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Friday, September 30, 2005
Sunbeamtech X-1300 Sensor-X Gaming Mouse Review @ BigBruin
"The only unusual item on the bottom of the Sensor-X is a switch that allows you to switch this mouse from 650dpi to 1300dpi. The difference in dpi means you don't have to choose a mouse based on the speed or precision you require for certain applications. You can now have one mouse and easily switch modes depending on your individual needs."

More information on this review can be found here.
HighSpeed PC Tech Station Giveaway @ XYZ Computing
"The summer's over, people are back in school, and its starting to get cold, but before you get too depressed- it is time for another XYZ Computing Giveaway. This month we will be giving away a HighSpeed PC Tech Station, the open air computer test bench. All you have to do to win is stop by and join in!"

More information on this giveaway can be found here.
CaseGears 450 Watts Modular Cable Power Supply Review @ Madshrimps
"Casegears is an unfamiliar name to all of us, they are introducing their first Tri-Fan series power supply in 400, 450 and 500 Watts. Modular, UV reactive sleeved cables, 20/24-pin main and blue LEDs; this 450 Watt power supply in Gun Metal Mirror finish will be priced competitively. Will it deliver?"

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ ModStream 520 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
"OCZ has two high-performance power supply series, PowerStream and ModStream. PowerStream series offers 420-, 520- and 600 W models and has overvoltage trimpots, a feature for die-hard overclockers. ModStream, on the other hand, offers 450- and 520 W models (with 550 W and 620 W peak loads, respectively) and doesn’t offer overvoltage configuration, however this series has a modular cabling system, where you plug on the power supply just the cable you will really need. Removing unnecessary cables from inside the computer helps a lot the airflow inside your PC. Another difference between these two series is the size and location of the power supply fan. PowerStream series uses a regular 80 mm fan located on the back of the power supply, while ModStream series uses a 120 mm fan located on the bottom of the power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
Western Digital's SE16 400 GB SATA Drive Review @ Techware Labs
"Four-hundred GB hard drives seem to be somewhat of a median at the moment, they are not overly expensive for the amount of storage you receive. We've already taken a look at 400GB models from Hitachi and Seagate, and we weren't about to leave out the other big hard disk name out there, none other than Western Digital. Western Digital has come out with a slew of products that are known to be some of the best out there. Today we are going to take a look at one of the members of their WD Caviar SE16 line, the 400GB WD4000KD."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Remote Multi-Function Panel Review @ Viperlair
"For a HTPC the idea of having a way to remote start the computer is a pretty good idea, it also gives you a way to monitor the temps as well as tweak fan speeds without making the PC look tacky or out of place. The inclusion of USB and Firewire also goes right along with the HTPC theme and provides an easy way to transfer files from digital cameras and recorders."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS KN1-SLI Extreme Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"The ECS KN1-SLI Extreme looks like a pretty sweet motherboard for anyone on a budget who wants good performance, and the all important option of running dual PCI Express x16 SLI-compatible videocards. Based on the nVidia nForce4 SLI chipset, the ECS KN1-SLI Extreme supports all the current flavours of Socket 939 AMD Athlon64/FX/X2 processors. Its four DDR DIMM slots can be installed with as much as 4GB of PC3200 DDR memory in a dual channel configuration. Onboard data connections consist of IEEE 1394a Firewire which hums away at 800Mbps, a 7.1-channel audio codec, Gigabit and 10/100 NICs, and an additional Serial ATA II/RAID controller. The two PCI Express x16 slots support 8 lanes of PCI Express each when the user is running videocards in Scalable Link Interface (SLI) mode."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen's Pandora Box Makes it to the Market @ Legit Reviews
"When we first heard of AOpen's upcoming Pandora small form factor system at Computex 2005, we thought that it was nothing more than a lawsuit waiting to happen. It looks like Steve Jobs over at Apple has taken mercy on the AOpen Pandora as it is being launched as scheduled this month. At first glance the outside may look like an Apple, but it is far from that. The new AOpen Pandora is more powerful and smaller than Apple's Mac Mini according to AOpen's marketing team."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Albatron K8SLI nForce 4 SLI Motherboard Review @ OcPrices
"One of the available NVIDIA nForce4 SLI boards that Ben missed in his round up is the Albatron K8SLI. This board promises excellent performance for the enthusiast wrapped up in a very petite package (just 293 x 198mm), all at a bargain price. Can it keep up with the big boys? Read on to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
September High-end Gaming PC Buyer's Guide @ Sharky Extreme
"In each edition of our monthly High-end Gaming PC Buyer's Guide, we take $2500 in spending money, and then go to the limit in search of the ultimate high-end gaming machines. These systems certainly pump out the gaming framerates, but we do not spend this money frivolously, and our tech savvy and eye for a deal play a large role in the choices we make. All of the hardware picks in this guide are done after carefully weighing the price to performance ratio of each component, then seeing how each component fits into our $2500 budget. This guide also represents the median between our Value Buyer's Guide with only a $1000 limit, and our Extreme Buyer's Guide with its massive $4000 budget."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Cooler Matser Ammo 533 LAN Party Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This case has a very rugged look, a rubber handle which is excellent for LAN parties, steel construction that's tough, & it has a tool-less design. There are 1x3.5" & 5x5.25" external drive bays & 4x3.5" internal drive bays. They include one blue LED 120mm fan at the front & an optional 80/90/120mm fan can be installed at the back."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Custom Gaming Laptop Guide Review @ The Tech Zone
"Gone are the days when you would have been laughed at if you walked into an all-night LAN party carrying your trusty laptop and expecting to hang with the giant computer towers standing at everyone’s feet. The gaming laptop computers of today sport huge, crisp LCD screens, cutting-edge video cards and full-size keyboards. Not only can these gaming laptop computers hang with the standard clunky computer tower, but they can also be ordered fully custom to meet the exact specifications of any gamer."

More information on this review can be found here.
KickButtComputers Flame Case Review @ BoxGods
Today, we have a look at the Flame Case, part of the Signature Series of custom case modded systems from KickButtComputers.com. Is it a pre-mod, or a modding foundation? Does it rock, or sing backup? Kick Butt, or bend over? Sending any modding product to us takes courage, and sending a modded case to us requires a serious pair because our feelings on the subject are well known. Join us for a look at the latest offering from KickButtComputers--the Flame Case.

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Hawking Technologies HBB1 Broadband Booster Review @ Hardware-Review
"Getting every ounce out of your broadband bandwidth can be a daunting task and one many users deal with on a daily basis. Many people who use a Voice-Over-IP phone service or play online games experience some distortion or lower quality connections because of how their data packets are being prioritized, sent, and received. All of these programs take valuable bandwidth and leave each fighting for their place in line. To help broadband routers with this problem, Hawking Technologies has developed the unique HBB1 Broadband Booster, which is the subject of our review today."

More information on this review can be found here.
XGBox Magnum 500 Watt Power Supply Review @ Xtreme Resources
"MGE, the parent company of XGBOX, a new breed of company thinking about how a computer should look. Today Xtreme Resources would like to thank MGE for sending us their latest product. We introduce the XG Magnum 500 Watt Power Supply. The Magnum is a refreshing change in how power supplies should be, the step-child component for many to the entire computer system usually ignored but always needed in any successful computer system especially in the world of overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asour Multimedia Hub Review @ Think Computers
"Today, I have another one of those products that I think is just cool! I was actually excited about getting it for review. It is the VPC-1000B-N MultiMedia Hub/FM Radio/Equalizer/SRS-WOW & 16x DVD Drive, yeah it's a mouthful! It is made by a company called Asour; it was provided for review by and available from Geeks.com for $99 plus shipping. It is one of those products that is just cool, it does quite a few things as you can tell by its title, and has lots of features to discuss."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silentmaxx Semi-Fanless 450W Power Supply Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"In the quest for quiet performance, Silentmaxx is doing its part to quell the din by offering up silent and near-silent parts. Today we'll be looking at their power supply offering, the Semi-Fanless 450W ATX PSU, provided by the kind folks at QuietPC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seasonic S12-600 Power Suppy Unit Review @ System Cooling
"If you've been in the market for a power supply in the last few years, you've probably heard the name Seasonic. In the power business since the mid 70's, Seasonic has developed a tremendous reputation in the PC power supply market for building high-quality, reliable switching power supplies. Today, we're looking at an example of Seasonic's latest and greatest PSU, the S12 series. The model is available in a variety of capacities, including 330W, 380W, 430W, & 500W. The unit we're reviewing is the flagship of the S12 line, the S12-600, which as you might guess sports a capacity of 600W."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor X800GT Video Card Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"X800GT is ATi's first mainstream PCI-E VPU that offers a good performance/price ratio since the R9800 and R9600 days. The X600 and X700 were bug-ridden and slower than its AGP counterparts. The X800GT has a similar speed as an overclocked 6600GT PCI-E."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor Radeon X850 Pro 256MiB Review @ Hexus
"Our benchmarking has shown that PowerColor's X850 Pro can stand fast against a 6800GT, results swaying one way or the other depending on the graphics engine in use. Pricing of the two products is close, so deciding whether the PowerColor X850 Pro is worth the purchase must boil down to other considerations."

More information on this review can be found here.

Sapphire X800 GTO Ultimate 256MB PCIe Review

"Priced at £129.99, the financial cost of having a passively-cooled card is a £10 or so premium over a regular ATI Radeon X800 GT0 256MB card. Is it worth it? That depends upon how much you value silence. Whatever the case, the X800 GTO is another fine addition to ATI's burgeoning PCI-Express family."

More information on this review can be found here.
2GB Memory Kit Group Test @ OcPrices
"2GB matched pairs are becoming big business for the performance memory manufacturers, and whilst they still have some way to go before outselling 1GB matched pairs, come back next year and people using 2 x 512MB sticks will be as obsolete as those using just 512MB today. We asked seven of the most respected performance memory manufacturers to submit their best 2GB kit."

More information on this review can be found here.
PDP Patriot PC2-5600+XBLK 1GB Dual Channel Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"DDR2 performance is exceptionally powerful and the ability to run low latencies takes performance to another level. Patriot brings us their DDR2 XBL memory with an exceptional price tag."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus A8N-E Motherboard Review @ A1-Electronics
"The Asus A8N-E motherboard comes with everything you need included in the box and is packed full of the features you want including lots of overclocking settings easy enough to all to use. We are only left being able to recommend this Asus A8N-E AMD Athlon 64 socket 939 motherboard as an ideal motherboard for those you looking for a single PCI-Express graphics card motherboard for your 939-pin AMD Athlon 64 processor."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI 915GM Speedster-FA4 Motherboard Review @ TrustedReviews
"The Speedster has two DDR and two DDR2 memory slots and also has a single x16 PCI Express slot alongside one x1 PCI Express slot and two PCI slots. Of course both boards share the same chipset - the Intel 915GM - which is home to the integrated graphics. However, this is where things start to differ, as the Speedster has only got a D-Sub connector with no support for DVI or any kind of TV output."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 8N-SLI QUAD Royal Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"For a little while now we’ve known about Gigabyte’s upcoming 8N-SLI QUAD motherboard and quite frankly, we’re a little excited about it. We’ve been on the backs of our friends from the Gigabyte marketing department to send us a sample to play with but it hasn’t been forthcoming as yet. We did however come in contact with some details about the new motherboard and we thought we’d share what we found with you."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus Vento 3600 ATX Case Review @ The TechZone
"The Asus Vento 3600 is the computer case that most reminds us of Darth Vader from the Star Wars movies. Like Vader, the Vento 3600 is big, bad and black. Unlike Vader, the Vento is available in colors other than black. The Vento 3600 is a stylish gaming chassis for high-performance 3-D gaming. The case sports a stunning UV-paint coating (in green, red, blue or black), which gives off a shiny, waxed look and prevents scratches that ruin the style of the PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec TX1088AMG SOHO ATX Full Tower Case Review @ hardCOREware
"Antec has recently bolstered their entire lineup of PC cases with some new products, and some refreshes of current models. The TX1088AMG falls in the latter category. As you can tell by the name, there is nothing really that stands out about this case. There are no funky LEDs, no fan controls, and no temperature guages."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Apple iPod nano Review @ The TechZone
"The iPod nano features an ultra-portable, lightweight design with a gorgeous color screen, Apple’s patent pending Click Wheel and the ability to hold up to 1000 songs or up to 25,000 photos. Yes, the nano can be use as a photo viewer, just like the bigger iPod Photo. The nano's bright 1.5 inch color LCD with LED backlight offers an amazingly clear view of both photos and menus."

More information on this review can be found here.
Altec Lansing InMotion IM7 Portable Audio Review @ Tech-Mods
"Boom boxes step aside, the all new IMotion7 from Altec Lansing has a new shape and an all new sound. Today we take a look at the cylinder shaped player that has an iPod cradle to play your favorite iPods and an XdB Enhanced Subwoofer with more punch and sting; it just may knock your tube socks off!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Casio Learning TV Remote Watch Review @ I4U
"The programmed functions worked right away. The range of the IR signal is not very wide, but acceptable. Ok, but now I am sitting on my sofa and press buttons with my right hand on buttons on a watch on my left hand. Now just try imagine this picture. This is just not replacing my old TV remote buy a long shot. So I wonder what the uses of a TV remote on a wristwatch could be."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Cordless Mini Optical Mouse Review @ Think Computers
"Laptops, most of them do not come with a separate mouse. If it is your first laptop then it is really hard to get used to those touch-pads or pointers. The purpose of a laptop for most people is travel and portability, so larger mice are rarely used for laptops. People want something that is easy to travel with, and does not take up much space. Today we will be looking at a product that solves both of those issues, along with some added features."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cinergy Hybrid T USB XS TV Tuner Review @ XtremeComputing
"No penny or watch needed to give you a size comparison here, you can see how small this is from the USB plug under the cover. On the bottom right we have a power light to let you know when the unit is in operation, normally in a tv card review I would be looking at the chips used here but as its an enclosed unit and very small (and liable to break if I try to open it) I wont. Lets take I look at the rear."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"Based around the versatile nVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipset, the Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 motherboard which is the focus of this review boasts support for Socket 775 Pentium 4/D/XE and Celeron D processors running on a 533/800 and 1066 MHz Front Side Bus (FSB). Its four 240 pin DDR-2 RAM slots accommodate up to 4GB of DDR2-667 memory. Integrated peripherals include a two port Silicon Image SiI3132 Serial ATA II/RAID controller, IEEE 1394b Firewire, dual Gigabit network cards and 7.1-channel audio."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"When nVidia first launched their dual graphics platform, it initially come under some scrutiny for only offering two 8x PCI-E ports. Many months later nVidia announced their nForce 4 SLI X16 chipset which offers two full speed PCI-E slots, each with 16 lanes. Today we've got a very exclusive look at the ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard. We closely examine the performance of the two different PCI Express port lane configurations to determine if it's actually worth upgrading to the new chipset or not!"

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Rally Flash Drive Review @ Neoseeker
"The Rally is a good drive for anyone looking to move large amounts of data around extremely quickly, and especially gamers who insist on having the nicest possible of everything. If any drive on the market right now were to be crowned cool, this is it. Beyond that, most people would have no need in buying one of these over the next brand. The drive offers no extra features beyond it's high speed rating, and it has an easily looseable cap, which will limit its appeal for some right there. Slightly overpriced, luxury products rarely promise true practicality though, and its performance and namebrand are what make the Rally the perfect companion for gamers who cannot live without the fastest of everything."

More information on this review can be found here.

DFI Infinity NF4 SLI Motherboard Review

"Though DFI with its Infinity series tosses away many of the things that gamers have come to expect from them, the board offers in spades what counts most - performance. Instead of the colourful, bright, feature laden board layouts of DFI's Lanparty series, we are presented with a compartively spartan board. Because of that though, this board will let system builders design truly a wolf in sheeps clothing. The board's visuals are no indication of the awesomeness that lies within. The board overclocks amazingly, and we will hopefully have more time to play with this board to see just how far it is able to go."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plextor PX-740A DVD/CD Rewriter Review @ A1-Electronics
"We have found Plextor drives to give very reliable service over all the years we have been using them and see no reason so far to suggest that this Plextor PX-740A DVD/CD rewriter drive will be any different. With prices as low as they are now has got to be the time to upgrade your computer to this new combination PX-740A DVD & CD rewriter drive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Bytecc ME-808 Backup Enclosure Review @ Ninjalane
"While most of us do not require an enterprise level backup solution it is good to know there are better ways to backup your data than to store a copy on tape or save bits of info to 1000's of floppy disks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Stingray Water Cooling Kit Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This kit truly is an all-inclusive product. It completely takes the guesswork out of water cooling. With a pump, reservoir, radiator, CPU/GPU/Northbridge/Southbridge waterblocks, tubing, and more included it has serious bang for the buck. To make the best of it, all the parts are well constructed and go together securely and easily. This is a product designed for the novice and expert alike!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
Ultra Fire Heatpipe AMD CPU Cooler Review @ PimpRig
"Not to call Ultra liars but I wanted to see how heavy this heatpipe really was. Ultra has the heatpipe listed as 535 g, this must have been shipping weight because it weighs less than that even with the larger clip. For the unit conversion minded ones out there, I included those pictures as well. Over a pound for a heat sink is still a robust unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Golden Orb II Review @ Extensive Mods
"You've got the latest and greatest, and you're damn proud of it as well. But when you stare into your freshly cut case window, you see that UGLY stock processor fan. So like most people on this earth, you've stooped to using that lowly piece of garbage. So after being made fun of at the lan party, you decided to shop around for the perfect processor fan. Today we have the Thermaltake Golden Orb II heatsink for review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Fan Commander Review @ Techgage
"This is a product designed to not only add style to your PC but functionality as well. With the Fan Commander, you can control up to 7 fans individually, as well as monitor your case vitals such as CPU, HDD and case temperatures. This is nice to have when you are in a game or don't have the time to bring up your system monitor from your system tray."

More information on this review can be found here.
Small Form Factor PC Review SD31P vs. Silverstone SG01 @ hardCOREware
"There's no question who rules the prebuilt SFF system market. Shuttle was the first true innovator, and haven't rested since taking over. If you're looking to build a small form factor system, one of Shuttle's XPCs is probably the best place to start looking. But they have one major disadvantage; due to the proprietary format of the motherboards they use, they are not upgradeable. Even if your old Socket A G chassis is alive and kicking, there is no way to fit dual core Athlon in there. In that case, the next best thing is a small form factor case, which uses an open mATX format. The Sugo SG01 from Silverstone is what we'll be looking at here. Although it's bigger than the Shuttle SD31P, it has some distinct advantages."

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

Fantastic work! More information on this project can be found here.
Titan Robela Water Cooler Case Review @ Viperlair
"Overall, we're giving the Robela a thumbs up as it is a good performer that is also very easy to use. The weight of the unit hurts the score against it, but we still think it is a worthy contender for those looking for an easy-to-use water cooling case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Altec Lansing AHS602i Gaming Headset Review @ Techgage
"If you are a gamer that uses a headset, you know that it has to be high quality in order to be ahead of the game. You want to know which direction enemies are in, and you want it to sound like you are in the game. We are taking a look at the Altec Lansing AHS602i gamers headset, which includes many features that may appeal to the hardcore gamer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ideazon Zboard Gaming Keyboard Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"In use, there wasn't a pause for me to tell myself "you know, I'm fragging one helluva lot more here" but there was a moment or two of feeling my action being a smidge cleaner. The kind of thing you don't think about until after the fact. That thing being the indirect way the Zboard wins you over. My gameplay felt more relaxed and less stressed with the search/stabbing for keys I was used to a few weeks ago, eliminated. The Zboard's ergonomics for lack of a better word, reminded me that playing games is supposed to be physically as well as emotionally pleasant."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plextor PX-740A Review @ Overclockers Online
"So where exactly do we sit with the Plextor PX-740A? The drive certainly does amazingly well. The speed was a bit jittery but in the end the Plextor PX-740A got the job done by meeting its specifications and writing a perfect disc. While the Scan Disc did report the odd problem, it's nothing to be concerned about as our LiteOn Error Checks came back negative. Even with "only" 2MB of buffer, Plextor is a brand you can associate with coaster free burning. You can be assured that they won't be cutting corners on the quality of writing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Stingray Watercooling Kit Review @ Madshrimps
"Vantec surprises us with their first all-in-one water cooling solution. They are entering a rather upcoming popular segment of cooling aspects, as computers get faster and hotter. Can this kit keep our computer fast and cold? Let´s find out ,shall we?"

More information on this review can be found here.
SilenX LUXURAE Hard Drive Silencing Solution @ Think Computers
"This is an off wall item, it may not interest some but others will be intrigued. With hard drives becoming bigger and faster comes the sound of them screaming at high rpm's. Some drives are louder than others, that's where this product comes in. Like with the fans I just reviewed recently, this is made to aid your machine in being silent. I was taken back with the fans being able to perform as well as they did, and still keep my system running cool and now silent. I'm sure there are a good bit of people interested in this, as a lot of people are looking to water cooling for both high performance and lowering the noise from their system."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Rally Flash Drives Review @ OCIA
"While in the process of working on this review, OCZ sent over their 2 GB Rally drive to use in this review as well (which included the retail accessories). The 2 GB version is pretty much identical to the 512 MB version, aside from a few small cosmetic differences. More importantly, however, are the rated specs of up to 23MB/s (read), 17MB/s (write). This is a bit slower than the 512 MB flavor, but we shall see how they both fare in our testing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Blu-ray Vs. HD DVD @ The TechZone
"It has been two-and-a-half years since next generation DVD was first announced (actually CES of 2003) by Sony. To regain its position as the guides to the future, the DVD Forum adopted a different blue ray technology approach AOD (now known as HD DVD) and thus even before present DVD products had gained widespread use, the warlords battle for royalties began anew. While the two "standards" share blue laser technology - shorter wavelength and a more precise ability to focus the laser - there are enough differences to make it obvious to even the most casual Tech Watch reader to realize that a compromise solution will be difficult."

