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Saturday, April 30, 2005
Electronics Guide Part 1 - The Basics @ Bit-Tech
"In this series of guides I'm going to be taking you through the world of electromodding. In Part One we'll look at the theory behind electricity or components and then in the next I'll take you through building a neat device for your rig that uses this theory practically. In this, the first instalment, we'll be looking at the very basics – What is electricity? And more importantly, How do you go about using it?"

More information on this guide can be found here.
Build a better Parabolic Reflector @ Overclockerz.net
"The cardboard and tin-foil-style parabolic reflectors for dipole antennas have become quite popular as one of the easiest, hassle-free (not to mention cost-free) ways of increasing the gain of that dainty antenna on SOHO wifi access points & adapters. We build four different reflectors from different materials, test them, and show you how to build the best one for your 802.x AP / adapter!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 1 Review @ Think Computers
"To most of us GPU cooling is not that important. If you have having heat problems inside of your case then you might want to consider some type of aftermarket GPU cooling system. Now if you are Overclocking then you defiantly want to get an aftermarket CPU cooler. Today we will be looking at the Arctic Cooling NV Silencer and see if it can solve some of these heat problems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright XP-90C Heatsink Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Introducing the all new Copper XP-90C heat pipe cooler from ThermalRight. The ThermalRight XP-90C is compatible with either 80mm or 92mm fans. This means you can use a low volume fan for great cooling and low noise or a high volume fan for super high performance. The XP-90C also features an extremely efficient heat pipe technology for excellent heat dissipation."

More information on this review can be found here.

Thermaltake Beetle 4-in-1 Heatsink Review

"One thing you might notice in the spec table is the Compatibility section. The cooler supports pretty much every modern cpu socket type. Not many heatsinks support more than one socket let alone four. The Beetle will work on LGA775, P4, K8, and K7. The cooler achieves this by using different clips and bars for each socket type."

More information on this review can be found here.
The "Jeannie" Project @ Mini-ITX
"Frank Fitzmaurice built his computer out of old motherboards, and uses it to decode satellite signals. It has an EPIA M10000 motherboard, 512MB RAM, 60GB HDD, DVD Burner and a DVB PCI satellite card. Frank turned the processor fan to pull air through the heat sink, along with a PCI blower fan mounted up high on the back. The old motherboards were cleaned up by knocking the electronic components off with a putty knife, shaping with tin snips, then grinding thinner to give the required flexibilty."

More information on this project can be found here.
DFI LanParty UT nF4 SLI-DR Socket 939 Motherboard Review @ PimpRig
"Here are a couple of features that are targeted directly towards folks like us. If you are like me, my main rig is rarely completely put together and often runs on my Senfu bench outside the case. DFI included a power and reset switch directly on the board so tweakers don't have to use their modded adapters to power up or reset the board."

More information on this review can be found here.
ClearPC 1U Acrylic Case Announced @ ClearPC
"ClearPC® announces the release of the ClearPC® 1U, the world's first acrylic rackmount enclosure! This project is funded by Wiretap Networks Ltd.,a California-based Information Security company, providing next generation security products for medium and large businesses, as well as global enterprises."

More information on this new product can be found here.
Mod the Machine TV Show: Part I @ GideonTech
"Break time. This is one of our trips back downstairs. We entered the set from here and this was take 5 or 6 for the production staff. We just couldn't get it right; maybe we should have told them we were modders not actors. The first day consisted of us doing the intro and promo shots for the show."

More information on this article can be found here.
Nemesis Elite Edition & Trinity Classic Video Review @ 3DGameman
"Both cases have a long list of features & bold styling, especially the Nemesis which has a radical front design. The Nemesis case is all aluminum, except for the front & therefore it is fairly light. Three 120mm fans make air circulation excellent, and it even comes with a flip-up LED at the top. The Trinity case is steel with great features & a classy look."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Friday, April 29, 2005
PNY GeForce FX 5200 Verto Giveaway @ Think Computers
"We are giving away a PNY GeForce FX 5200 Verto! All you have to do is have 5 posts in the forums and submit your case to the case gallery. Once you have posted your case reply to this topic with a link to your case in the case gallery. Its that simple! This contest will run for 3 weeks, so get in the Case Gallery and post your case!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
Ultimate Gaming Peripherals Contest @ ModdersHQ

"By way of our sponsors overwhelming generosity, ModdersHQ is proud to announce its 4th contest. If you're looking for the elite in gaming peripherals, look no further. This bundle is guaranteed to improve your gaming and all around computer experience 10 fold not to mention the added "bling bling" your desk will be sporting."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Pyramat Sound Lounger PM550 Review @ I4U
"I4U Reviewer Ken Wold is waking up the neighborhood while reviewing the Pyramat Sound Lounger PM550. These 'loungers' are primarily designed for the serious 'gamers' in all of us, but Ken found some interesting uses of the Pyramat for audio and video fans as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Power and Cooling Turbo-Cool 510-SLI Review @ BJorn3D
"There are a lot of power supplies on the market these days. Some are good; others a pure junk. PC Power and Cooling's offerings are in the good group, kind of like junk being a 1972 Ford Pinto and the 510-SLI being a Porsche Carrea GT. And just like the car comparison, junk power supplies usally run $10.00 to $30.00 while the 510-SLI is a $229.00 good power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ 1GB PC2-5400 EB Platinum DDR2 Memory Kit Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"OCZ has a full selection of DDR2 memory, from the Value line to the coveted Titanium series, available in various capacities and speeds. With prices falling and performance increasing, DDR2 memory is slowly working its way into the mainstream, and OCZ is there constantly innovating a better product to meet consumer needs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Compex iWavePort 802.11g Wireless LAN Card (WL54G) Review @ Futurelooks
"Compex has been quietly making a name for itself in the wireless networking product biz in the consumer marketplace. We check out one of their Wireless 802.11g LAN cards for Notebooks."

More information on this review can be found here.
TwinMOS Twister PC3200 BH-5 Review @ techPowerUp
"TwinMOS is returning the legendary Winbond BH-5 chips to the market. We could run these competetively priced modules at speeds of over DDR500."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Gold PC3200 1GB Dual Channel Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"OCZ's new Gold PC3200 features new Winbond UTT BH5 IC's and one great price. If you've got the voltage to pump, look no further. You'll be happy with the low latencies."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"Chaintech is one of the few manufacturers to produce an entry level motherboard for the socket 939 AMD Athlon64 processor, and from what we've seen, its Zenith VNF4 Ultra has been scooping up a lot of sales. Considering this PCI Express x16 motherboard goes for just over $100 CDN, you can't expect too much in terms of features. The Chaintech VNF4 Ultra still has a Gigabit NIC as well as 7.1 channel audio though, so it's not completely bargain basement stuff. Chaintech also toss in a copy of Norton Anti-Virus 2005 (90 day subscription) and a few other software utilities, which is a nice. Expansion is provided by three standard PCI slots and a pair of PCIe x1 connectors. The VNF4 Ultra supports 4 IDE and 4 SATA I/II devices for storage."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li PC-800 HTPC Case Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Lian Li Industrial Co. LTD has been manufacturing top of the line computer cases for several years now. Their newest case to hit the market is the PC-800, a squat desktop model lauded as the an HTPC enclosure. While information from Lian Li regarding its classification was not actually available, the internet et al. seems to be labeling it as such. Currently, I am employing the PC-800 as a desktop workstation. This review will cover the PC-800 from the standpoint that it is a computer case with a non-specific purpose."

I like Lian Li's new HTPC chassis design but hate the PSU implementation. More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax CS-718 Series Server Case Review @ XtremeComputing
"Although the design looks like it will offer amazing cooling through the wind tunnel, I am unsure about the rest of the system. This fan mount supplies the rest of the case with air and although the front is meshed this might be a problem for some of you with a high-end Gfx card."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalRock Circle Case Review @ Viperlair
"The cutout of the door enabling the front audio ports to be accessible when the door is closed truly is ingenious. There are features like this all over the case. Another example is the power supply mount, not only is the power supply support by the bracket, but ThermalRock also integrated two steel stands, to support the back of the power supply. The cooling of the ThermalRock Circle is also excellent. The backwards internal design truly does help with cooling, and thus gives us an early look into the BTX form factor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, April 28, 2005
XTrac InstaGlide Mouse Anti-friction Wipe Review @ A1-Electronics
"As you will have seen in our earlier review of the super XTrac Hybrid mouse mat review which really works very well indeed especially in our office as we tend to get a bit messy here we wondered how we could test this new InstaGlide from XTrac. We were as you are perhaps a little doubting."

More information on this review can be found here.
Are You Hurting? @ Futurelooks
"Is the 100+ hour work-week your start-up requires getting you down? I feel your pain. No, I really feel your pain! That is, if we're talking about pain in your wrists, back, legs or neck due to excessive computer use. So, why don't you take a break for a second, relax and read this and for heavens sake, sit up straight!"

More information on this article can be found here.
X-Ray Technology X-Ray Mouse Pads Review @ BigBruin
"With the fast paced, ever changing world of pc gaming today, the serious gamer realizes the necessity for high quality mouse pads. Recently X-Ray Technology LTD sent over a selection of their X-Ray Pads including the Thunder 8, Thunder 9 smooth, Thunder 9 rough, and Aqua 3, each of which comes with a set of X-Ray's Zero Friction Teflon mouseskates. In this review we will see if they meet not only the demands of gaming, but also the everyday use of the average computer user."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Phantom 350 Watt Silent Fanless Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Antec Phantom offers 350 watts of power in complete silence. Fanless cooling is achieved through heatsinks which are connected from the inside to the outside. The outside casing is all aluminum and therefore helps dissipate the heat. Also, efficiency is 85% at max load which is 10%+ more than others. This is the Cream of the crop in silent PSUs."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Scythe Kamaboko Z Heatsink Review @ InsaneTek


"Just because a cooler uses heatpipes doesn't make it superb. While the Kamaboko Z looked promising, the performance wasn't stellar. It's still better than the stock cooler of course."

More information on this review can be found here.
COOLMAX PS-101 ATX Power Supply Tester Review @ ExtensionTech
"An unstable computer can be sometimes contributed to a bad, or failing Power Supply Unit. While not many people can afford a professional PSU tester, what about the tech shops, and the end users? Well, COOLMAX has recently introduced a PSU tester that maybe worth a look. If anything, at least it tests the voltage output on the P4, Molex, and Floppy connectors, as well as the rails on the 20 Pin ATX connector. Instead of just one LED that lights up, as I've seen on some other inexpensive PSU testers."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATop Xplode Gaming Case Review @ Think Computers
"Well it seems everyone is into making Pre-Modded cases these days, they are popping up everywhere, and every computer related store you go into has them now. All shapes, sizes and price ranges. Not many really stand out from the crowd anymore, then there is the Atop Xplode Gaming case. This one could be one of those that stands out from the rest. It's sleeks looks, built in LCD temperature monitor, and interesting replacement of the side window with a mesh screen. Available in an assortment of colors (red,orange,blue,yellow,silver and white). This is one of the first cases I have seen that really incorporates the theme throughout the case, by that I mean the Drive bay covers aren't plain, they match the case, even down to the mesh screen in them as well!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Totally No Noise 500AF Computer Case @ System Cooling
"Behold. the Zalman TNN 500AF fanless case and power supply! This is one of the biggest, baddest, most technologically advanced (not to mention expensive) PC enclosures on the planet. The TNN 500AF design is based on Zalman's Totally No Noise concept (TNN) that uses two massive heatsinks to absorb and dissipate the waste heat generated by the PC's internal components. The 500AF is a second generation case based on the original TNN 500A and offers many new features."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Home Theater Acrylic Case Review @ Phoronix
"Cases these days come in one of four materials: steel, plastic, aluminum, and acrylic. Budget cases and silent PC cases are often made of steel or plastic. This is because plastic/steel cases are cheap to manufacture and for the silent-o-philes, they are heavy and absorb sound well. On the other hand, aluminum cases are very light in weight and look very stylish. They’ve become very popular amongst enthusiasts because of this and the case market has been flooded with offerings by a large number of companies. The fourth material, however, is one we don’t see very often, acrylic. Today we have an HTPC case from Logisys, the Home Theater Acrylic Case."

This case looks more like a conventional mid-tower rather than a HTPC case. More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair COOL Water Cooling Kit Review @ R&B Mods
"Corsair has been a leader in the design and manufacture of high-speed modules since 1994. Our focus has always been on supporting the special demands of mission-critical servers and high-end workstations, as well as the performance demands of extreme gamers. As a pioneer in high-speed module design, Corsair is a trusted supplier to many computer manufacturers. In high-density memory solutions, Corsair has always been one of the first suppliers to achieve advanced qualifications on Intel, Tyan and SuperMicro server platforms."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone LC11 PC Case Review @ Short-Media
"The SilverStone LC11 slims down the PC case once again with style and design aimed squarely at the home theatre PC enthusiast. The LC11 turns the PC case world upside down literally."

MTB took a look at the the SST-LC11 two months ago, here is our comparison review. More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Formatting and Partitioning a Hard Drive @ PCStats
"Hard disk space continues to expand affordably. As the average computer can use up to three hard disks in addition to a CD drive, it's easy enough to go out and buy a new drive to add extra storage space to your system. In this Beginners Guide, we'll cover all the necessary steps for installing and preparing a second hard disk drive on both Win9x/ME and Win2K/XP systems, as well as setting up the hard drive for installation on a brand new computer with no operating system. As both IDE and Serial ATA hard drives are used in modern PCs, we'll also investigate the differences between these two types of hard disk."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Windows XP 64-bit, a virtual minefield? @ Hardware Analysis
"Microsoft is about to release Windows XP 64-bit and has put into place an upgrade program for current Windows XP users, should you take the plunge or not? We weigh he pros and the cons and evaluate the upgrade program."

More information on this article can be found here.
How to Set Up a Home Windows Server Guide Part 2 @ AuphanOnline
"Now that you know how to set up a basic home server, find out how to turn up the security and set up some advance features."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Ovislink e-phone 1000s VOIP Phone Review @ XtremeComputing
"We have seen the introduction of VOIP, this is a technology that basically enables you to make IP to IP phone calls or if you are signed up to a service, cheap phone calls as well. This technology is already available to the masses through skype, which has grown in user’s rapidly since its launch. Today we will be looking at the e-phone 1000s from OvisLink, this is a phone that looks like your normal house phone but with a difference. It connects to your router via LAN cable and once setup should allow you to make IP to IP calls without powering on a pc as everything is done through the handset."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Big Typhoon Air Cooler Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"First off we must say in this review that the Thermaltake Big Typhoon has a very quiet fan. At the lower fan speeds of 7.5 & 9 volts we could hardly hear it running. Also the fan we used with this Thermalright is a very basic low powered computer case fan. But that all said the cooling performance from this Big Typhoon heatsink is very good indeed as the graph shows."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ulti-Mat Mouse Pad Review @ Tech-Mods
"Ulti-Mat was founded back in 2000 and has created a high quality mousing surface for beginners, enthusiast, and high end gamers. The Ulti-Mat unlike most soft and glossy mouse surfaces the Ulti-Mat is flat, smooth, and fast for accurate gaming performance or day to day use."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung Yepp YH-925GS Photo/MP3 Player Review @ PCStats
"The device in question is of course the Samsung Yepp YH-925GS hard disk MP3 player/photo viewer. This device is the high-end model in Samsung's lineup of hard disk-based players. The Yepp YH-925GS contains a 20GB hard drive and sports a nice bright 1.8 inch, 260K colour LCD screen with a resolution of 160x128 pixels. The Yepp YH-925GS features SRS WOW audio processing abilities, picture storage, playback, and approximately 10 hours of audio playback care of a 3.7V Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. As you'd expect, the YH-925GS can automatically function as a USB-based HDD storage device with any Windows 2000/XP computer as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech® Harmony® 676 Advanced Universal Remote Review @ Futurelooks
"Logitech has recognized the need for an effective and easy to program universal remote control that takes into consideration people's different levels of "Tech Saavy". The Harmony Remote Controls by Logitech attempts to bridge the gap by making the programming process easy and well guided, as well as providing built in troubleshooting so that you won't be the one answering the call when the audio for the movie is on, but there is no picture on the screen."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra X-Connect 500 Watt PSU Review @ ExtensiveMods
"As the population of computer users becomes younger and younger, the focus on the general look of a computer becomes more apparent. Trying to banish that boring beige box, manufacturers sell almost anything you can think of that has to do with the appearance of a computer rather then the performance. Today we have the Ultra X-Connect 500 Watt Power Supply for review. This PSU bridges the gap between looks, functionality and performance. Being fully modular, this PSU is sure to cut down on clutter in your case. The chrome finish and sleeved wires are also strong points when looking at this PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Rexus SPX500 500W ATX PSU Review @ BigBruin
"If you're looking for a basic stable power supply, the Rexus SPX500 is a good choice. It doesn't include all the "show" features (windows, LED, UV reaction) of many newer power supplies, but it does help keep your case cooler by removing more hot air. With the large 15cm fan, it also keeps the noise down, as I heard a significant decrease in fan noise when I changed from the Logisys Pitbull (on medium settings) to the Rexus 500W unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec TruePower 2.0 480 Watt Blue Review @ Overclockers Online
"Antec has truly set a new level of standards when it comes to power supplies. The revised TruePower offers the latest in power technology with an ample amount of juice to power the hungriest machines. This 480 Watt supply will surly outlast many of your machines. All of the voltages were extremely stable and the dual 12V line, 18A each, will be sufficient for all of your overclocking and power drawing needs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Armor VA8000 Full Tower Case Review @ hardCOREware
"Today we're reviewing the Armor VA8000 Full Tower Case from Thermaltake. It is obviously inspired by Cooler Master's Stacker case, but it does have some really cool features worth talking about. It is definitely one of the more unique looking cases we've reviewed in a while."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AX8 VIA K8T890 Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"ABIT has taken VIA's K8T890 core-logic and engineered a stable, fast, and inexpensive motherboard that carries a reasonable feature-set. Presentation, as usual, is excellent, and enthusiast-orientated options are up to ABIT's usual standards. £79 buys you a decent introduction to S939, and performance, coupled with any compatible CPU, is always going to be impressive, especially so in gaming."

More information on this review can be found here.
NCQ / TCQ & nForce 4 Data Corruption Fix @ AMDGamer
"With NVIDIA's introduction of the nForce 4, it was announced that this chipset would indeed support NCQ technology found in some of the latest higher end hard drives. What about TCQ? Will it work in the same way? Western digital made it obvious that TCQ will not work on controllers supporting NCQ and vice versa. This lead me to believe that the drives will still perform normally, of course Queuing will not function on my Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe for the Raptors (assuming they're connected on the nForce SATA RAID controller) but further problems should not occur. After all, I did purchase a top of the line motherboard, it would only make sense to pair it up with some of the fastest hard drives on the market."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Raidmax Samurai XE 901 Gaming Case Review @ InsaneTek
"Raidmax makes a few changes to their original Samurai case and comes up with an Alienware lookalike. While it still focuses on looks, there are still some good features included, like dual 120mm fans."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
FSP ZEN Fanless 300W Power Supply Review @ Techniz
"FSP have come out with a good and fanless PSU which is the ZEN PSU. The performance of the ZEN (Fanless) PSU is very good and stable as you can refer back to the testing and performance section. Moreover, the PSU is finish in blue color with full of ventilation hole, it was looks so
great."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 510 SLI Review @ Pureoverclock
"On removing the top you are greeted with exceptional build quality. It is intricately packed with high quality parts. Examples of the quality are plain to see. The RF shielding in place for the power cable is of extreme quality - you won't see this sort of shielding on any other power supply. The size of the blue capacitor is simply oozing quality. It's almost a piece of art inside and the attention to detail in terms of quality and design are top notch. This is the PSU equivalent of Audiophile HIFI."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec ION 2 460W Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"Like the previous Vantec ION series power supplies, this one offers tremendous value. It has no trouble powering the latest computer systems with an ample 460 watts, and it's quiet because of the 120mm fan. Also, it comes with plenty of sleeved leads which look great, cut down on cable mess and increase air flow inside the case. It even has easy grip connectors which make connecting and disconnecting simple."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Kingston DDR2 PC2-6000 (750MHz) Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
"The KHX6000D2K2 kit is a matched pair dual channel 512MB DDR2 750MHz PC2-6000 modules. These modules are rated at 4-4-4-12 timings with 1.9 Volts. Not the lowest latency on the market today by any means, but still considered low latency for DDR2 memory at 750MHz"

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X850XT IceQ II Turbo Review @ Viperlair
"The HIS adaptation of the X850XT is more than well done, it borders on ingenious. Simple, yet extremely effective silent cooling, give you stable overclocks to the levels of the Platinum Edition without even a 2nd glance. Add to that a range of adapters that could make your day and a Dual DVI output launch this card to the top of the pile, especially when you consider the price differential for that Platinum Edition card next to it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus Extreme N6600GT/TOP Limited Edition Videocard Review @ XtremeResources
"With every new generation of video cards come many iterations of the new technology. With nVidia's introduction of the 6 series of GPUs, there have come multiple cards based on similar families of GPUs. Most notably the 6800 family brought to the table the 6800, 6800GT and 6800 Ultra. Likewise with the midrange 6 series card(s) I'll be looking at today, the Asus Extreme N6600GT/TOP/TD, there are many flavors based on the enthusiast's budget. With the Extreme N6600GT/TOP/TD we have what is one of the most expensive 6600GTs on the market, but include Asus' reputation for ultra high quality components, build quality, and with this model, equipped with 128 MB of Samsung 1.6ns DDR3. Follow along on my evaluation to see if this Limited Edition card provides the performance to go along with it's higher than average price tag."

