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Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Casebuy EZ Power Supply Tester 2 Review @ DreamWare Computers
"Several months back we looked at the EZ Power Supply Tester from Casebuy. This proved to be a handy little product for making quick evaluations on a power supply. The output voltages are shown by separate LED's which would light up for each rail. At the time that tester was an excellent product but it had a few limitations, such as, it didn't support 24pin ATX connectors and SATA just to name a few. Casebuy has now come out with the EZ Power Supply Tester 2 which now supports all the major plugs you would find on any of today's power supplies."

More information on this review can be found here.
MGE Magnum 500W PSU Review @ Think Computers
"Power supplies, everybody needs one, but which one do you need? Lots of companies make them, but are they any good? All the major companies claim that theirs is the best, how do you know? You can read all the reviews you want, and listen to everyone, and what they 'suggest' you buy. I have many PSUs lying around from my purchases and reviews, normally when I hear I am getting something for review I like to check around and see what others thought of it, and see what I can expect from the product, but I have found that it's always different, all reviews are different. I can tell you honestly that I try and be honest, if you have been reading my reviews for any length of time you should know that. I will tell you what is good, and what is bad. Anyway, today I have the distinct pleasure of reviewing the Xgbox Magnum 500watt power supply, that won the #1 Award for Superior Silence at CES 2005. Is it a good power supply? Is it really quiet? (obviously it is or it would not have won the award!) Being quiet, is one thing, what about performance? Well read on to find out the answers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hiper HPU-4B580 Modular Power Supply Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"What is the most popular trend in power supplies right now? It has to be modular supplies, the ability to pick and chose which cable or cables you wish to attach to your power supply to power whichever peripheral you decide without the clutter of excess wires hanging inside your case. Over the last two months we have reviewed 9 different modular power supplies and we have seen some good ones and some not so good but I can honestly say we have never seen one like the HPU 4B580 from Hiper. I could spoil this for you but instead you will have to read the review to see why it is so much different from the rest."

More information on this review can be found here.
BenQ FP71+ LCD Review @ Bit-Tech
"At around £200 / $350 , it's the same cost as a Samsung 8ms 19" monitor. When it comes to gaming, why not have the extra two inches? The BenQ is not a bad monitor, but on the other hand, in real-world usage it has little to really make it stand out from the crowd either, with average colour statistics and a response time that's fantastic on paper without being overly noticeable in use."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC2-6400 Gold RAM Review @ MB Review
"Overall, I was impressed with what OCZ has brought to the table with the PC2-6400 Gold Series. With a Lifetime Warranty for modules run up to 2.2V ±5%, the end user gets a pretty nice cushion to play with without fearing what might happen should the modules fail."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung WriteMaster SE-W164 16x16x External DVD Writer Review @ PCstats
"The Samsung WriteMaster SE-W164 is a USB 2.0 only device and sports a rather impressive maximum writing speed of 16x for single layer DVD media, 8x DVD+R DL burning, and 4x for DVD-R DL burning. That is smoking fast even when compared to today's internal DVD burners."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung YH-820 5Gb Digital MP3 Player Review @ Tweaknews
"With a little shopping online you will be able to easily find this product for around US$175-$200 in your area. For what this player offers, I wouldn't deem that an unfair price at all. This product is much more than your average "turn it on and listen to music" MP3 player. In addition, for the same money you get an easy to use portable hard drive, voice recorder, MP3 encoder and a color photo viewer in one neat and tidy package."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 6600 Turbo Force Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
"With the introduction of PCI express only a few high end VGA cards were available, now that we have low/mid range it's time to see how they stack up to their big brothers. The 6600GT is a mid-range card, let's find out if it is worth the asking price. Be prepared, because here comes the Gigabyte 6600 256 Mb Turbo Force."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon X850XT Platinum Edition AGP Review @ Tweaktown
"Today we're looking at Sapphire's X850XT PE, or Platinum Edition. Not only that, but we’ll be testing it in the AGP format since many of our readers have perfectly serviceable AGP motherboards and haven’t felt the dire need to move on to PCI-Express as yet. So kick up your heels and relax as we take a tour of the latest and greatest offering from ATI in the form of the X850XT and we’ll see how it compares to its smaller brother, the X800XT!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AL8 Motherboard Review @ InsaneTek
"Our recent look with the AW8 left us rather satisfied. The little brother AL8 wasn't quite the same experience. It's a solid board no doubt, but it didn't have anything to make it stand out from the crowd."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gainward Ultra 3500 PCX 7800 GTX Golden Sample: Single & SLI @ PureOC
"Gainward kindly supplied two 7800GTX Golden Sample cards to allow us to test the performance in an SLI configuration. That’s £800 worth of pixel pushing power staring back at ya! The Golden Sample moniker is only used for Gainward’s top of the range boards which are factory clocked with higher core and memory speeds. Make no mistake, pair two of these up and you’re sitting pretty for at least 2 years."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI nF4-DAGF Motherboard Review @ Xtreme Resources
"The name DFI has been present in the market as a computer components manufacturer since the early eighties, the very time that the term ‘Home PC’ began to exist. Yet they were not well known in the enthusiast cycles until a couple of years ago, when they made a big move in the enthusiast/overclocker market and took the highest percentage of the AMD motherboard market aimed to enthusiasts by storm. Their Lanparty and Infinity motherboards set new standards for overclockers, tweakers and case modders. Today I have a different kind of motherboard from DFI, the nF4-DAGF, which is a very basic motherboard, focusing o­nly o­n delivering the basics and good overclocking capability to the end user at a very aggressive price. Let us see what it can offer to enthusiasts (or want to be enthusiast) that also like to keep the best price/performance ratio possible for their systems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Sonata II Silent ATX Case Review @ The TechZone
"The Sonata II is a worthy upgrade to the original Sonata and anyone in the market for a new case should take a good look at it - whether or not they're building a silent system. The Sonata II offers near silent operation in a package so attractive you'll want to show it off every chance you get. It's a good thing the Sonata II can be locked up. Otherwise your friends might take too much of a shining to it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle SD31P Barebone Dual Core Ready SFF PC Review @ HardwareXL
"The Shuttle XPC Barebone SD31P is the worlds first Small Factor PC for Intel's dual-core Pentium processors. Based on the Intel 945G chipset with ICH7-R, it supports both 64-bit and dual-core processors. Unfortunately we didn’t have a dual-core nor a 64-bit Intel processor to test the SD31P to its fullest potential. We used a Intel 540 for this review but in combination with a X850XT graphics card which makes this Shuttle a powerful fragbox."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li PC-767 Case Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"I would like to see the removable mainboard tray, easier access to the front fan filter, and detachable front panel wires. Other than that, this case is totally functional, as well as very sleek and stylish. It shows off its simple lines with the silver on black contrast. It’s a very nice looking case. With the front bezel closed, it runs very quietly with the two 120mm fans."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
How To Lock Down Your Wireless Network @ The TechZone
"The days of buying a wireless router and just hooking it up without turning on any of the security features are long gone. Only a fool would leave their network wide open. How tightly you want to lock down your wireless network depends on your level of paranoia. To help you out we have prepared a step by step how to on locking down your network from unwanted attacks. To serve you better we also rated the important of each security protocols on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most important. Doing all the steps listed won't make your wireless network hacker proof but it will greatly reduce the risk of a security breach."

More information on this article can be found here.
Raidmax LP-6100E 500W Power Supply Review @ PCstats
"The Raidmax LP6100E 500W power supply is ATX 1.2 compliant, and doesn't come with anything other than a power cord. Given the number of Serial ATA drives on the market, it is surprising to see that RAIDMAX doesn't at least include a couple molex-to-Serial ATA adaptors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Maxtor ULTRA 16 300GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive Review @ Madshrimps
"Maxtor is a name synonymous with reliable data storage and with their recent release of the first ever 500GB Hard Drive, an innovator to boot (pun intended). In the PC-world data integrity is tantamount to success or failure regardless of application. Whether you´re a Corporation storing millions in client stock-portfolios or a desktop user saving your Sister In-Laws Wedding photos, Maxtor does not differentiate. In the Server and Business markets redundancy is at the heart of storage matters. Most of us, however; rely on a single device for all our needs, placing all our proverbial eggs in one basket. Today we will entrust our Grade-A´s in Maxtor´s ULTRA 16 300GB SATA HDD, stay with us to see if we get egg on our face (or feet)."

More information on this review can be found here.

Cooler Master Musketeer 3 Review

"Cooler Master brings us a new revision of their Musketeer series. Number three in the series focuses on sound. Aimed at the audio enthusiast it claims to provide high quality sound. Lend me an ear please."

More information on this review can be found here.
CompactFlash Card Roundup: 1GB Models @ PCstats
"Buying the right CF card for your digital camera can be difficult, well mostly confusing since there are size, type and speed considerations to wrap your head around first. In this roundup of 1GB CompactFlash cards, PCSTATS will be testing out four CF memory cards of various speeds, as well as a 1GB IBM Microdrive hard disk, with an eye to comparing their performance in digital cameras as well as various data transfer tasks. I think you'll find the results quite interesting as we look at high speed cards in consumer level camera's."

More information on this review can be found here.
Performance Impact on Chaning Memory Size from 1GByte to 2 GByte @ Corsair
Battlefield 2 Flight Demo

"We were very eager to run testing on Battlefield 2, as current user feedback indicated that this game performed much better with larger amounts of memory. As expected, the increase in memory array size from 1 GByte to 2 GByte had a very substantial performance impact on this game. We found that this to be the case regardless of processor platform, as well as regardless of screen resolution."

Summary

"The performance increase realized in real-world applications like Battlefield 2 and Permier elements indicate that the current generation of enthusiast systems will certainly benefit from the selection of 2 GByte memory arrays. These benefits will become greater in the next six months as new memory-intensive applications and games are brought to market."

More information on this article can be found here.
NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT vs GeForce 7800 GTX Review @ Legion Hardware
"Not only is the GeForce 7800 GT a much more affordable product, it is also far more suitable for most gaming systems. Although the GPU does feature a few less pixel and vertex pipelines and a slightly slower core and memory clock, the GeForce 7800 GT still provides plenty of power. Even with a Pentium 4 660 processor clocked at 4GHz using 2GB of DDR2 memory on the latest Intel platform, there was always a hint of the processor bottlenecking."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X800 GT IceQ II Turbo Review @ MVKTech
"The HIS X800 GT IceQ II Turbo is powered by ATI Radeon® X800 GT VPU - operating at a core speed of 500MHz. The HIS X800GT IceQ II Turbo comes fully equipped with 256MB-256bit quad-channel GDDR3 memory clocked at 1GHz. The mainstream card packs 8 parallel pixel pipelines and 6 vertex shader process engines. Supporting PCI-Express, the HIS X800 GT IceQ II Turbo radical new architecture ensures explosive high definition gaming and video processing experience."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA GeForce Video Cards Guide Review @ A1-Electronics
"Here we have updated our earlier review guide list of Nvidia GeForce graphics, video cards that are currently available. We have included what we hope is enough details allowing you to see clearly what differences there are between the different types of Nvidia GeForce graphics, video cards made without making our review table list somewhat over complicated."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS DRW-1608P DL Burner Review @ Viperlair
"Although there was a bit of erratic behavior in some of the speed tests, the ASUS drive still worked like it should, and as far as DL goes it was right on par with other drives we have tested. It's possible that a future firmware update (can be updated using Nero's) could correct these issues, if in fact it is the drive and not the media that caused us problems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek 7800 GTX SLI Review @ Bjorn3D
"NVIDIA’s new GeForce 7800 GTX clearly has been received very well by the hardware sites on the Internet. It is a very fast card. In fact, in some cases, it is as fast as having two GeForce 6800 Ultras in your machine. Considering how fast the card is alone, I was very curious how fast it would be in SLI-mode. I’ve spent one month playing games just to get a feel for what two GeForce 7800 GTX's in SLI-mode can do. For our testing, I used two Leadtek GeForce 7800 GTX cards. This article should give you an idea if it’s currently worth going with two GeForce 7800 GTX cards or not."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus P5WD2 Motherboard Review @ Neoseeker
"Today we look at a high end Intel 955 chipset based board from Asus, the P5WD2 Premium. Asus is obviously targeting the emerging Media PC / HTPC market with this motherboard. You need not look any further than the inclusion of a TV tuner card with some HD support and WiFi 802.11a. Asus also emphasizes their "Stack Cool 2" passive cooling, which basically transfers heat to the back of the motherboard where it has a larger surface area for the heat to radiate away."

More information on this review can be found here.

Sapphire Radeon X800 XL Ultimate Review

"As I mentioned early on, at the lowest speed setting, the fan on this cooler is completely inaudible. At the highest speed setting, it is just marginally louder than the 6800 GT in its "low-power" state. However, I'm happy to report that throughout a one-hour testing session, the Zalman fan, which is temperature-controlled by the video card itself, was never adjusted beyond a 54% power level (as reported by RivaTuner). At this power level, I literally had to lean over our test bench and listen to the fan with my ear about 10 inches away in order to hear any noise."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AW8 Motherboard Review @ InsaneTek
"Abit's flagship Intel motherboard is based on the 955X chipset. This non-MAX version doesn't come with too many fancy features but it does have a great passive heatpipe cooler for the Northbridge."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Pure Innovation A9RX480 S939 Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"ATI's Xpress 200P seemed like a strange choice, as previous partners' motherboards fell short in almost every department when compared to the established duo. However, with the mix of RX480 northbridge and SB450 southbridge, SAPPHIRE has added its own mix of design flair and an enthusiast-friendly BIOS to create a motherboard which is strong in most areas. PI-A9RX480's subjectively stunning looks are complemented by a decent layout and reasonable feature-set, and general performance is good, whilst overclocking performance is just stellar."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone LC14M HTPC Case Review @ DreamWare Computers
"Home Theatre PCs (HTPC's) have become a growing fad amongst PC and multimedia enthusiasts. This allows you to eliminate all those messy components under your TV and replace them with one component that's far more powerful, the HTPC. It also eliminates the mess of cables as well as adding a whole new level to your media experience due to the power of the PC. With wireless networking also being very popular and secure these days you can easily access the HTPC from any computer in the house to transfer media files! Today we're looking at a very sleek and sexy looking HTPC from Silverstone, the LC14M."

MTB reviewed the LC14M a week ago here is our comparison review. More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, August 29, 2005
Amiga Emulation Guide @ TweakGuides
"The Amiga 500 was a great entry point into computing in the late 80's for people like me who couldn't justify the cost of a "serious" PC. The Amiga 500, much like the Commodore 64 before it, was the platform of choice for budding programmers and enthusiasts, and this Amiga Emulation Guide is my homage to the mighty Amiga 500. Using the software and tips in this guide, you should be able to get an almost-perfect emulation of an Amiga 500 on your PC."

More information on this guide can be found here.
SilverStone FM82 & FM121 Fans Review @ Think Computers
"Hmm, Fans, what can I say, they move air. That is their sole purpose for being made. It seems today with high CPU and video card temps, you can never have enough fans in your system, unless of course you water cool, but then you still need a good fan to cool your rads. Some fans are made well, and some are junk. Silverstone has sent me two of their new fans for review the 80mm and the 120mm varieties. Are these the well made ones or are they junk? You'll just have to read on to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Modding the Xbox in 10 Minutes @ TechFreaks
"Xbox modification has come a long way in the past couple years. With the introduction of the TSOP mod, potential modders no longer had to shell out money for a modchip; rather just bridge two points on the Xbox motherboard. Now one doesn't even have to open up his Xbox. Welcome to the world of soft modding. Using code exploits in certain games, a user is able to load a phony gamesave that will boot into a Linux based operating system and allow a user to mod his Xbox in under ten minutes."

More information on this article can be found here.
Sunbeam Technology Products 2005 Review @ Xtreme Resources
"Courtesy of Sunbeam Technology, Xtreme Resources is proud to examine several quite interesting products, currently being marketed and sold to enthusiasts around the globe.Is Sunbeam Technology truly an innovator in this field, and does their performance stand up to further scrutiny? Read the product introductions, the pictoral display and subsequent comments, and come to your own conclusion."

More information on this review can be found here.
Portable Storage Guide Q3 2005 Review @ hardCOREware
"Every year or so, we like to take a look at all the new portable storage products that have been released. It's interesting to see these things shrink over time, while the capacity and speed are increased. This year, the trend seems to be to focus on having good software utilities to set one apart from the rest. In this case, some manufacturers definitely get it right, while others fail. We'll also take a look at performance, of course. We'll be looking at products from Seagate, Kingston, Corsair, and SwissBit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 5000 Review @ Hardware Pacers
"In our previous review on the comfort edition, we concluded it was a great keyboard. Today our conclusion is slightly higher. One of the main features the keyboard offers that the older one lacked is the Photo Center that integrated perfectly with the Digital Image Standard 2006 software. The older keyboard also didn't offer many color highlights, we can see with the new one Microsoft pushed the limits making it eye pleasing as possible."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Musketeer 3 Sound Controller Review @ OCIA
"Before I go on to actually show you the Musketeer 3, this final note. This is not an amplifier, nor is it actually a pre-amplifier. The output is "line level" output, and is intended to be amplified, just like the output on your sound card. A quality set of headphones plugged into the front will lower the volume level considerably. It is designed to "color" the sound, then you plug it into whatever you normally amplify your PC sound with."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plextor ConvertX PX-TV100U USB Personal Video Converter Review @ BonaFideReviews
"Today we have a fresh look at the PX-TV100U, a USB based personal video recorder (PVR) for the Windows OS. PVR's are extremely popular now-a-days with consumers due to their empowerment over their favorite television broadcasts. With a home computer, an internet connection, a PVR, and the right software users can schedule television around their lives instead of the other way around."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI ALL-IN-WONDER X800 GT PCI Express Review @ Hexus
"If you want a single board that does 3D and media tuning that comes with good software, and your budget means you're happy with the mid-range 3D performance and price of the X800 GT version, you're staring right at it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Creative's X-Fi Review @ Primotechnology
"Creative has long been known by many enthusiasts for its genuinely quality products, tarnished software sets, and somewhat “imaginative” marketing. I’ve sworn
by the SoundBlaster and Audigy lines for years and sworn at the Nomad Zen Jukebox when we first launched. So, when I first caught wind of the company’s latest soundcard venture, code-named at the time “Zenith,” I was skeptical. That skepticism quickly turned to cynicism when the company went public with the “X-Fi” product line not too long ago. Because, lord knows we need more “X-anything” nomenclature."

Creative's nexgen sound card looks very impressive! More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Aquabay M1 Review @ techPowerUp!
"Watercoolers often wonder: "How much water do I have in the system?", "Is my flow rate ok?". Thermaltake's Aquabay M1 watercooling reservoir with fill level and flowrate indicator will help you answer this question. It is mounted into two 5.25" drive bays and is compatible with any watercooling system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin Heatsink Preview @ Viperlair
"The thing that makes this quite different from the usual Mushkin design is the circular holes along the top, which should aid in airflow, assuming you have some form of airflow going across the ram area. BTX design will most likely make more of an effect here. The holes appear to align with the actual ram chips themselves, so that air can reach down the sides of the chips."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Shuttle XPC SD31P Barebone Dual Core Ready SFF Review @ Futurelooks
"PC's over the last few years have become bigger, and louder, yet one company emerged telling everyone that it doesn't have to be that way. Shuttle has been the leader in SFF (Small Form Factor) PC design since they introduced their first product in 2001. Being the first, everyone looked at it and said it was cute, but wouldn't last. Even people like me who at the time was sporting the biggest possible case I could find to stow my dual processor or gaming system into, saw the Shuttle as a curiosity. Though it would be nice to have all that space back, I couldn't imagine trading away the performance for something that had the propensity to be hard to upgrade, or suffer from cooling issues. However, Shuttle persevered and in the end, proved that it could be done right. In fact, they've shipped over 1.5 million of these little toasters worldwide."

More information on this review can be found here.
AeroCool Masstige ATX/BX Computer Case Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"AeroCool is at it again, it seems when they are not releasing a new power supply they are releasing a new case. Today we have the pleasure of being of the first sites to review the new AeroCool Masstige ATX/BX Computer Case. If you are curious, Masstige made from parts of two words. "Massive Capacity Prestige Design" The Masstige offers 10 drive bays so you can mount all of you optical drives in this case or perhaps you prefer a mix of optical drives, hard drives a fan controller, you get the idea."

