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Monday, February 28, 2005
Zalman VF700-AlCu VGA Cooler Review @ techPowerUp
"After the enormous success of the ZM-80 series, Zalman has now released a new VGA cooler series, which does not use heatpipes and is modeled after the CNPS7000 CPU cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Demon 480w Power Supply Review @ Controlled-Insanity
"The Demon includes all of the standard connections you may need, the 20 pin ATX, P4 connector, 2 floppy connectors, and 2 strings, with 3 molex connectors on each. These are again, all pre-modded with nice blue connectors. If you have ever replaced these before, you will understand the value of having these pre-modded, especially the 20 ping connector. Also included, but not blue like the rest, were 2 SATA connectors, for those of you with hot swappable SATA drives, these will see a lot of use. No PCI-e connectors here, sorry but we are dealing with a mid range product. If this is what you desire, please keep moving as you won't find any here."

More information on this review can be found here.
Icemat Siberia Headphones Review @ Core Limits
"Well I must say it has been a great experience testing this headset! The quality is just amazing! This headset is easily the best gaming headset out there to date. If I were approached and asked to recommend a nice pair of gaming headphones for a good price I would definitely recommend the Icemat Siberia."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XPERT Memory Review @ CoolTechZone
"When Corsair first brought its Pro series of memory to the market, it grabbed quite a bit of attention from the enthusiast community. After all, Corsair was the first to bring the "LED lights on memory" idea to reality. Although the company charged a premium solely for the LED lights, there was at least something in the market for the exclusive user who was looking to make their computer an extra special system with LED lights on possibly every component. Not surprisingly, the performance between Corsair's Pro and regular XMS series was identical, saving those who were not interested in the LED idea. Expensive or not, it was a novel idea that put Corsair one step ahead of the rest."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast PX6800 GT TDH Review @ BJorn3D
"Every so often I like to do a review where I compare a high-end video card to a top-shelf mid-range card so that consumers can see what they get for usually about twice the price. The main focus of this review will be the Leadtek WinFast PX6800 GT TDH, but the secondary theme will be this comparison."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit NF8 Motherboard Review @ InsaneTek
"With such a late release of the NF8 and the massive move to Socket 939, it'll be tough to stay in the competition. Abit doesn't worry though. Socket 754 is still a great and speedy platform and Abit promises that the NF8 will perform, and perform well. My question is, since their KV8 Pro became such a success, how is the NF8 going to compare to it's cousin motherboard?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast A400 GeForce 6800 Review @ Steamed Turtle
"Today we'll be looking at another card from Leadtek. The WinFast A400 TDH. That's just their fancy name for the vanilla nVidia GeForce 6800, the non-ultra. In the 6800 line there are basically three cards out, the non-ultra, GT and ultra. Unlike the GT and ultra this card has only 12 pixel pipes and 128 Megs of video memory. It also runs at the slower clock speeds of (325,700MHz). That should be plenty fast, however, to play all your favorite games at the frame rates you desire. Let's take this card back to the lab and see what she'll do."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung 711T LCD Display Review @ XYZ Computing
"One company which has done a great job of putting their displays on a pedestal above most other companies has been Samsung. Through quality, innovation, design, and some clever marketing it has become known that Samsung's LCD are usually a cut above the rest. Though this is debatable, and competition is stiff, it cannot be refuted that Samsung is a leader in the LCD market. This review will be taking a look at the first 17" LCD monitor to feature a 1000:1 contrast ratio, a distinction which will certainly prevent it from being confused with the rest of the products out there."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hard Drive/OS install Refresher 2005 Guide @ Short-Media
"Back to the basics and sooner or later every PC user faces a full operating system installation. While there is not absolute correct procedure there are hints, tips and tricks that can save any user time and problems in the future. This guide takes the novice step by step through the process of setting up Windows XP and reminds veterans of a few good habits."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Nexus DampTek Noise Absorption Material Review @ Techware Labs
"Does your PC sound like a broken refrigerator or maybe a hair dryer? Nexus has a solution that will let you sleep at night. Nexus (the 'Stop the noise' company) has sent Techware Labs a few items to help us see quiet down our lab machines. Read the review to see if their magic sound absorption material actually performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
ULTRA All in One MP3 Player Review @ hardCOREware
"The product that we really wanted to like was the "All in One" from Ultra Products. It really is more like a "Four in One" unit, offering an MP3 player, flash drive (USB 1.1), SD/MMC reader, and a voice recorder."

More information on this review can be found here.
Diskology Disk Jockey Review @ LAN Addict
"Diskology's Disk Jockey is a great tool to have around, especially if you build or upgrade a lot of PCs! It takes about 20 minutes to fully clone a 40GB hard drive, which means the Disk Jockey can save you a ton of time. Plus, the Disk Jockey can also be used as an external hard drive by attaching one or two drives to it and plugging it in to your PC or Mac using the included USB or FireWire cables! As an added bonus, you can even use the Disk Jockey to wipe drives clean."

More information on this review can be found here.
DVD Drive Troubleshooting Guide @ The Tech Zone
"To prepare for the possibility of having your DVD drive leaving you out in the cold one morning, we will discuss problems that may cause DVD failure as well as the procedures you should take to correct these problems."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI MEGA View 561 Review @ Viper Lair
"One of the benefits of the MEGA View 561 is that it is multipurpose. While it's larger than the iPod, it's smaller than portable DVD players. Add to the fact that you can pile on quite a few movies on the 20GB drive, you save the additional hassle of packing extra DVDs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Maxflow CS-718B ATX Case @ BigBruin
"As nice as the exterior of this case is, the interior is what really sets this case apart from the rest. The “wind tunnel” design is without a doubt the most innovative, and eye catching, feature of this case. Coupled with the inverted motherboard design, a decent boost to the system's cooling performance should be expected while using the Enermax Maxflow."

More information on this review can be found here.

Bigbruin Sunbeamtech Give-Away #4: Transformer ATX Case

"Sunbeamtech has teamed up with Bigbruin.com for a series of give-aways. The fourth of four weekly give-aways has us giving away a Sunbeamtech Transformer ATX Case.

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Saturday, February 26, 2005
X-Raypad Mousepads Review @ TW Labs
"With in insurgence of optical mice on the maket and even the latest release of laser enabled mice, are mouse pads really necessary? This reviewer thought so until thegamercompany.com sent TWL a few items from XRaypad.com to try out."

More information on this review can be found here.
EVERGLIDE Ricochet Prosurface 2.52 Review @ WhispTech
"In this review I will be looking at a gaming pad that is different to your usual gaming and mouse pads you see sold today. The gaming pad I am referring to is the Ricochet Prosurface 2.52 from EVERGLIDE. Lets first take a look at the specifications then we will take a closer look at the item."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Phone Smart LED Keyboard Review @ XYZ Computing
"Illuminated keyboards look amazing. Plain and simple. I remember when I saw my first Eluminx glowing in bright blue, it was a keyboard of which Captain Kirk would have been proud. Since that day there have been many EL and LED keyboards out there and most are just lighted adaptations of a basic slim keyboard. Logisys however has added a little pizzazz- a keyboard that let’s you know when you are receiving a call by blinking. Remember how cool your first Nokia GSM mobile with a blinking keypad was? Same thing here, just with a computer keyboard."

More information on this review can be found here.

Icemat Siberia Headset Review

"Built for gaming, a boom microphone might have seemed natural, but it would have made portable listening awkward. The clip on microphone left the consumer with the choice of where and how to use their beautiful Siberia headphones. What good would its beauty be if no one saw it?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Icemat Siberia Headset Review @ DreamWare Computers
"You most likely know Icemat for making their well known mouse surfaces. They have now released a line of audio products including a headset and some MP3 players. Today we've got the opportunity to look at the Icemat Siberia Headphones."

More information on this review can be found here.
What is Bluetooth Technology? @ BigBruin
"Bluetooth technology is nothing new, but in many respects it still seems to be more of a buzz word rather than a well understood, commonly accepted technology. You see advertisements for Bluetooth enabled cell phones, PDAs, laptops, and all sorts of different devices taking advantage of this wireless standard. But, what is it?"

More information on this article can be found here.
Asetek WaterChill KT03A-L30 Review @ Overclockers Online
"Today O² is presenting you an in depth look at Asetek's most powerful watercooling kit currently available: the Asetek WaterChill CPU Power Kit featuring the Antarctica waterblock and a black ice radiator that can handle a total of three 120mm fans! Powerful? You bet! We also tested Asetek's latest cooling block which is made to cool down your hard drive, so go ahead and check out our brand new article."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Silencer 64 Ultra TCL Review @ InsaneTek
"The Silencer series is not highly recommended for use in an overclocked system, but instead is aimed for systems with silence in mind. But without a doubt, you'll be able to see this little budget cooler in action today, in both stock and overclocked environments."

More information on this review can be found here.
nTrensound 128mb MP3 Wrist Watch Review @ Tech-Mods
"We have been wearing watches on our wrists for quite some time now; we almost take them for granted. Knowing at just a quick glance to see if we are on schedule or not. Many of us have also become acclimatize to carrying our favorite music around with as well. Today we are going to take a look at a wrist watch that not only will tell us the time when needed but also can provide our favorite music via the built in MP3 player. nTrensound has provided us with their new take on time and music with an 128mb MP3 Watch."

More information on this review can be found here.
mobiBLU DHH-100-5 5GB Digital Audio Player Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Today we take a look at mobiBLU's first hard drive based MP3 player, the DHH-100-5. The DHH-100-5 has a retail price of $229.00 and with 5GB of memory it's in the price range of Apple's IPod Mini player. The DHH is just under an inch thick, 2.2 inches wide, and 3.1 inches tall making it slightly thicker than the iPod but with a smaller face."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kreisen LT-30FMP 30" LCD HDTV Review @ Designtechnica
"At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month, there were several new manufacturers offering LCD televisions at price points below our typical expectations. Two companies in particular, enCross and Syntax are offering 30-inch LCD TVs for right around $1500. The first thing you are probably thinking is that you get what you pay for, right? Not necessarily. For example, enCross’s Kreisen LT-30FMP which is the subject of this review, features LCD panels manufactured by either Samsung or LG.Philips. Both Samsung and LG.Philips are known for making excellent flat panels for both the PC and home television markets. enCross builds on a great picture and adds plenty of features to their Kreisen LT-30FMP 30 inch LCD television. With a street price of $1399, will you bite?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin PC4400 1GB DC Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"It seems like every RAM company has at least one module based on TCCD. Although it is used by most companies as low latency DDR400, Mushkin rates this TCCD as high latency DDR550. This is nice because you are guaranteed a high FSB, but you can also tighten the timings if you don't mind lowering the FSB. Mushkin also has a low latency DDR400 TCCD based RAM in their product lineup, which is a little less expensive, but is not guaranteed to run higher speeds."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra DDR PC-3200 (2-2-2-5) XL Memory Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Ultra DDR PC-3200 XL Memory has an extremely fast memory timing of 2-2-2-5. At this default speed, it will outperform most other memory currently on the market. Now, relax this timing and it can be overclocked to ridiculously high limits. Speeds up to 285MHz (570MHz DDR) are possible. Bang for the buck on this product is through the roof!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
Case Wheels Guide @ Creative Mods
"Looking for a nice and easy mod for your case? Well putting your case on wheels might be the way to go. They make case transportation a bit easier and they look alright too."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI nForce4-SLI Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"The Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI is built around the popular nVidia nForce4-SLI chipset. This board supports socket 939 Athlon64 and AthlonFX processors, as well as up to 4GB of PC3200 DDR RAM in a dual channel configuration. The board features an onboard four port SATA/RAID Silicon Image controller, two Gigabit NICs, one wireless 802.11g PCI network card, a 7.1-channel audio controller, three IEEE 1394b ports, Gigabyte's DPS-2 power system, and of course dual BIOS'. The GA-K8NXP-SLI also has two PCIe x1 slots as well as two standard PCI slots. Finally if that weren't enough already, the nForce4-SLI MCP supports the new Serial ATA II standard for up to 3Gb/s of HDD goodness on four channels. A pretty well rounded motherboard I'd say, wouldn't you?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, February 25, 2005
Silverstone SST-FP53 HDD Cooler Review @ FastLaneHW
"Components in your computer need proper cooling I'm sure you know that. CPUs, video cards, cases, hard drives all need to be cooled well, but in my opinion, hard drive cooling is the most important. If a CPU dies, you can get it replaced under warranty or at worst, go buy a new one but a failed hard drive could mean weeks of downtime, and most importantly, losing all your precious data."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra 80 & 120mm Titanium Finish Fans Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Ultra 80 & 120mm Titanium Finish Fans are stunning & will unquestionably add new life to any case. Not only do they have the looks, but they have the performance & quiet operation to match. Both include four mounting screws & a 3-to-4 pin pass-thru power cable. The 80mm fans come in a 3-pack while the 120mm are packaged singly."

More information on this video review can be found here.
VGA Roundup @ Arctic Squad
"Arctic Squad had a look at four VGA coolers. Three of the were equipped with a fan and one of them was passive. Which one finished best, which one had much to improve? You'll find answers in the review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast TV USB II Deluxe Review @ Everything USB
"The WinFast TV USB II Deluxe has a cleverly designed pearl white body that reveals only the infrared sensor when viewed from the front. The most frequently used connections of coaxial-in, mini-USB, on/off switch and power cable are hidden in the back of the unit, with composite, S-Video, audio, and USB ports on the concave black sides accented by gray rings for each port. To top it all off, the sides of the unit cast a blue glow from two bright LEDs."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Radeon X850XT and X850XT IceQ II Turbo Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Their true performance power lays in the fact that no matter how high the resolution goes, you're getting some awesome frame rates. With the exception of Doom III, there was almost no drop in frame rates at all. Even with all the eye-candy maxed out, we saw very little drop in Far Cry and Half-Life 2. If you're a gamer who likes his settings maxed, then these cards are for you."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin 1GB DC DDR PC4400 Review @ Techniz
"The Mushkin 1GB High Performance Dual Channel DDR550 memory module will meet the needs of most enthusiasts. This pair of DDR 550 is one of the fastest frequencies RAM of the DDR memory range. These dual channels RAM are able to run at tight timing which is the best and basic requirement for a good memory module. Furthermore, by relax the timing to 2.5-3-3-5, the RAM was able to hit 262.5 MHz which is equal to DDR 525. That was an excellent result. According to the specification sheet, this pair of RAM is able to reach DDR550."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin PC2-4200 DDR2 Low Latency Kit Review @ Viper Lair
"We were quite pleased with Mushkin's PC2-4200 3-2-2-8 as it performed reliably and was quick as well. We did hit some hurdles in overclocking past DDR2-667, but in that case you would be better served by their PC2-5300 kit. Other than that, Mushkin doesn't package the bling such as flashing LEDs, but in turn their ram modules are easier on the wallet."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech VNF4 Ultra Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Chaintech VNF4 Ultra was found to be an extremely stable motherboard at defualt clock speeds. When you consider price versus performance, this board is a perfect fit for those looking to get the most out of their money."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LanParty NFII Ultra B Voltmods @ techPowerUp
"The DFI LanParty NFII Ultra B is said to be the best NForce2 based motherboard (or even the best Socket-A board overall). This is still not good enough for some users, so we show you how to mod the board to increase VCore, Chipset Voltage, Memory Voltage and Southbridge Voltage. Also included is a mod to remove the VCore overvoltage protection and to increase the VCore stability."

More information on this review can be found here.
nForce4 SLI Real World System @ Bjorn3D
"The first thing I want to point out is this is not just a review of SLI; I am going to look at several aspects of the nForce4 chipset. Also this is not a clean install machine being looked at. This is a REAL WORLD machine. It is loaded with all the tools I use for work and things that most computer users would have installed and running. So the performance numbers you see on things should show you how your machine would perform if you had the same system I have built."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Pentium 4 600 Series Processors Review @ A1-Electronics
"The Enhanced SpeedStep Technology will also reduce processor clock speed and voltage depending on application demand again down to 2.8GHz as in the Thermal Monitor2. Very handy for mobile computers and those of you who are using a poor air cooled processor heatsink."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD's Athlon FX CPU Scaling to 3GHz and 250MHz @ Hexus
"AMD recently released their latest Opteron running at 2600MHz, the same speed as the Athlon FX-55. With one Opteron speed hike usually comes the next one on the desktop, which for Athlon FX means 2800MHz and FX-57. Apply the logic above and we can examine the performance of FX-57 before launch, using an existing FX processor and its unlocked multipliers. With FX-55, all that means is the use of the 14x multiplier at the standard 200MHz dHTT (derived HTT, calculated by the use of the base HTT clock and clock divisors). While it's not quite a front-side bus, since the memory controller always runs at core frequency, it's close."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"The MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI is actually the third revision of MSI's popular K8N Neo series, and it's now based on the brand new nVIDIA nForce4 SLI chipset. The motherboard supports Socket 939 AMD Athlon64 processors with HyperTransport running at a smooth 1 GHz. In terms of memory, the board supports up to 4GB of PC3200 non-ECC DDR RAM, and unlike Intel's new DDR-2 systems, you won't have to throw out those trusty sticks of DDR memory if you're upgrading from an older box. There are two physical PCI-Express 16x slots on the motherboard as well as three standard 32-bit PCI slots. Under SLI, the two PCI Express videocard slots operate with 8 lanes each. The SLI jumper is included in the package."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Modding Accessories Part 1 @ Spode's Abode
"A lot of these modding accessories are very similar to products offered by other manufacturers such as Coolermaster, Enermax, Akasa, and a great many nameless manufacturers selling under generic brand names. This article will show you what sort of products are available on the market, and perhaps give you some new inspiration for your modding projects."

