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Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Razer Armadillio Cable Management System @ Overclockers Club
"Here in Florida on occasion we get to see a small funny looking animal, which burrows under the ground. This animal happens to be an Armadillo; a skin of armor that protects it from predators protects this small mammal. Today I’m going to test out Razers version of the Armadillo. The Razer Armadillo is a protector itself; it protects your mouse cord from being tangled. The Armadillo is shaped like a round triangle, the top screws off to reveal four slots. These slots are used to place your mouse cord in, so you can secure it by simply screwing the top back on."

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ExactPad Accuracy One Pro Mouse Mat Review @ A1-Electronics
"Even without the rugged carry or transportation case the addition of the rubber base mat is very handy not only from the point of protecting the other side of this ExactPad Accuracy One mouse mat when in use but also for transporting without the case. We found in our use here that the rougher ExactPad Accuracy One mouse mat side gave a quicker action than the smoother side while still maintaining pointer accuracy. But that said both sides were easy to use in all respects. And at a size of 10 by 8.5 inches will suit just about everybody."

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Razer Copperhead Mouse Review @ 3DGameman
"It's easy to see why many hardcore and professional gamers choose the Razer Copperhead Mouse. One of the most important aspects about any mouse is the overall comfort and feel of it in your hand. Considering there are all kinds of different hand sizes, designing a mouse is no small feat. This mouse is designed with the average size hand in mind and would be very comfortable for most people. It's also ambidextrous, so lefties have no reason to be left out ;)! It comes with 7 programmable buttons and a scroll wheel, and all are quiet and easy to operate. To top it all off, there are three LED color choices. This product has feel, features, and finesse to boot!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Fluid XP+ Extreme Performance Coolant Review @ PCApex
"But what we are looking at today is the uh-hmm "new and improved" Fluid XP+ designated Extreme Performance. If high is good, extreme must be better right? It is certainly a bit more expensive costing an additional 10 dollars per quart. FluidXP+ EXT is intended for those that are want all the benefits FluidXP offers, with any water cooling set-up, without giving up that extra fraction of a degree in performance. And they are willing to reach a little deeper in the wallet to get there."

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Thermaltake TR2-430W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
"TR2 is the entry-level power supply series from Thermatake, TR2-430W being the simplest power supply from Thermaltake. With a very aggressive pricing – less than USD 40 – TR2-430W (also known as W0070RU) is the perfect power supply for the users that want to replace their generic power supplies with a “true wattage” power supply without spending a lot of money. This model seems to have an outstanding price/benefit ratio. Let’s take a look on it."

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SilverStone ST60F 600W Modular PSU Review @ BJorn3D
"When designing the ST60F, SilverStone decided to attempt to minimize the noise it would make. For that reason, it features a single 120mm low-noise sleeve bearing fan. Another nice decision by SilverStone was to mount the fan so that it is flush with the casing, which should make it a little easier to install in some cases."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master iGreen Power 500W Power Supply Unit Review and Give Away @ BigBruin
"Cooler Master has proven once again they can make a quality product. Each of the rails was stable, and did not fluctuate much at all during testing. In addition to the solid power readings, the high efficiency and active PFC are two very desirable features which help to make this power supply a top rated component."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master iGreen Power 430watt PSU Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The overall function and performance of the iGreen 430W lives up to its expectations. Anything that works the same with less effort and gives the same or better quality output is a major plus in my book. So give one of the iGreen PSU's a try and tell your parents it will save money on their next light bill they will love it."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1KW Power Supply Review @ PCstats
"The new PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1 Kilowatt power supply is easily the baddest power supply on the market. This power supply has the ability to deliver 1kW of power continuously, and has a peak rating of 1.1kW! The PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1 Kilowatt power supply has three +12V rails with the ability to deliver 66 Amps of continuous current (70A peak)."

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Vizo Luxon HDD Enclosure Review @ XSReviews
"The Luxon is made of aluminium, which not only makes it light but it also means that heat is transferred very well from hard disc to the outside world; meaning that your data is safer and your HDD will last longer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec NexStar 3 eSATA (w/USB2.0) Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Futurelooks
The demand and supply of portable drive enclosures seems unending. With so many different manufacturers putting enclosures everyday, it really is getting a little ridiculous.One thing that a lot of premium enclosures are doing is offering higher throughput with the use of eSATA, allowing internal drive speeds from your portable enclosures. Vantac provided us with one of their NexStar 3 eSATA enclosures designed for 3.5" SATA hard drives. This drive also provides support for USB 2.0, but is mysteriously lacking Firewire.

More information on this review can be found here.
Connect3D Radeon X1900 GT Review @ PureOverclock
"Nvidia currently dominate the sub £200 price bracket with some clearly definable parts but ATI are fighting back with the Radeon X1900 GT, a card aimed squarely at Nvidia's superlative 7900 GT. The X1900 GT is based on the R580 graphic processor but with one of the four quads disabled thus making it a 36 pixel shader part. Considering this, can it really compete against the 7900 GT when it comes down to raw performance? Read on to find out"

More information on this review can be found here.
Inno3D GeForce 7300GT Review @ NGOHQ
"Back on the 15th of May, NVIDIA shipped 7300GT GPUs to the Asian Pacific region only. However, this time they managed to surprise us. The 7300GT is not based on G72 architecture like its brother, the 7300GS. The 7300GT is based on G73, like the 7600 series, but with eight pipelines. A Few weeks later, many manufacturers launched their products and showed some amazing reference benchmarks of the 7300GT. These made us sit up and take notice. Like other G73/G72/G71 members, it is based on the 90 nanometer process. The original 7300GT design also included DDR2 memory, with the core clocked at 350MHz. However, a few manufacturers replaced it with GDDR3 memory, boosting the core clock speed as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Buyer's Guide to LCD TV Technology @ The TechZone
"The prices of LCD televisions have come down quite a bit as well, even as the technology they use has continued to improve. These days the least expensive, small screen LCD TVs can often be purchased for a couple hundred dollars, while the largest displays sell for several thousand dollars. There are even larger LCD displays on the market, as large as 65” and even more, that may sell for $10,000 or more. If price is no object it is possible to find an LCD TV for virtually any taste."

More information on this guide can be found here.

DLP TV Buyer's Guide

"What makes DLP television technology so unique is that it uses a small digital micromirror device, or DMD, to tilt over 1.3 million tiny mirrors, each smaller than the width of a human hair. Each of these tiny mirrors is tilted either toward or away from the source of the light, thus producing the light and dark pixels that make up the display. DLP televisions are rear projection TVs, but they are not as large, as heavy or as bulky as the traditional rear projection televisions of years past."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Evesham Axis Asteroid FX62 Review @ Trusted Reviews
"So, Evesham is at it again. No sooner is some new technology released, than we find an Evesham PC sitting on our doorstep, looking all hopeful and eager to please like a eager puppy. I guess that's Evesham for you. It's been at the cutting edge of technology for many years and I guess it just can't help it. The result this time is the rather spacily named Evesham Axis Asteroid FX62, positively brimming with the latest technology. It will also cost you a wafer thin mint under £3,000, so this PC really ought to be quite special."

More information on this review can be found here.

Slim Devices Squeezebox Review

"Technology companies and, belatedly, audio firms are beginning to realise the potential of such a shift not only for portable audio, but also for music in the home. And it’s in the arena of wireless multi-room music systems that we’re seeing the most development. We’ve already two quite different products this year from Philips and Sonos and were particularly impressed with the latter. The trouble is neither is particularly cheap."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD 3500+ Mid-Range CPU - AM2 vs S939 Comparison @ Madshrimps
"Last week AMD launched their new AM2 platform, we take a look at what performance difference you can expect at the mid-range side of things, with the help of a local computer shop we compared two AMD 3500+ systems, one based on AM2 one on Socket 939."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ & Sempron 3400+ Review @ Phoronix
"After having presented our preview of the AMD Socket AM2 last week, today we finally have our first set of numbers ready to publish. Our first Linux AM2 performance report comes in way of the AMD Sempron 3400+ and AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle XPC P 2500 G SFF System Review @ Hexus
"Shuttle has seen the popularity of all-inclusive SFF units, pre-built, and taken note. The end result is in the company releasing its own line of pre-built, customisable SFF XPC SKUs. In view of this watershed, Shuttle sent us a fully-loaded XPC based on its excellent SN25P chassis."

More information on this review can be found here.

MSI 945GT Speedster-A4R Motherboard Review

"The MSI Speedster-A4R packs in an Intel 945GT/ICH7R chipset combination, and you can simply drop in the Core Solo/Duo CPU of your choice. Let's find out if tbe platform's performance has us purring with delight."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Scythe Quiet Drive Internal HDD Silencer Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Just when I thought that Scythe was just about producing processor coolers and power supplies, James sends me a HDD silencer aimed at keeping those fast speeding high capacity hard drives at bay. The Quiet Drive is aimed at users that want to have extreme quiet computers, while keeping it cool."

More information on this review can be found here.
BlueGears 120mm b-Ice & b-Cool Temp Display Fans Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"These are some cool fans. These are great for your acrylic windows, cases, or modified systems with chrome and temp reporting to boot. If you can cool a pc, while looking cool, or even better, reporting your systems temperature, then why not?"

More information on this review can be found here.
TerraTec’s Noxon 2 Audio Review @ BIOS
"TerraTec’s Noxon 2 Audio is a new breed of audio player for your home or office. And it’s nothing short of amazing value. Wherever you can access your broadband connection via a Wi-Fi or Ethernet network, you can listen to over 2500 Internet radio stations (streaming MP3, MMS) from countries all around the world or simply access your entire MP3 or WMA archive from your computer’s HDD or external UPnP-compliant storage solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Nautilus 500 Review @ Technic3D
"You can have the Nautilus 500 from Corsair installed in record time in your system. But as is it otherwise? See you at the following Review from Technic3D."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire VertiCool II CPU Cooler Review @ Techgage
"Summertime. We can't get enough of it, but our computers absolutely hate it. So, we have another Spire cooler on the test bench, and this one looks promising. However, though it did a good job at what it was sent out to do, the installation hassle really holds back from this being a favorable cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Bafo Technologies Messenger Callbox (MCB) Review @ Hardware Zoom
"Messenger Call Box (MCB) is able to route VoIP calls via the internet to any local phone number. Instead of paying costly international phone bills, you now only need to pay local phone charges. With the introduction of local networked phone lines that offer free outgoing calls, you can practically make a phone call paying only internet charges."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sling Media Slingbox Personal Video Broadcaster Review @ XYZ Computing
"So why would someone buy a Slingbox? Because it allows users to watch their television from anywhere which has two things a broadband internet connection and some form of Windows. This could be a computer on the other side or the room from your television, a computer at your place of work, or your Windows Mobile cell phone while you are taking the bus to work. To put it simply, the Slingbox is able to get a television signal and transfer it to your home's network. From the network it can be sent to any local computer or sent out to remote computers through the Internet."

More information on this review can be found here.
Connect3D X1900 GT Review @ Trusted Reviews
"This card has 256MB of memory running at 600MHz (1200MHz effective) which is strange as the memory modules are the same 1.4ns Samsung parts that are on the nVidia 7600 GT and 7900 GT cards. These are technically rated to 715MHz despite only running at 600MHz, in fact on the nVidia cards we squeezed speeds as high as 915MHz out of them when overclocked - it's always good to know that you've got some headroom to play with. The core is running at 575MHz, compared to the 625MHz of an XT."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nvidia DualTV MCE vs ATI and Hauppauge @ HTPCNews
"Nearly a year ago NVIDIA provided information to the press about a next generation dual TV tuner that had just about every feature an advanced analog tuner should, to make things even better NVIDIA was seeking ISF certification to make sure everyone knew that this TV card was top quality. ATI's Theater 550 Pro is also ISF certified. Later on it became clear NVIDIA was using a new TV chip by a company called ViXS. ViXS is a newer company that has a compelling product line called the X-Code II: it does hardware MPEG2 encoding, the biggest difference between the XCode and other MPEG2 encoding chips is that the ViXS X-Code series can handle four streams at once; NVIDIA utilizes only two of course, one for each input. That means that one chip can do it all times two. So now the NVIDIA DualTV MCE has officially launched and the buzz is huge, let's see how this long awaited TV capture card does."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire X1800GTO Video Card Review @ Neoseeker
"Ultimately what will win people to the X1800 GTO is its stellar performance with AA and AF on, and its slightly more advanced feature set (Avivo, HDR+AA namely) in comparison to what NVIDIA offers. While the Sapphire card does not have the unlockable pipes that some brands are reported to have, it offers great framerates regardless in most games. It beats the 7600 GT in most games, although the 7600 wins in Half Life 2 and FEAR and Doom when there is no filtering. Once filtering is turned on however, the X1800 GTO trumps or matches the 7600 GT in almost any case."

More information on this review can be found here.

OCZ GameXStream PSU Review

"We also have a new review of OCZ's 700W GameXStream PSU. Following our review of the FSP Epsilon 700W PSU, the GameXStream is yet another power supply to claim CrossFire X1900 XT and XTX compatibility. We put it through the paces and find it not only stable, but a much quieter alternative to the FSP Epsilon."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Mini-Kart USB 2.0 1 GB Flash Drive Review @ Overclocker Club
"What’s small, black, able to fit in your pocket and can hold a plethora of information? The OCZ Mini-Kart USB Flash Drive. It even comes with an attached ring so you can put it on your key chain. I have to admit this is the smallest flash drive I have ever laid eyes on and since I have computers in three different locations the fact that this storage device can hold 1 GB of information and fit in my pocket is a plus. Now I don’t have to worry about burning a CD just to upload or download files from one computer to another."

More information on this review can be found here.
Patriot PDC2G3500LLK 2 GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Patriot was established in 2000 as a PDP Systems spin-off – PDP Systems is one of the oldest memory manufacturers in the world and very active in the OEM business – is getting a lot of attention in the enthusiast market with the excellent cost/benefit ratio of their products. We’ve got their PDC2G3500LLK memory kit, which comes with two 216.5 MHz/DDR433 1 GB modules with 2-3-2-5 timings. The main feature of these modules is their very low latency for such a high capacity product. Let’s see how this kit performs on our tests."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li PC-V800 Case Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"The repositioning of the drive racks and power supply make for a more compact design with minimal sacrifice to work room inside. The included case fans and three to four pin power adapters were nice touches that only help add that much more value to the PC-V800. Function aside for a moment, the PC-V800 is a very stylish case that will attract many buyers on that aspect alone. Add all the features and workmanship and the Lian Li PC-V800 is a winner."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS C19-A SLI Motherboard Review @ techFEAR
"Targeted for the performance mainstream, the ECS C19-A SLI is a budget board that acts like a premium one. Let's see how it survives our Usability, Reliability and Stability evaluation."

More information on this review can be found here.

MSI RD480 Neo2-FI Motherboard Review

"This board is perfectly positioned for the mainstream user that wants a positive out-of-the-box experience. Those users that want to build a new system, but don't want to mess with it after that initial install will certainly find the RD480 Neo2-FI board refreshing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Inter-Tech CA-01 Emotion Case Review @ Technic3D
"The Inter-Tech CA-01 Emotion Case is not pre-modded and has a very nice attractive retail price!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Silent Storm Case Review @ techPowerUp
"Sunbeam Tech was founded in 2000. They specialize in computer accessories, and some hardware. Sunbeam is known for their case lights and cooling products, including the well known Tuniq Tower. Today we have the Sunbeam Silent Storm on the test bench. It features a clean office look and a big "Core fan" which improves air flow through your case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Aguila PC Case Review @ ThinkComputers
"Thermaltake is a company that always seems to be coming to with a new product, or constantly improving on their existing products. Today for review I have a new entry into the PC case/chassis category from Thermaltake, it is the Aguila. It has style and is packed full of features like tool less installation for drives and PCI cards, as well as a dual locking system. The Aguila also lets you move your power and reset around to your liking, it has great ventilation and even can be used with the BTX form factor. Did I mention it looks really cool as well?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, May 29, 2006
Noctua NHU9 and Coolink 92mm Fan Review @ XSReviews
"Well here we are again, the third competition to grace the forums of XSReviews. This time however the competition is going to be a different. Instead of simply signing up the forums like normal, this time we want you to post in this thread and tell us just why you love XSR so much! The winner will be the one who comes up with the most creative answer. Good luck."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire SP601B3 VertiCool II CPU Cooler Review @ MVKTech
"Spire is no stranger when it comes to cooling solutions and definitely has the knowledge to create and supply decent cooling products. We're taking a close look at one of their new creations, the VertiCool II CPU heatpipe cooler. The Spire VertiCool II CPU cooler is specifically designed for high performance applications and is designed for both the AMD and Intel processors. It uses vertical dual heatpipes to transport heat away from the CPU. The concept of heatpipes has become quite interesting for any cooling application. Spire has adopted this technology to build a new range of high performance CPU coolers, and the VertiCool II cooler fits perfectly into that picture."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerocool PowerWatch and PowerPanel and PowerUSB Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Our friends at Aerocool were super cool to us today by sending us a nice box of goodies. Four of the items in the box all pretty much had some type to relationship with each other, so we will review these all products together. The two products that will catch the eye of most you would be the PowerWatch and the PowerPanel. The two are full solutions for digital flash readers and temp monitoring. The two other products are the 5v and 12v PowerUSB, which provide power to various electrical devices through the USB ports of the fore mentioned devices."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial's Gizmo! OverDrive Review @ XtremeComputing


"So, value for money wise, it’s not fantastic, the 512mb model we tested today is nice and cheap, but the price gets steeper once you enter the large size realms of the Gigabyte. In addition, it lacks any distinctive design features that us end users like to show off. But when it comes down to the last compromise, I can say: Is it something to pimp? No. Is it fast enough to be worth buying in favour of the regular Gizmo or unbranded drive? Hell yes."

More information on this review can be found here.
Triple 1GB Corsair Flash Voyager Giveaway @ Virtual-Hideout
"As we come off a successful week of giving away 4 Deskpad XXL’s, this week up for grabs are 3 of the 1GB Corsair Flash Voyagers! That’s right, yet again, 3 prizes means 3 winners! Get your hump over and enter!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
Lamptron Products Review @ Think Computers
"Lamptron, ever hear of them? Me neither, but they requested we review their products and they sent me a lot of them. So, sit down and relax as I show you a bunch of cool products from Lamptron. These products include some cool vibration dampening things along with some interested fan grills. If you are interested in possibly making your PC a bit quieter then you may want to keep reading, this stuff would be great for an HTPC or just your regular computer."

More information on this review can be found here.

Bluegears b-ice 120mm Fan Review


"A few reviews ago I reviewed the b-Cool fan from Blue Gears; today I have their newest edition the b-Ice. It isn't quite as exciting as the b-Cool with the built-in LCD temperature display, but the b-ice is exciting in its own right. With it's chrome finish and LEDs that reflect off of the chrome while spinning it does make for a nice presentation and is an attention getter."

More information on this review can be found here.

Altec Lansing AHS615 Gaming Headset Review

"When gaming everything is important, your mouse, keyboard, and even your headset. Almost every company that makes audio headsets has a gaming line. Altec Lansing is no different they have quite a few gaming headsets. Today we will be taking a look at the AHS615 gaming headset that features SRS 3-D audio, an award winning technology that creates a spatial experience that envelopes the listener. This headset also features a different ear cup design that I have never seen in any other headset."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS C19-A Motherboard Review @ Overclockers Online
"The ECS C19-A motherboard is great motherboard for those looking to build a new system without spending too much money. The performance compared to the 975X is slim, both Intel and nVidia flip flop between first place. What nVidia has accomplished with ECS and all other SLI XE motherboards is an opportunity for people to explore the potentials of a budget oriented high powered SLI machine."

More information on this review can be found here.
Microprocessor History Part 3 @ BTX Form Factor Info
"We are working our way through the history of microprocessors so we can understand what the latest new features are, what gives a performance boost, and what is just marketing hype. The pipeline is a fundamental feature of microprocessors and is the enabler for several other very important speed-up schemes. Let’s see how pipelines work."

More information on this article can be found here.
Hard Drive Buyer's Guide @ The TechZone


"Data transfer rate is crucial to how well your computer performs for you. Apart from the connection types above, the performance of your hard drive depends on its spin rate, measured in RPM. Higher RPM generally means faster data transfer rate. The lowest spin speed that is acceptable in computing today is 5400 RPM. The common standard at present is 7200 RPM. But higher speeds are available in SCSI drives, and it is one area of computer system technology that is constantly being developed."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Foxconn C51XEM2AA Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"There seems to have been a lot of speculation over the name Tritium and its association with NVIDIA's spanking new nForce5 core logic. Here today, HEXUS can reveal that Tritium was the working project codename for Foxconn Technology's development of NVIDIA's nForce 590 SLi reference mainboard, the Foxconn C51XEM2AA. How well do the results of Foxconn's 'Project Tritium' fare up against NVIDIA's nForce4, ATI's RADEON XPRESS 3200 and also ATI's Sturgeon reference mainboard for AM2 processors?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Better-Silent PC Review @ Technic3D
"The new Fanless PC from better-silent arrived Technnic3D. Fanless to success? See you in the following review from Technic3D."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Silentium T2 Review @ Techgage
"It's quickly obvious that this is not a big case. In fact, it's rather small looking compared to others I have around. Up until now, I have been using the NZXT Lexa on that system, which I already found to be somewhat small. The Silentium T2 is even smaller, all around. It's still able to house your standard size ATX motherboard though, in addition to micro-ATX."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products MicroFly Case PSU Mod @ Modders-Inc
"Ultra Products introduced the MicroFly (small form factor) case just a short time ago and not too long after that a small design flaw was found. If you are using a 6 inch deep power supply, the X2 and 600W offered by Ultra, two small tabs are in the way. These issues have been correct by Ultra Products, unfortunately a few cases did get shipped out. The fix for this is super easy and takes very little time to complete and I will show you how I corrected this issue."

More information on this project can be found here.

