the mill GeForce 6600GT with 256MB of DDR2 memory, this card is unique. The GV-NX66T256DE is cooled by fully passive means, and incorporates a couple of unique attributes to lower ambient case temperatures too. The 'Silent-Pipe II' cooler, as it is called, bridges the GPU to two separate heat exchangers. The videocard also supports both S-Video and component output via a break-out box, and comes with a DVI-to-analog converter for good measure."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire PURE Innovation PI-A9RD480 Crossfire Review @ techPowerUp
"ATI video card specialist Sapphire has built this Crossfire-ready motherboard with enthusiasts and gamers in mind. Special care has been given to providing the whole range of needed BIOS options to properly tweak the settings. Its unique white design will make the board stand out of the crowd."

More information on this review can be found here.
Jackson Armor Card Review @ ExtensiveMods
"Jackson Backup LLC, the word backup basically gives it away. Jackson Backup provides a range of services ranging from data backup to PC repair. This company produces a product they call the Jackson Armor Card. This small PCI device is an innovative way to go about data backup and recovery. The company was gracious enough to send me one of these cards for review, follow along and we will see if it does its job."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire DigiPanel II Review @ Overclockers Online
"Aesthetically, the panel is very pleasing to the eye and will compliment the look of any case, regardless of color. The shiny aluminum and the large knob, paired with a large blue-backlit LCD panel, are very futuristic. Some features I would have enjoyed if Spire had included them with the DigiPanel II are the ability to store different configurations and the ability to turn fans off completely."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec VCool VGA Cooler Review @ DreamWare Computers
"For those who want to add a little cooling to their video card there has always been the option of installing an aftermarket heatsink and fan to do the job. However, doing that is not something for a novice user and will also void any warranty on the card. Antec now offers the VCool which is a double slot cooler that can be placed below the video card to offer what Antec says can be 5-15 degrees celsius lower temperatures."

More information on this review can be found here.
EverCool GT-365 Extended Cooling System Device Review @ A1-Electronics
"Well this little device from EverCool their GT-365 extended cooling system will do just that. When you switch off your PC you know your fans switch off and all the residual heat in your processor heatsink and inside your PC case stays put."

More information on this review can be found here.
Testing PC Cooling Using Die Simulators vs. Real CPUs @ ProCooling
"What it comes down to is that we are perhaps moving out of a period where die simulator advantages far outweighed their drawbacks into a time where the complexity of CPUs as heat sources may preclude simulating them with simple copper dies. In other words, to do good quality die simulator testing we will also have to do good CPU-based testing if we hope to make the high resolution simulator results relevant to real world CPU cooling."

More information on this article can be found here.
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200.9 Review @ Viperlair
"The Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 is a solid, but not a revolutionary entry into the crowded desktop drive market. The 16MB of cache and 3.0Gbps transfer rate aren't something users will immediately notice with all their applications, but this could easily change in the near future."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 910MP Multifunction LCD Monitor Review @ The TechZone
"The Samsung SyncMaster 910MP is a multifunction 19" LCD panel. This display combines such features as a TV Tuner, IR Remote, Secondary Inputs, and HDTV compatibility. All these features are crammed into a monitor that has a 8ms pixel response time, providing for excellent desktop PC and gaming performance. This is a great added bonus, as many multifunction LCD panels are still living in the days of 25 - 30 ms pixel response times."

More information on this review can be found here.
Acer AL1951 19" LCD Monitor Review @ U.K Gamer
"The AL1951 we're looking at today is unashamedly a no-frills model that aims to bring the Acer brand to the masses. My worry is whether cost cutting will leave a product that’s barely usable. It's always a tricky path to tread, and a bad product, however cheap, can reflect badly all the way up the range."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus A8N-VM CSM GeForce 6150 Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"The Asus A8N-VM CSM motherboard looks like the perfect workstation/HTPC motherboard at first glance; onboard graphics with analog and DVI-D monitor outputs, and nVidia PureVideo High Definition MPEG-2/WMV9 Playback acceleration. The A8N-VM CSM supports all Socket 939 AMD Athlon64/FX/X2 processors on the market, and is built around two recent nVidia chipsets, the NVIDIA GeForce 6150 & nForce 430. Onboard features include IEEE 1394a, a 5.1 channel HDA (Azalia)/AC97 audio controller, Gigabit LAN and of course analog and DVI-D Geforce 6-series onboard video. Expansion is possible through PCI Express x16 and PCI Express x1 slots for high bandwidth devices and two 32 bit PCI slots for legacy devices."

More information on this review can be found here.
The M1000 Alternative @ SFFTech
"A couple of weeks ago we took a look at Shuttle’s M1000 XPC. The M1000 was Shuttle’s attempt at a consumer electronics home theater PC. While we found it to be a great and practically silent HTPC, the MSRP was quite pricey. Our readers and we at Sudhian figured we could build a comparable system for less. Since Shuttle has priced the M1000 at $1999 there’s plenty of money to work with. Join us as we attempt to build a more cost effective Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 compatible home theater PC using off the shelf components."

More information on this article can be found here.
Vantec Nexstar 3 Review @ Driver Heaven
"Form and functionality collide with style in the Nexstar 3 External SATA Hard Drive Enclosure from Vantec. With its mirror finish, sleek curves and bold colors, the Vantec Nexstar 3 stands out from the crowd. The sturdy drive cage protects your hard drive while the aluminum case effectively draws away the heat, protecting your drive from overheating. The Nexstar 3 features eSATA (external Serial ATA) and USB 2.0 interfaces offering speeds up to 3Gbps or 480Mbps respectively. This flexibility allows you to use your hard drive at its full performance where eSATA is available and still have the option of using USB where it's not. The Nexstar 3 is an ideal way to store and transfer large amounts of data in an enclosure that matches your style!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax RX-9 Gaming Case Review @ 3DGameman
"The Raidmax RX-9 gaming case has an aluminum inside but the rest is plastic and is available in Black and Red. The plastic is rather shiny with silver speckles and because of this it looks rather cheap. Also, the case has a rather gaudy appearance. You may have guessed this already, but its appearance is taken from vehicle designs. I suspect it’s a look that people will either love or hate."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Thermaltake Swing VB6000SNS ATX Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"For a mid-tower case competing in the mainstream market, this is an incredibly solid release. Packed into the small frame of the Swing case we're able to find enough room for everything and more, and virtually all the features of a full tower in a space that doesn't seem cramped. If the interior of the case is a solid point, the exterior of the Swing case is a top notch accomplishment as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Dreamhack 2005 Show Report @ Bit-Tech
"The Dremel wasn't out of Micke's hand for long. In fact, he told me he managed to smoke just four cigarettes all weekend - a testament to just how busy he was, since he normally smokes at least a pack a day! Here you can see his Dremel rig that allows him complete freedom when engraving. What you can't see is the intravenous drip in his left arm feeding him Red Bull to keep him going. On the right is a World of Warcraft Tauren."

More information on this report can be found here.
Steelpad Steel Sound 5H USB Gaming Headset Review @ Tweaknews
"With the relative lack of sound quality and this set's incredibly high price, it would be a lie if I said you should buy them. For the price they want for this product, you could buy two or even three headsets from their competition and even have true 5.1 to boot. I am still shaking my head wondering why this product warrants this price tag. Market quality, not just a name brand."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM460-APS 460W Power Supply @ Think Computers
"When someone mentions the name Zalman most people think of great performing and cool looking heatsinks. I know quite a few people that have Zalman HSF's in their computers and I am one of them. A lot of people swear by them, and easily recommend them to everyone, I personally have use Zalman HSF's in computers that I have built for others. Did you know that Zalman also makes power supplies? Today for review I have one from Zalman that is touted as “Noiseless”, is it? How will it perform in my power hungry system? Read on to find out the answers to these and other thought provoking questions."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech G15 Keyboard Review @ Designtechnica
"The Logitech G15 keyboard is squarely aimed at gamers, but everyday users will like some of the design touches that have been incorporated. The soft blue backlighting and integrated flip-up LCD screen are features we wonder how we lived without, and the layout shows obvious signs of responding to customer feedback. The gaming macro keys round out this all-around king of keyboards. While the key pressing was slightly soft for our tastes, regular typing tasks were not a problem."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Strider ST60F 600W PSU Review @ NGOHQ
"600W might seem like a lot to many people, but for the high end user there is no doubt that a good power supply is a must have. High end users often have dual graphics cards, multiple hard drives, a high end CPU, two optical drives and several fans involved in their current setup. With specs like that a 600W PSU is desirable if you want a completely stable system. The ST60F is capable of maintaining 600W of continuous power output at 50°C. The ST60F has quad +12V rails, for extreme performance and giving the Silverstone ST60F a total of 42 amps."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hawking Technologies HWBA54G Wireless-G Access Point/Bridge @ Hardware-Review
"Many people have wired networks in their homes to share movies, printers, and their MP3 collection. But, if you don’t want to run CAT5 cable to every room, you’ll need to add a wireless access point to your existing network. While some routers have wireless built-in, most older routers don’t have this capability. If you’d like to add wireless to your home network this holiday season, Hawking Technologies has the HWBA54G Wireless-G Multi-function Access Point/Bridge that will meet your needs quite nicely."

More information on this review can be found here.

Boblbe-e Executive Megalopolis Spirit Review

"Tired of lugging your networking equipment, laptop, power cables, keyboard, mouse, power strip, and other goodies to LAN parties in nothing but plastic or brown paper bags? Want something with style, ruggedness, and quality to haul your gear in? Boblbe-e’s Executive Series hard shell backpacks might be the perfect solution for you and we just happen to have one of their Megalopolis Spirit packs in our shop for review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek 7800 GTX MyVIVO Extreme Review @ Bjorn3D
"Leadtek consistently releases unique cooling solutions for its NVIDIA-based video cards. Leadtek also jumped on the factory overclock bandwagon and offers several overclocked versions of its cards. Today's review focuses on the Leadtek WinFast PX7800 GTX TDH MyVIVO Extreme, which happens to feature both a custom cooling solution and a factory overclock. If you have seen the massive, heatpipe-based cooler on the 7800 GTX 512 cards, then the cooling solution on the WinFast PX7800 GTX TDH MyVIVO Extreme is nothing new to you. Leadtek's WinFast PX7800 GTX Extreme was actually the first non-Quadro card to use this cooler, as this card was out weeks before the GTX 512s hit the shelves. The cooler was first seen on NVIDIA's Quadro FX."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire X800GTO 256meg AGP Review @ Tech-Mods
"Since 2001 Sapphiretech has taken a leap into the mainstream market and is doing quite well. Sapphire sent over one of their X800GTO 256meg AGP card to put through its paces. The X800GTO uses the R420 core and has 12 pipelines, the memory runs at 490 MHz (980 MHz) memory and 400 MHz core clock. The memory used on the X800GTO is Samsung GC20 2.0ns GDDR3 that is capable of 1000 MHz which we will test out later."

