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Thursday, June 30, 2005
Thermaltake Hardcano 13 Review @ DreamWare Computers
"Today we are taking a look at an all-in-one bay unit from Thermaltake, called the Hardcano 13. This is a very feature packed device with a 6 in 1 card reader, ability to control 4 fans and monitor 4 temperature probes, as well as an LCD screen that can be switched over to a 24 hour clock if you don't wish to see all the temperatures and fan RPM's. To add to all the technical features, the Hardcano 13 is topped off with a very stylish look and colour backlit LCD."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X850 XT IceQ Review @ Bit-Tech
"Obviously, the GeForce 7800 GTX delivers some very solid, unrivalled performance in Battlefield 2, but the HighTech Radeon X850 XT iTurbo does well – the settings used for the Radeon X850 XT were slightly higher than the GeForce 6800 Ultra, with Terrain, Geometry, Texture, Dynamic Shadows and Texture Filtering all set to 'High'. On GeForce 6800 Ultra and Radeon X800 XL, we found that we had to lower the details a little, with only Terrain, Texture and Texture Filtering set to 'High'."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung DVD-R120 DVD Recorder Review @ TechTastic
“The fact that digital consumer electronics are quickly replacing their analog counter parts only proves that it's only a matter of time before VCR's are on their way to extinction. The new players on the market are DVD recorders, cable of burning your TV shows to DVD recordable media. On top of the benefit of better quality recording, DVD's take much less room than a VHS tape. Today we take a look at one such DVD Recorder from Samsung that's capable recording in multiple formats, their DVD-R120 Recorder.”

More information on this review can be found here.
Mutant Mods' 6 Bay Clear/Blue Acrylic Mid Tower ATX Case Review @ Futurelooks
"All those times you see those clear cases at computer conventions, and you just think, "How cool would it be to get one of those?" Or maybe you just want something that will let you show off all your computer hardware. Well, we have a look at Mutant Mods' very own acrylic mid-tower ATX Case and see if it's just what the doctor ordered!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Seagate 5GB Pocket Hard Drive Review @ Viperlair
"Ultimately, not matter how good or bad a product is, most of us are going to be concerned about the price. At $122 USD, the Seagate 5GB Pocket Hard Drive rings in at little more than $0.02 per Megabyte. Compare this with a 4GB flash drive at $350 USD, which rings in at about $0.09 per meg, we can see the Pocket Hard Drive's value."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Pentium M Overclocking, going for 100% OC on Dry Ice @ Madshrimps
"Today we go for a 100% overclock with a 1.6Ghz Pentium M Dothan CPU, using Dry Ice to cool the CPU this might be possible. To make things more interesting we also push an ATI X800 to its limit running it at -52°C"

More information on this article can be found here.
fUnc 1030MBA Limited edition mousepad Review @ BoPC
"It's quite hard to convince you whether you should purchase a mouse pad that costs 50 euros when your also able to get a free mouse pad on any computer convention you go to.... I must say though this is by far the best and most impressive mouse pad I've had the pleasure to test! It looks fantastic, it's made with precision and it's really great to use."

More information on this review can be found here.
SunbeamTech 20 in 1 MultiFunction Panel and Anodized Fans Review @ PimpRig
"Like a kid on Christmas, I couldn’t decide which one to open first so I went with the biggest box first, the 20-In-1 Superior Panel. Once I opened this sturdy box, I felt intimidated by what I saw. After all, the last time I hooked up a car stereo it had fewer wires packed inside the box than this one did. Thankfully, I came to my senses and actually remembered that I know what these wires were for(unlike the car stereo)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Memory and HDD Cooler Review @ Viperlair
"The Ultra Hard drive cooler is an excellent cooling product, temperatures on my hard drive dropped dramatically once installed. If Ultra fixed the minor cabling mess and designed it to allow for a hard drive to be installed underneath it would be even better."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS RS480-M Review @ InsaneTek
"ECS has always had a reputation of being an inexpensive solution for DIY system builders. They haven't had a great history in terms of overclocking but their new micro-ATX motherboard may actually be a viable solution for HTPC systems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Apple iMac G5: How To Install More Memory @ Legit Reviews
"As the Apple iMac G5 continues to gain market share among multimedia users, many are finding out that the original system specifications are not up to par. Today, we take apart an Apple iMac G5 and show you how to install additional memory modules to improve system performance."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Seagate 400GB Pushbutton Backup USB 2.0/FireWire HDD Review @ Bjorn3D
"All of us have movies, pictures and/or music that we treasure and would hate to lose. You may have already heard or read it a thousand times, but you really should back up any data that is important to you. Before you reach for those 3.5" floppies, you should realize that your backed up data is only as good as the media you put it on, which is why you should steer clear of floppies, especially when there are so many superior options available today. Besides, you can't fit much more than a few school papers on a floppy."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech VNF4 Ultra Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Since its introduction, nVidia’s nForce4 chipset coupled with AMD’s successful socket 939 Athlon 64, has been greeted with enthusiasm and been a very successful product. Both gamers and non gamers alike have hailed it for its stability and performance under a variety of tasks. One of its most popular features of course has been the SLI functionality for all our gaming buddies out there. But, while not everyone needs the uber-fast frame rates that SLI can put out, we all want good performance and rock solid stability at a decent price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Connect3D All-in-Wonder Radeon X800 XT 256MB AGP Review @ BFR
"Earlier this month we reviewed the ATI All-in-Wonder X800XT and really liked what we saw. A top performing graphic card with an excellent set of features complimented by smart design and accessories. Today we have the luxury of reviewing another AIW X800XT but this time it's from the friendly folks at Connect3D. Like the ATI card, this model comes with a bundle of features including EAZYLOOK, TV-ON-DEMAND, and MULTIMEDIA CENTER. It should be noted that card being reviewed is the European version which means that the card is designed for a PAL (phase-alternating line) television signal. The problem being of course that since we are based in America, which uses the NTSC (National Television Systems Committee) standard for television, it's very likely that we won't be able to test out the TV capturing ability of this card."

More information on this review can be found here.
UK Exclusive: ABIT Fatal1ty AN8 SLI Motherboard Review @ HEXUS
“Think carefully about what you want from a S939 board. If it's features above all else, look elsewhere, frankly. If it's the promise of sky-high overclocks and care and attention paid to cooling and tweaking, the ABIT Fatal1ty AN8 SLI is hard to beat. Recommended to the enthusiast/gamer.”

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

More information on this review can be found here.
Serener GS-L01 Fanless Mini-ITX Case Review @ Bigbruin
"One of the newest products on the virtual shelves of Logic Supply adds that extra appeal of silence to Mini-ITX systems by eliminating the need for fans on the processor or anywhere on the case. The Serener GS-L01 Fanless Mini-ITX Case utilizes heatpipe technology and large aluminum fins on the exterior of the case to passively cool the entire system, making it an appealing choice for home, commercial, or industrial applications."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 6600GT Graphics Card Review @ CoolTechZone
"Despite the launch of the latest 7800GTX and the immensity of falling prices, NVIDIA’s 6600GT would still remain one of the most sought after graphics adapters for enthusiasts on a budget. The 6600GT core has been getting its well-deserved appreciation ever since it debuted. Thankfully, NVIDIA introduced the 6800 vanilla before the 6600GT or else it would’ve surely hurt the sales of its supposedly better counterpart. Let alone the inner competition, the 6600GT is a solid performer against its competition, ATI’s X700 Pro. ATI had a few mishaps with its X700 series, as the company couldn’t decide what to put in the market, which led to product cancellation. But even after it did decide, NVIDIA’s architecture was far more superior this time than what ATI could offer."

More information on this article can be found here.
Logitech diNovo Cordless Desktop Review @ The TechZone
"The Logitech diNovo Cordless Desktop is designed for desktop use as well as for people on the move, who carry their notebooks with them everywhere they go, whether from city-to-city, office-to-home, or simply room-to-room. The new diNovo is a lower-priced version of the award-winning Logitech diNovo Media Desktop. It combines the sleek, low-profile design elements of the original product with the top-selling Logitech Cordless Optical Mouse for Notebooks and a separate cordless numeric pad. The result is a versatile modular ensemble that offers desktop comfort plus instant mobility, letting people easily pack away mouse and numeric pad and be on their way."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SCX-4100 Review @ DreamWare Computers
"Today we're looking at the SCX-4100 multifunction scanner/printer/copier from Samsung. This is possibly a dream machine for every office. It's a very fast scanner and copier, and to add to that speed it's also a laser printer which we all know are very fast printers to begin with. Having the ability to copy something quickly can be very handy for many businesses as well as many home users! Read on to see what the performance is like."

More information on this review can be found here.
Exclusive Antec Sonata II ATX PC Case Review @ Futurelooks
"Antec is a name almost everyone should know by now. They are known for excellent quality cases and especially for their legendary power supply units. Not only that, but they are extremely receptive to user feedback which is how Antec came up with the innovations for their new cases. Today we're looking at their new Sonata II, successor to the LifeStyle Sonata. It promises to combine style with low noise levels of the original, but also with a new SmartPower 2.0 450W power supply as well as an innovative cooling design."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 840 Review @ MBReview
"In the case of multi-tasking, I should say we see less of a performance loss than we would with a standard single core CPU, even one equipped with Hyper-Threading. This can be seen from the last multi-tasking benchmarks that we ran where, even though the 840 was far behind in a dedicated environment, it came out on top in a multi-tasking one."

More information on this review can be found here.
Simple Tech SimpleDrive Deluxe 250GB External Hard Drive Review @ Xtreme Resources
"Is the data on your internal drives important to you? If your answer is a resounding yes, the SimpleTech SimpleDrvie 250GB External that we will be examining today might the solution you are looking for your gaming or workstation PC. SimpleTech believes it is the perfect portable external solution for your backup needs as it features both USB 2.0 and FireWire interfaces. The USB interface is perfectly backwards compatible with the older standard so that you can connect the SimpleDrive to almost every PC that you wish to connect it to. Let us examine the SimplTech SimpleDrive External 250GB external hard drive performance and software to see if it is the backup and storage solution you are looking for."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung Yepp YP-T7Z 1GB MP3 Player Review @ OCC
“I think with the creation of the T7Z Samsung has created something on par with some of the leading lines of MP3 players (which, variably, Samsung has become). With a color screen, easy navigation, excellent sound quality, a large storage capacity and finally upgraded USB 2.0, the Yepp T7Z is an accomplishment that I'm sure Samsung's future lines of MP3 players will be directly based off of. Furthermore, the ability to use the player as a storage device for files and so on (and believe me, I've done it) doesn't inhibit the use of the player at all, which I find very useful.”

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn 925XE7AA-8EKRS2 Review @ Viperlair
"Using an Asetek Waterchill system, with only a water block on the CPU, we tested the overclocking potential of the Foxconn 925XE. We would have put a block on the chipset as well, but with the new chipset HSF mounting solution, we have no way of attaching the block to the northbridge chipset. We managed to get our 3 GHz P4 running stable at 3.75 GHz, which is a healthy 750 MHz overclock."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Silentium T2 Case Review @ Madshrimps
"Arctic Cooling, maker of the coveted VGA silencer series also make PC-cases. Where thermodynamics and air-flow are concerned their Silentium-T2has to be one of the most astute engineering designs we've seen. The case is an all steel affair sporting a slightly under powered integrated 350W PSU and is relatively small, but still may have some serious potential. Let's just see how much""

More information on this review can be found here.
DDR1 Versus DDR2 Notebook Memory Article @ Legit Reviews
"When it comes to DDR2 SDRAM for desktop computers the memory has been out now for over a year and has yet to truly make significant impact in terms of market share for desktop computers. The mobile market has seen benefits of DDR2 and leading market analysts and notebook builders believe that by then end of 2005 that DDR2 will be the memory module of choice in 90% of all shipping notebooks. This is vastly different than desktops and since mobile platforms are currently out selling desktop computers (May 2005) many users are going into unfamiliar territory when it comes to hardware."

More information on this article can be found here.
OCZ ModStream 520W Power Supply Review @ EOC
"OCZ is probably best known for their high performance memory and accessories, however they also produce power supplies. Their two current lines of power supplies are the ModStream series & PowerStream series. In this review we will be taking a look at the ModStream 520W PSU which is designed to be quiet, sleek, and versatile."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 Review @ HEXUS
"San Diego brings SSE3 support to Athlon 64 FX for the first time, along with support for mismatched DIMM sizes in its memory controller, more efficient use of memory compared to Clawhammer and more performance from its data prefetcher, which pulls data out of system memory into the processor's caches, in advance of it being needed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nexus Drive-A-Way: Internal 2.5"/3.5" Hard Disk Enclosure Review @ 3DGameMan
"This internal hard drive enclosure is one of the best because it's so versatile. A 3.5" IDE or SATA hard drive and even a 2.5" hard drive can easily be installed. It's all aluminum, has multi frequency noise absorption material, and is available in four colors. This product will keep any hard drive quiet while providing adequate cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
Connect3D X700Pro 256MB PCI-E Review @ Techniz
"Overall, the Connect3D X700PRO 256MB PCI-Express VGA card is doing great during our testing. The overclocking results of the card are even good. There was an increment of 25MHz for the core and 166MHz for the memory that brings up from the default at 425/864MHz to 450MHz/1030MHz. The only bad things for this card is the VGA cooler, it was not good enough for a long hours of heaving loading 3D applications. So, a suggestion to change to other VGA cooler is highly recommended for increase the life span for the card and also for better cooling performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, June 27, 2005
ZX-Raypad Thunder 8 Review @ ThinkComputers
"There are many entries in the Gamer/Professional Mouse pad segment out there. Today we will look at an entry by Xraypad, the Thunder 8. Gamer pads range from $15-$75, but sometimes I wonder if it is really worth spending that amount of money on a mouse pad. After all, it's just a mouse pad right? A square or rectangular piece of plastic or cloth that your mouse sits on, what's the big deal? Well the Thunder 8 is available for $20 most places online and can easily sell for a lot more, I was extremely surprised at the quality/cost ratio with this pad. When I got this pad and checked the price online I was shocked, I honestly thought it was one of those $75 pads. Today we are going to take a closer look at it, and you will see what I mean."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hitachi Deskstar T7K250 SATAII Review @ Xtreme Resources
"The SATA hard disk drive became a standard in every new system recently. As the IDE disk drives fade away, SATA disk drives will fully replace them in the near future. A few months ago, the SATA II connection protocol was introduced as well, which allows twice the transfer speeds of the SATA protocol, 300MB/s instead of 150MB/s. Hitachi introduced one of the first SATA II compliant drives recently, the Deskstar T7K250. Let us see how this drive performs and if it is a worthwhile competitor."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone NT02 CPU Cooler Review @ Overclockers Online
"If you're looking for a quality cooler that you can use over several platforms, it's easy to recommend the SilverStone NT02. If coupled with some real thermal paste (Arctic Silver 5) we could probably even expect another degree or two drop in temperature. Considering that this is only the third cooler SilverStone has made, they've made a very good impression over at Overclockers Online. It offers ample performance perfect for any overclocker."

More information on this review can be found here.
VoIP - What is the Problem? Article @ BonaFideReviews
"In the beginning, when the Internet Protocol was first designed, no one was thinking about the possibilities of sending audio and video. Real time communication was not an issue. Perhaps the greatest single problem is that the Internet Protocol(the IP part of VoIP - Voice over Internet Protocol) wasn't designed to ensure that the packets are delivered in the correct order."

More information on this review can be found here.
EPoX EP-9NPA+ SLI Motherboard Review @ HEXUS
"EPoX, with its EP-9NPA+ SLI, has taken onboard the chipset's attributes and added in discrete SATA (PCI-Express, which is nice) and FireWire400. What's also appealing is the voltage manipulation available in BIOS. Enthusiasts will be happy to see 3v+ DDR and up to 1.85v available for the CPU. The chipset, BIOS, and features implementation combine to make the 9NPA+ SLI a reasonably attractive proposition. Priced at around £105, the 9NPA+ SLI matches other manufacturers' similarly priced efforts in both features and performance, making it worthy of consideration if you want a fast, stable board that should overclock to 300MHz HTT and beyond."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake PurePower 460W PSU Review @ Techniz
"The Thermaltake PurePower 460W PSU is a very good looking and powerful PSU. The performance of this PSU is very good and stable as you can refer back to the testing and performance section. The operation noise level was very silent as well. There are two SATA connectors included as well for supporting the SATA hard disk and single PCI-Express connector to support the PCI-E VGA card. It is also the only disadvantage where it was not SLI ready. With the price of around $85 US, this was a good buy and affordable power supply unit if you are looking for a powerful and nice looking PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI PCIe Video Card Buyer's Guide @ XYZ Computing
"This guide is going to skim over the PCI Express video cards that are currently available using ATI graphics processing units. We will take a look at nVidia-based cards in a future article, we already have more than enough to handle. If you are buying a video card right now chances are you are investing in PCI Express; AGP is not dead but with the advantages of the 775 and 939 platforms the focus has definitely shifted to PCI Express. This means you can score some good deals on AGP equipment, but you won't find them here."

