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Saturday, December 30, 2006
The Bit-Tech Awards 2006
"We give you our views on the best hardware and software of 2006. What was the best FPS? Which graphics card wowed us more than any other? And which company deserves recognition for innovation? All these questions and more will be answered. Oh, and there's a podcast too."

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Akasa Integral Fusion External HDD Enclosure Review @ techPowerUp
"The Akasa integral fusion combines two devices into one sleek functional device - an USB hard drive enclosure and a multi format card reader. It may not be the fastest enclosure for your money and the software may be a bit crude, but it gets the job done - that is what counts."

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Alternative Flash Based Portable Media Players @ A True Review
"In this review, I will take a look at two flash based portable media players from companies that you probably would not think of when looking for a media player the K-PEX 100 from Kingston and the MEGA Screen from Super Talent. What do these players offer and are they viable alternatives to big brand media players?"

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Tagan TurboJet TG1100-U96 PSU Review @ LAN Addict
"On paper, the TurboJet TG1100-U96 is very impressive. So was the Titanic, and we all know how that ended! That is why I installed the TurboJet TG1100-U96 into my gaming system and gave it several weeks to show its stuff. I played a lot of Neverwinter Nights 2, ran full system backups and virus scans, and fired off multiple benchmarking programs simultaneously."

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OCZ GameXStream 850w SLI-Ready PSU Review @ OCIA
"It's no secret that today's hardware is demanding more power than ever before. For instance, those interested in running two 8800GTX cards in SLI are looking at a bare minimum of 750 watts in the power supply department. Factor in your processor(s) demands, hard drive(s) and watercooling gear and that 750 watt minimum seems a little less inviting. Granted, many of us are not fortunate enough to have the budget to support such extreme hardware addictions, there is one thing that we all should consider when purchasing a new power supply: future-proof."

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Logitech ChillStream PC Game Controller Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Today I'll be looking at a brand new controller design from Logitech known as the 'ChillStream'. As the name implies, this product is made to cool. But how? It's just a gamepad. Looks can be deceiving and although this looks like just a quality gamepad, it's actually a quality gamepad with a fan built in to deliver a cool breeze (or a chilled stream of air) to the users palms allowing you to game for hours and hours and avoid C.G.P.S (clammy gaming palm syndrome). Let's take a closer look at this unique new product from Logitech."

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CoolIT Eliminator CPU Cooler (TEC) Video Review @ 3DGameman
"This is CoolIT’s second Thermal Electric Cooler (TEC); the first one was the Freezone. I've video reviewed the Freezone and thought it was excellent, but I like the Eliminator even more. They've incorporated everything into one unit, which makes it easier to install than the Freezone. You can also manually adjust the fan speed to suit your needs. It's definitely a great alternative to some complicated water cooling setups."

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Scythe Andy Samurai Master CPU Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers
"The Andy Samurai Master has an unusual name and a new shape uncommon to fans of Scythe. Honestly, I have no idea where they got the name for. The only thing I will say is this cooler is a combination of West meets East. I guess the Andy is the “West” and the Samurai is the “East”. That’s all I can gather from it. The shape is a two tier design linked by six nickel covered copper heat pipes. The size and design of it looks to be able to perform really well. It also shares some features of another Scythe cooler, the Infinity."

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Asus EN7950GT Review @ Neoseeker
"Power consumption for the ASUS card is the lowest among the four tested. This is an unexpected result, as both use the same chipset but the XFX7950 GT is passively cooled while the EN7950 GT is cooled by a fan.The EN7950 GT uses 60 Watts less power under load than the X1900XT 256. This is a very important fact for anyone planning on using two video cards. A CrossFire setup with the X1900XT 256 would require a much more powerful power supply than an SLI'd EN7950 GT or the XFX 7950 GT setup."

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Asus P5B-E Plus Motherboard Review @ Overclock3D
"Asus have a reputation of making some of the finest and most stable boards on the market. They've sent us their latest 965-based mid-range socket 775 board for their perusal and we take a good look at it in our labs."

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Mushkin XP2-8500 DDR2 Review @ Bjorn3D
"Today that may all change and I may be procuring this reference sample as my new reference memory to use as I will be reviewing the Redline XP2-8000's big brother, XP2-8500. This time we'll testing the memory's performance with an Intel Core 2 Duo based system whose components are tried and true and should easily be able to push the XP2-8500 to its potential and beyond. Please join me to see if we have another winner on or hands or just another contender."

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Biostar P4M890-M7 VIA P4M890 Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"We're going to be realistic with our expectations here, for Biostar's P4M890-M7 motherboard is best suited to the corporate world and those of you looking to build a simple computer on a very small budget. The Intel Core 2 Duo processor is arguably the best processor on the market as of this writting, and the Biostar P4M890-M7 provides a very cost effect platform to build a simple PC from."

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ABIT FATAL1TY AN9 32X nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review

"Scanning through ABIT's product lineup of late is like reading the menu at an enthusiasts restaurant - it's easy to see that ABIT is taking its new role seriously and producing performance oriented motherboards that may just rival the great LanParty series from DFI. Heat pipe based chipset cooling systems that operate silently, board level motherboard cooling fans, a peppering of LEDs for that special."

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IWILL ZMAXdp Dual Opteron SFF Barebones System Review @ BigBruin
"The IWILL ZMAXdp Dual Opteron Small Form Factor Barebones System may not be the latest or greatest, but it is capable of providing some serious computing power in an attractive small form factor configuration that doesn't skimp on extras. With the potential for two dual-core Opterons (effectively quad-core), 2GB dual channel DDR, SATA RAID 0, and many other modern features, it is a work horse disguised as a pony."

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Antec Nine Hundred Reviewed @ Hi-Techreviews

"The new Antec Nine Hundred is billed as the “Ultimate Gaming Machine” and one thing is for certain is that this case has enough fans in it keep a sweaty Legionnaire happy. With a total of nine bays you should also not be in need of extra space for hard drives or optical drives either. So come on along as we check this bad boy out and see what we think."

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Friday, December 29, 2006
Ratpadz XT Mouse Pad Review @ The TechZone

"The Ratpadz doesn't pick up dust or lint and is washable should it ever get dirty. A bit of warm soapy water or glass cleaner and you'll have a clean pad after a few wipes. You can also toss it in the dishwasher along with the dirty dishes. With proper care, the Ratpadz XT should last over 5 years. When you divide the cost of the pad over 5 years, the Ratpadz XT is really economical when you consider how many cloth mouse pads you'll used over the same time period."

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Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Review @ The Moditory
"The G15 adds a LCD that supports games and other applications to help you take the opposition as well as 18 programmable G keys. Stick a macro or a keystroke to them and you're ready to play. Don't like the macro you set for G12? Change it in-game. Tired of minimizing with the Windows key when you meant mash some other key? Flip the switch on the G15 to game mode and render the Windows key inactive. Logitech went through a lot of trouble to create a gaming keyboard that would live up to gamers needs and expectations while providing them with something new and
beneficial."

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Noctua NC-U6 Cooler Review @ Overclockers Online
"I was impressed with the performance and despite a slightly awkward installation process, the Noctua NC-U6 is easily my favorite chipset cooler that I have looked at thus far. The Noctua NC-U6 cools incredibly well without the use of a fan, mounts extremely securely to the chipset, has a relatively small footprint for the its abilities, and is very well priced to boot. Anyone looking to improve cooling and/or eliminate noise from their system should keep the Noctua NC-U6 near the top of their shopping list."

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Noctua NH-U9F CPU Cooler Review @ DSM
"Today for review I have the NH-U9F CPU cooler, which can only be described as the culmination of research and a dedication to performance, quality and perfection, this CPU cooler not only looks good, it performs great and it is silent as well, so continue on to see your next CPU cooler."

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High Power 620W PSU Review @ Bjorn3D
"The backbone in every good system is the PSU. If the PSU fails to provide enough power it doesn't matter how good the rest of the hardware is as the system still will be unstable. Today I am looking at a PSU from High Power that on paper promises a lot: three 12V rails, Active PFC, >80% efficiency and a extremely low noise level. With its 620W it should be sufficient for even demanding systems as long as it can manage to produce stable and clean power."

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OCZ GameXStream 850 Watt Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews
"OCZ's GameXStream 850W power supply packs a lot of power and stability into a compact package that will make a lot of gamers and other power users very happy. Their three-year PowerSwap warranty program makes the package even more attractive. The handsome satin finish, sleeving and blue LED fan give the OCZ850GXS a very definite eye appeal and the performance is outstanding."

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Synology - DS-106E NAS Server Review @ Overclockers Club
"Storage. Something that I always find myself short on and needing more of. Backups, that's the other word that I dread to hear, as when it comes time to backup that critical data, it can take hours or even days depending on the amount of data. Let alone the giant pile of CD/DVDs that you have to store, label, and then hunt through, if you ever need something. Synology has come to my rescue with the DS-106e, an all-in-one home backup and SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) server solution. According to the spec sheet on this baby, it comes loaded with tons of features to make our lives easier. Synology may not be a very well known company, but they have a very strong lineup of backup solutions and various NAS's. The DS-106e is one of the latest additions to this strong lineup. Today I will be taking a look at this unit and testing it to see if it's really worth its price, as well as whether or not it's actually useful for what it claims to do."

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MSI S271 Ultra Compact Notebook Review @ The TechZone
"I first saw this notebook in Taipei during Computex and I fell in love with it. The MSI S271 is the world's first AMD TurionR 64 notebook computer. The S271 is made with a durable yet trendy aluminum and magnesium alloy, and is equipped with a Super Glare Type 12 WXGA LCD, an ATI UMA embedded graphics display interface, and digital surround sound."

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OCZ Launches GeForce 8800 GTX GPU Selected for Extreme Gamers
Sunnyvale, CA—December 28, 2006—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced their exciting return to the world of graphics cards. Leveraging a strong expertise in high performance overclocking memory and the unique needs of PC enthusiasts, OCZ is prepared to deliver a differentiated GPU solution to gamers and enthusiasts with the launch of the OCZ NVIDIA GeForce® 8800 GTX 768MB PCI Express®.

Separating OCZ’s GPU from the rest is the stringent requirement for the highest level of performance and stability. Each and every 8800 GXT card offers more overclocking headroom by means of premium GDDR3 memory and an advanced screening process in which only the best complete cards make it into the systems of worldwide gamers.

"The graphics sector is currently the technology sector with the most direct impact on the gaming experience," commented Dr. Michael Schuette, VP of Technology Development at OCZ Technology. "It has become a logical step for OCZ Technology to get back in the game, and naturally, we are doing it with the highest end solution currently available. The OCZ 8800GTX is a limited edition of hand-selected GeForce 8800 GTX, featuring a 1350 MHz 128bit stream processor and a core clocked at 575 MHz, interfaced with the frame buffer consisting of 1800 MHz GDDR3 through a 384 bit wide data path. What sets the OCZ 8800GTX apart from the competition is the uncompromised commitment to delivering the highest possible headroom for overclocking that all OCZ products are known for."

With the addition of OCZ Geforce 8800 GXT GPUs to an industry leading line-up of OCZ SLI-Ready power supplies and memory, OCZ provides the total solution for the hardcore gamer. As a premium OCZ product, the OCZ 8800 GXT is backed by a Lifetime Warranty for unparalleled piece of mind."

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XFX GF 8800GTX 575M SLI Review @ Motherboards.org
"The 8800GTX is the fastest single graphics card on the market today bar none. The performance with two of them just flat outperforms everything on the market and then some when it works. Two of these cards working together in SLI flat out allows gamers to play games at Ultra High Resolution gaming like 2048x1536 or 2560x1600 with little trouble as long as the rest of the system including the PSU matches up to the requirements."

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ECS KA3 MVP Extreme ATI Crossfire Xpress 3200 Motherboard Review @ Futurelooks
"This board is almost like foreshadowing. It combines technology from ATI in the form of Crossfire and AMD in the form of the AM2 socket onboard. Who would have thought that both companies would actually become the peanut butter and jam of the industry in real life? Anyway, we check out this unofficial union in our review."

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Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 945PL Express Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"The Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 motherboard is an affordable Intel platform of complementary technologies for consumers on a budget. Best suited to the upcoming 'Conroe-L' Celeron processor, the GA-945PL-S3's system bus runs at 800/533MHz FSB."

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Updated ASUS Striker Extreme NVIDIA 680i SLI Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Now, I recently updated to the new official 505 BIOS listed on ASUS` website. That did not fix either the sound or memory issues for me. I then contacted ASUS and was sent an unofficial 701 BIOS after I explained my issues. The 701 BIOS also did nothing to fix either of these issues. So the wait continues....*sigh*."

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Thursday, December 28, 2006
VIZO XENA w/One Touch Backup Notebook Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"To date, I have reviewed about 90% of the VIZO product line, and as long as they are coming out with new items I will be here waiting for a sample to review. Speaking of review samples, this is what brings us here today. VIZO sent out a new product for laptop computers. The product is named XENA, a notebook cooler/stand that has some first-of-its-kind features included, like a spot for a 2.5" SATA hard drive that slides into the notebook cooler and can be used to back up data via a USB link."

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Logitech diNovo Edge Review @ Modders-inc
"Logitech introduces the diNovo Edge ultra slim Bluetooth keyboard. This thin rechargeable keyboard is not only functional but highly stylish. The gloss black and brushed silver finish with back lit controls add a high end feel. Bluetooth technology combined with functional extras mean there should be a lot to love about this keyboard."

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G.SKILL F2-6400CL6D-4GBMQ 4 GB Kit Review @ techPowerUp
"The G.SKILL F2-6400CL6D-4GBMQ are one of the first 2x 2 GB DDR2 memory kits that let you run high frequencies, DDR2-800 in this case. In our review we will point out the difficulties you will experience when installing 4 GB of memory on 32-bit platforms. Is this $500 memory kit the solution to a smooth Windows Vista experience?"

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Logitech Z-10 Interactive Speaker System Review @ XYZ Computing
"What do you get when you mash up the LCD from Logitech's G15 gaming keyboard and a set of stereo speakers? This is not a question that many people would ask, but Logitech's designers must have because that is what we have in the Z-10 Interactive Speaker System. This 2.0 speaker system is part of Logitech's new line of high-end tech luxury items known as their Advanced Peripherals. These match style with high performance in products that are not cheap, but will be finding their way on to a lot of wish-lists this holiday season. Of course, one of their main selling points is that the right speaker has an on-board LCD and a set of touch-sensitive controls that can interact with your computer to control the music and display."

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ECS PN1 SLI2 Extreme Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"ECS continues their trend of trying to produce enthusiast motherboards and is getting ready to release an nVidia 590 SLI motherboard for Intel users. Do they succeed with their Core 2 Duo board based on the Nvidia 590 chipset? With a simple motherboard layout and support for SLI this motherboard should be budget friendly and pack a mean punch."

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XFX NVIDIA 8800 GTX XXX Graphics Card Review @ I4U
"Today we will just look at the performance improvements and compare the 8800 GTX XXX performance to the performance of the stock 8800 GTX. The only place that the 8800 GTX XXX differs from the stock 8800 GTX is in the clock speeds. The stock 8800 GTX is clocked at 575 MHz on the core and 1.8 GHz on the memory whereas the XXX version is clocked at 630 MHz on the core and 2GHz on the memory."

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Mid-Range Graphics Card Warfare – AMD vs. nVidia @ Tweaktown
"Today we have with us a total of four mid-range graphics cards - two from AMD and two from nVidia. While all cards are mid-range, it’s clear that they sit at different end of the scales – let’s call them low-end mid-range and high-end mid-range. The Radeon X1650XT and GeForce 7600GT sits at the lower end of the mid-range scale and at the other end we have the GeForce 7900GS and the Radeon X1950PRO. While offering high-end type performance, the 7900GS and X1950PRO still in belong at the mid-range level due to their pricing."

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Enermax Aurora Case Review @ Techgage
"If you are looking for a sleek keyboard, then the Enermax Aurora may be for you. It's built with aluminum for a strong frame and uses the same technology behind laptop keyboards for ultra-quiet and smooth operation."

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SilverStone Temjin TJ09 Case Review @ Phoronix
"The SilverStone Temjin TJ09 is a beautiful chassis that offers a unique cooling design and can accommodate Extended ATX SSI motherboards. Simply put, the SilverStone Temjin TJ09 is the best ATX/EATX case we have seen in 2006 and SilverStone engineers certainly deserve props for this marvelous creation."

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Antec Nine Hundred Gaming Case Review @ Think Computers
"Antec is not afraid to show its design prowess and incredible attention to detail when it markets a new case to enthusiasts. The established hardware supplier continually wows builders with stunning designs and convenient amenities built into its cases. The Antec Nine Hundred is no exception. Its dark and grilled appearance, along with its incredible size and cooling potential, make the case simply exude awesomeness. However, looks aren't everything-this case is missing some conveniences, an omission that may cost it top marks."

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Sony Altus MDR-D777LP Headphones Review @ Digital Trends
"The Sony Altus headphones (MDR-D777LP series) are the much-hyped, high-end option marketed toward the discerning consumer. While Sony does offer higher priced (and arguably better performing) headphones, the Altus offers mass appeal with just enough innovation to stick out in a crowd."

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The Best Products of 2006

"Each year brings its fair share of bozos and its stars. Those that brought out the bozos (or bought them) know it and we don’t want to rub salt in their wounds during the holiday season (well do that right before CES instead). This week we’ll chat about the products that stood out in our minds as ground breaking and spectacular in a number of categories."

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USB Retro Radio from Brando WorkShop Review @ DSM
"Ever been sitting at your computer listening to music, and just got tired of listening to the same old CDs you have? Wouldn't it be nice if an AM/FM radio was built-in to your computer, so you could listen to your favorite stations while you worked and maybe catch the news as well? Well, today for review I have a solution for you, how about a radio that is USB powered, that looks like something from an old 50's radio show? It is called the USB Retro Radio, it's from Brando WorkShop and it's fully powered by your USB port, it looks like an old fashioned microphone, and even has a sign that lights up 'On The Air' when powered up."

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Super Talent DDR2 T1000UX2G4 Overclocking Memory @ Pro-Clockers
"Super Talent’ newest overclocking ram entitled T1000UX2G4 which boasts 1000 MHz of bandwidth at some pretty impressive timing. And with new memory comes new heat spreaders. Super Talent changed from their trademark silver clothing to some sweet blue aluminum threads. So, let’s see if the latest from Super Talent is all show and some go."

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Everglide S-500 Professional Gaming Headphones Review @ OCIA
"Of course, gaming is what they are for, and gaming is what I will do. I spent several hours playing Oblivion, Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2142, America's Army and Call of Duty 2. As with music, the S-500 has excellent sound, maybe too good. I'm not really accustomed to hearing everything so well."