More information on this review can be found here.
How a CPU Works @ Hardware Secrets
"Even though every microprocessor has its own internal design, all microprocessors share a same basic concept – which we will explain in this tutorial. We will take a look inside a generic CPU architecture, so you will be able to understand more about Intel and AMD products and the differences between them."

More information on this article can be found here.
Asus A8N-SLI Premium Motherboard Review @ TrustedReviews
"Firstly, on this board Asus has done away with the flip chip PCB that has to be flipped round to enable SLI a on other motherboards. Instead this function is controlled by the BIOS, so that if you put in a second graphics card, it will just work. For some reason, the BIOS option, labelled AI Selector, has three settings, Auto, Single and Dual, though I’m not sure why you need the last two settings."

More information on this review can be found here.

Iomega NAS 200d Series Review

"The NAS 200d series comprises three models offering 320GB, 480GB or 750GB capacities but only the former is available in the REV equipped version. The reason for this is simple as the 320GB model only has two of three drive bays occupied so Iomega has simply put the vacant bay to good use by installing an internal Serial ATA REV drive."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X700 IceQ 128MB GDDR3 AGP Video Card Review @ XYZ Computing
"This review is going to take a look at the X700 IceQ video card from HIS. If you built a system a not long ago (probably more than 12 months), there is a good chance that your video card is not aging very gracefully. There are a lot of reasons to consider a card like the X700 IceQ, but a main one is that cards like the ATI Radeon 9600 are having a lot of trouble with this generation's games and they are in need replacement. If you want to do this without breaking the bank you are going to need a solid, mid-level AGP card in order to get the most out of a game like Half Life 2. This way your socket A, 478, or 754 computer can stay intact and you can cure your gaming woes."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI CrossFire First Look @ TrustedReviews
"One of the most obvious physical differences between SLi and CrossFire, is the method of connection between the two cards. With SLi a small bridge is employed between the two cards that links them internally, while CrossFire uses a daisy chained DVI cable that links up the cards externally. There’s no doubt that the nVidia solution is more elegant from a PC building point of view, but looks aren’t everything."

More information on this review can be found here.

ATI Crossfire X850 Crossfire Edition and Platform Basics @ Hexus

"Crossfire was always set to launch before the next generation of ATI graphics processors and with those launching in a week or so it was time for Crossfire systems to make their way to folks like me recently, for full evaluation. Were ATI's claims for the technology preview correct? How would integrating a Crossfire system work for the end-user? What's the Crossfire platform like as a whole?

More information on this review can be found here.

ATI's CrossFire Dual-Graphics Solution @ The Tech Report

"In order to make a credible rival for SLI, ATI had to go a different route. ATI's consumer dual-graphics platform, known as CrossFire, would require a fair amount of ingenuity and some new, custom hardware. That hardware comes in the form of so-called "master" cards that incorporate additional chips to handle the communications and compositing needed to make CrossFire work. One of these master cards can hook up with a regular X800-series graphics card for multi-GPU bliss."

More information on this review can be found here.

ATI CrossFire - Hands on @ Bit-Tech

"We first heard about ATI's plans back at Christmas, when they were but a rumour. It didn't take a genius to realise that, with NVIDIA making a killing with SLI, ATI was going to follow suit. It also didn't take a genius to work out that ATI were not only going to try and make up ground, they were going to attempt to recapture the performance lead by coming out with a solution that was better than SLI."

More information on this review can be found here.

ATI Crossfire Review @ Beyond3D

"When ATI initially unveiled the Radeon X800/X850 Crossfire platform we raised questions as to its timing in relation to the availability of ATI's next generation of graphics. Since Computex, its become obvious that ATI's next generation R520 product has suffered some months worth of delays, however what they didn't predict is that so too would the Crossfire platform, which has given NVIDIA more than enough time to implement in SLI many of the elements Crossfire touted even before Crossfire could be tested! Now we meet with the situation that the launches of X850 Crossfire and R520 are very close, almost limiting this Crossfire performance article to a proof of concept piece. However, this does give us the opportunity to test Crossfire and see where the strong and weak points of the implementation lie."

More information on this review can be found here.
Codegen Group Briza-97 Mid Tower ATX Case Review @ BigBruin
"The Codegen Group Briza-97 Mid Tower ATX Case isn't one of the top of the line cases that we have looked at, but it does have alot going for it. At a mere $47.99, it offers a unique appearance, and interesting features like tool-less expansion slots, stylish carrying handles, LED cooling fans, and stealth optical drive covers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Swing VB6000 SWS Case Review @ techPowerUp
"For several years Thermaltake has been making "cool" hardware for the enthusiast. This includes heatsinks, fans, cases and other cooling solutions. Today we take a look at the Thermaltake VB6000SWS, an affordable case for people who still want a good looking computer."

More information on this review can be found here.
World’s Highest Performing “Asus-Ready” 1GB Module @ Corsair
Fremont, CA / Taipei, Taiwan (September 26, 2005) – Corsair® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory and cooling products for enthusiasts and overclockers, and ASUSTek®, the perennial leader of the motherboard industry, today announced a joint product launch targeting the AMD® enthusiasts. Under this collaboration, Corsair will release its first “ASUS Ready” XMS-3500LL PRO 2GByte-kit to support the release of the first “Corsair optimized” x16 SLI motherboards engineered by ASUS. Available in a matched pair of two 1GByte modules, the new XMS-3500LL PRO is the industry’s first high-density memory guaranteed to deliver blazing-fast performance of DDR437 (218MHz) at low latencies of 2-3-2-6-1T.

Leaders in the memory and the motherboard industries respectively, this joint product development enables both Corsair and ASUS to bring the best offerings to the performance and gaming marketplace. The memory and the motherboards are optimized for maximum performance, and are validated for rock solid stability. Positioned as the highest end products for the AMD platform, enthusiasts benefit from having the latest technologies backed with manufacturers’ performance guarantee.

“The A8N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard was designed to set a new performance standard for the AMD enthusiasts, and we were able to do that with Corsair’s XMS 3500LL PRO,” said Joe Hsieh, Director of ASUS Motherboard Business. “As more users move to 2GB of system memory and still demand a performance edge, ASUS and Corsair are always on the forefront to deliver the most power combination of products,” continued Hsieh.

More information on this press release can be found here.
Monday, September 26, 2005
Modding 101: Switches @ CaseModGod
"What kind of switch to use is the first question you will ask, the answer depends on how you want to be able to control it. Switches can be a little intimidating if you do not know how they work. After reading this guide I hope that you feel a bit more comfortable when choosing and working with switches."

More information on this guide can be found here.
TwinMOS Speed Premium PC3500 Review @ HWzone Israel
"Approximately two years ago, in 2003, the memory market had gone through a mini-revolution with the arrival of DDR memory modules based on Winbond's BH-5 chips. These memories were able to operate at very high speeds and low timings, which was practically impossible up until then. The only disadvantage of these memory modules was that in order to reach high speeds and low timings, they required very high voltages."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Technology Gold Series 1GB PC3200 Memory Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Three years later here we are with 1GB of their Gold DDR400 dual channel memory ready for interrogation. It is important to note that this is not the VX (Voltage eXtreme) version of memory, just the regular Gold DDR400 memory. However, while it's not high voltage, it does come with some extremely tight 2-2-2-5 timings right out of the packaging."

More information on this review can be found here.
Biostar NF4SIE-A7 nForce4 SLI IE Motherboard Review @ Bjorn3D
"For years, NVIDIA fans and general enthusiasts wondered if NVIDIA would ever release an Intel chipset. The nForce chipsets made quite an impact over the years on the AMD side of things, so it only made sense that NVIDIA would eventually try its luck on the bigger side of the fence. Back in April of this year, NVIDIA finally answered that looming question with a resounding 'yes!' as it launched the nForce4 SLI Intel Edition. My first experience with nForce4 SLI IE was a positive one, but that was with a reference board from NVIDIA. Now, it's time to look at a retail offering to see if it provides a similar satisfactory experience. The board on the lab bench today is the Biostar N4SIE-A7."

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den RBXA64 & Maze4 Chipset Water Block Review @ Techniz
"The RBXA64 and Maze4 Chipset water block from the DangerDen was an excellent combination of CPU and NB cooling. Both of them had performed excellently during our testing. The installation was very easy and it only took me about 15 minutes to install both of the RBXA64 and Maze4 Chipset water block onto the motherboard. Besides that, both of them had a great stylish looking and will make your rig looks more cool with these blocks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Fatal1ty Cooler Series Review @ Hardware Secrets
"To match ABIT Fatal1ty motherboard series (AA8XE, AN8 SLI and AN8) and also Creative Labs forthcoming Fatal1ty series, Zalman released two cooling solutions: a CPU cooler (FS-C77) and a VGA cooler (FS-V7)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuniq Tower 120 CPU Cooler Review @ Think Computers
"The Tuniq Tower 120. This heatsink comes from a relatively unknown player in the cooling field, Sunbeam subsidiary Tuniq. Of course, we all know Sunbeam, which means the odds of this product, well, sucking are slim to none. Tuniq is headquartered in China, with a staff that has a decade or more experience in the industry as well as enthusiastic newcomers and designers."

More information on this review can be found here.

MGE Vigor 500W Power Supply Review

"Ah, power supplies, we all need them, we can't live without them. Not so long ago I did a review on the Mge/Xgbox Magnum PSU, today I have another from the same company. It is the Vigor 500 Watt power supply. There comes a time when that stock PSU just won't cut it anymore, but where do you go when you need a good power supply with a great warranty? Well MGE offers a Lifetime Warranty on their power supplies and other products. How's that for confidence in your product?"

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Zeus 650w Power Supply Review @ A1-Electronics
"The SilverStone Zeus 650w ST65ZF power supply kit comes complete with all the power leads you need including the mains power lead, SSI EPS 12v lead and matching black screws."

More information on this review can be found here.
XG Magnum 500W Fan Less PSU Review @ Tech-Mods
"For most people that have a home computer; the power supply is one of the last things they worry about. However if you’re a hardcore gamer or an overclocking fanatic, a quality power supply is one of the key ingredients to making a killer system thrive. Today we take a look at the XG Magnum 500W Fan Less Power Supply Unit with high performance heatpipe technology."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI NF4 SLI & Ultra Infinity Motherboard Reviews @ Legit Reviews
"Many consumers can't afford cutting edge enthusiast motherboards, but that doesn't mean performance should suffer. LR takes a look at the DFI NF4 SLI Infinity and NF4 Ultra Infinty Motherboards that don't have the bling, but are still performance heavy weights. Read on to see our thoughts on these mainstream boards!"

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS P5WD2 Premium Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"Today we're taking a look at the ASUS P5WD2 Premium motherboard which is based on Intel's 955X chipset. It includes support for all Socket 775 processors along with the latest Pentium-D and Pentium XE. We're looking at the Premium version which includes additional Wireless and TV Tuner. It's a feature-packed board with plenty to offer, so read on and check it out as we compare it against the older Intel 925XE solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool Ultra Water Cooler W-202 Review @ Xtreme Resources
"Evercool is headquartered in Taiwan and has its own factory located in Guang Dong China. Their factory is approximately 30,000 meters, with about 1000 employees. The production line produces about 2.5 million pieces per month presently. Quoting from Evercool "Growing numbers of happy customers such as Hewlett Packard, Acer, FIC, etc. can weigh our success and growth." They go on to mention steady quality, fast delivery and reasonable pricing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Bigwater SE Water Cooling Kit Review @ Tweaknews
"Some time ago, Thermaltake entered this market with a complete system they called Bigwater. Recently, Thermaltake introduced their next generation successor to the Bigwater liquid cooling system. Dubbed the Bigwater SE (I assume this means Second Edition), Thermaltake has added/subtracted/changed some components but the fan, radiator and CPU waterblock remain unchanged from the original Bigwater system. Available online for as little as 105USD, the Bigwater SE is even more affordable than its predecessor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Reserator 1 Plus Water Cooling System Review @ BigBruin
"Zalman is committed to creating a “user friendly” environment by reducing computer noise through their cooling products, and one of their latest offerings is definitely designed to do just that. The Zalman Reserator 1 Plus is a fanless water cooling system, and in this review we will be testing it on a very heat intensive SLI system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Crucial Ballistix PC2-8000 (DDR2-1000) Memory Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This is some seriously fast memory! But remember, you require a DDR2 motherboard capable of reaching these tremendous speeds. With speeds up to 1GHz & a complete memory timing of 5-5-5-15, performance is fantastic. It's also available in 1GB (2x512MB) & 2GB (2x1GB) kit sizes. A bleeding edge product that will please the hardcore computer user."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Titan Serina Stylish Laptop Cooling Pad Review @ PimpRig
"As far as the amount of power it uses to run. I plugged it into the laptop that had a fully charged battery. With the laptop and Coolerpad running under full load it took 1 hour and 52 minutes for the battery to run out completely. When I ran the laptop without the cooler it ran for 2 hours and 23 minutes. Your results will vary depending on your laptop's power usage but this should give you an idea of how much juice this cooler will use if you run it via USB power."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech Storm Waterblock Review @ Overclockers.com
"You decide which nipples to install and the choice is 3/8" or ½" barbs; for this test, I used the ½ barbs - use a wrench to install - hand tightening is not sufficient. I must say the Storm is one of the prettiest waterblocks I've seen - without the nipples, it almost looks like a hot-rod."

More information on this review can be found here.

Scythe Ninja Heatsink Review

"The Scythe Ninja is designed to fit all known Intel P4 motherboards using the stock P4 heatsink retention bracket and AMD Sempron (socket 754), Athlon 64 (socket 754), Athlon 64FX (socket 754) all speeds Opteron (socket 939) and Opteron (socket 940)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Galaxy Water Cooling Kit Review @ All Round Modders
"Water cooling was first feared by most PC users, the obvious reason that electricity does not mix well with water and that the pricing of water cooling kits was way too much. I do not blame any users that thought of this, as I too had my doubts about water cooling. Now, water cooling has entered into the mainstream market, many manufactures are providing water cooling at cheaper prices than before. Not only has the price dropped, but installation of a water cooling kit has become alot more user friendly. Let's see what the Gigabyte 3D Galaxy has to offer us."

More information on this review can be found here.
Paying The Price For High-End Fan Control @ Tom's Hardware
"Any truly superior water cooling solution must in part also feature a decent control unit to regulate the radiator and system fans. Germany-based Innovatek offers up its high-end model Fan-O-Matic PRO to do the job. But Innovatek also demands that its users pay a price, which adds up to more than a whopping $245 (200 euros) in this case. For the same amount of money users can get a complete bargain-basement barebones PC. When is such an investment in a fan controller necessary?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Project KOS-MOS @ Bit-Tech
"The idea to build a machine based on a character from Namco's Xenosaga came about from two coincidental events. The first was discovering the inadequacies of my existing Koolance PC3-410BK after installing a GeForce 6800 Ultra - it just couldn't handle the extra load, so I decided to replace the cooling system itself."

More information on this project can be found here.
Antec Performance One P180 ATX Enclosure Review @ ClubOC
"The PC has become more than just a beige box that we run to when we need to do our homework. LAN gamers and Multimedia PCs need an enclosure more suited to their role. With an emphasis on functionality, the PC does not need to look like an antique to operate. With so many enclosures to choose from, they can start to look alike after a while. A company name synonymous with quality, Antec has generally produced enclosures where are aesthetically conservative yet highly functional. One of their latest offerings, the P180 falls directly into this category."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, September 23, 2005
Logisys 4-Direction LED Gaming Mouse Review @ Techgage
"Looking for a mouse with some flair? Well, the Logisys mouse we are looking at today features a cool LED light as well as a 4-Directional scroll wheel. Does it have what it takes to take our tough critique?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Fanboys Aren't Entirely Evil @ MTB Forums
MTB Forum Member TokranePo opens up with some interesting commentary on the preliminary numbers for ATI's new video cards:

"I remember when I built my very first computer, I dumped almost $2000 into it [easily the most I have ever spent on a computer] so that I could have DVD playback and [*gasp] a CD-R drive! At the time, I was very concerned that my computer would be able to play all of the latest and greatest video games even though I knew nothing about video cards. The card that was recommended to me was the nVidia RivaTNT. It looked like an attractive option, put together by what looked to be an underdog to 3DFX, costing less than the Voodoo graphics cards available and purporting capabilities far beyond those offered by the dominating competition."

More information on this commentary can be found here.
Logitech Cordless Desktop® MX™ 3000 Laser Review @ PimpRig
"Keyboards owned by me in the past have all been pretty standard in the way of what they offered. I never really saw a need for all the media keys, or extras that the MX3000 provides. That is till I tried it out. Now I am addicted, and even somewhat spoiled. I find myself pressing the various buttons just because things are easier to get to, and use. Having the ease of playing music, closing / opening a program or application with the touch of one key is one of those things that once you have it, you can't go back. At least I can't."

More information on this review can be found here.
Creative Zen Nano Plus Review @ PC Review
"As good as Apple's iPod range is, I think most of us technically savvy types are well aware that when it comes to pure value for money, they have been lagging behind their competitors in the last year. Creative in particular have introduced the better 20GB MP3 player model in the form of the Zen Touch and Zen Sleek, and now want to push for a piece of the action when it comes to those who don't require that amount of storage. So here is the Creative Labs Zen Nano Plus 512MB (also available in a 1GB version) which looks set to take on the iPod Shuffle."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ DDR Booster Mod Review @ Hardware Hell
"This 'mod' aims to provide a more stable voltage supply for the OCZ DDR Booster and the RAM that it is supplying. OCZ's DDR Booster is a great overclocking tool. However, it has some limitations. One of these is the fact that the voltage that it is supplying tends to drop under load by up to 0.1v (or more) in some cases. This can cause instability due to fluctuating voltages. This mod aims to reduce this voltage drop, possibly to as little as 0.01v (a tenth of the drop of an unmodded booster)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec AVOX Jukebox Multimedia Player Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This is a brilliant product if you don't have a Home Theater PC. The reason being, you don't need to have a PC connected to the audio/video equipment to listen to music, watch movies or look at your photos. Setup is quick & easy because it's high speed USB2 & uses a 2.5" HDD so there lots of storage space. What an excellent idea!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
Hexus Power Supply Unit Roundup 2005 @ Hexus
"The vast majority of the ATX 2.0 supplies tested, and ATX 2.0 is what you should be buying these days, will comfortably power a current high-end system without any issues whatsoever. That's great for the consumer and great for the reputable vendors selling high quality PSU designs. Hopefully our roundup has shown you who some of those vendors are and who to avoid."

More information on this review can be found here.
nVidia GeForce 6100 and nForce 400 Chipset Family @ Hardware Secrets
"nVidia launched this week their new chipset family with integrated graphics (a.k.a. “on-board video”). nVidia’s goal is to try to repeat the success they have on the discrete graphics motherboard market. To put things into perspective, AMD motherboard market is 60% discrete and 40% integrated graphics. From this 60% market, nVidia has 90% of it with their nForce chipset family."

More information on this article can be found here.
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 Motherboard @ MBReview
"The Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 ships with a slightly improved BIOS from that of its i925XE brethren. Foxconn has slowly but surely been allowing for additional overclocking options in the arena of increased voltage addition capabilities. They’ve also made strides with the 955X7AA-8EKRS2 as far as memory options go."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus P5LD2-Deluxe Motherboard WiFi-TV Edition Review @ Viperlair
"Now the performance of this motherboard. For the most part in our 'Office' benchmarks and our video encoding tests the two motherboards performed fairly close, within 1-2%. Only three programs showed a marked difference between the two motherboards, TMPGEnc, UT2004 and Half Life 2. In TMPGEnc the Asus board was slower in real time then the ECS board, while CPU time was more or less equal."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tt Tribe External Water Cooler Kit Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Having never had seen water cooling in action before, I was surprised at the huge drop in temperatures given by the Thermaltake Tribe. The installation was a total breeze. After the initial testing, I was so surprised by the low temperatures that I jumped right into overclocking my system, which I didn't attempt before with the Air Cooling Solutions."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek VapoChill Micro Showdown @ Overclockers Online
"As we can see in the testing numbers there is not a huge difference between the three models and because of this there is no single winner. Really, they are all winners in certain setups and situations."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek Vapochill Micro Review @ techPowerUp!
"When you ask hardcore overclockers about companies who have the best extreme cooling gear, you can bet that Asetek is among the first mentioned. Their Vapochill Extreme Cooling Units are legendary, but come with a hefty price tag. The average user is not willing to pay that much, so Asetek has engineered the Vapochill Micro series. While the principle is the same as the Vapochill, do not expect to reach sub-zero temperatures with the Vapochill Micro, it essentially is a heatpipe cooler, just with some very clever ideas. Asetek's experience in designing high-performance cooling units sure has helped here."

