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Thursday, November 30, 2006
Razer Krait Gaming Mouse Review @ XSReviews
"Razer are known the world over for their high DPI gaming mice and awesome precision mouse mats. Their Copperhead and Boomslang mice are legendary and I am sure there are literally millions of frags that can be acredited to these gaming periperhals. The only down side with Razer products is the price. That's where the Krait comes in; high DPI, lower price. Sounds like a perfect combination? That's because it is."

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Zalman CNPS9700 LED Low Noise Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Zalman CNPS9700 LED is a supersized version of the CNPS9500-series heatsinks we've all come to know so well. Now, there's no point in dancing around the fact that Zalman's CNPS9700 LED is just about the best socket 775 heatsink FrostyTech has tested to date, and among the very best ever on the socket 939/AM2 platform. It's been a while since Zalman produced a heatsink that displayed such admirable thermal qualities, and even more impressive considering the low noise levels. The Zalman CNPS9700 LED is a big copper heatsink, made up of about a hundred 0.2mm copper fins attached at regular intervals to three copper heatpipes that form a figure-eight. The entire heatsink is cooled by one 110mm diameter fan which is internally illuminated with blue LEDs."

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Scythe Kama-Thermo Review @ techPowerUp
"The Scythe Kama-Thermo is a very simple, blue backlit temperature LCD display with a connected diode. The cheap price tag makes it very appealing to most case modders. It is quite small, but has large enough digits and a very good contrast so that the temperatures can be read from further away. The Kama-Thermo combines simplicity and functionality to form a great little device."

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Tagan Turbo Jet 1100W PSU Review @ XYZ Computing
"Tagan may not be a company with which most consumers are familiar, but they have been making quality power supplies for some time. Their most recent push is to enter the competitive performance PSU market, something that will put them up against firmly established companies like Antec, PC Power and Cooling, SilverStone, and Thermaltake. This is no easy task but Tagan has a number of things going for them, the most exciting of which is their Turbo Jet. This is an 1100W power supply that, unlike some other models, is sized to fit within ATX specifications. This review will be taking a look at the Turbo Jet and using it to see just what Tagan is bringing to the table with their line of enthusiast power supply units."

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Transcend Standard DDR2-800 (PC2-6400) RAM Review @ PCApex
"The RAM modules themselves are very unassuming. No colored PCB's, no blinking LED's and no heat spreaders. It's just basic RAM sticks with no gimmicks. Even Transcend's JetRam line of products differentiates itself by performance alone rather than marketing fluff. The DRAM used is Samsung K4T51083QC-ZCE7, the same chips are used by Kingston, TwinMOS, Wintec and no doubt many more manufacturers."

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HIS X1950 Pro IceQ 3 Turbo Dual DVI PCI Express Video Card Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"With the holidays right around the corner many enthusiasts are in the market for a brand new video card. Some may want the fastest card out there, regardless of its price, which means they would probably want NVIDIA's newest card, the 8800. Others are looking to upgrade their card that they've had for the past 3-4 years and is a couple generations old. They don't want to spend a lot of money but don't want to have to replace their card next year. In their case they will probably want to shoot for a card in the $150-$250 range which means that the X1950 Pro from HIS might just be the card for them."

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abit Fatal1ty AN9 32X Motherboard Review @ Pro-Clockers
"For the fanboy loyal only to AMD, abit has released the Fatal1ty AN9 32X motherboard based on the Nvidia 590 SLI chipset. With support for AMD’s newest chip socket, AM2 and DDR2, the Fatal1ty AN9 32X should be a great platform to keep you afloat until future releases by AMD regain the performance crown."

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Bad Axe 2 Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"Today we have Intel’s D975XBX2 or Bad Axe 2 motherboard in our test labs. This board was originally intended to be the flagship board for the Core 2 Quad. While we did have it to use for the Core 2 Quad, we decided to use our trusty Gigabyte DQ6 for our CPU review, as its proven to overclock to the max. This time we are looking at the board which Intel provided and just to see how well it stacks up to the mother of all Core 2 overclocking boards, the Gigabyte P965 DQ6."

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Sling Media - The Dolby of Placeshifting? @ Digital Trends
"Sling Media CEO and co-founder Blake Krikorian recently took time out from a busy schedule to do an interview with Digital Trends regarding the founding of his company, their quick rise to stardom and how they continually need to reinvent themselves to compete in the ever changing consumer electronics marketplace."

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IcyDock MB122SKGF SATA Hard Drive Rack Review @ PCstats
"The IcyDock M122SKGF removable hard drive rack is a hot swappable Serial ATA device, with integrated LCD display and thermal alarm. The unit is beige in colour, and supports Serial ATA I and Serial ATA II hard drives. The HDD caddy is made of aluminum which should help keep high speed drives a littler cooler than plastic would. There is also a small 40mm ADDA fan at the back of the unit to draw air through the unit. On the front of the HDD caddy is blue LED illuminated LCD that displays the ambient temperature and has a few simple temperature related alarm controls."

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AOpen 18X Triple Format DVD ReWriter Review @ TechwareLabs
"The upcoming release of Microsoft Corporation's © Vista operating system has users asking the question; Does my PC have what it takes to not only RUN Vista, but can it load the OS as well? Well, one point in interest is they way you install the OS and take advantage of most of the features with one peripheral, the CDROM. As some are aware Vista recommends a DVD Drive with the system and to take advantage of some features it also requires a DVD drive. Most have already upgraded to or maybe your system came with a DVD ROM already. Drives included with most systems as well as most drives offered before a year ago were slow. Burning a full DVD can take a slower DVD drive a hour or more. Considering the peripheral market today for DVD RW ROM drive is relatively cheap there is no reason to settle for slow drives. Our friends at AOpen sent over a Triple format DVD Rewriter for us to take a look at."

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Thermaltake Armor LCS Liquid Cooled ATX Chassis Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Thermaltake Armor LCS features a 120x240mm front mounted radiator with dual 120mm fans sporting blue LEDs, a hefty CPU water block with an acrylic top and another blue LED, and the P500 pump with an attached reservoir. Plenty of coolant and tubing is included, and also happens to be UV reactive."

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QNAP Turbo Station TS-101 9-in-1 Network Attached Storage Server @ Hardware-Review
"Network storage servers have really made huge leaps in performance and features this year, and the QNAP’s TS-101 Turbo Station is no exception. This server can be used to download torrents, host web pages, create photo albums, and even back up important data using its built-in RAID technology. But, this is really just scratching the surface of what this NAS server can do."

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Shuttle XPC P2 3700G Case Review @ Hexus
"The latest in a burgeoning line is the P2 3700G, which takes in the SD37P2 Intel i975X-based chassis and adds in some other tasty kit. Our sample was kitted out with an Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 CPU, 4GiB RAM (yes, 4GiB!), a single 400GB hard drive, and an NVIDIA GeForce 7950GX2 1GiB graphics card."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Cooler Master iTower 930 Case Review @ Driver Heaven
"Imagine yourself a PC enclosure designer, charged with the responsibility of distinguishing your company’s product from a crowded field of competitors. Tough job, eh? Admittedly, cases have come a long way from the beige box days (for those of you who were alive back then), but they generally must adhere to a set formula…mount a motherboard, power supply, drives & peripherals. Aside from purely aesthetic changes, one thing a case designer can do is take advantage of new technology to add features, an opportunity that presents itself rarely. There one is very ripe opportunity for case designers at the moment, though, and that opportunity comes from hot-swappable SATA technology. As we pointed out in a recent article here at DH, SATA drives are fighting their way out of internal, permanent drive bays and into the open, where one of their coolest features can be readily used. So, without further ado, allow me to introduce to you the new Coolermaster iTower 930, featuring FOUR, count ‘em, FOUR hot swappable SATA bays built into the front of the chassis!"

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006
How to Clean LCD Displays @ DVHardware
"LCD screens are commonly found in laptops, PDAs, iPods and high definition TVs. If you look around your home, you will probably see 5 or more of these screens in your presence. They are everywhere! However, anyone who owns any type of LCD screen knows there is one minor problem with them. These screens or displays gather dust and dirt like there is no tomorrow."

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Fragapalooza 2006 - Part 1 @ The TechZone
"Fragapalooza is Canada's largest LAN event, and this year they celebrated their 10th year in a BIG way. I braved many a sleepless night to bring you all the details and goings-on at Fragapalooza X. Part one of this article details everything from the introduction and setup to halfway through Day 2."

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NMB-MAT Panaflo L1A Fan w-RPM Sensing Review @ PCApex
"The general consensus is that there are only two types of 12V DC fans, sleeve bearing and ball bearing and the latter is the superior design. Neither assumption is entirely true. The second widely held belief is that ball bearing fans are the quietest fans you can buy. I actually had someone tell me recently that he had installed six fans in his computer case and since they were all "ball bearing" fans you could barely hear them. I just smiled and thought to myself, 'The quiet you're experiencing is no doubt due to hearing loss caused by excessive fan noise."

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SilverStone FM92, FM122 Fans and FP33 Fan Controller Review

"The first thing you'll notice about the FM series fans is the color. SilverStone isn't the first manufacturer to use a particular color to set their product apart from the crowd; Noctua uses an understated red brick color against a white frame, Enermax opts for translucent blades and Thermaltake has used the same butt ugly orange for years. But the plain white of the SilverStone fans looks particularly classy. In a sea of translucent, multi-color, neon, UV, anodized bling bling, the pure white makes a definite statement. Whether the look will hold up under all the dust they will eventually collect remains to be seen, but fresh out of the box they look killer."

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X-Gene Imperial Wireless Keyboard Review @ DSM
"For review today I have what I believe is the perfect keyboard for any HTPC system. The keyboard is from X-Gene and it is not only wireless but also features a trackball and ergonomic grips on the sides. It looked like a really cool keyboard on the X-Gene site, but it wasn't until I got it into my hands that I found out just how great it really is. The X-Gene Imperial has your standard keyboard sans the keypad, with multimedia and internet hot keys lined across the top and an optical trackball built into the keyboard itself. It's small size make it perfect for storing when not needed. The X-Gene Imperial isn't just for HTPC systems by any means it would work for any computer, but I just found it to be the perfect compliment to my HTPC system."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Scythe Mine Cooler Review @ GideonTech
"When you look at the package for the first time, you see that it supports all the current AMD desktop sockets (754/939/940/AM2) as well as Intel's current LGA755 and Socket 478. Pretty impressive!"

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Akasa AK-873 AMD Athlon64 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"Over the years we've seen aluminum heatsinks migrate to copper, and then heat pipes slowly began appearing here and there. The first heat pipes were added on as afterthoughts, and then thermal designs caught up with the technology. Now, what we're seeing is a shift from multiple 6mm diameter heatpipes to a reduced number of larger, 8mm diameter heatpipes. There will be more coolers arriving on the market place with this method of enhanced heat transport, but the Akasa AK-873 is clearly one of the first to cross our test bench."

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Microsoft Zune Hands-on Video @ Digital Trends
"Microsoft enters the portable media player market with their Zune Player. The Zune Player is a portable video and MP3 player that also lets you share your media with other people with Zune players, adding a social twist. The Zune player comes in black, brown or white colors, has a 3 inch LCD screen with a 320x240 resolution. It can playback MP3s, WMA, AAC audio files, JPEG image files, but it can only playback Windows Media video files."

More information on this video review can be found right here.
Enermax Galaxy 1000w Quad-SLI Power Supply Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The ratings and specs for this unit is truly amazing. It will power anything on the market today and the foreseeable future. If you're running a Quad-SLI rig, or thinking of building a Quad-SLI rig, this is the perfect power supply to future-proof yourself as much as humanly possible."

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Spire Rocketeer IV 600w Power Supply Review @ OCIA
"Voltage specifications are printed on the obligatory side panel sticker. From the listed UL number E130843 we can determine that the Rocketeer IV is made by Topower, a well-known, high-quality power supply manufacturer, who also happens to make power supplies for OCZ. The UL listing will often reveal the true manufacturer of a power supply if it is simply rebranded under another company name."

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HIS X1950Pro IceQ3 Turbo Review @ Bjorn3D
"Even though I am sure most of us would love to be able to buy one or two X1950XTX or GeForce 8800GTX cards, the hard reality is that we cannot afford to. We have to look to a cheaper alternative that still hopefully will perform well enough."

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How to Overclock Your Video Card @ Hardware Secrets
"You can increase the gaming performance of your computer by overclocking your video card. Overclocking is a technique that makes a given hardware part to operate at a clock frequency above its standard frequency, thus increasing its performance. In this tutorial we will explain in details how to overclock your video card, with several tips and tricks."

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OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 ATI CrossFire Certified Edition Memory @ 3DGameman
"DDR2 memory is now mainstream and needed for current motherboards. So, when upgrading your computer system, it's required to pick up at least 2 gigabytes of DDR2 memory. Selecting memory can be a daunting task, as there are so many memory companies on the market. OCZ has really taken the guesswork out of this memory though, since it's designed to work best with ATI chipset motherboards. So if you are getting a new ATI chipset motherboard, this would be the memory to get. With a default speed of 800MHz DDR2 and a timing of 4-4-4-12 it is sure to perform very well in high-end motherboards."

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PowerColor X1650 PRO 256MB Review @ Techgage
"If you are a gamer on a budget, you are always in a good position to purchase a great card since there are many choices available at any given time. The card we are taking a look at today is the X1650 Pro from PowerColor. It proves to pack a nice punch and goes to show that "value" is nothing to shake your head at."

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Sapphire Radeon X1300 XT 256MB Video Card Review @ Think Computers
"Out of all of the video card makers out there Sapphire is one of the names you hear the most. Probably because they are ATI's largest and best performing partner world wide. Today we will be taking a look at the Sapphire Radeon X1300 XT PCI-E video card. This video card features 256MB of GDDR3, CrossFire support, and is Vista ready. So let's take a look and see what this card can do."

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ASRock ConRoe945G-DVI Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ASRock 945G-DVI was intended to be a budget board. If you keep this in perspective, then the results here should be very pleasing to the intended target of this board. It performed very well at default speeds against the Gigabyte DS3, which is a proven overclocking monster. With the ability to overclock to around a FSB of 300, you can get some additional speed for you HTPC or office PC by using thE ASRock ConRoe945G-DVI motherboard."

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Thermaltake Soprano VX Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"The Thermaltake Soprano VX is a computer chassis with some style and panache that some people may find appealing. Personally, I like the look of the case. I like the front panel I/O treatment, too. While the finish doesn't quite live up to the hype, it's not bad either."

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MSI MEGA mPC 945 Barebones Small Formfactor PC Review @ PCstats
"The MSI MEGA mPC945 system is based around the Intel 945G and is compatible with all Socket 775 Intel processors. Under the glossy white hood, the mPC 945's two DDR2 memory slots will support up to 2GB of dual channel DDR2-533/667 memory. In terms of storage space, the system has one 3GB/s Serial ATA II channel and one IDE controller. There is onboard video care of the integrated Intel GMA950 graphics card, it comes part and parcel with the Intel 945G chipset. If you want to use a better videocard the system will accommodate single or double slot PCI Express graphics card. PCSTATS would advise a Geforce 7800GTX or equivalent videocard if you plan on doing any gaming at all as you'll see in the benchmarks."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Matt Fielder's CMC/S3 Project
Matt Fielder aka feldm4n from the Predatron Project fame featured a few months ago on MTB, wrote in to let us know that his latest project CMC/S3 has been entered into the Cooler Master Case Modding Contest 2006. The latest creation is a complete transformation of a Praetorian Case into a "Spiderman 3" themed work of art. I feel my Spidey Sense tingling!"

More information on this fantastic project can be found right here.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
SteelSeries SteelSound 5H v2 Review @ techPowerUp
"The SteelSound 5H v2 is a headset designed with gamers in mind. SteelSeries' first headset was called the SteelSound 5H, today we test the second version. The new version features even better padding than the old one, to make it more comfortable. Besides that the internal connections were reworked for increased durability, which was a problem with the old version."

More information on this review can be found right here.
X-Micro Super G Networking Review @ Overclockers Online
"X-Micro has put together a very combo to let anyone quickly setup a decent wireless network capable of reasonable speeds and quality of service inside ones home. The router has a very simple look that is small enough to fit anywhere inside your house."

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Icemat Siberia In:Ear Headset Review @ BigBruin
"The Siberia In:Ear Headset take my expectations for earbud style headphones to a whole new level thanks to the sound quality, comfort level, and noise blocking capabilities. They work well for audio playback, and adding the microphone creates a convenient way to communicate over IP telephones or in online games."

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Mid-Range DIY Computer Buyer's Guide @ TheTechLounge
"The big corporations of this world are starting to foam at the mouth at the thought of astronomical holiday sales. Let's be honest, we're going a little rabid ourselves. Our mid-range system budget is set at $1,600, and our goal in this article is to recommend components which offer the best bang for the buck while maintaining an overall balanced system."

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Thermaltake Toughpower 750W Modular Power Supply Review @ Think Computers
"As hardware manufactures add more and more components to PCs such as multi-core processors, multiple video cards, Physics processors, large RAID arrays, etc the need for a strong power supply becomes more and more important. Now a day's a 500 watt power supply seems to be just enough to squeak by when you reach the midrange-higher end. Thermaltake has answered the call of many enthusiasts with the Toughpower 750w which provides quad +12V rails, Active Power Factor Correction and a high efficiency of up to 85%, and on top of all that it is a modular Power Supply so it won't clutter up the inside of your case."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Logitech Harmony 670 Universal Remote Review @ Digital Trends
"Be the supreme ruler of your home electronics with the Logitech Harmony 670 Universal Remote."

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Asus WL-700gE NAS Appliance Review @ TrustedReviews
"Asus has traditionally steered clear of consumer NAS appliances and the WL-700gE represents its first stab at this market. However, it’s more than just a box with a hard disk inside as it combines a router, an integrated four-port Fast Ethernet switch, SPI firewall, wireless access point, web, media and FTP servers, a message board and even facilities for networking USB webcams and adding motion detection."

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Shuttle XPC X100 Review @ TrustedReviews
"Inside, things are neatly packed, resembling a notebook rather than a desktop PC. The memory is in SODIMM format, in this case two 256MB modules, which is less than I'd like to see. The graphics chip is an ATI X1400, which is a low range graphics card that will suffice for casual gaming. This is actually an MXM module, which is an expansion method often employed by notebooks."

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Zalman Fatal1ty FC-ZE1 Champ1on Series Aluminum Case Review @ Pro-Clockers
"The Fatal1ty FC-ZE1 Champion Series case represents the ideals of one of the ultimate gamers. Trimmed and fitted in thick black aluminum and white advertising the case asks to be paid attention to. These features as well as the presence of a healthy number of cooling fans leads to a very stylist looking case but at the same time a very heavy one."

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Zalman Fatal1ty FC-ZE1 Champ1on Series Aluminum Case Review @ OCIA
"I will be the first to admit that most all of the Fatal1ty products I have seen to date look pretty sweet, but many end users have complained about the hefty premium price tag put on these items and cannot justify spending the extra money. Today I will be looking at the Zalman Fatal1ty FC-ZE1 Champ1on Series Aluminum Case definitely a flashy looking system, but does it warrant the near $360 asking price?"

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Apevia X-Discovery Case Review @ XSReviews
"The front of the case is dominated by the clear acrylic magnetic door, which stands in front of the colour-matched drive bay covers (both optical drives and FDD) and the analogue temperature gauge. At the bottom are the I/O ports for firewire and USB. The power and reset buttons are situated around the temperature gauge and are accentuated in silver. Above the power buttons, there are two LEDs; green and red for power and HDD activity respectively."

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Antec's Fusion HTPC Case Fuses Computers with Home Theater @ OCModShop
"Home Theater PCs are becoming more popular these days, and they all try to tone down that they're a PC, trying to blend in with other Home Theater equipment. Antec's Fustion case is one of Antec's latest offerings for the home theater enthusiast. Antec designed this case to reduce noise and heat buildup using an innovative chamber structure, and even included a VFD display to complement your home theater software."

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SilverStone Crown CW01 Review @ Phoronix
"Earlier in the day we had posted a review of the SilverStone Temjin TJ08, and now again today we are back with SilverStone as we look at their new Crown series. The case christening the Crown series is the CW01, which is designed to be a powerful and flexible high-end multimedia server case. The Crown CW01 is based upon the layout of the SilverStone Lascala LC18 and offers several modifications with the end-user in mind. Among the changes are a reversible PSU mounting design, increased number of hard drive options, and many more improvements. The SilverStone CW01 is catered to both HTPC and traditional computer enthusiasts, but how well is this case able to stack up against its competitors and SilverStone's other selection? Well, simply put the Crown CW01 is a darn nice case with very few negative points."

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SilverStone Temjin TJ08 Case Review

"While SilverStone Technology has been around for less than four years during this time we have seen some extremely innovative computer enclosures. Among the SilverStone case series have been the Temjin, Lascala, Sugo, Milo, Crown, and Grandia. The SilverStone Temjin series focuses on sleek high-end ATX cases and they had recently introduced their
ninth model. While we will be looking at the SilverStone Temjin TJ09 in just a matter of days, we took this opportunity to look at the TJ08. The SilverStone TJ08 is a micro ATX chassis that is designed to pack the power of a standard ATX chassis but on a much smaller scale. This 195 x 381 x 378 mm chassis ships with dual 120mm fans and a removable motherboard tray."

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Micke's DreamHack Modding Mania @ Bit-Tech
"DreamHack Winter has rolled around again and GoTaLL (aka Micke Gustafsson) has been working overtime to finish up a bunch of new mods to take to the show. Check out the cases here then head over and see the detailed worklogs in the forums."

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Confessions of a Computer Case Designer: An Interview With NZXT's Johnny Hou @ Futurelooks
"Some of you may know the NZXT brand name by the cases they put out. Especially their signature model that resembled the head of "Optimus Prime". We had a chat with NZXT's Lead Designer and Global Product and Marketing Manager, Johnny Hou to find out about the man behind the cases and what it's like being the boss of people older than you."

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Monday, November 27, 2006
Zalman CNPS7700-Cu LED Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The CNPS7700-CU LED is Zalman's famed 'flower' heatsink technology at its best, and it's a method of manufacturing that offers very direct thermal pathways between the cooling fins and heat source. Each individual copper fin is in direct contact with the CPU, and that dramatically reduces elements of thermal resistance from entering into the equation. Coupled with a large slow moving fan, the Zalman CNPS7700-Cu LED uses its sheer amount of surface area, and large volume of air, to cool itself quietly above all else."

