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Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Hiper Type-R Modular Blue Line 580W PSU Review @ XtremeResources
"Most users underestimate the necessity of a good, reliable and high quality power supply unit. They usually do not understand that it is the driving force for the whole system and it can affect reliability and stability substantially. An inadequate power supply unit will cause instability of the system at best, it may overload and burn out attached components in the worst case scenario. Hiper (High Performance Group) recently released the Type-R modular blue line HPU-4B580 power supply unit, which is competitively priced and claims to be able to offer everyone what they want and require. Hiper was nice enough to have us take a look at the unit, so we will shortly know if it can stand up to its claims."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Beetle CPU Cooler Review @ CaseModGod
"Thermaltake is going cutting edge, matching performance with style. For this review we see how the two are combined for the look and feel of a performance mod. No more black fan on an aluminum heat sink, this bad boy has it all, heat pipe technology, LED's built in, lady bug design and a
copper base."

More information on this review can be found here.
XTrac Hybrid Mousepad Review @ ASE Labs
"The pad faired well, in use. As compared to other high performance pads, the coefficient of friction is higher on this one. A slicker surface would be a better alternative in my opinion. The harder type pads usually offer similar static coefficients of friction, but the dynamic is where it's at."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Radeon X850XT iTurbo AGP Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"The visually pleasing and very functional IceQ II Cooling assembly gets high marks for its raw cooling power and the near silence that it does it at. Releasing the card in its iTurbo form gives the end user the power of the X850XT while saving them a good $50. Our benchmarking shows that the pixel pushing power of the X850XT is phenomenal. The downside of this level of performance is price. Like many other things speed is a question of money, how fast do you want to go?"

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC-3200 Dual Channel Gold Memory Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The OCZ EL DDR PC-3200 Dual Channel Gold gaming memory is all about speed. With a default speed of 400MHz DDR and a memory timing of 2-2-2-5 it has a clear performance advantage. While this is very impressive, it also has lots of overclocking headroom. Increasing the voltage to extreme levels will really unleash its true potential."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Mushkin 2GB DC DDR400 High Performance Blue Review @ Techniz
"The 2GB Mushkin DDR400 High Performance Blue Series memory module is equip with a large size of memory that will meet the needs of most enthusiasts. This dual channel RAM is able to run at tight timings of 2-3-2-5 which is the best and basic requirement for a good memory module. Furthermore, with the voltage of 2.8V, it was able to hit 218 MHz which is equal to DDR436 with the timings of 3-4-4-8."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron K8SLI Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"The Albatron K8SLI motherboard being tested over the following pages is a compact nVidia nForce4 SLI board that packs in quite a bit into a small space. Albatron K8SLI comes with a basic set of features, such as Gigabit network ethernet, 5.1 channel audio controller (with SPDIF out), two free 32 bit PCI slots as well two PCI Express x1 & PCI Express x16 slots, and the standard assortment of SATA
and IDE connectors supported by the nForce 4 SLI chipset."

More information on this review can be found here.
ANTEC Overture II Piano Black Quiet Media PC Case Review @ Futurelooks
The Overture II uses a traditional desktop style case design which seems rare in this day and age of super mega towers of doom. The front panel houses a single firewire port, with 2 USB, a headphone, and a microphone jack. Power and reset buttons sit beside eachother, along with hard drive activity light. The bezel of the power button lights cool blue when the unit is on."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone TJ05 Case Review @ The Moditory
"SilverStone’s TJ05 is a mixed bag. On the outside it is a gorgeous package, and on the inside, it is a roomy, comfortable beast to work with. But underlying flaws make the TJ05 less desirable than their advertised features would lead you to believe. Read on to find out exactly what we think of Silverstone’s premier Server and Workstation chassis."

More information on this review can be found here.
BTX'plained" @ XYZ Computing
"Balanced Technology eXtended (BTX) is the new kid on the block, as form factors go. It was designed with the express purpose of replacing ATX (Advanced Technology Extended), which has been the industry standard since 1995. As technology has marched on over the past ten years needs have changed and the design of ATX is having an increasingly difficult time keeping up with new hardware and increased temperatures. This article explains the basics of this form factor and what consumers should expect to see in the next few years."

More information on this review can be found here.
Budweiser 24-oz Reservoir Guide @ BoxGods
"We have all heard of BONG coolers, well here is a BUD REZ as in a 24-ounce Budweiser reservoir. This mod is very cheap and easy to do, and the principles used can be adapted to any number of applications. In less than two hours, and for under 10 bucks, you can have a very cool reservoir. The hardest part is finding a cute girl with hands small enough to fit inside the can."

More information on this project can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX610 Review @ Creative Mods
"The Matrix Orbital MX610 is a 5.25" PLED device that can be configured to display many different things including weather forecasts, in game frame rates, stock quotes, computer component temperatures, and WinAmp visualizations. It also has a directional pad on the front that can be configured to control up to three fans. If you are in the market for a high end fan controller/temperature reader/display device, the MX610 might be right for you."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunday, May 29, 2005
Saitek X52 Flight Control System Review @ DreamWare Computers
"For those of us who are hardcore into flying games and simulators you're going to want a controller with the most authentic feel you can get to add to the overall effect. Individual joystick units with a small slider for the throttle aren't much like a real airplane is it? Saitek has come out with what they call their "X52 Flight Control System."

More information on this review can be found here.
How-To: Wireless Network Security @ BoxGods
"Ever wonder if your neighbors are snooping around on your wireless network? Did you realize that, if they are, they are eating up your bandwidth? What would happen if someone hooked onto your wireless network and sent out boatloads of spam? Well, chances are these things could happen to you if your wireless network is not secured. As long as people remain curious wireless networks are always at risk."

More information on this guide can be found here.
PrimeCooler HyperCool IV + Led Review @ HWzone
"If you still haven't heard about PrimeCooler, there's nothing to be ashamed of; The company has been established in 1998 and is currently manufacturing a variety of cooling solutions. PrimeCooler is an ambitious company, and it set its goal right at the performance crown, no stops in between. Recently, PrimeCooler has released a new series of CPU coolers named HyperCool 4. If we took off the brand name sticker off the cooler, you would probably think it is one of the products of Zalman, a manufacturer known for producing quiet yet efficient cooling solutions. In this review we will examine the HyperCool 4 + Led in order to determine if it is indeed a serious competitor, one that companies such as Zalman should worry about, or just another failed attempt to recreate the success of others."

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den MCT-40 Coolant Review @ Techniz
"The Danger Den MCT-40 is specially designed for the water cooling usage. The coolant of the MCT-40 is able to reduce the temperature of the water to improve the cooling performance. During our testing, the MCT-40 is performing better than the distilled water. Beside that, by using the MCT-40 in your water cooling setup, it will have a lot of advantages such as controling algae by eliminating food source, extend the life of the water block and water cooling system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle XPC ST20G5 Review @ Hexus
"All wrapped up in the very stylish G5 XPC chassis, the ST20G5 has a whole lot going for it. Until Shuttle pair nForce4 with the G5 chassis, there's arguably no better teeny PC to place a Socket 939 CPU and a PCI Express graphics board into."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake SViking BA400BWS Black Case Review @ Tweaknews
"The Thermaltake SViking series is a good buy, with a few exceptions. The sharp edges were kept to a bare minimum and for the most part the metal was rolled nice and neatly. The case offers a lot of room for optical and hard drives. The cases airflow is designed well, but mark my words, you won't be able to take the full speed setting for long."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair COOL Watercooling Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"Corsair continues their watercooling line with products from Swiftech. Sure they didn't actually manufacture it but they do make a nice bundle at a great price. Plus you get a green bracket that Swiftech doesn't offer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Memorial Day Weekend Sale @ Xoxide
"Xoxide.com is holding its second annual Memorial Day Weekend Sale. They have over 215 cases and modding products in limited quantities on sale at rock bottom pricing! The sale begins Saturday evening and runs the entire weekend through to Monday at midnight."

More information on this sale can be found here.
Saturday, May 28, 2005
CreativeMods BAWLS Giveaway @ CreativeMods
"Do you have an idea for an interesting and useful mod, but don't have the resources to put it together? Well we at Creativemods.com are recognizing the best concept design by awarding someone with a 12 bottle case of BAWLS. If you're interested in participating, please follow the link provided. Up to 3 entries can be submitted per person. Have at it!"

More information on this giveaway can be found here.
The Browser Wars are Back @ XYZ Computing
"To anyone that has been following browser news lately, it is apparent that the stage is set for another browser war. Last experienced during the nineties, companies are fighting over which program consumers use to view the Internet. For the average computer user this is a very good thing as it should drastically improve browser performance in a short period of time. It should also be noted that the unanimous winner of the previous browser war was Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) which has been catching more flak lately than any product since the Ford Pinto."

More information on this article can be found here.
Defyants LED Flex Leads @ CaseModGod
"Well Defyant brings yet another great guide to us. While building his son Zak's new rig. He came up with a new lighting technique that is outstanding. As always Defayant brings something new to the table with each of his builds. This is what he calls "LED Flex Leads". Excellent idea that can be incorperated into almost any setup."

More information on this article can be found here.
PowerColor Bravo X700 Review @ Overclockers Online
"Where the Bravo X700 gets its market share is from those loving their silence. Utilizing the heatpipes and heatsinks, the silence would be golden in an HTPC machine. Seeing as the card is bundled with TV Out, HDTV support and paired with CyberLink and not a Half-Life 2 voucher coupon, this is what you'd want in playing your latest and greatest movies. However, at the lower resolutions, the Bravo X700 will be able to perform well for those who have an itch to play a game or two on a large HDTV. When it comes to a PC, the dual digital outputs will be great for the executives who can't be bothered with a whining fan but also need to power dual digital LCDs. Either way, the PowerColor Bravo X700 is one card you don't want to overlook when it comes to finding a very versatile card at a midrange price."

More information on this review can be found here.
BFG 6600 GT OC vs Gigabyte X800 @ BoxGods
"BFG has been building quite a following in the past few years with their excellent line of nVidia powered video cards, and today we pit their 6600GT OC against Gigabytes ATI powered X800. So what does SBD mean? Silent But Deadly. The X800 is a totally silent, fanless design that should appeal to system builders who want a silent or near silent machine. I know the HTPC crowd is giving this card a serious looking over for sure."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI TV Wonder USB 2.0 Review @ Tweaknews
"As I said earlier, for the money and the software included, if you are in the market to turn your computer into a handy TV with A/V functionality and don't have the ability to use a PCI version, you really can't go wrong with this product. It is easy to install and setup, comes with ATI exceptional multimedia software along with GemStar's GuidePlus which on it own is worth over US$200 for its' subscription. The image quality is just as good as all the TV wonder and All in Wonder videocard's that I have tested in the past."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin 1GB DC DDR400 Redline Review @ Techniz

"The Mushkin 1GB DDR400 Redline series memory module is a very highly overclockable memory module that will meet the needs of most enthusiasts. This pair of DDR400 is one of the fastest frequencies RAM of the DDR memory range. This dual channel RAM is able to run at tight timings of 2-3-2-6 which is the best and basic requirement for a good memory module. Furthermore, with the voltage of 2.9V, it was able to hit 236 MHz which is equal to DDR 472 with the tight timings of 2-3-2-6. With a higher voltage at 3.6V, the Redline modules are able to reach 258MHz at the timing of 2-3-2-6."

More information on this review can be found here.
SimpleTech Nitro 2 x 256MB PC4000 DDR RAM @ XtremeComputing
"Keep in mind that these settings also overclocked the CPU. I did this because I believe someone would buy PC4000 with the intention of overclocking the CPU. It does give higher results compared to just increasing the memory speed, but that is what I believe people would want to see – what would I achieve by being able to increase the FSB above stock setting to 250MHz. Just keep this in mind when reading the results – the ability of a CPU to achieve 250MHz FSB let Alone 265MHz depends on other factors such as cooling, motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn 925XE7AA-8EKRS2 Intel 925XE Motherboard Review @ EOC
"The Foxconn 925XE7AA-8EKRS2 motherboard is based on the Intel 925XE Express chipset supporting Intel Pentium 4 Socket 775 processors running 800/1066 MHz FSB. This board is loaded with features like: eight (8) SATA-150 channels, dual gigabit Ethernet, integrated 7.1 channel High Definition audio, PCI Express, and so much more. Foxconn has been very innovative with the features and design of this motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone LC14M HTPC Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This is the ultimate Home Theatre PC case! What sets it apart from others is the Vacuum Fluorescent Display and Remote Control. The VFD shows a wealth of information and it's quick and easy to set up. Additionally, the included Remote Control completes this case and makes it a top product in the HTPC market. The overall build quality and design are exceptional plus it has great air circulation and plenty of room to work."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Ultra Compact IWILL 4-Way, Dual-core Intel Xeon MP Mainboard @ Hexus
"The board is based around the 6th generation Intel 8500 core logic and supports 4-way, 64-bit Intel Xeon Processors, and the chipset also has full dual-core Xeon support. It has the ability to use 16 DDR2-400 ECC Registered Memory modules, supporting hot-swap, memory raid sparing/mirroring."

More information on this review can be found here.

Intel Pentium 4 670 and Pentium D 820 Review

"To state the obvious, where the Pentium D 820 thrives is in multi-threaded applications that take full advantage of both its cores concurrently. When that happens, its performance beats out the fastest and most expensive single-core models with comparative ease. Above all else, what the £200 Pentium D 820 does is bring real dual-core goodness to the masses."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, May 27, 2005
E3 2005 - The Xbox 360 @ The Tech Zone
"Heading into this year's E3, the limelight was undoubtedly focused on the console manufacturers and what they had in store that was going to revolutionize the gaming world. This being the case, we have decided to put together a comprehensive look at how Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo faired at this year's E3 Expo. Did Sony's CELL processor send the competition running scared? Will the Xbox 360 change how games are played? Is Nintendo going to make you buy a purple console again? These are all questions that we'll address and to help put things in perspective, we'll give each an overall score based on their press briefing, booth presence, and software lineup. We'll start with the Microsoft Xbox 360."

More information on this article can be found here.

E3 2005 - Sony Playstation 3 @ The Tech Zone


"Speaking of controllers, what in the world was the Sony R&D team thinking? The controller for the PS3 looks like a reject prototype from the Hip Gear collection of crappy videogame accessories. In my opinion, they really dropped the ball in the design department. I'm not declaring a final verdict because I haven't actually held the controller, but it just looks silly. The console isn't very impressive looking either. Why the convex shape? Do I really want my videogame console to look like a futuristic George Foreman grill?"

More information on this article can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 930MP LCD Monitor Review @ BonaFideReviews
"Today Samsung's 930MP, a 19" LCD multifunction (PC monitor, TV, and FM radio [yes, a radio]), display unit is in the spotlight. The 930MP comes sporting a high 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angle, and a ton more features than a majority of other LCD monitors out there. Following Samsung's trend of multifunction displays, the 930MP is designed to provide the user with an all-in-one display solution by combining TV and PC functionality."

More information on this review can be found here.
SeaSonic S12 500W Power Supply Review @ Techniz
"The Seasonic S12 500W PSU is a very good looking and powerful PSU. The performance of the Seasonic S12 500W PSU is very good and stable as you can refer back to the testing and performance section. The operation noise level was very silent as well. There are four SATA connectors included as well for supporting the SATA hard disk and dual PCI-Express connector to support the SLI technology VGA card. With the price of around $139 US, this was a good buy power supply unit if you are looking for a powerful and nice looking PSU although it was slightly expensive than other normal PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
MediaGear SongBank Review @ GeekExtreme
"So, you're looking for high capacity MP3 player but you don't wanna shell out for an iPod? The SongBank from MediaGear might just satisfy your need for storage without burning up your wallet. We've been playing with one of these media players for a couple of weeks and found it interesting enough give it an in depth write-up. We'll walk you through the build, run it through it's paces and give you all the pros and cons."

More information on this review can be found here.
Key Tronic LT Designer Keyboard Review @ XYZ Computing
"For a few months now I have been using a backlit keyboard from a company called I-Rocks. I really like its laptop-like feel, its small footprint, and the short keyshort but it is aging prematurely so I thought this would be a good time to try something else. For a long time a friend of mine has sworn by his Key Tronic keyboard so I figured this would be a good place to start. This review will be taking a look at Key Tronic's Lifetime Designer keyboard, something that looks deceptively basic but could be a whole lot more. It features a 104-key layout and no extra buttons but has a lifetime guarantee and a classic layout."

More information on this review can be found here.
InsaneTek's Ultimate Gaming Rig @ InsaneTek
"We put together all the hardware we currently adore and slap them all in one nicely decked out case. The result is a high performing system without the high cost. Keep in mind that this is an article on what we would suggest to use, not a typical buyer's guide."

More information on this article can be found here.
Logitech diNovo Media Desktop Review @ CoolTechZone
"If you are in the market for a keyboard and mouse combination your options are almost limitless. From market giants like Microsoft to relatively unknowns like A4Tech, manufacturers have been lining up to sell you these input devices since the dawn of personal computers. 21 years ago, the mouse was introduced to consumers as an integral part of the graphical user interface (GUI). The mouse and keyboards have freed themselves from the shackles of wires and can now be considered as remote controls for your PC."

More information on this review can be found here.

Logitech Cordless Desktop LX500 and LX700 Showdown

"Logitech is one of the most well known makers of computer peripherals. Founded in 1981 in Switzerland, this company has grown to near 7,000 employees and have their products sold in more than 100 countries worldwide. Here in North America they have achieved an extremely deep market penetration, evidenced by their presence in nearly every electronic retailer in the country. If you walk in any Best Buy or Fry's Electronic you will see Logitech keyboards and mice for sale."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Trio Mid-Tower ATX Case Review @ LAN Addict
"Sunbeam has done a pretty outstanding job with the Trio! Although it is a steel case, its size helps keep the weight very manageable without sacrificing strength. The three gauges that inspired the name are quite useful and also add a welcome accent to the case as a whole without being overbearing or obnoxious. The tool-free installation of drives and add-in cards is also very welcome, although the add-in card portion could use a little refining. All in all, I think the Trio is an excellent case!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Xmod Cable Management Kit Review @ Oz Case Mods
"As computer's become increasingly complex, so too do their power requirements. This need for power has given birth to a new breed of power supplies which now have more power leads than ever before. Power wires are usually the ugly bane of a desktop computer, so Xmod have released a product which aims to make your power wires a highlight, and not a low-light, of your modded case."

More information on this review can be found here.