More information on this review can be found here.
Biostar I945P-A7 Motherboard Review @ Bjorn3D
"Today, we bring you our first review of a retail 945 motherboard courtesy of Biostar. The I945P-A7 is currently Biostar's sole Intel 945P-based motherboard. It only offers a little more than a standard 945P board, though. Biostar added an additional PCI Express slot that it calls PCI Extreme (PCI-EX). Unfortunately, it's not exactly the SLI goodness you get from other motherboards equipped with dual PCI Express x16 slots - it's not meant for gaming. However, using the two slots in tandem does require installing identical SLI-supporting NVIDIA-based video cards and drivers that support SLI and running it all under Windows XP. The PCI-EX slot operates as an x4 PCI Express slot, and the bridge connecting the two cards is required as it is with standard SLI. Basically, it seems to be a non-gamers SLI but on a mainboard featuring an Intel chipset."

More information on this review can be found here.
LANsomnia 2K5 Report @ hardCOREware
"Last weekend we threw the biggest LAN event ever in Eastern Canada. Over 120 gamers endured 28 hours of gaming, tournaments, XBOX, and other contests. We gave away thousands of dollars in prizes, including a scholarship to a local 3D Animation school, as well as hardware from the likes of Gigabyte, ECS, NZXT, OCZ, and more."

More information on this report can be found here.
SilverStone LC17 HTPC Case Review @ Think Computers
"Everyone HTPC or Home Theater Personal Computer. When the concept originally came out, I really couldn't see why I would want or need one. As time passed though, I came to realize that much more could be done with an HTPC than just watch movies. With the vast new and improved hardware and television sets, the quality just gets better and better. Of course you could go and buy an HTPC, but where is the fun in that? Better to build one yourself, that way it is customized to your needs and wants. As the popularity of HTPC has grown, more companies are making HTPC cases, and today I have the pleasure of reviewing one from Silverstone."

More information on this review can be found here.
AeroCool Masstige & AeroEngine II ATX Case Reviews @ 3DXtreme
"Today 3DXtreme is proud to present our latest review of the AeroCool Masstige and AeroEngine II Cases. We’ve been privileged to review some of AeroCool’s newest hardware and they’ve never failed to impress us. These two Cases reflect designs from two of the most popular Cases on the market, but can a great imitation deliver the same performance as the original?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Edifier e3100 Speaker Review @ Ninjalane
"Speakers are something that we typically don't concern ourselves with here at Ninjalane primarily due to how difficult they are to review but every once in a while a special product finds a way into the Ninjalane Labs that deserve a second look."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Cooldrive 4 Review @ ASE Labs
"It may seem like most modding accessories today provide more form over function, but there are some products that try to give an actual sense of usability while adding something superfluous at the same time. A fanbus is an extremely useful accessory if you have a case with many fans, or just want to quiet down your louder fans when not stressing the system. The Cooler Master Cooldrive 4 combines temperature readings, a fanbus controller, and a nice LCD display. It is the quality control that isn't up to the task in this company."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hitachi Deskstar T7K500 Hard Drive Review @ Xtreme Resources
"The capacity of the hard disk drives grows daily, along with their speed. I still remember the first hard disk drives in the systems I first saw, drives that their capacity was merely 1/10th of the RS-MMC I hold right now, which is smaller than my fingertip. The first hard disk drives I worked with were approximately 500MB drives, ironically exactly 1000 times smaller than the drive I currently hold for review today; the Hitachi T7K500, with the massive 500GB capacity. Featuring most of the best desktop hard disk drive technology has to offer, like SATA-II and NCQ support, and a massive capacity, it is here to make a splash in the high end hard disk drive market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Blue Orb II Review @ techPowerUp
"Thermaltake has recently released the Golden Orb II. Now they have the Blue Orb II. This cooler is a good deal bigger than its golden brother, which results in seriously improved cooling performance. Also the fan seems to have been improved - cools better, but not much louder."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek WaterChill AMD Athlon XP & Athlon 64 Review @ A1-Electronics
"So from our installation using the Asetek WaterChill pump and block with two different radiators we have achieved very impressive cooling of the water block for both the AMD Athlon XP and AMD Athlon 64. And all this fits neatly inside a standard computer case and is very easy to install as you have seen."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL Gold PC4000 2GB Kit Review @ OCIA
"Upon first receiving the modules, I set my CPU multi down and the memory divisor to 1:1, then stepping up 5Mhz at a time at 2.8v, I reached 275Mhz. Stepping up the voltage to 2.9v, I was able to boot Windows and benchmark at 280Mhz. Knowing that most modules overclocking behavior differs after some use, I ran the modules at 270Mhz on 2.8v for almost a week."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC4800 Platinum Review @ Neoseeker
"Today at Neoseeker we take a look at a pair of memory modules from OCZ which are pushing the boundaries of what is possible with DDR1 as it is rated at blistering PC4800. With the overclocking abilities of the nForce 4 chipset, it is now possible run at 1:1 memory timings all the way up to a 300Mhz FSB."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus Extreme N7800GT Review @ NGOHQ
"This card overclocked better than I expected, I was able to reach the core speed of 485 MHz and 1200 MHz on the memory. The card was 100% stable at that speed and no artifacts occurred. In reality and according to Riva tuner the card runs at 526 MHz core and 1200 MHz for the memory, very impressive indeed. Now you are probably curious to see if the Asus Extreme N7800GT is as fast as or faster than the 7800GTX."

More information on this review can be found here.
Benchmarks and Video Preview of Lost Coast @ Bit-Tech
"To our eyes, there is no discernable visual difference between ATI and NVIDIA cards. Although we understand that they are rendering differently internally, as far as we can see, there is absolutely no difference in the quality of the output. The image on the left is a scene rendered on a NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX on the left, and an ATI Radeon X850 XT on the right. Both are at 4x / 16x. If you can spot a difference in quality, let me know!"

More information on this preview can be found here.
PixelView GeForce 7800 GTX 256MiB Review @ Hexus
"Given how every 7800 GTX is going to be as near as dammit to the reference design, if bundles and pre-overclocking don't bother you, you'll probably find yourself going for the cheapest, which could give this card an edge. You might, however, find yourself looking at a 7800 GT with a better bundle and cheaper still, while offering almost the same level of performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS PF21 Extreme Motherboard Review @ HWzone Israel


"There's no doubt that ECS, as a motherboard manufacturer, has completely changed its image and we can no longer refer to it as a company that makes low-end / low quality products ECS is now absolutely mainstream. If we were to compare the "new" ECS to any other company on the market, we'd compare it to Gigabyte, a company that focuses on features instead of extreme performance. In fact, Gigabyte, that has become in the past few years the only motherboard maker that sells high quality components for a competitive price, is being directly challenged by ECS, since today's average consumer is more aware of his choices."

More information on this review can be found here.
GIGABYTE GA-8I945P Pro Motherboard Review @ Techniz
"The GA-8I945P Pro was featuring the new Intel® 945P Express chipset with Hyper-Threading Technology delivers significant performance gains with variety of new generation architectures including the DDR2 main memory, PCI-Express interface, and Serial-ATA 2 interface for improving storage performance. The motherboard itself has a lot of built in features such as Gigabit LAN, RAID, and 7.1 channel sound. Besides that, it comes with a good bundle of software. In terms of performance, this motherboard did a great job as you can see on the performance benchmarking and testing section. Anyway, the GA-8I945P Pro is a very good motherboard for the Intel LGA 775 platform in terms of the performance and overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Motherboard Review @ InsaneTek
"The KN1 SLI Extreme is the latest AMD flagship motherboard from ECS. The motherboard performs well and has great overclocking potential. It is a sneak peek of what the "new ECS" can provide."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Tai-Chi Super Tower Case Review @ Guru3D
"The boring beige casing standard has left us for good and may I say thank God for that! Those beige PC casings we all remember have been slowly phased out over the past 3 years. That's right only three years ago was the point in time where a cluster of that community of ours figured, hey this case is boring. Let's use a saw, make a window, insert a light plus some extra fans in it and drill some ventilation holes. The most beautiful modification could and can be found and a lot of them are still a piece of art. Companies wised up the trend though and you can now buy the most beautifully pre-modified or stylish PC cases. Art is the word we should be using today as it's a piece of that alright."

More information on this review can be found here.
What To Look For When Buying a Computer Case @ The TechZone
"Long gone are the days of dull beige rectangles. Nowadays, computer cases come in various shapes, sizes, colors, and designs and with much better features than ever before. We'll show you what to look for when buying a new computer case."

More information on this article can be found here.
September Value Gaming PC Buyer's Guide @ Sharky Extreme
"In a nutshell, the Value Gaming PC Buyer's Guide delivers the desktop and gaming performance you want, but at a price that won't break the bank. The overall scenario is bit different than some of the other buyer's guides on Sharky Extreme, as we limit the budget to $1,000 in cold, hard cash while the goal remains the same: to assemble a kick-ass gaming system that will play today's hottest games and still have some power in reserve for tomorrow."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Mad Catz Universal MC2 Racing Wheel Review @ Hardware Hell
"Overall, Mad Catz’s Universal MC2 Steering Wheel and Pedals is an incredibly user friendly and reasonably priced third-party offering for racing fans in search of a richer racing experience. Sure, it may lack the lavish features of the higher priced wheels, such as force feedback and 900 degrees axis rotation, but the MC2 manages to offer up some stern competition—and at a much lower price point."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hiper Clavier Keyboard Review @ XYZ Computing
"The Hiper Clavier is an example a keyboard which was released by a company which is known for selling different types of hardware, particularly power supplies. This is not an oddity, but it raises the question, what would a company that does not specialize in input devices have to offer the keyboard market? Looking at these features we start to get an idea of what the keyboard is all about. Foremost is style- the keyboard uses short stroke keys, has a solid aluminum bezel around the key area, and even purple LEDs. Hiper is not the first company to produce an aluminum keyboard, but this is certainly one of the best looking ones available."

More information on this review can be found here.
Transcend Digital Album Review @ The TechZone
"At 4 inches tall by 4 inches wide by 1 inch thick, the Digital Album easily fits into a jacket or purse. The unit is ideal for taking to parties or on vacation where you can consolidate all the pictures you've taken and sharing them with all your friends and family. Another use, the main use really, for the Digital Album is in case you run out of camera memory and you have no computer nearby to download the picture we know that has happen to us. With 20 GB of storage space you'll be able to transfer all your photos from CompactFlash, SD, MMC, Memory Stick, and SmartMedia cards to the Digital Album and continue shooting without worries."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seasonic S12 500W Power Supply Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"The new Seasonic S12 series of power supplies was first released in Q1 of 2005. They conform fully to the ATX12V V2.0 guidelines, and support the latest Intel & AMD processors, PCI Express, and Serial ATA. The S12 in the series name stands for Silent 12cm, which this power supply does run near-silent under normal operating conditions."

More information on this review can be found here.
Power Supply Tester Comparison @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Main thing I looked for was a tester that gave me the most options, yet remained easy to read and use. With that said, the winner of the VH PSU Tester Shootout is none other then the FrozenCPU ATX 2.0 Power Supply Tester."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Nuuo 550w PSU w/ 3.5" LCD Panel Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Performance wise, the Sunbeam Nuuo does exactly as it is supposed to. Clean, consistent power delivery. After confirming the Nuuo's power, it's value really boils down to features and price to either make or break Sunbeam's high wattage PSU. Feature wise, you have everything you could wish for and all this for a street price of less than $80. Rather than name everything off again, just look at the list of pros."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Value Pro PC2-4200 2GB Dual Channel Kit Review @ InsaneTek
"Running expensive enthusiast memory is not always needed to increase system performance. Having larger system virtual memory is also beneficial. OCZ's Value Pro 2GB kit will not break your wallet and will still overclock."

More information on this review can be found here.
Patriot Memory Factory Tour @ Hardware Secrets
"Patriot is one of the newest players in the retail memory market and their market share seems to be growing. Their factory, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, is smaller than other memory factories we’ve been to, yet they have five full assembly lines – the same number of lines of old Corsair facilities in Fremont (Corsair has just changed to a new building and they now have six lines). We’ve took a tour on their factory, which we’ll share with you in this article."

More information on this tour can be found here.
GeForce 6100 and nForce 400 Preview @ Bjorn3D
"Today nVIDIA is throwing its hat back into the integrated video market again. Last time they where in it was with the nForce 2 product line. nForce2 was aimed at the enthusiast market for the most part, this time they are aiming for corporate desktop, media center machine and what I call the inexpensive mom and pop machine."

More information on this preview can be found here.
HIS X800GT IceQ II Turbo 256mb PCI-E Review @ Tech-Mods
"Buying a graphics card these days is getting just as hard as buying a new automobile, there are so many options for so many types of users. H.I.S. makers of graphic solutions for the past few years are making this decision easy. Today we are going to take a look at their X800GT IceQ II TURBO PCI-E with 256mbs GDDR3 with a price to performance ratio that may just knock your socks off!"

More information on this review can be found here.

Leadtek WinFast PX7800GT TDH MyVIVO Extreme SLI Review

"Everyone knows the 7800 series is the big dog on the block when it comes to graphics at the moment, Leadtek's PX7800GT Extreme TDH is the next step down from the GTX version in their line-up and today we are going to put not one but two of them through their paces. The 7800GT Extreme sports 20 pixel pipelines as well as 7 vertex shaders just a notch below the GTX model. The G70 NVIDIA core is clocked at 450 MHz and the DDR3 memory at a powerful 1050 MHz which is stock GT speeds are 400X1000. The 7800GT is the mid-range performance card in the G70 line up sporting dual DVI's, VIVO functionality, and SLI capability. The 7800 series is only available in PCI-E interface and not AGP."

More information on this preview can be found here.
nForce4 410 and 430 with GeForce 6100 and 6150 Announcement @ Hexus
"The TV encoder on the 6150 supports component, S-Video and compostive out, as well as a TMDS for DVI support. DVI on the mainboard backplane will be cool to see. Both chips are also able to be passively cooled, bringing us on nicely to the announcement that these two parts and NVIDIA's first graphics products created on a 90nm process. Manufactured by TSMC, the 90nm process allows NVIDIA to back the transistors needed for the 6100 and 6150 into a chip package small enough and frugal enough to sit on the mainboard and be passively cooled even at top clocks."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Asus Extreme N7800GT Review @ NGOHQ
"This card overclocked better than I expected, I was able to reach the core speed of 485 MHz and 1200 MHz on the memory. The card was 100% stable at that speed and no artifacts occurred. In reality and according to Riva tuner the card runs at 526 MHz core and 1200 MHz for the memory, very impressive indeed. Now you are probably curious to see if the Asus Extreme N7800GT is as fast as or faster than the 7800GTX."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD64 3700+ San Diego S939 2.2GHz Review @ Techgage
"Need a CPU and want the best bang for your buck? Today, we are taking a look at the 3700+ San Diego core AMD64. It rolls in at a 2.2GHz stock speed and is also equipped with 1MB L2 Cache. The chip costs around $275US, but does does it give enough extra performance to warrant the extra money over a Venice core?"

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen Aeolus 7800GTX-DVD256 Review @ Overclockers Online
"What can you say about a 7800GTX? The most powerful video card on the market at this time certainly did not disappoint in this review and managed to make me look twice at certain results. The AOpen Aeolus 7800GTX-DVD256 is not a lot different from any of the other 7800GTX cards out there and is pretty much identical to the other manufacturers such as EVGA, XFX, and BFG brands."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD64 Overclocking Guide @ Overclockers Online
"Many are intimidated by this subject and they shouldn't be. Overcloc1king is simple and painless but much like dinner at the in-laws, it can be a long and tedious process. Some refer to overclocking as an art form, if it is then call me Picasso or Monet and consider this guide to be oc101. I figured it was high time to write up a comprehensive and in-depth guide as this comes up far to often in forums not only here but everywhere. I will concentrate on overclocking the AMD64 processor today on a Windows based machine so let's get started."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Asus P5LD2-Deluxe Motherboard WiFi-TV Edition Review @ Viperlair
"Now the performance of this motherboard. For the most part in our 'Office' benchmarks and our video encoding tests the two motherboards performed fairly close, within 1-2%. Only three programs showed a marked difference between the two motherboards, TMPGEnc, UT2004 and Half Life 2. In TMPGEnc the Asus board was slower in real time then the ECS board, while CPU time was more or less equal."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS PF5 Extreme Motherboard Review @ TrustedReviews
"The ECS PF5 Extreme is an LGA775 motherboard based on Intel’s popular 945P Express (945P + ICH7R) chipset. Although Intel positions this chipset as a value desktop part, it in fact boasts some high-end features including 1066, 800 and 533 MHz system bus support, PCI-Express x16 graphics, dual-channel DDR2, SATA RAID and high definition audio to name but a few."

More information on this review can be found here.
FIC Ice Cube HU61 Barebones Review @ Think Computers
"Everyone has fans in their system, even people running water cooling, the only exception you may find is someone running a vapor cooled system. In any case you want something that will keep your temperatures low and for some the added benefit of quietness is a major plus. Myself I don't mind listening to fans howl at high speeds, but some enjoy the bliss of a nice quiet system. The two fans I will review have been optimized for noise to airflow ratio, the lades have a forward swept design, the motor has a reduced size and shape to allow a larger surface area of fan blades and improve the aerodynamics also something which is exclusive to them are the fan mounts which are silicone-composite which dampen vibration."

More information on this review can be found here.
New MCR80 "Quiet Power" 80mm Radiators Released @ Swiftech
"Signal Hill, CA - Tuesday September 20, 2005 - Swiftech™ today announced the release of the new MCR80 "Quiet Power" 80mm radiators for liquid-cooled computers. Designed specifically for space-constrained systems, the MCR80-QP is more compact and delivers higher performance at lower acoustic noise levels than similar products in its class. "There is a large number of space-constrained applications such as small form factor P/C's, Rack Servers and many others where liquid cooling will both enhance heat dissipation, and reduce noise compared to air cooling solutions. We specially designed the MCR80-QP for these applications." said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech's Chairman."

More information on this new product can be found here.
New V-Quad H2o Case Released @ VoyeurMods

"Rio Rancho, NM - Tuesday September 20, 2005 - Voyeurmods™ today announced the V-Quad H2o Case. Lian-Li has finally come out with a new design, and it was worth every second of waiting. It combines great style with a brilliant design to form the ultimate full tower case. In typical Voyeurmods style we make the case even better with some custom modifications.

We start by mounting our mammoth Quad Heater Core on the bottom of the case with a custom 1" shroud and 4 x 120mm fans pulling in cool air from the custom mesh window. Pushing all the water is the powerful Danger Den 12v Pump. Just connect the 12v molex to your PSU and the pump is ready to go. For filling/bleeding the system we offer our classic single or dual bay reservoir, or our convenient 120x top mounted round reservoir. We then cut and run the tubing to length and clamp all connections. This setup is ultra powerful and can handle 3 blocks without breaking a sweat.

To make this case look even better we added not 1, not 2, but 3 windows on the side panels. The bottom 2 windows are custom mesh allowing for intake of cool air as well as outtake for the hot air. The top window is made out of high quality acrylic and allows for a full view of your motherboard, cpu, video and drives.. A unique option we added is a Vandal Resistant Illuminated Switch, wired and ready to go, to give the front of the case a nice classy look."

More information on this new case can be found here.
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Crucial Gizmo! 1GB USB Drive Review @ Techgage
"Today we are reviewing Crucial's Gizmo! Hi-Speed USB 1GB Flash Drive. USB drives are the latest craze in tech gadgets, you see them all over today, and are a must have for any PC enthusiast. They are perfect for storing documents, photos and music."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Rally High Performance USB2 Flash Memory Drive Video Review @ 3DGameman
"How in the heck can you live without a USB2 flash drive in this day and age? These drives are a godsend if you have important media to backup or transport. It's a quick and affordable way of insuring your important data is safe. While all USB2 flash drives are fast, this product is 30% faster. Clearly, this is a must have product!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
Klipsch iFi iPod Speaker System Review @ The TechZone
"There are more than 1,000 accessories made specifically for Apple iPod. The iPod economy has flourished with over 21 million iPods sold and a wide range of companies creating products ranging from high-end fashion cases to automobile integration kits to speaker systems for iPod. One of those speaker systems is made by Klipsch and it's the best iPod speaker system we have ever heard. It is also the most expensive iPod speaker system we have ever heard."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilenX IXTREMA Pro Fan Series Preview @ Think Computers
"Everyone has fans in their system, even people running water cooling, the only exception you may find is someone running a vapor cooled system. In any case you want something that will keep your temperatures low and for some the added benefit of quietness is a major plus. Myself I don't mind listening to fans howl at high speeds, but some enjoy the bliss of a nice quiet system. The two fans I will review have been optimized for noise to airflow ratio, the lades have a forward swept design, the motor has a reduced size and shape to allow a larger surface area of fan blades and improve the aerodynamics also something which is exclusive to them are the fan mounts which are silicone-composite which dampen vibration."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arrowmax PSX-550AL-24 Aluminum 550W PSU Review @ BigBruin
"Under a load, the ArrowMax PSX-550AL-24 reported effifiencies that bounced between 0.98 and 0.99 (98% and 99%). You can't get much better than that, and a few months of pocketing the savings on your electric bill will contribute nicely to your next upgrade... The heat output during the testing agreed with the efficiency results, as the air coming out of the ArrowMax power supply felt about as warm as the room temperature."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake PurePower Power Station 520w PSU Review @ A1-Electronics
"And we are very pleased with the fan and low noise from it which has helped a great deal to reduce the overall noise in the computer case it is fitted to. And not to forget the handy way we and you can reduce the power lead mess inside a computer case with the use of the power distribution box."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sintek 500 Watt Premium SLI Ready Computer Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews
"Well, there you have it. It certainly appears that SinTek has brought a real winner to the PSU market. The 500 SLI has great looks, a superior feature set and, most importantly, outstanding stability. I've tested a number of power supplies, and I haven't seen one yet that was more stable than this SinTek offering. Availability is quite good, but you better have deep pockets. With a retail cost of around 160 USD ($190 for the 600W model), this is a very expensive 500W power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hiper HPU-4K580-MS PSU Review @ Overclockers Online
"If Hiper can deliver some additional features in a rev.2 of the product, I think they’ll have a big winner on their hands. Given the massive competition going on in the power supply market these days, if Hiper wants to compete, I wouldn’t be surprised to find that Hiper delivers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Akasa All-in-One 21 Function Panel Review @ XtremeComputing
"As you can see with this installed there wouldn’t be much need for visiting the rear of the PC with everything except the kitchen sink available. One thing I have to say though is I was very impressed with the quality of the finish, the paint job on the Allinone is excellent and has I really nice deep gloss finish rather than some tatty matt one."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool Product Spotlight @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Neon Crab. The Neee-on Craaaab! Every time I write it, every time I say it, every time I look at it, I have to smile. Functionally, the Neon Crab is a memory cooler, designed to grip the RAM modules inside your case and provide a stream of cool air to them."

