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Thursday, March 31, 2005
LiteOn SOHW-1673s Review @ Overclockers Online
"Today Overclockers Online has a brand new DVD±RW drive in from LiteOn! If you're looking to upgrade your current drive, or are looking for a new one, look to see how LiteOn maintain's its legacy with their latest 16x DVD±RW Drive."

More information on this review can be found here.
USBGeek Liquid Optical USB "Ducky" Mouse Review @ Controlled-Insanity
The first thing you see when you look at this mouse is the "Ducky" swimming around the back end of it. Hence it has been nicknamed the "Ducky Mouse". The duck swims around in what appears to be some type of clear oil and will provide you with hours of giggles and "What the heck is that" comments from friends and family.

This is almost as bad as Lian Li's fish aquarium side panel. More information on this review can be found here.

Wisetechusa UV IDE/SATA Cable Roundup

"As mentioned before, all of these cables are UV Reactive, so lets get them installed and under some UV light! Installation is really, really easy. We are talking chimp easy here folks, simply power down your device, and unplug your current cables, then install the new ones. The end result isn't blazing high speed transfers, but a clean, neat looking alternative to your boring ourdated ribbon cables."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeamtech 20 in 1 Superior Panel Review @ BigBruin
"Sunbeamtech did a fine job packing all these features into the space of a 5.25” drive bay. The unit is very well constructed and the layout is very convenient and easy to use. The fan control knobs, mode button, and reset button are pretty small, but even with my big fingers they were very easy to use."

More information on this review can be found here.
BFG Tech GeForce 6600 GT OC (Solo and SLI) @ Bjorn3D
"For the out-of-the-box warrantied overclock, you will have to pay a slight price premium over stock speed 6600 GT's, but if you want one of the highest performing 6600 GT's available, then BFG has you covered with its 6600 GT OC. It's a great card with cool looks and a mediocre bundle. As always, though, I have to emphasize BFG's lifetime warranty and 24x7 tech support. Those two things are very big selling points to me and offer a lot of comfort you just can't get from many other companies."

More information on this review can be found here.
Skyhawk PSU ATX12V & EPS12V Compliance @ Legit Reviews
"SkyHawk claims their PowerOne power supplies are ATX12V v2.0 and EPS12V 2.1 compliant. After further investigation Legit Reviews has come to the conclusion that the forementioned Power Supplies DO NOT meet the guidelines."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI Lanparty UT NF4 Ultra-D Motherboard Review @ hardCOREware
"Motherboard manufacturers are looking for more and more ways to distinguish their products from others. Some go further than others, giving features and solutions that are useful for different types of users. Others resort to cosmetic changes, and interesting bundles. DFI has gained a reputation for offering killer overclocker boards that look better than any other. This time with the NF4 Ultra-D, they are also adding some innovative features like Dual PCI-E video card support, and MemTest86 in the BIOS. That's just the tip of the iceberg though."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R Motherboard Review @ Viperlair
"The Albatron PX925XE Pro-R is a fine board but not one that a true hardcore enthusiast should aim for; if balls out overclocking is your thing you should look elsewhere. That said, if you have a 200FSB CPU, you can feel safe in the knowledge that the 925XE will allow you headroom up to 266FSB at least, but the same can be said of other 925XE boards."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon64 3500+ Overclocking Adventure @ PCStats
"We're going to have a bit of fun with this chip today. We'll test how high our Athlon64 3500+ will overclock with air cooling, but we're also going to put the processor under the deep freeze to see how high it goes with a R404A modded Prometeia Mach I phase-change cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.

Epox EP-9NPA+ Ultra Socket 939 Motherboard Review

"This latest Epox motherboard, the EP9NPA+ Ultra is complete with Port 80 card and PCI Express, although SLI is not supported. PCI Express is definitely the way to go with AMD Athlon64 systems, and a single high end videocard has more than enough power for today's games as do regular Athlon64's and Pentium 4's processors. The Epox EP-9NPA+ Ultra offers users a very flexible nForce 4/PCI Express platform, and has some useful integrated peripherals like a 8-channel audio, 10 USB2.0 ports, IEEE 1394a, and Gigabit LAN. It's not the most well equipped motherboard we've ever dealt with, but for mainstream users I think you could say it fills out all the necessary points well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master AQUAGATE Mini Water Cooling System Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Cooler Master AQUAGATE Mini R120 allows anyone to dive into water cooling! No expert knowledge is needed to quickly and easily set up this system on any computer system. There are no worries about cutting and connecting tubes, placement of components, or even periodic maintenance. It's as simple as water cooling gets, but still performs very well."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Thermaltake BigWater Review @ ByteSector

"Thermaltake is a world leader in the computer cooling market with an ever- growing line of thermal efficient computer enclosures and computer accessories. In the past, I have had the opportunity to test out their latest heatsink designs and their first attempt at an external liquid cooling system, the Aquarius III. Today, I will be taking a look at their third liquid cooling kit (second internal) which sports a high efficiency radiator with a 12 cm variable speed fan, universal copper waterblock with an acrylic face plate, and a high speed, low noise pump. Together, these components come together and prove to be the most efficient liquid cooling system I have tested to date. Let’s take a closer look at the components and the system as a whole."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Vanessa S-Type Air Cooler Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"Thus a more powerful fan would give better cooler results. But in any case we can see that at even our lowest heat test temperature this Titan Vanessa S-Type is more than capable of holding its own. Only as we increase the heat does the lower power fan start to show up. Even so at 115 watts the cooler is very impressive."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Temjin TJ02 Enclosure Review @ XYZ Computing
"This review will be taking a look at SilverStone's Temjin TJ02 enclosure. This product offers high-end styling and performance to match, from a company which has been making a great name for itself. At the most basic level the TJ02 is a steel, mid-tower enclosure, but you can get one of these from any company and certainly for less money. Let's take a look and see what sets this one apart from the crowd."

More information on this review can be found here.
Painting Flames Guide @ MNPCTech
"Follow these steps to make professional looking flames without spending hours of practice or hundreds of dollars on equipment."

This is a very helpful guide if you are looking for trick out your case. More information on this guide can be found here.
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Edge Tech DiskGo! Thumbdrive Review @ Yeti Reviews
"A thumbdrive is just a thumbdrive until you see this really cool modded unit. This drive by Edge Tech Corp seems to cater to the modding enthusiast. This is the first in a series of Edge Tech gadgets that we will be playing with. If this one is indicative of the rest of their stuff, we will be trying to get some of this stuff for some prizes for you guys and gals."

More information on this review can be found here.
Voice over IP for Beginners @ The Tech Zone
"For those who have never heard about the potential of VoIP, be prepared to radically change the way you think about your current long-distance calling plan. VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is very simply, a method for taking ordinary analog audio signals and turning them into digital signals that can be sent over the Internet."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Sunbeam Chameleon Review @ PimpRig
"Taking the contents out of the box shows us what we have to work with: The 5.25" bay controller, 4 "LED cannons", bag with screws for mounting controller and adhesive-backed velcro strips for mounting the "cannons", and a brief warning pamphlet. There were no instructions included, but in all fairness none are really needed. It might be a good idea to include some anyway for those potential Darwin Award candidates out there."

More information on this review can be found here.
Patriot PDC1G3200+XBLK 1GB DC Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"As the age of Samsung TCCD memory chips come close to an end, companies are using what's left in their stock to produce low latency DDR ram. PDP Systems is one of the lesser known memory companies that followed the trend of TCCD. It's a surprise to hear that their company has been around since 1985. Although in existence for such a long time, they have provided memory for a variety of components, ranging from Flash memory devices to ATI graphics cards. Only recently has PDP Systems decided to join the highly competitive memory market with the name Patriot."

More information on this review can be found here.
Latency Settings and their Impact on Memory Performance @ Cosair Memory
"Memory modules are currently available which support a wide variety of different speeds and latency settings. Speed is easy to understand - in general, faster is better. But what do the latency settings mean? And, what impact do they have on memory performance? This paper will provide a brief background on latency settings and what they mean. Then, we will move to the lab, where we will run a suite of benchmarks over a wide variety of latency settings, and we will measure the impact of these settings on benchmark scores."

More information on this report can be found here.
Wintec AMP-X PC2-5400 DDR2 Memory Review @ XtremeResources
"With technology advancing at a rapid rate, Intel has moved to the DDR2 memory subsystem. It seems Intel views DDR2 as the upgrade path for the best performance gains in conjunction with their newest, current and future processors. On the other hand, AMD continues to stay with DDR and may move up to DDR2 in the future since their processor requirements for memory are different with the memory controller on the die. Today, we will examine and test the first DDR2 PC2-5400 modules at Xtreme Resources on the Intel 925XE platform with Wintec's AMPX PC2-5400 1GB dual channel kit and see how it fares."

More information on this review can be found here.
Athlon 64 Overclocking Study @ Neoseeker
"Raising the LDT bus speed and dropping the multiplier so as to maintain a close-to-stock clock speed on the CPU nearly nothing for overall system performance. In synthetic CPU tests, CPU performance actually dropped a tiny bit, and memory bandwidth performance went up a non-impressive 3.2%. LDT and memory bus speeds aren't all that they're cracked up to be if your CPU is not there to eat up the extra headroom given."

More information on this guide can be found here.
MSN P4N Diamond Digitally Switched SLI @ Hexus
"Since SLI's rebirth a few months ago, nForce 4 SLI chipset users have been burdened with the task of inverting a daughterboard or setting a heap of jumpers to reconfigure the lane setup of their PEG slots. However, that is now changing. Motherboard manufacturers are starting to create digital switches for SLI, making life that little bit easier for the enthusiast. Here we have the first box shot of MSI's P4N Diamond motherboard, which is an nForce 4 for Intel based board, in fact the first P4 SLI board with a digital SLI switch."

More information on this review can be found here.

GeCube's Radeon X850 XT Uniwise Review

"For the performance, it's hard to argue with the £370 asking price, in the face of what you get for the same money invested in NVIDIA, right now. It's close to X850 XT PE money, but then again, it is an XT PE in all but name. That it ships with an inspired cooler, one that brings back the essence of the initial X800 XT PE design, is all the better. I also get the dual DVI ports and VIVO ability I crave, for good measure."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"With fiscal matters in mind, PCStats will be testing out a mainstream Athlon64 (socket 939) motherboard based on the VIA K8T890 chipset, with support for just one PCI Express x16 videocard. If that sounds enticing, bear in mind that the Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 motherboard retails for just $157 CDN ($127 US). That's about $75-100 less than the average SLI board, but still includes a lot of PCI Express goodness! The SL-K890Pro-939 motherboard supports Socket 939 AMD Athlon64/FX processors, and can be packed with up to 4GB of PC3200 DDR RAM. The board supports a single PCI Express x16 videocard as well as three PCI Express x1 devices. Lastly there are two 32-bit PCI slots for your future upgrading needs."

More information on this review can be found here.
6 Waterblock Giveaway @ Overclockers Online
"It couldn't be easier to enter in our contest. Read the rules, email us and boom your done. With 1 week left, check out our other ways to boost your entry count."

More information on this contest can be found here.
New Specials @ CrazyPC
"Purchase $30 of Merchandise at CrazyPC.com to qualify for a FREE Neon Light Kit Coupon. Just add the Neon Light Kit (Item Code PC9990) to your basket and enter the coupon code CPCFREENEON at check out. Offer good while supplies last; Expires 4/15/05. Buy a Zalman Reserator Water Cooling Kit and get a free VGA waterblock! Get'em while stock lasts!"

More information on this offer can be found here.
Corsair COOL Water Cooling Kit Review @ Madshrimps
"Corsair first dipped their toes into the reflective pools of water cooling back in 2003. Their product, aptly named Hydrocool was a self-contained "black box" which housed a pump, radiator/fan, reservoir, and electronics, including LED temp display. Corsair has recently returned to the CADCAM drawing board. This time they´ve eschewed the external box design, opting instead for an integrated system. Their new system given the moniker COOL is a partially pre-assembled affair and should provide the entry-level user, as well as those more familiar with H20 systems, a cooling alternative superior to air."

More information on this press release can be found here.
SMC EZ-Stream Media Receiver Review @ BigBruin
"Taking a look at the included brochure proved to be a necessity as I usually just fire things right up, and then only after failed attempts, read the manual. In this case, you must have the included MediaServer software installed before doing anything with the EZ-Stream. MediaServer is a small application that allows you to choose shared directories, enter in addresses of Internet radio stations, and do general option settings. Turns out the EZ-Stream will not connect to anything without MediaServer running."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dual Layer DVD Shootout - ASUS vs. Gigabyte 16x Recorders @ Tweaktown
"Today we step aside from the usual motherboard or processor review and take a look at two of the latest DVD burners to emerge from two large Taiwanese companies, ASUS and Gigabyte. Both drives support DVD burning at 16x and both support Dual Layer burning. If you're on the market for a new DVD burner, one of these might be what you're looking for."

More information on this review can be found here.
CeBIT 2005 Part 1 Report @ Bit-Tech
"Being a modding site we had to check out the new cases on offer and to be honest we were somewhat disappointed with what we saw. Most were rehashed "run of the mill" stock but several manufacturers did have interesting cases to show."

It is always good to see what new case designs are coming down the pipeline and this report doesn't disappoint. More information on this report can be found here.
MOD The Machine - The TV Show Press Release
"MOD the Machine - The TV Show is a grassroots effort by a local computer tech and award winning MOD builder by the name of Christopher Dols, as well as a TV and movie award winning staff. The idea behind the show is to bring a type of computer work called MODDING to the eyes of the general public. The basic idea is that there will be 2 team with three modders on each team and they will have up to 50 hours to take a basic PC and turn it in to a completely original extreme mod."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Silverstone SST-LC13 HTPC Chassis Review @ ExtremeMhz
"I’ve been waiting for an excuse to put together a HTPC for a long time, so when the opportunity came up to do it and cover a review at the same time I jumped on it! Silverstone has been very aggressive in marketing high end HTPC chassis over the last two years or so, and their latest creation is the LC13. Featuring the sleek brushed aluminum look that Silverstone is rapidly becoming famous for, this bad boy has dual 5.25” and 3.5” bays and an appearance that is sure to mesh with your current home theatre system."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABS Ultimate E2 Media Center PC First Look @ Designtechnica
"The Ultimate E2 Media Center PC by ABS Computer Technologies is a home media computer powered by Microsoft Windows XP Media Center 2005. It is designed to fit into your home entertainment system, dropping the traditional desktop chassis in favor of a more vertical look similar to DVD players and audio receivers."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Wireless Networking Setup and Security @ BigBruin
"There are definitely additional issues that could be considered when setting up a wireless network, but covering these basics will make a wireless network much more secure than it was straight out of the box. Many people are confident that no one would be interested in their home network and feel security is just one more headache of technical mumbo-jumbo that they would rather not deal with."

More information on this guide can be found here.
4 Port USB 2.0 Compact Hub Review @ ExtensionTech
"USB hubs have been around for a quite some time now. Older PC's used to come with just two ports, and newer ones come with 4, 6, or even more now. Little did we know back then that the little engine that could, USB, would gain such popularity. Or did we? Regardless, there are many instances where a USB hub comes in handy. Laptops for one, as they tend to skimp out on USB ports it seems. So something like a hub definitely comes in handy. And that is where this compact hub would serve its purpose. Continue on for the
review."

More information on this review can be found here.
An Essential Guide to Home Theater Speaker Placement
"The goal of all speaker placement for movie soundtrack playback and multichannel music reproduction even stereo is a smooth, consistent and unbroken soundstage across the ront, coupled with a sense of envelopment in the ambient surround effects. In other words, you're after a sense of location, whether that is suggested by what's on-screen, by the recording venue or even the dry, intimate acoustic of many pop/rock studio recordings."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Altec Lansing InMotion IM3 Portable Audio Review @ Tech-Mods
"Personal music players have been around for some time now; we have seen many different sizes and styles over the years. From the once great cassette tape, right down to the MP3 players we are used to today. As portable and personal these units have been designed, there are times we would like to share the music we carry with us. Today we will be looking at a portable audio station; designed mainly for the well known I-Pod but yet flexible to be used with near any other portable device you may have. Let's see if this paperback sized unit can fill a small library when you're in the sharing mood?"

More information on this review can be found here.
X-Woofer 3D Vibro Woofer Speaker Review @ Short-Media
"X-Woofer is a unique product that is worn about the neck to provide a personal listening experience enhanced by a Vibro-Woofer speaker system. There were high hopes for the X-Woofer. The X-Woofer may sound good on paper but the true test is in the feel."

MTB took a look at this product a few weeks ago, here is our comparison review. More information on this review can be found here.
Icemat Siberia Headphones Review @ BJorn3D
"With all the talk about surround sound, 5.1 speaker systems and 7.1 speaker systems, it is sometimes easy to forget that in some cases a pair of good headphones is to be preferred or even a necessity. I, for instance, cannot turn up the volume of my 5.1 system too high since I don't want to disturb the neighbors or my wife. At the same time, I want to be able to experience a good gaming session of World of Warcraft or Doom 3, and we all know that the sound is just as important as graphics."

More information on this review can be found here.

Icemat Siberia Headphones Review @ The Moditory

"Headphones are the solution to having personal, portable audio. The new question that's being asked is how to cram high-quality sound into as small a package as possible. While they're not surround sound headphones, the Icemat Siberia Multi Headset has good audio output, nice design (durable and comfortable; even matches your iPod), as well as a microphone to promote your trash-talking on CS or to record a meeting for later use. Either way, the Icemat Siberia Headset is here to check out."

More information on this review can be found here.
MGE XGbox Vortec 600W Review @ InsaneTek
"Today we test their strongest power supply, the Vortec 600 watt power supply. Will this 600 watt power supply be a power house, a flash in the pan, or just flashy? We'll see if the Vortec 600w can "push the limits of your system", as XG describes it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Genius Wireless Netscroll+ Review @ HWzone
"The release of Genius's latest moust, the Wireless Netscroll+ Superior, is a large step for Genius in the market of optical-wireless mice.The new mouse, with its slick and modern design, boasts many features,buttons and a rich bundle that should give it the ability to fairlycompete with other products in the market, even those with the highestprice tags. In this review we will see whether the Netscroll+ Superior is a strongnew competitor that should be taken seriously into account when searching for a new mouse, or is it just another mediocre product, a poor imitation of the excellent mice made by Microsoft and Logitech?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Flexiglow Keyboard & Gaming Mouse Review @ Viperlair
"The Flexiglow xRaider Gaming Mouse and xRaider Keyboard are both good components although the obvious star of the show here is the Gaming Mouse. In the looks department it is pretty good, although I do think that perhaps the rear cycling LED should have a switch of some kind to dictate a singular colour or the cycling of the colour; it can get a bit tiresome/distracting to the eyes now and then. That said, there is a good chance you will have the palm of your hand covering it anyway."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman VF700 AlCu Silent Video Card Cooler Review @ hardCOREware
"With Zalman's original video card cooler, the main goal was absolute silent operation, with performance as an after thought. This suited silent PC enthusiasts well, but left many people with poor performance on higher end video cards, and under overclocking. Their new cooler, the VF700 takes a similar approach to their 'flower' shaped CPU coolers, fitted to a video card format. Although you will lose one expansion slot, it is still incredibly quiet, easy to install and performed well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn Winfast NF4K8MC-ERS Motherboard Review @ MBReview
"Given that the Foxconn Winfast NF4K8MC-ERS comes with a price point of only $79.00, I'd have to say that this could be an excellent upgrade solution for the budget buyer. For most enthusiasts, or those users looking for a budget overclocking board, the NF4K8MC-ERS will comes off a bit boring, as it well should. Although Foxconn offers 250.0MHz on the FSB, they don't let the user adjust any of the core voltages."

More information on this review can be found here.
Graphics Card BIOS Flashing Guide @ Mistix
"Lately updates are flying out at us like a heavy machine gun stuck on auto fire, we had the entertaining and confusing guide of the infamous Service Pack 2, the Athlon XP Revision E and last but not least the RPC update that had many people running around like head-less chickens. Graphics cards have been more stable than the rest of the updates, BIOS need to be updated regularly to keep on top and keep your card knocking up better 3DMark scores, this guide will help you to flash the BIOS to keep up with the latest revisions, or if you are having major troubles."