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HIS Radeon X1950XT IceQ3 Turbo Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"The division between low, middle and the high end video cards is murky at best. You have a true spectrum of products on the market that offer performance and price to fit most anyone's needs. The trouble is, that with the blurring of the lines it is often hard to decide "should I spend another $40 and get a ...?" That's the question that typically crosses my mind."

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Foxconn 7950GT Video Card Review @ Bjorn3D


"For those enthusiasts waiting for the prices on the new G80 hardware to come down or those holding out to see what ATI (and NVIDIA) has to offer early next year, but who still need a graphics card that can power their games for the interim, then cheaper but still powerful cards such as the 7950GT might easily suffice as a holdover until then. When the market eventually becomes inundated with DX10 graphic cards this coming Spring, availability is not certain but high introductory prices certainly are. Not everyone can or is willing to wait until the dust settles and prices on DX10 parts reach normal levels, especially those who may very shortly be receiving some new PC games under the Christmas tree!"

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ASUS P5N-E SLI Moherboard Review @ Techgage
"When the 680i chipset was launched last month, it proved to have exactly what the enthusiast was after. However, most of those boards range in the $250 area. ASUS has just released their new P5N-E SLI board which offers the 650i chipset. It's a scaled down version of it's bigger brother, but costs far less and still contains a huge punch for enthusiasts."

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Antec Nine Hundred Chassis Review @ Hexus
"First impressions are the 900 could well be the ‘bastard son’ of a set square. With harsh, acute lines, this is certainly different from the usual Antec flair. The futuristic shape is a mix of plastic and steel, both black-coloured on the outside, with the latter featuring a grey finish inside."

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AeroCool Zero° Flexi Case Review @ OCIA
"This case is of a new tower designed called a "Flexi Tower", which basically is an upside-down ATX tower, but the rear plate can be swapped out for one accommodating BTX configurations. Today we'll be looking at the Zero Degree setup for ATX, and installing an ATX system in the case."

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Hard Drive Cooling: Is it Worth it? @ Futurelooks
"I was messing around inside one of my computers one day after it had been running for a few hours, and that's when I remembered that I didn't install any fans in the front. I then wondered how much of a difference airflow would make on the hard drives, which were running fairly hot when I touched their surfaces. Up until then, I didn't really have any problems running the computer, so no big deal, right? Well, maybe not for the moment, but high heat is pretty much synonymous with the shortening of hardware lifespan or component failure. So why take the risk of future damage to my three hard drives with hundreds of gigabytes of data?"

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Zalman CNPS9700 NT CPU Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"I think it looks great, cools great, can be adjusted from silent to OMG!, and also can be easily configured to face any direction (north, south, east or west). It's a no-brainer to award the Zalman CNPS9700 NT the Editors Choice Award!"

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Cooler Master CB5-7KFSA-02-GP Type II BTX Cooler Review @ BTXFormFactor
"Straight out of the box, the Cooler Master CB5-7KFSA-02-GP Type II BTX Cooler looks like it is ready to get down to business on some serious cooling. It is well built and heavy duty, and the specifications lead you to believe it will move a good deal of air to cool your CPU. Unfortunately, things aren't always what they seem."

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asetek Waterchill Xternal Kit Review @ Bjorn3D
"I was a watercooling neophyte and somewhat fearful, so I started out by reading how-to’s and tutorials on watercooling and then reviews on watercooling related products such as waterblocks or watercooling kits. After I got a feel for the basics of watercooling and what it’s all about, I began to frequent some of the hardware forums on the Internet. As my reading continued and I digested the various thoughts and opinions on watercooling techniques and equipment, my own conclusions were formulating."

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Monday, December 25, 2006
QPAD EC-R Review @ techPowerUp
"QPAD is known to produce some of the best mouse pads on the market. Their pads are optimized to give gamers the best possible experience. The QPAD EC-R is the smaller sister of the QPAD XT-R. It is a bit thinner, which makes it more comforable to use. Also the price has been reduced a bit, to make it more affordable."

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TEAM Xtreem 2x1GB PC2-6400 3-3-3-8 Overclocking @ Overclockers Online
"These PC2-6400 modules are rated for DDR800 3-3-3-8 operation with 2.2v~2.35v but I have managed much more out of them. If you haven't heard of TEAM Group before, you are going to want to have a look."

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VIZO NINJA Notebook Cooler Review @ Think Computers
"VIZO is a relative newcomer to the computer products market, at least in the Pittsburgh gaming scene. I've not seen their products before, save at a recent Pittco event where VIZO had donated some 80 mm fans for prizes. This review is for VIZO's NINJA Notebook Cooler, an aluminum, graded, and air-blowing unit for laptops. VIZO gives this somewhat-Engrish description for the NINJA Notebook Cooler. VIZO decided to take advantage of the news of the recent laptop fires in summing up their product: For many notebook PC users, the overheating unit is an ongoing point of frustration and worry. Oftentimes, they are hard at work while their notebook is literally on fire. VIZO notebook cooler, NINJA, is designed to draw a continual flow of cool air across the computer's hottest surface, plus, it's aluminum housing offers the best heat conduction. NINJA can kill the unit's temperature in a flash. Moreover, NINJA works at low dBA level as cat walking. NOISELESS HEAT KILLER, NINJA, is the best guard for your notebook PC."

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Thecus N1200 RouStor NAS Review @ Hexus
"The N1200 is the smallest and cheapest NAS solution from Thecus thus far. The unit measures in at 181x45x160mm (wxdxh), making it not much larger than a regular CD case. The unit's height, or lack thereof, dictates that it will only house a single drive, so users looking for extreme capacities will need to hunt elsewhere. The N1200 weighs in at around 500g with a 2.5in drive installed, so portability is high on its list of features."

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The WaveMachster: Prometeia-Cooled, 24/7-Ready Record Breaker @ Overclockers.com
"The goal of this project was to build the most powerful system possible, capable of pulling world-class benchmark results, but at the same time provide reliability and day-to-day usability, an odd balance that you don't hear of very often these days. The CPU was cooled by a Prometeia Mach II. The diehards know that technically one can get colder, but for all practical purposes it most definitely succeeds at providing excellent performance, along with low noise levels, at a reasonable price if you shop around."

More information on this project can be found right here.
Wolverine's Fire Case Project @ Bit-Tech
"The base case for this mod is the absolutely incredible Lian Li modular cube case this beast can easily swallow twenty drives and still have plenty of room left. Look out for a full review on bit-tech soon. This mod isn't as spectacular as my Biomech project, as I've tried to keep in line with the Lian Li's clean look, but I hope you'll enjoy it anyway. I think that it's definitely simple but effective."

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Aqua PCs XSPC Thor Review

"The Thor, as it is known, takes the 343 cube and outfits it with with an XSPC WC kit consisting of a DC1000 pump, dual 120mm radiator, drive bay reservoir, X20 CPU waterblock and 1/2" tubing all round. All you have to do is add in a sytem, then add water."

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Sunday, December 24, 2006
Zalman VF-700AlCu VGA Cooler Review @ TechDomain
"Zalman have been offering quiet cooling solutions for years now, and the VF-700AlCu provides compatibility for most cards right through to the some of the latest and greatest offerings from nVidia (7900 series) and ATi (X1800 series).
I wasn’t content to just comparing the VF-700AlCu to stock, I wanted to see how it stood up versus its bigger brother, the VF-900Cu. This cooler has more fins on the sink, and heat pipes connecting the fins to the sink base. Can the aluminium-copper hybrid hold up to the full copper VF-900?"

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Beginners Guides: Setting up an FTP Server in WinXP @ PCstats
"FTP is an easy way to transfer files over the Internet and in this guide PCSTATS will explain the basics of using it, and how to set up a home FTP server in WindowsXP. If you've ever tried to share a large number of files over the Internet, you've no doubt noticed that it is not the easiest thing in the world to do. Sure you can use MSN messenger to send things… One file at a time. You could email, but that's slow and limited by the size of your mailbox. What if you want to make several directory's worth of your files available to yourself over the Internet while you are traveling? You could use remote desktop software, but that typically has anemic file transfer options and slow performance. What's the solution? Why FTP of course!"

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SteelSeries 3H Gaming Headset Review @ Think Computers
"Copenhagen, Denmark-based gaming gear company Soft Trading is a a relative newcomer to the gaming product market. You may have heard of Icemat or the SteelSeries, two of the company's brands. SteelSeries is most well known for its Steelpad, an aluminum mouse pad, which ThinkComputers reviewed this past August, while Icemat is known for its namesake glass mouse pad. The SteelSeries Steelsound series of gaming headsets is comprised of the 3H, 4H, 5H, and 5H USB. This review is for the 3H, the series' compact and inexpensive model."

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Etasis ET-850 850w Power Supply Review @ OCIA
"The ET-850 is certified to be SLI Ready by Nvidia, and even features four PCI-Express power leads for graphics cards. It is rated for over 80% efficiency with four independent +12V outputs, and has eight Serial ATA power connectors. With plenty of power and plenty of connections, it sounds like it's ready to take on anything available on the shelf from quad-core CPUs to SLI graphics cards with as many Serial ATA drives as you can fit in most cases."

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Spire Rocketeer IV 600W Power Supply Review @ DreamWare Computers
"Founded in 1991, Spire is a well known manufacturer of PC cooling solutions, power supplies, and cases. We were very impressed with the first cooler that we reviewed from them about a year ago. I was happy when the opportunity came to review one of their 600W Rocketeer IV power supplies."

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OCZ PC2-6400 Spec Ops Edition Urban Elite Review @ MVKTech
"When looking for some special edition memory, the first name that comes to my mind is definitely OCZ Technology. They have been manufacturing high quality memory for quite some time, and each time they have consistently developed innovative features, which have allowed OCZ to fine tune their memory for specific needs. Featuring ultra-low 4-4-3-15 timings, the new OCZ Special Ops Edition (SOE) Urban Elite is ultimate balance of speed, reliability, and high capacity, making them an ideal solution for gamers. This new line of limited edition OCZ memory features a distinctive urban camouflage motif heat spreader and a price tag that has an edge over competitors."

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I, Cooler Master! CM Film Contest
"I, Cooler Master! – CM Film Contest is a global activity that unites CM customers from all over the world by sharing how CM products make a difference in their lives. The event will begin on January 8th 2007 and ends on Feb 5th 2007. (Taipei Time) We will select the most intriguing film that really shows the Cooler Master Spirit and the first place winner gets to walk away with a 1,000 USD Grand Prize! 3 Runner-ups will receive our stunning X-Craft 250 with HDD as their prizes."

More information on this contest can be found right here.
Vizo Technology Luxon 3.5" HDD Enclosure Review @ OCIA
"Now, let's consider power. I don't particularly care for getting power by USB, and that isn't an option here if you are using SATA interface. An internal power supply causes a few problems. It adds to the size and weight of the enclosure, plus adds heat. Vizo decided on an external AC adapter, and was kind enough not to use a "wall wort" style."

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Sapphire X1950 Pro 512Mb AGP Review @ Driver Heaven
“You guys have asked us for an AGP review for months now, and we aim to please - so we have built an AGP test bed just for this purpose (and to cover future AGP articles).

"Sapphire sent us a AGP X1950pro card with 512MB of onboard ram - one of the first samples they have sent to any website. It certainly looks the part and should hopefully keep you AGP users gaming for quite some time. Question is, how does it stack up against a PCIe counterpart? Worth the money or a Christmas turkey? Staff reviewer Peter Gracar aims to find out."

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Swiftech Quiet Power P180 Water Cooled Case Review @ 3DGameman
"Swiftech has done a fantastic job at selecting and installing their water cooling components into the Antec P180 Case. The case have plenty of drive bays, fans, air filters, and sound proof side panels and front. Swiftech has used an improved version of the H20-120 premium water cooling kit. Included is the Apogee CPU waterblock, MCP350 Pump, MCR120-QP Radiator, MCRes Micro Reservoir, 3/8" A-60 Norprene™ tubing, and Hydrx™ coolant. An excellent product that performs very well. It's a no brainer!"

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Mad-Moxx 7900 GTO 512 MB Burstfire Review @ techPowerUp
"Mad Moxx has been providing pre-modded cards to their customers for several years now. Their GeForce 7900 GTO Burstfire is a GeForce 7900 GTO, overclocked to 7900 GTX speeds. In our benchmarks we saw that performance is identical to the 7900 GTX, at a much lower price. What makes the Mad Moxx product special is that you retain your warranty and the GTX overclock is tested and guaranteed."

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Albatron GeForce 7600 GS 256MB Review @ Sharky Extreme
"The overall design of the Albatron GeForce 7600 GS 256MB card is similar to a reference GeForce 7600 GS, and the basic format and cooling architecture remains consistent. One of the main benefits to the GeForce 7600 GS is its passive cooling system. The GPU clock speeds are so low that if affords this opportunity, and rather than overclocking the core and adding an active cooling fan, Albatron has gone along with the reference clock speeds of 400 MHz core and 700 MHz memory. The Albatron GeForce 7600 GS 256MB is a single-slot PCI Express card, that is also a bit shorter than a standard GeForce 7600 GT and is seemingly tuned for SFF computers."

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FOXCONN 975X7AB-8EKRS2H Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"Foxconn really has outdone themselves with the offering of the 975X7AB. The performance and overclockability of the board are outstanding and the customer support is first class. This board certainly was not a "Dog" but a Fox to be desired. What more could you ask for in a board?"

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ASUS EAX1950PRO CROSSFIRE 256MB Graphics Card Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"With the ASUS EAX1950PRO and EAX1950PRO CROSSFIRE being under $200 each, the budget gamer will love its performance and price. Plus, for the same price as a 1950XTX, you can buy two 1950PRO's and run them in Crossfire mode."

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Friday, December 22, 2006
USB El Wire Mod How-To @ GruntvillE
"I looked at it, and realized it was an A-B type connector: like for printers. What good is that, what are these companies thinking? Can’t use it for mice, or keyboards, or cameras, or anything but a printer without an adapter. Unless I could match up the USB wires and patch it directly onto my favorite Peripheral."

More information on this guide can be found right here.
Logitech Z-10 Interactive Computer Speakers Review @ TheTechLounge
"On the surface, Logitech’s Z-10 2.0 USB Computer Speakers appear to be a great match for somebody in my situation. I don’t want to sacrifice on quality, I want something that looks nice, and as much as I love deep, thumping bass, unfortunately that’s an area where I’m going to have to sacrifice for the benefit of working from home. I’ve been using these speakers for one month now, so the time has come for me to give you the skinny on these glossy black pretties."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Arctic Cooling Accelero X2 Review @ XSReviews
"Arctic cooling were renowned the world over for their range of GPU coolers that fitted the Nvidia 6 series and ATI 8 series GPUs. Their new generation of coolers is deisnged to bring solid cooling performance to the worlds most demanding video cards yet."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Mushkin HP-580AP 580W Modular Power Supply Review @ Bjorn3D
"This year alone the computer industry has made huge leaps in power supply technology. Single rail power supplies were dominantly standard heading into 2006. Now just one year later, we have seen a very sudden shift making dual-rail power supplies the most common configuration. As power supply technology continuously evolves, the number of power rails will keep getting higher in these newer PSU's. What used to be bleeding edge with five rails is getting closer to the average with each new release. Mushkin helps to drive power supply evolution forward and offers the HP-580AP with four power rails to enhance power stability under load; all at a reasonable price."

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Noctua NC-U6 Heatpipe Chipset Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"The Noctua NC-U6 Heatpipe Chipset Cooler is an excellent choice for those looking for a significant upgrade in the chipset cooling department. It provides excellent performance that would make it appealing to overclockers and gamers, while offering absolutely silent operation that anyone could appreciate, especially HTPC users."

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Biostar 7600GS V7603GS21 Review @ Overclockers Online
"The Biostar E-Gate 7600GS is a ground breaking video card but not because of the hardware, but because of the software that it comes with. The Biostar V-Ranger software is the first of its kind and we saw from the overclocking section that the ability to increase memory and core voltage has its advantages, being able to do it so easily from software is just the icing on the cake."

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Setting up HDMI on your HDTV - nVidia vs. AMD @ Tweaktown
"When you connect a computer to your TV using a digital signal like HDMI, the process isn’t as seamless as connecting a dedicated piece of AV hardware, like a TV tuner or DVD player. This is because AV equipment makes automatic allowances for overscan whereas graphics cards don’t. To fix this, there’s a certain amount of manual tweaking required in the driver. I wanted to compare AMD and nVidia’s driver capabilities to get your system up and connected properly to an HDTV. The two cards used were an MSI NX7600GT Diamond Plus and Sapphire X1600 Pro HDMI. Both cards have native support for HDMI."

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Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750GB Hard Drive Review @ Tweaktown
In recent years, the advancement of the hard disk has started to become a major part of the PC industry with Serial ATA replacing the older Parallel standard that was used for over 10 years. Native Command Queuing or NCQ for short sped up the way the data is read off the drive, and now with perpendicular recording coming into the frey from companies like Seagate, we are now starting to see speed increases as much as what a magnetic recording device is capable of."

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Macally NDAS Network Drive Enclosure Review @ Futurelooks
"Network storage without a file server; how is that possible? Well Macally seems to think they have a solution. A small rectangular box that houses a hard drive and is connected to a network router; that's how Macally has created a network storage solution. Does it work? Let's find out!"

More information on this review can be found right here.
NZXT Zero Case Review @ Think Computers
"NZXT has been offering very nice looking midrange cases since their establishment in 2004 and they have decided to enter the high-end market with the Zero Crafted Series. The Zero case is designed to appeal to that group of computer enthusiasts who are looking to provide their case with the maximum amount of cooling without weighting a ton. In addition the NZXT case also features a tool-less drive bay system so many of us who are always swapping out hardware won't be slowed down by screws. So without further delays let's begin our look at the NZXT Zero case."

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AeroCool Zero Degree Flexi Case Review @ OCIA
"Viewing the case from the rear, it really looks like an upside-down ATX. This rear plate is interchangeable for either an ATX or BTX motherboard. Each side panel comes with two thumb screws for easy removal. This case gives you the choice of using either two 80mm fans or a single 120mm fan for rear exhaustion, and has a removable plate for mounting the PSU through the rear."

