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Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Arctic Cooling Accelero GPU Coolers (X1/X2) Review @ PureOverclock
"The X1 and X2 are drastically different from the NV silencer range that ruled the earth before it. They have introduced heat pipe technology into the equation – a first for GPU cooling. Arctic Cooling claims this improves the cooling efficiency over the NV silencer range."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic-Cooling Accelero X1 VGA Cooler Review @ Techniz
"The Accelero X1 is the latest technology of VGA Cooler from
Arctic-Cooling. The Accelero X1 is not only powerful on the stylish look, but also the performance that able to deliver by it. The heatsink is made of aluminum thin fins together with the copper base to provide the best heat dissipations for the graphic card. A part of it, it also bundles with the passive memory cooler for cooling the memory on the graphic card. The operation noise level is extremely silent as well. Due to the design of it, the Accelero X1 is only support the Nvidia 6800 and 7800 series of graphic card."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"Corsair wanted to launch a low cost water cooler at $159 and that is what Corsair did. I give Corsair a hand for bringing enthusiast technology to the mainstream consumer and I believe the mainstream market is ready to embrace water cooling. I have been saying for years that water cooling is the way to go if you don't move around your computer a ton. With reduced noise levels and awesome temperatures water cooling is well worth the extra cost from my point of view. Decent water cooling was always over $200 and that the midnight oil burning over at Corsair and the end result is the Nautilus 500."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS7000B CPU Cooler Review @ Overclockers Club
"The moment everyone has been waiting for is here: the verdict. Coming in at around $450, not everyone would find the SyncMaster 930BF affordable. I have to be honest with you- I really had my doubts about the actual performance of this display at first, however after heavy scrutinizing I believe it has lived up to its hype. It had some minor flaws, but nothing’s perfect. This is definitely a product to look into if you have some bucks to blow and a hunger for a fast, sharp, bright and of excellent overall quality image."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 heatsink suspends its 2000RPM fan on four dual axial rubber vibration absorbing posts. The general purpose of which is to prevent fan motor vibrations from transferring to other areas of the computer chassis which could cause noise. The 90-ish millimeter fan minimizes turbulence and noise by essentially floating the impeller alone above the aluminum component. The whole package weighs in at just 486 grams, and judging by recent information the Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 should even be compatible with AMD socket AM2 heatsink retention frames though we aren't 100% certain."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Strider 600W Modular PSU Review @ XtremeComputing
"I was a bit dubious and thought that the Strider ST60F might just dip under the 12V but I held its own and again I was impressed at its performance. I have had many normal PSUs that although stable don’t perform this well, and they are not budget brands either, although under a heavy clock I managed to get the 12v to drop to 11.98 although it was the lowest it dropped to and the average was still 12.06."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Real Power 550W SLI Certified PSU Review @ Madshrimps
"Cooler Master surprised us two years ago with their Real Power 450W PSU, offering solid performance for a competitive price. Today we have their latest in for testing a 550W SLI certified unit equipped with 120mm for silent operation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake ToughPower 550w Power Supply Review @ A1-Electronics
"Thermaltake as we are sure most of you may know started back in 1999 at a time when heatsinks for computers was something only overclockers or PC enthusiasts were involved in. Since those early days Thermaltake have been producing top quality, top design stylish products for computers from heatsinks to power supplies, computer cases and much more. We remember reviewing their early Golden Orb heatsinks in the early days as well. Today though we take a look at this new very top quality 550w ToughPower power supply from Thermaltake which complies with ATX 12v 2.0 specifications."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Technology Announces New Ultra-Low Latency 2GB Dual Channel Kits
"Sunnyvale, CA—February 27, 2006—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the release of the PC-4000 EL DDR Platinum XTC 1GB module and 2GB dual channel kit. The industry-leading OCZ Platinum series PC-4000 with 3-3-3-8 timings features extremely low latency for a 1GB capacity product, and is designed specifically to address the unique demands placed on PCs by enthusiasts and gamers.

"Common knowledge still dictates that the benefits of increased system memory will be mitigated by introducing higher latencies," commented Dr. Michael Schuette, VP of Technology Development at OCZ Technology. "Our answer to this technical challenge is the new PC-4000 Platinum XTC product line, a direct result of devoting substantial technical resources to R&D. The DDR500 Platinum XTC offers the benefits of the lowest latencies in its class, in combination with the highest consumer level density per module."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Infrant Technologies ReadyNAS NV 1.0TB Review @ Trusted Reviews
"In our tireless efforts to bring you the lowdown on all manner of network storage we’ve seen just about every kind of NAS appliance the consumer and small business market has to offer. Some have been good and some not so good but the latest ReadyNAS NV from Infrant Technologies looks like it ticks all the right boxes."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Storage MS02 Review @ Phoronix
"The MS02 is a compact yet attractive 2.5" hard disk drive
enclosure from the engineers over at SilverStone Technology. While keeping the finely brushed exterior in tiptop shape the aluminum enclosure is designed to operate silently as well as meeting the cooling needs of the drives. To top that off, Windows and Macintosh users have a one touch backup system in place with the SilverStone MS02 to ensure the safekeeping of their beloved files."

More information on this review can be found here.
SLI - Two Years Later Remains Nvidia's Marketing Masterpiece @ NGOHQ
"Currently SLI allows you to accelerate rendering using two effective modes. The first, SFR or Split-Frame Rendering, has each graphics card render a portion of the screen split horizontally. One card, the primary device on the PEG host, is responsible for the top section of the screen and the secondary device is responsible for the bottom section. That situation is then load balanced. The second mode is AFR, or Alternate-Frame Rendering. For each graphics device in the system the driver round-robins the graphics commands and data to each device, forcing each device to render a frame in turn. For a dual-GPU SLI setup each device renders a frame, waits for a frame, then renders a frame, and so forth."

More information on this article can be found here.
How To Speed Up Your Computer Without Upgrading @ The TechZone
"It seems that the longer you own your computer, the slower it gets! It isn't getting slower just because it is older. Read the following article to learn how to speed up your computer without upgrading the hardware."

More information on this article can be found here.
Digital Hot Rods Book Review @ Trusted Reviews
"It was with some trepidation then that I approached Digital Hot Rods authored by Ben Hardwidge, News and Features Editor of Custom PC Magazine. As the name suggests, this isn’t simply a book about regular computers - it’s about the craze for modifying and personalising PCs, know as modding. In fact our sister web site, Bit-Tech, is on the favourites list of all the best modders and gets several mentions in the book."

More information on this review can be found here.
How-To: A Better Test Bench @ BoxGods
"PC cases are notorious for poor component access. If you have seven different video cards to review, or several motherboard/cpu combinations to benchmark, a standard case is a pain. Even if you're just a "Tweaker", being able to get to everything easily is a big plus. This time out, we show you how to build a nice open case/test bench for under $50 and a few days of free time."

Nice work! More information on this guide can be found here.
Ultra Aluminus ATX Mid-Tower Case Review @ 3DGameman
"The Ultra Aluminus ATX Mid-Tower Case is a familiar design and is used by many companies. This case though is made from lightweight aluminum and has a high gloss black paint finish. It's an excellent choice for modding or LAN parties. Air circulation is great, but two optional 120mm fans are required. There are plenty of drive bays and it even has a removable motherboard tray. This product has looks and functionality to boot."

More information on this video review can be found here.
DynapowerUSA Blackwidow Case Review @ Mikhailtech
"Internally, the back is standard with a couple notable exceptions. First, there's a custom PCI retention system. Second, the fan snaps into a pre-installed bracket. The front has provisions for 4x 5.25" bays and 6x 3.5" bays (2 external, 4 internal). There are also two blue retention clips for quick installation of a pair of drives. Lastly, there's a spot for a 120mm intake fan. It draws air from the bottom of the case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, February 27, 2006
Icemat 2nd Edition Gaming Mouse Mat Review @ XSReviews
"The originally Icemat was hailed the world over my gamers and enthusiasts for its sleek looks, gaming prowess, and the all important part of aiding the experienced gamer in making fragging those "noobs" just that bit easier. Today I have with me the newer, sleeker and sexier looking Icemat 2nd Edition, let’s see how it does when put through its paces."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corepad Deskpad XXL Review @ Think Computers
"Are you one of those people that love a big mouse pad? Then BOY have I got something for you to check out for review today. I used to like the smaller mouse pads, but I got a few larger ones for review and grew quite fond of them over time, but I have found one now that I just love. It is from Corepad, it is called the Deskpad XXL, and it truly is extra, extra large."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Review @ Laptop Gamers
"Logitech has come up with a really solid product for gaming enthusiasts. Although there is nothing revolutionary about the keyboard, it has more than enough features to warrant a purchase. You can easily tell that Logitech did their homework before designing this keyboard. While reviewing the G15, I was most impressed by the wide spectrum of features. Minor features like the 'Game Mode' switch are a nice bonus. Who would have thought that a feature to disable your Windows keys would help enhance your gaming experience? Well, Logitech obviously did. More significant features like the G-keys and their vast amount of programmability options will help gamers of all levels gain a competitive edge. The Logitech G15 has a deep level of customization that is second to none."

More information on this review can be found here.
Linksys WRT54GC Wireless Router Review @ Digital Grabber
"When connected directly to the router using the Ethernet ports, both LAN to WAN and WAN to LAN speed were measured at about 47Mbits per second. Not quite the 100Mbit/sec but a good performance neither the less. Wireless performance without the optional high gain antenna was superb for such a small router. I measured wireless speed at 24.5Mbits/sec with my notebook right next to the router, dropping to 23.5Mbit/sec when I moved 15 feet away. Speed dropped to 20.5Mbit/sec when I went into the next room and there was a wall for the signal to go though. Basically this means you'll be able to enjoy very fast wireless speed in your hotel room and your friends in the next room will enjoy very good performance as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 930BF-Black LCD Monitor Review @ Overclockers Club
"The moment everyone has been waiting for is here: the verdict. Coming in at around $450, not everyone would find the SyncMaster 930BF affordable. I have to be honest with you- I really had my doubts about the actual performance of this display at first, however after heavy scrutinizing I believe it has lived up to its hype. It had some minor flaws, but nothing’s perfect. This is definitely a product to look into if you have some bucks to blow and a hunger for a fast, sharp, bright and of excellent overall quality image."

More information on this review can be found here.
TRENDnet TEW-429UF USB Flash Drive, Wireless Adapter & Wi-Fi Finder Review @ The TechZone
"The TEW-429UF is the next evolution in its Award-Winning WiFi Detector product line. The new unit incorporates a Wi-Fi Detector with LCD Display, 802.11g USB 2.0 Adapter, and a 512MB Flash Memory Drive, creating the ultimate All-in-One mobile solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Kamariki-2 550 Watt Quiet Power Supply Review @ Pro-Clockers
"There are many people out there that don't really care about modular power supplies or just don't believe that they provide the stability that they need. So that is a reason why companies like OCZ, PC Power and Cooling, Enermax and others non-modular power supplies dominate the market. Another company that is determined to make a name for themselves beside these other companies is Scythe. Known for arguably the best heatsink out right now, the Ninja, Scythe is introducing the Kamariki-2 to the US market. This is bound to stir up a little something."

More information on this review can be found here.
SuperTalent T800UX2GC4 PC2-6400 2GB Kit Review @ Driver Heaven
"AMD will present the AM2 socket this summer, which supports DDR2 PC6400 RAM. Intel based motherboards can already use such RAM and so we have most manufacturers entering a memory war, with every RAM manufacturer trying to design and release high speed DDR2 modules while offering good value as well. This memory war seems to get interesting as Super Talent, a less known company among the enthusiast circles, released the (for the time being) fastest PC-6400 2GB kit currently available. The T800UX2GC4 kit consists of two 1GB modules, rated to run at 800MHz DDR and 4/3/4/8 timings."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron 6600-512 Video Card Review @ Overclockers Online
"The 6600-512 by Albatron was meant to outperform the cards like the GeForce 6800 and even rival the 6600GT. While it may come up a bit short if those cards are overclocked, Albatron has provided an alternative solution that will certainly cost less while maintaining an average level of performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA Solaris SLI @ Phoronix
"Towards the end of December, we had written two articles to
examine the frame-rate performance of both ATI and NVIDIA drivers as they had progressed throughout the year under Linux. Although there were minimal average frame-rate differences between each of the drivers, in most instances, each company had appended critical features throughout the year that was sought after by the Linux community. While we have yet to see any ATI CrossFire support under Linux, nor is it evident if we will ever see this multi-GPU support, the developers at NVIDIA had appended Scalable Link Interface support in their 1.0-8174 display drivers released in early December of last year. However, the folks using Solaris from Sun Microsystems had not received SLI support until the most recent drivers released on December 22. Today at Phoronix, we are taking a quick preview and how-to guide for NVIDIA's GeForce SLI under Solaris 10."

More information on this article can be found here.
ABIT AW8 Motherboard Review @ techFEAR


"Driven by Intel's 955X north bridge and ICH7R south bridge, the ABIT AW8 is poised to be a terrific entry level contender of the AW8 line. The AW8 supports the LGA775 line of Intel processors and can power up to 8GB of memory when combined with a 64-bit operating system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro HSF Review @ Bjorn3D
"Today, I am going to look at a fairly new CPU cooler from Arctic Cooling named the Freezer 64 Pro. This is a cooler designed to fit on AMD Athlon 64 CPUs (Socket 754/939/940). Arctic Cooling does also make a version that mounts on Intel systems called the Freezer 7 Pro for the Intel Socket 775."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake RX K8 Silent Boost Copper CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews


"With the Silent Boost RX K8, Thermaltake has targeted the user who values compactness and silence over maximum effort cooling. For example, this would be an excellent choice for a home theater PC where space is always an issue and quiet cooling is a necessity."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte G-Power Lite CPU Cooler Review @ XYZ Computing
"Although Gigabyte has made a name for itself by producing motherboards and video cards, lately they have focused increasingly on other types of hardware. Among these have been their CPU coolers, which are not that common but have been getting some positive press and look quite promising. This review is going to be taking a look at Gigabyte's G-Power Lite CPU cooler. This unit is Gigabyte's take on a fairly conventional heatpipe CPU cooler. At first glance it appears to be just what most enthusiasts are looking for- quiet, more powerful than the stock cooler, and easy to install. It uses a fairly large fan and three heatpipes to get the job done. This formula has been a success in the past, so expectations are high."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tt Symphony Mini H2O Cooling Kit Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"Thermaltake's quick connect hoses rock pretty hard. They are designed so that both sides are closed and sealed except when mated together. Remember how I mentioned that the Symphony Mini came shipped to us pre-filled? The only thing between a liter or so of coolant and the FedEx box were these quick connect seals. The hoses were not connected during packaging or shipping. If Thermaltake puts this much faith in a quick connect seal, I think that speaks volumes of how good it is."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCW60 VGA Waterblock Review @ OCIA
"Here's a closer look at the base plate. You can clearly see Swiftech's Patent-Pending Diamond Pin Matrix design. One thing to note on the inner machine work... on some of the first production runs of the APOGEE CPU block, there was a problem with copper shavings being left on the inside of the block. Swiftech has now added a bead blasting process to ensure that the base plates are totally clean and free of shavings. This is why the inside of the block now has a somewhat textured finish instead of a shiny one."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone SG01S Case Review @ Techniz
"Creating a small form factor (SFF) enclosure without a proprietary motherboard or power supply is a challenge that few companies want to face. For SilverStone, this intriguing challenge was welcomed with open arms and our engineers created yet another segment-defining design that will become the standard for years to come. The SG01¡¦s immaculate aluminum interior offers incredible amount of space for nearly all standard ATX components in a foot print that is only a few inches larger than typical SFF systems. With its carefully arranged cooling configuration and the ability to accommodate a wide array of Micro ATX motherboards, ATX power supplies, and even two double width graphics cards, the SG01 will ensure greater upgrade possibility than ever before."

More information on this review can be found here.
NMEDIAPC HTPC 300 Case Review @ ThinkComputers
"Since I've been reviewing products, I've come across a few Home Theater PC cases. It seems many companies now make them, but now a few specialize in them. Today for review I have an HTPC case from a company called NMedia, NMedia is one of those companies that specialize in making a better HTPC case. I have been looking for the perfect HTPC case for myself and I think I may have found it, or at least the perfect one at the moment, as technology is always evolving to just get better."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Scythe KAMA-BAY Bay Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Air circulation is a must have in any computer. No matter if have a simple work station or a high end gaming systems, the importance of air moving across your components is very important. And the only way to achieve this is the proper placement of cooling fans. If you have a case that is need of some air movement then Scythe has what you need, a Kama-Bay."

More information on this review can be found here.
Noctua & Coolink Heatpipe Coolers Review @ MetkuMods
"Bigger is better" kind of thinking seems to be the key here. It is good to see that the manufacturers didn't build the heatsink around a huge lump of copper but decided to make the unit relatively light by utilizing aluminum fins and multiple heatpipes. This makes the cooling power to weight ratio excellent."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Tide Water VGA Liquid Cooling Module Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Thermaltake Tide Water (VGA Liquid Cooling Module) is the first of its kind. Currently there is nothing like it on the market. With modern Video Cards getting faster and faster, they can get really hot. At default speeds this is fine, but if you are overclocking, something else is required. This is a perfect option for anyone needing to get their Video Card's core to its peek performance."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Ultra Products X-Finity 600W Power Supply Review @ PCApex
"Here is the biggest feature (besides the sweet 600W of power) that this PSU has; the cables. The X-Finity isn't a modular PSU but it does offer unique flat cables instead of round cables. This allows you to run them places where you couldn't with normal cables like under the mobo. One great advantage to running flat cables is you are able to make 90 degree turns by simply folding it over Origami style. Ultra claims a 30% increase in airflow due to the flat cables."

More information on this review can be found here.
AIW X1900 Video Card Review @ Driver Heaven
"It’s not often as a reviewer that you receive a product which doesn’t have a major competing part from another manufacturer. This is one such product and allows us to say quite easily that the AIW X1900 is the best product of its type that money can buy. This however doesn’t tell the whole story."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix DDR500 PC-4000 1GB Kit Review @ MVKTech
"Crucial Technology has been known for their quality memory, great prices, and fast shipping. Recently Crucial has a new high performance memory product line, which goes by the name of Ballistix. The Ballistix line of memory encompasses both DDR and DDR2 products, and emphasizes performance while still maintaining Crucial's high standards of quality. The Ballistix modules are specifically built for performance enthusiasts who want to push the performance without worrying about data loss or corruption."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor X1300 HyperMemory™ 2 Review @ Bjorn3D
"Because not everyone can shell out $500+ green for a video card, I decided to review the PowerColor X1600 XT and X1300 not so long ago. On February 21st, Tul Corporation announeced another low-end model based around RV515, the PowerColor X1300 HyperMemory™ 2 (RV515LE). With the PowerColor X1900 XT review behind us, I thought it would be fun and interesting to check out these cheap boards as well. "

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS PF5 Extreme Motherboard Review @ Phoronix
"ECS Elitegroup has been in the motherboard business since
1987, and their design quality certainly shows with their PF5 Extreme. The ECS PF5 Extreme packs in dual PCI Express slots, dual LAN interfaces, ECSonic II, and a wealth of other exclusives with this Socket LGA-775 solution, which is powered by Intel's 945 Chipset. However, just how well will it fair against alternative Glenwood and Lakeport products? Today we have the ECS PF5 Extreme today to look at how well this multi-colored solution performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS PF22 Extreme Motherboard Review @ Neoseeker
"Along with the usual things you can expect from a i955X motherboard, Elitegroup's PF22 Extreme also supports ATI's dual-graphics "CrossFire" technology. Similar to NVIDIA's SLI, CrossFire allows users with a PCI-Express Radeon "master" card to boost 3D graphics performance by adding a second compatible ATI graphics card. The low-down on CrossFire is that both cards do their share of work to their fullest capabilities, with the secondary card sending its rendered image to the master card, where the entire image is assembled on the compositing chip before being sent to the display device."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Motherboard Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"What is the most popular chipset when it comes to overclocking AMD processor today? Without a doubt, it has to be the NVIDIA nForce4, which brings us to the motherboard we are reviewing today. The board we are reviewing is the ECS KN1 SLI Extreme; this board is quickly becoming one of the hottest SLI boards on the market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone EB01 D/A Converter Review @ DreamWare Computers
"When building an HTPC, taking the time to get high-quality components can do nothing but enhance your digital media experience. You've bought the internals, an expensive case and some flashy extras, but plugging your expensive speakers into the little output on the motherboard's onboard sound just doesn't spell high-quality. For those people using a set of stereo speakers that want high quality Digital to Analog sound reproduction, Silverstone has come out with the EB01 to fill that void."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuniq Symmetry 1 ATX Chassis Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Certain features stand out as exceptional, such as the lower location of the external USB/IEEE Audio/Mic ports, and the how the door swings open to the right (as opposed to the left on most cases.) They also added a neat little gadget: an Analog Dial Meter."