Modded HTPC IR Receiver Guide

"If you already own an HTPC or have been considering building one then this guide is a must read and will show you an affordable way to build a receiver. Here is a quote from the article, "I wanted to be able to view and play my files through my surround system and large screen TV and this was going to let me do it. After setting it all up and enjoying using it I soon realized that having to always go back to the PC to control it was a real pain in the butt."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Giganta Lazer 4 Mouse Mat Review @ XSReviews
"Until recently, I had been quite content with using my bare desk surface as a mouse pad. However, since I’ve started using high precision laser mice, a desk doesn’t seem right. So today I have the Giganta Lazer 4 to test. This pad stands out visually, but does its performance follow suit?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Interview: Rich Tate from [H]ardOCP @ BoxGods
"The glamorous life of a news poster at a PC hardware review site is an exciting affair filled with danger, drama, and adventure—if you have a VERY active imagination and don't get out much. Kidding aside, those with the personality and skill needed to excel at this job soon develop an audience of faithful readers which often affords them a certain level of geek celebrity. Today, we are fortunate to have an interview with the newest rising star from the [H]ardOCP news department, Rich Tate the weekend guy."

More information on this interview can be found here.
Q3 ThermoHAWK 200 Infrared Thermometer Review @ 3DGameman
"The ThermoHAWK 200 Infrared Thermometer is quite the gadget. Actually, it's more than just gadget since it's very useful. Let's face it, temperature is something all of us can relate to. No matter if you are doing research for a paper on water temperature or need to know how hot your computer memory is, this device will tell you within a second."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus VGA Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Between what I would call “misleading” marketing in the form of “build your own cooler” (how is it different from any other cooler you have to mount yourself?), and the other problems I’ve discussed, I could not recommend anyone getting this cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Brando USB Sunglasses MP3 Player Review @ Techgage
"It seems that MP3 playback has permeated every part of our lives. With the proliferation of MP3 devices on the market we find them in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and configurations. Today we look at Brando's sporty MP3 Sunglasses and see if they're more than just a gimmick."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X1800 GTO IceQ3 Turbo 256MB PCI Express Video Card Review @ Bona Fied Reviws
"After looking at Connect3D's X1800GTO, it's HIS' turn with their new X1800GTO Turbo. This card features HIS' brand new IceQ3 cooling solution and comes overclocked right out of the box. Being a part of HIS' Turbo line this card has received a default overclocked speed of 520MHz core with the memory speed remaining the same. Why the amount of 520MHz was chosen is unknown but it seems like a small enough jump to be a pretty safe overclock without straining the card too much. Plus with the heavy duty IceQ3 cooler, overheating the card is hardly a worry."

More information on this review can be found here.
Buffalo 4GB Flash Drive Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"The Buffalo RUF2-S 4GB unit is FAST FAST FAST. Faster by far than anything else we have or have had in the shop. Four gigs of storage will be a big draw to many with the ability to store and carry large blocks of media. Four gigs is even large enough to carry an episode of LOST. The Buffalo's size and feel was compact and balanced. The snug snap fit cap that can be secured on the opposite end during use also is a huge plus. As we said already, this cap is not one that is going to fall off after six months of use."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4 Memory Review @ PCstats
"Corsair and nVIDIA have been working together to create a new memory standard dubbed EPP which stands for "Enhanced Performance Profiles". When used in a compatible motherboard, EPP helps the system automatically overclock the memory and tighten up timings to improve performance. Corsair has just released a set of its DDR2-800 memory that is perfect for Socket AM2 Athlon64 processors. Fast memory modules with low latencies, its new Twin2X2048-6400C4 memory is exactly what the doctor ordered. When running in dual channel mode, the Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4 provides 12.8GB/s worth of memory bandwidth which happens to be exactly what the dual core Socket AM2 Athlon64 X2/FX processors need."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TWINX2048-3500LLPRO 2GB Memory Kit Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Corsair TWINX2048-3500LLPRO memory kit uses two 1 GB CMX1024-3500LLPRO memory modules (219 MHz/DDR438, 2-3-2-6 timings) and is optimized to be used on ASUS A8N32-SLI motherboards series. CMX1024-3500LLPRO modules were the first to use CAS 2 latency, which is considered very aggressive in high-capacity modules (1 GB) with a 219 MHz clock."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, May 26, 2006
SteelPad QcK Heavy Launched @ Soft Trading
SteelPad QcK heavy is a monster among desktop cloth pads. Nothing less. It is a super-sized mouse pad made of a high quality cloth material with a specially designed non-slip rubber base which prevents the pad from sliding; no matter what surface the mouse pad is placed on.

It's important to notice the difference between SteelPad QcK heavy and all other mouse pads from our SteelPad product line. This mouse pad features extremely heavy thickness which results in a very unique feeling. While the mouse pad is much more soft and comfortable to the touch, the height is also fairly massive, reaching a total of 6mm (0,23in).

Other mouse pads from SteelSeries are very thin, aiming to provide a high quality gaming surface, as close as possible to level of the tabletop it's used on.

The heavy thickness of the mouse pad eliminates problems from uneven surfaces, making the mouse pad suitable for gaming at LAN-events and other which often provide battered, tilted or second-hand tables.

The extreme size makes SteelPad QcK heavy perfect for low sensitivity mouse settings and the smooth cloth surface offers maximum precision. The cloth surface, combined with the heavy thickness, is also very easy on the users wrists, even for hardcore gamers, graphic designers and others who use their mouse for extended periods of time.

More information on this press release can be found here.
Jetart VC3600 VCool GPU Cooler Review @ XSReviews
Since I began my journey on the rocky road of Hardware Reviewing, many company's products have crossed my path. None however, have left as much of a lasting impression as Jetart. This not particularly well known company, hailing from the beautiful country of Taiwan, has created some simply awesome active GPU coolers in the past and I have continued to use their products in my own rig since I discovered them. Naturally you can understand that I was very excited to receive their latest GPU cooler, the VC3600 VCool. This cooler is not only their newest cooler, but it is also a cooler that moves away from Jetart's typical active cooler style into an exhaust fan setup. With some innovative cooler ideas such as a multi-directional intake fan it is safe to say I expected big things from this cooler, needless to say, I wasn't disappointed."

More information on this review can be found here.
4GB Trials and Tribulations @ Techgage
"Have you ever wondered what it would be like to move on up to 4GB of system ram? There may not be a need for that now, but it won't take very long until it's commonplace in enthusiast PC's. I take 4GB worth of top end DDR1 and DDR2 memory, and relate my overclocking and performance reports to you."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS9500-AM2 Socket AM2 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Zalman CNPS9500 AM2 heatsink is compatible with all current AMD Athlon64 processors, and in particular the just introduced AMD 940-pin AM2 processor and socket AM2 heatsink retention frame. As this is the very first socket AM2 (aka socket M2) heatsink to enter the FrostyTech test labs, we'll be touching upon the critical differences between socket AM2 and socket 754/939/940 heatsinks in just a moment. The Zalman CNPS9500 AM2 is a full copper heatsink, except its surface has been brightly chrome plated to give it that nuclear winter, Terminator 2 android feel."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung 970P Monitor Review @ Overclockers Online
"The 970P is a beautiful monitor that displays a beautiful picture at an amazing amount of angles and positions providing countless possibilities. All that beauty and perfection comes at a price and it isn't a small one. Being as forward and unique also has disadvantages like the lack of a perfect although pretty close, Triple Hinge. I look forward to an improved design that would allow a more precise locking ability."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIZO Paragon 2.5" One Touch Backup HDD Enclosure Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"VIZO has some very impressive products in there lineup and the Paragon is one of them. The included software was very user friendly and the included carrying case is a plus. Even without the case this could fit in a shirt pocket."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin Enhanced 650-watt PSU Review @ Tweaktown
"The unit itself is a good looking little devil in its own right. The finish is a very bright and highly polished metal with a resemblance to chrome. This will work very well for those who have a large side window where the power supply is seen from the outside. A closer look toward the lower edge of the photo above shows the clear reflection of carpet fibers in the metal finish."

More information on this review can be found here.
Microprocessor History Part 2 @ BTX Form Factor
"There have been many players in the microprocessor story, but the two companies that have had the most impact are also the two that dominate the market; Intel and AMD. Along the way, other big companies like IBM and Motorola made major contributions but have fallen by the wayside in the marketplace for personal computers."

More information on this article can be found here.
Asus EN7900GT TOP/2DHT/256M/A Videocard Review @ PCstats
"The 256MB Asus EN7900GT TOP/2DHT/256M/A videocard is compatible only with PCI Express x16 slots so that means AGP users needs to get their fix elsewhere. The game comes with a large software bundle which includes a full copy of King Kong, two DVI to analog converters, a component output cable and a six pin molex power connector should your power supply not natively support the new generation of high powered videocards. Dual link DVI allows the videocard to run at super high resolutions, up to 2560x1600. Just think about two wide screen 30 LCD monitors running together, sweet! If that's not your cup of tea though and are still in CRT analog land, two DVI to analog converters are bundled with the videocard which allow for resolutions up to 2048x1536."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Radeon X1800GTO IceQ3 Turbo Review @ Viper Lair
"Overall I think this card and its bundle is fantastic. It sits between the X1800XL and the 7600GT in performance and price, and comes overclocked out of the box. I can't think of any bad points really; the platinum pack is starting to show its age is really the only negative, and thats subjective as to how much it would effect you purchasing this card. It certainly wouldn't stop me. Highly recommended, if you're on the look out for a mid-range card and can spend the little extra over a 7600GT, this card should be on your short list."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li G70B Aluminum Case Review @ Overclockers Club
"Although the exterior design of the G70b case is pretty standard, I’m impressed. The case is very easy to work with it’s nowhere near cramped inside and it was not an all day project to install all my components. If you love to mod cases this is most defiantly a case for you, you can easily install a side window, make a top blowhole and even add some cold cathodes when that’s all done. I’m going to use the G70b as my new Server case and eventually add that second power supply; it might be a great idea to use it only for peripherals."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Armor Jr. Case Review @ 3DGameman
"The Thermaltake Armor Jr. Case is son of the full tower Armor case. It has many of the same features but is a mid-tower case. This is by default an ATX case but there in an optional BTX upgrade kit available. It has many drive bays, lots of ventilation, two 120mm fans, and comes with a tool-less design. Two different colors are available; black or silver, & either with or without a window. While this case is not all aluminum, the front bezel is. This helps keep the cost down but preserves the look."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek PX7900GT-Extreme 256MB Review @ Auphan Online
"It seems like only yesterday that Nvidia released a brand new line of cards based on their 7800 chipset. Here at Auphanonline, we were very impressed with what was then the cream of the crop when it came to georgeously detailed gaming goodness. Since our review of Leadtek's 7800GT back in August, Nvidia's 7800 cards have been given quite a run for their money by the boys over at ATI, who introduced their x1800 and x1900 cards in rapid succession in an effort to maintain a bleeding edge advantage over Nvidia."

More information on this review can be found here.
Worklog Spotlight Warhamer 40K, Storm'd & Liquid Evolution @ PCApex
Warhammer 40K - Inquisitor Themed Mod

"This mod is based on the Inquisitor characters in the warhammer 40000 universe. For those who have no idea what I'm talking about, it's a table top miniatures wargame from a british company called Games Workshop. I don't play it or paint the miniatures anymore, but I think the universe is very cool and the artwork is absolutely fantastic, so this mod will try to capture the spirit as best I can."

More information on this project can be found here.

Storm'd

"STORM'D is the second in the series of plex "theme" case mods. Storm'd is based on the newer model Sunbeam LED UV blue plex case this time and again will feature "Bolt on" type machined plex highlights as well as some Storm features to keep it t theme case."

More information on this project can be found here.

TRIBALOVERKILL's Liquid Evolution, Reservoir_1

"This reservoir I am working on now doesn't really have a name yet but "Sentinel" has crossed my mind. This reservoir will have shields! Just to let you guyz know theres goign to to be alot of shield panels going on. The cool thing about this reservoir is that the contents spins along with a UV green coil on the inside."

More information on this project can be found here.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
LapWorks Laptop Desk Combo Pack Review @ Hardware-Review
"I came home today to find a special package waiting for me. It was the Laptop Desk Combo Pack, which contains the Laptop Desk 2.0 and the add-on MouzPad. I never really considered getting anything for my laptop to sit on. I already have a lap, and it doesn’t cost a thing, so when I was asked to review this product I was a little skeptical. Let’s see if using it makes me change my mind."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Aurora Aluminum Keyboard Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Style and class is something that a lot of us look for when looking to purchase a new computer case, but not until now that style and class can also apply to other things computer related. I never thought about a keyboard having sleekness, until Enermax was generous enough to send over their Aurora Aluminum keyboard."

More information on this review can be found here.

Giganta Lazer 4 Mousepad Review

"A sweet mousepad is a must for any hardcore gamer out there. And there are many pads to pick from. Well, today the people of Gamerzstuff in the UK were nice enough to send me a piece that they think you may want to give a try. The Giganta Lazer looks to be a promising pad. And plus it match the orange theme in the Pro-Clockers layout."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Aurora & Crystal Keyboards Review @ 3DGameman
"Both the Aurora and Crystal Keyboards look fantastic, are very well constructed, and should last a very long time. There are very few quality aluminum keyboards on the market today, so it’s great to see that Enermax has designed two new keyboards to add to the small list. The only real disadvantage to an aluminum keyboard is the obvious, price. Although, if you have a nice aluminum case, you really should have a beautiful aluminum keyboard to match!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
iStar STC-750PD2 (750w) Power Supply Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The price may turn away the average enthusiast and gamer who likes the perks and modular kits. But it's definitely the kind of power and reliability you want if you're extremely serious about your overclock, or have hardware that absolutely needs to be powered without fail."

More information on this review can be found here.
Netgear RangeMAX 240 Review @ Digital Trends
"Wireless Internet is becoming more commonplace in all our lives. However, sometimes we need a high- speed connection for HD content, gaming, and other devices. Netgear’s new RangeMax 240 router solves a lot of the problem, but not all of it. You’ll find its high speeds are great and it does broadcast farther than any other router around. But with only a USB adaptor and a PC Card available to take advantage of this new technology, is it really worth it? Read on to find out more and decide if RangeMax is right for you."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X1300 IceQ Turbo 256MB DDR2 AGP Review @ LAN Addict
"I am not sure what exactly HIS has done with this card to make it perform so well with only half the pipelines as the 6600GT but I am quite impressed, espically given the fact that the card only goes for about $110US on Newegg. It is a great deal for people whom would like to play these games, but don't have the ability to pay for the really expensive cards out there."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review @ BIOS
"Asus’s latest motherboard is a powerhouse of a solution which delivers dual-channel DDR2 support on AMD’s latest computing platform. It also supports nVidia’s nForce 590 SLI MCP chipset (a first for Asus), and offers performance adjustment and efficient power supply features to cater for both gaming nuts and media centre users."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair PC2-6400C3 Meets AMD's AM2 Processors @ Legit Reviews
"It is obvious from our testing that the memory controller on AMD's AM2 processors is critical in system performance when it comes to a number of applications. For this article we were trying to get the highest gaming scores and our efforts proved to be very successful. Starting out with PC2-5400 memory running CL4 timings our base score was 134.0 fps. After moving up to PC2-6400 memory with CL3 timings and increasing our memory capacity from 2GB to 4GB the score increased to 159.1 fps -- a 25.1 fps increase or 18.7%."

More information on this review can be found here.
Does the OEM AMD Dual Core Processor Cooler Really Need Upgrading? @ Tweaknews
"I think the results of the testing really speak for themselves. AMD has gone the extra mile to provide the consumer with a quality HSF that is compact, quiet and cools damn well. It's refreshing to find a bundled cooler that can stand up to some modest overclocking, and do it pretty quietly."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD's FX-62 on AM2 Review @ Bit-Tech
"AMD's move to Socket AM2 and DDR2 has been reasonably successful. Comparing Socket 939 performance to the performance of a chip with the same characteristics as it on the new AM2 socket, it can be said that there are some performance improvements, but there are also performance deficits in some situations too. We think that it is safe to say that the move to DDR2 brings incremental performance benefits to the K8 architecture."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Laureate External 3.5" HD Enclosure Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"An external hard drive is a common accessory for a PC thanks to the combination of portability, capacity, and affordability. Most people use external hard drives as a rewritable backup medium, i.e. to backup their PC (hopefully on a regular basis). Some people use them to transfer files between work and home."

More information on this review can be found here.

Enermax Warp 120mm Enlobal Bearing Fan Review

"A fan might not seem like an exciting product, however the Enermax Warp features a new bearing technology technology that provides longer MTBF and lower noise. Traditionally fans use either a sleeve bearing or ball bearing design. The Warp features a patented "Enlobal" bearing system which is a Magnetic Barometric Bearing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Nautilus 500 Review @ VelocityReviews
"Corsair has been the top notch memory manufacture since 1994, and has been bring out more and more modules since then, some being quite good and others totally kicking ass! When we are talking computers, Corsair is the chocolate coating on the cake. But today we aren't taking a look at their Memory Modules; we are testing out their New Water Cooling Kit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Robela H20 Cooled Case Review @ Madshrimps
"Titan has long been a name associated with air-coolers, cases and recently water-cooling. While their early stand-alone H20 solutions haven't been hailed as performance beasts, their innate form seems ripe with potential function. There's one area where Titan may be as successful as they have been with other products; water-cooled cases.
Today we investigate the Robela (TWC A88/AB) water-cooled case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cool IT Systems Freezone Review @ The Adrenaline Vault
"Cool IT Systems has developed a new use for Thermal Electric Coolers also known as TEC’s or Peltiers, named after a French watch maker who discovered the technology in 1834. A very dumbed down explanation would be to take two pieces of ceramic with a special metal in between, add voltage and one side gets cold while the other side gets hot. This then acts as a thermal pump and the colder you can keep the hot side the colder the cool side will remain. Today we will be looking at Cool IT Systems’ Freezone cooling unit. This unit uses six low voltage TEC devices, a water block, pump and a piece that I would like to call a radiator but that is not exactly accurate as it is more of a heatsink cooling the peltiers. This is an all in one cooling solution and is preassembled so even those of you who would normally run from water cooling can read without fear."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Zalman 9500AT Intel 775 CPU Cooler Review @ Techgage
"Looking for the ultimate air cooling solution for your Intel 775? The Zalman 9500AT may be up your alley, but may prove a little pricey for your liking. Installation proved a little problematic, but the cooling ability is evident."

More information on this review can be found here.
Noctua NH-U9 and NH-U12 Reviews @ Overclockers Online
"So what is the final verdict? Performance, sound level,
compatibility, and installation process are among some of the most important factors involved with a heatsink. Both of these vertical style heatsinks by Noctua excelled in these areas, anything short of spectacular would be an understatement.So what is the final verdict? Performance, sound level, compatibility, and installation process are among some of the most important factors involved with a heatsink. Both of these vertical style heatsinks by Noctua excelled in these areas, anything short of spectacular would be an understatement."

More information on this review can be found here.
Noctua NHU9 and Coolink 92mm Fan Competition @ XSReviews
"Well here we are again, the third competition to grace the forums of XSReviews. This time however the competition is going to be a different. Instead of simply signing up the forums like normal, this time we want you to post in this thread and tell us just why you love XSR so much! The winner will be the one who comes up with the most creative answer. Good luck."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman VF900-Cu Ultra Quiet High Performance VGA Cooler Review @ PCApex
"Once opened and spread out, the most noticeable thing to me was the mirror, and i mean MIRROR-finish on the contact surface of the cooler (as you can tell, I didn't shave for this review). Along with the cooler you get some RAM sinks, thermal compound, mounting hardware, and fan speed control hardware (Fan Mate 2). The instructions that accompany the product are very well written and easy to follow, for those of you who read directions, which in this case I recommend unless you've done this type of install before."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Mine CPU Cooler Review @ Techgage
"Heat is the enemy of any electronic component and most especially the CPU. If your CPU is overheating you won't get the performance you should and if your cooler is screaming to relieve that heat you'll wish there was a better way. Today we look at a cooler that offers good performance without mind numbing noise, the Scythe MINE."

More information on this review can be found here.
PrimeCooler Aqua Ready 1 Water Cooling Kit Review @ A1-Electronics
"PrimeCooler were established in 1998 making CPU heatsinks, cooling fans and other related computer products. PrimeCooler are renown for making quality computer products at a very affordable price which give great value for money. We have been reviewing PrimeCooler products for years as well. Today we take pleasure as we review their latest water cooled heatsinks system, Aqua Ready 1. A complete ready plumbed and ready filled system in a box."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire Verticool II and DiamondCool II CPU Coolers Review @ 3DXtreme
"Today 3DXtreme has been supplied with 2 new coolers from Spire to review, the Verticool II and DiamondCool II. In the past Spire has always provided quality stock replacement cooling solutions. These new coolers look to provide the same level of quality, let’s find out if they truly perform up to their expectation."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX GeForce 7600 GT 256MB PCI-E XXX Edition Review @ The Tech Lounge
"ATI launched their X1800 GTO the same day that NVIDIA launched 7600 GT, attempting to keep the 7600 GT from gaining too much of the mid-range market share. What’s interesting about the X1800 GTO is that it felt like a very rushed launch – simply disabling some pipelines on the X1800 XL to make the X1800 GTO. Rushed or not, it was a smart move and it looks like the 7600 GT definitely has some tough competition."