More information on this guide can be found here.
HIS X850XT Platinum Edition IceQ II PCIe Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Earlier in the year we reviewed the HIS X700 Pro Turbo and were quite impressed with what we saw. A solid performer with some of the best stock cooling around really made the X700 shine. Today we have a special treat. Meet Hightech Information System's newest flagship card, the X850XT PE IceQ II. The X850XT PE comes fully loaded offering dual DVI outputs, VIVO capability thanks to the presence of ATI's Rage Theather, the UV sensitive ICEQ II cooler, and some of the fastest clock speeds around."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Nemesis Elite Case Review @ Controlled-Insanity
"Also included in the "bling" of this case is the option of having seven colors to choose from for the front bezel LED, inside the front bay door is a little button that when pushed changes the color of the LED. So for those of us that are fashion driven, we will always be in style with the correct colors for all seasons. I can only speak for myself, but I know I would hate to be caught at a LAN displaying last year's color on the front of my case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek PX6600GT TDH PCI-E Video Card Review @ GruntvillE
"The Leadtek was absolutely a blast. I started out by moderately overclocking the core and memory; I bumped the core up 20MHz and the memory up 20 MHz. This was of course, no great feat but I must say I was happy to see it had worked. I decided to go for some gusto and bumped the core up to 550MHz and the memory up to 1100MHz. That’s a 50MHz bump on the core and 100MHz on the memory. I just knew it was wishful thinking but decided to go for it anyway. Alas, the card had no issues or artifacts. I pushed the core to 575 and the memory to 1200 and this is when I started noticing some uh oh’s. I dropped the core to 573 and left the memory alone and had no issues."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ahanix D'Vine 4 Home Theater PC ATX Case Review @ PimpRig
"The front view, I have to say, is the most stylish aspect of this case. The thick brushed aluminum front has a solid classic look to it. The smoked glass hiding the VFD display is set very well and does give at all when you push against it. Since this is a HTPC case there are 2 USB and 1 Firewire ports on the front that are good additions for plugging in a video camera for direct downloading. The drive bay door conceals 2 External 5 ¼ inch Bays."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, March 28, 2005
How To Put FireFox on Steroids @ ipKonfig
"You may have noticed that the browser will make one request to a web page at a time, as do most web browsers currently on the Internet. This is due to Firefox's configuration for the pipelines, which you can take advantage of that by making some simple modifications to its configuration file."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Logisys Meshed 500W PSU Review @ Mikhailtech
"The sticker on the underside states 28A on the 3.3V line, 38A on the 5V line, and 17A on the 12V line. While the first two are sufficient, 17A on the 12V rail isn't enough, considering other quality 300-400W models can provide as much as 30A. Even more interesting are the combined ratings. You'll notice there's a 200W power limit on the 3.3V + 5V rails. Furthermore, there's a 350W total power rating for all three rails, with the "max output" capped at 500W. In other words, you're not getting a 500W model. You're getting a 350W model that's theoretically capable of a 500W maximum output."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Danger Den Fillport Review @ OCModShop
"We have another review for a Danger Den product, by now I don't even need to tell you that Danger Den is one of the main water cooling manufacturers in the USA. In this review I'm going to have a good look at a new product from Danger Den, their new fillport. A what? A fillport, it is basically a port connected to a barb sealed of with a hex nut, which you use to fill and bleed your water cooling loop without opening your case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Schooner Review @ techPowerUp
"Thermaltake has been creative and the Schooner is the first VGA cooler which uses a heatpipe to transport heat to the outside of the case where it is dissipated. The Thermaltake Schooner is the best completely passive cooler we tested so far."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe FCS-50 HSF Review @ Ap0calypse
"In a couple of my past reviews I have had the chance to try out some of Scythe’s processor coolers, the Kama and Kamakaze2. Both of these coolers were pretty basic in the way of design, and performed well. When Scythe asked me to take a look at their FCS-50 cooler equipped with a new “Heatlane” technology, I readily accepted in hopes this new design would exceed the performance of the others. As you will read, I was not disappointed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Hardcano 13 Review @ GruntvillE
"The installation of the Hardcano13 went well, considering the poor quality of the instruction booklet. There was at least one occasion where the booklet said to do something, but it didn’t say how to do it (hooking up the USB inside the unit, specifically). For the USB problem, there wasn’t a diagram for the connection inside the Hardcano13. Luckily, there was a picture in the FAQ at the end of the book (the FAQ question was unrelated to my problem), which showed the correct orientation of the connectors."

More information on this review can be found here.
DDR Ram Guide III @ Overclockers New Zealand
"GeIL Value Series GE5123200B 512MB x 2 achieved a highest frequency of 221MHz at a timing of 2.5-3-3-5. The GE5123200B series actually suffers from a more relaxed timing of 3-3-4-8 which is rather surprising, as a it often leads to a higher clock. All in all, I am satisfied with GeIL value series' performance at 2.5-3-3-5, especially when it costs just a bit more than the random brands that you get off the street. It would be a good choice for people who are thinking of lightly overclock their AMD machines."

More information on this article can be found here.
Kingwin Mini Shuttle HDD Enclosure Review @ System Cooling
"With all the upgrading I’ve been doing lately, I have collected several older IDE hard drives that haven’t been used for a while. So for a solution to the problem and to put the drives back into service, in comes the external hard drive enclosure. Not only do external enclosures give you more storage space, they also make it extremely easy to transport large amounts of date to use on other systems as the need arises. For me, they are used when I get called to a friend or family member’s house to repair their computer due to a spy ware of virus problem. Anyway, enough of the small talk let’s take a look at the Kingwin 3.5" EIDE HDD USB enclosure."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire X850 XT 256MB PCI-E Review @ Legit Reviews
"While running at stock speeds, the X850 XT barely broke 60C after numerous benchmarking cycles, and more impressively, the card dropped to idle temperatures less than 2 minutes after completing each benchmark. While I'm sure some people are going to grumble about."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Temjin TJ05S-TW Case Review @ InsaneTek
"We recently reviewed the SilverStone TJ05B case, which unfortunately had some design problems. SilverStone has made revisions since then and let us revisit the case. This time they sent a TJ05S-TW, which is silver and comes with a window and thermal controller."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI UT LP nF4 Ultra-D Motherboard Review @ XtremeResources
"The nF4 SLI-DR is based o­n the nVidia nForce4 SLI chipset, while the nF4 Ultra-D is based on the nForce4 Ultra chipset. Both of these motherboards include 2 PCI Express X16 slots and they use the same BIOS. The main difference is that the Ultra-D doesn't come with the 4 SATA ports that are provided by the Silicon Image 3114 on the fully featured nF4 SLI-DR board. Many motherboard manufacturers represent themselves to the enthusiast computing community and market their products as "overclocker" friendly. However, the caveat with nearly all of these Tier 1 and Tier 2 motherboard manufacturers is that their overclocking options - in both hardware and software implementations - are often times piecemeal and ineffective towards overall results."

More information on this review can be found here.

Chaintech 6600GT SE6600G PCI-E Review

"The Chaintech SE6600G is an NVIDIA based, GeForce 6600 GT video card and the gaming market is the main target audience. With 128MB of fast DDR3 memory and a PCI Express interface, the 6600 GT will handle about any task, including some hard core gaming. Some of the standard features included o­n this card are TV-out and DVI-I, which are excellent features should you want to run a display to a larger screen or High Definition TV."

More information on this review can be found here.
A Case Full of Mods Giveaway @ BigBruin
"Bigbruin.com is sponsoring another give-away as we approach our second birthday online (April 1st). One winner will receive a Sunbeamtech Transformer case complete with 12 (or more) additional items."

Items guaranteed to be included:

1. A black Sunbeamtech Transformer Case
2. A Big Bruin T-Shirt
3. A two pack of Ultra Products UV 80mm round light tubes
4. A Mutant Mods EL UV 24" round IDE cable
5. A set of blue Sunbeamtech LED case handles
6. A two pack of Logisys UV Cold Cathode Lights
7. An Atake Laser Beam LED light
8. A set of Sunbeamtech Molex Lights
9. A Sunbeamtech LED Projector Light
10. A 24" silver braided dual IDE cable
11. A 18" silver braided dual IDE cable
12. A Mutant Mods sound control module for CCFLs
13. A 10 pack of Sunbeamtech 'bronzy' Viking thumbscrews
14. Maybe a surprise or two...

More information on this giveaway can be found here.
Shuttle SB95P V2 XPC Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"Today we'll be taking a look at the SB95P V2 XPC or otherwise known as a Small Form Factor PC. Shuttle has become the mainstream provider for small form factor PC's. The small form factor audience mainly consists of; Gamers who want a very lightweight and compact box to take to and from LAN Party's, Home Theater Users who are seeking to setup a full multimedia center, and then we have the other users such as the ones who are seeking to regain their desktop space. Whatever your genre is, Shuttle's XPC line is bound to have a box for your needs. The XPC model that we are looking at today shows off new technologies such as DDR2 and PCI Express."

More information on this review can be found here.

Thermaltake Kandalf Case Review

"The top most bay is filled with a slide in tray that has your power and reset buttons as well as power and HDD activity lamps. The small screened area can be pushed out to accept a floppy drive or left in place so you can put a HDD there. The screen mesh is reasonable tight but there is no filter behind it. This is noteworthy only because each of the other bay cover screens you see have a removable filter placed immediately behind it. I do so love a clean machine. This tray can be removed and placed in any one of the other ten bay positions."

More information on this review can be found here.

Foxconn WinFast NF4K8MC nForce4 Mainboard Review

"Given it's size, with stock settings, the Foxconn NF4K8MC motherboard could be labeled as the little engine that could. With the exception of the CPU Multimedia benchmarks, it outclassed its Intel based counterpart. The board doesn't have all the bells and whistles such as SLI, dual LAN, and only two DIMM slots but it does have everything else the average computer user would need or want in a system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, March 26, 2005
Multichannel Audio and HDTV @ eCoustics
"It's interesting to walk onto a busy retail floor on a Saturday afternoon and eavesdrop on customers agonizing over their HDTV selection. Flat panel, CRT or projector? Front projection or rear? Plasma, LCD or DLP? Big (42 inches), bigger (60-inches) or behemoth? Now you'd think, after putting all that time and effort into selecting the display device, they'd put equal effort into getting the sound right. Instead, if left on their own, they typically spend just a few minutes deciding between the $199 and the
$249 pre-packaged home-theater-in-a-box (HTIB). Somewhere along the line the importance of sound to the whole home theater/home concert hall experience has been lost."

More information on this article can be found here.
Niro 600 Review @ Designtechnica
"The name NIRO is almost synonymous with innovation. The company, founded by industry legend Niro Nakamichi, has been pioneering innovative one-enclosure surround-sound speaker systems for some time now. The idea might seem rather far-fetched, but my previous encounters with NIRO products have changed me into a believer of the idea. That is mainly because past NIRO products worked as advertised. NIRO, however, is not the type of company who likes to stand still in its success. Recently, the company released its new product lines, which are supposed to feature improvements over their predecessors. One of them is the NIRO 600 system reviewed here."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sorell SF 2000 MP3 Player Review @ The Tech Zone
"The Sorell SF 2000 is more than just a flash based MP3 player - there is also a built in voice recorder and FM tuner. Plus the unit can double as a USB flash drive, making filing transfer quick and easy. The SF 2000 is available in? 256MB and 512MB configurations. The player is really small, just 3.1" long by 1.2" wide by 0.59" thick and weighs just 1.52 oz. Power is supplied by a built in battery that will last an amazing 25 hours."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seasonic S12 430W PSU Review @ Mikhailtech
"From a design standpoint, the main box does pretty much everything right: there's a 120mm slow spinning, low noise intake fan, meaning good airflow (and cooling) while being almost silent. As mentioned earlier it's also load controlled (rather than temperature controlled), but the speed increase is exponential rather than linear. That is, it spins at the same rate in a certain load range (up to 40% according to their diagram) before spinning up to its maximum speed at 100% load. According to Seasonic it can also adapt to ambient temperature, so the higher the ambient temperature the faster it'll spin at full load (though it still spins at the same rate up to 40% load regardless of ambient)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xbox Modding Guide Part 1 @ Virtual-Hideout
"One thing most people don’t realize about the Xbox is actually what sets it apart from all other consoles. Once you look past the black shell and controller ports, the Xbox is actually a fully functional computer. It runs off an Intel 733 Pentium Processor, It has a NVIDIA Graphics processor, 64megs of DDR ram, 8-10 gig hard drive, DVD-Drive, and Ethernet. Even when you first look at the controllers, they appear to be a proprietary format when in actuality it’s just a USB controller with a different plug and jack! It even maintains the same color coding for the wires as a standard USB device. Just the fact that the Xbox uses standard computer devices widens the mod-ability tenfold."

More information on this project can be found here.
March High-end Gaming PC Buyer's Guide @ Sharky Extreme
"The basic purpose behind this guide is to give you a general idea of what kind of high-end gaming PC is possible with a budget of $2500. While the individual components are top notch, we take a look at the larger picture, and decide which pieces meld together the best to form the highest-performing, feature-rich gaming PC possible. We recommend system configurations for both the Intel and AMD sides of the spectrum, and are not here to promote one platform over the other."

More information on this guide can be found here.
MGE-XG Extreme Mod Kit Review @ Moditory
"No self respecting computer enthusiast leaves their computer in a stock configuration, in either hardware, software, or appearance. To create an appearance more suited to a user’s wants, most enthusiasts will either mod the case to a significant degree, often adding a case window, lighting up the insides, creating enough glow to light a small room. Adding all the lights and getting them to match can be a pricey hassle. Fortunately, companies like MGE provide kits perfectly suited for this task; today, we are reviewing MGE’s Extreme Mod Kit. How much bling can it add to your PC? Read on and find out!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Aquagate Mini Watercooling Kit Review @ Adrian Rojak Pot
"The Aquagate Mini is a powerful cooling combination. It comes completely assembled and includes the CPU water block, radiator, fan, thermal paste, cooling fluid and tubing. The exclusive design of the Aquagate Mini 2-in-1 module (pump and CPU water block) eliminates the need for a 5 1/2” bay to mount the pump or tank. Even mini-tower and some SFF chassis can use this model."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys One for All VGA Cooler Review @ OCIA
"Our candidate for this cooler; my newly acquired XFX 6800 Ultra. At first glance the cooler on this card looks to be quite sufficient, even compared to the Logisys VGA cooler, but lets see."

More information on this review can be found here.
Project: OverMOD @ Overclockers.com
"Number one reason for this project was to create a QUIET and POWERFUL rig that is based on the BEST REVIEWED hardware at reasonable prices. To me, there is nothing more annoying than the sound of a case full of fans at high speed. Besides the obvious fact that even poor water cooling is better than air cooling, 99% of the time.

More information on this project can be found here.
AquaXtreme 50Z-DC12 Water-Cooling Pump Review @ System Cooling
"Just a few short years ago, many of us in the PC water cooling community wished for a suitable pump that could operate on 12 VDC. At the time, most of the popular pond pumps were powered from the AC mains and were relatively large in size. How times have changed! Now in 2005 we have at least a half dozen different DC pumps to choose from. The AquaXtreme 50Z-DC12 is a compact 12 VDC pump that delivers much higher head pressure and potentially more flow than many of the larger AC pond pumps. Gone are the days of having to install pump relays and route an additional AC line cord inside the PC enclosure."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, March 25, 2005
Sansun LED Keyboard Review @ Ninjalane
"It is a well documented fact that keyboards are the device most individuals use to input new data into a computer. Given that fact we bring you a keyboard that does more than just allow you to type."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tek-Chain TC-12CAS-BL120mm Adjustable LED Fan Review @ ModdersHQ
"Tek-Chain (manufactured by Coolergiant) came up with a 120mm fan that can tickle anyone's fancy. It boasts a maximum of 66 CFM at a very reasonable 33 dBA. Did I mention that it's adjustable down to 19.2 dBA by way of the included speed controller? That's lower dBA output then the ticking of an average watch. For those looking for a nice lighting solution, the Tek-Chain has 4 blue LEDs that, believe it or not, can be turned off. Now that I have your attention, lets take a closer look at the Tek-Chain 120mm adjustable LED fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Sonic Tower Review @ InsaneTek
"The first thing to know about this heatsink is that it is a fanless cooling solution. That's a bit of a misnomer, isn't it? Naming a heatsink Sonic Tower when it's meant for complete silence. Anyways, this means that without the use of a fan, the heatsink will dissipate all the heat accumulated from the CPU. Like many heatpipe towers, the heatsink utilizes aluminum fins to remove the heat from the heatpipes because aluminum cools far quicker than copper."

More information on this review can be found here.
Deck Keyboards LED Backlit Board Review @ Yeti Reviews
"There are many different manufacturers producing modded keyboards to satisfy the novice PC modder. If you are a gamer, an advanced modder, or someone that just wants a really cool mod for their rig, the Deck keyboard manufactuered by TG3 Electronics, is something that can reach each of these categories."

More information on this review can be found here.
USB Evolution in the Past 10 Years @ EverythingUSB
"The past 10 years have witnessed the birth and growth of a new bus technology called Universal Serial Bus (USB). For the first few years after its introduction, many industry insiders wondered where this technology was heading. While it was designed to connect computers and telecommunication gear, it became a universal bus for a host of peripherals including consumer electronic products. Since its inception, USB has made significant contributions to the desktop, and peripherals alike."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thermaltake's K450 Heatsink Review @ TechTastic
Today we take a look at Thermaltake's K450 which is part of a new line of heat sinks developed by their advance engineering team ITBU. The K450 is design to work effectively with Opteron and Athlon 64 processors, and features a high powered fan and heat pipe technology."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast TV USB II Deluxe Review @ Bjorn3D
"I can't seem to get away from the vast expanse of multi media madness that has enveloped the lives of so many of my fellow geeks. Not only do I have 5.1 surround sound, a 20.1' LCD monitor, and a bunch of games to boot, now I have my TV in front of me at the same time. Leadtek brings to the table the WinFast TV USB II Deluxe external solution that will give you the joys of cable TV, VCR, and an FM radio right on your desktop. How do you fit so much into just a tiny little USB 2.0 box? Turn off that TV and pay attention; we are just about to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
D-Link DGL-4300 Wireless 108G Gaming Router Review @ Viperlair
"D-Link has brought to market a product that is both powerful and easy enough for most to understand (as long as you are willing to read the manual some). Not only have they provided you with a rather complete list of supported games, they have given you the ability to manipulate this with your own settings if you so desire."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wireless Networking: Capabilities and Hardware @ BigBruin
"These days it isn’t uncommon for a home to have multiple personal computers, and as such, it just makes sense for them to be able to share files, as well as to share one Internet connection. Wired networking is an option, but it is one that may require the installation and management of a great deal of wiring in order to get even a modestly sized home set up. With wireless networking equipment becoming extremely affordable and easy to install, it may be worth considering by those looking to build a home network, as well as by those looking to expand on an existing wired network."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Running Samsung TCCD at DDR600+ on DFI nForce4 @ Madshrimps
"Getting your brand new A64 S939 to overclock to high DDR600 speeds is not an easy feat. Even with high quality memory you still need a lot of tweaks to get everything running stable. In this guide we show how to reach stability at DDR600 speeds on the nForce4 board from DFI"

More information on this guide can be found here.
Corsair Xpert TWINXP1024-3200XL DDR Memory Review @ PCStats
"Introducing the Corsair XMS Xpert TWINXP1024-3200XP dual-channel DDR kit. As you can see, it makes quite a first impression. this dual-channel, PC3200 pair of 512MB DDR DIMMs come with a pair of programmable digital displays which can be attached to the top of each module. These LED displays work with the included 'Memory Dashboard' software, allowing your memory to display several monitoring characteristics or even a custom scrolling message!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Pentium M on your Socket 478 Platform Part 2 @ Legit Reviews
"Included with the CT-479 are the installation guide, a heatsink/fan, one 4-pin power cable, and the socket adapter. The only "tool" needed for this kit is a flat head screw driver to secure the Pentium M processor in the socket just like what is done on a notebook computer."

More information on this article can be found here.
Gigabyte 8IPE775-G Springdale Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"Gigabyte has tried to create a motherboard that takes the forward-thinking approach of Socket-T and marries it with established Springdale technology. The end result is a hybrid board, unimaginatively named 8IPE775-G, that will last as long as Socket-T is around. It's also priced at a wallet-friendly £60 and makes use of regular DDR1 RAM and AGP-powered graphics cards, thus making the jump to LGA775 a palatable one for most."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin Mini Shuttle Drive Enclosure Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"Kingwin's Mini Shuttle's good looks grow out of their simplicity. Two thin gauge (1mm thick) black aluminum plates form the top and bottom plates with the sides being silver. Almost like an Oreo cookie for a robot. The thin gauge pays off in the form of weight. Coming in at an observed 309 gms, the Mini Shuttle weights less than most aftermarket heatsinks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razotech Blaze Mid Tower ATX Case Review @ Tech-Mods
"Not long ago computer cases were presented in a plain beige box; now with case manufacturers having to step it up a notch or three, we have many options. The looks from one case to another can vary, and that is what we like to see. Today we are going to put a torch up beside the New Razotech's Blaze Mid Tower ATX Case to see if it has the form and function to keep the flame burning?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Super White 7654-47CW Barebones Kit Review @ Mikhailtech
"The inside of the case is, big surprise, nothing special. The front uses a single cage for mounting all the drives using good 'ol screws. There's a stamped grill with holes for an 80mm intake, but as is the problem with many cases even to this day, it's pretty much useless since there's no opening in front of it to take in air. Around back we have the PSU, 80mm fan, non-removable I/O shield, and the expansion slots. If you look closely you'll notice the protrusion mentioned earlier which holds the expansion cards in place. Finally, the motherboard tray isn't removable either. You'll find raised mounts where typical motherboard holes can be found; for the rest you'll need to install the somewhat awkward provided plastic stand-offs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, March 24, 2005
IceMat Siberia Multi-Media Headphones Review @ A1-Electronics
"Otherwise when we compared these IceMat Siberia headphones to some very expensive HiFi headphones we found the sound quality to be very good indeed and only lacking by a small amount on the base response. But that is easily compensated for by slightly increasing the base gain."

More information on this review can be found here.
SimpleTech Deluxe External 160 gig Hard Drive Review @ Tech-Mods
"The SimpleTech Deluxe external STI-U2F36/160 160 gig hard drive is part of their line of ultra fast storage devices. For over a decade SimpleTech has been providing products ranging from both system memory and portable storage to network storage. Their goal is to provide the highest quality standards in their products for their customers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Storcase's DE50 Backup Solution Review @ PyroPort
"When was the last time you backed up your work? Many studies show that hardly any companies are able to recover lost files within 30 minutes, and it is not unreasonable to assume that SoHo and "enthusiast" markets are even less likely to have implemented decent backup solutions for their important data."

