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Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Disrespecting Technology Workers @ The TechZone
"From my experience working for corporate aliens, from what others have told me, and from numerous articles on the internet, I have come to the conclusion that managers of many corporations show considerable disrespect to their technology workers. Throughout my career, I've had a several bad experiences. This was one of my worst."

More information on this editorial can be found here.
Antec Phantom 500W Power Supply Review @ Techgage
"Power supplies are an important part of our PC and should never be overlooked. Antec is one of the top makers in the market, due to their stability and build quality. We are taking a look at their 500W Phantom and see how it stands up to a Dual Core system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Multimedia Viewer With WiFi & Hi-Speed USB OTG @ Everything USB
"Unicon sent us words that they are working on a new kind of USB bridge, called MBridge. Their new Linux-powered tablet with a 3.5" touch-screen may technically resemble a PDA, but it is much more multimedia-focused and is accompanied by a host of USB features. In a nutshell, the MBridge has a built-in WiFi, browser, email program, MP3, IM clients, photo editing tools as well as utilities to exchange files between a variety of USB devices, at Hi-Speed USB OTG connection."

More information on this review can be found here.
Jackson Armor Card Review @ Think Computers
"There seems to be a new virus popping up all the time, sometimes I think that my Anti-Virus software won't be able to keep up. AV software is also sometimes bypassed by viruses, making your system vulnerable to attack. There is a way to protect your self that does not involve software; it is through hardware such as what I have today from Jackson Armor. It is called the Armor Card; it is impervious to attack by viruses as it runs outside of your operating system. It easily plugs into a free PCI slot on your motherboard and is setup before your OS boots. It also protects CMOS and BIOS settings as well from attack."

More information on this review can be found here.
Noctua NH-U9 and NH-U12 CPU Coolers Review @ PCApex
The biggest drawback to the NH-U12 is the size and you have to really ensure that you have clearance for your RAM, video card, and case door before you consider buying one. But you know what? Even if you don't have the room for the big boy, you will have room for the NH-U9 which also performed better than any heatsink I had tested before. Noctua not only took the performance crown with a single cooler, they did it with both of their very first products."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus Review Phoronix
"The Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus is one of the finest air
solutions we have EVER laid our eyes on, and it is certainly a prime example of how a relative newcomer can shake the PC cooling industry with fresh thinking. During our testing, when this video cooling solution was maxed out on a GeForce 7800GTX, we had seen an incredible 12-21 Celsius drop in the core temperature! This product is definitely worth looking into with its near universal support for both ATI and NVIDIA products."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor X800GTO16 Review @ Overclockers Online
"If you're looking for a cheap upgrade and don't have intention on using either CrossFire or SLI, the X800GTO16 is not a bad investment for anyone in the market not looking for bragging rights."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn WinFast 6150K8MA-8EKRS Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"With nVIDIA's GeForce 6100-series chipsets, enthusiasts now have a high powered integrated option that does not well... suck. Current chipsets featuring integrated video are loaded with features but lack performance especially when it comes to 3D games. On the flip side, consumers looking to build a budget workstation machine can save a bit of money with a good integrated video motherboard, which precludes the need to buy a standalone videocard right off the bat. Integrated video; it's an area where AMD has not had a presence since the dawn of the Athlon 64 processor, and unfortunately it is also one of the largest markets. The new nVIDIA GeForce 6100 and 6150-series 'C51' chipsets will give AMD and its supporters an excellent entry into this budget realm."

More information on this review can be found here.
Pentium Extreme Edition 955 Review @ MBReview
"Performance gains of 18%+ aren’t something you often see in the world of processors. Remember, other than the added cache and FSB speed, this is the same processor as Smithfield. Clearly, the resumption of support for 1066MHz FSB, along with the added 1MB of cache per core has helped boost Intel up a rung or three in the world of performance processors."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Technology Announces the PC2-6400 EL Platinum XTC Edition
Sunnyvale, CA—January 30, 2006

"OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the highly-anticipated Platinum XTC memory series. The first inclusion to the new series will be the PC2-6400 EL Platinum Edition XTC, engineered to implement the recently introduced and highly commended OCZ XTC heatspreader design.

In addition to offering gamers and overclockers an enhanced thermal solution for their memory, the PC2-6400 Platinum XTC series delivers exceptional next generation DDR2 performance and stability. At DDR2-800, these modules are rated to run at 4-5-4 timings offering lower latencies than standard DDR2 modules and giving high-end Intel based systems that extra performance edge that is demanded by today’s hard core gamers and enthusiasts."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Mushkin Redline XP4000 DDR 2GB Kit Review @ OCPrices
"The benefits of having 2GB of memory over 1GB is now well established, with a number of games like Battlefield 2 and F.E.A.R only delivering a truly smooth experience with that extra gig. The main problem that stops many users from wanting to take the plunge is a reduction in overclockability or softening of memory timings when compared to the best 1GB kits. We recently looked at a number of 2GB memory kits in a group test here, in which Mushkin’s PC4000 2GB kit took away the top honours. The company has now released a 2GB kit with even more performance, namely the Redline XP4000 we are looking at today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TWINX2048-3500LLPRO DDR Memory Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"Corsair Memory, a leader and innovator in the PC memory market, has teamed up with ASUS Technologies, a leader in the PC motherboard market, to develop an exciting new memory product for the performance enthusiast. The Corsair TWINX2048-3500LLPRO package is a matched pair totaling 2GB of low latency memory modules with activity LEDs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Building a $400 per component Super PC @ Firing Squad
"In a way, we're still building the "no-budget but don't waste money" system. It's just more fun that way. We're still going only for the very best components and the point isn't for you to replicate the exact system we're describing. The goal is to give you a sense of how the FiringSquad staff ends up choosing the components that we use in our own personal systems. We actually use the products we discuss in these articles. In fact, I'm typing this up on the Ultimate Workstation built during the Summer."

More information on this article can be found here.
Mushkin 2GB XP2-5300 3-3-3 Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
"The performance of the Mushkin XP2-5300 3-3-3-10 modules was found to be on par with other brands that used Micron Rev A (Fat Body) IC's at the same timings. This is great news for enthusiasts and gamers because we now have a replacement for the no longer available Micron Rev A IC's."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sansun SN-C001 "Bat" ATX Chassis Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Classed as a ATX Mid Tower case, the Sansun Bat case is well in a class of it's own. They offer the Bat case in 4 color options as you can see in the picture above. Sansun offers a wide range of cases from 2bay to 9bay towers to server towers and many other products."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Ammo 533 Case Review @ TrustedReviews
Cooler Master has riveted a heavy duty carry handle to the top of the case, which really helps if you want to carry your PC around with you. Rather than using the regular flimsy plastic feet that most cases have Cooler Master has fitted four rather oversized rubber feet. These could easily take a knock or two and will also help reduce any vibration from the case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master CM Media 250 HTPC Case Review @ Bigbruin
"If you're one of those folks who wouldn't dream of passing up the opportunity to create a fully customizable HTPC on their own, this case is for you. It can blend in perfectly with either silver or black components, and provides small details that make it fit in well. It's this kind of detail and the simplicity that make the Cooler Master CM Media 250 a great start to an excellent HTPC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Streaming Video from the Hungarian Modding Scene @ RadikalMod
"We would like to give you some news from the Hungarian modding scene. I'm the chief editor from the RadikalMod Magazine and we have a monthly modding club in our headquaters. Now first time we have made a short 4:45 minute video from the club happenings."

It's always cool to see modding live and well in other parts of the world. More information on this video can be found here.
Project Rogue Server @ InventGeek
"The idea for Project Rogue Server A.K.A. Project Silver was started after an interesting conversation I had with a friend of mine. I had this dead ups lying around and didn't know what to do with it. So we threw some ideas back and forth and the one that stuck was a hidden rogue server. This could be used for both good and awesome. Just think of the possibilities. A hidden file archive, hook it up to your hacked tivo, mess with the RIAA when the come search your house."

More information on this project can be found here.
Monday, January 30, 2006
From PimpRig to PCApex @ PCApex
"I had known that our name needed to be changed for some time. Over the past few years I have had ad agencies and manufacturing companies alike who told me outright that they could not work with us because of our name alone. You can imagine how frustrating it is to hear that after spending over 70 hours in a week working on the site. Even though the name PimpRig attracted visitors due to its uniqueness it has also repelled or negatively influenced others opinions of us."

More information on this editorial can be found here.
Ideazon Z Board Review @ XSReviews
"Ideazon make one product; the Zboard. It’s a gaming keyboard aimed at FPS players looking for the best way to interface their fingers to their PC. Zboard pioneered the remapped keyboard design, but how well does it actually perform?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro review @ Driver Heaven
"Today we have another Arctic Cooling cooler for evaluation, the Freezer 7 Pro. The Freezer 7 Pro is nearly identical to the Freezer 64 Pro which our fellow Steve “Chaos” Ruxton reviewed a short while ago, with the exception that the Freezer 7 Pro is meant to be mounted on a LGA775 socket motherboard. Mounting differences aside, the two coolers appear to be identical. That is not entirely true however as the Freezer 7 Pro is using a different, slightly faster and 4-pin powered fan, which can be controlled via PWM as well."

More information on this review can be found here.

Titan Vanessa Series Review

"The Vanessa series are supposed to be some of the most efficient and feature packed coolers available currently. Truly, the coolers are offering almost everything that you can expect from a CPU cooler. First of all, you can mount them on any socket currently available, so you do not have to worry if the cooler will mount on your motherboard or what will happen if you want to upgrade at a future date. They both feature speed adjustable fans for you to choose between performance and silence. And also they are carefully designed to enhance your system’s looks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake CircleFire Panel Review @ Mikhailtech
"The unit itself weights in at 310g, hardly light. It measures 149 x 42 x 123mm and has a built-in 2 watt speaker in the center. Yes, 2 watts. Don't expect serious audio (or any bass for that matter) with this panel. Below the speaker are two buttons: one for controlling volume and one for switching colors. Pressing the volume button cycles through high, medium, and low presets. Pressing the other button cycles through each of the 7 colors (which backlight the dB gauges). Pressing it once more enables the auto cycling, which basically flashes each of the colors in succession at a rate of approximately one color every 2-3 seconds."

More information on this review can be found here.
How To Diagnose a Failing Hard Drive @ HDDsaver
"Many times before a hard drive goes completely bad there are signs foreshadowing its demise. If these signs are observed and recognized there is a good chance that the data on the drive can be saved. The window of time in which action any will be useful is quite small but if the proper precautions are taken there is a chance than a real problem can be avoided."

More information on this article can be found here.
Compro VideoMate X800 and VideoMate TV Gold Plus II Review @ All Round Modders
"The following two products are the newly released products from Compro. They come in the form of the VideoMate X800 and the VideoMate TV Gold Plus II. Both of these products are TV-Tuner cards. Judging by the amount of features, both of the Compro TV-Tuners come at an impressive price. The information below is the press release for the VideoMate X800, the next page has the press release of the VideoMate TV Gold Plus II. Both press releases have been supplied by Compro."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Voyager 4GB USB Flash Drive Review @ Think Computers
"Most people use flash drives to transport files to and from work or school. To some, these files are not that important, but to many they are. So many flash drives out there are cheap and feeble. They can easily break by getting dropped or sat on. It can be a real pain to keep on buying new flash drives. Corsair has come out with the Voyager. The Voyager is virtually indestructible so it will last you a long time. Since the 4GB flash drives just came out, Corsair was nice enough to send us the 4GB version of the Voyager."

More information on this review can be found here.
160GB Seagate Momentus 5400.3 2.5" Hard Drive Review @ Bigbruin
"The launch of the Seagate Momentus 5400.3 series of 2.5" hard drives promised great things, and initial testing of the 160GB model confirm many of these items. The increased capacity, reduced heat, low noise, and strong performance were all easy to document. If you want to investigate the increased shock tolerance, you're on your own!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Team Group Memory Roundup: Great Expectations @ Madshrimps
"Team Group has recently begun an added push into the high performance PC sector and the overclocking community. remember last fall when we first reviewed G.Skill memory when that company was a relative unknown, and we're getting similar good feelings from this company; that they are continuing a trend of Taiwanese manufacturers to bring forth excellent products at excellent prices."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Muse eSATA Review @ VelocityReviews
"The Muse is quite stylish, though it is quite unless in one way. To use the Muse as a transport device would be completely unless because not everyone has the same PCI Bracket installed and if they do they might not work with each other. Maybe in the future Motherboards will come with External eSATA Connections but I find it hard to believe. SATA was made to replace SCSI, but for some reason SATA is not as widely trusted as SCSI is. SATA was also built to be Hot Swappable which is why you can remove your SATA HDD like a USB Flash Drive. Although the Muse can put it all into an Enclosure, but it really only has one point, to look good and it seems to do it pretty well. There may be some Standard I may have missed or something but I haven’t seen any PCI Brackets that you can purchase that will work with all these drive enclosures."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair 2048 MB XMS 3500 LL Pro Series Memory Review @ 3DXtreme
"Corsair is one of the premier memory producers in the world. Their products are easily accepted as some of the highest quality memory on the market and the Pro Series modules brought LED activity indicators to Random Access Memory. With the overclockability of the AMD64 line of processors this product would be the perfect fit for the gamer looking to squeeze a little bit more performance from their machine by pushing the front side bus from 200 to around 218 Mhz. This moderate overclock, while not exactly in line with the hardcore overclockers pushing 800 - 1000 Mhz on the AMD64 platform, would fit the needs of the tweaker / gamer perfectly."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair 2GB XMS 4000PT DDR Memory Kit Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Compared to the Value ram, Corsairs XMS 4000PT is definitely a lot faster. The ability to reliably go to 250mhz speeds (when paired with a motherboard capable of it) means that you don’t need to sacrifice speed for capacity."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Lexa Case Review @ XYZ Computing
"Although NZXT is still a new company, they have made a name for their self, by creating innovative, uniquely styled cases which are different from the competition. Their current series of cases is called the Classic Series from which we will be looking at the Lexa. With a combination of great cooling and an emphasis on symmetry, to makes things less complicated yet very elegant, the Lexa clearly stands out from the crowd."

More information on this review can be found here.

Lian Li PC-7 Plus Aluminium Case Review

"In fact, I even managed to fit a simple H2O setup in the case with relative ease – single radiator only though. In some situations a tool-less card holder can have it’s advantages, but most of them just cause trouble when installing the brackets and screws used in the PC-7 Plus just looked nice too."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Centurion 540 mATX Case Review @ Viper Lair
"For a cool $44 USD, the Centurion 540 is a very good case for the money. You won't find a PSU with the case at that price, let alone the fans we just mentioned, but we think this is one of the easiest MicroATX cases to work with. It offers excellent cooling potential, it's very easy to work with and looks pretty damn slick to boot."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec P180 Case Review @ Bit-Tech
"With the door open, it is clear that Antec put a bit of function over form on the parts that most people won't see. The first unique feature you notice is that the drive bays have weird spots beside the coverplates. This is because your drives actually load in from the front of the case, a rather unusual arrangement. Very well thought of, but I wish they could have made it look a little prettier."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, January 28, 2006
Noctua NH-U9 Heatsink Review @ Pro-Clockers
"A relative new-comer to the heatsink market, Noctua have started on the right foot by embracing the latest technology; heatpipes. Their two latest heatsinks, the NH-U9 and the NH-U12 are the first products we see from this company. With a surface area of 5000cm² (NH-U12) and 3800cm² (NH-U9) and the ability to have either a 120mm (NH-U12) or 92mm (NH-U9) fan coupled with it makes for promising stats, but do the figures relate to high performance?"

More information on this review can be found here.
AC Ryan Backy Review @ Think Computers
"If you are a modder you already know about AC Ryan, or you certainly should. AC Ryan is one of the leaders in modding supplies, with everything from Cold Cathode lights, fans, modding mesh, plastics and tons of great doohickeys that help make any mod just that much cooler. So it’s no surprise that they have just the right gadgets to make modding easier. Such is the case with the Backy. The concept is fairly simple and straight-forward, it’s been done before but not with so many flavors and combinations as AC Ryan provides. The item I am reviewing here is a back plate device that brings your molex power connector, 2 pin power connector and SATA power connector to the outside of your case so you can plug in your devices without having to crack the case to do so."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright HR-01-775 Passive CPU Heatsink Review @ 3DGameman
"When looking for a heatsink or cooler there are a few things you want to look for. Normally look for one which is copper or copper/aluminum combination, but this will increase the cost. This heatsink is all aluminum but it utilizes 8 towering heatpipes and countless fins. This more than makes up for it not being copper, although if it were copper the performance would probably be even better. That being said, the performance of this heatsink is excellent and that's what counts."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM460-APS PSU Review @ Overclockers Online
"The Zalman ZM460-APS power supply is quite the unit. It can be a difficult hunt finding the right power supply that offers quality power output that won't cost your system its stability. The Zalman provides this and is able to do it quietly."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM460-APS Noiseless Power Supply Review @ MVKTech
"Zalman introduced the ZM460-APS power supply around 2 months ago as an ultra quiet 460W power supply supporting Intel and AMD based systems. We have gotten the opportunity to shed some light on this new powerful but noiseless power supply which meets the latest ATX power standards. Zalman has on top of their older already very silent power supplies improved their noise prevention system by using an auto controlled cooling fan. So without holding you all up let's dig into the new Zalman ZM460-APS PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire RockeTeerV 500W EZ-Cable Gaming Power Supply Review @ 3DXtreme
"Today 3DXtreme is taking a look at the new Spire SP-500W - RockeTeer V™, 500W EZ-Cable Gaming Power Supply. Some of features that it boasts are Modular EZ-Cable Power Connectors, Two Blue LED Dual Ball Bearing fans, 3 Speed Variable Fan Speed Auto-Control, Two SATA Power Connectors, Thermo-Reactive Cooling System and a few others that we will be covering with the review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus EN7800GT Top Silent Review @ TrustedReviews
"Rather than going down the Zalman route a design that a lot of other manufacturers have copied with varying results and run the heatpipes from the GPU to the back of the graphics card, Asus has a much more interesting solution. Although it looks as if the heatpipe is located just above the card at first, this is not the case. What Asus has done is to create a solution that allows you move the heatpipe 45 degrees."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX NVTV TV Tuner Review @ AMD Review
"AMDReview has been reviewing a lot of TV tuners lately and today we have another. The XFX NVTV TV tuner. If you have ever wanted a TV tuner for your PC and didn't want to spend a fortune, this card is for you. Check out this article to see what our reviewer had to say about this NVIDIA chipset based TV tuner."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon X1800XT 512MB Video Card Review @ HardwareZoom
"Your graphic card will never be the bottleneck again with Sapphire's top-of-the-line X1800XT. Using the same R520 GPU as the X1800XL, the Sapphire Radeon X1800XT has a core speed of 625Mhz, which is 25% faster than X1800XL. In addition, the ultra fast 1.2ns GDDR3 boost the memory speed to 1.5Ghz, which is 50% faster than X1800XL! We manage to achieve 15-25% improvement over the X1800XL in most of our benchmarks. This is the most significant in more demanding benchmarks at high resolution and FSAA."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS EAX1300PRO Preview @ Phoronix
"Even with ATI's X1900 series launch this week, there continues to remain no official support for the X1000 series under Linux. Although the support should be appended in the near future, today we have a preview of the ASUS EAX1300PRO as well as some exclusive Linux information pertaining to the most recent Radeon offerings."

More information on this preview can be found here.
AMD's Ferrari Collaboration @ Bit-Tech
"First up, we quizzed Michael Schumacher. Ferrari has been able to get its car ready for testing comparatively early compared to previous years. How important has the simulation and telemetry data processing been to you and team? Well, obviously telemetry data is very important to us; it is crucial in designing the car," he told us."Our computer systems have been crucial, and we have very good partners in this respect. We have traditionally strong in these areas, perhaps more so than other teams. We hope to repeat this success again this season."