XMod Blue UV PSU Sleeving Kit Review

"XMods PSU Sleeving Kit aims to eliminate most of the problems PSU cables cause, while also improving the aesthetics of your computer case's"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Purepower TWV 500w ATX 2.0 Modular PSU Review @ Tweaknews
"Thermaltake has done a good job with their first entry into the modular power supply market. The TWV 500W sells for around $130US, putting it at the high end of the spectrum, price wise. The inclusion of a case fan and the TWV module offsets the high price somewhat, if the prospective buyer finds these features desirable."

More information on this review can be found here.
PolarFLO TT Series CPU Water Block OC Review @ Madshrimps
"PolarFLO has earned itself a respectable place in H20-cooling for PC with their flagship TT Series CPU block and the design has remained unchanged since its inception. They obviously know a good thing when they´ve engineered it. While other companies scramble to re-design quarterly hoping to defy the laws of physics by manipulating water every way imaginable, PolarFLO steadfastly stands behind a single product line for CPU. Today we see just how far this unique copper block will allow to overclock our S939 Athlon 64 3500+."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Tech Toxic X700 Pro PCIe Video Card Review @ PimpRig
"One of the main benefits of this X700 Pro vs the vanilla one is that this one comes packaged with Sapphire's A.P.E. software. This is definitely the easiest out of the box overclocking software I have ever used to a fault. Simply slide in the install CD and run the setup app and reboot. Done. Don't bother to look for any settings or fancy system tray setup. It won't be there. For the minimalists among you this little app will be extremely attractive but for control freaks like me that love bells, whistles, switches and options (for starters) this little app just won't sit well and you will most likely opt to use your preferred overclocking software instead."

More information on this review can be found here.
LiteOn SOHW-1693S DVD Writer Review @ Techniz
"LiteOn have come out with another great DVD Writer, the SOHW-1693S. The SOHW-1693S was a very good optical drive in terms of performance. The overall performance was much better than the previous model which is the SOHW-1673S and this new model is support the writing of the DVD-R Dual Layer media. The drive itself is very stable during the reading/writing of any CD/DVD media. As for the noise level, it was much quiet compare to the all the previous model. Furthermore, this new unit is comes with the extra bezel kit that you can change the color of the bezel according to you needs to match with your chassis. The LiteOn SOHW-1693S DVD Writer is a worthy solution of the new 16x Dual Layer DVD writer."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AN8 Fatal1ty S939 Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"ABIT Fatal1ty AN8's passes its biggest test, that is, being a supreme enthusiast-orientated S939 motherboard. What makes it so good is the sensible choice of a feature-rich chipset, nForce4 Ultra, and due care and attention that's given over to both frequency and fan-speed manipulation. These two factors combine to push the sample's stable HTT frequency to 320MHz - the highest yet seen at HEXUS. It's achieved without any additional cooling and it paves the way for the Fatal1ty AN8 to be paired with the best S939 overclocking CPUs available today, be they Venice or San Diego cores."

More information on this review can be found here.
Pentium D 820 Dual Core Review, and AMD X2 4200+ Review @ Neoseeker
"The results here are surprising. The Pentium D 820 is basically on-par with the X2 4200+. While it loses in TMPGEnc MPEG2 encoding, it wins in LAME MP3 encoding. The Pentium 4 670 at 2.8 GHz takes quite a hit while having to manage both of these tasks at once, though the biggest loser here is the Venice at 2.2 GHz, which gets completely trounced."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Pentium D Processor 820/670 & 945 Express Chipsets Review @ BJorn3D
"Focusing on the enthusiast and high-end workstation markets, Intel started its multi-core desktop campaign last month by introducing the 955X Express chipset and Pentium Processor Extreme Edition dual-core CPU. Today's release is aimed at the mainstream market, though. The new mainstream chipsets are the 945G Express Chipset and 945P Express Chipset (the 'G' variant providing onboard graphics), and the three new mainstream dual-core processors are the Pentium D Processor 820, 830 and 840, which run at 2.8GHz, 3.0GHz and 3.2GHz, respectively."

More information on this review can be found here.
Watford Aries 6435 System Review @ Bit-Tech
"What you'll read today is the first of a number of system reviews that we'll be doing on bit-tech. We recognise that many of you guys like to start your modding, or your hardware tuning, with a fresh system and buying a system new can often be cheaper than building it yourself, because of the quantities that system manufacturers can buy components in."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Aspire X-QPACK Micro ATX Case Review @ ModdersHQ
"My wife has always rolled her eyes at my passion and desire for computers and all things geeky. She would often laugh at me when I would ramble on about the new (insert name here) case. While doing the final photos for this review, she stuck her head in the door to see what I was doing and immediately feel in love with the X-QPACK. I was politely ordered to earmark this case (including the hardware.bye bye Gainward) for her next rig. If a case can demand that kind of attention from MY WIFE, it has to be doing something right."

More information on this review can be found here.

Aspire X-QPACK Micro ATX Case Review @ Hi-Techreviews

"After finishing the review of the Aspire X-QPack computer case I have to admit I was impressed with the little cube. It offers a spacious view with 3 windows in the case, plus the normal things you would find on most computers such as headphone and speaker connectors. It's the little things like the dual LED temperature display and the removable motherboard tray that set this case apart from the other.

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone LC13 HTPC Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This case looks fantastic and has excellent build quality. At the front there are two USB ports, Firewire port, microphone, and headphone jack. There are lots of drive bays: 2x5.25"(Ext.), 2x3.5" (Ext.), and 2x3.5" (Int). One big plus is it's designed for standard ATX PSUs and motherboards. Also, the inside is quite accessible and air flow is great. Includes; two 60mm fans at the rear and one 92mm fan at the front."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Samsung SyncMaster 243T Review @ PyroPort
"With the prices of TFTs tumbling, it won't be long before some of the high end panels will be within the reach of the "prosumer". Additionally, many of these panels are now labelled as "cinema screens", with a widescreen aspect of 16:9 or even 16:10."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung 910MP & 730B LCD Reviews @ Overclockers Online
"Overclockers Online jumped on the opportunity to take a look at two of Samsung's latest monitors. We'll go over all the little details and check out how these puppies perform in a number of applications."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte G-Power Cooler Pro (GH-PDU21-MF) Review @ BJorn3D
"With today’s high-end CPU’s running hotter than ever, companies are trying to come up with new CPU heatsink and fan combinations to keep the CPU cool. Today, I am going to look at the Gigabyte’s G-Power Cooler Pro (GH-PDU21-MF) on my AMD Athlon 64 FX 55. We will be comparing it to the Thermaltake K450 that I reviewed last month."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright XP-90C Heatsink Review @ Viperlair
"Three or four degrees difference over the Zalman cooler may not seem like much, but to an enthusiast that may mean the difference in a decent overclock and a great overclock. Naturally when compared to the stock cooler on the 3.4 there is no surprise in the huge temperature difference, but it does give a great example of how much more efficient the XP-90 is."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hauppauge WinTV PVR-250 Review @ BoxGods
"No single piece of hardware contributes more to the metamorphic transformation of a PC to an HTPC than a PVR card. Today, we look at what most veteran HTPC builders, myself included, would call the gold standard of PVR cards--the Hauppauge PVR-250. I have had this card installed
in my personal HTPC for nearly two years with many hundreds of hours spent watching movies, football games, and TV shows. Grab your popcorn and your favorite adult beverage, kick back and see what this card is all about."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair PC2-5400UL DDR2 Memory Review @ Legit Review
"At 667MHz with 3-2-2-8 timings the memory bandwidth was found to be roughly 6700MB/Sec. By pushing the FSB of our processer up to 316MHz and running the 3:5 divider we were able to get over 8,000 MB/Sec of bandwidth."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Platinum PC5000 DFI nF4 Special 1GB Dual Channel Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"OCZ surpasses themselves with their latest DDR entry. The Platinum PC5000 is the fastest rated memory and provides cutting edge performance. If you have the cash to spared, don't even think twice. But sadly, we're not all rich."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Technology Platinum Edition EL PC-4800 Kit Review @ OCIA
"Not mentioned above is the fact that these modules are based on Samsung's infamous TCCD chips. These chips have a great track record and are highly sought after by overclockers and enthusiasts alike. EVP is the abbreviation for Extended Voltage Protection, under which OCZ offers a Lifetime Warranty for these modules all the way up to 3.0V ± 5%. ULN (Ultra Low Noise) technology uses various printed circuit board (PCB) techniques to reduce the amount of electrical noise that is present in all high-speed ICs. This results in faster and more stable memory."

More information on this review can be found here.
Giga-Byte X600 XT Video Card Review @ NextGen Electronics
The Giga-Byte Radeon X600 XT 128MB PCI-E video card performed above and beyond expectations. Through a price analysis one can easily see that this card is indeed the "value performer" it promises to be. It's impossible to look around and find a better performing card for under $150 - and quite honestly, it performs well above that price point."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI Lanparty nF4 Ultra-D & SLI-DR Thermal Images @ BigBruin
"The thermal imaging camera (a Mikron Infrared Thermal Imager) is back, and we have a detailed look at a couple of modern motherboards and 6600GT PCIe graphics cards. This time around we take a look at some thermal images of DFI’s latest creations, the Lanparty nF4 Ultra-D and SLI-DR. The majority of the images shown in this article are of the DFI Lanparty nF4 Ultra-D with the exception of the last three. Shown in the last three photos are the significant areas of increased temperature of the SLI-DR board. Everyone knows the importance of cooling computer components, and we'll see what areas on these boards may need extra cooling for optimum performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel ICC Report May 2005 @ ASE Labs
"Intel is begining to push for platformization to occur on the desktop as it has on notebooks with their Centrino line. I recently went to an Intel Channel Conference to find out the latest scoop on Intel's products. Needless to say, it is
interesting."

More information on this interview can be found here.
Sapphire Factory Tour @ techPowerUp
"We had the honor to be the first journalists to visit Sapphire's factory, where most ATI video cards are produced. This report will take you through all stages of video card production and show many interesting details on how a video card is build."

More information on this interview can be found here.
IWILL's ZMAXd2 Dual CPU SFF Preview @ Hexus
"Packing support for NVIDIA's SLI technology via nForce4 SLI core logic, along with support for dual-core Opteron, the ZMAXd2 crams even more into the same space, doubling the CPU and graphics power with help from a new 400W power supply, specially developed by IWILL for the unit."

More information on this preview can be found here.
AMD Athlon Processors Guide @ A1-Electronics
"Today we thought we would try and make a guide to the different processors from AMD to help you make a choice out of the now different substantial number of versions available. We are going to start with what are the latest socket 939 processors before looking at the other processor socket options."

More information on this guide can be found here.
AMD and Star Wars: Bit-tech gets the Low-down @ Bit-Tech
"We talk to Charlie Boswell, Director of the Digital Media and Entertainment group at AMD, as well as Dan Gregoire, Pre-Visualization Supervisor at JAK. If you've ever wanted to know what workstation hardware Star Wars is created on, why Lucasfilm loves HyperTransport or whether it's possible to hack 32-bit applications to get an AMD64 advantage, this is for you. We've also got the inside gossip on George Lucas' sandwich habits."

More information on this interview can be found here.
Scythe Silent Box Review @ DreamWare Computers
"When going for a silent and high-performing computing solution many people will do anything they can to make their PC inaudible (or as close as they can get). Once you get all the noisy hardware such as fans quieted down you may think you're done, but little do you realize that your hard drive makes more noise than you think! Those who have silent water cooled computers will probably know what I'm talking about. Scythe has come out with a great solution to not only silent your hard drive, but they claim it'll also help shed a few degrees off your drive's temperature."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIA EPIA SP 1300 All-In-One Review @ Tweaktown
"Today we're taking a look at VIA's latest small form factor All-In-One EPIA motherboard, the SP 1300 based on the latest processors and chipsets to come from the VIA labs. This low power consumption platform with hardware MPEG-2 decoding and hardware MPEG-4 acceleration might just what you're looking for in a silent HTPC or car computer. Read on as we take a close look at the humble yet impressive EPIA SP 1300 All-In-One motherboard from VIA Technologies."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Kingston Auctions Off Rare HyperX for a Good Cause
"Here is your chance to get your hands on discontinued Kingston HyperX DDR400 KHX3200 modules while helping those in need. These 2.6V modules were built with coverted Winbond B die, which is no longer manufactured, and have latency timings of 2-2-2-6-1; they provide impressive headroom for system tweaking.

You can't buy these modules anymore, but we're auctioning four 512-MB kits (KHX3200K/512) and one 1-GB (KHX3200K2/1G) kit. One 512-MB kit will be auctioned each week for the first four weeks, and the 1-GB kit will be auctioned the final week.

All proceeds will be donated to Community Service Programs, Inc. CSP is comprised of six model programs assisting over 80,000 persons a year, including abused children, victims of crime, struggling families, acting out adolescents, and people in need of mediation services."

More information on this auction can be found here.
Thermaltake PurePower TWV 500W Power Supply Review @ System Cooling
"The new PurePower TWV 500W Total Watts Viewer power supply features a digital wattmeter mounted into a 5.25" bay panel. The power supply also incorporates modular cables that plug into the backside of the unit. In addition, the package includes two front panel fan speed controls for the PSU cooling fan and a variable speed 120mm case fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 510 SLI PSU Review @ XYZ Computing
"If you have been following the power supply market lately it seems that focus has completely shifted to two categories- modular and silent. While these are both pretty exciting and have a lot of offer consumers, they are not what I have been looking for lately. To power XYZ's new test system, I have been in search of a powerful PSU without all the frills, one whose main intent is to provide stable power, not cut down on clutter or lower noise levels. There are not really that many power supplies like this out there. Each PSU company has one, maybe two, but if you want something without gimmicks or lighting (etc.) the field gets narrowed down very quickly. This review will be taking a look at PC Power and Cooling's Turbo-Cool 510 SLI. When I look at this PSU the first thing that comes to mind is "no nonsense", which is just what I have been looking for."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec TP-II 480 Blue PSU Review @ Techniz
"Antec is one of the most famous brands for producing the True Power PSU. The Antec TruePower 2.0 Blue 480W PSU is true power PSU. During the testing of this PSU, we do get a very good result as expected. Beside that, the cooling fan which is the 120mm fan with with blue LEDs and the gold color fan grill. Two SATA connector is included as well for supporting the SATA hard disk. But, the cable of this PSU is not sleeve at all. Anyway, this was a good buy power supply unit if you are looking for a TRUE POWER."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Real Power 550W PSU Review @ InsaneTek
"Cooler Master continues the Real Power series with a beefier 550W power supply. It comes with 3 independent 12v rails, a PCI-E connector, a wattage meter display, and a bright blue 120mm blue LED fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sonos Digital Music System Review @ Designtechnica
"The Sonos Music system is all meshed up. That’s a good thing. A new twist on multi-room audio, Sonos uses a wireless mesh networking technology called Sonosnet to transmit music files from a home PC to up to 32 zones in the house (go slowly; it’s $900 per zone.) While remote music players from Linksys, Creative and others have sought to do the same thing using Wi-Fi, there’s always some household appliance that seems to get in the way in the 2.4-GHz airspace: a microwave oven, a cordless phone (at least, that’s the way it is in my house.) I can’t even get my PC in the basement some 20 feet away from the upstairs router to make a wireless connection over 802.11g—even after hours on the phone with tech support."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Wireless Remote Multi-Function Panel Review @ PimpRig
"The remote unit looks very similar to a car remote with the Red button functioning as the on/off and the Gray button as the reset. When a button is pressed on the remote, a red LED lights up and a corresponding light on the panel also lights to show it is receiving the signal."

More information on this review can be found here.
X-Micro 11g Turbo Mode 108Mbps Broadband Router Review @ XtremeComputing
"Initially with Turbo mode I had some packet loss with the default settings resulting in bandwidth less than 6000kB/s. So I went into the router settings using the web browser and checked out the Help options. It recommended that if you are experiencing packet losses to change the Fragmentation Threshold value, experimenting with values between 256 and 2346. So I tried some different values, at 1500 I had 0% packet loss. At 300 the network could not connect, and I had to manually reset the router. Staying at a value of 1500 gave reliable results above 7000kB/s."

More information on this review can be found here.
Connect3D X700 Pro Vs XFX 6600GT Review @ PureOverclock
"So, why are we pitting the X700 Pro and not the XT version against the 6600GT? The X700XT has not actually hit retail yet and the word on the grapevine is that it may never hit retail. Current pricing also puts the 6600GT and X700 Pro head to head, with no more than a £10 difference between them. Currently, to pit the 6600GT against the X700 Pro makes perfect sense unless ATI does the right thing and lowers the price of the X700 Pro."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte X800 & X800XL Video Card Reviews @ hardCOREware
"Gigabyte is one of the few who go a step further - most of their video card lineup consists of silent versions on both the ATI and NVIDIA side. Today, we're looking at two higher-end ATI based cards - the X800 and X800XL. That's right; a 100% fanless X800XL - a 16 pipe card clocked at 400 MHz. Surprisingly, Gigabyte did not include oven mitts in the bundle!"

More information on this review can be found here.
GSkill 2-3-3-6 PC3200 Memory (F1-3200PHU2-1GBLA) Review @ ap0calypse
"Today ap0calypse.com takes a look at the GSkill 2-3-3-6 memory. This may look like your average “value” RAM, but GSkill makes some pretty big claims, saying “It is capable of achieving outrageous speeds of up to 433MHZ [at 2-3-3-6] OR DDR488 above at CL 2.5-4-4-8”. DDR480 from a low priced set of PC3200 memory is nothing to turn your nose up at. Read the full review to find out how this memory performed."