More information on this review can be found here.
XGI Volari 8300 128 MB 64-bit Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Volari 8300 is the newest entry-level graphics chip from XGI. It is always good to see another company besides ATI and nVidia doing something. The reference board we’ve got from XGI had 128 MB on-board memory and a 64-bit memory interface, competing with Radeon X300 SE HyperMemory and with the 64-bit 64 MB version of GeForce 6200 TurboCache. XGI’s chip, however, has a built-in MPEG-2 decoder and video enhancer, i.e. with this video card DVD decoding is done by the video card and not by the system CPU, which can be a tremendous feature for entry-level multimedia PCs. GeForce 6200 has also this feature, but you need to buy a decoder software from nVidia that costs between USD 19.95 and USD 49.95, depending on the version (you can use it for free during the first 30 days). Radeon X300 doesn’t have this feature at all, while the new Radeon X1300 series has it."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen i945Ga-PHS Mainboard Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"The AOpen i945Ga-PHS is a very good all round board. The problems with it all center around the PCI-E 16x slot and use of a video card. Using the onboard video takes the layout and jumper issue out of the equation making the board have very few flaws. The reality of the issue is that most folks do use add in cards, especially on HTPCs or gaming PCs which brings these issues to the front of the line for an Excedrin headache."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B X1800 XL Videocard Review @ PCstats
"Gigabyte's GV-RX18L256V-B Radeon X1800 XL videocard is a pretty nice single-slot PCI Express x16 videocard! The Radeon X1800 XL GPU is clocked at 500 MHz, and backed by 256MB of Samsung GDDR3 memory that hums away at 1 GHz. The videocard supports video In/Video Out (VIVO) and High Definition Television (HDTV) output. Other goodies included with the package are a DVI-to-analog converter, an S-Video cable, a VIVO cable, a Component output cable and for some reason, a molex splitter cable. The software bundle consists of Xpand Rally, Counter Strike Condition Zero, Power Director and PowerDVD."

More information on this review can be found here.
Pentium 4 CPU Cooler Roundup @ TrustedReviews
"There’s nothing terribly wrong with the Intel stock cooler that ships with the retail processors, but it’s not the quietest around. And since you might have bought a processor without a heatsink, what should you go for? Don’t worry though, because TrustedReviews is here to help - we’ve tested three of the latest Socket-775 coolers on the market. The contenders are from Arctic Cooling, Asetek and Asus."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool Sharks Heatpipe CPU Cooler @ Think Computers
"Today for review I have something that really surprised me in its performance. I have an Athlon X2 and it requires a very competent cooling solution to keep it cool. The stock solution is fine but just does not cut it for overclocking and I do a bit of that when I do reviews. When I got it, I knew the stock solution was not going to work for me, so with it I ordered an after market cooler as well. It was fine for a while but not great, so of course the next logical step would be water cooling. Being a reviewer means that I get new stuff all the time and things don't stay in my system for long, and water-cooling is nice but a pain to keep uninstalling and reinstalling. For review today I have the Evercool Sharks CPU cooler, this is going back to basics for me really. It is a heat pipe based system with some great results in what it can achieve in the way of cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
PrimeCooler MegaCool 5 AMD Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"But all that said this PrimeCooler MegaCool 5 is still a decent heatsink which considering its small size and low power fan is not doing that bad if you bear in mind that it is only about 4 degrees Celsius behind in the heat range it is designed to work in."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Aquagate Mini R120 CPU Cooler Review @ 3DXtreme
"Recently 3DXtreme has been taking a look at high end air coolers. Products like Thermaltakes' Big Typhoon, Blue Orb II and the Artic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro have all been reviewed within the last few months. Air cooling with products like these allow for some great overclocks - however would a high end air cooler ever be able to keep pace with an entry level water cooling setup? How about a one piece unit from the likes of Cooler Master? Today that’s just what we are going to set out to see."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Buyers Christmas Guide 2005 @ The Guru of 3D
"I have diverged from previous guides as this guide will only cover the box. Monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers are not included. I do this for brevity sake, as the monitor alone would require it's own guide, especially if covering LCD monitors. Since this site is called "Guru3D" this guide will target a system intended for gaming primarily. I have also taken into account power and heat issues (*cough* Pentium 4 *cough*), overclockability to some extent, reliablity, as well as price. For those wondering about "Target Resolution," instead of listing a particular pricepoint (since price will vary somewhat with vender) I have listed here what type of resolutions you can expect to be playing most of today's games on such a rig. AA stands for antialiasing and AF stands for Anisotropic Filtering, if you don't know what those are well are you sure you want to be building your own computer?"

More information on this article can be found here.
Raidmax Sagitta ATX Gaming Case Review @ BigBruin
"This case offered one of the easiest installations I have ever completed. The unique design of the tool free setup holds drives in place better than any I have seen. The hard drive bay is turned 90 degrees to ease installation, and as seen previously, the motherboard tray comes out of the case to simplify that step."

More information on this review can be found here.
How to Build an Alienware Desktop Clone for Cheap @ BonaFideReviews
"How many times have you gone shopping for something that you really want only to find it and discover that you can’t quite justify spending THAT much money on it? You really want the BMW, and you’d really like to get the 70” plasma, but the kids need braces and the wife wants to start a new ballroom dance class and needs more clothes… Life gets in the way of acquiring the things we want sometimes. But what if you could get that BMW for the price of a Toyota, if you wouldn’t mind bolting the wheels on? Or the 70” plasma for the price of a plain old 36” TV if it wasn’t too much trouble to screw the frame to it? Well, heck you could hardly afford to pass up on a deal like that, could ya?"

More information on this article can be found here.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
SilverStone Strider ST60F Modular Power Supply Review @ System Cooling
"The new SilverStone Strider ST60F is a fully modular power supply unit (PSU) rated for 600 watts continuous load that offers power and flexibility in one package. The ST60F is SilverStone’s new flagship product in their Strider family of switching power supplies, which includes seven models ranging from 360W to 600W. The Strider ST60F PSU combines the core circuitry from the powerful SilverStone Zeus ST65ZF with a quieter running 120mm cooling fan and modular cables."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Purepower 520W Power Station PSU Review @ Techniz
"The Thermaltake Purepower 520W Power Station is a totally silent and powerful PSU. With the black and stylish housing and the unique P.S.T and modular design will really attract a lot of enthusiast. With the dual 12V rails of power, it will support many peripheral devices without any problems. It also equips with 120mm blue LED fan in the PSU and the rear side of the 5.25" P.S.T is also having the blue LED light that will really decorate the interior of the chassis. Furthermore, this PSU is ready with dual PCI-E connector to be use for the Nvidia SLI or ATI CrossFire technology."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax SLI/CrossFire Liberty 400W Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product is only 400W but performs exceptionally well, and this particular model is also available in 500W & 620W if additional power is needed. It has lots of features & technologies. The modular design, along with all the leads being sleeved, cuts down the cable mess and increases air flow. Also, it's SLI & CrossFire ready which hardcore gamers require."

More information on this video review can be found here.
OCZ Technology Rally 2GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review @ Viperlair
"I have owned a USB drive for years, but never put it to much use, when the Rally arrived I started looking in to what it could be used for and now I don't think I could live without it. If you are a computer tech there are many tools that can be run from a USB drive like Everest, CPUID, memtest etc. If your motherboard supports booting from a USB device you can even run Linux from the device."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM460-APS 460W Power Supply Review @ Think Computers
"When someone mentions the name Zalman most people think of great performing and cool looking heatsinks. I know quite a few people that have Zalman HSF's in their computers and I am one of them. A lot of people swear by them, and easily recommend them to everyone, I personally have use Zalman HSF's in computers that I have built for others. Did you know that Zalman also makes power supplies? Today for review I have one from Zalman that is touted as “Noiseless”, is it? How will it perform in my power hungry system? Read on to find out the answers to these and other thought provoking questions!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Slim Devices v3 Network Media Player Review @ ThinkComputers
"Media, over the past few years all different types have been flooding our lives, from music to video we see it everyday. There are services to download music and video now. We have MP3 players and media players. This past year we have seen the introduction of network media players. These players are very big and most of them do not support wireless networks. Well today we are going to take a look at a network music player that is extremely small, and works perfectly with your wireless network. So without further ado let’s check out the Slim Devices Squeezebox Network Media Player."

More information on this review can be found here.
USB Pocket Flash Drive Roundup @ PureOverclock
"In this round-up I’ll be looking at six USB flash drives, some no frills but with a price worthy of consideration and others with all the bells and whistles some out there may find essential. On test are the following drives: Corsair Flash Voyager; Crucial Gizmo; Geil David; Kingston DataTraveler II + Migo; Kingston DataTraveler Elite, and the OCZ Rally."

More information on this review can be found here.
Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drive Review @ TrustedReviews
"Storage maestro Iomega has traditionally focused on the higher end of the NAS (network attached storage) market leaving the home and very small business network arena to vendors such as Maxtor, Western Digital and Freecom. However, the unimaginatively named StorCenter Network Hard Drive signals a shift in focus to these very users with a family comprising just two slim-line desktop boxes offering 250GB and 300GB capacities."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Nexstar3 USB/eSATA Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ BigBruin
"The aluminum enclosure has a sleek and classic look to it, with a black mirror finish and chrome colored accents. On the one side it shows the logo and the connection labels. The reverse side is blank except for four little rubber feet, if you decide to lay it flat. Once you turn the unit on, the Vantec logo on the front of the enclosure will flash when the hard drive is accessed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec NexStar GX External IDE HD Enclosure Review @ A1-Electronics
"We like the way we can put things on this Vantec NexStar GX like a telephone which helps to keeps our desks clutter free. The metallic grey colour we found also goes well and almost seems to change colour depending on the amount of light hitting it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec 701A HDD Cooler Review @ Techgage
"The body of the Vantec 701A is made entirely out of aluminum. On the top of the item, there are four small rows of raised “sinks” to aid in the removal of heat from the hard drive. In between the 2 rows of sinks, there is a curved plastic housing with a fan in the middle that sucks the cooler case air into the plastic housing and across the aluminum that makes contact with the actual hard drive. The bottom of the cooler is just flat aluminum with holes on the side to allow you to affix the cooler to your hard drive. There is also 3 arms that cover the bottom of the fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax Ninja Case Review @ InsaneTek
"Raidmax is back with another case designed with gamers in mind. The case looks cool and does not use excessive plastic parts. Armed with a very affordable price, gaming enthusiasts can finally bring a good looking case to LAN parties."