More information on this review can be found here.
MNPCtech Pro Line Custom Billet Fan Grill Kit Review @ PimpRig
"While most companies would cut corners with a plastic rim covered with a chrome film, the Custom Billet fan grill is made of some of the strongest 6061 T-6 billet aluminum out there which means that this product is not only durable, but meant to last for years to come."

More information on this review can be found here.
A.C. Ryan Modding Product Review @ BJorn3D
"Modding has come a long way from when I first put in a window in my case a few years ago. Today, windows are pretty standard on most cases, and people are concentrating on making the stuff inside look cool instead. A.C. Ryan is a company that has tons of nice items for any serious (and causal for that matter) modder, and we’ve taken a look at some of those items."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Modding Accessories Part 2 @ Spode's Abode
"This is part two of the Sunbeam modding accessories review. Continuing from part one, we take a look at some more products that Sunbeam have to offer and hopefully give some inspiration for any modding projects you have in mind."

More information on this review can be found here.
Jetart JACSH1 Universal VGA Cooler Review @ InsaneTek
"Jetart enters the GPU cooling competition and gives Arctic Cooling a good fight. Equipped with blue LED's and universal installation, it becomes a great choice for enthusiasts."

More information on this review can be found here.
Jetart JACSH1 Universal VGA Cooler Review @ InsaneTek
"Jetart enters the GPU cooling competition and gives Arctic Cooling a good fight. Equipped with blue LED's and universal installation, it becomes a great choice for enthusiasts."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake SonicTower Heatpipe Cooler Review @ System Cooling
"With today's processors getting more powerful and running hotter and hotter, heatsink manufacturers are going to greater extremes to keep your CPU cool and still run at a respectable sound level. Today we are going to be taking a look at what has to be one of the largest heatsinks on the market, the Thermaltake Sonic Tower. Not only is this heat sink huge, it also runs fanless, making it totally silent."

More information on this review can be found here.
Alphacool Complete Pro 120 Review @ BurnOutPC
"It seems that I have particular interest in water-cooling kits these days, recently posted the dangerden kit review, and now im stress testing another fine kit from Alphacool Germany. Alphacool has a website devoted to casemodding equipment and a wide range of water-cooling equipment. Alphacool fabricates their own blocks and equipment and create their own kits. I have the chance to look at their Complete Set Pro 120 *old version*.

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Freezer 4 & Freezer 64 Review @ HWZone
"The Freezer 4 is built for Socket 478, the Freezer 7is built for Socket 775 and the Freezer 64 is built for all Athlon 64and Athlon FX sockets."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Cases and Spring Specials @ ADPMods

"Spring is upon us, and ADPmods.com has you covered for those Wire Management projects that always get put on the back burner. Clean up your case wiring to benefit from improved airflow and a neater look that showcases the pride you have in your PC.

OEM Sleeving Kits marked down to $13.95
- Black, UV Blue/Green/Red available

Chameleon Spring Kits (made in Canada) reduced to $18.95
- various colours (including UV Reactive); no tools necessary

6mm and 9mm Spiral Wrap
- $1 off when purchasing 2 or more lengths of the same style - Sold in 1 metre lengths (approx. 3.2 feet), UV Reactive
- No tools required

ConnectorZ UV Blue Cable Ties 10 pack
- starting at $1.85
- discounted as low as $1.50 in quantities of 10 packs (100 ties) or more.

The latest Sunbeam cases are currently on sale:

Sunbeam Transformer ATX Case - Black or Blue - $109.95
Sunbeam Evil Eye ATX Case - Black, Silver or Blue - $65.95
Sunbeam Samurai ATX Case - Black, Silver or Red - $65.95

Qtys are limited, pricing valid until April 28th.

We are proud to announce that ADPmods is an authorized Nexus Canada Dealer. We are currently stocking Real Silent Fans, DiskTwin Hard Drive Silencers and Damptek Sound Absorbtion products. Nexus cases and power supplies are available on demand and will be added to our lineup this summer."

More information on these specials can be found here.
Monday, April 25, 2005
Kingston 512 Megabyte DataTraveler Review @ ExtensionTech
"Since I had access to this recently purchased "thumb drive" from a client of mine, I thought I be considerate and do a quick review of it. This removable storage device is sporting USB 2.0 connectivity, a large 512 MB storage capacity, and a 5 year warranty. All this for under $40.00 USD! What's not to like? Continue on and see if there is anything not to like."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hitachi Deskstar 7K400 vs Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 400 GB @ Techware Labs
"Recently, Hitachi and Seagate have come out with two of the biggest desktop hard drives available on the market at a massive 400GB each. These two drives carry almost identical specifications, with the exception of the Seagate Barracuda and its Native Command Queuing technology. Read the review to see how these two drives compare head to head, with and without NCQ enabled in the tests."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam 20 in 1 Superior Panel Review @ Think Computers
"Front panel card readers, fan controllers, and I/O ports are nothing new to us. They have been around a long time. Today we will be looking at a device that combines these 3 things into 1 superior panel. So without further ado I present the Sunbeam 20 in 1 Superior Panel!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Sky Hawk Power One 620W PSU Review @ Madshrimps
"Recently SkyHawk's innovative Power One GM570SC PSU became infamous for all the wrong reasons. A few Hardware Review Sites recently published evidence of a discrepancy in the claim the Power One GM570SC complied with EPS12V v.2.1 and ATX v.2.01 specifications. SkyHawk immediately set about rectifying the issue and we take the opportunity here to discuss the merits of the EPS12V/ATX 2.01 standards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra XConnect Power Supply Review @ Oz Case Mods
"When building our systems and trying to make our cases look the best there seems to be a surplus of products we can choose from, some being rather ordinary, and some bringing an excess of features and good looks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Silver ArctiClean Review @ OCModShop
"More specifically, ArctiClean is a two step process designed for removing previous applications of thermal grease as well as thermal pads (the pink or grey material with a gum-like consistency that is often found on factory installed heatsinks). ArctiClean 1 is a biodegradable, non-toxic liquid made up of citrus and soy based solvents which emulsify thermal greases or thermal pads. ArctiClean 2 contains cationic surfactants and flash corrosion inhibitors which remove any residue left by ArctiClean 1 and minimize the corrosion layer on copper and aluminum."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Aquagate Mini R120 Water Cooling Kit Review @ hardCOREware
"If you want outstanding CPU cooling capabilities, you're probably going to look at either a huge copper heatsink with a huge loud fan, or water cooling. And normally when you think 'water cooling' you think of a sloppy, complicated mess. If Cooler Master has anything to say about it, you can forget about that! They have put together an all-inclusive CPU watercooling rig dubbed the Aquagate Mini. The R120 version comes equipped with a 120mm fan that spins as low as 800 RPM. Best of all, the entire unit is powered by fan headers on the motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS7700-Cu and VF700-ALCu Heatsink Reviews @ GruntvillE
"The stock 9800XT cooler is not even in the ballpark! The VF700 just simply outclasses it. With the same clock settings the VF700 outscored the ATI cooling solution, I was able to clock higher with no artifacts long after they appeared with the ATI cooling. For testing temperatures I kept the clock speeds at a level the stock cooling could handle with no artifacts. The CPU was set at 250fsb during all video card tests. Since I could not vary the fan speed on the ATI based card I conducted all these tests with the VF700 operating at 12-volts."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-9 Motherboard Review @ Techniz
"The GigaByte GA-K8N Ultra-9 motherboard was featuring the new Nvidia nForce 4 Ultra chipset that delivers significant performance gains with variety of new generation architectures including dual-channel DDR, PCI-Express interface and Serial-ATA II interface for improving storage performance. The motherboard itself has a lot of built in features such as Dual Gigabit LAN, Dual Bios, RAID function, and 7.1 channel sound."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wintec AMP-X PC2-5400 1GB DC Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"Wintec introduces AMP-X as their enthusiast line of memory. Although new to the whole ballgame, the AMP-X DDR2 memory provides some tough competition for the bigger established boys."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Memory Database @ techPowerUp
"This database lists which memory chips are used on memory modules of which manufacturer. Also listed is information on suggested Voltages and timings for best performance."

More information on this review can be found here.

Arctic Cooling ATI Silencer 4 Rev. 2 Review

"Arctic Cooling released a new version of their successful ATI Silencer 4. The new revision fixes all previous problems, most notably the clicking fan noises. Cooling performance is excellent - this is the best cooler for the X800 we tested so far."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon 64 x2 & Operton Dual-Core Processors Review @ A1-Electronics
"The K8 has its own on-die North Bridge unlike Intel which uses the external FSB to communicate core to core. This on-die North Bridge gives plenty of benefits to the AMD K8 design for multi-threaded and multi-tasking processes. AMD have kept to their 939 & 940 sockets so that these dual-core processors are compatible with current motherboards which is great for everybody but means that it only uses the same memory bus which is still 128-bits wide and supports a maximum speed of DDR400 for 6.4GB/s."

More information on this review can be found here.
3RSystem R700 BadGuy ATX Case Review @ OCTools
"The BadGuy is made of steel with plastic fascia and corners nothing wildly exciting there. Luckily, 3RSystem avoided the wild design excesses sometimes seen and the BadGuy is actually fairly stylish. We got the black version, and it looks pretty good."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Kandalf Aluminum Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"Thermaltake calls its new Kandalf case "The Super Tower" and with good reason. Not only is it super sized, it has tons of super features that really set it apart from the crowd. I really can't say enough good things about the Kandalf. While the $200 price tag may put it out of reach for some, Thermaltake gives the buyer that can afford it lots and lots of very nice features and I would consider the Kandalf to be worth every red cent. It looks great, has superb cooling and was a dream to work in. The BTX upgrade kit and the ability to easily install a water cooling system are very nice features and add a bit of future-proofing that buyers really should consider nowadays."

More information on this review can be found here.
Uneed International 7inch TFT HTPC Case Review @ HTPCNews
"The Uneed x15 case certainly is unique and fairly well designed case. The touch screen was a great add on that really makes this case stand out from the rest of the market and even allows you to put your own personal touch on, as I did with the Konfabulator widgets. This is by no means an average case and can house just about anything you wish to put in it."

I'm a big fan of HTPC cases and this one has my interest peaked. More information on this exclusive review can be found here.
The Best Case Scenario Test Rig Project @ TBCS
"Paul decided he wanted to expand his site and give you more than just great modding information, he wanted to provide you with the best advice on computer hardware. It was decided to get some test rigs for reviews. Paul said, "I can make those for $30 in parts." But he forgot one thing, and I'm sure you've noticed it if you have already looked at the Test Rig... he forgot he's Paul Capello. He can't make just a test rig. It's got to be the sweetest, slickest, and hottest Test Rig around. It is a type of computer case after all isn't it? So scroll down and take a look at Paul's latest creation - the envy of testers, techies, and reviewers alike."

More information on this project can be found here.
Saturday, April 23, 2005
Edge Tech DiskGo! USB Watch Drive Review @ Yeti Reviews
"We have our next cool gadget from Edge Tech. The DiskGo! USB Watch Drive is the coolest drive that any corporate exectutive or world traveler could have. I would love to be able to not have to lug around a USB Flash Jumpdrive and maybe misplace it. I will carry all of my important documents and be able to tell the time at the same time. It makes you feel like James Bond."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston Memory Fuels Dual-Core AMD Opteron Processors
"Fountain Valley, CA April 21, 2005, Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the world's leading independent memory manufacturer, today congratulated AMD (NYSE:AMD) on the second anniversary of its industry-leading AMD Opteron(TM) processor.

Committed to the advancement of computing technology, Kingston® has been working closely with AMD over the past few years during AMD's development of multi-core processing technology, touted by analysts to be the next revolution in computer processing power.

"The Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors and Kingston memory offer a powerful dynamic duo in computing performance," said Mark Tekunoff, senior technology manager, Kingston. "Kingston quality memory complements AMD64 processors, in both single- and dual-core configurations," continued Tekunoff.

"AMD's continued work with Kingston is another testament to our shared dedication to helping memory-constrained customers in need," said Pat Patla, director, server/workstation marketing, Microprocessor Solutions Sector, AMD. "We are celebrating two years of the growing AMD64 platform, which now includes Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors with Direct Connect Architecture."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Arctic Cooling ATI Silencer 5 Rev2 Review @ InsaneTek
"Arctic Cooling makes a few changes to their award winning VGA Silencers to allow compatibility with the new X850 and X800XL series of video cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerocool GT-1000 Heatpipe Heatsink Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"The Aerocool GT-1000 Heatpipe Heatsink has one thing going for it that I know of no other heatsink having and that is the fact that it is "Gold Plated". Most of us know that gold conducts heat better than copper does, but is the GT-1000 just a 24K lovely or will it have success cooling our hot running Prescott during our stress testing. You will have to read the review to find out the answer to that question."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Zeus ST65ZF 650W SLI Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product stands true to its name, Zeus. It's definitely the ruler of most other PSUs in heaven or on earth! With a continuous wattage of 650 & a peak wattage of 710 it's at ease in a server environment or for the hardcore gamer. While the power rating is exceptional it also carries the official NVIDIA SLI certification. Unquestionably, the top of the line!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
Shuttle XPC ST20G5 Atlon 64 IGP SFF Review @ Xtreme Resources
"Shuttle continues to innovate as they introduce their newest small form factor case, to it's already impressive lineup. Shuttle's newest entry into the SFF market is the XPC ST20G5, which is the the first small form factor (SFF) computer offering both integrated graphics (including DirectX™9 and OpenGL technologies) and PCI-Express for the AMD 64 platform. The following review will aid you in examining the new features and technologies, which Shuttle has brought to the forefront with the highly anticipated XPC ST20G5 case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle XPC ST20G5 Atlon 64 IGP SFF Review @ Xtreme Resources
"The ISOTOPE chassis is much like Marmite; you will either love it or loathe it. I must confess, having first seen it on display at the recent CTS show, I was set against it. Too many hard edges and too much internal activity. However, it's the kind of chassis that grows on you and becomes a talking point as much as anything else. If you're the kind of enthusiast that likes to have something look a little different, the chassis, with its pre-distressed look and colour choice, is a real alternative to regular SFF PCs."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Art of Lubic Zen-Feng; A Unique Casemod @ GruntvillE
"Feng Shui (often called Geomancy) generally has to do with the idea of how the Environment affects your Personal Chi, or Energy. There is much more to it of course, but I personally held more weight in the Forms School rather than Flying Stars or some of the newer Schools of thought. Overall, your date of birth denotes some particulars of your Chi, and your Environment should be designed to best harness your positive Chi and offset your negative Chi to achieve a good balance."

More information on this project can be found here.
Friday, April 22, 2005
Wireless Networking Troubleshooting Guide @ The Tech Zone
"If you're like me, you've come to take wireless pretty much for granted. Everywhere I go, I expect to be able to connect to the Internet to check my email, chat with my friends or get some work done. It seem no matter where I am, I can open my notebook and find a wireless network to plug into. However, there are times when I'm logged into a wireless network and suddenly lose the connection or the speed suddenly drops to an unbearable level. I'm sure you have experience this as well."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Xtrac Hybrid Mouse Pad Review @ ThinkComputers
"For the price this pad is excellent, especially if you compare it to other pads available for twice as much. But if you are limited to desk space, then you may want to re-think purchasing this pad, as it is very large, and will take up quite a bit of room on your desk."

More information on this review can be found here.
Func Surface 1030 MBA Limited Edition Review @ Extensive Mods
"Func, and their legacy, is known by almost any knowledgeable, and competitive, gamer. As the original creators of the Surface 1030 competition gaming pad, Func continues to push the boundaries of the high end gaming mouse pad market. The Surface 1030 Machined Billet Aluminum (MBA) limited edition pad is nothing less then you would expect from Func. Using the same design as the original 1030, the MBA has replaced the rubber base with an aluminum one, which has been milled out of a solid block of aluminum, and the double sided surface has been made with a performance enhanced and better looking material then its predecessor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products Power Supply Tester Review @ CaseModGod
"Ultra Products has created the simplest yet most comprehensive way to test your power supply output, the Ultra Power Supply Tester. Simply turn on your power supply, plug in your 20-pin power supply connector to the minitester and check the LED lights."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech MX518 1600DPI Optical Gaming Mouse Review @ Tweaknews
"Although at a MSRP of US$49.99 you might deem this mouse to be a little on the pricey side, as with any computer product, if you want to best, be prepared to pay for it. This mouse packs the precision, the features, the comfort and the quality a gamer will require to allow them to accurately game for years without a single issue. I have yet to have a single issue with any Logitech product. You buy it, you use it, you enjoy it like it isn't even there."

More information on this review can be found here.
SAITEK Backlit PC Gaming Keyboard Review @ Futurelooks
"The keyboard and the remote pad are both backlit in a nice indigo LED. This light is easily adjustable in brightness with the push of a button on the keyboard. I usually leave it on the brightest setting; it lends a nice eerie glow to playing a scary game with the lights out. It also perfectly matches my lava lamp, and that’s important to me."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thailand Display Flexible Keyboard Review @ LAN Addict
"There's no denying that the Thailand Display Flexible Keyboard is a useful product. That much should be easy for everyone to see. It can be literally rolled up and put into a pocket to take with you. It can have spills soaked up from its surface with a damp sponge or paper towel, which means the next time you spill a soda on your keyboard it won't be the end of gaming for the night. However, it is not a perfect keyboard, either, especially for the gamer. This is due to, ironically enough, the flexible design."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Vanessa S-Type Review @ Viperlair
"Overall the Titan Vanessa S-Type is a great heat sink. Performance is on par with other similar heat sinks, and the noise wise it is very quiet. If you don't have a Socket 462, mounting will be a breeze, and the included fan controller gives you that much more control of the performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Vortex TX Universal CPU Cooler Review @ PimpRig
"On the base is a label to protect it from damage. Upon removal of the label I found the finish on the base was a bit disappointing. It was very dull and I'm sure it would benefit from lapping and polishing. While it is no light weight at 440 grams without the fan it is not extremely heavy for an all copper cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Revoltec Liquid-Icer Rev .2 Watercooling Kit Review @ Xtreme Resources
"Revoltec just introduced the new version of the Liquid-Icer, the Liquid-Icer rev.2, which is available for all the mainstream sockets available currently, claiming to perform great o­n all of them. To my good fortune, I have a Liquid-Icer rev.2 for socket 775 here for testing, to its bad fortune with the hottest CPU currently available, the Pentium 4 EE Prescott core. Let us see how this water cooling kit can fare against the heat of an overclocked Prescott."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kloss KL-I915A SFF Review @ Neoseeker
"One of the strong points of the Kloss unit is the front panel. The LED display is very nice and provides processor clock speed, the amount of memory, the current time amongst other things. Also included are some standard multimedia buttons as well as a volume control knob."

