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Saturday, September 30, 2006
Microsoft Gears Up For the Holiday Season @ ThinkGaming
"There's a whale of a lot of thunder and lightning out there about how great Web 2.0 is going to be. It's so good O'Reilly sued to retain the "ownership." Everyone is piling on the train. Kids everywhere are starting up their activities to make gazillions of $$$. VCs are throwing tons of dollars at it. M&A people are sharpening their hooks. Lots of noise. Lots of flash. But will the dollars rain down? And for who?"

More information on this article can be found here.
nMedia System ICETANK Cooler Review @ Bjorn3D
"It’s not often that a new company can jump right into a fierce market and offer top-quality products that are immediately comparable to the industry leaders. nMedia System is better known for its luxury line of HTPC enclosures, but with an ever-expanding market a company must grow its product line if it really wants the attention of computer enthusiasts. With a solid base of products offered right from the start, nMedia System has the means to become a major force in the aftermarket computer components market.

In this segment, I will review the new nMedia System ICETANK active CPU cooling solution. I will take a comparative look at the nMedia System ICETANK, positioning it against similar active cooling solutions. We will see just how efficient the unique heat pipe and fin design really are, and whether it is worth it for you to use this cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antazone AS-C1000 Universal Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"We are going to take a look at Antazone’s one and only CPU cooler, the AS-C1000. The AS-C1000 is a giant turbine shaped cooler made entirely of bright, shiny copper. The turbine part of the Antazone heatsink is actually a tight group of 70 radial fins with 3 heatpipes wrapped around it, and the heatpipes continue on down to a rather small CPU block. The bottom is not a perfect mirror, but not too bad, and it should transfer heat rather well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire Rocketeer VI Review @ Driver Heaven
"Spire is an old and well known company specializing in creating computer component cooling products. They have a very wide range of cooling products consisting of various heatsinks, fans and special accessories. Recently Spire expanded their products range with designer computer cases and power supply units. Today we are going to have a look at their best power supply unit, the Rocketeer VI. The Rocketeer VI is the most powerful unit Spire currently offers and by far the one with the most features."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Technology Tempest CPU Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"I've read and seen many tech sites giving this OCZ Tempest "Editors Choice" awards and other high ranking marks. I honestly don't see how. It's not a bad cooler, but it certainly doesn't rank up there with the best of the best. There are too many oversights in my opinion to warrant such a high grade."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech™ introduces the MCW-Ramcool VGA Memory Liquid Cooling Solution

"Signal Hill, CA – Friday 29th, September 2006 - Swiftech™ today announced the release of the MCW-Ramcool VGA memory water-block for nVidia® GeForce™ graphics cards. "The design concept was to physically separate the memory cooling from the GPU cooling solution in order to get the best possible thermal joint and therefore superior overclocking performance; universal compatibility was also a must, so we had to invent a new type of fitting to allow for this and thus were born the patent pending "F" fittings, which I am sure will also have numerous applications in other fields; this was a creative challenge, but we are all quite proud of the result!" said Gabriel Rouchon, Swiftech's Chairman. These new products will be available thru Swiftech’s reseller’s network this month."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Asus P5W DH Review Motherboard Review @ Neoseeker
"Conroe has been seeing very solid success since its introduction this summer with many enthusiasts flocking to the new architecture. ASUS have been quite quick to the draw at the high end getting their P5W DH Deluxe to market with decent speed in regards to availability of the new Core 2 chips late this summer. The P5W DH is the highest end Core 2 board to ship from the heavyweight Tier 1 and is centered around the proven 975X chipset."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Harmony 720 Review @ Digital Trends
"If you’re looking for a great middle range universal remote with all the bells and whistles, the Logitech Harmony 720 should be at the top of your list."

More information on this review can be found here.
Epox EP-MF570 SLI nForce 570 SLI Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"This is an AMD socket AM2 motherboard, supporting all current 940-pin AMD Sempron, Athlon64 X2 and FX processors of that formfactor. It's four 240-pin DDR2 memory slots will accommodate a hardware upgrade up to 16GB of double-sided DDR2-800 memory in a dual channel configuration. Storage options are more varied than the new Core 2 Duo motherboards offer; the Epox EP-MF570 SLI has two IDE channels, one via the nVidia nForce 570 SLI chipset and one via a JMicron 3GB/s Serial ATA II/IDE controller. There are a total of eight Serial ATA II ports on the Epox EP-MF570 SLI, six of which support RAID modes 0, 1, 0+1 and 5 through the nVIDIA nForce 570 SLI chipset. All in all the Epox MF570 SLI makes a great computer upgrade, don't you think?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Sennheiser PC165 USB Headset Review @ Techgage
"If you are looking for a gaming headset with Sennheiser quality, then where else to look but Sennheiser? We are taking a hard look at their PC165 USB headset with noise cancelling microphone."

More information on this review can be found here.
BUSlink 400GB External Firewire & USB 2.0 Hard Drive Review @ Think Computers
"External hard drives are always a good thing to have. If your main drive dies it is always good to have a backup or a place to store your important files. Also external drives are good for transferring very large files from one computer to another. Today we are taking a look at the BUSlink 400GB External Hard Drive (CO-400-U2FE), which features both Firewire and USB 2.0 connections. You can pickup the BUSlink 400GB External Firewire & USB 2.0 drive from Geeks.com for $185, which ends up being around 46 cents per GB! Let's take a look and see if it holds up to our storage needs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Icy Dock MB453 SATA Multi-Bay Backplane Module Review @ DreamWare Computers
"Icy Dock is a privately held company with over ten years in the storage enclosure sector. They have a very large product line of internal and external hot-swap storage solutions. They range from single bay units to larger multi-drive units and they are sure to have a product to suit your needs. Today we have the opportunity to look at their MB453 hot swap SATA multi-bay back plane module. This is an internal enclosure that takes up two 5.25" bays and supports the use of three hard drives."

More information on this review can be found here.

SteelSound 5H V2 Headset Review

"A little over a month ago we first reviewed the SteelSound 5H USB headset. This was a full headset with a built in mic and included mini USB sound card. The 5H proved to be a solid competitor in many areas, not only was it a full style headset with a built in mic, but it also came apart into three pieces for easy and safe transportation. However, SteelSeries just wasn't completely happy with this headset, as great as it was. After getting some input from gaming groups and end users, they decided to make it even better and re-released it as the SteelSound 5H V2 (V2 USB also available). Today we have the opportunity to test this new revision and tell you our thoughts on the changes they made."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeamtech Zorro Case Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"The three 120mm fans in conjunction with Sunbeamtech’s Grand Duct System used in the Zorro; did a very nice job of cooling our overclocked AMD64 processor, yet it does so at the expense of noise. Motherboard temperatures and processor temperatures even after running prime for 30-minutes were quite impressive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian-Li PC-C30 Case Review @ BoxGods
"HTPC cases have been shrinking faster than a super model of late, which is fine for those who don't mind smaller power supplies, mATX motherboards, notebook drives, and low profile add in cards. If you prefer the extra performance and flexibility of full sized ATX, your case choices have been a bit skinny also--till now--join us as we have a look at the living room friendly Lian-Li PC-C30 HTPC case."

More information on this review can be found here.

Saitek Eclipse II Review

"What do you do if you're the company that produces arguably the most popular keyboard on the market for enthusiasts and gamers--the Eclipse? If you're Saitek, you go back to the drawing board and polish the design until a great product is even better. The result is the subject of today's review--the Saitek Eclipse II."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, September 29, 2006
XG Magnum 600 EX Review @ techFEAR
"XG takes the utility of a 600 watt power supply, puts it in an anodized aluminum external case, and names it the Magnum 600 EX. techFEAR puts this external eight pound PSU on the test bench and finds out what's on the inside."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair HX620W Modular PSU Review @ Tweaktown
"The modular design isn’t a new concept, but I think that the folks at Corsair actually listened to reviewers and did everything they could to make certain they did it right. The great flexibility offered with the included cabling shows they know that every machine is different, but that they can make sure their power supply is right for you. Another huge plus is the automatic adjustment of power levels across the 12v rail. If you happen to be running an older Athlon XP system, this won’t have a whole lot of merit for you, but anything running Athlon 64 and newer (including Intel rigs) needs a solid 12v rail to maximize stability."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec TruePower Trio 650 Watt Power Supply Unit Review @ Bjorn3D
"The power supply unit is the single most important part of any computer. Regardless of the system there is a given rule: whether it be a simple workstation with integrated components or an advanced gaming system with every fresh technology available, everything requires power to operate. As anyone who has suffered the failure of a low-end power supply will tell you: not all power supply units (PSU’s) are created equal. While every journalist has their own system for reviewing a power supply, my review will take a very detailed look at the Antec TruePower Trio 650W PSU at every angle and submit the unit to battery of torture tests in order to ensure it will provide any computer system with stable power."

More information on this review can be found here.
Royal 8.0" LCD Digital Picture Frame Review @ GideonTech
"Digital pictures are just about everywhere. They are easier to manipulate and process than conventional film and at a much lower price. However, with so many options to take pictures and store them, displaying them may be the last thing on your mind. Let's try and solve that problem with a plug-n-play digital picture frame."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial PC2-5300 10th Anniversary Memory @ 3DGameman
"When looking for DDR2 memory, there are a couple of key factors to remember. One of them is the speed, but not everyone can afford the fastest memory on the market. Most will look for affordable memory that will overclock well but still have excellent memory timing. Timing is the other important factor. Finding this combination is easier said than done, but the Crucial DDR2 PC2-5300 Anniversary Memory has this and more. It not only does a fast 3-3-3-12 default memory timing at the 667MHz DDR2 speed but can be overclocked."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gainward BLISS 7800 GS+ 512MB AGP Silent Review @ MVKTech
"Welcome to the world of Gainward, a world beyond your senses! Gainward is a world leading producer of high-quality, high-end 3D accelerators for the personal computer market. Gainward offers a full product line of value adding products targeting gaming enthusiasts. NVIDIA released in February an AGP version based upon the GeForce 7800 chip. By releasing the GeForce 7800 GS AGP graphics card, NVIDIA made sure they can deliver top notch performance and an attractive upgrade path for all AGP system owners. Gainward took it one step further and designed an AGP card around the GeForce 7900 chip, the Gainward BLISS 7800 GS+ 512MB Silent."

More information on this review can be found here.
A-Data DDR2 PC8000 Xtreme-Edition 1GB Kit Review @ XtremeComputing
"I was able to get these modules up above 1100MHz with 5-5-5-15 timings and 2.4V, but not much further. Still this is an excellent result for modules only rated at 1000MHz, and would give you some more breathing space if you are overclocking a low multiplier CPU like the Core Duo E6300’s."

More information on this review can be found here.
Benchmarking The Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Processor @ Legit Reviews
"Overall we have been impressed by quad-core and what it will be able to offer enthusiasts down the road. Seeing upcoming DirectX 10 games like Alan Wake and benchmarks along the lines of Ice Storm Fighters push the processing limits of dual-core processors in upcoming months quad-cores will be the choice of enthusiasts and gamers around the world. Kentsfield really has lived up to the hype and has now become the Quadzilla of processors hands down."

