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Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Logitech Cordless Desktop MX3200 Laser Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Today we have pleasure of reviewing the Logitech Cordless Desktop MX3200 Laser, this combination keyboard and mouse offers some unique features that you normally don't find on these two pieces of equipment. Some of the cool features are dedicated search buttons that help you find files faster or you can use the touch-sensitive slider to explore Windows. Then there is the fact that both the keyboard and mouse incorporate the AgION™ antimicrobial compound, providing protection to prevent the growth of a broad range of bacteria, mold and mildew."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Ninja Plus Rev. B Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers
"As many of you will have picked up due to its name, this cooler is not, strictly speaking, a new cooler by Scythe. It is actually an improvement on a modern day classic. The Ninja Plus B is basically the same as the Ninja and Ninja Plus updated with support for AMD’s recently released socket, the AM2. The Ninja Plus really tamed the AMD socket 939 and socket T (Intel 775) processors so we assume the Plus B wont have any problems with the much cooler running AM2 processors. Let’s see how well it does against the top two air-cooling kings of Pro-Clockers!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer Tarantula Gaming Keyboard Review @ XYZ Computing
"The Tarantula is what Razer calls the "first definitive keyboard created by gamers for gamers". Though is not close to being the first keyboard designed for gaming, it will be interesting to see what Razer was able to do in order to optimize their keyboard for competition. Based on their experience with mice, the Tarantula is definitely something to keep an eye on if you don't think a standard keyboard offers all the gaming features you would like. Right now there is considerable competition in the input device market, especially by companies looking to get as much money as they can out of demanding consumers. No one is more demanding of their equipment than gamers, but just piling on extra features is not enough to make a successful product. It will be interesting to see how well Razer was able to balance ease of use with innovation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard Review @ ASE Labs
"The G11 does not suffer the same problem as the G15 since it does not contain a LCD. The volume and media controls are accessible at all times. The volume control does not need software to function, but the media controls do not work in any program I use such as Winamp or Media Player Classic. There are two USB ports at the top of the keyboard that are nice for connecting a mouse or other slow device to. They are still 1.1 ports, no high speed transfers there. There are cable management guides under the USB ports for guiding cables to the side of the keyboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone ST75F 750W Modular PSU Review @ 3DGameman
"The SilverStone ST75F 750W Modular power supply performs very well and it's completely modular with lots of leads. With 750 watts of continuous power, it has plenty of juice for the most demanding computer systems. It even comes with four PCI-E leads for a quad Video Card setup. If you're in the market for a quality, rock-solid power supply, I'd definitely recommend taking a look at this product."

More information on this video review can be found here.
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 430W PSU Review @ Bjorn3D
"What can I say? While I did expect this PSU to be of high quality judging from their previous products I was skeptical if it would manage everything I would throw at it. I in some way had been fooled by the constant hunt for more Wattage and since I had problems running a similar system with some 500 and 600W PSU’s I didn’t think this PSU would be any better. In the end I have to capitulate. Even with “just” 430W this PSU can handle a fully loaded system just fine, at least as long it is using a AMD CPU. It probably won’t handle Quad-SLI but we can’t really mark it down for that. This PSU clearly demonstrates that the quality and efficiency of a PSU is more important that the number of Watts and Amps it provides."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra X-Finity 500 Watt PSU Review @ Modders-Inc
"Today we are going to take a look at one of the Ultra X-Finity (2nd Generation) 500 Watt power supplies. The X-Finity power supply boasts dual rail technology for better power distribution along with a few other nice features. Ultra has been around for a good while now and continue stepping up to the challenge of bringing consumers excellent products."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products XVS Modular 600W ATX Power Supply Review @ BigBruin
"During testing of the Ultra Products XVS Modular 600W ATX Power Supply I did not encounter any serious issues. It is very quiet (especially once inside a closed case), and was indistinguishable over the other fans in the system. The supplied cables were long enough to reach everywhere in a Thermaltake Eureka full tower server case, and there aren't many cases bigger than that."

More information on this review can be found here.
Palit 7900GS Sonic 256MB Video Review @ Driven Heaven
"When a certain game proves to be too much for a graphics card to handle, the cheapest solution is to try and overclock the board. This process is getting easier as the years pass with ATI supporting it “out of the box” on most of their cards and nVidia only requiring a small registry tweak to access their overclocking features (via coolbits). It comes as no surprise that card manufacturers like to use the same tactic to gain an edge over the competition by building the increased clock speeds into their bioses. The Palit 7900GS Sonic we are reviewing is one such product. While an overclocked card in itself doesn't have any real advantage over a reference one (after all you can overclock it yourself) a good cooler included in the package might just be enough to tip the scales in favour of the faster board."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon X1950 Pro PCIe Video Card Review @ PCApex
"Images from both cards are exactly what you would expect from any modern relatively high-end card. They are exceptional. Both, however, showed some strengths and weaknesses. Without filtering the Nvidia card had more of a tendency for pixel shimmering than the ATI card. Pixel shimmer is the ugly sparkling that happens where a moving dark object meets a lighter one. It is usually very apparent in vegetation such as leaves on a tree blowing in the wind. At the point where they meet the sky the image shimmers unnaturally at the edges. Even with Bilinear or Trilinear filtering some pixel shimmer is apparent with both cards. But if you intend to run at 1280x1024 or 1024x768, you can still manage very good frame rates with the X1950 Pro with a good deal of both anisotropic and anti alias filtering."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABit AW9D-Max Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"Intel is set shortly to announce their first Quad Core CPUs, according to their roadmaps. abit has assured me that the AW9D-MAX will support the Kentsfield CPUs. The AW9D-Max is an interesting mix of a 975X motherboard performance-wise, plus the special features you would expect from abit. I can heartily recommend this board for the enthusiast, as it offers excellent performance and Crossfire support right out of the box."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H Motherboard Review @ Ninjalane
"The layout of this motherboard is very well designed with quite a bit of detail given to making room for two monster video cards. Of course if you don't have two monster video cards you'll get to use the abundance of expansion slots otherwise you'll likely be down to a single 1x PCI Express slot and one regular PCI."

More information on this review can be found here.
The BoxHeads Halloween LAN Party 2006 @ Phoronix
"Over the weekend, The BoxHeads had put on their October 2006 (Halloween) LAN Party. This event was in Plainwell, Michigan with approximately 100 gamers making it out. In the past The BoxHeads have hosted events up to 150 people, but coming up in December, they will be hosting an event with approximately 250 gamers in Lansing, Michigan. The BoxHeads have been hosting large LAN parties going back to the start of 2003."

More information on this event can be found here.
ABit SG-95 Micro-ATX LGA775 Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Having 7.1 channel High Definition Audio should reasonably attract anyone looking for the small form factor home theater solution or computer. Factor in the benefits of better dual processor and memory support, it will be more than capable for almost any system requirement not to mention keep you more up to date with newer."

More information on this review can be found here.
HP M7590n Media Center PC Review @ Digital Trends
"The HP M7590n Multimedia PC is an affordable PC with most of the inputs you would want and the unique option of purchasing skins."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Techie Treats for Halloween @ Furturelooks
"With Halloween here, how come only the Kids get treats and we don't? Well, don't fret! We've got some great treat suggestions for Techies. From cheap to somewhat spoiled rich expensive, there should be something in here for you while your kids are bobbing for Apples."

More information on this article can be found here.
NZXT Zero Case Giveaway @ Overclocker Cafe
"The Overclocker Cafe is having a giveaway sponsored by the folks at NZXT. Between now and Wednesday November 15th, readers may enter once to get their name in a hat to win their choice of either a black or a silver NZXT Zero Case. Sporting seven 120mm cooling fans with an 80mm fan thrown in for good measure, this is a case that is all about cool and surprisingly, quiet. There are no strings, forum posts, questions or e-mail spam small print here; shoot off an e-mail and get a shot at winning the random drawing. It doesn't get any more simple."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Scorched Earth Case Mod Project @ Bit-Tech
"We always try to keep things satisfingly different here at bit-tech, and this latest mod from our team is no exception. A couple of months ago, British laptop maker Rock got in touch with me to see if we would be interested in modding up one of the firm's laptops as a showpiece. Obviously, the answer was a resounding 'Where's my Dremel?!' and the modding began."

More information on this project can be found here.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Jetart HDD Guard 3.5” HDD Protector Review @ DSM


"Today for review I have a product that I have to wonder why it took so long for someone to come up with... It is a Hard Drive Protector, called the HDD Guard from Jetart, but it's for when the HDD is out of your case, maybe it's just sitting on the shelf, or you are transporting it somewhere, but a bare drive is pretty much unprotected. Sure you can put it in one of those plastic casings, or in a box, but why, when you have a product like this? It's just really cool, and extremely useful, especially for those of us that have a few spare HDDs floating around. This could come in handy for system builders, repair specialists, enthusiasts, or just about anyone who has a spare HDD. This is one of those products that I can see as becoming part of any enthusiasts toolkit, and I can also see it becoming very popular overall."

More information on this review can be found here.
XSPC Bay Single Bay Reservoir Review @ XtremeComputing
"Now maybe it is only a reservoir and not something to sing and dance about, but I have to say for me it is the best bay res on the market, for the first point it takes up only one bay instead of two and it can do this due to the dividers design layout. This is what makes it possible for the fluid to get right down to the lower levels indicated on the front without letting the output get air, even with its ¼ threads. I was shocked when I had to drain the system for a mobo change and even with only a few mm of water left the output section was still full! I can’t think of any other single bay res that employs a system like this that works so well."

More information on this review can be found here.
MACS Triumph TEC CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
"Using a TEC/Peltier for CPU cooling is nothing new, water
cooling lovers have been doing it for years, the MACS Triumph is a TEC powered unit for the air cooling folks, it performs best at high CPU wattage, something overclockers tend to unleash is current and older processors. Let´s find out if the Triumph can keep successfully keep your CPU and its own TEC cool."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SI-128 CPU Cooler Review @ Bjorn3D
"Built upon the SI-120 model, the new and improved SI-128 boasts tightly gapped fins for more surface area with longer and wider wingspan. In addition, the huge 8mm multiple heatpipes permit even more efficient heat transfer to the aluminum fins. The SI-128 offers a more robust aluminum fin group, which is perfectly designed to support a 120mm fan mounted onto the top of the unit for maximum cooling performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS9700 LED Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Their new CNPS9700 LED cooler is the real deal. It's got performance, even easier installation and virtually universal compatibility. With outstanding fit and finish, a big aggressive presence and the blue LED fan, it also has great looks and would be an excellent upgrade for the stock cooler. The design could result in lower case temperatures as well, providing there's an exhaust fan in the vicinity. Overclockers can have some fun with this cooler, and in silent mode, the quiet computing crowd will be very happy as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
TeamGroup Xtreem DDR2-800 2GB Kit Review @ EclipseOC
"Recently, Micron has been making a huge name for themselves in the performance DDR2 market with their "B6" line of chips. Most notably, two specific chips from the B6 revision, D9GMH and D9GKX, rated for cas5 at 333mhz and 400mhz respectively. If the memory uses one of those two chips, it's usually quite desireable. We have a 2x1GB set from TeamGroup with D9GMH, and is rated to DDR2-800 with 4-4-4-10 timings."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Brings DOMINATOR Heatsink Design and DHX Technology to Standard DDR2-800 Speed
"Fremont, CA (October 30, 2006) –Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high performance enthusiast computer products, today unleashed TWIN2X2048-6400C4D DOMINATOR memory targeting value-conscious performance users. Featuring patent-pending Dual-path Heat Xchange (DHX™) technology, the new Corsair DOMINATOR memory offers the ideal blend of innovative features and reliable performance at standard 800MHz speed.

Corsair’s patent pending DOMINATOR printed circuit board and 4-layer heat sink design offers superior heat dissipation than standard heat spreaders thanks to the DHX technology. It substantially increases the memory module’s thermal dissipation so that the heat generated by the RAM cells can be more efficiently removed from the module via two paths. RAMs that run at lower temperatures enjoy improved performance and extended reliability. Available in 2GB kits, the new TWIN2X2048-6400C4D is fully optimized to deliver rock solid stability.

Rated to perform at 800MHz and low latency of CAS4, the new TWIN2X2048-6400C4D DOMINATOR offers unmatched compatibility for the latest AMD® Athlon™64 AM2 and Intel® Core™2 Duo based motherboards. Each DOMINATOR pair is tested in the most current motherboards and processor platforms to ensure performance at its rated speed. As with other new Corsair XMS modules, the new 6400C4D DOMINATOR features Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP) and is SLI™ Ready. EPP is a new open memory standard for the Serial Presence Detect (SPD) jointly developed by NVIDIA® and Corsair. Memory modules featuring EPP offer the advantage of simplified overclocking for novice enthusiasts and provide unparalleled control for experts."

More information on this press release can be found here.
ATI Chips Comparison Table @ Hardware Secrets
"With more and more graphics chips being released every day it became very complicated for the user who does not follow the video card market to know the differences among all ATI graphic chips in the market today. To facilitate knowing and understanding the difference among major ATI chips, we have compiled the following table."

More information on this article can be found here.
PowerColor Radeon X1950 Pro 256MB Video Card Review @ Bit-Tech
"Generally speaking, there were small gameplay advantages delivered by PowerColor’s card as a result of the slightly higher default clock speeds. We also really like the fact that PowerColor has moved away from the norm and included an Arctic Cooling Accelero X2 as the standard cooling solution, but one has to wonder whether it’s worth the additional £20 that the card will cost you over Sapphire’s Radeon X1950 Pro. That will come down to whether you are planning to overclock or not."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon X1950XTX 512MB Graphics Card Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The graphics card in the crosshairs for this review is the Sapphire ATI Radeon X1950XTX. A bit of a mouthful, but it only gets better with some of the features. Like 512MB of GDDR4, HD AVIVO, Dual DVI ,VIVO, PCI Express x16 Lane 32bit Bus, ATI CrossFire Ready, and Windows Vista Ready."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X1650XT CrossFire GPU Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Radeon X1650 XT delivers superior mainstream performance with industry-leading image quality and best-in-class HD video in the $149 market segment. With ATI’s new, easy to use “plug-and-play” CrossFire™ configuration the X1650 XT might be one of the best gaming and home theater graphics cards choices on the market today. Read on as Legit Reviews tries a pair of these GPU's in CrossFire and as a single card to see how it performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dell XPS M1210 12.1-inch Laptop Review @ Think Computers
"I have been looking for a new laptop for a while. My previous laptop the Dell 700m was great and I had no problems with it at all. I wanted an upgrade, something that was small like the 700m, but also powerful and able to play games. After looking around I found a few laptops I was interested in, but I cut the list down to 2 laptops, the Dell XPS M1210 and the ASUS A8J. The deciding factor was that I was actually able to go look at the Dell and check it out. Also my previous Dell had no problems so I opted for the Dell."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AB9-Pro 965 Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"The Abit AB9-Pro is thus far the fastest Intel board I've tested, CPU and peripheral hardware being equal. Oveclocking went well, especially once we updated the BIOS. Whether overclocked or stock, the AB9-Pro was rock solid during testing. Out of the box, once everything was hooked up, the system ran like a champ. Those of you with extensive storage needs should be very happy with the nine SATA connections available."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Zero Ultimate Cooling Case Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"NZXT brings a lot to the table with the Zero. The Aluminum polished chassis radiates elegance. The smoked front panel and intake grill add enough spice to draw the eye, but will fit in just about any room. The roomy interior provides more than enough work space, and there's enough drive space for the enthusiast as well as the casual user. The seven installed 120mm fans provide plenty of airflow through the case while barely making a sound."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra MicroFly Micro ATX Micro-Tower Case Review @ OCModShop
"Rather than a flat desktop that would fit in an entertainment center, or a mini-tower that's just a smaller ATX case, the Microfly is sort of squareish at the front. It is 11.25" wide by 9" high by 15" deep. The metal sides and top are all very light and the aluminum case is surprisingly mobile. A handle mounted on the front is an inspired feature because its unusual shape is best suited for being trucked to people's houses and set-up on makeshift desks for LAN events, but it also looks nice as part of any home-computing setup. The black, glossy paint adds a special layer of class."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte Poseidon Case Review @ Motherboards.org
"Overall the case has good looks, and an ergonomic design that combined with its predisposed nature to use a liquid cooling kit, makes it ideal for the enthusiast's user who wants to use the best cooling available. There is enough room inside to accommodate a single slot VGA solution, but SLI or CrossFire solutions may prove to be a bit of a tight squeeze and may seriously reduce the amount of air flow needed to keep the system running within normal heat parameters."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
StarDock Object Desktop 2007 Windows Customization Software Suite Review @ Tweaknews
"If you want to change your desktop look, either by simply replacing a simple theme, or modifying your desktop to a radical degree, Object Desktop 2007 is the program suite to have. Aside from the graphical features, the host of other useful and powerful programs makes this a package that stands out from the rest. Object Desktop has become one of my must-have program suites, and is one of the first things installed on a new rig or after a reload of Windows."

More information on this review can be found here.
Alpine64: A Second Opinion @ DSM
"In an effort to bring quality and unbiased reviews to our readers, I have decided to implement a program I am calling: 'A Second Opinion'. A Second Opinion will take a look at products already reviewed on DSM, another staff member will essentially review the product again, but this review will be shorter and more focused on the testing aspects of the products. The idea is that another viewpoint might shed light on something that the original reviewer missed, and the second reviewers test system is different than the original testing system. Not all products will receive the second opinion, only a select few will. There will be a special category in the reviews section of the site that will be titled 'A Second Opinion' here these reviews can be found. I hope everyone finds this program helpful, as the aim to to provide quality, honest and unbiased content to our readers and for our sponsors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS7700-Cu Low Noise Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Zalman CNPS7700-Cu is one of the largest heatsinks in production by this Korean manufacturer, and like most Zalman coolers it is squarely aimed at low noise operation. The CNPS7700-Cu is an extension of the CNPS7000-Cu series, though it is about 30mm larger in total diameter, and weighs in at a hefty 918 grams. The heatsink is compatible with socket 478 & 775 Intel Pentium and Core 2 Duo processors, and socket 754/939/940 & AM2 AMD Athlon64 chips. Zalman assemble the CNPS7700-Cu heatsink from about 60 individual copper fins which are joined together at the center; the metal fins are compressed under great pressure and bolted firmly together to create the resulting heatsink shape, sort of like advanced origami."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright HR-05-SLI Review @ Overclockers Online
"The testing results also dictate that the HR-05-SLI can be added to a system to simply remove a noisy chipset cooling solution with a silent passive one while retaining all the cooling power if not providing more. I was impressed with the HR-05-SLI for both its cooling ability and the flexibility it provides to unique layout issues. Thermalright has always been a favorite of mine with a wide range of cooling products. Introducing the HR-05-SLI after the HR-05 proved to be troublesome in certain setups, shows that Thermalright are dedicated to helping every single user that has cooling needs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX CPU Cooler Review @ Think Computers
"A little while ago Thermaltake released the Big Typhoon CPU cooler. It was a really great CPU cooler and performed well. Now Thermaltake has just released the updated version of the original Big Typhoon, the Big Typhoon VX. The Big Typhoon VX has been outfitted is a fan control knob right on the top of the cooler for easy fan speed switching. The Big Typhoon VX has also been updated to fit AMD's new AM2 specification, so let's take a look!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Watercooling 101 Guide @ Fast Silicon
"The traditional heatsink is the preferred choice for most enthusiasts, but some enthusiasts take a more drastic approach to cooling. One of the more preferred extreme cooling solutions is Watercooling. There are other means of extreme cooling including phase change and liquid nitrogen. In this guide we will focus on Watercooling."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Iiyama ProLite E2200WS 22in Widescreen Monitor Review @ TrustedReviews
"For those who have been around in the industry for some years the name Iiyama is evocative of quality monitors. I once visited its facilities in Stevenage and was impressed by its comprehensive testing set-up. Back in the late nineties, many of the best CRTs were from Iiyama and if a review PC came with a 17in VisionMaster Pro you knew it was off to a good start."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon X1650 Pro Review @ BoxGods
"Building your PC on a budget is a lot more fun when that budget is closer to $3,000 than $1,000; but, sadly, most of us read about the wallet busting uber cards and buy the budget and mid-range cards out of fiscal necessity. The good news is that the current budget segment has some pretty decent choices like the Sapphire Radeon X1650 PRO we will be looking at today."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor X1950 PRO Review @ Bjorn3D
"Beginning of 2006 until now was all about 90 nm chips. Just recently ATI released their first .08µ chips codenamed R580+ (Don't get fooled though; R580 is X1900 XT, meaning it's been out but manufactured using 90 nm process, the plus sign is my own remark to distinguish the two) and RV535 (X1650). Throughout this year the company brought us many interesting products with phenomenal performance / price ratio: X1650 PRO, X1900 GT, X1800 GTO to name a few. Die shrink to 80 nm was just an experiment before ATI rolls out the big (small) guns based on 65 nm silicon. On October 17th ATI had released RV570, X1950 PRO also based on 80 nm process. The chip itself brings nothing new as it's heavily based on R580+. To be frank it's basically X1900 GT with faster clocks, internal Crossfire support and cheaper price tag."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin HP2-6400 2 x 1GB DDR2 Kit Review @ Phoronix
"The RAM modules that we have in for testing today are the Mushkin HP2-6400 2 x 1GB kit with enhanced timings and these FrostByte heatspreaders. These memory modules have a SPD frequency of 800MHz with timings of 4-5-4-11 and supported voltages up to 2.1-2.2V. We have paired these DDR2 modules with the i975X-based Abit AW9D, and set out for some performance tests today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel D975XBX2 Motherboard Officially Launched @ Legit Reviews
"Intel has the D975XBX2 desktop motherboard on their site, which usually means the board should be available at retailers very soon. The first official “production” boards for the Intel D975XBX2 Bad Axe 2 motherboard will be Rev502 and Rev503. Legit Reviews talks about some of the revision changes and tries out the most recent BIOS on the latest enthusiast board from Intel."

More information on this review can be found here.