More information on this review can be found here.
ChiMei CT-729A 17in LCD Review @ Mikhailtech
"The menu controls are self-explanatory. However a couple features really stand out. For one thing, there's a very useful Auto button. Rather than having to go through several OSD menus to get automatic calibration, you can now do it with the press of one button. Even better is the "Turbo" key. This has 3 brightness presets, labeled "picture", "text", and "economy". Each one is dimmer than the last. You can cycle through them by continuously pressing the Turbo key. It's an incredible feature as most times you can quickly and effectively switch between settings depending on the application without having to manually adjust the brightness."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron 6600GT PCI-E 128MB VGA Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"What can I say? Albatron managed a fine score at the stock speed, as expected with its reference design, and achieved an unprecedented overclocking of 597MHz core and 1200MHz memory, thanks to the use of copper HSF."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nvidia GeForce 6600 & 6600 GT PCI-E Video Card Review @ A1-Electronics
"In this review we go over the properties of the Nvidia GeForce 6600 & 6600 GT graphics video card which is a really great value performance graphics card that gives outstanding in all but the most high resolution settings where it cannot compete with the GeForce 5950 with its 256-bit memory bus which gives it higher memory bandwidth. But then since the price is a lot cheaper who cares."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte Radeon X800 Video Card Review @ BJorn3D
"Gigabyte seems to be making a push to be a favorite video card vendor among people who want a silent PC, like those with a home theater PC or those who have spent a lot of extra money on other quiet components. Both are very good reasons to get a video card that is as silent as possible. Noise from a cooler always comes from the fan, so the best way to make a cooler quiet is by making it fanless. Gigabyte has done this with their Silent-Pipe technology. Essentially, it is a heat pipe design that pulls heat away from the graphics chip and transfers it to the back of the board. This makes it a completely silent video card."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix 1GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory Kit Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"The Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 DDR2 memory is rated to run at DDR2-667MHz at 1.9V, which translates for most people as running their CPU at 250MHz FSB with a 3:4 memory divisor. It is worth mentioning that Crucial makes these modules in 256MB, 512MB (as reviewed), and 1GB capacities, both with and without the activity LEDs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dual-Core Opterons Reviewed on the Linux Front @ LinuxHardware
"Dual-core CPUs have finally arrived to the server/workstation market with today's announcement of AMD's dual-core Opteron processors. This is something that has been talked about for a while now and today we finally get our first crack at putting them through our gambit of tests. Although this is similar to what Intel announced a couple of weeks back, AMD's implementation is very different and, while Intel's launch was targeted at the desktop, AMD went for the high-end server and workstation market. So what will these new processors mean for workstations and how do they work with Linux? We've got some brand new Opteron 875s in the shop to show you. We'll be putting these new processors against Intel's latest Irwindale Xeons which run at 3.6GHz and feature 2MB of L2 cache and throw in AMD's fastest Opteron 252s for good measure."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD's Dual-Core x75 Opterons Review @ Hexus
"The release today of AMD's dual-core workstation and server parts is a significant landmark in the world of x86 computing for the enterprise and professional users. The ability to pack twice the processing power into the same space opens up new doors for clustering, research, data processing, data mining, webserving, content creation, digital media production, video editing, games development and much more. While the cost is high for the time being, economies of scale and a pervasive range of processors to choose from will only bring the price down, and significantly so."

More information on this review can be found here.

CTS 2005: BTX - Fear the Factor

"As an owner of one of Shuttle's devices, I was hoping that the newcomer could take a high-end graphics card. Sadly, though, the answer was no. The SB86i is aimed at the business market and fitting such a card wasn't thought to be a good idea at all. And that, I fear, will be same with most SFF BTX models. Your average graphics card is no problem but these tiny boxes can't take the sorts of card that gamers want to use. Their low-noise fans simply can’t deal with the heat, and there's no obvious way of getting sufficient air throughput to prevent things starting cooking."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Website Hosting From A Home PC @ PCStats
"Websites are still cool. It doesn't matter how many badly designed personal sites there are, the fact is that a website still offers you almost unlimited room for personal expression, with the added side-bonus of potentially being useful. In this guide, PCStats will explore the process of hosting a website from your home computer using a broadband Internet connection. For the sake of simplicity, we'll stick to using Microsoft's IIS (Internet Information Server) to render the site, and help you deal with the issues of dynamic IP addresses, among other potential home-based web hosting problems."

More information on this guide can be found here.
XTracPads Hybrid Mouse Pad Review @ The Tech Zone
"If you want the absolute best mouse performance possible then you must match your mouse with a high performance mouse pad. And there is no mouse pad better than the new Hybrid from XTracPads. The Hybrid takes the best features of a hard surface pad and soft surface pad and combines them into a mouse pad so slick you will wonder how you ever used you mouse without it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ideazon Z-Board Review @ Mistix
"Gamers want more. The standard keyboard just aint' cutting it. They seek rapid response times and immediate action as well as pin-point precision. Keyboards are often over looked, especially when they can immediately boost your skills onto a new level. So let's take a fine look at the most popular gaming keyboard. The Z-Board."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Freezer 4 Review @ Extensive Mods
"Cooling products, are the mother of all overclockers. Up on the pedestal (Or shall we say retention bracket) today is Arctic Cooling’s Freezer 4. Touted as a low noise mid price range heatsink, this cooler comes fit with a copper base, heatpipes, and a very interesting fan design."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sansdisk 5 in 1 Card Reader Review @ HardwareHounds
"With the increased popularity of digital cameras, PDAs, etc, memory cards have become an integral part of our lives. Quite often, we just stick the memory card(s) into our device and forget about them but when you want to transfer information from your device to your computer or vice versa, suddenly a problem appears. It’s slow depending on what you are trying to do, it can actually go from slow all the way down to tedious. One way to rememdy this is to use a card reader. So today we're taking a look at one such card reader from Sansdisk, their USB 2.0 5 in 1 Card Reader."

More information on this review can be found here.
DiGix Portable DVD Player Review @ XYZ Computing
"Until recently portable DVD players have been plagued with problems. They have had to battle short battery life, fragility, and sensitivity but things are improving. Even better, the price of these devices is dropping steadily as they have moved from a luxury item to something that anyone can afford. This review will be taking a look at one of the most affordable portable DVD players available to date, from DiGix, and seeing if its as much of a bargain as it would appear to be."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen EZ855-II XC Cube Review @ SFFTech
"AOpen’s EZ855-II XC Cube features the EZ style case design; our review unit was white but the system is also available in black. The EZ855-II sports the Intel 855GME chipset with the ICH4M Southbridge. Similar to many laptop configurations, it supports a 400MHz front-side bus and single channel DDR up to 333MHz. The system features the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator integrated video solution as well as an AGP 4X slot. Six channel AC’97 integrated audio and Gigabit Ethernet are also featured. One item conspicuously missing on this system is a Serial-ATA port; instead the EZ855-II features dual legacy parallel ATA-100 ports."

More information on this review can be found here.
ExtremeOC & Case Mod Contest @ Extreme Overclocking
"Extreme Overclocking has teamed up with Cooler Master & GEIL USA for a very nice competition with lots of prizes. Please note that this contest is only for residents of USA and Canada."

More information on this contest can be found here.
MSI NX6800GT-T2D256E Review @ Viperlair
"The MSI NX6800GT-T2D256E is a very solid offering for those looking to upgrade themselves from a DirectX 8 video card. While it's not based on NVIDIA's flagship 6800 Ultra, the 6800GT offers everything feature-wise that the Ultra does at a much lower cost."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GeForce 6600 TurboForce Ultra Edition Review @ Techniz
"The GigaByte GeForce 6600 128MB PCI-Express graphic card is great mid range graphic card. The performance of this GigaByte GeForce 6600 128MB PCI-Express graphic card is out perform the ATI 9800 series even the ATI X700 Pro and it was very close to the GeForce 6600GT performance. Beside that, the bundles was very good which including of a full game of the Thief. As for the overclocking results from this GigaByte GeForce 6600 128MB PCI-Express graphic card is very good as well. There was an increment of 137MHz for the core and 200MHz for the memory that brings up from the default at 500/1000MHz to 587MHz/1200MHz. This was the most value and affordable price for the main stream users."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plextor PX-716UF DVD DVD±R/RW External Drive Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The PX-716UF external burner offers a slew of features and technologies but the two which stand out are 16x DVD+R and 6x DVD+R DL (Dual Layer) write speeds. Dual Layer allows hours of DVD quality video or up to 8.5GB of data on one disc. It also supports all the CD formats. This is truly a fantastic all in one product with the advantage of portability!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
Aspire X-Plorer ATX Case Review @ PimpRig
"A big bonus for the design of the case is the inclusion of a removable motherboard tray. I feel that this should be the industry standard as it makes installation a snap without having to worry about dropping one of those tiny screws on top of something important. Unfortunately (and this is where my peeve on basic instructions comes back into play), the removable motherboard tray lacks identifying which hole is to be used with each motherboard form factor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian-Li PC-V1000 Plus Aluminum PC Case Review @ Guru3D
"The mid-tower sized PC housing we'll talk about today is the newest case from the Lian-Li. 100% aluminum, silent fans and lightweight design are the keywords here. Hell, it even has a built in hand break! You think I'm kidding right? Well, guess again."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Thermaltake W0021 Purepower Butterfly 480W PSU Review @ SLCentral
"The "Butterfly" series is Thermaltake's line of power supplies featuring an extra case fan, a 5 1/4 bay mountable fan controller that controls both the "bonus" fan and PSU fan, a removable "butterfly" logo that exposes a window so one can see the inside of their power supply and 7 color LED illumination. The Butterfly comes in four flavors. Silver or black. Active PFC or no PFC. We're taking a look at the black without power factor control."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Aquagate Mini R80 CPU Cooler Review @ PimpRig
"The parts list is short and complete. In an effort to make the Aquagate mini a universal fit product they include 5 different mounting plates for various cpu/board combo's. All are bolt on which essentially eliminates all tab mount only boards right off the bat. It also contradicts the ease of installation claim as the mobo has to be removed to mount the water block."

More information on this review can be found here.

Cooler Master Aquagate Mini R80 CPU Cooler Review @ OCIA

"Today we will be looking at a watercooling solution from Coole Master, the Aquagate Mini R80, a self-contained, maintenance-free system that is designed for nearly every socket and every case on the market. Can such a system really stack up to today's cooling demands?"

More information on this review can be found here.

Cooler Master Aquagate Mini R80 CPU Cooler Review @ Neoseeker

"The Coolermaster AQUAGATE R120 performs quite admirably. At the highest fan speed setting, the AQUAGATE managed to cool the scorching hot Prescott down to 48 degrees Celsius (stock Intel HSF averaged 68 degrees). That is quite an impressive achievement, as the Prescott is not an easy beast to cool. Prime95 puts a very heavy load on a processor, and in most cases probably achieves close to the highest thermal output the processor is capable of."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI Lanparty Freezer Review @ techPowerUp
"The DFI Lanparty Freezer is a chipset waterblock, made by german company MIPS-Computer. It is the only chipset cooler on the market which can cool the DFI Lanparty's NForce4 chipset, even when there are two video cards installed in SLI mode."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Vortex TX Heatsink Review @ System Cooling
"Today we're going to be looking at another new Cooler Master cooling product. It seems that Cooler Master has been keeping their engineers hard at work this year, coming out with some high quality innovative products. In my last review we looked at their new water cooling system, and in this one we're going to see how their latest air cooling solution, the Vortex TX, compares in performance and noise levels."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech VNF4 Ultra Zenith VE Review @ Ninjalane
"High HTT speeds fuel even higher memory clocks, you combine that with as system that doesn't require insane voltages and you get a very user friendly system that doesn't demand much in terms of cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soltek EQ3501-300PW QBiC Mania SFF PC Review @ PCStats
"What originally started out as a fad for cute little semi-portable computers has slowly grown into a major market after just a couple of years. The Soltek's EQ3501-300PW QBiC Mania SFF PC is a flashy 'hot-rod' of good looks. The QBiC can be used in a variety of situations and unlike first-generation SFF PCs, is a truly viable desktop replacement. The EQ3501-300PW QBiC Mania is built around an Intel 915G motherboard which supports 800 MHz Pentium or 533 MHz Celeron D Socket 775 processors. There are only two DIMM slots and the QBiC supports a maximum of 2GB of non-ECC unbuffered PC3200 DDR RAM, but that should be enough for most situations."

More information on this review can be found here.
Build Your Digital Music Collection @ Big Bruin
"Filling your new MP3 player doesn’t have to cost anything except the time it takes to encode the songs from your favorite CDs. But, paying for a download service is a sure way to have the songs you want as they become available and at a fairly reasonable price. These aren’t your only options for acquiring digital music, but when taking other routes, proceed with caution."

More information on this article can be found here.
Altec Lansing GT-5051 5.1 Speakers Review @ The Moditory
"$150 for a set of 5.1 Surround Sound speakers from Altec Lansing. In the box you've got a total of 4 speakers. Center, 2 satellites, and a subwoofer. Intrigued? Yes, they're 5.1 Surround Sound. They use Altec Lansing's new Side-Firing Dipole Technology; less wires is always a good thing, but does the quality of sound/effect suffer?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC4000 1GB DC Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"Corsair is not the only player with the flashy looks. Crucial's Ballistix Tracer steps up with their "bling bling" memory to give enthusiasts great performance, overclockability, and of course, aethestics."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Shark Aluminum Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"Thermaltake's Shark series is one of the most versatile Tower designs on the market today. The side panel features a "Honey-comb" viewing alternative which replaces the typical plexiglas window and allows further ventilation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Project Bender @ Overkklokking.no
"Futurerama fans will get a kick out of Project Bender, a complete project log that details the construction of a lifesize bender unit using a VIA EPIA-M 10000 Mini-ITX Motherboard."

Slash Dot killed this link yesterday but the site is now responding. More information on this project can be found here. A mirrior of Project Bender can also be found here.
Uneed DIGN HV5 HTPC Case Review @ XtremeResources
"The very first PCs that began entering into households were based o­n the original desktop design. Not long after, this design was abandoned for the more practical and convenient tower design, which was better for space arrangement and heat dissipation. However, nowadays the ‘old’ format became popular for HTPC setups, as they require a desktop design which looks nice in order for them to harmonize a living room hi-fi setup. o­ne of the cases that excel in looking just perfect to complement a hi-fi arrangement is the Uneed DIGN HV5 HTPC Case. To the untrained eye, it will be mistaken for an oversized DVD player. Uneed is a company based in Seoul, South Korea. Being a very new company, they specialize in building o­nly HTPC cases and hardware."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
X-ray Mouse Pads Review @ Mikhailtech
"The Thunder 8 ships in its own tin carrying case. Inside there are molded foam pieces which fit the pad perfectly. This not only protects and prolongs the pristine condition of the pad, but also looks nice and will no doubt get attention at a LAN party. It gives the Thunder 8 an overall "gamer" feel and any company that sells performance mouse pads should consider at least some form of viable transportation. Several colors choices are also available: black, blue, green, orange, and yellow. The mouse pad remains black, but the trim is different."

More information on this review can be found here.
COOLMAX Fanless PSU & 140mm PSU Review @ ExtensionTech
"Part of noise issues with your PC can come from the PSU. Simply, because the PSU exhaust fan is usually located in the back of the PSU, and is closer to exterior of the case, hence,you would hear it. Yes, you can kind of hide a high dB HSF fan in a closed case, but I know as I mature in my PC experience, I'm tired of having a PC that sounds like an airplane taking off. So this leads to the review of a fanless, and a 140mm fan PSU review. Yes, that 140mm number was correct. Take a look and see if any of the units are up your alley."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire TRIXX Review @ techPowerUp
"Today we bring you a world-exclusive Preview of Sapphire TRIXX. This is Sapphire's new overclocking utility which is shipping in this month. It boasts many new and exciting features, like maximum overclock detection."

More information on this review can be found here.
Next Generation SATA (and SATA-II) Hard Drive Comparison @ hardCOREware
"Today we'll be putting the latest drives from the 4 HD manufacturers to the test. We have WD's venerable Raptor, in 74GB form, Seagate's latest flagship, the Barracuda 7200.8, Maxtor's DiamondMax10. And representing the first SATA-II drive to hit our labs is the T7K250 from Hitachi."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ El DDR PC3200 Gold VX Memory Review @ GruntvillE
"The modules themselves come encased in some rather beefy surroundings. Your eyes may be immediately transfixed upon the gorgeous gold mirrored finish, but pick one up and your attention will be diverted towards their weight. We're not talking about 1/64” aluminum heatspreaders of yesteryear here. We're talking about buff copper heatspreaders that are sure to put fear in the heart of any would-be heat sources emanating from the ICs. Beauty and brawn in a single package? Perhaps. That's for the benchmarks to decide."

More information on this review can be found here.
Bug Hunt on the 6xxx Series Nvidia Cards @ HTPCNews
"For those who intended to use a 6800 series card in their HTPC may have found a ugliness that can not be denied. The bug occurs when trying to use a interlaced resolution out to your display via VGA or VGA to component (using a transcoder) and loading a Direct3D game or 3D accelerated GUI such as Media Center Edition 2005."

More information on this article can be found here.
AMD Sempron 3300+ Processor Review @ Sharky Extreme
"It has been a while since the introduction of the 1.8 GHz Sempron 3100+, and up until now, it has represented the high-end of the Sempron performance scale. The Sempron 3300+ takes over that role, and although the new CPU does run at a full 2.0 GHz, this release is more than just a basic core speed jump and also brings with it a new core. The 90nm Palermo core is a variant of the Athlon 64 Venice core, and also brings with it SSE3 support and an enhanced memory controller. These memory controller upgrades include improved memory mapping and loading, and the ability to configure and use different size DIMMs on the same channel."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS A8N-SLI Premium Motherboard Review @ Viperlair
"In single card mode, the race is close with the A8N-SLI Premium taking most of the application tests, and flip flopping with the K8T890 in the gaming tests. Turn on SLI though, and the race will not even be close provided your games can make use of it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus K8N-E Deluxe Motherboard Review @ CoolTechZone
"Today, we have its supposedly better version on our hands, and it would be an understatement if we say the board is better. For some reason, the 250Gb boards perform extremely well than their 250 predecessors. According to NVIDIA, the only difference between the two should just be the features, but as we apparently found out that wasn't the case at all. Though this article primarily focuses on the features of K8N-E Deluxe over its K8N version."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake K450 AMD Athlon 64 Heatpipe Cooler Review @ Bjorn3D
"The first time I heard about the Thermaltake K450 heatsink was when I started my search for a CPU cooler for my Athlon 64 FX 55 in my SLI system. The problem I had was that the heatsink that was sent to me for my FX 55 was not meant for that CPU. I found this out by seeing my FX 55 temperatures soar to 70C when running Folding@Home. I knew this was way too high and headed to AMD's sight to find approved heatsinks. At that time, the only approved heatsink was the K450."

More information on this review can be found here.
EverCool PT03-923CP Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"First off we must say that the EverCool PT03-9232CP fan while powerful was not that noisy compared to some we have reviewed. The cooling performance of this EverCool PT03-9232CP is not that bad either considering its size and fan power especially at our 70 watts heat test. Even as we turn the heat up the PT03-9232CP is still keeping pace even at 170 watts of heat to remove."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Rocket Fanless Liquid Cooling System Review @ Techniz
"Thermaltake have come out with another fancy and good performance product. Personally, I very like the design of this Rocket Fanless Liquid Cooling System, with all the LED's and UV reactive design. It will be great for case modding. As for the performance, it was very good compare to those stock cooler, you can refer to the cooling performance at the testing section. It was a totally fanless and noiseless water cooling kit. The Rocket is support the Intel P4 ( Socket 478 ), P4 LGA 775, AMD K8 and K7. The water pump was very powerful enough as well. Finally, this will be another great cooling kit for your system especially those enthusiast that looking for a fanless and noiseless setup."

More information on this review can be found here.