More information on this article can be found here.
D-Link DGL-4100 Broadband Gigabit Router Review @ BoxGods
"Sick and tired of slow network speeds? The Ethernet 10/100 has been out for a while now; however, most gigabit routers and switches have been aimed at corporate entities. This leaves home or small business users in a bit of a quandary--either pay exorbitant prices for gigabit equipment--or wait. The wait is over folks. D-Link has released a gigabit router aimed at gamers for use at LAN parties. On a whim, I picked one up, and to my surprise, it has all of the security features of a typical Linksys or Belkin router."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Big Typhoon CPU Cooler Review @ Bigbruin
"With the 120mm fan removed, you can see the top of the densely packed aluminum fins. Something that makes the design of the Big Typhoon unique is that it is large enough to be designed as two heatsinks in one! The aluminum fins are actually arranged into two separate groups, which allows for maximum heat dispersal from the six heatpipes."

More information on this review can be found here.
nVidia GeForce 7800 GTX (G70) Review @ Futurelooks
"So you've seen all those great big long articles on the G70 with all their complex explanations and flashy graphs. Well, we're going to simplify all of that so that maybe us normal folks can understand why we need to put our hard earned cash down on the latest offering from nVidia."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, June 24, 2005
Case Study: Backups Explained @ BoxGods
"As little kids, when we messed something up, we called for a Do Over. Sadly, as adults, we rarely get a second chance to fix things. The good news, though, is that when it comes to our computers, bad things can easily become just bad memories if you take a few steps to protect yourself with a proper back up strategy. Just 10 minutes a week is all it takes to avoid that awful, sinking, feeling you get deep down when its ALL gone."

More information on this article can be found here.
sUrface 1030 MBA Mousing Surface Review @ CyberwizardPit
"Func Industries started back in 1999, and quickly developed a reputation as one of the world's foremost manufacturers of professional and high-end products which began with the Func sUrface 1030. In early 2005, Func announced the release of a new mousepad, to commemorate the success of the original sUrface 1030. An exclusive, limited production version of the original 1030, it incorporates a base made out of a solid aluminium billet that houses the mouse surface. Let us all welcome, by Func Industries, the sUrface 1030 MBA Limited Edition."

More information on this article can be found here.
Ultra X-Finity 600 Watt Review @ Extensive Mods
"Today we have the Ultra X-Finity 600 Watt power supply. With good looks, good voltages, and the vast amount of power that 600 watts can offer, it looks to be a promising product. Sometimes looks can be deceiving, so lets get on with the review and see if Ultra, a maker of modding supplies, ram, and MP3 players can put together a high quality, and high performance power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS-7000B-Cu CPU Cooler Review @ Techniz
"Overall, the Zalman CNPS7000B-Cu CPU Cooler is a good performance CPU cooler. This CPU cooler is an ideal choice for those users who wish for the stylish look and extreme cooling performance. Not only that, the performance of this cooler is very good as you can refer back to 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, just handle with care. Furthermore, the entire housing of the CNPS7000B-Cu CPU Cooler is made of copper."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech's H20-120™ Series Liquid Cooling Kit Rev 3a Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Today we are doing a review on the Swiftech's H20-120™ Series Liquid Cooling Kit (Revision 3a) plus it's not only just a review it's also this authors first attempt at building a water cooling system from scratch. We're going to show you the case we (A.) Modified (B.) Butchered (C.) attempted to use for our project. Some come on along and see how well I did I'm sure one of us will be surprised."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Silencer 64 Ultra CPU Cooler Review @ XYZ Computing
"The growing popularity of socket 939 means that more coolers are being made for the K8 platform than ever before. The focus has shifted away from sockets 478 and A and now all the new products are moving to the newer processo s, just as the computer industry has always worked. In addition to making new products for the new platforms, many old, yet proven, products are being adapted to fit the new requirements. One such item is the Arctic Cooling Silencer 64 Ultra CPU cooler. This product is very similar to a number of coolers produced by Arctic Cooling in the past, many of which were quite successful. One of the first of this style was the 4ProL, which we reviewed a long time ago on our s478 test bed. Though a number of changes were made the products are strikingly similar."

More information on this review can be found here.
1024MB OCZ EL DDR PC3200 Dual Channel Gold Review @ BigBruin
"Memory is arguably the most important and most scrutinized component in all high end computers. While computer enthusiasts search for low latency and high quality components, one type of chip comes to mind Winbond BH5. BH5 memory is known by enthusiasts and gamers for its excellent performance and competitive pricing, which brings us to some of OCZ’s memory modules. The 1024MB EL DDR PC-3200 Dual Channel Gold kit, which utilizes the Winbond BH5 chip."

More information on this review can be found here.
SimpleTech Nitro PC-4000 DDR Review @ OCIA
"The modules are based on a red PCB, which is a nice change from the normal green or black pcb we are all used to seeing. Cooling for the memory chips is provided by goldish-orange colored heat spreaders. The spreaders serve two purposes; increasing surface area for better cooling and well, they also look pretty sweet. Most of the high performance modules feature heat spreaders, so this is nothing new. The spreaders are imprinted with the SimpleTech logo, "Nitro" branding and a bio-hazard symbol in the center.

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X800 XL Videocard Review @ PCstats
"The first thing we did was set the memory to run at a full 1 GHz and it had absolutely no problems running at that frequency. Playing nicely, we then raised the memory speed in 4 MHz intervals and 1.01, 1.02 and 1.10 GHz fell by the wayside. The maximum speed we got the memory to was 1.11 GHz, very good for an ATi Radeon X800 XL class videocard!"

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS P5WD2 Premium Motherboard Review @ Viperlair
"ASUS put together a fine package in the P5WD2 Premium. Performance was solid and the board was problem free out of the box which is something we don't see enough of these days. We were quite happy with pushing our 3.73 Extreme Edition past 4.5GHz, and although we've had mildly better success with other boards, we'll still take a free ~700MHz boost anyday."

More information on this review can be found here.
Rock Xtreme Ti 3.6 Laptop Review @ Hexus
"Thinking of the Xtreme Ti in strict DTR terms, the overall impression is favourable. You can zip around Windows XP, thanks, in main part, to Rock's use of 2 60GB 7,200RPM laptop drives that are pre-configured in RAID0. Browsing around in 2D mode, the machine felt faster than Dell's Inspiron XPS Gen 2, which shipped with a single 100GB 4,200RPM drive. The screen is a hit-and-miss affair. You'll either love the high-contrast 17-inch (1680x1050) screen or immediately dislike just how reflective the X-Glass-equipped panel is. Rock's got most of the performance bases covered, too, with a fast Mobility Radeon X800 (now XT) card providing decent framerates at the laptop's native resolution. There's also plenty of memory and the optical drive is decent enough."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li PC-V1200 Case Review @ System Cooling
"Ever since its recent release, the Lian Li PC-V1000 has been a very popular case. Let's say you are looking for a nice home for your new dual processor rig and you don't think that the PC-V1000 is big enough, while the PC-V2000 is too big. Isn't there a nice in-between you may ask, well you're in luck. The Lian Li PC-V1200 fills that nice in-between ground. Without further ado, let's find out what this case is all about."

More information on this review can be found here.
Introduction to Case Modding @ BigBruin
"Go back just a few short years and the appearances of pretty much all computers were slight variations of the same theme. Boring beige boxes dominated the industry, and people looking to express their individuality with the style of their computer had to take matters into their own hands. The term "modding" may not even be a real word (I know MS Word's spell checker is upset with my use of it), but it is appropriate for loosely describing the broad field of modifying a computer system to give it a personalized style. This tip will proceed by looking at some of the basic items, tools, and accessories used in modding."

The landscape for case modification has significantly changed in the past few years. More information on this article can be found here.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Samsung YH-820 MP3 Player Review @ Designtechnica


"Apple may be king of the MP3 player hill, but there are several companies hoping to dethrone the big red, and Samsung’s in line. The new YH-820 micro HDD based MP3 player is not only smaller than the iPod mini, but it sports a bright color display, and dare-we-say it, is just as attractive. But are good looks and solid sound enough to convince users to shun the Apple iPod mini? Read on to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
IPv6 - A Look At The Next Generation Internet Protocol @ The Tech Zone


"Internet Protocol Version 6, is the latest incarnation of the TCP/IP standard that increases Internet Protocol's ability to scale to billions of users and Internet appliances. IPv6 will add to the pool of available IP addresses to provide support for a virtually unlimited number of users and devices. The primary value of IPv6 is in its ability to support an application independent Internet. The current version, IPv4, was adapted to accommodate the rapid growth of Internet use in a way that will not support some of the new applications."

More information on this review can be found here.
Inno3D GeForce 6200A Review @ Overclocker Cafe


"Many of you are thinking "what can a budget VGA card possibly do for me?" Aside from it pricing out at a very reasonable $69 as opposed to something north of three or four hundred clams, the 6200A is a passively cooled product. You home theater guys are already all over this. Here in the days of HTPCs, having a single slot, silent video card solution being paired with say a Hauppauge TV-PVR card to run a media center is very desirable."

More information on this review can be found here.
CaseBuyTech's A.I. 01 Deluxe Series Case Review @ TechTastic


"The computer market is flooded with after market computer cases. A lot of design copying happens also, so it's refreshing to find a particular case with new design ideas. One such case is from Casebuytech is their A.I. 01 series of mesh cases."

More information on this review can be found here.
Iwill DN80 Motherboard Review @ Mistix
"Work loads are increasing, stress is going up, you feel like pulling your hair out, you want to release some stress, there are many stange ways to release stress, from milking cow's, to bending your legs in the wrong way. However, instead of dealing with the stress and computer's being one of the worst sources, then you call for a stable workstation, this is where the Iwill DN800 comes into play."

More information on this review can be found here.
Patriot PC2-5600+ XBLK Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ Xtreme Resource
"The move to the DDR2 memory subsystem seems to be picking up momentum lately as there are numerous memory manufactures offering higher speed grade modules compared to several months ago. Intel is the first to utlize DDR2 and AMD continues to stay with DDR and may move up to DDR2 in the future. Today, we will examine and test the PC2-5600 modules from Patriot on the nVidia C19 platform with Patriot's XBLK PC2-5600+ 1GB dual channel kit and see how it does."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin Redline XP3500 DDR 1GB Memory Dual Pack Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"Always innovating, Mushkin has added a new Redline Series to their XP (Xtreme Performance) lineup of memory. The Redline modules are rated for PC3500 or PC4000 speeds with 2-2-2 timings. In order to achieve these speeds however, voltages in excess of 3.1V are needed!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool WC-202 Watercooling Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"The use of watercooling to cool your system is becoming increasingly popular. Evercool joins the watercooling crowd and provides a setup with TWO compact radiators."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec VCool VGA Card Cooler Review @ Futurelooks
"Video cards are just so hot these days! Sure you could go ahead and go through the process of taking off your video card's heatsink and fan, but that's a lot of work. Why not use up some of those empy PCI slots with a VGA cooler, like Antec's VCool? We look and see why you should!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire KestrelKing VI CPU Cooler Review @ Overclockers Online
"The Spire KestrelKing VI is what it was meant to be, a decent budget cooler. Something as simple as sanding down the copper base to a higher grit should improve it's temperatures, which it is surprising Spire did not do this in the factory. Features like the automatic variable speed fan, and the sleeved fan wires are nice touches."

More information on this review can be found here.
MACS Kooler TEC Heatsink Review @ Viperlair
"TEC cooling has a few drawbacks compared to a regular HSF setup, the main one being that it's cooling is usually so efficient that temperatures will drop to below ambient, which means that you will need to insulate against condensation. This kind of setup also usually requires a separate power supply and more often than not, watercooling to cool the hot side of the TEC. But take the middle ground of a low power TEC coupled with a HSF combo, and while the temperatures won't drop below ambient, they should get down lower than a HSF combo alone."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam 20-in-1 Superior Panel Review @ XYZ Computing
"Sunbeam's 20-in-1 Panel is simple and works, and that’s always a great thing. The build quality is great, and if you’re the kind of person who can’t get to the back of their computer easily, and has many forms of digital media cards then don’t overlook this product. And if you have a black case, don’t worry, Sunbeam also provides a black panel. This product can read your media cards, handle USB and FireWire, front panel audio and a whole bunch more- it is a real lot to fit in just 5.25 inches. Considering the minimal cost this unit could be a great investment for anyone trying to use their case's space more efficiently."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX610 PLED Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This display has a 20x2 character readout, a 160 degree viewing angle, an amazing response time & great contrast. Additionally, it has excellent build quality, is reliable & most importantly, it's affordable. The amount of information that this unit can display is only limited to your preferences. Whether you want a couple of screens or hundreds, this unit in combination with the LCDC software will easily satisfy."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Logisys Cool Fan Mouse Review @ ap0calypse
"After a long stretch of using your mouse, have you ever lifted up your palm and felt that clammy feeling that only a sweating palm could provide? If so, then Logisys may have a cure for your woes, the Cool Fan Mouse. Let’s take a look at this new product and see if it can really help alleviate the curse of SPS (Sweaty Palm Syndrome)."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA Editors Day June 2005 @ HTPCNews
"HTPCnews along with many of the other main review sites on the net was invited to NVIDIA's Editors Day where they showed off their new 7800GTX video card. This is our take on the new technology that comes with this new era of video cards, how it will affect the gaming industry as well as the HTPC industry. We cover a good deal of parts dealing with Custom resolutions and the need to no longer use an application like Powerstrip with the new 75 series Forceware drivers. NVIDIA didn't stop there, they even built in 10ft Gui's for Microsoft's Media Center 2005 to control resolutions of their cards. Also included are benchmarks on how well the 7800GTX performed on our test bench while running full HDTV resolutions on a few of the latest games."

More information on this review can be found here.

NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX Preview @ Hexus

"All-in, a solid improvement to an excellent architecture. NVIDIA balance ALU increases with ROP considerations to create a formidable pixel pusher that currently has no equal. 7800 GTX boards can be bought from today for a UK retail price of £369. That's only some £70 more than a 6800 Ultra (15%), for a rough 40% increase in performance, should your wallet be up to the task."

More information on this review can be found here.

NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX Preview @ BJorn3D

"Looking back, the video card race between NVIDIA and ATI has usually meant a new chip once a year and a refresh once every six or so months. Usually the refresh has been the same chip with some minor tweaks and increased clock speeds when they’ve gotten better yields out of the design over time. Those of you who follow the industry however might have noticed that since NVIDIA released the first GeForce 6 cards in spring 2004 there haven’t been any refresh-products coming out. Instead NVIDIA choose to release SLI-support on their motherboards. It is easy thus to think that the new GeForce 7 chips are nothing more than a refresh product. As the name suggests though this isn’t the case. The GeForce 7 is a new chip with improvements beyond mere increased clockspeed."

More information on this review can be found here.

NVIDIA 7800GTX 'G70' Preview @ Neoseeker

"The graphics manufacturers are usually pretty predictable in terms of the product launches; there is usually an introduction of a part in the spring/summer timeframe and a product refresh in fall/winter. Although there was the announcement of a 512MB GeForce 6800 Ultra in this February, that was not really a refresh, but the introduction of SLI can be read as such. The last few months have been filled with rumors about new cards as the spring rolled around. Rumors on the NVIDIA front had been contradictory at best with some sources suggesting that there would be a NV40 refresh while others pointed to a whole new architecture. In any event, it has been over a year since the debut of the 6800 Ultra and there has not been another single board, mainstream NVIDIA part that has superceded it until today; the 7800 GTX, codenamed G70."

