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Friday, June 30, 2006
MP3 Player Buyer's Guide Review @ The TechZone
"There are a number of important issues to consider when choosing the type of player that will suit your requirements best. At the heart of this is the question of how you want to consume your music and video product. With the digital music revolution come three basic options. You can choose a player that has a hard disc for program storage, one that uses flash memory (memory sticks, flash cards and the like) or one that uses standard CD format with music stored in mp3 or other compressed formats. There is no one universal method that will suit everybody. Rather there are pros and cons for each, with different manufacturers offering different features, design, battery life, usability and prices."

More information on this review can be found here.
XG Lazer Laser 2500 DPI Mouse Review @ Bjorn3D
"XG may sound like a new company in the computer industry, but it is actually a division of MGE Company that is known for their affordable “computer accessories, power supplies, and cases for high-end PC systems.” According to the official site, XG stands for “X-treme Styling, X-treme Cooling, X-treme Reliability, and X-treme Lifestyle”.

The XG Lazer Laser 2500 DPI mouse that we received from XG is one of the two gaming mice(the XG optical 2000 is the other one) that are being offered by XG. As the name implies, it is a laser mouse. What is great about the laser mouse besides the increase in the precision (up to 2500 DPI in this mouse), is the ability to use it on any surface."

More information on this review can be found here.
Everglide Gaming Products Roundup @ Virtual-Hideout
"Some of us PC users from the x286 days have experienced hours of using the track ball and roller ball mice. As advances were made in computer hardware, we started seeing the track ball and cheap mice pad lint monsters disappearing. The birth of optical mice led to much more accurate mice especially for gamers and video editors. With new optical mice came the need for a surface that can maximize the DPI report of the mice. This is where Everglide came to be."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer Armadillo Review @ XYZ Computing
"Razer calls the Armadillo the "ultimate cable management system". This is a tool used in conjunction with a mouse in order to prevent accidental mouse movements due to the cable. Razer's mice use extra long cables which can easily get caught on items on or behind your desk so the obvious solution is to get some slack on the desk and then put a weight over the cable so the length which is hanging off of the desk does on interfere with the movements of these ultra sensitive mice. Normally this is a speaker or some duct tape, but Razer has taken the next step."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright's new MST-9775 Press Release
"As was shown at Computex 2006, Thermalright is announcing the newest release of the MST-9775…made for the mainstream computer users, the everyday folks who have the LGA775 platform. It has a budgetary price with a relatively high performance. It won’t beat the best of the best but it will beat out any stock cooler by far."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Speed-Link Medusa 5.1 Pro Gamer Edition @ techPowerUp
"Today we look at the Speed-Link Medusa 5.1 Pro Gamer Edition headset. Not only does it come with all the cables and a tiny but effective power supply. It also sports a perfect bag which makes the journey to the next LAN party a breeze. The suede feel of the headset makes it incredibly comfortable and it definitely has the sound to make your scariest games even scarier and give you the 5.1 surround sound you need to excel at your next LAN Party."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Thermalright HR-01-K8 w/ Blue Fan Duct Review @ Think Computers
"Water cooling is becoming more and more popular but there are still people out there who just don't want to mix water and electricity, so there are companies out there that continue to develop excellent air cooling solutions for today's hot CPU's. Thermalright is one of those companies that make excellent looking and performing cooling solutions, today for review I have the Thermalright HR-01-K8 with blue fan duct for review. I've reviewed Thermalright products before and know just how well they are made and perform, but the HR-01 really surprised me with its performance, rivaling that of my liquid cooling setup."

More information on this review can be found here.
How To H2Ocool Your Power Supply @ Overclockers.com
"In this article we tackle an often overlooked item when water-cooling a system - the power supply unit. I know what you are saying already "Just slap a block on the built in heat sinks and be done with it". Well it isn't quite that simple. Many heatsinks inside a power supply are live, and as we all know electricity and water are a bad combination. Now the second issue that most people bring up "Well, what if I purchase a power supply with isolated heatsinks or modify one that is live with ceramic pads to isolate it.

Well that wouldn't work all that well, even if your heatsinks had a flat area to mount a block to, or even if you custom made a block and mounted the mosfits to it. Most people forget that the entire power supply gets hot and the entire unit requires cooling, not just the heatsinks. So here's what you can do over a weekend and make all your buddies stare in awe."

More information on this project can be found here.
Ultra Products X2 550W Power Supply Unit Review @ XYZ Computing
"This review is going to be taking a look at the Ultra Products X2 550W power supply unit. This product is an update to the original X-Connect series of power supplies and is definitely worth a bit of our time. Though the market is now flooded with modular power supplies and the X-Connects have subsequently lost much of their cachet, the performance in the last review and their cool design should make this an interesting product. The X2 has a number of changes from the old models, including improved modular connectors, a single 120mm fan, and a higher output."

More information on this review can be found here.
Western Digital Caviar RE2 – Tweaked RAID 0 Storage @ Tweaktown
"Western Digital has recently introduced a new hard disk drive to the market. It’s dubbed the Caviar RAID Edition or RE2 for short. It is tweaked and designed to offer the best performance when setup in a RAID configuration environment. We’ll take a quick look at the drive and then see how it performs against one of Seagate’s latest hard drives in RAID and non-RAID testing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master iGreen 500 PSU Review @ Overclockers Online
"The iGreen 500 has more than enough juice for any need. I've let my system burn away with both SiSoft Sandra CPU burn in and prime without the voltages budging an inch. The same can even be said after 20 hrs of Memtest on my Super Talent sticks. There's no doubt that what will sell this power supply is the great look it has the reputation company from the box. The mirror like finish rivals the work done by guys like Ultra Products and it'll certainly be a common feature we'll be seeing more of."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 DDR2-667 2GB Memory Kit Review @ PCstats
"The memory that we'll be checking out today is Crucial's 2GB PC2-5300 Ballistix set of memory. Rated in a dual channel configuration at 667 MHz with default timings of 3-3-3-12, this kit comes with two 1024MB modules. Crucial rates the Ballistix PC2-5300 memory to run with voltages as high as 2.2V, at that setting the memory can get quite hot and the heat spreaders are definitely a nice feature."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Technology Launches the PC2-8000 Titanium Alpha VX2 Series
"OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the PC2-8000 Titanium Alpha VX2 Edition, a special extremist series of modules specifically geared towards the high-end overclocking community. Carrying on the OCZ Voltage eXtreme (VX) legacy, the PC2-8000 Ti Alpha is the first high-voltage DDR2 product that offers enthusiasts the performance edge they crave. With the arrival of AM2 CPU technology and the impending release of Intel Conroe, the high-speed Ti Alpha VX2 is an unparalleled memory solution for the latest DDR2 platforms.

As a member of the Voltage eXtreme family, the PC2-8000 Ti Alpha VX2 is designed to operate at a high voltage in order to increase the speed while maintaining stability that is usually unobtainable when conventional modules are pushed to run at a higher voltage. At DDR2-1000, the Ti Alpha VX2 supports ultra-low timings of 4-4-4 at 2.3 volts without any adverse affects to stability whatsoever. The result is unrivaled DDR2 performance.

“VX2 is the perfect match for the next generation AMD AM2 and Intel Conroe processors, which gain substantial levels of performance when matched with high frequency low latency DDR2 modules under overclocked conditions.” Tony Leach, Product Specialist, OCZ Technology.

More information on this press release can be found here.
Connect3D Radeon X1900 GT Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Radeon X1900 GT is the simplest video card in the high-end Radeon X1900 chip family from ATI, being an option for those users willing to have a high-end video card but not wanting to buy the most expensive one. Competing with GeForce 7900 GT from nVidia, in this review we compared it to several other video cards from both ATI and nVidia."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Releases HDMI/HDCP-Ready Card @ BoxGods
"HTPC fans rejoice! Yesterday Sapphire announced they’re now shipping the long-anticipated Radeon X1600Pro HDMI card. The short version of the story is that this card appears to actually be HDCP-Ready. Many manufacturers have disingenuously been touting “HDCP-Ready” in their video card specifications when the basic requirements of HDCP were never built into the card. Sapphire appears to have the “Real Deal” on the way to retail shelves."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Cooler Master Ammo-533 Case Review @ Modders-Inc.
"Cooler Master set out to design a case that could hold multiple hard drives, CD/DVD ROM's, be strong enough to travel to LAN's, yet not be oversized as we all know that space at a LAN can be at a premium. The Cooler Master Ammo 533 case is all that and more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Inno3D GeForce 7600 GST Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"The standard GS core is clocked at 400MHz. The GST's core is factory overclocked to 500MHz which should give this little gem a nice bump in performance. Considering that the 7600 GT card's core is clocked at 560MHz, from a certain perspective, the GST has almost more in common with it than its lowly beginnings. The memory is likewise more performance oriented. The chips themselves are Infinion 1.4ns units clocked at 1400MHz (700MHz x 2 DDR) which is identical to that of the 7600 GT. Again, the GST has more in common with its bigger brother than does it with the littler one."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Dell 19" UltraSharp 1907FP LCD Monitor Review @ Techgage
"When the choice of monitors is considered, you have 2 primary choices, CRT and LCD. While CRTs are bulky and rather huge, they do have incredible picture and considerably cheaper than their flat, LCD brethren. You can also decide on a LCD screen. LCD displays are smaller and lighter than CRTs but for a while, not suitable for gaming. As time went on however, the response times came down and gamers began to adopt them at a much higher rate."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer Krait Gaming Mouse Review @ OCIA
"The Krait has acceleration in its drivers separate from the acceleration found in XP. Though acceleration is very handy when using a 400dpi optical mouse, Razer feels that acceleration on a 1600dpi mouse will probably be a hindrance and leaves it off by default. This does not affect the acceleration found in XP, which can be turned off in the control panel."

More information on this review can be found here.
XG Magnum 600W External PSU Review @ Pro-Clockers
"It seems that power and heat is the biggest concerns today when build the perfect. It likes everyone is manufacturing products that requires crapload of power and when purchasing a power supply to support all these products aid in adding more heat to your system. Well, XG has come up with a solution that help to distribute more power and eliminate the heat build up from such a large power supply. The Magnum 600 Ex is an externally built power supply that promises to be the ideal problem solver to the above mentioned problems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 204B 20 Inch LCD Monitor Review @ Tweaknews
"This monitor is perfect for the home user or the performance gaming enthusiast looking for a cost effective LCD monitor option that does not skimp on the specification list. Sure it isn't the most attractive LCD monitor made by Samsung or by any other manufacturer, by what it lacks in form it makes up in function."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra X-Connect X2 550W SLI PSU Review @ Driver Heaven
"Today we get to take a new offering from the folks at Ultra. We are going to take an up close look at their newest modular SLI ready power supply the Ultra X-Connect X2 550w PSU. Unlike the standard power supplies that have all the cables attached, the Ultra X-Connect comes “naked” with no cables attached. Thanks to the modular approach that Ultra takes, the cables are separate and can be plugged in only as required. Not only will this help reduce clutter inside your PC but it also leaves you with the option to add additional cables only if you add new devices to your system. Another beauty of the modular design is increased airflow within your PC chassis."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ GameXStream 700W PSU Review @ Phoronix
"While OCZ Technology is primarily known for their vast
selection of memory products, they have had interest in developing cooling and power supplies as well. For some time they have had the OCZ PowerStream and ModStream PSU series; however, only recently did they unveil their high-performance successor: the GameXStream. The OCZ GameXStream power supply is meant to suit high-end power-hungry systems for gamers, enthusiasts, and power users. Currently the GameXStream is only available in two flavors: 600W and 700W. Some of the features for this power supply unit include OCZ PowerWhisper Technology, Multi-GPU ready (NVIDIA SLI certified), OCZ ConnectAll connectors, and Active PFC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Power Supplies 101: A Comprehensive Guide @ Motherboards.org
"Watts, amps, volts, rails, PFC, efficiency; there's a lot of buzzwords flying around there and hardly anyone seems to know what they all mean. Well, now's your chance to finally become a power supply guru. I am going to try to explain it all to you. Hopefully, in the end, your brain will not be a buzz of over-information."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Seasonic S12 500w Power Supply Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Now keep in mind this 80% hold true when the power supply is delivering a certain amount of wattage. Below that wattage, some power supplies are not so efficient. The Seasonic SS-500HT stays really close to its described rating, which is what we all hope for. If you are in the market for an efficient and quiet power supply, pick up the Seasonic S12 500w."

More information on this review can be found here.
AeroCool PowerPanel Review @ Think Computers
"So many PC cases out there are missing front bezel connections for USB, audio etc. Front connections are so much more convenient that your motherboard connections. Because of the lack of PC cases without these connections many companies make multifunction panels that go in your 5.25" drive bays. Today we will be looking at the PowerPanel from Aerocool that features 2 USB ports, earphone and microphone jacks, a SATA connection, a 25 in 1 card reader, and 4 power USB ports that you can use to power devices that have a USB connection. AeroCool is able to fit all of this into one 5.25" drive bay, so let's take a look."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston HyperX PC8000 2GB Kit Review @ XtremeComputing
"Kingston have done them self no harm with the HyperX DDR2 8000 (1000 MHz) 2 gig kit, it performs exactly as it says on the packet and would satisfy any buyer after the magical 1000 MHz barrier. Also another good note after looking around the web at prices the Kingston can be had cheaper (although by not much with some brands) than most and in my book that makes it a winner."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Wireless Desktop S510 Media Remote Review @ Overclockers Club
"The Logitech Cordless Desktop S 510 Media Remote was designed with HTPCs in mind. As a whole, it stood up to its promises quite well. The Media Remote and the S 510 cordless keyboard are very well designed, aesthetically pleasing and fully functional. The Logitech LX5 mouse was a bit of a disappointment though. It is quite uncomfortable and of average performance. Logitech’s SetPoint and MediaLife software that is included is impressive, allowing the user to customize almost every aspect of their media experience. Besides the flaws in the LX5 mouse, this product is a good addition to Logitech’s line of products and I would recommend the Logitech Cordless Desktop S 510 Media Remote set to any HTPC user."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X1300 512MB HyperMemory 2 PCIe x1 Video Card Review @ 3DGameman
"The HIS X1300 PCIE 1x Video Card has the technology of the higher end video cards but it doesn't have the performance. This is certainly not a hardcore gamers card in any respect. Even so, it is still excellent for a low-profile Home Theater PC for watching movies or for playing the odd game."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sondigo Sirocco Review @ Digital Trends
"It’s no surprise that people want to stream media from their PC to their home theater system. There are literally hundreds of devices out there that help to make this happen; from audio bridge devices like the Sondigo Sirocco, to full on Media PCs that cost thousands of dollars. Well, we know that streaming video from a PC to your home theater costs a considerable investment, where streaming audio can cost only a couple hundred dollars."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X1600 Round-up @ Hexus
"Today we're venturing into the world of the level-headed; the sensible enthusiast. Or, perhaps, the realist. It's a land where something around £100 will get you a new graphics card. It's not a place where you're going to break any performance records, but does that make it boring? Hell no, there's still a lot of fun to be had. Welcome to the world of the midrange card. ATI's Radeon X1600 GPU (Pro and XT SKUs) is where we're sticking our noses in today. We've got nine of the little pixel-pushing critters to look at, and in case you need some NVIDIA in your diet, we've thrown a GeForce 7600 GS into our testing, for comparison's sake."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX Overclocked GeForce 7950 GX2 (PV-T71U-ZDD9) Review @ Hardware Secrets
"GeForce 7950 GX2 is the latest high-end video card presented by nVidia and XFX has this model, “GeForce 7950 GX2 M570 1GB DDR3 XXX” (PV-T71U-ZDD9), which comes factory-overclocked. GeForce 7950 GX2 uses a very different design: it is actually two GeForce 7950 video cards stacked together. So it has two GPUs and a total of 1 GB of video memory (512 MB for each GPU). The good news is that it can be installed on any PCI Express motherboard – your motherboard doesn’t need to be SLI for you to install this beast. Let’s see how faster is this overclocked model against the regular GeForce 7950 GX2 and also against other products available on the market, especially Radeon X1900 XTX and GeForce 7900 GTX."

More information on this review can be found here.
eVGA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB DDR2 Review @ Trusted Reviews
"Just recently, I took a look at the Inno3D GeForce 7300 GT and compared it to ATI's Radeon X1300. The Inno3D card was actually a non-standard card with faster DDR3 memory and a higher core speed. This slightly skewed the comparison and I didn't want everyone to run out and unwittingly buy a standard 7300 GT and then be disappointed with the performance, due to the slower DDR2 memory. Don't get me wrong, the Inno3D card is absolutely amazing value for money and is still my choice card, but I felt the comparison was incomplete without a comparison to a standard 7300 GT."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Aluminus Case Review @ XYZ Computing
"While there are already a large number of computer case manufacturers on the market, it is always interesting to look at a newcomer. The market is dominated by a few companies, like Thermaltake, CoolerMaster, and Antec, but a number of other companies seem to think that there is room in the market for more. The competition in the aluminum case market can be especially tough. The market is loomed over by big name producers like Lian Li and SilverStone, with Thermaltake controlling much of the low end and high style aluminum cases. The subject of this review is the Aluminus enclosure from Ultra Products. Initially it is not clear whether this case is trying to compete with its style, performance, or price, but we will be taking a close look to see how well Ultra did."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS RS480-M Crossfire Xpress 200 K8 Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"If you're looking for a fully featured micro ATX workstation style motherboard, ECS might have just the board for you. The ECS RS480-M is based on the ATi CrossFire Xpress 200 chipset, so you know that the onboard video will be a class above the alternatives. The motherboard comes with the basics which include a Gigabit network card, 5.1 channel audio controller, assorted Fireware and USB, and four SATA ports."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Solo Case Review @ XSReviews
"Antec has been producing Cases, Power supplies and cooling products for nearly two decades. This experience in the world of computer hardware has led them to have an awesome reputation as one of the world's paramount computer part companies. Today I have one of their newest cases with me, the Antec Solo. It's a midi tower with some wonderful cooling and noise reduction features."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Xgear Multimedia Gaming Headset Review @ Bjorn3D
"As we’ve said many times before sounds is almost as important as the graphics in games. Even though a full 5.1-system or even a 7.1-system is preferable many times you don’t want to bother the neighbors (or spouse) and thus have to settle with a pair of good headsets. Sometimes a good pair of headsets in my view actually is even better since you get a more intense gaming-sensation. XFX are mostly known for their NVIDIA-based graphics cards but they also have a range of other gaming products. One of these products is the Xgear Multimedia Gaming Headset which I intend to review in this article."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultimate Ears super.fi 5 EB Earphones Review @ 3DGameman
"There are countless headphones on the market that produce very high quality sound and exceptional bass. Although, there are next to no earphones that can match that headphone quality. Let's face it, a stylish digital audio player and large headphones don't mix. So what's the solution to great bass and overall excellent sound quality when on the go?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Everglide Titan MonsterMat Mouse Surface Review @ BigBruin
"The Everglide Titan MonsterMat is absolutely huge, and if mouse pad real estate appeals to you, invest now! Although an oversized mouse surface eliminates concerns about falling off the edge during that key move in your favorite game, you do need to consider that a 17"x14" rectangle of desktop is required for installation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ideazon Fang USB Gamepad Review @ EverythingUSB
"Ideazon is again fleshing out the gaming product line following shortly on the heels of the MERC with their new gamepad and the subject of this review, the Fang. Any gamer that has used the Ideazon MERC or Zboard will feel right at home on the Fang. While the Fang doesn't really add any functionality to the MERC or the Zboard, it is notable for lacking something the other two Ideazon products have, a rather questionable keyboard. Ideazon appears to have listened to gamers who liked their gaming key setups, but didn't like the less than stellar keyboards grafted to them."

More information on this review can be found here.
Everglide Titan MonsterMat Mouse Surface Review @ BigBruin
"The Everglide Titan MonsterMat is absolutely huge, and if mouse pad real estate appeals to you, invest now! Although an oversized mouse surface eliminates concerns about falling off the edge during that key move in your favorite game, you do need to consider that a 17"x14" rectangle of desktop is required for installation."

More information on this review can be found here.
SteelSeries SteelPad 5L Gaming Surface Review @ Hardware-Review
"With gaming surfaces becoming an absolute necessity in every gamer’s bag of tricks, companies are rushing to the drawing board to develop new and improved designs to appeal to this market’s target audience. SteelSeries is one of the first companies to develop unique versions of these gaming surfaces, and their SteelPad 5L takes this concept to a whole new level."

More information on this review can be found here.
nMedia Icetank Review @ Overclockers Online
"The nMedia Icetank started off well with an easy first mount and ended well with solid performance, easily competing with a recognized great in the world of air cooling. The size of the Icetank is smaller and lighter than some but it stills requires a little finesse when mounting in some motherboards. Being Socket 754/939/AM2/478/775 ready out of the box is also a nice touch that many cannot achieve, the Icetank does."

More information on this review can be found here.
Protect the Core of a Naked CPU @ Madshrimps
"With the growing popularity of Intel mobile processors on desktop boards more and more people buy them. But these chips have an unprotected core. Installing a special cooler brings the risk of destroying the core. We'll be taking a look on how to protect the fragile core."

More information on this article can be found here.
Kontron 786LCD/mITX LV Plus Motherboard Review @ Epiacenter
"In this review we will test the first Mini-ITX motherboard from Kontron, the Kontron “786LCD/mITX” motherboard, which comes in two different versions: On the one hand the Kontron “786LCD/mITX ULV Standard” (left picture) - which is based on a fanless onboard Intel ULV mobile Celeron CPU with 400MHz FSB, 1x 10/100 LAN, CF and LVDS - and the Kontron “786LCD/mITX LV Plus” (right picture) - which is based on an actively cooled onboard Intel LV mobile Celeron CPU with 733MHz, 3x 10/100LAN, S-ATA, IEEE-1394, CF and LVDS."

More information on this review can be found here.
AlphaCool XP-Light CPU and NB-SLI Water Blocks Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The XP Light in itself isn't the most extreme thermal friendly cooler block on the market. It doesn't carry quite the flash of the Apogee, but it does make for an attractive acrylic block. The mounting bracket, while easy to mount, doesn't do the XP-Light block justice."

More information on this review can be found here.
Noctua NH-9U Heatsink Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Today we have the opportunity to look at one heavy-duty heatsink from an Austrian company by the name of Noctua, the unit we are looking at is their model NH-9U. This unit will work with either an 80 - 90 or 92mm fan and has four (4) heat pipes to help keep you system in the safe zone. Come on along as we check it out and see how well it performs against other heatsink of similar design."