This case looks more like a direct rip-off of the Cooler Master Stacker. More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Reserator 1 Plus Fanless Watercooling System Review @ XYZ Computing
"An alternative to air cooling is water cooling which trades noise for increased complexity and expense. Water cooling with actively cooled radiators is very efficient but not as quiet as possible. The next step is passively cooled water cooling, as seen in Zalman's Reserator 1. This product uses a large, aluminum tower to transfer heat, instead of a radiator. Because of the surface area of the tower, fans are no longer needed to aid the cooling. This review will be taking a look at Zalman's Reserator 1 Plus, an update to the original product. The two are not drastically different but a number of improvements have been made to the Reserator so as to update it for the current computing circumstances and to fix any problems which Zalman saw with the original."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Wintsch Labs Arctic Web 437W TEC Water Block Review @ PimpRig
"Wintsch Labs is certainly not the first company to produce and market water-cooled TEC products. Companies like Swiftech and Danger Den both offer current solutions. Where Wintsch Labs differs from these others is the degree of solution that they are offering. Let me be clear; the Wintsch Lab's Arctic Web, which is on my test bench today, is the most extreme design offered in TEC cooling to date. I have referred to it as a monster, and it is certainly every bit the title and more."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen Prima Power AO700-12ALN 700W Power Supply Review @ PCstats
"The AOpen Prima Power AO700-12ALN is a rather plain looking power supply, but one which has the ability to deliver a massive 700W of power and four separate 12V rails! To sweeten things, the AO700-12ALN is also very quiet thanks to the large 120mm fan generating 28.4 dBA at maximum RPM. The most impressive feature of the AOpen Prima Power AO700-12ALN are its quad +12V rails, all four of which have a maximum rating of 15 Amps. The +3.3V, +5V and the four +12V rails can output a maximum of 680W and the total peak output of the power supply is 700W at an internal temperature of 35 degrees Celsius."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ergodex DX1 Input Device Review @ BoxGods
"Ah, the Man/Machine interface...we have Neo and Trinity getting jacked into the matrix with that wicked looking spike on one side and Picard's "Tea--Earl Grey--Hot" on the other. Today, we are going to look at a product squarely in the middle ok, not really, but it DOES go a long way in the aforementioned quest for a perfect Man/Machine interface and nobody gets spiked in the head. The DX1 from Ergodex."

More information on this review can be found here.
V.L. System M-Play 202 Indicator & Remote Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product is easy to install, set up, and use. The Vacuum Fluorescent Display supports USB 1.1/2.0 and it has a 20x2 character size. The metal frame is also available in silver or black. The 48 key remote controller is very responsive and comfortable to hold for extended periods. What a perfect addition to any Home Theater PC!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
TViX Multi-Media Player & HDD Enclosure Review @ XtremeComputing
"TViX offers full support for all types of video connections as well as audio. On the audio side we have Optical and coaxial digital out as well as standard left and right out. But video well you have your standard composite, then your S-video and just to future proof you HDTV connections."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-IN-WONDER X800XT Review @ Tech-Mods
"For a few years now ATI has given us the opportunity to bring the TV and the home computer together with their ALL-IN-WONDER product line up. They have offered countless options to view, record, edit or simply watch TV. Now with their newest offering ATI has managed to not only give the user all the well known TV options but also incorporate them with a powerful enough graphics card that won’t disappoint. Today we will be looking at the New ALL-IN-WONDER X800XT AGP graphics card."

More information on this review can be found here.
EPoX 5NVA+SL Motherboard Review @ Legion Hardware
"Although EPoX has produced better motherboards in the past, the 5NVA+SLi is still a fairly impressive product. The boards general stability and performance was quite good, although the overclocking performance was quite average. The board would not even accept a 250MHz FSB, which in my books deems it unworthy of overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nvidia Geforce 7800GT Review @ Hardware Avenue
"The 7800GT stretches Nvidia's latest series below the pricey high end level, and while it is clear the 7800GT isn't at the same level as the 7800GTX performance wise, neither is the price tag, making it a far higher value choice for gamers who want all round performance without too much of a burden on their wallets. Not only that, but a clear future upgrade path is here via SLI if your system supports it, making the 7800GT really a great choice for its price range, representing all you need in features, performance per dollar and future proof ability."

More information on this review can be found here.
BaDassumption Case Mod @ WizD Forums
"A few of us were chewing the fat in the Wizard Backroom and thought it would be fun to come up with a team design for a new rig. Well, ideas flew around, one thing led to another and the next thing you know, I started a design in SketchUp. We talked about building an animated mech, a rig designed with a motorcycle style frame or one based on hot rods."

More information on this project can be found here.
Silverstone SST-TJ05 Case Review @ Overclockers Online
"To me, the exterior of the case is just as important as the interior. In many aspects, the exterior is the first thing people will see. A poor finish on the case is not very appealing. I can safely say that even though this case is made of 0.8mm SECC, it has the look and feel and an aluminum box. The only difference is the increase in weight."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair IDF Cube Project @ PimpRig
"We recently completed a cutom designed and built cube for Corsair for them to show off their RAM at the Intel Developers Forum. This system features Corsair DDR2 8000 Xpert RAM shown off by a mirror array. Other beastly components in this system include an Intel Extreme Edition Pentium 840D Dual Core CPU and a pair of nVidia G70's in SLI!"

Nice work! More information on this project can be found here.
Friday, August 26, 2005
How To Speed Up Your Computer Without Upgrading @ The TechZone


"It seems that the longer you own your computer, the slower it gets! It isn't getting slower just because it is older. Read the following article to learn how to speed up your computer without upgrading the hardware."

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Saitek Eclipse Illuminated Keyboard Review @ System Cooling
"You’re the self proclaimed King of Bling. You have enough lights in your case to light up the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center and more electronic gizmos than a BMW 7-Series. Now this is all good, except for one major problem, it’s become boring to you and even more important, boring to all your friends. So now you find yourself sitting in front of you computer surfing all your favorite computer mod sites looking for something to give your computer the awe factor at the next LAN. Then you see it, the Saitek Eclipse keyboard, it looks really good, but does it function well enough to take your hard earned cash? Let’s find out."

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XG Magnum 500w PSU Reveiw @ ExtensiveMods


"Technology changes everything we do each and everyday. Computer technology is the fastest changing of all the technologies. We have computers in our work place, our homes, our cars and so on. Today I get to look at some of the newest technology in computer sector. The power supply is the most important piece of hardware in any computer. XGBox, which is a subsidiary of MGE Company has sent me one of their newest power supply’s the XG MAGNUM. The Magnum is unlike any psu I have had the privilege of using. The PSU has heatpipes, LCD display, voltage activity lights and modular cables. Follow along for a look at one of the newest PSU's soon to be unvailed to the consumer marketplace, the XG MAGNUM 500w PSU supplied by XGBox."

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Sunbeam Chameleon Review @ CaseModGod
"For those wanting lights in their modded PC and to also be able to control the brightness and colors (which is not something that you can easily do with CCFL lights) the Sunbeamtech Chameleon is a great alternative to the conventional CCFL kit."

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Epox EP-9NPA+ SLI Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"The Epox 9NPA+ SLI supports any current and future socket 939 AMD Athlon64 processor and is based on the Nvidia nForce4 SLI chipset with support for up to 4GB of PC3200 DDR memory. The Epox EP-9NPA+SLI motherboard adds on to this capability with an on board PCI Express-based Silicon Image SiI3132 Serial ATA II controller. The SIS SiI3132 supports two additional Serial ATA II channels, and thanks to port multiplier capabilities it can accommodate up to 30 SATA HDDs (fifteen on each port) with an appropriate port-multiplier device."

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Evercool Neon Crab Memory Cooler Review @ Think Computers
"This isn't something you want to broil or eat on the half shell but it looks like something born outta Las Vegas. Today we show you the Neon Crab Memory Cooler by Evercool. They are a top 5 company in Taiwan for manufacturing PC Thermal Solutions. They provide a wide range of products worldwide from retail to prebuilt computer system companies. I'd like to thank Evercool at this time for an innovative product. People are always looking for ways to cool their memory in attempts at keeping their system stable and squeezing a few extra mhz's out of it, is this a solution for them? Maybe this is geared more towards someone just looking for some aesthetics inside their case? Let’s take a look at how well it performed for me."

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Gigabyte G-Power Cooler Pro Review @ Hardware12v
"With an exaggerated appearence of volume by its fan, this dissipator acts thanks to a semi-active solution for its contact of the base with the processor and the set of heatpipes that they elevate to aluminum laminae by above of the base, stuck fan that cools al joint. The volume of the body makes form of trapezoid with which near the plate we will have free zones but as we moved away the space is limited to us. Therefore he is not advisable to install a back fan, and it will not probably either allow the installation us of a fan in Northbridge."

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Asetek WaterChill Xtreme 12V Pump/Reservoir Review @ Hexus
"The design is revolutionary. I'm sure we'll see copycat designs surfacing to flatter the Asetek engineers. Performance is excellent, this pump should be able to handle the most taxing of watercooling circuits. Now all Asetek have to do is sort out the Control Panel software."

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Logisys Blue Acrylic Yin Yang Case Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"If you are looking for a stylish new case, something you want to show off to friends and at LAN parties as well as just an overall great look; this is the case for you! It gives a great new twist to acrylic cases and is a joy to build around."

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OCZ 520w ModStream PSU Review

"Features such as fully-sleeved cables and a nicely-designed motherboard power connector that works with both 20 and 24-pin configurations make this PSU a prized possession - it truly is worthy to be the successor to the PowerStream series with its improvements."

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Sunbeam (EL-KB-05-AC) Acrylic Lite-Up Slim Keyboard Review

"It's a great thing when you're playing a game around 2am and look down only to see you can see every key with the lights in the house off. For a gamer, I would recommend this keyboard to anyone; I am going to continue using this in place of my mounds of other versions."

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Zalman Reserator 1 Plus Review

"With all that said - the Zalman system is designed to replace air-cooling systems with comparable cooling performance. Designed for ease of use for first-time water coolers the kit is not necessarily geared for high performance water cooling."

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Thermaltake Tenor Home Theater Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"Thermaltake has done a great job of designing a kit that brings the user everything needed for a system that cools well, and is oh-so-quiet. The BigWater kit brings the bling, as well. A clear block cap complete with a blue LED, UV hoses and coolant, lighted reservoir and stainless steel fittings all combine to make the kit very visually appealing. Quality of materials is excellent and installation was a breeze, despite a poorly written and executed manual."

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Tonkputer 'Cow in a Churn' Mod @ Bit-Tech
"The first step was to cut two holes in the main body: one for the window in the front, and a smaller slot in the back for the rear ATX motherboard connectors. Cutting straight lines on curved surfaces can be tricky, but use the old rule of measure twice; cut once, make sure your piece is held down with a vice, or an assistant, and use a steady hand. In this instance, I used a combination of angle grinder, jigsaw, Dremel, and iron saw to make these cuts. I use a file to smooth the edges for a neater finish, and so I wouldn't cut myself."

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Thursday, August 25, 2005
Acousti Products Dust Proof Fans Review @ BigBruin
"Noise, air volume throughput, longevity, and even dust prevention are now becoming things to consider when choosing the fans that are right for you and your system. Today we take a look at the Acousti Products Ultra Quiet Low Vibration Dust Proof Cooling Fans, along with their Soft Silicone Fan Gaskets and Anti-Vibration Silicone Case Feet. All are means of further enhancing the system's cooling performance and quieting overall case noise."

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SLI Ready Power Supply Roundup @ PureOverclock
"I'll be looking at four power supplies in this 15 page roundup using two 7800 GTX cards in SLI on an overclocked A64 testbed. The four power supplies are the Enermax Noisetaker 600, PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 510 SLI, Seasonic S12 600 and the Silverstone Zeus ST65ZF 650. These are all high-end models which offer huge power output and are more than capable of running an SLI configuration."

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HEC WinPower Win 550UB PSU Review @ PCstats
"For this review of the HEC WinPower 550UB (HEC-550TW-TF) 550W powersupply, we'll be applying a couple of tests you can reproduce at home with available equipment, all with an eye towards seeing how this unit generally performs. The HEC Win550UB powersupply is rated to a peak of 550W power and features dual 12V lines with a combined output capabilities of 35A. The WIN 550UB adheres to the ATX 2.01 standard, but is compatible with 20-pin ATX motherboards."

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Hiper Clavier Aluminum Keyboard Review @ InsaneTek
"A good looking system doesn't just end with a good looking case. The keyboard is one of the last things enthusiasts think about in a system. Hiper's aluminum keyboard looks great but there are more important things than looks."

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Logitech Cordless Desktop MX3000 Laser Review @ The Tech Zone

"How do you top Logitech's top of the line MX 3100 laser mouse, keyboard comb? Make a lower price version of course. This month Logitech will introduce the Cordless Desktop MX 3000 Laser, which combines a new precision laser mouse with the superior comfort of Logitech’s low-profile, Zero Degree Tilt keyboard, at an affordable price. For a suggested retail price of $99.99 (dealers will sell for less), the Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 3000 Laser provides all the benefits of a cords-free experience without any hassle or traditional keyboard mouse setups."

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Scary Thoughts - Life Without The Internet

"However, the big shock to my system came with the realization that for a period of time during those days I was extremely bored. It was fine while I was working, but afterwards without the Internet to distract me, I had nothing to do for the remainder of any working day. The evenings were fine because I have a very active social life, so no problem, but it did get me thinking about how the absence of the Internet might affect the majority of us in one way or another."

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Thermaltake Max 4, 3.5" HDD USB External Enclosure Review @ A1-Electronics
"We find and use external hard drives for backup. For us this gives us the added security that should anything go wrong with our computers we have a totally separate hard drive with our data backed up. And of course it is so easy to transfer data from one PC to another."

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Compex 80.211G 108Mbps Super-G XR USB 2.0 Adapter Review @ Futurelooks
"Like other 802.11g wireless adapters on the market today, Compex has come out with their own 108Mbps solution by using Atheros’ Super-G and eXtended Range (XR) technology. While Super-G offers twice the speed of regular 802.11g, XR provides a wider coverage area by offering a steady throughput. And by using USB 2.0 ports with the 108Mbps connection, it’s a great way to access the needed bandwidth for running applications or accessing large files over your network."

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Sapphire Radeon X550 Review @ Bjorn3D
"Although Sapphire may be best known for its high-end ATI video card solutions, the company also offers a variety of entry-level ATI-based graphics cards. I actually took a look at Sapphire's X300SE HyperMemory card back in may. Today, it's time to review a card that is a notch up in the entry-level segment the Sapphire Radeon X550. While the X300SE HyperMemory costs around $50, the X550 can be found for about $75."

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Foxconn NF4UK8AA-8EKRS Motherboard Review @ HTPCnews
"The majority of the socket 939 motherboard market is dominated with motherboards that have only two or three PCI slots. and as most HTPC users know, that just will not cut it! No thanks to the current lack of PCIe devices such as HDTV tuners and PVR cards HTPC users need as many PCI slots as possible. This nForce 4 system board offers up nearly everything but the kitchen sink in features and has an unheard of 4 PCI slots!"

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Tuniq Tower 120 CPU Cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"The fan sits neatly in the middle of the heatsink, so the air is being sucked through one set of fins and heatpipes, and blown out the other set. A very effective way of getting the most out of the 120mm fan. Not only that, but the fan is hidden out of the way of fingers, and the aesthetics are much better without a huge fan sitting on top."

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Foxconn WinFast NF4K8AC Mainboard Review Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Foxconn brings a lot to the table with the NF4K8AC-8EKRS board. Solid performance and a broad spectrum of features. Sporting 8-Channel Audio, Gigabit LAN and RAID, Foxconn really scores on giving Joe User lots of bang for the buck. In terms of layout, our complaints are minimal and those are limited to the chipset placement and its not having a fan header mounted nearby. Outside of this, Foxconn gets high marks on layout maximizing access while minimizing cable clutter."

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Lian Li PC-777 Memorial Model Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"For a 20th anniversary you'd better have something special! This is one really unique product unlike anything else that's currently on the market. It's a radical design that you either like or dislike. It has lots of room to work, plenty of features, many drive bays & excellent air circulation. Also, the build quality & design are fantastic. Dare to be different!"

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XSPC Passive Aluminium Reservoir Review @ Viperlair
"Since this is a passive cooling device it won’t make huge reductions in the temperature of your watercooling setup. What it will do is keep the temperatures low even when you lower your radiator fan/noise levels, allowing you to further silence your system. It’ll look good doing it and won’t cost a bomb either."

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Thermaltake Symphony Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Symphony from Thermaltake also called CL-W0040 is an external liquid cooling system originally targeted to home theater PCs, but there is nothing wrong on using it together with a regular PC. Since we hadn't this product with us for enough time for performing an in-depth review, we've just created this new section called "First Look", where we will be talking about products without making any in-depth benchmarking or testing, due to lack of time or due to lack of a correct methodology for benchmarking the product. This product draw our attention by its size: 3.60 feet high (1.10 meters). Its design, however, makes it looks like a home theater speaker and not a cooling device. That's why Thermaltake is targeting this product to home theater market segment."

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Nextherm ICS 8200 Air-conditioned Case Review @ MetkuMods
"Nextherm ICS 8200 isn't trying to be the prettiest case on the block but it is here to offer some new ideas and design concepts. Case can do a lot more than just provide the mounting points for the various computer components. So join us to see what this case has to offer and if it suits your needs."

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005
10 Reasons Why You Should Adopt Linux @ The TechZone
"The number one reason why Linux is the choice of many is the freedom it gives. It “let’s you do everything you want to do” but this is not the only aspect of this freedom. Linux liberates you from the yoke of vendors who hurl unwanted updates your way, and frees you from the sight of the horrible blue screens of death and its likes. This precious freedom doesn’t cost you a penny. You can download a free distribution of Linux from the internet. Otherwise, you can get a CD from the market after spending a minimal amount of money and without worrying about the licensing fees or about violating the piracy laws because Linux is open source and it comes with GNU General Public License. This is its true beauty and the reason why Linus Torvalds and the whole Linux community, working to make things better, have many admirers."

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Setting Up a Dual Display Desktop @ BigBruin
"Dual display configurations are not difficult to setup and offer an economical alternative to upgrading to a larger monitor. The convenience of such a monitor arrangement can be reaped in both business and personal applications, and once you experience working or playing on two displays, you may wonder why you didn’t do it sooner."

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Computer Memory Basics

"Memory is an essential component in any computer system, and as with most things, bigger and faster are always a good thing. But, if your budget doesn't allow for a few GBs of the highest performance modules out there, having the appropriate amount of good quality memory can make a tremendous impact on system performance, reliability, and user happiness."

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XGBox Magnum 500W Power Supply Review @ DreamWare Computers
"We know XGBox quite well for making a line of enthusiast hardware and accessories that stands out in looks and features above all others. In the past we have looked at two of their cases and been nothing but blown away by them. Today, we have been sent something I've been waiting to see released for a while, their Magnum 500W power supply."

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Antec Phantom 500 Power Supply Review @ XYZ Computing
"The fact that computers must operate in close proximity to people means that any sound they produce is bothersome and extraneous. As quiet computing has grown from a hobby of a few people to a major part of the industry, the number and quality of the available quiet/silent parts has increased greatly. This review will be taking a look at Antec's new Phantom 500 power supply unit. Its predecessor, the Phantom 350, has been a huge hit for Antec and has become the benchmark for fanless power supplies. The Phantom 500 has been bumped up from 350W to 500W and also has a number of other interesting changes, the most important of which is the addition of a fan. This means this power supply is no longer fanless but is Antec has still labeled it as silent."

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Hiper Type R 480 Watt Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Hiper Type R 480 Watt Power Supply performs very well, provides ample power & can even peak up to 530 watts. It looks great & there are plenty of leads, although not all are sleeved. Also, with a quiet 120mm fan & ventilation holes covering the casing, the inside will easily stay cool. Performance + Power + Features + Affordability = Wahoo!"

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MSI Geforce 7800 GTX Video Card Review @ Designtechnica
"NVIDIA has made history this year with the introduction of their new GeForce 7800 GTX video card. For the first time, a video card manufacturer has made a video card available to the public on the very same day it was announced. Based on the NV4x architecture the new NVIDIA 7800 GTX, code named G70, promises full DirectX 9 feature set support and faster frame rates at higher resolutions. Today we are reviewing two of MSI’s NX7800 GTX video cards based on the new G70 GPU and setup in a SLI configuration. Available in two versions, the regular NX7800GTX-VTD256E and the NX7800GTX-VTD256E (Lite) (the Lite does not include any games), MSI hopes to draw you away from the other countless brands of GeForce 7800 GTX video cards with their own offering. Read on to see if there is a reason to choose MSI over the others."

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ECS Elitegroup KN1 Extreme Motherboard Review @ Xtreme Resources
"The enthusiast market and community have grown by leaps and bounds in the last 5 years or so, and with the popularity of overclocking and high performance computing platforms have arisen many familiar names in that genre including Abit, Asus, Epox, Gigabyte and most recently DFI with their wildly successful nForce4 iterations. With this Editor, when the name ECS ELITEGROUP is mentioned the first thoughts that pop out are, 1) o­ne of the largest mainboard manufacturers in the world, providing boards suitable to both OEM and system builders, and solid stable platforms for the mainstream computer market. Of course there has been some success of late with a few different platforms in the enthusiast market by ECS, but associated with low cost "bang for the buck" type systems. When the nForce4 Ultra based KN1 Extreme arrived at my doorstep and I indulged in it's build and feature set, I must say I was quite impressed. Follow along as I take their first entry into the AMD socket 939 enthusiast segment for an evaluation and compare it's features and capabilities to the current king of the segment, the DFI LP UT Nforce4 SLI-D."

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Water Cooling Madness - Corsair vs. Thermaltake vs. Gigabyte @ Tweaktown
"Today we're taking a close look at three of the most recent water cooling kits released from Corsair, Thermaltake and Gigabyte. We put them all inside the ring to find out which offers the best overall features and cooling performance. If you're on the market for a new CPU cooling solution which offers better performance than air coolers to aid in higher overclocking and quieter operation at the same time, read on and find out which one is the best buy!"