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Noctua Cooling Solutions Review @ 3DGameman
"Noctua has definitely made an impression with me! The superb build quality that goes into these different products is amazing. The toughness feel that I felt with the NF-S12 series fans is something you just have to experience to understand. The leads on these fans are extraordinary. I was able to run the back exhaust fan from down the back and along the bottom of the motherboard to reach the front intake fan header."

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Vantec Iceberq 6 Premium VGA Cooling Kit Review @ Hardware-Review
"Today's graphics cards are monster power consumers and heat producers, and these two problems have made companies develop unique techniques to cleverly move heat away from the CPU and memory chips so they don't melt down during intense use. One after market solution from Vantec called the Iceberq 6 uses a proven technique that many PC builders have used to cool processors and chipsets. Let's see if this blower/copper heatsink combo can cool our BFG 7800GT better than stock cooling."

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Modding the Corsair Nautilus - Perfecting Perfection? @ DSM
"The Corsair Nautilus 500 External Liquid Cooling system has received rave reviews from many, many reviewers, including myself. I've had the Nautilus installed in my system since I got it for review I liked it so much, it's relatively quiet, and performs very well. I've built my own liquid cooling systems and have reviewed many others, but I have always come back to the Nautilus. I don't like noise and I found that after a while having the Nautilus on high became annoying to me, so I felt that needed changed, and while I was at it I thought about switching the rad out as well. This isn't quite the hardcore mod, but I did get to rip apart the Nautilus, and get to use my Dremel, drill and other tools while I was at it. So read on to see what I did and what I learned from this experience."

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High End DDR2 Memory Roundup Corsair, OCZ, Mushkin, Team @ Madshrimps
"For some people, fast just isn't fast enough. When you want to build a really high end system, you must search for the best memory out there. Today we take a look at 4 memory kits that are positioned at the upper end of the performance spectrum. Let's find out which kit comes out on top."

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Corsair HX620W Power Supply Review @ OCTools
"If Corsair can make great memory modules, they have now proven that they can also make great power supplies. The packaging is impressive, the design elegant, and the performance superb. Add to that the quietness of the unit, you got yourself one of the best power supplies in its class money can buy."

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VIZO Voyager Hard Drive Cooler Review @ Bjorn3D
"It is an understatement that performance computer hardware gets a little warm. Even with the best cooling on your CPU, motherboard, and video card, there are still components which may suffer from thermal breakdown. Despite advances in design and architecture of computer cases, the hard disk drive still manages to show a weakness in passive cooling. This is why supplimental cooling solutions will prove invaluable to preserving performance and stability. The VIZO Voyager is a just what high-performance hard drives need to sustain high output and maintain stability."

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Sapphire X1650 Pro 256 MB Review @ techPowerUp
"If you are looking for a cheap video card that will keep you running until Windows Vista and DirectX 10 are out you may want to look at the Sapphire X1650 Pro. The card will run most games on high details at 1024x768 without taking a sweat. It comes equipped with fast GDDR3 memory and the fan is temperature controlled to keep the noise levels down."

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Compro VideoMate TV Tuners T100 Digital and U500 DVB-T Review @ Tweaktown
"The T100 built up a channel list OK the first time ComproDTV2 ran, and we were able to surf between all channels without a problem. Opening all the subwindows using PIP and a different channel for each window caused some dramas, however. With each subx_window.opened, performance within each window dropped substantially. The Compro website does state that for each window displayed, extra CPU power is needed, but the system we used should have been fine possibly you need a VERY strong signal if you’re going down this path, or better signal caching."

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ASUS EAX1650XT 256MB Video Card Review @ Hexus
"This is also a CrossFire-capable adapter, using the recently introduced internal system rather than the much-maligned external dongle. There's no need for a special CrossFire Edition of the X1650XT, as the RV560 GPU has a compositing engine built in. So read on to see how the Asus stacks up to the value competition, and whether ganging two of them together gives a worthwhile boost."

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Intel P965 Shootout Part 2 – Gigabyte, ABIT and Biostar @ Tweaktown
"The Intel P965 chipset has really impressed us in the fact that it may be classed as the “mainstream chipset” compared to the older and more expensive 975X chipset but its features and performance surpass the enthusiast 975X chipset with DDR2-800 memory support, high FSB overclocking potential and now with Crossfire support, its hard to consider a 975X chipset. We had already planned to do this second part roundup but waiting for all of the motherboards to come into our labs was a bit of a push back affair. After nearly two months of waiting we now have four more boards to put on our chopping blocks – two from Gigabyte, one from ABIT and one from Biostar."

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XFX GeForce 8800 GTX Review @ NordicHardware
"When ATI or NVIDIA launch a new graphics card they usually claim it's a new architecture. The truth is often closer to a refined or extended version of an already proven architecture. In this case it's entirely true though, the graphics circuit housed on 8800GTX's long black PCB is of a completely new design. We start off with a comparison of the specifications."

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Abit AW9D-MAX Motherboard Review @ BonaFideReviews
"The name Abit is as close to a household name as any when it comes to motherboard brands Abit has been around for quite some and has delivered some really stellar products in their past. The IC7-MAX3 was one such product that was a home run for Abit and really won enthusiasts over. Post IC7, Abit started fade during the 2004 and 2005 years but have recently made a come back into the spotlight. Today, Abit is back in black quite literally as we review their new AW9D-MAX motherboard."

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Abit NF-M2 nView AM2 Micro-ATX Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"There are so many things to like about the motherboard from the color scheme to the quality of components. The motherboard performs very admirably presenting stability and function. It comes with ample features and capabilities that cover the entire spectrum of users from the HTPC user to the gaming enthusiast."

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ECS KN3-SLI2 Extreme AM2 Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"The ECS KN3-SLI2 board retails online for a mere $119 at the time of this writing. At this price point, the board makes a compelling argument as you get the performance and features of the nForce 590 SLI chipset without having to pay for a premium as you would if you purchase one of the top name brand boards."

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Saturday, November 25, 2006
LTB Magnum USB 5.1 Headphones Review @ Phronix
"It has been almost two years since we first heard of LTB Audio Systems and decided to look at their USB True 5.1 Surround Sound Headphones. The headphones were surprisingly well designed for coming from this relatively unheard of company. Listen To Believe (LTB) has recently introduced their Magnum 5.1 USB Headphones, which is what we will be looking at today. These headphones offer a built in microphone, onboard audio control, and is true 5.1 surround sound."

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The Computer Industry's Whipping Boy: The Lowly Computer Technician Editorial @ Tweaknews
"PC support companies build their business on the backs of high school and college graduates, the people who get a job just to get by until something better comes along. These people are called hardware technicians; they bare huge responsibility and work for low pay, often for little better than minimum wage. Hardly any of these people take their job seriously and those that do are usually looking to get into a more prestigious field like Network Administration or Security."

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Jetart NC3300 Cool Stand Review @ XSReviews
"Jetart produce a myriad of PC cooling parts, from loud, air moving, monster PCI slot coolers to silent GPU coolers. Jetart also product other products like notebook coolers and temperature displays for case fronts. Today I have with me Jetart's latest notebook cooling solution that not only helps keep the notebook cool, but allows you to rotate it; excellent for meetings or just spinning it round for fun."

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Apack Zerotherm CF900 Socket 775 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Zerotherm CF900's Protechnic MGT9212HS-S25 fan has a thermistor attached to a short length of wire coming out of the motor hub, and this plays a crucial role in how the heatsink performs. The thermistor is cleverly located inside a well formed within in the array of copper cooling fins, so it accurately responds to the temperature of the metal, not the internal case air temperature. This enables the Zerotherm CF900 fan to scale its impeller speed as necessary, and cuts down on unnecessary noise. At its slowest speed (800RPM), the 95mm diameter Protechnic fan barely produces 35 dBA noise. At its full speed of 2300RPM, the fan rumbles away with a moderately audible 48.3 dBA."

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Hiper Type R & Type M 730W Power Supplies Review @ 3DGameman
"Both the Hiper Type R and Type M 730 watt power supplies perform very well. The Hiper Type R is the fancy model and has a unique stainless steel body and modular design. The Type M 730 watt power supply, on the other hand, is rather basic. It has a satin, black finish and plenty of sleeved leads. The big draw for either is the high wattage which is needed for a hardcore gaming rig."

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CoolIT Systems Freezone CPU Cooler Review @ PCApex
"The first thing I noticed when I pulled the unit out was the weight of it. It felt a lot heavier then I expected. The CPU block made out of copper, the pre-filled system, and the mag drive pump all contribute to the weight. A plastic shield was placed over the CPU block keeping the base from getting scratched and protected the pre-applied thermal paste from getting all over everything. The coolant is a wonderful blue color that never needs to be changed. The tubing is flexible and coils wrapped around it prevent the tubing from kinking while making tight turns."

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ATI Radeon X1950XTX CrossFire Review @ Bjorn3D
"Recently, I built two new Intel Core 2 Duo systems each based on the Intel I975X motherboards. One of the systems was designated as my personal workstation and the other was specific for product reviews. Since CrossFire™ technology was the biggest and baddest dual GPU graphics product available for this system I was stoked to review it. After exchanging a few emails with Will Willis, ATI's North American Public Relations Manager, my request was granted. I received the X1950XTX CrossFire™ components in less than two days, which was absolutely incredible."

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Case Study: Hosting A Modding Contest @ BoxGods
"PC case modding contests fall into that murky class of competitions where there is no fastest, strongest, or last man standing to have his exhausted but triumphant hand thrust into the air declaring him the obvious victor. Such contests span many months, require a very diverse skill set, and ultimately are decided in the fashion of a hybrid Ice Skating/Beauty Pageant format--in other words, judges. Today, we discuss what does and what should go into hosting a modding contest."

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Biostar iDEQ 250N Mini PC Geforce 6100 Small Formfactor Barebones Review @ PCstats
"In this review PCstats will be testing out the new Biostar iDEQ 250N Mini PC barebones system. The iDEQ 250N is a socket AM2 AMD Athlon64 platform which is based on nVIDIA's extremely popular GeForce 6100 and nForce 410 series chipsets. It will accommodate up to 4GB of DDR2-533/667/800 memory, and like all small form factor PCs its expansion capabilities are limited to two devices. In this case, Biostar certainly picked the best of the bunch. It's iDEQ 250N can support one PCI Express x16 videocard and one 32-bit PCI card. The Geforce 6100 chipset gives away one other hidden talent to this small form factor barebones system onboard Geforce 6-series graphics come standard. On the list of critical features, the usual suspects are all checked off."

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Zalman HD135 HTPC Case Review @ BigBruin
"When creating a PC system for use at a desk, noise is somewhat of a concern, but a certain level of noise has become acceptable to achieve cooler temperatures. When setting out to create a PC for home theater duty, noise and heat get a lot more attention. Zalman has tried to make the best of both worlds with their HD135... I cannot find anything I do not like about this case; it looks great, cools excellently, and has plenty of room. Given all of these positives and the absolutely excellent engineering that went into it, I award the Zalman HD135 HTPC Case the "Highly Recommended" Award."

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Holiday 2006 PC Case Buyer's Guide @ Think Computers

"With the holiday season upon us there are tons of gift ideas for your family and friends. So we are going to be bringing you a series holiday buyer's guides that might help you narrow the choices down to just a few items. Our first buyer's guide of the 2006 holiday season is PC Cases. Your PC case is a very important part to your PC. It shows off what you have inside. So let's check out our top picks for 2006!"

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Friday, November 24, 2006
Logitech FreePulse Bluetooth Headphones Review @ DSM
"Music is everywhere, the Ipod, the Zune, and on any other Mp3 player out there. You'll find these devices in use by an extremely diverse group of peoples, from children to construction workers and up to the executive levels of corporations. It seems everyone is plugged in these days in one way or another. One thing I quite never figured out though is why most people settle for the blah stock earbuds or headphones that come with these devices, you like your music enough to take it with you so why not really enjoy it with a quality set of headphones, and why be wired to your device? This is where Logitech comes in with the introduction of their FreePulse wireless headphones, which of course is what I have for review today. I love my music, and it is enhanced even more with the excellent quality of the FreePulse."

More information on this review can be found here.
Triumph Macs 7131-i CPU Heatsink Review @ Technic3D
"The Triumph Macs 7131-i CPU Heatsink arrived Technic3D. Better than a watercooling ore Titan Amanda? See the following review against others CPU cooling products."

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OCZ Roadster 1 GB Review @ techPowerUp
"OCZ's Roadster is a tiny little USB stick that uses an ingenious folding concept. With only 3 cm in length and 0.5 cm in height, this is probably the smallest USB key on the market. Its 1 GB of storage should be plenty for all your data transportation needs. With a price of around $25 for the 1 GB version it is also very affordable."

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ASUS 680i Striker Motherboard Preview @ Bit-Tech
"The Asus Striker Extreme clearly has a lot of potential and it will be interesting to see how things develop over the next few weeks in the run up to retail availability. We can't wait to sit down and test a retail board with a final BIOS, because there is masses of potential for this board to be one of the best boards out there once it's released."

More information on this review can be found here.
nPowertek NPH 775-1 Socket 775 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"nPowertek NPH 775-1 Socket 775 heatsink looks deceptively simple at first glance; but at the heart of this Intel cooler is a huge copper cylinder. The large copper column is not technically a heatpipe as we know it, it's what TTIC call a "heat column." This column, 25mm in diameter and made from a hollow copper cylinder which is vacuum sealed, has a chemical coating on the inside that works to the same effect as a wick in a traditional heatpipe. The heat column used here is essentially an empty cylinder of copper which has been internally coated with a thin "superconducting heat transfer medium." The copper cylinder is sealed off at both ends, and inside is under a vacuum of approximately 1 Torr. The 18x80x80mm looks a little timid for the open framed nPowertek's NPH 775-1 heatsink, but it seems to get the job done without much fuss."

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Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 Aluminum Chassis Review @ PCstats
"Like its predecessor, the all aluminum Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 case is compatible with watercooling systems right out of the box. It is designed for maximum system cooling while maintaining quiet operating parameters - so while there are no less than three large 120mm cooling fans in this case, they all run without really being noticeable. Best of all, it has two tubing pass through vents for watercooling systems. The 3D Aurora 570 case is constructed entirely out of 1.0mm thick aluminum, has a nice grilled side panel that can be swapped out with an included clear case window (how nice is that! It's even pre-drilled for installration), contains plenty of tooless expansion space."

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How To Build A PC, Part 1: Component Selection Overview @ Toms Hardware
"Before any parts are selected, a builder should clearly understand the machine's intended function. General purpose systems that deal with such tasks as 2D games, Internet browsing and document creation, will obviously have modest hardware requirements. In contrast, high-end 3D gaming systems will require better graphics, better cooling and a larger power supply. Special applications, such as 3D model creation and home theater PC use, should also be considered - these tasks require specialized hardware."

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Thursday, November 23, 2006
Logitech G7 Review @ Techgage
"From this station, you plug the cord into the back of your PC, plug the USB 2.4GHz adapter stick into the top USB port and away you go. On the front of the recharging station, there is a wide opening that allows you to place your unused battery in the charger to charge up while you are using the good battery. This means that when one battery dies, you can place the charged battery into the G7 and place the dead one in the charger itself for use at a later time, when the battery is fully charged again."

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Revoltec Lightboard XL2 Review @ Driver Heaven
"The Lightboard XL was one of the first full size 107 key keyboards which featured backlight, and still the Lightboard XL series are of the few full size keyboards with backlight available. Only recently Revoltec introduced the second version of the Lightboard XL, the Lightboard XL 2. There aren’t any significant changes between the two versions. Minor differences include better quality, USB connection support and shortcut keys."

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USB Geek USB to SATA/IDE Universal Kit Review @ Overclockers Online
"Devices such as the USB to SATA/IDE Universal Kit with One Touch Backup aim to make life easier due to their convenience. However, there is a small price to pay, other than the price itself, for the convenience."

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Icemat Siberia In:Ear Headset Review @ Think Computers
"Ever since Icemat's inception in 2000, they have provided gamers with high quality products that stand out. The Icemat Siberia In:Ear Headset is no exception. Style is one of Icemat's strong points, and it definitely shows in this headset. It features an amazing rich sound, and great design elements in a small package. With a separate microphone, this headset can be used in a wide array of applications. The small design also makes it perfect for portable devices such as MP3 players. So read on to find out more about the Icemat Siberia In:Ear Headset."

More information on this review can be found here.
Jetart CK6000 HDD Protector Review @ XSReviews
"CK6000 is an Anti-Vibration & Impact-Proof HDD protector for application out of PC case. It’s with plenty pellets to absorb external force comes in to prevent HDD damage from vibration & impact. In addition, the water proof, anti-sliding and dust-proof silicon rubber material designed to be piled up to save the space. It is the best guard of HDD."

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Zalman ZM600-HP Heatpipe Cooled Modular 600 Watt Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews
"I'm very impressed by Zalman's newest PSU offering. The ZM600-HP seems to deliver the goods everywhere one looks. The heatpipe feature keeps it running cool and the LEDs keep it looking cool. This PSU has enough power to supply all but the most extreme systems with ease. Outstanding stability and efficiency are complimented by near-silent operation and a pleasing blue glow."

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Low-End DIY Computer Buyer's Guide @ TheTechLounge
"Black Friday is almost here. The big corporations of this world are starting to foam at the mouth at the thought of astronomical holiday sales. Let's be honest, we're going a little rabid ourselves. This guide will get you started on an enviable computer with huge potential for expansion, and with Vista looming, you'll be glad you made room for it. This price guide is aimed squarely at the price-conscious DIY system builder, with a budget set at $800."

More information on this guide can be found here.
NZXT Adamas Case Review @ Hardware Logic
"Most DIYers shopping for a PC enclosure fall into one of two categories; the hip gamer looking to express himself with a tricked out chassis, and the refined professional more comfortable with an elegant case to match the home decor. Having catered almost exclusively to the former, NZXT switches gears with a chassis they hope will appeal to the latter; the Adamas."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X1650XT 256MB iSilenceII Video Cards Review @ 3DGameman
"The HIS X1650XT series of Video Cards offer tremendous value. When combined in a CrossFire configuration they still offer great value, but performance goes way up! As a matter of fact, two X1650XT Video Cards will outperform a single X1950Pro Video Card in some instances. If you're on a budget and want a CrossFire setup, get 'em!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
Super Talent 2GB PC2-8000 DDR2 Memory Kit Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Super Talent recently revamped the looks of all their overclocking kits with new blue heatspreaders. And let me tell you these are some beefy heatspreaders. The kit I'll be checking out today is rated for 1000MHz operation at an aggressive 4-5-4-15 and a respectable voltage of 2.2v."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Vigor Monsoon II TEC CPU Cooler Review @ PCApex
"The cooler itself is quite a beast, weighing in at almost 1 kg with the fan attached. The design is tried-and-true: heat pipes & a lot of stacked fins. The unique feature of the Monsoon II, of course, is the 50W TEC element integrated into the base. The TEC is sandwiched between the nickel-plated copper base plate and a hot plate. Both the base plate and hot plate contain 4 heat pipes (2 to each side) that carry the heat to the fins. The heat pipes attached to the base plate have the same function as in any normal heat sink, but the ones attached to the hot plate remove heat generated at the hot side of the TEC. This way, the TEC assists the passive operation of the base plate heat pipes. Even if the TEC fails, you still have a semi-functional passive heat sink."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright Chill Factor Thermal Paste Review @ BigBruin
"Their CPU coolers offer some of the lowest temperatures that air cooling can provide, but there are two things that Thermalright has not provided for their coolers until now... fans and some high quality thermal paste. The Chill Factor Thermal Paste is Thermalright's first venture into the premium thermal paste market, and based on their reputation and proven track record with everything else they have done, I have high expectations."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cyber Snipa Mouse and Pad Review @ GideonTech
"There are a slew of gaming mice on the market today. Models ranging from low budget to some very pricey offerings. Flexiglow, the makers of Cyber Snipa, have brought out a mouse that not only has enough programmable buttons to satisfy the hardcore gamer, it also has the functionality to let you tone down the unit for every day use."

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Microsoft Zune - Part 1/3 @ 3DGameman
"The newest competitor to come about is Microsoft. This November Microsoft dropped its previous attempt to take over the iTunes market (PlayForSure and MSN Music), and introduced the all new Microsoft Zune. This had been rumored for many months by bloggers around the web but until just a few short months ago, there had been no real proof. Once the player was officially announced, the term 'iPod Killer' was instantly tagged to the player. While Microsoft continues to deny, and rightly so, that they are trying to produce an 'iPod Killer', there is still the obvious jealousy. Microsoft is dedicating multiples of millions of dollars to creating what they are calling a more 'social experience."

More information on this review can be found here.
Apack Zerotherm CF800 Socket 775 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Apack Zerotherm CF800 heatsink is a compact aluminum finned socket 775 cooler. It has been designed to operate quietly, with the ability to scale the speed of its translucent fan automatically and tackle heat loads as high as 130W. That makes this 357 gram lightweight heatsink an ideal candidate for socket 775 Intel Pentium D/Core 2 Duo processors. The CF800 heatsink has a thermally responsive fan that adjusts its speed between 800-2300RPM, blowing upwards of 42CFM over over 2300mm2 of cooling surface area."

More information on this review can be found here.

Evercool PT02-9232CP Bifurcated Fin Heatsink Review

"The Intel 'Prescott FMB2' compliant Evercool PT02-9232CP heatsink is equipped with a 32x92x92mm 4-pin PWM fan that rotates at between 1300 and 4000RPM. When installed on a PWM fan compatible socket 775 motherboard, the fan will scale its speed from 4000RPM down to meet the immediate thermal needs of the processor without creating unnecessary noise. When the PT02-9232CP heatsink is connected to a standard three pin fan header however, the fan spins at its maximum speed of 4000 rpm by default."

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OCZ EvoStream 600W PSU Review @ techPowerUp
"The OCZ EvoStream 600W is a powerful PSU that comes with modular connectors to help you reduce the cable mess in your case. On top of that you get four independent 12V rails that can supply all the power your video cards may ever need. In our testing on a Crossfire system the 12V line was exceptionally stable, making this unit a great choice for overclockers."

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Cooler Master Eclipse CPU Cooler Review @ Think Computers
"So many CPU coolers are the same in design. It is hard to create a good performing CPU cooler whose design sets itself apart from the rest. Well today we will be looking at the Cooler Master Eclipse CPU cooler and its design is something that I have never seen before. We will see if its design hinders its performance against other AM2 CPU coolers that we have previously tested."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM600-HP 600 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Zalman ZM600-HP is a high-end power supply featuring a big 120-mm fan, an internal heatsink with a heat-pipe, modular cabling system and also EPS12V-compatible, being targeted to high-end SLI and CrossFire systems. Let’s take an in-depth look on this power supply."

