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Monday, July 31, 2006
Razer Krait Review @ techFEAR
"The Krait is Razer's gaming addition to the real time strategy and massively multiplayer online worlds. techFEAR takes a look at this new mouse and sees how it performs under daily use."

More information on this review can be found here.
A-Data 2 GB Fingerprint Drive Review @ Overclockers Online
"The A-Data Fingerprint drive is one of those love it or hate it products. If the features satisfy your needs it is a miracle product, but for the rest who are in need of a conventional USB drive with a touch of security a standard USB drive and software encryption will better suit the role as this is a pretty slow drive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Real Power 550W SLI PSU Review @ PCApex
"The fan's RPMs are controlled based on the PSU's load. According to the users manual, it does this by using a circuit that "typically senses the temperature of an internal heat sink and/or incoming ambient air and adjusts the fan speed as necessary to keep power supply and system component temperatures within specifications."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Super Thermal Grease Review @ Think Computers
"Today for review I have something from our friends at Zalman. Now we know Zalman makes some great CPU coolers, but most people avoid using the thermal grease that comes with after market coolers if favor of some of the other name brands out there. For quite a while now Arctic Silver has been the reigning champion in this area, but the item I received for review is Zalman's own Thermal Grease and from what I can tell it's just as good if not slightly better than the reigning champion."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix Tracer Memory Review @ ExtensiveMods
"We have ram in the workshop today! No I don’t mean a Ram truck or a mountain ram, I’m talking about random access memory from Crucial Ram. Crucial in two respects, one being the name of the company and the other being it’s crucial to have for your PC. Crucial Technology is a well-known company and is a subsidiary of Micron Technology Inc. (which is also one of the largest memory manufacturers in the world). Crucial is known for making top of the line performance memory for the enthusiast builder along with low priced memory for the budget builder. Now they’ve they decided to throw some memory into the fray that has a little bling for the modders out there. Today I have one of Crucials 1G DDR2 PC2-5300 w/LEDs Ballistix Tracer Ram kit. Now this won’t be your ordinary performance review on ram, my contact over at Micron wanted a review done on the bling bling factor. Put on your shades and see if this ram will add a little bling to your life or at least your case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Forsa Geforce 7900 GT Video Card Review @ Overclockers Club
"Is it me or are these new videocard names just getting bigger and bigger?! Whatever happened to the days of the Geforce 2? It seems as if companies are using a series numbers to name their cards now. I dread the day when I will walk up to the counter and ask for a “ Geforce 234 659GTXX ”. Forsa, a company that not many people have heard of, has finally emerged into mainstream electronics. They offer medium, as well as high end, videocards and are trying to compete with other mid grade manufactures. We will be looking at its 7900GT, which is one of the higher end Nvidia based cards, the so-called little sister of the fabled 7900GTX."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Core 2 Duo Review @ Driver Heaven
"Intel have handled this product launch differently because as well as the usual splattering of marketing mumbo jumbo there has been an uncharacteristic level of access to an unreleased product. The first major example of this was back in May when we were invited to Intel Headquarters in Germany and were able to get hands on with a pre configured Core 2 system, a full two months before retail availability. Initial impressions were very positive however there is only so much faith you can have in pre-configured systems with limited testing, many sites published “their” results which basically were nothing more than glorified Intel PDF’s, we choose to wait until we could build our own systems and do our own in-depth testing. Over a month before Core 2 reviews could be published we were sent a final review kit by Intel. This almost never happens, most launches are shrouded in secrecy and last minute rushes, having over a month to fully test a new product really gives the impression that Intel are confident in their new line of processors, time to find out if this faith is well placed."

More information on this review can be found here.
The ECS Elitegroup Factory Experience Part 2 @ Futurelooks
"In part one of our coverage, we mentioned some of ECS Elitegroups plans to surge forward to build on their brand name, and enter new competitive markets like the hot video graphics market and server markets. In order to fulfill these demands, it was necessary for "The New ECS" to ensure that their manufacturing facilities would be able to keep up with these quality and quantity demands. A new manufacturing facility was announced in November 2005, and is now operational as of June 2006, just in time for our visit."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD AM2 5000+ Review @ Techware Labs
"AMD recently introduced a new batch of processors to the market, along with their new Socket AM2. While the new socket means compulsive upgraders need to buy another new motherboard (doesn't it seem like it's always the way?), perhaps this is a good time for all the Socket A users out there to start paying attention. Some impressive results of artificial and real-world benchmarks can be found in this review, so check it out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn C51XEM2AA nForce 590 SLI Mainboard Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Aside from that, which can be blamed on a heatsink manufacturer just as easily as the board, this is a winner board in a big way. SLI, DDR2, six SATA II connections, up to 10 USB ports, dual Gigabit LAN, Fox Live Update, NVidia nTune automatic overclocking/tweaking for CPU, VGA, PCI-E bus, digital error code display and on and on. If you are looking to take the AM2 plunge, take it now, take it with this board, the water isn't deep and you won't need a lifeguard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Kandalf VA9000B Case Review @ Techgage
The Kandalf is virtually an Armor with some additions, but are these additions worth the extra cash? We are also taking a look at the new A2400 with 250mm fan to see if it improves on the original."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sansun Group Galaxy ATX Mid-Tower Case Review @ 3DXtreme
"Today 3DXtreme is taking a look at the latest offering in computer cases by the folks at Sansun. While they may not be a well known brand here in the States – taking a look at their website their products may be familiar. I’ve seen some of these products listed on sites like Newegg and Xoxide I just didn’t know who actually made them. Today we are going to be looking at the Galaxy 9-Bay Mid-Tower Case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Case Mods from Euskal Encounter in Spain @ VIA Arena
"Held yearly in Bilbao Spain, the Euskal Encounter is one of the largest LAN parties in Europe. Bringing together over 5000 gamers, the massive event is a 4 day computing orgy of gaming. It goes without saying then, that any time you bring together such a sea of gamers, you are guaranteed some cool case mods."

I think the cured pig's leg mod has to take the cake. More information on this event can be found here.
Icy Dock MB122SKGF-1B and MB722SKGF-B Drive Enclosures Review @ BigBruin
"The Icy Dock MB122 and MB722 drive enclosures measure up to the demand of anyone who needs a hot swappable drive or even an extra location for installing a hard drive. The MB722 is a little more geared towards gamers and modders who like flashy colorful lights, while the MB122 is more standard looking with the plain neon blue light LCD screen and ambient blue light."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
SteelPad 5L Review @ FastLaneHW
"Nowadays, I'll tell any gamer or other computer user that a good mousepad is essential. It doesn't have to be the most expensive model, but it needs to provide a smooth, continuous, and large surface on which to mouse. It's also got to be durable. Today we're going to not only hook a few more otherwise unconvinced gamers, but we're also going to bridge that hotly debated line between cloth pads and metal pads. SteelPad surprised me when they sent me the 5L, which is what I call a "hybrid" mousepad."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolmax 700W & 1000W Power Supplies Review @ 3DGameman
"There is a clear difference between these two power supplies. The CTG models are pretty plain looking, offer lots of power, and are not modular, so they are really targeted towards the server side of things. On the other hand, the CUG models look great, have a quiet 120mm fan, and are modular, so they are going to appeal to the gamer. What both of these power supplies have in common is their clean, stable, and quality power."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master XCraft Review @ techPowerUp
"Cooler Master enters the external hard drive enclosure market with their X-Craft series. Just like their cases, the X-Craft is very sturdy and once again does not disappoint. Everything from the tool-free design down to the extra USB/Firewire connectors and great looks make it a joy to use. The performance for both Firewire and USB is just as expected and the backup software, albeit very simple, gets the job done."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone MS01 External 3.5" HDD Enclosure Review @ The Moditory
"It’s always been my thought that the best product is the one that does exactly what it promises to do, without nit-picks, without flaws, and without hassle. While it sounds simple, creating a product that does exactly that is very, very difficult. Today’s product to be subjugated to a test for idealism is Silverstone’s first foray into the realm of hard drive enclosures, the MS01. The unit promises to look good and cool the hard drive down. To that end,
Silverstone has crafted a visually interesting piece of extruded aluminum, with a smooth curved shape flowing all around the unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Revoltec HDD Silencer Review @ Think Computers
"Today for review I have the Revoltec Hard Drive Silencer, most hard drives claim to be quiet but not many really are, or they are quiet at idle but get loud when being accessed and who really wants to hear their hard drive rattling around in their case? Not me, I like me system quiet. Last year I purchased a Maxtor 200Gig SATA drive, yes it's silent at idle, but when it really gets going you can hear it rattling around in their, I learned to ignore it eventually but now I can silence it for good!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec NexStar LX NAS HDD Enclosure Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Overall, the Vantec NexStar LX is a decent, feature-rich HDD enclosure that performs great, but has a few drawbacks. Firstly, the plastic top cover doesn't feel all that sturdy, and I'm left to worry as to whether it'll break if something heavy is placed on top of it, or if the tabs holding it in place will last. I'm also not that fond of having to pry it off to install a HDD."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin XP2-6400 Memory Review @ Motherboards.org
"Pick your poison ladies and gentlemen - CAS3 DDR2-800, or CAS4 DDR2-1066, either way this memory was smoking fast. Right out of the gate, there were some problems with overclocking, but when an additional power connector was attached to the board, they went right away and were not evident. All in all Mushkin did a fine job with these modules."

More information on this review can be found here.
Powercolor X1800 GTO and MSI 7600 GT Reviews @ Madshrimps
"How high can you turn up the resolution and detail with these mid-range VGA cards? We evaluate their performance in six different games to give you the answer. Read on to find out how much *oomph* you can get for your money. The Powercolor X1800 GTO and MSI NX7600GT-T2D256EZ (the one with passive cooling) are tested."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Xeon 5150 Woodcrest Review @ Phoronix
"Last month Intel had announced the Woodcrest Xeon 5100 series processors for use on servers and workstations, while just days ago, Intel finally officially launched their Core 2 Duo selection. Today at Phoronix we have taken a performance look at Intel's Xeon 5150 Woodcrest processor in both single and dual configurations as well as comparing its performance against the Intel Xeon 5000 Dempsey."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor Radeon X1600 PRO 512MB AGP Review @ MVKTech
"PowerColor, established by TuL Corporation, is a graphics industry leading brand name and well known for its outstanding performance and innovative technology. As a leading provider of graphics cards, PowerColor offers powerful, reliable and cost effective solutions to customers worldwide. To succeed in this ultra competitive industry, great products need to be complimented by speed-to-market, cost and service. PowerColor strives to the very best, both to their customers and to society, thereby making a brighter future for tomorrow. In that light we have taken a look at AGP version the PowerColor Radeon X1600 PRO."

More information on this review can be found here.
All Xeon Models @ Hardware Secrets
"In 1998 Intel started including the name “Xeon” to label their processors targeted to the server and workstation market. These processors can access more RAM memory, can work on a multi-processing environment (i.e. motherboards with more than one CPU installed) and have a performance higher than their counterpart targeted to the end-user market."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K8N Diamond Plus Motherboard Review @ Byte Sized Reviews
"MSI is certainly one of the “big three” enthusiast motherboard manufacturers along with Asus and Abit, so it is always a pleasure to look at their flagship products. Today we are testing the company’s Socket 939 swansong; the K8N Diamond Plus. This motherboard features the latest nVIDIA Nforce 4 SLI 16x chipset and therefore has two full PCI-E 16x PEG slots that will provide extra bandwidth for a pair of powerful cards like the 7900GTX or 7950GX2."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K9N SLI Platinum Motherboard Review @ Bit-Tech
"MSI has created an exceptionally fast and robust nForce 570 SLI motherboard with a good price if you are looking to run the board at stock speeds. However, there are some layout issues related to the positioning of power sockets and the MCP heatsink that may sway your buying decision. Budding overclockers should look elsewhere."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, July 28, 2006
SilverStone NT04 Cooler Review @ 3DGameman
"SilverStone has quickly become a name along the lines of quality greats like Lian Li. This quality is starting to branch out of the case realm and starting to accessorize! Today, we check out the new SilverStone NT04 CPU cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
XTracPads Ripper XXL Mouse Mat Review @ PCApex
"Out of their impressive selection of mousing surfaces (some are simply to large to be called just a "pad"), we will be taking a look at the Ripper XXL which is a LARGE cloth mousing surface which measures a whopping 36" x 18"! If you're like me you've stopped using a mouse pad because you're tired of falling off the damned thing. Nothing is more frustrating than losing control during an intense frag session. With the Ripper XXL small size is no longer an issue."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Tempest Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The OCZ Tempest heatsink weighs in at 580 grams, and is built upon a design that relies heavily on copper components. The design is a fairly predictable mix of copper, heatpipes and a big low RPM fan, so it will be interesting to see how OCZ's product fairs against the strong lineup of socket AM2/939 AMD Athlon64 heatsinks on the market right now. Below the OCZ Tempest's 95mm diameter blue LED illuminated fan is an array of nickel plated copper fins which are joined to the base of the heatsink by four 6mm heatpipes. If you have a upgrade plans penciled in for the near future, the Tempest can certainly accommodate all CPUs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master eXtreme Power 650W Review @ Modders-Inc
"Cooler Master has long been know for its cooling products and excellent cases. Today we get the chance to take a look at one of their newest power supplies, the eXtreme Power 650W. The eXtreme Power is designed to enhance system reliability while protect from spikes and surges. The eXtreme Power is also based off the Green power design to meet energy star and blue angel requirements."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Future of Radio @ TechDomain
Radio began with scratchy mono recordings that were transmitted on AM frequencies. Then a revolution occurred, and suddenly there was FM, with its clear stereo sound. Now its time for a new technology to revolutionise the way that we listen to music and catch our favourite radio programs - its DAB, or Digital Audio Broadcasting.

"DAB boasts a much superior sound quality than that of the conventional services. It also does not suffer like analogue services from noise sources such as power lines or other radio stations (adjacent channel interference). This means that the quality of transmission can be chosen between near CD quality stereo (256 kbps) right down to low bitrate mono transmission (less than 100 kbps)."

More information on this article can be found here.
Logitech Z-5450 Digital 5.1 Speaker System Review @ The TechZone

"I decided to try the Z-5450s with a few PC games and also with a few Xbox games. On the PC side, I gave it a run with titles such as Half-Life 2, Doom 3, and Battlefield 2. Gaming with these speakers was a delight to my audio senses. The surround performed beautifully and the precision of the sounds coming through really enhanced the overall gaming experience. The results were the same when I switched it over to the Xbox. I only chose titles with support for Dolby Digital and ended up playing half of the games in my collection just to see how much better they would sound. Before I knew it, half my day was gone and I didn’t regret it one bit. Now I can’t wait to receive my Xbox 360 so that I can enjoy what next-gen gaming will sound like on these speakers!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix DDR2 PC2-6400 2x1gb Kit Review @ EclipseOC
"When the subsidiary of the company making the most overclockable DDR2 chips makes enthusiast oriented memory, do you pay attention? We definitly did take notice of Crucial's PC2-6400 Ballistix, and we're impressed by what we see."

More information on this review can be found here.
Super Talent MEGA Screen MP3 Player Review @ 3DGameman
"One of the first things that you will notice about the Super Talent MEGA Screen MP3 Player is its size. At 87 x 42 x 9 mm, and weighting in at only 36 grams, it is really small and light weight. It comes with a large 128x128 pixel 262k color LCD which is bright and easy to read. The buttons are in the correct location so it makes navigating the menus a breeze. It can play regular music files, has an FM tuner, records voice, displays pictures, and much more. It's also available in 120MB to 2GB capacities. The only downside to this player is the maximum capacity of 2GB. There are many larger capacity MP3 players on the market. Although, considering the features and price, it's an excellent product."

More information on this video review can be found here.
OCZ PC-4000 EB Platinum DDR Review @ OCModShop
"The first impression of these modules is that they are beautiful. The heat spreaders are polished and the OCZ logo is embellished on the side, and have OCZ's trademark weight. They are not light by any means, and fingerprints will easily show up on these polished plates. My first instincts were to jump right in and just 'clock the snot of of this memory, but I resisted. Instead I started off slow and easy. "

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin 2GB EM6400 DDR2-800 Review @ Techgage
"With C2D and AM2 out, many are looking for the right DDR2 kit to choose. If you are on a budget, then you will want to check out the Mushkin EM6400, which retail for around $200. Though they are surrounded with a 'value' cloak, they deliver surprising overclock-ability."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TwinX2048-4400Pro Review @ techFEAR
"Corsair's premium DDR memory does its best to prove that there is still life in what is quickly becoming a legacy product. This kit is fast and will be at home on any Socket 939 system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Bart - The UV Head Step Child Project @ GideonTech
"I was looking through Lynxmotion's forums and getting some questions answered on the strength of servos when the owner of Lynxmotion posted about a new project they were working on, a 6 servo biped robot. I saw their parts list and as I was getting ready to order parts for my next set of spider legs anyway, I opted to get a pair of biped feet with my order."

More information on this project can be found here.
OC Cafe' Case Giveaway @ Overclocker Cafe
"The Overclocker Cafe' has posted up a drawing for a new NZXT Apollo Gaming Case that runs between now and this Sunday July 30th. Readers need only visit their contest page for details on how to get their name in the hat. No questions, forum posts or newsletters to register for, all that needs be done is e-mail them. How easy is that?!"

More information on this giveaway can be found here.
FOXCONN C51XEM2AA AM2 Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The platform is powerfully stable and has all the BIOS features any power user could want. It is efficiently designed and even presents a aesthetically pleasing motherboard that would be a shame to hide. Would I recommend this motherboard to the extreme or standard users? Absolutely!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
ADPmods 50% off Sale
"Effective Tuesday August 1st, ADPmods.com will be ceasing retail sales of computer case modification and accessory products.

We are closing retail operations out with a 50% off storewide sale on remaining inventory!

That's right, 50% off Nexus 400W Power Supplies, 50% off ConnectorZ, 50% of cables, adapters and HEATSINKS."

More information on this sale can be found here.
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Review @ The TechZone
"Logitech has come up with a really solid product for gaming enthusiasts. Although there is nothing revolutionary about the keyboard, it has more than enough features to warrant a purchase. You can easily tell that Logitech did their homework before designing this keyboard. While reviewing the G15, I was most impressed by the wide spectrum of features. Minor features like the ‘Game Mode’ switch are a nice bonus. Who would’ve thought that a feature to disable your Windows keys would help enhance your gaming experience?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Office Internet and Multimedia Pro Illuminated Keyboard Review @ Bjorn3D
"Computer keyboard is probably one of the components that has not been updated or changed as much dramatically as every other components. Despite the lack of huge improvement, having the right keyboard is critical because not only a right keyboard can greatly enhance the productivity, an ergonomic keyboard also reduces the potential of repetitive stress injury. Today, we have received a Logisys Internet, Multimedia, and Office Illuminated Keyboard (KB608BK) from CrazyPC. I was pretty excited when I receive the keyboard as it’s a nice looking keyboard and it has a lot of extra features. Now let’s take a look to see if this keyboard lives up to the expectation."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Tempest Review @ Overclockers Online
"While the CPU cooler does look very nice with the four heatpipes and the shiny fins, its performance was marginally worse than the CNPS-9500. The only real downside to this cooler is the lack of availability. What I did determine was the MSRP, at a whopping $49.99. In my opinion, the premium is a bit high and once this cooler goes global, we'll probably start seeing it at a more reasonable 40 dollar
level."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone NT04 CPU Cooler Review @ Think Computers
"Today's CPU coolers features exciting new technologies like micro fins, and copper heat pipes, but do you remember the old fashioned aluminum fin types that most CPU's came with stock? Is there still a place for them in today's high temperature CPU's? Well today for review I have a CPU cooler from SilverStone that reminded me of something I would have seen on an older type of CPU, all aluminum with a fan on top of it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Eagle Copper VGA Cooler Review @ Viper Lair
"Do I really need a new VGA cooler? Overclockers and modders will appreciate the benefits of the Titan Eagle. It's good looking and looks to be a good performer. Our test results show a significant decrease in temperatures from a standard cooler you would find on a basic graphics card."

More information on this review can be found here.
GameXStream 600 Watt Power Supply Review @ Tweaktown
"This brings us to today’s piece where we will take a look at the GameXStream 600-watt power supply. This unit is reportedly made with the gamer in mind. While a solid reputation is certainly a good thing, this won’t be a consideration when looking at a new product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra X-Connect X2 550W Power Supply Update @ Legit Reviews
"Ultra goes on to inform Legit Reviews that we need at least a 45A load on the 3.3V/5V rail if you're going to put as much as a 37A load on the 12V rail. So in other words, Ultra said their power supply might actually perform better with four hard drives hooked up to it than it would with just one. Since we tested with only one hard drive this could be the case and since Ultra was concerned with our findings we went back to the test bench and installed three more Western Digital 250GB hard drives."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GC-RAMDISK i-RAM Review @ Hexus
"Start hurling harsh queues of somewhat random read/write requests at the RAID arrays and their performance drops right down. Meanwhile, the i-RAM wonders what all the fuss is about, tackling the requests around 11 times faster than the RAID-0 array. Put simply, the i-RAM trounces the hard disks."

More information on this review can be found here.
TEAM Group Factory Tour – RAM Production from Start to Finish @ Tweaktown
"Today in this article we’ll show you the production stages of a memory module from the very beginning until the point where it is ready to be shipped off to the customer. We’ll also show you how memory is tested for stability before testing along with how heat spreaders are installed on TEAM’s range of Xtreem memory modules."

More information on this article can be found here.
How To Perform a BIOS Upgrade @ Hardware Secrets
"Sometimes, especially when upgrading your PC, you may need to perform a BIOS upgrade in order to update your system to accept a new hardware part or to fix a bug. For the average Joe, this procedure is quite obscure. In this tutorial we will give step-by-step procedures on how to upgrade your system BIOS."

More information on this guide can be found here.