More information on this review can be found here.
TTGI 4Fan Plug-N 550W Modular PSU Review @ System Cooling
"Modular power supplies have become more and more popular recently. As their popularity has increased more and more manufacturers have started to offer their own modular power supplies. Today we will be taking a look at one of the four modular power supplies offered by TTGI, the 4 Fan Plug-N Power."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake 680w Pure Power PSU Review @ WhispTech
"With today's power requirements steadily going up in servers and performance systems it is important to have a strong power supply. Picking out a power supply is just as important as picking out the ram or video card. Since a lot of components are moving towards the 12V rail it is important to have strong Amps on the 12V rail and what should be taken into account when choosing one along with having all the necessary connectors and features one would need these days. In this review I will be taking a look at the Thermaltake 680W Purepower Power supply that supports Active PFC along with SSI and EPs Standards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lite-on 16x Black Dual Layer DVD Burner Review @ Tech-Mods
"LiteOn was established in 1975 and began producing LED displays and over the past 30 years has become a leader in electronics world wide with quality, integrity, and innovation being key aspects of their business. Today we re looking at LiteOn's SOHW1673S Black Dual Layer DVD burner in black which supports DL 4X writing speed. I must admit the first unit sent to me had an issue with invalid format errors on both CD's and DVD's but their tech support quickly sent me a replacement that works flawlessly!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon X800 PCI-E Video Card Review @ Short-Media
"The buyer wants performance at an affordable price. Sapphire Tech used the ATI R420 core to produce the Sapphire Radeon X800 video card for PCI-Express. This performance/price mid-ground is where Sapphire have positioned themselves with the Radeon X800."

More information on this review can be found here.
BenQ FP71G+ 8ms LCD Panel Review @ Neoseeker
"Unreal Tournament 2004 was also picked as a test candidate as it is one of those twitchy games where there is a lot of quick movement. Blurring was not an issue during some deathmatch sessions. Textures and movement felt quite crisp and during fast turns it did not feel like the FP71G+ was struggling to keep up. On previous 25ms screens and even on the 172x, we felt that UT tended to bring out a very noticeable amount of blurring."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 920T LCD Review @ ipKonfig
"Samsung's latest LCD monitor brings a bit more to the table with its thousand-to-one contrast ratio, and as always, its ease of use. Samsung's LCD monitors are seen more on the net and on shelves of our popular computer stores everywhere. They always sport quality and appearance like no other, and always have a beautiful picture. The SynMaster 920T comes equipped with Samsung's famous MagicTune , and Magic Bright technology. This technology gives a higher edge to its monitors by providing ease of use with high accuracy color."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GV-RX80L256V Radeon X800XL Videocard Review @ PCStats
"The Gigabyte GV-RX80L256V videocard on the test bench today is a silent videocard; a unique thing for any product wearing a "Radeon" name, but there it is - not a single fan. This brand-new videocard is built from the ground up around the ATI X800 XL VPU, which is nicely hidden behind a complicated heatpipe-based passive cooling system. The X800 XL VPU has been matched with 256MB of GDDR3 RAM. The memory hums along at a full 1 GHz speed on a 256-bit wide memory controller. The GV-RX80L256V also supports TV/S-Video output as well as component out for HDTV applications."

More information on this review can be found here.

Powercolor Theatre 550 Pro TV Tuner Review

"In this review, PCstats will be testing out the Powercolor Theatre 550 Pro TV tuner, which is based on ATI's Theatre 550 Pro digital audio/video processing chipset. As you might or might not know, this particular chipset is currently the hottest thing in TV-tunerland, due to its support for a number of uncommon features, including 2D and 3D comb filtering. As you might expect, the ATI Theatre 550 chip is also found in ATI's latest Multimedia products too."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LanParty UT nF4 Ultra-D Motherboard Review @ BigBruin
"There is no end to the amount of tweaking you are allowed on this board. With very minor effort and time, I was able to get a FSB of 300 MHz at a multiplier of 8 for a CPU frequency of 2400 MHz. With some time spent, this board will go much higher, although this particular (AMD A64 3000+) CPU was not helping. This seemed like a good place to run a complete set of benchmarks for comparison."

More information on this review can be found here.
AeroCool AeroEngine Jr Case Review @ XtremeResources
"Not a decade ago, most computer systems looked exactly the same. Beige, simple looking cases and monitors were norm all over the place. However with the dramatic rate the omputer industry is progressing today, and with most modern households having at least o­ne PC available has created many different needs. The beige, dull looking cases had to go since aesthetics matter a lot to most people. Recently, cases began to change at a rapid rate, with most companies offering modern designs and colors to match every mood and pocketbook. Today, I have a futuristic case to check out, which looks more like an airplane’s engine than a computer case, the AeroEngine Jr. The AeroEngine Jr is made by AeroCool, which is a relatively new company in the computer industry, established during 2002 in the USA. They have their own R&D and manufacturing ability, so they are able to grow fast and quickly in the industry. Let us see if the AeroEngine Jr case can really take off."

More information on this review can be found here.
DragonModz.net Dragonware Review @ PimpRig
"There is a very old saying that goes, "God is in the details". The "details" is what Dragonware is all about. It's often the little touches that can help move a project case over the edge of mediocrity and into the stately realm of a PimpRig-dom. Dragonware may be just the ticket to help get you there."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC-3200 Dual Channel Memory Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The OCZ EL DDR PC-3200 Dual Channel Gold VX Memory performs very well, is highly overclockable, affordable and the voltage can be pushed to the extreme without voiding the warranty. The timing on this memory is 2-3-3-8 at 2.6V and a very fast 2-2-2-8 at 3.2V. Also, this memory can be increased to 3.5V for added tweaking."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Build your own 10" Subwoofer @ Hardware Analysis
"A good subwoofer is a welcome addition to many stereo or home theatre setups. Unfortunately many subwoofers offer lots of boom, but very little bass. We detail exactly how to construct a subwoofer that'll put the vast majority of subwoofers to shame."

More information on this guide can be found here.
ArctiClean Heatsink Paste Remover & Cleaner Review @ A1-Electronics
"Must say they both worked very well and the smell of the the 1st ArctiClean cleaner was very pleasant. Made a change to the White Spirit which we use."

More information on this review can be found here.
Introduction to Etching @ Nordic Hardware
"Plexiglass is something that's starting to become more and more prevalent in computers, and sometimes just a plain plexiglass can feel a bit boring. There are many ways spice plexiglass up a little, etching being one of them. If you're interested in case-modding and similar projects, you've probably already seen several different etchings. I've put together a guide for how to go about making an etching, and to show you it's not as hard as it might look. It's a lot of work though, and requires a steady hand. But don't let that turn you off! A beautiful etching can certainly bring a plain piece of plexiglass to life. Let's get started with the guide!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
ATP 1GB & 2GB SD Flash Memory Card Review @ The Tech Zone
"so many flash makers out there, how does one separate themselves from the pack? One way to do it is to call me up and say "Our SD cards offers 60X performance and are nearly indestructible. You can drown in water and it will still work!" Not only did I dunk the ATP SD card into a bottle of water, but I froze it overnight then put it in boiling water the next day. And guess what? It still works!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech MX1000 Laser Cordless Mouse Review @ Mikhailtech
"The SetPoint driver package is simple yet extremely powerful. Aside from being able to modify your pointer settings (trails, speed, side scrolling speed, acceleration, scrolling size, etc) you can also completely reprogram all of the buttons except the tilt wheel. You can either choose from a basic list of operations, or you can choose "other" which brings up a more extended list. For instance, instead of using the application switch button's default function, I have it set to maximize the selected window on press."

More information on this review can be found here.
BTC Wireless Multimedia USB Keyboard & Dual Mode Joystick Review @ Tech-Mods
"Ok so you have everything connected to the TV through the PC, Now all you have to do is sit back on the sofa, and enjoy all the content on your big screen TV or any TV for that matter. Ok? Now how do you do this? Simple get yourself a wireless keyboard with a built in dual function joystick and your problems may be solved. Today with the ever growing family entertainment systems; the whole family can enjoy the PC all at once. We will be looking at the BTC 9019URF wireless Multimedia USB Keyboard with Dual Mode Joystick Mouse."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Silent Purepower 680W PSU Review @ Legit Reviews
"The 3.3V and 12V rails were just slightly under specifications, the 12V feeding the CPU was just 4/10th's of a volt under. This is well within an acceptable range
according to."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX geFORCE 6600GT AGP Video Card Review @ Futurelooks
"Are you looking to upgrade your video card to run the latest games without breaking the bank? We think we've found the card for you. Coming in both AGP and PCI Express configuations, the XFX 6600GT gives you brilliant performance, at an affordable price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Apricorn EZ-BUS-DTC-KIT External HD Enclosure Review @ Yeti Reviews
"A little known fact about external drive enclosures is that they are all pretty much the same. A problem arises when there are literally one hundred various enclosures that all do the same thing and they all get reviews that either gloat about how easy they are to use out-of-the-box, or complaints about how hot they get after being used for a while. My favorite complaint, is the infamous little ultra bright LED's that many of the manufacturers include. After using a few of these cookie-cutter external hard drive enclosures over the years, I stumbled onto a company called Apricorn."

More information on this review can be found here.

GeIL iBALL MPV Player Review

"Introducing a new item from GeIL...Look out Apple, this thing may give you something to think about. Can the first MPV player by GeIL make a dent in the diluted MP3 player market? Answer: The GeIL iBall is a MP3 player on steroids. I liked everything about the unit. I would highly recommend you find out where to get one of these new GeIL Digital Audio Video Inteligent Devices, code named D.A.V.I.D. See why we liked this thing so much."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit Fatal1ty AN8 Motherboard @ InsaneTek
"Abit's name has been synonymous with overclocking since the days of the KT7. It's no surprise that they would release a motherboard dedicated to overclocking. Teaming up with professional gamer Johnathan Wendel, Abit dedicated themselves to creating the best gaming motherboard available. The goal was to eliminate all the unnecessary BIOS options and extras that gamers do not use and create the best overclocking board to provide the cutting edge performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast PX6600 GT TDH (Solo and SLI) Review @ BJorn3D
"Any geek, regardless of how into gaming he is, can appreciate the simple concept and logic behind NVIDIA's SLI technology. If you want more gaming power, just add another video card. It doesn't get any simpler than that, right? You of course have to have the right ingredients -- SLI compatible video cards and an SLI-capable motherboard. I know this is one geek who was excited to get his hands on an SLI motherboard and video cards, preferably 6800 GTs or Ultras of course, but I'm happy to review cards from the 6600 family, especially since the majority of gamers will be looking at this more affordable set of cards. I'm especially looking forward to seeing how a 6600 GT SLI setup compares to a single 6800 GT."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn Winfast NF4UK8AA-8EKRS Motherboard @ Viperlair
"Overall, we found the Foxconn Winfast NF4UK8AA-8EKRS a solid, yet unspectacular offering. For those who simply want a motherboard that is reasonably priced, stable and just plain works, this is a great choice. Those who live on the edge may be disappointed by the lack of enthusiasts features."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon64 3800+ Socket 939 64-bit CPU Review @ PCStats
"The Athlon64 3800+ uses an organic FCPGA packaging as opposed to the ceramic found on Athlon64 FX chips. From the top, the Athlon64 3800+ looks identical to the Athlon64 3200+. On the bottom of the processor, it is simply filled with pins, although this shouldn't be a surprise considering the amount of pins in the new socket 939 package. Along with the introduction of the Socket 939 Athlon64 3800+, AMD also released the Socket 939 Athlon64 3500+ (2.2 GHz) and moved its high end Athlon64 FX-53 (2.4 GHz) over to the Socket 939 platform. Subsequent processors have since been released for both the Athlon64 and Athlon64 FX, but the 3800+ was the first to make the transition."

More information on this review can be found here.
AeroCool Cool Panel Review @ GruntvillE
"The color matches an aluminum case, like the Lian-Li, very well. There are a ton of ports on the front of the Coolpanel. Ports, ports and more ports for easy access. If you click on the thumbnail to see the larger photo, you can see that AeroCool clearly labels each port on the Coolpanel. Listed in some sort of order: Power LED, Access LED, USBx2, Multi-slot card reader (Compact Flash I/II, Sony Memory Stick, Memory stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Duo Pro, Smart Media, SD, and Multimedia Card), Firewire, SATAx2, Line In, Line Out, Mic, Video, LCD, LCD settings, and adjustment knobs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Fundamentals of Upgrading a PC @ PCStats
"If you've owned a PC, and especially if you are a game player, you have thought at one time or another of upgrading your computer. If you are a PC gamer, you are already familiar with this merry-go-round. Every year or so, there is a must-play game which demands more processor speed, a faster graphics card, more RAM, etc. Once you have got the idea of upgrading into your head, the next step is to figure out how to go about it. This article is intended to help you recognize the range of upgrades that are available to you given your current hardware, how to perform those upgrades yourself, and the potential difficulties involved."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Cooler Master CAC-T05 Centurion 5 Case Review @ OC-Zone
"Cooler Master wants with this case to mark their position in the medium-range market, and in fact, this Centurion has made some really good marks in the test that we made, surprising me very much in terms of functionalities and beauty."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mutant Mods Acrylic ATX Case Review @ PimpRig
"The box arrived at my door with the usual use and abuse from UPS. I mean, damn! Sometimes I think they purposely attack every package before they deliver it to my door. Somewhere in a deep underground laboratory at UPS, there must be a 500 Pound gorilla sorting boxes; pounding the ones that say fragile with his big fat hairy fists. Never ever write fragile on the box. Those are the ones the Gorilla has been trained to pulverize first. Thank goodness some companies have the foresight to Gorilla-proof their packaging."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
LED Keyboard Modding Guide @ Mistix
"I have a keyboard that has one bad LED, it was quite annoying that the middle LED was dimmer than the others, this was quite annoying. I decided to modify it myself and write up a guide for you guys. This guide shows you how to change the LED's in your keyboard, you can change the the actual light emitting diodes that show us when for example the 'caps lock' is on. This simple guide will show you in simple and easy steps how to do it!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
Revoltec 520watt Be Quiet PSU Review @ OZ Case Mods
"More and more power supplies keep coming on to the market today, some high quality, some not so high quality. With so many different manufacturers bringing out their products they all aim to provide something a little different to set them in front of the competition."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 710N & 711T LCD Reviews @ Overclocker Cafe
"In all honesty, the monitors both have their downsides and their benefits. I'd like to argue that the 710N is a great monitor for heavy gamers and LAN Partiers. With a ligher weight, exceptional response time and better-then-average stats in all the other categories, the monitor allows a good symbiosis for the gamer on-the-go. With the 711T, we have an excellent monitor for the MMORPG gamer for games like World of Warcraft and the Saga of Ryzom. With excellent, crisp colours and a still respectable 25ms response time, the 711T performs well enough to be a good monitor for those of us not fragging on a regular basis."

More information on this review can be found here.
Performance Fan Comparison on XP-90 @ Mikhailtech
"Make no mistake about it, this is the ultimate 92mm fan you can get. Rated at an astounding 126.48CFM, it also sounds like it. Very few people will be able to tolerate having one of these in the same room, let alone in their main rig. The TFB9012GHE has "isolated server environment" written all over it. The TFB series also uses an improved hub from the previous FFB generation. The front side has a fixed frame to optimize airflow. It comes pre-wired with a 4-pin molex connector and a separate 3-pin tachometer plug."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam 20 in 1 Superior Panel Review @ Madshrimps
"Want to access everything from an arm´s reach without bumping year head trying to reach the rear panel? Two many flash memory cards and not enough card readers? Sunbeam comes to the rescue once again."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master CoolDrive Lite Review @ Overclockers Online
"With more people moving towards a watercooled or other fanless systems, components like your hard drive are simply left to bake. The CoolDrive offers a quiet solution to keep your hard drive from going into a meltdown state."

More information on this review can be found here.
Icemat Siberia Multi Headset Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product is much more than the average headset. The headphone has exceptional build quality, styling & sound. They are capable of a wide frequency response, 18-28,000 Hz. Not only do they look brilliant but they are extremely comfortable & easy to wear for extended periods. The microphone that's included is separate & can be mounted on your monitor. To top it off they come with a volume control."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Thermaltake Hardcano13 Multi-Function Panel Review @ System Cooling
"Multifunction panels have become more popular and more complicated as of lately. Rather than only controlling the speed of your fans, newer panels now incorporate LCD displays and card readers into them. Today we'll be taking a look at Thermaltake's latest entry into the multifunction device market, the Hardcano 13."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast PCIe PX6200TD Overclocking Test @ Madshrimps
"Looking for a PCIe budget card which can potentially pack a hefty punch? Leadtek PX6200TD might just have what it takes. In this overclocking test we see how far we can push the card with stock cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
TwinhanDTV Magic Box Review @ Techniz
"TwinhanDTV USB-Ter is the first digital TV box that no needs extra power supply. No matter where users are, only with a notebook and TwinhanDTV USB-Ter could let users enjoy high quality digital entertainment (Free to Air channel). More than your receiver, TwinhanDTV Ter can record you favorite program into your PC and you never miss it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GeForce 6200 with TurboCache 256MB Review @ hardCOREware
"Today we're reviewing the GeForce 6200 with TurboCache from Gigabyte. Although it only has 64MB of memory onboard, it can actually access up to 256MB of system memory via the PCI-E bus. And unlike AGP, the memory is fast going both ways. Find out exactly how well this passively cooled $70 video card performs."

More information on this article can be found here.
Intel EM64T Technology Article @ MBReview
"The main additions to the IA-32 architecture lie with the need for additional 64-bit registers. Intel has added eight new general purpose registers, along with eight 128-bit Streaming SIMD Extension registers. The pre-existing general purpose registers have all been widened to 64-bits as well. With these new registers comes a new opcode prefix, REX. The defaults for 64-bit mode allow for a 64-bit address size, and a 32-bit operand size."

More information on this article can be found here.
Gigabyte K8NXP-SLI nForce4 Motherboard Review @ A1-Electronics
"The Gigabyte K8NXP-SLI motherboard is basically the K8NXP 9 motherboard with SLI and and both use the latest high performance Nvidia nForce4 chipset supporting AMD Athlon 64 socket-939 processors and are top of the line AMD Athlon 64 939-socket motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, March 21, 2005
Xonix 256MB MP3 Watch / Player Review @ Futurelooks
"There have been great combinations since mankind has ruled the earth: hotdog/ketchup, Batman & Robin, but my personal favorite is beer/pizza. Since we are in the age of technology where smaller and portable is better, Xonix brings us an "MP3 & Watch", or an "MP3 Watch"."

More information on this review can be found here.
The XY Factor Case (Xfire and Yahoo) @ ipKonfig
"We had a chance to sit down with Mike Cassidy, CEO of Xfire, and ask him a few questions about the lawsuit, and a few questions about their software, Xfire. A little over a month ago, Yahoo announced it was suing Xfire, a free gaming tool that keeps track of gamers online, alleging it is "willfully infringing on a patent controlled by Yahoo". Xfire has since countersued Yahoo and has given Yahoo a chance to allow Xfire to prove itself by showing its source code to Yahoo, although they haven't taken up the opportunity."

More information on this article can be found here.
Vantec UV Reactive Gear Review @ Viperlair
"To be perfectly honest, the fact that the EZ-Grip Molex connectors look good under UV light should be secondary to the fact that they do exactly what they say on the tin; they make removing your Molex plugs very easy and quick. I like that we get a tool included to remove your old plugs as it makes the entire process quicker all round."

More information on this review can be found here.
XGBox Extreme Mod Kit Review @ Compmodcentral
"In the past few years, modding has grown increasingly popular. In fact, so popular that much of it has gone commercial. That means its much easier to do simple mods just by visiting a modding website and picking up supplies. XGBox has been kind enough to provide us with their Extreme Mod Kit for review and after reviewing the Vigor 500w PSU from them I can only hope for the best."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron GeForce TC6200Q Review @ Nvnews
"This is my first experience with Albatron products and I was thoroughly impressed with the quality, packaging, functionality, and stability of this product. For those who game occasionally, or building that second computer for a family member, this card should be considered. I don't know of a card that can beat it at a price-point of $70 for value and performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plextor PX-716UF 16x4x8 DVD Writer Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Back in November of last year we reviewed Plextor's superb PX-712UF External 12x4x16 DVD burner. Today we have a chance to look it's big brother - the PX-716UF. The 716 not only has a faster burn rate (16x) than the 712 (12x), but it also comes with 4x Dual Layer capabilities."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung DVD-L300 Portable DVD Player Review @ Tech-Mods
"Any real movie buff knows that catching the latest feature flick at the theater is the best way to feel the thundering sounds of high speed car chases or to find yourself on the edge of your seat through the latest hair raising, nail biting thriller. For years we have been able to purchase or rent these same movies and watch them on our own schedules. Now with the ever popular DVD this can be done on the go as well. Today we are going to look through the DVD collection and pick one or two and view it to go with the New Samsung DVD-L300 Portable DVD Player. For a real movie buff that likes to watch movies any time and any place it couldn't get any easier."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LP NF4 UT SLI-DR Overclocking Test @ Madshrimps
"The article focuses on NF4 board in the area of memory timing and FSB (HTT) overclocking, and not SLI performance. I like to share with our readers my experience in dealing with almost all NF4 boards in recent two months in both SLI and Non-SLI configurations; in this case the lastest NF4 board - DFI LANPARTY NF4 SLI-DR"

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Xpert TwinXP1024-3200XL 1GB DC Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"Corsair is always on the lookout for the newest thing. They discovered the great potential in the Samsung TCCD chips and allowed enthusiasts the joy of running extremely low latencies."

More information on this review can be found here.