More information on this article can be found here.
Xilence X2 Case Review @ Technic3D
"Jet computer comes with a new housing, the X2 Xilence, on the market. It is to provide apart from a reasonable price, particularly with a thought out cooling system and a quiet enterprise for discussion material. Completely the ideas are new such as Fanduct or VTX installation way not, but Technic3D takes itself exclusively the newcomer in the following review more exactly under the magnifying glass and tests the housing on its everyday life fitness."

This review is in German so use Babelfish to do the translation. More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone TJ06 Entry Level Server Case Review @ ExtensiveMods
"Full tower cases have dominated the modding and corporate marketplaces for years. It is not too often that you see a store bought computer inside a full tower case now is it? If you work inside your PC often, and don't usually move it around, a full tower case is often a great solution for your PC casing needs. Today I have the Silverstone TJ06 full tower entry level server case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, January 27, 2006
ATI EverLAN Winter 2006 Report @ Think Computers
"When it comes to LANs, there are only a few in the United States that can push the limits in size, competitiveness, and most of all—fun. Along with QuakeCON, MillionManLAN, and PDX, EverLAN is the LAN from Colorado that has continually hosted increasingly better events since its establishment in 2002. After laying dormant for a year and a half, EverLAN has arisen again to throw its come-back party to start off 2006 with a bang. Featuring a $21,000 Counter-Strike: Source tournament and a never-before-seen-at-a-LAN series World of Warcraft challenges, this LAN in the snow-capped Colorado is determined to throw one hell-of-an event."

More information on this report can be found here.
Gateway FPD2185 21-inch Monitor Review @ Designtechnica
"The line between the computer monitor and LCD TV has once again been blurred with the introduction of Gateway's latest 21-inch monitor, the FPD2185. While the FPD2185 isn't exactly a full-blown television, it fortunately carries some of the best qualities you will find in a high-end LCD TV like component video inputs, picture-in-picture and HDTV support. Priced at around $599, the FPD2185 appeals to a very broad audience, but Gateway could have polished the overall package a tad bit more to make this monitor a must-have item."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor X1300 Video Card Review @ XYZ Computing
"This review is going to be taking a look at PowerColor's X1300 PCI Express video card. This product is designed for the price-conscious and people with limited gaming needs. It is the newest in the line of reasonably priced cards like the X300 and the 9200, neither of which seemed very exciting, but if you simply need a device for producing video, they have been a great way to save some money."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro Heatsink Fan Review @ System Cooling



"In addition to the very popular VGA Silencer line of video card coolers, Arctic Cooling provides thermal cooling solutions for modern CPU’s and PC enclosures. The new Freezer 7 Pro (Intel) and Freezer 64 Pro (AMD) are their latest, high-performance heatsink fans. These new CPU coolers utilize heat pipes and a special integrated Arctic Cooling fan, which promises powerful cooling with minimal noise. The Freezer Pro’s are compatible with all modern Pentium socket 775 and Athlon 64 socket 754/939/940 processors including the latest dual-core models."

More information on this review can be found here.
PCToys System Maxx Fan Controller Review @ OCModShop
"A closer look the fan controller itself is rather nice to look at. The main plate is aluminum and has been anodized wither silver or black. The four knobs are of decent size are are spaced apart enough to so they are easily gripped. The unit’s circuit board is powered by a standard 4-pin molex connector. Each knob has its own dedicated set of power filtering electronics and has a blue LED on either side of the knob. Four 3-pin fan connectors are clearly marked on the circuit board."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASRock 775XFire-eSATA2 Motherboard Review @ Phoronix
"Prepped for Microsoft Windows Vista, Untied Overclocking
Technology, ATI's CrossFire, and four SATA 2 ports, has ASRock finally managed to hit primetime with its creative product offerings? Up on the review block today we have the world's first complete look at ASRock's latest-and-greatest, which comes in form of the 775XFire-eSATA2."

More information on this review can be found here.
Connect3D X1800XT 512 PCI-E Video Card Review @ Tech-Mods
"Connect3D has been a leading provider of ATI powered graphics cards for some time now, with support from ATI directly they can produce high quality products and still save the consumer money with lower prices. The X1800XT 512 is no exception to this with outstanding performance and good price."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Lexa Case Review @ Modguidez
"Tonight we are again treated to another awesome case from NZXT. On our deck is NZXT's Lexa Mid-Tower case. Just upon its release, the Lexa is a very attractive looking case. Bringing this to your next LAN party will surely draw attention towards you. Not only it is designed for your LAN parties, but it would also look great in your home office. We would like to thank the NZXT team for making this review possible."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Vortex 2 HDD Cooler Review @ Techgage
"Keeping your hard drive at a healthy temperature is essential in prolonging it's life, and in keeping your data safe. We are taking a look at another Vantec HDD cooler called the Vortex 2, and we have high hopes for this one."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 8N-SLI Quad Royal Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"With new agreements with Intel, nVidia has acquired the licence to produce Netburst supporting chipsets, which has now led to the release of the nForce 4 Intel Edition based chipsets. The first chip based for this technology was simply not fully up to specs and plagued with compatibility problems with the Pentium-D and Pentium Extreme Edition CPU’s, nVidia has moved to producing a second generation of chipset supporting Dual PCI Express x16 graphics slots."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Year of the HTPC @ XYZ Computing
"If this year's Consumer Electronics Show showed me anything about computers, it was that this is going to be the year of the home theater PC (HTPC). With over 2500 exhibitors and a few million square feet of floor space, it is not that easy to identify trends, but one thing which could not be missed was the computer hardware companies' acceptance of the HTPC. While HTPC hardware was once limited to a few specialized companies, like SilverStone and Ahanix, those days are long gone, and home theater computing is now big business. Every computer hardware company, no matter their size or area of interest, brought a new some cool new products to CES, and no one forgot about the burgeoning home theater market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Trading Virtual Gold For Real Cash @ The TechZone
"In 2002, Mr Castronova famously calculated the GNP per capita of the fictional game-world of "EverQuest" as $2,000, comparable to that of Bulgaria, and far higher than that of India or China. Furthermore, by "working" in the game to generate virtual wealth and then selling the results for real money, it is possible to generate about $3.50 per hour. Companies in China pay thousands of people, known as "farmers", to play MMORPGs all day, and then profit from selling the in-game goods they generate to other players for real money."

More information on this article can be found here.
Altec Lansing iM616 Headphones Review @ ThinkComputers
"Well when most of us think of high quality headphones we think of over-the-ear phones. You know the big bulky ones. If you own an iPod or MP3 player then you should know what ear buds are. They are small earphones that actually go into your ears. We all have heard of Altec Lansing, they make quality speakers and other audio products. Today for review I have their inMotion 616 (iM616) portable audio system. You will see that these are not your average ear buds; they are quality made and perform great."

More information on this review can be found here.

X-Micro Video MP3 400 1GB Review

"With the advent of the video iPod, Mp3 player makers need to find ways to compete. There are numerous video Mp3 players on the market today. X-Micro is one of them, and for review today I have their 1Gigabyte Video Mp3 400 Player. I have to say I was a bit excited about getting this for review as it really seems like a cool and interesting product. The X-Micro Video Mp3 400 is feature packed and could be considered a multimedia entertainment center for your pocket. Unlike the iPod, this player has lots more useful features that I believe will make it stand out from the crowd."

More information on this review can be found here.
HR-01-775 News Release @ Thermalright
"Due to higher processor frequency enabling computers to run even more intensive business, multimedia, and gaming applications, the LGA775 processor has been known to generate more heat than any other processors in the CPU market. As any PC enthusiasts would know, stability and heat control go hand-in-hand when it comes to building a good quality PC. Intel made a valiant effort in making a semi-efficient heatsink for the LGA775 processor, but let’s face it, it just does not cut it! In response to more heat generated by the CPU, the fan RPM turns up higher and higher which translates into louder and louder noise. Can your ears bare the noise?

That’s where third-party heatsink designer/maker comes in. The challenge was to find better solutions in cooling the scorcher in the LGA775 core, plus with minimal noise from the CPU cooling fan. Once again, Thermalright has stepped up to take that challenge and introduced the HR-01-775*.

HR-01-775 is a passive tower cooler that utilizes the fan that is already installed in your computer. It works side by side with the fan duct system developed exclusively by Thermalright. Basically, the fan duct connects the HR-01 to the 120mm outtake fan, thus making the heatsink serve as a portal to the wind tunnel that leads to the outside environment of the computer, effectively pulling out hot air and cooling the HR-01 (designed with its proprietary through holes for efficient ventilation) at the same time. Lab results have shown that HR-01 with the fan duct works just as efficiently and as effectively as having a 120mm heatsink fan installed to the HR-01."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Titan Power Inverter HW-150 Review @ A1-Electronics
"The Titan HW-150 inverter can convert your 12 volt supply to 230 volts at 50Hz. Obviously it is not going to be able to power a big item but it says it can provide continuous power of 150 watts and peak power of 300 watts."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nexus 350W Silent NX-9003 SFB Power Supply Review @ 3DGameman
"One of the first things you will probably notice is the low wattage of this Power Supply. Well, don't let that fool you. While it's not going to give the kind of power an efficient 500W or larger PSU would, it does provide 350 watts of very high quality power. Being only 350 watts does have it's advantages though. It means that with a low amount of efficient power you can provide a silent PSU which is still Active PFC. You would be much better off with this product than a generic 600W power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Power & Cooling 1KW PSU Review @ Bjorn3D
"Well, the solution was getting a PC Power and Cooling Turbo-Cool 1KW power supply (yeah, you read that right; 1KW = 1,000 watts). When the shipping box arrived, I was amazed at the size and weight of the box. Opening the box, I found a power supply that was very long and has a lot of weight to it. My next worry was whether or not it would fit in my Lian-Li V1200 case. Well, it did fit, but it was tight."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS and GB Geforce 7300GS Review @ HardAvenue
"As we can see from the photos, both cards differ considerably from first appearances. The ASUS model, if it weren't for the VGA connector's back sticking out, is almost a low profile design with an active fan. The Gigabyte model, on the other hand, is far closer to a full card design, but it features a passive cooling solution, meaning there is no fan to speak of. In reality, vertical height of a videocard is not a huge factor for most systems, so neither card really has the better design per se, just two different approaches that both work well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Club-3D 7800GT 256MB Video Card Review @ Viper Lair
"The Club-3D 7800GT 256MB has come through our tests as one of the best performing cards around. The overall package is nice, although you can probably find a better package from other manufacturers, they will likely cost more. You get everything you need and a few extras to boot but the package is really all about the card; which is as it should be."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Max 4 Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ 3DXtreme
"I would recommend the A2295 Max 4 to any one who is looking for a functional easy to use way to backup their important files on a regular basis. The ThermalTake Max 4 is a must have for all households that want to back up those irreplaceable family picture's, IRS tax forms, Mp3 music, or all around raw data."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin SK-523 Case Review @ ClubOC
"A close up of the multimedia panel reveals the standard USB and Audio plugs are joined by an external SATA plug. With the rapid adoption of the SATA technology, this is a nice change from the usual fire wire plugs I never need. Now I can use my Night Hawk drive with out the hassle of running cabling to the motherboard! The silver knob you see here and above is a fan control for the front 120 mm fan. The SK-523 also ships with security keys to hold the front panel closed. These are the kinds of nice touches you don't expect in a sub $60 case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Do It Yourself PC System Guides @ Legit Reviews
"The Legit Reviews system guides are aimed at helping first time system builders on a strict budget pick out the hardware that is going to give them the best performance for the price. Our AMD and Intel system guides ranging in price from $700 to $1500 and are developed with the gamer/enthusiast in mind. With a carefully selected blend of products we feel these systems are superior to many of the pre-built systems that come loaded with proprietary hardware and software that is not needed."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Merliniplexi 2.0 Guide Part II @ GideonTech
"This is the second part of a multipart guide dealing with the construction of the merliniplexi 2.0 Plexiglas case. In this guide, we will be discussing detail finishing of the case."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
The Battle For The Digital Home @ The TechZone
"Forget about the DVD Format of the future skirmish. We're looking at the collision course of death stars. Jobs has the Mac Mini. Otellini has the ViiV. Gates has Vista. Ruiz and Dell say we'll have what they are having. Different platforms. Different approaches. Different views of the future. Tellywood and the RIAA aren't happy with any of them. They are marshalling their Congressional storm troopers and saying not with our content you won't."

More information on this article can be found here.
Saitek Gamers Keyboard Review @ Overclockers Club
"The Saitek Eclipse keyboard has been a surprisingly good buy. After initially favoring the keyboard due to the "blue glow" coming from it's illuminated keys, I have found it to be equally as suitable for hardcore gaming as I have for my work which involves countless hours at the computer. With a shelf full of keyboards that have failed to keep up with my heavy (and sometimes tempermental) usage I am pleased to find the keyboard originally bought as a novelty is now one of the components I cannot live without. Although I purchased it with gaming in mind I had to have something that didn't look absurd when daytime rolled around and work was back to being a priority."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Strider 600w ST60F Power Supply Review @ A1-Electronics
"As you would expect with a top quality PSU this SilverStone Strider 600w computer PSU has plenty of safety protection functions and features including: over power, short-circuit, over-current, overload and over-temperature protection while meeting safety & EMI regulations."

More information on this review can be found here.
X-Micro Mini DisGO 20GB Portable Hard Drive Review @ Think Computers
"Today I have the first in a series of reviews of X-Micro products. It is called the Mini DisGo; it is a portable storage device, specifically a very small hard drive. It is self-powered by USB, has a nice aluminum casing and all around just looks cool. In today’s world it just seems that there is never enough space especially for transporting data from place to place. Sure flash drives are becoming larger in capacity, but until they reach the multiple gigabyte mark we will need alternative ways to efficiently and quickly transfer data from place to place. X-Micro and several other companies have provided a solution to this in the form of mini hard drives. Today I have for review the 20 gigabyte version of the X-Micro Mini DisGo."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix 1GB Kit Review @ Pro-Clockers


"When you think of memory, there are several brand names that any self respecting overclockers will spew forth. Corsair, OCZ, Kingston . However one name that is never missed off that list of greats is Crucial. Their memory modules are known the world over for their high Overclockability and their blisteringly tight timings. Recently Crucial were kind enough to send me their GB PC4000 DDR500 kit, this is how it performed."

More information on this review can be found here.
PICO PSU Review @ Epiacenter


"It's just a little bit larger then a normal size ATX connector but it's more powerful then an ordinary ATX connector and best of all, it's yellow. After some time of reasearching, the guys from Ituner managed to create what is now the smallest PSU on the world."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS PF5 Extreme Motherboard Review @ techPowerUp


"From a feature perspective ECS offers a very well rounded board with the PF5 Extreme. Having one Gigabit and one Fast Ethernet port is exactly the combination which I think is a good compromise between speed and price. Getting six SATA ports and two PCI-E x16 ports for around $120 is also very nice. However, if you are looking into overclocking more than just a little bit this board might not for you. It has quite a few issues when it comes to overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X1900 Series Preview @ The TechLounge
"Now that the embargo has lifted, I can finally tell you all about what’s new from ATI. The 4 cards that are being launched today are part of ATI’s new X1900 series. From top to bottom, there is the Radeon X1900 XTX, Radeon X1900 Crossfire, Radeon X1900 XT, and All-In-Wonder X1900. It would be nice if ATI and NVIDIA would pick a naming convention and stick with it, but I guess that’s just marketing for you – they want to keep it fresh. ATI is promising quantity shipping at launch, with emphasis on the X1900 XTX and X1900 XT. The Crossfire and All-In-Wonder cards will also be available, but perhaps less so since there isn’t expected to be as much demand for those products. That said, even if some retailers don’t have all of the new X1900 cards, they will be available on ATI.com."

More information on this preview can be found here.
ATI's Radeon X1900 Video Card Series Review @ Legit Reviews
"ATI’s new flagship video card is the X1900XTX. Thankfully the performance of the card matches the length of its name. It comes with a core clock of 650MHz and 512MB of RAM clocked at 1.55GHz. For those wondering X1800XT was clocked at 625MHz core, and 1.5GHz memory. It’s difficult to tell the differences between the new card and the old card on the outside, with the only noticeable differences being the number of mosfets next to the long red heat sink toward the end of the board."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Radeon X1900 Review @ Bjorn3D


"The high-end video card war continues with ATI’s latest GPU X1900 (R580). Sporting 3 times the pixel shader processors over the X1800XT and twice as many as the GeForce 7800GTX ATI has release a real power-horse. Even more important is the fact that the cards already are in stock in some online-stores which means it isn’t a paper-launch."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X1900 XT and XTX Review @ Hexus
"R580, moreso than any modern GPU that meets the D3D9 spec, therefore relies on software to show it off. Even current synthetic benchmarks designed to show off theoretical rates in 3D hardware can have a hard time exploiting the tripling in fragment processing ability. That's not to say the performance increases at the same clocks as R520 are invisible. Clearly they're not without increases, especially at the higher resolutions, of up to 30% in the games we tested, clock-for-clock."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI X1900 CrossFire Review @ TrustedReviews
"Less than four months since we reviewed the Radeon X1800 XT, ATI has followed up with a successor, the R580 now bestowed with the title the X1900. This means that the X1800 has had one of the shortest ever runs as a flagship graphics product, beaten only by NVIDIA’s ill-fated and ill-rated, GeForceFX 5800. However, as ATI would have had two teams working on new products, it’s likely that the R580 team were simply on-time, whereas the R520 team, were very late. Even more remarkably it seems as though ATI hasn’t entirely paper launched and its cards should be available to buy as you read this."

More information on this review can be found here.
Radeon X1900 Family @ Bit-Tech
"When we reviewed the Radeon X1800XL and Radeon X1800XT, we found that the high quality anisotropic filtering mode was not as usable as it should be. In fact, there were very few games where we found that we were able to increase the texture filtering quality upto the desirable and almost angle-independent high quality anisotropic filtering mode. This is where things change."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone SG01 Case Review @ Overclockers Online
"In our latest review, we get a chance to sample the only chassis in SilverStone's new SUGO series. This soon to be expanding family will carry the small form factor enclosures without being bundled with a motherboard. This allows you to purchase the motherboard you want to put inside."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xion II ATX PC Case Review @ Futurelooks
"On first sight, the XION II case is a fairly standard ATX mid-tower case with an "X" and green theme. The case is made of aluminium so it is also fairly light. It has the obligatory side window with an LED fan. As with most mid-towers, there are four 5.25" bays for optical drives or other and two 3.5" bays. External USB and audio ports are found at the bottom of the case and are covered. To further enhance the "green", even the power button itself is like one giant green LED."

More information on this review can be found here.
OrigenAE S210 HTPC Case Preview @ HTPC News
"The inside of this case is something different than anything we've seen before here at HTPCnews. If you look at the mounting system and structure of the case, it doesn't look like a metal in this picture. However, it is Aluminum that has been melted and mixed with a noise absorption material that bonds directly with the aluminum .This was OrigenAE's solution to quieting 12 hard drives in one case."

Wow! the OrigenAE includes room for 12 hard drive bays and 12 inch LCD Screen. More information on this preview can be found here.

CES 2006 Coverage

"There was a great deal of items that pertained directly to HTPC / MCE boxes that we observed while at the show and this article is our photo book and journal of the event. We aren't going to cover all the new Intel / Microsoft announcements, we've covered them plenty in our news. Our journal of events is more of the smaller booths at the show which we had a feeling our readers would be most interested in seeing."