More information on this review can be found here.
Interview with Female Modder JessAlba452 @ Controlled-Insanity
"Every now and then someone comes along into the modding community that really makes you do a double take. Someone that is a breath of fresh air in the dark, dank corners that we build our rigs in. Someone who is free of ego and is open to sit down and discuss their take on themselves, their mods, and the modding community. But best of all this particular modder is a she, yep thats right a "Chick Modder". In what could be considered a male dominated hobby, along comes JessAlba452. And let me tell you she has made a big splash since the day she arrived. Coming from virtually out of nowhere and getting all of our male hormones revved up, she started on a project called VASH based on the Anime series Trigun. What was about to unfold was one of the best mods I have seen in a long time and the fact that it came from someone so new was astounding."

More information on this interview can be found here.
Thursday, February 24, 2005
TTGI 600W Modular ATX/BTX PSU Review @ Legit Reviews
"TTGI USA (also known as Super Flower) became popular in Overclocking circles aproximately 3-years ago with the release of their TT-520SS 4-fan aluminum PSU. Enthusiast's loved the stability, rail adjustments, and especially the price. Today we look at the TT-600K04 600W Modular PSU for the evolving BTX standard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX211 Review @ ExtensiveMods
"With many company's coming out with their own way of displaying detailed system information in a simple bay device, a few company's have been in the business since the beginning. Matrix Orbital is most likely the largest LCD manufacturers in the business today, with such products as the MX2 and MX3 series USB LCD's! Today we have Matrix's MX2 LCD for review. With features such as a fan controller, external temperature sensors, and the ability to display just about any information you could imagine from weather to fan RPM, Matrix Orbital has developed what looks like another promising innovation in the LCD marketplace."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Cordless Precision Controller for Xbox Review @ VH
"The first thing I noted was that there was no lag at all with this cordless controller. Once the controller has established a connection, button presses are reflected in the game immediately. I tested this controller in an environment with both an 802.11b/g network, and a 2.4GHz cordless phone in operation, and experience no lag whatsoever."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech MX1000 Mouse Review @ Hexus
"Logitech have raised the barrier when it comes to cordless mouse performance. Cleverly packaged, and with out-of-the-box use, the MX1000 appeals to graphics professionals gamers and mainstream users alike; comfortable and easy to use, the SetPoint software only extends its functionality."

More information on this review can be found here.
nVidia SLI Technology Action with the GeForce 6600GT @ Tweaktown
"Recently we checked out the performance of two GeForce 6800 Ultra's in SLI and were very impressed with our findings. However, not everyone has well over a grand to spend on a graphics card setup. nVidia haven't forgotten about you as end-users still have the ability to "SLI" the cheaper GeForce 6600GT and that's exactly what we have served you up with in our latest look at nVidia SLI technology."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI TV Wonder Elite Review @ NextGen Electronics
"The ATI TV Wonder Elite is one of the better, more useful, and innovative products we've reviewed in recent months. The card is a major evolutionary step in the right direction for people that demand a quality television signal for their PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra X-Finity 600W Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Ultra X-Finity 600W Power Supply with its two blue LED 80mm fans and two windows looks superb. The titanium finish also gives it a highly reflective cool appearance. This product isn't modular nor is all the leads sleeved but it does supply great power; which is very important. Also, there are plenty of leads and they even include a 20 to 24 pin motherboard adapter."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Dual MSI NX6600GT-TD128E SLI Videocard Review @ PCStats
"There's no doubt that nVIDIA's GeForce 6600GT is the best mainstream core on the market right now. A single GeForce 6600GT-based videocard is about as quick as last generation's Radeon 9800XT/GeForceFX 5950 Ultra cards, and then there is the "SLI factor." On PCstats test bench today are a pair of MSI's NX6600GT-TD128E videocards that are literally made for each other. Based around the GeForce 6600GT core, both cards are backed up with 128MB of memory on a 128-bit bus."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 Motherboard Review @ Ninjalane
"Throughout the review process the general impression of this board has been very favorable. Soltek has made quite a few improvements with the SL-K890Pro-939 that compliment the new chipset and make the motherboard very enthusiast friendly."

More information on this review can be found here.
XGBox Viper Case Review @ XtremeResources
"Welcome back to my second half of my look into two gamer computer cases by XG and I saved the best for last. Let me introduce you to the Viper. The Viper is easily the single most impressive OEM case you can buy that has most all the modifications you could want from a low cost mid-tower. The Viper runs a little more than the Sidewinder but what you get is an amazingly unique case that is fully modded from the factory."

More information on this review can be found here.
The History Of The Computer @ The Tech Zone
"Unlike most devices, the computer is one of the few inventions that does not have one specific inventor. Throughout the development of the computer, many people have added their creations to the list required to make a computer work. Some of the inventions have been different types of computers, and some of them were parts required to allow computers to be developed further."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thermaltake Hardcano 13 Review @ FastLaneHW
"Thermaltake may be better known for cases, power supplies, and CPU coolers, but throughout the years they've also marketed their line of Hardcano multifunction drives. The Hardcano, despite its name, has turned into a good bit more than a hard drive cooler over time, and ironically, this newest model isn't even a hard drive cooler. Rather, this newest Hardcano 13 is a temperature monitor/rheobus/multi-function memory card reader. Best of all, it fits all in one compact, attractive package that goes straight into any 5.25" bay."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Arctic Freezer 64 Review @ HWLogic
"HWLogic has taken a look at Arctic Cooling's Arctic Freezer 64 cooler. If you want a high performance cooler for your new CPU, or if you are looking for a silent solution, make sure to check out our Arctic Freezer 64 Review."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Cool'n'Quiet How-To @ Envy News
"AMD's Cool'n'Quiet is, for many, a major selling point of the Athlon 64 processor family. Designed to cut down on heat and noise, this option has not been the easiest to enable for many users. This Quick'n'Easy guide to enabling Cool'n'Quiet will hopefully help those befuddled users take a step closer to lower temperatures with less noise."

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The Coolest of 2004 @ System Cooling
"It's that time again. We’re almost two months into the New Year 2005, and with all the CES hoopla finally out of the way and some hard decision-making behind us, we’ve finally compiled SystemCooling’s Coolest of 2004. These are products that we thought made an impact on the enthusiast computer market and created a new standard for others to follow."

More information on this article can be found here.
SilverProp SilverStorm 80 Radiators Review @ A1-Electronics
"Well, did anybody expect the small single SilverProp SilverStorm 80 water radiator to do as well as the standard Swiftech H20-120 radiator in this heatsink test. No. That it has cooled as well as it has here says a lot for the small SilverProp SilverStorm 80 water radiator. Impressive is the very least one can say using two SilverProp SilverStorm 80 radiators. Unbelievable is another. We know these results are correct because we could feel the hot air coming out of these two SilverProp SilverStorm 80 water radiators on our test bench."

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den RBX Waterblock Review @ OCModShop
"The accelerator nozzles on the RBX are a very interesting concept. They allow the end user to adjust the water flow through the block to best suit the rest of the cooling system. The accelerator nozzle kit contains four precut nozzles and one blank for your own design. The #1 nozzle is the only one included with the block but the nozzle kit is fairly inexpensive considering the adjustability and performance tweaking it allows."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Installing two 80mm Radiators & Water Reservoir @ A1-Electronics
"We do not know what you will need to remove from your computer case or how much work you will have to do for your mods but we hope that you have seen here how easy it was to install two very powerful 80mm radiators, fans and a water level reservoir into this computer case. All we needed are a few nuts & bolts, screws and two snippets of thin material for the radiator fixing plates to complete these mods."

More information on this guide can found here.
Plextor PX-230A CD-RW Review @ FastLaneHW
"When it comes to optical storage devices, there is one manufacturer whose name is synonymous with quality, dependability, and consistent performance: Plextor. Moreover, their products are known for stealth. Without exaggeration, I quite often find myself glancing at a Plextor drive just to make sure it's running. Seriously, they're that quiet. These reasons explain why I have never hesitated to pay a little more for a Plextor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 170N LCD Review @ Tech-Mods
"There was a time when the color of your monitor was not really important, today we have evolved and now there are options. Back in Black a song that comes to mine when looking at the new Samsung SyncMaster 170N LCD monitor. This baby is completely black and it shows off well. Today we are looking into the darkness of the Samsung SyncMaster 170N."

More information on this review can be found here.

Ultra UV X-Connect 500Watt ATX PSU Review

"Back in the day the old street racing term was “If it don’t go chrome it!” we would say that about cars that never really had the edge. Make it look good and show it off instead, if it wasn’t going to perform. Well Ultra Products took a different approach; when it comes to their power supplies. You take looks, function and performance and put them all together in one sharp looking package and you end up with the Ultra X-Connect 500Watt ATX Power Supply. Today we are going to see if it has the edge or is it just a show piece."

More information on this review can be found here.
Puredepth MLD-3000 Multi-Layer LCD Display Review @ XYZ Computing
"While in Las Vegas for the International CES, we came across the Puredepth booth; Puredepth was proudly displaying their MLD-3000 multi-layer display. In passing by, it seemed at first that Puredepth was one of the myriad LCD display manufacturers or distributors present at the trade show. But something about their booth beckoned me forward; I knew something was brewing. This innovative product features two 17" LCD panels in one display, similar to a dual monitor setup, but one panel is actually beneath the other."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Current State of nVidia SLI Part 3 @ OCModShop
"Software support and strange bugs seem to plague those who want to write their own profiles for applications that nVidia has not supported yet. It's a mixed bag of performance and issues that need to be worked out. However it shows a lot of promise, and if you don't mind spending the extra dough to stay bleeding edge with your gamming performance in 15 games, nVidia SLI is the only route to go."

More information on this article can be found here.
MSI NX6600GT-VTD128 Video Card Review @ Viper Lair
"For AGP based motherboard owners who are a little dismayed with all the PCIe attention by chip makers, nVidia and MSI have addressed your concerns with the NX6600GT-VTD128. The card was rock solid, and the performance improvements are light years over MSI's previous nVidia based mainstream solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Ships PC3200 CAS2 XPERT Memory Modules
"Fremont, California, February 22, 2005: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today began shipping a PC3200 CAS2 model of their XPERT series memory, the world’s first memory modules that measure and display critical performance parameters.

The new model is the TwinXP1024-3200C2, a matched pair of 512MByte DDR DIMMs. These modules are tested at PC3200 speeds at 2-3-3-6 latency settings on Intel platforms and at 2.5-3-3-6 latencies on AMD platforms to ensure solid performance.

This 1GByte matched module pair includes the full XPERT feature set. XPERT technology uses an integrated microcontroller and embedded sensors to measure voltage, temperature, and frequency on the memory module. Each of these parameters, along with a user-programmable scrolling marquee can be shown on a big alphanumeric display that is part of the memory module. Corsair XPERT modules also have two rows of memory activity LED’s that show real-time memory activity, similar to the popular Corsair PRO series."

More information on this press release can be found here.
SkyHawk IMC6375 865G SFF Platform Review @ Extreme Overclocking

"The small form factor (SFF) PC market is very popular and extremely competitive these days. Sky Hawk traditionally is known for their PC cases, however they do manufacturer other computer products, one of which is SFF PCs. The IMC6375 chassis is made from 1.0mm aluminum, and features the Intel 865G (Springdale) + ICH5 chipset."

More information on this review can be found here.
Overclocking the Socket 754 AMD Athlon 64 @ OCIA
"Once you feel like you have a pretty good understanding of what is going on, the next thing to do is consider your components. In my case, I purchased the motherboard and CPU on a budget and didn't plan to overclock from the beginning, so I will just have to tough it out. But as you will see in the end, a budget system can often times clock higher than more expensive setups."

More information on this article can be found here.
DFI LanParty UT nF4 Ultra-D Review @ Neoseeker
"Voltage adjustments for the CPU is pretty unique. Besides the standard 0.0125 voltage stepping, DFI also has something an additional fine tuner if you will - a multiplier (from 1.00 to 1.36)can be applied to the base voltage to fine tune the actual voltage fed to the CPU in even smaller increments."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake VB1000 Soprano Review @ The Moditory
"The Soprano is another entry into the enclosure field from the cooling giant Thermaltake. Lately we've been seeing a lot of pre-mod cases being mass produced and many of them aren't worth buying. Obviously the appeal is there for many individuals who want the "cool" looking case but don't want to do the work. Pre-mod cases aren't all bad for modders though, as even the transparent PC cases have spawned some of the greatest mods around. With the Soprano under our inspection, let's see if Thermaltake has created a pre-mod case worth buying."

More information on this review can be found here.
V-Tech X-Focus Case Review @ FastLaneHW
"Well, I was just starting to think that every new case on the market was modeled after something you might find in a comic book. Today we're here to see a pleasant surprise, a new case from Vtech called the X-Focus."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalrock Circle Silver Designer ATX Case Review @ Tweaknews
"Beauty, they say, is in the eye of the beholder. That is certainly true when it comes to computer case design. When the Circle showed up at my house I was less than ecstatic with its appearance, but over the week or so that I've had it around, I must confess that it's grown on me. Love it or hate it, you have to admit that ThermalRock's Circle chassis has a very distinctive look."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Icemat Siberia Gaming Headphones @ CreativeMods
"Icemat, the maker of high end glass mouse pads, has recently expanded their business to include headphones and MP3 players. Today I will be reviewing a pair of Icemat Siberia Gaming Headphones, which come with a clip-on microphone, volume control dial, and a 3.5mm to 6.3mm converter. The headphones are self adjustable and sport a clean and modern look. If you are in the market for a new pair of gaming headphones, then this review is for you."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ ModStream 520W Power Supply Review @ Techware Labs
"More so now than ever people are realizing just how important it is to have a good quality power supply included in their setup. For example, if you are running a stock 300 watt power supply in today's high-end setups you are almost certain to run into a slew of problems. Random reboots, freezing, blue screens, etc. are some of the problems that could persist if your system is not adequately powered. It's probably good logic to overestimate the amount of power needed for your setup to prevent any of these types of problems from occurring."

More information on this review can be found here.

OCZ ModStream 450W Power Supply Review @ Overclockers Online

"Overall for a good looking solid performer the OCZ ModStream series is a good choice. Some improvements could be made to really make this a top of the line power supply, but it'll look great inside most anyone's case!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake PurePower 680w PSU Review @ FastLaneHW
"Thermaltake PurePower 680w PSU Review @ FastLaneHW.com Description: Thermaltake makers of some of the finest computer components on the market today have introduced another great product, the Thermaltake 680 watt monster power supply. But can this power supply hang with some of the best power supplies on the market?

More information on this review can be found here.

Thermaltake PurePower 680w PSU Review @ XtremeResources

"This beefed up power supply by Thermaltake, is o­ne of the few o­n the market currently to feature two PCI Express connectors, and also includes four SATA connectors, along with 3 separate +12V rails. All the power cables are sleeved in different colors, to differentiate the type of connectors. Thermaltake advertises this power supply to produce 680 watts of clean power, along with support for the latest motherboards and other components."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plextor ConvertX Personal Video Recorder Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Plextor ConvertX Personal Video Recorder looks great, has a quality TV tuner, easy to install, lots of software included & it's affordable. To top it off, it's the world's first official DivX certified PVR. This results in longer records without sacrificing quality which is extremely important. Also, devices such as Camcorder, VCR, DVD can be quickly connected."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Sunbeamtech Lightbus Lighting Controller Review @ BigBruin
"A normal fan controller is able to make fans go slower and faster, and is generally capable of making lighting products go brighter and dimmer. The Lightbus from Sunbeamtech is different and was designed from the ground up as a lighting controller only."

More information on this review can be found here.

AC Ryan RyanPower2 550W PSU Review

"This is my first modular designed power supply and I will now have a hard time going back to a power supply that has cables permanently attached. The AC Ryan Ryanpower2 550 Watt power supply is an extremely well built, tightly regulated, and nice looking device with plenty of futureproof features."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Samurai Rev.B Review @ SweMOD
"With the built in fan controller you get an rpm range from 1350-4740. We didn’t get the lowest value as specified on Scythes information page for the Samurai, but we sure did blow away the highest rpm with about 140rpm."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seagate Pocket External 5GB Hard Drive Review @ Designtechnica
"Seagate, one of the most well-known hard drive manufacturers has stepped out from behind the curtain and has begun introducing several consumer level products to the industry. Seagate’s USB 2.0 5GB Pocket Hard Drive is one of those devices. A portable microdrive tucked away into a small, circular, well designed plastic shell. It was envisioned by Seagate to provide consumers an easy, affordable, and convenient way to bring almost any type of data on the road with them. The Seagate USB 2.0 Pocket Hard Drive has also won a CES 2005 Innovation award. So, does it live up to the hype?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Cooldrive Lite Review @ Tech-Mods
"The Cooldrive Lite is based off the Cooldrive 6 model without the LCD monitoring display. The front sports a silver face with black grille and Cooldrive across it and the CM logo. Behind the front panel is a 44mm fan for active cooling inside the unit which is powered by one molex connector."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS7000A-AlCu Heatsink Review @ ipKonfig
"If you find yourself asking what makes this HSF stand out from others, the answer is simple; not only is the fan larger than normal, increasing airflow, but it has a combination of aluminum and copper in the base, combining the cooling effect of copper with the light weight of aluminum."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin 1GB DC DDR PC4400 Review @ Techniz
"The Mushkin 1GB High Performance Dual Channel DDR550 memory module will meet the needs of most enthusiasts. This pair of DDR 550 is one of the fastest frequencies RAM of the DDR memory range. These dual channels RAM are able to run at tight timing which is the best and basic requirement for a good memory module. Furthermore, by relax the timing to 2.5-3-3-5, the RAM was able to hit 262.5 MHz which is equal to DDR 525. That was an excellent result. According to the specification sheet, this pair of RAM is able to reach DDR550."

