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Saturday, July 30, 2005
Sunbeam Chameleon & Lightbus Review @ XYZ Computing
"The Chameleon has a bunch of stick on lights that you place inside your computer and you can change the colors with the knobs on your front panel. You connect all your cathode lights/fans to your Lightbus and you can set them to different rhythms, such as blinking on HD pulses, sound pulses, or any of the other selectable pulses. Now for you extreme techies, here are all the deatils."

More information on this review can be found here.

Linspire Five-O Desktop Linux Review

"Linspire Five-O is a full-featured Linux operating system which is intended for desktop use, mainly as an alternative to Windows XP. The company, which was formerly known as Lindows, has gotten a lot of press for including their OS with pre-bundled computers. Linspire's goal is to offer a complete OS which is as easy to use as Windows, but with the added performance and cost-effectiveness of Linux. Some long time Linux users have lodged complaints about the interface and the fact that this OS is designed for beginners but it has proven itself to be a great option."

More information on this review can be found here.
Meridian XCLIO Aurora+P Lighting Mouse Pad +USB Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"A new item Meridian has developed to go along with their XCLIO line of products is a lighted mouse pad. Powered by a USB cable, the mouse pad lighting is available in red, green, or blue. Meridian also makes a similar mouse with a four port USB hub instead of just a single pass-thru."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Big Typhoon Review @ Overclockers Online
"Despite the initial hiccups that occurred during installation, they were easily solved at a small additional cost. If you're lucky enough not to need the extra backplate, you've made an excellent investment for a powerful cooler that's very quiet. I wouldn't say it's the quietest cooler on the market, but its up there."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte G-Power Cooler Pro (GH-PDU21-MF) Review @ ExtensionTech
"Gigabyte, a name you'd come to think of as a motherboard company, has been diversifying themselves over the last few years. Video cards, wireless networking, laptops, even HSF's, and there are many more things that I didn't mention. We'll take a closer look at one of their HSF's, the G-Power Pro cooler. Sporting support for pretty much any mainstream system board out now, it sure could be a great HSF now, and it'll probably handle your next mainboard upgrade as well later. If that sounds remotely enticing, continue on for the review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin's New Memory Heat Spreader @ Legit Reviews
"The new heatsink provides a 58% increase in surface area and also allows for increased airflow to quickly remove heat. All this is being done without increasing the cost to consumers and at a time when innovation in the memory industry is lackluster to say the least."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS2 1GB Dual Channel Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"With the help of the 955X chipset, DDR2 is reaching new speed records. Corsair's latest PC2-8000UL runs at extreme speeds with low latencies. Better hurry and grab some, it's going to disappear fast."

More information on this review can be found here.
Connect3D Radeon X800 Linux Review @ Linux Hardware
"We've been wanting to do a review of an ATI video card here for quite some time but video cards have always been hard to come by. One day several weeks ago, we received an e-mail from a representative from Connect3D. They wanted to send us a new ATI Radeon X800 for us to review under Linux. We couldn't turn them down. So here we have the results of that e-mail. We now take a look at Connect3D's Radeon X800. We'll be checking out the Radeon X800's features, the ATI unified drivers, and the performance of this card."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon X800 XT Review @ Sharky Extreme
ATI adds in quite a bit more performance with their multimedia options, as the All-in-Wonder Radeon 9800 Pro and X600 Pro model attest, and these are still faster than the GeForce FX 5700 Personal Cinema NVIDIA offers at the high-end. Now ATI has really extended the gap of late, and today we are taking a look at the powerhouse ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon X800 XT 256-MB card.

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI P4N Diamond & Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Motherboard Reviews @ Bit-Tech
"Both of these motherboards are very appealing to anyone considering an Intel-based gaming rig - they're packed with great features and with a performance at the very top end on all accounts. Watercooled, the potential is huge, as Prescott processors can go far when kept cool enough, so coupled with a pair of NV4x/G70 video cards in SLI you could have both a fantastic workstation and gaming rig in one. A low profile waterblock for the southbridge would ease some of the heat worries that we have related to the C19 southbridge."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD X2 4200+ and 4800+ Reviews @ Hardware Avenue
"Gone are the days where a SMP system requires you to buy two (usually identical) processors, each with their own cooling requirements. Dual Core eliminates this by simply living up to its name - one processor has two physical cores rather than one, and while at the present time a X2 processor from AMD does indeed seem to cost twice as much as a standard Athlon64 of similar single core power, in due time the fact Dual Core eliminates the need to use two sets of pin configurations and other processor material will drive SMP system costs down even further. If there ever was a time where SMP systems would develop into a standard in the PC world, this is it, providing both AMD and Intel continue to drive these products."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li F1 Aluminum Computer Desk Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Lian Li F1 Aluminum Computer Desk is nothing short of astounding. Overall design, construction and styling are brilliant. It's all aluminum, therefore light for its size and extremely sturdy. Cables can be easily hidden, and it has many drawers for storage. Being able to quickly tuck away cables is glorious because it eliminates clutter. It even comes with the all aluminum PC-V1000 case. This is without a doubt THE COMPUTER DESK!"

I wasn't sure that I read this right but when did Lian-Li go into the desk business? More information on this video review can be found here.
SilverStone LC04S HTPC Case Review @ OCIA
"The first thing I noticed about the LC04S, asides from its stunning looks, was its small size light-weight design. This is achieved by using an all-aluminum construction. Not only does (brushed) aluminum look better than steel, it weights much less and some would argue it dissipates heat better as well. The brushed aluminum front bezel, complete with near mirror finish trim and SilverStone logo can be seen in detail below."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, July 29, 2005
AcoustiFan DustPROOF Ultra-Quiet PC Fans @ Legit Reviews
"I believe these fans are a good choice for anyone looking for the quietest fans possible for their system. Keep in mind though, these are low to moderate flow fans, and as such, they are not going to give you the performance of a Panaflo or Sunon fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
A Guide To All The Wireless Security Protocols @ The TechZone
"Have you been wondering what the difference between WEP, WPA, 80211i, Layers or Security, CKIP, TKIP, VPN, IDS, etc. means? We look at all the current wireless security protocols and explain it to you in an easy to understand fashion."

More information on this guide can be found here.
SIP 101 - Session Initiation Protocol Explained @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Session Initiation Protocol or SIP refers specifically to a language that various computers can communicate to one another in so that they can complete voice calls. It has become vitally important in recent years as it plays a central role in VoIP or Voice Over Internet Protocol. VoIP Is the rapidly growing technology which has millions of Americans throwing out their local and long-distance telephone bills and replacing them with free calls made over the Internet."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Sunbeam Blueflame Ergonomic Illuminated Mouse Review @ LAN Addict
I was quite surprised at how well the Blueflame mouse worked! Looking back, I'm not sure why I was surprised, given that both mice are 800dpi, but I was. The Blueflame was just as capable in every way as the Viper. The Blueflame's response time was just as good as the Viper's. The Blueflame tracked was just as well as the Viper, also. The real kicker, though, is the Blueflame's price. You can get one of these shipped to your door for less than $20.00 after adding in shipping! That is a deal that is incredibly hard to beat!"

More information on this review can be found here.
High Power, Power Watcher 480Watt Power Supply Review @ ThinkComputers
"Today I have another power supply for review, the 480 Watt Power Watcher by High Power. This one features a display to show real-time power consumption to help you keep track of your wattage, via a 5 ¼' bay device. This sounds like a great idea, how many people."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Fireline and Blue Flame Optical Mice Review @ BigBruin
"Probably the biggest concern with mice, especially if you are a gamer, is how well they track. This is where both the Fireline and Blue Flame seemed to excel. Due to the 800 dpi engine, both mice tracked flawlessly. I used both mice in several first person shooter games such as Counter Strike, Unreal Tournament 2004, and Far Cry, and never once experienced any tracking issues of any kind. Movement was very precise and accurate with both mice."

More information on this review can be found here.
Combo-hit Modular Power Supply Roundup @ Madshrimps
"The origin of moddable PSU's lies in the fact that when you had a powerful PSU, you had lots and lots of connectors, which was the rule. The more connectors, the better the PSU was. But more connectors also means more airflow obstruction, and when you had a window in your case, it did look messy. So people started to solder off unnecessary wires and shorten the cables to their needs. This is the point where the marketing boys jumped on the wagon, and came up with a PSU which had no cables attached. Calling it a wireless PSU did sound a wee bit idiotic, since WLAN was already known by the masses, so everybody calls the moddable PSU's or mod-PSU's."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Hyper 6+ Heatsink Review @ System Cooling
"With processor speeds rising, along with heat output, CPU cooler manufacturers have had to come out with better cooling solutions. Now we see many coolers that incorporate heat pipes along with huge massive surface area. Cooler Master has done this with their new Hyper 6+, a new revision of their great performing Hyper 6. Will this new revision perform up to par with today’s high powered CPU’s? Let’s find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GeForce 7800 GTX Review @ Bjorn3D
"With the very successful GeForce 6 Series and what will probably be an even more successful 7 Series, NVIDIA is clearly back to doing things right. SLI has made the company king again, at least for a little while. SLI combined with the 7800 GTX is a whole new level of 'wow' that we haven't seen before. I think it's getting easier and easier to forget about that 5800 silliness. By now, you've probably heard it a thousand times, but it deserves repeating. NVIDIA's 7800 GTX launch was not just a typical paper launch. A handful of companies had cards on the virtual shelves of e-tailers the day that the new card was announced. As a matter of fact, we even had a retail board for our preview article. Today, though, it's time to look at retail 7800 GTX offering from Gigabyte, a name I'm sure you all recognize."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC-3500 Gold GX Review @ techPowerUp
"If you ask an overclocker "Best memory chips ever?" you will most probably get the reply "Winbond BH5". Unfortunately Winbond stopped production some time in 2003 and supply of these chips was running dry pretty fast. Now Winbond is back with their BH5 UTT and OCZ has built the PC-3500 Gold Gamer Extreme modules with it. The modules run at aggressive timings of 2-2-2-5 and offer a lifetime warranty for up to 3.1V memory voltage."

More information on this review can be found here.
Guide to Memory 2005 @ Legion Hardware
"Recently I have noticed an increase in technical support questions concerning the topic of memory. Often users are confused about memory timings, frequencies, bandwidth or simply what memory to buy. This article will cover all these topics and more, starting with what memory is and why we need it."

More information on this guide can be found here.
The ECS PF88: The Schizophrenic PC Motherboard @ Futurelooks
In the spring of 2005, EliteGroup Computer Systems Ltd. (ECS) sent word that they were completing work on releasing a motherboard that supported both the INTEL LGA775 platform and the AMD 939 platform. Able to support all current and future CPU's, the ECS PF88 was born to allow enthusiasts to easily change from the onboard INTEL platform to an AMD platform with just a simple addition of a piece of hardware that housed the AMD CPU on a daughterboard that plugs right into the existing board."

More information on this review can be found here.
In The Labs Take 2: Case Cooling with Style @ Via Arena
"Case cooling is very important to the healthy operation of any PC. John has produced many articles that give blow by blow descriptions of how to provide your case with adequate cooling. One such article is how to insert blow holes (with fans) in a metal case. The end result of that effort was a Star Wars case mod with serious air flow. This video shows John's final mod to that case, the inclusion of fan controls."

More information on this video guide can be found here.
ECS 915P-A Motherboard Review @ Viperlair
"This board has some very interesting things that someone upgrading from their older PIV or Athlon system and wants AGP and PCIe, DDR and DDR2. Overall this is a solid basic board for someone who doesn't overclock much, if at all."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Aqua Trident & Aqua Turtle Waterblocks Review @ OCIA
"The bottom of the block is coated with a gel thermal pad. This will help to form into the crevices on the bottom of hard drives and improve thermal conductivity between the copper block and the hard drive itself. Theoretically, it would be possible to replace this with a non-conductive thermal paste like Artic Alumina. However, as we will see during testing, the included thermal pad does a significant job of reducing hard drive temps as is, so Cooler Master have obviously done their homework on this one."

More information on this review can be found here.

CrazyPC UV Reactive Dyes Review

"Very cool effect indeed. I went ahead and emptied the contents of the bottle into the reservoir, replaced the cap and slid the reservoir back into place. Once the system was powered on, it only took a few moments for the dye to circulate throughout the system."

More information on this review can be found here.
VapoChill XE II Advanced Cooling System Review @ XtremeComputing
"The first thing I would advise before going any further, is to sit down and read the manual and instructions from start to finish, remember make a mistake and your hardware could be visiting the morgue. However, the instructions are simple to follow and what seemed like a daunting task becomes quite a easy one."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, July 28, 2005
XFX GeForce 6600GT PCI Express Review @ DreamWare Computers
"Today we're looking at the PCI Express version of the XFX GeForce 6600GT. Several months back we looked at the AGP version of this card from them, but now it's time to see what the increased bandwidth and speed of the PCI Express slot will do for this great graphics chip."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thrustmaster HOTAS Cougar Flightstick Review @ BoxGods
"Thrustmaster. If you have played a flight simulator in the last 15-20 years, then you've heard of them. When the keyboard and mouse fall short and the gamepad runs out of buttons, the only way to get the job done short of a direct neural interface is with the Thrustmaster H.O.T.A.S. Cougar. Combining combat-ready rugged mechanics and mature software that has been pounded on by enthusiasts the world over, this is truly a total interface system. Take a few minutes with me to digest some of the goodness this package offers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn WinFast NF4SK8AA-8KRS Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"If you consider yourself a hardcore gamer and want the power that two videocards bring but are not much into overclocking, then Foxconn has the mobo for you. The WinFast NF4SK8AA-8KRS is a no-frills AMD Athlon64 socket 939, nVidia nForce4 SLI chipset based motherboard with a retail price of approximately $150 CDN ($125 USD). Standard features are limited to a 7.1 channel audio controller and Gigabit LAN but there's plenty of expansion room if you need more, with three PCI slots and a single PCI Express x1 slot. Drive support extends to 4 SATAII and four IDE devices."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial RADEON X850 XT 256MB Video Card Review @ Hexus
"There's little doubt that ATI's RADEON X850 XT graphics card provides decent performance in the high-end sector. Our benchmarks have illustrated that it performs at around the same kind of pace as a GeForce 6800 Ultra, and around 5% slower than ATI's own X850 XT Platinum Edition. Performance, then, isn't really a concern."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn 945 and 955 Motherboards Review @ hardCOREware
"A lot of people see the 945 and 955 chipsets from Intel as being a 'forced upgrade' to allow dual core CPU support. After all, NVIDIA supports dual core with its NFORCE4 chipset, which was released prior to such CPUs. Well the new chipsets do come with a new southbridge; ICH7. Today we're going to look at three new motherboards from Foxconn which use all three of the newest chipsets from Intel. And to find out if there is much performance benefit, we included a 925x board."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LanParty NF4 Ultra-D & DFI NF4-DAGF Combo Review @ HTPCnews
DFI was kind enough to send us two boards to evaluate. The first of these is the LanParty NF4 Ultra-D. Like the other LanParty board we have reviewed here, this board is quite deluxe. Using nearly the top of the line NVIDIA chipset the nForce4 Ultra it packs in every feature under the sun besides official SLI support. The second of the two motherboards, is the NF4-DAGF. The DAGF is a more budget-oriented board that uses the standard nForce 4 for Socket 939."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire SP495S11-U QuieTude VI Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"Today we review this new Spire SP495S11-U for Intel Pentium 4 and Celeron D processors. Straight off the bat the colour combination of the bright blue for the fan and aluminium construction looks rather attractive and eye catching. The overall size of the Spire SP495S11-U heatsink is 100 x 82 x 82mm high of which the fan is 35mm high. It comes with thermal paste already applied which is handy. The extra lenght of the fins seen here is for the socket fixing brackets."

More information on this review can be found here.
Akasa EVO 120 Cooler Review @ Techniz
"This EVO 120 CPU Cooler from Akasa is a good performance and also a good looking CPU cooler. This CPU cooler is an ideal choice for those users who wish for the fancy look and good performance. As you can notice the cooling performance in the previous test section, it was perform much better than the AMD K8 stock cooler. The installation of EVO 120 CPU cooler is require to take out the motherboard for the installing the cooler. Although the size of it is slightly huge, but it does not blocking anything especially the memory module slot."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Bianca Water Cooling Kit Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Did you ever get the urge to try water cooling your system but the price of the components was just to expensive for you to afford that much cash at one time? Well thanks to the folks at Titan Computer you don't have to be flush with cash to afford their Bianca Water Cooling Kit, with this kit you have everything you need in one package so there is no hunting for parts and hoping they fit. So come on along as we check it out and see just how well it performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vapochill Micro Ultra Silent Review @ BoPC
"The entire Vapochill Micro is tin coated except for the bottom which has a very shiny copper bottom with a pre-applied layer of thermal paste evenly spread out over the entire base. This makes installation even more easier. Simply clean your processor, stick the cooler on top of it and your done. You could however remove the thermal paste and apply some arctic silver 5 in case you were going to overclock your system. The pre applied thermalpaste goop left a perfect mark on my processor which means that there's good contact between the processor and the evaporator chamber."

More information on this review can be found here.
Casetronic C156 Mini-ITX Case Review @ Epiacenter
"This is amongst the smallest Mini-ITX cases but it still manages to fit an EPIA M(II) motherboard, a slimline optical and a 2.5" HDD (or maybe even two?) and a 60W DC-DC adapter inside. Plus in my opinion it's a very good looking case and I certainly wouldn't mind having it sit on my desk."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian-Li PC-767 BTX Aluminum Case Review @ PimpRig
"Here is something I absolutely don't like, that gap in the door when the front door is closed is the only way for air to get into the case. The fan is at the bottom so all the fresh air will be entering from a 1/2 inch gap on the right side and going into the right side of the fan and filter. Which of course means that the right side of the filter will clog much quicker. The left side of the fan could end up pulling air from above through the perforated bay covers that has already been in the case and warmed up."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax X1 Gaming Case Review @ InsaneTek
"Raidmax has been one of the many manufacturers dedicated to producing computer cases and accessories. After their Scorpio line of cases, which was a huge success, their Samurai line also received many praises from consumers. As they release their new line of gaming cases, Raidmax tries to incorporate a rectangular case together with a slightly fancy look. Elegance and looks are worth the most points, with ease-of-installation coming in second place. Reviewing cases is rather complicated, as looks are most important and everyone has their own opinions."

More information on this review can be found here.
ESD's Hong Kong Case Mod @ Mistix
"Okay its time to make my boring mini-itx plex glass case to be an effective MP3 player with a cool look sporting the latest gadget in town. The upgrade should be installed with minimal effort to the first pc case mod made below."

More information on this project can be found here.
Building a Killer Desktop System @ Designtechnica
"We spend a lot of time talking about building systems for gaming or for multi-media, but some of us actually work from home or are lucky enough to be allowed to bring in a system we built for work. I’m one of those lucky individuals, and I thought that I would build my own dream system for a weekend project."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Temjin TJ-06 ATX Case Review @ hardCOREware
"It's no secret that we love the products coming from Silverstone. Even in their days as case designers for Cooler Master, they have always offered unique, innovative, quality products. The Temjin TJ06 is no different. It has a unique trick up its sleeve, including flipping the motherboard upside-down and using ducting to isolate the CPU from the rest of the case. That's not all though, be sure to check out the full review for more details!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
A Bluffer's Guide to Shaders @ Bit-Tech
"Shaders are small programmes that alter pixels or vertices. Consequently, there are two major types of shader - pixel shaders and vertex shaders. These programmes add effects to basic geometry - so a water-styled shader can be added to a flat blue texture to make it look reflective, or a glass-styled shader can be added to a polygon to make it appear transparent."