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AOpen Pentium M Media Center Motherboard Review @ Bit-Tech
"Once you get it working how you want it to and providing you don't intend to overclock, fiddle with the heatsink, multitask or use the motherboards' onboard smart fan controller, it will prove to be an excellent Media Center solution. If you are looking towards the board as the basis for some Dothan overclocking we wouldn't recommend this board as there are boards that are much better suited to overclocking with the Pentium M."

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Antec Overture 2 ATX Desktop Case Review @ TheTechLounge
"Today on the review bench is Antec’s Overture 2 ATX Desktop case. Being that this is the second “Overture” desktop case, we will also take into consideration what changes have been made since the original. If you don’t already know, a desktop case is one which lies flat on your desk, usually with a monitor sitting on top of it. This is the standard configuration you see in many workplaces, particularly those with pre-built PCs from the likes of Dell, HP, etc. Because of size constraints, you may not be able to fit an exceedingly high-end system with a large array of hard drives into the case. By the same token, it likely isn’t a good idea to do much overclocking in order to avoid overheating. All that being said, Antec is renowned for their quality and design, and you can be sure that I’ve got high expectations for this beauty."

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Chenbro Gaming Bomb II Case Review @ Spode's Abode
"The case is made entirely of aluminium, with a brushed finish. It is available in both silver and black with a window pre-fitted in the side panel. Most notable, are the carry handles on the top. This is the first time we've seen two handles rather than one, and it's actually quite a good idea. If you do fancy carrying it with just one hand, this still works. Because of the width of the handles however, they are a little uncomfortable and dig in to your hands. This doesn't really make them suitable for long distance traveling. Some padding, even if temporary would soon alleviate this problem."

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Antec TX1050B SOHO File Server Case Review @ Think Computers
"Antec, a name that when thought of says “Quality”. My first experience with Antec was when I built my first computer. I purchased the 1030B case, the beige one. Yeah that’s right beige, that’s all they had! The case was great and provided a great learning experience. The case made things so easy, especially for a first time build. I used that case for over 2 years and loved it. It’s still sitting in my basement; I refuse to throw it away! Today we will be looking at the revamped version of the 1030B, the TX1050B. Which is part of the Performance TX line of cases Antec has just put out. Are you excited? I am so let’s get started!"

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Foxconn WinFast NF4SK8AA-8EKRS Motherboard Review @ Overclockers Online
"Foxconn is actually the registered trade name for Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd.. Foxconn is a major player in a number of different areas including Optical Storage, Workstations, Servers, and of course, Motherboards among others. The parent company, Hon Hai Precision Industry, was established in 1974 and has since gone public on the Taiwan Stock Exchange back in 1991. They have now opened production facilities in China, Scotland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the United States. They have become one of the largest manufacturers of connectors and cable assemblies on the planet for use in PCs. As you can see, Foxconn has a purebred heritage that stretches back a long way."

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Icemat Siberia Multi-Headset Review @ Tech-Mods
"Once pulled out of the box I would have to say that they look nice. As for looks I am impressed. It features a diamond white finish with black cloth sporting the Icemat Audio logo to give some cushion when placed on your head. The open type headphones provide a relaxed fit. With a impedance of 40 ohm and the long cable length I would have to say that it is an very unique headset."

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Ergodex DX1 Input System Review @ EverythingUSB
"Enter the Ergodex Corporation and their DX1 Input System. The DX1 targets both gamers and task-oriented professionals as the alternative input device that alleviates many woes associated with the standard keyboard, by allowing users to position keys anywhere on the surface to contour to the shape of their hands. With so many other adjustable products we take for granted like the adjustable chair and the DPI switching mice from Razer and Logitech, it's amazing that no one has thought of such a simple idea any sooner. Yet for such a simple product, a lot of thought has been put into creating the DX1 to deliver the ultimate input experience. Go ahead and coin that phrase, no one's claimed it yet."

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Roundup of Tech Toys @ Bit-Tech
"We see lots of great stuff that we don't always think requires pages and pages of in-depth review, but that we think warrants being on the site and hitting your eyeballs. This is a way for us to do it. So, you will find that we're not amazingly in-depth here, but hopefully we should show you some cool stuff you might otherwise have missed. On our desks this week, we have the Icy Box HDD caddy, Keysonic backlit EL keyboard, some PSP accessories from Proporta, a modular PSU from the chaps at Tagan and a new dual-tuner TV card from Hauppage."

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Matrix Orbital MX6 Series PLED Kit Review @ Bjorn3D
"After spending some time with Matrix Orbital's MX4 series of Character LCD kits, I nearly leaped out of my socks when word came that their new MX6 series was nearly ready for primetime. Promising higher contrast, lightning response times, and low power draw, Matrix Orbital's new PLED displays are the centerfold of their new lineup. Now that I have thoroughly experienced the MX6 myself, I can certainly say that I am not disappointed."

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Netgear FVS318v3 Prosafe VPN Router Review @ Iceteks
"Routers are the heart of any network. Home/office routers range from plain NAT routers with hardly any options, to more advanced routers like the Sonicwall or Cisco Pix, which are more meant to be firewalls but also do NAT and act as a router."

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LinkStation Network Storage Center Review @ The TechZone
"The LinkStation Network Storage Center from Buffalo Technology offers an easy and economic backup solution and adds 120 to 400 GigaBytes of network-attached storage. Basically, the LinkStation is a hard drive inside a self contain enclosure. You can place it anywhere you want and connect it to your home network via an Ethernet cable. Being a network drive means every computer on the network can use it to backup their data or share their files with other computers in the network. In addition to serving as a network storage and backup solution, the LinkStation can double as a print server to turn any USB printer into a network printer. With two USB 2.0 ports, an additional hard drive can be added for extra space or for backing up the backup."

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Corsair COOL Water Cooling Kit Review @ System Cooling
"When you hear the name Corsair, you probably think of their top quality RAM. With water cooling becoming more popular and mainstream, Corsair has decided to release a new water cooling setup, called simply Cool. Today we will be taking a look at this system and determining if it can live up to the Corsair name."

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Luxurae Hard Drive Silencing Solution Review @ Extensivemods
"There are many types of computer enthusiasts these days, some of which include performance tweakers, gamers, modders, and in the case of this review, silent computing freaks. SilenX has established themselves as one of, if not the biggest suppliers of silent computer parts and accessories in the world. Today we get to take a look at the Luxurae Hard Drive Silencing Solution (HDSS). This product was made to "tame one of your PC's noisiest components," the hard drive. Lets see if it can do as advertised and reduce the noise of your hard drive from three to eight dB."

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August Extreme Gaming PC Buyer's Guide @ Sharky Extreme
"Even with a $4000 budget, there are still some very real limitations that we need to keep in mind. You won't find any ridiculously expensive plasma or LCD TV/monitors, nor will we be able to include an extravagant home theater-level sound system. Rather, the computer hardware is balanced effectively, so that we can feature top-end components for virtually every category of the system. Overall, we are very confident in our choices from month-to-month; each component is put to the litmus test, as $4000 is simply too much cash to slap down without working through the overall configuration with a fine-toothed comb."

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Thermalrock Eclipse Silver Case W/ Side Window Review @ Tech-Mods
"Thermalrock, a division of Thermaltake, recently hit the market with a bang. Introducing the Eclipse case, along with a few others, Thermalrock has proven to be “innovative”. Straight from Taiwan shipped to Canada I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on this. I scoped around for a bit and noticed how, how should I say it, stunning the case looked. An elegant design with features that no other has the Eclipse has sure brought its game. Sure it has all the standards (drive bays, fans, fancy lights, etc.) however there is more to this case. The case is somewhat different than the rest. Have you seen the commercial for the newer SUV? How it leaves the older SUV designs in the past (turns some into sand, one is all webbed up, etc.) this case in a way does the same. Excited? Well I sure am so let’s get on with the review."

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15 Great Mods from QuakeCON 2005 @ Think Computers
"The annual LAN adventure known as QuakeCON swung into full gear again from August 11th to 14th down in sweltering Dallas, Texas. Not only is QuakeCON known for its overall lack of estrogen, caffeine-fueled sleepless nights, and world-wide game and product releases, but also its overabundance of both beige oldies and well done case mods in a Bring-Your-Own-Computer crowd of nearly 3000. Each case mod built on any countless number of hours spent slaving over a dremel and breathing in particles of aluminum and spray paint deserves its own spotlight of artistic masterpiece. However, since it is nearly impossible to cover the ground of all 3000 PCs at QuakeCON in search of every modded case, I have put together a presentation of only some of the best mods that could be found. I sat down with each of the builders for a brief interview in addition to photographing their cases and will now present an in-depth look at 15 of the best case mods found throughout the BYOC at QuakeCON 2005."

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Monday, August 22, 2005
7 Simple Steps to Avoid Being a Newbie in Online Games @ The TechZone
"Make sure you have a fast computer and Internet connection – If you truly want to compete, you simply can't allow your machine to get in the way. If you constantly lag from a slow internet connection or poor hardware, you’re just asking to be killed. 56k isn't an option. It's 2005."

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Windows Keyboard Shortcuts @ BigBruin
"Windows keyboard shortcuts are all intended to provide some sort of convenient alternative to common tasks, and whether specific combinations do so is up to the individual to decide. Some are simple time-saving motions, while others are complex maneuvers in finger gymnastics. There are dozens of other common Windows shortcuts (and even more related to specific software titles), and memorizing just a few of the more basic ones may be worth the time-savings they can afford you."

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SilenX iXtrema 40mm Fans Review @ DreamWare Computers
"SilenX is a company well known for their ultra-silent computer hardware and accessories. When it comes to making some of the quietest products on the market, SilenX does it very well. We saw this a little while back in our review of their Luxurae Hard Drive Silencing Solution. Today, they have sent us two of their silent iXtrema 40mm fans. These fans have a wide variety of uses such as providing extra cooling to the Luxurae or silent chipset cooling. Read on to see the testing results from some of those uses as well as to find out just how great these fans are!"

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LapWorks Laptop Legs Review @ InsaneTek
"The smallest accessories can a great investment as long as you find a good use for it. The LapWorks laptop legs may bring you better cooling performance, but it will definitely bring you flexibility in your typing."

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Microsoft MCE Remote Keyboard Review @ HTPCnews
"Everyone and their mother to this day though is still looking for the perfect accessories to go with their setup. Anything that would make the integration seem less PC like and more home theater oriented was always a welcome addition. The product being reviewed today is one of those products. Microsoft's new Remote Keyboard for Windows XP Media Center Edition. Notice how it isn't labeled as a Keyboard first, but as a Remote. This is well justified too as this is exactly as it sounds, a Remote Keyboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hiper Clavier Aluminum Keyboard Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Name all the aluminum keyboard manufactures that you can think of. Next name of all of the nice aluminum keyboards you can think of. I would image you came up with a pretty short list just as I did. The design team at Hiper has taken this assignment to task by creating an aluminum keyboard they hope will make you forget all about the other people’s keyboards. So come on along as we check out the Hiper Clavier Aluminum Keyboard. With things like laser cut keys the Clavier very well maybe at the head of the class."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS 9500 Preview @ HardwareMods
"Zalman has announced the release of the Zalman CNPS 9500 LED CPU Cooler. Zalman claims that the CNPS 9500 will outperform all other air-cooled CPU coolers as well as water-cooling systems while operating almost silently at the same time! The primary design feature of the Zalman CNPS 9500 is the patented "figure 8" shape of the heatpipes. The figure 8 shape produces the effect of up to 6 normal heatpipes with only 3!"

More information on this preview can be found here.
New Zalman and Asetek Coolers @ Bit-Tech
"All in all, neither of these coolers has really blown us away, as it were, and certainly neither is a substitute for watercooling your high-end chip. Both get marks for being quiet and powerful, but we were just hoping for a little more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman VF700-cu LED VGA Cooler Review @ Futurelooks
"The current generation of Video Graphics Cards generate serious amounts of heat. Because of this, they are also equipped with seriously noisey heatsink and fan solutions. The folks at Zalman think they can help you cool and quiet them down with their latest VGA Cooling solution. Let's have a look!"

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI MICROSTAR RD480 Neo2 Mainboard Preview @ Hexus
"At a computer games convention you’d expect to see a bit of gaming specific hardware, but all stuff directly related to games such as joypads, steering wheels… the odd mouse mat and that'd be about it. But over on the ATi stand, MSI are showing of something rather special, a running example of its MSI RD480 Neo2 Mainboard."

More information on this preview can be found here.

Enermax powers Galaxy

"Currently in final production at the time of writing, the two samples in the photos are engineering samples so we couldn’t get out hands on one for testing, but having run the figures past Rys, they add up to just a little over 1000W output, drawing 1400W from the mains, so no need for a dimmer switch in the lounge anymore!"

More information on this preview can be found here.
Iwill DN800-SLI Dual Xeon SLi DDR2 Motherboard Review @ XtremeComputing
"I would have to say we have a high performance dual Xeon based motherboard that really is aimed at the 3D creation market. But on the other hand we could have and enthusiasts gaming rig as well ( a very expensive one), don’t think so, well Alienware uses this board in one of there ALX branded machines and there has to be a reason for that."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS Extreme N7800GTX TOP/2DHTV Review @ Legion Hardware
"The performance of the ASUS Extreme N7800GTX TOP/2DHTV is impressive to say the least. The ability to deliver an extremely playable gaming experience at 1600x1200 with 4xAA/8xAF enabled in the latest gaming titles is simply amazing. The cards ability to glide through intense highly detailed scenes just makes game play so much more enjoyable."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, August 20, 2005
Cooler Master Blue Ice Northbridge Chipset Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
"When I recently bought my nForce4 based mainboard, I immediately got irritated by the whining sound produced by the chipsets cooler. But Coolermaster has a solution; Blue Ice is the code name! Today I'll be testing this fancy cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Noiseblocker NB-UltraSilentFan Review @ Xtreme Resources
"Fans are common in systems these days; well, save for some VIA ITX systems perhaps. They are everywhere, from a small laptop to a massive server. They come in all sizes, colors and performance levels you can ever ask for. o­ne computer fan manufacturer, Noiseblocker, makes fans that try to perform as well as possible with the minimum amount of noise. They were nice enough to provide me with some of their fans in a package that I received, so I thought that it would be nice to present them to you; especially since they are very noteworthy products."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra-Cord Retractable USB 1.1 Cable Review @ CaseModGod
"Once you've gone retractable you won't go back to traditional cable again. That's because those days of untangling long cables wrapped in impossible knots will be gone. This Ultra-Cord 59-inch USB 1.1 device retracts and expands to fit your needs, always returning the cabling to its compact little housing when you're done."

More information on this review can be found here.
EPoX 5LDA+GL Motherboard Review @ Legion Hardware
"Hopefully EPoX will continue to focus their attention of performance, stability and overclocking abilities as they have done so in the past. However, the fact remains that most users place a great deal of emphasis on the motherboards appearance, or any other product for that matter. How the motherboard appears often has a huge impact on the buying decision and this is probably why the 5LDA+GLi boasts the rare black PCB from EPoX."

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Intel Pentium D 840 Dual-Core LGA775 Processor Review @ PCstats
"The most obvious new feature of the LGA775 Intel Pentium D 840 processor is its dual-core nature. This 90nm processor uses a pair of Prescott cores running at 16 x 200MHz to bring multi-processing to the desktop in a LGA775 pinless package. The most significant extra that this CPU brings to the table is its support for 64-bit x86-64-based operating systems through Intel's EMT64 technology."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeForce FX5700VE Video Card Review @ Think Computers
"When doing video card reviews you mostly see new top of the line cards that make us say WOW! What about the people who cannot afford these cards, and who are looking for budget cards? Well today we are going to be taking a look at a budget card that will play almost every new game, and is under $100! I’m talking about the GeForce FX5700VE. So let’s get started!"

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor GameFX Radeon X800 GT 256MB PCIe Review @ Hexus
"We haven't seen a retail Radeon X800 GT card run at higher clock speeds than the reference version, so default performance will always be similar. Price, too, will be similar for partners' cards. The differentiating factor come down to features. PowerColor, with its Game FX X800 GT 256MB carrying dual-DVI-I outputs and using only R480 cores, is in the ascendency here. Our advice after 14 pages is actually quite simple; go buy it. £110 won't buy you better overall 3D performance or a better feature-set."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hiper Clavier Aluminum Keyboard Video Review @ 3DGameman
"Finally, an aluminum keyboard that's slim, stylish, well built & has excellent tactile response. Tactile feedback is crucial for the serious gamer to the casual user. First impressions are everything & this is one product that's easy to fall in love with. Also, it has useful shortcut keys & connects into a USB port. This is one seriously sexy keyboard that you will not be able to keep your hands off. It's a must upgrade!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
Mashie Design MDVA Audio Spectrum Analyzer Review @ GruntvillE
"Installation couldn't have been easier. The instructions are straight forward and easy to follow. It took me about 5 minutes total to connect the MDVA. You need two empty 5.25” drive bays to mount the MDVA. Finding a spare molex in my wiring nightmare was probably the most difficult task. One thing to remember before trying to install the MDVA, you need two [WINDOWS-1252?]5.25” bays with no obstructions. In my Lian-Li V-1100, there are little slot rests for the individual drives (CD/DVD) to sit on top."

This product has the potential to really take off once it reaches North America. More information on this preview can be found here.
Boogie Bug Modding Accessories Review @ Xtreme Resources
"There are several new products for computer modifications and lighting released o­n the market every passing day, which means that case modding is still very popular with no end in sight. Case modding is the new (or sort of new for some) fashion, especially now that computers are present not o­nly in almost every room of the house but also in places like cars. And of course, the most fanaticized people over case modding are people that attend many LAN parties or have the computer at any place visible to everyone. There is a company that many of you may not know, as they still focus their activities in France, Boogie Bug, who specializes in making modding accessories for computers. Boogie Bug is a relatively new company and hasn’t (or doesn’t want to) spread to other areas than case modding. Today I have a few modding accessories of their making, provided by their official distributor, Bacata, so you can get to see just a few things of what they have to offer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire X-Qpack Review Review @ HardwareMods
"The X-Qpack Portable Case from Aspire allows you to pack the guns of a big baller case in a compact, lightweight, portable package. Fully aluminum chassis construction provides strength and stability while helping dissipate heat and reducing weight. A stylish and functional front bezel houses many convenient features such as a temperature monitor, high speed I/O ports, and even a handle for easy transportation."

More information on this review can be found here.
DoubleSight PC Expanion Review @ XYZ Computing
"The PC Expanion from DoubleSight, maker of dual-LCD display setups, is a [WINDOWS-1252?]“thin [WINDOWS-1252?]client” of sorts, designed to allow the user to connect a monitor, PS2 mouse and keyboard, and speakers to a remote machine via only an Ethernet cable. Why, you ask? Well, if you are the owner of a small business, for example, and you need to set up an additional workstation location but do not want to spend much cash doing so, you can use the PC Expanion to connect as another user to the remote machine. As long as the remote machine has the specs to handle it, one can connect up to ten separate PC Expanions (this requires at least a 3.4GHz P4 with 2GB RAM, or the equivalent)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec P180 Advanced Super Mid-Tower Review @ Legit Reviews
"In the end, the P180 is one of the finest cases I've ever seen. With a heavy emphasis placed on sound suppression and cooling, the P180 should be the case to that all others will be judged against until we finally see what BTX has to offer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Sonata II Review @ Overclockers Online
"Anyone looking for a completely quiet machine will have probably purchased a third-party cooler to bring down the noise. If this is your intention, then that machine will be a match made in heaven inside the Sonata II. The Tricool fan and Smart Power 2.0 PSU work well with the Big Typhoon in keeping the noise level at a minimum."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, August 19, 2005
Steelpad Steel Sound 5H Headset Review @ OCIA
"I mentioned back on page 1 that I will be comparing this headset against my cheap-o $20 Koss headphones. Sure, it's probably not a fair comparison as the two are in different price ranges, but they are the only headphones that I own, so, yeah... end of comparison. The Steel Sound 5H simply blows the Koss headphones away, plain and simple."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeamtech "Pro-Series" Illuminated Keyboard Review @ BigBruin
"The Sunbeamtech Acrylic Lite-Up Keyboard has the typical features of your everyday keyboard with a few notable differences. The blue backlighting is a very cool feature, but it doesn't help you read the keys much in the dark. It might be a great thing to show off at a LAN party, but if your looking for a visual aid when the lights go out, this may not be the keyboard for you."

More information on this review can be found here.

Sunbeamtech "Pro-Series" Illuminated Keyboard Review @ CaseModGod

"The Sunbeamtech "Pro-Series" Illuminated Keyboard is the first true full-sized Illuminated Keyboard on the market. First ever Illuminated Keyboard with 133 keys and a Light up scrolling wheel on the side. This keyboard features a special dynamic design that has a "Bottom Spill Resistant" feature which will reduce the damage of this keyboard if you ever spill any liquids on it. Extra "Slim" design for glamorous looks. Not only do the keys light up bright blue color, this keyboard also has 4 super bright blue LEDs above the number pads."