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Cooler Master Media Center 280 Review @ Hexus
"The digital home scene is growing and Cooler Master thinks it's bringing something special to the market in the form of its brand-new Cooler Master Media Center 280 series chassis, an apparent twist on the usual HTPC."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Razer Tarantula Gaming Keyboard Review @ The Tech Lounge
"The Tarantula sports a whole host of features designed to help the gamer. There are ten macro keys, a button on the keyboard to switch profiles, and even the ability to store profiles on the keyboard itself so you can take your profiles with you. But how does this keyboard stack up to other “regular” keyboards? Read on and find out."

More information on this review can be found right here.
X-Gene Wired Multi-Media Keyboard with Optical Trackball Review @ DSM
"Today on the review block we have another product from X-Gene, if you recall the last X-Gene review it was a review of their wireless keyboard with trackball, well this review is of their wired keyboard with trackball. No, it's not the same, not even close, the wireless version was more fun looking, while the wired version looks like it belongs in an office, it is very stylish and has quite a few useful functions. Features like multimedia keys, internet function keys and the optical trackball built-in all make this one really cool keyboard."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Razer Tarantula Gaming Keyboard Review @ Phoronix
"Razer has been known for their array of professional gaming mice while recently we had looked at their Barracuda AC-1 and HP-1 audio products, but how well is this company able produce a professional gaming keyboard? After months of anticipation the Razer Tarantula Keyboard is finally shipping to retailers, and we happen to have our hands on this keyboard to see whether it is worth using under Linux."

More information on this review can be found right here.
OCZ Roadster 1GB Review @ DVHardware
"The OCZ Roadster is a new ultra-portable memory stick that features a "top-down" design. Contrary to most other flash drives the OCZ Roadster doesn't have a cap that you can lose. Instead it features a convertible design, with one flip the USB connector comes out the black protective cover."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Ratpadz XT Premium Mousing Surface Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Is the Ratpadz any different?. If you want a good comparison to something you might already have, think indestructible cutting board, or armor plating, and you'll get a good idea on how sturdy it feels (that's a plus btw)"

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Ratpadz XT Premium Mousing Surface Review @ Tweaknews
"Truthfully, I never knew gaming could be this effortless. I know I know, it is just a mousepad, but you really have to try one of these out. There are several companies bragging and touting their mousepads to be the best out there and when they turned up to the Tweaknews labs they were judged to be overpriced, over-hyped and under performing pieces of marketed junk but this doesn't apply to the Ratpadz XT. It is what it is and that is an exceptional mousepad. And it isn't that badly priced to boot."

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Cyber Snipa Dog Tags Multitool USB Flash Drive Review @ Tweaknews
"The Cyber Snipa Dog Tags take the simplicity of a USB flash drive and turn it into quite the geek chic multipurpose gadget while still maintaining functionality. Personally, I can't say I'll be wearing these around my neck but I'll definitely be carrying them with me. They are durable, ultra portable, and have lots of handy devices readily available. Highly recommended for both gamers and computer techs!"

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Why 99% of Power Supply Reviews Are Wrong @ Hardware Secrets
"With computers (and users) asking for better power supplies, nothing more natural than reviewing websites publishing power supply reviews. But contrary to other hardware parts like CPUs, motherboards and video cards, one must have deep electronics knowledge in order to test a power supply. Since most reviewers are simply users with a above-the-average knowledge in computers – but not in electronics – almost all PSU reviews posted on the web are completely wrong and they do more warm than good, as some websites recommend products that are really flawed. In this article we will explain in details why 99% of power supply reviews posted on the web are wrong and we hope that reviewers learn more about the subject by reading this article and also that users learn how to identify a bad review."

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Enermax Galaxy Gamer 1000W DXX PSU Review @ PCApex
Thanks no doubt to my recent sacrifice of a package of lamb chops to Fedups, the Greek god of shipping and shuffle board, the parcel arrived quickly and in good shape. Once I rounded up a couple of neighbors to help me carry it inside, I got started. Have I mentioned the Galaxy is heavy? Fourteen pounds is the weight listed on the shipping label. That's more than some complete SFF rigs I've seen."

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Noctua NC-U6 Chipset Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Well Noctua is at it again with a different cooler. This time however it is for your north bridge and not your processor. The NC-U6 looks like a miniature version of the NH-U12F CPU cooler. Sporting a high towering structure, the NC-U6 is bound to take the heat off your chipset. Consisting of twenty-nine aluminum fins and two copper heat pipes will look good doing it. This in turn will aid in a few more megahertz on that new CPU."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Titan TTC-G2T Aluminum Notebook Cooler Review @ OCIA
"Laptop coolers of various forms have been around for years, from special insulating pads to stands to things with fins and fans, but for every different type you see there are a myriad of mixed reviews over whether they're actually very effective or not. As I mentioned, in my experience their performance has been less than stellar. But today I have for review the latest from Titan/Inland in their G3T aluminum cooler."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Silverstone Tundra TD01 Watercooling Kit Review @ XSReviews
"Water cooling has always been appealing to the HTPC crowd as it gave them a near silent cooling solution for their pride and joy. However, WC kits can often be ugly and bulky which means that internal kits are often the order of the day. Today I am testing the Silverstone Tundra TD01 which aims to provide an eye catching solution to silent cooling that will fit right in with your other living room electronics."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Vs. CoolerMaster Hyper TX @ Futurelooks
"Like meeting the twin you thought you never had, there is sure to be a battle for dominance between these two CPU coolers for Socket 775. It's a battle of heat pipes! Let's see who flexes them better. FIGHT!"

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XFX GeForce 8800 GTX SLI Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"NVIDIA really came to play with the 8800 GTX and in SLI you can bet that just about anything you can throw at them will run as smooth as silk. I spent several days with the cards in my own system trying to find something that could bring them to their knees and only found a couple of games that did just that. While not a wildly popular title, Marvel Ultimate Alliance can absolutely kill a single 8800 GTX at just 1920x1200 with Dynamic Lighting enabled. Throw in some AA and you have a card that is just able to keep the frame rates playable."

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Noctua NC-U6 Chipset Cooler Review @ DSM
"Noctua, not many people really know who they are, but I'm sure with time you will, as they make some of the best products I have seen. The quality of their products is exquisite, as is the performance of them all. I've reviewed quite a few Noctua fans, but today I have the NC-U6 Chipset Cooler, it is essentially a mini heatpipe tower cooling system for your chipset, one thing that makes it really special is that it cools with no fan."

More information on this review can be found right here.
NZXT Zero Full Tower Aluminum Chassis Review @ OCIA
"The rear of the case offers two 120mm exhaust fans. I was happy to see a free-flowing design with these exhaust ports, rather than the restrictive grill designs that many other case manufacturers use. You can also see that two thumb-screws are used to hold the left side panel in place, allowing you to gain access to the case without the need for a screwdriver."

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006
OCZ Rally2 2GB USB2 Flash Drive Review @ Overclock3D
"The sales of flash memory products are on a steep increase with many people realising how handy having all their data on the go can be. Today I'll be looking at OCZ's "Rally2" flash drive to see if it can compete in an already flooded market."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Beginners Guide to Linux Desktops @ Techgage
"So you use Linux, but have you ever used a different desktop environment than the default? Surprisingly, there are too many to even count, but we are taking a look at a few of the most popular and explain advantages of each one."

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Crucial's High-Performance RAM - Ballistix PC2-8000 EPP Review @ Tweaktown
"Crucial has been in overclocking for some time now, and the Ballistix modules do show the best of what Crucial has managed to engineer. While it’s not as good as high-end modules from companies like OCZ and Corsair, it is still pretty good and managed to produce quite a decent overclock during our testing."

More information on this review can be found right here.
OCZ 2x1GB PC2-8500 NVIDIA SLI Edition DDR2 Memory Review @ Virtual-Hideout

"If you're looking for a solid high performance memory kit to use with your new NVIDIA SLI 590 or 680i chipset board, I have no problems with recommending this OCZ PC2-8500 NVIDIA SLI Edition DDR2 Memory Kit."

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Intel QX6700 Quad-Core @ techPowerUp
"When Intel Core Duo hit the stores, people went crazy. Many wanted to experience the amazing performance for themselves. Now, Intel brings us the QX6700 - a quad-core CPU. Is another revolution about to take place? Or are we going to find just a small increase compared to dual core? What about single threaded applications? Multi-core scaling?"

More information on this review can be found right here.
OCZ 2GB DDR2 PC2-6400 Special Ops Edition Urban Elite Memory Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Tis' the season to upgrade and what better way to take part in the festive spirit than to buy a pair of memory sticks decked out in army camouflage that will most likely be used by someone to go on a massive killing spree in Quake 4. Nothing says Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah like a no-scope head shot from across the map while in mid-air."

More information on this review can be found right here.
BFG 8800 GTS Review @ Bit-Tech
"Although GeForce 8800 GTS is based on the same G80 graphics processing unit, it’s quite a different beast from its big brother, GeForce 8800 GTX which is NVIDIA’s all-bells-all-whistles 8800-series video card. There are immediately obvious cosmetic differences that are as a result of the not-so-obvious architectural differences that have collectively helped to reduce the card’s retail price."

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Sapphire TOXIC X1950 XT-X Review @ TrustedReviews
"Standard speeds for the X1950XT-X are 650MHz core clock and 1GHz (2GHz effective) memory clock. This particular card has a higher core clock than standard, coming in at 695MHz, though memory speeds stay as standard. This is a fairly decent improvement, considering the X1950XT-X isn't known to be a huge overclocker, and will hopefully provide a noticeable boost in performance."

More information on this review can be found right here.
BFG 8800 GTS Review @ Bit-Tech
"From our initial experiments, it seems that the GeForce 8800 GTS overclocks exceptionally well and there is plenty of headroom in clock speeds, making the GeForce 8800 GTS the sweetspot for most enthusiasts. In current games, the GeForce 8800 GTX really only starts to come into its own at 2560x1600 - in next-generation games, the GeForce 8800 GTX is likely to show more dominance at 1920x1200, while the 8800 GTS will still be a capable card at that resolution."

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ASRock 775Dual-VSTA Motherboard Review @ Phoronix
"Fedora Core 6 is one of the first Linux distributions that works almost out-of-the-box with the ASRock 775Dual-VSTA, so with that said we are back here today looking at the performance of this budget Intel motherboard."

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Asus P5B-E Motherboard Review @ Neoseeker
"The last motherboard I reviewed, the Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3, reached a record stable 3.64GHz (455x8) overclock for us with our Conroe E6400 - however the Asus P5B-E just blew past it, setting a whole new stable FSB record - 480MHz with a 7x processor multiplier - heck, it ran at 505MHz FSB with a 6x processor multiplier."

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abit AW9D-MAX i975 Express Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The abit AW9D-MAX motherboard is one of the best Intel 965P/975X motherboard that I have used to date. It's actually refreshing using a motherboard like the abit AW9D-MAX because everything just works out of the box. The NVIDIA 680i chipset has gotten a ton of attention in recent weeks, but at the same time it launched with numerous bugs that are just now starting to be taken care of via BIOS updates. The Intel 975 Express chipset has been on the market for over a year and has 99% of the bugs worked out, which is nice for those of us that want to set up their system with a stable overclock and be done."

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abit NF-M2 Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"Positives of this board include the integrated graphics, dual monitors without the need for an external graphics card and support for the AMD Live digital home. While gamers will want to steer away from any integrated graphics on the market today, the home theater enthusiast will love the fact that Blu-Ray and HD-DVD content are supported out of the box with the integrated video the GeForce 6150 with PureVideo."

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VIZO Paragon HHD Enclosure Review @ Modders-Inc
"The VIZO Paragon is described as a "2.5 inch One touch Backup HDD External Enclosure". Put very simply, you drop a laptop drive into one of these cases, and then attach the USB cable... you have an external hard drive. What we are reviewing here is the chassis, installation procedures, transfer speeds, included bitsies and aesthetics."

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VIZO Uranus & Saturno eSATA HDD Enclosures Review @ Bjorn3D
"We are in the age of mobile data and removable media. You can see it all around us. Most industry professionals keep a portable computing device in close company, and nearly everyone carries a USB flash drive on them. Cell phones double as MP3 players, and MP3 players double as personal video devices. It seems progressive then that external hard disks are quickly becoming something more of a personal carry item as their size grows smaller."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Antec NSK1300 MicroATX Cube Case Review @ Think Computers
"Antec is one of the most trusted names in computer hardware. It produces tens of award-winning products across a multitude of lines including power supplies, cooling devices, and cases, as well as noise-dampening products and even a short-lived line of CardBus scanners. This is a review of Antec's NSK1300 MicroATX Cube case, one of Antec's newest offerings in its line of cases suitable for small spaces and home theater PCs."

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Apevia XQpack AL/420 Aluminium case Review @ Tekbunker
"At first glance this case looks amazing, very compact and lightweight with a lot of emphasis on the internal components, as the 3 windows allow you to see into all sections of the case. The case lid is a bit flimsy, but I highly doubt that taking the case lid on and off would cause it to deform, not if exercised with a little common sense."

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Silverstone Temjin TJ06 Case Review @ XSReviews
"The word Silverstone is not only synonymous with the famous race track, but also with high quality cases and coolers. SilverStone create some of the most visually stunning products on the market and not only do they look good, but most of them perform beyond the expected. Today I’m testing the TJ06 case, lets see how it performs."

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Budget Dream Machine @ Fast Silicon
"Intel's E6300 is the best CPU for the price. Overclocked, it outperforms AMD's current offerings and equals that of a $1000.00 processor. Long has it been since we've seen such an amazing overclocker, and the E6300 will certainly go down in history. It's the perfect match for our AB9-Pro Dream Machine on a Budget. We hope this will serve as a guide for those looking to get the most for their money, while at the same time having a computer that is nothing short of spectacular in terms of performance."

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Holiday 2006 - Our Christmas Wish List @ Think Computers
"Here at ThinkComputers we do not get everything for free. There are a lot of items that we wish we could get a chance to take a look at and review. So I have asked a few of my staff members to pick 5 items that they would like for Christmas. This might give you some ideas for someone on your Christmas list, or yourself! I have also included 5 items that I would like as well. So let's see what is on our Christmas lists."

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TTZ Holiday Gift Guide @ The TechZone
"Finding the perfect gift for the person in your life can be tricky. That's made even more so when the person you're buying for happens to be a techie. However, the editors and staff at The TechZone got together to help you out with our gift ideas for the tech heads. Not only will we give you some great gift ideas but we'll show you where to get the best deals on them. Happy gift shopping!"

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Etasis 850 Watt PSU Review @ 3DGameman
"The Etasis ET850 850W Power Supply performs very well, has lots of leads, is 80% efficient, and has Active PFC. These are very important factors to take into consideration when purchasing a power supply. It's also dual NVIDIA 8800 Video Card certified, which is fantastic. This power supply doesn't have any modular leads though, but that's common for a power supply of this wattage."

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Etasis 850 Watt PSU Review @ Overclockers Club
"There are only a few elite power supplies certified to run dual 8800GTXs and quad SLI and this juggernaut is one of them. The capability to run the power-gobbling 8800s in SLI says something about this PSU (Power Supply Unit). Very few power supplies can run a single 8800gtx, let alone two in SLI configuration. Featuring all of the latest standards and connectors, the ET 850 may be one of the best power supplies on the market."

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Sytrin Nextherm 460W PSU Review @ TechDomain
"Computer technology marches on and those of us who build and use our own machines see increasing power draws by a lot of the components we place inside them. Dual Core processors, SLI/Crossfire GPU configurations, multiple hard drives and so on all need stable and reliable power. It is no longer viable to just accept the PSU that comes with a case we may buy. When building your own computer you MUST take into account all the components you will be using, and buy a capable PSU. If you skimp on a PSU with a weak 12v rail when using high end GPU cards then problems will arise at some point, as this review has shown."

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Tagan TG1100-U95 1100W Power Supply Review @ Techgage
"There are a handful of 8800GTX certified power supplies, today we take a look at one that's been hit with a bit of controversy recently and see if there's more to it than certain people think there is."

More information on this review can be found right here.
ECS NForce 570 SLIT-A (V5.1) LGA 775 Motherboard Review @ Hardware-Review
"With the emergence of Intel’s Core 2 Duo and Quad Core processors this year, many enthusiasts are dropping down serious cash this holiday season to build one of these high-end, powerhouse systems. To help out with the bills this season, ECS has an LGA 775 motherboard called the NForce 570 SLIT-A, which should catch the eye of a few consumers looking for a budget board. This grape-colored mobo comes with all the fixings, including support for SLI video cards, 1,066 FSB, and even SATAII hard drives."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Samsung SyncMaster 971P LCD Monitor Review @ Tweaknews
"Now don't get me wrong, just because this monitor doesn't game doesn't mean it is not an exceptional piece of visual computer hardware. Just make you understand, gamers make up only a small percentage of the purchasing population. The rest of this monitor's features make it an excellent options for consumers needing a top of the line monitor for work and standard computer duties. But for less money you can get a brand named 1000:1 contrast ratio monitor which is capable of gaming and you will still have money left in your wallet."

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BFGTech GeForce 8800 GTS Review @ Bit-Tech
"From our initial experiments, it seems that the GeForce 8800 GTS overclocks exceptionally well and there is plenty of headroom in clock speeds, making the GeForce 8800 GTS the sweetspot for most enthusiasts. In current games, the GeForce 8800 GTX really only starts to come into its own at 2560x1600 - in next-generation games, the GeForce 8800 GTX is likely to show more dominance at 1920x1200, while the 8800 GTS will still be a capable card at that resolution."

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Gigabyte GV-RX165P256D-RH ATi R1650Pro Video Card Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"The Gigabyte GV-RX165P256D-RH is quite an interesting 3D accelerator, offering zero decibel cooling and a very good game bundle, SID MEIER'S CIVILIZATION IV. This card could be a reasonable choice for the HTPC flocks but it would not be the best choice for the performance-orientated gamers."

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HIS X1950 Pro IceQ3 Turbo Video Card Review @ XYZ Computing
"Moving past the top end, the focus of this review is on ATI's X1950 Pro, a performance card that finds itself in that $199-$249 sweet spot. This is a price point that offers very nice bang-for-the-buck and is perfect for dedicated gamers who are working within a budget. The equivalent card in the Nvidia line is probably the 7900 GS, though with newer cards out now there is some blending of price points as previous generations drop in price."

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GeCube X1950PRO Champion Edition with "TEC" Cooling Review @ Tweaktown
"Fortunately though a smile came to our face when we realized it was the new Champion Edition (CE) from GeCube. We saw the press release a few weeks ago about the CE X1950PRO which used a Thermal Electronic Cooling (or TEC) method for cooling. We hoped that with great cooling, come equally impressive power. TEC cooling is not common at the moment but if companies find that they are able to do it without killing the wallets of potential buyers, we could begin to see it more and more on high-end cards. While we haven’t seen what it’s capable of yet we hope that the GeCube X1950PRO will give us a good idea."