More information on this review can be found here.

OvisLink 54Mbps Pen Size Wireless USB Adapter Review

"The WL-5460USB is an ultra light weight WLAN USB 2.0 adapter. Weighing at only 11 gram and measured at 75 x 24 x 9 mm, it is one of the smallest and lightest wireless USB in the World. As matter of fact, it is smaller and lighter than many USB flash drives. From now, you can carry the high performance 54Mbps WLAN network with you everywhere. It is also compatible with USB 1.1 and 802.11b network. Although it was smaller in size, the WL5460USB has excellent signal quality. User can even adjust the output power in different percentage increments and traffic statistics is displayed in graphical format for easy viewing of sending and receiving packets rate."

More information on this review can be found here.
nVidia GeForce 6200 TurboCache Review @ Tweaktown
"Cameron looks into nVidia's new GeForce 6200 TurboCache technology today and just what it is all about. In the article we discuss the architecture behind the TurboCache and its memory allocation procedures along with just how it performs against a regular 6200 and Intel's latest onboard graphics solution. If you're on the market for a cheap graphics cards, the TC might be one worth considering."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel's P4 660 & 3.73GHz EE @ Legit Reviews
"The Intel P4 6XX series of processors are by far the best Prescott cored processors that we have seen from Intel thus far. I am glad to see that things are coming together for Intel because before you know it dual core processors will be coming out! All the features that are on the 6XX series processors will more than likely be needed in all of the dual core CPU's."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit KV8 Pro Motherboard Review @ InsaneTek
"As AMD introduced the Athlon64, Abit introduced their first Socket 754 motherboard. The first one, version 1.0, came with one huge bug, no AGP/PCI locks. Everyone looked down on Abit for not providing working AGP/PCI locks and turned away for quite some time. Fortunately, Abit was quick with their revisions and came up with the current version v1.1. It provides working AGP/PCI locks to allow for potentially great overclocking results. While many consider Socket 754 an aging socket, it should still stick around for a while."
More information on this review can be found here.
HighSpeed PC Standard Red Tech Station Review @ WhispTech
"As to date, at WhispTech, we have looked at regular case enclosure solutions that are for your computer. Sometimes though, a computer user needs a way to be able to access their parts easily for repairing and testing. In this review I will be taking a look at an unique item from HighSpeed PC that is the Standard Tech Station. This unique item allows the user to swap in and out parts in a timely fashion with out having to undue a lot of screws or take panels off to access the parts. Lets see how it holds up."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Transformer ATX Full Tower PC Case Review @ LAN Addict
"There is an awful lot to like about the Sunbeam Transformer. From it's large size to its tool-less drive and expansion card installation, each feature shows the thought and care that went into the design of the Transformer. Sunbeam is one of the few companies I know of that actively solicits opinions from reviewers and users and I think that listening to what people are looking for in a full tower case has led to the design of the Transformer being as user friendly as it is."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone SST-LC10 HTPC Case Review @ CoolTechZone
"The Home Theatre Personal Computer (HTPC) movement has been gaining momentum quite a bit lately. Companies are starting to see a market for this genre of computing and are giving enthusiasts more choices than ever before Today we are evaluating the Silverstone SST-LC10 HTPC case. Before we dive into the details of the case, we are
going to give a brief overview of what an HTPC is."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, February 21, 2005
20+ Questions with Directron.com @ Virtual-Hideout
"Directron.com has been in the forefront of PC mods since the very early stage. We were the first traditional distributor/wholesaler to resell the PC mod products such as rounded cables and window kits. We even introduced mod products to retailers such as CompUSA. We offer many custom mod services for those who don't like doing it themselves. We have designed several mod products that we still sell today. I remember when I brought some window kits to manufacturers during Computex 2000 and 2001, they were all staring at me and couldn't understand why a computer needs a window. Now most of them are kicking themselves for not getting into the game at that time."

There is a very interesting article at the end of this interview entitled "Computer mods are dead. Long live the mods!" which talks about the state of the case modding industry. More information on this interview can be found here.
Corsair Flash Voyager 512 MB USB 2.0 Drive Review @ System Cooling
"I don't think I need to introduce Corsair to the readers of this site. Always on the memory front line, I think that some of us were surprised that they took so long in producing what a lot of us have come to think of as a necessity in daily computing, a flash USB drive. But we also knew that when Corsair did step up to the plate with one, it would stand out from the crowd. Today we'll look at the 512 MB version of their new Flash Voyager, and see what makes it part of that special Corsair family."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products PC3200 XL 2-2-2 DDR Memory @ BJorn3D
"The Samsung TCCD ICs have really leveled the playing field like never before it seems. Now, any company that can get ahold of some of these chips and create some memory modules is able to compete with the big boys, like Corsair, Kingston and OCZ, because the Samsung TCCD chips are just that good. Of course, the companies are still trying to distinguish themselves from each other by adding blinking lights or using superior PCB for even better overclocking, but who would have guessed a couple months ago that you could compare Ultra memory to Corsair, and it actually be a fair fight? Ultra obviously has a long way to go before it will be listed in the enthusiasts' top five, but its new PC3200 XL modules are definitely a step in the right direction."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS2 DDR2 TWIN2X1024-4300C3PRO Review @ Madshrimps
"Corsair has tightened the reigns on DDR2 latencies reducing seek times below that of many high-speed DDR kits. Able to run at CL3-3-3-6, Corsair´s 4300C3PRO has brought hope to those who believed the only way to extract performance from DDR2 was to run the memory at super high clock speeds and hope for bandwidth. Does Corsair´s 4300C3PRO perform and overclock without the need for insanely high latencies? Read on to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire X800 PCI-E Review @ The Tech Zone
"The Sapphire Radeon X800 is clocked at 391.5 MHz core and 351 (702 DDR) MHz memory. The 391.5 MHz core clock is a bit shy of the 400 MHz ATI specs. We're not sure of the reason why Sapphire would choose to downclock their cards from the reference specifications. They did; however, include an overclocking utility, Redline, that easily clocks the core to 400+ MHz. They also doubled the memory from ATI's reference to 256MB, which is a nice bonus.

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron 6600Ultra Video Card Review @ Techwarelabs
"Albatron has released the 6600U aimed at the budget minded consumer who also desires performance features. The Albatron 6600U takes a bold aim with features like HDTV, D-Sub, and heatpipe technology, but can it perform? We took the 6600U for a few rounds of testing to answer just that. Take a look inside and see what we found."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVidia Geforce 6600 GT PCI-E 16x Review @ OC-Zone
"During the time that I had the card , I did plenty of testing in online games such as Call of duty or Counter Strike Source and I can say that this card deserves the enormous reputation that has come to earn in these recent times, great fluidity with the certain configurations, high image quality settings, although some strange situations as it was seen in the benchmarks, are easily exceeded using configs that approve, these situations are not that strange at all because the 6600GT is recent and the first with support the native of PCI Express from NVidia."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel's Prescott-2M Pentium 4 660 & Pentium 4 EE 3.73GHz @ Hexus
"And it's that 64-bit ability of Prescott-2M that's its main selling point, rather than any performance to be gained by the double-sized L2 cache, compared to Prescott-1M. I missed out gaming performance since I honestly couldn't find a game that really enjoyed the 2MiB that the 6-series or 3.73GHz XE had. While I could show gaming scaling with the XE, that was due to bus speed increases and the 3.46GHz Gallatin-2M was often faster. The working set of most games simply doesn't care for much more than 1MiB or so of on-CPU memory."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Intel Pentium 4 6xx Series PREview @ Viper Lair
"While we give Intel a lot of credit for the new features, at the same time we're left thinking is that it? AMD owners have been sitting on similar technologies for almost two years now. While the names differ, for all intents and purposes they do the same thing. Basically, Intel hasn't brought anything new to the table for computing in general."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Thermaltake Beetle Air Cooled Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"We are surprised to see how well it did here as we did not know until we compiled this graph. So straight off the bat it has to be well done to Thermaltake with this super air cooled heatsinks and somewhat ground breaking style. Perhaps not for all but for those of you who want to continue making your computer personal to you then this Beetle gives you the opportunity and superb cooling performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soyo KT880 Dragon 2 Motherboard Review @ FastLaneHW
"While many computer users have made the move away from socket A to something newer, there are still many users who are still using and buying products for socket A, and Soyo hopes to captivate this audience and draw them into making the switch to one of their boards."

More information on this review can be found here.
5 Simple Steps to a Quieter PC @ Big Bruin
"Silencing a computer can be a costly endeavor, but taking a few relatively inexpensive steps can have a drastic impact on the noise produced by the common computer system. Before starting on any sound reduction upgrades, analyzing a system to pinpoint the areas in need of the most attention will help determine the best course of action and the best way to spend any money."

More information on this article can be found here.
Asetek WaterChill KT12A-L30 Water Cooling Kit Review @ Techniz
"The KT12A-L30 [03-L-5715] is the NEW EXTREME package for PC end-users searching for a complete water cooling kit. In this kit the end-user will find everything that one could wish for to cool down any PC, incl. CPU, VGA and Chipset. Besides the Extreme performance, a low noise level will be achieved! Lowest possible temperature and sky-high overclocking potential characterizes this kit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Transformer Case Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"As far as new case designs go, thinking outside the box is essential to remain competitive. Sunbeam has done this with their Transformer case design. A mix of basic features and a very unique design, the Sunbeam Transformer is sure to attract a following in those looking for something different yet fully functional. Today, we have Sunbeam's Transformer case on the bench so we can pick over and through it to see what's what."

More information on this review can be found here.
V-Tech X-Focus7105H Mid-Tower Case Review @ GruntvillE
"Snugly packaged inside the box were the two case handles and the two case feet. The two can be distinguished by the textured rubber coating applied only to the ones that point down. “Always keep the rubber side down”, a good tip I’ve learned from my motorcycle riding seems well applied in other areas too. The feet made from the same diameter steel as the case are quite sturdy and I don’t think one need worry about over stressing them. They should be able to take your system weight and them some due to their rolled edges."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, February 19, 2005
Logitech Z-5300e 5.1 Speaker System Review @ AMD Review
"With today's computers getting more and more advanced and capable of taking on more functions, many users are starting to utilize their pc's for doing things other than reading email or surfing the net and the occasional excel spreadsheet. Sound is no exception."

More information on this review can be found here.
Altec Lansing GT5051 5.1 Surround Speaker System Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product offers 6 channel audio with only 4 speakers. The two front satellites have two 10W 3" full-range drivers & the Side-Firing SurroundT technology provides rear surround sound. The center speaker has a 10W 3" full-range driver & the subwoofer has a 30W 5.25" long-throw driver. It looks & sounds great, is well constructed & affordable."

More information on this video review can be found here.
USB Flash Drive Comparison: Corsair vs. Kingston @ XYZ Computing
"When the time comes to move large amounts of data from one place to another there is no better solution than a USB flash drive. Providing that the data does not have to be moved within a network, flash drives are secure, reusable, inexpensive, and very reliable. Now that they are getting larger and more affordable, they are more useful than ever. This comparision is comparing two different models, the Corsair Flash Voyager and the Kingston Data Traveler Elite. These are two of the most well regarded flash drives out there so we figured we'd put them head-to-head and see which came out on top."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI's Radeon X800 256MB and Radeon X850 PRO Review @ Hexus
"When I interviewed ATI's Matt Skyner recently, we talked about availability of ATI's GPU products on both PCI Express and AGP. The general tone of his responses indicated that volume of new R480 and R430 products would be as high as possible and that ATI were also committed to bringing some of the PCI Express SKUs to AGP if the market required them. We've seen some evidence of that AGP endeavour recently with spy shots of RIALTO, and today I'm able to bring you further evidence of pervasive availability for R480 and R430 with a look at two new SKUs, one for each GPU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston Data Traveler 1GB Review @ EverythingUSB
"The DataTraveler Elite may not win any beauty contests but it makes up with a bigger brain than the flash drives powered by a 8-bit controller. Thanks to its 32-bit ARM7 processor, the Elite can handle encryption and decryption process inside the drive without performance loss and fear of tampering from outside."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X800XT Platinum Edition Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"So you have weighed your options and you are deciding on the fastest ATI Radeon AGP videocard that money can buy. Even through there is plenty of X800XT standard edition available on the market, the Platinum Edition is only different because of its stock core and clock rates. The standard X800XT is clocked at 500Mhz core and 500Mhz memory but the Platinum Edition is stock clocked at 520Mhz core and 560Mhz memory."

More information on this review can be found here.
XG Sidewinder Case Review @ XtremeResources
"First I want to talk about the XG Sidewinder, a case that emphasizes basic clean design concepts with the look that says it can take o­n the best. From the flat clean front bezel to the big sky window bragging what it has under the hood this case is a modded case owner's dream. For those with no time to upgrade a core piece of any computer but want to get noticed at any LAN party, XG has a case for you."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Arctic Silentium 2 Mid Tower Case Review @ System Cooling
"Scythe has a well-earned reputation in the computer industry for innovative and unique designs. In this review we will take an in-depth look at their new Arctic Silentium 2 mid tower case, which has been designed to provide noise reduction and optimal cooling. The Scythe Arctic Silentium 2 may appear to be a typical mid tower case from the outside but a quick look inside will reveal it is anything but traditional."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeamtech Chameleon Lighting Controller Review @ BigBruin
"Sunbeamtech makes a large number of products geared toward making your PC better, more personalized. One of those items is the Chameleon Lighting Controller. The Chameleon is a dedicated lighting controller that is a bit different as it controls 4 laser beam LED “pods”. Each of these pods contains 3 ultra bright LEDs in blue, green, and red behind a focusing lens, each of which includes a triangle shaped Velcro sticky pad for convenient mounting."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman VF700-AlCu Review Overclockers Online
"Taking a look at another VGA cooling solution from Zalman, the VF700-AlCu has a lot to offer in terms of performance and noise reduction. Overclocking was no problem for this unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron Trinity GeForce PC6600U Review @ PCStats
"What makes the Albatron Trinity GeForce PC6600U special is that it is one of the first commercially available, virtually silent videocards. This next generation 'stealth assassin' gives the consumer excellent performance without the noise. Nice. Based on the GeForce 6600 GPU, the PCI Express based, SLI-compatible, Albatron Trinity GeForce PC6600U has 128MB of memory as well as an impressive heatpipe GPU cooling system that is virtually dead silent."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, February 18, 2005
Altec Lansing XA2021 Speakers Review @ CoolTechZone
"Altec Lansing has been known for their affordable speaker systems for decades. And although they have been a prominent name in the industry, Altec Lansing is usually associated with speaker systems on a budget. While Altec Lansing has rigorous competition from Logitech (and others in the budget sector), they have still managed to hold on to their position quite impressively. The company has introduced viable audio solutions for the enthusiasts that are looking to enjoy their games and music without investing in a high-end system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Cordless Desktop LX500 Review @ BigBruin
"As well as being able to use it as a straight replacement for a desktop mouse and keyboard, it also works great as the keyboard and mouse for a HTPC system. When I first built my HTPC/SFF system late last year I got a Microsoft wireless mouse and keyboard. While the mouse worked great from a several feet away, the keyboard.. well let's just say it was barely wireless. So I was happy to get a chance at the Logitech cordless desktop system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Vanessa Type-L CPU Cooler Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Titan Computer Company has really come up unique heatsink with their new Vanessa L-Type CPU Cooler, this heatsink not only supports AMD K7, K8 Intel P4 and LGA 775 but it also makes use of a massive 25mm center heatpipe to help cool the your processor. To further aid in the cooling process a 120mm fan has been added to the side of the Vanessa along with a variable speed controller allowing you to adjust the speed of the fan for the silent or maximum cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plextor PX712A DVD R/RW Review @ GruntvillE
"When testing an optical drive there are a few things you need to consider. First and foremost is performance, both speed and accuracy. Next is reliability and media compatibility. As we all know, not all media is created equal. Finally there is the aesthetics of the drive, both visual and audible. Does the drive look good and how much noise does it make? Anyone who had one of the first generation 52x CD readers knows how important the sound factor is as those things sounded like a jet warming up when they spin up."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin PC4400 Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Hang on to your seatbelts as we take a look at the new PC4400 memory from Mushkin, the specs for this memory is DDR 550 with a CAS rating of CAS 2.5-4-4-8. We benchmarked the daylights out of these modules and were totally in awe of the results."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX 6600GT PCI-E Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The card itself is built upon an attractive blue PCB and looks like your typical PCI-E video card. Something I noticed was how "clean" or uncluttered this card is. The 6600GT core runs at 500MHz, so no special cooling is needed. You should also be able to make out the lack of a 4 pin power connector. Pretty sweet card with a very clean and simple layout"

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte Fanless X800 Review @ Neoseeker
"The memory, however, is a completely different story. In the introduction I mentioned that the stock memory speed on this board was 480 MHz (960 MHz DDR). I was able to push that memory far beyond that, all the way to 545 MHz! This is a whopping 65 MHz overclock (130 MHz DDR) on memory chips that are rated at only 20 MHz more than the stock speed of the card. Very impressive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Silencer 4 VGA Cooler Review @ System Cooling
"Back in December of 2004 we reviewed the Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 5 Video Card Cooler, a cooler made for the nVidia 6800 series video cards. If you read the review you would have learned that we were very impressed with the unit's cooling ability and low noise levels. In today's review we'll be taking a look at the Arctic Cooling ATI VGA Silencer 4 for the X800 series. So let's jump right into it and find out if the ATI unit will impress us as much as the NV Silencer 5."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"The Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 proved to be a solid and high performing board across all our testing and is a nice entry on Soltek's part for VIA's new PCI Express enabled K8T890. Overall, we were quite pleased with the motherboard and if you're looking for an alternative to NVIDIA for your Athlon PCI Express needs, the Soltek SL K890Pro-939 is certainly worthy of consideration."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin 1GB PC2-4200 Review @ OCTools
"Overclocking wise, how can we complain? These Mushkin modules were able to take us up to DDR2-640MHz at tight timings of CL 3-2-2-6 and up to DDR2-750MHz at its most relaxed timing. That's 217MHz over its rated speed. You get a headroom that is sure to handle even the most extreme overclock while running at the tightest possible timings. And with the cost of PC4200 modules getting cheaper by the day, the Mushkin 1GB PC2-4200 (533) Dual Pack is a great buy no matter where you look at it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AV8-3rd Eye Socket 939 Motherboard Review @ A1-Electronics
"Another superb motherboard to choose from packed with features which include the uGuru Clock and giving super performance and overclocking for your AMD Athlon 64 socket-939 processor."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS P5GD2-Premium Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"Today Legit Reviews is going to give one of ASUS' luxury motherboards a good critiquing. The ASUS P5GD2-Premium is based off Intel's i915P chipset and sports the usual when this chipset is used: PCI Express, DDR2, SATA, etc. However, I have not yet mentioned that this is the Wireless Edition and also includes 8-channel Dolby Digital Live onboard audio, FireWire 800 (IEEE 1394b), Dual Gigabit LAN, Triple RAID, and support for up to 12 SATA Drives! Backed by ASUS' 3 Year Warranty, this board looks to be the Cadillac of motherboards."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen n250a-FR Socket 754 Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"PCStats will be focusing in on the AOpen n250a-FR Socket 754 nForce3-250 motherboard in this review. This board supports any Socket 754 AMD Athlon64 or any of AMD's new budget 32-bit AMD Sempron processors. Three DDR memory slots accommodate up to 3GB of non ECC unbuffered PC3200 DDR RAM. Both the socket 754 Athlon64 and Sempron processors run with single channel DDR, as does the nForce3-250 chipset. The nVidia nForce 3 chipset does not support PCI Express, so graphics are provided by a standard AGP8x slot. In terms of onboard features, the n250a-FR motherboard includes an additional Silicon Image Sil3114 Serial ATA/RAID controller, an onboard 5.1 audio codec, a Realtek Gigabit NIC, IEEE 1394 and a dual BIOS feature."