More information on this review can be found here.
Making Of a Motherboard - ECS Factory Tour @ The TechZone
"Those with a sharp eye may notice that nearly all the workers at ECSM are women. We asked the male plant manager why there are so many women working here compared to men. His answer, and I quote, was "We hire women because they're easier to control."

More information on this review can be found here.

Making Of a PCB - Golden Elite Factory Tour

"The Golden Elite plant is the first in a series of expansion on the SEZ property. When completed, the plants will take up 385,000 square meters of production space and employ over 10,000 people. Currently the property has two factories running with 1,500 employees. By the end of the year, two more plants will be added and total employment will go to 4,500. The property is expected to be fully developed by the end of 2007."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review @ Neoseeker
"The ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe has left me with a positive attitude regarding the transition to Socket AM2. This board is stable, fast, and extremely tweakable. It feels like a third or fourth-generation product, rather than a first-generation product, and that is a testament to ASUS' engineering prowess."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASRock 775XFire-eSATA2/A/ASR i945PL Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"The ATX ASRock 775XFire-ESATA2/A/ASR is pretty straightforward to use although novice users might have difficulty installing the motherboard since it lacks adequate on-board labelling. Considering all the money one would save though, it shouldn't be a problem. The ASRock 775XFire-ESATA2/A/ASR is a no frills board although it does support ATi's CrossFire technology which allows users to run two ATi videocards at the same time."

More information on this review can be found here.

Epox 9U1697-GLI K8 Motherboard Review

"The Epox 9U1697 GLI motherboard that's passing through the PCSTATS test labs today is based on ULi's last chipset which was quite a sleeper, the M1697. Make no mistake about it, the Epox 9U1697 GLI motherboard is inexpensive but that doesn't mean it's a slow motherboard! Now here is the tricky part - while there are two PCI Express x16 slots on the Epox 9U1697 GLI motherboard, they do not officially support nVIDIA SLI or ATi CrossFire. Dual videocards can be used for multiple 2D displays, like for workstation style applications - but that's it. Now that nVIDIA owns ULi, it's possible that it may eventually certify the ULi chipset as SLI compatible, but that is something you shouldn't bet on."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Corsair Expands Popular XMS PRO and XMS XPERT with New DDR2-800 Low Latency Offerings
"Fremont, CA (June 27, 2006) –Corsair® Memory, the worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high performance memory, today announced the introduction of two new DDR2-800 low latency 2GB kits. Designed with the advanced users in mind who demand performance, aesthetics and functionary in one package, the new TWIN2X2048-6400C4PRO and TWIN2XP2048-6400C4 memory kits are optimized for the current AMD® socket AM2 platform and the upcoming Intel® platform.

Joining the growing XMS DDR2 product line, Corsair’s TWIN2X2048-6400C4PRO and TWIN2XP2048-6400C4 are aimed at gamers and enthusiasts who demand low latencies of 4-4-4-12 at standard 800MHz frequency. The Corsair XMS product family now offers complete performance-oriented DDR2 solutions ranging from the classic XMS to the PRO and the XPERT in a variety of speeds and densities. The TWIN2X2048-6400C4PRO features activity LEDs that show the level of memory usage, while the TWIN2XP2048-6400C4 features a proprietary integrated micro-controller with embedded sensors to measure voltage, temperature and frequency on the memory module. Each of these parameters, along with a user-programmable scrolling marquee, can be shown on a big alpha-numeric display that is a part of the memory module. Both the PRO and the XPERT kits are available in Corsair’s signature platinum heat spreaders. Continuing Corsair’s commitment to the highest standard of engineering performance memory, the new 6400C4’s are built using carefully selected RAMs and are optimized for new and upcoming platforms, and promise superior memory performance at 800MHz.

“The new XMS DDR2 PRO and XPERT modules not only operate at fast 800MHz speeds and low latency, they feature Corsair’s highly reviewed activity LEDs and parametric displays,” commented Richard Hashim, Director of Product Marketing at Corsair Memory. “Corsair will continue to develop and offer cutting edge memory technology with features demanded by the enthusiast community,” continued Hashim.

Similar to other new XMS DDR2 products from Corsair, the TWIN2X2048-6400C4PRO and the TWIN2XP2048-6400C4 feature Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP). EPP elevates 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 EPP, 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.
Cooljag AMA-P AM2 Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Just last week reviewed one of the first Cooljag coolers, the AMA-H, assigned to work on the AMD AM2 platform. It was aimed at totally replacing the stock OEM unit and adding just a touch more performance. Today, Cooljag has sent us another cooler that should top the AMA-H, the AMA-P. The AMA-P is a light heavyweight that is sure to pass up the H version due to it being completely made of copper."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Reserator ZM-RF1 Fan Kit Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Zalman ZM-RF1 is an attractive Reserator modification that is very easy to add and configure. Despite its high quality design, it did not cool the Reserator any more than its fan-less stock housing. While it may be a great mod idea or helps finish off your desk top Reserator, it doesn't seem feasible to spend the $34.99 just to see a dim blue glow from a fan that can reach noise levels of 32db or higher."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X1800GTO IceQ3 Turbo 256MB Video Card @ Byte Sized Reviews
"The card itself is really massive as previously mentioned, and uses the same PCB as the X1800XL. This is not true for X1800GTOs from other manufacturers which have one less mosfets on the PCB. This made us think that the X1800GTO from HIS could possibly be unlocked to all 16 pipelines without too much difficulty more on this later."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeForce 7950 GX2 Retail Roundup @ Bit-Tech
"The XFX is undoubtedly the fastest of the five GeForce 7950 GX2's on test, but it is also the most expensive by a considerable margin - at over £527 including VAT, it represents very poor value for money, especially when you consider performance over a wide range of games. Indeed, there are occasions where its higher clock frequencies don't result in higher playable image quality settings. Of course, gameplay is slightly smoother and the performance gap will increase at higher resolutions. However, as we have already mentioned, we feel that gaming at 2560x1600 is limited to Quad SLI for the foreseeable future."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 215TW 21in Monitor Review @ Trusted Reviews
"The 20in widescreen monitor has become very popular over the past year or so, and it’s easy to see why. With more and more games supporting widescreen aspect ratios, a decent size, widescreen display with a high, but still graphics card friendly resolution seems like the perfect solution. But Samsung has pushed this concept just a little bit further with the SyncMaster 215TW, which sports a 21in widescreen panel rather than the more usual 20in."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dell 2407WFP LCD Review @ Bit-Tech
"Dell has become one of the first brands that hardcore geeks like us look to when choosing a monitor. Isn't that bizarre? Despite the 'Dull' brand so often associated with it, recent years have seen the Texas firm redefine the TFT market with some great monitors at insane prices."

More information on this review can be found here.
Griffin radioSHARK USB AM/FM Desktop Radio @ Think Computers
"Every so often I get a product for review that is really cool and I find very useful. Lots of days and nights I spend sitting in front of the computer working on my sites and doing reviews etc. This is something that can become very tedious and it's nice to be able to play music, but after listening to the same old CDs over and over it does get old. I personally like to listen to talk radio, especially in the mornings but most computers can't do that out of the box, so we need to get an add-on for it. Today for review I have a product that I found very cool and very useful; it's the Radio Shark from Griffin. The Radio Shark not only allows you to listen to AM and FM radio, but you can do time shifting like pause the live broadcast, it also allows you to schedule recording as well, sort of like TiVO for radio."

More information on this review can be found here.
Preview: Introducing the MeVo Series @ BoxGods
"My plan is now being set in motion. Days later, in a fancy restaurant just outside of Best Buy, I tell my wife how cool TiVo is. By the look on her face, I can tell this is going to be a tough sell. This is the same look she shot me when I bought four cases of pork & beans. “But you can pause Days of Our Lives while you feed the baby.” I’m scraping moral rock bottom by playing the baby card, but I want that damn TiVo. She’s starting to cave, so I slowly spill the details. Oh crap! Did I just mention the subscription fee? Now I’m explaining why you have to pay a monthly fee to TiVo so they can track which shows you watch and make recommendations for OTHER shows you might like. Even as the words spill out of my mouth, I get a little angry at TiVo for this questionable service which has now gone up to $14/month. “Oh my God! My TiVo thinks I’m gay!” comes to mind from King of Queens."

More information on this article can be found here.
Thermaltake Muse LanDisk External Enclosure Review @ Moddin.net
"If you've never considered network storage before or perhaps you've looked around and seen the prices then you may just be tempted to get something like this which will be significantly cheaper than most other options out there at the moment."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Muse LanDisk External Enclosure Review @ A1-Electronics
"Thermaltake as we are sure most of you may know started back in 1999 at a time when heatsinks for computers was something only overclockers or PC enthusiasts were involved in but not all of us everyday Joe's and Jane's as we are all today. And we are very pleased how universal computers have become since the early days."

More information on this review can be found here.
Share Your Broadband via FON for Money or Free Worldwide Roaming @ Hexus
"You may not yet have heard of FON but this self-proclaimed "largest WiFi community in the world" is likely to gain huge visibility (and generate a lot of opposition from some ISPs) with its tempting proposition - share your broadband connection wirelessly and either gain free wireless internet connection worldwide or payment for doing so."

More information on this article can be found here.
Linksys NSLU2 NAS Review @ Digital Trends
"If you’re looking for a simple out of the box NAS solution, the Linksys NSLU2 is a good all around contender. Novices will appreciate the easy default setup, while pros will benefit from the extensive open source initiative surrounding “The Slug.” However, limited supported capacities and only 2 USB ports make other offerings very attractive options if you don’t want to void the warranty."

More information on this review can be found here.
Slim Devices Wireless Squeezebox V3 Review @ The Tech Lounge
"Music changes; such is its nature. From sticks and rocks to electric guitars and drum machines, the will of music is to evolve. And as music evolves, so does the technology that delivers it. The Squeezebox by Slim Devices bridges the gap between component stereo systems and digital media in a small and stylish package. Think of it as a stereo receiver made just for your digital music files, but that’s not all. With optional Wi-Fi connectivity, internet radio, and RSS news feeds, it’s practically a PC with soul."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, June 26, 2006
AData USB Fingerprint Security Drive Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Unfortunately, the one thing that AData wanted to capitalize on is also it's biggest drawback. The security feature will only work for a named administrator on a computer. If you're not, then you cannot access the data on the drive. You can view it, but you will be unable to open any files or write to the drive. In my humble opinion this make the drive completely useless for any practical application as most folks are not named administrators on any computer but their home PC. If AData were to redesign it's security software to take this fact into account, then it would be a very useful item for people on the go who need to transfer files in a somewhat secure fashion."

More information on this review can be found here.
NorthQ 3390A Media Center Cooler Review @ Driver Heaven
"There certainly isn’t a shortage of CPU coolers on the market, and they come in all shapes and sizes. They range from hard core coolers the size of a small house to inexpensive options for those on a budget. However, there are coolers designed for special purposes and applications. The NorthQ 3390A fits into this category. Measuring just 27mm tall, it is designed to properly cool a socket 939 CPU inside the smallest of PC cases, such as the Hiper Media Center case. People who build custom systems and cases will find good use for this cooler due to the looks, so it has a lot of potential to begin with."

More information on this review can be found here.
Akasa Evo 98 Universal CPU Cooler Review @ XtremeComputing

"Overall this cooler impressed it keeps up the Akasa Evo Brand reputation for being good quality fan based coolers. (Oh yes it looks pretty good as well) don’t worry though if bright lights are not your thing as the Evo98’s light is not a bright one just a mellow cool blue. I really wish though it was 120mm fan compatible as I reckon it would be a better cooler with a larger 120mm fan, having said that it is excellent."

More information on this review can be found here.
Jing Ting Chipforce JTS-0006 Chipset Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"Only a few months ago I received a new chipset cooler from Jing Ting, the Chipforce JTS-0005. This cooler provided a very respectable decrease in temperatures with a design that allowed it to work with many SLI systems that previously had no cooler upgrade path. Today I have received an updated version of the Chipforce cooler, the JTS-0006. While the overall design remains the same, they have made some improvements; such as copper fins, copper heat pipe, and a blue LED fan. Let's take a look and see if these changes offer any improvement over the impressive previous model."

More information on this review can be found here.
Imation Micro Hard Drive (4GB) Review @ Trusted Reviews
"Recently I’ve looked at a few hard drives from the likes of Iomega, Sony and Memorex so recently Imation sent me its 4GB offering to have a look at. While USB keys are becoming ubiquitous they only go up to 2GB. 4GB drives are on th horizon but these will be expensive. If you need more capacity in your pocket, a portable hard drive is more cost effective. Capacities start at 4GB, which is what Imation is offering, though the Iomega and the Memorex boast 8GB."

More information on this review can be found here.
Battle of the Water Cooling Kits Review @ Overclock3D
"Today I'll be taking a look at some water-cooling kits from Alphacool, Swiftec, Thermaltake and XSPC. These 'kits' differ from the 'systems' I mentioned, in that they provide you with all of the components necessary to build your water cooling system, but don't actually come pre-built. You will also find that many of the components included in these kits are the same as those used by water-cooling enthusiasts."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin Redline XP2 8000 DDR2 SDRAM Review @ BJorn3D
"For me, this would be my first hands on experience with DDR2. Even though I had never personally used a stick of DDR2 RAM before I received my new system, I had been reading extensively and following DDR2's evolutionary process since it first surfaced on the market in 2004. My interest in DDR2 was first peaked when I ran across this white paper article entitled New DDR2 Memory Offers Advantages for Dual-Processor Servers published by Thor Sewell in September, 2004. Since then I have ravenously devoured all the articles and reviews I could find detailing the technical advancements concerning DDR2 in preparation for its mainstream emergence into the Computer Enthusiast market."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCM Wallpaper Competition @ OzCaseMods
"WIN! WIN! WIN! That's right people competition time again here at OzCaseModz! This time we are asking you to open up your graphic's programs and create an original OCM case modding themed wallpaper. All the details on how to enter and competition conditions can me found by the link provided. We've line up some awesome prizes thanks to the business such as MNPCTECH, IXCOM Technology and Steel Series, so check it out!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
HIS X1300 512MB DDR2 Dual DVI PCI Express Video Card Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Today we have the last card in our HIS X1300 series of reviews; the X1300 dual DVI 512MB PCI Express. Unlike the previous two cards, this X1300 does not feature the IceQ cooler and instead uses a passive cooling solution. This is most likely because this card is not a part of the "Turbo" line of HIS cards meaning that it has received no overclock and comes at the normal X1300 speeds right out of the box. The core and memory speeds on this card are the typical 450MHz and 250MHz (500MHz effective)."

More information on this review can be found here.
CrazyPC T-Shirt Contest @ CrazyPC
"Create a T-Shirt Design and win a Modified Silent Storm Case! We're looking for your creative T-Shirt Designs. The winner of the design will receive a Modified Silent Storm Case. No purchase necessary to enter.

We're accepting T-Shirt designs from June 26, 2006 through July 26, 2006. Don't wait though, submit your design now. The winner will be announced July."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Cooler Master Mystique 631 ATX Chassis Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Cooler Master has done a fantastic job with the Mystique 631 with its great many options. With its plentiful and standard options, the Mystique will serve any kind user whether you are an enthusiast or looking to change your home or professional computer appearance to something that suggests refinement."

More information on this review can be found here.

ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe AM2 Motherboard Review

"Ok I know I said I wasn't going to review the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe (wireless edition) motherboard when I wrote my AM2 overclocking article. However, I just couldn't help myself because this board is quite simply the most feature-packed motherboard I've ever used."

More information on this review can be found here.
SunbeamTech Silent Storm Case Review @ Pro-Clockers
"I have had the opportunity to review a lot of great cases and a lot of them have been somewhat pricey. But there is always an inexpensive gem in the bunch, which gives you a lot of what the other guys’ offers. Sunbeamtech aka Tuniq has recently been putting out some great cases for those that have financially impaired wallets. Take the Tuniq 2 which was one of the best cases I have reviewed and cost well under eighty dollars. Now we have a chance to review the Silent Storm. Do we like it as much as the Tuniq 2, we will see."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Aguila Case Review @ OCModShop
"When searching for the quietest, nicest case for your rig, there are certain features you must look for. Some of these are Size, Air Flow, and Expandability. Thermaltake has been making cases along with their other equipment, targeting the computer enthusiast and hardware modder. Thermaltake's Aguila case looks to be a well-built and expandable case that's sure to impress at the next LAN party!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Safari BX-01 BTX CPU Cooler Review @ Motherboards.org
"Unfortunately, as this is really the first (and unfortunately, maybe the last) BTX heatsink review, the Safari stands on its own. By that I mean that I don't know how it rivals the reference solution, or other marketed coolers. There is one thing I can tell you, though. The second you boot the PC, it's like somebody's slammed a NOS bottle hooked up to a Screamer. This fan gets frelling loud. Even as the fan spins down and you idle into windows, it still has a thick, powerful growl that's more than willing to turn into a whooshing whine at the first chance. In the endgame with all its Ups and downs, it came to a point where I'd rather listen to an infant cry next to my ear than hear this heatsink. Sorry folks!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec P180B Mid-Tower Case Review @ Hardware-Review
"Antec has been making PC cases for many years now, and all the experience they’ve gained has helped them stay at the forefront of the PC enclosure industry. It seems every new case they release sports some new innovative technology like hard drive suspension cables and custom cooling solutions. Today, we are doing an in-depth review of the Antec P180B mid-tower case to see what benefits PC enthusiasts will see with this high-end enclosure. Will it melt our hearts here at Hardware-Review.net or just fizzle out during our evaluation?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec NSK2400 Desktop PC Case Review @ Think Computers
"At CES this year I got to check out some of Antec’s new products and I finally got one for review! It's the NSK2400 Desktop PC case, it's designed a bit different than other cases out there, the first thing you will notice is that it is not vertical it is a horizontal style case, the second thing you'll notice is that it looks really cool on the outside. The real surprise is inside of the NSK2400 it features a three chamber thermal structure to isolate heat and noise produced by the power supply and hard drives and other components in your system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Computex 2006 - It's Party Time! @ The TechZone


"Carnegie's is an ex-pat bar and Wednesday night is the night to go to Carnegies - it’s lady’s night. How this works is really quite genius. Ladies get in free from 7pm to 9pm and the drinks are free as well. After 9PM, they let the guys into a room full of drunken girls. How cool is that?"

You have to appreciate free booze when you attend one of these events. More information on this report can be found here.
Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus VGA Cooler Review @ TechDomain


"Based on the results, I was extremely pleased with the Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus. It cooled very effectively, whilst not whining or howling like a cyclone. It also (and from all reports) is extremely adaptable to many different card configurations. Whilst we cannot say whether or not the heatpipes are effective, in the end, it does not really matter, as the surface area of the fins, together with the ducting and blower fan all amount to a superb cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolink Presents "Mainboard Silencer" Chipset Cooler


Vienna / Taipei, June 22nd 2006 - Coolink today presented the "Mainboard Silencer", a new passive chipset cooler. The Mainboard Silencer is compatible with all ATX mainboards and perfectly suited for replacing loud northbridge coolers and thus making the whole system more silent.

"Many mainboards are equipped with underdimensioned heat-sinks, which can only provide the required cooling performance when equipped with loud high-rpm fans", explains Timothy Chu, Coolink CEO, "The Mainboard Silencer is an easy and affordable solution in order to eliminating an annoying source of noise within the case."

To allow for optimal passive cooling performance, Coolink's Mainboard Silencer features all-aluminium construction. The stepped top edge of the heat-sink ensures maximum compatibility with larger CPU coolers.

The Mainboard Silencer can be installed either via the mainboard's push-pin mounting holes or using the supplied self-adhesive thermal pad, which also makes it possible to attach the Mainboard Silencer to chips other than the northbridge.

More information on this press release can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Accelero X1 VGA Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Arctic Cooling manufactures a series of VGA coolers, divided into two series, Accelero and Silencer. Coolers from Silencer series pull hot air generated by the video card to outside the computer case. While coolers from Accelero series don’t do this, they are targeted to hi-end VGAs: Accelero X1 is targeted to video cards based on GeForce 6800 and 7800 series from nVidia, while Accelero X2 is targeted to video cards based on Radeon X1800 and X1900 series from ATI. We have already taken a look on NV Silencer 6, so now it is time for us to take a look on Accelero X1."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooltek CT 600 PSU Review @ Driver Heaven
"Cooltek is a European based brand with various cooling products but with Main focus on power supplies. The products are designed in Scandinavia and Germany and produced in selected factories in China. Today we are having a look at the Cooltek CT 600 Power Supply Unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire SP-600W Rocketeer IV Power Supply Review @ OCIA
"The SP-600W Rocketeer IV is being marketed as a "modular cable, SLI-ready, gaming PSU". As of this writing, if you look at the Rocketeer IV at Spire's site, it is advertised as being "darkgrey titanium colored" (this one is definitely black), and the advertised specs are somewhat different (lower) than the ones on this PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Harmony 680 IR Remote Review @ BoxGods
"With the addition of VCR's, receivers, DVD players, CD changers, gaming consoles, HTPC's, ad infinitum, the household collection of remotes grows and grows. If your coffee table is groaning under the load as loudly as your wife does about the clutter, it might be time for a universial remote like the excellent Logitech Harmony 680 we are reviewing today."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ GameXStream 700W Power Supply Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"OCZ Technology has released a new line of power supplies dubbed the "GameXStream" series. Currently available in only 600W and 700W configurations, these power supplies are meant for serious PC enthusiasts, gamers, and power users. Both models are SLI-Ready and feature some pretty impressive specifications."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATP Pro Max 1GB Compact Flash Card Review @ Think Computers
"Flash memory can be found pretty much everywhere today, in almost every consumer electronic device from cell phones, digital cameras to video games. Many companies out there make flash memory, but which is right for you? What qualities do you look for in a flash memory card? Speed is always important, durability is very important, and capacity. Today for review I have a 1 GB Compact Flash card from ATP, it's fast, water resistant and very durable."

More information on this review can be found here.

Summer 2006 MP3 Player Buyers Guide

With summer coming up many of us will be changing our daily activities. Some of you will be going from the classroom to the pool, others might be planning a nice vacation for your family and some of you will be preparing for the summer business trip. Whatever the case may be there are some essentials that we all must have. One of those for a lot of people is an MP3 player. So I have compiled a list of MP3 players I would recommend for this summer's activities!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Seagate 750 GB Barracuda 7200.10 Hard Drive Review @ Overclockers Club
"The hard drive is a major component of anyone’s computer system. It stores your operating system, videos, mp3s and games along with any other business or personal programs you prefer. So when you think of a hard drive, the first two thoughts that should come to mind are: reliability and storage. The Seagate 750 GB SATA Barracuda has the storage capacity, but is it reliable? If you were to ask me that question about ten years ago I would have said no, but within the last five years Seagate has become one of the most trusted players in the reliability category."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X1600 XT IceQ Turbo and CrossFire Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Recently we had the chance to review the HIS X1600 Pro and after finishing the review we were pleasantly surprised by how well it performed against the competition. So today we are pitting the HIS X1600 XT IceQ Turbo against the same cards to see how well it stacks up against them and to make thing a bit more interesting we have also included the some scores using the two cards in CrossFire mod."