More information on this report can be found here.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
GeIL DAViD 100 Series Dual Channel USB Pen Drive Review @ Techniz
"The GeIL DAViD 100 Series Dual Channel USB Pen Drive is a newer technology of flash drive with the rated speed of 198X (30Mb/sec Read & 20Mb/sec Write speed). The size that available for the DAViD Pen Drive is 512MB, 1GB and 2GB. As for the color selection, it also available in two color for the user to choose, which is the gold and titanium color. With the dual channel transfer rate technology, the pen drive performed extremely fast during our testing."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Kama Bay 5.25" System Cooler Released @ Scythe
"Scythe Co., Ltd (Tokyo, Japan) announces the 5.25" bay system cooler KAMA BAY. This 5.25" bay system cooler is so unique that you can mount in 3-ways, using it as HDD cooler (hidden or exposed) or an extra fan for your system cooling (for visual description of mounting, please go to the product website). Versatility and silence are extra features to make this product to outstand comparing to a normal 12cm case fan. 3 different color to match to your case."

More information on this new product can be found here.
Zalman ZM460-APS 460W Quiet Power Supply Review @ 3DGameman
"Need an ultra quiet Power Supply and require lots of quality power? If so, keep this product at the very top of your list. With 460 watts of very efficient power it will easily satisfy most power hungry computer systems. Since it is so efficient, it requires much less cooling power and the 120mm fan is almost silent, especially when PSU is inside the computer case. Let's not forget, it comes with dual +12V rails."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolink Swif 80mm, 92mm and 120mm Silent Fans Review @ HardwareXL

"Kolink's retail brand Coolink holds a strong presence in the Asian market and has achieved considerable success during the past years. With its product range and information preparation specifically tailored to the requirements of the European market, Coolink-Europe will open up the European retail market. Although Coolink is not yet really known in Europe but with these products they are on the right path to achieve more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolermaster Susurro Athlon 64 Heatsink Review @ Madshrimps
"Today we take a closer look at a new Coolermaster heatsink which is aimed at the family/office PC market. A compact design with a custom 92mm auto sensing fan, copper design and easy installation, let's find out if it can pass our stress tests."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Blue Orb CPU Cooler Review @ XYZ Computing
"With a 120mm fan spinning at about 1700 RPM the Blue Orb is designed to stay quite. The large heatsink would normally be used to make up for the lack of cooling provided by a low RPM fan, but with a 120mm fan pushing up to 77 CFM the heatsink is more there to cope with overclocking and high wattage CPUs than to help out the fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Vanessa Type S Review @ Hardware12v
"Heatpipes of copper is made up of 3 which they go of side to side in form of U, crossing to aluminum fins, complementing the set with a ventilator in the lateral one, although of optional installation, very quiet and helpful."

More information on this review can be found here.
AzenX Evo-Jet 2in1 Heatsink Review @ Pro-Clockers
"If I was to mention the name Dynatron, chances are that a few of you would not know who I am speaking of. But if you are a network technician or work in the technical aspects of computing, you know that Dynatron is one of the largest manufacturers of server cooling. And to aid in their transition into the PC enthusiast market, they with the aid of Azenx for marketing has released the Evo-Jet heatsink."

More information on this review can be found here.
St. Louis Gaming: LL9 Report @ Legit Reviews
"Several hours and countless frags later, the door prize time had come. Every prize had to go, and almost every LANner walked home with something cool to play with. Finally, after the tourneys had ended, the food was exhausted, and the caffeine effect had begun to wane, everyone packed up and headed home, yawning widely and sorting through their new gear."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe Review @ OCPrices
"It wasn’t so long ago that we took a look at the superb Asus A8N SLI Premium edition board, and found it to be both a very capable performer and also packed with as many features as you are ever likely to need. Never one to rest on their laurels however, Asus has updated the specification of their flagship model to the A8N32 SLI Deluxe, which sports an even better specification thanks to the inclusion of two 16x PCI express lanes rather than a single 16x that split into 8x when using the board in SLI."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hawking Technologies HNAS1 Net-Stor Network Storage Center Review @ Hardware-Review
"In an age where everything comes in bits and bytes, storage mediums have become the cabinets of our daily lives. Aside from the common external USB interface, they also come with an Ethernet interface. This is where Hawking Technology HNAS1 Net-Stor Network Storage Center comes into play. This small unobtrusive box can sit on a shelf somewhere storing your life in a digital format. Gone are the days when NAS devices were found only in Enterprises with millions of dollars to spend on technology."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax RX-9 ATX Gaming Case Review @ BigBruin
"The RX-9 is a tool-less case, which means that in theory you shouldn't need any tools to get it up and running. I did find that you need a screwdriver for the usual suspects, such as mounting your motherboard, and securing your power supply. As a tool-less case, the drive bays use a pin and latch method for securing your drives. These have been used on other cases, and I have found them to be reliable."

More information on this review can be found here.
Micro ATX Case 3-Way Shootout @ Sudhian Media
"With mass availability of enthusiast friendly mATX motherboards, the next problem comes down to the enclosures. Micro ATX cases were typically available in slim desktop or mini tower form factors which were either too small or too big. Recently case manufacturers have been appealing to the performance enthusiast small form factor user crowd by releasing toaster-style cube cases—but the question is which one is the right one for you? Will it be the low-cost Aspire X-Qpack or will Silverstone take the crown with their SG-01. Read on to find out as we compare the Aspire X-Qpack, Silverstone SG01, and the revised SG01 Evolution."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone LC09B HTPC Mini-ITX Chassis Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"In today's article I will be reviewing the LC09B from SilverStone (the B meaning black; this unit also comes in brushed aluminum.) With the release of mini and micro motherboards and the Media Center Edition OS, the HTPC market is on a high. Silverstone recognized this and created a line of cases that can be used in a home theater setup. The LC09 fits this bill and is part of Silverstone's Lascala Series of cases."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, January 23, 2006
Logitech Z-5450 Wireless Speaker Review @ Laptop Gamers
"Leave it to Logitech to once again raise the bar for computer speaker systems. The Logitech Z-5450 provides high performance sound with the innovation of wireless rear surround satellite speakers. The introduction of dual wireless rear speakers finally solves the common headache of having to run those long unsightly wires that run to your rear surround speakers. I’ve run into this problem myself and in the past it has caused me to either string cables all over the place or sacrifice a true surround experience by placing the rear surrounds closer to the front speakers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ministry of Sound StikAx Review @ Think Computers
"The StikAx from Ministry of Sound is a device to help budding mixmasters and DJ’s create new and creative music mixes, put together elaborate audio and video presentations and in general have a lot of fun. The device comes with the software and sound samples you need to get started right away. Ease of use and intuitive design make the StikAx fun and enjoyable."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus WL-550gE Wireless Router @ TrustedReviews
"Coming in at a shade under £70 it looks good value, although bear in mind that it doesn’t have an integrated ADSL modem. Instead, it has a separate 10/100BaseTX Ethernet WAN port which is designed to accept an external cable or ADSL modem or it can be placed on a LAN where Internet access is provided by a gateway device. If you’re looking for ADSL2/2+ support you’ll need to source a suitable modem with an Ethernet port."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sansun Arctic 450W PSU Review @ techPowerUp
"The chinese manufacturer Sansun isn't too well known yet, because they are a rather new company. If they continue delivering such solid products, I'm sure that this will change in no time. For a price for which you often get only a plain and unsleeved power supply, Sansun is giving you dual 12V rails and a modularity feature which is usually found only on much more expensive PSUs. All cables are sleeved as well which helps keep your case look clean. Also the important qualities of a PSU like voltage stability and fan noise look good."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Strider ST56F 560W PSU Review @ Phoronix
"When it comes to SilverStone Technology, although they have
only been in existence for a few years now, their popularity continues to increase with gamers and enthusiasts alike. Their popularity is not simply rising due to an increase in publicity, or making a couple attractive products, but since their conception they have proved to be an excellent manufacturer and put incredible artisanship in all of their products from Temjin cases to Zeus power supplies. The product we have up on our bench today is the latest from the SilverStone Strider series and it is the ST56F 560W unit. The SilverStone ST56F claims Active Power Factor Correction, dual +12V rails, dual PCI-E connectors, and a silent operation."

More information on this review can be found here.

Cooler Master Real Power 550W Review

"Up on our bench tonight is the Cooler Master Real Power RS-550-ACLY, which packs in 550W of power. One of the features for the power supply includes an innovative power meter that fits in an available drive bay."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT Review @ techFEAR
"Corsair has provided users with a matching set of high capacity, high speed memory modules. With further promises of even higher clock rates, techFEAR pushes the TwinX2048-4000PT to the edge of stability. Corsair met us head-on and we end up with a solid kit everyone should have."

More information on this review can be found here.

OCZ EL DDR2 PC2-4200 Gold GX XTC Review

"OCZ is one of the most well known manufacturer of enthusiast memory. Recently they have introduced their XTC line of heatspreaders which are engineered to keep temperatures of the memory down, even when overclocking. The PC2-4200 Gold XTC offer superb overclocking, even at stock voltage. We found that the default timings of 4-4-4-12 can be tightened a good deal without losing much overclocking headroom."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Noisetaker AX 600W Power Supply Review @ System Cooling
"Coolergiant Computers, Inc. is the USA subsidiary of Enermax Technology. In addition to a full line of PC power supplies, their products also include numerous cases and peripheral devices for the PC enthusiast. Enermax currently offers seven different models in the Noisetaker AX line of switching power supplies, ranging in capacity from 260W to 600W. Coolergiant kindly sent us the flagship Noisetaker AX 600W model for this review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn 6150K8MA Motherboard Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"The only thing you can say negatively about the 6150K8MA is a point that is mitigated almost into neutrality; that of video output. Yes, the Foxconn 6150K8MA lacks the current high definition outputs to feed a HDTV however, how many HTPC systems don't sport at least a moderate range VGA card and TV card such as the Hauppauge TVR? Not many."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tomcat i7230A S5160 Motherboard Review @ Phoronix
"The latest Tyan motherboard to have entered the Phoronix facilities was the K8E-SLI S2866, which was a Socket 939 solution with an nForce Professional 2200 Chipset. Up for review today, we have Tyan's latest-and-greatest on the Intel server side of things, and making its appearance, is the Tomcat i7230A S5160. The i7230A features dual PCI Express connectors, two Broadcom LAN controllers, XGI Volari graphics, and the Mukilteo Chipset."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X1600XT IceQ Turbo DL-DVI, DVI 256MB Video Card Review @ Bjorn3D
"While we have followed, and still are following, the battle for the high-end between NVIDIA and ATI sometimes it seems we forget the real important battle ‘below’, the fight about the mid-end. When the X1600XT was announced there were some concerns that it wasn’t priced correctly when you compared it to similar NVIDIA cards. ATI responded by lowering the price and today the X1600XT is a chipset that offers a lot of features and performance for its price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tsunami Ice-1 Media Manager Review @ Overclockers Online
"Making their Overclockers Online debut is Tsunami with the feature filled Ice-1 Media Manager. Watching DVDs or Cable TV on your computer has never been easier and you don't even need to turn it on."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys LED Lazer Lights Review @ Techgage
"Is anyone looking to dress up the interior of their case? Lights are usually the best place to start to get some inexpensive, easy to install pizzazz into that basic, bland, boring metal shell. Today we are looking at a new set of Lazer LED Lights from our friends at Logisys Computers."

More information on this review can be found here.
I-Star Nitro AX Tower Case Review @ Madshrimps
"The I-Star Nitro S-10000 is a workstation class enclosure with enough room to fit a small airplane. Ok maybe that´s a big exaggerated. We take a closer look at its features, thermal performance and easiness of use. Read on to find out if the Nitro is a good computer case."

More information on this review can be found here.
An Introduction to Thermaltake's BTX Form Factor Cases @ BTXFormFactor
"Founded in 1999, Thermaltake has grown into one of the world leaders in computer cooling devices, power supplies, and cases for home and industrial applications. Their case designs are continuously being improved to meet the demands of the users, as well as the high powered components inside. This evolution now includes a few models designed to accommodate systems based on the BTX form factor, which will be covered in this introduction. Here is the Thermaltake family of BTX (or BTX upgradable) cases: Tai Chi, Kandalf, Armor, and Tuba."

More information on this article can be found here.
SilverStone TJ06 Full ATX Case Review @ XtremeComputing
"On a personal note this has been one of the easiest full installs that I have done in my six years working with computers, this is down to as I stated earlier to the massive amount of space in the motherboard area. I am so impressed with it in fact, that I think all enclosures should use this layout in some sort of config as it makes installing a much easier process."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, January 21, 2006
How To Make Windows XP Shut Down Faster @ The TechZone
"We all know that pulling the power to your computer has to be the absolute fastest but not the best way to shutdown your computer. In this 5 step tutorial we will show you how to make your shutdown as fast as possible."

More information on this article can be found here.
What it's like to play Fatal1ty @ Bona Fied Reviews
"It's 5:30am. Your alarm clock goes off and you press the snooze for those critical 5 extra minutes of sleep. It goes off again, this time you get out of bed and you're brain begins to ponder. No, you're not thinking about what to wear to work/school or what the weather is like outside. You're pondering the same thing that everyone else ponders when they first roll out of bed. What would it be like to play a 4 minute match in Quake 4 against Fatal1ty? Well today is your lucky day because I am going to tell you exactly what it's like!"

More information on this article can be found here.
Vantec NexStar 3 External 3.5" HDD Enclosure Review @ 3DGameman
"This enclosure offers looks and performance all in one package. If you are in the market for an external enclosure that has the fastest performance then this would be it. While USB2 is fast, a direct SATA connection is much faster. Since most large capacity 3.5" SATA Hard Drives are affordable, it's a fantastic backup solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec NexStar 3 External 3.5" HDD Enclosure Review @ Think Computers
"External hard drive enclosures have been out for some time now. Vantec has been at the forefront with their NexStar series of drive enclosures. The NexStar series includes 2.5”, 3.5”, and 5.25” enclosures, totaling 18 models. Today we will be taking a look at the newest version of the NexStar, the NexStar 3 3.5” drive enclosure. This version of the enclosure features an eSATA interface instead of the firewire."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ergodex DX1 Input System Review @ Hardware-Review
"Belkin, Saitek, Logitech, and Flexiglow – what do they all have in common? They are all well known manufacturers of PC gaming peripherals. But, in recent months a new company has come into the playing field called Ergodex, and they have brought a revolutionary game pad to the market called the DX1 input system. The DX1 is totally customizable and gives you the capability to move the keys to any position, which can be especially handy during gaming or video editing. Let’s see how the DX1 Input System changes what people should consider a customized gaming peripheral that fits their specific needs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Accelero X1 VGA Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"With an expected availability of around the end of February 2006 and a proposed MSRP of around $33 USD, I think it's a pretty good value. I found them to be high quality units with a solid feel and very good cooling while remaining at a very respectable noise level."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X1300 PRO and X1600 XT Reviews @ Hexus
"The best offerings in the X1300 and X1600 range are what we look at today, as the markers for their sub markets, so join us as we analyse RV515 and RV530 in a modicum of depth internally, before looking at the physical specifics and performance levels of X1300 PRO and X1600 XT."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek PX6800 Extreme Video Card Review @ Bit-Tech
"Leadtek's GeForce 6800 GS implementation is a good one, and we're glad to see that they've included a good bundle and that little bit extra to set themselves apart from other board partners. We were impressed to find that the card performed closer to a GeForce 6800 Ultra than a GeForce 6800 GT and it was noticeably faster than any GeForce 6800 GS running at reference clock speeds."

More information on this review can be found here.
2006 - The Year of BTX? @ TrustedReviews
"So far I have only seen designs based on micro and nanoBTX, which again goes to show that the uptake has been very slow. However, as a small form factor platform BTX is actually looking increasingly interesting. Considering that the biggest problem in a SFF system is heat dissipation, hopefully BTX will allow for overall improved system designs. Shuttle was the first company to bring such a product to market with the SB86i but it wasn’t a huge hit."

More information on this article can be found here.
AMD Athlon X2 4800+ System Upgrade with SLI @ NVNews
"It's been over a year since my PC was last upgraded. Like many of the folks that visit nV News, I also upgrade my own system. This approach gives us more choices for procuring new components and becomes a rewarding experience after the upgrade is complete. However, unforeseen problems can arise during an upgrade. In those cases, you will assume a technical support role and begin the troubleshooting process. As a result of a motherboard failure, the upgrade was completed earlier than expected. Fortunately, the impact was minimal as all of the upgrade components I ordered had already arrived."

More information on this article can be found here.
Lian Li PC-V2000B Plus Full Tower ATX Case Review @ 3DXtreme
"Lian Li has been making some of the most gorgeous aluminum Cases for years now. Previously I have used the Lian Li PC-65 and PC-75 and have always been fond of them. Things have gotten flashy lately with Cases, custom window panels, lights, gigantic fans - some of the new Cases I've found to just be downright tacky. When I first saw the Lian Li PC-V1000 and PC-V2000 line it was a breath of fresh air. Finally, here comes a Case that is just so perfect out of the box even the most hardcore modder will want to leave their dremel alone and just enjoy the natural beauty of the the PC-V2000."

More information on this review can be found here.
TITAN Robela Case Review @ InsaneTek
"Watercooling is always a great benefit to our steamy hot overclocked systems. However, fitting watercooling gear into your case is always a pain. TITAN has made an all-in-one watercooling case that'll suit all your needs."

More information on this review can be found here.
I-Star Nitro AX Tower Case Review @ OCModShop
"It strikes you when the case is first removed from the box: this is one sleek tower with a hefty 5mm aluminum front plate decoration. This case could easily mesh with audio equipment in the living room. If black bores you, then try out this case in their red, yellow and blue varieties of the Nitro AX."

More information on this review can be found here.
Building a High Performance Gaming Box @ Corsair
"Here in the labs we test for compatibility, performance, and stability (though not necessarily in that order). Today, though, we’ve taken a time out from absolutely punishing ICs from different manufacturers with cruel devices of torture known as voltage and frequency to bring you a step-by-step guide on how to build an extremely powerful home system.

This isn’t going to be a “state of the art” system with liquid nitrogen and car batteries that requires protective eyewear and a good knowledge of spot welding and theoretical chemistry to build. This is something anybody can do with a little bit of patience and some basic knowledge."

This is a excellent start to finish guide for those of you looking to build your own gaming rig. More information on this guide can be found here.
Friday, January 20, 2006
Modding the Community in 2006 @ Hardware Overdrive
"For the past year custom fab cases have reigned king in our little world. All you have to do is look at Crimson's "Doom 3" mod, or DGephri's Lubic "Zen Feng" these things are works of art, but the best thing about them is that they house high end computers."

More information on this editorial can be found here.
CES 2006 Main Show Floor Part II @ The TechLounge
"In Part II of our main CES show floor coverage we meet with Several companies and got to check out quite a few cool new products. In our meeting with Antec, we played with their entire line-up of cases for 2006. We also saw the latest from Cooler Master and SilverStone, the most recent build of Microsoft Windows Vista, some awesome new media players from COWON and SanDisk, Dell's new 30" Display and QUAD-SLI PC and much more."

There is some good information as well as pictures on the latest offerings from Antec, Cooler Master and SilverStone Technology. More information on this article can be found here.
Beginners Guides: Converting Videotape Into Video Files @ PCstats
"As you may have noticed, the VCR is a dying technology. DVD players are now equivalent in price, and their disks have practically crowded VHS tapes right off the shelves of your neighborhood video store. Give it another three years and you may be hard pressed to find a new release on tape. So what happens when your VCR finally breaks? In this PCstats Guide, we'll provide some simple guidelines to converting your old videotapes into video clips that you can store on your computer, or send around to friends and family. Once you have converted your old videotapes into the new digital format, you have several options open to choose from. You can store your flicks on the hard drive indefinitely, or place them on a recordable CD-R/RW for storage."