More information on this review can be found here.
Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74 GB Hard Drive Review @ The TechZone
"Designed for servers and NAS/SAN systems, the drive of choice for high-performance workstation and gaming systems, the WD Raptor hard drive is a new class of drive that matches SCSI performance and reliability while providing simplified connectivity. Make no mistake about it, the Raptor is for serious speed freaks. If you don't run a server farm or play cutting edge 3D games then this is not the drive for you. However, if you're a power nut who wants - no needs - the fastest ATA drive available then this is your baby, or dinosaur as the case may be."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Muse 3.5" HDD Enclosure Review @ techPowerUp
"If you are a person who is (physically) moving a lot of data around, you have only a few options: USB stick, notebook or USB HDD. A notebook is quite expensive, big and heavy and USB sticks might not provide enough capacity for you. With the Thermaltake Muse 3.5" external HDD enclosure you can put your old IDE harddisks back at use. It supports fast USB2.0 transfers with speeds of up to 480 Mbps."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS PF21 Extreme 925XE Motherboard Review @ Viperlair
"ECS have put together a very stable and well rounded package with the PF21 Extreme. It is very overclocker friendly due to the huge amount of BIOS tweaks available to the user. Being the underdog, the PF21 is priced less than similiar specced boards from the more well known manufacturers, this makes the ECS PF21 Extreme an excellent choice whether you are a novice overclocker or a seasoned vet."

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Nvidia 7800GTX Video Cards Round up Part One @ Overclockers New Zealand
"As there are tons of 7800GTX to choose from, we've come up with this roundup, which will encompass all of the available 7800GTX on the NZ market and hopefully it will assist you in your decision-making. In this round up, we will also take pricing, warranty, bundle value and ease of use into consideration."

More information on this review can be found here.
Transcend PC2-4200 DDR2 Overclocking Madness @ Madshrimps
"Once again we test the limits of Transcend DDR2 533, this time in 1024MB (x2) module size. If you recall, overclocking DDR SDRAM resulted in higher frequencies when smaller 256MB modules were used. Fortunately DDR2 doesn't seem to be bootstrapped in the same manner. Transcend memory has been keeping pace in performance with some of the more costly modules out there and for much less money. Their current DDR2-533MHz modules are based on Elipida E5108AE-5C-E IC's and they've simply been spectacular."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AN8-SLI nForce4-SLI Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"With no loyalties, we're free to openly jump between platforms and manufacturers, sometimes to the dismay of brand-fans, in search of faster speeds that bring better performance. Before the ABIT AN8-SLI was released, rumors flourished that it would challenge the DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR for top spot, so you can be sure that this review is going to be an exciting one as we try to settle that question. Call it an ABIT vs. DFI battle royal if you will. Based on the nVidia nForce4 SLI chipset, the ABIT AN8-SLI supports AMD Athlon64/FX/X2 processors and includes a Port 80 diagnostics card and of course the ABIT Q-OTES chipset cooling solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
ASUS P5WD2 Premium Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"Overall, the layout of the ASUS P5WD2 Premium is as close to flawless as I have seen. I was extremely impressed by the clean, uncluttered layout that ASUS devised. It is obvious that this board was built with an incredible amount of flexibility in mind."

More information on this review can be found here.
M-Audio StudioPro 4 Speakers Review @ ASE Labs
As you may or may not know, I've been making electronic music on my PC for about six years now...but admittedly, i've only recently have begun to take it seriously. One thing that I have learned over the years, however, is that mixing the final cut of a song to sound like the stuff you hear on professional CDs and on the radio is very difficult! "Too much bass, too much treble, can't hear the vocals", etc. What do you use to gauge whether or not it will sound decent on the average listener's system?"

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS KN1 Extreme nForce4 Ultra Motherboard Review @ Bjorn3D
"Apparently, ECS was tired of getting overlooked by enthusiasts and decided to start an 'Extreme' line of motherboards. While the term 'extreme' has become a silly 2000's cliche, it still manages to catch our attention. What is catching more people's attention, though, is the early success of these Extreme mainboards. ECS is now not only delivering great buys but also great performance, competing quite well in a previously untapped segment with compelling bang-for-the-buck offerings. Today, I'm going to be looking at ECS's nForce4 Ultra motherboard that is turning heads. The board is the KN1 Extreme and offers all the goodies we've come to expect from nForce4 Ultra at a very affordable price level. Read on to learn more about this 'extreme' motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Power Supply Tutorial @ Hardware Secrets
"The power supply is probably the most neglected component on PC. Many times, when buying a computer, we just take on account the processor clock, the motherboard model, the quantity of installed memory, the hard disk storage capacity, and we forget about the power supply, which, in fact, is the one who supplies the "fuel" for the PC parts to operate properly. A power supply of good quality and with enough capacity can increase the durability of your equipment. Just to have an idea, a high-quality power supply will cost less than 5% of the PC total amount. On the other hand, a low-quality power supply can cause several intermittent problems, which are mostly difficult to be solved."

More information on this article can be found here.
Spire SP503S0-1 Air Cooler Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"Today we review the new Spire SP503S0-1 air cooler for Intel Pentium 4 LGA-775 socket processors. In a change from the earlier Spire heatsinks we recently reviewed Spire for their SP503S0-1 heatsink have used a round design with multiple branching fins made using aluminium. Overall size of this Spire SP503S0-1 is governed by the size of the fan body which is 92mm square and the overall height is 85mm of which the fan is 45mm."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool WC-202 Watercooling Kit Review @ ThinkComputers
"I always thought the name 'Evercool' was a cool name for a company that makes cooling products. A natural step in the evolution of making cooling products is of course to move to water cooling. After all, it is the new popular way to cool off those hot cpus and components. Well, Evercool has come up with a system that includes everything you need to water cool your components, everything except water! It is the WC-202 Water Cooler. I've dabbled a bit in water cooling and other liquid types of cooling so I was very curious as to just how well this system would work."

More information on this review can be found here.
astek WaterChill 12volt Pump Review @ Ninjalane
"The pump itself is, for the most part, identical to the SACEM SL35 that we reviewed with the Waterchill Extreme no to long ago. Based on this we can assume it will also perform about the same if not better. Given that we have no way of accurately testing this theory you will have to take our word for it."

More information on this review can be found here.
NEC MultiSync FE992-BK 19 Inch CRT Display Review @ XYZ Computing
"Although the focus of the display market has shifted to LCDs there are still those who are firmly sticking with their cathode ray tubes. Whether this is being done for value, color accuracy, or downright stubbornness varies case to case but the fact remains that CRTs still have their purpose. The computer industry, more so than most other fields, loves to write-off older technology but even cursory research into displays will reveal that CRTs still have much to offer. This review will be taking a look at NEC's new MultiSync FE992, a 19" display. Given the size and specs this would have, some time ago, been a desirable product but today it will be overlooked by many people who only want a LCD display. We will be examining the product, seeing how relevant it is, and testing how it compares to the new technologies to which we have grown so fond."

More information on this review can be found here.
XSPC 20x4 Blue Character LCD Review @ Viperlair
"I like gadgets and what some folks would call superfluous items as long as they are useful, not too expensive and not cheaply constructed. The XSPC LCD has all three of those criteria covered; you can get system stats on changing screens which could be useful while gaming or perhaps to display information from your Media/HTPC, and as far as Modding on the cheap goes these LCD displays look good for very little outlay, and are quick and simple to install."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle SN26P with SLI @ Bit-Tech
"Shuttle's solution to this predicament is to implement an ingenious heatpipe system to allow for cooling on the two GeForce 6800 GT cards that come bundled with the system. At the top of the case is a fan shroud with two small fans that blow onto the heatsinks below. The heatsinks are connected via a heatpipe to the core on each GeForce 6800 GT. "

More information on this review can be found here.
QuakeCon 2005 Day Three Coverage @ TheTechLounge
"Our third and last day at QuakeCon 2005 went well, though perhaps not terribly exciting. We got to witness the unveiling of some promising new products from Logitech, watched some very cool demos from AGEIA, heard that ATI's R520 should be here in September (cross your fingers), and it was cool to hear what the AMD guys had to say."

More information on this report can be found here.

HellRaiser Cenobite PC by ARTbyTROY wins Creative Case Mod Competition Winner at QuakeCon 2005


"Casemodgod.com came, saw and conquered at QuakeCon 2005. There were so many great mods at the event, but the HellRaiser Cenobite PC came out as the top mod in the Creative case mod competition. The win is a great honor for both ARTbyTROY and the site.

More information on this report can be found here.
Sneak Peek: Lian Li PC-777 Memorial Model Case @ 3DGameman
"Lian Li releases a special case to celebrate their 20th anniversary! Resembling a snail’s shell it’s unlike any case on the market. This design is fitting since a snail’s shell symbolizes rebirth and new beginnings. While the design is radical for a case it’s still completely functional with 6x5.25” and 6x3.5” drive bays, 2 120mm fans, front USB, Firewire ports and much more."

I don't know how many people will actually purchase a case all that looks like a snail. More information on this preview can be found here.
Ahanix D-Vine MCE601 HTPC Case Review @ hardCOREware
"Contrary to popular belief, SilverStone is NOT the only manufacturer of cases directed at the DIY HTPC market. Quite the opposite in fact; Ahanix has been designing such products for years. Their "D-Vine" lineup of desktop cases have always stood out from the crowd, especially in terms of looks. Their latest creation is the MCE601, a full ATX case featuring a single optical bay, 3.5" bay, and a nice VFD display. It also comes equipped with a 350W PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Hiper Clavier Aluminum Keyboard Review @ OCIA
"Moving to the right side of the board -- this is where it is similar to a notebook keyboard. The Home, End, Insert, Print Screen, Pause/Break, Scroll Lock, Page Up (just to the left of Page Down, cut off in the picture), and Page Down, are all relocated very much like a notebook keyboard. Notice to better utilize the space, the Zero key in the numpad is only half the normal width, and the numpad moved closer, keeping the arrow keys in a standard layout (great for those using the arrow keys for movement and strafing in FPS games)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hiper Clavier Aluminum Keyboard Review @ OCIA
"Moving to the right side of the board -- this is where it is similar to a notebook keyboard. The Home, End, Insert, Print Screen, Pause/Break, Scroll Lock, Page Up (just to the left of Page Down, cut off in the picture), and Page Down, are all relocated very much like a notebook keyboard. Notice to better utilize the space, the Zero key in the numpad is only half the normal width, and the numpad moved closer, keeping the arrow keys in a standard layout (great for those using the arrow keys for movement and strafing in FPS games)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seagate Barracuda 400GB SATA HD Review @ Sharky Extreme
"The Seagate Barracuda 400GB 7200.8 SATA hard drive combines cutting-edge performance and features with a high-end capacity, and is one of the more attractive enthusiast-level drives on the market. On the performance side, the Seagate Barracuda 400GB has a 7200 RPM spindle speed, an average seek time of 8 ms, an average latency of 4.16 ms, and 8MB of segmented data cache. The drive also features an SATA 1.5 GB/s interface and NCQ (Native Command Queuing) support, both of which enhance performance over older Parallel and Serial ATA hard drives."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC4800 Platinum Limited Edition DDR Memory Review @ PimpRig
"This kit features SamsungTCC5 modules (new cousin to the TCCD line) which allow for this RAM to reach the phenomenal stock speed of 600MHz DDR at 2.85V. I was especially keen to benchmark this RAM vs the PC3200 BH5 RAM previously reviewed. Where the PC3200 Gold Ed. RAM brought speed via low latencies combined with stellar overclocking, the PC4800 Platinum Kit aims to supply this speed via raw FSB speeds coupled with respectable latencies."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Twin2X 1024A C3 Pro Review @ Hardware12v
"In spite of his under yield in comparison with the previous DDR its use is forced with the passage of time in the platform Pentium 4 and soon in the Athlon™ platform; 64 since the new technologies and the great companies therefore need it and promote. Their dissipators are extremely efectibles when not exceeding a temperature of 32ºCs. As far as leds they are very useful at the time of verifying the operation of the computer quickly if it is not had connected screen to see his direct reaction, or to control the loads at a certain moment if we test to him to the PC, generally they remain in curiosity."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 DDR2 Memory Review @ PCstats
"In the following pages of this review, PCSTATS will be benchmarking and overclocking a 1GB set of Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 DDR2 memory (2x 512MB) which come packed in bright yellow/orange aluminum heatspreaders. By default Crucial's Ballistix PC2-4200 runs at DDR2-533 speeds with memory timings of 4-4-4-10, at a voltage of 1.8V. Crucial has always been on the conservative side of 'enthusiast' level gear, but we're hoping that this Ballistix DDR2 RAM will still be up to the overclocking challenge."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI X800XT All In Wonder Review @ Viperlair
"Whether you are a gamer looking for a little more out of your video card, or a multimedia enthusiast that has had to give up gaming performance in the past for a top of the line multimedia card, the X800XT AIW deserves a serious look."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Katana Heatsink Review @ InsaneTek
"CPU coolers don't always have to provide better performance with each new design. The Scythe Katana brings in great performance with great silence. It also cools the small components around the CPU socket."

More information on this review can be found here.
New MCX159-CU line of All-Copper Chipset Heatsinks Released @ Swiftech


"Signal Hill, CA - Tuesday August 15th, 2005 - Swiftech™ today announced the release of the new MCX159-CU line of all-copper chipset heatsinks. The Extreme Duty MCX159-CU chipset heatsink is a whisper-quiet air-cooling solution designed for motherboards with highly overclocked front-side bus. "This solution is also suggested as an alternative for use with liquid cooling systems in lieu of a chipset waterblock. It provides in effect more than sufficient cooling performance without adding unnecessary restrictions to high-flow cooling systems. This will result in overall lower temperatures at the CPU and VGA level, where it really counts", said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech's Chairman."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Kingwin AquaStar Water Cooler Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Kingwin has certainly impressed us with their AS3000 AquaStar unit. Sporting features that open up its appeal to a wide audience, Kingwin hits the mark. The Kingwin AquaStar doesn't provide the same raw cooling performance of other high end kits as we have just seen but we need to remind ourselves it isn't supposed to. Kingwin has opted for end user ease and more so, operational silence. At low speed, the Kingwin unit is inaudible at a sacrifice of only 1.5 degrees Celsius from its high speed fan setting."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalRock Mystic Desktop Case Review @ A1-Electronics
"Today we take a review around this really stunning modern design Mystic desktop computer case from ThermalRock. Just with this picture we can all see just how dramatic and stylish this very modern and stunning ThermalRock Mystic desktop case is even down to the gold plated feet it stands on. Overall size is only 425 x 160 x 435mm. Lets take a closer look around this very well made excellent Mystic desktop case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek VapoChill Micro Ultra Low Noise Cooler System Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This cooler is quite ground breaking! It's based on a vapor chamber technology which utilizes an evaporation process. The chamber is located just above the CPU copper base & is filled with refrigerant gas. All this, three copper pipes & lots of fins result in great cooling performance. It's also extremely light, weighing in at 355 grams with fan."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
WiFi - Wireless Networking Explained @ Hexus
"Home networking lets you do great things that aren't possible with standalone PCs. Printers can be shared between PC, so there's no need to buy one for each machine; data can be swapped around virtually instantaneous; and every PC can go on the net via a single modem or ADSL connection. But, for many years, the price to be paid was having messy wires trailing all around the house, with associated hazards such as disentangling the dog from the mess or persuading the cat to stop chewing cables. Then along came the WiFi wireless networking standard, allowing computers and peripherals to communicate without all those cables."

More information on this article can be found here.

CoDecs Explained

"CoDecs compress and decompress data. The word CoDec is a shortening of the term Compressor/Decompressor. Compressing a data stream or a file reduces its data rate. This cuts costs all the way down the line. It reduces the bandwidth required for transmission or broadcasting and the amount of space required for storage. Before the data can be used, though, it has to be decompressed. Both phases of a CoDec's work can be carried out in hardware, in software or a combination of both."

More information on this article can be found here.
fUnc F-10S / F-30R Mouse Pads Review @ InsaneTek
Optical mice can run on pretty much all surfaces. Do you really need a mousepad? I guess true gamers will need one, or if your mouse feet rubbed away and became dull."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ulti-mat Precison Mouse Pad Review @ BigBruin
"This mouse pad definitely delivers, but the high cost hurts the overall score. Although this mouse pad makes mousing nearly effortless, only die-hard computer enthusiasts will even consider buying a mouse pad for nearly $45. Ulti-mat should look into lowering the cost of this item, then I think they'll have a real winner on their hands."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Serina Cooling Pad Review @ Overclockers Online
"When I first found out that I was getting the Serina from Titan, I wasn't sure what to think. After seeing the results of what the relatively simple Serina can do, my view has changed somewhat. Being able to remove the amount of heat from the underside of the notebook that it does will do nothing but increase the lifespan of your notebook."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek WaterChill 3/8" ID Power Kit Review @ PimpRig
"My initial expectations of this kit is that in it's complete configuration it will provide very reasonable performance but that better performance could be achieved with a little "twinking" of the components. I am a believer that there is more to be lost by water cooling the Chipset then is to be gained by it in most circumstances. That being said, many enthusiasts operate their systems in warmer environments and the addition of the Chipset cooler would be a welcome option indeed for these folks."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Platinum EL PC-4800 Elite Dual Channel DDR Kit Review @ OCIA
"To test the limits of each kit, I first lowered the multiplier from 9 to 8, which will prevent the processor from maxing out and let us fully test the modules. I set the HT multiplier to 3x, and used the rated timings of 2.5-4-4-10 2T. To verify stability, I ran each setting for over an hour in Memtest86 (4 full passes). If the settings used passed this test, I then proceeded to run Prime95 to check stability in Windows. If a particular setting failed in Memtest86, I would reboot and bump up the memory voltage in .1 increments in hopes of attaining stability."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 930MP 19-inch LCD Monitor Review @ PCstats
"The Samsung SyncMaster 930MP is the latest hybrid LCD/TV display from the company, and the focus of this review. This Syncmaster 930MP features a 0.294mm dot pitch, 19" screen, 1000:1 contrast ratio, luminance of 250cd/m2 and a native resolution of 1280x1024 pixels. More to the point, the 930MP integrates a TV and FM tuner into its chassis, allowing it to function as a standalone television set and FM radio (AM is not supported) as well as a DVI/analog compatible computer monitor."

More information on this review can be found here.
EVGA e-GeForce 6800 GT Videocard Review @ Xtreme Resources
"Recently, we were able to evaluate and review the 6800 GT PCI-Express video cards from EVGA in a single and SLI configuration. The core and memory o­n the 6800GT is presently the third fastest presently offered by nVidia as the 7800 GTX has now been released to the general public. The e-Geforce 6800 GT series of cards from EVGA is still more than a potent video card solution as a single or SLI configuration for the majority of games ans synthetic benchmarks. Let us see how it performs today with the most recent mature drivers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Pentium D 820 Review @ MBReview
"All in all, Intel has an excellent offering in the Pentium D from a price vantage point alone. The processor does run quite a bit cooler than the Extreme Edition 840, given that it’s clocked down at 2.80GHz versus the 3.20GHz of the Extreme Edition 840. The Pentium D 820 doesn’t feature the clock control features for cooling of the Extreme Edition either, because the lowest multiplier is 14x, the default multiplier of the 820."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 8VT880P Combo Review @ Legion Hardware
"Overall, I am quite disappointed with the final PT880 Pro product, as it really seemed like it could give VIA a competitive edge on the LGA775 platform back in January. This time round seems to be much of the same story from VIA, to little to late."

More information on this review can be found here.
The "Waffle Iron PC" Project @ Mini-ITX
"Here is my Waffle Iron PC. I used an EPIA M10000 Mini-ITX board. It has 512MB RAM and a 160GB hard drive. I used an external USB CDROM to install the OS. It runs Linux - Fedora Core 2. It's also got a TV Out card, so I can use this for a MythTV box if I choose later."

More information on this project can be found here.
NZXT Nemesis Elite Edition ATX PC Case Review @ Futurelooks
"As a company established in 2004, NZXT just does not have the years of recognition as others such as Antec. But what sets them apart from most is the fact that their entire line-up of cases caters to gamers in both looks, function, and design. Today we have the opportunity to look at their Nemesis: Elite Edition."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li PC-V2100 Full Tower Review @ GideonTech
"Having four hard drives and two optical drives, or more is a dilemma for many. Not only is it a cramp fit into most mid-towers, it's also a wiring nightmare and makes for a hot case. With that in mind, I went on a search for a new full tower. The Lian Li PC-V2100 silver full tower aluminum case stuck out for it's sheer size, let's see if it can deliver after we test it out."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Battlefield 2 Case Mods @ Bit-Tech
"One of the rapidly rising stars in the case modding community is 35 year-old German architect Oliver König aka Butterkneter. From his workshop near the border with France, Oliver has created some of the most impressive game-themed cases we've seen in recent times."

More information on this project can be found here.
Monday, August 15, 2005
Bluetake BT510 Bluetooth Mouse and BT009Si Bluetooth Adapter Review @ LAN Addict
"One of the biggest features, in my opinion, is the additional USB power supply. What this means is that, in the event your batteries die, you have the option of plugging in the included USB cable and connecting it to the BT510 for power. Yes, that means you are no longer wireless, but it also means that you can still use your mouse!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Quakecon 2005 Day 2 @ Bjorn3D
"First looks at the Doom were impressive as the realism and likeness to the game were amazing. The movie is even complete with a two to three minute sequence of monster destroying in first person. All attendees were also given looks into the making of movie with plenty of pictures of the making of the monsters. From the trailer they showed the movie will contain plenty of action, blood and violence so leave the kids at home for this one."