More information on this article can be found here.
HIS X800 GTO IceQ II Turbo 256MB Video Card Giveaway @ XYZ Computing
"September is here, which means that holiday season is right around the bend. In order to start to get ready for the gaming/hardware busy season XYZ Computing has a new giveaway! This time around we will be giving away a HIS X800 GTO IceQ II Turbo 256MB PCIe video card! This is a good card with some very nice specs and it will have no problem playing any of the season's hottest games."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Intel Quad-Core Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Performance Preview @ Hardware Secrets
"During this IDF Fall 2006 we had the chance to benchmark the first Intel quad-core CPU for desktops, Core 2 Extreme QX6700 (codenamed Kentsfield), and compare its performance against a Core 2 Extreme X6800, today’s fastest CPU available."

More information on this preview can be found here.
DFI NF4 Ultra-D to SLI-D Mod Guide @ Overclockers Club
"If you have the DFI nForce 4 Ultra-D, you may be surprised to hear that it is actually an NF4 SLI-D board with the SLI part not activated! The board is physically exactly the same apart from one tiny electrical connection on top of the chipset. So all that is stopping you from activating SLI on your supposedly non-SLI board is one tiny electrical connection. Of course, it takes a little work to get to it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"Gigabyte has done a wonderful job with the GA-M59SLI-S5 motherboard. S5 stands for Silent Pipe, SLI, Speed, Smart and Safe. The board offers these features in spades. The addition of the Multiple SATA port adapter means that you can have up to 30+ SATA devices on this board, more than anyone could possibly want. Feature-wise the board scores above the 40 point threshhold, as the ability to use 16GB under Windows XP 64-bit, the Muli-SATA port bracket and SLI add points to the board."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LANParty UT NF590 SLI-M2R/G Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"While we did use the DFI LANParty UT NF590 SLI-M2R/G motherboard in our last article discussing the NF5 chipset, some might be asking, why we are doing another review? The answer is simple - we only used the DFI board for its 590SLI chipset. The focus of that article was the chipset and not so much the motherboard itself – this time we’ll be focusing more on the board and its features to work out if it is actually worth buying."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Tokyo Game Show 2006 Wrap-up @ Digital Trends
"Still, although the convention drew a record attendance of 192, 411 enthusiasts and industry insiders eager to lay hands on the machines (May's Electronic Entertainment Expo hosted 60,000 by comparison), most were strangely nonplussed."

More information on this report can be found here.
CoolerMaster NotePal P1 Laptop Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"I found some features that I really liked: the small size, the performance, the USB cable storage box, and the ergonomics. All of those features really appealed to me, and using the NotePal P1 for the last week was very comfortable."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Tempest Review @ Driver Heaven
"When the name OCZ is mentioned, many computer enthusiasts would think immediately of their high quality RAM products and with good reason. As a company however they have diversified into many other areas of computer hardware including coolers and power supply units. While their power supply units have been a great success, their initial cooler releases have not really been the groundbreaking event they perhaps should have been. While they appeared to have good potential, they could not keep up to the competition in terms of performance or even value. OCZ is not the kind of company who rest on their laurels however, and so today we have their new universal “Tempest” cooler in our test labs. OCZ is obviously trying to take a piece of the enthusiast’s market with it, so let us see if they can should succeed this time."

More information on this review can be found here.
Does the Technology Really Matter? @ The TechZone
"Does the technology really matter in today’s world? Basically computer systems just work today, cell phones work almost anywhere now and with our mobile devices we are getting all of our office communications now while we are out and about. So does the technology matter? All the information flowing through cyberspace, through the airwaves, down the copper, does it matter how it gets to its destination?"

More information on this article can be found here.

The Internet’s Biggest Google Whores

"The following is a list of the Internet’s eight biggest Google AdSense publishers. The information was compiled from interviews and articles found on the Internet. Whenever possible, I list the source of the information. This is a list of individual site owners - people just like you and me. Big corporate AdSense publishers like AOL are excluded."

More information on this article can be found here.
Inno3D GeForce 7600GS AGP Review @ NGOHQ
"Unlike the GeForce 7800GS, the GeForce 7600GS’s price is very reasonable and it’s a medium range card. That means you can use this baby to play the latest games, with anisotropic filtering and Anti-Aliasing at medium resolutions (1024x768 and 1280x1024) with playable frame rates. However, the 7600GS is not aimed for the extremely high resolutions such as 1600x1200 and above. But, in some cases, you will be able to play it in these high resolutions but without Anisotropic Filtering and Anti-Aliasing."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X1950XTX 512MB Video Card Review @ Motherboards.org
"ATI's X1950XTX is supposed to be retailing for $449 as a MSRP. It is currently available at Newegg.com for $419, not a bad price for what you get. Performance in the high-end today is sufficient for high resolution gaming with anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled and the X1950XTX delivers performance in spades, beating other single card solutions out there by a nice margin."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel D975XBX2 Motherboard Details and QX6700 Overclocking @ Legit Reviews
"After setting everything up in the D975XBX2 BIOS like pictured above a few final adjustments were made (1333MHz FSB Strap, with an increased multiplier of 11) the system was restarted and when it posted our Intel Core 2 Quad QX6700 processor was no longer a 2.66GHz quad-core processor it was now a monster running at 3.66GHz!"

More information on this article can be found here.
ABIT Fatal1ty AN9 32X AM2 Motherboard Review @ OCTools
"Our Athlon64 3800+ X2 which is rated at 2GHz is running at almost 2.7GHz. With this great overclock, we turned our cheap Athlon64 X2 3800+ faster than an Athlon64 X2 5000+ chip. This feat was achieved out of the box."

More information on this review can be found here.
LCD Display Buying Guide Part 2 - Response Times @ DVHardware
"If Contrast Ratios and Nit levels haven't confused you enough, then let's bring more terms into the discussion! In this 2nd part of "Choosing An LCD Monitor", we're going to take a look at response times, and how there are two very important and yet different response time specifications."

More information on this article can be found here.
Samsung 971P LCD Review @ Overclockers Online
"Aside from the esthetics of the 971p, like every Samsung LCD panel, the screen is stunning. The brightness and contrast make images and colors jump off the page and slap you in the face. The preset options that can be quickly cycled through are perfect for all situations and one couldn't ask for more adjustments through software that is included in the box. The Samsung 971p has just thrown for an 80 yard touchdown on opening weekend late in the 4th quarter to win the game and gets my fantasy start next week regardless of who it is playing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec NexStar LX Network Attached Storage HDD Enclosure Review @ hardCOREware
"You may have come across the need to share files across a network, but were concerned about security, reliability, and just having to keep a system running 24/7. There are a few solutions out there, but for the most part they aren't as versatile as we'd like. Vantec has what they think is the perfect solution; The NexStar LX works as a NAS (Network Attached Storage) and USB 2.0 enclosure. It uses an open IDE connection, so you can simply use any size hard drive you want."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Mystique 631 Review @ Think Computers
"Cooler Master is well known in the DIY and enthusiast realms for combining great function with sleek, stylish looks. While Cooler Master has been selling Power Supplies and other cooling products they seem to be really diving into the case market lately providing some really nice looking cases aimed at a more mature crowd and offering them at a great price. Today we will be taking a look at the Cooler Master Mystique 631 which offers some really great features such as a tool free design at a great price."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 Case Review @ 3DGameman
"The Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 Case looks great and has lots of excellent features. It's mostly aluminum, so it's light at only 8kg (18lbs) but remains rigid. They include three 120mm fans which ensures fantastic air circulation. Also, the side panel ventilation section can be swapped out for a window which they include."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Home Theatre Buying Guide @ The TechZone
"Watching a movie in your own home theater is a great way to escape reality without leaving the house. But before forging ahead with a home theater construction project, you’ll need to put serious time into planning the system. The biggest decision will be what room to put your home theater in. Next comes the selection of video and audio components, as well as the accessories that bring everything together. And then there’s the issue of cost: Setting a realistic budget for the project and sticking to it will save you plenty of headaches in the long run."

More information on this article can be found here.
Zalman HD135 HTPC Case Review @ techPowerUp
"The Zalman HD135 Media PC case was designed to be low-profile, yet you can install full-height video card(s) in it without the need for a riser card. It is also possible to use a standard sized power supply and a regular optical drive. Space for storage is also plenty, you can stuff up to 6 HDDs in this case which is just 135mm high. The HD135 is made from all aluminum and is available in black and silver for a price of $299."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
XSPC X2O Xtreme 1/2" CPU Universal Water Block Review @ XtremeComputing
"I have to say one of the best Value/Performance CPU blocks on the market, if XSPC keep this up and release more excellent performing hardware like this they are sure to become as well know as the other major brands out there. A bargain and a performer all in one package, not something you see very often."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright Ultra-120 CPU Cooler Review @ Think Computers
"Back in June we took a look at the Thermalright HR-01 and were very impressed. Today we are taking a look at another cooler from Thermalright with the same type of design. The Ultra-120 features a tower design with aluminum fins. We are putting it up against the latest AM2 coolers to see if Thermalright can still remain number 1 when it comes to CPU cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
500GB Hard Drive Round-Up @ The Tech Lounge
"As platter densities have increased, we have watched our drives grow. 20, 40, 80, 120, 250, and now 500GB drives are in the mainstream. Larger ones are starting to show up, but the 500 GB variety is gaining popularity. All the big players are in the market. It is these 500 GB monsters that I have with me today. From Western Digital I have their Caviar SE16 (WD5000KS), from Hitachi I have their Deskstar 7K500 (HDS725050KLA360), and from Seagate the Barracuda 7200.9 (ST3500641AS). Each are SATA II, 7200 RPM drives with 16MB of cache."

More information on this review can be found here.
Bluegears b-Enspirer 7.1 Sound Card Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"If you are considering a new sound card solution and have the opportunity to sample this sound card, you won't be disappointed. The Enspirer could perhaps be the perfect 7.1 channel upgrade, especially if you want to save money.""If you are considering a new sound card solution and have the opportunity to sample this sound card, you won't be disappointed. The Enspirer could perhaps be the perfect 7.1 channel upgrade, especially if you want to save money."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tt 7" Retractable LCD Monitor Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Having a monitor deploy and retract into a case much like a CD-ROM made a great conversation piece as well as making my HTPC that much more user friendly. Here is where the true value of Thermaltake's 7" monitor really shines. With a multi monitor display set up I could use the touch screen to operate Windows and DVD playback programs in a non intrusive way with the whatever movie I selected was showing on monitor two for the room's enjoyment."

More information on this review can be found here.
Transcend 2GB (2x 1024MB) DDR2-800 Memory Review @ BigBruin
"Given the no frills appearance of these modules, I had fairly low expectations for overclocking, and pretty much any gain was going to exceed them. Without touching the timings at all, and with only an increase in voltage from 1.80V to 1.85V, this kit was able to climb to DDR2-960 speeds. Although unstable at 1000 MHz, I did get into Windows, and can tell that with a bit of tweaking, and perhaps some more voltage, these modules could handle it. Another thing that might help with overclocking is some sort of cooling. Many may find heatspreaders to be all about presentation, but slapping a set on these memory modules might be worth the money!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra XL Dual Channel 1024MB PC3200 Memory Review @ Modders-Inc
"Ultra sent over one of their 1024MB kits of their DDR XL memory for us to check out. With the claim of "Extreme Low Latency No Matter What!". A bold claim that we will definitely test to see if these DDR XL memory modules are up to the challenge. Ultra rates the XL series at 2-2-2-5 @ 400MHz Front Side Bus speed. The XL memory is also has a nice look with the Gold heat spreaders to help control the modules temperature."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X1650Pro IceQ Turbo Video Card Review @ Viper Lair
"The video card itself is dominated by the IceQ cooler, which although big isn't at all heavy in comparison to some other video cards. Cooling was well taken care of with that cooler as well as the ramsinks. This allowed the card to keep cooler than many other cards I've looked at, while still keeping very quiet in overclocked operation. Overclocking wasn't anything to write home about but there was a increase that we were able to find out of this card. 2D quality is something that ATi and its partners can be very proud of, as it is among the best I've ever seen."