More information on this review can be found here.
AC Ryan UV Acryl Panel Review @ CaseModGod
"Straight from the box the first thing I could notice was that in a room with standard lighting the edges really picked up the UV in the light it was starting to glow under a normal light bulb! I can't wait to see the Acrylpanel under UV lights in the dark."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Lexa Mid-Tower Case Review @ PimpRig
"Enter a new case design from NZXT called the Lexa. Many of you may have seen cases by NZXT before, and I know what you are thinking another anime or robot inspired case, right? Wrong! This case actually looks classy enough to be used on an executive's desk at some unnamed law firm."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Lexa Mid-Tower Case Review @ OCIA
"Here we have a close-up of the front bezel. The bezel appears to be constructed of brushed aluminum with a glossy finish, but in reality, the material is plastic with a painted brushed aluminum look. Just by looking at the photos, you cannot tell that the bezel is plastic. NZXT did an excellent job of bringing the look to life with paint. In the center of the bezel you can see the power LED and the hard drive LED indicators. As you will see later in the review, both of these are blue in color when in use."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mid-Range Buyer's Guide @ The TechLounge

"The goal of this guide is to outline an entire mid-range computer system for around $1,500. This includes the internal hardware, input devices, monitor and speakers (everything but an OS). The components we have chosen for this system are what we consider to be good all-around products with the best bang for the buck. Depending on your individual needs, you may prefer to swap out different components in order to focus more on gaming, multimedia or multitasking. While we will recommend specific components throughout the article, we will also point out some options that you may want to consider as well."

More information on this article can be found here.
Monday, December 12, 2005
The Pros and Cons of Broadband Internet Phone Service @ Bona Fied Reviews
"VOIP is quickly becoming more reliable and receiving wider acceptance. In fact, phone companies are already taking advantage of the technology to provide cheaper long distance rates. Like any emerging technology, however, there are kinks in the system that are still being worked out."

More information on this article can be found here.
The Mobile Techie Gift Guide 2005 @ Futurelooks
"The mobile techie is a very difficult target for the holiday shopper. Things that you think are thoughtful may not always please the minimalist and functional desires of our portaging friends. This guide includes some thoughtful, tried and tested gifts that should garner a second look from your mobile techie this season."

More information on this guide can be found here.
The Future Of Wireless Technology @ The TechZone
"If you are a part of the modern information age today, you would have noticed that everything these days is moving at a blistering pace. It wasn't that many years ago that we were tethered to our walls if we wanted to talk to someone that wasn't within earshot. These days you are hard-pressed to find a place that average everyday users like you or I would go where a mobile phone will not get coverage. If we indeed do happen to find such a place, we are outraged at the inconvenience. It is surreal to think that something that sounded like science-fiction such a short time ago is now so ingrained in our society today that we seemingly cannot live without it. Well brace yourself for Round Two, because Internet connectivity is about to come of age as well."

More information on this article can be found here.

How To Crack Passwords

"One of the key components in performing a security assessment is the acquisition of user account information and cracking of the account password. There are many methods and tools that can be used to crack passwords; however, you must first retrieve the information to crack. And once again, there are many ways of acquiring the account information. This article will illustrate one method of acquiring user account information using a combination of social engineering and open source tools. We will then briefly go over a particular cracking method and tool."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro Review @ PureOverclock
"The results clearly show the Freezer 64 Pro to be one of the best coolers on the market for noise/performance. It’s impressive to see it handle the overclock without dipping into unsafe temperatures. I’ll also add here that this is the quietest cooler I’ve ever used."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright V-1 Ultra GPU Cooler Review @ OCIA
"The overall thinness of the V-1 Ultra is designed to minimize intrusion of the cooler into adjacent components. The portion on the front of the card is thinner than most stock coolers, however the addition of the fins and fan on the back of the card may inhibit its use in an SLI configuration."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SI-120 Review @ InsaneTek
"Thermalright's latest flagship heatsink is a touch-up from the prevoius XP-120 monster. It is now compatible with ALL motherboards and comes with two extra small heatpipes. The end result? Fantastic."

More information on this review can be found here.
Akasa All-In-One Multi-Function Panel Review @ Techniz
"The multi-functional panel from Akasa which is known as the All-In-One is equip with all the function that you need. It can control up to 2 fans and have 2 temperature sensors to detect the temperature for the various devices inside the computer case. With the LCD back lighted display is the most unique part of this All-In-One that able to monitor the current fan speed and temperature."

More information on this review can be found here.
EverCool Sharks Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"Do you need us to comment on how well this EverCool Sharks has done. Like you it is only at this stage in a strange way that we start of look at how well a heatsink has or has not done as up until this point we are concerned with making sure that everything is accurate, taking the pictures, cleaning them and so on."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products Fan Commander Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"I really like just about everything about the Ultra Fan Commander as a whole. It's a refreshingly high quality product that works well, and looks better, particularly in combination with the Ultra Titanium fans."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair 2GB XMS PC4000-PT Dual Channel DDR Kit Review @ OCIA
"In order to find the maximum stable overclock, I first set the HT multiplier to 3x and increased the CPU voltage to 1.7v (to factor out the processor as a limiting factor). I used the maximum multiplier for my CPU, which happens to be 9x. Starting at 250 MHz 1:1 and worked my way up from there, increasing memory voltage as needed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TwinX 2048-3500LLPRO Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Corsair has been around the computing world for a very long time. There is not one person that would not recognize the name when it comes up in a conversation about anything computer related. From the COOL water cooling kit to digital memory for your camera, they are in the middle of it all. And with the gaming community needing alot of ram to run these graphic intense memory hogging video games, Corsair has once again met the needs of our community. By providing us two gigs of high performance memory with excellent timings in the 3500LLPro."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Technology EL PC-3200 1GB DDR Memory Kit Review @ Hardware-Review
"Random Access Memory, aka RAM, is one of the most overlooked, yet crucial performance upgrade components you can add to a computer these days. The more RAM you have, the faster you can load programs and even the faster your games will perform. The faster your RAM speeds, aka latency’s are, the faster your computer will be so getting larger, faster chips can make your computer run 10 times better than before. With OCZ’s enhanced latencies, which have faster timings, you will see greater speeds than the average ram module available."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen i945Ga-PHS Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"At first glance, the AOpen i945Ga-PHS socket 775 Intel Pentium 4 motherboard is a pretty well rounded platform, it even supports HDTV component output (Y, Pb, Pr) by default! Based on the Intel's i945G Northbridge, the AOpen i945Ga-PHS motherboard supports Socket 775 Pentium 4/D/XE and Celeron processors running with a 533/800/1066 MHz FSB. The four DDR2 memory slots can accommodate up to 4GB of PC2-6400 unbuffered DDR-2 RAM, while running in a dual channel configuration."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS P5ND2-SLI Deluxe Evaluation @ techFEAR
"The P5ND2-SLI Deluxe is powered by NVIDIA’s nForce4 SLI – Intel Edition chipset to bring SLI support to Intel-based boards. The ASUS board supports the LGA775 line of Intel processors and up to 8GB of memory when coupled with a 64-bit operating system."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeForce 6150 Mini Round-up @ Sudhian
"A couple of months ago NVIDIA launched their first K8 chipsets with integrated graphics capabilities—GeForce 6100, 6150 and nForce 410, 430. Our initial evaluation was of the Biostar T-Force 6100-939, an enthusiast targeted mATX motherboard that featured the base GeForce 6100 and nForce 410 combination. GeForce 6100 motherboards were available at immediately after the launch announcement but GeForce 6150 & nForce 430 based boards were nowhere to be found. After an approximate month-long delay 6150 boards started showing up at retailers and at our doors although with a limited selection."

More information on this review can be found here.
A+ XBlade Full Tower Case Review @ TrustedReviews
"Fitting a motherboard to the XBlade is very easy since there’s plenty of room inside. There’s even an optional BTX conversion kit if the BTX standard actually becomes available to end users any day soon. It’s also easy to fit the PSU and the Xblade can even accomodate a redundant PSU by removing a small metal plate."

From the pictures in this review this case looks like a Cooler Master Stacker rip-off. More information on this review can be found here.
MGE XGBOX Dragon Elite Aluminum ATX Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"I have to applaud XG for their Dragon chassis. It is always a gamble to market a product with styling as over-the-top as this. While I've seen other manufacturers wrap an outdated, mediocre chassis in some superficial bling to milk some more dollars out of it, MGE has used a new chassis design with nice features and aluminum construction to bring a quality product to the marketplace. The overall fit and finish is excellent and its distinctive styling really grabs your attention."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Yin Yang ATX Case Review @ Hardware-Review
"Having a clear acrylic case was considered “cool” a couple years ago, but now the fad seems to have wore off. To help bring back the hype to clear cases, Logisys developed the two-tone, blue/clear acrylic Yin Yang ATX case, which is on our test bench today. Let's see if this case can tip the scales back in the clear case's favor and make them the “King of the Hill” once more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec TX1088AMG Antec SOHO Tower Case Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Today, we take a look at a true tried and tested design from a case, but with a new look. The Antec TX1088AMG is from the same family that makes up the older Antec Performance of SOHO cases, but the cosmetically changed facial makeover and a new power supply, the TX may re-enter the market in a whole new light."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Holiday Ditty Contest @ ExtensiveMods
"A ditty is essentially a funny song, story, poem or whatever you would like. It can be about Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving and any other ditties you can think of. As seen below I believe we will see some side splitting on the floor in pain laughter. We know some of you out there have a witty side to you, we want to see it. The “Ditty” will be made using PC’s or the hardware and software for them; however you would like to do it just as long as it’s funny. The funnier the better."

More information on this contest can be found here.
PimpRig Holiday GiveAway 2005 @ PimpRig
"Just to make sure I have your attention let me just throw this info out there. With the help of our outstanding sponsors we will be giving away over 60 prizes worth a total of over $5000!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
CompactFlash Card Roundup: 1GB Models @ PCstats
"Buying the right CF card for your digital camera can be difficult, well mostly confusing since there are size, type and speed considerations to wrap your head around first. Size and type are pretty straightforward. Most consumers should buy the largest capacity CompactFlash memory card within their means so they do not have to swap memory cards out constantly. There are two types of CompactFlash memory cards: Type I and Type II. The only difference between them is the height of the card. Type I CF cards are 3.3mm thick while Type II stands 5mm high. Some cameras are not compatible with Type II CF media, so this question comes down to knowing what your camera supports."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-in-Wonder X1800XL 256MB PCIE Video Card Review @ 3DGameman
"With the ATI R520 core this is clearly a gamer’s card. Performance in the latest games is fantastic; however, this card has more capabilities. It also has a TV/FM tuner, & much more. It's a complete multimedia weapon & perfectly suited for a HD HTPC setup. No other Video Card on the market can do what this product can. It's wish list material."

More information on this video review can be found here.
X-Micro Video MP3 400 Review @ Tweaktown
"The Video MP3 400 is exactly what its name implies. It is a portable MP3 player that is nice and small in size and also has the ability to handle video files. With so many of this type product flooding the market, we’re going to look at some of the features and try to help you decide whether it would be worthy of your hard-earned cash."