More information on this review can be found here.

VH & Directron Banner Design Contest!

"Virtual-Hideout and Directron are teaming up for a new banner design contest! If you think you've got some graphic creativity and the skills the make the most compelling online ad banner, then get in the game!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
Evercool K802-715CA Athlon64 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Evercool K802-715CA is a pretty standard Athlon64 heatsink whose main selling point is its copper construction, and inexpensive sticker price. How its 516 grams of copper have been assembled are not necessarily conducive towards great cooling efficiency however, and the results of FrostyTech's synthetic thermal tests will shortly illustrate the K802-715CA's effective limits."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ahanix D.Vine Home Theater Case Review @ Bit-Tech
"All in all, this is a nice looking case, no doubt about it. On one side, it is large enough to take full sized components, is stylish and of a very high build quality. However, the pretty awful PSU and the lack of front panel connectors, as well as shortcomings internally, really let it down."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li External HDD Enclosure EX-125 Review @ System Cooling
"Lian Li is a well known case manufacturer. Their high quality and highly function designs have made them a big name in today’s enthusiast market. Today we will be taking a look at something totally new from Lian Li, an external hard drive enclosure. Can these kings of cases stake the claim in the world of hard drive enclosures as well? Let’s find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin AquaStar AS-3000 Water Cooling Kit Review @ PimpRig
"The tiny flow indicator at the bottom of the panel cycles slowly through a rainbow of colors. The color of the LCD back light is user definable. You can choose one of seven colors or have it cycle through all the colors, or you can simply turn off the back light. I found the cycling a bit annoying, but the ability to mix and match colors will certainly appeal to case modders. For the front fan you can have any color you want, as long as it's blue."

More information on this review can be found here.
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Hardware for Humanity Hurricane Katrina Relief @ The Best Case Scenario and Gruntville

"Dismayed by the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina staff members of two highly popular "Case Modding" websites that cater to the PC Enthusiast and gaming communities have teamed up to launch Hardware For Humanity, an organization who's goal is to raise $100,000 from the computer enthusiast and gaming communities to help those who have lost everything. With help from organizations that sponsor the many hardware reviews on both sites they plan to have weekly raffles until the prizes run out. They will use the money raised to support the re-building effort of the area impacted by Hurricane Katrina."

More information on this charity website can be found here.
Monday, September 19, 2005
Logitech Cordless DesktopR MX 3000 Laser Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Logitech is famous for building some of the best keyboards, nice and trackballs money can buy but what happens when you take perhaps a nearly perfect keyboard and add it to a mouse that has huge amount of feature of its own? You package them both together and call them the Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 3000 Laser!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Microsoft Fingerprint Reader Review @ Tweaknews
"Finger print readers have been around for a long time – in Hollywood, where you most likely see them being used to access high security areas in action movies, but similarly they have been around for surprisingly a long time in army bases around the world. As time went on they found their way into corporate networks protecting vital company data before swiftly moving into our homes. Today you can pick up a good quality fingerprint reader in many shops but there is one that Microsoft is touting to be the best and it is pushing its technology into keyboards, bundling together with mice and as a separate fingerprint reader module, which is what is going to be reviewed here today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Altec Lansing XT1 Laptop Speaker Review @ The TechZone
"If you're a laptop user than you know built-in laptop speakers are pretty underwhelming. Sure, they're good for a beep here and ping there, but if you've ever tried to play your favorite song, watch a movie, or make a multimedia presentation using your laptop speakers, you know they don't really cut it. The Altec Lansing XT1 system is designed to change all that. In addition to its thin, innovative design with removable stands, the XT1 delivers superb sound and surprisingly deep bass thanks to four full-range neodymium micro drivers and bass enhancement technology."

More information on this review can be found here.

Razer Diamondback Plasma Edition Gaming Mouse Review

"The Razer Diamondback Plasma Edition is THE gamer's mouse. You'll know this the instant you plug the mouse in and watch the mouse body light up in a striking neon plasma blue color - this mouse is design to help you win the game and look good doing it. The Diamondback Plasma Edition features all the latest and greatest tricks found on today's high end gaming mice, like an ultra high resolution optical engine and corded design - nothing upsets a gamer more than having a wireless mouse lose a connection or battery power during an intense LAN gaming session."

More information on this review can be found here.
Buffalo AirStation G54 Wireless Router Review @ TrustedReviews
"Despite its diminutive stature the G54 AP delivers a strong range of features. It supports both 802.11b and g clients, comes with an integral four-port Fast Ethernet switch and uses a standard SPI firewall augmented with basic intrusion detection capabilities. The only drawback is that it doesn’t include an integrated ADSL modem although the Ethernet WAN port does make it ideal for both ADSL and cable users who already have a modem."

More information on this review can be found here.

Orange SPV C550 Windows Smartphone Review

"The SPV C550 is remarkably similar in size and weight to the C500 (its 107g and 108 x 46 x 17.5mm compare to the C500’s 106g and 108 x 46 x 16. 3mm) and in most respects the two share the same arrangement of side buttons. So, on the left edge there is a volume rocker, on the top infrared port and power button, and on the right edge a button that launches the built in camera. It’s all pretty familiar stuff."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA G70 Go Presentation @ techPowerUp
"NVIDIA's launch of the GeForce 7800 GTX has been a huge success, now they bring that platform to the mobile sector. It has double the rendering performance, while having the same power consumption. It also comes in a pin-compatible package making it easy for notebook manufacturers to upgrade their designs. We have a 26 page presentation straight from NVIDIA."

More information on this presentation can be found here.
MSI RX700Pro-TD128E videocard Review @ Xtreme Resources
"While the release of new high end cards may have shaken the top-end market a little bit, the battle in the mainstream market still rages with the X700 series from ATi and the 6600 series from nVidia. There are many models featuring those cores, with considerable price differences between each other, yet all can be considered mainstream cards as they do not get overly expensive, neither are too weak for 3D performance. Today I have a MSI RX700PRO-TD128E PCI-E card which may seem a little too old since it is featuring ‘only’ 128MB of memory, yet we will see if the size of the memory makes a real difference in today’s applications."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Play Link Wireless Network Extender Review @ Hardware Hell
"Gamers who have been searching to and fro for an affordable wireless network solution finally have something to rejoice over. Logitech’s Play Link Wireless Network Extender allows any console with an Ethernet port to have wireless Internet access in a matter of minutes. Without any software configuration or WiFi/802.11 networking needed, this easy-to-use device will have your gaming system ready to go in a flash."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI NX7800GTX SLI Review @ Viperlair
"While we have a lot of praise to bestow upon the MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E, there isn't much we can say that we haven't already done so for the 7800 GTX in general. It's fast, occupies one slot, and with it, you can really crank up the image quality settings without sacrificing performance. Another thing we liked about the MSI card is it's a great overclocker, which is an achievement in itself given how close to the ceiling the hardware is already running at."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool Nighthawk and Neon Crab Review @ InsaneTek
"Evercool continues to release many various cooling products for our system needs. The Nighthawk looks similar to the Jetart VGA cooler. The Neon Crab might come in handy for those toasty hot memory sticks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron 7800GTX Review @ Overclockers Online
"Without a doubt, the 7800GTX offers the best performance possible from a single video card at this point in time. While it certainly costs a lot of money, those who can afford it won't be disappointed. I look forward to the day when Albatron releases a model that has their Cold Fusion (Wise Fan III + Heat Pipe Technology) cooler! With hope, we should be seeing something new from Albatron in the very near future."

More information on this review can be found here.
Koolance ICM 505 Review @ Hardware Hell
"Koolance seems to be unstoppable when it comes to churning out water cooling products. This time, they released an internal cooling option for those that wanted it. The ICM-505 is mounted with a 120mm fan; the downside to this is that if you do not have a 120mm slot in your case then the module will be difficult to mount. Conversion kits from 120mm to 80mm do exist, and Koolance plans on releasing something similar. The choice of a 120mm fan was obvious because the radiator requires the heat to be pushed out to produce optimal cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake AquaBay M3 Water Reservoir Review @ A1-Electronics
"As this AquaBay M3 will connect up to just about any pipe size it is universal for all water cooled heatsinks systems on the market and as you can see in our example it would only be a five minute job to install this reservoir. We found that you can fit 10mm tubing to the standard small pipe fittings. We are going to award this our Editors Top Choice for a water cooled heatsink system reservoir as it is the best we have seen."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Mini-ITX Project @ XYZ Computing
"For some time now I have wanted to add a computer to my living room. There are already a number of other computers in my house but this one was going to be different. Since it was not intended for work and would be more for convenience than functionality, I felt I could get creative with its design and really tailor it to suit my needs. As opposed to building another general purpose, midtower computer this was the perfect opportunity to build something much smaller and, hopefully, much quieter. I had been wanting to build a miniature form factor computer for a while but previously did not have the time or need to do so. As soon as this thought presented itself, I started researching. Thus began the Mini-ITX project."

More information on this project can be found here.
Atrix Lexicon Series Case Review @ Think Computers
"Not long ago I reviewed a case that I modded, un-modded review of course. The case was made by a company called Atrix, the quality and price was exceptional. The case was well built, sturdy and functional. Today I have another case from Atrix, the Lexicon, it is a pre-mod case of course. The internal chassis is essentially the same as my last Atrix review, but the outside has got a complete overhaul, with an etched plexi window and EL front panel. It even includes a 480Watt power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.

United Keys LCD Keyboard Preview


"Not long ago, did a small article/review on a new innovation, an Oled Keyboard, I am sure everyone knows what I am talking about, it was posted as news everywhere. The only problem with the Oled keyboard is that, after some research, the idea is not that technologically feasible at this time. The other problem with the Oled keyboard is that it is 'paperware' it does not actually exist, the pictures look very pretty and caused quite a bit of a fuss in the media, but that's all they are: Pictures. A little while after I wrote that article I received an email from Ronald Brown the CEO of United Keys Inc., pertaining to their invention, which is essentially a Qwerty keyboard with embedded Lcd displays in the function keys. This invention, however, is not 'paperware' it does actually exist and will be available for purchase shortly. Today, is the official release of the keyboard at Demofall in California, I was invited to attend, but due to other responsibilities I could not attend, but I do have the press release and lots of information for you. Also, be sure to check back for my in depth review of the keyboard within the next couple of weeks."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Saturday, September 17, 2005
Tokyo Game Show 2005 - Round One @ Futurelooks
"Futurelooks heads overseas to check out some of the latest games and hardware that will be hitting our shores in the next few months. From the land of the rising sun, here comes ROUND ONE of our Tokyo Game Show Coverage."

More information on this report can be found here.
Sunbeam LED Screws Review @ LAN Addict
Simply put, these LED Screws from Sunbeam are absolutely amazing! They do exactly as advertised! They are incredibly bright, and provide plenty of light for anyone\'s computer case. They are also very well made and sturdy, as they are made of steel, not cheap plastic. These screws should be a welcome addition to anyone trying to mod their case to perfection!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Special Edition Video #600 @ 3DGameman
"Celebrating the 600th with lots of laughs! Watch the Video to find out more."

More information on this special edition video can be found here.
CaseBuy EZ Power Supply Tester 2 Review @ OCIA
"I was a bit unsure as to how to go about initiating the test, but that was quickly answered for me as soon as I plugged the ATX connector into the EZPST-2 and it immediately turned on the power supply. All of the output indicator LEDs are green, indicating everything is a-ok."

More information on this review can be found here.
New MCRES-MICRO Reservoir Product Release @ Swiftech
"Signal Hill, CA - Friday September 16, 2005 - Swiftech™ today announced the release of the new MCRES-MICRO reservoir for liquid-cooled computers. Designed to operate quietly and reliably with high flow pumps such as Swiftech's MCP350 and MCP655 models, the patent pending design features an angled baffle forcing the turbulent flow at the bottom of the reservoir. This allows it to function without air entrainment at low fluid levels and affords extended usage without refills of approximately 2 years. "High performance liquid cooled systems have specific requirements. While the trend of placing the reservoir in a 5 1/4" bay addresses convenience, it sacrifices a CD-Rom slot and requires somewhat fequent maintenance for refills. We wanted something that was just as convenient, sort of a "fit anywhere" device, reduce maintenance, while addressing the specific needs of high-flow systems. The MCRES-MICRO does just that" said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech's Chairman."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Transcend JetFlash 2GB Flash Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
"Floppy drives, CD's, and even DVD's are becoming obsolete as removable media in this day and age. Everyone wants something indestructible, something lightweight, and most of all, something big in capacity. Today we take a look at something that hopes to fulfill all those requirements, as well as retaining good transfer speeds."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Technology EL-DDR PC3500 Gold GX Memory Review @ PCstats
"By the looks of OCZ's PC3500 EL Gold Edition GX memory, and more specifically each 512MB module's CAS 2-2-2-5 timings, we're right on the money with that assessment. By default the OCZ PC3500 EL Gold Edition GX DDR memory is rated to run at up to 216 MHz (or DDR433). A memory capacity of 1GB seems like the sweet spot for everyday computing, and the two 512MB OCZ PC3500 EL Gold Edition GX DIMMs are also "optimized" for dual channel configuration."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI’s R520 Architecture Review @ Hardware Analysis
"ATI is about to introduce their next generation graphics card based on the R520 architecture which will be launched as the Radeon X1800 series of cards. We put it up against the capable GeForce 6800 and 7800 series to see how it performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA tells us the truth about CrossFire @ techPowerUp
"ATI's competitor NVIDIA has sat down and put together a presentation dealing with the shortcomings of CrossFire. Problems like limited resolution and game issues are listed. Not only do they cover the CrossFire video cards, but also problems with ATI's dual VGA motherboard chipsets."

More information on this article can be found here.
Western Digital Caviar RE SATA 320 GB Hard Drive Review @ XYZ Computing
"This review will be taking a look at Western Digital's Caviar RE SATA 320GB hard drives (WD3200SD). These drives pack 320GB of storage in a 3.5" SATA drive. It may seem like a lot for a consumer-level hard drive, but in this age of DVD-burning, file-sharing, and 40 GB MP3 players you can't have too much storage space."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AW8-MAX 3rd Eye II 955x Motherboard Review @ XtremeComputing
"As Rack recently put it there are only a few real enthusiast boards around and ABIT are one of them, with the Fatality main boards on both platforms (939 and 775) and other variations of chipset abit give choice from the standard board to the all singing all dancing models, take the board we are looking at today the AW8 MAX this is a 955x based chipset board that comes in three flavours the AW8, AW8 max and the AW8 max – 3rd eye. These are all based on the Silent OTES technology so it will be interesting to see what it can do."

More information on this review can be found here.
3-way i955x Motherboard Shootout @ Hexus
"What makes a good i955X motherboard? From what we've seen in this review, it's a combination adding a number of useful discrete features to boost a i955X-equipped motherboard to deluxe standard. All three motherboards here carry additional SATA support from Silicon Image, FireWire800 connectivity, and in the case of the ABIT AW8-MAX and Gigabyte Royal boards, dual PCIe Gigabit LAN ASICs from Broadcom. Both also add in enthusiast-specific features, with ABIT opting for heatpipe northbridge cooling and Gigabyte running with a potential 8-phase power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, September 16, 2005
Interview with Rickford Grant, Author of "Linux Made Easy" @ XYZ Computing
"We recently conducted with Rickford Grant, the author of "Linux for Non-Geeks" and "Linux Made Easy". His new book is based on Xandros 3 and is said to be a excellent resource for 'the less technically inclined to get up and running quickly and easily on Linux'. I had the chance to ask him a few questions in order to get a feel for his stance on some pertinent issues."

More information on this interview can be found here.

World Cyber Games US National Finals 2005 Coverage

"Since 2000 the World Cyber Games has been organized by South Korea-based International Cyber Marketing. The WCG has become the world's largest computer and video game festival and is held in about 70 countries this year. The winners from each country meet in a host city in order to determine the world champions in a specific game. Last year's grand finals were held in San Francisco and featured 642 gamers from 59 different countries. This year's grand finals will be in Singapore, but before gamers can get there they must compete in the national championships. In addition to the prestige of a being crowned champion, gamers will also be competing for a number of prizes and cash purses. This is coverage of the US national finals, held in New York City."

More information on this report can be found here.
D-Skin Protective Disc Skins Review @ Think Computers
"Well, sometimes a product comes along that makes me wonder how I ever lived without it, and why I never thought of inventing it! What I have today for review is one of those such products. If you are like me, you have had to replace a few discs over time. I've bought some music cds three times now, because they got scratched from misuse, ya know I'm in the car, take the cd out, toss on seat, cd falls off seat onto floor gets scratched, this happens enough times, the cd doesn't work anymore. Well I have for review a product called D-Skins, and they claim to virtually eliminate damage to cds and dvds."

More information on this review can be found here.
Geek My Ride: Build The Ultimate Tech Rod Review @ The TechZone
"The great thing about Auri's approach is that the book isn't a running narrative about technology in a car. Instead, it is a how-to guide on how you can carry out any number (actually he spells out 15) of technology solutions you can install in your car. Each project spells out the tools and skills you're going to need to attack the project. Then, he gives you superbly clear step-by-step instructions on how to do the work yourself without having to call in a skilled (expensive) specialist."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SI-97A Review @ All Round Modders
"With the recent explosion of AMD K8 processors, many manufacturers have geared themselves towards developing heatsinks specifically for this new platform, leaving the still much widely used Socket A platform dry for any new coolers. Thermalright on the other hand have released their SI-97A cooler, a high performance cooler using today's most modern technologies designed for Socket A processors, and in its success, have now released the same heatsink for the K8 platform too."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeamtech NUUO 550 Watts Power Supply Review @ Madshrimps
"Once again, SunbeamTech is expanding its product line. This time is "Power Supply" here we come. Back about 8 months ago, Sunbeam product development staffs were inquiring perspective product reviewers from varies sites for the ideal power supply inputs. In a few months time, we are now looking at Sunbeam´s NUUO series power supply in a package that could very well meet enthusiasts´ high demand."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Harmony 880 Review @ Designtechnica
"No matter how many times I think I’ve found the cure to my out-of-control remotes, I always end up disappointed. Much as I’d like to get one clicker to handle everything, I’ve never quite been able to whittle down my infrared fiddlesticks to a single magic wand. So it was with some degree of skepticism that I tackled the Harmony 880 Advanced Universal Remote from Logitech."

More information on this review can be found here.
How to Overclock a Socket 775 Pentium 4 @ Hardware Secrets
"Overclocking socket 775 Pentium 4 processors has some particularities, comparing to overclocking done in other platforms. The first difficulty is that since the first Pentium 4 the clock multiplier is locked. Only engineering samples (that are made for testing) and the Extreme Edition models have the unlocked clock multiplier. Engineering samples are identified with the letters “ES” and are not available in the market. Some manufacturers, such as ABIT, have created motherboards that can bypass that protection against overclocking.Overclocking socket 775 Pentium 4 processors has some particularities, comparing to overclocking done in other platforms."

More information on this guide can be found here.
MSI NX7800GTX SLI Review @ Viperlair
"While we have a lot of praise to bestow upon the MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E, there isn't much we can say that we haven't already done so for the 7800 GTX in general. It's fast, occupies one slot, and with it, you can really crank up the image quality settings without sacrificing performance. Another thing we liked about the MSI card is it's a great overclocker, which is an achievement in itself given how close to the ceiling the hardware is already running at."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA nForce4 Update Presentation @ techPowerUp
"Our friends in Taiwan got us another secret goodie. This 26-page presentation from NVIDIA talks about their new nForce4 variants, called GeForce 6150 and GeForce 6100. Both have integrated VGA. The new high-end dual PCI-Express x16 part is also briefly mentioned."