More information on this guide can be found here.
How To Be a Game Tester - The Ultimate Dream Job? @ The TechZone
It's not easy to be a hardcore gamer. It's hard. Wouldn't it be easier if you had a job in the videogames business? Think about it: working for a software company, being able to play games during office hours, with people who share your passion. Free games, industry parties, lots of fun and good money. Well, think again; working in the PC Games business is nothing like that. Chances are you'll end up dealing with people who just care about the financial success of the company, with marketing executives who don't give a damn whether the game is good or not because "We'll put two-million bucks behind it and it'll sell like donuts", with programmers who cannot understand why an arcade-style racing game cannot have the intricacies of a complex simulator. Still, you'll get some free games plus a decent salary. Still interested? Good."

More information on this article can be found here.

Napster, Rhapsody, Yahoo Music - A look At MP3 Music Subscription Services

"I remain an unabashed iTunes junkie. But an alternative model - the "portable" music subscription - is growing on me. Now, with the addition of RealNetworks Rhapsody To Go service - and especially with the debut this month of Yahoo Music Unlimited - I imagine it'll grow on others, too."

More information on this article can be found here.
SAITEK Cyborg Evo Force USB PC Joystick Review @ Futurelooks
"SAITEK makes some pretty cool gaming products, and are well known for some kick ass joysticks. Last time we checked out one of their wireless joysticks. This time we get to check out a wired version, but with some force feedback action."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys 15" Sound Sensitive CCFL Review @ PimpRig
"The controller for the cathode is encased in translucent plastic, and has two outputs so you can run a pair of lights off the same unit. The smaller vent to the left is actually the microphone, and the larger one on the right is a vent to expel heat. When the light is active a Blue LED turns on, and believe me, the Blue LED is bright. I find it surprising they used a method this bright to show the unit is activated because the LED would actually interfere with the color coming form the cold cathode. If they are going to use a bright LED, they should have at least ensured that the color matches the light."

More information on this review can be found here.

Logisys Dual CCFL 120mm Fan/Grill Review

"Logisys uses a clear fan chassis with a concave bolt-on adapter that contains a center cold cathode and another that runs around the outside. If you use this setup, you will want to ensure that you have plenty of clearance since the whole apparatus is 41.27mm thick (about 1 and 5/8th inch). That's pretty thick and may not fit between the drive cage and front bezel on some cases. The nice thing about it being removable is that you can switch the lights around so that you can use it as an intake or exhaust fan while keeping the lights shining towards the inside of the case. Hell, if you wanted you could even switch it to another fan with better specs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Meridian XCLIO 550W Power Supply Review @ Extreme Oveclocking
"Previously we took a look at Meridian's 450W & 400W XCLIO power supplies and were quite pleased with their performance and features. Meridian has updated the XCLIO line, both internally and externally providing an even better product. One of the most notable new features externally is a rubberized coating that reduces shock and vibration, a first in the PSU industry. Internally, the PSU is completely different, and is surprisingly a near-identical design to another "big name" PSU company."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hiper Type-R Modular 580w PSU Review @ Viperlair
"Among the Honda or Accura line of cars we can find the Integra Type-R, a High Performance car tuned to give you the utmost output. So it makes sense that UK based High Performance Group (Hiper) would use the Type-R label to indicate their top of the line PSU. The goal of the Hiper Group is to try and bridge the gap between affordable and enthusiast (read expensive) components such as power supplies, modding accessories and media centre chassis."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin PC3500 2-2-2 Redline Review @ ipKonfig
"Mushkin's new Redline memory modules push the limits just like our favorite race cars. The latest attempt to push the boundaries puts Mushkin in a good lead in the memory market with its new Redline 2-2-2 memory modules for the hard-core gamers abroad. Today's memory seems to keep pushing the limits with the game in mind, and that's a good thing with today's games becoming more and more demanding. So with that in mind, memory manufactures are keeping heads above water and making every effort to give all possible to those pushing their systems."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EB Dual Channel DDR2 PC2-5400 Titanium Review @ GruntvillE
"Now, this overclock is with the stock Intel HSF included with the socket 775 CPU. I started upping the FSB in small increments, waiting for a [WINDOWS-1252?]“BSOD” or some strange behaviors in performance. I was very surprised but the only system changes I noticed were increases in temps. I used the program AiBooster provided with my ASUS board to overclock. I verified all overclocked speeds with CPU-z. As you can see below, my system was able to reach 4.0Ghz with no problems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gainward Geforce 7800GTX Review @ NGOHQ
"The reference Geforce 7800GTX core is clocked at 430 MHz and the memory is clocked 1200 MHz. The Gainward 7800GTX Golden Sample core is clocked at 480 MHz for the core and the memory is clocked at 1300 MHz. Yep you read it right; this is the fastest air-cooled Geforce 7800GTX card clocked at 480/1300. Memory bandwidth reaches 41.6GB/second. And the best part is that you are under warranty from Gainward at that speed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Hybrid X700 Pro 256MB PCI-E Review @ Overclockers Online
"Overall, you shouldn't expect amazing results with an X700 chipset powered video card. The performance for a hard-core gamer would be mediocre as newer chipsets and technologies have increased the expectations of what a video card should do. With SLI, and Crossfire in the works, this card looks basic. That said, I feel this card is quite capable of running any game with very high detail up to and including 1280x1024. Let’s face it, you will not be able to play games at 1600x1200 and AA turned on with any card in the $150 price range."

More information on this review can be found here.
Rouchon Industries Partners With Leading U.K. Retailer @ Swiftech
SIGNAL HILL, CA--(MARKET WIRE)--Jul 26, 2005 -- Rouchon Industries Inc., dba Swiftech(TM) (Other OTC:RCHN.PK - News), the technology leader in advanced thermal management systems, and Scan Computers International Limited, the U.K.'s leading computer hardware retailer and enthusiast PC Company, today announced the formation of a new partnership to market Swiftech(TM) cooling solutions in the United Kingdom. Under the agreement, Scan computers will create an official "Swiftech Shop" on their online store, marketing Swiftech's products right next to other prestigious brands such as AMD®, Intel®, Microsoft®, nVidia® and Sony®. In addition, Swiftech and Scan also agreed to develop state-of-the-art liquid cooling solutions for Scan's 3xs line of high-end computer systems.

"Elan Raja, Scans' Director, and I share the same highest standards with respect to performance, quality, and most importantly a commitment to customer satisfaction and support. This new partnership will assist Swiftech in realizing incredible exposure and sales in the European market," said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech's Chairman and CTA. Mr. Rouchon went on to add, "Swiftech's advanced liquid cooling solutions are ideally suited for Scan's 3XS high-end systems as they provide extreme cooling performance, rock-solid reliability and whisper-quiet operations."

Mr. Elan Raja III, Director of Scan Computers, states, "The industry is rapidly changing... applied innovation to an increasingly aware market is the way forward. Swiftech's knowledge and passion towards its products has 'blown me away.' They have brought silent cooling, with the ability to maximize performance, one step closer to the 'cooling holy grail.' Mr. Raja continues, "Rarely do you find a 'gem' company with a strong service background. Our aim is to further expose the Swiftech brand in the U.K. and deliver the customer service experience as we have received from the staff at Swiftech. Great Products, Great Service, Continuous Innovation. What more could you ask for?"

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CoolerMaster Blue Ice Northbridge Chipset Cooler Review @ Futurelooks
"Every generation, it seems that everything heats up as a standard. Northbridge chips seem a rather unlikely candidate, but even from the nForce 2 to the nForce 4, we've gone from a passive heatsink to a heatsink and a fan. Well, today, we are looking at the Blue Ice from Cooler Master, a universal northbridge cooler."

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LSCool LSHS-X500 CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
"Here is a new Company into CPU cooling promising a low profile application using copper/heatpipe technology plus light weight in a traditional way. The design utilizes three heat pipes and copper fins. Let's find out how it performs."

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Evercool Water Cooler WC-202 Review @ BigBruin
"Water coolers aren't just for the elite computer enthusiasts anymore. There are several all-in-one kits available that make it easy for a novice to enter the world of water-cooling. Evercool has one of these all-in-one kits; the Water Cooler WC-202, that includes a CPU cooling block, video card cooling block, an external radiator, and an internal drive bay unit that includes the pump, reservoir, cooling fan, and radiator."

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EverCool K803-925CA Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"We can see that this EverCool K803-925AC is doing very well at our low heat setting which for an aluminium heatsink that does not have a copper core is very good indeed. Only as we start to increase the temperature higher than this EverCool K803-925AC is intended to be used at does it start to lag behind and especially so at our highest temperature test which is a rather harsh test."

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Build a Silent PC Guide @ BuildSilentPC.com
"The first thing you have to do is look at what is creating all the noise in your PC. Once you get all that worked out, you can go about tackling each part separately, to create an extremely quiet PC."

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Noiseblocker DriveGuard & X-Swing Review @ Xtreme Resources
"There are accessories for every part of your computer today; computers get more and more complex with each passing day. Some of them are not necessary at all for functionality, some are vital for some people though. Today we will have a look o­n two accessories that are meant for the most vital part of your system, for those that value their data that is, the hard disk drives. Blacknoise was good enough to send along two products that are meant for hard disk drives; the X-Swing, which reduces noise and protects the drives from shock damage and the DriveGuard HD, a hard disk drive cooler. Let us see how useful they can be in your everyday system."

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Do-It-Yourself Guide: Building a Home Theatre PC Guide @ PCstats
"Computers are a perfect fit for the entertainment room, and building your own home theatre PC is not more difficult than assembling a standard system - as long as you have the right components for the task. In this Do-It-Yourself Guide, PCSTATS are going to walk you step-by-step through the process of assembling your own home theatre PC out of contemporary components. We'll also explore the various things you can do with an HTPC after it's built."

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Lexar JumpDrive Lightning 1GB Review @ EverythingUSB
"As Lexar's flagship USB flash drive, the JumpDrive Lightning 1GB is incased in a chrome-sprayed body, which you can clean it with bundled polishing cloth. Performance wise, it is company's first thumbdrive to hit 22MB/s read and 15MB/s write. Additionally, the Lightning protects data via 256-bit AES, and keeps files sync'ed with pre-loaded software."

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Steel Sound 5H Gaming Headset Review @ XYZ Computing
"Though the manufacturer is best known for their Steelmat mouse pads, their sound division has become an instant hit with consumers. Though this is a bit surprising, bit the intense competition in the sound equipment marketplace, Steel has been able to successfully transfer their understanding of a person's gaming environment from the mouse pad to this headset. The USB version of the Steel Sound 5H headset is the same products as the standard edition, though it has a few extras. Instead of writing the whole review over, this article is going to be an overview of the differences between the two versions."

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Hitachi Deskstar 7K500 500GB SATA-II Hard Drive Review @ BigBruin
"The Hitachi Deskstar 7K500 500GB SATA-II hard drive raises the bar for those who subscribe to the theory that bigger is better. When it comes to hard drives; more speed, more capacity, and more cache memory is always a good thing. This is the first drive to come across our test bench with SATA300 speed, and it provides the largest capacity (500GB) and most cache memory (16MB) that we have seen to date. Browse around 500GB and 16MB are currently the best you will find in an internal hard drive, in these respective categories."

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Evercool WC202 Water Cooler Review @ BoPC
"I'm happy, it performs a lot better than I expected from a water-cooling kit that fits in one 5 1/4 bay, and im really impressed by the easiness of getting this kit running and how silent it was. Installation was easy, the waterblocks look really nice and aside from the somewhat higher temperatures than with a normal water-cooling kit, I would still recommend this product since it's so cheap, it's almost a steal."

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Cooler Master Blue Ice Review @ Overclockers Online
"Cooler Master has made a product that caters to two different groups: enthusiasts who need stock cooling alternatives to achieve maximum overclocking potential and those who have a desire to find the quietest cooling solution available. The heatpipe cooling is very effective in bringing the heat to the top so it can be dissipated away from your system. Not only that, but with it's blue LED it can give some extra life to a dull machine."

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ECS PF5 Extreme i945P Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"ECS' PF5 Extreme has its fair share of good and bad points. Let's take the good first. The company's Scalable D.G.E. technology offers up a possible quad-display setup that's run off two PCI-Express cards. No, it's not SLI or CrossFire, so don't expect true dual-card 3D performance, but it's handy for those that need the screen real estate and a step up from mixing onboard graphics displays (i945G) and discrete cards'. The layout and feature-set for a £90 board are both good, too."

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Foxconn WinFast NF4K8AC-8EKRS Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"Today, PCStats will be checking out the econo line Foxconn WinFast NF4K8AC-8EKRS socket 939 Athlon64 motherboard. This motherboard is based on the vanilla nForce4 chipset and it seems like the only difference between this and the Ultra version is Serial ATA II (this version supports standard SATA). Other onboard features include a PCI Express x16 and two PCI Express x1 slots, an integrated 7.1 channel audio codec, Gigabit LAN and IEEE 1394a firewire."

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An introduction to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) @ DVHardware
"In a world where things happen pretty quickly, there is a quiet revolution going on around the world. It has been ten or more years in the making and threatening to force a new paradigm shift in communication. Having its debut in Israel, and much of its recent activities in the US, VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol is about to take the communication world by storm."

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Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra Motherboard Review @ HTPCNews
"The Ultra is clearly aimed at the mainstream power user who does not require a lot of extra frills in their box, but wants the power and features of a more expensive board. Considering the price for this motherboard is only $95 at newegg.com right now. On the surface it is a great starting point for building an budget HTPC, lets dig in and see if it really is."

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Linksys WRT54GP2A-AT Wireless Router & VoIP Adapter Review @ The TechZone
"The Linksys WRT54GP2A-AT Wireless-G Broadband Router is really four devices in one. First, there's the Wireless Access Point, which lets you connect both Wireless-G and Wireless-B devices to the network. Second, there's a built-in 4-port full-duplex 10/100 Switch to connect your wired-Ethernet devices together. Third, there is a Router function to lets your whole network share a high-speed Internet connection."

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Basic System Buyer's Guide July 2005 @ Mikhailtech
"This month we're pleased to give our video card yet another slight boost. Unfortunately a 256-bit 9800PRO or a vanilla GeForce 6600 (non-GT) is still out of reach, but we were able to squeeze in a 256MB, 256-bit 9600XT. This particular model uses a 500MHz/600MHz core/memory configuration. This card is more than capable of playing every new release on medium settings at the very least."

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Matrix Orbital MX610 PLED Display Unit Review @ BigBruin
"The possibilities seem to be endless. I never knew the power of a PLED screen, and the ability of Matrix [WINDOWS-1252?]Orbital’s MX610 to monitor any information your computer can obtain is overwhelming. In addition, the accessories proved to be very useful; such as the LED indicator, internal USB cable and the temperature probes. These features are coupled with a bright easy to read screen that can be seen from any angle."

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NetGear WPN824 Wireless Router Review @ Designtechnica
"For most casual and demanding users, the Netgear RangeMax Wireless Router is an all-around excellent option. The adaptive internal antennas that compensate for interference provide great connectivity with excellent range. The security options are first rate, with dual firewalls, content blocking, and scheduled blocking. The box itself is refreshingly unique, and features a central porthole surrounded by blue LEDs that illuminate as the antennas adjust. This results in a constantly glistening tech gem that will mesmerize your friends for hours."

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Zensonic Z400 Media Player Review @ Legion Hardware
"The Zensonic Z400 Media Player is an interesting product that has been both a pleasure and a headache to review. Unfortunately, while this little silver box does have a number of impressive design aspects, it also features a number of frustrating flaws and bugs. Installing the Z400 was quick and easy, as was the setup process. Functionality on the other hand seemed to be a weakness of this product."

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Lian-Li PC-V1200 Aluminum Extended ATX Case Review @ Bjorn3D
"For a long time, some Bjorn3D staff members have been big fans of Lian-Li cases. I myself had never had one before and just heard the guys rave about them and read our review of the Lian-Li PC-V1000 case. The problem I have always found in looking for a case is NVIDIA graphics cards seem to be long, and, with cards coming out with dual NVIDIA GPU's on one card, I knew they were going to be longer yet. I am sure many of you faced the graphics card power leads smashing up against the hard drive in your efforts at one time or another."

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Cooler Master Centurion 530 Mid-Tower Case @ TheTechLounge
"If you’re in the market for a case that comes in under the $100 mark, Cooler Master has a new case, the Centurion 530 Mid-Tower, for those of you with a slightly less than insane budget. This case boasts features such as stealthed drive bays, top I/O ports, potentially great cooling, sideways-facing hard drives on rails, and toolless PCI slots. It also looks a bit different than your ordinary case. As always with Cooler Master’s products, I’ve got high expectations for the Centurion 530. Let’s see if they’ll be met."

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Monday, July 25, 2005
Func sUrface 1030 MBA Limited Edition Review @ ThinkComputers
"Wow, card readers now it's mouse pads. I think if someone here has problems with their roof we might be able to fix it using mouse pads. On with the show… Today I have a mouse pad that already garnishes awards such as Maximum PC's “Kick Ass” award, as well as being reviewed and scoring high with many other reputable magazines and websites. I'm into gaming but most of the time my budget doesn't allow for those items which gamers hold dear to them and a quality mousing surface is one of those. Try explaining to your wife just how bad you need that $40 or more mouse pad, if you can make it past the price tag you have a better approach than me."

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Artemy Lebedev Interview: The Optimus Keyboard

"Well if you haven't been living under a rock, you have heard of and seen pictures of the new Concept Keyboard: The Optimus by Artemy Lebedev Studios. It uses OLED technology to produce a keyboard that is just simply amazing. Each and every key is its own LCD display, all of the keys themselves are fully programmable to allow the user to set the keys up to any configuration they wish. I'd like to thank Art for taking the time to answer a few questions for me about this cool technology. It's not a lot of questions, but some that I felt needed answered, and what I felt most people would like to know. I didn't want to take up to much of his time by asking 100 questions, I'm sure I could have asked lots more."

More information on this interview can be found here.
HEC Ace Power 580UB 580Watt Power Supply Review @ PCstats
"This all-black dual-fan PSU pumps out a maximum output (peak) of 580Watts, which should be quite sufficient for SLI and just about anything else you can throw at it. The power supply uses two discrete +12V rails to separate motherboard and videocard power flow. The Ace Power 580U also features a large array of connectors, including dual 6-pin connections for powering a set of SLI videocards. Obviously, the HEC Ace Power 580UB is designed with the possibility of an SLI system in mind, and would be quite suitable for that role."

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GeIL Ultra Platinum PC-4400 DDR Review @ OCIA
"Enter the Athlon 64. With the high bus speeds possible on the A64 systems, GeIL has once again become a viable alternative for all computer enthusiasts, not just Intel. Today we will be taking a look at the Geil Ultra Platinum PC4400 2x256 Dual Channel Kit. These modules come as a matched pair and offer speeds up to 275 Mhz (DDR550) at CAS3-4-4-8-2T timings. Can it hold its own against the more traditional low-latency modules typically used in AMD systems?"

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Kingston HyperX PC2-6000 1GB Dual Channel Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"Kingston's latest and greatest HyperX memory was released a few months back. Their DDR2-6000 was the fastest then and still offers great performance and overclocking headroom. But there is a steep price to pay."

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ECS KN1 Extreme Motherboard Review @ Neoseeker
"For starters, stability is by far the most important aspect of any component as central to a computer system as a motherboard, and the KN1 has that box checked. There was no point during my two-day testing of the KN1 in which I experienced stability problems. All of the on-board components just worked, and at no point did I have to participate in quirk discovery/utilization (as is common with many other motherboards). Coupled together with its near-complete domination of our benchmark charts, and it is obvious that this motherboard is one to be reckoned with."

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ASUS AN8-SLI Premium Motherboard Review @ NGOHQ
"The AN8-SLI Premium board is based on the popular nVidia nForce 4-SLI chipset. I think most people know that Asus is among the world biggest supplier of motherboards, shipping 40 million in 2004. That’s a very impressive figure. Asus builds their motherboards with top quality parts and they tend to be very overclocker friendly."