More information on this review can be found here.
Matrox TripleHead2Go Review @ OCModShop
"In addition, you can actually use this device for what is called surround design, meaning, you can have three monitors independently working, displaying three entirely different desktops, and yet you can still run your mouse across the three screens as easily as you do with one, eliminating window swapping with increased productivity in your newly set up workstation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast PX7900 GS TDH Video Card Review @ Bit-Tech
"As we have said before, GeForce 7900 GS is an incredibly good prospect at this moment in time and Leadtek's PX7900 GS TDH is no different to any other on the outside. However, we commend Leadtek for stepping outside of the box and including the heavily discussed HDCP crypto-ROM chip. Not only that, but Leadtek has managed to keep its card at an attractive price point that will no doubt appeal to price-conscious enthusiasts that are looking for a good bargain."

More information on this review can be found here.
X1300 XT Video Card Review @ Neoseeker
"Sapphire's Radeon X1300 XT will try to find its own place in an already crowded market of sub $100 video cards. ATI's main competitor, NVIDIA, has their own line-up of sub $100 boards ranging from the GeForce 6600 to the GeForce 7300 GT. ATI has also reduced prices on old stock of their Radeon X1300 PRO and Radeon X1600 PRO boards - two cards which really failed to excite enthusiast and normal consumers alike."

More information on this review can be found here.

X1650 XT Video Card Review

"ATI's new X1650 Pro GPU is the latest in a growing line of budget performance cards. It is intended for that mass of market demanding high quality graphics at a reasonable price. It would be expected that card manufacturers would catch wind and start producing these aforementioned "Budget Cards" because, honestly, not everyone wants $500 dollars worth of blistering graphics performance. And furthermore, not all can afford the steep pricing of the higher end cards. So, as to be expected, the graphics card market is responding to public outcry, and we will most likely be seeing a glut of these cheap performance cards hitting the store shelves in the coming months. But as always, price means nothing if performance and features are lacking."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"You might be thinking Gigabyte has devised some kind of 'Tri-mode SLI' feature where three graphics cards can be run in tandem for mind-blisteringly fast gaming results.... well not quite. In reality the two blue PCI Express x16 slots operate to support SLI with a standard SLI bridge card and 32 PCI Express split between the two. The third slot operates at PCI Express x8 speeds, and can currently be used with an additional PCI Express videocard to expand desktop real estate, or very shortly with the anticipated new nVidia physics cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Quad-Core CPU Overview and Roadmap @ Hardware Secrets
"Intel is going to release their first quad-core desktop CPU in next November under the Core 2 Extreme series and in January 2007 mainstream quad-core CPUs will be released as Core 2 Quad. Let’s take a look on the technology and specs used by these new CPUs."

More information on this article can be found here.
Spire Pininfarina Case Review @ Techgage
"If you're a PC enthusiast chances are you've heard of Spire and if you're a car enthusiast the chances are you've heard of Pininfarina. If you're into both the chances are good that when you heard those two words together your first thought was "WTF?". Well, Spire just didn't pull a name out of a hat for this case, it was indeed designed by the folks at Pininfarina. This begs the question "Just what do car designers know about PC cases?" Read on to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Online Internet Security: When to draw the line against Internet Paranoia @ Tweaknews
"Following these simple steps will have you perfectly secure and will also allow you to take advantage of the full speed of you computer and your internet connection. Trust me, the internet is not the big bad boogeyman that a lot of companies try to scare you into believing in order for them to sell you security software. Essentially, it is just as safe as five years ago if you are not foolish."

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Saitek Gaming Mouse Review @ Overclockers Club
"Saitek is a well-known gaming peripheral company and I myself have reviewed a number of their products very favorably in the past. To date, I have dealt with the upper echelon in looking at the brilliant Flight Control Center and bombproof Eclipse keyboard. This time I will be taking a look at an affordable gaming mouse that can be found at prices ranging from 18 to 30 dollars."

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Razer Barracuda HP-1 Review @ Phoronix
"For years now, Razer and their array of gaming mice as well as mouse surfaces have impressed us. Most recently, they have begun to venture into developing audio products for gamers, with their inaugural product being the Barracuda HP-1 Headphones. The Razer Barracuda HP-1 Gaming Headphones rely upon eight drivers, individual channel volume control, and a detachable microphone to deliver the ultimate audio experience while gaming."

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Datacolor SpyderTV Pro Review @ XYZ Computing
"The SpyderTV Pro is an upgrade from the standard SpyderTV product. Rather than being for home users and enthusiasts it is aimed at installers and high-end enthusiasts, where the Colorfacts is for professional calibraters. The price difference from the SpyderTV to the Pro is $249 compared to $649 but there are a number of upgrades that some demanding users may be interested, though you still won't get the complete kit until moving to the Colorfacts which has a MSRP of $2400."

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Thermaltake Aqua RX R-1 Review @ techPowerUp
"Thermaltake's Aqua RX R-1 is a waterblock for memory modules. Overclocking the memory, in most cases, is unavoidable when you want to reach a higher CPU speed. Sometimes, the memory might limit your CPU overclock, and that's when you start thinking about cooling your memory, to achieve even higher clocks. Watercooling memory is still in its infancy, but products capable of cooling the memory well are slowly making their way to the market."

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Corsair 620W Modular Power Supply Review @ 3DGameman
"Modular power supplies are fantastic because they enable you to use only the leads necessary for your particular setup. This means a reduction in the amount of cables inside the case which not only looks great, but also increases airflow. The Corsair 620 watt power supply meets today's standards, protections, has Active PFC, and has 80%+ efficiency. It also comes with a quiet 120mm fan and is NVIDIA SLI and ATI CrossFire ready."

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OCZ Gold XTC PC2-8800 DDR2 2GB Kit Review @ Overclock3D
"The new OCZ PC2-8800 Gold Edition is optimized for the AM2 and Conroe-based platform and offers computer enthusiasts and gamers unparalleled performance and the piece of mind they are guaranteed to produce the world’s fastest memory speeds within their personal desktop or gaming system. The DDR2-1100 Gold Edition is the ultimate memory solution for contemporary graphic-intensive PC games and provides unsurpassed reliability and performance to unleash every graphic possibility."

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PC Power & Cooling 750w Silencer S75EPS PSU Review

"PC Power & Cooling are on the tip of every computer enthusiasts tongue when it comes to power supplies. Delivering nothing but stable power for the most power hungry machines since their launch back in 1986, their range of modern units such as the Silencer and Turbo-Cool have won many awards. I recently had the pleasure of taking the Turbo-Cool 1kw unit for a test drive, and was thoroughly impressed with the stability of its voltages that remain unbeaten to date. The only gripe I had with the unit was it's high noise levels under load - something which I'm hoping PCP&C have alliveated in the Silencer 750w, which is on the OC3D test bed today."

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OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 Special Ops Edition Urban Elite Memory Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Once again we have a new memory product from OCZ. It seems that these people never rest. I guess if they aren’t in the forums helping people that are in the labs cooking up some new products to satisfy our overclocking appetites. Well we were fortunate enough to be sent the latest creation from OCZ. The SOE Urban Elite Series of DDR2 boast another colorful set of heat spreaders. Camouflage anybody? We all know that looks are one thing but how is the performance."

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Sapphire PURE CrossFire PC-AM2RD580 Motherboard Review @ Bit-Tech
"Sapphire's PC-AM2RD580 is an incredibly solid motherboard that deserves recommendation for those who aren't worried by the lack of expansion options on both the I/O panel and on the board itself. There is still some work to do on the BIOS before the full potential of this board is unlocked; hopefully Sapphire will address these problems directly and we should see this board reach another level altogether on the overclocking front. If the high price isn't an issue and the lack of expansion options doesn't concern you, Sapphire's PURE CrossFire PC-AM2RD580 is well worth considering at the heart of a Socket AM2/CrossFire system."

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LaCie Two Big 1TB DAS Enclosure Review @ Hexus
"The idea of LaCie's Two Big is very similar to that of Thecus' N2050. It can hold two SATA hard disk drives, which can be configured into various array modes, handled in hardware by a controller inside the TwoBig enclosure. An eSATA interface provides a connection between device and host machine, which should make it about as plug 'n' play as a USB device, but a hell of a lot quicker. That's the theory, anyway."

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Shuttle XPC SN27P2 Review @ TrustedReviews
"For some time now we’ve been telling people that when it comes to computers small is the new big. By now, Small Form Factor (SFF) systems were supposed to have replaced the towering behemoths that currently take up space in most people’s offices. Shuttle was the first to introduce these
type of systems with its XPS line but they haven’t managed to attain the widespread popularity expected of them."

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Little Laptop Museum at IDF Fall 2006 @ Hardware Secrets
"Even though IDF Fall 2006 only starts tomorrow, we had the chance to walk around at the Moscone Convention Center, where we could see a small laptop museum set by Intel, presenting, among others, an Osborne computer, the famous Compaq Portable and world’s first true laptop, Toshiba T1000."

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Monday, September 25, 2006
Brando 23- in- 1 Card Reader and USB Hub Combo Review @ Overclockers Online
"If you only need to support one or two media formats, consider looking for alternatives. The list of problems is extensive: poor structural designs, poor performance, questionable price, and so on. The only feature I enjoyed using was the USB hub and multi-format support, but that itself is not enough to offset the short comings."

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Stompfest 2006 Report @ Techgage
"If you are a gamer and live in the Midwest, more than likely you have heard of Stompfest. The event is popular enough and has enough draw that sites such as Tom’s Hardware in the past to cover it and this year’s event looks to be just as successful. Just as other’s have covered the event in the past, I will be on hand for Techgage to cover yet another potentially awesome Stompfest."

More information on this report can be found here.
SteelSound 5Hv2 Professional Gaming Headset @ Think Computers
"SteelSeries is well know throughout the competitive PC gaming community as company dedicated to manufacturing the highest quality accessories and peripherals. Starting with high performance mouse pads, SteelSeries moved on to professional grade headsets and keyboards. The Steelsound 5H was Steel Series' first attempt at a gaming headset, and it proved to be quite a learning experience. SteelSeries was forced to recall two production batches due to wiring problems for the ear cups and microphone. So, after several major changes and upgrades, SteelSeries is back and better than ever with the SteelSound 5Hv2 professional gaming headset."

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Cooler Master Blue Ice Pro Chipset Cooler Review @ OCIA
"The thin copper fins are skived, meaning they're actually sliced from the base during the manufacturing process. Because the fins are still attached at the bottom there is better heat transfer than if the fins were soldered. It appears that this heatsink has a missing fin at the far left, there is a ridge on the base as if there was once a fin there, and there is certainly room for one. The fan bracket also appears slightly bent."

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OCZ Technology Tempest CPU Heatsink Review @ Hardware-Review
"Stock heatsinks will do the job if you plan to use your computer for daily tasks like typing documents or surfing the internet, but if you’re going to be doing some hardcore PC gaming or overclocking, you’ll need an aftermarket CPU cooler to do the job. OCZ Technology built the Tempest to appeal to enthusiasts who want to push their processors to their limits. The Tempest features four copper heat pipes that transfer heat away from your CPU into an array of fins where it can be dissipated quickly and effectively. Let’s see how the Tempest stacks up against AMD’s stock heatsink under idle and 100% load conditions."