Super Talent T1000UX2G4 2GB PC8000 Memory Kit Review

"Super Talent has recently introduced some new heat spreaders and really quick 1000MHz DDR2 overclocked memory kits for the gaming enthusiasts. Legit Reviews takes a look at their 2GB kit (T1000UX2G4) and run it at 1GHz with 4-5-4-15 timings and see how the latest and greatest memory from Super Talent does. If you've never heard of Super Talent or are looking for some 1GHz memory read on."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AW9D-Max Motherboard Review @ Driver Heaven
"It’s no secret that Intel’s new Core 2 Duo (and upcoming Quadro) has stirred up a great amount of buzz in over clocking circles. What was an AMD dominated field has been usurped by the new low voltage dual core creations of Intel. Never one to let down its enthusiasts, Abit has unveiled their new AW9D-Max which they promise to be the Intel enthusiast/overclocking board."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS PX1 Exclusive Motherboard Preview @ Fast Silicon
"The ECS PX1 Extreme is slated to be ECS's top of the line S775 platform board, and from our first impressions with this board we can easily see why. If you're wondering why we aren't doing a full review of the board, it's due to board design changes as they relate to BIOS implementation. ECS has changed the configuration of their board, but apparently as of yet haven't resolved issues with BIOS flashing tools. We're still a bit in the dark on this ourselves and are working with ECS's engineers to resolve this before these boards are available at retail."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire Pininfarina SP-ATX-PALU Silver Case Review @ MVKTech
"Spire has joined forces with world renowned designer Pininfarina to develop and introduce a truly unique state-of-the-art chassis to technology enthusiasts and professionals worldwide. Pininfarina, most acclaimed for the Ferrari and Maserati, has fashioned a revolutionary case that has transformed the traditionally vapid PC case into a sophisticated and aerodynamic PC power house. The exclusive Spire Pininfarina chassis was designed with functionality, creativity and opulent style in mind."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master I-Tower 930 Case Review @ Neoseeker
"With the I Tower 930 case, Cooler Master is looking to hit the enthusiast market with a relatively cheap offering that has high end users in mind. With the addition of a few handy physical case protection features and hot swappable functionality, this case seems to have more than what regular folk expect. There are plenty of reasons to want this case even without the SATA II rack but to overlook the hot swap component of this case would be a shame. Costing $114 at MSRP, this case should neither break a new PC builder's budget or limit what the user can afford to put inside it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Tower i930 Case Review @ Hexus
"Resembling the front of the iconic, as far as Cooler Master’s history is concerned, Wave Master, the iTower 930 features an aluminium and ABS plastic front. A screen-printed Cooler Master logo adorns the top left of the fixed-hinged door. At 16kg empty, this heavyweight only features aluminium up front, the rest of its 470mm (H) x 215.5mm (W) x 430 mm (D) bulk is fabricated from 0.8mm gauge SECC steel."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, October 27, 2006
Full List of Online Web Video Hosting Sites @ The TechZone
"With the proliferation of web video sites I thought it may be useful to create a somewhat comprehensive list. I hope everyone will find it useful. Web video sites are typically divided into two types, video hosting like YouTube and Google Video or portals like Channelchooser. Occasionally sites are hybrids like Yahoo video."

More information on this article can be found here.
fUnc Industries Custom Gear Utility Review @ Hardware-Review
"Canada-based fUnc Industries has been creating high-end mousing surfaces since 1999, and since then their line of products has continued to evolve as the company grew and matured. fUnc consumers now have the option to customize their favorite PC gaming surfaces using a new web-based utility on fUnc’s website. We used this utility to create a custom Hardware-Review.net gaming surface because those who know us here at H-R know we love PC gaming."

More information on this review can be found here.
SteelSound 5H v2 Headphones Review @ Techgage
"A good pair of headphones can sometimes be difficult to find. You need top notch sound quality in games as well as in movies and music. Today we are taking a look at a pair of headphones that break the norm in their design. Is it worth it, and if so, how do they perform?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra X-Finity 500W with Active PFC Power Supply Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Ultra is back again with a new take on an old power supply. There are no modular cables and a flat black paint job. The newly revamped X-Finity PSU now sports dual 12v rails and is label the DR series. The X-Finity PSU promises to add power and stability on a new level."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antazone ASC1000 Copper Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Antazone ASC1000 heatsink makes use of direct airflow paths from its front mounted 95mm fan to its donut shaped 76mm diameter copper cooling fin section. Yet how the ASC1000 actually handles is directly tied into how efficiently its three 6mm diameter copper heatpipes, and the balk of copper at its base perform together. A thick copper base plate connects the upper portions of the ASC1000 heatsink to the heat generating processor below, and as a final good measure the whole contraption has been sugar dipped in a nice shinny copper plating bath."

More information on this review can be found here.
Akasa Evo Blue AK-922 Universal CPU Cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"Whilst I was here I took the opportunity to remove the Intel retaining bracket and fitted the AMD bracket this was an easy enough task as you just unscrew the 4 screws pictured to remove the Intel bracket fit the AMD one then screw it in place. I will never understand why manufacturers fit one or the other at time of manufacture, as they do not know what will be needed?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Truepower Trio 650 Watt Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews
"Antec has once again proven that glossy finishes and modular cables isn't all to making a great power supply. Despite lacking some glamour, the TruePower Trio hits where it counts- stability, flexibility, and rock-solid performance. Given the Trio's relatively low cost, the bang for the buck cannot be denied."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS M2N32 WS Professional Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"The ASUS M2N32 WS Professional board is unique in several ways. First it's about the only board on the market today with PCI-X slots on the Socket AM2 platform. PCI-X can use both the PCI-X devices and PCI devices, meaning you lose nothing with the inclusion. As a workstation board, the M2N32 WS Professional scores 37 points on our Features chart. A great board for both the Workstation and Enthusiast user."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon X1300 XT OC Edition Review @ techPowerUp
"The new ATI Radeon X1300 XT is based on the RV530 GPU core which is used on the X1600 series. That alone should bring quite a nice performance boost. On top of that Sapphire has added GDDR3 memory and a healthy clock increase. There is no need to run an overclocking software on your system, the increased clocks are stored in the BIOS. In our testing we saw a huge performance difference to the X1300 and almost no difference to the X1600 series."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS Radeon X1950XTX 512MB GDDR4 Videocard Review @ 3DAvenue
"Keeping with ASUS tradition, the ASUS Radeon X1950XTX features a very large retail box with 3D character art represented on the front - this time, a futuristic looking soldier gets the glory, thanks to the fact that the ASUS Radeon X1950XTX retail package comes with a full copy of Ubisoft's acclaimed Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter. This is a nice addition to a high end videocard's retail package, as I can't think of many games currently available that would better test a high end system to its limits."

More information on this review can be found here.
nVidia's Geforce 7950GX2 and the MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE Videocard Review @ PCstats
"The GeForce 7950GX2 is nVIDIA's flagship graphics card du jour, and the first true dual core, dual slot PCI Express videocard from the boys in Santa Carla. While there have been a handful of single card dual GPU videocards introduced, these have all been brand specific attempts (like the Gigabyte GV-3D1 dual 6600GT and GV-3D1-68GT dual 6800GT). The GeForce 7950GX2 brings SLI power to every PCI Express platform! For SLI compatible motherboards (and anyone with really deep pockets), it's possible to run two GeForce 7950GX2 videocards together in SLU for a total of four GPUs rendering simultaneously! That's just ridiculously sweet!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Spotswood L-18 Wooden Drum Case Review @ 3DGameman
"If you're tired of all the mid-tower, desktop and Home Theatre PC cases that are currently on the market, you definitely want to check out this product. This computer case is unlike any other mainstream case because it’s built from the ground up. They do not modify a pre-made drum, but rather build it from scratch. It’s handcrafted and custom-built from lightweight, high-quality maple veneer plywood, which is very durable. This is the ultimate Home Theatre PC case!"

I just can't understand why anyone would want their computer system inside a drum kit. More information on this video review can be found here.
NZXT Zero Case Review @ Bjorn3D
"I am sure that many of our readers have heard of NZXT. They are fairly well-known computer case manufacturer. NZXT has been making some cool looking midrange cases. However, they are moving toward enthusiasts’ area with their latest line of cases, Crafted Series. Today, we are going to take a look at the first product in the Crafted Series, the Zero. Zero is a full tower aluminum case that is targeted for enthusiasts and gamers who need lots of expansion and need great cooling solutions to keep the system running cool. The name Zero is somewhat unique and attention catchy. Does this case live up to it's unique name? Let’s take a closer look at Zero and see if the case is just as unique as the name implies."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Is Technology Really Making Life Easier? @ The TechZone
"Today we are told that technology is here to make our lives easier. The microwave helps us cook food faster. The internet helps us get information faster and allows us to stay connected with friends, family and business associates. We have more television stations to give us more choices, we have cell phones so that we can stay in touch with each other and we have laptop computers so that we can access the internet anywhere in the world. Ok, let’s look at that last paragraph again. From where I’m sitting, it looks like all our sophisticated modern technology has done the opposite … it has made our lives crazier! It has given us less time instead of more."

More information on this article can be found here.
Cisco IOS: Home Router Configuration @ ASE Labs
"Many readers are like me and want to see what Cisco's Internetwork Operating System (IOS) can do and how powerful it is. There are a plethora of guides on the internet to do many useful functions with a router and a later version of IOS, but none that are easy to follow and give step by step instructions on how to do basic setups such as a home router. I am sure many of you have an inexpensive router sitting in your homes doing all the routing for your network. I think it is time to upgrade to a bit more expensive router than can do the job of that and more."

More information on this article can be found here.
Jetart CK5000 RAM Heatsinks Review @ Bjorn3D
"Once upon a time not long ago, the computer had only one heatsink dwelling deep inside its case. Some readers might remember “the good old days” when the most you had to worry about for system cooling was getting a heatsink with a fan that actually worked. Then as systems improved, so did system cooling with it. Before long, case fans were added, and even the motherboard chipset came equipped with a heatsink. As progression would dictate, it wouldn’t take but a few moments in time before there was a heatsink on everything that produced heat; including the system and video RAM."

More information on this review can be found here.
TTIC NPH AM2 Compact Heat Column CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
"This low cost heat column powered heatsink from TTIC fits AMD AM2/S939 without much hassle. Its compact size and light weight might discourage you at first sight, but do not let looks deceive you, the NPH AM2 is quite a capable heatsink."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Power & Cooling SILENCER® 750 EPS12V Review @ PCApex
"I know PCP&C wants to stay away from added connections. This is the main reason why you will never see a modular cable installed on a PCP&C unit, an extra connector adds resistance. Added resistance equals a loss of power. A couple more reasons why you won't see modular cables on a PCP&C unit is the possibility of pin damage and loose connections that can lead to more serious problems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Anatomy of Switching Power Supplies @ Hardware Secrets
"Power supplies used on the PC are based on a technology called “switching mode” and thus are also known as SMPS, Switching Mode Power Supplies (DC-DC converter is another nickname for switching mode power supplies). In this tutorial we will explain you how switching power supplies work and we will provide a journey into the PC power supply showing you its main components and what they do."

More information on this article can be found here.
Zalman Fatal1ty FS-C77 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Zalman Fatal1ty FS-C77 heatsink is the Zalman CNPS7700-Cu heatsink with a coat of red lacquer applied and a slightly beefier 120mm red LED illuminated fan. The two heatsinks are compatible with the same variety of processors, but the CNPS7700-Cu is skewed for silent running while the FS-C77 ships without the Fanmate 2 fan speed controller. Apart from these three differences, the two heatsinks are identical in every other way. The Zalman Fatal1ty FS-C77 is a large cooler by any measure, and unlike every other Zalman heatsink this one is entirely tuned for performance. It's translucent 120mm fan rotates at 2400RPM, and a series of red LEDs light up the blades nicely in a darkened case."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX GeForce 7950 GT Extreme Passive Edition 512MB Review @ Hexus
"The GeForce 7950GT Extreme Edition Passive is based on the 7950GT, which is now replacing the 7900GT, but partners it with a heatpipe-based passive cooling system rather than the conventional HSF. So this card gives you all the power of Nvidia's G71 GPU, but without any fan noise whatsoever."

More information on this review can be found here.
20" WS: Dell 2007WFP vs. Samsung SM205BW @ PureOverclock
"Over the last year we've seen a steady trend of manufacturers moving away from the already popular and well established 19" sector to concentrate on the emerging 20" market. This has been matched by a growing demand by the consumer for a larger format and resolution, with an increased interest in the widescreen format in particular. Widescreen popularity is on the increase due to modern games, High Definition TV, and gaming devices all offering support for this aspect ratio. People are now looking for multi-purpose displays capable of meeting their combined multimedia needs ranging from normal desktop PC use to the connection of Blu-Ray DVD and XBox 360 devices."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H 975X Express Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"The flagship Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H motherboard is a prime example of what Foxconn can do. Based on the Intel 975X Express and ICH7R chipsets, the board supports all Socket 775 Intel CPUs from the Celeron D to the Pentium 4/D/XE, and of course Core 2 Duo. The 975X Express chipset operates with a 800/1066MHz Front Side Bus (FSB). It features 3GB/s SATA II RAID (0, 1, 5, 0+1) so you can hook up as many as four SATA hard drives like the Western Digital WD740 Raptor together for data redundancy in RAID 1, or the pure speed of RAID 0."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin 2GB HP2-6400 DDR2-800 Memory Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The quality of memory used in this particular HP2-6400 kit is evident by the superb overclocking potential. Obtaining 1000mhz from an 800mhz kit is proof these are indeed high performance memory modules. Add to that the good looking blue aluminum "FrostByte" heatspreaders and you've got a potent combination."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC2-8800 Gold & Corsair PC2-8888 Dominator Review @ Driver Heaven
"The DDR2 memory market is a confusing area for many people right now. The fastest memory speed AMD and Intel officially support is DDR2-800, for some time the major manufacturers have been striving to release memory which far exceeds this speed. In the past we have reviewed modules from Geil and Corsair with DDR2-1066 ratings which should be more than enough to sate the appetite of power hungry users, however the products we are testing today are capable of even faster speeds."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS P965T-A Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"ECS has been making great strides from top to bottom on their Motherboard lineup. We have seen their Elite division and their budget division increase in not only quality but delivering what the consumer wants. If you are looking for a budget board, that performs well with a Intel Core 2 Duo at the helm, the ECS P965T-A could be calling your name."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
QPAD XT-R & QPAD CT Roundup @ Oz Case Modz
"QPAD are a newer player on the Australian market although their products are rapidly gaining popularity, I first heard of QPAD approximately 9 months ago at a local LAN event where some of their pads were being given away. Since then I seem to be noticing their products more and more and today I got the opportunity to take a look at two of their newer products the QPAD CT Mouse pad and the QPAD XT-R Mouse pad."

More information on this review can be found here.
Revoltec VGA Graphic Freezer Pro Review @ Bjorn3D
"With the increasing power of video cards comes an increased need for good cooling. The stock cooling you find on both NVIDIA and ATI video cards do keep the video cards cool but often at the expense of a higher than acceptable noise level. There is a lot of third-party VGA coolers on the market and today we are reviewing one from Revoltec; the Revoltec VGA Graphic Freezer Pro."

More information on this review can be found here.
AimBlade Review @ BurnOutPC
"What would you think if I said that Im using this product daily? Because I am and I can't seem to work without it. It takes 2 days to get used to. But once you got used to it, you'll love it. You don't want to game or work without it anymore. Sure the logo on the aimblade it self vaguely disappears after a while, but who cares. This product has to function, it has to give you something in return. And I've got used to working with the aimblade, mainly for my left arm with typing and it rocks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Rocket II Cooler GH-PCU23-VE Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"Following in the footsteps of the 3D Rocket and 3D Cooler before it, the Gigabyte 3D Rocket II GH-PCU23-VE heatsink takes a similar approach to cooling the full spectrum of processors - but with an aim towards reduced temperatures and noise output. The bright blue LEDs make Gigabyte's 3D Rocket II cooler a great candidate for windowed chassis. The GH-PCU23-VE is compatible with socket 478 & 775 Intel Pentium 4, and socket 754/940/939 & AM2 AMD Athlon64 processors."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Secure Digital Dual 1GB Memory Card Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Today we are taking a look a OCZ's Secure Digital Dual Memory Card , used one way it is a standard SD memory card for used in your camera, MP3 or Palm, used the other it becomes a 1GB USB connected Flash Drive. Come on along as we check out this multi-faceted device."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Reserator 2 Water Cooling System Review @ Tweaknews
"With the introduction of the Reserator 2, Zalman has taken a great product and made it even better. They've addressed a number of issues that I found annoying in the earlier versions and improved the performance dramatically. I like the new look a lot and the enhanced cooling is augmented by new safety features that make the Reserator 2 an outstanding product. Silent PC aficionados will find the increased performance very attractive, allowing some moderate overclocking without any noise penalty."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI or NVIDIA - The Battle For Adult Gaming GPU's @ Legit Reviews
"When the game installs it's set to run default in OpenGL mode and when using NVIDIA based graphics cards the gaming experience was found to be flaccid as the stuttering and jaggies were making Jenna less than attractive. Since the NVIDIA slogan is "the way it's meant to be played" we were let down as Jenna wasn't meant to be played like this."

More information on this article can be found here.
OCZ PC2-6400 Special Ops Edition Urban Elite Memory Kit Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"When I first saw OCZ's new Special Ops Edition Urban Elite Memory Kit my thinking was, isn't that pretty, a monochrome camouflage theme painted on. Well, the SOE Urban Elite memory units have more than just a pretty face. Capable of running a solid overclock of DDR2 914MHz at 4-4-3-15 and an eye popping DDR2 1066 with the settings loosened up to 5-5-5-15 show that beauty isn't just skin deep here."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X1900 XT 256 MB Video Card Review @ techPowerUp
"ATI's new X1900 XT 256 MB is designed to fit into the price range that is bound by the X1900 GT on the lower end and the X1900 XT 512 MB on the upper end. In order to bring the card's price down ATI chose to reduce the total memory size from 512 MB to 256 MB. Also a bit slower memory is used. We test how big the performance difference to the more expensive X1900 XTX with 512 MB is."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K9A Platinum AM2 Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"If CrossFire isn't your dual-graphics brand of choice, MSI also offers a similarly specified board called the K9N Platinum based on Nvidia's Nforce 570 chipset. There are both SLI and non-SLI versions available of the latter, too. But enough of the alternatives. Let's find out what the K9A Platinum has to offer."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS P965T-A Motherboard Review @ Overclockers Online
"The ECS P965T-A is a solid board on what is now arguably the fastest platform for near any task, provided you've got the right C U of course. ECS has given this board a lot to make it appealing to your average user, but has also left a lot out that would have otherwise made it a real winner for the enthusiast. The board has been incredibly stable and performs well, but until something more is done to this boards BIOS what you see is what you get."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K9N Diamond AM2 nForce 590 SLI Overclocking Test @ Madshrimps

"The MSI K9N Diamond motherboard continues the Diamond product line from MSI, previously the K8N for S939 Platforms. This new motherboard has heat pipe chipset cooling and lot of potential for overclocking. The nVIDIA NF590 SLI chipset is used which features EPP technology to help overclocking of DDR2 memory modules."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AW9D Max Motherboard Review @ Pro-Clockers
"The AW9D-Max is Abit’s second motherboard to date that supports the Core 2 Duo. The first was the AB9 which is based on the Intel P965 chipset. But their top dawg is the AW9D-Max. A full feature motherboard that sports a great color scheme as well as a host of other things that may make this the board to have."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus M2R32-MVP CrossFire Xpress 3200 Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"A year ago we would have never expected to say this, but ATi's CrossFire Xpress 3200 (aka the ATi RD580) Northbridge and SB600 Southbridge combo are as strong as the equivalent chipsets from nVidia. The Asus M2R32-MVP motherboard is moderately priced for a socket AM2 platform. The M2R32-MVP supports all Socket AM2 processors from the AMD Sempron to Athlon64, X2 and FX processors. There are four DDR2 DIMM slots which accommodate as much as 8GB Of DDR2-800 memory. The two PCI Express x16 slots are obviously for videocards, and Crossfire Edition videocards in particular if dual-card gaming is your thing."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalTake Mozart Tx Case Review @ GideonTech
"Fresh from Thermaltake, let me introduce the new Mozart TX Case. This is not a standard case, in fact, it is larger than any case I have used at home to date. Not only is it very tall, but it is cube style and thus much wider than a standard case. Also available are four expansion kits which can turn it into a full blown media center."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Choosing the right Portable MP3 Player Part 1 @ OCModShop
"MP3 players have been around much longer than the Apple iPod , but there is no arguing that this one device opened the market to a much larger customer base. In addition to Apple’s own success, the iPod paved the way for dozens of other manufacturers to offer their own twist on this technology."

More information on this article can be found here.
Sumo Lounge Omni Bean Bag Chair Review @ XYZ Computing
"Sumo Lounge's Omni is not just any bean bag. The term 'bean bag' probably brings you back to your childhood and thoughts of a large foam-filled sphere with a rubbery exterior. Well, those days are long gone because the bean bag, if you can even still call it that, has gone high class. As seen in the Omni, and also in the Fatboy, there is a market for products like that one you used to kick around your basement, but with much higher quality and better design. After all, with a few improvements, the bean bag could actually be a useful and extremely versatile piece of furniture."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hi-Speed USB Pen Drives Tested 512MB to 4GB @ Tweaktown
"Today we are looking at a bunch of different pen drives from a range of different companies. Sizes range from 512MB to 4GB and each have their own special feature and style. With Christmas only about two months away, a pen drive would make a great gift for someone in your family or a friend and even the high-end brand name drives with all the cool features and good performance won’t cost you a fortunate. Let’s have a look and find out a couple of things – which offers the most attractive looks and features and which offers the best performance, at the right price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair HX620W PSU Review @ Driver Heaven
"Corsair is a company whose name is synonymous with quality RAM, however they have slowly tried to diversify by creating water-cooling systems for enthusiasts (the highly acclaimed Nautilus). Today we are looking at another product in this expanded range, one of their new high quality power supply units, they offer two models in this range, the HX520W and the HX620W. We received the higher specification 620w unit for testing today, so let us see if it lives up to the high standards we associate with the Corsair brand name."

More information on this review can be found here.
Elife Colorful Card USB Drive Review @ Think Computers
"When it comes to portable storage many people do not want to be carrying around something extra. USB flash drives are nice, but they are something extra to carry around with you. What is something that almost everyone carries around with them? A wallet! Today we are taking a look at the Elife Colorful Card USB drive that will fit inside your wallet just like a credit card, and each drive comes with an image on the front so it looks more like a credit card, or something that you would actually have in your wallet."