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Ultra Products 2*256MB PC3200 XL Review @ Overclockers Online
"Ultra Products has proven itself as a quality provider for a number of products. While they are still relatively new, their reputation has grown exponentially with the success of their X-Connect power supplies. These memory modules have certainly put Ultra Products on the map for high speed, low latency DDR kits. The quality of the product does comes at a reasonable price. This 2*256MB kit retails for 95 dollars at Tiger Direct. At this price, you won't find very many other 2*256MB kits at this clock speed. In addition, Ultra Products guarantees performance of PC4200, which is something not all competitors will do."

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MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum SLI Motherboard Review @ Viperlair
"Working with the Neo4 was a very enjoyable experience with tons of options in the BIOS that allow a multitude of tweaking, in some ways almost too much. I found that this board was pretty picky in some regards (referring specifically to BIOS settings), and it required a significant amount of tweaking at times in order to reach overclocks that I desired with the utmost amount of stability, but after finding out the appropriate settings performed very solidly."

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Chaintech VNF4 Zenith VE Review @ OCIA
"Today we will be taking a closer look at one of these "mainstream" nForce4 motherboards, the Chaintech VNF4 Zenith VE. Certainly Chaintech has made a name for themselves since their inception in 1986 as one of the world's top motherboard and graphics card manufacturers, however with MSI and DFI taking the spotlight among the nForce4 overclocking crowd, boards such as the Chaintech VNF4 often get overlooked. Can the lower-priced VNF4 offer the same features that have made nForce4 so popular while still satisfying the high-speed appetite of overclockers?"

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Thermaltake Golden ORB II Cooler Review @ Techniz
"This Golden ORB II CPU Cooler from Thermaltake is a good performance and good looking CPU cooler. This CPU cooler is an ideal choice for those users who wish for the fancy look and good performance. The entire cooler is just looks like a golden flower. Not only that, the performance of the Golden ORB II CPU Cooler is very good as you can see in the performance section. But, there is always a downside which is the size of this cooler, after install it onto the motherboard, it will block the 1st and 2nd RAM slot. However, it might not be a problem as long as the cooling performance is good. Furthermore, the 10cm fan in the Golden ORB II CPU Cooler is a Blue LED fan."

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Thermalright XP-90 & XP-90C Review @ Xtreme Resources
"When the name Thermalright is heard, the company which produces some of the best CPU coolers since a time that now seems ages ago comes into mind. Thermalright built their reputation by focusing o­n building CPU coolers and CPU coolers o­nly. Many people claim that they are the top CPU heat-sink manufacturer o­n the planet. I am not sure about that, but today I have two coolers designed and built by them which many people love and will love, the XP-90 and the XP-90C, which are very sought after within the overclocking crowd. Let us see if they are worthy of the reputation Thermalright has built over the years."

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AzenX Blitztorm System Slot Cooler Review @ InsaneTek
"The AzenX Blitztorm is another one of the many slot coolers on the market. It's not just a simple exhaust fan, nor does it send cool air to a specific component. It boasts an amazing 180° angle of cooling, aimed to keep your graphics card and entire system running at a lower ambient temperature. It also claims to be "remarkably quiet" with the use of an adjustable fan controller. Slot coolers I've used in the past were not very useful. In most cases, the cooler disrupted air flow, causing ambient temperature to increase."

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Arctic Cooling ATI Silencer 5 Rev. 2 Review @ techPowerUp
"Video card cooling specialists Arctic Cooling have listened to the user's reports and released the ATI Silencer 5 Revision 2. This VGA cooler, which is designed to fit on ATI's X800 and X850 PCI-Express was built with high-performance in mind, while keeping sound levels at an acceptable level. We test the cooler against an X850 Pro which already has a big fan, a copper base and cools memory as well."

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Swiftech Storm Universal Waterblock Review @ System Cooling
"Swiftech has teamed up with the well-known Australian engineer Stew Forster (aka Cathar) to commercialize one the most innovative and exquisitely executed waterblocks on the market today. The Storm is based on a scalable, direct jet impingement design that has resulted in the most advanced waterblock ever produced by Swiftech. And the team didn’t forget about aesthetics either – the Storm is one good-looking piece of hardware!"

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PolarFLO TT Series Chrome Basic System Set Review @ TBCS
"PolarFlo is a well-known and recognized name among water cooling and overclocking enthusiasts, with a long history of some of the finest products available. For this particular review we are going to take their TT Series Chrome Basic System Set for a spin around the block. These are the exact same blocks available in their two-tone (chrome on red, black and blue) sets. The Chrome Basics are completely chromed and boy oh boy do they shine. I thought I was impressed with way the blocks looked when I saw them on the PolarFlo website, but having them in my hands now, they are even more attractive than I could have imagined."

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Xion Gaming PC ATX Case Review @ PimpRig
"From what I’ve talked about with other members, taking one look at this case you are either going to love it or you are going to hate it. No riding the fence on this one. When I took my first look at the case, I had many impressions about it, almost all of them favorable."

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ATX Cobra Case Review @ Extensivemods
"The idea of a plain computer case has become a thing of the past. The avid gamers and modders are turning the bland beige and white cases into works of art. These works of art are becoming the showcase at many pc shows and LAN party's. With all of this happening it has prompted many companies that manufacture pc cases to start making what is called pre-mod cases."

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Lian Li PC-767 Case Review @ AMD Review
"As you can see, this is an EATX case, where the motherboard sits upside down compared to a normal ATX case, which is suppose to improve air flow over vital components in your case. Also note that you can remove the PS back plate to accommodate the use of certain ZIPPY redundant power supplies and notice the second hugh 120mm/12cm fan at the bottom of the case."

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Thermaltake Armor Case Review @ FastLaneHW
We're here today with a full-tower case offering from Thermaltake, the Thermaltake Armor. The Armor is a far cry from cheesy-looking Thermaltake cases of old. It's got a stunning all-silver design (similar to Lian Li,Cooler Master, etc) with a 3-piece side window."

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Maxtop Diamondback CSX-502 Mid-Tower Case Review @ BigBruin
"With the system powered on you can now see the brightly lit front panel temperature display. The readout is a bright blue color with a small animated thermometer on the left side. The numbers are clear and easy to read, with them extending to one decimal place. Compared to my ExTech digital thermometer, the included probe was only 1-2 degrees off from the actual temperature."

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Aspire X-Cruiser Blue Gaming Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"Let's face it; the first thing you notice about a computer case is its appearance. The problem with evaluating a product's appearance is that appearance is very subjective. What one person may find attractive, another may not. So here's my impression of the X-Cruiser. Aesthetically, Aspire has done a great job with the X-Cruiser. While I'm not a big fan of cases with doors, I really like this case. It has a good paint job, comes in several colors, the window is well executed and I find the external door's retro-deco styling very appealing. Aspire has clearly spent a lot of time and effort to make what is essentially a “stock” steel case into something special."

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Thursday, July 21, 2005
Razer DiamondBack Review Gaming Mouse Review @ Mistix
"The Razer Diamondback is a stunning piece of apparel for your LAN kit, adding this sharp, precise and reliable mouse, will strive to cop up on extra skills and speedy reactions. The main question is, does the price match the quality of the product?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam EL Pro Series Lite Up Keyboard Review @ Madshrimps
"Every desktop comes with a keyboard. Some of us could type over 60 words per minute error free while few of us enjoy using only two fingers and create some really interesting reading materials. Sunbeam Tech is introducing yet another line of product – a Lite Up Keyboard. Let´s find out how it differentials from the crowded market."

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HEC ACE Power 480W Power Supply Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"HEC / Compucase Corp may or may not be a name you are familiar with. In the past they have primarily been an OEM supplier of PC power supplies and cases, however now they are venturing into the retail market. One of their newly developed products that we will be taking a look at is the ACE Power line of power supplies."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus WL-530g Pocket Wireless Router Review @ The TechZone
"With its lightweight and compact design, you can easily bring the Asus WL-530g around to meetings, study groups or anywhere in the world where network sharing is needed. The unit is equipped with four 10/100Base-T Ethernet ports to sync up with PCs and other network devices like a hub or VoIP phone."

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Logitech Premium USB Headset 350 Review

"The plug-and-play USB connection and soft-touch in-line volume and mute controls deliver convenience and simplicity. The noise-canceling microphone filters out unwanted background noise for improved performance. And when you just want to use the headphones, you can move the boom up and out of the way."

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ETT & UTT Memory IC's Explained @ Legit Reviews
"If a memory company chooses not to use branded IC's then they can use several different types of unbranded parts. The three major types of IC’s to select for value memory are; ETT, UTT, and downgraded DRAM. Right now UTT and ETT modules are starting to make a buzz in the DIY computer industry."

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Viewsonic 4ms TFT Monitor Review @ Bit-Tech
"ViewSonic call their 4ms technology ClearMotiv. How does it work? Well, simply, the monitor pre-charges the pixels in the screen with voltage (either higher or lower, depending on whether the next colour is brighter or darker). By pre-charging, it can make the actual switch between pixel colours faster."

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OCZ Gold PC3500 GX 1GB Dual Channel Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"The Gold line from OCZ now targets gamers who require plug-n-play low latency memory. The memory is rated with low voltage and runs timings of 2-2-2-5. It also overclocks quite well after giving it some juice."

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ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Motherboard Review @ techPowerUp
"At this year's Computex in Taiwan, ECS announced the big brother of the successful KN1 Extreme Motherboard, the ECS KN1 SLI Extreme. It is based on NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI chipset and aims at delivering an affordable SLI motherboard, while still having features like Dual Ethernet and IEEE1394. During all our testing the KN1 SLI showed excellent performance, but can it deliver the overclocking the enthusiasts want?"

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XFX's Revo 64 Review @ Hexus
"If you need high data rates and really don't need the hassle of downtime thanks to a dead hard drive, RAID is your answer. If you want efficient usage of disk space, you're going to need an add-in card for a decent solution. If you want to combine all that with low CPU usage and ease of use, then the XFX Revo 64 is the card for you."

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VisionTek Xtasy Radeon X850XT PE Series Review @ Legion Hardware
"The VisionTek Radeon X850XT PE consistently delivered impressive performance, even when compared to the 24-pixel pipeline GeForce 7800 GTX. In fact, during game-play it would be impossible to tell which of these two graphics cards you were actually using; unless of course you were playing Doom 3. Furthermore, the performance difference between the AGP and PCI Express platforms was almost non-existent."

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MSI Digi VOX USB 2.0 – HDTV Broadcasting on your PC @ Tweaktown
"MSI recently launched their Digi VOX USB 2.0 adapter which allows you to watch and listen to digital TV and radio broadcasting on your PC or notebook. Read on as we take a close look at the Digi VOX and just what it can add to your HTPC with its many fancy features which won’t make a big dent on your bank account."

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HIS X800XL IceQ Turbo Review @ Viperlair
"When comparing the performance to cost ratio I think you'll have a tough time finding a card that performs as well at this price. It ran all of the current popular games well at the midrange resolutions (1024 X 768 and 1280 x 1024) of course if you insist on running at 1600 x 1200 with max AA and AF you might want to consider looking at a more powerful, and generally MUCH more expensive card."

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Tuniq Tower 120 Heatsink Review @ ModdersHQ
"Tuniq is a new company headquartered out in Taiwan. Their goal is to bring “stylish, durable and high performance equipments to the world of computer modding.” Their first heat sink, the Tower 120, was first introduced at this year’s Computex. Now that we have our hands on a Tower 120, we can see if such monstrosities are practical for your cooling needs."

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Arctic Cooling Copper Lite Socket A Heatsink Review @ Futurelooks
"Over the course of several years, we get much faster processors at roughly the same power output (excepting anything recent from Socket N where N > 462, that is). So the heat problem is essentially the same in our little example above. Let's take a look at Arctic Cooling's solution for Socket 462 or the commonly known Socket A."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Golden Orb II Review @ NGOHQ
"Most of you already have seen the original Golden Orb from Thermaltake and are familiar with their legendary Orb series. Now it’s time for the second coming of their Golden Orb Cooler. Those of you who were at Computex have already seen the new Golden Orb. Thanks to the staff from Thermaltake we are going to take the new Golden Orb II for a test drive and give you the chance to see it in action."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire SPA04S4-U WhisperRock V Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"But that said from our graph you can see this Spire SPA04S4-U does OK at our low power test which it is the intended for while the Spire SPA04S4-U and is only outclassed as we increase the heat beyond what it is designed to be able to remove. Our 170 watt test is a rather harsh test as we are sure you agree."

More information on this review can be found here.
H20-Apex Product Released @ Swiftech
Signal Hill, CA - Wednesday July 20, 2005 - Swiftech™ today announced the release of the new H20-APEX liquid cooling kit. Designed from the ground-up to take full advantage of the Company's recently released "STORM" water-block, which has been received with unprecedented success by the enthusiast community, this next generation cooling system will satisfy both extremes of the enthusiast market spectrum: overclockers in search of the lowest CPU temperatures, and silent computing users in search of the lowest possible operating noise.

“The H20-APEX kit includes all of Swiftech’s most advanced liquid cooling products to date. It brings extreme performance and silent operations to our most demanding users, taming the most heat-intensive computing systems in the market today, and it does it without sacrificing ease of installation”, states Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech’s Chairman. Mr. Rouchon goes on to state, “Our VP of Engineering Bill Adams stated it perfectly: You might be able to do it cheaper, but you’d be hard pressed to do it any better”.The H20-APEX kit includes all of Swiftech’s most advanced liquid cooling products to date. It brings extreme performance and silent operations to our most demanding users, taming the most heat-intensive computing systems in the market today, and it does it without sacrificing ease of installation", states Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech’s Chairman. Mr. Rouchon goes on to state, "Our VP of Engineering Bill Adams stated it perfectly: You might be able to do it cheaper, but you’d be hard pressed to do it any better”.

More information on this press release can be found here.
Thermaltake Symphony H2O Kit Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"The cooling tower's look is one of a home entertainment system's oversized speaker. A solid aluminum frame and feel are broken up only by a black grilling on either side of the cooling tower. On one side beneath the grilling are five 120mm fans. Each fan has a reported operational rating of 1400 RPM and 16 dBA. I'm anxious to power the Symphony up to see exactly how quiet five 16 dBA fans truly are. On the opposite side you see the radiator that looks more like an oil cooler for a large truck."

More information on this review can be found here.
Out of town for 3 days
Just a heads up to our faithful readership that I will be out of town for the next 3 days which means that there will be no news posted until Monday July 25th. I have included enough items here to keep you guys busy. Now onto today's news items..
ThermalTake Tribe External Water Cooling Kit Review @ XtremeComputing
"I was quite surprised with the average temps across the board as on the day of testing the room temp got up to a whopping 32.3 and boy was it hot. Still the tribe hung in there and actually performed really well, ok so we are using a Venice core that runs cooler than most but a 1.8 running at 2.5 with a max temp under load of 45c and that at the lowest fan setting."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Mutant Mods Accessories Kit Review @ XYZ Computing
"The feel and build quality of the tested products was not always astounding, but I encountered no problems with any of them. When dealing with price, light provided, and features Mutant Mods' products have proven themselves to be tough to beat. It is hard to say much more- these items set out to do very simple jobs and they do them effective. Each one from the 80mm fan to the sound controller is designed to accomplish a single task and though many of these can be homemade is cheaper and usually more effective to simply buy them from a company like Mutant Mods."

More information on this review can be found here.
MediaPilot Review @ HTPCnews
"With each new product that hits the market, we almost expect them to “out do” the others by adding some new extraordinary feature. This product does not disappoint with built in Universal IR remote capabilities that can be programmed to control up to eight of your Home Theater devices and has 30ft range using 2.4ghz RF signals."

More information on this review can be found here.
Editorial: Optimus Minimus - An Alternative View @ BoxGods
"One of my main concerns is ‘what’s the point?’—and what will that point cost? They say it will cost less than a good mobile phone. That can be pretty steep for a keyboard. And sorry, but most gamers don’t look at their keyboard. If you are, you probably get killed—a lot. Why spend $150-$250 on a keyboard that you’re just going to hammer on while concentrating on the monitor to get that one last frag? You say it’s cool – well, so are 3D glasses, but you don’t see everyone jumping on that bandwagon."

More information on this editorial can be found here.
I-Rocks KR-6130 X-SLIM Keyboard Review @ ThinkComputers
"Choosing a keyboard can be a difficult task. There are many different keyboards out there, so which is the right one for you? If you are looking for a small yet stylish keyboard then we might have one for you! Today we will be taking a look at the I-Rocks KR-6130 keyboard. This keyboard is small, stylish, and works great, so let’s get this review started."

More information on this review can be found here.
Western Digital WD740GB Raptor SATA HD Review @ Hardware-Review
"Serial ATA hard drives are saturating the mainstream computer market and finally overtaking the past-its-prime parallel hard drive standard. SATA brings with it a host of benefits to PC builders including greater speed, reliability, upgradeability and easier configuration. No drive in recent history has shaken up the industry more than the Western Digital WD740GB Raptor SATA hard drive, which is the subject of our review."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ DDR Booster Review @ Futurelooks
"Overclocking a computer component requires more power to maintain stable operation as one goes beyond the rated specification. Voltage drops can occur as more power is needed to operate all these transistors at higher speeds. With the way transistors work, a low supply voltage can lead to failure as the transistor tries to switch, but there is not enough voltage to do so effectively."

More information on this review can be found here.
G.Skill DDR600 Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ Xtreme Resources
"Today I have a new package from G.Skill for testing, the F1-4800DSU2-1GBFR, which consists of two 512MB modules and is rated for 2.5/8/4/4 2T timings at 300 MHz (600 MHz DDR). This package is one of the most aggressively priced packages on the market right now, rivaling even the price/performance ratio of basic value RAM modules. Since it also features Samsung TCCD chips like the more expensive packages from G.Skill, let us see how it will fare while overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wintec PC2-5400 DDR2 Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
"With DDR2 memory looking better each and every day we are starting to see many companies enter the enthusiast memory market trying to get a piece of the action. Wintec Industries was founded in 1988, but only just recently entered the enthusiast memory market. Today, Legit Reviews takes a look at the Wintec AMP-X PC2-5400 DDR2 1GB memory kit and see how it compares to the other big name companies. Read on and find out how Wintec's memory holds up against our Corsair, Kingston and Centon modules that we used during testing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin Redline HP3200 DDR Review @ The Best Case Scenario
"A lot of memory is now becoming available with lower latency ratings. We were more concerned about testing the Redline at these lower latency settings to see how it would compare and brought the latency settings down to 2-2-2-5. Stability was also an important factor here. Sure it is fun to crank the speed up, but if you can't use the computer, what's the point? Considering that we were able to get the FSB up to 520 MHz at 2-3-2-6, although it wasn't stable, I would say we were surprised to get the speed up to 480 MHz at 2-2-2-5 and it was stable after 24 hours of torture tests using Prime95 and 3DMark05. That's still 20 percent out of spec! Impressive! We were getting 2.2 GHz out of our 1.8GHz processor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel LGA775 Pentium 4, D, Celeron D Motherboards Guide @ A1-Electronics
"We have compiled in the following pages a list which we hope you will find handy of socket LGA775 motherboards from some manufacturers such as Abit, Asus, Biostar, Chaintech, DFI, ECS, Gigabyte, MSI & Soltek which we hope will help you make your choice as to which Intel socket LGA775 motherboards you want for your Intel Pentium 4, Pentium D or Celeron D processor."