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Thermalright Ultra-120 CPU Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Just today Thermalright were friendly enough to send out their newest model in coolers, the Ultra-120. The Ultra falls into the same category as the very popular type of coolers known as towers types. They are both tall and fairly heavy and cool better than any previous cooler design of the past. Today we will see how the Ultra-120 stands up to our reigning champ, pitting it against the Scythe Infinity."

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ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Motherboard Wireless Edition Review @ Bjorn3D
"While ASUS of course offer lower end solutions, it is the high-end motherboards that we look at today and more specifically the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition. This motherboard uses the latest nForce 590 chipset for AM2 from NVIDIA and is chockfull with cool solutions and goodies in the box."

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Gainward Bliss 7950 GX2 Review @ Overclock3D
"The 7950 GX2 is unlike any card we've tested before in that it has two coolers on it. With two PCB's and two coolers this card is dual slot and "Dual Core". I use parenthesis as this is two physical cores on two PCB's with a "bridge" connecter between them. nVidia have gone this way, rather than the unified shader pipelines that ATI have started doing in their top-line cards."

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Cooler Master Hyper TX HSF Review @ 3DGameman
"I’m sure you’ve heard of the phrase “Less is more”? Cooler Master has achieved just that. From the popular Hyper 6 series comes the Hyper TX series. This new cooler is not only more silent, with a smaller fan, but it also uses less heatpipes to provide better , more stable cooling solution. For the Hyper TX series, we provide two coolers supporting AMD AM2 and Intel Core 2 Dual."

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Enermax Noisetaker 600W PSU Review @ Driver Heaven
"When building a high performance system quite possibly the most important choice of component is the power supply. There is no point in building your very own home made supercomputer to have it powered by a low end supply that has problems holding a good rail. Many users fall foul of the misconception that “the higher the wattage the better” where as others feel they can save money on something they deem as unimportant. When building our Driver Heaven review systems we take time to look at the variety of supplies and to decide whether they can take the extreme load we have to throw at them when reviewing the highest end hardware. When deciding to build a gaming system based around the latest array of hardware such as AM2 and Conroe with either SLI or Crossfire delivering the graphics it is extremely important to purchase a unit which will ensure you end up with a stable system."

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A+ Case Twin Engine XCLIO A380 Case Review @ techPowerUp
"If we could describe the XLCIO A380, which is identical to the A+Case Twin Engine, with one word it would be: monstrous. Not because of looks, as it looks incredibly sleek. The case sports two huge 25 cm fans which light up and are a definitely a huge attraction at LAN parties. Big fans don't have to be loud - the included fan controllers allow you to fine tune the fan speed and noise as needed. Even at maximum speed the fan noise of this $110 case is barely audible."

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Icy Dock MB453SPF 3 Bay Hot Swap SATA Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ BigBruin
"If you need to have multiple removable hard drives, the Icy Dock MB453SPF SATA enclosure works great, providing zero reduction in data transfer speed as compared to being directly wired to the SATA controller. There is nothing flashy about this unit, and it is all business when it comes to appearance and performance."

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SilverStone Temjin TJ08 Micro ATX Case Review @ Hardware-Review
"For years, the Temjin series has been an excellent line of PC cases that met the needs of almost every PC user. When SilverStone engineers began working on a micro ATX tower case design, they made sure it was very compact, but powerful and flexible at the same time. The SilverStone Temjin TJ08 was born with a setup that is simple, yet very unique for a case in this class. It's equipped with dual 120mm fans that create a natural wind tunnel effect that rivals some of the best full tower cases on the market. Besides having great cooling performance, the TJ08 is also easy to use with a removable motherboard tray and logically placed buttons and I/O ports on its thick aluminum front panel. If using high-end components in a micro ATX tower was not an option before, it is now with the TJ08."

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Cooler Master ITower 930 Mid-Tower Case Review

"Companies with racks upon racks of servers have enjoyed “hot swapping” hard drives for many years now, but Cooler Master has brought this technology right into the user’s home with the ITower 930. This super duty, mid-tower case is an absolute beast that includes a tool-less design, four front panel hot swap hard drive racks, and a very unique cooling system."

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NZXT Nemesis Elite Case Review @ Madshrimps
"NZXT builds some beloved cases, futuristic, sleek, aluminum designs many with LED monitoring features. Our illustrious editor reviewed the Lexa tower case last year which did well in the thermodynamic department. Today we test the Nemesis Elite aluminum mid-tower."

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Antec Performance One P180B Advanced Super Mid-Tower Case Review @ Futurelooks
"The Antec P180 was introduced at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas back in 2005 and has shaped the evolution of ANTEC's product line for the last year. The P180 was the first case built for high performance and quiet computing: Two ideals that used to be an oxymoron. Today we bring to you the latest refinement of the design: The P180B."

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Thermaltake Armor JR VC3000BWS Midi-Case Review @ HardwareXL
"Thermaltake started its core business based on our extensive knowledge of PC thermal management during the era where the area of performance CPU cooling was only exclusive for "overclockers" or PC enthusiasts. With the company's initial launch of Orb coolers, it created waves of shocks and appraisals throughout the gaming and overclocking communities. Thermaltake quickly became the name gamers turn to when they need high-end and reliable thermal solutions. But apart from cooling solutions they are also a big name where computer cases concern. Today I will e looking at the Thermaltake Armor Jr VC3000BWS. The box had rough ride during it transport from Taiwan to The Netherlands, but don't let the looks fool you."

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Origen AE X11 HTPC Enclosure Review @ Hexus
"With a delivered price of £180 there is no doubt that Origen AE positions it in the upper-end of the HTPC market. Korean-designed, Chinese-manufactured, the X11 certainly has some stiff competition from cheaper models on the market nowadays, so does it hold its own or is it a damp squib?"

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Saturday, September 23, 2006
Team Group Xtreem DDR500 PC-4000 2GB Kit Review @ MVKTech
"Team Group Xtreem overclocking memory is gaining a reputation as some of the most exciting and desirable high-end memory on the market today. Every careful step is taken to ensure that our end users can really push this memory to the extreme. Team Group Xtreem overclocking memory uses state-of-the art technology to deliver a new definition in gaming and benching, making it the ultimate choice for gamers and overclockers alike. The Xtreem Cronus M series is a range of high-performance memory modules bringing you advanced speed grades, and low latencies, and especially designed for performance enthusiasts who want to challenge to the limits of performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
Transcend T.Sonic 610 2GB MP3 Player Review @ Hardware-Review
"MP3 players are available in abundance this year and manufacturers are giving consumers a wide variety of players to choose from. This competitive atmosphere has helped keep the costs down on these cool little wonders, which in turn has created a better buyer’s market for those who want to get the best bang for their buck. Transcend has joined the fray with their T.Sonic series of MP3 players, and we have the T.Sonic 610 on our test bench today. Let’s see if this miniature device has what it takes to compete in today’s high-demand MP3 market."

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be quiet! Straightpower 700W PSU Review @ techPowerUp
"The be Quiet Straightpower 700W is a high-quality power supply for power hungry gamers and overclockers. It sports features like two PCI-Express power connectors and an 8-pin CPU power connector. A temperature controlled fan helps keep the system noise level at a minimum. During testing we found out that this PSU's inside is identical to an OCZ PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
DTech Bluetooth & USB 2.0 Hub Review @ Think Computers
"Two of the most common types of devices I use on my PC are Bluetooth and USB devices. I use so many USB devices that I have an extra USB hub. In that extra USB hub I have a USB Bluetooth adapter that connects all of my Bluetooth devices to my computer. Well what if I could save that USB port and combine the Bluetooth capability into the USB hub itself? Well today I'm looking at a product that does just that, the DTech Bluetooth & USB 2.0 Hub. Let's see if it can save me the extra USB space by incorporating the Bluetooth technology into the hub itself."

More information on this review can be found here.
Arctic Cooling Arctic Fan 8L & 12L Review @ DragonSteelMods
"Most cooling fans are pretty much the same, there hasn't been much in the way of innovations or design of them. Yes there has been some cosmetic changes to fans but nothing major until now, Arctic Cooling has released its' 'L' series of fans, and today for review I have the 120mm and the 80mm sized fans. They not only look very interesting but they are essentially redesigned from the bottom up, and they work very well. The new Arctic Cooling 'L' series of fans are something that I can easily recommend to anyone looking to upgrade their noisy fans with something that is whisper quiet and performs well."

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Titan NK34TZ Review @ Driver Heaven
"Titan is one of the oldest companies specializing in computer cooling equipment. During the past few years, their production capacity and R&D capabilities have increased many times over, and this year they have released many new products, striking at many of the cooling market sectors. The product which we have here today is the NK34TZ, a heatpipe cooler aimed at those wanting good performance on a budget."

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Cooler Master Mars HSF Review @ 3DGameman
"Looking from the top down, we can see the Cooler Master crest above the three copper heatpipes. You can also see the fanning of the sixty aluminum fins that give the round shape to the cooler. These are sixty fins that continue through the cooler and are fanned out buy round hole punches in the fins."

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Zalman VF700-Cu Review @ Techwarelabs
"So you have you mean machine pumping out some serious performance, but the evil result is your system sounds like a small lear jet at a continous take-off throttle. Sure your system may be water cooled bringing your CPU and north bridge to a relative temp, but what about that VGA heatsink with its turbo fan running at full tilt? Well the techs at Zalman sent us one of their CF700-CU coolers for us to try. So, lets get to what we found out."

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Viscool V2 Waterblock Review @ Madshrimps
"Eastern Euro meets West as we explore a product from Viscool of the Slovak Republic. The company who gave us the eXtherm CPU waterblock back in 2005 has improved upon that design with the Viscool V2. Today we test this copper based affair which offers a truly unique internal design and universal mounting system."

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Scythe Infinity Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"The Scythe Infinity provided cooling results that will keep your high end AMD and Intel processors at a safe operating temperature, but I was expecting a bit more. Given the shear size of the cooler, the total number of heatpipes provided to draw heat away, and the Scythe reputation, I was sure this would be the new number one cooler on my list."

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Thermaltake Kandalf LCS Water Cooled Case Review @ XtremeComputing
"Let’s move onto the Kandalf LCS, this too is one of Thermaltake latest products or you could say a revamp of the recent Kandalf full tower, which you could upgrade with a 25cm fan. No 25cm fan here though as Thermaltake have gone mad with there water-cooling and slapped a triple radiator in the front and supply you with all you need for a top of the line water cooling setup."

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High-End Gaming PC Buyer's Guide @ Sharky Extreme
"In this particular guide, we take $2500 in spending money, and then go to the limit in search of the ultimate in high-end gaming machines. These two systems certainly have the juice to pump out high framerates, but we also do not spend the money like a drunken sailor, preferring to keep a close eye on both the hotrod component list, and our wallet. All of the hardware picks in this guide are completed after weighing the price-performance ratio of each component very carefully, then doing a little mix-and-match comparison to see which configuration is the best fit for our $2500 budget."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Zalman HD135 HTPC Case Review @ 3DGameman
"This product has Home Theatre PC case written all over it. It not only looks great and is quality built, but it comes with a Vacuum Florescent Display (VFD) and a fantastic remote control. One important feature about this case is that it fits all standard ATX hardware but remains slim, and this is a testament to its excellent design. A much more powerful system can be built using standard ATX hardware over micro ATX. This is especially important if you are building a gaming HTPC."