Everything You Need to Know About Serial ATA

"Serial ATA - or simply SATA - is the hard disk standard created to replace the parallel ATA interface, a.k.a. IDE. SATA provides a transfer rate of 150 MB/s or 300 MB/s against of a 133 MB/s maximum using the previous technology. In this tutorial we will explain everything you need to know about Serial ATA."

More information on this article can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review @ Neoseeker
"As Gigabyte's top of the line Intel P965 based motherboard, the GA-965P-DQ6 does not disappoint. Gigabyte has been making great pains to push the envelope for enthusiasts and hobbyists and the DQ6 shows the fruits of their labour. From sporting heatpipes (which most manufacturers are doing now, except DFI), to superb connectivity, and huge overclocking stability, the GA-965P-DQ6 appears to be a nearly ideal board for enthusiasts and for overclocking Conroe's. I suspect there is still room for improvement in its BIOS, particularly where it comes to memory write performance, and with further tweaks I'd like to see memory performance reach at least 75% theoretical bus throughput for at least reads... but only the future will tell how much memory performance can be increased on 965 based boards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Preparing for Intel Core 2 Duo @ The Tech Lounge
"Core 2 Duo is here. Sort of. And unless Apple pulls a fast one next month at WWDC (we’ll find out on the morning of August 7th) and releases a Mac for $1500 with a Conroe inside and good upgradeability, it is time to start picking out parts for my new Conroe based system. We’ve all seen the benchmarks, and we’ve even seen some pre-order hype. Even a few websites have started offering Conroe X6800 processors for sale and showing them as in-stock (at one point in time). So I’m here to take you along for the ride. Some might think it’s a little early to start picking parts. My opinion is that it is never too early to start thinking about hardware. Plus, as I browse various computer hardware forums around the Internet, I see lots of Conroe questions being asked. So hopefully I can provide some answers."

More information on this review can be found here.
HP LP2465 24-inch LCD Review @ Digital Trends
"The HP LP2465 24-inch LCD monitor is the newer, bigger brother to the HP L2335 23-inch monitor we reviewed a couple years ago. This bad boy has a 6ms response rate!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Aluminum HDD Silencer Review @ Techgage
"With the quiet computing push that's becoming more and more popular today users are finding that the last hurdle in truly silent computing is the HDD. While there are many ways of quieting the noise generated by your drive some only help to decouple the vibrations generated by the drive from the PC chassis while others end up enclosing the drive so completely that it runs perilously hot. Today we take a look at one that offers decent cooling and quiet in one package."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Chakra ATX Case with 25cm Fan Review @ BigBruin
"The Chakra is very quiet in its operation, despite having the biggest fan I have ever seen on a computer case. The fan is so quiet it is only audible if you put your ear next to it while in motion. Even with the case loaded up with the 25cm fan and two of Enermax's new 120mm Enlobal fans, it is extremely quiet while keeping all system components nice and cool."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sansun Galaxy ATX/BTX Black Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"Based on the success of the Bat case they released earlier this year, Sansun has jumped headlong into the gaming case fray, with the newly introduced Galaxy case. Sporting eight 5.25” bays and an innovative cooling system, the Galaxy is intended to be a gamers joy."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec SOLO Mid-Tower Enclosure Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"As I mentioned in the introduction about the style and performance, well, I'm sold on both. I placed my AM2 components along with 2 hard drives and a CD-ROM in the Antec SOLO. I fired up the system, and I was truly surprised at how quiet the overall system noise was."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Apollo Mid Tower Case Review @ Hardware-Review
"Mid-tower cases with steel chassis come a dime a dozen, but sometimes we find a rare “diamond in the rough.” One classy, yet pretty flashy case that falls into this category is NZXT’s Apollo. The Apollo caters to the child in all of us and sports two standard 120mm fans, support for firewire and Intel HD devices, and a smoked front acrylic that can be used to display LCDs from behind the front panel. How cool is that for a $60 case?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Build Your Own Media PC @ Trusted Reviews
"Anyone who read the recent budget HDTV roundup might be after a little more information on what we used for our testing. While Riyad was vigorously testing these displays with his Xbox 360 and a copy of Dead or Alive 4, I could be found bent over my lab desk with a screw driver in hand, doing things the hard way."

More information on this article can be found here.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Corsair Launches Flash Readout USB Drive with Bi-stable Cholesteric Display
"Fremont, CA (July 25, 2006) –Corsair® Memory, the worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high performance memory, today announced the introduction of the Corsair Flash Readout USB drive. The new USB Flash drive features a Bi-stable Cholesteric Display (BCD) showing data usage, availability and allowing for personalized ID or labeling.

Joining the ever growing Corsair Flash product family, Corsair’s Flash Readout USB drive has been designed for users who demand performance, aesthetics and advanced functionality in a small portable device. Offering up to 2GB of storage, the new USB Flash drive features an 11 character alphanumeric label display, pie chart to indicate disk space usage and a 4-digit display showing available storage space. The BCD display retains and displays information for up to one year without the use of a battery.

In addition to advanced display features the Corsair Flash Readout USB drive offers excellent performance. Featuring high speed USB 2.0 interface it can support sustained read speed up to 20MB/sec and write speed up to 7MB/sec. The drive supports Plug & Play functionality in Windows® XP, 2000, ME, Linux 2.4.0 and later, Mac OS 9, X and later.

Large storage capacities, portability, and user friendly designs have aided in the wide acceptance of USB Flash drives among computer users. The Corsair Flash Readout USB drive takes the benefits of USB Flash drives one step further to allow users to add personal IDs for the storage device and know the amount of space remaining on the drive.

“The USB Flash drive has grown to be a preferred external storage solution for many computer users. They are convenient, fast and ultra portable,” stated Richard Hashim, Director of Product Marketing at Corsair Memory. “Our new Flash Readout USB drive adds several important features to flash drives, allowing personalized screen labeling and a storage space availability indicator. These features are extremely convenient tools for users taking advantage of storing large files such as music and photos on their USB drives,” Hashim continued.

Product Features/Specifications:

· Display: 11 characters of personalized ID or label, 4-digit detail free space in Megabyte, pie chart for indicating disk space usage
· Capacities: 1GB and 2GB capacities available
· Interface: High Speed USB 2.0 (compatible USB 1.1)
· Speed: Up to 20MB/sec read and up to 7MB/sec write
· Indicator: LED indicator light
· Dimensions: 78 x 21 x 12.9mm (L x W x H)
· Accessories: Lanyard, setup CD and USB cable
· Warranty: 10 year warranty

More information on this press release can be found here.
Smarthumb 2.0 Software Review @ ThinkComputers
"A little while back, while at CES this year I received a cool little USB drive called the Smarthumb. It had lots of cool and useful software on it. Smarthumb has release new versions of that software and totally overhauled the user interface to make it more user friendly. Smarthumb asked me if I would like to take a look at their new software and of course I said yes, so come along as we check out a bunch of new and useful software programs that can be used on any portable storage device to make life much easier, secure and more organized."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Ultra-Slim Mini-Kart USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review @ OCIA
"After getting the Mini-Kart out of the packaging, you find that it has it's own clear plastic carrying/storage case. This storage case does come in pretty handy really and will help you keep track of the drive. If you have any sort of clutter at all on your desk, you stand a good chance of losing track of the drive; it's that small. Trust me, it happened to me more than a few times. You'll learn very quickly to either put it back in the case, your wallet or leave it connected to the computer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake RX-K8 Silent Boost AMD CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
"With flood waters rising in the wake of Core Duo, AMD has been forced to shore up the dike by slashing prices on desktop CPUs faster then Edward Sissor Hands. AMD processors are flying off the selves and need decent heatsinks. Enter Thermaltake's RX-K8 Silent Boost."

More information on this review can be found here.
Apack ZeroTherm BTF80 Copper Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The all aluminum Apack Zerotherm BTF80 is a 458 gram heatsink which is designed to function with socket 775 Intel Pentium D/Core 2 Duo, and socket 754/939/940/AM2 AMD Athlon64 processors. The heatsink is even rated for thermal loads of up to 140W! The Apack Zerotherm BTF80 is identical to the Zerotherm BTF90 heatsink except for its all aluminum construction. Both heatsinks resemble a butterfly from the top down - a design choice which is likely to cause wide skepticism with North American consumers. If the insect shape makes you jump to conclusions on the effectiveness of the heatsink, you might be surprised to know that the Zerotherm BTF80 actually performs fairly well."

More information on this review can be found here.

Verax Helado PWM-T Low Noise Heatsink Review

"The Verax Helado PWM-T heatsink is the newest uber-quiet heatsink from the German manufacturer Verax. Comprised of a nickel plated copper base block and an array of rather thick stacked aluminum fins which have also been nickel plated, the Verax Helado PWM-T is a thin tower of a heatsink. Four parallel rows of 6mm diameter "U" shaped copper heatpipes join the base of the heatsink to its's cooling fins with soldered joints. Best of all for users shopping out low noise cooling solutions, the fan is held in place with four rubber vibration mounting posts, not screws. The rubber posts lift and separate the fan from the adjoining aluminum fan shroud."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vizo Sleet Chipset and DDR Coolers Review @ Pro-Clockers
"It seems that Vizo is quickly making a name for itself lastly in the PC accessory market. Seeing them do well is great after we were one of the first to give them to you via the web. Well Vizo is back at it with Sleet ram coolers that will add flair and cooling to a ram chip near you."

More information on this review can be found here.
SuperTalent PC2-8000 2X512MB Kit Review @ Driver Heaven
"Many people may think that Super Talent is a new company. That is entirely inaccurate as the company already counts 20 years in the memory industry and has a good R&D and manufacturing capacity. Looking at their products line-up you will probably notice that Super Talent seems to focus on Flash products, offering a great deal of different designs and capacities. They even are ranked among the top memory solutions manufacturers in terms of total patents applied under memory device categories for their Flash products. Their DDR and DDR2 modules also come with a lifetime warranty and are 100% stress tested on a motherboard at their rated specifications to ensure their quality, stressing them beyond their rated specifications however is our job, so let us see what these babies can really handle."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron 7300GT PCI Express Video Card Review @ LAN Addict
"Pleased with the card? Yes, and highly. When you factor in the cost and the performance boost this card delivers, it makes it a great product. Not to mention it’s a seven series part, which just adds to the deal. I’d recommend this card to a person who is looking for a great performing, but cheap, card. Especially someone who wants to go SLI on the cheap."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GS AGP Shootout @ Hexus
"This article takes a look at a triplet of 7800 GS boards on AGP SMILY_.png and pits it versus ATI's latest AGP entrant (and a couple of old AGP stalwarts to boot) to see what comes out on top. Join us as we do the analysis, starting with a recap of what GeForce 7800 GS AGP is."

More information on this review can be found here.
Biostar GeForce 7900 GT 256MB Review @ Sharky Extreme
"The Biostar GeForce 7900 GT is a high-end graphics card that utilizes the powerful GeForce 7900 GT graphic processing unit. It features 24 pixel pipelines, 24 pixel shader processors, 24 texture units, and 8 vertex pipelines. The memory architecture is a 256-bit path to 256MB of GDDR3 memory. The GeForce 7900 GT is basically a core-optimized GeForce 7800 GTX that has been shrunk from 110nm to 90nm. These optimizations also mean that a GeForce 7900 GT is theoretically faster than a GeForce 7800 GTX at the same clock speed, even though the base specifications are equal."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS EN7600GT Silent Video Card Review @ Motherboard.org
"The 7600GT supports all DirectX 9.0 features including Pixel Shader 3.0 and Vertex Shader 3.0. These are the features that one should look for when purchasing a video card today, as virtually every game released today require them to operate. People with integrated GMA 950 from Intel are not able to play many of the latest games, for while the integrated graphics do support PS2.0, Hardware T+L or Vertex Shaders are not supported."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Pentium D 940 3.2GHz Dual Core Processor Review @ PCstats
"The Intel Pentium D 940 processor is the latest victim, errr.... component to pass through the PCSTATS test labs. Built on Intel's 65 nanometer manufacturing process and with two physical processing cores running at 3.2 GHz each, backed up by 2MB of L2 cache, the socket 775 chip certainly makes quite a splash."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX vs. 7950 GX2 Review @ techPowerUp
"The GeForce 7950GX2 is NVIDIA's current high-end offering. While this card is based on the GeForce 7900GX2 used in Quad SLI systems, the 7950GX2 is just as long as a 7900GTX and currently meant to be used as a single card, replacing the 7900GTX. It offers a great performance boost while currently costing just about as much as the 7900GTX at launch. We run it through the benchmarks, to see what the card will deliver."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI confirms ATI RD600 for Conroe + Photos of nForce 590 SLI IE @ Tweaktown
"Yesterday as most men and their dogs know, AMD and ATI announced their intentions to join forces and create a “Processing Powerhouse”. We won’t see any products from the new company utilizing both AMD and ATI technology until 2008 however already Intel have apparently already stated that they won’t be making life easy for AMD. We published a news story yesterday from Charlie over at The INQ which said that Intel will not renew ATI’s license after this year to produce chipsets for the Intel processor platform."

More information on this review can be found here.
Open Air Test Rig Project @ EclipseOC
"First thing to do was to test fit parts onto the 1/4" thick plywood that was chosen for the base. The little small piece of plywood standing up represents the radiator in the watercooling loop. Planning on this being used for just benching, I figured that just a CD drive and a single HD was enough in the way of storage media. Getting everything to sit in a good place that will also allow easy tube placement took a bit of fiddling."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS KA3 MVP Motherboard Review @ Bit-Tech
"Using ECS' KA3 MVP was a generally trouble-free experience and there are very few things wrong with the board. The one sticking point is the lack of CAS Latency adjustment in BIOS at the moment - this severely hampered the performance, and destroyed the board's chance of getting a solid recommendation for avid tweakers. The rest of the BIOS is pretty good, but the KA3 could use some more comprehensive voltage adjustments."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone TJ07 Computer Case Review @ XYZ Computing
"In this article we will be taking a look at what most people would call a 'dream' case- basically something which is designed to be chosen when price is not a factor. This is the flagship of a manufacturer's line, the item to choose when you have your pick of any product on the market. SilverStone's TJ07 was one of the most highly awaited cases to come out in a long time. Though it was released some time ago, case technology has not really advanced too much over the past few months, so a case like this is still very relevant. This enclosure is SilverStone's top-of-the-line product, which means that it designed to compete with the best from companies like Thermaltake, Lian Li, and Antec. The TJ07 should be able to combine performance, size, and style in a very attractive package."

More information on this review can be found here.
SanSun Galaxy BTX Case Review @ 3DGameman
"This is defiantly a great case by all means. Large amounts of room to work and more airflow than Boeing 747 do this case good. It is nice to see a quality LCD display on a case and I can defiantly see a sweet H20 system in this case. There are some draw backs, though easily fixed by any modder at heart. To me, the front bezel does seem a bit bulky, but I see it also as just more room to mod with! If there was a 'Moddable' award, this case would win it, But since there is not, I dub the SanSun Galaxy case a Great product!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
NTFS FAQ @ OCModShop
"NTFS or New Technology File System is the standard file system of Windows NT and its descendants: Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Windows versions 95, 98, 98SE and ME cannot natively read NTFS filesystems, although third-party utilities (commercial, shareware & freeware) do exist for this purpose."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Apack ZeroTherm BTF90 Copper Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Apack Zerotherm BTF90 and BTF80 heatsinks are the companies' first consumer class heatsinks for the AM2 platform, and in spite of the kitschy 'butterfly' shaped cooling fins the BTF90 is surprisingly effective. The fan spins at 2500RPM and includes Pulse Width Modulation (4-pin PWM) speed control, a feature that is being adopted by motherboard manufacturers for both Intel and AMD platforms."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Tempest CPU Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers
"There was a time awhile back that OCZ was a big name in the cooling arena. Products like the Dominator and the Eliminator sat atop many socket A and 370 processors and motherboards. OCZ had moved now to dominating the memory market. We could sit and write about OCZ accomplishments in memory all day long. But it seems that they are gearing themselves to reestablish their name in the cooling market again. The Tempest is the first product released under the cooling category in this new era."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright Ultra-120 CPU Cooler Review @ Neoseeker
"The ThermalRight Ultra 120 is a massive cooler of impressive design. This thing is so big it barely fits in our case, a Thermaltake Eureka tower server case of not inconsiderable size. The Ultra-120 is also easily one of the best looking coolers around. With its sleek curved design, it looks more like some modern high rise tower than it does a cooler. In fact, its shape and design concept looks strikingly similar to another cooler we reviewed some time ago. In case you missed it, the Noctua NH-U12 is near identical in form, though not as beautifully crafted. The Noctua is also one of the best performing air coolers we've ever tested."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Big Typhoon Review @ techPowerUp
"Thermaltake has been around for only seven years, but every one of them has been spent turning the heads of the hardware community. From the original Golden Orb's effective cooling at near silent levels to the current array of water and air coolers, Thermaltake continues to impress with both design and function. When Thermaltake designed the Big Typhoon, they went all out, using six heatpipes and a 120mm fan."

More information on this review can be found here.
nMedia ICETANK CPU Cooler Review @ Think Computers
"There are many many CPU Coolers out there to choose from, which one is right for you all depends on what you look for in a CPU cooler. Of course cooling performance would be first thing to look for, but what about actual looks? Does the level of sound matter to you? Does size matter? (hehe) Today for review I have a cool looking CPU Cooler from Nmedia called the ICE TANK, it not only looks really cool, but is very quiet as well, you'll have to read on to find out how well it performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
How to Protect Your Eyes While Gaming @ The TechZone
"Video and Computer games have taken the world by storm. Studies in 2006 reveal that kids and other gamers play for at least 5-10 hours a week and sometimes much longer. Sales of games indicate their popularity. Flash graphics, rapid-fire movements, and long hours at the console result in health problems like muscle and eye strain. Common ailments resulting from gaming are: lateral epicondylitis, tendonitis, bursitis, and carpel tunnel syndrome among others."

More information on this article can be found here.
Diamond Viper X1600 Pro 256MB Crossfire Edition Video Card Review @ Futurelooks
"If you can even remember that far back, Diamond Multimedia should be ringing a few bells in your memory as the providers of the well-known Diamond "Monster" series of graphics accelerators featuring the 3dfx Voodoo chipsets. It seems that after the Voodoo days, they just dropped off the map. Now, years later, they're back in full force (or maybe just out of hiding) with a new set of cards based off of the X1000 Radeon chipsets. Oddly enough, they're part of the Viper series now, and it appears that Diamond has gone with ATi chips exclusively. Maybe it's because they like red, but I digress."

More information on this review can be found here.
Philips 200WB7 20" WSXGA LCD Widescreen Monitor Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Back in April we reviewed our first Philips professional display, their 23" 230WP7NS WUXGA LCD Widescreen Monitor. Today we follow up that review with a look at their smaller, more affordable 20" 200WB7EB WSXGA LCD monitor. The 230WP7 can be found online for around $865USD while the 200WB7 is listed for less than half that; around $400USD. Whether or not those 3" of diagonal size is worth the price increase or not is ultimately up to you but today in our review we'll give you a good idea of what to expect from the 200WB7."

More information on this review can be found here.
Overclocking the BFG 6800GT OC Edition @ TechDomain


"Pushing out 123 FPS in Doom3 at 1024x768x32 while also performing quite impressively at mid-to-high resolutions, even with AA and AF enabled, the BFG 6800GT completely left the X800XL (or the supposed GT Killer) in its dust. Not only does this card offer good performance but it also has great potential for overclocking especially considering the reference design cooling."

More information on this article can be found here.
ATI Interview Regarding AMD Takeover @ Driver Heaven


"Yesterday the big news was that AMD bought ATI for $5.4 billion, and there have been many rumours and speculation regarding future development and changes with company practices. Last night I had a chance to speak with one of ATI's (now AMD's) most senior and respected staff members, Jon Carvill on the phone and I asked him some questions regarding the AMD takeover."

More information on this interview can be found here.
Intel Xeon 5160 'Woodcrest' CPU & Armari Magnetar X2 Review @ Hexus


"Woodcrest is the core name for the new Core-powered Xeon, looking almost exactly like Conroe on paper and physically too, but sliding into the 771-pin LGA socket rather than the 775-pin version on more mainstream consumer boards. We take one for a spin on an Armari system to see how the new Xeon fares."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel 925X Express Chipset Review @ TechDomain


"Taking advantage of this new I/O system technology, and advances in DDR SDRAM memory, Intel has brought out a new range of chipsets, the 900 series. All chipsets and motherboards in the 900 series use PCI-Express technology. There are two distinct chipsets so far in this range, the mainstream 915 Express chipset and the performance enthusiast aimed 925X chipset.I will be taking a look at the very appealing performance Chipset labeled the 925X, or Alderwood. This chipset includes the new PCI-Express technology along with DDR2 memory support, Intel Matrix Raid Storage, and the PCI-Express x16 graphics card interface. There is also support for all the latest Pentium CPU’s with the new LGA775 socket."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn C51XEM2AA 8EKRS2H Motherboard Review @ Overclockers Online
"This review was as much about the Foxconn C51XEM2AA-8EKRS2H, as it was about the new NVIDIA 590 SLI chipset, and I was a bit disappointed to see very little, if any, advantage of the 590 SLI chipset when compared to the older nForce4. That said, there is very little drawback going to the new 590 chipset as driver availability is there for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows, and the performance did show some signs of optimism. The most impressive results come in the overclocking section, especially with the memory."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen MP945-VX Viiv System Review @ GruntvillE
"This leads us to the newest sub-miniature SFF release from AOpen, the MP945-VX. This is an incredibly clean looking machine, reminiscent of the Apple Mini. It pulls away from the SFF crowd with an extremely small footprint, distinctive brushed aluminum case, High Definition 8 Channel Audio, Multi-TV out with 1080i resolution support and the ability to handle the T2700 CPU at 2.33ghz. The system is also Intel Viiv compliant which opens up a whole new area of multimedia benefits."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Fusion Case Review @ Sudhian
"Antec is taking another stab at the home theater PC case market. Its previous Antec Overture was far from an aesthetically pleasing home theater PC case. There's also the Antec NSK2400 that was released earlier this year that was somewhat attractive but lacked the home theater PC aesthetic touch. Enter the Antec Fusion."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Lexa & Apollo ATX Cases Review @ 3DGameman
"Both the Lexa and Apollo cases look great. The Lexa is an all aluminum case with a few plastic parts, and it is extremely light. It weights in at only 13lbs! It has a tool-less design, a large window, & lots of fans and drive bays. This case even comes with a strong case carry harness. The Apollo case is an all steel case, and while it has lots of features, it's not in the same league as the Lexa. The Apollo does have most of the right ingredients for a great product and it's affordable. The Lexa, on the other hand, is a little on the pricey side. But, you get what you pay for."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Project LogiNoki Mod @ MetkuMods
"The mod that I'm about to show you is again somewhat different from the mainstream. For some reason I seem to like to work with computer mice and try to come up with different ways on making them well, different. Combining unusual items together can produce very interesting results and hopefully you will find this little project of mine worth a read."