OCZ Gold PC4000 VX 1GB DC Kit Review

"With Winbond BH5 gone, the OCZ Gold VX takes over the combination of ultra low latencies and high megahertz. See how it compares to the highly acclaimed TCCD."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin PC3200 DDR 222 Black Hi Perf LII V2 Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Mushkin is well known as making some to the best memory we enthusiasts love to use. Their ram overclock very well and is always stable. And I am sure this PC3200 DDR 222 Black Hi Perf LII V2 will not be any different."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel's Pentium-M 735 CPU & DFI 855GME Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"Performance wise, there's one thing that stands out from the analysis and observation of P-M's scaling with nothing more than its base frequency: it's crying out for core logic to let it breathe and perform to its fullest; there's definitely plenty of extra performance to be had by pairing P-M with Alviso core logic. There's also extra performance to be had just by upping the CPU's bus clock, so the upcoming 200MHz Pentium-Ms, using Alviso, should give very fine performance, comparatively."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Aquagate Mini Review @ Madshrimps
"Cooler Master is introducing the Aquagate Mini in both 120mm and 80mm configurations. While water cooling CPU can be tedious at times with the associations of adding water, testing for leaks, finding the right pump location dealing with reservoir and bleeding. The new Aquagate Mini might well be the "Bic" of computer water cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
SkyHawk IMC6375 EchoQ SFF PC Review @ Legit Reviews
"Skyhawk is a name most DIY system builders are familiar with. Since the mid-1990’s they have been manufacturing high quality PC cases. With SFF PCs becoming all the rage with both media PC users and LAN party enthusiasts, Skyhawk has released their own small form factor case, the Media PC model# IMC6375."

More information on this review can be found here.

Pentium M on your Socket 478 Platform

"The ASUS CT-479 CPU Upgrade Kit is a newly launched solution that brings the quiet and cool performance of the Intel Pentium M Socket 479 notebook processor onto ASUS’ Socket 478 desktop motherboards. Read on and take a look and see what the future holds for Pentium M lovers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake VA700 Shark Full Tower Case Review @ hardCOREware
"It's been a year since we heard from Thermaltake, but it appears that they are now confident they can impress us with their latest tower case, the "Shark". This case has some interesting features, and a slick look that surely got our attention. Find out if Thermaltake has turned their game around from 2004."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xoxide X-Treme Case Review @ BJorn3D
"Xoxide is a popular PC and mod components store on the WWW. In addition to fans, heatsink, cables and mod supplies, Xoxide also sells its own branded cases. Read this review to learn more about Xoxide's interesting and colorful X-Treme case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, March 19, 2005
Altec Lansing GT-5051 Speaker Review @ Overclockers Online
"The GT5051 speakers are a hit and miss affair for gaming, some games sound great, others less so. What is for sure is that 5.1 gaming is a major advancement to gaming and should be utilized as much as possible in the future. However, in most cases you’d be better served by an actual 5.1 setup if space permits. While there is nothing detracting here for the most part, there is too much missing to consider them as a real gamers’ gaming speaker."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax EG495P-SFMA24P 480W PSU Review @ GruntvillE
"Well, I learned in the past few days the answers to the above questions are wrong, wrong and wrong! You see Enermax taught me a lesson of voltage stability. It is much more important than total output wattage ratings. A little glitch in the voltage output and it relates to a hiccup in your system. In turn that will result in a freeze or a crashed program. Let me assure you not all power supplies are created equal!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Repairing Your Waterchill PC Radiator @ Raptor-Mods
"A lot of people buy the 80mm Waterchill type radiators for their PC water cooling set-ups and a lot of them, it would seem, make a very simple mistake when installing them. That mistake, putting the mounting screws in without the spacers and puncturing the radiator core!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 8.0 @ Rojak Pot
"These days, there are so many graphics card models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the different configurations. Therefore, we decided to compile this guide to provide an easy reference for those who are interested in comparing the specifications of the various desktop GPUs in the market as well as those already obsolescent or obsolete. Currently covering over 210 desktop graphics cards, this comprehensive comparison will allow you to easily compare 14 different specifications for each and every card."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Tt Big Typhoon Cooler Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"Accolades go out to Thermaltake's R&D department for this one. By employing advanced cooling features, the Big Typhoon gets the job done by more brains than brawn. From its six heatpipes to its twin banks of seventy thin gauge convection fins to its shelf type design, the Big Typhoon cools while promising applicability to most any board or platform, providing the board has mounting holes around the socket."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Kandalf Full Tower Series Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product is overflowing with super features, looks fantastic & is all aluminum. There are 11 drive bays which can be organized to hold both 5.25" & 3.5" drives. Six internal 3.5" drive bays allow lots of HDD storage. It's a very large case & has plenty of room to work. There are also 2 90mm & 2 120mm fans to provide excellent case ventilation."

More information on this video review can be found here.
TerraByte Server Project @ House of Rage
"The original concept for the HTPC was to act as both media player and server for the house. However, the case for it is really small and it was just too hot in there. Plus, there was only room for three hard drives. I had bought a collection of case parts for my workstation thinking to modify it. However, that project never came to pass and I decided to use them for the house server. The motherboard and processor were ones sponcered by Intel originally for the HTPC. Unfortunately, the RAID card, video card and motherboard chipset refused to work together and I ended up getting a different mobo for the HTPC. So as strange as it sounds, this machine was pretty much built from spare parts."

More information on this project can be found here.
The "Cool Cube" Project @ Mini-ITX
"A total of 18 Panaflo 0.16 A. 29 dB. 36.6 CFM fans were used, which equates to a total of 35 watts of power, 42 dB just from the fans, and approximately 330 CFM. The fans are actually not that loud, though its more of a high pitch whining sound which becomes quite irritating. A total of 200 round head screws were used on the exterior of this case."

More information on this project can be found here.
Friday, March 18, 2005
Expansion Cards Explained @ BigBruin
"The expansion slots available on motherboards allow for a variety of upgrades in a computer system, but matching the appropriate card to an available slot needs to be addressed before making any purchasing decisions. The most common types of expansion cards for modern computer systems can be broken down into three formats: PCI, AGP, and PCI Express. Each of these formats will be addressed separately in this Tech Tip, so let's start with PCI."

More information on this article can be found here.
Antec Power Supply Roundup @ OZ Case Mods
"In response to our previous review (prior to updating) stating that the power supplies maximum output is less then the advertised output on the packaging Antec Inc. have responded to us with the following information. Please read to clarify any miss-understanding about 'power-leakage' or 'shady advertising'."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razotech's UFO Mouse Review @ ExtensionTech
"This little mouse makes its presence known. It has 10 blue LED's, five on each side of the mouse, that light up in a counter clockwise motion. There is no doubt that using this mouse will draw attention. Sound like fun? Sound annoying? That is your own opinion really, regardless, I'll take a closer look at what this new mouse from Razotech has to offer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax RX-520XP PSU Review @ SLCentral
"This review was going to be a big power supply shootout, but I found that so many power supplies are so different in so many ways, it really wasn't fair to put them "head to head." Is it fair to put a $200 PC Power and Cooling against a $50 Powmax? Is it fair to put a modular Ultra X-Connect against a non-modular Thermaltake Pure Power Butterfly? There's so many different strokes for different folks, I decided to break down the review into several smaller reviews that will be posted over the next several weeks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Tracer Memory Review @ Madshrimps
"Do you want your cake and to eat it too? Do you have a need for speed and bling? Well step inside as well skewer a few sticks of Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR and DDR2 over our crustacean Barbie and see if these memory sticks are true speed demons, or posers with Type R badging."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Dual Storm Review @ Hexus
"As case fans go, Cooler Master's Dual Storm certainly has something different to offer - The dual fan capabilities of the part give both the ability to move a lot of air and redundancy in the case of one of the fans failing. Add in to that the fancy styling and blue LED, and this may be something that will tickle the fancy of some users."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 710N LCD Monitor Review @ The Tech Zone
"Once LCD panels with 12ms pixel response times started coming out, LCD based gaming entered the high performance arena. Now you could have a space saving display without any compromise on performance. However, like all high performance hardware, 12ms LCD panels held a high price tag for quite a while. Samsung and many of their fellow competitors have broken that barrier as well, and their offerings have been available for a while. We have one such offering on the review bench today."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor Theater 550 Pro TV Tuner Review @ Buddha's LAN Room
"Watching TV on your computer is not a new concept. ATI has developed that technology through their excellent All-In-Wonder line of cards, however not everyone is prepared to shell out that much cash for a video card. If all you’re interested in is watching some TV on your computer, then might I suggest a card based on ATI’s new 550 chipset. Today we’ll check out PowerColor’s offering, the Theater 550 Pro."

More information on this review can be found here.
asetek WaterChill KT03A Extreme Review @ Ninjalane
"The asetek WaterChill CPU Power kit (KT03A-SL35) can be viewed in a variety of ways. The obvious and enthusiast oriented option is around overclocking. A huge radiator, 3 fans means tons of cooling and big overclocks."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LANPARTY NF4 SLI-DR nForce4 SLI Motherboard Review @ Bjorn3D
"DFI's latest offerings come from the nForce4 family and were, not surprisingly, some of the most anticipated nForce4 boards to hit store shelves. Recent reviews show that DFI continues to flex its muscle in all the right ways to leave users satisfied and then some. But, it's time for us to do our own evaluation and review of the new LANPARTY flagship board, the LANPARTY NF4 SLI-DR, one of the most feature-packed boards ever created."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Radeon X800XL PCI-E Review @ Hardware Avenue
"Hardware Avenue have today reviewed the HIS Radeon X800XL iTurbo PCI-E videocard. With a suffix containing an "L", one would be forgiven in taking the X800XL VPU for a budget "Lite" restricted version of its more expensive counterparts, but in that case, one would also be mistaken."

More information on this review can be found here.
Club 3D Radeon X800XL PCI Express Review @ Viperlair
"Performance from the X800XL was fantastic, quite happily keeping pace with our X850XT PE in many tests, although the highest resolutions and heavy AntiAliasing/Anisotropic filtering did slow it down slightly in comparison."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-IN-WONDER X600 PRO PCI-E Review @ Tech-Mods
"ATI has provided us with all kinds of options when it comes to the visual aspect of computing. We have had the ability to integrate the all well used television and the computer for some time thanks to the AIW products they have to offer. Today we will be taking a closer look at The ATI ALL-IN-WONDER X600 PRO PCI-E. The first and only multimedia video card for the new PCI-Express motherboard architecture that provides full, native 16-lane PCI Express bus interconnect to transfer data between the VPU and CPU in both directions simultaneously. Giving you advanced TV, DVD, FM and audio/video features for home theater and video editing with full personal video recorder PVR capabilities."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Sponsored Modding Competition @ Buddha's LAN Room
"Buddha and his forum mods are holding another modding competition sponsored by Cooler Master. Head on over for your chance to win a blue WaveMaster (2nd and 3rd place prizes also planned). Enter as many times as you'd like. Competition open till the 30th of April, 2005."

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

More information on this guide can be found here.
The Alumi-Dump Project @ Virtual-Hideout
"Say one day you’re looking around your cramped house, and you realize that your last computer upgrade has left you with an excess of spare parts lying around. Motherboard and CPU, maybe an old 20gb hard drive, a few sticks of ram, a power supply and maybe a CD Drive. What’s a guy to do? Well if you are like me, you look for some poor sole to pawn this obsolete junk off of! Ok just kidding, but if you’ve already tried that to no avail, how about making something to take to a LAN party to show off? A nice dedicated server for running Total Annihilation."

More information on this project can be found here.
SilverStone LC10 HTPC Case Review @ OCModShop
"The outside of the case is absolutely stunning and will definitely match your other equipment. External design looks very professional and is well implemented. More thought should have been put into the needs of the home theater enthusiast, as the bar is raised for professional home theater equipment. What is acceptable for a standard computer will be scrutinized by an audiophile."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Armor Super Tower Aluminum Chassis Review @ Techniz

"The Armor Chassis from Thermaltake is a very stylish case and available in black and silver color. Only the silver color is fully made of aluminum. The size of the Armor Chassis is a super tower case. The Armor Chassis is also design to fits Tt liquid cooling system (performance radiator with 12 cm fan) or any other specific brands of water cooling kit. The chassis is also design with the removable motherboard tray, whereas it does support the BTX with the optional BTX Upgrade Kit. Furthermore, the Armor Chassis comes with four case fans, and the top of chassis is equipped with dual USB2.0, IEEE1394 Firewire, audio & speaker ports. Beside that, the side panel is a very unique shaped of acrylic windows side panel."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, March 17, 2005
Protection against Adware and Spyware @ PC Review
"First, let me make my opinion clear: The installation of adware should be illegal and harshly punished. Adware has exploded because it offers big economic incentives
for its sponsors. They'll never adequately inform PC users about their software before it's installed. This troubling aspect of adware will never be wished away. In reality, today's tech-illiterate legislatures will never adware if they could even think of an effective legal approach to do so. We need to engage the battle on a technical level instead."

More information on this article can be found here.
Silverstone Strider SST-ST46F 460W PSU Review @ XtremeResources
"Another power supply unit will have to tolerate my cruelties that take place inside my test bed PC. Today, it will be the Silverstone Strider SST-ST46F 460W power supply unit, a rather special power supply unit from a similarly special company. Silverstone is a Taiwanese based company, founded back in 2003, which makes them quite new to the computer industry. They produce high class aluminum cases, power supply units, and they have expanded into the cooling and accessories market recently. Let us see if this power supply unit can keep up with the reputation of the company it represents."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Purepower 680W Review @ Arctic Squad
"An extremely powerful solution with lots of connectors and sleeved cables from Thermaltake meets our home made heavy test bench. We really loaded the PSU as it should be loaded in tests. Thermaltake's PurePower 680W has its Pros and Cons.

More information on this review can be found here.
XG Vortec 500W Power Supply Review @ PimpRig
"The case of the XG Vortec is nicely constructed of blue anodized aluminum. Cooling is handled by 120mm intake and 80mm blue LED exhaust fans covered by attractive grills bearing the Vortec logo. Fan speed is controlled by turning a knob on the back of the unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung USB powered 5.1 Surround Speaker Review @ I4U
"USB powered speakers are an interesting space and cable saving solution. The Samsung Trution speakers support 3D sound with a 5.1 channel simulation that is working quite well. The speakers provide 2x 0.4W power. The Samsung Trution 5.1 surround sound USB speakers are nicely made set of speakers that are visually attractive. The 5.1 surround sound simulation works well. USB Speakers like this are ideal for travel and connecting to a notebook."

More information on this review can be found here.
FireWire 1814 18-in/14-out FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface Review @ Tweaknews
"Professional level recording has made a huge leap in recent years, moving out of the typical multi-million dollar studio, and into basements, living rooms, and bedrooms. One of the leaders in making this move possible is M-Audio (formerly Midiman). The flagship product of the M-Audio line is the FireWire 1814, and it's a doozy. So, let's dig into this review."

More information on this review can be found here.
EVGA e-GeForce 6200 TC Video Card Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The EVGA e-GeForce 6200 TC Video Card is based on the NVIDIA NV44 Chip and comes with 64MB of DDR memory. The TC stands for TurboCache which essentially means it takes system memory automatically for a total of 256MB. While this is certainly not a product for the hardcore gamer it does play all the latest games. It would be an excellent inexpensive quality product for a HTPC.

More information on this video review can be found here.
BFG 6600 GT OC and ATI Radeon X700 Pro Comparison @ XYZ Computing
"So you have your new motherboard, your new processor, and the rest of the components for your next system, but you have yet to pick out a PCI Express video card. This is a position I recently found myself in and if you are nything like me, this will be the hardest choice for your new system. Like many other users I have serious reservations about spending what it takes to buy a top-shelf video card, like a 6800 or X850, I just can't justify the added expense for the amount of gaming that I do. I generally find myself buying mid-range cards, like my old ATI Radeon 9600XT, and others in that general price range. This review compares two new cards in this price and sees just what they can do."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI TV Wonder Elite Review @ Viperlair
"A good quality TV-tuner seems to be hard to find these days. With so many options on the market it is hard to pick a winner as it were. ATI seem to have released a very solid TV-tuner card with the TV Wonder Elite. Video quality was excellent. The high quality comb filters and noise reduction built into the Theater 550 Pro definitely shine in the screenshots."

More information on this review can be found here.
Neoseeker Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI Review @ Neoseeker
"It seems that with every Socket 939 board that we test, overclocking capabilities only get better. Our last Gigabyte board, the K8NXP-SLI, topped out at the high 270's on the HT bus. On our K8N Ultra-SLI sample, I've managed to crank things up to 295 MHz. While I've been somewhat spoiled by the DFI LanParty NF4 Ultra's 365 MHz, I remind myself that going from 200 MHz to ~300 MHz is a ~50% jump. A few years ago, hardcore overclockers would have killed for such percentages"

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA nForce 4 SLI for Pentium 4 Benchmark Results @ Hexus
"From a prospective purchasers perspective, and one who has no preference which companies' microprocessor is installed, then the obvious comparison is between an AMD or Intel NVIDIA SLI system, and for the present, if the numbers we have are correct, and we believe they are, then the choice is looking decidedly obvious - an AMD based NVIDIA SLI system looks set to simply wipe the floor with an Intel Pentium 4 SLI system."

More information on this review can be found here.
The "Ultimate Motherboard" Part I @ MBReview
"The main aspect that I look for in a solid motherboard design is organization. Most users neglect the design of their motherboard, until it comes time to do a little cable routing, or perhaps hooking up some additional expansion bracket devices. The best motherboards you can find almost always have one thing in common, a solid design."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thermaltake Kandalf Full Tower Case Review @ A1-Electronics
"So there you have it, a really stunning computer case. We hope you appreciate why we said to start off that this is the best computer case we have ever reviewed. How often can one say that."

Many people will be quick to argue that the Kandalf is a direct rip-off of the the popular Cooler Master Stacker Case. More information on this review can be found here.
The Future of Air-Cooling @ CoolTechZone
"Remember the golden days when microprocessors did not require high performance coolers? The lower clock speeds and simpler architectures, at least for the most part, produced reasonable heat that could be dealt with by quiet stock coolers. Now, if we were to focus our attention on air-cooling for enthusiasts, designs for air coolers have also changed drastically over the years. Thankfully, as microprocessor clock speeds soared passed 1.00GHz to 2.00GHz and then to 3.00GHz (Intel only), cooling manufacturers such as Thermaltake, Cooler Master and Thermalright have kept up with market standards and necessary requirements. How were these changes tackled? Air coolers (heatsinks) started to gain more copper throughout their structure. We also saw heatpipes and stacked copper fin technologies being implemented into various high-end models, but soon after that everything just paused."

More information on this editorial can be found here.
Swiftech MCW20-A on Intel Desktop Dothan @ InsaneTek
"Swiftech has been one of the most respected names for years. They have expanded from offering only blocks to complete setups. Today, we are concentrating on one piece of that system: the Northbridge cooler. In most cases, the Northbridge cooler would be an optional component. Instead of sitting on an i875, nForce3, or some other chipset, we're going to place it on top of an Intel Pentium M processor. If this block can handle the output from a full processor, imagine the cooling it would achieve for your motherboard chipset."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman VF700-CU Ultra Quiet Copper VGA Cooler Review @ OCIA
"The existing heatsink on the PCI-E/AGP interface must be used. If your existing cooler integrates the GPU and PCI-E/AGP interface, you cannot use the VF700. Well, you could, but a healthy heatsink must be used on this interface, as it gets very hot."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dangerden Custom Water Cooling Kit Review @ BurnOutPC.
"This water cooling kit has been custom picked by me, I chose probably some of the higher end parts Dangerden has to offer. This gave me the performance I predicted. Dangerden has done a fantastic job with their Maze 4 gpu blocks, and the luctite water cooling blocks. The black ice extreme radiator is of high quality and the 5 1/4 bay reservoir looks nice and does not produce any noticeable noise. The only real problems with these parts were the noisy pump and the terrible paint job on the pump's bottom."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Ultra Products Titanium Finish Fans Review @ PimpRig
"Here is a Silver and Blue 80mm, and as you see the finish is immaculate. The blades have a slight curve to them which reduces the noise of the air exiting from the end of the blades, which is where most of the noise generated from fans comes from. The 80mm fans are rated at 20.3 dBA which is almost silent, and when I powered them up I can attest to the fact that you can barely hear them."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Flash Voyager Review @ OC-Zone
"Today we have a Corsair USB Flash 512mb, Corsair Flash Voyager. This product it's very different from other USB Flash drives that we have seen and is made for those individuals who care about their data. One of great features of the unit is that is comes with a 10 year warranty available from Corsair."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Cordless Rumblepad 2 Review @ HTPCNews
"When attempting to make your HTPC into a gaming console replacement (or upgrade for that matter), you'll want to invest in some wireless gaming pads so you can sit back and relax while you play. Today we take a look at the latest edition of the Logitech Rumblepad and reports back on how it compares to the other controllers we have reviewed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech X-530 5.1 Surround Sound PC Speakers Review @ Futurelooks
"There are a lot of speakers on the market these days, but all the excitement is with the high end. What do we do about everyone else? Logitech answers that call with the X-530's, a good looking set of speakers that sell for a modest price. But how do they perform?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Apollo nVidia gForce 6600GT AGP Video Card Review @ OCIA
"Some of you that have seen the nVidia control panel for other cards may notice that there is no temperature monitoring tab on the Apollo control panel. As I mentioned before, all 6600GT cores have a built-in sensor. Some card manufacturers, Apollo included, have opted not to enable temp monitoring. I assume that is to discourage overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.
PDP Patriot PC3200 XBL Memory Review @ TechFreaks
"The highly treasured Winbond BH-5 is gone from the market; thus begins a new search for the enthusiast's new best friend. Currently contending for the right to be BH-5's successor are: OCZ's VX (Voltage Extreme), Micron's G and Samsung's TCCD. Today I'll be looking at PDP Systems contribution to the enthusiast market, the 512MB PC3200 Patriot Memory w/ XBL Technology featuring Samsung's TCCD ICs."