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Friday, September 22, 2006
Top 10 Worst Portrayals of Technology in Film @ GideonTech
"Aside from the daily duties here at GideonTech.com, we also like to unwind in front of the tube and catch a movie or two. With the explosion of technology in every day scenarios, it's common to find references to computers, iPods and other gadgets and geek toys in film. It's one thing to make a fantasy movie, it's another to dream up impossible technological feats in a modern day drama. Just because technical jargon would fly right over most people's heads, there's no reason to make up stuff."

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Xbox To PC Controller Mod @ ASE Labs
"I have had my Xbox for about three years now and I finally stopped renewing the Xbox Live subscription just a few days ago. I have been reading a bit on softmodding the Xbox (no mod chip required to do hacks on the unit) and decided that this would be a perfect chance to try something new since I will not be using Live anymore. Softmodding requires some basic things and we will go over making one of the pieces today with things that you probably have in your house right now. The softmod guide will come later in the week."

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Samsung SC-DC164 DVD Camcorder Review @ Tweaknews
"Now to cut through the crap and get down to the nitty-gritty, would I recommend this DVD camcorder to the everyday consumer? The answer is yes if you are not planning on recording in low light conditions or require decent battery life. Every other feature works flawlessly and as described and presented. It is easy to use and practically fool-proof if you spend a couple hours with a RW single layer disc and tinker around a bit."

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Ergotron LX Desk Mount LCD Arm Review @ The Tech Lounge
"Monitor arms allow us to further reduce the already small footprint of our LCD, or even completely obliterate it. They also allow us to position the monitor in a location to best suit our viewing, which is especially important for ergonomics. And for those situations where there may be more than one person using the same computer from different locations around the desk, monitor arms allow us to swivel the screen into position with much more freedom than even the best stock LCD stands. Unfortunately, one of the downsides of monitor arms is that they can be quite expensive. This is why today we are taking a look at the Ergotron LX Desk Mount LCD Arm: a monitor arm that allows for a wide range of movement and reach, while maintaining a relatively low price-point."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seagate Barracuda ES Review @ Bjorn3D
"Today we have the good fortune to the latest iteration of Seagate's work, the 750GB Barracuda ES SATA drive, an enterprise level drive that boasts many new features. Please join me in the Bjorn3D lab where we fully intend to rigorously test this device with the intent of determining if the adorned title of being #1 transcended from Seagate the company into the production of this drive."

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ATP MicroSD/Reader Combo Review @ Hardware Secrets
"ATP is a company specialized in flash memories, carrying a full line of flash memory cards. They have a very innovative manufacturing process that makes all their memory cards waterproof, shock proof, ESD proof and resistant to extreme temperatures. They also have a very innovative SD card set, called MicroSD/Reader Combo, which comes with one micro SD card and two adapters to transform this card into a mini SD or into a regular SD card – which is great, as your don’t need to worry about which SD format your device accepts –, plus a USB reader. Let’s take a look on this combo."

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OCZ 2 GB Dual SD Card Review @ OCIA
"OCZ began to diversify their offerings in 2004 with the release of power supplies aimed specifically at gamers. Since that point, OCZ has continued to expand their horizons, now offering cooling solutions to go along with their already wide array of products. Today we will be taking a look at yet another one of their new innovative products in the 2 GB Secure Digital Dual Memory Card."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE Video Card Review @ Viper Lair
"Enthusiasts are about excess and the MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE isn't designed for people who want to play on 17" LCD monitors. Simply put, if you have a large widescreen panel, this hardware has your name all over it. It provides performance close to two 7900 GT cards, and if you pair two 7950GX2 cards on one board, you'll have a PC that will be faster than any traditional SLI setup."

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Crucial Ballistix 2GB PC2-6400 Review @ Techgage
"With so much competition in the memory market nowadays, it's increasingly difficult to make the -best- choice when it comes to purchasing a new kit. The Crucial PC2-6400 use the infamous D9GMH chips, but requires a staggering 2.2V! Does its performance make up for it?"

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI Infinity 975X/G Motherboard Review @ Bit-Tech
"There is nothing particularly bad about DFI's Infinity 975X/G motherboard, but DFI is a household name when it comes to overclocking. Sadly, the Infinity 975X/G doesn't live up to that reputation and those looking for a board to overclock their Core 2 processor should look elsewhere. If you absolutely need CrossFire to complement your Core 2 Duo but are on a budget, the Infinity 975X/G is worth consideration."

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Abit IL-90MV Motherboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Well, who thought Abit was dead is definitely wrong. After being bought by USI they are pushing hard on new products, including IL-90MV, a motherboard based on Intel 945GT chipset targeted to media center PCs, i.e. Viiv-compliant desktops. Abit chose socket 478 for this motherboard as mobile socket 478 CPUs like Core Duo and Core 2 Duo (for notebooks) consume less power thus produce less noise (as they run cooler they can use quieter coolers) than desktop CPUs, an important factor when you think of building a PC to stay on your living room. But this product highlight is its on-board HDMI output, being the first time we’ve seen such feature embedded on a motherboard. Let’s take a look on this new product."

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The Quiet PC Challenge - A Primer @ Futurelooks
"Arthur C. Clarke's writing in the late 50’s speculated that a computer with human like intelligence would have to be the size of the Empire State Building and require Niagra Falls for cooling. On most counts, this prediction was fabulously wrong, but it may just turn out that Authur was right about needing Niagra Falls for cooling."

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Interview with Brian Kim from Zalman – "Cool" New Products @ Tweaktown
"Good food not withstanding, Brian was very open-minded and let us in on a few “inner sanctum” secrets. Nothing too deep mind you, but certainly enough to wet our taste buds and get us thinking about what Zalman has planned for the future in terms of company direction and new products."

More information on this interview can be found here.

ASUS Crosshair "Republic of Gamers" Socket AM2 Motherboard Review

"ASUS today have provided us with a new motherboard designed to be the ultimate gamer’s motherboard for the AM2 platform; it is part of the new “Republic of Gamers” series from the Taiwan company. Designed with hardcore gamers and overclockers in mind, this board looks more like an amusement park than a board with tubes, pipes and lovely colours."

More information on this interview can be found here.
Thermaltake Armor Jr. Mid Tower Case Review @ XYZ Computing
"The Armor Jr. is Thermaltake's attempt to make a case which is reasonable small but is still worthy of the Armor name. From the looks of it a number of changes were made but the cases are fundamentally similar. The smaller size of the Junior means that some of the cooler features on the Armor probably had to be dropped but we'll see just how good a job they did of translating the Armor into a smaller product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Thermaltake Toughpower 700W Power Supply Review @ Hardware-Review
"Thinking of building a high-end system with a dual core processor, dual Crossfire or SLI video cards, and multiple 10,000 RPM hard drives, but don’t think your current power supply is up to the challenge? Well, if the PSU came bundled with your PC case, you’re probably right. But, don’t stress out too much about it because Thermaltake has got your back with their Toughpower 700W power supply. This mammoth power supply has four 12V rails, a massive 140mm cooling fan, and an efficiency rating of up to 85 percent! What’s not to love about this PSU?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech G3 Laser Mouse Review @ MetkuMods
"The optical sensors have slowly become more and more accurate but now a whole new level of accuracy has become available due to the laser technology. Instead of traditional led-based optical mice, there's a non visible laser beam in the mouse which - at least according to the manufacturers - should be more accurate than the led based technology."

More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin HP-550 Enhanced Power Supply Review @ Think Computers
"We mainly know Mushkin for making memory not power supplies. We have seen many memory companies like OCZ and Corsair successfully jump into the power supply market. We will see if Mushkin can do the same. Today we will be taking a look at the HP-550 power supply. From what Mushkin tells me this is more of a budget power supply for the normal user. We will see how it stacks up against the Antec SmartPower 2.0 500W power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Fatal1ty Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Korea-based Zalman is one of the most respectable cooler and case manufacturers in the world. Their fame came thru the use of only top-notch materials and innovative solutions, especially their passive cooling products. Their latest release that should be reaching the market pretty soon is their new all-aluminum case, under the Fatal1ty franchise. We had the chance to take a good look on this new Zalman case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Embedded 7" Addon LCD Review @ techPowerUp
"The Thermaltake Mozart TX case has a unique 7" drive bay which was designed for installation of this LCD screen. The LCD panel is hidden inside the case until activated, then it slides out driven by a motor. An additional feature is the integrated touchscreen which lets you use your PC just by pointing with a little pointing device on the screen. Even though its native resolution is not something that is common in the PC world, the display's great scaler can still achieve excellent video quality and well readable fonts."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeForce 7900 GS Group Test @ Bit-Tech
"VGA's card represents the best purchase for a number of reasons - the fact that the card is future-proofed when it comes to next-generation content protection methods is a definite plus point and one that should be given some serious consideration. If you're even remotely considering using your PC to play next-generation HD content, you're going to need a system that is HDCP capable."

More information on this review can be found here.
Radeon X1300 XT GDDR3 Duel - Sapphire vs. GeCube @ Hexus
"We thought we'd see what shifting the RV530Pro GPU down into the X1300 series does to that section of the graphics market. We've got our grubby mitts on a pair of X1300 XTs, one from GeCube, the other from Sapphire. We'll be squaring them up against a GeForce 7300 GT and 7300 GS."

More information on this review can be found here.
E6600 Core 2 Duo Review @ Neoseeker
"Just like with our E6400, we were able to reach almost 3.2GHz with just the Intel supplied heatsink – however we knew that was not the limit of this processor, so we switched coolers and used a Noctua NH-12 to try to find the real limit of the processor. Using our Asus P5B, with the latest BIOS, the Noctua NH-12, and two 63CFM 12cm fans, we were able to reach a whopping 3.48GHz with just air cooling! I am not talking about just posting, or getting to the Windows desktop – for those metrics, we were able to reach up to 3.7GHz – I am talking running our whole set of benchmarks, without problems, and being completely stable at 3.48GHz."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ PC2-8800 (1100MHz) Gold Edition Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
"The OCZ DDR2 PC2-8800 Gold Edition memory kit does exactly what it's rated to do and performs very well in all the benchmarks that we threw at it. We were able to reach 1111MHz with aggressive 4-4-4-12 2T timings, but needed to increase the voltage so high that it voided the lifetime warranty to hit stability. At these speeds we were able to get the modules to perform the same as the Corsair XMS2 DOMINATOR PC2-8888 kit, but at the cost of our warranty. When we kept the timings loose and ran the modules at 2.42V (our motherboard didn't have 2.40V) we were able to get the 1100MHz modules up to 1140MHz with 100% stability at 5-6-6-15 timings."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AB9 P965 Skt 775 Conroe Motherboard Review @ Overclock3D
"With Core 2 duo "Conroe" chips out for a while and the popularity of the excellent new chip at a high among enthusiasts, we thought that we should look at the things that cause the most concern on Intel's new platform: motherboards. Intel currently have 2 chipsets that support Conroe: the newer 965 and 975. The Abit AB9 we're looking at today is based on the Intel P965 chipset. The P965 chipset is the newest Intel chipset supporting Intel Core2Duo CPU's and we've seen some pretty decent results from it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel History Article @ Fast Silicon
"As the creators of the x86 architecture, it's nice to see that Intel has once again become the supplier of choice for those of us to whom reliability and performance are all-important. There has been an overwhelming tendency for the industry to polarize itself over the past several years, and we hope that even AMD fans can appreciate Intel for its contributions past and present to this industry we all know and love. The past several years are a fantastic illustration of what great benefit competition brings to the market and we're excited at the prospect of what's to come."