More information on this project can be found here.
The "Bootiful" Mod Project @ Bit-Tech
"I prefer each mod to be different from my previous mods so when Foxconn approached me to ask if I could put a computer inside a football - I thought, why not? As far as I am aware, no one had done such a thing and I thought it might prove to be an interesting challenge. Aside from obviously actually getting a working PC inside inside a match-sized football, there was the challenge of keeping the ball inflated!"

More information on this project can be found here.
Monday, July 24, 2006
Altec Lansing VS2321 Powered Audio System Review @ Think Computers
"When it comes to buying audio equipment for your PC there are only a few names to choose from. One of the most well known brands is Altec Lansing. They make all different types of audio products for your PC and other devices. Today we will be looking at their VS2321 powered audio system that is small enough to fit on your desk, but provides great vibrant sound quality."

More information on this review can be found here.

Mouse Grips v2.0 Review

"PC Gaming has come really far, it has become a professional sport really. With that fact, many companies are offering all sorts of things to help players get an edge over the competition, you can see all sorts of products out there today that are aimed towards gamers. One such product I have for review today, it is called Mouse Grips. Mouse Grips are a product intended to help you get a better grip on your mouse during those intense fragging sessions. Not only do they do that but they look pretty darn cool while doing it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Premium USB Headset 350 Review @ The Tech Zone
"The Premium USB Headset 350 is Logitech's new top of the line all in one headset. Logitech claims the headset is designed to deliver a premium audio experience. Featuring plush ear pads and a quality headband, it lets you listen to your music, games, and conversations in total comfort for hours on end."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hauppauge MediaMVP Networked Media Player Review @ BigBruin
"The Hauppauge MediaMVP connects to your wired local area network and has the ability to view many video formats such as MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and DivX, as well as several popular audio formats like MP3, WMA and Internet radio. Could this device replace the need for a computer to be connected to your TV? Let's take a look and see if this is a viable option."

More information on this review can be found here.
Axis Communications 207W Network Camera Review @ Trusted Reviews
"The wireless IP camera makes so much sense and yet it’s quite surprising how few vendors have taken wire-free surveillance seriously. Axis is one of very few and started on this road a couple of years ago with its 206W which took a standard 206 and added an 802.11b wireless card. A great idea but ultimately flawed as a single 206W running at its maximum frame rate could soak up as much as a third of available bandwidth."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Nautilus 500 Review @ ClubOC
"All copper CPU water block with Micro Channel Technology™. This block is very smooth. The scratches you see in the picture above are actually reflections of the scratches in my computer case and not scratches in the block. Attached to the block is two, 5 foot sections of 1/2 inch OD, 3/8 inch ID, tubing."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Tempest CPU Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Designed and built to address the demanding cooling requirements of gamers and enthusiasts, the OCZ Tempest is the pinnacle of air and heat pipe cooling technology. The Tempest features four copper heat pipes that rapidly transfer heat away from your CPU up into the dense fin array where the heat is quickly and effectively dissipated. The Tempest's superior heatsink layout allows for a compact footprint while still delivering maximum cooling efficiency and can be used with the vast majority of motherboards and cases."

More information on this review can be found here.
Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ Tech ARP
"These days, there are so many graphics card models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the different configurations. Therefore, we decided to compile this guide to provide an easy reference for those who are interested in comparing the specifications of the various desktop GPUs in the market as well as those already obsolescent or obsolete.

Currently covering over 270 desktop graphics cards, this comprehensive comparison will allow you to easily compare 17 different specifications for each and every card! We hope it will prove to be a useful reference. We will keep this guide updated regularly so do check back for the latest updates!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
eVGA 7900GT KO Video Card Review @ BCCHardware
"When you realize that a reference 7900GT outperforms a 7800GTX and then take into account that eVGA has clocked it up even further, you can't help but be impressed. If you're an enthusiast, you'll probably push the card even further and once again, eVGA leaves us impressed. We were able to push this GPU core another 95MHz and the Samsung GDDR3 memory clocked up an additional 160MHz. At the end of the day we were able to run the core 32% above reference speeds and the memory was rock solid when clocked 26% above reference speeds. This makes the eVGA 7900GT KO one of the best valued 7900GT's on the market today."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA 7900 GT VGA Card Roundup @ Madshrimps
"Many moons ago NVIDIA released their Geforce 6 series, this success product line-up made us forget the rather poor showing the Geforce FX. One of the most popular products starting with the number “6” was undoubtedly the 6800 GT, striking a good balance between price and performance; The 7800 GT which followed was even more successful, as the performance boost between the 6 and 7 series was quite noticeable, yet a large price jump was not seen, giving you more performance for the same money."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX630 Display Review @ FastLaneHW
"Matrix Orbital MX630 USB 2x20 Green PLED Display @ FastLaneHW.com Description: In this review we are going to look at the Matrix Orbital MX630, a 2-line display unit for your 5.25 inch drive bay that uses a new display technology - the PLED (Polymeric Light Emitting Diode). The PLED offers lower power consumption, a wider viewing angle (about 160 degrees), and a faster response time than LCD displays."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Apollo Gaming Case Giveaway @ Overclocker Cafe
"Between now and Sunday evening, July 30th, readers may enter their name in a drawing to win an orange NZXT Apollo case just like the one we review here. All you need to do is send an e-mail to contests@overclockercafe.com placing NZXT Apollo in the subject line. No questions or forum posts required - just email us and you're in the running. One entry per person please. Extra entries will be disregarded."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition Motherboard Review @ XYZComputing
"This review will be looking at the flagship AM2 motherboard from Asus, the M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition. This motherboard uses the top-of-the-line 590 SLI chipset and has support for SLI video, and packs in more than a few extras, including integrated WiFi, heatpipe motherboard cooling, and AMD Live! compliancy. On paper this motherboard looks like it could be one of the best motherboard of this generation, so let's take a closer look and see how it stacks up."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT AW8D Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"Intel introduced the Socket 775 platform in April of 2004. At the time, new features included the replacement of the AGP bus with the PCI Express bus, the new CPU Socket, native SATA drive support, High Definition Audio and more. The first motherboards to support the new standard was the 925X and 915P/G series. Last year, Intel introduced the 975X series to coincide with the Dual Core CPUs. ABIT's AW8D is the motherboard I'm reviewing today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Mystique 631 Case Review @ Phoronix
"While the Mystique 631 is composed of aluminum, and is relatively light. Cooler Master has done a mighty fine job packaging this case. On the outside are diagrams and figures for showing off the benefits of the case. Protecting the case itself during shipping is Styrofoam on both of the case ends, as well as a plastic bag. Inside of the chassis was a smaller cardboard box that contained the mounting hardware as well as the user manual. There are presently four varieties to the Mystique 631, silver and black, and the option of having a side panel window. The chassis we received was still labeled the WaveMaster 2 in some areas; however, all RC-631 models acquired through traditional retail channels should be properly labeled."

More information on this review can be found here.
Apevia X-Pleasure Blue Aluminum Case Review @ Overclockers Club
"Everyone needs some pleasure in life and Apevia’s X-Pleasure is designed to fulfill your desires. The structure of the case is built from aluminum with an all-plastic front plate that allows it to weigh in at a very light 19 pounds. Not only it being very light for a large tower case, it is also designed to be stylish with its classic analog temperature and fan speed gauges. Like most of Apevia’s cases, it comes in various colors and today I will be reviewing the blue version. Apevia, formally known as Aspire, was established more than seven years ago in March of 1999. It has now become a very successful and well known company that has a wide array of products under its belt, including fans, power supplies, hundreds of cases, and various other accessories all with the enthusiast in mind."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD + ATI: What Could It Mean For Us?
"If there was ever a merger to pay attention to, it should be this one. If the acquisition goes through, what does that mean for consumers and the PC hardware industry in general? Will things get better, or turn out for the worse?"

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AMD and ATI to Create Processing Powerhouse
"NEW YORK -- July 24, 2006 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) and ATI (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) today announced plans to join forces in a transaction valued at approximately $5.4 billion. The combination will create a processing powerhouse by bringing AMD’s technology leadership in microprocessors together with ATI’s strengths in graphics, chipsets and consumer electronics. The result: A new and more formidable company, determined to drive growth, innovation and choice for its customers, particularly in the commercial and mobile computing segments and in the rapidly-growing consumer electronics market. Combining technologies, people, and complementary strengths, AMD plans to deliver in 2007 customer-centric platforms for the benefit of customers who want to collaborate in the development of differentiated solutions.

AMD’s acquisition of ATI will position the new company to deliver innovations that fulfill the increasing demand for more integrated solutions in key market segments while also continuing to develop “best-of-breed” discrete products that empower customers to choose the combination of technologies that best serves their needs. In 2008 and beyond, AMD aims to move beyond current technological configurations to transform processing technologies, with silicon-specific platforms that integrate microprocessors and graphics processors to address the growing need for general-purpose, media-centric, data-centric and graphic-centric performance. Thus, the combined company intends to empower its customers to create their own unique products and solutions within an open-innovation ecosystem free from artificial barriers to customer success."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooling System Review @ ARP
"The Corsair Nautilus 500 is a very well-built external watercooling kit. That's evidenced by its ease of installation. Corsair claims that it can be installed in under 10 minutes. To be honest, we didn't actually time the installation, but it really didn't take very long to get it up and running."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Precise 650W PSU Review @ 3DGameman
"While the NZXT Precise Power Supply doesn't have modular leads, it has efficient power, is Active PFC, looks great, and has a quiet 120mm fan. It comes with the standard leads, but also has dual PCI-E lends for an NVIDIA SLI or ATI Crossfire setup. It even has 6 fan connectors on three additional leads. Overall, it's a very stable power supply that will satisfy most computer users."

More information on this review can be found here.
Your DIY 4 GHz Dual Core Gaming Rig For $720 @ Tom's Hardware
"Who needs a mere 4 GHz of processing power these days? Why not double it up, with a dual-core device while you're at it? Our do it yourself (DIY) project shows how you can build a dual-core CPU PC by buying parts from your friendly neighborhood or online PC component vendor."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Atrix A9001-C4 Case Review @ Hardware Logic
"As much as we may love our $200 Lian Li cases, we understand that not every PC enthusiast has the budget for them. The guys over at Atrix seem to realize this too and thanks to them, now even the guy flipping burgers can afford the features of a $200 chassis. However, it's not every day that you'll find an air filter, fully-featured LCD display, and a tool-less construction for $70, so we proceeded with hopeful skepticism that Atrix could deliver the quality that their website proudly proclaims."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS8000 Low Profile CPU Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers
"Zalman is a name we all know for those crazy heatsink designs. Well those designs may be crazy, but they work extremely well. The last time I took a look at a CPU cooler from Zalman was back in 2002 when I reviewed the CNPS6000-Cu. So I was excited when I found out I was going to be able to check out another CPU cooler from Zalman especially since I just got my new AM2 system. As I said Zalman is known for crazy heatsink designs but this time they have made a low profile heatpipe cooler, so let's see if it does as well as their other coolers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX Review @ PC Modding Malaysia
"Overall, we are really impressed with the Big Typhoon VX and Thermaltake should be proud of their creation. Although we didn’t quite like the built-in fan controller, we are very happy to work with the Big Typhoon VX because it installs like a stock cooler. Motherboard removal is not necessarily required and it takes only less than 10 minutes to get things done. Build quality was good but we would love to see a shinier copper base. Performance wise, the Big Typhoon VX is currently the best among the rest and we believe it is the most powerful CPU cooler we have reviewed up to date. Users seeking to build a silent PC will also love this cooler because it was able to perform very well, even at low fan speeds. Priced at USD$53 / RM195, the Big Typhoon VX is a very good bargain considering you get a decent 120mm fan and a nice packaging too."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin Supernova SN-213HTS Micro ATX Case Review @ PCApex
"Both sides of the case are finned along the top and bottom with a wide stripe in the middle giving the sides a stylish look. Although my first thought was that they looked like heat fins from a heatsink, they are just for looks. At the rear you see the motherboard I/O shield and add-on card slots. You will notice that there are only 4 slots for add-on cards and this is due to the case only having room for a microATX board. Above the I/O area you see two 60mm fans set for cooling duty."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, July 21, 2006
The 700th Review: Celebrating over 650 Video Reviews @ 3DGameman
"After 700 reviews and over 650 video reviews, it's time to reflect. Take a peek through 7 years of Rodney Reynolds Video Reviews. Rodney also explains how he got started doing video reviews and much more. Warning: It will be funny at times, so popcorn is definitely recommended! Watch the Video to find out more."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Logitech G3 Laser Mouse Review @ Modders-Inc
"The Logitech G3 Laser Mouse's compact, ambidextrous design encourages a fingertip grip, which many gamers prefer to make quicker and bolder movements using their wrist. The G3 mouse includes the same powerful mouse engine as the Logitech G5 and G7 mice and 2,000 dpi resolution."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xtrac Pro HS Mouse Pad Review @ ThinkComputers
"For the most part everyone needs a mousepad, the kind you need all depends on what you use it for. Today mouspads come in all shapes, sizes, colors and materials, again it all depends on your needs which kind you will need or want. Today for review I have a mousepad from Xtrac called the Xtrac Pro HS, the HS means Hard Surface. I personally bought this pad for myself when they first came out, but it was stolen while at a LAN center, so getting one for review is really cool to have a replacement for it. I found the pad to be excellent. Read on to get a more in depth look at the Xtrac Pro HS."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech G5 Laser Gaming Mouse Review @ The TechZone
"The G5 Laser Mouse offers an innovative and highly versatile weight-tuning system, enabling gamers to customize the weight and balance of the mouse according to individual preference. This results in a custom fitted mouse offering superior control. The optical engine has also been beefed up and upgraded. The engine is now laser powered and features adjustable resolutions up to 2000DPI. The placement of the resolution adjustment buttons has also been improved, making them easier to get at."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Hyper L3 Socket 775 CPU Cooler Review @ PCApex
"The cost to performance ratio is high with this cooler, but with minor modification. To re-apply the heatsink one must have thermal compound on hand. If Cooler Master was to add some extras to the package it might up the price, which I think would be justified."

More information on this review can be found here.
Jetart Aquacool AK2000 Review @ XSReviews
"Jetart are a reasonably unknown company that has done a fair bit of work with us in the past with good results; their graphics cooling solutions managed to destroy Artic Cooling’s attempt making Jetart the best after market cooling for your card. Now I have the privilege of reviewing their second make of their external water-cooling unit; the AK2000."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer Armadillo Cable Management Review @ Techgage
"The Razer Armadillo is a 300 gram weight made up of carbon coated steel. That’s a fair amount of weight for just a small package. With a height of only 35.25mm and a width of 43.88mm, the Armadillo is a stout little piece of hardware. Its main purpose is to prevent the mouse cord from pulling on your mouse when you are using it. Can it do it? Is it the “The ultimate cable management system?” And is it worth the $20 dollars you’d be spending?"

More information on this review can be found here.
FSP Group Booster X3 Review @ Hexus
"Priced at £55 without VAT (~£65 with), their Booster X3 is the first in a new class of PSU designed to fit into a spare 5.25" drive bay and provide power only to your graphics subsystem. Using a 'best tool for the job' approach, the Booster X3 is able to provide 300W (320W peak, under load) output power to your graphics hardware, for up to two cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Inno3D GeForce 7300GT SLi Review @ AusFX
"Don't let the 7300 name fool you, it's nothing like the 7300GS variant. It literally smashed it clean out of the water, in many cases doubling its performance and in some cases, tripling. When paired up, two 7300GT's make for excellent performing graphics cards, and is competitive with higher cards of today's market. It copes very well with antialiasing and anisotropic filtering sliders at maximum setting, which reflects the fact that a lot of users are now turning to removing the 'jaggies' from their games to increase aesthetic appeal and even playability."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire X800 GTO AGP 256MB Video Card Review @ PCApex
"What Sapphire has brought to the table for the AGP market is their acclaimed Radeon X800 GTO. Unfortunately this is the plain version and not the GTO2 that can be unlocked. The X800 GTO cores are rated at 400MHz with 256MB of memory that comes stock-clocked at 490MHz."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus EN7600GT Silent /2DHT/256M/A Geforce 7600GT Videocard Review @ PCstats
"Asus has embraced the nVIDIA GeForce 7600GT GPU and released a videocard which is not only ideally suited towards the occasional gamer and even hardcore gamer on a budget, but also doubles up the value by offering 100% silent operation which makes it ideal for home theatre PC's or just anyone who wants a quiet computer. The TV output and HDTV output capabilities of the Asus EN7600GT Silent/2DHT/256M/A work hand in hand with its 256MB GDDR3 memory and its 560 MHz GPU to provide a strong feature set for anyone walking down the multimedia path."

More information on this review can be found here.

Crucial PC2-6400 Ballistix 2GB DDR-2 Memory Kit Review

"This set of Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 DDR2-800 dual channel memory is 2GB is size, and comes wrapped in bright orange aluminum heatspreaders. The PC2-6400 kit retails from Crucial directly for about $473 CDN ($418 US. £227GBP), and is ideally suited for quick socket AM2 Athlon64 or socket 775 Intel Pentium D / Core 2 Duo computer systems. Compared to generic stuff, Crucial's Ballistix PC2-6400 DDR2 2GB memory kit may seem pricey, but this is premium DDR-2 and in its class is priced competitively."

More information on this review can be found here.
Athlon 64 Overclocking @ Hardware Secrets
"Do you want to learn how to overclock your Athlon 64 CPU? In this tutorial we will cover Athlon 64 overclocking with several tips and tricks that even users with some overclocking experience will learn something new."

More information on this guide can be found here.
HIS Radeon X1900XTX IceQ 3 Turbo Graphics Card Review @ Tweaktown
"Like the X1800GTO we looked at a few weeks ago, the HIS X1900XTX is using the third revision generation of the IceQ cooling solution funnily enough known as IceQ 3. It has a few improvements over the previous one and is of course a lot more peaceful than the screamingly loud fans that we find on most other X1900XT(X) graphics cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
ICY Dock Removable Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Bjorn3D
"We have receive two removable hard drive racks from ICY DOCK—Modiflash 722 and MB122SKGF-1B. I have looked ICY DOCK’s external SATA hard drive enclosure and was happy with the ease of use and good performance. These two internal hard drive racks that we received are very similar to the external hard drive enclosure that was reviewed. Basically these drives put the external case as the 5.25'’ mount frame and still employ the same internal carrier that slides in and out of the frame."

More information on this review can be found here.
Building a Socket 939 Workstation @ XYZ Computing
"All told, this ended up being a great build. It does not use the newest technology or the most expensive parts, but I was able to put together everything I needed for a very solid computer. Once I make the move to the X2 processor the system will be just about perfect and should be able to give me a few years of reliable performance. This is the type of computer which value-conscious people who need a new computer should be looking into- it is not as sexy as a high-end AM2 or Core 2 Duo system, but its price/performance ratio is impressive, even without the Raptor X. My favorite feature of this case is its storage. The choice of a 150GB Raptor X and the 320GB mirror will be ideal for fast system performance matched with reliable storage. With the main drive being such a bottleneck in so many systems it is exciting to use something like the Raptor X and still not have to worry about capacity."

More information on this guide can be found here.
PYPE iX Case Preview @ Bit-Tech
"PYPE Industries is probably not a name you've heard before. However, you've almost certainly seen its work - the guys design funky-looking computer cases, including the one that we saw a few months ago housing a Scan Isotope system. Based out of France, the company is trying to do something a little different with chassis design. Whilst we've seen many companies follow the lead of modders and break out of the beige aesthetic, PYPE is really one of the first to take serious inspiration from the modding community and come up with something different. Keen to unveil its latest creation to the world, PYPE dropped the first production case over to our offices so we could give it the once over."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Enermax Crystal Keyboard Review @ Neoseeker
"We have gotten the opportunity to review the Enermax Crystal USB keyboard. This Aluminum keyboard has the most unique finish I have seen in years, and I work with metal all the time. Called their 'Diamond Cut Finish', you'll spend hours simply running your fingers over top the beautifully bare metal. And for added note, I have taken a break from my ordinary keyboard and decided to write the entirety of this article on the Enermax Crystal keyboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corepad Eyepads and Deskpad Review @ Gaming Objects
"These mousemats are designed to work with any mice. I tried it with my MX510 and it works beautiful. I only briefly tried the small mousepad since it's size was a bit too small for my liking, but both the medium and extra large sized eyepads are really great for anyone looking for a quality cloth mat. The medium sized Eyepad retails for 13 euro's, and the extra large version at 17 euro's. But I'd pick the Deskpad XXXL above any other mousemat/pad I've tried so far! It's just so relaxing to have your arm resting on a comfy mousemat, with the ability to use your desk as a large mousemat."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Pricing Of High Tech Products @ The Tech Zone
"Pricing is always an interesting topic, but even more so in the High Tech and Software worlds. In the consumer products business, if there is a package of frozen peas from Green Giant that’s priced at $3.99, you’re not likely to see someone else’s same-size package of peas priced at $14.99. But in High Tech, things are different."