More information on this review can be found here.
XKROMA ATX Chrome Case Review @ Think Computers
"For the price of $79.00 you are pretty much getting what you paid for. Although for that price I was hoping for at least a power supply. The Xkroma is very eye pleasing; the paint job is really good. This can be a good thing or a bad thing. You can easily see dirt and dust on the case."

More information on this review can be found here.
AplusCase GL2 HTPC Case Review @ Technic3D
"With the AplusCase a further offerer of first-class housings dares itself into the difficult area of the Mutimedia housings. The GL2 HTPCC housing is to exist beside a living room-suited exterior by very good cooling characteristics, noiseless enterprise and simple handling against the competition."

This review is in German so use an online translator like Babelfish to read. More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master CM Stacker 830 Case Review @ Trusted Reviews
"Cooler Master has a reputation for cases geared towards the enthusiast and its Stacker range of chassis have been immensely popular, being amazingly well built and very functional – especially if you have large water cooling or require plenty of fans. The latest incarnation of the Stacker is the 830 series."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone LC16M HTPC Case Review @ Bit-Tech
"There's no doubt about it - we loved Silverstone LC16M. Unlike some, we weren't put off by the chunky looks and the added bonus is the amount of room there is inside. If you require a slimline HTPC, something like the Silverstone LC09 would do the job but you will need to budget for a mini-ITX motherboard and be prepared to accept the limitations of a single PCI slot and single hard drive storage. For anyone wanting to use existing desktop PC hardware, the Silverstone LC16M gives you the flexibility to pack in almost anything you could possibly need and more. The bundled software is slick and the remote is a must have. If you don't need the VFD, you might be better opting for a cheaper model but for all round ability, the LC16M would satisfy the needs of most home theatre zealots."

I'm a big fan of SilverStone cases and the LC16M is no exception. Here is our comparison review on this fantastic unit. More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Eclipse DV Case Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"If you're looking for a one liner then it would have to be "I like this case". The inclusion of combo DVD drive is a great idea. Not only will it save you a few bucks, but it frees up drive bay as well. The drawback with this is the single connection on the IDE cable. This means that you lose one drive off your board, but if you're running SATA hard drives then it's not a biggie."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, February 24, 2006
Icemat Siberia Black Headset Review @ techFEAR
"Icemat promises a headset that can satisfy multipurpose roles. From gaming and MP3 use to home audio and VoIP, the Icemat Siberia Black Headset is designed to fill those roles and ‘look damn cool’ doing it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plantronics Pulsar 590A Bluetooth Headset Review @ ThinkComputers
"When I first saw these headphones at CES, I could tell there was something extraordinary about them. Their sleek design immediately caught my attention, and after discovering they were Bluetooth wireless, I knew they would be keepers. I recently came across the industrial design studio's website, One & Co, for these headphones and it's obvious that a considerable amount of meticulous study went into creating these masterpieces. However, design isn't all of what makes a product great, and I had to get my hands on a pair and actually see whether these performed just as good as they looked."

More information on this review can be found here.
Steel Series 5H USB PC Headset Review @ Designtechnica


"The number of integrated headphones has increased exponentially over the last several years. Online gamers are looking for better performance and enhanced ergonomic designs which will make their experience more enjoyable. Steel Series has stepped up to the plate with their new 5H USB headphone which integrates an external USB audio device, in-line controls, and extendable microphone. While the build quality and ergonomics of the headphones are exceptional, the headphone's overall performance is somewhat lackluster and leaves a lot to be desired. However, for someone looking for just about everything in one place, they might be worth a try. Good alternatives that fall into the same price range include the Sennheiser PC 160's and Plantronics.AUDIO 90."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Purepower Power Station 520W PSU Review @ Legit Reviews
"Power supplies have really advanced in the last 2 years. Some of the advancement is from innovation, the other is from the necessity for more strict power guidelines. With power hungry processors and video cards on the market, older PSUs are becoming obsolete because they can not handle the load todays PC parts require. With this in mind, we are going to retire a Thermaltake 360W Purepower PSU and replace it with a new Thermaltake 520W Purepower Power Station that is ATX 12V 2.0 compliant. This upgrade should show most of the reasons one would want to upgrade their PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeamtech Solar Illuminated Keyboard Review @ GideonTech
"Judging from the name of the keyboard, one would think it was somehow solar powered or was so brightly lit, it felt like the sun. Sadly, that isn't the case."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Mouse @ IceTeks
"This guide will tell you everything you need to know about a mouse, and even how to mod yours! Make your rodent look all pretty and stuff."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Lapinator vs. Lapinator Plus Laptop Desk Comparison @ Virtual-Hideout
"If you've got a tiny laptop, the original Lapinator will do wonders for you. However if you've got a larger laptop, you're definitely going to want to go with the larger Lapinator Plus. I've got one of the larger laptops on the market and the Plus is just perfect. Add the mousitizer and it’s smooth and cool computing."

More information on this review can be found here.

Logitech G7 Laser Cordless Mouse Review

"The G7 doesn't disappoint and Logitech has delivered another top-notch mouse product. With its impressive suite of features, from on-the-fly sensitivity adjustments to quick-charging batteries, and its high level of precision and accuracy, the G7 is a solid product for any consumer, especially the gamer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Blue Orb II Review @ Techgage
"There are a lot of similarities with this cooler to the Zalman 7700. The basic design is the same as both sport a 120mm fan sunk into the cooling fins of the cooler. That, it seems, is where the similarities end. The Blue Orb II is sporting Thermaltake’s new “crotched fin” design. What this is basically is a tree pattern. Where the aluminum fins meet the copper base, the aluminum is somewhat thick and as it reaches out, away from the base, it branches out into thinner fins. Repeat this pattern twice and you have the Blue Orb II. I am not going to pretend to have counted the fins but let me tell you, there are a lot."

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Danger Den Water Cooling Kit Review @ ExtensiveMods
"Danger Den is a company known world wide for producing some of the best water cooling components out there. They were pioneers in the market, and may be seen as the first company who offered consumers a "self purchased" water cooling setup. Since the olden days when water cooling was known to many as a crazy idea, Danger Den stayed with it and today they produce a wide range of water cooling products such as CPU, GPU, HDD water blocks, and recently they have expanded into the pumps, water additives, and custom fill ports and reservoirs, and much more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD Hard Drive Review @ XYZ Computing
"The Raptor X, model WD1500AHFD, reflects the third generation of the Raptor series. This model upgrades the Raptor to a 150GB capacity, a 16MB cache, and it throws in NCQ as well. The 150GB Raptor is also available as the WD1500ADHFD, which has the same specifications but lacks the clear window on top which the Raptor X is known for. After a 36GB and 74GB offerings, the Raptor has finally been made available in a drive large enough to be used for almost any application, not just specialty purposes. Western Digital markets the Raptor X as the first ever hard drive designed for gamers/modders, but under its clear window this is WD's top-of-the-line enterprise level drive."

More information on this review can be found here.

3Dconnexion SpaceTraveler Review

"For the most part, the SpaceTraveler is a surprisingly similar device to the SpacePilot. The basic functionality is duplicated almost exactly. In fact, for all intents and purposes, the SpaceTraveler is the core knob-like piece of the SpacePilot extracted from the rest of the rectangular housing. Sans context-sensitive LCD display, sans duplicated keyboard keys, sans labeled buttons. Instead, those sneaky devils at 3Dconnexion have created eight very stealthy, programmable buttons out of clear plastic and positioned them around the perimeter of the SpaceTraveler’s pretty base. And they light up when the unit is plugged in, simulating the same blue LED effect that the SpacePilot has."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX Overclocked GeForce 6600 256 MB (PV-T43P-UDS7) Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Nowadays GeForce 6600 chip is located on the top of all entry-level nVidia GPUs (or at the bottom of all mid-range graphics chips, depending on how you look the market). We reviewed an overclocked model from XFX, called PV-T43P-UDS7, which comes with 256 MB GDDR2. Let’s see how it performs against “normal” GeForce 6600 models and also against other video cards available at the market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus EAX1800XT TOP 512MB Video Card Review @ XtremeComputing
"Downloading the latest Catalyst drivers from ATI gave me the latest 6.2 version, and after uninstalling the old drivers and rebooting I was underway. However I did have to go into the ATI Overclocking utility to set the GPU and Memory speed to the correct values, as initially it ran them at the default 600MHz GPU and 1500MHz Memory (DDR). Changing the clock speed took all of 10 seconds, and perhaps using the included software bundle would have defaulted to the correct settings."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeCube Radeon X1800XT 512MB Video Card Review @ Bit-Tech
"Unfortunately for GeCube, Sapphire seem to be blanketing the market with aggressively priced Radeon X1900s available for as little as £346.98 including VAT, which means there's little point spending £20 less to get something that is slower in just about every title. The price of Radeon X1900XT is testament to the real availability of the X1900-series cards, with the exception of the All-In-Wonder X1900. Ultimately, the low prices and real availability of Radeon X1900 is good news for the consumer."

More information on this review can be found here.
A Beginner's Guide to Air Cooling Your Smokin Hot Computer @ Bona Fide Reviews
"Computers are getting faster and faster every week. Faster, denser CPU's, motherboards, and video cards are coming out all the time and all of these things generate more and more heat. It used to be that you could count on the little fan in your power supply to suck the hot air out and keep everything humming along just fine. Try that on some machines today and you'll end up with a heap of smoking silicon and plastic and a decidedly dull, blank monitor to stare at."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Hell's Illusion: Project Lament II @ CaseModGod
"Sequels as a rule suck, especially horror movie sequels. The HellRaiser series is one exception and there are sadly far too few others. HellBound is every bit as good as the first, or better in every way, depending on which fan you talk to. I am currently working to create a new HellRaiser themed PC far different than my first there are those that have put their computers into puzzle boxes, I am going to put a puzzle box into the PC and hopefully entirely conceal the computer in the process. Dining rooms are over rated so it begins, my HellRaiser sequel mod "Hell's Illusion".

More information on this project can be found here.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
A.C.Ryan Blackfire Fans & Fan Grills Review @ GideonTech
"All of the fans are made from UV reactive Acrylic and have 4 UV LED to light up the fans. One of the features of these fans are that they can be used without having to power the UV LEDs. This configuration means that there are two power rails coming off the fans; one to power the fans and a small pig tail which connects to the LED rail to save you from having to use an additional molex."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products X-Connect 2 550W PSU Review @ BigBruin
"One of the latest Ultra Products brand power supplies is the X-Connect 2, also known as the X2. This power supply is only available in a titanium finish and with a total power rating of 550 Watts. The updates on this power supply from the previous generation include a modular FlexForce cable system and Dual Rail Technology. I will look at these items, among other things, to see how they enhance the power supply, and whether they are worthy updates."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake ToughPower 550W PSU Review @ Bjorn3D
"Today, I'm looking at Thermaltake's yet to be available ToughPower 550W power supply. You might ask what's the big deal? Let's say you already have a PurePower / PowerStation ~500W model. While the amount of Watts may be enough, your new components may require more stable voltages and higher amperage (strength of an electrical current). As the name implies, ToughPower is all about stability."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor 128MB Radeon X800 GTO Graphics Card Review @ BigBruin
"The PowerColor 128MB Radeon X800 GTO graphics card definitely provides a solid bang for the buck. It may not be one of the cutting edge cards out there, but it is priced at a mere fraction of one of those cards. The performance definitely out weighs the price, and if you want a graphics card that can keep up with some of the latest games without costing much more than $100, this one might be hard to beat."

More information on this review can be found here.
Powercolor X1300 128mb PCIE Graphics Card Review @ XSReviews
"Over the past 6 months, the prices of top of the line graphics cards have become as “xtreme” as their affluent names. Laying almost £1000 on an SLI or Crossfire setup is not hard to do, of course this guarantees you the best frame rates money can buy. However, what about those of us who can’t afford such extravagances? Or those of us who aren’t bound to always running 1900*600 at 100 frames per second? For the £50 this card costs, the X1300 is a dream card for those that want to play their games or watch their movies with no problems at all, at comfortable detail levels; read on to find out why."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS Extreme N6600GT Silencer Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"I was surprised at how well this card performed considering its silent nature. This would be a welcome addition to any nearly silent computer, as the video card fan is usually the loudest part in such a machine. Those of you looking to rid yourself of a little noise from your current video card while still maintaining gaming performance should take a look at the ASUS N6600GT silencer."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X1900XTX Review @ NordicHardware
"But nVidia’s shrewd moves were over and now it was ATI’s turn. ATI had in parallel with the R520 also developed a circuit codenamed R580. With a more mature 90nm manufacturing process and multiple enhancements to the core, it was now time for ATI to perform a castling and get back on the playing field."

More information on this review can be found here.
CPU Heatsink Roundup Q1 2006 @ Madshrimps
"In our first roundup of the year we compare 21 popular heatsinks from different manufactures. Heat pipes, Fan-less, Copper and Aluminum, close to 12kg of heatsink put through extensive testing and compared to the new AMD stock cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Nautilus500 External Watercooling Kit Review @ Hexus
"The Corsair Nautilus500 is the simplest watercooling system we've come across. The external, all-in-one nature, carried on over from the HydroCool series, means that you don't have to mix and match parts; the hard work is done for you. Multi-platform support is also present, as is the opportunity of adding in GPU and northbridge blocks at a later date."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech H20-120FB Rev. 3 & Danger Den Acetal Maze4 GPU Block Review @ 3DXtreme
"Well the Swiftech H20-120FB really exceeded my expectations, as well as most people that knew about this little project. Many believed that my temperatures would be much higher, but this kit and the Maze4 performed amazingly! For a little over $200 I was able to move into a water cooling kit that helps me to maintain a stable overclock with very good temperatures and have dropped my load temperatures on the video card by 30+ Degrees C with a Zalman VF-700 aftermarket air cooler and almost 50 Degrees C over the stock X1900XTX cooler. I can't say enough about this kit. I'm sure with a dual 120MM radiator and a more powerful pump I could lower the temperatures but this was more of an experiment that was designed around a low cost pre-boxed kit. If anyone can do these types of kits, Swiftech can - and they have delivered!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Nautilus500 External Watercooling Kit Preview @ Futurelooks
"Revolutionizing the way people view watercooling, Corsair's new Nautilus500 combines chilly cooling performance and QuickInstall design to unleash system performance with ease. Nautilus500 is the industry's first complete watercooling kit that can be installed in less than 15 minutes! "

More information on this preview can be found here.
Corsair Nautilus500 External Watercooling Kit Defines a New Generation of Watercooling Solutions
Fremont, CA (February 22, 2006) – Corsair® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory products, took its acclaimed watercooling product line to a new level today with the release of the Nautilus500™. As the latest generation of external watercooling units, the Nautilus500 boasts the industry’s easiest installation procedure while delivering chilling performance of 30% more efficiency compared to air cooling.

Outstanding Cooling Performance

Designed with enthusiasts in mind, the new Nautilus500 brings 30% more CPU and 40% more GPU cooling efficiency without excessive noise. While overclocking is not guaranteed by any one component, the degree of system overclock generally correlates with the degree of component cooling. The new Nautilus500 brings a new cooling solution to overclockers with its all-copper CPU block and Micro Channel Technology™. The Nautilus500 CPU cooling block provides maximum heat absorption and most efficient heat transfer. Fan speed can be adjusted to suit individual needs. When high fan speed is enabled, cooling performance is maximized. When low fan speed is selected, the Nautilus500 cools effectively with minimum noise generation.

Ultimate Ease of Use

Complicated installation processes and unproven reliability have traditionally been barriers of entry for enthusiasts looking to use watercooling solutions. Corsair’s new Nautilus500 features a QuickInstall™ design that allows any user to install the complete kit in less than 15 minutes without having to remove the motherboard from the case. Compared to other watercooling solutions currently available, the 15-minute installation time is twice as fast as the next best competitor. Each complete kit includes pre-fitted, pressure tested tubing that can be adjusted to any length without the fear of accidental leakage. For mobility-minded users, the kit also includes quick connect self-sealing connectors to avoid having to drain the liquid during transport.

Configuration Flexibility

The Nautilus500 complete kit can be used on any processor type, including Intel® LGA775, socket 478 and AMD® sockets 754, 939 and 940. To deliver maximum configuration flexibility, the cooling unit is adaptable with additional GPU and north bridge blocks. Both blocks are sold separately and can be daisy-chained to the CPU block without cooling performance degradation.

“We engineered a kit that appeals to both performance seekers who want to overclock and entry level enthusiasts who fear using water to cool their systems,” said Don Lieberman, Chief Technology Officer at Corsair Memory. “During the development cycle, we designed the Nautilus500 to ensure that the system provided maximum cooling at a minimum of cost and complexity to the user. The Nautilus500 is an extraordinary watercooling system that exceeded all of our expectations,” continued Lieberman.

More information on this press release can be found here.
Vizo Opera Media Enclosure Review @ Pro-Clockers
"For a long time now hard drive enclosures served one purpose and that was to store data from various reasons. Not only can the Vizo Opera store data but it can also play that data back on your television, just as long as it is video or audio data. Playing those family reunion movies back on your television has never been so easy."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seagate Momentus 5400.3 160GB 2.5" Hard Drive Review @ Viper Lair
"Performance was very good, and for a 5400RPM drive we would consider the performance excellent overall. Our 7200RPM Travelstar died during testing, but the Momentus 5400.3 was very comparable to the faster Travelstar in many of our throughput benchmarks. The Travelstar was faster in the Sysmark test and 480MB write tests, and the Momentus quicker with Windows boot and game level loading."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mainstream System Building Guide @ OCIA
"OCZ's Platinum 2GB memory kit made our list for two reasons. First, 2GB of memory is fast becoming the new standard. Ask anyone who has taken the jump from 1GB to 2GB and they will confirm this. The added memory increases overall system performance, especially in some of the newer graphic-intensive games. The second reason for choosing this kit is the timings. 2-3-2-5 @ 2.6v is quite impressive for large capacity modules. With a Lifetime Warranty rated up to 2.8v, these modules are a no-brainer."