More information on this review can be found here.
EPoX EP-9U1697 GLI Motherboard Review @ Overclockers Online
"It is not often that we see a lower-priced product compete with a higher-end product; thanks to EPoX and ULi, we have seen it! The ULi M1697 chipset, paired with EPoX's awesome EP-9U1697 GLI board, performs greatly even against the more expensive nForce4 SLI chipset."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra MicroFly Micro-ATX Case Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Once upon a time, finding a versatile compact case that you would be proud to be seen with was nearly impossible. Then in buzzes the Ultra MicroFly Micro ATX Case. This attractive, all-aluminum case can house any micro ATX motherboard, and yet accepts standard depth optical drives and ATX power supplies due to being 1.5" deeper than comparable cases."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, June 23, 2006
Albatron GeForce 7600GT 256MB Review @ Sharky Extreme


"The Albatron GeForce 7600GT card features the GeForce 7600 GT graphic processing unit, which is the current top dog in the mainstream market. It is a 90nm core with 12 pixel pipelines, 12 pixel shader processors, 12 texture units, and 5 vertex pipelines. This is a very balanced GPU architecture, which doesn't elevate one feature at the expense of another. It also results in a fill rate of 6.72 Gigatexel/s, which is very high-end for a mainstream card. Where things drop back a bit is in the memory interface, which is 128-bit rather than the 256-bit link that most high-end card employ. The onboard memory is GDDR3, and at an effective 1.4 GHz clock speed, memory bandwidth is still a very impressive 22.4 GB/s."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X1800GTO vs. X1900GT from HIS and GeCube Review @ Tweaktown


"The model sent into us for review by HIS is their “Turbo” edition which means you can overclock the card if you need some extra FPS. While not as impressive as other cards we have received from HIS in the past, you are able to boost the clock speed by 20MHz to 520MHz although the memory clock speeds stays the same, 500MHz (or 1GHz DDR). It does seem like the Radeon X1800GTO is already pretty maxed out as far as clock speeds go so don’t expect too much when it comes to overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.
Inno3D GeForce 7600 GST Review @ Hardware Secrets


"GeForce 7600 GS is the simplest GPU from the new mid-range GeForce 7600 series from nVidia. Inno3D launched a highly overclocked model, dubbed GeForce 7600 GST, which promises to have a performance reaching GeForce 7600 GT. In this review we are going to compare the performance of this overclocked model from Inno3D with the regular GeForce 7600 GS, GeForce 7600 GT and also against other products available on the market."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC2-8000 EL Platinum XTC DDR2 Review @ Virtual-Hideout


"OCZ has once again pushed the limits of ultra-high quality memory. Their new 2x1GB PC2-8000 EL Platinum XTC is impressive to say the least. Remember now, this is running at 1000mhz at only 5-5-5-15 and 2.1v. To top that, those are the official specs directly from OCZ. How many high quality 1000mhz 2x1GB DDR2 kits are out there?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe nForce 590 SLI AM2 Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"The Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe is one of the first Socket AM2 motherboards to make it into the PCSTATS labs, and it's one motherboard with a lot of expectations attached. Coming out of the box, the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe is extremely user friendly; in the hardware layout on-PCB, inside the BIOS, and with respect to its tweaking software. The Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe supports 940-pin socket AM2 AMD Athlon64/X2/FX and Sempron processors and is based on the flagship nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI and nVidia MCP55PXE chipsets."

More information on this review can be found here.
Highpoint RocketRAID 2310 Review @ Tweaktown
"Today we have its smaller and more affordable brother - the RocketRAID 2310 – which is a 4 port version using PCI Express x4 for its interface but also works in x8 and x16 slots for added compatible and flexibility. Let’s take a close look at Highpoint’s latest and RoHS world friendly controller. We’ll see if it should find a place in your desktop PC, if you’re looking to expand your storage capabilities."

More information on this review can be found here.
Battle of the Mobile CPUs: Core Duo vs Pentium M @ Madshrimps
"The Pentium Mobile line of processors have become quite
popular with hardware enthusiasts as they offer a better performance per Mhz than their desktop companions. We compare Intel's Core Duo for mobiles to their Pentium M, overclocking them on a desktop system they go head to head."

More information on this review can be found here.
Apple Intel-powered Mac Mini Review @ Hexus
"So, if you like the mini (or, indeed, the form-factor of any new-gen Intel-powered Mac) but prefer Windows to OS X, there's no longer a problem running your favourite OS. And, of course, OS X lovers who want to run Windows for playing games or doing some serious stuff only possible under Microsoft's OS can do that, too, and revert to the Mac operating system for everything else where they feel most at home."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire Pininfarina PALU/S Mid-Tower Case Review @ A1-Electronics
"You either love this type of Italian design or not with its smooth curved lines and everything hidden. Even if you do not you have to say this Spire computer is very well made and that a lot of attention to detail has been put into this making PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Mystique 631 ATX Mid-Tower Case Review @ 3DXtreme
"Today 3DXtreme is pleased to present our latest hardware review of a recently released mid-tower Case from Cooler Master. Cooler Master has long been known for delivering some of the highest quality Cases to the market. The ATC series was a personal favorite of mine and I owned three of them over the years. When heat and the need for more space shifted my focus to full-tower Cases I was sad to have to leave my ATC Cases behind. Today’s Case, the Mystique 631, is an aluminum mid-tower available in a silver or black brushed aluminum finish. Weighing in at a mere 13.9 lbs it was refreshing to review a Case this light yet this well constructed. It has been awhile since I’ve seen a lightweight Case that was made of aluminum come in for a review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Eureka Aluminum Case Review @ 3DGameman
"The Thermaltake Eureka Case looks great with excellent features. It has 5x5.25" and 2x3.5" external drive bays, and 5x3.5" internal drive bays. There is plenty of room to work on the inside and the motherboard tray is removable. The included two 120mm fans provide fantastic air circulation which is crucial. It even fits an extended ATX motherboard. This product has home server written all over it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Centurion 540 Case Review @ techPowerUp
"The Cooler Master Centurion 540 is a mATX case with a sleek aluminum front, sporting very nice blue LEDs and a black fan grill. While the outside appearance leaves nothing to be desired, the inside does not disappoint either. The hardware installation is a breeze and the great fan mounting."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products Microfly SFF Case Review @ Motherboards.org
"Overall, I'm quite happy with the Microfly. This, of course comes after using it for a few days on end as a 'Daily Driver' type of machine. It's sturdy, and has enough airspace that cooling is decent, without forward intake. On the whole, while there may have been qualms during the installation phase, things are working out nicely, and I'm quite happy with this case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Wolverine Data MVP 60 Review @ HardwareHell
"WolverineData recently launched a new portable media product line. These players are able to play just about anything, and since they come with built in hard drive, size really doesn’t matter. Up for review is the Wolverine Data MVP 60GB multimedia storage and player. The interface is extremely easy to use and the device can play back DivX, Xvid, MPEG-1, and motion jpeg."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Black Illuminated Keyboard Review @ Techgage
"Keyboards. What would you do without one? Not much, that is obvious, for a good keyboard is worth its weight in gold. Yet this simple PC extremity is often a forethought when it comes to your PC, at least to average users. A keyboard should be easy to use with good readable buttons and a smooth easy press to the keys. Today there are so many keyboards that boast a load of features its hard to choose. Today we are looking at Logisys' Multimedia."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Mine CPU Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"If you want near silent cooling for your high end processor, the Scythe Mine CPU Cooler should definitely be on your short list of options. It didn't provide the most extreme cooling of all the heatsinks used during testing, but it did manage to keep a hot dual core Pentium processor at a safe operating temperature, even when both cores were loaded to 100% for a period of 24 hours straight."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel CPU Heatsink S775 Roundup June 2006 @ Madshrimps
"We compare nine different Intel socket 775 heatsinks from
Thermalright, Zalman, Titan, Scythe, GlobalWin and Thermaltake in our latest roundup. Can they prevent a Pentium 4 Prescott from melting without ruining our ears? Let's find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
2.5 Inch Drive on the Desktop @ XYZ Computing
"With the transition to solid-state, totally silent, desktop drives still a long way off enthusiasts are always looking for better storage options for silent/power efficient computers. This article is going to examine the use of a 2.5" notebook hard drive in a desktop computer. The unique demands placed on portable hard drives have made them evolve into devices which are very small, have minimal power demands, and are very quiet. The tradeoff for these qualities has always been limited capacities, high costs, and slow transfer rates, but a the recent progression in portable storage techology has changed the 2.5" drive greatly. We put the Seagate Momentus 5400.3 160GB SATA notebook drive in our test system and took it for a spin."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus VGA Cooler Review @ TechDomain
"Based on the results, I was extremely pleased with the Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus. It cooled very effectively, whilst not whining or howling like a cyclone. It also (and from all reports) is extremely adaptable to many different card configurations. Whilst we cannot say whether or not the heatpipes are effective, in the end, it does not really matter, as the surface area of the fins, together with the ducting and blower fan all amount to a superb cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast 7950 GX2 TDH Video Card Review @ Bjorn3D
"Having reviewed two of LeadTek's video capture systems a few months ago and being highly impressed with both the quality and performance of those products I was extremely optimistic that this product would continue to improve upon that history. In preparation for the review I went to LeadTek's site and read a bit more about their history."

More information on this review can be found here.
SyncMAX PC2-5300 DDR2-667 Express Memory Review @ PCstats
"The SyncMAX PC2-5300 Express memory has been certified to run in a dual channel configuration at speeds of 667 MHz with CAS latency timings of 4-4-4. The memory can also be run at 533 MHz (PC2-4300) with tighter CAS 3-3-3 timings if one so chooses. The SyncMAX PC2-5300 Express that passed through the PCSTATS test labs today were good if you keep the target audience in mind."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS EN7900GT Video Card Review @ Gamepyre
"The Bang for the buck tradeoff on the ASUS EN7900GT is excellent. At a MSRP of $299 the EN7900GT TOP can hold its own with the latest games and is ready for today's demanding applications. The next iteration of Microsoft operating systems, Microsoft Vista is due to release to the consumer early next year, and to big businesses later this year. Vista will bring a new GUI (Graphics User Interface) called Windows Aero Glass. The 7900GT and other Shader Model 3.0 parts are fully ready for the new GUI. Vista will also bring the next iteration of Direct3D, Direct3D10."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD AM2 3500+ Overclocking Adventure @ Virtual-Hideout
"Those are some impressive results for sure. A $112 CPU performing almost exactly like an FX-57 is fantastic. It wasn't that long ago that the FX-57 was the king of the hill and cost around $1000. I'd say for a single core CPU, this 2750MHz 3500+ is quite a stunner."

More information on this article can be found here.
Shuttle XPC SD36G5M VIIV Ready Small Form Factor PC Review @ Futurelooks
"Today we're looking at Shuttle's XPC SD36G5M, an HTPC supporting Intel's ViiV platform with a pimping VFD that will display nearly anything you want. Built for quiet computing with a little home theatre action thrown in, will this baby PC do the job?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"Foxconn has done a good job with the NF4SLI7AA-EKRS2 motherboard. The board supports CPUs up to the 8xx series, with the 9xx series requiring a nForce 5 for Intel board instead or a 975 board from Intel Otherwise, for the street price of $119, the NF4SLI7AA-EKRS2 is an excellent buy for people wanting an SLI motherboard and a Intel CPU of the 8xx series or prior. Performance on the NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 is exemplary in most respects."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman HD160 HTPC Case Review @ PCApex
"The most wonderful thing about the HD160 is the ability to fill up the innards using normal full-sized components. It will accept either a MATX or ATX sized motherboard, full sized or bigger PSU, full sized cards, and a large heatsink. It has room for only one optical drive but that should be sufficient for a HTPC rig. The optical drive screws also have grommets to reduce noise."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Armor Jr. Aluminum Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"With the addition of the Armor Jr., Thermaltake continues an impressive track record of marketing innovative computer cases with excellent features and outstanding performance. A sleek look, large side window and superb cooling performance only add to its appeal. Add configuration flexibility into the mix, and I think you'll agree that the Armor Jr. is a very nice case, indeed."

More information on this review can be found here.
LanWar 2006's 8 Best Case Mods @ Think Computers
"There are always a few major events every year that become the modders deadlines where they slave away for hours with a Dremel in hand attempting to finish up their case by the upcoming LAN. On the east coast that LAN is LanWar (aka MillionManLAN) and this year there were no doubt a handful of great mods to be seen. ThinkComputers.org sought out the best 8 mods found in the BYOC."

More information on this report can be found here.
EA FIFA World Cup Mod Project @ Bit-Tech
"Before any of the designs could be fixed onto the case, they had to be polished and buffed first. "I sanded them down, first, with 600-grit and 100-grit sandpaper. When that was done, I pulled out my Dremel, fixed on a polishing wheel and broke out some polishing paste."

More information on this project can be found here.
Revoltec Illuminated Desktop Review @ Driver Heaven
"Ok, so you are a modder, you bought that shiny acrylic case, filled it with lights, round cables and every other flashing LED goodie that your dealer had listed in the modding section. After all this effort, perhaps your input devices feel a little bit too…mmm ordinary? Don’t fear because Revoltec can do something about that, since they produce all kinds of illuminated desktop devices. Today we will examine some of their products to be exact, a keyboard, a mouse and a mousepad."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus VGA Cooler Review @ TechDomain


"Based on the results, I was extremely pleased with the Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus. It cooled very effectively, whilst not whining or howling like a cyclone. It also (and from all reports) is extremely adaptable to many different card configurations. Whilst we cannot say whether or not the heatpipes are effective, in the end, it does not really matter, as the surface area of the fins, together with the
ducting and blower fan all amount to a superb cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Everglide g-1000 Gaming Mouse and Titan Monster Mat Review @ FastLaneHW


"So in this review, we are going to take a close look at a mouse / mousepad combination from one company - Everglide. We have the Everglide g-1000 Professional Gaming Mouse and the Everglide Titan Monster Mat - Fnatic Edition, as shown in figure 1. Extensive testing will reveal how well these babies play together."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plextor EX-PH25L NAS Review @ Overclockers Online


"We have come to the end and I ask myself, did the Plextor PX-EH25L live up to the expectations I had for it? It absolutely did in every outlined function. Does the Plextor PX-EH25L look stunning in an office, on a shelf or a desk? The answer once again is a resounding absolutely. The exterior of the PX-EH25L is the cleanest of all network storage devices I have seen. It can stand out as the main piece sitting on a shelf or can fade away into the background and just work without making much of a peep."

More information on this review can be found here.
Understanding and Tweaking WindowsXP Services @ PCstats


"In Windows XP, background processes are called Services and they will be the topic of this PCSTATS Beginner's Guides. We're going to look at what the WinXP Services are, why they're necessary, which ones should be running on your system and which ones you can do without. The reason for occasional slow performance with WindowsXP is because of what's going on in the background."

More information on this guide can be found here.
GoldenRAM UpgradeDetect Review @ The Tech Lounge
"In brief, UpgradeDetect is a free web-based service (it also exists as a downloadable executable file) that does just what the name implies, detects possible upgrades to your computer system by utilizing the Serial Presence Detect (SPD) of the memory ROM (among other intricate programming secrets I�m not smart enough to understand). Two versions are available, one for home users and one geared more towards IT professionals. What you will find after visiting the website and running the utility is an evaluation of your computing horsepower and a list of suggested upgrades."

More information on this review can be found here.
8-way SLI and Crossfire Power Supply (PSU) Roundup @ Legit Reviews
"Our goal was to take a sample of the SLI and Crossfire approved power supplies and put them through some torture testing to make sure they perform up to our standards. Armed with a pair of GeForce 7800GTX 512mb video cards in SLI on AMD's new AM2 platform with a 5000+ processor and two X1900XT's in Crossfire on an Intel's 975 Bad Axe motherboard with a 965 Extreme Edition our core testing platforms are what enthusiasts are running. To top off our base systems we added watercooling, numerous casefans, a DVD-Rom and even Ageia's PhysX processor card. We put together everything we could think of that would simulate a high-end system with SLI and Crossfire then ran it balls to the wall to see what happens. What did happen was shocking, but expected. Three of the eight power supplies are worth avoiding and we tell you which ones and why."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrox TripleHead2Go Review @ Techgage
"We have all dealt with products that, on paper, are full of promise. These products generate a lot of hype and buzz but once they become hands on, the magic surrounding them seems to disappear. Today we are taking a look at a product that seems almost too good to be true."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin Absolute Power ABT-600CW PSU Review @ Think Computers
"Power supplies, you can't have a computer without one can you? There are many choices out there when it comes to choosing a PSU. How does one know which one to get? Well if you are like most people you read reviews and try and learn what you can about the products that are available for you to choose from. So today for review I have a 600 Watt PSU from Kingwin, it is called the Absolute Power, and from my experience so far it not only looks cool but performs well and is very stable."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Radeon X1900XT IceQ3 Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"Taking the Radeon X1900XT card and improving it further with the powerful and silent IceQ3 cooler earns HIS lots of well deserved respect. Performance wise, gameplay was never less than spectacular with frame rates offering shudder free gaming even with the eye candy on without mercy. The X1900XT IceQ3 is the fastest card currently in the shop right now. Before I get flamed, yes I expect that a pair of GeForce 7950 GX2 would be faster but let's take a practical look at price tags. The HIS X1900XT IceQ3 is out and readily available now for around $440 on the street which is more than can be said for the 7950 GX2."

More information on this review can be found here.
Inno3D 7300 GT vs Sapphire X1300 and Asynchronous SLI @ Trusted Reviews
If you take a look at the SLI performance graphs, it is first of all worth noting that there is a significant improvement when running two of these 7300 GT's in SLI – as much as 100 per cent improvement. Obviously the two 7600 GTs have the greatest performance, but most interesting is how the mixed card scenario has performance almost exactly in between the two. This shows how well GPU load balancing is working."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Tenor Case Review @ Modders-Inc
"Today we are going to look at Thermaltake's HTPC called the Tenor. HTPC cases are becoming a very popular choice for users. It can used as a Home Theater PC as well as do normal job tasks. A lot of people run a file sharing server, web server, and games from the same system. With a few additional items added to the mix, your system can easily be adapted to an HTPC which will allow you to play DVD's for the family, with the appropriate capture card you can also record video from your TV."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX Overclocked GeForce 7600 GT (PV-T43G-UDD3) Review @ Hardware Secrets
"GeForce 7600 GT is the top mid-range GPU from nVidia and XFX has this model, PV-T43G-UDD3, which comes factory-overclocked. Let’s see how faster is this overclocked model against the regular GeForce 7600 GT and also against other products available on the market, like GeForce 7600 GS and Radeon X1600 XT."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
OCZ Mini-Kart USB Flash Drive Review @ XYZ Computing
"Progress in today's storage industry is largely about three things: faster, cheaper, and smaller. In each new product generation people are looking for items which are either faster, cheaper, and/or smaller than the products which are currently available. This can clearly be seen in the push for smaller hard drives, higher rotational speeds, and the rapid drop in the price-per-gigabyte of drives. The progress of one of these three factors often overshadows the other two; after all, releasing a product which is faster, smaller, and cheaper would be no easy task. This review will be taking a look at OCZ's Mini-Kart USB 2.0 flash drive, a product which does not focus on speed or price, but is smaller than almost anything to come before it. This tiny USB flash drive is just a bit larger than a quarter (43mm x 19mm x 2.8mm) but stores up to 2 GB of data."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin Enhanced XP-650 Power Supply Review @ PCstats
"On paper the Mushkin Enhanced XP-650 power supply looks to be an excellent model, but as with everything in life never judge a product based on how it looks. PCSTATS has seen enough computer devices that promise the world, only to go up in smoke when the going gets tough. The XP-650 power supply has a peak power rating of 650W, adheres to the ATX 2.0 standard and is multi-videocard ready."

More information on this review can be found here.
nVidia 7950GX2 Review @ Driver Heaven
"In this review Driver Heaven will be taking a look at how well the product performs in all of the usual gaming titles. In addition to this there will be in-depth testing at widescreen and ultra high resolutions, including advanced AA and AF settings and if that isn’t enough to answer any performance questions we will then take a look at the cards video playback performance of high definition content when compared to competitor part’s. Finally we will throw in a little overclocking to ensure that the benefits and downsides of the card are fully explored."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn Winfast 6150K8MD Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"Next up is the new and improved nForce MCP430. This new Southbridge was added by nVidia to aid the adoption of the Digital Home, similar to Intel’s DH series of Southbridges. The MCP430 adds a few extra features to its predecessor to jumpstart the Digital Home revolution towards the nVidia platform. First on the list is HD Audio. This has been elusive from nVidia since the removal of Sound Storm, the first ever hardware HD audio integrated into a Southbridge, and this was from nVidia back in the nForce 2 days. Using the Intel Azalia Audio specs, nVidia has added a 7.1 HD audio controller into the MCP430."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AT8 32x Crossfire 939 Motherboard Review @ XtremeComputing
"The motherboard is well laid out and at first glance, so let us have a closer look. Nothing seems out of place though the rear connectors of the motherboard look a bit odd spaced as they are. Although this is necessary due to the gap for the airflow required to cool the heatsink of the “SILENT OTES” setup."

More information on this review can be found here.
MetaGeek Wi-Spy 2.4 GHz Spectrum Analyzer Review @ The Tech Lounge
"Do you have a wireless network? Do you have a cordless phone? Do you own a microwave? Most likely your answer to these questions is yes, which means you probably have interference. The issue at hand is not whether you have interference, but whether its affects are felt. Although most wireless boxes are able to push through the lower amounts of interference, some people, such as those living in apartments or otherwise deluged with many wireless signals may have problems. It is with this dilemma in mind that the people at MetaGeek created the Wi-Spy spectrum analyzer."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA DualTV MCE Tuner Card Review @ Digital Trends
"The DualTV MCE from NVIDIA is an analog dual TV tuner that transforms a Windows XP machine into a PVR. With dual tuners built-in, you can record two different TV shows simultaneously, while watching a third, previously recorded show. Or, if you'd like to use the first tuner to pause and rewind live TV, you’ll still be able to record another show in the background. With competing products such as the ATI TV Wonder Elite, you'd only be able to record one show at a time. If you wanted to pause/rewind live TV with the TV Wonder Elite, you wouldn't be able to do anything else at the same time."