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Ultra Products X-Connect 2 550W PSU Review @ PCApex
"The improvement on the cables this time around was the switch to Flex Force cables. They are still UV reactive with each wire being independently coated. Since the cables consist of individually wraped wires, the cables themselves are thinner and are easy to fold-over, tuck behind, and even run under the motherboard. Even though this might not be appealing to everyone it still adds a WOW factor to laying out the wires in a system. This is a much needed improvement over the first gen cables that were kinda stiff and round which made it difficult to route them in tight spaces."

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Corsair HX620W Modular Power Supply Review @ PCstats
"Corsair is the king of enthusiast grade memory, and now the company is setting its' sights on another important and often unacknowledged component of a modern high end PC - the power supply. The Corsair HX620W power supply is the companies first ever, and this unit certainly has many good things going for it. First off the Corsair HX620W power supply has received nVIDIA SLI and ATi CrossFire certification, so you know it's not a piece of junk. The 620W wattage rating is a sustained value, not peak. Lastly, it comes in a very pretty modular cable design."

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Razer Barracuda AC-1 Gaming Sound Card Review @ Phronix
"The Razer Barracuda AC-1 promises 'pinpoint specific audio
sound cues in-game with 38% greater accuracy than conventional soundcards, providing for the ultimate gaming experience, but is this the truth? After this week's official launch of the Barracuda AC-1 we have our hands on this new sound card and today are offering up a preview. In this preview we expose what audio processor is really is at the heart of the Barracuda AC-1!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Altec Lansing FX5051 5.1 Speaker System Review @ XYZ Computing
"This time around we will be looking at the FX5051 surround sound 5.1 speaker system from Altec Lansing. The new system was just released in order to round out their lineup as a high-end system with speakers and a subwoofer. Despite its being at the top end of Altec Lansing's PC series the FX5051 is still relatively affordable (MSRP is $249) for a serious computer sound system. There is extremely tough competition in the audio market though and some very good systems are available for a lot less, so let's see how the FX5051 stacks up."

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PNY Verto GeForce 7950 GT 512MB Review @ Sharky Extreme
"The GeForce 7950 GT 512MB card features the same 90nm G71 GPU architecture found on the existing GeForce 7900 GT and GTX cards, and includes a full complement of 24 pixel pipes, 24 texture units, 24 pixel shaders, and 8 vertex pipelines. Other features such as CineFX 4.0, Intellisample 4.0, UltraShadow II, NVIDIA SLI, and PureVideo are all present and accounted for. The main difference between the GeForce 7900 GT/GTX and the GeForce 7950 GT is clock speed, with the latter card clocked at 550 MHz core and 1.4 GHz memory. This compares to 450 MHz core/1.32 GHz memory for the GeForce 7900 GT and 650 MHz core/1.6 GHz memory for the GeForce 7900 GTX."

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QNAP TS-101: a 9-in-1 NAS Server Station Review @ Bjorn3D
"QNAP TS-101 is an NAS enclosure which takes SATA hard drives. It supports both SATA 1 and SATA II. The enclosure which we received does not come with any hard disks. QNAP advertises the enclosure as an 9-in-1 NAS Server Turbo Station as it does not only supports NAS, it also comes with a slew of other features and applications which we will take a detailed look."

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eVGA 7600GS Overclocking / Performance @ Tekbunker
"I ended up selling my 7900GT, and since my 8800GTX is still in the process of shipping, (Should be here by Thursday for the latest) I ended up sticking a 7600GS I had in the store to hold me over for the next 2 days or so. I must say I am pretty impressed at the performance/overclockability of this card."

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Foxconn P9657AA Intel Core 2 Quad-supporting Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"It's now the turn of Foxconn to offer its take on what retail P965 should be. That's why we've given its P9657AA-8EKRS2H a detailed examination. Read on to see if this 'budget' P965 has what it takes to find a home in your new Core 2-based system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Box - nForce 4 SLI Socket 939 Review @ Modders-Inc
"Ultra has packaged up several great features with the Ultra Box barebone kit. The MicroFly is by far one of the better SFF cases due to the fact that it provides excellent cooling, offers a removable motherboard tray, and will accept standard size ATX power supplies. It has great looks, is lightweight, and will be easy to carry back and forth to LAN events."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LANParty UT NF590 SLI-M2R/G Motherboard Review @ Bit-Tech
"DFI's LANParty UT NF590 SLI-M2R/G is a superb motherboard that is aimed at experienced overclockers and enthusiasts looking to fine tune their system with what is possibly the most comprehensive BIOS we've used to date - even besting the incredible BIOS on the CFX3200-DR. It's a close call between this and the Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe WiFi Edition for the best AM2 motherboard we've reviewed to date, and the decision is going to come down to personal preference."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Digital Trends 2006 Holiday Gift Guide @ Digital Trends
"Imagine smiles a mile wide when they open the gift from you this year. Whether you're picking up great gadgets for your loved ones, or a few for your technology-loving self, we've found the best gadgety gifts and accessories to give (and receive) this holiday season. Our convenient gift guide below, complete with prices and where to buy, features hand-picked items for everybody and every budget to make shopping a no-brainer. Happy gifting!"

More information on this article can be found here.
OCZ Technology Mega-Kart 8GB USB Flash Drive Review @ BigBruin
"The OCZ Mega-Kart features 8GB of storage, a high speed USB 2.0 connection, and a unique design giving it the shape and size comparable to a thin stack of credit cards. This flash drive isn't like the one that might be in your pocket or on your key chain right now. Although it may be wider and longer, its extremely thin profile makes it easy to store all your photos, music, and files right in your wallet."

More information on this review can be found here.
RAID Technology Part 2: RAID Levels @ ASE Labs
"RAID 5 may be a higher level than RAID 1, but that does not mean that RAID 5 is superior to RAID 1 in every way. A RAID level is just a technique being used and does not correspond to any hierarchy. When looking at a RAID controller, it is important to understand what the benefits are to each RAID level as most controllers only support a subset of levels. Originally, only RAID 1 through RAID 5 were defined but since the 1988 Berkeley paper was written, other levels have been added."

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Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR2 PC2-5300 Review @ LAN Addict
"To sum it all up, would I buy this RAM if I had the chance? Definitely. It performs great and it looks nice. I know not all of us notice at how pretty something looks, but in the world of computers now, with clear side cases, LED fans, cold cathodes and the like it, definitely is getting to be the norm to look nice. And this RAM definitely gets point for that as well, with the blue LEDs along the base of the RAM, and the chasing LEDs on the top to show activity."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Technology Unveils the PC2-9200 FlexXLC with Hybrid Cooling Solution
Sunnyvale, CA—November 20, 2006—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled the OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC 2x1GB Kit, a revolutionary new memory solution that offers unprecedented speed, signal integrity, and thermal management. These new modules feature the new OCZ FlexXLC heatsink that delivers superior heat dissipation via a hybrid copper and aluminum design alterable between passive air or water cooling. As the World’s fastest DDR2, the PC2-9200, in combination with the innovative FlexXLC technology, is considerably the most ground-breaking and unique memory product existing today.

Thanks to OCZ’s FlexXLC (Xtreme Liquid Convention) heat management solution, the OCZ PC2-9200 operates at extreme speeds of 1150MHz without the high temperatures that inhibit or damage the module’s ICs. The FlexXLC module was engineered with a unique “flexible” design which gives enthusiasts the option to run the modules passively or water cooled via the integrated liquid injection system. The concurrent use of both technologies (water-cooling) promotes maximum heat dissipation."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Three 7600GT Budget Graphics Card Reviews @ MetkuMods
"The accurate models of the cards in this review are MSI NX7600GT Diamond Plus, Palit 7600GT Sonic and Leadtek
Winfast PX 7600GT TDH Extreme. It's pretty easy to say from the outlook of the cards which one is the
factory-overclocked TDH version. Leadtek's cooler not only has the largest fan but also hides almost half of the
card under it."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Radeon X1650 XT IceQ iTurbo Graphics Card Review @ Hexus
"HIS has worked its IceQ magic and released an overclocked version that increases both core and memory speeds by around 8% over and above the default's. IceQ cooling has the twin benefit of better-than reference cooling and lower noise output, thanks to its larger, slower-spinning fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS EN7950GT HTDP 512MB Review @ Techgage
"Looking for a great video card but don't want to open your wallet -that- wide? Been there. We are taking a look at the ASUS 7950GT with 512MB of GDDR3. It proves to have a pricetag that's easy to stomach and also a lot of overclocking headroom."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AW9D-MAX Core Duo Motherboard Review @ XtremeComputing
"To put it into a little story I could just say abit got turned out from the hardcore enthusiasts party and did not like it one bit, so they sent the AW9D Max round to sort the problem out, the bouncer (security) looked out the flap on door an was about to say your not coming in when he was met with the size 10 doctor martin boot coming through the door and the AW9D-max entered the party with a bang."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX GeForce 7900 GT 470M 256MB VIVO Review @ Modders-Inc
"The XFX 7900 GT is a mid range card with a mid range price there are no down real sides to speak of. The card performs exceptionally well for its price range and it has outstanding overclocking abilities."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AN9-32X AM2 NVIDIA 590-SLI Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The ABIT AN9-32X brings a quality configured package with ample features and superb performance to anyone needing a reliable platform for their single or dual graphics needs. This is a serious platform for the serious user demanding the best from their system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"I cannot rave about the Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 enough! Starting at $145 from online e-tailers, it is an overclockers dream! It is fast at default settings! But wait until you overclock it! Gigabyte has certainly unleashed a monster with this board! If you are in the market for a moderately priced overclocking monster, this is the one!"

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium Motherboard Review @ Bjorn3D
"After playing the second fiddle to AMD, at least from an enthusiast’s point of view, for a long time Intel finally has come up with CPU’s that, to put it mildly, kick some serious AMD butt. The new Core 2 Duo’s has an excellent performance to price ration and are bound to be the new favorites among many computer users. We have earlier reviewed an ASUS nForce 570 motherboard, the ASUS P5NSLI, and today it is time to review the big brother, the ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium which uses the nForce 590 chipset."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Zero Full ATX Case Review @ Phoronix
"In the past NZXT had pride itself upon its attractive and
well-designed cases, but with the Zero chassis NZXT has added another selling point its cooling abilities. The NZXT Zero is a full tower aluminum chassis that comes equipped with seven 120mm fans and one 80mm fan. What is surprising however is that even with eight case fans the Zero is incredibly quiet. This chassis is composed of aluminum and has an intriguing look to its design."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Adamas Premium Aluminum Chassis Review @ BigBruin
"Gamers are always looking for new and exciting products to make their rig customized to their liking. NZXT has sent over the Adamas Premium Aluminum Chassis, but it does not seem like the typical NZXT case. It looks nothing like the flashy Apollo they sent us back in August, and it has a more refined appearance which I prefer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Nine Hundred Case Review @ Bit-Tech
"In a bid to create a case that is chock full of cooling potential, Antec has forgotten to do anything else. There are far too many screws and fiddly bits to the case, with the bog-standard PCI expansion slots almost unforgivable in this day and age. Having to remove eight thumbscrews just to get a drive cage out is taking the mickey, especially when that doesn't actually remove the drive itself!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, November 20, 2006
More Tales from the PS3 Line Trenches @ OCModShop


"I went to Best Buy Thursday night with one very clear goal: To talk to and photograph the brave souls who had been waiting for 36 hours. I had no illusions about getting a PlayStation 3 for myself. Weeks earlier I had camped out all night to pre-order one at GameStop and that was good enough for me. Just to be safe, I let people know that when I approached, lest they identify me as a threat to their place in line and attack. I knew that would not be pretty."

More information on this article can be found here.
Four 120mm Fans Compared @ Madshrimps
"We test four 120mm fans which aim to provide lots of airflow at low noise levels. In this roundup 2 models from Noctua and 2 from Sharkoon are compared to one of the best from our previous 17-fan roundup."

More information on this review can be found here.
How Apple Can Learn from Microsoft’s Failures @ Digital Trends
"Zune goes down in history as being the latest in a string of products from Microsoft that fail to meet market expectations, suggesting a competence in failure that is unmatched in the technology segment. Recall Mira the wireless display, or WebTV, or the Microsoft Phone, the Microsoft USB Speakers, and their Bluetooth Keyboards and Mice. Some did so poorly they are the stuff of legend and Apple simply can’t seem to compete but they could learn to."

More information on this article can be found here.
The World’s Most High-Tech Urinal @ John Chow dot Com


"By day, the Urilift is lowered below street level for a nice clean look. Then at night, an operator comes by with a remote and the Urilift hydraulically lifts to sidewalk level in about two minutes. Then the unit is ready to serve all the nighttime party animals who don’t mind peeing in a very exposed public urinal."

More information on this article can be found here.
Cooler Master Aquaviva Review @ TechwareLabs
"Cooler Master is no stranger to cases and cooling and we were quite pleased to see another innovative product land on our doorsteps. The current self contained systems either aren't up to par with my performance standards or they are a bit too expensive. I never understood why more manufacturer's haven't released more self contained liquid cooling systems. Let's face it, not everyone has the time, patience or technical know-how to purchase an all out water cooling kit with separate components. It can also get very expensive and messy if you don't know what you are doing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Silent Water All-in-One Liquid CPU Cooling System Review @ Tweaknews
"The Silent Water all in one liquid cooling system from Thermaltake is an interesting product in some respects. The small size and mounting options make it compatible with many cases without modification. It offers the novice watercooler a complete, easily installed solution that has fairly wide compatibility at a very reasonable cost."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Orchestra Review @ techPowerUp
"Passive cooling without fans is the holy grail of cooling because it does not add annoying fan noise to your system. While this is almost impossible using air cooling, Thermaltake has engineered an external watercooling solution that can keep a modern CPU cool without any fans. Thermaltake's Orchestra is very easy to install, even for novices, and comes with everything included to get you up and running."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCW-RAMcool VGA Memory Waterblock Review @ OCIA
"As with all products from Swiftech, you get everything you need to install and connect their products to your current system. There are three sets of Swiftech's "Patent Pending" "F" style connectors in the most popular US sizes (1/2", 3/8" and 1/4"), so you shouldn't have any problems connecting the MCW-Ramcool to your current system regardless of the tubing size that you're running now. Swiftech has also included all necessary tube clamps, 1 foot of 1/4" tubing, as well as a small tube of Arctic Silver Ceramique thermal paste."

More information on this review can be found here.
Akasa AK-960E Socket 775 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Akasa AK-960E heatsink is designed for socket 775 Intel Pentium 4/D and Core 2 Duo processors. As with most heatsinks that are vying to push the stock thermal solution out of the PC, the AK-960E comes equipped with a Pulse Width Modulation controlled fan that can scale between 500-3000RPM. In other words, when your PC is running on idle, the fan will slow down to reduce noise. When the processor is knee deep in a stream of number crunching, the fan spins up to meet the heat. This approach is soon to be the standard for all heatsinks, whether they be for CPU, GPU or chipset thermal solutions."

More information on this review can be found here.
Powercolor X1650 Pro Video Card Review @ Overclockers Online
"The X1650PRO isn't a $200 video card or even a $150 card so it shouldn't be expected to do what the more expensive cards can do. The X1650PRO chipset offers excellent video quality with ATI's AVIVO software as well, so it is tough not to recommend HTPC users to have a look at the X1650PRO as well as gamers on a budget."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI Geforce NX7900GTX 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E Video Card Review @ Futurelooks
"With the release of the next king of video cards, the 8800 series GPU from nVidia, it might be time to rethink that upgrade to the 7900 series. Now that it has been dethroned, cards like the MSI NX7900GTX should be coming to a store near you, at a much more affordable price. Check out what we thought of it right here."

More information on this review can be found here.
Pertelian X2040 V4 USB LCD Review @ Viper Lair
"Yes, there are a lot of LCD's out there on the market that are able to do most of the things the Pertelian X2040 can do, but the X2040 takes things a step further and adds quite a bit more interactions in the form of the IRC, eBay, IM and Forum watch plug ins. Like I said early on, I have never owned an LCD before, but in my quick search around the net looking at other LCD unit's the Pertelian X2040 was the only one I found that offers these types of plug ins, and it does it at a significantly lower cost when compared to other 4 x 20 LCD's."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASRock ALiveNF6G-DVI Micro-ATX Motherboard Review @ Pro-Clockers
"One such motherboard that will do very well in a new HTPC/SFF build is the ALiveNF6G-DVI from Asrock. The board is small and packed full of multimedia features that will serve the needs of many. Integrated sound and video are a part of the board’s arsenal, and for the person who needs a little more there is an additional PCI-e slot and a couple of PCI slots to expand on. Now let's take a look at the ALiveNF6G-DVI."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASRock ALiveNF6G-DVI Micro-ATX Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The ASRock AliveNF6G-DVI is an excellent little motherboard with lots of potential. It's great for people who are on a budget and can't afford a higher end graphics cards. The add-on DVI graphics adapter is a nice touch for users with a DVI on their monitor."

More information on this review can be found here.
eVGA nForce 680i SLI LGA775 Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"680i SLI sports a brand new SPP designed not only to support the latest Core 2 Quad processors, but to overclock like nothing else before it and bring new levels of adjustability to a modern LGA775 product, via implementation of that SPP and supporting MCP on a well-engineered, 6-layer, 6-phase mainboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
nVidia nForce 680i SLI Chipset - Core 2 Enthusiasts Dream? @ Tweaktown
"When nVidia announced its first 500 series chipset for the Intel platform, the market was looking forward to a chipset that could perform, after seeing how well the AMD variants worked. We were all expecting to get our Core 2’s blazing on the 500 series for Intel; unfortunately, nVidia dropped the ball here. While a new MCP was introduced, the Northbridge or SPP as its known from nVidia was the same C19 chip that was used on the nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition, the same woeful memory controller and overclocks followed yet still remained fairly popular due to SLI support. Learning from this mistake, nVidia took its 500 series for Intel and threw them down the toilet and started to work on the 600 series, which would be the first new chipset for Intel platforms using completely new and improved silicon."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake LANBOX Case Review @ Overclocker Cafe
Under power, the loudest thing in the case was the Northbridge cooler which easily overpowered the low volume of the 90mm and two 60mm included fans. Thermaltake's Key 3 Spirit seems to be well defined here but sold short. I believe aesthetics are every bit as important as Tt's other "three keys" and the Tt LANBOX has that one nailed in a highly portable package with clean lines and a subtle elegant appeal.

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li PC-B20A All-Aluminum ATX Case Review @ Bjorn3D
"Well known to computer enthusiasts and gamers alike, Lian Li has built a name based on performance and quality above everything else. Every single product released by Lian Li has had meticulous attention paid to details which the competition usually ignores. Clearly, there is no equal to Lian Li, especially in terms of construction and craftsmanship, but even the closest competitors have learned not to try and one-up Lian Li at their own game. In this review, the Lian Li PC-B20A (A for Aluminum Finish) mid-tower ATX computer case is up for close inspection. Labeled as part of the Classical Silent family from Lian Li, you will soon see if this should deserve to be your next investment."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Sumo Omni & Otto Bean Bag Chairs Review @ Think Computers


"I'm sure all of you remember bean bag chairs, or maybe still have one today. Well a company called Sumo was nice enough to send us 2 of their specialized bean bag chairs. After first seeing them I thought, "Oh just another bean bag chair", but after using them I realized they take bean bag chairs to the next level. The Sumo bean bag chairs are a great addition to anyone's game room, living room, or bedroom so let's check them out!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Flash Voyager 8GB Review @ Phoronix
"Last week we had examined the OCZ Mega-Kart 8GB flash drive, and now this week we have the privilege of covering Corsair's new CMFUSB2.0-8GB Flash Voyager. This USB flash drive offers a storage capacity of 8GB while promising 33MB/sec reads and 16MB/sec writes. Nevertheless, will this 8GB flash drive be able to continue in the legendary success we had previously seen by the Corsair Flash Voyager series?"

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ 8 GB Mega-Kart USB 2.0 Drive Review @ OCIA
"I tried two different approaches, the first using a single large (700MB) ISO file, followed by a collection of around 500 smaller JPG files (250MB) and recorded the amount of time it took to copy these to the drive (Write) and from the drive (Read) separately. Transfer rates were calculated from these times and the Read and Write speeds were averaged to compare to results from HD Tach and HD Tune."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ GameXStream 850w ATX PSU Review @ Overclock3D
"The SLI-Ready GameXStream 600/700/850w Watt power supplies are designed specifically for the demanding computing environments of PC Enthusiasts, Power Users, and Gamers. As more and more gamers take advantage of the gaming benefits offered by multi-GPU technology the need for improved power supply solutions increases greatly."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seventeam ST-420BKV 420W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Even though power supplies from Seventeam aren’t sold in the USA retail market, they are very popular in several other countries, due to its low cost. In fact, it seems that Seventeam is the OEM manufacturer for some other brands – we discovered that the external power supply series from XG/MGE, Magnum, is in fact Seventeam Fanless series. ST-420BKV is a 420 W power supply without PFC. Let’s take an in-depth look on this power supply to check whether this unit is good or not and how it is compared to competing products."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Jungle 512 Bifurcated Fin Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"Thermaltake's Jungle 512 socket 775 heatsink looks like it packs a pretty heavy punch but does it really? It's monsterous 92mm PWM fan draws upwards of 1.0Amp at full speed, and its red fan blades spin with enough force to take a big chunk out of careless fingers too. Below the big fan is a circular array of bifurcated aluminum fins, and at the Jungle 512's heart a large copper slug; all fairly standard stuff for an Intel socket 775 heatsink. The Intel 'Prescott FMB2' compliant Thermaltake Jungle 512 heatsink is equipped with a 32x92x92mm 4-pin PWM fan that rotates at between 2300 and 3600RPM. When installed on a PWM fan compatible socket 775 motherboard, this finger chopping fan scales its speed to meet the immediate thermal demands of the processor, without creating too much unnecessary noise."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Spot Cool Review @ XSReviews
"Ever needed to bolster the cooling in your PC by means of some poorly mounted fan not designed for the purpose? Well, Antec feels your pain, and has created the Spot Cool which provides directional cooling anywhere in your PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Freezone Cooling System Review @ DH
"What if you used the TEC process from a “peltier” type cooler in combination with a traditional water block! That way, you could cool below ambient temps without the condensation, while using recirculating fluid without the need for a large radiator and bulky coolant reservoir! Well, please join me for another “wish I thought of that sooner” moment the technique described above is exactly what we see executed to near perfection by the subject of today’s review, the FreeZone by Cool IT."