More information on this review can be found here.

Albatron K8X890 Pro II Motherboard Review

"In a few days time, VIA will present AMD with its 100 Millionth chipset. Quite a feat for a collaboration that has already been 10 years in the making. Today we're going to look at an Albatron K8X890 Pro II motherboard which uses VIA's new K8T890 chipset, so you know what that means - PCI Express videocards! This Albatron motherboard supports all Socket 939 AMD Athlon 64 or FX processors as well as up to 4GB of unbuffered non-ECC PC3200 DDR memory (in dual channel). The VIA K8T890 chipset supports PCI Express, so as you'd expect we see a full PCI Express x16 video slot on this board as well as a single PCI Express x4 peripheral slot."

More information on this review can be found here.
MGE Titanium ATX Case Review @ Geek Extreme
"Looking for a case with more than three fan controllers, a temperature monitor, & front panel audio, USB, & firewire connectors all rolled into one package really narrows down the search quite a bit. I also had plenty of PSU's laying about, so I didn't need a case that came with one included. When I saw the MGE Titanium at Newegg, I knew I was sold right away."

More information on this review can be found here.
Take2 Shuttle Ammo Boxes @ Bit-Tech
"Take2 commissioned this pair of units to be given away as prizes, one in each of the two biggest gaming mags in the UK, PC Gamer and PC Zone. The units were to represent W.W.II ammo boxes whilst retaining full functionality and be suitable to be used at LANs. The boxes were to be dirtied and scratched as if they were in active service as opposed to being derelict, rusted and abandoned. This is what we ended up with."

More information on this project can be found here.
Enermax CS-527 Black Knight Case Review @ PimpRig
"An interesting (and patent-pending) feature of this case is the stealth drive bay covers. Both the 3.5" and the 5.25" bay covers don't come out like your usual blanks, but they slide down, nesting behind one another."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, February 17, 2005
Wi-Fi Hotspot Security Tips @ The Tech Zone
"You've set up your Boingo account, you're hanging out at the Home Turf sports bar in LAX and you figure you'll do a little business or check your e-mail while sipping a Chardonnay. Well, that's the point of Wi-Fi hotspots; being able to take care of a few things while in a relaxing atmosphere. Don't, however, get so relaxed that you ignore security and give all your confidential information to some unscrupulous hacker."

More information on this article can be found here.
Deck Fire Keyboard Review @ ModdersHQ
"I'm very pleased with the advances being made by the manufacturers of these products. It shows they've listened to our concerns, complaints and suggestions and in turn provided use with some cutting edge goodies. Deck is a new comer in this market and it's obvious they've been listening as well. Deck developed a keyboard that, in their own words, "is the first LED backlit keyboard designed exclusively for gamers who Mod."

More information on this review can be found here.
OvisLink 4-port KVM Switch Review @ Techniz
"The KVM-104 is an digital KVM switch that allow using two computers with only one set of keyboard, monitor and mouse. Best of all, it comes with a very stylish housing to compliment your decor of your home or office. Comparing to the old data switches that frequently wears down and cause signal degradation, the KVM-104's digital switch mechanism guarantee high signal quality and long term usage."

More information on this review can be found here.
17 Inch LCD Display Buyer's Guide" at XYZ Computing
"If you are looking to for a new monitor, it is hard to go wrong with a 17" LCD. These displays are come in a tremendous range from cheap to expensive and are available with a host of different feautures, from stripped down and barebones to pretty high-end. With the number of LCD sales growing every year and prices falling 17" has become the perfect mix of size and price, at least for most consumers. The Buyer's Guide is going to take a look at some of the many 17" LCD display out there so as to help consumers learn a little bit and get a point to start from. The selection of 17" LCDs is almost unlimited so this is easier said than done, but if you know what you are looking for its not as daunting a task as it may seem."

More information on this guide can be found here.
L.I.S. POP LCD Display Review @ PCUnleash
"One of the components that dresses up a PC to one’s personal tastes would be the multi-function panel. It’s typically one of the most splendid parts of anyone’s PC, so don’t overlook it. Starting last year, these front panel accessories began to flood the market, and different manufacturers have been focusing on designing one that will accent the individuality of one’s PC. The whole purpose of these devices, after all, is to help the user to achieve a more unique, one-of-a-kind system. In short, to fill the void in the user’s soul."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hauppauge MediaMVP Review @ I4U
"The MediaMVP is a low-cost media streaming device, that runs Linux on an IBM PowerPC CPU. With the new Software update the device can stream DivX video besides MPEG2 and MPEG1 video. The MediaMVP decodes MPEG-2 natively on its hardware, which frees up the PC and streaming does not use much resources. A completely different situation is with DivX encoded videos."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilenX Luxurae Hard Drive Silencer Review @ OCModShop
"After installing the hard drive to the Luxurae hard drive silencer the noise was gone! I literally had to put my ear right next to the hard drive to hear it accessing. If I sat where I normally do in relation to my computer I couldn't hear the drive at all, even with heavy access. To be honest I didn't think this product would work as well as it does, call me a skeptic. Regardless of my pre-testing thoughts I can truly say now that this product does work, and works extremely well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech H20-120-FB Water Cooling Kit Review @ Madshrimps
"Swiftech updates their popular H20-8600 water cooling kit, a new compact and silent pump and a large radiator and accompanying 120mm fan can make the H20-120 a true performer. Read on to find out how hard it can help push an A64 FX-55 and X800XT-PE towards overclock-heaven."

More information on this review can be found here.
Fluid XP+ Review @ Overclockers Online
"So far what we have is a substance that has heat properties close to that of water, however is non-conductive. A perfect solution for water cooling electronics right? Let’s take it into our own test-bed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Basic System Buyer's Guide - February 2005 @ Mikhailtech
"This month we decided to cough up another $10 and upgrade to a Radeon 9600 PRO (from a vanilla Radeon 9600 last month). The onboard memory is reduced to 128MB (from 256MB), but that shouldn't make any difference given the inherent performance boost. Having full DX9 and OpenGL 1.5 support as well as 400MHz core and 446MHz memory clocks allows this card to play all the latest titles, even if it does so at the lower settings. Unlike last month's pick this one is also actively cooled."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Thermaltake Shark ATX Case Review @ BigBruin
"The first thing I noticed on the front of the case is that there is no plastic on the door. The front door is made entirely of aluminum. The fins on the front of the case give it the look of a shark. One thing I've always disliked about cases made out of aluminum is the lightweight flimsy feel of the door and side panel. Even though this case only weighs 14lbs, the front door is very solid."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Soprano Series Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product boasts great looks, lots of drive bays, toolless design & other great features. It's all steel with a plastic front which means it's affordable but a little heavy at 21lbs. There are 4x5.25" (ext.), 2x3.5" (ext.) & 5x3.5" (int.) drive bays. The toolless design results in quick & easy installation of cards & drives. Air circulation is superb due to the included front and rear 120mm fans & one 90mm fan on the side panel."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Silverstone LC04 HTPC Case Review @ Controlled-Insanity
"Well, this being our first time around with an HTPC, I wasn't sure what to expect. This being one of several times working with Silverstone, I knew exactly what to expect. What did we get? We got an extremely well made product, both inside and outside. The outside maintains Silverstone's super clean lines, and modern look, while the inside is very spacious and designed with simplicity and ease of use in mind."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Digital Rights Management Editorial @ The Tech Zone
"DRM is digital rights management. Boy that sounds like a good thing.like the Bill of Rights. Wrong! It means the person who sent you that content - music, TV, movie, whatever wants to own that sucker forever and is working real hard to make certain you pay for it.forever!"

More information on this editorial can be found here.
Enermax EG701AX 600W PSU Review @ Viper Lair
"While the Enermax EG701AX-VE-SFMA24P does not have modular cables, many reputable PSU makers will probably tell you that ideally, you'll want cables drawn directly from the PSU to your components for the best reliability. The EG701AX was just that; a solid and reliable PSU with plenty of power when you need it."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Search for the Perfect Linux Distribution @ CoolTechZone
"The criteria for picking the four are as follows. The first and most important consideration was that the installation procedure had to be simple and easy to understand. The distributions should have good hardware detection and multimedia support. They should be easy to update and installing new software should not be a chore. Another criteria were the level of support and help available around the Internet. In the end, this became a major criterion, since the chosen four distributions have a lot of resources available - on their own websites as well as on other websites."

More information on this article can be found here.
Speeze EE507B7 Air Cooled Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"One can only wonder how well it would cool if it had even a slightly more powerful fan fitted to it. Very well we suspect from the top quality manufacture and design of this Speeze EE507B7."

More information on this review can be found here.
Radeon X800 Pro/XT/XT PE Voltmods @ techPowerUp
"In this article you will be guided by step-by-step instructions on how to do the VGPU, VMem and VDDQ voltmods for ATI's X800 Pro/XT/XT PE cards. Both pencil and resistor mods are covered."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon X700 Pro Toxic Edition Reviewed @ VR-Zone Hardware
"In our testing, we saw the NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT outperform the Sapphire Radeon X700 Pro Toxic Edition in everything but Unreal Tournament 2004 without AA or AF, and with AA and AF turned on the Radeon X700 Pro Toxic Edition was able to etch out the 6600GT in Far Cry at 1280x1024x32 and 1600x1200x32, in addition to our Unreal Tournament 2004 AA and AF tests. This basically means that at the resolutions and the settings you'd most likely be playing the games tested at, the GeForce 6600GT is a better graphics card."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair ships DDR2 SO-DIMMs for Mobile Intel® 915 Express Platform
"Fremont, CA, February 15, 2005: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced immediate availability of a new line of DDR2 PC2-4200 SO-DIMMs designed to support Intel’s newest mobile computing platform.

Corsair’s three new SO-DIMM modules are rated at DDR2-533:

- VS1GSDS533D2, 1GB, DDR2-533, 200-pin SO-DIMM
- VS512SDS533D2, 512MB, DDR2-533, 200-pin SO-DIMM
- VS256SDS533D2, 256MB, DDR2-533, 200-pin SO-DIMM

All three parts are included in Corsair’s Value Select family of desktop and laptop memory, and are guaranteed compatible with 915 Express–based laptop computers.

According to Corsair Marketing Director Joe James, “We’re excited about bringing the high memory bandwidth of DDR2 to laptop computers. As a leader in high performance memory solutions, it’s a natural step for Corsair."

More information on this press release can be found here.
OCZ PC3700EL Platinum and Interview @ AuphanOnline
"With Winbond Labs ending fabrication of their now legendary BH-5/6 ram, a void was felt in the overclocking world. There is a community that craves low latency and extreme overclocking headroom. We will be exploring whether or not this void has finally been filled by OCZ's Ram featuring Samsung TCCD chips and Brainpower's PCB."

More information on this review can be found here.
HighSpeed PC HSPC Tech Station Review @ XtReMoDs
"The main purpose of the tech station is to allow easier access to your computer parts. It comes with an anti-static mat for the motherboard to lay on as well as rubber pads to allow the power supply and cd/dvd drives to sit on. With this it is much easier to work on your PC. It is also ideal for people who have multiple PCs to test at once or certain parts to test, such as memory. The average user probably wouldn't need a tech station due to its size. It is very small and really wouldn't be ideal for a case replacement, unless you are into that sort of thing."

More information on this review can be found here.
The State of the HTPC Address 2005 @ HTPCNews
"It is now officially 2005 and the HTPC market grew by leaps and bounds in 2004, thanks in no small part to Microsoft and their 3rd revision of Windows XP Media Center Edition and new revisions of software from every other leading HTPC company. We will attempt to do a recap of the year and take a look at what it in store for 2005 and beyond for the Home Theater PC crowd. We pick out some major things to keep an eye on in the coming year and explain where we hope to see some changes in the Home Theater PC market. Sit back, grab a coffee and enjoy the show."

More information on this article can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Silentium 1 Case Review @ PC-Base.net
"This case is amazingly quiet. I literally thought something was wrong when I powered the PC up after the install of all the components. I was amazed to find it was just that quiet."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Transformer Case Review @ BJorn3D
"It is hard to imagine that once computer cases were all beige and dull. Today you actually have to look hard for a beige case, and most cases now have one or more cool feature that makes it stand out. The case I’m reviewing today makes you think of the old Transformer comic, and it is no surprise that the name reflects this, the SunBeam Transformer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li V2000 Tower Review @ GruntvillE
"The entire Lian Li V-Series comes standard with billet aluminum wheels. Now if your desk is slanted, this could pose a problem but Lian Li thought of everything. The wheels come with a brake! The brake consists of a billet rectangle attached around the center of the rear axel and a metal plate. When the brake is engaged, the rectangle is pressed against the plate keeping it from spinning. When the brake is disengaged, the plate is slid back and allows the rectangle and axel to spin freely. Yup, there’s a parking brake to ensure your case doesn’t sneak out and try to take a spin when you’re sleeping. What’s that you say? Your desk is slick as glass and it’s slanted?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
A Look Inside The Internet 'Grey Areas' @ The Tech Zone
"The Internet has opened up whole new avenues of freedom for people: freedom of information, thoughts and the ability to achieve anonymity while still being active in a community. This freedom has been latched onto by a large proportion of the Internet user base and has fuelled a desire for even more liberties. This in turn has given rise to the 'Internet Grey Areas', those little things that 'everyone' does but which aren't quite legally correct. A few examples are Abandonware, MP3 downloads, warez and their kind."

More information on this article can be found here.

How To Avoid Internet Theft, Fraud and Phishing Scams

"Phishing is one of the main scams in the present moment. People set up phoney websites and email addresses. Then they spam Email inboxes with official-looking messages explaining that your account with Company X has encountered a problem and that they need you to login and confirm some details. The email addresses are masked to appear official and the links provided in the email all seem to check out. If you click on the link provided then you will usually be taken to a site that looks for all intents and purposes to be official. When you click 'submit' your details will be sent to a criminal somewhere who will do as they please with your information, such as withdrawing money from a bank account or purchasing things in your name."

More information on this article can be found here.
Beginners Guides: Linux Part 1: Getting Familiar @ PCStats
"In this first part of PCstats two-part guide to basic Linux use and installation, we aim to familiarize you with using Linux for everyday computing purposes by means of the most popular Linux desktop environment, KDE. Since we realize that many users will not be willing to take the plunge and install Linux onto their systems to test it, we will use a 'live CD' Linux distribution, which can run entirely off a single CD."

More information on this guide can be found here.
JAHT Bluetooth Accessories Review @ Techniz
"The JAHT JBT-0402HF is portable headset solution that uses Bluetooth wireless technology to provide basic call handling between the headset and the compatible phone, easy-to-wear and free your hand to make calls, answer calls all by voice command where supported by JBT-0402HF. With Bluetooth technology, you can construct a wireless working environment. As illustrated, the notebook with the JBT-2001U and JBT-0402U can communicate with a mobile phone, PDA, and other computers."

More information on this review can be found here.
BTC 6300CL Ultra-slim EL Keyboard Review @ MetkuMods
"I was bit surprised that I liked this keyboard so much. I've always wanted a keyboard that is bit similar to keyboards found on laptops/notebooks; short travel distance on keys when pressed and similar overall feel. Now that they have taken these characteristics and streched the layout to resemble a regular keyboard, I was sold."

More information on this review can be found here.
4 Channel Wireless Camera System Review @ BigBruin
"In today’s world we have to live with the reality that cameras are everywhere. You never know when or where you are being watched. Ever feel like you would like to do some surveillance of your own? Well now with the help of the people at Geeks.com you can, and it is easier and cheaper than you might have thought with the use of the 4 Channel Wireless Camera System."