Thermaltake Rocket Fanless Liquid Cooling System Review @ Overclockers Cafe

"One thing we do is operate a product for an extended period under load, to ensure things go smoothly for the long haul. You just don't put your machine under load for short 30 minute bursts you know. Here is where the story turns gloomy. In hindsight after our "event", we spotted the engineering flaws earlier but didn't connect the dots until it was too late. Let me start out by turning your attention
to the pump."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalrock Circle Full Tower Case Review @ AMD Review
"Today I am going to review the Thermalrock Circle Full tower case. Most of you have probably never heard of Thermalrock, they are a new company just started in March of 2005. Thermalrock is a division of ThermalTake who have been around for years, and have released many innovative products and cases, like the Xaser series. Going into this review I am expecting Thermalrock to have the same quality as Thermaltake."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Shark Silver Aluminium Case Review @ Oz Case Mods
"Thermaltake are a big player in the case modification/cooling industry today with very few companies with a product range as large as theirs; Today we had a look at the Thermaltake Shark case."

More information on this review can be found here.
A-Top Xplode Gaming Case Review @ CaseModGod
"The XPlode case by A-Top Technology is geared toward the gaming market. With a total of 4 open 5.25", 2 open 3.5", and 4 hidden 3.5" bays. You should have plenty of room to mount all your optical drives and accessories. The XPlode case has a unique look to it. It has 4 vented sections on the front filled with mesh, center area of the 5.25" bay covers are vented utilizing mesh as well. The case is one of the few that run a side mesh window instead of the standard clear windows."

More information on this review can be found here.
P160 Aluminum Case Review @ Think Computers

"Today, Antec has further developed and refined it's cases and products. The P160 is one of the ultimate culminations in design - refined, polished, perfected, and now presented to you. While it isn't really made out of recycled fighter planes, you'll be just as happy with it regardless as you play and tinker with everything that this case offers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, April 18, 2005
Samsung YP-MT6Z MP3 Player Review @ Overclockers Online
"With the increasing trend for the public to wear MP3 Players around their neck as a fashion statement, it's safe to say that Samsung will be a popular choice among the young crowd for their portable audio needs. Their sleek and simple yet feature-full product shows that what's small can still pack a heavy punch."

More information on this review can be found here.
SimpleDrive Deluxe External 250GB HDD Review @ Mistix
"When you need to get the extra storage, on hand, easy to store, bundled-in with rapid file transfer speeds, security of backing up heaps of data, a secure enviroment, the best option is to get your grubby mitts on an external hard drive, we are going to be using a SimpleDrive Deluxe to test out!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Flash Voyager 512MB USB Memory Drive Review @ Futurelooks
"Do they call you butter fingers around the office? Are you always the one spilling coffee in your laptop? Well, maybe this USB Flash Drive is for you! You can splash it, drop it, and it'll survive!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Seasonic S12-430 430 Watt Power Supply Review @ PCStats
"A good power supply is becoming more of an essential component for modern computer systems than it ever used to be. In this review, PCSTATS will be testing out Seasonic's S12-430 power supply. This 430-Watt supply features Active Power Factor Correction, dual 12-volt outlets, ' silent focus' fan control, honeycomb ventilation and a full three year warranty. It also comes with a nifty 'DR. Cable' cable management kit for a neater PC interior."

More information on this review can be found here.
Fortron Sparkle ZEN Review @ techPowerUp
"Today we have a very special PSU on the test bench - it is completely passive. Fortron trusts their design so much that they say a backup fan is not needed. I was surprised to see the Fortron Sparkle ZEN power our demanding test platform without any load problems. While the electrical noises were definitely annoying, they are only noticable on higher power systems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products X-Finity 600W ATX PSU Review @ BigBruin
"Given the high power rating of this unit, and the current state of computer systems, I was surprised by the omission of explicit PCIe graphics card support. A power supply unit like this could be ideal for a high end PCIe graphics card, many of which require a special 6-pin power connector. The X-Finity would look sharp in a modded gaming rig, that just might feature two PCIe cards for dual display or perhaps even SLi. This power supply could still be used on such a system with the appropriate power adaptors, but making it part of the stock offering would really add to the appeal."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Cooler Master Real Power 550W Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product has all the power & features needed for the latest computer systems. With 550 watts it will easily power the most demanding PCs. It comes with a quiet 120mm blue LED fan, has lots of leads, and comes with a uniquely featured total power consumption display. This analog wattage readout shows real time power usage."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Scythe Silent Box Review @ InsaneTek
"If you want a completely silent system, you should definitely take a look this Silent Box. Be warned though, temperatures do rise a bit."

More information on this review can be found here.
High-End Power Supply Match-up @ LinuxHardware
"Today's computers are using more power than ever and with these grand new power requirements comes the need for bigger and better power supplies. This trend can be seen in the workstation/server market to an even greater extreme than in the desktop market. While the standard desktop computer will have a single processor and maybe one or two hard drives, workstations and servers typically have two processors and up to 10 or 12 hard drives. In the search for the ultimate components for our Ultimate Linux Workstation, we knew that the power supply would have a huge impact on overall system stability and reliability. We went in search of the best power supply that we could find for a workstation and came up with two possibilities."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Vortex TX Review @ Viperlair
"Having gotten used to heatpipes for air cooling, I had some concerns of how the Vortex TX would compare against those coolers. Overall, the Vortex TX had a strong showing and managed to more or less tie the Hyper 48 but it couldn't hold a candle against the Hyper 6. Keep in mind that the Hyper 6 is quite a bit bigger, and uses two fans at high settings for maximum performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master CoolDrive Lite Review @ PimpRig
"On removing the bottom, which is also the mounting plate and heat sink for the hard drive, you'll find the housing containing the blower fan. Taking this apart reveals the tiny 44mm fan. The blower assembly does not direct air across the hard drive but rather across the fins of the heat sink."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Vortex TX Universal CPU Cooler Review @ hardCOREware
"Lately we have been noticing a trend from the CPU cooler companies. While still offering the huge heatsinks that look like they could rip a motherboard right out of the case, they are starting to offer more and more 'midrange' coolers. These are intended to be a step up from the stock cooler that came with your CPU, but available at a modest price point."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Beetle Review @ XtremeComputing
These heat pipes connect to 40 or more aluminium fans, which should provided excellent heat dissipation. The surface area of theses fins and heat pipes is excellent for heat removal. The base is well lapped, not to a mirror finish but very flat, and we all know that having a level base is better than a shiny surface."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte's GA-8AENXP-D Mainboard Review @ Hexus
"If I have to say something bad about the board, it's that the aesthetic makes me decidedly unwell. Go forth and seek, should high-performance, feature-packed, well-presented Pentium 4 be your Valhalla. Highly recommended."

More information on this review can be found here.
nVidia nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition @ Tweaktown


"After many hours of blood, sweat and tears we've finished our look at nVidia's latest chipset for the Intel Pentium 4 platform. It's the nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition or as its become known around the labs, the NF4 IE. It follows the features found in the nForce series of chipsets but helps fills a gap in the gaming market offering SLI gaming performance on the Intel platform."

More information on this review can be found here.
A-Top Technology XPlode ATX Case Review @ LAN Addict
"For less than $60, you can get a case that comes with more items included than a lot of $80 cases. The XPlode may not have all the lates features, but what it lacks in features it more than makes up for in value! From the pre-installed LED case fans to the 10" UV cold cathode to the windowed power supply with UV-reactive fluorescent wiring to the mesh windowing, A-Top's XPlode is an attention getter from the word, Go!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Project LP3 Player Project @ Tech-Mods
"Well I had this linear tracking turntable for quite some time and figured it need an upgrade. I don't play LP records any more so it was time to turn the tables on this bad boy of the day and get it up to present times."

More information on this project can be found here.
A-Top Technology Gladiator Gaming Case Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"It's time again for our weekly case review and this time around we are looking at the A-Top Technology Gladiator Gaming Case. A stylish case that has numerous features and a price tag that the budget minded computer shopper will find very attractive. So come on along as we take a look at it inside and out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Antec NeoPower 480W PSU Review @ Techniz
"Antec is one of the most famous brands of producing the True Power PSU. The performance of this Antec NEOPOWER 480W PSU is very good and stable as you can refer back to the testing and performance section. Moreover, the PSU is comes with a sexy black color housing and it looks so great. A part from that, it comes with the advance cable management system where you only need to plug in the cable that you require to use."

More information on this review can be found here.
WD 320GB PATA HDD Review @ Hard Avenue
"PATA is still considered by many as the HDD standard of choice - IDE cables are not ideal, but when using specialized rounded cables, they become far less of a problem air flow wise and actually aren't too bad in comparison to SATA cables. The HDD makers are aware that not everyone has bought into the rather slow moving SATA market so you'll still find high end HDD's featured on the PATA standard - which is exactly what we have in review today, the high end Western Digital WD3200 320GB PATA HDD. While it is currently Western Digital's leader in PATA capacity, does it have anything to offer beyond the storage space?"

More information on this video review can be found here.
Samsung 213T LCD Display Review @ XYZ Computing
"This review will be taking a look at Samsung's 213T LCD display. A 21.3" LCD would have been priced beyond the reach of all but professional users two or three years ago, but today they have dropped to a much more attainable price. They are still too pricey for some consumers but depending on your needs and financial priorities you may be interested in upgrading. Given the price drops and increased availability, large-sized LCDs are not just for professionals any more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech diNovo Media Desktop Review @ The Moditory
"Bluetooth has been recognized as one of the great breakthroughs in wireless technology. Now Logitech, one of the most reputable peripheral manufacturers has integrated Bluetooth into a slim and stylish design package that even has an LCD on the numpad. Wanna control your movies, music, and pictures as well as get IM and E-mail notifications from 30 feet away? Then you should take a look at this."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec 3.5" NexStar 3 Enclosure Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The NexStar 3 enclosure fits a regular 3.5" IDE HDD and is USB2. This easily transportable unit is perfect for backups of important data. Standard 3.5" hard drives are relatively inexpensive and USB2 is compatible with most computer systems. All-aluminum and available in four vivid colors (Steel Grey, Onyx Black, Brilliant Red and Midnight Blue), this is clearly one of the sleekest looking enclosures on the market."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Gigabyte Neon 8-BL Heatsink Review @ Short-Media
"Gigabyte continues their advance into the arena of PC cooling with the Neon 8-BL. Their latest heatsink is a variation of the Neon Cooler 8-PRO offering the same heatsink without some of the features. The Neon 8-BL answers the call for quiet cooling of the PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aqua Computer Premium Watercooling Kit Review @ XtremeResources
"Germany is arguably the country with the fastest and strongest growing water cooling products market on the planet. I do not know and can not possibly guess what caused this kind of growth, but it is most evident. I can think of at least 30 German water cooling product manufacturers in a single minute. One of the most reputable manufacturers in Germany for their quality and ease of use is Aqua Computer. Founded during the Spring of the year 2001, the company is dedicated to the research, assembly and manufacture of water cooling products. Their Aqua Premium kit is under the microscope today. Let us see what the Aqua Computer has to offer the hardware enthusiast."

More information on this review can be found here.
RSS Feed Setup & Subscriptions Guide @ PCStats
"In this guide, PCStats will be looking at what RSS feeds are, how they work and what they offer to the average user and site administrator. We'll also create a basic RSS feed to illustrate just how easy it is to use this web-syndication tool for your own needs. RSS feeds are the most common use for this protocol, and they allow websites to publish summaries of their content in a form that is easy for users to browse."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Building an Infrared Transmitter for Your PC @ Hardware Secrets
"Several motherboards have the necessary hardware for the installation of an infrared transmitter/receiver, requiring only the installation of a module containing the infrared sensor. The great problem, however, is that this module is not easily found in the market and, when it is, its price is high. Our friend Alain Gailland created this module and any user who knows how to use a solder iron can assemble it."

More information on this guide can be found here.
TBCS Custom Test Rig Project @ The Best Case Scenario
"Here we are today $30 worth of materials, and $900 worth of labor later and the test rig looks awesome. Made from two pieces of 1/2" MDF and laminated with .0040 Styrene sheet, aluminum square tubing, and a a number of custom features this rig is being built to last. No detail of the rig has been compromised. From what I can see the quality is top notch and well worth the extra $900. But enough from me, have a look for yourself TBCS Custom Test Rig all $930 of it."

More information on this project can be found here.
Xbox Modding Guide Part 2 @ Virtual-Hideout
"While I was modding my Xbox I was trying to think of as many mods that I could do as possible. I thought my Xbox to USB adapter I had made sometime ago out of a controller cord to be a bit crude and I though long and hard on a better way to do it. That’s what I stumbled upon the front USB mounts for my Lian-Li I used to have. While granted most of you won’t have one of these lying around, it will still give you the basics on how to wire an USB adapter internally."

More information on this project can be found here.
Friday, April 15, 2005
LTB AC97-M 5.1 Surround Headphones Review @ GeekExtreme
"I'm a gamer and, as any gamer will tell you, headphone are crucial if you're going to compete in a league. Why? The number one reason is the use of voice communication software such as Teamspeak or Ventrilo. Until recently, the only disadvantage to using headphones was the lack of surround sound. Well, those days might just be over. Today, we'll look over the Listen To Believe AC97-M True 5.1 Surround Sound Headphones. Can a product with a street price of around $60.00 give you quality surround sound?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Basic Diagnosis Guidelines for Your PC @ The Tech Zone
"When you fall sick you go to a doctor and he/she asks you a couple of questions as well as taking a look at your case history before giving any medication to you. In a similar way you have to find out what's wrong with your PC before treating it, if it's working in an aberrant manner. This article will help you in finding out what's troubling your PC."

More information on this article can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 915N LCD Review @ BJorn3D
"Samsung steps up to the gaming plate with 915N for the gamer that wants to have a larger screen. This monitor is rated at 8ms response time! They also now make smaller monitors that also have 12ms response time. The only problem I have seen with this product line is so far they are VGA interface only and do not support DVI. On the other hand leaving DVI out does let Samsung sell this monitor at a less expensive price. This monitor can be found under 400.00 dollars from many online retailers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire X800 XL 256Mb PCI-E Review @ XtremeComputing
"Taking a closer look at the cards GPU block reveals Sapphire tribal alien again on show, I also noticed the grim reality that this was indeed a reference cooler and has no contact on the ram on the GPU side of the board."

More information on this giveaway can be found here.
Corsair 4Gb XPERT Memory Giveaway @ OCTools
"Last year, we gave away 4Gb of Corsair's Pro Series modules. This month, OCTools team up with Corsair once again for another 4Gb Memory Giveaway! The contest will run for 2 weeks starting on April 15-30, 2005. 4 lucky people will be randomly selected worldwide with each receiving 1Gb Matched Pair of Corsair's latest and much talked about Xpert modules. All you have to do is submit your email address and you're in the contest. As simple as that!"

More information on this giveaway can be found here.
SimpleTech 1GB DC DDR PC4000 Review @ Techniz

"The SimpleTech Nitro Series Dual Channel DDR500 memory module will meet the needs of most enthusiasts. This pair of DDR 500 is one of the fastest frequencies RAM of the DDR memory range. These dual channels RAM are able to run at tight timing at 2-2-2-5 which is the best and basic requirement for a good memory module. Furthermore, by relax the timing to 3-4-4-8, the RAM was able to hit 275.3 MHz which is equal to DDR 550. That was an excellent result."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nvidia nForce4 Intel Edition Chipset Review @ A1-Electronics
"Nvidia are very well known for their chipsets targeted at high-end graphics users but Nvidia really want to break into the mainstream where the money is and hope that this Intel nForce4 chipset will allow them to compete with Intel and their chipsets."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra Motherboard Review @ Neoseeker
"The processor bus was steadily pushed to the 300 Mhz mark with no hiccups. The Chaintech board then started hitting DFI territory in the 360 range but pressed on still. We were in fact able to push the processor bus all the way up to maxmimum of 400 Mhz and the Chaintech held up under Prime95 for roughly 19 hours before we called it a day."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit KV8 Pro Motherboard Review @ CoolTechZone
"Abit is a name synonymous with high-quality, rock stable and overclocking friendly motherboards. The company caters to enthusiast needs and is truly an innovator in the industry. Throughout the years, Abit has innovated exclusive technologies that allow overclockers to push their systems to extreme limits. These technologies include their famous SoftMenu BIOS and the latest uGuru technology, a real-time overclocking utility."

More information on this review can be found here.
Window Design Elements @ PimpRig
"Line has different qualities and gives a psychological response to the finished piece. Here are a few examples of how line can affect people. A curved line will usually give the viewer a feeling of playfulness, natural elements or motion. Straight, hard lines are the opposite. The impressions of formal, unnatural, and static. In nature there are no straight lines, try drawing a tree with a ruler and see how natural it looks when you are done."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Cooler Master AquaGate Mini R80 @ System Cooling
"Cooler Master has been around for sometime now, always coming out with innovative high quality products. It seems like they have been very busy this year coming out with several new cooling systems, both liquid and air. Today we're going to be looking at one of their new low noise liquid cooling products, the Aquagate Mini 80, to see how they handle the heat from today's modern CPU's and see how it stands up to a high-end water cooling system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Vortex TX HSF Review @ OCIA
"The Vortex TX creates more airflow, higher air pressure, with ultra silent operation using a 92mm circular fan with wider blades. This fan also supports thermal speed control and PWM (pulse width modulation), both used to ensure the lowest amount of noise possible with acceptable temperatures. The omni-directional fins that you'll soon see provide concentrated cooling with maximum heat dissipation."

More information on this review can be found here.

Cooler Master Vortex TX HSF Review @ Viper Lair

"Having gotten used to heatpipes for air cooling, I had some concerns of how the Vortex TX would compare against those coolers. Overall, the Vortex TX had a strong showing and managed to more or less tie the Hyper 48 but it couldn't hold a candle against the Hyper 6. Keep in mind that the Hyper 6 is quite a bit bigger, and uses two fans at high settings for maximum performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products 2.5" Aluminum USB 2.0 HD Enclosure Review @ BigBruin
"In the SiSoft Sandra tests the Ultra Products enclosure scored marks which were very close to that of the ME-910 enclosure. But there was one big difference; the drive in the Ultra Products enclosure couldn’t complete the benchmark testing without the additional power cable installed."

More information on this review can be found here.
AL Tech MediaGate MG-25 Portable Media Center Review @ Mikhailtech
"As you may have guessed, this is more than just an external hard drive. This "MPEG4+MP3 jukebox" allows you to store images, videos, and music on the internal hard drive, organizing and playing them back however you like. It's significantly cheaper (and smaller) than any HTPC and with the exception of games and the possible use of applications, can do all the same things."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Logitech MX-1000 Cordless Laser Mouse Review @ Futurelooks
"Like Dr. Evil, if you put frickin' lasers on something, it is always that much cooler. Logitech takes some of its own laser technology and uses it to create perhaps one of the worlds finest wireless mice."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte AirCruiser 802.11g Wireless Desktop Router Review @ PCStats
"Today we're going to bring a bit of European flavour to PCStats with a review of Gigabyte's AirCruiser GN-BC01 802.11g internal wireless PCI router. This device incorporates a fully wireless home router/Internet sharing device onto a PCI card which you install directly into your desktop PC. The internal form factor of the Wifi Router AirCruiser GN-BC01 is new to us though, so we're interested to see how it performs and what kind of range it gets compared to conventional external wireless networking routers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Oakley THUMP 256MB MP3 Player Sunglasses Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"For sports enthusiasts, tech gadget fanatics, or anyone looking to have the first of its kind electronic device the THUMP is definitely the way to go. Of course the $499 price tag for the 256MB model isn't going to make this a mainstream item and until that price drops down a couple hundred dollars the THUMP will be for a select audience only. Of course, if Lil' John likes them then they are definitely worth a second consideration. YEAH!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam LightBus Review @ ThinkComputers
"Do you have a lot of lights in your case? Do you want to be able to control them through one control panel, add a bunch of different effects, and even make them sound reactive? Well today we will be looking at a product that can do all that and more. I am proud to present the Sunbeam LightBus!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman VF700-Cu VGA Cooler Review @ nVnews
"Not only did the Zalman VF700-Cu significantly drop the temperatures on my video card (better than advertised), but it also cut out a lot of noise. Both of these are problems with stock systems, but with the Zalman they're totally taken care of. My machine is quieter and cooler at the same time, which is quite a feat. At $29.99, it's well worth the price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SI-97 Socket A Cooler Review @ PimpRig
"The cooler itself is silver in color but don't let that fool you. The base is made of nickel plated copper with four heat pipes running up to a fairly good size cooling surface of aluminum fins measuring approximately 96mm square. While not as large as the Zalman 7700 series of coolers it still may present some interference problems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright XP-120 AMD & Intel Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"First off we must say that the fan we used in this review with this Thermalright XP-120 is only a basic computer case fan of low power output so we cannot expect top cooler performance from this Thermalright XP-120 in these tests. We chose this fan because you all know or probably have a basic 12cm computer case fan so you can judge for yourselves what sort of increased cooler performance this Thermalright XP-120 will achieve with a much more powerful fan that can be easily and cheaply purchased from many suppliers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech H20-120-T TEC Liquid Cooling Kit Review @ XtremeResources
"Water cooling was unknown to the majority of computer users a few years ago. Within a single year, it went from a hardcore enthusiast only cooling method to the mainstream market with many companies releasing some kind of a liquid cooling kit. There are hundreds of those kits around now, ranging from basic water cooling kits that can barely maintain a decent temperature to well-designed water cooling kits that can maintain operating temperatures near the environment temperature with ease. However all of them have the same problem; their cooling capability is limited by the laws of nature, where not a single one of them can lower the temperatures below the temperature surrounding the radiator. Swiftech, one of the oldest and most reputable cooling products manufacturers in the US, offers the enthusiast something different, stronger than the rest, able to lower the temperatures of your CPU way below ambient temperatures, the H20-120-T Thermoelectric Series Liquid Cooling Kit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Press News: Ninja Fanless Heatpipe CPU Cooler @ Scythe
"With the introduction of the famous high-end NCU-2005 fanless CPU cooler made by Scythe Co., Ltd., we are ready to launch more affordable "value for money" fanless CPU Cooler called "Ninja". With a shiny metal cap to cover the top heatpipe portion & massive heatsink fins and mirror finish base, Scythe Ninja provides both "cool" appearance as well as the great performance as a fanless CPU cooler. This is another "Silent Warrior" from Scythe Co., Ltd in Japan."