More information on this review can be found here.
Pinnacle PCTV 110i Review @ AMD Review
"Today I am reviewing the Pinnacle PCTV 110i, an analog PCI TV tuner and FM radio receiver. Pinnacle Systems, well known for there video and audio products; carry a line of analog TV tuners, four models to choose from the 50e, 50i, 110e and the 110i, which I am reviewing. The difference between these four different models is that the i stands for internal and is PCI and the e flavors mean external and come in USB format. The only other difference I can tell between the models is that the i versions also have a built in FM receiver for listening to the radio on your pc, while the e models do not."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Stingray Stg-100 Water Cooling Kit Review @ XtremeNews
"On the verge of finishing year 2005 the present we published the analysis of one of last products of Vantec in the matter of refrigeration. We arrange ourselves to prove a global solution of refrigeration eliminates designed to cover all the necessities with a modern system. Kit at issue is called Vantec Stingray Stg-100 and equips a complete set of blocks for CPU, VGA, NB and SB, that in addition are multiplatform, which maximizes the compatibility of this product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech H20-220 APEX Ultra Review @ Phoronix
"Swiftech has come out with a new revision to their H20-APEX
water cooling kit and is named the APEX Ultra with its Apogee waterblock and new MCRES-Micro reservoir. For today's review, we are experimenting with the new H20-220 kit that is designed for high-end usage and had no problems pushing the CPU past the 4GHz marker."

More information on this review can be found here.
My Passive Watercooling System @ Overclockers.com
"For the past three years I've been using a homemade passive watercooling system for my PC. Ever since going to school, my computer has been in the same room as my bed. That was the start of an obsession for quiet that continues to this day."

More information on this project can be found here.
MTB Forum Case Modding Projects
I've recently seen a series of new projects released in the forums that I think are worth mentioning here. We have some very creative modders hard at work showcasing their latest creations. Be sure to pop into the forums and check out some of these great worklogs:

- Leecho's Project Creature Case

- TribalOverKill's Liquid Evolution, Reservoir_1

- Shatterstar's The Warrior Within

- Kipinohio's Vintage Server Modding

- Marquee's Knight Rider CWC

More information on these projects can be found here.
Friday, December 9, 2005
Cinematic Effects in the Source Engine @ Bit-Tech
"Opinion on these new cinematic effects is split. On the one hand, there is no doubting that they're pretty "cool" and in terms of making games more cinematic, they are definitely bringing movies and games closer together. However, there will be a significant number of hardcore gamers that will not welcome these changes, just as the resisted HDR. This vocal minority oppose any eye-candy that might get in the way of holding a competitive edge."

More information on this article can be found here.
Logitech G5 Laser Mouse Review @ Think Computers
"Mice, we all need them. A lot of people don't give much consideration to mice when making a PC purchase. I still know a few people that are happy with the old ball mice. Ever since I got my first optical mouse for $10, which lasted all of 2 months, I can't go back to using a ball mouse. When my cheapie mouse died I decided I had to have an optical mouse. So off I went and got my first Logitech mouse, I was so impressed by it, and so happy with it. Every mouse that I have bought subsequently was a Logitech brand mouse. My current mouse is the MX 1000, but for review today I have the Logitech G5 Laser Mouse. The G5 is targeted specifically at gamers, with adjustable resolutions for various gaming situations, and a series of weights that can be added or removed depending on the user's preference. Well let's take a look at it shall we?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Saitek Pro Gamer Command Unit Review @ TrustedReviews


"Saitek is not the first company to launch a device that is supposed to replace the keyboard for gamers. Belkin has offered the Nostromo Speedpads for some time and some of you might remember the Claw from Australia. However, the Pro Gamer Command Unit - PGCU for short in this review - differs from the above by having more keys - backlit ones at that - while also being extremely customisable and it’s got a mini hat switch."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte Geforce 6600 GT Silent-Pipe II GV-NX66T256DE Review @ InsaneTek
"Although applied to only a mid-ranged video card, Gigabyte's implementation of their new Silent-Pipe II is excellent. The overclocking results do not seem to be held back in any way!"

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GS Preview @ Hexus
"While it’d be nice to see NVIDIA filling out the performance range with 7-series GeForce products, since the GPU at the basis of those will be that bit better performance and carry slightly better IQ features, the 6800 GS is a fine last-gasp for the NV4x GPU range that’ll keep many a gamer happy in front of the PC this holiday season."

More information on this preview can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC-3200 Gold GX XTC 2GB Review @ Tech-Mods
"For the past 5 years OCZ has been striving to ensure that each and every product they sell has the highest quality possible. Jessica sent over some of their new OCZ PC3200 Gold GX XTC 2gig dual channel low latency memory to test and see what it is capable of."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC-3200 Gold GX XTC Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ OCIA
"After opening the package, the first thing you notice about the memory is the fit and finish of the heat spreaders. It is flawless and almost looks too good to stick inside a closed computer case. The heat spreaders have a polished gold mirrored finish on the outside edges with a large OCZ "Z" logo in the middle. The centers of the heat spreaders have a round honeycomb perforation finished in polished silver."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin 1GB Redline PC3200 Memory Kit Review @ ExtensiveMods
"Here at Extensive Mods, we feel that it is necessary to do reviews on products that we actually purchase because it gives you, the reader, a fair representation of the performance of the product that is actually available to you, and not some specially picked, best performing part that is sent to us. Mushkin has been highly praised around the enthusiast world for years, and are known to make some of the best performing, most overclockable memory on the market. Today we have the Mushkin 1GB Redline PC3200 Memory Kit on the cutting block. Will these sparkling red beauties live up to the legacy that Mushkin has build for themselves? We will be soon to find out, so let’s get on with this review."

More information on this review can be found here.
ViewSonic VP930 19in TFT Monitor Review @ TrustedReviews
Unlike many of the super-low response time monitors that have hit the streets recently, the VP930 uses a proper 8-bit panel - that means you’re getting the full 16.7 million colours as opposed to 16.2 million. ViewSonic quotes an 8ms grey to grey response time, which equates to 20ms using the old off-on-off measurement. To be honest though, I don’t really put too much stock in response time - I play a lot of games and I’d be hard pushed to see any difference between a 4ms and 16ms display. In fact I played several games on the VP930 and it performed brilliantly, but to be fair that’s not what the VP range is all about."

More information on this review can be found here.
X-Micro DisGo Review @ Overclockers Online
"The X-Micro DisGo has certainly taken advantage of the Toshiba 1.8" hard drives by creating a truly portable hard drive solution. It opens the door to large amounts data in a relatively package. While the options for devices like 4 GB thumb drives do exist and are another popular option, 4 GB is not enough to transfer a full DVD's worth or data, let alone a dual layer one. Top that off with performance generally exceeding that of USB thumb drives and equivalent to external hard drive solutions, the X-Micro is a great solution for those who just want to be on the cutting edge of technology."

More information on this review can be found here.
GlobalWin YCC-S27 HTPC Computer Case Review @ Tech-Mods
"The YCC-S27 case from Global Win is in a select niche of the market. It's not intended to met everyone's needs. The front cover states 'SLIM PC Information Appliance', and the overall look is well suited for a HTPC case. We're going to put a PC together using this case and see if it makes the grade for those on a budget."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Lexa Review @ Nordic Hardware
"Once again we look closer on a chassis from NZXT, one of the smaller case manufacturers on the market. Their latest chassis, Lexa, is just as its sister Trinity a part of NZXT's "Classic Series" which has got a bit more clean design than their other cases. But differing from Trinity, Lexa has a bigger price tag, which according to NZXT is balanced with a symmetrical and luxurous case in aluminium with a lot of smart functions though."

More information on this review can be found here.
December Value Buyer's Guide @ Sharky Extreme
"We're now firmly into the holiday buying season, so it's the perfect time for another edition of our Value Gaming PC Buyer's Guide. Our Value Guide takes both system performance and price into consideration, and pinches every penny in search of a high-performance computer for gamers on a budget. In a nutshell, the Value Gaming PC Buyer's Guide delivers the desktop and gaming performance you want, but at a price that certainly won't break the bank. The overall scenario is bit different from the other buyer's guides on Sharky Extreme, as we limit the budget to $1,000 in cold, hard cash while the goal remains the same: to assemble a pair of kick-ass systems that will play today's hottest games and still have some power in reserve for tomorrow."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec AVOX Jukebox Multimedia Player Review @ BigBruin
"An enthusiast’s enthusiast motherboard. Tweaks, tweaks and more tweaks make this a must choice outside of an SLI solution for the overclocker extraordinaire. Sexy looks and performance to match it, DFI hits the mark, again."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle XPC SD11G5 Small Formfactor PC Review @ PCstats
"In this review, PCSTATS will be testing a bare bones small form factor PC that Shuttle Inc. has produced. As you'll see, low noise operation is a priority, but not at the expense of computing performance. To reach this happy equilibrium, the Shuttle XPC SD11G5 is powered by a mobile Intel Pentium M processor (not included). Technically speaking, the Shuttle XPC SD11G5 SFF PC is based around the Intel 915GM and Intel ICH6M chipsets, and it supports socket 479 Intel Celeron M and Pentium M processors that operate with a 400MHz or 533MHz Front Side Bus (FSB). Owing to the small size of small form factor PCs, there just two DDR-2 memory slots within the Shuttle XPC SD11G5, so it can support a maximum of 2GB of unbuffered 240-pin DDR2-667 memory."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, December 8, 2005
Top 10 Holiday Gadgets 2005 @ Firing Squad
"While Christmas is ultimately about giving to others, with all the holiday sales on electronics, this is also an excellent time to pick up a gadget for yourself! In today's article, Alan Dang rounds up his Top 10 gadgets you may want to be on the lookout for this holiday season."

More information on this review can be found here.
PrimeCooler Water Heatsink System Review @ A1-Electronics
"Straight off we can see that this PrimeCooler system using the single fan radiator fits in very nicely after the Swiftech H20-120 and Asetek WaterChill systems. At our 170 watts test this PrimeCooler gives the same performance with the fan running at 12 volts."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Review @ MetkuMods
"When typing the G15 doesn't feel that much different from older keyboard models but that is not a bad thing. Every time that you go out and buy a new keyboard it takes time to get used to. As the feel of the keys does not differ that much from other models of keyboards and the key layout is regular qwerty style, user feels right at home from the start."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright V1 Ultra Review @ techPowerUp
"Thermalright is well known for making world-class CPU coolers. Now they have entered the VGA cooling business. The Thermalright V1 Ultra is an improved version of the V1 and features a third heatpipe. Not only does it cool well, it does this without creating a lot of fan noise. During our testing the cooler could easily beat a low-cost watercooling solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec MP4-7015-CF Mach 1 CPU Cooler Review @ Xtreme Resources
"Vantec is a very well known company amongst the computer enthusiast crowd. They design many computer accessories, although they perhaps are known mostly for their air coolers. Vantec has been silent for some time lately, but they recently released a new line of air coolers for all of the new CPU sockets. o­ne of their top rank coolers, the Mach 1 (or MP4-7015-FC for those that prefer the technical name) is in our hands today for evaluation. Let us see what Vantec offers to the mid-stream enthusiast of today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Remote Multifunction Panel Review @ Hardware-Review
"Multifunction panels are being made in abundance now, but few have more features than a 20-in-1 card reader, USB ports, and temperature gauges. Logisys took their multifunction panel a step further and added a remote control to turn on your PC. Geeks everywhere cheered when they learned of this and they have been flying off store shelves every since. We have Logisys’s Remote Multifunction Panel on our test bench today to see what all the fuss is about and if we should be giving it out as stocking stuffers this holiday season."