This is a very interesting product if your looking for a low budget security solution. More information on this review can be found here.
4 Channel Wireless Camera System Review @ BigBruin
"In today’s world we have to live with the reality that cameras are everywhere. You never know when or where you are being watched. Ever feel like you would like to do some surveillance of your own? Well now with the help of the people at Geeks.com you can, and it is easier and cheaper than you might have thought with the use of the 4 Channel Wireless Camera System."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D1 Dual Core 6600GT Video Card Review @ hardCOREware
"Several weeks ago, Gigabyte announced a product that we have seen in the past, but have forgotten about until now - a dual core video card. Using NVIDIA's SLI and paired up with their own NFORCE 4 SLI motherboard, the 3D1 is available as a package that is about $50 cheaper than buying all the parts separately. Of course, there are inherent issues with NVIDIA's SLI, and the use of the mid-range 6600GT cores used. Is a dual 6600GT solution better than a single 6800GT? It certainly has the potential to be."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"The GA-K8NXP-SLI oozes of being an enthusiast's motherboard, and it shows throughout, from the thoughtful packaging which doubles as a test bed for the board through to the comprehensive set of overclocking features available in the BIOS. Performance is also generally on a par with other nForce4 boards we've seen, and the whole system was rock-solid stable throughout. The appearance of Gigabyte initiatives such as DPS and Dual BIOS add to that feeling of powerful stability, even in a worst case scenario such as a BIOS failure or power surge."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron K8 Ultra-U Pro A64 S754 Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
"Albatron recently introduced a new S754 motherboard, based on the lesser known ULi chipset, it comes feature packed and offers some overclocking potential. Can this budget friendly board stand up to the competition? Read on to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn WinFast NF4UK8AA-8EKRS nForce4 MB Review @ EOC
"The Foxconn WinFast NF4UK8AA-8EKRS motherboard is based on the nForce4 Ultra chipset supporting the latest Athlon64 & AthlonFX Socket 939 processors. The nForce4 chipset is the next evolutionary step from the nForce3 series, the most notable changes are the switch to PCI Express, and native support for up to four SATA-300 channels. Foxconn has tried to make this motherboard "Overclocker Friendly" by adding in FSB and voltage adjustments, giving the ability to gain significant performance over stock settings."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Water Cube Review @ ExtensiveMods
"Looking for a solution to the huge problem of heat, many computer enthusiasts are turning to water cooling. This technology has been in somewhat of a beta stage up until a few years ago, when company's started making pre-made kits, and water cooling specific pumps. Many company's are trying to take their share of the great profit involved in
the water cooling market. Today we have the pleasure of reviewing the Scythe Water Cube water cooling system, which is a self contained water cooling setup that fits right in two stacked 5.25 inch bays."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech VNF4 Ultra Zenith VE Motherboard Review @ ModdersHQ
"The VNF4 kept very stable voltages. According to NVTune, the VCore and VDimm voltages never dropped or went more than .03v beyond its settings. The VNF4 was able to achieve a maximum HTT of 320Mhz, though this was not stable with the stock HSF on the AMD 64 3500+ processor. Despite not being stable at 320Mhz the VNF4 chipset did not overheat, and the temperature did not go up more than a few degrees Celsius."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Desktop Case Roundup @ OZ Case Mods
"Antec have long been known in the computer industry for their high quality cases, power supplies and computer accessories, so let's see if their current desktop series can live up to the Antec name."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Venus Micro Case Review @ Tech-Mods
"Today I’ll be reviewing the Enermax Venus CS 10068-S3 case. Back in 1990 Enermax Technology Corporation was founded and is well known worldwide for excellence and high-end products this case is no exception to their standings. The Venus is a Micro-ATX case with great potential to become a HTPC or LAN rig for your next gaming fiesta."

More information on this review can be found here.
XG Viper ATX Case Review @ LAN Addict
"For a mid-tower case, it has plenty of space to move around in and get both your hard and optical drives into place. If you have two optical drives, it gets a bit tricky, but nothing you can’t handle. One thing I would love to see is a removable motherboard tray. Even though it’s big, it’s always nice to be able to get in and out with some finger room. The handles are great, too, for when you go to a LAN party. But beware! The case is steel and is one of the heavier cases. It’s the same weight as my full tower aluminum case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, February 14, 2005
Ultra Products Glossy Case Fans Review @ OCIA
"Case fans started life like every other PC accessory; plain and boring. With the case modding explosion of the past few years, we have seen case fans evolve from standard black fans to clear fans, colored fans, fans with LED lighting and even UV reactive fans. Just when it seemed that new ideas where running dry, Ultra Products releases their latest work from the research and development department: glossy case fans."

More information on this review can be found here.
Flexglow xRaider and FX Gamer Mousepads Review @ Controlled-Insanity
"While the glow is nice, the last thing you want it for it be overpowering. Well once again Flexiglow have thought of this and provided a dimmer dial on the USB cable, so not only can you turn the glow off, you can also choose the intensity of the glow. Underneath, the LEDs that provide the light (4 of them aimed at each corner) are covered to help direct the light to the acrylic. This was a great option for me, because many times, I do not feel like staringat my hand only to be blinded by the pitch black contrast of the room illuminated by this radiantled. I have enought light commin from the box!"

More information on this review can be found here.
I-rocks IR-7220 Cross Direction Optical Mouse Review @ XYZ Computing


"They have a very unique style with all of their products, and the IR-7220, also known as the Beetle (for good reason), is no different. The cute little guy comes in six different colors: black, red, gold, silver, white, and aqua. These color choices are available on most of the other products, which seem to be appealing to the customized peripheral market that still seems vastly untapped. Even the USB hubs come in a variety of colors. The black model, even if elegant and stylish, also happens to be the most boring, and was coincidentally the one we received for review."

More information on this review can be found here.
BTC Ultra-Slim 6300 Keyboard Review @ Techniz
"The BTC 6300 Ultra-Slim Multimedia Keyboard is specifically designed to deliver the ultimate look and feel to any personal computer system. By integrating low profile notebook keys in standard 104-keyboard layout, the BTC Slim keyboard series is able to deliver the latest technologies in an ultra-sleek design. Through its fashionable design, the BTC 6300 slim keyboard is a perfect match with modern day LCD panels and other peripheral. Without the need to install any special drivers, these ultra-slim keyboard hotkeys can be accessed immediately."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech MX1000 Review @ The Moditory
"The debut of wireless optical mice changed how we interact with the computer and changed the industry standard from ancient rollerball to revolutionary LED technology. The release of the worlds first Laser mouse is no different; Logitech has raised the bar from LEDs to their Laser Engine. Boasting an accuracy/performance 20x greater than optical mice, the Logitech MX1000 is the first of it's kind."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston's Heather Skinner Interview @ Legit Reviews
"Today Legit Reviews sits down with Heather Skinner, Public Relations Manager for Kingston Technology as to the company's upcoming plans for 2005. Kingston is the largest memory company in the world, so it is always good to keep in touch with what their plans are."

More information on this interview can be found here.
Mushkin PC3700 1GB Hi-Perf Memory Dual Pack Review @ XYZ Computing
"Mushkin's new 184 pin PC3700 memory is a high performance kit for motherboards that support dual channel memory. It features all the extras that consumers have come to expect from Muskhin, like gold contacts, high quality head spreaders, and 6-layer PCB. The custom designed heat spreader reduces the risk of thermal runaway of local hotspots within the memory core and further increases overclocking margins of the modules."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston HyperX Ultra PC3200LL Review @ Mikhailtech
"Removing one of the heat spreaders reveals the bread and butter of low latency memory: Samsung TCCD chips. These bundles of overclocking joy are rated up to 250MHz (albeit at more relaxed timings) and can top out well past that point. An important thing to note is that memory "overclockability" in general (much like processors) is more or less hit-or-miss. Samsung's TCCD chips may be rated for 250MHz and the majority of people who own RAM utilizing these modules can get similar results, but there's no guarantee other than the specified rating. In other words, it's entirely possible (though highly unlikely) that you could end up with a PC3200 HyperX stick that only runs at PC3200."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TWIN2X1024-4300C3PRO Review @ Viper Lair
"Unless you're planning to heavily overclock your ram or system, high frequency DDR2 kits are a bit of a waste of money considering their conservative timings. The 4300C3PRO is fully suited for overclocking, and so long as you stay at around DDR2-667 and lower, the lower latencies will make a bigger impact on performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS P5AD2-E Premium Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"ASUS has effectively made its i925X-based P5AD2 Premium board redundant with the newer P5AD2-E Premium. The latter carries all the feature nicities of the former but adds in support for 266MHz FSB CPUs. As described, not only is this beneficial from a complete processor support point of view, it also allows the enthusiast to be safe in the knowledge that 200MHz FSB Pentium 4s, which is the vast majority of Intel Pentium 4 chips out there, can be overclocked by at least 33% before the motherboard becomes the limiting factor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Motherboard RoundUp @ Arctic Sqaud
"Motherboard manufacturers have developed 865PE/875P chipsets with Socket T because the performance compared to the 925XE, 925X and 915P/G chipsets doesn't differ much and they can use the older components. The difference between AGP and PCI-Express cards is non-existing but the comparison between DDR and DDR2 at the moment goes to the older DDR memories. That's why the older Springdale or Canterwood chipsets might even sound as a better choice than the newer ones. This time we take a look at Abit, Asus, DFI and Epox motherboards which use the previous generation chipsets for todays processors. DFI's motherboard uses Canterwood as the rest go with Intel's cheaper Springdale."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverProp SilverStorm 3 & 4 Radiators Review @ A1-Electronics
"The SilverProp SilverStorm 4 radiator while a large radiator does not have the same high water pressure resistance as the SilverProp SilverStorm 3 radiator and consequently produces better water cooling performance right from the start.

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire King Kestrel IV Review @ ExtensiveMods
"We all know that heat is the biggest concern, next to cutting edge performance, every enthusiast worries about. With a market swamped with a multitude of heatsinks, as well as water cooling being readily available to the everyday consumer, it’s enough to make you head spin in circles. Today we have the King Kestrel IV entry level heatsink. Made of aluminum and copper this sink should prove to be a performer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Silentium T2 ATX Case Review @ BigBruin
"Out back you will get your first glimpse of what makes this case unique. While at the top of the case you see two fan grills, this is not for the power supply. If you look closely, you will notice the plug for the power supply is at the bottom of the case, but there are no fans down there. This is because the power supply is not at the back of the case, but rather at the front."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolermaster Praetorian 731 Case Review @ Madshrimps
"We take a closer look at one of the latest full tower cases coming from the widely known Coolermaster farm. The Praetorian product line has been around for some time now, providing a high quality finish with easy installation features and good case cooling. Does the new "731" continue this tradition?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, February 12, 2005
How To Stop Spam @ The Tech Zone
"Spam. Those annoying, time-consuming emails that clog your Inbox and ruin your day. You wonder: How did it ever get so bad? While it's not possible to completely eliminate spam, there are quite a few things you CAN do about the problem to reduce your burden."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Valentine's Day: Alternative Fun for the Single Techie @ Futurelooks
"Yessiree another year, another Hallmark moment that makes you feel like a total loser if you're not: spending outrageous amount of money, making promises you don't intend to keep and scrambling to make reservations at restaurants that were booked up months ago. And if you're a single techie the feeling is even more intense."

More information on this article can be found here.
XTracPads Hybrid Mouse Pad Review @ ExtensionTech
"While I've been doing XTracPads reviews ever since their inception, I hadn't done one in a while. So with me coming back around to the table, XTrac has brought some new things to the table as well. First, this pad is called the "Hybrid" because its surface is a hybrid of cloth and a hard surface. Second, this is the first XTrac pad to have a retail package. Third, Mad Dotz, (Teflon Feet) are included with the pad. With that info out of the way, let's take a look at what 14 months of R&D has produced."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Beetle CPU Cooler Review @ Techniz
"The Beetle truly appears as one, with its wings (shield) on the top. It contains Blue LED inside the shell of the Beetle and flashes LED in front, where the Beetle comes alive bringing a bright and dazzling effect. The Beetle is created with an aluminum fin soldered to the copper base and Thermaltake's engineers have designed the heatsink of Beetle to have perfect contact to ensure the best and high superior performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master CoolDrive 6 & Lite HDD Enclosures Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The CoolDrive 6 looks fantastic with the control panel and LCD at the front. The CoolDrive 6 can even monitor 4 temperatures and 3 fans. This is clearly one of the best enclosures on the market. The CoolDrive Lite is the basic version of the CoolDrive 6 but still looks great. HDD installation in both is the same and so is the great thermal performance."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Sapphire RADEON X800 XL Review @ Neoseeker
"One of the nice features about the Sapphire overclocking utility is the find the maximum function. Click a button and the utility will run tests at each clock increment for a user specified time. If no errors are detected at that clockspeed, the next clock stepping is used. This is a pretty slick process and seems more accurate than the process used by the NVIDIA drivers attempts to move the clock and memory speed above the detected failure rate would result in crashes and artifacts."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung TS-H552B 16X DVD-R/RW Review @ Verum Media
"As you can see from the selection above, Samsung has offered up a solid product package and software suite for the TS-H552B. This drive is quite cheap, ranging in the mid $60 range shipped. Anything offering high speed burning and a software suite at a price like that needs to be given a good look. Now that we've seen what Samsung offers with the TS-H552B, let's take a quick look some data and write times obtained in our tests."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI X800XT PE vs. eVGA 6800 Ultra @ 3DXtreme
"3DXtreme is extremely pleased to present our latest review. Thanks to our friends at both eVGA and ATI we are finally able to take a look two of the fastest stock AGP cards available on the market. We are not the biggest hardware review website on the Internet so for us to be able to bring this type of review is only due to the generosity of the kind folks at each of the respective companies. Availability has been an issue with this latest generation of high end Video Cards, producing pieces that are able to run at blistering speeds is no doubt very difficult so understandably samples to a smaller site like us would is tough."

More information on this review can be found here.
Koolance PC3-720BK Review @ [H]ardOCP
"Koolance’s first systems were designed specifically with the average PC user in mind, someone that needed a user-friendly all-in-one product. At that time, there were only a handful of companies like Danger Den and Swiftech that offered high performance water blocks and complete DIY kits, but there weren’t any companies offering an easy to use, mainstream system. The initial line of Koolance liquid cooled cases not only gathered a good deal of press coverage and positive reviews, but they also, perhaps most importantly, brought water cooling to the technologically-challenged people of the world."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalRock Circle Full Tower Case Review @ InsaneTek
"Never heard of ThermalRock? Surely you must know Thermaltake, though. No one really knows why Thermaltake decided to split off into a second name, but sure enough both of them are owned by the same people. This new name can only be good news for us. Why? We get to see more goodies, of course. With the announcement of the ThermalRock name, a couple of products have already been introduced and have become available for sale. Most of their products are cases, and if they follow Thermaltake's case history, these cases should offer users plenty of space to work with as well as great cooling performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ars System Guide: HTPC edition @ ARS Technica
"A mainstream operating system finally makes the home theater PC (HTPC) for the masses a reality. In the past, there have been attempts at hacking together an HTPC-type device, with smaller companies offering solutions, but without widespread support and marketing, these efforts never successfully penetrated the mainstream. The first version of Windows Media Center Edition was available only with the purchase of a prebuilt HTPC system from an OEM. With the release of Windows Media Center Edition (MCE) 2005 enthusiasts can now put together their own dream HTPC."

There is some really good information in this article if you are looking to build a high or low-end HTPC system. More information on this guide can be found here.
Friday, February 11, 2005
Logitech diNovo Cordless Desktop Review @ XYZ Computing
"The diNovo Cordless Desktop consists of a keyboard, a "detached media pad" (the number pad), a mouse, a RF USB dongle, and a mini-receiver desktop stand. Each item has been meticulously designed to be as sleek, stylish, and light as possible. From the first touch of a key the the diNovo exudes quality."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cable Safe Cable Manager & Expansion Pack Review @ Short-Media
"The clutter of cables under a PC desk has become somewhat of a fixture in our lives and it's a mess that is usually ignored rather than dealt with. The Cable Manager and optional Expansion Kit solve the problem of the tangled weave of computer cables hiding under your desk."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hard Drives: ATA versus SATA @ Big Bruin
"The current SATA standard provides significant benefits over ATA in terms of convenience, power consumption and, most importantly, performance. The main thing ATA has going for it right now is history, as it has been the standard for so long that it will not likely disappear any time soon. The future of SATA will be even more interesting as speed increases will help hard drive development keep pace with other key system components."