More information on this review can be found here.
Maxpoint/Enermax Whisper II 535W PSU Review @ Modders-Inc
"The Maxpoint/ENERMAX Whisper II EG565P-VE FMA(24P) model is a Power supply designed to meet today’s power requirement needs and at the same time keep a low level of fan noise. With ATX +12V Ver 2.0, Dual 12v (18A) rails, Support for 2 PCI-Express cards, and a myriad of of safety protection features this PSU also touts a whisper quiet operation with manual fan speed control."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master iGreen 430watt Computer Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews
"Overall, Cooler Master has a solid product here. While it is not suitable for high-end extreme gaming systems full of every peripheral imaginable, the efficiency and relative silence makes it ideal for a moderately built DAW or HTPC. There are higher wattage iGreen power supplies available in 500 and 600 watts."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ 2GB Platinum Edition PC4000 Dual Channel DDR500 Memory @ Bona Fied Reviews
"As we computer users know all too well, hardware growth will simply never stop and seemingly never slow down. This of course means more hardware upgrades and more often. A common question someone looking to upgrade asks is, "Will this new hardware I'm about to purchase be able to perform on tomorrow's applications in a year or two?" In today's memory market 1GB will no longer receive a "Yes" response to that question. 2GB is the new "1GB" in memory. Even the next Windows operating system, Vista, will stress the importance of having a solid amount of memory in your computer."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC-4000 Gold GX XTC 2GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ Hardware Secrets
"OCZ EL DDR PC-4000 Gold GX XTC 2GB (250 MHz/DDR500, 3-4-3-8 timings) memory kit is part of OCZ Gold series, targeted to users that like playing last generation games and need high performance memories but with a more affordable price. This kit main feature is its new beehive-shaped heatspreader design, called XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection), which OCZ claims to be more efficient than other heatspreaders available at the market. Let’s see how this memory kit from OCZ goes on our tests."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire X1600 PRO Crossfire Review @ Bjorn3D
"A pair of X1600 PROs combined with ATI's new Xpress 3200 motherboard chipset make it a nice combo for as little as 320 green. It's not necessarily a flawless solution, but for entry level Crossfire setup it's decent."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crossfire Motherboard Group Test @ Byte Sized Reviews
"Although ATi recently released its RD580 chipset (Radeon Xpress 3200), it plans on continuing its RD480 (Radeon Xpress 200) products as the “mainstream” crossfire solution. Naturally not everyone wants to fork out £150 on a motherboard, so the RD480 certainly still has a place despite the introduction of its more illustrious brother."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn 975X7AA Crossfire Mainboard Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"All style and flash aside, the Foxconn 975X7AA's performance was excellent. While it didn't 'blow the doors off' the i915 based board, we did see that yes, upgrading to the 975 based board coupled with DDR2 is worthwhile. It also goes without saying that the Foxconn 975X7AA is Crossfire ready and looks to be a good overclocker. The Foxconn 975X7AA has a lot going for it. The street price of $210 appears to be right in the middle of the pack of other Intel 975 based boards. But aside from a box load of extras, you get Foxconn's Fox One technology that truly makes this board shine. A worthy and worthwhile upgrade. One that I am going to make myself for my own box right now!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Armor Junior Mid-Tower ATX Case Review @ BigBruin
"The Armor Junior is yet another great case from Thermaltake, and Armor Senior should be proud of his little fella. While the overall styling is taken straight from the original, full size Armor case, there are many special touches and improvements that make the Junior appealing. While the full size Armor case is great for a stationary system, the compact design of the Armor Junior is ideal for use with a system that travels to LAN parties (or anywhere else for that matter)."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalTake Matrix VX VD3000 Case Review @ FastLaneHW
"Users such as gamers, and other hardcore PC users who know exactly what they want in their rig, as well as what they want their machine to look like externally. Generally, they are looking for something that will be able to catch your eye, something with a little bit of "bling", something really lightweight so that they can easily transport their rig, and something really user friendly as far as maintenance, upgrades, and assembly go. This brings us to the ThermalTake VX VD 3000."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
ViewSonic VA2012w 20.1" Widescreen Monitor Review @ UKGamer
"The idea of using a widescreen monitor may, at first, seem like something that would only appeal to genuine movie nuts, in fact that's an opinion I held myself, but after using today's review candidate for a couple of weeks I was won over. There's certainly more to widescreen than a night in with a good DVD."

More information on this review can be found here.
Altec Lansing MX5021 2.1 Speaker System Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"With a heritage stretching back to the Post-War era, Altec Lansing has always been first and foremost a speaker company. Though their focus has turned to PC speakers and personal audio, Altec has never forgotten its big system hi-fi days. The THX certified MX 5021 successfully brings this legacy to your bookshelf or desktop."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plusdeck2c PC Cassette Deck Review @ Think Computers
"I'm getting old, I know it happens to the best of us right? Can you remember what was used before CD's? Cassette Tapes, those little plastic things that sort of resemble miniature VHS tapes. I can bet a lot of you reading might have never owned one, but I did, I owned a lot of them. Now if we go back even farther I can remember having an 8-Track cassette player in the car, but let's not... Anyway for those of you that still have your valuable cassette tape collection and want a way to transfer them to digital format, I think I have found a solution for you, it's called the Plusdeck2c, and it fits into a standard 5.25" bay. It not only allows you to listen to cassette tapes while working at your computer, but it allows you to transfer them to it in a digital format such as MP3 so you can take them with you. This has more uses than just for music though, if you have meetings etc you can easily transfer them now to keep digitally."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech G-15 Keyboard Review @ Boxgods
"On the left side of the keyboard, there are 18 "G" keys for playing back macros, launching programs or calling system functions. Above these keys are three additional keys for switching between sets of macros (M1, M2, and M3) and a fourth key (MR) for recording additional macros in a "field setting" (that is, in mid-game)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech G7 Laser Cordless Mouse Review @ FastLaneHW
"As everyone makes the switch over to the wireless world, one of the first things they get is a wireless mouse. There are several reasons why they make the switch to wireless and one of the most obvious reasons is that you no longer have to deal with the clutter of wires on the desk. Today we are going to take a look at the Logitech G7 Laser Cordless Mouse."

More information on this review can be found here.
SyncMAX PC2 5400 Memory Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"When it comes to memory, most people think about OCZ, Corsair, Crucial or one of the other well known enthusiast companies that we are all familiar with. However, there are quite a few other memory makers out there and we've seen quite a few in the past few years target the enthusiast and overclocker crowd. One of these is Concord Idea Corporation with their SyncMAX memory modules."

More information on this review can be found here.
SunbeamTech Zorro ATX Chassis Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"I really like this case and haven't found any faults with it. I would certainly add it to my collection, if I didn't have too many cases at the moment. If you are shopping for an inverted ATX case, give the Zorro a look - this case has a lot of potential."

More information on this review can be found here.
Icy Dock MB452UK-B USB 2.0 3.5" External Enclosure Review @ BigBruin
"This is the first time I have heard of or used an Icy Dock product, and I am impressed. The MB452UK-B enclosure does exactly what it is made for, with ultra portability and compatibility. Using the enclosure is "so simple a caveman could do it". Just plug in the power and USB 2.0 cables and turn the key."

More information on this review can be found here.
Super Talent T800UX2GC4 PC2-6400 Memory Kit @ Legit Reviews
"Overclocking performance was stellar on the Super Talent T800UX2GC4 memory kit. In my previous article I was able to hit 1054MHz on a 1GB kit of memory and I thought that was impressive till this 2GB Super Talent memory kit beat that by 1MHz with double the memory capacity. I ran the Super Talent memory modules on the Intel 955X and Intel 975X platforms as well as the upcoming nForce 590 SLI chipset with no issues at all. Intel and AMD fans will be able to crank up the volts on these Super Talent modules and have some fun without having to worry about warranties, thanks to the Super Talent lifetime warranty."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASRock AM2NF4G-SATA2 Motherboard Preview @ Phoronix
"With the AM2 launch this morning, AMD's partners have been
quick to jump on this bandwagon with a whole arsenal of new
motherboards. Of the products to be shown at this year's Computex Taipei event is the ASRock AM2NF4G-SATA2. Not only does price differentiate this motherboard from the newly established Socket AM2 competition, but also the ASRock AM2NF4G-SATA2 relies upon the already existing GeForce 6100 and nForce 410."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Extends DDR2 Performance Leadership with DDR2-800 CL3 Memory Module
Fremont, CA (May 23, 2006) –Corsair® Memory, the worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high performance memory, today unveiled the world’s first DDR2-800 2GB kit rated at true low latency of CL3. The latest addition to the award-winning XMS™ family of products, TWIN2X2048-6400C3 delivers unparalleled memory performance at 800MHz and supports the industry’s lowest latencies of 3-4-3-9 in this speed grade. Featuring Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP), a new open memory standard jointly development by Corsair and NVIDIA®, the users can take advantage of the added memory performance characteristics and capabilities when used with an EPP-capable motherboard.

Using an extensive RAM screening process developed by Corsair, the new TWIN2X2048-6400C3 offers superior performance and rock solid stability at 800MHz at CL3. Optimized for the latest generation of processors and memory controllers, TWIN2X2048-6400C3 is a flexible memory solution that delivers outstanding performance at both low latency and high frequency. Designed with the ultra-enthusiasts in mind, the TWIN2X2048-6400C3 offers ample overclocking headroom, making it the ideal solution for anyone looking to build the most powerful DDR2 based systems.

“During the development phase of the new socket AM2 memory controller, we worked with Corsair on memory performance and optimization,” said Leslie Sobon, director of product and brand management, Desktop Division, AMD. “The socket AM2 memory controller is effective at taking advantage of low memory latencies. We applaud Corsair on the release of their new 800MHz low latency memory, and look forward to continuing to provide customers with high performance products.”

Similar to other new XMS DDR2 products from Corsair, the TWIN2X2048-6400C3 features Enhanced Performance Profiles. These profiles elevate memory performance by taking full advantage of the additional memory parameters that are now added to the unused portion of the JEDEC standard Serial Presence Detect (SPD). EPP brings simplified overclocking success for entry level enthusiasts, and access to more advanced memory specifications and a higher recovery point for hard-core overclockers. To take full advantage of the Enhanced Performance Profiles, motherboards designed with a special BIOS can recognize the presence of EPP settings. Once these settings are enabled, the system boots directly into the memory’s specified settings and takes immediate advantage of the increased performance.

“Our enthusiasts customers have been telling us that they demand a true low latency DDR2 2GB kit. We are proud to be the first manufacturer to develop and deliver this product” said Martin Mueller, Director of Design Engineering at Corsair Memory. “We have seen significant performance gains on the AMD processor-based platforms when the memory runs at the lowest latencies possible,” continued Mueller.

More information on this press release can be found here.
Foxconn C51XEM2AA Motherboard Review @ Neoseeker
"A spectacular board ought not be ruined by a mediocre BIOS implementation, and while we've been witness to such atrocities in the past, the C512XEM2AA is no victim to them. NVIDIA's reference BIOS design is as powerful and unique as is the board design. Since we enthusiasts have seen more BIOSes than we have our own siblings, it's pointless to go over the standard panels present in nearly every BIOS implementation. It's a good thing, too, because it saves valuable time for some more detailed discussion of the NVIDIA implementation. Be prepared to get blown away by a BIOS design that actually makes sense and is easy to use."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA nForce 500 Series Technology Overview @ Viper Lair
"We think that FirstPacket and EPP are the most impressive features as both will give a "free" boost to your overall computing experience. FirstPacket will be a big hit with gamers we think since it will allow you to play games with a decent ping while using other network apps the same time."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD AM2 Heatsink Compatibility List @ Madshrimps
"A new AMD socket has been launched, and with it a new mounting bracket, it renders a lot of well known heatsinks useless, we've compiled an extensive list of those which still fit the new AM2 platform out of the box. Essential read for those looking to upgrade."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA nForce 500 Preview @ techPowerUp
"Today NVIDIA launched their nForce 500 Family chipsets for the AMD AM2 Socket. There will be four models to allow a wide range of motherboard products from budget to high-end for enthusiasts. A lot of new features have been introduced like SLI Memory, First Packet, DualNet and Media Shield. Read our preview to find out what the new nForce500 offers."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Socket AM2 Overview & X2 5000+ Review @ Bjorn3D
"Today, those so called rumors become fact and all myths will be dispelled. At 12:01 AM the import embargo on the socket AM2 chips patiently awaiting your scrutiny was lifted. The official launch date of June 1, 2006 still stands, even though many distributors and retailers should have this product available for sale as we speak."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Socket AM2: Athlon 64 FX-62 and nForce5 590 SLI @ Hexus
"It's a heady tale of core performance, bandwidth, competition, performance and much more. It's played out on a stage of dual-core 90nm SOI silicon and our hero is Athlon 64 FX-62. Can he defeat his nemesis, Presler? What of the Conroe whispers if Presler is yet again slain? Do the AMD architecture witches brew something even more potent in their cauldrons?"

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Launches The Socket AM2 Platform @ Legit Reviews
"On June 1, 2004 AMD announced a Athlon 64 processor in a 939-pin package, which was a platform designed to provide customers with enhanced performance and longevity. The 'old' 939-pin platform featured Direct Connect Architecture, which directly connected the memory controller and I/O to the central processor unit therefore improving overall system performance and efficiency. This Direct Connect Architecture helped eliminate the bottleneck found on Intel's front-side bus platforms. Fast forward to today and we still have Direct Connect Architecture on AMD platforms and the Front-Side bus on Intel systems. While 2 years have gone by little has really taken place when it comes to processors. Sure, we have the usual speed 200MHz speed bumps and new processor revisions that improve effiency, but nothing Earth shattering in terms of change. Nearly two years later we have AMD moving to the next generation socket for desktop platforms and that is the 940-pin Socket AM2."

More information on this review can be found here.
Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Socket AM2 Review @ Hardware Secrets
"AMD has finally incorporated a DDR2 memory controller to AMD64 CPUs. The new DDR2-capable AMD64 CPUs use a new socket, AM2. In this review we benchmarked Athlon 64 X2 5000+, which is a dual-core Athlon 64 running at 2.6 GHz and supporting DDR2 memories. We are going to compare it to Athlon 64 X2 4600+ (which runs at 2.4 GHz) and Athlon FX-60 (a dual-core Athlon 64 FX running at 2.6 GHz)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Socket AM2 and Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Preview @ NordicHardware
"Not only did AMD keep DDR1 alive, it was encouraging the evolution and density of DDR1. Now, however, the limitations of DDR1 were starting to show, at the same time DDR2 could now be had with fast access times and high frequencies. It was now time for AMD to enter the DDR2 market."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Socket AM2: Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Review @ Neoseeker
"AMD's long-awaited transition to the DDR2 platform has finally arrived today, in the form of Socket AM2. The community has been waiting patiently for this day, twiddling its thumbs, checking long-in-the-tooth DDR Sandra memory scores, only imagining what kind of kick in the pants 800 MHz DDR2 memory could give the already lightning-fast Athlon 64. Today we will have our answer."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+/FX62 CPU Review @ Motherboards.org
This round shows the gap between Intel and AMD taking a wider gap in favor of AMD for the first time; to be candid the FX62 was a smoking gun as an out of box product. AMD has really made advancements the past year with new faster CPUs and better chipset partners like NVIDIA plugging away at their side. With the introduction of the new nForce 5 590/570/550 chipset motherboards, the AMD platform takes an even further step forward and with a solid relationship between the major manufactures I am sure we will see many a board boasting this new chipset in one of its three flavors.

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, May 22, 2006
PIKOM KL PC Fair 2006 Report @ CyberwizardPit
"The Computer Fair; the only place where manufacturers and distributors gather and compare technologies, products and out-of-this-world prices - all on the same floor. More often than not, it is a yearly event, where to the delight of the consumers, at very affordable prices, and this New products? Breakthrough technologies? Dirt-cheap discounts? This article brings the reader through the exhibit up close and personal by CyberwizardPit.Net."

More information on this report can be found here.
eVGA 7800GS CO AGP Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
"Is AGP dead? Not yet according to nVidia and eVGA and we
applaud their stubbornness. The 7800GS from eVGA we are testing today has an upgraded cooling solution and comes at SuperClocked speeds, way beyond those specified by the reference design. Can this video card give your aging AGP system a boost? Let's find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI RADEON Xpress 3200 Shootout @ Hexus
"We think we've got it sussed now on the boards we've looked at, so we've chucked those evals in with some Crossfire testing, mixed them all up and come up with this. So if you're at all interested in alternative core logic for your AMD-based system and Crossfire tickles your fancy, read on to check out our two-board RD580 shootout."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Raises the Bar for Ultra High Performance DDR2 Memory
Fremont, CA (May 22, 2006) –Corsair Memory, the worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high performance memory, today announced broad availability of the world’s first production DDR2-1066 and DDR2-800 low latency 2GB kits. The new TWIN2X2048-8500C5 and the TWIN2X2048-6400C4 are optimized for the upcoming NVIDIA nForce® 590 chipset based motherboards and feature Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP).

“During the collaborative phase of EPP development, we worked very closely with NVIDIA to optimize these 2 new parts on motherboards based on their upcoming chipset. The end result is that our new XMS DDR2 modules not only boot at extreme speeds and low latency, they also have guaranteed compatibility at the advanced memory timings,” said Richard Hashim, Director of Product Management at Corsair Memory. “The performance difference of DDR2-1066 and low latency of CL4 is significant. Corsair is dedicated to continue develop and launch cutting edge DDR2 technology,” said Hashim.

Rated at scorching fast 1066MHz, the latest TWIN2X2048-8500C5 combines the best of high frequency performance and high density in one 2GB matched pair. Continuing the tradition of producing memory that perform at extreme speeds, Corsair flies past the competition to be the first manufacturer to offer DDR2-1066 2GB kits in mass production.

Joining the growing XMS DDR2 product line, Corsair’s TWIN2X2048-6400C4 is aimed at gamers and enthusiasts who demand low latency at standard 800MHz frequency. Available in signature black XMS heat spreaders, the TWIN2X2048-6400C4 is built using carefully selected RAMs. These modules allow users to experience superior memory performance at 800MHz with uncompromised stability.

The TWIN2X2048-8500C5 and the TWIN2X2048-6400C4 are the first in the XMS family of products to feature Enhanced Performance Profiles. These modules have also been certified “SLI Ready”. The EPP feature elevates memory performance by utilizing the advanced memory timings captured in the unused portion of the JEDEC standard Serial Presence Detect (SPD). EPP brings simplified overclocking success for entry level enthusiasts, and access to more advanced memory specifications and a higher recovery point for hard-core overclockers. To take full advantage of the Enhanced Performance Profiles, motherboards designed with a special BIOS can recognize the presence of EPP settings. Once these settings are enabled, the system boots directly into the memory’s specified settings and takes immediate advantage of the increased performance.

More information on this press release can be found here.
ASUS EN7800GT Silent Video Card Review @ Motherboards.org
"The 7800GT is still a great card for the high-end enthusiast. While it has been replaced in NVIDIA's lineup by the 7900GT, there currently isn't a higher performing card that's passively cooled. ASUS has done an admirable job with an excellent card. Their TOP is default clocked at 420MHz/1.62GHz, a 20MHz core jump and 120MHz memory jump over the reference card."

More information on this review can be found here.
May Value Gaming PC Buyer's Guide @ Sharky Extreme
"In a nutshell, the Value Gaming PC Buyer's Guide delivers the desktop and gaming performance you want, but at a price that certainly won't break the bank. The overall scenario is bit different from the other buyer's guides on Sharky Extreme, as we limit the budget to $1,000 in cold, hard cash while the goal remains the same: to assemble a pair of kick-ass systems that will play today's hottest games and still have some power in reserve for tomorrow."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Aspire X-DISCOVERY Case Review @ Technic3D
"The Aspire X-DISCOVERY Case features a beautiful design for gamers. The Aspire Discovery is the next pre-modded Case in the Technic3D Editorship."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vivadi Saturn HD50 50in Plasma & Media Center Review @ Trusted Reviews
"We guess there’s every chance that many of you aren’t even reading this. You probably clocked the £12.5k price tag presented above and clicked your browser’s back button faster than we could say ‘how much?!!’. But if you are still with us, either because money’s no object or you’re intrigued as to precisely why any 50in plasma TV should believe it’s worth so much money, you’re in for a treat. For the key point about the HD50 is that it’s certainly not just a plasma TV."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolerMaster Centurion 532 PC Case Review @ Think Computers
"For today I will assume that everyone reading this review knows the name CoolerMaster. They make lots of excellent quality products. I myself have owned a few of their products and like them very much. Today is the first time I get to review one of their PC cases; it is the Centurion 532 chassis. It is an excellent chassis, with lots of cool features. In fact I liked it so much I retired my other case and am now using the Centurion 532 as a home from my main system!"

More information on this review can be found here.
iStarUSA S-8 Storm Series ATX Chassis Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The iStar S-8 Storm Series case is a bit outside of what its series name suggests. It's a clean alternative in the budget priced case sector, so you won't get the case fans or lights. The first impression was a bit rocky at the start with the discarded excess rivet molds."

More information on this review can be found here.

4 CorePad DeskPad XXXL's Giveaway

"Virtual-Hideout is giving away 4 of the new CorePad DeskPad XXXL’s this time in their 10th consecutive weekly giveaway, sponsored by our friends over at performance-pcs.com! New contests start every Saturday night and new winners are selected at the same time! Get your hump over there and enter!"

More information on this giveaway can be found here.
Sapphire Demo PC '06 Project @ Modders-Inc
"If you went to this years E3 there is no doubt that you saw this hand made case by Sheldog23. After creating a special case for Sapphiretech last year they once again asked Sheldog23 to build another for their Water Cooled X1900XTX video cards. Sheldog23 shows us what it took to make this eye-catching case."

More information on this project can be found here.
Lian Li PC-G70B Review @ FastLaneHW
"I thought I would never look back to the days of building a stock case, but a chance to review the Lian Li PC-G70B-CW is something I could not pass up. The all-aluminum Lian Li PC-G70B-CW is truly a beautiful computer case and I am honored to present my findings to you, our readers."

More information on this review can be found here.
G-gnome's WMD Part II @ Bit-Tech
"The top of the display box was marked for drilling, where the top cover will be screwed to it. I drilled the corners of the memory display hole and attacked it with the Dremel. More cut-off wheels sacrificed themselves like lemmings for the good of the project. The detritus of a dozen Dremel wheels - messy!"

More information on this fantastic project can be found here.
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Magellan RoadMate 760 GPS Review @ The TechZone

"The RoadMate 760 features turn-by-turn guidance with SayWhere text-to-speech technology that tells you the upcoming street name as well as distance to the turn. Also TrueView 3D visually indicates your next turn so you can confirm the direction at a glance. If you're stuck in a freeway traffic jam for more than couple of minutes, SmartDetour will automatically calculate a detour and ask you if you’d like to route around the congestion. You can turn the feature on and off, or personalize the settings for the maximum distance you’d like to detour. You may also choose to Detour anytime by touching the enter button while you are in an active route, even on city streets and backroads, to route around road work, closed roads, flooded streets or stopped traffic."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech MX610 Left-Hand Laser Cordless Mouse Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"This is not just a left-handed mouse, but it is a good left-handed mouse designed just as well as any right-handed mouse. (This makes sense, since it's basically a mirror copy of the original MX610.)"