More information on this review can be found here.
Infrant ReadyNAS X6 X-RAID Network Storage Review @ The TechLounge
"One of the players in this NAS market is a company by the name of Infrant Technologies. Founded in 2001, they have set out to create a usage-specific processor which they call an NSP (Network Storage Processor); their goal being a dedicated box for the sole purpose of serving out storage to the network. To this end they have created the software which is aptly named RAIDiator. The software is now in its second incarnation as the RAIDiator 2. To see if all these bad plays on words are worth the effort, Infrant has been gracious enough to send me their latest NAS offering, the X6. The X6 is the successor to their ReadyNAS600 which utilized standard RAID architecture to serve out storage to the masses."

More information on this review can be found here.
Augustus' Ultimate Linux Workstation Part III @ LinuxHardware
"So, where's the value and justification for buying a system similar to this one, that costs about fives times more than a budget system but has similar performance in several benchmarks? I think the best way to look at this is one component at a time. After all, you could build your own system by taking pieces of the ultimate workstation and mixing it with pieces of the budget workstation. This could end up costing you much less but provide nearly the same performance in the applications you run. As we always say around here, you should build the system that meets your needs."

More information on this article can be found here.
LG LRM-519 Digital Media Recorder Review @ Designtechnica
Tivo, the most well known name in digital video recorders (DVR), has some new competition from computer giant Microsoft and consumer electronics company LG Electronics. The two recently teamed to announce the LG LRM-519 Digital Media Recorder, a DVR/DVD-recorder hybrid product which gets its television guide information from a special pay-for Microsoft service. The LRM-519 looks much like any other consumer electronics product designed to fit into your home entertainment setup, measuring 16.9" x 2.3" x 11.8", weighing 11.2 pounds and sporting a blue fluorescent display. It has a variety of outputs and inputs on the back panel, including RF, digital audio, composite video, component video, standard audio, s-video, telephone, Ethernet, USB, IR controller and serial controller. It comes with a universal remote control and various cables."

More information on this review can be found here.

HP F2105 21-inch LCD Monitor Review

"HP breaks the mold with their new F2105 21-in. widescreen LCD monitor. This unique LCD looks like it belongs in outer space with its curved base and metallic design. While it looks like the F2105 should belong in your family room, don't let its appearances fool you; this is strictly a PC monitor. Priced at around $700, the F2105 has quickly earned its way to one of our favorite monitors."

More information on this review can be found here.
How To Connect Your PC to Your Home Stereo or Home Theater @ Hardware Secrets
"How about connecting your PC to your home stereo or even to your home theater in order to get a better audio for your games, videos and audio files? In this tutorial we will show you how to make this connection using regular analog connection and also digital connection (both coaxial and optical, also known as SPDIF)."

More information on this guide can be found here.
DFI LANParty UT NF4 SLI-DR Expert Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"Like the previous model, the DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert motherboard is based on the nvidia nForce4 SLI chipset. It supports all Socket 939 AMD Athlon64/FX/X2 processors on the market, and is geared for gaming performance. The four DIMM slots can be equipped with up to 4GB of the fastest dual channel DDR memory available, just as you might expect. In terms of onboard goodies, DFI is known to throw in everything but the kitchen sink in with its boards, the LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert is no exception."

More information on this review can be found here.

Gigabyte GV-3D1-68GT Dual-GPU Videocard Review

"The Gigabyte GV-3D1-68GT videocard comes packing 512MB of GDDR3 memory (256MB exclusively for each core), and conforms to the PCI Express x16 formfactor. With two GPUs the card is able to support up to four monitors simultaneously; two DVI and two analog! Make no mistake, the Gigabyte GV-3D1-68GT is aimed directly at the hardcore gamer - both in terms of its performance goals and price."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI Ultra LANParty UT nF4 Ultra-D Motherboard Review @ Viperlair
"An enthusiast’s enthusiast motherboard. Tweaks, tweaks and more tweaks make this a must choice outside of an SLI solution for the overclocker extraordinaire. Sexy looks and performance to match it, DFI hits the mark, again."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe Overclocking Review @ Madshrimps
"Today we explore Asus nVidia SLI solution for Intel, we'll
take full advantage of Proactive AI and determine just how smart the board is. Read on for Madshrimps first IQ test designed for a motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, December 7, 2005
Gigabyte G-Power Lite CPU Cooler Review @ PimpRig
"The fan on the G-Power is pretty close to Baby Blue in color, but that is a hell of a lot better than the obnoxious Orange that Thermaltake insists on using on their fans. The G-Power fan is an unusual 110 x 110 x 25mm and is of the sleeve type instead of bearing. The fan pushes 48.5 CFM at 2450 RPM while staying at a peaceful 27.5 dBA, pretty nice statistics."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek WaterChill KT03AT-12VX Review @ InsaneTek
"Asetek's latest WaterChill watercooling kit features their Antarctica waterblock, a large dual 120mm fan radiator, and a new quiet pump. The fan and pump can be controlled via software!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Pure Power PST 520W Review @ Overclockers Online
"The Thermaltake Power Station is a new idea and it is nice to see TT coming up with something other than a basic modular design. Did TT implement it well? I think they did. If you are looking for the newest of new technology or a chance to clean up a relatively full case, then the Power Station is definitely for you. I honestly think this idea may catch on and we will witness other manufacturers come out with similar products. I, however, really don't see how they could improve upon the design of what TT has done here with the 520W Power Station."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec NeoHE 550 550W Power Supply Review @ Hardware-Review
"With power supplies being taxed more and more by today's latest PC components, it's more critical than ever to have one that will operate reliably and consistently. It also should be designed modularly and look great in your system. While there are only a handful of PSUs that fit the bill, Antec's new NeoHE 550 550W power supply would be a great choice for your high-end system."

More information on this review can be found here.

Seasonic S12-330 330W Power Supply Review

"If you’re building that special someone a PC for the holidays, I hope you’ve thought about replacing the generic PSU that’s coming with the awesome modded case you purchased. There are lots of brands to choose from, but if you want a blend of quality, performance, and affordability, I’d go with Seasonic’s S12-330 330W power supply. This little monster packs a huge punch and support dual CPUs!"

More information on this review can be found here.
BFG Technologies GeForce 7800 GTX OC Video Card Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"With the holiday's fast approaching and gamer's trying to find the graphic card that is just right for them we wanted to help you out by reviewing one of the most recommended 7800GTX's on the market. The BFG 7800GTX comes overclocked right out of the box with a core speed 30MHz and memory speed 100MHz higher than the standard speeds. The card also comes packaged in a unique bundle which includes a BFG t-shirt and teflon mouse feet to help the mouse move smoother. Backed by a lifetime warranty and 24/7 tech support, this card is definitely worth a look."

More information on this review can be found here.
EVGA e-GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB Video Card Review @ The TechZone

"The EVGA video card is equipped with the same 24 pipelines and 8 vertex shaders found on the standard 7800 GTX, but comes with a significantly faster core/memory clock speed of 550MHz/1700MHz respectively and 512MB of GDDR3 memory. Thus, the 7800 GTX 512MB is basically an insanely faster EVGA GeForce 7800 GTX 256MB with double the memory capacity. The EVGA card's core is clocked 100 MHz higher than stock and the memory went up by whopping 500 MHz DDR. However specification wise, the N545 memory might have a +200 MHz edge over ATI's X1800 XT, but the core is at a -75 MHz disadvantage."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D512E 512MB-version 7800GTX Videocard Review @ PCstats


"The GeForce 7800GTX 512MB versions are here, and you'd better believe that 35 FPS from a single videocard in FEAR with 4x AA and 16x AF enabled, at 1600x1200, is a breeze with one of these bad boys! All this performance packed into a videocard that takes up an extra PCI slot, but is also quieter than the original GeForce 7800GTX's. Shocking performance capabilities, and shockingly quiet at that. MSI Computer is once such vendor with a 512MB version Geforce 7800GTX videocard out in time for X-mas, and it has put together a good package that includes a full copy of the game "Colin Mcrae Rally 2005." Luckily for you, PCSTATS has managed to bring this monster 512MB card into the labs so you can see first hand what to expect!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Twinx2048 4000 DDR500 Memory Review @ Ninjalane
"Secret weapons come in all shapes in sizes; some consist of throwing stars to the head while others are simpler more effective alternatives. In the case of the Corsair TwinX2048-4000 we get two times the normal memory, enhanced bandwidth for overclocking and no messy cuts that cause you to bleed profusely. In short the best of both worlds."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston 15-in-1 Flash Memory Reader Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Kingston FCR-HS215/1 is the fastest flash media reader that we have seen to date and it comes at an MSRP of under $19. If you don't have a high speed memory reader give your old one away like we did and order the Kingston 15-in-1 Flash memory reader, it won't disappoint."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Technology EL PC3500 GX Gold Edition Memory Kit Review @ Tweaknews
"Today I will be reviewing a PC3500 low latency dual channel memory kit from OCZ which is claiming effortless DDR433 speeds while set at the lowest 2-5-2-2 memory latency timings. Let see if this memory does what it claims and whether we can push it further to get even more value for your dollar."

More information on this review can be found here.
Speeze GigaPod III 3.5" External HDD Enclosure Review @ A1-Electronics
"Our regular readers will know that this year we have done more than one review on external hard disk drives so no doubt you are wondering what makes this Speeze GigaPod III special. Clean simple lines and very light weight making it ideal for carrying from place to place to transport your data."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Laureate Series Enclosures Review @ Think Computers
"A lot of companies are making portable drive enclosures these days, they make it possible to take an internal CD/DVD or HDD and use it without actually installing it into a full computer system. This can be great for people who travel, or who want to add another drive to their system when they run out of space. Enermax is known for quality products and their Laureate Series of enclosures keeps up with that tradition. The Enermax enclosures I have today are very nice looking and very functional. The packaging they came in even screams quality."

More information on this review can be found here.
Holiday Gaming Gear Guide @ Designtechnica
"Anxious to get out there and spend that Christmas bonus or let friends know what you're craving each of those eight crazy nights? No sweat – have we got some great gift ideas for you. Bear in mind, eye-popping new games (seriously – have you seen some of the HD-compatible stuff coming down the pike?) are a given… and available by the truckload on a weekly basis at this point. But we're going to focus strictly on hardware for the moment. After all, what's the point of grabbing that hot new title if you've got nothing to play it on – or can't experience the action as its creators intended."