More information on this review can be found here.
MGE Vigor 500W PSU Review @ GeekExtreme
"Though the Vigor may be the low man on the totem pole, so to speak, it's certainly no slouch. In today's PSU market, you've got to differentiate your product if you want it to sell, the Vigor's certainly got a lot of "extra's" that make it a PSU worth looking into."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI X700Pro on the Clock @ Pro-Clockers
"Today, video card upgrading is one of the most popular investment. With some many to choose from, it is hard to make up one's mind. A top end card can cost you well over $500USD, some topping up at $750USD. But, if you are like me and on a tight budget, you are probably looking for something to tide you over till those X850's and Ultra's become reasonably affordable. Here is the ATI X700Pro."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair COOL Water Cooling Review @ Legit Reviews
"With the majority of today's processors becoming hotter water cooling is something that is becoming more mainstream. Corsair has been doing watercooling for years with the Hydrocool 200 and has decided to bring out a new product called the COOL to replace their old unit. Can Corsair's new "Cool" unit bring water cooling to the masses and still perform well?"

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X850 XT PE IceQ II Dual DVI VIVO 256MB PCIe Review @ BJorn3D
"The quest for more speed and more power keeps going on. Not content with letting NVIDIA catch up to its Radeon X800 XT PE series, ATI has launched a series of new PCI-Express (PCIe) based cards. Today, we are reviewing a card from Hightech technology that uses the new speed king chip from ATI, the Radeon X850 XT PE."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Soprano VB1000BWS Review @ XtremeResources
"ThermalTake is renowned for their good looking cases that they have produced over the past few years. They are into the enthusiast market and industry since 1999, which does not make them an old company but as long as the enthusiasts market is concerned they are pretty much ancient already. They started by creating cooling solutions and lately they have expanded into cases, water cooling kits, power supply units and many other items. Their Tsunami line of cases were o­ne of the most well known cases last year and now ThermalTake is releasing the Soprano, a possible successor to the Tsunami. The Soprano is considerably cheaper, but can it be a worthy opponent like the predecessor was?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake VA8000 Series Armor Enclosure Review @ Tweaktown
"Mike was sent one of the latest computer cases from Thermaltake recently which is part of the VA8000 series and called "Armor". The case includes the usual features you would expect from Thermaltake in a case along with a few new items. The case is made somewhat future proof with the inclusion of a BTX upgrade kit which will come in handy when the new form factor comes in to replace the aging ATX standard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Cebit 2005 Report 1: A Pleasure for the Eye @ Madshrimps
"Piotke, our local hero, discovers the joys of Cebit 2005, who ever said it was just about hardware?"

More information on this report can be found here.
Microsoft Optical Desktop Elite for Bluetooth Review @ ModdersHQ
"Living in the Detroit area, I have a tendency of making analogies between the automotive industry and the computer hardware/peripherals market. Input/Output devices such as keyboard/mouse combinations are a good example because there is such a wide range of products available at many different levels of performance, features, and cost. Today we are looking at the Escalade of the bunch, the Microsoft Optical Desktop Elite for Bluetooth. It's loaded to the hilt with bells and whistles plus it features the latest and greatest that technology has to offer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razotech RAM Mod Review @ PimpRig
"I'm extremely happy to say that the RAM Mod performs exactly as advertised. A simple push of a button changes the pattern of the RAM Mod between eight different patterns. Additionally, those LEDs that Razotech used are super bright!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 3100 Review @ The Tech Zone

"Unveiled during the 2005 Consumer Electronics Show, the Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 3100 keyboard & mouse combo features Logitech's award-winning Logitech MX 1000 Cordless Laser Mouse and mates that with a matching keyboard featuring the most powerful navigation controls available on a Logitech product. The high-performance package allows navigation to be performed by either the mouse or the keyboard so you can work faster and easier."

More information on this review can be found here.
Motherboard Basics @ BigBruin
"A motherboard, also known as a main board, is the primary circuit board inside of a computer, and is where the central processing unit (CPU), memory, expansion slots, drives, and other peripheral devices are connected. The circuitry on a motherboard facilitates the communication between all of the devices in the computer, making them as critical to a system’s performance as items such as the CPU
or memory."

More information on this article can be found here.

4 x 1GB Corsair Flash Voyager Flash Drives Giveaway

"Bigbruin.com is teaming up with Corsair on our latest give away. Up for grabs are four of Corsair's new Flash Voyager USB 2.0 flash drives. Four lucky winners will be drawn at random and each will receive one of the tough and practical 1GB Flash Voyager flash drives."

More information on this giveaway can be found here.
Netgear's MP101 Wireless Audio System Review @ PyroPort
"Wow. Simple as that, once I had ironed out the WEP problem, it was all systems go, and it has been going for about 4 hours a day for over a week in my house, so no nagging family to tell me "turn it down"!"

More information on this review can be found here.
High Performance DDR Memory Shootout @ Hexus
"To sum up, if you want the coolest modules on the block and you're feeling flush, the Corsair Xpert is in a niche of its own. Paired with Samsung's TCCD modules, there's a world of performance to be had from them at modest Vdimm. Otherwise, the G.Skill and OCZ both come recommended at around the £200 mark, with Corsair's XL PRO and XL PT under that price, too."

More information on this review can be found here.

Koolance's New ATI X8-series GPU Waterblock Review

"On the opposite side you can see Koolance's new innovation for this new series of GPU coolers. Dubbed HydraPak, it's a pierce and puncture proof container for the other side of the waterchannel. The material doesn't conduct any electricty whatsoever and cools the back side of the board with direct contact. On a flip-chip design like the X8-series, you can transfer heat away from the bottom of the GPU and to the PCB. Especially with X850 XT, that's a fearsome amount of heat to get rid of and while the X850 XT's cooler does a good job in getting direct heat away from the GPU, there's still plenty radiated from the rear."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products XL PC3200 Low Latency Memory Review @ System Cooling
"These days it seems like every memory manufacturer is bringing out at least one PC3200 speed kit designed to run at low latencies. These kits are also able to be overclocked beyond PC4000 speeds with good timings. Today we're going to look at one such manufacturer, Ultra Products that has just released their new low latency PC3200 ram into the market place. And they are doing it with a little twist, Ultra Products has specified speeds and timings for their PC3200 XL ram up to PC4200 speeds."

More information on this review can be found here.
Astak Team Research PC4000 DDR-500 Memory Review @ EOC
"Astak's Team brand high speed memory is available in speeds anywhere from DDR-500 to DDR-600, feature aluminum heat spreaders, and come with a lifetime warranty. Today we are taking a look at two 256MB PC4000 DDR memory modules rated to run on a 250MHz (500MHz DDR) overclocked memory bus."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X850XT-Platinum Edition Review @ Viperlair
"On average, the X800XT-PE is about 5% to 10%, give or take a couple percentage points faster than the X800XT. Assuming you are lucky enough to grab an ATI X800XT-PE, the difference will be smaller. Basically, if benchmarks are your thing, the X850XT-PE is the fastest card ATI has to offer."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI TV Wonder Elite Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The ATI TV Wonder Elite is based on the very powerful ATI Theater 550 Pro chip. The large analog tuner of previous generation TV Wonder products is replaced by the small Microtune MT2050 Digital Tuner. This tuner not only is capable of TV but also FM radio. For convenience, the Remote Wonder Plus remote control is included. The only downside to this product is the weak software package, Power Cinema."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Gigabyte GV-3D1 Dual GeForce 6600GT Videocard Review @ PCStats
"Gigabyte has come up with a very interesting alternative to the dual card SLI option; what they've done is placed two nVidia GeForce 6600GT cores and two sets of memory onto a single videocard PCB! Like a regular pair of SLI compatible cards, the two individual cores split the PCI Express 16x bus and each core gets a direct PCI Express 8x connection to the rest of the system though one standard PCI Express x16 slot. Each of the GeForce 6600GT cores on the GV-3D1 are supported with dedicated sets of 128MB of Samsung GDDR3 memory each, for a total of 256MB GDDR-3. The GV-3D1 has its cores clocked at 500MHz apiece, but the memory runs at 1120MHz - a full 120MHz over stock speeds. We'll see later what kind of performance benefits this can produce."

More information on this review can be found here.
March 2005 Buyers Guide @ Pureoverclock
"Choosing the best PC hardware available for your budget can sometimes be a confusing and time consuming ordeal. Time these days is at a premium, and not everyone has enough of this precious commodity available to trawl countless reviews thus enabling them to make good, nformed buying decisions. Don't expect in depth detail on the products chosen. The article would end up being 50 pages if it were. This is a quick look at what's hot at the moment. Think of it as a point in the right direction."

More information on this article can be found here.
SkyHawk IceQ IMC6375 Mini BareBone Review Part 1 @ GruntvillE
"A dual Xeon system does me no good if it takes over half my living room to use it. Here we can see the side and back shots of the IMC6375. With its brushed aluminum outer casing and well vented sides you can already tell that if set up properly internally, you should have no problem with heat buildup. From the back view you can plainly see the 80mm PSU exhaust fan and the ovular (it’s a word, look it up) shaped exhaust port for the Spire cooler. This is where all of the hot air from the systems CPU is ducted directly out the back to avoid hot spots and dead zones."

More information on this review can be found here.
Beginners Guides Linux Part 2: Installing a PC @ PCStats
"For the second installment of this PCstats guide, we're looking at something a little more permanent. We're going to take one of the most popular and easy to use free Linux distributions, SUSE Personal 9.1 and explore the process of installing Linux onto your hard drive as a full operating system."

More information on this guide can be found here.
XG X-Case PC Case Review @ ap0calypse
"PC cases are no longer just a simple chassis used to house your PC components. They are a statement of who you are, and can provide important functionality. Today’s cases may offer silence, extreme cooling, sleek professional looks, or outright crazy designs…there really is a case for everyone these days. Up for review today we have a case that is trying to fit into the ever expanding gamer/performance market. The case is named the X-Case, and it is the latest design out from XG, a division of MGE Company."

More information on this review can be found here.
Building A Silent Server/HTPC @ OCModShop
"This article will also be good for someone looking to build their own HTPC. With any HTPC you want it to be silent, be warned though this usually takes some work. Servers typically very noisy on an enterprise level but we're not building an enterprise server. For a home server that the typical power user would build it is not that difficult to keep it quiet. For this reason I am going to focus on building this computer to be silent, or at least as quiet as possible."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Monday, March 14, 2005
Link Depot PNP-350-2F Power Supply Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Today, more and more people are upgrading their computers. And chances are they are buying a socket 939 or socket 775. And with the introduction of all these new mainboards comes a new standard in power supplies. These new motherboards sports a industry standard 24 pin ATX connection from the power supply instead of a 20 pin connector. So, in steps the Link Depot PNP-350-2F."

More information on this review can be found here.
Icemat Siberia Computer Gaming Headset Review @ Tweaknews
"In the world of gaming you almost always will annoy people with the repetitive assault gun, the hundreds of grenade explosions or any other combination of weaponry slamming out of your desktop speakers. The desk-mounted microphone will always require yelling, especially when the adrenaline is pumping. This will cause people living with or even next to you to think you are borderline insane and potentially a security hazard. Thus, Icemat decided to give us a headphone/microphone combo to keep our reputations from getting lower in the real world and to make everyone around us think we are completely normal. *twitch*"

More information on this review can be found here.
Tagan TG480-U22 Silent Power Supply Review @ PC Review
"During the last twelve month period the Computer Power Supply market has become very competitive. For a while those seeking a quality PSU would mostly look to only Antec or Enermax. Tagan gained a good foothold in the market a little over a year ago with their attention to detail and assurance their PSU's would deliver the quoted current without hiccups. And now we have a new kid on the block, Hiper, also supplying up market PSU's."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake PurePower 680W Power Supply Review @ InsaneTek
"The Thermaltake 680W has placed Thermaltake in the recommended overclocker's choice for power supplies. While offering amazing aesthetic features, such as a titanium finish and fully sleeved cables, it has enough power to supply the most straining components available. The power supply is also one of the few power supplies that is able to power two PCI-E video cards, aside from the PC Power and Cooling SLI series."

More information on this review can be found here.
Revoltec Star Series Chromus II RPS-450V2 PSU Review @ XtremeResources
"How times have changed recently. It was not so long ago that all power supply units were grey, dull looking with o­nly the necessary cables o­n them and no stronger than 250-300 watts peak power output. Today those are vastly outdated by power supply units which are at least twice as strong and much better looking. What happens if an innovative mind decides to design o­ne for good performance with a distinctive appearance? The Revoltec Chromus II comes into existence."

More information on this review can be found here.
Basics of Flash Memory Part 2 @ BigBruin
"In the first part of the series on flash memory, an overview was provided for two fairly common formats; MultiMedia Card and Secure Digital. In this installment, we will wrap things up with an overview of four other common formats: CompactFlash, SmartMedia, xD, and Memory Stick (yes, there are actually even MORE, but these six constitute the ones used most in the Flash Memory universe)."

More information on this article can be found here.
Atech Model XP-14, a 14 in 1 Card Reader Review @ Futurelooks
"Wanting one device to transfer all those memory cards that you have collected over the years? Well, the Atech XP-14 Flash Card Reader does all 14 different styles of memory cards with a fast USB 2.0 connection. Read on to find out if this is the card reader for you."

More information on this review can be found here.
PlusDeck 2 Review @ I4U
"Well, blow the dust off of them, put them in alphabetical order in your cassette case or rack, and get those legs ready to go you thought wouldn’t work after your youth in the 80s. Why you ask? Because, like the nano technology, plastic surgery and the fountains of youth everyone seeks for anything “old”; we’ve found it for you in the form of playing and recording those “old” cassette tapes in ways you never thought possible. Welcome to the world of PlusDeck2 by BTO Co; Ltd of Korea. Yes, they too, played and held onto their audiocassettes just like you did; hoping for that future reincarnation. And they wanted that world to enjoy their music again as if it was the first time you popped one into your old cassette deck."

Why anyone would still want to use a casette deck in the age of CD's and DVD's is beyond me. More information on this review can be found here.
Tt Beetle Cooler Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"When I first saw the new Thermaltake Beetle Cooler, I thought of beetles all right. Not the four winged type that eat roses but more of the 72' or 73' variety. This thing is so big it looks like the rear tail lamp off a Volkswagen Beetle. Also like the VW type Beetle, the Tt Beetle has a look that regardless of how much it appeals to you aesthetically, it pulls at your curiosity and whispers fun in ear."

More information on this review can be found here.
LiteOn SOHW-1673S 16X DVD Writer Review @ Techniz
"LiteOn have come out with another great DVD Writer, the SOHW-1673S. The SOHW-1673S was a very good optical drive in terms of performance. The overall performance was much better than the previous model which is the SOHW-1653S. The drive itself is very stable during the reading/writing of any CD/DVD media. As for the noise level, it was much quiet compare to the all the previous model. Furthermore, the sample unit that I receive is a Black Bezel unit. I think most of the users now is looking for the Black Bezel drive. Since it looks much nicer compare to the beige bezel drive. The LiteOn SOHW-1673S DVD Writer is a worthy solution of the new 16x Dual Layer DVD writer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC4000 Review @ LAN Addict
"I've kicked the tires on Crucial\'s Ballistix Tracer PC4000 for the last few weeks and I really like what I see! Not only does Crucial give you RAM you can use to OC your system with, it also does something the Corsair RAM I have won't do. It will run at 2-2-2-5 latency settings at the default voltage and overclock a bit, too! If you run Intel or AMD in your rig, you owe it to yourself to give serious consideration to Crucial's Ballistix Tracer PC4000."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast A6600GT Review @ BJorn3D
"At a time when a $500 video card is not uncommon, many PC enthusiasts may find it hard to justify the need to spend that amount of money on one piece of hardware. NVIDIA's 6600 GPU is aimed at users who want some of the best performing hardware without having to sell their first-born to afford it. Leadtek has taken this technology and tossed it into a great package. The WinFast A6600GT TDH offers performance that almost matches that of the next generation's hardware, at a fraction of the cost."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte K8VT890-9 Motherboard Review @ hardCOREware
"When the K8T890 chipset was announced last summer, we had high hopes for VIA's entry into the PCI-E realm. Had the timing been right, they would have been the first out of the gates with a PCI-E solution for Athlon64 CPU's. Unfortunately, things didn't quite work out that way. Thanks to its architecture, we are going to see a flood of low end Socket 939's being released with this Northbridge, pairing it up with a Southbridge that was originally introduced for Socket A motherboards. Last week we reviewed one from Soltek, this week we're looking at Gigabyte's solution, which carries an MSRP of just $83."

More information on this review can be found here.
March 2005 Budget System Buyer's Guide @ Mikhailtech
"For the first time in our budget guide we're making the switch from the now-discontinued Socket A platform to a much more potent Socket 754. The performance difference is a very noticeable one and although we're not building a system for overclocking, the potential of these new 2600+ processors is amazing to say the least (overclocks close to 1GHz have been achieved). These new Semprons (the 2600+ being among them) are based on the Palermo core which is similar to Winchester with the exception of a reduced L2 cache and disabled AMD64 technology."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Razotech Blizzard Case Review @ PimpRig
"Before I go any further, let me talk a little bit about the airflow design of the Blizzard case. It makes no sense at all. Both doors and the top are actually a huge mesh, but only the top and left side have filters. The front is mesh, but is mostly blocked by plastic. The only fan included on the Blizzard is a front intake yet there is no filter there. Due to the mesh design there is no way to have an effective airflow pattern because you will be unable to set up your cooling as either a positive or a negative air pressure flow."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, March 12, 2005
Kingston Launches MMCmobile for Expanding Cell Phone Market
Kingston Launches MMCmobile for Expanding Cell Phone Market

New Dual-Voltage, High-Capacity MMCmobile Cards Support Increasing Demands of Next-Generation Mobile Digital Devices

New Orleans, LA CTIA Wireless Show, Booth 5817, -- March 14, 2005, Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the world's leading independent memory manufacturer, today announced the release of new MMCmobile digital media products designed to target both the expanding mobile phone and mobile digital device markets.

Kingston's high-capacity MMCmobile cards are slated for use in next-generation mobile phones and digital devices that will offer enhanced media and storage functionality. Popular digital devices that will soon utilize the smaller size and dual operating ranges offered by MMCmobile card technology include camera phones, PDAs, MP3 players, smartphones, and digital cameras.

"Currently there are a handful of devices that take advantage of MMCmobile, but as cell phones and other mobile digital products are released with more features in a smaller form factor, we expect to see MMCmobile become widely used over the next 18 months," said Mike Kuppinger, digital media product manager, Kingston.

The flexibility of smaller size and dual operating voltage ranges offered by MMCmobile make it ideally suited for mobile device applications where space-saving and extending battery life is essential. Kingston® MMCmobile cards will initially release in 128- and 256-MB formats, shipping in quantity at month end. Larger capacity MMCmobile cards will follow as digital device needs dictate.

To maximize flexibility and ease of use for the end user, Kingston's MMCmobile cards will ship with an adapter to allow them to fit into the standard MMC card size format. MMCmobile cards are backward compatible with legacy host devices built to previous MultiMediaCard standards. Kingston's MMCmobile cards are also compatible with devices such as the Nokia® 6630, 6620i, 6680, 6681 and 6682."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Enermax Noisetaker 600w PSU Review @ Pureoverclock
"Today we are looking at Enermax's highest specification PSU, the Noisetaker 600w Active PFC. 600 watts is impressive even in this day and age, but is it really necessary? SLI (Scalable Link Interface) has single-handedly changed how PSU's can be marketed, but we here at Pureoverclock won't be bought into this, oh no!"

More information on this review can be found here.
VIA Grease Monkey Patch-Tracking Software Review @ PCStats
"I'm a die-hard PC gamer, and I've got to admit that console games have PC games soundly beat on at least one major aspect: they work like they're supposed to. No one patches console games because you can't. While many games these days ship with a built in patching engine, many more do not. Add to this the long file download queue times associated with download sites like FilePlanet and you have a recipe for frustration. Wouldn't it be good then, if you had a little application that could automatically locate the patches you need and the demos you want, as well as linking you to a dedicated downloading server for them? Well, today we're going to look at an app that claims to fill just this role, the VIA Technologies "Grease Monkey" software."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ ModStream 450W Power Supply Review @ Techniz
"OCZ have come out with a good and great PSU which is the ModStream series PSU. The performance of the ModStream 450W PSU is very good and stable as you can refer back to the testing and performance section. Moreover, the PSU is finish in titanium color, it was looks so great. A part from that, it comes with the EZMod ATX 24pin which will able to support all the platform of motherboard nowadays. There are two SATA connector is included as well for supporting the SATA hard disk. But, there is always some downside, which the EZMod ATX 24pin (20+4) connector is slightly shorter. But, it does not cause any problem with my setup. With the price of around US $100, this was a good buy power supply unit if you are looking for a powerful and nice looking PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra X-Connect 500W PSU Review @ AuphanOnline
"Ultra X-Connect 500W PSU Review @ AuphanOnline.com quote: "The Ultra X-Connect 500W has the looks, power, and the ability to only use the cables that you require for your system. Take a look at what else this shiny power supply has to offer and more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Building a Silent Air Cooled System @ Madshrimps
"Tired of those whining fans, want some piece and quiet when starting your PC? Read on to find out how you silence your system without turning it into a small oven."

More information on this guide can be found here.
ATI All-In-Wonder X800XT Video Card Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product is based on the ATI R420 chip & has an exhausting list of features. The default core speed is 500MHz & the 256MB of GDDR3 memory is 1,000MHz. Both the core & memory can be easily overclocked resulting in even faster performance. Included are input/output adapters, a remote control, software, & much more. It will knock your socks off!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
XFX 6600GT AGP Review @ DreamWare Computers
"When the 6600GT chip first came out it was a PCI-Express only type of thing. It had an amazing price but users who still have AGP motherboards were out of luck if they wanted to get one. XFX was one of the first manufacturers to put the 6600GT chip on an AGP 8X board by using a PCI-E to AGP bridge chip for users who are either stuck on AGP or don't have the money to upgrade. Today XFX has sent us one of their AGP 6600GT cards to put to the test and see if it's really worth it!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel IDF 2005: What's New and Exciting @ InsaneTek
"Every year, Intel gets together some of their business partners for a gathering. For those who don't know, IDF is short for Intel Developer Forum. This is where Intel gets to brag and boast about their achievements the past year and announce upcoming technology for the future. This is my first attendance at IDF, and the experience was rather exhausting. Exhausting in a good way? Not really. Frankly, I expected to be more intrigued by the event. I guess the computer technology excitement is slowing down for me."