This product would certainly be good for me since I am left handed. More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5000 Laser Review @ BlueTomorrow
"The Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5000 Laser truly is a revolutionary Bluetooth desktop combination. It is the perfect compliment to your modern PC. Unlike most keyboards, which can only send information to your PC, the MX 5000 Cordless Keyboard also has the ability to receive and display information sent from your PC. The stylish keyboard offers an LCD panel, capable of displaying the time and date, room temperature, song titles for music files, and various other displays."

More information on this review can be found here.
nPowertek TTIC NPH K8-1 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Thermal Transtech International Corp. NPH K8-1 Socket 939 heatsink looks deceptively simple at first glance; but at the heart of this socket 754/939/940 Athlon64 heatsink is a huge copper cylinder. The large copper column supporting its many copper fins is not technically a heatpipe as we know it, it's what TTIC call a "heat column." This column, 25mm in diameter and made from a hollow copper cylinder which is vacuum sealed, has a chemical coating on the inside that works to the same effect as a wick in a traditional heatpipe."

More information on this review can be found here.
S3 Graphics Chrome S27 including MultiChrome Review @ Hexus
"Concluding on the current state of S3 Graphics Chrome S27 is pretty easy. There are better products out there for the same or less money from ATI and NVIDIA. And while it's not nice to say so, since another executing competitor in the mid-range and low-end consumer space would be brilliant, it's the current reality."

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

More information on this article can be found here.
Thermaltake Purepower 600w PSU Review @ XtremeComputing
"All things considered I cannot fault the Thermaltake Purepower600. It has taken everything I can throw at it under normal use, and then some with the above testing, and it has never missed a beat. Anyone building all but a seriously powerful top end multi graphics card pc should consider this power supply. I would only hesitate to recommend it to someone using multiple graphics cards if they are using dual 1900xt’s or maybe 7900gtx’s anyone else should consider buying this power supply for their new / upgraded system, I am sure you will not be disappointed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman VF700-Cu LED Ultra Quiet VGA Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"The VF700-Cu LED from Zalman has performed very well for me this past week and I can highly recommend it. With great looks and excellent performance, this cooler would be an asset to most any compatible graphics board out there. Installation was a snap thanks to Zalman’s online installation guides and compatibility charts, and the noise-to-cooling ratio is very good."

More information on this review can be found here.
ViiV a-la ASUS, Core Duo N4L-VM DH Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"The ICH7-M DH is a variation of the ICH7-M chipset. It supports all the same features but with Dolby Digital Certification for the Sound System, which is needed for the ViiV validation. Unfortunately, being a mobile version Southbridge it does have a few limitations such as only supporting two SATA ports. That said all the major features such as HD Audio, 6 PCI Express x1 channels and 6 PCI master addresses are all there to give expansion possibilities."

More information on this review can be found here.
Low to Mid-Range PCIe Video Card Roundup @ Madshrimps
"In this roundup we compare seven different video cards which don't cost you an arm and a leg. Using FRAPS and several popular games we test the performance and try to find the best value for your money. Want to play the latest games with a budget friendly graphics card? Read on to find out which one to pick."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus EAX1600XT Silent/TVD/256M/A Videocard Review @ PCstats
"My personal favorite are 100% silent videocards. Devices like the Asus EAX1600XT Silent/TVD/256M/A videocard won't eat up the 8GB/s worth of bandwidth the PCI Express x16 bus has to offer, but this passively cooled graphics card strikes a good balance between price and 3D rendering power. The Asus EAX1600XT Silent/TVD/256M/A is supported with 256MB of GDDR3 Infineon memory, and the software package that comes with the Asus EAX1600XT Silent/TVD/256M/A is strong."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K8N Diamond Plus nForce 4 SLI x16 Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"MSI have a great board on their hands with the K8N Diamond Plus. There is a plethora of features and peripherals included onboard, and coupled with the extensive extras included, you should be very happy with the package overall. This of course comes hand in hand with a high price, but our thoughts are that is is a fair one."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Armor Jr Case Review @ Bjorn3D
"Case frame is made out of 0.8mm aluminum components making it very light. Everything, including the front bezel is aluminum -- a good solution for a LAN party. There are two silver models you can pick from, one without a side door and one with side doors which I'm now presenting."

More information on this review can be found here.
XG Viper 2 Case Review @ Techgage
"Like most product selections, there is hardly a shortage of computer towers to choose from. The XG Viper is made out of aluminum alloy and includes many of flashy LEDs. They even threw a 400W power supply in there to get things started. Are all these features worth the semi-steep price?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Case Study: Spring Break Mod-A-Thon @ BoxGods
"The premise for this article is simple. We take a hard working 16-year-old intern here at BoxGods who has been eagerly waiting to mod his PC for almost three years, fly him to South Texas (with said PC), and spend seven days in a “get it done or die trying” Mod-A-Thon."

More information on this project can be found here.

How-To: “Frame Off” PC Modding

"In the world of gear heads and car buffs, the term “Frame Off” is often heard in restoration circles to describe work so meticulously done that the car's body and drive train are separated from the chassis and the car is essentially disassembled so that every surface can be restored to a like new (or better than new in most cases) condition. Today, I am going to walk you through that same process for your case."

More information on this guide can be found here.

How-To: Case Painting 101

"The simple truth is that a quality paint job is complicated because there are so many diverse elements involved—each could be considered so important that any one could make or break you. When viewed and covered as individual elements, however, the process gets a lot less complicated and your chances of a kick ass paint job every time go way up."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Friday, May 19, 2006
The Economics of Ergonomics @ GideonTech
"$1000 for a top of the line processor. $600 for a high end video card. Computer enthusiasts are known for spending serious money to getting every last little bit of performance out of their rig, but often this performance is wasted because they forget that that most important piece of the tech equation: the user."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thermaltake Hardcano 13 Review @ Techgage
"Thermaltake’s Hardcano 13 offers the same basic features that the Hardcano 12 did. Such as four temperature sensors, four fan controllers and an audible/visual alarm function. The Hardcano 13 also has an extra aesthetic function, a very bright backlit LED display with eight different color options to chose from, which allows the user to customize the Hardcano to their system without dropping extra cash on face plates or painting."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Mini/Big Typhoon Heatsink Roundup @ Motherboards.org
"After that unfortunate (and painful, perhaps humiliating) defeat at the Overclocked section of the Intel area, I'm sure that some wind has been taken from the sails of the Mini Typhoon. But for me, that's hardly the point. What matters here is that with a little modification, this heatsink can go from a good cooler, to a near perfect one - it's relatively light, explicitly easy to install, future proofed, and, when used in it's stock configuration, nearly silent."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerocool Dominator Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers
"There are so many things to consider when constructing a new computer. How often have you traveled from forum to forum trying to determine what motherboard to couple with your new processor? Or what power supply will give you the juice and stability to maintain a rock steady system? Both of these are very commonly asked, but what is probably the number thing that comes up is what cooler am I going to use? Not only is keeping your processor a main concern but if you are using tight timings and high frequencies then keeping your ram is just as important. Well the new Dominator from Aerocool will do both and much more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Review @ OCIA
"As you can see, the board gives off a nice blue glow which is actually just the right amount of brightness. I have seen other keyboards that are way too bright and tend to get annoying after a while. The G15 fits right into the middle category: not too bright but yet, not too dim either. One interesting thing to note here. When using the keyboard in a normally lit room, it still may be useful for some to keep the backlight on. Turning the backlight off results in somewhat "blank" looking board."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS AGEIA PhysX P1 Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"Many of the features found on the AGEIA PhysX core architecture are still a mystery to many of us. The PhysX is said to have "dozens" of fully independent cores, which makes sense if the card has 20 giga-instructions per second (20 GIPS) like AGEIA told us. To sum the architecture up we know that PhysX cards consist of a PhysX PPU with a 125 million transistor chip built on TSMC’s 130nm process that is connected over a high bandwidth bus to 128MB of GDDR3 memory running at 733MHz."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H Intel 975X Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"Intel's latest chipset, the 975X, looks like it's a real gem thanks to ATi CrossFire support. The latest Foxconn motherboard to pass through the PCSTATS test labs is the 975X7AA-8EKRS2H, and it is a flagship motherboard for the Intel Pentium LGA775 processor platform. The Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H motherboard is powered by the Intel 975X Northbridge and Intel ICH7R Southbridge. It supports all Socket 775 processors that run on the 533/800/1066 MHz FSB; from Intel Celeron D right through to Pentium 4/D/XE."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soundgraph iMON VFD Review @ techPowerUp
"The Soundgraph iMON VFD is the perfect accessory to turn your normal PC into a HTPC. The set is made of a bright and responsive VFD with an integrated volume control and large infrared remote control. Soundgraph has produced a solid gadget and has thought out an ingenious installation system. The software is incredibly easy to set up and use. The remote enables total control over the PC, while the VFD displays much more than just song titles and PC information."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone LC20B-M HTPC Case Review @ Think Computers
"A little while ago I reviewed the SilverStone Lascala LC17S HTPC, I found it to be a very good choice for a home entertainment based PC system. Today for review I have sort of an upgrade to that chassis, it is the Lascala LC20B-M chassis, it is basically the same base chassis, but with a completely re done external housing and some great additional extra features that make this an excellent choice for an HTPC system. I am happily using it right now in my living room in fact, interested?"

More information on this review can be found here.
RaidSonic ICY BOX IB-360UE-BL Series Review @ MVKTech
"External hard drives have become a very popular growing market, the need to transfer large amounts of data between locations and PC's is more common than ever, 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. One of those solutions is the ICY BOX IB-360UE-BL mobile storage that comes with both a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and FireWire connection. We will checkout this elegant and stylish enclosure, in terms of features and performance it delivers."

More information on this review can be found here.
SpirePower Rocketeer V 500W Modular Power Supply @ PCApex
"While I do not know what design firm had a hand in the Rocketeer series, the stylish looks were even appreciated by my wife, an unabashed neophyte to PC hardware. The cat also showed a lot of interest in the PSU; but I suspect that had more to do with her aberrant and compulsive attraction to packing peanuts and shiny things. The plated titanium colored finish is top notch as is the very nice touch of plating the bottom-mounted 120mm and rear 80mm wire fan grills in the same titanium finish."

More information on this review can be found here.

FRONTX CPX Modular Bay System Review

"FRONTX have been around for a while. The company, based in Penang, was established in 1998. It was originally backed by the Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC), a venture capital arm created by the Malaysian government to assist in commercializing viable Malaysian-designed products. A nice idea if you ask me. Their modular CPX (Computer Port Extension) idea is pending international patent."

More information on this review can be found here.
SpirePower Rocketeer V 500W Modular Power Supply @ PCApex
Power Supply Group Test @ Trusted Reviews

"Ok, I’m exaggerating a little, but the point is that the power supply is severely overlooked when considering an upgrade or a fresh PC build. For many, it’s the same state of confusion as the day you first walk into Starbucks to discover there are 192 different ways of ordering coffee. Gone are the days of “just a coffee”, so equally, say goodbye to the concept of
“just a power supply”."

More information on this review can be found here.
SpirePower Rocketeer V 500W Modular Power Supply @ PCApex
"While I do not know what design firm had a hand in the Rocketeer series, the stylish looks were even appreciated by my wife, an unabashed neophyte to PC hardware. The cat also showed a lot of interest in the PSU; but I suspect that had more to do with her aberrant and compulsive attraction to packing peanuts and shiny things. The plated titanium colored finish is top notch as is the very nice touch of plating the bottom-mounted 120mm and rear 80mm wire fan grills in the same titanium finish."

More information on this review can be found here.

FRONTX CPX Modular Bay System Review

"FRONTX have been around for a while. The company, based in Penang, was established in 1998. It was originally backed by the Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC), a venture capital arm created by the Malaysian government to assist in commercializing viable Malaysian-designed products. A nice idea if you ask me. Their modular CPX (Computer Port Extension) idea is pending international patent."

Thermaltake PurePower 600w Power Supply Review @ A1-Electronics
"Thermaltake have now added to their large ever growing range of top quality power supplies this their latest PurePower 600w PSU with active PFC and kindly sent us one to review for you the reader. This PurePower 600w PSU supply complies with SSI EPS 12v & ATX 12v 2.2 specifications and supports dual PCI Express and 24-pin main power connector for you very latest computer."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Zeus ST56ZF 560W PSU Review @ XtremeComputing
"SilverStone have an interesting product in the Zeus. It is unique with the high power single 12V line, which could have its applications.It has a high efficiency and runs fairly cool. However the noise is a real problem for me. I would really want any PSU I have to be silent these days, there are no real reasons not to any more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake ToughPower 550W Power Supply Review @ 3DGameman
"The Thermaltake ToughPower 550W Power Supply offers enough power for most computer systems and does support NVIDIA SLI and ATI CrossFire setups. Although, I would recommend one of their newer ToughPower higher wattage Power Supplies with Active PFC for current SLI and CrossFire setups. This is to insure system stability. This Power Supply though does have affordability in its favor and a very quiet 120mm fan. If you are on a budget be sure to check this model out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Power Supply Group Test @ Trusted Reviews
"Ok, I’m exaggerating a little, but the point is that the power supply is severely overlooked when considering an upgrade or a fresh PC build. For many, it’s the same state of confusion as the day you first walk into Starbucks to discover there are 192 different ways of ordering coffee. Gone are the days of “just a coffee”, so equally, say goodbye to the concept of
“just a power supply”."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Logitech Z4 2.1 Speakers Review @ Modders-Inc
"With the general opinion of the Z3 speaker combo being that of "lackluster", we were interested in seeing how it's predecessor, the Z4 2.1 combo, would perform in comparison. Has Logitech improved over the short-comings of the Z3, and is the Z4 combo a worthwhile investment for gamers and music enthusiasts?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Sennheiser PC30/PC160 Review @ Pro-Clockers
"People purchase headsets for numerous reasons, rather it be for conferencing, gaming or listening to music. And Sennheiser has been providing all of the above just what they need, great sounding head pieces. Today, they was gracious to send us two of their current PC models, the PC30 and the PC160. I am sure one of the two will appeal to our readers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Looking Back At Technology From 2057 @ The TechZone
"Like many industries, the music industry had to die before it could be re-born. Lets face it, any organization that sees its own customers as potential criminals is definitely on the way out. In those days, music and movies were distributed on plastic discs (called CDs or DVDs) and billions were spent on preventing people from doing what they did naturally - sharing. Various methods were tried to prevent this, DRM (Digital Rights Management) was the most obnoxious partly because it prevented people from making copies (to use in their other players) but mostly because it "locked out" competitors."

More information on this article can be found here.
Western Digital WD5000KS 500 GB Hard Drive Review @ XYZ Computing
"Western Digital was the bigger winner at CES, due to the announcement of their 150 GB Raptor and the windowed Raptor X, but they have been relatively quiet since then. This is not that bad of a thing though, WD has been doing very well, at least on the consumer level, and offers some of the most competitive drives currently available. One of these is the focus of this review, the Caviar SE16 WD5000KS 500 GB. Half-terabyte hard drives have been appearing in consumers' dream systems for a few months now, but their price level has put them out of reach to most people. Though they may have a big price tag, they are a great way to consolidate a lot of information onto a single drive or RAID1 array."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMS Venus GoGo 2.5" OTG Enclosure Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"I have reviewed several HDD enclosures over the past few months, but the Venus GOGO is the first enclosure that includes a battery. This is a great for people who take a lot of pictures out in the field and don't want to carry a bulky laptop with them."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Mini-Kart Ultra Slim USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review @ Tweaknews
"Although this USB 2.0 drive is not the quickest on the market, the other features sure make up for the shortfall. Once you have this drive in your hand you will soon realize what I am talking about. This drive is just ridiculously small and has all the features you would expect from a normal flash drive. Hell, I loved even showing people this drive. Even the computer enthusiasts I have as friends did do a double take when they saw me pull this small unit out of my pocket."

More information on this review can be found here.
SuperTalent 2GB 1GHz DDR2 Kit Review @ Bit-Tech
"We had a play, but we weren't able to get the memory to clock up to 1067MHz, even with a little extra voltage. The memory is rated to 1000MHz, and doesn't appear to want to go any further. It's possible to tighten the timings a little if you want the memory to stay at 800MHz, but you'll get more mileage out of extra speed if your processor can take it. The overclock you can get will also be very reliant on the individual modules."

More information on this review can be found here.
Comparison: Sapphire X1800GTO vs. EVGA 7600GT CO @ BoxGods
"When nVidia released the 7600GT series, ATI did not wait a single day to launch their counter salvo in the press--the X1800GTO--and within weeks it was seen in the wild. When we have video cards from both the red and the green team in the same price range, the question is, "Will going with green have you seeing red, or will going red leave you green with envy? Today, Sapphire's Radeon X1800GTO squares off against the EVGA GeForce 7600GT CO to see who will be crowned the new King of the mid-range video card market."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS P5WD2-E Premium Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"The ASUS P5WD2-E board supports a lot of features. So many features, in fact that it scored over 40 in our Features rating scale taking it off the charts so to speak. Crossfire is supported on the 975x platform if you are looking for that option. Hopefully NVIDIA will see fit to enable SLI on other platforms, as not everyone wants a NVIDIA motherboard with their NVIDIA video card, especially on the Intel side of things."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS MVP PA1 Rev 2.0 Motherboard Review @ Futurelooks
"For an enthusiast board, we were once again surprised by the appearance of the serial port. The SPDIF and Digital Coax Port are included as an expansion instead of being on the rear panel (the KN1 boards had it on the rear panel, why not here?). We'd rather have it the other way around, especially given that the audio codec supports 8-channel HD Audio. Also, the single Gigabit port does not really scream Extreme considering that there are already several motherboards that support dual Gigabit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Samurai SCSM-1000 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Scythe SCSM1000 Samurai is one of those all-in-one heatsinks that tries to accommodate virtually every kind of processor formfactor out there. Generally when coolers go down this route they either succeed on a few different CPU cores, or fail miserably on every single one. It all depends on the base of the heatsink, and a couple other factors we'll get into shortly."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Accelero X1 VGA Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"I am impressed by the performance of the Arctic Cooling Accelero X1. It outperforms the previous model, the NV Silencer 5, by a few degrees, and cooled the card much better than the default eVGA cooler. The Accelero X1 would be a great choice to keep your graphics card as cool as possible, especially if overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.
Evercool VC-RHC GPU Cooler Review @ Techgage
"Evercool is back with another graphics card cooler, and we have high hopes for this one. It looks almost like a toy, but the design could prove very smart. One immediate bonus of the cooler is that it only retails for $20, but let's see if it's worth it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Ninja Plus CPU Cooler Review @ Think Computers
"Today for review I have another product from our friends at Scythe. It is another CPU cooler, this one is a big CPU cooler. It is the Ninja Plus cooler, and it not only looks cool, it performs pretty well too. If you have a window in your case it will take all the attention from the rest of your components and be the center of attention. The Ninja Plus even offers a fanless mode as well for those that would like to have a truly quiet system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech™ Introduces the "MCW60-T" VGA Thermoelectric Liquid Cooling Solution
"Signal Hill, CA - Wednesday 17th, May 2006 - Swiftech™ today announced the release of the MCW60-T VGA thermoelectric liquid cooling solution. Using the award winning MCW60 VGA water-block coupled to a 188 Watt thermoelectric module, the unit is capable of dropping the GPU operating temperature range from well below ambient down to freezing levels, depending on the heat load and thermal capacity of the liquid cooling system. "We designed this product for the hard-core enthusiast community, those individuals who think of nothing else but pushing the envelope of what their hardware can do" said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech's Chairman. Mr. Rouchon also added "interestingly enough, the device also presents very useful functionalities for the large OEM and microchip manufacturers in silicon test and validation applications".

More information on this press release can be found here.
Thermaltake Eureka Case Review @ Neoseeker
"Thermaltake have been a large player in the enclosure market for a number of years, and have evolved from producing primarily gamer oriented pre-modded cases to pushing their more mainstream, quasi-office oriented svelte creations of late. Their design philosophy reworking began in 2004 and is being complemented every few months by new designs sporting clean lines and the same solid construction as always.Their latest model, the Eureka, comes along side the Tai Chi, Kandalf and Armor cases in the upper echelon of the Thermaltake case lineup."

More information on this review can be found here.
Once A Watercooler Always A Watercooler @ Overclockers.com
"My main problem with the desktop set up was heat. It is probably no surprise to many of you because heat has always been an overclocker's enemy. So why did I go to aircooling? Well I had labored under the delusion that I would be happy with the performance of my fairly stock 7800GTX video card and X2 3800+. I mean, I had gotten them stable 2.5 GHz out of the CPU and a fairly mild 490MHz GPU x 1300MHz Video RAM. I even had system RAM running at 500MHz with my 250MHz front side bus. Well then along came BattleField 2."

More information on this article can be found here.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Is Skype the Future? @ GideonTech
"As computers have become more powerful and taken ever greater roles in our daily lives, the way we have used them to communicate with others has grown and evolved. For many of us, we started out with email, and then as people began to spend more and more time in front of their computer, we shifted to instant messaging. Communication through text has disadvantages, however, and so numerous solutions have appeared to make the act of web-based communication more personal."

More information on this article can be found here.
Logitech V400 Laser Cordless Mouse Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The V400 did good for a laptop mouse, and beats the earlier V200 by offering not only a new dual-laser tracking engine, but also more buttons and an even easier to port design. If you've been struggling with a trackpad, or the inconvenience of a wired mouse, the V400 will make your life easier."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Review @ Short-Media
"The possible uses of the screen are numerous. The keyboard comes bundled with a few apps for the LCD panel such as a time and date panel, a CPU and RAM meter, a POP3 email reader, and a stopwatch applet. There is a community of modders that write applets for the panel, and Logitech has made the SDK available so that astute programmers can write their own."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec NexStar GX NST-370GX Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Want to spend less than $50.00 and get a hard drive enclosure that has that has all the features you will ever need? Then you may want to give the Vantec NexStar GX a once over. Here is a 3.5" hard drive enclosure that is not only easy on the eyes but also offers you a three-port USB hub built into the unit along with a temperature controlled fan to help keep your hard drive from getting to warm. To learn more about this product come on along as we check it out."