More information on this review can be found here.
Bluegears b-Enspirer PCI Sound Card Review @ DSM
"Sound, it's everywhere! In everything we do, in the latest games they are making use of high tech sound for ambients and every other part of it. We all know movies have excellent sound tracks in them, but are you missing something with that onboard sound setup? HTPC's are very popular, and high end gaming PCs are as well, but the part that is most often overlooked in the sound card. Most people are happy with the onboard sound, but you can exponentially enhance your listening experience with a good sound card. Today for review, our friends at Bluegears have sent over their new b-Enspirer PCI sound card with the new, and probably best, Oxygen HD sound processor chip built in. This card has got everything covered, the whole range of Dolby, DTS, C-Media, 8-channels and much more. This is a card that you must have if you truly enjoy excellent quality sound."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS EN7950GT VGA Video Card Review @ Gamepyre
"The ASUS EN7950GT/HTDP/512M/A video card is an excellent example of the 7950GT series retailing for a MSRP of $299 (Newegg price 10/17/2006), matching the price of the other 7950GT cards. At this price point [WINDOWS-1252?]it’s a decent purchase you get all of the features of the 7900 series, the performance of a 7950GT, and you get Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter."

More information on this review can be found here.
Powercolor X1650 Pro Video Card Review @ techPowerUp
"ATI's Radeon X1650 was introduced with the X1950 XTX and the X1300 XT. Just what is this card? As the name suggests, it is a little step up from the X1600 XT. With the same amount of pipelines, and slightly higher clocks, is there anything to look forward to with the X1650 Pro? No doubt, this card at least runs cooler - insured by a smaller manufacturing process. Does it bring balanced performance at a fair price? How does it fair compared to the X1300 XT? Most importantly, is it worth buying?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Inno3D GeForce 7950 GT Video Card Review @ Bit-Tech
For many of you, the question will be: buy now or wait for a DirectX 10 compatible card? The answer comes down to how often you upgrade your video card, and what games you are looking to play. If you are looking for more performance in current generation games, and are happy to spend another £200-300 when next generation hardware arrives, then both ATI’s Radeon X1900XT 256MB and Inno3D’s GeForce 7950 GT 512MB will suit your needs well, depending on the resolutions you’re looking to play at."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Pure CrossFire 3200 Motherboard Review @ Neoseeker
"So, I flashed it. And once flashed, the overclocking went much, much smoother. But there was a hitch involved. For some reason, the board didn't seem to like those 4-4-4-12 memory timings we had set in the beginning. So, to get it running we reset the memory to 5-5-5-18, and that seemed to work wonders. In the end, our final score came out to be a 524.8 x 2MHz memory speed, for a total of 1049.6MHz memory. As for the processor itself, with the help of a BIOS update, lower memory timings, and a lot of hope, we managed a decent overclock. With an 8x CPU multiplier tied to a 333MHz bus, our final rating of 2,664MHz ( 2.6Ghz) wasn't half bad. But it obviously wasn't that good either."

More information on this review can be found here.
How to Setup a RAID System @ Hardware Secrets
"RAID stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks and with at least two hard disk drives you can setup them as a RAID array in order to increase the disk performance or to improve data reliability. In this tutorial we will teach you how to setup a RAID system on your PC."

More information on this article can be found here.
Win a Swiftech H20-220 Apex Ultra kit with SpecialTech @ Overclock3D
"Recently reviewed by Overclock3D, the Swiftech H20-220 Apex Ultra is one of the best water cooling kits on the market. Coming complete with a Swiftech Apogee block, high performance radiator and Swiftech (Laing) D5 pump, this kit has all the components for you to dive straight into the high end water cooling scene."

More information on this contest can be found here.
MSI mPC 945 Barebone SFF Review @ Viper Lair
"HD Audio, and Gigabit LAN are welcome additions and "modernizes" the mPC family. The WiFi connection is an option and was offered as such with their previous mPC, but needless to say, this does give the user more options about the PC's placement should there be no hard wired Ethernet connection near by. The mPC 945 is not terribly noisy and much quieter than the majority of full desktop PCs. Temperatures are kept in check, and most of the time, stays under 60°C. Stability was never in question, and performance was quite good at stock speed, slightly faster than MSI's previous mPC 915."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Mini Aquagate Review @ Techwarelabs
"The team at Cooler Master has sent TWL the entry level water cooling system called 'Mini Aquagate'. This preassembled kit is for the gamer who is looking to water cooler their processor w/o the high cost of your present market water cooling systems. Techwarelabs has installed and tested the Mini Aquagate and bring you the results."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX CPU Cooler Review @ Futurelooks
"Thermaltake's taken a proven design and updated it for the latest CPU's and socket designs. They made some design improvements and hopefully this involves higher performance. Come and see how it fares against Intel's Core 2 Duo."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Reserator 1 V2 & Fan Kit Review @ Techgage
"Water cooling has a lot of benefits. First off it's more effective, water removes heat close to ten times better than air. Secondly it's generally quieter, this is owed to waters better thermal capacity and the fact that the radiators used have way more area than a simple HSF does. Today we take a look at an un-traditional water cooling system that's about as quiet as you'll ever get."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolIT Freezone CPU Cooler (TEC) Review @ 3DGameman
"The CoolIT Freezone CPU Cooler performs great, is easy to install, very quiet, and looks great. I really love how they've implemented the peltier reservoirs. Normally you'll see them implemented on a heatsink or right on the waterblock. The way this liquid cooling system is designed makes it work very well. I suspect there will be many more products in the near future using thermoelectric coolers."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Monday, October 23, 2006
Guide to BIOS Functions and Firmware Flashing @ Technibble
"In this article we discuss the nature of BIOS, its general functions which vary between manufacturers and models - some common chokepoints, and finally, ways of upgrading or fixing it. Learning to use and upgrade your BIOS and other flash firmware is primarily for optimization purposes, but can come handy in overcoming some very basic hardware problems."

More information on this review can be found here.
My Windows Vista RC2 Media Center Upgrade Experience @ Krunker
"A few weeks back, I mentioned that I was going to finally experiment with Vista RC2’s Media Center on my main home theater PC system which I had built last year using Windows Media Center 2005. I had been reluctant use Vista on that particular system mostly because it was the main HTPC in our home. However after playing with Vista on my workstation in the office, I decided why not? It seemed Vista was stable enough and perhaps the system components on my HTPC were going to be good enough to run Vista."

Common sense dictates that you should never run beta or pre-release software in a production environment. More information on this article can be found here.
Vantec Iceberq6 VGA Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Finding a low noise, efficient cooling solution at a reasonable price point, has been a challenge for many users of these video cards with intrusively loud cooling solutions and today we are going to be looking at a new universal VGA cooler from Vantec, the Iceberq 6, to see if it can meet the demands of keeping today’s performance video cards cool and quiet."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard Review @ Modders-Inc
"As always Logitech does everything with style and for a reasons. The Logitech G11 is the newest gaming keyboard from Logitech and it is no exception to their rule. The color scheme is perfect, key layout is dead on and the "G" Series keys on the board will be just what gamers will want."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Ultimate Geek Comforter @ The TechZone
"We've reviewed some pretty interesting hardware here at The TechZone but I have to say, this one takes the cake! For one thing, I am not sure whether to call this hardware or software? Claiming to be "The Sexiest Comforter On The Planet", the Reality Bedding comforter features a dye-sublimated print of four hot sleeping beauties wearing nothing more than bras and panties. Another comforter, call Kiss, feature two babes locked in an embrace and doing a, well you can take a guess at what they're doing."

More information on this review can be found here.
KuFormula VF1 Plus VGA Cooler Review @ Bjorn3D
"In this review I will utilize the KuFormula VF1 Plus VGA cooler to tame the burning desire my video card has to combust into flames. While there are at least dozens of various aftermarket VGA cooling solutions available at the time of this writing, it seems Sytrin has introduced something that stands out as unique and different in a sea of similarity. Using copper-based heatsink with dual heatpipes, the KuFormula VF1 is a formidable cooling solution on its own, add to it the radial fan system and anodized aluminum RAM heatsinks, and you have yourself one superior package for your VGA space heater."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Hyper TX Socket 775 CPU Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"The Cooler Master Hyper TX offers just about everything you would want in a processor cooler; easy installation, minimal noise, respectable cooling performance, and the secondary benefit of cooling motherboard components near the processor. Despite the compact size and light weight of the Hyper TX, it did quite well when it came to thermal testing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Apack Zerotherm GX710 Copper Videocard VGA Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"The ZEROtherm GX710 is a good VGA cooling solution from a new player in this market. A tie, however, is rarely satisfying in this business. As I mentioned earlier, the GX710 is almost surely going to be more expensive that the GX700 and, being a bit heavier, doesn't have much to recommend it over the 700."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monsoon II Active TEC CPU Cooling System Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Monsoon II TEC CPU Cooling System was designed exclusively for Vigor Gaming by Macstek Technology and brings TEC cooling to the enthusiast community in package that is nearly all enthusiasts can use without a problem. The Monsoon II is RoHS compliant, which means it can be sold around the world and available to many markets. The Monsoon II takes advantage of something found back in the 1834 by a scientist named of Jean Peltier. Peltier discovered the inverse of the Seebeck effect, and came up with the "Peltier effect". The Monsoon II takes this cooling technology from 1834 and has added the latest in heat pipe and monitoring technology to come up with a CPU cooling system that performs better than standard air coolers."

More information on this review can be found here.
X-Micro X-VDO MP4 F610 Multimedia Player Review @ Think Computers
"X-Micro was established in 1999 and specializes in innovative digital multimedia devices and wireless communication devices. X-Micro strives to deliver high quality, inventive new digital and wireless devices to users around the world. Today we will be looking at the X-VDO F610 which features a brilliant full-color display for viewing music videos and photos; it plays MP3/WMA music files, tunes in FM radio and also has good recording function, and includes a 2GB capacity."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial 10th Anniversary DDR2 PC2-5300 Kit Review @ MVKTech
"It's hard to believe that Crucial has already been around for a whole decade, but September 2006 marks 10 years of their selling top-notch memory upgrades and providing stellar customer support. Crucial has been known for their quality memory, great prices, and fast shipping. In honor of reaching the 10th year milestone, no small feature for an online technology company, they've designed a limited edition memory module heat spreader. After all, aluminum is one of the traditional gifts for a 10th anniversary. In recognition of Crucial's 10th anniversary, the company has released a special version of their well known DDR2 PC2-5300 module."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS P965T-A Rev1.0B Motherboard Review @ Fuurelooks
"With the release of Core 2 Duo, Intel's newest kid on the block just might rob your bank leaving you nothing for other components! ECS may have a solution for the cost conscientious upgraders with the P965T-A. Come and see if this could be the right board for you."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X1650PRO Graphics Cards Compared @ Tweaktown
"Well, the new ATI Radeon X1650PRO is available – it is priced well and of course performs well. So like our round up of the Radeon X1300XT cards just the other day, we will be doing the same thing with the new X1650PRO from ATI and four of its partners – GeCube, PowerColor, Sapphire and HIS. We will be looking at the cards alone with a pair in Crossfire mode to see what type of performance is on offer from one of ATI’s newest GPU’s."

More information on this review can be found here.

Highpoint 1740 SATA-II Controller Review

"It begs the question - why haven’t we seen more PCI Express cards on the market? We simply can’t answer that, we can only surmise that PCI is cheaper to produce and more widely accepted. There are guaranteed PCI slots on any motherboard these days and even in older server systems which don’t get as upgraded as often as the desktop sector. Highpoint has sent us their latest RAID controller card for the PCI bus that is guaranteed to work in any PC as long as it has a PCI slot and that is any motherboard from the Intel Pentium 2 era to now."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Aguila Case Review @ Hexus
"We recently reviewed one of Thermaltake's full-tower offerings, the Armor LCS, and whilst the case and the water-cooling were good in isolation, they just didn’t get on that well together. With that in mind, we have another of its chassis here today, a mid-tower sized model, the Aguila."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Adamas Case Review @ Techgage
"NZXT is back with a sophisticated new case that proves to be one of the most "solid" we've ever taken a look at. It also includes a few innovations not seen in other cases. The primary downside? Small interior. Read on to see all of what this case has to offer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
The Top 5 Silent PC Upgrades @ hardCOREware
"We started with an article called How to Build a Dead Silent PC. The components we used then seem archaic by today's standards, but that was pretty much all there was to choose from at the time. That article was spawned into a spin-off site, Build a Silent PC.com, which helps guide you step-by-step, looking at every single component to build a silent PC with."

More information on this article can be found here.
Connect3D Radeon X1900GT & Foxconn GeForce 7900GS Review @ Driver Heaven
"SLI and Crossfire powered gaming systems are something most of us can only dream about. The same thing is true for cards like the dual-GPU GeForce 7950GX2. The majority of us have to look at single-card solutions, and even then the pricier models can be rather expensive. For that reason both ATI and nVidia offer several cards that can still be considered high-end, but with their price being set at a far more reasonable level. Today we look at offerings from both ATI and nVidia, namely the Radeon X1900GT HDCP by Connect3D and the GeForce 7900GS by Foxconn. To spice things up we will compare the results from both cards with a representative of the last generation of nVidias 7x00 series – the 7800GT. The card is getting rather difficult to buy, since it is no longer being manufactured, but its price is similar to that of both the other cards. Cards in this price range are likely to be partnered with a midrange TFT screen running at around 1280x1024, so we will be running tests at this resolution with as much eye candy enabled as possible."

More information on this review can be found here.
EVGA e-GeForce 7600GTS Video Card Review @ Motherboards.org
"For a street price of $116 after mail-in rebate, the 7600GTS is a good alternative to the 7600GT, as its performance is very nearly the same, but the price is lower. After consultation with EVGA, they say the 7600GTS is a cross between the 7600GS and a 7600GT (GDDR3 memory). All in all a good entry level gaming card that won't break the bank."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 Motherboard Review @ Sharky Extreme
"The Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 motherboard is powered by the Intel P965 Express Northbridge chipset, combined with an ICH8 Southbridge. This motherboard supports 1066/800/533 MHz CPU bus speeds and can handle all Core 2 Duo, Pentium D, Pentium 4/Extreme, and Celeron D LGA775 processors, as well as touting compatibility with upcoming Core 2 Extreme Quad-Core models (using the latest BIOS). This is a full-size ATX motherboard, checking in at 305mm x 210mm, and includes four DDR2 sockets capable of handling up to 8 GB of total memory. Its DS3 naming convention also deserves examination, as the "D" stands for Durability Enhanced, and the "S3" refers to Speed, Smart, and Safe."

More information on this review can be found here.
The "DOS Head Unit" Project @ Mini-ITX
"Current head units while starting to support USB drives and MP3/WMA files have a few drawbacks - firstly there a limits on the number of files that can be accessed by various media, secondly they are painfully slow loading files, and thirdly they are yet to support lossless music files (excluding the Phatnoise Phatbox). My aim was to produce a music player capable of playing both lossy (MP3/WMA/etc) and lossless media (FLAC/APE/WAV) for the price of a cheap headunit."

More information on this project can be found here.
Sunbeam Case Chassis Feet Review @ Modders-Inc
"LED Case Feet are a great lighted accent for your case! The LED Case Feet come in a package of four with a single light in each foot. They are designed to be replacements for Chieftech* case feet."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolerMaster CM Stacker STC-T01 Case Review @ Fast Silicon
"The CoolerMaster Stacker full-tower case is pretty much the perfect computer case. It provides excellent ventilation on all sides: Front and rear, right and left sides, top and bottom. This steel and aluminum case is well-built and you can really feel that when you try to pick up this nearly 40 pound case. Tons of room inside for multiple hard drives and 5 1/4" drives and a tool-free design."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, October 20, 2006
New and Improved OCModShop Gallery @ OCModShop
"OCModShop has a new and improved gallery! We offer way more than just images of cases and hardware (and of course the OCMS models). We have Xbox 360 DVD covers, manuals, MP3s, game MIDIs and much more!"

More information on this gallery can be found here.
Silverstone Strider 750w ST75F PSU Review @ Overclock3D
"The +12v rails on the ST75F have been given a healthy power boost up to 18 amps each (54a total), which is a great improvement over the ST60F's arrangement of 13a,18a,16a,8a. The efficiency has also been greatly improved from 75% (on the ST60F) to over 80%."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX CPU Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"This isn't the largest heatsink fan I have reviewed, but it is the first with six separate heat-pipes and a set of two cooling fins. Does this design lead to better cooling? Well, the numbers in the testing don't lie. The Tt Typhoon VX was only a few degrees Celsius above a TEC cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX CPU Cooler Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Tipping the scales at 822 grams the Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX with its six 6mm heatpipes and 72 fins construction make this one of the best performing heatsinks on the market today. To add icing to the cake the Big Typhoon also has a speed adjustable 120mm fan attached to the top of it to allow a high air volume low noise setup. So come on along as we check this unit out and see just how well it performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire X1950 Pro Video Card Review @ TrustedReviews
"CrossFire worked without fault, but it wasn't without complications. I decided to try a mixed pair of cards the Sapphire and the PowerColor. No matter what I tried, I couldn't get them working in CrossFire. On top of that, but I would frequently find while moving cards around, trying different combinations and even trying to revert back to the two Sapphire cards, I would often boot in to a black screen in Windows. It would seem that ATI still have a few issues to iron out, but this is definitely a strong step in the right direction."

More information on this review can be found here.
Apevia Iceberg ATX-IB680W Green PSU Review @ Overclockers Club
"This PSU (Power Supply Unit) is certainly an iceberg, weighing in at 680 watts with dazzling beauty. It features UV reactive sleeves and connectors with a clear window showing all the beautiful guts of the beast. It also includes adjustable color fans (three different colors) and a fan controller."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek Winfast® PX7950 GT TDH Extreme Review @ Bjorn3D
"Leadtek® offers four models of the GeForce™ 7950 GT. The standard WinFast PX7950 GT TDH which closely parallels the NVIDIA® reference version of this card and offers it with both 256 and 512 MB of DDR3 memory. The "Extreme" version has moderately faster specifications than the NVIDIA® reference design and is also offered with 256 and 512 MB of DDR3 memory."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn 975X7AB Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"Due to the i975's predating the Core 2 Duo processor, there
are lots of boards out there which don't support Intel's new
processor. So a slew of updated boards have been arriving with Core 2 Duo support. Amongst these is Foxconn's 975X7AB, which replaces the 975X7AA. We take a look at what has changed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix 2GB (1GBx2) PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory Kit Review @ BigBruin
"The Ballistix 2GB (1GBx2) PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory Kit lives up to Crucial's long standing reputation for quality, while helping to bolster their newer presence in the performance system memory market. The PC2-6400 modules did well in testing, and the lower timings (4-4-4-12) helped this 2GB kit beat out another kit with more standard, 5-5-5-15 timings."

More information on this review can be found here.
ExtensiveMods Modding Contest @ ExtensiveMods
"The modding contest will start on October 20th and end on December 20th. The mods will be judged on the following criteria:

- Quality of worklog
- Innovativeness
- Design
- Difficulty
- Unique ideas
- Overall quality
- Looks

We would like for you to use 2 products from the contest sponsors if possible but will not be manditory."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Ultra Products Unveils Stackable Peripherals
"FLETCHER, OHIO – October 18th, 2006 – Ultra Products, a global leader in technology solutions, has unveiled its new line of stackable computer peripherals. The line, which includes HD enclosures, hubs, card readers, and power supplies, will solve the old catch-22 - leave no usable desk space uncovered or risk damage to peripherals and data by stacking them, creating dangerous levels of heat. Ultra’s new line is designed to keep stacked components safely cooled (and interconnected) while leaving the smallest possible footprint.

The first available products in the Stackable line include a new USB 2.0 Hard Drive Enclosure and USB 2.0/Firewire HD Enclosure. The complete stackable series will be available next month with the addition of an eSATA/USB 2.0 HD Enclosure, USB Hub, USB Hub/Card Reader, and a Power Supply to fuel the stack.

Prices for the new USB 2.0 and USB 2.0/Firewire HD Enclosures start at $49.99. Both are available now at fine retailers nationwide and on TigerDirect.com."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Enermax Phoenix Case Review @ ThinkComputers
"A little while ago we took a look at the Chakra case from Enermax. The case featured a huge 25cm side fan that took up almost the entire side of the case. Doubtful at first, I was surprised to see how well that case performed. Today we are looking at a similar case from Enermax that features the same 25cm side fan. The Phoenix is one of Enermax's newest cases and has a boatload of features including tool-less drive bays and PCI slots, 2 hidden CD-ROM covers and the huge 25cm fan. This case is designed to make everything easier for you so let's take a look."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Behringer FCA202 Firewire Audio Interface Review @ Driver Heaven
"For those reading this who know a little about the professional side of audio equipment, you’d almost be sure to have heard of Behringer already, but for those that haven’t, Behringer is a company that focuses on manufacturing professional audio equipment at the lowest price possible. Up until recently Behringer have been focusing manufacturing Live and Studio sound equipment. However, they have started to move towards the computer music section of the market. This is where the subject of this review comes in."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seasonic S12 Energy+ 80Plus 550Watt PSU Review @ DSM
"Seasonic power supplies, when you ask about a power supply recommendation, Seasonic is almost always listed as a good PSU to buy. Seasonic has been around since 1975, and they make some of the top performing power supplies out there. Today for review I have a new addition to the Seasonic product lineup, it is the S12 Energy+ 550Watt, certified 80Plus PSU. This power supply not only guarantees performance and efficiency but also silence. Read on to learn a bit more about this great power supply from Seasonic."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lexar JumpDrive FireFly Review @ TrustedReviews
"If you’re a serious digital photographer you’ll be well aware of Lexar’s reputation in the flash memory market. Lexar has traditionally been manufacturing high-quality, high-speed memory cards for digital cameras for some time now. In fact in our recent memory card group test Lexar walked away with the Editor’s Choice awards for both CompactFlash and SD cards! But Lexar also makes USB keys and when I heard about the tiny new JumpDrive FireFly I thought I’d better take a look at one."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Toughpower W0116RU Cable Management 750W Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews
"This PSU should prove to be a worthy addition to the very competent Toughpower line. The stability was impressive and the modular cables not only performed admirably, but look very good in their sleeving. Outstanding stability and a rich feature set like this, however, doesn't come cheap."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire Rocketeer III 500w PSU Review @ XSReviews
"Spire is perhaps not the most well known company, but they have been making waves in the cooler and PSU market for a few years now and recently they sent me their new Spire Rocketeer III 500w PSU. Read on to find out how it stood up to our tests."