More information on this review can be found here.
EVGA GeForce 6200 TurboCache 64MB PCI-Express Review @ Techniz
"The EVGA GeForce 6200 TurboCache is the best budget and gives good performance that is suitable for the low end users. The performance of the GeForce 6200 TurboCache performed very well in all the benchmarking compared to the ATI X300. For the overclocking, the EVGA GeForce 6200 TurboCache has an increment of 92MHz for the core and 125MHz for the memory. That brings it up from the default at 350/550MHz to 442/675MHz. The only bad thing is the poor bundle, anyway who cares as long as the performance of the graphic card is good. The total onboard memory of this EVGA GeForce 6200 TurboCache is 64MB, it able to use the system memory and assign up to 256MB for the graphic usage."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Big Typhoon Universal CPU Heatsink Review @ LAN Addict
"Thermaltake has been making cooling products for CPUs since 2000. Their first heatsink was the Golden Orb for the Pentium III. The Golden Orb went on to sell two million units world wide and established Thermaltake as a force to be reconned with in the PC cooling industry. A short five years later and we see Thermaltake making not only CPU coolers (both air and water), but power supplies, PC cases, fans, and video card coolers, as well as unique computer accessories. Today, I'll be looking at one of Thermaltake's latest coolers, the Big Typhoon."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech VNF4 Zenith Value Edition Review @ MBReview
"Overall, we were pleased with the BIOS that Chaintech has chosen to utilize with the VNF4 Zenith VE. Given that the board really isn't geared towards the high-end crowd, I was slightly surprised to see the voltage adjustment capabilities that we found. The voltages that Chaintech supply should be more than enough to get a little extra oomf out of that Athlon 64 and your RAM as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCP-350 & PolarFLO TT Pumps Review @ GruntvillE
"Now many would say that this design, with the inlet and outlet facing the same direction, does not make sense. The water comes up and then has to make a 90 degree turn to go out. Why did they design it like that? Wouldn't the performance be even better if it went straight out? The answers are actually quite simple. The design decision was made because this particular pump was designed to be used in tight spaces, such as the inside of electronics gear. That's right, this pump was designed by Delphi and Laing specifically for liquid cooling systems in the computer industry."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Sonata Case Review @ Compmodcentral
"Everyone wants a quiet PC, I mean who wants to hear a jet plane sitting beside them while they're trying to frag opponents in their favorite MMORPG? Antec claims to have the solution with their Antec Sonata case. Claiming it's the most silent case you'll ever have the pleasure of owning. So lets dive deeper into this review to find out whether or not this case really is as good as its marketing."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Trinity Case Review @ OCIA
"The bezel is made of a thick molded polystyrene (the stuff model cars are made of, but much thicker). The "bolts" are molded into the bezel and have a chrome finish. The LCD display is a temp monitor. As you can see, the case doesn't have a blowhole. The top is held by screws instead of pop rivets, so cutting one would be a relatively easy task"

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, May 23, 2005
E3 2005 Fatal1ty Shootout @ The Tech Zone
"We've posted coverage of the Fatal1ty shootout that happened at the 2005 E3 Expo. The concept is very simple - play Fatal1ty in a four minute, 1 on 1 match of UT2004. If you can beat him, you get a big check for $2,500. Sounds easy enough, right?"

More information on this article can be found here.
Resource Hacking Guide @ BoxGods
"So you love to customize your stuff and you've even modded your case, but your project just doesn’t seem to be complete. Thats because you have missed a key element in total customization. Your operating system. Skins and wallpaper are one thing, but have you ever thought about modifying the dialogs of the software to not only give them a custom look or branding, but also increase productivity? In this article, I am going to be taking a look at what is referred to as resource hacking."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Domination Hardware Gaming Review @ Bit-Tech
"The actual tactical play itself can become incredibly involving. The slow-paced gameplay really gives you time to think about your moves, and one has the feeling of outwitting your enemy far more than in an RTS, which can all too often feel like a race. If you’re the kind of gamer that enjoys the Total War games, then this will definitely appeal."

More information on this review can be found here.
Bursting the Athlon 64 Memory Bandwidth Bubble @ Madshrimps
"Do you need high speed memory to have the fastest A64 on the block? We don´t think so, we think having memory faster then PC3200 is overkill and does not improve real world performance one bit. We put our money where our mouth is and prove that Gamers don't need expensive memory to enjoy fast Athlon 64 performance."

More information on this article can be found here.
An Understanding of SDRAM, DDR, and DDR2 @ BigBruin
"In this article I will start with the basics of how computer memory works (don’t worry you won’t need to be an electrical engineer to understand it), what kinds of computer memory is available, and some general recommendations on how much you should need. While I can’t possibly go over all possible scenarios and types of memory out there, by the time you have read this article you should hopefully be able to fill in the gaps, and make decisions on your own."

More information on this article can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon X850 XT PE VIVO AGP Review @ BJorn3D
"Enthusiasts who are reluctant to or not in a hurry to upgrade to a PCI Express platform must have rejoiced when the latest high-end ATI AGP cards starting arriving on store shelves. If you really love ATI and your AGP motherboard, then you can get a flagship Radeon card, like Sapphire's Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition, which I happen to have on the review bench today."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI P4N Diamond nForce4 SLI I.E Mainboard Review @ Hexus
"MSI has taken on NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipset and incorporated a sensible array of features that make the P4N Diamond into a true deluxe mainboard. General performance is good and SLI performance, too, is about as good as it's going to get with LGA775 as platform base. It's recommended as a fast LGA775 board with all the trimmings, but it can't be recommended as the SLI board of choice - no Intel board can. SLI and overall gaming performance belongs to AMD."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K8N Neo Platinum Motherboard Review @ CoolTechZone
"After taking a look at seven socket 754 boards late last month, we have established the fact that the 754 platform is the budget system to be had. Though its life span is limited to the point where AMD will stop the production of its current 754 microprocessors, and replace it with 64-bit Sempron chips, it still doesn't change the platform's value in the market. Throughout those seven evaluations, we saw revised chipsets, observed new board layouts and noticed extreme performance differences from one board to another. However, what was interesting to note were their respected price points. Majority of the boards retailed for well under $100.00 and performed exceptionally well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Aquagate Mini R120 Review @ Overclockers Online
"Although I would not call this a completely silent cooling system, it is an excellent step in the right direction for manufacturers to get products that stress reliability to consumers to strike more interest in water-cooling. If I can get a product, such as the Aquagate, that is easy to install, comes with a 2 year warranty, very cost effective, and provides great cooling, why not?!"

More information on this review can be found here.
TTGI Super Flower SF-610 Fan Master Review @ Madshrimps
"TTGI / Super Flower have introduced the successor to their SF-609 Rheostat and it comes feature packed more then ever. Installed it reads BIOS info via a USB connector displaying in real-time functions such as: CPU speed, multiple temps, fan RPM (w/alarms), LAN-connectivity, Screen resolution, HDD drive space, memory compliment, time and date. Its mirrored glass 5 1/4" front panel can double as a shaving mirror for those who spend way too much time around their PCs."

More information on this review can be found here.
UV Acrylic Review @ Raptor-Mods
"Today we take a look at a product that will allow a true modder to show his/her most creative side. As today most true modders such as my self are sick of the pre modded cases being pushed into the overclocking and modding market. Kindly provided my our new sponsor and UK modding supply shop m002 Modding. Lets take a look at the product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Performance TX1050B Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"With a fantastic external look, and an even more impressive interior design, topped with an immense amount of room and excellent cooling properties, Antec is really raising the bar when it comes to high quality enclosures."

More information on this review can be found here.
RaidMax Samurai Gaming Case Review @ A1-Electronics
"This RaidMax Samurai gaming computer case certainly has stunning style and difference all of its own. But not only that is setting it apart it is also well made. Has some unique features and represents a great gaming box."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, May 21, 2005
Thermaltake TWV500 PSU Review @ techPowerUp
"Modularity is becoming more and more popular in power supplies. The placement of the individual connectors is intelligent. The hardest one to reach, when the PSU is installed in the case, is the ATX power connector, which you will probably never remove. The easiest to plug in and out are the drive connectors."

More information on this review can be found here.
FSP Group GreenPower 400w PSU Review @ XtremeComputing


"I haven’t reviewed a PSU finished in the standard grey for some time and I suppose I could say it made me against it a little bit. Its bad really as a PSU is judged on performance rather than looks and this PSU reminded me of that, not only did it hold the voltages, it held them well even during my overclock."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor X850 XT Platinum Edition VIVO AGP Review @ BJorn3D
"If you recall, we've reviewed a PowerColor X800 PRO Limited Assassin Edition back in October of 2004. It was based on ATI's R420 ASIC. The card featured an AGP bus and 12 pipelines. At the end of 2004, ATI had launched refresh parts and brought their mid-range market up a notch by releasing a R430 chip on 0.11µ silicon process. ATI's main focus was to fill the gap with a card that would compete with GeForce 6800GT. It was a successful move to introduce X800 XL (R430) with 16 pipelines."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL 1GB DC DDR400 Titanium Edition Review @ Techniz


"The OCZ EL 1GB Dual Channel DDR400 Titanium Edition memory module is a very highly overclockable memory module that will meet the needs of most enthusiasts. This pair of DDR400 is one of the fastest frequencies RAM of the DDR memory range. This dual channel RAM is able to run at tight timings of 2-3-2-5 which is the best and basic requirement for a good memory module. Furthermore, with the voltage of 2.8V, it was able to hit 265 MHz which is equal to DDR 530 with the tight timings of 3-4-4-8. That was an excellent result."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor Bravo X700 Videocard Review @ PCStats
"Equipped with quiet or fanless cooling solutions which are friendly to the ear, mainstream is going silent just like the PowerColor Bravo X700 videocard. This card uses the Radeon X700 core with 256MB of GDDR2 DRAM memory modules. Like all X700-based cards, the Powercolor Bravo X700 is PCI Express x16 compatible. What makes the Bravo X700 special is it's fanless heat-pipe cooling solution as well as the fact that it's one of the few dual-DVI mainstream videocards on the market. Since it can operate in a low noise situation, the Bravo X700 is great for HTPCs with its HDTV support too."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Radeon X850XT 256MB PCI-E Review @ XtremeResources
"A very large percentage of PC users are compromised of PC gamers. Gamers do not place silence, versatility or even value of their system as their top priority, but only 3D performance. While most of us search and evaluate the best price to performance ratio and solution, the majority of Gamers simply want the best there is when it comes to a video card. However, the best video cards are usually the most expensive. Crucial came forward to offer this portion of that market offering the ATi Radeon X850 XT 256MB card following the reference design, which currently is one of the fastest cards on the planet."

More information on this review can be found here.
Creative I-Trigue 5600 5.1 Speakers Review @ Hexus
"The I-Trigue 5600 is a cracking speaker set, with sound quality right up there alongside anything else in the same price range. If that range seems a little too rich for you, know that until you've enjoyed the pleasures of surround sound, it's impossible to appreciate how much it enhances the enjoyment of DVD movies and gaming. That experience is worth paying for if the quality is right. And, with these Creative speakers, it is right. A further big plus (or a major negative, depending on your viewpoint) is that the design of these speakers isn't discrete. Heck, it's not intended to be. But whether it's too in-your-face to have around the place, only you can say."

More information on this review can be found here.
How to set-up a Home Media Server @ BoxGods
"Middle class American homes have had multiple computers, printers, scanners and other peripherals for several years now. Shared broadband Internet connections and some form of home networking have also become more and more prevalent. The one network component that hasn't seemed to catch on even in most SOHO is a dedicated file server. Well, we think the next year or two will see that change, and that it just may be the HTPC leading the charge."

More information on this review can be found here.
Belkin MediaPilot Review @ EverythingUSB
"With the PC quickly becoming a part of many people's entertainment center, the universal remote is suddenly not so universal. Enter Belkin's MediaPilot, a wireless keyboard with a built in mouse that also incorporates a universal remote control for controling the TV, DVD player, and the rest of your electronics. To add more luster, unlike other mini keyboards there is a docking station that adds a 10-key and serves as a way to recharge the keyboard's batteries over USB."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, May 20, 2005
Logitech MX518 Gaming-Grade Optical Mouse Review @ XYZ Computing
"The MX518 features an eight button design; you can click the primary buttons, the scroll wheel, the front/back buttons on the side, a button in front of the wheel, or the two behind it. The three buttons that people who do not use Logitech mice may not be used to are the three surrounding the wheel. The one closest to the user is an application switch, which is the same as the ALT-Tab command. The two closest to the wheel are this mouse's new feature. These two buttons are an on-the-fly sensitivity adjustment. This mouse is capable of 1600 dpi but pressing one of these the user can toggle its dpi to make the mouse more or less sensitive. This means that you can set the mouse to run at anyway between 400 and 1600 dpi and you can do so without having to enter any program or even stop gaming. This is the feature that has replaced the Cruise Control, and gamers should be happy to make the trade."

More information on this review can be found here.
SunBeamTech Wherever PCI Rack Review @ TechTastic
"Let's face it. There's a limited amount of slots and space in a computer case. Most computer users wouldn't even give this a second thought, but among overclockers and case modders it something to consider. Well today we take a look at Sunbeamtech's Wherever PCI Rack that allows you to install more components to your computer case. Maybe you want to mount a fan just above the videocard for added cooling, or maybe you just want to mount a third hard drive. With the Wherever PCI Rack you can do that and more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte G-Power BL Heatsink Review @ Short-Media
"Gigabyte continues to introduce new heatsink products into the marketplace and each new release gets better and better. The Gigabyte G-Power BL is by far the best we've worked with yet."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 6 (Rev.2) Review @ XtremeResources
"PC Gaming has attained the next level in the last couple years, and the incredible technology leaps in video card graphics capability have been the driving force. With increased capability comes increased heat derived from the ever increasing GPU speeds associated with each new generation. Gamers continue to look for better cooling solutions whether it be air or water derivations. Today at Xtreme Resources we'll be looking at the newest iteration offered by Arctic-Cooling, who has built quite a reputation recently with its quiet cooling solutions. The unit o­n the bench today is the NV 6 Silencer Rev.2, designed specifically for the AGP based nVidia FX5700, and the newest nVidia based cards of the PCI-E 6200 and 6600(GT) families. We'll be evaluating this unit aboard the Asus Extreme N6600GT."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Bianca Water Heatsink Cooler Review @ A1-Electronics
"First off we have to say that this Titan Bianca is not sold as an all powerful all conquering water cooler heatsink system but as an economic universal AMD & Intel processor water system. The whole Bianca kit is well made as you expect from Titan and comes complete with all the accessories you need and a fully comprehensive manual, but then the Bianca is easy to set up and use."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerocool GateWatch Review @ GruntvillE
"The Gatewatch unit is made of a plastic material that matches the aluminum cases very well. This unit comes in silver aluminum and black only. The front plate is plastic, but the base of the unit is aluminum. Recently I reviewed the Coolpanel from Aerocool, which was made entirely of plastic, which made mounting the unit difficult. I do not expect the plastic screwholes to last long. So, this aluminum mounting base is a plus and makes the entire unit sturdy. The LCD screen is large and uniquely shaped since most LCDs are just rectangles. The buttons are sleek and stylish, and work well with the overall look of the Gatewatch."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GO-B5232A CD-RW and DVD-ROM Combo Review @ InsaneTek
"Gigabyte is very well known for their high quality motherboards but they also have a few other tricks up their sleeves. This CD-RW/DVD-Rom combo is a great alternative from the ones we're used to seeing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seagate Barracuda 400GB 7200.8 Review @ Viperlair
"While having a massive hard drive doesn't eliminate the need for backups, it does give people more headroom for storage (along with making many of us lazy about backups, but that's a subject for another day). Apps and games are getting more bloated so the drive you have now may be fine for your purposes, but you may hit a roadblock before you know it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin DDR PC-4000 Redline Dual Channel Memory Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This memory is aptly named Redline because it's extremely fast, highly overclockable, stable and reliable. With a timing of 2-2-2-6 at 500MHz DDR it's wicked fast, but this memory can be pushed even further. This product will easily outperform most other memory. It's a must have for the performance enthusiast."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon X300SE & Leadtek WinFast PX6200 Review @ BJorn3D
"With both HyperMemory and TurboCache, the card comes with a certain (typically small) amount of on-board memory, say 32MB. The card can then scale up to a defined level of total memory by using system RAM. ATI's HyperMemory cards come in two variations: the 128MB HyperMemory version features 32MB VRAM on board, and the 256MB HyperMemory version has 128MB VRAM on board. NVIDIA has so far chosen three different configurations of TurboCache cards: the 128MB TurboCache version has either 16MB or 32MB of local memory, and the 256MB version sports 64MB."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC3200 Gold Edition (BH5) DDR RAM Review @ PimpRig
"BH5 the Lich King. Any avid overclocker who is worth his salt and has been involved in the OC scene for a while has at least heard of the legendary Winbond BH5 RAM. This RAM was heralded for it's ability to keep low/tight timings (2-2-2-5 1T) at ridiculous overclocked speeds (250+MHz) as long as you could feed it the juice it needed (3.5V+). BH5 is back from the dead! OCZ has arranged to have new BH5 chips made from old dies. The result is a lightning quick pair of 512MB sticks available for under $160!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AX8 Motherboard Review @ InsaneTek
"While VIA K8T890 chipset may be a little lacking in the performance department, die-hard VIA fans will be glad to know that the AX8 is a great implementation of the chipset. It's budget oriented and overclocks pretty nicely."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dual-Core on the Desktop: AMD's Athlon 64 X2 @ Linux Hardware
"Last month we took our first look at dual-core processors in the form of AMD's Opteron processors. While those processors are targeted at servers and workstations, AMD still had dual-core desktop parts to deliver. Today we bring you the first look at dual-core Athlon 64 parts, dubbed Athlon 64 X2, under Linux. We'll run through the numbers as usual but also throw in a mix of information on support, stability, cost, availability, and a few other key points on these new chips. Will dual-core on the desktop make you run out and buy a new processor? Hopefully our Athlon 64 X2 4800+ will be able to answer that question. Unfortunately, even though they are available, we won't be able to take a look at the Intel dual-core part in this review. The Linux support is not yet ironed out and we're waiting on that to complete the Intel side of things."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, May 19, 2005
2005 E3 Booth Babe - Day 1 @ The Tech Zone
"The Tech Zone has posted day 1 of their E3 booth babe hunt. They got 100+ babes photos, including the Dead of Live girls, the NIKO babes, the Namco girls and booth babes lying in bed!"

You just have to love 10 pages of Booth Babe goodness! More information on this photo gallery can be found here.
Altec Lansing GT5051 Surround Sound Speakes Review @ CoolTechZone
"The Altec GT-5051 is a 5.1 stereo gaming speaker system. This is an interesting system in that it has only a subwoofer and two satellites, yet still delivers 5.1 surround sound. It does this by using side firing speakers that are built into the satellites. This is an innovative approach to a problem we always have with 5.1 systems. We struggle with where to place the rear satellites and how to run the wiring when they are mounted. If you have limited space in a dorm room or just don't want to mess with special mounting and wiring these speakers might be what you need."

More information on this review can be found here.
Microsoft Optical Desktop Elite for Bluetooth Review @ Futurelooks
"Bluetooth has a lot of benefits, but unfortunately, most people believe they are for PDA and Cellphone users. Microsoft has decided to take the lead, and include bluetooth into their desktop products, so that people can see that it not only unwires devices, but also their interface to those devices."