More information on this article can be found here.

X800 GTO2 to X850 XT Mod

"We recently got our hands on one of the new X800 GTO2 cards from Sapphire. These limited-edition cards use an R480 core from ATI, which is limited to run at 12 pipelines. We were surprised that these $200 cards can be easily modded to run at 16 pipelines. During testing, our sample could be overclocked to run at X850 XT PE speeds completely stable - $300 saved."

More information on this guide can be found here.
RaidMax X1 ATX Gaming Case Review @ BigBruin
"Raidmax continues to impress by offering unique, high quality items at a reasonable price. The Raidmax X1 case is no different. The X1 isn't as flashy as some of the recent "gaming" cases, but does retain enough of the "gaming" case feel with the front LCD, hidden drive bays, and a beautiful side panel."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen Nouveau B-350B Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"AOpen is in the middle of expanding their computer housing product line and today we bring to you an in-depth, detailed look at their 2005 Cadillac: the Nouveau B-350B. The Nouveau is currently AOpen's high-end case that offers a clean, professional, and elegant look and feel. The glossy finish of the paint job will have the owner of this US$150+ chassis showing it off and constantly buffing out fingerprints like it was their brand new Rolls Royce! The shiny Nouveau comes in the featured colors of Elegant Black and Vivid Silver."

More information on this review can be found here.
Review Editors and Benchmarks DO NOT Suck @ PimpRig
"What Kyle is complaining about is that reviewing isn't standardized across the industry. So, him being [H]err Bennett, he figured he had better set the standard for everybody by using the "experience" method of reviewing. I would like to know how his "experience" method using his high end motherboard, top of the line RAM, dual processor CPU, and 7800GT video card relates to the "experience" an end user on a Socket A motherboard, 512K of value RAM, Barton processor, and Ti4800 video card. However, if he were to test two video cards and say "This gets an 8, this gets a 6." I believe the end user would be able to easily tell which card is better."

This editorial covers some recent comments Kyle Bennett of [H] fame made in this month's CPU Magazine regarding the standardization for benchmark testing. More information on this editorial can be found here.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Exclusive: Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Playtest, Screens & Tech Info @ Bit-Tech
"Half-Life 2: Lost Coast is Valve's reply to a series of What If questions: what if there were no limits? What if we didn't have to make sure people with mid-range systems could enjoy our games? What if the system requirements knew no bounds?

Following the release of Half-Life 2 worldwide on 16th November 2004, a group of programmers and artists at Valve sat down to create the ultimate level, incorporating ultra high resolution textures, models and adding High Dynamic Range Rendering (HDR) to the Source engine. Their aim was to create a technology showcase: a no-holds barred level that would set new standards in image quality and realism; something to really push even the highest of today's high-end systems."

"Many people are getting hot under the collar over the delayed release date because they possibly think Lost Coast is something that it is not. Aftermath is the expansion pack. Lost Coast, as has been stated by Valve since it was first unveiled, is a single level technology showcase.

Before we received playable code, we asked innocently how many hours of gameplay there would be. In terms of end-to-end gameplay, the answer is measured in minutes, not hours. Be warned: if you are expecting loads of new story, you will be disappointed, and unnecessarily so. Marvel at the graphics, listen to the Developer Commentary, but take it all at face value."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Ergodex DX1 Input System Review @ Bjorn3D
"Q, W, E, R, T, Y. W, A, S, D. Ctrl, Alt, Delete. These familiar key-combinations have emerged from years and years of use of the common keyboard. Designed for efficient typing, the standard keyboard serves its purpose well. What the keyboard lacks is the ability to choose where YOU want to put YOUR keys to best suit YOUR hand size or key-placement needs. Alternate input devices have been around almost as long as the keyboard, allowing for a more customized setup, but none has been able to provide this like the Ergodex DX1 Input System. Allowing for custom key placement for up to 50 removable keys, the DX1 has the ability to assign multiple key strokes to single keys and allows for custom profiles for different applications."

More information on this review can be found here.
Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop Comfort Edition Review @ PC Review
"Comfort is something we seem to neglect to think about all too often when it comes to our time at in front of our computers. I'd be more than willing to estimate that the majority of people either have an uncomfortable chair that's set at the wrong height, a monitor that's too high in regards to your eye level, or a mouse and keyboard that just aren't comfortable for long term use. So when a product pops up on the market specifically designed for comfort, you'd imagine at least one of those little flaws of ours to be blown away with a swift purchase. So from Microsoft, we have the Wireless Optical Desktop Comfort Edition. Designed by ergonomic experts with comfort and design in mind, this desktop is offered with the promise of a heightened level of comfort, and a fair old amount of gorgeous design too."

More information on this review can be found here.
Casebuy EZ Power Supply Tester 2 @ Think Computers
"So, just how do you know if a power supply works or not, plug it in right? Well that would require either hooking it to your motherboard, which if the PSU was bad might kill your motherboard, or jumping the wires to make the PSU think it is hooked up. Jumping the wires requires you to cut wires and essentially damage your PSU and void any warranty you might have. The easier way would be to buy a Power Supply Tester. Today for review I have the new Power Supply Tester from CaseBuy. It is equipped to handle the latest PSU's, you can hook 24pin, SATA, PCIE and P4 connectors to it for testing and also the standard PSU connections. It is aptly named the 'EZ Power Supply Tester 2'. I would like to thank CaseBuy for the chance to review there products."

More information on this review can be found here.
Jackson Armor Backup Card Review @ Xtreme Resources
"Truly there are many software solutions that can help sustain security o­n a computer, yet they are still relying o­n the operating system and that can cause limitations. For example, a fierce firewall may block useful data as well and still is no good if the operating system crashes. The o­nly true data loss prevention solution is a hardware based solution which does not rely o­n any software in order to work and can restore any data instantly. Today I have such a solution for a little check-up, the Jackson Armor card, a very small simple card which can save people from a lot of trouble and, occasionally, money."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Portable USB2 Docking Station Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This is an excellent product if you have a newer desktop or laptop because most of these newer systems don't come with parallel, serial, or PS2 ports. This device enables the use of these older peripherals. It's USB 1.1 and 2 compatible making it plug-and-play which results in easy installation and setup. It also doubles as a USB hub. A versatile product!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
PerfectDisk and PerfectDisk Live Review @ NGOHQ
"Today we are going to look at one of the best 3rd party disk defragmenter tools available. Perfect Disk 7® is an extremely complete and fast disk defragmenter. It was designed to work with Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000, Windows 2000 and Windows XP only. Raxco’s PerfectDisk’s SmartPlacement™ technology provides a fast and efficient defragmenter that offers single pass file defragmentation and free space consolidation. It can also handle any of today’s large disk sizes. PerfectDisk 7 integrates seamlessly with Microsoft’s Active Directory to provide easy scalable network deployments and scheduling abilities."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X800 GT IceQ II iTurbo Video Card Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Radeon X800 GT is the latest graphics chip released by ATI and it is targeted to the mid-range market, i.e. for people that can’t afford a high-end video card but can’t play with a low-end one. Usually mid-range video cards offer the best cost/benefit ratio, since they are not so expensive and they offer a good performance for the average user. This new chip officially runs at 475 MHz, the same clock speed of Radeon X800 Pro, but it is capable of processing only eight pixels per clock cycle (the same amount as Radeon X800 SE), while Radeon X800 Pro can process up to 12 and Radeon X800 XT can process up to 16."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X800 GT IceQ II iTurbo Video Card Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"ATI has known all along that the biggest thorn in their side in mid-priced range is 6600 series video cards, but up until now ATI had either been aiming to high or to low to make much of dent on this particular cards sales. Well it seems that they have finally got things sighted in now with the release of the X800 GT video card. The card we are looking at today is made by HIS Tech which means it is not nearly as bland as it would be if it came directly for ATI, HIS has added things like their patented IceQ II cooling system that will cool their card 11 degrees cooler than the same card from someone else. It also offers a second benefit of being 20 dba quieter, which is a huge amount and can be greatly appreciated if you like to game late at night.So come on along and check out HIS Tech's latest hit."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AL8 Motherboard Review @ techPowerUp
"ABIT has engineered the AL8 for Intel Socket775 to be a good compromise between features, performance and price. Apart from the standard features, the motherboard has Gigabit Ethernet, an extra SATA controller, 8 Channel Audio and ABIT's uGuru. We also found out why other reviewers could not overclock past 220 FSB and describe how to fix it. Our best result was 4568 MHz @ 326 FSB."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI P4N Diamond NF4-SLI Intel Edition Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"While the chipset was announced a months ago, nForce4-SLI Intel Edition motherboards are just now hitting the market. MSI Computers new P4N Diamond looks well like a real gem of a motherboard! Obviously based on the nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipset, the motherboard supports Socket 775 800/1066 MHz FSB Pentium 4/XE, Pentium D and Celeron D processors as well as a maximum of 4GB of DDR2-667 memory. The way nVIDIA implemented SLI on its NF4 SLI Intel Edition chipset is a bit different than with the AMD version. With the NF4 SLI Intel Edition the first physical PCI Express x16 slot gets lane 0 and all the even numbered lanes thereafter while the second physical PCI Express x16 slot gets all the odd numbered lanes."

More information on this review can be found here.

Epox 5NVA+ SLI NF4 Intel Edition Motherboard Review

"Motherboards like the Epox 5NVA+ SLI support Socket 775 Pentium 4/D/Extreme Edition as well as Celeron D processors. The four DIMM slots can accommodate up to 8GB of unbuffered non ECC DDR2 memory running at 400/533/667 MHz, while operating in dual channel mode with 1.8V. Epox also bundles a few on board goodies with the board such as Gigabit LAN, a 7.1 audio controller, IEEE 1394 and my personal favorite a Port 80 diagnostics card. If you need something the motherboard does not support, there are two free PCI Express x1 slots (three if you count the second PCI Express x16 slot when only running one videocard) and two open 32 bit PCI slots for legacy hardware. Of course, we must not overlook the two PCI Express x16 slots which will support SLI set-ups with the appropriate videocards either!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Reserator 1 Plus Review @ InsaneTek
"Zalman was the first to introduce a passive watercooling kit. It was external and used a large radiator. They one up the previous with the current Reserator 1 Plus. Considering the water is passively cooled, the performance isn't bad."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Tribe & AquaBay M2 Kit Mods Review @ A1-Electronics
"We review our mods to this new style Tribe water cooled heatsink system from Thermaltake. Our earlier review. We found in our review that the cooling performance of this stylish Thermaltake Triibe water heatsink system was somewhat under par. Here we try out some mods to see if we can improve the cooling performance of this Tribe with the AquaBay M2."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerocool Masstige Mid-Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Aerocool Masstige proved that it can deliver. The price, storage capacity, features, and performance are all on par with what we expected. If you need lots of space with out spending lots of green, then by all means test drive the Aerocool Masstige."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Robela Water Cooling Case Review @ Overclockers Online
"With the Robela, I was torn to come up with a final statement. The water cooling abilities of the Robela are decent but certainly not impressive. If I was running a system that was not overclocked and looking for a case that would run almost silently, then the Robela would be a very good choice. Heck, even with an overclocked setup the Robela system would be acceptable as it runs the CPU only a few degrees higher than a large aftermarket cooler, without any of the extra noise associated with that type of cooler."

This case has spread to all the hardware review sites like a virus. More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Trinity Case Review @ CaseModGod
"Pretty impressive for a mid-tower case. I will say the box had it right, "Just Sexy". Bone stock and it still looks awesome, if I, or anyone else, were to make this case unique and mod it further then it could only look even sexier."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Scythe SCKTN-1000 Katana Universal Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Today on the chopping block is the Scythe Katana CPU Cooler, a heat pipe based cooler for AMD and Intel alike. You can never have a cooler CPU these days, so anything that looks as big and mean as this bad boy has got to have some cooling power right?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Golden Orb II Review @ Neoseeker
"The cooler has a fairly manageable 120mm diameter but weighs in at roughly 750 grams, not making it a true lightweight by current standards. It uses 66 aluminum fins in a radial pattern protruding from a copper core in a very similar fashion to what Zalman has been doing with their current line up of CPU coolers. The 100mm fan in the Golden Orb II spins at only 1600 RPM, but is large enough to still move a respectable 35 CFM of air. When powered up, a blue LED illuminates the pearly translucent blades giving the cooler a unique look in comparison to similarly constructed heat sinks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Altec Lansing MX5021 2.1 Speaker System Review @ The Tech Lounge
"The MX 5021 is a serious audio system manufactured by a serious audio company: Altec Lansing. For those of you not familiar with Altec Lansing, it was founded May 1, 1941 when All Technical Products Company merged with the Lansing Manufacturing Company. During wartime, Altec Lansing made great efforts to manufacture Anti-Submarine Detection equipment, MAD Airborne Detection equipment and Fire Control Radar. Post-war manufacturing involved theater sound systems and music recording consoles. Eventually, Altec Lansing got into budget PC speaker systems and has been a leader of this market ever since... After weeks of testing, I can say this is a great set of 2.1 speakers. I was highly impressed with the sound quality whether I was listening to music, watching movies, or playing PC games. Having an Audio-In additionally allows you to hook up your Xbox, MP3 player, etc. which of course is a good thing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS9500 LED Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"FrostyTech's back, and in addition to thermal stress tests, we've taken sound measurements, poked and prodded, measured and compared just about every surface of the Zalman CNPS9500 LED heatsink in their latest review! The CNPS9500 LED heatsink is compatible with all current AMD and Intel socket formfactors. The heatsink is voluminous, but designed to operate quietly and cool under low noise, low fan-speed conditions. Three heatpipes bent into a figure-eight form the backbone of the CNPS9500 LED heatsink, and the rest of the design is simply form following function to a "T."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SI-120 Heatsink @ System Cooling
"The new Thermalright SI-120 heatsink is a redesigned XP-120 that offers greater motherboard compatibility while still accommodating a 120mm fan of your choice. In fact, Thermalright claims the SI-120 will fit all known Intel P4 and AMD K8 motherboards (at least they haven’t found one yet it didn’t fit). The SI-120 incorporates five heat pipes to transfer heat out of the copper base into a large array of aluminum fins (just like the original XP-120). The universal mount works with both Intel P4 (socket 478) and AMD K8 (socket 754/939/740) platforms. An optional socket LGA-775 retention frame is also promised."

More information on this review can be found here.
E-Power Technology Silent Engine Tiger 550W Modular PSU Review @ BigBruin
"Today’s computers have become extremely power hungry. Because of things like high powered video cards, multiple hard drives, dual processors, and a whole list of available peripherals, never has the need for a rock solid power supply been greater. Using a cheap or under-rated power supply is a sure fire way to create random computer problems and severely handicap any efforts at overclocking your computer. Enter E-Power Technology with their new Silent Engine Tiger 550 watt power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hiper Type-R Series Modular 580W PSU Review @ XYZ Computing
"There is no doubting that system builders are fiercely dedicated to their chosen power supply company. Whether their own experience has caused them to favor one company over the others or they have been influenced by other sources, these opinions can be very hard to sway. Even the people who are not as dedicated to just one brand often have chosen three or four companies and hold their power supplies above the rest. Though this situation has not completely barred new companies from entering the PSU market it has caused hesitancy on the part of the companies and a good deal of consumer reluctance.This review will be taking a look at the Hiper Type-R Series 580W Modular Power Supply. Though Hiper has yet to make much progress in the US market they have been making a name for themselves with their Type-R series power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeamtech NUUO 550watt SLI Modular Power Supply Review @ GruntvillE
"Today, I'll be taking a look at the NUUO 550watt Power Supply from the folks at Sunbeamtech. That's right, the company who's built a reputation over the past few years for building high quality and reliable cold cathode lights as well as an array of other case mod oriented products, is venturing in to the world of power supplies. The NUUO is their first series of power supply products and offers modular cabling as well as a 3.5” fan control panel to monitor temperatures and adjust fan speeds."

More information on this review can be found here.
MGE Magnum 500W Power Supply Review @ GotApex
"The Magnum 500w power supply propels MGE into a market they haven't been before, highest end PSUs. Their newest offering presents many of the best attributes on the market and then adds a few others to top it off. There have been silent power supplies before from companies such as PC Power and Cooling or Antec, but none have taken it to the level that MGE has, a full size copper heatpipe. This alone will extend the life of the PSU, heat is one of the primary killers of computer parts. Combine that with a decent fan to provide some ventilation and airflow and you have a killer combination."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Muse External 3.5inch HDD Enclosure Review @ A1-Electronics
"Thermaltake Muse External 3.5inch HDD Enclosure is yet another well designed computer product. How do they keep coming up with well made products and great design ideas. This external HDD enclosure as you can see in this review picture is similar to their earlier SilverRiver review last year but to our mind is a slightly better design enclosure and has a very neat and functional hard drive usage meter."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 920T 19 Inch Digital/Analog LCD Monitor Review @ Tweaknews
"The SyncMaster 920T has all the features needed in a digital monitor including 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178 degree viewing, landscape pivot viewing, adjustable stand, built in speakers and best of all, a relatively decent price tag. If you are in the market for an excellent digital LCD monitor for the new school year."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Twin2X1024-8000UL Memory Review @ PCstats
"With the release of dual core processors, there is again a bandwidth crunch and DDR2 memory is the only source capable of filling the void. Corsair is quick on the ball, and today we have some very quick PC2-8000 compatible memory to test as a result. According to Corsair, with compatible supporting hardware, its 240-pin DDR2 Twin2X1024-8000UL memory can run at.....1000 MHz! Amazing!"

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X800GT IceQII Turbo 256MB PCI Express Video Card Review @ Bona Fide Reviews
"A couple days after our fair well to AGP with the HIS X700 review we get back to the lovely PCI Express bus. What better way to do it then with a review of the HIS X800GT Turbo. This card features the R423 ASIC, 8 pixel pipes, 6 vertex engines, and 256MB of GDDR3 memory. The reason why the card is the "Turbo" version is because it comes with HIS's iTurbo overclocking software which overclocks the X800GT's core and memory frequencies with a single click."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD SLI Motherboard Group Test @ OcPrices
"Today we have 6 top Athlon 64 compatible SLI motherboards going head to head in our group test:

- Abit AN8 Fatal1ty SLI
- Asus A8N SLI Premium
- DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR
- Gigabyte GA-K8N Pro-SLI
- MSI K8N Diamond
- Winfast NF4SK8AA-8KRS

As well as gaming performance, we will also be testing their overclockability and comparing their value for money, features and layout."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian-Li PC-65B Case Review @ techPowerUp
"Featuring a sleek and chic brushed aluminum shell the Lian Li PC-65b is all anyone could wish for in a mid tower. With the ability to remove the motherboard and PSU in just a couple seconds. Lian Li is known for their elegant and classy cases, they are designed and built to carry on the motto: a purchase you'll never regret."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Robela Water Cooling Case Review @ PimpRig
"The Robela water case is intended to bring watercooling to the masses, and the many n00b friendly touches built into it reflect that intention. There was obviously a lot of R&D that went into the Robela water case in order to make it one of the easiest watercooling options available."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn WinFast NF4SK8AA-8EKRS Motherboard Review @ Bit-Tech
"The NF4SK8AA-8EKRS is not fantastically life changing and revolutionary, but isn't bad either. In short, the board does what it says on the tin, works very well at stock speed, should be cheaper than the competition, covers all the necessary bases and has a sexy orange PCB. At the right price, it's worth a look."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
A Brief History of Technology @ PC Review
"Tim Berners-Lee (whose parents were both mathematicians on the Manchester Mark 1 project) is the man responsible for the creation of the World Wide Web (WWW). He saw the potential of hypertext coupled with the Internet and in August 1991 he created the first ever website, which has been archived here. From this point onwards, the Internet and WWW took on a life of their own. Their own huge advancements made progressions in hardware all the more important. It has indeed made the world a smaller, yet more advanced place."

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Antec Phantom 500 Silent PSU Review @ Bjorn3D
"More than ever, people seem to be paying attention to noise levels in their PCs. Apparently, people realized they didn't have to put up with loud fans any longer than they wanted to. Silent and nearly-silent parts, like fans, have really gained a lot of ground in the last couple years. Obviously, the best way to quiet down a system is to minimize the number of fans in it. Fanless video cards and power supplies have become increasingly popular for that very reason. Adam reviewed the original Phantom 350 back in November last year and was pretty impressed by it. Today, it's time to look at its 500W big brother - the Phantom 500."

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XG Magnum 500watt Fanless Power Supply Review @ A1-Electronics
"It only leaves us to recommend this XG Magnum 500watt fanless, noiseless power supply for its quality of manufacture, design and well it works for us here and we give it our Editors Award for a fanless power supply. Another way to reduce the noise from computers."

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Sunbeamtech NUUO 550W Power Supply Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"Sunbeamtech, a company often associated with enthusiast cases and accessories, has released a couple high-end modular power supplies. The NUUO 550W is not only NVIDIA SLI Certified, it is the first modular power supply to make their list. An extra feature of the NUUO series is a temperature monitor / fan controller device that mounts in a 3.5" drive bay."

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Axis Communications 207 Network Camera Review @ Trusted Reviews
"The 207 is only for indoor use and is equipped with the same 1/4in progressive scan RGB CMOS sensor as the 206. However, low light handling has been improved as the 207 can function down to 1-lux as opposed to the 4-lux of its compatriots. Note that as light levels decrease the camera will automatically switch from a colour to a mono image. Frame rates don’t see any improvement but they are still very good as the camera can deliver 30fps at all seven resolutions."