More information on this review can be found here.
AVerMedia AVerTV CardBus Notebook TV Tuner Review @ Think Computers
"Last time we took a look at a product from AVerMedia it was their UltraTV USB 300 portable TV tuner. Today we will be looking at another TV tuner from them, but this time it's their Notebook TV tuner. This TV tuner is specifically made for your laptop's PCMCIA slot. This way you can easily travel with the TV tuner and it takes up less space."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Vortex HDD Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
"With everything inside the computer producing more and more heat, you may think of installing a cooler for your hard disk drive, especially if you have a high rotation model (7,200 rpm or above) in order to increase the lifespan of your HDD and, at the same time, decreasing the PC internal temperature, preventing it from overheating. Vortex is a hard disk drive cooler from Vantec that blows cold air from outside the computer case on the hard disk drive, decreasing your HDD temperature. It is available in two models and two color options (silver and black). The first model, VTX-CO1, has a digital thermometer and you can adjust the fan speed as hi, low or off. The second model, VTX-CO2, doesn’t have a digital thermometer but has a potentiometer than controls the fan speed. We reviewed VTX-CO1-SL model."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooljag AMA-H AM2 Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers
"There are times when people want a little bit better cooling than the option that comes with the CPU that they recently purchased. And then that same person doesn’t really want to overclock or seriously stress their PC like others. Our next cooler maybe an ideal solution for that individual. It’s the Cooljag AMA-H, aimed at replacing the OEM stock cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake TR2-R1 Ultra Silent Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"Lets not forget that this Thermaltake TR2-R1 AMD Athlon 64 heatsink is designed and sold as 'Ultra silent' so we cannot expect it to give stunning cooling performance compared to other heatsinks with much more powerful and noisy fans."

More information on this review can be found here.
Verax Quattro 1 Ultra-Quiet Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Verax Quattro 1 is a large squarish heatsink, accented by two specialized fans which produce barely a whisper of noise. Six copper heatpipes extend up from a large copper base through a cube of aluminum cooling fins, as is popular with many silent heatsink designs. A multi-socket mounting bracket makes it possible to use the Quattro 1 with just about any processor platform. The two Verax ultra-quiet CAIRdB fans are the real selling point of the Quattro 1 heatsink however, and under power both fans generate less than 31 dbA according to FrostyTech's own measurements."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Apollo Case Review @ Techgage
"Building a new rig and can't find a case that screams 'gamer'? NZXT is a rather new company that's making a splash in the case market, and they are releasing yet another new creation. This one is feature packed, looks great and it won't even hurt the wallet."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gaming Hardware 06 @ HardwareHell
"There are exciting things happening both from the hardware point of view, as well as some new, resource-hungry games on the horizon, so this is an especially excellent time to take a look at when you should upgrade, and what that should entail. Of course the particular upgrade path you take depends on a number of features. These include the current hardware you are running, the sorts of games you like to play, and how much money you have to spend."

More information on this article can be found here.

Water Block Cleaning Guide

"Ever needed to clean a used water block? If one wants to change their water color, restore their water block, or clean their block up to sell it then this guide might be of some interest to you. There are a few methods, but the following is a cheap method that has worked for me."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Sunbeam Tuniq2 Case Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"The Tuniq 2 really brings a lot to the table. I was pleasantly surprised by all that was offered and the extreme ease of installation. Although the chassis was heavy steel and there was no removable mainboard tray, there was plenty of space to work. The combination of the tool-less PCI slot clamps and the wide open space around the Optical and HDD area provided for a very easy installation experience. To add to it all, the two installed, and included extra 120mm fans provided for quiet cooling and plenty of airflow."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, June 19, 2006
Zboard Merc Keyboard Review @ XSReviews
"The Merc Gaming Keyboard is another new product from Ideazon, the same people that make the Zboard which I reviewed earlier this year. Building on the Zboard’s success, Ideazon have analyzed the shortcomings of its previous design and built a whole new design which still relies on the ZEngine software."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIZO UFO 4 Port USB 2.0 Hub Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The UFO Hub adds character to a simple device and would make a great addition to a laptop or even a desk system, due to both its terrific functionality and portability, as well as its subtly dynamic design. So, I guess this UFO's not going to be tossed around the backyard any time soon. Sorry, kiddos."

More information on this review can be found here.

Two Large Tech Stations Giveaway

"Virtual-Hideout is at it again with their 14th consecutive weekly giveaway! Up for grabs this week is not one but TWO Large Tech Stations courtesy of HighSpeedPC.com! These babies are a must have for every computer geek. Entry is simple, just clean your workspace and submit a picture! Contest ends June 24th!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
Sunbeamtech NUUO 550W Power Supply Review @ BigBruin
"A modular power supply like the Sunbeamtech NUUO 550W unit can really make a big difference with the wire clutter that comes with a high end computer housing many components; and it also improves the airflow within the case. The cables provided are very nice, vary in length, have a good flex range, most are sleeved, two are EMI-shielded, and the Molex cables have nice grips for easy removal."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Precise 650W ATX 2.0 SLi Power Supply Review @ PCApex
"With high-end gaming rigs becoming the "wave of the future", the hardcore gamer needs a power supply that can meet or exceed his/her expectations and provide clean, steady power. NZXT, a company likely best known for their computer cases, has offered us here at PCApex the opportunity to review a new PSU that they offer that appears to fit the bill. It uses some technologies that sound great on paper, now let us see if it truly stacks up."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lapistor RAIDMate NAS Review @ Trusted Reviews
"Now that 500GB hard disks are becoming mainstream products we’re seeing a range of desktop NAS appliances delivering quite remarkable levels of storage at very affordable prices. The ReadyNAS NV from Infrant Technology set the ball rolling delivering 2TB of SATA storage at a low price and now Lapistor moves in with an equally tempting storage proposition and a number features that makes it virtually unique at this level of the market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TWINX2048-4400PRO 2GB Memory Kit Review @ Madshrimps
"What can possibly be said about Corsair which hasn't been said before. Their products are known and respected worldwide, as is their reputation for producing the highest quality memory. Their memory is the most consistent ever tested with every product to date either meeting or exceeding specifications. Today we test a product from their XMS Series, in particular the TWINX2048-4400PRO kit."

More information on this review can be found here.
LanWar World Series of Video Games 2006 Report @ Think Computers
"The biggest east coast LAN party to take place every year is held right in Louisville, Kentucky and known as MillionManLAN (and sometimes LanWar). It boasts a 1000 attendee event filled with never-ending fun, professional gaming tournaments, and a special Bring-Your-Own-Xbox section in addition to the normal Bring-Your-Own-Computer. This year the conventional LanWar was tied together with a new organization to host the World Series of Video Games."

More information on this report can be found here.
Patriot Memory 2GB PC2-5300 Review @ Overclockers Online
"Patriot Memory continues to impress with their overclocking and budget friendly memory modules. For most people, hitting just shy of PC2-8000 is more than enough, especially when you're only paying for PC2-5300's. A little more voltage and we probably could have broken it too!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Joystick Junkies Announces Girl Gamers @ OCModShop
"Joystick Junkies, the British fashion label, which is inspired by the world's most famous video games has announced 10 girls who have made it through to the finals in their search for Britain’s most charismatic girl gamers."

More information on this article can be found here.
One Laptop Per Child @ Bit-Tech
"The humanitarian benefits of helping to educate millions of children and bridge the digital divide between the rich and poor nations of the world are pretty self evident even to the most hardened cynic. However there can be no denying that a whole lot of the technology being developed for use in the $100 PC systems looks pretty tempting to users of power hungry, delicate and network-shy conventional laptops."

More information on this article can be found here.
Complete ASUS X1900XTX Crossfire Solution Review @ 3DAvenue
"When you look at the X1900XTX on paper, it really is an absolute beast. With clock speeds of 650MHz for the core and 1.55GHz on the memory, it is already clearly up there at the top of the pecking order when it comes to current videocard chips, but that's nothing compared to when you look at the fact one X1900XTX core has 48 pixel pipelines, 32 more than the X1800XT before it, not to mention 512MB of memory. When coupled together in Crossfire, you have a graphics system which has 1.3GHz of total 3D core power, 3.1GHz of total 3D memory power, 1GB of memory storage and 96 total pixels pipelines - ninety bloody six. Of course, as we all know, dual videocards doesn't really mean double the performance from a practical standpoint, so combining these specs is meant purely for shock value. Nevertheless, it is clear that combining two X1900XTX's together should produce some serious 3D power, and wouldn't you know it, we have two ASUS X1900XTX's right here so we can find out first hand."

More information on this review can be found here.
Inside Abit @ Driver Heaven
"DriverHeaven went inside Abit and met with their Marketing Manager, Peter Du Preez. Our reviewer Aaron also had the chance to take a look on several new motherboards, such as the AN9-32X and IL-80V. Follow the links to find more about this interesting tour, the new motherboards and read the interview with Peter."

More information on this article can be found here.
All American Computers - An Inside Look @ Techgage
"The entire time we talked, he emphasized the uniqueness of each and every PC build in the AAC shops. Kyle takes great pride in the fact that his PC’s offer many things that you cannot find anywhere else."

More information on this article can be found here.
Zalman CNPS8000 and ZM STG1 Super Thermal Grease Reviews @ Hi-Techreviews
"Today we are checking out a pair of products from Zalman, the first one is their Model CNPS8000 CPU cooler. This low profile cooler has over 60 fins and four heat pipes working together to remove as much heat as possible from the processor. The fact that the heatpipes are soldered to the base of the heatsink should be a plus for this unit. The second item we are testing today is Zalman's STG-1 Super Thermal Grease, we found during our testing that this product is as good if not better that some of major thermal solutions available today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 Overclocking with Air Cooling @ Madshrimps
"With the release of Core 2 from Intel approaching we take a
look at how much headroom the X6800 (Extreme Edition) has left, clocked at 2.93Ghz we push it to the limit using high end air cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS9500 AM2 Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Zalman released one of the best coolers in recent history with the CNPS9500 LED. The cooler performed superbly in overall cooling and quietness. The unit cooled 939 socket processors with the best of them. But now we have the new AM2 socket. What are people to use when they decide to upgrade? Well, Zalman has you covered with the new CNPS9500 AM2."

More information on this review can be found here.
Reserator Mod Part 2 @ Tekbunker
"A top flight Eheim 1262 for example draws 80W which is quite a demand for the PSU so external power may be preferable there. For my purposes I estimate only a 10-15W load so either option would be ok. Convenience is an issue here too because an external source needs to be separately switched on. If you forget - your precious chips are fried, whereas the PSU choice covers that expensive mishap. You may though, like me, feel that leaving the pump on at all times is better and simpler, as it has the added bonus of chilling things even after shutdown and prior to powering up. The typical 50,000 hour lifespan of a pump is a healthy 5.7 years so that’s hardly a concern."

More information on this project can be found here.
Swiftech MCX159-CU Review @ Bjorn3D
"One thing that I don’t like with many nForce4 motherboards is that their Northbridge chipset get quite hot and most companies thus have to use fans to coole the chipset. There’s nothing wrong with using a fan but too many companies put fast spinning fans that both are loud and prone to failure after a while. I had an ASUS nForce 4 motherboard where the chipset fan not only was loud but also died on me after a year. CrazyPC sent us an interesting chipset-cooler from Swiftech, the MCX159-CU, which uses a pure copper heatsink together with a Sunon 40mm fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, June 17, 2006
VIZO Gemini Cordless Optical Mouse Review @ Think Computers
"EEEK a mouse! No not that kind! We all need a mouse of some sort for our computers to do what they need to do. Today you have many choices; it all depends on what you are using your mouse for. You can get a really expensive laser mouse, or even an expensive high DPI optical mouse, both are available in corded and cordless types. They come in all shapes and sizes and all have their pros and cons. Today I have for review a mouse from Vizo, I've reviewed Vizo products before and found them to be excellent in quality and performance, let's find out if the Vizo Gemini Optical Mouse can hold up to the standards that Vizo has set forth in their other products."

More information on this review can be found here.

World Series of Unprofessionalism

"The World Series of Video Games threatened a press website on opening day, Thursday, and is running an incredibly unprofessional event that is destroying the otherwise successful LanWar and casting a dark shadow over small and large press websites around the world."

More information on this report can be found here.
ECS Manufacturing in ShenZhen @ Bit-Tech
"Before the motherboard can begin to take shape, the inner layer must be sheared and drilled. There are about 15,000 holes made in each inner layer motherboard. The process takes around 30 minutes to complete ten 'inner layer' PCBs at a time on each machine."

More information on this report can be found here.
Vantec go2.0 USB Hub Review @ DreamWare Computers
"With USB being the standard connection of almost all PC peripherals these days, one can find themselves easily running out of ports very quickly as they add more devices to their computer. The only solution when this happens is to use a USB hub to add more ports externally. There are tons of these on the market, some expensive, some cheap, some big and some small. For those looking for a compact, cheap and ultra-stylish USB 2.0 hub, look no further than Vantec's latest go2.0 USB 2.0 hi-speed hub."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Muse LanDisk Review @ techPowerUp
"The Thermaltake MUSE LanDisk is an external enclosure for one 3.5" HDD. In addition to USB connections it also supports 10/100 MBit Ethernet making this a nice entry-level NAS system. The installation is extremely easy and can be performed without tools in a few minutes. When connected to the Ethernet interface a nice and easy to use web-based configuration page is available to change the settings."

More information on this review can be found here.
A-DATA my Flash USB Fingerprint Disk 512MB Review @ Hexus
"With respect to security, USB's ease of use can also be thought of as a weakness. For most drives, it's a case of plugging in and copying contents over, some of which may be of a sensitive nature. With this in mind, A-DATA Technology has recently launched a line of USB drives that provide much-needed security access via inbuilt fingerprint recognition."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master iGreen Power Supply Giveaway @ Modders-Inc
"Cooler Master and Modders-Inc are giving you a chance to win one of the just released 430W iGreen power supplies. This new line of power supply is the way of the future and of course it is from Cooler Master as they are always pushing the envelope with new technologies and style."

More information on this giveaway can be found here.
IcyDock MB453SPF-B SATA Multi-Bay Backplane Module Review @ PCstats
"The IcyDock MB453SPF-B multi-bay backplane module is a box the size of a couple optical drives stacked on top of one another that stores a handful of serial ATA hard drives in compact, individually hot swappable drive caddy's. When internal hard drive space in a computer case is full, or if quick access to hard drives is called for, this box will allow you to add up to three SATA hard drives in the space normally occupied by two 5.25" optical drives."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Zeus ST75ZF 750w Power Supply Review @ OCIA
"Late last year I had the opportunity to review SilverStone's 600w Strider power supply. The unit held its own very well and didn't even break a sweat, regardless of how far I pushed my hardware. It was clear that SilverStone had a winner on their hands with the 600w Strider, but we all know that you can't sit idle in the computer hardware industry or you will be left in the dust. Not wanting the latter to happen, SilverStone went to work and developed what is currently considered one of the most powerful power supplies on the market today, the Zeus ST75ZF 750w."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI NX7600GT VT2D256E Videocard Review @ EclipseOC
"The 7600GT uses Nvidia's G73 core. It is a 90nm part with 12 pixel pipelines, 8 Render Output Units units, and 5 Vertex Processors. There is no external power plug, which implies that power consumption is less than the 75 watt maximum of the PCI-E 16x slot. This is good news for those who are sick of swamping the case with heat from the video card. However, since overclocking significantly increases power consumption, I have a fear that power limitations of the slot will be hit before the card is maxed out. At the very least, it may be wise to ensure that the voltage regulation circuit for the PCI-E slot is not overheating when the system is loaded."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus EN7900GT-TOP Geforce 7900GT PCI Express Videocard Review
"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."

More information on this review can be found here.
GPU Coolers from Sytrin and Thermalright Reviewed @ MetkuMods
"This time we received two VGA-coolers for reviewing; from Sytrin and Thermalright. These manufacturers share one thing in common which makes reviewing these particular products very interesting. Both manufacturers have never done VGA-coolers before. Both coolers have copper bases, heatpipes and aluminum fins, but that's pretty much all they share in common as the designs are totally different from each other."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan NK32TZ Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"Titan are a well establish company making top quality computer accessories and products from heatsinks, HDD coolers, water cooling systems, notebook coolers and much more. Titan started in 1989 with their headquarters in Taiwan and now have two factories in China. Titan kindly sent us this their latest NK32TZ AMD Athlon K8 socket 754, 939 & 940 and Intel Pentium LGA 775 to review for you. This Titan NK32TZ is designed to give a super balance between weight and cooling performance and we have to say that the manufacturing quality is excellent which we hope you can see from our pictures."

More information on this review can be found here.
Budget Watercooling and Other Cooling Items - Worthwhile or Waste? @ Overclockers.com
"For my birthday this year I received something that was a bit unexpected a Thermaltake Bigwater SE Liquid Cooling System. But before I installed it and started the overclocking fun, I had to get a few more parts together. So I went to Bigfootcomputers.com and ordered a Thermaltake Memory Cooling Kit, a set of Blue Vantec slot protectors, a tube of Arctic Silver Ceramique, an Arctic Silver Arcticlean kit, and a Tweakmonster shim. I also wanted to get a Thermaltake Extreme Spirit from them but this proved to be a huge hassle so I went out and got it from my local PCCyber for less money. About a month later after all the parts had been ordered, received, etc, it was time to begin."

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SilverStone TJ07 Case Review@ XtremeComputing
"SilverStone have really pulled the cat out of the bag with this case and designed a beast that would make any purchaser happy. Maybe there is another down side and that’s the price, I mean paying 200+ GBP and 350+dollars it may be a bit out of a lot of peoples reach. But with a new build I would rather spend the cash on this and cut a corner on say the sound card. Having said all that in today’s market you get what you pay for, and that’s true with the TJ07 in my opinion."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, June 16, 2006
AMD Microsoft Tech Tour 2006 Report @ The TechZone
"The focus of the tech tour is to help equip the various channels in the computer hardware and services industry with the latest information regarding AMD processors and Microsoft software. Along with learning about innovative new offerings from both companies, attendees are treated to a buffet dinner, various chances to score free SWAG and the opportunity to purchase some computer hardware at a discounted price."

More information on this report can be found here.
Swissbit S.BEAT MP3 Player Review @ Think Computers
"So what would you think if you could combine a fully functional MP3 player and a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife? You'd have a truly cool and very useful device that combines today's technology with the finest craftsmanship of a world famous knife maker. This little gadget would be truly a multi purpose and multi functional tool. Everyone knows what a Swiss Army Knife is, I bet you owned one as a child, or at least a copy of one, Victorinox is known for high quality knife and tools, combine that with a company such as Swissbit, that is known for high quality and performance memory and flash drive then you get the S.BEAT MP3 player."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Aurora Keyboard Review @ XSReviews
"The Enermax Aurora is truly an upper-class keyboard. With its elegant style, and superb performance, there are few things to fault this keyboard on. Designed for the extreme typer, this keyboard will fulfill all of your word processing needs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Everglide s-500 Professional Gaming Headphones @ FastLaneHW
"When it's time to game, those speakers can help you stay focused on the task at hand - taking out enemy strong points without having somebody creep up to stab you in the back. But what about those of us who are not living alone? This is a good time to put on some gaming headphones. How about the times you bring your gaming system over to a LAN party? Are you going to pack a 7.1 speaker system in your car too? Heavens no. You are going to bring a set of gaming heaphones."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ 1GB Mini-Kart USB Thumb Drive Review @ Techgage
"As flash memory becomes a more mature technology we see physical sizes going down while capacities go up. Today we take a look at a product that takes the reduced physical size to the extreme and find out at what premium does this reduced size come."

More information on this review can be found here.
Icemat Siberia Headset Review @ GruntvillE
"During game play, sound reproduction was consistently excellent with little or no distortion even at the highest settings. Surprisingly, the microphone turned out to be better than I had imagined. As I am normally used to a boom mic attached to a headset, I have found that the detached microphone performs as well if not better than my Altec Lansing's. The headphones themselves are very comfortable even during long gaming sessions. The only drawback to this headset is the lack of active noise cancellation."

More information on this review can be found here.
CMV LCD Monitor Review @ A True Review
"Everyone is looking for an LCD monitor nowadays. Who can blame them for an LCD monitor looks sharper, takes up less space, is lighter, and uses a lot less power compared to CRT monitors. I was in search for a inexpensive LCD monitor a few months ago and read good reviews on a 19" LCD monitor from CMV, model CT-934D. I decided to give this monitor a try and picked one up at great deal."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seagate Barracuda 750GB 7200.10 Review @ Viper Lair
"Perpendicular Recording Technology is certainly the star of the show here, but Adaptive Fly Height and Clean Sweep are supporting players that simply get the job done in keeping data intact without any intervention from the user. Add NCQ, huge storage capacity, 5-year warranty, and solid performance, and you have a drive well worth picking up."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dell Ultrasharp 1707FP 17" LCD Review @ The Tech Lounge
"Dell is proud of the fact that they are the world’s largest flat panel provider, and being the biggest has some benefits. Number one is that when dealing with large volumes of a product they can put more pressure on their suppliers to drive prices down and sell you products cheaper than the competition. The 1707FP is their high-end 17” model sporting an improved 8 ms response time and increased brightness over the previous model. The LCD has a maximum resolution of 1280x1024 and a contrast ratio of 600:1. It also supports both VGA and DVI inputs, which is very nice for a LCD monitor at this price point."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dell Ultrasharp 2407WFP 24in Widescreen Review @ Trusted Reviews
"Back in May 2005 I reviewed the Dell 2405FPW that at the time, was nothing short of a revelation. It was a 24in widescreen panel with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200. Others had got there first but no one had been able to touch Dell’s fantastic launch price of £860. Though the bizarre mystical world of Dell’s supply chain and demand meant that the price went up and down like a yo-yo, it was available consistently and for less at Overclockers. Some brave souls were even able to pick it up off eBay brand new for around £500 a real bargain."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin 600w Mach 1 Power Supply Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Kingwin 600w Mach 1 power supply is certainly a unique unit with lots of "bling" to bring to the party. When lit it's without a doubt the nicest looking power supply I've had the pleasure of reviewing. However all that lighting and unique cabling comes at a cost."

More information on this review can be found here.