More information on this review can be found here.

NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX Review @ Bit-Tech

"The second article is a gaming-focused review of the 7800 GTX, including SLI, benchmarked using Battlefield 2, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Far Cry, Doom 3, Half Life 2, and NFS: Underground 2. 3DMark is nowhere in sight!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerielle AudioBug ATB-350 FM Transmitter Review @ Futurelooks
"In this day and age of mobile and digital audio, it would only make sense to have the ability to listen to your music whenever you want and wherever you want. The car should be no exception and this time we get to take a look at one of those devices that gives you that ability to do just that."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Hyper 6+ Heatsink Review @ InsaneTek
"The Hyper 6 is probably considered Cooler Master's first high performance cooler. To this day, enthusiasts are still using the cooler. Well now, Cooler Master gives you something else to play with, the Hyper 6+."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung DVD-HD841 High Definition DVD Player Review @ Tweaknews
"Overall, my experience with this product has been excellent. This aesthetically pleasing product was problem free, easy to install using a standard video connection and is packed full of features that will have your DVD player future-proofed if you decide to upgrade your TV to a high definition display sometime in the upcoming years. But with the advantages of this product, there are some hang ups."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung YP-T7X MP3 Player Review @ CoolTechZone
"The market is packed with MP3 players of all kinds. We have Apple's iPod with delicate looks and a professional appeal as the top champion, at least when it comes to being a cultural accessory. We then have portable audio players from iRiver and Creative that are trailing the iPod in hopes of taking away from its market share, and from what it appears the trick depicts to be working somewhat. Then we have a few more hard drive players from the likes of Rio and others that are chugging along to justify their existence. That's just with hard drive players, though. Once you move to the more portable and rugged flash players, the market becomes even more complicated."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung YEPP YH-999 GS 20 GB Portable Media Center Review @ Futurelooks
"Imagine if you could take your movies, pictures, even your TV Shows with you all in one device? Well folks, you don't have to imagine anymore. Samsung's YH-999 Portable Media Center is more than just a glorified MP3 player. It's an entertainment center in the palm of your hand."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Premium USB Headset 350 Review @ EverythingUSB
"Until now, I have been accustomed to using onboard sound for everything. I'm not an audiophile, and growing up with actual phonographs and cassette tapes, I've always been used to the analog hiss present in everything. With my MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum motherboard (Realtek ALC850 audio chipset), there has always been a slight hiss with every pair of headphones I have ever tried when the volume is set to max. This was not present in the Logitech Premium USB Headset 350."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMDs Sockets and Cores @ BonaFideReviews
"The s939 processors are intended to be AMD’s mid to high level processor platform as well as to bring together the s754 and s940 series processors. However, the new processor socket will not replace the 754 or 940 sockets. The 940 will continue in the server and workstation environment supporting the Opetron processor. The s754 will be home to AMD’s new value line, a cut down version, 32 bit only version of their s754 64 bit processors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Basic System Buyer's Guide June 2005 @ Mikhailtech
"To go along with our Socket 754 processor, we chose the cheapest compatible nForce3 250 motherboard we could find. NVIDIA's nForce3 250 chipset is the best Socket 754 solution out there, so our choice was simple. Biostar is known for their reliable motherboards and the NF325-A7 features 2x DIMM slots for up to 2GB of memory, 8x/4x AGP, 2x IDE channels, 2x SATA channels with RAID (0 and 1 configurations), 8x USB2.0 ports (4 in the rear), 5x PCI slots, integrated LAN, and Realtek ALC655 6-channel audio. All in all a very feature-rich board.

More information on this guide can be found here.
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Resource Hacking Part 2 @ BoxGods
"In Part 1 of Resource Hacking, as an example, I described the process in detail of making a very simple edit of the open with dialog. In this article, we will go into more detail and describe the somewhat cryptic code, as well as show you how to add controls and resources to a file. Adding resources will enable you to add images or animations to Windows and other program dialogs."

More information on this guide can be found here.
I-Rocks IR-8100 Card Reader & USB Hub Review @ ThinkComputers
"Attack of the card readers! We bring you yet another card reader, this one also has a usb hub in it as well. This card reader and usb hub combo is made by I-Rocks. It's a 12 in 1 usb 2.0 hub reader. I've seen their products here and there but had never bought one or seen first hand, so I decided to read up a little about them on their website. They have been making computer peripherals for over 13 years now and are located in China."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec 2.5" NexStar 3 Enclosure Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The incredibly stylish Vantec Nexstar 3 external enclosure fits a 2.5" hard drive. It has a tough, cool aluminum casing and it's USB2. This tiny enclosure is easy to connect to any computer system, fantastic for backup, and extremely easy to transport. This model comes with a great carrying case that holds the enclosure and the USB2 cable. If anyone knows enclosures, it's Vantec!"

More information on this review can be found here.
AeroCool Turbine Power 550 PSU Review @ Viperlair
"AeroCool has brought to market a short list power supply with the Turbine Power 550. It is an efficient solution that can drive most anything you have to throw at it. There is ample power, connectors and separation of 12V rails to alleviate headaches on high end water coolers and the like. Their design plays nice with your customizations, no matter the level, without taking over as the centerpiece of your hard work."

More information on this review can be found here.
HDA Digital X-Mystique 7.1 Gold Review @ NGOHQ
"For a very long time now I have tried to find an alternative for the Sound Blaster series but unfortunately I couldnt find a real competitor. Few weeks ago I read at NvNews about a new sound card named HDA Digital X-Mystique 7.1 Gold with Dolby encoding support and many cool features. I pulled out a few strings and managed to get a sample of this card. The one million-dollar question now is does the HDA Digital X-Mystique 7.1 Gold offer a real competition to the Sound Blaster series? Read this review to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
PrimeCooler PC-VGAHP 1 Fanless VGA Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"For those of you looking for a fanless cooler heatsink for you VGA graphics cards this PrimeCooler one certainly seems to fit the bill and also gives you the opportunity to install a fan should you need one in your situation. What more can you ask for. And it only weights 306 grams."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling ATI Silencer 1 Review @ Madshrimps
"Today we take a look at Artic Cooling´s golden oldie, one of their products which put them on the VGA cooler map, the ATI Silencer 1. In the glory days of the ATI Radeon 9700/9800 the Silencer was a necessary ingredient to have a cool and silent VGA card. Now that time has passed on one would think that the Silencer 1 has no target audience anymore. You could not be more wrong."

More information on this review can be found here.
ZALMAN VF700-Cu VGA Cooler Review @ Techniz
"The ZALMAN VF700-Cu is a very good VGA cooler in terms of the performance and the stylish look. The VF700-Cu VGA Cooler performs very well during our testing. Moreover, it is made of fully copper which is a very good material for cooling. The design of this VGA Cooler is very stylish and nice, and the cooling fan use for it is a large, powerful and a silent fan. But, there is some downside of the VF700-Cu VGA Cooler which is it will takes up to two PCI slot spaces after installing it. Anyway, the VF700-Cu VGA Cooler is a very good VGA cooler to buy if you plan to change since it does support universal VGA cards even you upgrade your VGA cards in the future."

More information on this review can be found here.
SCYTHE 'Kamaboko Z' Universal CPU Cooler Review @ CACHE-Community
"Scythe and Quiet PC were generous enough to allow us to review the Scythe 'Kamaboko Z' Universal CPU cooler. The cooler boasts compatibility with different CPU sockets including sockets 478, 754, 939, 940, as well as LGA 775, and also offers 2 copper heatpipes, a solid copper base, and a massive 92mm fan with adjustable speed via backplate control dial (1000rpm @ 14dbA - 3800rpm @ 46dbA)."

More information on this review can be found here.
PDP DDR2 1GB PC2-5600 +XBLK Review @ Overclockers Online
"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. In fact, without some frustrating trial and error it's proving difficult to find the right combination."

More information on this review can be found here.
LCD Monitor Round-Up @ FiringSquad
"FiringSquad has just posted a new LCD round-up. This time we focus on 19" monitors and include both gaming and workstation monitors in the mix. We explain why last year's 8 ms panel might be sold as this year's 4 ms panel, and have included a studio monitor which can load a 10-bit gamma curve directly into the panel, to minimize the banding that would happen with adjusting the colors via the videocard. Of course, the monitor review has FiringSquad's unique colorimetry analysis and we find a $350 monitor that ends up outperforming a $600 one. Please give a look and I hope you will be able to post some community news linking to the article."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K8N Neo3-F Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"Today, PCSTATS will be looking at MSI's nForce4-4X entry, the K8N Neo3-F. This motherboard supports all AMD Athlon64 and Sempron Socket 754 processors and up to 2GB of single-channel DDR memory. As with other nForce 4 chipsets, PCI-Express is integrated and the K8N Neo3-F sports a full PCIe x16 slot for video cards as well as a single x1 slot for peripherals. A standard compliment of four SATA 150 ports and two IDE controllers are present, as well as four built in USB 2.0 ports and two more on the included PCI bracket."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Pentium D 820 Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Pentium D 820 is a great processor for those who like to multi-task but who are also on a budget. It would not be my first choice for gaming, but if you are in the market for a fairly inexpensive, general processor, the Pentium D would be a great choice."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle SN25P SFF Review @ Bit-Tech
"Regardless of the fact that the Shuttle SN25P does not use the Ultra variant of the NForce 4 MCP, we see it can perform as well or better than any full ATX board out on the market at the moment. With the extra accessibility of being able to use graphics cards with dual slot cooling solutions and up to three hard disks there's never been a better time to throw away your huge ATX rig and opt for a small form factor PC. "

More information on this review can be found here.
Sytrin NextTherm ICS 8200 Air Con ATX Case Review @ XtremeComputing
"My first impressions when I opened the side panel was ouch and wow, the wow was the size of the air con unit the ouch was it had taken up the normal spot for the lower HDD bays. Which means there is only 2x3.5 bays in this case and that might be a problem for some, although with a couple of HDD coolers in the 5.25 form the problem would not exist anymore."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalRock Eclipse Case Review @ InsaneTek
"Like the ThermalRock Circle but a tad too big and heavy for you? Count on ThermalRock to have the answer. The Eclipse is great for LAN parties without sacrificing what's important in a case, the spacious room."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalRock Circle Case Review @ BJorn3D
"I was at first a little puzzled about how I was to attach the tool-less rails to my drives prior to installation, because the instruction manual simply stated to "Attach the included Tool-Les Guide Rail on the side of device, then insert it into the bay." After some fumbling around with the parts, I eventually realized that you had to line them up so that two prongs would stick into the screw holes while a small clip would snap around the bottom of the drive. Maybe this is really obvious for some people, but it took a little bit of tinkering for me to get it right."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, June 20, 2005
Sennheiser PC 155 USB Headphones Review @ BoxGods
"Why do most high end companies that deal with sound have those hard to pronounce, and even harder to spell names; For high end audio equipment Bang and Olufsen, high end speakers Klipsch, and high end headphones Sennheiser. Today we take a look at Sennheiser's high end gaming headset, the Sennheiser PC 155 USB. I before E, except after C? Not if your name is Sennheiser, and you make the worlds best headphones."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte’s network push – New Wireless Networking Equipment @ Tweaktown
"Gigabyte is making a lot of noise at the moment with their new range of wireless networking equipment. Their new range has just made it into Australia and we've taken a look at their new goods. They sent us a wireless desktop router, wireless access point capable of A/B/G standards and a Gigabit Ethernet Adapter which uses the PCI Express bus for optimal speeds. We’re feeling all networky, so read on and learn more about the new products from Gigabyte."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor AX480A-GF (RADEON XPRESS 200P) Motherboard Review @ Techniz

"The PowerColor AX480A-GF motherboard was featuring the RADEON XPRESS 200P (RX480) Chipset that delivers significant performance gains with variety of new generation architectures including dual-channel DDR, PCI-Express interface and Serial-ATA interface for improving storage performance. The motherboard itself has a lot of built in features such as Gigabit LAN and RAID function. In terms of performance, this motherboard did a great job as you can see on the performance benchmarking and testing section. However, PowerColor AX480A-GF motherboard is still a very good motherboard for the AMD64 platform in terms of the performance and overclocking. The MSRP of this motherboard is at around $110 USD which is very affordable for a AMD64 motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
1A-Cooling Blacklord 240 Liquid Cooling Kit Review @ Xtreme Resources
"While it still does seem strange to most PC users and is an unheard of cooling method for most non-enthusiast users, water-cooling is becoming more mainstream. A few years back it was only a hardcore cooling method but nowadays there are many companies that release water-cooling products on the market. Some are very well known names and very well established companies in the PC components market, others are not so well known yet. Today we will check the work of 1A-Cooling, a German company which designs, builds and distributes their products mostly by themselves. Let us see what kind of fish they are in the water-cooling ocean."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin High Performance Memory PC3200 2GB (2x1GB) Kit Review @ System Cooling
"Established in 1994, Mushkin Enhanced Memory Systems has always delivered a quality product. But to me this product seemed like that exotic car that you knew would be a solid performer but for some reason or another you always passed on it. Call it bad marketing or being lost in the crowed filled with an ever-increasing number of memory suppliers. Mushkin for the last year seems to have reorganized itself and is hitting the computer enthusiast market with force and they no longer seem to be the exotic you can't decide on. So to help make your decision even easier in today's review we'll taking a look at one of Mushkin's latest offering, the DDR High Performance Memory 2GB (2x1GB) HP3200 2-3-2 Dual Pack kit."

More information on this review can be found here.

C-Systems CSP-MAG 12 VDC Water-cooling Pump Review

"The C-Systems CSP-MAG is a next generation brushless DC pump that replaces the original CSP-750. The new CSP-MAG pump incorporates a seal-less design with jeweled bearings for high reliability and long operating life. The CSP-MAG is very compact and operates on 12 VDC just like the original CSP-750."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin Redline PC4000 1GB Dual Channel Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"If you've never heard of Mushkin's infamous Black Level II BH5, you should be ashamed of yourself and quit this computer hobby. Well Mushkin is back with blazing fast Winbond UTT BH5 but with a pretty red heatspreader."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Centurion 530 Case Review @ OCIA
"The I/O ports and power / reset buttons are located on the top of the case, at the front. This is excellent for people who put their computer on the ground, but not so good for people like me who have their system sitting on a desk."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Silentmaxx Silent Fans Review @ The Moditory
"Air cooling still reigns supreme, at least by the percentage of users; watercooling, phase change, and other extreme methods are used by few. With air cooling, a higher CFM fan usually translates to lower temperatures; the problem with high CFM fans is that a lot of users hate the noise that accompanies their high throughput. Silent fans have been on the market for a while, but finding a good one is a challenge. Usually the best route to go is to get as many 120mm silent fans as you can into your case, because they have a higher CFM with lower rotations per minute. Silentmaxx has created some fans for those of you who love silence but still want to have a cool computer; lets take a look and see how they perform."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool NW11F Pentium 4 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Evercool NW11F-CLB825CA/LD2 is a socket 478 Pentium 4 heatsink based on a fairly standard design principle. Its clear plastic fan glows a nice bright blue thanks to three carefully placed LEDs, and noise levels are generally moderate. The extruded aluminum finned heatsink section is augmented with a 25mm diameter copper core insert that rests directly on the Pentium 4's integrated heat spreader. The copper core helps to improve thermal transfer throughout the aluminum portion of the heatsink."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial 12-in-1 Flash Reader and 1GB Secure Digital Card Review @ InsaneTek
"Flash devices and readers are becoming extremely popular as consumer electronics demand more storage space. What better brand to trust than a leading memory supplier?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Revoltc 512MB USB 2.0 File Carrier Review @ Xtreme Resources
"USB Flash drive technology is becoming more popular with each passing day. Flash disks are progressing because of their high speed and ease of use, they are similar to small hard disk drives that fit into your pocket and you can simply and quickly utilize by placing them into an USB slot. They are also getting smaller while their capacity increases and far easier to use, since they do not require any special driver when using a newer operation system. Revoltec has recently released a distinct USB flash drive, the File Carrier, which was given attention o­n aesthetics, since it comes in 3 colors and features a nice design. I was lucky enough to be sent a 512MB File Carrier drive, a red version, so let us see if it can perform as well as it looks!"