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Thermalright V-1 Review @ InsaneTek
"Thermalright is famous for making some of the best CPU heatsinks available. The V-1 is their first attempt at making a VGA cooler and we take a look to see if they can extend their crown into the graphics section."

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Corsair Water Cooling Kit Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"When you think of water cooling the name Corsair doesn't immediately come mind, but perhaps it will now that they have decided to introduce their own water cooling kit. Yes you read that right, Corsair Micro has introduced their very own water cooling kit to the general public, with features such as a 120mm fan and matching radiator, RadBox mounting device and compatibility for both Intel Pentium 4 (775) and AMD Athlon XP(K7)."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Trinity Classic Series Case Review @ Xtreme Resources
"NZXT is a company which has us used to gaming cases, which are very good looking but also very complex and full of features. However, they do produce a more simple case for the mainstream market and office users, which may not be (nearly) as simple as the cheap beige cases, but it features a very low price tag and a very elegant design. The NZXT Trinity is made to give a special aesthetic boost to your home or office without looking too extreme and without harming your pocket too much. Let us take a close look at it and see if it can compete in the mainstream market."

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Thermaltake Swing Case Review

"The first thing you will notice when opening the side is the unusual placement of the lower HDD rack, rather than sit flush with the front Thermaltake have mounted it about 1 ½ inches away from the front fan. Now the only reason ii can think this has been done is to ensure good airflow in the case. Also as I mentioned earlier the strange placement of the top 3.5 bay, before we take a look around the inside let us see what is included in the case."

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GeForce 7800 GTX Head-to-Head @ Trusted Reviews
This is the memorably named Asus EN7800GTXTOP/2HDTV/256/OSP/A. As far as model name goes, it’s not exactly a classic. Fortunately, Asus also has a shorter name for the card - the Extreme N7800 GTX TOP. This card differs from the reference design by dint of the fact that it sports a different cooler, called the Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 5 (Rev. 3)."

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OCZ DDR PC-3500 Gold Gamer eXtreme Review @ Viperlair
"One of the features I really like is the EVP, that's basically OCZ saying "We know you are going to tweak this RAM to get the best performance possible, and that's OK with us." Features like this show how enthusiasts, gamers etc. have shaped the industry. It wasn't to long ago that doing things like modifying voltage etc would void your warranty. These days manufacturers are providing end users with the tools needed to overclock and tweak their hardware without having to worry about voiding the warranty."

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OCZ PC-4000 1024MB Gold Edition Dual Channel Review @ Techgage
"Being the hardcore gamers that we are, the need for more than 1GB of memory is becoming evident. Last year, 512MB didn't cut it, especially when playing top games like Half-Life 2 and Doom III. Now, current and upcoming top games are demanding more than 1GB, like BF2 and FEAR. Today, we are taking a look at a 2GB kit that is designed specifically for gamers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Memory Bandwidth vs. Latency Timings @ The TechZone
"With all things equal, a stick of DDR memory capable of running 2-2-2-5 will make the computer operating experience seem faster than a DIMM which may only run at 3-4-4-8. This is because the delay from when the memory receives an instruction retrieves the data, and sends it back out is less. Where it starts to get confusing is when you have the choice of buying high speed memory with slow timings. Just about every PC3700+ rated memory module we've seen uses conservative timings after all. If your answer would be to buy fast memory with tight timings, I'm afraid you're going to be disappointed as there are no such modules available yet. So, why are we still interested in fast memory with slow timings then? Well, the answer goes something like this."

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VIA C7-M Processor Review @ Hardware Secrets
"The newest processor from VIA, C7-M, is targeted to the mobile market and, accordingly to VIA, competes directly with Pentium M (Centrino platform), as you can see on Figure 1. In this article we’ll explore this new baby from VIA."

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Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"The Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 supports 533/800/1066 MHz FSB Pentium 4/D and Extreme Edition processors and can be equipped with up to 4GB of non ECC DDR2-667 memory. The board has plenty of onboard expansion ports, such as an additional IDE/RAID controller, dual Gigabit NICs, IEEE 1394a and Intel's Azalia audio controller."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, September 12, 2005
Optorite ML100/ML101 1600 DPI Laser Mouse Review @ 3DXtreme
"The modestly priced ML100/101 from Optorite proves itself to be worth every penny invested. Throughout the course of the review, numerous hours of gaming and various other tasks were thrown at it and it held the pace with invariable reliability. Its fluidity of motion and flawless tracking prove to exceed my expectations of its performance for the price. Compared to other higher priced laser mice, the ML100/101 provides great value and return on the investment."

More information on this review can be found here.
USB Drive Roundup @ Hardware Secrets
"USB flash memory drives are now part of our lives. Smaller and with a capacity higher than floppy disks, these devices are the perfect replacement for the old floppies. Hook one of these to your key chain and you have a perfect tool for carrying data wherever you go, especially when you go to places you don’t think you’ll need one (like your best buddy swimming pool party – We’re pretty sure that you’ll want to copy the pictures by the end of the party)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech MX 3000 Cordless Desktop Review @ Think Computers
"Logitech, I’m sure all of you out there have heard of them. Well today we will be looking at one of their latest offerings, the MX 3000 Laser. This combines the ease of use of a cordless mouse, with world-class comfort of their Zero-Degree Tilt keyboard design. This keyboard has so many great features that normal keyboard’s do not have. Some of them you might even miss, so let’s get into this review to check them all out!"

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Altec Lansing FX6021 Speakers Review @ The Best Case Scenario
"Since the 1920’s the Altec Lansing Company has enjoyed a long and respectable history of researching, designing and manufacturing products for the audio industry. They continue this tradition today by building some of the finest audio products and devices available for personal, home and industrial applications. The FX6021 speaker set is no exception to their fine lineup of PC products. Although at first glance the price tag looks to be extremely high for a 2.1 speaker system, (and we do agree it is a bit steep) the engineering and overall quality somewhat justifies the street price. You may just find yourself saying WOW! I would buy these if they were $100 cheaper, and from this we hope Altec Lansing can take a hint from folks like us that spend all their extra money on the latest games."

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FREECOM Mediaplayer-3 160GB Review @ CACHE-Community
"As more and more of us fill our hard drives with huge music and video collections, and massive galleries of digital images, we fast find ourselves running out of disk space. Also, many of us are growing tired of then having to be in close proximity of their PC to enjoy their collections. Freecom has an answer to these problems, in the form of their Mediaplayer-3, a portable USB multimedia hard drive with built in photo viewer, DivX video player and MP3 music player, allowing you to simply pick it up and plug it straight into your TV or hi-fi. It even comes with remote control for true armchair viewing and listening pleasure."

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OCZ PC4800 Platinum Elite Edition Review @ Overclockers Online
"OCZ has certainly lived up to its name as this is some the best performing DDR memory in the market. Period. While DDR600 at 1:1 is an impressive feat; it's the fact that we could hit 670 MHz with so much ease and stability. OCZ has certainly blown my socks off with these modules that every enthusiast will want in their machine."

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Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 DDR2 Review @ LAN Addict
"Would I recommend this Crucial PC2-5300 DDR2 memory? You bet I would! I feel very confident that the only reason I couldn't push this RAM further than a 265MHz FSB had nothing to do with the RAM at all. With better cooling on the CPU and North Bridge, I feel I might have been able to get all the way to a 300MHz FSB!"

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Sapphire X550 Passive PCI-E 256 Video Card Review @ XtremeComputing


"The RAM chips used are Hynix 256M-bit, 500MHz (DDR) chips. 4 on each side of the PCB gives 256MB of RAM. While these are rated for only 500MHz, the same series of RAM will run up to 700MHz when the voltage is increased to 2.8V, so I can see a volt-mod coming on."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek Duo PX6600GT TDH Extreme Review @ Bit-Tech
"In short, Leadtek's Duo PX6600GT TDH Extreme is a good product - but at its pricepoint and form factor, the market that it will cater for is a very small niche of customers that have been wowed by SLI technology and the idea of two GPU's on the same PCB."

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HIS X700 IceQ AGP 128MB GDDR3 Video Card Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Today we have a fresh look at what could quite possibly be the very last AGP based video card ever reviewed on BFR. Are we sad? No, not really. AGP has managed to stay around in the graphics market for quite a while, mainly due to business reasons, and we think a final goodbye is well overdue."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron 7800 GTX Video Card Review @ Viperlair


"Performance like this doesn't come cheap, but you get what you pay for. In this case, the Albatron 7800 GTX will provide lightning quick performance with the image quality to match. The bundle is nothing to boast about, but nobody usually cares about that anyway."

More information on this review can be found here.
HSPC Tech Station v2 Review @ OCIA
"Next we set the top shelf on the legs and line the protruding tips of the screws up with the pre-drilled holes in the tops of the legs. After all 4 screws are in, we snap the covers closed. The screw covers are a touch on the small side. If you tighten the screws down too much, it becomes difficult to snap the covers closed. Regardless, they were easy to snap closed with a few light taps from the handle of the screw driver."

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Must Kill Teddy Bears in CPU Magazine @ CaseModGod
"We knew it would be just a matter of time when Must Kill Teddy Bears by CaseModGod Staff Member Sheldog 23 would appear in a magazine. This is definitely a one of a kind mod that attracts the attention of everyone. The outrageous graphics, perfect lighting, and attention of detail makes this a must see mod."

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Ahanix MCE 601 Home Theater PC Case Review @ HTPCNews
"Some HTPC enthusiasts are videophiles, some audiophiles, some are even organization addicts but the common denominator among ALL HTPC enthusiasts is that we all want, nay we demand, a high quality, silent, cheap, custom case with a universal IF/RF remote, a VFD, and it must have optional components that are standard. I think you get the idea that we are a very demanding group of people. Today we're going to find out if the Ahanix 601 meets the needs and desires of HTPC users."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Swing VB6000SWS Case Review @ HardwareXL
"Simplicity was extravagantly designed into the Swing with modernly stylish piano-coating front panel design that reflects class and curve. Inside the chassis users will find wide range of thoughtful features from ten drive bays for maximum expandability to a 120mm Thermaltake Silent Fan located in the rear of the chassis for high-efficiency ventilation to support even the most advanced CPU, Graphics Card. Additionally, users have the option to install an additional 120mm fan onto the provided fan holder in the front of the chassis for high air flow volume."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, September 10, 2005
OCZ Powerstream Review @ OcPrices
"When OCZ launched the Powerstream series of 420, 470, and 520W PSUs late last year, they really took the market and the overclocking community by storm. OCZ then followed up with a new 600W model, which is on the bench today. What’s new, and how much more power is there?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Zboard Gaming Keyboard Review @ ap0calypse
"There is no denying that the PC gaming industry has become a major market over the last few years. As I’m sure you have seen, many new and innovative products have been introduced to help the gamer be his or her best. Today we are going to look at one of these products, the Zboard gaming keyboard. This unique gaming keyboard offers the user the ability to remove the actual keyset from the board and replace it with one suited for the game of their choice. How cool is that? Since Electronic Art’s new title Battlefield 2 is the hot ticket right now, Ideazon also included their Limited Edition Battlefield 2 keyset to try out. So let’s now take a look at this new keyboard and see if it can really help me gain some ranks. Trust me, I need the help."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X800GT IceQ II Turbo 256MB PCIe Video Card Video Review @ 3DGameman
"If you're looking for a PCIE video card but are not willing to pay $500+ for the latest & greatest video card then consider this product. It has three major pluses; it's affordable, offers great performance, and has the latest features which support the current games. Without a doubt this product has major bang for the buck."

More information on this video review can be found here.
A.C.Ryan Roundcable2-FX Cable Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"It's been a long time since there has been any innovation or even "change" to the infamous rounded IDE Cables we've all come to never live without. The time is now though that someone dare mess with something that just plain works."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron 7800 GTX Review @ Viperlair


"Performance like this doesn't come cheap, but you get what you pay for. In this case, the Albatron 7800 GTX will provide lightning quick performance with the image quality to match. The bundle is nothing to boast about, but nobody usually cares about that anyway."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX GeForce 7800 GTX Review @ Bjorn3D
"We are quite used to paper launches when it comes to new chips from ATI and NVIDIA. Therefore, it was a nice change when NVIDIA both announced the GeForce 7800 GTX and also had cards out using that chip at the same time. Today, I am testing my first GeForce 7800 GTX, a card from XFX supplied by NVIDIA and compare it to ATI’s current fastest card, the Radeon X850XT PE."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor Radeon X800 GT Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Radeon X800 GT is the latest graphics chip released by ATI and it is targeted to the mid-range market, i.e. for people that can’t afford a high-end video card but can’t play with a low-end one. Usually mid-range video cards offer the best cost/benefit ratio, since they are not so expensive and they offer a good performance for the average user."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Aquabay M3 Review @ techPowerUp
"Thermaltake's Aquabay M3 watercooling reservoir is mounted in one 5.25" drive bay. It has a water level indicator and comes with all accessories required for installation. It was designed to go with Thermaltake's watercooling, but works with other systems as well. Its incredible price of about $25 makes it a great accessory for watercooling owners."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire SP495S11-U QuieTude VI Intel CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
"After having you served very well a few years, the boxed Pentium 4 cooler has become noisy. And you just want something new and better. Spire is offering some very budget minded coolers, one of them is the QuieTude VI. How does it stand against the boxed cooler?"

More information on this review can be found here.
DVX-POD Personal Media Center Review @ PDAToday
"MP3 music players have been all the rage for a few years now and as manufacturers look for new markets, the MP3 player has evolved into the Portable Media Center (PMC). Portable Media Centers, based on different operating systems including Microsoft, can play audio and video, record audio, display photos, and function as a storage drive. Some can even record video. Most feature 20GB hard drives and 3.5"-3.8" screens. They are small and compact enough to fit in a coat pocket, but with a small screen and limited resolution, do they do justice to your favorite DVD movies or digital home video?"

More information on this review can be found here.
How To Build A Sonoma Notebook @ Legit Reviews
"Legit Reviews decided to use the ASUS Z71V notebook chassis as the foundation to build our own widescreen gaming notebook. The notebook features a 15.4” WSXGA+ (1680X1050) TFT widescreen display, PCI Express Graphics with an MXM slot, Dual Channel DDR2 memory operating at 533MHz."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Modding the XBOX: Installing a Larger HDD @ TechFreaks
"This is a follow-up article to my original Modding the XBOX in 10 Minutes. This guide will teach you how to install a larger hard-drive into your modded XBOX. A lot of people will ask for a legitimate reason for installing a hard-drive larger than the stock 8GB one. Here's a reason, games ripped to your XBOX load faster. Booting Halo 2 through the CD takes about twenty seconds to load; booting Halo 2 from the hard-drive takes about five seconds to load. There isn't this night and day difference in all games, but there are plenty of other legitimate uses to using a larger hard-drive in a modded XBOX."

More information on this guide can be found here.
The History Of Linux @ The TechZone
"As an operating system, MINIX was not a superb one. But it had the advantage that the source code was available. Anyone who happened to get the book 'Operating System' by Tanenbaum could get hold of the 12,000 lines of code, written in C and assembly language. For the first time, an aspiring programmer or hacker could read the source codes of the operating system, which to that time the software vendors had guarded vigorously. Students of Computer Science all over the world poured over the book, reading through the codes to understand the very system that runs their computer. One of them was Linus Torvalds."

More information on this article can be found here.
Augustus' Ultimate Linux Workstation @ Linux Hardware
"I think one of the best ways to tell people what the best components are, is to show them the system you would build if money was almost no object. That's where this article comes in. This is my story of building my ultimate Linux box. So why Augustus' Ultimate Linux Box and why not THE Ultimate Linux Box? Well, because not everyone needs the same sort of system. The number one flame I would have gotten if I would have claimed to build THE Ultimate Linux Box would have been about why I didn't go with component X over component Y because of Z."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Tai-Chi Case Review @ AMDReview
"The front of this case includes a 120mm Fan with lights, ensuring plenty of air flow. The front bay panels are made of the same thick aluminum like the rest of the case. There is a movable front panel contoller and a extra storage tray which are both great features."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Praetorian 730 Case Review @ Bit-Tech
"The 730 is certainly a solid case. As we pointed out in the 731 review, Cooler Master really isn’t bringing a whole lot of new spin to the lineup. What mainly differentiates it from other models are a few attempts at functional changes (the top input window and the “splat vent”) and some aesthetic zing. While these updates to the design somewhat keep it fresh and different, I can’t help but notice the lack of certain features we fell in love with in other Cooler Master models, primarily, the drive locking feature."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, September 9, 2005
Mini Preview on A Look At Future Displays @ HardwareXL
"The world of technology is going fast, very fast. In the last few weeks not one not two but 4!! new types of displays have been presented. Some of which we can expect in stores in only 2 years. Wanna know more checkout what Hathor had to say about it."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Top 5 Home Audio & Video Mistakes @ Designtechnica
"Home theater done right improves the quality of life. Home theater done wrong makes you wish you’d never been born. Would you rather entertain loved ones or just look like an idiot in front of them? The choice, really, is yours. You may have the big picture and sweet sound of your dreams—or you may blow your investment in any of the following ways."

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Func F10S - F30R Gaming Mouse Pads Review @ Extensivemods
"Being the successor to a lineup of legendary mouse pads is a huge pair of shoes to fill. Func's newest offering to the competitive mouse pad arena promises to be even bigger and better then all of their previous pads. Today we have the F-10S and F-30R competition gaming surfaces. The F-10S and F-30R are differentiated by their size and texture. Mouse pads are constructed of high quality polycarbonate, which ensures exceptional tracking. The two surfaces available in this lineup were taken from the double sided award winning Func Surface 1030, so lets see the F-Series will live up to its older brother, the 1030."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT vs. ATi Radeon X800GT @ Legion Hardware
"Today’s article will be comparing the Radeon X800GT against the GeForce 6600 GT to determine which product offers the best performance across a range of benchmark software ... Overall, the performance of both graphics cards was superb given their price range. Depending on the games that you want to play will affect how well each card will perform."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA 7800GTX Video Cards Round Up @ Overclockers New Zealand
"MSI 7800GTX offers one of the top-notch bundles in this roundup, with all the necessary cables, converters and a newly released game. The included game is based on Doom3's engine and will tap 7800GTX's full potential. From our past experiences, MSI always offers a hefty bundle with its VGA cards. Overall, I am quite pleased with MSI 7800GTX for its bundled package and a reasonable street price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn NF4SK8AA SLI Mainboard Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Foxconn has got the whole package here with the NF4SK8AA board. Beginning with a street price of $130 the average user can easily entertain the option of picking up an upgrade with features normally associated with a board costing twice that. Actually, two words can sum it up, "well rounded." Performance and stability proved to be right in the grove and the Foxconn's layout was fantastic. From the fan headers to the non crowded feel to the connectors lined down one side of the board, Foxconn shows off their well rounded AMD K8 SLI solution in prime style."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel 670 Pentium 4 3.8Ghz 64Bit Processor Review @ Tweaknews
"With Intel canceling their plans for any type of 4.0Ghz processor in the near future, Intel is focusing more and more on dual core and on other ways to make their chips faster other than increase the clock speed. The speed war is over, the efficiency battle has just begun. Because of these facts, this will be the fastest 64bit capable processor you will see in the 6xx range of Pentium 4s."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sempron vs. Celeron D @ Hardware Secrets
Those who have been following the processor market for some time know the rivalry between Intel and AMD, to see who develops the fastest processor. For you to have a clearer idea of how this competition works, first you need to understand how the processor market is divided."

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Titan Robela Water Case Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"What do you get when you take a full-size tower case and turn one side-panel of it into a radiator with two 120mm fans mounted on it? You get the new Titan Robela Water Case. There is no need to go out look for the components to put your kit together since Titan has included almost everything you will need to turn that noisy old air-breather system of yours into a whisper quiet water cooled machine. From the tool-free installation of parts on the case to the simply and well-documented water cooling kit installation you will have this system up and running is less than an hour even if you are a pure novice."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial/CaseModGod Mod Contest @ CaseModGod
"CaseModGod.com is having a mod contest Through October 31st 2005 to give away 2GB kit Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC4000 high-performance memory, Crucial Ballistix T-shirt, Crucial Ballistix Cap, Crucial Ballistix Optical Gaming Mouse pad, Crucial Ballistix Poster. Go check it out and enter your rig. It's as easy as sending them an email with pics and specs."