ASUS EAX1300PRO 256MB Graphics Card Review

"If you are looking for a graphics card with a punch but can't afford the hit to your wallet, the X1300 series of cards may be the choice for you. The Asus Extreme AX1300PRO comes with 256MB of RAM, and will run just about every game on the market. Of course, don't expect to crank all the settings to High and have it run like a X1900. But its GPU, an ATI® Radeon® X1300PRO, is a version of the X1800 GPU, so it shares many of the same capabilities and performance attributes."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Precise 650 Watt Power Supply Review @ Overclockers Club
"Precise: a word that brings most of us to the edge of our respective thrones, whether to oogle at that brand new BMW or admire a special piece of computer hardware. NZXT is bringing that sought-after "show and shine quality" you normally expect to see on new BMWs to your home with their latest 650 Watt Precise Power source. NZXT is a newcomer to the computer hardware game, established in 2004 by a group of gamers who wanted to design products aimed at the gaming community. With the release of their new line of power sources they are taking a wider stance in the market, and securing a strong foothold. The real test will not be mere appearance, but the sheer brute animal performance of this beast."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master iGreen 500W Power Supply Review @ Modders-Inc
"In a nutshell what we have here is a 500w power supply that works almost on par with it's 600 watt brethren from other manufacturers! Definitely, when taking the efficiency of the power supply into the equation, it actually performs better than a percentage of the 550 watt units out there. It is all in the construction and engineering, and Cooler Master really got their money's worth out of this build!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec NexStar DX 5.25" External Enclosure Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"One of the most important words today when it comes to computing is "Portable" - Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary even goes so far as to use this example for the word - "usable on many computers without modification". Come along as we check out the Vantec NexStar DX a device that may be the perfect solution for the extra optical drive you have laying around."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Mystique 631 ATX Case Review @ PCApex
"Next to the PSU area I find something I have not seen in a reviewed case yet; there are two holes with rubber inserts. They are for external water cooling kits so the coolant tubes can be easily routed outside the case. The placement is perfect for external units which rest on top of the case as very little tubing would be needed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Eureka Aluminum Full Tower Case Review @ BigBruin
"The front of the Thermaltake Eureka full tower case is fairly plain, but stylish, with what could perhaps be described as a more sophisticated look than many cases on the market. The top portion of the front door has a metal speaker grill feel to it, while the bottom portion is solid and provides a bit of contrast to the top."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Vbox Cat's Eye DTA-150 HDTV Tuner Review @ HTPCNews
"HDTV is absolutely amazing the first time you lay eyes on it. In fact, it is shocking how much better it will look over standard definition broadcasts. Of course nothing in life is a cakewalk. Poor signal reception, driver problems and hardware compatibility can hamper the effort for broadcast HDTV nirvana. That, of course, always leads to a grumpy significant other. In our ever constant attempts to reach the perfect HTPC we will be testing the VBox "Cat's Eye" DTA-150 to see if it measures up to our needs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte X1900 XTX Review @ Bjorn3D
"Gigabyte seems to make just about everything you need for your PC and more, but the company is most widely known (in the U.S. at least) for its motherboards and video cards. Gigabyte is one of only a few companies that sells both ATI and NVIDIA graphics cards. Typically, the cards closely resemble reference designs and match the reference clock speeds. While some buyers seek out the factory overclocked cards, others aren't comfortable with them. Recent issues with overclocked cards has given buyers of non-overclocked cards a stronger argument, and many of Gigabyte's offerings happen to be good solutions for these gamers."

More information on this review can be found here.
BFR Review: HIS Radeon X1300 IceQ Turbo 256MB Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"The last time we reviewed an AGP based graphic card was in September of last year. When we reviewed the X700 AGP we were almost sure that it was going to be the last AGP card we reviewed ever. Well, as you know, we were definitely wrong. Today we have the X1300 IceQ Turbo 256MB, another AGP based card from HIS. We recently reviewed the PCI Express version of this card and the two are essentially identical to each other other than the difference in graphics platforms."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review @ Bit-Tech
"However, there are some layout changes that we would have made before bringing NVIDIA's reference design to market. We would have expected the area around the CPU socket to be more spacious and we also highlighted some improvements for an otherwise impressive BIOS. These changes would make Foxconn's C51XEM2AA motherboard appeal to a wider range of enthusiasts. If you can live with the highlighted weaknesses (or they will not affect you), we are certain that this board will serve you well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AT8 32X Crossfire Xpress 3200 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"With the arrival of AMD's AM2 processors, does it make any sense to buy a new s939 board? After the recent AMD pricing changes the 'old' 939 processors pack a great price versus performance value on a mature platform. The question we answer in this review today is, "Is the abit AT8 32X the board to buy if you are staying with s939?"

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS C19-A SLI Motherboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
"C19-A SLI is a socket 775 motherboard from ECS based on nForce4 SLI XE chipset, which is a new version of nForce4 SLI Intel Edition from nVidia, correcting its incompatibility with Pentium D 820 processor and also adding support for Intel high definition audio. ECS C19-A SLI apparently offers an excellent cost/benefit ratio, let’s see if this is true in our review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte M57SLI-S4 Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"Gigabyte has done an outstanding job in most respects with the M57SLI-S4 motherboard. Performance on the board was below that of the nForce 590 SLI board, but that is to be expected as the 590 is the enthusiast model and the 570 is the mid-range model. Feature-wise, the board has everything you would expect from a modern motherboard today and will perform well for most desktop applications. Overall a very satisfactory product for the mid level enthusiast or gamer."

More information on this review can be found here.
OrigenAE X10 HTPC Case Review @ Overclock3D
"The X10 is in essence the X11's little sister. Given its pedigree, it has all of the style and the presence of its big brother but boasts a profile 20mm lower than that of its counterpart. However, this feisty temptress also has a full aluminium construct for efficient heat dispersion and sound damping, plus excellent hardware capabilities. The X10 enclosure is definitely for the discerning user who wants quality and power all contained within one aesthetically pleasing unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone TJ08 Case Review @ Techgage
"SilverStone is back again with another great looking case, but this time it's for you BTX users. The pure black case has a brushed aluminum surface, and is one of the classiest looking you can find on the market. Is the performance up to par with it's looks?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle XPC SN27P2 SFF Socket AM2 Barebones Review @ PCstats
"Shuttle's latest Small Formfactor PC is its XPC SN27P2 which is based around nVIDIA's nForce 570 Ultra chipset and supports 940-pin socket AM2 Athlon64 X2/FX and Sempron processors. There are a whopping four 240 pin DDR-2 DIMM slots, making this toaster capable of supporting up to 8GB of DDR2-800 RAM. If that wasn't enough already, the BTX-style motherboard layout means you can install a PCI Express x16 videocard with a dual-slot heatsink! It's unheard of! Overall the Shuttle XPC SN27P2 Small Formfactor barebones PC is a nice package - it looks great and is built with reducing an impact both in the space it occupies, and in the amount of noise it generates."

More information on this review can be found here.

AOpen miniPC MP915-B "Mac Mini" System Review

"The cute little AOpen mini PC MP915-B (Super Multi) system is based on the Intel 915GM chipset and supports Socket 479 Pentium M 400/533 MHz processors. There is a single 200 pin DDR-2 SO DIMM slot which accepts up to 1GB of DDR2-400/533 memory. On devices packed into the dictionary sized PC include a Realtek Gigabit network adaptor, a 5.1 channel sound card, IEEE 1394a, an onboard Intel GMA900 videocard and even a dual layer slot loading DVD writer!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
iRiver U10 1GB Portable Media Player Review @ Think Computers
"Portable media is becoming more and more popular especially with all the portable devices out there. Almost everyone I know owns an iPod or some type of portable media device. Usually I'm not that impressed with a lot of the portable devices out there. So many just seem like iPod knockoffs. Today I will be taking a look at the iRiver U10 Portable Media Player and it is nothing like the iPod or other media players out there. And for once I was actually impressed with it, so let's take a look."

More information on this review can be found here.
Meridian XClio GreatPower 700W Power Supply Review @ EOC
"Meridian Technology has once again released a new line of power supplies dubbed the GreatPower series. These power supplies are all NVIDIA SLI Certified and feature quad 12V rails, active PFC, 14cm fan, modular cables, and high efficiency. The GreatPower models are available from 500W up to 750W in 50W increments (6 models total)."

More information on this review can be found here.
AlphaShield Pro Hardware Firewall Review @ 3DGameman
"Who isn't concerned about their personal information being accessed or stolen by hackers? Fact is, it's more of a possibility these days then you might think. If you are informed you would have already installed security software and maybe a router. Although, unless you are updating your software and know how to properly configure the router, you are probably very exposed."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Ultra-Slim 1GB Mini-Kart USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"It's the smallest USB flash drive I've ever seen, and at capacities all the way up to 2GB currently, it's a no-brainer for that person looking for something so small, they can hide it anywhere."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sytrin Nextherm PSU460 Server Power Supply Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"This was a pretty easy decision. I would definitely recommend this power supply to anyone who wants a very quiet power supply that can provide very stable power. Very minor complaints about the number of SATA connectors, and the weight of the unit are really getting mentioned only to be thorough."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Tech Nuuo 550 SLI PSU Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"While Sunbeamtech maybe best known for their computer accessories they now have added power supplies and high-end computer cases to round out their line-up. The power supply we are reviewing today is their model Nuuo 550 watt SLI version, so come on along as we test it in our Crossfire system and see just how well it handles some heavy duty benchmarking."

More information on this review can be found here.
iStarUSA TC-750PD2 750 Watt Computer Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews
"If the iStar TC-750PD2 were our lumberjacks' buffet, there would definitely be some grumbling. While power is plentiful, it comes at the cost of a very noisy PSU. Another hard knock against the unit is the claimed 20/24 pin compatibility, which does not exist. You get your mashed potatoes, but gravy costs extra."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone 750w ST75ZF Power Supply Review @ A1-Electronics
"SilverStone are a young company started in 2003 that have built up a reputation for top quality designed and produced products for computers from computer power supplies, computer cases, heatsinks and an increasing range of accessories. Today we review their latest 750w computer power supply ST75ZF which was kindly sent to us by SilverStone which they say raises the bar for high performance PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire Rocketeer V SP-500W 500W Power Supply Review @ BigBruin
"The Spire Rocketeer V SP-500W is a good looking modular power supply that kept all the voltage rails within specification. Although it did stay within the typical plus/minus 5%, it did come much closer to the upper limits on two of the three rails than I like to see. That said, all of the voltage rails were extremely stable."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin Mach 1 PSU Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"The Kingwin Mach 1 power supply unit brings a lot to the table; a juicy 600 watt rating, clean and stable power delivery, 120 and 80mm blue LED cooling fans, modular rounded cables with tight sheathing and a exceptionally competitive $100 street price. The lighting effects were tasteful and distinguishable from the rest of the field because of the lighted ring around any cable port that had a line plugged in. This sweetens the pot by adding a clean and different look to the mix."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung Helix XM2go YX-M1Z Review @ XYZ Computing
"Portable audio has quickly become one of the most innovative segments in today's electronics industry. The rapid growth of digital music and the tremendous potential of satellite radio has made this segment particularly interesting and the advances have been rapid. Samsung, who has had some troubles getting their portable music players off the ground, recently released three new XM satellite radio players that have MP3 capabilities. The flagship model is the Helix XM2go YX-M1Z."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian-Li PC-G50B Case Review @ techPowerUp!
"Lian-Li is known for the great computer cases they make. Now they offer the new V series of cases, but even the classic ones have not remained unchanged. The Lian-Li PC-G50 may look absolutely tiny and cute from the outside with its perfect, sturdy build quality and paint job. Given the small size we were surprised that we could stuff a full sized ATX board equipped with a huge CPU cooler into the case comfortably and managed to keep it all cool and quiet with the two included 12cm fans."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuniq 2 PC Case Review @ Think Computers
"So are you looking for an upgrade for that old beige case? Or maybe you just need a change. Well today for review I have an interesting case that is backwards from the normal case, the PSU is on the bottom, the access door is on the right side, and it features a ducting system that supposedly cools everything much better than the standard case. The case I am referring to is the Tuniq2, come along as I explore the Tuniq2."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dreamhack ModdingFest @ Bit-Tech
"Micke Gustafsson, aka GoTaLL, is one of Sweden's top modders, along with his part-time nemesis and part-time partner in crime, Wolverine. We've seen his work on bit-tech many times before! With DreamHack, Scandinavia's (and possibly the world's) largest LAN party, coming up this month, Micke went on a modding mission to complete a car-ful of cases before the event. Here, we've showing off some of the final results - many of the worklogs are in the Project Logs forum, and you can click through to those for the full details of cases that you like. We hope you enjoy this peek of a master modder at work!"

More information on this project can be found here.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
OCLabs Plexiblock B3 Review @ Ninjalane
"When shopping for a waterblock you will run across many shapes and sizes, some are very ornate in design while others are simple, square, and to the point. OCLabs appears to be following the less is more approach to waterblock design and it works quite well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus GFX Cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"One of the biggest things that impressed me is the stability of the temperatures it is similar to water-cooling in a sense as that too keeps temperatures very stable and rarely will the Celsius jump dramatically between idle and load temperatures. Another big selling point is the universal brackets allowing you to use any GFX card on the planet without having to change coolers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright Ultra-90 Heatsink Review @ OCIA
"The Ultra-90 encompasses the same basic features as the XP-90's and XP-120; heatpipes through an array of fins connecting to a base for contact, but the Ultra-90 is a tower design. Thermalright claims it can outperform it's predecessor, the XP-90, using a lower CFM fan. Today we'll see how it compares to the XP-90C using the same fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
Forcetake JTS-0006 Heatpipe Chipset Cooler Review @ JingTing @ HardwareXL
"Nowadays motherboard has many functional designs, storage interfaces and multimedia support following with more waste heat of north and south chip. Regarding this “Forcetake” releases the sole patented chip cooler that has high performance. Chipforce(JTS-0006) with adjustable heatpipe not only resolves the most crash problems of installing VGA card or other components of motherboard but also has silent feature that uses 21dBA blue led fan. The Chipforce (JTS-0006) with unique “swing” heatpipe design is absolutely your annual best choice of chip cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Athlon FX-57 Overclocking - Dry Ice vs Phase Change Cooling @ Madshrimps
"So what do you do a warm pre-summer day in June? Get out the dry ice of course. I already had a modified phase change cooling but was interested to see what a few blocks of ice could accomplish."

More information on this article can be found here.
Understanding RAM Timings @ Hardware Secrets
"DDR and DDR2 memories are classified according to the maximum speed at which they can work. But, besides the speed, there is another information that tells you the memory performance: timings. Timings are numbers like 2-3-2-6-T1, 3-4-4-8 or 2-2-2-5, the lower the better. In this tutorial we will explain you exactly what exactly each one of these numbers mean."

More information on this article can be found here.
Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"The spec sheet for the Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 reads like a check list of things you'll actually need in a computer; Gigabit network card, 7.1 channel audio, Geforce 6 series graphics, two Serial ATA II (3.0Gbps) channels and two IDE channels (thanks to the nForce 410 Southbridge). If you find the integrated GeForce 6100 videocard is too weak, there is a PCI Express x16 expansion slot for stand alone videocards. The four DDR-2 DIMM slots can accommodate up to 4GB of DDR-2 400/533/667/800 memory, and of course the motherboard supports Socket AM2 Athlon64 X2/FX and Sempron processors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Super Talent DDR2-800 T800UX2GC4 Review @ Phoronix
"Up on the review block this morning is one of Super Talent's offerings when it comes to running at DDR2-800, and is the T800UX2GC4 part to exact. This dual channel kit features two 1GB DIMMs with SPD timings of 4-4-3-8. However, this memory did not go through our labs without reaching a sticky situation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn 975X7AA Motherboard Review @ Overclockers Online
"Foxconn has once again put together an excellent package using one of Intel's latest chipsets. While the setup is not perfect, anyone still looking to put together a great Smithfield or Presler system could jump on this board and configure any machine they want. The 975X7AA certainly fits in with the big leaguers and they have even looked into including the little things that you'll want. Items like e-SATA could have easily been left out to cut costs, but Foxconn has included them."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor Radeon X1900 XT 512MB, SAPPHIRE Radeon X1900 XT & X1900 XTX 512MB Review @ Hexus
"All too often, new SKU iterations have been greeted with initial enthusiasm from the press, yet retail samples have been some way off. In this case, thankfully, ATI and its AIB partners have kept up their side of the bargain. PowerColor and SAPPHIRE have been a couple of the first partners to launch a full retail ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X1800GTO IceQ3 Turbo Review @ Bjorn3D
"While NVIDIA has enjoyed success with the GeForce 7600, ATI hasn’t had a X1000 card to compete with it. That is about to change now as the X1800GTO’s are being rolled out from various OEM’s like Powercolor and HIS. The X1800GTO is a cut down X1800XL where 4 pipelines have been cut. “Cut” in this case doesn’t necessarily mean that they no longer are available. In some cases the OEM’s have taken left-over XL-chips and rebranded them as X1800GTO GPU’s just disabling the last 4 pipelines in the bios."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X1900 XTX 512MB PCI-Express Review @ The Tech Lounge
"Back in January, I wrote a preview of ATI’s top-of-the-line X1900 XTX. At the time, our main focus was seeing how much of a difference there was between it and the X1800 XT it replaced. It wasn’t until just recently that we were able to fully assess the X1900 XTX as a high-end video card in comparison with the competition, because we did not have a 7900 GTX. Last month we finally broke down and purchased a BFG 7900 GTX OC, because it had become evident that we simply would not get our hands on a sponsored review sample, and we were determined to test the card against the competition. Without further ado, here is my comprehensive review of ATI’s Radeon X1900 XTX 512MB PCI-Express video card."

More information on this review can be found here.
Biomech 550 Giger Case Project @ Bit-Tech
"Now the work of turning the side into a part of a biomechanical machinery. As there are no biomech kits to buy out there, I had to use my imagination. After raiding a pile of old toys I found a lot of stuff that could work. Here you can see some of the parts glued on to the side. There are pieces from a tank, a truck, a Ferrari F40 and a motorcycle on there. It doesn't look biomechanical yet, but that is about to change."

More information on this project can be found here.
Monday, June 12, 2006
Sharkoon SilentEagle 120mm Fan Review @ LAN Addict
"I do have to bring my hands together, and say a huge congratulations to Sharkoon! They have gone miles above and beyond to make a great product for all case modders! The fan not only looks incredible, but is also very functional, and exceptionally quiet. It may not have any LEDs on it, but those can be added through means of thumb screws, etc."

More information on this review can be found here.
High Definition TV Basics @ Hardware Secrets
"People who are interested in home entertainment today find themselves constantly bombarded with the term "HDTV." Studies confirm that most of us are very confused about what the term actually means, much less how to experience the full benefits of high definition television in our own homes. So what exactly is HDTV? Where does it come from? More importantly, how do I get it? Even if you think you know the answers to these common questions, this tutorial may come in handy."

More information on this article can be found here.
Bluegears Cool WR Fan Review @ Modders-Inc
"Are you tired of seeing the same old fans? Then you need to check out the one from Bluegear.com. This is an impressive fan that goes beyond simply pushing air. Unlike most fans the Blugear Cool WR shows you the temperature of the air around the fan so you know at a glance if your systems running hot or cool."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone NT05 Review Compact and Powerful CPU Cooling @ Madshrimps


"Today we take a closer look at a compact heatsink from
Silverstone, their NT05 is designed to give a very good
performance/size ratio and to test this we used an Antec Aria with an Athlon 64 system to see how cool this heatsink can keep the CPU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Buffalo AirStation Nfiniti Draft-n Router Review @ Trusted Reviews
"There’s no doubt that the 802.11n standard has caused more controversy than any other wireless specification. Originally put forward for informal investigation way, way back in 2003 there have since been massive arguments which culminated in May this year with the first working draft being unceremoniously dumped when a sponsor ballot returned less than half the votes in favour of it. To become a final draft with the potential to make it through to ratification it needed at least 75 per cent of the votes."

More information on this review can be found here.

Wireless Woes

"In an ideal world wireless connection would work just like the communicators in Star Trek. You’d simply say the name of the person you wanted to talk to and their receiver would spring into action without annoying everyone else on the same network. Naturally no-one would ever get a crossed line or a ‘busy’ signal and they would never ever be in the toilet. Also, there would be no concept of time zones and if you woke someone up they would be cheery and alert."

More information on this article can be found here.

Super-Multi DVD Writer Roundup

"If this roundup was going to be decided on looks alone, the BenQ would win hands down. The front fascia of this drive has a translucent blue strip running across its width, straight through the middle. There’s a large, square eject button, a manual eject hole and an indicator light integrated into the blue strip. You even get both black and cream fascia’s in the box to make sure that the DW1670 matches your machine. All very stylish indeed well as stylish as a DVD writer can be."

More information on this review can be found here.
AeroCool Dominator CPU Cooler Review @ Think Computers


"As processors get faster so do some heatsinks, and today for review I have one that is huge. Sometimes size does matter, and sometimes it doesn't, depending who you ask of course. Anyway the guys over at AeroCool sent me their new Dominator CPU cooler to check out for review. As it is getting pretty hot here now, now is a good time to test the ability of a CPU cooler to really cool a CPU when the ambient temperature is above 90F or 32.2C for the rest of the world, but you get the point, read on tot learn more about this cooler and see if it can handle the heat."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire RockeTeer V 500W PSU Review @ Techgage
"Spire makes power supplies? We didn't realize this until recently, so we were more than happy to give one a run on our test bench. This is obviously a product with gamers in mind thanks to its SLi support. But wait why only one PCI-E connector?"

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalRight Ultra 90 Cooler K8 Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Whether you are wanting super cooling or a quieter unit, the multiple fan clip points allow the end user to select most any fan they want. As you could see from our 'curiosity tests', running the Ultra 90 without a fan is no more advisable than it is on any other actively cooled heatsink - so don't. Aside from construction quality and several other very positive points we've noted, what I liked the best was ThermalRight's getting back to basics and making this cooler fit onto the OEM socket lugs. Its refreshing on several levels to not have to worry about mainboard removal just to install a cooler and I applaud ThermalRight for doing this."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master iGreen Power 600W PSU Review @ Viper Lair
"The iGreen is not about tree hugging only as the power provided for your computer is plentiful and reliable. Along with the increased efficiency, everything else we've come to expect from performance power supplies are present, such as SLI and CrossFire support, plenty of connections and good build quality."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master iGreen Power 500W SLI PSU Review @ PCApex
"On to the connections. The cables come sleeved in black mesh and are topped off with thick black heat shrink material. This make for some very sleek looking cables and should only help with hiding the cables due to their dark color (unless of course you have some really bright lightining in your case. The bad thing about the cables on this PSU are that they are not modular."