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Do High Tech Acquisitions Make Sense?

"Predicting failure is a pretty big statement for someone with limited knowledge of the specifics of the deal. But I can make that statement because numerous studies have shown that 40-80% of all mergers fail. That’s a whole bunch of investor money down the drain. And in High Tech, it seems like it’s very hard to find an example of a really good merger or acquisition."

More information on this article can be found here.
WolfClaw Devour Game Board Review @ XSReviews
"The world is rife with gaming accessories these days. From gaming mouse mats to gaming headsets, gaming keyboards and game pads. I have used several of these devices in the past including the Razer Copperhead, the Saitek Eclipse, the Belkin Nostromo and others. Today I will be testing the WolfClaw Devour. A gaming pad that looks like the original WolfClaw keyboard has had its gaming part removed, packaged and made readily available to the public. Lets see how it does."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vizo Paragon 2.5" One Touch Backup HDD External Enclosure Review @ Think Computers
"Vizo is a relatively new company and I've had the chance to review a few of their products. I've found that they are all excellent in quality and performance and they look really good. Today for review I have another item from Vizo called the Paragon, it is an enclosure for 2.5" HDD's, it is made for portable storage but has a unique feature which is a button that provides a one-touch backup of your files. What's cool is Vizo included software that allows you to program the one-touch button to only backup what you want."

More information on this review can be found here.
Powerware 5125 1000VA UPS Review @ PCstats
"It's power blackout season, and during the first few seconds of power outtage countless computers will fall silent, causing untold gigabytes of data loss. For most people, a power failure simply results in a 'data integrity check' by the operating system the next time the PC boots up. For others, a blackout may cause the loss of an unsaved document, or in the worst case, total file corruption on the harddrive. Now I'm sure you can imagine that after a power failure thoughts instantly turn to the topic of UPS backups for more than just key systems, and why oh why didn't the PC you were using have one!! This is where the Powerware 5125 1000VA UPS kicks in with additional Electronic Battery Modules (EBMs) can increase its overall power capacity to 2200VA or thereabouts should your future requirements increase. The UPS features Powerware's own advanced battery management console, "buck and double boost" regulation to deliver constant voltage, hot swapable batteries, the ability to power up the UPS without utility power, sequential shut down and load management and much more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Liberty 620w Modular ATX PSU Review @ Overclock3D
"Introduced almost 2 years ago, the modular power supply design was a great hit among case modders and those who took pride in keeping their PC cases tidy. Since then the modular design has had time to mature, and higher wattage units have been released into the market. Today I'll be taking a look at the Liberty 620w modular unit from Enermax. This power supply is actually one of the highest rated modular units available on the market at the moment, and being an avid case modder myself I am highly interested in how this unit performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS 8000 and CNPS 9500 Coolers Review @ Driver Heaven
"Zalman really need no introduction, they have been making high quality, low noise cooling solutions for a very long time. Today we are having a look at two of their latest offerings; the CNPS8000 and the CNPS9500."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone ELEMENT ST50EF 500w Power Supply Review @ NGOHQ
"Everything is just right, cables are aplenty and just the right length. Dual PCI-E connectors assure smooth dual video card operation. The motherboard connector fits both 20 and 24 pin motherboards, and of course it has the 4 pin 12v lead for the CPU. The SATA, Floppy, and Peripheral (incorrectly known as Molex) connectors are there as well, could always use more of those but there are enough to be adequate. Did I mention that this product has both ATi and Nvidia’s stamp of approval for operating their Dual-GPU technology?"

More information on this review can be found here.
nMedia Mute Power MP-400 PSU Review @ Overclockers Online
"Although only a 400W version, it should be fine for a decent low-end to mid-range system. For the higher-end PCs, nMedia offers the more powerful 500W version of the Mute Power. If there is one shortcoming, it would have to be the fact that the MP-400 is not modular. As people always say: caveat emptor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM-RF1 Reserator Fan Kit Review @ OCIA
"I located mine next to a return vent in my house, and in summer or winter months when the system is heating or cooling, the Reserator receives a good amount of circulating air. In the spring and fall however, the handler runs only infrequently, and during those months average water temperatures typically climb a few degrees. More than once I wondered if there wasn't some practical way to attach a fan to the Reserator fins. Well the folks at Zalman must have read my mind."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS RS482-M Motherboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
"ECS RS482-M is a very simple socket 939 motherboard based on ATI’s chipset with embedded graphics, Radeon Xpress 200 – which uses the same graphics engine from Radeon X300 –, supporting Athlon 64, Athlon 64 FX and Athlon 64 X2 CPUs. We were very curious to benchmark Radeon Xpress 200 and compare its performance to cheap add-in video cards, like GeForce 6200, and also to its main competitor, nVidia’s GeForce 6100."

More information on this review can be found here.
FOXCONN C51XEM2AA AM2 Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"The FOXCONN board is the third AM2 platform motherboard on our test bench. In terms of features, the C51XEM2AA covers the bases nicely, with SLI, LinkBoost, SLI memory, Firewire and everything else you would expect from a modern motherboard represented nicely. In terms of performance, the C51XEM2AA ranks among the fastest AM2 motherboard yet tested in virtually every test."

More information on this review can be found here.
$300 Gaming CPU's: AMD 5000+ Versus Intel E6600 @ Legit Reviews
"Our testing showed that when gaming at high resolutions the limiting factor is not the processor, but is actually the graphics card. This was shown to be true in three out of the six games that we benchmarked. We used the ATI Radeon X1900XTX graphics card, which is the fastest single card GPU on the market (not counting the NVIDIA 7950GX2) and comes priced at a healthy $499 so it's not like we put in a weak video card by any means. The reason we didn't run X1900 CrossFire is because how many people can really afford it to start with?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Super Talent T1066UX1G5 DDR2 PC8500 Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Super Talent is no stranger to the world of making high performance components. Being around for the pass twenty plus years they have produced their fair share of high overclocking memory. Super Talent also produces many other things that one may take a liking to like MP3 players, flash drives and digital media. All of the items mentioned in the last sentence are all great and all but there isn’t anything that overclockers like more than great overclocking ram. So, Super Talent was generous enough to send over some of their new T1066UX1G5 DDR2 PC8500 ram."

More information on this review can be found here.
Upgrading your Notebook PC @ Short-Media
"A standard notebook hard drive operates at 4200 RPM (rotations per minute) while modern desktop drives spin at 7200 RPM. This lower speed means slower access to information, which means more time drumming your fingers. Furthermore, notebooks are often sold with only 256MB to 512MB of memory, which is also often shared with the video card. This can cut usable memory by as much as 25% in some cases!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
Antec P180 Case Review @ Hexus
"Whilst this chassis is by no means new to the market, we decided to finally take a look at it to see how it compares against another high-end chassis, the Akasa Eclipse 62, as well as the P150, looking at its hardware compatibility, thermal and acoustic performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Chakra ATX Case Review @ 3DGameman
"The Enermax Chakra Case will lift your spirits. At least with a name like chakra, it should! What does chakra mean, you ask? Well, look up chakra at www.thefreedictionary.com and you'll get, "One of the seven centers of spiritual energy in the human body according to yoga philosophy". In this case I believe the spiritual energy comes from the massive 250mm fan. This is one of the few cases on the market with a reversible 250mm fan. It's a very welcome addition in today's high-performance computers and it will have no problem keeping everything cool. Another unique feature is the External SATA port. The case also has lots of drive bays, places for two optional 120mm fans, looks nice, and is quite inexpensive."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Tt Mini Typhoon Cooler Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Thermaltake's new Mini Typhoon cooler does a fantastic job in not only keeping processor temperatures low but in circulating air over and around nearby mainboard components. It does this with its shelf type design and with the add on 'Value Kit' consisting of two 50mm fans. The air circulation quality is amplified and can even be aimed wherever the end user chooses with the add on kit. The 50mm fan's air flow was difficult to distinguish from the air passing through the RX fan and convection fin shelf of the cooler itself because of proximity but none the less, offers a level of customization not seen elsewhere."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Extreme Spirit II Review @ Moddin.net
"Trying to get a correctly sized chipset cooler which will fit your particular motherboard can sometimes be very awkward and on occasion nearly impossible as there really aren't many good ones out there to choose from. So it's good to see that Thermaltake have brought out a new chipset cooler which promises to have a universal mounting clip and utilises a now familiar CPU heatsink technology namely heatpipes."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ GameXStreme 600 Watt Power Supply Unit Review @ 3DXtreme
"OCZ is back up to their old tricks again, market presence and domination. Since the inception of the OCZ Power Stream Series ask any true enthusiast what Power Supply is the best, or what are they running in their system (http://XtremeSystems.org/forums) and you will most likely get the same response. OCZ. I have reviewed numerous Power Supplies since I reviewed the OCZ Power Stream 520 Watt and I have always reinstalled it after the review. I had a few PSUs that died after 30 mins of stress testing, I’m not quite sure if it was a quality issue or the amount of juice my system requires but I have never had a problem while using my trusty OCZ Power Stream Power Supply Unit. Until someone can deliver me a PSU more stable and reliable the OCZ 520 will remain my main Power Supply Unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Toughpower 750W PSU Review @ Bjorn3D
"Sometime ago, Thermaltake introduced a slew of new power supplies -- six to be exact. They include: Toughpower 650W, 700W & 750W units with modular and non-modular configurations. This time around I'm going to check out SLI certified non modular Thermaltake Toughpower 750W unit (W0117RE). The major differences between this generation of Toughpower units and last (prior to 650W) are quad +12V rails and larger fans (140mm)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Liberty ELT500AWT Modular Power Supply Review @ Oz Case Modz
"Enermax has put forward a Modular Power Supply from their Liberty Series for review and I would like to thank them for supplying this product sample. Their line of Power Supplies, Liberty, is fully modular allowing the customer/user to maintain a tidy system, while keeping airflow obstruction to a minimum and delivering solid power."

More information on this review can be found here.
iRiver PMC-120 20GB Portable Multimedia Player Review @ Think Computers
"A little while ago I took a look at a great MP3 player from iRiver, the U10. I really enjoyed the MP3 player and I still use it today. I was really excited when I found out I was going to be able to take a look at another product from iRiver. This time it is the PMC-120 which is more of a portable media center rather than just an MP3 player. The PMC-120 is packed with a 20GB hard drive and features a 3.5-inch vivid color display. Let's see if the PMC-120 can match the quality and style of the U10."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X1900 XTX 4-vendor Roundup @ Hexus
"We grabbed Radeon X1900 XTXs from GeCube, ASUS, Sapphire and MSI - and ran them through the mill. So if sir is feeling fat of wallet and sir would like to slim it down on something fast and red, sir should read on for a look at the X1900 XTX AIBs from those four."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gamer's Graphics & Display Settings Guide @ TweakGuides
"I looked around and realised that many of the most basic and commonly used graphical and display-related settings such as FPS, Resolution, Refresh Rate, Triple Buffering and VSync are never really explained in sufficient detail in plain English, particularly with a gaming audience in mind. In fact virtually nowhere can you find even a simple rundown of how exactly a game goes from being a set of files on your hard drive to an animated image on your monitor. So I ambitiously took it upon myself to do just that, and the Gamer's Graphics & Display Settings Guide is the result. Whether you're a newbie or a veteran to PCs, the guide should help you gain a clearer understanding of exactly what is happening on your machine when you play games, and what all those settings really mean."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Tyan Tempest i5000XL Motherboard Review @ Phoronix
"Since publishing our preview of the Tyan Tempest i5000XL last month, we have received an overwhelming amount of messages from Phoronix readers who have been intrigued by Tyan's joint project with Intel on the Tempest series as well as the Toledo and Tank. While the various Tyan Tempest boards still seem to be in limited quantities, we are back again today with our performance figures for the Tyan i5000XL as well as taking a further look at its GNU/Linux compatibility."

More information on this review can be found here.
A-Data 2GB PC2-8000 Vitesta Extreme Edition Review @ Techgage
"If you are thinking of jumping onto the PC2-8000 bandwagon, there is surprisingly much more choice now than there was just two months ago. Like other PC2-8000 kits we have tested, A-Datas is seriously fast, but is it worth your hard earned cash?"

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS KA3-MVP AM2 Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The KA3 MVP is a solid and stable motherboard that will do the job in any system, and do it well. Whether you are gaming or just wanting to get into the new AMD AM2 processors, the KA3 MVP won't let you down. So give the ECS KA3 MVP Extreme motherboard a try."

More information on this review can be found here.
abit AW8-D Max 975x Socket 775 Motherboard Review @ XtremeComputing
"Another fine Intel board from abit, I am a big fan of the uGuru system and if I was honest I would have to say I think it is the most user friendly Overclocking system, maybe in the future we could see memory timing adjustment on the fly from uGuru who knows, but it would be a nice achievement. Overall though this board is almost perfect, there were a few flaws I believe in it armor though, such as placement of the internal firewire header I mean how the hell will I plug that in with 2 GFX cards in the board, ill tell you, I won’t."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix 1GB DDR500 Kit Giveaway! @ MVKTech
"It has been some time but MVKTech is proud once again to announce a giveaway thanks to Crucial. Some months ago we have reviewed the Crucial Ballistix PC-4000 1GB Kit, and now it is time to share this experience with our readers. If you want to get your hands on some of the fastest ram in its class, you know the gig, just post to win 1GB DDR500 of Crucial Ballistix series. To learn more about this prize, you can check out our Crucial Ballistix PC-4000 1GB Kit review. Hurry up as this contest will last until 15th of August. So enter and win!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
Corsair 2GB PC2-6400 C3 DDR2 Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
"After reviewing ten enthusiast brand lines from eight companies I feel confident to call Corsair's PC2-6400C3 memory line the ultimate enthusiast memory on the market today. Thanks to ability to run super tight CL3 timings up over 880MHz and CL4 timings well over 1.1GHz these modules will give gamers and overclockers ample room to best optimize their system performance. Corsair made the smart move to use Micron D9 IC's on their PC2-6400C3 modules and thanks to super tight screening they are able to produce these kits in volume."

More information on this review can be found here.
Core 2 Duo: The Effect of Memory Timings @ Bit-Tech
"It seems that memory timings do make a little bit of difference, but not as much as we were expecting, in all honesty. We think that a lot of this is down to the fact that Intel's Israeli design team managed to architect an incredibly efficient way of reducing memory accesses. Both cores can share the same L2 cache meaning that the two cores can share one copy of the data and it also eliminates the need for cache coherency traffic to be passed through the memory controller, reducing traffic going across the front side bus."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Core 2 Extreme / Core Duo Processor Review @ Motherboards.org
"Wow, not only did Intel make a comeback they have done it in a much cooler fashion, as the new X6800 and E6700 CPUs are not only fast and furious, they run at a much lower temperature threshold than the previous generation Pressler CPUs. This will be a huge relief to those in the Intel camp, and everyone from the hard-core enthusiast to the system integrator will be pleased with this aspect of the new Core 2 and Duo family of CPUs. Intel may once again gain back the desktop market they have been slowly losing to AMD and this should be a huge relief to the folks in Santa Clara."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuniq 2 ATX Case Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"The name Sunbeam Tech is one I am sure most of you are familiar with, but are you aware of their other division that specializes in what might be called glamour cases. That division is Tuniq, this division is made up of members who have at least 10 years of experience in the computer industry and have shown a great deal of enthusiasm. Today we are looking at the Tuniq 2 case, this case feature a unique ducting system that takes advantage of three 120mm fans to help cool the interior of the case to lowest possible temperature. Combine that with the upside-down design, which places the power supply on the bottom of the case and you can begin to see how this case might just be something special."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuniq 2 ATX Case Review @ BigBruin
"Tuniq, a subsidiary of Sunbeamtech, is a computer component manufacturer with the unique stance of considering "itself in the fashion business of computing industry." Fashion implies style, but can their latest case offer the features and performance that are also required? Let's take a look at the Tuniq 2 and see if this case can deliver style and high performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
The Age of the Web Hermit @ Bit-Tech
"Time will tell how strong the electronic ties that hold together internet societies will be. Civil society in the physical world could arguably be on the wane but on the internet, at least in these early years, we are seeing the reverse. Communities are becoming more stable and businesses to cater to them have been established. We are still in the relatively early days of the era of the Web Hermit and who is to say what will become of them? In years to come will we see grey haired old warhorses meeting up in their faded clan t-shirts sharing stories down the Dog And Duck of taking down the Molten Core fifty years ago? Will parents tell their children the enchanting tale of how they exchanged smiley faces in the Singles (19-29) room on Yahoo and knew that they were meant to be?"

More information on this article can be found here.
Buffalo RUF2-S4G-BS USB Drive Review @ Overclockers Online
"The numbers speak for themselves; Buffalo has put together an extremely solid product. For the majority of those who would actually benefit from an insanely large drive, performance is a necessity. The Buffalo RUF2-S4G-BS 4GB USB drive delivers just that - no frills, no bells, and no whistles."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saitek A-350 Wireless Headphone Review @ Futurelooks
"No wires to my headphones from my CD player or mp3 player: Is that possible? Yes it is! Saitek has produced a wireless head phone for everyone that hates the wire that gets caught on their jacket, bag or even their arm. Let's check it out!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Jabra JX10 Headset Review @ Digital Trends
"One of the most noticeable qualities of the Jabra flagship JX10 Bluetooth headset is its sleek design. The swooping curves, diminutive size, and featherweight body speak to the detailed attention paid to industrial design. In a sea of boring plastic headsets, the JX10 sticks out like a supermodel at a hot dog eating contest! But, does function follow this form? Read on to find out more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys HD-Silencer Review @ DragonSteelMods
"About a year ago I picked up a large capacity hard drive for my system, it was to become my main drive, it was a 200Gb Maxtor DiamondMax 10 SATA drive, yeah it's nice and fast but noisy. I hate a noisy system, I don't want to hear my hard drive accessing data, I know it's there it doesn't need to remind me. I've lived with it for quite some time until Logisys sent me their HD-Silencer for review, and now I cannot hear that drive at all. The Logisys HD-Silencer truly is a product that does what it is supposed to do, as advertised. Read on if you want to quiet your noisy hard drive as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Aquabay M6 Review @ techPowerUp
"Thermaltake, established in 1999, has a large portfolio of products ranging from HDD enclosures to water cooling kits for experienced PC users. Today, we take a look at the Thermaltake Aquabay M6, an extraordinary reservoir with functions unlike any other. How many times have you wondered how much water you have left in your reservoir? Have you ever pondered about the temperature of the water circulating in your water-cooling loop? If so, then this might just be the product for you. Read our review to find out more about this unique reservoir!"

More information on this review can be found here.

A-DATA Football Disk 512MB Review

"2006 is the year of the FIFA World Cup in Germany. For this event A-DATA has created a special edition USB stick with a football theme. If you like this or you don't is up to your own taste. But you can't deny the benchmarking results which were just amazing. In the read bandwidth tests this stick could beat the OCZ Rally which is known as the fastest USB drive on the market. Fast does not have to be expensive, the 1GB version of the Football Disk runs for $28."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ GameXStream 700W Power Supply Review @ XYZComputing
"Though OCZ is known for their memory, they have released a number of other products. While the company's cooling products have not really taken off, their power supply units have been highly regarded by enthusiasts, overclockers, and system builders alike. The newest of these power products is the GameXStream. This is the third series of power supply units, after the PowerStream and ModStream. As the name would imply, the GameXStream is designed to be SLI compatible and to handle the needs of demanding users like gamers and power users. Its high output and wire connections enable it to power systems with multiple GPUs, multi-core CPUs, and all the other things found in a serious system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Deep Inside FSP Group Report @ Hexus
"Over the course of four days in sweaty Taoyuan, I got a good picture of just how FSP Group go about producing a new model for retail, how their R&D group works to make it happen, how they self certify and how that all fits in to their overall product strategy for the supplies they expect you guys, the PC mainstream and enthusiast, to buy."

More information on this report can be found here.
Silverstone ST50EF 500w Power Supply Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"There is always something to be said for the Bling of LED lighting and colored casing of power supplies, but there is even more to be said for stability, while still retaining a very sleek appearance. Today I bring you the Silverstone's ST50EF 500w power supply, the newest member of Silverstone's Element series."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone SST-ST75ZF 750W Power Supply Review @ Madshrimps
"While Intel and AMD and frantically working to keep power
usage down of their recent and upcoming CPUs, we see video card taking the top power gobbling spot, two high end ATI X1900 cards in Crossfire will bring most modest power supplies to their knees. You need a sufficiently powerful unit if you plan to overclock your system, this Silverstone 750W PSU is silent and powerful, but is it enough? Let's
find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 SATA II Hard Drive Review @ A1-Electronics
"Are you deciding whether to move to the faster SATA II drives at 3Gb/s transfer data rate that are now readily available from either your SATA I (1.5Gb/s) or even a slower IDE drive. Well today we review the Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 SATA II hard drive and see what it has to offer and if it is worth moving to as it will entail re-programming your computer."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ 2GB PC2-8000 Titanium VX2 Review @ Pro-Clockers
"It seems just when you thought that ram can’t get any faster, someone like OCZ comes alone and show you that they can and will improve on their past great feats. One of those past feats that I would like to remind you of happened just over a year or so, OCZ introduced a mysterious DDR ram kit that had every forum in the world trying to guess what type of chips they were using. This mysterious ram was from the VX series of DDR. The ram loved voltage so much that the more you poured into it, the better it performed. Can you say three plus volts into some ram? Well, just recently OCZ re-introduced the VX line to the world in form of DDR2. These latest sticks are the OCZ 2GB PC2-8000 Titanium VX2."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GX2 Quad SLI Preview @ MNKTech
"While the appearance of video cards powered with the Quad SLI technology has been old news for a while with Dell's XPS 600 Renegade along with other various products from manufacturers that have exclusive access to the technology, consumers can now rejoice as well. The GeForce 7950 GX2 is the official name of NVIDIA's retail version of the GeForce 7900 GX2; the dual-GPU card that has been used by PC builders to create Quad SLI configurations for more then a month now. The GeForce 7900 GX2 has been exclusively available to only certain manufacturers and requires highly customized machines to operate the Quad SLI technology."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Sapphire TOXIC Radeon X1900XTX Review @ Tweaktown
"This is the best way to look at the TOXIC X1900XTX. We know that the water cooling solution is going to be nowhere near as effective as a custom made job and the effectiveness of the Liquid Cooling Solution in use here isn’t amazing from a performance point of a view, but when you stand back, close your eyes and then think “I have an X1900XTX and I cannot hear it!”"