More information on this new product can be found here.
DFI LANParty UT nF4 Ultra-D Motherboard Review @ InsaneTek
"What we have here today is DFI's lowest end nF4 solution, the LANParty UT Ultra-D. Many have been anxious for the release of the board because DFI's reputation for overclocking is growing rapidly. The main attraction of the Ultra-D would be the great VDIMM access. Allowing as high as 4v to memory, the Ultra-D seems to be the best overclocking solution possible."

More information on this review can be found here.

Abit NF8 Overclocking Revisited

"Our past overclocking ventures with the Abit NF8 was only decent and seemed to be BIOS bottlenecked. After updating the BIOS to Abit's BIOS 15, the motherboard soared through the roof. The overclocking key has been found and the potential has been unlocked. DFI is no longer the lonely boy in the Socket 754 overclocking department."

More information on this article can be found here.
OCZ EL PC3200 Dual-Channel Gold VX Memory Kit Review @ XYZ Computing
"It was with overclockers in mind that OCZ released their Voltage eXtreme series of DDR memory. Though PC3200 has been around for a long time, this is the first time that any company has released memory which is rated to handle up to a scorching 3.5V. This memory has been optimized for use with Athlon64 applications so we figured we'd give it a chance in our test system to see exactly what it could do."

More information on this review can be found here.
SimpleTech PC2-4200 DDR2 Review @ Overclockers Online
"The chips scaled very well. As mentioned, I was able to take them above 350 MHz into Windows, however at an increased latency, 5-5-5-12, and increased voltage, 2.2V. Stability testing was out of the question as the processor would just throttle the FSB down as load picked up. Otherwise, 333 MHz was completely stable and at a 4-4-4-12 latency - over 25% faster than the rated speed and at nearly the same latencies. I was very impressed for what I was told is just standard, no frills memory."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC-4000 Gold VX Review @ Neoseeker
"OCZ uses DFI's nF4 to qualify the Gold Edition VX for low-latency/high-clock operation. The DFI LanParty nF4 is the only motherboard on the market capable of delivering up to 4.0V to the memory modules. It doesn't take long to come to the conclusion that this was implemented specifically for OCZ's "Voltage eXtreme" technology."

More information on this review can be found here.
Centon Advanced GEMiNi PC3200 Dual-Channel Kit Review @ PCStats
"Centon is new to an arena already crowded with veteran brands like Corsair, Mushkin, TwinMOS and OCZ. If Kingston, Crucial and PDP Systems' success can be taken as any indication of what large OEMs can do in the enthusiast memory area, the 'boutique' manufacturers better take notice because another new player is in town. Centon is actually not quite ready to roll out its enthusiast line to the public, but we've been given a first look at an overclocker-calibre dual-channel DDR memory kit. The two 512MB GEMiNI PC3200 dual-channel DIMMs we are testing in this review are rated to run at 200 MHz with 2-2-2-5 timings, at a voltage of 2.6V."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"MSI's new K8N Neo4 Platinum motherboard is based around the nForce4-Ultra chipset, this board can use any Socket 939 Athlon64/FX processor and can be stuffed with up to 4GB of PC3200 DDR RAM. A single PCIe x16 slot provides the graphical interface and the motherboard comes equipped with quite a few integrated peripherals like an additional Serial ATA/RAID controller, IEEE 1394, two Gigabit NICs and 7.1 channel audio. In terms of expansion, the K8N Neo4 Platinum is one of the best on the market with four traditional PCI slots, one PCI Express x1 and one PCI Express x4 slot. That's definitely more expansion room than we've seen on many other Athlon64 motherboards! Eight SATA devices are supported as well as four traditional IDE hard drives/optical drives."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X850XT PE/X850XT VIVO 256MB AGP Video Cards Video Review @ 3DGameman
"These cards offer blistering fast performance and come loaded with software and features. Being the top of the line, both cards will easily outperform most others. They are almost identical, except that the Platinum Edition has a default core speed of 540MHz and a memory speed of 1180MHz, as apposed to 520MHz/1080MHz on the non PE."

More information on this video review can be found here.
XBox Vs. PS2 @ The Tech Zone
"There has been a great deal of discussion regarding the two most popular gaming consoles currently on the market: Playstation 2 (PS2) and Xbox. PS2 is a Sony product, while Xbox is owned by the software giant Microsoft. Many different people have worked with these gaming systems inside and out, attempting to determine which system provides the best performance for your hard-earned gaming dollar. Here we take a look at each gaming system and compare the specs and performance of each. We will attempt to answer that age-old question: which is the better gaming system, Xbox or PS2?"

If I were to choose between the two, I'd go Xbox all the way. More information on this review can be found here.
Cebit 2005: Cooling, Modding & Cases @ Madshrimps
"We report back from Cebit 2005 with news on water cooling solutions, new air cooled heatsinks and a nice collection of flashy casemods!"

More information on this report can be found here.
New Modded Case Gallery Released @ Mofocases
"Mofocases is the premier case gallery site to showcase your custom modded case. This isn't just the run of the mill case gallery: this is the ULTIMATE collection in enthusiast computer rigs. We subcategorize by popularity, ranking, cooling type, and the coveted Mofo Approved award. We also have a strict approval process, demanding the MOST detail and encouraging the highest quality pictures and most descriptive explanations possible for each case. You spend hours modding your case, so why not spent a few extra minutes ensuring that its shown to the world in its FULL glory."

More information on this gallery can be found here.
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Hi-Speed 512mb USB Flash Drive Review @ XtremeResources
"The USB Flash drive technology is becoming more popular as each day passes. Since flash drive technology is progressing at a rapid rate and newer drives are faster, larger and more affordable, many users find them as an easy way out from the restraints of the old, very limited capacity and slow floppy disk drives and the single write capability of the optical disks. Flash disks are rogressing because of their high speed and ease of use, they are similar to small hard disk drives that fit into your pocket and you can simply and quickly utilize by placing them into an USB slot. Crucial took a step forward with their Gizmo! Flash drive design, releasing the 3rd version of their USB Flash drive several weeks ago, claiming it to be smaller and faster than previous models. Let us put the new Flash drive to the test and see what the little Gizmo drive can really do."

More information on this review can be found here.

Silverstone FM82 Variable Speed Fan Review

"Silverstone has been building quality enclosures since 2003 and have recently started fans, power supplys and other accessories. Today we are looking at their FM82 92mm fan in an 80mm housing for better performance and less noise. The FM82 is designed with better airflow and silent operation in mind."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X800XL IceQ II 256mb Turbo PCI-E Video Card Review @ Tech-Mods
"The name H.I.S. has only been around for a short time, just in a few short years it is becoming a household name amongst computer enthusiasts. That is a darn good accomplishment for graphic cards. From entry level to high end, either way they have something for everyone; today we are going to take a look at their X800XL IceQ II TURBO PCI-E with 256mbs GDDR3 to see if it can compete with the big boys without the big boy price?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra USB Flash Disk+MP3 Review @ Moditory
"Flash drives are great use to transport files and data around because of their small form and increasing capacity. Ultra added a feature to the boring flash drive, allowing it to play MP3's. Now when you're walking between buildings, over to another office, or wherever, you've got a little music to supress boredom."

More information on this review can be found here.
Graphic Cards 101 @ AMDGamer
"Deciding on what kind of graphics card to purchase or upgrade to can be quite confusing, for those who aren't too familiar with the technical aspect of computer hardware. There are some aspects to think about and research before purchasing. First thing is to determine the video card usage. Computer usage and video card needs can be placed in four categories; Standard computing, multimedia and graphic design, light gaming and hardcore gaming."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Intel Dual Core: Multi-Tasking Benchmarking @ Legit Reviews
"After testing the Dual Core Intel 840 processor versus the equally clocked Single core Intel 640, it is clear that the dual core processors offer a significant performance improvement when multi-tasking."

More information on this review can be found here.
SuperTalent PC3500 Cas 2 Memory Review @ GruntvillE
"In the test results, you’ll notice the memory was tested at three different speed settings and, in all three cases, the system was configured with a 1:1 ratio (CPU:MEM) and memory timings of 2-3-3-6 (CAS-tRCD-tRP-tRAS). The only thing that varied between the different rounds of testing was the voltage applied, with the 200MHz and 217MHz environments being pushed by 2.6V and the 227MHz environment by 2.8V (the maximum the Abit IC7-G allows). While I could have gone further with the overclock by loosening up the memory timings, I was more curious to see how far these modules would run at CAS 2 latencies. In all my rounds of tests, I could not get the system stable, and in many cases POST, with a tRCD or tRP of 2 no matter what level of voltage was applied."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon64 3200+ Winchester Processor Review @ XYZ Computing
"If you are looking to build a new desktop system the Athlon64 processor line has proved itself to be a capable performer under just about any circumstances. From gaming to overclocking to workstation performance these processors are tough to beat. We expect the 3200+ to be especially impressive from a price/performance standpoint."

More information on this review can be found here.
EPoX EP-5LWA+ i925XE Mainboard Review @ Hexus
"EPoX, with its EP-5LWA+ i925XE motherboard, has done things a little differently that most other tier-1 manufacturers. Whereas they're happy to load on every conceivable feature known to man and bundle in everything but the kitchen sink, EPoX has been more conservative. The end result is a motherboard that's comparatively light on features, but, crucially, comes in at £30 or so cheaper than the competition. £120 or so buys you a capable Alderwood board that's laid out well, has decent overclocking options and utter stability."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K8T-Neo FIS2R Motherboard Review @ CoolTechZone
"As far as the performance is concerned, the FIS2R doesn't show much of an improvement in any of our tests. Since this version is equipped with more features, you would expect it to cost higher than FSR, but interestingly that's not the case. The prices for KT800 boards have fallen so far that there isn't much of a difference between the high-end and more economic class boards anymore, at least this is the case with the ones that were launched with Athlon 64 platform initially. The MSI K8T-FIS2R is a worthy contender for anyone who is looking to build a system on a strict budget, and for the approximate price of $60.00, this is definitely the board to get over its FSR equivalent."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI nForce4-DAGF Motherboard OC Preview @ Madshrimps
"I recently got my hands on a new motherboard, the nForce4-DAGF is a budget minded solution from DFI as it goes on sales for less then 110USD, let´s see if it has DFI´s great OC blood."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Giant Micro ATX Series Case CS-10068 Review @ Mistix
"When size matters, noise needs to kept down and you strive for the sleekest case possible, the most obvious choice is to buy an Enermax case, Micro ATX and BTX seem to be on the rise lately, Enermax offer the Micro ATX CS-10068 case, and we have one to review!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Aquagate Mini R120 Review @ InsaneTek
"Cooler Master introduces the first true all-in-one watercooling kit that's ready to go right out of the box. A kit like this is a good first step for future watercooling enthusiasts."

More information on this review can be found here.

Cooler Master Aquagate Mini R120 Review @ PCUnleash

"When we first heard it was a mini version, we thought it was one of those convenient cooler that generally don't offer too much in the way of performance. On the contrary, this device seemed full of surprises. Right from laying eyes on the box, I was quite surprised by its size. The box itself was twice the size of a normal motherboard retail box. Also, inside the box I found various brackets. The cooler supports Pentium 4 processor both socket 478 and 775, as well as AMD's K7 and K8 processor. We also noticed that the fan wasn't attached to the radiator, suggesting that the installation is not limited to only one variation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire X-Plorer Steel Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Aspire X-Plorer Steel Case has great looks, good features and is affordable. The case is available in a number of different colors and build quality is quite good for this line of product. There are plenty of drive bays: 5x5.25", 2x3.5" (Ext.), and 4x3.5" (Int.). It also comes with two 80mm fans, one at the top and rear. It even has a window with a ventilation port for the CPU cooler to insure proper case cooling."

More information on this video review can be found here.
R105SH Review @ Creative Mods
"The R105SH computer case from 3R System features a rather unusual airflow design. Instead of having a few vents located in the front, side, and back, it has vents everywhere. The case has a total of 70,000 tiny vent holes that cover the front bezel, top, and both sides. The R105SH also has a built in temperature monitoring system, automatic fan control, and thumbscrews. If you are interested in learning more about this case, please read on. "

More information on this review can be found here.
Virtual Case Modding Gallery @ Dvestevmeste.net
"Its not surprising in the case modding community that modders conceptualize their ideas on paper or computer first. Michal Jech from the Slovak Republic wrote MTB to show off his virtual modded case gallery. Currently in the gallery are Michal's latest creations GREENHORN, NAUTILUS and BAD BOY LIQUID."

More information on this virtual gallery can be found here.
OCZ DDR Booster Review @ BurnOutPC
"OCZ DDR Booster Diagnostic Device with Patent pending PowerClean TechnologyT allows users to supply cleaner power to their memory modules, resulting in more stable memory. Additionally, users are able to view memory module voltage with the digital LEDs o­n the DDR Booster, allowing simple and inexpensive troubleshooting of the memory modules. Each OCZ DDR Booster allows VDIMM adjustments up to 3.9V* and is compatible with most DDR1 motherboards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeamtech Silent Anodized LED Fans Review @ BigBruin
"As the manufacturer states on the packaging, the "silent" fans are pretty quiet. Although not perfectly silent, at 20db you should not expect to hear these fans over other system noises. With the low noise, comes a relatively low air flow, but for most users a few fans rated at 23CFM such as these, will cycle plenty of air through the computer case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Light Bus Review @ CaseModGod
"The Sunbeam Light Bus is more than a light controller and more than a fan controller. It gives you the ability to think more creatively about your case lighting and that's what modding is all about. You will no longer have to look at the same case lighting day in and day out, instead you can control fans and create unique lighting accents or effects as needed to take your mod to the next level."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone ST52F 520W PSU Review @ XtremeComputing
"After a few hours on idle. and the lowest recorded voltage on the 12v rail was 12.28. However, really to fully test the CPU we need to give it an extra bit of volts and clock the system up. Infact let us clock the whole system up CPU a P4 3.0 went from 200fsb to 242 and a resulting clock of 3.639, with a bus of 970mhz. Graphics was pushed from a 400 core to 445 with memory up from 950 to 1100 even then the 12v+ didnt drop below 12 under load."

More information on this review can be found here.

Fortron-Source FSP530-60GNA PSU Review

"No doubt that Fortron/Source is a trusted name in power supplies. They are used largely in OEM's. In fact, FSP power supplies are in the AOpen cases I build up every day. FSP also manufactures power supplies for a number of other companies like Zalman and supposedly PC Power and Cooling's Silencer series of power supplies. One of the best things about buying an FSP power supply is that you know you're getting a quality unit, that will not cost you an arm and a leg."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Power and Cooling Turbo-Cool 510 Express Review @ SLCentral
"Unless you've been living underneath a Univac, you are aware of who PC Power and Cooling are. One could say that PC Power and Cooling is the benchmark by which all other power supplies are compared, but are unable to surpass."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung DVD±R/RWTS-H552B Review @ ipKonfig
"DVD technology is on a good rise for the consumers and it only grows each year. Now, Samsung comes out with their Double-Layer technology for their latest DVD recording technology. It offers a great deal of performance and stability--it's Samsung, would you expect something less? The Samsung DVD±R/RW - TS-H552B burner brings a lot to the table of DVD burning with its Double-Layer capability and its high-speed burning capacity."

More information on this review can be found here.
InFocus ScreenPlay 7210 Review @ Hardware Analysis
"InFocus is a popular manufacturer of home theater projectors, especially their ScreenPlay series is often heralded for its performance. We literally take a closer look at their latest model, the ScreenPlay 7210, to see how it stacks up."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus K8V-X Motherboard Review @ CoolTechZone
"Asus has been catering to the needs of enthusiasts for quite some time now, and thus far they have succeeded in delivering some of the best user-friendly boards to the market. The fact that Athlon 64 754 platform isn't an overclocker friendly platform of choice shouldn't matter much to value users. Despite its drawbacks, it's still a great platform for budget users. This week, we have already evaluated three Athlon 64 754 boards and quite honestly the performance from one board to another is
within five percent, if even that, is most cases. Of course we are talking about boards based on the KT800 chipset and not the KT800 Pro or NVIDIA's 250 and 250Gb chipsets. Once you start moving up the chipset chain, the performance goes up significantly. With performance goes up the price, which still is a great value for socket 754, but the counterparts to KT800 aren't as affordable as some of us would like them to be."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X850XT and X800XL Graphics Cards Review @ Tweaktown
"HIS are back in the labs again this month with their latest generation of cards, the PCI Express versions of the ATI Radeon X850XT and X800XL. Both cards are part of the HIS IceQ II series which claim (and do) to offer better cooling than ATI reference cards as well as not exceeding 20db in the noise department. Both cards support iTURBO and the X850XT version even has a standard iTURBO overclocked setting which matches the clock speeds of the more expensive X850XT PE. That means you’ll get the performance of the ultra high-end X850XT PE for the price of the high-end X850XT."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeCube X800 XL Graphics Card Review @ Tweakers Australia
"With the ever increasing sophistication and realism of today’s games, there is far greater demand being placed on the graphics card. In order to play these new games it is often necessary to upgrade the graphics card. From that stems a choice, to either go for the top of the line card to enjoy the games to the fullest and break the bank, or go for a model that is just below the ultra new and fast cards, therein saving considerably on money but
still being able to keep up with the latest games."

More information on this review can be found here.