More information on this review can be found here.
DDR2 Memory: Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP) @ Legit Reviews
"SLI Certified Memory for the nForce 590 SLI chipset will feature EPP and Corsair was the first to market with these EPP-based DIMMs. Corsair was one of the companies that took off and ran with Enhanced Performance Profiles as their customer base is enthusiast oriented. Other memory companies like Kingston and OCZ have been working with NVIDIA on EPP modules and when the upcoming AMD AM2 processors come out will be ready to support EPP."

More information on this article can be found here.
Corsair 2GB TWINX2048-4400PRO Review @ Techgage
"Corsair once again wants the top spot in the DDR market, and they have it. The 4400PRO is the only 2GB kit available at these speeds, which is reason enough to check them out. Well, they prove very fast as we had hoped, despite the somewhat loose timings. Let's take a deeper look."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra ULT31664 1GB PC3200 Memory Review @ Motherboards.org
"Though priced a touch on the high side, and meeting us with disappointing overclocks, the simple fact that these modules ran perfectly with tightened latencies out of the box, and the fact that they're backed by a lifetime warrantee laid our minds to rest. In the end, I'd have no qualms using something like this in a client build, or recommending something like this to a casual gamer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin XP2-6400 1 GB Review @ techPowerUp
"With the XP2-6400 Mushkin has released their second generation of DDR2-800 memory. The memory comes with default timings of 4-4-3-10, which is a good deal better than most of the competition. The elegant black heatspreaders add to the looks of this memory. But this memory is not only about looks. The timings can be tightened down to 3-2-2-4. Relaxing them has an even better surprise for you we reached DDR2-1104 at CL5."

More information on this review can be found here.
Buffalo FireStix FSX1000D2C-K2G PC2-8000 DDR-2 Memory Review @ PCstats
"Buffalo Technology's 2GB PC2-8000 FireStix FSX1000D2C-K2G memory has a default clock speed of 1000 MHz (DDR2-1000) at CL 5-5-5-15, which when running in a dual channel configuration can provide up to 8GB/s worth of bandwidth. The interesting back story on these Firestix modules PCSTATS is about to benchmark for you is that the Buffalo engineers veered away from the standard JEDEC design, and relied instead on the talents of Kazuyoshi Tsukada to develop the PCB trace layout. Kazuyoshi-san has been recognized by JEDEC for PCB design, and now heads the Melco Inc. PCB design team."

More information on this review can be found here.
Connect3D Radeon X1800 GTO 256MB Video Card Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Today we have Connect3D's new X1800GTO video card in the BFR labs. The X1800GTO, the latest addition to the X1800 family, was launched back in March but only became available to buy in stores just last month. The GTO label is used to identify a card as a budget graphic solution. In the case of this card the X1800GTO is quite similiar to the higher-end X1800XL with the only difference being the number of pixel pipelines. The X1800GTO features 12 pipes while the XL and XT versions have a full 16."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X1600 Pro IceQ Turbo Review @ Bjorn3D
"Today I am taking a look at a card for people who don’t have a lot of money to spend on their video cards but still want to be able to get decent performance in games. The card in question is the HIS X1600 Pro IceQ Turbo with 128 MB DDR3 memory. With a low price, decent performance, low noiselevel and the ability to use it in Crossfire mode without any extra Master card on paper it sounds like an excellent product."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX 7600 GS PCIe Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The XFX 7600 GS Extreme Edition is a solid gaming card and can play pretty much every game out today with a lot of the higher detail settings enabled. Of course doing so means that you'll need to run at medium resolutions like 1024x768 but this is on a $135 video card remember?"

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X1300 IceQ Turbo and Dual DVI Review @ Overclockers Online
"Without a doubt, both cards performed relatively well. The IceQ is also a card not to overlook if you need a cheap card with ample performance. H.I.S. has once again come up with another diverse family. For anyone on a tight budget, H.I.S. has you covered with a high performance budget card to the fan free model ideal for the home theatre market."

More information on this review can be found here.
AGEIA™ PhysX by BFG Review @ Hardware-TEST
"I got hold of CellFactor near the end of the test, and at this time my expectations were far from satisfied. A possible conclusion could have been that we would probably have to wait and see what kind of effects future games such as Unreal Tournament 2007 could show off, but CellFactor quickly changed this. CellFactor is one of those games that requires a PhysX card, and the AGEIA review guide specifically explains how to play the game using a PhysX card and how to do it without a PhysX card."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus Ageia PhysX Physics Processing Card Review @ XSReviews
"This review is all about a product that is said to be the next leap in the gaming hardware world. Not only are we now able to run quad graphics card setups in SLI or Crossfire mode, Dual core processors and more, we are now able to run the physics of games through a single processing unit, a PPU (Physics Processing Unit). The principles of PPU technology is that by running all game physics through a dedicated physics "engine" it will be possible for much more realistic in-game physics. As apposed to pre-set animations of objects moving, they will (If all goes to plan) move in a much more realistic fashionm, with gravity and force playing much more influential roles in the movement of the objects than ever before. Currently there are few games that fully support PPU technology, but just to see how things are moving along with Asus' take on the Ageia PhysX card, we put it through its paces with our setup benchmarking software and games."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AN8 32X Motherboard Review @ NordicHardware
"Today we'll be taking a closer look at Abit's latest creation for AMD's Socket 939 platform the Abit AN8 32X. The motherboard is based on nVidia's latest edition of nForce4 chipsets that have been maturing considerably during the last six months, and now possess a stable position on the AMD market. Just like the name alludes to, we're talking about a motherboard with two sets of 16x PCI-Express lanes for a total quantity of 32."

More information on this review can be found here.
Inside AMD64 Architecture @ Hardware Secrets
"In this tutorial we will explain you how AMD64 architecture which is used by Athlon 64, Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64 FX, Opteron, Turion 64 and some Sempron models works in an easy to follow language. You will learn exactly how this architecture also known as K8 or hammer works so you will be able to compare it more precisely to competitor architectures from Intel."

More information on this article can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"The Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal is the first motherboard ever to feature four physical PCI Express x16 slots. This very special motherboard is based on the nVidia nForce SLI Intel Edition chipset, and as such supports Socket 775 Intel Pentium processors. The board actually has two nForce4 SLI chipsets PCB, the Intel (Northbridge) and AMD (Southbridge) edition work in tandem to support all four PCI Express x16 slots, and this is what makes the GA-8N-SLI Quad Royal feasible."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS C19-A SLI Motherboard Review @ Phoronix
"The ECS C19-A SLI is an all-around great SLI motherboard for Intel users. The board formally supports Scalable Link Interface using the NVIDIA C19XE + MCP51 Chipset. Other features for this budget solution include Gigabit LAN, and Realtek 8-channel audio. The overclocking abilities are also surprising."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Minuet 300 Piano Black Slimline PC Case Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Would I recommend the case for your next project? Absolutely, Antec did some good work on this case. I think if someone doesn’t like the Minuet 300 case, it won’t be for quantifiable reasons."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Temjin TJ08 Case Review @ 3DGameman
"The SilverStone Temjin TJ08 has a clean look and great design. The front is aluminum, but the remainder is steel and weighs in at only 5.5kg (12lbs). There are two 5.25" and two 3.5" external drive days and two internal 3.5" drive bays. This case also has a removable motherboard tray which makes installation of a motherboard, CPU, cooler, & memory simple. One big plus is the two quiet 120mm fans included with this product. This is a very unique feature for a micro-ATX case and will provide exceptional cooling inside the case. This is a full featured, affordable micro-ATX solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
EPIA Alloy Mod Project @ Bit-Tech
"Hands up if you have heard the saying "Measure twice; cut once". Now let me introduce one of my own: don't measure; just cut it. There is a reason why one of them is a famous phrase and the other one is just a disaster waiting to happen. I think you know where this is going. The task was to make a mounting for a power supply. The mistake was thinking that I didn't need to measure it accurately to make it 100% parallel with the motherboard tray already in place."

More information on this project can be found here.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
IOGear BOSS 120GB Home/Office Network Server Appliance Review @ Think Computers
"When looking for additional storage for your PC there are 2 choices; internal or external. When going the external route most people opt for USB or Firewire drives. They are fairly inexpensive and very easy to setup. How about storage that you can access from any PC in your house and even from anywhere via the internet? Yes I'm talking about network storage. Today I am taking a look at a really cool device that not only serves as network storage but also acts as a router. The product I'm talking about is the IOGear BOSS 120GB Home/Office Network Server Appliance from Geeks.com, so let's take a look."

More information on this review can be found here.
On-Demand Gaming - The Next Big Thing? @ XYZ Computing
"Game delivery has followed this trend and made a number of advances o in the past few years. Rather than purchasing games on CD or DVD customers now have access to direct downloads from retailers as well as online services so that the games can be had without ever leaving their home. All it takes to do this is a broadband connection and a credit card, so for most gamers, things could not be easier. The most successful implementation of this has been Steam, the service from Valve Software. This system exploded in popularity because it is the best way to get access to Half Life 2, as well as play Counter Strike: Source and Day of Defeat: Source online."

More information on this article can be found here.
ICY DOCK eSATA External 3.5" Drive Enclosure Review @ Bjorn3D
"SATA has been implemented primarily inside the desktop and more recently in laptops. The benefits of SATA are the higher bandwidth (300MB/s) and thinner cable. Because of these benefits, it has been recently adopted so that it can also be used with an external connector. eSATA is slowly being added to some of today’s high-end motherboards, such as the Asus A8N32-SLI. In order to use the eSATA, the system motherboard needs to have the eSATA connector, or you can buy an expansion card that basically will route the internal SATA externally. The eSATA connector is basically a shielded version of the internal SATA connector with a few differences."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Performance CPU Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"I don’t know why the fan would perform so poorly, there was no visible damage, no vibrations, and it seems to spin freely. The rest of the cooler is so obviously an excellent design. If the cooler came with a better fan, and stayed at the same price point, I would say it would be better than coolers more than twice the price."

More information on this review can be found here.

2006 E3 - Day 2: Hardware & Cooling Report

"Marketing their next generation or upcoming title releases using more sophisticated software to bring better looking and interactive gaming. While the current hardware is just enough to play titles without the severe maximum details and resolutions, you just can't get away from the liquid cooled overclocking."

More information on this report can be found here.
PrimeCooler 3.5" Hard Disk Drive Cooler Review @ A1-Electronics
"The PrimeCooler 3.5-inch hard disk drive cooler (PC-HDB HP) kit comes complete with everything you need, HDD cradle, installation screws, rubber mounts and safety earth wire should you need it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Rocket Cooler-Pro PCU22-VG Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"Known primarily as a motherboard manufacturer, Gigabyte first entered into the heatsink markets with a large cylindrical copper cooler called the 3D Cooler-Ultra (PCU31-VH); an excellent thermal solution that tipped the scales at over 700+ grams! This was followed by the 3D Rocket Cooler (PCU22-SE), 3D Cooler-Pro (PCU21-VG), and the budget minded G-Power Pro and Neon Cooler 8-BL heatsinks. Thus far, most of Gigabyte's heatsinks have been variations on the 3D Cooler design, with a couple of enhancements here and there for mainstream users who just need quiet multiplatform cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Shogun Low Noise Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"As quiet as the Scythe Shogun is, the heatsink is cursed by a set of mounting mechanisms that are complicated and unwieldy to install. The Scythe Shogun weighs in a hefty 790 grams, and stands to a towering height of 147mm above the CPU. The heatsinks' 120x120mm hypro-bearing fan spins at between 700RPM-1600RPM, while producing at most 45.9 dBA in our real world tests. Socket 775/478 Intel Pentium 4 and socket 754/940/939 AMD Athlon64 processors are supported by this model. It does not AMD's socket AM2 processors, however."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS9500 LED Intel/AMD Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Zalman has done it again. Their CNPS9500 LED cooler has it all. It's got performance, easy installation and virtually universal compatibility. With flawless fit and finish, an aggressive stance and a blue LED fan, it also has great looks and would be an excellent upgrade for the stock cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman VF900-Cu GPU Heatsink Review @ GruntvillE
"I must say that the installation section of the manual is very detailed. I was amazed to see clear illustrations with each and every piece of the heatsink numbered and referenced. This heatsink is designed to be used by both of the popular platforms; ATI and NVIDIA. You can use the VF900 with ATI models 9000 and newer minus the popular 9600 and 9550 series. With NVIDIA, you can use the sink with a GF4 card or newer except for the AGP version of the 6600. That's a lot of video cards and I'm sure you'd be hard pressed to find another heatsink that can support this many late model cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Cool GPU and VGA Water Blocks Review @ Think Computers
"A short while ago I reviewed the Corsair Nautilus 500 external liquid cooling system. Corsair was also kind enough to send me their VGA and Chipset blocks to go with the Nautilus so that is what I have up on the review block today. We know from my review that the Nautilus is an excellent cooling solution for your CPU, but what happens when you want to cool your video card and your chipset along with the CPU all in the same loop? Well you'll have to read on to see how the Nautilus performed under the pressure."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Aquabay M4 Review @ techPowerUp
"Thermaltake with its well known Aquabay series has added a HDD water cooler to its list of offerings for their water cooling kits. The new cooler is dubbed the M4 which is the next number in line for the Aquabay series. With the addition of this new HDD water cooler it opens a new debate as well "Do I really need to water cool my HDD?" We'll try to answer that question as we review the Thermaltake Aquabay M4."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooling Kit Review @ BigBruin
"The performance of the Corsair Nautilus 500 is respectable, but can not be considered extreme. Enthusiasts generally want water cooling for either extreme cooling or low noise operation, and the Nautilus offered neither. The system instead seems to be designed for an introduction to water cooling that keeps the end user's budget in mind."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, May 15, 2006
Interview with Larry Marchman of Solid State Networks @ Techgage
"Solid State Networks was founded in Arizona back in 2005 and have their headquarters in Tempe. Solid State's primary goal is to provide a "lightweight, portable, high performance core technology based on the BitTorrent protocol for use in the next generation content delivery systems." As you can tell, this is a simple yet ambitious plan."

More information on this interview can be found here.
UberSoldier PC Game Review @ Think Computers
"Games, I love getting them for review, especially first person shooters. I like all sorts of games but FPS games are my favorite next to strategy games like Act of War etc. It is also nice to get good games for review, and UberSoldier falls into that category, I might actually call it a great game. Before I received this for review I read a couple other reviews and one was particularly bad, and I was sort of unhappy about it as I was planning on buying the game. After installing and playing I can't figure out what they were talking about and how they gave it such a bad review."

More information on this review can be found here.
X-Plosion 7.1 DTS Connect Review @ HTPCNews
"One would want a technology like DTS Connect if a person has a home theater audio setup and were dealing with sound sources that are not already in a compatible surround sound format (Dolby Digital or DTS) but surround sound is desired. The common examples of this are gaming and WMV-HD videos (which uses Microsoft's proprietary 5.1 audio codec)."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ 2x1024MB Platinum XTC Dual Channel PC-3700 Kit Review @ OCIA
"The PC3700 EB memory looks like a fine piece of artwork with its XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heat spreaders. They have to be one of the nicest looking ram modules on the market today. The kit comes with 3-3-2-8 timings (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS) at DDR466 and feature OCZ's Enhanced Bandwidth Technology for improved memory bandwidth and stability."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory Review @ 3DGameman
"Mushkin offers a few memory options and have a number of different memory performance categories which include Perfectmatch Memory (PM), Enhanced Memory (EM), High Performance (HP) and Extreme Performance (XP). The XP2-6400 memory is really meant for anyone who is interested in pushing their memory to the limit. This will really please enthusiasts who are interested in overclocking but also want to save a few dollars."

More information on this review can be found here.
Galaxy GeForce 7600 GS 256 GDDR3 Review @ Hexus
"Not only have they laughed in the face of 7600 GS's reference clock settings, but they've thrown out the obnoxious little reference cooler and attached something entirely more attractive in its place. And all while offering you other goodies to aid even more performance to be investigated without fear of breaking or voiding anything."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone TJ-08 Case Giveaway @ Virtual-Hideout
"There's yet another weekly contest over at Virtual-Hideout and this time they've teamed up with SilverStone to give away one of the spanking new TJ-08 m-ATX cases! Just like all the VH giveaways, this contest only lasts a week so get over there and enter!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
Foxconn 975X Motherboard with Overclocking @ Bit-Tech
"Foxconn is not a brand that most would associate with enthusiasts, but the company is trying to make a move into this market sector. It has a long history of being one of the largest manufacturers of computer components, and it is looking to use its expertise to deliver high quality motherboards designed for enthusiasts. The 975X7AA is a good first effort from Foxconn, but there are some issues that would probably turn us away from this particular board. The board overclocked well, but we were unable to get any of the DDR2 memory modules running at or above 800MHz in this board. This is a bit of a shame because there are a lot of very fast overclocking-friendly memory modules coming out on the market from the likes of Corsair, OCZ et al."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire X Qpack Micro ATX Case Review @ techPowerUp
"The Aspire X-QPack is a unique case, which has everything the gamer is looking for. It is small and portable, thanks to the integrated handle and has all the room one could need. The small power supply still packs a punch and can power all the latest hardware with its 420W. But Aspire did not stop there - they included a 12 cm blue LED fan, as well as thermal probes so you can keep an eye on your temps while playing your favourite games at a LAN party. We crammed the case completely full, using every last screw that was included and checked out how it performed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Saitek and Logitech E3 Showfloor Report @ Think Computers
"Both Saitek and Logitech have announced and shown off some awesome new products at E3 in Los Angeles this week, adding great additions to their already extensive and well-known product lines. ThinkComputers had the chance to make it out to both of their booth's and check out some of the new products being demoed right on the showfloor."

More information on this report can be found here.
Razer Krait Review @ Phoronix
"Since Razer's first product, the Boomslang, they have been on an almost unstoppable winning streak with their various gaming peripherals. The last Razer mouse that we had the opportunity to caress was the Razer Copperhead, and today we took up the opportunity to examine one of their recent creations, the Krait. What new features do the Razer Krait bring to the mouse pad? For one, its rare in the fact that its a gaming mouse yet they reverted to a traditional three button design, compared to other mice that now sport five or even eight buttons."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ 1GB Gold & Platinum XTC PC2 5400 DDR2 Memory Kits Review @ BigBruin
"The test results all show that at or around default speed the Gold series can provide results close to what the Platinum series offers, and for about $25 less. The differences in scores between the two sets of memory will also disappear when translated to real world experience, and the bottom line is that you will have a few more dollars left in your wallet."

More information on this review can be found here.
EVGA 7800GS KO Superclocked w/ACS3 Review @ Gamepyre
"The good points of the EVGA 7800GS KO ACS3 Edition Superclocked video card include SM3.0 support, the fastest performance for an AGP card in its class and support for HDR. There are still a lot of systems out there with an AGP slot, and the 7800GS is the perfect card for that market. For the Athlon 64 user that has an AGP system the 7800GS is an excellent upgrade and one that is sure to satisfy."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus P5WD2-E Premium 975X Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"Asus are well known for high quality and performance, a hard combo to attain, much less maintain on a constant basis. With the P5WD2-E Premium, Asus once again shows us a motherboard thats not only built well, it performs like no other I have tested previously. Overclocking is not just a possibility, it is a requirement with this board; simplistic enablement of Overclocking for the beginner, and advanced controls for those of us that like the outer edge a bit more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuniq 2 Mid Tower Case Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Tuniq may be a division of Sunbeamtech, but with the introduction of arguably one of the best coolers around today, the Tuniq Tower 120, they have set themselves apart from the rest. The Tower 120 was put up against the likes of the Thermalright XP120, Thermaltake Big Typhoon, Zalman 9500 and countless others on many review sites and came out on top in some of the cases. But can their latest tower, the Tuniq 2 have the same effect as well? We shall see."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Performance One P150 Case Review @ Futurelooks
"It's a solid white box and it's heavy too, thanks to its 1.0mm steel construction. For one thing, cheaper cases use aluminum. Secondly, other cases might use 0.6mm steel instead. So why use 1.0mm? Solid construction and resistance to bending. This is especially important for shipping purposes as a lot of times, these cases get thrown around and the end-user has to deal with bent cages and other deformities."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire X Qpack Micro ATX Case Review @ XtremeComputing
"We’ve encountered Aspire recently with their colourful power supplies, and in addition to PSUs, they delve deeply into the case market, and they also offer their input for peripherals such as keyboards and speaker setups. Their trademark feature is that just about all their products are available in a wide range of hippy colours to suit any setup you could assemble, thus driving away the ever boring grey and black we seem to be drifting inevitably towards. Today they’ve been kind enough to send us an example of their SFF arm, in the cube shape of the X-QPack. This box is aiming at a potential new phase of the micro atx form factor, which has never really taken off for the performance market, and left scored in pre built computers on the shelves."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, May 12, 2006
Spire VertiCool II and DiamondCool II Reviews @ Overclockers Online
"So how do we classify these new coolers from Spire? Considering that the cost for either HSF is ~$32 according to PriceWatch, I think that one word sums it up: balance. Both units run cooler than the stock equipment while producing less noise, which is something that we can all respect. But in the end, the VertiCool II is the better performer, and thus, the better cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
The World's First 3D Gaming Mouse Review @ The TechZone
"The Game O' 3D gaming mouse opens up new frontiers for gamers to explore, by offering enhanced movement options and flexibility. For example, in FPS, Game O' offers gamers a way to move forward, backwards, sideways, jump, crouch, pitch, yaw and roll without using the keyboard. Gamers' left hands are free to execute commands that were mutually exclusive with WASD keys. In RTS and RPG titles, gamers are able to issue game commands while simultaneously adjusting the screen view during online battles, as they no longer have to move the cursor to the edge of the screen to move the camera."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Tide Water Review @ Madshrimps
"Want to water cool your VGA card easily without spending a
fortune? The Tide Water from Thermaltake is a compact unit with plug and play installation. We power up the mini pump and install it on our test VGA card to see if it can keep it cool when overclocked, comparing it to another popular third party heatsink."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech G15 Review @ Maximum CPU
"You’ve probably heard, or at least seen this keyboard before—it’s hard to miss. Coming from the well established Logitech, this board is their top-of-the-line peripheral targeted to the gamer with everything. With features that include an LCD display and eighteen extra macro keys, she’s loaded for war."