More information on this review can be found here.
Realm Systems BlackDog Linux Server Review @ ExtensiveMods
"Today’s computers come in all sizes and shapes to please their owner. Most people own a PC today and many also have servers whether they are leasing it or own it. To go along with that PC you have you might also have a jump drive or thumb drive, they have many different names but they allow you to transport files, photos, documents and so on from one place to another. Today I get to look at something just a little smaller then a deck of playing cards that will serve as a file server, web server and so on. Realm Systems, makers of the BlackDog Portable Linux Server. The BlackDog is labeled as the smallest full functioning server on the market today. Follow along as we dig into this little server and have a look see at it."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Apollo Gaming Case Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"With the Apollo case, NZXT has delivered up something that should appeal to quite a few people out there. Its design coupled with it's low price tag is going to make for an attractive deal for someone looking for a pre-modded case. As configured in the review, the case comes in at $70 smackers and if you add the optional 400W power supply, you're still looking at less than $100."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Apollo Case Review @ Overclockers Club
"Houston, we are GO, I repeat, we are GO for liftoff in T-minus 10…. 9… 8… if this gets you thinking of space, or some of the original space missions, then we are both on the same page. The accurately named Apollo line of cases from NZXT is just that, something from space. Looking like it came straight out of a science fiction movie; this case is guaranteed to turn heads in the office or at home. Being Founded in early 2004, NZXT is a company founded and led by gamers, for gamers. Their latest case in an already awesome lineup, the Apollo is sure not to disappoint."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Mystique 631 Case Review @ 3DGameman
"The Cooler Master Mystique 631 Case is loaded with excellent features. Features include: light aluminum construction, tooless design for installing drives and cards, two 120mm fans providing excellent air flow, front curved design that looks fantastic, and much more. All this and it's very reasonably priced. It's cool!"

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Silverstone LC20 Case & RA01 Rackmount Kit Review @ DreamWare Computers
"You've probably seen a number of Silverstone reviews on here in the past. We've looked at many of their cases, some accessories, power supply and one of their audio products. Not one of these was able to achieve a bad rating, and trust me, I try to look hard for things that could be improved upon. I found it odd that every single time a company could create a flawless product. Today, we're looking at one of the new cases Silverstone has recently released, the LC20 multimedia server case. As well, they were nice enough to throw in the RA01 rack mount kit which not only works on this case, but a handful of others from them as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Logitech MX610 Laser Mouse Review @ GideonTech
"Logitech was kind enough to send over the MX610, which is what they called the "World's first smart mouse". By smart, they are referring to it's ability to communicate with the host computer. When your machine is off, the MX610 turns off as well, thus preserving power. It even alerts you when your battery is low and needs replacing. Let's see what other
smart things it can do."

More information on this review can be found here.
NorthQ 4775-500S "Godzilla" PSU Review @ Driver Heaven
"Today we have another product from North Q on our review bench, the best power supply unit they offer, the 4775-500S “Godzilla”. While it is not likely to be crowned the best power supply unit that was ever built, it has several distinctive features and boasts specifications which should satisfy all but the most demanding enthusiasts."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer Mantis Gaming Surfaces Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"If I could change anything about the Mantis “Control” and “Speed” I would either make them much smaller, or much larger. For high sensitivity gaming, where you don’t need much movement, so why make it so big? If it were bigger, enough that I could fit my keyboard onto it, I think it would also solve the space problem."

More information on this review can be found here.
Multi-GPu World Tour 2006 Part3 @ BJorn3D
"When building a complete system the choice of the components of course is very important. Many concentrate on picking a good CPU and video card but forget that the road to a stable and fast system starts with the motherboard. If you plan on building a system for two video cards the choice is pretty simple; a motherboard using NVIDIA’s SLI-technology or a motherboard using ATI’s Crossfire technology."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS CrossFire Radeon X1600Pro Video Cards Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Today in the BFR labs we have a pair of HIS' X1600 Pro Turbo Dual-DVI graphic cards.Yes, I said 'pair' as in two and yes we will be running them in CrossFire mode which should be interesting since there currently aren't many X1600 CrossFire benchmarks out there on the web."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS C19-A SLI Motherboard Review @ techFEAR
"The C19-A SLI is still one of the best value boards available. At less than US$80, it offers a feature-to-performance ratio that most manufacturers can only dream about. That doesn't mean it is perfect, but it may be as close as one can get."

More information on this review can be found here.
nMedia ZE-C26 External USB 2.0 All-in-1 Card Reader Review @ Think Computers
"There are many, many card readers out there, what makes one stand out from the other? How about speed and durability? How about how it looks or it's designed? For me an external card reader is something that I will be taking with me places and needs to be durable and fast. Today for review I have one that looks cool, is fast and is very durable. It's from Nmedia, yep Nmedia, they are known for excellent HTPC cases, so I expected their card reader to be excellent as well and I was right."

More information on this review can be found here.
AlphaShield X2 Professional Firewall Review @ Phoronix
"Two years ago to this day we had first reviewed the AlphaShield Hardware Firewall. This product was unlike anything we had ever come across, as it was personal dedicated hardware firewall designed for consumer use. The firewall is designed to be placed between the cable/DSL modem and router, or to be placed as the intermediary on
the network to a specific computer, in order to add an additional layer of security. In fact, the AlphaShield Firewall claims a 100% guaranteed level of security or your money back. Since we first had the AlphaShield Firewall at Phoronix back in 2004, they have continued to revolve around
improving network security, and have recently unleashed the AlphaShield Professional Edition."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone FP54 Vacuum Fluorescent Display Review @ Hardware-Review
"Digital character displays have put system information and other useful data right at the end user’s fingertips for many years now. While there are only a handful of companies who manufacture them, most have to spend a large amount of time and money developing the software to compliment these displays. Silverstone has conjured up a sweet one called the FP54 that can use several types of software to give you a digital readout right from a 5.25” optical bay in your computer. This little product can show frame rates for your favorite first person shooter game, e-mail from Outlook, and even music titles from WinAmp!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrix Orbital MX610 LCD Panel Review @ Techgage
"Are you looking to spice up your case mod with a multi-function LCD panel that gives you tons of tweaking ability? While the MX610 is not for the novice, it gives plenty of power to those who want it and are willing to learn the LCDC software."

More information on this review can be found here.
Jetart Aluminium HCA01 Hard Disk Cooler Review @ Techdomain
"There are a lot of ways to cool down computer components these days, some work well, others not so well and some are next to useless. I think it’s safe to say the Jetart HCA01 Aluminium HDD cooler falls into the ‘works well’ category based on the results I obtained with it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Nautilus 500 Overclocking Review @ Madshrimps
"Corsair's Nautilus 500 was the darling at several electronic trade shows and compared to similarly size external units boasts specs which have them running home to momma. Today we overclock an Opteron-148 under Nautilus 500 thermal management, read on to see if it can handle the heat."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooler Review @ Motherboards.org
"To the point, though. For $150, you could either outfit the perpetual in your system with good, silent air cooling, or the Nautilus 500, and considering that you'll be running just one fan instead of several, it just makes sense to use something like this when it comes to systems where silence is a golden key."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Matrix VX Case Review @ UKGamer
"Many gamers feel they have to trim the system to keep their machines light enough to lug around but it stands to reason that the lighter the essentials, essentials like the case itself, the less of the important stuff you have to live without."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Ultra 1200W Backup UPS Review @ 3DGameman
"An Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) is something many people forget when building a computer system. For most it's not an essential item and the majority opt for just a quality surge protector. That's fine, unless you are concerned about losing data and/or time when there is a power failure. Ultra has a wide range of UPS models. They range from 600 watts to 1200 watts and carry a $125,000 guarantee against damage to your connected equipment. Get backed!"

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Plextor 760A DVD±RW Dual Layer Burner Review @ PCApex
"The spec sheet gives a small description of two key features that Plextor provides with 760A; those being AUTOSTRATEGY and PoweRec. Simply put, these two technologies work together to ensure that the blank media you supply is burned at its maximum speed with the fewest errors. A very welcome technology for anyone who has a good amount of experience with burners in general since experience has shown me that some burners simply don't like certain media. This technology aims to allow burning on ALL media."

More information on this review can be found here.
SteelSound 5H USB Review @ techPowerUp
"The SteelSeries SteelSound 5H USB is a quite unique gamer headset. The microphone is retractable and for easier transportation you can take the whole unit apart. In addition to the headset you get a USB based sound card which makes sure you get the sound you are used to, no matter where you are. We compared this headset against the popular Sennheiser PC 160 and were amazed by the quality of the SteelSound headset."

More information on this review can be found here.
ExactGame 9000 Pro Gaming Mouse Review @ A1-Electronics
"We are all moving to laser mice and this one is especially designed for those of your playing comuputer games at the top limit. Do we have time for game playing. You can use this ExactGame Pro 9000 at different laser dpi resolutions including, 400, 800, 1,600 & 2,000 dpi to suit your individual exacting reqirements at the time in real-time. You can also see the different colours the wheel lights up depending on the laser resolution."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultrasone HFI-700 Stereo Headphones Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Ultrsone is new to the hi-fi headphone market, which is already populated by such high profile names as Sennheiser, AKG, Koss, Sony, and Grado. So what did Florian M. Koenig, founder and chief technical officer of Ultrasone, think he could bring to this market? Florian formed the company in 1990 after filing patents for his S-Logic Natural Surround Sound technology. All Ultrasone headphones feature this de-centric method of speaker placement which directs the sound towards the outer ear instead of down the ear canal. The result is a more open, natural sound."

More information on this review can be found here.
Steel Series Gaming Glove Review @ XtremeComputing
"Will admit that I had to cut the glove slightly to get rid of the discomfort around my pinkie. Having said that though my hands are really large compared to most people so those of you with an average size hand wouldn’t have this problem. At the end of it all I thing the glove is a great product, there are a couple of things I would like to see improved."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys All Clear Blue Illuminated Acrylic Keyboard Review @ ExtensiveMods
"The keyboard looks like any other keyboard in the manner of key placement. The one main difference between this keyboard and your standard $10 keyboard is that this one is made of clear acrylic instead of the beige or black plastic. One other thing to point out is that when the lights go out in the house the lights come on in the keyboard. The keyboard has blue EL lighting under the keys, but more on that later. This keyboard comes as PS2 ready but there is an included USB/PS2 adapter."

More information on this review can be found here.
Revoltec Lightboard Advanced Keyboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Overall Revoltec's Lightboard Advance works as promised, solving the problem of not being able to find the right keys during the night. The lighting feature doesn't prove too useful during the day, so I found it best to turn it off to conserve power."

More information on this review can be found here.
Revoltec Lightboard Advance and ThermoEye Temp LCD Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Today, we will have a two part review from a newcomer to the USA market but not new to the game. Revoltec is a German that is being entered into our market and computer lives thorough BlueGears. BlueGears is a company that is also pretty much new as well, but has introduced us to some very interesting cooling products as well as some Hi-Fi sound cards. We will be reviewing the Lightboard Aboard keyboard and the ThermoEye Temp LCD display today. And tomorrow showing you two types of HDD cooling devices, the Silencer and Freezer Black Edition."

More information on this review can be found here.
AeroCool PowerWatch Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Image a device that allowed you to monitor the speeds of four of your system fans, monitor four different temperatures inside your system an be able to alert you if they became to high. Then for good measure, let us toss in a 25-in-1 media card reader so you can have access to almost every media card available. Then to finish it off tack on a 12-volt and 5-volt powered USB cable. With these cables, you can do everything from charge your cell phone to operate an iPOD. All of these cool features are on AeroCool's newest addition to their lineup, the PowerWatch."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung 203B LCD Monitor Review @ Overclockers Online
"The native 1400x1050 didn't seem too awkward given that most twenty inches could have done 1600*1200. I didn't find icons to be too big and the amount of desktop space was actually pretty good. For those without great eyesight, the 1400*1050 may actually be a bit better than 1600*1200."

More information on this review can be found here.
Revoltec Thermoeye Review @ ThinkComputers
"Hey today for review I have something from Revoltec, if you live in the states chances are you most likely don't know who Revoltec is as their products are not that widely available here. I bet you are wondering how I got something from Revoltec for review; well our friends at Bluegears are going to be the official U.S. distributor/supplier for all Revoltec products. I've done a few reviews for Bluegears and they asked me to check out some of the Revoltec product line and give them my opinion of the products, so today I have the Revoltec Thermoeye for review, it is an external or internal digital thermometer, it is the first of four reviews of Revoltec products that I will be doing."

More information on this review can be found here.

Aerocool PowerWatch Review

"A little bit ago we took a look at Aerocool's multifunction Power Panel. It was a great product and it was really useful. Well today we have another multifunction panel from Aerocool, it's the PowerWatch. It has a lot of the same features as the Power Panel, but adds a cool circular LCD and it fits into two 5.25" drives instead of one."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra MicroFly Case Review @ Modders-Inc
"Ultra Products has entered the fast growing Small Form Factor (SFF) case market with the MicroFly. This case is made to be lite yet strong for traveling to LANS. Does it make the grade and have enough features to compete with the other SFF cases?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, July 14, 2006
Cooler Master Hyper L3 Socket 775 CPU Cooler Review @ PCApex
"The Hyper L3 is a low profile heatpipe heatsink for the 775 Intel socket for a low price. With three heat pipes to aid in the removal of heat this should be an interesting product from Cooler Master. With a quality 92mm fan the noise levels should low as well as the temps."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright HR-01-K8 CPU Cooler Review @ Techgage
"In the prospect of building a quiet PC, cooling the CPU can prove to be a problem. To take care of this 'tall' order, Thermalright brings us the HR-01. This passive cooler requires no fan at all to operate. If overclocking suits your fancy, they even offer a duct!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM-STG1 Super Thermal Grease Review @ BigBruin
"Cooler components are generally happier components, so this type of temperature drop should be welcome by any computer enthusiast. HTPC owners, overclockers, and gamers are just a few types of people I could think of that might be looking to get their processor temperatures as low as possible, and the Zalman ZM-STG1 Super Thermal Grease can do it for them with just a few simple brush strokes."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vapochill Lightspeed Dress-up Kit Review @ BurnOutPC
"The Asetek Vapochill Dress up kit is a nice addition to the original aluminum look, especially if you have a different colored case. The replacement panels also mean that you can get new ones in case you have damaged yours by accident. The anodized color on these panels is fairly thin, so be careful when your trying to mount them."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gear Grip 19-21" LCD Harness Review @ Hardware-Review
"Normally, transporting hardware to PC gaming parties or other events involves stuffing your high-end components into plastic trash bags and storage bins. This is a normal part of life for hardcore gamers. But, one problem always remains – how do I transport my LCD safely? Gear Grip has answered this question with their custom LCD harnesses. These products feature heavy duty webbing, multi-layered LCD shield to protect the monitor surface, and an adjustable shoulder strap with carabiner-style snaphooks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Princeton VL1917 19” LCD Monitor Review @ ExtensiveMods
"Shut it down, tear it down, pack it up, load it up and add a few grunts and groans in here and there and what do you have? What? You don’t know what you have, well then let me help you out: you have your everyday gamer packing up and heading out to the local LAN party or perhaps to Quakecon. The majority of the grunts and groans come from handling that big ole CRT monitor. Well let me try to lighten your load just an ounce or two with these 3 little letters, LCD."

More information on this review can be found here.
ViewSonic VX2025wm 20.1 Wide Screen LCD Monitor Review @ A1-Electronics
"It is not everyday you go out and invest in a new monitor for your computer as they are not cheap and it is the same for us here. But as the price of LCD monitors has now come down to very probably their basic price level they will get to for a long time buying is now an ideal time. The wide-screen allows the use of 1280 x 960 resolution and still keeps text at a decent readable size while offering very good picture reproduction. And of course being wide screen you can enjoy wide-screen films on it."

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OCZ 2GB PC2-8000 Titanium Alpha VX2 Review @ Techgage
The highly anticipated return of Voltage Extreme memory from OCZ is finally here. The latest revision rolls in with DDR2-1000 speeds and a very tight 4-4-4-15 timing set. They are not called Voltage Extreme for nothing though. Let't see how far these can be pushed."

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OCZ Technology Announces the PC2-7200 Special Ops Edition
"OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the PC2-7200 DDR2 Special Ops Edition. The new DDR2-900 SOE is part of the limited edition Special Ops series which is a line of memory that caters to the needs of gamers and features a unique camouflage motif XTC heatspreader.

The PC2-7200 SOE will be available in 1GB (2x512MB) and 2GB (2x1024MB) dual channel kits for the ultimate memory upgrade on the latest DDR2 platforms. Rated at 5-5-5 latency timings, these modules offer faster access times than standard JEDEC reference design and give gamers the additional performance edge over conventional DDR2-900 memory. With today’s games requiring a minimum of 2GB of system memory, the Special Ops Edition is the ideal solution for gamers who need high capacity options in addition to superior reliability and bandwidth management without a hefty price point."

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Thecus N5200 NAS Appliance Review @ Hexus
The latest (and topmost) in Thecus' line of NAS products is
the N5200. It frees itself from the shackles of the XScale processor and adopts the x86 architecture via an Intel Celeron M CPU. With space for five SATA drives and a CPU that promises much-improved performance, will the N5200 prove a winner in our tests?"

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D-Link DI-724U Wireless 108G QoS Router Review @ Futurelooks
"Earlier this year, we reviewed the Hawking Broadband Booster , based on StreamEngine Technology by UBICOM . Strapped to our el cheappo router, this little device helped the router cope with these specialized requests, and really gave things like our games and VOIP calls a boost. Today, we have a look at a router that is fully integrated with this technology, and adds a few more cool features. We know the technology from UBICOM works, so lets see if it works any better inside D-Links DI-724U Wireless Router."

More information on this review can be found here.
Convergence & Home Media Servers @ Digital Trends
According to a number of recently published reports, demand for ‘home media servers’ – generally defined as hard drive-based platforms with media networking software that enable the use of a home network for media sharing purposes – is set to accelerate to staggering heights in just the next few years. One particular study predicts that some 50 million home media servers will be sold in the US in 2010 – that’s annual sales, folks, not cumulative. As well, the US HMS market is expected to grow approximately 10 million units in 2006 to more than 20 million in 2007, more than 30 million in 2008, more than 40 million in 2009, and more than 50 million in 2010. Interesting - that’s essentially an increase of 10 million units each year for the next five years with little variation in annual demand."

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Biostar TForce 6100 Motherboard Review @ OCIA
"Enter the Biostar TForce 6100. Although not normally a make I would consider when choosing a motherboard, the features this board offered really caught my attention, and the advertised overclock-friendly TForce (as opposed to the more standard 6100-M7) reeled me in. Biostar offers this board in Socket 754, 939 and AM2 flavors, and in order to keep costs down I chose to go with a Sempron 64 2500+ in 754 format. Since I just upgraded my main box to a gig of memory, I had 512mb of Geil PC4400 available which should allow quite a bit of headroom for overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn WinFast 6100K8MA-RS Motherboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Foxconn, a traditional player on the OEM market, entered the retail market a while ago using its own brand. For the AMD platform Foxconn is using WinFast brand, which was licensed from Leadtek. WinFast 6100K8MA-RS is a socket 939 motherboard based on GeForce 6100, a chipset from nVidia with embedded graphics, supporting Athlon 64, Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64 X2 and Opteron CPUs."

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The Mevo Series Part II (SageTV 5.0) @ BoxGods

"First up for review in our Mevo Series is SageTV v5.0. SageTV LLC (formerly Frey Technologies) was one of the first companies to release functioning PVR software. I spent some time evaluating SageTV back when they were still releasing increments of Version 1. What has changed between then and now? Are we any closer to the ultimate HTPC Front End? Read on and find out."