More information on this article can be found here.
Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"In this review, PCSTATS is testing the Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe motherboard. This board is based on Intel's P965 Northbridge and ICH8 Southbridge chipsets. PCSTATS will show you both Pentium D and Core 2 Duo performance so you get an idea of what to expect when running an Intel P965 Express based motherboard. With Intel phasing out IDE, Biostar address the lack of native IDE channels by integrating a separate IDE controller onto the Tforce P965. Other integrated goodies on this full sized ATX board include Gigabit LAN,7.1 channel high definition Intel Azalia audio, a flurry of USB2.0 jacks, and expansion slots. For the tweakersout there, Biostar also equips this board with hand power and reset buttons right on the PCB!"

More information on this review can be found here.

Intel Pentium M 740 1.73GHz socket 479 Processor Review

"The Pentium M was Intel's first mobile processor designed from the ground up. Previously, mobile processor lines were just low power versions of the desktop variety... to disastrous results. When energy consumption is not an issue the Pentium 4 is perfectly adequate for desktops, however to stick it into a notebook is akin to running a hot plate off your laptop battery."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire Verticool II SP601B3 Heatsink Review @ Motherboards.org
"Though there are installation quibbles, this cooler has enough potential in its small package to hold down the loads from even the hardest pounding of chips. But here we stand, remember these words, these scores, systems and tests well readers. They're the last things you'll see from me, and fittingly enough, they'll take me out with a tip of my hat to both you, the reader, and to spire - for proving that more often than not, good things can come in small packages. It really is nice to have good cooling potential without losing 90% of your case's interior space to a heatsink."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Reserator 1 V2 Water Cooling System Review @ 3DGameman
"There are many external water cooling kits on the market and most of them are easy to install, this one is no exception. What sets this water cooling system apart from many is that it's completely silent, unless you want the fan kit. The fan kit is recommended if you live in a hot environment or want lower temperature results."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Cryo-Z CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Have you ever imagined hooking up a freezer to your computer to cool down your CPU? Well, OCZ is thinking about it for quite while now, and they are finally going to release their CPU Freezer – now called Cryo-Z – by the end of October. We had the chance to take a look on this impressive equipment, which promises to help people setting new overclocking records. Let’s see how it looks like."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Reserator 2 WaterCooling Kit Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Zalman Reserator 2 is one very attractive, self-contained water cooling kit. It's such a pleasure to work with that any novice can assemble the system thanks to the simple mounting configurations. The kit has been much improved thanks to the housing's thermal properties, overall size, High Performance Thermal Grease, and water blocks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Apple iTunes 7 Review @ Tweaknews
"Despite its flaws, iTunes is still one incredible media player. While there are other quality players on the market that offer the same capabilities, most have a free version with the CD burning and other essentials stripped- you have to buy the “premium version” to have these features enabled."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sumo Lounge Omni Super-Sized Beanbag Chair Review @ BigBruin
"The Omni is a heavy duty, over-sized, beanbag chair that would be perfect for use while kicking back to watch some TV or to play a marathon session of your favorite video game. So, if you're looking for a connection to the usual fare here at Bigbruin.com, consider it an accessory for use with your computer, console game, or home theater."

More information on this review can be found here.
Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 Review @ 3DGameman
"Microsoft has long been known for their Windows OS. These days, they have a hand in just about everything. Their line of desktop hardware continues a tradition of well thought out design and usefulness. Installation of the Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 was as simple as plugging it into any computer. The provided software was not needed, but when installed, provided a tremendous amount of flexibility. The keyboard works well with its curved format."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Cyber Snipa Intelliscope Gaming Mouse Review @ Viper Lair
"Gaming is good with this mouse; like any new mouse, it won't turn you into Jonathan Wendall overnight (Ed - not even his mouse does that!) but the Cyber Snipa Intelliscope is certainly a good mouse to game with. For a few games, I already have multiple sensitivity set-ups for each weapon within that game, but there are a few games out there which cannot offer this. The Intelliscope offers you on the fly changing between 1000 DPI and 2400 DPI which will get around this limitation in certain games."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Products X-Finity 500W Power Supply Review @ XYZ Computing
"Ultra has started to make a name for itself as a producer of computer hardware, mainly building off of their success with power supply units. While all this started with their modular PSUs, in this review we will be looking at the 500W X-Finity Dual-Rail Power Supply. This is not a modular power supply, but it has a few cool features, such as the dual rail design, active PFC, and oversized 135mm fan, and Ultra's FlexForce cabling."

More information on this review can be found here.
Verbatim's Store'n'Go 2GB USB U3 Drive Review @ OCModShop
"If you're not concerned about your boss snooping on you, then you should be. 9 out of 10 employers snoop on their employee's electronic activity. Many have used a computer's cookies, history, and browsing cache to justify employee termination. In today's society of expendable employees, it is wise to always contain your worktime browsing's evidence to your own personal property. This will not stop a determined employer if they really want to fire you, but weeding through traffic logs takes a lot of time and research. When looking to can somebody, the easiest first place to look is the files stored on the employee's PC first."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra 1200 Watt Backup UPS Review @ Overclockers Online
"Ultra Products has packaged together very complete product to keep your system running while the power goes out. For a UPS that'll bear up to 1200 Watts, the price you're paying makes it a steal. Anyone looking for something more than just a surge protector should grab one of these. Every so often there's a blip on the grid line that'll knock your system out even if you had a surge protector. This little puppy will make sure your system stays online."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Hyper TX CPU Cooler Review @ DragonSteelMods
"Cooler Master is known for their excellent quality and great performing products, the Cooler Master product I have for review today is no different. I have the Hyper TX CPU cooler (Intel 775 edition) up on the block for testing and I can tell you I was amazed by the performance of this cooler, it is not only extremely quiet but performs like no other air cooler I have tested to date. Read on to see just how well the Hyper TX performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logisys Dual Heatpipe VGA Cooler Review @ ExtensiveMods
"Video card cooling has been a necessity for quite some time now and it has only been in the last several years that new technology has been getting better. There are 2 main types of video card cooling, air and water. While water cooling is better, it’s not for everyone and it’s also not cheap. Today I’m going to look at a heatpipe cooler for that ever important video card. Logisys, a well know name in aftermarket computer industry has sent me their new Dual Heatpipe VGA Cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
AquaXtreme MP-05 Pro Water Block Review @ Overclock3D
"When it comes to high-end water blocks a name that generally springs to mind is Swiftech or Alphacool. However, it's not always the best known blocks that have the best performance as proven many a time by people who go to the trouble of designing and milling their own custom designs.

Today I'm going to be taking a look at a block named the "MP-05 Pro" by a little known company called AquaXtreme. Searching around the internet, I wasn't able to find much information on this mystery company - in fact the only information I could find, is that AquaXtreme blocks and pumps originate from a website named CoolTechnica.com. Many enthusiasts have already hailed this block as the best on the market when it comes to price vs performance, and today I'm going to be comparing the MP-05 against the Swiftech Apogee block. The Apogee falls into the same price bracket as the MP-05 block, and therefore makes for a very good comparison."

More information on this review can be found here.
Alphacool NexXxoS Complete WaterCooling Kit Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Alphacool Complete Set did a decent job of out performing any of the stock and after market cooling fans. Unfortunately, the single 12cm prevents the kit from really being able to perform. These days a single 12cm radiator is out paced by the ever growing hotter video cards and chipsets."

More information on this review can be found here.
Pinnacle ShowCenter 200 Network Media Player Review @ Hexus
"This set-top box has a similar footprint to many hi-fi-separates - it's 300(w) x 230(d) x 40(h)mm - and is designed to connect wirelessly (802.11b/g) or via cable (10/100-Base-T Ethernet) to one or more networked Windows PCs (XP or Win 2K). ShowCenter pulls over their multimedia content so that it can be enjoyed on a living-room or bedroom TV set or audio system. With a ShowCenter, you can curl up on the sofa or lay in bed and watch on TV the videos or stills stored on your PCs and listen to your computer-based digital music collection playing out of your hi-fi system or TV set."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS KA3 MVP Extreme Motherboard Review @ Bjorn3D
"The KA3MVP Extreme is a good example on how motherboard makers solve the lack of features in the ATI chipset. Both on the SATA-front and on the LAN-front ECS has added some third-party solutions. Even so the motherboard only got a single Gigabit controller, something that probably won't bother that many people. I did actually have some issues installing the drivers for the Agere controller though so for this article I choose to use the Realtek controller."

More information on this review can be found here.
Biostar TForce 590 SLI Deluxe Motherboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Biostar is very well known for manufacturing mainstream motherboards, and they recently decided to also attack the high-end market with their T series. TForce 590 SLI De Luxe is based on the most high-end nVidia chipset for the socket AM2 platform, nForce MCP 590, competing with products from tier 1 manufacturers like ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI, but should reach the market costing less, yet promising the same performance level and a lot of features."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD AM2 Worth It? @ GideonTech
"By now, many of you have heard of the new AMD socket AM2 chips. The question that comes to mind is, is it any different from the “old” socket 939 chip? AMD touts this as a major technological breakthrough. Let's take a look and see if it's all talk or there's something to back that claim up."

More information on this article can be found here.
DFI vs. MSI – Conroe 975X Motherboards Tested @ Tweaktown
"Since Intel aren’t intending on releasing a new enthusiast level chipset for their processors for sometime, we are starting to see new revisions of older motherboards released like the ASUS P5W-DH - which is simply a P5WD2-E Premium with Core 2 support. Today we are looking at two new motherboards from MSI and DFI which are designed for Core 2 and Core 2 Extreme processors."

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

More information on this guide can be found here.
Case Cooling - The Physics of Good Airflow @ Technibble
"Keeping a computer running cool isn’t just about placing a giant heatsink on the hotspot although it undoubtedly helps. Just shifting the same stale air around isn’t going to help keep the components cool, in fact, it’ll only heat them up. So, aside from on-site planning, you need a bit of global planning as well to insure you have a cool computer case. After all, you have a CPU, a GPU and a power supply to cool in there."