More information on this review can be found here.
BFG 6600GT OC Review @ ASE Labs
"Since the card is already out of spec, why not push it a bit more? I was a bit dissapointed when I could only reach 560MHz on the core and 1.21GHz on the memory. I see many people get to 570-580MHz. Even so, the card does has a modest increase in performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Pentium D 820 Dual Core CPU Review @ hardCOREware
"Intel shocked the world when they announced that they are no longer aiming for 10 GHz on their Netburst CPU architecture, and instead switching to a dual core solution. Were they having trouble getting the clock speed up with reasonable power consumption levels? Or did they realize that thread-level parallelism is where computing is going in the future? In any case, the P-D 820 is by far the cheapest way to get into dual core computing. Retailing at under $150, it is by far more affordable than any dual CPU solution AMD has. But the clock speed is relatively low, at 2.8 GHz. Does the 820 have what it takes to compete with similarly priced single core processors?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Chieftec BRAVO Big Tower Preview @ AMDGamer
"The Chieftec BIG Tower taken from the BRAVO Series is already available with an integrated innovatek High End Water Cooling System with a DUAL Radiator. Only the remaining hardware components must be installed. Because of the integrated HPPS Plus 12V Pump you do not need any additional connection to the outside of the PC. The system is directly connected to the power supply in the PC and is ready for usage almost at once."

More information on this preview can be found here.
HIS IceQ ATI Radeon X850XT 256Meg Video Card Review @ Tweaknews
"As the savior for all those consumers with buyer remorse that invested in a AGP based computer, you still have options that will have you gaming right along with even the best of what most PCI Express cards have to offer. If you do not have enough money to upgrade your whole system to the newest hardware, you can easily just upgrade to this AGP card and buy yourself the time to make your computer last and still have an excellent gaming experience."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X800XL IceQ Turbo Review @ Viperlair
"When comparing the performance to cost ratio I think you'll have a tough time finding a card that performs as well at this price. It ran all of the current popular games well at the midrange resolutions (1024 X 768 and 1280 x 1024) of course if you insist on running at 1600 x 1200 with max AA and AF you might want to consider looking at a more powerful, and generally MUCH more expensive card."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec P160 Case Review @ TechFreaks
"Antec is known for their quality cases and the P160 should prove no exception. The P160 is an anodized aluminum case mid tower case. Aluminum is a light weight metal, Anodized Aluminum is aluminum that has been applied with a protective or decorative film: it makes the case shiny and more rugged. The case is a true silver color with the front bezel being lighter silver; the two colors compliment each other rather nicely."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Nemesis Elite Case Giveaway @ CaseModGod
"CaseModGod.com and NZXT, makers of such cases as the Guardian, Nemesis, Trinity, and Nemesis Elite, have teamed up to send a thank you to all the people that have read our review of the Nemesis Elite. In our latest giveaway NZXT will be giving away a few T-Shirts but, NZXT will be hooking up one lucky winner with their new top of the line gaming armor case, the Nemesis Elite!"

More information on this review can be found here.
July Value Gaming PC Buyer's Guide @ Sharky Extreme
"Spring has changed to summer, and it's high time for another edition of our Value Gaming PC Buyer's As usual, our Value Guide takes both performance and price into consideration, and we're pinching every penny in search of a high-performance system for gamers on a budget. In a nutshell, the Value Gaming PC Buyer's Guide delivers the system and gaming performance you want, but at a price that won't break the bank. The overall scenario is bit different than some of the other buyer's guides on Sharky Extreme, as we limit the budget to $1,000 in cold, hard cash while the goal remains the same: to assemble a kick-ass gaming system that will play today's hottest games and still have some power in reserve for tomorrow."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Trio Mid-Tower Case, PSU & Keyboard Reviews @ System Cooling
"Sunbeamtech is well known in the computer industry for supplying a full range of PC enclosures, power supplies and accessories. The main focus of this review will be on the new Trio mid-tower case, but the good folks at Sunbeam also sent along one of their premium Nuuo 550W power supplies and a Pro-Series illuminated keyboard to complement the stylish Trio enclosure."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
F-Series Competition Mousing Surfaces Review @ CyberwizardPit
"June 15th 2005, Rocklin, California, USA - Func Industries announces the release of their latest product line of competitive mousing surfaces, the Func F-Series! Func Industries, no stranger to manufacturing high-performance mousing surfaces have been in the industry for quite a while, beginning back in 1999 with their trademark sUrface 1030. Recently, however, Func released a new product; a combination of the best of the sUrface 1030 and a revolutionary new texture, named the Func F-Series, their latest in their line of competitive gaming products. So far, it has been well-recieved by gamers and users alike; CyberwizardPit takes a look at this new release from Func, and what it has to offer."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Legality of File Sharing - MGM vs Grokster @ PC Review
"Whether we believe it is right or not, many of us have become accustomed to the fact that a large number people download copyrighted material regularly using Peer-to-Peer file-sharing software. As a result, the entertainment industry is losing billions of dollars in revenue, and is suffering from the infringements of many copyrights. Who should be held responsible for this? Is it the fault of the people who misuse the software, or is it perhaps the fault of the software distributors for allowing this to take place? The recent case of MGM Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd examined these issues."

More information on this article can be found here.
XBOX 360 Vs. PS3: An In Depth Look @ The TechZone
"Everyone has seen an Xbox and a PS2 in action and we are all waiting to see which of the two next generation consoles for the two systems will have the edge when it comes to graphics. We have all seen the screenshots of the games on the two systems but what about actual gameplay graphics. Despite the hot debate, when you look at the numbers the two systems use a different but equally effective method of delivering graphics processing power. The XBOX uses a custom ATI processor with 48 graphics pipelines and the PS2 has a custom NVIDA graphics processor with an estimated 24 pipelines. The numbers are misleading because the PS2 piplines are more powerful than the XBOX pipelines. In the end the two different graphics processors will deliver about the same amount of power, we can expect to see impressive results from both sides."

More information on this article can be found here.
Samsung Home Theatre Review @ DreamWare Computers
"Something that has almost become a "must have" in the audio scene these days is surround sound. It's definitely not a bad thing though, it's ability to put you right in the center of action has added a whole new level to watching movies. However, there are literally tons of options available on the market when it comes to choosing a good surround sound home theatre system. Today we are looking at one system from Samsung which is loaded with many useful features on both the receiver and the 5.1 set of speakers."

More information on this review can be found here.
JBL On Stage Speaker System @ TheTechLounge
"JBL has thrown their hat into the iPod after-market game. The JBL On Stage is a compact external speaker system that is fully compatible with the iPod as well as pretty much every other portable music player. I’m sure most everyone is familiar with JBL. They’ve been around since the ‘40s in some version or another. And, from my experience, most of their products are quality sound components. Having said that, you’re probably figuring I am expecting big things from JBL’s On Stage speaker system. Well, you’re wrong. I am remaining completely impartial, I’m not that biased! Well, except for that whole not liking the iPod thing. I’m a little biased then…just read the review and get off my back!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Hiper Type-R 580W Power Supply Review @ PimpRig
"We already know how the European version of this PSU stacks up, the Type-R 480 received an Approved Gear Award and the Type-R 580 received the esteemed Pimp Gear Award. But it isn't always just the equipment that you have to look at, the company's ability to communicate and provide support are equally important. I've already seen Hiper's staff in action when there was a hiccup during testing on a previous PSU review, and they immediately went way beyond what one would expect to ensure that their equipment didn't didn't have a design flaw. Turned out it didn't, and after seeing Hiper's response I have a lot of confidence in their technical support staff."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thecus N4100 IP Storage Appliance Review @ Hexus
"If you're looking for a new means of storing and protecting the vast amount of data you have somehow managed to acquire, then ask yourself whether an IP storage solution would be feasible for you. If you really need a 100% uptime, network attached storage device with access control and hotswap array rebuilds, and you don't mind the 7 hour RAID 5 build (which is only likely to be an issue once,) then the N4100 is worth considering. Just bear in mind that 900GB of protected network attached storage in a sexy black box will set you back a grand."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec NexStar 2 External CD/DVD Enclosure Review @ Moddin.net
"For anyone who want's to share an optical drive between home, work and friends PC's or who doesn't want to install an internal drive or to void warranties by opening up their PC's then this is the ideal solution. It's fast, simple to install and use - especially on Windows XP based systems (preferably SP2) and it really does look nice sitting next to your keyboard or monitor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GV-RX80L256V Radeon X800XL Review @ GruntvillE
"The installation went well, with no Significant issues to be noted. One nice thing about this card is the lack of a power source; No extra molex is needed to run this particular card. This minimizes messy wires for that neat freak. Now some may think this card is large, and depending on your motherboard layout you may have space issues. The card comes very close to the heat-sink fan on my Asus P5WD2-Premium. It may be close, but it did not pose a problem."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Aurora Enthusiast Computer Case Review @ Tweaktown
"The first thing you will notice when unpacking the Eclipse case is how light it is. Because the Eclipse comes with no power supply and is constructed of aluminum, it weighs in at only 13.5 pounds. Along with its compact size, this makes it a very good candidate for a LAN party rig."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalRock Eclipse Mid-Tower Case Review @ BigBruin
"The first thing you will notice when unpacking the Eclipse case is how light it is. Because the Eclipse comes with no power supply and is constructed of aluminum, it weighs in at only 13.5 pounds. Along with its compact size, this makes it a very good candidate for a LAN party rig."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, July 18, 2005
Samsung YH-820 MP3 Player Review @ Overclockers Online
"I'm wondering what future steps Samsung will be taking to improve themselves in the market. While they are the king of LCD products, they still have a few things to work on for the portable audio devices. The whole 5GB storage option is great and pairing it with a color LCD display for pictures is a very nice touch. In the future, I'd like to see Samsung offer several other models with additional features. A FM Tuner and Text viewer that you can synchronize to download the latest news off the Internet would be awesome. An integrated camera with 5GB storage space could also be planned. The number of potential options is limitless, and with time I hope to see more integrated in."

More information on this review can be found here.
HEC Power Supplies Review @ ThinkComputers
"More Power supplies! Today I have 2 Power Supplies (psu) from HEC Group (High-Quality Evolution Commitment). These psus are some of the big boys on the block coming in at 550watts and 580watts. We decided to do this as a combined review so our readers wouldn't have to re-read the same thing again in a second HEC review. I had to do some research on the internet to find some more info on this brand of psu, because I never heard of them, what I found is interesting; the reviews I read were excellent. HEC received top scores in all categories, I also found that they are pretty big in Europe and not that well known here, could be why I never heard of them. Well anyway I have the WINPower 550watt and the AcePower 580watt psu's for review. They are essentially the same with some cosmetic differences and wattages of course."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Golden Orb 2 Review @ A1-Electronics
"We must say first off that the fan of this Thermaltake Golden Orb II is really very quiet. We hardly heard it working at all. We are proud because of its cooling performance to quietness to award this Thermaltake Golden Orb II our Editors Top Choice for an air cooler heatsink."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Golden Orb 2 Review @ XtremeComputing
"Something else I noticed about the Orb II compared with the other two coolers was much better system temperatures – up to 7 degrees in the overclocked test. To quote the Thermaltake website “Radiate aluminum golden fin provide sufficient air flow”. Adding a bit more translation, the larger fan and orb-like construction provide much better cooling for surrounding components than the typical standard-fan-on-a-bunch-of-thin-fins setup."

More information on this review can be found here.

Zalman CNPS7700-AlCu CPU Cooler Review

"Not a very long time ago, most people thought they would have to compromise by choosing cooling performance or silence. one of the first and best known companies that tore down this myth was Zalman. Zalman has always striven to provide excellent cooling performance but at the lowest noise level and some of their products became famous for being able to achieve excellent performance with very low noise levels. They also became famous also for the massive size of their cooling solutions. Bacata from France was kind enough to send me a popular Zalman CPU cooler, the CNPS7700-AlCu, so we can take a look at today’s offerings by Zalman."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Galaxy Review @ InsaneTek
"Gigabyte continues to amaze us with their cooling advancements. The 3D Galaxy performs quite well, is easy to install, and adds a nice touch of blue inside your windowed case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 200GB Hard Disk Drive Review @ BigBruin
"The 200GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 SATA NCQ drives earn praise for several reasons. The results from the various tests show that this generation of drives provides a performance boost over the previous generation, whether the system is capable of implementing NCQ or not. The availability of NCQ just makes the drives even more appealing for those with a system (or controller) capable of taking advantage of this new technology. The drives are worth considering by those without NCQ support, as the solid performance on their present system will only be enhanced by a future upgrade to NCQ, and the additional cost for this feature is minimal."

More information on this review can be found here.
EVGA 6600GT Graphics Card Review @ CoolTechZone
"Although EVGA could be a bit more innovating, the company has managed to impress us with competitive performance and comparatively lower prices than other manufacturers. Therefore, we’ve had no problems recommending EVGA to those of you with strict budget guidelines. After evaluating its 6800 PCIe graphics adapter late last week, today we’ll take a look at EVGA’s 6600GT. Though we don’t hope to see a significant increase in performance at stock speeds, we do have a keen interest in the card’s overall value in terms of its retail cost."

More information on this review can be found here.

Connect3D X700 Pro Graphics Card Review

"As much as you like ATI and its GPUs, the fact is that ATI isn’t a charmer in the midrange market due to its under-performing X700 Pro. Although the performance may not be as groundbreaking as NVIDIA’s 6600GT, the fact is that majority of the X700 Pro graphics adapters retail for much less than NVIDIA’s 6600GT. That’s one side of the story."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS KN1 Extreme nForce4 Ultra ATX Motherboard Review @ Futurelooks
"The ECS KN1 Extreme is a socket 939 motherboard sporting the nForce 4 Ultra (single) chipset. What that means is you get support for PCI Express, SATA (3Gb/s), MediaShield Storage, RAID, ActiveArmour, and Gigabit LAN."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS KN1 Extreme NFORCE4 Ultra Motherboard Review @ hardCOREware
"Most people don't think of "Extreme" anything when they consider a motherboard from ECS. This is especially the case with news of their merger with PC Chips back in June. Two companies who only ever paid attention to the ultra low end segment and OEM manufacturing have combined to offer what they call the "KN1 EXTREME", under the ECS brand. One thing that is extreme about the KN1 is the price - extremely low that is. The KN1 is a fully featured NFORCE4 Ultra motherboard, and retails for under $100. Join us as we discover how it performs against other NF4 and VIA boards, and if it really lives up to the "EXTREME" name."

More information on this review can be found here.
JAHT 54Mbps Wireless Broadband Router Review @ Techniz

"JAHT has come out with a great wireless product again. We are reviewing their latest wireless broadband router which is the JAHT WA-4054TX (54Mbps Wireless Broadband Router with 4 LAN Ports). Furthermore, the wireless broadband router has the web base setup management with embedded with a very good feature as you can refer it at the previous web configuration utility page. During the testing, the signal strength is still very strong at about 40 meters. The transfer rate is very fast comparing to the 11Mbps or 22Mbps wireless technology. With the build in 4 LAN ports, you can even support more user in your network. Therefore, Super G Wireless devices from JAHT will be the best choice if you plan to go for high speed wireless and it have all the devices and feature that you need."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX610 PLED Review @ nVnews
"Ever wanted to know what the temperature of your processor is in the middle of that game you were playing? How about the amount of time left on that track you're listening to in iTunes? Maybe you just want to have a few LEDs scroll back and forth like K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider. With the MX610 PLED Display from Matrix Orbital, all of your wildest dreams will come true. Well, that may be a little bit of an overstatement, but it is definitely a case-modder's dream come true."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle SD31P Dual Core Review @ Bit-Tech

"We've mentioned it before, but we'll mention it again - the design of the chassis is genius. It is clear that the chassis was designed to be easy to install components in to from the ground up. I've got rather large hands, and I had no problems with installing components in to the chassis. There are many little things included that just make installation a breeze. The general desktop feel, and the multi-tasking abilities of a Pentium D, combined with the elegance (in both noise and looks) of a Shuttle XPC makes for a very pleasurable computing experience. If you need a workhorse rig that's a pleasure to use, this is it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chenbro Gaming Bomb II Case Review @ Bjorn3D
"When Chenbro released its design for the second generation Gaming Bomb, I wasn't interested in it because I figured it would only be a slight change from the first GB. Much to my surprise, I was totally wrong. The GBII is one of the coolest and best-looking cases I've seen hit the market in a long time, and from looks alone, you wouldn't know it was related in any way to the original GB. From the feature list, it seems to be one of the most practical and user-friendly cases too. I'll have to dig deeper into that, though, later in this review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Centurion 530 Review & Giveaway @ System Cooling
"Cooler Master has been extremely busy this year bringing out new or revised versions of older cases. They have so many new ones, it’s getting hard for me to keep up with what’s just come out and what’s due out shortly. But as always, they have something to fit just about everyone’s wants and or needs. Today we’re going to be looking at a new version of their popular Centurion line-up, the Centurion 530."

More information on this review can be found here. More information on this giveaway can be found here.
Cooler Master CMmedia 270 Review @ HTPCnews
"Home Theater PC's are no longer limited to just the Home Theater, it has been made clear time and time again that manufactures are attempting to win over our bedrooms as well. Enter the CMmedia 270, a HTPC case built for the most part as a Bedroom HTPC where it's extremely small size will not get in the way."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, July 16, 2005
First Look: The Optimus Keyboard @ Primotech
"When a Russian design firm broke the news of its OLED keyboard on Thursday, July 14, geeks everywhere were tickled with delight. Rather than tradition keys that feature printed characters, each key on the Optimus keyboard contains a small OLED display that can be set to display whatever the user requires. We chatted with the director of development for the Optimus, Artemy Lebedv, to get some answers to everyone’s most burning questions."

While this keyboard is still a year away before being released to the North American market the overall design and specifications look impressive. More information on this interview can be found here.
Just Who's Computer Is This Anyway? @ The Tech Zone
"Well, this is an article I never thought I would have to write. Computer ownership was just not something I thought people would get confused over but, after overhearing a number of conversations last week from my co-workers, I realized that quite a few people just don't know how cut and dry this topic is."

More information on this editorial can be found here.
Western Digital External USB 80Gig Hard Drive Review @ AMD Review
"With the size of programs increasing to multiple DVDs, and the amount of movies and music that people keep on their computer, good portable storage space has become a necessity for a lot of people. Today I am reviewing a new External USB 80 gigabyte hard drive by Western Digital, one of the best known names in the hard drive market."

More information on this review can be found here.

Thermaltake Beetle CPU Cooler Review

"Today I am reviewing the Thermaltake Beetle CPU cooler. This is one of the newest heatsinks released by Thermaltake. It is also the featured item in Thermaltake's promotional calendars for this month. I ran the heatsink through its paces with one of the hotter CPUs on the market in order to give you an accurate idea of how it performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
PDP Patriot PC4800 1GB Dual Channel Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"Patriot surprised us all with their XBLK line of memory that featured Samsung TCCD IC's. It was extremely affordable and overclocked very well. This new PC4800 not only provides speed, but amazing looks as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
High Power PW480 PSU Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"I have to say I'm impressed with the High Power unit. They have chosen to put their attention into the details of usable features. The automated cooling fans, oversized Molex plugs for easier use and extended length power lines for tower cases to name a few. The wattage use display is a nice bonus as well. I think its value in true usefulness may not be as high as its "hip-ness" at LANs but it is a welcome feature all the same."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Nuuo 550Watts PSU Review @ BurnOutPC
"Back in the old days Sunbeam was known for it's high quality, cheap and reliable cold cathode lights. They then produced cold cathode fans and started producing more and more products. Nowadays you can purchase various things from a lot of suppliers world wide and they have recently released their brand new line of power supplies."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Pentium 4 630 Overclocking @ Legion Hardware
"Utilizing a basic air-cooled setup with the ASUS P5LD2 Deluxe motherboard, this 3.0GHz Intel processor soared to an unbelievable 4.5GHz! More importantly, this 1500MHz overclock will enabled the Pentium 4 530 to easily outperform the far more expensive Pentium 4 670 processor."