More information on this review can be found here.
AL Tech AnyDrive Car MP3 FM Transmitter Review @ Mikhailtech
"The majority of computer enthusiasts who also happen to have music collections have, by now, digitized their collections and stored them on hard drives and drive or flash-based players. But if you want to take your music on the road, chances are you'll be stuck with CDs. And that's where the AnyDrive car MP3 player FM transmitter comes into play. Basically it's a USB-driven radio that lets you tune your car stereo to a specified station to listen to music stored on a USB device. It's pretty robust in its abilities (you can also have it transmit audio to a home audio system or PC speakers via FM or direct connection), but those require more accessories."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Flash Voyager USB 2.0 Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product is available in a number of different sizes, ranging all the way up to a whopping 2GB. With large storage capacities, affordability, speed & compatibility all in one small package, it's the perfect device for transporting data. They also are very durable; this one is even more rugged because of the thick rubber casing which helps keep data safe."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 3 Review @ Madshrimps
"Arctic Cooling has made a name for themselves by providing silent and performing cooling solutions for VGA cards and AMD/Intel CPUs. Today we take a closer look at their NV Silencer 3 which was designed to be used with NVIDIA's Geforce FX 5900XT."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright XP-120 Heatsink Review @ GruntvillE
"Thermalright designed the heatpipes in this heat sink a bit different. Thermalright states on the web site that orientation of the tubes does not affect the performance. They also claim that the wingspan hanging over the mosfets and Northbridge chip will reduce the PWM temperatures as well. Thermalright also claims this is the first heat sink that configuring either suck or blow will net less than 1% difference in temperatures."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Sonic Tower CPU Cooler Review @ Techniz
"Thermaltake Sonic Tower CPU cooler is a very good CPU cooler with the excellent design of look. Furthermore, it was specially design for the universal platform. By the way, the package was bundle with a pair of aluminum fan holder where you can install the optional 120mm fan on it. And you can change the fan direction according to your needs. The installation of the Thermaltake Sonic Tower CPU cooler is very simple and easy. "

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron PX925X Pro Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"Throughout all the testing the Albatron PX925X Pro didn't falter once, and let's face it, if your motherboard isn't stable, then nothing you do will make the whole system stable. Standard performance was up there with all the other 925 based boards we have seen, and even put in a few impressive memory and content creation scores higher than expected (nothing you would see except in a benchmark but higher none the less)."

More information on this review can be found here.
EQS A58XK9-ALF Radeon Xpress 200P Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"While I wasn't expecting this particular motherboard to offer a plethora of overclocking options, as it simply isn't aimed towards that market, what I would expect is at least the ability to tune and alter memory timings, and in this discipline the A58XK9-ALF is more than lacking. If this is fixed in future BIOS revisions or final retail boards, then we could be left with something far more worthwhile on our hands. As it stands, the A58XK9-ALF is great for out-of-the-box performance, but a major disappointment for anyone looking to tweak a little extra speed out of their rig."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon X800 XL Review @ BJorn3D
"At a street price of $400 though, the X800 XL makes for a great competitor for the similarly priced 6800 GT, which is exactly what it's meant to do. Does it make a great competitor as far as performance is concerned though? We have a Sapphire Radeon X800 XL here to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Radeon X700 Pro IceQ Turbo PCI Express Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"I have to be honest, when I first starting testing this videocard, I wasn't exactly expecting anything significant other than maybe a little higher benchmarking. What I actually encountered was an excellent performing videocard loaded with extra hardware and software, yet still has a MSRP US$199 pricetag seen associated with even the bland reference model from ATI."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian-Li PC6070 Plus Review @ AMDReview
"Just two weeks ago I had the opportunity to review the PC-60 Plus, Lian-Li's upgraded version of the PC-60. Today I get to write a review on the PC-6070 Plus, Lian-Li has updated their PC-6070 case the same way they upgraded the PC-60."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus Extreme N6600GT - SLI Part 2 @ OCModShop
"The Asus Extreme N6600GT does what I think it set out to do. It gives the middle-of-the-road gamers on a PCI-Express system a card to drool over, it offers good overclocking headroom for tweakers, and it allows for expandable performance through SLI compatibility. The EN6600GT follows in the footsteps of its bigger 6800 series brethren without feeling completely crippled as many middle-of-the-road cards have been in the past."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Shark Full Tower Aluminum Case Review @ System Cooling
"Thermaltake has been in the computer business since 1999, they started off making cooling solutions. Since then they have become one of the better known makers of computer accessories world wide, selling just about any accessory you could ever need to customize your computer. From pre-modded cases to cooling solutions to power supplies and lighting systems, Thermaltake has it covered. Today, we'll be looking at their newest pre-modded case, the aluminum full tower known simply as the Shark."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, February 10, 2005
A.C. Ryan MORF Kit Review @ Ozcasemodz
"Our power supplys are a key component in our case today, and they also all the most clutter out of all of the components required. A.C. Ryan's solution to this is the MORF, MORF is a complete kit for modifying your power supply to help tidy all that mess up and improve looks at the same time."

More information on this review can be found here.
Interview With Chris Norrell, Owner of Bonzai Mods @ Controlled-Insanity
"Q: Are custom fan grills purely aesthetic in nature? Is it always a trade-off from looks to air flow performance? Is there such a thing as having air flow with custom fan grills that one could achieve levels that stock fan grills can?

A: I finally get to tackle this one for the sake of the hardcore heat people! The truth is these grills were never intended for guys who worry about 1 degree this way or that in case temps. Most cases have horrible pre-stamped steel/aluminum grills built into the case. My grills are made for those people to either hide or eliminate those ugly stampings."

More information on this interview can be found here.
HCT 720G 5.1 Surround Sound Headphone Review @ Controlled-Insanity
"It seems to me as though HCT thought of everything when they package up these headphones. They come with an impressive list of accessories that includes two optical cables one long and one short for depending on how you are going to use your headphones, next of course is the Dolby decoder box/charger that sports 2 headphone inputs so you can use more than one set of headphones at a time, aside from that it also comes with two rechargeable batteries and pretty much any kind of audio hookup cable you can imagine. To make a long story short, no matter what type of input you have on your audio device HCT has included it in the package."

More information on this review can be found here.
Klipsch ProMedia GMX A-2.1 Review @ Hexus
"If I had to sum up the GMX A-2.1 in a single sentence, it would most likely be 'One of the best sets of stereo speakers I've ever heard'. For audio from two-channel sources, it's hard to imagine Klipsch's offering being beaten (particularly in the price range in question), the entire listening experience is an absolute pleasure and is genuinely all but impossible to fault. Be it CD or MP3, almost every track I listened to was given a new lease of life by the rich and colourful sound produced, it's the kind of experience that makes you want to revisit every corner of your music collection."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerocool HT-101JR Heatsink Review @ Overclockers Online
"With hotter and hotter chips becoming the reality, larger and more expensive cooling measures are becoming common. Engineers have the difficult task of finding the right balance of cost, size, and noise in order to deliver cooling performance. Too much of any one factor may be bad and be the cause for failure. On top of these factors, there are also extras that we look for such as compatibility, ease of install, and sometimes even aesthetics."

More information on this review can be found here.
PrimeCooler HyperCool 4+ Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"First we should say that like the other air cooler heatsinks here the PrimeCooler HyperCool 4+ fan only becomes noisy as such when being run at full power, but it is not noisy. Dropping down to our 9v speed makes a lot of difference."

More information on this review can be found here.
1GB Lexar High-Speed 32X SD Memory Card Review @ The Tech Zone
"If you recently purchased a digital camera, chances are the memory card that came with the digicam was of low capacity, perhaps 16 or 32 megabytes. You will no doubt discover this is simply not enough memory to do any serious shooting. With many of the compact, point-and-shoot digital cameras rated at resolutions of 4 or 5 megapixels, the highest quality settings will quickly consume that memory and store only a handful of pictures. Without a doubt, the first accessory you should buy for your new camera is a higher capacity memory card."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair PC3200 DDR400 Memory Kit Review @ A1-Electronics
"Using a new identical motherboard we found that we could run this Corsair PC3200 DDR400 DDR memory at 222 or 444MHz without any problems. In this case our earlier motherboard was not quite as good which stopped this Corsair PC3200 DDR400 running at 440MHz."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Wave Master Review @ OCIA
"Cooler Master has gone one step further here and added a fan bracket for an optional top blowhole. So how can you put a blowhole in a case with no opening at the top? Simple, the I/O panel on the top of the case can be removed. This will allow for the fan bracket to be installed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast PVR 2000 Review @ HWzone
"Leadtek is mainly known for its excellent video cards, but it's been focusing on other products in the past years (for example, a Video-Phone device that allowed the company to enter the video market several years ago and Leadtek's TV cards are the fruit of years of R&D for its video-phone and other video-recording systems). The trend of PVR (Personal Video Recorder) has been pushing towards creating more advanced tv cards that better suit the market's demands with features such as advanced hardware video processing, which the Leadtek WinFast PVR 2000 we'll be reviewing today is among the first to offer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung 920T LCD Display Review @ XYZ Computing
"Usually selling for about six hundred and fifty to seven hundred and fifty dollars, the 920T is a pretty high end monitor, which is OK so long as Samsung can justify the price tag. With great design, a killer LCD panel, and a bunch of extras, most people will agree that, though expensive, the 920T is one of the finest monitors on the market. The simple fact of the matter is that right now Samsung is producing the highest quality and best designed LCD monitors available, so if you want one you are going to have to pay a premium."

More information on this review can be found here.
IPTV: The Coming Television Revolution @ Bona Fide Reviews
"The revolution is just getting started and will begin to make its mark this year. By 2010, it will begin to take off. By 2025, it will be the standard for all TV viewing. It's called Internet Protocol Television, or IPTV for short."

This is a very interesting concept for television via broadband services. More information on this article can be found here.
Shuttle SB95V2 SFF PC Review @ Hardware Analysis
"Opting to offer maximum performance in a small form factor PC Shuttle has just launched their SB95V2, featuring Intel's latest 925XE PCIe chipset. We configure it with top-of-the-line components and take it for spin, here's how it fared."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn NF4UK8AA-8EKRS nForce4 Motherboard Review @ BJorn3D
"If the buzz and excitement over the new nForce4 boards coming out is any indication of how successful NVIDIA's new chipset will be, then we just might have another nForce2 on our hands. If you wanted the best in Athlon XP performance and overclocking, you looked towards NVIDIA and one of its partner's nForce2 solutions. It's a safe bet that NVIDIA and its partners hope the same happens with the Athlon 64 and its nForce4. No doubt, many enthusiasts are pumped up about SLI, but there's a lot more than SLI to be excited about, including NVIDIA Firewall and RAID."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, February 9, 2005
Logisys LED Stove Fan Review @ Mikhailtech
"The concept behind the Stove Fan is the mounting of LEDs directly above the fan blades rather that inside the motor or the frame. That's right, the LEDs spin with the fan blades. The rated lifespan is somewhat disappointing: 20,000 hours. This translates into a little over 2 years of continuous operation which, while more than enough for most users (over 4 years if you turn off your computer when you go to sleep), is significantly less than the 50,000 hours of most other fans."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 3100 Review @ Hardware Pacers
"This is a near perfect mouse and keyboard combination. The mouse is rechargeable and has tilt wheel and Fast RF technology. The keyboard and the mouse have buttons that could never be thought of being on a mouse or keyboard. There are no downsides to this combination. This combination is recommended to anyone who desires a high quality keyboard and mouse with the latest technology."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Flash Voyager USB 2.0 Review @ Viper Lair
"We were very pleased with the Flash Voyager's speed and more importantly, the durabilty. It survived a free fall onto tiles, a swim in a sink, and a full laundry cycle without missing a beat. The 10 year warranty is great, but unless you stick this into your Thanksgiving turkey and cook it, I doubt you'll ever need to give Corsair's support a call."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saitek Wireless Cyborg Evo Joystick Review @ ModdersHQ
"With the wireless accessories market growing by leaps and bounds, it was only a matter of time before pc gaming peripherals also became un-tethered. Saitek has been a front runner in the pc gaming market since 1993 and with the release of their gaming keyboard, it's obvious they haven't lost their edge. With that being said, today we are looking at the Saitek Wireless Cyborg Evo Joystick."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire Chameleon 550W PSU Review @ Overclockers Club
"Today we have another exciting review, and its on the most vital component within a computer. The Aspire Chameleon 550W PSU sounds as promising as it looks, and with today's high-demand power-sucking components, a strong PSU means a strong computer. Aspire, though not the most mainstream name in PSUs, is one of the leading manufacturers of quality PSU units. As always, we're going to stress it, test it and rip it apart to see what makes this PSU tick, and what, if anything, will make this PSU come to its knees."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Phantom 350W Fanless Power Supply Review @ EOC
"The Antec Phantom 350W fanless power supply represents the ultimate in silent PC performance. This power supply boasts an awesome 85% efficiency rating, one of the highest ratings available on the market today. Fully ATX12 version 2.0 compliant, this PSU can meet the high current requirements and provide the proper connectors for the latest Intel & AMD motherboards and peripherals."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek's VapoChill XE-II Review @ Hexus
"If you want the ability to run your CPU well above its rated speed, in relative peace and quiet, and you have around £500 to drop on cooling that'll last you for some years to come, Asetek have something for you to spend your money on."

More information on this review can be found here.

Gigabyte 3D Cooler Ultra GT Review

"After spending some time with Gigabyte's 3D Cooler Ultra GT, it's hard (name aside perhaps) to fault it. The manual is good, the bundle contains everything you need, installation is easy with all of the retaining clips easily labelled, and most of all its performance under high load is most impressive. Add to that the nifty looks and addition of an LED, and you have a real winner on your hands."

More information on this review can be found here.
TwinMOS Speed Premium PC3200 DDR Review @ PCStats
"Most of the dual-channel DDR memory kits on the marketplace are aimed at hardcore enthusiasts and overclockers; users with money to burn. Agressive timings, shiny heatspreaders and even banks of LED lights are the order of the day. You have to wonder how many high-end products this market can possibly support though, with all these 'extreme' memory products competing for a sparse amount of performance users. This mainstream DDR dual channel kit features a pair of PC3200 512MB DDR modules with CAS timings of 2.5-3-3-8. Though not aimed at the extreme overclocker or performance enthusiast, this package looks to offer decent dual-channel performance at a price that won't cause pain."

More information on this review can be found here.
XGI Volari V8 256MB AGP Video Card Review @ BigBruin
"For those shopping for a graphics card in the $100 price range, the 256MB XGI Volari V8 is an excellent alternative to anything available from nVidia and ATI. Those considering nVidia cards in the FX 5500 to FX 5700 range, or ATI cards in the 9500 to 9600 range, may be able to save a few dollars, get extra multimedia features, and/or get greater performance by opting to venture out of the mainstream."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Mac Mini: A Step Towards the Appliance PC Future @ Designtechnica
"While there are a number of trade offs that Apple made for the Mini that I don’t think were necessary, the product is actually closer to what I think the consumer market is actually looking for in a desktop offering. No, Steve Jobs didn’t just arrive at my house with explosives, or worse, attorneys. I just think it is time I acknowledged that there are a couple things I really wish the other vendors would learn from what Apple has done."

More information on this editorial can be found here.
Soltek Qbic EQ3501 915G Cube Review @ Neoseeker
"Here at Neoseeker today, we've got Soltek's latest SFF system, the EQ3501 915G based cube on the review bench. Besides PCIe, Soltek chooses to go with the ICH6R which includes Intel's Matrix Storage Technology. The Qbic also gets a facelift with the introduction of the Mania series casing with its loud color scheme."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master & System Cooling Chinese New Year Giveaway
"It's that time again! Chinese New Year is upon us, and in order to celebrate, System Cooling has teamed up once again with our friends at Cooler Master to offer yet another great giveaway. This time around, not one, not two, but THREE lucky winners are going to walk away with either a Cavalier 3 Case, Aero 4 Lite or Aerogate I. For full contest details including rules and dates, please visit SystemCooling.com for details."

More information on this contest can be found here.
The Modder's Workshop: Web Broadcasts @ The Best Case Scenario
This information was just released by CrimsonSky over at the [H]ardForums:

"I have a studio here in NYCity that will be producing The Modder's Workshop--(working title) a 30-60 minute how-to series for free web broadcast (and also DVD Sales). The show will cover everything from building custom case mods and gaming rigs to tweaking and overclocking. A really kick ass show that will appeal to the begginer as well as the advanced modder.

We will have plenty of guest modders and hardware professonals in special segments throughout the series. The pilot which will be airing in a few weeks will have some very special content including the Doom 3: Project Mars City mod, a tour of a water-jet cutting facility and much more."

A promotional teaser of the Modder's Workshop can be found here.
SunbeamTech Samurai Gaming Case Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"It's not often you can say you found a $70.00 case that has good looks, tool-free assembly, great airflow plus huge side-panel to display your goodies. Thanks to good people at SunbeamTech we now have the Samurai Gaming Case, while it may be a mid-priced case it still offers features you would expect to find in cases costing nearly twice as much."

More information on this review can be found here.
New MountainMods Website Update!

"Mountain Mods has an updated website. Customers can now see their order history, check the status of current orders, read and write user based product reviews, have multiple shipping addresses, subscribe to Mountain Mods newsletters and receive real time WORLD-WIDE shipping quotes for Fedex, UPS, and USPS shipping. Stop by and check out the difference and check out the reduced pricing on many items."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Tuesday, February 8, 2005
Steelpad S&S and Gaming Accessories Review @ OCModShop
"This is the first mousepad I've ever seen that comes with its own protective covering, great for all those diehard LAN gamers. A nasty scratch on your pad is the worst nightmare of any gamer, with this its just unzip and frag. On the back of the cover is a separate pocket which can easily hold your mouse or a whole lot of other stuff, think of the possibilities. You can carry your peanuts and battery's together with your mousepad."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalTake PurePower 680 watt PSU Review @ GruntvillE
"If you have ever read one of my reviews at GruntvillE, you know that I live in Texas and live by the motto, “Bigger is Better”. My 4x4, Mastiff dog, Clydesdale horse, and land are all BIG. In the electronics world, BIGGER isn’t always about physical size, but more power.Today I am reviewing the HUGE Thermaltake PurePower 680watt Power Supply Unit (PSU). This thing is a beast. I am going to put it through the wringer to let you know how “Bigger is Better” with a larger and more powerful PSU. Not only is wattage the BIG item, this PSU has lots of BIG options and specifications."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Flash Voyager USB 2.0 512Mb Drive Review @ XtremeResources
"Corsair has produced a definite winner with it's Flash Voyager USB flash memory drives. Not o­nly are they fast but extremely durable. The rubberized exterior makes it nearly impervious to any damage from being dropped, and the USB port has a strong silicone seal. The activity light is even encapsulated within clear plastic. The unit is so well sealed water damage should not be a problem, unless the top cap happens to come off."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin 1Gb PC4400 High Perf Dual Pack Review @ OCTools
"Mushkin's PC4400 offering delivers both speed and tight timings in one package. This is the only DDR we've tested at the time of writing that can provide blazingly fast frequencies of DDR562 at CAS latencies of 2.5-3-3-6. Power users will definitely benefit from the performance and stability that these modules offer at this level."