More information on this review can be found here.
Inno3D 7900 GS Video Card Review @ TrustedReviews
"Back at the beginning of September, nVidia launched the 7900 GS and 7950 GT. Although I covered this in a news story, it's only now that I have managed to take a look at the 7900 GS. With the ATI X1950 Pro launched today, and G80 just around the corner, I felt I couldn't really review the former without first looking at this card first."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax Volcano 630W Power Supply Review @ 3DGameman
"The Raidmax Volcano 630W Power Supply is available in two different wattages, 530 and 630. This is enough power for most midrange computer systems. It's all aluminum so it's lightweight, comes with two 80mm LED fans, and is completely modular. This power supply also has distinctive styling that will definitely stand out."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Asus EN7600GT SILENT/2DHT/256M Video Card Review @ Viper Lair
"For the gamer on a budget the EN7600GT SILENT/2DHT/256M is an excellent choice, providing excellent gaming performance as well as decent overclocking potential as well. If your quest is for a silent running rig, you just cant get any quieter than a card with zero moving parts that produces no noise what so ever."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 Review @ I4U
"Intel currently has the fastest desktop CPU on the planet called the Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800. This CPU is head, shoulders, knees and toes above the FX-62 from AMD performance wise. From gaming to other computer applications both real world and synthetic, Intel’s X6800 has a commanding lead over AMDs best offering. If you are like me and have seen some of the 16 page reviews online and really just wanted to get to the chocolaty center of the X6800, this is the review for you."

More information on this review can be found here.
SyncMAX Express PC2-6400 DDR2 800 Memory Review @ PCstats
"The SyncMAX PC2-6400 Express modules that passed through the PCSTATS test labs today are entirely great for mainstream PC systems. At stock speeds the memory performed at the same pace as enthusiast class DDR2-800 DIMMs; benchmarking at par for workstation style tasks like email, word processing and spreadsheets."

More information on this review can be found here.

Gigabyte GV-NX76T256D-RH Silent Geforce 7600GT Videocard Review

"nVIDIA has increased the value quotient in the GeForce 7600GT and if you're looking for a value/mainstream videocard, it'll probably have 7600GT stamped on its core. Gigabyte's take on the Geforce 7600GT comes in the form of the totally silent GV-NX76T256D-RH videocard. With the large silent cooling system, you get not just a fairly fast mainstream videocard, you also get something that's absolutely silent."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte's GA965-S3 Motherboard Review @ Fast Silicon
"Gigabyte's GA965-S3 mainboard is a decent and serviceable basic mainboard. It's price won't break the bank, and might leave you some additional funds to buy other components and get the system you want built at the price you can afford. Still, I have to wonder what in the heck Gigabyte was thinking when they released this board's BIOS. Wacky BIOS settings aside, it's a good serviceable mainboard, that can get you a decent system and a decent overclock with very little money."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS M2R32 MVP Crossfire Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"The M2R32-MVP is a good solid choice without all the frills that a Deluxe or an ASUS Premium Edition board would carry. Things like a Wi-Fi AP Solo or extra SATA ports are not included, but the pricing should reflect this. Feature-wise, the M2R32-MVP board fits the bill, with 10 possible USB ports and two possible Firewire ports with brackets. The external SATA connector is another plus and overall the board is well rounded enough to satisfy many users who need functionality, but not overkill features."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master NotePal P1 Notebook Cooler Review @ Hardware-Review
"Laptops have been making huge performance jumps since the introduction of the Pentium M, Turion 64, and now the awesome Core 2 Duo processors. These increases in power also bring with it increases in heat on these compact systems. To help users “chill out” these notebooks, Cooler Master developed the NotePal P1 notebook cooler. This all-aluminum device has two 1,500 RPM fans that push cool air right into the undercarriage of notebooks to help keep the temps down in the system and on your laps. Let’s take this notebook cooler out for a test drive and see if we’re left with cool runnings or burned legs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn 975X7AB 8EKRS2H Motherboard Review @ Overclockers Online
"My opinion is somewhat biased because I am an overclocker, first and foremost. The Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H is not an overclocker's motherboard right now. I hinted at it in a couple of sections, with some BIOS work, this motherboard might take off. Currently, however, this motherboard should only be thought of as an excellent Intel 975X chipset offering if you're not into overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.
Jetart JACSG1 North Bridge Cooler Review @ Bjorn3D
"Thanks to Jetart, system builders and performance enthusiasts will have a new tool to help maintain a cool running and stable system. If you want to overclock the front side bus on your motherboard to the extreme, then the original equipment heatsink just won't do. The Jetart JACSG1 North Bridge Cooler is a perfect fit and replacement for the standard Pentium-based Northbridge chipset cooling solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Armor LCS Review @ Techgage
"Thermaltake has had great success with their Armor and Kandalf cases, and there was a natural step to take to bring them both to the next level water cooling! For $100 more above the price of a standard Armor case, you can have one complete with a well designed WC setup."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mega Watercooling Roundup @ Virtual-Hideout
"This summary should help you cut some of the decision making short or help you decide what components you want to mix and match in your system. However, do keep in mind that each kit is being revised or replaced constantly and the best thing to do is to double check each sponsor or manufacturer web site to be better informed. There are other kits on the market besides the "Fabulous 8" we reviewed and it's very possible something new will be added later on."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Making Computer Diagnoses @ Technibble
"Making diagnoses is probably one of the toughest parts of the job. Yes, in most cases, getting a steady supply of clients can be daunting, but making an accurate prognosis of what’s really wrong with the computer is something that’s just bound to give you a headache, both when you’re new to the job and when you can already repair in your sleep. In the former case, it’s because you can’t think of what’s wrong; in the latter, it’s because you can think of too many possibilities. Either way, you’re bound to get a light headache, but once you let the dust in your head settle a bit, you’ll be able to coolly decide which course of action to take."

More information on this article can be found here.
RAID Technology Part 1 @ ASE Labs
"RAID: Redundant Array of Independent (or Inexpensive) Disks. What does that mean? Basically, you have two or more drive and combine them for either speed or redundancy or both. There are many RAID technologies and RAID levels in the marketplace today. This article will go over the technologies."

More information on this article can be found here.
Razer Barracuda HP-1 3D Audio Gaming Headphones Review @ PCApex
"I said the HP-1 has big cans; the reason is that there is a lot going on inside. There has to be enough room for four speakers and hopefully enough room that they can provide accurate sound separation. If you look closely you can see the front and rear speakers are canted away from each other, presumably to afford greater separation. The sub-woofer sits behind the front, rear and center speakers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Kama Connect USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE Adapter Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"This adapter may not suit everyone's needs, but for all the extra hard drives I have lying around, and with me switching data from drive to drive, the Kama Connect came in handy. Another good use is for a single drive computer like a laptop."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seasonic M12 700W Power Supply Review @ PCstats
"Seasonic hasn't done anything revolutionary with its M12 power supply, it just put together a very high quality package with a 700W rating. With a retail price of $240 CDN ($214 US, £113 GBP) the M12 700 is certainly expensive, but dare I say, it is probably one of the best modular power supplies on the market. Based on our past experiences with Seasonic power supplies, we know it deliver the goods efficiently a modular design simply sweetens things."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec TruePower Trio 650 PSU Review @ techFEAR
"Antec continues to be a top choice in power supplies among enthusiasts and do-it-yourself builders. The TruePower Trio 650 is the largest of three PSU's in Antec's new series combining 650 watts with three +12V rails to satisfy practically all power requirements."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Power Express 250W PSU Review @ techPowerUp
"The Thermaltake Power Express 250W is a video card power supply specifically designed for the needs of current high-end video cards. When you have an older PSU you may not be able to run Crossfire or SLI because the PSU can not supply enough power for the video cards to run stable. When installed, the Power Express will supply 12V to your video card(s), taking a lot of strain off your main power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products X-Finity 500W PSU Review @ Phoronix
"It has been quite a while since we had anything from Ultra
Products in our facilities for testing, but recently we decided to take them up on an offer to look at their X-Finity 500W power supply with dual 12V rails and active PFC. This power supply is also NVIDIA SLI Ready, offers a 135mm fan, and uses FlexForce cabling."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolink Products Review @ DSM
"A little bit ago I reviewed some really great fans from Noctua, today I have some more from Coolink, Noctua actually sent them to me with their fans. They sent me three fans, sizes 120mm, 92mm and 80mm, also they sent the Coolink Silent Savior HDD cooler and a pack of Anti-Vibration bolts as well. The fans themselves look pretty cool, clear frame with blue blades, the bolts are silicone, and the HDD Savior is aluminum with a Coolink 80mm fan mounted on it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Orbiter Single Fan 3.5" HDD Cooler Review @ Modders-Inc
"Today we are going to take a look at another hard drive cooling solution from VIZO. The VIZO Orbiter is a single fan 3.5inch hard drive cooler. The Orbiter uses a larger 60mm fan that also produces more CFM's when compared to the dual fan Voyager cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Infinity CPU Cooler @ techPowerUp
"The Scythe Infinity is a huge high-performance CPU cooler using five heatpipes. The cooler comes with Scythe's ingenious mounting system which makes installation a breeze. Scythe has included mounting kits for the Sockets 939, AM2, 478 and 775. This means that this cooler is a future proof investment for users who are considering a Conroe S775 upgrade in the near future."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro CPU Cooler Review @ Futurelooks
"There are many, many zillions of coolers for the AMD socket 939 and AM2 platforms. However, many of them require annoying disassembly of your system to attach, or sound like a small hurricane in your computer case. That's why the Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro comes as such a surprise."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalRight SI-128 Review @ Driver Heaven
"Thermalright have been making enthusiast cooling products for quite a few years now and while their coolers were usually large with a high price tag, enthusiasts loved them. After all, they are widely regarded in creating some of the best air coolers available. Thermalright became famous through their early processor coolers, which mainly were the AX-7 and SLK series, but they later began to offer coolers for other computer components, such as VGA and Chipset coolers. Today we will take a look at a massive cooling body designed to keep the Core 2 Duo processors cool, the SI-128. The SI-128 is the natural evolution of the SI-120, which was a great cooler for both Athlon 64 and early socket 775 processors. Its basic design is the same, but the size of the heat dissipation area is much larger."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake® Extreme Spirit II Review @ C.O.D.
"If you haven't gone through it already, you just might. I spent a bunch of money on motherboards recently and they all seem to be having the same problem. Is it because they just don't make them like they used to? I am referring to the active cooling on my Northbridge; the fans keep making funny noises then crapping out. It drives me crazy. Usually though, the active cooling on the Northbridge was always sub par any way; just enough to get by. With all the advancements in mobos, the cooling solutions have been getting more and more important. So with two fans going on two different motherboards, what options do we have left? Thermaltake® not only has an answer, they claim they have a better solution than was shipped with the motherboard in the first place. Enter the Extreme Spirit II."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Reserator 2 Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Zalman has made a name for themselves by catering to the PC user that demands a quiet PC, I’m not talking about the person that can tolerate a pair of 12 volts fans running at 7 volts either. It’s long been known that one way to reduce noise is to convert to a water cooling system, yet the drawback there is you have to fight the noise of the fan and the exposed water pump. So you may gain a little but you will not achieve pure silence. The Reserator 2 water cooling system that we are reviewing today may be the closest you can get to absolute silence in a PC setup. Since the unit has no fans and has a submersible pump built into the unit, what sound it does make is barely audible. So come on along as we check out this awesome piece of gear from Zalman and see if you like it as much as we did."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sony Vaio VGX-XL202 Media Center PC with Blu-ray Drive Review @ TrustedReviews
"This week sees the release of Blu-ray, the first of the next generation high definition optical discs formats to hit the UK. The format is most closely associated with Sony, but the first dedicated drive is actually available from Samsung. Sony is not ignoring the launch of its own format however. We've already looked at the impressive Vaio VGN-AR21S notebook that features an integrated Blu-ray drive and now Sony has put another Blu-ray notebook drive into it's latest desktop Media Center system - the VGX-XL202. This is essentially the same as the VGX-XL201 but with the addition of the Blu-ray drive, for which you'll pay an extra £800 a hefty additional sum."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Armor LCS Liquid Cooling System Review @ Hexus
"Thermaltake’s range has, as you might have guessed, also expanded in 7 years, with CPU, GPU, case coolers and, more recently, power supplies and chassis. Today we look at a hybrid of its new product ranges; the Armor LCS (Liquid Cooling System). It features the popular Thermaltake Armor chassis with a self-contained water-cooling kit. Weighing in at a considerable 13.9kg, the Armor LCS is not light, but given dimensions of 530mm (H) x 220mm (W) x 560mm (D) it’s a proper full-tower chassis."

More information on this review can be found here.
Battlefield 2142 Case Project @ Bit-Tech
"Having worked with EA to produce some mods to promote the previous version of Battlefield, I was keen to hook up with those guys again to do something around the new release of the game, 2142. EA asked me to put together mods of the same design, and today I'm presenting one of them to you."

More information on this project can be found here.
SilverStone TJ08 mATX Case Review @ Think Computers
"Normally when we think mini or micro ATX cases we think of small for factor (SFF) type cases. As these types of motherboards get more powerful more people are using them and want a nice tower case to put on top of their desk. It is really hard to find a normal case for the smaller motherboard sizes. Well SilverStone, a brand known for quality in excellence in their products has added another member to the Temjin family. The TJ08 is a Micro-ATX case that carry's on SilverStone's great quality."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Logitech Quickcam Fusion Webcam Review @ Tweaknews
"Well, I can't say Logitech has convinced me to become a webcam junkie, but I am very impressed with how far the webcam has come. For those who teleconference from home or on the road, the image quality is top-notch, the built-in mic works very well, and the addition of a basic, yet functional headset makes for a compelling product."

More information on this review can be found here.
XSPC Water Cooling Gear Review @ Madshrimps
"XSPC is a suprising water cooling company with some innovative products. After reviewing their X20 watercooling kit I was impressed by its performance although the kit was rather compact. The heart of that kit was the X20 CPU water block which has been re-designed. Today we test their new X20 and a few other products from the XSPC inventory and compare them to other high end water cooling components."

More information on this review can be found here.
Digital Picture Frames Compared Video @ Digital Trends
"Digital picture frames have been around for a few years, but as LCD prices keep going down, these cool picture displaying devices' prices are dropping as well. With the dropping prices comes great picture quality and some pretty cool features."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC2-5400 Special Ops RAM Review @ OCIA
"To get the Special Ops kind of feel, the PC2-5400 SOE modules feature XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) camouflage motif heatspreaders, appealing to cyber-soldiers worldwide. Afterall, what simulated Special Operations mission is complete without camouflaged RAM? The modules are rated for 333Mhz (DDR2-667) @ 4-4-4-12 with 1.9v. They are backed by OCZ's lifetime warranty, with an EVP protection rating allowing up to 2.2v +/- 5% to be used without voiding the warranty."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TWIN2X2048-8500C5 2GB Kit Review @ OCTools
"Overclocked, these modules can run up to 1162MHz (DDR2-1162) or better even at default voltages. If synchronicity is what you're aiming for to experience the full potential of your system, then look no further. At these speeds, you have just turned your PC2-8500 investment into PC2-9300 modules."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dell Ultrasharp 2407WFP 24" Widescreen LCD Review @ TheTechLounge
"For the past few years, Dell has been the king of LCD monitors, especially for those who are on a budget. That isn’t to say their LCDs are low quality, however, they just ship very high volumes and can afford to have very competetive prices. Dell's UltraSharp 2407WFP 24" LCD is certainly monstrous, but as the saying goes, bigger isn’t always better. We’ll put this bad boy to the test to see if it's worth dropping the cash on."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asrock ConroeXFire-eSATA2 Motherboard Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Back when Core2 Duo was released the only supported chipsets were the Intel 965 and higher end 975. The sheer thought of any other Intel chipset supporting this processor was unheard of. But you can leave it up to Asrock to think of the unthinkable and actually accomplish it. You can pretty much say that they are known for doing just this. They took the aged 945 chipset and made it completely compatible with Conroe and Allendale. The ConRoeXFire-eSATA2 is based on the 945 chipset brewed with a little twist. They added Crossfire, Core2 Duo and DDR2-667 support. This was something unheard of with the original release of the Intel 945 chipset."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS EliteGroup KN1 SLI Lite Extreme Review @ DSM
"With the introduction of the Socket AM2 some people might be thinking that the 939 is going to go to the wayside, eventually yes it will, but I don't think it will happen for quite some time. With companies like ECS introducing new 939 boards, there is proof that there is still life left in the socket 939. Personally I haven't upgraded to the AM2 yet, but I am going to be forced to shortly, due to doing reviews etc you need to be on the cutting edge of things. I'm very happy with my 939 setup, and ECS EliteGroup has sent me their new KN1 SLI Lite Extreme motherboard for review, coming from a DFI NF4 LanParty SLI-DR board, I found that I actually prefer the ECS board, it's easy to use, easy to setup, and there aren't as many “problems” as the DFI board, while it's not as feature packed as the DFI, I found that I really didn't actually need or use all those features. So sit back , relax, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the review as we take a closer look at the ECS KN1 SLI Lite Socket 939 motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
SiS 771 Reference Board Review @ Hardware Secrets
"SiS 771 is a chipset with integrated graphics targeted to the AMD platform to be released by the end of this year. We’ve got from SiS a reference board for this chipset and since motherboards based on the same chipset usually achieve similar performance, you can have a clue on what performance to expect from motherboards based on the forthcoming SiS 771."

More information on this review can be found here.
FOXCONN 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (LGA775) Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The board's design and layout are well thought out making it very nice to work with. Configuring the motherboard and its BIOS are simple and easy to understand. The more avid over clocker who wants access to every option will find the current BIOS some what limiting which can easily change with future updates."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 945G Express Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"The Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 motherboard is built around the newly Core 2 Duo compatible Intel 945G Express northbridge and ICH7 southbridge chipsets. The solution is ideal for cash-strapped consumers and not so great for AMD... The microATX board accommodates a maximum of 4GB of DDR2 400/533/667 memory in a dual channel configuration. The GA-945GM-S2 supports all existing Socket 775 processors on a 1066MHz FSB. On the short list of the GA-945GM-S2's hardware goodies we find an integrated Gigabit network card, Intel Azalia High Definition 7.1-channel audio codec, four USB2.0 jacks, four 3GB/s SATA connections and of course the onboard Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 videocard at the rear I/O."

More information on this review can be found here.
RaidSonic ICY BOX NAS2000 Storage Solution Review @ MVKTech
"RaidSonic, storage solutions without limits is a well know company dedicated to deliver high quality storage solutions. External hard drives have become a very popular growing market, the need to transfer large amounts of data between locations and PC's is more common than ever. RaidSonic has been very active on this market and has solutions in every shape and format. One of these exciting products is the ICY BOX IB-NAS2000 network attached storage, which is part of a growing family of external storage solutions that takes advantage of the Ethernet 10/100Mbit/s. Such a NAS server is in reality nothing more than a small server that is optimized for file sharing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master ITower 930 ATX Case Review @ PCApex
"I have seen so many ways to have a tool-less design for the PCI slots. This design is new to me, and pretty damn simple. A simple push to the back on the tab and it clicks and pivots out of the case. Pull the tab back and push towards the motherboard till it locks in place. If the PCI device is not set properly the tab [UTF-8?]wonā€™t lock. I have to give Cooler Master credit, this is the easiest design I have used to date."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Phoenix Case Review @ 3DGameman
"This Mid-Tower ATX case has lots of features at an affordable price. There are plenty of drive bays, an attractive aluminum front, tooless design, and great build quality. It also has fantastic air circulation with the included 250 mm fan. If that's not enough cooling power, two optional fans can be added. This case may be targeted at the budget market, but it's big on functionality."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Embryo Zero Case Mod Project @ MetkuMods
"Being fed-up with my laptop's small display, I decided to switch back to desktop computing. When choosing parts for my new pc, I came to the conclusion that none of the ready ATX-cases were satisfying enough. I decided to build a case by myself and thought I could also save some money that way. In the end, this case ended up being more expensive than most regular cases but at least it is unique, MY case."

The attention to detail on this project is simply fantastic. More information on this project can be found here.
nMedia System HTPC 180SA & 280BA Media Center Enclosures @ Bjorn3D
"In this review, I will reveal the new nMedia System HTPC 180SA and the slightly larger HTPC 280BA enclosures for Home Theater Personal Computers. You can expect that the quality and craftsmanship of these cases will receive thorough testing, and the optional features such as the IR remote integration and cooling fan noise control will demand close inspection. In addition, I have paired these two cases with similar HTPC components, and put them all into action using the new Windows Vista (RC1) Ultimate Edition’s Media Center functionality."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Razer Pro|Solutions Pro|Pad Precision Mousing Surface Review @ Hardware-Review
"Razer has been a staple in the gaming community since the emergence of its highly acclaimed Boomslang mouse. This year, Razer is switching gears a bit and making products for professional users. Today, we will be reviewing the Pro|Pad Precision Mousing Surface, which is the second review in a four-part series on Razer’s Pro|Solutions line. Let’s run this precision mousing surface through some real-world testing in both the gaming and professional arenas."

More information on this review can be found here.
Slim Devices Squeezebox Network Music Player Review @ XYZ Computing
"This review will be looking at the third revision of the Squeezebox. This device is a prime example of the integration of a useful idea and great design. The Squeezebox is encased in high gloss black plastic and a bit of brushed aluminum and uses a slick VFD as a display. The design is iPod-esque but results in a device which looks cool enough to fit in any where. The small size of the device means it is easy to place; this is aided by the fact that it has built in wireless connectivity. As we saw with the Sonos digital music system, a LAN (or WLAN) is a great way to connect a digital music repository (such as a computer or NAS device) to one's home stereo. The Squeezebox also gives users access to internet radio and subscription services in addition to their own music."

More information on this review can be found here.
Voyager Dual Fan Hard Drive Cooler Review @ Modders-Inc
"One area of the computer that rarely gets the attention that it deserves is the hard drives. With the size of hard drives increasing as time goes buy, the importance of cooling the massive drives becomes more important. With the increased size of hard drives, it also brings higher RPM(s) and higher operating temperatures with it.Cooling your hard drive will prolong the life of the drive. Today we are going to take a look at the Vizo Voyager 3.5" dual fan hard drive cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro Review @ DSM
"Ah, Silence, I love it. I want my computer to be as quiet as I can possibly get it, I hate hearing the buzzing of fans, or the clatter of drives. There are many options available for silent CPU coolers, and in my time I have reviewed a majority of them, but today for review I have the quietest CPU cooler I have ever run across. It is the Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro, not only is it silent but it looks great and cools very well."