More information on this review can be found here.
Powering Your PC: A Guide To Power Supplies @ Extreme Overclocking
"This article details how linear & switching power supplies work, and answers such questions as Power Factor & Power Factor Correction, Efficiency, Voltage Regulation, Operating Conditions, and much more!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
SLI Guide Part 3: GeForce 6800 Std & GeForce 6600 GT SLI @ Bit-Tech
"In this part, we evaluate the real-world gaming performance of *GeForce 6800 Std and GeForce 6600 GT in SLI*, along with a single GeForce 6800 GT on a down-clocked FX-55 (2000MHz) to represent a typical CPU combination for someone with this kind of budget. We come to the conclusion that a single GeForce 6800 GT delivers the best bang-for-buck if you have roughly £300 to spend, while it also gives you the option to upgrade to a high-end SLI solution a little later down the line."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Remote Multifuction Panel Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Gentlemen Start your Computers! This might not be what you will hear but the purpose is still the same with the new "Remote Multifunction Panel" from Logisys. With this Multifunctional Panel you not only have the customary USB and Fire Wire port, but a pair of automotive style temperature gauges for monitoring up to two internal temperatures, a fan controller and a Smart Controller that allows you to start, stop or reset your computer with the provided controller pad."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nvidia Geforce 6600/6600GT Videocard Roundup @ PCStats
"The Geforce 6600/6600GT GPU, like its opposite the ATI X700/X700 PRO, offers considerably more for the money than the mainstream cards of previous generations did. PCstats is testing out nine Geforce 6600 and Geforce 6600 GT based videocards, in both AGP and PCI Express versions. The features of each videocard will be compared, as well as the standard run of gaming benchmarks. SLI benchmarks will be analyzed wherever possible with the overall aim of deciding which of the mainstream graphics cards solutions in this roundup provides the best value for money, whether you are looking for a single mid-range gaming card or a dual-videocard SLI powerhouse."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphiretech X800 VIVO 256MB AGP 8X Review @ Tech-Mods
"Stephen over at Sapphire sent over one of their X800 256MB VIVO AGP cards to put through it's paces. The X800 uses the same R430 core from the X800 series with the standard and Pro utilizing 12 pipelines while the XL and XT having all 16 working. The stock memory runs at a conservative 350mhz (700mhz) memory and 390mhz clock, the memory is Samsung GC20 2.0ns GDDR3 that is capable of 1000mhz which we will test out later."

More information on this review can be found here.
Athlon64 4000 Review @ TechConnect
"We've been testing this processor intensively for over two months now, in all kinds of extreme conditions, with over half a dozen motherboards and twice that many graphics cards, in both single-card and nVidia SLI mode, with games and productivity suites, and now we're through and ready to tell it like it is."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon 64 General Overclocking Guide @ Madshrimps
"Everything you ever wanted to know about Athlon 64 overclocking, and then some. If you are confused about HTT, LDT, memory dividers and relationship between these settings, then read on. This in-depth overclocking guide will show you how to get the maximum from your brand new Athlon 64 system."

More information on this review can be found here.

Upgrade to Athlon 64 "Venice" - DFI NF4 Ultra D & 6200PCX Review

"With AMD getting so much favorable attention in recent months, the only way to find out rather than reading all the reviews is to have one for yourself. Not that I no longer like the Northwood; with 64-bit OS on the horizon it may be time to acquire a 64-bit system which has and continues to receive fantastic comments from enthusiasts all over the world."

More information on this review can be found here.
PolarFLO TT Pump, TT CPU and TT VGA Block Review @ Tech-Mods
"With today's CPU's running hotter and hotter and with noise being a issue with more and more people, keeping your computer is becoming more complicated than ever. Water cooling is quickly becoming more popular and has even made it's way into some main stream OEM computer systems. Today we're going to be looking at some of PolarFLO's newest components to see how well they stand up to today's new processors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den Chrome Version MAZE4 GPU Water Block Review @ Techniz
"Overall, the Danger Den Chrome Version Maze4 GPU water block is performing very well during in the testing section. The package includes all the necessary components for proper assembly. Furthermore, it was totally silent during the operation. The installation was very simple, just took about few minutes is able to install the Maze4 GPU water block on to the VGA card. But, it does not bundle with any RAM sink for the VGA RAM. Anyway, with the retail price at $69.95 USD, it was slightly pricey for the water cooling enthusiast."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sheldog23's Sapphire Liquid Metal Custom PC @ CaseModGod
"Sheldog23 is the modder that has created some of the best mods ever seen. His newest creation is a custom PC for Sapphire. Sapphire needed a custom mod that would showcase their latest hardware at E3. What a great honor for Sheldog23, but the was a hitch. The Mission: To create a Crowd Pleasing Modded Demo PC from Scratch for their new Flagship hardware Debut at E3. The Enemy: Time, E3 was only two weeks away."

Nice work! More information on this project can be found here.
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Thermaltake PurePower 460w PSU Review @ A1-Electronics
"Looking for a PSU. Why look any further. This excellent Thermaltake 460w PurePower PSU offers the right amount of power in a neat attractive package."

More information on this review can be found here.
Servers made simple for Business Owners and Managers @ Short-Media
"The word server has become a part of the language of business. Many think a server as an enigmatic object apparently every business needs, can't do without and costs a lot of money. The reluctance to invest in a server stems from the lack of understanding of what it is and what it does. This is coupled with apprehension of cost. Those businesses with existing and aging servers question why the current hardware, that may have been a substantial investment years ago, is need of replacing."

More information on this article can be found here.
SWISSMEMORY TM USB Victorinox 1 GB Review @ XtremeComputing
"We had a look at the 128mb version of these when they first came out last year and still to this day it is hanging on my keys. I use it for everything from transferring data to opening up my packages and even getting dirt from under my nails things have changed a bit since then and now the knife is available in a memory capacity of 64, 128, 256, 512MB or 1GB, as well as being available in two different styles RubyRed and RetroAlox."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hyundai Imagequest L90D+ Review @ Mistix
"Buying a TFT is a personal affair, purchasing the right one is like jumping into a wasps nest, get the honey or be stung. Being stung is a very common occurance, getting the right product for your needs is not an easy choice You may well decide to bump up the budget to avoid cheaper models, and hopefully avoid the rubbish. For our next review, we will be taking a dedicated look at the L90D+ manufactured by Hyundai Imagequest."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kanguru 256MB Biometric USB Flash Drive Review @ PimpRig
"In testing, the Kanguru Bio Drive worked flawlessly. I placed my finger at different angles and it still recognized it right away, but using a different finger never worked. I tried the old trick of placing my finger on the drive, locking it, then breathing on it (like you were cleaning sunglasses) which causes the condensation to collect on the oil marks of the previous finger, but it wouldn't unlock."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lite-On LVW-5045 160GB HDD+DVD Recorder Review @ BJorn3D
"If you aren't quite ready to have a PC in your living room, then a TiVo or other hard drive recorder would make a great DVR (digital video recorder) for you. With its 160GB LVW-5045, Lite-On enters the hard drive recorder market with an affordable offering that has a lot of potential. The LVW-5045 not only features recording to hard drive but also to DVD and CD media, building on the capabilities of the LVW-5005 I previously reviewed."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI NX6600-VTD128 vs MSI NX6600GT-VTD128 @ Overclockers New Zealand
"The results speak for themselves. MSI's turbo charged 6600 Diamond Edition is only around 13% slower than the standard 6600GT AGP, thanks to its higher GPU and memory clocks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire X800 XL Ultimate Review @ The Tech Zone
"The good thing about the X800 XL is that it is priced much lower than the X800 Pro while having much better specifications in most areas. On paper, this means that the X800 XL is quite a deal for the gamer. The table below shows the specifications between some of the cards that Sapphire offers and you can clearly see that he X800 XL looks very attractive, especially when compared to the now overpriced X800 Pro."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS2 PC2-4300 Pro 1GB DDR2 Twin2X Review @ Overclockers Online
"The Corsair memory modules tested here today presented a great deal of value compared to SimpleTech's offering we most recently looked at. What's more is that the Corsair memory features extras that users might expect when spending more than $200 for memory; heatspreaders, lower latencies, higher stock frequency, and Corsair's unique activity LEDs. I can say that I'd recommend this memory to people looking for fast, stable, and high performing memory. Most users, with current chipsets won't find this memory or any other DDR2 we've looked at so far to limit their system overclocks."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC2-5400 Platinum EB Review @ techPowerUp
"Right now, DDR2 is only available to the Intel Platform. The biggest drawback people are complaining about, is that DDR2 is running at slower timings than traditional DDR. That is why OCZ, who have always been designing products with the enthusiast in mind, came up with a memory that can run at 667 MHz but at tighter timings than the standard JEDEC Spec. The maximum clock we could get out of the memory at 2.4V was DDR726 at Timings of 4-2-2-8."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte G-Power Cooler Pro Review @ BigBruin
"The Gigabyte G-Power Cooler Pro is a definite winner. In our testing it was able to provide excellent cooling on an overclocked Pentium 4 with a minimal amount of noise. The universal nature of the G-Power's design means that the same performance can be transferred between any Intel Pentium 4 (either Socket 478 or Socket 775), as well as K7 and K8 AMD CPUs."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA's Next High-end GPU to support TurboCache @ Bit-Tech
"Under the cross licensing agreement undertaken by NVIDIA and Sony, we expect NVIDIA's next high-end chip will utilise TurboCache technology in a similar manner to the Playstation 3. The graphics chip inside the PS3 is co-designed by NVIDIA and Sony, and is known as the RSX Reality Synthesizer. The chip is clocked at 550MHz and is said to be twice as fast as a GeForce 6800 Ultra, which means that it will be faster than NVIDIA's current bleeding edge solution: Dual GeForce 6800 Ultra's operating in SLI."

More information on this review can be found here.

GeForce 6800 Ultra and GeForce 6800 GT SLI Gameplay Evaluation

"In general though, when the game title has SLI support, it's fantastic, we can turn up the details and add lots of eye candy. We can increase the visual quality of the game across the board, or if that is not possible, we increase the smoothness of the gaming experience when SLI is supported by the title."

More information on this review can be found here.
Prometeia Mach II GT Phase Change Cooler Review @ PCStats
"If you consider yourself an "overclocker," then you already know everything about the Prometeia brand of phase-change coolers, and we really don't have to say a single word more. For anyone who isn't familiar with the name "Prometeia," it is special device that chills an Intel or AMD processor down to an operating temperature of between -20°C to -30°C, with the end goal being better overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Soprano Case Review @ CoolTechZone
"Thermaltake is no stranger to the computing scene. They have been designing cooling products for five years now, starting with the infamous Golden Orb CPU cooler. They have come a long way since then and have diversified their product line beyond CPU coolers. Thermaltake has been producing cases since 2002, when they first established their Xaser line."

More information on this review can be found here.

Sunbeamtech Transformer Case Review

"Sunbeamtech's Transformer is a large mid-tower case on steroids. If you want a computer with plenty of fans and lots of lights, this case is for you. A product like this from Sunbeamtech isn't surprising, since they are currently making a name for themselves in the case modding industry. To get an idea about some of the products they offer, they sell screws with LEDs on them and lighted connectors/expansion accessories."

More information on this review can be found here.

The Decline of Ugly Cases

"After I wrote my first column on "gaudy cases", I began to notice a change in the case market from various manufacturers. The majority of us already know that Cooler Master, Lian Li, Silverstone and Antec had been offering tasteful cases since they got into the business, but Thermaltake, which is supposed to be one of the largest case companies in the United States went with a product line full of gaming cases that did not appeal to the majority of us."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thermaltake Tenor HTPC Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product is intended for use as a Home Theatre PC Case; however, it could just as easily be a desktop case. It fits standard ATX motherboards and power supplies so building a fast, affordable system is easy. It has a very stylish aluminum front but the rest is steel, so the case is fairly heavy (19LBS). It has an open design which makes installation simple, comes with plenty of drive bays and three fans."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Logitech MediaPlay Cordless Mouse Review @ XYZ Computing
"The Logitech Media Play Cordless Mouse is like nothing you've ever seen before. First, it has all the features you need to use it as your everyday mouse: smooth optical tracking, clutter-free cordless freedom, extra navigation buttons, and a powerful scroll/tilt wheel that lets you scroll up and down, left and right, and in and out.' This little excerpt taken from the Logitech website almost perfectly describes the mouse. It definitely tracks smoothly and the lack of cords removes clutter, but what about these extra navigation buttons? Just because the mouse has eleven buttons doesn’t mean any are extra!".

More information on this review can be found here.

You Don't Have To Be Rich To Be A PC Gamer

"There is a common misconception that you have to take out a second mortgage on your house if you want to get a computer that will run all of the latest and greatest games. I don't know who started the rumor that you need to spend $3000 to get a gaming computer. The truth is, if you are smart about it, you can easily afford to get a high-end gaming computer. Here are a few simple rules to follow to put a gaming computer within reach."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Lord of the RAM, Return of the MushkinG @ Madshrimps
"Mushkin has been a supplier of quality PC and Server based memory since the days of SDRAM. Today [M] has been invited along on Mushkin's latest excursion as they once again prove themselves worthy as the DDR Ring Bearer, and the Lord of the RAM."

More information on this review can be found here.
FSP GreenPower Power Supply Unit Review @ Techniz
"FSP is a well known PSU manufacturer in producing a good and true power PSU. The FSP GreenPower 400W power supply unit is a true power PSU. During the testing of this PSU, we do get a very good result as expected. Beside that, the cooling fan which is the 120mm fan with the silver fan grills. Two SATA connector is included as well for supporting the SATA hard disk. But, the cable of this PSU is not sleeve at all. Anyway, this was a good buy power supply unit if you are looking for a TRUE POWER. Highly
Recommended."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seagate Cheetah 15K ST3146854LC 146G SCSI Drive Review @Tech-Mods
"The Cheetah 15K ST3146854LC SCSI Drive is a media solution with many purposes in mind from file servers, network storage, to multi-media workstations where reliable and fast data tranfer is key to being successful and out in front of the competition."

More information on this review can be found here.

LiteOn LVW 5045 Review

"The LVW 5045 is LiteOn's newest product in their line of recorders and players, it is also their first product with built in storage for recording your favorite programs, movies, or family events. These impressive features makes the LVW 5045 stand out above the other brands along with the affordable price."

More information on this review can be found here.

Seasonic S12 380watt PSU Review

"The S12 series is Seasonics newest line of power supplies, today we are looking at the S12 380watt ATX 2.0 model. Like most power supplies on the market nowadays the S12 is a dual 12V rail design for more stablility in todays power demanding machines. The S12 series is P4 Prescott and AMD64 ready, equipped for SATA drives, and higher models are PCI Express ready."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seagate 5GB Pocket Hard Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
"With the increased popularity in portable data storage, and demand for greater storage capacity, it was only a matter of time before someone introduced a hard drive that would be small enough to fit in a pocket."

More information on this review can be found here.
Project Inwin X710 Xtreme @ BurnOutPC
"BurnOutPC.com has just posted their pictorial article on their project with an Inwin X710 case and phase change."

More information on this project can be found here.
Aerocool Magic-3D ATX Computer Case Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Aerocool's newest case the Magic-3D may be perfect case for those of you that have a processor that is running just a bit to hot since the case comes with a pair of 120mm twin-bladed turbine Aerocool fans and the case has room for one additional 120mm at the rear of the case for a total of three. So as you can see this case will definitely provide you with plenty of air flow. So come on along as we check out the rest of the features of this newest addition to their line-up."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire X-QPack Case Review @ Viperlair
"Those of you looking to build a SFF PC from scratch will want to give the Aspire X-QPack a close look as it offers more in terms of options from most pre-built SFF PCs. Overall, it's a decently designed chassis though it doesn't stray too far from the basic fundamentals of a "cube" SFF."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone SST-LC10M HTPC Case Review @ System Cooling
"Ever since Silverstone came into existence in 2003, they have been well known for their high quality enclosures. Today we will be taking a look at one of their HTPC cases, the LC10M, which is not only a case, but also includes additional software and hardware to let you make the most of your HTPC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, May 16, 2005
FlashPEZ Mod @ MetkuMods
"In this particular mod the idea is to use PEZ candy dispensers as a case for flash memory devices. You may find this mod interesting or fail to see the point completely. In any case, here it is."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Transcend JetFlash 110 512MB USB Flash Drive Review @ BigBruin
"Aside from the good looks and light weight of the JetFlash 110, what I think really sets it apart from other drives is the switch blade USB plug. This allows for the USB plug to completely retract into the hard plastic case sliding the white button from one position to the other allows for the switch blade action."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plextor PX-716A Review @ Overclockers Online
"While it may have started out as a simple Plextor review, it turned into a full-fledged compendium/assessment of recordable media and a call to arms for data collectors everywhere. Today we turn our views to the PX-716A DVD burner, the media we burn, and some views on where data storage needs to go."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raptors Among The Lambs @ BoxGods
"Comparing 10K RPM SATA drives to 7,200 RPM SATA drives or a SCSI drive for that matter is silly for any purpose beyond a general frame of reference. With that in mind, I am going to post the numbers for WD740 in RAID 0 and as a single drive. As a reference I will also post the numbers for a single Raptor WD360, and a 7200 RPM WD200 SATA. Let me suggest something radical here, run the benchmarks on your drive or drives and compare the numbers for yourself. To give you a wider base for comparison, the above drives will be benched on three different platforms."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS Extreme N6800Ultra/2DT Review @ Hexus
"ASUS hasn't done anything really wrong with the EN6800 Ultra card, but it's let an opportunity go begging to design the ultimate GeForce 6800 Ultra, one that would use a custom heatsink, SmartFan, and, perhaps, a cooler that takes up only a single slot. As it is, it's a case of a reference card dropped into a regular, feature-rich ASUS card package."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake CircleFire Review @ GruntvillE
"Now it's time for the bad news. The 2W speaker is very low quality and has a squawking, somewhat ‘tinny' sound. I honestly believe my Nintendo GameBoy from 10+ years ago had better sound. To make things worse, the volume button on the unit has three states; Loud, Louder, and Louder+1. The only way I could tolerate the sound was to have the Circlefire set on the lowest setting, and drop my PC volume to less than 25%. And I use “tolerate” in the least enthusiastic way possible."

More information on this review can be found here.
Athlon64 3800+ Venice Review @ techPowerUp
"AMD has released a new revision of their Athlon64 S939, the code name is Venice. Venice is produced in 90nm, has 512KB Cache and is clocked betwen 1.8 GHz and 2.4 GHz. We test it against the Winchster and two Pentium4 systems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hacking a Socket 939 CPU to Provide Accurate Temperatures @ Procooling
"You might be thinking to yourself "That's pretty cool and all, but why bother with this? Can't you just read CPU temperatures from MBM or Speedfan or something without all this effort?" The answer is that yes, you can. But you have no idea whether the temperature that you are reading has any real bearing on the CPU's actual temperature. There are plenty of examples of problems with using onboard readings. It is known that CPU temperature sometimes can change drastically when you flash your motherboard's BIOS. It is also known that different manufacturers having drastically different CPU temperatures for the same chip. This procedure eliminates all those problems because we are now reading the temperature directly from the diode with a high quality external unit."