More information on this report can be found here.

Quakecon 2005 Day 3 @ Bjorn3D

"I decided to give today's story a little twist from the usual. I'm going to go through a quick overview of my third day here at QuakeCon 2005. From wake to present, I'll tell you what it is like to be here, on-site, at the United State's largest LAN party."

More information on this report can be found here.

Quakecon 2005 Day 2 @ Legit Reviews

"Quakecon 2005 is now rolling smoothly and the lack of sleep is no longer having an impact on any of the gamers. With the help of Bawls water and of course pizza many gamers have proven all they need is a seat at the BYOC to be happy 24 hours a day. On day two we take a look at some of the event sponsors and many more case mods!"

More information on this report can be found here.

Exclusive QuakeCon Doom Movie Coverage @ TheTechLounge

"You may have heard rumors that the movie will feature a scene that attempts to re-create the feel of the FPS genre by showing you the character’s point-of-view. It was revealed that this is in fact true, and better yet, we had the privilege of being the first to see the scene. We even got to take some videos so you can see it as well. However, a couple of things to note are that the scene is still a work-in-progress, the music, lighting, and other details will be polished more from what we saw today. Todd then mentioned that the movie would be in theaters on October 21st. We were also shown a bit of concept art and behind-the-scenes photos of some of Stan Winston's creations."

More information on this report can be found here.
Saitek X52 Flight Control System Review @ Futurelooks
"Fighter Command, ready for take off!” That is what I wanted to say when I first setup the Saitek X52 joystick. This two piece design (one throttle control and the joystick) makes it feel as if you were in a cockpit of a jet fighter. What more can you ask of from a flight control system?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Canned Air Computer Maintenance @ Big Bruin
"Many people don't think of their computer when doing a bit of cleaning around the home, but perhaps they should. We're talking about an effort far less unpleasant than doing windows or cleaning the bathroom, and the use of a can of compressed air can take care of a bulk of the work for you. Cleaning your system on a somewhat regular basis can easily help extend the life of components, increase system stability, and reduce noise. This Tech Tip will take a look at a few areas to focus on, and all you really need to do is open your case and pull the trigger!"

More information on this review can be found here.
e-Geforce 7800GT 256MB PCIe VIVO Review @ GamerGod
"7800GTX works on 24 Pixel Pipeline and 8 Vertex Shader units while the 7800GT works on 20 Pixel Pipeline and 7 Vertex Shader Units. Obviously the card is inferior to 7800GTX but the price difference is worth considering. The 7800GTX currently costs around $542.00 and the 7800GT around $449.99, $100 difference between their prices. The 7800GTX is truly a beast but 7800GT provides great performance/price ratio to those who are neck to neck with their budget."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix Tracer 1 gig 667 DDR2 PC2-5300 Review @ XtemeComputing
"I have to say I was quite impressed with the size of the activity LED’s as I have never been a fan of the bling, bling ram because of the size and height of it, now here we have a set that hasn’t broke the standard heat spreader size and that makes these already more appealing to me. You have to understand the point, with other brands, they activity part is like a separate module on top and can lead to problems with installations of some of the best performance air coolers on the market."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen 6600-DV128LP Video Card Review @ Overclockers Online
"With SLI capable video cards, performance levels as high as the 7800GTX, one must wonder why Overclockers Online would have any interested in something like the 6600. Silence is what makes the difference with this card. No longer will we have to listen to any fans with AOpen's silent solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Vcool VGA Cooler Review @ Think Computers
"After doing a few reviews, the effect of 'cool' things coming in the mail kinda wears off; the excitement of new things coming isn't there as much as it was when I first started. When the new 7800GTX came out, I decided I needed a new card, and of course bought it as soon as it came out. The first thing I notice besides the improved gfx performance, was the heat that it puts out! 59c-61c at idle and it hits 85c under load. When I heard I was getting a VCOOL from Antec I was actually excited in trying something new, that might actually reduce the temps of this awesome card. And guess what? It works and works well, I am very impressed and will be keeping the VCOOL in my system permanently. I would like to thank Antec for the VCOOL for review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Golden Orb II Review @ OCIA
"Aside from the printed insert, the package contains only a small accessory box and the heatsink itself. The first thing you will notice when picking it up is the mass. At 752 g's the Gorb-II is definitely no featherweight."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake BigWater Water Cooling System Review @ Tweaknews
"Thermaltake has done a great job of designing a kit that brings the user everything needed for a system that cools well, and is oh-so-quiet. The BigWater kit brings the bling, as well. A clear block cap complete with a blue LED, UV hoses and coolant, lighted reservoir and stainless steel fittings all combine to make the kit very visually appealing. Quality of materials is excellent and installation was a breeze, despite a poorly written and executed manual."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Steelpad Steel Sound 5H-USB Gaming Headset Video Review @ 3DGameman
"Two important requirements for a headset are quality sound & a great mic. This product satisfies plus it has a USB sound card. It has soft padded ear cups & headband which is ideal for extended use. This headset even comes apart in three pieces for easy & safe transportation. Another unique feature is the flexible retractable mic. It's time to upgrade!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
ECS RS400-A Motherboard Review @ techPowerUp
"ECS has built the RS400-A motherboard around ATI's RADEON XPRESS200 chipset for the Intel LGA Socket 775 platform. Keeping cost down was a driving factor during development of this board. It can be used with DDR1 or DDR2 memory modules. Also available are slots for PCI-Express x16 and AGP. This board looks like an upgrader's dream, but does it offer the performance enthusiasts want?"

More information on this review can be found here.
SyncMaster 930BF LCD Monitor Review @ DreamWare Computers
"It's easy to remember when about a year ago a 16ms LCD monitor was like gold. That was about the lowest refresh rate one could get and everyone was going for them. At that time the excuse most gamers were using for not using LCD's for gaming was partly true, depending on the type of game you played of course. LCD's have come a long way! About 6 or more months ago the 12ms response time came in and brought with it the ability to play pretty much any game on the market without any real visible ghosting. Then came 8ms which just refined that even more, and now Samsung has just introduced their brand new 930BF LCD sporting an impressive 4ms response time! You heard me correctly - 4ms!"

More information on this review can be found here.
VisionTek Xtasy Theater 550 Pro Review @ BonaFideReviews
"Two months ago we reviewed the ATI All-in-Wonder X800 XT AGP which features the ATI Theater 200 Analog video decoder. After reviewing the Theater 200's performance we were quite happy with the quality of the video that was captured. Today, thanks to VisionTek, we have the opportunity to try out ATI's latest Theater band chip. The 550 Pro, found on the VisionTek Xtasy Theater 550 Pro add-in card, claims the title of the first PCI Express (x1) compatible chip making it an excellent candidate for ATI's next round of All-in-Wonder cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"Foxconn, once primarily an OEM supplier, has turned towards the vastness of the retail market with a core offering of entry level to high end motherboards that are surprisingly hot for their complex alpha-numeric names. Looking at the specs of its flagship Intel 955X chipset based solution, the 955X7AA-8EKRS2, we're left quite impressed. The board supports up to 8GB of PC5300 DDR2 memory as well as 800/1066MHz FSB Intel Pentium 4, Pentium D and Pentium Extreme Edition processors."

More information on this review can be found here.

ECS KN1 Extreme nForce 4 Ultra Motherboard Review

"In the first salvo we find the ECS KN1 Extreme nForce 4 Ultra motherboard, a concise example of how far ECS is willing to go to win over consumers. Hardware features on the socket 939 AMD Athlon64 ECS KN1 Extreme include an additional Serial ATA/IDE RAID controller, IEEE 1394a, a 5.1 channel audio codec and two network cards (one Gigabit, one 10/100). To top things off, ECS also throws in a decent software bundle and a little I/O slot exhaust fan. The board itself is based on the nVidia nForce 4 Ultra chipset, which means that one PCI Express x16 videocard is supported, but not SLI. Expansion comes care of the three PCI slots, and two PCI Express x1 sockets."

More information on this review can be found here.
Things You Can Do With A Mac Mini @ The TechZone

"If you have not seen the newest addition to the Macintosh line, it is worth taking a look. It is a very small computer that is only 6.5 x 6.5 x 2 inches. The Mac Mini is about the size of one of those internal CD-ROM drives you install into a PC. By far one of the smallest computers you can buy. And its relatively in expensive, the base model costs only $499. Additionally, you need not buy a new monitor, mouse or keyboard. It is 100% compatible with PC monitors and PC USB keyboards and mice. The question is, what can you do with this thing other than using it as a paper weight?"

More information on this article can be found here.
Quakecon 2005 Day 1 Report @ Legit Reviews
Day one of Quakecon has already brough with it many memorable moments! The vendor booths are open and giving away prizes and massive swag, NVIDIA had some lucky ladies shave their heads for hardware, the tournaments have started, and much, much, more! We are having a great time, and look forward to the rest of the upcoming events!

More information on this report can be found here.

QuakeCon 2005 Day Two Coverage @ TheTechLounge

"If you read our QuakeCon Day 1 Coverage article, you know that we walked away disappointed and, well… a bit shaken. The problem was that we were excited to see a “Special Presentation” by NVIDIA, but instead we were bombarded with... half-naked dancing men, lame dares and an utter lack of anything we would call ‘special.’ We left that night extremely disappointed. In fact, we were considering driving around Dallas to find something fun to do, but the event was such a downer for us that we didn’t even feel like going out and having fun. We just wanted to post the article, and go to sleep. Truth be told, we wanted to go home, but we decided to give QuakeCon another chance. Luckily, today was much better, and we got a sneak peak of the upcoming DOOM movie, Quake4, and got to hear John Carmack give his keynote. We also swung by the BYOC again and got some more pics of interesting rigs."

I highly recommend reading this report since it includes video footage from the upcoming DOOM movie as well as Quake 4 gameplay. More information on this report can be found here.
Lian Li V1200 Plus Case Review @ XYZ Computing
"Lian Li's V1200 Plus represents the apex of enclosure technology to date. Lian Li is a long time favorite of computer builders, especially those who are willing to spend more so that they will get the features and design benefits of a high end product. This case has a formidable price tag, but with its great looks, innovative layout, and brand reputation it has more that a few things going for it. At 210 x 490 x 625mm this case has the depth of a full-tower, but not the height. This makes it perfect for extensive systems and for people who need to tinker inside the case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, August 12, 2005
The Rock Direct mobile LAN Bus @ Bit-Tech
"So, you can do a number of things here. If you're just working in Windows, you can use the Intel Extreme graphics and get the best battery life possible by using the low-powered integrated solution. However, if you fancy a quick game of F.E.A.R., you can flick the switch, reboot and you'll be running full-speed moibile X700 graphics."

More information on this article can be found here.
Altec Lansing inMotion iM3 iPod Speaker System Review @ The TechZone
"The Altec Lansing inMotion iM3 is an updated to the original inMotion, the world's first portable audio system designed exclusively for the Apple iPod. The new iM3 is smaller, sleeker, and add a remote control. This paper-back-sized, ultra-portable, battery-operated stereo system is perfect companion for turning your iPod into a small portable ghetto blaster. A highly efficient Class D amplifier powers four full-range micro drivers to deliver a full spectrum of sound while the MaxxBass technology allows listeners to enjoy deep bass without lugging around a subwoofer. Best of all, connectivity is as easy as placing your iPod or iPod Mini into the built-in dock or connecting it through the auxiliary port."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Pro Series Illuminated Keyboard Review @ BigBruin
"Sunbeam has released a flood of new computer products this year including items such as cases, coolers, mod items, and input devices. The one thing all of these different items seem to have in common is a bit of flair provided by some sort of lighting. The Pro Series Illuminated Keyboard is one of the latest releases from Sunbeamtech, and helps the end user to get one step closer to having everything in their system glow."

More information on this review can be found here.
The DiscHub Review @ Futurelooks
"Face it; we all are guilty of stacking our CD's and DATA discs at one time or another. Laying them out and scratching them to heck so they are no longer readable is something that you risk when you don't put them away properly. Here is a stylish product to prevent the scratched disc blues."

More information on this review can be found here.
TTIC NPH-K8-2 Cooler Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"As you can see, the fins are constructed of thin aluminum. There is a copper “Heat Column” 25mm thick, spanning upwards 100mm through the center of the 39 aluminum fins. The fins aren’t totally square, measuring around 70mm on their long side, and 60mm wide. The fans mountings are set up to blow air across the longer side of the fins for maximum heat dissipation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool H.D.D. Lander Cooler and Spider Filter Fan Review @ Think Computers
"With the weather becoming more dry, and the heat radiating against the walls of your house, your computer begs you for more cooling! How many times have you been sitting next to your computer wondering how hot it was, then glance over at your temperature monitor and about scream? I know I have quite a few times! That's when you need to jump into the world of water cooling, or into the land of fans! Most people get into computers now wanting to do a little water cooling setup, and overlook fans. Nothing like the whine of an 80cfm 120mm fan in the middle of the night! Today we will be reviewing the Evercool Spider Filter Fan 80mm fan, and the Evercool H.D.D. Lander Cooler. Enjoy!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Hiper Type-R 480w & 580w Power Supplies Review @ OCIA
"Four of these piggyback style extension cables are included. Hiper has taken modular PSU's one step farther as far as keeping a tidy case. I rather like this idea, more truth to the common phrase "only hook up the connections you'll use."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake TWV500W 500W Power Supply Review @ InsaneTek
"Modular power supplies are getting extremely popular and Thermaltake certainly isn't going to hesitate any longer. Their offering comes with some nice accessories like the wattage display."

More information on this review can be found here.

Evercool PT03-9232CP Review

"Looks can be deceiving, especially when it comes to coolers. The Evercool PT03-9232CP doesn't look anything exceptional but it does do a decent job at keeping your hot Prescott cool."

More information on this review can be found here.
BFG Tech GeForce 7800GT "Overclocked" @ Tweaktown
"nVidia officially took the wraps off their newest GeForce 7 series GPU today called GeForce 7800GT and will introduce it to a stack of gamers in the USA later today during QuakeCon in Dallas, Texas. The 7800GT is a slightly cut-down version of the enthusiast level 7800 GTX (slower clock speeds and fewer pipelines) and costs around $100 US less than nVidia’s flagship. Read on as we introduce you to the 7800GT and show you BFG's implementation of the GPU in its factory overclocked form."

More information on this review can be found here.
SAPPHIRE X800 GT Hybrid 256MB PCIe Review @ Hexus
"ATI's X800 GT SKU offers, finally, real-world performance that, on balance, overcomes NVIDIA's GeForce 6600 GT. Users looking to upgrade to a £100-£110 PCI-Express GPU would do well to seriously consider SAPPHIRE's X800 GT Hybrid 256MB card. AGP users will need to wait, though, and the very nature of the how the X800 GT came into being indicates that it won't be around forever, so snap it up while you still can."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8I945P Pro Intel 945P Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"Gigabyte's GA-8I945P Pro pairs up the Intel 945P chipset with the Intel ICH7R Southbridge, and supports Intel's new Pentium D dual core processors as well as any other recent LGA775 Intel Pentium 4 processor or Celeron. Two PCI Express x1 slots and three conventional PCI slots take care of further peripheral expansion needs, and the GA-8I945P Pro can support up to six IDE and four SATA II devices. Onboard peripherals include a GIGARaid IDE/RAID controller, a BroadCom Gigabit LAN adaptor and 7.1 channel Intel High Definition Sound."

More information on this review can be found here.
QuakeCon 2005 Day One Coverage @ TheTechLounge
"QuakeCon officially opened to the public at 8:00 am Thursday morning, and we were there along with hundreds of gamers when the doors opened. Fortunately for us, we didn’t have to wait in the BYOC line and were able to enter the convention center before the crowd hit. The sponsor exhibits weren’t scheduled to open until two hours later, so we took our time browsing through the isles, checking out some of the more interesting, and well… special… rigs. Since we were some of the first into the center, we were able to play around at NVIDIA’s booth before it opened, and before they shoed us away. During this time we were able to play some interesting new games and take some videos without the interruption of the crowds – although there was some mic-checking going on, as you’ll hear in the videos later on."

More information on this report can be found here.

QuakeCon 2005 Day One Coverage @ Bjorn3D

Welcome one and all to Quakecon 2005 from the beautiful and enormous Gaylord Texan Convention Center and Hotel in Grapevine, TX. Well over 6,000 are expected to attend one of the largest LAN party and gaming expos in the world. I can tell you first hand that it is definitely quite the show once again this year."

More information on this report can be found here.
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Quakecon 2005: Day 0 @ Legit Reviews
"Legit Reviews has once again made the Journey to Dallas, Texas for the biggest free LAN event in the US: Quakecon! This year marks the 10th anniversary of every gamer's holiday and also brings with it a few big changes."

More information on this report can be found here.
Guide To Accessing Your Data Remotely @ The TechZone
"We live in and increasingly mobile society. We travel more for work, personal pleasure and in some cases we even have jobs where we are expected to work from home. Obviously there are heaps of advantages to this kind of mobile lifestyle, but there are also some challenges. The challenge we want to discuss here is maintaining consistent, secure access to your information."

More information on this review can be found here.
Amacrox Power Bus Modular 460w PSU Review @ XtremeComputing
"We are looking at a 460w modular PSU from Amacrox, the Power Bus. Now we are lucky enough to get a world exclusive on this PSU after its uncanny design and layout caused quite a buzz at Computex. I managed to get this so early that the manual and box and spec sheet hasn’t even been made ready."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hiper Type R Modular 580 Watt Power Supply Video Review @ 3DGameman
"Performance is top notch, it has great looks, it's modular, SLI ready & even comes with a utility box! Peaking at 630 watts, it has no problem powering the most demanding computer systems. The modular design is one of the best in the industry since the cables will never detach accidentally.Gamers will love its SLI readiness. This product rocks!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
EverCool Lander HDD Cooler & Spider Filter Fan Review @ A1-Electronics
"Today we review two new computer products from EverCool to enhance you PC, Lander and Spider fan. Two handy computer accessories from EverCool all made to the usual high quality of EverCool."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Shogun Heatlane CPU Cooler Review @ Xtreme Resources
"Remember those CPU coolers back from the Pentium I/II era? Yes, those small aluminum heatsinks, no taller than a finger or two and weighing o­nly a few grams? I guess they are something which belongs in the past for a long time now, as CPU coolers get larger and larger with every passing day, to meet the demand of the market for efficient and silent cooling and the ever increasing heat dissipation of CPUs. Scythe, a Japanese company known for their cooling products, recently released the Shogun cooler, a massive cooler featuring their patented heatlane technology. It is an impressive cooler and since I happen to have it here, let us have a close look at it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCP655 12 VDC Pump Review @ System Cooling
"In their on going quest for the perfect PC water-cooling pump, Swiftech has recently released the MCP655 12 VDC Pump, which features several key improvements over the original MCP650. The two pumps appear nearly identical from the outside but inside the MCP655 has a new chipset controller, which allows the pump to run considerably quieter and includes a built-in potentiometer for adjusting the pump’s speed. The head and flow characteristics have slightly improved in the midrange as well and the MCP655’s compact design and quiet yet powerful motor make it ideally suited for heavy duty cooling applications where space is limited."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolJag SFO-H Copper A64 Heatsinks Review @ Madshrimps
"When all heatsinks are becoming vertical giants with heatpipes and minimum 120mm fan, you would think heatsink will be the size of your case to keep your processor running smoothly. Cooljag has been manufacturing heatsinks for quite sometime, perhaps longer than many of the giant builders we have come to know recently. SFO-H is the name, with all copper in a ´normal size´ that won´t require motherboard removal, and a surprising small 70mm fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Maxtor DiamondMax 10 300GB SATA Hard Drive Review @ BigBruin
"The performance of the Maxtor DiamondMax 10 300GB drive was impressive in both the benchmarks and real world testing. It managed to put up the best numbers of all the drives on hand in pretty much every test conducted... Comparing apples to apples, the SATA-150 performance of the Maxtor drive was the best."

More information on this review can be found here.
Blue Tango Classic Review @ Viperlair
"First the theory behind this sound card is very interesting, that of wireless audio from a computer to a speaker system in another room. The downside to this is that it is a class II Bluetooth device, which suffers from short range for the signal, 12' isn't really that great for a wireless device."