More information on this review can be found here.
APACK ZeroTherm BTF90 CPU Cooler Review @ Think Computers
"ZeroTherm is a relatively new name when it comes to PC cooling. I'm sure most of you have not heard of them. Well today we are talking a look at ZeroTherm's BTF90 CPU cooler. It is an all copper CPU cooler with a set of 4 heatpipes that make their way through the array of fins. The fin design is something I have not seen before. That makes me curious to see how well the BTF90 will perform."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec VCool Review @ Bjorn3D
"Antec is a very well known computer peripheral company in the industry. They are probably best known for their excellent power supplies and some nicely designed cases. Many people may not aware that in addition to these products, Antec actually sells a lot of other peripherals, ranging from coolings to some computer accessories. The VCool that we are looking at today is one of the products from Antec that is designed to help cool the components inside a system."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Secure Digital Dual SD/USB Memory Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Sized in micro form like the Mini-Kart, the new drive is based on a Secure Digital (SD) interface on one end for use in cameras, digital camcorders, MP3 players, PDAs, Cell phones etc. on one end while having a USB 2.0 connector on the other. This takes portable data to a new level with the ability to carry data from a media device such as a camera directly to your PC for upload. Or a more practical approach, keep it in your wallet for true data on the go."

More information on this review can be found here.
Toshiba TransMemory 2gig Thumb Drive Review @ 3DGameman
"The Toshiba drive has a great product here. The TransMemory thumb drive performs well but not as fast as the PNY drive. The Toshiba drive fell behind on almost every score between the two competitors. This was only by a slight margin however and would only be noticeable between the two when transferring large files at the same time on two computers side by side."

More information on this video review can be found here.
HIS Radeon X1300XT IceQ Turbo 256MB GDDR3 Video Card Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Just last week we review HIS' new X1650XT graphic card. The X1650XT is a part of a new lineup of cards recently released that also included the X1300XT and X1950XTX. Today we have a second card from this lineup - the HIS X1300XT. This X1300XT features dual DVI outputs along with a overclocked core and memory speeds right out of the box. It comes clocked at 587MHz core and 1.38GHz memory by default with no tweaking needed."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X1300XT Graphics Cards Compared @ Tweaktown
"We will be looking at what GeCube, PowerColor, Sapphire and HIS have to offer us in this low-end department. We will have a quick look at each card, what cooler they use, if there are any significant differences between the cards, along with what is included in the package. We will be throwing in the Crossfire results from the other day just for the heck of it along side our other cards by themselves. Let’s get started and see which manufacturer is offering the best Radeon X1300XT."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn 975X7AB Motherboard Review @ Pro-Clockers
"The motherboard that reigns at the top of Foxconn’s list for Intel processors is the 975X7AB. The board offers all the bells and whistles of the 975X chipset for about hundred dollars cheaper than most and offers a lot of performance to boot. Well, it's time to see how well the 975X7AB stacks up against the rest."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X1900 XT 256MB Video Card Review @ Bit-Tech
"With all of that said though, if you are looking to play games on lower resolution panels, or even on an older CRT monitor, the Radeon X1900XT 256MB represents a very solid purchase because it performs very similarly to the considerably more expensive 512MB version of the card. If you can put up with the cooler or are prepared to buy a replacement, we think that Radeon X1900XT 256MB will serve you well until performance mainstream DirectX 10 hardware arrives next year."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS M2NPV-VM Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"Added to this is the fact that the GeForce 6150’s onboard graphics controller can be enabled at the same time a PCI Express graphics card is installed to give multiple monitor support. This is really a nice addition as some large TV’s coming out have the need to run two DVI ports to get the screen image up and working nicely. Added to this, GeForce 6150 supports DirectX 9 with Shader Model 3.0 which means it will work just fine with the fancy Aero interface in the upcoming Windows Vista OS."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Mystique 631 ATX Computer Case Review @ Futurelooks
"Cooler Master is perhaps more well known for their extensive cooling products, but they've been in the PC enclosure market for a fair amount of time already. With the Mystique 631 (AKA the Wave Master II), they're showing off several features that really cater to the enthusiast. These include tool-free installation for computer components, grommetted ports for liquid cooling tubes, top mounted auxiliary audio and USB/Firewire ports. It even has a front door that can be modified to change the direction that it opens. Add to that a slick anodized aluminum exterior, and you've got a great looking outside for a very solidly constructed frame."

More information on this review can be found here.
ICY DOCK MB454SPF-B Internal 4-Bay Drive Rack Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The construction is high quality, with a very slick operation for removing and installing the sleds. I like the fact that it’s 4 Hard drives only taking up 3 optical drives. Simple install, compatible with RAID arrays and no drop in performance are all great features."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Phoenix Mid-Tower Case @ Pro-Clockers
"I haven’t ever owned a single product from Enermax before, so I’m really looking forward to checking out some of their products. With that said, today we’ll be looking at one of their newly released PC mid-tower cases, the Phoenix. The Phoenix is based on an extremely popular base chassis that a lot of other case vendors are using, so what sets them apart from each other is the front bezel design and feature set included with the case. So let’s get on with the review and see just what Enermax brings to the table with their new Phoenix mid-tower, but first here’s a little about Enermax, the company."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Zero Review @ Techgage
"Building a PC requires several considerations. What's in it? What's powering it? What case do I use? How do I cool it? For using air cooling there's a wide world of cases open to you but if you're using aftermarket water cooling your options start to narrow. Today we look at a new case from NZXT that lends itself to both air and water cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Fatal1ty FC-ZE1 Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"Zalman's association with Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel has yielded yet another outstanding product. The FC-ZE1 Champion Series computer enclosure is a superb chassis with great aesthetics and the performance to back it up. The design, quality, craftsmanship and materials brought to bear in the creation of this chassis are second to none and culminate in a product that is, in my opinion, without peer. The design elements in combination with a rich, innovative feature set make installation a breeze and allow the case to exhibit great cooling performance while keeping noise to a minimum."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
BUSlink USB Notebook Cooling Pad Review @ Think Computers
"Over the past year or so, notebook computers have become increasingly more powerful. Equipped with dual core processors and desktop based video solutions, laptops can now provide an unprecedented level of power in a small package. But cramming all of these high power components into a laptop can cause some major heat production. The BUSlink USB Cooling Pad aims to alleviate some problems caused from excessive heat by keeping your laptop cool and running well. You can pickup the BUSlink USB Notebook cooling pad over at Geeks.com for $22.99. So, read on to find out how the BUSlink USB Cooling Pad performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Bigwater 745 Liquid Cooling System Review @ I4U
"Good performing liquid cooling system with no glaring issued during install other than not having enough coolant included. The components are of good quality and the system will work with most current CPUs. The system components are large, be prepared for creative installation and possibly having to mod your chassis to fit the system inside the case. Hardcore overclockers may want to shop elsewhere, but the majority of liquid cooling users will find the system to be great for typical needs and much better than high performance air cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS9700 LED CPU Cooler @ Hardware Secrets
"Korea-based Zalman is one of the most respectable manufacturers on the CPU cooling business, as they use only top-notch materials. Their latest CPU cooler, CNPS9700 LED, is no different, being manufactured entirely in pure copper and featuring a huge 110 mm fan with two ball bearings that glows blue when the system is turned on. Let’s take a look on Zalman’s new baby, which will be released on October 19th."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Element 400Watt PSU ST40EF Review @ DragonSteelMods
"Today for review I have the pleasure of reviewing one of SilverStones' new 80Plus power supplies, it is the Element and it is capable of putting out 400Watts of power while being 80% plus efficient at the same time. The 80Plus program is only for a select few companies out there, so being in the program says quite a bit about the quality of the power supply and even more about SilverStones' high standards."

More information on this review can be found here.

Colorful Card USB Drive Review

"USB Drives come in all shapes and sizes, many companies out there are making them now. They have become extremely popular due to their portability, capacity and speed. Today for review I have a different sort of USB drive from a company called Itaitech, it is called the Colorful Card USB Drive, it is a bit smaller than a business card, and about the thickness of four or five of them. Essentially you could carry this USB drive in your wallet along with your other cards, making it a bit more portable than others out there. Yes the others are smaller, but they are a lot easier to misplace as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seasonic M12 700W Power Supply Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The trend of keeping the inside of a computer case clean and air flow friendly started by zip-tying cables together. Then it went to covering the cables in wire loom. Today, the newest method is the modular cable system. Seasonic jumped on this trend and developed their own style of detachable modular DC cables with their line of M12 power supplies."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin Mach 1 600W Modular PSU Review @ 3DGameman
"The Kingwin Mach 1 600W Modular Power Supply performs fairly well, is modular, and looks fantastic. This power supply, like most today, comes with two +12 rails and has dual PCI-E video leads. Also, being modular means less cable mess, therefore increasing airflow inside the case. Additionally, the two blue LED fans and two windows add a cool factor."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE Geforce 7950GX2 Videocard Review @ PCstats
"The MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE is the definition of high end gaming hardware! The MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE videocard is based on the nVidia reference design, which is a combination of two separate videocard PCBs which have been stacked together to form a two-slot device. There are two GeForce 7950GX2 GPUs, each with 512MB of memory for a total of 1GB dedicated to all things graphical rendering. MSI's NX7950GX2-T2D1GE slips delicately into a single PCI Express x16 slot, but occupies two case bracket spaces. It has one TV-output connector and two DVI connectors, analog to digital adaptors are included. The card supports component output and S-Video output. The GeForce 7950GX2 GPU has the same features; 24 pixel rendering pipelines, 8 vertex pipelines, 256bit memory controller, etc., however the core and memory clock speeds are set slightly lower."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS P5B Deluxe Wi-Fi-AP Edition Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"With the release of the new BIOS that fixes the issues with the P5B Deluxe motherboard and Crossfire on the Prescott CPUs, there isn't a reason not to recommend this board for the included features, as it scores over 40 on our Features chart with integrated Wi-Fi, Crossfire (though limited by the 4X lanes on the second PCI Express x16 slot), 8 SATA ports, and the other features that makes this board outstanding. The overclock I was able to achieve on the CPU we use for testing was excellent as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
abit AB9 Pro Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"Has the former darling of the enthusiast crowd created something akin to boards of old; something that can't be ignored? We've run it through the HEXUS mill to see, so join us in our analysis if you're keen to see what exactly is what."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K9N SLI Platinum & Foxconn C51XEM2AA Motherboard Reviews @ PureOverclock
"Not so long ago Nvidia launched the nForce 500 chipset's for AMD's new DDR2 capable socket AM2. By now you should all be aware of the minimal performance increases DDR2 has brought to the A64 architecture and it's low latency on-die memory controller, but from my perspective the most difficult aspect of the AM2 and nForce 500 launch is leaving behind the oh-so mature motherboard choices available for s939 in place of brand new 'unproven' boards, so to speak. With that point made, anyone who's eying up AMD's recent and significant price drops across the board will be asking one question which AM2 board will rock my world?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Aluminus ATX Mid-Tower Case Review @ Modders-Inc
"Ultra Products has put out some great quality products as far as I am concerned. It seems I catch most of the Ultra items coming in for review. Todays test subject is one of the Ultra Aluminus ATX Mid-Tower cases. At first glance it looks like a couple of other cases out there, Ultra Glossy Dragon, Chieftech Dragon, and several others. This one is slightly different though, it is built of aluminum and has a little different layout compared to its older counterparts."

More information on this review can be found here.
ProtoCase Review @ BoxGods
"Just about every modder or PC enthusiast has stopped during a system build and scratched his head wondering what on earth the designers of the case were thinking. The reality is that even though some cases are better than others, none are perfect for your application because they are designed to be too many things to too many different users. I call this "design by committee" approach the Beige effect. Help is a net connection and credit card away thanks to the highly skilled designers at Protocase."

This is a very cool concept if you are looking to design your own custom enclosure. More information on this review can be found here.
Antec P190 Case Preview @ XYZ Computing
"Yesterday at the consumer electronics expo DigitalLife we had a chance to spend some time talking to two Antec representatives. Not only did we get to see a few new products, but we asked some questions and took pictures. This article goes over what Antec was showing off, including the 900 gamer case, the brand new dual PSU P190, the possibility of a 1000W PSU, a new line of 80PLUS certified power supply units, and more. Some of these products have not been announced yet, so it was definitely an interesting meeting."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Friday, October 13, 2006
Saitek Eclipse II (2) USB Gamers Keyboard Review @ Overclock3D
"The keyboard has a standard QWERTY layout and the keys have a slight "dappling" effect on them. This helps with grips whilst gaming and enhances touch. You can also see that the black surround for the keys is quite shiny, and unfortunately easily picks up dust."

More information on this review can be found here.
Computers and Cat Litter @ The Tech Lounge
"Dust, especially clay dust, is a very real threat to electronics. Clay is naturally capacitive and conductive. In addition to its ability to short or damage electronics, it acts as an “insulation” of sorts and it will hamper the normal cooling of a computer. This extends to any electronic device: monitors, speakers, stereos, televisions—anything that’s exposed to the air is exposed to dust."

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Cyber Snipa Dog Tags Flash Drive and Tools Review @ Viper Lair
Ok, I admit it; I won't be wearing these with the supplied chain around my neck. I'm just not gangsta nuff yo. But they will be going on to my keys and replacing my current M-Systems Disk-on-key device as my permanent carry devices. I think the design and idea of the Dog Tags is very cool and great fun."

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Zippy-Emacs PSL-6850P(G1) 850 Watt Power Supply Review @ Bjorn3D
"Just over a year ago I first began hearing of Zippy power supplies. At first I didn't associate them with the well Zippy-Emacs power supplies that have been quite well known in the Server arena for some time. This was mostly due to the fact that the reviews I was reading were listing their Zippy reference PSU as 'Class A' Computer Enthusiast grade product. I even went as far as looking into purchasing one after being highly impressed by the literature that I had consumed. At the time New Egg was carrying the gaming models of this PSU as well as some of their server class products, but the price was a bit more than I was willing to pay. This was just before SLI and later Crossfire burst on to the scene."

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Seasonic M12 700W Power Supply Review @ PCstats
"The thought behind modular power supplies is that you wouldn't walk out the door wearing every item of clothing you own, so why keep all those unused power cables too?. Seasonic's M12 700W powersupply is just about to hit the retail markets and according to the Seasonic label, the +3.3V line will deliver a maximum of 24Amps while the +5V rail can deliver 30Amps. Total output for the +3.3V and +5V rails is 170W combined. There are four +12V rails on the M12 700W, and each delivers a maximum of 18Amps, with total power output of 672W."

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Sapphire Radeon X1650 PRO Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"When contemplating my upcoming review of the X1650 PRO, I considered this card to perform exactly like the X1600 PRO tested earlier. They are essentially the same other than the slightly different core and its' smaller manufacturing process. Now add in the fact that it is lacking one texture unit and I was also contemplating maybe even a slight decrease. But surprisingly, the card performed well beyond my expectations and proved to be a valuable mainstream alternative for your next purchase."

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NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX Mobile GPU Preview @ Legit Reviews
"NVIDIA has just announced the GeForce Go 7950 GTX as their new flagship mobile gaming graphics solution and Legit Reviews is here to bring you the low down on what the changes are. The GeForce Go 7950 GTX features a core frequency increase of 75MHz and depending on the notebook a 100MHz on the memory. Read on to see what this 45W part is all about and to take a peak at the performance numbers."

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Kingston HyperX DDR2-8500 4x512mb (2GB) Memory Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Kingston and ASUS have worked together to ensure that these two products work well together and they've done their homework. 1066MHz at 2.2v is very reasonable considering many memory companies are asking for 2.1v-2.2v for 800mhz kits!"

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Creative X-Fi Fatal1ty Edition Review @ XSReviews
"Fata1ty branded stuff has never really caught my eye, and I’ve never used any of ‘his’ products. But today, I have the privilege of checking out the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty edition. Hopefully, this should change my mind about his endorsements."

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Sondigo Inferno 7.1 Soundcard Review @ Bit-Tech
"It is expensive at $150, and whilst audiophiles will naturally turn their nose up because it's "not a separate", having one of these in your HTPC would make it seriously kick some ass. If you enjoy music or movies and some games at your PC, and if you're the type to spend several hundred anyway on a graphics card/new CPU/motherboard/memory without a second thought, then consider the Inferno to complement it."

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SyncMAX PC2-6400 Express DDR2-800 Memory Review @ PCstats
"If you're looking for a set of memory that doesn't break the bank or is for a workstation PC, check out what PCSTATS thought of the SyncMAX PC2-6400 Express DDR2-800 memory. It's decent RAM for the price. "It can be hard to wade though a sea of generic memory modules, and so it helps to read the reviews on prospective candidates for your PC first. In this review PCSTATS is going to walk past the isle with the flashy memory all decked out in heat spreaders, lights, bells, and inflated price tags, and head towards this pair of PC2-6400 DDR-II 800 memory modules from a company called SyncMax. If you're looking for memory that won't break the bank and still offers up respectable performance, the retail price of $170 CDN ($150US, £80GBP) makes SyncMax's 1GB kit of dual channel DDR-2 seem like quite a bargain."

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Abit AW9D Max Socket 775 Motherboard Review @ Overclock3D
"The AW9D Max is a great board even before you get a good look at it in the box. With a black PCB and understated colours a motherboard manufacturer cannot go wrong. All of the parts on the board are colour coded enough to be easily recognisable. The striking thing is the abit Silent OTES™ 2 Technology which dominates the board. It goes all the way across the board including the South Bridge, North Bridge and Power Management chips."

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OCZ PC2-9000 Titanium Alpha VX2 DFI Special Edition Review @ Techgage
"Though these are the "DFI Special", the sticker does not reflect this. The speeds are however, at PC2-9000. Timings are an expected 5-5-5-15, and are designed to work with 2.4v. Overvoltage protection on these modules are to 2.45v±5. Essentially, this means your modules will remain under warranty as long as you do not go above 2.57vdimm. This should prove fine, as the VX2's and 7200 EPP have done PC2-8800 speeds with 4-4-3 timings with only 2.5v."

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ECS KA3MVP Extreme Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"When it comes to high-end, uber-overclocking, record-breaking motherboard manufacturers, you usually do not think about the ECS. ECS has been a huge OEM for many years, and has never really produced anything that would be considered top-dog as far as performance goes. They did have the K7S5A that may bring back a lot of memories (good and bad) for those that have been in the overclocking scene for awhile. I went through a few of those boards myself! Today, we have the ECS KA3MVP Extreme motherboard to look at. ECS touts this board, as the name suggests, as an MVP board and they say it is extreme. Well, let's take a look at the board and see if it is all that!"

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Icydock MB453 Drive Enclosure Review @ Think Computers
"One of the biggest issues I had when wanting to use Icydock's other internal drive enclosures was space. If you are using a full tower then you might not have a problem with fitting all of the drives in there you want, but if you are using a mid-tower or something else you may not be able to fit all of those enclosures in there. Well today we are taking a look at another enclosure from Icydock. This enclosure is a 3 drive enclosure, but only takes up 2 5.25" spots. So it saves you space and allows for up to 3 drives to be installed. So let's take a look at the MB453 drive enclosure."

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Acer Aspire Idea 500 Media Center System Review @ TrustedReviews
"The name of this Acer Media Center system, the Idea 500, is actually very apt. Despite having been around for some years now, the Media Center platform is still a niche product and are yet to register on the radar of the average consumer. Recently I discovered that PC World is offering a home cinema installation service based on Media Center systems so with that kind of exposure things might change. Right now though, Media Center is still much more likely to be bought by the PC savvy consumer. That said, if you had the Acer Idea 500 under your TV, most people would probably have no idea that it was a PC."

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Thursday, October 12, 2006
Razer Pro|Solutions Pro|Click V1.6 Precision Optical Mouse Review @ Hardware-Review
"Razer has enjoyed many years of success developing high-end gaming mice, and earlier this year they added to their repertoire the Razer Pro|Solutions product line that targets engineers, graphic designers, developers, and professional users. We will be doing a four-part series on Razer’s Pro|Solutions line starting with the Pro|Click V1.6 Precision Optical Mouse. We will also be reviewing the Pro|Pad Precision Mousing Surface, Pro|Tones m100 InEar Earphones, and m250 Street-Style Clip Earphones. Let’s run this precision mouse through our gauntlet of Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Google SketchUp to see how the Pro|Click V1.6 helps increase a professional user’s productivity on the job."

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Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5000 Review @ Modders-Inc
"Logitech has sent us one of their newest combos, the Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5000. Two of the main things you will quickly notice different between the two combos are the added Bluetooth technology and the LCD display at the top center of the keyboard."

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SteelSeries SteelSound 5H V2 Review @ Phoronix
"Throughout the 1990's computer gaming was largely perceived as a past time for couch potatoes or as a form of relaxation for teenagers, but the gaming industry has largely expanded in all directions even onto the professional playing table. Just as with any athletic sports, having the proper equipment is critical for performing well against your opponents. SteelSeries has been one of the companies to recognize this growing market, and their mission statement is to create performance enhancing gaming gear. Of the products they manufacturer at this time is mouse pads, keyboards, headsets, software security, gaming gear accessories, and gaming wear. We have looked at several SteelSeries products in the past, and today we are trying out the SteelSound 5H V2 gaming headset, which is slated to be an optimized version of the original 5H headset."

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Enermax Galaxy 850W Modular Power Supply Review @ Techgage
"We have taken a look at quite a few power supplies in the time that we have been around and in that time, we haven’t seen anything at robust as the power supply that we have on the bench today. The Enermax Galaxy 850W is by far the largest power supply to have ever come into the Techgage labs, both in raw power and in sheer size as well. This power supply, on paper, appears to be one of the best available at the moment. On paper is one thing but I am more interested in real life numbers and results. Before I get too much further into things, let me introduce Enermax to those of you that might not know who they are."

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Corsair Flash Readout 1GB Flash Drive Review @ Think Computers
"Large storage capacities, portability, and user friendly designs have aided in the wide acceptance of USB Flash drives among computer users. The Corsair Flash Readout USB drive takes the benefits of USB Flash drives one step further by featuring a Bi-Stable Cholesteric Display (BCD) showing data usage, availability and allowing for an 11 character alphanumeric personalized ID or labeling. The Corsair Flash Readout is available at an estimated retail price of $39.99 and is backed by a 10 year warranty."

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Zalman VF700-CU Review @ TrustedReviews
"Today, I'm looking at the Zalman VF700-BP01, which is a copper graphics card cooler. I have chosen the Inno3D 7300GT to fit this to. The cooler I replaced was hardly bad, as it did a good job of cooling in a quiet manner, and in reality it's not one I would go out of my way to replace, but this card overclocked to an incredible 720MHz core and I was interested to see if a better cooler could help it reach even headier heights."