More information on this article can be found here.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Zalman ZM360B-APS Power Supply Review @ 3DGameman
"This power supply is only 360 watts, which is not a lot, considering most power supplies these days are 600 watts and above. It is enough though for a modest computer setup. Despite the low wattage, it does have an efficiency above 80% and Active PFC. It's a great product for a Home Theater PC or a Small Form Factor PC."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Razer Barracuda HP1 Gaming Headphones Review @ Overclockers Club
"Whoosh! Do you remember the Memorex commercial where the guy in the chair was totally overtaken by the quality? Once this Barracuda takes a bite out of you, you’ll be its favorite bait. The much-anticipated Razer Barracuda HP-1 Gaming Headphones have arrived. I’ve been waiting to review these headphones for quite some time now and I’m glad that the concept team at Razer took their time on these. This is Razer’s first attempt at a gaming headphone set and it looks like they took it to the max!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire SP512S7 CPU Heatsink Review @ Motherboards.org
"Enthusiasts shouldn't be expecting the world from such a small heat sink, but at the same token, there's no chance of breaking the bank, bending the board, or even botching this installation. So in the end, this sink is an excellent choice for the entry level user waiting for a solution to shut up the constant fan whine from your stock heatsink."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 Platinum RAM Review @ PCApex
"Using the 2:3 ratio (DDR633) the best I could muster was 3-4-3-10 @ 235MHz. This is uncharted territory for me; I was barely able to run the Corsair at 210MHz with the stock timings, let alone these aggressive numbers!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 242MP 24" LCD Monitor Review @ Bona Fied Reviews
"Last month we had the chance to review one of Samsung's largest LCD display's with their 24" 244T monitor. The 244T was a very good performer and quite enjoyable to review. Needless to say when the Fedex man came to our product lab with a 24" multi-functional display in his hand it was a very exciting moment. The 242MP is Samsung's largest multi-functional display and comes equipped with a set of side-mounting speakers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Apack Zerotherm CF900 Copper Heatpipe Intel Socket 775 CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Granted, the ZEROtherm CF900 isn't up to the task for maximum effort overclockers, but that's not its target. No gimmicky design elements, no LEDs, just solid, quiet everyday performance. The CF900 would be an excellent choice for any application where good cooling and quiet operation are necessary. Its compact size only adds to its appeal."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Extreme Spirit II Review @ Hardware Secrets


"According to Thermaltake, the base clip is universal, compatible with all north bridge chips and motherboards available on the market. What makes this product unique is that its clip can be freely rotated. This means that you can change the position of its fan/radiator if a video card or a hard disk drive touches it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Aqua Turtle Review @ Techwarelabs
"Following our review of Cooler Master's Hard Drive Coolers Techwarelabs has taken a look at their liquid cooled variety. As you know the hard drive (HD) is the unsung hero of the system, and that without it, the PC would be pretty useless. The engineers at Cooler Master designed a water block for your hard drive called the 'AquaTurtle', [RL-D3A-CNU1]."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte 3D Rocket II HSF Review @ Tweaktown
"The 3D Rocket II, as the name implies, is a revision of an older design. With several enhancements, the current offering claims to do a significantly better job than its older brother. While we will not be comparing this product to the original, we will be comparing it to some other modern coolers here today that have already established themselves as solid contenders."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Stingray WaterCooling Kit Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Vantec Stingray does surprisingly well for a single 12cm radiator water cooled system. It is also what keeps the Stingray from really performing as it easily could do much better with a dual 12cm radiator. While it's a shame it doesn't currently come with one, you can bet Vantec is improving their product."

More information on this review can be found here.
Shuttle SN27/P2 Case Review @ Driver Heaven
"In the media centre world, Shuttle really need no introduction, they are renowned for creating some of the most beautifully designed media pc chassis. They have been ploughing through the competition in the Small Form Factor world for a good few years now and when it comes to building a high performing PC or new media centre there really isn't any reason we shouldn't consider any of the offerings from Shuttle. So with this in mind lets take a look at Shuttles top of the range AMD AM2 barebones system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sansun Galaxy Case Review @ Overclockers Online
"It's great that Sansun has continued to strive in the computer case market. With the debut of the Bat case, many people did not like the theme of the case. The introduction of the Galaxy is bound to attract some of those people back. As one of the many who has never paid much attention to Sansun, I'm sure that Sansun will continue to produce more and more computer electronics with nifty and attractive ideas."

More information on this review can be found here.
Temple of Nod Project @ Bit-Tech
"Swedish Command & Conquer fan, and bit-tech forum member, Edvuld has harvested a mountain of tiberium and used it to create a top-notch case mod: Temple of Nod. Follow his project from conception to its LED-tastic completion in another bit-tech Worklog."

More information on this fantastic project can be found here.
APEVIA X-Pleasure Aluminum Case Review @ Think Computers
"Apevia (previously known as Aspire) was established in March of 1999 and they are in industry leader in the manufacture PC cases and power supplies. Apevia actively designs, imports and markets PC parts including computer cases, accessories, case fans, power supplies, and matching keyboard/mouse/speaker kits. Today we will be taking a look at the aluminum Apevia X-Pleasure case which features 120mm blue LED fans, a temperature gauge as well as a fan controller."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Stacker 830 Case Review @ Hexus
"Before we say anything else we have to comment on the size of the Stacker 830. Its dimensions of 250mm (W) x 536mm (H) and 638mm (D), making it one of the larger cases in the world of chassis, in size at least, as the Stacker 830 tips the scales at a very respectable 14kg given its generous proportions."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, September 18, 2006
Internet Multimedia Super-Slim Keyboard Review @ Think Computers
"Having an extra keyboard is always a good thing to have, especially if you go to a lot of LAN parties. If your keyboard craps out then you are out of luck if all the stores around are closed. Of course you do not want to lug a full size keyboard around just "in case". Today we are taking a look at the Internet Multimedia Super-Slim keyboard that not only is a great extra keyboard but is perfect for portable devices like PDA's and other mobile devices that have a USB port."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seagate Barracuda ES 750GB Hard Drive Review @ XYZ Computing
"A few months ago Seagate made headlines when they introduced their 750GB hard drive, the Barracuda 7200.10. With the recent advances in drive capacity everyone is looking for the biggest and best drive, especially high demand users who need tremendous capacity for applications like video editing, web servers, and file storage. The Barracuda 7200.10 is a desktop drive but Seagate recently brought out the enterprise version, the Barracuda ES. In this article we will be looking at this drive in the 750GB version. While the Barracuda ES is very much like the 7200.10, it packs in a few extra features most of which will appeal to enterprise and SOHO users as well as prosumers. These drives are designed to bring the highest capacity, lowest failure rate, and the best RAID/JBOD performance to the 3.5" SATA market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Webcam Buyer's Guide @ The TechZone
"There is a wide range of uses of webcam technology. Some examples include personal 'Big Brother' style diaries, sharing of family events, workplace security, video conferencing, virtual tourism, road traffic management, weather watching, event broadcast and a host of others. Before you make a choice about any webcam equipment, it helps to decide exactly how you want to use the technology, in other words, what you are intending to broadcast. This decision will impact upon the type of camera you use, and how you use it."

More information on this review can be found here.
be quiet! Straight Power 700W Power Supply Review @ Hardware-Review
"The power supply is the heart and lifeblood of every computer system and is finally getting the respect it deserves with the emergence of higher wattage hardware like Crossfire and SLI video cards and dual core, 64-bit processors. These components bring more performance to users, but also consume a hefty amount of power at the same time. To meet these energy demands, be quiet! has developed the Straight Power 700W power supply. This monster flexes 18 amps on each of its four +12v rails and sports a high efficiency rating and silent cooling system. Let’s torture this beast and see how it stands up to our power hungry PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolerMaster Cool Drive Lite @ Techwarelabs
"Keeping the components inside your PC cool is very important in order to extend the life of the competent. This is very important when one is over-clocking the CPU, or motherboard. Now there is no over-clocking a hard drive, but if you want to get a little more life from the drive, you may want to consider using CoolDrive Lite from Cooler Master. Our results can be found in this review, so check it out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Galaxy 850W EGA850EWL PSU Review @ Bjorn3D
"Many power supply companies have been offering high-end power supply that can deliver tremendous amount of wattage all the way up to 1kWs (we had a review on the PC Power & Cooling). What sets this power supply aparts from the others? Well, Enermax claims that their power supply is the first in the industry that has “five 12V rails (while others in the industry only has 4), which are an integral part of the upcoming revision of EPS12V PSU design guided by Intel”. Not only that it has 5 rails, they are versatile enough to power “Quad Core & Quad CPU system as well as Quad graphics systems” (Triple Quad as Enermax calls it) simultaneously. In addition, Enermax emphasizes that this power supply is fully rated at 50°C. Since power supply loses its delivery capacity as the operating temperature increased, by testing the power supply at 50°C, Enermax guarantees that the PSU will deliver the rated wattage at 50C, which is the temperature at which most computers operate at or below. Okay, enough of what Enermax says, let’s see what is packed in this baby."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek WaterChill Complete WaterCooling Kit Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Asetek Complete Kit is a very good performer and a very dependable watercooling kit. The positives far outweigh any negatives. You will get a great looking kit and Asetek's patented water block design that modders will find appealing as well as the overclockers who want temperature stability."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sena Treo650 Lateral Case Review @ GideonTech
"Since the introduction of the Palm Treo 650 back in 2004, it has been at the top of the smartphone list. It packs a whole lot of features into a small package. The retail price of the Treo 650 comes in at about $450 if you do not sign up for one of the promotional deals through a carrier. With such a steep price, it's surprising how some users don't protect it enough. There are many types of cases, from clip ons to very basic rubber slip on cases. Today we've got a genuine leather model for $40 up for inspection."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Nemesis Elite Case Review @ Hi-Tech Reviews
"If you aren’t familiar with NZXT and their full line of custom computer cases then you are missing out on some of the best looking case to come down the pike. They have given such cases as the Lexa which in my opinion is one of the best looking cases on the market today and look for their new Zero model to cause a stir when it is released. The case we are reviewing for them today is their model Nemesis Elite, this is an aluminum case that sports a total three 120mm fans along with dead sexy LCD display to let you know what is going on with you system. So come on along as we check this bad boy out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Mozart TX VE1000SWA Aluminum Entertainment Center Chassis Review @ Tweaknews
So, is the Mozart Tx “The Ideal Home Entertainment Center”? It easily could be. It could also be so much more. With an impressive feature set and an even more impressive list of available options, the Thermaltake has a real winner on their hands. Priced at around $250 US, the Mozart Tx ain't cheap, but considering what it delivers and its potential, I'd consider it a good value."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 2GB Special Ops Urban Elite Review @ Think Computers
"Back in July we took a look at the PC-3200 version of OCZ's Special Ops ram and we were very impressed. The ram performed great, not to mention the awesome paint job on the heat spreaders. Today we are taking a look at some DDR2 from OCZ, called the "Special Ops Urban Elite". This time OCZ has outfitted the heat spreaders with Urban camo instead of the regular camo we saw on the previous version. The RAM is PC6400 running at 800Mhz so we will see how far we can push these modules."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI LanParty UT NF590 SLI-M2R/G Review @ Techgage
"This board is not packed with a slew of extra features like the M2N32-SLI Deluxe was, but that's a good thing. This board is catered directly to enthusiasts who would never use the extra features included like that board has. As far as AM2 boards go though, this one is packed to the brim with top rate components, such as NVIDIAs top SLI-capable chipset."

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CrossFire and SLI Dongle-less/Bridgeless Performance Analysis @ Hexus
"Bridgeless and dongle-less multi-GPU rendering isn't exactly new. We've seen it on lower-end SLI and CrossFire solutions, but now it's starting to rear its head higher up the product ranges, where the lack of a dedicated inter-card link might have a bigger impact."

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AMD Socket AM2 Motherboard Group Test @ Trusted Reviews
"Despite my recent Core 2 Duo piece, which proved Intel's latest processor to be considerably better than the AMD equivalent, many people will still be going down the AMD route. With AMD's competitive price cuts and the fact that most games are not limited by the processor you choose, but rather the graphics card, this isn't an insane choice - but probably not the smartest either."

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ASRock 775Dual-VSTA & AM2V890-VSTA Motherboard Review @ Phoronix
"ASRock's latest motherboard series is the VSTA, which consist of budget motherboards designed for compatibility with Microsoft Windows Vista. However, we have taken a look at the 775Dual-VSTA and AM2V890-VSTA motherboards. Today we have up our preview of these two solutions."