More information on this guide can be found here.
FrozenCPU ThermalRock Dragon Alphacool Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The weight of the door sits on pins rather than hinges. All the door and hinge pin pieces are made from metal. This will reduce the chance of the parts wearing out over time. On the inside of the door is the access to the power/reset buttons and the drive bays. The bezel is made from plastic, but it ties in really well with the case. The color matching is almost perfect. At the bottom of the bezel are some slits to allow fresh air to into the case body. There are 7 external bays: two @ 3.5" and five @ 5.25". Plenty of room for some toys."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolermaster Stacker 830 Case Review @ Bit-Tech
"Having played around with the 830 for a while there is little we can find to fault it, Cooler Master seem to have lived up to their reputation and created another well designed, functional and stylish computer case. There is a plethora of connectivity for those of you who hate reaching around the back to plug in your peripherals, but we can't help thinking that a card reader wouldn't go amiss in such an expensive case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Keyboard Cleaning Guide @ The TechZone
"Computer keyboards can get dirty very easily when they are not properly taken care of. Stores sell compressed air and cleaning products to help you clean your keyboard. Many people have their own way of cleaning their keyboards, but most people usually just flip it upside down and shake it. Those who do spend money on compressed air or cleaning products, you are wasting money and time. Compressed air won't always give you a thorough clean because most of the dirt is trapped underneath the keys. The air does blow out some dirt; however it creates more of a mess for you to clean up. In this guide I will show you how to thoroughly clean you keyboard with some simple household items. When you reach the end of this guide, your keyboard should look as clean as it was the day you bought it."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Mimobot Flash USB Flash Drive Review @ XYZ Computing
"The Mimobot USB Flash drives are a forerunner to the growing trend of lifestyle integration into the hardware world. Their colorful, whimsical design is a statement about the creativity and uniqueness of the product, not its high-performance chip or industrial design. The Mimobots may look like toys but they are fully functioning USB flash drives which may look different but will transport data while making a statement about its owner."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Technology Unveils Next Generation DDR2-1000 (1GHz) Solution
"OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the release of the PC2-8000 Gold XTC DDR2 Series designed to run 1GHz+ speeds to deliver optimal memory performance on the latest Intel platforms. The launch of the new OCZ Gold DDR2-1000 solution will allow all users to achieve the greatest range of memory bandwidth, consequently enabling a superior computer gaming experience and enhanced overall system performance with all applications. OCZ will showcase the PC2-8000 Gold XTC series at CeBIT 2006 in Hannover, Germany to accompany the next generation platform releases that take place there annually."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 Heatsink Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Arctic Cooling is no stranger to the pages of Pro-Clockers. We choose to review their products because they do as advertised, that is to maintain a low level of noise and also cool the product which they are to cool. Today, we have one of the latest CPU coolers from A.C. It is the new Alpine 64. It is aimed at being a direct replacement for the stock OEM piece. We will how see well it ready performs and if it is worth the $15.50 asking price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Altec Lansing inMotion iM716 HD Audio System Review @ Bona Fide Reviews
"Noise isolating earphones may seem like a simple idea; the combination of noise-blocking earplugs with earphones seems natural. However only recently has this idea been brought to the market by market leaders, Etymotic Research. Altec Lansing has collaborated with Etymotic to produce its own flavor of noise isolating earphones. Here’s how they stack up against Etymotic’s own offerings."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Tide Water Review @ Overclockers Online
"I demonstrated that the TT Tide Water is a perfect solution for completely silent cooling of even the hottest video cards on the market today with the option of turning it into an all out performing cooling monster with the sacrifice of a few decibels. The ease of installation make it perfect for any and all users and if you are comfortable changing your CPU heatsink and fan then the TT Tide Water install will be like eating a piece of cake at a 12 year olds birthday party."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone EB01 USB Digital to Analog Converter Review @ A1-Electronics
"Perhaps for many of you this might seem a waste of money but for those of you with high-end stereo equipment and audio equipment this SilverStone EB01 digital to audio USB converter has got to be part of your PC accessories. The kit comes complete with the EB01, USB lead and audio connection lead with gold plated connectors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saitek Audio A-200 2.1 Portable Speaker System Review @ Think Computers
"When most people think of Saitek they think of PC peripherals such as controllers and keyboards. Well Saitek has come out with a new Audio Line called Saitek Audio. The line only has 4 products right now but from what we have seen these products are really cool. Today we will be looking at the A-200 2.1 portable speaker system. This system is geared towards portable audio devices such as the iPod and the Creative Zen."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerocool Zerodba 620 Watt Power Supply Review @ Pro-Clockers
"This one is for all those that like a PC quiet. Whether you are an owner of a HTPC or a high end gaming powerhouse, our next product up for review may be what you need. Aerocool has been around long enough to know what people need and want in building of their computers. Heatsinks, cases and cooling fans are just a few of the thing that they are known for. And if you don’t know them for power supplies, you will now. Aerocool claims the Zerodba will remain absolutely quiet and provide you with all the power you need."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Phantom 500W Review Review @ Nordic Hardware
"At the first glimpse inside the box it may look a bit lean: Manual, 4 screws, a power cord and the power supply. And that's really all you need unless you're after a bunch of stuff for added value, but this power supply is most of all for those who really know what they want; silence."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon X1900 Review @ Hexus
"Niggles aside, for just under £300 when it finally makes its way to retail, you'll get GeForce 7800 GTX performance for less money with the AIW feature set and software to boot. It's that which makes the AIW great, and peerless, in the world of consumer graphics and multimedia technology. No other product offers the same mix for the same cash, and with R580 ATI get to move that game on even further. The best value graphics board currently in production? It's hard to say no."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon X1900XTX Review @ BoxGods
"I am sure those of you who have recently purchased cards in the X1800 family are quite thrilled that ATI has managed to launch a refreshed product line just three scant months later--that is, those of you who managed to track down one of the elusive X1800 cards. ATI was delayed in their launch of the X1800 line, based on the R520 core, due to production issues. Because of that setback, they had to choose between delaying the X1900 series, or getting back on schedule. With the negative press they were getting about the scarcity of products on shelves, the term “paper launch” was fresh in everyone's minds this go 'round. The added determination to hard launch the X1900 line payed off as we actually saw X1900XT's and X1900XTS's on store shelves as early as two days before the actual launch."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sansun Bat Computer Case Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"To the Bat Cave Robin! If this case could take this is one of the first words it would probably speak. The Sansun Bat case is every Batman lovers dream come true, this full-sized ATX case features a outer wrapper that gives the case a very unique Batman theme. (Very tastefully done I might add) From horned hood right down to the super hero's cape, it is all sculpted into the outer shell of the case giving it a truly one of a kind look."

More information on this review can be found here.
S-10000S S-Store Series Case Review @ Techniz
"I-Star popular S-Tower Series. Stylish aluminum front panel design with custom capability. Data storage of up to 5x5.25” plus 5x3.5” drive bay space. Optional SATA and SCSI backplane support high performance and high density storage. Its standard 120mm system cooling fan keeps both the temperature and noise down and optional I-Star redundant power supply can ensure optimal operation and maximum uptime."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman HD160 HTPC Case Review @ DV Hardware
"I recently had a chance to review Zalman Home Theatre PC Enclosure HD160. It motivated me to go ahead and turn my own personal PC into a “Media Center” PC. The entire chassis is 100% brushed aluminum and it sits horizontally which allows it to blend right into the rest of your home theatre equipment, and gives the system a very luxurious look. It comes complete with a volume control knob and a card reader panel right on the front of the case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Altec Lansing GT5051 Surround Sound Speakers Review @ ExtensiveMods
"Sound has become one of the most upgradeable parts of any computer system. Long gone are the days of variable toned beeps, today, many manufactures are trying to make the computing experience as realistic as possible in the areas of music, games, and movies. Altec Lansing is one such company dedicated to the enhancement and quality of computer audio. Most everyone has seen the traditional 5.1 speaker setup for the PC or home theater that has the 5 separate speakers and a bass box. Well today I’m going to look at the Altec Lansing GT5051 5.1 speaker set which only has 3 separate speakers and a bass box."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sennheiser HD415 Headphones Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"At the 2006 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Sennheiser debuted a trio of mid-level headphones. The new series is meant to filter down some of the design improvements from its high priced models to more moderate consumers. Two of these, the HD 415 and HD 435 are technically very similar, differing only cosmetically in design and accessories. Both feature 40mm drivers, an open air design, and clean contemporary styling."

More information on this review can be found here.
A.C.Ryan Roundcable2-FX IDE Cable (Ver.2) Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"With the new improvements to the A.C.Ryan Roundcable2-FX Cables (version 2), I can certainly recommend them now for everyone out there looking for a great cable that's not only unique, but used in the right situation, can clean up some bulky round cables of old."

More information on this review can be found here.
High Power 560Watt Power Supply HPC-560-A12C Review @ Think Computers
"A couple of months ago I reviewed a power supply from a company called High Power, it was supplied by our friends at AOC. Today I have another power supply from High Power, this one also supplied to me by AOC for review. The one I reviewed earlier featured something a bit different, it had a wattage meter for your 5.25" bay. This power supply I have for review today does not have that, it has a wattage meter right on the back of the power supply, so you can easily monitor your power consumption without having to use a drive bay or run more wires through your computer. To be exact, for review today I have the High Power Plus Power Series power supply which is rated for 560Watts of power, model HPC-560-A12C."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hiper Type-R 580W Power Supply Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"Hiper is a name better known in Europe than in the US, however their power supplies are available world-wide. Best known for the modular "Type-R" series, Hiper considers this their premium line of power supplies. The most unique feature of this power supply, in my opinion, is the style of modular connectors and the respective additional expansion cables."

More information on this review can be found here.
nVidia GeForce 6800 GS Review @ Hardware Secrets
"GeForce 6800 GS is the latest mid-range graphics chip from nVidia, competing directly with Radeon X800 GTO from ATI. In this review we will compare not only GeForce 6800 GS against its main competitor, but we will also compare its performance against other GPUs available on the market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mad Moxx X800 GTO2 Burstfire Review @ techPowerUp
"German video card specialist Mad Moxx has released a special edition of the Sapphire X800 GTO2. The Mad Moxx X800 GTO2 Burstfire comes premodded with 16 pipelines out of the box. To improve cooling an Arctic Cooling ATI Silencer has been installed on the card. For paying a small premium over the regular Sapphire card you can stay away from BIOS modding, aftermarket cooler installation and voiding your warranty."

More information on this review can be found here.
JingTing TJS0005 Heatpipe Chipset Cooler Review @ HardwareXL
"Out of the blue we received a small box containing a new kind of chipset cooler. The company that send it to us goes by the name of “JingTing”. I must say I have never heard of them before, but when I took a peek at the content in the box it looked very impressive. If you have a noisy chipset cooler you might want to check out this cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Fatal1ty FS-V7 Graphic Card Cooler Review @ CaseModGod
"The Fatal1ty FS-V7 is a two slot copper cooler marketed toward gamers and PC enthusiast alike: with Red Copper fins, Anodized RAM sinks, and a Red LED fan it definitely has the bling appeal. It also comes with the ability to run on 12v in "Performance Mode" as well as a 5v "Quiet Mode" for those of you audiophiles who are gamers as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe KATANA Cu (SCKTN-CU1000) Heatsink Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Today, we are taking a look at a new release from Scythe, the Katana CU. The Katana CU is an upgraded version of the older Katana unit that was all aluminum. The new is all copper as the CU applies. We will see how much better, it any, it performs over the older model. And also see if it is easier to install."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek VapoChill Micro CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware-Review
"CPU coolers have really come a long way since their early years. Modern cooling solutions have all sorts of different technologies like heat pipes, phase change cooling, and water cooling. A very unique product we have on our test bench today is the Vapochill Micro CPU cooler. This cooler is based on VapoChill’s famous vapor compression technology, and is capable of removing an astounding 150 watts of heat."

More information on this review can be found here.

Arctic Cooler Freezer 64 Pro Heatsink Review

"Arctic Cooling's product line might not be the most robust as far as quantity goes, but they ensure each product performs the best in its class. They are extremely well known for their ATI and NV GPU coolers. But, there line of CPU coolers is gaining a lot of publicity too, especially with the fantastic results people are getting with their Freezer 64 Pro heatsink."

More information on this review can be found here.
XSPC X20 Universal Liquid Cooling Kit Review @ Techniz
"The CPU block is made from the same material as the bracket, nice and shinney. On the top are the hose connectors to connect the cooling pipes to. The underside of the block is made from copper as this is a very good conduct of heat. The finish of the block is not 100% smooth, you can see finish marks on it. If I did not have to return the unit I would have finished off the block, by sanding and polishing it to produce a nice smooth fiinish."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products Aluminus ATX Case Review @ PimpRig
"When we put our hard earned money down for any purchase it is nice when we get what we pay for, much less getting something with all the bells and whistles. So the key word for this review is definitely options. The Aluminus ATX Full-Tower Case seems to have thought of everything that would make building your own computer easier. While also throwing in the practical, and functional components that will make it look like a professional did the work."

More information on this review can be found here.
Digital Hot Rods Book Review @ Bit-Tech
"Unlike so many more mainstream accounts of the PC enthusiast hobby, there's no finger-pointing or 'look at these weirdos and their PCs' vibe: there's a genuine admiration shown for the guys producing this stuff, and a clear knowledge of the subject matter. This is not the kind of mainstream book you'll pick up and roll your eyes at - it is relevant and engaging to people as hardcore as us."

More information on this review can be found here.
Double Damage 2-in-1 Case Mod @ Madshrimps
"What's better than one PC? Two of course! When Bernd decided to build a dual CPU system he took a rather unique approach. Rather than strapping 2 CPU's to one motherboard or using one the latest Dual Core offerings from AMD/Intel he has been working on a case which can house 2 systems nicely, with good cooling and easy functionality through one keyboard/mouse and monitor."

More information on this project can be found here.
Monday, February 20, 2006
Linksys WRT54GP2A-AT Review @ Digital Grabber
"The Linksys WRT54GP2A-AT Wireless-G Broadband Router is really four devices in one. First, there's the Wireless Access Point, which lets you connect both Wireless-G and Wireless-B devices to the network. Second, there's a built-in 4-port full-duplex 10/100 Switch to connect your wired-Ethernet devices together. Third, there is a Router function to lets your whole network share a high-speed Internet connection. The fourth and most unique function is the VoIP phone adapter which enables high-quality feature-rich VoIP Service through your high-speed connection even while you're surfing the Internet. The router features two standard telephone jacks, each operating independently - like having two phone lines."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Gold series EL PC3200 GX XTC 2GB Kit Review @ DH
"The GX XTC modules certainly appear different than any other RAM currently available and are easily identifiable by their heatspreaders. The new XTC heatspreaders from OCZ are supposed to enhance the cooling of the modules, but they certainly enhance the appearance as well. The heatspreaders glint like gold, which makes them look extremely glamorous. The heatspreaders are totally covered by holes forming a honeycomb design. This design allows for superior cooling performance and OCZ dubs it XTC (xtreme thermal convection)."

More information on this review can be found here.
How to Build a WiMAX Network @ The TechZone
"The latest technology buzz is WiMAX wireless networks. We have heard many things about this wonderful new long haul wireless technology that it almost seems as though you are just a phone call away from having yours' designed and installed. Well before you start assuming things like we all do, we thought as engineers and network architects we would share personal experiences and the experiences of colleagues from around the world, in a manner that is direct, helpful, educational, and certainly reality based. This is a backpocket Primer for anyone now dealing with the implementation of a WiMAX network."

More information on this article can be found here.
G.SKILL F1-3200PHU2-2GBNS PC3200 Review @ techPowerUp
"G.SKILL is well known in the community for making high-quality memory products which perform good and are not too expensive. The F1-32000PHU2-2GBNS 2GB DDR-400 kit is going for around $160 - one of the best prices for a 2 GB kit right now. For such a bargain price you would usually expect slow CL3 timings. However, G.SKILL specifies this memory as 2.5-3-3-6 at only 2.6V."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC3200 Gold GX XTC Memory Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"From the use of a gold/aluminum hybrid, it looks as if OCZ is looking to improve on the efficiency of how fast the heatspreader does its job. This in theory is by making the contact area of the heatspreader with the memory chips themselves a honey comb design. The thinking is that this honey comb pattern allows a greater air exchange around this vented heatspreader and the areas between the chips."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor X1300 128MB PCIe Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
"Sales of video cards, manufacturers depend on high volume
mainstream cards. They know gamers are no different than exotic car or sports car owners, who are in fact the minority in car ownership. Today, we are looking at just one of these video cards, PowerColor X1300 PCIe with 128MB on board, hyper memory II supporting 512MB in total in 64-bit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Alphacool USB-Display Review @ Technic3D
"The 240x128 blue/white Display shows same-made pictures, E-mail and other stuff from the user."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus GeForce 7300GS Review @ AusFX
"The results of our testing show that the Asus 7300GS performs well in most 3D applications in medium details, however we think that for games with heavy system requirements such as F.E.A.R and Far Cry, perhaps a more suitable card (and a little more cash) should be used. Unfortunately with anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering turned on, the card struggles to perform in even 1024x768, and this is when it becomes clear that the 64-bit memory bus implemented by Nvidia lets the 7300 down."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast Walkie TV Review @ Bjorn3D
"Leadtek Research, Inc., well known for their quite successful line of video cards, also manufactures several internal cards as well as stand alone TV capture devices. It is indeed our fortune today to review one of their newest external capture systems, the WinFast Walkie TV."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus GeForce 7300GS Review @ AusFX
"The results of our testing show that the Asus 7300GS performs well in most 3D applications in medium details, however we think that for games with heavy system requirements such as F.E.A.R and Far Cry, perhaps a more suitable card (and a little more cash) should be used. Unfortunately with anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering turned on, the card struggles to perform in even 1024x768, and this is when it becomes clear that the 64-bit memory bus implemented by Nvidia lets the 7300 down."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Dual Core CPU Decision @ Virtual-Hideout
"To ensure the best performing system, keep in mind that all your system works together so don't expect a miracle with a dual core CPU if the rest of your system is weak. Plan your dual core upgrade or system the right way and you'll have a heavyweight in your corner."

More information on this article can be found here.
SilverStone LC16M HTPC Case Review @ GamesFusion
"With the introduction of the Media PC, consumers are now able to enjoy the functionality of their PC, whilst introducing an aesthetically pleasing look and relatively quite solution to their living room. Media PC’s are essentially your standard PC but come with reduced specifications and are incorporated with IR remote hardware and a user-friendly software interface. Media PC’s can get away with lower specifications as their main purpose is to display multimedia content. This means that most Media PC’s can be incorporated with quieter cooling solutions, such as reduced airflow fans or even water cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
AplusCase Xclio 2 Gamer Case Review @ Technic3D
"With the Xclio2 AplusCase presents its newest Gamer housing, which would like to excite optically and in the cooling performance attention. Small weight, lit up front with a kind soft Skin coating, which us from the company Keysonic admits is and a 250mm exhausts at the side are the basic data. This was not a typing error separates the exhaust shows up actually so voluminoes in the right side." door.

This review is in German so use an online translator like Babelfish to read. More information on this review can be found here.
I-Star D-Storm Series D-300 3U Rackmount Server Chassis Review @ Techniz
"Established in 1989, I-Star Computer Inc. has over fifteen years of experience in designing and manufacturing Industrial Switching Power Supply, Sheet Metal, and Rackmount Chassis. From the standard switching power supply to high-end redundant power supply, I-Star has grown to be one of major provider in IPC power supply industry. In recent years, we have also expanded our products to include DVR/IPC and Storage RAID industries. Our goal is always to provide our customer with the best products and superior customer services. In the beginning I-Star focused on providing our customers the combinations of cutting-edge technologies, high quality manufacturing, and excellent customer services. It has been a proving record that these priorities earned a strong partnership for I-Star in today's competitive market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Budget System Building Guide @ OCIA
"This XFX 6600GT card made the list for our video needs as it will suit a wide variety of end users. With a core clocked at 500 MHz and GDDR3 memory running at 1,000 MHz, gamers will find the card to be quite capable of running many of today's latest games at medium quality settings or higher. Multitaskers will appreciate the dual DVI-out ports, allowing you to run dual monitors should you choose to do so. This card also comes SLI-ready. In the event that you upgrade your motherboard to an SLI-model down the road, you can add a second 6600GT and have a nice and powerful SLI system that won't break the bank."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Saturday, February 18, 2006
Knoll Life Chair Review @ XYZ Computing
"When working with computer hardware, a great deal of thought goes into the computer, display, and peripherals, but the analysis often stops at this point. Occassionally someone will see fit it discuss a mouse pad or sound equipment, but every user knows the computing experience does not end there. Other products can have a great impact on how we work and play on our computers, like the right desk and lighting, but no peripheral has a greater impact than seating. Though you may be sitting in front of computer with a dual core processor, dual video cards, any number of hard drives, a 24" LCD monitor, an ergonomic keyboard, and a wireless laser mouse, chances are you have not given proper thought to whatever it is you are sitting on.

While proper seating is not the first thing that comes to mind when you are attempting to get something done on the computer, the issue of ergonomics in the office has been getting lots of attention for the past few years. If you take a moment to consider how long you spend sitting at your computer, whether it is at home gaming or at the office writing code, the hours rack up quickly. There is no question that your position while doing these tasks should be comfortable and ergonomically sound. While this can be accomplished with many different types of chairs, that aluminum folding chair is not going to cut it."

This is the first time I have seen anyone in the tech industry review a chair. More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Eagle GPU Coolers Review @ PCApex
"The design is a bit too extravagant for my taste, but I can see the effectiveness behind it. It's designed to allow air to flow all the way across the card and cool all the components. The wings are made out of plastic and the paint covering them isn't the greatest, but it will definitely grab your attention."