More information on this article can be found here.
MSI NX7800GTX Video Card Review @ TechConnect


"nVidia are on to something with their series 7 cards, and as soon as developers wrap their heads around the GPU's multiple cores and clocks, we're bound to see some stunning real-time graphics in both games and multimedia presentations."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LanParty UT NF4 Ultra-D Motherboard Review @ techPowerUp


"The DFI LanParty series is legendary among overclockers. We haven't seen any other board offer that many overclocking features. For example, being able to your run your memory at voltages of more than 3.3V is pretty unique. A well thought out components layout and little on-board switches make overclockers happy."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nitro PC Tower Case Review @ Techniz
"This grill covers the drive bays, power and reset switch. Upon opening the front grill you can gain access to these areas, and also fit the option cold cathode kit for extra coolness. At the top of the front of the case there is a break in the grill, this is for the CD ejecting mechanism. Cleverly disguised as the front panel. By simply pressing the eject button the cd tray is opened, pushing the cover flap down out of the way."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire X-Cruiser Case Review @ Viperlair
"Aspire have released quite a multi-function enclosure. Overall the styling of the case is very nice. The three analog gauges on the front not only provide a good amount of information, but also a nice graphic feature. The blue black and silver color scheme really work, and the inclusion of the led fans provide a nice glow in the dark look."

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

More information on this guide can be found here.
Friday, July 15, 2005
Xandros Desktop OS Version 3 Business Edition Review @ XYZ Computing
"This review will be taking a look at Xandros' Desktop OS Version 3 Business Edition. Xandros touts this OS as "the secure, easy-to-use, and compatible alternative to Windows for any size organization." Right from the start it is made clear that this OS is an alternative to Windows and it does not try to hide that fact that it was designed to be a Linux distro for XP users. This means a focus on ease of use and Windows compatibility but with the unique advantages of Linux. As a long time Windows user, who is forced to use XP on a daily basis, I really appreciated Xandros' approach to Linux-Windows integration and just how easy they made the transition from one operating system to the other."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech MX518 Gaming Grade Optical Mouse Review @ Futurelooks
"For years, the best gamers have used ball mice because they provide the inertia and weight that feel best to them. As optical mice have evolved, gamers started to accept the technology. Today, we look at a mouse from Logitech's Gaming Grade Series of products. The MX518 Optical Mouse boasts a comfortable shape, super slick feet for a fast glide, and an on the fly adjustable optical sampling rate from 400 dpi to a whopping 1600 dpi for fast twitch action."

More information on this review can be found here.
Actiontec Wireless Network Camera Review @ Hardware Hell
"Typically, the installation of Actiontec’s software and hardware is straightforward and simple. This was again the case with the wireless camera. The consumer is asked to use the cat5 cable at first to set it up before setting it loose in wireless mode. I’m not entirely sure why this is, but I am assuming it’s for security reasons (a war-driving passerby could sniff your setup information). Once you plug in everything and pop in the disk, simply follow the instructions and you have a security cam. After the initial wire setup and going through the right steps to ensure the camera works, we turned the camera off, unplugged the cord, screwed on the antennae, plugged it back in and there she was, a wonderful wireless watchdog."

More information on this review can be found here.

AZiO External HDD Enclosure Review

"There are many different companies that offer external HDD enclosures, usually arriving complete with USB 2.0 and/or FireWire. Since most computers have USB as standard, almost every HDD enclosure uses that particular technology with optional FireWire, but the AZiO HDD enclosure offers only USB 2.0. This may irk those consumers who prefer FireWire-especially considering how often we all overload our USB support with other devices."

More information on this review can be found here.
BFG 7800GTX OC Review @ Neoseeker


"A stock/reference GeForce 7800 GTX is set to run at 430 MHz core/1200 MHz. With BFG’s GeForce 7800 GTX OC, the core runs at a much-improved 460 MHz, and the memory at a whopping 1300 MHz! Those are increases of 30 MHz and 100 MHz, respectively. Now, I know what you’re thinking – there must be some kind of price premium on this video card, since it is clocked considerably higher than the NVIDIA reference design, right? Not quite. The second perk in this whole deal is that this card is available for the same 7800 GTX MSRP retail price of $599."

More information on this review can be found here.
Linksys WRT54GC Compact Wireless Router Review @ The Tech Zone


"The Linksys WRT54GC is an ultra portable compact Wireless-G broadband router that is ideal for turning a hotel room into a wired and wireless hotspot. The WRT54GC is really three devices in one. First, there's the Wireless Access Point, which lets you connect both Wireless-G and Wireless-B devices to the network. There's also a built-in 4-port full-duplex 10/100 Switch to connect your wired-Ethernet devices. Connect four PCs directly, or attach more hubs and switches to create as big a network as you need. Finally, the Router function ties it all together and lets your whole network share a high-speed cable or DSL Internet connection. The fact that Linksys can put what is basically a full blown wireless broadband router into a housing that's the same size as the Linksys PAP2 VoIP Phone Adapter is simply amazing. The WRT54GC measures 3.86" high by 3.86" wide by 0.98" deep and weighs just 4.97 oz."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX GeForce 6800 Ultra 512MB Video Card Review @ Hexus


"You need to evaluate what you require in a graphics card. On the one hand, XFX's GeForce 6800 Ultra 512MB makes a compelling case as a cheap, relatively-speaking, workstation-class card, capable of running exotic displays. On the other though, and this affects the majority of potential buyers who tend to be gamers, you'd be better off opting for a single GeForce 7800 GTX or a couple of GeForce 6800 GTs in SLI formation. £470, then, will be either a snip or prohibitively expensive, depending upon your intended need."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin 1GB XP4000 2-2-2 REDLINE Dual Pack Review @ OCTools
"The amazing thing with these modules is that we can even run it at these overclocked speed (270MHz) at the most extreme latencies of CAS 1.5-2-2-5 rock solid. This is the first time we have had DDR running at this incredible timings at these speeds."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigaram Mach 1000 PC3700 1GB Dual Channel Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"With everyone using Samsung TCCD, Gigaram follows and pairs it with a non Brainpower PCB. Does it overclock as well as the excellent BP/TCCD combo? You'll be a little surprised."

More information on this review can be found here.
Diamond Multimedia XtremeTV PVR600 Review @ Designtechnica


"The Diamond XtremeTV PVR600 is a nice bundle of hardware and software. With a little work, you can add Personal Video Recorder abilities to your PC, and still maintain a stable system while you pause, rewind and record live TV. The package does not include everything you need, and it requires an additional $100 investment to use all the advertised features with full functionality. If you are building a home theater PC or just want to add TV to your laptop, check out the Diamond XtremeTV PVR600."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 510 Express/SLI PSU Review @ PCstats
"The Turbo-Cool 510 Express/SLI's main selling point is its suitability for SLI videocard systems. This starts with the pair of 12V six-pin video card power connectors on the unit and ends with the fact that the power supply is one of only four officially recommended by nVidia for use with SLI videocard computer systems. While the 510W sustained of the Turbo-Cool 510 Express/SLI might appear to be pedestrian, it can handle up to 650W at peak, and that is drastically even more than enough for an overclocked SLI desktop PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Skyhawk Power One GMSC 570 Watt PSU Review @ GruntvillE
"Following the rail testing I sought to find out the usefulness of the extra added feature Skyhawk calls Audio Stand By. Essentially, the technology allows you to use an "always on" line in conjunction with your optical drive to play CDs without powering up your computer. Of course there is always a catch; your optical drive must have two buttons, an eject and play button which most newer drives have abandoned."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD/Microsoft Tech Tour 2005 Coverage @ The TechZone
"This year's Tech Tour offered a really special treat for those attending. AMD, together with Microsoft and Asus made available a bundle that could be purchased during the event for just $250.00. Included in the bundle was an Asus A8N-E motherboard, AMD Athlon 64 3200+ processor and a copy of Windows XP Professional x64 Edition. The full retail value of the three items is way higher than the $250.00 that AMD was charging. The bundle is designed to let attendees build an Athlon 64 demo systems and is strictly not for resale. However, if you see this combo listed on eBay, you know where it came from."

More information on this article can be found here.
AMD Athlon FX-57 Overclocking 3.54GHz with Phase Change @ Tweaktown
"Byron Johnstone, our new writer from South Africa, is a complete overclocking nut and he loves taking all manors of computer products to the extreme. In his first article he has his way with an AMD Athlon FX-57 processor with Phase Change cooling. He shows us what the newest and quickest CPU from AMD can achieve at -12 degrees Celsius with the Prometeia Mach II."

More information on this article can be found here.
Akasa Evo 120 Silent Heatpipe Cooler @ Xtreme Computing
"There is no way even with a Venice core based 64 that I thought it would handle 2.5. I reckon I still would of just peaked out at 45 with the clock at 2.8, it was my ram that limited me to 2.5. But having said that it still came up trumps especially when you consider under overclocked testing the room temp was a massive 30-32 degrees."

More information on this review can be found here.
PrimeCooler CoolPad Notebook Air Cooler Review @ A1-Electronics
"The overall size of this PrimeCooler CoolPad is 300mm long by 250mm with a depth of 30mm at the back reducing to 20mm at the front to give you notebook mobile PC a handy little angle for more comfortable use. And it only weights 1210g."

More information on this review can be found here.
High-End Buyer’s Guide (Q2'05) @ The Tech Lounge
"The goal of this guide is to outline an entire high-end computer system for around $3,000. This includes the internal hardware, input devices, monitor and speakers (everything but an OS). The components we have chosen for this system are what we consider to be great products with the best bang for the buck. Depending on your individual needs, you may prefer to swap out different components in order to focus more on gaming, multimedia or multitasking. While we will recommend specific components throughout the article, we will also point out some options that you may want to consider as well."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Cable Tidying Guide @ Bit-Tech
"In this article I hope to provide a general overview of the different cable management solutions for your computer case and external computer cables, how easy each solution is to use and reuse, how the final solution looks to the ever-scrutinising case modder and the relative prices of each. Obviously, availability in your own areas is totally dependent on local or national stockists and as you can imagine, some products and prices available in some areas aren’t in others."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Func F-Series Mouse Pad Review @ HardwareMods
"Func F-Series Competition Mousing surfaces are single-sided, large format mouse pads constructed of high quality polycarbonate with exceptional and consistent tracking qualities. The Func F-Series mousing surface incorporates a specially selected, low profile, textured synthetic rubber that exhibits exceptional traction characteristics on a desktop."

More information on this review can be found here.
PDP Systems Patriot PC3200 XBLK Review @ Viperlair
"PDP Systems with its introduction of Patriot Memory +XBLK line takes dead aim at the DDR enthusiasts. They bring to market tight timings and flexible VDimm requirements to allow you to stretch the usability of a PC3200 Module to that of a PC4200 Module. A well done introduction into the market space, giving us yet another vendor for serious consideration when choosing our memory."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon X800 XL for PCI Express Preview @ Hexus
"The change to the Microtune 2121 does the ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon X800 XL for PCI Express a lot of favours in Europe, technically, with a knock-on effect of increased feature set. The 400MHz X800 XL and AIW features, on PCI Express, should make it a massive seller in the UK and Europe when it appears later in the summer."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Sennheiser PX200 Headphone Review @ PC Review
"Quality portable headphones in today's age have a lot more importance compared to just a few years back. We did not have iPods, MP3 players, portable DVD players, portable gaming machines, state of the art and cutting edge multimedia laptops etc. Good reproduction is not just a need for audio only players but video players as well. The supplied earphones with most gadgets are just not good enough and after-market, higher quality headphones become almost mandatory if one wants to enjoy full potential of the equipment purchased. The impact of good quality sound when it comes to these kinds of gadgets certainly cannot be underestimated."

More information on this review can be found here.
Biostar I945p-A7 Socket 775 Motherboard Review @ XtremeComputing
"I have to say I was impressed with the clock ability of this motherboard and was shocked I was able to hit 1032 bus with a 3.0 Cpu @ 3.8 and a $99 1 gig dual channel ddr2 533 set, ok I had help with the cooling with a vapochill setup but it proves the Biostar can pack a punch with the best of them."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Tuniq Tower 120 CPU Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"The overall size no doubt plays a significant role in the Tuniq Tower's performance, but I think it may actually be too big. It overhangs the CPU socket on all sides, and there are a number of things that could interfere with this beast. On the test system, it only had a problem with the chipset cooler, but that is problem enough. I can foresee issues on other boards where it may be too close to the memory, power supply, chipset, OTES type cooling, or maybe even the video card."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS P5LD2 Deluxe WiFi-TV Edition Review @ Legion Hardware
"There is virtually no difference between the layout and design of the P5WD2 Premium and P5LD2 Deluxe motherboards. The P5WD2 Premium is of course more expensive as it does utilize the 955X chipset. The only other noticeable difference other than this is that the P5LD2 Deluxe only features a single Gigabit LAN controller. The P5WD2 Premium was a superb overclocker and if the P5LD2 Deluxe can match or better the overclocking performance it is going to be a serious product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Pro-Series Lite Up Keyboard Review @ LAN Addict
"The Sunbeam Pro-Series Lite Up Keyboard has replaced the Saitek PC Gamer keyboard on my desktop. Yes, the Sunbeam makes a bit more noise when typing, but the ability to see the letters on the keys in a darkened room more than makes up for that triviality. I also love all of the shortcuts that are built into the Sunbeam Pro-Series Lite Up Keyboard and use them very frequently. So much, in fact, that I find myself reaching for the shortcuts on my keyboard at work!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Trio Case Review @ XYZ Computing
"To reiterate my earlier point Sunbeam is not much of an innovator. What they do excel at is at delivering inexpensive products that offer a lot of bang-for-your-buck and most of the features consumers are looking for. Their Trio enclosure has everything you would expect from a mid-tower case under $80 (except for an intake fan) and even throws in a power supply. Considering the price of the Trio it is hard to say too much is wrong about it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX512 Review @ Overclockers Online
"The MX512 is certainly a great accessory for your system. It has features that DIY models or models included with your case don't have. If you have a pretty penny to spend, say after getting your tax return, the MX512 will look great in a tower. For those who don't have two bay drives to spare, Matrix Orbital offers a 2*20 character LCD that fits into a single 5.25" bay. You can find this in their latest MX6 series. For those who still favour the DIY models, Matrix Orbital has several barebone LCDs that you can purchase. As you can see, the options are endless and everyone is sure to find something they like with Matrix Orbital."

More information on this review can be found here.
Home Networking Simplified @ PCstats
"Networking computers together continues to be a daunting subject for the computer novice, so we've seen many different approaches to the subject. The book, Home Networking Simplified, aims for a middle of the road approach, neither oversimplifying the subject or being too technical and dry. The technical details behind home networking are covered as well as the procedures involved and the steps needed to secure a network and protect sensitive eyes from the dangers of the Internet. This 393-page, full colour soft cover book falls into the lower-priced category of computer guidebooks, which certainly makes it an easy addition to your tech library."

More information on this review can be found here.
SageTV 2.2 Interactive Review @ BoxGods

"A great HTPC is comprised of several equally important elements. At its heart you have a sturdy PC and a quality PVR card enclosed in whatever your idea of the perfect HTPC case is. Add killer surround sound and an awesome display and you're ALMOST there. The element that ties it all together is your PVR software, or "front end". Today, we will be reviewing what many consider to be the best--SageTV 2.2 and its Client."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Sunbeam Pro Series Lite-up EL Keyboard Review @ OCIA
"Thankfully, this keyboard comes equipped with an on/off switch for the EL function. I have seen other keyboards which remain lit constantly. This does nothing but decrease the lifetime of the lighting source within. I first turned on the EL function with the overhead light still on. You could tell that the EL function was on by the faint blue haze under the keys. It was not until I turned off the overhead light that you could fully appreciate this function."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI Mega Stick 511 Review @ ThinkComputers
"MP3 Players, seems like a lot of companies are making them now in some form or another. MSI, maker of fine motherboards and graphics cards, is another company getting into this as well. MSI makes fine products, they get great reviews for all their products I have seen. I myself own an MSI 6600GT video card, and I have to say it is awesome. So, of course when I was offered the chance to review a product from MSI, I jumped right on it. I have owned Philips mp3 Players in the past, when the technology was still rather new, and I was very curious to see just how far it has come."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech MX3100 Cordless Desktop Review @ The Tech Lounge
"If you thought the optical mouse was as good as it could possibly get, then you would be wrong. What’s better than a small LED, you ask? A laser of course! (Kurtis’ Note: A friggin’ mouse with a friggin’ “laser” strapped to its head!) Enter Logitech with the MX1000 laser mouse. The laser mouse now has the longevity of the optical mouse and the increased sensitivity of a laser-based pointing device. Not stopping there, Logitech has chosen to pair the MX1000 laser mouse with the popular wireless LX700 keyboard to create what they call the MX3100 wireless desktop which I have here today. We will now see if the pair makes a happy couple or whether a divorce is in order, or something like that."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech MX518 Gaming-Grade Optical Mouse Review @ The TechZone
"The new Logitech MX518 is a Gaming-Grade Optical Mouse that features 1600 dpi resolution with ability to downshift on the fly to as Low as 400 dpi. Any PC gamers will tell you they look to their mouse for a winning edge in a combat game. In the past the choice of mouse setting was always a choice between maximum speed or optimum precision. With the new Logitech MX518, gamers no longer need to choose between the two. The mouse puts quick-shift controls at gamers' fingertips - with one click, gamers can instantly increase and decrease mouse resolution from as high as 1600 dots per inch (dpi) to as low as 400 dpi. And, no software is required."

More information on this review can be found here.

MM Gear EDS-200F Headphone Review

"The MM Gear EDS (Extended Dual Stereo) 200F Headphone is unique among headphones in that it uses four speaker drivers to generate high quality sound. As a matter of fact, it's the world's first two way headphone system. Unlike other headphones, which make do with one driver, the MM Gear EDS-200F offers separate woofer and tweeter for enhanced and extended sound reproduction."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolmax 500W SLI Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"If you're in the market for an SLI Power Supply and are on a budget you will definitely want to check out the Coolmax 500W Power Supply. With 500 watts of power it has no problem providing enough juice for today's demanding computer systems. There are also plenty of leads and a very quiet 120mm fan. It even comes with a fan control speed switch so the fan speed can be set to automatic, high or low."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Corsair 5400UL DDR-2 675MHz Memory Review @ Tweaktown
"Earlier this year Corsair launched their 5400UL part which is designed to offer impressive timings (3-3-2-8) at 675MHz DDR. Not only that but they make claims that their memory can do over 800MHz DDR with relaxed timings. Read on as we take a look at Corsair’s latest performance DDR-2 memory and see how it performs at stock speeds and just how far we can overclock the sticks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Twin2X 1024A-5400UL DDR2 Memory Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"In this review we will be taking a look at Corsair's 1024A-5400UL Twin2X memory kit. This memory is rated to run at DDR2-675 at 2.1V with 3-3-2-8 timings. This translates roughly as running a CPU at 253MHz FSB with a 3:4 memory divisor (for the effective memory speed of DDR2-675MHz)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silex Hi-Speed USB Device Server Review @ Everything USB
"Silex has developed two High Speed USB 2.0 servers for connecting to a network via Ethernet - the SX-2000U2 (one port) and the SX-5000U2 (four ports). We are reviewing the single-port SX-2000U2."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS P5RD1-V Motheboard Review @ Neoseeker


"The short and sweet of the matter is that the P5RD1-V is a superb LGA775 motherboard for the price. With reasonably powerful integrated video, four slots supporting dual-channel DDR400, four PCIe and three PCI slots, SATA w/ RAID, and a bunch of other goodies, $92 USD isn't that much to ask for."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor RADEON X800 XL 512MB Review @ Hexus
"What do you want from a £290 video card today? Is it performance, performance, and yet more performance in present games, or is it a deal of futureproofing at the expense of, you've guessed it, performance. PowerColor's X800 XL 512MB pricing treads dangerously on X850-class water, which is a great deal faster in almost every conceivable gaming scenario."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 2GB Dual Channel Memory Review @ Xtreme Resources
"DDR2 RAM is pressing forward with each passing day. Prices have nearly become half since early this year, when DDR2 RAM was being introduced into the market, while performance and capabilities began to far exceed the capabilities of current motherboards and CPUs. It seems ages ago that RAM manufacturers barely kept up with motherboard capabilities, now high performance modules far exceed the capabilities of any system. Crucial is a RAM manufacturer which has a very high performance DDR2 module among their ranks, the Ballistix line. They also probably have the best value and most future proof DDR2 kit for the moment, the BL2KIT12864AA664 kit, which consists of two 1GB Ballistix PC2-5300 modules. 2GB of RAM should be enough to last for years to come for most people and the performance is supposed to be enough for many generations of CPUs to come. We will see if those claims withstand in this review."