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Vigor Gaming Monsoon II HSF Heatpipe and Peltier Cooling Review @ Tweaktown
"Vigor Gaming is a smaller company founded by hardcore gamers with the intent of putting out a product line that will take your enthusiast rig to the next level. Given their background, they have a working knowledge of what it takes to make an extreme system and try to give you the best possible solutions with their growing product line. On the blocks today is an interesting item, the Monsoon II cooling solution. It takes the proven heatpipe technology currently on the market and adds in a TEC (Thermal Electric Cooling) to enhance an already winning design."

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Titan Amanda TEC Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers
"There are times when air-cooling is just not enough. At the same time you might not want to deal with the financial and maintenance costs of dealing with a water-cooling setup. What else is there? There is extreme cooling which may consist of phase change or chilled water or even LN cooling. All three are great forms of cooling but can be very hazardous to your equipment. That leaves us with TEC cooling. The method of using a thermoelectric plate, or peltier, to cool your processor has being around for ages, and it can be completely safe if done right. Well Titan may have made it as simple as it can be with their new cooler, the Amanda."

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Corsair Launches Nautilus GPU Water Cooling Blocks
"Fremont, CA (October 11, 2006) – Corsair® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance enthusiast computer products, took its acclaimed water cooling product line to a new level today with the release of the Nautilus GPU water blocks supporting the latest NVIDIA® GeForce™based graphics cards in both single and dual SLI™ configurations. The Corsair Nautilus GPU water blocks are the perfect accessory for the Corsair Nautilus500 external liquid cooling system, and other third party liquid cooling solutions that utilize 3/8” tubing.

The Corsair Nautilus GPU water block is designed to provide maximum cooling for NVIDIA GeForce7800, 7900 GT/GTX and 7950 GT series video cards in both single and SLI configuration. Constructed with a pure solid copper base and RAM cooling pad mounting points design, the Nautilus dual GPU water blocks provide optimum cooling directly on the GPU and the video RAM. This additional cooling allows for significant GPU overclocking. The compact low profile block features a single inlet and outlet for cooling two video cards that reduces the tubing lengths and improves the flow characteristics of the water cooling sub-system.

Designed for enthusiasts, the new Nautilus GPU water block brings up to 40% more GPU cooling efficiency* when paired with the Nautilus 500 water cooling unit, allowing for significant overclocking. While overclocking is not guaranteed by any one component, the degree of system overclock generally correlates with the degree of component cooling."

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Swiftech™ introduces spacer kit for top-of-the-line nVidia® GeForce™ 7950GX2 dual-GPU boards
"Signal Hill, CA – Wednesday 11th, October 2006 - Swiftech™ today announced the release of the GX2 spacer kit for nVidia® GeForce™ 7950GX2 dual-GPU boards. The kit is intended to enable off-the-shelf water-cooling solutions for this board. “The 7950GX2 features tightly spaced PCB’s which forces overclockers and silent-computing users to purchase expensive custom cooling systems for it. With this kit, enthusiast users now have access to a low-cost solution utilizing off-the-shelf high-performance & low-noise water-blocks such as Swiftech’s MCW60”, said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech Chairman & CTA. While the kit precludes the use of Quad SLI configurations, the company feels that this solution will satisfy the vast majority of the target audience for this particular board."

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VidaBox RoomMate Review @ Digital Trends
VidaBox, a company specializing in Media Center PCs (Aka HTPC), goes after the college crowd with their RoomMate Media Center PC, a system with a tiny footprint and a nice presentation. The VidaBox RoomMate starts at $1,549 and comes in two colors, white and black. VidaBox claims the RoomMate has essentially all of the same power features of its larger siblings, but of course in a smaller size. We have heard this claim before, so let’s find out how the RoomMate is different."

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Zalman FC-ZE1 Fatal1ty Case Review @ Hexus
"Let us introduce the newest member of the Zalman family, the Fatal1ty FC-ZE1, produced and developed by Zalman as part of a licensing agreement with Johnathan 'Fatal1ty' Wendel, the world's best known pro-gamer."

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Thecus YES Box N2100 NAS Review @ MetkuMods
"If you want to setup a network archive server easily, N2100 is definitely a product that you should take in on your list of choices. It has the performance to serve even the largest files and with RAID1 it offers safery for your valuable data. Stock it up with two 750 GB drives running either JBOD or RAID0, you have a huge amount of storage space in your disposal."

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The 50th Anniversary Of The Hard Drive, How Far Have We Come? @ The TechZone
"In observance of the hard drive's 50th anniversary, we cajoled our kids into visiting the computer museum in San Jose. Seemed like an interesting way to get them to understand the technology that has impregnated their lives. We unplugged our son's MP3 player white earbuds. Made him leave his PSP at home. Turned off our daughter's cellphone…no IMing."

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Ultra X-Finity PSU Review @ OCModShop
"The Ultra X-FinityT 500 Watt PSU w/ Active PFC appears to be exactly what one would look for in a power supply of this energy rating. First, it is in an attractive enclosure of black brushed aluminum, with well fitting seems, and strong-looking materials. It is also very heavy - lots of circuitry as work here. The cables are what Ultra calls, FlexForce: They are designed to make routing and space-management better inside your case. They are an attractive black and silver scheme, and much more pleasant to use than the standard red-black-black-yellow cables. Of particular interest is the huge 12cm fan, which spins relatively slowly, and is very quiet. Yes, I would certainly be proud to show off this power supply."

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Ultra X-Finity PSU Review @ Driver Heaven
"Ultra is a well-known manufacturer of computer components even though they are relatively new on the scene. They has a vast product line and mostly focus on power supply products, since these are the products that put them squarely on the map. Ultra virtually invented the modular power supply units after all and their first modular power supply units were a great Today we have two new power supply units from Ultra, the X-Finity 500W and the X-Finity 2G 600W. Ironically, neither of them are modular, but still both of them are high class units."

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Silverstone NT06 CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
"Silverstone latest compact heatsink is light weight, features 120mm fan support and promises to provide excellent cooling for your hot running CPU."

More information on this review can be found here.

Asus Silent Square CPU Cooler Review

"Asus continues their CPU cooler product series with this high end, 5 heat pipe compact tower cooler, a blue LED gives it *bling* and with a rating of up to 130W we find out if it gives you *bang* for the buck."

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Zalman CNPS9500 LED Heatsink Review @ GruntvillE
"This is when I saw where the reputation for the hot Prescott cores came from, I had problems keeping this chip from setting off alarms. I thought it might not be set properly so I removed it, cleaned it and reset it, and still was getting high temps. Letting this one stay on there a week for the AS5 to cure was a hard decision and I was glad to take it off and put the Zalman 9500 back on, but this time with the AS5."

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Bluegears b-Enspirer 24-Bit/192KHz 7.1 Sound Card Review @ Bjorn3D
"In this review, I will showcase the powerful features included in the b-Enspirer. Rated to beyond 110dB, I will share the experience of clarity and definition in every melody that frolics on my eardrums. Intended for the audiophile with a discerning ear, the hardcore computer enthusiast who demands the best, and the home theater buff who settles for nothing less then DTS, the b-Enspirer delivers at every level."

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EVGA e-Geforce 7900GS KO Edition Review @ Gamepyre
"EVGA has done their normal great job with their 7900GS KO Edition card. Overclocked from the standard reference clock that NVIDIA specced the card to run at, the 7900GS brings a lot to the table including 7800GT-like performance for $199, half the price of what the 7800GT offered at launch."

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MSI Geforce NX7900GT-VT2D256EHD Video Card Review @ Viper Lair
"In our last few reviews, we've stated that HDCP isn't a big deal right now and we still don't think it will impact the majority of consumers for at least another year to 18 months. HDCP is a reality though and we will need hardware that can decrypt the signal in hardware for optimal performance. That said, the MSI Geforce NX7900GT-VT2D256EHD is a superior product to most 7900GT products, including MSI's own non-HDCP 7900GT due to it's higher default speeds and HDCP support."

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Intel IHS Lapping and Removal For LGA775 CPU's @ Legit Reviews
"To get the IHS off we used four razor blades and placed two under opposite corners to apply force on the IHS. We then got out the Craftsmen propane torch and fired it up. After the CPU was cleaned we used four layers of electrical tape on each side of the core to prevent cracking the die and removed the load plate off our abit AW9D-MAX motherboard so the water block would make contact with the core and not the load plate. We applied Arctic Silver Lumiere to the core and after a test fitting to make sure the water block made contact with the die we fired up the test system."

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Abit Fatal1ty AN9 32X Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"Abit has done a wonderful job with the Fatal1ty AN9 32X board. The board scored over 40 points on our features scoring system, with SLI, Firewire and other features making it one of the most feature-rich boards on the market. Performance was on a par with other boards on this chipset with the default clock speed, but the overclocking was very good on the board making it an excellent choice for people that want the absolute best."

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Abit AW9D Max Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"The AW9D Max is abit's top-of-the-line mainboard product for Intel LGA775 processors. From the board specs right the way to presentation and bundle, it represents the pinnacle of what abit have to offer the consumer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AB9Pro Motherboard Review @ Neoseeker
"The SATA performance is outstanding, and it performs almost identically sometimes a hair better, sometimes a hair worse as our Asus P5B Deluxe WiFi, which was our reigning P965 champion. The AB9 Pro tied it, which is an excellent result. There are many things to like about the board the overabundance of SATA ports, POST LED, great overclocking features in the BIOS, plenty of USB2 ports, firewire, optical audio input and output, clean layout and more but what really wins enthusiasts hearts and minds is excellent peformance, and the AB9 Pro delivers."

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Enermax Phoenix Enclosure Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"When I fired up the computer for testing, I kept the 250mm fan off for about 10 minutes. When that time had passed, I powered up the side fan and placed my hand by the exhaust ports on the rear of the enclosure. I was definitely surprised at the heat it was pushing out."

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Foxconn Winfast N570SM2AA Motherboard Review @ Ninjalane
"In this review we will be looking at one of the mainstream motherboards from Foxconn called the Winfast N570SM2AA, This is a nVidia nForce 5 series motherboard featuring the 570 SLI chipset and DDR2 memory."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master iTower 930 Case Review @ Bit-Tech
"The iTower is clearly trying to do something a bit different. It has started life as a fairly standard steel case, but been souped up with quick-fit hard drives, the little reset button on the back and a big strut across the middle for fan ducting and graphics retention. These are all good features, but don't really work with enthusiast components which tend to be bigger and heftier than your average bits of kit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master iTower 930 Case Review @ TrustedReviews
"From the front, this case slightly resembles the popular Wavemaster chassis, with a similar wavey aluminium door. However, unlike the wavemaster, the whole front fascia of the case is a door. On the right hand side, part of the door is cut away, to allow the front panel to show through. Here we have the power and reset switches, as well as FireWire, four USB ports, a headphone socket and microphone input."

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Why It Make Sense For Google To Buy YouTube @ The TechZone
"The number one threat to YouTube has always been the possibility that they will be sued out of existence because of users uploading copyrighted videos. The theory is YouTube hasn’t been sued yet because they have no money. However, if a buyer with a big bank account comes along, watch the lawsuits fly. This argument doesn’t hold much water. Google has tons of copyrighted materials on Google Video. Google has tons of cash. Where are the lawsuits?"

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OCZ Roadster USB2 Flash Drive Review @ 3DGameman
"While there are countless USB2 flash drives on the market, few are as compact as the OCZ Roadster USB2 Flash Drive though. One impressive feature is it's foldable, which protects the drive and looks cool. If you don't have a USB2 flash drive, you are one of the very few. With flash drives so inexpensive it's almost inexcusable not to have one for backing up or transporting data."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vizo UFO 4 Port USB Hub Review @ Think Computers
"As we look at computer accessories so many of them are USB devices. Keyboards, mice, card readers, hard drives, they all use USB now. With so many USB devices you may not have enough USB ports to support them all. That is where a USB hub comes in, you can use the hub to connect many more USB devices to your computer. Today we are taking a look at the Vizo UFO 4 port USB hub."

More information on this review can be found here.
eVGA 7600GT PCIe Review @ OCModShop
"The GeForce 7600 GT is based on the G73 core and is essentially half of Nvidia's flagship single core product, the 7900 GTX; it has half the pixel pipelines (more recently referred to as ALUs), half the raster operators, and half the texture units. But since the 7900 GTX is insanely fast anyway, and the 7600 GT core and memory are clocked just a little slower than the 7900 GTX, the 7600 GT is plenty fast."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Harmony 1000 Remote Review @ Digital Trends
"When you think of a consumer focused remote control which doesn’t require an installer to put in, what comes to mind? A $20 universal remote from Radio Shack? Logitech is hoping you’ll think outside of the box with the recent unveiling of their latest Harmony remote control called the Logitech Harmony 1000 Advanced Universal Remote."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EvoStream 600 watt Power Supply Review @ Pro-Clockers
"The EvoStream 600 watt power supply seems to be what a lot of power users are wanting, less resistance and a bunch of power from a conveniently modular power supply. A three year warranty and the great rep that OCZ has may make the EvoStream the next most wanted power supply. And if that is not enough, this new beast from OCZ also sports quad 12v rails."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EvoStream 600 watt Power Supply Review @ OCIA
"It is easily the best looking unit I have seen in person to date. The reflection that the EvoStream gives off is amazing. But, like anything that is shiny, it picks up dirt and especially fingerprints very easily. I was careful in handling the unit during the photo shoot to minimize getting it dirty."

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Video Card Recommendations @ ASELabs
"When selecting computer components, careful and informed choices are crucial. Each component is thoroughly intertwined with each other to the point that changing one piece of hardware may force a change into many other pieces as well. Thankfully, some pieces of the computer can be made nearly independent from other components, but there is a large range of products to choose from. Video cards fall into this type of category. How you decide on the one to buy is very important in regards to the money you will spend and the performance you will get."

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Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 Memory Review @ 3DGameman
"During testing, the memory modules never had a hiccup. MemTest, Sandra, ScienceMark and others could not make this memory skip a beat. It ran rock solid during all tests and even never really ran hot to the touch. The Ballistix line of memory runs very cool compared to others that require large and elaborate heat sinks. Even with a mild over clock and voltage push, these modules laughed at the idea of failure."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC2-6400 Special Ops DDR2 2GB Kit Review @ Overclock3D
"All Special Ops Edition modules are 100% hand-tested for quality assurance and compatibility and feature high quality XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heatspreaders for the most effective heat dissipation. Furthermore, each OCZ SOE module is backed by the industry leading OCZ Lifetime Warranty and technical support for unparalleled peace of mind during intense fragging sessions."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 965P-DS3 Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"The first foray into the Intel 965 world has left me with a few very good positives. First, performance seems to have increased over earlier chipsets, due to the new memory controller. Second plus of the new chipset is the new South Bridge, the ICH8R. GIGABYTE decided to take the chipset and make a good board out if it. There are a variety of boards being offered by GIGABYTE using this and the new G965 (with integrated video) chipset."

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Icy Dock MB453SPF Mobile Station Review @ Pro-Clockers
"The MB453SPF is an internal removable hard drive enclosure that contains three bays for easy relocation of hard drives. The MB453SPF makes it easy to take your data home with you if necessary, provided you have a docking station there. Icy Dock made the MB453SPF both appealing to the eye and easy to install. And another thing, the MB453 also cools on request. Let’s see if the MB453SPF is your future storage solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel P965 Shootout Part 1 - ASUS, MSI and Foxconn @ Tweaktown
"Now that Core 2 has established itself as the dominant architecture for now, motherboard manufacturers are scrambling to get boards out that will support Intel’s Core 2 processors, especially ones based on the new mainstream chipset, the Intel P965 Express chipset."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Mozart TX Case Review @ Bjorn3D
"After countless hours of hardship from everyone, we turned a few preliminary lines on a sketchbook into a beautiful actual creation. When the prototype returned, everyone wanted to be the first to see how our imaginations had turned out. After that, we fitted all the components into the prototype and started refining the goddess. Needless to say, there were a lot of refinements and revisions after the first prototype. The finished Mozart TX was simply stunningly beautiful and perfectly functional."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Aluminus ATX Mid-Tower PC Case Review @ Futurelooks
"Ultra's Aluminus case is built for lightweight and performance. The Aluminus comes in three different colours: Blue, Black and Silver and with and without power supply. We received the glossy black PSU-Free version to check out. At $99.99 retail, it's not a bad price for a full aluminum case, but what stood out most was the lifetime warranty."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Mystique 632 ATX Case Review @ PCApex
"The first things you'll notice when removing all the packaging are the unique front doors and its light weight due to its aluminum construction. The doors are set up in a clam shell design which open simultaneously thanks to a gear mechanism linking them together. The action of the doors is very smooth and there are three magnets in the right door to keep them securely closed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, October 9, 2006
Top Five Complaints About Computer Hardware @ Futurelooks
"There are things that just make me go "GRRRR" about computer hardware. I've actually managed to rustle them up and limit them to five areas of top annoyance. I have more, but they wouldn't let me go on. Is your annoyance on this list? Read on to find out!"

More information on this article can be found here.
Antec TruePower Trio 650 Power Supply Review @ Think Computers
"One word, Antec. If you are familiar with after-market power supplies or cases they you have definitely heard of Antec. Since 1986 Antec has been providing the highest quality of computer power and case products to over 25 countries. Today Antec has sent us their new Antec True Power Trio which features three +12V rails, Universal input which automatically selects voltages, Active PFC, and an efficiency rating of up to 85%. Plus this power supply is marked as a "Quite Computing" product so you'll be able to give your system the power it needs without loosing your hearing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Super Talent 2GB MEGA Screen MP3/FM/Recorder Player Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The MEGA Screen looks to be available in both a 1GB and 2B versions with the latter selling for around $90 USD. That's a good bit of savings compared to the iPod Nano, which doesn't include the built-in FM tuner! If you're looking for a simple portable MP3/FM player, I can solidly recommend the Super Talent 2GB MEGA Screen."

Be sure to check out our comparison review right here. More information on this review can be found here.
GSkill F2-8000PHU2 1GBHZ DDR2 Review @ VR-Zone
"VR-Zone has a review up on the new GSkill F2-8000PHU2 1GBHZ 512MBx2 DDR2 kit and we have tested on the ASUS P5W DH board completed with memory voltage mods. To make things interesting, we have tested the pair of memories from 2.2V all the way up to 3.2V and the memories scale very well indeed attaining DDR2-1232 4-4-4-5 @ 2.7V and DDR2-1044 3-3-3-5 @ 3.2V."

More information on this review can be found here.
Apack Zerotherm GX700 Aluminum Videocard VGA Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Well, I'm pretty impressed. The GX700 VGA cooler from ZEROtherm is an excellent example of what a well-executed heatpipe design can accomplish, even in aluminum. This is an excellent first effort at VGA cooling from a company we're sure to see more of in the future. ZEROtherm calls the GX700 their “main-stream” VGA cooler, and represents, presumably, the lowest-cost cooler in their stable. At the proper price point, the GX700 from ZEROtherm could be an outstanding value."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn GeForce 7950 GT Video Card Review @ Hexus
"We mooted the idea of special signature boards bearing the Foxconn logo to the VGA product manager earlier in the year, wondering if they were going to go down that road, and the response was pretty much just wait and see. So wait and see we have, patiently twiddling pixels for months until Hon Hai Precision Industry's trade arm got some life and started shipping its first graphics boards."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X1650Pro IceQ Turbo Dual DVI 256MB Video Card Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Today in the BFR labs we have our first X1650 video card to review. The X1650Pro, along with the X1300XT and X1950XT, have just recently been released by ATI as a follow up to the orginal X1600, X1300, and X1900 lineup. These new editions are a slightly enhanced version of their respective predecessor featuring higher core and memory speeds. This X1650 Pro features a core speed of 625MHz and memory clock of 1.4GHz effective compared to the X1600 Pro's core/memory speed of 500MHz/800MHz."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Core2 E6300 - The Enthusiast Choice? @ Fast Silicon
"There are some really cheap Pentium4 and Pentium D CPU's available now. AMD's Athlon64 x2 3800 runs at a slightly faster stock clock, is cheaper, and does overclock fairly well. To give you a bit of a preview of our thinking process, before we delve into our actual results (and the preliminary results we're seeing are astoundingly good), we're going to take some time and explain why we think Core2Duo is the way to go, and specifically why the E6300 is the place to start."

More information on this article can be found here.
Synology Cube Station CS-406 NAS Appliance Review @ TrustedReviews
"The small business NAS appliance market is now so crowded with products that it’s going to take something special for one vendor to stand out. We’ve seen Buffalo impress with its TeraStation Pro, Infrant Technologies amaze with its beautifully built ReadyNAS NV and now it’s the turn of newcomer Synology to show us what it’s made of."

More information on this review can be found here.
Icy Dock MB455SPF 5-Bay Internal SATA Drive Enclosure Review @ BigBruin
"The Icy Dock MB455SPF 5-Bay Internal SATA Drive Enclosure is a great choice for someone that needs more hard drive bays or hot-swap capabilities. If you have a RAID array spanning multiple drives, something like this is an excellent idea since it allows you to use as little space as possible, lets you swap out drives on the fly, and provides additional cooling to the drives."

More information on this review can be found here.

Battlefield Home - Network Security

"With many new threats running loose in the wild, it is more important than ever that every computer user takes a little time to make sure their systems are secure... We will look at several different techniques, as well as different software and hardware options for you to use to protect yourself, and to help the entire Internet community... I hope "Battlefield Home - Network Security" provides a good road map on security, provides some helpful links to increase your knowledge, and gives you the tools to make your home network as secure, or even more secure than any network out there."

More information on this article can be found here.
Lian Li PC-A10 Dual PSU Case Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Just as we said in the introduction, the Lian Li PC-A10 brings a whole lot more to the table than just dual power supply capacity. It has classy smooth lines that really tell the tale of the craftsmanship at Lian Li. Not only craftsmanship but attention to detail as well. From the rubber mounted fans to the tool free optical drive system, Lian Li's newest case goes after the power user and silent system builder alike."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Nine Hundred Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Nine Hundred is the latest gamer case from Antec, using a very innovative design, including a huge 200-mm fan on its top, a 120-mm fan on its rear, two 120-mm fans on its front, nine peripheral bays and a transparent side window. All fans can be set into three different speeds. And that’s not all. Let’s take a look on this new case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunday, October 8, 2006
Samsung 225BW LCD Display Review @ XYZ Computing
"The hottest thing right now in the display market are widescreens. There has been a huge upsurge in the demand for these products, as well as increased supply and more reasonable prices. I had a chance to work with Viewsonic's VX2025wm 20" widescreen LCD a gaming LCD that combined a widescreen display with some great performance specifications. In this review we will be working with Samsung's 225BW 22" LCD. Like so many new displays it uses a widescreen 16:10 display but this time we get to see Samsung's take on it. At 22" this display has a large size but that is not all it has going for it- it also has a reasonable, sub $400 price tag and some great features."