More information on this review can be found here.

Revoltec Graphic Freezer Pro Review

"A mere 22 euros for a VGA card cooler that supports almost every card currently available, while claiming to be silent and higher performing than almost all stock coolers? Too good to be true? Grace puts this cooler through its paces."

More information on this review can be found here.
Biostar 7600GS PCIE Video Card Review @ DSM
"With the launch of the Nvidia 8800 series of video cards, all other cards seem obsolete, but this is how it always happens, technology advances and those without the cash are left to make due with what they can. If you don't have the cash to throw down on an 8800 series vid card, there are still many other options available out there, even the so-called budget cards are still very good for what they are. Today for review I have the Biostar 7600GS video card, it is a lower end card for the gamer on a budget, but still plays games and has some nice features including a very low price point, you can run two of them is SLI mode for about $200."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X1650XT 256MB Video Card Review @ 3DGameman
"The HIS X1650XT 256MB Video Card is certainly not the fastest Video Card on the planet, but it does offer a lot of value. Since it is very affordable and supports the latest games, many price-conscious buyers will be interested. If you are not running at a high resolution and don't have all the eye candy turned on, this video card might be for you."

More information on this review can be found here.

Generic x1600Pro Crossfire Review

"ECS has come up with an awesome motherboard packed with lots of extras. ATI’s newest chipset shows that they are headed in the right direction and that performance does not have to be heavy on the wallet. ECS’s reputation for providing decent products at a decent price has just been bumped up a notch to provided great products to enthusiast builders at a great price."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI P965 Platinum Motherboard Review @ Neoseeker
"My initial impression of the board - other than the DIMM socket coloring - was highly favorable. The MSI P965 Platinum has a nice clean layout, was easy to install, is completely passively cooled, and had an excellent BIOS featuring MSI's "Cell Menu" for overclockers. Performance at stock speeds is also quite impressive. Considering the P965 is the "poor man's 975X" this board was pretty much neck to neck against the more expensive boards we tested."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Fatal1ty FC-ZE1 Chassis Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Zalman already has numerous other "Fatal1ty" branded cooling solutions, but a full blown chassis is by far their biggest endeavor. Can the worlds best gamer create the worlds best gaming case? Or will this next chapter in "Fatal1ty" branded products prove that you can't be the best at everything?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Hi-Grade DMS Extreme Blu-ray Media Center Review @ TrustedReviews
"Hi-Grade is one of the few independent PC companies surviving from the 80s. Like others of its ilk, Hi-Grade has been making and designing Media Center systems since the outset of the platform. Last year Riyad looked at its DMS II and while he was reasonably impressed he did have issues with the way it looked. This new DMS Extreme system will have its work cut out in that regard with the Sony Media Center I looked at recently easily taking the plaudits as one of the best looking media systems I've seen."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, November 17, 2006
Waiting In Line For a PS3 @ ThinkGaming
"Well it's that time again, a new console has arrived and everyone wants to get their hands on it. This time it is Sony with the Playstation 3. Sony's PS3 features a Blu-ray player, Bluetooth wireless controllers, built in WiFi, and a 40 or 60 GB hard drive. With all of the excitement and stores shipments getting cut, and cut again only a handful of people would be getting the system on launch day. For this reason the die-hard Sony fans and people looking to make money selling the system on e-bay headed to their local stores to camp out and be the first in line to get the system."

More information on this article can be found here.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Playstation 3 @ OCModShop
"The PS3 was released on November 11, 2006 in Japan. It will be released on November 17, 2006 in the United States and Canada, and in March, 2007 in Europe and Australasia. It will ship in two initial configurations. Sony officially unveiled the PS3 to the public on May 16, 2005 during an E3 conference. A functional version of the console was not at E3 2005 or the Tokyo Game Show in September 2005, although at both events, demonstrations were held on devkits (e.g. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots) and comparable PC hardware, and video footage based on the predicted PS3 specifications was produced (e.g. Mobile Suit Gundam). It was not until E3 2006 that games were shown on actual PlayStation 3 systems. In preparation for launch, Sony demonstrated 27 playable PS3 titles during the Tokyo Game Show in September 2006 on final hardware."

More information on this article can be found here.
Flexiglow Cyber Snipa Intelliscope Laser Gaming Mouse Review @ Tweaknews
"The Cyber Snipa, even though it's geared towards gamers, is a well rounded mouse that works well in both games and everyday PC applications. Gamers will enjoy the six programmable buttons, ultra fast response times, DPI toggle button, and the cool red and blue illumination."

More information on this review can be found here.
Fatal1ty in rAge - Spending time with the World's Best Gamer @ Tweaktown
"Fatal1ty proves consistently why he is the best, with his undying dedication and commitment to the gaming community in general. I approached John and asked him if he would be interested to play all the worlds leading players in an exclusively hyped event to see where he stands right now - he said, yes he would love to invite them all for a gaming LAN, but not to compete, rather to do a blood drive. Totally caught off guard, I had to ask him to elaborate. He explained that he would invite them to give blood at the LAN to bolster the depleted blood-banks in most countries. This kind of road trip would be an awesome event and anybody interested in helping push something like this, please contact the Fatal1ty website."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer Tarantula Keyboard Review @ 3DGameman
"There are very few true gaming keyboards on the market and many of these are not for the hardcore gamer. Serious gamers need a serious keyboard and the Razer Tarantula Keyboard definitely falls into this category. With great looks, a stylish design, great tactile response, interchangeable keys, programmable macro keys, over 100 profile keys, etc., this keyboard is sure to please."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Pertelian X2040 V4 USB LCD Portable Display Review @ BigBruin
"The Pertelian X2040 is the perfect device for gamers who don't want an interruption in the action, even if they need their computer to keep track of things in the rest of the world. They can configure it to check the status of just about whatever they want, and keep an eye on the Pertelian's LCD screen for updates."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair HX 620W Power Supply Review @ Madshrimps
"Corsair has ventured even further away from their home range landing in the middle of Power Supply territory. Their initial offering´s are well constructed and feature one of the best modular cable systems seen to date. Today we have the opportunity to test their CMPSU-620HX modular PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zippy Emacs G1 PSL-6850 850w PSU Review @ Overclock3D
"Just like the GSM-6600P, the PSL-6850P package contains a sheet of paper with the test results from a Chroma ATE DC load stress tester. This is the kind of thing we would normally expect from a highly respected PSU manufacturer such as PCP&C, and therefore is a very reassuring inclusion with the Zippy Emacs unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tagan TurboJet 1100w Quad SLI Power Supply Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"After checking out this product, I haven't been given any reason not to recommend this unit. If you're running, or thinking of running, QUAD SLI, then take a good look at this Tagan TurboJet 1100w power supply. It's got the power, quality, and efficiency to help you get your game on."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen DSW1812P 18x Triple Format DVD Rewriter Review @ PCstats
"The AOpen 18x Triple Format DVD Rewriter (DSW1812P) is one of the few recordable DVD drives on that market that supports every single recordable DVD format there is - we're talking DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD+R Dual Layer and DVD-R Dual Layer. But wait, that's not all! With the AOpen DSW1812P drive you also get the Chameleon Bezel, AOpens' mysterious "Silent Technology" and fabled UDMA66 transfer speeds! And if you act now, AOpen will also include CD-R, CD-RW, and regular CD-ROM compatibility!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Seagate 500GB eSATA External Hard Disk Review @ TrustedReviews
"External hard disks are useful little items. If you like the idea of backing up large chunks of data from multiple computers, having a large capacity hard disk that you can carry around with you is a great solution. Despite the fact that I think NAS appliances are the best option for external storage in most cases, a plug-in external hard disk is a far easier solution for the novice, and you can transport it
between locations."

More information on this review can be found here.
Overclocking the GeForce 8800's @ Tweaktown
"The main thing we want to know today; can the 8800 GTS, which sits significantly cheaper, come in and match or even beat GTX performance at stock speeds? And if it does, how much further can the 8800 GTX go to make it worth your while to spend those extra hard earned dollars on it, as opposed to the GTS variant? In this article we’re not going to look at the graphics cards, we’ve already done that. Instead we will have a quick look at our test system setup and what we got with our overclocks. From there it’s straight into the benchmarks as that’s all we really need to see here today."

More information on this article can be found here.
OCZ Technology Launches System Elite Memory Series for System Builders
Sunnyvale, CA—November 15, 2006—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled the new OCZ System Elite memory product family, a clear-cut means for system integrators to select the best possible memory solution for new builds or total system enhancement.

“OCZ is proud to bring a series of new modules designed to address the specific stability, compatibility, and performance requirements for System Integrators, “ said Alex Mei, VP of Marketing, OCZ Technology. “This new range of memory is designed to give System Builders a solution that is optimized for system stability and compatibility on the most popular Intel and AMD based platforms chosen for high performance builds.”

Parts will be available frequencies of PC2-4200, PC2-5400, and PC2-6400 in 512MB/1GB modules and 1GB (2x512) and 2GB (2x1024) dual channel kits. The System Elite series implements the cooling effects of OCZ XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heatspreader technology."

More information on this press release can be found here.

OCZ Technology Unveils the XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) Memory Cooler

Sunnyvale, CA—November 16, 2006—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled the premier memory overclocking accessory, the OCZ XTC Cooler. As active cooling becomes increasingly important for today’s high-speed memory solutions, OCZ developed the XTC Cooler for effective heat management of OCZ’s proprietary XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) modules.

Once installed over the memory subsystem, the XTC Cooler’s dual 60mm fans channel a steady flow of air over and through the XTC modules creating a cooler environment for the memory ICs. For the overclocking enthusiast accustomed to awkwardly propping up case fans, the aluminum-based XTC Cooler is the ultimate air cooling solution.

“To address the requirements of extreme overclockers OCZ is releasing the new XTC cooler which is designed to pair up with the Xtreme Thermal Convection heatspreaders utilized on our entire lineup of premium memory solutions,” commented Alex Mei, OCZ Technology Group, Inc. “This cooler forces airflow through our open Xtreme Thermal Convection heatspreader design to offload even more heat from the entire module array, thus enhancing both stability and performance of the memory, especially when aggressively overclocking.”

More information on this press release can be found here.
ASUS P5W64WS Professional Motherboard Review @ Bjorn3D
"A month passed and I was getting quite antsy and in the process reading everything I could about the experiences of others and the motherboard(s) they chose. To keep an already long story from getting too much longer lets just say I woke one day, had my wake up caffeine, switched on the computer to get some news and clicked on the link to one of the sites I use for research. There was a veritable plethora of information about a new workstation styled board from ASUS® that was churning out some amazing numbers, the P5WDG2 WS Professional; in just over a week I had one. Normally the story would end here but as with any other high-tech computer product ASUS shortly after this announced the birth of a very similar board with even newer and more exciting features, the P5W64 WS Professional. Well I was not going to spend another tidy sum on a new motherboard when the one I had was working just fine."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Techgage Holiday Hardware Buyers Guide @ Techgage
"The holiday season can be a rough time if you are not sure what you buy, or ask for. We have taken out the hassle and delivered a comprehensive guide of our top picks that covers every type of component inside your computer."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Stylish 5.25" Multi-Function Controller Release @ Scythe

"Scythe Co., Ltd (Tokyo, Japan) announces the stylish 5.25" Bay multi-function controller, Kama Meter. This item comes with 4-fan controller/display, 4-temperature monitor/display, and sound controller/display to closely watch & display your system information. The special alarm features act as a passive safety to inform in case of system emergency to keep your system stable and safe. Not to forget the cosmetic features to show total 7 illumination for back-light + auto illumination mode. Providing the selection of 3 front panel colors to match with your case color."

Very cool! More information on this product can be found here.
Iiyama ProLite E2200WS LCD Monitor Review @ Bit-Tech
"What I can say is that this monitor represents decent value for money and will offer an opportunity to lots of gamers to join the widescreen revolution. If you're thinking about making the step up, but are limited by a budget, then I strongly advise giving this monitor a look - a strong performer in real world testing for a very reasonable price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Noctua NH-U12F Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers
"The Noctua NH-U12F is an awesome cooler when it comes to size and weight. Weighing in at 790g, the U12F differs from the older U12 in two areas, one is weight and the second is the U12F comes with Noctua’s new NF-12 120mm cooling fan. We will see how the Noctua monster stand up to the two baddest coolers we have tested here at Pro-Clockers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Aquagate Viva Review @ Overclockers Online
"The Aquagate Viva is an interesting piece of hardware. The ability to cool a processor or a video card is very unique for an all-in-one water cooling setup of this nature. The built in waterblock/water pump really cuts down on the footprint inside of a case and the small radiator that can mount in any number of positions really makes the Aquagate Viva a versatile product."

More information on this review can be found here.
SOHOUSB Magic Bridge SATA/eSATA IDE/USB Bridge Review @ Hexus
"To the techie, it's extremely handy to be able to hook up (almost) any hard drive to a PC for testing, backup, recovery and so on. A device such as the one we have on test today - the Magic Bridge, by a company called SOHOUSB - is therefore itself a rather handy item in the techie toolkit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS9500 AT Intel Core 2 Duo Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
Zalman's CNPS9500 AT is identical in materials and size to previous CNPS9500-series heatsinks, but this heatsink is offered with a 4-pin PWM fan for Intel-based computer systems, rather than the standard 3-pin fan power cable. The heatsink is voluminous in size and weighs about 530grams. Like all heatsinks produced by Zalman, it's intended to operate quietly and efficiently without much noise. Because the Zalman CNPS9500 AT heatsink uses a Pulse Width Modulation fan, no FanMate2 fan speed controller is included with it - it's just not needed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 Case Review @ Technic3D
"Beautiful Design for User and Watercooling. The Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 Case is the next pre-modded Case in the Technic3D Editorship. See you in the following Review which qualities the case presents."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec NexStar 3 2.5 Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ PCApex
"The total install should take less then 3 minutes. One drawback I did notice when installing the hard drive is that there is a lack of a buffer between the case and hard drive. If the case were ever dropped, the hard drive would take the full shock of the fall."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Roadster 1Gb USB 2.0 Micro Flash Drive Review @ Tweaknews
"OCZ's second introduction of a tiny micro flash drive is indeed another winner. It is small, it is robust, and best of all, it is incredibly handy. Carrying your car keys around is twice as hard as carrying this six gram monster around. That is right, it weighs six grams which is lighter than a soda cracker."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Adamas Case Drawing @ Overclocker Cafe
"NZXT has been kind enough to donate one of their NZXT Adamas Cases to the Overclocker Cafe' for a giveaway. Between now and Thursday November 30th, readers may enter their name into a drawing to win this great case. No forum posts to make, news letters to sign up for or questions to answer here. Just e-mail your name and your entered."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Socket AM2 Motherboard 3-way Roundup @ Driver Heaven
"The three motherboards we have for review today are the Abit KN9-SLI, the Asus M2N-E and the MSI K9N Platinum. All of the three are in the 90-120 Euro price range. The Asus and MSI motherboards are using the nForce 570 Ultra chipset, while the Abit is the only one which supports SLI and is using the nForce 570 SLI chipset."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K9N Diamond Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"If given a choice, we think MSI's K9N SLI Platinum provides slightly better bang for the buck for gamers on a budget. The performance gap between that board and the MSI K9N Diamond really isn't that large at all. That said, those looking for a premium 590 SLI based board will be well served by the K9N Diamond. It has the same features as most 590 SLI boards in its price range but also offers a premium sound solution. If you do have a high-end CPU and a pair of $500+ video cards, the MSI K9N Diamond really is the only way to go."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AB9 Pro Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"Performance on the AB9 Pro board was excellent, typical of the 965 chipset series motherboards seen thus far. Overclocking on the board went well, with uGuru clocking the CPU up to 10% above default with no stability issues and the FSB clocking to 350MHz at maximum. Not the highest ever seen, but not bad either."

More information on this review can be found here.

ASUS Striker Extreme Motherboard Review

"The ASUS Striker Extreme Motherboard has all of the features that you would want from a motherboard today. The nForce 680i chipset is designed for the extreme overclocker and the ability to run two graphics cards in SLI mode is always a big plus in my book. ASUS really went all out on the design of this board and it shows in the craftsmanship and performance of the board."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 7600GS w/ HDMI Review @ Neoseeker
"Nvidia's reference design made it possible for a passive cooler to exist on regular 7600 GS since core clock speeds were set at a relatively low 400 Mhz, but Gigabyte decided to bump up their core speed to 450 Mhz. The 7600 GS also sports 5 vertex shaders, 12 pixel shaders and 12 texture units. The increase in speed is relatively minor, so while it will help a bit with framerates during gaming, it isn't high enough to overload the passive cooler. It does make it hot though which I'll get to later. For the RAM on this board, Gigabyte used Hynix DDR2 memory chips rated for 2.5ns which run at 800Mhz and do not have much room for overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.

Abit Fatal1ty AN932X Motherboard Review

"We also recently published a review of Abit's Fatal1ty AN9-32X board, based on the nForce 590 for AM2 chipset and features very robust enthusiast features plus an incredible audio expansion board for AudioMax HD7.1 output and the optional uGuru Panel that adds overclocking functionality and LCD reporting to your case."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS KN3-SLI2 Extreme AM2 Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The case has an industrial feel that reminds me somewhat of the early Cooler Master Stacker. No silly doors to annoy, but nine grilled blanking plates. The top plate is obviously designed for an optical drive, while the two below are covered in acoustic dampening, but if removed, you can fit another two optical drives."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Windows Vista for Newbs Editorial Column @ Bit-Tech


"One of the first things I've noticed in Vista is the 'dumbing down' of almost every area of the operating system. Even simple changes like removing the "My" prefix on everything so that it's just 'Pictures' or 'Computer' help overcome that psychological barrier for people. You just KNOW more than one person has said "Well, what if it's not MY pictures on there, but some I got from someone else?"

More information on this editorial can be found here.
WiFi Router Troubling Shooting Guide @ DVHardware
"Reset your router – Some times after many changes and many restarts your routers configuration files can get messed up. Even after you made many changes via your routers web interface they won’t stick. So you might need to reset you router by taking a paper clip and pressing the button in back of the router for about thirty seconds. This will reset it and give you a fresh start."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Using Linux at Work @ TrustedReviews
"Installing Fedora was no problem and I felt instantly at home. One of the benefits of Fedora is “yum”. Using this, I can install applications without having to hunt down the source and compile it. From the console, “yum install firefox” would download and install the latest version of
FireFox, compiled for my system. By using the yum system, you can periodically run “yum update” and any newer packages can be downloaded and updated. There is also a GUI front end to yum, should you be afraid of using the console."

More information on this article can be found here.
How To Get More Power From A Wireless Router @ The TechZone
"With the $16 no-name antenna attached to the WRT54GC, my scores increased tremendously. As you can see from the graphs, gains are noticeable right across the board. Bedroom signal strength went up from 1-2Mbps to 54Mbps under most tested conditions (the exception being one pot test @ 48Mbps). As for outside the front door and in the storage room, I could actually pick up reliable signals where there were no signals before. This breathes life into the possibility of sharing WiFi (and the monthly bill) with a neighbor. As for moving the antenna to the alternate location (antenna 2 tests), it didn’t make as much of a difference as I expected. Scores moved up as well as down, but overall performance difference appeared to be negligible."

More information on this article can be found here.
Lilliput CL8889NT 8 Inch Touch Screen LCD Review @ XYZ Computing
"The Lilliput CL8889NT is an 8" touch screen TFT LCD monitor. It is very small, practically weightless, and can work at home or in your car, but is capable of a resolution of 800x480 with a widescreen (15:9) aspect ratio. In addition to being small, having enough resolution to get the job done, and being widescreen, the unit has one more thing to show off it uses a touch screen. So plug in that USB connector and it you can throw your mouse away!"