More information on this review can be found here.
CrazyPC's Inferno Window Panel for Lian-Li Review @ PimpRig
"What is truly unique about this panel is the integrated center fan mounting. Instead of a plain hole, the grill is cut into the panel itself. Looking closer at the center grill, I noticed the flames in each quarter section to be different. This is a very nice detailed touch for the panel."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Encyclomedia Project @ Mini-ITX
"A room without books", said Marcus Tullius Cicero, "is like a body without a soul". "And a living room without a PC", said twenty-first-century Cicero namesake Marco Venezia (probably), "is a potential home cinema lacking DivX support". To solve both problems, Marco fabricated the Encyclomedia: a Mini-ITX-based DVD/DivX player squeezed into a set of imitation textbooks. The books were originally polystyrene but have been hollowed out to fit an EPIA M10000 with DVD player and 40GB hard disk. The result is a living room PC that offers modern entertainment without sacrificing traditional style, and perhaps more importantly, doesn't make Marco's mum too angry."

More information on this project can be found here.
Project Tranquillity @ Mashie Design
"As you can see by the name of this project it is yet again inspired by the characters in Peter F. Hamilton's The Night's Dawn Trilogy. For those of you who has read the books knows that Tranquillity is a big space habitat with roughly a cubic kilometre of brain matter. That is where all similarities ends though. Tranquillity here will be used as some kind of router lab by friends in need so it will have 9 motherboards and 30+ network cards in the smallest possible volume. The construction material will be MDF so a good exercise before starting the work on the Time Machine."

This project is a perfect exercise on how to recycle old and used computer equipment. More information on this project can be found here.
NZXT Nemesis Elite Review @ CaseModGod
"From the second the box arrived, I knew NZXT were serious about making a case for gamers. No rattles or wobbly panels, this case is well engineered and all its parts fit very well, a telling sign of a quality built case. This is important when adding the extra weight of a few thousand dollars of your loved hardware."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax X1 Gaming Case Review @ TechTastic
"Computer cases have come along way since the beige box. Todays cases come in a variety of styles and features
range from the mild to the wild. Today we take a look at a new computer case that's meets somewhere in the middle,
Raidmax's X1 Gaming Case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec TX640B Mini-Tower Case Review @ NGOHQ
"Today we are going to take a closer look at the new Antec Mini tower case from their new 2005 line up. As most of you know Antec is very well known for their excellent cases and Power Supply units. Antec launched its original Performance Series back in 1998, now 6 years later Antec introduces its third generation, the Performance TX series."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Beat Sounds EMP-ZII Plus 512MB MP3 Player Review @ System Cooling
"These days MP3 players are nothing new, they are as common as “Walkmans” were in the 80’s and portable CD players in the 90’s. With Apple’s IPod dominating the HDD type MP3 player market, deciding on a flash drive player can prove be a harder choice to make. In today’s review we will be taking a look at a brand new flash drive MP3 player from a new company called Eratech, also know as Beat Sounds. This new Beat Sounds player is called the EMP-ZII Plus. It’s packed with features and sports an egg like shape that will not only keep you jamming to your favourite tunes while on the go but also act as unique a fashion accessory."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PowerStream 520w Power Supply Review @ OCIA
"Six more molexes are available on standard power supply cables, with two floppy connectors for those of you that still use a FDD. The cables are wound to help increase aesthetics in part I suppose and also to possibly help with EMI, but this will be my first (and possibly only) complaint about the Powerstream. Why not just use mesh sleeving on all of the cables?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Big Typhoon Review @ Viperlair
"It's been a long time since an air cooler has impressed us, and the Thermaltake Big Typhoon delivers in a big (no pun intended) way. We've seen massive coolers before, but in the past, not even the biggest coolers were able to power past the Koolance EXOS. While the EXOS still has the advantage at its highest speeds, the noise levels are much louder than the Big Typhoon which is near silent."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Silencer (Rev.2) Video Card Cooler Review @ Futurelooks
"Cooling graphics cards is not the same as it was in years past. We're seeing much more complicated aftermarket solutions hit the market to improve overclocking and cooling. Today we check out one such product: Artic Cooling's ATi Silencer!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Saitek Gaming Mouse Review @ Xtreme Computing
"A few weeks ago, we looked at the Saitek Eclipse gaming keyboard and found it to be the best yet and it made me put away the Zboard. Today we are looking at the Saitek Gaming Mouse and in much anticipation, the reason is my own personal mouse is a razor and beating that is a challenge in itself, ok it helps that the Saitek can produce the same DPI of 1600 as the diamond back already answers some of the questions."

More information on this review can be found here.
SunbeamTech LED Keyboard and Mouse Review @ InsaneTek
"When the keyboard is illuminated, it's difficult to see the keys if there is another light source shining down on it. For testing, I used the keyboard for two days while playing games, chatting, word processing, and graphical work. This keyboard is completely silent and has no feel to it when you press a button, so I found it especially difficult to move when playing Unreal Tournament 2004. In terms of typing, the keyboard served it's purpose well. During this period, my hands felt a bit tired, since the angle was a bit uncomfortable for me. The toggle application and close application keys were sometimes in the way during the middle of my work. I accidentally hit them a few times during my gaming."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCLabs PlexyBlock B3 Waterblock Giveaway @ XYZ Computing
"We are starting to do a little summer cleaning and we are going to be giving away some of our old review products! Every now and then we will feature a weekly give away of a cool product that is lying around the XYZ offices so be sure to keep an eye out! This week's prize: OCLabs PlexyBlock B3 Waterblock!"

More information on this giveaway can be found here.
Cooler Master Hyper 6+ Review @ Overclockers Online
"The Hyper 6+ faired well against the NT02, but its 100mm fan placed higher up in the heatsink frame couldn't keep the system temps the NT02 had to offer. While performance may be the most important factor for CPU coolers, we can't neglect simplicity. If its hard to install, users won't buy it. The Hyper 6+ was not the easiest cooler to install. It was more difficult to install and it would most certainly be nice if future revisions could simplify the install procedure."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin 1GB Dual Channel PC3200 "Redline" DDR Memory Review @ Tweaktown
"Today we've got a quick review of Mushkin's new 1GB Dual Channel PC3200 "Redline" DDR memory. Designed for enthusiasts with motherboards with the ability to use a VDIMM of 2.7 volts and beyond, the memory has aggressive SPD timings of 2-3-2-6 and offers solid overclocking performance for the AMD Athlon 64 platform. Read on and take a look at the new memory from Mushkin!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Koolance Aquian Liquid Cooling System Review @ System Cooling
"The Aquian ICM-505+CPU is an all-in-one liquid cooling system designed to provide quick and easy installation inside your favorite case. Koolance was one of the original pioneers in the PC water-cooling industry and they are probably best known for their integrated systems, which come complete with all the water-cooling components pre-installed in a case and for their Exos line of external water-cooling systems. The new Koolance Aquian ICM (Internal Cooling Module) is one of their latest innovations."

More information on this review can be found here.
Introduction to the nVidia GeForce 7800GTX Series @ PCstats
"Summer has come, the birds are singing, the leaves are green, and we have a new graphics chipset from nVidia to write about. The GeForce 7800GTX chipset has a simple purpose; to catapult nVidia back onto the 'fastest, most expensive videocard' throne. Obviously, it and its inevitable series of ultra-extreme-pro-express offshoots will make up the high-end of nVidia's next wave come christmas time, but for now it's a lone gunfighter with sights set squarely on ATI's X850XT PE videocard. nVidia has stated that the 7800GTX GPU should make any modern game smoothly playable at 1600x1200 with 4XAA when partnered with a current high-end processor. This is not the most ambitious goal in the world, since today's top level videocards can more or less accomplish the same feat."

More information on this review can be found here.

OCZ PC4800 Dual Channel Platinum Limited Edition Memory Review

"OCZs PC4800 Dual-Channel Platinum Limited Edition kit of two 512MB sticks of DDR are aimed directly at the performance user, but these puppies aren't cheap. Still with speeds of up to 300MHz with 2.5-4-4-10 memory timings (at 2.85V) the timings are pretty quick, but not quite at the level of 2-2-5. Still, DDR600 is definitely an impressive feat and tight timings are not as important to the AMD Athlon64 as they are to Intel Pentium 4 systems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Linux Battle of the High-End CPUs @ Linux Hardware
"With all of the different processors available today from both AMD and Intel, it can be a tough decision to choose even a high-end CPU from the choices available. After all, with both single-core and dual-core CPUs available today, what constitutes the top processor may be different for the gamer versus the software developer. That's where this article comes in. We aim to show you where three of the top processors from both Intel and AMD line-up and hopefully help show you some clear results on who has the top processors. After we check out performance, we'll take a look at cost and some other factors and come up with some conclusions."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Socket 939 Motherboards List@ A1-Electronics
"We just though you might find this handy if you are choosing a AMD socket 939 processor motherboard. Our list of the motherboards available for AMD socket 939 processors are from Abit, Asus, Biostar, ECS, Epox, Gigabyte, MSI & Soltek to help you make a choice of which one to buy."

More information on this list can be found here.
VIA EPIA MS12000 Review @ Epiacenter
"The EPIA MS-12000 offers the ability to produce a very custom solution, as it allows you to position the ports where-ever you want. The board is also available in a number of fanned and fanless solutions meaning you can choose whether you want the fastest system posible (at 1.2GHz), or whether you want the quietest system possible (at 1GHz or 800MHz)."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Trinity Case Review @ AMD Review
"Today I am reviewing the Trinity case by NZXT. NZXT is a new company, only founded in 2004, so this is the first time I've seen one of their cases. From what I've seen so far of their products, it looks like they might have a bright future."

More information on this review can be found here.

Foxconn Winfast NF4UK8AA Motherboard Review

"Today I am reviewing Foxconn's newest nForce4 Ultra motherboard, the Winfast NF4UK8AA. This motherboard is the least expensive nForce4 Ultra motherboard on the market. During this review, I am going to assume you already know about the nForce4 Ultra chipset, in case you don't please read about the chipset in my review on the BFG VNF4 motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
ULTRA Dragon Glossy Series ATX Case Review @ hardCOREware
"Straight out of the box the glossy paint job impresses. The steel enclosure is covered with a nice thick layer of bright high gloss paint. Unlike numerous other cases boasting a mirror finish, the paint job on the Dragon feels extra thick and smooth, more like a layer of plastic than paint. Due to it's multiple layers of clear coat, the Dragon's pristine paint job is extra robust, better able to hold up to wear and tear and less likely to suffer a nasty looking scratch.

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, July 11, 2005
PC Hacks @ eCoustics
Hack an Unhackable BIOS

"You may be able to find a BIOS upgrade to work around that unhackable, squeaky-clean OEM BIOS."

More information on this article can be found here.

Hacking CPU Voltage to Speed Up Your PC

"As goes voltage, so goes speed. Adjusting the power supply voltage to your CPU can make all the difference between an erratically performing speed-hack and a stable screaming demon."

More information on this article can be found here.

Detect Hard Drive Failure Before It Happens

"Now technology built into the drives can report anticipated and specific failures to give you a chance to rectify the situation."

More information on this article can be found here.
Ultra Cable Sleeving Kit Review @ CaseModGod
"Every computer has a Power Supply Unit, which means every computer is prone to have a rats nest of wires dangling in it. Sleeving your PSU wires is not only aiding in the looks of your computers innards. It also improves the airflow in the case. Today we are going to take a look at Ultras UV Sleeving Kit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Anodized LED Fans and Thumbscrews Review @ XYZ Computing
"Yet again I believe we meet that fork in the road, one way leads to eye candy, the other way goes to performance. The screws and fans are an absolute visionary orgasm, but their low performance in terms of moving air, and covering their screws in a colored finish (even the silver skull and Vikings are prone to the grinding) make these products the enemies of performance enthusiasts."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Technology EL DDR PC-3200 Gold Edition Dual Channel Review @ Hexus
"There's never been a better time to buy system RAM than right now. £130 buys you a 1GB DDR1 dual-channel pack that gives superlative performance when paired up with a S939 CPU, preferably a fast one. The performance advantage over regular memory, usually specified with 2.5-3-3-7 timings, can be close to 10%, so investing in some high-quality RAM makes decent sense."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seasonic S12 380W Power Supply Review @ ThinkComputers
"Computer power supplies, there are SO many to choose from, in fact my next 4 reviews (including this one) are of power supplies! All the manufacturers claim theirs is the best, but which is really the best? They all are supposed to do so many things, and they all have lots of abbreviations on them, what does it all mean to you and me? Just what is PFC or OTP,OPP,OVP?, and do you need it? Do you really need dual 12v rails? (Maybe I should write an article explaining all this stuff.) Anyway, Seasonic has been around for 20 years now, and they seem to be one of the highly regarded suppliers of quality power supplies. The name Seasonic is synonymous with quality power supplies, today I have the honor of reviewing one of their newest offerings, the S12 series 380Watt power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung 910MP LCD TV Monitor Review @ XYZ Computing
"On the 910MP's base Samsung has the phrase "Digital Versatility" engraved. At first this seems pretentious and unnecessary, but after using the display for some time this phrase actually sums up the 910MP nicely. The fact that this display can seamlessly go from being an LCD television to a top notch display makes it a well-designed and desirable product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monster ATI Radeon X700 Graphics Card Roundup @ Tweaktown
"It started off with a couple ATI Radeon X700 graphics cards and then everyone wanted to get in on the act. Today we've got an absolute monster of a roundup for you comparing 11 Radeon X700 cards from 8 different companies including ATI, GeCube, PowerColor, HIS, MSI, Sapphire, Gigabyte and ASUS. Read on as we take a close look at all the cards, their packages and most importantly how they perform against each other!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Nvidia Geforce 7800GTX SLI Review @ Hard Avenue
"Even though it only seems like a little while ago the 6800Ultra was being introduced, it is time again to meet Nvidia's latest 3D king, the Geforce 7800GTX. While in recent years Nvidia have had stiff competition from ATi in the high end sector, as it stands right now, they have beaten ATi to the punch with the Geforce 7800GTX GPU, leaving ATi to react for the first time in quite a while. Today, we check out not one, but two 7800GTX reference boards in both normal and SLI mode to see just how much performance this new 3D beast can deliver."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor X800 XL 512MB Video Card Review @ Bjorn3D
"Is bigger always better? Well it's fairly hard to answer this question with one sentence, but delving into the problem might give us some clues and ideas. I'm sure a lot of you've been waiting for a video card that will finally sport half-a-gig of RAM. Some will ask, do we really need 512MB's of memory on a video card? We sure will, maybe not this year, but it will definitely boost performance in applications that use very high resolution textures with additional FSAA turned on. I don't want to rant on this topic as it's not the right place and time, let's just see what we can squeeze out of this beast."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS KN1 Extreme Motherboard Review @ GruntvillE
"Today we'll be taking a look at the one of the three current boards in the Extreme series, the KN1 Extreme. Based upon the nForce4 Ultra chipset, this board supports Socket 939 processors from the AMD Athlon 64 family. Just a look at the features and extras, even the boards' purple PCB seems to show a promising start, especially when this motherboard can be found selling for a mere $104 online. One begins to wonder if this isn't too good to be true, after all, this is a board that's supposed to be competing against other enthusiast grade boards from ASUS and ABIT which sell for $150 and up."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Excalibur ATI Radeon X850XT PE IceQ VIVO Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"The new HIS Excalibur ATI Radeon X850XT PE IceQ VIVO has every thing you will need if you are into editing or using your PC with a High Definition TV, it also has all the horse power to play any game currently available with its settings nearly maxed out, that included Half Life 2, Far Cry and Doom 3. But the question we asked is the X850 worth the upgrade from a X800 come on along and see what we found out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hardware Confusion Article @ TweakGuides
"For several months now I've been trying to decide which new technologies I will choose for my next PC upgrade. It's a common problem for many people out there given how many major tech developments there have been in recent times, including Dual Core CPUs, PCI-E, SATA-II, SLI, Crossfire, and Windows x64 to name a few. I wanted the best I could afford, and I wanted to future-proof my system as much as possible. Finally, I just wanted a system which worked straight off the bat, without all those terrible incompatibility issues, bottlenecks and hardware glitches we keep hearing about from various setups. The results are in my Hardware Confusion article, and might help you make a better choice if you're looking to upgrade as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dell Inspiron XPS Gen 2 Gaming Laptop Review @ The Tech Zone
"The XPS Gen 2 breaks much new ground for Dell - unlike many of their other products, the XPS actually looks good! The first thing you'll notice about the XPS are those neon lights on the front, back and top of the notebook. Do they do anything special? No. Do they look cool? You bet! It's decoration more than anything else but it does show that Dell is starting to understand that gaming notebooks is just as much about show as it is about go."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone TJ02 Case Review @ Hardware-Review
"The evolution of computer case design has gone through many dramatic changes over the last decade. What used to be heavy steel and beige-colored boxes are now sleek, aluminum-based or lower-gauge, steel-based works of art. Today, we have on our test bench a Silverstone TJ02 Silver Aluminum/Steel ATX mid tower case. SilverstoneTek's original design concepts are not only easy on the eyes, but have the form and functional qualities PC enthusiasts look for in their cases."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe iPod PC Case Preview @ CoolTechZone
"The iPod craze has gone out of control not only with digital accessories to support Apple’s world class MP3 player, but also on the PC side of things. For the past weeks, we have taken a look at products that are exclusive to the iPod, and the rest are mimicked and marketed for the iPod to increase sales. Thus far, we have seen companies introduce not only specialized cases for the portable audio player, but also headphones and speaker sets."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Antec Sonata II ATX Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"Today we take a look at yet another in the 2005 line of Antec cases, the Sonata II. For those of you familiar with the original Sonata, a great case at a modest price, you will be pleasantly surprised to see that Antec took an extremely solid design and made some simply enhancements with regards to system cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, July 9, 2005
Cableyoyo Ultra-thin Cord Manager Review @ Futurelooks
"Whether you are a neat freak always looking for gadgets to tidy things up, or else a complete mess looking for help to become more organized, the Cableyoyo is a great starting point."