More information on this review can be found here.
eDimensional Audio FX Force Feedback Headphones Review @ Overclockers Club
"eDimensional Audio FX, a name that rolls right off of your tongue, and leaves you wondering, what it actually means. eDimensional is the manufacture of the Audio FX force feedback gaming headset. Being founded in the early part of 2000 by a lot of dedicated gamers, they have been manufacturing gaming gear for the better part of 6 years. Their latest masterpiece of work is the Audio FX force feedback headset. Now whether or not these will compare to some of the gaming headsets that are on the market today is yet to be seen."

More information on this review can be found here.
Bluetake Bluetooth Headset & Adapter Review @ Techniz
"Gain more freedom with the novel Bluetooth ® Headset BT400 G5 while you're out for an amble or in for a meeting. The imperceptible wireless connection is reach to 10 meters and needs no any line of sight of your mobile phone, free your hands. Moderate talk and standby time add to the easy and pleasurable experience. A flexible ear hook which not only provides wear elasticity but also gives a cosy wear experience, additionally the sturdy conjunction makes the BT400 G5 stays in the place even when you're in motion. The BT400 G5 Bluetooth ® Headset is effortlessly used with any mobile phone which supports the Bluetooth ® Headset and Hands-Free profiles."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saitek Pro Gamer Command Unit Review @ GideonTech
"The keyboard has come a long way. What was once just a device to input key strokes, is now used for word processing and to play the latest games. Saitek has stepped in with their Pro Gamer Command Unit to provide the next evolution of the keyboard. The idea behind the Pro Gamer is to provide gamers the ability to load different profiles depending on which game they are playing. So if a first person shooter is your flavor of the month, you can easily switch to a profile that best suits your needs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin Enhanced 650W Power Supply Review @ Madshrimps
"Mushkin Memory has been a favorite with Performance PC
end-users since 1994. We interviewed the Denver based company in our article Return of the MushKing almost a year ago, followed by Lord of the RAM, Return of the MushKing which covered their entire product line. Today Mushkin writes a new chapter in the PC-Enthusiast saga bringing to market their first ever Enhanced Power 650W Power Supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
2006 E3 Booth Babes - Day 2 @ The TechZone
"The Booth Babe hunt continues. We got another 7 pages of the hottest booth babes of E3. We even managed to track down some celebrity booth babes like Jenny McCarthy and Paris Hilton! Enjoy and make sure the boss is not watching."

More information on this report can be found here.
E3 2006 Report @ Bit-Tech
"We've spent all day on the show floor, and we've played Nintendo Wii, Sony PS3 and Crytek's Crysis. How did they rate up?"

More information on this report can be found here.
Foxconn 975X7AA Motherboard Review @ Ninjalane
"Feature wise the 975X7AA is right in line with many other high-end motherboards and the additional features offered on the 975X chipset really help the board to stand out. The most notable option is the pair of 16x PCI Express video card slots located in the middle of the motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Powercolor X1800GTO Review @ techPowerUp
"The X1800 GTO cards use regular X1800XL chips with just 12 rasterizing pipelines instead of 16. Clocks are still at 500 MHz for both memory and core. We tested this card and found it is an overclocker's dream. Even though we could not unlock the extra pipelines, the card still overclocks very well, in our case to over 700 MHz on air cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone TJ-08 Micro-ATX Chassis Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The aluminum front bezel is constructed well and the buttons on the front have a good, solid feel to them. The dual 120mm fans should provide plenty of air flow inside this m-ATX case. The removable motherboard tray is a major plus in my book."

More information on this review can be found here.

E3 - Day 1: Mass Chaos & Booth Babes

"You could spend as much as two days trying out every video game or console demo at the event. It just takes up so much space and they are so spread out. Its quite easy to zone out and forget which booths you have already visited. Sensory overload starts to set in after day 2 of games, swag, and trying to keep track. The major software, video game, and hardware vendors spend a couple days giving their lectures and promotions of upcoming titles and releases."

More information on this report can be found here.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Beginners' E3 Survival Guide @ The TechZone
"After attending E3 more times than Pam Anderson has altered the size of her breasts, one learns to master all the nuances surrounding the show and the preparation involved. You pack fewer things, sleep less throughout the week, party more, and still manage to see and experience all the highlights of the show. So with all this experience under our belts here at TTZ, we’ve put together the essential E3 care package. The items mentioned aren’t the only things you’ll need, but we’re hoping it will help point all you virgin attendees in the right direction."

More information on this article can be found here.
SteelPad QcK+ Gaming Mousepad Review @ techPowerUp
"SteelPad have been around for some time now and have an excellent reputation for producing high quality mouse pads. The SteelSeries SteelPad QcK+ is made with the gamer or graphics designer in mind. This pad offers so much surface area that you will never run out of space when things get hectic. The fabric used ensures high precision in all scenarios, even the highest resolutions on optical mice. Another plus is that this nice pad comes at a bargain price of under $15."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake iFlash 12 Variegated LED Light Fan Review @ A1-Electronics
"Today we review this eye catching variegated LED fan from Thermaltake, their iFlash 12 fan. They look great to us spinning around and is ideal for those of you making your own custom computer case."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Ensemble EB01 Review @ Techgage
"The SilverStone Ensemble EB01 is a convenient device that can instantly translate your PC’s digital signals into lifelike analog sound suitable for personal high end stereo setups. EB01’s advanced internal circuitry will ensure that any sound effect or music from your CD, DVD, MP3 files, or games will be reproduced in quality as the artist and content creator originally envisioned."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X1800 GTO 256MB Video Card Review @ The Tech Lounge
"For the X1800 GTO preview back on March 9, I only had time to run 4 cards through 3 games. I’ve been benchmarking around the clock until just last a couple weeks ago and now have 11 cards to compare in 8 games spanning multiple genres (9 if you count 3DMark, which I don’t…). One of the cards I’ve added for testing since the preview is the X1800 XL. As such, we can now show the difference the 4 removed pipelines actually make. I've also got an XFX 7600 GT XXX Edition card thrown into the mix, since it's exactly what the GTO is competing against. Check out the review to see who wins."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SH-S162L DVD+RW Burner Review @ Techgage
"With the DVD format wars still raging the smart money right now is firmly rooted in the current generation drives. Today we look at a current gen 16X Dual Format , Dual Layer DVD burner that offers a full-hand feature set for just over a pair of fours in price."

More information on this review can be found here.
IcyDock MB452 3.5" External HDD Enclosure Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Well, unfortunately, I have to say that I've seen better HDD enclosures in my time. I do not see anything special about this unit other than it’s e-SATA, which is fairly new technology and most of you probably don't even have it yet."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Kingston DataTraveler Elite - Privacy Edition @ Legit Reviews
"Is it safe to say that the majority of jobs in America, whether it be white collar or blue collar, involves touching a computer at least once daily? With more and more people working on computers at the office many find themselves taking work home to get caught up for the next day. While many of us often take digital information from work home we often don’t think about the repercussions of what would happen if that data got lost."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Mini-Kart 1GB Review @ Phoronix
"Last year we had presented our findings from the OCZ
Technology Rally drives, which was the company's first stab at creating a competitive USB flash device, and the drive has been the fastest competitor we have seen to this point and took its reign from the Corsair Flash Voyager. Today we have our hands on the recently announced OCZ Mini-Kart. What new items does the OCZ Mini-Kart Flash Drive bring to the table? Well, for one its size is a competitive factor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Noctua NH-U12 & NH-U9 Heatsink Reviews @ OCIA
"Both coolers feature four dual heat-pipes through 38 aluminum cooling fins mounted to a copper base, all soldered for maximum thermal convectivity. The NH-U9 is designed to be used with 80mm and 92mm fans; the NH-U12 with 120mm fans. Both coolers can mount two fans at once and are compatible with Intel Socket 478, LGA 775, and AMD K8. Both of these coolers are quite large: the NH-U9 has over 3,800 square centimeters of surface area and the NH-U12 has over 5,000."

More information on this review can be found here.
Q3i ThermoHawk 200/400 Infrared Keychain Thermometer Review @ Tweaknews
"The Thermohawk line of infrared thermometers would be a handy gadget for anyone wanting to have some fun or to use in a practical environment. As said earlier, the uses for this small compact product are endless and you will even have some fun while finding out the temperature of the many objects in your environment. In my mind, the price tag for these small thermometers is a steal for what they do."

More information on this review can be found here.
Connect3D & Sapphire Radeon X1900GT Face-off @ Bit-Tech
"The GeForce 7900 GT is a very good overclocker, while the Radeon X1900GT looks to be a bit of a mixed bag at the moment. If you're looking to overclock, we feel that the GeForce 7900 GT is the better deal if you find one at a good price. However, if you're planning to run your video card at stock speeds the final decision will depend on the games you're looking to play."

More information on this review can be found here.
Athlon 64 X2 4600+ and Athlon 64 FX-60 Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Dual-core technology is finally a reality and the tendency is that all mainstream CPUs to become dual-core in a near future. But will average users really benefit from it? In this review we’ve got two CPUs running at the same clock rate, Athlon 64 3800+ and Athlon 64 X2 4600+ (both running at 2.4 GHz), and could see if there is a real performance gain for regular users. We also checked Athlon 64 FX-60 performance, which is a dual-core Athlon 64 FX running at 2.6 GHz."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT Fatal1ty Professional AN9 32X Motherboard @ Legit Reviews
"Walking through the ABIT/Fatal1ty booth at E3 this year we spotted one of the upcoming NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP motherboards on display in plain site. This is the first time that ABIT has shown off the final version of their board and Legit Reviews was on hand to bring you the photos. Read on to see the final revision of the ABIT Fatal1ty Professional AN9 32X motherboard!"

More information on this article can be found here.
ECS 945G-M3 Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"Well, in the end, the integrated video did take a hit out of the overall performance, but not enough of one to slow this machine down all too far. For the money, the 945G-M3 proves to be a good investment for your basic machine, one that'll need to be running day in and day out, all while being able to come out of the corners with a decent amount of speed to boot. Thanks to the all passive cooling, if you're using this in conjunction with a quiet CPU cooler, there will be little need to worry about the machine's unending din distracting you. On top of that, if you had HTPC duty in mind, the ability to use 2GB of memory, a rough 2TB of storage, and triple tuners (or even more!), you can indeed hook this board up to your VGA compliment TV for one heck of a multimedia experience. Thus, at work or at play, the 945G-M3 can satisfy most basic users, but when it comes to us enthusiasts, those little bits that are lacking are true deal breakers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Aerocool ExtremEngine 3T Case Review @ Neoseeker
"Aerocool has not been a major player in the case industry, sitting behind larger companies like Antec, Coolermaster and Thermaltake. However, this does not necessarily mean that their designs are old and without any innovations. Today we have the Aerocool ExtremEngine 3.0, which is the successor to the 2.0, a design that sported a 140 mm intake fan, but did little else to differentiate itself from the rest of the market. No longer is that the case with the 3.0. In what seems to be beginning of a new generation of case cooling, Aerocool has fitted a monster 25 cm (that's a 250 mm fan for you Americans) onto the side panel, forgoing the ricey window, side 80 mm fan or the passive wind tunnel available on practically every other case. The 3.0 also comes with the same 140 mm fan that was seen on the previous iteration of the ExtremEngine."

More information on this review can be found here.

Noctua NH-U 12 Cooler Review

"The NH-U 12 is an absolute giant that is equipped with a robust cast/machined solid copper base. Clamped and soldered to this base are 4 copper heat pipes, each molded from 1/4" diameter thin walled copper tubing. Wrapped around those copper spires - 38 stamped aluminum cooling fins. This cooler is perfectly industrious in its nature."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sytrin KuFormula VF1 GPU Cooler Review @ Overclockers Club
"Sytrin, a word that most people will no doubt relate to citrus or a soft juicy fruit. Now while this cooler may look juicy, it is actually a battle-hardened titan of a cooler. Sytrin being founded in Asia has a much different outlook on computer hardware then we do. Sytrin has not been a major contender in the North American side of computer hardware, and since they are based out of Asia, a lot of their products have not had the chance to make it over here to North America. Now whether this Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus VGA cooler will be able to hold its own against the big boys is yet to be seen. Being a new kid on the block, the KuFormula is definitely a menacing cooler, not just in size, but in weight as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung YP-T8Z 1Gig Portable Media Player Review @ Tweaknews
"Overall I would have no problem recommending this player to someone wanting an all-in-one product in such a small package. With all these feature packed into one small ergonomic package, the only thing you might have a problem with is the initial price tag. But as many wise people say with respect to many characteristics of life you get what you pay for."

More information on this review can be found here.
Altec Lansing AHP612 Wireless Headphones Review @ Think Computers
"Another wireless product up on the test block, this time it's the Altec Lansing's AHP612 Wireless Headphones. These headphones do not use the ever popular Bluetooth wireless technology. Instead they use omni-directional 900 MHz technology that delivers clear, accurate sound through walls, floors and ceilings. Bluetooth is limited by its short distance range so let’s see how these headphones compare to the previous ones we looked at."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright Ultra-90-K8 Heatsink Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"I'm not going to say I'm highly impressed with this cooler, but I'm not disappointed with it either. The Thermalright Ultra-90 performs just like all the other heat pipe coolers in its size range. The temps are only 1-2C difference under idle and load conditions."

More information on this review can be found here.
TeamGroup Xtreem 2x1gb Cronus Infineon/Aeneon Review @ EclipseOC
"We get another look at TeamGroup's Xtreem Cronus line, except this time from a slightly different angle. Last time we looked at the performance of the Micron based Cronus. This time around, it is the Infineon/Aeneon based sticks, very similar in specifications to the OCZ pc4000EB that was just reviewed at 3-3-2 timings and 250mhz."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ GameXStream 700 Watt PSU Review @ Pro-Clockers
"There was probably no power supply as popular or as trustworthy as the PowerStream line from OCZ. And with as much respect that power supply has gotten over the years, OCZ would be hard pressed to come up with a better unit. But, they have released the new GameXStream 600 and 700 watt power boxes. Will it compete with the PowerStream, we will soon see."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1KW PSU Review @ 3DGameman
“Who would have thought that 1000 watts would be used in a personal computer system! Well, the fact is, most still don't require this kind of serious power. However, for the serious computer user and especially the hardcore gamer, it most definitely is. With dual NVIDIA SLI and ATI CrossFire setups becoming common place, a high-quality power supply with lots of juice is a necessity. Also, most serious gamers will push their systems to the absolute limit."

More information on this review can be found here.
nVidia Quad SLI Introduction – Gaming Future Looks Good @ Tweaktown
"When it comes to buying these cards for your own Quad SLI system, you really would be stupid to purchase them if you’re using anything less than a 30” LCD monitor. We can see that even then we aren’t unlocking the full potential. The other thing to remember - Gigabyte mentioned to us is that the next system that they build, it is going to revolve around Intel Conroe and AMD AM2 processors. While initial benchmarks for AM2 don’t look all that exciting, Conroe on the other hand looks like it’s going to be the next “in” chip for enthusiast PC users with up to 40% increases in performance. This will go along way to improve the CPU limitation factor which we’re starting to see so much these days."

More information on this review can be found here.
PNY's Verto GeForce 7900 GTX Review @ BIOS
"Extreme HD gaming and video is a growing trend this year for enthusiast PC systems. Thanks to the new, thinner tech process and the optimised design of the pixel processors nVidia has come up with a top-end graphics chip which is the smallest and most economical in the industry. And PNY’s Verto GeForce 7900 GTX graphics card provides everything gamers need to support the latest 3D games, HD displays and next generation operating systems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, May 9, 2006
Battle of the Backups @ Short-Media
"Human nature being what it is, the easier it is for you to regularly do a comprehensive backup of your data the more likely it will be that you’ll do it. Part of this article will explore two different programs which can automate the task to a large extent, increasing the odds that should misfortune strike it will be merely a nuisance – and not an unrecoverable calamity."

More information on this article can be found here.
OCZ Mini-Kart 1GB Flash Drive Review @ techPowerUp
"The OCZ Rally USB Stick revolutionized performance of USB sticks. Now OCZ has released another stick called the Mini Kart which is optimized for size and ultra-portability. The stick which comes in a 512 MB, 1 GB and 2 GB version has a height of only 2.8 mm. Small enough to carry it around in your wallet. Considering how thin the Mini Kart is, we tested its strength using the weight of OCZ's latest PSU hooked to the end of the USB stick to see if the stick would snap."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright HR-05 North Bridge Chipset Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"Testing this Thermalright HR-05 using a different a heat source we were very impressed at how quickly this Thermalright HR-05 cooler transferred the heat from its base to the fins. Very impressed. We got a shock at just how quickly and efficiently it did so."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire DiamondCool II and VertiCool II Reviews @ Pro-Clockers
"We have being reviewing Spire products on PC for a good little while. And during that time we have seen some really sweet products come from them. From their Italian designed Pininfarina cases to their popular DiamondCool heatsink. Today, Spire was cool enough to send over their latest coolers, the DiamondCool II and VertiCool II. And let’s see how they compare."

More information on the DiamondCoolII can be found here. More information on the VertiCoolII can be found here.
Aerocool XFire CPU Cooler Review @ Think Computers
"Aerocool is a great name for a company that makes cooling products don't you think? The name alone is sleek and conjures visions of futuristic looking things and technology. Today for review I have the AeroCool Xfire CPU cooler, and it truly does look sleek and futuristic. Looks aren't much if you don't have the performance to do with it, so read on to find out just how well the Xfire can perform."

More information on this review can be found here.
Flicker Free Monitor @ Auphan Online
"If you own a CRT monitor, you should make sure that the refresh rate of your monitor is set up properly so it does not flicker. Save your eyes and this guide will show you how to do it."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Corsair Nautilus500 Water Cooling System Review @ techFEAR
"Anyone that's in the market for an inexpensive water cooling kit should take a look at the Corsair Nautilus500. With a quick installation and robust cross-compatibility with various socket types it's one of the most complete kits on the market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Noctua NH-U9 and NH-U12 CPU Coolers Review @ BigBruin
"The Noctua NH-U9 and NH-U12 can now be included in a class with the cooling elite; joining such well performing coolers such as the Zalman Fatal1ty, Thermalright HR-01, and Thermaltake Big Typhoon. I had a great first impression of the Noctua coolers from the moment I opened the box, and I was not disappointed once I had tested their performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire TOXIC Radeon X1900 XTX Review @ Hexus
"The reference cooler ATI equipped their Radeon X1800 XT and Radeon X1900 XT/XTX with is effective, there's no doubting that. Cools the chip well, actively cools the memory; job is indeed a good'un, as they say. Shame it's the sonic equivalent of a punch in the face, then."

More information on this review can be found here.
AEGIA Physx and Ghost Recon Review @ Bit-Tech
"It's all very positive for the future but it is hard to recommend that anyone rush out to buy a PhysX card today. If you have a high-end gaming system, the most you're going to gain is some extra eye-candy in Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter for your US$250 / £220 investment. Future titles may come but it is hard to know how soon and what tangible benefits a PhysX card will bring."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD GeodeNX DB1500 Review @ Epiacenter
"Ever since we first mentioned the Geode NX Mini-ITX motherboard back in May 2004 I kept a close eye on AMD and its Geode processor lineup. The main reason being that I believed in that "If AMD (or one of its partners) comes up with a good (as in features & speed & price) board then VIA might be faced with a serious competitor in the Mini-ITX market." Of course that was before Intel's Pentium-M really started to gain momentum in the embedded, industrial and SBC market. For all I knew the Geode NX was a sleeping-beauty and so I was happy when AMD finally announced the NX DB1500 kit in March 2005."

More information on this review can be found here.
HighSpeed PC Tech Station Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Large Tech Station is exactly was I was looking for to hold all of my gear that I have in my test bench. It allows me to have everything in one easy to access location, and gives me the peace of mind that all of my gear is safe and secure. The Tech Station was a very easy build, and should not take more than the 20 minutes to put together as claimed by HighSpeed PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Build a Infrared Transmitter for Your PC @ Hardware Secrets
"Several motherboards have the necessary hardware for the installation of an infrared transmitter/receiver, requiring only the installation of a module containing the infrared sensor. The great problem, however, is that this module is not easily found in the market and, when it is, its price is high. In this tutorial we will show you how to build this module spending barelly nothing. Any user who knows how to use a solder iron can assemble it."

More information on this guide can be found here.

Testing the 3D Performance of Your PC With Quake 4

"One of the best ways to benchmark the performance of your PC is running a heavy 3D game, since it will pull the maximum performance your video card, CPU, memories and hard disk drive can deliver. Quake 4 fits nicely in this role for PCs found on the market today. In this short tutorial we will teach you how to use Quake 4 to measure the performance of a PC."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Unitek-Colors-IT ATX-L8029 Case Review @ Technic3D
"The Unitek-Colors-IT ATX-L8029 Case is meant for price-conscious customers. See you at Technic3D Review whether it can arrive also good."

This review is in German so please use an online translator like Babelfish. More information on this review be found here.
Thermaltake Aguila Aluminium Case Review @ XtremeComputing
"Thermaltake have made a great case, unfortunately they have made it so that any DFI owner who chooses to use DFI’s audio module (and there are a lot of us) can’t use a rear fan, on the inside of the case anyway. This is a crying shame, I want to like this case so much, for anyone not using DFI motherboards I would recommend this case in a second, but for DFI owners using the Karajan I have to say it’s a no no. Don’t worry if you have Watercooling though, as a 120mm radiator will fit at the back, just not with the Karajan module."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec P180B Performance One Chassis Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Antec P-180 or P-180B cases are true Antec all the way and definitely a viable mid-sized solution that won't disappoint you. It has style and class which is good for any personal or professional user. As I pointed out in the beginning, this is what Antec is all about."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, May 8, 2006
The World's Largest Electronic Media Show Report @ The TechZone
"We didn't like the remake of Chicken Little as well as the original but we guess it had to be updated. However, it's a perfect parallel to the recent National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Broadcast is falling and IPTV will take over."