More information on this review can be found here.
HannsG HC174DP 17" TFT Monitor Review @ XSReviews
"There are only a few things we haven't reviewed here at XSR, one of those is a TFT monitor; today that's going to change. This particular model is the HC174DP from Hanns G. This 17" monitor with built in speakers is a fantastic budget choice for gamers and casual PC users alike, read on to find out why."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Kama-Meter Multi Functional Controller Review @ Pro-Clockers
"About 4 years ago Scythe started up business basically as a CPU cooler manufacturing company and distributor of PC parts & gaming devices. I still remember getting my first Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer from them back when they were the only people importing them. Scythe has since grown to be one of the most highly regarded companies offering top quality PC cooling components and computer accessories, ranging from CPU and GPU cooling solutions to PC chassis and everything in-between. This time around we are going to be taking a look at one of their 5.25 bay devices, the "KAMA-METER" Multi Functional Controller, which works as a fan, temperature and sound controller for your computer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalfly I75DUH Bifurcated Fin Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The second Thermalfly heatsink to cross the FrostyTech test bench this week is the new I75DUH cooler - a socket 775 model with straight, ultra thin bifurcated fins. This is a low-profile cooler for Intel Pentium D and Core 2 Duo processors, and given the pedigree of this thermal design, it should do pretty well by all accounts. Of course we'll have to wait for the thermal results before drawing any final conclusions... Thermalfly's I75DUH heatsink is equipped with a 96mm fan that rotates as lackadaisically as 500RPM, yet it can scale up to 2300RPM when the needs demand. The 4-pin PWM is controlled by the BIOS on compatible motherboards, and when it's installed on motherboards that don't support PWM CPU fans, it rotates away at full speed. At full tilt, the heatsink produces a little more than 48 dBA."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews


"The Big Typhoon VX is an update of the ever popular original Big Typhoon and adds a new mounting system and a variable speed fan. The Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX supports processors that have a TDP of 130W or less, so it will be able to handle the recently launched Intel Core 2 Extreme Processor QX6700 and Core 2 Duo processors with no problem."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Hyper TX Review @ XSReviews


"Coolermaster’s new range of heatsinks seem to be more modern pieces of art, rather than the standard block of metal most people stick on their trusty CPU. Today I have the Hyper TX which is one of the latest of Coolermasters offerings."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master AquaGate Viva CPU/VGA Water Cooling Kit Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"It's lightweight, looks decent, and constructed well enough that it performs admirably and will easily replace any stock cooler in terms of looks and performance. All this considering its current price tag of $70.00, it's an even more enticing alternative to noise and stock performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Silent Water II Review @ techPowerUp


"Some people would love to get into a water cooled setup, but aren't quite sure where to start, or don't really want to get into anything too complex. Thermaltake has a solution for this - The Silent Water II. Coming pre-built and ready to go, it's just a matter of mounting this cooler to reap the benefits of watercooling without the hassle of setting up pipes, leak testing, and the other aspects of building a water cooled system."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIZO Pargon & Luxon Drive Enclosures Review @ Bjorn3D
"Not more then one year ago the external hard drive market was comprised of big square one-color solutions, and the industry was satisfied with producing brick-heavy enclosures. For some this was acceptable since the drive enclosure was hidden from sight. But for many users which were tasked with carrying such a device or displaying one on their desk, the chore was unbearable. This absence of creativity has finally spurred the much needed innovation from manufacturers, and as they learn from the past and listen to customer feedback they are able to deliver a more exciting product. With 3.5' hard drives being quickly matched by their 2.5' sibling, manufacturers have taken notice by designing enclosure solutions for both."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Aquagate Viva Review @ 3DGameman


"If you are in the market for an uncomplicated, affordable water cooling kit that fits both a CPU or a Video Card, then check out the Cooler Master Aquagate Viva. Keep in mind that a product like this will not be able to compete with a more robust water cooling kit. But, when you consider the features, performance and affordability, it's a great product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Aurora Case Review @ Bit-Tech
"The Aurora 570 is going to make an awesome choice for those looking to build their own watercooling set ups. For one, the dual 120mm fan mounts on the back make it very easy to mount a dual-size radiator on that panel, making for some fairly awesome internalised set ups. On the other hand, if you are looking to use an external, pre-made system, then the case has built-in rubberised holes to pass the tubing through - an awesome feature that we're starting to see on more cases. The holes mean you don't have to go fiddling hose through PCI slots, which is a definite bonus."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Mystique RC-631-KWN1-GP Aluminum Mid-Tower Case Review @ Fast Silicon
"Cooler Master is a well respected name in the enthusiast community. Offering a wide range of cases, power supplies and cooling solutions, they run the gamut from the moderate enthusiast, to the extremist. Today we present a video review of Cooler Master's Mystique Midtower ATX case. We think you'll be impressed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Nine Hundred Ultimate Gaming Case Review @ TrustedReviews
"The case has an industrial feel that reminds me somewhat of the early Cooler Master Stacker. No silly doors to annoy, but nine grilled blanking plates. The top plate is obviously designed for an optical drive, while the two below are covered in acoustic dampening, but if removed, you can fit another two optical drives."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Sennheiser CX300 Review @ Digital Trends
"While most canalphones are touted as being noise-reducing, the CX300 takes a different angle, creating a hybrid ear bud-canalphone product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Creative SBS 370 2.1 Speaker System Review @ 3DAvenue
"When confronted with basic rock music or even electronic music, the 370’s simply do not convey any energy or passion to the listener, as the array of instruments disappear into a muddy "noise-pit" otherwise known as a soundstage. Tonality is as you would expect from a 2mm thick plastic enclosure - quite ordinary. Nearly all midrange bass is sent to the "subwoofer" which has become a dire hallmark of systems using small (<4") mid bass drivers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Icemat Audio Siberia Multi Headset Review @ Hardware-Review
"Every good gamer knows that headphones are a God send to those of us around us. After all they can only take the hours long sessions of our gunfire and grenade blasts for so long before they may use a real weapon on us. The days of the desktop speakers are no longer viable to us. So here we are looking for a the kick butt set of headphones that will give us our needed audio candy of hails of bullets and explosions along with our tunes; while at the same time settling out love ones and friends nerves. In this review we will be looking at the ICEMAT Audio Siberia Multi-Headset."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS PW201 20" LCD Review @ Techgage
"If you are in the market for a modestly sized widescreen computer monitor, then ASUS has you covered. It's hard to denote the PW201 as a "computer" monitor though, as it's fully capable of handling your game consoles and cable TV. The functionality doesn't end there though."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sonos Digital Music System Review @ TheTechLounge
"I have discussed in many reviews the desire to live the digital lifestyle. This so-called new lifestyle has obviously been coined by many companies and countless marketing majors as they try to sell us their new products. These products range from high storage capacity NAS devices to full service media PC’s. Each company puts their own spin on a particular product, in an attempt to get the consumer to bring their music or their video off their computer and onto their device. Sometimes this works, other times it is a horrible failure. Today’s digital lifestyle contender is the Sonos Digital Music System. Basically, this is a network MP3 player. Although not exactly a groundbreaking idea, in the end it all comes down to execution. If you think about it, the iPod is just another MP3 player very similar to all the rest, but its execution (and arguably, the design) was spot on. What I want to know is if Sonos’ new ZP80 bundle is actually a well executed network MP3 player, or just another shot in the dark. For my tests, Sonos has provided a ZP80 bundle, ZP100 ZonePlayer, SP100 LoudSpeakers, and a Cradle."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K9N Diamond Motherboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
"K9N Diamond (a.k.a. MS-7226) is the most high-end socket AM2 motherboard from Gigabyte based on nVidia nForce 590 SLI chipset and targeted to Athlon 64 CPUs supporting DDR2 memory. Its main feature is its on-board audio, controlled by a Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE chip – feature not available on competing products. It also features a copper cooler on its north bridge chip and a copper heatsink on its south bridge chip, and they are connected thru a copper heat-pipe. Let’s see how this motherboard from MSI performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH 945GZ Express Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"On the short list of the GA-8I945GZME-RH's hardware goodies we find an integrated Marvel 8001 Gigabit network card, Intel Azalia High Definition 7.1-channel audio codec (the necessary surround sound cable to take advantage of all 7.1 channels is an optional extra however), four USB2.0 jacks, four 3GB/s SATA connections and of course the onboard Analog Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 (GMA950) videocard at the rear I/O. Compact microATX boards don't traditionally come with a lot of peripheral expansion slots, but the Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH is pretty good on this front. On it we find a triplet of 32-bit PCI slots and a physical PCI Express x16 slot that accomodates a stand alone videocard."

More information on this review can be found here.
EVGA nForce 680i-SLI Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"As far as the 680i goes, I liked what we saw here in the lab, as stability was excellent, and its design is quite nice as well. For those wanting an entirely NVIDIA based motherboard and VGA combination for the Intel platform, this is the hottest game in town at the moment. NVIDIA has once again made a winner chipset, that has translated into a great motherboard in the form of the 680i!"

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS GeForce6100SM-M AM2 Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The small-form factor will keep the foot print small in an entertainment setup. As it is with the onboard graphics, a decent CPU, and 2GB RAM, the GeForce6100SM-M performed flawlessly. Video playback was great, and WinXP ran without any issues from the motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Mozart SX Slim Home Theatre PC Enclosure Review @ Futurelooks
"If slim is your thing, then you should be checking out the Thermaltake Mozart SX Slim Home Theatre PC Enclosure. Measuring at only 90 mm tall, it's about as tall as a standard coffee mug. But just because it's slim and sexy, doesn't mean it's all that. Read on for the full story and make up your own mind."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron Mini-ITX Mobo turned into Car PC
"Today we are not only reviewing a Mini-ITX motherboard that we think is ultimately the best car and HTPC motherboard to hit the market, we also built ourselves a rather basic yet impressive car PC into one of our FWD vehicles. Today Albatron enters the micro PC market with their KI51PV-754 motherboard. We’ll first take a close look at the board and then built it into a car and show you how we did it."

More information on this project can be found here.
MESH Elite E6600 Express PC Review @ Hexus
"MESH's Elite E6600 Express certainly seems to have all the tickboxes filled for a value mid-range PC. Intel Core 2 Duo - check. SLI-capable motherboard - check. Graphics card with worthwhile SLI upgrade potential - check. As this is a mainstream PC, you also get a decent 19in TFT and 7.1 surround speakers included in the price. But does all this add up to a worthwhile package, or would you be better off building your own? We ran the MESH through our usual rigorous array of tests and feature assessments to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Cold Fusion Project @ Bit-Tech
"Max Erlandsson, aka SleepStreamer, is another talented modder to hail from Sweden - is it something in the water over there? Max is a good friend of renowned modder Wolverine, who got him started in the dark art of case hackery. Amazingly, this is Max's first mod which, given the result, is amazing. I hope you enjoy checking out the gestation of this gorgeous creation."

Nice work! More information on this project can be found here.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Mini SAS to e.SATA - Highpoint RocketRAID 2322 Review @ Tweaktown
"With SATA 2.5 specs now approved, we are now seeing speeds hitting 3Gbps from the controller chip to the cache of the drives, making RAID setups faster than Parallel RAID arrays with independent channel communication rather than two drives on each channel that Parallel ATA had. Another feature of the SATA 2.5 spec is e.SATA or external Serial ATA. This new specification allows for connecting to Serial ATA protocol outside the case, allowing for 3Gbps external HDD enclosures."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec eSATA Products Roundup @ Techgage
"Vantec has a slew of eSATA/SATA products that are developed for people with various needs. Have a computer that only had one or two S-ATA ports to begin with, but need more? Have a computer that has no S-ATA ports at -all-, but see a good deal on a drive? Use your notebook as a desktop replacement, but want to be able to connect to external storage? All of these issues we will tackle today as we take a look at four different Vantec products."

More information on this review can be found here.
Buffalo RUF2-S Series 4 GB USB Flash Drive Review @ Think Computers
"The ability to store large amounts of data on an ultra portable device is something that anyone could find useful. As technology improves, memory becomes smaller and faster, providing the user access to quickly store large files. The Buffalo RUF2-S Series 4 GB flash drive does just that. With 4 GB of storage space, the Buffalo flash drive can hold a plethora of data with some room to spare. Also, this flash drive is among one of the fastest drives we have tested at ThinkComputers. So read on to find out how well it performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB DDR2 PC2-6400 Memory Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"This Crucial Ballistix Tracer is without a doubt the best looking memory I've ever seen. It's also some of the best performing memory I've ever used. During testing and overclocking, I had not a single issue with this memory. It runs great at stock and overclocked speeds. And it does all this while looking fantastic."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EvoStream 600W PSU Review @ Techgage
"Power supplies are not created equal. Many budget models will be under powered to cut on costs while other, more expensive units may carry extra features like modular cables or a fanless design. The truth is power supplies are one of the most important pieces of hardware in computers, and are often overlooked. Today, we’ll be looking at OCZ’s EvoStream 600 watt PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX 7900GS Video Card Review @ GideonTech
"This time around on the review scene I was lucky enough to get an XFX brand nVidia 7900GS. This card didn't come to market claiming to beat all previous cards released, but rather as a value-priced offering which can be pushed to impressive speeds through overclocking. It also has the power to hold someone over until the next revision of cards (DX10 for Vista) appear."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Radeon X1950 Pro IceQ Turbo Review Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Providing copper high count fins, heatpipes, separated memory and GPU sinks all within a UV reactive housing that operates super quiet is a bonus in itself. HIS releasing their cards in 'Turbo' trim to take advantage of this superior cooling and be factory overclocked is another big draw. The biggest draw here for ATi fans is the RV570 chipset and its native Crossfire support. With this support now being implemented on new generation graphics chips, ATi has made running a Crossfire set up as easy as plugging two cards into an appropriate board."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Galaxy EGA850EWL Quad Ultra 850W PSU Review @ PCApex
"The first thing you'll notice is two transformers flanked by two beefy aluminum heatsinks. This is a radical approach from the single transformer found in most units. Not only does it provide a massive increase in power, but since the +12V line on the motherboard is separate from the +12V line used for peripherals, this provides cleaner power for your CPU(s)."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W Power Supply Review @ Madshrimps
"PC Power & Cooling is redesigning their product line to meet the voracious DC-current requirements of the next generations of graphic silicon. With video cards reaching 28cm in length and their power requirement in direct proportion things are bound to "heat up". The fleet of multi-rail power supplies out there are misleading the public into believing more Rails = more power when the opposite is often true.

More information on this review can be found here.
EVGA 8800GTX ACS3 Video Card Review @ VR-Zone
"VR-Zone has done some extreme overclocking tests on the EVGA 8800GTX ACS3 cards and we showed how the card is being modified to increase the voltages and the custom cooling to it to make it run much faster. As a result, we managed to run a single 8800GTX card @ 840MHz core / 1240MHz memory with a score of 17597 3DMark06."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron KI51PV-754 Motherboard Review @ Overclockers Online
"If good things come in small packages, this board has it all. For anyone looking to build a powerful car-computer this is a great alternative to the usual VIA solutions. The overall system performance is respectable given the system configuration. The dual Ethernet solution could easily turn this into a mini-server or custom router. The GeForce 6150 makes for a very powerful backbone allowing great video playback and dual display output with TV-out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asrock AM2NF6G-VSTA Motherboard Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Asrock realize that not everyone wants to spend $250 on the latest motherboard, but still want and expect the same kind of quality and dependability. So, a board like the AM2NF6-VSTA is right up most people’s alley. Providing decent graphics, quality sound and plenty of room for upgrading, this board is an awesome value."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Solo Case Review @ Driver Heaven
"In the past we have reviewed several computer enclosures from Antec, and so far we haven’t been disappointed with any of them. Today we are having a look at one of their latest products in the “Lifestyle” series; the Antec Solo."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master iTower 930 ATX Case Review @ Bigbruin
"The Cooler Master iTower 930 ATX Case is a definite winner. It provides attractive styling, good system cooling, extremely quiet operation, mostly tool-less installation features, and high quality construction. These are all things you expect from a Cooler Master case, and they are what makes them one of the premier brands in the business. They then take things to a new level by adding the four extremely useful hot swap SATA drive bays. Cooler Master didn't cut any corners with the integration of the drive bays, as they are easy to use, do not impact drive performance, keep drives cool, and just look really sharp in the process."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer's Case Review @ Tweaknews
"So, does the Nine Hundred live up to all the hype? Is it, as Antec touts, the “Ultimate Gamer Case?” If cooling and configuration options are the benchmarks we're looking at, it just may be. With four case fans included (three 120's and a massive 200mm top fan) and a distinctive look incorporating a chevron side window and mesh front, the Nine Hundred brings a lot to the table in both performance and aesthetics."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Adamas Aluminum Chassis Review @ OCIA
"Enter the NZXT Adamas Premium Aluminum Chassis: NZXT's first attempt at an all-aluminum case. NZXT was established in 2004 with their sights set on the gaming enthusiast market. Their first offering, the Guardian midtower case, had a revolutionary look (many said it resembled a Transformer) and was an instant hit. NZXT has expanded on their Crafted Series to include four other cases and more recently introduced the Classic Series which consists of the Trinity, Lexa and the newest addition, the Adamas."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Habu - A Gaming mouse from Microsoft and Razer Review @ MetkuMods
"First gaming mouse jointly developed my Microsoft and Razer. The fact that Habu is a wired mouse, makes it great for gamers. Yes, the wire will limit the movement up to certain degree but the benefits for having the wire outweighs that con. For example a term like Always-On Mode
cuts the latency practically to zero. Imagine what this would do to the operating times with a wireless mouse."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultron Speecision Mouse Pad Review @ techPowerUp
"The Ultron Speecision is a 2in1 mouse pad, sporting a rough precision side and a fine speed side. The build quality of the pad is incredibly solid, due to the aluminum used. Since there is no cloth in use, the pad is resistant to any spilled liquids. We take our mice for a spin on both surfaces and test how each side fares."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saitek Eclipse II Unobtainable Edition Chrome Gamers Keyboard @ Futurelooks
"Ever see something that you want, but can't have it? Like seriously, you've got a wad of cash, but you just can't have it? Well, this Saitek Eclipse II Gamers Keyboard is one of them! There's only 100 of these Special Editions in existence, and guess what? You're not getting one!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra X-Finity 500W APFC Review @ Overclockers Online
"I think we can safely conclude that this is an excellent power supply. But, performance isn't the only factor that adds up to a power supply, it is an overall balance as well. Today, there are countless high quality power supplies within the 500W range so why choose the Ultra X-Finity 500W APFC power supply? Well the Ultra X-Finity 500W APFC power supply excels in not only performance, but aesthetics and functionality."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tagan Turbo Jet 1100W Power Supply Review @ BigBruin
"With 1,100W of power, and 20A to each of the four 12V rails, you can be sure that you will have plenty of power for a long time. The Tagan Turbo Jet 1100W TG1100-U95 power supply has everything you can ask for... long cables, a sufficient number of connectors, stable power, and four PCI-E connectors."

More information on this review can be found here.
X-micro VDO MP4 F610 Media Player Review @ Overclocker Club
"X-Micro. A name that most people are not familiar with, one that I myself have not heard of in the past. Seemingly coming out of nowhere, X-micro is sneaking a new product into the market, the VDO MP4 F610. While this may not be the most appealing name, it’s bound to mean that this little device is packing, as anything with that kind of name is either going to be great, or overly complicated. X-micro, established in 1999, has been supplying easy to use hardware, which has been dubbed “plug & fly”. We will see whether this claim holds up with the VDO MP4 F610."

More information on this review can be found here.
Super Talent Mega Screen MP3 Player Review @ Bjorn3D
"Super Talent is a fairly well known company in the industry, however, they are primarily known for their computer memories and flash memories. The Mega Screen MP3 player is their new mp3 player that is probably in direct competition to the iPod Nano given to its specification. Let’s take a closer look at this player and see whether or not it has the needed ingredients to take a bite of Apple’s pie."

More information on this review can be found here.
Anydrive 3 Review @ BurnOutPC
"I've been using this FM transmitter for a while now and performance overall is a lot better than I'm used to. I previously used a crappy transmitter which was still analogue. This thing however does it's job much better. There's background noise but it's only fm right. Features like having an mp3 player with SD card or thousands of mp3's on a harddrive-like player hooked onto the Anydrive 3 is certainly the best feature of this device. Apart from the cheap plastic design and funky backlight, I still find it a must have in any car without a decent radio."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX GeForce 8800 Graphics Cards Review @ Tweaktown
"Most these differences can be seen on the front of the card. With the coolers being slightly larger in size on the GTX, the only other difference between them is that the model number differs. Clearly we can also see that when it comes to size, the GTX is much longer than the GTS – it comes in at 10.5 inches long. nVidia say that they did their research and enthusiast uses most of the time have the case to carry a card so long but if you’re looking at the GTX, we urge you to make sure you can before buying as it is really long. There are also some differences when it comes to the PCB layout of the part of the card that we can see."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AW9D i975X Motherboard Review @ Phoronix
"Abit's AW8 and AW8-MAX were exceptionally well-designed i955X motherboards, and Abit's latest attempt at a high-performance Intel LGA-775 solution is the AW9D series. We have the Abit AW9D on our test bench, which is backed by Intel's flagship 975X processor and boasts an arsenal of innovative features. But how does this product perform under
GNU/Linux? We have all of the performance metrics to share today."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIZO Voyager, Orbiter & Propeller Cooling Fans Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"We all know that cooler components will assist these devices in performing at their optimal design specs, and even last longer. These three fan designs from VIZO will definitely aid in the cooling of the hard drives and video card in the computer system. They also do this job quietly, which is an added bonus."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vizo Orbiter HDD Cooler Review @ DSM
"A little bit ago I had my hard drive catch fire, and I mean literally catch fire. We would have to assume this was from being a bit too hot, or some other problem related to the manufacture of the drive itself. It seems that as most technology advances the heat emitted from these devices grows as well. Heat is the bane of PC components, and probably the most important part of any system is the hard drive, keeping that cool should be one of the top priorities. It seems it isn't though, manufacturers really do nothing to help dissipate heat from hard drives, the basic design hasn't changed much, except to just get smaller. So it is up to the end user to keep their hard drive cool with a well ventilated case or adding a product like the Vizo Orbiter HDD Cooler that I have for review today. It looks cool, works well and as a bonus is almost silent."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Take 3 Case Review @ Modders-Inc
"When most people think about computer cases they think of the standard enclosures that you would see on most peoples desks at home. Today we are going to take a look at one of Antec's rack mount enclosures called the Take 3. Like with the standard PC case, the rack mounted cases are categorized by size using a U rating to signify its size."

More information on this review can be found here.
Icydock MB559 External Removable Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Think Computers
"With so many companies making external hard drive enclosures it is hard to separate yourself from the rest and make a unique product. Well Icydock specializes in hard drive enclosures and they have really impressed me with their latest offering the MB559 external removable hard drive enclosure. It is one of the best external hard drive enclosures that I have seen. With all of its features it really sets itself apart from all the other enclosures out there so let's take a look."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Are I.T. Workers Blue Collar? @ The TechZone


"Are I.T. Workers Blue Collar?" Interesting question. I was recently asked this by some executives who were concerned with improving the productivity of their I.T. departments. I asked them to explain why they thought this way. They contended their I.T. people (e.g., analysts and programmers) exhibit a lot of blue collar characteristics, e.g., repetition in types of work performed, they do not dress or act like professionals, and regularly punch in and out of work with little interest in going above and beyond the call of duty."