More information on this review can be found here.
MD Tech Tour 2006: Seattle In-Depth @ Virtual-Hideout
"AMD and Microsoft put some heart and soul in to this event with the mind set of showing us new applications and new ideas. It was a great event really. You get to mingle with some great minds and really nice people. When your profession deals with technology and people, you have to have heart and soul."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Tech Tour 2006: Seattle In-Depth @ Virtual-Hideout
"AMD and Microsoft put some heart and soul in to this event with the mind set of showing us new applications and new ideas. It was a great event really. You get to mingle with some great minds and really nice people. When your profession deals with technology and people, you have to have heart and soul."

More information on this report can be found here.
AOpen EZ482 Motherboard Review @ NordicHardware
"Because the EZ482 has an integrated graphics card, it is very well suited for office work or as an entry level computer, where a more powerful graphics card, to handle the more demanding games, will be a later purchase."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TWIN2X1024-8500 PC8500 1GB Kit Review @ Think Computers
"Corsair, you know the name, it needs no introduction. You know that Corsair is some of the finest, best performing memory in the world. Today for review I will be taking a look at some of Corsair's DDR2 that is PC8500 or 1066MHZ. This stuff really impressed me by its performance and overclocking ability."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Ultimate X1600 Series Review @ The TechZone
"The ATI Radeon X1600 series of graphic cards has been around since October 2005 and has been offered by Sapphire Technologies as conventional graphics card. Now Sapphire is expanding their Ultimate series of quiet graphic cards with the introduction of new heatpipe silent cooled graphic cards, two of which we got our hands on, the Ultimate X1600 Pro and the Ultimate X1600 XT."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Ultimate X1600 v MSI 7600 @ Bit-Tech
"Both these cards represent very good value for the price. Gaming performance is admirable, video decoding is excellent. The Sapphire has good performance in FEAR, as well as the better of the two heatsinks and more tweaks in Avivo. However, the MSI has a clear edge in price which is hard to ignore, as well as faster performance in Lost Coast and 1080p decoding."

More information on this review can be found here.
Powmax Xman Black ATX Case Review @ OCModShop
"The Powmax Xman black atx computer case comes complete with a 480W atx power supply. This computer case has all of the latest pre-mod features many people are looking for. In the transparent side window of the case is a red neon 80mm fan. Inside the case are 11 device bays for all of your hardware. In the back of the case is a fan port which accepts 80mm, 90mm, or 120mm fans. On the front of the case there is a red neon aqua appearance, and a hinged door to conceal all of your devices."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian-Li PC-V300 Case Review @ BoxGods
"Two worlds collide--the unequaled quality of Lian-Li meets the "Zen Cubists" who populate the ever growing (or is that shrinking?) Small Form Factor scene. Is the PC-V300 simply a confused cube, an uber elegant LAN box, or a 50's era "retro" HTPC enclosure? We have the first look at this 10-inch tall super model dressed in satin brushed aluminum and sporting a price tag that will shock you--in a good way--Lian-Li's newest--the PC-V300."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Cash Box Case Mod Project @ Modders-Inc
"With his first ever case mod em3bilko took what we all know about our money eating machines and created a mod that represents the meaning of PC's with Cash Box. What an approbate name for a case mod as we all know how much money we spend on our PC's to make them the ulitmate machine. The more we spend the money goes into someone else's cash box. Em3bilko brings to you the “Cash Box”."

More information on this project can be found here.
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Crucial Gizmo! Overdrive Flash Drive Review @ 3DGameman
"The market is flooded with USB2 drives, but not high-performance flash drives like this one. Most USB2 drives are very easy to use and this one is no exception, and most are usually very compact and lightweight. One advantage with USB2 over USB1.1 is the massive speed difference. While the standard USB2 flash drives are fast, the latest dual channel drives have added performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Power Supply Cross Reference Module Article @ OCIA
"A few months ago I was approached by one of our site sponsors, ATXPowerSupplies.com, in regards to a power supply cross reference guide they had in development. This guide would allow a visitor to enter the manufacturer, make and model of their computer and have a compatible replacement power supply recommended to them and available for purchase. Anyone who has done computer repair work knows it can be next to impossible to find a replacement power supply for a manufactured PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Computex 2006: ECS @ techPowerUp
"ECS had many new Intel motherboards in all price classes. All of them support Conroe so you will be able to play with it for just a few bucks for the motherboard. On the AM2 front many products have been outfitted with the new socket. Products are based on NVIDIA, VIA, AMD and SIS chipsets giving you the whole lineup from high-end enthusiast down to budget as cheap as possible."

More information on this review can be found here.
Computex Taipei 2006 Report Day 2 @ Motherboards.org
"Who else showed you overclocking Core 2 Duo at Intel. More to the point, though. The remainder of our coverage (a healthy dose of Thermaltake, Coolermaster and others), will be posting on the eve of the morrow, and you can rest assured that soon after that you'll be seeing the production lines of ECS, and the creation of a motherboard in individual steps."

More information on this report can be found here.
Computex Taipei 2006 Report Day 3 @ NGOHQ
"If you have been following our coverage so far, it goes without saying that we are running out of steam. We have been going strong for 4 days straight, starting with some serious Jet-Lag and continuing with less than adequate sleep. For this reason Day 3 is devoted to nothing else but the finest Booth Babes we could find."

More information on this report can be found here.
Super Flower DigiMaster SF-610 Review @ Technic3D
"Super Flower DigiMaster SF-610 Info-Panel. More Information for a small Price? See you the following review from Technic3D."

More information on this review can be found here.

Sansun 2.1 Speaker 2186 Review

"Sansun 2.1 Speaker 2186 is heavy sound for a small price?. See you the following review from Technic3D."

More information on this review can be found here.
Computex 2006 - Intel 965 Express Chipset Family Launch @ The TechZone
"We Are Back!!! Those were the words Intel used to end their 965 Express Chipset Family press launch on the 84th floor of the Taipei 101. And indeed, if the above demo Intel used during the press conference is any indication, Intel's newest chipset family and Core 2 Duo processors has not only taken back the performance crown from AMD, it has relegated AMD back into the bargain basement bin."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tyan Tempest i5000XL Preview @ Phoronix
"With Computex Taipei 2006 wrapping up today, Tyan Computer
Corporation was again a heavy-hitter at this year's expo. If you will recall from our coverage last year, Tyan was first to launch an 8-way server solution that was capable of handling up to eight AMD Opteron's in a 4+4 board configuration. This June, Tyan once again has a slew of
new products reaching the market. In fact, Tyan has seven new Xeon motherboards based upon the LGA-771 socket that are compatible with Intel Dempsey and Woodcrest processors. Today we have a preview of the Tempest i5000XL."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Processor War Heats Up Faster Than A Prescott @ Short-Media
"Escalating from gossip to action that same day, Intel announced 60% price cuts on its Pentium processors. Within hours, word leaked that AMD was similarly slashing prices on their 939 and AM2 sockets. Both companies finished down on Wall Street yesterday."

More information on this article can be found here.
Benchmarking Intel Conroe Core 2 X6800, E6700 and E6600 @ Tweaktown
"We've seen benchmarks this week from other websites but none have been able to provide a complete set like we have nor have they been able to produce actual photos of the new CPU or any form of screenshots - we aren't holding back, we are going to show you everything which we saw. Some websites posted benchmark results from a pre-built test system by Intel in Europe, which they really didn't have much control over. On the other hand, we tested using a retail Intel 965P motherboard from Gigabyte, the 965P-DQ6 to be exact, without any interference from either Intel or Gigabyte. We were left on our own to build the system from scratch, install all of our own software, use our own benchmarking demos - just as we would in our own labs - it's a truly independent set of benchmark numbers on a system you will be able to buy once Intel release their processors to the market."

More information on this article can be found here.
Athlon 64 FX-62 Dual-Core Socket AM2 Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Athlon 64 FX-62 is right now the most high-end CPU from AMD, incorporating dual-core technology, socket AM2 (i.e. DDR2 memory support), 2.8 GHz internal clock and 1 MB L2 memory cache for each core. We had the chance of reviewing this beast and compare it to other dual-core CPUs from AMD: Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (socket AM2, 2.6 GHz, 512 MB L2 memory cache), Athlon 64 X2 4600+ (socket 939, 2.4 GHz, 512 MB L2 memory cache) and Athlon FX-60 (socket 939, 2.6 GHz, 1 MB L2 memory cache). Let’s see how this new CPU performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, June 9, 2006
Tweaking Companion 3.1 Released @ Tweakguides


"The new Version 3.10 of the TweakGuides Tweaking Companion has just been released. It contains a range of changes designed to keep this comprehensive Windows XP and system optimization guide completely up to date. I recommend that all TGTC users update to the latest version, and of course if you've never used the Tweaking Companion before, then it's strongly suggested that you grab a free copy and see for yourself what all the fuss is about."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Home Entertainment Show 2006 Wrap-up @ Digital Trends


"What once was known as the Stereophile Show for audiophiles has morphed into the Home Entertainment Show (HES) for techies featuring products, seminars and exhibits related to Stereophile’s sister publications and their industries: home theater, custom electronics, multimedia and this year, even digital photography. This year’s four-day event returned to Los Angeles for the first time in 8 years, taking over a gaggle of floors in the Sheraton Gateway after stints in New York and San Francisco in recent years. Rumors that next year’s show will land in Chicago, the home of the former Summer Consumer Electronics Show, could not be substantiated at press time."

More information on this report can be found here.
MobiBLU DAH-1500i Cube 2GB MP3 Player Review @ XYZ Computing


"When competing with the iPod companies have to decide how to make their products appeal to consumers. While it it practically impossible to out-design Apple, companies have mainly tried to compete on size, price, and features. Apple's competitors have been most successful with flash-based MP3 players, a segment which less expensive and easier to produce a solid product than hard drive based models. This review will be taking a look at MobiBLU DAH-1500i Cube MP3 player. This tiny portable digital music player has a very unique design, something which has got it a lot positive attention. In addition to the size, the player has lots more going for it, like cool colors, a great OLED display, and many useful features."

More information on this review can be found here.
EasyATA & EasySATA Review @ Bjorn3D
"Throwing away these drives also isn’t an option since there occasionally are times when the extra storage space is useful, either for just moving over some stuff temporarily or for testing purposes. The problem with using these drives is that it is a chore opening up the case everything you want to hook them up. In the case of IDE-drives the problem also is that many new motherboards only got 1 PATA-connector which might already have one or two DVD/CD/DVDRW/HDD hooked up and thus have no space for more drives. Eksitdata.se sent me two pieces of hardware that allows you to quickly hook up these drives to a PC using USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 without having to open the case: the Easy IDE and the Easy SATA."

More information on this review can be found here.
Brando S-ATA/IDE USB Cable Review @ Techgage
"There are dozens of USB to IDE or SATA external drive enclosures on the market today. We take a look at a device that does SATA and IDE to USB conversion without an enclosure, the perfect piece of hardware for doing bench top drive testing or is it?"

More information on this review can be found here.
ATP ToughDrive 1GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review @ Think Computers
"There are a few USB drives on the market that claim to be the fastest, there are also a few that claim to be the toughest, most durable and rugged. Today for review I have one of those drives; it is the ToughDrive from ATP. The ToughDrive just looks to be built for durability and toughness, at first looks the ToughDrive gave me the impression of something the military would use, it just looks rough and tough, I can see a Marine carrying the ToughDrive into battle (why he would exactly I don't know, but it's just the picture I got in my head...). Are you looking for a durable and rugged USB drive that can withstand most anything you throw at it, then read on to check this out."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATMT HD362-P External Hard Disk Review @ UKGamer
"Provided your needs are relatively simple, that is you want lots of storage at a great price and don't much care about fancy RAID arrays, redundancy, speed or compact size, then you simply can't beat a beefy hard disk hooked up to your PC by either USB2.0, Serial ATA or perhaps FireWire. In solely financial terms there's no cheaper way to add large amounts of storage space your PC without even opening the case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Radeon X1600 XT Ultimate Edition 256MB Review @ Hexus
"A look at the top shows the cooling measures Sapphire has taken to keep this a largely passive card. This RV530 core runs at 593MHz and is based on an advanced 90nm process. The front-mounted heatsink connects to the GPU and two heatpipes help even out the heat dispersal by ferrying a portion to the back of the card."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ EB 2GB PC3700 Kit Review @ XSReviews

"When building yourself a gaming rig there are several names you think of when it comes to buying the memory; Corsair, Crucial, Mushkin among some. However the one name that has always stood out for me in terms of performance and style is OCZ. They have recently sent me their lovely 2gb EB PC3700 kit for me to test, lets see if this kit lives up to their already sterling reputation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Twin2X1024-8500 Review @ techFEAR
"If you are in the market for the fastest-rated memory on the planet, the Corsair Twin2X1024-8500 could be the DDR2 kit for you. Hand picked and hand tested, this is the memory your system is asking for."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX GeForce 7900 GT 256MB PCI-E XXX Edition Review @ BJorn3D
"When this review was originally posted on April 13, 2006, I had not yet tested NVIDIA's 7900 GTX. Just days ago, I posted my review of BFG's 7900 GTX OC 512MB, in which I concluded that the best decision you could possibly make if you want a high-end video card is to save yourself a lot of money and get a 7900 GT. You can actually get an XFX 7900 GT for only $235 after a $30 mail-in rebate at Newegg. That’s the best deal I was able to find on a new 7900 GT, and you will be very happy with your purchase. Armed with this new information, I would be doing XFX an injustice if I did not update this review and award their 7900 GT with TheTechLounge's Must Have Hardware award."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X1600 Pro IceQ3 Turbo Single and CrossFire Review @ Viper Lair
"With the X1600Pro series gaining popularity in the mid-range market space, HIS has trumped out most other solutions by not only offering up a superior cooling solution, but one that is overclocked for you as well. Add to that a simplistic evolution to CrossFire mode by simply adding another X1600Pro, and you have a viable alternative to the high end graphics cards at a reduction in cost."

More information on this review can be found here.
RAIDMAX X-1 Case Review @ Modders-Inc
"In an age of "over plastic" and wildly designed cases a classic looking case may grab your attention as never before. The RAIDMAX X-1 case maintains the appearance of a mild-mannered case while including all the right features to turn heads without feeling overly pre-mod. In the hands of the right modder there is no end to what could be done to personalize the X-1."

More information on this review can be found here.
SUV Computer Project @ Overclockers.com
"My Dad is a retired Mechanic of 35+ years, now at the age of 65; I (his Son) am 45 and an office clerk by trade. We both have computers just for hobbies - I taught myself how to build and work on computers eight years ago and then taught my dad how to build and work on them also, so both of us are self-taught and learn as we go; neither of us has taken any computer schooling or classes. With that in mind, my dad a couple weeks back just decided that he wanted to build his own computer from scratch and to build his own Tower also - he decided on a vehicle shape (one like an SUV) in that it would be easier to house the various computer components inside and also thought being clear acrylic, it would look very cool. Already having a main computer, this would be a second and something to do in his spare time, being retired."

More information on this review can be found here.

Build Your Own Phase Change PC Cooling System

"This article describes the construction and operation of a single stage vapor phase refrigeration system for the cooling of micro processors found in modern home computers. These are the basic components of a direct-die, vapor-phase refrigeration system. Direct-die refers to the fact that the evaporator is mounted directly onto the CPU/GPU as opposed to a water chiller, where the evaporator cools liquid which in turn cools the CPU/GPU."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Lexa Mid-Tower Review @ Phoronix
"Taking a break from our usual hardware roundabout during Computex Taipei 2006, we took this opportunity to look at one of NZXT's latest creations. The NZXT product up on the review block this afternoon is the Lexa, which coincidently we had privately previewed during Computex last year."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, June 8, 2006
Logitech G15 Gaming LCD Keyboard Review @ Overclockers Club
"The LCD screen was the main thing that peaked my interest initially. When opened, the hinged screen at the top center of the unit can be used to show time, date, cpu usage, ram usage, current song playing and in game stats depending on the game. These are far more useful options than I thought they would be. I really liked seeing the details from Real Player under my currently running apps. The play, pause, stop and track buttons were probably the best feature of the entire keyboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
PCApex PSU Calculator v1.2 Online
"Version 1.2 of the PCApex PSU Calculator is up for free download (no registration required!) and is a detailed system power use calculator for determining how large of PSU you need. This app will let you know how large of a PSU you should use to ensure your system runs as stable as possible and is not meant to accurately measure how much voltage your current system is actually using but rather will calculate a "worst case scenario" for how much power your system may use."

More information on this application can be found here.
Scythe's MINE CPU Cooler Review @ OCModShop
"In an ever-ending quest to find true silence, I have previously used watercooling, but today fans and cooling solutions have progressed to their its max and aircooling is becoming just as silent. Zalman is a leader in this industry, but there are many other heatsinks that do the job just as well. One of these pioneer companies is Scythe. It is very versatile, as you can put this cooler on virually every CPU on the market today. It's usable for Intel and AMD systems, it will fit on the AMD sockets 754 939 940, and for Intel sockets 478 and LGA 775. It gets this versatility by using interchangeable socket lockdowns that snap in the base of the heatsink (or as Scythe likes to call it “VTMS Versatile Toolfree Multiplatform System”) and is compatible with the following processors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS8000 Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Zalman make of one the biggest splashes on the pages of Pro-Clockers this year with the introduction of the VF900Cu. This was arguably one of the most awaited cooling products this year. Well Zalman is back at it again with CNPS 8000. This cooler is aimed to please all the people that are running SFF and quiet systems."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aquacomputer Aquatube Res + Aquadrive Dual HDD Cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"Well on the Aquatube side of things I was really impressed, the overall build quality on both items was superb. Then add to that they both actually done the task they were meant for really well and both devices are winners in my book. The Aquatube is the ideal refill point, although I still cant help thinking they could of included a real life size template for the product in the box. This would have made this package perfect for me. Having said that I don’t quite remember the last time I felt so relaxed about filling and draining a system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Computex 2006 Report on Thermaltake @ techPowerUp
"Thermaltake has released more products than any other manufacturer at Computex. Among the highlights are a huge home theater case which looks like a big audio rack and has space for two systems. For visitors of lan parties a Shuttle-like case is offered which takes all standard size components and supports SLI. Several new watercooling products have been announced, including a watercooled passive PSU. A whole load of air and watercooled GPU coolers are new too."

More information on this report can be found here.
Thermaltake Mozart VC4000SNS HTPC Case Review @ Gadgetlife
"Home theatre veterans are finally receiving attention as serious computer enthusiasts. Thermaltake delivers a complete line of chassis built for those needing a slightly different set of features than ordinary system builds. Thermaltake's Mozart is a gorgeous Home Theatre chassis that features an external display for system configuration and a built in Home Theatre front end software package."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xilence X1 Case Review @ Technic3D
"After the review of the Xilence X2, this case earns Technic3D's Editorship. See you the following review for more details."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ GameXStream 600w PSU Review @ 3DGameman
"Like the PowerStream and ModStream Power Supplies, OCZ has hit the mark again. While the GameXStream Power Supply doesn't have adjustable rails or modular design, it still has lots going for it. At the top of the list for most computer users who demand quality is the requirement for the Power Supply to provide enough power for their needs. This product comes in a 600W and 700W configurations, so not a problem."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ GameXStream 700w PSU Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"OCZ's shifting to six SATA connectors and the 20+4 / 4+4 main ATX power connectors really make the point that OCZ isn't just paying attention to the obvious but is truly changing to adapt to the end user's needs. Aesthetically, the flat black coloring and matching sheathed lines and shrink wrap really give off a clean and neat appearance. This is only amplified by the tactful soft blue of the 120mm blue LED fan. Our only dislike with the OCZ GameXStream was that it didn't have modular lines. But for all the features it does have and for a street price of $130, I can live without them. The OCZ GameXStream is most certainly a power supply for your short list on your next upgrade."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ 2GB PC2-6400 Special Ops Edition Review @ Techgage


"Are you into combat games? Of course you are. Battlefield II, Call of Duty II they are all over. OCZ has just released a new kit with their XTC spreader dressed up in some camouflaged. Because these are value modules, overclocking is a gamble. Let's see if these are as fast as they are stylish."

More information on this review can be found here.
Super Talent DDR2-1066 1GB CL5 Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ Think Computers
"Well I've finally moved over to a platform that supports DDR2 memory, so that means I get to do DDR2 reviews as well! So for my first review the guys over at Super Talent have sent me their brand new 1 Gig kit of DDR2-1066, technically this is PC8528 Ram, and from my tests this stuff over clocks very well, and has some great performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS M2N32-SLI De Luxe Motherboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
"M2N32-SLI De Luxe is the most high-end socket AM2 motherboard from ASUS, targeted to the new Athlon 64 CPUs supporting DDR2 memory. It is based on the new nVidia nForce 590 SLI chipset, supporting SLI technology. Let’s see how the performance of this latest release from ASUS is."

More information on this review can be found here.
BFG GeForce 7900 GTX OC 512MB PCI-E Review @ The Tech Lounge
"I can’t imagine there are many real enthusiasts out there who haven’t yet heard of BFG (which stands for Big F***in’ Gun if you didn’t already know that)… they’re pretty popular amongst gamers and they’ve got a loyal customer base thanks to their reputation for excellent customer support and for their lifetime warranty. The card we’re looking at today is BFG’s 7900 GTX OC 512MB – the OC stands for overclocked. While BFG’s 7900 GTX OC uses the standard NVIDIA reference cooler, BFG has increased the clock speeds from 650MHz / 800 MHz (1.6GHz DDR) to 670MHz / 820MHz (1.64GHz DDR). Not exactly a huge leap, but it’s something. In this review we’ll be comparing the BFG 7900 GTX OC 512MB to 11 other cards in 7 games, plus 3DMark'06 but that doesn't count. Let's find out who comes out on top."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Ultimate X1600 Pro Review @ BoxGods
"When picking parts for an HTPC assembly one of the most important parameters to consider is noise. I have spent several nights lying in bed wondering what part of my bedroom HTPC is making that annoying whine or click. One of the worst offenders are those cute little turbo-charged fans they put on our video cards. Well Sapphire has heard our equaly loud plea for silence and delivered what looks to be a nearly ideal solution for entertainment PCs. Enter the Sapphire Ultimate X1600 Pro, the latest addition to their Ultimate Silent Series line of cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nvidia GeForce Video Card Guide @ A1-Electronics
"We have updated our earlier review guide list of Nvidia GeForce graphics, video cards that are currently available. Since this review list is rather long we have not included all the now extensive range of Nvidia GeForce graphics cards made but have concentrated on those most popular, even so this list is still rather extensive and now runs over two pages. We have included what we hope are enough details allowing you to see clearly what differences there are between the different types of graphics, video cards made without making our review table list somewhat over complicated and difficult to quickly use."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Sapphire ATI Radeon Ultimate X1600PRO PCI Express Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"Today I will be reviewing Sapphire's latest x1600pro mainstream videocard which is more or less just like their standard version with a tweaked, low noise heatpipe cooling solution. Stay tuned, if you are in the market for a quiet mainstream videocard, this card might be perfect for you machine."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire "Ultimate" x1600 PRO 256MB Graphics Card Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"So if you are in the market for a good graphics card and don't want to break the bank, give the Sapphire Ultimate X1600 PRO a try. It's a good quality card that will play just about any of the games currently out today. For the traveling LAN goers, I would suggest removing the card before you travel since this thing weighs A LOT."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI and Physics Acceleration @ Pureoverclock
"Make no mistake, physics acceleration is going to be the next big thing in game visuals, much like when GPU's first arrived, so you may as well get used to it! ATI appear to mean business with their offering for physics acceleration and are strutting around rather confidently claiming they will hold a major performance advantage over the competition. If it does turn out to have a performance edge over Nvidia and AGEIA it will surely boost CrossFire sales. It may be just what ATI needs to get CrossFire in every enthusiasts home."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, June 7, 2006
More Computex 2006 Reports Around The Web
ATI CrossFire and Physics @ The TechZone

"We swung by the ATI suite at the Grand Hyatt hotel to get a first hand look at ATI's newest technology wonder; ATI CrossFire and Physics. This new technology, expected to be available towards the end of the year or early next year, is created by combining the rendering horsepower of two ATI graphics cards with a third Physics card devoted to modeling the environment."