More information on this report can be found here.
Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus Review @ Overclockers Online
"It doesn't take much analyzing to conclude that this is an awesome product. The KuFormula VF1 Plus not only performed extraordinarily well, but it was also easy to install, well made, quiet and aesthetically pleasing. It is unbelievable that the KuFormula VF1 Plus can perform 30 degrees Celsius colder than the Arctic Cooling Silencer 5 revision 2."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman VF900-Cu Dual Heatpipe VGA Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"Zalman continues to innovate in the field of high performance, low noise cooling. The VF-900Cu provided excellent cooling performance and was able to do so with absolutely no noise. Even at full speed, the cooler was quieter than the stock unit it replaced, and it kept the X800 GTO almost 10 degrees Celsius cooler!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra X-Finity 500 Watt PSU Review @ Viper Lair
"Performance was also pretty good. It produced slightly more stable voltages than the comparison Enermax power supply, especially in regards to the CPU voltage. Though as a note the voltage data was taken using a software program so it isn't the most accurate, though for a comparison between two power supplies in the same settings it works just fine. As for noise, well there wasn't really any to speak of, though the Ultra was somewhat quieter than the Enermax."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Zeus ST75ZF 750W PSU Review @ Phoronix
"If the popular 500~600W power supply units are not enough to suit the growing needs of computer enthusiasts, SilverStone Technology has released a phenomenal 750W continuous power PSU. With providing just over the equivalent of one horsepower, the SilverStone Zeus ST75ZF
features quad +12V rails, dual PCI-E 6-pin connectors (plus the option for two more), industrial grade components, and active PFC. Is SilverStone's ST75ZF the new front-runner for high-end power supplies?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe KAMARIKI-2 550W Power Supply Review @ Think Computers
"Today for review I have another product from Scythe, the Kamariki 2 power supply. In relation to other PSU's out there the Kamariki is small in size, but don't let the size fool you, it's got more than enough power for even the most power hungry systems out there. Not only does it have the power but it also seems very stable and reliable, and it looks really cool doing all this with some added cool features as well. Let's check it out."

More information on this review can be found here.

Vizo USB 2.0 Lan Dock Review

"If you have a laptop and take it from home to the office then you know about port replicators. What a port replicator is, is a dock that you plug all your connections into (LAN, USB, Printer, etc.). Then you sit your laptop right on top of it with the provided connection (think iPod connector). This is great if your laptop has a port replicator port on the bottom, but what if it doesn't? Well today we are looking at a product from VIZO that does everything a port replicator does but uses a USB 2.0 connection and is half the size! This saves you the setup time of connecting everything. All you have to do is plug in 1 cable and you're ready to work!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Seagate NL35.2 Series ST3500641NS 500GB Hard Drive Review @ Bjorn3D
"Today, we're going to review a drive that may play a role in in removing one of the remaining two check marks, longevity. Seagate recently introduced the new NL35™ series of SATA drives which they call 'Near Line' that takes direct aim at the workstation/entry-level server environment. A quote from Seagate states: 'The NL35™ Series drives are designed for workloads that fall between enterprise workloads and desktop computer or entry-level server workloads. NL35 Series drives are not appropriate for true high duty-cycle enterprise workloads.' Hmmm! A niche market for drives or a stepping stone to the future? Please join me for a look at the Seagate ST3500641NS, 500 GB SATA Drive to ascertain if the differences this product brings to the table truly indicate this product's future is as bright as the manufacturer's literature suggests."

More information on this review can be found here.
AGEIA PhysX and Ghost Recon - Gaming at the Next Level @ Tweaktown
"Finally we leave thinking about the performance hit that has been spoken about a lot. There is no doubt that the AGEIA card in GRAW does impact performance - the VGA card has to render more detail due to the AGEIA card. Losses as high as 20 frames per second have been spoken about but with that said, the Radeon X1900XTX at 2560 x 1600 didn’t give us any major loss of FPS that affected our game play. The other thing is the PhysX in GRAW feels as it’s been kind of taped on and not written from the ground up. When we get a chance to look at the card again we will try Cell Factor which is designed around the AGEIA technology to see just how it performs. This will give us a better indication of how future games will perform with this technology as it matures."

More information on this article can be found here.
Seagate 500GB Barracuda 7200.9 Hard Drive Review @ Techgage
"There seems to be a problem that's constant with computers throughout the years. That problem is not enough storage space to feed our habits. Whether or not you actually need *this* much storage, there's no denying it's supremeness."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS C19-A SLI Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Today on the test bench I have our 3rd ECS motherboard: the ECS C19-A SLI Pentium 4 (skt 775) Motherboard. What differs this board from our previous ECS boards is that the C19-A SLI is the first board from ECS to formally support NVIDIA SLI in an Intel Platform. Unfortunately it is only implemented as dual 8x pipes or a single 16x pipe for the PCI-e. But again: ‘Budget’."

More information on this review can be found here.

Logitech mm28 Portable Speaker Giveaway

"Virtual-Hideout is giving away not one, but Two Logitech mm28 Portable Multimedia Speakers this week. That’s right…this week! We don’t do monthly giveaways around here, it’s a new prize every week and this week it’s two prizes and that means two winners!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
VIA EPIA MII 12000 Motherboard Review @ Modders-Inc
"Are you considering building an HTPC but do not want a full size PC in your living room? Maybe the following has ran through your head... "If I could put a PC into that it would be freaking outrageous!" Well you may just be in luck, at a compact size of 6.75"(w) x 6.75"(d) x 1.5"(h) the VIA EPIA MII 12000 could just make all your custom PC dreams come true. This tiny mother board has every thing imaginable onboard, from the embedded CPU to an MPEG-2 Accelerator, the MII 12000 is a feature rich and versatile product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li PC-201 Server Case Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"The Lian Li PC-201 has an enormous appeal to a spectrum of users. System administrators will love it because of the expanse of drive combinations and roomy insides capable of handling even extended ATX mainboards. Modders will love it because of the room the drive area offers for a separate area for cooling fan, radiator and pump in a water cooling kit. Keeping all the H2O stuff separate makes for a clean look and piece of mind."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin Supernova HTPC Case Review @ ClubOC
"I found the setup to be spacious and well thought out despite the Micro-ATX only design. The higher price and MicroATX only design may put off some buyers but the ample display screen should win you back. With the simple controls and adjustable colors, even my Wife was not put off by having the PC in the front room. That alone gets this case the recommend from me!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, May 6, 2006
OCZ DDR2-1000 Platinum XTC EL Review @ Phoronix
"OCZ Technology once again has hit the market with another
innovative creation. Satisfying our benchmarking craves this afternoon is the OCZ DDR2 PC2-8000 Platinum XTC Enhanced Latency. Will these 1GHz DDR2 modules be the next step in desktop computing?"

More information on this review be found here.
Sneak Peak of a One Of PSU from Ultra Products @ Modders-Inc
"Have you ever seen a Red X2 PSU from Ultra Products? Neither have we until we got one in our hands! This all Red (including cables) Power Supply looks great. I wonder if this will be a new trend for them? Check out the other photo’s to see this One Of PSU."

More information on this preview be found here.
HIS X1800GTO Turbo 256MB Video Card Review @ 3DGameman
"Need to get in the game, but don't want to break the bank? Well, this video card offers great performance and features at an affordable price. The core speed on this product is 520MHz, which is 20MHz over the default X1800 GTO core speed. 256MBs of GDDR3 memory at 1000MHz is also a plus. It also comes with 12 pixel shader processors that will have no problem powering through the latest games."

More information on this video review be found here.
ATI X1900 Series Overclocking Guide @ Madshrimps
"You may think you are experienced, or have overclocked before and therefore may think this guide is of little use to you, but I would have to say that you are incorrect. This guide is for both the experienced and inexperienced overclockers. Some parts may be boring for those experienced in the art and they may skip to the highlights and key points of performing this task."

More information on this guide be found here.
Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC-4000 1GB Kit Review @ MVKTech
"The Crucial Ballistix Tracer memory is specifically built for performance enthusiasts and case modders who want to push the performance envelope while adding flash appeal to their boxes. Ballistix Tracer memory features a black PCB, black integrated heat spreaders, and two rows of eight chasing red and green LED's atop the module, circulating at varying speeds proportional to usage. A custom designed circuit relays bus activity to the LED's, allowing them to accurately reflect usage of each memory module. In addition, eight blue ground effects LED's emit a constant glow near the pins. Time to check yourself how the performance stacks up."

More information on this review be found here.
Corsair Nautilus 500 Watercooling Kit Review @ Bit-Tech
"Once we had the lid off we noticed that it is in fact a three piece watercooling setup, with radiator, reservoir and external pump. Many of the all in one kits I have seen previously have had the reservoir and pump in one. The only disadvantage I can see with this method is having extra connections inside the unit, but seeing how securely they are fitted I don't see it as an issue."

More information on this review be found here.
GeCube Radeon X1900XTX Graphics Card Review @ Tweaktown
"This brings us to the topic of today’s article, the GeCube X1900XTX. As of this writing, this is the big boy on the block and we plan on putting it through its paces and then overclocking it to see how much extra power we can eke from this behemoth!"

More information on this review be found here.
ASUS EAX1600XT Silent Video Card Review @ Motherboards.org
"The high-end market is characterized by loud, dual-slot cooling, very high performance, and expensive, fast memory. The X1900XTX retails for example at $499. Not everyone can afford $500 on a video card. Another consideration is noise. The X1900XTX and X1800XT cards are loud. So loud, in fact, that in an open case the card can drown out the other computer components when in 3D mode. The mid-range market is where ATI and NVIDIA make most of their sales, monetarily and in unit volume. ATI launched the X1600 series late last year as their mid-range card. Today I'm reviewing the ASUS EAX1600XT Silent card. As the name implies, the card is meant to be silent in operation."

More information on this review be found here.
Friday, May 5, 2006
Antec Performance CPU Cooler Review @ BJorn3D
"Today we're going to looking at a brand new HSF, simply called the Performance CPU Cooler, just introduced by Antec® a company well known for design and manufacture of cases, fans, and other quality cooling solutions. While well versed in cooling solutions, and even OEM production of several basic HSFs, to the best of my knowledge this is Antec's first truly 'High Performance' HSF to be marketed. Will it meet the mark necessary for success or fall short of the mark as first generation products often due. Join me and we'll find out together."

More information on this review be found here.
Logitech mm28 Portable Speaker Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"You'll find yourself using them on just about everything with a headphone jack, and the possibilities there are HUGE. It seems just about every tech gadget out there has a headphone jack now, so for the units with a jack and no speakers, here you go!"

More information on this review be found here.
Vizo Gemini Cordless Optical Mouse Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Small hands, quick access or usage with a laptop or lack of space. These are all reasons why an individual would want to use a smaller mouse. In shopping around for such a mouse would lead you to a lot of chooses to pick from. Vizo was kind enough to send me the Gemini in their box of plenty."

More information on this review be found here.

Aerocool Silver Lightning Fans Review

"We all know that Aerocool is fast making a name for themselves in the world of cases and cooling. The success of the ExtremEngine line of cases and front panel devices have been a pretty big success for them. Being no strangers to cooling fans, Aerocool was nice enough to send over their entire line of Silver Lightning cooling fans. From sizes ranging from 80mm to 140mm, there is surely one or two to meet your needs."

More information on this review be found here.
LightScribe versus LabelFlash @ 3DVelocity
"No doubt like me you have dozens, possibly even hundreds of CDs and DVDs scattered throughout your home or office, mostly labelled using CD marker pens, some neatly, some not so neatly, some in great detail, others so vague you're not quite sure what's on them. If you're very organised you may have gone the route of paper labels. When these appeared on the scene they gave users the chance to create and print very high quality labels that really looked rather good, well, once you'd calibrated your printer they did."

More information on this article be found here.

AC Ryan Modding Goodies

"AC Ryan is the leading modding products & supplies specialist, producing more than 600 items for your modding pleasure … With the recently launched "Re-Invent", AC Ryan takes familiar products and give them a simple, clever and unique AC Ryan Re-Invent twist."

More information on this review be found here.
TwinMOS Ultra-X 140x 4GB Compact Flash Card @ HardwareZoom
"From our bencmark results, the TwinMOS Ultra-X 140x 4GB Compact Flash Card has proven itself to be the fastest card around that offers up to 8GB storage capacity. This will be a great choice for digital photographers who want to capture more images without swapping between a few flash cards. The high read/write speed also helps to make the playing back and recording much smoother. Many flash-based multimedia players can take advantage of the large capacity offered by TwinMOS Ultra-X 140x, to store up to 8GB of audio and video files in a single card. Most importantly, the TwinMOS Ultra-X is backed with product life time warranty, so your investment will be protected."

More information on this review be found here.
Corsair TWIN2X1024-8500 Review @ Neoseeker
"We've published a review of Corsair's TWIN2X1024-8500 PC2-8500 memory. These babies are rated at 266MHz (1066MHz Quad Datarate) with 5-5-5-15 2T timings and even at stock settings are nothing to sneeze at. But we pushed these babies to the limit and managed to hit 290Mhz, or the equivalent of PC2-9120 memory!"

More information on this review be found here.
2x1GB DDR Memory Roundup: Corsair, Mushkin and OCZ @ PureOverclock
"Games such as Battlefield 2, F.E.A.R, Quake 4, and more recently Oblivion are setting an obvious trend that will only continue. If you’re a serious gamer then you really should have 2GB of fast system memory, and if you currently have 2GB of ' value' stuff but are looking to upgrade, then the kits on test today from Corsair, Mushkin and OCZ are perfect replacements."

More information on this review be found here.
Ageia PhysX First Look @ Techgage
"The physics craze has been upon us for quite some time. There have been some big name players in this industry debate and pick apart the approach that Ageia has decided to take. We all know the story by now… Ageia develops the worlds first add in physics card, names it PhysX and sends it out to the public. There have been other debates as to how game developers should program their games to further the gaming experience by creating a lifelike environment through advanced, in game physics. We also know the approach that Ageia has taken to providing said experiences. This is all well and good but all we have seen so far is the demos from the GDC where Cell Factor was being played on beefed up systems with the Ageia PhysX card. I have been fortunate enough to have the chance to play around with the new PhysX PPU provided to us by Ageia and BFG."

More information on this review be found here.
HIS ATI Radeon X1300 @ LAN Addict
"Today on the review block we’re featuring the new Radeon X1300 card from HIS. ATI’s X1300 chip falls roughly into the same ring as Nvidia’s 6600 and 6600GT series of cards. The card packs in 512mb of DDR2 RAM and, to sweeten the deal, it has a passive heatsink for quiet operation. So, before we get started lets look at some of the specs that the X1300 sports."

More information on this review be found here.
Thermaltake Maxtrix VX Case Review @ XYZ Computing
"In the Matrix VX Thermaltake combines two segments which have been very important to their success over the past few years- aluminum cases and LAN party cases. These two go together quite well- the light weight of aluminum makes it the ideal material for a case which is going to be brought to a LAN party and the small size means aluminum's comparative strength disadvantage to steel is not a factor. At 3.8kg the Matrix VX is Thermaltake's flyweight ATX enclosure. It is slick looking, equipped with the basics, and ready for some testing."

More information on this review be found here.
MSI K9N SLI Platinum Preview @ Madshrimps
"AMD's new platform is right around the corner, socket AM2 will be officially launched before the end of the month. MSI has their enthusiast SLI board ready for the masses; let's take a sneak peak at its features."

More information on this preview be found here.
Guild Wars Factions Projects @ Bit-Tech
"Faced with the task of creating a complete case mod from scratch, the possibilities are endless. You are free to create literally anything you can dream up, within the limits of your budget and skillset. Assuming adequate amounts of both, this creative freedom is both liberating and daunting at the same time. Where do you start?"

More information on this project be found here.
Thursday, May 4, 2006
USB Flash Drive Roundup May 2006 @ Hardware Secrets
"USB flash memory drives are now part of our lives. Smaller and with a capacity higher than floppy disks, these devices are the perfect replacement for the old floppies. This time we brought five new models from Geil (David 100), Kingmax (Super Stick), Kingston (DataTraveller Elite and DataTraveller U3 Smart) and OCZ (Rally) and added them to our previous roundup, so we are comparing nine different USB flash drives. Who is the winner?"

More information on this article be found here.
Ripper XXL vs. Corepad XXXL Deskpad Comparison @ Virtual-Hideout
"If it wasn't for the bottom right curvature on the CorePad XXXL, these two products would be almost absolutely identical. So honestly, I can't see spending 1/3 more on the Ripper XXL, even if I do like the rectangle look of it better."

More information on this review be found here.
HD DVD vs. Blu-ray @ GideonTech
"Just when you finished replacing all your VHS tapes with DVDs, you heard that there are two new kids on the block, HD DVD and Blu-ray. They both claim that they're the successor to DVD, and that eventually they're going to replace it completely. If you've been watching this fight from the sidelines, confused by the differences between the competing standards, keep reading, and we'll explain some of the technical details behind the marketing hype."

More information on this article be found here.
Seasonic S12 600W Power Supply Review @ PCstats
"There are a lot of expensive power supplies on the market but unfortunately most are expensive due to gimmicks like flashy LED fans, see through PSU containers and detachable cables. What you should look for instead is for a power supply that has passed industry certification (like nVIDIA's SLI certified PSUs) and do your homework by posting in computer forums asking the more experienced users what they think of certain models. This way you can get yourself a truly reliable power supply, not some pretty piece of junk."

More information on this review be found here.
SunbeamTech Nuuo 550w PSU Review @ OCIA
"The Nuuo 550 was introduced last fall. It was the first modular PSU to be certified by nVidia for use with SLI. With the mad rush by all PSU manufacturers to get out new models of power supplies suitable for use with the power hungry NF4 Ultra SLI chipset and multiple video cards, many buyers may have overlooked Sunbeam's offering. Now that things have settled down some, and SLI is reality, with modular construction and it's very attractive price, the Nuuo 550 should stand out as a serious consideration."

More information on this review be found here.
Ageia PhysX PPU Review @ Hexus
"I chose to use GR:AW (pre-release code) for our first look at what a PhysX board will get you performance wise in a current game, using that to explain how the hardware is likely to shape up in the first generation of supporting titles that will mostly use effect-based physics to tack on extra visual effects."

More information on this review be found here.
Asus EN7600GT Silent Review @ Byte Sized Reviews
"The NVIDIA 7600GT has been almost universally praised as one of the best mid-ranged video cards out there right now, and a very worthy successor to the fantastic 6600GT, a solution that to this day refuses to die. One of the criticisms levelled against it however is a rather noisy stock cooler, which considering its relatively low heat output, seemed rather a shame. Asus has fortunately released a variant that not only reduces noise, but eliminates it all together. Enter the EN7600GT Silent."

More information on this review be found here.
S3 Chrome S27 PCI Express Videocard Review @ PCstats
"If you want to take advantage of Microsoft Vista's fancy Aero Glass visual interface (and by all accounts you really do) the computer must have videocard hardware capable of at least DirectX 9 with a minimum of 64MB on board memory. And wouldn't you know it, the new S3 Chrome S27 videocard fits the bill perfectly with a very affordable price too. Funny that. The S3 Chrome S27 PCI Express videocard specs look quite appealing on paper, it has everything a decent graphics accelerator boasts these days; a 90nm manufactured silicon core, eight pixel rendering pipeline, 128MB GDDR3 memory and dual monitor outputs."

More information on this review be found here.
Asetek WaterChill Xternal Water Cooling Review @ 3DGameman
"There are many external water cooling kits on the market, but few are as hardcore as the Asetek WaterChill Xternal. This kit has everything needed for a complete water cooling solution. It comes with three waterblocks; one for the CPU, GPU, and Chipset. All have an acrylic top with a thick smooth solid copper base. The main unit houses a great pump, viewable reservoir, large radiator, and four 120mm fans. One very unique feature with this system is that it can be connected to your computer's USB and controlled with custom software. It even comes with an LCD. As external water cooling kits go, this product is king of the hill!"

More information on this review be found here.
Coolink Silent Savior Hard Disk Drive Cooler Review @ A1-Electronics
"We found that it provided a comfortable air flow over the hard disk drive with very little noise. We even tried it at different voltages to see what it would be like running at slower speeds. Yes, it still worked perfectly well even at 7.5 volts and of course was silent. But then back at 12v this Coolink Silent Savior hard drive cooler gave super cooling performance. Hard drives as you know tend to get to say the least a little warm so they either need to be in a cool air draft or have a purpose made fan directing cool air over them. This is where this Coolink Silent Savior come in as it is an ideal solution."

More information on this review be found here.
Thermaltake Big Water 745 Review @ Think Computers
"Liquid Cooling, I love it! There used to be a time when liquid cooling was for the 'pros' and enthusiasts who quite a bit of money to play with, now pretty much everyone can afford the luxury of a liquid cooled computer. Thermaltake is one of those companies that knows what people want and need, they seem to be able to put together quality performance setups with quality parts and still keep the costs down so the average Joe can afford them. Today for review I have their new BigWater 745 liquid cooling system, not long ago I reviewed their Big Water SE and was impressed, let's see how the 745 compares."

More information on this review be found here.
Corsair Nautilus 500 External Water Cooling System Review @ Tweaktown
"Of course, this isn’t the company’s first water cooling endeavor. You might remember a full- blown water cooling solution called the Corsair COOL. This product featured several components very similar to the vaunted Swiftech water cooling series. The Nautilus takes a bit different approach than the COOL, however. According to the friendly folks at Corsair, this water cooling solution is reportedly one of the easiest and quickest to install products on the market."

More information on this review be found here.

asetek VapoChill Micro HSF Review

"When all is said and done, it appears that the folks at asetek have done their homework. While the concepts of using a refrigerant as a cooling medium have been around for some time, the required condenser and airtight components to go along with it have made the cost terribly prohibitive. The VapoChill Micro gives us the ability to use the same methodology, but in a product that produces very reasonable results without going below ambient, thus taking away the need for all the big dollar accessories."

More information on this review be found here.
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750GB SATA Hard Drive Review @ BigBruin
"Seagate really does have the Steve Austin of hard drives on their hands with the Barracuda 7200.10, as it really is better, stronger, faster. One thing the 6 Million Dollar Man didn't have going for him was being "bigger", which is obviously something the 7200.10 does have. At 750 GB it is the industry leader in size."

More information on this review be found here.
Swiftech Apex Ultra Review @ Techgage
"In computing we have many cooling options. Air, water and phase change being the most common in the enthusiast arena. Today we will be looking at a top grade kit from Swiftech and comparing it to a similarly configured kit from the competition and see if there is a clear winner or loser."

More information on this review be found here.
SilverStone TJ08 Case Review @ Overclockers Online
"The TJ-08 is quiet, cool, and the perfect size to play any role it may need to take on. Whether it be a home theater system, desktop publishing powerhouse, or easy to move gaming system; the TJ-08 excels with quiet function and incredible cooling."