More information on this review can be found here.
HSPC Tech Station PC Test Bench Review @ Driver Heaven
"The Tech Station is made of nonconductive, scratch-resistant plastic. No metal screws or brackets are exposed in any of the sensitive areas. The motherboard sits on protective rubber standoffs, the top shelf has a neoprene surface, and the test bench sits on 4 rubber feet. These features provide testing without the worries of frying your hardware like if you were working on a metal bench, your bedroom floor or wherever else you decide to do your testing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Taking The SLI Plunge Part 2 @ Virtual-Hideout
"It's no secret that SLI is also for Gamers, video editors and other professionals looking for the absolute most graphics processing power they can get. It's not designed for people who do nothing but check email, surf the web and play solitaire on their computers. And by the way, playing poker online is not so hefty of a graphical consumption that it warrants dual video cards."

More information on this editorial can be found here.
Planon RC800 Portable Color Scanner Review @ Think Computers
"Technology, I love it, if I didn't I wouldn't be doing reviews now would I? Anyway, I've always found it very interesting to watch as technology changes, I've noticed one major constant about most technology, as it changes it gets smaller. Take scanners for instance, I have a few of them, an older one that is pretty big, you could use it for a computer case if need be, if I lined them up in order of age you would find that they get smaller as they get newer. Today for review I have the smallest scanner yet, it's from Planon, and they actually made it into the Guinness Book of World Records."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Centurion BTX-B541 Case Review @ 3DGameman
"The Cooler Master Centurion BTX-B541 Case is one a few BTX cases that are currently on the market. While most of us do not have a BTX motherboard, this form factor is slowly catching on. It still is not common place though, and the future of the form factor is uncertain. If you are in the market for a sleek affordable BTX case, be sure to have a look at this one. The overall styling is excellent and it has a tool-less design."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec P150 Computer Case Review @ TechNeek
"This new case was designed for Antecs "Performance One" series of cases. It has been developed with sound reducing ideas in mind. There are things such as a sound-deadening polycarbonate side/top panels and Antec's hard disk drive suspension system, all built into the case to reduce noise. In the P150 case there are built in "cable channels", to improve airflow and origination. The case also features easy to use thumb screws, and an easy to remove air filter, to clean/wash it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, February 17, 2006
Logitech Wireless Music System for PC Review @ EverythingUSB
"Companies have been trying everything they could to bridge the gap between our MP3 library and home stereo. You've probably seen offerings from D-Link to Roku; these media receivers all have own share of problems from playing nice with different types of DRM-protected songs to coping with busy WiFi traffic. Logitech came to a conclusion that a simple design approach is just more effective for its Wireless Music System for PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone ST30NF 300W Silent PSU Review @ Viper Lair
"Initially I had some reservations of how a 300W PSU would handle our test system in real-world testing. Needless to say the Silverstone ST30NF 300W PSU got the job done efficiently and quietly, or should I say silently. It doesn't come cheap, ringing in at close to $150, but that's the price you pay for a high quality PSU that does not make any noise at all."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston HyperX KHX3200AK2/2G Review @ Think Computers
"We all need ram, but how much? 2 Gigabytes seems to be becoming the standard now, and more and more companies are coming out with these kits in lower latencies. Kingston is not new to the memory industry but they seem not well known in enthusiast circles, their new low latency 2 GB kit might just change that. I have a 2GB kit of Kingston HyperX Ram, PC3200 speeds at 2-3-2-6 timings. If you recall not long ago I reviewed the Corsair low latency kit with the same timings, how well does Kingston stand up to the top names in the industry?"

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD AM2 What We Know So Far @ Techgage
"Intel's SpeedStep Technology has origins tracing back to the days of the Mobile Pentium 3 and Pentium 2 processors with Geyserville Technology. However, at that time, the 1GHz Pentium 3 model was the fastest and required 1.7V for operation, and its maximum power consumption was 34W! Since that time, many of the processor technologies have been phased out and have brought new features in the Pentium 4, Celeron M, Pentium M, and most recently the Core Duo series. However, over six years later SpeedStep Technology remains in their mobile platform as well as some Pentium 4 and Pentium D processors. At hand today are the results from our most recent (EIST) Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology investigation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Athlon 64 X2 4400+ CPU Review @ UKGamer
"Both cores have their own separate Level 2 cache of 1 MB, but they share the system request queue and crossbar whichs means that both cores can work separately. They also share the same memory controller. The beauty of these processors is that they can make use of existing sockets and still expand your performance envelope."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD AM2 What We Know So Far @ Techgage
"The AM2 will officially support modules equipped with PC2-6400 (DDR2-800) speeds. This in itself one-ups Intel due to the fact they currently only officially support PC2-5400 (DDR667) speeds. This does not mean much in the sense that AMD's will be faster, because Intel's can handle DDR2-800 just fine, just not officially. This information shows that AMD is confident in the fact that the AM2's memory controller will handle DDR2 better than Intel's current controller, or we may assume."

More information on this review can be found here.
Radeon X1900 XT Shootout @ Hexus
"As happens immediately after a new product release, board partners compete to be first to market with their retail offering. PowerColor and SAPPHIRE, along with pretty much every other ATI AIB partner, use reference Radeon X1900 XT 512MBs, which we've established to be top-notch gaming cards. In fact, there is no meaningful difference between the two partners' cards, and your choice, should you opt to go down the X1900 XT 512MB route for your PCI-Express gaming thrills, will come down to other factors such as price, bundle, and warranty. The X1900 family also benefits from ATI's Avivo video-processing technology, and for some users it's not all about 3D. Indeed, better looking pixels should be a requirement for each new generation, across the board."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X1900 XTX Review @ Hardware Secrets
Radeon X1900 XTX, formerly known as R580, is the new high-end chip from ATI, replacing Radeon X1800 XT as the fastest GPU from ATI. We’ve got a reference sample for this new model from ATI, so we will compare its performance to other members of the Radeon X1000 series, to previous ATI chips and also with competing products from nVidia, namely GeForce 7800 GTX."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus A8N32-SLI Motherboard Review @ Neoseeker
"Features-wise, the board is packed with expansion and storage capabilities. To further distance it from run-of-the-mill nForce4 motherboards, ASUS even implemented a very creative single-heatpipe passive cooling solution a most welcome addition for any silent-PC freaks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus A8N32-SLI Motherboard Review @ ModGuidez
"The emergence of SLI and Dual core CPU technologies, the selections for motherboards has been plenty. Different offerings from different manufacturers can somewhat be confusing if you are just starting out to become an enthusiasts. ASUS has always made excellent motherboards. The features of selections they have also are very well integrated with their platform solutions. Tonight we'll take a look at ASUS' nForce 4 and SLI capable motherboard, A8N-SLI."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI RS482 Infinity Mini-ATX Motherboard Overclocking Preview @ Madshrimps
All-in-one motherboards are always ordinary - Cheaper, Limited extended ability, and Normal performance. At the beginning of February DFI launched RS482 Infinity, which is ATI RS482+SB450 chipset for the AMD S939 platform."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Aluminum Spire Mod Project @ MetkuMods
"I decided to turn the old plans vertical and mod my girlfriends PC, because her computer was noisy and ugly (some old compaq case). Because of the comments I have received from my friends, I have to state that this case has nothing to do with Xbox360. I Designed my case before I ever saw the Xbox."

More information on this project can be found here.
Thermaltake Mozart HTPC Case Review @ BigBruin
"The Thermaltake Mozart case offers a simple and sophisticated styling that will help your HTPC blend in nicely with your other audio/video components. The aluminum face includes the items you require for convenient operation, but the design does fairly well to disguise that this is a computer. Impressive styling, along with the low noise output, adequate cooling performance, and high quality construction are all things you should expect from a Thermaltake case and the Mozart delivers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
I-Rocks KR-6810 EL Keyboard Review @ Hardware-Review
"Having a slim and stylish keyboard can be extremely handy when going to PC gaming parties, especially if the keyboard has illuminated keys to use during the “blacked out” portions of LANs. One such specimen is I-Rocks KR-6810 EL keyboard, which sports EL lighting, ultra slim design, and USB connectivity."

More information on this review can be found here.
MeedioTV Review @ HTPCNews
"We now go from your regularly scheduled broadcast of Elvis, to Fox News. The bottom control bar includes pause, stop, fast forward, rewind, record, and channel changing controls. There are also controls for making screen adjustments and enabling a mini-EPG. These controls work with a remote, keyboard, or mouse."

As a big time MCE 2005 user, MeedioTV is long overdue. More information on this review can be found here.
Saitek A-250 Wireless 2.1 Speaker System Review @ BigBruin
"Saitek was showing off some cool wireless speakers at this year's CES, and we were wondering, as with any speaker system, "How good do they sound?" In the case of the Saitek A-250 I was pleasantly surprised. Now I am not saying I am ready to ditch my 5.1 Dolby surround sound system for the A-250 system, but that is just not a realistic comparison. For a relatively small and very portable speaker system, the A-250s delivered fairly crisp sound and adequate bass."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hiper TypeR 580W Power Supply Review @ XSReviews
"Although you may not have heard of Hiper, over the past few years they have produced some of the finest power supplies available to the mainstream user and enthusiast alike. However, their new TypeR range of PSUs is scheduled to blow competitors out of the water; with its huge 580W power output, and flashy looks. The particular model I will be reviewing is the Modular TypeR 580W model. TypeR, a name synonymous with speed and power. Let’s see if Hiper’s flashy boy racer can stand up to this prestigious name."

More information on this review can be found here.

Coolink Silent Savior Review

"As a hardware reviewer, many pieces of equipment have passed through my hands. I have sampled coolers for almost every place in my current rig. Radiator, CPU, RAM, graphics card, chipset, and case fans. However I have never had the chance to review a hard drive cooler, well thanks to CooLink, now is my chance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra X2 550 Watt Power Supply with Flex Force Cabling Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Ultra in the pass four years of their existence have created a name for them yourself. From overclocking ram to alkaline batteries, Ultra has their name in it all. But I would have to say the product that most of us would know them for is their X-Connect line of power supplies. Been one of the first companies to use modular extensions was a great achievement in this ever changing world of computing. Today, we have their second generation power supply, the X2."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool Silver Knight Review @ Think Computers
"Liquid cooling is becoming more and more mainstream, but most liquid cooling solutions involve lots of parts and lots of time to assemble. Evercool may have the solution to this problem with an interesting looking product they call the Silver Knight. It is a CPU cooler heatpipe cooling solution with built in water cooling. The Silver Knight is something that might interest a lot of people, I've had it installed for a week now and I am VERY impressed with the results I am getting from it. I believe Evercool has got a winner here for those looking for the advantages of liquid cooling but not all the hassles."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Eagle Universal VGA Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"We have been listening to the fan and find it to be quiet. Basically impossible to hear if you drop the voltage down a little. It provides an excellent breeze of air across and through the heatsink cooling fins as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech H2O-220-Apex Ultra Review @ Overclockers Online
"Swiftech has itself another winner here with the H2O-220-Apex Ultra. Ease of setup is of importance to me, and the Swiftech allows this as long as you're patient and don't mind drilling a couple holes into your case. Both waterblocks I tested were excellent performers, but the added versatility that the Apogee gives you makes it a definite winner. For any enthusiast looking for a high performing solution or a quiet solution that doesn't give up the performance, the H2O-220-Apex Ultra from Swiftech is a
very solid choice."

More information on this review can be found here.
Memory: Is More Always Better? @ Bit-Tech
"In BF2, we found that there was a decent minimum frame rate improvement when the memory bus was overclocked to 520MHz. The average frame rate also recieved a small boost too, but it wasn't quite as dramatic as the 3 fps minimum frame rate increase. Both configurations were playable at 1600x1200 2xTSS 8xAF with maximum in-game details. The four 512MB modules performed well too, retaining the same minimum frame rate as the 2x1GB modules at 400MHz. However, the average frame rate dropped by nearly 5 fps."

More information on this article can be found here.
GeIL Ultra Platinum PC4000 Dual Channel Memory Review @ 3DGameman
"The GeIL Ultra Platinum PC4000 Dual Channel Memory's performance at its default speed is blistering fast. This is possible because of the excellent 2.5-4-4-7 memory timing. While that's commendable, I was able to use a timing of 2-4-4-6 at 500MHz DDR. This results in better performance, which is always good thing."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL PC3500 Gold GX XTC Review @ UKGamer
"One of the main arguments against the use of heat spreaders was that any benefits they gained from distributing heat evenly throughout their entire surface were lost by trapping hot air beneath their surface. When you take into account the need for some kind of thermal interface between the memory chips and the heat spreaders, often nothing more than a semi-efficient thermal tape, it was reasonably argued that having the chips open to direct cooling from the air circulating in your case is likely to do more good than cloaking them in a metal shroud, however efficient it might me at conducting heat."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor X1300Pro Bravo VIVO Review @ Overclockers Online
"The X1300Pro Bravo edition from PowerColor is the perfect choice for an HTPC system as it provides a multitude of features including ATI's AVIVO video playback technology, the aforementioned VIVO function for capturing from a variety of sources, and gaming performance that is very acceptable for the average person."

More information on this review can be found here.
EVGA GeForce 6800GS 256MB PCI-E Review @ BoxGods
"What do you do if you love PC gaming, but don't have the $500 to $600 or more to spend on a top of the line video card? Go outside? Read a book? Of course not--you build a perfectly capable mid-range system with a quality mid-range video card that is more than able to power through your favorite shooters. Enter the subject of today's review, the EVGA GeForce 6800GS."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI GeForce 7800GTX Review @ UKGamer
"We get lots of emails saying that we spend all our time on expensive hardware that very few people care about. We’re told that the vast majority of gamers and regular users want enough power to play without having to sell a kidney on eBay to achieve it. So today I’m going to ignore the lot of you and I’m going to call out to the power gamer, the financially comfortable and those who just get a buzz from insanely fast hardware."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Lexa ATX Case Review @ Hardware-Review
"NZXT initially made a name for themselves with the Guardian and Nemesis computer cases. Now, NZXT introduces the Lexa for those who want a more contemporary, yet great looking case. NZXT has been kind enough to provide us with a Lexa to review, so let's see if this thing can live up to the expectations of today's gamers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
A4Tech X-710 Gaming Mouse Review @ HardwareZoom
"This is a very good mouse for the price. We have no idea how they came out with such a mouse at such low price. Software-wise, it's just so-so but its hardware is impressive. Not only the mouse movement is smooth, but we particularly like the fact that they had included nice touches like provided it with high quality OMRON buttons as well as flexible thin cables. Even the scroll wheel is nice. Very good feel to the fingers and when you scroll, you certainly feel solidness on that wheel. Contrary to our earlier thoughts, this is not a mouse with cheap plastic parts put together."

More information on this review can be found here.
Globalsat BC-337 SiRF Star III GPS Receiver Review @ Think Computers
"Did you know that there are hundreds of satellites up there right now that are able to track your exact position? A lot of them are publicly accessible if you have the correct hardware to do it. Today I will be taking a look at a product that does just that, it can be used for determining you latitude and longitude and also speed. This can be useful for lots of things, the most obvious is not getting lost, the next would be for navigation, whether it be in your car or in the wilderness. For review today I have the BC-337 SiRF III GPS Receiver from GlobalSat, it is a tiny GPS receiver that utilizes any free compact flash slot on you PDA, laptop or even home computer."

More information on this review can be found here.

X-Micro Bluetooth Stereo Media Phone Kit

"Today I have another fine product from X-Micro, this one involves Bluetooth. Bluetooth is becoming more and more popular as a replacement for wireless connections. Seems like you can get most anything to work with a Bluetooth connection, cell phones, headsets, mice, I've even seen printers with Bluetooth. The one thing I found cool about this product is that it is more than a headset, it is a Bluetooth adapter as well, so if you don't already have a Bluetooth adapter (like me) you can use the dongle supplied for your Bluetooth connections. X-Micro products are usually pretty cool and well made."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin 1GB HP3200 Review @ Techgage
"For our first Mushkin review, we will be taking one of their value kits for a spin. The HP3200 (991433) rolls in at PC3200 speeds as the name implies, and 2-3-3-6 timings, at a modest 2.6v. These modules use Mosel SAT-5B chips, so we immediately know that overclocking these babies may not be a huge possibility, but we can't conclude until we try."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 Review @ Neoseeker
"The Crucial PC2-6400 got the second highest score here -- it was only 4.2% slower than the Corsair PC2-8000, even though the PC2-8000 was running at a 25% faster memory clock rate. Please note how much faster the PC2-6400 is with the tweaked settings than running at SPD speeds - 167.4 FPS vs. 118.8 FPS, or a 41% increase in frame rates due to the better timings."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TwinX 2048-4000PT Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"The memory we are evaluating today is Corsair's new TwinX 2048-4000PT, 2 GB of memory specially designed for those wanting the absolute fastest possible memory for use in their Intel based motherboard. The reason Corsair has gone to two-gigabyte modules is quite simple, with today's games, graphics and CAD programs all demanding more memory, one gigabyte of memory was just not enough to do the job properly anymore Remember when Bill Gates said, "512 megabytes of memory would be the most memory anyone would ever need?" Even he was wrong on the subject of how much memory today's system need."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Launches 667MHz DDR2 SO-DIMM Memory for the New Intel Centrino Mobile Platform
Fremont, CA (February 13, 2006) – Corsair® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory and watercooling products for enthusiasts and overclockers, today launched ValueSelect™ 667MHz DDR2 SO-DIMM memory to support the latest Intel® mobile technology. Available immediately in 512MB and 1GB modules, Corsair’s new DDR2 SO-DIMM is ready to turbo-charge the new Centrino® Core™ Duo and Core Solo based notebooks.

Based on carefully selected component and individually tested at its rated speed, the new 667MHz DDR2 SO-DIMM offers reliability and performance found in all Corsair products. Thanks to the new Intel 945 Express family of chipsets, notebooks based on 667MHz DDR2 SO-DIMM now offer more memory bandwidth, reducing any potential system bottleneck that might cause performance degradations.

“Continuing to be on the forefront of supporting new technologies, Corsair is proud to be one of the first companies to release 667MHz DDR2 SO-DIMM solutions for the new Intel mobile platform,” said Richard Hashim, Direct of Product Marketing at Corsair Memory. “We work very closely with our partners to ensure our memory modules are validated on the latest platforms. Consumers who purchase a new Intel Centrino notebook can now choose from Corsair’s wide range of high speed DDR2 SO-DIMM products as upgrade solutions,’ continued Hashim.

More information on this press release can be found here.
XFX GeForce 7800 GT 256MB DDR3 DUAL DVI VIVO PCI-E Video Card Review @ Futurelooks
"XFX (aka Pine Technology) is no stranger when it comes to nVidia chipsets, and today, we're going to check out their 7800GT, which is just a step down from the GTX and also a step down in price and probably a couple steps up in availability too!"

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X1600XT IceQ Turbo Edition Review @ Viper Lair
"Overall the HIS X1600XT IceQ Turbo is a good card and exudes the usual HIS quality we have come to expect but it is let down a little by the cards underlying architecture, as you are often left wondering what the card is waiting for. For the money you won't be disappointed, but you might be happier stretching your wallet for a previous generation card that will perform as well or even better in some cases if AVIVO and ShaderModel 3.0 support isn't big on your list of needs."

More information on this review can be found here.
X1900 XTX Round Up @ Trusted Reviews


"One card is from Sapphire, one from Club 3D and one from Connect3D. Before we launch into the review let’s remind ourselves of one thing. Each of these cards costs around £400, which is quite a large amount of money to spend on a graphics card. Remember that an Xbox 360 contains the equivalent generation of ATI graphics hardware but the full version will only cost you £279. And you don’t just get graphics hardware for that – you’re also getting a progressive scan capable DVD player, with remote, a wireless controller, a component cable and a 20GB hard disk drive."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-In-Wonder X1900 256MB PCIE Video Card Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The ATI All-In-Wonder X1900 256MB PCIE Video Card is everything you need in a Video Card and then some. There's the gaming ending of things, with a high performance R580 chip offering 48 shader architecture. Then there's the Video In/Video Out capabilities, not to mention the TV functionality. This is a fantastic product to hook up to a high definition display for gaming, movies, and much more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Archers Etching Mod Project @ XtremeComputing
"MP3 reviewer Archer has gone that stage further with etching and worked out a way to do etching on to acrylic with shading detail. It wasn’t easy but after deciding to go with dot shading. First off we needed to get a picture, one that would be easy to change into dot shading. After searching for the right picture, it was found, this is what was chosen."