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS KN1 Extreme Motherboard Review @ The TechZone
"Belonging to the top performance Extreme series, the KN1 Extreme motherboard uses the new NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra single chip, delivering some pretty revolutionary technologies, including PCI Express, SATA 3Gb/s, secure high-speed networking and high-performance RAID.

In order to optimize PC performance, the KN1 Extreme includes NVIDIA nTune, enabling KN1 Extreme to operate at speeds up to FSB 2GHz. And KN1 Extreme has added a second 802.11g LAN connector to make this motherboard ideal for Internet connection sharing over a home network. KN1 Extreme supports four SATA2 ports through the NVIDIA nForce4 single chip as well as two standard SATA ports through the SiS180 controller."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI NX6200TC-TD32E Geforce 6200TC Videocard Review @ PCstats
"Economical videocards of today allow users to experience all the same DirectX 9 eye candy that higher end models offer. This is quite a change from the past when both ATi and nVIDIA removed important features out of their low-end graphics processors in an attempt to cut costs. Times have changed for the better, and hopefully this will bring the world of full-fledged PC gaming to more consumers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Pentium 4 670 Review @ Neoseeker
"With the recent dual-core drum-beating going on at both the Intel and AMD camps, it's easy to forget that single-core processors are still in existence and still a major player in the computer market. AMD has their Athlon 64 FX line, which continues to be their flagship processor, and Intel has the Pentium 4 6XX series, which still enjoys the fastest clock speeds that Intel has to offer, along with a number of relatively new technologies."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Trinity Case Review @ InsaneTek
"NZXT takes the chassis of the Nemesis and slaps on a more stylish and sleek front panel. It's not as crazy looking as the Nemesis but it's still one great gaming case."

More information on this review can be found here.
"Pimp my Case" Contest @ Xtreme Resources
Xtreme Resources and NZXT would like to introduce you to the "Pimp my Case" contest. Participants are required to post their heinous looking case with a note denoting the case picture was taken for the purpose of entering the contest as proof of ownership of said case. Stories in the post of why you have a terrible looking case are encouraged and may help the final voting outcome.

Fantastic prizes will be awarded to the winner, including the NZXT Nemesis Elite case and Nemesis Sword plaque along with an NZXT T-shirt, and each will be shipped from NZXT USA or Europe depending on the location of the winner.

Contest will last 2 weeks and the winner will be announced within 48 hours after the contest ends and voted by XR staff. Final entries must be submitted by midnight July 01, 2005."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Install a Window Mod using H-Lock Trim @ CaseModGod
"An H - Lock framed window is beautiful. This is a very time intensive project to get right but with the stunning results this mod is well worth all the effort. With this How-to we hope that we can help make this mod a little easier for you."

More information on this review can be found here.
Engraving Tutorial @ Bit-Tech
"If you are engraving plexi to use in a case mod project, it is common practice to use LEDs to add some light to your design, bringing it to life. A useful trick is to engrave to different depths to alter the brightest of the light: if you engrave three lines at different depths, the deepest will shine the brightest. Used appropriately, this technique will produce a feeling of depth and produce highlights to an engraving."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Friday, June 17, 2005
Sea Sonic S12-430 PSU Review @ Overclockers Online
"To many, the 430 Watts and non-SLI compatibility of this unit may not be enough. But for an added price, you can pick up higher end models. Sea Sonic has made a number of these power supplies, so it's just a matter of choosing one that fits your needs. While in existence for more than a quarter of a century, Sea Sonic has made quite the bang with this latest line. It'll be interesting to see how Sea Sonic tops themselves in the future."

More information on this review can be found here.
Steelpad S&S and Steel Grips Review @ Moddin.net
"Is your mouse underperforming? Can't control your cursor or crosshair? Need a hand improving your accuracy? Well, today I'm taking a look at The all-new [steelpad S&S] and the steel grip, both part of Soft Trading's [steel series]. But will they help me up my frag count?

More information on this review can be found here.
Meridian XClio 450W & 400W Power Supplies Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"Meridian Technology is primarily a case manufacturing company that was started back in 1985. Their most recent creation is the line of XClio power supplies with SCFT (Super Cooling Function Technology). The XClio line ranges from 300W to 550W models, meet ATX12V v2.0 specs, and use a low-noise 120mm fan for cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PowerStream 600W ATX Power Supply Review @ BigBruin
"The OCZ PowerStream is equipped with three adjustable voltage rails, these include the 12V, 5V and 3.3V rails. Found on the back of the PSU is three LEDs along with three potentiometers for voltage adjustment from the outside of the case. The LEDs are tri-colored to allow voltage warnings for both over and under voltage. An over voltage will turn the corresponding LED red and an under voltage will turn the LED yellow. A green LED indicates a voltage within tolerance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS XPERT 3200XL Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
"With the introduction of the Xpert modules Corsair has yet again captured the wallets of enthusiasts everywhere. By utilizing their X-treme Low Latency memory chips with the addition of the Xpert module they have melded performance and looks together."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS TWINX1024-4400C25PT Dual Channel DDR Review @ BigBruin
"If you want to get to 600DDR speeds with tight timings, TCCD chips are your only choice. If you want some of the best-implemented TCCD sticks made (and soon to be the only ones made), then Corsair is the deal. What surprised me most was how high the memory would go without any tweaking at all. Talk about plug and play overclocking! I have owned many sticks of Corsair over the years and have never had even one issue at all with any of them not exceeding my expectations in quality, reliability and sheer speed when overclocked. The TWINX1024-4400C25PT once again lives up to Corsair’s high reputation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling CopperLite HSF Review @ OCIA
"And carefully insert the other side of the clip on the three tabs on the tall side of the cpu base. Since the clip does not work by a "spring action", this may take a little time. After properly positioning the clip, tighten the screw. This retaining clip is really not any more difficult to install than the standard ones with a spring action."

More information on this review can be found here.
How to make a Splinter Cell Portable HDD Enclosure @ BoxGods
"So you played through the latest game in a single sitting, went online and wupped ass like a big dog. Now the box the game came in is on the shelf gathering dust. In this mod, we show you how to take that box and convert it into a portable HDD enclosure. The box we chose is Splinter Cell 3, and is the Collectors Edition metal style. No special tools are needed, and this mod should cost under $30.00 US. A quick, but cool weekend MOD project."

More information on this project can be found here.
E.C.T Mach2 GT - Subzero Cooling, nVentiv lives on? @ Madshrimps
"We are proud to test-drive a renewed phase change cooling unit from E.C.T. With temperatures reaching a stunning -70°C there is almost no better way to turn your CPU into an ice-cube. This article is all about overclocking and not overcooking your system!"

More information on this review can be found here.

Transcend PC2-4200 DDR2 533 Overclocking Review

"Transcend makes memory simple, absent are the neon, anodized, reflective, platinum, copper, titanium, and heat spreaders capped off with a scrolling LED marquee displaying New York Stock exchange symbols. Transcend simply spec´s quality ICs mating these to a specific PCB for a given part and sells their products world-wide. Naturally this keeps overall production costs down and savings can be passed on to the consumer. Their PC2-4200 did quite well in our recent DDR2 Round-up and today we take it on a little overclocking expedition."

More information on this review can be found here.
Overclocking the CPU, Motherboard and Memory @ PCstats
"The prospect of overclocking a computer system can be intimidating for a computer newcomer, to say the least. The idea is simple enough; make the computer's processor run faster than its stock speed to gain more performance without paying for it. The execution of this idea though, can be anything but simple."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Nextherm ICS 8200 Case w/ Air-Conditioning System Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product is quite different than other cases on the market because of the Air-Conditioning Cooling System. This AirCon system will keep the inside of the case cooler than ambient outside temperature. A perfect solution for today's super-fast computer system parts which radiate lots of heat. Also, the case has a sturdy steel construction."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Antec Aria Small Form Factor MicroATX Cube Case Review @ Futurelooks
"There are plenty of cube-shaped bare bone systems out on the market these days. However, most of them force you to use their board built specific to the case so your options are limited when it comes time to upgrade. Antec provides a highly upgradeable alternative."

I own one of these cases and agree on the reviewers comments that overall cooling is very poor. More information on this review can be found here.
Quiet SLI Project @ nVnews
"In teaming up with 3DCool.com, I was able to put together what I consider to be, pardon my pun, the coolest PC I have ever built. This article will highlight the steps along the way that led to one member of our regular LAN party group to say, "That's quieter than my laptop." Can an SLI system be made to be nearly silent with out water-cooling?"

More information on this project can be found here.
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Making USB Flash Drives Smart @ Designtechnica
"Have you ever thought what it would be like to sit down in front of any computer, boot it up and have your favorite applications and files immediately at your fingertips? The reality of this dream up to this point has been mostly unrealized – you can perhaps piecemeal using someone else’s Microsoft Office and your Excel and Word files, for example, but that flies in the face of true on-the-go personalization. Enter U3. A company formed by USB flash drive makers M-Systems and SanDisk. The two companies, independent minded U3 and a vast consortium of other USB flash drive companies and software developers are betting that consumers will be interested in turning a standard flash drive into a “personal workspace”. They gathered recently in San Jose, California for a first ever developer’s summit to discuss their ideas and learn from U3 the ins and outs of developing for this new hardware platform."

More information on this article can be found here.
Steel Sound 5H Professional Gaming Headset Review @ XYZ Computing
"This review will be taking a look at the 5H Professional Gaming headset from Steel Sound. Steel Sound, the same company which makes the famous Steelpad mouse surfaces, has followed in the steps of their sister company, Icemat and started an audio division. This makes perfect sense as the same people who require high end mouse pads are those who are looking for headphones and headsets which are suited for gaming. The 5H features a microphone which can be hidden within the ear piece when not in use. The product can also be broken down into three parts for easy transport."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 915N LCD Review @ The TechZone
"The Samsung SyncMaster 915N isn't necessarily marketed as a gaming and power user monitor. However many of it's features will be a blessing for gamers and power users on a budget. The first and most obvious being the 19" of screen real estate, which runs at a native resolution of 1280 x 1024. Top that off with an 8ms pixel response and a 700:1 contrast ratio, and I'm sure many users will find something to like."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech MX1000 Wireless Laser Mouse Review @ ASE Labs
"Logitech puts out some great peripherals. I look at my desk and I see that I have speakers, a mouse, a keyboard , and a joystick from Logitech. The MX line of mice from Logitech is simply the best ever made. I took a long hard look at the MX700 when it came out and it is, quite arguably, the best mouse ever. Now, Logitech aims to dethrone its own mouse with the new MX1000."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saitek Gamers Keyboard Review @ XtremeComputing
"If I were to be brutally honest, I would tell you the first few days of using this keyboard, I thought to myself plug the z- board back in. But that was only because I kept pressing wrong keys and found it quite hard to even get a positive score in online gaming. I found I was always pressing the one button at the wrong time. But hey it’s not the keyboard fault its keys are really responsive and it wasn’t its fault I had got used to the Z-board. But that’s were it stopped, I thought right to get used to this keyboard I am going to write a few reviews on it as I find that always helps with getting used to a new key layout."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake's Big Typhoon CPU Cooler Review @ Futurelooks
"So you thought we were done with Thermaltake's Big Typhoon, eh? We go back and dig a little deeper, peeling back those layers, to see just how good it really is with some extra special torture tests."

More information on this review can be found here.
3 way HD Cooler/Silencer Shootout @ Neoseeker
"When it comes to the three products' silencing abilities, not much can be said for the Xilencer. Rather than silencing the drive, it actually amplified its vibrational and operating noise, just as I had suspected. The two large metal covers, making direct contact with the drive, act as amplifiers. Padding is a must if there is to be a reduction in noise for such a small enclosure. The SilenX Luxurae and Cooler Master CoolDrive, on the other hand, do what they are intended to do. When placed in either enclosure, the WD Raptor was noticeably less audible. Any audible noise I may have heard was during hardcore thrashing, and even then it was very muffled. On the other hand, when placed in the A.C. Ryan Xilencer, the WD Raptor's thrashing sounded more metallic than usual, undoubtedly due to the lack of padding as previously discussed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sytrin Nextherm ICS 8200 Review @ InsaneTek
"Summer is around the corner and is threatening our hardware with intense heat. Sytrin takes cases to the next level by providing innovative airconditioning cooling but at a high cost."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec AeroFlow 2 Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"For those that have seen our earlier Vantec AeroFlow review this AeroFlow 2 has more cooling performance as it uses a more powerful fan. We have to say that the noise from this fan was not bad either, quite acceptable. The overall result being that this Vantec AeroFlow 2 is more powerful than the AeroFlow."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec TX640B ATX Mini-Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"The TX640B is a short and stout case measuring in at 17.25" (H) x 8.1" (W) x 18.6" (D). But don't let its size fool you; the TX640B is plenty heavy, weighing in at 25lbs! The weight and feel of this case can be attributed to the 1.0mm steel Antec uses to build their cases."

More information on this review can be found here.
How to avoid RSI from Computers @ PC Review
"Repetitive strain injury can cause serious problems, which are more difficult to cure than to prevent in the first place. There are various types of RSI affecting different parts of the body, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Bursitis, and Rotator cuff syndrome are some typical examples, but there are many more. If you spend a long time sat at a desk or on a computer it is highly recommended that you take into consideration the potential problems of RSI, and take steps to prevent or combat it. If after reading this you think you could be suffering from symptoms of RSI, see your Doctor."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Overclocking the Videocard @ PCstats
"Videocard overclocking can hold many benefits for the gamer or benchmarking enthusiast. As with processors and system memory, the faster the videocard's graphics processor and video memory can process information, the better. Smoother frame rates and higher benchmarks might be just around the corner."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
PC Power and Cooling TurboCool 850 SSI PSU Review @ Madshrimps
"PC Power and Cooling has repeatedly earned the title as the finest quality PSU money can buy. Their most recent offering epitomizes the company´s devotion to designing a power supply which will last for years, delivering steadfast current under any and all conditions. Using only the highest quality parts and building each unit by hand their new TurboCool 850 SSI has, as with previous models, raised the bar on how to build the very best."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sony DRU-800A Writer Review @ Designtechnica
"The Sony DRU-800A is the first DVD writer in our labs supporting both DVD+/- R Dual Layer (DL) media. This means that the 800A has some longevity in the grand scheme of things. DVD-R DL media is most likely not available at the time of this review, but expect prices to be around the same mark they were when DVD+R DL hit the scene; roughly $10 dollars per disc. With a street price of around $120 dollars, The Sony DRU-800A comes with two faceplates and a software package by Nero."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS XPERT PC3200 Review @ Viperlair
"Corsair XMS ram in general should be on your very short list for any enthusiast application. After working with this XPERT RAM in particular it's hard to want to use anything else. Corsair once again delivers some of the highest quality sticks of RAM in the industry."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin Redline XP4000 Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
"This time around Mushkin has secured a number of Winbond based UTT IC's that have been packaged and put on some Brain Power 815 PCB's. The end result was not only a new part number, but a whole new memory series called Mushkin Redline XP (Extreme Performance). Today, we take a look at their XP4000 2-2-2 Redline memory and see if it is all that Mushkin says it to be."