BFG nForce 4 Ultra Motherboard Review

"If you haven’t heard about BFG before you have been living under a rock for a long time as well as never playing any of the Doom series of games before. While the three letters might mean a Big Friggen Gun (we tamed it down a bit) to some today it means Best Friggen Graphics card to us. BFG Tech have been creating some of the most well known graphics cards across America for quite a while now thanks to features like Overclocked from the factory, Life Time Warranty and 24/7 tech support."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X850XT Platinum IceQ II Review @ Viperlair
"Between the HIS card and ATI's card, the performance and features are identical, so the main advantage of the HIS X850XT-PE is the improved cooler. While we knocked it earlier, it does run quietly and cools on average about 12°C cooler than ATI's cooler. Other than that, deciding between the cards is going to boil down to pricing and availability."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus Extreme N6600TOP/TD/128M/A Videocard Review @ PCStats
"The Asus Extreme N6600TOP/TD/128M/A PCI Express x16 videocard uses a vanilla GeForce 6600 GPU, but backs it up with Samsung GDDR3 memory (128MB, 2.0ns DRAM). ASUS has also set the GPU and memory clock speeds of this card considerably higher than that of a stock GeForce 6600, accordingly the speeds are 400Mhz core and 900MHz memory. The Asus Extreme N6600Top videocard natively supports TV-Output as well as dual analog monitors (care of the included DVI-analog converter). The N6600TOP installs into a PCI Express x16 slot, and is SLI compatible too."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI vs Hauppauge @ HTPCNews
"Using the Theater 550 Pro solely the softness doesn't stand out much. The bad part here is that unlike other capture devices I have used, the Theater 550 Pro's drivers do not offer sharpness control. What does stand out is how each of the capture cards handles a noisy analog cable signal. This is supposed to be the Theater 550 Pro's forte."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon X850 XT PCIe Review @ BJorn3D
"For a while, the Radeon X800 XT PE was the best ATI-based card you could get. At the end of last year, ATI changed that by releasing the X850 series of cards. Just like the X800 series, the X850 comes in several flavors: Pro, XT, and XT Platinum Edition (in order of least to most horsepower and therefore cost)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, April 11, 2005
EZ Power Supply Tester & USB Vacuum Review @ Tech-Mods
"The USB vacuum couldn't be any easier to use. You plug it in, turn it on, and clean the dust. However there are two modes; the low-power and the high-power. When using the toggle switch to power on the vacuum the default is low power however underneath the led is a button which, when pushed and held, the vacuum switches to high power."

More information on this review can be found here.
Actiontec 54 Mbps Wireless Network Camera Review @ Hardware Pacers
"Recently Actiontec has released a new product called 54Mbps Wireless Network Camera that provides extra security inside or outside any home. It is capable of connecting to a wireless network and through the Internet live video can be captured and broadcasted to anywhere around the world. The camera can be used in many ways to bring in that extra security that many households always wanted."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron PC6600GT Video Card Review @ LAN Addict
"When all is said and done, I think the Albatron 6600 GT is a great mainstream card. I would have liked NVIDIA to support OpenGL 2.0 with the 6xxx series, like ATI has done with the X8xxXL cards. When it comes to performance, the PC6600GT is great. This card is one of the best mainstream cards on the market, and for $200, it's priced to sell."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Pro Series XMS2-5400 DDR2 Memory Review @ System Cooling
"In the past, when we've reviewed DDR2 memory, we've found the results to be a mixed bag. In general, the memory is capable of running at very high clock speeds, but overall performance is hamstrung by the very high latencies that such clock speeds dictate. Today, we're going to look at Corsair's 1GB Twin2X XMS2-5400 Pro Series modules. This memory goes way beyond the standard DDR spec in terms of rated speed, and we'll find out if this extra headroom is enough to overcome the latency issues inherent to the DDR2 specification."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS Xpert 1GB PC3200 Review @ BJorn3D
"Thanks to Samsung's TCCD memory chips, there are many companies offering high-performance, low latency memory modules. This means that these companies have to differentiate their 'ultra low latency' products in other ways, such as improved heat spreaders, appearance and price. Heat spreaders and appearance usually go hand-in-hand, since a heat spreader covers most of the module. Many of these competing companies offer shiny, gold or platinum heat spreaders that look pretty cool and add some 'bling' to a case with a side window. Then there's Corsair, a company that seems to like to redefine what can be put on a heat spreader. With the XMS PRO series, Corsair engineers added activity LEDs to extra large heat spreaders and slapped them on their high-performance RAM."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products ULT31310 & Vantec NST-355U2 Drive Enclosures @ BigBruin
"The fan cooled Ultra Products enclosure let the drive hit a high temperature of 40.6 C, while the passively cooled Vantec NexStar 2 let the drive hit a high temperature of 40.5 C in the vertical position and 43.9 C in the horizontal position. An insignificant difference of 0.1 degree was experienced in the vertical orientation, but considering the device with no fan ran cooler, it was surprising."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus K8V-SE Deluxe Motherboard Review @ CoolTechZone
"With the Socket 754 now the mainstream platform for many, the boards that support this socket have fallen in price considerably. Although some of the boards were introduced back in September of 2003 with the Athlon 64 launch, these motherboards are equipped with some of the latest offerings and features that a mainstream user might want. Socket 754, at least with earlier boards, isn't the most enthusiast friendly platform, but it definitely offers great performance at stock speeds. If you remember, majority of the boards were plagued with overclocking issues for one reason or another. Many of the socket 754 boards only managed to get around 225MHz on average, if not lower in certain cases."

More information on this review can be found here.

MSI K8T-Neo FSR Motherboard Review

"The future of Socket 754 is rather slim at this point in time. After AMD announced its Socket 939, the platform that started the era of 64-bit computing quickly started to fade out. And while Socket 939 is currently the attention worthy component of choice, it would be a safe assumption to consider Socket 754 as today's Athlon XP, which stayed the desired platform for budget buyers for quite some time. Although AMD has publicly announced the fate of Socket 754, it is still a worthy edition to today's market standards. The only drawback is that you will have to deal with motherboards that were announced in September 2003 or throughout 2004."

More information on this review can be found here.
Unique Dremel Contest @ Tech-Mods
"Tech-Mods.net and Dremel have teamed up to give you a chance at winning one of Dremel's XPR 400 Tool Kits ($79.00 USD Value) all that is needed is for you to come up with the most unique way you would use the New 400 Series XPR rotary tool while performing a computer mod of any kind."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra SLI Motherboard Review @ Short-Media
"Gigabyte brings a motherboard to market that will serve the needs of many users many times over and does it at a competitive price. Upgrading to this motherboard requires a PCI-E video card and most current PC users own AGP versions. SLI has the ability to "double the horsepower" by doubling the video cards. Of course double the video cards means double the price and high performance PCI-E video cards are not cheap."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li PC-V65 Plus Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"Another improved up to is the addition of a 120mm blowhole. The black finger guard gives the fan a clean look. The 120mm fan here by the way is also a Panaflo. This fan is also the medium speed Panaflo but it is rated at 86.5 CFM @ 2100 RPM, 35.5 dBA. That's A LOT of air at only a cost of 35.5 decibels. The more astute of you will also notice the rubber ring that is to dampen out any vibration here."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte NeonCooler 8 Pro Review @ HardwareZoom
"Surprisingly, NeonCooler 8 managed to keeping the CPU few degrees cooler than 3D Rocket Cooler. However, the trade off for performance is noise, the NeonCooler 8 generate more noise than the blower fan in the 3D Rocket Cooler. Even when the rpm was halved, the blower fan @ 3000rpm is still less noisy."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek Water Chill Premium Water Cooling Kit Review @ Tweaktown
"Over the past couple of weeks we've been playing around with a premium water cooling kit courtesy of the folks at Asetek in Denmark. The Water Chill kit provides a means of cooling your processor, chipset and GPU in an effective, easy yet most importantly quiet manor through the use of water. Read on as we provide a thorough investigation of the Asetek Water Chill."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerocool GT-1000 Gold-Plated Heatsink Review @ Mikhailtech
"As you may have guessed, the entire heatsink is gold plated. This is more of a cosmetic feature, but it doesn't hurt performance either. There are a total of 36 thin copper fins with 3 heatpipes coming up from the thick copper base on each side. This is a typical setup for heatpipe-style coolers. The little black mini-heatsink at the bottom offers no real cooling benefit; as we'll see shortly it has more to do with installation. You'll also find an aluminum shroud surrounding the cooler with mounting holes for 80mm and 92mm fans on both sides."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Swiftech Products Released!

MCRES-1000P Pump Assembly

The patent pending MCRES-1000 assembly is a combination reservoir and 5 1/4" CD Rom drive bay rack designed specifically for Swiftech's Award Winning MCP350 pump. Its primary purpose is to reduce the space needed to install the liquid cooling circuit by combining two components, the reservoir and the pump into a single 5 1/4" drive bay. The product is sold as a do-it-yourself kit (without pump) for upgrade purposes under part number MCRES-1000, or as a complete assembly including the MCP350 pump under part number MCRES-1000P. "In the High Performance/Low Noise Liquid Cooling market, the modularity of the MCRES-1000 assembly provides DIY enthusiasts with unparalleled convenience. This is as close as it gets to an all-in-one solution", said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech's Chairman and CTA.

The H20-120-F (Rev. 3a) Liquid Cooling Kit

Revision 3a of the Award Winning H20-120(tm) liquid cooling system takes the kits' convenience features to the next level, with the inclusion of the Patent Pending MCRES-1000 assembly: the pump and reservoir are now fully integrated in a 5 1/4" CDRom tray. This further reduces the number of connections, simplifies installation, and saves valuable space. "The H20-120 series is the first to receive the MCRES-1000 upgrade, and will soon be followed by the rest of our product lines", said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech's Chariman and CTA."

I love the new pump and reservoir integration into one 5.25" drive bay. More information on these new products can be found here.
Saturday, April 9, 2005
Telecommuting in Style @ Futurelooks
"So your boss lets you work at home? Aren't you lucky? Well, if you don't have the right desk, that might also be a recipe for fashion disaster. We've got some great suggestions that should suit your needs."

More information on this article can be found here.
Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop Review @ Tweaknews
"For $70 USD you can pick this little gem up and it is well worth it. The practical applications of a wireless desktop set are endless and to have it work as well as a wired set is even greater. If you are restricted to where you can place your tower because of input cord lengths, or are just sick of having wires tangled all over the place, than this set is for you."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products 80mm Glossy Fan Review @ CaseModGod
"With so many options available for fans out there now, it's getting to be a tough decision on what to go with. From the standard black case fan, to the LED variants, to the Aluminum ones. There are various styles, colors, speeds of fans that simply give you an enormous selection to choose from. I am going to show you one of Ultras new "Glossy" fans."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Vanessa S-Type Heatpipe Cooler Review @ System Cooling
"Titan Computer Co. has been around since 1989 (first known as Sogic Computer Co.). Today they manufacture a wide array of CPU, VGA and system cooling devices. We were recently contacted by Titan and offered a review sample of their Vanessa S-type CPU cooler. So, without further ado, let's see if design and performance can work together with this cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Alpha PAL8150 Heatsink Review @ Ninjalane
"Aircooling is the tried and true method for system cooling and for every one cooler you find you will find 20+ more that perform the same if not better than the first. The Alpha PAL8150 is certainly is one of the chosen few that can actually outperform many coolers on the market and thus keeps with the rich Alpha tradition."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilenX 400w Luxurae Power Supply & HDD Silencing Review @ 3DGameman
"This product offers quality power and quietness in one package. Unlike most power supplies with 2 or more fans this product only one small 60mm. This fan only is to be used if there's poor case air circulation and/or operated in a hot environment. The Luxurae PSU coupled with the HDD Silencing Solution are excellent steps in quieting a PC."

More information on this video review can be found here.

Thermaltake PurePower 350W Fanless Heatpipe PSU Review

"This power supply is extremely different than most on the market because of its implementation of a very effective heatpipe cooling system. While no fans are required to keep it cool, great case air circulation is strongly recommended. This product offers quality efficient power in total silence. A perfect product for quiet PC buffs.

More information on this video review can be found here.
A.C.Ryan Connectx PSU Mod Kit Review @ Mikhailtech
"The first of the included tools is the 4-pin plug remover. This is pretty much the best thing ever. One end is for male connectors, one for female. To remove the wires from a connector, simply slide the Toolx into the hole and pull the cable out the other side. This way you can disconnect all the wires from a plug in a matter of seconds. Note that you should always keep track of which wire goes where (best way to do this is remove them one at a time and immediately put them back into the new connector), since even the two ground wires aren't the same."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolmax CP 400t PSU Review @ Creative Mods
"Our 3 speed fans deliver silent and incredible cooling to enhance maximum system performance. Our high quality gold-coated fan guard and connectors are ideal for conductivity. Our innovative tube-tide design for wires is geared for better space saving features to enable better air-flow and cooling efficiency."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lite-On SOHW-1673S 16X DVD±RW Drive Review @ PCXL
"Apart from a slightly high pitched noise when reading CDs at high speeds, this drive is just about flawless. The drive performed all the speed tests as expected, has a compact size, and comes with a great software package. The LITE-ON SOHW-1673S definitely should be considered if you’re shopping for a new DVD Writer."

More information on this review can be found here.
PCI Express 101 @ Viperlair
"For those who are looking for an upgrade to their system, PCIe (short for PCI Express) is a great technology to take advantage of. However, if you are looking to have the best possible graphics, there is no reason to splurge on a motherboard just with PCIe as AGP 4x and 8x should provide ample bandwidth for any intensive games you run, including Doom III / Half Life 2 and other soon-to-be released titles."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thermaltake Shark Aluminum Gaming Case Review @ AMDGamer
"Thermaltake has gained their popularity over the years with their high quality and distictive cooling devices. They've also introduced some very attractive accessories and lately, some very solid and reliable power supplies and cases. Today we'll be looking at one of their latest gaming cases, the Thermaltake Shark all aluminum case. Built for gamers who need their components running cool, this unique case looks very promising. It is a full tower able to house most water cooling systems, a number of drives, and offers plenty of breathing space. Let's take a closer look!"

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI NX6800GT-T2D256E Geforce 6800GT Videocard Review @ PCStats
"PCStats is pleased to be looking at the MSI NX6800GT-T2D256E Geforce 6800GT-based PCI-Express videocard in this report. Beyond the catchy name, the NX6800GT's notable points are 256MB of GDDR3 Samsung BGA DRAM, and that it doesn't take up an extra slot on your motherboard with a huge cooling solution like ATI seem so fond of doing lately. nVidia had its fun in this ballpark with a loud, and now obsolete GeForce 6800 Ultra videocard series. Quiet is king, so listen closely as we dish out the details."

More information on this review can be found here.
A-Top Gladiator Case Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"Here we get a better look at the main draw of the Gladiator case. Are these things wings or claws? I'm not sure but either way they're pretty tough! Looking closer, we can distinguish that the window isn't really a window at all, it's a mesh screen. As we said before, circulation isn't going to be an issue with this case. The down side is that the greater the air flow within a case the more often you are going to need to blow the dust out of it."

More information on this review can be found here.
A-Top Technology XPlode Case Review @ XtremeResources
"Although there are many veterans in the computer case and component industry, not all know how to put a package together that satisfies today’s hardware enthusiast. Lucky for you, A-Top Technology has accomplished this task o­n several levels. Up for review is the XPlode mid-tower case by A-Top. Available in three different color options, this fully ventilated case looks as well as it functions. I had the pleasure to review the blue case with deluxe features."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, April 8, 2005
Is Your Always On Connection Always Secured? @ The Tech Zone
"One of the critical issues involved with the growing wireless market is security. Consumers and home businesses have been purchasing wireless devices to transmit everything from music to photos. However, mid-sized to large businesses, especially financial ones (banks, brokers, etc.) don't trust this technology, and with a good reason. It's not secure."

More information on this article can be found here.
Xtrac Hybrid Gaming Mousepad Review @ Tweaknews
"XTrac aimed to give us a decent gaming mouse pad, and there is no doubt that they succeed in doing so. They have provided us with something that looks good, feels good, is easily packed and most importantly achieves what it's meant to do, provide you with something that gets the most out of your optical mouse."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Unleashes XMS2 6400 DDR2 Memory Rated at Scorching Fast 800 MHz
"Fremont, CA (April 8, 2005) - Corsair® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory and cooling products for the enthusiasts and the overclockers, today unveiled the industry's first DDR2800 MHz memory modules optimized for the latest NVIDIA® nForceTM 4 SLITM Intel® Edition platform.

"Whether you are looking to upgrade to the latest nForce4 SLI Intel Edition core logic solution or a hardcore enthusiast searching for the best memory to overclock, Corsair's new XMS2 6400 modules can fulfill all of your needs," said Richard Hashim, Director of Marketing of Corsair. "Combined with the new ultra low latency XMS2 5400UL modules, it further validates Corsair's dedication to bring cutting edge technology and performance to the Intel platform."

Designed with discerning overclockers and PC enthusiasts in mind and certified for the latest NVIDIA media and communications platform (MCP), the new XMS2 6400 modules feature carefully selected DRAMs that have passed the strictest validation process. The end result is that consumers are able to enjoy blazing fast DDR2 800 memory that promises to deliver a significant performance boost without compromising stability or reliability."

More information on this press release can be found here.
ACRyan Lan Ranger-Cat6 Network Cable Review @ CaseModGod
"Having a home network and traveling with a laptop, cables are an important part of everything I do. The hardware only takes up space without good cables. So when the LAN Ranger cable arrived I was thrilled to see the UV reactivity and blue LED ends."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS XPERT 1GB PC3200XL DDR Memory Kit Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"Corsair's latest XPERT series takes memory to a whole new level combining Corsair's award winning PC3200XL memory with a user-programmable ten digit alpha-numeric display. An integrated microcontroller on each memory module measures Voltage, Temperature, and Frequency and provides real-time data to the user via the LED display and Corsair Memory Dashboard software. Several pre-defined specifications, along with user defined custom text messages, can be programmed into the display."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XPERT TWINXP1024-3200XL Review @ Madshrimps
"Corsair has been running circles around most other memory makers lately, releasing a plethora of cutting edge products. Focusing foremost on performance, they also understand ergonomic appeal wrapping their CL2 2-2-5 TwinX in some of the most innovative packaging the industry has ever seen. Their latest TwinX3200XLPRO offers DDR400+ speed, some of the tightest latencies on the market and a feature rich LED which displays module data in real-time. Today we take an in-depth look at Corsair´s latest and greatest."

More information on this review can be found here.
Custom Airbrushed Lian Li V1000 Giveaway @ GruntvillE
"There is a mural skull on the very front of the case and the sides have been drenched with smaller skulls as if they are piled high inside the case. Voyeurmods wants everyone to know that their custom shop is doing well and has broadened its scope. They still offer the awesome laser etching services we've seen from them in the past but have added waterjet and plasma cutting as well as airbrushing to their offerings. If this case is an example of anything, it's that Voyeurmods should be able to satisfy anyone's urge for a custom paint job."

More information on this giveaway can be found here.
Basic System Buyer's Guide April 2005 @ Mikhailtech
"Thanks to dropping prices, this month we were able to give our video card a slight boost. We're still recommending a Sapphire Radeon 9600 PRO, however this time around we were able to get the 256MB (vs. 128MB) version. The extra memory helps in certain cache-intensive, high content games (such as World of Warcraft). Having full DX9 and OpenGL 1.5 support as well as 400MHz core and 446MHz memory clocks allows this card to play all the latest titles at least on medium settings. We're only a few dollars shy of a 9800SE (though it's a toss up between getting the 128-bit or 256-bit version) or a vanilla GeForce 6600 (non-GT). Hopefully next month we'll be able to make the switch."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Spring 2005 Budget LCD Monitor Round-Up @ Firing Sqaud
"If you choose the right monitor, you'll get years of quality service. In this comparison of 8 budget LCD monitors, Firing Squad's pulled together its best team to help make the most sense of pixel refresh times and colorimetry. You'll learn about the myth of pixel refresh and why color accuracy is such an important element of a LCD monitor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 243T 24-inch LCD Display Review @ PCStats
"In this review, PCSTATS will be testing out one of its latest TFT-LCD models, the 24-inch Samsung SyncMaster 243T. This lovely piece of LCD technology sports some impressive specs including a 1920x1200 native resolution, a 500:1 contrast ratio, 170 degree horizontal/vertical viewing angles, 0.270mm pixel pitch, a pivoting display and dual digital/analog modes. It is ideally intended for commercial applications where its wide viewing angles and crisp graphics would be a definite asset. At a cost of approximately $2700 CDN, this is not a home desktop monitor by any stretch of the imagination."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech VNF4 Ultra ZENITH VE Review @ Techniz
"The Chaintech VNF4-Ultra was featuring the new Nvidia nForce 4 Ultra chipset that delivers significant performance gains with variety of new generation architectures including dual-channel DDR, PCI-Express interface and Serial-ATA II interface for improving storage performance. The motherboard itself has a lot of built in features such as Gigabit LAN, RAID, and 7.1 channel sound."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone TJ05S Black ATX Mid-Tower Case Giveaway @ 3DGameman

"The SilverStone Aluminum TJ05-ST Case has numerous very unique and functional features. The overall design is exceptionally stylish and attractive, and it's quite a large case. There is plenty of room inside to work with, and lots of drive bays. Two 120mm fans are included and more can be added for excellent air circulation inside the case."