More information on this contest can be found here.
SilverStone Temjin TJ05 PC Case Review @ ap0calypse
"In this review we will be looking at the new 2005 revision of SilverStone’s Temjin series TJ05 PC case. Improvements have been made, the price has not risen, and the case still looks great! As SilverStone says, they are "Re-inventing the look of a serious working computer". In this review we will cover all the basics, from features to performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
MGE Titanium Case Review @ Think Computers
"Pre-mod computer cases, it seems everyone that is making computer components is getting into making cases also. I have noticed that companies that were known for one thing, like motherboards, are now making computer cases. I guess it is the next logical step, but what happens when you get companies that try and make everything? Well, you don't get a quality focused product from what I have seen; yes there are some exceptions to that, as with anything there will be some exceptions. Not long ago I reviewed a power supply from MGE/Xgbox called the Magnum, very nice power supply, today I have the opportunity to review another item from MGE/Xgbox courtesy of Geeks.com called the Titanium. It is what MGE/Xgbox calls a “high end full tower outfitted for the most demanding of computer tasks.” I, being a modder used to not like pre-mods, but then when the first pre-mods came out they were kind of 'cheesy' and cheap looking, and some still are! As time passed though I have come to realize that not all pre-mods are bad, and some are actually worth putting in plain sight for everyone to see and say “wow”."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, September 8, 2005
What is PodCasting? @ PC Review
"It is becoming difficult to ignore the growing trend of podcasting. The boom of MP3 players really took off in 2001 with the release of Apple's iPod. The iPod ushered in a new way to listen to music, and many others followed. There are currently hundreds of different MP3 players on the market today, and they have become a common possession among both young and old. Podcasting became popular in 2004 and nowadays you can find it on a huge amount of websites. Despite this popularity, many people are finding themselves thinking "But what is it? Where can I do it? What equipment do I need?" If you too are feeling a little lost about it all, then read on."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Ulti-Mat Teflon Coated Mousing Surface Review @ PimpRig
"In every arena of use the surface was simply the best feeling and reactive surface I have ever used. The light texture on the surface provides just enough tension so that the mouse doesn't feel like it is out of control, yet still allows for effortless movement when you need it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Flexglow Cyber Snipa Gamepad and Mouse Pad Review @ GotApex
"Normally, I'm not really big on specialized game controllers for the PC. I'm a keyboard man, always have been. I mean, I've been computing since the Apple II era, and keyboarding hasn't changed all that much. Personally, I resist change like the Great Wall resists Mongolian hordes. And mouse pads don't really excite me all that much. In fact, they put me to sleep. But Cyber Snipa asked me to look into their new Gamepad, and I thought maybe it was time to expand beyond my comfort zone. Unexpectedly, they sent me their Mousepad too, apparently not knowing my disdain for mousepad reviews, so now I find myself reviewing 2 products I'd never have gone out of my way to buy."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool HPC Ice Man Review @ InsaneTek
"There are so many companies releasing heatpipe tower CPU coolers that Evercool can't miss the bandwagon. The Ice Man performs well and comes with a fan for adjusting the best noise/performance ratio."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-In-Wonder X800GT Review @ Bit-Tech
"On Friday, we had a look at the gaming performance of four ATI Radeon X800GT's, including the All-In-Wonder X800GT, which is expected to enter full production in the next couple of weeks. Rather than clog up our round-up with the plethora of features that the All-In-Wonder X800GT has, we felt that it deserved its own separate article."

More information on this review can be found here.
PCI Express Bus Tutorial @ Hardware Secrets
"The main difference among the several types of bus is in the number of bits that can be transmitted at a time, and in the operating frequency used. Nowadays the two fastest types of PC expansion bus are the PCI and the AGP. We listed the transfer rate of those buses in the chart below. The PCI-X bus is an extension of the PCI bus designed to the market of network servers."

More information on this guide can be found here.

Everything You Need to Know About Chipsets

Chipset is the name given to the set of chips (hence its name) used on a motherboard.On the first PCs, the motherboard used discrete integrated circuits. So a lot of chips were needed to create all the necessary circuitry to make the computer work."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR PC4000 Review @ techPowerUp
"Unlike all other memory manufacturers who merely buy DDR-chips and solder them on PCBs of other manufacturers, Crucial builds their own memory chips and PCB. On the Tracer PC4000 you will also find unique leds for a good look. Although Crucial/Micron is not very known for overlocking RAM we will do an xtreme overclocking test with high voltages and try to determine if they are a good alternative to sticks with Samsung TCCDs or low latency modules like Winbond UTT BH-5/CH-5."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 6 Rev. 2 Review @ BigBruin
"What would you do with a graphics card cooler that can cool more than just a graphics card? Well the answer to that is obvious. The cooler definitely outperformed the stock application and well exceeded my expectations. It is quite unfortunate that only one cooler would fit in the SLI application, but even with just one I was pleasantly surprised."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X700 IceQ 128MB GDDR3 AGP Video Card Video Review @ 3DGameman
"Most new Video Cards on the market are PCI Express; however, this product is AGP. It's an ideal product for anyone upgrading their current slower AGP or onboard Video Card. While it's not the highest end product nor is it the slowest, but rather a middle of the road option. Performance & price reflects this, but overall it's a great product!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
ASUS 7800 GTX "T.O.P." in SLI and Factory Overclocked @ Tweaktown
"We've reviewed many ASUS graphics cards in previous years but we always wondered why they cost more than other brands. Sure, they always included a healthy package but does that alone really justify spending extra? Today we take a close look at two of ASUS's new GeForce 7800 GTX “T.O.P” cards in SLI which come factory overclocked with fancy and effective coolers. Read on find out why we think ASUS finally hit the nail on the head for a true premium (kick ass) high-end graphics card!"

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen i945Pa-PLF Motherboard Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"All things considered, this AOpen i945Pa-PLF is a pretty rockin' board for a $130 bucks. The included bundle is a bit lacking, but the board showed solid performance throughout the testing. Coupled with a nice color scheme and roomy layout, I'd have to give this board two thumbs up. It's only downside is really the lack of RAID and small bundle. And it's high point has to be the overclockability of the board. Surpassing even our i955 based motherboard here, we were genuinely impressed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Wave Master Case Review @ The TechZone
"Normally we don't go gag-gag over a case, especially one that's been around for a while. However, once we unwrapped and glazed upon the Wave Master TAC-T01-E1C ATX mid-tower case from Cooler Master, we were in love. The Wave Master is the reference standard by which all other aluminum cases are judged by. From the way the drive bay cover opens to the Lexus quality fit and finish, the Wave Master had everyone in The TechZone office drooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
TITAN TWC-A88 Robela Water Case Review @ Tech-Mods
"As temperatures rise within our home computers so is the popularity of water cooling, for more than one reason people are choosing this form of cooling. Although having a water cooling system together within the computer case concept is not new, TITAN has fine tuned the meaning of a•mal•ga•mate : ( -m l g -m t ) “To combine into a unified or integrated whole; unite” with their new Robela Water Case. Today we are going to look the Robela TWC-A88 Water Case, to see if it stands up to its meaning."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, September 7, 2005
The Different Levels Of RAID & What They Do @ The TechZone
"Short for Redundant Array of Independent (or Inexpensive) Disks, a category of disk drives that employ two or more drives in combination for fault tolerance and performance. RAID disk drives are used frequently on servers but many personal computers feature RAID as well. There are number of different RAID levels."

More information on this article can be found here.
Seagate Momentus 120GB Review @ Viperlair
"Seagate's warranty is among the best I've seen at five years, which is much better than the one year or so that comes with laptops (and thus their hard drives) or the three years offered by others. Performance is what this drive is targeted to excel at, an it seems to do so fairly well. In our tests we saw it do markedly better than the Hitachi drive in most tests that focused on performance. Battery life was slightly lower than that of the Hitachi drive but within 2% of that drive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plextor ConvertX PVR PX-TV100U Review @ BoxGods
"When our Editor offered to send me a PVR for review, one of my numerous excuses was that the only computer I had at my disposal was a laptop. Not an issue it turns out because the Plextor PVR PX-TV100U is an external USB solution. The question is, how will this relative newcomer to the wonderful world of PVR goodness perform? Read on, read on."

More information on this review can be found here.
Patriot Memory PDC1G5600ELK Memory Review @ PCstats
"Patriot's Extreme Performance PDC1G5600ELK dual channel DDR memory is some of the fastest on the market, and it most certainly caters towards enthusiast users. On its website, Patriot Memory takes the progressive step of stating that these PDC1G5600ELK modules are tuned to run on the DFI LANParty NF4 motherboard - essentially what we have here is DDR performance tuned for a specific AMD Athlon64 platform. There is a good reason for selecting the DFI LANParty NF4-series motherboards over all others, they are among the best overclocking motherboards in recent history."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech S1689 Motherboard Review @ NGOHQ
"It seems that Chaintech hasn’t excluded any features on this new and very affordable motherboard. It is actually equipped with everything you need for a fast, stable, reliable computer. Though it doesn’t have PCI-e slot it does offer an AGP 8X slot. Our recent survey shows that most users are still using AGP based systems; so plenty of life remains for the AGP market with ATI just releasing the mid level X800GT and their current flagship X850 lineup. If you are on a budget for a new board but you already own a high-end AGP card, then this board might be just what you are looking for."

More information on this review can be found here.
Akasa Powerplus PSU Review @ Techniz
"The Akasa Powerplus 550W and 650W PSU is a very good looking and powerful PSU. The performance of the Akasa Powerplus 550W and 650W PSU is very great and stable as you can refer back to the testing and performance section. The operation noise level was very silent as well. There are four SATA connectors included as well for supporting the SATA hard disk and dual PCI-Express connector to support the SLI technology VGA card. With the 4X12V rails of power, it will support many peripheral devices without any problems. This was a good buy power supply unit if you are looking for a powerful and nice looking PSU although it was slightly expensive than other normal PSU. Highly Recommended!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Maxpoint/Enermax Whisper II 535W PSU Review @ CaseModGod
"The Maxpoint/ENERMAX Whisper II EG565P-VE FMA(24P) model is a Power supply designed to meet today's power requirement needs and at the same time keep a low level of fan noise. With ATX +12V Ver 2.0, Dual 12v (18A) rails, Support for 2 PCI-Express cards, and a myriad of of safety protection features this PSU also touts a whisper quiet operation with manual fan speed control."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Tribe Water Cooling System Review @ A1-Electronics
"Great idea for a design is the Tribe but let down by such a low power water pump. While the Thermaltake Tribe design might not be to your personal taste it will appeal to a lot of people because the Tribe is different and attractive but the poor cooling performance lets it down."

More information on this review can be found here.
XG Magnum 500w PSU Review @ Cache Community
"As far as power supplies go, they are usually pretty uninspiring, however XG's latest power supply, the Magnum is not only powerful and reliable, but is also silent and super stylish. The Magnum 500 we are reviewing here offers 500w of stable power, and also offers UV reactive, shielded modular cables with loads of different connectors. Another unique feature is a LCD panel showing power, temperature and voltage readings."

More information on this review can be found here.
XG Magnum 500w PSU Review @ XtremeComputing
"This is a rock solid supply. Also the temperatures only went up after the overclocked load test. This is a good indication about how efficient the powersupply is. I am not certain about the 105W reading, but it could be accurate with that graphics card. Even with Dual 7800GTX and an FX-57, I have my doubts that more than 400W would be sustained for a long period of time."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek VapoChill Micro Ultra Low Noise Cooler Review @ BJorn3D
"CPU coolers usually look pretty similar or at least use a similar technique to remove the heat of the CPU. Almost always you have a block of copper touching the CPU, then a heatsink with lots of tiny thin fins made of aluminum or copper which are heated up by heat coming up from the CPU through the copper base and finally a fan that pulls away the air that has been heated up inside the heatsink. Simple, isn’t it?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Robela WaterCase Deluxe Water-Cooling Chassis Review @ A True Review
"Water-cooling cases are not a new concept. Koolance has been offering cases with "integrated" water-cooling for years. In addition, various online computer enthusiast stores have been selling popular cases with popular water-cooling systems already installed. However, neither of these options are truly integrated water-cooling solutions. They are simply a combination of an existing water-cooling system and a computer case. This means they still use a water-cooling system that is designed for vast compatibility."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Sonata II Case Review @ XYZ Computing
"When I first pulled the case out of the package I was amazed at the design and craftsmanship put into this project. The weird thing about the Lian-Li V1000 is that everything is backwards. The PSU is at the bottom, the motherboard is flipped upside down, and the window is on the right rather than the traditional left. It was evident that a lot of time and planning was put into coming up with this design. This is custom work and everything has to fit just right, which takes a lot of time making sure everything works and sits right. I did not know what to think at first, I was just inspecting the case's different features and the placement of some items. I started looking at the manuals and parts that came with the case trying to figure out how this thing went together mainly because this is my first water cooling case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, September 6, 2005
JetAudio iAudio X5 20GB Portable Media Player Review @ TheTechLounge
"Convergence: a big word that’s being passed around like a green bean casserole on Thanksgiving. But while green bean casserole is in over abundance, this convergence everyone speaks of is hard to find. Imagine taking your mobile phone, digital camera, mp3 player, address book, PC and throwing it all into one easy to handle device. That’s what usually pops into my head when I think of convergence; a one stop everything device that boosts productivity, cuts down on gadgets I have to carry, yet looks stylish clipped to my hip."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intamod Modding Accessories Review @ OZ Case Modz
"Some of the most common modding parts are sometimes the most important in giving your case the finishing touches you require. Cold Cathodes Flourescent Lights (CCFL's) and LED fans aren’t exactly the most unique addition to a case but often value for money can be something that’s overlooked."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung 915N LCD Review @ Overclockers Online
"After about eight weeks with this monitor, I'm happy to report that it's excelled in everything I used it for. During this entire period, there was not a single dead or stuck pixel to report. This has always been a concern, but after testing three or four Samsung LCDs, all have been flawless. The 915N is ideal for those who want to find a balance between performance and price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Z-2300 Speaker Review @ The Moditory
"Stereo sound systems are a good solution for the office user who likes music and movies while they work. Or for the gamer on the go. Or if you just don't want to deal with the wires or expenses of a 5.1 system. Of course you want to get the best sound from a 2.1 system at the cheapest price possible. What if we told you that you could get 180 watt subwoofer, 2x 40 watt satellites, 400w peak power, THX certified, all for about $150 USD? Well with Logitech's Z-2300 speaker system you can. It looks good on paper but how's it performance on your desk? Read on as we find the answer."

More information on this review can be found here.
KOSS KTX Pro 1 Stereo Phones Review @ CyberwizardPit
"Headphones have been around for quite some time, and have shot to fame in recent decades ever since the 1950's. At first restricted to the recording studio or for home use, headphones have become a rather common item in today's world of computers, walkmans and portable DVD players - and are probably the most economical way of listening to any sort of audio playback, arugably with better quality than a standard set of speakers. Today, a pair of headphones by the Milwaukee-based manufacturer KOSS have been made available to CyberwizardPit; let us further explore the product in greater detail, and what it has to offer."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC-4800 Platinum Elite Review @ techPowerUp
"OCZ has released the PC4800 Elite Edition in reply to user's claims that their 4800 Platinum modules used Samsung TCC5 chips instead of TCCD. OCZ guarantees that only Samsung TCCD chips are used on the PC-4800 Platinum Elite, but at a higher cost. These modules are specified to run both 2-2-2-5 and 2.5-4-4-10 timings. At the CL2.5 setting up to a whopping DDR600."

More information on this review can be found here.
DDR-400 Memory Battle - Crucial vs. Geil vs. Mushkin @ Tweaktown
"Today we are comparing DDR-400 enthusiast memory modules from Crucial, Geil and Mushkin which are designed for performance AMD Athlon 64 users. After taking a look at each module and checking their compatibility on a range of DDR based chipsets, we run a bunch of benchmarks to work out which module offers the best performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Terratec Cinergy 1400 DVB-T Digital TV Tuner Review @ XtremeComputing
"I know plenty of people with TV cards that run an aerial splitter to get a signal on TV and PC, but with this card there is no need for a splitter. This would also benefit media centre owners wanting to run a dual tuner set up as you wont need to send two aerial cables to the MCE PC and would just need to take a cable from the aerial output of the Cinergy 1400-DVB-T card to the second tuner."

More information on this review can be found here.
TYAN Tomcat K8E (S2865) Motherboard Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Tyan Computer Corporation is well known for their servers and system boards and rightly so. Their line up of products is quite extensive in the server market and while their offerings are slightly less in the home consumer market they have kept their products up to date with the latest technologies extremely well. Today we look at their latest Socket 939 motherboard, the Tomcat K8E (S2865)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron GeForce 7800 GT Review @ Legion Hardware
"The GeForce 7800 GT is without a doubt going to be a tremendously popular high-end graphics card. That said, this Albatron product adds even more value to the GeForce 7800 GT, retailing for just $380 US. The performance of the Albatron GeForce 7800 GT is amazing to say the least. The GeForce 7800 GT did well in games such as Doom 3, taking on the big guns from ATI."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS KN1 Extreme Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The KN1 Extreme brings together the dominance of AMD's socket 939 processors and NVIDIA's nForce 4 chipset in an extremely affordable package. Coupled with a top notch bundle, the KN1 Extreme definitely makes the list of top budget boards."

More information on this review can be found here.
How to make your own Podcast @ Designtechnica
"Podcasts are the latest developments in digital audio broadcasting. Some shows are professionally created by media outlets, such as Disney and ABC News, and others are produced by creative individuals with a microphone and a smidge of know-how. You can listen to anything from the latest sports news from ESPN to a group of random women dishing about pop culture on their girls’ night in."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Dell Inspiron 6000 Laptop Review @ The TechZone
"The Inspiron 6000 is a value notebook that strikes a near perfect balance between size, cost and performance. The Dell Inspiron 6000 is very much like the smaller brother of the Inspiron 9300. In many ways it looks just like the 9300, only smaller. Small in this case is relative - at 7lbs and sporting a 15.4 inch widescreen display, the Inspiron 6000 is not exactly small, but it's not a huge monster either."

More information on this review can be found here.
Picking Hardware for Media Center @ Bit-Tech
"The software is now available, legally, to buy OEM. This makes it accessible to self-builders for the first time - but the path to a fully functioning Media Centre PC is a fraught one.The hardware supported by WMCE is very limited, and some hardware requires specific drivers or driver revisions. Some hardware combinations don't work well, regardless of the hardware. How do you get it all to be quiet enough to stick under your TV?"

More information on this guide can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Aurora Aluminum Case Review @ System Cooling
"When hearing the name Gigabyte you will most likely immediately think motherboards, video cards and other high quality computer peripherals. But when thinking Gigabyte, words like case or computer enclosure don’t exactly come to mind. So, when about two months ago Gigabyte announced that they would be entering the case market with a brand new enclosure called the 3D Aurora, I was more then interested in seeing what it will have to offer. And whether the 3D Aurora will deliver the same quality, value and performance we have grown to expect from Gigabyte’s other products. In today’s review we’ll try to answer those questions and hopefully help you decide if the name Gigabyte will not only appear on your next motherboard and video card consideration list but also your case list."

More information on this review can be found here.
FrozenCPU V1000A "Bucky Edition" Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"When I first pulled the case out of the package I was amazed at the design and craftsmanship put into this project. The weird thing about the Lian-Li V1000 is that everything is backwards. The PSU is at the bottom, the motherboard is flipped upside down, and the window is on the right rather than the traditional left. It was evident that a lot of time and planning was put into coming up with this design. This is custom work and everything has to fit just right, which takes a lot of time making sure everything works and sits right. I did not know what to think at first, I was just inspecting the case's different features and the placement of some items. I started looking at the manuals and parts that came with the case trying to figure out how this thing went together mainly because this is my first water cooling case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, September 5, 2005
How To Set Up A Wireless Home Network @ The TechZone
"So you've read our guide on how to lock down your wireless network and you're thinking to yourself "That's great but I don't have a wireless home network. But I would love to have one." Well, you're in luck. After reading this article you'll be able to turn your house into a wireless home. We'll show you what equipments to buy and how to set it all up. Before you dive into the wireless world, make sure you know what lies ahead of you. You should make a thorough analysis of your networking needs by determine how many computers and laptops you'll need to connect. At the very least you'll need the following items."

More information on this review can be found here.
1600DPI Gaming Mice from Logitech and Razer @ Tweaktown
Swinging away from the usual hardware, today we're looking at two of the latest and greatest gaming mice from Logitech and Razer. In the left corner we have the Logitech MX518 and in the right corner we have the Razer Diamondback Plasma Edition. Both offer impressive features such as on-the-fly sensitivity adjustments and 1600 DPI accuracy. Which is the best for your gaming rig? Read on and find out our thoughts!"