More information on this article can be found here.
HyperOS 2006 Review @ TrustedReviews
"I then replicated this backup four times, so I had five identical Windows installations. It only took a few minutes each – partly because only the Windows/Program Files/Documents and Settings folders are copied. It is not a sector to sector copy, but instead copying file by file."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ubuntu: The Imperfect Operating System Alternative to Windows @ Tweaknews
"Now I know I'm going to be chastised for saying this, so I might as well get it out in the open: Ubuntu needs to be more user-friendly. Although the operating system has a beautiful interface, and is quite easy to use even for those who have never tried, or even seen Linux before—it is still really difficult to get things up-and-running when you encounter a small glitch."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vizo Sleet DDR Cooler Review @ DSM
"Every computer component needs to be cool, heat is one of the major contributers to an unstable system. Most ram modules these days come with a heat sink, but there are still some that do not; for those you need to purchase an after market cooler. There are many choices out there, today I have the Sleet DDR Cooler from Vizo, this is an all copper DDR/DDR2 cooler that is extremely well made and looks very slick. All ram, even the budget stuff can suffer from the heat, so why not protect your investment with a little bit of insurance in the form of a DDR cooler? Read on to learn more about the Sleet DDR Cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec IceberQ 6 VGA Cooling Kit Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The IceberQ 6 runs cool and very quiet, performing very well across the test bench. Its design and construction is a big step above default video card heat sinks. This is a very attractive alternative that looks great and transforms your video card into something above the norm."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Infinity CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
"Scythe has been at the top of their game the last several years, releasing excellent high end CPU heatsink which offer amazing performance/noise ratios. Today we test their latest product which is set to overshadow all their previous offerings, 5 heat pipes and 120mm fan support make can make this Tower designed HSF the next best thing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake TMG AT2 Review @ techPowerUp
"The Thermaltake TMG AT2 is a cooler for ATI's Radeon X1800, X1900 and X1950 Series. It uses a combination of copper and aluminum to optimize the cooling. We compared the cooler to the Arctic Cooling Accelero X2 and the Zalman FC-ZV9 Fatal1ty. The temperature results were among the best of the tested coolers. Not only performance is great, but the installation is also very easy to perform, in just a couple of minutes."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Kama Bay 5.25 System Cooler Review @ HardwareXL
"Do you own a case that still has 80mm fans installed and ever wanted to get a better airflow in your case but you simple don't have the room for it? Well Scythe came up with a simple but very effective drive-bay cooler. This cooler can be installed in the front of your case, which adds more airflow going in to your case. I myself was looking for a way to improve and direct the airflow towards the back of my case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Fan Commander Review @ Modders-Inc
"The Fan Commander boast of the ability to control and monitor 7 fans, 3 temperature probes, HDD indication all while telling you the day and time. With a Stylish well lit blue LCD screen with Chrome accents on a removable Black or Silver brushed aluminum faceplate you might have just found the controller that fits the bill."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech X-540 5.1 Speakers Review @ Techgage
"As enthusiasts, we expect a performance premium from our hardware. A lot of the time, this premium comes at a cost. What if we didn’t have to take out a second mortgage the house to get the performance that we so desire? Today we are taking a look at the latest offering to the audiophile on a budget from Logitech."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer Armadillo Cable Management System @ Hardware-Review
"Out of all the human body’s five senses, sound is probably the one sense that most of us take for granted, especially in our computer or MP3 player audio components. Most of us are content using $20 speakers, but Audioengine USA has developed a high-end speaker system that is specifically made to use with iPods, but they also included an additional audio input to connect them to your PC too! Let’s see how these speakers can crank out the tunes and if they’ll make us rethink our next audio device purchase."

More information on this review can be found here.
E-USB: Altec Lansing FX5051 USB 5.1 Surround Speakers Review @ EverythingUSB
"It seems that Altec Lansing is finally making a comeback when it comes to desktop audio outside of the OEM sets they manufacture for Dell. Their latest product, the FX5051 boldly stands out spec and design-wise from the typical Creative and Logitech sets we're accustomed to seeing, and one-ups the whole market by being the first 5.1 channel speaker system to incorporate a USB input."

More information on this review can be found here.
Icy Dock MB559 eSATA/USB 2.0 Review @ Driver Heaven
"With the advent of Serial ATA storage, a new era was ushered in for the PC. The cumbersome grey ribbon cables we all grew up with were a thing of the past, as was the bottlenecked Parallel ATA bus. Not only did SATA improve performance and unclutter cases, it also gave mainstream PCs the ability to “hot-swap” hard drives without restarting the host operating system, a trick that had been out of reach for everyone except server operators running immensely expensive SCSI controllers and drives."

More information on this review can be found here.
Icy Dock Modiflash 722 Mobile Dock Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Today, In today’s computing world, data security along the ability to easily transport data from one point to another is becoming more and more important. Icy Dock has been in the business of providing solutions to both these problems for years with their removable and external hard drive enclosures. Icy Dock has recently introduced a removable hard drive enclosure designed for the computer enthusiast/gamer, the Modiflash 722, and we are going to be looking at one of these units today to see if it meets the high standards of the rest of Icy docks product line."

More information on this review can be found here.
Extreme Gaming PC Buyer's Guide @ Sharky Extreme
"It's hard to believe a year has passed since our last Extreme Gaming PC Buyer's Guide, and while many things have changed, others have remained the same. Intel's sensational Core 2 architecture marks the biggest update from last year's lineup, as AMD's Athlon 64 X2/FX can no longer be considered the top-performing desktop processor. Pricing, however, comes into AMD's favor, so that including an X2 configuration could allow leftover money to spend on such necessities as games."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Ultra Defender & Grid Cases Review @ 3DGameman
"Both the Defender and Grid cases offer tremendous value. The Defender case has lots of features, but is really intended for the budget market. It only comes with a 350W or 400W Power Supply option and one 120mm fan which is rather small. On the other hand, the Grid case has a 700W power supply option, comes with two 120mm fans, is larger, and more stylish."

More information on this video review can be found here.
ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review @ Motherboards.org
"If image quality and performance are your schtick, the 8800GTX is the card for you. The new anti-aliasing modes are incredible looking. The ability to turn on HDR+AA without losing much framerate is another definite plus. Near-perfect angle independent anisotropic filtering makes NVIDIA the IQ leader even without Windows Vista games and Shader Model 4 games being on the market till next year. I am an avid gamer and prefer higher IQ to more fps. 1280x1024 16xq AA +16x AF is fully playable in almost every game I tried on the 8800GTX, with some games playable at 1600x1200."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast PX8800 GTX TDH @ TrustedReviews
"DirectX 10 alters a lot of things, but the biggest change is the introduction of a geometry shader. This means that geometry is no longer processed on the CPU, but instead created directly on the GPU where it can then be manipulated or destroyed. This is a natural progression and lends itself easily to having physics processed on the GPU as well. With this in place, a lot less data is being inefficiently transferred across the PCI Express bus."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AW9D-MAX Motherboard Review @ Bit-Tech
"Abit has made a stable board with excellent features and looks and laid solid foundations for a an excellent enthusiasts motherboard. Many will not appreciate the expansion slot layout and the MCH voltage limited overclocking, despite the fact it overclocks well. For enthusiasts it has a disappointing BIOS despite tweaking options being intuitively laid out. Novice overclockers will have a blast but more hardcore enthusiasts should realistically look elsewhere."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn 975X7AB Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"Foxconn has always made a quality motherboard; hell, I have a few that are acting as servers right now they are that stable. The only knock I could ever give them in a review was their inability to overclock; apparently that cloud is thinning more than ever before. They are still not up to par with the likes of DFI, MSI and Asus when it comes to BIOS adjustments and extreme levels of overclocking, the distance to catch up is much less then just a few months ago."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, November 9, 2006
Apevia Iceberg 680w Power Supply Review @ OCIA

"With nearly a 700W rating this PSU looks ready to tackle the toughest of power requirements, and has some stunning good looks to match. There are also some pretty useful features you don't find on many other manufacturers power supplies, namely switchable illumination and see-through bottom, as well as a host of other handy gadgetry to keep your computer power needs well fed and easy to manage."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zippy (EMACS) GSM-6600P and PSL-6720P Power Supplies Review @ BigBruin
"Zippy (EMACS) has just about perfected the power supply. The GSM-6600P(G1) and PSL-6720P(G1) power supplies are built to last and have no problem handling a load. This is the first time I have seen a Zippy product, and I am very impressed. They are hard to find in the US, but hopefully they will become much more popular as they make their presence known."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Release Real Power 850 Power Supply
Cooler Master has recently released the new Real Power Pro 850 designed specially for NVIDIA's High-End Graphic Card G80 solution. The 850 features ground-breaking +12V independent output rails for exceptional power distribution."

More information on this product can be found here.
OCZ Technology Announces the Exclusive OCZ NVIDIA SLI-Ready Series
OCZ Technology Announces the Exclusive OCZ NVIDIA SLI-Ready Series, a customized high performance memory solution for NVIDIA Gamers and Enthusiasts

"OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative ultra high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled the new and improved OCZ NVIDIA® SLI™-Ready branded memory product family. The new PC2-7200 SLI-Ready and PC2-8500 SLI-Ready modules now feature the first ever exclusively designed heatspreader for NVIDIA.

OCZ worked closely together with NVIDIA to optimize these modules specifically for current and next generation NVIDIA based platforms. As part of the NVIDIA SLI technology ecosystem, these modules undergo a rigorous series of tests by NVIDIA and are certified to provide performance-minded enthusiasts and gamers the quality, compatibility, and stability they seek when building an SLI gaming system.

"OCZ and NVIDIA have been working closely together to deliver the ultimate experience to high-end consumers with the new SLI-Ready series of ]modules," commented Dr. Michael Schuette, VP of Technology Development, OCZ Technology Group. "Through our cooperation, we are able to deliver a customized solution for NVIDIA gamers, enthusiasts, and SI’s, one that addresses both the EPP memory performance and cooling requirements with a solution that is tailor made specifically for these customers."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Corsair Unleashes the TWIN2X2048-9136C5D DOMINATOR 2GB Kits
"The TWIN2X2048-9136C5D DOMINATOR is designed to unleash performance of the new NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI-based platform. Built using RAMs that pass Corsair’s aggressive speed screening process, the new DDR2-9136 DOMINATOR is the world’s only production-ready memory rated at 1142MHz. In performance benchmark testing at third-party review sites, many of these modules have been reported delivering up to 1200MHz of performance when overclocked. The new TWIN2X2048-9136C5D feature Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP) technology, allowing PC enthusiasts simplified overclocking success and access to more advanced memory specifications. The TWIN2X2048-9136C5D DOMINATOR is certified by NVIDIA as SLI-Ready Memory, joining the NVIDIA SLI technology ecosystem to provide a building foundation for an ultimate performance PC.

"Corsair continues to deliver the fastest memory optimized for today’s and tomorrow’s platforms. Our close relationship with NVIDIA allows us to stay ahead of the competition with new speed grades. By combining the new 1142MHz memory modules from Corsair and the new NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI MCP-based motherboard, we have a winning combination of hardware that elevates the end users’ overall PC experience." said John Beekley, VP of Applications Engineering. "We are proud to deliver yet again another industry leading memory solution for performance users."

More information on this press release can be found here.
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX Preview @ Viper Lair
"The 8800 GTX will consume about 125W of power, and NVIDIA recommends at least a 450W power supply and about double if you're going to setup SLI. That said, the latest 8th generation GPUs from NVIDIA is about efficiency as well. Despite going up from 82W (7900GTX) to 125W, their performance per Watt has jumped nearly 100% in synthetic testing. We're still in the process of benchmarking, but we can tell you that performance has increased dramatically."

More information on this preview can be found here.
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Preview @ techPowerUp
"Today NVIDIA released their highly anticipated GeForce 8800 Series based on their all-new G80 GPU. The first two cards available will be the GeForce 8800 GTS and 8800 GTX. We take you through the changes in the GPU design and what's new and great on these cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
G80: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX Review @ Bit-Tech
"There’s nothing much to say here, other than it’s incredibly fast, the image quality is superb and NVIDIA appears to have made a lot of good decisions during the development process. There are a couple of driver bugs to be ironed out, but even with the strange image quality in Half-Life 2: Episode One, I’d still buy this product if I’d got a wallet deep enough to soak up the cost along with a monitor large enough to harness the power."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeForce 8 Series Architecture @ Hardware Secrets
"nVidia has just released their new GeForce 8 series, formerly known by its codename, G80. This new series uses a completely different architecture from all other graphic chips, using a unified shader engine. In this article we will explain in details all that is new on this new graphics chip series."

More information on this article can be found here.

nVidia Chips Comparison Table

"If you don't follow almost daily the video card market it is really complicated to understand the differences between the several different nVidia graphics chips available on the market today. To facilitate knowing and understanding the difference among these chips, we have compiled the following table."

More information on this article can be found here.
Exclusive Liantec ITX-6900 Motherboard Review @ EPIACENTER
"Liantec have got some revolutionary boards and that is not because they've got Pentium-M or AMD Geode boards. No, it's because they have something on their boards that others don't. The Tiny-Bus. The Tiny bus is a small bus that was designed by Liantec to make their motherboards more modular compared to the competition. They allow users and other customers to add modules with a variety of features, ranging from HDTV output to four 10/100/1000 NICs. Although you shouldn't judge a motherboard based on its on-paper features, they do look very promising in this case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Mozart TX Home Entertainment Chassis Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Thermaltake Mozart TX is probably the most unique, yet capable chassis they have ever produced. The system configuration possibilities are endless. Its unique design offers a great amount of space and air cooling that will keep any dual configuration cool and quiet."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium/WiFi-AP Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"In early tests from the OEM’s, this chipset performed less than stellar in the overclocking department but it was too late for companies to pull out of, as their production lines were already making boards based on this chipset. While they have been made, we won’t see them pushed like the nForce 600 series. For companies like ASUS who will create their own nForce 680i motherboard design which takes much more time than purely using the nVidia reference design, it is a good stop gap for them while the newer motherboard is being prepared. That is the exact reason why we are even looking at this motherboard here today."

More information on this review can be found here.

ABIT IN9 32X-MAX Motherboard Preview

"Today ABIT showed us their upcoming IN9 32X-MAX motherboard. It’s the motherboard which ABIT is most excited about and should prove a good selling product for them - especially if we see typical ABIT overclocking prowess. Talking about overclocking during our visit, ABIT mentioned that the board should be able to do around 650MHz FSB (an amazing 2600MHz bus speed) but with extra work in the cooling department, you may see bus speeds around 2800MHz. Keep in mind that none of this is proven yet and only time will tell as ABIT spends the next couple months fine tuning their BIOS for the release of the board sometime in Q1 next year."

More information on this preview can be found here.
NZXT Adamas Premium Aluminum Mid-Tower PC Case Review @ Futurelooks
"In development, the Adamas was called the "Hummer" case. However, because NZXT is known for "Finely Crafted Gaming Armour", naming it after a heavy, and somewhat bulky domestic gas guzzling military vehicle no longer sounded like such a great idea. So they named it "ADAMAS". If you watch Battlestar Galactica (The new series-not the old series with the Disco Music), you know that Admiral Adama is tough and unconquerable, and apparently so is the case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone LC16M HTPC Case Review @ OCModShop
"The holy grail of a Home Theater PC is to make it as appliance-like as possible, and that includes having an enclosure that seamlessly meshes with other home theater equipment, and can be used without a remote control. One of the few companies up to this challenge is Silverstone, who has years of experience designing cases for the Home Theater enthusiast. Their LC16M case appears to be a serious candidate for the Holy Grail of HTPC enclosures, so let's take a serious look."

The LC14M still remains one of my all time favourite HTPC cases from SilverStone. Here is our comparison review of the LC16M. More information on this review can be found here.
Building the Ultimate Dream Machine: Kentsfield + 8800GTX SLI + 680i SLI @ Legit Reviews
"Using the NVIDIA Forceware 96.97 drivers on the pair of XFX GeForce 8800 GTX's was an awesome experience and I can't wait for improved drivers come out to improve performance even more. The test system would run the opening scene from the first game test in 3DMark06 at over 112FPS, which is something you got to see to believe! When it came to power consumption with out system overclocked and running gaming benchmarks we saw the system peak above 600W just once, so the 750W power supply requirement is no joke. "

More information on this article can be found here.
Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Thermalfly F1-IACSHA Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"Right now it's time to get back on track as we evaluate the Thermalfly F1-IACSHA, a large fully copper heatsink which combines a 63mm diameter squirrel cage fan and a unique L-shaped copper cooling fin array. This heatsink has a couple attributes we've never seen before in a desktop cooler. The Thermalfly F1-IACSHA is equipped with a four-pin Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) squirrel cage fan that goes one step further than BIOS determined fan speed control. At the base of the F1-IACSHA heatsink is its very own thermistor temperature sensor, taped to the top of the copper processor block with a small aluminum sticker. The thermistor provides accurate temperature readings to the fan, and this determines how quickly it spins at any given moment."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech G7 Black Gaming Mouse Review @ ASE Labs
"I know what you are thinking. 'I already read the G7 reviews in the past.' Plus, you probably own a G7 already. Why would I be reviewing such an old product that even I reviewed in the past? Simple, this is a new product from Logitech. It has the same name, but a refreshed design. Meet the black G7!"

More information on this review can be found here.
How Does a Heat Pipe Work? Heatpipes Explained @ OCModShop
"Heat pipes are extensively used in many modern computer systems, where increased power requirements and subsequent increases in heat emission have resulted in greater demands on cooling systems. Heat pipes are typically used to move heat away from components such as CPUs and GPUs to heat sinks where thermal energy may be dissipated into the environment."

More information on this article can be found here.
Logitech VX Revolution Wireless Mouse Review at XYZ Computing
"Logitech has largely remained the leader in the input device market and their hold on the cordless mouse segment is especially firm, almost to the point of being tyrannical. The company has not only had extremely popular and well regarded mice like the MX700 and the MX1000 but has also done a good job selling wireless desktops- keyboard and mouse combinations. So what's the point of all this? Simple put, Logitech knows how to make a solid mouse and they are able to adapt their design skills to different circumstances."

More information on this review can be found here.
SteelSound 5Hv2 PC Gaming Headset Review @ Tweaknews
"Before I opened the box I was hoping that SteelSound fixed everything and released a product that is worth the money of our readership and I am happy that I can say that time has come. It might have taken three tries, but it certainly wasn't three strike, you're out. Every conceivable problem with the previous versions have been attended to and fixed. The sound quality is no longer muddled, the microphone works perfectly and the ventilation has been improved."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ GameXstream 700W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
"GameXstream 700 W (also known as OCZGXS700) is a high-end power supply belonging to OCZ’s latest series, GameXstream. This model features a big 120-mm fan and is EPS12V compatible, being targeted to high-end SLI and CrossFire systems. Let’s take an in-depth look on this power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
Be-Quiet! Straight Power 700W Review @ NordicHardware
"With the Straight Power series they hope to raise the bar when it comes to high power, low noise, stable voltages and a low ripple. Three of these have a tendency to move in different directions when the power goes up. The voltage goes down, the ripple increase and what is the most obvious to the buyer; the noise increases significantly at a higher power output."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Real Power Pro 850W PSU Review @ Hexus
"With a certain graphics card company launching its uber DX10 'sell your granny and buy one' SKU soon, and the possibility of running a couple in SLI, a new breed of PSU is required. Enter the Cooler Master Real Power Pro 850W. Read on to see why you may need one if contemplating the ultimate gaming rig."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS WL-500g Premium Router Review @ Techgage
"What really sets the WL-500g Premium apart though, is the fact that it doubles as a media sharing station. Simply put, the back of the router offers two USB 2.0 ports, for USB thumb drives, web cams, or external hard drives. There are a lot of possibilities here. What's even more interesting though, is the fact that you can set the router to download a file, then turn your PC off and let it do it's thing."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI GeForce 8800GTS Review @ Tweaktown
"G80 is clearly the most anticipated GPU update for nVidia for quite some time now and unless you have been living under a rock, you would know why. Previous generation cards like the GeForce 7800 and 7900 series have been more of a speed increase then anything else. While we have seen implementation of new graphics technology built into them they are nothing near as major as what the new GeForce 8800 series brings with it today. DirectX 10 is going to be the platform for gaming over the next few years.

There are two sides of arguments to the 8800 series - both of which make a very good point. Those who felt that buying the previous generation top cards wasn’t a waste of money, because while the 8800 line up was coming out with DX10 support (which of course is such a major leap), how long was it going to be until we actually see DX10 technology implemented into games? While the other side felt that the 8800 was not only going to bring increased DX9 performance but also support for DX10."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX GeForce 8800GTX Video Card Review @ Motherboards.org
"Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than ATI's most loaded, able to render millions of Pixels in a single bound, it's going to burn the comp, that's the plan and it's NVIDIA, yet once again. The GeForce 8800 series signals another turn in the evolution of the video card and one that arrives just a bit earlier than Microsoft's Direct-X 10 debut in Vista later next year."

More information on this review can be found here.
EVGA eGeForce 8800GTS Review @ Gamepyre
"The 8800GTS has a MSRP of $449 from EVGA. At this price point, you get the better image quality, features and performance [WINDOWS-1252?]that’s faster than any other video card on the market today except the 8800GTX, which is also $150 more money retail. The 8800GTS has about 25% less streaming processors than the 8800GTX accounting for the performance difference.The advent of the 8800 series from NVIDIA has taken the performance and image quality crown back from ATI in every respect. 16X Coverage Anti-Aliasing allows the graphics card to improve image quality without the serious hit that 16XQ AA would inter. The 8800GTS is the perfect upgrade for those wanting a graphics card today without wanting to pay the $599 premium price for the 8800GTX, as a lot of situations are CPU limited."

More information on this review can be found here.
SSI SI-1168SAS HDD-ROM Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Today we have the pleasure of reviewing the SSI SI-1168SAS HDD-ROM from SSI Computer Corporation, while the companies name may not be familiar I'm sure they will become well known once a few more people see how well this unit is made. Most normal mobile racka allow you to either connect your SATA or PATA drive to your computer while the SI-1168SAS HDD-ROM goes one step further and allows for Serial-Attached-SCSI connections as well. This is one unit that is indeed worth checking out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Akasa integral P2 LAN 3.5" @ techPowerUp
"The Akasa Integral P2 LAN is just one of many hard drive enclosures from Akasa. It looks quite sleek and solid, holds the hard drive well and comes with everything needed. Setting up the drive may not be as easy as other variants, but the software is bug free and easy to use. You can even use up to eight of these units to build a RAID setup."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Temjin TJ08 Case Review @ XSReviews
"After popping this baby out of the postage container, I was greated with clean angular lines and a nicely brushed aluminium front. The design for this centers around simplicity, and has turned out with great results. The front of the case has two 5.25” bay covers, and 2 floppy drive covers; both of these are brushed aluminium."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer Case Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Now, I'm sure everyone is curious about how loud all of these fans can be. Well, in a word: LOUD! Of course, that is with everything turned on high speed. With everything on low speed, the sound level was very acceptable."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Adamas Premium Aluminum Chassis Review @ Think Computers
"If you have not heard of NZXT they are primarily known for making flashy, exotic looking cases. You have probably seen one of their cases at a LAN party. Well today we are taking a look at a case that is anything but flashy. The NZXT Adamas case is sleek and very elegant looking. It is part of NZXT's classic line and features an all aluminum frame, screw-less front and side panel's, and 4 120mm fans. The Adamas is our first case from NZXT so let's see how it compares to some of the other cases we have recently reviewed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Mozart TX Cube Tower Case Review @ 3DGameman
"The Thermaltake Mozart TX Cube Tower Case is very big on features. They have done a fantastic job on this product, from the inside out! There's no mistaking this product because of its size. It's one of the largest consumer cases on the planet. Being a monster though means you can fit a lot of computer gear inside and that's what it's all about! There are plenty of drive bays, lots of fans, and it even accepts two motherboards. This case has hardcore entertainment box written all over it!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
Tuesday, November 7, 2006
Jetart Coolstand Review @ DSM
"Our friends at Jetart have sent over another cool little product that I think a lot of people out there might find useful. It is called the Coolstand, not only is it meant to help keep your laptop cool, but it has an adjustable height for good typing posture and it has a swivel base to allow you to move the laptop freely if need be. While it might seem like a simple little product, it is something that business people or even regular users might appreciate. The swivel base is great for presentations, and the adjustable typing posture makes sure you are comfortable while using your laptop, and of course it does promote better airflow under your laptop to keep it nice and cool."