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Monday, December 18, 2006
Cooler Master NotePal P1 Notebook Cooler Review @ Think Computers
"Almost all notebook coolers are the same or have the same design. The basic design that we have seen on them works, but is there a better design? Well we will see today if there is. The Cooler Master NotePal P1 has a stylish ergonomic design unlike other notebook coolers out there. It is very lightweight and has an extra USB port so let's see if it can get the job done."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Cooler Master Eclipse Cooler Review @ 3DGameman
"Over all, Cooler Master has not let us down with its latest product release. The Eclipse cooler has all the makings of a great cooler with the ability to impress in any case window. I am still calling out to Cooler Master to correct its centering issues with these coolers as this is a very crucial step in assuring proper cooling of the customer's CPU. The shape of the cooler has a very interesting appeal to it, but the functionality with surrounding components presents a problem on some motherboards."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Jetart SL1600 Slim CPU Cooler @ DSM
"We have many, many choices when it comes to selecting a CPU cooler to replace the stock cooler, some are huge and have lights and big fans. Today for review I have one from JetArt that is actually really small, and rather unobtrusive, not flashy but yet gets the job done quietly. It is called the SL1600 Slim CPU Cooler, this CPU cooler, as the name suggests, is small and thin. It is made entirely of copper and fits the LGA775 platform. This CPU cooler would be perfect for those SFF cases or just for someone who wants a quiet, small CPU cooler that performs better than stock."

More information on this review can be found right here.
CoolIT Freezone Liquid Cooling System Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The CoolIT Freezone can cool so much better than any stock water cooling kit on the market. This unit is completely capable of cooling a processor, dual video cards, and chipset, AND any other blocks you want to throw at it."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Gigabyte 3D Galaxy 2 Liquid Cooling System Review @ DH
"Gigabyte are a company well known for their motherboards and graphics cards however more recently they have been branching out into all sorts of other areas such as peripherals (keyboards, mice, speakers and so on) and cooling solutions. The Gigabyte motherboards and graphics cards we have looked at in the past have always been good, however if we are honest the cooling solutions have been average at best. The G-Power in particular performed well - however was a nightmare to install on Socket 775 motherboards. Today’s review product brought back memories of the G-Power when we opened the box primarily because the fan used on the CPU section of the cooler is the exact same design that’s right, a fan on the waterblock, certainly sounds different."

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Netgear Storage Central SC101 Review @ DVHardware
"Netgear's Storage Central model SC101 is a hard disk enclosure with built-in disc controllers and networking features. This device emulates one or more logical drives using one or two physical IDE or PATA hard disks and provides a shareable storage facility accessible by all windows computers on a DHCP enabled network."

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Thermaltake Armor Jr. Case Review @ techFEAR
"Today, techFEAR presents the results of time spent with the Thermaltake Armor Jr. This is the mid-tower little brother to the full-sized Armor, but includes the quality and features available on its larger sibling. The Armor Jr. is a chassis build from steel with aluminum appointments. This is a fairly common build design, but does put the weight at about 21.5 lbs (9.75 kg)."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Thermaltake Mozart TX VE1000 Series Chassis and 7” LCD Monitor Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Thermaltake has always been at the forefront in their PC chassis designs, producing everything from LAN boxes to server chassis and everything in-between. Today we are going to be looking at one of their newest releases, the Mozart TX, which Thermaltake calls their ideal home entertainment center. The Mozart has a long list of innovative features that would make ideal for a HTPC as well as a high-end gamers/enthusiasts chassis to keep their hot running components running cool and quiet."

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Lian Li PC-C30A Case Review @ techPowerUp
"Lian Li is entering the media PC enclosure market with their PC-C30 series. With more and more media system components available and enthusiasts looking for the perfect balance of form and functionality the PC-C30 series is a perfect choice. Many enclosures limit builders and enthusiasts to certain components where as the PC-C30 allows them to use whatever they need to fit their demands."

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SilverStone Milo ML01 Case Review @ Modders-Inc
"The SilverStone Milo ML01 was created to further the emerging trend of MoDT (mobile on desktop) processors for building home and office computers. Equipped with a compact yet powerful 300W PSU and an intelligent airflow layout to ensure even lower powered desktop processors can be cooled sufficiently, this case can accommodate a wide range of system configurations easily."

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Saturday, December 16, 2006
Altec Lansing AHP612 Wireless Studio Headphones Review @ TheTechLounge
"Headphones. Some like them big, some like small, some people want noise-canceling and some want wireless. Wait… wireless? Yes! Altec Lansing AHP612 Wireless Studio Headphones to be exact. While not exactly portable in the taking-the-bus-to-work sense, they promise to let you roam free of wires when home. No more being tethered to your computer or knocking the headphones off your head when you get carried away with the air guitar."

More information on this review can be found right here.
SteelSound 4H Review @ BurnOutPC
"The 4H is priced at around 50 Euro and the 5H at around 80 Euro. The 4H performs just as great as the 5H and does this at a fraction of the cost. Overall a really nice headset, if you don't care about the removable cables, or the removable ear cone than the 4H is a great choice."

More information on this review can be found right here.
USBGeek WebCam with Mic and NightVision Review @ DSM
"With services like YouTube, MySpace and others out there, Webcams have become increasingly popular. There was a time when they were more of a novelty item, but now it seems that everyone has one in some form or another. With that popularity increase of course comes forced advancements in the technology itself, with those advancements comes specialization. Today for review our friends at USBGeek have sent us a very cool WebCam, this one features Night Vision, and of course it has built in microphone as well. Read on to check it out, it really is a great camera."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Cyber Snipa Ultimate PC Gamepad V2 Review @ Tweaknews
"The driverless design makes installation a breeze, the intelligent layout of the keys keeps the learning curve to a minimum, and the crisp feel makes the pad a joy to use. Even the lighting is well-done, and not over the top. If you're a hardcore FPS player, you should be taking a long look at the Cyber Snipa. Your games will thank you, but your opponents may not."

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Everglide Gaming Products Christmas Roundup @ Legit Reviews
"Legit Reviews has all of the latest products from Everglide on the test bench and have spent a number of hours with their group of gaming products. The s-500 Headphones, The g-1000 Gaming Mouse and the TITAN Mouse pad are designed for hardcore gamers, but do they make the cut? We look and see if they are worthy of hitting the battlefield at full force. Read on to see if Ben was turned into one Ubar LEET gamer that owns all!"

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Jetart SL1600 & SL1800 Slim CPU Coolers Review @ XSReviews
"Here on XSReviews.co.uk, we have reviewed many Jetart products, but never a CPU cooler. Today I have a couple of their slim LGA775 coolers compatible with today’s Core 2 Duo technology. Let’s see how they perform."

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ThermalRight Chill Factor Paste Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"This stuff is for real. There isn't much to say after seeing that the processor benchmarks showed the ThermalRight Chill Factor paste gave us a 7% increase in cooling performance. As far as the GPU testing, we ended up with a small increase in performance over generic white silicon paste. However, I'm wishing we had a card in the shop right now with a less robust cooler so we could put more stress on the cooler which may or may not show a larger difference."

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nPowerTek NPH SF775-2 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The nPowertek SF 775-2 heatsink features a body made of copper fins which have been wrapped around a central copper slug. The copper column makes contact with the actual CPU core, and the heatsinks' 136 copper fins radiate the heat out into the surrounding air. Anyway you slice it, there is a lot of copper in this puppy. Does a half kilo of guarantee amazing thermal performance? Nope, not by any stretch; it's how that copper is used, not how much is crammed in there. Of course, we'll reserve judgement until the thermal test results come in a little later in FrostyTech's review."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Kingston HyperX 2GB PC2-6400 Kit Review @ GideonTech
"Kingston Technology was kind enough to send over some of their evaluation DDR2 RAM to test out. The RAM kit that came in, is the KHX600D2K2/2G; for those of you who aren't versed in Kingston product nomenclature, this is a 2GB Kit made up of two 1GB 128M x 64-bit PC2-6400 CL5 240-pin DIMM modules. Each of the modules has been tested to run at DDR2 800MHz with the low latency timings of 5-5-5-15 at 2.0v."

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Noctua NH-U12 and NH-U9 CPU Coolers Review @ NGOHQ
"Today we have a review just for those who are looking for some extra cooling for that gaming rig they own. A new company has sent us some very cool coolers to review. This will not be a traditional review like we had in the past; it will be a Flash presentation because you know that many people are just too lazy to read – so we made a small change."

More information on this review can be found right here.
OCZ PC2-6400 Titanium Series Review @ Pro-Clockers
"With the industry rapidly growing and changing, OCZ has been one of the few companies that have led a charge with the newest forms of DDR2 technology. With this being said they were kind enough to send over their newest memory from their Titanium series, OCZ2T8002GK. This kit consist of two one gig sticks of DDR2 800 rated at 4-4-4-15 at a command rate of 1T when using it in a EPP compliant board or 5-4-4-15 at 2T when used in a non-EPP board. Today, we will see how well these DDR2 800 Titanium pieces perform on today’s best overclocking Intel based boards."

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Crucial 10th Anniversary DDR2 PC2-5300 2GB Kit Memory Review @ 3DXtreme
"Crucial, for a limited time, offered 10th Anniversary kits of PC2-5300 memory. Little did anyone know these were monsterous overclockers in disguise. Commonly criticized for releasing this Anniversary kit in only PC2-5300 DDR 667 there was more than met the eye with these kits. Today 3DXtreme has the opportunity to take a look at this product in a 2GB kit."

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MSI P965 Platinum Motherboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
"MSI P965 Platinum (also known as MS-7238) is a socket 775 motherboard targeted to new Core 2 Duo family, as it is based on the new Intel P965 chipset. One of the main advantages of this new chipset is the unofficial support for DDR2-1066/PC2-8500 memories, feature present on this motherboard from MSI. Let’s see how this new motherboard from MSI performed against competitors from ASUS and Gigabyte."

More information on this review can be found right here.

ASUS P5B Motherboard Review

"ASUS P5B is a socket 775 motherboard targeted to new Core 2 Duo family, as it is based on the new Intel P965 chipset. One of the main advantages of this new chipset is its unofficial support for DDR2-1066/PC2-8500 memories, feature present on this motherboard from ASUS. Let’s see how this motherboard from ASUS performed against competitors from Gigabyte and MSI."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Tagan TurboJet 1100W PSU Review @ Phoronix
"While Tagan is not a center point with consumers for power
supplies here in the United States when compared to Antec or
SilverStone, they are working on improving their presence. The Tagan power supply that had caught our attention was the TurboJet TG1100-U95. This power supply provides 1100W of power and is geared for MultiGPU and multi-core systems. The Wattage may be high, but so is its price tag at $399 USD."

More information on this review can be found right here.
OCZ Technology Expands their Popular Modular EvoStream Series to 720 Watts


Sunnyvale, CA—December 14, 2006—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the availability of a 720W configuration in the EvoStream power supply family. This 100% modular PSU is equipped with EZMod technology to allow complete customization of your power system by utilizing only the cables you require. Ideal for the high-power user, the 720W EvoStream combines leading-edge technology for high power users with a classic, sleek look that enthusiasts and system builders enjoy including in their PCs.

As gamers and system builders continue to enhance their PCs with high-end components, power supplies are expected to remain stable for extensive amounts of time at elevated performance levels. The EvoStream line incorporates superior PSU technologies. By using a high-end core and advanced circuit design, Evostream PSUs ensure all your vital PC components are supplied a stable and vigorous source of power in even the most intense computing environments. OCZ pushes the envelope to controlling ripple noise, producing the cleanest power for high-end systems.

All OCZ EvoStream power supplies come backed with an industry-leading three year OCZ PowerSwap Warranty for the ultimate peace of mind."

More information on this press release can be found right here.
Enermax Galaxy 1000w Quad-SLI ATX PSU @ Overclock3D
"To say that the Galaxy is a 'modular' power supply is a bit of a white lie - personally I'd prefer to call it 'Hybrid Modular'. This is because the unit actually has enough cables to run the average PC system already hard wired to the unit. The big bundle of cables in the picture above-left contains not only your usual ATX/EPS connectors but also PCI-E, Molex and SATA connectors too! Personally I feel a little cheated by this as the whole idea of a modular unit is to keep everything neat and tidy, but I can certainly see Enermax's reasonings behind needing to do it this way."

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Thecus Y.E.S. Nano Portable Drive Enclosure Review @ Think Computers
"The last time we took a look at a product from Thecus it was the N2050 RAID enclosure. It proved to be a quality made device and received out Editor's Choice Award. This time we are taking a look at one of Thecus's portable drive enclosures, the Y.E.S. Nano N1050 drive enclosure. This drive enclosure is unlike other drive enclosures out there because it features a copy feature that will automatically copy anything from an attached USB device with the press of a button."

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December Value Gaming PC Buyer's Guide @ Sharky Extreme
"True to its name, the Value Guide takes both system performance and price into consideration, and pinches every penny in search of a high-performance computer for gamers on a budget. In a nutshell, the Value Gaming PC Buyer's Guide delivers the desktop and gaming performance you want, but at a price that certainly won't break the bank. The overall scenario is bit different from the other buyer's guides on Sharky Extreme, as we limit the budget to $1,000 in cold, hard cash while the goal remains the same: to assemble a pair of kick-ass systems that will play today's hottest games and still have some power in reserve for tomorrow."

More information on this guide can be found right here.
Alienware Area-51 7500 featuring Quad-Core and 8800 SLI Review @ TrustedReviews
"While PC architecture is moving inexorably to multi-core architectures, one has to question the value of quad-core on the desktop right now, especially in a gaming system. As we said in e-2-Extreme-QX6700-Kentsfield-Quad-Core-/p2 our Core 2 Extreme QX6700 review at the start of November, applications are only just starting to be optimized for dual-core, let alone quad. The fact is that for the gamer, right now a dual-core X6800 Extreme is the fastest CPU you can get due to its higher clock speed (2.93GHz vs 2.66GHz)."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Ultra MicroFly microATX Case Review @ ExtensiveMods
"Small form factor PC’s can be found in all sorts of area’s; those trying to save desk space, home theater PC’s (HTPC), or gamers looking for a fully functioning PC with portability to those frag fests we call LAN parties. The MicroFly microATX case from Ultra Products definitely caters to gamers heading to a frag fest. Today we’ll be looking at two nearly identical cases from Ultra Products, one in blue with clear plastic sides and no PSU, the other black with solid sides including a 400-Watt PSU."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Apevia SFF Case Review @ Bit-Tech
"Summing up the Apevia X-QPack is a fairly easy job. It is a case which has some great touches and some good thoughts - 120mm fan for cooling in a small space, removable motherboard tray for building efficiently in a small space - that are marred by shoddy execution."

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Thermaltake Mozart TX Entertainment Center Case Review @ TheTechLounge
"There's something about Thermaltake’s Mozart TX that is uncommon in cases; something beyond its aluminum construction, minimalist styling and size. It's potential. With all its compartmentalization, easy access, and big, empty spaces, Thermaltake's Mozart TX is designed for customization. This case is more than a home for your computer; it’s a breeding ground for creativity and invention."

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Case Study: Mystique 2 By Boddaker @ BoxGods
"What do you get when you mix a master modder with an almost Chip Foose-like ability to transform something good into something mind blowing, a pair of CoolerMaster tower cases, various power tools, some high end PC parts, an understanding wife, and a remote control? Well, if you're Brian "Boddaker" Carter, you get an HTPC mod that will have your guests ignoring the movie."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Razer Barracuda HP-1 Review @ techPowerUp


"The Razer Barracuda HP-1 is a unique headset which offers true surround sound. A number of small speakers in the headphone are placed at different positions and are driven by a small amplifier included with the headphones. Now you can enjoy positional sound effects while using a headset. In our testing we found out that this makes quite a difference in games like Counter-Strike or Battlefield, where you can locate enemies based on the sounds they make."

More information on this review can be found right here.
SteelSound 3H Headphones Review @ BurnOutPC


"SteelSound 3H is a compact and lightweight headset for gamers who frequently attend LAN events, and expect high quality sound. With it's foldable design the size of the SteelSound 3H makes for easy transportation, even in the most crammed situations."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Scythe Quiet Drive HDD Cooler and Silencer Review @ Madshrimps
"The original Scythe Silent Box has been discontinued, in its place this superior, lower cost Quiet Drive will take over the task of keeping your hard drives quiet and cool. Can this compact box reduce high pitched noises or will it melt your HDD platters? Find out in this review."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Logitech G5 Review @ The Moditory


"In the gaming arena it is often that the fastest one wins. Even with a rocket launcher versus a machine gun; if you're the latter and remain quick enough to evade the blasts while firing away, you'll most likely be the victor. What has been realized by gamers around the globe is that wireless peripherals increase response time by a few milliseconds thus handing them a disadvantage. The G5 is a wired, laser mouse intended for gaming (as the G-Series motive is) and while it may appear like many other mice with a tilt wheel, laser engine, 2000dpi on the fly sensitivity switching, and a few other things, the G5 has one completely new element: weights. Yes, customizable weights that you can rearrange to fit your fancy for gaming or whatever your chosen application may be. Will this make a difference in gaming? We're not sure; we'll need to experience it to believe it. Lets get this show on the road and see if the G5 is a gamers best friend or a trash bin camper."

More information on this review can be found right here.
OCZ Dual SD-USB 2GB card - Just Say 'No' To Card Readers @ OCModShop
"OCZ addresses this ever-growing problem by introducing a Secure Digital Flash card with a built-in standard USB interface. This card is a virtual Swiss-Army knife of flash memory, plugging directly into a standard USB port. The direct USB connection offers direct access to the stored data without the need for drivers or adapters. In addition, the direct USB interface bypasses the slow SD interface, allowing the memory to perform at its full potential."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Samsung 931BF 19 Inch LCD Display Review @ XYZ Computing
"At this point in time 19" LCD displays are very common and they can be had quite cheaply. Among those available there wide spectrum- from those that are extremely inexpensive to those that are not as affordable but have performance advantages or an improved base. The Samsung name carries a price premium in and of itself, but most of their models bring something more to the table than an average 19" LCD. The 931BF has a few interesting selling points, such as a 2ms response time and Samsung's MagicTune display technology. On the surface this product does not look any different from a number of other models, but it should be interesting to see how Samsung has set their product apart from the rest."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 Motherboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 is a socket 775 motherboard targeted to new Core 2 Duo family, as it is based on the new Intel P965 chipset. One of the main advantages of this new chipset is the unofficial support for DDR2-1066/PC2-8500 memories, feature present on this motherboard from Gigabyte. Let’s see how this new Gigabyte motherboard performed against competitors from ASUS and MSI."