Please read the disclaimers in this article before attempting anything in this guide. More information on this guide can be found here.
EPoX 9NPA+ Ultra Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"EPoX sent us one of their newest motherboards recently, the 9NPA+ Ultra, which is based on nVidia's new nForce 4 Ultra chipset for the AMD Athlon Socket 939 processor platform. We've compared the motherboard against the nForce 4 SLI chipset to find out if there are any differences in performance in a non-SLI system setup. If you're on the market for a new PCI-Express Socket 939 motherboard with some decent overclocking support, you might be interested in the EPoX 9NPA+ Ultra."

More information on this review can be found here.
SLI Motherboard Group Test @ Bit-Tech
"The DFI LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR faired much better than the A8N-SLI. We were able to complete our full benchmark suite with the CPU front side bus at a rather hard-to-believe 400MHz HTT. We'd go so far as to say that at the moment, there is no better enthusiast motherboard on the market."

More information on this review can be found here.
SpireCooler Verticool SPA49B0 Review @ ModGuidez
"The Verticool SPA49B0's size is smaller than other dual heat pipe coolers on the market. The fan that is attached to the cooler is very low noise and its base is made of copper. The copper base for the cooler is connected to the dual heatpipe which in turn will transfer heat coming from the CPU. The cooler is placed onto the socket via your standard clasp, mostly seen with Socket A boards."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD A64 Heatsink Roundup Q2 2005 @ Madshrimps
"In this massive A64 heatsink roundup we compare 17 cooling solutions from different manufactures including Scythe, TTIC, Arctic Cooling, Thermaltake, Titan, Thermalright, Zalman and Coolermaster."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright XP-90C Copper Heatsink Review @ Techniz
"This XP-90C from Thermalright is a good performance CPU heatsink. This CPU heat sink is an ideal choice for those users who wish for the stylish look and extreme cooling performance. Not only that, the performance of the XP-90C heatsink is very good as you can notice in the performance section. But, there is always a downside which is the size of this cooler, it is heavy!. However, it might not be a problem as long as the cooling performance is good. Furthermore, the entire housing of the XP-90C heatsink is made of copper. Go for this XP-90C heat sink if you are looking for a good performance CPU cooler. This was a great heatsink from Thermalright."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cool by Corsair 120MM CPU Liquid Cooling System Review @ Futurelooks
"Have a super loud CPU fan sitting inside your case that you want to quiet down? Looking for something much quieter and quite possibly more awesome? We check out Corsair's very own liquid cooling system to see if its all that."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mountain Mods U2-UFO Brushed Aluminum Case Review @ System Cooling
"For the computer enthusiast and modder there never seems to be enough room inside your computer case. With all the lights, fans and water cooling, you’re lucky to find a place just for your basic components let alone anything extra. Mountain Mods has a solution to that problem and what’s even better, it looks great and it's light. Mountain Mods has been in the computer case business for almost 2 years, making high end custom cases and special made to order cases as well. Today we’re going to be looking at their U2-UFO brushed aluminum case to see just what the case has to offer the modder and enthusiast alike."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire X-QPACK-AL MicroATX Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"Did I mention that I like big cases? Well, I do. I also like the Aspire X-QPACK. It looks good without sacrificing functionality. It's compact, yet offers room for two 5.25 inch drives, two hard drives and a floppy. It's lightweight, but still quite sturdy. The carry handle makes for easy portability and the cooling is surprisingly good. With three windows, LED fans, LCD temperature display, a 420W power supply with a dynamite finish and sleeved cables, and five color choices it also gets big points as a pre-modded case. In fact, the X-QPACK really challenges the modder to mod the components inside the case, as so much of the interior is visible."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, May 14, 2005
How the Xbox 360 will affect PC Gamers @ Bit-Tech
"With the buzz around the Xbox 360 today, we've taken a look at what the specifications of the hardware mean for the PC gamer. In this Editorial, we examine the processor, the graphics unit and the system architecture and consider what influence the hardware and the software is going to have on PC enthusiasts over the next year and half, thinking about the future of multi-core processors and the R520 / R600."

More information on this editorial can be found here.

X-Box 360 Specs @ Hexus

"Two of the most innovative design firms in the world-San Francisco-based Astro Studios and Osaka, Japan-based Hers Experimental Design Laboratory Inc. came together to craft a sleek, stylish system that conveys the very essence of Xbox 360."

More information on this article can be found here.

Xbox 360 Sneak Peek @ [H]ardOCP

"Microsoft has come a long way since 1999 and their first dreams of entering the game console market. In fact, when comparing hardware and philosophies behind the Xbox and Xbox 360, there are few similarities. The Xbox 360 in fact marks the beginning of a new era in gaming, but even better it marks a new era in lifestyle devices that can penetrate far beyond the hardcore console gamer."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thermalright XP-90C & LGA775 RM Reviews @ Hi-Techreviews
"If you're look for the maximum cooling possible short of water cooling then check out the review we just did on the Thermalright XP-90C, this is one heatsink that will cool thing to the maximum."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec All in 1 USB Card Reader Review @ Techniz
"The size of the Vantec All in 1 USB Internal Card Reader is specially designed to be mount into the 3.5" drive bay. It also bundles with a extra face plate to be exchanged in order to match the color of your case. The card reader function is even better, it able to support the CF/CF ll, MMC/MMC2, SD,SM, Microdrive, MS, MS DUO, MS Pro and MS Pro DUO. Beside that, there is two LED indicators for the Power and Activity individually. The MSRP of each unit is at around $18 USD only. So, the price is very affordable for a internal card reader with USB port."

More information on this review can be found here.
Centon Advance PC2-5400 Memory @ Legit Reviews
"Depending on how Centon prices this DDR2 in comparison to other brands, this PC5400 Advance memory bears watching. Centon's initial entry into the enthusiast/gamer market looks promising."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Computer Pyramid Fan Controller Review @ ap0calypse
"Today ap0calypse.com takes a look at a unique fan controller from Logisys Computer. This fan controller will not only help you reduce your fan speed and noise, but it will look good doing it!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire X-QPACK Aluminum MicroATX Chassis Review @ PimpRig
"The best part of this case, however, HAS to be the removeable motherboard tray. After installing a P4 3.0E into an Antec Aria chassis, I nearly had to go to the hospital to get skin grafts done on the back of my hands. That chassis was tighter than a nun's knickers. In fact, after learning that I was to review this case, my first thought was 'great, time to get more band-aids'. Was I wrong. Installing the parts into this case was pure magic."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EB DDR2 PC2-5400 Titanium DC Memory Video Review @ 3DGameman
"Most DDR2 memory at PC2-5400 speeds has a default timing of 4-4-4-12, however, this memory has a tight timing of 4-2-2-8. This results in faster memory performance. The peak voltage for this memory is 2.2 and OCZ offers their lifetime PowerSwap warranty which means considerably less downtime. This product makes your DDR2 memory choice easy!"

More information on this video review can be found here.

OCZ EL DDR PC-5000 DFI nF4 Special Memory Video Review

"This dual channel memory is rated at 625MHz DDR with a timing of 3-4-4-10 and is specifically designed for DFI nForce4 motherboards. While this default speed is blistering fast it can be pushed even further. Overclockers will adore this product for its raw performance, stability and reliability. Without a doubt, this memory is the best of the best!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
Mountain Mods U2-UFO Brushed Aluminum Case Review @ System Cooling
"For the computer enthusiast and modder there never seems to be enough room inside your computer case. With all the lights, fans and water cooling, you're lucky to find a place just for your basic components let alone anything extra. Mountain Mods has a solution to that problem and what's even better, it looks great and it's light. Mountain Mods has been in the computer case business for almost 2 years, making high end custom cases and special made to order cases as well. Today we're going to be looking at their U2-UFO brushed aluminum case to see just what the case has to offer the modder and enthusiast alike."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, May 13, 2005
Linux vs. Windows Web Hosting @ The Tech Zone
"Microsoft developed and owns the Windows operating system. Linux is open source and generally free. This means it can often be more expensive to set up and run a Windows server. However, this fact doesn't really affect you unless you are actually setting up a server for yourself and if you're reading this article then I'm guessing that it's safe to assume you're not.

More information on this articles can be found here.
IPTV: Television on Demand @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Have you ever wished that your favorite show was in a more convenient timeslot, or have you wished that you could start and stop your favorite programs? Luckily for TV watchers, a new technology known as IPTV (Internet Protocol TV) may be the solution to all of these issues."

More information on this articles can be found here.
Arctic Silver ArctiClean @ techPowerUp
"ArctiClean is a non-toxic solvent which helps you clean your heatsinks to a new level. It is very easy to use and produces outstanding results. We even tasted it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Bluetake BT400 G5 Headset Review @ CoolTechZone
"Ever since Bluetooth starting gaining popularity, it was only a matter of time before innovative and useful products started appearing on shelves that took advantage of the standard's wireless options. Though not innovating in most cases, but perhaps the most useful lineup of products that take advantage of Bluetooth are wireless headsets for mobile phones with built in support. Over the course of past year or so, we have seen numerous companies emerge in the market with Bluetooth headsets, which only goes on to show that they are not as cost centric for the manufacturer as some of the other products are. A once immature standard has now become the norm in the industry."

More information on this review can be found here.
SunbeamTech 20-in-1 Superior Panel & Accessories Review @ InsaneTek
"Personal computing is becoming friendlier by the day. With so many enthusiasts working with portable electronic gadgets, Sunbeam's 20-in-1 Superior Panel can come in really handy at times."

More information on this review can be found here.
X-RAY Pad Thunder8 Dual Surface Mouse Pad Review @ ExtensionTech
"I got my first plastic hard surface mouse pad nearly 6 years ago, which was an Everglide. Now, being a review site, I've had the opportunity to review, and use, quite a few mouse pads. Over all of them, I still prefer hard surface pads, but one thing was missing for a long time, smooth gliding. Smooth was what I fell in love with, with XTrac Pads. Over the last couple weeks of using the "Thunder 8" dual surface mouse pad, I realized I may have just found a new favorite. C'mon over for a closer look."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL 1GB DC DDR400 Gold Edition Review @ Techniz
"The OCZ EL 1GB Dual Channel DDR400 Gold Edition memory module is great memory; with the use of the legendary Winbond BH-5 RAM chips, it will meet the needs of most enthusiasts. This pair of DDR400 is one of the fastest RAM frequencies of the DDR memory range. This dual channel RAM kit is able to run tight timings of 2-2-2-5, which is the best and basic requirement for a good memory module. Furthermore, with the voltage of 2.8V, it was able to hit 221 MHz which is equal to DDR 442 with the tight timings of 2-2-2-5. With higher memory voltage at 3.5V, this pair of modules is able to read 251MHz which is equal to DDR502 at the timing of 2-2-2-5."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Corsair XMS2 5400UL Press Release @ Corsair
"Corsair XMS2 5400UL Redefines DDR2 Memory Performance on the Intel Glenwood Platform.

First in the world to bring DDR2-1066 capability to the Intel platform, the ultra low latency XMS2 5400UL transforms DDR2 memory overclocking --

Fremont, CA (May 12, 2005) - Corsair® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory and cooling products for enthusiasts and overclockers, is proud to announce that the latest XMS2 5400ULTM is the first true ultra low latency memory to reach the DDR2-1066 milestone.

Using the new XMS2 5400UL memory modules, Wesley Fink at Anandtech successfully overclocked the memory to deliver 1:1 CPU:RAM synchronicity. The latest Glenwood (i955X) chipset continues the official support for Intel processors with 1066 MHz Front Side Bus (FSB). Prior to the Corsair 5400UL, no other DDR2 memory was capable of surpassing the 1GHz barrier. At the 1:1 ratio, system performance is at its best and potential bandwidth bottlenecks removed.

"We were amazed to find that the Corsair CM2X512A-5400UL could reach DDR2-1066. This yielded a Sandra standard bandwidth of just over 6400 MB/sec. To put this in perspective, this is the first motherboard and memory that we have ever tested capable of running at DDR2-1066," said Wesley Fink at Anandtech. "The 1066 crown belongs to Corsair," declared Fink.

"The 1:1 CPU:RAM synchronicity achievement using the XMS2 5400UL validates Corsair's leadership position in the enthusiast segment," said Richard Hashim, Director of Product Management at Corsair. "This product is currently shipping, so enthusiasts will have an immediate opportunity to duplicate the incredible performance breakthrough shown by Wesley," continued Hashim.

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS PF88 Extreme Hybrid Mainboard Review @ Hexus
"ECS has brought something very new to the table - a motherboard that carries a number of modern features and one that opens up the way for multi-CPU support. In the oft-boring, stagnant world of motherboard design, the ECS ELITEGROUP PF88 Extreme is a breath of very fresh air."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Pentium 4 540 (3.2E) Socket LGA 775 Processor Review @ PCStats
"The Pentium 4 3.2E LGA775 (Land Grid Array) Socket 775 processor is based on the same 0.09 micron manufacturing process as its Socket 478 Prescott cousin. Actually, the CPU is based on the same 'Prescott' core as is found within Socket 478 CPUs; and includes the 31-stage pipeline which is 50% longer than that found in the 'Northwood' core Pentium 4 processors, with a 16KB L1 cache and a large 1MB L2 cache."

More information on this review can be found here.
Point of View GeForce 6600 GT Review @ BJorn3D
"Being a reviewer, it is sometimes easy to forget that not everyone can afford all those high-end cards that we get to review. Not everyone wants to spend as much on a video card as they do on the rest of the system. NVIDIA and ATI of course know that and have released a bunch of low and mid-end cards catering for every size of wallet. Today, I am reviewing one of these cards, the Point of View 6600 GT, a mid-level card using the NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT chipset."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS Extreme AX800XL-2DTV Review @ Viperlair
"Performance in our tests was pretty good. In all the game tests, except Doom 3, the x800XL did very nicely providing playable frame rates in basically all situations. Doom 3 is playable at 1024*768 with 4X AA and 16X ansiotropic filtering, but going higher isn't too recommended."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolermaster Wavemaster (Yellow) TAC-T01-EY Review @ Spode's Abode
"The case is named the wavemaster because of the shape of it's front bezel, being rather curvy. You'll notice how it dips in on the right hand side, and the large black block sits in the trough of the wave. What you don't see, is behind this black block are 2 two blue LEDs and ventilation holes for the two supplied 80mm intake fans."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hiper Media Series Chassis Review @ OZ Case Mods
"HTPC's, also known as Home Theater Personal Computer or Media Centers are the latest craze at the moment. Combining the versatility of a PC with a home theater system. Lately there has been a rush of HTPC cases onto the market where some are rather expensive and some not so expensive. All these cases vary in design in one way or another but they are usually large and bulky in shape and size."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone LC10M HTPC Case Review @ Xtreme Computing
"Well after spending days with the case and playing around with the VFD, I have to say it has been a learning experience. The whole package is excellent from the finish to the design. Silverstone have done it again and as always I walk away from a review of there hardware impressed, ok there are a few cons but these are minor and can be rectified easily with a simple fan speed control cable to silence those rear 60mm’s a bit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Beginner's Guide to Web Site Hosting @ The Tech Zone
"What is web hosting anyway? What do I get when I buy a web hosting solution? To make thing clear from start let's just say how it all works. Web pages basically consist of text and images. Generically, the information contained by these files is called content. The look of the web page is called design. In order to be accessible to online users, all these files must be stored on a web server. You can think of web servers as computers storing the files of tens or hundreds of web sites. These computers are all connected to the Internet through high-speed connection. When you access a web page, your browser connects to the web server that stores that page and downloads it to your computer."

More information on this article can be found here.
EverGlide Ricochet Pro Mouse Mat Review @ A1-Electronics
"This EverGlide Ricochet Pro does everything it says it will do while looking, smart, clean, neat and tidy on our desks. What more can you ask of a mouse mat. And with the easy at which our mice slip-slide over the surface game playing is a breeze while making it ideal for everybody."

More information on this review can be found here.
DynaPower Blackwidow Review @ Overclockers Online
"As I wrap up this review and get ready to start another project, I can't help but wonder what would of happened if I loaded up the power supply on my main power hungry machine. The mere thought of it destroying hundreds of dollars of equipment and then losing all my precious data is not a happy thought. This doesn't mean this case was a complete disaster; we saw an improvement in temperature and a very simple tool-less system for expansion cards and drives. The thermally controlled fan and visual sensor will be nice for those looking for a flashy case that doesn't require any mods."

I just can't get over the goofy appearance of this case. More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright XP-90C Review @ InsaneTek
"The XP-90C uses four heatpipes to transfer heat more efficiently than fins alone. The pipes run through the base and up through the 49 fins to dissipate the heat produced by the processor. 21 of the 49 copper fins run into the base to help in the cooling. The heatpipes look to have proper connection to the base and fins, ensuring optimal heat transfer. The XP series of heatsinks mount to the motherboard by clips, rather than by screws like Thermalright's SP and SLK series."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GeForce 6600 Video Card Review @ Short-Media
"The nVIDIA 6600 GPU launched just prior to the end of 2004. Gigabyte's nVIDIA Ge Force 6600 (GV-NX66128D) competes in this arena as one of the most inexpensive of the 6600 series. The Gigabyte nVIDIA GeForce 6600 rings in at just under $130 which is highly affordable for those wanting a budget conscious PCI-Express video card. After 3 tries that the card held at a staggering overclock.; a 200 MHz increase on GPU core clock and a 250 MHz (125 DDR) increase on memory clock."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte Radeon X600 XT Video Card Review @ XYZ Computing
"Despite how relatively new PCIe is to the scene there is currently a great selection of video cards. Though many consumers have yet to make the jump from AGP this transition is extremely smooth because there are such a large number of cards available, all priced very competitively with their AGP counterparts. This is so true that ATI has two midrange GPUs available, the X600 and then X700. This can be a bit confusing for consumers and in the turmoil the X600 seems to have been a bit forgotten. It was released before the X700 so it had its chance in the spotlight but now X700s are available for just a few dollars more than tthe X600s so many consumers are opting to spend the extra dough. This review will be taking a look at Gigabyte's Radeon X600 XT graphics accelerator with 128MB of memory, model GV-RX60X128V. This is the "XT" variant of the chip, so be careful not to confuse it with the "Pro"."