More information on this article can be found here.
ECS KA3-MVP Extreme Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"Feature-wise, the ECS KA3-MVP motherboard includes the ability to Crossfire two ATI cards, 7 SATA devices, a Gigabit Ethernet controller, and two Firewire ports. The minimal expansion on the board is a bit disappointing, but the multiple SATA devices on a single port make for an excellent new feature as more and more devices move to SATA."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra MicroFly Micro ATX Case Review @ 3DGameman
"The Ultra MicroFly has all the right features for a small form factor case. There are two external 5.25" and one 3.5 drive bay, two internal drive bays, and a removable motherboard tray. The case is also available in a number of different configurations. You can also get it with or without power supply, or with or without windows. For convenience, there are ports at the front for the mic, headphones, 2 USB ports, and 1 Firewire. It even comes with a handle, something I'd like to see on more of these cases!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec SOLO Case Review @ Bjorn3D
"Today we are going to an in-depth look at the new Antec SOLO Case; the newest member of their LifeStyle Series of computer enclosures. In this review we'll focus on determining how well this case fits each of the above captioned criteria which hopefully will answer most if not all of your questions about whether this case is right for you. We'll also look at whether a case of this stature would solve the common complaints that ever present."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
OCZ PC2-7200 Platinum XTC 2GB DDR2 Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"OCZ is a major player in the DDR/DDR2 memory market these days ranking up there with the best of the best. They continue to innovate and expand their market reach with top notch quality and unique product selections. Let's take this new PC2-7200 kit for a spin around the block!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin Absolute Power 600W PSU Review @ 3DGameman
"So you thought Power Supplies with windows and dual fans were extinct. Well thankfully that's not the case and the Kingwin Absolute Power 600W Power Supply not only has three windows, but blue LED fans, and modular leads. It also has a nickel plated highly reflective paint finish which looks excellent. If you like bling bling than this PSU is definitely for you! Now looking great is one thing but does it perform?."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ GameXStream 700W Review @ Techgage
"Have a beefy system that requires a large PSU, but don't want to suffer with an ugly unit? OCZ recently released their GameXStream series which are designed with gamers specifically in mind, and promise to deliver "XStream" performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Neo HE 550 Power Supply Review @ Bjorn3D
"To own an enthusiast level system today means you have in your midst a Power Hungry Monster! Why do is say this? Well here's a perfect example of my rationale: A few days ago the best Extreme PSU Calculator that I have found to date over at Outervision eXtreme. This calculator takes everything and I do mean everything into consideration I ran my current system through it and determined that @ 100% PSU utilization I needed around a 500 Watt PSU. I then wondered at 100% utilization how much of a lifespan would my PSU have? Not to mention cooling. I have always been told that a good rule of thumb is even in those full load, overclocking sessions where you're testing the maximum your system will deliver you should not stress your PSU more than 90% for a prolonged period of time. I personally prefer to drop that percentage down to about 75% for periods greater than about 10 minutes and 90% to 100% for short term testing of less than 5 minutes in duration."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Power Supply Tester Review @ 3DGameman
"So who needs a Power Supply tester anyway? Well, anyone who has a Power Supply should have one to insure everything is in order. This tester is especially useful for anyone purchasing a new Power Supply. It gives them the ability to quickly test the Power Supply to insure it is working correctly. Let's face it, it's much better to know that the Power Supply has issues before installing it. Connecting a defective Power Supply into a computer system could be a very costly mistake."

More information on this review can be found here.
Powercolor X1300 Video Card Review @ Overclockers Club
"When looking for a new video card, there are a few things to take into consideration, budget and performance. And According to the specs, this card appears to be a combination of both. Powercolor being a well reputed video card company was kind enough to send over one of their X1300 128MB HM2 video cards for review. Powercolor has been a major manufacturer of video cards since their debut in 1999, bursting onto the market and securing a foothold in the industry. We will soon be seeing whether or not this x1300 HM2 will be able to hold its own against other entry level cards."

More information on this review can be found here.

G.Skill DDR500 F1-4000USU2-2GBHZ 2x1GB Memory Review

"With today’s games and programs becoming more memory hungry, two gigabytes of memory has become a more viable option than ever before. What about performance and price you might ask? This is where the G.Skill HZ steps in with its low price and high bandwidth for overclocking. It currently outclasses anything in its price range! This is no surprise, as G.Skill is known throughout the world for its jaw dropping products, including some 2x512mb kits that were rated for DDR600! G.Skill was first started back in 1989 by a group of enthusiasts and has since then grown into a very well known company still targeting enthusiasts and overclockers at a competitive price. Let’s see if the HZ lives up to the company’s reputation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Multi-GPU World Tour Part 2 @ Bit-Tech
"Over the course of today's article, we will be covering the video card choices at the three different price points decided by the team and why we will also go into a bit of detail as to why we made those choices. Later this week Bjorn3D will evaluate the performance and features of the various multi-GPU ready motherboards that were chosen for the differing price points."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI NX7600GT-VT2D256E Geforce 7600GT Videocard Review @ PCstats
"At first glance the MSI Computer NX7600GT-VT2D256E PCI Express videocard is pretty impressive compared to GeForce 6600GT class models. The frame buffer has been increased to 256MB over the original GeForce 6600GT spec of 128MB. While nVIDIA did also release a 256MB version of the 6600GT, this time around the videocard can take advantage of the memory. The MSI NX7600GT-VT2D256E videocard also supports two dual link DVI output connectors as well as a whole host of TV output options; everything from component output to traditional S-Video is rolled in."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB Review @ Hardware Secrets
"PowerColor released a special model of the mid-range Radeon X1600 Pro using 512 MB instead of 256 MB. We will compare its performance to other members of the Radeon X1000 series, to previous ATI chips and also with competing products from nVidia. Let’s take a look on how was the performance of this model from PowerColor."

More information on this review can be found here.

Sapphire Radeon X1600 XT Ultimate Review

"Sapphire released a Radeon X1600 XT model using a silent cooling solution. As you know, Radeon X1600 XT is the top mid-range chip from ATI. In this review we will compare its performance to other members of the Radeon X1000 series, to previous ATI chips and also with competing products from nVidia. Let’s take a look on how was the performance of this special model from Sapphire."

More information on this review can be found here.
AVerTV Purity 3D MCE 250 Review @ HTPCNews
"In 2004 AVerMedia produced two TV tuners that quickly fell into obscurity, they weren't really supported by much of anything, however they were interesting in that they used an NEC MPEG2 encoding chip rather then the Conexant encoder AVerMedia, Hauppauge, and others all were using in other models. The AVerMedia AverTV Purity 3D MCE 250 is a brand new product that uses NEC's latest TV chip, called the µPD61153. This time the NEC chip is a complete package, it does the analog to digital conversion, noise filtering, and hardware MPEG2 encoding all in one, just like ATI's Theater 550 Pro. Because of the similarities the AverTV Purity 3D MCE 250 just begs to be compared against the Theater 550 Pro."

More information on this review can be found here.
abit KN9 SLI nForce 570 SLI Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"Today it's time for us to take another nForce 570 SLI-based board for a spin. Rather than a K9N, it's a KN9 (now that's going to get confusing)... Abit's KN9 SLI. We'll see how this board fares against several others and see if abit does anything different with nForce 570 SLI compared to MSI. Read on to see how our latest motherboard adventure went."

More information on this review can be found here.
nForce 4 590/570 SLI Intel Family Preview @ Motherboards.org
"As Conroe prepares to hit the streets this next Friday NVIDIA has geared up their chipsets to support this new CPU breed. The new nForce 590/570 chipsets are NVIDIAs latest entry of support for the Intel line and offers some great new features as well. Take a sneak peek at what is coming right around the corner from the good folks over at NVIDIA."

More information on this preview can be found here.
ECS 945G-M3 Motherboard Review @ Gamepyre
"One of Intel’s big pushes for the motherboard market at the moment is the VIIV standard. VIIV is the combination of Dual Core CPUs, an Intel motherboard, High Definition Audio and more to present a unified digital home entertainment platform. The ECS board is a decent example of a VIIV board, with everything needed with the exception of a CPU, memory, hard disk drive to have a new system. The integrated GMA950 graphics is barely adequate for playing todays modern game titles, but beyond that it is a great start for a Windows Media Center PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake SilverRiver 2.5 Laptop Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ The TechZone
"Thermaltake has came up with a novel solution to portable storage - the SilverRiver 2.5, a drive enclosure that turns any IDE laptop hard drive into a USB drive that can be read by any computer with USB inputs. Hard drive enclosures by themselves are nothing new - they've been around for a while now. However, the use of an USB enclosure for a 2.5" laptop drive creates an almost ideal portable storage solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Lascala LC20M HTPC Case Review @ Phoronix
"Our latest adventure with SilverStone Technology places us in front of their most recent Lascala chassis, the LC20M. The SilverStone Lascala LC20M boasts an integrated VFD display with IR remote, aluminum construction, superb multimedia capabilities, and more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Chakra Mid-Tower ATX Chassis Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Enermax Chakra is a very stylish case. From its outside look to the tool-less interior, Enermax has really put a lot of effort into making the Chakra relatively easy for the end-user to like. Add to that the monster 250mm side panel fan, which runs EXTREMELY quiet, and you've got yourself a cool case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec P180 Case Review @ OCModShop
"Cases say an awful lot about you as a computer user. Those out there with the clear sides and all that electric blue lighting seem to send out that "I know what I'm doing when I work on my computer, now leave me alone because I'm busy researching worm holes and quantum physics". Others who posess a newer, colored case leave people thinking that they are concerned about what's under the hood, two gigs of RAM, a screaming fast graphics card and a hot anime babe as the screen saver. And still there's the people who still own a plain jane beige tower, quietly hopping online and remaining all aloof about that burgeoning mastercard bill from HAWT/WHET.com."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Mystique Case Review @ XYZ Computing
"At first glance we can see that this case looks very cool and has a curved bezel which Cooler Master says is able to optimize air flow, but I think it just looks interesting. Like the rest of the Mystique, the front end is all aluminum, though the bezel's construction is thicker than that of the other parts. With all the bland aluminum cases on the market, it is nice to see one which is able to look interesting without resorting to features like excessive lighting or graphics. The classy look will strike many users as a cross between the aluminum cases from Thermaltake and Lian Li."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, July 10, 2006
Cooler Master X Craft USB Review @ 3DGameman
"Testing the Cooler Master X Craft USB enclosure, I used a Maxtor DiamondMax 9 120gig ATA133 7200rpm with 8mb cache. Using SiSoft Sandra 2007, the X Craft was right on par with the Maxtor OneTouch enclosure. When transferring files, the response of the drive felt snappier and more alert to file changes and moves than my standard CompUSA external enclosure."

More information on this review can be found here.
NetGear RangeMax NEXT DG834N Review @ Trusted Reviews
"The hype surrounding the 802.11n high-speed wireless specification has triggered a deluge of compliant products with every vendor that’s anyone rushing to hit the market. We all know by now the status of this specification as in May the first working draft failed to achieve the required 75 per cent of votes to make it to the final draft stage. However, even though it’s a risky business producing products that may have no future, no vendor wants to get caught napping. We’ve seen Buffalo’s Nfiniti and D-Link’s DIR-635 draft-n routers and PC Cards and it’s now Netgear’s
turn to step up and be counted."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wireless Security - Getting It Right @ The TechZone
"Wireless local area networks are open to risk not because the systems are incapable but due to incorrect usage. The biggest problem lies with inadequate security standards and with poorly configured devices. For a start, most of the wireless base stations sold by suppliers come with the in-built security Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) protocol turned off. This means that unless you manually reconfigure your wireless access points, your networks will be broadcasting data that is unencrypted."

More information on this article can be found here.
CoolerMaster eXtreme Power Duo 650W PSU Review @ Pro-Clockers
"CoolerMaster is known the world over for making some of the greatest cases of all time. With production runs from the ATCS up to the newest Stacker 830, there is no denying that CoolerMaster is one of the tops when it comes to cases. Well, today they were cool enough to send over one of their newest products for us to test and write up. The Extreme Power Duo 650 Watt power supply. The unit boasts all of power and low noise characteristics. Is it enough to warrant a place in your case? Lets see."

More information on this review can be found here.
EVGA e-GeForce 7900GTX 512MB SLI Video Card Review @ Motherboards.org
"One thing that sets EVGA apart from other companies is the support EVGA puts behind each and every product they sell. If you go onto EVGA's message boards, it is clear that they care about the customer. Lifetime Warranty, 24/7 Toll free technical support phone- line, and a 90-day Step-Up program add up to make EVGA the choice for NVIDIA products. That and being the fastest SLI setup available can go a long way. A set of overclocked 7900GTX cards by EVGA is about as fast as it can get for out of the box performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin XP-650 Enhanced PSU Review @ GruntvillE
"Enter Mushkin. That's right; the company who's known the world over for their “enhanced” memory module offerings has decided to try their hand at the power market. One has to wonder why they decided to enter an ever crowding market. In Mushkin's own words “We got so good at building memory, we decided to go on a power trip”. And boy what a good trip this looks to be. Much like their memory, Mushkin looks to again be aiming squarely for the enthusiast segment with their XP-650; a modular, SLI capable, 650 Watt PSU. To combat the ever increasing 12V demand, the XP-650 offers 4 independent 12V rails."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin Redline XP2 8000 DDR2 SDRAM Review @ Bjorn3D
"This review fortunately is in its third and this time final stage of update! Those of you that read either of the first two iterations know that the initial tests were performed using a pre-release version of the ASUS M2N32-SLI motherboard. The board that was used to perform the preliminary series of tests on the Mushkin Redline XP2-8000 DDR2 was very limited limited in its ability to perform at any multiplier with a FSB greater than 230, even with HTT reduced to a 3X multiplier. We had read numerous reviews and reports about this motherboard's vast improvements in the newer, just released version (1.03 G) so we arranged to obtain one for a chance to see really put this memory to test."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ DDR PC-3200 2GB Special Ops Edition Review @ Think Computers
"Chances are that, unless you've been living under a rock for the last few years, you know who or what OCZ is. If you are one of those that have been living under a rock then you need OCZ and you need to continue reading. OCZ has become a force to be reckoned with as a top ram manufacturer, they consistently put out excellent products and seem to always be releasing something new and even better than before. Well OCZ has done it again, this time they've decided to aim at a specific genre though, the PC Gamer, with their new SPEC OPS limited edition ram. This ram is not only an excellent performer but it really looks cool, OCZ went with a camo motif on the heat spreaders for the SPEC OPS line. So come along as I check this stuff out."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ DDR2 PC2 7200 Platinum XTC EPP Review @ Overclockers Online
"I may not have shown my enthusiasm during the review in order to maintain a certain level of professionalism but in the conclusion I feel it necessary to let it be known that I am very impressed with this OCZ DDR2 PC2-7200 Platinum XTC SLI-Ready EPP dual channel kit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tyan Tiger i7520SD S5365 Motherboard Review @ Phoronix
"Last month we had reported on the Tyan Tempest i5000XL motherboard as well as the Tyan Tiger i7520SD, both of which had their own unique characteristics to the table. However, today we are bringing the remainder of our Tiger i7520SD S5365 review. In this final chapter, we look at its BIOS and real-world performance for this motherboard when combined with Intel's Xeon LV dual-core processors. To recap some of the features, the Tyan Tiger i7520SD S5365 motherboard boasts dual mPGA479 CPU sockets for use with Intel Xeon LV Sossaman processors, E7520+ i6300ESB Chipset, eight DDR2 ECC sockets, triple Gigabit LAN, and finally yet importantly integrated ATI ES1000 video."

More information on this review can be found here.
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H Intel 975X Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"Although not likely to recommend this board to someone well versed in overclocking I would still whole heartily recommend it to someone looking to get into overclocking and looking for a user friendly, feature packed board. This is Foxconn's first go at the 975 chipset and I feel for the entry level enthusiast it is a solid choice, there's no doubt that future Foxconn boards based on this chipset will pick up where this one left off."

More information on this review can be found here.
The ECS Elitegroup Factory Experience Part One @ Futurelooks
"When I received an invitation to go for a behind the scenes factory tour in China, it was not taken lightly. Hell yeah! Count me in! Join me for a behind the scenes look at the people, the place, and the company known as ECS Elitegroup!"

More information on this review can be found here.
BTX Form Factor Case Guide @ BTX Form Factor Info
"For those who own BTX based computer systems, the number of options for upgrades are fairly limited. Whether you are looking at cooling, boards, or cases, the lacking popularity of this form factor has kept the choices slim. This guide will focus on cases, providing a listing of numerous BTX (or BTX upgradable) cases available on the market today. The list is fairly extensive (which for BTX doesn't mean as much as it might for ATX), but if we happened to miss one you would like to see listed, please stop by our forum and post the details."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Asys Freedom Super Tower Case Review @ Hardware-Review
"Heavy-duty server cases have really gone by the wayside these days because of all the attention given to mid-tower and small form factor cases. I really like using my SFF system for LAN parties, but having a true server case is a necessity for a multiple hard drive file servers like the one I have in my basement at home. These types of cases aren’t made of cheap plastic and aluminum material either. Asys has brought to the masses a mammoth barbarian called the Freedom Super Tower Case, which is extremely heavy and has six optical bays for all the DVD burners and removable hard drive enclosures you want."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Armor LCS Case Review @ Moddin.net
"It has more drive bays than you can shake a stick at, and comes with plenty of cooling fans. The watercooling kit provided is pretty easy to install, even for the beginner as all the correct and matching pieces are included to prevent mistakes when ordering separate items."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone TJ08 Mini-TX Case Review @ Madshrimps
"Looking for a compact case that can hold enough storage
devices and keep your components running cool? The TJ08 might be the ideal candidate, with sleek looks, two 120mm fans and room for four hard drives, mini-ITX enclosure for the power user?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian-Li PC9300 HTPC Case Review @ BoxGods
"Lian-Li and the words "Budget Case" tend to appear in the same sentence about as often as a super model asks you out. If you're building an HTPC on a budget, but love Lian-Li's quality, there is hope for you on both “scores”. The answer is the Lian-Li PC-9300--an earlier model from a few year's back that slipped under the radar and was largely overlooked by most. Now priced at a paltry $87 USD, you can hardly go wrong. Join us as we have a look at this budget friendly little case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec NSK2400 Micro-ATX Chassis Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Although marketed as a desktop case, the NSK2400 can perform double duty as a HTPC case. The only real limitation is the ability to use only Micro-ATX motherboards. Micro-ATX motherboards have come a long way, but we have picky users out there who may still prefer a full size motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.

Tuniq 2 PC Case Review

"I'm starting to like these upside-down cases; they are really starting to grow on me. On this particular case, I didn't find any faults other than the possible blocking of the 120mm intake fan, but this will only happen if you decide to use all eight 5.25" bays. The large round mesh opening on the side actually serves a purpose, too."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saitek Pro Gamer Command Unit Review @ ThinkComputers
"With almost every PC game your keyboard and mouse is what you use to control the game. Sometimes your keyboard just doesn't cut it. You have to reach far just to reload or change weapons. There are not enough keys that are close to program all your keys you use in the game. Well Saitek has solved this problem with the Pro Gamer Command Unit. The Pro Gamer Command Unit combines the controls essential to First Person Shooter and Strategy games in one unit making them fast and easy to reach in the heat of battle."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Z-5450 Wireless Speakers Review @ Trusted Reviews
"The other half is audio. The vast majority of people are quite content to simply use the built-in speakers in the TV. However, on some TVs, such as a couple of the budget ones we tested here, the quality of the audio output is less than stellar. Even for TVs where the sound quality is excellent, the best you’ll get is stereo. Certainly, some TVs offer pseudo surround modes but it's still no substitute for a decent surround system, that can really bring alive DVDs, or even watching sport."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Review @ techPowerUp
"Logitech has produced something every gamer needs. A keyboard with backlighting, usable in the dark. It will make the use of your World of Warcraft or Counterstrike key binds easy to use and out of the way. Even the LCD is useful, with sheer endless possibilities. Once again the quality and details of this input device is just what we have come to expect and love from Logitech - perfect in every aspect."

More information on this review can be found here.
Neuros MPEG4 Recorder 2 Review @ XYZ Computing
"Video playing is one of the best uses of a portable device and has been getting lots of attention lately. The problem with this has never been playing the video, but rather recording it. The Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder 2 is a "digital VCR for the portable video age". Think of it as a PVR (or TiVo) for your PSP or iPod Video. Using it you can record video from your television and play it on your portable device. This way you can watch all your favorite programs and not have to pay for anything which you don't already receive. This way you can maximize the usefulness of your portable media player as well as your television subscription."

More information on this review can be found here.
Everglide s-500 Professional Gaming Headphones Review @ BigBruin
"Although I am by no means an Audiophile, I was quite satisfied with the quality of the sound the Everglide Professional Gaming Headphones produced. I decided to test the headphones with a few PC games and a variety of music. In all tests I detected more bass than I've heard from other headphones. I should also add that I detected very little distortion when I cranked up the games and music throughout my tests."

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Super Talent 2GB MEGA Screen Media Player Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"The MP3 player market is probably one of the most competitive and cut-throat consumer electronic markets out there. Apple is and pretty much always has been the king of this market with their iPod line of media players. Regardless of Apple's dominance, companies continue to try and produce a product that hopes to steal some of that market share away from the iPod. Today we look at our first product from an up-and-coming manufacturer Super Talent which happens to be their new 2GB MEGA Screen media player."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Technology Announces their Highly-Anticipated New Tempest CPU Cooler
"OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the anticipated release of the OCZ Tempest, the pinnacle of air and heat pipe CPU cooling technology. A perpetual commitment to the enthusiast community and previous experience in advanced cooling led to OCZ’s unveiling of the Tempest. The Tempest implements a state-of-the-art design to address the demanding cooling requirements of gamers and enthusiasts.

No stranger to premium cooling solutions, OCZ built the Tempest to provide reliable, extreme cooling capabilities for the latest CPU offerings. The Tempest features a pure copper base plate and quad copper heat pipe design to rapidly and efficiently dissipate heat, improving your overall CPU performance. Heat is transferred into a dense titanium plated fin array where a 92mm fan removes the thermal load quietly and effectively.

“OCZ has a long history in regards to enthusiast level cooling, and is ready to introduce our latest next generation CPU cooler, the Tempest,” stated Alex Mei, VP of Marketing, OCZ Technology Group, Inc. “The Tempest features leading-edge heat pipe technology and is specifically designed for gamers and enthusiasts that are looking for an exceptional, easy-to-install thermal solution for both current and next generation Intel and AMD platforms.”

More information on this press release can be found here.
Zalman VF700-AlCu VGA Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Zalman VF700-AlCu heatsink is intended to cool overworked videocards quietly. The heatsink is constructed of the same fan-shapped fin design that has made Zalman a well known manufacturer, and it's a design that has many positive thermal attributes. The low profile aluminum and copper cooling fins will occupy an additional slot in front of the videocard, and will also eat up a free fan header on the motherboard, but otherwise the unit is pretty compact and easy to drop in."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeIL's new memory is an Enthusiast's Wet Dream @ NGOHQ
"At Computex 2006, we had the chance to see a new memory module from GeIL. EVO ONE is its name, and it is the enthusiast’s wet dream. These days, memory plays an important role in running today’s games and applications. However, some motherboards can be a bottleneck when it comes to high performance memory. Most of the motherboard manufacturers today are drawing voltage from the 3.3v rail to power memory modules. Only one manufacturer is using the 5v rail, which allows the user higher overclocking, and that’s DFI. Even with DDR2, the voltage is pretty limited on many motherboards."