More information on this review can be found right here.
EVGA 680i nForce 680i SLI Motherboard Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"Nvidia finally released a successful Intel chipset for the enthusiasts, which offers unparalleled performance and a huge overclocking potential. The extreme gamers can now enjoy full 2x16 SLI operation while operating over 1800MHz FSB (quad pumped). This is quite an improvement over the old 590SLI, which often tops out around 1400MHz."

More information on this review can be found right here.
ABIT AW9D-MAX Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review @ OCTools
"The AW9D-MAX is based on Intel's i975X/ ICH7R chipset. It supports all LGA775 processors including the latest generation Core 2 chips. It has dual DDR2 support and dual PCI-Express X16 slots intended for ATI CrossFire cards. Some of the features include SATA RAID, e-SATA, dual PCI-E Gigabit LAN, Firewire, and 7.1 CH audio. It also boasts a multitude of 100% Japanese made solid state capacitors and special PWM layout to ensure an ample and clean current to the power-hungry dual-core and multi-GPU systems of today."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Silverstone GD01B-MXR HTPC Chassis Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The SST GD01MX is without a doubt a very attractive looking HTPC enclosure. The aluminum front bezel is not cluttered with stuff you don't want to see, allowing it to blend in nicely with an entertainment setup."

More information on this review can be found right here.

Abit IL9 Pro 945P Motherboard Review

"The ABIT IL9 Pro LGA775 Motherboard is the most basic budget user motherboard to be offered for those who want a few extra features beyond the typical budget platform. It provides reliable performance and extra features such as SATA II and 8-Channel High Definition Audio."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Super Talent Holiday Giveaway @ ThinkComputers
"Well it is the Holiday season, which is the giving season. Super Talent was nice enough to supply us with some prizes to give to you! So here is what we are giving away! One 2GB Mega Screen MP3 player, and 1 1GB ReadyBoost USB Drive!! To be entered into the contest all you have to do is send us an e-mail to supertalent@thinkcomputers.org with your name and address and you're entered! It's that simple! So go ahead and send us an e-mail for a chance to win one of these cool prizes from Super Talent. The contest will run for 2 weeks starting December 13th and ending the 27th, so this will make a nice "after-Christmas" gift."

More information on this giveaway can be found right here.
Water-Cooling.com 2006 Modding Competition
"Similar to the Case Modding competition back in 2004 that our Mods sorted out, what we want to see is modded "areas" this time where your PC is currently perched. Area meaning Sorrounding walls/Desk space/Monitor/Keyboard/Mouse etc (use your imagination) The more festive the better obvoisly, BUT and this is a big BUT, it doesnt have to be festive it can be themed to anything you want! I personally would love to see a bat cave with tinsel and fairy lights but hey thats just me."

More information on this contest can be found right here.
Holiday 2006 - A Parents Guide to Game Consoles and How To Give It When You Don't Have It @ Futurelooks
"This Holiday marked the biggest video game console launch ever with not one, but two consoles. With the free market craziness on eBay, both these consoles have gone for crazy prices. So how does a parent decide between the Wii and the PS3? How can they give away something they can't get? Read on to find out!"

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NeoDigits Helios X5000 Network Media Player Review @ Digital Trends
"The NeoDigits X5000 DVD player outsmarts the competition by adding media streaming capabilities through either WiFi or Ethernet. That’s right, this DVD player will not only play your favorite DVDs, but it will also wirelessly connect to your home PC to play movies and music through your home theater. Now this is not really something new in theory, there have been other DVD players that do this (KiSS, Gateway), but the NeoDigits X5000 has some features that differentiate it from the others; audiophile circuitry. The X5000 has a sticker price of just $599."

More information on this review can be found right here.
SteelSeries SteelSound 3H & 4H Headsets Review @ 3DGameman
"Both the SteelSound 3H and 4H headsets offer great bang for the buck. The 3H headset is targeted at the budget market, but great if you need an inexpensive, small, foldable headset for a LAN party. The 4H has a little better sound quality, larger earcups, and is more comfortable, but it's not foldable like the 3H."

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Steel Series SteelSound 3H Portable Gaming Headset Review @ Tweaknews
"Well, given the price of the 3H I don't think you could ask for a better headset. This is definitely a solid entry-level product from SteelSound. The sound quality is amazing and the build quality is solid. Just listening to a few music tracks was enough for me to fall in love with these Headphones and trust me when I say that's no easy thing to achieve."

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Ultra X-Wind CPU Coolers Review @ Modders-Inc
"With processors becoming more and more powerful, they will tend to generate more heat. The air cooling solutions are showing the after affect of this, typically being larger and louder to offer adequate cooling for the faster processors. Ultra recently released a new line of coolers targeting the faster processors while trying to keep the size of the cooler manageable. The X-Wind coolers are available in three basic sizes (Aluminum 90mm, Copper 90mm, and Copper 120mm)."

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Thermaltake Tribe VX External Water Cooling Review @ XtremeComputing
"All in all I couldn’t have asked for a better result and as the thermal paste settles it may well improve further. Taking into consideration the Price and ease of install this is very nice bit of kit. I just wish although it is not noisy there were some sort of fan control for the fans."

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Gigabyte x1600 Pro Video Card Review @ Overclockers Club
"Gigabyte, a name that has been around in the industry for years. Ranging from one side of the hardware spectrum to the other, Gigabyte is defiantly not a new name in the computer industry. Today we will be taking a look at a seeming revival of their old line, earlier this year we reviewed a card that used their "Silent Pipe" cooling. The x1600 Pro that we are looking at today has a revival of the Silent Pipe, dutifully dubbed "Silent Pipe 2". While usually not crowned as the king of performance Gigabyte does one thing, and that is manufacture a solid mid-market product, hopefully this x1600 Pro will fill the slot for ATI based mid market performance, with the addition of the "Silent Pipe 2" it is bound to be a sneaky competitor as well."

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Mushkin 2GB XP2-8500 Review @ Techgage
"It's been a few months since we've had the opportunity to play with a Mushkin kit, but we now have their XP2-8500 on the hotseat. We compare its performance to Super Talents and Kingstons top kits to see who comes out on top."

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ABIT IL9 Pro Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"The abit IL9 Pro is an interesting mix of a board. The board is not an enthusiast board but is available on Newegg for under $85, matching or lower than the price of some available 945P boards. The IL9 Pro is a good choice for those wanting an inexpensive Crossfire solution, as this board is one of the few 945 boards that support Crossfire, albeit at a x16, x4 configuration."

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ABIT IL9 Pro Motherboard Review @ Pro-Clockers
"One of those no-frill motherboards is the IL9 Pro. This is a motherboard based on the older but newly improved Intel 945 chipset, now labeled 945P. All boards offer support for Intel’s current beast, the Core2 Duo and up to four gigs of ram. If you take into account just these two features, the board has room for upgradeability if you choose not to go the Conroe route just yet. Another advantage this board holds is that it is priced right for the budget minded person."

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ABIT SG-95 Motherboard Review @ Bjorn3D
"The abit SG-95 is a mATX board which targets budget segments. It features SiS 622 and 966L chipsets. It has some nice features such as 16x PCIe support for latest graphic cards, HD audio, DDR2 667 support, and SATA RAID support. Well, the question remains, is this a good choice if you just want a board that works and maybe with the option to upgrade to the newer Core 2 Duo? Read our review and find out."

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ASUS Striker Extreme NVIDIA 680i SLI Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"I think the price is a bit high, even for what you get, but you know if there's only a couple things you should spend the extra money on it's the power supply and the motherboard to base the rest of your high powered gaming system off. Sure you can pick up a competitors new 680i SLI motherboard for a lot less money, but you won't get the ASUS exclusive features like the on-boards LED's, the Q-Connector, the LCD Poster, the EL back plate, the silent copper heatpipe cooling solution and 8-Phase power design among others."

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006
mCubed T-Balancer bigNG Review @ DSM
"Today for review I have what is possibly the ultimate fan controller system with temperatures sensors as well. It is the T-Balancer bigNG from mCubed, and it features digital and analogue temperature sensors, fan controllers and an entire software suite to use and calibrate everything perfectly. The bigNG can put out 80Watts of power so it is great for all those fans and for water pumps as well. This could be the hardware enthusiast dream controller."

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Noctua NF-R8 80mm Fan Review

"Our friends at Noctua have sent us there latest fan for review, it is the NF-R8, an 80mm fan based on the same technology as their 120mm fans I reviewed a little bit ago. I've found that Noctua makes some of the best quality silent fans around, and I happily use them in my system builds. The NF-R8 continues this tradition of quality, silent fans with three modes of operation and the addition of silicone vibration dampening fasteners."

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SteelSound 5Hv2 Review @ The Moditory
"Many people have heard of SteelSeries products; designed upwards and downwards for professional gamers, everything SteelSeries makes caters to the buyers who want the very best, quality they can get for their activities. The first release of the 5H left the gaming crowd a bit sore; if you're one of the people who purchased one of the first edition headsets chances are you know what we mean. Many gamers were complaining about all sorts of issues that they didn't expect from a company with a track record and reputation like SteelSeries. As a result, SteelSeries went back into the lab and took the feedback with them in order to create an improved headset and thus we arrive at the 5Hv2. Read on to find out what the SteelSound 5Hv2 Gaming Headset brings to the gaming crowd."

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Sondigo Sirocco Wireless Audio Bridge Review @ Viperlair
"Quality of the playback is going to be dependent on two things, quality of the recording and connection to your Home Entertainment System. I used a FLAC backup of my CD "Bad Company – Desolation Angels" then connected the Sirocco into my Akai receiver using the analog jack for R/L (Incidentally, Sondigo use a FLAC based codec for the Sirocco). I then connected the Sirocco to the Akai using Toslink, I honestly could not differentiate between the two (which is actually a good thing as older CD music is recorded 2 channel)."

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Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1 Sound Card Review @ ThinkComputers
"We all know them, our one friend who is completely obsessed with their PC's audio performance. They generally spend hundreds on the top of the line sound cards, the best studio quality head phones, and a completely absurd amount on 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound audio systems. As computer graphics get more and more realistic the quality of the computer's sound must improve now and many of us have seen that onboard audio simply cannot deliver without a massive cost of PC performance. Auzentech has recently released the X-Meridian 7.1 which is capable of delivering audio that will make your audiophile friend start drooling."

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OCZ Technology 600W EvoStream Modular SLI Power Supply Review @ BigBruin
"The OCZ Technology EvoStream Modular SLI Power Supply is only available with a power rating of 600W, however it has quad 12V rails which allow the user to have a multi-GPU system. It also has some impressive features including modular cables, 75% efficiency, Active PFC, and various voltage protections. Let's take a look at the EvoStream and see if it is a good choice for the "performance-minded and high-power user" target user."

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D-Link DSL-2740B Review @ TrustedReviews
"D-Link jumped on the draft-802.11n merry-go-round a few months ago with its RangeBooster N650 router which offers a good range of features but ultimately failed to impress in the wireless performance stakes. The DSL-2740B represents its next stab at the high-speed networking market and adds an integrated ADSL 2/2+ modem and a few extra features to the mix."

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Crucial 1GB Gizmo! Overdrive Secure Review @ XSReviews
"Crucial make USB drives, just like many other companies. Except they make FAST USB drives… Today I have the Crucial Gizmo! Overdrive secure 1gb drive which will be put though its paces to find whether it’s the one for you."

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OCZ 2GB PC6400 Special Ops Edition Urban Elite Review @ Madshrimps
"For those that do not want to break the bank just for a pair of performance memory sticks, we've got a promising PC6400 DDR2 2Gb kit from OCZ, let's find out how it stacks up to the competition."

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Corsair Announces Immediate Availability of the New 16GB Flash Voyager USB Drives
"Fremont, CA (December 12, 2006) – Users will no longer have to worry about having enough space on their personal flash drives to store all their files, music, photos, videos and applications. Today Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high performance computer products, expanded its lineup of the award-winning Flash VoyagerTM USB2.0 drives to include new 16GB capacities. Enclosed in the Corsair proprietary all-rubber Flash Voyager housing and boasting water-resistant properties, the new 16GB drive allows users to carry more valuable data and applications without compromise. Equipped with a security application and featuring the latest controller technology, the 16GB Flash Voyager delivers an outstanding combination of functionality and ultra-high capacity.

Designed for users who demand the highest capacity drive currently available on the market, the new 16GB Flash Voyager can store up to 8 full-length, high definition movies with ease. 16GB of storage capacity is equivalent of close to 4 DVDs or over 20 CDs – all in a small foot print USB design! The drive is also bootable, which means users can store a full version of Microsoft® WindowsTM operating system and configure the PC to boot from USB. Combined with the large capacity of the drive, it allows IT managers and technology users to troubleshoot from station to station with all the applications and files necessary to perform desktop support."

More information on this press release can be found right here.
Mid-Range VGA Mayhem - ATI and NVIDIA Compared @ Madshrimps


"Following our mid/high end roundup we explore the performance of mid-range products from HIS, Powercolor and Sparkle. Which VGA card can provide you with the most bang for the buck? Do you fancy silence and power at an acceptable price, keep on reading."

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Asus EAX1950PRO 256MB Video Card Review @ Techgage
"If you are looking for a card around the $200 mark, then be sure to see the performance of the X1950PRO first! This particular card retails for less than the 7900GT in which it competes, but which takes the top spot?"

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BFG GeForce 8800 GTS Review @ TrustedReviews


"In this case, going from the GTX to a GTS means a price reduction of close to £150. By moving from the GTX to the GTS, we see a drop in the number of stream processors from 128 to 96. These are also running at a slower frequency of 1.2GHz, compared to the 1.35GHz of the GTX. We also see a drop in the number of pixel output engines, from 24 to 20. This drop in pixel throughput should only really be an issue at very high resolutions."

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Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H Motherboard Review @ Overclockers Online


"I don't have much anything negative to say about the G9657MA-8KS2H and how could I? The specifications and feature list is as long as a full size motherboard, the performance seems to be on par with its older brother the P965x chipset as well as the 975x chipset, and the price is something that will not hurt many people. The G9657MA-8KS2H is almost like a full sized motherboard squeezed into a m-ATX form factor complete with the m-ATX price tag."

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ASRock Conroe 945G-DVI Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout



"The ASRock Conroe 945G-DVI is a formidable and decent looking platform for your next Home Theater. ASRock has done much better than anticipated with the included features, integrated peripherals and stability."

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ASRock ALiveNF6G-DVI mATX Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews


"Today we get to look at another ASRock motherboard that takes the mATX form factor, although this one is of the AMD socket AM2 variety. How will ASRock do they do with their AM2 board? How will it stack up against other AM2 boards? Let's take a look at the ASRock ALiveNF6G-DVI and see what they have to offer for users that are looking for a mATX board under $70!"

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Mod of the Year 2006 @ Bit-Tech
"The premise is simple - take some of the mods published on the site in the past year and ask the readers, the modding community, to vote on which one is the best. There is some great variation in the mods we've published - from simpler paint and hack mod jobs through to full scratch builds. Each embodies the spirit of modding in a different way, and picking a winner is going to be very hard."

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Everything You Need To Know About The Screws Used on The PC @ Hardware Secrets
"When you buy a case for assembling a new PC it comes with several screws and other small components. Even seasoned technicians have trouble in telling what is the exact use of each screw that comes with the PC case. In this tutorial we will present a detailed explanation about all screws used on a PC and when to use each one of them, so by reading this tutorial you will enhance your PC assembling skills."

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Antec Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer Case Review @ Driver Heaven
"We recently reviewed the Antec SOLO case here at Driver heaven and weren’t disappointed with its performance and design. Today we are having a look at a completely different Antec case which not only differs in design it also has one of the longest names we’ve ever seen on a computer enclosure, ladies and gents meet the Antec Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer Case."

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2006 Holiday Shopping Guide: Building a High-End Gaming PC @ Tweaktown
"Christmas and New Year holidays this is the season to be jolly, they say. We say it’s a time to ignore your budget and go out and build yourself a kick-ass new high-end gaming PC. Besides eating too much and avoiding confrontations with your family, what else will you do during the holidays? Play games and try and make your fast PC even faster! In this guide we will provide computer component recommendations for building a high-end gaming PC these holidays. It won’t be an ultra extreme beast as found in our “Slayer” system in our System Builders Guide section but it will still pack a bunch without sending you broke for the next year or more."

More information on this guide can be found right here.
Apevia X-Cruiser Case Review @ techPowerUp
"Apevia is the new company name of Aspire. The Apevia X-Cruiser sports three gauges with blue light as well as a window for a small price tag. While the inside is quite simple and does not feature anything out of the ordinary, the outside look of the case did bring a smile to our face, especially considering the price tag and multiple color choices available."

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Thermaltake Armor Case Review @ Hardware Pacers
"The Thermaltake Armor with massive 250 mm side fan is an amazing beast of a computer case. With a height of just over .5 meters, this case is an awesome presence in any room. This case packs an amazing 250mm side fan that is by far the largest included system case fan that the Hardware-Pacers team has seen. If that wasn't enough, this amazing case also includes 4 more system fans (2 x 120mm fans, and 2 x 90mm fans). The Armor is also built to support any type of cooling weather it be a liquid cooled or a fanless cooling system. This case is capable of supporting Micro ATX, ATX, Extend ATX, and BTX motherboards, and is equipped with an awesome 11 5.25in drive bays. The case uses a screwless slot mounting solution for easy assembly. A front drawer for storage and magnetic folding front brackets give this case a stylish design and functionality that hard core computer users will love."

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Monday, December 11, 2006
Holiday 2006 - Things You Can Buy a Computer Gamer That They'll Keep @ Futurelooks
"Nice! You got stuck buying for a PC Gamer. Well, you can cop out again and buy them gift certificates and underwear, or you can actually put some thought into something that might not end up on eBay or back at the store for credit after the holidays. Here are a few things that we thought would do the trick."

More information on this article can be found right here.
Logitech AudioStation for Ipod Review @ Think Computers
"To be honest I was never really a fan of iPod speakers. I never liked the idea of a set of speakers that can only be used for 1 device. Well after taking a look at the AudioStation from Logitech I was extremely impressed, and I actually purchased an iPod just to do this review. Logitech has done an amazing job on the AudioStation and it sets itself apart from other iPod speaker systems. It features touch-sensitive controls, an illuminated display, remote, and charges your iPod."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Logitech X-540 Speakers Review @ XYZ Computing
"Chances are that you someone who has a nice computer but uses terrible speakers. You know, those cheap stereo speakers that come free with a purchase or you buy for $15 as an afterthought. Similarly, you probably know even more people who listen to their digital music through the speakers on their laptop. Some of these people don't care about their sound quality, others don't have the room for a speaker system, but too many of them simply think that they can't afford quality sound. Logitech is trying to change all of this with their X-540 speakers. This kit retails for $99 but packs in a considerable amount of features and functionality. This kit is not for audiophiles, but if you want solid sound at a reasonable price Logitech may have the product for you."