More information on this review can be found here.
An Introduction to VoIP @ PC Review
"If you are a home user with access to a fast internet connection or a small business thinking about implementing VoIP to save costs, it is worth trialling some of the freeware PC>PC/Landline software using a simple headset to test the quality and usability of the technology. VoIP is undergoing rapid adoption by large companies and telecom's networks and still has some work to be done to make it accessible to all. However, if you are willing to trial the system for a few weeks you may be able to stay ahead of the pack and reduce your calling costs. PC based IP Telephony is the cheapest and easiest way to get started before moving onto a hardware based system."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Optorite 1600DPI Laser Mouse Review @ The TechZone
"The Optorite Laser Mouse is available in two models - ML100 and ML101. What's the difference between the two? The ML100 (the model we tested) is red and the ML101 is blue! Why a color change requires a new model number is something only the elite marketing people at Optorite can answer. Both mice offer 1600 dpi laser tracking engines and a total of six programmable mouse buttons. Because of the precision required at 1600 dpi, the Optorite Laser is corded and not wireless."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI TV Wonder Elite Review @ Tweaknews
"The TV Wonder Elite encompasses everything an everyday consumer would need in a computer based TV solution. It is packed full of useful media viewing and recording options, has complete hardware based encoding and decoding, comes with its own RF remote control, is extremely simple to install and setup and is a good value for the money."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wacom Intuos3 Tablet Review @ BoxGods
"The human compulsion to create a visual record of our experiences and emotions can be traced back to earliest man and his crude cave paintings. Evolution has led us from the Dark Age to the Digital Age, yet our need to create is unabated. Our tools for creation have also evolved, and today we will be looking at the digital equivalent of pencil and paper—paint and canvas—the Intuos3 tablet from Wacom."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron K8SLI Motherboard Review @ techPowerUp
"The Albatron K8SLI is a budget oriented Socket939 motherboard based on NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI chipset. While it has been designed with cost in mind, performance has not been left out. Innovative features like second BIOS on an external add-in card and automatic SLI switch make this board easy to use. Overclocking possibilites are good as well, we managed to reach a maximum FSB of 390 MHz."

More information on this review can be found here.
Galaxy 6600GT with Dual-BIOS Review @ Bit-Tech
"The Smart Flash feature works using jumpers that are located on the PCB. It's designed so that you can have two sets of BIOS information on the card and switch between the two at will, like with some of Gigabyte's motherboards. Unfortunately, the included documentation says very little about how the concept works. In fact, the best information that we found was on Galaxy's homepage, and that wasn't exactly clear - it briefly explains how the concept works, but doesn't give the user any all-important instructions on how to use it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Noiseblocker Cool Scraper SX1 CPU Cooler Review @ Xtreme Resources
"Summer usually brings many kinds of pleasures, but it also brings something really unpleasant for computer enthusiasts; heat. Therefore, due to the suddenly rising temperatures, especially in warmer countries, system cooling becomes inadequate and thermally controlled silent coolers become noisy since they spin faster due to the heat. Of course there are those that would like to improve their cooling, for peace of mind. There is a product specifically designed to cover as many of these cases as possible; the Cool Scraper SX1. Made in Germany by Noiseblocker, it is designed to keep the lowest possible temperatures while maintaining the lowest possible noise levels during the hot months of the year."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX213 Review @ XtremeComputing
"Matrix included the optional LED bus for me to try out. Again, these do now differ slightly in appearance from the way they are shipped, they come with black LED shrouds around the fascia. My project dictated that they had to go in with the chrome ones shown here to match the front of the case. These LED’s give added functionality to the already impressive line up of system indication such as notifying you of when new mail arrives."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin AquaStar AS-3000 Liquid Cooling System Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Kingwin AquaStar AS-3000 Liquid Cooling System is an all-in-one unit. The pump, radiator, reservoir, and fans are enclosed, making setup a snap. It also can be installed in two 5.25" drive bays or externally. Not only does it come with a CPU water block, but a GPU water block is also included. This is an excellent cooling solution for today's fast PCs."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Thermaltake Symphony H2O Cooler Preview @ Overclocker Cafe
"While we don't have our review completed yet on this unit, the thing is SO FREAK'N BIG that I had to share a few teaser pics with you all. Five, count em' five 120mm cooling fans in this 44" tall wonder. Thermaltake's marketing remark about the Symphony is "Graceful liquid cooling for your living room." My thoughts are if you bring home a date with this thing in the living room, she may think you are trying to compensate for something. Expect our full review in a few days. Until then, check out the pics linked below."

My first question is bigger really better? More information on this preview can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Aurora Case Review @ Bjorn3D
"Lately, it seems like I have been changing my computer cases almost as often as I have been changing my oil. In two years, I have already reviewed four cases, and this is now my fifth. Don't take that the wrong way though, as I love getting in a new case to critique. Gigabyte, well known for their motherboards and videocards, has just started to offer PC enclosures and their first endeavor into this realm is the 3D Aurora. Crafted of aluminum and featuring some great case cooling, the 3D Aurora is exactly what you would expect to see from a reputable company such as Gigabyte."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire X-Qpack Review @ OCIA
"With the cover off, the case looks rather open. There is a decent amount of room to work in, for such a small space. I figured that with."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone LC11B HTPC Enclosure Review @ Ap0calypse
"Although a fairly young company, Silverstone has rapidly gained the respect and admiration of computer enthusiasts worldwide since it’s founding in 2003. Well known for their quality construction, design and appearance, SilverStone’s enclosures are definitely first class, and the LC11 of their Lascala series is no exception. The LC11 is available in both a silver (LC11) and black (LC11B) version. SilverStone recently gave me the pleasure of looking at one of their LC11B HTPC enclosures, and I now bring my impressions of this beautiful case to you."

More information on this review can be found here.
Orbital Eclipse LCD Keyboard Mod @ BoxGods
"Having important information presented on an LCD is very useful, but let's be honest—LCD's used in computer mods are also just plain cool. Today, we will be taking a look at one of the finest LCD's on the market from Matrix Orbital, the LK202-24-USB. We will also be grafting it onto a Saitek Eclipse lighted keyboard and painting the whole thing Quasar Blue. Information at your fingertips--with style."

More information on this project can be found here.
Project: R2-D2 PC @ PimpRig
"Here we go again. Another project is lined up. I will be making a life size R2D2 from scratch. I'm estimating that it'll be about 4 feet tall and about 2 feet wide. The material is still sketchy, but I'm either using plastic or thin aluminum. I know that it will be heavy so I will use casters under the feet."

More information on this project can be found here.
Friday, July 8, 2005
Optorite ML100 Laser Mouse Review @ Futurelooks
"When we think of Optorite, most people out there think of CD ROM's, CD Writers, and DVD Drives. The truth is, Optorite has been slowly diversifying their product mix. We take a look at one of their first new products in the mix: A Laser Mouse."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gizmo - A Look At The Skype Alternative @ The TechZone
"I recently tested Gizmo while flying to Europe on a plane that had WiFi capability. Passengers around me were stunned that the calls were possible. Several downloaded Gizmo and began using the beta from the airplane and marveled at the audio quality."

More information on this review can be found here.
Bose SoundDock Review @ Designtechnica
"The SoundDock is Bose’s attempt to impress iPod owners who are looking for a convenient docking solution without sacrificing style and sound. Among casual consumers, Bose represents assured quality without the need to know the technical tidbits behind the scenes. In a way, it’s the perfect match for the iPod: simplicity over customizing. To audiophiles, Bose is an overpriced alternative with comparatively mediocre sound. If you are an audiophile, chances are you use MP3s solely for the portability and convenience factors. But for those reasons, even audiophiles may want to give the SoundDock a try."

More information on this interview can be found here.
ASUS Extreme N6800GT Review @ Viperlair
"While there were a couple of tests that the X800XL clearly dominated, the 6800 GT performed very well in every test. As stated above, the image quality is superb, with no problems noticed at all. There is also the benefit of having shader 3.0 available, which ATI does not currently have."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Radeon X700 Pro IceQ Turbo Drawing @ Overclocker Cafe
"The Overclocker Cafe' has a HIS Radeon X700 Pro IceQ Turbo (PCI-E) card up for grabs. Between now and Sunday July 17th folks can enter up to once a day for a chance to take home a very solid performing video card for free! All you need to do to enter is answer a question that changes daily (keeps everything honest and the automatic e-mails out) correctly. Every day someone enters gives them another lot in the basket to increase their chance of winning."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Nvidia's David Kirk on the 7800's Multiple Clock Speeds @ Bit-Tech
"We asked David what the three visible clocks did. "You're making the assumption there's only three clocks," was his cryptic reply. "The chip is large - it's 300m transistors. In terms of clock time, it's a long way across the chip, it makes sense for different parts of the chip to be doing things at different speeds. The chip was designed from the ground up to use less power. In doing that, we used a lot of tricks that we learned from doing mobile parts. The clock speeds within the chip are dynamic - if you were watching them with an oscilloscope, you'd see the speeds going up and down all the time, as different parts of the chip come under load."

More information on this interview can be found here.
Gigabyte 8N-SLI Royal Review @ Neoseeker
"This board is extremely overclocking friendly. Even using fairly aggressive memory timings, our P4-560 immediately ran at default voltage settings at a multiplier of 14 with a 1066Mhz FSB - running the CPU at 3.73Ghz. The memory bandwidth showed an impressive 30% gain in moving from a 3.6Ghz CPU clock with 800Mhz FSB to a 3.73Mhz CPU clock with a 1066Mhz FSB. Given that the processor was only overclocked by 3.6%, and the bus by 33.3%, it is safe to say that the vast majority of the increased performance for Sandra was due to the higher bus bandwidth."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Silver Products Review @ ThinkComputers
"Well we all know that the thermal transfer goo that comes with the stock heatsinks, and even the after market heatsinks is junk. That's why Arctic Silver is around, to offer an exceptional replacement for that stuff. Now, Arctic Silver has introduced a way to clean that goo off as well, with ArctiClean. Today for review I have Arctic Silver 5 (AS5), Ceramique and the ArctiClean system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte AirCruiser G Desktop Router Review @ hardCOREware
"If you're short on desktop space, and need a wireless router, there aren't a lot of things you can do. You could put it on your desk, at the expense of having power cords and ethernet cables hanging all over the place. If this doesn't sound tolerable to you, Gigabyte has the perfect solution: The AirCruiser GN-BC01 is a WiFi 802.11g router that comes in the form of a PCI card. It connects to any PCI slot, though it only uses it to draw power. This allows you to turn any desktop into a fully functional WiFi G router, that will even work when the system is powered off."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool HPC-925 Ice Man CPU Cooler @ BigBruin

"The fan assembly is made out of a translucent blue plastic that slips onto the heat sink and is secured by four screws at the top. This is a convenient way to attach a fan as it allows you to quickly remove the fan to clean the ever-building collection of dust between the fins. The 92mm blue plastic fan has silver chrome colored blades, but no LEDs. A LED fan would make the blue plastic housing glow, which would be a really cool and unique effect."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cool New Projects @ Invent Geek
G3 to P4 Mac Conversion

"I thought this would be a fun first project. I have always enjoyed making something into something it was never intended to be. What could be more fun that doing it with computers. On one hand it's the warped offspring from 2 different worlds. But on the other it could be seen as the common ground uniting them. I don't believe that personally, I think the hate mail will start with the mac enthusiasts on this one. But that's kind of the fun part here."

More information on this review can be found here.

LCD Window Kit

"It used to be that the true measure of a computer geek was what they had done to mod their system. One of the more challenging mods was the infamous (more than famous) window kit. Using some Lexan and aquarium striping, the window kit was born. Well, some corporate marketing executive caught wind of this trend and decided it would be a good idea to mass market it. Nowa days its nearly impossible to get a case with out a window kit, and the prestige has long since died. Well with this project I will attempt to bring back some of the glory of the good ole days with a new window kit that has much more flexibility and power than we could have ever dreamed back then."

More information on this review can be found here.

The Poor Man's Raid Array

"What self-respecting geek doesn't get the warm fuzzies at the mere mention of the RAID. With the rising GB to Dollar ratio, we felt it was a good time to feature a project that takes Pure Geekieness(TM) and mixes in a good helping of do it your self. Where else are you going to store all those MP3s (legally obtained, of course)? On a single 200 GB Drive? Or a RAID 5 Array? Take you pick, I know where I will be storing mine."

More information on this review can be found here.
PCICASE Nitro AX Tower Case Review @ XtremeComputing
"PCI Case Group has been successfully serving the IT industry since 1991. Specialising in the design and manufacture of computer chassis and enclosures, They have developed into an international group providing high quality products around the globe. While for over 10 years they have been catering to servers, rackmount and standard OEM desktops, in the last year, they have started designing and manufacturing for the retail market. Now with all that experience and background it would be about time they entered the enthusiast case sector, well they have and we have one of there offerings here Today we will be looking at one of their first enthusiast cases, the Nitro AX."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone LC11M HTPC Case Review @ OCIA
"To the left of the woodgrain center, we have the VFD (Vacuum Fluorescent Display) and four USB ports. The VFD is used to display various system information in conjunction with the included iMON software. More on that in a bit. The front USB ports would be perfect for flash drives, gamepads and digital camera wires."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, July 7, 2005
Laserpod Review @ AusPCWorld
"Every now and then a product comes out which is totally unique and is something that has to be seen to be believed. The product we are looking at today the "Laserpod" is one of them. Its manufacturers label the Laserpod as the lava lamp of the modern day, and indeed it is. This truly is one awe-inspiring product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Golden Orb II Cooler Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"A successful product or movie cannot go long without a sequel. Sporting a similar design but much larger body size, the Tt Golden Orb II looks to make an effort to continue the Orb's name here in 2005. The question that remains, like the sequels to all movies, is will this be a worthwhile product or a flop? Read on and let's take a look at the latest Thermaltake cooler, the Golden Orb II."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston DataTraveler Review @ Overclockers Online
"With the Kingston DataTraveler, it is a very simple and basic device that does exactly what it is suppose to do. Those looking for a long term investment will particularly like the high endurance factor the DataTraveler has to offer."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL PC3200 Titanium Review @ techPowerUp
"OCZ is known as a memory manufacturer who produces high-end enthusiast memory. The recently released Titanium Line is more focused on stability of operation, than for overclockers. It features OCZ's Lifetime PowerSwap Warranty which is a unique feature to the Titanium Series. If your memory breaks at any time, you call up OCZ and they will send out a replacement via Fedex on the same day. Once you got your system up and running you ship the defective memory back to them within two weeks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung 910MP LCD TV Monitor Review @ XYZ Computing
"On the 910MP's base Samsung has the phrase "Digital Versatility" engraved. At first this seems pretentious and unnecessary, but after using the display for some time this phrase actually sums up the 910MP nicely. The fact that this display can seamlessly go from being an LCD television to a top notch display makes it a well-designed and desirable product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Transcend JetFlash 110 1GB USB 2.0 Drive Review @ Bjorn3D
"If USB drives weren't so popular, companies wouldn't keep releasing bigger and bigger ones. I am glad they keep getting bigger and more popular. In addition to growing in capacity, USB flash drives are becoming more and more affordable. You can easily get a 1GB drive for less than $70. I remember just a while back when they were triple that. Today, drives larger than 1GB are quite common. Some companies even have 4GB drives! For most people though, 1GB is more than enough for carrying around school or work documents. A couple of current trends in the USB drive market are making the drives physically smaller and making them easier to use (mostly by coming up with alternatives to the caps you see on most flash drives). Many people must have lost their drive caps in order for several companies to have developed solutions to this problem. One such company is Transcend, which released its JetFlash 110 series recently."

More information on this review can be found here.
HighSpeed PC Tech Station 2 Review @ Mikhailtech
"Much like the original, the Tech Station 2 is available either as a kit or pre-assembled. Opting for the latter will run you an extra $15 and up to two more days of processing. Personally, I would recommend anyone who purchases this kit to put it together on their own. It does take a bit of time, some sweat, and (as I later found out) a powered screwdriver, but the resulting satisfaction is worth the effort. It's just like putting together a DIY acrylic case. Overall it measures 14" x 13" (version 1 measures 14" x 8") and stands about 8" tall (with roughly 7" of clearance between the two shelves). It's available in black (shown above), white, red, green, blue, and yellow."

More information on this review can be found here.
Jaht JCS-102UBM KVM Switch Review @ Techniz
"This Jaht JCS-102UBM KVM switch is a very good KVM switch which can support up to 2 PCs with just one monitor, keyboard, mouse, speaker and also microphone. I have tested it personally with the switching of two PCs, it does not create any delay during the switching. Besides that, the display does not create any lagging. This KVM switch is very suitable for those users that have two PCs and only have one set of devices. If using two monitor for each PCs, it will be very messy and waste of space. Beside that, this 2 port KVM switch does not require additional power for it. It will be getting the power source from the USB port. This is one of the best KVM switch I ever use, simple, good features and save space for extra monitor and other devices."

More information on this review can be found here.
WowWee Roboraptor Preview @ The Tech Zone
"At 32 inches long, with his massive head and swishing tail, this interactive dinosaur is a futuristic version of a prehistoric beast. Combining dynamic realistic motion with lifelike behavior, Roboraptor comes alive with advanced artificial intelligence, extraordinary features and complex functions sure to engage young and old minds everywhere."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec ION2 460 watt PSU Review @ Tweaktown
"Today’s subject will be power; namely, Vantec's newest offering to the PSU arena is the ION2. With newer power supplies becoming more efficient, Vantec has modernized their primary PSU and brought it up to current standards. We’ll be taking a look at the numbers later on, but we’ll also look into some of the other features offered besides just power levels."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tagan TG480-U22 480W PSU Review @ Viperlair
"The Tagan TG480-U22 is a power supply that should be added to your very short list. It isn't a monster power house, it has no flashing lights and fans on all sides, and it doesn't have modular cabling. It does support multiple form factors including ATX12V for Dual 12v Rails (switchable), is very very quiet, tidy, an excellent performer and won't break the bank."

More information on this review can be found here.
G.Skill Extreme PC3200 2-2-2-5 1GB Kit Review @ OCTools
"The Winbond UTT chip based G.Skill Extreme PC3200 2-2-2-5 1GB Kit lived up to our expectations. With the right motherboard, these modules will produce the best performance any PC3200 can offer. Its high overclockability at ultra low latencies will complement the high HTTs the nf4 chipsets can afford."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Nitrogon NT02 Review @ InsaneTek
"SilverStone's second attempt at CPU cooling is going on the right track with style and design. The performance still needs a little help though, especially with the fan running on silent mode."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeIL ONE PC4800 1GB Dual Channel Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"GeIL is the first to market their overclocking memory at CAS 1.5. The interesting part is that it features Samsung TCCD IC's. Is it a marketing gimmick? It certainly grabbed your attention right?"

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS N6600GT AGP Video Card Review @ NGOHQ
"nVidia has recently released the new 7800GTX. This new top of the line video card delivers great performance but unfortunately not everyone can afford one. Most users today still dont even have a PCIe slot. We searched for an AGP card that can deliver the goods and doesnt hurt the pockets. Thats when the ASUS Geforce 6600GT entered the picture. ASUSs products are known worldwide for their high quality and performance. In this article you will discover how to benefit from their performance without breaking the bank."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X800 XL Videocard Review @ PCstats
"In the high-end videocard market, the Radeon X800 XL VPU offers great value. Perhaps that's why these cards are selling out everywhere. Today PCStats will be checking out this high-end value king in the form of the ATi Radeon X800 XL PCI Express videocard. Backed by 256MB of GDDR3 memory, a 512MB version is available also, but the extra memory does little in terms of real world performance. Like all other videocards currently on the market, the Radeon X800 XL supports S-Video/Composite TV-out as well as component output for HDTV owners."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X700 iCooler Dual DVI VIVO 256MB PCI-E Review @ PCstats
"Much like the PowerColor Bravo X700, this HIS X700 iCooler was good, but not breathtaking. Power and performance simply can't come from an X700, no matter who you buy it from. What we have here is a card that's perfect if you're the occasional gamer, someone who loves their dual LCD displays or a home theater enthusiast who just needs their HTPC projected on to a HDTV."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek 6600GT Extreme Graphics Card Review @ CoolTechZone
"Leadtek's midrange product line, which consists of 6600 and 6600GT graphics adapters, is puzzling to say the least. For instance, there are seven variants of 6600 and 6600GT cards from Leadtek. A positive aspect to this would be the fact that you can purchase what you want at a specified budget, but from a different angle, Leadtek has unnecessarily extended its product line just for diversification purposes. You must be really careful when purchasing products from Leadtek, as you can end up paying for a different model than you initially opted for."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS Star Ice CPU Cooler Review @ Nexus Hardware
"I have gathered up a few Socket 939-compatible heatsinks, and today I’ll be reviewing ASUS’ Star Ice Universal CPU Cooler. The Star Ice is compatible with socket 478 and 775 (LGA775) Pentium 4 platforms as well as socket A, 754 and 939 Athlon XP/64 (K7/K8) platforms. This is a massive cooler with a jet engine-inspired design – let’s just hope it’s not as loud as it looks. My CPU is getting chills from just looking at this cooler, so let’s take her for a spin shall we?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Kandalf Aluminum Tower Review @ Madshrimps
"Thermaltake has been involved in a wild orgy of innovation. Strewn on the CADCAM floor are scraps of aluminum, aluminum and more aluminum, and I don´t mean Coke cans (well maybe a few JOLT). Their cases of late have been most impressive integrating art and science. They are getting taller, yet lighter, more complicated in their thermal efficiency, yet easier to use, and their latest effort has the combined fan power so it moves around the room if it´s empty. Today we test what I consider to be a crowning achievement in case design: Kandalf. It´s the ideal of ergonomics and sculpted aluminum, don't tell anyone but I slept in mine the first night I had it."