More information on this guide can be found here.
CES 2006 Home Video Wrap-Up @ Designtechnica
"The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was a tough show this year, with two large convention centers to cover, plus all of the manufacturers' suites in hotels. As always, it was a tiring but exciting show. As I noted in my most recent blog ("Post Partum CES"), the two major themes of the show were 1080p displays in all screen technologies and the looming next-generation optical disk format war. Will this format war play out like Red versus Blue states, or will it be a different scenario? (In case you didn't know, HD DVD's packaging is red, and Blu-ray's is blue. How quaint.) We take a look at the new HD-DVD and Blu-Ray players as well as the newest 1080P TV's."

More information on this article can be found here.
Logitech G5 Laser Gaming Mouse Review @ Overclockers Club
"This is a fine piece of work. From viewing the packaging, I expected this to be a well put-together product, and I was not disappointed. The finish on it is excellent, the appearance is unique with the air-brushed look and the buttons and feet all line up properly (something not found on my normal $5 mice). I like the "on-the-fly" adjustability of the sensitivity. The adjustable weight is a cool gimmick, although I cannot ever imagine being so picky about my mouse that I need to adjust the weight in it. I set it to the maximum weight and left it there, which seemed to give me the best feel. The included software is easy to use, and visually attractive to look at."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GS Review @ Bit-Tech
"It's called the 'halo effect': make a lot of noise about a highly desirable, range-topping product and get customers interested. It doesn't matter than 99% of them go home with a lesser model - there is usually a greater profit margin in the low and mid-range products than the top-of-the-range. Capture their hearts with the 2.0 litre turbo Focus RS and they go home with the 1.4 litre and some free floor matts, happy that their new car looks a bit like the one zooming around snow-laden forests in the World Rally Championship."

More information on this review can be found here.
picoPSU-120 12V DC-DC ATX Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin
"The picoPSU has received a good deal of attention since it was shown off at CES just a few weeks ago. Pictures of the tiny 120W unit have been featured on numerous websites, but what about the performance? Testing revealed that the "world's tiniest 12V DC-DC ATX power supply unit" is no weakling, and that it can provide ample power to keep a Mini-ITX system running reliably."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Phantom 500 500W Silent Power Supply Review @ Hardware-Review
"Antec has created a PSU using a combination of the newest technology combined with technology from eons ago. They have created a series of PSUs with casings that have been molded into a giant aluminum heatsinks. The Phantom 350 has no fan whatsoever and the Phantom 500 uses what Antec calls “Hybrid Fan technology.” According to Antec, these PSUs “generate less noise than a mouse. (A dead one, that is)” As I happen to have a Phantom 500 on my test bench today; let’s see if it lives up to that statement."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Ninja CPU Cooler Review @ Viper lair
"The Scythe Ninja is a solid and good performing cooler that will do the job for all CPUs. You will need to pick up a fan for anything faster than an Athlon 3200+ or P4 3.0 GHz. Those building lower powered HTPC type rigs will want to give this a look so long as your case has a clearance of at least 6 inches."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool STC-01 Thermal Compound Review @ Overclockers Online
"After an interesting battle among the thermal interface gladiators, we have a verdict. Evercool has earned its place in the thermal interface market. Though not the best performer, the Sidewinder STC-01 is hardly a loser. It sports decent performance and could be a good alternative for thermal compounds bundled with coolers such as the Titan Nano Silver. In all, if there is one thing that the Evercool Sidewinder STC-01 represents, it's value. Altogether, it is a solid product with great potential."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech introduces the MCW30 Chipset Water-Block
Signal Hill, CA – Thursday 19, 2006 - Swiftech™ today announced the release of the MCW30 chipset cooler, a low flow restriction water-block for AMD® and Intel® compatible motherboards. “The MCW30 water-block was designed with maximum compatibility in mind” said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech's Chairman. Mr. Rouchon also added “We wanted this product not only to be compatible with as many popular PC platforms as possible, but also to satisfy the largest number of enthusiast users by enabling all common sizes of compatible tubing so that the product can be integrated with just about any liquid cooling system”.

More information on this press release can be found here.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
CoolIT USB Beverage Chiller Review @ The TechZone

"We all know that USB is very versatile and can be used for anything from transferring data to powering a laptop light. However, this is the first time we've seen USB used for keeping your drink cold. The CoolIT USB Beverage Chiller is, as far as we know, the world's first USB powered drink cooler. CoolIT Systems, the makers of the Chiller, claims this is the next must-have computer accessory. With the USB Beverage Chiller at your side, you can keep your beverage chilled and stay at your computer longer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Microsoft Natural Keyboard 4000 Review @ TechFreaks
"When it comes to purchasing a keyboard, especially an ergonomic one, people are looking for comfort. Sure, price and fancy buttons may play a role, but it all falls back to the feel of the keyboard. This is where Microsoft Natural keyboards excel. Naturals have always had, as their name would suggest, a more natural feel over regular keyboards. Microsoft's latest edition to their Natural line, the Natural Elite 4000, takes comfort to an entirely new level."

More information on this review can be found here.
Viliv P1 20gig Portable Media Player Review @ XtremeComputing
"The Viliv P1 is the first portable media player to use Macromedia Flash, files supported are DIVX, XVID, AC3, MPEG1, MPEG2, WMA, AAC, OGG and MP3. There is also a JPG/BMP image viewer with support for 12 megapixel files and a text viewer. Support for Flash movies and games as well as radio and a FM transmitter."

More information on this review can be found here.
SanDisk 1GB miniSD Memory Card Review @ OCModShop
"SanDisk has been a manufacturer of flash cards and portable media for many years. They produce flash memory in every form factor, the latest being mini-SD. There are currently many different form factors, and have reduced in size over the years. They have become pretty standardized, as 6-in-1 and even 8-in-1 card readers are widely available for PCs and laptops. These readers allow access to your flash memory, no matter what type you have. So why introduce a new standard?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Steelpad Steel Sound 5H USB Gaming Headset Review @ Hardware-Review
"Finding a gaming headset for my LAN parties has been especially difficult until I ran across the Steelpad Steel Sound 5H USB gaming headset. I wanted a headset that not only provided awesome performance, but was compactable and well built to handle the rigors of being transported to monthly gaming events. This headset seems to fit the bill nicely by Steelpad’s claims on their website, but to truly get a feel for it we need to test in the field."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swissbit Cirrus WHITE USB 512mb USB Drive Review @ Think Computers
"Swissbit is no stranger to memory products with a complete line of various memory related devices and components. Not long ago I reviewed a couple of Swissbit's other products the miniTwist and the retroALOX USB drives. They were very cool and performed well. Swissbit has introduced another addition to their USB drive line called the cirrusWHITE. I really found no problems with the other Swissbits devices I reviewed, they were pretty much perfect; can Swissbit improve on perfection? Let's find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Z4 2.1 Speakers Review @ CaseModGod
"I have to admit, I've been a headphones man for most of my days as gamer, digital artist, and all-around computer user. I like the closeness of headphones, and I've always believed that a good set of headphones would provide the best of a sense of immersion, due to being able to drown out or completely silence outside noise. So, when the Logitech Z4 2.1 Speaker set arrived for review, I volunteered to write the review not only to see how the product stands up on its own right, as well as how it stacks up against my semi-bias for headphones."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake ToughPower 550W PSU Review @ Moddin.net
"My first review of the year is for a power supply by our friends at Thermaltake and it's their brand new ToughPower 550W. It may not have the snappiest of names but it certainly tells you for what intention they have designed this for power."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Samurai Z CPU Cooler Review @ ExtensiveMods
"Heatsinks have changed dramatically in the last few years, with heatpipe technology coming to the forefront of high performance heatsinks. The focus has shifted slightly, with a large emphasis going towards ease of install, and silence. Lately, more and more mid range heatsinks have also begun to incorporate heatpipes, and today we will see Scythes version of a midrange heatpipe cooling, along with its patented tool free installation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Noctua NH-U9 Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"Right. Well straight away we can all see how impressive this Noctua NH-U9 heatsink is and impressed we are just like you looking at this graph. Especially when it is remembered that the fan is a slow spinning one as well so we were expecting much less from this Noctua NH-U9 cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra X-Finity 600W Power Supply w/ FlexForce Cables Review @ 3DGameman
"A power supply is a vital part of any computer system and that's truer today then it ever was. With computer system's requiring more power, a quality power supply is something you should have. The alternative is a cheap-o unit that might get the job done but will probably fail in a few months or worse, and may end up frying some/all your valuable hardware. To X-Finity and beyond!"

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI X1800 CrossFire Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"While ATI's first generation Crossfire platform proved ATI could offer a dual video card solution to gaming enthusiasts it was based on a core that was dated and had a number of issuses when it came to resolutions. The second generation of Crossfire cards is based on the R520 core, which is still the flagship GPU for ATI and comes packed with the latest features."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thecus YES Box N2100 Review @ Hexus
"Thecus' YES Box N2100 does a lot of things right. It's robust, despite its plastic exterior; it looks good, but keep your grubby hands off; it's easy to setup, both hardware and software; it's easy to use, with multiple ways of getting at your data; and it's fast enough to serve multiple users simultaneously, but a little more performance wouldn't go amiss."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Robela WaterCase (TWC-A88/AS) Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The quality of the finish looks excellent, the radiator cover can pull double duty as a mirror. The front aluminum panel has one of the nicest finishes I’ve seen in a long time. The carrying handles are very sturdy, and have no give to them, you don’t need to worry about breaking it when you pick it up (but those with back problems might have to worry about breaking themselves). On the side of the case with the radiator, the handles are only for lifting off the side panel. The manual specifically warns against lifting the whole case with them. Though that’s mostly because the panel wouldn’t hold up to the weight, not so much the handles."

More information on this review can be found here.
XClio 3060 Plus Mid-Tower Case Review @ System Cooling
"With today’s fast and hot running systems, case cooling is becoming more important every day. Access heat can cause instability in a computer system and can decrease the life span of various important components. Today we will be looking at the XClio 3060 Plus, which looks to end the problem of overheating computers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
WiMax vs WiFi Article @ Techware Labs


"WiMax is designed for building a network infrastructure when the environment or distance is not favorable to a wired network. Also, WiMax is a cheaper and quicker alternative than having to lay wire. Third world countries will greatly benefit from deploying WiMax networks. WiMax can handle virtually all the same protocols Wifi can including VOIP. African countries are now going to start deploying WiMax networks instead of cell phone networks. Disaster zones can also utilize WiMax giving them the ability to distribute crisis information quickly and cheaply."

More information on this article can be found here.
Saitek Eclipse Special Red Edition Illuminated Keyboard Review @ 3DXtreme
"I loved the Eclipse the first time around - I love it even more now. The red backlighting made it easier to see the keys in the dark. The feel and action of the keyboard hasn't changed just the color of the backlight. If you are gaming or just typing in low light situations this keyboard is perfect for that type of usage. I work until 2am so late night gaming and surfing is my primary usage. Once again we award Saitek with the Editor's Choice Award on making the best better."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hawking Technologies HBB1 Broadband Booster Review @ Futurelooks
"I'll admit that I measure the quality of my networking equipment by whether or not it works when I plug it in. If it does, then great! If it doesn't, then BAD networking equipment! However, with the type of traffic networks route these days, simply "Doing the Job" just isn't good enough anymore. It wasn't until I was setup with the Hawking HBB1, did I realize just how nasty my router was."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ideazon ZBoard Customizable Gaming Keyboard Review @ Tweaknews
"Ideazon has a great idea here, and one that has held up well since its introduction. The Gaming Keyset supports a surprisingly large number of games, and keymaps are easily accessible from the menu. Well over 50 games are supported, including not only oldies-but-goodies such as Leisure Suit Larry, but also new titles such as F.E.A.R."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Liberty 400W High Efficiency Power Supply Review @ System Cooling
"The Enermax Liberty power supply is a high efficiency unit rated for 400 watts combined load and features a single 120mm cooling fan with automatic speed control, dual +12V outputs, active power factor correction, and modular peripheral device cables."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra X-Connect X2 550W Power Supply w/ FlexForce Modular Cables Review @ 3DGameman
"There are many power supplies on the market and for the most part they are all following the same mold and design, except for a few cosmetic differences. This is not the case with this product. The looks will first grab you, and then the very cool FlexForce thin modular cables will hook you! I can't say enough good things about these cables, I think they are fantastic."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Thermalright V-1 Ultra VGA Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers
"Thermalright is well known in overclocking and enthusiast circles. The name Thermalright or the name of one of its products always comes up when someone asks for a CPU cooler recommendation. Thermalright recently came out with the V-1 VGA cooler, and it got rave reviews in the hardware community. Now Thermalright has tried to improve on that success with the introduction of the V-1 Ultra VGA cooler. Today I have it for review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman VF700-Cu LED Review @ PureOverclock
"The build quality is simply first rate. The base is lapped to a fine finish and there simply isn’t a rough edge in site. If you like aesthetics, this is the cooler for you. If you think of Arctic Cooling’s approach, this is the opposite. Finesse is the name of the game here."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix Tracer Memory Quick Review @ AMDGamer
"We were very pleased to receive this memory kit from Crucial Technology for review. We'll put it through some quick tests and measurements and see how well it performs under various situations. Crucial entered the enthusiast and gamer arena with their Ballistix line of DDR memory, with flashing LED's and the promise of excellent performance, these chips should please both case modders and serious gamers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair 4000PT 2GB DDR500 Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ Futurelooks
"These days it seems that games are the only cause for pushing hardware specs in the consumer arena. Which Joe Regular would really need more than just 512MB of generic memory or memory with heat spreaders? Gamers demand the best frame rates, the highest speeds, and of course: Total stability. Today, we're taking a look at Corsair's matched XMS4000PT (platinum) pair of 1GB memory modules guaranteed to operate at 250MHz (or DDR500)."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS EAX1800XT TOP Review @ Hexus
"The EAX1800XT TOP is a fast, quiet graphics card with a great bundle, but ASUS are pricing it out of its own market with it costing £100 more than XTs from other AIBs. The bundle and performance aren't worth it at the time of writing, versus the cost of a bare board with reference clocks from another AIB, with the user having a stab at overclocking themselves if they wish."

More information on this preview can be found here.
NVIDIA 7300 GS Preview @ Viper Lair
"As with all of the GeForce 7 Series GPUs, the GeForce 7300 GS features PureVideo which will provide very good image quality at the targeted price-point. Therefore, builders of HTPCs can look into this product since it will accelerate MPEG-2 in hardware, as well as Windows Media HD Video (WMV HD). The GPU offloads video decoding from the CPU and should provide smoother video playback and lower CPU usage."

More information on this preview can be found here.
NVIDIA Intel SLI XE Primer @ Bit-Tech
"XE is an updated version of the original SLI chipset, and is designed to occupy the mid-range of Intel SLI systems. Between the nForce 4 Ultra (entry-level), the nForce 4 SLI XE (mid-range)and the nForce 4 SLI X16 (high-end), NVIDIA aims to have all tiers of Intel systems covered. The idea is that if a system builder is putting together a new range of systems for customers, it could feasibly use NVIDIA motherboards top to bottom."

More information on this article can be found here.
VIA VT310-DP Mini-ITX Dual Processor Motherboard Review @ Epiacenter
"The VIA VT-310DP is the latest in VIA's growing line of highly acclaimed Mini-ITX mainboards and introduces dual processing power and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity to the Mini-ITX form factor for the first time. Combined with the VIA CN400 digital media chipset, the VIA VT310 DP enables the development of a wealth of high density, low power consumption, fanless, and embedded applications to be implemented in small form factor or node farm configurations with extensive processing resources."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus A8N-VM CSM Motherboard Review @ TrustedReviews
"Although the GeForce 6150 and nForce 430 chipsets for AMD processors launched late last year it has taken the board manufacturers a little while to get retail products out on the market. Part of this was because of some early issues with the platform, but these all seem to have been resolved by now. The first board to arrive here at TrustedReviews is the Asus A8N-VM CSM. This is a micro-ATX board, which gives you an idea about the intended market for this board."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal Motherboard Review @ Bjorn3D
"Rare jewels (diamond), precious metals (platinum), positions of distinction (royal) all of these are common themes used by manufacturers to distinguish its flagship products from the rest of the pack. For Gigabyte, the theme is royalty, and the board to most recently grace our labs is the GA-8I955X Royal."

More information on this review can be found here.
All Turion 64 Models @ Hardware Secrets
"Released to be Pentium M’s main competitor, Turion 64 from AMD is a low voltage CPU targeted to the mobile market. In this tutorial we will explain what are the main differences between Turion 64 and Athlon 64 Mobile and also a table listing all Turion 64 CPUs released so far."

More information on this article can be found here.
NZXT Lexa Case Review @ DV Hardware
"DV Hardware has reviewed the Lexa case from NZXT. This is a solid mid-tower aluminum case - it's black, with a faux brushed metal finish on the front. The case includes four fans, a 120mm in the front, a 120mm blue LED fan in the rear, another 120mm blue LED fan in the side panel and a 80mm exhaust fan on top. The case has 11 drive bays and features a screwless rail design, just like many other modern cases do."

More information on this review can be found here.
Opteron 165 Upgrade to X2 @ Madshrimps
"Last year I had the pleasure in getting my first taste of Upgrade to A64-Venice 3000+. The high overclock headroom and ease of thermal output plus the low price made the Venice 3000+ a terrific buy. So much buzz on the Opteron Dual Core S939 since November last year; I was hoping I would get the same result my Venice delivers."

More information on this article can be found here.
Antec P180 Computer Case Review @ XYZ Computing
"The Antec P180 ended up having the specs and pricetag I wanted, all in a package that was hailed as a nearly silent PC case. Even more importantly I’ve been in love with the functionality of Antec for years, but this is the first case whose looks actually made me turn my head. In doing my background research it all seemed overwhelmingly positive except for a few dissenters grumbling about the necessary power supply cable length and flimsy front panels. The semi-minimalist look suited my needs exactly, but the case would be tried and tested based upon the noise it produced- my studio apartment is the epitome of close quarters."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Sunbeam LED Case Feet Review @ GideonTech
"My old Antec aluminum case has been with same old case lighting mods for a while now. I decided to get a few things from Xoxide and in the process I picked up the case chassis feet from Sunbeam. I've always had good experience with the affordable Sunbeam products. Let's see how these things light up."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corepad Magna Glass Mouse Pad Review @ The TechZone
"The Corepad Magna can be purchased for as low as $23.99 over at Newegg. Upon opening the box, you will find the Corepad Magna (Grey), a rubber base, and Corepad Skatez (a strip of teflon tape). In addition to these items, the Corepad manufacturers were kind enough to send over 4 sets of the pro version of the Skatez (not included in retail product). These are custom cut feet that will replace the existing mouse feet. Each set is specifically cut for a particular mouse. The mice supported are: Logitech MX500, MX510, MX518, MX700, MX900, Logitech G5 & G7, Logitech MX1000, and the Razer Diamondback."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec NeoHE 430 Watt Review @ Overclockers Online
"Antec has once again lived up to its reputation by delivering an excellent product that performs as expected. The voltages are bang on and the noise is non-existent. While modular power supplies aren't the most popular scheme around if you intend on using all of your cables, it's great for those looking to get into the HTPC and small form factor cases where space is a premium. It is also an easy way to buy a power supply with all the cables sleeved for a nice and tidy appearance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec NeoHE 550 Watt Review @ Driver Heaven
"The Neo HE we have here for testing for example is rated for 550W peak output at 50C ambient temperature. If the air surrounding it is cooler, it is able to provide more power than 550W. Or if you like, it will always be able to provide 550W while mounted in most computer cases, unlike most cheap power supply units."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire X1800XT Review @ HardAvenue
"In case you are unaware, Sapphire have been long term ATI supporters with their videocards; as far back as the ATI RAGE days (*shudder*). In fact, you will probably be hard pressed to find another videocard vendor who have been devoted to one chip maker for so long - you won't find any ASUS/Gigabyte style mixed Nvidia and ATI product ranges here - Sapphire are all about ATI."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seagate Momentus 5400.3 - 2.5" Perpendicular Recording Launch @ BigBruin
"The future of perpendicular recording hard drives looks to be very interesting, and Seagate is ready to show off their first entry into the market with the release of the Momentus 5400.3 line of drives. Higher capacities, greater shock tolerance, and greater reliability are the key features in my opinion, but this new technology offers far more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Inno3D GeForce 6600 DDR2 Review @ AusFX
"The Inno3D GeForce 6600 DDR2 will set you back about $200 AUD and for its price, its worth every cent of the gaming goodness you will obtain from owning it. The benchmarks show that this card performs great even in the latest benchmarks and games, however, if you are a hardcore gamer that likes to crank every setting to the max at 1600 x 1200 you may want to buy a higher-end model."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI RD480 Motherboard Review @ Pro-Clockers
"MSI is one of those companies that has and will always have a place in the gaming and enthusiast’s community. Time and time again they have released a great product, whether it is a motherboard or a video card. Today, we take a look at their newest motherboard, which is based in the ATI XFire chipset, the RD480-FI."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS P5ND2-SLI Deluxe Review @ techFEAR
"In our first look at the ASUS P5ND2-SLI Deluxe, we didn’t have any problems during the usability phase of our evaluation. As a value-add to our readers, we use video cards based on chipsets from both NVIDIA and ATI. We exclusively used NVIDIA during our initial evaluation then used an ATI-based card for the 30-day Test Drive. This gave us a broader perspective with respect to board compatibility."