More information on this review can be found here.
BFGTech & XFX GeForce 7800 GT Reviews @ Bit-Tech
"Today, NVIDIA announce the second addition to the GeForce 7 series: the GeForce 7800 GT. As with the launch of GeForce 7800 GTX; NVIDIA are hard launching this video card - and by the time you have finished reading this review, you should be able to make your purchase at your favourite online retailer. Rather than a typical reference card review, we have a two matched pairs of retail GeForce 7800 GT's that you can go out and buy later today that we've put through their paces in the labs over the last few days. Before we have a look at the retail cards, we'll take a quick look at what is underneath the hood of GeForce 7800 GT, and how it differs from GeForce 7800 GTX."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT Review @ Hexus
"The most desirable mainstream graphics board on the market at the time of writing, bar none. Anything slower treads on the 6800 Ultra's toes a bit too much, so it'll be interesting to see how NVIDIA might handle that product overlap in the months to come. We await the imminent arrival of the ATI R520, and friends, that little while longer, but see NVIDIA's timing as just about perfect. In the meantime NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT is effectively the HEXUS 'Editor's Choice' for the high-end."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX GeForce 7800 GT Preview @ TheTechLounge
"Last month NVIDIA released the first of their new 7-series line of video cards, dubbed the 7800 GTX. The GTX moniker is a new one, and until today it hasn’t been clear what its position was – a 6800 GT replacement, or a 6800 Ultra replacement. Today NVIDIA is launching the 7800 GT, the successor to the 6800 GT. That makes the positioning of the 7800 GTX a little more clear, and although it might seem that the 7800 GTX is the new 6800 Ultra, we believe that NVIDIA has plans to release a 7800 Ultra when ATI’s R520 gets closer to hitting the market. We were able to get our hands on an XFX GeForce 7800 GT, and although we are not yet able to do a full review on this card due to time constraints, we have managed to test the card enough to get a good indication of its performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal Intel 955X Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"The Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal comes with the ICH7R Southbridge chipset, which replaces the ICH6 on all 955X and 945P boards. The Intel 955X Northbridge supports Intel Pentium Extreme Edition and Pentium D dual core processors as well as any other LGA775 Intel Pentium 4 or Celeron processor. Two PCI Express x1 slots and three conventional PCI slots take care of expansion needs and the GA-8I955X Royal can support up to six IDE and six SATA II devices. Onboard peripherals include a Silicon Image SATA/RAID controller, a GIGARaid IDE/RAID controller, A pair of BroadCom Gigabit LAN adaptors and 7.1 channel Intel 'High Definition' sound."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron K8SLI Mainboard Review Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"I was completely amazed. Not only by the margin that the two mid range GeForce 6600 GTs trounced the high end X850XT but the price per pound as well. One Radeon X850XT is priced at approximately $450. Two GeForce 6600 GTs AND the price of the Albatron K8SLI mainboard is about $445. Think about that. Two VGA cards and a new mainboard upgrade for less than the price of a single high end VGA upgrade - not forgetting that the two midrange VGA cards kicked the crap out of the high end Radeon."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
How To Make Windows XP Run Faster @ The TechZone
"I have this theory that sludge builds up inside a computer over time, much like an automobile engine. After a while, it doesn't start right up like when it was new, it stalls unexpectedly, and performance is sluggish on the (information) highway. Is there something like engine cleaner we can pour into our personal computer to restore that "like new" performance? Actually, yes!"

More information on this article can be found here.
nPowertek NPH 775-1 Heatsink Review @ InsaneTek
"nPowertek's previous coolers performed exceptionally well with the use of a single heatpipe and multiple fins. Their new column heatpipe cooler continues the great performance on the toasty LGA775 platform!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Vanessa L-Type HSF Review @ Ap0calypse
"In the past we’ve looked at several CPU coolers, all with a very similar design, usually consisting of a solid smooth base attached to cooling fins. Today we are going to take a look at a new HSF, from newcomer Titan Computer, which utilizes a heatpipe design. While heatpipes are not exactly new to processor cooling, the Vanessa L-Type is definitely unique in design."

More information on this review can be found here.
SteelPad Steel Sound 5H Gaming Headphones Review @ A1-Electronics
"No matter what, we found these SteelPad Steel sound 5H gaming headphones to be very comfortable and give very good sound reproduction. We were more than happy with them as we are sure you will be as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
VapoChill Micro Ultra Low Noise Review @ Overclockers Online
"The addition to the Asetek arsenal is more traditional than a phase change or water cooling system, but still cutting edge in its own right. The VapoChill Micro series is powered by Asetek's patented vapor chamber technology and is what I will be examining today."

More information on this review can be found here.

VapoChill Micro Ultra Low Noise Review @ Madshrimps

"asetek started with phase-change cooling, then they added water-cooling units to their product list, and today we see their first air cooled heatsink. Is their evolution backwards? The VapoChill Micro is very competitively priced, promises to remove up 150W of CPU generated heat, silently, and it weighs less then a feather.

More information on this review can be found here.
Xitel SoundAround Virtual 5.1 System Review @ Futurelooks
"Are you looking for some enhanced home theater sound from your existing stereo equipment without having to go out and spend some big money to purchase all new gear? Well if you are, there could be an economical solution for you. Enter the Xitel Soundaround. 5.1 virtual surround sound from just 2 speakers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Channel Speakers Review @ hardCOREware
Today we're reviewing the Z-5500 5.1 Channel Speakers from Logitech. A direct replacement to the popular Z-680, this set features a number of improvements and enhancements from the old version. Find out how the Z-5500 performs in a variety of scenarios, such as gaming, music, and in movies. We'll also look to see whether they stand up to different configurations other than as PC desktop speakers.

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA - The Power of 3 @ TheTechLounge
"Some think that this means NVIDIA will choose to unveil two new cards on August 11th – the 7800 GT and the 7800 Ultra. It could also mean that the full range of 7-series cards will be unveiled: the 7200s, 7600s, and the rest of the 7800 line. Perhaps this wouldn’t be the best decision since ATI is lagging behind and all of NVIDIA’s cards would be on the table; or it could be a good thing as they’d be totally dominating the market and ATI would be left an entire generation behind. Of course, none of this speculation is based on any hard facts, and to date there has been no word about any 7200 or 7600 cards or their equivalents – and yes, I’ve asked. There is also the possibility that we could see three video cards in SLI – I don’t think this is likely, and I don’t think it would make a lot of sense, but it’s still possible. We poked around and asked questions, and have gotten some answers."

More information on this article can be found here.
Gainward's Overclocked 7800GTX @ Bit-Tech
"It seems that Gainward have hit a sweet spot with this clock speed, as shown in our apples to apples tests and in our best-playable evaluations, too. The Golden Sample has a core speed that is 9% higher than reference clocks, while the memory is only 8% higher than reference - the performance in Far Cry shows a 12% increase in average frame rate, while the minimum frame rate increased by nearly 50%!"

More information on this review can be found here.
VIA C7-M Processor Preview @ PCstats
"VIA recently announced plans for another in the 'C' line of processors, this time dedicated to mobile use. The VIA C7-M is the mobile version of the C7 processor which was released in May of 2005. The VIA C7-M is slated to become available in November 2005 in speeds of 1.5GHz or 1.8GHz. During a recent briefing by the company, PCSTATS was shown the CPU in its A2 stepping. Possibly aiming to fill the market gap left by the apparent demise of Transmeta as a processor manufacturer, VIA has designed the C7-M with low power requirements and software security as the biggest areas of emphasis. The company is targeting the VIA C7-M at almost every segment of the laptop market, though it won't directly compete with the high-powered Intel Pentium M and AMD Turion processors in full-size laptops on the benchmark front at least, power efficiency is another story altogether."

More information on this preview can be found here.

Asus A8N-SLI Premium Athlon64 Motherboard Review

"The Asus A8N-SLI Premium includes IEEE 1394a Firewire, two Gigabit NICs, 7.1 channel audio and an additional Serial ATA/RAID controller (for a total of 8 SATA headers). In terms of expansion, the motherboard offers up one PCI Express x1 slot, one PCI Express x4 slot and three traditional 32 bit PCI slots to the two PCI Express x16 sockets. Finally, the board can be used with any Socket 939 AMD Athlon64/FX CPU currently on the market, and up to 4GB of PC3200 DDR-RAM can be installed."

More information on this review can be found here.
JAHT 108Mbps 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 JWA-5108 (108Mbps 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, 22Mbps or even the 54Mbps wireless technology."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalrock Eclipse ATX Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"The Eclipse has proven to be an excellent chassis. Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, and this case has a lot to behold. The combination of both bold and subtle styling elements gives the Eclipse a unique look and a burley stance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Building a Windows Media Center (MCE) 2005 @ Krunker
"This is the second MCE 2005 box that I’ve created over the last half year and the platform is absolutely stellar. There are other viable options out there and you should check them out to see which one fits your needs. However, for my home, I have to admit that MCE 2005 is the way to go (at least for now!)."

I wouldn't call this a DIY (do-it-yourself) article since there are so many important factors that have been missed. This is more of an overview of someone putting together his own HTPC. More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, August 9, 2005
GeIL ONE TCCD PC3200 400MHz DDR Memory Video Review @ 3DGameman
"With a CAS of 1.5 at 400MHz DDR this is some seriously sexy memory! The complete timing is a blistering 1.5-2-2-5 at 400MHz DDR. While this is brilliant it can be overclocked to 600MHz DDR using a timing of 2.5-4-4-7. It's available in a single 512MB module or 512MB and 1GB Dual Channel kits."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Centon Advanced GEMiNi PC3200 Dual-Channel Kit Review @ PCstats
"Centon has given us a first look at an overclocker-calibre dual-channel DDR memory kit. The two 512MB GEMiNI PC3200 dual-channel DIMMs we are testing in this review are rated to run at 200 MHz with 2-2-2-5 timings, at a voltage of 2.6V. The GEMiNi memory seemed to like running with 2.8V and it easily passed the 240 MHz mark with 2-2-2-5 memory timings. Pretty impressive! To get past 242 MHz however, we had to dramatically increase voltage to 3.4V!"

More information on this review can be found here.
MGE Extreme Gamer (XG) Vortec 600W PSU Review @ Techniz
"The MGE Extreme Gamer (XG) Vortec 600W PSU is a very good looking and powerful PSU. The performance of this PSU is very good and stable as you can refer back to the testing and performance section. The operation noise level was very silent as well. There are two SATA connectors included as well for supporting the SATA hard disk but without any PCI-Express connector to support the PCI-E VGA card. It is also the only disadvantage where it was not SLI ready. Anyway, with the 600W of power, you will be able to support all the incoming future computer hardware. With the price of around $90 US, this was a good buy and affordable power supply unit if you are looking for a powerful and nice looking PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Double CCFL Fan Kit Review @ Think Computers
"Well My future's so bright I gotta wear shades... Ok, now I'm showing my age here because not many of you got that I bet. Any who... Today you get blinded by the light; we have for your viewing pleasure the Logisys Double CCFL Fan Kit. Logisys has become a fairly standard brand in the computer market and is known for quality products. I like lights, flash and whatever makes my case stand out from the rest at a LAN. I was excited to be getting this item for review; will it live up to my hopes and aspirations? Read on and let’s find out. Before I start let me throw in a thank you to Logisys for this fine piece of lighting."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Max4 2.5 HDD USB2 Enclosure Review @ XtremeComputing
"It was nice to see the unit perform as well as its 3.5 counterparts this also means this HDD I borrowed from a supplier will be getting paid for as small IS beautiful especially when you carry an external HDD around because a Memory USB stick just isn’t enough. Think about it what do these small external 5 gig usb drives cost. Then go price up one of these and a 80 gig HDD. Mm I know what I would choose."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor X800 GT Video Card Review @ Bjorn3D
"Today ATI is launching a brand new RADEON® graphic card the X800 GT. This particular VPU is targeted at NVIDIA's GeForce 6600GT and 6800LE series of cards. ATI's partners will supply roughly 50,000 units during the launch month which means there will be quite a lot of X800 GTs available. While testing the card I talked to Andrzej Bania -- PR and Marketing Manager for Northern Europe & South Africa. We spoke about X800 GT and how it will impact ATI's current line of products. You might recall X700 XT which was a direct competitor to GeForce 6600GT, unfortunetely ATI decided to can it in favor of a more powerful X800."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Gold GX PC 3500 Dual Channel RAM Review @ Futurelooks
"Most of the time, PC3200 is enough for the majority of computer users out there. On the side of AMD, it is mostly due to the set FSB of 200Mhz and synchronous operation with the memory. At least with Intel, there is DDR2 to choose from besides DDR. In any case, OCZ's Gold GX PC3500 sets the bar a little bit higher and then some (keep on reading!) by guaranteeing 217Mhz operation at 2.8V (recommended). And today, we are looking at OCZ's 2x512MB offering, a dual channel matched pair of memory sticks rated at 2-2-2-5."

More information on this review can be found here.
BFG 6600GT OC Video Card Review @ Hardware-Review
"BFG Technologies is well-known in the gaming community for quality, performance, overclocking, customer service, and their kick ass lifetime warranties on their video cards. To pay homage to their graphics card-making prowess, we are going to stress and punish one of their 6600GT OC (AGP) video cards today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire X800XL Hybrid Edition Review @ GotApex
"Last week I looked at the Sapphire X800XL Ultimate edition. It proved to be a good card, putting up impressive numbers, enough so that you can play the latest games at decent detail and AA/AF combinations. This week we take a look at another one of Sapphire's offerings, the X800 XL Hybrid. The Hybrid puts a different interface onto the X800XL series, using ATI's PCIe->AGP bridge, but also adds Video In capability to the VO that most Sapphire cards come equipped with. What this means for you is the continuation of your legacy S754/478 boards that normally come equipped with AGP instead of the newer PCIe interface. If you are looking for the video editing portion of this, then the VIVO capability further enhances the bundle."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li PC-767 Case Review @ OCIA
"All of the front panel plates are removable, leaving a total of ten 5¼" bay positions. Yes, even the hard drive cage and 120mm intake fan are removable, so you're not stuck with having these at the bottom. If you wish you could put it at the top, middle, wherever you want. There's a removable foam fan filter that slides into place in front of the fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn Intel i945/i955 Dual Core Motherboards @ Legit Reviews
"Today, Legit Reviews takes a look at a trio of boards from Foxconn based on Intel's 955X and 945 chipsets. First up is the 955X based 955X7AA, Foxconn's flagship board. Then we tackle Foxconn's very able 945P based board, the 945P7AA, and lastly we take a look at their 945G based micro-ATX board the 945G7MA, which features Intel's integrated Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SpinPoint MP0804H Hard Drive Review @ Overclockers Online
"The Samsung MP0804H has certainly gone through a lot and it shined in its tests. When used as an external unit, its faster than NAS units and has a lot more capacity than typical flash drives. As an internal drive, I felt an immediate rejuvenation in performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
HEC Group 6C28 ATX PC Case Review @ BigBruin
"Compucase may not be the first name you think of when shopping for a case, but as the US source for HEC Group cases, they may be worth consideration the next time you want to find a new home for your system. Today we are taking a look at the HEC Group 6C28 ATX PC Case. The case is a mid tower model that combines a good mix of looks, features and functionality, even if the name leaves a lot to be desired."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Centurion 531 Case Review @ InsaneTek
"As their slogan states, Cooler Master focuses on providing the "ultimate thermal solution," whether it be in the form of a computer case or a heatsink. Cooler Master's cases have always had a gorgeous, well crafted design and look, but most all have also come at a heavier price. Cooler Master's Centurion line of cases is geared toward the mid-range section of the market. A nice looking design can be had cheaply; with the affordability of the Centurion line, can Cooler Master maintain the quality they're known for?"

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone LC14 HTPC Case Review @ The Moditory
"The market for home theater PCs and file servers is increasing almost daily. More and more people each day are builidng or buying machines to fulfill their multi-media needs. Catering to the market is SilverStone's "Lascala" series; the subject of today's review is the LC14. How well does this case provide for your needs? We'll answer that question for you in the Moditory's latest review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, August 8, 2005
OCZ EL DDR PC3500 Gold GX Review @ Legion Hardware
"Although it was important to test these modules at DDR433 using the CAS2-2-2-5 timings, I found it just as important to test them at their maximum frequency whilst using these timings. By successfully completing all tests at DDR500 with these settings, OCZ have proven how flexible these high performance "Gold GX" memory modules are."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ DDR Booster Review @ XtremeSystems
"With low latency high voltage memory becoming more and more popular by the day, a much larger, and albeit less technically savvy group of techies are starting to use such products. Traditionally, users would need to do voltage modifications to their motherboards and power supplies to achieve the required 3.3+ voltages to memory such as BH-5 and now more common, UTT. Such modifications can be difficult as result in blatant warranty voiding, which made my users shy away from the voltage loving memory. In order to make this type of memory more user friendly, OCZ, a highly respected and well known memory manufacturer, decided to create a solution. The OCZ DDR Booster."

More information on this review can be found here.
Creative GigaWorks S750 7.1 Speaker Review @ The Tech Zone
"If you're a hardcore gamer then you need to get your butt down to a Creative Labs dealer and have a listen to the new Creative GigaWorks S750 7.1 speaker system. This is Creative's flagship multimedia speaker and it has a price to match. The S750 goes beyond mere 5.1 sound by adding two more rear channel speakers for 7.1 surround sound output. This ensemble of speakers and high tech gizmos has created the best sounding Creative speaker we have ever heard."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC4000 Gold VX Memory Review @ Madshrimps
"OCZ has always a special place in my heart. Ever since the day i bought the OCZ Titan Geforce 3 video card, I was hooked on there performance. It was a one time product only and now they make very good memory power supply’s, CPU cooling and let’s not to forget the mighty DDR Booster. So this is one of the latest dual channel memory sets from OCZ."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Z-5300e 5.1 THX Certified Computer Speaker System Review @ Tweaknews
"After the pictures are taken and the product is tested, I was honestly trying to find something I could find as a considerable shortfall when considering this system. There just really isn't a reason not to pick this system up if the almighty Z-5500 is a little beyond your budget and power requirements. The system sounded great, everything was made perfectly and everything setup without an issue noted."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dustproof AcoustiFan Review @ The Moditory
"When it comes to cooling solutions, most people still use air for their PC's. Air is cheap (free most places), you can buy silent fans to avoid any overly noisy fans, and you won't spend a ton of money. You'll still have to deal with dust though. Filters can only help so much. We've all opened up a case an seen the results of what could've been a nuclear dust bunny. After some cleaning, it looks good as new and will stay that way, at least for a little while. But when looking closely at your fans, the innards are usually exposed by a small space around the core of the fan, allowing for dust and other airborne hoodlums to penetrate into your fan and accumulate somewhere that you can't clean off. This ingestion of dust can also shorten the life of the fan as it may interfere with internal components. This is why Acousti Products created their new Dustproof fan. It's even quieter than their normal batch of silent fans and will keep dust from penetrating into the fan, extending it's lifetime and prolonging replacement."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dusting Your Computer - Keeping it Cool @ BonaFideReviews
"My mother always told me to dust, but I never did, mostly because I was lazy, but also because I couldn't find any tangible benefit to dusting. I just didn't see how I'd benefit from my room or my things being less dusty. Well now I've gotten a bit older, and I finally found a reason to dust - a cooler running computer. I'm going to give some background on my own system and circumstances first, then run tests before and after dusting, as well as explain how and what I used to dust."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Blue Ice Review @ Viperlair
"If you're in the market for a new North Bridge cooler, the Cooler Master Blue Ice should be on your short list. If does a great job at keeping your NB chilly, and cooler parts all around can only mean a good thing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool F117 Nighthawk VGA Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"In its latest venture into cooling Evercool has created the F117 Nighthawk Universal VGA Cooler. With a crafty, sharp looking design that resembles the state of the art fighter jet, the F117 should prove to be a pretty solid product. Evercool has provided me with one for review, so let's take a look at how it performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Reserator 1 Plus Fanless Water Cooler Review @ PimpRig
"The first thing you'll notice with the 1 Plus is the color change. Looking decidedly less Smurf-like, the new black finish is a welcome improvement. Not only does it open up more options for color coordination with existing cases and gear, it offers a more refined appearance for a home or office."

More information on this review can be found here.
Koolance Exos 2 Water Cooling Kit Review @ GruntvillE
"The first thing to keep in mind is that Koolance didn't just send a cooling kit and say [WINDOWS-1252?]“have [WINDOWS-1252?]fun”. Koolance teamed up with a local VAR and a business partner, Infortechnow, to build a killer rig that will really put the Exos-2 through its paces better then anything we could have thrown at it. So the box was HUGE, standing taller then my 3.5 yr old son and weighed twice as much as he does. The only thing that made it easier to carry was that it didn't wiggle, kick, and scream as I brought it into the home office/computer lab like Dylan would."

More information on this review can be found here.
Basic System Buyer's Guide August 2005 @ Mikhailtech
"Finally, after months of waiting, we can now squeeze in a 128-bit, 128MB vanilla GeForce 6600 into our system. We chose Asus because of their reputation and because it was one of the cheapest 128-bit 6600s we could find. This is quite a boost and should future-proof our system against upcoming software and game demands for some time. We can now begin focusing more on storage, processor, memory, and motherboard upgrades. Then again, that all depends on how the market plays out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman TNN 300 System Review @ Hexus
"Summarising the Quiet PC/TNN 300 system is quite simple, really. It's a niche product that will appeal, in no uncertain terms, to a select bunch of users that value silence above all else. If you happen to be one of them, the TNN 300 is a pretty unique product that will appeal to you. For the rest who don't mind the noise made by a few fans, you'll wonder what the fuss is about. We try to view products in relation to how well they fit their intended purposes. In that case, then, the Quiet PC/Zalman TNN 300 system is a well-executed idea with significant practical benefits to the right type of buyer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone TJ05 Case Review @ DreamWare Computers
"The exterior of the case is painted a glossy black colour, with exception to the front bezel which is brushed black aluminum. On the lower left corner of the right side there is a fan vent for an 80mm fan which can be placed inside to cool the hard drives. When the right side of the case is removed, there is a fan filter which is easily removable for this fan as well. The right side of the bezel on this side of the case has four USB ports, an IEEE1394 port and a mic in and audio out port. I was impressed to see four USB ports there, as most cases only provide the standard two at the front."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Modding Worklogs @ PimpRig
Project: R2-D2 PC

"Check out this life-size replica of Star Wars' R2-D2 with a PC inside along with a complete VapoChill unit! A "must see" project."