More information on this review be found here.
Enermax Laureate Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ XSReviews
"As computer software becomes more complex and more refined, the file size tends to increase. So as computer users we have to move to bigger hard drives and multiple hard drives. Since some cases can only support a few hard drives this can present a slight problem for those that need a bit of extra space. However, to make it possible to have that bit of extra space you can opt for an external drive. Again though, this presents problems. How do you protect that ever so important HD? Well there are many companies that offer external HD enclosures, but none perhaps as established as Enermax, the kings of the PSU."

More information on this review be found here.
nMedia HTPC 300SA Case Review @ HTPCNews
"So in the end do I think this case is worth considering? Well I think it makes for a very nice slim tower case, there's no question about that in my mind. For those of you who are looking for an inexpensive HTPC case to either begin your HTPC adventure or add a second HTPC to the network, it should be considered when making your final decision."

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Wednesday, May 3, 2006
CoolerMaster & OCIA.net May Giveaway
"CoolerMaster has been sponsoring reviews and giveaways here at OCIA.net for several years now and we are pleased to be working with them again on what is easily the biggest giveaway news in site history. Each month this year, Coolermaster will be sponsoring a different giveaway here in the OCIA.net forums just for you guys! CoolerMaster is committed to giving back to the community as shown here by their efforts and generosity."

More information on this giveaway be found here.
Bjorn3D 10 Year Birthday Contest
"Well to celebrate 10 years being in the tech site business we are going to have a contest for our forum members. We will have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize, We are going to have 3 sections to the contest to win and then the forum members will be averaged across all 3 sections to find the winners. The contest will start on May 3 and will end on the last day of the month. Bjorn and I will then figure out the winners and announce them by June 3."

More information on this contest be found here.
Globalsat Wireless Bluetooth Entertainment Pack Review @ Think Computers
"Bluetooth! Bluetooth! Bluetooth! That's all we have been hearing about lately! It is no surprise that manufacturers are making Bluetooth products for the most popular MP3 player of all time, the iPod. Bluetooth offers easy wireless connectivity to almost any device out there. Today we will be looking at 2 Bluetooth products from Globalsat that are made specifically for the iPod, the BTH-820 and the BTA-809."

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BlueGears B-Cool Fan Review

"Cooling, every computer needs it, so why not do it in style? Cooling for your computer comes in many different shapes, colors and sizes. Today I am taking a look at a cool little product from Blue Gears; it is the B-Cool 80mm fan. What makes this fan unique is that it has a built in temperature display that shows the temp of the incoming air on while the fan is spinning, the LED display is actually parts of the spinning blades of the fan. This is a cool little product that will really add some style to your computer. Let's get a better look at it."

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XGene Imperial 2.4G Wireless Keyboard Trackball Review @ FastLaneHW
"There are many reasons to invest in a wireless keyboard. Some people like to place the keyboard out of sight when it's not in use. The same could be said for their mouse. For other folks, just having wires laying on their desktop looks too messy. Gamers on the other hand usually go for the wired devices unless wireless mice and keyboards are very responsive any lag can spell death in a first person shooter game like Doom III. Can a wireless keyboard and trackball combo meet the needs of all these people? We are going to find out by reviewing the XGene Imperial 2.4GHz Wireless Keyboard Trackball device."

More information on this review be found here.
Setting Up A Multi-Monitor System @ The TechZone
"A big reason why people have not adopted dual monitors is because many simply don't know how to set them up. Well, after reading this article, you'll have all the knowledge you'll need to double your viewing pleasure. Now only will we show you the step by step, but we'll also show you the equipment to buy and the software to use."

More information on this guide be found here.
Scythe KAMARIKI II 550 Watts Extra Silent PSU Review @ Madshrimps
"Scythe has come a long way in the last three years in offering PC cooling the quiet way. I still remember the look of the web page first appeared in the summer of 2003. Today, we are taking a look at Scythe's first power supply entering the U.S. market; KAMARIKI II 550 Watts Extra Silent."

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A-Data Vitesta DDR2-800 Review @ techPowerUp
"AData is well-known in the overclocking scene as a high-quality memory brand which offers good overclocking on all their memory modules. We have their Vitesta DDR2-800 kit on the testbench and were impressed that it could be overclocked to DDR2-900 without any problems. Even though the default timings of 5-5-5-15 are a bit slow, they can be tightened down to 3-2-2-4 when running lower clocks. Another plus is that this memory will work great even at stock voltage of 1.8V."

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Sapphire X1800XT Performance Edition Review @ Modders-Inc
"Sapphire burst into the high end graphics arena with both barrels blazing with their X1800XT "Performance Edition". This card delivers 512mb of GDDR3 Memory running at 1.5Ghz, and the powerful R520 core clocked at 700Mhz. This 2 slot high end PCI-E graphics card utilizes Shader Model3.0, HDR, and adaptive AA, allowing you to have unparalleled Image Quality along side High Performance. If that wasn't enough Sapphire includes a great bundle, "Avivo" Technology, and support for digital and analog displays, including HDTV."

More information on this review be found here.
ASUS Extreme Radeon X1900 XTX Video Card Review @ Viper Lair
"There's pretty much nothing to complain about here in regards to the image quality while gaming. HDR is especially impressive in Oblivion, though it's not really my game of choice. Battlefield 2, my game of choice, looks fantastic at 16x12, everything on at 6xAA and it runs smooth as butter. Considering how much the card costs, this is something we expect."

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First Looks from Taiwan - ABIT's new identity, AM2 stuff, etc @ Tweaktown
"ABIT’s upcoming AM2 motherboards are pretty much complete and ready to go. ABIT will release their “Fatal1ty” AN9 32X motherboard in June and boards should be shipping at the same time. On the other hand, ABIT are still working hard on Intel Conroe based motherboards. From what we have learned so far, Intel won’t be releasing any new high-end chipsets till the end of the year and the Conroe processor will use the 975X and 965 chipset. Keep in mind Conroe processors will not work on your current 975X based motherboard due to the power requirement changes of the new CPU which claim to use 40% less power but provide 40% more performance clock for clock."

More information on this article be found here.
ECS KA1-MVP Extreme Xpress 1600 Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"The ECS KA1-MVP Extreme is one of the new breeds of ATi CrossFire Xpress 1600 motherboards. The board supports Socket 939 Athlon64/X2/FX processors as well as up to 4GB of PC3200 system memory thanks to the four dual channel DDR-RAM slots. Other standard features include two network cards (one Gigabit, one 10/100), an additional Silicon Image SiI3132 Serial ATA II/RAID controller, IEEE 1394a and 7.1 channel audio."

More information on this review be found here.
Intel ViiV vs. AMD Live! @ Hardware Secrets
"In the war to see who establishes a standard for digital entertainment computers archenemies Intel and AMD present their weapons: at one corner Intel with their ViiV platform – which is the digital home concept that Intel is pushing for ages with a new name – and at the other corner AMD with their Live! Platform. In this article you will learn the main specs for each platform and will see what you will be able to do with them."

More information on this review be found here.
CPU Heatsink Roundup May 2006 @ Madshrimps
"Eight new heatsinks are compared to 21 other air cooling
solutions from different manufactures. We have some promising entries from Spire, Aerocool, Scythe, Thermaltake and Tuniq for you today."

More information on this review be found here.
Spire SP601B3 VertiCool II™ CPU Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The VertiCool II kept the CPU temps just below the stock cooler. The size of this cooler is comparable to other coolers of the same size and performs like those coolers also. See, size does matter in some situations. My favorite part of the whole cooler is the UV Fan."

More information on this review be found here.
Corsair Nautilus 500 Review @ Neoseeker
"Watercooling kits of this type are intended to ease users in the transition from air coolers to watercooling with the idea being for users to move towards a much higher performing cooling solution. A common problem with some of these water kits is that they can fail to really achieve either goal at all, sometimes offering worse performance than even good air coolers. The Nautilus, thankfully, isn't one of those offerings. It beats out the G-Power, one of the best air coolers that we use, and it doesn't sacrifice simplicity in its search for high performance."

More information on this review be found here.
Tuesday, May 2, 2006
3DGameMan's Massive Giveaway! @ 3DGameman
"3dGameMan teams up with Cooler Master, Crucial, Hiper Group, SilverStone, Thermaltake and Ultra Products to bring you Giveaway/Contest 27: Site Re-Design Grand Opening. Sponsored products: Cooler Master providing Stacker Case, Crucial providing 1GB PC3200 DDR Memory, Hiper Group providing Hiper 580W PSU, SilverStone providing EB01, MS01, & MS02, Thermaltake providing Matrix VX Case, Ultra Products providing Xfinity, X2 PSUs and Aluminus Case."

More information on this giveaway be found here.
Deck - The Legend Backlit Keyboard Review @ PCApex
"First let me comment on the main feature of this keyboard which is certainly its most striking feature as well. The LED lighting. Even when the room is well lit as in the 2nd pic, the key characters are very well illuminated."

More information on this review be found here.
Thermaltake eSATA SATA2 Muse 3.5" External Enclosure Review @ A1-Electronics
"Today we review this superb Thermaltake eSATA SATA2 Muse external hard drive enclosure that we think is excellent and hope you agree. With its excellent design and with a superb finish extended right down to the care to help remove as much vibration and noise from your SATA hard drive."

More information on this review be found here.
Hauppauge WinTV PVR-350 Review @ Techgage
"WinTV-PVR-350 contains a highly integrated MPEG-1/2 hardware encoder and hardware MPEG-1/2 decoder. WinTV-PVR-350 uses the hardware MPEG encoder for watching live TV, for pausing live TV and for recording. The encoded MPEG-2 video is sent over the PCI bus, where it is stored on the PCs hard disk (for pause and record) and simultaneously decoded in software for display on the PC screen (in all modes). When playing recorded video onto an external TV monitor, the on-board hardware MPEG-2 video decoder is used. WinTV-PVR-350 supports three DVD quality profiles: DVD extra long play, DVD long play and DVD standard play. In addition, there are record profiles for SVCD and VCD formats, plus a “raw” 12Mbit/sec record."

More information on this review be found here.
OCZ EL PC-3200 Platinum XTC Edition 2GB @ ThinkComputers
"OCZ, you know the name, you know what it means. To me, having two sticks of OCZ ram in my hand means I have some the best ram available today. It not only gives me bragging rights, it also gives me that edge over my competition and adds to the performance of my computer. Today for review I have a 2 gig kit of OCZ EL PC-3200 Platinum XTC Edition ram, I'm going to throw it up against some other low latency 2gig kits that I have on hand and see just what makes OCZ one of the best."

More information on this review be found here.
Will Co-processors Be Key to Opteron Dominance? @ GideonTech
"One of the most competitive markets in computing is servers, with companies always looking for more efficient processing to accommodate more complex simulations or decrease operating costs. For years, the X86 segment of the server market was controlled by Intel's Xeon offerings, but in recent years, a new contender has emerged, AMD's Opteron. Will the return of the co-processor ensure a victory for Opteron?"

More information on this article be found here.
Patriot Memory 2GB PC4000 ELK Memory Review @ Overclockers Online
"Another review draws to an end and Patriot Memory has churned up a kit that matches the performance of the big leaguers while keeping its price at a very affordable range. Sticking to the stock timings, we were able to push the kit up to 260 MHz which is respectable for the Samsung UCCC but nothing spectacular for those making the jump from 1GB to 2GB. With AM2 and Conroe fast approaching, there's no doubt that DDR2 is the future. DDR1 is slowly fading away and the time to go 2GB to keep your system running in the long run is now while the supply is high and the price of the PDC2G4000ELK is still nice and low."

More information on this review be found here.
Kingwin KF-25 Data Dock 2.5" HDD Enclosure Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Over the last few months, Kingwin has sent me quite a lot of products to review for them. So far to date, all of their products have lived up to expectations and performed well. The product under the scope today will be the Kingwin KF-25 Data Dock. This is a unit that fits into a standard 3.5" floppy drive bay and provides an USB port and 2.5" HDD enclosure. The kicker here is that these items are removable and can be used on other computers as an external USB hub or removable HDD."

More information on this review be found here.
Quad SLI: GeForce 7900 GX2 Review @ Bit-Tech
"We've been through multiple video cards and more driver revisions than you can shake a stick at. We discovered so many issues and bugs in the drivers that we weren't sure where to start when it came to writing up this evaluation. Major games - like The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Call of Duty 2 - just don't work as they should on Quad SLI. Any consumer buying Quad SLI right now is going to have a hell of a time trying to get their working acceptably."

More information on this review be found here.

IPTV Decoded

"RSS is a crucial enabler for IPTV. Take the TV show model - new episodes of a show generally go out once or twice a week. Using RSS, rather than remembering to tune in at the same time every week and drop what you're doing, the latest episode of the show is pushed to you in MPEG format for you to watch wherever and whenever you want. Isn't that far more convenient?"

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HIS Radeon X700 AGP Review @ Hardware Secrets
"With VGA manufacturers releasing only PCI Express-based video cards, owners of AGP-based PCs were simply forgotten. Even though you can find quite easily AGP VGAs on the market, AGP users cannot find the latest releases for the AGP platform. And there are a huge crowd out there willing to upgrade their VGA to newer models without having to replace the whole computer. Thinking about this crowd, HIS released an AGP-based Radeon X700, which should satisfy owners of AGP-based PCs that are anxious to see new VGA models being released for this platform. Let’s see how the performance of this Radeon X700 AGP from HIS is."

More information on this review be found here.
The "Ultimate Motherboard" @ MBReview
"The main aspect that I look for in a solid motherboard design is organization. Many consumers neglect the design of their motherboard, until it comes time to do a little cable routing, or perhaps hooking up some additional expansion bracket devices. The best motherboards you can find almost always have one thing in common, a solid design."

More information on this article be found here.
ASRock 939SLI32-eSATA2 ULi M1695 Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"The brand spanking new ASRock 939SLI32-eSATA2 motherboard is one of the future friendly motherboards, and it looks pretty sweet. Based around the ULi M1695 Northbridge and ULi M1697 Southbridge, the ASRock 939SLI32-eSATA2 motherboard supports all current Socket 939 AMD Athlon64/X2/FX processors. The four DDR DIMM slots can accommodate up to 4GB of PC3200 unbuffered non ECC memory."

More information on this review be found here.
MSI K8N Diamond Plus Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"The K8N Diamond Plus motherboard uses the nForce 4 SLI x16 chipset, the newest beast from nVidia. This chipset gives you a total of 32 PCI Express lanes for graphics cards alone; this means you get full speed PCI Express x16 slots. MSI uses a small interconnected heatpipe and fan design to keep the two chipsets as cool as possible - and this is especially great news for end-users who like to build quiet computers. That’s right - nForce 4 SLI x16 is a two chip solutions. nVidia worked this by placing the extra 16 lanes on the Southbridge chipset and uses a 1600Mhz Hyper Transport link to connect the Northbridge to the Southbridge."

More information on this review be found here.

DFI LANParty UT CFX3200-DR Motherboard Review

"While there isn’t much variation in scores at the benchmark level, we would recommend DFI and the LANParty UT CFX3200-DR to users who want to mod their case and show off a very flashy board, especially under U.V lights. This motherboard not only performs well and contains plenty of onboard features to keep you happy; it also looks good at the same time."

More information on this review be found here.
Virtual-Hideout Visits the Koolance Factory Store @ Virtual-Hideout
"Pretty much everyone has heard of Koolance and probably seen one of their dreamy machines cooling one serious gaming pc. Virtual-Hideout wanted to know who Koolance is and what they are about. Join us as we go inside one of the world leaders in watercooling!"

More information on this report be found here.
Antec Take 4 4U Rackmount Enclosure Review @ Bjorn3D
"As is my practice, prior to receiving any item for review I do as much preliminary research as is feasibly possible into both the forthcoming products features and the market that the manufacturer is hoping to gain credibility in. Antec®, as it turns out, is targeting the home media lab, the home music studio, and both the home and small business server markets. These thoughts alone were certainly stimulating and rekindled my idea of a home system of this type from days gone by. When this enclosure first arrived and I was able to view it first hand I felt with a minimum degree of certainty that this just might be the product that I had been searching for. My initial thoughts were that Antec had arrived at a pleasant compromise between the utility of the previously mentioned server environment with a design that could be used effectively by the Computer Enthusiast. Please join me to see if those initial thoughts were accurate while we investigate the inner workings of the Antec's Studio Series Take 4 Rackmount Enclosure."

More information on this review be found here.
Cooler Master Centurion 534 @ Maximum CPU Review @ Maximum CPU
"For the last couple of years, the Centurion line of cases has offered a great deal of bang for the buck. The Centurion 5 is one of the few cases below $50 that offer most of the features that many of the $100+ cases offer. Cooler Master recently released the Centurion 534, which they hope will live up to the reputation of the Centurion cases."

More information on this review be found here.
Kingwin Supernova HTPC Case Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"The smaller than normally seen size ended up being a double edged sword. While being compact made the unit more manageable in a component rack, it also limits you to a MicroATX mainboard. Space was at a premium inside with a full system installed but things never felt 'packed in'. My dislike of the horizontally mounted PSU was actually negated to some degree after installation showed things to be roomer than I expected."

More information on this review be found here.
Maxtop CSX-CM03B Mid Tower Case Review @ BigBruin
"Since the Maxtop CSX-CM03B Mid Tower Case does not have anything that screams for attention, it would be a good option if you wanted it for a home office, family room, or possibly to serve as a home theater computer (HTPC). It could sit in a corner, and you would barely notice that it is there."

More information on this review be found here.
Monday, May 1, 2006
TG3 Deck Legend Keyboard Review @ Maximum CPU
"Sure glowing keyboards are great to look at, but it means nothing if they can’t perform. Since users spend far more time on the keyboard than the mouse, quality is a must. Having the right board can not only affect your words per minute or frag-rate, but the longevity of your wrists. Is the Deck worth the steep price of $150?"

More information on this review be found here.
Laser Mouse Roundup @ The Tech Lounge
"They’ve been on the market for several months now and I’ve had a chance to play with all of them. Laser mice are definitely here to stay. Earlier in the year I was lucky enough to have gotten to play with 5 different laser mice from the likes of Microsoft, Razer and Logitech. And now that I’ve had more time to think (and frag) it over, I’m going to give you my impressions of which ones are hits and which ones you should avoid. I present to you: TheTechLounge Laser Mouse Roundup."

More information on this review be found here.
Jetart Storm 2 VC1000 Cooler Review @ XSReviews
"Recently, I have the privilege of reviewing the Jetart 3D cooler that, in my opinion, wasn't the most well conceived product out there. Now I have the VC1000, better known as the Storm 2, in my hands. With a brighter package, better look and a more enticing name, can this better the 3D cooler? I sure hope so."

More information on this review be found here.
Corsair Nautilus 500 Watercooling System Review @ XYZ Computing
"With summer right around the bend, it is a smart time to be thinking about improved cooling for your computer. The heat of the summer can turn a system which runs on the warm side into a serious problem. This is especially true in a home which is not kept cool and for computer systems which are tucked away, such as behind or under a desk. Seem easier said than done? Watercooling may be just the thing for you. While there is no question about the performance of watercooling, many people have been hesitant to do it because of the costs involved and the complexity of the installation. Corsair has done their best to design a system which is affordable and easy to install. This is not the first external watercooling solution with these intentions, but this may be the product which helps open up watercooling to a lot more people."

More information on this review be found here.
Corsair 1GB TWIN2X1024-8500 Review @ Techgage
"Without a doubt, DDR2 memory is becoming increasing popular, especially with an AM2 launch coming up. Corsair has given us some memory that's worth talking about. While it's only a 1GB kit, it's the fastest 1GB kit you can get your mitts on."

More information on this review be found here.
NVIDIA Quad-SLI vs. ATI Crossfire @ techPowerUp
"At this year's CeBIT the most controversial and most debated new hardware was NVIDIA's Quad-SLI, which was awarded "best product of CES" earlier this year. We had the chance to put two identical retail 7900 GX2 QuadSLI and X1900 XTX CrossFire systems right next to each other and evaluate them. One of the surprises was that often one 7900GX2 alone performed better than the Quad SLI pair at low resolutions."

More information on this review be found here.
Asus Extreme N6600GT Review @ Madshrimps
"Asus has been around for 20-years, this success is most likely based on their steadfast loyalty to the PC-Enthusiast in all of us. Today we built a "budget" SLI rig running two Asus N6600GT Extremes based on the NV43 GPU which fully supports their 256MB GDDR3 memory compliment. Mated with an Asus P5ND2-SLI the system can handle any 3D-title and definitely put the fun back in performance."

More information on this review be found here.
Vizo Luxon External Drive Enclosure Review @ DreamWare Computers
"When buying an external drive enclosure most people look for two major features; an IDE or SATA interface to match that of their hard drive, and of course the styling because it will probably be displayed on their desk for everyone to see. Today we're looking at the Vizo Luxon external drive enclosure. Not only is this single enclosure both IDE and SATA drive compatible, but it also has great looks and has lots of included goodies."

More information on this review be found here.
HSPC Tech Station Giveaway @ Virtual-Hideout
"Virtual-Hideout is giving away yet another HSPC Standard Tech Station to its readers! We know geeks and tweakers love the tech station and we’re working hard, along with a great sponsorship from HighSpeedPC, to give away as many as possible! Head over and enter to win yours!"

More information on this giveaway be found here.
ECS Elitegroup C19-A SLI Pentium 4 Motherboard Review @ Bigbruin
"The ECS Elitegroup C19-A SLI offers solid features for anyone looking to build a gaming system around an Intel processor... With Intel gaining ground in the gaming market with its dual core CPUs, coupling that processing power with the graphical processing power of an SLI setup makes boards like the C19-A SLI quite appealing."

More information on this review be found here.
Thermaltake Aguila Case Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"This is a case that has a lot to offer. The Thermaltake Aguila is just as sweet on the inside as it is on the outside. The work room was spacious and easy to deal with. The side-mounted hard drives are exceptionally easy to install and remove. The tool-less drive mounting and PCI expansion slots make for an even easier install. With the two 120mm fans, there should be ample airflow into the case. Adding to that are the filtered front mesh panels to keep the dust out. There really isn't much bad that you can say about this one."

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