More information on this article can be found here.
CEBIT 2005: AMD or Intel? Same Motherboard @ Hexus
"Here at CeBIT 2005, you see innovation galore, but at the ECS stand they have something truly special that stands out as being one of the hottest products of the show. HEXUS brings you the ECS PF88, the first mainboard to support both Intel P4 AND AMD Athlon 64 processors."

More information on this review can be found here.

CeBIT 2005: Zalman Tech Play it Cool

"The new TNN 300 is a compact, 'Totally No Noise' computer enclosure, which in Zalman’s own words is a “petite, sexy variation of the TNN series computer enclosure”. To you and me that means that Zalman have added a stylish twist to their kit, and eye appeal has had a say in how the final product looks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tul Xpress 200P Motherboard Review @ OC-Zone
"We have made a review of the latest motherboard from Tul, Tul Xpress 200P, this motherboard has the latest ATI chipset to skt939 Athlon 64. Poor overcloking but rock stable at default speeds."

More information on this review can be found here.
BFG VNF4 Ultra Motherboard Review @ AMD Review
"BFG Technologies is best known for their Nvidia video cards. They are one of the leading makers of gForce cards. They have recently released their first motherboard offering, the BFG nForce 4 Ultra (VNF4). I had an opportunity to test this board out. In the following paragraphs I will be introducing you to all the features of this new motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR Motherboard @ Legit Reviews
"The performance was everything I could have hoped for. Our results found this board to be extremely stable at both stock speeds and when overclocking to the highest FSB possible."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LanParty UT nF4 Ultra-D Motherboard Review @ XYZ Computing
"The LanParty series from DFI has been around for a some time now and has built up a great reputation. These boards have been known to overclock very well, are readily available, and are reasonably priced. If this was not enough they are UV-reactive so they look super cool too. They are especially catered to the enthusiast system builder so, as you would imagine, they are on they way to becoming legendary in forums worldwide. The cool looking box shows how DFI is pushing their products to gamers and overclockers. This socket 939 motherboard is poised to become an enthusiast's favorite."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Weekly Special @ The Cutting Edge

"When you're looking for a fan grill that is a little unique, the Logisys 80mm UV Blue Laser Cut acrylic fan grills is the ticket. Not only do they glow very bright under UV lighting but it has a very sharp look that you'll be proud to own. It is made out of acrylic and it appears light blue under normal lighting. The package also includes screws for easy mounting.

Specifications:

- UV re-active
- Unique design
- Made from acrylic
- Fits 80mm fans
- Fans screws included

More information on this special can be found here.
Friday, March 11, 2005
Why Solitaire Is Better Than Half Life 2 @ The Tech Zone
"Ya gotta read the fine print folks. Flip that pretty shrink-wrapped box of Half Life 2 over, and take a peek at the little letters. You know, the ones with all the tech speak, that only the 14 year old in the family understands. Don't bother trying to read it; I'll translate for ya. It says, "Not only will you have to shell out 59.95 for this glitzy box in your hands, but prepare to cough up another $150-$ $200 (plus installation) to upgrade that pathetic outdated machine you have at home". Yea right. Is there a big "L" burned into my forehead? I'm willing to bet however, that if you can read this article, your PC has all the juice it needs to run the biggest baddest version of Solitaire ever created."

More information on this article can be found here.
Razotech's Blue LED Ram Mod Review @ ExtensionTech
"PC modding, and modding products are here to stay if you hadn't noticed. Enthusiasts of greatly varying degrees, mod, purchase mod products, and drive this somewhat niche industry that higher tier PC makers have almost totally avoided. On that note, it's always nice to see a new manufacturer emerge, and bring new things to the table. Today is just that sort of day. I'll be looking at a new product, from a new company, Razotech. If making your memory flicker with bright LED's sounds like fun, you'll want to continue on."

More information on this review can be found here.
Steelpad QcK+ Mouse Pad Review @ Bjorn3D
"If you lift your eyes a bit though, you’ll quickly see that there is a huge market out there, mainly amongst gamers, for mouse pads that allow the gamers to get the best sensitivity possible. Steelpad is a company that has a great reputation for their mouse pads. Their main products are various mouse pads in steel. I’ve tried a few, and they are really cool. The mouse pad I am reviewing today is however made out of a completely different material. The Steelpad QcK+ is not only a mouse pad made of thin cloth, it is also a huge mouse pad."

More information on this review can be found here.
Basics of Flash Memory Part 1: SD and MMC @ BigBruin
"Flash memory is available in so many formats that it can be difficult to know what will work with any particular device. Devices such as MP3 players, PDAs, mobile phones, digital cameras, and personal computers can take advantage of flash memory to bolster their storage capacity, but selecting the right format may be easier said than done."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Vantec EZ-Swap Review @ Arctic Squad
"This time Arctic Squad had a chance to test a high quality product from the Vantec EZ-Swap product family. MRK-200ST-BK is basically a hard drive rack with some extra features like a LCD display, Serial ATA, hard disk temperature monitoring and cooling. It fits especially to the needs of people who want to gain access to the same files i.e in home and work. EZ-Swap is a great tool for servers because of its hot swap capabilities."

More information on this review can be found here.
MGE XG Vigor 500w PSU Review @ OCIA
"On our first glance at the Vigor, we can finally see the chrome finish. Sadly, it is very hard to take digital pictures of chrome without it appearing to have a black finish. The chrome on the Vigor was flawless and really sets it apart from other power supplies I have come across. I would recommend, however, moving the zip tie inside the unit to improve its overall appearance."

More information on this review can be found here.
19 Inch LCD Display Buyer's Guide @ XYZ Computing
"If you are looking to for a new monitor, a 19" LCD could be the one for you. These displays come in a range from mid-priced to expensive and are available with lots of different feautures from stripped down to high-end. With LCD sales growing every year and at the same time prices falling, 19" is the new 17". The Buyer's Guide is going to take a look at some of the many 19" LCD display out there so as to help consumers learn a little bit and get a point to start from. The selection of 19" 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.
NEC ND-3520A 16x Dual Layer DVD Re-writer Review @ HardwareZoom
"The NEC ND-3520A also excel in 16x DVD+R and 48x CD-R writing, and it is able to overspeed most 8x & 4x media to 12x & 8x respectively. Even with such high speed writing and reading, this drive is extremely quiet and I was wondering if the disc really spins during DVD-Video playback. It is definitely one of the most quiet burner I have ever seen."

More information on this review can be found here.
Western Digital Raptor WD740 SATA Hard Drive Review @ PCStats
"In this review, PCstats is testing out a pair of sleek 10,000 RPM Western Digital WD740 Raptors. These are the first SATA drives we've seen that reach 10,000 RPM, and we're going to be testing them both singly and in a RAID stripe and mirror to see what kind of performance implications we can expect to a standard PC system. The Western Digital 74GB Raptors are also going to form the basis of PCstats' updated hardware test platform, so expect to see a lot more of these drives in our future reviews."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballisitx 1GB DDR PC4000 Review @ Techniz
"Crucial are known worldwide for their range of memory modules. Their newest range of PC Memory is the Ballistic range. These are designed maximise the performance of your system for the enthusiast, whilst minmizing errors during the transfer of data. "When You Have The Ultimate Performance System, Can You Really Tolerate Inferior Memory?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Silentium T1 Review @ InsaneTek
"By now, you should all be very familiar with Arctic Cooling products and their capabilities. Their cooling solutions make computing in silence a reality. The VGA silencers are winning awards at every site and their Freezer coolers are now the preferred choice for my test bed. With VGA coolers, CPU coolers, and case fans already set, what's the next step in providing a cool computing environment? Arctic Cooling's step into the case category was somewhat surprising, considering that the majority of new cases today cater towards gamers. All those cases focus mainly on looks and not any increased cooling performance. Arctic Cooling has a different approach. They look to provide better cooling performance while still maintaining the low level of noise they're very well known for. With the goals in mind, they created the Silentium T1 and T2."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, March 10, 2005
Are you addicted to the Internet? @ The Tech Zone
"A recent news story reported that the Finnish army has sent some of its conscripts home due to the fact that they are unable to handle the compulsory six months in the army without access to their computers. When computers and the Internet are becoming integral components or even the main focus of leisure, education, and work time, it's not hard to see how losing access can really affect someone. I can see this new technology getting blamed for all sorts of woes in the future much in the same way television has in the present."

More information on this article can be found here.
Xtrac Hybrid Mouse Pad Review @ Mikhailtech
"The pad is made up of three layers. The top is a combination of cloth and plastic (hence the Hybrid name) - that is all we know. It actually feels like it too: it's a lot slicker than a pure cloth pad but not as rigid or tough on the palms as a plastic one. In the middle is thick foam used for padding. The bottom is Sure Grip rubber backing. Even this is an improvement over the rubber backing found on Xtrac's all-cloth pads."

More information on this review can be found here.
DHT-819C 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Speakers Review @ BigBruin
"The first humble sounds from a computer were mere beeps produced by a 10-cent speaker, and now today computer audio can be found as the center piece of a modern home entertainment system able to produce near theater quality surround sound. Audio is now an essential part of computing, and products exist to satisfy the needs of consumers on every level. Today we are taking a look at the DHT-819C 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Speakers supplied to us by the good people over at Geeks.com."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hiper Type R Black Label & Silver Label 480W PSU Review @ PimpRig
"Studying the 8 pages in English, only the last two and a half pages are of any real use, covering connector pinouts, features and warranty information, but include a hopelessly optimistically titled "troubleshooting" section covering four lines. The rest of the English section seems to be a poorly adapted (and sometimes poorly translated) reworking of the ATX PSU specification, for example: "When AC power is on, the power supply shall be in save mode of operation, and +5VSB" should be within its regular window. When a TTL "L" signal is inserted, the power supply will be enabled. When TTL signal "H" is inserted the power supply will be disabled". Quite."

More information on this review can be found here.
SkyHawk Power ONE 570W Power Supply w/Audio Stand-By Review @ EOC
"Skyhawk's GM line of Power ONE power supplies are available in various wattages and can be combine with several options. One of the defining features of these power supplies are the "Smart Cable Management" system, which allows the user to connect only the cables that are needed. An interesting option available is the "Audio Stand-By" feature, this provides a third +12V rail that is always on and capable of powering a CD-ROM drive to play CD audio when the computer is off."

More information on this review can be found here.
XG Vortex 500W Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The XG Vortex 500W Power Supply performs very well and looks stunning with its all-aluminum construction and two windows. It comes with two blue LED fans (120mm & 80mm) which can be easily adjusted in speed. There are plenty of sleeved leads which increase airflow inside your case. In addition, the sleeving and all the connectors are UV reactive. You'll be hard pressed to find a better overall PSU."

More information on this video review can be found here.
ASUS Extreme N6600GT PCI-E SLI Review @ Hard Avenue
"There are a few major differences with SLI this time around though - some good on paper, some bad on paper. First off, the bad - it will require a mainboard specifically designed for SLI. That means, at the moment, a Nvidia nForce4-SLI motherboard - extra costs and limited choice. It will also require a relatively high end PSU to handle the extra power load since videocards are as power hungry as ever. Both of these aspects were not a factor in the days of 3Dfx SLI - atleast not to the same degree they are now."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Soprano Mid-Tower Case Review @ System Cooling
"Thermaltake is known for producing some very good computer cases. As of recently they have begun to expand their lineup once again with the release of the Tsunami Dream and the Shark cases. Today we'll be looking at another new case from Thermaltake, the Soprano. Will this case live up to the Thermaltake name? Let's find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Beetle Heatsink Review @ InsaneTek
"Thermaltake has taken many people by surprise with their new line of heatsinks. Recently at InsaneTek, we reviewed the Thermaltake Big Typhoon. It was a huge heatsink, but it performed well and was quiet. Looks wasn't really a part of the Big Typhoon, but that'll change with the heatsink up for review today is the Thermaltake Beetle. This heatsink has a retail price of $56.99 and provides modding enthusiasts with something special in their
case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Speeze EEA67B4 VultureSpin III 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 EEA67B4. If you are looking for a very quiet and compact air cooled light weight CPU cooler with decent cooling performance then you will have to look a long way to better this Speeze EEA67B4."

More information on this review can be found here.
An Introduction To Watercooling @ HWLogic
"Watercooling has become somewhat of a standard in enthusiast PC cooling, however it can still frighten the masses. Today HWLogic gives an in-depth description of what you will need to know in order to get your feet wet for the first time. In this article we are showing every aspect of watercooling, along with busting a few watercooling myths."

More information on this guide can be found here.
asetek VapoChill LightSpeed [AC] Review @ Viper Lair
"It really is pretty amazing when you hear that single beep to signify a successful POST of your system after an overclock, and to hear it time after time no matter how high you raise the FSB … absolutely magical. And I know mine isn't (currently) one of the best overclocks out there! Other folks are going higher, with 5GHz+ being very attainable thanks to the Vapochill Lightspeed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Alphacool NexXxos BOLD vs Prescott, Intel's Black Sheep @ Madshrimps
"Can Alphacool´s Xtreme Pro Set mated with their NexXxos BOLD water block dowse the Prescott fire? Intel´s offspring have all been well behaved until Prescott, the Black Sheep came along. Sadly the little (90nm) CPU has had to endure so many epithets, such as claims it can double as a space-heater, and it converts standard H20 systems into phase-change, etc. How cruel the industry can be, and in keeping with mixed metaphors today´s test will determine if one of Alphacool´s best can extinguish the 115W flame within?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, March 9, 2005
The Basics of RAID @ BigBruin
"The word RAID sounds like it might describe something Marines conduct in Fallujah, or a can of what all roaches fear, but it is simply an acronym that stands for Redundant Array of Independent (or Inexpensive) Disks. Depending on who you talk to, the letter “I” can stand for either independent or inexpensive, but in my opinion independent is more appropriate, and far less subjective."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Danger Den TDX Watercooling Kit Review @ OZCaseMods
"Danger Den have a name in the overclocking industry as one of the best water cooling kits and product manufacturers around today. Danger Den recently sent us a sample of their latest AMD K7 kit to have a look at, but does this follow the pattern of their previous success with water cooling products?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Microsoft Wireless Intellimouse Explorer 2.0 Review @ GruntvillE
"Wireless, once a despised and often cursed technology in mice due to its flakiness, has greatly improved over the last few years and is becoming more and more popular as folks look for ways to achieve a “cleaner” desk area. When I first took the plunge into wireless with the purchase of a Logitech MX700, I came away very happy. While the tracking wasn’t quite up to par for fast-paced FPS games such as Unreal Tournament 2003/2004 like its wired brethren, it’s larger size and overall layout was a definite plus in the comfort department. As much as I liked the wireless MX700, I ended up delegating it to desktop use only. When it came time for a few rounds of Unreal Tournament or Call of Duty, I found myself reaching back for my wired IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0."

More information on this review can be found here.
PlusDeck 2 Computer Cassette Player Review @ A1-Electronics
"A super computer device for those of us with a collection of now old cassette tapes where we can now listen to them on our computer and make top quality recording for CD, MP3 or any other recording format we want. Use of the Plus Deck 2 cassette player could not be easier, simply half push in the cassette tape and press the relevant button on the cassette player."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung 193P 19 LCD Review @ PCUnleash
"The display portion is less than one inch thick; this has to be one of the thinnest displays on the market. Compared to Samsung’s 710N which we reviewed recently, this item is a vast improvement. The 710N was considerably thicker because it had a power supply built inside the monitor, whereas the 193P has an external power supply. Not only does this help keep the monitor’s dimensions down to a minimum, it reduces the heat very effectively. Interestingly, the 193P doesn’t have a special ventilation holes to expel the hot air. Nevertheless I was surprised to find that the panel temperature was incredibly low even after 3 to 5 hours of heavy usage."

More information on this review can be found here.

Samsung SyncMaster 920T LCD Review @ BJorn3D

"Samsung is a company that continues to release new models of LCD monitors as technology for the monitors continues to improve. This is usually good for consumers since they will get a monitor that should be as good if not better than earlier models. The other effect of this is usually as price drops, more people move to LCD displays, lowering the overall cost for components. The monitor I am looking at today is the Samsung SyncMaster 920T. It is one of the latest 19” offerings from Samsung."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra PC3200 XL Memory Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"Ultra may be the new kid on the block in the memory world but you wouldn't guess that if you weren't told. They have put out a capital product with their low latency PC3200 memory sticks. The tight 2-2-2-5 at DDR400 was expected but reaching DDR550 by loosening the timings was not. There are a number of PC4000 or PC4200 memory products out that can't handle PC4400 (DDR550) but Ultra is most certainly not one of them."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wintec Amp-X 1GB DDR2 PC5400 Review @ OCModShop
"While Wintec Industries is pretty new in the extreme memory sector of things they are already doing a good job in my opinion. This memory was basically on par with Corsair with all of the benchmarking. In most cases the Corsair memory was a little higher, however the difference was extremely minor. When it comes to overclocking this memory faired quite well, especially since the tRAS latency was a step below Corsair at stock speeds. Of course at this point you still need to decide if you want to move to DDR2 which is still a bit immature because of surrounding technologies. However if you are switching to a LGA775 setup you will have no choice but to purchase some DDR2, in which case this memory would be a good choice."

More information on this review can be found here.
Western Digital on the clock @ Pro-clockers
"In the world of overclocking, alot of people tend to forget about the usage of a harddrive, never the less an external harddrive. Yes, harddives don't have much to do about how high you can overclock your cpu or ram, but you do need to put that os on something. But, you are probably saying is 'what does an external harddrive have to do with anything. Well, I'm using mine to store all my benchmarking tools, photos and some music on, for easy access. Enter the WD WDXL800UETN."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sparkle 6600GT AGP Review @ Pureoverclock
"As you may have guessed by now, the 6600GT is indeed Sparkles midrange performance card. It is almost text book Nvidia reference design. The only differences being: no dual DVI outputs, a custom graphic covering the heatsink and a nice blue PCB. If you look just below the Sparkle graphic, you will see a large silver heatsink. This is cooling the PCI-e to AGP bridge chip I mentioned earlier."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI ALL-IN-WONDER X800 XT Review @ Hexus
"ATI's Multimedia team took the time to get right a product that will appeal to many. Expensive in X800 XT guise (there are other X800 AIWs which I'll talk about in a separate article to come soon) but worth it if seriously fast 3D and excellent multimedia ability in a single slot is what you're after. MSRP is $499."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Silent Box Review @ WhispTech
"The Scythe Silent Box is a simple item that's main purpose is to silence the noise a hard drive makes when it is seeking information and such. This particular unit is made of a rubber shell with an Aluminum top for the external part of the unit. The unit measures in at 144 x 211 x 41 mm which will fit in a 5.25" bay drive and weighs 840g."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"In this review PCStats is testing out one such option, the Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI motherboard. This board is targeted towards the mainstream market (as mainstream as SLI gets, anyhow), and supports all Socket 939 AMD Athlon64/FX processors. With room for up to 4GB of unbuffered DDR RAM, its dual PCIe x16 slots handle the graphical duties with a full 16 lanes of PCIe with a single videocard and two sets of eight when in SLI mode with compatible nVidia-based cards. The SLI bridge connector comes included (GC-SLI). In terms of features, the GA-K8N Ultra-SLI includes an additional four channel Serial ATA/RAID controller, two Gigabit NICs (neither of which run through the PCI bus), IEEE 1394b, 7.1-channel audio, SPDIF in/out, and of course Gigabyte's essential dual BIOS feature."

More information on this review can be found here.

MSI Megaview 561 Portable Multimedia Player Review

"Every tech company out there seems to be producing some variation of the portable video player theme. The idea is simple. Take a hard disk MP3 player, add an LCD screen and video decoding/playback hardware, shake well and release into the wild. MSI's take on the video player comes a couple of years into the game, so they've presumably had time to watch other companies make mistakes. The Megaview 561 sports a 3.5 inch LCD, a 20GB hard disk, TV out and A/V recording capabilities, FM radio playback and recording, DivX and MPEG4 support, a full featured photo viewer, USB 2.0 and much more, making it one of the most capable multimedia video players on the market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Silentium T2 Case Review @ ap0calypse
"As computer users start to demand better cooling at reduced noise levels, case manufacturers look for better ways to design their cases. Sometimes these design changes lead to a complete rethinking of the typical and standard ATX design. Today we will look at one of the most uniquely designed cases available, the Arctic Cooling Silentium T2. Most of you will know of Arctic Cooling from their famous line of VGA Silencers. We are now going to see if their new cases can continue the low-noise, good cooling trend they have established."

More information on this review can be found here.
When Will Ugly Computer Cases Disappear? @ CoolTechZone
"A few years ago when companies began introducing their pre-modded computer cases, it is safe to say that the majority of the enthusiast community was quite excited to see something unique being brought to the market. These new cases were aimed at the person that did not possess the skills or have the time required to perform tedious case mods. Up until that point, all computer users had available were basic, bland beige (or similar "colored") cases to store their precious system components. These new cases brought along some attractive and interesting concepts and designs. Aluminum, instead of steel, and high quality construction became the norm. Gradually these wonderful designs began to change. Either the market became flooded with hundreds of pre-modded cases or the manufacturers started taking advantage of the community and began producing rather shameful, mostly steel cases, wrapped in monstrous looking plastic shells."