More information on this project can be found here.

Project: KOS-MOS

"This tech/anime inspired mod sports some of the sleekest painting and custom metal blingage around. Very sharp project."

More information on this project can be found here.

Project: Dragon

"This project features some outstanding custom window work! The project is extremely tight all around and has an amazing mirror finish custom paint job."

More information on this project can be found here.

Project WCC Lan

"Ever seen a case with a pearlized lime-green interior? How about one that actually looked good? This case pulls it off with some nice painting and excellent custom machined parts."

More information on this project can be found here.
Super Modder BeWiz Interview @ CaseModGod
"That's right the modders that has one of his on the front page of the new CPU magazine had been interviewed by us, Casemodgod.com. We knew about Chistov Alexey (a.k.a. BeWize) long before CPU magazine. Read more about this Russian modder and see some of his other mods."

More information on this interview can be found here.
Saturday, August 6, 2005
A Parent's Guide to Online Gaming Part 2 @ The TechZone
"This part 2 guide provides the information you need to understand your children's hobbies better, both to make informed judgments about what they should and should not be doing, and maybe get you addicted to online gaming as well."

More information on this article can be found here.
LanFest 2K5 Report @ BoxGods
"Last weekend Newegg.com held Lanfest 2K5 in Pasadena, California. Having just been introduced to computer gaming, I checked it out for myself and for BoxGods.com. Read on for the perspective of an interested newcomer. Why didn't someone tell me there were hot chicks at these things?"

More information on this report can be found here.
OCZ Platinum PC4800 Elite Edition 1GB Dual Channel Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"After hearing many complaints from enthusiasts, OCZ brings back the use of TCCD in their high speed Platinum memory. The PC4800 Elite Edition overclocks wonderfully to amazing new speeds."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix PC4000 1GB Memory Kit Review @ Hardware-Review
"With the steady flow of DDR2 RAM available now by a variety of memory manufacturers, DDR RAM has taken a huge plunge in price and is more available than ever for those who haven’t gotten on the band wagon with PCI Express, dual core processors, and other “technology jumps” that have occurred in recent months. To give normal DDR RAM users something to sink their teeth into, we’ve got a 1GB kit of Crucial’s Ballistix PC-4000 RAM on our test bench to review today."

More information on this review can be found here.
G.Skill DDR Memory Roundup: 7 Extreme Kits Tested @ Madshrimps
"Welcome to our little endeavor to try and sort through the massive DDR1 line-up of the new upcoming enthusiast memory
company, G.Skill. We will take a closer look at 7 Dual Channel kits from the Extreme Series and test their overclockability."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT Fatal1ty X800 XL 512MB Video Card Review @ Hexus
"Whilst ABIT has sugar-coated the X800 XL 512MB VPU with its range of sweet new features, we find it hard to recommend it unreservedly. It's ostensibly slower than similarly-priced cards, and speed is, after all, why most users shell out £275 on a graphics card. However, it's been refreshing to see a company willing to design better and cleverer cards than the majority of other board partners, and we hope to see more innovation from the folks at ABIT on, dare we say it, faster GPUs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Epox EP-9NPA+ Ultra Socket 939 Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"The Epox EP-9NPA+ Ultra offers users a very flexible nForce 4/PCI Express platform, and has some useful integrated peripherals like a 8-channel audio, 10 USB2.0 ports, IEEE 1394a, and Gigabit LAN. It's not the most well equipped motherboard we've ever dealt with, but for mainstream users I think you could say it fills out all the necessary points well."

More information on this review can be found here.

Albatron K8SLI Motherboard Review

"The Albatron K8SLI motherboard is a compact nVidia nForce4 SLI board that packs in quite a bit into a small space. The Albatron K8SLI comes with a basic set of features, such as Gigabit network ethernet, 5.1 channel audio controller (with SPDIF out), two free 32 bit PCI slots as well two PCI Express x1 & PCI Express x16 slots, and the standard assortment of SATA and IDE connectors supported by the nForce 4 SLI chipset."

More information on this review can be found here.

Gigabyte GV-NX78X256V-B Geforce 7800GTX Videocard Review

"Old games of yesteryear look primitive compared to the stunning games of today and visually it's hard to go back and play those old favorites. Today, if you want the best videocard on the market regardless of price, it's definitely going to be something based on the nVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX core. The GV-NX78X256V-B is backed up by 256MB of GDDR3 memory and supports VIVO as well as component output, and is fully SLI compatible. Included in the package is also a pretty good software suite which includes two full version games and some multimedia software."

More information on this review can be found here.

Albatron GeForce 7800GTX Videocard Review

"The Albatron GeForce 7800GTX videocard is pretty darn impressive. In addion to its nVidia GeForce 7800 GTX GPU with 302 million transistors, the PCI Express x16 videocard packs 256MB of GDDR3 memory, SLi compatibility, a low-profile & low-noise heatsink, twin DVI video connections and support for a host of video input and output formats. Albatron ship along a basic set of software and cabletry with the Albatron 7800GTX videocard so that every feature can be used (SLI bracket excluded), but there's nothing else in the box aside from the 7800GTX card to really get excited about."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech VNF4 Ultra Zenith VE motherboard Review @ Xtreme Resources
"Chaintech heralded the launch of the Chaintech VNF4 Ultra Zenith Value Edition motherboard in a company press release dated December 13, 2004. This motherboard features the nForce4 Ultra chipset, one PCI Express x16 slot, four 184-pin DDR DIMMs with capacity up to 4GB of memory, SATA II compatibility and the NVIDIA 7.1-channel audio solution. Does this board provide the customer looking for value and performance what they are seeking? Please read the rest of this review for further benchmark results and discussion."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AN8 SLI NFORCE4 SLI Motherboard Review @ hardCOREware
"We've seen them do it before - provide overclockers with a no-frills motherboard that overclocks like mad. In fact, Abit seems to excel at that. However recently, we've been inundated with motherboards from Abit bloated with noisy fans, bright flashy lights, and overhyped marketing around a video game wiz-kid not many people care about. With the AN8 SLI, Abit are going back to their roots. This board has (count 'em) one ethernet port. It has no extra SATA ports other than the four provided by the chipset controller. But man were we impressed by it. Check out the review to see why."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool Neon Crab Memory Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"Computer enthusiasts and case modders are always looking for that next-best-thing. We search for products that allow us to squeeze the last few MHZ out of our systems in search of the ultimate overclock. We also want to have a product that looks good. The Evercool Neon Crab Memory Cooler is advertised as something that can fill both these voids. It has a funny name and looks unusual, but let's see how well it really works."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zerex Super Coolant Water Additive Review @ OCIA
"Of course once I powered on the system, everything mixed together as anticipated. In a pure distilled water system, the Zerex would give the kit a mellow pinkish look. In the test rig, however, with the UV dye already mixed in, we had some interesting effects. Under UV light, the color of the liquid in the reservoir was still green, but less UV reactive than before."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Nitrogon NT02 Review @ MetkuMods
"To boost the thermal conductivity even further, NT02 has three heatpipes, which spread the heat from base towards the top part of the cooler. This way the surface area, provided by the thin copper thermal elements, is being used in most effective manner."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte Aurora Chassis & Watercooling Kit Review @ Bit-Tech
"Some people don’t like doors (it can be removed if you don’t mind losing the security of locking it up tight) and some may not like blue. These are all subjective. Setting personal preferences aside, the 3D Aurora is damn impressive. It is rare that I have come across a computer case with this quality of build. The fit and finish of every single part is really amazing, it’s built like tank."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec TX1050B Black SOHO Tower Case Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"Antec is one of the top most recognized brand names when it comes to high-end PC enclosures. The original Performance Series is undoubtedly the most well-known Antec design, and each new generation since then has been based on this classic chassis. The Antec TX1050B in this review is part of the Performance TX line, a third generation model."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone SG01 SFF Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"Small Form Factor Cases are becoming more & more popular because they are light & compact. This makes them a perfect candidate for building a KICKASS system for LAN parties. The SG01 is aluminum with fantastic styling, construction & looks. There are 2 external 5.25" & 2 internal 3.5" drive bays. At the front, conveniently located, is 1 Firewire, 4 USB2 ports, mic & headphone jack. It also has good air circulation."

I must admit that I am very impressed with SilverStone's lastest SFF entry. More information on this video review can be found here.
Friday, August 5, 2005
How To on removing Adware and Spyware @ The Tech Zone
"If your computer runs slower than normal, or you are constantly bombarded with popup ads, then your system probably has spyware installed. Spyware is a software that runs on your computer, and can do many types of things. Spyware can come in the form of a tracking cookie that informs its creator of which websites that you visit, or it can be a software that gets installed that serves popup ads to your computer to try to get you to visit other websites."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Samsung Spinpoint SP2004C SATA II 200GB NCQ Hard Drive Review @ Futurelooks
"Who knew that Samsung made hard drives? Raise your hands! Samsung has been quietly pushing their way into the hard drive market with high value, and low noise offerings. We check out their latest SATA offering to see if it is up to task."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Fan Commander w/Thermal Sensors Review @ Overclockers Online
"You really cannot compare the Fan Commander to many fan controllers on the market as nothing can shake a stick at its ability to control seven fans. If you have a case with more fans than PCI slots like me, then the Ultra Fan Commander is a must. The ability to finally control all the fans in my case at one central location is priceless. My computer has never been so quiet when I am not working it hard and the security of the alarms built into the Ultra Fan Commander let me rest better than I have before with my computer running through the night. That is, until a fan dies and I am thrown from my bed from the amazingly loud alarm going off at three in the morning, but it will be worth the interruption as I would rather be safe than sorry."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung 193P+ LCD Display Review @ XYZ Computing
"The evolution of LCD technology can be seen in the Samsung 193P+. This monitor was first released as the 193P, a high-end 19" display. Though this display still has a comparatively innovative cabinet, the LCD panel is representative of technology from a few years ago, which is when it was brought to market. Samsung's designers recently reintroduced the 193P as the 193P+ which means a similar base but with an updated LCD panel. This review will be taking a look at the new display and seeing how well Samsung managed to update this hit product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cambridge SurroundWorks 200 Home Theater System Review @ Designtechnica
"In a perfect world everyone would have, among other things, space for five or more speakers to create their own home theater. But many homes whether it’s a tiny studio apartment in Manhattan or a bonus room in California can’t accommodate surround-channel speakers. The consumer electronics industry offers several solutions: “wireless” surround speakers (which still have to be plugged into an outlet and connected to each other), three-channel surround modes, and most recently, scaled-down speaker packages that simulate surround sound using one or two front-channel speakers and a sub.Cambridge SoundWorks’ entry into the latter group is SurroundWorks 200, a $999 system bundling the AVS600 DVD player/receiver with a single, multi-driver speaker enclosure and separate sub."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Headphones Review @ Hardware Mods
"Zalman's amazing 5.1 Surround Sound Ultimate Gaming Headphones provide real 3D sound field, competing with multi-channel speaker systems. This sound is achieved by creating 2 speaker channels in each of the headphones. The sound travels through 3 separate front and rear jacks that connect to your sound card in two separate places. The Zalman Headphones will give you enhanced localization of onscreen sound, clear dialogue hearing, better feeling on a discrete sound, and a much more realistic effect."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech MM22 Portable iPod Speakers @ BonaFideReviews
"The unprecedented sales success of the Apple iPod portable music player has spawned a growing peripherals business to supply the owner base with a wide range of accessories. Among the most popular add-ons are compact portable speaker systems which allow the user to un-tether from his/her headphones and share their music with others. Altec-Lansing, in particular, has had great success with a variety of portable speaker systems, from the ground-breaking inMotion to the subsequent IM3 and IM4. Now Logitech has entered the fray with their mm22 Portable Speakers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Steel Sound 5H Gaming Headset Review @ Tweaknews
"Steelpad has made some quality products in the past, and I was excited to see what they could do to enhance the sound in a gamer's world. I was disappointed to say the least, by the lackluster sound quality that these headphones provide. I admit the thought was there, and the headphones are nicely designed, especially the microphone addition but design is not all there is."

More information on this review can be found here.
JBL Encounter 2.1 Speaker System Review @ TheTechLounge
"Take a peek at JBL’s website and you might notice a trend. Look familiar? Their computer audio products have taken on the virginal white heraldry of Apple’s little darling. Not only that, these ordinarily sedate computer speakers have mutated into alien versions of their former selves. The design department over at JBL must be working double shifts. The new look of JBL’s computer audio screams two things: iPod and alien invasion; perhaps none more so than the Encounter 2.1 speaker system. Not only do the components themselves resemble bug-eyed invaders, the name alone beckons a certain Spielberg epic. These 2.1 computer speakers may look out of this world but how will they perform down here on Earth?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, August 4, 2005
Windows Vista Hands-on Preview @ Bit-Tech
"At this stage, Beta 1 looks very interesting, but it really is the 'concept car' of releases and there's a lot more work to do before we can start really getting our teeth into this. Given that it runs fine on a machine of the low spec I used, I don't know if that's good because all the interesting new things don't tax it, or bad because they haven't put the performance guzzling code in yet. I'll save that judgement for when future releases come out."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Spire SP792S12-U Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"The Spire SP792S12-U is a compact light weight small air cooler heatsink intended for AMD processors. Its aluminium construction with a copper insert gives very respectable cooling performance as we can see here in our graph."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire DiamondCool Heatsink Review @ InsaneTek
"The Spire DiamondCool LGA775 cooler looks to be able to provide great performance with the all copper fins and 4 heatpipes. It already performs well but can do better with a better fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
WaterChill 12V Pump/Reservoir Review @ PimpRig
"Odd shape or not, the reservoir is very precisely mated to the pump body over the inlet to the impeller making for a very clean look. A small tube is modeled into the back of the reservoir to accommodate a LED which is accessible from the underside of the pump. The position and size of the fill port however may make filling it a bit problematic."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Fire Socket 775 Cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"The Ultra Products cooler clearly has bigger muscles than the Intel cooler and out performed it well, I was quite surprised with the results to be honest as I expected only a few Celsius difference with the final temps. What was also noted was that I was able to clock the Cpu to 3.3 without the load temp going above 50c."

More information on this review can be found here.
HTPC File Management @ BoxGods
"With the recent epidimic of massive hard disk drives, the PC community has been scrambling to find ways to fill all those empty gigabytes of disk space. Fear not, help is on the way thanks to HTPC's and PVR software Like SageTV 2.0--for those that dont have a terabyte of storage, the solution to these massive files is in converting them into managable formats like Xvid, DivX, or WMV--while were at it, let's use a video editor to wack out those commercials and save even more space."

More information on this article can be found here.
Overclocking Guide Part II @ OCIA
"Speaking of memory dividers, this is another setting that sometimes confuses people. While the idea of memory ratios or dividers have existed for a while, AMD users were always told not to use them. I think it was drilled into our heads. Now that we can use them we need to understand that the exact ratio changes slightly depending on the CPU multiplier you use. The reason for this is with the memory controller built into the processor, any divider used takes into account the CPU Multiplier when calculating the ratio."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Antec Sonata II Case Review @ Neoseeker
"Today we look at the Sonata II. The case continues to focus on the silent and updates the previous designs to make the case more effective, however even with current accomplishments there is room for improvements such as ACAG."

More information on this review can be found here.

Gigabyte Aurora Case Review

"The nifty part of the front is that the LED from the fan can illuminate a logo onto the ground (or desk). The principle behind it is simple - light cannot penetrate black, so by using a stencil, which can be found here, you are able to project any word or image onto the ground. Nifty trick, and is probably why the bottom half of the case sticks out a bit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 Review @ Viperlair
"Performance takes a few forms. If your are a fan of synthetic memory tests than this RAM is significantly better that DDRI and overclocking helps quite a bit. However most of us don't run these tests continuously so we look to the real world results. For the most part there is no significant increase due to DDRII memory. The exceptions are TMPGEnc which shows a 4.5% increase by moving to DDRII, and the game tests which show a 3-5% increase in frame rate (3-4fps) also by moving to DDRII."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ DDR2 PC2-4200 Value Pro Review @ techPowerUp
"OCZ has geared their DDR2 Value Pro towards "mainstream desktop users". We had the DDR2 PC2-4200 Value Pro modules on our testbench and were surprised by how far we could overclock this memory. Close to DDR2-750 at stock voltage is certainly not mainstream. Timings could also be tightened from 4-4-4-8 to 3-3-2-4. Great results, especially if you consider the price of $120 for a 2x512MB kit."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI Infinity nForce 4 Motherboard Review @ Futurelooks
"Looking for something basic without all those fancy, schmancy features that you'll never use? Well, we check out one of DFI's latest products from their newly relaunched Infinity motherboard series."

More information on this review can be found here.
G.Skill F1-4400DSU2-1GBFC Memory Review @ PureOverclock
"TCC5 is not a brand new replacement for TCCD, it is simply the same chip speed binned to DDR466 instead of DDR500 and has been available for as long as TCCD. The performance of your TCC5 product now relies heavily on the binning process used by the memory manufacturers (OCZ, Corsair, G.Skill etc) but if they do a good job you should get identical performance to current TCCD."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit Fatal1ty AN8 SLI Motherboard Review @ The Tech Zone
"The Abit Fatal1ty AN8 SLI is an update to the award winning Fatal1ty AN8. The biggest change is, of course, the upgrade to NVIDIA SLI technology, which enables gamers to run two NVIDIA based video card for the ultimate performance setup."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X850XT PCI-E Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Up until a few weeks ago the X850 series video cards were proclaimed as the fastest cards on the planet but now with the release of that other companies new card does it make the X850 obsolete? Come along as we run it through a battery of new and not so games to see how it stacks up and also to see if the X850XT is a worth while choice as opposed to the X850XT PE."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeForce 7800 GTX Shootout @ Hexus
"Each package on test has merit when judged via a wide range of criteria. Leadtek's is the cheapest and slowest, comparatively speaking. The bundle is good and a custom BIOS adds a bit of extra oomph to the already-fast card. Speaking of which, it's strictly a reference design. BFG's effort sits in the middle, both in terms of performance and price, and wins out in the warranty and bundle stakes. XFX's, as is evident through our glut of benchmarks, is quite simply the fastest single-card solution that we have ever tested. Fast
enough to attract a £65-£85 premium over the Leadtek, well, you decide."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI Theatre 550 Pro TV Tuner Review @ PCstats
"ATI recently released the Theatre 550 Pro digital audio/video processing chipset which adds several image quality-related features, possibly making computer-based media centres a little more viable. We've already reviewed one Theatre 550-based product and found it to be the best TV-tuner we had yet looked at. Today we're looking at another, the MSI Theatre 550 Pro."

More information on this review can be found here.

ECS PF88 Extreme Hybrid Intel/AMD Motherboard Review

"While flexibility is the name of the game in the software world, the computer hardware realm is a lot stricter. AMD and Intel technologies are completely different from each other, so it's impossible to use one product in the other's platform. Or at least that has been the general rule until now. The ECS PF88 Extreme Hybrid motherboard is on our test bench for a thorough examination, and in the configuration pictured it works with either a socket 775 Intel Pentium 4 or socket 939 AMD Athlon 64 processor. Intrigued yet?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, August 3, 2005
Thermaltake Rocket Fanless Water Cooler Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"Starting with the Thermaltake Rocket Tower. It is 640mm high which is needed to gives sufficient surface area to transfer the heat to the surrounding air. As you can see in this review picture the hot water from the waterblock travels up the centre of the Thermaltake Rocket Tower and flows down the sides to return to the pump and then the waterblock. While this Thermaltake Rocket tower is substantial it really does not take up that much room on your desk or table and as you get plenty of tubing with the kit you can place it quite a distance away from your computer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeamtech Chromatic Windmill Control Panel Review @ BigBruin
"On the back of the Chromatic Windmill you will find all the connectors neatly lined up, and well labeled. You will also find a place to install a back-up battery. If the power is ever lost to the unit you won't lose your settings. This is a great feature, as I have always hated moving components around and losing the values that I had programmed in!"

More information on this review can be found here.
SimpleTech SimpleShare NAS Review @ Overclockers Online
"Whether you own a small business or just someone who likes to archive everything, the SimpleShare NAS gives you a large amount of space with very little hassle. You can have a basic configuration, that works at an optimal performance, up and running in less than 5 minutes. Additional configuration for RAID and such can take the performance to the next level."

More information on this review can be found here.