More information on this review can be found here.
How Motherboards Are Made: A Gigabyte Factory Tour @ PCStats
"Without a doubt, motherboards are the most complex and essential part of the modern PC. With this in mind, it's surprising to learn the amount of work and machinery involved in manufacturing a single motherboard. As PCStats recent trip to Gigabyte's Nan-Ping factory in Taiwan showed us last summer during Computex 2004, there's a lot more to it. In fact, producing and testing a single motherboard involves a mind-boggling host of automated machines, people and processes."

More information on this tour can be found here.
Jetart JACSH1 VGA Cooler @ BJorn3D
"Most video cards today need additional cooling. The higher priced cards usually come with good cooling but many of the cheaper cards usually use a stock cooling device that neither is effective or silent. Today I am looking at an alternative VGA cooling device from Jetart, the JACSH1, which fits both NVIDIA and ATI video cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Freezer 64 CPU Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"The Scythe Freezer 64 does a great job at cooling, and the only negative is also a plus for it. The unique fan design can't be replaced with another fan if it dies, but the design of it is also the reason for it being so quiet and efficient. With a 6-year warranty on the fan this becomes less of an issue. If you are still using the same heat sink after 6 years you will have easily gotten your money worth out of it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek WaterChill 2 Water Cooling Kit Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Asetek WaterChill 2 Water Cooling Kit has it all. Included are CPU, GPU and chipset waterblocks, the pump, a copper radiator w/120mm fan, and more. Extra goodies include a stylish cap and lanyard. There is even an optional HDD waterblock available. Exceptional quality, compatibility, and performance make this a very sought after product for overclockers and enthusiasts alike."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Thermaltake Soprano VB1000SWS Review @ WhispTech
"In this review I will be taking a close look at one of Thermaltake's computer case that has been recently been brought to the market. The case that I am referring to is the Soprano VB1000SWS. Lets dive right in and take a look at this feature full case and if it holds up to the expectations that are required to date."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products Glossy Dragon Case Review @ Overclockers Online
"The case has quite a nice finish on it’s paint job. For some reason, my flash on my camera did not like it, but it is truly wonderful black. You can even see how glossy the paint is by the reflection on the front. Towards the bottom of the front of the case are grilles that allow for plenty of airflow. The front of the case also has your standard USB and 1394 Firewire connectors."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone LC10 HTPC Case Review @ ap0calypse
"With more and more people starting to build home theatre PCs (HTPC), a market for HTPC cases has emerged. Important aspects of a good HTPC case are style, size, noise level, and cooling. One of the leaders in the HTPC case market is SilverStone, and today we will be looking at the Lascala 10 (LC10), an ATX HTPC case. It is obvious that the LC10 is one good looking case, but how easy is it to
work with, and how is the cooling?"

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI Case Modding Contest 2005 Announced!

"The MSI Case-Mod Competition 2004 was a real success. It was our first ever contest that seeks talented computer users to showcase their own custom designed PCs. In the beginning of 2005, MSI wants to host our second case mod competition and contestants will get the chance to show off their "home-made" PC to the case mod community and be eligible to walk away with some very cool prizes. It doesn't matter if you're a newbie or expert, the contest is opened to individuals with a creative mind and those that dare to be different. Let the Modding Begin!

MSI Computer Corp. ("MSI" or "Sponsor") is calling for all PC modders again to enter the second MSI Case Mod Competition. The contest aims to find the most creative and professional custom-made PC in the U.S. and Canada. Entrants will have the opportunity to win the best and the latest MSI products.

Entries for the MSI Case Mod Competition are now open and the top fifteen finalists will be showcased online between March 7- March 21, 2005 for online voting of the most popular. To be eligible for the MSI Case Mod Competition, the PCs entered must be a fully functional modified design and be able to boot up. MSI is inviting Paul Capello, a well known name in the case mod community, to join us and help judge entries on the their creativity/originality (40%), technical difficulty (30%), the workmanship (20%), and completeness (10%).

More information on this contest can be found here.
Monday, February 7, 2005
Logisys White Laser LEDs Review @ Mikhailtech
"In addition to typical cathodes, LEDs in various forms are finding their way into cases worldwide. Although more expensive and not as bright overall, LEDs last longer, use less energy, and produce minimal heat. Because of their small size, they're also a lot more versatile. Try placing a foot-long cathode in a modified SFF PC. "Laser LEDs" is a general term that refers to a cluster of LEDs bunched together in a tiny enclosure. The name originated from one of the first executions of this design several years back, and it stuck."

More information on this review can be found here.
Substitute the Internet for Your TV @ The Tech Zone
"I recently discovered the online film scene, though, and it's fantastic. Short films, up to about 20mins in length, just posted online for all to download. Many of them are better than the professionally produced, high-budget TV shows that stream so liberally to your TV box. Every one is a labor of love, so even when the production values aren't high you know that someone has poured themselves into the product, which brings satisfaction beyond that of watching some stale TV show now into it's 19th series and just churning out the money makers."

More information on this article can be found here.
Saitek Cyborg Review @ DreamWare Computers
"This joystick has many features. It is mostly black plastic with some chromed metal parts on it. The 5 thumb buttons are easy to reach and press, and the hat control is in the middle of the buttons, making for easy access. In case your wondering, in games that support it the hat control controls the point of view, ie in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 you use it to look around the cockpit. The 4 base buttons are easily accessed, but they're smooth so unless you are looking at them you may not be sure what you're pressing."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT RX600 Pro-Guru Review @ Viper Lair
"If you are looking to build a HTPC on the PCIe format, look no further, the RX600 is easy to use and gives a picture you would be proud of. I only ask that ABIT either get rid of the silly Turbo jumper or change the color of the LED (I am soldering on a Blue one as we speak)."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI NX6600-VTD128E Diamond Review @ Hexus
"The real jewel in the crown for this board, assuming it is indicative of these boards as a whole, is overclockability. If the price is right, then this part could become something of a darling for those looking for a bargain in the mid-range video card sector. A board cheaper than a 6600GT but overclockable to beyond 6600GT clocks would be coveted much like the GeForce 6800GT has been at the high-end."

More information on this review can be found here.
L.I.S. POP Indicator VFD Display Review @ Short-Media
"Korean manufacturer, VL Systems, adapted their popular L.I.S. 2 Indicator to spawn the L.I.S. POP Indicator for a more budget conscious consumer. Some features remain while others have been removed. The L.I.S. POP Indicator is available with either an LCD or VFD display and while both are identical in function but one may be the better buy."

More information on this review can be found here.
A Short Discourse on Scalable Link Interface @ XYZ Computing
"'SL Why?' is an article about Nvidia's SLI technology which has recently become the focus of the 3D market. It explains the basics of these technology and goes into depth concerning its strengths, and more importantly, its weaknesses. This technology has been portrayed as the end-all, be-all of 3D technology by many difference sources; this article examines the validity of this belief and weighs SLI's advantages and disadvantages in an insightful and unbiased manner."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Neopower 480W Review @ Arctic Squad
"For a consumer Neopower is a silent and efficient choice that can power up any platform available today besides the toughest SLI combinations. The entity is very high quality Antec. The new models (passive Phantom & Neopower) will continue Antec's succesfull PSU family. I can't come up
with anything negative."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalRock Dragon Gaming Computer Case Review @ A1-Electronics
"We have to say that we are very pleased indeed with this full tower ThermalRock Dragon Gaming computer case because it is very well made and a very modern stylish computer case which we think will go rather well in any room or office and which is of a decent size being full tower. To us this Dragon looks rather stunning in with the blue front panel and LED."

More information on this review can be found here.
PSU Roundup: Mega Power in xATX Style @ Madshrimps
"Clean and steady power is what our computers crave, almost like we humans need clean and abundant air. Sure we can live in a polluted environment, but our health will suffer, and our tolerance to exercise will be lessened. To the point, when overclocking our precious PCs, a high quality power supply is paramount in maintaining and pushing performance. Today we are looking at some of the finest power supplies we have ever had the joy to work with."

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den Giveaway @ XYZ Computing
"We have started to accumulate a LOT of extra stuff around the XYZ Computing offices and we need to make some room for all the new hardware coming in. To do this we are holding a new giveaway. The prize this time will be a Danger Den Fill Port, Maze4 Chipset Cooler, and a Maze4 Video Card Cooler! Its easy to enter and easy to win!"

More information on this giveaway can be found here.
Silverstone TJ-06 Case Review @ OCIA
"Rotating to the right side of the case reveals a few things. First some will instantly notice that the motherboard faces the "wrong" direction of the case. In fact, it is turned upside down to allow for better cooling of the CPU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Koolance PC3-725BK Water Cooled Case Review @ System Cooling
"If you're into PC water-cooling, or PC cooling of any kind for that matter, Koolance is a name with which you're no doubt familiar. After five years of R&D, Koolance introduced its consumer line of liquid cooling products in 2000, long before most people even understood the concept, and has stood at the vanguard of the water-cooling scene ever since. Today, it is our pleasure to give the world its first look at the new flagship of Koolance's water-cooled systems line, the PC3-725BK. In essence, what they've done is take their most powerful and quiet water-cooling system, the 700W Professional series, and mate it with one of the world's finest computer chassis, the Lian Li PC-V1000. As you will see, it makes for quite a combination."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, February 5, 2005
EDimensional Audio FX Review @ PC-Base.net
"The E Dimensional Audio FX Headset are a little bit different that most headsets on the market today. The Vibration function adds a depth to your audio, whether it be gaming music or film."

More information on this review can be found here.
EPoX Bluetooth Flash USB Dongle Review @ The Crucible
"For the person that is on the go more often than not having a simple way to connect all those cumbersome electronic devices together and keep them is sync is not only more convenient, but a requirement. If you are one of these people take a look at EPoX's BluetoothT flash USB dongle. Life without wires is a good thing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Deck Keyboard Review @ The Moditory
"The keyboard is a common peripheral to mod. Ranging from replacing the Num/Scroll/Caps lock LED's to creating a completely new circuit for a touch sensitive keyboard. That's all from the modding arena but past wireless usage we used to not see much from keyboard manufacturers. Now manufacturers are producing backlit keyboards usually illuminated by a few strands of EL wire or a few LEDs which more often than not aren't bright enough to light all the keys, they only light the frame, and don't have any more than an I/O switch. Keyboard producer TG3 Electronics is changing that with their impressive Déck line of backlit keyboards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire X800Pro VIVO Toxic Review @ OC-Zone
"Today we bring you a Sapphire X800 Pro Vivo Toxic, with a ultimate cooling solution. This Sapphire is equiped with a cooler from Artic Cooling, with this cooling Sapphire is more quiet and deliver more potential overclocking abillity."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen Silent Power AO400-12AHN Power Supply Review @ PCStats
"Additional features and frills such as pretty lights, UV reflective coating, fan controllers, etc. are nice, but beside the point. With this in mind, let's take a look at the latest PSU to cross our bench, the AOpen Silent Power AO400-12AHN. This 400Watt unit comes armed with a bristling array of cables as well as a rear mounted knob which controls the speed of the LED-lighted 120mm fan mounted on the bottom of the PSU. "

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition Review @ AMD Review
"Today I am going to review the Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition, which is the latest video card released by ATI. This card is now ATI's flagship card, and has all the features you would expect from a top of the line card, like VIVO, DDR3 RAM, HDTV Decoding, etc. However no matter what the card is capable of, the main thing people purchase these high end cards for is the gaming. So today I am going to tell you about all the features, and show you how the card performs in some of the most popular games out."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT RX600 Pro-GURU Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ABIT RX600 Pro-GURU was the first card from ABIT that featured vGURU technology. Today we take a look at this card and see how it performs and give the vGURU software a test drive. It looks like vGURU is going to be a feature on many of ABIT's upcoming cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek Waterchill Review @ Techwarelabs
"The upper bounds of air cooling's usefulness have already been passed by serious overclockers, and even regular systems can demand better cooling than OEM solutions have to offer. Asetek's all-in-one water-cooling kit, WaterChill, offers a fantastic way for new users to enter the arena of watercooling. The setup procedure is easy and well documented, and the results in temperature and noise reduction are more than any air-cooling system could offer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Akasa AK-688 Black Knight Heatsink Review @ Mikhailtech
"The cooler itself is a bit on the heavier side given that it's a block of copper. It measures in at 90 x 70 x 40mm, so it's about the same size as the stock Intel cooler. The clips used for attaching the heatsinks generally follow Intel's reference design, but with a twist. The "legs" can bend outward so you can place the fan fixture on top of the cooler and line up the hooks one by one without a problem. This is a very versatile and worry-free approach. The latches on the clips are a little stiff but after a few bends they loosen up, so no complaint there."

More information on this review can be found here.
XG Quantum ATX Case Review @ PimpRig
"Despite its gaming credentials, I could tell by the way Attila the UPS guy was huffing and puffing when he reached my second story doorstep, this was no Lan rig I was going to be reviewing. Shipping weight was 37 lbs., sans psu the net weight is just under 32 lbs. MGE's 500 watt psu option was not included with this sample. It's a steel case, it's a big case, it's a man's case, and it's a hernia waiting to be born. In short, the suckers heavy! 1.0mm SECC construction and a heavy aluminum bezel make for a very sturdy case."

More information on this review can be found here.
TriGem KLOSS KL-I915A Review @ Hexus
"It's not as cheap as Shuttle's SB77G5 XPC but for the extra £50 it'll take to snag a KLOSS, you get more than £50 worth of extra value in this reviewer's opinion. An innovative take on SFF chassis partitioning and the cooler for the processor are the final big highlights on a well presented and desirable mini barebones computer system."

More information on this review can be found here.
AeroCool CoolPanel Control Panel Review @ System Cooling
"Today we'll be taking a look at a product that has great potential to make your computing life easier. The Aerocool CoolPanel is not just a fan controller, fan speed monitor and temperature monitor; it also boasts an 8 in 1 card reader, dual USB ports, a firewire port, two SATA connectors along with a host of audio ports and a video input. Will all these features come together to form a great control panel? Let's find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX411 Review @ PC-Arena
"Here at PC-Arena we have reviewed several Matrix Orbital LCD display units, all of which have proved themselves to be excellent products. They have now been kind enough to send us their latest MX4 variant to evaluate. Arriving safely all the way from Canada, our review model was well packed and was supplied with a number of accessories. The first item out of the package was of course the display itself. The model we are looking at is the MX411 variant, with dark blue text on a blue/white background. This has been paired with a black keypad faceplate."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone LC03 HTPC Case Review @ XtremeResources

"If o­ne aspect of the PC market expanded more than the rest the past year, that was the HTPC (Home Theater PC) market. Almost every company released at least o­ne HTPC case in order to meet the demand and many friends of the high-tech industry got a HTPC for their home cinema or Hi Fi rack. What happens if you get a company that builds top quality cases like Silverstone into the equation? The LC03S case comes into existence and makes the competition hard to keep up. There is not much to say about SilverStone; it is a new company, founded o­nly back during mid-2003 and specializes o­n building cases and power supply units for PCs. Lately, they expanded o­n the cooling market slightly. The thing that makes them different than the rest is that they do not make cheap, simple cases. They do exactly the opposite, their cases are very well designed, top quality and innovative, with their price reflecting that as well of course!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, February 4, 2005
CES 2005 Article @ GruntvillE
"The first thing we do is hit the Intel booth so I can get a personal look at the masterpiece that is Stormbringer. I have to tell you, the pictures suck. Either Hobbes has a really crappy camera, or he is the one of the world’s worst photographers. The case is simply amazing, really, and I am not the only one that thinks so. When we arrived there was a crowd of people standing around the case and poor Alex from Intel trying to answer their questions about the case and what was done to it."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thermaltake StarForce Fan Review @ Mikhailtech
"The unit itself is an oddity. It's basically a 92mm fan encased in a slightly tapered cylindrical frame. On top is a Thermaltake logo with multi-color LEDs beneath which steadily change colors every few seconds. Since both the blades and case are UV reactive, there is also a pair of small UV LEDs right next to the fan blades. On the back side is a set of fixed blades which function as part of the frame; supposedly these also make the fan more efficient."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABC's of DVD Drive Abbreviations @ BigBruin
"The number of different formats available in DVD drives can be confusing to anyone in the market for one. The list is much longer, but to address a few of the common formats, we have DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM ,DVD+R DL and DVD±RW. Wow! This list of common formats is long enough, no wonder it’s confusing!"

More information on this article can be found here.

I-Rocks IR-7220 Optical Mouse Review

"The I-Rocks IR-7220 (Beetle) is a small mouse and I found its size to be the one negative factor during use. But, this is a great little mouse that would be fantastic to keep with your notebook for traveling, or for anyone with smaller hands to use on a regular basis."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saitek Cyborg Evo Force Joystick Review @ 3DXtreme
"We have seen other products by Saitek in the past and have come to expect some cool quality gear. Following up from the Cyborg Evo comes the Force Feedback version we have for review today. Every fan of flight simulators likes to have not only a joystick with easy to reach controls, but confort for those long flights."

More information on this review can be found here.
Networking Basics @ The Tech Zone
"A network is a group of computers, printers, and other devices that are connected together with cables. The sharing of data and resources. Information travels over the cables, allowing network users to exchange documents & data with each other, print to the same printers, and generally share any hardware or software that is connected to the network. Each computer, printer, or other peripheral device that is connected to the network is called a node. Networks can have tens, thousands, or even millions of nodes."