More information on this report can be found here.

Computex 2006: Day 1 @ NGOHQ

"The people are friendly, and Computex has finally started today. Just in time, as our patience has finally reached its limit. Many looked forward to it, and others worked really hard to make it happen. Computex is not just about hardware and technology, its also about meeting people, and if your lucky, attending parties. In our area, we know a lot of people, and have met friends from the internet that we have been working with for years."

More information on this report can be found here.

Computex 2006: Thermalright @ techPowerUp

"At Computex Thermalright has a prototype of a TEC waterchiller. Regular coolers can be seen too, but it's mainly sized up versions of existing heatsinks. New is a memory cooler and a video card cooler. Also there is a concept of a video card cooling device with an external heatsink.

More information on this report can be found here.

Computex 2006: Zalman

"Zalman had an awesome HTPC on display. It comes with an integrated 7" touchscreen TFT. The display has a native resolution of 1024x768 which makes everything crystal clear. A more affordable version of that case comes without LCD screen but is low-profile and takes up to six harddisks. The cooling products have been improved as well. Here we see coolers for AM2 and a new Fatal1ty VGA cooler."

More information on this report can be found here.

Computex 2006: Scythe

"At Scythe we saw new CPU coolers for AM2 of course. Another novelty was a behemoth of a VGA cooler, which is probably the biggest video card cooler ever made. Another cool toy is a universal USB adapter which lets you use 3.5", 2.5" and SATA HDDs on your USB port all with one small adapter."

More information on this report can be found here.
Prometeia Mach II Phase-Change Cooler Review @ PCApex
"The inside of the Mach II case is pretty cramped but logically laid out. In the center is the compressor with the arm leading to the evaporator sticking out the top. In the front is the condenser with a 120mm fan and in the rear are the electronics and another 120mm exit fan. The rubber piece you see are the mounts that allow the compressor to move around some and keep the noise down. You HVAC guys out there will recognize the Danfoss name on the compressor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright HR01 Passive Heatsink Review @ Pro-Clockers
Thermalright has been one of the greatest cooling manufacturers around. They have giving us great coolers like the AX, SLK, SI and XP series of cooling devices. And if you have never used one of their coolers (you would be in a small minority) chances you have used a cooler that was a copy of Thermalright’s designs. Well, Thermalright has released another cooler that I am sure is going to perform, the HR01."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermoHawk 200 Thermal Sensor Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"My impression is that it is a well-made little device that functions just as it should. It is very versatile; the uses for it are practically endless. The fact that it is small, as well as the added features of the lanyard and keychain, make it an excellent choice for anyone needing such a thermal sensor while on the job or out in the field."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech mm28 Portable Speakers Review @ Think Computers
"Every day things are becoming more and more portable. With laptops and phones getting smaller people are able to take more things with them. Most portable speakers out today are good, but do not perform like our home systems. And of course we want to take that great sound with us. Well Logitech has sent over their mm28 portable speakers that use stereo NXT flat-panel technology, which significantly enhances the bass performance while still offering a truly portable form factor."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ GameXStream 700w Power Supply Review @ OCIA
"The GameXStream series is designed specifically for demanding computer enthusiasts and computer gamers. With quad 12-volt rails, 800W peak load, dedicated PCI-E connections for multi-GPU setups (SLI Ready), active PFC and OCZ's 3 year PowerSwap warranty, this sounds almost too good to be true."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX610 Review @ MetkuMods
"Latency is not an issue here and motion blur, familiar from regular LCDs, does not exist. For example, scrolling text is easy to read thanks to this new technology. Picture quality is almost flawless but the color of the screen might be a disappointment for some."

More information on this review can be found here.
SyncMax 533Express DDR2 Memory Review @ Viper Lair
"Performance was average, it wasn't faster than the Crucial memory, but wasn't slower than it. This is good as both were running at the same timings. The difference between JEDEC standard SPD timings and the performance of the tighter timings was noticeable in some tests, with at most a 4% increase, but nonexistent in others.The performance of the memory when overclocked was very nice, with a few differences in the 9-10% range."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GX2 Video Card Review @ Bit-Tech
"There is no doubting that the GeForce 7950 GX2 is the fastest video card on the market today that fits into a single PCI-Express x16 interconnect, and it holds that crown by a good distance in the majority of titles. In fact, probably the only title where the GeForce 7950 GX2 loses out to competing solutions is not because it lacks speed, but because it lacks forward looking features like support for 16-bit floating point High Dynamic Range Lighting in conjunction with a multisample Anti Aliasing pattern."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle XPC SN27P2 Small Formfactor Socket AM2 Barebones PC Review @ PCstats
"Shuttle's internal layout for its small formfactor computers is among the best in the business; the bits that you need to get to are not hidden behind walls of components, access is nevermore than a screw away, and cables are neatly tucked out of the way. After all, cramming a computer into something as small as a toaster can be a challenge, but Shuttle engineers have thus far utilized the space to its fullest. Compared to a couple other SFF PC's which have passed through the PCSTATS test labs, the Shuttle SFF PC's often seem much more roomy even when fully installed."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS KA3 MVP Extreme Motherboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
"KA3 MVP Extreme is a high-end socket AM2 motherboard from ECS, targeted to the new Athlon 64 CPUs supporting DDR2 memory. It is based on ATI Radeon Xpress 3200 chipset, supporting CrossFire technology, and should reach the market pretty soon. Let’s see how the performance of this latest release from ECS is."

More information on this review can be found here.
iStarUSA Storm S8 Black Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"I'm quite honestly impressed with the the S8. For a low-priced case, iStar has included a lot of bang for the buck, including some features much more expensive cases skimp out on. Tool-free drive bays all the way around, a solid expansion card retaining slot, and great cooling all make for a case that's easy to live with. The S8's clean, discreet looks make it as easy on the eyes as it is on the hands."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Aguila Case Review @ XYZ Computing
"If you are looking for a mid-tower aluminum enclosure there is a good chance that Thermaltake has a case for you. They currently offer a complete line of interesting enclosures which have more than their share of style and some of the industry's most unique designs. This article will be taking a look at Thermaltake's new Aguila enclosure. This aluminum mid-tower aims to offer a mixture of style and performance which is definitely going to turn a few heads. A slick exterior and large number of features makes this case one of the most attractive new enclosures to hit the market in some time."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone LC20M Case Review @ Short-Media
"This raises my first concerns about this case: its size. It's basically a mid-tower turned on its side, which makes it quite deep compared to standard A/V equipment. While this means there's plenty of room in the case for large graphics cards and several hard drives, it also means you need to consider whether you have room for such a large and obtrusive device."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, June 6, 2006
Antec Universal Processor Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"Antec started in 1986 in Fremont California. Now Antec have offices in Europe and distributors throughout Australia and Asia. Antec are top quality manufacturers of top quality computer equipment from cases to power supplies, cooling fans, lighting components and more for all of us PC users. Today we review for you this powerful universal AMD & Intel processor heatsink for AMD Athlon 754, 939 & 940, Sempron, Turion, Opteron, Athlon 64 and 64FX processors and Intel Pentium 748, Celeron, Celeron D and Celeron M processors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra X2 550W / Ultra X-Finity 500W / Ultra X-Finity 600W @ Overclockers Online
"Whether it was running MemTest86 with a 2GB kit of memory at DDR540 for 297 hours straight, or dual priming an X2 3800+ at 2.9GHz and an Asetek water kit for over 48 hours, or finding the maximum 2.5-3-3-5 frequency of a trick TCC5 kit and passing 310HTT 1:1 on chilled water, none of the systems had a failure, reboot, or random possible power related issue. Voltage always remained within specification but did drop below 12v on occasion under heavy loads with a couple of the units but for the most part they all seemed to hold their own."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master X Craft 350 Review @ BIOS
"Cooler Master’s X Craft 350 (from £28) is relatively snazzy external hard drive that combines reliability and ease of use to deliver the latest must-have gadget for PC collections."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Ultra-Slim 1GB Mini-Kart USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review @ EOC
"Continuing on the success of the OCZ Rally dual channel flash memory drive, the OCZ Mini-Kart is marketed as a being ultra-thin & lightweight and "small enough to store in your wallet". The Mini-Kart is the smallest USB flash drive that I have ever seen, it almost boggles the mind that something so small can store up to 2GB of data."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 770P LCD Monitor Review @ Short-Media
"I've been using my trusty old 70 pound CRT monitor for several years now. I, like many others, have been waiting for the LCD market to mature and meet or exceed the performance of the classic 'not-so-flat' panels. All I can say is that a lot has changed over the last couple of years. Flat panel monitors are cheaper, quicker, sharper and bigger than ever. When Samsung offered to let me review their latest 6ms SyncMaster 770P, I couldn't resist. Although not a terribly large monitor at 17", the SyncMaster 770P boasts an impressive set of features, including 6ms Gray to Gray response time, a 1500:1 contrast ratio and a very unique stand."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Radeon X1300 IceQ Turbo 256MB DDR2 Video Card @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Just over a week ago we reviewed HIS' X1800GTO and Connect3D's X1800GTO graphic cards. Both cards are priced under $200USD placing them in the high-end of the budget card price spectrum. This week we turn to the other end of the budget spectrum with three X1300 cards from HIS. Today are reviewing their PCI Express based X1300 256MB Turbo with the IceQ cooler. Being a part of HIS' Turbo line means this card has received a default overclocked core speed of 600MHz meaning this card is basically a X1300 Pro in a regular X1300's body."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 XXX Edition Video Card Review @ Motherboards.org
"As far as sheer performance goes, all I can say is WOW! At this moment in time, the XFX 7950GX2 XXX Edition is unchallenged as the fastest out of the box 3D card in existence ,and the card will challenge most exsisting SLI systems as well. After that what is their really to say about an overclocked top of the line product that is basically a single card SLI solution. After that what is their really to say about an overclocked top of the line product that is basically a single card SLI solution. This card is a serious candidate for our Editors Choice Award here on motherboards.org, as it is new, innovative and faster than greased lighting. Good job XFX you have a winner in your new 7950GX2 lineup."

More information on this review can be found here.

Gigabyte X1900XTX Video Card Review

"The X1900XTX is the best available video card on the market today in terms of image quality. The ability to use HDR+MSAA in games like Oblivion makes the X1900XTX the choice for the discerning high-end consumer who wants to play the latest games. I've always felt that speed was the most important factor, but with the advent of this generation of video cards, image quality has become more important to me. NVIDIA's 7950 hits the market today and we will post that review later this afternoon, is it faster or better? ATI has the best image quality, but the new 7950 promises unparreled performance in a single card solution putting serious pressure on ATI to do some homework."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA GeForce 7950GX2 Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"At CSE 2006, Nvidia announced the most ambitious plan - Quad SLI Technology, which allows a single computer to utilise up to four graphics processing units (GPU) at once. The centre of this technology is based on the monstrous 7900 GX2, a dual slot video card based on the G71 GPU. The 7900 GX2 is only available via a few selected pre-configured PCs and is not available to end-users directly, due to its length (a quarter longer than standard 7900GTX) and huge power requirement. The 7900 GX2 is designed for Extreme High Definition (XHD) gaming in mind, with resolutions up to 2560 x 1600. The 7900 GX2 sounds great on paper, however, the card's physical requirements limited its uptake. Thus, on the 5th of June 2006, Nvidia officially release the new & improved 7950 GX2, a much smaller card than the 7900 GX2."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA GeForce 7950GX2 Preview @ techPowerUp
"NVIDIA's Quad-SLI was released only for system integrators. The first retails cards for enthusiasts are showing up now. The new name is 7950GX2 and it means smaller PCB and optimized design for self-builders. In our preview we show what NVIDIA has thought up this time and if it is something that you should look into for your gaming rig."

More information on this preview can be found here.
EVGA e-GeForce 7950GX2 Review @ Gamepyre
"The Advantages of the EVGA 7950GX2 card includes higher performance than any other single video card on the market, improved AA modes and more. Once NVIDIA releases the driver for SLI of two of the 7950s, it will likely outperform anything on the market. The EVGA card I'm reviewing here is default clocked for both the core and memory. There will be overclocked 7950 cards from EVGA in the not to distant future. Geared toward the extreme high-end enthusiast and gamer the e-GeForce 7950GX2 is one solid Gamers Gold Product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Computex 2006 - Video of ATI’s Hardware Physics in Action @ Tweaktown
"ATI had a system based on their upcoming RD600 chipset with Radeon X1900 Crossfire and Conroe CPU - they’re calling it “True-to-Life Gaming Reality”. ATI’s method of hardware physics is different to the AGEIA PhysX method in that ATI are able to program a GPU (such as the Radeon X1600) to handle the physics tasks, rather than having to produce a standalone physics processing card."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASRock AM2NF4G-SATA2 Motherboard Review @ Phoronix
"Back on May 23, we had delivered our launch-day preview of the AMD Socket AM2, and with that, we had also taken a quick look at ASRock's AM2NF4G-SATA2 motherboard. Now that we have had the time to complete our testing of this nForce 410 motherboard, we have the remainder of our results available today."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD’s Quad-Core K8L & 4x4 Low-down @ Pureoverclock
"For 4x4 to really take off it will need some killer multi-thread applications (games), otherwise I don't see many enthusiasts getting all wobbly legged and ordering what will be a small fortune's worth of AMD silicon from there favourite e-tailers. It is inevitable that true multi-threaded next-gen games will eventually turn up, and when they do 4x4 will be what every enthusiast will want for Christmas, what is not clear is if it'll be Christmas 2006 or 2007."

More information on this review can be found here.
Computex Taipei 2006 Preview @ The Tech Zone
"COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2006 will take to the stage from June 6 to 10. For 26 years this event has been growing with the industry and now ranks among the two largest in the world. This five-day event, a mecca for global sourcing and networking will draw more than 30,000 global buyers who will join 100,000+ local visitors to plug into the broadest range of IT products and components."

More information on this report can be found here.
Computex Taipei 2006 Report @ NGOHQ
"On the 5th of June, one day before Computex, I was pondering what to do, and I easily found my answer. I should go to Computex and see how things are coming along. Of course, I will also do what I do best, causing trouble and chasing after models."

More information on this report can be found here.
Cooler Master Centurion 534 Case Review @ 3DGameman
"The Cooler Master Centurion 534 Case is a budget case, but it has lots of features and looks great. There are five 5.25" & one 3.5" external drive bays, as well as four 3.5" internal drive bays. It has a tool-less design on both the drive bays and the expansion slots, making installation and removal a snap. One 120mm fan is included and an optional one can be added. This is not Stacker quality, although if you are looking for an affordable quality product, check it out. Watch the Video to find out more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Computex 2006 Report on Silverstone @ techPowerUp
"At the small form factor specialists Silverstone we saw a case the size of a Shuttle which uses only standard components and has suport for SLI. Another novelty were cases which are made from only one piece of aluminum. Last but not least there was a new 850W PSU on display."

More information on this report can be found here.

Computex 2006: A-DATA

"A-DATA is one of the first memory manufacturers to show off DDR3 memory. Even though it is still a while away, this is a good step to be able to deliver once the platforms start appearing - which will be sooner as everybody thought. Other new products are geared towards improving your USB stick or SD card experience. For example an SD card with integrated USB connector has been developed."

More information on this report can be found here.
Computex Taipei 2006 Report @ Motherboards.org
"Today, I'll be covering the basics of the core of your system, and sitting down with Gigabyte, ECS and Corsair, talking about all sorts of future issues and potential things, such as support for the Conroe chip on current and future motherboards, additional fields into which each company will expand, and maybe, just maybe if I'm lucky, getting to look into what’s going to be hot in the computing world this year. Welcome to ground zero or day 0 of my trip to Computex, it should be an interesting week."

More information on this report can be found here.
WMD Part III by G-gnome @ Bit-Tech
"The first concept drawing of the case. It had curly hoses, multiple key locks on the front cylinders, curved ends and no frames, among other things. The basic idea was there, however. The second drawing is a lot closer to the finished mod. I realised the curved ends would be too difficult to produce, so opted for a straight cylinder, with another set of flanges on the end. All the pipes now had flat ends too. From this 'WMD MkII' I played the rest by ear, modifying and adapting as circumstances and ideas dictated."

More information on this fantastic project can be found here.
Monday, June 5, 2006
Thermaltake ToughPower 550watt Computer Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews
"Thermaltake has a real winner in the Toughpower 550W. This is just the first entry in the Toughpower series, and it's impressive. But, if 550 watts isn't enough for you, there are Toughpowers in the works with up to 750 watts and modular cables will be available on selected models. Outstanding stability like this, however, doesn't come cheap."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra X-FinityT 500/600 Watt PSU Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Not long ago we took a look at the modular X-Finity power supplies from Ultra which was a sweet unit to be reviewing. But for those that don’t see modular cabling in your future or need a little less or a less more for that matter, we have two offering for you today in the form of the X-Finity 500 and 600 models from Ultra."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Warp UC-8AEBS Review @ Moddin.net
"Tired of the awkwardness of cleaning your case fans? then the Enermax Warp series may be an ideal solution with its removable blades. There are also more unusual design features which may or may not be something that you desire, so why not check out my latest review of this 80mm fan."

More information on this review can be found here.

Enermax Aurora KB002U-B Keyboard Review

This keyboard from Enermax is little different as it is built in part from heavy gauge Aluminium for a slightly different typing experience. Add that to the slim design, USB hub and other features and you've got the ingredients of one stylish keyboard so why not check out my review."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Mini Kart 1GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review @ Think Computers
"To some people carrying around a lot of accessories like phones, PDA's, iPod's, etc is a pain. So what do people usually always carry on them? A wallet! What if you could fit one of your most used accessories, your flash drive in your wallet? It would not take up anymore space than your credit card! Well OCZ has just released their Mini-Kart flash drive and they were nice enough to send us the 1GB version."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS TWINX2048-3500LLPRO 2GB Dual Channel Kit Review @ HardwareXL
"Last week I got the chance to review 2GB TWINX DDR modules from Corsair. For quite some time dual channel modules 2x512MB with low latencies ruled in the gaming community. More and more games nowadays are getting pretty hungry for more memory, 2GB is beginning to be standard for high-end systems. Most modules come with pretty loose timing, but then again offer a lot of overclocking headroom. The 3500LLPRO’s has it timings set on 2.3.2.6 and like Corsair states it could run a freq. of 218Mhz. In our last DDR review I focused the review on overclocking, in this review I will focus more on keeping the timings tight. Lets see how they perform."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus EAX1900XTX 512 Video Card Review @ XtremeComputing
"Well they say the X1900XTX is king and after having this card for 4 weeks I would have to agree, the Asus EAX1900XTX deserves to be up there with the best of them. The cards image quality is spot on and not one game I played with it made me think I had been mugged.. (you know what I am on about, you go out spend 200+ on a video card, get home put in a latest title and see bad FPS). I know a lot of you know this feeling."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX 7950GX2 570M XXX Edition Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"Overall we've seen great performance out of the XFX 7950GX2. It does in fact provide the fastest performance of any single card on the market today. But, this begs the question....can this really be called a single card? After all it is two video cards literally screwed together, communicating via on-board PCI-E bridge, connected to the motherboard by a single PCI-E slot. I don't think there is a correct answer other than to say that the XFX GeForce 7950GX2 XXX is smoking fast."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GX2 Video Card Review @ Hexus
"The race to build the ultimate Direct3D9 accelerator isn't over yet. You might have thought that GeForce 7900 GTX and Radeon X1900 XTX were it, before both ATI and NVIDIA release D3D10 chips and products built around them when Vista finally shows; and you'd be forgiven for thinking so, given the levels of IQ and performance on offer from the pair."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor X1800 GTO Review @ BJorn3D
"The last time I looked at a cut down version of high-end RADEON was with X800 GT from PowerColor. ATI had launched that particular SKU last year to compete with NVIDIA's GeForce 6600GT and 6800LE series of cards. This year we have RADEON X1800 GTO going against GeForce 7600's and X1900 GT later this summer. ATI's X1800 GTO came in late to the game, it's been delayed more than once and was supposed to be available at launch sometime in March. On the other side, NVIDIA's GeForce 7600 was going at full force scoring major points and gaining trust among users."

More information on this review can be found here.

XFX 7950 GX2 XXX Video Card Review

"Can you believe it? Today again is the day! NVIDIA has had two major launches of totally new products within a two week span! On May 23 they launched their new and innovative NVIDIA 500 series of media and communications processors centered around the also new socket AM2 processors from AMD. Today, just 14 days later, NVIDIA is launching the new Flagship of their graphics processor line, the 7950 GX2. The 7950 GX2 in itself is one of, if not the most highly anticipated products of the year."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Radeon X1800 GTO IceQ3 Turbo Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"HIS has taken a very sound and successful base in the Radeon X1800 GTO and made it even better. The IceQ3 cooler aside from its killer aesthetics, operated at near silence under load. Performance wise, frame rates blew the doors off a one generation old midrange card which really demonstrates that the increase in technology seen on current VGA cards is not just marketing hype. It is real world frames per second performance that provides speed and just as importantly, a very high level of quality in the images it renders. Add in the ability to BIOS flash this 12 pipeline card to have a full 16 pipes, adds bang for the buck value I can't even begin to put a price on."