Titan Vanessa L-Type Heatsink Review

"The Titan Vanessa L-Type definitely is one of the easiest to install and does a fine job cooling making the stock AMD HSF look far inferior. The large single heatpipe and massive fins allow it to cool extremely well with the fan turned down low enough to become invisible in a typical air-cooled system. The CPU cooling ability is fantastic and when gaming the noise level would be more than acceptable and will not interfere with you listening for bushes rustling or footsteps in Far Cry or the like."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin DDR Redline XP4000 Review @ techPowerUp
"After the success of the old "BH-5" PC3500 LVL2, Mushkin tries to continue the success story with the new Redline XP4000. They select the best Winbond UTT CH-5 and use them on these modules to have a big clearance above the specifications. The modules offer 250 MHz with tightest timings of 2-2-2, but require active cooling. We test these sticks at up to 3.5V and see how far they go."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI NX6800TD-128E Geforce 6800 SLI Videocard Review @ PCstats
"Over the next few pages PCstats will be reviewing a pair of PCI Express MSI X6800 TD-128E SLI-capable videocards in both single and SLI mode. We're going to see just what kind of performance a user can expect from these high-end cards operating in tandem. By now, most consumers should be familiar with SLI benchmarks from 6600GT mid-range nVidia cards, so let's take things up a notch! Each of the MSI NX6800 TD-128E videocards we'll be testing are based on the nVidia Geforce 6800 GPU and sport 128MB of GDDR3 memory, SLI compatibility, full HDTV/S-Video/composite TV-out capabilities and dual-monitor support. The blue analog connection is for CRT monitors and the white DVI connector is for digital LCD displays."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X800XL vs Sapphire X800XL 512 MB @ Bjorn3D
"Today, I am testing two cards with different features. First we have the HIS X800XL. As other HIS cards I’ve reviewed, this comes with their IceQII cooling system, making it very silent. In the other corner, I have the Sapphire X800XL 512 MB, which, as you might figure out, comes with twice the memory of ordinary X800XL cards: 512 MB."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeCube X800XL 512MB Graphics Card Review @ Tweaktown
"Today we're taking a close look at GeCube's new ATI Radeon X800XL graphics card with 512MB of GDDR-3 memory onboard. After looking at the package and the card, we're comparing the 512MB model against a 256MB model to see what type of differences we have in our usual array of gaming benchmarks. Is it worth spending the extra money for the additional 256MB of memory or not? Read on and we'll try and provide some answers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte & ABIT 955X Motherboard Reviews @ Bit-Tech
"The reason for the chipset change is that Intel’s northbridge contains the memory controller which needs to be updated in order recognise both CPU cores. This has caused a lot of people to cry out at Intel’s supposed “lack of foresight” where these people claim that the whole i9xx range of chipsets should have been dual core enabled from the word go. Maybe so, but as the i925X chipsets were being designed Intel was probably still thinking it had some clock overhead in the Prescott which, as it happens has turned out not to be true."

More information on this review can be found here.
A Parent's Guide to Online Gaming @ The TechZone
"The Internet touches every aspect of your children's lives. Where you might look up an unknown word in a dictionary, your kids are more likely to use dictionary.com. Where you use the telephone, they use instant messenger. An even greater difference can be found in how they play games. Where the games of their parent's generation may have involved a board, cards, or at their most sophisticated a console system, the games your children play on the net can be far more complex. They mine gold, spread empires, fight dragons and aliens alone or with tens, hundreds, even thousands of their fellow gamers. All of this makes for a confusing mish mash of names, places, jargon and lingo that can leave you with no idea what your kids are actually doing and a vague feeling of uneasiness that some part of it might not be good for them."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Newegg LANfest2K5 Event Photos @ LANmaniac
"LANmaniac has just put up a photo gallery giving you the gamers perspective of LANfest2K5. LANfest2K5 is a 400 player LAN Party that just went down this past weekend in Pasadena, California where people came to compete from all over the country. Top clans and players like Fatal1ty merged on this very location to throw down the major pwnij! Check out LANmaniac's pics to see what it was all about!"

More information on this event can be found here.
Assembly '05 Report @ MetkuMods
"Assembly '05 is one the of largest demo and LAN parties in the world. Held now for the 14th time and gathering around 5000 visitors in four days from over 20 countries. Coders, graphics artists and other demo scene people competed in over 20 different categories with the prizes totaling over 70.000 USD. Every year there are thousands of gamers battling each others on the 3000 computer LAN and this year the national World Cyber Games (WCG) qualifications were held in this arena as well."

More information on this event can be found here.
Rethinking Pre Modded @ BoxGods
"Serious modders have always knocked pre-mods as pretenders, posers, and wannabe's—I am perhaps the worst offender because, frankly, I take modding very seriously. I was modding when Cliff Anderson invented the Fan Bus, and [H]ardOCP was melting CPU's right and left. Buying pre-modded cases seemed like cheating to me, and I was vocal about it. Recently however, I have re-examined the subject and my opinions."

I'm mixed on this editorial, part of it praises modding as a art form while the rest sounds like advertising for a new company. More information on this editorial can be found here.
Tuesday, August 2, 2005
Cooler Master Blue Ice Chipset Cooler Review @ BigBruin
There are certainly other Northbridge coolers, but they don't compare to the Cooler Master Blue Ice's unique looks. As for the performance, that is truly an area where this unit shines when compared to a passively cooled Northbridge cooler. It is certainly larger than other Northbridge coolers, but that is also part of the reason for the efficiency. This is a great cooler, but before you buy it, be sure it will fit on your motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman VF700-Cu VGA Cooler Review @ Xtreme Resources


"Is your video card o­ne of those that is getting very hot and eventually raises the temperature of your entire system? Or perhaps the stock cooler that came with it is very noisy? Many people have o­ne or even both of these problems and the CNPS7700-Cu for their video card might be the perfect solution for either situation. Zalman has been addressing these problems and recently presented the VF700-Cu, a mini-CNPS7700-Cu for video cards. Featuring a very similar design that made the CNPS7700-Cu very popular and very effective, we shall see if it does the same o­n VGA cards. Since I was provided of a VF700-Cu, let us see if the miracle worked!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire WisperRock V Review @ Think Computers
"Well, in my humble opinion there are to many companies making cooling solutions. There are so many out there to choose from anymore, I'm not going to list them, you know most of them I'm sure. Having this many companies making heat sink fan cooling solutions can be a problem, not everyone is going to be great. Truth is, most aren't, and the ones that at one time were, have let their success go to their heads and let quality control fade away, thinking they will sell products on their name alone. Having cool names, cool packaging might sell products to a newbie, but at what cost really? Today for review I have a heat sink fan combo from Spire, called the Whisperock 5, sure everyone knows the name, they make a decent cooler right?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Volcano 4005 Heat Exchanger @ Techniz
"This Volcano 4005 Heat Exchanger from Thermaltake is one of the best CPU cooling, the cooler itself combines the air and water cooling together and give an excellent cooling performance to the CPU. It was also totally fanless CPU cooling solution unless an optional fan had been installed to it. By using this cooler, you might also need a good pump in order to make sure the water flow is able to get through all the loops in the cooler. The Volcano 4005 Heat Exchanger is also support the Intel P4 (Socket 478), P4 LGA 775, AMD K8 and K7 platforms of CPU cooling. The only bad thing from this cooler is the weight which is consider a heavy weight CPU cooler. But, it might not be a big problem as long as having a proper installation of it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra USB Hubs Review @ Viperlair
"The USB 2.0 Hub has the advantage of nicely spaced out ports, LED indicators for power and usage, and of course the bonus of USB 2.0 speeds. Being a powered hub you shouldn't have to worry about power hungry USB devices drawing to much power and shutting down your ports, and the power adapter itself is quite universal with an input rating of 100-240v; a simple plug adapter and the hub can be powered up anywhere with a socket."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung 173P+ LCD Review @ DreamWare Computers
"Several months back we looked at the Samsung 193P LCD monitor. The design of that monitor was near flawless, however the very slow response time made it something more of offices and definitely not for gamers who require the fastest response time they can get! Samsung now has a new version of this monitor available with two major changes, this model is 17 inches (not 19) and the response time is a blazing fast 8ms!"

More information on this review can be found here.
The Storage War: HDD vs SSD @ Dark Vision Hardware
"Much has been written about solid state disks (SSDs) becoming the next big thing in the IT industry. But as to whether or not we have enough knowledge of how it will revolutionize the industry is a different question. How much do we really know about SSDs? If we are to ask people on the streets, it wouldn't come as a surprise that they dont know much of what an SSD is. Even if they do know, most probably it would be limited to a USB pen drive, a CompactFlash or a Secure Digital card, which are more on the consumer side of the storage industry."

More information on this review can be found here.
Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Processor Review @ Sharky Extreme
"The Athlon 64 X2 line is comprised of two distinct architectures, and the Manchester and Toledo cores essentially provide dual Athlon 64 Venice or San Diego cores on a single processor. The Toledo core features a full 1MB of L2 cache per core, for a total of 2MB per processor, and X2 models include the 2.4 GHz Athlon 64 X2 4800+ and 2.2 GHz Athlon 64 X2 4400+. Each of the Athlon 64 X2 cores also features its own 64K of L1 instruction and 64K of L1 data cache, or 256KB of total L1 per processor. All Athlon 64 X2 processors support AMD64 and can handle both 32- and 64-bit code."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL PC3500 Gold GX 2-2-2-5 DDR Review @ OCIA
"In anticipation of receiving this memory, I purchased an OCZ DDR Booster, as the MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum motherboard that I'm currently using has only 2.85V for the memory. With the DDR Booster, I'll have up to 3.4V at my disposal. Of course, when running this much voltage through the modules, ACTIVE COOLING IS REQUIRED! I placed two 80mm fans blowing directly on the DDR Booster and the memory modules."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X300 SE HyperMemory 128MiB Review @ Hexus
"My evaluation of such low-end hardware using the latest graphically challenging games might seem pointless at first glance. Look twice and you'll see that while both HyperMemory and TurboCache boards were generally really unhappy with the latest games, analysis of UT2004 shows that in older games (and to some extent new ones at very low resolution) they'll do fine. If your aim is to build a really cheap PCI Express-based gaming box for the kids, or to use a card as a stop-gap solution before you pick up something more powerful, they do fine."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire X850 XT Platinum Edition AGP Video Card Review @ The Tech Zone
"The Radeon X850 XT is the fastest chip ATI has to offer. Sapphire Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition cards are available in both AGP and PCI-E models. The card we got our hands on was the AGP version. The Platinum Edition tag means card is clocked higher than the regular edition. This is the top of the line video card using an ATI chip."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Aurora Case Review @ InsaneTek
"The Aurora is a full tower case constructed out of aluminum. It weighs in a 7.1kg, or about 15.5lbs. It is available in both a silver and a black finish. The Aurora carries a silver and blue motif throughout its design. The front bezel of the Aurora is comprised of two pieces of brushed aluminum, the door which hides the 5.25" and 3.5" drives, and the perforated piece which works as a fan grill. The intake fan is a large 120mm. The Aurora's design allows it to take in air from the grill at the front of the bezel, as well as humps on both sides of the bezel."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Aurora Case Review @ InsaneTek
"We are often asked what type of system to build for a particular amount of money. Since it’s hard for us to reply to every question, we’ve decided to launch our “System Builders Guide” feature or SBG for short. It’s a new section on TweakTown which will be updated every month or so (depending on releases of new products) with our recommendations on what parts you should buy to build a system based on three different budgets. We are covering budget (The Avenger – under $800), mid-range (The Executioner - $800 - $1500) and high-end (The Slayer – No Budget). All prices are listed in USD and prices are sourced from Newegg.com, probably the most popular online retailer in the United States and they stock a lot of different brands and models."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Supra-Server Project @ Mini-ITX
"Ever since first seeing the Mini-ITX website I wanted to do my own computer conversion. After doing an engine conversion on my Supra, a computer should be a piece of cake. The main thing I wanted was to look like just a car, and it had to have a purpose. I saw the HTPC cars on this site, and on a few others and realised with my experience in computers/RC cars/engine conversion this was the task I was made for."

More information on this project can be found here.
Star Wars Case Engraving @ Bit-Tech
"Unfortunately, I had to tone down the detail a little when doing the engraving, since the design looked a little too 'busy'. However, with that done, the left side needed something more - another Star Wars logo did the trick. This made Yoda appear more clear and helped to get the right balance in the design."

More information on this article can be found here.
Monday, August 1, 2005
Fragapalooza 2005 - LAN Party Adventures in the Great White North @ Futurelooks
"Fragapalooza 2005 is Canada's largest indoor LAN Gaming event. Running from July 21st to 24th, competitors came to Fragapalooza from mainly western Canada, with a few from the U.S., and even one or two from China and New Zealand! But it was only the first couple days as gamers start settling into their new environment for the weekend where everybody who didn't skip work, finally came."

More information on this article can be found here.
Five Ways To Block SPAM @ BigBruin
"Spam is one of those things that nobody wants, but probably has plenty of. If there happens to be anyone out there unfamiliar with spam, we are not talking about the luncheon meat, but the unsolicited, junk e-mail that clogs our inboxes. And in case you are curious, according to some sources, the junk mail version of spam earned its name from a Monty Python skit regarding the luncheon meat of the same name. Care to sing along?"

More information on this article can be found here.
GameDeck and V1 Chair Comparison @ Primotech
"Gaming is, for all intents and purposes, a grueling task. When that first-person shooter you’ve been tracking for months is finally released, you’ll be dodging bullets and destroying enemy strongholds for the next finger-cramping, ass-numbing, and carpal tunnel-inducing however-many-hours. But since everyone knows we wouldn’t have it any other way, a number of companies have emerged whose lofty aspirations stand at nothing less than to make playtime more enjoyable. Imagine that. And how on earth are they attempting to do this? With the most comfortable, functional, and eye-catching furniture to ever grace the gaming world."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire X-Cruiser Case Review @ Overclockers Online


"Aspire was happy to provide me with a black sample, out of the many colors they offer for this case, as I am always partial to the simplicity and elegance of black. Upon removing all the packing material, the first thing about the X-Cruiser that caught my attention was the finish. A very nice, glossy paint was utilized and the black seems very deep and smooth giving the indication that multiple coats were applied. I am a car enthusiast and although this is not an automotive quality finish it is not far off."

More information on this review can be found here.
Quiet Power Product Release @ Swiftech
Signal Hill, CA - Saturday July 30th, 2005 - Swiftech™ today announced the release of the new Quiet Power line of heat exchangers for Personal Computers. The MCR120 and MCR220 "QP" series heat exchangers have been engineered to meet today's PC industry highest thermal loads, quality standards, and low noise requirements at competitive prices.

“The name "Quiet Power" is a reference to earlier work we did in 2002 with our liquid cooled barebones. It also perfectly reflects our focus during the months of research and development that we spent optimizing the thermal performance and acoustic noise characteristics of these radiators with low to medium output fans" said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech’s Chairman. Mr. Rouchon goes on to state "Mass production enables us to offer these products at extremely competitive prices while maintaining our high quality standards, and when you add the Patent Pending self-purging headers to the package, these are serious contenders to the crown of best PC radiators on the planet!"

More information on this press release can be found here.
Thermaltake BigWater SE 12cm Liquid Cooling System Review @ Techniz
"Thermaltake has come out with another fancy and good performance product. Personally, I very like the design of this BigWater SE, with all the LED's and UV reactive design. It will be great for case modding. As for the performance, it was very good compare to the AMD stock cooler, you can refer to the cooling performance at the testing section. The only noise came out from this BigWater is the 120mm fan that blowing the radiator, but the noise is not that loud since you can control the fan speed. The BigWater SE willl support the Intel P4 ( Socket 478 ), P4 LGA 775, AMD K8 and K7. The only downside from this Bigwater SE is the water pump which is not that powerful enough due to it has to pump the water pass through a lot of components."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Galaxy Liquid Cooling System Review @ Bjorn3D
"As the major processor makers cram more transistors on a wafer, the amount of heat processors generate increases. While air cooling techniques are still sufficient to handle the greater heat output, much better solutions exists. Using a kit with parts pre-selected can often times be better than a similar do-it-yourself system and also cost much less. In this review we will look at the water cooling alternative with a complete kit provided by Gigabyte Technology – the 3D Galaxy Liquid Cooling System."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Silent 775 Intel LGA775 CPU Cooler Review @ Futurelooks
"The Intel P4 LGA775 socket series CPU's are some of the most thermally demanding chips on the market. Unfortunately, the lack of aftermarket thermal solutions is puzzling. We take a look at one of the few LGA775 solutions and see how it does at taming the heat."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Vcool Expansion Slot VGA Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"Heat buildup in a computer system is something that can lead to system instability and hinder ones overclocking experiences. Although this is bad, it is preventable for those who want to keep their computer running as cool as possible. With the GPU on a video card often running hotter than many Intel Prescott processors it is easy to see why one leading heat producing components in a computer is the video card."

More information on this review can be found here.
BFG Tech GeForce 7800 GTX “Overclocked” @ Tweaktown
"BFG Technology is a company based out of Chicago in the United States and they've been making graphics cards for gamers for a while now. Their GeForce 7800 GTX is available now in the USA and Australia, it comes pre-overclocked and hence performs better than most and if not all other brands based on the same GPU. Read on as we take a close look at our second GeForce 7800 GTX retail offering and just how it performs against the reference version from nVidia."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire X800XL Ultimate Edition Review @ GotApex
"The Sapphire bundle is really becoming sub-par. They have certainly kept up with cooling needs and pay great attention to that side of the business. The inclusion of the Component output even shows that they have a lot of care for things other than just pure gaming. That being said, they really either need to just completely dump the bundled software or get new games. Two year old software that isn't even in the most popular genre do nothing but cost people money that they would otherwise spend on more parts. The higher price of the card due to the HSF counts against the card. However, that is offset by the potential overclocking ability of the card because of the massive heatsink. If you are looking for a solid performing card that gives you room to improve at a good price, then this is the card for you."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Releases 3800+ X2 Processor Review @ Techware Labs
"AMD has just released another processor to their dual-core 64-bit lineup: the 3800+ X2. This chip will be the lowest cost CPU on the dual-core product line, and as such will act as an "entry-level" chip to the dual-core market, and is aimed to compete against the Intel 820 and 830. Read the whole article for more specs and benchmarks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte Radeon X800 XL 256MB PCI-E GV-RX80L256V @ InsaneTek
"ATI's Radeon X800 XL GPU is considered to be one of the best price/performance gaming solutions available. Gigabyte's offering provides stellar silence and hip looks as well as a nice bundle."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire PURE Innovation PI-A9RX480 Review @ techPowerUp
"When it comes to ATI video cards, Sapphire is one of the top, if not the number one manufacturer. After their tremendous success with video cards, they are now entering the motherboard business. Sapphire's PI-A9RX480 is based on the ATI RX480 chipset and is specifically developed to fit the needs of overclockers and enthusiasts. The BIOS shines when it comes to overclocking options. For example DDR Voltage can be selected up to 4.0 V."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
"With AMD's entry level dual core processor costing more than double that of Intel's, many consumers simply can't afford AMD's Athlon 64 X2 processors. All that changes today with the release of the AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ processor. The new X2 3800+ comes at a value packed price tag of $354 US on the day it launches and it will of course go down as the market settles down after the launch."

More information on this review can be found here.
GigaByte GA-K8N Ultra-9 Motherboard @ BonaFideReviews
"Today on BFR we have the opportunity to review Gigabyte's GA-K8N Ultra-9 motherboard. Last year we looked at their GA-8GPNXP Duo which is based on the Intel 915P chipset and packed full of features. The Ultra-9 has a Socket 939 Processor type and, like the 8GPNXP, is feature rich containing the Nvidia nForce4 Ultra chipset with on board sound, ethernet, IEEE 1394b (FireWire), 2 RAID controllers, as well as Gigabyte's ever popular Dual BIOS technology. This motherboard also has an extreme amount of SATA connections."

More information on this review can be found here.
Upgrading a Motherboard without Reinstalling @ NGOHQ
"Installation of a new motherboard can be a real pain in the butt. If your new motherboard uses any other chipset then the old one, chances are you may experience the BSOD (blue screen of death) in Windows 2000/XP. Back when we were all running Windows 95/98, we could reset the hardware configuration. In my opinion if Microsoft decided to add this very useful feature to Windows 2000/XP, it could solve a lot of issues and save us all lot’s of trouble.

This article will show you how to avoid the blue screen of death after you install a new motherboard with a different chipset. I found out about it few years ago when I worked as a Network administrator. Windows 2000 installation takes a long time and we couldn’t use Norton Ghost due the motherboard chipset differences between the huge amounts of computers in the building."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Foxconn Intel Dual Core Mainboard Roundup @ Overclocker Cafe
"The top graph represents Far Cry running with the DivX Converter pumping out that DVD, while the bottom graph shows us Far Cry going by itself. As you can see, the dual core CPU does make a difference. The Asus motherboard took a massive hit in frame rates, as did the Foxconn 955X7AA while using the single core CPU. However, the 955X7AA, when couple with Intel's dual core chip, chugged right along barely noticing the extra load going on. Very cool!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Tyan K8WE NFORCE4 Motherboard Review @ hardCOREware
"Starting today, we are expanding our coverage of motherboards to include workstation boards. And what better way to kick off that expansion than with one of the more exciting workstation chipsets available today. The K8WE from Tyan features NVIDIA's NFORCE4 Professional chipset. How's this for loaded: Dual CPU, dual PCI-E x16 slots, supporting SLI. Yeah! We put the Tyan through the paces against a board from IWill, sporting the previous generation dual CPU chipset from NVIDIA; NFORCE3 Pro 250."

More information on this review can be found here.
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