More information on this review can be found here.
fUnc Industries F-30R & F-10S Gaming Surfaces Review @ Hardware-Review
"In the world of competitive PC gaming, any edge you can gain over your component during tournaments or online play could be the decisive factor between taking home the grand prize or going home empty handed. While many gamers focus on getting better hardware components to improve their overall game play, many overlook the simple fact of the mousing surface they’re gaming on. fUnc Industries has answered the PC gamer’s need for “the perfect surface” by developing their F-Series competitive mousing surfaces and we have two of their best, the F-30R and F-10S, on our test bench today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cyber Snipa Gaming Peripherals @ Viperlair
"In use, I found the gamepad to have a slight learning curve or perhaps an adjustment period would be a better way of putting it. I can’t say it improved my game, but having the extra keys within easy reach was certainly nice and if you push the keyboard out of the way you do get a lot more room on your desk for your mouse."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone PP02 Review @ Extensive Mods
"As many of you may know, silence is something PC owners are striving for today. Because of this, companies are manufacturing case fans that produce more airflow with less noise. We have silent PSU's because of these new innovations. What about the people that are not able to buy new silent fans let alone a new silent PSU. The PSU being the most costly of the 2. Today I get to look at a product to help with the noisy PSU. SilverStone has released a Power Supply Acoustic Cover called the PP02. I am going to look at the PP02 and see if it does what it claims."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright V-1 GPU Cooler Review @ OCIA
"At first glance we can't help but compare the looks of the V-1 with other recent Thermalright offerings such as the XP-120 and XP-90. Aluminum construction using heatpipe technology is a design feature shared by all three. These are not new ideas for GPU coolers however, there are many other companies who manufacture similar products, and have for years. Can the V-1's functionality and performance live up to the Thermalright name? Being that this is their first venture into the VGA cooling market I'm sure expectations are high."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon 64 Heatsink Roundup Summer 2005 @ Madshrimps
"The new school year is about to begin, and every student will feel the urge to buy a lot of things, because I need it for schoolwork. How about using this excuse to buy new CPU cooling? This article should give you a little help in the right direction."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS9500Cu-Led CPU Cooler Review @ HardwareXL
"COMPUTEX, already in its 25th year, was held in Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) in Taiwan from May 31 to June 4, 2005. Zalman Tech occupied a 6m x 6m booth in Hall 1 showing brand new products such as the CNPS9500 LED. Now 3 months later I get a chance to have a look at the Zalman CNPS9500Cu-Led cpu cooler. CNPS9500 LED, with its unique design, weight of less than 500g, and performance that is comparable to water-cooling was the talk of the event among many experts. It's smaller than the 7700Cu, but boy can it handle heat."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake AquaBay M1 Reservoir & Flow Indicator Review @ A1-Electronics
"Its well done Thermaltake for this handy combined AquaBay M1 reservoir and flow indicator for small & medium heatsink pipe systems. You can easily use the 10/12mm pipe adapters in the kit. We found that 10mm tubing will fit on the standard smaller fittings. So no need to install the larger ones in the Thermaltake AquaBay M1 kit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Alphacool Starter Kit Review @ Techniz
"The Starter Kit from the Alphacool was an excellent water cooling kit. It comes with all the NexXxoS XP Universal CPU block, the NexXxoS Xtreme 120mm radiator and Eheim 600 Station pump to give the best cooling performance to meet the Enthusiast needs. Beside that, the performance of this water cooling kit was much greater than the air cooling. The installation was very easy as well due to it was using the quick connector, the quick connector is one of the most safety hose connection for water cooling. Finally, this Starter Kit is ready to be use once install on the system without need to buy additional components."

More information on this review can be found here.

Evercool K803-925CA CPU Cooler Review

"This Evercool K803-925CA cooler from Evercool is a good performance CPU cooler compare to the AMD K8 stock cooler. This CPU cooler is an ideal choice for those users who wish to replace their stock cooler. The entire cooler is comes with black and red color only. But, there is always a downside which is this cooler is only able to use with the AMD K8 platform. Furthermore, the 9cm fan in the Evercool K803-925CA cooler is very powerful and quiet fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
AeroCool Masstige ATX/BTX Case Review @ NGOHQ
"Today thanks to AeroCool USA, we are happy to bring you our look at the stunning new ATX/BTX ready Masstige Computer case. The Masstige offers a fully modular front panel design that provides you with 10 tool-free 5 ½” hard drive bays. This elegant enclosure is available in 2 colors, Black (which we are reviewing) and Silver. In an effort to differentiate themselves from other manufacturers, AeroCool have reversed the internal motherboard tray which means that the panel that contains the window is now located on the right hand side of the case instead of the more common left side."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus S-Presso Deluxe Home PC Review @ GotApex
"So where does that leave us? We have a great looking system with innovative front-panel touch sensitive buttons, a 7-in-1 card reader, hidden bays, and a remote package to round out a great home-theater system. Combined that with a nice Windows interface and Asus has a great system that is well ahead of it's competitors in being full featured. If Asus moves onto a newer platform and fixes the add-in card + Instant-On issue they will have a sure knockout, even with those issues I feel the S-Presso Deluxe deserves an award for such a well rounded and excellent product that offers more than anybody else currently in the market."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone SG01 SFF Case Review @ InsaneTek
"SFF systems are becoming increasingly popular for LAN gamers. SilverStone's SFF case solution may be quite pricey, but it is definitely worth the money. There is room for almost everything you can put in."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, September 3, 2005
XG Magnum 500w Power Supply Review @ CaseModGod
"The XG Magnum is a nice looking Power Supply with an all Aluminum casing. The large deal on the back is the external radiator to keep heat outside of the case. The XG Magnum uses Copper Heatpipes to absorb heat from the Heatsinks and Distributes it to the External Radiator."

More information on this review can be found here.
Casebuy PSU Tester Review @ CreativeMods
"There is no doubt that your power supply is an important part of your computer. The folks at Casebuy.com know this and developed a product called the EZ Power Supply Tester 2 to quickly test your power supply. The tester's main selling point is how quickly it can test PSUs (I was able to test my PSU in a matter of minutes). A multimeter can be used for more accurate readings, but using a multimeter isn't nearly as fast."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li PC777 Review @ AMD Review
"Today's Review is on Lian Li's newest case. The PC-777 20th Anniversary Memorial Case. Two words describe this case "Head Turner". Beautifully designed and crafted, showing the world that all other case manufactures are squares and that PC cases don't have to be."

More information on this review can be found here.
My Experiences with the XFX 7800GTX @ Think Computers
"Power Well, I've had my XFX 7800GTX since they first came out, I ordered it the day after they came out publicly. All in all I am very happy with it, why shouldn't I be, right? It is the top of the line graphics card from a top card maker. This is sort of a review of this card and sort of not, normally we don't review things that we pay for, it creates a sort of bias towards the product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Overclocking the AMD Athlon X2 3800+ Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
"Legit Reviews takes a closer look at the dual core 3800+ in an overclocking environment. While the majority of users will appreciate the benefits of dual core for under $375, the enthusiasts among us are looking to squeeze ever last bit of performance out of this processor."

More information on this review can be found here.
X800GT Roundup @ Bit-Tech
"The Radeon X800 GT 256MB has excellent speed for its price, the image quality is fantastic and, with the exception of F.E.A.R., it is a faster part than NVIDIA's GeForce 6600 GT. If you are require a card that has a single slot cooling solution, don't look much further than the PowerColor GameFX X800 GT 256MB. However, if you aren't concerned about running a dual-slot cooler, give the HIS X800 GT IceQ II iTurbo 256MB a serious thought, providing that you can buy it in your region. It's another great card to come out of the HIS factory with an overclock to 500/1000MHz guaranteed by the manufacturer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AW8-MAX Intel Motherboard Review @ The TechZone
"The Abit MAX series of motherboard represents the epitome of motherboard design. Everything about an Abit MAX motherboard screams "This is the best there is." And indeed, the new Abit AW8-MAX is the best MAX motherboard to date. The AW8-MAX is the latest addition to Abit's revolutionary MAX Series, and the first to feature Silent OTES cooling technology - creating a MAX motherboard that's not only provides maximum performance, but is dead silent as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek Xtreme WaterChill Water Cooling Kit Review @ 3DGameman
"The Asetek Xtreme WaterChill Water Cooling Kit has quality components that are easy to install. With all 1/2" tubing and fittings, a large radiator with 2 120mm fans, and an excellent pump it performs extremely well. This is a complete solution for the serious overclocker. It's easily one of the best water cooling kits on the planet!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
New Storm VGA Waterblock Released @ Swiftech
"Signal Hill, CA - Friday September 2nd, 2005 - Swiftech™ today announced the release of the new MCW55 Universal VGA water-block. While similar in size and appearance to the earlier MCW50, the MCW55 features vastly improved performance and is now made out of Delrin Acetal like the STORM CPU waterblock for superior durability. "The STORM+MCW55 combination is a "match made in heaven". We worked really hard to optimize the hydraulics on this waterblock and deliver our enthusiast customers the absolute best cooling solution on the planet" said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech's Chairman. The MCW55 is compatible with all ATI Radeon and nVidia High-end GeForce VGA adapters."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Zalman Reserator 1 Plus Review @ OCIA
"Zalman went back and redesigned their water block, designating the new unit the ZM-WB3. While dimensionally it's much shorter and wider, and weighs nearly half as much, as to what changes were made inside the block we can only guess. It has been included in their revamped water cooling kit, and with the addition of the ZM-GWB2 GPU cooler has been rebundled as the Reserator 1 Plus. Does the Plus designation indicate an improvement to cooling performance, or merely an excuse to add a few more $$$ onto the cost? Being as this was my first experience with water cooling a PC, I was both anxious and apprehensive to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, September 2, 2005
PodCasting 101: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started @ BonaFied Reviews
"Everywhere you turn online these days you hear the word "podcast" or "podcasting." No, it's not some broadcasting method used by Martians, even though it might sound like it. A Podcast is just an audio file that is syndicated via an RSS feed, that you download and listen to with your computer or a portable device such as an iPod. What makes it different from an ordinary RSS feed is the audio component included in the "enclosure field." Think of it as a feed that talks to you."

More information on this article can be found here.
Dual Dell UltraSharp 2005FPW 20.1" LCD Monitor Review @ The TechZone
"What can be better than a Dell UltraSharp 2005FPW 20.1" wide screen LCD monitor? How about two Dell UltraSharp 2005FPW 20.1" wide screen LCD monitors? Reviewing just one 2005FPW wasn't good enough. We needed two to experience the full potential of wide screen productively. The above photo shows the dual setup running at 3360 x 1050 resolution - enough to place three 1024 x 768 windows side by side and still leave space for the instant messaging window!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek Vapochill Micro Family of CPU Coolers Review @ PimpRig
"The top of the heatsink looks just like a big radiator, which basically is what it is. There are three copper tubes about 4 inches long that rise up through the fins. The tubing that Asetek uses is large; compared to other heatpipe heatsinks the tubing is freakin' huge. At least 6 to 7 times larger in diameter than other heatpipes."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone SST-FP52S Fan Controller Review @ Madshrimps
"Today the weather forecast is saying sizziling days ahead, over 30° C. A disaster for those who have neat and pride overclocked systems running. Every degree increment can make the difference between blue screens and prime stability. A fan controller can help dialing in the desire fan speed, but the Silverstone SST-FP52S is not your every day fan controller. With sensors for measuring the hot zones, automatic fan speed adjustment and the stylish look it might be a winning combination."

More information on this review can be found here.
MGE Magnum 500W PSU Review @ Overclockers Online
"The performance of the Magnum speaks for itself, it feeds ridiculously stable voltages to the systems components and does so remaining remarkably cool. If you have a silent system and are looking for a silent power supply, look no further than the Magnum, it'll be hard to get any quieter than this. If you need a powerful power supply for your SLI gaming rig, look no further than the Magnum. It looks good, performs even better, and is very well priced to boot. Only time well tell just how good this power supply really is."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphiretech X800XL Hybrid VIVO 512mb Review @ Tech-Mods
"Sapphire has been producing ATI boards for Tier1 companies since 2001 and has taken a leap into the mainstream market since the 9700pro line and is doing quite well. Sapphire sent over one of their X800XL 512MB VIVO cards to put through it's paces. The X800XL uses the R430 core and has 16 pipelines and 6 vertex shaders. The memory runs at 490mhz (980mhz) memory and 400mhz core clock, the memory used on the X800XL is Samsung GC20 2.0ns GDDR3 that is capable of 1000mhz."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon64 X2 4800+ Processor Review @ PCstats
"If you want the best processor on the market there is little doubt that it is going to be based on the AMD Athlon64 architecture. If you are a true gaming enthusiast you're best off going with an Athlon64/FX processor, those of you who need a multimedia powerhouse should stick to the dual core AMD Athlon64 X2 4800+."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X800GT vs. Radeon X800XL/X800 Pro Review @ Legion Hardware
"However, even at $250 US the Radon X800XL is still too rich for some and this is where the Radon X800GT comes into play. At just $150 US the Radeon X800GT offers the consumer exceptional value. Although the “GT” version is one of the slowest X800 products, it is also the most affordable. So the Radeon X800GT has filled the void for ATi in the mid to low end range of the market segment."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 7800 GTX GV-NX78X256V-B Review @ InsaneTek
"Our very first look of the Nvidia 7800 GTX video card rocked us out of our seats. Gigabyte's solution is a good overclocker, provides great performance, and comes with a decent bundle."

More information on this review can be found here.
HDA Digital X Mystique 7.1 Gold Sound Card Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"What can I say? HDA-DXM is one of the most noticeable "upgrade" that I had done in the past year. Being able to use my external AMP under DIGITAL mode and multi-channel digital input is a true bliss. I can hear enemy crawling up from my back trying to stab me in BattleField2. Monsters in Doom3 can no longer hide in the corner, as I can hear them breathing. HDA-DXM made my AMD64 gaming rig complete with its real-time Dolby Digital Live Encoding."

More information on this review can be found here.
Creative Xtreme Fidelity (X-Fi) Review @ CoolTechZone
"It’s been quite a while since we have seen any major activity in the sound card arena. It was around 15 years ago that Creative came out with the first SoundBlaster product and completely changed the way we experienced audio on our computers. Since then, SoundBlaster has gone through multiple iterations and has been improved numerous times, but even the most recent sound cards are based on a platform derived from the original SoundBlaster Live! which debuted approximately seven years ago. In the meantime, motherboard and chipset manufacturers have completely revolutionized integrated audio for the most budget conscious users."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sytrin Nextherm ICS 8299 Midi Tower Case Review @ Tech-Mods
"For the enthusiast of mid to high performance computers, one of the biggest set backs is heat. The faster and more powerful system that are put together it seems the more heat is created, the trick to maintain a stable and reliable running system is to reduce or eliminate as much heat as possible. Today we are looking at a new chassis from Sytrin Corp. that has a solution to this ever growing problem with their Nextherm ICS 8200; a case with a built in air conditioner to sustain interior temperatures of today’s mid to high performance systems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Canada Computers Content Creator X2 Workstation System Review @ PCstats
"Exactly how well does an AMD Athlon64 X2 based PC handle the workstation grade tasks of content creation found in a typical information age office? For the answer to this content creating quandary, we'll be turning to Canada Computer's top of the line AMD X2 system, the Content Creator X2 + SLI Bundle. Built around a top of the line 2.4GHz dual core Athlon64 X2 4800+ CPU, and pre-installed with Microsoft WindowsXP Professional, the system should have plenty of potential pixel kicking power for anyone involved in heavy duty new media or content work."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Case Gallery & Contest @ techPowerUp
"techPowerUp just launched our Case Mod Gallery. Everybody can upload up to 16 images to show off his creation. Other users can discuss the cases and also rate the submissions. Out of all gallery entries submitted until Sep. 15th one random case will be drawn and the winner will receive a Thermaltake MUSE 5.25" external HDD enclosure. This competition is open to people from all countries."

More information on this gallery can be found here. More information on this contest can be found here.
Blast from the Past: Macro Black Project @ Bit-Tech
"Can you remember as far back as 2001? Back when men were men, a GeForce 3 was order of the day, and case modding was still in its comparative infancy? Back then, a little-known modder called 'Macroman' exploded onto the scene with his case, 'Macro Black', which featured mods far ahead of its time, and which still stand up to scrutiny today. Today we're revisiting it on the new-look bit-tech.net, and taking the opportunity to look at just how far modding has come."

For a project that is 4 years old Macro Black still remains as one of best clear case mods ever released. More information on this project can be found here.
Modder of the Month September 2005 @ CreativeMods
"Russ, this month's featured modder, has put together one heck of a case. It resembles a motorcycle quite well and houses a small computer inside. If you would like to learn more about this case and the modder behind it, please read on."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thursday, September 1, 2005
The Messiest Desk/Workspace Contest @ InsaneTek
"Cooler Master is back to team up with us to provide another yet exciting contest. This time they're supplying us with some great prizes and leaving the contest idea totally up to us! We've had members show their messy desk/workspace at home. We want to see how messy you can be without it interrupting your every day gaming/work/computing. So prove to us!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
CaseModGod Crucial Ballistix Tracer Mod Competition @ CaseModGod
"CaseModGod.com has teamed up with memory giant Crucial to bring you a killer two month long super easy to enter case mod competition. The top mod will receive a complete Crucial Ballistix Tracer prize package worth well over $400.00!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
Enermax Whisper II 2.0 NVIDIA SLi 535W PSU Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Enermax Whisper II 535W PSU has exceptional quality power & this is crucial for today's high power computer requirements. There are 2 very quiet 80mm fans & plenty of leads supporting all the latest hardware. Additionally, it's an NVIDIA SLi certified product which hardcore gamers require. This is a no-nonsense Power Supply that delivers!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
Vantec NexStar 3 USB2.0 HDD Enclosure Review @ PCstats
"Vantec's latest external IDE drive solutions for USB 2.0, is the NexStar 3 enclosure. This sleek black case accomodates any standard 3.5" IDE hard disk. As you might expect from Vantec, a company which first made its name with heatsinks, the outer shell of the enclosure is made of solid aluminium to help draw heat away from the drive inside."

More information on this review can be found here.
Canary Wireless Digital Hotspotter Review @ DreamWare Computers
"The Canary Wireless Digital Hotspotter is a WiFi finder like no other! Typical detectors have a button and some LED's to indicate the strength of a detected signal, but not this tester! There is a screen on the front of this finder which will tell you valuable information about the network when one is found."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saitek X52 HOTAS Review @ Techware Labs
"The unit is solidly built for durability, and the brushed metal look with rubber black grip areas and black plastic base is a fantastic look along with the blue led lighting and MFD. The digital sensors, smooth actions, metal buttons/switches and limitless programmability put this stick high on the shopping list."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hiper Clavier Keyboard Review @ Overclockers Online
"How much is there really to say about a keyboard? The Hiper keyboard breaks no new design ground like a split-keyboard design, or adds any esoteric functions keys or controls. What the Hiper keyboard does do though is offer a compact layout with a comfortable, responsive feel and a pretty slick looking design that would match well with any aluminum case, but especially compliment a desktop SSF aluminum chassis with a silver LCD."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sharkoon Audics 5.1 Speaker Set Review @ XtremeComputing
"I would have to say I was happy, the bass on the Audics 5.1 was spot on and I could push the speakers up quite high before I got any sort of waffle from the sub. This doesn't take away the speakers quality as I have a Yamaha SUB on my home theatre setup that cost 3 times the price of the Audics 5.1 set and that can waffle on high levels."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright V-1 Heatsink Review @ Legion Hardware
"The heatpipe design method has been used very effectively by Thermalright in the past and they know exactly how to use this technique. They have demonstrated this once again with the compact V-1 graphics card heatsink. As the V-1 demonstrated on a Radeon X800XL, it is not only able to keep this graphics card well within a safe operating temperature, it can achieve this at near silence."

More information on this review can be found here.
Neutac S21114 2.1 Speaker System Review @ PC Review
"A lot of people see music as one of the most important parts of their lives. Music can affect your moods quite wildly. Heighten your happiness, and even make your lows even despairingly more so. So with music being one of life's priorities, you'd expect people to be more than happy to splash the cash when it comes to picking up speakers for their home use. But how many people do you know who are happy to stick with the old pair of £5 speakers that came with their PC? It's a shockingly high percentage indeed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston HyperX DDR2 750MHz (KHX6000D2K2/1G) Review @ Bjorn3D
"With over 2,000 memory products in their portfolio, Kingston Technology can provide memory solutions for just about anyone's needs. The company's depth makes it easy to see why it is a leader in the memory market. The products in its extensive line-up cover everything from the basic, entry-level memory modules for system builders to the high-end, high-performance modules the PC enthusiast crowd has grown to love. Kingston's high-end system memory products are given the HyperX brand. Of course, Kingston offers HyperX products featuring the latest memory technology, DDR2. DDR2 is supported on most of the recently released chipsets and will eventually supplant first generation DDR as the dominant memory type in the PC industry. It is an evolution of the DDR specification that features lower power consumption, higher speeds and better thermal performance. The main disadvantage of DDR2 right now is its CAS latencies are higher than those of comparable DDR modules, but it's only a matter of time before DDR2's CAS latencies reach parity with DDR's."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS7700-Cu CPU Heatsink/Fan Review @ Futurelooks
"For quite awhile now, Zalman has been making quality (and rather uniquely designed) CPU heatsink and fan combos. Generally large, their heatsinks are designed for effective cooling with next to no noise output. They are also built so well, they can be construed as works of art. Today we are taking a look at their CNPS7700 Copper heatsink/fan for AMD's Socket 754/939/940 chips or Intel's Socket 478/775 chips."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek WaterChill AMD & Intel Water Cooler System Review @ A1-Electronics
"Because of the outstanding cooling performance and innovative water pump we are proud to award this Asetek WaterChill system our Editors Top Choice for a high performance water cooler heatsink system. Heck it cools the best. Well done Asetek."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AN8-Ultra Socket 939 Motherboard Review @ XtremeComputing
"The backplate looks a bit sparse without audio, but also notice: No parallel or serial ports. Finally going the way of the dodo, but not good if you have any legacy devices. If you do, it will be necessary to do something about it in the near future no matter what motherboard you buy."

More information on this review can be found here.
HSPC Tech Station Review @ PimpRig
"They not only built a tech station, they built a better tech station, and have continued to improve on the design since its inception. Instead of a metal frame, Highspeed opted for various non-conductive plastics. The only metal in the HSPC tech station are the screws used to hold it together. And rather than relying on gravity to hold components in place, the HSPC station uses a rubber stand-off system that can be secured with a couple of nylon wing nuts, a plexiglas rail system for drives and a agp/pci rail to keeps cards in place."

More information on this review can be found here.
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