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Swiftech MCWRamcool Review @ Techgage
"One of the drawbacks of full graphics card water blocks is that they don't always fit the cards being used like they should. There are tolerance issues depending on the height of the ram versus the height of the GPU. Swiftech offers a cure to those ills with the MCWRamcool."

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ATP 512MB 3-in-1 microSD Combo Flash Drive Review @ The TechZone
"The ATP 512MB 3-in-1 microSD combo bridges the communication gap between cell phones, digital cameras, personal computers. By combining a tiny 512MB microSD memory card with a SD and USB adapter, ATP has come up with an ingenious way to transfer data from one device to another without the need for any additional software."

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Sytrin KuFormula SHF1 Hard Drive Cooler Review @ Bjorn3D
"Even with the best cooling available for your CPU, motherboard, and video card, there are still components which may suffer from thermal breakdown. This is why supplemental cooling solutions will prove invaluable to preserving performance and stability. Sytrin offers a solution that is just what high-performance hard drives need to sustain high output and maintain stability."

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Leadtek WinFast PX7950 GT TDH Extreme 512mb Review @ XtremeComputing
"The Leadtek WinFast PX7950GT TDH Extreme is another card from Leadtek’s Pre – Clocked cards, coming in at a pretty impressive 600/1430 MHz straight out of the box compared to the run of the meal version that comes in at 550/1400. this means the card is still under warranty at these speeds so a plus for you that are that bit to scared to overclock! Let us get on with the review and find out if it can compete."

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Thermaltake Toughpower 850w Modular Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews
"With the Toughpower 850W PSU, Thermaltake is targeting the very top of the enthusiast/gamer market. Four very strong +12V rails and native support for four graphics cards and eight SATA drives is certainly not the norm and will almost surely be embraced by its eager, albeit small, target market. The 850W PSU should prove to be a worthy addition to the very competent Toughpower line."

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Tyan Tempest i5000XT S2696 Review @ Phoronix
"Last month Intel Corporation had announced their Kentsfield and Clovertown processors. The Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad QX6700 was the first processor (and only one at this time) based upon the quad-core Kentsfield. Meanwhile Intel had introduced the Clovertown Xeon 5300 series at Super Computing 2006. With the two Clovertown quad-core processors in hand, we had delivered our launch-day preview back on
November 14. The motherboard we had used for those tests, as well as to test the Xeon 5000 and 5100 series, was the Tyan Tempest i5000XT S2696. Now having spent nearly a month with this flagship motherboard we have a few thoughts to share about this Xeon creation."

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Foxconn K8T890M2AA-KRS2H Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"While VIA hasn’t been able to take the performance crown from the chipset giant nVidia, it doesn’t mean they have stopped their production of chipsets. It has been some time since anything VIA has hit out shores here at TweakTown and today we are going to give the first board we have here based on the K8T890 chipset a real going over. Today we test Foxconn’s K8T890M2AA-KRS2H and compare it against the nForce 570 chipset to see just what this chipset does have on offer. Is VIA back in business? We’ll find out shortly!"

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HIS Radeon X1650XT IceQ Turbo Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"The Radeon X1650XT has a lot going for it but the three central things are price, native Crossfire support and rock solid performance. The market is full of $300 and up graphics cards. That same $300 would buy you two Radeon X1650XTs if you had a Crossfire system ready that should give you loads of fragging smiles. Adding in HIS's factory overclock, aka 'Turbo' and their higher end cooler only sweetens the pot."

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How-To Build Custom Epoxy Shapes @ AOA Forums
"One of our members, booman, has written a guide on building custom plastic shapes from epoxy. In the article he discusses the creation of the clay forms which are used to make the latex molds which are finally used to create the epoxy casts. Lots of pictures and detailed instructions guide the reader through the process of creating very realistic-looking icicles."

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Foxconn G9657MA Mainboard Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"With support for the Core 2 Duo lineup, you've got a board that can do pretty much anything you ask of it. Basic home use, HTPC setup or throw in a good VGA card and you'll be bringing in some nice frag time. While the included bundle is nothing to talk about, you have everything you need to get up and running. The Fox One panel is a superb utility program that has a great looking and easy to use interface. Not to mention the Fox Live update program that makes updating the BIOS and drivers "so simple even a caveman could do it."

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Aerocool Zero Degree Case Review @ 3DXtreme
"Well the Aerocool Zero Degree has proven itself here. While keeping it ingenious the Zero Degree doesn’t lack any functionality or allure. A beautiful Case featuring a quality aluminum front door, UV active window, cooling options galore and space to boot there is nothing but great things to be said for this Case. Kudos to Aerocool on a perfect job!"

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The Tortoise Beetle Project @ Mini-ITX
"Mini-ITX Tortoise Beetles spend much of their life as adults connected to a system of internet tubes, or in other dry, protected places. In winter, beetles emerge and feed. The female adults deposit eggs. Larvae emerge and transform into pupae. Over the course of about 8 days, a new generation of beetles emerges."

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Saturday, December 9, 2006
Ratpadz XT Mouse Pad Review @ DSM
"Over the time I've been reviewing products and owned a computer I've reviewed and owned many mouse pads, and of course I have found some to be better than others, but is there a perfect mouse pad out there? Well I think there is, and it is called the Ratpadz XT, and I have it for review today. This mouse pad is the best I have ever owned, it makes using a mouse more enjoyable and effortless. The design if the Ratpadz XT makes it almost indestructible but at the same time like sliding your mouse across a sheet of ice. What's unique about the Ratpadz XT is not only the shape of it but the fact that it is rough to the touch, but yet smooth under your mouse. Read on to check this most excellent mouse pad out."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Cooler Master Hyper TX AMD CPU Cooler Review @ Think Computers
"A little while ago we took a look at the Cooler Master Eclipse CPU cooler. While it had a very unique design its' cooling was not up to par with other coolers out there. Well today we are going to check out the Hyper TX from Cooler Master, which has a fairly basic design, but offers exceptional cooling and easy installation. Sorry to all you Intel fans out there, but we are taking a look at the AMD version. Cooler Master does make an Intel version that will fit Intel CPU's including the new Core 2 Duo's. So let's take a look."

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DFI Infinity 975X/G Motherboard Review @ Techgage
"Long known for their overclocker friendly motherboards, DFI is back with a board for the highly popular and extremely powerful Core 2 Duo. Using Intels 975X chipset, the DFI Infinity 975 X/G looks to introduce the enthusiast crowd to Conroe, DFI style. Using the BIOS that shipped with the board, we got less than spectacular results, forcing us to go with a poplar Beta. How high could we get the FSB and is the board worth it?"

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Targus 17" XL Notebook Backpack Review @ GideonTech
Targus is a company that is well known for their bags and backpacks as well as security items for laptops. I recently purchased a new laptop that has a 17" screen, and until today I really had not been taking it out of the house. This is mostly because I had no convenient way of protecting it against the the horrors that await my pretty new laptop from the brutal outside. My old laptop bag was made by Targus and has seen its share of action over the last 7 years. Even though it was still perfectly usable after all this time (albeit, a little dirty), it was limited to a 14" screen. Fortunately for me, Targus was nice enough to send over one of their 17" XL Notebook Backpacks."

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Abit AN9 Fatality Motherboard Review @ Bit-Tech
"Unfortunately Abit has gone for the "single PCI slot underneath the second PCI-Express x16 slot" again, which is confusing since Mr. Wendel has “influence on the design” of the board. Since he also endorses the Creative X-Fi Fatal1ty series, you'd think that he would make sure you can run high end SLI graphics cards which usually involve dual slot coolers, along with a PCI Fatal1ty X-Fi sound card."

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Sapphire Ultimate X1950PRO 256MB Graphics Card Review @ Virtual-Hideout

"As you can see in the benchmark results, the Sapphire X1950Pro performed quite well and is really competitive with the X1950XTX, which has 512MB of GDDR4 RAM versus the Pro model of 256MB of GDDR3. I feel that with an extra 256MB of RAM, this would've beaten the X1950XTX."

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Buffalo 1GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review

"Folks, it's a flash drive and not a super computer, and with 1GB of storage you can transfer files easily from computer to computer. The main reason for the review is to see how fast it can transfer that data, because, of course, the one who can do it the fastest gets the bragging rights."

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Gainward BLISS 7950 GT 512MB Golden Sample Review @ MVKTech
"You got that right; Gainward comes up with an exciting product. Gainward is a world leading producer of high-quality, high-end 3D accelerators for the personal computer market. Gainward offers a full product line of value adding products targeting gaming enthusiasts as well as entry-level consumers. NVIDIA's venerable G71 chip has been going strong for a while now. It's seen action as the GeForce 7900 GTX and coupled with a twin for some GX2 internal SLI loving, which was marketed as the fastest graphics card in town. More of this goodness comes in the form of the BLISS 7950 GT Golden Sample, raising the bar once again with awesome overclocking results of 675/1800MHz."

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Foxconn GeForce 8800 GTX FV-N88XMAD2-OD Review @ Hexus
"Foxconn is the latest in a long line to join the G80 party with its wonderfully named FV-N88XMAD2-OD. Read on to find out if its GeForce 8800 GTX makes for a better package than the competitions'."

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Asus EAX1950PRO 256MB Video Card Review @ Hexus
"While NVIDIA has already introduced their G80 8800GTX, after several delays the ATI/AMD camp still has not delivered their next-generation graphics processor: the R600 GPU. While the R600 remains behind closed doors the X1950 remains the fastest Radeon series available. Among the products in the X1950 family is the X1950 CrossFire, X1950PRO, X1950XT, and X1950XTX. What we are looking at today is the X1950PRO, which for this article is coming from ASUS. The ASUS EAX1950PRO offers 256MB of GDDR3, HDCP support, heatpipe-based GPU heatsink, and many more ASUS innovations. With the supportive Linux drivers not coming out till later this month, this is the world's first look at X1950 series under alternative operating systems."

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PC Power & Cooling 1KW-SR, 1 KW Power Supply Review @ Bjorn3D
"It was about this time last year that I had a most enjoyable time playing with NVIDIA’s new 7800GTS 512MB’s in SLI. As you may recall finding a power supply that would run those 2 cards turned into a nightmare. Several high end power supplies could not keep my system from shutting down. In the end I turned to PC Power and Cooling and got a 1KW from them to solve my problem. That power supplied worked flawlessly and earned a Golden Bear Award from Bjorn3D."

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OCZ EvoStream 600-watt SLI PSU Review @ Tweaktown
"As far as the numbers are concerned, the EvoStream 600 is designed to handle a continuous load of 600 watts. It makes use of four 12v rails, each of which are rated at 15A. While this isn't the beefiest setup on the block, it will be sufficient for all but the most hardcore systems. Our test system runs a pair of hungry video cards and no issues were noted even under load. The 5v rail is rated at 30A and the 3.3v rail is rated at 20A, so even older Athlon based systems should be well provided for."

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GeCube Dual GPU Radeon X1650XT Review

"This week we were given an exclusive opportunity to visit the GeCube office here in Taipei and test out their unreleased, highly anticipated and upcoming Gemini 2 dual GPU Radeon X1650XT graphic card. In the CPU game, everyone is talking about Quad but in the VGA game, Dual cards are on the mind at the moment. According to the product managers and marketing folks from GeCube who we talked with throughout our visit, the product is almost finished and will be ready and for sale early next year – that is, very early January, as long as everything goes to plan. That’s good news as GeCube as well as Gigabyte and ASUS (and the former XGI and probably many others behind closed doors) have tried producing dual GPU graphics cards in the past but they didn’t really turn out as planned."

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Corsair HX620W Power Supply Review @ Techgage
"Corsair knows their stuff when it comes to performance memory, but how about power supplies? Despite the fact that they are new to the PSU market, they prove that they are not newbies. After taking a look at their HX620W, we walk away impressed."

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Seasonic M12 Modular 600W Power Supply Review @ Madshrimps
"Gone are the cheapo power supplies of yesteryear. Processors today from both Intel and AMD require a power supply that can deliver a steady diet of power. The Seasonic name has become the standard of barrier in power supply from a distant land, China. We are looking into one of the new M12 Modular series today rated at 600 watts from Seasonic."

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Logisys Blue Acrylic/Clear Yin Yang Case Review @ Modders-Inc
"The clear Yin Yang Case combines the beauty of colors with the contemporary sense of clarity in the form of ancient Chinese Yin Yang curve. With a clear front door, it adds more protection for your valuable drives and more elegance and style. The light transparent color gives the case a fresh look in the beige dominated PC world. You have to see it to appreciate its beauty."

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SilverStone TJ09 Case Review @ 3DGameman

"The SilverStone TJ09 Case has lots of drive bays, a removable motherboard tray, excellent air circulation, is all aluminum, has exceptional build quality, and looks fantastic. This product is truly an example of what you should be looking for in a high quality mid-tower case. It's simply one of the best mid-tower cases on the planet!"

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Tagan TG900-U95 900W Power Supply Review

"The Tagan TG900-U95 900W Power Supply performs very well, and that's to be expected from a 900W Power Supply. If that's not enough power, Tagan has a 1100 watt model. Who needs this kind of power? If you are a serious gamer with a quad video card setup and have lots of other hardware, you require a high wattage power supply to keep everything running. While this power supply has plenty of sleeved/shielded leads they are not modular."

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Friday, December 8, 2006
Battery Wars - The New Wireless Frontier @ The TechZone
"With all of the tremendous advances that are taking place in our world of internet and wireless existence, a person may never consider that the ‘holy grail’ is in the field of battery life. You might have thought that it would be the next generation of wireless devices that allow you to project holographic images of the Google screen so that you can do web searches in mid-air in the airport. Yep, it’s true – it’s in the works! The restricting problem is that little-considered power source we simply take for granted. The simple battery. It has been confounding for a century now."

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Gaming Mouse Group Test @ Bit-Tech
If you’re considering the Fatal1ty 1010 then you have to really be a serious FPS gamer. I’d also advise if you do plan on playing other types of games that you keep your other mice. This is a great one trick pony but is far off being an all rounder."

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Microsoft LifeCam NX-6000 Review @ Hardware-Pacers
"Microsoft's LifeCam NX-6000 is a nice little webcam, but may not be all that a user may expect. The NX-6000 is a high resolution webcam with 2.0 mega pixel video, but the quality of the video is not all that it would seem in some of the resolution settings. At 640x480 and 800x600 the NX-6000 performs marvelously, but other resolution settings are not as nice. At higher resolution motion is blurry and distorted due to low frames per second, while at the low resolution settings the picture is out of focus. The video quality settings are an issue, but the design of this camera is amazing. Very small and portable, with a retractable lens. Once the lens is out it has the ability to tilt up and down for the perfect angle. This camera is perfect for portability; it is rugged and the lens is protected. The camera clip on back is quite sturdy as well. In addition to all that, this camera comes bundled with a nifty carrying case."

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Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Review @ TrustedReviews
"It's quite big, due to the extended set of keys on the left (more on that later). All of the keys are actually transparent, and then painted in black, leaving the characters transparent, so the light from the blue LEDs underneath shines through, like Saitek first did with its Eclipse keyboard last year. However, it suffers from the same problem as the Saitek in that when you reboot your PC the keyboard light defaults to on. I generally only need the light on when I'm gaming in the dark, so I would have preferred a setting to do this."

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Ideazon MERC Gaming Keyboard Review @ XYZ Computing
"Ideazon is best known for their Zboard- a keyboard that is made up of a base and removable keyset. A dedicated keyset is included for gaming and one comes for standard use- a novel idea, but something that take time to change and can get expensive if you start to buy specialty keysets. The MERC takes a standard keyboard and slaps a Fang Gamepad on the left side, but it can also be seen as the best qualities of the two Zboard keysets combined into one product. With a retail price of under $40 and a street price closer to $30, the MERC is not going to have to offer a lot to impress consumers. That said, many people are going to resist any changes to something as familiar as a keyboard, so the price will not matter if the product does not stand up to expectations."

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OCZ Ultra-Slim Mega-Kart USB 8Gb 2.0 Flash Card Review @ Tweaknews
"For anyone needing large amounts of memory and easy portability, the Mega-Kart would be a very smart buy. Although it costs a bit more money, you have to remember the capacity it is squeezing into its small package."

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Logitech G7 Laser Wireless Gaming Mouse Review

"The G7 in my mind should be standard equipment for any computer user that wants to truly enjoy his/her computer with complete control, accuracy and problem free longevity you want for your money. Kudos to Logitech with their quick swap battery technology. Finally a wireless mouse that isn't heavy to use."

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Antec SpotCool Flexible Fan System Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"I can easily recommend this SpotCool for anyone with a motherboard that's looking for that perfect cooling system to fit into tight spots and cool that certain hot area (yea, that's just about everyone!)."

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Fanatec heäd$h0t Controller Review

"The rest of the mouse, I like quite a bit. I still prefer the Copperhead, but with the nicer feel and extra weight, it is a very close fight. The Copperhead’s onboard driver-less macros and better customization (both in options and usability) keep it ahead. I do happen to have 2 computers at my desk right now."

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Corsair 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Voyager Review

"I can totally recommend this unit to anyone looking for a large capacity USB 2.0 flash drive. You just can't beat the warranty, the durability and the read/write speeds of the Corsair 8GB Flash Voyager."

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Cooler Master Mars Review @ Overclockers Online
"Overall I was pleased with the Cooler Master Mars. The size and design of the Mars compliments installation on a number of motherboards and the mounting hardware included with the Mars makes it a snap to install on AMD or Intel. Performance wasn't quite were I was hoping in the AMD testing but the C2D from Intel responded quite well to the Mars."

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Coolit Freezone Review @ Overclockers Club
"Coolit? Cool what? Coolit The name of the company that released the Freezone CPU Cooler. While not being a major name in cooling they seem to be making a name for themselves, skipping the entire line of air cooling, as well as water cooling, and moving straight to a hybrid TEC (Peltier) cooling method. This may have been a very bold step, coming from no one to someone seemingly overnight, and skipping the entire general market, aiming their products at the enthusiasts of the market. This seems to be a bold step though this product is acclaimed to be a very safe the thought of using a TEC system without insulation is still a little bit daunting. Coolit Systems while being a fairly new, they seem to have done their research of just what we want. That being the ultimate in performance, at a reasonable cost, we are about to get down and dirty with the new Freezone CPU cooler."