This article brings out some great points regarding the state of the pre-modification market. More information on this article can be found here.
Raidmax Virgo 811W Case Review @ ModdersHQ
"Raidmax has been a strong runner in recent years as a solid case manufacturer. They are known for generally good quality and creative designs. Just recently, courtesy of Raidmax themselves, I found a large package on my doorstep containing one of their latest creations: the Virgo 811, with the new window kit. It arrived in a clearly marked box, with brief rundown of the case’s features on one side, and a list of the box’s contents on another."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, March 8, 2005
HardcoreWAR East 2005 Lan Party Coverage @ hardCOREware
"In a region full of LAN starved gamers, HardcoreWAR East 2005 was a breath of fresh air. With the backing of a major online publication and some very generous sponsors, HardcoreWAR was able to attract gamers from all over Eastern Canada. Check out our coverage of the event, including tournament winners, pictures, and a special price for Best Canadian Hat."

More information on this article can be found here.
Antec Power Supply Roundup @ OZCaseMods
"Power supplies are arguably the most important component in our computers, and as with most computer hardware you get what you pay for, Antec have long been producing cases, PSU's and other computer accessories."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Future of Video Games @ The Tech Zone
"I've recently been thinking about where video games could be going in the future. I'm hoping to work in the game industry one day after I've finished university study and I've been wondering about it a lot. What do I want to see happen in the future? Well I may not have too many answers right now, but I have come up with a few ideas that I think may come into 'play' in the not too distant future."

More information on this article can be found here.

How To Revive Old Computer Games

"Remember the good old days of gaming, when there were only 5 pixels in the protagonist and your imagination could turn them into a heroic figure of Schwarzenegger proportions? When the enemies and the heroes were distinguished by colour and you only needed one button on the joystick? Well times have changed and technology has moved on. Pulling my old Commodore 64 or Atari out of the back of the cupboard and setting them up often takes more time than the nostalgic pang lasts. I've also noticed that some of my old disks are starting to age and become corrupted. Enter the Internet."

More information on this article can be found here.
Asetek Waterblock Giveaway @ Overclockers Online
"There are multiple ways to enter and increase your odds of winning. With 3 Antarctica CPU Coolers, 2 VGA Coolers and 1 Chipset Cooler, this is one contest you don't want to miss!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
New VapoChill Micro [TM] CPU Coolers Released @ Asetek
"The VapoChill MicroTM CPU coolers are characterized by hermetically sealed gas/liquid chambers exploiting the most effective cooling principle available: phase change cooling. In the VapoChill MicroTM series the compressor is left out and recirculation of the coolant is based on gravity. In other words, no mechanical parts and basically unlimited reliability. The cooling process (evaporation) happens at ambient temperatures why condensation risks are nonexistent. Different from the heat pipe coolers currently dominating the market for high-end coolers the evaporator of the VapoChill MicroTM is placed directly on top of the CPU. The result is a CPU cooler offering the market’s best price/performance ratio as well as ultra low noise operation."

More information on this press release can be found here.
MS Fingerprint Reader Review @ ipKonfig
"Microsoft and DigitalPersona teamed up to build a device that allows such technology to be possible for consumers abroad. The Fingerprint Reader Password Manager allows consumers to scan in their fingerprints to access websites, and other username and password protected applications."

More information on this review can be found here.
Powerhouse Technologies MIGO Smart USB Flash Drive Review @ Futurelooks
"What differentiates it from most other USB memory drives on the market is that it features embedded Migo software that allows users to capture and carry a virtual copy of their computer on a compact USB flash drive. In addition to general files Migo captures outlook email, Internet Explorer favorites and even the user’s desktop wallpaper image. The software eliminates the need for a multi-gig drive as the it allows you to pick and choose the items you want to take."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte K8NXP-SLI and 3D1 Review @ Tweaktown
"Today we check in with a look at Gigabyte's 3D1 combo package with includes the K8NXP-SLI motherboard based on nVidia's nForce4 SLI chipset along with the innovative Gigabyte 3D1 graphics card which places two GeForce 6600GT cores onto the single card which is able to produce some brilliant performance in current games."

More information on this review can be found here.
Overclocking the Socket 939 AMD Athlon 64 @ OCIA
"As mentioned earlier, I set my timings to 2.5-3-3-8-1T. I also lowered the HT multiplier to 3x. At these settings, I was able to get a maximum stable overclock of 9 x 255 (1:1) = 2,295 MHz, or basically 2.3 GHz. I tried lowering the multiplier to 8 and even 7, and also lowering the RAM divisor but was unable to get better results than those obtained at 9 x 255. I also tried various voltage settings, backing down from max as I have read that it can help sometimes. But in my case, I had no luck. I also tried using MSI's Core Center to increase the CPU voltage over the BIOS maximum but found this program to be buggy and often times lock up the system completely. The system would boot up to 2.4 GHz but was unstable in Prime 95 and Super Pi."

More information on this article can be found here.
Astak Team Research PC4800 DDR-600 Memory Review @ EOC
"Astak's Team brand high speed memory is available in speeds anywhere from DDR-500 to DDR-600, feature aluminum heat spreaders, and come with a lifetime warranty. Team Research was founded in 1992 and specializes in developing and manufacturing memory modules, digital media products, and similar electronic items."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X800XL IceQ II Turbo 256MB PCI-E Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product is based on the ATI R430 chip, has a core speed of 400MHz, a memory speed of 985MHz, and 256MBs of GDDR3 memory. Both the core and memory can be easily overclocked for additional performance. Like most other HIS Video Cards the cooler is very effective and quiet. Amazing performance at an affordable price!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
HIS ATI Radeon X800XL IceQII PCI-E Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"It looks great, it performs exceptionally well for a performance value solution and it has included cooling not even seen on more expensive x800/850XT alternatives. It didn't matter what I threw at it, even at the highest quality and 1280x1024 resolution, the card just toyed around with every benchmark and gaming scenario and taunted my to push it some more."

More information on this review can be found here.
AGP/PCI-E Graphics Card Group Test @ Spode's Abode
"By covering the complete range of cards from the oldest and cheapest mid range models that can still keep pace with the latest games, up to the very latest high end cards, we hope to give a useful perspective on the issues of relative performance and value for money."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD CPU Processor Roadmap @ A1-Electronics
"AMD dual-core CPU processor San Diego & Toledo are due in Q2 this year and will be made using the 90nm SOI process. Single core San Diego CPU processor will start to replace the present socket 939 Athlon 64 CPU processor and will have SSE3 support. The AMD Sempron CPU processor will move to a new core called Palermo towards the end of next year while basic Athlon 64 CPU processor will move to the Venice core."

More information on this article can be found here.
Intel's BTX Form Factor: An Analysis and Opinion @ Hexus
"I can count the number of commercially available BTX mainboards and chassis' in this country on one hand. I can count the number of UK retailers selling packaged Pentium 4 processors with the Type 1 BTX Thermal Module on the fingers of no hands. Intel are happy for that to happen, too. Softly does it with BTX was the message conveyed to us during recent conversations. While BTX itself is a full platform shift, it's going to happen in incremental steps."

More information on this article can be found here.
Monday, March 7, 2005
LTB USB Pro 5.1 Headphone Set Review @ The Moditory
"The LTB USB Pro 5.1 Headphone Set is on the review table today. After thorough testing with DVD's, music, and of course games (all of which include lengthy wearing time) the verdict is quite good. The USB Pro allows for the headphones to be used for 5.1 Surround Sound on a PC or Mac that doesn't even have a sound card. Just grab a system that has a USB port on it and you're good to go."

More information on this review can be found here.
Fanless Power Supply Roundup @ XYZ Computing
"Ideally you would be able to silence your computer by removing some or all of your fans, but this is easier said than done, especially for the processor and GPU. One area where its becoming increasingly easy to go fanless is your power supply unit. This is a great way to remove one or two fans from your computer and cut down on on extra system noise. Though PSUs are not exactly notorious for being loud this is a good step towards a quieter system and a crucial one towards a silent one. The review will be taking a look at fanless power supplies from Coolmax, Thermaltake, Antec, and SilverStone. We are attempting to test each out and see which PSU reigns supreme!"

More information on this review can be found here.
PlusDeck2 PC Cassette Recorder Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Now after I give a thumbs down to the unit's recording quality and speed, you would think that its fate was sealed. You would be wrong in assuming this. The utility of the PlusDeck2 kicked so much ass that it made up for it in no small measure."

More information on this review can be found here.
A.C.Ryan RyanPower2 450w Modular PSU Review @ Viper Lair
"Overall, the AC Ryan 450w modular power supply is an excellent unit. The only negative thing that I found about it is that there were not enough mini 4-pin connections for my setup. Aside from that, the voltage levels all stayed at proper levels, the modular cable system makes my case look a whole lot cleaner, and actually makes installation easier since I don't have to hunt around for my cables."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mutant Mods Modding Gear Review @ Big Bruin
"Mutant Mods offers a full line of mod products backed by their mainstream parent company, Startech.com. We have conducted reviews of Startech.com products in the past, and the Mutant Mods seem to be a whimsical departure from their typically more serious offering. Up for review is a selection of six different components from Startech.com's Mutant Mods line up."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling A64 Freezer Heatsink Review @ ModdersHQ
"Arctic Cooling has a real winner here with the A64 Freezer. It’s both powerful and silent. The Venus12 used to be my 24/7 HSF, but once I put in this A64 Freezer I haven’t looked back once. If you want great performance at low sound levels this is for you."

More information on this review can be found here.

Intricate Designs Dremeling Guide

"In modding, if you want to do things the old fashioned way, then there are many different types of skills you must master. One of the most popular tools in the modding world is the Dremel. Dremels can be used for tons of different chores in a mod, however the most common one would be cutting a window. This guide has been written to show you the steps and techniques in dremeling a complex and detailed cutout."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Koolance VID-NV2-L06 GPU Cooler Review @ System Cooling
"Last month we gave the world its first look at the new Koolance PC3-725BK water-cooled case system. During that review, we also had a glimpse of their VID-NV2-L06 GPU cooler for the nVidia 6800 series. Today, we're giving this cooler the full treatment, and we'll find out if it performs as well as the PC3-725 did."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright XP-90 Heatsink Review @ Mikhailtech
"Measuring in at 116 mm (length) x 96 mm (width) x 75 mm (height), it's taller without a fan than a stock Intel cooler with one. It accepts both 80mm and 92mm fans, though there's absolutely no reason to go with an 80mm model when 92mm will provide you with just as much (if not more) airflow at a reduced noise level. While the base is nickel-plated copper, the rest is aluminum which leads to the biggest shocker: it weights only 360 grams! This fits in with their "Light 'N Easy" campaign as it's well below the official limit of 450 grams. And if that's not enough, even more amazing is the fact that it's only 10 grams lighter than the much larger XP-120."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X850XT and X850XTPE Reviews @ Hard Avenue
"Hardware Avenue have today reviewed the HIS Radeon X850XT and HIS Radeon X850XT PE PCI-E videocards. Both are aimed towards the high end gamers on the emerging PCI-E platform, but which is the better buy?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung 711t LCD Review @ Overclockers Online
"Even as you move very close to the screen, the pixelation is very difficult to see. If you put a couple of nose smudges on the LCD then you can probably make out the individual pixels. Although my camera was able to capture them fairly easily with a macro shot."

More information on this review can be found here.
Patroit PDC22G5600+XBLK DDR2 Memory Review @ Pro-Clockers
"With the success of the XBL Performance DDR400 using the Samsung chips to achieve 2-2-2-5 timings, ram manufacturer Patriot is following up with their new PDC22G5600+XBLK DDR2 memory. Boasting 3-2-2-4 timings at 533mhz, this new part has been tested to hit 700MHz at 4-3-3-12 for a PC5600 rating. This was achieved in PDP's labs. This should be some of the fastest ddr2 available today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS XPERT Series Memory With Programmable Display @ Tech-Mods
"If you have ever had the opportunity to drive a fine tuned sport car, you would have noticed the dashboard had large gauges. This is for good reason; giving the driver important information at a quick glance. Well with High end computers there is no reason to be any different, the more you know what your system is up to the better. Corsair the company that brought you the LED activity lights with their XMS pro series memory modules has taken it a step further. Today we will be looking at the new XMS Xpert line of memory modules Corsair has to offer. The XMS Xpert memory modules."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn WinFast NF4K8MC-ERS nForce4 Motherboard Review @ BJorn3D
"NVIDIA’s latest chipset, the nForce 4, has gained a lot of attention mainly for its support for 2 NVIDIA PCI Express card in SLI-mode. The chipset is available in three versions. SLI, Ultra and non-Ultra. Those who want to save a few pennies and do not need the SLI feature can get motherboards using the cheaper nForce4 non-Ultra chipset. Today I am testing one of those cheaper motherboards, the Foxconn Winfast NF4K8MC-ERS, the little brother to the Foxconn nForce 4 motherboard Shane reviewed a few weeks ago."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soltek SL-K890 Pro 939 Motherboard Review @ hardCOREware
"Today we are looking at Soltek's SL-K890 Pro939, which despite the name, is based on the K8T890 Northbridge (not the Pro version). It is paired up with last year's VT8237 Southbridge. Although it supports the latest Socket 939 CPU's and PCI-E, how does it stack up against the latest from NVIDIA overall?"

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Enthusiasts Dream Machine on display at CeBIT 2005
"Broenderslev, Denmark, March 2005 - ABIT Computer Corporation, Kingston Technology®, ATI Technologies Inc. and asetek® Incorporated have joined forces at this year's CeBIT 2005 to present the ultimate dream machine for PC enthusiasts and gamers. The system based on VapoChill® CPU cooling, WaterChill(tm) graphics, hard drive and motherboard chipset cooling, ABIT Fatal1ty AA8 XE motherboard, ATI RADEON X850XT PE graphics card, Kingston Technology HyperX PC6000 765MHz DDR2 RAM and Intel P4 3.8GHz CPU overclocked to +5000MHz is displayed at the ABIT booth (A50) - Hall 23."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Silentium T2 Case Review @ Creative Mods
"The Silentium 2 is an ATX Midtower case that has quite a few features packed inside. Some of the more notable features include a front mounted PSU, tool-less drive rails, and a design that ventilates air from the bottom of the case. These features of course come at a price ($129USD). If you are in the market for a $100+ dollar case that comes with a good PSU, this article for you."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Nemesis Elite Review and Contest @ Envy News
"Today we'll be examining NZXT's newest product, the Nemesis. There's two different lines based on the Nemesis, the standard Nemesis and its counterpart the Nemesis Elite. The Elite offers a number of advantages over its smaller sibling; its frame is a thicker, yet lighter aluminum frame over the traditional steel the Nemesis has. The Elite also comes with fans for every fan bay, and has a breakout on the top which display the temperature at three different spots within the case as well as allowing the user to control three different fans. Pretty nice advantages!"

More information on this review can be found here and more information on this contest can be found here.
Saturday, March 5, 2005
Logitech diNovo Media Desktop Review @ AMD Review
"The Logitech diNovo Media Desktop is Logitech's newest keyboard/mouse combo. The diNovo is a wireless keyboard/mouse combo using bluetooth technology. I had a chance to use this keyboard/mouse combo and today I am going to tell you all about the combo and its software suite."

More information on this review can be found here.
CPU Decoder Ring @ Tech Report
"The following chart lists a large number of processors, and gives you just about all the pertinent details of each one. Wondering exactly what the differences are between the two types of Athlon XP 3000+, or what the heck a Pentium 4 550 is? Just find the chip you're curious about in the table below, and all will be made clear."

More information on this article can be found here.
DFI's Vivian Lien Interview @ Legit Reviews
"Later this month I'll be bringing you my thoughts on DFI's newest motherboard, the NForce 4 SLI-DR for socket 939, so, as a primer, I spoke with Vivian Lien to give you guys and gals, an idea of where DFI is coming from, and where they are going."

More information on this interview can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR2 PC2-5300 Review @ XtremeResources
"The era of DDR RAM is slowly coming to the end and DDR2 is replacing the older format o­n the newest Intel platform. Companies began manufacturing DDR2 RAM in small quantities just a few months ago because of the low demand but production is projected to be in massive quantities by the end of the year. O­nly a very few select companies have made DDR2 modules for the enthusiast and overclocker to this day. Even fewer manufacturers took a step forward and offer 1GB capacity modules for the enthusiast who believe that size does matter. Crucial took the step forward and offers 1GB modules from their top of the line of Tracer Ballistix DDR2 PC2-5300 RAM."

More information on this review can be found here.
Texas Gaming Festival LAN Party Coverage @ CoolTechZone
"The Texas Gaming festival is a successful LAN event that has been taking place in Dallas, Texas for the past few years. Over the years, it has become one of the top most visited and sponsored LAN events in the nation with attendance easily surpassing the 500-attendee attendance. This year was no different. In fact, this was perhaps the most successful attempt at a LAN event especially when ATI decided to launch its X850 XT PE 512MB graphics card officially."

More information on this review can be found here.
Linux Gaming @ Hexus
"Well, Linux certainly isn't most peoples' thought for a games-based PC. Especially one being taken to a big tournament LAN party. However, by design or trickery, none of the tournament games at the event were out-of-bounds to my Linux machine, and rousing games of Call of Duty, Quake 2 and Unreal Tournament 2004 were shared by the HEXUS.net"

More information on this editorial can be found here.
Shuttle SB95P V2 SFF Review @ [H]ardOCP
"The SB95P V2 is Shuttle’s newest XPC model, designed for use with the LGA775 CPU. The system uses the Intel i925XE chipset, boasting support for all LGA775-based processors including the latest 1066MHz FSB models, DDR2 RAM modules operating in Dual Channel modes up to speeds of 533MHz officially, and PCI Express x16 type video cards. The SB95P V2 is a small form factor solution, which means that you need an LGA775 CPU, DDR2 memory, and a PCI Express x16 video card for a complete system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Skyhawk "IMC6375" Barebones SFF PC Review @ PCA
"But not surprising, this computer is pretty much designed to be a "Ready to Build" project. In fact since the motherboard, psu and all headers and jumpers all already pre wired, The Skyhawk is a breeze to build and should be a great experience for first time builders, and a nice break for us veterans. Total build time for me was about 1 hour, and that included installing the OS and loading the drivers!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle SB86i XPC Review @ T-Break
"The SB86i is Shuttle’s first BTX form factor XPC and above anything else, its beautiful to look it- as if its been designed by Apple. The milk white front with the blue LED and the curvy face will definitely make you keep this XPC where people can see it. Lets find out if there’s much brawn behind this beauty."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Soprano VB1000SWS Case Review @ XYZ Computing
"The Soprano is a newest in a trend of cases which have been emulating the CoolerMaster WaveMaster. Aside from Thermaltake, other companies have been doing this, including ones like SilverStone, who actually uses the same bezel as the WaveMaster on one of their cases. The Soprano adapts this wave-style with a few changes, including a plastic bezel and a steel enclosure, instead of aluminum. Changes like this will drop the price substantially, but there is more to the case than that Thermaltake has a few tricks of their own to throw into the mix."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, March 4, 2005
Sunbeam Lightbus Review @ A True Review
"Getting tired of the same old cathodes and/or lights just sitting there day after day? Do you wish there was an alternative that allows you to turn those boring lights into a festive light show? Wish no more my friends, for Sunbeam has brought forth "The Lightbus"."

More information on this review can be found here.
Icemat Siberia Headphone Review @ Arctic Squad
"Icemat has expanded its product range to audio products. The snow white headphones include a microphone so they are obviously designed for gaming. The features and experiences can be found in the review."

More information on this review can be found here.
A4Tech NB-30 Battery Free Wireless Optical Mouse Review @ Tweaknews
"Well in today's review I will be looking at the A4Tech NB30 wireless and batteryless mouse. This concept was confusing me from the get go, and I couldn't possibly see how this would work well, let alone work. Basically the mouse works by receiving electromagnetic inductive energy, this eliminates any radio frequency interference of a regular wireless mouse, and gives constant power without warranting batteries; though only if the mouse is touching the mousepad. I will bring you to the realm of the batteryless mouse and show you what to know before you spend the money on this new computer peripheral."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Modstream 450W PSU Review @ ExtensiveMods
"Since August of 2000, OCZ technology has been a leading competitor in the performance RAM sector of the computer hardware market. Recently OCZ has decided to expand into the performance PSU market with its ModStream and PowerStream series. A company founded by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts, OCZ is dedicated to producing extraordinary products for computer hardware enthusiasts. That is exactly why we were provided with the OCZ ModStream 450W PSU to test and present to our readers."

More information on this review can be found here.

Front X Port Extension Review

"With the population of computer users who attend LAN parties rapidly growing, the demand for front bay port extensions has grown rapidly! These simple, nifty devices are very easy to use and install, and offer a great deal of extra convenience at the local LAN party. Today we have the FrontX Port extension for review. This extension is the one with the most hype around it, with good things coming from owners and review websites alike."

More information on this review can be found here.
A.C.Ryan RyanPower2 450w Modular PSU Review @ Viper Lair
"Overall, the AC Ryan 450w modular power supply is an excellent unit. The only negative thing that I found about it is that there were not enough mini 4-pin connections for my setup. Aside from that, the voltage levels all stayed at proper levels, the modular cable system makes my case look a whole lot cleaner, and actually makes installation easier since I don't have to hunt around for my cables."

More information on this review can be found here.
eVGA GeForce 6800GT Review @ HWLogic
"Today on HWLogic we are taking a look at the eVGA GeForce 6800 GT. While the 6800 Ultra is currently the fastest NVIDIA card on the market, we wanted to take a look at how the 6800 GT stacks up to its bigger brother. Unlike the x800Pro to the x800XT, where ATI crippled 4 of the rendering pipelines, the 6800 GT has the same architecture of the 6800 Ultra."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI X800XL Review @ Pro-Clockers
"In the battle of Nvidia versus ATI, the number of video cards currently available is overwhelming. From Nvidia 6600GTs to 6800Ultras, Radeon X300 to X850XT PE, it can be
mind blogging to determine which video card is the best fit for your needs and more important, your wallet."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen i915Pa-PLF Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"The AOpen i915Pa-PLF motherboard is a socket 775 Intel Pentium 4 solution designed for mainstream users getting ready to upgrade a little of everything. Obviously based on the Intel 915P chipset, this blackened-PCB motherboard supports current 800/533MHz FSB Socket 775 CPUs (Celeron or Pentium 4), and requires a PCI-Express compatible video card. AGP videocards are not supported at all."