More information on this project can be found here.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Seasonic Super Versatile 250W PSU Review @ Madshrimps
"I sometimes repair computers for relatives. Most of them have pre build computers, such as Compaq, Packard Bell. When the PSU fails it's very difficult to find one that fits those special designed cases. Seasonic has a solution for that. The Seasonic Super Versatile 250W PSU should fit in most of the cases. Let's find out if it is a worthy replacement we test performance and noise level."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Real Power 550W PSU Review @ PCApex
"While Cooler Master might not have always been the best, they have always been in the top 5. Not once have they backed down from a faulty product. One step back for Cooler Master makes them take 2 steps forward. Heaven forbid if they take a step forward, can we say Juggernaut? Cooler Master had great success with the Real Power 450 ACLX PSU, and here they are trying to continue that success with the Real Power RS-550-ACLY PSU and looking to take those extra 2 steps forward once again."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sytrin Nextherm PSU460 Review @ Phoronix
"When we reviewed the Sytrin Nextherm ICS-8200 air-conditioned ATX enclosure early last year, we were not only impressed by the superb chassis itself and cooling capabilities, but also the bundled power supply. In fact, the power supply unit included with the Nextherm ICS-8200 was likely one of the best we have ever seen bundled after years of seeing flakey PSUs bundled with all sorts of ATX cases. Today we have our eyes set on yet another Sytrin product, and today it is the Nextherm PSU460 460W."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products 2nd Generation X-Finity 600W PSU Review @ BigBruin
"Compared to the previous generation 600W X-Finity PSU, the second is a nice improvement. I have been taxing the first generation unit with all of the daily tasks I perform on my main PC since that review was published. The voltage rails are still rock solid, and I expect the same (or better) from the second generation unit with its improved specifications and addition of a second 12V rail."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Solar Illuminated Keyboard Review @ OCIA
"As mentioned earlier, the outer area of the keyboard is constructed of aluminum (or so it seems). If you look at the area around the keypad, you'll notice that above and below it is plastic, surrounded by a thin layer of aluminum. It seems that the entire keyboard is made out of plastic with a thin overlay aluminum skin on the surface. This overlay is very well done and I had to look several times to see that it wasn't completely made out of aluminum."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vizo Master Panel Review @ Pro-Clockers
"There are many times in a PC builder’s career when he or she needs to quickly connect a drive to a machine to retrieve some important data. There are a few different options to accomplish this. First, install the drive into an enclosure and connection it externally or to open up the PC and install it internally. Both can be a little time consuming, so that is where the Vizo Master Panel comes into action."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung 244T LCD Review @ Overclockers Online
"Samsung has once again delivered an exceptional display product that's far superior than any of the monitors I have worked with to date. The colors are exceptionally beautiful and there was no ghosting or blurring even during the most action packed scenes tested."

More information on this review can be found here.
NEC MultiSync 1740CX 17" LCD Review @ Techgage
"Are you looking for a modestly sized LCD monitor, that rolls in at a good price and really delivers the picture quality you want? We are taking a look at a 17" monitor from NEC that offers quite a bit in a relatively small package."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Hyper L3 Cooling Review @ Technic3D
"In the following Review we would like to present the newest Cooling from the house Cooler master. The Socket 775 Cooler with the name hyper L3."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX610 Review @ Think Computers
"When it comes to character VFD’s and LCD’s there are not many names that come to mind, but the one that does is Matrix Orbital. Since 1995 Matrix Orbital has been making LCD solutions. Today we will be looking at one of their newer LCD’s, the MX610. This LCD features the new PLED technology and has spots on the back to plug in 3 fans and 4 temperature probes. So let’s get this review started."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright HR-01 Review @ Maximum CPU
"Thermalright has an excellent track record of air cooling
products. Beginning with the SLK-948 and 947U for AMD Socket A and Intel Socket 478, made out of solid copper, they established a large fan base in the enthusiast market, competing against the high quality Zalman CNPS series, as well as Thermaltake’s popular Volcano heat sinks. Now they
have broken into the silent PC market with the HighRise-01 (HR-01). Today we’ll be comparing this passive heat sink to AMD’s stock cooling solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
XSPC X20 Universal Liquid Cooling Kit Review @ XtremeComputing
"I have used quite a few radiators over the years and this is one of the better ones I have had the pleasure of using. The only problem that I can see with this radiator is the fact that it is so heavy it could increase the weight of your computer, but you should not be moving a water-cooled PC around the house in the first place."

More information on this review can be found here.
Data Recovery Guide - How Hard Drives Fail @ The TechZone
"Hard drives are extremely fragile and can suffer failures in many different ways, leading to a loss of data. The five most common types of drive failures are: logical errors, mechanical failure, electronic failure, firmware corruption, and bad sectors, or any combination these. Least severe of these is usually data loss due to logical errors."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thermaltake Tide Water All-In-One Liquid VGA Cooler Review @ OCIA
"Today’s computers are running hotter and hotter and users are constantly looking for more efficient ways to keep their systems running cool without making a ton of noise. With that idea in mind, Thermaltake has developed a new all-in-one liquid cooling system for hot running video cards, the Tide Water. The Tide Water is a unique type of cooler that uses a totally self-contained watercooling system to cool the GPU. Today we’re going to be putting Thermaltake's new cooler through the tests to see how it stands up to the heat."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mascot 2.5-inch HDD USB External Enclosure Review @ A1-Electronics
"For us here this Mascot EE25-1 external 2.5-inch HDD enclosure is well made with clean lines that should suit just about everybody and the protective pouch is appreciated along with the multi-connector USB lead."

More information on this review can be found here.
Netgear Storage Central SC101 Review @ TrustedReviews
"The storage industry has far more than its fair share of acronyms and just when you thought manufacturers had made up enough, along comes Zetera Corporation with SoIP (Storage over IP). This storage networking technology certainly look to offer some significant benefits over common or garden NAS appliances and Netgear’s Storage Central SC101 is one of the first consumer products on the market to utilize it. Firstly, we’ll take a closer look at SoIP as it is a remarkably simple yet potentially powerful solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sansun Bat Mid-Tower ATX Case Review @ Madshrimps
"Sansun is a newcomer to the retail enclosure market; with years of experience in the distributor sector they put their experience to good use. Straight from the darkest pits of a dark cave comes their first offering, the Bat case. We draw the Joker from our pack of twisted product tests and find out if this case is up to the challenge."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hi-Grade µDMS P60 Viiv PC Review @ TrustedReviews
"While I was attending IDF in August 2005 Intel announced its Viiv platform. Don MacDonald, Vice President & General Manager, Digital Home Group, was on hand to evangelise about the digital home and how the new Viiv platform would take things to the next level. Unfortunately we had to wait a little while for the official launch of Viiv, but better a hard launch than a paper one."

More information on this review can be found here.
GoTaLL's Spiderman Case Engraving Mod @ Bit-Tech
"At this point, I thought it might be a good idea check again with the client aka my son. I asked him what he thought of my work so far and he said "well, it could be nice, but..." At first, I was happy that he liked the design but then I realised I needed to push the boundaries back even further. Let's engrave the smokey area behind Spiderman - that will make it literally shine."

More information on this project can be found here.
Monday, February 13, 2006
Widescreen Gaming: How To Set Up Your Video Card @ Widescreen Gamer
"Now that quality has gone up, and prices have gone down, more and more gamers are buying their first LCD displays these days. And thanks to some killer deals mostly from Dell, a lot of people are getting into widescreen resolution displays. Unfortunately, most game developers aren't taking widescreen into consideration when designing the games we play. You would be surprized at how many actually work with some effort, but that's not the point of this article. In our first ever article, we are going to guide you through the steps of setting up your display drivers to work correctly with the majority of games that do NOT support native widescreen resolutions. There are several options, each with its own pros and cons, and we go through all of them."

More information on this article can be found here.
PowerColor Radeon X800 GTO 128MB PCI Express Video Card Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Today we are reviewing their X800GTO 128MB video card, a scaled down version of their X800GTO 16 which features 4 more pixel pipes and 128MB more memory. This X800GTO is considerably cheaper however listed online at $115USD from Newegg, $70USD less than the 16 pixel pipe version."

More information on this review can be found here.
X1900 Group Roundup @ Bit-Tech
"We've got Radeon X1900XTX 512MB video cards from Club 3D, Connect3D and Sapphire, along with the Radeon X1900XT 512MB from PowerColor and ATI's All-In-Wonder X1900. The Radeon X1900XTX cards are all clocked at the reference clocks of 650/1550MHz, while PowerColor's Radeon X1900XT is clocked at 625/1450MHz and the All-In-Wonder comes clocked at 500/960MHz with only 256MB of memory. We're sure that many of you are wondering whether the 25MHz difference in core speed, along with the 100MHz difference in memory speed make a fat lot of difference to your gaming experience. We're going to attempt to answer that important question for you today, so lets have a look at the contenders."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron GeForce 6600 512MB Video Card Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"That's right, 512 MB of onboard memory on a midrange product! To accomplish this, Albatron shifted from the very familiar DDR3 graphics memory to DDR2. The core and memory speeds have also been dropped down from the GeForce 6600 GT. The big question that remains is can a product with half a gig of memory and slower core/memory speeds best a card clocked higher with 1/4 of the memory? How much difference will quadrupling the memory give and at what cost? The 6600 GT retails for around $130 at present so Albatron is taking on a real challenge with development of another card in the 6600 line given the success and bang for the buck of their current offering."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI Infinity NF4 Ultra Motherboard Review @ Phoronix
"It has been quite a while since we last featured a DFI, or
rather Design For Innovation, motherboard at Phoronix but today we are back again with them as we feature one of their products from the Infinity series, the DFI NF4 Ultra. As the model name implies, the Chipset used is NVIDIA's nForce4 Ultra and it also features a Vitesse Gigabit interface, four DDR-400 slots, and the usual innovations we have become to appreciate from DFI thanks to their LAN Party series."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen i945Ga-PHS Motherboard Review @ techPowerUp
"AOpen is offering a wide range of products, many of them geared toward living room multimedia. The dual-core capable AOpen i945Ga-PHS is a motherboard designed to be used for building a Media PC. Its outstanding feature is integrated VGA with analog, TV and HDTV output without the need of any addon card. This gives you everything to build a very low profile Media PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
AeroCool VM-102 Video Magic Fanless VGA Cooler Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Today more and more people are demanding that their computers operate with as little noise as possible. Those that have attempted to conduct business while the whine of a heatsink or video card fan fills the room with noise in the background have soon demanded something better. Today we are looking at one step you can take towards making your system silent as we examine the AeroCool Video Magic (VM-102) Fanless VGA Cooler. Come on along as we test it against another well known fan bases cooler to see just how well to stacks up against the competition."

More information on this review can be found here.
XSPC X2O Water Cooling Kit Review @ Madshrimps
"XSPC is fairly new to the water cooling world. Their first water cooling kit has been knighted X20. The kit is both compact and compatible with most motherboard sockets. In this respect X20 may be the ideal entry level kit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Laptop Gamers & LAN Parties Go Hand In Hand @ Laptop Gamers
"With today's high power mobile processors and video cards, laptops are every bit as powerful as their bigger desktop brothers. The appeal of a gaming laptop, especially as it pertains to LAN parties, is overwhelming. With a gaming laptop, you can arrive at the LAN while everyone is half done setting up and be all set up before they're done. When the party is over, just put everything back into the laptop bag and you'll be the first out the door, while everyone else is making trips to the car. With LAN partying in mind, I've decided to show you what I pack inside my laptop bag when heading to a LAN party. One thing for sure, this definitely beats lunging around a desktop."

More information on this review can be found here.
Interview with Johnny H. from NZXT @ hardCOREware
"We recently got to sit down with Johnny H, who is the product manager and lead designer at NZXT. They were the ones who burst onto the scene with a wildly designed PC case that thousands of Chinese companies duplicated. Now they are getting into less radical designs, but ones that can still turn heads. Find out what's going on with NZXT, where they came from, where they are going, and what the heck NZXT means anyway."

More information on this interview can be found here.
SanSun Bat Case Review Review @ Overclocker Cafe
The Bat's interior has some special features built into a steel chassis but the Bat isn't about that; it is first and foremost about a certain look. Its few shortcoming can easily be overlooked in the context of this case is being targeted for its aesthetics. It's like having a Heidi Klum for a girlfriend and discovering she is grumpy in the morning. Can you look past that? Hell yes you can."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone LC17 HTPC Case Review @ Bjorn3D
"Emerging from another well-known case manufacturer a few years ago, SilverStone Technology has really taken off with much success in the aftermarket computer component industry. By specializing in high-quality enclosures, SilverStone has shown that they know what they are doing. One style of case that has been growing in popularity recently is the home theater PC case. Used to hold all of the needed hardware for an HTPC, it is often times very important for the case to be very stylish, yet subtle in order to blend in with the rest of one's audio-visual setup. The SilverStone LC17 from the company's Lascala series does a great job of offering enough space for all of the needed HTPC components, while also presenting a look that is sure to blend in with most home theaters."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalRock Circle Case Review @ Gadget Life
"While ThermalRock's Circle case has been out for a while, it's still a fresh-looking case with some fresh ideas. It takes time-tested drive rails, front-mounted USB ports, built-in lighting, and a spacious interior and combines them with fresh ideas such as a door that doubles as a DVD/CD holder, an inverted BTX-style chassis design, and a bottom-mounted PSU housing. The question with any case that mixes old and new is easy: was the manufacturer able to make it all work together?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec P150 Case Review @ XYZ Computing
"Antec's Performance One series has been the ideal solution to this situation since it was first released. The P160 and P180 cases were both big hits with consumers and were acclaimed for their design as well as their value. The newest addition is the P150, which adds a smaller mid-tower enclosure to the Performance One line. The stated goal of this case is to "offers the perfect balance of high performance and environmentally friendly computing". It is designed to be smaller and quieter than the others, and comes in a cool white finish which looks way more iPod than it does Antec."

More information on this review can be found here.
QuietPC D.Vine Media Center Kit Review @ Bit-Tech
"Probably the biggest downside with the D.Vine is that you don’t actually save any money by building it yourself. If a basic MCE system is what you’re looking for, this is a relatively pricey way of achieving your goal. But it’s also a very carefully considered package, with no component we could single out as a weakness."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin SK-523SW ATX Chassis Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Overall, this case is one of the nicer cases I've had the opportunity to review to date. The aluminum door ties in with the silver paint on the main body of the case. The CCL is really bright and can light up the room when the door is opened."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Eclipse DV V6000 Case Review @ XtremeComputing
"I have to applaud Thermaltake here. They have once again innovated and not just released ‘another’ case. The integrated slim optical drive in the front is really cool, and makes for a great media case, if you have the room. There are some obvious problems with that as well, like the fact that you must have room for the drive to open on the right."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Silver Case-51W ATX Case Review @ Hardware-Review
"Budget enclosures are a dime a dozen, and it’s hard to find one that stands out in the crowd. One case that caught my attention recently is Logisys’s popular Case-51W. This mid-tower case has plenty of room for tons of hard drives and enough space inside for a full-size ATX motherboard. Let’s see if this case will melt our froogle hearts."

More information on this review can be found here.

Cooler Master Centurion 532 ATX Case Review

"Mid-range enclosures have come along way these past couple of years. Nowadays, you can find a decently priced one with all the features we've come to expect from super high-end case manufacturers like Lian-Li and Silverstone. One case that turned our heads was Cooler Master's Centurion 532. This sleek steel case has an awesome mesh front bezel and enough room to fit all of your kick ass gaming components too."

More information on this review can be found here.
Global Win YCC-S27 Mini Desktop Case Review @ Madshrimps
"With the introduction and growing popularity of Windows XP Media center edition, more and more people are putting computer in their living room. The HTPC (Home Theater PC) opened a new market for slick designed cases. Today we are testing the Global Win YCC-S27 Mini desktop case. Is it possible to bring fast desktop performance silently to your living room? Let's take a look."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, February 10, 2006
X-Arcade Trackball Arcade Mouse Review @ Bjorn3D
"Last summer, I had the pleasure of reviewing the X-Arcade Two-Player Joystick, considered the top arcade joystick on the market by many. This time, I get to play more games and take a break from benchmarking to test the X-Arcade Trackball Mouse, the latest offering in XGAMING's high quality arcade peripheral arsenal."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gadgets Roundup @ Bit-Tech
Thumbdrives have now become fairly ubiquitous in our lives. As high capacity, small form factor replacements for the ancient and crusty old floppy disk, they can't be beaten. Want your MP3s on a different machine? Stick 'em on a thumbdrive. Nicking the latest episode of 24 from a mate? Never mind Windows file sharing, this high-capacity Sneakernet is almost certainly more efficient. The U3 standard was jointly created by SanDisk and M-systems, and is designed to take the thumbdrive the next level. Instead of just storing data, U3 allows you to bring data, full applications and personalised settings with you, turning any PC in the world into your daily machine at will."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer Copperhead Gaming Mouse Review @ Overclockers Club
"The Mother of all Mice is here! This mouse is smooth, fast and sensitive. Razer has also taken into consideration that all gamers are not right handed by making this mouse ambidextrous. From the minute I opened the brown shipping box it came in I was impressed. The mouse comes packaged in silver, black and copper box with a clear plastic insert so you can see the product. Included, is the mouse, drivers, a Certificate of authenticity and a "Master Guide" on how to use the mouse. Razer has a reputation of being an innovator in gaming peripheral technology. They first introduced the "boomslang" in the late 90's, followed by the "Viper" and "Diamondback" in 2004. The "Diamondback" was the worlds first 1600 Dpi gaming mouse. Many of the top gaming professionals are using these products today. Now let’s see if the Copperhead follows in the tradition."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seasonic Power Angel Power Monitor Review @ Madshrimps
"I am puzzled by the ever increasing processor power consumption in recent years. Both AMD and Intel are working quite hard lately to reduce power used by their products while new graphic cards are demanding for more. How much power does a home PC draw? Seasonic Power Angel may answer some of the questions."

More information on this review can be found here.
FSP Group GreenPower 400Watt Power Supply Review @ LAN Addict
"I must say that FSP-Group is not well known in this area, but this GreenPower 400W PSU absolutely blew me away! FSP-Group have proven themselves to me to provide rock solid performance, and I would highly recommend any of their PSUs to anyone looking for performance and stability. It ran every component in my computer, at max load, without any problems at all."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Zeus ST56ZF and Strider ST56F Power Supplies Review @ System Cooling
"Silverstone Technology currently manufactures 15 different switching mode power supplies in five different series (Element, Strider, Zeus, Nightjar, and Gemini) for personal computers. For this review we will take an in depth look at the Zeus ST56ZF and Strider ST56F power supplies, which are designed to deliver up to 560 watts of continuous power. The Zeus series contains industrial class components to meet the demands of workstation applications while the Strider series targets the larger enthusiast market and features high efficiency with minimal noise."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sansun Bat Case Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Looking at the offering from Sansun, the first thing that comes to mind is the Caped Crusader himself. Yes, this case is heavily themed using the Marvel comic book hero. Thus how it gets its name The Bat Case. So, as you can see this is not dull beige case."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS KA1 MVP Motherboard Review @ Overclockers Online
With all of that said I think the ECS KA1 MVP is a very solid motherboard for a wide range of people. If you are in possession of a pair of ATI CrossFire ready video cards then you will surely want to have a peek at the KA1 MVP because it certainly performs and has rock solid stability with plenty of "umph" to give your system that extra little boost."