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Sytrin KuForumla VF1 Plus GPU Cooler Review @ XSReviews
"Sytrin are known for their innovative designs of mixing Air Conditioning with PC cooling. They have used this technology to develope their own air conditioned cases and CPU coolers. Today however, I am testing another unconventional product, a GPU cooler with a coaxial fan. Can Sytrin follow up with their previous successes? Lets see."

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Swiftech H20-Apex Ultra Watercooling Kit Review @ Madshrimps
"Swiftech is an institution in the water-cooling field. They are a true pioneer bringing watercooling into the homes of many countless PC-enthusiasts. Today we review their H20-220 Apex Ultra, a water-cooling kit anyone can love. Based on the APOGEE water block, the kit features a dual 120mm radiator and powerful pump for overclocking performance or can be setup for near silent operation."

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Silverstone LC20M Media/HTPC Case Review @ XtremeComputing
"The other piece of software that was installed was the Imedian software and the driver for the remote control. Installing the remote control was, again, simple all I had to do was pick my remote control out for a line up of a few different types and the software did the rest. It also went as far as setting it up so that winamp was controlled by it, which was great news as that is what I normally use."

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Ultra Grid ATX Case Review @ Think Computers
"Computers have really changed over the few years, gone are the days when a simple "duct-mod" meant that your cooling needs were more than met. Today's computers generally require a lot of cooling but at the same time the cooling must be efficient otherwise the noise level would be unbearable. Ultra has recently released the Ultra Grid ATX case that includes a slick paint job, stylish looks, and a 500 watt V-Series Power Supply which should be able to meet the needs of most mid level users without breaking their budget."

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Thursday, December 7, 2006
Sans Digital MS2UT eSATA RAID Enclosure Review @ Bjorn3D
"QNAP is one of the many new companies which aim to satisfy the growing need for external storage solutions. In this product review, I will take a close look at their MobileSTOR MS2UT eSATA RAID enclosure. This enclosure offers RAID-0 and RAID-1 capability, with high-speed transfers available up to 1.5Gbps through the included eSATA cable, or 480Mbps with USB2.0."

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OCZ Technology Mega Kart 8GB Ultra Slim USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review @ Futurelooks
"The first thing someone will likely think when they lay eyes on the OCZ Technologies Mega Kart is that it looks like a credit card. Well very true indeed, the OCZ Mega Kart is designed to be similar in size to that of a credit card so you can carry it in your wallet. With 8 GB of storage bulging from your pocket, don't be surprised if you get comments filled with innuendo."

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Icy Box NAS IB NAS2000 Review @ Overclock3D
"Network Attached Storage (or NAS for short) is essentially a unit containing any number of hard disks controlled by a stripped down operating system (often Linux). In its most complex form, a NAS unit used by a large organisation will be a multi-terabyte RAID array racked in either a 1u, 2u or larger chassis. Of course this might be a little bit over the top for most of us, and this is where single disk NAS units such as the Icy Box IB-NAS2000 come in to play."

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Netgear SC101 Network Drive Review @ Tekbunker
"I’ll start off with the scenario. With all the websites I design, run and maintain, I need a lot of backups. With all the recent hacking and defacing of websites, I defiantly need backups. The frequency was increasing to a daily dump of information which is necessary to keep the sites alive. I also beta test for mainly Microsoft, Vista, MSN messenger and a few other programmes."

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Lian Li PC-A10B Case Review @ techPowerUp
"The PC-A10 is a fantastic case. All the little things that Lian Li does over and over again make this case stand out from the crowd. The anti-vibration mounts for the fans, drives and side panels, the removable motherboard tray, PSU tray and drive cages, as well as the tool-less design make this case a pleasure to work with."

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Xoxide X-Static 2 Case Review
"The Xoxide X-Static 2 (silver) PC Case is a sharp compact gamming case that blends function with style. It allows for quick access with thumb screws in the back and 2 USB ports in the front for the gamer on the go. Visually it features a cool X-themed side window with an 80mm blue LED case fan that accents the front blue bubble lights. This glowing display demands a second look from all who cross it's path. Nicely priced, it allows users to have a sharp high end computer case with out the high price."

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Alienware Sentia m3450 14” Widescreen Notebook Review @ TheTechLounge
"The Alienware Sentia m3450 14" widescreen notebook sports a 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of 667MHz DDR2, 100GB 7,200 RPM Hard Drive, and a Dual Layer DVD Writer. It looks promising as a notebook for students and businessmen who want something portable without sacrificing too much power. We knew it wasn't going to be a gamer's laptop from the onset, as it uses integrated video, but we put it through its paces for 30 days to find out whether it’s worth the Alienware price premium."

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TechWareLabs Notebook Buyers Guide @ TechwareLabs
"Considering the purchase of a laptop or in the market already? You should consult our guide to help clarify the confusing terminology you will find when looking for a laptop. We will help you make a better buying decision so you get a laptop you want and don't overpay for something stuff you don't want or need."

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Alienware Area-51 m5550 15.4-inch Laptop Review @ ThinkComputers
"Power and mobility are 2 very important factors when choosing a laptop. You want something that is powerful enough to suit your needs, but also portable enough so that it is not a hassle to travel with. We recently reviewed the Dell XPS M1210 laptop and it achieved both of those factors easily. Today we will be taking a look at Alienware's Area-51 m5550 15.4-inch laptop and we will see how it stacks up to the M1210 and if it is portable enough for our needs."

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Mushkin HP2-6400 Memory Review @ Modders-Inc
"With DDR2-800 still in the early stages, PC users have to often pay a lot more for the latest and greatest memory products. The Mushkin High Performance (HP) Series memory is just what the doctor ordered. Mushkin offers the HP2-6400 at an affordable price with all the features enthusiasts want."

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ASUS EAX1650XT 256MB PCI-E Graphics Card Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Game play was great and the image quality was sharp and crisp. The upped megahertz of the GPU really pays off along with the GDDR3 RAM. When comparing the ASUS EAX1650XT with the X1600Pro, each card having 256MB RAM, you can see how well the 1650XT outperforms the 1600Pro."

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ASUS EAX1650XT Video Card Review @ Gamepyre
"The EAX1650XT is not meant for the high-end of the market, and should be compared performance and feature-wise to similarly price cards. The features of the X1650XT are excellent, with full support for Pixel and Vertex Shader 3.0 programs and HDR. In terms of performance, the card outperforms its intended competition, the 7600GT by goodly margins, but the market doesn’t stand still and the 7900GS is much closer in price to the EAX1650XT card making it harder to choose the best value on this price point. As such I can easily give the card a Silver Gamers’ Choice award."

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OCZ Special Ops Urban Elite Memory Review @ XSReviews
"OCZ are one of the world's most well established names for memory manufacture in the world. They have produced ground breaking products in the past such as the old VX DDR memory and more recently the first stock supplied, water cooled ram. Today however, I have with me something aimed at somewhere other than the enthusiast market, the gamers. The Special Ops. Urban Elite may look combat ready, but does it have what it takes when under hostile fire? Lets find out."

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Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H Motherboard Review @ MBReview
"The Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H ships with an improved BIOS in comparison to previous versions of both this same board, as well as all other products we have seen in the past. Foxconn has cleaned up the BIOS and removed several of the unneeded features. The addition of the FOX ONE settings has allowed Foxconn to move their products closer to the wants of the performance user as well as the occasional overclocker."

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MSI P965 Platinum Intel Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"The MSI Computer P965 Platinum motherboard is one such candidate with a healthy dose of enthusiast friendly features to match. The MSI P965 Platinum utilizes the Intel P965 Express Northbridge and Intel ICH8R Southbridge chipsets. It supports all Socket 775 processors that operate on a 1066/800/533MHz FSB. This includes the Intel Core 2 Duo/Extreme, Pentium 4/D/XE and Celeron D to name just a few. Standard equipment includes an Intel PCI Express based Gigabit network card, IEEE 1394a, a Realtek 7.1 channel Intel Azalia High Definition audio controller and an additional Serial ATA II/IDE RAID (0,1,0+1) controller. There are seven 3GB/s SATA connections and one IDE channel. Expansion is possible through a PCI Express x16 slot, one PCI Express Lite slot (in yellow, PCI-E x4 transfer rates), two PCI Express x1 slots and two 32 bit PCI slots for legacy devices."

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Albatron KI51PV-754 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

"Albatron takes Mini-ITX into a new direction with its KI51PV-754 motherboard, a high powered 64-bit compatible alternative based on a pair of very capable nVidia chipsets which boast an integrated Geforce 6-series videocard and MPEG-2/WMV9 High Definition video playback support. Outside of purely industrial single board computers (SBC), it was VIA that originally delivered the Mini-ITX formfactor in all its 170 x 170mm glory to mainstream computer geeks. The standard is quite a bit smaller than conventional ATX or BTX motherboards, but really the only features lost are expansion slots. With the high level of integration in most of todays graphics-enabled core logics, the loss of a few, or virtually every expansion slot is not that big a loss. Compact sizes also make the Mini-ITX motherboard a really versatile x86 platform."

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Biostar TForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"The Biostar TForce 590 SLI motherboard is an excellent purchase choice for those wanting a Socket AM2 platform for their next computer. The hype surrounding the new Intel Core2 CPUs means that most people wanting the high-end will want to go that route, as a Core2 Duo CPU is faster in most respects than the equivalently priced AM2 CPU."

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Tuesday, December 5, 2006
Logitech Wireless DJ Music System Review @ Blue Tomorrow
"The most impressive part of this system is the Wireless DJ Remote. For starters, it features an ultra-modern design that gives this remote a stellar "Wow" factor, impressing all who see it. The black and silver casing, which includes a removable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, is thin and lightweight and is about the size of a standard television remote."

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Thermaltake Media LAB Review @ TrustedReviews
"The remote control itself can work as a mouse, and a virtual keyboard is included, but I found the controller had a bit of a mind of its own and I couldn't get much in the way of accuracy at all - but to be fair that's not really what it's designed for. It is also possible that my unit was faulty though, as it tended to want to float to the top of the screen. It worked best when inside the bundled software, where clicking up, down, left and right sufficed - just like in Media Center."

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D-Link SecureSpot Review @ TheTechLounge
"The Internet can be a very scary place. Yes, it is filled with countless amounts of useful information on all sorts of subjects, but that is also its downside. Having grown up with the internet, many adults are very adept at maneuvering it. Unfortunately, not enough people are as savvy as they should be, because spyware, viruses and the ever faithful phishing scams are running rampant. This of course doesn’t even get into the realm of what your kids are getting into. This now brings up the whole point of this review, just what are your kids getting into? How much time is your child spending on the internet, and where? Are they looking up offensive content? Are they rotting their young minds? How much of your personal information is being stolen by Trojans and other forms of spyware? I could come up with so many “evil” or nefarious possibilities that you would be convinced that computers will bring nothing but destruction to life as we know it, but I digress, there is hope. D-Link’s SecureSpot claims to be a solution to your PC security woes. We’ll put it to the test to see how well it really works."

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Seagate 500GB eSATA Drive Review @ Bit-Tech
"It’s fair to say that Seagate has manufactured an incredibly fast external hard drive, with speeds rivalling (and even surpassing) internal hard drive performance here. That is undoubtedly a commendable achievement, but where this device falls down is in its cross-platform flexibility and that isn’t necessarily Seagate’s fault."

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Sandisk Cruzer Titanium 2GB USB U3 Flash Drive Review @ Overclockers Club
"This isn't just any ordinary flash drive. In fact, it not only holds 2GBs of data, it also houses U3 software. What is 'U3', you might ask? Well, have you ever wanted to carry around all your personal programs and preferences, or even your wallpaper, to take to a work, or friend's computer? Well this flash drive can do that, and so much more, all in a super heavy-duty case! Sandisk is a very well known name, selling in countless stores worldwide. Established in 1988, Sandisk has grown into one of the world's largest flash memory manufacturers. They have pioneered the flash memory front with 315 US patents, and rights to manufacture any flash format there is."

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USB Flash Drive Laser Pen Review @ Think Computers
"There are some multifunction devices that really serve not purpose, or you only use 2 of the 5 functions that the device offers. Well today we are looking at a device where all of the functions are useful in everyday situations. What I'm talking about is the USB Flash Drive Laser Pen from Brando. It is a pen with an integrated USB drive and laser pointer, and it actually looks cool so let's check it out!"

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MSI Radeon X1950XT-CF and X1950XTX Watercooled Review @ Driver Heaven
"This year is quickly coming to a close and we are here again with what has become a yearly ritual for Phoronix. Time and time again with each NVIDIA and ATI Linux driver release we thoroughly examine the change-log as well as dissecting the performance changes through our rigorous benchmarking process. Now for this article we are retesting all of the major display drivers released this year to see how they compare as a whole and commenting on some of the most prominent advancements made throughout the year. In this article we will be examining the NVIDIA proprietary display drivers. Our ATI A Year in Review article will be
published later this month after the 8.32 fglrx driver release. Without further ado, we present the NVIDIA AYiR 2006!"

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MSI Radeon X1950XT-CF and X1950XTX Watercooled Review @ Driver Heaven
"The Samsung SyncMaster 960BF is an all white 19 inch LCD monitor. The panel sports a 4ms pixel response time, 700:1 contrast ratio, a highly adjustable base, and runs at a native resolution of 1280x1024. The unit itself is anchored by a large heavy base, and the bezel is all white with light gray highlights. This colour scheme is reminiscent of a Mac Mini , and this monitor along with a Mac keyboard and mouse would like quite nice next to such a unit. In the PC world, it's difficult to find an all white computer. The closest one can come is beige or off-white. As for those who have silver or black computers, well that is a matter of wanting a well performing monitor versus wanting something that matches."

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MSI Radeon X1950XT-CF and X1950XTX Watercooled Review @ Driver Heaven
"Much has been written recently about DirectX 10 technology and the hardware to power it, however until the retail launch of Windows Vista, and more importantly the launch of the first DirectX 10 titles there are still a number of DirectX 9 cards which warrant some serious consideration if you want the ultimate gaming experience today. One such product is the X1950XTX which along with a CrossFire master card can provide some incredible performance in the latest games. Today we have a rather special XTX in for review from MSI and luckily enough we have their CrossFire master card too."

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ASUS EAX1650XT 256MB Video Card Review @ Techgage
"If you don't have $300 to spend on a GPU, then there are a slew of budget cards for you to ponder over. Last week we took a look at an X1650 Pro, and today we are taking a look at a similar model. Is the card worth your $150?"

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Sapphire X1950 Pro Ultimate Video Card Review @ Hexus
"Sapphire's taken note of the X1950 Pro's current popularity and added another SKU to the lineup. The Sapphire X1950 Pro ULTIMATE features faster memory and a factory-fitted Zalman cooler as well as additional heatsinks for the RAM modules and power-delivery components. Read on to see if it's as deserving of praise as the regular Radeon X1950 Pro 256MiB card."

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XFX 8800 GTX: SLI Performance @ Bjorn3D
"Let's cut to the chase, as those of you that have read my reviews know is my style: I thought it might be fun to do a short addition to the first review as since writing it I have made some rather significant upgrades to my test rig and also added a second XFX 8800 GTX running in SLI. Now that I have your attention, just a few words on what to expect. First, this addendum will only contain the outline for testing the SLI configuration and the test results as anything more would be a rewrite of the article I've already published."

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EPoX's Socket AM2 MF570 SLI Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"Its also been some time since we have seen a motherboard in our labs from EPoX. This company really made a name for itself when Socket A was the big thing with boards that packed features and overclocking into a affordable package, proving you don’t have to spend the earth in order to get a good board. Today from EPoX we have our first board in quite some time. Designated the MF570 SLI, it makes use of nVidia’s nForce 570 SLI chipset, how does it stack up? Come find out."

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ECS PN1-SLI2 NVIDIA 590-SLI Intel Edition Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Finally, an ECS motherboard that dares to challenge the competition with much better results leaving days of average performance behind and truly ventures in to the 'Extreme'. We definitely appreciate that the color scheme has been evolving."

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Asus P5NSLI nForce 570 SLI Motherboard Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"All in all, the Asus P5NSLI provides a good base for a solid gaming platform with Nvidia's SLI and First Pocket technologies. On the flip side, overclockers may need to look else where for the ultimate tweaking board."

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NZXT Zero Crafted Chassis Review @ Overclockers Club
"Neither flashy nor plain, the Zero weighs in with a whopping 8 fans, seven of which are 120mm! Along with its "ultimate cooling solution" it is dead quiet and is quite an eye catcher without the fancy lights and gizmos that many people hate. NZXT is a new company, established back in 2004, but since then, it has pumped out some very beautiful cases and power supplies designed for the gamer and enthusiast. The company has been rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the best chassis manufacturers out there."

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Monday, December 4, 2006
Hiyatek CF-6159-1 Laptop Cooler with USB Hub Review @ BigBruin
"There is a compartment on the bottom side of the Hiyatek CF-6159-1 cooler between the two fan openings. Opening a sliding door reveals a storage area for the included USB power cable which has two full size connectors on the end intended for your notebook computer, while the end intended for the cooler has a single mini USB connector. In some situations it may be necessary to have both connections plugged into the host computer to make sure that enough power is provided and that data can be transferred through the hub connections, but I found that using just one USB connection was more than adequate on my notebook computer."

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Scythe Kama Meter Review @ techPowerUp
"The Scythe Karma Meter is a drive bay device to monitor the temperature inside your case with 4 separate diodes, control the fan speed of up to four fans and set the master volume of the PC. The Kama Meter shines with perfect build quality as well as 8 different back light modes. We take a close look to see if its features are useful and temperatures are accurate."

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AMD and Intel Heatsink Roundup 2006 @ Madshrimps
"We compare a total of 44 CPU coolers which fit on AMD/Intel
latest platforms and compare them on two hot running systems; which one will keep your CPU the coolest, how quiet can it get? Find out in our last HSF roundup of 2006."

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Sytrin KuFormula SHF1 High Performance HDD Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"These HDD coolers come in several colors and each includes dual 40mm fans. For the noise conscientious people, the fans can be left disconnected and the SHF1 Ultra can be used as a passive style cooler."

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NVIDIA 7950 GT Roundup - Speedbump to High End @ Madshrimps
"At the beginning of September NVIDIA released their reincarnation of the G71 based GeForce 7900 GT. As midrange card the 7900GT seem to be the best buy for a big group of gamers in the first half of 2006. This time around they've given the mid-range card a speed boost to high end! With world leading VGA partners offering their version right away let's see which can give us the best 7950 GT."