More information on this review can be found here.
MediaBank HS-Ri Hot Swap Raid Internal Review @ Techniz
"MediaBank HS-Ri (Hot Swap Raid Internal) is Miglia’s cost effective, high security internal storage solution. Featuring two easily removable hard drive trays and hardware support for Raid 1 (mirroring), HS-Ri is one of the most secure storage solution available today. Data is written to two hard drives simultaneously, preventing total data loss if a drive were to fail. Hardware support for mirroring removes potential software conflicts and guarantees a faultless and automatic backup of your vital data. MediaBank HS-Ri ships with a spare hard drive tray, allowing you to keep a drive containing all your data in a secure location! Simply swap a drive and you will have performed a backup!"

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS RS400-A Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"ATI's entry into the motherboard chipset market has been well, muted to say the least. With its videocards, we're use to experiencing a lot of hype and excitement in the days and months leading up to a product launch, but with ATI's motherboard chipsets, there has been almost literally nothing. In any event, PCStats always looks forward to the opportunity to test out new technologies, or even motherboards based around uncommon chipsets like the anonymous ATI 'RS400' Radeon Xpress 200. In this review we'll be testing out the ECS RS400-A motherboard, which supports 800MHz FSB LGA775 Intel Pentium 4 processors and offers up PCI Express functionality."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI NF3 Ultra-D Socket-939 Preview @ Hardware Asylum
"Hardware Asylum has managed to get images of DFI's upcoming Lanparty UT NF3 Ultra-D. This is the first ever released image of this motherboard. This is DFI's Socket-939 AGP solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS PF21 Motherboard Review @ Bit-Tech
"Along with the massive scope for clock speed adjustment, the comprehensive timings and voltages available in the BIOS are great to see. Pairing these together make it an extremely overclocking friendly motherboard to use to clock the hell out of your brand new Pentium 4 processor. The ECS PF21 Extreme is a motherboard with a few minor cosmetic concerns that will not faze the serious overclocker. Under the cosmetics there's one mean motherboard with a hell of a lot of potential."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Hiper Type R "Blue Label" Modular 580W PSU Review @ PimpRig
"A few weeks ago, Hiper was good enough to provide two 480W PSUs from their "Type R" range for PimpRig to review, which proved to be good performers as well as good lookers. In addition to a healthy power increase (now promising a whopping 580W), the new "Blue Label" addition to the range is of the "modular" variety, which as I'm sure you know, means that you only need to plug in the cables you really need which can be a huge boon to case tidiness."

More information on this review can be found here.
SATA-II 3 Gb/s RAID Performance Guide Review @ hardCOREware
"Today we'll be exploring the 3 Gb/s transfer rate, and what it means for real world performance. We will be comparing various RAID modes in each transfer rate, in order to find out what exactly 3 Gb/s does for you today. We also take the time to debunk some myths regarding 3 Gb/s and the "SATA-II" specification."

More information on this guide can be found here.
OvisLink Wired SIP IP Phone Review @ Techniz
"Overall, the SIP Phone product is a very innovative products. I had personally test on it with another IP Phone is at another locations. The voice quality was very good and clear just like the normal house phone. But, the setup for this SIP Phone is not a easy job. Fortunately, Ovislink had send me the setup guide for the easy of install and setup. However, the MSRP of each Ovislink SIP Phone is at $120 USD. Remember, you will need atleast two units of the SIP Phone in order for the live conversation. For a long term usage, the IP Phone will save a lot for your phone bills."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon X800 XL Ultimate PCIe Review @ BJorn3D
"Now that X800 XL cards are starting to finally fall to (or at least closer to) the $299 MSRP set by ATI, they really are undeniably one of the best bang-for-your-buck gaming video card solutions available. I took a look at Sapphire's X800 XL PCI Express card several weeks ago and was very impressed by its performance. The recent price drops makes this card even more appealing. While reviewing the Sapphire X800 XL, I found the cooler to be surprisingly noisy, which was one of my biggest and only gripes about the card. Sapphire remedies this problem with its new Ultimate Edition of the X800 XL."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC-3200 EL Gold 2-2-2-5 DDR Review @ OCIA
"The OCZ EL PC3200 Gold DDR held it's own against the ever popular Cosair XMS DDR, coming out slightly ahead in our comparisons. The build quality is excellent, the performance is excellent, the warranty is lifetime, the world-class service is direct and toll free, how can you go wrong?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Upgrading A Motherboard Without Reinstalling @ PCStats
"Sadly, with the constant pace of change in the processor and chipset markets, motherboards become outdated very quickly when it comes to upgrade options. You can upgrade a processor or add a new memory module without causing so much as a blip from Windows XP, but a new motherboard can and will cause XP to stop booting altogether. Many have tried, and many have been greeted with the cold gasp of the Blue Screen of Death for their efforts. Fortunately, the procedure for correctly installing a new motherboard is rather easy and straightforward, and more fortunately, we're here to talk you through it. "

More information on this guide can be found here.

Samsung Yepp YP-MT6Z 1GB MP3 Player Review

"The Yepp YP-MT6Z goes for a remarkably affordable price compared to just a year or two ago, given its 1GB of internal flash memory. Furthermore, in a rare move of consumer friendly design, the Yepp YP-MT6Z is powered by a single AA battery that will last for upwards of 42 hours (straight playback). Long battery life and inexpensive AA batteries are probably one of the greatest attributes of this MP3 player; heck a AA battery is even included! About the size of a pack of Wrigley's gum, the Samsung Yepp YP-MT6Z incorporates a digital FM Tuner with 20 pre-sets, inline MP3 encoding, a voice recorder and eight EQ pre-sets. It plays MP3, WMA, ASF, Secure WMA and Ogg Vorbis music files. Supported MP3 bit rates are 8 kbps - 320 kbps, and 48 kbps - 192 kbps for WMA files."

More information on this review can be found here.
SunBeamTech Light Bus Review @ TechTastic
"It's now become common place to see a computer filled with all manner of lighting equipment be it LED fans or cold cathodes, etc. Well today we take a look at a product that'll add some extra lighting effects to the lighting you already have now with Sunbeamtechs Light Bus. The Light Bus allows you to control the brightness, fade in/fade out, sound sensitivity, and other effects of your lighting equipment in 625 different combinations.

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Eudemon Multifunction Panel Review @ LAN Addict
SilverStone's Eudemon Multifunction Panel doesn't read memory cards, it doesn't have audio ports, it doesn't have USB ports and it doesn't have FireWire ports. What the SilverStone Eudemon does do, and do pretty darn well, is keep track of three different temperatures and control the fans you connect to it to keep those temperatures under control. It also has a little LED to show hard drive activity and one to let you know the power to your motherboard is on, in case you forget. There is also an alarm you can set to go off when you need to stop fragging and get ready for work."

More information on this review can be found here.
MGE Viper ATX Gaming PC Case Review @ Futurelooks
"As a gamer, you might care about how your case looks when going to a LAN party. Well if you do, the Viper ATX Gaming Case from Extreme Gaming might be it. We check out how it looks and performs!"

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalRock Circle Full Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"When people start looking for a home theater pc case they often look for the smallest rack sized one they can get. What happens when you say to hell with the small form factor? You get something like the Thermal Rock Circle case. This case is an attempt to blend a full-sized case with the aesthetics of home theater. When I first saw the case my initial reaction was “damn that’s ugly,” but pictures do it no justice. As soon as I got the box I was pulling it open to take a better look at what I thought was going to be a monstrosity."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Linux Part 3: Installing New Software @ PCStats
"In the first two parts of our set of Beginner's Guides to the Linux operating system, we familiarized you with the popular KDE desktop environment via a 'live' CD Linux distribution and explored installing Linux permanently onto your system. But what if you need or want to install new programs in the future? Everyone knows how to install new software in Windows. Just double click the installation file and 'next, next, next,' etc. Linux is a little more complicated and installing programs is not near so immediately intuitive. In this third PCSTATS Beginner's Guide to the Linux operating system, we're going to explore an essential Linux skill; how to track down and add new software packages to your Linux installation."

More information on this guide can be found here.
X-Ray Technology Mouse Pads Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Come on along as we take a look a 3 different high-end mouse pads from X-Ray Technology, after you read what we have to say about the Thunder 8, Thunder 9 and Aqua 3, we're positive one of these will suite your needs of a highly accurate mouse surface."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Basics of Computer Mice @ BigBruin
"Every computer user can hopefully identify their mouse and the importance it plays in the daily operation of their computer. Mice are nothing new and for the most part are nothing overly complex, but the average user may not be familiar with all of the options and technologies that may go into these little devices. This Tech Tip will take a look at some of the features of mice that people may take for granted, or may otherwise be unaware of."

More information on this article can be found here.
Linksys Phone Adapter PAP2 Review @ The Tech Zone

"The New Linksys Phone Adapter, combined with a subscription to a specific VoIP service plan, turns your existing Internet connection into a high-quality phone line for placing and receiving phone calls. The phone adapter comes equipped with two standard phone ports (RJ-11) and one Ethernet port (RJ-45). Users connect their existing cordless or stationary phones or a fax machine to the phone adapter; connect the phone adapter to a router or gateway via the Ethernet port. Each phone jack operates independently, with separate phone service and phone numbers. It's just like having two phone lines."

More information on this review can be found here.
AeroCool AeroPower 550watt Power Supply Unit Review @ XtremeResources
"The power supply unit is the heart of every system and power demands keep o­n continuously rising o­n a daily basis. This certain fact requires that you will require something stronger regrettably to many enthusiasts. Why not combine something stronger with great aesthetics while upgrading? AeroCool has an answer for your next power supply upgrade, the AeroPower black/silver line 550W power supply unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Neo Flash Review @ Mistix
"Nintendo DS development at the moment is still a question of time, there is nothing that is that ground breaking so far, it all seems to be pass throughs and Wi-Fi exploitation, nothing that the average user can handle. In addition, nothing they can simply use. That was all back in the past. Now we can make way for the new generation of devices to carve their way into the field of development. The first user friendly piece of equipment has certainly turned a few heads lately, this is the Neo Flash kit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Alien 2.1 PC Speakers Review @ PimpRig
"This is purely a plug and play item. It works on all channels; the left, right, and bass are surprisingly good. With the volume down there is no audible distortion and midrange was just as good. What surprised me the most was with the volume maxed. There was a little distortion with some crackling, but when turned down just a notch it cleared right up!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Pyramid Smart Fan Controller Review @ XYZ Computing
"When building a computer is can often times be hard to balance sufficient cooling with an appropriate noise level. Of course you want your system to run as cool as possible but if this means you have to be deafened by six case fans, a CPU fan, a chipset fan, and a video card fan than something needs to be done. What you need is either to remove the fans or quieting down your existing fans. This review will be taking a quick look at the Logisys Pyramid Smart Fan Controller, a system which can be installed in seconds and can control from one to six fans automatically."

Some people might remember this product as the Cobalt 3 Pyramid II Fan Silencer which was released a few years ago. More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800 Review @ Hexus
"The key things to take from today's look at the 4800+ is that it's generally no slower, but generally no faster either, than an FX-53 in single-threaded tests, yet it'll cost you a fair bit more. I hope it's obvious that a dual-core processors benefits lie elsewhere, with multi-threaded applications and real-world operating system usage. Think HyperThreading."

More information on this review can be found here.
Inno3D GeForce 6200A Review @ nV News
"The GeForce 6200A is based on NVIDIA's NV44A graphics processing unit and is an all new part that is similar to the PCI-Express based GeForce 6200 (NV43). The primary difference is native AGP support and the inability to unlock additional pipelines, which is possible with some NV43 based GeForce 6200's."

More information on this review can be found here.

X-Mystique 7.1 Gold Sound Card Review

"When the nForce3 chipset was released, I was left with out surround sound gaming as my speaker system only allows for 5.1 input over coax or optical S/PDIF interface. The Soundstorm was over. HDA has returned Dolby Digital Live back to the PC marketplace with the X-Mystique 7.1 Gold and BlueGears will be bringing the C-Media CMI8768+ powered sound card to the US market."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E Review @ Viperlair
"MSI has put out a very good product with their NX6600GT. It looks good with the red PCB and the MSI standard gold heatsink. The cards performed flawlessly through a barrage of tests with absolutely no hiccups, and I've been using them for tons of games for hours in my main machine for at least a good month."

More information on this review can be found here.
Basic System Buyer's Guide May 2005 @ Mikhailtech
"Thanks to dropping prices, this month we were able to give our video card yet another boost. Sapphire seems to be the low-end choice in both price and performance. We're pleased to make the switch to a 9600XT. Architecturally it's almost identical to the 9600PRO with the notable exceptions of a built-in hardware monitor and higher clock speeds. Specifically, the 9600XT uses a 500MHz/650MHz core/memory configuration. Compare this to the 9600PRO's 400/446 setup and the difference becomes clear. This card is more than capable of playing every new release on medium settings at the very least. Unfortunately a 256-bit 9800PRO or a vanilla GeForce 6600 (non-GT) is still out of reach, but this is still a nice upgrade."

More information on this review can be found here.

Mikhailtech May 2005 Giveaway - 3 Weeks Left!

"Just wanted to let everyone know that there are still 3 weeks left to enter our May 2005 giveaway. Prizes include an inverted Aerocool Spiral Galaxies case, gold plated GT-1000 universal cooler, and some Turbine fans."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Thermaltake Tenor Home Theatre Case Review @ A1-Electronics
"Well what do you think? We think another stunning computer case from Thermaltake is the Tenor. Ideally designed for both Home Theatre use it also makes a superb desktop PC case for those of us that do not want to use a tower PC case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sytrin Nextherm ICS 8200 Case Review @ Techniz
"The Nextherm ICS 8200 case from Sytrin is a very stylish case and available in black color only. The case itself has a lot of great feature such as the tool free design, the LCD control panel and the power consumption display. Furthermore, the Nextherm ICS 8200 case comes with a powerful PC Air Con module, a 460W PSU, and the top of chassis is equipped with dual USB2.0, IEEE1394 Firewire, audio & speaker ports. The PC Air Con is is pulling down the temperature inside the case is not simply just a one, but by "MULTIPLE", which means a one degree of heat respectively from the motherboard, from the CPU, from the VGA card, from the chipsets, and etc OVERALL are taken away."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, May 9, 2005
Plusdeck 2 PC Cassette Deck Review @ BJorn3D
"It is not that often that I come across a product that has such a narrow target audience like the BTO Plusdeck 2. In short, it is a product that allows you to play old cassette tapes on your PC, record from cassette to PC and record music onto cassettes from the PC. Considering a lot of today’s young computer users haven’t even seen a cassette tape, you probably now understand why this isn’t a product for everyone."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec NexStar 3 External Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ PimpRig
"The case where the hard drive will dock is made of 19-gauge anodized aluminum. That's some pretty stout stock for making an enclosure. The whole assembly measures 206mm x 123mm x 33mm. The front bezel is a realistic chrome-looking plastic that holds a piece of black acrylic, with a small Vantec logo that is lit up blue when the power is on."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax AX series 480W PSU Review @ Xtreme Computing
"I could not actually detect a difference in the noise from the PSU when adjusting from the slowest to the fastest setting, while sitting with the PC only 2 feet away. Only by holding my hand in front of the fan could I detect any change in fan speed. This PSU is very quiet, especially considering there are 3 fans in it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shikatronics Manhattan Edition USB 2.0 Review @ Viperlair
"Performance wise the Manhattan drive was good. A solid 8.1MB/s in our testing is an excellent score for a USB flash drive. In real world use I found the drive to be perfect for the person on the go. I often have to grab a program of file off my computer while I am running out the door on the way to work. The Manhattan drive allowed me to do this and more."

More information on this review can be found here.
XClio-Meridian 400W and 450W Power Supplies Review @ System Cooling
"XClio recently introduced a new line of switching power supplies that include four models ranging in power output from 300 to 450 watts. The units are manufactured by Meridian Technology and incorporate S.C.F.T. (Super Cooling Function Technology), which allows the power supply fan and up to four case fans to continue running for a few minutes after the computer is switched off for added cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
ePower PCMCIS Fanless 450 LION Review @ SLCentral
"Although this power supply may prove to be quite the "lion," it's hardly fanless. But I think the term is used loosely as anyone can see the 80MM fan at one end of the power supply. One would certainly think the power supply is fanless when one plugs it in and turns it on. The fan doesn't spin! And quite honestly, neither does any of the fans hooked up to the fan controllers either! The only noise coming from the PC comes from the hard drives and the CPU fan (if applicable.) Not bad."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake PurePower Modular Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"There are many PSUs on the market but few have as many unique features as this one does. The big plus is its modular design which cuts down on the cable mess, increases case air flow, and simply looks cool. Additionally, it has dual +12V rails & 2 PCI-E Video Cards leads. It even includes a real time wattage display. Empowering!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
HIS X850XT IceQ II Turbo VIVO 256MB AGP Review @ BonaFideReviews
"Just when we thought we had seen the last of AGP it comes right back in full force. It seems AGP isn't done fighting against PCI Express in the war for graphics dominance and it's putting up quite a fight. Today we look at the HIS X850XT IceQ II Turbo AGP, cousin to the X850XT Platinum Editor PCIe we reviewed last month."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingmax SuperRAM PC3200 1GB Dual Channel Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"Although Kingmax is relatively quiet in the enthusiast market, their budget memory solution performs very well and offers a tiny bit of overclocking headroom. You just simply can't beat the price for a 1GB set."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL 1GB DC DDR400 Gold Edition Review @ Techniz
"The OCZ EL 1GB Dual Channel DDR400 Gold Edition memory module is great memory; with the use of the legendary Winbond BH-5 RAM chips, it will meet the needs of most enthusiasts. This pair of DDR400 is one of the fastest RAM frequencies of the DDR memory range. This dual channel RAM kit is able to run tight timings of 2-2-2-5, which is the best and basic requirement for a good memory module. Furthermore, with the voltage of 2.8V, it was able to hit 221 MHz which is equal to DDR 442 with the tight timings of 2-2-2-5."

More information on this review can be found here.
PNY Verto GeForce 6600 GT 128MB AGP Review @ Hexus
"The underlying technology is good enough to state that you cannot buy a bad GeForce 6600 GT card. It's best-suited for playing games at 1280x1024 with a modicum of image enhancement. That fits in perfectly with the kind of customer it's aimed at, who'll most likely be using a 17" TFT or 19" CRT that both tend to run natively at that resolution."

More information on this review can be found here.
Athlon 64 X2 Review @ Bit-Tech
"The problem here is when you feed the FX-55 with too much pie, it spits it back out at you, while the X2 4800+ appears to be hungry for more and more. Remember to be realistic, the Athlon 64 X2 is an expensive alternative to the Athlon 64 FX-55 and if you are sensible with your computing habits, you will not find the Athlon 64 FX-55 or 4000+, for that matter, being overstretched by your needs."