More information on this review can be found here.
VisionTek XTASY Theater Pro 550 Review @ HTPCnews
"This review marks a new era in Capture Card reviews at HTPCnews, with an all new custom set of tests you can be sure to find out the most about that new PVR card you were thinking of buying. VisionTek sent in their latest flagship PVR card that's taking a step from the norm by including a full blown Beyond TV / Media package with the card. Finally a major company realized consumers do not want crappy Software bundles, rejoice! Come and see how well this card performed in our all-new testing procedures."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI NX6600-VTDE128 Diamond Edition 6600 VGA Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"MSI 6600 Diamond Edition makes it possible to enjoy GT level of performance while paying non-GT price. In addition to the excellent overclocking potential, MSI also coupled the 6600DE with excellent software bundle and presented in a lovely gift box."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeCube RADEON X800XLA-VIVO 256MB AGP Review @ Hexus
"The bridged card opens up the X800 XL for a well-established market that covers a plethora of chipsets, and the Rialto bridge doesn't appear to hurt performance at all. GeCube's eschewed the reference design by using an in-house cooling system, although it's not as elegant as the company's Uni-Wise implementation. Going with a custom cooler has added extra noise over and above the reference card's, so GeCube loses a few marks here. The card, too, is a larger-than-normal affair, making installation into small form-factor PCs needlessly difficult. The saving grace, as far as design is concerned, is the inclusion of ATI's no-frills Rage Theater ASIC, giving rise to basic VIVO functionality. The bundle makes a point of reiterating the card's HDTV and VIVO compatibility, but, other than that, it's strictly average."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI RS480M2-IL Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"I think it's safe to say that ATI actually has a leg up on the competition when it comes to graphics integration. Intel and VIA have been producing decent performing budget chipsets but the two company's integrated graphics options are still lousy on the 3D front. ATi traditionally has excellent 2D/3D image quality and as we've seen so far, it's integrated Radeon IGP is a solid performer good enough for the casual gamer."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon64 X2 Dual Core 4200+ Review @ AMD Review
"Today I am reviewing the latest offering from AMD, the Athlon64 X2 Dual Core 4200+. This is one of the first dual core CPUs being offered to the home market. Dual Core CPUs will become the future of computing, what is dual core, and how does it improve the performance of the CPU you ask? Well read on to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
TCCD 600+ on the DFI Ultra+SLI Guide @ XtremeResources
"Why the need for such a guide? on several web logs there are a lot of people who upgraded their S754 platform to the new S939 with PCI Express. This is because the FX processor is not the only CPU utilizing the socket 939 platform. Most of these people want high HTT speeds to overclock their processor and memory so they buy Samsung TCCD or low latency memory like Winbond BH5/UTT. Recently G.Skill PC4400/4800 became the most talked about memory on the market together with OCZ PC4800 based on Samsung TCCD. This memory requires a high HTT speed for ultimate performance, so the system must be overclocked."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire X-Cruiser Case Review @ OCIA
"On the right side of the case you'll find two USB ports, firewire, and the audio ports. Also included are controls for volume (top) and the fan (bottom). Adjusting the lower fan knob will increase the power to the fan you have plugged into the analog fan speed gauge. So instead of just a gauge, you have a fan controller."

More information on this review can be found here.
EarthLCD ezLCD-001 Review @ The Best Case Scenario
"I don't know why I was so excited at the thought of having an LCD screen to tinker with, perhaps it is all the eye candy possibilities that go along with high resolution LCD screens. My mind just ran amok waiting for the LCD to arrive. I think the mailman was starting to get worried, with the way I would wait by the door jumping up and down everyday."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Trio Case Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"All things considered, the Sunbeam Trio brings a lot to the table. Its sharp looks combining the stereo screen, outstanding paint job and analog gauge cluster give the Trio a distinctive look unmatched elsewhere. The quality of the construction was very good and rests solidly on the simplicity of the chassis' design. Our list of pros is long but well earned."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
How to Set Up a Home Windows Server Guide Part 3 @ AuphanOnline
"This article shows you how to access files remotely through Remote Desktop and VPN among other tips."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Inside the Labs of ASUSTeK @ Hexus
"We recently had the opportunity to bring you exclusive pictures from inside ASUSTeK's R&D Labs in their new Headquarters. On test were their latest dual GPU EN6800GT and EN6800Ultra graphics cards, which we promptly benchmarked."

More information on this article can be found here.
Das Keyboard Review @ XYZ Computing
"The first thing anyone will notice about this keyboard is the fact that it lacks any sort of printed characters on the keys. The designer of this product wanted to make a keyboard exclusively for computer elites. These people ostensibly have the standard 104-key layout memorized to the point that character inscriptions are only holding them back. The included flyer points out that if there are no keys to look at when you are typing you will look down less and soon be able to type more rapidly. In addition to faster typing, having a blank keyboard on your desk should definitely garner you some well-earned respect."

More information on this review can be found here.

Hawking Hi-Gain 2.4 GHz Antenna Review

"Wireless networking is not always easy. Things like routers and access points are expensive and their range is limited. So if you are trying to set up your entire home on a wireless network, you don't only need the know-how and the hardware but a few little tricks will certainly help out. This review will be taking a look at the Hawking Hi-Gain Antenna which is compatible with 2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g wireless standards. This item is supposed to boost your wireless signal for a fraction of the cost of a the rest of your networking hardware."

More information on this review can be found here.
Windows Hosting versus Linux Hosting @ Bona Fied Reviews
"The matter of choosing between the operating system (OS) running the web server hosting your web site as old as the web hosting business. The OS controls all the functions of the web server hosting your site, so it comes naturally to pay special attention when choosing one over another. But what are really the options you have?"

More information on this article can be found here.
PolarFLO TT Waterblock Review @ Ninjalane
"All modern waterblocks on the market these days will perform about the same given similar situations and setups. However this is not to say that all waterblocks are built the same."

More information on this review can be found here.
PrimeCooler PC-HC5+CU Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"First off we have to say that this PrimeCooler PC-HC5+CU gives very good cooling performance as we can see in this graph. Another benefits is that we found the fan to be quiet. The PrimeCooler PC-HC5+CU does not weigh that much either considering it is a full copper design and build for all AMD Athlon & Intel Pentium 4 processors."

More information on this review can be found here.
MACS Air Conditioning AMD K8 Kooler Review @ Xtreme Computing
"In a normal application of a TEC, they are not implemented inside a heatsink unit but as a heat transfer between the heatsink and the CPU. It is necessary in that situation to have the TEC transferring all the heat from the CPU to the heatsink. That means you need a TEC which is capable of transferring more heat than the CPU can put out. The danger is that if the TEC doesn’t do it’s job for whatever reason, then the CPU will just get hotter and hotter. If the TEC switched off or burnt out, there would be pretty much no cooling on the CPU, which is bad also the heat output on the hot side is usually a lot more than just that on the CPU side, so you get a cold CPU, but a very hot heatsink which is why they are not used very much outside of water cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling NV 5 Silencer (Rev. 2) Review @ OCIA
"I would recommend fitting the cooler on first with no thermal grease and checking it from all angles to ensure that all of the components on your card will clear the plastic casing there was only one little heatsink keeping it from seating perfectly level on this XFX 6800 Ultra. I just removed the sink and bent the fins over so they're not as tall. It fits perfectly now."

More information on this review can be found here.
MCT Cooling Solution Review @ Overclockers Online
"MCT has a very distinct aroma, almost identical to that of antifreeze coolant used in cars. Not only do they have similar smells but they also resemble each other very closely as far as looks; that very distinct green color."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nexus Breeze Quiet Computer Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"Having a quiet computer system is bliss! Computers can generate a lot of noise which can be very distracting and annoying. With noise absorption material on both side panels, the back and front, most noise will stay inside this case. There are lots of drive bays and even USB/Firewire Ports, Mic and a Headphone jack at the front."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Aspire X-Cruiser ATX Case Review @ PimpRig
"This case just looks fantastic. The front bezel layout with the throwback analog guages is simply stunning. The only disappointment I had was with the paint; it's just not as pimpin' as the Aspire pics (and some of my own) would lead you to believe. That's kind of strange; usually a paint job looks worse when photographed, not better. I'm not saying it's crap, because it's not; it's a great finish and I would be hard pressed to make it look better with rattle cans and 2000-grit sandpaper."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone LC14M HTPC Case Review @ hardCOREware
"Silverstone has lately been focusing on HTPC cases more than anything else. While they still have very high quality PSU's (theirs is one of the few with NVIDIA SLI certification) and well thought-out tower cases, they are mostly known for their HTPC solutions, thanks largely to the innovative solutions we have reviewed in the past. With the LC14, they look to improve upon the award winning LC03, making for easier installation, and more productive cooling. They also have a version with a programmable VFD and IR remote."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master 2005 Case Mod Competition Announced!
"Cooler Master’s Annual Case Mod Competition for 2005 has begun! This year, the prizes are beyond your expectation, ranging from our soon to be released Stacker 830 to a complete set of Aquagate Liquid Cooling System, and many more!! There will be 3 stages of elimination process, and all the enthusiasts and modders from Northern America can enter into the rivalry to determine who is the top winner! It’s time to expand your imagination and see who is the last one standing!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
Project Nighthawk @ The Best Case Scenario
"Cableorganizer.com, the leader in cable management solutions, recently announced the unveiling of its Project Nighthawk, the latest custom computer masterpiece created by renowned modder Paul Capello. Perfect for flight simulators and any other demanding role-playing games, Project Nighthawk gives players a new dimension of excitement."

Crimson Sky continues to be one of the best case modders on the planet. More information on this project can be found here.
Monday, June 13, 2005
Qpad Mousepad Review @ Core Limits
"This product definitely works and that’s a fact. This product could be much better if a few flaws were fixed. The edges and the possible damage caused by bending. But, with the flaws aside, this is an outstanding mouse pad, it does registers every detail of the smallest movement; it also gives you a better, smoother and nicer glide with very low friction, as advertised. Overall, the QPad is truly a mouse pad worthy of the CoreLimits approval, though there are some minor flaws."

More information on this review can be found here.
X-Arcade Two-Player Joystick Review @ Bjorn3D
"The popularity of retro or classic gaming never seems to diminish. In fact, it seems to only get stronger as the gamer population gets older. With that increasing popularity, comes the desire to play old school games in a way that is as old school as possible. Playing Galaga or Pac-Man with a gamepad just doesn't feel right, not even close. That's why a company like XGAMING came along and created high quality arcade-style joysticks to satisfy that desire. Many of you have no doubt discovered all the wonders of MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) and other emulators out there, but you may have yet to realize that there are far better alternatives than that Microsoft SideWinder gamepad and that crusty keyboard of yours for controlling the games you play. XGAMING currently
offers a solo and dual joystick, called the X-Arcade Solo and X-Arcade Two-Player, respectively."

More information on this review can be found here.
ACRyan Dual CCFL Kit Review @ BurnOutPc
"All four cold cathodes worked flawlessly, they look great, both inverters worked great and it's just a regular cold cathode kit, but with finishing touches such as a really nice retail packaging and sleeved wires."

More information on this review can be found here.
BenQ FP71E+ 8ms 17" LCD Review @ Hard Avenue
"When it comes to looking for a new PC monitor, there is never a shortage of choices out there, however only recently has the PC gamer had to seriously consider the LCD in their research for the right choice. With CRT's taking up more and more desk space, this advancement could not have come any sooner. Today, we check out the BenQ FP71E+ 17" LCD, an LCD which is directly touted by BenQ as gamer friendly. Does it live up to this status, or fall on its flatscreen face?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright V1 Review @ System Cooling
"Anybody that reads the reviews here at Systemcooling knows that we like Thermalright heatsinks, and over the last few years, they have reigned almost exclusively as king of the hill in CPU cooling power. Unlike many other cooling companies though, Thermalright has stuck pretty much to cooling only CPU's. That fact has been a matter of some lament, as there are many of us who wish we had the power of Thermalright to cool other areas of our system, especially video cards. Well, we don't have to wait any more. Today, we're taking an exclusive look at Thermalright's entry into the GPU cooling world, the V1. Cut from same cloth as their newest heatsinks, the XP series, the V1 could be just what the video-cooling geeks dream of - an XP-90 for their GPU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Product X-Connect 500 Watt PSU Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Ultra Products has come to our rescue with their new X-Connect power supply, it that makes cable management something not to be dreaded anymore. Thanks to use of modular power cable, your power supply can be configured to use only the power cable you need to power your parts in your computer. In addition, if you add or remove and item later it is as easy to plug in one more cable or remove so that your power supply is always configured to your specifications."

More information on this review can be found here.
Jetart ThermoEye Review @ Techniz
"The ThermoEye from Jetart will be a very good temperature monitoring devices for all the computer lovers and especially the overclockers to use this device to monitor the temperature of the devices such as the CPU, VGA card, HDD and others component. This ThermoEye is very easy to use; just simply attach the thermal probe to the devices that you would like to read the temperature of that components. Beside that, it also support the Farenheit and Celsius display. The large LCD screen with backlight will display out the temperature that read from the thermal probe. Overall, this ThermoEye is a very good temperature monitoring devices for all the users."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron PX925XE Pro-R Review @ techPowerUp
"Albatron has built a competitively priced motherboard, which is based on Intel's high-end i925XE chipset. It comes completely passive cooled, only the CPU fan is producing noise, making it a good Media PC motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC2-5400 EB Platinum Edition Review @ Viperlair
"It appears as though DDR2 memory is becoming more and more mainstream. It also appears OCZ, with its EB Platinum Edition, is serious about staking the claim of performance in this arena. With CL timings that you would be hard pressed to match, especially at PC2-5400 speeds, looks like the stake is driven deep."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Bianca CPU Water Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"To make water cooling a little more bearable Titan has simplified things by combining the radiator, fan, reservoir, and pump into one assembly. Unlike many other water cooling systems this unit is designed to sit atop your computer tower. This feature allows you to keep the inside of your case clean while allowing you to operate a variable speed fan controller and refill the cooling reservoir if necessary."

More information on this review can be found here.
ACON5 Global Gaming Tournament Report @ The Tech Zone
"The brainchild of Abit Computer, ACON5 is a global computer gaming event that pits the best players from around the world. Competitors competed to represent their country in the ACON5 world finals in China. We have the results."

More information on this report can be found here.
Computex 2005 in Taiwan: Cool Hardware and Smart Booth Babes @ Futurelooks
"With COMDEX as a fading memory, Computex has taken over as the number two largest Computer Show on the planet. Computex runs from June 6 - 10 in Taipei, Taiwan, and this year, broke all previous attendance records."

More information on this report can be found here.
NZXT Nemesis Elite Edition ATX Case Review @ XtremeResources
"All computer related parts and components are evolving very fast during the last decade. The computer case is not left out from this rapid evolution. The simple beige cases that you probably still see o­n older systems are becoming extinct. Cases have come a long way, so today there seems to be a case catering not o­nly to a group of people but individual styles as well. o­ne portion of the market is the gaming case, which are supposed to be not too big and light, in order to be carried easily to LAN parties for example, but also to be very good looking in order to draw attention to it. The functionality of the case is a major concern too. Let us see how much effort NZXT put into this case while designing and manufacturing it."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Lascala LC13 Review @ InsaneTek
"SilverStone has been focusing a lot on HTPC cases and their Lascala LC13 is a great choice. The style is sleek and will blend into a home theatre setup without a problem."

More information on this review can be found here.

Thermaltake Kandalf Contest

"This is part 2 of InsaneTek's 1 year anniversary contest. The prize is a modded Thermaltake Kandalf case featured in our Ultimate Gaming Rig article. The contest will only run for 1 week and will end June 19th, 2005. Hurry and enter yourself for a chance to win a spiffy case!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
Raidmax X1 Case Review @ CaseModGod
"In an age of "over plastic" and wildly designed cases a classic looking case may grab your attention as never before. The RAIDMAX X1 case maintains the appearance of a mild-mannered case while including all the right features to turn heads without feeling overly pre-mod."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, June 11, 2005
Symantec Security Suite Review @ TechConnect
"Could it be true? An actual, honest-to-god integrated security suite that does not disappoint? Are we on drugs again? Perhaps so, but this time around they are the sweet drugs of contentment, and the secure knowledge of operating a hack-proof machine."

More information on this review can be found here.
Overclockers Online and Cooler Master Contest Reminder
"We like to keep things really simple when it comes to freebies and so you'll only need to enter our contest once to be eligible to win one of the three prizes listed above. There won't be any question answering or forum posting in this contest, all you need to do is email us selected email address with your name, email address, full shipping address and telephone number. By entering, you agree to be added to Cooler Masters newsletter list where every so often you'll be sent an email with some CM news."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Thermaltake Schooner Review @ InsaneTek
"Thermaltake's passive Sonic Tower was not only great because it was fanless, it's one of the best coolers available today in terms of performance. Can the Schooner do the same for GPU cooling? Perhaps."