More information on this review can be found here.
MESH Titan X1800 FIRE System Review @ Hexus
"MESH, purveyors of PCs for nearly 20 years now, has opted to showcase the talents of CrossFire with its Titan X1800 FIRE system. Utilising two high-end ATI Radeon X1800 XT 512MB cards in tandem, the system promises to spectacularly fast in 3D applications."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerocool introduces the ExtremEngine 3T Case @ Madshrimps
"A 250mm side panel is the eye catcher on this new case from Aerocool, it also features a 140mm intake fan and room for an additional 120mm outtake."

The cooling on this case is absolutely insane. More information on this preview can be found here.
Techsolo TT-15 Gehäuse Case Review @ Technic3D
"The TT-15 Case has a throughout elegant appearance and adapts the provided accessories such as keyboard, mouse and 2.0 stereo boxes in red color."

This review is in German so use a translator like Babelfish. More information on this review can be found here.
Evesham Technology SilverEDGE 300NH Server Review @ TrustedReviews
"Intel has traditionally offered a wide range of ‘white box’ server solutions and one of its biggest fans has always been Evesham Technology. The latest SilverEDGE 300NH represents a slight departure from this philosophy as although it uses Intel’s entry level Server Board SE7230NH1-E, Evesham has opted for an Enlight SR5032 chassis instead of Intel’s SC5295UP. The 300NH comes equipped with a Pentium D processor, which is proving to be a top choice for this type of application. It offers small businesses that are looking for their first server more than enough power for basic file and print sharing and email and web services but doesn’t incur the premium commanded by dual Xeon servers."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalTake Eclipse DV VC6000 Case Review @ DVHardware
"DV Hardware has taken a look at the Eclipse DV VC6000 mid-tower case from ThermalTake. The special things about this cases are the integrated DVD combo drive and the LED sound indicator. Both are integrated into the front bezel, making it quite heavy but it looks kinda cool as you can see your CD and DVD disks spinning."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Stacker 830 Case Review @ PimpRig
"Right away there were a few things about this case that I liked. The thing has a solid aluminum exterior, including the front door. The mesh that covers the front of the case is very similar to car speaker covers and seem to provide adequate protection while still allowing good airflow. There are a pair of front panels, both accessible without having to open the door. The first is on the top front of the case and consists of a pair of USB ports, a mic in, a speaker out, and a IEEE-1394 port."

More information on this review can be found here.
Polywell MiniBox 939NP Media Center PC Review @ Viper Lair
"Pre-built systems can ease your pain in several ways. To begin with, they all come with warranties, so if something fails, you can just get it fixed. Everything has been pre-tested, so there's no guess work into trying to make things work. Finally, due to the sheer volume of purchasing, it is actually possible to save money to buy pre-built rather than doing it yourself."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, January 16, 2006
Computer Power User (CPU) Magazine Giveaway @ CaseModGod
"CaseModGod and Computer Power User (CPU) magazine are giving away three 1 yr subscriptions plus 5 issues of the PC Modder reference series magazine. The three 1-year subscriptions will be given away one a week for 3 weeks. The five issues of the PC Modder reference series magazine will be given out at random to our forum members only."

More information on this giveaway can be found here.
M-Audio Studiophile LX4 2.1 Speaker System Review @ Tweaknews
"M-Audio set out to make an affordable, all-in-one sound solution for the home studio user, who also likes to watch movies. With the LX-4, I think they reached their goal. While not cheap ($350 MSRP for the 2.1 set, and an additional $200 for the surround expander kit), the sound they produce well makes up for the price. And, while they're lacking in some amenities, such as a control pod, what you get in return is pristine sound reproduction."

More information on this review can be found here.
HP LP2065 LCD Monitor Review @ Designtechnica
"Business class never had it so good thanks to HP's new flagship 20.1-inch LCD the LP2065. Let's face it, a wide-screen display is nice, but not every situation calls for one. And in the business space there are plenty of reasons why a 20.1-inch LCD fits the bill. The LP2065 is unarguably one of the better LCD's out there when it comes to choosing a new monitor for your company; oh let us count thy ways. Gamers might want to take a look at the LP2065 too, especially if you have a thing for HP monitors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Black Remote Multifunction Panel @ Pro-Clockers
"Logisys is notorious for making things that one make life with your pc easier and two to make your case look damn cool. The product we are about to review is a little of both. First, it enlightens the visual of the front facial of the case. And second, it makes turning the pc off and on a little bit fun. It’s the Logisys Remote Multifunction Panel."

More information on this review can be found here.
TherMax Tech XFlux-GA Thermal Compound Review @ OCModShop
"Thermal compound is used to fill these microscopic gaps with a material that conducts heat, but is pliable enough to fit in all the nooks-and-crannies, creating a complete physical surface that heat can pass through. Over the past few years there have been several different thermal paste technologies, each of them trying to efficiently transfer heat away from the processor. One of the best electrically conductive metals is silver followed slightly by copper.

Because silver is the highest electrical and thermal conductor, manufacturers have used it as the magic ingredient in high-performance thermal compounds. Silver, as we all know, is expensive, and so are compounds based on silver. More advanced forumulas exist, as the current King of Thermal Compounds (Arctic Silver Ceramique) contains no silver at all. There is still room for inovation and competition on the thermal battlefield, and one of the newest heirs to the Throne is TherMax Tech's XFlux-GA Thermal Compound."

More information on this review can be found here.
TTIC NPH WB K8-1 CPU Water Block Review @ Madshrimps
"The overall build quality is very high, I could spot no sharp edges and the heat column is very smooth. The K8 version we received also contains a custom bracket, mounting screws and a small bag of thermal compound."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman FS-V7 "Fatal1ty" Video Card Cooler Review @ hardCOREware
"The Fatal1ty brand is going strong with Creative, with their awesome X-Fi soundcards. However things aren't so peachy over at Abit, whose sales have dropped 96% in the last year since introducing "Fatal1ty" brand motherboards and video cards. Zalman bought into the brand last year as well, but products didn't start showing up until recently. Today we're reviewing one of those - a video card cooler by the name of "FS-V7 Fatal1ty". It looks to be nothing more than their regular VF700 cooler with a red paint job and higher fan speed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Bigwater 735 Water Cooling Kit Review @ XtremeComputing
"The water block is impressive. It is quite heavy, having a solid copper base and chunky 3/8” barbs. The clear top looks really good, and there are blue LED’s powered by the fan connector on a motherboard fan-header. The base is round to accommodate any BTX form-factor motherboards that come out. It is very flat, and I can see that this is a quality CPU block. This is one of the changes from the original Bigwater kit, the CPU block supports all current CPU’s."

More information on this review can be found here.
Project Opteron Negative 146 @ PimpRig
"I along with the help from two fellow pimps alpha754293 and PhLaKz'R will be making a dry ice container to cool my cpu to some frigid temps. Some of you have seen phase change units and may ask why not use one of those. The reason I decided on a dry ice container rather than phase change is because of cost, power consumption, and cooling ability. Dry Ice can get the cpu colder than most single stage phase change units for a fraction of the price of a phase. Also if at a later date I decided I need to get it colder I could use LN2 (Liquid Nitrogen) which is -192C. That is colder than any cascade I have seen to date. I expect temps to be some where in the -40C to -60C range."

More information on this project can be found here.

PimpRig's The Best of 2005

"2005 was certainly an interesting year on the PC technology front. We were introduced to dual core CPUs, next-gen graphics cards (doesn't this happen every year, though?), plus the mainstreaming of SFF PC's and water cooling. Apple even announced it will soon run on an Intel based platform? Yup, just as I thought -12C. This article will outline some of the best hardware to cross our test benches as well as some other subjects of note from 2005. So take a peek at what you missed, or relive what you took advantage of, in 2005."

More information on this article can be found here.
An Introduction to Cooler Master's BTX Form Factor Cases @ BTXFormFactor
"Since its release very few manufacturers have taken advantage of BTX and a majority of the newly released chassis designs still cater to the ATX format. Cooler Master has developed a significant reputation in the consumer market by providing a wide selection of cases that cover desktop and full tower case requirements. Here they come, the Cooler Master BTX family: Centurion B540, Centurion B541, CM Media BTX-B260, and CM Stacker 820."

More information on this review can be found here.
Eclipse DV VC6000BWA Case with DVD Combo Drive Review @ HardwareXL

"Thermaltake started its core business based on their extensive knowledge of PC thermal management during the era where the area of performance CPU cooling was only exclusive for "overclockers" or PC enthusiasts. With the company's initial launch of Orb coolers, it created waves of shocks and appraisals throughout the gaming and overclocking communities. Thermaltake quickly became the name gamers turn to when they need high-end and reliable thermal solutions. Today I'm taking a closer look at the Eclipse DV VC6000BWA with black side window panel. The Eclipse DV also features a internal DVD combo drive, which makes this case a real eyecatcher."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASYS Freedom Case Review @ Techgage
"ASYS is a newcomer in the computer tower market, but their Freedom case is a great way to make a name for themselves. It's packed with functionality and very well built. Let's take a look and see if it has what it takes to battle with the big boys."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nikao Dragonfire PC Case Review @ Ap0calypse
"In this review we will take a look at the Dragonfire pre-mod PC case from NIKAO. NIKAO specializes in selling stylish and fashionable computer cases for the home and office environment. The Dragonfire definitely does not look like your average computer case. During this review we will look at the performance and ease of use of the case, and also see if there is anything else special about the Dragonfire."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Ideazon Zboard Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Ideazon make one product; the Zboard. It’s a gaming keyboard aimed at FPS players looking for the best way to interface their fingers to their PC. Zboard pioneered the remapped keyboard design, but how well does it actually perform?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro Review @ VelocityReviews
"Amazingly AC has built all the heat pipes in as well as the 50 fins, and kept it below 600g, at an astonishing 528 grams. What impressed me was the rubber silencers which hold the fan, they also dampen the sound which can be useful for all those silence people. It helps the cooler sound like a dead fly."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston Hyper-X PC4300 CL3 1GB Kit Review @ CACHE-Community
"For many years now Kingston have been market leaders in the
computer memory sector. But now with more and more overclockers and speed-freaks than ever before, there is a serious demand for super fast, high performance quality memory. Today, I'll be looking at Kingston's Hyper-X PC4300 (DDR533) 1GB Dual channel kit, which is currently the fastest kit they offer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte Radeon X1800 XL 256MB Review @ HardwareZoom
"Overclockers will be delighted that the R520 is highly overclockable, thanks to the 1.4ns Samsung GDDR3 that is capable of 1400Mhz. We manage to overclock the core speed by 9%, from 500Mhz to 545Mhz. At the same time, the memory was overclocked by 33%, from 990Mhz to 1314Mhz with rock stability! However with a single slot design, heat may trap around the card if there isn't proper ventilation."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS Extreme Dual N7800GT Review @ TrustedReviews
"Noise then, is one of the benefits of this quite simply gargantuan card from Asus. It’s quite massive, measuring 245 x 130mm, so you’d better be sure you can fit it into your case before considering it. It’s this large because of the large heatsink and fan and extra power requirements from the two 7800 GT GPUs that Asus had mounted onto the PCB. Of course it’s not a new idea. 3Dfx did it ‘Back-in-the-day’ in 2001 with its ill-fated Voodoo 5 5500 sporting dual VSA-100 chips, ATI flirted with it with its Rage Fury Maxx and recently Gigabyte reinvigorated the genre with its 3D1, which featured two GeForce 6600GTs."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR2 PC2-4200 Gold Gamer eXtreme XTC Edition Memory Review @ 3DGameman
"DDR2 Memory has been on the market now for some time now and manufacturers like OCZ are tightening the memory timings. With a memory timing of 4-4-4-12 at 533MHz DDR2 it does perform very well. It even has some headroom in the overclocking department if you lower the memory timings and increase memory voltage. Remember though, there is much faster but pricy memory on the market."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Partner RC410MS7-A82C Motherboard Review @ Phoronix
"PC Partner is a relative new comer to Phoronix but they have over 20 years experience in the industry with ISO9001 certification. PC Partner's focus is on providing graphics and motherboard solutions to the PC industry as well as offering OEM/ODM products. Hitting the bench today is PC Partner's RC410MS7-A82C, which is based upon the ATI RC410 + SB450 Chipset. However, do not put this item on your shopping list, as we share in the article, the retail motherboard will NOT be available for purchase by the general public due to recent corporate changes."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tt Bach HTPC Case Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"With everything connected and powered up, the Bach walks that thin line between being conservative and being gaudy very well. The blue LED effects are visible but not overpowering. The VFD with the software installed allows the VFD to cycle through world news, weather, system usage, e-mail alerts and quite a bit more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 Motherboard Review @ Overclockers Online
What else is left to say? I think this is seriously the best Intel motherboard I've used in years now. I think a lot of the benefit comes from nVidia's nForce4 chipset, but if you've ever used any variant of nVidia's chipsets you'll feel very comfortable knowing that the same quality and direction towards the enthusiast is still there."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Stacker CM 830 Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"Always striving for perfection, Cooler Master has released a new model in their Stacker line of PC chassis'. The CM Stacker 830 represents a revolutionary leap in innovation and style, making a bold and fresh departure from the more traditional case styles that all seem to be the same design rehashed over and over. Cooler Master has created what looks like something from the realm of science fiction, the smooth brushed aluminum panels combined with large black mesh grills give the Stacker 830 a clean and futuristic feel."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, January 13, 2006
Razer Mantis Control Mouse Pad Review @ Hardware-Review


"In today’s world of PC gaming there, are many peripherals out there that make statements on how they’re going to improve your game play and make you a fragging machine. Today, we have the Razer Mantis Control mouse pad and we're going to take it for a spin to see if it really does make a difference between fragging or being fragged."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saitek Pro Gamer Command Unit Review @ XtremeComputing
"As you already know the pro gamer Command Pad come with three different modes Blue, Green and Red these allow you to have three different key configurations available at the flick of switch. I think Saitek developed with different game modes in mind, but I have been using this to allow me to buy weapons in Counter Strike Source."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Value PC3200 1GB Memory Kit Review @ 3DXtreme
"Today 3DXtreme has the great pleasure of reviewing a memory product from Crucial in their value lineup, a 1GB kit of PC3200. Crucial has always been among the leaders in the memory business and it’s always nice to have a full range of products from the enthusiast to the budget minded individual. Our review kit takes a little bit of a turn from the typical memory module design than most people are used to. Let’s see how well they do against some other value modules out there."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake ToughPower 550W PSU Review @ techPowerUp
"The Thermaltake ToughPower offers 550 watts to satisfy all your power needs. Two 6-pin PCI-Express connectors are available for SLI or Crossfire. On top of that you have four SATA and eight 5.25" connector. Two independent 12V rails can supply a total of 38A. During our testing we saw impressive voltage stability and very small ripple."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 Review @ TechwareLabs
"Today, once again we take a look at one of the biggest hard drives currently out there, the Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 500GB. The model is the ST3500641AS, it is a Serial ATA II drive with 16MB of cache, 7200 RPM, four 125GB platters, 8.5ms seek time, and of course, Native Command Queuing. If you are still unaware of what NCQ is exactly we will go over it briefly on the next page. Otherwise, you can skip to page three and let's get going and take a look at this mammoth of a drive."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASRock 775XFIRE-ESATA2 Motherboard Review @ pyroCPU
"This upcoming CrossFire motherboard is going to be dubbed the 775XFIRE-ESATA2. While we have yet to see an official specifications sheet for this Intel LGA-775 motherboard, it will feature SATA2 support and will perhaps be powered by one of ATI's recent Intel RADEON Xpress 200 CrossFire solutions."

More information on this review can be found here.
XSPC LCD Display Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Dual screens are now almost common place in the gaming world due to graphics cards having two outputs; each screen having millions of pixels always doing exactly what you tell them. It’s strange to think that a display capable of displaying a mere 20x4 characters is so appealing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gaming Notebook Roundup @ TrustedReviews
"The chassis is designed as being a desktop replacement, with gamers in mind due to its onboard GeForce GO 7800 GTX graphics. This is almost identical to the desktop part, with a complete 24 pipeline architecture and all the other features such as Pixel Shader 3.0. The clock speeds are slightly lower, but that is to be expected considering the size of the cooler on the desktop part.

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeamtech Silent Storm ATX Case Review @ Bigbruin
"If you are looking for a case that is not meant to be seen or heard, the Sunbeamtech Silent Storm is a great option! It has a very plain look to it, but has the added benefit of being silent, while keeping your gear cool. The extra fan bracket will give you an extra 120mm fan inside your case to help improve airflow and your case temperatures, without increasing the noise level."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec NexStar3 Enclosure Review @ Techgage
"We all know that keeping our components cool is the best way to prolong their life, and our Hard Drives are certainly no different. Vantec is offering us a great looking solution for our external drives that grants us great speed and enough class to satisfy anyone."

More information on this review can be found here.
VoyeurMods PC Ice Coolant Review @ GruntvillE
"Previously you could find water-replacements and add-ins that would help with lubrication or corrosion, or even cooling. However, many of them are conductive, meaning that a leak in a system with them is just as dangerous as one in a pure water system. Needless to say I was very interested to see if the PC Ice lived up to these claims."