More information on this review can be found here.
Powercolor X1300Pro 256meg Bravo Edition PCI-E Review @ Tech-Mods
"For the past five years Powercolor has been producing graphics cards powered by ATI with performance, reliability, and affordability as their main goals. Powercolor sent over their entry level X1300Pro Bravo edition 256me PCI-E card to put through its paces."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI NF4 Ultra Infinity Review @ Hi-TechReviews
"DFI alone has helped make the NF4 series motherboards one of the most popular motherboards currently on the market for overclocking enthusiasts. Today we have the chance to see just how fast their NF4 Ultra Infinity can clock out at. If I were asked to describe the NF4 Ultra Infinity in just a few words, I would have to say "it's the NF4 LANParty board without all the nice toys." So come on along as we put it through its paces and see just how it stacks up."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chaintech GeForce 6600 APOGEE VE 256MB DDR2 Review @ Techniz
"The Chaintech GeForce 6600 APOGEE VE 256MB DDR2 PCI-Express graphic card is great mid range graphic card. The default performance for this card had been overclock 10% higher than the normal GeForce 6600. Thats why it is called the APOGEE which is means overclock version. The performance of this Chaintech GeForce 6600 APOGEE VE 256MB DDR2 PCI-Express graphic card is very good during our testing in various benchmark and games."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCX159-CU Review @ techPowerUp
"Swiftech has always been known for their innovative cooling solutions. Today we will take a look at their 100% copper chipset cooler: the MCX159-CU. Its creative design allows for greater heat dissipation in even the tightest spaces, and on almost all motherboards. Not only does it cool well but the included 40mm fan is also remarkably quiet."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermoHawk 200 Infrared Thermometer Review @ Think Computers
"Today I have for review something that every reviewer should have in their 'kit', but not just us reviewers, a lot of people can benefit from this tool. I saw these being debuted at CES and I just had to stop by and check them out, well we got to talking and they agreed to a review of one. It is the ThermoHawk infrared thermometer from Q3I. One of the things that intrigued me was the use of new patent-pending technology that is the base of the ThermoHawk."

More information on this review can be found here.
Alpha PAL-8150 Athlon64 Heatsink Review Review @ FrostyTech
"The dense forrest of black anodized aluminum cooling pins and swanky copper-embedded base are what makes the Alpha PAL-8150 a pretty attractive heatsink from the get-go. The Alpha PAL-8150 heatsink is built to cool recent single and dual core AMD Athlon64/FX/X2 & AMD Opteron processors, and so it's compatible with all socket 939/940/754 CPUs. It should be noted given the imminent arrival of AMD's Socket AM2 Athlon64 CPU, that this heatsink won't necessarily be compatible with the four screw hole arrangement that socket is expected to introduce."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master NanoFusion Thermal Compound Review @ PCApex
"For the longest time I never knew there were brand names of thermal paste / compound. I always thought Arctic Silver was the one and only. To me I never even thought there was a difference between any of the various brands. This provided an opportunity to see if all thermal pastes are made the same."

More information on this review can be found here.
Watercooling Kits - What To Look For @ Overclockers.com
"Watercooling kits are coming on the market with increasing frequency, and while we review a fair sampling, sometimes you might come across a kit at a good price that has not been reviewed."

More information on this article can be found here.
Cooler Master Aquagate Mini R120 Liquid Cooler Review @ Viper Lair
"The Cooler Master Aquagate Mini R120 is by far the easiest liquid cooling setup we've ever worked with. It's not a click and run type of deal, but it's no harder than most performance air coolers and much easier than even the Koolance EXOS to setup. Everything is done; fill and bleed, clamping tubes, kit assembly. All the user has to do is put it into their setup and that's it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, February 9, 2006
The Road Ahead - A Look Back @ Bit-Tech
"Even if a show is being broadcast live, you’ll be able to use your infrared remote control to start, stop, or go to any previous part of the program, at any time. If someone comes to your door, you’ll be able to pause the program for as long as you like. You’ll be in absolute control. Except, of course, you won’t be able to forward past part of a live show as it’s taking place."

More information on this article can be found here.
GlobalWin GP92NPHH Heat Tube CPU Cooler Review @ Tech-Mods


"The kind folks at The Card Cooler were nice of enough to send one of the first GlobalWin GP92NPHH Heat Tube Coolers to hit the shores of North America. In fact, the unit received had a little #1 taped to it. GlobalWin has this unit earmarked for the LGA775 Slot Pentium D 3.2GHz processor. We're going to hook it up and see how it performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolink SWiF Quiet Computer Fans Review @ A1-Electronics
"Coolink is a brand of Kolink International Corp and stands is their product range giving excellent quality, no-frills performance at a competitive price. Kolink established in 1996 have built up a reputation for top quality computer cooling products from their ultra-modern production plants in Taiwan and experienced R&D team. Coolink kindly sent us a selection of their latest fans in their SWiF range."

More information on this review can be found here.
Noctua NH Series Heatsinks Review @ GruntvillE


"Noctua, a recent upstart in Austria, has entered the market with two, high performance cooling solutions; the NH-U9 and NH-U12. Both heatsinks utilize 4 dual heat-pipes joined to a copper base and attached to aluminum fins to disperse heat. The only difference between the two units is size; with the NH-U9 accepting 80 and 92mm fans while the larger NH-U12 is designed for use with 120mm fans. While heatpipe technology is nothing new to the cooling industry, the NH-U12 does look to have some of the longest running copper heatpipes I've seen to date. Due to their massive size, both heatsinks can operate without the aide of an attached fan but are capable of utilizing up to two fans for maximum cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
Do Memory Module Heat Spreaders Make A Difference @ Legit Reviews
"As expected, all heat spreader types provided an improvement of a few MHz over the same module with no heat spreader applied. Within the heat spreader results, the XMS PRO provided a small performance gain over the XMS and Mesh heat spreaders. This is the result that we expected to see; the additional surface area provided by the larger heat spreader would naturally be expected to dissipate a nominal amount of additional heat."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-in-Wonder X1900 Review @ TrustedReviews


"ATI’s All-in-Wonder range is something of a legend in the PC graphics market. Since the introduction of the first All-in-Wonder back in late 1996 (based on the 3D Rage II!) it has become famed for offering an all-
you-can-eat mix of high powered graphics and multimedia in one pot. On top of the latest ATI graphics chip, the All-in-Wonder always adds a TV Tuner and a plethora of inputs and outputs for connecting up and capturing from a variety of sources. It was really the forerunner to what is now becoming a mainstream practice – combining the power of a computer with TV."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire SP-600W Rocketeer VI SLI Series Power Supply Review @ 3DGameman
"The Spire SP-600W Rocketeer VI SLI Series Power Supply has many of the features most people like to see. First of all, there lots of juice to power most current computer systems. Second, the modular design is great and it comes with plenty of the shielded leads. Third, it also has dual PCI-E Video Cards leads which is excellent for an SLI gaming setup."

More information on this review can be found here.
How To Maximize Hard Drive Life @ The TechZone
"If I asked you the question: which part of your computer is the most fragile, what would you say? What if I asked: which part is most important to you? Often, the answer to both of these questions is your Hard Drive. We'll show you how to maximize its life."

More information on this article can be found here.
OCZ Rally 512MB USB Drive Review @ Think Computers
"When you are choosing components for your PC speed is always a factor, whether it’s a hard drive or video card. When choosing a flash drive it’s no different. You want something that is fast, especially if you are using it to transport large files. Today we have a flash drive that is very fast and leaves competitors in the dust thanks to the implementation of Dual Channel technology. What drive am I talking about? The OCZ Rally drive of course! Today we will be looking at the 512 MB version."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B X1800 XL Review @ Viper Lair


"Performance was pretty good, as this card could play all the games we threw at it at 1024*768 with 4X AA and 16X ansio without a problem. Playing some other newer games (Age of Empires 3, etc.) provided a smooth frame rate at the settings I tried. In numbers this card, when not CPU limited was between 20% and 50% faster than the older x800XL mostly with AA turned on."

More information on this review can be found here.
Overclocking on the 754/939 Platform @ Short-Media
"Anyone serious about PC gaming knows that the current king of CPUs is the AMD Athlon 64. Since its introduction in 2003, it has provided phenomenal performance, at much lower clock speeds than its Intel competitors. The Athlon 64 platform has brought many new features to the table and with these new features comes many new overclocking challenges. The purpose of this guide is to provide both theoretical insight into the ‘art' of Athlon 64 overclocking, and to provide hands-on examples to assist you in your endeavours. There are numerous overclocking guides available online, but I hope that this guide will present a unique and fresh approach to a commonly misunderstood practice."

More information on this article can be found here.
Sansun BAT Case Review @ AMDGamer
"I enjoyed looking at Sansun's most popular case and was very pleased with the build quality and layout. The exterior is very well designed and feels sturdy. The front door is solid unlike many other cases I've seen in this category. Personaly, I think this case is eye catching and will definately be noticed by your friends. In my opinion, its "BAT" design geares it more towards the entry level to average gamers and not the hard core enthusiast. It comes completely pre-modded as a "BAT" case in a very modern fashion."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Lexa Full ATX Case Review @ hardCOREware
"Even if you have not heard of NZXT the chances are that you have seen one or more of their cases featured in the majority of pre built system vendors in the back of your favorite PC magazine. Though the number of different models on the market from NZXT are minimal at the moment (four including the Lexa), it seems that with each new release NZXT is able to further cement their reputation for designing original and interestingly unique cases. NZXT's latest offering, the Lexa, is no exception."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, February 8, 2006
BlueTake BT510 Mouse and BT007Si Dongle @ PCApex
"Placing the BT510 next to a MX700 shows the relative size of this mouse. Underneath there is an on/off switch for transportation, the connect button and the 800 dpi optical sensor. It is on the small side and very light even with the batteries installed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright V1 Ultra VGA Cooler Review @ Ap0calypse
"Finally, after waiting many years, Thermalright has entered the video card cooling market. The long time maker of quality CPU heat sinks has released the V1 Ultra, a cooler for the latest and greatest video cards from both ATI and NVIDIA. The V1 Ultra is similar to the SI-120 CPU heatsink in terms of design and technology, utilizing aluminum/copper construction and heat pipes. In this review we will examine Thermalright's new video card cooler and see if its performance level can match that of the famous Thermalright CPU coolers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone Strider 560W Continuous PSU Review @ XtremeComputing
"A single 120mm fan should be more than enough to cool this PSU with 80% efficiency. When you think about it, that means that at maximum load this PSU could be dissipating over 100W. I cringe to think of some power-supplies which only have 60% efficiency they would be a bigger source of heat than any other single component in a PC!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerocool ExtremEngine 3T Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Aerocool is one of those companies that are taking the enthusiast market by storm. Their coolers have being a big hit over the last three years or so. I remember using their HT-101 in many system buildups I have done. But now their cases are making a big splash just like their heatsinks. Boasting a 25mm side panel fan and also a 14cm front facial fan, the Aerocool ExtremEngine 3T is extreme."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seasonic S12-600 600W PSU Review @ Technic3D
"After the test of the S12-500 in September we received the Top product of the S12 now with the S12-600 also still to the test."

More information on this review can be found here.
StarTech SV221MICROUA KVM Review @ Overclockers Online
"In short, the StarTech.com SV211MICROUA is pretty impressive with the features it offers over the 4 port big brother, the SV411KA, but the lag in mouse and keyboard switching really detracts from the overall appeal. The most important aspect of the SV211MICROUA is the software that it comes with. When I first saw that there was a CD I almost cringed. I initially figured that if the unit allows for switching without the software that I would probably not use it for anything other than testing. Boy was I wrong."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Toughpower 550W PSU Review @ Techniz
"The Thermaltake Toughpower 550W PSU is a totally silent and powerful PSU. With the dual 12V rails of power at 38A of output, it will support many peripheral devices without any problems. Furthermore, this PSU is equip with silent 120mm cooling fan, it will be even better if the 120mm fan is a LED fan. The operation noise level was very silent as well. This PSU is ready with the SLI, Cross-Fire, and Dual Core CPU support."

More information on this review can be found here.
RaidSonic ICY BOX IB-281U USB 2.0 Series Review @ MVKTech
"External hard drives are becoming more and more popular, the need to transfer large amounts of data between locations and PC's is more common than ever, and all of us know that we should backup important data, but so few of us do. RaidSonic has been very active on this market and has solutions in every shape and format. On of these exciting products is the ICY BOX IB-281U USB 2.0 external 2.5" drive enclosure, which is part of a growing family of external storage solutions."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X1600XT IceQ Turbo 256MB Dual DVI Video Card Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"After reviewing the Sapphire X1300, we continue the X1K line of reviews with the HIS X1600XT Turbo. The X1600XT features the effective IceQ cooler which allows for it to be branded with the "Turbo" label. With the help of the IceQ cooler, HIS has created a X1600XT card that can be overclocked with a single click using their iTurbo utility. The recent announcements of the 7800GS and X1900XT have caused the X1600XT to be pushed even further down the food chain which is a very good thing for consumers due to competitive pricing of models."

More information on this review can be found here.
Flash Memory Then and Now: How Far Have We Come? @ XYZ Computing
"When I set out recently to do a CF card round-up, I found in my collection a nice old relic: a 24MB Delkin Devices CompactFlash card, circa 1998. Unlike sports cars or fancy dishwashers, CF cards all tend to look almost identical. There’s no easy way to judge their speed just by examining their exterior. So, instead of doing a standard round-up, I figured, why not test the relic against some of the newer cards across the temporal gamut?"

More information on this article can be found here.
The Future Of Storage @ The TechZone
"Hard drive technology has come a long way is both size and capacity since that ancient 5MB unit we first enjoyed. The industry suddenly became hot and became sexy (we know sexy may not be a term you’d use to describe HDs). The industry has been on a fast track the last few years increasing the per platter capacity, shrinking the size, adding intelligence and lowering the per GB price."

More information on this article can be found here.
Corsair Flash Voyager 128MB USB Drive Review @ HardwareXL
"There are a lot of portable storage devices, but not all of them are practical. Most USB drives are made of hard plastic or have a shiny coating which wears of after using the drive for a while. The people at Corsair found a good solution to prevent the USB stick from getting easily damaged. They just packed the flash memory in a rubber casing. Finally a product I can test indoors as well as outdoors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Patriot Memory Extreme Performance 2GB 133X SD Card Review @ Techniz
"Overall, Patriot Extreme Performance (EP Plus) 2GB SD card is the fastest and huge capacity SD card that I ever owned. The EP Plus SD card can be used with mobile phones, PDAs, MP3 players, digital cameras and other devices. With the high speed transfer rate up to 133X, you can save a lot of time for it during the read and write activity."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS KN1 SLI Extreme Motherboard Review @ The TechLounge
"ECS’ newest mainstream venture is their ‘Extreme’ line of motherboards that sport all the features you would expect from a top-of-the-line gaming system. The board I will be covering today is the KN1 SLI Extreme and, as the name would suggest, it is a SLI capable board with the nForce 4 Ultra SLI chipset and a few unique features not found on other boards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-K8N51PVMT-9 nForce 430 Motherboard Review @ Bjorn3D
"Integrated graphics have had a bad reputation for years, offering performance bad enough to be called “graphics decelerators” by many. Choked by relatively slow system memory and comparatively simple circuitry, integrated graphics have historically been a poor substitute for add-in cards. NVIDIA hopes to reverse this trend with its new GeForce 6150 integrated graphics processor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn WinFast 6100K8MB-RS Motherboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Foxconn, a traditional OEM manufacturer, is now in the retail market with its own motherboard line, using its own brand. For AMD platform, it is using WinFast brand, which was licensed from Leadtek. Foxconn WinFast 6100K8MB-RS is a socket 754 motherboard based on the latest nVidia chipset with integrated graphics (a.k.a. on-board video): GeForce 6100. We were very curious to measure GeForce 6100 performance and compare it to commercial entry-level video cards, like GeForce 6200. That’s what we’ve done in this review, and also compared its performance to other chipsets with on-board graphics: VIA K8M800 and SiS 760 GX."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS P5N32-SLI Deluxe Review @ Nordic Hardware
"Asus was one of the first to release motherboards based on nVidia’s circuits for Intel with their P5ND2-SLI cards, they've also been early with the second generation nForce4 circuits for Intel. The big difference is the increased number of PCI-Express lanes to 16x width to both graphic cards, where the first generation only gave 8x per card. Increased support for the latest generation of processors from Intel, including dual core processors is another improvement."

More information on this review can be found here.
Alienware MJ-12 Series Workstation Review @ Driver Heaven
"Whilst Alienware are great at producing high performance systems for the gaming and home markets as well as mobile parts these don’t meet the needs of everyone and that’s where today’s product comes in. The Alienware MJ-12 is a workstation system designed for tasks such as 3D modelling, Photoshop and even video editing. Think of the most demanding tasks you would throw at any designer or developer and you pretty much have the work Alienware have build this system to handle."

More information on this review can be found here.
TransTFT Mod @ MetkuMods
"I bought an old 15" TFT display from my friend because the display of my laptop didn't offer me enough workspace. This monitor just happened to be too ugly to be tolerated for long. I never had the guts to modify my laptop, so this new screen of mine offered a great opportunity to refresh my building skills."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Sonata II Case Review @ BoxGods
"Two years ago, Antec kick-started the quiet computing revolution with the introduction of Sonata, the first computer case to combine style and performance in an enclosure designed from the ground up to be completely quiet. Since then, Sonata has sold over half a million units worldwide and the demand continues to grow. Sonata II combines the classic style and silent performance of the original with an upgraded SmartPower2.0 450W power supply and an innovative new cooling design for handling the latest, fastest, technologies."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, February 7, 2006
SmarThumb 256MB USB Drive Review @ ThinkComputers
"There are many companies out there making USB drives, while I was at the CES show, I came across the booth for SmarThumb. Curious as to what it was exactly, I started asking questions and ended up spending about 30 minutes talking with the reps from the company. The parent company is called Intranet Research, based in Malaysia, and they believe they have come up with a 'better', more useful, USB drive. After chatting for a while with them and exchanging info they gave me one of their SmarThumb USB drives to take home and review. The package states: “The World's 1st Productivity Suite on a Portable Flash Drive”. So let's check it out and compare to some others on the market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 5 Rev. 3 VGA Cooler Review @ Hardware-Review
"Increasing GPU and memory speeds require manufacturers to come up with unique and creative cooling solutions for their video cards. As PC enthusiasts, we like to take it a step further because by nature we like to tinker and mod every aspect of our rigs. One way to modify our high end video cards is Arctic Cooling's NV Silencer 5, Rev. 3. This beast gave us the best “bang for our buck,” and chilled out our 7800GT superbly."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Blue Orb II Review @ HardwareHell
"The first thing of note when unpacking this product from the courier box it arrived in is the significant weight and size of the package. In common with many advanced heatsink designs these days, the Blue Orb II has a large surface area to maximise heat dissipation; to achieve a greater surface area, more metal is used, and the obvious side effect is the increased weight. When compared with the weight of the current leading heatsinks, the Blue Orb II sits near the top of the pile, approaching 900g. However, its weight is certainly far from alarming to this reviewer and poses no concern, although extra care should obviously be taken when transporting a system with a heatsink of this weight installed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Modware Radiance Illuminated Pro Gaming Keyboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The illumination is the real selling point here and in that the Radiance really excels. Once this thing is lit up, it no longer resembles an under $20 keyboard and the look on your buddies faces during a nighttime gaming session will be priceless."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Symphony Mini Water Cooled System Review @ A1-Electronics
"Thermaltake as we are sure most of you may know started back in 1999 at a time when heatsinks for computers was something only overclockers or PC enthusiasts were involved in. Since those early days Thermaltake have been producing top quality, top design stylish products for computers from heatsinks to power supplies, cases and more. We remember reviewing their early Golden Orb heatsinks as well. Today though we look at this new and very modern stylish Symphony Mini water cooled heatsink system from Thermaltake."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalTake ToughPower 550W PSU Review @ DVHardware
"DV Hardware today took a look at the ToughPower 550 Watt power supply from ThermalTake. This NVIDIA SLI and ATI CrossFire ready PSU features independent voltage circuits and promises a voltage regulation of less than 3 percent. The PSU has a black cover and features a large 120mm fan to provide quiet cooling. Read on to see how this PSU performs on an overclocked AMD Opteron 148 based rig running at 3GHz."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seasonic S-12 430w PSU Review @ HTPCnews
"We here at HTPCnews.com have never had a problem recommending Seasonic due their great performance in reviews done by our peers and case histories from our forum members. My goal in this review is to confirm what we have been saying all along with hard numbers. Passing the geek muster test is pretty easy but passing the WAF is a whole other story."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Silent PurePower 600W Power Supply Review @ 3DGameman
"The Thermaltake Silent PurePower 600W Power Supply has lots of good things going for it. First and foremost, it has efficient power and lots of it. 600 watts is more than enough for most systems on the market. It's even enough for server and robust gaming applications. It also has dual PCI Express Video Cards leads for SLI/Cross-Fire setups. This is something hardcore gamers will definitely appreciate. It's even dual-core CPU ready. All this and it’s quiet too."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 Review @ The TechZone
"It is our opinion that the FX-60 is the fastest consumer processor on the planet. With processing power this high it'll be fun to see how Intel will compete. The AMD 4800+ already comes out ahead in most benchmarks against the Intel Pentium D 840 EE, so the FX-60 is the last nail in the coffin for those users still wondering which processor to get for ultra performance. The boys in space suits should stop dancing and start putting out a better product or soon it won’t really be seen as a competition."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-In-Wonder X1900 Review @ Designtechnica
"ATI's latest All-in-Wonder card, the AIW X1900 uses the company's latest and great GPU, borrowed from the X1900 series gaming cards, and includes video capturing and editing capabilities as well as an integrated television tuner complete with PVR and TV On-Demand functions. The X1900 GPU is a remarkable processor that performs extremely well in 3D environments; perfect for gamers. We have always been impressed with the premise behind the All-In-Wonder philosophy and we are still surprised to see ATI the only video card company to implement a product-line behind a video card that basically does everything. Previous All-In-Wonder cards that we have reviewed have pretty much been hit or miss, so we are excited to see what ATI has brought to the table this time around."