More information on this review can be found here.
OKGear OK-800 5.1 Surround Sound Headphones Review @ The Moditory
"USB 5.1 Headphones are extremely popular items now. Their onboard soundcards allow you to take surround sound anywhere, with your laptop or to a LAN with your desktop. You can even hook them up to your MP3 player or whatever other portable device you're carrying along that has a headphone jack. They've also got boom mics on them for your trash-talking rounds of Counter-Strike: Source and UT2K4. OKGear has released the OK800 set of 5.1 Channel Surround Sound USB Headphones. Our reigning champ, the LTB USB Pro 5.1 Headset, had nearly everything you could ask for; but they did have room for improvement. Lets see how the OK800 set tackles the 5.1 USB scene."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec TrueBlue 2.0 480W Power Supply Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"Antec has become a name synonymous with PC power supplies, cases, and accessories. Since 1986, Antec has been dedicated to the high-performance computer components industry. The TruePower 2.0 line is an updated model of their extremely popular TruePower line of power supplies. Various models of the TruePower 2.0 are available, ranging from 380W all the way up to 550W."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin 2GB HP3200 2-3-2 Dual Pack Review @ OCTools
"The Mushkin 2GB HP3200 Dual Pack is really a 2-in-1 combo. You get great gaming perfromance at very tight timings coupled with huge amounts of RAM for applications that need it. A definite winner wherever you look at it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Smart Drive 2002 Copper Quiet Hard Drive Enclosure Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This Hard Drive enclosure fits any standard 3.5" parallel or serial ATA Hard Drive. It's all aluminum, internally lined with copper, & installs in a 5.25" drive bay. The inside also has noise dampening foam which reduces Hard Drive noise dramatically. This is an excellent product for those wanting to keep their systems as quiet as possible."

More information on this video review can be found here.
OvisLink WL8000 AP Review @ Mistix
"Wireless technology is fast becoming the standard for pretty much everything on the market, from video game control pads to trafficking systems. WiFi is used in both residential and commercial areas due to the simplicity of it all. Wireless is often known to be overly pricey, hard to get hold of and not to mention extremely confusing. Buying a wireless router, wireless access point and an antenna soon builds up a bill to cry for."

More information on this review can be found here.
Athlon 4000+ Clawhammer Overclocking @ Madshrimps
"The summer is coming and we like to keep our CPU running cool. In search for the highest overclock in the World with an Athlon 64 4000+ Clawhammer, will we succeed? Come and follow the path to the Ice Planet."

More information on this article can be found here.
Friday, June 10, 2005
Confessions Of a Web Hosting Salesman @ The Tech Zone
"As a former top web hosting salesman, I have decided to come forward and shed some light on the industry. The rapidly growing world of web hosting, domain names, and basic web design is still a mystery to many interested people."

More information on this article can be found here.
Depolying Windows 2003 Terminal Server @ GeekExtreme
"This is a pretty hefty guide for deploying Windows Server 2003 Terminal Server for remote access. It covers installation, licensing, application installation, and locking down user sessions with a GPO. There is an informal bibliography at the end with plenty more information on many of the topics you will need to understand when deploying a Terminal Server."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Performance PCs Custom Works 500w PSU Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"For the longest time, the weakest link in my case was the wiring, that is, until I spent many hours sleeving the many cables in my system. PSU's like this one can eliminate much of the stress associated with getting power from Point A to Point B."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD64/Skt A Copper Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"From the side you can clearly see this is a twin fan setup with a push pull setup, most of these tower type coolers are made for this, but Ultra decided (yet again a first from my experience) to ship their cooler with both. Although the front has a built in sensor the rear doesn’t, but 2 fans working in a push pull layout like this should work well. You may also notice the coolers fan casing is finished in titanium, very much like Ultras power supply we see a while back."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolmax CU-400T 400W Modular PSU Review @ XYZ Computing
"If you want a stable computer you have to provide it with stable power, this is one of the most basic tenets of computer building. Now power supplies also aim to do things like reduce system noise and reduce clutter within your enclosure. Coolmax just recently released its first ever modular power supply. This product, the 400W CU series PSU, builds on Coolmax's existing power supplies but has included their "EZ Wires" system. This means unneeded wiring does not have to be connected and can be left out of the case. By using only to necessary wiring the interior of your enclosure will not only be neater, but can be arranged for better air flow."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultimate Idiot's Guide to RAM @ Futurelooks
"Memory: What is it? How does it work? What kinds are there? We try to answer almost everything you can possibly think of, and maybe bring up a few things you didn't think mattered."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin's Redline XP PC4000 Memory Review @ XtremeSystems
"Aggressive timing memory, low latency (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS) has always been the only way to fly for Overclockers, Enthusiasts, and Gamers. Bottom line is, if you want higher frame rates for gaming or world record benchmarks the numbers 2-2-2-5 is what you're looking for. Mushkin has come out with series of memory called Redline XP4000 rated to run at 2-2-2 timings."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gaming Gear Checklist @ BigBruin
"Having a computer configured to be the ultimate gaming system with all the latest and greatest hardware could easily cost several thousand dollars. Guess what? Within a few months, all of those cutting edge components will be old news, and a whole new batch of products will be available with even greater performance. But, if you are like most consumers, you have a budget and picking components that provide decent performance is possible without mortgaging the house."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Xbox 360 + ATI Interview @ Bit-Tech
"Bit-Tech.net has posted an interview with ATI's Richard Huddy. We talk to Richard about the architecture behind the Xenos graphics chip in the Xbox 360, how it rates compared to the PS3's RSX, unified shader architecture and the future of PC hardware. We also get th lowdown on backwards compatibility with Xbox 1, and the problems therein."

More information on this interview can be found here.
June Extreme Gaming PC Buyer's Guide @ Sharky Exreme
"This month, our lofty $4,000 budget affords us the opportunity to make the move to a number of newer technologies that were just out of reach in the last edition of this guide. This time out, we're looking at new technologies such as NVIDIA, AMD and Intel SLI chipsets, high-end DDR2 memory, 300GB NCQ hard drives, and dual-GPU video as the additions to this guide. While this month does not see a complete overhaul of the two system configurations, a few solid upgrades push this guide ahead of our last guide update, especially on the Intel side."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Modding Modular Power Cables @ BoxGods
"So you got one of those uber cool Ultra X Connect modular power supplies and are living the Life Less Ordinary. Your system is benefiting from the rounded UV cables, and there isn't an unused power cable to be found; but what about all
that excess cable length? Well, help is on the way. Let's have a look at this great PSU and do a little modding while we're at it. If clean wire work is your thing, custom modular is the way to go!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
Project Lament: HELLRAISER Cenobite PC @ CaseModGod
"I am a modder...It is a sickness, I realize that now, the need to try and make a mod better and better; adding more and more; modding it til it bleeds... Project Lament: HELLRAISER Cenobite is finished and I am better now. I wanted to prove to myself I could make a professional quality horror themed mod, it turned out better than I could have hoped and I think I nailed it. Don't take my word for it though check out the entire six page worklog."

This is one serious and creepy case mod. More information on this project can be found here.
Thursday, June 9, 2005
Gigabyte G-Power Pro Review @ InsaneTek
"Gigabyte's cooler doesn't just end with the Rocket cooler. While the G-Power cooler may look like Thermalright heatsinks, it differs and benefits in its own special way."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Formula GP Racing Wheel Review @ Futurelooks
"The Formula GP is the entry-level racing wheel Logitech currently offers to the racing game community. The shape, design, and placement of the spokes convey a competition-feel as it closely resembles aftermarket racing wheels. On top of that, the bright yellow rubber-molded inserts make this wheel stand out from the rest, aesthetically. There are two small, but easy-to-find shifter paddles at the back of each horizontal spoke, while 4 small buttons mounted on the front of them allow programmability in your favorite games."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Real Power 550W PSU Review @ Viperlair
"In a time when PC components are becoming more and more power hungry almost by the day, the importance of a good stable power supply is more evident now than it ever has been. Cooler Master hasn't built a good power supply, they have built a GREAT power supply. Cooler Master has gone the extra mile to "future proof" the Real Power 550 as evident by the choice of connectors like SATA (which has all but replaced IDE in the enthusiast market) and a dedicated PCI-E connector for today's power hungry video cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
I-Rocks Crystal USB 2.0 Card Reader & Hub Review @ BigBruin
"The I-Rocks Crystal USB 2.0 Card Reader & Hub Combo appears to be very well built. It has a very simple design that makes it very straight forward to use. There are no LEDs or any other type of gimmicks, and it is just a "what you see is what you get" type of device that works very well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake PurePower TWV500W Review @ BJorn3D
"One of the more recent trends in the power supply market is modular cabling systems. Simply put, a modular power supply allows its user to connect only the cables he or she needs to power up everything in a PC. The cables come disconnected from the power supply, so a modular power supply could be described as one with 'some assembly required.' This is very simple, though, as it only involves plugging the right cables into the right spots, and in most cases this is error-proofed because most cables' connectors are unique when compared to the others."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC4000 Gold Dual Channel VX Memory Review @ PCstats
"At 3.2V, the OCZ PC4000 Gold Dual Channel VX seemed very happy and the system was stable all the way up to 260 MHz. Anything higher caused more stability problems. It seems like the memory was starting to top out, since the voltage had to be increased substantially to squeeze out a few more MHz. In the end, the memory hit a high of 268 MHz while running using 2-2-2-5 memory timings with a voltage of 3.5V. Increasing the voltage higher actually lowered the memory's maximum overclock."

More information on this review can be found here.
G.Skill DDR600 Memory Review: Versatility Redefined @ Madshrimps
"G.Skill is fairly new to the PC-Enthusiast market, but the company has been manufacturing high performance DRAM for 16-years, they have no problem labeling themselves as a "niche" DRAM provider and are proud to bear the appellation. Today I test a product which earns a place in the semi-conductor Lexicon opposite the term versatile. G.skill´s PC3200/PC4800 is an all inclusive DDR part in 512MB kit form and is one of the best examples of SPD programming I've seen to date."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LanParty UT SLI-DR Motherboard Review @ Ninjalane
"When SLI was first announced the enthusiasm here in the Ninjalane Labs for the new technology was crazy. Everyone was running around trying to get their hands on something SLI enabled in hopes of making that big score and upgrade to SLI."

More information on this review can be found here.
Connect3D X850 Pro 256MB GDDR3/DVI/VIVO Video Card Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This Video Card is based on the ATI R480 chip. It has 256MB of fast GDDR3 memory clocked at 1040MHz DDR, & the core speed is 507MHz. It can even be overclocked higher for added performance. Not only does this card support all the latest technologies, it will also run the most demanding games. All these features at an affordable price!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon 256MB X800 XT Review @ BonaFiedReviews
"With the recent announcement of the Crossfire platform, the graphic industry spotlight has been shifted towards ATI. While we anxiously wait to get our hands on a Crossfire based card we give their All-in-Wonder series flagship card a whirl. The X800 XT All-in-Wonder is the latest and greatest multimedia graphic processor from ATI. The X800 XT is a big step up from the previous flagship AIW, the Radeon 9800 Pro, boasting more power and multimedia features such as FM-on-Demand and EazyLook."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thermaltake Shark PC Case Review @ Short-Media
"The Thermaltake Shark is one of the handful of Full Tower cases under the Xaser line of chassis'. Full tower cases usually have four to six external 5 1/4" drive bays and two to eight internal 3 1/2" drive bays. The Shark PC case brings five external 5 1/4", two external 3 1/2" and five internal 3 1/2" drive bays to the party as well as a host of other features as the specifications detail."

More information on this review can be found here.

Installing Folding@Home as a Service on Multithreaded Windows PCs

"In an ideal world, FAH would be multithreaded by nature and all we would need is a single instance of Folding@Home. But, here in the real world, very few programs are parallelized and can take advantage of multiple threads. Such as it is, you will need to run an instance of Folding@Home for each thread in your system. The lowest-maintenance way to do this is to install each instance of FAH as a system service so that FAH is always running in the background out of sight."

More information on this article can be found here.
A Tour Of Kingston Technology Part One @ The Best Case Scenario
"The majority of what has just transpired happens deep inside an automated machine. So I did not actually get to see all of this process. But if they would have let me crawl inside the machine to watch I would have. I don’t think my skin would have liked the acid bath."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, June 8, 2005
The Best & Worst of Computex 2005 @ The Tech Zone
"The best booth of Computex goes to IWILL. They showed off an amazing dual Opteron Small Form Factor PC with dual NVIDA video cards in SLI mode. However, what put IWILL over the top was the full fledge open bar they set up. Inside the booth were hot babes serving cold drinks. And they were even offering ice cream floats! Needless to say, the IWILL booth was one of the busiest of Computex."

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den NV-68 GPU Water Block Review @ Madshrimps
"Danger Den continues to be an innovator in water cooling. Their NV-68 Rev. 1.1 GPU/memory water block is a massive H20 copper cooler designed specifically to tame the nVidia 6800 line of graphic cards. Incorporating both GPU and memory cooling this is bound to be an Overclocker's dream. Madshrimps bolts this baby to a BFG 6800GT PCI-ex OC (370MHz core speed) and tests the NV-68 in linear as fed from a PolarFLO TT CPU-water block. In this respect we will also measure performance difference (if any) from single, then twin outlets (ports)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston Ultimate 1-GB SD Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"With Secure Digital media cards becoming more popular we are starting to see faster cards enter the market. Kingston was one of the first with a 133x SD memory card and we take it for a test spin to see how it performs during our daily grind. Read on to see if a high-speed SD card is something you need to invest in."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin Redline XP4000 DDR Ram Review @ XtremeResources
"Mushkin Redline XP4000 is most definitely very high speed, high quality double data rate memory. When combined in a dual channel kit, with the usage of a high powered DFI LANParty motherboard such as the DFI SLI-DR this memory will scream to heights previously unfathomable. What I found truly remarkable about the Mushkin Redline XP4000 DDR 1GB memory kit, was the ability to not o­nly reach very high front side bus speeds, but at incredibly tight timings as well. With rated timings of 2-2-2-6 at 500MHz DDR - the memory is already very fast. As evidenced by my benchmark testing, this memory will attain even higher scaling - as you can see by the results posted running DDR550 at CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS memory timings of 1.5-2-2-5."

More information on this review can be found here.
PQI mPack P800 Portable Entertainment Centre Review @ PCstats
"To start with, the PQI mPack P800 supports a pleasingly large array of formats. For video, MPEG 1,2 and 4 (and DivX) are covered, along with XviD, WMV and ASF. An equally wide range of audio formats including OGG, AC3, AAC, WMA and WAV files are supported in addition to the traditional MP3. To top it off, the mPack P800 even supports a range of picture formats beyond the expected JPEGs. GIF and BMP pics can be viewed, and even RAW images, something that should make photography enthusiasts smile."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin 2GB-Kit HP3200 DDR Review @ Viperlair
"If you are any of those then this kit is awesome. The tight timings and overclocking headroom make this kit an excellent choice. Having 2GB of ram gives you some nice options when it comes to system performance and usability. You can totally eliminate any virtual memory in the system, and you also have the ability to make a good sized high speed ram drive. Try running an app out of a ram drive and you will never want to use your hard drive again."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ahanix MCE601 D-Vine Home Theater Case Review @ Tech-Mods
"Home Theater PC's are a relatively new. But obviously Microsoft knows when to get on an emerging market with their release of Windows XP Media Center Edition. In 2003, Microsoft even used an Ahanix home theater PC case during Bill Gates' Comdex Keynote speech. With a home theater PC, one can record T.V. shows, play music, play games, or even have a slide-show. Today, we're looking at the Ahanix MCE601 model designed solely for Home Theater use."

More information on this review can be found here.

HD-EB-253 2.5" HDD Enclosure Review

"Alpha and Omega Computers sent over the HD-EB-253 USB 2.0 external 2.5inch HDD enclosure to put through it's paces. The HD-EB-253 is designed to make transfering files and saving data easier for people on the go while allowing for greater versatility and upgradability in the long run."

More information on this review can be found here.