More information on this review can be found here.
How To Correctly Apply Thermal Grease @ Hardware Secrets
"With processors working at higher and higher clock speeds, a certain concern with thermal dissipation is necessary, because the higher the clock used, the higher the heat produced. To give you an idea, a 486DX2-66 dissipated something between 3 and 6 W, while a modern Pentium 4 processor with 3.8 GHz dissipates 115 W! In case you don’t adopt a thermal solution compatible with the specific model of processor you use in your system, several problems can appear, such as random resets, freezes, reduction of processor lifespan, and it can even make the CPU burn, in extreme cases."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Tt Bigwater 745 H2O Kit Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"This kit also includes the Water Block, a very powerful pump, reservoir and a 500cc container of coolant. The crowning glory of this system is the three 120mm fan and radiators at your disposal. One is a 120mm fan/radiator setup while the other is a full 240mm dual 120 fan/radiator unit. The smaller of these two will mount internally at your exhaust vent with its mounting holes for 80, 90 or 120mm. The other, the 240mm fan and radiator, is designed to sit internal on the floor of your case or external of your case with two legs that can be attached to it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Thermaltake Blue ORB II Review @ Overclockers Online
"The Blue Orb II is a spectacular heatsink. It managed to give the Thermalright XP-120 some tough competition and, in some cases, even performed better! Though the heatsink is not exactly quiet, it is bearable and most of the noise is the swooshing of air. Not only does this heatsink perform well, it also looks great! It is the Blue fins, and not obtrusive LED fan that makes the heatsink stand out! Overall, this heatsink is truly remarkable and is priced much lower than its competitors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Blue ORB II Review @ Madshrimps
"Thermaltake revolutionized the PC-market with their original ORB back in early 2000, today we test a reincarnated Blue ORB version barring little resemblance to its former self."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon X2 Stock CPU Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers
"Stock coolers that come with CPU's, most people that want to push their systems don't even install them. When they bought their setups they also made sure they got an after market CPU cooler as well. I was moving some stuff around in my attic trying to find something and came across the box for my AMD Athlon X2 4200+ CPU, I had forgotten that the original CPU cooler was in there. I opened up the box and was looking closer at the stock CPU cooler, it is a big boy. I never installed it, when I bought my system I also purchased a Zalman CPU cooler to use, because I knew I was going to be pushing my system. Anyway, I decided to see just what the stock cooler could do."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sennheiser PC 160 Gaming Headset Review @ Designtechnica
"There are a number of gaming headphone options with integrated microphones. So, what happens when a high end, audiophile headphone manufacturer throws their best into the ring? The Sennheiser PC160, while exhibiting the same build quality we've come to love from Sennheiser, was slightly lacking in sound quality, but a good overall performer."

More information on this review can be found here.
IceMat Siberia MultiHeadset Review @ OzCaseMods
"Sound, being an integral part of gaming, deserves good quality devices to be played through. The choice of most gamers is headphones since most LANs won’t let you bring a 7.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound Speaker set. Most who have speakers wouldn‘t even have 7.1 Dolby anyway. But now you can and you don’t even need speakers!! The IceMat Siberia HeadPhones with USB Soundcard feature 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound! They’re great for gaming and have a few awesome little features."

More information on this review can be found here.
ViewSonic 19" VX924 LCD Monitor Review @ UKGamer
"In styling terms the VX924 is sleek and simple if a little unspectacular. Primarily black in colour it has a silver accent around the outside edge of the screen bezel extending down behind the control buttons. The overall quality is good despite the heavy use of plastics and it certainly feels capable of handling the daily rigours of regular use."

More information on this review can be found here.
Acer AL2416WS 24in LCD Monitor Review @ TrustedReviews
"Last year, we looked at both 26in and 32in LCD TVs from Acer, but this is the first Acer LCD monitor to appear in our labs since this 19in monitor. The AL2416WS has a diagonal viewing area of 24in making it one of the big boys in the monitor arena, competing in particular with the Dell 24in panel, though that in itself has now been put in the shade by Dells’ 30in screen. But with a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 there are still plenty of pixels to be getting excited about on this screen."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC4000EB 2GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ OCPrices
"Until recently, those looking for the best memory performance out of their Athlon64 systems were best served with 2 or 4 sticks of 512mb of memory, rather than 2 sticks of 1GB memory because of slow timings and poor overclocking performance of large DIMMs. Today I have on the bench OCZ’s PC4000EB 2x1GB dual channel kit, which promises much improved performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Laureate USB 2.0 Series 5.25" Optical Drive Enclosure Review @ PimpRig
"The Laureate has to have both the power cord, and the USB plugged in for it to function. The power cord measures close to 10.5', and USB cable is 6.5', which is ample length. The look is very streamlined and clean once all setup. Simply plugging in the USB to my PC and turning on the enclosures power button, WinXP detected the new device and I was ready to move along."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TWINX-2048 3500LL PRO Memory Review @ Viperlair
"Depending on your setup, this kit may or may not be for you. Certainly, the TWINX-2048 3500LL PRO is a quality part that ran rock solid throughout testing, and for those of you stuck at the 230FSB hump, we think this is one of the best choices you can make simply because of the large capacity and speed."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X1800XT OC DL-DVI VIVO 512MB PCIe Video Card Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This is one heck of a Video Card. As a matter of fact, it's one of the fastest Video Cards on the market. Being based on the ATI R520 chip, with a core speed of 700MHz, and a memory speed of 1600MHz, it's easy to see why. It's a product that will most definitely appeal to the hardcore gamer. Get one and start kickin' ass!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
ARMARI Pantheon-FX Review @ Hexus
"The Armari Pantheon FX system is a decidedly niche product. It's designed to appeal to those of you with a large wedge of cash to spend on a PC, yet don't want to splash it on some run-of-the-mill affair. Armari has taken the step of engineering a gaming machine with some of the tastiest components available at the start of 2006 and amalgamated them into a sexy-looking small form-factor unit sourced from the folks at SilverStone. It's clear from the choice of components that performance is of foremost concern."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus A8R-MVP CrossFire Motherboard Review @ TrustedReviews
"Rather than using a small PCB in a slot on the board to change between single and dual card mode, the A8R-MVP uses a small piece of PCB that slots in to the top slot. This disables this slot and transfers the bandwidth to the lower slot to make this a full x16 slot. It’s a simple solution but it works well. The downside is that you can’t use the slot at all in single card mode, something most SLI boards allows you to at reduced bandwidth."

More information on this review can be found here.
CES 2006 CoolerMaster, MSI, and Zalman @ XYZ Computing
"In more exciting coverage of CES 2006 we go over the new products on the way from MSI, CoolerMaster, and Zalman. The highlights of this article include a solar powered notebook computer, a new WaveMaster case, and fan for Zalman's Reserator Watercooling System, a new CPU cooler from Zalman, and pictures of Zalman's new Fatal1ty case. Stop by for complete CES coverage and lots of pictures of what new products are coming in 2006!"

More information on this preview can be found here.
Newance Triplecone Case Review @ DH
"For most home users, when it comes on deciding which high end computer case to buy, the greatest factor is most probably not the efficiency of the case but the innovation of its design. Today I have a pretty strange looking case for review from Newance, a new found company which is a subsidiary of the large German company Listan, the Triplecone. The Triplecone is not only a large and very well built case, but its design can even confuse many unwary eyes, as many people will confuse it for a large speaker."

More information on this review can be found here.
SFFs of CES Preview @ SFFTech
"Probably the most exciting announcement by Shuttle CES is the one we say the least about. Many of you saw the Shuttle ad which portrayed a hand holding a tiny XPC box. Yes, we were shown the new "tiny" XPC from Shuttle. Unfortunately, Shuttle has asked us to say very little about it at this point. But I will say that this new box will obviously be small, economical, performance minded, and of course the traditional XPC charm that we've come to love."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
hardCOREware visits International CES 2006 @ hardCOREware
This year it was just one of the HCW crew visiting CES in Las Vegas. In the end, it looks like we should have had a couple more down there, because this year's CES was the biggest in history. We did get to look at some interesting products that may have been left in the shadow of the Dell product announcement, etc."

More information on this article can be found here.
CES 2006 - How To Get Free Stuff @ The TechZone
"Yes it's true. Everything shown in the above photo was given to me for free! Some of the more noteworthy free stuff includes 1GB of OCZ RAM, an Ultra computer tool kit, CES laptop roller bags and two Sony PSP game consoles. And these are just the stuff that I haul back home with me. Bigger free stuff is being mailed. There is a good chance that if you attended the CES you won't make off with as much free stuff as I did. This could be because you don't know the art of getting free stuff. Well, you're in luck because I'm going to give you the step by step to getting tons of free stuff at CES, or any other trade show for that matter."

More information on this article can be found here.
The World's Tiniest Power Supply @ XYZ Computing

"Every year the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is sure to produce a few interesting products. Many companies wait for CES to unveil their new toys but also with all those companies displaying items it is impossible not to see things which you have not seen before. For me, one such item was the picoPSU, what turned out to be the smallest 12V snap-in ATX DC-to-DC power supply ever."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Saitek Eclipse Keyboard Review @ Hardware-Review
"There are more lighted keyboards than you can shake a stick at theses days and companies are running out of ways to make theirs stand out from the rest. Saitek took their Eclipse gaming keyboard a step further by laser etching each key so that the light will shine through the letter as well as around the keys. Let’s take a look at this innovative product and see what makes it shine brighter than the rest."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake ToughPower 550w PSU Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Keeping it simple is always a good plan. Thermaltake has done this with the ToughPower 550w PSU. Bringing features to the table that would please anyone while keeping the extras to a minimum (ergo price) Thermaltake appears to have a product on their hands that makes everyone happy from a perspective of raw power, usable features and near silent operation."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI NF4 SLI Infinity Motherboard Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Everyone knows that DFi is the king of the hill when it comes to AMD 64 overclocking. There is no other motherboard out there that offers you the controls over the voltages and timings. When DFi brought the LanParty line of boards to the market, it offered all the goodies that would make the inside of your case look as good as it would run. But some of us enthusiasts don't need all that added flare, so DFI gave us the Infinity line."

More information on this review can be found here.
HighSpeed PC Tech Station Large Review @ techPowerUp
"If you are an enthusiast who is always playing with hardware, constantly swapping components, the HighSpeedPC Tech Station might be for you. We test the large version which offers plenty of space to add serious watercooling or even more exotic stuff. During our review we check if it's easy enough to put together and we also put a system inside the Tech Station to see if it can live up to the expectations."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS P5N32-SLI Motherboard - 955X vs. nForce4 IE x16 Review @ Tweaktown
"With all these features you would expect us to get a good amount of overclocking out of this board, you are not wrong here. We raised the CPU voltage to 1.5v, Memory to 2.2v, FSB term voltage to max, NB and SB voltages at 1.5v, PCI Express locked to 100, Hyper Transport links at 1000MHz and 16bit connection we managed to hit a FSB of over 361MHz - a record for any Intel Pentium 4 board we have tested so far. We also kept the memory locked at 800MHz DDR to eliminate any memory limitations which is easy through the asynchronous nature of the nVidia chipset."

More information on this review can be found here.
Alienware Aurora with FX-60 and 512MB SLI Review @ Bit-Tech
"The machine is decked out with some pretty nice kit. 1TB of storage is a pretty nice number to have, and the FX60 is undeniably the best chip for a machine of this type. We're very happy to see a X-Fi card in here, since that really is a must-have for high-end gamers, especially with its awesome surround sound effects. If there was one area we'd pull this machine up on, it's the RAM. We'd expect, at the minimum, two 1GB sticks to be fitted to allow for upgradability, and we'd ideally want 4GB as standard in here for the price. We found that we couldn't overclock the system using the CPU multiplier, which is unfortunate, since the FX-60 is multiplier unlocked. We'd like a BIOS update pretty quick to allow this to happen, because we suspect there's some headroom in this system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Alienware Aurora 7500 Mega Gaming PC @ TrustedReviews
"Complementing the cutting edge CPU are a couple of white hot graphics cards courtesy of nVidia. The 512MB GeForce 7800GTX is a lightning fast graphics solution, but when you put two of them together you've got a truly awesome gaming platform. The twin x16 PCI Express slots in the motherboard create the perfect home for the two 512MB 7800GTX cards, and the large heatpipe coolers on the cards keep noise down despite the performance they provide."

More information on this review can be found here.
KickButtComputers Skull and Crossbones Case Review @ InsaneTek
KickButtComputers is a company located in Southern California, not too far from where I live. Their business is providing their customers a customizable system with a decked out pimping case. They understand that PC enthusiasts do not always have the time or the materials or even the guts to whip out the hacksaw and perform surgery on a regular case. Good thing for us, they know what they are doing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Stacker 830 Aluminium Case Review @ BIOS
"The new Cooler Master Stacker 830 PC enclosure mixes striking good looks with powerful functionality. Breaking away from traditional PC case design to provide individual styling, its streamlined and robust tool-free aluminium chassis and black mesh panels look awesome. Be warned though: it’s huge and should only be considered if you have plenty of floor space. But this isn’t a system for SFF wimps, it’s for those who want to rule the world."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
D-Link DSL-G624M Wireless Router Review @ TrustedReviews
"The chassis feels a little lightweight but it’s built well enough and comes with a pair of chunky, paddle-shaped wireless aerials. Four switched Fast Ethernet ports are provided at the rear along with a port for the ADSL2/2+ modem. A simple array of LEDs is spread across the front panel showing status and activity for each LAN port, whether the wireless access point is switched on, activity for the Internet connection and the status of the router itself."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Hi-Speed USB 12-in-1 Card Reader Review @ Techniz
"Provides fast, portable data exchange between your computer and the flash memory cards used in your portable electronic devices. Works in both Macs and PCs, as well as notebooks and desktops — any computer with a USB port/operating system support."

More information on this review can be found here.
Western Digital Raptor X HDD Preview @ Legit Reviews
"While at CES 2006 we got a chance to see the the revolutionary WD Raptor X SATA hard drive, the first ever drive with a view. Offspring of the immensely popular WD Raptor, fastest SATA drive on the planet, WD Raptor X focuses a large, crystal-clear lens on the drive to let you see into the inner workings and witness the drive in action."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Sweex External 4 Port USB 2.0 Mini HUB Review @ MVKTech
"Sweex is a manufacturer of a wide range of affordable computer related products and its vision is, that it is the possibilities this technology has to offer that must be focal point rather than the technology itself. Sweex communicates about this in a clear language. It sees everyday uses that can be recognized by young and old alike. It simplifies a seemingly complicated, confusing technology. Sweex therefore offers a wide range of affordable and smart products, like the Sweex USB 2.0 Mini HUB."

More information on this review can be found here.
PrimeCooler MegaCool 8 Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"The PrimeCooler MegaCool 8 Intel Pentium 4 LGA775 heatsink fan is 80mm square and 25mm deep. It pushes out 33CFM at only 3,200 rpm for a noise level of 33.8dBA. We did find the fan a little noisy in our tests but no so as we reduced the voltage to it."

More information on this review can be found here.
120mm Fan Roundup @ Madshrimps
"We test 6 different fans from Titan, Acousti, Arctic Cooling, Coolink, Antec and Papst. Using a Scythe Ninja in a closed case we're set to find out which fan will act as the best heat exhaust."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon 64 FX 60 Review @ Hexus
"There's not much suspense to hold with this new CPU. The mystique of whether or not the next Athlon 64 FX would be single or dual core was dashed a while ago, and really it was obvious if you think about it. Once you understood that it was dual-core, then going on to figure out the target clock frequency was a piece of cake, given Athlon 64 X2 4800+."

More information on this review can be found here.

AMD Athlon 64 FX 60 Review @ Bit-Tech

"With that said, with the exception of one multi-tasking scenario, the Athlon 64 FX-60 is the fastest all-round processor on the planet. The Pentium Extreme Edition 955 may be attractive to someone who often finds themselves wanting to do more than two things at the same time, but that market is limited to a few die hard power users. However, it's worth noting that there are rare occasions where I find myself running out of processor power with my current Athlon 64 X2."

More information on this review can be found here.

AMD Athlon 64 FX 60 Review @ Bjorn3D

"Today, AMD is releasing its latest FX based CPU, the FX-60. First off, you may say, 'What happened to the odd number scheme FX-51, FX-53, FX-55 and FX-57?' Well, this new CPU starts off 2006 in the AMD world of Dual-Core Performance CPU. At this time, we see that these dual-core CPUs will end with an even number scheme."

More information on this review can be found here.

AMD Athlon 64 FX 60 Review @ TrustedReviews

"AMD has resolved the situation by launching the latest version of the Athlon FX as FX-60 rather than FX-59, and the big news is that it’s a dual core processor. The new FX has a clock speed of 2.6GHz, which is nominally 200MHz slower than the 2.8GHz FX-57, while the X2 4800+ runs at 2.4GHz. In many respects the FX-60 is a pair of FX-55s in a single Socket 939 processor, or if you prefer you could think of it as an Athlon 64 X2 5000+. Naturally the FX-60 is unlocked so while comparison is a little unfair let’s see how the FX-60 stacks up against the FX-57."

More information on this review can be found here.

AMD Athlon 64 FX 60 Review @ Neoseeker

"The business benchmarks were dominated by the overclocked FX-60, and the stock FX-60 was only slightly slower than a highly overclocked 4000+. Raw processing power, as shown by the Sandra CPU and Cinebench benchmarks was outstanding; and memory bandwidth was quite good given the limitations of the maximum memory bandwidth reachable on our testbed - a whopping 285MHz."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Accelero X2 Review @ techPowerUp
"The "Silencer" series from Arctic Cooling has been famous for delivering top notch performance while still being quiet. The Arctic Cooling Accelero X2 is the first aftermarket cooler engineered for the ATI Radeon X1800 and X1900 series. It features a completely revamped design and continues the tradition of powerful and silent."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Fatal1ty FS-V7 Graphics Card Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"With great looks and excellent performance, this cooler would be an asset to most any compatible graphics board out there. Installation was a snap thanks to Zalman's online installation guides and compatibility charts, and the Fatal1ty's noise-to-cooling ratio is very good."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooling Overview - Lower Noise, Better Thermals @ FrostyTech
"This article is a follow-up to the 2004 issue which looked at all the latest heatsinks and cooling systems from that period. Since this 2005 synopsis is mostly an examination of heatsinks shot at recent trade shows, we'll jump right into the mix. In the following pages we'll look at innovative heatsinks by Thermalright, Thermal Integration, Aerocool, Coolermaster, Aopen, Asus, Evercool, Foxconn, Gigabyte, Global Cooler, Glacialtech, Jetart, Kingcooler, Lexsys, Thermaltake, Vantec, Zalman and a few others. The first company on that list, recently showcased a variety of prototypes at a recent trade show FrostyTech attended."

More information on this article can be found here.
COOL by Corsair Review @ Overclockers Online
"While watercooling is not a common way of cooling your PC, with today's Socket 939 Opteron processors and dual core processors that tend to be smoking hot, you can expect more people will be buying watercooling kits like this. This entry kit will serve many people well, especially since it costs much less than some of the equipment offered by Asetek or Swiftech. By selecting Corsair, you not only get a chance to match the blinging LED memory modules, but you get a name enthusiasts trust."

More information on this review can be found here.
CES 2006 Antec and SilverStone @ XYZ Computing
"Two companies which had a strong showing at Las Vegas this year were Antec and SilverStone. Although they went about things much differently from one another, both did a great job of showcasing their new products and letting the press know what was coming in 2006. This article is going to go over what we saw at SilverStone's booth at CES and Antec's suite. We will be focusing on the products which made their debut at the show this year but will not leave our some of the other things which caught our eye. The article takes a look at SilverStone's TJ07 and TJ08 cases, their new CPU coolers (including a Pentium M cooler) and a few new cases from Antec, the highlight of which was their new Fusion HTPC case."

More information on this article can be found here.
The DIY Oil PC @ Tom's Hardware
"Common sense dictates that submerging your high-end PC in cooking oil is not a good idea. But, of course, engineering feats and science breakthroughs were made possible by those who dared to explore the realms of the non-conventional. Members of the Munich-based THG lab are only too happy to confirm this fact. And not only did we find that our AMD Athlon FX-55 and GeForce 6800 Ultra equipped system didn't short out when we filled the sealed shut PC case with cooking oil--but the non-conductive properties of the liquid coupled created a totally cool and quiet high-end PC, devoid of the noise pollution of fans. The PC case - or should we say tank - also offered a new and novel way to display and show off your PC components."

More information on this article can be found here.
I-Star D-300 Rackmount Server Case Review @ OCModShop
"You can save some money by building your own server, and the I-Star D Series is great for the do-it-yourselfer. 3U cases are appealing because you can build a server using standard desktop parts without adapters, which makes for an easy server project. The I-Star D-300 is a good base server for a decent price, but must be upgraded to truly offer server-quality features. On one hand it has superb construction and lockable aluminum doors, a decent power supply and lots of room to work. On the flip side the case lacks standard server features like hot-swap drive bays, enhanced cooling, front-panel monitoring and drive rails. The I-Star D-Storm Signature Series is designed for entry-level server applications, and is a good start for an expandable server."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Bach Media LAB HTPC Case Review @ 3DGameman
"Do you have a HTPC? If you are reading this review you probably do and are considering upgrading, or maybe you are thinking about building a HTPC. Either way, this case will satisfy most who are interested in using standard ATX hardware. This is important for many people because the cost of standard ATX hardware is much more affordable than micro or mini ATX hardware."