More information on this review can be found here.
Athena Power SNT-2312B2 External HDD Enclosure Review @ OCModShop
"The enclosure has a silver aluminum body that has been textured to shimmer more light, with smoked acrylic end caps. The actylic looks like it can easily crack or scratch, but is actually pretty rugged. There are 4 rubber pads on the bottom of the enclosure for stability. There are no rubber pads for the sides, so this drive is intended to be laid flat on your desk. There are no cutouts or holes to dissipate heat, and there's no fan to be found, either. The rear of the enclosure houses the power switch and connector, and a USB 2.0 port. There are also two screws here that secure the drive tray within the enclosure."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enlight eXtreme Gaming Case Review @ 3DVelocity
"The back of the case holds no surprises. The gaping hole should by now have made you realise the case comes with no power supply, an inconvenience if you don't have one but a wise choice in general as bundled power supplies are rarely worth the space they occupy. The rear fan vent is fairly open and should let plenty of airflow through."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Eureka Case Review @ techPowerUp
"Thermaltake is making a variety of products for computer enthusiasts: cases, coolers, power supplies, water cooling and other accessories. The Thermaltake Eureka is their latest full-tower case. It has a solid front door and is made from all aluminum with a brushed metal look. Sliding drive rails and tool free drive cages make installation easy. A removable motherboard tray completes the feature set of this high-end case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master CMStacker 830 Case Review @ TechConnect
"The CMStacker 830 is the perfect example of why Coolermaster are at the top of the custom case industry, and it’s part of the reason they’re likely to stay there for a long while to come: it’s a massive midi tower that’s anything but midi, with brushed aluminium construction of the quality and strength that is usually associated only with tanks and dreadnoughts, a series of interesting innovations, and pretty blue lights (well known high tech requirement for any serious piece of kit)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Praetorian 730 Case Review @ Viper Lair
"If your PC enclosure says something about you, then with the Cooler Master Praetorian 730 you are bursting with confidence, have class while not overly flaunting it and you will not settle for anything not made properly for its task. The design is crisp and entertaining, but that doesn't stop at the surface, dig deeper and you find a case that is not only built well, but exudes style and functionality at nearly every corner."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone LC17B HTPC Case Review @ CaseModGod
"This is a mid level HTPC case from Silverstone Technology who have been building cases since 1998. All of their HTPC (Home Theater Personal Computer) cases come in a choice of Black or Silver. Silverstone gladly sent a Black Lascala 17 for CaseModGod to review. I was very concerned when the case was delivered in it's actual retail box with some scratches and torn tape. All my concerns were relieved when I opened the box to find out it is a double thickness cardboard box, sealed in plastic with soft foam end caps. The Lascala 17 arrived in perfect condition, without a scratch."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone LC17S HTPC Case Review @ ProCooling
"HTPC Cases are nothing new; in fact in many ways they are a throw back to case design from years ago. Remember those old BIG desktop cases in the 286 - Pentium days? When tower cases were considered edgy and for the extreme? Opening up the LC17 in a way was a throw back to an old Zenith Data Systems 286 (IBM XT Clone) I had back when I was a kid, seeing the big drive bays able to handle 1 full height 30MB ESDI hard disk each (if you were rich that is) or if you were cool, 2 5.25" drives."

More information on this review can be found here.

Aardils Multi PC H2O and A/C Cooling Desk Project

"The reason for building this particular project is one of my brain storms. I had ( and still have) 4 PC's sitting under my desktop. Understandably it was quite warm under there ( not that bad of a thing in the winter) but the house A/C in the summer couldn't keep my room cool. The answer seemed simple, install a window unit. I did and it helped but with where the PC's were sitting, 2 of the PC's gained very little benefit and I was getting too cold as the cold air was being blown almost directly on me."

More information on this project can be found here.
Monday, February 6, 2006
Steelpad S&S Mousepad Review @ OzCaseModz
"The pad is of obvious high quality and SteelSeries have packed more features than I thought possible into the humble mousepad. Definitely recommended for avid LANgoers and the like but not the best for continous home/office use."

More information on this review can be found here.
ADS Tech Mini Drive Kit Review @ The TechZone
"Designed with the same sleek look and feel of the Mac mini, the stackable ADS Tech’s Mini Drive Kit also offers the same small form factor as the Mac mini - it is just 6.5 inches square and 2 inches high. When plugged into the USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 port of a computer, the Mini Drive Kit is instantly recognized, there’s no need to configure the drive or reboot the system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Terratec Mystify Claw Review @ 3DXtreme
"Today 3DXtreme has the pleasure of reviewing a gaming device for the hardcore in the Mystify Claw. Everyone is trying to make the gaming experience easier and more ergonomic and that’s where the Mystify Claw comes in. But do these devices really make the gaming experience better or is the learning curve of getting used to something new not worth the hassle?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Fatal1ty FS-V7 VGA Cooler Review @ Techniz

"The Zalman Fatal1ty is a very good VGA cooler in terms of the performance and the stylish look especially the Red color heatsink with the Red color RAM sink and also the Red color LED fan. This was a perfect match. The Fatal1ty VGA Cooler performs very well during our testing. Moreover, it is made of fully copper which is a very good material for cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooler AcceleroX2 Video Cooler Review @ OverclockersRIP
"I actually had to touch the fan to make sure it was running. I tried to listen to it, but I could hot hear it over the power supply and the hard drives (CPU is watercooled). It is nearly silent, and compared to the stock heatsink, it is."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Samurai Z Heatsink Review @ techPowerUp
"Japanese heatsink manufacturer Scythe has engineered a nice heatsink with the Samurai Z. It includes mounting accessories for Socket 478, 775, 754, 939 and 940. On all these platforms installation is very easy and can be performed without any tools. While the cooler can not offer the cooling performance of behemoth coolers, it can keep up well with the heat load of our test setup. In addition to that it is remarkably quiet."

More information on this review can be found here.
Multiswitch Review @ Technic3D
"From Aquacomputer Berlin we received an extremely innovative product which be interesting for electronics, modder and Watercooling Friends. The multiswitch."

This review is in German, be sure to use an online translator like Babelfish. More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den Maze 4 Acetal Top GPU Block Review @ Geekextreme
"With my recent purchase of a X800XT AIW from the trusty Newegg, I decided to take advantage of my newly constructed watercooling setup by investing in a Danger Den Maze 4 GPU waterblock and ramsinks. I ordered the waterblock from Danger Den's website and some generic copper ramsinks. This review will be more of an observations and experiences of the utility and use of watercooling your GPU than that of a waterblock comparison."

More information on this review can be found here.
SyncMax 800 Express PC2-6400 DDR2 Review @ XtremeComputing
"Who are SyncMax well the above explains pretty well and after you read this review you won’t forget them either. Today I will be testing out The SyncMax 800Express 1 gig kit this should not be mistaken with there SyncMax 800 ram as the Express really is something quite special. With timings (800mhz 4,4,4,12) at a measly 1.9 volts and capable of (1066 5,5,5,15) it surly holds some promise."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EL DDR PC-4000 Gold GX XTC 2GB Review @ Overclockers Online
"The 2GB PC4000 Gold Edition that was developed with gamer's
distinctive needs in mind. The kit performs very well as the temperatures of the DIMMs are very low and you'll be happy to know the low voltage requirement makes this kit useable on most any motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor ATI Radeon X1300 Video Card Review @ Think Computers
"I'll admit it, I'm an NVidia Fanboy. My past experiences with ATI cards have been unsavory at best. Recently I upgraded my wife’s comp and had to get her a video card, I got an ATI for her only because it was on sale for $40. So I don't have any major personal experience with ATI, recently I got for review a PowerColor ATI X1300, that's what we will be taking a look at today. It is a PCIE card, so I stuck it in my main rig, replacing my NVIDIA 7800GTX, of course there is no comparison between the two cards, one costing $500 the other $100. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the performance of the ATI card actually, I wasn't expecting much for a 'budget' card, and it exceeded all my expectations."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte Radeon X1800 XL (GV-RX18L256V-B) Review @ Bjorn3D
"The Gigabyte Radeon X1800 XL (GV-RX18L256V-B) that I have on the test bench today competes with NVIDIA's GeForce 7800 GT. As such, I will be comparing it directly to a single XFX 7800 GT. Although the X1800 XL is capable of running in ATI's CrossFire multi-GPU mode, I did not have an X1800 CrossFire master card available for such testing. Read on to see how the Gigabyte X1800 XL and XFX 7800 GT compare one on one in some of the more recent games to hit the market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Overclocking X1900XTX and X1900 CrossFire @ NordicHardware
"The first day, we tested how much the graphics card could handle when it comes to cooling. Chefnr1 container and LN2 for the graphics card and a single stage unit for the CPU. The card managed -50C which was quite ideal for the single stage cooler for the next day."

More information on this review can be found here.
EPoX 8NPA SLI Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"Socket 754 has now made a comeback for AMD in the form of the budget line of Sempron processors. Sempron on the K8 architecture features the on-chip single channel memory controller supporting DDR-400 and beyond in the latest revision cores, SSE2 and now x86-64 and SSE3 in the latest Sempron CPU’s nicknamed the Sempron64. Until now, motherboards for the Socket 754 have been very budget orientated with little features or ability to boost the overall system performance - that is until EPoX got its claws into the high-speed budget market."

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

More information on this article can be found here.
Abit Fatatality AN8 Motherboard SLI Review @ XSReview
"Over the last few years, the name Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel has become synonymous with gaming prowess. In the same way ABIT’s line of motherboards under the same name have themselves become synonymous with being the powerhouses of gamers computers the world over. Today I have managed to get my mitts on the Abit Fatal1ty AN8 SLI, lets see how well it lives up to its reputation."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Lexa Review @ Techgage
"If you have never heard of NZXT, you don't know what great cases you are missing! We are taking a look at their Lexa case, which combines "Perfect Symmetry" with class and functionality. Let's check it out and see if we have a winner on our hands."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone SG01 Evolution Case Review @ Pro-Clockers
"There are a lot of us out there that would rather have a small form factor case than some gigantic tower taken up all the room on or underneath our desk. Here is when the SFF systems come into place. This is a place where Shuttle has reigned supreme for some time. But for those that have the time and the ability to customize a system to their own personal liking enter Silverstone. The reputation of Silverstone is that it is one of the best case manufacturers around. Sleek and classy lines have always dominated all of their towers and enclosures. Putting classy lines and SFF together we have the SG01 Evolution."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, February 4, 2006
Dystopia Preview @ BoxGods
"If you thought only CounterStrike: Source could hold you over until the next Republican president is ready to tell SMAMM (soccer moms against Marilyn Manson) to go back to the kitchen, hold onto your cheeto-stained man breasts and lean forward expectantly for Dystopia."

More information on this preview can be found here.
VIZO Muffle and WindStorm Case Fan Review @ Techniz
"The VIZO cooling products is design to provide the cooling solution for the enthusiast that prefers low noise and also good performance. The Muffle case fan comes in three sizes which is the 80mm, 92mm and 120mm. If you want a quiet environment, then this Muffle case fan will be your best choice. While the WindStorm only comes with two size, the 80mm and 92mm. The WindStorm is design for the high air flow which is perfect for the overclockers and gamers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright HR-01 Passive CPU Cooler Review @ Bigbruin
"The Thermalright HR-01 would be perfect for a HTPC, or any situation where you need your computer to be at its absolute quietest. With no fan on the HR-01, the processor cooler makes absolutely no noise. I was initially concerned that it would not be able to cool my Opteron 148 sufficiently, but in my tests I received a 10 degrees Celsius drop from the stock AMD CPU cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright HR-01 "High-Riser" Heatsink Review @ OCIA
"Today I will be taking a look at the new HR-01, an aluminum heatsink incorporating 8, count them, 8 heatpipes in an all-new (for Thermalright) tower design. Thermalright claims the HR-01 is so efficient, it can be used solely as a passive radiator, meaning it requires no fan attached directly to the heatsink. Many companies before have tried the passive tower design. tried and failed to produce a heatsink that even comes close to equaling the performance of a traditional fan-cooled heatsink. However the HR-01 marks Thermalright's first foray into the passive tower market, and if anyone can make this thing work, and work well, it almost has to be Thermalright, right?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Susurro CPU Cooler Review @ PCApex
"No need for a Rocket Science degree to install the Susurro. It is a simple task with the standard motherboard bracket in place. Just a matter of clipping it in down, and locking the bracket. The clearance on the heatsink was only tight in one location, and that was the first memory slot. It just took some creative maneuvering, and it worked fine."

More information on this review can be found here.
How To Troubleshoot Wireless Networking Problems @ The TechZone
"If you're like me, you've come to take wireless pretty much for granted. Everywhere I go, I expect to be able to connect to the internet to check my email, chat with my friends or get some work done. It seem no matter where I am, I can open my notebook and find a wireless network to plug into. However, there are times when I'm logged into a wireless network and suddenly lose the connection or the speed suddenly drops to an unbearable level. I'm sure you have experience this as well."

More information on this article can be found here.
USB Drive Round Up @ ThinkComputers
"Hey look more stuff about CES! Yeah, by now you might be sick of hearing about CES, but I thought this would make a cool little article for everyone to check out. At CES the bigger companies give out their press kits on USB drives, and even on memory cards (got two of those!), and they also just give away USB drives to people who stop by to see them. In total I received 8 USB drives at CES, along with the 2 memory cards, one of the memory cards was a microSD from Sandisk with the adapter, it had their press kit and an album from The Rolling Stones on it, the other was a standard SD memory card from Simpletech. Simpletech also provided a mini USB card reader along with the SD Card. I know I could have gotten more USB drives if I would have visited every single booth there. I guess it is something to strive for next year, to see just how many USB drives I can get! With all these USB drives I got from CES and the ones I got over time for review I have a total of 11 now."

More information on this review can be found here.

X-Micro WLAN 11g Combo Finder Adapter Review

"Hey, another cool product from X-Micro, and I really mean it, this is a cool little device. When I first heard I was getting it for review, I didn't pay attention and I thought it was just a WiFi finder, but it is actually a WiFi 802.11g USB adapter as well. My router died recently, and I had to get a new one, so I opted to get one with 802.11g built in so I could use my laptop without hooking an Ethernet cable to it. My other computers I use for reviews etc all need to have Ethernet cables run to them to be on my network, but now I can just plug the X-Micro into any computer and instant wireless access is mine!"

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone ST60F Modular 600W PSU Review @ Techniz
"The SilverStone ST60F Modular 600W PSU is a totally silent and powerful PSU. With the Quad +12V rails of power, it will support many peripheral devices without any problems. Furthermore, this PSU is equip with silent 120mm cooling fan, it will be even better if the 120mm fan is a LED fan. The operation noise level was very silent as well. Beside that, this PSU is SLI/CrossFire ready that comes with 2x PCI-E connector to support dual high-end VGA cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plantronics DSP-500 Headset Review @ Bit-Tech
"Overall, the Plantronics DSP-500 is a very solid headset. Although the audio quality listening to music isn't great, it acquits itself very well in games and in VoIP scenarios, especially given the strong bass response and the excellent quality of the microphone. If you're looking for a good pair of gaming cans, we'd really advise you to give these a look."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TwinX2048-4000PT Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Corsair has been around for quite sometime and during that time they have come to meet all the enthusiast’s need with it comes to high performance memory. The ram that we have today is no exception. The TwinX2048-4000PT sports a default high FSB, that surpasses a lot of user's needs. And some very decent timings that will keep that AMD64 ticking right alone."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer Diamondback Plasma LE Review @ techFEAR
"Professional gamers around the world depend on quality gear to keep the edge and Razer has been providing just that for over 7 years. Can a super fast 1600 DPI mouse really change the way you play?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone LC10M HTPC Case Review @ Hardware-Review
"There were several things that went through my mind when the Silverstone LC10M arrived at my door. The first was what differentiates one HTPC case from another? The second was does price really play a part in the overall quality of an HTPC case? The answer to the second question is a resounding YES. I will get back to the first question later in the article."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Temjin TJ07 Case Review @ 3DGameman
"The SilverStone Temjin TJ07 Case has a uni-body aluminum outer frame, & has an all aluminum compartmentalized design. There are 7 x 5.25" and 6 x 3.5" drive bays. Two 90mm and four 120mm fans come standard, and are uniquely designed, 11-bladed Ultra-Maglev, with oil protection bearings. This product has full tower server case written all over it. This has been a long anticipated product and there's no wonder, it’s sick!"

More information on this video review can be found here.

Cooler Master Centurion 532 Case Giveaway

"Cooler Master and 3dGameMan team up to bring you Giveaway/Contest 25: Cooler Master Centurion 532 Case and more. The Grand Prize is 1 x Cooler Master Centurion 532 Case with 4 Runner Ups that include 2 x CM JET 4 Coolers and
2 x CM JET 7 Coolers."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Friday, February 3, 2006
Dell 2405FPW 24-inch Monitor Review @ Designtechnica
"If you have been waiting for a large LCD at a great price, the Dell 2405FPW is the display for you. Unless you are dead set on an HDMI with a 24-in. display, there is no reason to pass up on the Dell 2405FPW. The bright, crisp images the screen delivers are matched only by the flexibility and features built into this behemoth of a desktop."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor X1900 XT 48 Horsemen @ Bjorn3D


"The late introduction of R520 had caused ATI to speed up the introduction of its new products. Going by how the company handles kicker products, most of us assumed it would be just that; a refresh of the older SKUs. All in all, it was a hasty and wrongful assumption. ATI had been actually cooking something tasty for us – R580 which has been in production since November 30th 2005."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GS AGP Launch Preview @ Hexus
"Three weeks ago at the time of writing, we spiced up the AGP owner's life with exclusive news of a 7800 GS AGP. Bringing the goodness inherent to NVIDIA's GeForce 7-series PCI Express products to an AGP board, we told you that it'd be 350MHz and bridged to AGP from a PCI Express native GPU."