More information on this giveaway can be found here.
SilverStone TJ05 *2005 Revision* @ OCIA
"Finally, someone listened to the cries of enthusiasts and got rid of the horrible rear stamped grill. A free-flowing design offers much better airflow and lower overall noise. The rest of the backside looks pretty standard, except for the button-switch near the middle-right side of the rear."

More information on this review can be found here.
Akasa Eclipse 62 Case Review @ Arctic Squad
"The stylish motherboard tray is made of stainless aluminum and is very helpfull especially to people who build and unbuild their system often. On the tray we have a piece of plastic with holes on it which are made for cable management.

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Kandalf Case Review @ InsaneTek
"Today, InsaneTek has the honor of reviewing Thermaltake's latest addition, the Thermaltake Kandalf Series. The Thermaltake Armor Series has already received considerable praise for its amazing features and versatility. The Kandalf series adds some extra features to the already acclaimed Armor series. We will be looking at the black version of this case, which utilizes a steel chassis. Thermaltake also has a silver version of this case that utilizes aluminum for lighter weight."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeamtech Samurai Review Case @ Hardware12v
"At the moment the boxes with more projection of Sunbeamtech are Transformer, and the one that we have analyzed, Samurai. With a variety of colors to choose in this one last one in our country the black versions and silver are sold. The box has been painted with a black kills, a factor that perhaps finishes deciding algun usuary indeciso since at the present time the similar boxes bet by a lacada painting and with reflections."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax CS-718 Case Review @ Pureoverclock
"To fully appreciate Enermax's design with this case, you need to understand the current state of form factors. There is currently a transitional period taking place. The ATX form factor (Advanced Technology eXtended) will eventually be replaced with BTX (Balanced Technology eXtended), Intel's new internal PC design standard for combating the ever increasing power demands of components, such as processors and graphics cards. Despite all these increases in heat and power output, the demand for quieter working environments from the consumer is ever increasing. BTX will attempt to address these crucial issues. The CS-718 is not BTX, though, but during this transitional period, BTX has inspired case designers to implement BTX style designs using the ATX form factor. Enermax is one such company."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, April 7, 2005
Oakley Thump MP3 Sunglasses Review @ I4U
"Oakley sent us their innovative MP3 Sunglasses Thump for review. Oakley managed to rather seamlessly integrate a MP3 player into a pair of sunglasses. This sure was more impressive before Apple released the lightweight iPod shuffle music player. I have to say this right now: never ever wear it with the lenses flipped open. It is dorky to say the least."

More information on this review can be found here.
XG Extreme UV Mod Box Kit Review @ XtremeResources
"I would like to thank the great guys at XGBox, today as I bring to you the XG Extreme UV Mod Kit. XGBox is hard at work establishing themselves in high end computer cases and aggressively pursuing what every LAN gamer wants, that one custom case everyone wants to check out and copy off of to make their own. The XG Extreme mod kit has what you need to make your case just a little more special than the
rest."

More information on this review can be found here.
MGE XGbox Extreme Mod Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"XGbox provides a nice set of simple mods in the Mod Kit for anyone looking to improve the appearance of their case. Though there is certainly more out there in the realm of modding, the Mod Kit provides a decent start."

More information on this review can be found here.

Sansun LED Keyboard Review

"Those who go to LAN parties with pimped out systems now have an extra piece of hardware to show off the keyboard. What we have today is an LED keyboard from Sansun. The keyboard has built in blue LED's that glow when the system is turned on."

More information on this review can be found here.
Powmax Demon 580W PSU Review @ SLCentral.com
"Powmax is a company typically associated with lower end power supplies. But when I had seen that they had a 580W model with a "black chrome" finish and red LED's for around $50, I had to check it out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Siberia Air Cooler Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"With a choice of versions for all AMD Athlon & Intel Pentium 4 processors Titan have certainly covered all the bases with this Siberia heatsinks range. Our only gripe as such is the Siberia colour. Unlike the Vanessa S-Type review we reviewed earlier which is a snappy bright metallic blue colour this Titan Siberia is a rather matt blue colour. Maybe it is just our eyes."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X850 XT IceQ II Dual DVI VIVO 256MB PCIe Review @ BJorn3D
"The HIS X850 XT IceQ II Dual DVI VIVO 256MB PCIe is yet another high-end ATI-powered card from HIS that costs a premium but delivers a lot of horsepower to your computer."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ DDR2 PC2-4200 Review @ AuphanOnline
"OCZ Technology is well known for their high performance memory. We have reviewed many samples of their products and have not been disappointed yet. In the past, DDR2 memory has been plagued with high latencies which reduced its performance below the cheaper and more available DDR. We wanted to see if some of the best memory money can buy will be able to spark up the performance of DDR2 based systems. We have to see if the OCZ DDR2 PC2-4200 Platinum Enhanced Bandwidth Limited Edition Revision 2 Dual Channel can meet this challenge."

More information on this review can be found here.
Free Stuff & New Contests
Here are some giveaways and contests currently circulating around the web:

Mikhailtech April 2005 Contest

"In our 4th giveaway this year (and our 8th consecutive drawing), we're teaming up with XtracPads once again. This time around we only have one prize, but it's a combination of several products."

More information on this contest can be found here.

Grand Re-Opening and Month Long Giveaway @ CaseModGod

"Casemodgod.com has been redesigned and we are celebrating by giving away a prize package everyday throughout the month of April!"

More information on this contest can be found here.

The "Yo AC Ryan - Pimp My Rig!" Contest @ PimpRig

"PimpRig and AC Ryan are together once again bringing you a new pimpin' contest! "Yo AC Ryan - Pimp my rig!" contest is all about letting AC Ryan to pimp your rig! We are providing Mod Packages for those who we think should get their rig pimped!"

More information on this contest can be found here.

CoolDrive Family Giveaway @ System Cooling

"It's that time again! Systemcooling.com has teamed up with our friends at Cooler Master to offer another great giveaway! This time, we're giving away a total of EIGHT Cooler Master CoolDrives in various flavors. See the forum thread for contest details and good luck."

More information on this giveaway can be found here.
Thermaltake Armor Full Tower Case Review @ Neoseeker
"Today at Neoseeker we take a look Thermaltake's Armor, a full tower case for the true power users out there who are taking advantage of the 12 drives supported by some of the current high end motherboards. The full tower is a bit of a dying breed as the current trend is to go small and while the Armor is big, it is light and functional. Besides the massive number of drive bays, the design also accounts for those who want to watercool or run a fully passive system and should be of interest to enthusiasts."

More information on this review can be found here.
Superpower XP03P Gaming Case Review @ XYZ Computing
"If you have not heard of Superpower before, don't be embarrassed. Though they have been around since 1986 they are certainly not the most popular enclosure manufacturer on the market. In fact, if you are not careful you may just miss them completely. This review will be taking a look at their XP03 series case, their "Gamer PC Case". Let's see if Superpower is a name to remember or if it should stay under the radar for a few more years."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Samurai Mid Tower Case Review @ Tech-Mods
"There have been a lot of different cases that have come out as of late, some of us like to personalize our computers to our persona. Pre-modded cases are on the rise; case manufacturers are taking control over the unable or unknowledged. For those that want a custom looking case of their own, and are not able to personalize it, there is hope. Today we are going to look at the New Samurai mid tower case from Sunbeam Tech."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec 1650B Small Tower Case Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Antec has an excellent reputation for their power supplies and cases, and their 3 year warranty is one of the best in the industry. With 3-2-3 bays, an ‘ultra quiet’ 120mm exhaust fan, an included 350 Watt Smartpower PSU, small footprint, availability in black, and no doors, it was just what the doctor ordered."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle XPC SN25P NFORCE4 SFF System Review @ hardCOREware
"Every time Shuttle launches a new chassis, it is always interesting to see what kind of features have been added. Although the XPC's seem to be getting bigger, they are starting to incorporate features you never dreamed possible in such a small system. The SN25P is an NFORCE4 PCI-E solution for Socket 939 CPUs. When you see how much they have crammed into this SFF, you would be amazed. It has everything you could ask for from a full tower system, in a tiny package that can be carried around."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, April 6, 2005
Ultra Products "Titanium Series" Review @ Overclockers Online
"Today we're bringing you a whole series of products that we will call the "Titanium Series". These are fans and power supplies with an appealing high gloss paint. Will they suit your case's desires? Read on and take a look."

More information on this review can be found here.
500 Watt+ Power Supply Comparison @ hardCOREware
"To keep up with ever-advancing CPU's, video cards, and other components, Power Supplies have to get more powerful and advanced all the time. Occasionally, we like to collect some power supply units from various manufacturers, and contrast them in the latest test configurations. Today we have five PSU's that are 500W or more. Features and layout varies dramatically, and some offer advanced EPS12V compliance for dual CPU rigs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 HDD Review @ Tweaktown
"Seagate has just launched their brand new Barracuda 7200.8 hard disk drive for the consumer desktop market which promises to offer blazing fast performance. In this review of the new drive we compare the new 7200.8 against the older generation Barracuda 7200.7 as well as the Western Digital Raptor. In the wild you wouldn’t expect a Raptor to be scared of a Barracuda but the food chain just might have made a bit of a change in favour of the big mean tropical fish."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Modstream 520w PSU @ OCIA
"Heatshrink is used near the molex connectors instead of the sleeving continuing all the way to the connector. A previous PSU that I looked at ran the sleeving all the way to the molex, which made for some pretty stiff ends that were a little difficult to work with in some situations."

More information on this review can be found here.
be quiet! Blackline 520W Power Supply Unit Review @ HardwareZoom
"To enhance cooling, heat sinks are large and partly made of aluminium and copper that could enhance the dissipation of heat even further. This make fans with continuously high rotational speeds unnecessary. The speeds of the two silent wings fans are automatically adjusted based on the temperature and thus reducing the noise level to minimum"

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Radeon X800XL Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"If you're going to do a price/performance comparison this card is going to come out on top every time. Quite a bit less expensive and yet still giving out excellent performance. By overclocking this card, you can reach equivalent frame rates of the X850XT at stock speeds, and all for no extra money. You just can't ask for more than that. Though I have yet to handle an nVidia based 6800GT, this cards direct competitor, I'd have to say that this card is truly going to be the card to beat in it's price range."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung WriteMaster TS-H552 Review @ Designtechnica
"Dual-Layer writing capabilities have been around for the past year and we are finally starting to see the price of these DVD writers decline to more affordable levels. Case in point: Samsung’s new WriteMaster TS-H552 Dual Layer DVD writer can write Dual Layer DVD’s at a blazing 5x write time, yet the drive costs under $100 dollars and comes with a very tempting software package. Sony and Plextor both offer dual layer capable drives with 4X write times, so it looks like Samsung may have the jump on the competition."

More information on this review can be found here.
1GHz DDR2 Memory Barrier Broken @ Legit Reviews
"By using the just released Corsair XMS PC-5400UL modules Legit Reviews has managed to surpass the 1000MHz memory barrier by a hair. This was done by running at 500.3MHz or 1000.6MHz DDR2 at loose 5-5-5-15 timings. Did we mention that this was also done on the new Intel Dual Core CPU?

More information on this editorial can be found here.
Corsair Partners with NVIDIA to Help Power Intel Pentium 4 Desktop
"Fremont, CA, April 5th, 2004: Corsair Memory, Inc., an industry leader in ultra-performance DDR DRAM modules for gaming and overclocking applications, is pleased to announce a partnership with NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) for the development and launch of DDR2 memory solutions to support the new NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition media and communications (MCP), a new core-logic solution for Intel Pentium 4-based desktop PCs announced earlier today.

This latest core-logic solution from NVIDIA combines the power of NVIDIA SLI graphics technology with state-of-the-art DDR2 memory support, making it the platform of choice for the Intel Pentium 4 processor. This platform is targeted at Intel's enthusiast and performance market.

Throughout the development of the nForce4 SLI Intel Edition MCP, Corsair has worked very closely with NVIDIA in testing and qualifying the highest performance solutions to provide the best overall system performance. "Corsair is a leader in enthusiast memory, and their knowledge of performance memory was a big help in the optimization of our NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition memory controller interface" stated Drew Henry, general manager of MCP products at NVIDIA. "We believe the net result of our collaboration with Corsair is a DDR2 memory subsystem that will set new performance standards."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Albatron Px915P4/G4 Pro Motherboard Review @ Techware Labs
"Albatron is a name you are probably becoming more familiar with these days. They make some of the best products available in the computer market. Their product line extends from Wifi Audio to SFF barebones and also Plasma screens. See how their motherboard ranks with the others we have tested."

More information on this review can be found here.
Can RAID Systems Fail? @ Viperlair
"RAID undoubtedly offers more data protection than non- RAID disk systems. However, the management of the disks and the data distribution across them can be complex. Complex redundant systems can suffer failure, most often not a fault of the technology used or the design of the array, but most likely because of its failure to correctly apply these systems which leads to a single point of failure causing disastrous data loss."

More information on this editorial can be found here.
Home Theatre PC Guide @ 2CPU
I've been writing here for a lot of years, and for the most part everyone is comfortable with my style and familiar with my tendencies. You all know that when I take on a project piece like this I'm going to try and provide all the information that I can. That said, I'm going to try and cover all the bases on the topic of Home Theatre PCs (HTPC). You'll probably want to grab a beverage and get comfortable, because there's a lot to talk about on the subject."

Everyone knows I am a big HTPC fan and I must admit that is one of the best comprehensive and well written articles that I have seen on the subject. More information on this article can be found here.
Cooler Master Aquagate Mini R120 Review @ Ninjalane
"One of the biggest complaints that I hear when it comes to watercooling is "Where am I going to put all of this stuff?" The equipment is fairly big and while you can normally stuff it all into a typical mid-tower case you don't have much room left over. There are exceptions to this; the Coolermaster Aquagate is a prime example of a growing trend towards smaller and more compact watercoolers that can be installed with a minimum of effort or modifications."

More information on this review can be found here.
Side Window Reservoir Mod Part 1 @ Tech-Mods
"Well with all the craze of water cooling I decided to make a reservoir for the side of my case with scrap pieces I had laying around. With a side window of 12"x 12" I made the tank 1-1/2" thick with the return at the top and the outlet to the pump at the bottom."

If you don't feel like making your own side window reservoir, remember that The Cutting Edge sells pre-made Tsunami Window Reservoirs. More information on this guide can be found here.
April Modder Of The Month @ Creative Mods
"András, another talented international modder, has been modding for about a year and a half now. He believes in the value of making mods out of common items found around the house. Common items like Legos. To see András’ case and to learn more about him, please read on. "

More information on this interview can be found here.
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"As the name suggests, the DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR is a Nforce 4 SLI chipset-based motherboard incorporating a pair of PCIe x16 slots for dual SLI videocard action with compatible nVidia-based graphics accelerators. It supports up to 4GB of non-ECC DDR-SDRAM in its twin pairs of dual-channel memory slots. Up to eight SATA drives can be attached, four using the integrated SATA 3GB/s controller and an additional four on a Silicon Image SATA 150 controller."

More information on this review can be found here.

Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal NF4-SLI Intel Edition Motherboard Review

"There's a new player in town though, and nVIDIA's core logic chipset for the Intel Pentium 4 platform is the 'Crush 19' nVIDIA nForce4-SLI Intel Edition. In this exclusive review, PCSTATS is benchmarking Gigabyte's initial offering, the regally named GA-8N-SLI Royal motherboard. Like AMD-based NF4-SLi boards, this motherboard sports dual PCI Express x16 slots which can be used singly or together with SLi-compatible nVidia graphics cards. The Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal motherboard has all the makings of a great motherboard - SLI for the Intel Pentium4 processor has arrived!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, April 5, 2005
Linux vs. Linux: The Battle for the Desktop @ CoolTechZone
"So, you have mastered every aspect of computing (or maybe not), and you are bored with the Internet. What can you do to bring back the thrill that you had the first time you fired up the latest Windows operating system? How about downloading or purchasing Linux? Linux is an "open-source" operating system that is in the "public domain", meaning that it must be offered free and no company or individual can claim it. Even for the most literate users, experimentation into new areas of computing can be a fun and an interesting challenge; therefore, trying out one of the latest Linux distributions is an excellent way to venture into the world of Unix based operating systems."

More information on this article can be found here.
Slipstream Windows Easy @ Short-Media
"Installing Windows can be a pain. First there is the hour long session with the operating system. Don't forget to press F6 if you are using SATA drives. Then there is the boredom of connecting to the Internet to download and install the service packs and updates. Slipstreaming a Windows XP installation disk is the answer and there is a simple and easy way to create your own Windows installation disk complete with the latest service pack(s), updates and disk drivers with a free program called nLite."

More information on this guide can be found here.
SkyHawk Power ONE 570W Power Supply Update @ Extreme Overclocking
"Extreme Overclocking has just updated their review on the SkyHawk Power ONE 570W Power Supply exposing a serious discrepancy with the specifications vs actual product. First discovered by the fine people over at Legit Reviews, several SkyHawk PSU models claiming to have dual 12V rails doesn't have exactly what one might expect. While steps are already being taken to correct the issue, we think it is still important that people are informed about the matter, especially if they have recently purchased one of these power supplies."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra X-Connect 500W Titanium PSU Review @ SLCentral
"Ultra's been around for a long time. Starting out as the white box division for Midwest Micro, Ultra is now largly an enthusiast component company, manufacturing all sorts of niche components with that little tweak to it that makes them unique. Ultra sells everything from rechargable MP3 players with built-in email clients to DDR memory with heat spreaders in mahogany boxes. But their most popular items are no doubt their power supplies."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling NV 6 & ATI 1 VGA Silencer Review @ Techniz

"Overall, I am very impressed with the cooling power of the VGA Silencer from Arctic Cooling. The Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer is performing very well during the testing. The design of this VGA Cooler is very stylish and nice. In a well ventilated case, it does a much better job of cooling than the stock heat sink, with fan. I have to say that this may be the air cooled solution for everyone. You can run the VGA Silencer silent, and it does a very good job. Furthermore, by using it will add more overclockability to the VGA Card. But, there is some downside of the VGA Silencer which is takes up to two PCI slot spaces after installing it. I don't think this will be a problem since most of the user would not use their entire PCI slot. Highly Recommended for this VGA Silencer from Arctic Cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X800XL IceQ II Turbo 256MB PCIe Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"After reviewing the HIS X850XT PE and X700 Pro we continue the PCI Express series with a review of their X800XL IceQII Turbo graphic card. Like the X850XT, the X800XL comes with 256MB of on board memory and HDTV capability. The X800XL is also quite similar to the X850XT when looking at the technical specifications of both cards. Both have the same amount of pixel pipelines (16), vertex engines (6), and transistor counts (160M) as well as operate on a 130nm process."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast TV USB II Deluxe Review @ GruntvillE
"This little white box is designed to be a universal gateway to pipe all sorts of external media into your PC. And when I say little, I mean little. We’re talking about the size of two or three Pop-Tarts stacked on one another. With its two coax inputs, you can not only plug in to watch cable TV on your desktop, but with the included antenna, you can also tune in to local radio stations. It also has single RCA and S-Video inputs which opens a floodgate of possibilities and uses for this device. Imagine being able to record old VHS/Camcorder tapes digitally into your PC so that you could then record them to DVD. With the right audio adapters, you could even plug in your favorite console and play on your high resolution monitor."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA SLI Performance Test @ Overclockers New Zealand
"Is SLI worth the money? Yes, definitely, if you have a bottom-less pocket. The performance increase from going to SLI on 6600GT PCI-E is anywhere from 20% to 64%, depending on the resolution and benchmark/game."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIA Epia SP-13000 Review @ Epiacenter
"The EPIA-SP 13000 is an important update to the VIA EPIA range improving the 3D graphics performance of the system. However, despite the boards shortfalls, this is the best VIA EPIA system yet - highly capable as an office machine, or entertainment platform, even capable of the odd game or two."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition Review @ Viperlair
"Application performance is probably secondary as the nForce4 SLI is aimed squarely at gamers and enthusiasts. Going back to AMD Vs Intel, it used to be pretty clearly AMD all the way, but now the waters have muddied somewhat as the nForce4 SLI Intel Edition has bridged the gap by allowing the user to plug in two NVIDIA cards into their system. Granted, one card will also do for those who can't splurge on two cards, but the idea we're trying to make clear is you now have a choice."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition Review @ Bjorn3D
"For a long time, it looked like NVIDIA was only going to have AMD chipsets, but last November, NVIDIA and Intel announced a partnership that enabled NVIDIA to release a motherboard chipset that supports Intel processors. For Intel fans wanting the great performance of nForce, the wait is now over. So what is the name of this new chipset? It is the nForce4 SLI Intel Edition."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD & Intel Multi-core Processors Review @ A1-Electronics
"Both AMD & Intel are chasing to get their dual core processors on sale first which will take us into the next generation of computing for home and office. AMD were the first to demonstrate the first dual-core 64-bit processors running. This has left Intel in the position they are not accustomed to of not being the first and thankfully we have noticed that they do not keep spouting on about the so-called Moores Law either now. Can we have a Janes Law please."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Dual Core: Pentium EE 840 Arrives @ Legit Reviews
"Today, for the very first time, Intel is letting the media show off the Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 840. Legit Reviews has the pleasure of being among the first to use the Intel 955X Express chipset, the I/O Controller Hub (ICH7/R), and the Pentium Extreme Edition 840 processor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Dual Core Extreme Edition CPU Review @ Hexus
"The 3.2GHz Pentium XE 840 is offered as an alternative to current single-core Extreme Edition CPUs. It may not quite have the pure gaming performance punch as, say, the 3.73GHz XE, but it's a better proposition when considered over a wide variety of applications. Think of it this way. The worst-case performance scenario is that the £650 Pentium XE 840 performs much like a single-core 3.2GHz 640 model. The best-case scenario, that is, being run with apps. that take advantage of its 4-thread parallel processing ability, is performance that no single-core Pentium 4 could ever hope to match, even under the most esoteric cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
Creating Your Own Custom Decals @ CaseModGod
"Want a Decal on that case window that no one else has, but don't know how to create it? In this tutorial I will explain to you how to create artwork and have it custom cut at your local Vinyl Shop. I also explain the different File Types and what the vinyl shop will need from you in order to save you time and money."