More information on this review can be found here.

Vizo Ninja Notebook Cooler Review

"Yesterday we took a look at a passive, multi-function notebook cooler, today for review I have the Ninja from Vizo. It is a notebook cooler as well, but it features an all aluminum construction with two silent cooling fans that actually do help cool your laptop. I've had some experience with Vizo products in the past, in fact I own some of them so I know the quality of Vizo is excellent. The Ninja from Vizo looks very cool, and is as silent as a Ninja, so it is very aptly named."

More information on this review can be found here.
Q3 Innovations - ThermoHawk 200 Review @ C.O.D.
"The ThermoHawk 200 measures the surface temperature of objects by using infrared technology. Q3 Innovations claims that infrared technology is substantially more accurate when compared to comparable contact devices (hence the +/- 2.5% accuracy). Also most contact devices require that you wait 30 seconds to obtain a reading whereas the ThermoHawk has a ½ second response time. The Thermohawk measures the temperature on an object by using a 1:1 aspect ratio. If you are measuring an ice cube that is a 1" x 1" square then you will hold the ThermoHawk 1" away from the cube and then take the measurement."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Extreme Spirit II Northbridge Cooler Review @ Hardware-Pacers
"Thermaltake's Extreme Spirit II Northbridge cooler is a finely crafted heatsink (made with 100% copper) with an integrated 40mm blue LED fan. Although larger and bulkier than most chipset coolers, the Extreme Spirit II is definitely worth its weight in style and performance. This cooler's look and feel, with smooth copper frame and stylish blue LED fan, is amazing. With an almost 10 degree Celsius temperature difference, the functionality is remarkable."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raptor K2 Keyboard Review @ Driver Heaven
"Today we are looking at a product from the german based Raptor-Gaming, the "Raptor Gaming K2" which is the follow up to the successful (and rather expensive) K1 model. Interestingly, the price has been reduced from almost £100 (for the K1) in the UK to around £32 (for the K2) so if the quality is in the same area as before, we might have quite the bargain."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultron G1-Clawpad Review @ techPowerUp
"The Ultron G1-Clawpad has an interesting look to it. As soon as you see it, you will notice what it is for: having all the needed keys for a game within reach of the left hand. It does not only look good, but feels great as well. The buttons are responsive and comfortable. Gaming with the G1-Clawpad is very nice once the hand has gotten used to its new weapon of choice."

More information on this review can be found here.
FlexiGlow Cyber Snipa Dog Tag Review @ TechwareLabs
"Every so often TWL gets a peripheral that is just plain cool. Our friends over at Flexiglow sent us one of their products called “Cyber Snipa” dog tags. Now, to be honest when we first heard they wanted to send us “dog tags,” TWL was thinking “Jewelry?” Though with is premonition of a couple of games hanging out at a LAN party sporting their bling, we said we would be glad to take a look."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone EB01 USB Digital to Analogue Converter Review @ XtremeComputing
"The results, though subjective as audio is, are pretty good. The EB-01 seems to give a warmer sound than the onboard audio. Basically I think this does what it is designed to and that’s give the user a good solid quality output to send to a home system. I have doubts those of you with quality aftermarket sound cards would need this, but it ideal for the budding DJ or amateur music producer that wants a good solid noise free connection to output through. There is no audible noise / hiss, no power on thump it just works. Other than that there really isn’t anything I can say."

More information on this review can be found here.
be quiet! Straightpower 450W & 600W Review @ Bjorn3D
"Most of you are probably aware of the fact that stable rails and low tolerance lead to better system stability. With quad core CPUs around the corner, it's crucial to feed such devices with power they need. Power (in watts) alone of course won't cut it. The rest of the story is current which is expressed in amps. General rule of thumb is the more the better. Hardware vendors, especially guys that make CPUs and motherboards will require you to have a power supply with 'xx' number of amps for stable operation. By the way, the number increases every now and then as more hungry devices see the day light."

More information on this review can be found here.
Buffalo FireStix PC2-9200 1GB DDR2 Memory Kit Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"If you're looking to squeeze every ounce of bandwidth out of your high performance gaming machine, you can't go wrong with the fastest memory currently on the market this Buffalo FireStix PC2-9200 running at a scorching 1150MHz!"

More information on this review can be found here.
HEC WinPower 480 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
"HEC (a.k.a. Compucase) is a traditional OEM manufacturer, meaning that their core business is to manufacture power supplies (and cases) to other companies. They decided to enter the retail business but in order to not compete with their customers they decided to launch products with lower specs. According to HEC, their goal is to deliver high-quality power supplies costing less than high-end competitors. We’ve got a WinPower 480 W to see if this is really true. Let’s take an in-depth look on this power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X1300 XT IceQ Turbo Review @ XYZ Computing
"The X1300 XT is a new budget card, basically a revision of an older X1600 series video card. For this reason and because we took a look at the X1650 Pro, which is also quite similar, just a few days ago, this review is going to be quick and dirty."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX GeForce 7950 GT XXX Edition Review @ Hexus
"XFX is back at it and sent word of another souped-up version dubbed - wait for it - the XFX GeForce 7950 GT XXX Edition 512MiB. Promising much higher clocks than even its Extreme stablemate and yet still being passively cooled, our interest was piqued. Read on to find out what we thought."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GT HDCP Compliant Preview @ MVKTech
"Everyone must surely remember the introduction of the GeForce 7900 GS a month and a half ago by NVIDIA. At the same time NVIDIA also announced another card that would replace the GeForce 7900 GT. The GeForce 7950 GT bring graphics horsepower with a faster core clock and a whopping 512MB of memory while delivering exceptionally smooth frame rates at maximum settings. The NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GT is capable of supporting HDCP. Make no mistake this isn't a dual-GPU accelerator like the GeForce 7950 GX2, and except for the kind of similar naming the suffix just mentions GT and that means a single core video card."

More information on this review can be found here.
InFocus Play Big IN76 DLP Projector Review @ TheTechLounge
"In the world of electronics, “smaller” is almost always better. Chip manufacturers are continually striving to shrink their processors, cell phones are so thin you can barely hold on to them anymore, and portable media devices have gotten so small you could almost mistake some models for your daily multi-vitamin. Despite this trend in the larger world of electronics, there’s still at least one BIG exception where “bigger” still is “better” and that’s in the realm of televisions and monitors. Who doesn’t want to be able to boast that they have the biggest screen amongst their friends? If you can relate to that desire, then you might be interested in the product we have for review today because it could help that little dream of yours become a reality."

More information on this review can be found here.
Benq 24" LCD Review @ Bit-Tech
"Fast-paced games such as FIFA 07 were no trouble for the monitor either. The acid test, however, is F.E.A.R. - which is full of shadows and incredibly dark scenes that are great for testing out this monitor's blacks. We hooked up Extraction Point, the new expansion, and found that the game was easily navigable even with a large amount of ambient light. We also found that the HDR-enabled scenes of Half-Life 2: Lost Coast looked spectacular, with the contrast ratio of the monitor easily coping with the brightness differences across the level."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Nine Hundred Case Review @ Overclockers Online
"The one thing no-one who owns this case can complain about is the ability to cool a hard working set of components. There isn't a noisy and in-efficient 80mm fan in sight, my arch nemesis, and that monster 200mm fan up top is far from a gimmick. It does an incredible job of exhausting hot air from the case. The futuristic and clean appearance of the Nine Hundreds exterior is sure to turn heads and like all Antec enclosures, the Nine Hundred is extremely well put together and the finish is second to none."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Adamas Classic Series Case @ Pro-Clockers
"Finding the case to install your dream computer system can be one of the most difficult tasks for a computer enthusiast, with all the what seems like thousands of choices out there these days, the enthusiast has to weigh his personal tastes against material, style, weight, cooling options, cost and last but not least, will all the components of the dream system fit in the desired chassis. Today, we are going to be looking at NZXT’s latest offering, the Adamas Classic Series to see if this new full aluminum chassis might fit your dream systems needs with its classic style and design."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, November 6, 2006
Sapphire X1950 Pro 256 MB PCIe Video Card Review @ Modders-Inc


"With all the new video cards available on the market today the manufactures are fighting for your dollar. This is good for us the consumers and Sapphire wants to make sure that you get the most bangs for your buck. The X1950 Pro could be the card for a reasonable price. With the new Native CrossFire, Core RV570, Shader Model 3.0 vertex and pixel shader support along with other features you just have to take a look."

More information on this review can be found here.
Inno3D GeForce 7950 GT Zalman Edition Review @ Hexus


"Some have decided to pump up the reference core speed from 550MHz to 600MHz and beyond. Others have strapped on silent cooling, so, physically at least, 7950 GT makes for some interesting cards. Inno3D GeForce 7950 GT 512MiB Zalman Edition, kind of gives the differentiation game away. Let's take a closer look at Inno3D's effort, shall we?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial 10th Anniversary 2GB PC2-5300 Memory Review @ Think Computers
"I'm sure by now all of you have heard of Crucial. If you haven't crucial makes some of the best memory out there today and their memory advisor is great for finding the best ram when your ready to upgrade. They recently celebrated their 10th anniversary. In recognition of this they have released a special edition of their PC2-5300 module. This special edition features an exclusive heat spreader that you will not find on any other Crucial modules, so let's take a look."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Mega-Kart 8GB Flash Drive Review @ Phoronix
"OCZ Technology is at it again attempting to push the envelope for flash media. When they had introduced the Rally it was a smoking fast flash drive that had finally stolen the performance crown from Corsair's Flash Voyager. After that OCZ pushed the physical envelope for flash drives with the incredibly small Mini-Kart. Now OCZ Technology is at it again, but this time around they are attempting to push the storage capacity for computer users. The OCZ Mega-Kart offers an 8GB storage capacity while retaining a small footprint, and best of all an economically-minded price."

More information on this review can be found here.
In Defence of Multi-core Editorial @ Bit-Tech
"So for people to take it to task for being 'overkill', for me, is like saying that a Ferrari is overkill for driving to work. So what? That doesn't make the Ferrari a bad car, it doesn't make it bad value, it just means that most people will be buying a Clio, or whatever. The Ferrari still rocks out."

More information on this editorial can be found here.
OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 Special Ops Urban Elite 2GB Memory Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"It is compact, agile, and highly motivated! It's the OCZ DDR2 PC-6400 Special Ops Edition Urban Elite memory modules which can achieve any objective. The memory performs its duties and exceeds where many other PC-6400 memory modules fail. When comparing price, performance, and its presentation, the Urban Elite memory is a unique and very worthy alternative to any other comparably priced PC-6400 DDR2 kit on the market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Review @ Hardware Secrets
"As mentioned, Core 2 Extreme QX6700 has four cores and runs internally at 2.66 GHz. As you can see the only difference on its name is the letter “Q”, standing for quad-core. Newer quad-core CPUs to be released in the beginning of 2007 will be called Core 2 Quad."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS KA3 MVP Motherboard Review @ The TechZone



"ECS has made some amazing strides in the last few years. They've gone from making low cost, low performance motherboards to being an serious contender in the enthusiast market. ECS has a solid performing motherboard with the KA3 MVP. This motherboard has all the feature that most hardware enthusiast would crave. The only downside to the KA3 is something that is common to all ECS motherboards - they're not very good overclockers. The KA3 does improve on the KA1 in the overclocking department, but only slightly. However, at the price KA3 MVP sells for, you are getting a great bang for your performance buck."

More information on this review can be found here.
MACS Triumph MA-7131-i TEC Cooler Review @ TrustedReviews


"A TEC, is of course a Thermo-Electric Cooler. A quick search for TEC, or the Peltier effect on Google will very quickly bring up more information on how this works than you'd ever wanted. Essentially, it is an electric powered heat pump. Typically, when used with a computer's CPU, it is a 40mm ceramic sandwich, that fits in between the CPU heatsink and the CPU itself. The cold side cools the processor and then the heatsink cools the hot side."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS KA3 MVP EXTREME Motherboard Review @ 3DGameman


"ECS has come up with an awesome motherboard packed with lots of extras. ATI’s newest chipset shows that they are headed in the right direction and that performance does not have to be heavy on the wallet. ECS’s reputation for providing decent products at a decent price has just been bumped up a notch to provided great products to enthusiast builders at a great price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AW9D-MAX Motherboard Review @ techPowerUp


"Abit has a long history of producing top notch motherboards for overclockers and enthusiasts. Their new AW9D-MAX is designed for Intel's Core 2 platform using the i975X chipset. On the feature list there is everybody you could find useful: Dual Gigabit Ethernet, 8x SATA-II, Firewire and two PCI-Express x16 slots for your video cards. To make your life easier this board includes abit's proprietary UGuru technology. We test the board thoroughly to see if it can live up to the hype, especially when it comes to overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolIT Freezone CPU Cooler Review @ Techgage


"Today we are working with CoolIT’s Freezone. The Freezone is unique in the sense that it is a TEC (Thermo Electric Coupler), or peltier, that chills the radiator instead of sitting directly on top of the CPU itself. Based out of Calgary, Canada, CoolIT has made a name for themselves by offering the cooling solution for Alienware’s high end PCs. They also offer a USB powered beverage chiller/coaster. Today we are going to get into the nitty gritty with the Freezone and see just how well it does, or does not, cool my Core 2 Duo E6600."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Tide Water Videocard Water Cooling System Review @ Tweaknews
"Thermaltake's Tide Water does a great job of cooling the GPU on this video card, and can do it very quietly. Currently available in the $55 to $60 US range, you can have liquid cooling for your GPU at a price only moderately higher than some high-end air cooling solutions. The Tide Water has a good design and is well executed. It's easy to install and you can be up and running in around 30 minutes."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeamtech Zorro Case Review @ Pro-Clockers
"One of those options may be one of their latest offerings, the Zorro. The Zorro offers a lot of interior spacing and a refreshing design. And for those that are not into doors in the front of the case that opens outwards, this one’s door slides up and down for easy access to your drives bays."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Nine Hundred Advanced Gaming Case Review @ Bjorn3D
"The case is constructed primarily of lighter gauged steel and plastic components which certainly helps to keep the weight down as opposed to Antec's previous heavier steel construction. The fit and finish of the case is quite good which has become the norm with all Antec® cases. I really like the mat black paint job which for a change seems highly resistant to fingerprints and other tarnishing. The exterior of the case actually cleans quite easily."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, November 4, 2006
Seasonic M12 700W Power Supply Review @ Phoronix
"The last time we had a Seasonic power supply in our hands for testing was the Seasonic S12 330W back in April of 2005. Today we happen to have our hands on a new Seasonic power supply, the M12 700W. Are times still going well for Seasonic? We will see in this article as we fire up
this modular power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
Holiday Contest @ Hi-Techreviews
"We are pleased to announce our Holiday Contest the rules for it can be found in our forum. Stop by and participate and have a chance at winning one of the six prizes we are giving away for this contest. The prizes include:

* Titan Robela Water Cooling Case
* Ultra Aluminus ATX Mid-Tower Case
* Microsoft® Lifecam VX-6000
* Cooler Master eXtreme Power 600W
* Ultra X-Finity 2nd Generation 500 watt Power Supply
* Ultra X2 550W PSU - Titanium

More information on this contest can be found here.
Cooler Master iGreen 600W Power Supply Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"Cooler Master's iGreen series of power supplies are targeted as being high efficiency, super silent, and SLI & Crossfire ready. The increased power consumption of high-end PCs with multiple CPUs and GPUs puts a higher demand on the power supply, and the iGreen series is designed to meet these needs. Currently the iGreen series is available in 500W and 600W models. Both models feature a "Double Forward Switching Circuit" technology for 85% efficiency!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone ST40EF 400watt PSU Review @ XtremeComputing
"I think I can safely say that the SilverStone ST40EF passed that particular test with flying colours. No power rail deviated any amount really worth mentioning considering what the pc was doing. I don’t know what the actual specs are for regulation on power rails but, personally, I think the 12v rail deviating only 0.18v from rated value, albeit 1.5%, whilst running a major graphics test and 2 instances of a torture test and copying a cd full of data really isn’t worth worrying about in my opinion."

More information on this review can be found here.
Apevia 680Watt Iceberg Power Supply Review @ DSM
"Today it seems we need bigger and bigger power supplies, with the coming of the 8800 series from Nvidia that is very much true. Just how much is enough though? How do you know exactly how much you need? There are many PSU calculators out there, and they all seem to be different, everyone has a different opinion as to just how much power you need. Today for review I have the Iceberg from Apevia, it is a 680Watt beast of a power supply, it has some really cool features, like the ability to change between three different colors and a plexi glass top and sides to show it off to the world."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech G25 Racing Wheel Review @ BoxGods
"Every task is easier and yields better results when you have the right tools. If your task is piloting a jet fighter to digital dogfighting victory, then a good flight stick is a must. If your cockpit of choice is the front seat of a Formula One race car and your victories are celebrated with checkered flags, then today's review of the new Logitech G25 Racing Wheel is a must read as it is likely the tool of choice for serious race fans."

More information on this review can be found here.
Steelsound 5H v2 Gaming Headset Review @ XYZ Computing
"Before we get too involved in v2 you may want to read the review of the original thing. Looking at the product we can see that whatever was changed from the first version to the second must not have been that drastic because they look identical. From the first review you can see that I was happy with the 5H- it was simple to use, smartly designed, and different from the rest of the products on the market. I really liked that the headset could be broken down into three pieces and that the microphone was built into the earpiece. The sound quality was pretty good, not an industry leader but still acceptable, though the price was definitely an issue. The second version of the 5H is what Steelseries calls a "revision". This is basically a code word for saying "we fixed what was wrong the fix time around," which is not a problem, unless you bought the first version. According to Steelseries the v2 has an improved microphone on a longer cord, larger ear cushions, additional frame pressure and a number of other changes."

More information on this review can be found here.
Art. Lebedev Optimus Mini Three Review @ techPowerUp
"Art.Lebedev Optimus Mini Three is a very innovative little keyboard product. While the large price tag will make it appealing only to a limited number of customers, the price reflects a designer product. It offers a lot of functionality, but nothing you couldn't do without. The Optimus Mini Three is the ultimate gadget for the computer enthusiast, so the price will not be as important as the fun factor of the device."

More information on this review can be found here.
LG GSA-H10N DVD-RW Review @ Overclockers Club
"It wasn’t long ago that CD burners were the accepted standard in a PC and DVD burners were simply an expensive extra. The price of DVD burners has dropped faster over the last few years than CD burners ever did. There are now dozens of manufacturers and brands, though with often confusing features."

More information on this review can be found here.
Buffalo Firestix PC2-8500 Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
"There are many players in the computer memory industry that are trying to claw their way to the top and become a name that is synonomous with enthusiasts. Buffalo Technology is one of those companies, and though they are not "new" in the industry, they are trying to break into the enthusiast realm. Do they have what it takes to do it? Find out as we take a look at their PC2-8500 offering."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Eureka Big Boy Chassis Review @ Hexus
"Thermaltake gives it large with its Eureka chassis, an over-sized ATX model aimed at the home server market with a marketing slant that's appealing to the extreme gamer. Pricing on the Eureka varies considerably, and that's no surprise given that it’s been on the market for at least 10 months, but rooting around we did find it for a smidge over £90. Anyway, let’s get down and dirty with the Eureka."

More information on this review can be found here.
Repsol Edition Home Theater PC Project @ Overclockers.com
"I have been toying with the idea of building a HTPC (Home Theater Personal Computer) for quite a while. The benefit of an HTPC is the ability to play digital media of virtually any format through a home entertainment system without having to swap CDs or DVDs on a set top player. The digital media could include DVDs, digitally recorded TV shows, music, internet video you name it."

More information on this project can be found here.
NZXT Adamas Aluminum Case Review @ PCApex
"The Adamas is NZXT's first attempt at what I would describe as a "luxury" aluminum case and they didn't give up their focus on gaming performance to get there. I have to admit, I liked it before it even got here. In a conversation with NZXT designer Johnny Hou, I found out the Adamas was code named "the tank" case. From Johnny, "The usual way we demo this case is stand, and then jump on the case. The welding technology in it really makes it a monster." Needless to say, my curiosity was piqued."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, November 3, 2006
Xraypad Thunder 9 Smooth Surface Mouse Pad Review @ DSM
"Mousepads come in all shapes and sizes these days, and most people feel that you have to pay upwards of forty dollars for a high quality pad, well you don't. Enter the X-Ray Thunder9 mousepad, an excellent, high quality mousepad that comes with a carrying bag and even mouseskates for under thirty dollars. The Thunder9 is a great performing, hard surface mousepad that will make you and your mouse very happy."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Precision PC Gaming Headset Review @ Digital Trends
"Pull out the lighter fluid, because the Logitech Precision Gaming Headset needs to burn better that than the money you will wastefully burn buying them."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultrasone PROline 650 Headphones @ TheTechLounge
"The product we’ll be discussing comes from a company named Ultrasone that many of us are probably not all that familiar with. There are a couple reasons why you may not have heard of Ultrasone before. First of all they’re based in Germany, and since they were founded in 1991, they’re also fairly new as well. Ultrasone’s focus has primarily been on providing high-end headphones to professionals in the music industry, so most of their products are priced higher than what most the average person would be willing to pay for headphones. The PROline 650 headphones that we’ll be looking at today aren’t what I’d consider “cheap” at $300, but let’s take a closer look and see if they’re really worth it."

More information on this review can be found here.
eDimensional G-Pad Pro Gyroscopic Gamepad Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The G-Pad Pro is a slick little controller with its VRMS features. The VRMS functioned well for me with the flight simulator and did OK in the racing game, but with the FPS games it was really lacking. Now, keep in mind this is with VRMS enabled. While using it as a regular controller, it functioned like any other gamepad."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Technology Announces the PC2-6400 Titanium Series with EPP Technology
"Sunnyvale, CA—November 2, 2006—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled the PC2-6400 Titanium Series, the first-ever EPP-ready modules rated with a 1T command rate. Optimized for the existing nForce 590 SLI-based motherboards and impending NVIDIA platforms, the PC2-6400 Titanium EPP-Ready series delivers enthusiasts an alternative way of achieving high performance results without the need for substantial bus speeds. As the first DDR2 Titanium XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) product released, the innovative PC2-6400 EPP-Ready series is a premium solution for all enthusiasts, gamers, and high-end system builders.