More information on this review can be found here.
Top 10 Ways to Save Money on Gadgets @ GideonTech
"Although we do get a lot of gadgets through the review sample process, nothing beats the feeling of getting a great deal on your own. If purchasing that hard drive or that iPod at well below the cost of what other folks are paying brings a smile to your face, then you're a hot deal hunter. We've got a list here today that should be right up your alley."

More information on this review can be found here.
Brando 32-in-1 Card Reader and USB Hub Combo Review @ Overclockers Online


"When it comes to peripherals, for most people, looks are just as important as performance. Brando's 32-in-1 card reader performs very well, but its looks are questionable. This card reader and USB hub combo is speedy, small, and most of all, extremely convenient. For those who are a fan of the appearance, look no further because this card reader is sure to please!"

More information on this review can be found here.
A-DATA 2GB Fingerprint Flash Drive Review @ Think Computers


"Data security is extremely important in this day and age, especially when it is being moved from one place to another. This is where the A-DATA 2GB fingerprint flash drive comes into play. Unlike other flash drives, the A-DATA drive offers the highest security for all of your important files and documents. Employing the use of a fingerprint scanner, you will never have to worry about your data falling into the wrong hands. So, we know the drive offers the best in digital security, but how do the other features stack up?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Patriot DDR2-1066/PC2-8500 1 GB Memory Kit Review @ Hardware Secrets
"With the introduction of AM2 socket by AMD all new high-end PCs are finally using DDR2 memories. Right now the standard DDR2 speeds are 533 MHz, 667 MHz and 800 MHz, but Patriot was one of the first manufacturers to release 1,066 MHz models. These models are not only targeted to both Intel and AMD overclockers but also to regular users that have an Intel CPU running externally at 1,066 MHz and want to match the memory with the CPU external speed to achieve the maximum performance your system can deliver. Patriot has released a 1 GB kit (PDC21G8500ELK, 2x 512 MB modules) and a 2 GB kit (PDC22G8500ELK, 2x 1 GB modules), both with 5-5-5-16 timings. We will review the 1 GB kit and compare it to its main competitor from Corsair, TWIN2X1024-8500, which is also a DDR2-1066/PC2-8500 1 GB memory kit with 5-5-5-15 timings."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC2-8800 Gold 2 GB Kit Review @ techPowerUp
"Even though the OCZ PC2-8800 Gold are designed "for gamers" they still offer features that you would usually see only on high-end overclockers' memory. Being able to run at a default of 1100 MHz DDR2 is very impressive, even though it requires around 2.4V to do that. In our testing we could get this $450 memory kit to DDR2-726 at CL3 and DDR2-1178 at CL6. This shows that this kit has something for everybody, no matter if you overclock just a little, or need insane FSB speeds."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolerMaster NotePal P1 Notebook Cooler Review @ OCIA
"Of course laptop coolers of various forms have been around for years, from special insulating pads to stands to things with fins and fans, but for every different type you see there are a myriad of mixed reviews over whether they're actually very effective or not. I must admit I'm a bit of a skeptic and never bought into these kinds of products, but when Cooler Master, who's been in the PC cooling business for 10 years, said they were sending over one of their new Notepal P1's, I couldn't wait to try it out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sytrin KuFormula SHF1 Ultra Preview @ Phoronix
"After the success of the Nextherm ICS-8200 and KuFormula VF1 Ultra, Sytrin is now preparing to introduce the KuFormula SHF1 Ultra. The Sytrin SHF1 Ultra is designed to be a multi-functional high performance HDD cooler. While this product has yet to be officially announced, we at Phoronix have several of these hard drive cooling devices inside our labs. Continue on for exclusive photographs and
details in this world premiere."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolerMaster Eclipse CPU Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Compared to past performance coolers, the CoolerMaster Eclipse has something new and technically artistic to offer that provides very good cooling. It's a whole new look in terms of CPU coolers and a bold break from the common design users are familiar with"

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li Modular Cube Case Review @ 3DGameman
"There are just a few cube cases on the market, and this one is spectacular. The overall build quality, construction, features, accessories, drive bays (18 x 5.25"), air circulation (3 optional 120mm & 2 optional 80mm fans), the different compartments, and so on, makes this an exceptional product. The only thing that this case is missing is a removable motherboard tray. Overall though, it's an unbelievable all aluminum cube case!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
Friday, October 6, 2006
Mt. Rainier: Is It Necessary? @ The TechZone


"Mt. Rainier technology is making its way back into the mainstream with the announcement of its availability on Windows Vista, which will officially be released in 2007. But computer users should ask themselves if this feature and technology is even worth adding to an Operating System, let alone the hardware required to operate it."

More information on this article can be found here.
Hyperkore Hyper Kolor Etching Review @ FastLaneHW


"The Hyper Kolor Series (patent pending) Etchings! What is Hyper Kolor? Hyper Kolor is a "top secret" process that was carefully developed in the last few months here at HyperKore, that allows us to introduce COLORS into the Blackout process. Much like the Blackout v.2 etchings, Hyper Kolor etchings allow NO light to pass thought the window so there is no need for cathodes or LEDs."

More information on this review can be found here.
USB Flash Drive Roundup October 2006 @ Hardware Secrets


"USB flash memory drives are now part of our lives. Smaller and with a capacity higher than floppy disks, these devices are the perfect replacement for the old floppies. This time we brought four new models from Patriot (Xporter XT), ATP (ToughDrive), Corsair (Flash Readout) and OCZ (Roadster) and added them to our previous roundup, so we are comparing 13 different USB flash drives. Who is the winner?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Noctua 120mm Fans Review @ DragonSteelmods
"Up on the review block today are two interesting fans from a company called Noctua, these fans are made to be silent and efficient, they even come with special silicone grommets instead of the standard mounting screws to insure quietness. Noctua sent me two versions of their NF series of fans, and 800RPM version and a 1200 RPM version. The fans are interesting because of the way they are shaped and also because of their color, I've never seen brown fans before until now. Brown fans are not a bad thing, just different is all, and different is always good. Read on to learn more about these cool fans and to learn a bit more about Noctua."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Tempest Heat Sink Fan Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"The OCZ Tempest Cooler was middle of the road when it came to size, but boy did it weigh more than the others. It's weight without the fan is a massive 580 grams which makes it heavier than the other two cooling units that it's pictured with. The 95.25mm(L) x 87.62mm (W) x 51.24mm (H) heat sink base is cooled by a seven blade 92mm fan that puts out 44CFM at 2500RPM +/-10%. Since the fan is 92mm it is a little bit louder than the 23.53dB Xfire that we looked at last week coming in at 33.0dB."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1KW Power Supply Review @ Madshrimps
"Describing any review involving PC Power & Cooling products is more difficult then one might think. How do you describe a company to which so many accolades have already been attributed? Today we have the honor of testing the Turbo-Cool 1000W (1kW) PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Galaxy 850W PSU Review @ ExtensiveMods
"Today I’m going to show you what in my opinion is one of the top two power supplies on the market, the Enermax (EGA850EWL) Galaxy 850W PSU. I can only think of one other power supply that can top this one and that’s the Enermax (EGA1000EWL) Galaxy 1000W PSU. Follow along on a journey that will unveil this monster."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Precise 650w Power Supply Review @ OCIA
"The NZXT Precise series of power supplies carries an impressive list of features. nVidia SLI certified. Dual Independent/Combined +12v Rails. Active Power Factor Correction. Low noise operation <30dB. Truly a power supply for the intense system builder. My only worry with a power supply of this caliber was whether I could throw enough at it to really put it through its paces?"

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI TV Wonder 650 TV Tuner Review @ Motherboards.org
"For a MSRP of $129, the TV Wonder 650 brings a lot of capabilities to the computer. These include free OTA HDTV (with an amplified antenna attached), cable television reception, a FM radio, a DVD Player, a Personal Video Recorder, and more. ATI is committed to releasing drivers for this product once Windows Vista launches next year."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seasonic M12 Modular 700W Power Supply Review @ 3DGameman
"The Seasonic M12 Modular 700W Power Supply performs very well, has a quiet 120mm fan, and another fan if it's required. This is a modular power supply. However, the main motherboard 20/24, 8pin, and 4pin leads are hardwired into the power supply and are not modular. Modular power supplies give you the freedom of selecting only the leads you require, therefore freeing up a lot of cable mess inside the case, thus increasing airflow."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Platinum 7200 EPP DDR-2 Memory @ Bjorn3D
"Well so much for explanation and speculation! Please join me as we attempt to discern with a high degree of objectivity how well OCZ has meshed NVIDIA's EPP profile into their Platinum 7200 EPP modules. I assure you we'll leave no table unturned and after reading this review you should be able to readily determine: 1) If this technology fits your needs and the needs of future patrons of our art; 2) If you're ready to invest your hard earned $$$ in these memory modules; and 3) If you feel this technology is worthy of being included as one of the many JEDEC standards."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD X2 AM2 4200+ EE Review @ Neoseeker
"While it may not be of as much technical interest knowing that these are essentially standard Athlon 64 chips, for those who run clusters of folding boxes or have a requirement for a low-draw server setup, these chips may fit the bill perfectly. The reduced power draw will definitely lead to long term savings for those who will be running their systems under load for extended periods of time. Also due to the lower draw, the heat output of these chips will be less than their normal-volted brothers which will be ideal for those running HTPC setups who are concerned about noisy fans and space constraints."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H Motherboard Review @ techFEAR
"techFEAR has taken Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H through our 30-day Test Drive and emerged from the other side with this article. The original evaluation near the end of August resulted in a very solid board with respect to the techFEAR USeR Experience and performance results."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AW9D-MAX Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"The Abit EQ is a nice touch for those who track system health constantly as well as allowing the user to manage the system within Windows quite easily with the included software. Add to this, every LGA775 CPU up to the X6800 Extreme is currently supported, giving the buyer a wide range for CPU choices. The storage connections are plenty and we doubt anyone will have a problem of running out of places to plug in their hard drives."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sharkoon Swift-Case Combo 3.5" Review @ techPowerUp
"Sharkoon has an extensive line-up of external enclosures for all types of drives. The Sharkoon Swift-Case 3.5" Combo is made of shiny, brushed aluminum and gives the user the choice between USB 2.0 and Firewire. The case is incredibly solid and looks quite nice. We take a look if the installation and performance keeps us smiling with joy or frowning in frustration."

More information on this review can be found here.
Buying Cheap Laptops Guide @ DVHardware
"Remember last year when a sale featuring laptops priced at $500 caused a stampede in one store. What a difference a year makes! Laptop prices have been steadily dropping, falling below those stampede prices in some cases. As productions costs come down and the marketplace is flooded with all makes of laptops, you can expect laptop prices to drop even further. No news there, most products come down in price eventually, electronic products are no different. Actually, they seem to come down in prices more rapidly."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Enermax Phoenix ATX Mid-Tower Case Review @ 3DXtreme
"Unfortunately, the market has been flooded by these Cases with the large side panel fans and this leaves the rest of the features the only true distinction. The Phoenix is packed with features however – tool free drive bays and PCI slots with plenty of cooling options. Enermax delivered a killer Case with the Phoenix and we are very impressed with the results."

More information on this review can be found here.
ProCase Noah Review @ Epiacenter
"I've seen a fair share of Mini-ITX cases but this is certainly one of my favourites and I'm currently having a hard time deciding what to use it for. As an HTPC? A server-setup? A general-purpose machine?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Silentmaxx ST-11 PRO Case Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Well, with the Silentmaxx ST-11 Pro, the hum was hardly noticed. What I heard was the power supply fan and the 80mm exhaust fan. The acoustical material does a very good job in absorbing the noise. Now, if you dump all the unwanted fans and go with a water cooling setup in this case, I'll bet you will be asking yourself if the computer is even powered up."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, October 5, 2006
Sharkoon 1337 Gaming Mat Review @ techPowerUp
"We take a look at Sharkoon's latest gaming mouse pad, which is only 1.4 mm high and can be rolled up to make transportation to LAN parties easier. The mat has a cloth top and uses foam at the bottom to make sure it's not slipping around on the table. At the end of the day the Sharkoon 1337 gaming mat which costs only $10 does not disappoint."

More information on this review can be found here.
Are You a Gaming Statistic? @ Futurelooks
"Chances are, something on this list describes you as a gamer. Now you can compare yourself to others and see just how addicted you really are. If you didn't want to be on this list, then why'd you sign up for World of Warcraft?"

More information on this article can be found here.
WIRED NextFest 2006 Wrap-up @ Digital Trends
"A ballroom dancer, a spaceship, and a robot bartender. What do these three things all have in common? They’re on display currently at Wired Magazine's NextFest event. What is NextFest you ask? It’s a showcase of emerging technology that could one day change the world we live in. The show features over 130 exhibits and is being held this year in New York at the Jacob Javits Center for three days."

More information on this report can be found here.
Silverstone Nitrogen NT06 CPU Cooler Review @ XSReviews
"For a company that has only been around for 3 years or so, Silverstone has certainly made an impressive impact on many areas of the PC hardware market. Today I am testing their Nitrogen NT06 CPU cooler. Let's see what impact it makes on the CPU cooler market."

More information on this review can be found here.

SteelSound 5H v2 Headset Review

"The Steelsound 5H v2 is the second in the 5H line. The first was a well rounded headset, but suffered in certain areas. Thankfully, the manufactures have taken all of the input from the 5H users and have redesigned the headset with a few enhancements."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Mars CPU Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"So you want to try something new that has a bit of originality and can replace your boring CPU cooler? The Cooler Master Mars can definitely fill both of these requirements. While it is not an overclocker's choice, the Mars performs and looks much better than any stock cooler that comes with most any processor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Mars CPU Cooler Review @ DragonSteelMods
"A little bit ago I reviewed the Cooler Master Hyper TX CPU cooler and found that it was an excellent choice for an after market CPU Cooler, today for review I have another CPU cooler from Cooler Master, the Mars. The Mars is one of those CPU coolers that just looks cool (pun intended!), it has an innovative and attractive design that is sure to attract your attention."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC2-6400 Special Ops Edition Urban Elite 2GB Kit Review @ BigBruin
"Before we get to benchmarking, let's see how well the OCZ Special Ops Edition Urban Elite DDR2-800 can be overclocked. I would not consider myself an expert overclocker, and might expect more experienced overclockers to get better results that I did, but things went pretty well, anyway. Everest was reporting the memory operating at 1020MHz DDR2. 220MHz faster than the rated speeds isn't a bad bump, and it equates to a 27.5% increase!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 DDR2 2GB Kit Review @ 3DAvenue
"With the arrival of DDR2 into both major CPU platforms in mind, today we review our first DDR2 memory, the Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 DDR2 2GB kit. Crucial, while not known for their popularity amongst the extreme users per se, have made a good name for themselves for quality made and well priced memory, not to mention a very easy purchase and delivery system all done directly at Crucial.com"

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire X1650Pro Video Card Review @ Driver Heaven
"Not everyone can afford a Conroe X6800 and an SLI system, so today we are covering the Sapphire X1650 pro card which is very reasonably priced at the low to mid range sector. Only question is, can this card power the newest games at a reasonable resolution?"

More information on this review can be found here.

ViewSonic VP2330WB 23" LCD Monitor Review

"It is amazing how fast things change in the world of PC components. Just 3 years ago I was quite happily running a 17inch screen with an Athlon XP 2600+, Geforce 5800 and 512mb (2x256mb) of memory and even using it as a review system here on DriverHeaven. Now this review system has a dual core CPU and 2 GB of ram, pretty much a standard configuration in the enthusiast community. It is fair to say that many users are still using a CRT with their system, so what exactly can a top of the range TFT bring to the table?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 Motherboard Review @ Bit-Tech
"If you are looking for the best Core 2 motherboard out there at this moment in time, you need look no further than Gigabyte's GA-965P-DQ6. It is fair to say that the board isn't quite perfect and there is certainly room for improvement in some minor areas. However, Gigabyte has mostly delivered on the features front and it has certainly delivered on the engineering front."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AW9D-MAX Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"ABIT’s choice of power and cooling is a so-so affair. First off you have a 4 phase power regulation system to provide power to the CPU. While this is enough for the Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme, the Pentium 4, Pentium D and Pentium Extreme and possibly the upcoming Core 2 Quad processors might find this a bit constricting when it comes to overclocking. ABIT has placed cooling on its Mosfets around the CPU as well as a new Silent OTES 2 cooling solution that covers the Northbridge, Southbridge and the additional voltage regulators. The cooling system is quite effective and looks very attractive but most importantly, it is silent."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X1650 Pro IceQ Turbo PCIe Video Card Review @ XYZ Computing
"This review is going to take a quick look at the HIS X1650 Pro Turbo 256MB Dual DVI video card. As soon as it was released this card started to take flak from analysts because while it is branded the "X1650 Pro", it is actually a revamped X1600 XT. Some manufacturers, like HIS, have incorporated a few slight changes to the speeds of the core or memory, but the fundamentals are largely the same."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS KA3 MVP Extreme Crossfire Xpress 3200 Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"While the ease of enabling SLI has really propelled nVidia's dual videocard solution into a mainstream product realm, ATI's 'Crossfire Edition' videocards seem destined to languish in obscurity for the rest of eternity. Put another way, it's telling when none of the major 3rd party manufacturers submit a major component of one of the "big two" videocard companies product lineup for review. PCSTATS will delve into these matters as we evaluate the new ECS Extreme KA3 MVP Extreme motherboard which is built upon the ATI 'RD580' CrossFire Xpress 3200 northbridge and ATI 'SB600' southbridge. ECS' KA3 MVP Extreme supports all socket AM2 processors on the market and accomodates 8GB of DDR2-800 memory in a dual channel configuration. Peripheral expansion comes care of a PCI Express x1 and two 32-bit PCI slots. The two PCI Express x16 slots are reserved for videocards, and operate with 16 PCI Express lanes each that connect directly to the 'RD580' Crossfire Xpress 3200 northbridge."

More information on this review can be found here.

Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H P965 Express Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review

"The Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H is one of least expensive P965 Express motherboards out there. Onboard goodies include a PCI Express x1-based Gigabit network card and an Intel Azalia High Definition 7.1 channel audio codec. Upgrades are possible through a PCI Express x1, x4 and x16 slot, and three 32 bit PCI slots. You can install a maximum of 8GB of DDR2-800 memory into the system while running in a dual channel configuration, and the motherboard supports all Socket 775 processors, from the lowly Celeron D to the flagship Core 2 Extreme and can run with FSB's of 533, 800 and 1066 MHz."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Soprano White Case Review @ Think Computers
"A while ago Thermaltake released the Soprano case. The case was a very nice case, but only came in 2 colors; black and silver. Black and silver are probably the 2 most common colors used on PC cases so they are a dime a dozen. Well Thermaltake has just released the White version of the case and I will definitely turn so heads. I mean how many cases do you know of that are all white? Thermaltake was also nice enough to send us the version of the case with a side window so let's take a look!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake LanBox Preview @ OzCaseMods
"The LanBOX will come in four flavours, silver + handle, black + handle, and siver and black without handle. This may be a wise choice if you arent mooving it all the time. The handle is quite large, and a bit too thick to get a comfy grip. Also, the top panel with the handle weighs in at 1.8Kg!So the handle is definately solid."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Cooler Master Mystique 632 Case Give Away @ BigBruin
"Cooler Master and Big Bruin are teaming up to bring you a giveaway to celebrate Halloween. Up for grabs is one of the new, and very hot Cooler Master Mystique 632 cases. Contest will end on October 31, 2006, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, enter now!"

More information on this giveaway can be found here.
Building A Wooden PC @ Bjorn3D
"For the design to stand out from existing cases it couldn’t be square and conventional. so I started out with a quarter moon shaped design with a staggered top lined with fans, in theory this improved cooling as heat rises and that’s where the majority of the fans would be. However the design still looked amateur."

More information on this project can be found here.
Ultra Products MicroFly SFF Case Review @ PCApex
"Taking the case out of the bag, I was initially surprised by how light the case was. It's very small, but well designed for structural integrity. The paint job is superb; both cases have a glossy finish, unlike the orange peel paint of most cases. The paint is even glossy enough that finger prints may become a problem if you are not careful."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, October 4, 2006
Ultra's X-Connect 2 550W PSU Review @ OCModShop
"If we have learned one thing from television, it's that more power is a good thing. Tim the "Tool man" Taylor always wanted more power in everything he did. Captain Kirk demanded more power from his chief engineer "Scotty" and by george he got it. And I challenge anyone to try and and find someone out there who has uttered the words "We all would have made it through that wormhole if only we had less power."

More information on this review can be found here.
How to Hack the Nike + iPod Sport Shoe Kit @ Futurelooks
"If you are a runnner with a fetish for NIKE's and iPod nano's, then this kit is heaven for you. However, what if you're not a NIKE fan or have something against sweatshop labour? Well, you're not alone. We're going to show you how to use this kit with any shoe you please."

More information on this guide can be found here.
BFG Tech 650W PSU Review @ GideonTech
"The days of the meager 300W PSU are most certainly over. The advent of multicores and power hungry graphics cards have sent the minimum power requirements for systems soaring to levels that were unthinkable just a few years ago. To this end, today we will be taking a look at a new Power Supply Unit (PSU) from BFG Technologies. BFG is a company
traditionally known for their high end graphics cards and close relationship to nVidia. If anyone knows about power requirements in a gaming enthusiast system, it’s these guys."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec SATA/IDE to USB Adapter Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"If you regularly play around with multiple HDDs in a test environment, or otherwise, and often need to transfer data from one to another but find yourself bogged down by having to install and reinstall drives, then this small Vantec adapter is perfect for you."

More information on this review can be found here.

Editorial: Why Vista means “GetaMac”

"Here’s another stupid feature of “Search” in Vista. Say you are searching for some music (opera for example), but you also have a program called “Opera” that you happen to use as your internet browser. Vista will just assume that you want to run Opera.exe when you hit enter, and not do a search for it."

More information on this editorial can be found here.
Vantec SATA/IDE to USB Adapter Review @ Techgage
"Working on PC's is fun, all except data recovery. It's a pain tearing your PC apart to simply stick another drive inside. Today we look at a smooth little gadget that takes away that pain."

More information on this review can be found here.
SmarThumb my.backup USB Drive Backup Software Review @ Think Computers
"USB drives are probably one of the most popular storage devices people use today, mainly because of their portability and increasing storage capacity. With so many people using such devices each day it would be nice to have a backup program that can easily backup files to your USB drive. Well today we are looking at one such program from SmarThumb, their my.backup USB drive software."