More information on this article can be found here.
Trapped under ICE: Extreme FX-55 Overclocking @ Madshrimps
"When you have the fastest CPU (at stock speeds) on the planet, you just have to push it further, although phase change cooling can get your underway, LN2 is bound to give you the edge. Let´s pour a few litres on this blazingly fast A64 FX-55 to see how high it can fly."

More information on this article can be found here.
Beginners Guides: Most Common Ways to Kill a PC
"Computers and their component parts do have a finite life span, and just like us, they have a list of afflictions that are most likely to claim their digital existences. Also just like us, most of these problems stem from careless handling, neglect, unhealthy environments and old age. Toss careless manufacturing into the mix, and you can see why the average computer system rarely survives more than ten years without some sort of catastrophic failure. A few months ago the PCstats Newsletter asked its readership a pretty simple question; "Have you ever killed your PC?" Out of all these tales, one thing became clear; sometime soon, one of your computers or one of its essential components is going to get fried and fail. So here are the most common ways this is likely to happen!"

More information on this article can be found here.
Albatron Trinity 6600GT PCI Express Review @ Viper Lair
"For a mid range card with 128mb, I was expecting Doom 3 and Far Cry to require an 800x600 resolution for acceptable frame rates, but this wasn't the case; all the games tested ran at 1024x768 with some FSAA and AF without issue, and in some cases a few even broke into playable at 1280x1024 (albeit without FSAA or AF)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ballistix Tracer 1GB PC4000 Memory Kit Review @ EOC
"The Ballistix line of memory encompasses both DDR & DDR2 products, and emphasizes performance while still maintaining Crucial's high standards of quality. Now Crucial sells a variation of the Ballistix memory, called Ballistix Tracer. The Ballistix Tracer modules feature two rows of eight "chasing" red and green LEDs atop the module, indicating memory activity by circulating at varying speeds."

More information on this review can be found here.
Neoseeker Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 Review @ Neoseeker
"We managed to overclock the Soltek K890Pro-939 to a maximum stable speed of 280 MHz on the HT bus, with a memory divider of 6:5 (166 MHz), HT multiplier of 4x, and CPU multiplier of 8x. These settings resulted in a total CPU clock of 2240 MHz, memory clock of ~233 MHz, and HT bus clock of 1120 MHz. The SATA1/2 ports appear to be locked, as we did not experience any problems with data integrity."

More information on this review can be found here.
EPoX 9NDA3+ Socket 939 Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"Mike takes a close look at the EPoX 9NDA3+ Socket 939 motherboard today which is based around nVidia's nForce3 Ultra chipset. The motherboard makes use of an AGP port instead of the newer PCI-Express version which makes it a good option for users wanting to keep their old yet workable AGP graphics card and upgrade to the new Socket 939 Athlon 64 platform. Read on as we compare the EPoX 9NDA3+ against other solutions in its league and work out which is best for your needs as a gamer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling ATI Silencer 4 Review @ TechPowerUp
"Arctic Cooling is the first video card cooler manufacturer to use a heatsink base manufactured from copper. The ATI Silencer 4 just does awesome on all settings. If you are looking for a good cooler for your X800 you must definitely consider the ATI Silencer 4. Its cooling performance is excellent no matter what the fan speed is. Memory cooling works pretty well and gives you a bit more overclocking headroom."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek Waterchill Antarctica Water Cooling System Review @ Tweaknews
"Seeing that this is the first of many water cooling product reviews to be posted on Tweaknews.net, you might as well come in with a bang or in this case, a strong gurgle. Asetek have been in the water cooling market for quite some time and it definitely shows. Along with the outstanding quality and workmanship, detail, and efficiency, my first voyage into Asetek water cooling has resulted in a very positive experience."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, February 3, 2005
Logisys Multimedia Acoustics System Review @ Hardware Pacers
"Logisys Multimedia Acoustics System is a handsome, easy to set up speaker system. Its major advantage over some of the competitor’s sound systems is its price and design. Since most of the speakers on the market today perform similarly, sound as third advantage is excluded. However, it must not be underestimated since the speakers do sound well. The package has some minor design deficiencies which can be neglected due to its overall performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
SunbeamTech Light-Bus & Laser LEDs Review @ Madshrimps
"When the loud noise of your water cooling radiator fan rig or high performance heatsink fan bothers you a lot, the fan controller (rheostat) will come to the rescue. When your modded case does not have enough lighting or too much lighting, Sunbeamtech has the Light-Bus for you. In fact, this Light-Bus serves a dual purpose duty in controlling the fans and light intensity plus more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Z5300 Review @ ModdersHQ
"Carrying the box in from being delivered let me know immediately that there is some heavy build quality in the Z-5300's. Opening the box I found very well packaged satellite speakers and a subwoofer along with a manual and the SoundTouch Control. All of the speakers were so nicely packed that it took a good ten to fifteen minutes before I could even set them up for their photo-op."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra X-Connect Green UV 500W Power Supply Review @ PCStats
"There's a good reason why we always recommend consumers spend good money on a power supply, and skimp elsewhere, if necessary, when building systems. The danger of a cheap power supply blow up and destroying the rest of the computer is more likely than you might imagine. In this review, PCstats will be testing the Ultra X-Connect Green UV PSU. Each power cable has its own port on the power supply unit, so you only need to connect the cables you need. No more having to stuff extra cables into the 5 1/4" drive bays, or hide them behind the motherboard tray for a neat looking system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seasonic S12 500W Power Supply Review @ BigBruin
"Power supplies are potentially the most important piece of hardware in your computer, and ones that neglect to supply the advertised voltage can result in system crashes and general instability. Today we will be evaluating the Seasonic S12 500W Power Supply, which includes just about everything you could expect in a complete package. The unit is stable, efficient, and handles a respectable, 500W load."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Purepower Fanless 350Watts Review @ OC-Zone
"OC-Zone once again come's with a new review. This time we had access to a product that interest a small group of users, but it has great interest for this persons. Its the totaly silenced PSU from Thermaltake, the Thermaltake PurePower Fanless 350Watts."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Freezer 4 Review @ XYZ Computing
"The total size of the cooler is 92x114x120 mm which means it is big but since the footprint is small and the cooler is wider higher up, clearance should not be an issue. The cooler weighs in at just 488g, barely more than the maximum recommended weight for our socket 478 processor, this is a good deal lighter than many other heatpipe powered CPU coolers of this size."

More information on this review can be found here.
FSP AX500-A Blue Storm PSU Review @ Short-Media
"Fortron Source Group (FSP) is a power supply that should be at the top of any PC buyer's list. FSP launched the AX500-A Blue Storm PSU late in 2004 to meet the demands of the "bigger, better, faster". The "norm" is quickly becoming 500 watts and FSP puts in a good showing with the AX500-A."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ 520W ModStream Power Supply Review @ BJorn3D
"Known mostly for their overclocker-friendly RAM, OCZ provides top-tier products for the PC enthusiast market. Established in 2000 by enthusiasts and for enthusiasts, OCZ has branched out into the power supply market recently with their PowerStream and ModStream power supplies. The ModStream is one of the new modular power supplies that have been sweeping the world due to their vast combinations for powering your hardware components. OCZ offers two versions of their ModStream, the OCZ-450 and the OCZ-520. Our review sample was the OCZ-520 that produces 520 watts but is capable of a peak load of 620 watts. Read on to see how the OCZ ModStream performs in a modern system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe FCS-50 Heatlane CPU Cooler Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Scythe's new FCS-50 Heatlane CPU Cooler is one item I have been wanting to review for quite some time now for the simple reason that I had such good results with the Heatlane Technology when we reviewed the e-OTONASHI Fanless Mini PC Case, though Heatlane and Heatpipe technology act in similar fashions they should not be confused with one another."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake BigWater Water Cooling Kit Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Thermaltake BigWater Water Cooling Kit offers big bang-for-the-buck! It's easy to install, performs well, looks great and is affordable. Included is a quiet 120L/Hr Pump, Radiator w/120mm fan, and a copper CPU waterbock. It also fits all Intel P4 and AMD motherboards currently on the market."

More information on this video review can be found here.
SilverStone SST-LC04B HTPC Review @ ModdersHQ
"A quote "HTPC's (Home Theatre PC) have quickly become a familiar site among computer enthusiasts. Even though an HTPC is nothing more then a glorified desktop case, appearance and function are what keeps us from using our old IBM workstations in conjunction with our home entertainment systems. SilverStone has been a front runner in the HTPC case market and today we are taking a closer look at the SST-LC04B."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, February 2, 2005
Wireless Networking Troubleshooting Guide @ The Tech Zone
"Fortunately for us, fixing a Wi-Fi problem is really not that complicated. In fact, most problems associated with wireless networking fall into three main categories: problems connecting initially, throughput and connection speed problems, and coverage issues. To get you back up and running we present the TTZ Wireless Networking Troubleshooting Guide. The guide covers all three wireless issues you're likely to encounter - with fixes and solutions to all of them."

I just recently set-up a wireless network in my home. This guide does provide some practical troubleshooting tips. More information on this guide can be found here.
Evercool WC-202 Watercooling Kit Review @ 3DXtreme
"About a year ago we had the opportunity of reviewing the WC-201 which was a decent all-in-one unit for watercooling. We did a little modding to the unit and brought it to a point where it would perform much better in it's capacity. We mentioned some of our concerns to Evercool and I'm sure others did also and they have since updated the unit with the WC-202 that 3DXtreme has the pleasure of reviewing today. Our main focus of this review will not be to look at it completely as we did the WC-201, but to highlight the updates and to show performance of the unit in our modded setup. So without further ado, let's take a look at the WC-202."

More information on this review can be found here.
Maxtor DiamondMax 10 300GB SATA HD Review @ System Cooling
"Maxtor's DiamondMax 10 line of desktop hard drives covers a wide swathe of products. All the products feature a 7200 RPM spindle speed, and range in size from 80GB to 300GB. They are available in both ATA133 and SATA 150 interfaces, with cache sizes from 8 to 16 MB. The drive we're looking at today is the top of the DiamondMax 10 line, with its SATA interface, 300GB capacity, 16MB of cache, and NCQ (native command queueing) support to boot. It's got all the tools, and we'll find out if the performance is there to match its lofty specifications."

More information on this review can be found here.
SapphireTech Hybrid X800 256MB PCIe Video Card Review @ PimpRig
"The X800 comes stock clocked at 390Mhz Core and 350 MHz (700MHz effective) memory. I can already tell you that the Samsung GDDR3 RAM on this card is seriously under-clocked at 350MHz since it is rated for 500MHz (Samsung Part#: K4J55323QF-GC20). With a healthy overclock and the extra 4 pipelines this should be a nice card."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin DDR2 PC2-4200 Memory Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product is currently the fastest in its class due to the fantastic memory timing of 3-2-2-8. Reduced latencies on DDR2 are a very welcome improvement. The default speed of this memory is 533MHz DDR2 & will work in any compatible motherboard. If you are not overclocking & in the market for DDR2 memory, definitely check it out."

More information on this video review can be found here.
GeCube Radeon X800XL & X850XT Graphics Cards Review @ Tweaktown
"Today we compare the performance of two new ATI Radeon high-end graphics chips - the Radeon X800XL & X850XT through retail cards from GeCube. After examining each card we compare the performance of each against an nVidia GeForce 6600GT and 6800 Ultra which are what ATI's new cards are aimed at competing against."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X700Pro IceQ Turbo VIVO Review @ Viper Lair
"3D performance was very good in most of the games tested. This card can play any current game at 1024*768 without any real problems, especially when overclocked. The DirectX tests showed that this card can play at 1600*1200 with AA and ansiotropic filtering in older games such as UT 2004."

More information on this review can be found here.
XGI V8 Video Card Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"It used to be that you were restricted to just two superpowers when you were choosing a video card. These days, it’s ATi or NVIDIA. Well, not quite. XGI has decided to stray from the pack and is offering it’s own chipset. Today we’ll review the V8 which should compete nicely with the 9600SE or the 5700LE."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X700 Pro IceQ Turbo VIVO Review @ BJorn3D
"The point of HIS's IceQ line of boards is providing this high-performance cooling so that the board does not have to be modified to get every last bit of performance out of it. Bjorn3D has already taken a look at a couple (X800 Pro and X800 XT) of these solutions from HIS, and today I am pleased to present another one - the X700 Pro IceQ Turbo VIVO."

More information on this review can be found here.
Media Center Edition 2005 Beginners Guide @ Hardware Analysis
"About to buy a new PC featuring Windows XP Media Center 2005, or thinking of upgrading your current PC with it? Give this article a good read, we'll outline how to get started and what you'll need to get it up and running quickly."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Hauppauge PVR-150MCE l.p. Edition Review @ HTPCNews
"Hauppauge has decided to give the consumers a bit of choice with their latest lineup of capture cards. You, the consumer, can purchase three different versions of their PVR-150 capture card, and we're taking a look at the new low profile (l.p.) version today. Many may think that the 150 is inferior to the 250 since its number is lower (and the price), but we recommend you read the review and make up your mind for yourself. Coming in at a price around 60$ at many places online and offering a better D/A conversion than their already famous PVR-250 could help this card make its way into many PC's."

I use the PVR-250 in my HTPC and this is definitely a nice cheaper alternative. More information on this review can be found here.
GeCube SilenCool X700 PRO 256MB Review @ Hexus
"GeCube pull off silent X700 PRO running with aplomb, for competetive money, by not going overboard on the bundle. If it lies in your price range and silence appeals, be sure and consider it. GeCube promise that availability will be strong in early 2005. Recommended based on that."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, February 1, 2005
Properly Glue Acrylic or Plexi @ Tech-Mods
"I’ve seen many people ask what the best way to glue acrylic or plexi, so I decided to write up this little guide to help show the easy way to achieve nice clear and strong factory results. With this procedure I cannot stress how important it is to take caution when using this glue. While performing this please wear Safety Glasses because 15 minutes of aggravation while doing this is better than a life of not being able to see."

More information on this guide can be found here.
VIA PT Series Chipsets Overview @ Viper Lair
"We think VIA has released some worthy chipsets for the Intel crowd, especially for those who have been somewhat sitting on the fence. Outside of the upgrade flexibility we've mentioned time and time again today, VIA has given us a choice when it comes to the LGA775 platform. In terms of features, we feel it stacks up well against Intel, but we feel that VIA may have a slight edge here."

More information on this review can be found here.

VIA PT Series Chipsets Overview @ hardCOREware

"Today VIA is announcing a trio of PCI-E chipsets for the Pentium 4. The way they vary is slight, but some offer some interesting features like dual video, and perhaps in the future, SLI. VIA's first plan of attack is to offer P4 users the easiest upgrade path possible. All speeds of FSB are supported, motherboards can support both DDR and DDR2, and in some cases, both PCI-E and AGP."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Xeon 3GHz Noccona w/ASUS NCL-DS Motherboard @ Tweaktown
"We've switched things up a little differently today with a look at the Intel Xeon 3GHz Noccona server processor in a Dual CPU setup along with the new and capable ASUS NCL-DS Motherboard which provides the light for the whole show. After providing a good history of the Xeon processor series we take a look at the motherboard and see how the platform performs in server-type tasks and applications."

More information on this review can be found here.
GIGABYTE GA-8I915G Duo Motherboard Review @ Techniz
"The GA-8I915G Duo was featuring the new Intel® 915G Express chipset with Hyper-Threading Technology delivers significant performance gains with variety of new generation architectures including dual-channel DDR1 and DDR2 main memory, PCI-Express interface, revolutionary graphics experience with Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 900 Technology, and Serial-ATA interface for improving storage performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
PrimeCooler HyperCool III+ Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"Think we can all agree that the cooling performance of this PrimeCooler HyperCool III+ cooler heatsink at our low & middle or average heat test settings is rather impressive and only joining the other air cooled heatsinks at the much tougher 170 watts test."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech H20-120 (Rev. 3) Liquid Cooling Kit Review @ OCIA
"Now it's time to install the radiator. The first step is to install the PCI bracket. Choose a spot that won't interfere with any of your AGP/PCI cards. You'll notice a little notch that is beside on of the holes on the PCI bracket. This is for the 120mm fan power wire. I chose to not use this slot as there were no fan headers near where I installed the bracket. I instead routed mine in an opening above the AGP slot."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tranquil PC T2.e/MCE2005 EPIA-SP Review @ Hexus
"EPIA-SP gives Tranquil's MCE2005 product in the T2 chassis the performance boost that it needed, to remove some of the sticking points I found in operation. The chassis' evolution gives you a bit more interior space in the right places, the PCI retention hardware is improved and the blissful silence remains."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax CS-718 Case Review @ AMDReview
"Enermax has come out with a new case, the Enermax CS-718 case. I have never seen a case that is designed like this one. This case is completely tool less; you don't even need a screwdriver. I have put the case through some extensive thermal testing, and I will show you all the features of the case and show you my testing results."

More information on this review can be found here.

AeroCool Gatewatch Review

"For people looking for a quieter computer and don't want to go into water-cooling, then a fan controller is the way to go. Today I am reviewing the AeroCool Gatewatch fan controller."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li PC-6070Plus Silent ATX Case Review @ PimpRig
"The Lian Li PC-6070 has been out for a while now and is a mid-tower produced with noise reduction in mind. Lian Li still had a few tricks up their sleeve to improve the performance of this model though, so they redesigned the PC-6070 and added some extra cooling abilities; hence the PC-6070 Plus name. I'll introduce the PC-6070's basic features for those of you who haven't seen this case up close and personal before, and then get into the new features that makes the PC-6070 Plus different from it's standard counterpart."

More information on this review can be found here.
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