Kensington Expert Mouse Wireless 64329 Review

"Kensington has creating products for more than 20 years that help you and me connect with our PC's whether it be wired or wireless. Kensington sent by their Expert Wireless Mouse Optical Trackball for me to give a once over the, Expert Mouse is Kensingtons top of the line wireless trackball. I know trackballs have been the norm for designers, photo/video editors, and architects but there are some who prefer the feel and accuracy of a trackball over a conventional mouse."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax X-1 Case Review @ Creative Mods
Next up is the X-1's front bezel door. Many cases have front bezel doors that take up the top half of the front bezel but on the X-1, the door takes up the entire front bezel. This is not a good or bad thing use wise. As far as looks go, I'd say this is a plus. The drive bays are completely hidden and the door is seamlessly attached to the case. On the right side of the door, there appears to be some tall ventilation slots, but these are merely solid ridges in the door. Another thing I should add is the left side of the door is made out of metal, not look-alike plastic."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalRock Eclipse Case Review @ Xtreme Computing
"The bays come with rubber grommets already installed. Using the provided thumbscrews gives a quick and tool-less hard drive installation. Installing hard drives after the motherboard is a good idea, as they stick out into the motherboards general area. However, the bays are easily removed if they are getting in the way."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, June 7, 2005
DoubleSight DS-1900 Dual 19 Inch LCD Monitor Review @ XYZ Computing
"For people who spend a lot of time on their computer and who are looking to maximize productivity, there are few better upgrades than to go from one monitor to two. To simplify the process of moving to dual monitors companies like DoubleSight have come along and offered two LCD panels in one neat package. With a single purchase you can get yourself two matching LCD panels and a base which is designed to handle the adjustments that are peculiar to display duality. This review will be taking a look at the DS-1900, dual 19" LCD Monitor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake PurePower TWV 500w PSU Review @ A1-Electronics
"The choice of 500 watts of power provides a PSU with just the right amount of power for all virtually all todays requirements of modern computers from the office to home desktop use. And with you only needing to plug in the power leads you actually need you do not have to find a home somewhere inside your computer case for the ones you do not use. We all know what that is like."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra XL PC3200 Low-Latency Memory Review @ CoolTechZone
"Yes, its yet another memory maker trying to enter the low-latency stream. A few years ago, there were quite a few memory makers, but since the introduction of low-latency TCCDs from Samsung, the market seems to have exploded with these wonders from practically every memory maker in the market. Either the profit margins are ridiculously high on memory these days that even a small percentage accounts for serious revenue or memory makers simply think of Samsung's TCCDs as a gift of appreciation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Harmony 676 Universal Remote Review @ BoxGods
"TV isn't about watching a show; it’s about seeing what else is on, and to do that you have to change the channel. I am old enough to remember when there were five channel choices now we have hundreds, most are going digital, and we have cable boxes, surround sound systems, PVRs, and music system each with a remote. Keeping them all in batteries, where you can find them, and remembering which one controls what is a pain in the sofa. Not anymore couch commanders, Logitech's Harmony 676 Universal IR remote to the rescue."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte Silent-Pipe Radeon X800 XL PCIe Review @ BJorn3D
"Completely silent and fragtastic gaming? Oh yeah, baby, and it comes in the form of Gigabyte's Silent-Pipe Radeon X800 XL. By now, we all know that the X800 XL offers a lot of bang for the buck, and if you read my last couple of X800 XL reviews, you would know that ATI's stock cooler on the X800 XL is quite noisy. While some companies are releasing 'quiet' or 'nearly silent' X800 XL solutions, Gigabyte completely eliminated the noise problem by extending its Silent-Pipe technology to this excellent VPU."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT Fatal1ty AA8XE Motherboard Review @ techPowerUp
"Abit, one of the top manufacturers for enthusiast motherboards, has asked the Pro-Gamer Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel for ideas on making a top-notch gaming board. The Fatal1ty AA8XE is an awesome overclocking motherboard for Intel Pentium 4 LGA775, it offers loads of features geared towards the hardware enthusiast and gamers. We could overclock our P4 CPU by over 50% for a final clock of 4514 MHz @ 323 FSB."

More information on this review can be found here.
How Modern CPUs Work @ ASE Labs
"A Central Processing Unit is one of the major components of a computer. The CPU controls logic flow and other control type operations. There are many different things inside a modern CPU. How it works is what we are after today."

More information on this article can be found here.
TITAN Bianca TWC-A05 Watercooling Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"TITAN isn't always fast with product releases but when they do have something new, it's always pretty promising. Continuing the line of girls, the external watercooling kit named Bianca is released."

More information on this review can be found here.
Find The Best Case Mods Online and Save Money @ BonaFideReviews
"Are you captivated by the stunning Case Mods you've seen online but shell shocked at some of the prices. What is a case mod, some of you may ask? Have you every wanted to spice up that boring bland box you call your computer? Well you can and there are lots of people online with fantastic clever ideas on themes, gee whiz lights, sounds, and much much more. Here is a list of top places where you can get information, buy stuff, and chat with others about your ideas."

This list can't be complete since MTB wasn't even mentioned. More information on this article can be found here.
ThermalRock Eclipse Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product screams unique looks, has countless features, & swappable media storage. The innovative media storage area is fantastic, offering quick access to blank media or a game play disk. Also, there are plenty of drive bays; 4x5.25", 2x3.5" (Ext.), & 5x3.5" (Int.). For convenience, ports (2xUSB 2, 1xFirewire, Mic, & Headphone) are located at the front of the case. It even has two 120mm fans for excellent case ventilation."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Monday, June 6, 2005
Seasonic "S12" 430w PSU Review @ Tweaktown
"One of Seasonic's latest products is the S12 PSU, which is capable of delivering 430 watts of continuous power to today’s hungry computer systems. Seasonic makes a lot of claims about their PSU, so we’ll take a closer look and see what happens when we thrash it out a bit. With multiple hard drives and numerous optical and other peripherals being the norm, power is at a premium."

More information on this review can be found here.
Blue Gears X Mystique 7.1 Gold Review @ BoxGods
"For longer than most of us would care to admit, the best and often only choice for a high quality sound card, has been from Creative. Creative is a company most enthusiasts love to hate. Creative brought a lot of this on themselves with marketing blunders, poor driver updates and customer support. In the end, we tolerated all of that because the sound quality was the best, and frankly we didn't have a choice till now. Enter the X Mystique 7.1 Gold from Blue Gears."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX620 Review @ CaseModGod
"The Matrix Orbital MX620 is a wonderful mod to add to your system. You no longer need to have your desktop cluttered with programs telling you that you have mail, what the weather will be like tomorrow and all your system temps. The MX620 can display all this and more!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Big Typhoon Silent CPU Cooler Review @ Futurelooks
"Good heatsinks are a little hard to come by these days as CPUs get hotter and hotter. We either get good performers at high noise levels or "ok" performers at low noise levels. Today, we look at ThermalTake's Big Typhoon, which promises to help cool your CPU well but at a low noise level."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Ati Silencer 5- rev 2 Review @ XtremeComputing
"The design of the fan is like a turbine (but lets hope without the noise) but forces the air over the block and out of the rear. This of coarse means this cooler takes up 2 pci slots, the backing plate is included in the packaging and is just screwed into the backplate on its own without having to attach it to the cooler. Another feature that was nice to see was the fan connector cable, this is were the Arctic cooling silencer scores another plus point buy having the OEM fan plug rather than a traditional 3 pin with a four pin adaptor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kool Solutions Memory Cooling Fan Review @ Madshrimps
"Overclocking memory has come a long way, in the old days pushing more then 2.9v through your DDR sticks was considered insane; now certain manufactures are making products geared especially for high voltage (3.6+v). With the increased power comes increased heat and active memory cooling is becoming a necessity. Let´s see if this “memory cooling” Solution from Kool is any good."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor Radeon X700 256MB Bravo Edition Review @ InsaneTek
"While the ATI Radeon X700 chipset is a bit slower in performance than Nvidia's 6600GT counterpart, PowerColor does include a nice heatpipe cooler to make silent enthusiasts happy."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeIL 512MB DC UltraX-XL DDR400 CAS 1.5 Review @ Techniz
"The GeIL UltraX-XL DDR400 CL1.5 Dual Channel DDR400 memory module is great memory; with the use of the legendary Winbond BH-5 hand picked RAM chips, it will meet the needs of most overclocker enthusiasts. This dual channel RAM kit is able to run tight timings of 1.5-2-2-5, which is the best overclocking memory module. Furthermore, with the voltage of 2.8V, it was able to hit 234 MHz which is equal to DDR468 with the tight timings of 2-2-2-5. With higher memory voltage at 3.5V, this pair of modules is able to read 265MHz which is equal to DDR530 at the timing of 2-2-2-5. That was an excellent result. Furthermore, this pair of RAM modules comes with the Platinum Copper Heatspreader which is very good for the heat dissipation."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC5000 DFI Edition Review @ Bit-Tech
"The modules are rated at an astonishing PC5000, which is roughly 313MHz (626MHz DDR) in laymans terms. OCZ guarantee the memory to run at 3.0-4-4-10 at those speeds, and we suspect that you will be able to achieve more than what you pay for if OCZ's reputation is anything to go by. While the timings don't seem blisteringly quick, when you consider that they're rated at 313MHz, the timings are pretty respectable. Bear in mind that both Gigabyte's and ASUS' SLI motherboards were stable at front side bus speeds lower than what these modules are rated at, even after removing the memory limitation by running a divider."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron K8SLI Motherboard Review @ Overclockers Online
"Albatron has worked hard to deliver a motherboard capable of performing the tasks that all enthusiasts want while maintaining a reasonable price tag that many can afford. The K8SLI is bundled with some very nice features, but some additional accessories would be nice. The ABS was a real nice touch, in case you're one of those people who happen to corrupt their BIOS occasionally. The jumperless SLI switching will be very handy for those using the full capabilities of the motherboard. The space saving, smaller layout has both advantages and disadvantages that won't be much concern to many end users."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus A8V Deluxe WiFi G Motherboard Review @ PyroPort
"For those who are looking to choose an upgrade path of the Athlon64, there are so many different options that it can all become a bit daunting. There are motherboards that support either socket 754 or socket 939 chips, then there are motherboards that feature PCI-Express and those that support the older AGP."

More information on this review can be found here.
AeroCool Magic-3D PC Case Review @ The Best Case Scenario
"There is only one word to describe what this case looks like in person..."Elegant". This case has a look to it that is like no other case I have seen. Instead of having a run of the mill window or some cheesy cut out with a window. AeroCool decided to be different. "Well Dante, what do you mean by different?" what I mean is that they used mesh."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, June 4, 2005
Seasonic S-12 500W Power Supply Review @ Madshrimps
"Power supply again! Yes, this time it comes from a manufacturer with ISO certifications plus UL, FCC, CE and CB certified. Let see how it performs in a consumer's point of view by installing it inside a PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS 3200XL Pro Memory Giveaway at XYZ Computing
"Time for another XYZ Computing Forum Giveaway! This month we will be giving away a 2x512MB kit of Corsair XMS 3200XL Pro. This is the original LED memory and not only has a cool aluminum heatspreader but can run at 2-2-2-5 at DDR400. If you are looking for overclocking, it can be pushed up to DDR500 on many systems! All you have to do is stop by and register! In a few minutes you could not only win yourself some great RAM but you could be part of a great online community."

More information on this giveaway can be found here.
Waffer Technologies PC Air Conditioner PAC 400 Review @ PimpRig
"The mounting tray allows the PAC 400 to slide in and out with ease with just a gentle push when it’s plugged in. While it's sliding into the bay it does not move around or have a lot of slack on the sides. Again, another good sign of the quality of this unit. There is even a lock to keep it in place and to prevent the unit from working back out. The juice is piped in using a normal molex connecter."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Big Typhoon HS Review @ Tech-Mods
"Today's computers are running hotter and hotter and today's computer enthusiasts are constantly looking for better ways to keep their systems cool with less noise. With that idea in mind, Thermaltake has come out with a new low noise performance CPU cooler, the Big Typhoon. Today we're going to be putting Thermaltake new cooler through the tests to see how it stands up to the tasks of high-end cooling with little or no noise."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Underclocking Experiment @ PCstats
"PCstats knows overclocking. You know overclocking. Everybody knows overclocking. The PC runs faster and hotter, provides more performance, and yadda yadda yadda. Overclocking has become so routine in the hardware world that every processor, motherboard, memory module and videocard needs to be overclocked as part of its review. We never know if the people actually buying the hardware care about its overclocking potential, but as computer journalists and enthusiasts, we know we have to test it out. This got us thinking though; what about under-clocking? Most modern processors and motherboards can just as easily run under a rated speed as it can run over but is there a point to this? Well possibly."

More information on this article can be found here.
AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 'Venice' Overclocking @ Hexus
"If you've already got a decent S939 motherboard on your hands it would be almost criminal not to try an Athlon 64 3000+ E3-stepping CPU. Sure, it's not hugely fast at default speeds, but I'd be amazed if 2.5GHz wasn't a given and 3GHz on the cards with better cooling. There's just something rather naughty but nice about 50% overclocks with near-default voltage. For once, you can have your cake and eat it!"

More information on this article can be found here.
Going In-depth with Dual-Core @ Linux-Hardware
"Reviewers have been trying to provide benchmarks that can adequately solve this question for you. We have never seen a product launch with so much confusion around it. From our standpoint dual-core isnt new; its just an old product (SMP) that has been reborn in new skin that makes it more affordable to the end user. The same performance questions about dual processor system over a single processor remain. Until more applications are written to take advantage of multi-processor machines, multi-tasking will be the key factor."

More information on this article can be found here.
Balanced Technology eXtended (BTX) @ ASE Labs
"When Intel released the BTX standard in 2003, ATX was going stronger then ever. We are now at a point of where ATX is hitting a limit on thermal design. Ducting can only do so much for us. It is time to move on to a new and better standard. Enter BTX."

More information on this article can be found here.
Tyan Tomcat K8E (S2865) Motherboard (Socket 939) Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Tyan Tomcat K8E (S2865) Motherboard is based on the nForce4 chipset & supports the AMD Athlon 64/FX 939 CPU. It also accepts up to 4GB of dual channel DDR unbuffered ECC/Non-ECC memory. Onboard features include; USB, Firewire, Dual LAN, NVRAID, SATA-II, 5.1 Audio, & Video. An exceptional product for a server/desktop environment."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Mountain Mods turns 2 Years Old
"Mountain Mods is 2 years old! To celebrate we are giving away a U2-UFO to one lucky winner. Make a purchase of $25 USD or more and be eligible to win."

More information on this announcemment can be found here.
Sunbeam Trio ATX Case Review @ OCIA
"The single thumb screw releases the side panel these fit quite nicely, not as difficult to take off or put back on the case as some other similar methods. The acrylic window is fastened in place with plastic pop rivets."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, June 3, 2005
Cooler Master 550W "Real Power" Power Supply Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"Cooler Master is well known for manufacturing quality accessories for PCs. Some of the more popular items they make are their cases, power supplies, and fan controllers. In this review we will be taking an in-depth look at their 550W Real Power power supply. This power supply is designed to conform to ATX 12V v2.01 and EPS12V v2.1 standards, making it a very well rounded PSU. Another interesting twist with this power supply is the "human computer interface", which is a meter showing power consumption in real-time."

More information on this review can be found here.

Power Supply Testing Methodology

"Power supplies are a huge industry, with so many manufacturers, models, and specifications, it can become quite an intimidating task for the average consumer to choose wisely. All too often we see retail boxes with huge stickers stating the overall rated power, but exact specifications are often omitted or obfuscated. In our primer article about power supplies, we covered the basics of how a modern power supply works and many related common questions. This article is to explain how we will be testing & reporting power supplies here at EXTREME Overclocking, and hopefully allow the consumer to make better purchasing decisions."