More information on this review can be found here.

Athlon 64 X2 Review @ Techware Labs

Released today, AMD's X2 processor brings unprecedented computing power to the desktop and enables consumers with dual processor power in a single chip design. What does this mean to the future of computing and where should your purchase be made? Read our review to find out if the X2 lives up to all it claims to be."

More information on this review can be found here.
DDR2 Memory Roundup Q2 2005 @ Madshrimps
"Today in our DDR2 Roundup we´re seeking to accomplish two goals. Foremost: to compare performance among several models of DDR2 supplied by Tier 1 memory manufacturers. Second: to exemplify the overclocking community´s influence in re-shaping the world of the Desktop PC. Products have been supplied from Corsair, Crucial, Kingston, Mushkin, and Transcend. Our platform will be the mid-level Abit AA8 Durmax and Pentium-4 550 both water-cooled."

More information on this review can be found here.
Jetart JACSH1 VGA Heatsink Cooler Review @ techPowerUp
"Jetart has built their own VGA cooler - a pretty full copper design with a blue LED. Can they compete with the other coolers in terms of performance as well?"

More information on this review can be found here.
How to Cool your PC with Dry Ice @ Madshrimps
"A complete guide on working with Dry Ice so you can reach sub zero temperatures with your CPU and graphics card. Details on building containers, where to buy Dry Ice and important tips and tricks."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Spire KestrelKing VI CPU Cooler Review @ XYZ Computing
"For the past few years Spire has generally flown below the radar and has not really done much to get the attention of computer enthusiasts. As opposed to producing crazy-looking, gigantic CPU coolers they have generally been known for their inexpensive models, which are more aimed at being "stock replacement" than anything else. This review will be looking at their KestrelKing VI cooler (SP779B3-1), an inexpensive model which does not have the large fan and heatpipes of many of the coolers we have been reviewing lately."

More information on this review can be found here.
Alternative HTPC Case @ Box Gods
"With the explosion in Home Theater PC’s, the prevalent trend has been to stuff them into ever smaller, ever hotter home electronics look alike cases. Recently, a friend asked me to build an HTPC. When I showed him his choices in cases, he asked, “Does it have to go in one of those puny things?” Right then it occurred to me that it really didn’t. A compact mid tower with a complimentary color scheme would be better in many ways. With a standard PSU, more room for expansion and air flow, and prices more in line with reality, we are looking at a case that fits the bill nicely from Athenatech."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire X-QPack PC Case Review @ Short-Media
"The X-QPack PC case from Aspire is compact, lightweight and comes with, of all things, a carrying handle. The X-QPack comes in five colors, features windows on three sides, a 120mm. cooling fan, removable motherboard tray and a 420 watt power supply all of which are uncommon in a mATX PC case design. The X-QPack is described as a "grab and go" PC case. It's not much larger than a toaster oven."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, May 7, 2005
Chaintech AV-710 Audio Card Review @ Techniz
"The Chaintech AV-710 is a budget 24 bit audio card. It really gives out the 7.1 Channel performance by the 24 bit with 192KHz sampling rate. Overall, the sound was very clear compare to those 16 bit or onboard audio. During the gaming or playing music, it did a great job. The sound quality is very clear. Furthermore, the bundles have included with the WinCinema Pro software. The retail price for this Chaintech AV-710 audio card is at $25 USD only which is very affordable by most of the end users."

More information on this review can be found here.
UTT Memory IC's Explained @ Legit Reviews
"For startes do you know what UTT stands for? It stands for UnTesTed memory IC's. This means that after the IC's were packaged they were NOT speed binned and offer no ratings from the factory."

More information on this article can be found here.
Asus K8N4-E Deluxe Motherboard Review @ PCStats
"Today, PCStats will be looking at the new Asus K8N4-E Deluxe motherboard. It's so new that it's not even up on Asus's North American website. Based around the nForce4 chipset, this motherboard supports Socket 754 AMD Athlon64 or Sempron processors. It's memory slots will accommodate up to 3GB of single channel DDR memory. Graphics come courtesy of a standard PCI Express x16 slot, which is the key selling point as far as we're concerned. Onboard goodies consist of an extra Serial ATA/RAID controller, a 7.1-channel audio codec, IEEE 1394a Firewire and Gigabit LAN."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek WaterChill CPU/VGA/Chipset Power Kit Review @ Overclockers.com
"To watercool or not to watercool - that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous noise, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by watercooling, end them."

More information on this review can be found here.
Koolance EXOS-2 Review @ [H]ardOCP
"Today the brand spanking new Koolance EXOS-2 (Model # EX2-750BK) is in for review. This is the replacement for the venerable EXOS-Al, and is the marriage of the PC3-720BK into the EXOS lineage. The EXOS-2 is available in brushed aluminum or black, with no other models currently announced. It was almost exactly four years ago today that we posted our first Koolance review. At the time, only the bleeding edge enthusiast would think of having water inside their system, even if it meant cooler operating temperatures. The then unknown group at Koolance began shipping water-cooling systems that were not only accessible to the technologically challenged, but also performed effectively enough for the enthusiast."

More information on this review can be found here.

Windows XP Pro x64 Edition Gaming Comparison

"Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition is here. This new OS is a 64-bit version of Windows XP Professional. This article is not an overview or in-depth look into WinXP Pro x64 Edition. The focus of this article is purely one of gaming curiosity. We are going to take eight games and look at installation, compatibility, and performance comparisons. We are going to compare performance between an NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra and an ATI RADEON X850 XT-PE in Windows XP Pro versus Windows XP Pro x64 Edition."

More information on this article can be found here.
Zalman VF700-AlCu Review @ techPowerUp
"One month ago we reviewed the Zalman VF700-AlCu. Now we test the VF700-Cu which is a full copper design. The performance difference is definitely there and users who have the choice should go for the copper version."

More information on this review can be found here.
A Tale of Three Heatsinks @ Bit-Tech
"Surprisingly the lightest and quietest offering, Gigabyte's G-Power, performed significantly better than both of Cooler Master's heatsinks. The G-Power comes with an inline resistor to reduce its fan speed by 15%, it wasn't found to make much difference the final load temperature we measured or to the noise output of the fan - it was already one of the quietest components in our typical test system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Vanessa L-Type Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ XYZ Computing
"Here is the Vanessa L-Type, it is a built around a 25mm heatpipe. It uses what I would call a "tree" design, as it has a central supporting pole and pieces which go out from there. The heat is transfered from the copper heatpipe to the aluminum fins. The cooling is done by a 120mm x 120mm x 25mm fan which runs at between 1100 and 2100 RPM and pushes from 37.8 to 82.9 CFM (22-38 dBA). The fan can be controlled on the fly using the knob on the front panel device."

More information on this review can be found here.
How-To Paint Peripherals @ Box Gods
"So your most recent case mod is all done, and it’s an ass kicking work of art. What’s with the plain Jane peripherals? Are those STOCK? Kidding aside, nothing detracts from your efforts on a well executed case mod than the reality check of stock peripherals. Today we're going to cover the basics of painting on a full set of awesome products--Logitech’s MX1000; Saitek’s lighted gaming keyboard with command pad; Hercules' ProphetView 920 flat panel; and Sennheiser's gaming headset. We are going to keep the airbrush and compressor packed away and stick with the trusty spray cans most people have access to. Let’s pimp some peripherals."

This is an excellent primer for colour matching your system components with a modified case. More information on this guide can be found here.
May High-end Gaming PC Buyer's Guide @ Sharky Extreme
"In each edition of our monthly High-end Gaming PC Buyer's Guide, we are given $2500 in spending money, and then go to the limit in search of the ultimate high-end gaming machines. These systems certainly pump out the gaming framerates, but we do not spend this money frivolously, and our tech savvy and eye for a deal play a large role in the choices we make."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Friday, May 6, 2005
Logitech MX3100 Review @ CaseModGod
"Once again Logitech has push the Keyboard and Mouse combination to a higher level with the MX3100. What makes Logitech continue to advance their input devices, Brand Loyalty. They know that once you use a Logitech Mouse or keyboard you will never buy another brand. I do not know how Logitech is going to out do this wonder keyboard and mouse combination, but I think somehow they will."

More information on this review can be found here.
Understanding and Tweaking Windows XP Services @ PCStats
"The reason for this occasional slow performance is the same reason why Microsoft Windows XP runs considerably slower than Windows 2000 at times; it's what's going on in the background. Every modern operating system needs to run certain processes constantly, regardless of what other programs and operations are currently active and regardless of what the user may be doing. These background processes may be used to detect new hardware, monitor the network for incoming data, or a variety of other things that require the operating system to pay constant attention to its surroundings. In Windows XP, these background processes are called Services and they will be the topic of this edition. We're going to look at what the WinXP Services are and do, why they are necessary, which ones should be running on your system and which ones you can do without."

More information on this guide can be found here.
FrozenCPU DIY PSU Modulation Kit Review @ PimpRig
"I don't think there is any retail site on the web that carries as many computer modding supplies and equipment as FrozenCPU does. They have the gear for just about any mod or add-on you could imagine. A popular modification that people have been trying out recently has been to turn your power supply into a modular power supply. What that means is fabricate your power supply so that you only have to plug in the cables you need for your configuration."

This product sounds like a good idea, but is it worth the hassle versus buying a modular PSU off the shelf? More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam 20-in-1 Superior Panel Review @ LAN Addict
"Sunbeam’s 20-in-1 Superior Panel is exactly that! A brilliantly devised and constructed panel to put everything any PC user would need at their finger tips. There are many other panels that could be purchased for your PC, but why go with 2 or 3, when you could simply go with 1?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire DigiPanel Multifunction Panel Review @ BigBruin
"From the list of features it is clear that despite the DigiPanel featuring only one knob on the front panel, it is capable of monitoring three temperatures and monitoring/controlling three cooling fans. The knob doubles as a button, and tapping it allows the user to cycle the display between fans, eliminating extra buttons and saving a good deal of space in the process."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Silent 939 CPU Cooler Review @ Techniz
"Thermaltake have come out with a nice and great CPU cooler again. The Silent 939 cooler is adopting the heatpipe technology with a low noise fan. Furthermore, the fan is a 11 blades silent fan. As for the cooling performance, you can view it on the testing section. It's performing much better and more low noise compare to the AMD K8 stock cooler. Overall, this Silent 939 CPU cooler is very good in terms of the cooling performance, low noise, and style."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron GeForce TC6200Q (Turbo Cache) Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Albatron 6200 Turbo Cache will not blow your mind but you won’t have to sacrifice your gaming experience to upgrade to PCI-Express on a budget. The 6200 Turbo Cache uses innovative technology to establish harmony between cost and performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
asetek VapoChill LightSpeed [AC] Review @ OCTools
"For those who can afford it, the asetek VapoChill LightSpeed is the ultimate choice! It is the Ferraris of all modern day processor cooler. With the VapoChill LightSpeed comes guaranteed subzero cooling and extreme overclocking. Hands down this is the best PC cooler money can buy."

More information on this review can be found here.
Biostar NF4UL-A9 NForce 4 Ultra Motherboard Review @ DreamWare Computers
"Today I'll be taking a look at an Athlon 64 mainboard with the new Nvidia NForce 4 Ultra chipset. I have heard nothing but good things about this chipset and how Nvidia has outdone themselves and packed this chipset with features. Additionally, this board also has a very unique XGP slot which allows the use of most AGP 8X video cards to be used even though the board is PCI-E. It's time to see for ourselves how well everything will perform!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Ninja Budget Case Review @ A True Review
"Budget cases have come along ways in the last few years. A budget case used to be a white box that cut you to shreds. Now, budget cases have smooth rolled edges, windows, LED fans and some other kind of effect, like a temperature monitor. Crazy PC has a new budget case worth checking out, the Ninja."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soltek EQ3501-300P SFF Review @ Viperlair
"Overall, we found the Soltek EQ3501-300P a solid system with a few flaws, both minor and major depending on what you're looking for in a SFF PC. The system itself is suitable as a full sized system replacement, and if you're aware of the limitations and can work around them, you'll be fine. Whether or not you like the appearance though is up to you."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, May 5, 2005
File Management For The Disorganized Packrat @ System Cooling
"As we become more reliant on computer technology, these bits and pieces of virtual information get more valuable, not to mention more numerous. And just like anything else that tends to pile up, computer files need to be managed and organized in order for them to be accessible and useful."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Razer eXactMat Mouse Pad Review @ Mikhailtech
"The aluminum trim isn't purely aesthetic. It helps prevent scratches and the eventual deterioration of the mouse pad's border, something that's all too common these days. You'll also find 4 rubber feet on each corner of the eXactMat to prevent slipping. Because of the pad's shape, they don't interfere with tracking and don't look out of place either. Once you see it, you'll come to the same conclusion I did: that this is a very well thought-out product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright XP90-C Review @ OCIA
"Finally, the XP90-C itself. This is an attractive sink. Unlike the XP120 and XP90-Aluminum refered to as "Light 'n' Easy", this sink has some weight to it, 1.52 lbs to be exact. (XP90-Aluminum = .79 lbs, XP120 = 0.81 lbs) The stepping on the fins is exactly the same as the XP90, accommodating either an 80mm or 90/92mm fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Silver's ArctiClean Review @ ModdersHQ
"Cleaning thermal paste and pads off heatsinks, waterblocks and CPU's is a job we all must do. Thermal paste can be a sticky gunky mess but thanks to Arctic Silver Inc. Cleaning up thermal materials is now easier and more efficient with ArctiClean (30ml Size)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Stealth 520W Power Supply Review @ PCStats
"The Vantec VAN-520A Stealth power supply has a few nice features that should guarantee it a very successful lifespan in the stores. The ability of the powersupply to manage all three fan speeds is pretty good, as this can be a useful way of keeping your overall system noise down. This PSU is not the absolute quietest one we have ever tested, but it does offer pretty good noise levels under the automatic setting. For more powerful cooling, a simple flick of the switch turns the fans up to higher RPM levels."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake TWV 500W PurePower Modular PSU Review @ Techniz
"Thermaltake TWV 500W PurePower Modular PSU is a very good looking and powerful PSU. The performance of the Thermaltake TWV 500W PurePower Modular PSU is very good and stable as you can refer back to the testing and performance section. A part from that, it comes with the 20-pin and 24-pin which will able to support all the current motherboard platforms. There are four SATA connectors included as well for supporting the SATA hard disk and dual PCI-Express connector to support the SLI technology VGA card."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Purepower TWV480 PSU Review @ SLCentral
"The Thermaltake we're reviewing today, the TWV480 with active PFC, only has 18A available on the 12V rail. That's only 1A more than the Butterfly power supply I had reviewed earlier, which now seems to have been an "older model" since Thermaltake's website now states that the Butterfly has 18A on the 12V rail as well."

More information on this review can be found here.

Ryanpower2 CableFREE 550W ACR-PS2100 Review

"Today I'm taking a look at another modular power supply, the CableFREE 550W from A.C. Ryan. The A.C. Ryan website makes a lot of us feel like kids in candy stores. A.C. Ryan fills a lot of gizmo gaps that case modders may have. They sell everything from cable mods to plexiglas panels to hard drive coolers. But there's a big jump going from pretty cables and shiny metal and plastic widgets and a functional power supply that will essentially be the heart of your computer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS 3200XL Xpert Memory Review @ Ninjalane
"While the Corsair Xpert memory modules are based on the spectacular performance of the 3200XL module the addition of a programmable digital display can only make them better."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GV-RX70P256V X700 PRO Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Today were reviewing the Gigabyte GV-RX70P256V X700 PRO a very capable video card that truly is a lot of bang for the buck, One thing that sets this card apart from the rest is the it does not use the standard fan and fin cooling method but instead uses a "SilentPipe" heatpipe. So come on along as we benchmark this X700 and see how well the heatpipe technology handles temperatures during our benchmarks."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI NX6600GT-VTD128SP Videocard Review @ PCStats
"Since competition has always been a deciding factor with mainstream videocards, manufacturers are really pulling out all the stops to differentiate their 6600GT-based cards. The standards are pricing, flashy colours, lights, silent cooling set-ups, or even an occasional software package. MSI has pretty much done all of this."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax Virgo 811 Black Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"Another door houses four 5.25" drives and two 3.5" drives. We all know it can be an eye sore to have a white optical drive in a black case. It can be as equally painful to try and paint the drive to match. This door is a great solution to this problem. HIDE IT! Out of site, out of mind. With the door closed, this case really maintains its uniformity. No more optical drives sticking out like a sore thumb. Also located behind this door are the power and reset switches."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Samurai Case Review @ BJorn3D
"Overall, Sunbeam's Samurai case is a well designed low-budget project. If you are looking for cheap yet fancy case, you should give Samurai a try. Although a power supply is not included in this unit, you are free to choose any ATX power house you like."

More information on this review can be found here.
Revoltec Case Modification Products Review @ XtremeResources
"People began looking into ways to make their systems look original, prettier and different than all the rest. Some even became obsessed over modifying their PCs for originality. These are the so called modders. Today we are going to see what one of the companies which aim to please the modders market has to offer and some of their modding products are under the scope today. Revoltec is a German company, a subsidiary of Listan, rather new but well established in Europe, since they are known for their good prices but they tend not to sacrifice quality for low prices."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron TC6200Q TurboCache Review @ Viperlair
"The TC6200Q is right in between the performance of the 915G and the PCX5750. It does beat the PCX5750 in our Splinter Cell tests, but in everything else it has a good margin in both directions. It is playable at 800*600 in both UT2004 and Half Life 2, but not really playable at any of the other resolutions/tests. With the actual game tests, this card can play the games we had at 1024*768 with medium to high quality settings."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X800 XL 512MB Review @ Neoseeker
"No doubt this is one of the many emails you have received today regarding this subject, but over here at Neoseeker we also take a look at ATI's Radeon X800 XL 512MB. I do not think it needs much of an introduction so the direct link to our take on ATI's latest can be found at the link below."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire X-QPACK Aluminum Mini Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"As you can see, there was a dramatic drop in temperatures when I shifted cases. Over 10 degrees Celsius in the load temperatures! Despite having one fan, we can see that the CPU Cooling duct greatly improves air flow to the CPU even if a fan is not installed. There was also a 5C drop in the hard drive temperature in both states. Not a bad change if you ask me."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Wednesday, May 4, 2005
Choosing a Keyboard @ XYZ Computing
"Too many computer users spend an insufficient amount of time picking their input devices. As opposed to treating this choice like that of any other computer component, which research and testing, many users decide to complacently type upon whatever they have lying around. Whether this means using the keyboard that came with your 486 or buying one at your local budget department store people need to reflect on the amount of influence that a keyboard or mouse has on your interaction with your computer relative to some of the items which they use much less frequently but are willing to spend more money on, like a sound card or DVD burner."