More information on this preview can be found here.
BFG 7800GS OC AGP Review @ Neoseeker
"We can see that when going from the 7800 GT PCI-Express to a reference 7800 GS AGP, NVIDIA has dropped the core clock speed by 25 MHz, bumped up the memory clock speed by 50 MHz (100 MHz effective), reduced the number of vertex and pixel shader pipes, and very surprisingly, cut the amount of ROP pipes to half. Doing some rough calculations, we can expect a reference GeForce 7800 GS to take about a 15-20% performance hit when compared to the 7800 GT. Please note that the sample sent to us by BFG Technologies belongs to their "OC" line-up, which enjoys slight bumps in core and memory clock speeds, as well as snazzier blue PCB and cooling systems those are the numbers you see in brackets."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn WinFast 6150K8MA-8EKRS Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"Armed with a discreet video solution, the WinFast 6150K8MA-8EKRS proved to be quite a performer, near the levels of the nForce 4 Ultra and SLI (minus a second PEG NVIDIA card). If the FlexATX SFF PCs aren't for you, but you still want something compact, this Foxconn board is worth a look."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron K8SLI Motherboard Review @ Phoronix
"The Taiwan-based Albatron could be considered a heavy player in the motherboard industry, as well as graphics cards for that matter, but how does their most recent AMD SLI adventure perform? Albatron's K8SLI packs in NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI Chipset combined with the innovative features as a Zero Jumper Design, Dual BIOS, and Watch Dog Timer."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIA EPIA M10000 Mini-Itx Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"VIA was looking for a way to build a smaller and lower powered motherboard. Cyrix was trying to cash in on lower powered CPU's. This was the jelly to VIA's peanut butter. Now the two have come together and the combination has produced a line of mini masterpieces."

More information on this review can be found here.
XMS-3200C2 XPERT 2GB Kit Released @ Corsair
Fremont, CA (February 2, 2006) – Corsair® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory and cooling products for enthusiasts and overclockers, today launched XMS™-3200C2 XPERT™ 2GB memory kits for advanced users who demand performance, aesthetics and functionality in one package. Corsair’s proprietary XPERT memory is the industry’s first intelligent memory module that monitors and displays critical performance parameters. Creating a category of its own, the XPERT series raises the bar on enthusiast memory.

Based on carefully selected RAM and individually tested for compatibility, the new XMS-3200C2 XPERT is guaranteed to run at 400MHz with low latencies of 2-3-3-6. With the growing number of PC games and video-editing applications that benefit from additional system memory, Corsair designed the new XPERT to maximize memory density while minimizing latencies.

Dubbed XPERT, this new technology uses an integrated micro-controller and embedded sensors to measure voltage, temperature and frequency on the memory module. Each of these parameters, along with a user-programmable scrolling marquee, can be shown on a big alpha-numeric display that is a part of the memory module.

“The XPERT series continues to be Corsair’s flagship product that demonstrates our leadership position in the industry. Catering to the growing demand for 2GB of system memory, we want to offer a complete product line up that includes the XPERT series,” said Richard Hashim, Director of Product Marketing at Corsair Memory. “Our in-house test results show a performance boost of up to 30% with 2GB of memory in memory hungry applications like Battlefield2. Combine the high memory density with real-time parametric display, the new XPERT brings the users to a new level of PC experience,” continued Hashim.

XMS-3200C2 XPERT Features:

- 184-pin DDR unbuffered memory
- Individually tested at 400MHz / 2.75 volts for optimal performance
- Supports low latency timings of 2-3-3-6
- Legendary Corsair reliability
- Lifetime warranty

More information on this press release can be found here.
Swiftech New Product Release - "MCW60" VGA Cooling Solution
Signal Hill, CA - Thursday 2nd, February 2006 - Swiftech™ today announced the release of the MCW60 VGA cooling solution, a combination state-of-the-art water-block and copper Ramsinks for high-end video graphics adapters. "This solution reduces the cost of ownership by up to 50% compared to monolithic VGA water-cooling systems, with superior performance where it really counts, silent operations, and complete freedom in terms of graphics cards upgradeability" said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech's Chairman.

The new MCW60 completes the Company’s product line by offering a matching design to that of its highly successful Apogee and MCW30 water-blocks, but more importantly it integrates itself with Swiftech’s CPU and Chipset cooling solutions to form one of the most powerful complete liquid cooling systems available on the market.

More information on this press release can be found here.
Vizo Luxon Hard Enclosure Review @ Pro-Clockers
"How important are those family photos, videos and downloaded music? Chances are they are very important to you. So, that why most of us invest in some type of backup devices to secure our digital files. If you have an extra hard drive lying around Vizo has a product to turn that drive in an external solution for your storage needs. The Luxon. The Luxon is a sleek little enclosure that will hold either a PATA or SATA drive."

More information on this review can be found here.
How to Buy a PC Without Being Fooled @ Hardware Secrets
"If you are thinking on buying a new PC it is good to follow our tips in order to be not deceived. In this tutorial we will talk about the most common problems you can face when buying a new PC and also we will teach you how to check, without opening the computer case, if the PC you bought is really the one you ordered."

More information on this article can be found here.
Ultra Aluminus Review @ Techgage
"One nice thing about the case front is the fact that the entire face is hinged. No stupid tabs to try to press outwards 2 at a time, no hidden screws to try to undo with the case at an awkward angle, no hassle whatsoever. You just have to pull on the tab to the right side of the case front and open that baby up. Another nice feature are the bay covers. They're not snap in, they're instead held on with screws. This means that if you have rheobuses that utilize the stock drive cover as a mounting device, you will have to make certain to have plenty of slack on it to allow for opening the case. I'd consider that a decent trade off though as I've had to fish my rheobus out of a case more than once, and it's honestly a pain in the neck."

More information on this article can be found here.
Tsunami Leo ATX Case Review @ XtremeComputing
"The Tsunami Leo-46 is a well-styled and simply constructed case. The features, like the drive bay covers and air duct, are quite well done if not perfect. It does nothing inventive internally, but still is functional with good cooling. It is very light for a steel case, has covered front I/O ports, and did I mention the funky looks? Well, the final icing on the cake, the great reason why cases should be this simple the price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec P150 Silent ATX Case @ Hardware-Review
"Finding a computer case that’s silent and chocked full of features is very challenging. Most modern case manufacturers focus on flashy acrylic UV windows, bright blue and red LEDs, and car-finish paint jobs. One company who broke from this mold is Antec when they developed their P150 case. This case isn’t flashy by any means from looking at its exterior, but the hidden features inside were a huge eye-opener and something PC enthusiasts will thoroughly enjoy."

More information on this review can be found here.
Whisky PC Project @ MetkuMods
"I already had a powerful computer setup so I wanted something more quiet, small and low power consumptioning to function as a basic home server. I love to tinker with hardware etc. so I wanted to make something quite unique for a case. I have seen many nice and creative cases before but none of them were made out of a bottle. In November I bought an industrial 3.5" SBC board (with Socket370). For the project I selected a 1.5 litre Ballantine's bottle for case. That was the proper size and shape for the task at hand."

More information on this project can be found here.
Thursday, February 2, 2006
Wolfking Gaming Keyboard Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"The more I play with these products the more features I find; the last one was the K-lock key. One of the games I play with my grandson allows us to talk during the game, well with the K-lock button all I have to do is press it and drive my grandson nuts talking, while playing the game! Ah, there is justice in the world, the gaming world that is."

More information on this review can be found here.
How To Select A LCD For Gaming @ The TechZone
"Specs are a great tool for narrowing down your choices, but they are no replacement for hands-on experience. Plenty of large resellers stock a wide range of monitors and some are on display. Go down to every shop you can and see if you can find the monitor you are thinking of buying. You never know, that slightly low spec one you shunned in favour of that extra inch of screen may beat everything else hands down in ‘real world’ performance. This is a check list of things to consider when shopping for a new LCD for gaming."

More information on this article can be found here.
Playing Video Games For a Living @ Laptop Gamers
"The easiest way to get a chance to work in the videogames industry is to start as a game tester. Mind you - the job is actually tougher and less exciting than you think. While it is true that you'll spend most of your day playing games, you must bear in mind that this means testing to death the same game again and again, since the earliest days of development until it's finished, and this can get really boring."

More information on this article can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix Tracer BL2KIT6464L505 1GB Kit @ BoxGods
"Today we take a look at Crucial's Ballistix Tracer BL2KIT6464L505 1GB (2x512mb) kit. It is rated at DDR500, but of course, we took it for a spin to find out its best possible speed--for those numbers, read on. With the overwhelming number of companies selling ram in today's marketplace, standing out from the crowd is not an easy task. At BoxGods, we are high performance nuts first and foremost, but we are also very much into case modding, and the reviews of this memory showing the sexy LED tracers all but made this review a must. I can tell you that after 90 days of torture testing in several systems, this memory is not just a pretty face."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX GeForce 7800 GS AGP Review @ Bjorn3D
"Today, NVIDIA is releasing the GeForce 7800 GS AGP GPU. The reason for this launch is that end-users are not moving to the new PCI Express platform as fast as the company thought they would. So, with that happening, NVIDIA is bringing those users who do not have the funds or are not ready yet to take the plunge to get a new motherboard, CPU and GPU a GPU that will prolong the life of their systems."

More information on this review can be found here.
BFG 7800 GS OC AGP Review @ Bit-Tech
"The BFG Tech GeForce 7800 GS OC looks the same as the reference card with some cosmetic changes made to brand the card in BFG's team colours. BFG's cards are instantly recognisable from the large badge coupled with the green and white colour scheme on the cooler. There are also some changes made to the clock speeds, as BFG is marketing the card as an overclocked version. The reference clocks for GeForce 7800 GS are 375/1200MHz and BFG Tech's GeForce 7800 GS OC runs at 400/1250MHz. Those clocks aren't going to set the world alight, but it's a nice increase that should help it differentiate itself from other cards out there without costing a great deal more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Diamond Stealth X550 Review @ techPowerUp


"Diamond Multimedia expands its offerings and adds the Stealth X550 to their lineup. This card is aimed at casual users surfing the web or building a HTPC system. The Stealth X550 is a cut above the onboard graphics solution and can overclock to X600 speeds. This entry-level card is good news for those on a low budget, so with card in hand let's take a look at the Diamond Stealth X550."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI's Radeon X1900 Video Card Series Part II @ Legit Reviews


"In our last review we took a look at how ATI's new X1900XTX and X1900XT video cards stacked up against Nvidia's 7800GTX 512MB, as well as the previous generation X1800 series. We noted that in most of our tests we were being limited by CPU speed so for part two of this review we've stepped up to an AMD Athlon 64 4800+ dual core CPU. This model is 200MHz faster and has an extra 1MB of cache than the 3700+ used in our previous tests. We feel the data from our previous benchmarking suits the greater majority of our followers, but a good number of our readers overclock or have these high end processors. Today we take some of the CPU bottleneck out of our benchmarking and let the GPU's scream. We also get a chance to look at how well ATI and Nvidia support dual core CPU's."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X1600 XT IceQ Turbo PCIe Video Card Review @ XYZ Computing
"While ATI's offerings last generation were clearly lacking in comparision to the 6600 GT, this time around things could be different. ATI's X1K line was not the definitive blow which they intended to strike against Nvidia after last year's collapse, but it has been made clear that these cards are worth looking at. This review is going to be examining the HIS X1600 XT IceQ Turbo which features ATI's RV530 GPU. On paper it looks like a very solid mid-range card, especially compared to what else is out there in its price category. Its competitors include cards like the 6600 GT, a few lower-end 6800s, and ATI's X800 GTOs, to name a few."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-G1975X G1-Turbo Review @ HardwareZoom


"Designed specifically for extreme overclockers and hardcore gamers, the Gigabyte G1-Turbo combine the best from Intel & Gigabyte. Featuring the latest Intel(r) 975X Express chipset, it support the latest Intel Pentium Dualcore & Extreme Edition with up to 1066Mhz FSB. To boost the system performance further, Gigabyte has put in lots of effort to improve overclockability and experience. The proprietary Turbojet technology helps to remove heat generated by the CPU, north bridge and memory with four 40mm fans. Also featuring other well-known overclocking technologies from GIGABYTE, such as: C.I.A. 2, M.I.B. 2, EasyTune5, and the latest C.R.S. (CMOS Reload Switch). Audio performance is another main concern for gamers, the G1-Turbo has an integrated Creative Sound Blaster Live 24-bit hardware audio controller, to provide 7.1 channel surround effects with DTS support. Other on-board features include : Dual Channel DDR2 888, Dual PCI-E x4 slots, Gigabit LAN, Firewire, four 3Gb/s SATA ports with RAID, six USB 2.0 ports, DualBIOS, Debug LED & power-on switch."

More information on this review can be found here.
Setting up a Backup Server @ IceTeks


"To avoid losing data that is valuable to you, you should at least backup the most important data on a different drive, and even different media (or both). At first, my backups consisted of archiving stuff on CD once in a while, and regularly backing up the important stuff to my main server. This is a good start, but you would be surprised how important the "less important" stuff is once you loose it and are left with only the most important."

More information on this article can be found here.
Cooler Master Susurro Review @ Overclockers Online
"The final verdict for the Susurro is difficult, while its cooling abilities were not exactly impressive, it was extremely quiet. This low profile cooler is an ideal choice for SFF's and rackmounts. In the end, the Cooler Master Susurro makes an excellent quiet stock replacement and a great choice for those looking for a low profile heatsink."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master AMMO 533 ATX Case Review @ Madshrimps
Cooler Master jumps into the themed pre-modded chassis segment; does the AMMO have the ammunition to take out its opponents? We take a close look at its plug and play features, check out the thermal and noise performance and "show you the ins and outs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, February 1, 2006
Where In The World? @ Bit-Tech
"We at Bit-Tech towers decided that we wanted to investigate exactly where all our favourite gear comes from and how it gets made. We embarked on a gruelling world tour to find the offices and the manufacturing plants of all the top companies that we cared about, and then put finger to keyboard to report back to you. Did you know that some of the top enthusiast components in the world are designed in Canada? That one of the most anticipated games of 2006 is being developed in the Ukraine? That one of your daily website reads comes out of Alaska? Thought not!"

More information on this article can be found here.
Razer Copperhead Gaming Mouse Review @ XSReviews
"When I think of the word mouse, I think of two things. The furry things that live in my attic that keep me awake well into the night by scratching around for hours on end, and every pc user’s best friend, the curvy little thing that sits in the palm of your hand."

More information on this article can be found here.
Project World Record DreamHack Winter 2005 @ Nordic Hardware
"When the idea of going to DreamHack came up I thought it was a great idea. But the closer the time for the gathering came, the more doubt filled my mind. Benching live at Dreamhack in front of lots of people and in an abnormally high room temperature. I was getting very hesitant. Maybe I had better stayed home."

More information on this article can be found here.
Optimus Keyboard Update @ Primotechnology
"Despite massive speculation that Russian design firm Art Lebedev was set to release the Optimus keyboard today, that does not appear to be the case. Instead, the company has announced the Optimus Mini-Three, a smaller Optimus-like input device. We spoke with designer Artemy Lebedev who revealed all the pertinent details."

More information on this article can be found here.
Altec Lansing AHP-712I Active Noise Reduction Headphones Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Noise canceling” headphones have been around for awhile, but only recently have the prices dropped to levels most of us can afford. While the BOSE Quiet Comfort 2 still reigns supreme in both price and performance, dozens of manufacturers, have introduced competing models at a fraction of the cost. A good example is Altec Lansing’s AHP 712i which sells at just a quarter of the price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Noctua NH-U12 Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"The base of this Noctua NH-U12 is as with the NH-U9 very well made, smooth and flat for maximum contact with either your AMD or Intel processor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dell UltraSharp 3007WFP Widescreen LCD Display Review @ Hexus
"Launched a few days into 2006, The Dell 3007WFP matches Apple's 30-inch, ultra-high resolution display but undercuts the Apple's price by around £300. £1471 (yes, it's a lot of money) currently buys you Dell's flagship TFT. We bought (see, review websites don't all receive free kit) one directly from Dell, to see if it could displace our 2405FPW as our monitor of choice."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman VF700-Cu LED VGA Cooler Review @ Think Computers
"Zalman, the name is synonymous with high quality, cool looking cooling products, not to mention the other products like power supplies. Zalman is most known for its 'Flower' style of CPU coolers; they look cool and perform very well. Today I have for review a VGA cooler from Zalman, the VF700-Cu LED model. We know that Zalman products perform well, but will the VF700-Cu be able to cool the latest NVidia card, the 7800GTX? Let's find out.”

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E-Power Silent Engine 550W Power Supply Review @ Legit Reviews
"Are you looking for a power supply that supports two PCIe SLI power cables, SATA hard drives, and the EPS power connector for your next system? If the answer is yes, read on and take a look at the E-Power Silent Engine Tiger 550W power supply review we have today. We take the 550W power supply for a test spin on an Extreme Edition rig and give you our thoughts."

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MSI RX1800XT-VT2D512E 512MB-Version RX1800XT Videocard Review @ PCstats
"For hardcore gamers, there is no other component in a computer more important than the videocard. Equip a state of the art AMD Athlon64 FX-60 or Intel Pentium Extreme Edition based system with a low end videocard and framerates will still crawl along. On the flip side, a high end videocard can breathe new life into an aging system even, and at the moment one of ATi's best video processing units (VPU) is the Radeon X1800 XT. The MSI Radeon RX1800XT-VT2D512E videocard that is the focus of this review incorporates Radeon X1800 XT GPU and includes and extra 256MB memory above the standard amount, for a whopping 512MB GDDR3. The X1800 XT core hums along at 625 MHz, and the GDDR3 at a remarkable 1500MHz."

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Kingwin Absolute Power 600w PSU Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"The only issue left was the two PCI-E connectors on one rail thing. Now this is easily enough corrected by hooking the PCI-E rail up to one VGA card (if you're running SLI of course) and using a PCI-E 6-pin adapter on one of the Molex rails for a second VGA card. This was more of an annoyance than a true con because the Kingwin Absolute Power unit has it as close to the perfect power supply as I've seen."

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ATI All-In-Wonder X1900 PCIe Review @ Viper Lair
"Not everyone who buys a PC is a hardcore gamer, but there are a fair number of people who do kill time by blowing stuff up. At the same time, a lot of folks do more than just play games. Make no mistake, you probably are a "more than causal" gamer if you're considering the AIW X1900 PCIe for a HTPC, and in our opinion, the All-In-Wonder X1900 PCIe is the All-In-Wonder card that HTPC and gaming enthusiasts have been waiting for."

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OCZ Gold 1GB PC2-5400 Review @ Techgage
"Last October, OCZ released their new XTC heatspreaders that promised to deliver extreme heat dissipation and enhanced stability. The following month, I took a look at their Gold EL PC3200 1GB kit, which surprised me due to it's overclocking ability. Today I will be taking a similar kit for a run, but the main difference is that this is DDR2. If it overclock's anything like it's DDR1 sister, then this is going to be a fun ride."

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Kingston HyperX 2GB PC3200 Dual Channel DDR Kit Review @ BigBruin
"The Kingston HyperX KHX3200K2/2G dual channel kit offered surprisingly good performance in the face of another 2GB kit of performance DDR that seemed to have the advantage (at least on paper). For gamers and PC enthusiasts looking for an edge without the risks and time investment of overclocking, this kit is definitely worth considering."

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Corsair TWINX2048-4000PT Review @ VelocityReviews
"Today we will be looking at the new TWINX 4000PT’s which come in a 2 GB kit. Unlike the pro series the standard XMS (Also known as TWINX) series still kick’s ass, but it’s more intended for over clocking and not bling bling like the experts or the Memory Usage LED’s on the XMS Pro's. The TWINX 4000PT’s are rated to run at DDR 500 which is 250 MHz."

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Vizo Mirror Box Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Digital cameras, cell phones, voice recorder, mp3 players and PDAs, chances are you own one of the items just listed. And chances are they take some form of digital media, rather it is secure digital, Sony memory stick or whatever. Even if your device has the ability to hook up to your computer, it would save the lifespan of your device by plugging in that memory into some type of reader. And when you have a reader like this, not only does it have to work well, but look good also. And the Vizo Mirror Box does just that."

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SonoWave Digital Media Player Review @ 3DGameman
"This is not your standard boombox. Being able to play Internet Radio, MP3 and other audio formats wirelessly sets it apart from many other devices. The overall appearance is very stylish and will look great in the kitchen, garage, or bedroom. With a range of 300 feet, taking this product out of the house is also possible. The boombox is small and that's great for moving it around. Being small means that it doesn't have the most powerful speakers and it's certainly not going to rock the house down, but that's not what it's intended to be for, anyway. It's purpose is to bring your favorite audio wirelessly to just about anywhere in and around your home."

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