More information on this article can be found here.
Logitech Z-2300 THX Certified 2.1 Speaker System Review @ Futurelooks
"In this day and age of 5.1 speakers and surround sound, is there still a place for a set of top end 2.1 speakers that can rock your world? Of course there is! For the music lovers everywhere, 2.1 is where it's at, and we check out Logitech's top drawer offering to see if they are up to task."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung 930MP LCD TV Monitor Review @ DreamWare Computers
"In the computer world the term "multifunction" is becoming more and more known. We're beginning to use computers for more than just email and we're starting to see a big boom in HTPCs (Home Theater PCs) which are not only a PC but an entire home theater as well. Samsung has come out with the perfect monitor to go along with this use, it's the SyncMaster 930MP LCD TV Monitor. This display has inputs for Analog RGB/DVI/Component/CVBS/SVideo/FM/audio and antenna. To sum that up, the 930MP pretty much has an appropriate spot to plug in everything you would ever want to plug into a display."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kool Solutions Chill Vent Memory Cooling Review @ XYZ Computing
"If you want to save money you can buy value memory which usually does not come with heatspreaders but they are generally not needed as you would not buy value memory if you are planning on overclocking. The other option is to buy a higher end memory which is capable of running at higher voltages and of sustained overclocking. Kool Solutions has started to offer their Chill Vent Memory Cooling Fan (CVMF) in order to cope with heating memory conditions. They may seem unnecessary at first but with new motherboard capable of a VDIMM of 3.5V and systems heating up like never before conventional, passive memory cooling is not always doing the job."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor Bravo X700 PCI-e Review @ BJorn3D
"In December, Tul decided to release X700 PRO based card which also sported SCS. April of 2005 brings us PowerColor Bravo X700. Suggested retail price is pretty competitive and weighs just about $160 with tax. ATI based RV410 cards can be found in quite a few flavors, i.e. different VPU clocks and / or memory type -- it all depends on the Add-In-Board manufacturer and most importantly customer needs."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X850XT IceQ II Turbo Review @ Viperlair
"The HIS X850XT IceQ II Turbo did well today in our tests, and provides enough performance for AGP motherboard owners to perhaps convince you that it may not be necessary to upgrade to a PCIe board if you're only interested in a single card upgrade."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS PC4400 1GB TwinX DDR Review @ Overclockers Online
"There's little doubt that DDR memory has got some life left in it. Though not quite capable of reaching the heights of the fastest DDR2 available, DDR is still quite popular and widely used especially on the AMD platforms. Today we look at a matched set of DDR modules rated for 550 MHz operation at 2.5-4-4-8 timings in the form of Corsair's XMS TWINX1024-4400C25PT."

More information on this review can be found here.
Memory Options & Performance on the Intel 955X Express Chip Set @ Corsair
"We can draw several useful conclusions from the results of this testing. First, we have discovered that selection of the system memory should be tightly coupled to processor selection. 1000MHz memory looks like an excellent choice if you are planning to overclock a processor with native 800 MHz front side bus; if you do not plan to overclock, 800 MHz memory is a good choice. The 667 MHz memory offers a good compromise solution, providing strong performance and excellent flexibility."

More information on this article can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal Review @ InsaneTek
"We take a look at the first Nvidia C19 board we can get our hands on and really like the performance so far. Gigabyte's features are always top notch and the price is quite decent. There's a bit of overclocking but nothing extreme."

More information on this review can be found here.
CPU Socket Basics Part 2 AMD @ BigBruin
"As CPU technology advances, the sockets that correspond to them are forced to change as well. The new physical sizes, internal architecture, and thermal properties require that the 'packaging' evolve. A negative side effect of this development is that motherboards wind up with limited 'upgrade paths' when it comes to adding a faster processor."

More information on this article can be found here.
Modder Of The Month June 2005 @ Creative Mods
"This month's modder of the month is a man with an eye for design and an aspiration to become a professional case modder. He worked at an architectural models workshop which has benefited him in his modding ventures. He recommends modding only after thorough planning and preparation. To see some of his work and to learn more about him, please read on."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thursday, June 2, 2005
X-Ray Thunder9 Mouse Pad Review @ ExtensionTech
"Here in the second of three X-ray mouse pad reviews, we have the Thunder9. While it inherits both the awesome surfaces of the Thunder8, though, you have to pick either the smooth, or the rough, because there are technically two different pads. However, the larger surface that gamers demand is here, which should be the major selling point for the Thunder9."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra & 3dGameMan Ultra X-Connect 500W Power Supply Giveaway
"The Ultra X-Connect 500W Power Supply offers excellent power, looks great, and has two quiet 80mm fans. The modular cable connections are an extremely unique feature for this product; its modular design really makes this one stand out from other power supplies. Say goodbye to that web of cables you thought would never be neatly organized!"

More information on this giveaway can be found here.
Klipsch RVX-54 Home Theater Speaker System Review @ Ecoustics
"The RVX-54 home theater system speakers were designed from the ground up focusing on use within a flat panel home theater system. The height and depth of the RVX-54 speakers are a perfect complement to the slim design of modern plasma, DLP and LCD high definition units."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra & 3dGameMan Ultra X-Connect 500W Power Supply Giveaway
"The Ultra X-Connect 500W Power Supply offers excellent power, looks great, and has two quiet 80mm fans. The modular cable connections are an extremely unique feature for this product; its modular design really makes this one stand out from other power supplies. Say goodbye to that web of cables you thought would never be neatly organized!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Premium Stereo Headset Review @ The Best Case Scenario
"Although this headset is a mid grade Logitech headset, you wouldn't know it. Even though this headset costs $24.99 it has the features of a more expensive headset. I mean lets get real here how many times have you put a $24 set of headphones on your head and had to take them off after an hour? I know it happens to me often. The ensuing headache is unbearable."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sonos Digital Music System Review @ CoolTechZone
"Sonos first made the announcement of its digital music system back in mid-2004. Although the company's plan was to bring the actual product to market in September, the final refinements of the music system took some time, and Sonos cleverly waited until the Consumer Electronics Show 2005 in order to display the final version of what can very well set a new trend in digital music systems everywhere. CoolTechZone had the privilege to glance over the initial specifications and concept of the player right when the player started to create a buzz in the consumer electronics industry. At that point, we were heartily impressed with the system and what Sonos had in mind. It's exciting to say that Sonos paid close attention from the overall presentation of the product right to its performance and ease of use."

More information on this review can be found here.
Patriot PC2-5600+ DDR2 Review @ Viperlair
"Patriot Memory has started off on the right foot, Tight timings, and great overclocking along with things you expect, such as lifetime warranty. Let's hope they continue this pursuit, as I enjoy being able to pick from more than one or two vendors when it comes to performance oriented gear."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech AE6800 APOGEE Turbo Version Review @ Techniz

"The Chaintech GeForce 6800 256MB PCI-Express graphic card is great mid range graphic card. The performance of this Chaintech GeForce 6800 256MB PCI-Express graphic card is out perform the GeForce 6600GT even the ATI X700 Pro. Beside that, the bundle was very good which including of a full game of the PainKiller. This VGA card is an overclock version of the 6800 series. It also comes with the NV VGA Silencer as the GPU Cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor Bravo X700 PCI-e Review @ BJorn3D
"If you are looking for a mid-range card with passive cooling system, Tul is one of the companies that offer such solution on X700 based cards. With good performance in its class and okay bundle, PowerColor Bravo X700 is an interesting product to consider. The Silent Cooling System has proven to be a worthy addition, the passive solution performed marvelously and ran very cool."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Technology Behind Dual Core CPUs @ PCstats
"Dual-core processors work pretty much as you'd expect them to. At their most basic, both Intel and AMD have taken two mostly (or in the case of Intel, fully) functional processor cores and joined them together in a single processor die. Each core functions and processes data independently, and the two are co-coordinated by the operating system software. In this article, PCSTATS is going to focus on both company's versions of this technology, how it works, and the kind of performance boost you can expect from it. Currently only certain of AMD's Opteron server-class processors are available with dual cores, but very shortly AMD will release the Athlon 64 X2 line of dual-core desktop processors. Intel has taken the opposite approach, already releasing the 'Pentium Extreme Edition 840' desktop dual-core chip, while its 'Pentium D' and dual-Xeons lines are not far behind."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire X-Cruiser Chassis Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The highlight of this case is the front lighting - the blue vertical side bars look great and the gauges really look fantastic. They have very easy to read scales and very well labeled, not to mention the wonderful blue glow."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel i945G Chipset Review @ Hexus
"In short, the i945G (or i945P) is a reasonable proposition for all but the die-hard enthusiast who needs the ability to run two graphics cards in tandem. I hope that motherboard manufacturers quickly release versions equipped with the ICH7R southbridge. You'll then be able to purchase it with, say, a Pentium D 820. Perfect for huge and varied storage potential, decent sound, and the loveliness that a dual-core CPU brings."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen Home Theater PC Review @ Designtechnica
"The ePCs are based on digital entertainment platforms which can fit ideally in different users environments,” said Bernie Tsai, president of AOpen. “AOpen Media Center Server 400/410 is an ideal choice for the main living room, while AOpen XC REC6 is a model for the sitting room,” Tsai elaborated. The various models of ePCs form AOpen’s digital home entertainment solutions and are used in different scenarios. For example, the AOpen Media Center Server 400/410 is designed to look like your more traditional amplifier. You can store up to seven hard drives in this case as well as multiple TV tuners."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mounting the PA160 in a LianLi PC6x @ Over-clock
"As we're all aware, the new ThermoChill PA160 rad doesn't conform to previous "standard" dimensions of Built-for-PC Watercooling Radiators. In fact, it's a tad large and it's size was partially chosen as more or less every case on the market is 160mm wide or more, so either way it should go in one way or another. We decided to demonstrate this by squidging it into a LianLi PC61."

More information on this project can be found here.
Cooler Master Centurion 530 Case Video Review
"This product has four big attributes: it's affordable, looks fantastic, has great build quality, & is feature loaded. There are plenty of drive bays; 5x5.25", 1x3.5" (Ext.), & 5x3.5" (Int.). It has a 120mm blue LED fan at the front & an optional 80/90/120mm fan can be installed at the back. For convenience there are 2 USB, 1 Firewire, Mic & Headphone jack along with the power/reset button, & power/HDD LED at the front top."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Wednesday, June 1, 2005
Akasa Power Plus 650W Quad 12v rail PSU Review @ XtremeComputing
"The rear of the PSU has your basic layout with the extraction fan and the on/off switch in the usual places. Looking at the fan a bit closer you will notice its not an Akasa but the well known Sanyo Denki fan that has a claimed life of 40k hours at 60C. This fan is a auto thermal jobbie which means it will adjust the speed to the temps automatically."

More information on this review can be found here.
Overclockers Online & Cooler Master Contest @ Overclockers Online
"One winner will be lucky enough to bring home the brand new Hyper 6+ and CoolDrive 4. A second winner will have won second a Hyper 6+ and an Aerogate 1. The third and final winner will get to take home the last Aerogate 1. All of our winners will also take home a Cooler Master cap and we'll select seven other winners to each take home a cap too. Talk about sweetness!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
ATI Crossfire Preview @ Viperlair
"So, does ATI bring anything to the table that we have not seen already from NVIDIA? In some ways, they work the same; two matching series of cards, and a supporting motherboard. Unlike NVIDIA, gaming profiles aren't required for Crossfire. According to ATI, with the correct hardware, Crossfire is something that is enabled as soon as your PC is put together. Their approach is driver independent, so in theory, older games as well as newer games should work in Crossfire mode as soon as you fire them up."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 710N LCD TFT Monitor Review @ Tweaknews
"Throughout the two month testing period, I have yet to witness one single problem or disadvantage from buying this inexpensive LCD monitor. It performs well during office work, it games exceptionally well, its' cheap, it can be purchased almost everywhere online and did I mention it games well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 910MP 19" LCD Review @ TechTastic
"With the price of computer LCD monitors becoming more affordable, their popularity is on the rise. Even in the consumer electronics world LCD TV's are quickly gaining favor. So what would happen if these two worlds collided? Well Samsung has asked this question and came up with their SyncMaster 910MP 19" LCD Monitor/TV. The 910MP can play double duty as your regular computer monitor, or as a LCD TV thanks to it's built in TV tuner."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair 1GB XPERT Series 3200XL Memory Review @ System Cooling
"The Corsair Pro modules added looks, in the form of LED activity lights, to the company's already top-notch performance memory. Of course, more than one memory maker has followed suit, so the uniqueness of the effect has waned a great deal. Never content to rest on past achievements, Corsair has introduced the next generation of memory that combines performance with bling. What we're looking at today is a 1GB set of Corsair's top of the line 3200XL modules. Called the XPERT series, Corsair has taken their best low-latency PC3200 RAM and mated it to an advanced programmable LED display. The result is impressive to say the least."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 4GB RAM Disk and 6800GT 3D1 Cards Review @ Bit-Tech
"Today, Gigabyte have announced a rather interesting new video card. The technology has been seen before in the form of ASUS' dual GeForce 6800 GT, but the implementation is a little more advanced.with some interesting twists. Firstly, the card is no taller than a typical single GeForce 6800 GT, and is smaller than ASUS' implementation by a long shot. Currently it is the fastest 'single card' solution on the market today."

More information on this review can be found here.
CPU Socket Basics Part 1 - Intel @ BigBruin
"Although there are currently only two main players in the CPU market, AMD and Intel, the number of choices is still enough to make the typical consumer's head spin. Each manufacturer has a few different models to promote, and many of these models can be found in a few different form factors (namely, the "sockets" to which they connect) that exclude interchangeability. This two-part series of Tech Tips will look at a few details of each of the currently-supported CPU (Central Processing Unit) sockets and how they are all similar and different from one to another. First up, we will take a look at the CPU sockets supporting modern Intel processors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn WinFast NF4K8MC Motherboard Review @ Viperlair
"You want a rock solid, dependable, Socket 939, NF4, PCIe solution for your HTPC? WinFast has a motherboard with your name all over it. If you don't expect to overclock, or to use the onboard sound, you will be happy with what the Winfast NF4K8MC has to offer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Pentium D 820 and Pentium 4 670 Review @ The Tech Zone
"The dual core processor is what I consider the next major technological step in the evolution of the processor. With the exception of the bit-size increases which are major steps as well, all the other improvements to the processors have increased performance (for single processors) and have added in a few features. The dual core processor focuses on something other than single application performance, which is multiple application performance. At least for Intel, the clock speeds of the new dual cores are clocked lower than that of their top single core chips. This means that unless Intel includes some sort of new efficient clock speed technology, the performance of their fastest dual core chip for a single-thread application should be lower than that of their fastest single core chips. The dual cores are meant to handle multi-tasking, multi-threaded applications, and multiple simultaneous applications much better than a single core chip."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT Fatal1ty AN8 nForce 4 Ultra Motherboard Review @ OCTools
"When it comes to overclocking, it is where this board really shined. The components, the cooling and the BIOS options all helped in making the Fatal1ty AN8 an overclocking monster. How can anyone complain of 345MHz HTT rock solid with only stock cooling. No doubt, the Fatal1ty AN8 is not only "built to kill" but most definitely "built to overclock".

More information on this review can be found here.
Koolance Exos-2 Review @ Legit Reviews
"Today, we take a look at the latest and greatest from Koolance, one of the premier players in system cooling, the Koolance Exos-2. For people using smaller cases, external water cooling allows them the benefit of improved cooling without cramping the precious room in their case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den DD12V-D4 External Water Pump @ Techniz
"Overall, the DD12V-D4 water pump is a very powerful pump. The maximum flow rate of the DD12V-D4 is able to reach up to 1200L/h. I have tested this water pump by using the Zalman Reserator 1. The performance is very good as compare with ] the integrated pump. During the operation of this pump, it was very silent too. This DD12V-D4 from Danger Den is a medium size and very good external water pump for water cooling usage."

More information on this review can be found here.
XSPC Passive Aluminium Reservoir Review @ XtremeComputing
"On the day of installation I had to abandon any testing as the air con was down and room temp was at 34c, this would have been slightly unfair on the product as it is passive and I normally temp test with a room temp between 24-28. Once the air con was fixed it and it was time to get temp testing, Although I had left my radiator in the loop I will show a temp readout for with and without the reservoir."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Vanessa L-type Air Cooler Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"Straight of the bat from our review graph this excellent Titan Vanessa L-Type heatsink here is cooling the best. Interesting to see that there is very little difference in cooling performance where we have tested it at different voltages or fan speeds."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Hardcano 13 Review @ BJorn3D
"Sure you have a whole armada of fans to keep your rig cool, but what good are they if you are not fully in control of them? Out of control fans tend to be louder than we would like, and may even be hurting the cooling inside our cases. Thermaltake has been providing the means for taking control of these unruly fans for many years, and now provides us with their latest version, the Hardcano 13. The Hardcano 13 is capable of controling up to four case fans, each with its own thermal probe for monitoring the temperature around the fan. Follow along to see how well the Hardcano 13 performs when faced with the task of monitoring and controlling PC fans."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arisetek Home Theatre PC Case Review @ Bit-Tech
"When it comes to putting together a media PC, we, as punters, are rather spoilt for choice. We've previously looked at the Hiper Media Chassis previously, a micro-ATX half-height case that can be had for under £60 / $100. Today, we're looking at something at the other end of the scale - the Aristek Accent home theatre case, available for £200 from QuietPC."

More information on this review can be found here.
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