More information on this review can be found here.

DIY Water Cooling Setup @ Madshrimps

"Guest writer djivesp shows us how he build a complete water cooling setup from scratch, using parts from his old Toyota, and making himself water blocks for CPU, northbridge and his NV6800LE, the last one features 3-barbs and packs quite a punch."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT "Trinity" Enclosure Review @ Tweaktown
"Today Mike takes a look at a new enclosure from NZXT called "Trinity". The folks at NZXT are looking for something that still appeals to those who want an interesting look, but also has a more docile overall appearance. This doesn’t mean that the case is automatically a dud, only that it doesn’t glare at you with a robotic or alien face."

More information on this review can be found here.
Podcasting vs. Blogging @ The TechZone
"In a nutshell, podcasting is simply online audio content that's delivered via webfeed. Think of it as radio on demand. However, it gives you far more options in terms of content and program style than radio. While the field of radio has generally settled into few established types of programs, podcasting reflects more of the variety that is available on CDs."

More information on this article can be found here.
Introduction to FB-DIMM Memory: Birth of Serial RAM? @ PCstats
"What was old is new again. Serial data links, once reserved for only the slowest exterior connections and least-demanding peripherals, have proven to be the future of computer design. Up until just recently though, one of the most essential parts of any computer has remained stubbornly parallel in its implementation; computer memory, or RAM as it also called. FB-DIMM memory (short for Fully-Buffered Dual Inline Memory Module) is a variant of standard DDR2 memory designed for server applications where both large amounts of memory and memory co-ordination and accuracy at high speeds are essential."

More information on this review can be found here.
Toshiba Gigabeat F20 Review @ Designtechnica
"The Toshiba Gigabeat is available in four versions, each differentiated by color and storage. The 10-gigabyte version ($279) comes in silver, aqua blue or black acrylic. The MEG-F20 ($329), which we tested, doubles capacity to 20 gigs, and comes in silver or black brushed aluminum finishes. The high capacity versions, which come in a different variant of brushed aluminum, pack 40GB ($399) and 60GB ($449), respectively.

The 40GB and 60GB versions should store all the music you ever hope to own in the efficient Windows Media format. It is also compatible with Windows PlaysForSure titles and Napster To Go playback, although in our early tests that compatibility was still working its way through. The Gigabeat also downloads and plays WAV and MP3 files and is a JPEG/BMP photo viewer to boot."

More information on this review can be found here.
SkullCandy SkullCrushers Sub-Woofer Headphones Review @ Futurelooks
"Headphones have never been known to pump out head thumping bass. Sure there have been designs that shake your head by rattling with some cheesy motor system, but what if you just stuck that darned subwoofer to your head? Here's the end result."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS WL-HDD 2.5 - NAS and Wireless AP Review @ Tweaktown
"The ASUS WL-HDD is NAS (Network Attached Storage) and AP (Access Point) all in one, at an affordable price. The device supports 2.5 inch hard drives and 802.11g Wireless Networking. It is designed to allow you to add file sharing storage to your network with ease and provide Wireless Networking to a wired network. Like what you have heard so far? Read on and learn more!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Transcend T.sonic 610 Review @ Hardware-Pacers
"T.sonic 610 player can play WAV, MP3, and WMA files. It has a spectacular LCD screen and design. It is compact and portable beyond belief. It arrives with various types of straps to make the MP3 player even more comfortable to carry around. Not only can it play MP3 files, it can be used to listen to any local FM radio station. Furthermore, it can record sound with the microphone on the top left corner of the LCD screen."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hitachi 7K500 500GB SATA 2 Hard Drive Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"One thing that is common among people that collect songs on their computer or movies is that at some point they will evidentially run out of drive space using the drive that came installed on their computer. Hitachi has now made it possible for this point to be reached a lot farther down the road thanks to their 500 GB hard drive. The Hitachi 7K500 is not only one of the largest drives available to the public it is also one of the fastest thanks to the SATA 2 technology with speeds up to 3.0Gb/s."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright XP-90C Heatsink Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"When the original XP-90 was released last year, many people were somewhat disappointed that it wasn't all copper like many of Thermalright's heatsinks. By popular demand the XP-90C was released, featuring the exact same design as the XP-90 except that it is the much anticipated all copper design."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalRock Eclipse Mid-Tower Computer Case Review @ A1-Electronics
"Who can say this Eclipse is not a great design case from ThermalRock. We think it will fit in with all modern design rooms and offices. What more can one ask for. And the inside is designed that up to 11 drives can be installed as well, for those of you with that many in a computer case. Then there are the two decent 120mm fans to ensure adequate cooling without going deaf."

More information on this review can be found here.
New WaterChill Kits Released @ Asetek
NEW WaterChill™ kits launched incl. the NEW 12V Standard or Xtreme pump and reservoir system even at seriously reduced prices!

* NEW Xtreme WaterChill™ kits
* NEW seriously Reduced prices
* NEW 12V pump system in all kits (- Entry kits)
* NEW complete WaterChill™ promotion kits available at MSRP € 137.00 (ex. VAT)

asetek Inc. the leading manufacturer of vapor phase CPU cooling systems and water cooling solutions for PCs has launched NEW WaterChill™ kits including either the NEW 12V Standard or Xtreme pump system and software. All WaterChill™ kits are even sold at seriously reduced prices. Especially the 2 promotion kits [03-L-1201 / 03-L-1206] with a MSRP ex. VAT € 137.00 emphasizes that quality doesn’t have to cost a fortune. For the most extreme water-cooling enthusiasts and overclockers 4 NEW Xtreme WaterChill™ kits has seen the light including either the Xtreme Black Ice Dual or Xtreme Black Ice Triple radiator with respectively 4 or 6 fans for lowest possible temperatures and top performance.

* All NEW WaterChill kits shipped from asetek now includes either the NEW 12V Standard or Xtreme pump system and software (Entry kits).
* All NEW WaterChill kits including the NEW 12V Standard or Xtreme pump system and software are sold at seriously reduced prices.
* 2 complete WaterChill kits including the NEW 12V Standard pump system and software are sold as promotion kits for MSRP ex. VAT € 137.00.
* 4 NEW Xtreme WaterChill kits incl. Xtreme Black Ice Dual or Xtreme Black Ice Triple radiator with respectively 4 and 6 fans is available.

More information on this press release can be found here.
Razer Diamondback Plasma L.E Review @ NGOHQ
"Today more then ever a good mouse is a must, especially when some people make their living gaming and spend the majority of their online time playing. Today we will have a look at the Razer Diamondback Plasma L.E and its features."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilenX Luxurae HDSS Review @ DreamWare Computers
"Hard drives are one piece of hardware in your computer that is difficult to silence without creating extra amounts of heat. But in the battle to create quieter computers SilenX has come out with something they claim won't only silence your drive well but will help to keep it running cooler at the same time. This is the SilenX Luxurae Hard Drive Silencing Solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercase ECE1341 Slim BTX Case Review @ ASE Labs
"BTX is the latest and greatest standard to happen to computers since the introduction to ATX 10 years ago. While BTX may be the latest, not everything that is BTX is the greatest. The Evercase Slim BTX case is on the bench for review and it doesn't shine."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plasma or LCD Television Set – Which is better? @ BonaFideReviews
"A Plasma HDTV or a LCD Television – Is this your dilemma? This is a rather difficult and complicated comparison between two technologies that process the image in a totally different manner. This article highlights the pros and cons of plasma versus LCD as applicable to a television display. It also presents a set of guidelines to help you determine where either of these two flat panel display technologies fit best."

More information on this review can be found here.
LG LRY-517 VCR/DVD Recorder Combo Review @ Designtechnica
"The LG LRY517 Super-Multi DVD recorder not only raises the bar for stand-alone DVD recorders, but with the integrated VCR and memory card slots, it runs away with it. Whether you are transferring old family movie tapes to DVDs, copying new digital camcorder recordings to DVD, recording your favorite TV programs, or displaying photos or DviX movies from a memory card or CD, the LRY517 will be the tool of choice."

More information on this review can be found here.
ZVOX 315 Sound Console Review @ The Moditory
"Speakers can run you all amounts of cash. From as little as $20, well into the thousands. The goal is to get the best sounding, hardest hitting system for the least amount of money possible. Isn't that true with everything though? Anyways, ZVOX has created the 315 Sound Console; a 2.1 box that aims to fill the room you're in with sound, creating the illusion of surround sound. It can also connect to any audio source with a headphone jack or RCA plugs, promotes ease-of-use/setup, and while it might be more expensive than most 2.1 systems if it can achieve surround sound from our MP3 players and TV, as well as with the PC, this DVD-player width box might have conventional pre-5.1 sets beat. See what the 315 has in store for your ears in this review."

More information on this review can be found here.
G. Skill PC4800 1GB Dual Channel Kit Review @ BigBruin
"G. Skill has come through with a high quality, high performance DDR product. With stock speeds of 300MHz guaranteed you can’t really go wrong here. The graphs in the testing portion of the review show that the stock settings perform as well as other overclocked TCCD modules. The ability to run with 1T timings provided a nice boost, but is by no means guaranteed."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI Radeon RX850XT-TD256E Videocard Review @ PCstats
"PCstats is testing the MSI RX850XT-TD256E videocard, which does not feature CrossFire. Based on the Radeon X850 XT, this PCI Express card is backed by 256MB of GDDR3 memory and supports VIVO, TV/S-Video output and component output. The ATi X850 series of GPUs are the current 3D performance leaders and the XT is the second fastest available GPU in the line. As usual for MSI Computer, the software package is among the best on the market and includes full versions of XIII, Uru and Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow. Other software includes FarStone's VirtualDrive and RestoreIT! software as well as CyberLink's DVD Solution software."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax X-1 Gaming Case Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"The Raidmax X-1 expands Raidmax's standard line of features one step further with the bezel mounted LCD function display. The display does a excellent job at giving the end user information without breaking up the lines of the X-1. The tool free drive system and ability to utilize a variety of front intake fan sizes bring out the broad appeal of the Raidmax X-1 that much more. Style wise, taste rests in the eyes of the beholder. For me, some of the touches were a bit much but that is only my subjective opinion."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte K8VT890-9 (VIA K8T890 AMD64) Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"Today we take a look at Gigabyte's K8T890-9 motherboard designed for Socket 939 AMD Athlon 64’s. It includes support for the latest Athlon 64 x2 processors and is based on VIA’s K8T890 chipset. We compare the K8T890-9 motherboard against an nVidia nForce 4 based motherboard to help work out where VIA's latest AMD64 chipset stands."

More information on this review can be found here.
ZapWizard's Real Wood iPod Project @ Bit-Tech
"I have had a 20GB 4th gen iPod since they came out, but I have never liked the white finish. As part of Project Redwood I am also applying a wood finish to just about everything on my desk to have a matching set. And the iPod was not excluded."

While I am not a big fan of wood based mods I can certainly appreciate the effort in this project. More information on this project can be found here.

Shuttle ST20G5 SFF Review

"It wasn't all that long ago when we had a look at the Shuttle SN25P, which is based on NVIDIA's highly touted NForce 4 core logic. Today, we are looking at another evolution in the Shuttle XPC line up in the form of the ST20G5. It is based on ATI’s latest Radeon Xpress 200 chipset, which features an integrated Radeon X300 graphics processor and has support for all AMD Athlon 64 socket 939 processors including the recently announced Athlon 64 X2 processors after a simple BIOS flash."

More information on this review can be found here.

Coolermaster Centurion 530 and 531 Case Reviews

"Coolermaster have always been known for their outrageously good high-end cases, made entirely of aluminium. However, these are often priced out of reach for the average consumer. In response to this, Coolermaster have developed a range of aluminium-steel hybrids to deliver those award-winning looks in a kick-ass chassis that anyone can afford. The Centurion line is a perfect example of this. It has what we refer to around these parts as 'nu-skool' styling (because we're hip, obviously, and because it's in the vein of Coolermaster's newer cases, rather than its older ones)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den Custom Watercooling Kit Review @ OCIA
"The pump is actually manufactured by Laing Thermotech and is sold under the Danger Den name. The pump is similar to the previous Danger Den D4, but touts better performance and quieter operation. The pump is powered by a single 4-pin Molex connection, with a wire long enough to reach nearly anywhere inside your case. Perhaps the best feature of the pump is the adjustable flow rheostat, seen below."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake's Big Typhoon Heatsink Review @ TechTastic
"Some people say bigger is better, and when it comes to heatsinks Thermaltake seems to think so. Today we take a look at Thermaltakes's Big Typhoon heat sink. This monster of a heatsink/fan combo boasts a quiet 120mm fan rated 16dBA and six heatpipes. To top it off the Big Typhoon will fit Intel P4 LGA 775, AMD K7, and K8 processors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Basic Intro Guide to Brazing @ PimpRig
"Zennzzo, our resident phase-change expert, has written up a really quick intro guide to brazing and the process involved. This is the same process he uses to build his custom phase change coolers."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Sunday, July 3, 2005
C3 Expo 2005 Coverage @ XYZ Computing
"The Corporate & Channel Computing Expo is a small gathering of technology-based companies which lasted from June 28-30. It is conveniently (for me) located at the Javits Center in New York City so even though it mainly featured enterprise level hardware and services I figured I would stop by and see if I could dig up anything interesting. Some of the more interesting companies attending were Google, CMS Products, SilverStone, Pepper Pads, and NEC. In addition to the hardware their was lots of software, conferences, and keynote speakers."

More information on this report can be found here.
OCZ Titanium PC3200 1GB Dual Channel Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"OCZ has memory that's not made for overclocking?! For the first time, OCZ designed memory modules that are dedicated to servers and high end mission critical systems."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Zeus ST65ZF SLI Power Supply Review @ System Cooling
"SilverStone Technology, Inc. is based in Taiwan with a sales office in California. They specialize in designing low acoustic and high performance PC and HTPC enclosures, power supplies and other accessories for the PC enthusiast market. SilverStone has recently added two new power supplies to their Zeus high output line, including the ST65ZF we have up for review today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin HP3200 Redline PC3200 DDR Memory Review @ PCstats
"The system hit another snag at 244 MHz, this time we had to give the memory a big voltage increase, all the way up to 3.2V. That did not just fix the problem it also allowed the memory to crack the 250 MHz barrier, with 2-2-2-5 memory timings, which is not bad at all! With 3.2V the memory went as high as 257 MHz before I started to experience stability issues again; the fix was simple though, I just raised the voltage further."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hauppauge PVR 500 MCE Review @ BoxGods
"It was beginning to look as if nothing would ever unseat the pair of Hauppauge PVR-250's in my HTPC. Well, the day finally arrived when I replaced them sort of, anyway. I still have two of Hauppauges awesome tuners; they are just now both on the same PCI card. Enter the Hauppauge PVR-500 MCE edition; the chances are it will be the next PVR card you purchase."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 840 Review @ Viperlair
"In a multithreaded environment, the CPU demonstrated some excellent performance, besting the 3.73 Extreme Edition which has a 266FSB and over 500MHz clock speed advantage. Image and video editing are really the 840's forté as we've seen results that are truly amazing. We didn't publish the results, but DVD Shrink was remarkably quicker with the Extreme Edition 840, taking half the time the 3.73 XE did to shrink Revolutions, and this was during our multitasking tests."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All in Wonder X800XT AGP Multimedia Video Card Review @ Tweaknews
"Dollar for dollar, you still just can't beat the value and features compressed into this one computer peripheral. It's a TV, it's a top notch gaming card, it's an FM Radio, it's a personal video recorder, well, I guess it is pretty darn well everything. You buy it, you install it and instantly your drab and boring computer has an amazing amount of potential and power needed to turn it into an excellent gamer or a home theater system."

More information on this review can be found here.
TUL AX480A-GF (RADEON XPRESS 200P) 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.
ThermalRight XP-120 Giveaway @ Overclocker Cafe
"Everyone likes free stuff! The Overclocker Cafe' is having a one week contest to award one winner drawn at random a ThermalRight XP-120 heatsink. The only string attached is that a question that changes daily needs to be answered correctly. (This keeps the spam entries to a minimum.) Folks may enter up to once a day between now and Thursday July 7th."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Thermalright XP-90C Heatsink Review @ ap0calypse
"Back in August/September 2004 we saw some products uncharacteristic of Thermalright, namely the XP-120, XP-90, and SI-97. They actually used some aluminum, as opposed to pure copper. This “light ‘n easy” line-up lived up to the performance level we expect from Thermalright, while remaining nice and light. Could this be the end of the heavy solid copper heatsinks we came to know and love? Nope! Enter the Thermalright XP-90C, 690 grams of pure copper goodness. As you may expect from the name, the XP-90C is identical to the XP-90, minus the fact that it is pure copper."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech New Product Release: The STORM Water Block
Signal Hill, CA - Thursday June 30, 2005 - Swiftech(tm) today announced the release of the new "STORM" water block. This next generation device features a host of technological innovations never before used in commercial water block production. The "STORM" now becomes Swiftech's flagship product, crowning the company's line of high-end liquid cooling products, and is aimed specifically at the die-hard enthusiast user.

"Swiftech acquired the manufacturing rights for the extraordinarily efficient Storm G4 water block from well-known Australian engineer Stew Forster (AKA Cathar). The resulting product combines Swiftech's manufacturing expertise and attention to detail to deliver the most advanced water-block ever produced by our company", said Swiftech's Chairman Gabriel Rouchon.

The cooling "engine" of the STORM is a pure jet impingement design. It uses 35 mini jets directing high velocity coolant into individually matching cups. In the designer's own words: "the Storm design implements jet disruptors to turbulate incoming jets prior to striking the cup's base". Swiftech fine-tuned the design to yield slightly better performance than the original in terms of thermal and flow resistance."

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Thermaltake Water Level Indicator & Water Temperature Indicator @ InsaneTek
"Thermaltake is quickly expanding their watercooling accessories with a water level indicator (reservoir) and a water temperature indicator. The temperature indicator seems to be a good investment."

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Back from Vacation!

Just a heads up to our faithful readership that I am back from vacationing in Montego Bay, Jamaica. I have included a little picture just to give you all a view of the paradise that I left this morning. A big thanks goes out to Mantis for covering the news while I was away. Now onto the weekend news edition..
Raidmax X-1 Case w/ 450W Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This case has great looks, lots of features & a 450 watt PSU. There are plenty of drive bays; 5x5.25", 2x3.5" (Ext.), 3x3.5" (Int.). Case air circulation is good with the included 120mm & 80mm fans. An optional recommended 80/90/120mm fan can be installed at the front for additional cooling. It's also available in a number of different colors."

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