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Video Interview with ATI/AMD's Dave Orton @ Hexus.tv
"HEXUS.tv interviews former ATI CEO - and now Executive Vice President of AMD's Visual and Media Businesses - Dave Orton, discussing the ATI/AMD merger. Find out exactly what we asked him."

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Gigabyte GA-M61PM-S2 Motherboard Review @ OCModShop
"Gigabyte's GA-M61PM-S2 is geared towards the user who just wants everything to work right away and get the job done without breaking the bank.but at the same time, getting the job done comfortably, because as you will see there are some things that make this board special. It is the Honda Accord of motherboards if you will - not pretentious or glamorous, but just a cut above the Honda Civic. The board is based around Nvidia's GeForce 6100/nForce 430 chipset, and has on-board everything: Nvidia graphics, 8 channel High Definition Azalia audio with a header for optional S/PDIF output, gigabit ethernet, 4 USB ports with 3 internal headers for a maximum of 10 USB ports, 1 firewire port (IEEE 1394) with 2 internal firewire headers, 1 IDE/ATA 133 connector (kind of a bummer since a lot of people still use many parallel ata devices), 4 SATA II ports, and RAID (0,1,0+1,5)."

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Zalman FATAL1TY FC-ZV9 Videocard GPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"When Zalman and Fatal1ty team up, you expect some special results. The FC-ZV9 graphics card cooler combines good cooling performance, great looks and wide compatibility into a product that any gamer would be proud to have in their case. The nickel plating and red LEDs give it a distinctive look that many folks will find appealing. The price, however, may deter some potential buyers."

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XFX GeForce 7900 GS 256MB DDR3 RoHS ExTreme Review @ Modders-Inc
"Today we will be looking at another card based off the same design as the GT, the 7900 GS. The GS could be considered to offer an even better cost to performance ratio. The 7900 GS comes in with four less pixel shaders and one less vertex shader."

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MSI NX8800GTX-2D3768E-HD Video Card Review @ Viper Lair
"Gaming performance was, on average, double of anything the multi-GPU MSI 7950GX2 was capable of. Battlefield 2142, the newest title we tested with, proved to be no challenge at all for the MSI NX8800GTX. Despite the fact that widescreen gaming isn't officially supported, our quasi-widescreen settings still looked very good and performance was right up there. In fact, now that we've really gotten used to it, we think it's going to be very difficult for anyone to go back to traditional 4:3 gaming once they've played games in widescreen mode."

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Sempron 3000+ and Celeron D 331 Review @ Hardware Secrets
"We finally got to review processors designed to the low-end market, i.e., the most inexpensive processors in the market. Nowadays Intel has the advantage on the high-end market, but who gets to be the best at the low cost PC market? Read our review and find out."

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Swiftech™ Introduces the Quiet Power™ P180 Liquid Cooled Computer Chassis
"Lakewood, CA – Saturday December 2nd, 2006 12:18 PM Pacific Standard Time- Rouchon Industries, Inc. dba Swiftech™ today announced the release of the new Quiet Power™ line of Liquid Cooled barebones. The Quiet Power™ P180 is a computer chassis including a pre-assembled Swiftech liquid cooling system destined to facilitate consumer access to high-end cooling solutions. The product was specifically engineered for maintenance-free and ultra-quiet operations and it is based on the Antec® P180 chassis. "We first introduced the Quiet Power™ name in 2002. Our recent move to a new and larger facility allows us to revitalize this production, and the Quiet Power™ P180 is the first iteration of a complete line of products that we hope will reach untapped market segments, particularly in the computer retail and system integrator sectors" said Gabriel Rouchon Swiftech's Chairman & CTA. Mr. Rouchon also added "We have accumulated considerable experience in water-cooling over the years, and this product line truly sums it all up". The Company also disclosed that an agreement had already been concluded with major US Computer Retailer Micro Centers® to carry the Quiet Power P180, and the product should be on the Micro Center® shelves as soon as January 2006."

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Spiderman 3 Case Mod Project @ Bit-Tech
Spiderman 3 rocks up to the cinemas next year, and in anticipation of this, Matt Fielder has gone modding crazy with this spectacular Cooler Master case mod. Some stunning visuals make this one of the best mods of the year."

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How to Build a Computer @ techPowerUp
"If you have never built a computer on your own it might seem like a very complex task that is hard to do. Considering the cost of the individual parts many people are scared to just give it a try without guidance. This article will take you through the system building process step by step."

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Cooler Master Eclipse Review @ Overclockers Online
"The Cooler Master Eclipse isn't just a futuristic off the wall design, the ability to cool a pretty intense processor is most definitely there as well. I was able to overclock both the Intel and AMD dual-core processors quite a bit while still maintaining more than acceptable temperatures with the Eclipse, even on the low fan setting."

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Antec Nine Hundred Gamer Case Review @ XYZ Computing
"In addition to having more cooling than any Antec case before it, the 900 is currently Antec's only case to use a fan larger than the standard 120mm model. These extra large fans are something relatively new to the mass market and a few companies have gotten there first, like Enermax, Aerocool, and Thermaltake (though most have opted for 250mm models). This case looks like it is going to be a great addition to Antec's lineup- it is a bit more adventurous than what they normally put out, but judging from what we have seen from Antec in the past, it should be worth investigating further."

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Thermaltake Mozart TX Case with 7in Display Review @ TrustedReviews
"From the front, it's not an unattractive design, with its aluminium fascia. It looks like someone has taken a standard case design and just upscaled it. You'll see five 5.25in bays for optical drives, a single 3.25in drive bay, and a 7in bay."

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Saturday, December 2, 2006
Logitech Noise Canceling Headphones @ Digital Trends
"Do you travel a lot and wish you could have some peace and quiet? Use the Logitech Noise Canceling Headphones to block out the noise!"

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LTB Magnum 5.1 USB Headphones Review @ Overclockers Club
"Listen To Believe. Sometimes that's all you need to do to be sold on a product. This also happens to be the full name of the company LTB Audio, and their newest product is the Magnum 5.1 USB Headphones. LTB, which stands for Listen To Believe, represents a product line focused on providing cutting edge audio headphones designed to meet the demands of the latest digital media in Games and Movies as well as music and discrete 5.1 Audio. LTB was formed in 2002 and released the Mentor Series 5.1 Headphone products. LTB is quickly becoming recognized in gaming circles and game centers around the planet. The company controls various key technology patents, including Safebass, a safe resonance technology designed to limit bass pressure levels to within responsible limits. LTB engineers are continuously making strides in new technologies to enhance digital audio headphones. This winter, LTB will bring to market a new series of wireless headphones and audio products enabling digital quality audio and full duplex communication. LTB will showcase these products at the 2007 CES show in Las Vegas this upcoming January."

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Interview: Robert Krakoff, Founder of Razer

"This interview was a first for Overclockers Club and hopefully the beginning of many not only with Razer but also other major gaming and hardware suppliers. I must say that when I was given the opportunity to interview Robert Krakoff the founder of Razer it not only shocked me but I also saw this as being a great opportunity for everyone interested in learning a little about what drives corporations to produce superior gaming hardware. My conversation with Robert lasted about forty minutes, in which I asked him a total of 8 to 10 questions. Due to the extent of many of his answers I have paraphrased them, please understand most of these answers are not direct quotes and may be in third person."

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Akasa AK-860SF AMD Athlon64 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Akasa AK-860SF is an economical socket AM2 or 939 AMD Athlon64 heatsink of the most basic sense. It's been a while since FrostyTech has seen a pure extruded aluminum cooler for a modern processor, and because there are no special copper inserts, heatpipes, fancy fans, or oversized anything the Akasa AK-860SF heatsink is cheap and simple to use. It's thermal performance isn't particularly grand, but it should be satisfactory for AMD Sempron or any of the new lower wattage Athlon64's AMD is set to introduce."

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Sytrin KuFormula SHF1 HDD Cooler Review @ XSReviews
"The SHF1 comes with two 40mm fans at the front of the unit, which pull cool air from the front of your case and blow it over the chosen HDD. These fans are also equipped with blue LEDs, adding aesthetic appeal to the unit. The left fan is upside down to make sure that the wires run down the center of the unit. The front of the Sytrin cooler is surrounded by red painted metal (also available in black and yellow). The middle of the facia is a black mesh grill freely allowing inbound air to pass."

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Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro CPU Heatsink @ Hardware-Review
"After purchasing my new Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 processor, I knew I was going to need an after market heatsink to keep this dually stable and cool. After doing a bit of research, I came across an affordable heatsink from Arctic Cooling called the Freezer 7 Pro. The combination of aluminum fins and copper heat pipes on the Freezer 7 Pro creates the perfect cooling solution for any dual core computer system. Let’s see how this product performs on this high performance CPU."

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HW192D 19" Widescreen LCD Review @ FastSilicon
"Hanns-G is a relative unknown in the "brand-scape" when it comes to PC monitors and LCD Televisions. The past year however they've been slowly making their presence known through major online retailers. Their pricing is always aggressive, which often leads one to believe there is some sacrifice in quality. As we hope you will discover from the video review, no such sacrifices are taking place here."

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be quiet! Dark Power Pro 750W Review @ techPowerUp
"The be Quiet! Dark Power Pro 750W is a PSU of the next generation. It has four independant 12V rails which can supply 20 Amps each. You can connect up to four PCI-E video card connectors which makes this a great PSU for a GeForce 8800 GTX SLI rig. The power supply uses a modular concept which is a great way to keep the cable mess in your case at a minimum level. With over 30 connectors available this PSU will be able to power all peripherals you may have."

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FSP FX700-GLN Epsilon & Thermaltake Toughpower 650W Review @ PureOverclock
"600 to 700W units seem to be the sweet spot for high end systems, they offer enough headroom for some serious overclocking, but not so much so that the extra premium for the unit was an absolute waste of money (1kw units anyone?). In this review we'll be looking at two popular units - the FSP FX700-GLN Epsilon and the Thermaltake Toughpower 650W. We’ll be testing them under multiple conditions with X1900 CrossFire and a high end Core 2 Duo setup (X6800)."

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PowerColor X1950Pro Extreme Review @ Driver Heaven
"Bigger is better« holds true practically everywhere except in electronics. A smaller manufacturing process benefits both the manufacturer as well as the consumer. The first enjoys lower costs of production while we see this improvement in the form of reduced power usage and lower work temperatures. Behold the ATI X1950 PRO, a rejuvenated version of the crowd favorite X1900GT. With higher clocks, a similar price and native internal crossfire support the card may become even more popular than the X1900GT was."

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Mushkin XP2-8500 2x1GB DDR2 Memory Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The IC's used in this kit are the undisputed kings of "must have" modules: the Micron D9GMH. These Micron IC's are highly regarded as the best there is in the market and all the best kits out there today currently use these high end IC's, including those killer PC2-6400 kits that'll do 1100MHz!"

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Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"The Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 motherboard is an affordable Intel platform of complementary technologies for consumers on a budget. Best suited to the upcoming 'Conroe-L' Celeron processor, the GA-945PL-S3's system bus runs at 800/533MHz FSB. The list of features here is a short one, but all the major must have's for a modern day computer are ticked off: USB2.0, multi-channel audio, 3GB/s Serial ATA support and Gigabit networking. Anyhow, keep an eye out for those Conroe-L CPUs, they will be the best processors to use with the GA-945PL-S3."

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Friday, December 1, 2006
Corsair HX620 620w Modular PSU Review @ Overclock3D
"The HX620 appears to have some very impressive specifications including ~85% efficiency, noise levels of around 35dbA under 100% load and triple +12v rails rated at 18 amps each. Corsair also claims that each of the +12v rails are able to share power, thus meaning that if any one of the 3 rails becomes overloaded, one of the other rails will be able to assist."

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Zalman ZM600-HP 600w Modular Power Supply Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Zalman ZM600-HP accomplished what it set out to do in delivering a solid combination of power (600w), a nicely done modular cable system, and the uniqueness of the first heatpipe cooled power supply interior."

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DirectX 10: The Future of Gaming @ Bit-Tech
"All of the developers we have spoken to about DirectX 10 have greeted it with open arms. Many of those developers are working towards either porting an existing game to DirectX 10 or are in the process of creating a new game using the new API and acknowledge that the lower overheads associated with many heavily used functions will allow them to create scenes with more visual complexity and richness. Both AMD’s and NVIDIA’s developer relations teams are working with games developers to ensure that they have the necessary tools to make efficient use of DirectX 10’s capabilities."

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Geeks.com USB 2.0 TV Tuner/Video Capture Box Review @ BigBruin
"The Geeks.com USB 2.0 TV Tuner/Video Capture Box may not be for those with a desktop PC wanting high end performance from a TV card. But, for those who want their TV tuner to be as simple as possible, this may be the ticket. It is portable, sharable between computers, compatible with notebook computers, will not require you to open your desktop computer, and you do not need to have an available PCI slot. It is just very easy to install and use!"

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QNAP Turbo Station TS-201 NAS Server Review @ Bjorn3D
"You may not know this, but there is a fast moving trend among power users which began in the corporate office and will end in your home. You may not be aware of it yet, but very soon you will be telling others about it. A few years back, IT directors noticed that it might save their company a lot of money to have a device which did all of the same functions as a file server, but without the cost and overhead of an operating system. Since licensing costs have soared in the corporate environment, devices known as Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers have started showing up everywhere. Up until recently, these items were usually somewhat expensive, and very limited in functionality. With technology evolving at a tremendous rate, it didn't take long for the NAS servers to completely replace the networked file servers and reach prices that even home users could afford."

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ASUS GeForce EN7950GT Graphics Card Review @ Tweaktown
"The 7900GT generally caught onto a lot of bad press thanks to the extremely high failure rate from some companies who simply offered too much of an overclock. Cards died from anywhere between one week to three months but on particular brands the failure rate was consistent enough that you couldn’t put it down to a bit of bad luck. With the bad press it made sense that nVidia would want to do a bit of a rehash with the highly popular card. The 7900GT became discontinued and the 7950GT took its place, it is actually the highest spec card in the GeForce 7 series line up now with both the 7950GX2 and 7900GTX being also discontinued. If you’re after a high-end card and don’t have the bucks to spend on the GeForce 8800 series, this is your only option from nVidia."

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Palit GeForce 8800 GTX Review @ techPowerUp
"NVIDIA's new G80 GPU is the first to implement DirectX 10 support and Shader Model 4.0. Palit is one of NVIDIA's board partners who is selling the GeForce 8800 GTX. The card comes with 768 MB of video memory and can will run whatever you throw at it at highest resolutions with maximized settings. We test the card against the ATI Radeon X1950 XTX, X1900 Crossfire and the Geforce 7900 GTX."

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ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon X1900 Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"This card, much like its older brothers, is an excellent all around card for a user needing an multimedia card that can also be used for gaming. To boil it down, this card has it all. It is too bad that this will be the last of a breed that has dominated the multimedia market with such force that all rivals were laughed off of the market before they even left the white paper."

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AnyDrive 3 Multifunction MP3 Player FM Wireless Transmitter Review

"Overall, the AnyDrive is a mixed bag. By itself, it's a decent enough player, but very limited. Lack of file support, quirky backlighting, and all but useless instructions knock the Anydrive down a few notches."

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Asus EAX1950Pro HTDP/256M/A Radeon X1950Pro Videocard Review @ PCstats
"The Asus EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A is the first of this new class of native CrossFire compatible ATi videocards to land on PCSTATS test bench. The best thing about the Asus EAX1950PRO is that it doesn't require a Master card to run Crossfire. The ATi Radeon X1950 Pro based PCI Express x16 videocard has 256MB of GDDR3 memory. It supports dual digital monitors and TV/S-Video output, along with high definition output through a set of component outputs. It doesn't come with a whole lot of software for an Asus videocard, only a driver disc and some Asus video utilities. There are no more messy external connector cables, no more Master videocards so Crossfire might just have a chance in hell of succeeding now."

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OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 ATI CrossFire Certified Edition Memory Review @ 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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ASUS EAX1950 Pro Video Card Review @ Gampyre
"The ASUS EAX1950Pro is an excellent buy for the consumer at $199 retail. It has all of the DirectX 9.0c features that you would want for today’s computer games and the performance that outstrips its nearest competitor in most cases. ASUS has done a stellar job with their card, with it having a unique heat sink with a heat pipe not found on other X1950Pros. As such I can easily give the card a Silver Gamers’ Choice award."

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ASUS P5B-E Motherboard Review @ Bjorn3D
"We have been reviewing several of ASUS high-end motherboards the last few months (ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium, ASUS P5W64WS Professional Motherboard, ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition). ASUS however also have cheaper and simpler motherboards in the line-up. Today I am testing the ASUS P5B-E, an Intel965 based motherboard which might not come with all the bells and whistles of the nForce 590 or the i975 chipset but which still offers a lot of functionality for its price."

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AMD Quad FX with FX-74 Processors Review @ Legit Reviews
"By doubling the scores across the board AMD was able to catch up to Intel's latest quad-core processors in a number of benchmarks, but it's clear from our use of both system that Intel still has the lead when it comes to 'quad' platforms. When it comes to pricing AMD has really slashed prices on their FX-70 series processor pricing."

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High-End 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 high-end system budget is set at $3,200, 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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Buffalo FireStix 2x512MB PC6400 5-5-5 Review @ Overclockers Online
"Throughout the extensive overclocking and testing of these modules, I could not come up with anything to complain about. They look great, they perform as they should, and they have plenty of overclocking headroom for the enthusiasts out there. Again, without a retail price anywhere it is hard to give a very concrete judgment but something tells me that these modules should be a part of anyone's buying decision if you're in the market for a 1GB memory kit. I can hardly wait to get my hands on a 2GB kit of some hot FireStix."

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MSI 975X Platinum Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"If you plan on running a high end Intel Core 2 Duo system, you're advised to upgrade your power supply to something that's ATX2.0 compatible and has an ESP12V connector. The MSI 975X Platinum will run on older power supplies but older units are not designed to handle the power requirements of modern machines. A compatible power supply is definitely required if you plan on running a dual videocard setup."

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ASUS P5W64 WS Professional Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"This is a great board for those seeking a workstation class motherboard that has multiple-monitor support. Stability and options are the P5W64 WS Pro’s stand-out features. The lack of any PCI-X slots for 32-Bit SCSI may be daunting to those wanting to do video editing, but with SATA 2 at only a bit slower than the ultimate SCSI transfer rates available [WINDOWS-1252?]it’s not much of a sacrifice. Not the fastest ship in the ASUS fleet, but it does have many things to attract a variety of users."

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