More information on this review can be found here.
ArctiClean Thermal Material Remover Review @ Mikhailtech
"Given the minor time investment in cleaning the heatsink, I was pleasantly surprised by ArctiClean's ability to get rid of the leftover compound. It's not a miracle solution; it took several "passes" to get most of it off. But, as you can see the difference between plain rubbing alcohol and ArctiClean is quite noticeable."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright XP-90 Review @ nVnews
"The Thermalright XP-90 continues to impress months after its release. It goes to show that aluminum cooling solutions are very much alive and well. This is great news to those of us that aren't too keen on mounting a 700+ gram copper monster compared to this relative featherweight at only 360g."

More information on this review can be found here.
AkwaFlo RAM Cooler Review @ OCModShop
"While water cooling is by no means a new cooling method, some system components seem to be left out of the water cooling equation on a regular basis for one reason or another. RAM is a perfect example of a component that is often not water cooled despite its importance in the overall performance of any system."

The concept for this product is quite interesting but a little overkill to be water cooing RAM modules. More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Big Typhoon Review @ InsaneTek
"When it comes to cooling products, everyone's probably heard of Thermaltake. Since 1999, Thermaltake has been manufacturing cases and cooling products. I've never really used a Thermaltake product before, so I can't really say much about their past coolers. As companies began to implement heatpipes, Thermaltake did the same with their new line of coolers. Today we have the Thermaltake Big Typhoon up for review. Let's go ahead and take a look at how this thing performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Soprano ATX Case Review @ BigBruin
"For those looking for a case to pay tribute to their favorite HBO show. The Thermaltake Soprano is easily at the top of its class for looks. I would certainly not have any problem having this case sit in the family room, office, or professional studio. It also gets high marks for its performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Janus Case Review @ CoolTechZone
"Computer enthusiasts want to spend every last penny of their disposable income on the latest and greatest hardware. They always want a faster graphics card, a new microprocessor, faster RAM, a new motherboard, a bigger (storage wise) or faster hard drive and a better case, in that order. So, is the penny-pinching hardware buyer going to want to put a lot of money towards his case when he can put a lot of it towards a next generation graphics card? The answer is an obvious "No". Not everyone needs cases that cost as much as a 200GB hard drive, which is why the sub-$100 market has been getting more features because of the huge amount of manufacturers vying for your money."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone LC11 Home Theater PC Case Review @ BJorn3D
"Acrylic windows, neon and strobe lights, Day-Glo colors, and vaguely alien shapes may be appealing for desktop PC cases, but you probably don't want a large, showy case as part of your home theater setup, especially if you share your home with a significant other who has significantly more style than you. Additionally, home theater PC's need to be quiet. Fan and disk noise are easy to overlook if you're blasting MP3's while blasting Ant Lions, but white noise isn't welcome when you're watching a movie, especially if it's a quiet passage involving romance (I'm thinking of your significant other again). Purpose-built home theater PC cases are becoming more readily available, and today I look at SilverStone Technology's LC11 from their LaScala line of home theater PC enclosures."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, March 3, 2005
Samsung TS-H552 DVD+RW Review @ Overclockers Club
"Today we'll be looking at something that many people are familiar with, but overlook as an important part of their PC. Samsung's newest offering, the TS-H552 is one of these commonly overlooked pieces. The TS-H55B is non other then an Optical Drive, but a very sophisticated one at that. As a new addition to the Samsung ODD product line, will this drive be able to shine? Will it live up to the Samsung name? We've seen a number of their products before, and come to expect quality from Samsung, so let's rev this drive up and see what it can do."

More information on this review can be found here.
Steelpad QcK+ Large Gaming Mousepad Review @ Tweaknews
"Steelpad has definitely designed quite the excellent mouse pad with the QcK+. This pad will definitely remain in use for quite some time on one of the more used computers in this household. Its size has got to be its only real flaw, though only for some people. The QcK+ is a nice, sleek looking pad, which earns it points in my books for not having writing, logos, and advertisements all over the large surface. This is definitely an excellent buy for any gamer or computer artist, and at $19.95 you can't really go wrong."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer eXactMat and eXactRest Bundle Review @ Tech-Mods
"In all my gaming and computer experience I never felt it a great need for a "gaming mouse pad" but like gaming mice Razer has changed that again! What we have here is Razer's new eXactMat and eXactRest bundle for serious gamers. Razer products are designed by gamers for gamers and their dedication to the industry is producing some of the fastest products on the market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mini Hard Drive Roundup @ BigBruin
"In this review, a few different portable hard drives were rounded up to be compared head to head a Transcend StoreJet 1.8 (TS20GSJ18), a Kanguru Quicksilver (U2-HD2-20) and a ME-910 enclosure with a Fujitsu laptop drive. All three drives boast a 20GB capacity, and incorporate slightly different features and specifications into somewhat similar products."

More information on this review can be found here.
DDR-2 PC-5400 Performance Memory Shootout @ Tweaktown
"In our latest article we are comparing the performance of some of the top brands in DDR-2 memory modules. We've got modules on the test bench from OCZ (PC-5400 Performance series), Corsair (XMS2 Pro series) and Kingston (HyperX series). After taking a close look at each set of Dual Channel modules, we tested them at their default speeds and as far as we could overclock them."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XPert Memory TWINXP1024-3200XL Review @ ipKonfig
"Corsair is a company that takes its memory further than any other manufactures on the market. How? Putting aside its massive overclocking headroom; Corsair's memory was the first to show real-time activity LEDs on the market. This time they have produced the first memory that not only has real-time activity LEDs, but now includes a programmable display via its software."

More information on this review can be found here.

Corsair XPERT Memory TwinXP1024-3200XL Review @ OCTools

"Performance wise, the Corsair TwinXP1024-3200XL XPERT modules isn't only beauty and brains. It's also muscles. The results can speak for themselves. Armed with ultra low latencies, the modules showed extreme performance and stability in all the test we have thrown at it. Overclocked, these modules provided the best of both worlds by being to able to run at xtreme latencies (CL 2-2-2-5) up to 220MHz (DDR440) and up to an impressive 247MHz(DDR494) still at CAS 2 (CL 2-3-3-5) timings. Whether you want ultra low latency or fast frequencies at CAS 2, the Corsair TwinXP1024-3200XL XPERT can easily provide them."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerocool Spiral Galaxies WTX Case @ Controlled-Insanity
"First impressions are very important. They determine 90% of your opinion of a product/person/whatever, and my first impression of the design of this case was exceptionally good. I spent a few moments marveling at the design. While at a quick glance it might not be completely obvious the differences between this case and every other full tower case out there, if you spend a moment and focus on the case you can see many subtleties that make the visual appeal of this case A+."

More information on this review can be found here.
Choosing The Right Case @ Creative Mods
"There are hundreds and hundreds of different cases out there, varying in price, size, material, features, and style. If you are new to modding, choosing a case on your own can be an overwhelming task. That's what this guide is for. Today, I will be going through the basics of finding the best case for your needs and will wrap up with a few of my own recommendations."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Sunbeamtech Giveaway @ System Cooling
"It's March and spring is just around the corner. With spring comes a lot of sunshine and to celebrate that we hooked up with Sunbeamtech to offer you another giveaway. This time around we'll be giving away one Samurai case, two Chameleon controllers and two Lightbus controllers. This giveaway will run from March 2nd to March 23rd. To enter send an email to contest@systemcooling.com with the subject line "Sunbeam Giveaway", in the body of the email include your name and email. Winners will be randomly drawn and notified via email. All entries will be forwarded to Sunbeam for marketing purposes. Good luck and happy entering."

More information on this giveaway can be found here.
Wednesday, March 2, 2005
Ultrasone HFI-15G Headphones Review @ Hard Avenue
"Hardware Avenue has today posted a review on the Ultrasone HFI-15G Headphones. There is no shortage of good options when purchasing a set of headphones; it seems almost every company has a worthy set available, but are the HFI-15G's good enough to make Ultrasone one of these companies?"

More information on this review can be found here.
TTGI PLUG-N 550W 14cm Fan Power Supply Review @ EOC
"The PLUG-N series of power supplies by TTGI are available in a variety of fan combinations and wattages, the main feature common to the entire line are the detachable power cables (hence the name "PLUG-N"). Each power supply has six PLUG-N terminals supporting various peripherals. Two of the plugs are dedicated connections, the first is for SATA, the second is for a video card."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Phantom 350W Fanless PSU Review @ Mikhailtech
"Most of the above listed features are standard with the majority of quality power supplies, but the 85% efficiency is by far the highest rated value of any currently available PSU. Much like the fanless design, this is big news. Mechanically, efficiency is the ratio of useful energy delivered by a machine to the energy supplied for its operation. In power supplies, the rest is given off as heat."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeamtech Lighting Products Review @ BigBruin
"Sunbeamtech produces some of the nicest lighting products made. The colors are vivid and bright, the right connectors are used in the right places, and the devices seem well made and not flimsy. The wiring on the Lazer isn’t long enough, and the third speed signal wire going all the way to the Molex connector are about the only very minor issues I could find in this group."

More information on this review can be found here.

Sunbeamtech Wherever PCI Rack Review

"Once again Sunbeamtech has produced a device that is different than any other product. It’s not just different, it’s a completely new device that could change the layout of your modded case. It won’t keep your processor cooler, but it can help. You need more storage room? This could be your only answer. I’m talking about Sunbeamtech’s Wherever PCI Rack."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI TV Wonder Elite Review @ Designtechnica
"Certification by the Imaging Science Research Labs is what Media Center PC builders have been waiting for, and ATI’s new TV Wonder Elite has it. Using ATI’s new Theater 550 Pro video processor, the TV Wonder Elite promises the best video quality available coming from a traditional analog cable or over-the-air broadcast. With a street price between $150 and $200 dollars respectively, the ATI TV Wonder Elite is compatible with Microsoft’s Media Center Edition 2005 and other media software packages. Add to the mix PVR recording capabilities and a little taste of the multimedia environment and ATI just might have a hit on their hands. But can they can they compete with the likes of Hauppauge and other TV tuner card manufacturers?"

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor Theater 550Pro TV Tuner Review @ Neoseeker
"Straight video recording is equally as impressive. Processor usage is 4-5 times LESS than what is seen with the very similar Leadtek setup. The AOpen XC Cube with the better processor in the P4 3.0 still lags behind significantly and processor usage is 2-4 times higher than that with the Theater 550Pro. For those with slower processors lying around that can be recruited for HTPC or PVR duties, be sure to pair it with a card that does hardware MPEG2 encoding like the Theater 550 as the difference between the cards is phenomenal."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dual Gigabyte GV-3D1 vs Dual 6600GT SLI Review @ HardwareZoom
"Are two better than one? Yes, in most cases. From our benchmark results, the GV-3D1 actually runs slightly faster than dual 6600GTs at the same clock speed. Since this card will be bundled with the motherboard as limited edition and no other manufacturers produce similar cards at the moment, it will be a great collector's item for PC enthusiasts. The GV-3D1 is definitely a better choice if it is priced lower than two 6600GTs, we will update this page once the pricing information is available."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel P4 Aircooling - Heatsink Roundup Q1 2005 @ Madshrimps
"In part two of our P4 roundup we compare 11 different P4 heatsinks made by Thermalright, Spire, Primecooler, Zalman, Evercool, Vantec and Titan. Using different fans at low and high speed we try to find the best bang for the buck, best performer and most silent HSF combo out there."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel's 64-bit Technology: Come Late, Stay Quiet @ PCStats
"As you may know, Intel recently brought legacy compatible 64-bit technology to its Xeon and Pentium 4 lines of processors. This move was inevitable when you take into account the huge success that AMD has had with its Opteron line of 32-bit/64-bit chips as compared to Intel's Itanium ('I-tanic') Server processors. Intel needed to close this gap, and they have. The question is, why is Intel being so quiet about it? Compared to AMD's triumphant buildup and release of its 64-bit server and Athlon64 desktop processors, Intel's recent incorporation of 64-bit x86-compatible instructions into its chips could be classified as pretty much invisible. If a thousand-pound elephant could tiptoe, that would be what Intel did in bringing 64-bit to their products."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake's Polo 735 Extreme 3 in 1 CPU Cooler Review @ Futurelooks
"There are so many heatsink and fan combinations out there and so many that don't work well. Fortunately, we think that Thermaltake is one of the companies that won't sell you crap. We checkout one of their creations and give you the goods on it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Water Cooler System Accessories Review @ A1-Electronics
"Yes, while we appreciate these are only optional extras for a computer water cooled heatsink system we do think that the H20 temperature indicator is a very handy item for all H20 cooler heatsink systems as it will allow you to adjust the fan speed on your radiators for optimum cooling performance to speed and noise of the fan or fans. Especially handy during the hot summer months and then down again for winter."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SI-97 Heatsink Review @ Bjorn3D
"Prior to receiving this product, my technological standpoint on heat-pipe technology was more one of curiosity rather than one of practicality. Experience gained from working on laptops had increased my interest, but I still saw heat-pipes as more of a necessary evil than anything else. Why do I say necessary evil? Well, I would never consider using a heat-pipe anywhere where there was any other option."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Cool Drive Lite Review @ Viper Lair
"If you're only interested in cooling, and your case already does an adequate job of keeping your hard drive cool, this is not a required purchase. On the other hand, the Cool Drive Lite does shield some of the hard drive noise, and the included fan is essentially silent so if you're building a silent PC, you might want to give the Cool Drive Lite some consideration."

More information on this review can be found here.
NMEDIA HTPC 100 Case Review @ Bit-Tech
"The HTPC (home theatre personal computer) genre is in full swing in 2005. A quick scan of the floor at this year's CES show in Las Vegas showed more and more manufacturers catering to the merging of personal computing and traditional media entertainment. All the top players are represented: Antec, Ahanix, CoolerMaster, Silverstone, the list goes on. I have been a fan of this PC subculture for some time as you may tell since two of my custom mod projects for bit-tech have been HTPC's. With WindowsXP Media Center Edition within reach for the rest of us who would rather "do it ourselves" there's even more motive.

I'm a huge fan of the whole HTPC movement and this case has some great potential. More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Wave Master LE Review @ Overclockers Online
"Not an inexpensive case, the Wave Master represents many of the aspects around Cooler Master that have given them the reputation they have today. Such aspects as cooling, build, design, and features are important and the quality with which they are delivered is what makes a great case. These are the areas that will be concentrated on today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, March 1, 2005
Ulti-Mat Aluminum Mouse Pad Review @ The Tech Zone
"The Ulti-Mat is unlike any mouse pad I have ever tried. Its construction is unlike any mouse pad I have seen it's a made from aluminum. After exploring the suitability of different materials, the makers of Ulti-Mat came to the conclusion that a metal pad would be best due to neat appearance and easy-care. The mouse pad is made from a 2mm thick metal plate with a non-stick DePont Teflon coating that makes the Ulti-Mat more durable and slippery than a normal mouse pad. The non-stick coating is also scratch resistant in normal usage and the pad should stay clean and usable for many years."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung 915N LCD Review @ DreamWare Computers
"We've looked at some awesome LCD monitors from Samsung in the past. Today they've sent us their 915N LCD monitor which has a massive 19 inch screen size, and to top that off, the fastest response time currently on the market, 8ms!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 920T 19" LCD Monitor Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"We recently reviewed Samsung's high-contrast SyncMaster 711T monitor and today we continue the 1000:1 contrast ratio trend with the 19" SyncMaster 920T. The 920T looks quite promising as it is cramed full of 'Magic'al features: MagicStand, MagicColor, MagicBright II, and MagicTune."

More information on this review can be found here.
Blackline BQT P5 470 watt Power Supply Unit Review @ XtremeResources
"The last few glorious years of the computer industry, many small companies and distributors tried to establish their own manufacturing plants and brand names for their equipment. Some have succeeded, some did not. Listan is one of the companies that did try, and succeeded. Listan was founded during the year 2000 and is based in Glinde, Germany. Other than being a distributor for well known and established brands o­nly, Listan established their own brands, Revoltec and Be-Quiet. Today they already hail 4000 resellers in 24 countries. A product from their Be-Quiet production line is under the microscope today, the P5 Blackline 470w power supply unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ ModStream 520 Watt PSU @ Tech-Mods
"Since August 2000 OCZ has been determined to provide enthusiasts with 110% satisfaction in all their products by being enthusiasts themselves and knowing what customers want. Jessica sent over one of OCZ's new ModStream 520 watt (620 peak) PSU's for me to put through its paces and I must say I was almost sad to install it in a system as you will see. OCZ is so confident on this unit they warranty them for 3 Yrs with a Power Swap program so there is little time required for replacement not repair!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Kamaboko Z CPU Cooler Review @ WhispTech
"In this review I will be taking a close look at one of the latest releases from Scythe for a CPU Cooler. In the past I have always been pleased with the performance, compatibility and quality of their products and have been a big fan of their products. The item that will be looked at is the Scythe Kamaboko Z that is a pipe style cooler that again supports many platforms. Lets take a look and see if this CPU cooler holds up to my expectations."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake PurePower 680 Watt PSU Review @ System Cooling
"Thermaltake continues to expand their PC power supply product line, which now includes the Purepower 680 watt PSU. Yes, you read that right - 680 watts maximum total output power! The Thermaltake Purepower 680W is ATX12V v2.0 and EPS compliant and provides all the latest connectors including a 24-pin main power, serial ATA, and +12V PCI Express connectors. The unit also includes active Power Factor Correction (PFC) and uses two 80mm fans in a push-pull configuration for cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
PolarFlo TT Chrome GPU Block Review @ GruntvillE
"A nice change from the SF blocks to the TT series is the barbs. The SP blocks came with plastic barbs that were designed so that when they were installed it created a seal by deforming the threads. This made it so that the barbs could not be removed without having to be completely replaced. Well, it seems Steve and the gang at PolarFLO listened to our pleas and did away with the plastic barbs. Now they offer chrome plated Posi-seal barbs which have an O-ring right on them and create a nice seal, and can be removed as many times as you want."

More information on this review can be found here.
Speeze EE475B13 CopperSnake III Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"Not a top performing air cooled heatsink but it has to be remembered that the Speeze EE475B13 fan is very low power and makes virtually no noise at all. But none-the-less it is holding its own and cooling down to 31 degrees Celsius at 70 watts on our test rig which is still impressive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den DDC-12V Water Pump Review @ Techniz
"Overall, the DDC-12V water pump is a very powerful pump. Beside that, the size of the DDC-12V is very small compare to other pump. The maximum flow rate of the DDC-12V is able to reach up to 400L/h. I have tested this water pump by using the Zalman Reserator 1. The performance is very good as compare with the integrated pump. During the operation of this pump, it was very silent too. This DDC-12V from Danger Den is a small size and very good external water pump. The MSRP for this Danger Den DDC-12V is at US
$74.99 at their store."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor Theater 550 Pro Review @ OCModShop
"On the side of the card you can see the coaxial inputs for both the TV and FM radio, as well as the DIN connector for the A/V input cable. Since my prior experience with TV tuner cards were using would fall into the "all in one" category, my first thought was why there weren't any connections to output the signal to an external source. Upon coming to my senses a moment later, I realized that since the primary video card in the PC is used for the actual output, there isn't any need to include any on the card itself. Another nice thing I noticed was that there is no need to connect the card to anything but the PCI slot itself. All audio and video signal feeds are passed directly thru the PCI subsystem. A bonus for those of you out there who hate the restrictions of additional wiring in your system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek PX6800 TDH (SLI) 256MB PCIe Videocard Review @ PimpRig
"I was hoping that this card would come equipped with GDDR3 like the X800 did. The 6800 GPU supports GDDR3 after all. Leadtek, however, opted to go with DDR. Not that big of a deal really. I was just hoping for that large OC.) Like I stated earlier, the RAM on this card is spec'd to run at 350MHz but comes stock clocked at only 300MHz. I used Nvidia's excellent built-in auto overclock function after applying the good old coolbits registry hack and ended up with a surprising 420MHz for the GPU (stock was 325MHz) and 413MHz for the RAM."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel 660 3.6Ghz & 3.73Ghz EE Pentium 4 Processor Review @ Tweaknews
"With Windows x64 Edition nearing its' full release date, Intel has released their 64bit capable 6XX and Extreme Edition line of processors to tackle the new 64bit challenge and the nice thing is if you own a Intel® 925XE Express or i915 based chipset motherboard, 64bit computing is only a processor and a BIOS flash upgrade away. Let's see what the new line of Intel processors have to offer."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS's A8N-SLI Deluxe vs DFI's LanParty UT nF4 SLI-D Review @ Hexus
"Both come recommended, but the DFI has strings to its bow that you will not find elsewhere. Go forth and purchase, there's absolutely no finer Athlon 64 mainboard at the time of writing."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Nemesis and Nemesis Elite ATX Case Review @ 3DXtreme
"Today 3DXtreme is reviewing two of the latest Cases in the NZXT family, the Nemesis and the Nemesis Elite. Nowadays the Case that is used is just as important as the individual parts that are installed into it. NZXT offers some of the most unique looking Cases on the market while never leaving the product feel stripped of useful features. These new Cases add to the ever growing product line at NZXT.com."

More information on this review can be found here.
Modder of the Month March 2005 @ CreativeMods
"Matt, this month's featured modder, has been doing his thing for over 4 years now. He has come up with some interesting creations that have leaded him to creating his own modding web site, where he plans to share some guides and other modding related information."

More information on this article can be found here.
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