More information on this review can be found here.
X2gen MG19R8 19" TFT LCD Display Review @ BigBruin
"The image quality in 2D and 3D applications is superb, and the performance seems to indicate specifications greater than those indicated for brightness, contrast, and dot pitch. Additionally, the 13ms response time proved to be plenty fast for 3D gaming, and the handful of games I tried all looked great regardless of the pace."

More information on this review can be found here.
SoundGraph iMON 2.4G LT & DT Review @ techPowerUp
"Soundgraph was established in 2000 as a spinoff from Samsung. Their latest product is the SoundGraph iMON 2.4G series of remote controls. Unlike traditional infrared remotes they use 2.4 GHz wireless. The advantage of this is that it will work through walls and you don't have to point the remote at the receiver. Even though the 2.4 GHz band is used there were no problems running with an active wireless LAN nearby."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX620 Review @ Modders-Inc
"The Matrix Orbital MX620 is a wonderful mod to add to your system. You no longer need to have your desktop cluttered with programs telling you that you have mail, what the weather will be like tomorrow and all your system temps. The MX620 can display all this and more!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 203B 20’ LCD Review @ Hardware-Review
"These days, LCD monitors are more popular than ever before. Technology is changing by the day when it comes to LCD screens and keeping up with all the technologies. Companies like Samsung are producing monitors with the best of the best in them but they are too pricey for most users. Well Today we are taking a look at Samsungs answer to the budget minded people with there affordable 20” monitor."

More information on this review can be found here.
AplusCase CS-3010 Cubic Case Review @ Technic3D
"The AplusCase CS-3010 Cubic Case has good quality and a small retail price. See the following review on Technic3D for details."

More information on this review can be found here.
Alienware Aurora 7500 Computer System Review @ XYZ Computing
"Prestige builders like Alienware offer the performance which enthusiasts are looking for as well as the support which comes with buying from a large company. While the opinion of many enthusiasts is that these companies overcharge for parts and offer performance which is not beyond what they themselves are capable of achieving, there is a trend of growth in high-end computer sales, so some people are definitely buying from these companies. The subject of this article will be Alienware's Aurora 7500 computer system. Rather than putting together an over-the-top dream computer, we will be looking at a solid, high-end gaming system from Alienware. On paper the computer is definitely drool-worthy, but it was designed to be able to show us what Alienware could do without having a price tag which would make the system unattainable. The review will not only be looking at the parts which were chosen, but more importantly how Alienware implemented the build."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Aguila ATX Chassis & 600w PurePower PSU Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Thermaltake is no stranger to the enthusiast enclosure market and they're at it again with a slew of recent introductions. One such new introduction is the "Aguila" ATX Mid-Tower Chassis. It comes in both black and silver, and also with or without windows on both models. Today I'll be showing you the Thermaltake Aguila (VD1000BWS) model, which is the black version with the side panel window."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Performance One P180 Mid-Tower Case Review @ Viper Lair
"As far as quiet goes, the P180 is perfect. The 3 speed TriCool fans, the triple layer side panels and rubber bushings on everything adds up to a VERY quiet PC. Currently the only thing I am able to hear when the case is sitting on my desk a couple of feet from me is the PSU fan and the 80mm heatsink fan. Once I get my water-cooling system installed I imagine this system will be almost 100% silent."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, June 3, 2006
Razer Krait MMO/RTS Mouse Review @ Techgage
"We are taking a look at Razer’s new Krait mouse aimed specifically at gamers who focus on real time strategy and massive multiplayer online games. Their approach is a simple one. Gamers who play RTSs and MMOGs don’t need a ton of buttons, just a set few."

More information on this review can be found here.
CRT TV Buyer's Guide @ The TechZone
"Traditional CRT television screens have a number of important advantages over the newer technologies, not only in terms of the cost to buy them but in the ongoing costs of ownership as well. For instance, while a replacement light source for a DLP TV can cost as much as $500, an entire traditional tube television can be purchased for far less than the cost of that replacement bulb."

More information on this review can be found here.
QPAD XT-R Review @ techPowerUp
"QPAD's new XT-R gaming surface features an arched design which gives you more usable area for your mouse. The mat is made from hard plastic Carbytek and offers extreme precision for high-speed gaming. We evaluate the gaming performance against the Razer Mantis and the SteelPad 5L to see what kind of difference it makes."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Mini-Kart USB2 Flash Drive Review @ 3DGameman
"There is no question that flash drives have become extremely popular in recent years. Just about everyone has important data they need to backup, transport, or store. This flash drive is similar to other plug and play USB2 flash drives in that it is simple to use. While most flash drives are small, they are large in comparison to the OCZ Mini-Kart. As a matter of fact, it's so miniature it's impressive. That's begs the question, "How much smaller will these devices get?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Sharkoon X-TATIC 5.1 Dolby Digial Headset Review @ Madshrimps
"5.1 Surround sound from a headset, is that possible? We try
out Sharkoon latest product which has Dolby Digital support and features 4 speakers at each side of the headset to help create the illusion of a true surround speaker set, does it succeed? Let's find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
AirCon PAC-500 Preview @ Phoronix
"Want to take your overclock to the next level? What we are
previewing today is an exclusive product that will be on limited display during Computex Taipei 2006, and for those that are fortunate enough to see this product first hand should be awed by its abilities. We have had one of these hand-made prototypes in our labs for many weeks now, and while the design is not yet finalized, it certainly will have the capabilities to make your system go from warm to cold."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Silent Boost RX K8 Heatsink Review @ Futurelooks
"Overclocking or not, its always nice to have a cool running system, starting with the CPU. With an all-copper core and a unique fan design, how much gain can we get over the stock AMD unit with this Thermaltake alternative?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Mine CPU Cooler Review @ Think Computers
"Hey, our friends at Crazy PC sent me the new Scythe Mine CPU cooler for review. I've reviewed a few Scythe products in the past and found them to be some pretty good stuff. The Scythe Mine cooler is another tall heat pipe style CPU cooler that seems to be very popular lately. Other Scythe CPU coolers I have reviewed have performed well and looked pretty cool, let's find out if the Mine is just as good."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS9500-LED CPU Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"I've got to say I've been a huge fan of its "Figure 8" heatpipe design since I first laid eyes on it and now, having it in my possession, it's just as cool as I thought it was. The quality is typical Zalman, and that's saying that it's ‘superb as usual’."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalRight Ultra 90 Cooler Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"The Ultra 90 uses the standard thin-fin technology that contains 40 thin aluminum fins. From the nickel plated copper base, the six heat pipes are soldered on and span up through the fins to the top of the sink. At the top of the fins is where the wire clip for the fan attaches."

More information on this review can be found here.
Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"The spec sheet for the Biostar TForce 6100 AM2 reads like a check list of things you'll actually need in a computer; Gigabit network card, 7.1 channel audio, Geforce 6 series graphics, two Serial ATA II (3.0Gbps) channels and two IDE channels (thanks to the nForce 410 Southbridge). If you find the integrated GeForce 6100 videocard is too weak, there is a PCI Express x16 expansion slot for stand alone videocards. The four DDR-2 DIMM slots can accommodate up to 4GB of DDR-2 400/533/667/800 memory, and of course the motherboard supports Socket AM2 Athlon64 X2/FX and Sempron processors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8I945GMH-RH Motherboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Gigabyte GA-8I945GMH-RH is the first motherboard released on the market targeted exclusively to Intel’s digital home concept, now called ViiV. It uses Intel 945G chipset, which is based on the new GMA 950 graphics engine by Intel. In this review we will see how is the performance of Intel GMA 950 compared to its main competitor, Radeon Xpress 200, and also how it compares to entry-level video cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cable Sleeving Guide @ Overclockers.com
"I picked up an Ultra Cable sleeving kit with my new Video Card a few weeks back and finally got around to installing it. Will it look good? Will it improve temperatures in my case? Will it be a huge pain to install? All these questions are going to be answered shortly."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Thermaltake Armor Jr. VC3000 Case Review @ OCIA
"The Armor Jr. is the little brother to the Armor VA8000 series of full tower cases, with the famed aesthetic appeal, in a mid-tower size. Just like the Armor VA8000 series, the Armor Jr. VC3000 series is fully ATX and BTX compatible with an optional BTX upgrade kit from Thermaltake."

More information on this review can be found here.
Switching to Mac How-To-Guide @ Futurelooks
"Any way you look at it Switching from PC to Mac is a bit like moving from one home to another. In this case, your new Mac home will bring you a new found security, a very stylish living environment, stability and lots of spare time for fun things like your Digital Lifestyle. Here is some information to make this exciting transition a breeze!"

More information on this article can be found here.
Friday, June 2, 2006
Seagate Momentus 5400.3 Review @ Tweaktown
"Seagate has come to the rescue and done a fantastic job to bring the mobile hard disk towards desktop component speeds. With SATA now starting to take hold in mobile markets as the interface of choice simply because of its serial nature requiring less voltage and fewer data pins, we can expect to see 44-pin Parallel ATA drivers taking a back seat and drives such as this one going a long way to helping mobile computing performance reach the same level as desktop."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seagate 7200.10 750GB Hard Drive Review @ Bjorn3D
"First, and foremost, how did Seagate increase the volume of their drives so radically? To answer that question we must first understand areal density. To paraphrase Webopedia's definition: Areal Density also called bit density is the amount of data that can be packed onto a storage medium. Areal densities are generally measured in gigabits per square inch. The term is useful for comparing different types of media, such as magnetic disks and optical disks. Current magnetic and optical disks have areal densities of several gigabits per square inch."

More information on this review can be found here.
In-Win 460W Compact PSU Review @ Madshrimps
"In-Win began over ten years ago in 1985 fabricating PC-chassis, today were testing their 460W PSU solution which uses a 12cm lighted fan for cooling. At 150x86x140mm (W/H/L) the unit is diminutive and will fit any ATX case. Stay with us as we discover if the In-Win 460W packs a performance punch."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Technology GameXStream 700W Power Supply Unit Review @ BigBruin
"OCZ Technology has clearly demonstrated they can make high quality products other than memory. With nice looks, Active PFC, high efficiency, and extremely stable power output, the GameXStream is the power supply to compare all others to. Either model will provide ample power for a SLI or Cross-Fire system, and with either 600W or 700W to choose from you will not be lacking in power."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master iGreen Power 600W PSU Review @ 3DGameman
"There are a few main factors that make a power supply a heavy weight contender. For most of us price is number one, and this PSU is affordable. Wattage is another very important factor and considering its 82% efficient at 600 watts, that's covered. It also comes with lots of sleeved leads to fit most motherboards, it meets the newest ATX 12V & SSI standards, and is Active PFC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Akasa PaxPower 460W Power Supply Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"Akasa is well known for a wide variety of PC accessories such as cases, coolers, cables, control panels, lights, and power supplies. This review will be taking a look at the "Ultra Quiet" Akasa PaxPlus 460W model. Active PFC, good efficiency rating, black mesh cable sleeving, and a fan rated for ~18dBA (at normal load) are among some of the many features this power supply offers."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolerMaster iGreen Power 430w Power Supply Review @ OCIA
"We are going to be looking at Cooler Master's smallest member of this new series today, the iGreen Power 430W. It seems a little short on the wattage scale compared to some of the monsters other companies are manufacturing these days, so we'll have to see if this little PSU can supply enough power to keep a standard everyday use system running stable along with a little overclocking and gaming thrown in just for fun."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake PurePower 600 PSU Review @ GruntvillE
"Thermaltake has a reputation for quality, efficiency, and innovative thinking, and with a long line of incomparable power supplies, this is no exception. The Purepower 600W, exhibits just that; it's stability is right up there with more expensive power supplies. Thanks to it's active PFC, fluctuating only a few hundredths of a volt between idle and load conditions. Going the extra mile, Thermaltake felt it necessary to pack it with three separate 12V power rails, delivering a 52A punch."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin HP2-4200 2GB DDR2 Kit Review @ Hi-Techreviews
It's a known fact that if you're looking for high-performance memory and want to get it at a reasonable price then Mushkin memory is where you will turn to look. Today we are examining their newest addition to their high-performance DDR 2 line-up the HP2-4200. This memory is decked out is Mushkin's sharp looking Frostbite heatspreaders and that alone makes for some attractive memory."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Technology Launches First Memory Series with Enhanced Performance Profiles
OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the PC2-7200 Platinum Series—the introduction to OCZ’s memory line with Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP). The new PC2-7200 Platinum EPP modules are exclusively designed with advanced SPD settings to allow compatible motherboards to recognize and utilize the added operation data, ultimately increasing the performance potential of the entire platform.

The mission of Enhanced Performance Profiles is to offer optimized system operation and compatibility through the collaboration and integration of OCZ configured SPD (Serial Presence Detect) settings and BIOS designs on NVIDIA® nForce® 590 SLI™-based motherboards. Only motherboards equipped with the custom-designed BIOS, such as those designed for NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCPs, can detect the optimized SPD profiles of the EEP-based modules and ensure the memory overclocks under the best possible conditions.

"The new OCZ DDR2 PC2-7200 EPP 1024MB modules are the easiest way to enact simple baseline settings for overclocking that are pretested and bring out the best performance on any EPP compliant motherboard," commented Dr. Michael Schuette, VP of Technology Development at OCZ Technology. "EPP is a true Plug and Play overclocking feature to eliminate the need for manual configuration and make memory optimizations a household item".

More information on this press release can be found here.
OCZ DDR2 PC2-8000 Platinum Enhanced Latency XTC Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Ok, I am going to read you future, it begins like this. You are planning to upgrade. Correct? Chances are you will be upgrading to a sweet nice Intel Conroe or an AMD AM2. Correct? Alone with that new processor, there will be a new motherboard to go alone with that, correct? Ok, I am two for two. Last prediction, you will need some new memory, right? The ram that you will be buying will be the new OCZ DDR2 PC2-8000 Platinum Enhanced Latency XTC. OK, enough of the John Edward want-to-be intro. OCZ was cool enough to send over a set of their newest DDR2 ram. Let’s check it out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sony Vaio UX Micro PC Review @ Digital Trends
"The Sony VAIO UX Micro PC weighs around 1.2 pounds and sports a 4.5-inch wide SVGA screen which uses the company’s XBRITE technology to deliver brilliant color, crisp graphics and very fine details. The screen is also touch sensitive, usable with an integrated stylus and on-screen touch launcher for quick access to features and programs commonly used, such as games and Internet e-mail. Driving Sony’s smallest PC is an Intel Core Solo Ultra Low Voltage processor and the Microsoft XP Professional operating system. This combination is joined by 512MB of 400MHz DDR2 SDRAM, an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 with 128MB of dynamically allocated shared RAM/video memory and a 300GB 4200RPM ATA hard drive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Mozart Media LAB Review @ Overclockers Online
"The Thermaltake Mozart Media LAB is a perfect candidate for HTPC use considering you can pay the price premium of over $200. I highly recommend this case, a mid-tower disguised as a HTPC. The case is quiet and pleasing to the ear - no wonder it's named Mozart, it sounds pleasant like the famous
composer's music."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman HD160 HTPC Home Theater PC Case Review @ Tweaknews
"In typical Zalman fashion, the HD160 HTPC case comes to the market with impressive design elements, a rich feature set, outstanding materials and build quality, and the best cooling performance I've seen in this type of chassis. More importantly for a niche product like this, the HD160 can do its job in virtual silence. The HD160 also lets the builder choose components based on specifications, not size. A remote control and VFD panel are just icing on the cake for this product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, June 1, 2006
ATP Petito 512MB USB Flash Drive Review @ Think Computers
"Looking for a tiny little USB drive to carry your 'stuff' around with you? Are you one of those people that like stylish looking things as well? Well today for review I have a tiny USB drive that sort of looks like a pendant for a necklace, it could actually be used for one as it is so small. It is cool looking and very functional, it is also water proof, shock proof, dust proof and ESD proof! Curious? Well it is the ATP Petitio USB 2.0 Flash Drive."

More information on this review can be found here.

Vizo Master Panel Review

"When you are mirroring hard drives it is such a pain to open up your case and connect the drive you want to mirror to, especially if that drive is going to go into another computer. Well Vizo has come up with a device that you can easily install in your computer that will make mirroring and testing new drives very easy. It is called the Vizo Master Panel and it features IDE, SATA, and e-SATA connections, and it mounts right in a 5.25” drive bay for easy access."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS Radeon X1300 Pro Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Radeon X1300 Pro is the top graphics chip inside the latest low-end graphics chip family from ATI. We’ve got a 256 MB sample for this model from HIS and in this review we will be comparing its performance to other low-end graphic chips, especially Radeon X300 and GeForce 6200, and also with some mid-range chips (GeForce 6600 and GeForce 6600 GT) to see how is the performance of this HIS video card."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X1800GTO IceQ3 Turbo Video Card Review @ XYZ Computing
"Over the past few months we have had the chance to look at a few video cards from HIS. These have all been solid cards, but the difference from one to the next was only a matter of change in the GPU. This time HIS has brought around an exciting new cooling solution, the IceQ3, and paired it with a great mid-range GPU. The X1800GTO has created a name for itself with enthusiasts. This model has been held in high regard for its great mix of price and performance as well as solid overclocking abilities. With HIS' new cooling thrown into the mix, this could be a really exciting product for those who are looking for a PCIe video card."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire ATI Radeon X1900XTX 512Meg PCI Express Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"As ATI's current top videocard, the X1900XTX through testing and benchmarking can easily be seen as an extremely fast videocard and indeed the fastest we have ever tested here on Tweaknews.net. With all its advanced features and shader capabilities, purchasing this videocard will indeed give you the grunt to muscle your way through every current game along with many future games coming out this year. There is no doubt that this is the ATI based card to have for this generation."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Socket 939 AMD Athlon Motherboard Guide @ A1-Electronics
"In these handy review pages, our lists, which we hope you find as useful as we do this our compilation of the range of AMD Athlon 64, Athlon64 FX, x2 dual-core & Sempron socket 939 motherboards available from Abit, Albatron, AOpen, ASRock, Asus, Biostar, Chaintech, DFI, ECS, Epox, Foxconn, Gigabyte, MSI & Soltek manufacturers which we hope will give you plenty of details to help you choose which make and model of AMD Athlon 64, Athlon64 FX, x2 dual-core & Sempron socket 939 motherboard to buy."

More information on this guide can be found here.
ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wi-Fi Edition Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"This board has a lot to offer the user as it has anything you might need to get up and going including a Wireless Wi-Fi connection that in today's world is a real plus feature. Everything you can ask for in a board is available on the M2N32-SLI Deluxe and it leaves little to be desired to the hard-core enthusiast user or gamer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Q&A - High end Air Cooling, Water Cooling and PSUs @ Madshrimps
"In the past years Scythe has become popular with many hardware enthusiasts, both those seeking extreme performance or absolute silent cooling for the CPU could find some excellent products in Scythe´s lineup. We talk with Scythe about their future plans in this Q&A."

More information on this interview can be found here.
Cooljag SFO-Q Socket AM2 / 939 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The CoolJag SFO-Q heatsink weighs little over 410grams, utilizes two copper heatpipes and comes equipped with a fan that spins at between 2800-5000 RPM. Fan speed is determined by a thermistor located on the fan motor, maximum fan speed is achieved at an ambient temperature of 40C. If the Cooljag SFO-Q performs anything like that socket AM2 heatsink, you'll want to pay close attention to this unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor HeatBuster PC Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
"HeatBuster is a device targeted to improve your PC internal ventilation and to remove hot air from inside your case. We took a look on this cooling device that uses two fans with adjustable rotation and you can even adjust the tilting angle of one of the fans."

More information on this review can be found here.
HDD Grinder Mod @ Metku.net
"I had some dead HDDs lying around and I started wondering what could I do with them. After opening one and testing if it still run, I couldn't resist scratching the spinning disk with a screw driver."

More information on this project can be found here.
Evercool WC202 Water Cooler Review @ Motherboards.org
"In the end, everything came across quite well. The kit was able to keep the chip chilly, even at increased frequencies. It didn't leak, or demand extra liquid or even begin raising its fan past the indoor volume. Heck, everything was perfect. But, good sense dictated that maybe I should wait it out - let this cooler have a test run with an advanced heat load before bringing in a bigger gun - something like the Prescott Rivaling X1900XTX. That's when something happened. Sure, this cooler is quiet, attractive, simple to use, and a great value, but just what could go wrong in a month?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Symphony Mini @ techPowerUp
"The Thermaltake mini is a watercooling system with an interesting new design. The external radiator looks like a speaker and is 80 cm tall, two pumps are integrated there as well. As we know from Thermaltake installation is exceptionally easy. In our testing we check out how well it cools an overclocked Celeron and an Intel Xeon hot head."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen miniPC MP915-B Super Multi System Review @ PCstats
"The cute little AOpen mini PC MP915-B (Super Multi) system is based on the Intel 915GM chipset and supports Socket 479 Pentium M 400/533 MHz processors. There is a single 200 pin DDR-2 SO DIMM slot which accepts up to 1GB of DDR2-400/533 memory. On devices packed into the dictionary sized PC include a Realtek Gigabit network adaptor, a 5.1 channel sound card, IEEE 1394a, an onboard Intel GMA900 videocard and even a dual layer slot loading DVD writer!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Alienware System Review @ Bit-Tech
"This brings us onto the case itself. The system is still in the same plastic-covered steel chassis that it always has been. It's time for a change guys! System builders the world over are updating and improving their cases with specific reference to improving things for gamers. Heck, even Dell is speccing up new systems that are pushing the right design buttons. Alienware isn't even making DVD fascias that match the colour of their case. The whole thing needs an overhaul, in our opinion."

More information on this review can be found here.
iCute 0508 Case Review @ Gamepyre
"In the upper circles of performance casing, there’s one name you’re never going to see. Hell, even stepping down into the mid range cases you can’t find them. The company I’m talking about? ICute. With numerous generations of casing (this being generation 5, model 8), all fitting into the big value for low money scheme, these are the types of setups you’ll be finding in your local PC shops, usually for under fifty bucks a piece."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Armor Jr. Mid-Tower Case Review @ PCApex
Little brother to the Thermaltake Armor full tower case, reviewed by PCApex here, the Armor Jr. has a lot to live up to. Thermaltake offers the Armor Jr. in black and silver, each color available with or without a side window. The silver, windowed version is being reviewed here today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec P150 Quiet PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ~$115 Antec P150 can be found in the 'Performance One' series and is considered a 'quiet PC'. It comes with an Antec Neo HE - High Efficiency 430-Watt power supply, which has three twelve volt rails offering 32A on the combined +12V rail. This is not enough to run the latest SLI and CrossFire cards, but enough to run most of the current high end video cards."

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iStar D-200 2U Rackmount Chassis Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"You can't find any faults with the way it's designed and it has an attractive bezel that stands out from the norm. iStar took the time to add some silent touches and options to make servicing and upgrading an easy task."

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