More information on this review can be found here.
Happy Birthday to MTB!

January 10th, 2006 marks a special day for MTB as we celebrate our 4th year anniversary. It was 4 years ago today that MTB was first launched to the general public. From our humble beginnings, the site has experienced tremendous growth thanks to the support of our staff and community. I would like to personally thank everyone for supporting the site and making the last few years very enjoyable. While I take time to reflect, here are some interesting statistics regarding the website:

- Number of visitors based on O/S:
Windows 95.5 %
Macintosh 1.6 %
Linux 1.5 %
Unknown 1.2 %
Sun Solaris 0 %
FreeBSD 0 %
WebTV 0 %
OpenBSD 0 %
CPM 0 %
OS/2 0 %

- Top 10 Browsers used on MTB
MS Internet Explorer 59.7 %
Firefox 34.3 %
Opera 2.4 %
Mozilla 1 %
Unknown 0.9 %
Safari 0.9 %
Netscape 0.6 %
Konqueror 0 %
Lynx 0 %
Unix System 0 %

- The MTB Forum continues to be the highest traffic page for the entire website.

- In 4 years MTB has worked with 70+ sponsors and evaluated over 439 products.

- Over 85% of MTB's traffic originates from the U.S and Canada with the remaining 15% coming from International countries.

- Last year MTB consumed over 912.44 GB of bandwidth.

- Last year MTB recorded over 554652 unique visitors with 60170460 page hits.

- October 2005 was the most busiest month of the year for bandwidth used and visitors.

More information on this celebration can be found here.
Monday, January 9, 2006
Spire Rocketeer III 500W PSU Review @ Techniz
"The Spire Rocketeer 500W PSU is a powerful PSU with the silver and stylish housing and the 120mm blue LED cooling fan. With the dual 12V rails of power, it will support many peripheral devices without any problems. Furthermore, this PSU is equip with the auto fan speed control for the 120mm Blue LED cooling fan. The operation noise level was very silent as well. The bad thing for this PSU is, it was not Active PFC and does not have dual PCI-E connector ready to support dual VGA card at the same time. However, you can use the extra 6-Pin PCI-E connector to run the SLI/CrossFire without any problem."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nexus NX5000 500W Power Supply Review @ Pro-Clockers
"If you were to take time to browse around the Nexus website, you will see one common theme. Quietness. Nexus proud themselves on producing products to make your computer as quiet as possible. Today, we take a look at the Nexus NX5000 power supply. Going alone with Nexus quiet theme, this power supply also provides alot of power."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Liberty 500 PSU Review @ CaseModGod
"Globally renowned Enermax has a new line of power supplies out called the "Liberty" Series. Within this series is 400W, 500w, and 620W PSU's. We will be looking at the Liberty 500W which supports the latest Intel Pentium D and AMD Anthlon 64 X2 systems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Eagle Aluminum & Copper VGA Cooler Review @ Overclockers Online
"Whether you choose the copper or the aluminum version, the Eagle is a welcome replacement for the ineffective stock coolers that modern furnaces, I mean, video cards possess. Now that we know Titan has yet another amazing product in its lineup, I am ready to see what they have in store for us next."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Accelero X2 VGA Cooler Review @ NGOHQ
"Today we are going to test the new Accelero X2 VGA Cooler from Arctic Cooling. We will find out how the first GPU cooler with heat pipes technology performs. As I previously mentioned this product is intended for the new ATi RADEON X1800 series. In case you didn’t know, the RADEON X1800’s stock heat sink/fan is quite loud, especially at full speed or in use with Crossfire. It should be pretty interesting to see a VGA cooling solution with six heat pipes at work."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Eagle Aluminum & Copper VGA Cooler Review @ Techniz

"Titan have come out with their new Eagle series of VGA coolers which is the Aluminum and the Copper base. The Eagle is a very good VGA cooler in terms of the performance and the stylish look. The Aluminum and Copper base Eagle VGA cooler performs very well during the testing. The design of this VGA Cooler is very stylish and nice, and the cooling fan use for it is an 80mm fan. But, there is some downside of the Eagle VGA Cooler which is it will takes up another extra PCI slot spaces after installing it. It will also be a problem to the user that running SLI where the PCI-E slots
is just 1 slot away."

More information on this review can be found here.
Super Flower Digi-Master Fanbus Review @ PimpRig
"The Digi Master is a separate system monitoring device that allows monitoring of up to 3 fans and 3 temp probes, but they didn't stop there. The display shows the activity of more items than Zennzzo can fry CPUs in a week. Let's take a look at what Super-Flower has to show off this time around."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor X1600 XT & X1300 PRO Reviews @ Bjorn3D
"Today I have less expensive parts to test for both middle and low-end sectors of the market. They are PowerColor X1600 XT and X1300 PRO. The first card is based around RV530 core. There should be a lot of different SKUs mainly because ATI allows for handful of configurations ie. memory size and type. As far as memory bus is concerned, it features two 128-bit rings which is essentially a 128-bit architecture (ATI calls it 256, but that's obviously wrong). It comes with 4 pixel pipelines, 12 pixel shader units and 5 vertex pipelines -- not a standard 1:1 configuration. The X1300 PRO sample came in a non PRO box though based on real specifications I can assure you it's a real PRO model (just not final retail product). This baby is equipped with 4 pixel pipelines, 4 pixel shader units and 2 vertex pipelines (1 to 1 ratio, just like R520). As with X1600 XT it's also a 128-bit offering and should be available in many different configurations."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GeForce 6600 DDR2 Review @ AusFX
"The Gigabyte GV-NX66256DP2 exceeded my expectations in performance and value. No longer will you have to spend hundreds of dollars to get a card to play the latest and greatest games. For about $400 AUD you can have a SLi setup that will perform as good as the more expensive single card solutions. The silent pipe technology keeps the card cool, as well as helping cut back the db's in your rig. DDR2 has provided a great improvement from the original DDR 6600 cards. If your in the market for a high performing cheap video card, this is the one for you!"

More information on this review can be found here.
All Pentium M Models @ Hardware Secrets
"Pentium M processors can be found with two different cores: Banias (manufactured using 130 nm process) and Dothan (manufactured using 90 nm process). In this tutorial we will explain everything you need to know about these cores and also will post a complete table listing all Pentium M models released to date."

More information on this article can be found here.
Power Color X800XL 256MB Review @ Phoronix
"Although ATI's X1000 series graphics processors have stolen a great deal of the attention off its predecessors, there remains no Linux 3D support at this time for these latest red solutions. However, for Linux users with the present status of ATI's proprietary drivers the X800 remains a respectable solution for those not looking to fall to the green team with their overwhelming Linux presence. Up on our review block today we have the X800XL 256MB from the folks over at Power Color."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron K8SLi Motherboard Review @ Viperlair
"The board offers some very interesting solutions. It has virtually everything onboard that any user could want. SLi, NIC, plenty of USB ports, sound, etc. It only has one onboard NIC but for most that will be more than sufficient. The SLi solution without a jumper block, or flip card worked flawlessly, and without touching the FSB/Multi etc everything worked great. Something else that immediately comes to mind about the board is although the total height of the board is ATx spec the width is significantly shorter."

More information on this review can be found here.
The NextGen Home Straight from CES @ Bona Fide Reviews
"We at BFR have been very busy the past couple of days as we journey through our first CES (Consumer Electronic Show) event. The experience has been amazing, something that I hope every tech-head has a chance to participate in. Needless to say we have a ton of stuff to write about and very little time to do so. We first want to write about the NextGen "Digital Lifestyles" home featured in the central plaza parking lot. This year's home focused on a great level of home automation made possible through software built on top Windows Media Center, a lot of tv's and panels, a content server, and a lot of other high-tech goodies."

More information on this article can be found here.
Galaxy TVisto Multimedia Center Review @ ATrueReview
"Using the TVisto multimedia center is very easy. Once the drive is formatted and the directories created, copy the proper files into the folders. Then take the Galaxy's multimedia center to a home theater system. Plug in the audio and video cables. Finally, turn on the TV and start using the remote."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Fusion/NSK2400 In-Depth @ Futurelooks
"If you recall from our first article, we mentioned the Fusion and its little brother, the NSK 2400. Well now that the NDA has been lifted, we're going to show you the technology behind the Fusion and the NSK 2400 with some previously unreleased inside pictures of the two cousins."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Dell's Quad nVidia SLI XPS System @ Legit Reviews
"Dell's upcoming XPS 600 Renegade gaming PC features the World's first Quad-SLI video card solution with 2GB of memory on board. If you think seeing high end games run smooth on a dual card SLI or CrossFire system is impressive you haven't seen anything now that Quad-SLI is being used."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Modder of the Month January 2006 @ CreativeMods
Marcin Krupa, this month's MOTM is not only interested in case modding, but off-roading and cosmology. His case is "FuG-01/ET", an homage to Enemy Territory and a nice mod too. To learn more about this modder and his case, please read on."

More information on this interview can be found here.
Saturday, January 7, 2006
Das Keyboard vs. KeyTronic @ PyroCPU
"The Das Keyboard has caught the sights of many computer gamers and enthusiasts thanks in part to its individually weighted keys and the keys being literally blank. However, what the interested folks haven't been able to bear is the incredibly high price at which the Das Keyboard sells ($79.95 USD). Surprisingly, the OEM provider for the Das Keyboard sells a nearly identical component with weighted keys and durable design for a mere $20. In this article we have some comparative information between the Das Keyboard and KeyTronic as well as some other pertaining details."

More information on this review can be found here.
SteelSound 5H Headphones Review @ OzCaseModz
"A truly remarkable professional gaming headset. Every detail and aspect has been designed and developed in cooperation with the best gamers in the world. The sound quality is awe-inspiring, allowing the user to rely fully on his senses."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Wireless Headphones for MP3 Review @ OCIA
"From this angle, we have a much better look at the 3.5mm male headphone jack. If you notice, there is a gap to the right of the headphone jack. The entire headphone jack unit can actually slide from either the left or right, depending on what is convenient for the device you are connecting to. Logitech provides a small locking mechanism to keep the jack in place."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Flash Voyager 1GB Review @ techPowerUp
"The Corsair FlashVoyager USB Sticks are well known for their ruggedness. During our testing we boil and freeze the USB stick, put it into the dish washer and run over it with a car, more testing happens in the toaster and in the washing machine, and we finally managed to break it. Not only can the stick take a lot of beating but the transfer speeds are also among the fastest."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake CL-P0200 Silent 939 K8 Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers


"None of us are strangers to the Thermaltake name. They have being around for a decent amount of time now. They have their name on everything from cases to water-cooling kits. But today we will be looking at one of their products from their heatsink lineup. In my quest to build a quiet for yet powerful SFF machine, the one thing that I knew I would need was a good heatsink that cooled well and did not make much noise. Enter the Thermaltake Silent 939 K8 cooler. Will it do the job let's see."

More information on this review can be found here.
Commodore Back With A Vengeance @ ThinkComputers


"Some of you may not know the name Commodore, but for me it brings back many memories. I really got my start in all this computer stuff with the Commodore Vic-20; I can say that it changed the way I looked at computers and how I felt about them. Sure I used and owned other computers, but when I got the Vic-20, that's when my love for computers became an obsession. Today we had the chance to take a look at the 'new' Commodore company. Bob and Alex, being much younger than I, really couldn't appreciate or understand my excitement and enthusiasm at going to the meeting with the Commodore reps for our private little showing of their newest products. I'm sure some of you out there that are reading this can possibly understand how I felt about this meeting."

More information on this review can be found here.
CES 2006: OCZ's Cryo-Z Phase Change Cooler @ Legit Reviews
"While at CES we spotted the upcoming OCZ Cryo-Z Phase Change Cooler out in Vegas. These single phase change coolers are still over a month away from being in full production, but are still worth a look. If prices get down under $300 like OCZ hopes water cooling might be dated!"

More information on this preview can be found here.
AlphaCool NexXxoS NVXP-3 6800/7800 GPU Block Review @ XtremeComputing
"The section of the block that sits over the core is griddled to aid the water to pick up the heat better, this has two side inputs and a outlet, this ensures that water is always over most of the GPU area then gets drawn to the middle outlet."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake BigWater SE Liquid Cooling Kit Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Thermaltake has been in business since 1999 providing cooling solutions to computer users around the world. In the 6+ years they have been in business, they went from the golden orb, which sold millions, to their current line of products, ranging from CPU coolers to full blown water cooling setups and from cases to PSU's, not to mention the wide range of other products they offer. The product up for review in this article will be the Thermaltake BigWater SE Liquid Cooling Kit. Basically it's a water cooling kit in a box. This kit will work with the following CPU's: the AMD K7 and K8, and the Intel P4 and LGA775."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, January 6, 2006
How Manufacturers Test Heatsinks & Thermal Compound @ FrostyTech
"Have you ever wondered how a heatsink manufacturer tests its new heatsinks to ensure what you buy will do the job? AMD and Intel each do it a little bit differently, and the methods of each respective microprocessor manufacturer change with each successive CPU class. It's rare for any heatsink manufacturer to show off the test platform used for validating prototype heatsinks, but at a recent trade show in Taipei, FrostyTech was shown one such platform for Intel Pentium 4 LGA775 heatsinks."

More information on this article can be found here.
Evercool CopperMan LGA775 Heatsink Review @ OCModShop
"There are not alot of heatsinks for the Pentium 4 LGA775, as the mounting method is very specific. Any 775 heatsink must be attached to a metal brace on the underside of the motherboard. This mechanism prevents the motherboard from warping with tension, and ensures that relatively flimsy plastic pieces will not break. This ensures a high-quality and sturdy mounting method. Evercool has manufactured a new LGA775 heatsink called the CopperMan, which is constructed completely of copper and looks to be a high-performance contender for Pentium 4 LGA-775 processors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerocool High Tower Series HT-102 CPU Cooler Review @ 3DXtreme
"Today 3DXtreme is taking a look the latest incarnation of the High Tower series from Aerocool, the HT-102. Aerocool has been kind enough to send along a sample of this latest product, a CPU cooler compatible with all recent CPU socket types. The HT-102 uses a quiet 92 MM fan, to quickly whisk heat from this large copper unit. The HT-102 will allow for a second 92 MM fan to be attached to maximize cooling power by using a push / pull method of airflow through it."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI's RD480 Motherboard Review @ Bit-Tech
"The board's layout is well thought-out with very little to worry about around the CPU socket. We would like to see the same space around the second video card slot too, but that's a minor quibble that's not likely to be fixed on any motherboard. If you're looking to run SLI or CrossFire, you have to accept that your video subsystem is going to take up a considerable amount of space."

More information on this review can be found here.
Quad SLI showcased by Dell and NVIDIA @ Hexus
"Dell have thought up a use for that massive 30 inch TFT of
theirs. They've teamed up with NVIDIA at CES to showcase the biggest thing to hit PC graphics since SLI now called Quad SLI."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro Heatsink Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"I think the Freezer 64 Pro is a great cooling heatsink and if you're having cooling problems on your AMD socket 939 cpu, it's worth the cash. However be aware of the issues I've raised in this review concerning the installation issue where I had to mod it to fit with my hardware."

More information on this review can be found here.
SinTek 500-watt SLI Power Supply Review @ Tweaktown
"Many may not be familiar with this brand name, but the company is doing its best to change that. Created by a couple of “industry professionals” at CES, SinTek is all about creating a line of power supplies that not only meets the stringent requirements of today’s modern systems, but also stretches the imagination with regards to features and capabilities."

More information on this review can be found here.

Enermax "Liberty" EL620AWT 620-watt Power Supply Review

"One of the company’s latest offerings is the Liberty series power supply, which is what we’ll be taking a look at today. With a power rating listed at 620 watts, it should be able to handle anything that we can throw at it, but we’ll go at it like normal and see if this is fact or fiction. After all, an excellent reputation is a good thing for a manufacturer, but we still need to see if this new model has what it takes to live up to it."

More information on this review can be found here.
CES 2006 Day 2: Company Spotlight - ANTEC Inc @ Futurelooks
"ANTEC: Long known as one of the innovators in the PC Case and power supply world, unveiled some new and innovative case designs at CES this year. Let's check out what they have for us this year."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolerMaster 550W SLI Real Power PSU Review @ TechConnect
"Coolermaster's 550W SLI Real Power PSU is aimed square at the serious overclocking and modding community, with its massive power capacity, stable power lines, quiet operation and cool looks and design. Oh, and one mighty impressive fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Stacker 830 @ Neoseeker
"Recently, it seems that cases here have been growing larger. After the initial wave of SFFs, the trend has been going towards larger ATX cases. It seems that every company now has one or two models that are much larger than before, able to hold many more (and larger) fans and drives than before, and are as a result, much heavier than before. Yes, I am still thinking about the gigantic slab of metal that is Thermaltake's unwieldy Tai Chi."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax Pure Color 02 Case w/420W PSU Review @ 3DGameman
"There's a reason why this case is called Pure Color. That's because it's available in a number of different high-gloss colors. Most cases come in the standard silver and black colors. I personally like silver (aluminum) cases but others may prefer something radical. There are plenty of drives bays and it's good to see the four internal 3.5" drive bays in a mid-tower case."

More information on this review can be found here.
XG Dragon ATX Case Review @ Viperlair
"MGE has delivered an inspiring design in the XG Dragon offering. As much as I am not an enthusiast when it comes to heavily modified cases, this one struck me when I first opened the package, and has continued to grow on me since. Its simple building blocks that offer almost an entirely tool less solution with looks that will make you proud to bring your system to a party with 300 of your closest friends because as we all know, it’s not just your gaming skillz on display."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, January 5, 2006
CES 2006 Day 1: CES Unveiled @ Futurelooks
"Futurelooks is back again in Las Vegas, Nevada to cover the International Consumer Electronics Show AKA CES! Our first day at the show took us to the CES Unveiled event at the Sands, giving press members only a glimpse into what was in store for the coming days."

More information on this report can be found here.

CES 2006 Day 1: CES Unveiled @ The TechLounge

"Last evening Brian, Kurtis and I attended the CES Unveiled press-only event. An almost miniature version of the CES show floor, it gives industry representatives a slightly more intimate meeting space with members of the press. While Unveiled may have only had just over 70 exhibitors, the floor was packed with media analysts and reporters. Fortunately our credentials spoke for themselves and we were able to penetrate our way into the CES Unveiled inner circle… until we were distracted by the free buffet and vast expanse of dessert trays. After securing our press passes we were off to mingle with our industry counter parts."

More information on this report can be found here.
TweakGuides Tweaking Companion 3.0 @ Tweakguides
"After many hours of revising and rewriting, the new TweakGuides Tweaking Companion Version 3.0 is out. It is now possibly the most comprehensive free Windows XP/System guide available. The entire layout has been rearranged to be much more logical and easier to read. There are links to dozens of new free applications and sites, tons of new advice scattered throughout the guide, existing advice has been refined or re-written for clarity, and importantly everything is up to date and accurate. I urge all of you to download it as soon as possible. Even for existing users there are gems of information all through this guide which you may not have seen before."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Maxtor DiamondMax 6B200R0 200GB HDD Review @ OCModShop
"For an off-the-shelf retail drive the Maxtor Diamondmax 6B200R0 is well packaged and easy to use from the start. The Installation guide is well organized and uses illustrations to aid the novice user. Overall the drive is worth the $100 price tag, especially since the drive has bonus 16MB cache. The drive would make a wonderful addition to any system needing extra storage space, or as a primary drive. This drive has surprising performance, and I shall not be wary of buying another Maxtor drive (well, soon to be Seagate)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Inside Pentium M Architecture @ Hardware Secrets
"In this tutorial we will explain you how Pentium M CPU works in an easy to follow language. Since all new CPUs from Intel will use Pentium M’s architecture, studying this architecture is very important to understand the architecture of forthcoming CPUs like Yonah, Conroe and Woodcrest. You will learn exactly how its architecture works so you will be able to compare it more precisely to other processors from Intel and competitors from AMD."