More information on this preview can be found here.
Asetek Waterchill Extreme Water Cooling Kit Review @ Overclockers Club
"What is the best cooling? This is a question computer techies and non-techies alike have been asking for years. There is plain water cooling, for the adventurous there is liquid cooling, and as for those the insane there is the fabled and sought after Phase Change cooling systems. Asetek manufactures all three genres of cooling. This review will be focusing on their latest in a strong line of water cooling setups, the Waterchill Extreme water cooling solution. Asetek was found in early 1999 in Denmark by a group of friends striving to cool computers with minimal noise. The Water Chiller Extreme is definitely going to achieve both. Near silent operations and superior cooling give this kit definite perks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Building Your Own Intel Core Duo Gaming Notebook @ Legit Reviews
"It's now officially the summer of 2006 and it's time to do publish another article on how to build your own gaming notebook. The changes from 2005 to 2006 were significant when it comes to notebooks. Intel started shipping dual-core processors (Yonah) for their Napa based platforms (i945PM/GM) and we finally saw ATI and NVIDIA putting high end graphics in decently sized notebooks. Our previous two articles we used 15.4" widescreen notebooks, but this year I am moving up to a 17" screen with a native resolution of 1920x1200. With an upgradeable NVIDIA GeForce 7900GTX 256MB video card powering the 17.0" WUXGA Wide Screen display at 1920x1200 the notebook I picked out seems worthy enough to replace the one I picked out last year. Without further ado let's meet this year's DIY gaming notebook, the Clevo M57U!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
Mr Kholl's Silent ContexYZ Project @ Bit-Tech
"I won a Coolermaster Cavalier case in a modding contest back in 2004, and it was my incentive to create a mod that would be a good bridge in my studio - a retro case mod that could represent the spirit of the vintage style, whilst housing cutting edge technological equipment."

More information on this fantastic project can be found here.
Antec NSK2400 Case Review @ Overclockers.com
"Taking a look at the front of this case you get a sense of the understated good looks. This case can slip comfortably into an existing home theater system or simply stand alone on a desk as an object of beauty. The front of the case has a thick silver plastic bezel with 2 USB 2.0 front mounted ports, audio in and audio out jacks, bright blue HD activity light, reset button, and power button; note how the power button glows when turned on - very slick."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, July 8, 2006
Creative Zen Aurvana In-Ear Headphones Review @ Trusted Reviews
"I've never had much luck with the rubber buds on in-ear headphones as they tend to not seal properly in my ears and keep falling out. When it came to the Shure e4cs, I had to use the foam buds in order to get a proper seal (and therefore the best sound quality. However, in this case I had no problem at all, they went in and sealed properly. I have a feeling this is because I have quite deep ear canals, and due to the fact these headphones are quite small I can push them in further without the main bulk of the ear-piece being obstructed by my ear."

More information on this review can be found here.
Creative Sound Blaster X-FI XtremeMusic Review @ Modders-Inc
"If you are serious about your audio or gaming you need to get off of the onboard sound and switch to The X-FI. There is a lot going for this card with all it’s little extras and the different gaming modes. I didn't even get a chance to get into the cool things about EAX and Macro sounds. With all the benefits of this card I can’t see any reason not to at least buy this entry level X-FI sound card."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung 21" LCD Review @ Bit-Tech
"During my time with this monitor, I've grown to love it. Using the screen everyday is a pleasure and despite its size, it is incredibly flexible, thanks to Samsung's excellent array of adjustment and configuration options. Height adjustment, pivot and swivel are functions that are often overlooked by many monitor manufacturers, leaving end users with nothing but a tilt option."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial PC2-8000 DDR2 Memory Review @ 3DGameman
"Crucial has a complete line of DDR and DDR2 memory for your every memory requirement. With DDR2 memory finally taking off with the new Intel and AMD processors and motherboards, it's in demand. When it comes to memory there are many options available. There are umpteen companies competing for your hard earned money. So which memory is best? Well, that's a decision for you to make, but it's always best to get memory from an established trusted memory company. Crucial has been in the memory business for a very long time and most people would recognize the Crucial name."

More information on this review can be found here.
BFG Tech GeForce 7900 GT, 7900 GTX and 7600 GT OC Reviews @ Hexus
"BFG Tech were gracious enough to provide their OC™ examples of all three products, two-up for some SLI testing. BFG are staid factory overclockers with the majority of their gamer-led products, bumping things up above stock as a way to appeal. Taking a good look at their versions of GeForce 7600 GT, 7900 GT and 7900 GTX was therefore always going to be interesting."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AT8 32X Motherboard Review @ Byte Sized Reviews
"With the release of socket AM2, socket 939 processors have plummeted in price. Given this and the lack of any performance difference between the two sockets and many users are either happy to stick with their existing CPUs and buy new boards or take advantage of the price differences for a completely new 939 system. Today we are looking at Abit’s final socket 939 swansong – the AT8 32X."

More information on this review can be found here.
Overclocking the Athlon AMD XP-M Chip @ TechDomain
"Since its origins, overclocking has come a very long way - with vast amounts of time, energy, and money paid into the lofty ideal of pushing a processor to previously unheard of speeds. Today’s enthusiasts use all forms of cooling, from simple heatsink and fan setups to water and even phase-change systems, to combat the age-old enemy of heat. Along with employing better cooling tactics, enthusiasts also spend a lot of time researching their parts (including the batch numbers) and trying all manner of little tricks to get the most out of their system and processor. This article covers my personal experiences of overclocking the AMD Athlon XP-M chip and all of the barriers encountered. While it isn’t a comprehensive guide for beginners, it does cover many important aspects of overclocking."

More information on this article can be found here.
AlphaCool Slot-In Alu-UV Reservoir Review @ XtremeComputing
"I will say that the alpha cool is one of the best that I have used and I say this because if the allan key construction, what I mean by this is that the hole unit can be taken apart with one allan key this makes topping up or just changing the water in the system a complete piece of cake and let me tell you it is not a fun job after you have been doing it for the past year."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright XP90-C Review @ techPowerUp
"Thermalright is one of the foremost cooling companies in the overclocking community. They have been around for many years providing that extra edge needed to keep your system cool. Although their lineup has changed quite a bit recently, many users out there are still cooling their CPUs with the Thermalright XP-90 and the XP-90C. Today we will take a look at the famous XP-90C and see what it can do in a current S939 setup."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asys Freedom CK-1022-6 Tower Case Review @ OCIA
"Enter the new CK-1022-6 Freedom, touted as a Super Tower / entry-level server case from Asys. Yes, that's Asys, with a Y. Can't say that I've ever come across any of their cases before, but the product information sheet looked promising. And the pictures showed it was no slouch in the looks department either. There were also some interesting features I wanted to check out a bit closer. This might not be such a bad case after all."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, July 7, 2006
Das Keyboard II Review @ XYZ Computing

"Recently I had a chance to spend some time with the second version of the Das Keyboard, a keyboard which has no character information on it. While this product is still plain black like its predecessor, a number of other changes were made in order to get it more in line with what consumers are looking for from an elite keyboard. The Das Keyboard is designed for power users who have the layout of a traditional keyboard memorized and interested in doing two things- increasing their typing speed and impressing their coworkers. The makers of the Das, Metadot, have made it clear that they see the product as being ideal for professional users and computer geeks who don't need to look at the keys and don't care if other people know that. If you are looking for a plain black keyboard with loud mechanical switches, look no further."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SI-128 Released @ Thermalright
"We all know the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. When the SI-120 was released back in August of 2005, it received nothing but rave reviews from critics, and has been used as “The One” to beat in a lot of heatsink comparisons. Not only that, but SI-120 has become a favorite among hardcore Overclockers and computer integrators from around the world."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Real Power 550 SLI Review @ Maximum CPU
"When I think of Cooler Master, the first thing that comes to mind is their awesome cases and cooling products. However, in recent years, Cooler Master has also begun to focus on the performance power supply market. As any computer enthusiast knows, the power supply can make or break a computer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire VertiCool II CPU Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers
"Spire is known for making really great CPU coolers. Almost every cooler that I have seen performs well. Today I have a new cooler from Spire, it is the VertiCool II, it looks really cool and performs very well. I did run into one slight problem though with installation on my LGA 775 motherboard, read on to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Intelligent Backup Enclosure Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Enermax is one of those companies that have been around for a long time and is well aware of what people like us are looking for in different areas of computing. They are more known when it comes to power supplies and cases, but Enermax knows other peripherals as well. Let’s take the Aurora keyboard for an example, an ultra high class keyboard that seriously enhances any user’s desk top. Enermax has recently released the Glory, a product designed for data backup and storage. The Glory takes a standard IDE hard drive and turns it in a great one touch backup device. Let’s see if it works as advertised."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman VF700-AlCu LED VGA Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Zalman VF700-AlCu LED videocard graphics processor heatsink is intended to cool quietly, with a little blue LED illumination to spice things up. The heatsink is constructed of the same fan-shapped fin design that has made Zalman a well know manufacturer, and it's a design that has many positive thermal attributes."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone TJ-07 Case Review @ RBMods
"Today it's time for us to take a look at a case again and this time we really have something special for you as we are going to review Silverstone Tj07 which is Silverstones new bigtower case that has some awesome features for cooling and normal use. We will take a in depth look and try to share this case from every aspect."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin XP2-6400 2GB Dual Channel Kit Review @ Byte Sized Reviews
"AM2 has now hit our shores, effectively making DDR-2 the primary memory type for all PC enthusiasts, be they fans of either Intel or AMD. Top of the range X2 and FX chips are able to make full use of DDR2-800, also known as PC2-6400. We recently looked at Mushkin’s XP2-5400 and found it to be the best DDR2 tested here at BSR so far, but today in the labs we have their latest XP2 product, the 6400 variant. Whilst AM2 is fully compatible with PC2-5400, for the highest possible performance users should be looking for 800MHz DDR2 alone."

More information on this review can be found here.
POWMAX 3304 Black mATX Case Review @ 3DGameman
"This case is a great addition to a smaller workspace. Desktop real estate, just like you monitor, is valuable. A smaller case along with a quiet internal system can provide some great relief from bigger mid tower cases. There are some things to consider. Anybody looking to use one of those radiating tower coolers, you might want to think about a lower profile HSF."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Twin2X2048-8500C5 2GB DDR2 Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"If you're in the market for one of the best DDR2 memory kits that money can currently buy, you should put this Corsair Twin2X2048-8500C5 on your short list. Cheap it isn't, but Corsair is one of the few names in the industry that it's actually worth paying more for, because you know you're getting top quality."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial PC2-6400 2GB Kit Review @ Neoseeker
"With the release of AM2 and a slow move of emphasis by motherboard manufacturers towards the new AMD Socket, DDR2 is the memory of choice for both AMD and Intel platforms. This is also true because DDR2 allows for higher data transfer rates than the previous DDR modules, and every memory module manufacturer is introducing PC6400 and faster modules. With their new Ballistix PC6400 1GB modules Crucial is supporting 4-4-4-12 timing, which is lower than the more conventional 5-5-5-12 or 5-5-5-15 timing used for most 1GB modules."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Radeon Experience @ OCModShop
"Having been fortunate enough to own several different graphics cards from the Radeon family, I have had a pretty nice opportunity to see the variations and advancements from one generation to the next. At times I’ve been thoroughly impressed, and at others dismally disappointed, but on the whole, ATI has delivered a very exciting line. So one day I thought, “How fun it would be to compare the Radeons I’ve owned.” Well, what started as my own little comparison has become a much larger project, and has turned out to be a very enjoyable blast from the past to look at the roots of our present day Radeons. Just as a note, this exploration of the Radeons is not to be a comparison with Nvidia. They have played leap-frog with each other so much in their insatiable battle for the GPU crown, that it is impossible to objectively declare which company’s product is better."

More information on this review can be found here.
Galaxy Geforce 7900 GT Review @ PureOverclock
"Overclocking performance is a major reason for owning a 7900 GT. At stock it already beats its competition, so when we delve into overclocking it's all about getting GTX-like performance for a lot less money. That's not a typo, the memory really did reach 900 MHz! The core reached a reasonable 578 MHz. It's interesting to note that the clocks reached are going to give it a huge boost not dissimilar to the 7900 GTX which at stock is 650/800 - you can clearly see that though the core is lower here, the memory is much higher, so you never know, it may even outperform a stock 7900 GTX!"

More information on this review can be found here.
nVidia GeForce 7900 GTX Review @ Hardware Secrets
"GeForce 7900 GTX is a very high-end graphics chip provided by nVidia. In fact, before the release of GeForce 7950 GX2, GeForce 7900 GTX was nVidia’s fastest graphics chip. In this review we will compare GeForce 7900 GTX to other products from both nVidia and ATI."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor X1900 GT Video Card Review @ Bjorn3D
"The introduction of RADEON X1900 series brought bannana type smiles to our faces. ATI customers were happy to get more raw power for their SM 2.0 / SM 3.0 games. Beginning of 2006 ATI however offered only high-end boards and no cut down versions were available. Until Q2 2006 if you were in the market for new Canadian processor you were either stuck with X1900 XT or XTX -- great cards, but expensive and bulky. Around May, ATI decided to kick NVIDIA's green buttocks and take on GeForce 7900 GT. With that in mind, RADEON X1900 GT has been introduced."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wifi Motherboard Review @ Bit-Tech
"Based on our collective experiences with both boards, we believe that the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe WiFi Edition represents better value for money on a number of counts and that is not just because it is nearly £10 cheaper. The M2N32-SLI Deluxe was fantastically stable, a great overclocker and is generally well laid out, too. Both the Foxconn and ASUS boards were superb for tweakers and novices alike due to the layered nature of the BIOS. However, the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe was a much better overclocker than the Foxconn C51XEM2AA."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, July 6, 2006
XG Laser 2500 & Optical 2000 Mice Review @ 3DGameman
"Everyone needs a mouse, but does everyone need a mouse that has high dpi levels? For you average computer user, probably not and a cheap-o optical mouse would do. On the other hand, if you are a gamer you do require a highly responsive mouse. Both the XG Lazer 2500 and Optical 2000 would suit most gamers perfectly. The Lazer 2500 would definitely be preferred by hardcore gamers who require that extra 500 dpi. Let's face it, quick and accurate in the right hands can mean life or death."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Aurora Aluminum Keyboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Enermax Aurora Aluminum is a keyboard that not only looks good, but is constructed well. It'll go well with any system, especially those with black aluminum cases, and has a professional look to it. Its price is quite high, however, (around $60 USD online or less), and for this price I would have liked a larger wrist rest to be included."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire DiamondCool II and VertiCool II Coolers Review @ Driver Heaven
"The two CPU coolers which we received from Spire are the VertiCool II and DiamondCool II coolers. They are both designed to offer above good cooling performance while maintaining a good price to performance ratio. The DiamondCool is just slightly more expensive, so we would expect it to be a correspondingly better performer as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS8000 Low Profile Heat Pipe CPU Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"The Zalman CNPS8000 brings a new look to the heatpipe cooler which could be quiet desirable to many users. A good number of the coolers on the market today are massive towers that may provide excellent, low noise cooling, but their shear size limits the number of systems that can house them. The CNPS8000 is a 108mm square that is only 62.5 mm tall, meaning it should fit in most cases, including slim desktops and HTPCs. The universal design only adds to this broader compatibility, as it will fit AMD Socket 754, 939, 940, AM2 and Intel Socket 775."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li NC-01 Notebook Cooler Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"With the Lian Li NC-01, the fans are powered off of a USB port. My personal laptop has only two USB ports. If one is used for the cooler and the other for a USB mouse that's it, I'm out. I frequently am downloading images from a digital camera or using a thumb drive or external drive rack; all needing a free USB port. This was easily fixed by just unplugging the laptop cooler while using another device however this was as simple as it was irritating."

More information on this review can be found here.
Maxtor OneTouch III Review @ Hardware12v
"Maxtor returns to us to offer a product of high benefits for our company or to particular use with a great capacity of 500GB in its hard disk OneTouch III, which in addition includes all type of connections for external devices (2 xs 2,0 FireWire and, USB FireWire B)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman VF900-Cu Videocard Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The companies newest videocard heatsink is called the Zalman VF900-Cu, and it offers wider GPU compatibility with the large variety of ATI and nVidia videocards that on the market. In fact, five different mounting hole styles are supported! Unlike the ZM80D-HP which used heatpipes and front and rear mounted aluminum cooling fins, the Zalman VF900-Cu occupies space on the front of the videocard only. Measuring about 96mm in diameter, the VF900-Cu is entirely constructed of copper components, with two 5mm diameter heatpipes looping around the outside of its many thin cooling fins."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Mini-Kart USB Flash Drive Giveaway @ XYZ Computing
"This OCZ Mini-Kart 1GB USB Flash Drive can be yours! This giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere, so long as you are a member of the XYZ Computing Forums. Please feel free to stop by, join up, and engage in some lively and fun discussion. Entering just takes a few seconds."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Flash Voyager USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review @ The TechZone
"The Corsair Flash Voyager USB 2.0 Flash Drive is very compact, and durable enough for you can carry it with you anywhere. Because it uses Corsair solid-state flash memory, it has no moving parts inside, making it shock resistant. The rubber casing makes the drive virtually indestructible. We dropped it off a 10 story building onto a concert sidewalk and it survived without so much as leaving a mark! The Voyager is easy to install and use, you can use it to replace your floppies, ZIP drives, MO drives, and even CD-RW discs."

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, the memory comes in a kit of two 1024MB modules. DDR2 memory is bringing the AMD Athlon64 socket AM2 architecture to new levels of performance, and modules like Crucial's 1GB Ballistix PC2-5300 RAM is spearheading that change."

More information on this review can be found here.
Super Talent 2GB MEGA Screen MP3 Player Review @ techFEAR
"We've had the pleasure of evaluating Super Talent's flagship digital media player over the past few months. The 2 GB MEGA Screen MP3/FM/Recorder Player offers an incredible price-to-feature ratio without many competitors. We concentrated on usability with this product since a target market is the active consumer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire X800 GTO 256MB AGP Video Card Review @ PCApex
"As the Radeon X800 family and AGP technology come close to extinction we are shown one last hoorah. With the AGP socket being superseded by PCI Express no wonder what will happen to the AGP slot. The X800 line of R4xx cores is being depleted as we speak to make room for the new R5xx cores. Now don't get me wrong, AGP is not going to just die off. With millions of PCs still using AGP, the technology is far from dead, but some of its limitations have already been realized. Sapphire has made a good move in the market for continuing the sales of AGP products and keeping the technology open for possible future upgrades; but don't expect many more."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe WiFi Motherboard Review @ Phoronix
"Introduced back on May 23, 2006 was AMD's Socket AM2. While these processors really did not bring too much to the table other then a DDR2-800 memory controller several motherboard vendors began offering up their new AM2 supportive products. One of the manufacturers that had began offering new products in late May and early June during Computex Taipei 2006 was ASUSTek Computer Inc. ASUS is certainly no newcomer to Phoronix as we have had their products in our labs in the past, and they are renowned with computer enthusiasts and gamers. While the AM2 processors at this time do not deliver too many direct benefits over Socket 939, in front of us today is the M2N32-SLI Deluxe WiFi motherboard, which does deliver on several new ASUSTek enhancements."

More information on this review can be found here.
ICute 0508ULA Computer Case Review @ Overclockers Club
"Captain, we need MORE power! Hurry men fire up that extra turbine. The latest addition to a large line of cases from ICute the astutely named 0508ULA Series. While the name may not be very appealing, the looks are. Looking like something that should have a cockpit and passengers onboard, this case if defiantly tailored to the aviator inside you. Whether or not you ride, or fly in airplanes; this case will be your conveyance. ICute while being a new name to most, has been a major manufacture in Asia since early 1988, and have recently dove into the premod 'scene'. A new style of case from a veteran manufacture if defiantly bound to be worthwhile, fancy looks, and super cooling, defiantly make this case a looker."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Atlas Mid-Tower Case 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 us PC users. Today we review for you this super desktop mid-tower mini server quiet Antec Atlas computer case designed for those of you looking for a top quality quiet computer case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolermaster Centurion 534 Case Review @ Motherboards.org
"To be fully honest, I loved this case since it came out of the box. It's fit and finish is superb, and its good cooling is backed by a well thought out design. While it may be impaired by a half heartedly designed side panel, and clearance issues, this case is a clear cut winner at its price point. If you want a case that not only looks good, but works well too, take a closer look at the CoolerMaster Centurion 534."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, July 5, 2006
Scythe Samurai Z Review @ HardwareHell
"Considering the price, this heatsink puts in excellent performance. Noise levels are also impressive; the fan is very smooth meaning the noise that is present is produced solely from the rush of air through the heatsink fins and surrounding air space. Sure it’s not as quiet as the Scythe Ninja with the Nexus 120mm but with the Samurai Z’s size and price in mind it was never expected to be."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 940BF 19" LCD Review @ The Tech Lounge
"If you don’t need tons of extra features and just want a 19” LCD display to provide excellent image quality you can put the Samsung SyncMaster 940BF on your list, especially while it’s on sale for under $250. This would also make an excellent second monitor for those who already have a 19”+ LCD as a primary display."

More information on this review can be found here.
Microsoft LifeCam VX-6000 Web Cam Review @ Hardware-Pacers
"Microsoft's new LifeCam series cameras are paving the way for a new era in computer connectivity. User’s can now share meaningful connections with friends and family with sight and sound all through the convenience of the internet coupled with the innovations of the LifeCam. Using a computers existing USB connection, a user can simply connect the LifeCam and after the quick install of the Microsoft LifeCam software (included with purchase) the user will be ready to share all of life’s experiences in real time video over the web."