More information on this review can be found here.
D-Link DSM-G600 NAS Appliance Review @ TrustedReviews
"We’ve seen a steady demand for diskless NAS appliances that allow users to pick their own hard disks or maybe put an old timer back into action. The latest DSM-G600 from D-Link does just that as it allows you to add a single IDE drive and share it over wired and wireless networks."

More information on this review can be found here.
ICY Dock MB454SPF-B Multi-Bay Backplane Module Review @ Bjorn3D
"A few months ago, I reviewed ICY Dock’s 5.25" removable enclosures, I liked the fact that the enclosure is really easy to use and the cool looks. However, the enclosure only houses one hard drive (which I bet man yof us do), so if you got a lot of hard drives, you would need to purchase many enclosures. It it not only impratical to do so, but also quite costly. Luckily ICY Dock also has the multi-bay enclosure to solve this problem. Today, we’ll be looking at ICY Dock’s MB454SPF-B, a multi-bay backplane module that allows to mount multiple hard drives. ICY Dock actually sells other multi-bay backplane modules that can accommodate 3, 4, or 5 hard drives. The MB454SPF-B that we are looking at today utilizes the space of three 5.25" to house 4 SATA I or SATA II hard drives."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vidabox Roommate HTPC Video Tour @ Digital Trends
"The Vidabox Roommate is a small, stylish media center and home theater PC. Packing a 1.7Ghz Pentium M Processor, 250Gb hard drive, and a dual-layer DVD recorder, this near silent running PC can pretty much do anything you would need a media center PC to do. Playback stored media files like your favorite music or movies, and with it's dual TV tuners, you can record TV while watching a different channel. You can also record your favorite DVDs!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
Beginners Guides: Printer Sharing on a Home Network @ PCstats
"Printers are essential modern conveniences, connecting with your computer to offer you the power of a small copy shop in your living room. However, printers can rapidly become inconvenient if the other members of your household have to transport the files they want to print to a certain computer in order to print them. Wouldn't it be much better if every computer in the house or office could print directly? In this short but sweet guide, PCstats will look at how to make a printer available over your home network using Windows XP's built-in sharing abilities. Since most of us use USB or parallel connected printers, we are going to assume that this is the same for you. This article assumes that you have a printer correctly installed on a Windows XP computer and a working network connection to at least one other computer."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Thermalright Ultra-120 CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
"The Ultra-120 is higher and wider than its smaller brother, but hardly deeper, the fins are slightly bend downwards at one end, and upwards at the other, most likely to increase air pressure on the aluminum fins and thus increase the heat dissipation. A total of 4 heat pipes are joined inside a base which is nicely finished."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Bigwater 735 Water Cooling System Review @ Tweaknews
"The Bigwater 735 liquid cooling system represents the latest stage in the evolution of the Bigwater series. Thermaltake has increased tubing size, nearly quadrupled the flow rate and added another channel in the waterblock. And what rewards did they reap for these improvements?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Sytrin SHF1 Ultra Review @ Phoronix
"After the success of the air-conditioned Nextherm ICS-8200 and VF1 Ultra, Sytrin is now preparing to introduce the KuFormula SHF1 Ultra. The Sytrin SHF1 Ultra is a HDD cooler, which promises to be multi-functional and deliver a new level of performance. At Phoronix we have several exclusive details to share on this cooling device."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright Launces New HR-03 VGA Cooler
"If you haven't heard by now, Thermalright has finally released the long waited VGA cooler HR-03. It can be used to cool passively or actively with a 92mm fan and be installed in two ways to best fit your system. It's designed to cool the hottest GPU effortlessly and in pure silence (provided that there's bountiful amount of air movement inside the computer case). What's more is that it is SLI/Crossfire compatible."

More information on this press release can be found here.
asetek Launches New Low Cost Liquid Cooling Solution
"Traditionally, liquid cooling was only relevant for the enthusiast markets - that is until Asetek’s solution. Up until now liquid cooling systems have always had one or more drawbacks, such as being bulky and built of many separate components interconnected by a lot of hoses, high cost, insufficient reliability and life span. All this is history now, as Asetek has changed the standard for how liquid cooling is made, thereby making liquid cooling a compelling choice for any OEM or ODM. Based on its proprietary IP, Asetek has developed a small, integrated device that offers not only the value proposition for the OEM and ODM, but also for the end user:

* Integrated pump, reservoir and cold plate in one compact device that is smaller than a traditional heat sink
* Fast and foolproof Installation at the OEM, as it is mounted the same way and with the same means as current solutions
* Very few joints, which eliminates potential leaks
* Sealed and charged for its lifetime, with no worries about leaks or liquid evaporation
* Industry standard maintenance-free lifetime of 50,000 hours! (certified by independent lab)
* The possibility of daisy chaining cold plates can provide cooling for multiple components, such as 2x CPU or CPU plus graphics
* Building block principle. The solution can be tailored to accommodate different form factors, performance and noise levels. Possibility for system board cooling, for instance, cooling several components on a graphics card
* For the first time, the cost of liquid cooling can compete with that of high end air cooling

More information on this press release can be found here.
Tuesday, October 3, 2006
Knowing your Power Supply @ Technibble
"In this article we discuss the one component your whole computer depends on: the Power Supply Unit. Any computer, no matter how perfectly planned, prepared or assembled, will fail to boot, sputter, smoke and eventually die if connected to an inadequate, weak or just plain faulty power supply. Picking a decent power supply isn’t much of a science; however, knowing what voltages run through your computer is, and knowing it will come in handy once you start actually repairing, as it might indicate what exactly went wrong with the power supply."

More information on this article can be found here.
Antec NEO HE 500Watt PSU Review @ DragonSteelMods


"Today for review I have another product from our friends at Antec, it is the Neo HE 500 Watt power supply. The Neo HE has received praise around the world for its excellent performance, high quality and stability, so I can expect this to be an excellent PSU. So let's just jump right into the review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec NeoHE 550W Power Supply Review @ FastLaneHW
"Antec has always been known to be a high-end quality manufacturer of power supplies and its good to see that they have not become complacent. The NeoHE is one of their newest lines of power supplies, with the emphasis on efficiency. In fact, the "HE"¯ in NeoHE stands for high efficiency. With that in mind, Antec's NeoHE 550W maybe the one power supply that will saving you more money than any of its generic brethren in the same class."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair HX620 Modular Power Supply Review @ Think Computers
"Recently we took a look at the HP-550 from Mushkin. It was one of the first power supplies that Mushkin has released. Following the trend of memory companies jumping into the power supply market Corsair has just released the HX620 Modular Power Supply. The 620 indicates that it is a 620W power supply, which is aimed at the hardcore and enthusiast crowd. The HX620 features an active PFC, double forward switching circuitry, triple 12V rails, and a modular design. We will see if Corsair can make a successful jump into the power supply market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec TruePower Trio 650 Power Supply Review @ Pro-Clockers


"Antec has a long tradition of producing some of the finest cases and power supplies. We have seen some timeless classics like the SLK series of cases to the newest Lifestyle and Performance line. Their power supplies have been used by many overclockers and games, like myself. Just recently Antec has announced something that speaks well about their power supplies; they have given all their new power supplies a five year warranty. This will add assurance to an already great product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TWIN2X2048-8500C5 2GB DDR2 Memory Kit Review @ XYZ Computing
"This time we are going to be a testing a 2GB kit from Corsair. The TWIN2X2048-8500C5 is a dual channel 2x1024MB kit from Corsair aimed at performance enthusiasts. This memory is best paired with Nvidia's nForce 590 SLI chipset motherboards, like our Asus M2N32 SLI. This is the memory industry's first mass-produced DDR2-1066 2GB kit so performance seekers should take notice. We are going to test it out and see just what it can do in our rig."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Technology Unveils the 8-Gigabyte Ultra-Slim Mega-Kart USB 2.0 Flash Card
Sunnyvale, CA—October 22,2006—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the Mega-Kart, a ultra-high capacity USB flash drive. With 8GBs of memory, the OCZ Mega-Kart series is the ultimate data storage solution for today’s computer enthusiasts and business professionals on the go. The beauty of the new Mega-Kart series is the unparalleled, ultra-slim architecture that is thin enough to carry in a wallet.

The OCZ Mega-Kart is a dream-come-true for individuals who need to carry large quantities of data, including presentations, programs, films, and entire portfolios, yet don’t want to lug around a laptop or bulky pocket drive. The Mega-Kart conveniently fits in the smallest places so it can always be handy to access your files and is large enough to never worry about being forced to delete files to add new ones.

“Our goal is to deliver the complete range of USB flash solutions, and the new Mega-Kart focuses on delivering more capacity for easier transfer of large files and even complete programs,” commented Alex Mei, VP of Marketing, OCZ Technology. “The Mega-Kart series will deliver high capacity storage starting at 8GB in a portable credit-card size form factor for effortless transportation of your biggest files.”

More information on this press release can be found here.
MSI GeForce NX7600GT-VT2D256E HD Review @ Viper Lair
"I've worked with a few 7600GT cards, as well as a MSI HDCP ready model. From a gaming standpoint, the image quality is very good provided you're aware of certain limitations. While the MSI NX7600GT is fully capable of 16x12 resolution, it will choke on the latest titles at this resolution. Overall, 1280x1024 was the sweet spot in our experiences."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI's Stream Computing Coverage @ Driver Heaven
"Dave Orton kicked things off with an overview of the whole concept, and he put forward quite a realistic outlook on what it can and can not do. Far from being the best thing for every task out there, Orton started out saying how it may or may not apply to your workload. If the problem you have will map to a GPU, you can see speedups from 10x to 40x, a massive increase. Doing the same math purely on a CPU would take a very expensive computer."

More information on this article can be found here.
Biostar Sigma Gate 7300GT 256MB DDRIII Review @ Overclockers Online
"This is the second 7300GT I have reviewed in as many months and since the last was a DDRII model, I was expecting better performance out of the DDRIII model. Not only was the memory faster but the core also comes clocked higher out of the box. Despite this elevated expectation, the Biostar Sigma Gate 7300GT 256MB DDRIII never let me down in the slightest bit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Inno3D GeForce 7900 GS Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"The 7900 GS also shares the same GPU and memory clocks with the 7900 GT of 450MHz and 1320MHz respectively. Keep in mind that the 7900 GS is SLI ready, meaning that for $400 and a trip to your favorite PC hardware shop, you can double your pleasure with two 7900 GS cards in SLI. The 7900 GS is becoming more of a temping product by the minute. But the proof will be in the pudding."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"Asus has brought a great performing board to the market for the AM2 socket in the form of the M2N32-SLI. The bundle itself makes this board stand out, as it comes with the wireless kit, and a few other goodies that are normally purchased after the fact. AS far as performance goes, the M2N32-SLI was right on par with the other two chipsets that we looked at. It led the way in quite a few of the benchmarks that we used, and when it did not score higher, it was very close to the same."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"Asus has brought a great performing board to the market for the AM2 socket in the form of the M2N32-SLI. The bundle itself makes this board stand out, as it comes with the wireless kit, and a few other goodies that are normally purchased after the fact. AS far as performance goes, the M2N32-SLI was right on par with the other two chipsets that we looked at. It led the way in quite a few of the benchmarks that we used, and when it did not score higher, it was very close to the same."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 945G Express Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"The Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 motherboard is built around the newly Core 2 Duo compatible Intel 945G Express northbridge and ICH7 southbridge chipsets. The solution is ideal for cash-strapped consumers and not so great for AMD. The microATX board accommodates a maximum of 4GB of DDR2 400/533/667 memory in a dual channel configuration. The GA-945GM-S2 supports all existing Socket 775 processors on a 1066MHz FSB. On the short list of the GA-945GM-S2's hardware goodies we find an integrated Gigabit network card, Intel Azalia High Definition 7.1-channel audio codec, four USB2.0 jacks, four 3GB/s SATA connections and of course the onboard Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 videocard at the rear I/O."

More information on this review can be found here.
transtec SENYO 600 Mini-PC Review @ Epiacenter
"There's quite a gap between the front side and the optical-drive which also explains why you have to push-in your CDs quite a long way before the drive swallows them. Unfortunately with the single adapter for connecting both the optical drive and the notebook drive (which is located below) it's not really possible to avoid this gap. You can also see that the ventilation holes towards the front of the enclosure help to pull cold air across the drives and through the whole system before being exhausted by the fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
LIX Systems LX8100-AM2BB-M2NPV Review @ Phoronix
"While retail machines are not our main focus at Phoronix for review, after learning of a new contender in the Linux HTPC arena we decided to give LIX Systems another look. Today we are looking at a moderately priced Home Theater PC that has everything pre-configured to hopefully begin a smooth Linux media experience."

More information on this review can be found here.
iCute 0508ULA-5G1 PC Case Review @ Bit-Tech
"With a market so heavily saturated with budget cases, it takes an exceptional product to stand out and be noticed. The iCute 0508ULA-5G1 tries its best, with an original turbine design, a rarely seen 25cm side fan and a paintjob that at first glance looks like it belongs on a sports car. The difference between a good budget case and a bad one is simply down to idea implementation and in this case iCute hasn't quite hit the bullseye."

More information on this review can be found here.

Creative X-Fi Gaming PC Mod Project

"Creative Labs really wanted to kick off its new X-Fi sound card line with a bang, so the company contacted us here at bit-tech to build some systems to showcase its new pride and joy. The X-Fi has three main modes: music creation, gaming and entertainment, and Creative wanted a system for each one. After a discussion with fellow mod-god Dave "Macroman" Williams, we decided he would do the music creation version, and I would do the gaming and entertainment systems."

More information on this project can be found here.
Ultra's Aluminus Case Review @ OCModShop
"Nearly every component of a computer is designed to go into a case. There have been plain boring cases built for the last 30 or years, with very few manufacturers taking the time to make their computers look as appealing as their performance. A few exceptions pop into mind: Apple, Alienware, and well.those are really the only two that come to mind easily. See what I mean? Most DIY enthusiasts try to get a case that will try to look good as well as be serviceable; maybe paint it, or cut a hole somewhere, or go all-out and build their own case from scratch. An area that has been very popular is to put a see-through window on the case, so you can look at all of those hundreds of dollars in hardware put to good use. A few years ago, you really had to cut your own hole using tools, but those days are gone my friends, because now there is."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, October 2, 2006
HP + Voodoo: The Back Story @ Digital Trends
"Whenever there is a merger like this, many of us get interested in the back story. I was able to speak to executives from both firms and an interesting story emerged on why they want to do this. For HP: Margin, Leadership, Advocacy, and Image The performance gaming market is unique, while the regular PC market is largely commoditized now with razor thin margins. The performance side enjoys much stronger margins more in line with where the industry was 5 or more years ago. This is largely because the vendors in this industry tend to be closer to their customers and these customers value the extra care and unique offerings to a degree that they are willing to pay more for them."

More information on this article can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon X1300 XT Overclocked Edition 256Meg Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"When Sapphire first contacted me to review this X1300XT, I'll have to admit I was not looking forward to it. All my previous budget videocard reviews have been predictably slow and boring to review. This card to say the least has been a surprise. Think of this lower end and cost effective option to be that little kid in your neighborhood that you have picked on only once, had your ass kicked and learned your lesson. That is what this card has done to me. I underestimated it."

More information on this review can be found here.
HTPC on the Cheap: Intervideo's HomeTheater @ OCModShop
"Some of us find ourselves without a signed and stamped Windows Media Center Edition PC. At least, that's the situation I find myself in. Without built-in features like TV-tuning and remote control, I am left to search for third-party solutions. Intervideo wants to help and offers one solution, the broadly named Home Theater package that claims to "Turn your PC into an entertainment center" by helping you watch TV, DVDs and other videos while listening to music and viewing pictures. And no, not all at the same time."

More information on this review can be found here.
LCD Monitor Guide - Are Higher Contrast And Brightness Better? @ The TechZone
"Over the last few years, LCD monitors have increased their contrast ratios and brightness ratings. But these ratings can be deceiving if you're not familiar with two important terms: Brightness and Contrast Ratio. In this article, we'll discuss these two terms and hopefully the viewer will understand these terms and use them when purchasing a new LCD monitor. In addition, it is recommended you read the other parts to this article being released in the near future for a more robust overview of LCD monitors to give you more information when purchasing an LCD monitor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Liteon 160P6S Review @ FastSilicon
"One inexpensive choice that might interest you is Liteon's 160P6S, a relatively new 16x DVD burner. Sporting a respectable range of burning speeds and media types along with a very low price and Liteon's reputation for quality, this might be a burner worthy of replacing your old one, or finally convincing those few of you left who only have CD burners to quit procrastinating."

More information on this review can be found here.
Icy Dock MB454 Drive Enclosure Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Let me tackle the obvious question some of you have right off. Why would you want drives in a bay mounted rack instead of mounted inside the case? With SATA drives, the drives are hot swappable meaning if you have some files you want to take with you to another machine, the drive with your stuff on it is easily and quickly accessible. Lots of other uses come to mind. One perfect example is my main test bed which also doubles as my at home game rig. I use a SATA rack to swap out my drive with the optimized operating system and my games for a drive with a middle of the road generic Windows install that I use for testing products in reviews."

More information on this review can be found here.
Icy Dock MB124E External Firewire 2.5" Drive Enclosure Review @ BigBruin
"Although the aesthetics and acoustics earn it high marks, the Icy Dock MB124E falters when it comes to performance. Two reliable benchmarks indicate that the transfer rates provided by the MB124E are about half of what a USB 2.0 enclosure was capable of. Despite numerous attempts to improve the results with different conditions, configurations, and all-together different test systems, the results were consistently and unexplainably poor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Performance One P180B Case Review @ C.O.D
"Having been around the block a few times, and having been burned a few times; I have my preferences in chassis'. I have purchased and used a ton of cases and always seem to go back to my Lian Li PC-70 series chassis. There has been little innovation in this sector and it seems like manufacturers are trying to woo us with fancy designs and forgetting about the simple features that we should have to begin with. There are cases out there that look like malformed bubbles, cases that look like transformers, cases with bubbled water, and my personal favorite the cases that look like "Hello Kitty" (sarcasm). It is refreshing when some case manufacturers get back to the basics and give us usable features and practical designs. Antec claims they can give me hope once again. Enter the Antec Performance Series P180B."

More information on this review can be found here.

C.O.D. is giving away a bunch of free STUFF!

"It is that time again when we at C.O.D. will give some free stuff. What do we have in store this month? THIS IS AN NOW AN OFFICIAL PRIZE POSTING. The drawing date IS NOW NOVEMBER 21, 2006."

1. Spire SP741B3-U DiamondCool II
2. Micro Hide-a-hub 4 Port min USB Hub
3. An ATA100 RAID card
4. A4Tech Battery Free Wireless Mouse
5. Thermaltake Modern Life Style Xaser V Series- Damier V5000A with the ugly front bezel modified
6. Jackson Armor Card
7. 15 in 1 USB Internal Card Reader: (note: this is OEM and though it is internal, it has standard USB A Plug connector)
8. THE SPIRE PACKAGE #1: Spire DigiPanel (Black), a Spire Case Badge, Product Guide, Pen, and Poster.
9. THE SPIRE PACKAGE #2: Spire DigiPanel (Silver), a Spire Case Badge, Product Guide, Pen, and Poster.

More information on this contest can be found here.
MESH Elite Fire X1950 PC Review @ Hexus
"Those with £1600± to spend on a full PC system in the coming weeks will wish to pay close attention, and those expecting to pair up Core 2 Duo and X1950s in their own home builds will hopefully get a good look at potential performance as well. Something for everyone, then, so onwards we go."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Trinity Case Review @ Modders-Inc
"While looking at the NZXT Trinity I liked the shade of metal parts. It was not a chrome or a charcoal, they had a goldish color to them. The door was not huge/heavy. Personally I like short fat cases but this is the first taller case that I have liked. Windows, I usually do not care for them but this one looked like it could withstand a little abuse. The fan grills on the side I usually don't care for either, but with the mesh it gave it the extra POP that it needed."

More information on this review can be found here.
AeroCool Xfire Heat Sink Fan Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Aerocool Xfire is a massive heatpipe cooling solution that can be used Intel LGA775 and AMD K8 platforms granted that the Xfire can fit. This heat sink stands at 100mm tall and 120mm wide and uses a white 120mm fan with quad white LED's to keep the ~100 cooling fins nice and cool. Legit Reviews takes the Aerocool Xfire out for a test drive on our Intel Core 2 Duo test platform and give our honest thoughts on the Xfire."

More information on this review can be found here.
Noctua NH-U12F CPU Cooler & NF-S12-1200 Fan Review @ Bjorn3D
"Noctua arises from a cooperation between the Austrian Rascom Computerdistribution Ges.m.b.H and the Taiwanese Kolink International Corporation and entertains a development partnership with the Austrian Institute of Heat Transmission and Fan Technology (Österreichisches Institut für Wärmeübertragung und Ventilatorentechnik, ÖIWV). These connections form the key to the achievement of our goal: The partnership with the ÖIWV permits the application of scientific measurement instrumentation, methods of calculation and simulation technology in the R&D process. Rascom's long, customer-oriented experience in developing and distributing sound-optimised high-end products ensures a clear focus on the users' needs. The use of Kolink's advanced manufacturing technology and ultra-modern production plants allows us to efficiently implement our technical edge and provide solutions of the highest standard in quality and performance at a fair price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Nautilus 500 Liquid Cooling Kit Review @ Futurelooks
"The Nautilus 500 is the successor to their CORSAIR COOL unit, which we played around with last year. For those who do remember, the COOL was an internal unit with the radiator attached to the rear of the computer enclosure and the liquid reservoir installed into one of the 5.25" bays. As we found out last year, it was a pain to install with the tubes taking up a bunch of space. The reservoir itself was difficult to install if we wanted to keep the tubes at a minimum length. Even the plug for pouring in the cooling solution wouldn't open and we had a difficult time filling it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Koolance EHX-1050SK External Water Cooling Kit Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Before we could revel in the opportunity to review a brand new product that extreme users will appreciate, Koolance was in the midst of releasing yet another water cooling system, the ERM-3K4U5, which breaks in to a whole world of possibilities. Today, we will be installing and getting a closer look at their infamous 1000kw cooling system mounted externally as the EHX 1050SK with the very much improved RP-1000SL Reservoir and Pump that has so many features, it almost belongs some place other than a computer, such as the space shuttle."

More information on this review can be found here.
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