More information on this guide can be found here.
NZXT Trinity Full Tower Case Review @ hardCOREware
"With the basic version carrying an MSRP of just around $70, the Trinity won't have to go to extremes to impress us. It has to look good though, and if you take a look you'll agree that they've at least succeeded in that. However, we found that this entry-level case from NZXT doesn't exactly live up to their own standard they set so high with their previous two cases."

More information on this review can be found here.
A-Top Technology Gladiator ATX Case Review @ LAN Addict
"Overall, I really like A-Top's Gladiator. The aluminum shield with the cold cathodes behind it really makes the Gladiator stand out from the crowd and the use of mesh to replace the typical plexiglas or acrylic window borders on being truly inspired. The paint job on the Gladiator is pretty good and looks like it should hold up reasonably well. Oh, and let's not forget the included LED case fans and UV cold cathode, along with the power supply sporting UV-reactive cables and connectors. This case will definitely get you some attention at your next LAN!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Sharkoon Silvation Case Review @ XtremeResources
"Cases, cases and more cases are released out o­n the market monthly. Every color and shape for every given taste at your disposal. But most of them are still the same case inside, nothing innovative and with very little difference. There is o­ne company that released a single case which is trying to make a distinction from the rest while not being very expensive or drastically different o­n the outside. Sharkoon is the company and the Silvation Basic is the case. From the outside, it just looks like an ordinary, large, nicely built steel case with elegant looks. But the whole fuss about this case is the interior."

More information on this review can be found here.
Frozen$Solid$ :: The Road to the ORB Buster @ PimpRig
"Not satisfied with his #13 worldwide score in 3DMark2001, PimpRig staff member $Solid$Necro has enlisted the help of the infamous cooling madman known as ZENNZZO. These two have a thread log currently running where they are trying to build an "ORB Buster" comprised of a CUSTOM TRIPLE PHASE CHANGE UNIT which will cool the CPU as well as the GPUs for two 6800 Ultras! Check out the madness!"

More information on this project can be found here.
Monday, April 4, 2005
Ideazon Zboard Review @ Core Limits
"Not so long ago Ideazon was formed and introduced the Zboard, a keyboard specifically aimed for the gamer which provided a base and several keysets you can buy for numerous games, the keysets are interchangeable and make it a snap when changing from game to game. Shortly after that keysets where available for programs such as Microsoft word and Adobe Photoshop making the Zboard even more versatile and more end user friendly. With all that said what the Zboard truly delivers is a seamless platform for you to play your games on, the keys are oversized and they more times than not have labels that tell you what a specific key does."

More information on this review can be found here.
A4Tech AK-5 Easy Go Optical Notebook Mouse Review @ CaseModGod
"If you have a laptop you know how much of a pain it is to bring a mouse to use. The cord is always getting tangled. The mouse is just to big to put just anywhere. After all you did get a laptop for the convenience right? This mouse is small and you are able to wrap the cord around it to keep it tangle free."

More information on this review can be found here.
SunbeamTech Silent Anodized Fan & LED Screws Review @ Madshrimps
"Something different for the modders from SunbeamTech, save yourself the time to spray paint your case fans; the anodized finish in 5 popular colors will give your modded case longer lasting luster look combined with LED effect. If that is not enough, they have additional LED screws to light up your case further."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerocool Turbine Series LED Fans Review @ Mikhailtech
"Airflow aside, probably the most unique feature is the number of blades: two separate layers of "interwoven" 8 blades for a total of 16. This doesn't seem to impact performance much either way, but the appearance is certainly novel. The model pictured above is the 3000 and has a transparent blue frame with 8 transparent blue blades. Between them are 8 chrome blades. You may also noticed that all of these fans have LEDs mounted around the perimeter."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sansun Silencer LED Keyboard Review @ ap0calypse
"One of the things I find most satisfying is playing my favorite game in total darkness with nothing but my headphones on. That way I can fully immerse myself in the games environment. The problem with that though is trying to find my keys if I accidentally slip off. Illuminated keyboards help alleviate that exact problem, and while illuminated keyboards are not new to the market, the use of LEDs to light them is. Today I am going to introduce you to just such a keyboard from newcomer Sansun Industries."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saitek Eclipse Keyboard Review @ ModdersHQ
"Obviously, the largest selling feature of the Eclipse Keyboard is the True-Vu key illumination. A handful of companies have tried this but most ended up with a keyboard that feels a lot like you're pounding on a laptop with the short stubby keys. Actually, aside from Deck, I can't think of another company that has successfully produced a standard keyboard with illuminated keys."

More information on this review can be found here.
EPoX EP-5LWA+ 925XE Motherboard Review @ Viperlair
"EPoX put together a very nice motherboard based on the 925XE chipset. While you need to own the incredibly expensive 1066FSB Extreme Edition CPUs to get the most out of it, we see little reason to pickup a 925X based board even if you have an 800FSB CPU. The extra headroom should allow better overclocking as the chipset is validated at the higher speeds, and there isn't much of a price premium between 925X and 925XE boards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus StarIce On the Clock @ Pro-Clockers
"Asus is known the world over for bring us some to the most stable motherboard today, and also some old the highest performance video cards. Asus puts it's all in everything thing they make. So, I'm sure the Asus StarIce will be no different. And speaking of different, the shape and size is."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X1024-4300C3PRO 1GB DC Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"What we have today is Corsair's new addition to their DDR2 line of memory. Although not the fastest rated memory available, the XMS2 PC2-4300 Pro allows low latency operations at 266MHZ."

More information on this review can be found here.

A-DATA Vitesta PC4800 1GB DC Kit Review

"Overclockers in Asia pick A-DATA as the top choice for overclocking memory, just like how top overclockers in the U.S. choose OCZ. It is only recently that they're reaching out to the overclockers here in the U.S. As soon as they start sending out review samples and making themselves more available in the online market, I'm sure enthusiasts will pick up the name in no time."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung DVD-L1200 Portable DVD Player Review @ Futurelooks
"Portable DVD Players are starting to finally find themselves into peoples homes in sufficient quantities that manufacturers are starting to bring down the overall cost of these units. However, if you're looking for the absolute best, check out this portable from Samsung."

More information on this review can be found here.
Socket 939 Buyer's Guide @ XYZ Computing
"If you are looking into building a new system for yourself socket 939 a great choice. It offers serious performance advantages over last generation's socket A and 478 while being more affordable than most 775 setups. If you are upgrading the 939 platform even allows you to use your old memory, instead of having to buy DDR2. You will need a processor, motherboard, and PCI Express video card to make the move to 939. It is also worth investing in a a new power supply and an aftermarket CPU cooler, but you technically do not have to. In this guide we are going to put together three systems, each at a different price level. These are not systems we have built up so there will be no testing or anything like that, but it will give readers a good idea of current prices and some new products. "

More information on this review can be found here.
AeroCool Gatewatch & HardDock Review @ XtremeResources
"The market is overcrowded with fan controllers, LCD panels and other such nifty devices seeking to fill up the 5.25” bays of your case. There are literally hundreds of various devices, simple and complex, cheap and expensive presently in the market. But how many times do you see something really innovative? Something more than a nice looking LCD panel with minimal customizable features or a simple analog fan controller? AeroCool offers a product that claims to do more than a simple fan controller and looks great, the Gatewatch fan controller. AeroCool 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 quickly. Today, the GateWatch from AeroCool along with the optional HardDock accessory will be evaluated."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright XP-90C P4/K8 Heatsink Review @ System Cooling
"When Thermalright released their XP-120 heatsink, they almost redefined a cooling medium that many thought was reaching its limits. When the more compact XP-90 came out, I was surprised and pleased to find that it not only performed just as well as the monster 120, but had much better compatibility. For that reason, the XP-90 was the no-brainer choice for heatsink of the year, as far as we were concerned. Today, we're going to take a look at a heatsink that just might wrestle that crown away from the XP-90. Never one to sit on their own accomplishments, the folks at Thermalright are trying to do their own champion one better, in the form of the XP-90C. It's the same XP-90 we know and love, except this one is solid copper."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Cool Water Cooling Kit for P4 775/AMD XP Review @ Tech-Mods
"As with most product manufacturers of today and yester years, we see change. Some of this change is for the good and some are well not so good. Water cooling for the PC is still not widely accepted overall; however with efforts from such companies like Corsair it just may become as popular as the PC itself. Today we are going to dive into the deep end and take a look at Corsair's Cool Water Cooling Kit to see if it lives up to it's name?"

More information on this review can be found here.
New Shogun Heatlane CPU Cooler Released @ Scythe-USA
"More and more users are looking into building a high-end silent/noiseless PC system but the noise and CPU heat has been a major obstacle for building a high-end silent PC system. Scythe SHOGUN CPU Cooler can be an ideal solution for those users who are planning to build a silent high-end PC system but do not want to invest much money into watercooling system. The Scythe Shogun Heatlane CPU Cooler features the following:

1. The world TOP rated performance CPU cooler!
(In our house test, the Shogun cooler was 4C degree better than the famous high-end Thermalright XP-120 heatsink with the same 120mm fan used)
2. Universal socket compatibility (socket 478/754/939/940/LGA775)
3. Powered by the famous Heatlane Technology
4. Ultra silent mode (20dBA at 700rpm)
5. Adjustable fan speed (700rpm - 1600rpm)
6. Performance maximized at lower fan speed = Ideal for Silent PC system

The Shogun Heatlane CPU Cooler is set to retail for $69.95 USD. More information on this product can be found here.
Welcome new sponsor ekscomputers.com
"I'd like to take this time to welcome a new Canadian sponsor here at MTB who is based out of Richmond, BC. ekscomputers.com is a specialty retailer of personal computer components targeted for PC enthusiasts. Their goal is to offer quality customer service and the largest selection of products at the lowest price. They are still adding products to their product line everyday, and they intend to carry several major brands, including Antec, Cooler Master, Delta, Fortron, Lian Li, Panaflo, PC Power & Cooling, Sanyo Denki, Thermalright, Thermaltake, and Zalman in the near future."

Be sure to head over and check them out. More information on this company can be found here.
Saturday, April 2, 2005
Swiftech MCX478-V Heatsink Review Review @ Mikhailtech
"There are a total of 374 pins aluminum alloy pins inserted into a half-inch thick CNC machined C110 copper bottom. Base dimensions measure 3" x 3" x 1.66". You'll notice this is very close to the inner dimensions of the stock P4 bracket. In other words, the cooler fits perfectly into the bracket and because it's almost the same size, it doesn't wiggle around. This eliminates improper/uneven installations. Total specified weight is 620g - not light but not nearly as heavy as the larger all-copper heatsinks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Titanium Finish Fans Review @ The Moditory
"Today I got a chance to look at some new fans from Ultra Products: The new Titanium finish fans. The fans come in 4 snazzy colors of glossy blue, green, black and titanium with silver shielded cables."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 243T 24-inch LCD Display Review @ PCStats
"In this review, PCSTATS will be testing out one of it's latest TFT-LCD models, the 24-inch Samsung SyncMaster 243T. This lovely piece of LCD technology sports some impressive specs including a 1920x1200 native resolution, a 500:1 contrast ratio, 170 degree horizontal/vertical viewing angles, 0.270mm pixel pitch, a pivoting display and dual digital/analog modes. It is ideally intended for commercial applications where its wide viewing angles and crisp graphics would be a definite asset. At a cost of approximately $2700 CDN, this is not a home desktop monitor by any stretch of the imagination."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Gemini ST46GF Redundant Power Supply Review @ System Cooling
"SystemCooling.com has reviewed a lot of power supplies over the past two years but none that provided hardware redundancy and hot-swap capabilities. The new SilverStone Gemini series ST46GF is actually two power supplies in one. Each power supply module is capable of delivering 460 watts continuous power. During normal operation the two modules share the load but if either one should fail, the other module will automatically carry the full load."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enabling Temperature Monitoring on the Nvidia 6600 GT @ OCIA
"Recently, I reviewed the Apollo nVidia 6600GT. During the research for that review, I found out that the chipset on all 6600GT's has an onboard temperature sensor, but many card manufacturers opted not to enable temp monitoring on their particular cards. I would assume to discourage overclocking, but I'm just guessing."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-K8VT890-9 Review @ Neoseeker
"Upgrading to PCI Express is not cheap. For many it means an upgrade to Socket 939, a new video card and a new motherboard. Today at Neoseeker we take a look at a budget PCIe board based on VIA's K8T890 in Gigabyte's GA-K8VT890-9. With a MSRP of only 82$ and performance that is comparable to even high end nForce 4 boards, this could be a good choice for a budget entry level Athlon 64 PCIe system for those who are not conscientious about features or overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.
April Extreme Gaming PC Buyer's Guide @ Sharky Extreme
"Computer technology has moved forward quite rapidly since the last edition of our Extreme Gaming PC Buyer's Guide, which translates into lots of brand new hardware and the ability to push our $4000 budget much further than we ever have before. New technologies such as NVIDIA's AMD SLI chipset, Intel's 64-bit processors, and DDR2 memory are among the many new additions to this guide. Thankfully, our lofty budget afforded us the opportunity to completely overhaul the entire guide, and our latest AMD and Intel configurations are sure to blow the socks off any discerning gamer."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Friday, April 1, 2005
The Ingredients For A Great Computer Game @ The Tech Zone
"There are millions of computer games out there on the market, how do you make your game best selling? What features have to be included? I have taken a look on previously best sellers trying to determine what makes a great game."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Platinum PC4800 1GB DC Kit @ InsaneTek
"While high speed TCCD is attractive, it's difficult to find. TCCD overclocking results are also inconsistent. Enthusiasts often go through multiple purchases before finding the right kit. All those transactions are a pain. Yet now, OCZ has the fastest DDR available, the Platinum PC4800."

More information on this review can be found here.
Revoltec Lightboard Compact, Lightmouse & Lightpad Review @ XtremeResources
"There are many input devices out on the market. Thousands of keyboards and mice are available for every user to choose from. But some people just want something different, a good input setup from a known, old manufacturer simply will not do anymore. It is just too common and some people do not like common. So the available items to choose from is narrowed down real fast. Revoltec comes to offer some different products for the top of your desk, so let us see if different is good as well. They are a keyboard (the Lightboard compact), a mouse (the Lightmouse precision) and a gamer’s mouse pad (the Lightpad Precision)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Pentium 4 3.73GHz Extreme Edition Review @ Viperlair
"As we've seen in our results, the gap between AMD and Intel in terms of application performance is a lot closer than it used to be, at least when we're talking about $1000 processors. The 3.73GHz Extreme Edition did edge the Athlon FX-55 in most of the application tests (and trumped it in video encoding), but the race is getting tighter here. While the FX-55 did win all the gaming benchmarks, we saw that the larger cache and 1066FSB narrowed the results for Intel, but not enough to overtake AMD."

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TITAN Vanessa S-Type Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Tech-Mods
"To some heatpipe technology is nothing new, what is new is applying this technology to the CPU heat reduction factor of our computer systems. Its no secret the CPU is the far most heat generator in our systems, and if there is a way to maintain a reduced temperature all the better. TITAN COMPUTER CO. brings to the table a butterfly shaped multi finned heatpipe they call the Vanessa S-Type with a 92mm fan, which happens to be designed for a universal fit."

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Thermaltake Fanless103 CPU Cooler Review @ XYZ Computing


"If you are looking to quiet down your system there are a lot of options available. Though it is not easy to move over to a fanless CPU cooler, as a processor produces most of the system's heat, this is the most effective way to lessen PC noise. In most systems the CPU cooling solution produces more noise than the other components so if this could be fanless then you are well on your way to a silent system. This review will be looking at Thermaltake's popular Fanless103 CPU cooler. We recently reviewed Thermaltake's Fanless Power Supply Unit and were pretty happy with that product so we have high expectations for this cooler. The prospect of a fanless CPU cooler and a quiet, or even silent, system is very exciting, but not if there is a large performance loss or unacceptable running temperatures."

More information on this review can be found here.
A-Top XPlode Case Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"The A-Top XPlode is offered in three basic color schemes of red, white and blue. Our blue review unit's paint job was first rate. A-Top's website states the case comes with a "car paint finish." I can tell you from first hand experience, they mean that. Another very interesting thing about the XPlode's color offerings is that A-Top can take custom orders for a case to be colored to suit your mood or
fancy."

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Asetek VapoChill XE II [AC] Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"In the constant quest for better cooling, Asetek has released their VapoChill Extreme Edition II offering 180 watts of cooling at sub-zero temperatures. The newly revised XE II offers an AC powered compressor utilizing R507 refrigerant (similar to the LightSpeed setup). A new USB ChillControl with Windows based software allows customization of various settings."

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ASUS Vento 3600 Case Review @ PCStats
"What used to be the solitary pastime of a few geeks with Dremels and too much free time is now a full scale modding industry, and even major computer retail chains are selling 'enthusiast' parts like. It was while striding through the ASUS exhibit at Computex 2004 in Taipei that we first noticed the Vento 3600 case. Something about its looks captured our imagination. Beyond merely housing a computer, the Vento seemed to be begging us to leap onto it, fire up the engines and shoot off through the trees of Endor, dodging Imperial Scouts as we went... yes, it looked pretty cool. It was also behind glass, so we couldn't play with it. Well, we've finally got our hands on one of these cases."

I had a chance to check out one these cases at a local retail store. It's much bigger in person and will only appeal to specific individuals. More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Armor VA8000 Tower Case Review @ BigBruin
"The Armor case is another interesting innovation from Thermaltake. It offers a great amount of space, many convenient features, and a style that is truly unique. As with all Thermaltake cases, the quality and construction are superb, and the finish makes this a case worth showing off. The inclusion of features to simplify the use of water cooling is a nice touch, and one that I hope to see included on more cases down the road."

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