"NVIDIA’s new nForce 590 SLI chipset with support for Intel LGA775 processors including the new quad core QX6700 processor really delivers the best performance when paired with the appropriate memory", commented Dr. Michael Schuette, VP of Technology Development at OCZ Technology. "For the extreme enthusiast, we specifically created the new OCZ PC2-6400 Titanium modules with built-in selectable (EPP) Enhanced Performance Profiles with reduced latencies for ultra fast memory accesses at 800 MHz data rate. Moreover, on the qualified platform and boards, the PC2-6400 Titanium modules are capable of accepting one command per clock cycle, also known as 1T Command Rate, which solves bus contention issues and increases memory performance by a considerable amount."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Crucial DDR2 PC2-5300 Limited Edition 2GB Kit Review @ XtremeComputing
"We don’t really like loosening the timings here at Xtreme due to the fact that there are higher speed looser timing modules that are within budget of the lower speed lower latency kits, so the only other thing we could do was go backwards. This resulted in some pretty interesting results as the ram was able to run at 667 at 2.3v with timings of 3, 4, 4, 8 which was pretty impressive I thought until it hung after 4 hours of stress test, I loosened the Cas out a bit to compensate so the memory was running at 4, 4, 4, 8 but this did not prove so fruitful as a few checks on a couple of benchmarks proved it to be quite a bit worse than the ram at 667 with 3, 3, 3, 12."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Roadster 1GB Review @ Techgage
"Unfolded the Roadster is still pretty small. Comparing the connector of the USB cable to the connector on the Roadster you can see that there's not much to it. It's amazing how miniturization has moved forward isn't it? The hinge point of the Roadster is where I think most of the guts of the drive live although I could be wrong."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI 975X Platinum V.2 Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"The 975X has shown itself to be quite resilient despite some newer chipsets on the market. Intel themselves must be fans since they repackaged it again for quad core support. While stability is something that should be a standard, this has not always been the case with many motherboards released. The MSI 975X Platinum V.2 is a solid "reboot" and was very reliable and consistent in our testing. Little things like this is important as it makes for a more enjoyable computing experience and also leaves us with more hair as we're less prone to getting frustrated and yanking it out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel 975 Chipset Motherboard Roundup @ Driver Heaven
"Back in January Intel introduced the world to the D975XBX motherboard which was the first retail board based on the 975X chipset. Since then motherboard manufacturers have been releasing their own boards based on the same chipset. Two of the most recent efforts come from DFI and Abit. The DFI offering is a reasonably basic affair with a bios that should appeal to the enthusiast where as Abit throw in everything that a consumer should ever need (and then some). Let’s take a look to see how they both compare to a recent revision of the D975XBX."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X1950Pro 256MB Video Card Review @ 3DGameman
"The HIS X1950Pro 256MB Video Card performs very well and has all the technologies to support current games. This series of video card has the new crossfire bridge which makes installation much easier than the cumbersome external cable used previously. One of the best things about this product is the price. It's very affordable! This video card has enormous bang-for-the-buck."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Jetart 3.5 HDD Guard Review @ Oz Case Modz
"This HDD Guard was designed to protect Hard Drives being used externally of the PC Case, and while some of you may think, why not buy a fully enclosed External Case, this Protector serves a different purpose."

More information on this review can be found here.
MACS MA-7131-A Triumph Deluxe Review @ Bjorn3D
"The CPU cooler I am looking at today, the MACS MA-7131-A Triumph, is aimed for the performance seeking gamers. This is not an ordinary cooler. It’s a beast with some cool (pun intended) features and a few drawbacks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Noctua NF-S12-800 120mm Fan Review @ PCApex
"If my understanding is correct, a standard fluid dynamic bearing must "spin up" to develop enough pressure in the fluid to suspend the spindle the fan revolves on. Before this pressure builds up, the spindle can bang around at startup, causing friction and cumulative wear over the fan's lifetime. Noctua's approach utilizes magnets to suspend the spindle even during startup, thus theoretically eliminating even this minor amount of wear or potential noise. These folks did their homework."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hiyatek Contractible Laptop Cooling Pad Review @ Think Computers
"With so many high performance laptops coming out there needs to be some way of cooling them so they perform at top notch. With some laptops stock cooling just does not cut it. There are so many laptop cooling pads out there it is hard to choose. Well today I have a laptop cooler that is very different than many others. You can open and close it to the desired size you need so if you have multiple laptops you can use it on both. Also because it is contractible it makes it easier to travel with. So let's take a look at the Hiyatek Contractible Laptop Cooling Pad."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Hyper 6+ Review @ Techwarelabs
"There seems to be two main ways companies are engineering their new heatsinks, up or out. Now, one of the big problems with these massive heatsinks is that they have compatibility problems with motherboards and cases. Today we'll be looking at the Coolermaster Hyper 6+ which was created on the concept of up."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM-CS1 Review @ OCModShop
"Zalman's ZM-CS1 is a kit that allows the excellent CNPS coolers to be mounted on socket 775 motherboards. The kit includes an aluminum mounting ring (anodized blue), and all the screws and nipples (get your mind out of the gutter) to securely mount the ring. The ring is also designed to accommodate the socket's lever when you upgrade or do maintenance on your PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Apack Zerotherm GX810 Videocard VGA Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"ZEROtherm has an excellent product in the GX810. The thermally controlled fan performed as promised and is one of the best features of this cooler. Overall quality was excellent, installation was very easy and the low profile design and silent operation should give this product wide appeal."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Aquagate VIVA Liquid Cooling System Review @ OCIA
"To help solve this problem Cooler Master has developed a VGA water cooling solution that will remedy the heat problem as well as eliminate the noise problem. Cooler Master's Aquagate VIVA VGA cooling is an all-in-one sealed unit that offers the added benefit of being able to convert over to a CPU water cooling unit if the end-user so sees fit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Rosewill R6A34-BK/R6AS5-BK Review @ Fast Silicon
"These are some really awesome cases for the money. Though still not quite as heavily built as my mainstay Antec midtower, these are by no means flimsy cases. Feature-wise these are far better than any cases I've encountered at this sort of price point. I used this case for several reviews recently, and encountered no issues at all with building test systems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Phase Changing Article @ WC101
"All overclockers want to push their CPUs to the max, however one element stands in the way. This element is heat. Heat causes many problems and makes your computer unstable. We all heard the term Phase Changing, but what does this really do and how can you apply it to your system? Find out and take your CPU to the next level."

More information on this article can be found here.
Silverstone LC20 HTPC Case Review @ Overclockers Online
"Looking back to the key marketing features Silverstone is presenting I'd say the results meet the marketing about half way. Certainly the case does have a clean, sophisticated appearance, and it does present many cooling options if you require them; however, given the depth of the case, the storage capacity could be severely hampered with the wrong mix of components, and you'll have a difficult time keeping this case quiet enough to be inaudible during quiet sections of movies or games if it's not stationed in a console or cabinet."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, November 2, 2006
OCZ Technology Enhances the Award-Winning GameXStream with 850 Watt
Sunnyvale, CA—November 1, 2006—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and components, today announced the addition of an 850W power supply to the GameXStream family. Building on the acclaimed performance and features of the OCZ NVIDIASLI™-Ready GameXStream series, the new 850W configuration offers a more powerful solution for today’s advanced PC systems in the same compact form factor that is a necessity to many gamers and system builders.

“A new generation of gaming systems is emerging with the lion share of the power being drawn by the graphics system,” commented Dr. Michael Schuette, VP of Technology Development at OCZ Technology.“Quad SLI and high-end CrossFire™ solutions are pushing up to 500W of power consumption which exceeds the capabilities of any conventional high-end power supply. Moreover, by the end of the year we will see PC games specifically developed for quad core CPUs. OCZ's answer is the new GameXStream top model with 850W output to make sure that even the most hungry systems get the power they need under the most demanding conditions.”

The 850W GameXStream is among the most powerful solutions available, yet remains the quietest PSU around ensuring gamers hear their games and not their PC. Kept ultra-cool with a large 120mm fan, the powerful GameXStream still remains virtually silent and supremely cool even at peak loads."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Does RAID0 Really Increase Disk Performance? @ Hardware Secrets
"RAID0, also known as data striping, can be used if you want to increase your PC disk performance, being recommended to high-end PCs. It works by accessing two identical hard disk drives in parallel, so in theory it doubles the data transfer rate between the computer and the hard disk drives. We were very curious to see if RAID0 really increases the hard disk performance and how it reflects on PC overall performance, so we set a RAID0 system, benchmarked our system and compared it to the same system with just one hard disk drive installed. We set our RAID0 with several different stripe sizes, from 4 KB to 128 KB, to check which configuration would give us the best performance."

More information on this article can be found here.
HIS IceQ3 Radeon X1950 Pro Review @ The TechZone
"HIS is offering their version of the Radeon X1950 Pro as the HIS IceQ 3 X1950 Pro. This comes with their 3rd generation IceQ cooling technology, which boasts better cooling performance and lower noise level than the original ATI specified cooler. The HIS X1950 Pro also is clocked higher, at 620 MHz core and 1.48 GHz (effective) memory, than the other ATI X1950 Pro cards. This should mean better performance straight out of the box for the HIS version when compared to other X1950 Pro cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
nVidia High-End Graphics Cards for Second Hand Buyers @ Tweaktown
"We’re going to be having a look at the current cream of the crop nVidia cards to see what you want to buy with those hard earned dollars of yours. We will have a brief look at the cards but our main intention will be to see how they fair in a straight out comparison in our normal array of benchmarks. We will be looking at five cards today - the 7900GS Extreme from XFX starts the roundup off. From there we will be looking at the highly popular 7900GT. The newly released 7950GT is next on the list with the original bad boy of high-end, the 7900GTX and finally we will be throwing in the 7950GX2 which no doubt will be hitting the second hand market hard and fast."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 DDR2 1GB Kit Review @ Overclock3D
"The Ballistix line is specifically built for performance enthusiasts who want to push the performance envelope without worrying about data loss or corruption, mysterious intermittent errors and display problems, or worse — the dreaded BSOD! The Ballistix line of high-performance memory modules features advanced speed grades, low latencies, and integrated aluminium heat spreaders."

More information on this review can be found here.
SuperTalent PC3500 CL2 2GB Memory Review @ 3DXtreme
"Since being introduced to our first SuperTalent ram products just over 2 years ago we have seen a small company hit the mainstream. In the beginning we dealt with a distributor as a go between for product to review and gain the exposure. Now SuperTalent products are popping up at Newegg and into the mainstream vendors. It just goes to show how a small company putting out a quality product can make it big. With that we are looking at a 2GB kit of DDR ram today. While DDR seems to be on it’s way out slowly in the PC world, making way for DDR2 and DDR3, companies are still putting out some solid product for the enthusiast."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Dominator PC8888C4 Review @ Madshrimps
"Once every couple of years a product comes along which can be called revolutionary, and has the ability to upset the market. Corsair brought to the market an entirely new line of memory products, called the Dominator series, with exactly this purpose in mind: dominate the high end memory market. In this review we'll try to find out what setsapart this memory, and if it really can be called revolutionary."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec NexStar 3 NST-260SU-BK eSATA Enclosure Review @ Bjorn3D
"While it wasn't that long ago that external hard drive market was all square and silver, the industry has learned to evolve from its monochrome king-size past. And like every good manufacturer, they learn from the past and listen to the customer so that they can offer a better future. With 2.5' hard disk drives making a leap from notebook computers to PDA's, it wasn't long before they were replacing the old guard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 (Kentsfield Quad Core) @ TrustedReviews
"Intel's approach does have its benefits though. For one, by having all four cores in the same package, there is only one heatsink. Any boards that currently support Core 2 Duo, will support Kentsfield as well. In saying that, we had to update the BIOS on our Gigabyte 965P motherboard, in order to get it to boot. It also makes designing a decent motherboard a lot easier, and means we can expect to see quad core hitting the MicroATX platform."

More information on this review can be found here.

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Review @ Bit-Tech

"I think it is clear that quad-core is not for everyone at this moment in time, and that is exaggerated even more when you consider that the Core 2 Extreme QX6700 is going to retail for somewhere north of £650 including VAT. When you consider that a Core 2 Duo E6600 is going to be more than enough for most people at around 1/3 of the price of the QX6700, it becomes even harder to recommend the Core 2 Extreme QX6700 right now."

More information on this review can be found here.

Intel's Core 2 Quad CPUs Review @ Hexus

"Aside from the flagship QX6700, which takes over from the X6800 as Intel’s most extreme Extreme, there are already two versions for more modest users, the Q6600 and Q6400. We got our hands on all of them, and put them up against a variety of pretenders, from Core 2 Duo and Pentium D stable mates to AMD’s current dual-core finest. So read on to see if Intel’s Core 2 Quad really is the processing powerhouse we were all expecting!"

More information on this review can be found here.

Intel Core 2 Quad Review @ Tweaktown

"As a matter of fact, we just got out of a meeting with Valve Software today and they indicated to members of the press that soon they will begin to implement multi-core CPU optimisations into the Source engine which will benefit all previous Source based games and new ones including Episode 2. Initially you will see improvements in frame rates but for Valve, that’s just the beginning. They want to leverage the multi-core technology (and we’re not just talking about four cores) and improve AI and the overall realism of the games to levels we’ve never seen before and they seem to be on track for doing it. From a gaming prospective, is it really worth upgrading to Quad Core right now? Probably not! Is it worth waiting a little while and seeing what all the software and gaming developer companies do? Yes! Right now the hardware is ahead of the software – keep an eye out on patches for your favourite games or applications and decide for yourself if you really need four CPU cores inside your system at the moment."

More information on this review can be found here.

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Processor Review @ Sharky Extreme

"The design of the Core 2 Extreme QX6700 also means that many Core 2 features are not fully actualized on the Kentsfield core. For example, current Core 2 processors feature 2MB or 4MB of Advanced Smart Cache, which is shared between the two cores. This gives the Core 2 processor a great deal of flexibility, and it could theoretically allocate all 4MB of L2 cache to a single core in gaming scenarios, while dynamically shifting it between cores in a multi-threading environment. This type of flexibility is not present in the Kentsfield core, there is no facility for sharing of the 8MB of total L2 cache, and instead it acts like dual Core 2 processors, each sharing 4MB of L2 cache. This also affects the entire processor, with absolutely no shared resources between the dual processor dies, resulting in a larger, more power-hungry core with potential duplication."

More information on this review can be found here.

Intel QX6700 Extreme Quad Core CPU Review @ Motherboards.org

"Anyone who runs applications like Photoshop for Photo editing or Maya 3D and CAD for modeling will see huge benefits from the QX6700 Extreme as its multithreading abilities will be taken advantage of. In another instance if you are running or planning on running a rendering house or building a rendering machine the new Quad-Core CPUs have the capability of seriously cutting back on rendering times."

More information on this review can be found here.
JustPC R910 Server Tower Review @ Techgage
"Once out of the box, the first thing that I notice about the case is the dual power supply design. This is nice if you are using this case as a server as you can install a pair of power supplies and if one craps out, you still have the second power supply to pick up the slack. Another use for this is if you have a power hungry PC, you can power your CPU, motherboard and drives with one and still have one power supply remaining to power your video cards. If you think of a case that can accommodate the use of dual power supplies, you have to imagine a huge case. With the R910, the case is the same height as my Thermaltake Kandalf but is a few inches longer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Kandalf LCS Liquid Cooled Case Review @ Tweaknews
Thermaltake took one of the best cases on the market, and only upgraded it with a component that made a difference. The liquid cooling system included with the Kandalf LCS proves to be a great performer, while not adding too much complexity."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kama Connect USB Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ GideonTech
"The Kama Connect from Scythe is far from being your typical USB enclosure. It does not shell the hard drive or drives, it simply plugs into their ports and is ready to go. Needless to say, this is the PC tech and enthusiasts dream. This kit has the ability to attach an IDE drive, a SATA drive, or both at once."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Nine Hundred Case Review @ Pro-Clockers
"With this case we think Antec has outdone themselves again. When they released the P180, I figured that they had one of the best functional and best looking cases released in the past few years. The clean look and the external arrangement was definitely a keeper. But after seeing the Nine Hundred on the Antec site, it was one I had to get and review for our readers. Does the Nine Hundred live up to my self imposed hype? Are we just harping on about an otherwise normal, boring case? Lets check it out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Nine Hundred Case Review @ Pro-Clockers
With this case we think Antec has outdone themselves again. When they released the P180, I figured that they had one of the best functional and best looking cases released in the past few years. The clean look and the external arrangement was definitely a keeper. But after seeing the Nine Hundred on the Antec site, it was one I had to get and review for our readers. Does the Nine Hundred live up to my self imposed hype? Are we just harping on about an otherwise normal, boring case? Lets check it out."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Adamas Case Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Considering the size of this case, it is abnormally heavy for an aluminum chassis but that's due to the fact that NZXT has reinforced the structure of this case by using a very thick aluminum. It's small, but beefy. The case is solid black with the front bezel trimmed out in silver. The paint job isn't a shiny black, but more muted and it seems to just absorb the light. Getting good pictures of this case was quite a challenge."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire Pininfarina Case Review @ XYZ Computing
"The hardware manufacturer Spire has made a bit of a reputation for itself by producing cooling products, like stock replacement CPU coolers, but recently has done seen some growth. In a rather ambitious move they teamed up with the designer Pininfarina to produce the computer case that we will be looking to in this article. The Pininfarina is a complex and interesting enclosure, definitely not what I would have expected from Spire or a company new to this segment of the hardware market. We had a chance to spend some time with one, so let's see how Spire did with this performance enclosure."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, November 1, 2006
OpenOffice : The Free Office Software Suite Everyone Should Know About @ Tweaknews
"Thankfully, computer users can now enjoy the benefits of having free software that is actually far superior and useful to many of the products available for a hefty price in the retail market . For example, the Firefox browser is much more versatile and handy (think extensions) than any other web browser that can be used on any operating system—Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris and many other esoteric variations. Ditto for OpenOffice."

More information on this article can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Accelero X1 VGA Cooler Review @ Futurelooks
"The Accelero X1 also includes a heatsink for the RAM modules on the back of the card. This makes the Accelero X1 a complete replacement for the stock system so nothing of old is used. The product is also RoHS compliant, meaning that it adheres to strict standard of manufacturing that further reduce the levels of hazardous materials in its production. Nice to know they care about the environment."

More information on this review can be found here.
Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 v2.0 Review @ MetkuMods
"We take optical mice and wireless keyboards for granted, but remember how things were 10 years ago: white, clicky square keyboards and maybe no mouse at all. Proportioned to this, it's interesting to think how todays pointing devices feel after 10 years. Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 v2 looks like it has all the state of the art technology in one package. Wireless operation and laser accuracy spiced up with good ergonomics, but does it offer any new, own ideas?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS8000 Low Profile CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
"A compact CPU cooler from Zalman for those small cases and office PCs, carrying the CNPS ultra quiet tag, we find out if it lives up to Zalman reputation of silent computing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Verballs The Internet Telephone Toy @ DSM
"VoIP has become common place these days with various providers offering free calling to almost anywhere in an effort to compete in this fast growing industry. With an industry that is growing at such a fast pace we can expect to see many new tech toys coming out that will try and capitalize on this new trend, so today for review I have one, actually two of those new tech toys, they are called Verballs. Verballs are sort of a speaker phone fore Skype, and other VoIP services. What makes them different is what they look like and what they can do, they are animated with mouth that move to your callers voice, and sort of look like cartoony imps. The company that makes the Verballs was kind enough to send me two of them, one for review an one to give away to one lucky reader at DSM."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Mars and Eclipse CPU Coolers Reviews @ BigBruin
"Both of these coolers feature unique designs which definitely grab your attention, as well as providing respectable cooling performance. The Eclipse and Mars coolers performed much better than the stock AMD CPU cooler, and allowed an AMD X2 4200 AM2 processor to be kept cool even while overclocked."

More information on this review can be found here.
USB Skype Phone with LCD Display Review @ Think Computers
"VoIP has really come a long way in the past few years. It has gone from something that was used only be computer geeks into something that the world has embraces through projects such as Skype, Gizmo, and Asterisk. VoIP has also become common place with telephone providers like Vonage who offer VoIP services through your traditional POTS home telephone. There is no doubt that VoIP is here to say and with that said many companies have started making peripheral devices to use in conjunction to many VoIP applications. Today we will be looking at the Skype USB VoIP Phone with Dot-Matrix LCD."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel X6800 Core 2 Extreme Review @ Viper Lair
"How the CPU architecture communicates with the memory is one part of the equation. Another part is how the architecture processes data. Before, CPU instructions would break up the data into small bits and executing them at the same time. How it changes now is the processor will combine similar instructions and execute them at the same time. This method is far more efficient and there is less latency involved."

More information on this review can be found here.
Three HDMI Graphics Cards Tested on LCD TV @ Tweaktown
"Video technology hasn’t been quite as in parallel, however. True AV hardware has been using high-definition component and HDMI technology for some time, while the best that HTPC’s could manage was S-Video. So the options have been to either get a TV which could take RBG/DVI inputs, or put up with a lower quality video signal. Luckily, graphics card manufacturers have addressed this imbalance, with new units hitting the market which support high-definition HDMI standards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec P180B Case Review @ Modders-Inc
"The P180 is truly a revolutionary breakthrough in case design. Dual chambers isolate the power supply and CPU into separate cooling zones with up to 5 configurable fans. Three-layer sound-deadening panels dampen noise even in very high-performance systems. Ease-of-use, sleek design and Antec’s reputation for quality make the P180 worthy of being the first in a new category we call the Advanced Super Mid Tower."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS 945G-M3 M-ATX Motherboard Review @ GruntvillE
"As the basis for a HTPC, this is an excellent choice. The board was designed to be used as a stable platform for desktop and HTPC use and it does this job with aplomb. I feel that anyone looking for an inexpensive motherboard for a HTPC will find this board offers everything they are looking for, including the low price."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Adamas Aluminum ATX Case Review @ Bjorn3D
"If it wasn’t enough that NZXT is crafting some of the finest cases available to the market today, they are also reinventing the wheel; with success. The tool-less panel design incorporated in the Adamas is one of the most durable latch systems I have yet to see. You won't find more then a bottle-cap worth of plastic used to build this case; and even then we're talking about small pieces used to secure drive doors and make cushion feet for the case. It really seems as though the marketing department over at NZXT didn't have to stretch the imagination in describing this case."

More information on this review can be found here.
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