More information on this guide can be found here.
NZXT Lexa Case Review @ Tech-Rank
"The Lexa proves itself as this years headliner for computer cases. Its asethetics are are unparallel, its cooling performance unrivaled. Its ability to look and perform great as a gaming PC and as a Media Center make this our #1 choice for any system configuration! Whether your in the market to build a gaming PC or a Media Center, the Lexa gives you absolute freedom to explore any computer set up your heart desires."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master CM Media BTX-B260 Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"If you're looking for a micro-BTX Home Theatre Case then you don't have much to choose from. This is certainly an option; however, there isn't much that stands out about this product. While it looks great, it isn't all aluminum, nor does it have decent air flow. It doesn't include a multi-media package either, which many HTPC cases now do."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Tuesday, December 6, 2005
SCOTTeVEST SeV Fleece 4.0 Mobile Techno Junkie Winter Jacket Review @ Futurelooks
"SCOTTeVEST's are some of the most sought after tech accessories on the market. After all the gadgets are bought, their jackets provide a home for all these gadgets and keep them safe and accessible. Since it's cold in Canada, we decided to see if the SCOTTeVEST concept could be translated to our favouite material: Polar Fleece."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-G1975X Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"Gigabyte has decided that overclocking should play a large part in the GA-G1975X's makeup, and a couple of plastic ducts are designed and implemented to cool the hot-running components in and around the CPU socket area."

More information on this review can be found here.
Overclocking Intel Pentium 4 660 Article @ Nordic Hardware
"We will, as in the previous article, mainly concentrate on how much the CPU can be overclocked using different types of cooling-devices. To test the stability of the CPU we will be using the software SuperPi and even if the CPU doesn’t have to be very stabile to run a 1M calculation, it takes a lot more to run a 32M calculation."

More information on this article can be found here.
ABIT Fatal1ty AN8 SLI Motherboard Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Over the last few years, the name Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel has become synonymous with gaming prowess. In the same way ABIT’s line of motherboards under the same name have themselves become synonymous with being the powerhouses of gamers computers the world over. Today I have managed to get my mitts on the Abit Fatal1ty AN8 SLI, lets see how well it lives up to its reputation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sansun Thermal Monster Fan Controller Unit Review @ CACHE-Community
"This brand new fan controller unit from Sansun fits into a 3 ½" drive bay, and monitors and controls up to 3 case fans, and has a cool blue backlit LCD display. The Thermal Monster has 3 temperature probes which can be positioned around the case and automatically controls up to 3 fans depending upon the temperatures that are monitored. The display shows temperature and fan speed, as well as the time and hard disk activity."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Aquagate Mini R80 Water Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"The Cooler Master Aquagate Mini R80 water cooler is a compact system designed to cool just a CPU. Everything comes pre-plumbed, with all the necessary components included (even cooling fluid). Simplicity is definitely a good thing, but this review will see how the performance weighs in as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech Apogee Universal CPU Waterblock Review @ System Cooling
"SystemCooling.com is proud to bring you our exclusive review of Swiftech’s latest universal CPU waterblock – the Apogee. Along with the Apogee release, Swiftech has also reconfigured their entire lineup of CPU liquid cooling kits. The H2O-80 Micro, H2O-120 Premium, and H20-220 Apex Ultra liquid cooling kits all now come with the Apogee CPU waterblock."

More information on this review can be found here.
Holiday HTPC Hardware Buyers Guide @ HTPCNews
"The goal of the article is to provide our readers with solid choices to get the best bang for your buck. The same basic philosophy that ALWAYS applies to building a HTPC will not be ignored either.

1. Pleasing the Wife (WAF)
2. See Above

Its really all about making a computer a seamless part of your living area. You must be able to sit down, enjoy it, and make the dang thing work with a touch of a remote without being disgusted at the site of beige box and loud fans."

More information on this holiday guide can be found here.
New Case Mod Rating Gallery @ CaseModRating.com
"Here over at CaseModRating.com, you can submit your case mods(up to 3 pictures per case) and people can rate your case on a scale from 1 to 10. The website is very new and we are growing. So please drop by and submit your case mods!"

More information on this gallery can be found here.
Sharp M4000 Laptop Review @ Designtechnica
"Aesthetically, the M4000 is a beauty. The brushed aluminum motif is used on all surfaces of the case, and gives users a glimpse of what an Apple Intel Powerbook might look like. Mouse, power and wireless buttons have a faux chrome coating, which historically has not stood up to the test of time/usage. The shiny coating also looks slightly gaudy rather than the ostensibly intended classy. The full-size keyboard feels nice and snappy and continues with the metallic theme using a gray, reflective coating or plastic. The screen is covered by a highly reflective coating, similar to that of other manufacturers. This helps increase the contrast ration and make the screen more readable in daylight (as long as the angle of the screen isn't in a glare prone orientation)."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABS Stealth ATX Chassis Review @ Viperlair
"All in all the Stealth is an awesome case, it looks awesome and is very well built. ABS did their homework and for the most part came up with a perfect case. The two cons I listed are minor and shouldn't be a major problem for most users. It's simple elegant design is a sight for sore eyes when so many cases these days look like robots, demons, cars etc. The Stealth goes to the top of my VERY short list of sexy, classy, elegant cases."

More information on this review can be found here.
I-Star Nitro AX Full Tower Case Review @ XYZ Computing
"If you do a lot of work on your computer it makes sense to have a large case. Full tower cases take up a lot of room but when it comes time to change your components or expand the system to fit your growing needs it is nice to be able to work inside the case and to have adequate room to add a large CPU cooler or a few hard drives. This review is going to be taking a look at the Nitro AX enclosure from I-Star. I-Star is not exactly a household name, probably because they focus more on server parts than consumer ones. They make lots of rackmounted cases and server power supplies, but also a few towers. These towers have the style of something aimed at the consumer market, but have done their best not to forget their roots as server-quality hardware."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone SUGO SG01 SFF Case Review @ Think Computers
"Small form factor (SFF) cases are becoming more and more popular these days, especially as LANS and home theater PC's are becoming the 'IN' thing. Only a few companies have really pursued the making of a quality SFF case. I recently reviewed one by Antec, today I have one from Silverstone, both companies are known for their quality products. Silverstone has ventured into the HTPC market with lots of quality entries, the SFF PC case I have today can be one of those entries or it can be a nice LAN gaming rig as well. For review I have the Silverstone SG01 or SUGO series, it utilizes a Micro ATX motherboard, but features space for a full sized ATX power supply and full sized PCI cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, December 5, 2005
Logitech MX610 Review @ DreamWare Computers
"Today we are looking at the MX610 laser cordless mouse from Logitech. This mouse combines a whole range of communication features along with laser tracking, 2.4ghz operation and much more. Will all these features be used effectively to make a great mouse?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Digital Projection in Your Home Theater @ Bona Fied Reviews
"A digital projector is an electro-optical machine which converts image data from a computer or video source to an image which is then displayed on a distant wall or screen using a lens system. A typical resolution for a portable projector will be the SVGA standard (800×600 pixels), with more expensive devices supporting XGA (1024×768 pixels). The cost of a device is not only determined by its resolution, but also by its brightness."

More information on this article can be found here.
The Under $100 Techie Holiday Gift Guide @ The TechZone
"While the Ultimate Techie Gift Guide is great for the super rich, most of us can't really afford to blow $250,000 on a 30 screen LCD display. For the more price dependant gift giver who's on a budget, this under $100 techie gift guide is for you. Every gifts listed here can be purchased for less 100 smackers. While the price maybe the low, the gifts will be cherished very highly by the techie receiving it. Some of these gifts are so great you won't believe they can be had for less than $100!"

More information on this gift guide can be found here.

Is Microsoft Open XML Really Open?

"Microsoft is only doing this because they are facing competition from the likes of Adobe and the emerging OpenDocument standard. Microsoft would certainly prefer for the world to use their proprietary file formats, such as .doc (Word for Windows), .xls (Excel) and .ppt (PowerPoint). As long as most people are using these closed formats, it becomes much more difficult for alternatives, such as OpenOffice.org and StarOffice, and in the broader sense, Linux, to gain traction."

More information on this article can be found here.
Razer Copperhead High Precision Gaming Mouse Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The weight of the mouse (which is customizable through the optional “Pro-Tools”, which were not included in my review sample) gives you some stability when you are moving it around so you won’t fling it all over the place with the slightest movement. On the other end, it’s not so heavy that you have to work at stopping it to change directions."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolMax CXI Series 600W 120mm Silent Fan PSU Review @ Techniz
"The CoolMax CXI Series 600W 120mm Silent Fan PSU is a very good looking and powerful PSU. The performance of this PSU is very good and stable as you can refer back to the testing and performance section. The operation noise level was very silent as well. There are two SATA power connectors included as well for supporting the SATA hard disk and dual PCI-Express connector to support the SLI technology VGA card."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec ATX 12v Power Supply Tester Review @ Think Computers
"Ah yes, another product from one of the top makers of PC cases and Power Supplies. Antec would be who I am referring to. It would make sense that Antec would also have a cool power supply tester to go along with all the other cool products that they have in their line up. The Antec power supply tester is a basic one that allows you to test and see if the suspect power supply is dead or not. It does have one unique feature that I have not seen on any power supplies, you'll have to read on to find out what I am referring to."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial 2gig 3200 Value Kit Review @ XtremeComputing
"Now I don’t know about you but I personally think 2 gig kits are pretty expensive and I believe around 50-60 percent of gamers won’t be planning this sort of upgrade due to the cost involved. So step forward Crucial’s 3200 value 2 gig kit. Priced at $321 dollars (or $289 if you visit Crucial before Christmas) and £219 respectively would it be good enough to make the gamer used to performance ram with low timings make the switch to a value 2 gig kit as the price is too high and out of there reach for a low latency performance 2 gig set? Well that’s what we are here to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Turtle Beach Montego DDL Sound Card Review @ Techgage
"We all have the desire to have the cleanest sound on our computers, but like everything else, there are far too many sound cards to choose from. Turtle Beach has been known for their high quality audio products, so we are taking a look at their top of the line Montego sound card. It looks good, but how does it perform for your audio junkie?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek GeForce 6200 128 MB Review @ Hardware Secrets
"GeForce 6200 is the entry-level graphics chip family from nVidia for the PCI Express bus, competing directly with Radeon X300 and the new Radeon X1300 families from ATI. In this review we will compare the performance of a standard GeForce 6200 from Leadtek (model WinFast PX6200TD) with 128 MB and 128-bit memory interface with GeForce 6200 TurboCache models, competing chips from ATI and also with some mid-range chips (GeForce 6600 and GeForce 6600 GT)."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIA EPIA MII 12000 Motherboard Review @ CaseModGod
"Are you considering building an HTPC but do not want a full size PC in your living room? Maybe the following has ran through your head "If I could put a PC into that it would be freaking outrageous!" Well you may just be in luck, at a compact size of 6.75"(w) x 6.75"(d) x 1.5"(h) the VIA EPIA MII 12000 could just make all your custom PC dreams come true. This tiny mother board has every thing imaginable onboard, from the embedded CPU to an MPEG-2 Accelerator, the MII 12000 is a feature rich and versatile product."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS ELITEGROUP PF22 Deluxe Preview @ Hexus
"Today's first look at the PF22 will go over the spec, board layout and some performance, before our full review next week covers everything else. Looking for an Intel mainboard that does Crossfire so you can get your gaming rocks off? The PF22 might be just the thing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Doing ATI’s Crossfire with DFI, HIS and Crucial @ Tweaktown
"Today we will be building a system around ATI’s latest technology Crossfire and seeing just how it performs and if we can overclock with ease. HIS and Crucial will be both making an appearance in the system along with DFI."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AN8-SLI Motherboard Review @ Bit-Tech
"If you're looking for dual ethernet and more than four SATA ports, you would be better looking elsewhere. However, if you aren't looking for an nForce4 SLI motherboard with more than one ethernet port and four SATA II ports, the AN8-SLI makes for a good purchase if you are planning on air cooling. If you are looking to use watercooling, you might want to consider something with an active cooling solution on the PWMs next to the CPU socket. As an air cooled overclockers motherboard, this board does its job remarkably well."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone SG01 Micro ATX Case Review @ Hardware-Review
"Ever since the early Shuttle small form factor systems emerged, I've been hooked on SFFs. Over the past two years, PC enclosure manufacturers have been designing their own SFF cases so PC enthusiasts can built their own systems for their office or to PC gaming parties. Silverstone's first attempt into this arena is the SG01, which is the subject of our review today."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Lexa Case Review @ Xtreme Resources
"NZXT always had us used to cases that are innovative, practical and different from most of the competition. Ttheir cases always 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.
Saturday, December 3, 2005
Guide To Saving Videotape Memories @ The TechZone
"The problem is consumer VHS tape isn't be best format to use for long-term storage. Every time you play one of those tapes you wear away part of the image, you scratch the video, you destroy small portions of the memories. If you haven't played those family celebration tapes for years you may even be in for a rude awakening. The magnetic film may have aged and the images have disappeared. The coating may mysteriously peel away or flake off when the tape is played. The memory images are suddenly…simply memories."