More information on this article can be found here.
Titan Vanessa L-Type CPU Cooler Review @ PimpRig
"The cooler uses heat pipe technology to get the job done. It does not use multiple heat pipes as other coolers of this type but uses one 25mm heat pipe. Over the pipe the individual fins are fitted and stacked to form the bulk of the cooler. Mounted to the fins by means of a couple of brackets is an attractive metallic blue and chrome 120mm fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Sonic Tower 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."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston launches line of Validated ValueRAM Modules for Intel-based Servers
"ValueRAM Parts Designated with an "I" Provides Extra Measure of Convenience, Quality Assurance for ValueRAM Server Memory Customers

Fountain Valley, CA May 4, 2005, Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the world's leading independent memory manufacturer, today announced that, as part of its participation in the Intel Memory Validation Program, it is enhancing its current line of ValueRAM® products with the inclusion of ValueRAM parts designated with an "I". Parts with this designation have been validated by Intel's authorized validation group for their server platforms.

"Servers are mission-critical systems and downtime is very costly. Kingston® understands the importance of server memory performance. With our expanded line of ValueRAM parts designated for Intel server motherboards, customers can easily identify the ValueRAM module they need for their mission critical servers," said Louis Kaneshiro, senior technology manager, Kingston. "Customers seeking ValueRAM modules, simply need to look for part numbers that end with and "I" in the part numbering schema" continued Kaneshiro.

Prior to the release of this new part numbering schema, customers were required to check the Intel Web site for verification of Intel-validated components. Now, customers ordering designated ValueRAM "I" skus can be confident that they're receiving the same module posted on Intel's memory validation list. These new parts are backed by Kingston's lifetime warranty, comprehensive testing and will receive the full benefit of both Intel and Kingston technical support."

More information on this press release can be found here.
XGI Volari V3XT Review @ Bit-Tech
"The Club3D Volari V3XT has been something of a disappointment for us. In both WMV HD and DVD play back, we experienced large amounts of lag, which rendered the films un-watchable. The gaming performance was poor to non-existent in the latest titles, but we did manage to play some Counter-Strike 1.6 without too many hiccups. Half-Life 2 ranged from unplayable due to poor frame rates; to unplayable due to Windows Blue Screen Of Deaths right the way through to unplayable due to extreme display corruption."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GeForce 6600GT – An AGP Alternative @ Tweaktown
"Today we are taking a look at a Gigabyte graphics card for the still present and active AGP graphics card market. We're looking at an AGP version of the popular nVidia GeForce 6600GT core. Read on as we take a closer look at the graphics card and how Gigabyte went about turning this PCI-Express chipset into an AGP edition and as well as the performance differences between both cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Water Cooling with PolarFLO @ nVNews
"Water cooling has been a viable cooling solution for a number of years now. Until recently, though, it has been a solution that relatively few people have ventured into. It is becoming more popular as processors, video cards, and chipsets run at ever increasing temperatures."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright XP-90C Review @ ModdersHQ
"A while back Thermalright released their popular heatsink the XP-90. Now they bring us a new "beefier" version with the XP-90C. The design is the same as the original, however, this time it boasts all copper fins and a shiny look."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products 1024MB PC3200 XL Dual Channel DDR Review @ BigBruin
"Underneath the tightly clipped heat spreaders lie Samsung TCCD memory chips. Samsung TCCD loaded sticks seem to be the golden memory for overclocking the newer NVIDIA nForce 4 chipset based motherboards. To make a fair comparison in the review of Ultra's ULT31720 we got a hold of a few more sticks of TCCD memory from Corsair and G Skill."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AG8 Motherboard Review @ LAN Addict
"The ABIT AG8 is Abit's answer for performance gamers on a budget. With SATA RAID, Dual Channel DDR 400, PCI-Express X16, IEEE1394, Gigabit LAN, and ABIT Engineered µGuru, what more could you ask for? Let's take an indepth look at the AG8."

More information on this review can be found here.
Athlon 64 3800+ Venice Review @ Neoseeker
"With the Venice 3800+, we were able to stay stable at 2.89 Ghz (241 * 12) with the voltage tweaked to 1.57V in the BIOS (CPU-Z reports it to be 1.55V) so we did not quite manage to break the 3.0 Ghz barrier."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT Fatal1ty AA8XE i925XE Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"The most fundamental question for gamers/enthusiasts looking to build a gaming monster of a PC is whether it's the best gaming board, period?. The answer is no, and has little to do with how well ABIT has architected this model. Put simply, AMD Athlon 64 CPUs are the gaming CPUs of choice, as shown by the brief look at gaming results on the previous page. Buy yourself a competent S939 board and run with a mid-to-high-end Athlon 64 CPU instead. Either that, or invest in an SLI-capable motherboard for either platform."

More information on this review can be found here.
World Cyber Games Case Modding Competition Report @ Bit-Tech
"The main feature is the World Cyber Games Case Modding Competition. We've put together 15 pages of coverage of the competition, including pictorials of the mods and interviews with all the main contenders, including Loki, responsible for the new Loki Cube, and Robert Stoppels, who is the brains behind the AquaPC fishtank system that stole the show (and the 5000 Euros!). There's eye candy galore and some decent insight into the creative process."

More information on this report can be found here.
ATop Gladiator Gaming Case Review @ Think Computers
"The Gamers Dream Machine case? This is what A-Top claims their new Gladiator case is. A-Top turned heads when it released their Xblade case. This case is the updated version of that case. Will the Gladiator be able to live up to the expectations set by its predecessor? Let's take a look at the case and see!"

More information on this review can be found here.
ExtremeOC & Case Mod Contest Deadline Extended
"Because of the relatively short timespan originally (approx 1 week), and complexity of the contest, Cooler Master agreed to extend the deadline for entries until May 31, 2005. So now you have almost a whole month to benchmark your system, take some nice pics, and get your rig submitted into the contest!"

List of prizes:

1 x CM Stacker + 450W Real Power ACLY PSU + 1 x Geil Ultra-X PC4400 1GB DDR
1 x Wave Master Yellow Special Edition + 1 x 512MB Geil Ultra-X PC4400 DDR
1 x CoolDrive6
1 x Geil IBALL 256MB
1 x Hyper6
1 x CoolDrive Lite
1 x AeroGate2

More information on this contest can be found here.
Antec TX1088AMG Case Review @ Overclockers Online
"As you can see, there was a dramatic drop in temperatures when I shifted cases. Over 10 degrees Celsius in the load temperatures! Despite having one fan, we can see that the CPU Cooling duct greatly improves air flow to the CPU even if a fan is not installed. There was also a 5C drop in the hard drive temperature in both states. Not a bad change if you ask me."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, May 3, 2005
My Messy PC Contest @ AMDGamer
"Show us your messy PC and we'll send you some cool accessories to clean it up! All you have to do is post a picture of your messy computer."

More information on this contest can be found here.
FSP Green Power Review @ Mistix
"The environment agencies are quite particular over what they want us to do and how when it concerns them. It was only a matter of time until manufacturers decided to jump on the bandwagon and put a bit of 'oomph' into the 'hippy', stereotypical global environmental safety scene. However, I am quite annoyed that the FSP Green Power didn't come tie-dyed as standard. What does it take to create an environmentally, as well as user friendly PSU?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Four 1GB Corsair Flash Voyager Memory Drives Giveaway @ 3DGameman
"Corsair Flash Voyager USB drives are rugged, stylish, compact, reliable, and exceptionally fast, making them ideal for transporting MP3s, digital images, presentations and more. With data transfer rates up to 19Mb/sec, Flash Voyager drives are fully Hi-Speed USB 2.0 compliant, and are backward compatible with USB 1.1. They support Plug and Play with most operating systems. Their durable rubber casing is easy to grip and water resistant. These highly portable drives are available in capacities ranging up to 2GB."

More information on this giveaway can be found here.
Gigabyte GO-W1616A DVD Burner Review @ PCStats
"The Gigabyte GO-W1616A drive we are looking at today has some impressive specifications, in addition to dual-layer DVD recording. It supports a maximum writing speed of 16x for both single layer DVD+\-R media, 4x for DVD+R DL media, 8x for DVD+RW and 6x for DVD-RW. The GO-W1616A supports 48x burning for traditional CD-R and 24x for CD-RW. In terms of reading, the drive can read single layer DVD+\-R media at 16x, DVD+R DL at 4x, DVD+\-RW at 8x and standard DVD media at 16x speeds. With CDs, the drive can read CD/CD-R media t 48x and CD-RW at 32x speeds."

More information on this review can be found here.
D-Link GigaExpress DGS-1008D Review @ Viperlair
"The D-Link GigaExpress DGS-1008D is about as close to plug-and-play as networking equipment can get. Simply plug in the power, attach a network cable from the PC to the switch (and another cable to another PC or directly into your router) and you're set. It really doesn't get much easier than this for home users as D-Link has made the switch very easy to use. It's only a layer 2 switch though (and marketed as such), so those looking for switches that can do more such as encryption and application level switching will need to look elsewhere."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn NF4UK8AA-8EKRS Motherboard Review @ MBRReview
"As far as the general layout and design of the NF4UK8AA-8EKRS goes, I'd have to say that Foxconn has done a good job. They eliminated any possible problems with loading and unloading RAM by placing the x1 PCI-E connectors above the x16. The heatsink on the nForce4 chipset could provide some better cooling, but in the case of elongated graphics cards this becomes impossible as the card will end up overlapping the heatsink."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Radeon X850XT IceQ II Turbo VIVO 256MB Review @ HTPCNews
"I honestly could not be happier with the HIS X850XT IceQ II Turbo VIVO 256MB AGP. The gaming performance was absolutely amazing and really did make for a more cinematic experience. Combine the gaming performance with the near silent cooling that the card comes with standard then throw in a component video adapter and the total experience is like no other."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeIL Ultra-X PC3200 Winbond BH5 1GB Dual Channel Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"Samsung discontinued the TCCD chips in February. Many memory manufacturers were forced to find alternatives for low latency operation. Luckily, Winbond chips are being fabricated again under the same process as the renowned BH5, allowing low latency operations of 2-2-2 at 200MHZ."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake BigWater 12cm Liquid Cooling System Review @ nVnews
"You have to prepare to install a liquid cooling system and I started by preparing mentally. I meditated on it for 3 days. Then I read some web sites. It turns out that people have been crazy enough to put liquid in their cases for a few years now. At the very least this gave me some reassurance. I guess I should be optimistic since a lot of companies are manufacturing water cooling kits."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Iceberq 5 VGA Cooler Review @ Techniz
"Vantec have come out with their new Iceberq series VGA cooler which is the Iceberq 5. The Iceberq 5 is a very good VGA cooler in terms of the performance and the stylish look. The Iceberq 5 VGA cooler is performing very well during the testing. Moreover, it was fully made of copper which is a very good material of cooling. The design of this VGA Cooler is very stylish and nice. And the cooling fan use for it is a Blue LED fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire Verticool SPA49B0 Socket A Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Spire Verticool SPA49B0 combines several technologies into one compact cooler that weighs in at just under 350grams. Its heatpipes draw heat away from the copper baseplate, which is further cooled by a brazed-on extruded aluminum heatsink. Noise levels are moderate-to-low for the Spire SPA49B0, but it lacks a thermally responsive fan. The package includes a small syringe of 'Fanner 420' white silicon thermal compound with a listed thermal conductivity of less than 2.062W/mK."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master CoolDrive Lite Review @ System Cooling
"For those of us looking for an updated but plain CoolDrive, Cooler Master has released the newest product in their CoolDrive line, the CoolDrive Lite. It takes its design cues from the CoolDrive 6, but leaves out the extra goodies for those that don't need them."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX6 Review: LED displays redefined @ Madshrimps
"When a company launches a product which offers more functionality and better features then previous versions you would expect a higher price ticket. Well guess again, Matrix Orbital pulls a bright rabbit out their hat with their latest LED display in their MX series."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, May 2, 2005
Full Firefox Tweak Guide @ TweakGuides

"Whether you're a first-time user or a veteran, this Firefox Tweak Guide brings together all the major tips, tricks and tweaks for Firefox. From the basic to the advanced, the 12 page guide is sure to enhance your Firefox experience. Most of all you can rest assured that the guide is not written by a raving Firefox fanboy - it's a true objective TweakGuides tweak guide, and not a gushing ad for a free web browser."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Password Security and Safety @ BigBruin
"There is nothing more important than password security in a world of technology. It is the first step to creating a safe and secure environment. If your password becomes compromised, there are limitless consequences to what could happen. There are a few very important factors in keeping your passwords safe and secure that everyone should adhere to."

More information on this article can be found here.
How To Backup Your Hard Drive @ The Tech Zone


"We all know that we should back up our system as soon as possible. But if you're like most of us, you will get to it tomorrow. The problem is that tomorrow rarely ever comes until you experience a serious computer failure and then it's too late. Taking the time to backup your data or entire hard drive is not as painstaking as it may seem. And the rewards of doing so will be great should your system experience a crash."

More information on this guide can be found here.
ThermalRight SI-97 Review @ HWzone


"ThermalRight is one of the most known and respected companies in the field of air cooling, thanks to its many excellent products that display cooling performance almost on par with water cooling systems. In the past few years, ThermalRight has released several successful series of coolers, some based on copper, some on aluminium and some combined both. A few moths ago, ThermalRight released their new product series, called "SI", which is supposed to offer better performance and ease-of-use than the SP."

More information on this review can be found here.
Revoltec Procyon II 7 in 1 Multifunction Panel Review @ XtremeResources


"Are you perhaps one of those people that need to attach many devices to their systems? Perhaps you need fast and easy access to the device ports in order to swap devices quickly? Maybe you just need a multifunction device to help you get rid of your many individual devices to save space. Or maybe you simply need a good card reader for making the transfer of data easier from and to your digital devices? Some may even need all of the above. The answer comes from Revoltec, in the form of the Procyon II 7-in-1 multifunction panel and the UFO design USB 2.0 hub."

More information on this review can be found here.
SoundBlaster Audigy 2 NX Review @ Techniz
"The overall package is well packed with software, you can play cd's DVD's, record audio and change the way it sounds, ie using sound profiles ie CMSS. The handy demo CD igives you an idea of WHAT this card can really do. The good thing with this unit that you can have three inputs, and still have a 5.1 speaker system plugged it. Many other units make use of the mic and line inputs to provide the 5.1 support, not this one!"

More information on this review can be found here.

JAHT 108Mbps Wireless Devices Review

"JAHT has come out with a great product again. We had reviewed their full range of the Super G+ Wireless devices which consist of the JWP-5001BP (108Mbps Wireless Access Point), JWP-5108PCI (108Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter) and JWP-5108P (108Mbps Wireless Cardbus Adapter)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Connect3D X850XT Review @ Pureoverclock
"The potential to overclock on a number of identical cards can be very different. It's the same situation as CPU's. Some will fly and overclock dramatically, others won't. I can only provide results for the card I have in my possession and though it gives a general idea of what to expect, your results could be higher or lower. Its pot luck! This particular card overclocked to 600/590 which is way beyond even the stock X850XT PE! The memory that is rated at 1.6ns should have been able to hit 600Mhz (1200Mhz) but it couldn't. This leans me to believe that ATI are most likely using aggressive timings above the Samsung 1.6ns specification, but I can't be sure until I test more X850's."

More information on this review can be found here.
Modder of the Month May 2005 @ Creative Mods
"Brooks Clark, this month’s MOTM, has been a computer enthusiast since age 12. It is no surprise that his interest in computers eventually led him to case modding. His mods include a good bunch of cases made completely out of plexi glass. To learn more about this veteran modder and to see some of his work, please read on."

More information on this article can be found here.
Xbox Modchip SmartXX V2 & XboxMediaCenter Review @ MetkuMods
"One chip solution for all your gaming and multimedia needs. Gives possibility to change larger harddrive, play backupped games, watch video streams, listen to hundreds of Shoutcast radio stations etc. Well, the chip enables only so much so one just can't ignore the need for good frontend to all this. XBMC ties all of this together and gives the user the power to control it all. With IR Mod and the LCD you are getting the best that Xbox can offer these days."

XBMC is an excellent alternative for those individuals looking to set-up a inexpensive HTPC on the XBOX platform. More information on this review can be found here.
Diamond's USB 2.0 HTPC Conversion Kit Review @ EverythingUSB
"Technically speaking, the XtremeTV PVR600 is a Hi-Speed USB TV tuner, but Diamond bundles with all kinds of media software together to make it a Home Theater PC (HTPC) conversion kit for a laptop or PC. Coupled with Beyond TV & Media, the $143 XtremeTV PVR600 package does time-shifting like the TiVo; records MPEG-2 natively via its on-board encoder; organizes all your photos; and doubles as a software MP3 player. And you get to enjoy your media from the comfort of your sofa with the bundled SnapStream FireFly remote control. Unfortunately, there's no DVD burning nor video editing software."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Titan 550 Server Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"With the new Titan 550 case, Antec has tried to blend the best of the server market with what enthusiasts desire in a high end case. On the Titan 550 Antec has included individual front accessible HDD installation bays and a double hinged door that can open up to 270 degrees, so it is easy to build, maintain, and upgrade. Along with better airflow and ease of use, the Titan's design is also perfect for Dual Xeon and Opteron solutions along with the upcoming dual core server and desktop processors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Case Buyer's Guide: Cases Over $100" @ XYZ Computing
"The goal of this guide was to compile a short list of some solid cases. This list is by no means exhaustive but it does attempt to highlight a few cases that have proven themselves to be worth the investment. It focuses on cases with an average price that is over $100 so these cases represent the higher end products out there. The cases chosen are quite varied so there should be something for almost everyone."

More information on this guide can be found here.
SkyHawk IceQ IMC6375 Mini BareBone Review Part 2 @ GruntvillE
"The memory timings are up to snuff and should provide enough leeway to get what you want out of the installed ram. Nothing too special here but you may notice the extra menu at the bottom relating to “on chip vga settings”. These allow you to choose whether or not you want to use the provided etbios option that is one of this boards main selling points. If you choose to use your own card and disable the onboard video, you’re effectively telling the bios that you’d rather not deal with the ET option and rely on your OS to play your DVD’s instead. Once a video card is installed the options available on the Integrated Peripherals screen will disappear to avoid any confusion about what you can and can’t do."

More information on this review can be found here.
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