More information on this review can be found here.
Brando Skype USB Phone Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Last week we reviewed Brando's optical USB mouse that has two USB ports on its USB input hub and it garnereda lot of attention. Similarly, when we reviewed Brando's SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 conversion cable it was featured on Gizmodo. So in continuing with more interesting product reviews we are taking a look at Brando's USB Skype Phone. This Skype phone can be purchased on Brando's site for $34USD which is about half the price of Linksys' wireless skype phone. This product is very attractive because of Skype's free Skype-out service for the USA and Canada until the end of this year. Unless, of course, you don't live in North America."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin Absolute Power ABT-600CW PSU Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Kingwin Absolute Power ABT-600CW Power Supply delivers rock solid performance in a package that is pimped out to the extreme. The modular cable system is dummy proof. Each device has its specific connection on the power supply. The LED fans give off just enough light to really show off."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sling Media's Slingbox Review @ BIOS
"What if you were able to watch live television wherever you go? The FA Cup in your cube? BBC breaking news at your hotel? Your local news station halfway around the world? Lost in Hawaii. Jamie Oliver in your kitchen. Now what if we told you that you could do that without having to lug your
television, a set-top box, satellite dish, or a subscription along with you? In fact, with the Slingbox you don’t need anything besides your laptop (which is attached to your hip already). By why is it needed when there’s a TV in virtually every hotel room and friend’s house around the world?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Palit GeForce 7900GT "Sonic" 512MB in SLI @ Tweaktown
"The particular graphics card we are looking at today is a GeForce 7900GT although not your normal 7900GT - it comes with an overclocked core and 512MB of memory. It’s priced at under $500 AUD (about $375 USD) and is gaining a lot of attention at the moment."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K9N SLI Platinum Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"Rather than being based on the highest-performing nForce 590 SLI chipset, this AM2 board utilises the nForce 570 SLI, which NVIDIA categorise as being best-suited to "performance gaming" rather than "enthusiast" usage. We take a look at MSI's new board and see just how much difference there is with nForce 570 SLI."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS A8R32-MVP Deluxe Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"Of all the recent s939 boards that I have had on the test bench, I would have to say that this board ranked right at the top. It certainly has been my favorite ATI chipset board, due to the sheer ease of overclocking. If looks mean anything to you, the black PCB has to catch your eye. Performance is on par with other ATI 3200 boards, as the only real difference these days seems to be the bundle and overclocking ability, of which Asus tops when it comes to overclocking, and only so-so with the bundle. Running in Crossfire was also a breeze on this board, with the included instructions being very clear and thorough."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS P5WD2-E Premium Socket T Intel 975X ATX Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers
"ASUS is a top manufacturer in the world of computing, chances are you've built a system with an ASUS motherboard or know someone that has. ASUS is known for their quality and reliability but not many people would think of ASUS when they want a high end enthusiast motherboard that has all the features an over clocker might want. Today for review I have the ASUS P5WD2-E Premium motherboard that is just that really, ASUS kicks it up a notch by making a fully featured motherboard that any over clocker would love to have, and even if you aren't over clocking you can appreciate the many, many features of this motherboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chipset Cooling Guide @ Overclockers.com
"Overheated system chipsets can cause instability, causing unpredictable system crashes. It tends to happen when an inferior wafer/die is used in manufacturing. If the power dissipation exceeds specification, cooling is required or it will kill the chip. That's why el-cheapo VCD players always break down - so you have to buy again."

More information on this guide can be found here.
RAID 2: A Look At The PCI Players @ Bjorn3D
"Part 1 of this series dealt predominately with a history of RAID technology from its early beginnings to the present day SATA RAID powerhouses. It detailed all of the various types of technology to choose from when exploring RAID as a viable storage option and was in the form of a guide as opposed to our more common reviews. In planning for part two we thought it would be best to take the next logical step and actually look at some RAID controller cards that were available for the beginner and intermediate level workstations that most of us own today. Yes, by workstation standards most of our power house overclocking monsters would only be considered beginner or intermediate when compared to some of the multi processor behemoths with their $3,000 plus graphic cards that are used for high end graphics, CAD, video editing, and other extremely processor intensive tasks.

In preparation for Part 2 we decided to limit the targeted controllers to those that still function in either a 32 or 64 bit, 33 MHz or 66 MHz PCI slot and support SATA or SATA II drives. We felt that this logical limitation would appeal to the vast majority of our readers as most of them still use this type of equipment, even though we know that the PCI-X and PCI-E based controllers are considerably faster. You may say: 'Wait! I've got PCI-E slot(s) in my system!' This may well be true but most of you are not willing to sacrifice your ability to run SLI, Crossfire, or other cards that are more 'Consumer Enthusiast' PCI-E based for purposes of having a separate RAID controller in your system. Besides, we'll cover those controllers in Part 3 of this series at a future date once we feel the evolution of motherboards in the Computer Enthusiast realm warrant it."

More information on this article can be found here.
Drive Stealthing: A How-To Guide @ Hardware Logic
"Drive stealthing is a simple, quick, and inexpensive mod. It can be used as a solution to common modding obstacles like beige CD drives, and color scheme inconsistancy. Although there are many alternatives to drive stealthing, it is usually the most cost effective method. And in most cases, it looks just as good as painting the drive or fabricating your own."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Tuesday, July 4, 2006
ExactPad Prestige Glass Professional Mouse Mat Review @ A1-Electronics
"ExactPad sent us their latest professional mouse pad for both gamers and graphics professionals alike and for us ordinary folk as well. As you can see here it comes in its own tin carrying case which is fitted with soft filling inside to ensure your glass mouse mat does not break in transit to you or when you travel with it."

More information on this review can be found here.
WolfClaw Devour Gaming Keyboard Review @ XtremeComputing
"The main problem not having a keyboard to type, but i believe this is the best GamingPad/Keyboard I have ever used and is the most comfortable. If I was really desperate to type I would even go as far as using one of these and a regular keyboard. Even though it defeats the point I found the Devour to be the perfect gaming keyboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
ZBoard Fang Gamepad Review @ 3DXtreme
"A U.S. Military training combat pad – declassified! Today we are taking a look at something that one might expect to come with laser sites and hold a large amount of ammunition. A bit of hype always helps with a new product release. Our friends at ZBoard have released their latest creation, the Fang Gamepad."

More information on this review can be found here.
FSP Epsilon 700w ATX PSU Review @ Overclock3D
"The first thing that strikes you about the Epsilon 700w is its finish. Painted in metallic blue, the Epsilon sparkles under bright lights and makes me think what a great companion it would be for Coolermaster's Wavemaster Blue case which has a very similar finish. The overall paint job is very good, but does not carry quite the same depth and shine of a cars bodywork."

More information on this review can be found here.
VIZO Master Panel Review @ Hardware-Review
"Many PC users, as well as hardware review guys like me, like to swap hard drives and other devices on the fly to gain access to important data and other files. Sometimes, plugging devices into the back of your PC isn’t very convenient. For this purpose, VIZO developed the Master Panel which provides easy access to IDE and Serial ATA ports on the front of your computer. VIZO’s website really says it all about the Master Panel on its website, “No need to go to the back, do it in the front."

More information on this review can be found here.

VIZO Multi-Function USB 2.0 LAN Dock Review

"Port replicators have become an everyday occurrence in home and office environments. Today’s executives are always on the move, and most of them use a notebook computer to conduct their daily business. But, what if you’re a gamer who just wants a universal device that has the same functionality of a typical port replicator? VIZO has developed the LAN Dock to meet all of their needs and more."

More information on this review can be found here.
XG Magnum 600W External PSU Review @ 3DGameman
"An external power supply unit is something that you don't see every day. So what is the use of a power supply that sits outside the case? Doesn't an internal power supply make more sense? In most instances it does, but being outside the case has its advantages. For one, it doesn't occupy space inside the case like internal power supplies. This is fantastic, especially with compact mid-tower cases. Internal power also increases case temperatures but not so with external power supplies."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX Overclocked GeForce 7900 GT (PV-T71G-UCP7) Review @ Hardware Secrets
"GeForce 7900 GT is the simplest video card in the high-end GeForce 7900 chip family from nVidia, being an option for those users willing to have a high-end video card but not wanting to buy the most expensive one. But if you want a GeForce 7900 GT with a performance higher than the standard model costing almost the same, XFX provides a full series of overclocked models. We reviewed XFX GeForce 7900 GT 550M XTREME 256 MB with VIVO (PV-T71G-UCP7), which is an overclocked GeForce 7900 GT with video capture function. Let’s see how is the performance of this propelled model from XFX."

More information on this review can be found here.
Diamond Viper X1900XT Review @ techPowerUp
"A while ago the Diamond Viper X1900XT was the lowest priced X1900XT card from all manufacturers and is still one of the lowest priced cards available today. Diamond Multimedia has produced modems, sound cards and MP3 players. One of the first consumer MP3 players ever was called the Rio PMP300. They have since sold their MP3 player line, but still offer a range of multimedia products. In this review we'll take a look at this X1900XT offering from Diamond Multimedia along with some basic X1900XT functionality and overclocking tips."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeIL PC2-8500/Corsair PC2-8500/Abit AN9 32x Fatality Review @ DH
"Last month we took our first look at AMD's new AM2 platform which comes complete with DDR2 support up to DDR2-800 specifications. Of course memory which is rated higher can still be used on AM2 boards and both Corsair and GeIL recently released high specification sticks for AM2 consumers. Today we will be comparing both products in order to establish which is the best purchase for the AM2 performance enthusiast, this includes finding out if either can run at the very low timings of 3-3-3-8 when set to DDR2-800. Additionally we'll take the world’s first look at Abit's new Fatality AN9 32x SLI motherboard. Abit are not the first to market with an AM2 board however they do produce some of the most feature packed products which perform to the highest level."

More information on this review can be found here.
Commell LV-667 Mini-ITX Mainboard Review @ Epiacenter
"Well, onboard bootable compact flash socket sounds pretty good. 44 Pin IDE socket as well as SATA sounds even better. What about if I told you I overclocked it very easily to 1.33ghz as well as underclocked it to 533mhz. Now, let me tell you, this is a pretty versatile board."

More information on this review can be found here.
OtterBox 7000 Series Laptop Case Review @ ThinkComputers
"Otterbox you say? What the heck is an Otterbox? Well an Otterbox is a place where Otter's live, uh no wait, wrong review, that's for my Field and Stream Review. For this review an Otterbox is something that is really cool, actually it is the name of a company that makes some outstanding products to keep your portable electronics and other stuff safe from the elements should you feel the need to take them into the rough. Otterbox products can take a beating and keep your 'stuff' safe. Today for review I have the new Otterbox 7000 Series Laptop Case; this is one cool case I have to say. My first impression was that it looked like something you would see the military using, or maybe MIB's."

More information on this review can be found here.
Viewsonic VP2130b 21in Monitor Review @ Trusted Reviews
"When you’re writing for a technology publication on a regular basis one runs the risk of becoming blasé about technology. However, when you take a step back it is remarkable how far things have come even in a couple of years. One of the first reviews on TrustedReviews was a Viewsonic VP211b, a 21in LCD display that blew Riyad away back in September 2003. In that review Riyad observed that 1,600 x 1,200 was the highest resolution that a single DVI port can handle, whereas now it’s 1,920 x 1,200. Back then, a 24in widescreen was an enormously expensive and exotic beast, whereas now its relatively affordable. So is there now any point getting excited about a 4:3 screen? The answer in this case is a definite yes."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Aguila Mid-Tower ATX Case Review @ BigBruin
"The Thermaltake Aguila case has a very nice look and it has some extra features that are rare with many computer cases. The addition of a second 120mm fan was a nice surprise, but only one had the blue LEDs. The fact that you decide where to have the power/reset button and which side to swing the front door out from is really cool. Airflow is very well thought out and filtering the incoming debris is a nice feature to have in any case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Mozart HTPC Case Review @ The TechZone
"What separates the Mozart from other HTPC cases is its ability to handle full size ATX motherboards and power supplies, while still being able to fit nicely on an audio/video rack. The Mozart measures 170 x 430 x 452 mm, with a two tone aluminum front panel that looks more like audio/video equipment than computer case. This AV feel is enhanced by the use of stylist gold-plated foot stands and view window for the optional Media Lab VFD display."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, July 3, 2006
Razer Copperhead Mouse and Mantis Speed Mat Review @ UKGamer
"Fellow Europeans are less likely to know this than our US friends but Copperhead, the name given to this high precision gaming device, like its predecessor the Diamondback, and even the one that started it all, the Boomslang, are all snakes, in fact they're all rather nasty, venomous snakes that kill and devour their prey with ruthless efficiency, something Razer expect you to do once you start using one of their meeces."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultimate Ears super.fi 5 EB Earphones Giveaway @ 3DGameman
"Ultimate Ears and 3dGameMan teams up to bring you Giveaway/Contest 29: Ultimate Ears super.fi 5 EB Earphones."

More information on this contest can be found here.
New Printer Buyer's Guide @ The TechZone
"One of the more perplexing decisions when faced with choosing a new printer is which print technology is going to suit you best. At the moment there are two main printing systems: the laser technology, using toner cartridges and a transfer drum assembly; and ink jets using ink. The method that will suit you best will depend largely on what you plan to print on your new printer, and cost factors that affect the costs of running it. Laser printers are possibly better for high-volume printing, with lower 'per page' costs and they better black intensity text than most ink jets. Laser printers tend to have a faster page rate but ink jets still offer the important advantages in affordable colour printing."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Logitech V450 Laser Wireless Notebook Mouse Review @ Techgage
"If you have been waiting for the killer laptop mouse to come along, this may be your best bet. Not only is it wireless, it has an incredibly tiny receiver. It also estimates 1 year of usage per battery replacement. But is it worth your $50?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake ITBU CL-P0303 Review @ Phoronix
"Over the years we have seen some interesting cooling contraptions designed by Thrmaltake from the Beetle CL-P0086 to the BigWater SE and Volcano. In this article, we are taking our first look at their server cooling offerings in the form of the ITBU CL-P0303. Thermaltake is renowned in the enthusiast market, but do they deserve the same for their ITBU server cooling solutions? To start with, the CL-P0303 is designed for Xeon Dempsey 2U systems with an LGA-771 socket, while making this design possible are copper fins, dual heatpipes, and a near silent fan. Today we are strapping the Thermaltake ITBU CL-P0303 on top of Intel's fastest Xeon Dempsey to take it for the ride of its life."

More information on this review can be found here.
A-DATA “my Flash” Fingerprint Disk Review @ NordicHardware
"The unofficial successor to the floppy disc drive is without a doubt the USB memory. In the last years, the market for USB memory, called anything from thumb drive to pocket memory, increased immensely, so comparing a USB memory to a floppy disc drive is to ridicule the aforementioned."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright Ultra-120 Review @ Overclockers Online
"Another review has come to a close and Thermalright have outdone themselves again. The Thermalright Ultra-120 is a bit different from the XP-120 design and with that design there are some slight drawbacks but the CPU cooling ability seems to have been approved upon. If you like how this cooler performs, don't forget to enter in our latest contest!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS8000 Low-Profile CPU Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The numbers in the testing section don't lie: this unit cools fantastically. Zalman has truly made the CNPS8000 so it lives up to their claims regarding cooling capability and noise reduction. If you're looking for these features in a CPU cooler but are on a budget, the Zalman CNPS8000 may just be for you."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX G-Force 7600GT XXX PCI-E Video Card Review @ Overclockers Club
"Very impressive black PCB, unlike the blue that I’m use to seeing in Nvidia based products. The product I’m referring to is the XFX 7600 GT XXX edition. The black PCB gives it an aura of being dominant. This video gaming card is one of XFX’s mainstream products, so hopefully after running our tests it’ll prove to not only be a money saver but also a performer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sapphire Liquid Cooled Radeon X1900 XTX TOXIC Review @ Trusted Reviews
"Clock speeds aside, what makes this card unique is its cooling solution. Instead of the reference air cooler that is so noisy noisy that I keep a set of ear plugs in my desk drawer, Sapphire has chosen to use a self-contained liquid cooling kit. As you can see, the actual cooler and the card are separate units, so it will require a spare expansion slot to accommodate this. The main graphics card has nothing but a waterblock on it, while the cooling unit contains the reservoir, pump, copper radiator and cooling fan. It is pre-filled, so you're ready to go straight out of the box. But if you need to top up the coolant or even replace it – this is easily done."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li PC-G70 Tower Case Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Incorporating features like the processor air gate and adjustable card cooler, help to keep ambient temperatures to an absolute minimum for any system installed. The second power supply area is a nice bonus that many server builders needing to install a second power supply will love. A big plus with the Lian Li PC-G70 that doesn't get reflected in the pictures is that of weight. Weighing in a less than 8kg, the PC-G70 is lighter than most midtower cases, let alone full sized towers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Extreme Lian Li Cooling Project @ Bit-Tech
"Is this the most extreme cooling mod we've seen? We follow the progression of a PC70 mod that not only adds a Prometia box on the bottom, but a watercooling box on top. Some Orac-style sleeving and neat lighting effects makes this a great build!"

More information on this project can be found here.
NZXT Apollo Case Review @ Pro-Clockers
"I am pretty some that all of you may remember the NZXT Lexa. The case made everyone stand up and make some kind of comment about it. The Lexa has a style and look about it that was different than any other case on the market. The chrome front and laid back design is one for the ages. But, now NZXT has unreleased another great looking case upon us. The Apollo offers a robotic but sleek look that will draw quite about of attention by gamers and enthusiasts alike."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, July 1, 2006
nVidia GeForce 7900 GT Review @ Hardware Secrets
"GeForce 7900 GT is the simplest video card in the high-end GeForce 7900 chip family from nVidia, 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 Radeon X1900 GT from ATI, in this review we compared it to several other video cards from both nVidia and ATI."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Twin2X2048-8500C5 2GB PC2-8500 Memory Kit Review @ PCstats
"With 2.2V and the default CAS latency timings of 5-5-5-15, the Corsair Twin2X2048-8500C5 memory was able to clock all the way up to 276 MHz without incident. Anything higher and the motherboard refused to boot into WindowsXP. It's not the fault of the memory, the Foxconn nForce 590 SLI motherboard simply doesn't go any higher. We're doing things a bit backwards here but since the Corsair Twin2X2048-8500C5 is sold as high speed, high latency memory we decided to mainly focus on how the memory performed at its intended settings. Thus the memory timings were set at 4-4-4-12."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston HyperX 2GB PC2-6400 C4 Memory Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
"Kingston offers PC2-6400 CAS Latency 4 memory in their standard series and in an NVIDIA "SLI Ready" line that features Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP). Total kit capacity is 2GB (2048MB) which is ideal for high performance platforms. Each module pair has been tested to run at DDR2 800MHz at low latency timing of 4-4-4-12 at 2.0V. The SPD is programmed to JEDEC standard latency 800Mhz timing of 5-5-5-15-2T at 1.9V so you are sure that the system will post every time."

More information on this review can be found here.
Powercolor X1800GTO Review: Cable-less Crossfire Explored @ Neoseeker
"Our Crossfire testing proves that two X1800 GTO's, even on an older dual 8x board will still provide good performance. Despite the gains that an X1800 Crossfire Master card setup present, that's hardly a viable solution and should not be considered in place of another X1800 GTO. Hopefully ATI can
extend the cableless option across most of their range to make their dual-GPU solution truly competitive with SLI as far as usability goes. While bandwidth would likely be a limiter on higher end boards, any solution ATI can work out that doesn't require the cable will be a bonus to them and the user."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Symphony Mini Review @ XtremeComputing
"Well I think that’s a fairly decent result, 11c difference on load and 7c idle. I knew my stock cooling was struggling to keep things under control in these hot conditions, so it was a harder test for the mini and that’s a nice result under the sweltering conditions we are experiencing at the moment making a huge impact on the results."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast PX7600 GT TDH Review @ Bit-Tech
"Leadtek's WinFast PX7600 GT TDH performs just like any other GeForce 7600 GT clocked at the reference clock speeds. However, Leadtek has changed the cooling solution for something a bit more substantial. The cooling solution is quiet and works well - it's much better than the reference cooler, in our opinion."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec P180 Mid Tower Case Review @ MaxIt Mag
"The Antec P180 advanced mid tower case from leading component manufacturer, Antec Inc, represents one of the finest cases on the planet. It's got everything. Great looks, superb cooling, low noise. The works."

More information on this review can be found here.
HyperKore X-Treme Gaming System Giveaway at Modders-Inc
"How would you like to win a custom built X-treme gaming system? HyperKore, CPU Magazine and Modders-Inc are giving you that chance. We are not talking about an average PC we are talking about a full blown hardcore gaming monster! All you have to do is go to the contest page, read about the system, read the rules, and enter the contest."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Antec Take 3 Quiet 3U Rackmount Chassis Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Antec Take 3 itself is a super solid rackmount server case and should provide any user with many years of trouble free service. It's built like a tank and once the hardware is installed, it's not going anywhere. It'll also remain very quiet thanks to the extra noise and vibration dampening Antec has designed into the Take 3."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone SG01 Evolution SFF Case Review @ 3DGameman
"The SilverStone SG01 Evolution Small Form Factor Case is one very impressive product. As a matter of fact, it's one of the best SFF cases on the market today. It's all aluminum so it's lightweight, with excellent build quality and design. One limiting factor many SFF cases have is poor air circulation. This is not the situation here due to the number of fans and way they are implemented. The case comes with two 5.25" external drive bays and two 3.5" internal drive bays. They include two 80mm fans but two optional fans can be installed. They also have an optional carry bag so you can easily transport the case. No question about it, this product has LAN Party written all over it!"

More information on this review can be found here.
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