More information on this guide can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC-3200 Gold GX XTC 2048MB Memory Review @ 3DXtreme
"Once again OCZ is pushing the possibilities and doing it in style. This latest product may fall into the Gamer line of products but it definitely meets my expectation of any kit in the Platinum line. The new XTC heatspreaders effectively kept the modules cool throughout our testing as we pushed this kit past the PC-4000 (DDR500) rating without an increase in voltage."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair DDR1 2GB Memory Roundup @ Legit Reviews
"Starting with the TWINX2048-3200C2 and its tight timings of 2-3-3-6 at DDR 400, then on to the TWINX2048-3500LLPRO and its 2-3-2-6 timings at DDR438, and finally onto Corsair's newest kit, the TWINX2048-4000PT that promises DDR500 at 3-4-4-8. We'll look at each kit individually, making sure to explain the benefits and drawbacks of each as well as explain what type of user and system they might fit best. Then we'll benchmark each kit at its rated speed and timings, and finally overclock them to squeeze every last bit of performance from them."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor Radeon X300 SE HyperMemory 128 MB Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Radeon X300 SE HyperMemory is an entry-level graphics chip from ATI for the PCI Express bus, competing directly with GeForce 6200 TurboCache from nVidia, even though a new model has just enterered the market, Radeon X1300 series, which should heat the battle in the entry-level VGA arena. In this review we will compare the performance of Radeon X300 SE HyperMemory with 128 MB (“256 MB”) from PowerColor with the standard Radeon X300 (not “SE” and not “HyperMemory”) and GeForce 6200 models, and also with some mid-range chips (GeForce 6600 and GeForce 6600 GT)."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor X1800 XT Review @ Bjorn3D
"What we have in our lab this week is a PowerColor X1800 XT video card. Starting from R300, Tul (the owner of PowerColor brand) has been ATi's very active partner. They make top to bottom cards at a competitive price. It's been around two-three weeks since first X1800 boards appeared on the market. Due to the lack of components, Tul got in a bit late into the game with their X1K series (especially XL which we haven't received at the time of the launch). If you look around however, you'll find quite a few PowerColor X1800 cards either XT (256/512 version) or XL."

More information on this review can be found here.
EVGA e-GeForce 6800 GS Review @ The TechZone
"The main focus of today's review is EVGA's e-GeForce 6800 GS (P/N: 256-P2-N386-AX), based on NVIDIA's NV42 chipset. The NV42 chipset has 12 pipelines, 5 vertex shaders, and a core/memory clock speed of 425MHz/1000MHz respectively. Thus, this essentially makes the 6800 GS an overclocked GeForce 6800 with a 30% boost in core speed and memory clock 43% higher."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sky Hawk GM670SC Power One Power Supply Review @ Madshrimps
"Sky Hawk aka Eagle Technologies, has upped the ante on their GM-SC power supply series. The most powerful model in that series, the GM620SC specified Peak Power from 640W ~ 680W. Extrapolating from Sky Hawk's Peak Power formula in theory the GM670SC will offer Peak Power between 690W ~ 730W. Let's find out how it performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Blue Orb II CPU Cooler Review @ 3DXtreme
"The Blue Orb II is silent and cooling performance is very good however for the overclockers out there this cooler was unable to challenge the Big Typhoon and the Freezer 64 Pro when Prime stability was factored in. Priced around $40 this would be a great replacement cooler to the stock AMD64 unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Innovatek Custom Water Cooling Setup @ PimpRig
"This leads us to the next big advantage of aluminum for water cooling the passive radiator. Meet the Konvekt-O-Matic MAXI, can you believe this is Innovatek's mid-size passive radiator? In addition to the standard Konvekt-O-Matic, there is also a HUGE Ultra version. The MAXI measures 45x33x5cm (h x l x w) and weighs in at a whopping 10.5 pounds. And like all of Innovatek's aluminum gear, it is anodized, this one in a vibrant red color. According to Innovatek's testing the MAXI radiates more heat than an active dual 120 mm radiator."

More information on this review can be found here.
UK Xbox 360 Launch Review @ Bit-Tech
"There is no one stand-out game in the launch lineup; there is no Halo for this generation of Xbox. Project Gotham Racing 3 comes very close, but ultimately is let down by the hype it generated for itself beforehand, and the fact that there's very little new in terms of gameplay; it is but Gotham 2 with nicer graphics. However, what you do have in the launch lineup is a range of games that are all brilliant, if not exceptional. Buy PDZ, PGR and Kameo and you won't need to do anything else for a couple of months at least - there's certainly nothing better out on the PC at the moment."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Temjin TJ04 ATX Case Review @ Hardware-Review
"I don't know if it's just me, but I'm rather partial to aluminum and steel hybrid ATX cases that are well designed and constructed and have the look and feel of true quality. No other series of cases has caught my attention more than SilverStone's Temjin series recently. I reviewed the TJ02 and TJ05 earlier this year, and to finish the hat trick, I have the TJ04 on our test bench today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, December 2, 2005
Beginners Guides: Home Networking and File Sharing @ PCstats
"The purpose of this article is two-fold. First, to enable you to set up your own home network and share files between your computers, and second to make you comfortable with basic computer networking terminology and practice. Internet sharing deserves its own article, and so is not part of this one."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Coolmax CXI600W PSU Review @ Techgage
"As time goes by, we quickly realize how much power our computer really needs. You don't want a PSU that provides 'just enough', you want one that will help provide clean power and worry about it dieing. Today we are taking a look at the Coolmax CXI 600W, which will easily power most systems today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech G5 and G7 Laser Gaming Mice Review @ XYZ Computing
"Though the idea of a laser mouse is not a brand new one, these products have been making a lot of noise lately. After the release of the first laser mouse, Logitech's MX1000, not much happened with the idea for some time, then within a short time period Microsoft and Razer released their first laser mice and Logitech released two more laser mice. Logitech's two new laser mice, the G5 and the G7, are specifically designed to be used for gaming. They have a number of interesting changes from Logitech's first generation laser mouse. These two mice have a few differences, but are essentially the same mouse in a wired and wireless version. The term 'gaming mouse' has come to meant a number of things, including a high dpi rating, the possibility for button customization, a design which is easy to grip, and so on. These mice were designed to handle all the needs of a demanding gaming market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM460-APS Ultra Quiet 460Watt Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews
"The Zalman ZM460 is not the prettiest PSU I've ever seen. It has no fancy gizmos or modular design. What it does have, however, is performance. I've had a wide variety of power supplies come through here and I can't honestly say that any of them have performed better than the ZM460. I know for a fact that I've never had a PSU that was this quiet."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra LCD Fan Commander Review @ The Moditory
"Being able to monitor fan speed is like most problems: it has a lot of solutions; everyone has their preference. Using hardware or software or just modding the thing to control it's speed are all viable options. Ultra has come up with an easy to install bay LCD fan controller dubbed: Fan Commander. Controlling up to 7 fans while monitoring 3 thermal sensors and a lot of other things, the bay LCD looks excellent. Being able to control up to 7 fans at one time is a daunting task; especially to do it efficiently and make it easy enough to change any fan speed quickly not to mention presenting all the data and of course, controlling fans correctly."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asys Freedom Tower Series (CK-1022-5) Eiffel Tower Review @ Think Computers


"Today for review I have something I think is very cool, and has now become my favorite case of all time. Asys is a new sponsor to ThinkComputers, this is our first review for them. I received from them what they consider a Super Tower or Entry Level Server PC Case from their Freedom Tower series called the Eiffel Tower. This case has so many features, and is just so well built I was amazed by it, truly amazed at the fact that they are not more popular. The quality of this case can easily be considered the best of every case that I have reviewed and owned thus far. Let's get into the review and you can see why I am so excited about it."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Trinity Case Review @ Tech-Rank
"NZXT now focuses on a different style of computer case design, one that is both feature rich and professional looking that compliments both office and gaming. This computer case is none other than the Trinity, which poses many great features and aesthetics to match."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Stacker 830 Full Tower Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"It's easy to see that Cooler Master put a heck of a lot of time & effort into building this product. It looks great & has all kinds of features! The overall build quality is superb, & being made from aluminum keeps the weight down. There are a ton of drive bays (9x5.25") & loads of places to install fans for extreme air flow. This case is the bomb!"