More information on this article can be found here.
Sansun Thermal Monster Fan Controller Review @ Bjorn3D
"I hate fan noise. Maybe it is because I am getting old, but I no longer can stand having several fans spinning loudly in my case. At the same time, I need those fans to keep all my components cool. The solution? A fan controller of course. Today, I am testing the Sansun Thermal Monster fan controller."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASRock 939NF4G-SATA2 Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"The socket 939 ASRock 939NF4G-SATA2 motherboard supports all current 939-pin AMD Athlon64/FX/X2 processors, and is based upon the value oriented nVidia Geforce 6100 Northbridge and nForce 410MCP Southbridge. Most notably though, the Geforce 6100 incorporates Geforce 6-series integrated graphics which are accessible by a 15-pin Analog VGA jack at the rear I/O."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor X800GTO 128meg PCI-E Review @ Tech-Mods
"Since 1999 PowerColor Inc. has been distributing, servicing, and marketing PowerColor products in the US and Canada. PowerColor produces their own products in their ISO9001 facility oversees and distributes them world wide. Today we are looking at their mid-range gaming graphics card the X800GTO 128meg PCI-E flavor. The X800GTO series has made a strong entry into the mid-range enthusiast and low budget gamers market who want the most bang for their buck."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ's New Phase-Change Cooler Preview @ Hexus
"OCZ, best known for their high performance RAM products, is entering the performance cooling market with its new phase-change cooler, the Cryo-Z. HEXUS can exclusively reveal details on the new product."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Thermaltake TideWater VGA Cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"The GPU Block has like the Rhythm been restricted to 8mm tubing which is a major let down when you consider the potential of the TideWater. The unit could have been an overclockers dream come true but with theses restrictions Thermaltake have opted for the Silent market instead, don’t get me wrong I still expect the Tide Water to overclock nicely but only to the standard of Thermaltake’s Big Water liquid cooling system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Ammo 533 Review @ Maximum CPU
"The Ammo 533 is definitely well designed in terms of airflow. With just a 120 mm fan, my processor maintained a temperature of 30 degrees Celsius and an ambient temperature of 25 degrees Celsius. These are the same temperatures that I was able to achieve with five 80 mm fans in my Chieftec Dragon case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gateway CX200X Tablet PC Review @ Designtechnica
"The Gateway CX200X is, as the company describes, targeted towards consumers who seek a full-featured notebook PC combined with pen input functionality. While the CX200X certainly delivers in this regard, it is extremely hampered by its bulky size and weight which make it less than desirable to cradle for too long when in tablet mode. Marks are good for performance and features however, helping to keep this convertible from the scrap heap."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax Sagitta Gaming Case w/450W PSU Review @ 3DGameman
"While this is not the king of cases, it does have many redeeming factors. It has decent air circulation if an optional 120mm fan is installed at the front. Lets face it, case air circulation is very important. It baffles me why a fan wasn't included at the front, I guess it's to keep the consumer cost low. The tool-less design on both the drive bays and the expansion slots will definitely come in handy."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Stacker 830 @ System Cooling
"When Cooler Master released the original Stacker STC-T01 about a year and a half ago, it created quite a stir. It was attractive, roomy (11 drive bays), sturdy, cooled well, and had unparalleled flexibility in that it was the first case on the market that offered support for both the ATX and BTX platforms. It was good enough to garner a Systemcooling Seal of Excellence, as well as runner-up honors for case of the year for 2004. Cooler Master has since released a couple revised versions, such as the Stacker 810, which is a more server-oriented case, and the Stacker 820, which is BTX-only, but everything else has more or less stayed the same. When it came time for a new Stacker model this around though, Cooler Master was not satisfied with just a minor revision. In fact, they built an entirely new case from the ground up with an eye toward eliminating the deficiencies of the original Stacker, plus adding even more of the massive amounts of case goodness offered by the original. The result of this redesign is the new Cooler Master Stacker 830. We'll find out if all this time and effort by the folks at Cooler Master has resulted in something special."

The Stacker 830 looks very impressive. More information on this review can be found here.
I-Star D-Storm Series Rackmount Server Case 3U Review @ Madshrimps
"It's always a pleasure to review equipment that you never have tested before, certainly if you have just the right setup lying around. A heavy storage server in 3U rack housing? I-Star's D-300 believes it can be done!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, January 4, 2006
A CES Preview: CES Unveiled @ Think Computers
"Well CES is only a day away now, but there is a special press only event called CES Unveiled. This event gives manufacturers a chance to showcase new products before the big event. There are only a handful of companies that chose to exhibit at this event, and there is free complementary food and drinks, which makes it even better. So today we will be showing you some of the cool new products that were showed at this event."

More information on this event preview can be found here.
Zalman ZM460-APS Noiseless Switching Power Supply Review @ OCIA
"According to the UL File number E198072 displayed on the power supply, it is registered as being manufactured by Zalman Tech Co Ltd. Some companies simply rebrand power supplies made by other manufacturers, so it is often a good idea to check the Certification List to verify who actually made the unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Easy Water Cooling from Corsair @ Hexus
"The Nautilus 500 consists of an external unit which sits on top of the computer's case, along with a CPU waterblock and retention brackets. Installation of the waterblock doesn't require the removal of the motherboard, which will appeal to both watercooling newbies and those who just can't be bothered faffing about taking their board out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright V1 Ultra VGA Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"Silence is golden, except when it is a nickel plated combination of copper and aluminum, as in the case of the Thermalright V1 Ultra VGA Cooler. It was unfortunate the fan intended to be used on the V1 Ultra interfered with the system's CPU cooler, but the performance was still quite impressive. Head to head with a VGA cooler designed to be passive, the fanless V1 Ultra came out the winner in thermal testing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX610 USB PLED Display Review @ EOC
"The MX610 is a 7-key, PLED, Black PC bay insert, USB display. The MX6 series uses a PLED display that offers an excellent 160 degree viewing angle, fast response time, crisp contrast, and lower power usage. The MX6 series also allows 3 fans and 4 temp probes to be connected directly into the back of the unit and controlled via software."

More information on this review can be found here.
NetGear DG834PN MIMO ADSL Router Review @ TrustedReviews
"Wireless features are particularly good as the router employs MIMO (multiple input multiple output) technology to increase range. This monitors for interference in the shape of walls and other obstacles and constantly modifies the router’s aerial setup to improve signal strength. And aerials aplenty there are in the DG834PN as it has no less than six. Nothing mars the router’s sleek lines as these are all tucked away inside the casing which has a large blue dome on the top surface."

More information on this review can be found here.
Norcent LT-2722 27 Inch LCD Television Review @ XYZ Computing
"The leading companies in the LCD television field are still the major players, like Sharp and Samsung, but lots of other companies are beginning to increase their market share. Not only are display manufacturers, like Viewsonic, becoming a major part of the equation, but the importance of lesser know brands is growing as well. This review is going to taking a look at the LT-2722 twenty-seven inch LCD TV from Norcent. Though you may not have heard of Norcent before, that have been producing displays for some time, and they have specialized in bringing lower cost items to consumer. LCD TV's are still a very hot commodity, so don't expect rock-bottom pricing but you can usually save a few dollars if you go with a Norcent instead of a "premium" brand. We will see how this impacts the quality of the final product and how it does in a price-to-performance analysis."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X1600XT IceQ Turbo DL-DVI 256MB PCIe Video Card Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This product is loaded with the latest technologies & features. Two very noteworthy additions in this generation of video card is Shader Model 3 & AVIVO. SM3 will dramatically help on the gaming end and AVIVO is all about exceptional video playback. While this is not the fastest video card on the market, it offers unmistakable value."

More information on this video review can be found here.
ASUS A8N32-SLI Overclocking with Corsair and OCZ @ Tweaktown
"The chances are you own one of these motherboards if you’re into getting the absolute most out of your Athlon processor. Today we will be having a closer look at the A8N32-SLI Deluxe - the latest bad boy to hit the ASUS motherboard line up - and what it is capable of when it comes to overclocking. VGA performance was a bit all over the shop when we looked at the board last time but this time our emphasis will be more concentrated on low resolution benchmarking along with programs that concentrate more on the motherboard/chipset side of things. Last time we didn’t get a chance to look into overclocking because we only had the motherboard in our labs for 24 hours but now it’s a resident in the labs and we’ve had plenty of time to get down and dirty with it."

More information on this article can be found here.
ECS RS480-M Motherboard Review @ Overclockers Online
"The RS480-M has turned out to be an impressive little work machine capable of doing more if you put in the money for a good video card. While the ATi Xpress 200 chipset is still relatively new, the abundance of people moving over to micro ATX makes it an ideal choice for SFF/HTPC machines. This is exactly where the RS480 fits in. Despite only having the power of an X300, you won't notice any problems while watching your favorite movie. Where the RS480-M can improve on is being bundled with VIVO, or at least TV-Out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, January 3, 2006
ConexUSB Lighted USB Cables and Adapters Review @ ExtensiveMods
"Lights, lights and more lights, being the holidays you might think that I am talking about Christmas lights. Well not quite but I guess you could decorate your PC with what we have on the bench today. ConexUSB is a company that is trying to light up your life. Computer modders have been adding lights to just about anything they can get their hands on for years leaving normal PC users to use the standard beige, or off white components."

More information on this review can be found here.
Benefits Of Using Ergonomically Correct Mice And Keyboards @ Bona Fide Reviews
"A large proportion of the American public goes to work every day in an office environment without considering the ergonomics of the equipment they use. There are large a proportion of people working at a desk without giving due consideration to proper ergonomics as they work with ergonomically incorrect keyboards and mice. Working at a computer on a regular basis can cause the same type of stress on your body as other physical labors and in an effort to prevent such injuries from occurring, companies need to consider the principles of ergonomics."

More information on this article can be found here.
SteelSeries SteelSound 5H Headphones Review @ techFEAR


"The SteelSeries SteelSound 5H headset is very comfortable. The swivel ear cups are well cushioned and the adjustable headband is padded. The ear cups are appropriately sized and maintain a comfortable tension making long-term use perfectly acceptable."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saitek P2600 Rumble Gamepad Review @ Futurelooks
"SAITEK has long been making some of the most kick ass joysticks and gamepads. With some already great products under their belt, SAITEK has surged forward again with the P2600, featuring force feedback action and a highly ergonomic design."

More information on this review can be found here.
EVGA 133-K8-NF41-AX nForce 4 SLI Mainboard Review @ GamerGod
"This is truly an awesome motherboard if you're looking for a change from trendy brands like MSI and ASUS. No doubt they also have good motherboards, but someone who had bad experiences with these boards, and with their customer service, tends to look for a change. Here at EVGA, we can see this change."

More information on this review can be found here.

nVidia GeForce 6600 256MB DDR AGP Video Card Review

"The card is fairly much a standard AGP video card. Featuring VGA, DVI, and S-Video connectors, there is no problem with monitor compatibility. The card also features a heatsink with its own built-on fan, but does not require any kind of direct power connection from your power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ 1024MB EL Gold GX XTC PC3500 Dual Channel DDR Review @ BigBruin
"OCZ has come up with the best looking RAM ever. The XTC heatspreader should be able to provide better cooling just due to the fact that more air can get into and around the metal structure. The low latency will give incredible bandwidth to the folks who do not overclock, and will also aid the individuals looking to see just how far they can push 1 GB of RAM."

More information on this review can be found here.
PrimeCooler MegaCool 7 Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"This PrimeCooler MegaCool 7 has a rather distinctive and different design for the cooling fins that if straight would be similar to a lot of other circular heatsinks you can buy for the Intel Pentium 4 LGA775 processor. As you can see here the MegaCool 7 cooling fins are curved. This for any diameter gives a greater surface for better cooling while as they are made out of aluminium adds very little extra weight to this MegaCool 7 Intel Pentium 4 LGA775 heatsink."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel 'Paxville' Xeon DP 2.8GHz Review @ Hexus
"Intel 'Paxville' Xeon DP 2.8GHz** Quote:Less than 4GiB/sec to share between the better-performing four cores is pretty measly, with each Opteron core enjoying roughly twice that with interleaved accesses to a shared MC on 2-way dual-core Opteron. Downstream from the MCH, if you want to do any I/O, there's not much of a link to the ICH5R, itself really old, and only the PCI-X segment bridge gets any real bandwidth deserving of a high-end workstation system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Big Water 745 Review @ techPowerUp
"Thermaltake introduces its new Big Water 745 kit with single and dual radiators. Adding an improved water block and a move to 3/8" tubing Thermaltake takes the Big Water to a new level. Also included is a beefed up pump with larger reservoir. We'll check the new parts inside and out while testing it against its predecessor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Silent Water CPU Cooler Review @ 3DXtreme
"We loved the Aquagate Mini R120 but had some issues with the design of the unit – location of the tubes on the CPU block, noisy fan and the removal of the motherboard for installation. Everything that Cooler Master dropped the ball on we feel Thermaltake took a second look at and released a product even better and easier to use."

More information on this review can be found here.
Protocase SL100 Case Review @ Epiacenter
"My immediate impressions of this case were stunning. The case looks amazing and the metallic red colouring gives it that extra je ne sai quoi. The lettering on the edging was perfect and it was coloured inside and out, missing no part of the case at all. Also on some cases the paint can easily be scratched. I don’t know what this painting method is; I just know that this case doesn’t use it. It has a good, solid coat of paint that will not be scratched."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair COOL Water Cooling Kit Review @ Bjorn3D
"Most impressive with this system is the pump made by Delphi. At the size of a flip phone, it can placed almost anywhere in the case and does not take up a bunch of space like most pumps. This pump is also very quiet. The only way I could tell it was running was to see water moving in the reservoir. The pump also comes with a couple ways to mount it. There is a sticky pad and two places on the side that look like they can be used to screw it in place. In this case, the pump was placed under all drives on the bottom of the case and even without the pad, it doesn't make a sound."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Ammo 533 Review @ Maximum CPU
"Over the years, Cooler Master has released several cases that were well received by computers enthusiasts every where. Their cases have been both innovative and unique. Today we will look at Cooler Master’s Ammo 533 case, which will hopefully be no exception."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evesham Mini PC Plus Review @ Bit-Tech
"This is a great system for the money. It's plenty powerful enough to run Media Center well, whilst being fantastically quiet. It lacks audio and network connectivity, but more than makes up for it in size and chic. If you're happy with the compromises the size necessitates, you shouldn't hesitate to drop the cash on this baby."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, January 2, 2006
VL's Editor's Choices of 2005 @ Viperlair
"The year 2005 was one of the weaker ones overall in terms of consumer product innovations. We saw a lot of rehashes or items that simply got "faster", but not too much in the ways of changing our lifestyles. Still, there were a number of attention grabbers this past year, so we put together a list of what we felt is truly deserving of recognition, and one botch from a name we expect better from."

More information on this article can be found here.
Swiftech MC14 BGA Memory Ramsinks Review @ OCIA
"Taking a look at the sinks out of the package, you can see that they are 100% copper and use Swiftech's tried and true cooling pin configuration instead of the standard fin type. Each sink has 16 copper pins that are equally spaced and each sink stands a total of 14.5mm high. With them being so tall, that may lead into problems installing them on some cards with different types of coolers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master NanoFusion Review @ Overclockers Online
"Cooler Master has come up with a thermal compound revolution. NanoFusion truly deserves its title of "Supreme Thermal Compound" just for being able to compete with the legendary Arctic Silver 5. By creating this innovative newcomer, Cooler Master has done more than extend their product line; they have created some competition. In all, NanoFusion may represent the golden middle for those demanding a good thermal interface material without burning a hole in their wallet or settling for generic 'goop'."

More information on this review can be found here.
Bluetake Bluetooth Adapter and Mouse Review @ Techniz
"With slim and stylish shape, Bluetake BT009Si Bluetooth® USB Adapter certainly satisfies those users who are fastidious about limited space to accommodate computer peripherals. The built-in Bluetooth® wireless technology makes a computer communicate with other Bluetooth® -enabled devices freely and effortlessly. Additionally, the BT009Si Bluetooth® USB Adapter also bundles a Bluetooth® software for performing wireless applications such as file transfer, network access, dial-up networking and so on. Moreover, an innovative Bluetooth® profile “Human Interface Device (HID)” , “Advance Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)”, and “Basic Image Profile (BIP)” are included to enable your computer to use Bluetooth® keyboard and mouse, stereo headphone, and received pictures from Bluetooth mobile phones directly."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL PC-4000 2GB Gold GX XTC Review @ Phoronix
"OCZ's latest XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heatspreaders
have been receiving a fair amount of praise around the Internet, but barely any have actually bothered to dissect and explore the aluminum and mesh cooling device. With us today we have the EL DDR PC-4000 Gold GX XTC 2GB kit from the folks over at OCZ Technology."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL PC-4000 2GB Gold GX XTC Review @ EclipseOC
"OCZ has recently re-launched a few products in their Gold line with new innovative heatspreaders. We were fortunate to get a chance to look at the XTC heatspreaders closely, and evaluate the pc3200 GX XTC, the baby brother to the pc3500 GX that was reviewed recently."

More information on this review can be found here.
Revoltec Alu Book External Enclosures Review @ DH
"It was not long ago that Listan launched its sister company, Revoltec, meant to offer modding products and trendy accessories to computer users. Revoltec is by now a very well known manufacturer of innovative hardware products in Europe and is continuously expanding. They have a vast products list, from cold cathodes and bubble lights to power supply units and notebook coolers. Today we will examine their approach on some very useful devices, the external drive casings. Revoltec offers external drive casings in all sizes available; 2.5”, 3.5” and 5.25” cases are offered by the name Alu Book. The casings are mostly made out of aluminum and resemble the design of a book, hence where they take the name from. Let us take a close look on these."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS Extreme N7800GT Dual-SLI on a Single Card @ XtremeComputing
"I knew that the cooler was no an Overclockers dream come true by I was expecting at least mid to low fifties, I was a little disappointed and decided to Overclock anyway. I did a simple detect optimal settings and to my surprise I managed to clock it around 5% without any stability issues and only a slight heat increase of 2-3c under load. Not bad but a better cooler design I believe would have allowed for better clocks. However, with the standard cooler i was able to push the clock and get a 9343 from 3DMark05."

More information on this review can be found here.
SPC 2005: Kinc and Crotale's Winning Systems @ Nordic Hardware
"In this short winners article we thought we would focus on the two winning systems from Marcus ”Kinc” Hultin and Robert ”Crotale” Kihlberg. Later on we will publish interviews with our two champions but we can already present detailed information about their monster systems while the two gets a chance to share their opinion of this year's competition."

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Sunbeam Silent Storm ATX Chassis Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"In this article I will be reviewing a new chassis from Sunbeam, the newest chassis in their product lineup. Called the Silent Storm, it features a Core-Fan design and tool free drive installation. This is the first PC case with their Core-Fan system, an unique design created to aid in reducing case temperatures and provide superior airflow."

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Kingwin SK-523 Case Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"Kingwin's mounting of the case's lighting in such a way with a standard CCFL allows the end user to customize their case's lighting color with ease. All they need is another color light and 60 seconds in which to do the swap. The other thing that comes to mind is the external rheostat. That it is specifically designed to control a secondary three pin fan shows me that the Kingwin people aren't simply stamping out cases to bring to market, they are truly putting a good amount of practical thought into their design and production."

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