The Cooler Master Stacker 830 looks extremely impressive. More information on this video review can be found here.
VapoChill Micro CPU Cooler Review @ XtremeComputing


"I think you could squeeze a few more MHz from your CPU without any overheating issues, that is if you are using the extreme or high end versions of course as I don’t think the Ultra Silent would be up to that task as it struggles to the CPU under 30. Although this is not a problem and your CPU and can run upwards of 50-60C without any stability issues a stock cooler gives you about the same results at a third of the price but I must mention that this is near silent so you have to make a compromise somewhere down the line price for noise of vice versa."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright V1 Ultra Review @ System Cooling


"Back in June, we introduced users to Thermalright's maiden voyage in the world of video card cooling, the Thermalright V1. It performed admirably in our initial testing, but as time went on, deficiencies were uncovered that made the cooler unsuitable for certain applications. The folks at Thermalright went back to the drawing board, and the result of their efforts is the cooler we're looking at today, dubbed the V1 Ultra. We'll find out if the changes Thermalright made allow this cooler to do to the GPU cooling world what their CPU heatsinks have done in their category - dominate."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS9500 LED HSF Review @ Techniz

"This Zalman CNPS9500 LED is an extreme performance CPU cooler. This CPU cooler is an ideal choice for those users who wish to overclock their CPU and also decorate the interior of the chassis with the fancy Blue LED fan. The entire cooler is really looks different compare with others. Not only that, the performance of the Zalman CNPS9500 LED CPU Cooler from is very good as you can see in the performance section, it really gives what you want."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Fatal1ty FS-C77 CPU Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"Very few coolers offer a perfect blend between appearance, operation, and cooling ability. The Zalman Fatal1ty comes close, but has a few minor problems. The first issue is the need to use the custom motherboard back plate on an AMD A64 system. Having to remove your motherboard to install a CPU cooler isn't always fun, but does give you a good opportunity to clean the cobwebs out of your case!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den D4 Water Cooling Pump Review @ OCModShop
"The amount of noise from a pump is somewhat of a subjective factor but noise can make a pump intolerable regardless of the pump's performance. While dBA meters can provide a number for the raw volume of pumps, fans, etc., the tone and pitch of the sound is usually what determines whether or not the part is considered loud or annoying. Watercooling pumps can make a variety of annoying sounds such as impeller ticking or clicking, humming, vibrations noises, as well as others. So, how does all of this apply to the DD4?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Big Typhoon (CL-P0114) CPU Cooler Review @ PimpRig
"I couldn't decide if the Big Typhoon looked more like an insect or a work of art. The copper heatsink fins and 120mm fan are elevated and rest on top of 6 heatpipes that are in turn attached to a copper block at the bottom. The fan has a shroud around the base so that all the air is forced through the fins to cool the heatpipes. The look isn't as striking as the Zalman CNPS9500, but will still cause a double-take just due to the size alone."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek WaterChill Extreme Water Cooling Kit Review @ Viperlair
"Performance is great; be it silence or low temperatures you are after, the asetek WaterChill Extreme kit will provide you with both options. Even when the system is running at it's quietest, the performance is very good, and at full speed (loud, but not overly so; I've heard louder air cooling solutions that didn't perform half as well) the temperatures are simply the lowest I've seen, and the lowest I'm likely to see short of chilling the water."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, December 1, 2005
How To Take Control Of Your Inbox & Reduce Spam @ The TechZone
"Everybody hates spam! I am sure spammers hate getting spam too, but they still continue to dish it out. Why? Because it is still effective. Believe it or not, many of us still click on the links or follow-up with the spam message. As long as we continue to do this, spam will exist. If everybody understood this and paid no attention to spam, the spammers will eventually give up because it costs them real money to send out emails. It is hard to quantify what the cost of sending out one, two or fifty emails is, but 1 million or 5 million emails certainly has a cost that is not negligible. When the payback starts to get so small that the spammers cannot make a decent living, they will find something else to do. This day will come and I cannot wait for it to arrive."

More information on this article can be found here.
Altec Lansing XT1 Portable Speakers Review @ Think Computers
"With Laptops becoming cheaper, more portable, and more powerful, there have been a lot of portable products coming out. These products are becoming very popular and many major manufacturers have been coming out with great portable items. Today we are going to be taking a look at a set of portable speakers from Altec Lansing. These are no cheap portable speakers that you might find for $20 at your local PC shop. These speakers retail for $99.95 and sure pack a punch. Street price on them is a bit lower if you can find them. So let’s check out the Altec Lansing XT1 Portable Speakers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Slim Devices Squeezebox V3 Network Music Player Review @ I4U
"The Squeezebox V3 is definitely easy on the eyes. Smooth shiny surfaces and a slim body, which comes either in black or white. Slim Devices sent me the black model with wired network option. The Wireless supports 802.11g and is $50 more expensive than the wired version. Because it is so shiny Slim Devices bundles a cleaning cloth to keep it that way. The reason to get such a device like the Squeezebox is to listen to digital music stored on Hard-drives or available from the Internet away from your PC through a Hi-Fi stereo system. Via the free Slim Devices Server music files from PCs can be accessed via the Squeezebox. Additionally Slim Devices runs SqueezeNetwork, which allows to listen to tons and tons of Internet Radio stations without having to connect to a PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Creative X-Fi Xtreme Music Review @ Overclockers Online
"While some have stated that the PC sound business has been hampered by the lack of competition, and to some extent this is likely true, Creative has raised its own bar with the launch of the X-Fi line of cards. In every area, the X-Fi Extreme Music has improved on the Audigy 2. If sound is important to you, by all means, invest in the X-Fi line. If you don't hear the difference between an AM radio and a live performance, stick to the on-board solutions. In the end, for people like me, who use their PC for everything, I can't really imagine a better jack-of-all-trades soundcard than the X-Fi Extreme Music."

More information on this review can be found here.
Jackson Armor Card Review @ PimpRig
"With all this experience it's no wonder why they have created what I would like to call the ultimate hardware tool for a secure PC. They stand behind their name and even put a rock solid GUARANTEE on their services. This sounds very promising for a review of just a little PCI card. That's not just any PCI card though, this little card records changes made to the primary drive/partition and if you wish all you have to do is reboot and all the changes that were made are gone! Install a virus… Gone. Install a bad driver… Gone. Install spyware… Gone."

More information on this review can be found here.
MGE XG Vortec 500W PSU Review @ techPowerUp
"MGE targets the extreme gamer/modder niche and the build-your-own mainstream market of PC enthusiasts with this power supply. It features a unique blue anodized design with side windows in the PSU case. A PCI-Express video card connector is available, all cables are sleeved. During our testing we found that the PSU can supply stable clean voltage. Another plus is that the retail price of $60 is quite competitive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Indus Idex 400 Hard Drive Switch Review @ Tech-Mods
"How many of us have had to share a computer? At work or at home, it can be frustrating to find out someone else deleted your files, downloaded viruses, and messed up the operating system so the computer won't boot. Wouldn't it be nice if you could really separate users? Not just a user-account, but a real physical separation? That would be like having multiple computers in one."

More information on this review can be found here.
SinTek 600SLI 600W PSU Review @ Viperlair
"It all comes down to performance, if you have gone out and spent a boatload of cash on your mobo, CPU, ram and video card you are obviously looking for performance so why would you put a budget PSU in a performance rig? If you're a performance enthusiast and only the best will do, you should definitely take a look at SinTek"

More information on this review can be found here.
Western Digital 80GB Passport External Hard Drive Review @ Hardware-Review
"Thumb drives are great when you only need to move a few gigabytes around, but what if you have 30 to 40 gigabytes you need to transfer? Some noobs might say that you could burn them to about six or seven single-layer DVDs, but we suggest using an external hard drive. You could use the normal-size 3.5’ external hard drives, but we suggest trying Western Digital’s 80GB Passport external hard drive. This little wonder is fast, durable, holds 80GBs, and fits in your pocket."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sansun SN-C001 BAT Enclosure Review @ Tweaktown
"Whether you’ve heard the character referred to as the Dark Night, the Caped Crusader, or even something entirely off the wall, the concept behind this design is more than a little obvious. Coming out just after the release of the latest movie, the BAT enclosure is based on the popular DC Comics here, Batman. The masked face is currently available in three color choices of red, blue and white. The eyes are LED lighted and have a semi-bright glow in the dark. The black area at the base of the front bezel, where you would imagine is the mouth, is actually a plastic covering over a vented area to allow for air circulation inside the case."

More information on this review can be found here.
High-end Gaming PC Buyer's Guide @ Sharky Extreme
"In each edition of our monthly High-end Gaming PC Buyer's Guide, we take $2500 in spending money, and then go to the limit in search of the ultimate high-end gaming machines. These systems certainly pump out the gaming framerates, but we do not spend this money frivolously, and our tech savvy and eye for a deal play a large role in the choices we make. All of the hardware picks in this guide are done after carefully weighing the price to performance ratio of each component, then seeing how each component fits into our $2500 budget. This guide also represents the median between our Value Buyer's Guide with only a $1000 limit, and our Extreme Buyer's Guide with its massive $4000 budget."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Matrox DualHead2Go Review @ Bit-Tech
"Desktop space has always been a problem with notebooks, but no longer. Matrox have identified a target market, and a need of that market, and have created an exemplary product for it. How do I know they've done such a good job? Because I'm that target market, and I sure as hell want one."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X1300 Pro Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Radeon X1300 Pro is the fastest graphics chip inside the new low-end graphics chip family from ATI. We’ve got a reference sample for this model from ATI, so in this review we will compare its performance to other low-end graphic chips, especially Radeon X300 and GeForce 6200, and also with some mid-range chips (GeForce 6600 and GeForce 6600 GT) to see how is the performance of this new release by ATI."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Radeon X800GTO 256MB Video Card Review @ Hard Avenue
"Included in the HIS Radeon X800GTO pack is a copy of Flatout (a very fun arcade, smash em' up racer), a demo disc featuring trial versions of software like PowerDirector and MediaShow, plus a few game demo's such as HL2 and Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 etc. On top of this, you get a free 10 hours worth of Guild Wars in the form of a voucher. The included software is hardly the best we've seen but it will do - I particularly like the inclusion of Flatout, although a few more full games and a few less demo's would have been nice."

More information on this review can be found here.
e-GeForce 7800 GTX BlackPearl 512MB Video Card Review @ Hexus
"The EVGA e-GeForce 7800 GTX BlackPearl 512MB is faster out of the box than the XFX, overclocks further and does it all quieter, cooled by a decent and easy-to-fit watercooling kit. The choice of fittings and tubing diameters means that it should be an easy integration into an existing watercooling setup, too. So what's not to like, from what's current the fastest retail consumer graphics card on the planet?"

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS PF5 Extreme Intel 945 775LGA Mainboard Review @ Tech-Mods
"Elitegroup (ECS) has been in the mainboard business for sometime now but just recently have entered the DIY enthusiast market with their Extreme series boards. The PF5 is their top shelf Intel 775 mainboard sporting the 945 chipset that handles SATA2, RAID5, dual core, DDR2, and dual PCI-E graphics support."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI nForce4 Infinity SLI Motherboard Review @ Futurelooks
"In the market for something that just works, and you don't care about a gajillion useless extra gizmos? Well, DFI's Infinity series should take care of that, and today we have a look at their Infinity nForce 4 SLI, a low-cost solution for those interested in SLI. So, come and check out what we thought of it!"

More information on this review can be found here.
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