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Saturday, September 16, 2006
Auzentech HDA X-Plosion 7.1 DTS Connect Sound Card Review @ BigBruin
"I have been using onboard audio since an nVidia nForce 2 motherboard had issues with a Creative Labs Live! sound card some years ago. My biggest audio use has just been for playback of MP3 and games, but when I built my home theater system I thought of getting a dedicated sound card and just couldn't justify it as the sound was adequate. The Auzentech X-Plosion has changed that position, as I can clearly hear the difference between the onboard sound and the X-Plosion."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sennheiser HD 201 Headphones Review @ DVHardware
"I received the HD 201 a few days later and put it on. The Sennheiser HD 201 feels pretty comfortable for a headphone of this price class. The HD 201 has closed cans and I can wear them multiple hours without a problem. They feel pretty light on my head and I don't get the feeling that my head is trapped between two clamps."

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Corsair XMS2 Dominator PC2-8888 Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Dominator TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF memory kit that we have reviewed today is by far the fastest production memory available from any company. Corsair has raised the bar when it comes to performance memory. Not only did they increase the frequency of their flagship part they also lowered the timings and temperatures at which the modules operate. To make things better they have room to overclock. Being able to hit 1.2GHz at default voltages with C4 timings is very impressive. If you want to have the ultimate memory kit for your dream machine the answer is simple - Corsair PC2-8888 modules are what you need."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX GeForce 7950 GT 570M Extreme Review @ Bit-Tech
"If you've got a little more than £200 burning a hole in your pocket and you're desparate for a new video card then GeForce 7950 GT represents a solid purchase. However, if you've already got a recent video card in your system (GeForce 7800 GT / Radeon X1800XL or higher), we'd recommend holding tight for another few months."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX GF 7950 GT 570M 512MB Video Card Review @ Motherboards.org
"A big plus of the 7950GT is performance that rivals that of the 7900GT of earlier this year for $299, over $100 less than the MSRP of the 7900GT at launch. It is always interesting to see how video card manufacturers package their products. The inclusion of Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter brings a top-notch current game to the bundle."

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XFX 7950GT XT Review @ Neoseeker
"In the 7950 GT, NVIDIA has bumped the stock clocks of the 7900 GT by 100 MHz to 550 MHz, bringing the card within 100 MHz of the core speed of 7900 GTX cards. The memory clock rate of a stock 7950 GT is 1400 MHz, up from 1320 MHz on the 7900 GT, but still 200 MHz away from the 7900 GTX. The most notable addition perhaps however, is the doubling of the memory figure, which now sits at 512 MB. This boost makes clock rates and cooler outfitting the only difference between the 7950 GT and 7900 GTX cards and makes this a very powerful sub $300 card indeed."

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MSI K9N Platinum Motherboard Review @ EclipseOC
"The overall layout looks pretty nice. The CPU area is very clear of obstructions. The main concern there is for those with extreme cooling that requires lots of insulation around the socket: the capacitors to the left of the socket, but they are short enough that interference should not be a problem. SATA ports are out of the way from really long video cards, BIOS battery is in a good location, although it does not need to be pulled when clearing the BIOS. IDE and floppy headers are also on the edge of the board where they should be. The ATX plug just next to the IDE port is typical of MSI, but usually ends up working out well."

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All CPU Sockets @ Hardware Secrets
"Starting with the 486 processor all PC processors started to be “socketed” instead of being soldered directly to the motherboard. Since then both Intel and AMD have been creating several different sockets and slots to be used by their processors. In this tutorial we will list all socket and slot types released to date with their respective pinouts, also giving examples of compatible CPUs."

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Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 Intel P965 Express Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"Featuring Intel's P965 Express northbridge and ICH8 southbridge chipsets, the Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 motherboard supports all Socket 775 processors from the flagship Core 2 Duo/Extreme to the Pentium D/4 and Celeron D. Either 1006MHz Front Side Bus or 800MHz FSB is the number to remember, but it will also accept 533MHz FSB chips if you're really strapped for a chip. The ATX motherboard's four DDR2 memory slots accommodate a maximum of 8GB of DDR2-533/667/800 RAM, and unofficially at least it also works with DDR2-1066 memory modules. There are a few integrated devices outside of the standard collection associated with the P965 Express chipset; such as an IDE controller, 7.1 channel Azalia High Definition Audio and a 10/1000 Gigabit network card."

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Foxconn P9657AA-8EKRS2H Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review @ hardCOREware
"We discovered last week that not every Intel motherboard is expensive; Gigabyte came out with 2 new boards supporting Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors for $90 and $120 respectively. Foxconn always has an entry-level solution, so it's no surprize that their P965 board is targeted to the mainstream market. However it does tout some overclocking features and as always, should be a rock solid performer. How does it compare to the popular Gigabyte solutions though?"

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Titan Amanda TEC Cooler Review @ Think Computers
"Most CPU coolers we take a look at are the normal heatsink fans, some may have heatpipes, but that is usually it when it comes to air-cooled CPU coolers. Well today we have something much different, the Titan Amanda TEC CPU cooler. Many companies have gone wrong when it comes to TEC (Thermo Electric Coolers) cooling solutions. They are not very popular because of their extreme power requirements and price tag. Let's see if Titan's Amanda cooler can squash all the doubts that a TEC cooler is just not right for PCs."

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Evercool VC-RG Geforce 6800 & 7800 VGA Cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"There are some down sides such as the noise and the need for another Molex cable but I think for the price the VC-RG is worth every penny, something that I would have liked to see on the VC-RG are a fan speed controller and maybe some better styling as without the lighting the face looks very bland. Overall if you are looking for a cheap upgrade cooler for your graphics card then the VC-RG could be the cooler that you are looking for. But if you own a high end 7800GTX or such, then I would go for something with a bit more oomph, as the effects on a higher end card that you would see would only be cosmetic."

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Zalman Reserator 1 Plus WaterCooling Kit Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"It is indeed, the most silent water cooling kit to ever come across this test bench. The Reserator 1 Plus would easily suffice for even the most restrictive audiophiles who absolutely need pure silence. And anyone can easily appreciate its presence and design which could end up becoming the center piece of discussion."

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NZXT Apollo Case Review @ Phoronix
"This summer we had looked at NZXT's Lexa chassis as well as the Precise power supply series. Hitting the workbench today is the Apollo from NZXT. This ATX chassis is composed out of steel, offers a screwless design, and has a magnetic closing door."

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Raidmax Smilodon Case Review @ 3DGameman
"Raidmax really did an excellent job designing this case. It's affordable, looks great, and has lots of features. One of the things that really stands out is the way the side panels open for easy access to the inside of the case. Both the left and right side panels swing down or can be removed. It has plenty of fans, drive bays, and even comes with a large window. A fantastic product for the cost conscious gamer!"

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Cooler Master Mystique 632 Case Review @ Overclockers Online
"The Mystique 632 is stylish, dignified chassis that makes a statement. It is not a flamboyant case, nor is it meant to be. The Mystique 632's allure is in its subtle sense of sophistication. Several areas of this case really shine, including the distinctive front panel, the gorgeous aluminum, ease of use within the tool less interior, the prefabricated holes for water cooling kits, and the outstanding build quality.

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Spire Pininfarina Case Review

"The bottom line is this. If you’re looking for one heck of a nice looking case with functionality and a solid layout that maintains excellent noise suppression and decent cooling, the Pininfarina is the first and last stop you should make. It is big enough for any hardware list yet not so large that it can't sit on top of a desk for everyone to see. The Pininfarina is well built and equally as well designed and anyone owning it should be more than pleased with their purchase."

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Guide to the WCG Finals in Las Vegas @ ThinkGaming
"They've got furious fingers and laser-focused eyes, which is why the nearly 150 PC and videogame players coming to Las Vegas this weekend are the nation's best. They will meet at the Aladdin Hotel to battle for a coveted spot on Team USA, which will travel to Italy in October for the international World Cyber Games Grand Final. There, Team USA will defend its title as overall champions against 700 gamers from 70 countries. With their reputations and big cash prizes on the line, it's sure to be an action-packed weekend."

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Corepad Magna Review @ GamingObjects
"If you are looking for a stylish mousepad. With both performance and looks than this is another one to choose from. The mousepad works brilliant with my MX510. It looks awesome, but Corepad should have placed some rubber feet underneath the Magna, and ditch the rubber mat. Overall a really nice mousepad."

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QPAD|CT Gaming Surface Review @ techPowerUp
"QPAD is known to produce some of the best cloth based hybrid mats on the market. Their older QPAD LowSense mouse mat has been a great success because it offered excellent control and precision to gamers. Today we are reviewing the latest evolution of QPAD's cloth based hybrid mats, the QPAD|CT. It is a hybrid mat which basically means that it is a cloth mat with polymer coating. The special surface makes it more rugged and allows even less gliding resistance."

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OCZ GameXStream 700w ATX PSU Review @ Overclock3D
"If you are looking for a stylish mousepad. With both performance and looks than this is another one to choose from. The mousepad works brilliant with my MX510. It looks awesome, but Corepad should have placed some rubber feet underneath the Magna, and ditch the rubber mat. Overall a really nice mousepad."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ GameXStream 700w ATX PSU Review @ Overclock3D
"Several years after their inception, OCZ entered the power supply market with a unit labelled the PowerStream. This unit was a massive success, being one of the most highly sought-after power supplies amongst enthusiasts due to its stable voltages, good looks and adjustable rails. These features coupled with OCZ's excellent warranty and genuine interest in the communities that it was targeting ensured that the PowerStream remained a hit for several years to follow. However, OCZ have never been a company to stand still, and for this reason the latest addition to the OCZ power supply line-up was launched. Coming in 600w and 700w varieties, the GameXStream has been designed to meet the power requirements of the modern high-end computer system, and today we'll be testing it out to see if it lives up to OCZ's legacy."

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NorthQ 4800-400 PSU Review @ Driver Heaven
"There are hundreds of power supply units currently on the market ranging from the cheap to the expensive, from the beautiful to the ugly and they all come with various output ranges in classic or modular design. Only a few of them however offer special features and functions which can make them that little bit different. Today we will take a look at a unit from NorthQ which comes supplied with a remote control. A pioneering feature for a power supply unit, meaning you do not have to keep your case close to you (or even a case at all) in order to turn the system on and off."

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Vantec SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter Review @ ThinkComputers


"A little while ago we took a look at the USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE adapter with one touch backup. It proved to be a very useful device and very easy to use. Well if you are looking for a similar device, but do not need to one touch backup feature then the Vantec SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 adapter might be for you. Vantec products are always made with great quality, so lets see if the SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 adapter holds up to that standard."

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Ultra Cable Sleeving Kit Review @ Modders-Inc


"Every modded computer has a Power Supply Unit, which means it is prone to have a rats nest of wires dangling inside it. Sleeving your PSU wires is not only aiding in the looks of your case mod innards. It also improves the airflow in the case. Today we are going to take a look at Ultras UV Sleeving kit."

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Brando WorkShop USB Web Camera Review @ DragonSteelMods
"A little bit ago there was all sorts or fuss on the web about this product, a USB Webcam with a Telescope, but I have yet to see any reviews of it, unless I missed it. So when I saw it on the net, I thought it was a cool little device and our friends at Brando WorkShop nicely sent us one for review. I have to say that is actually a pretty cool device, and very much worth the money as it is very inexpensive. Well please read on to learn about this cool little product, and I think this is the first review of it."

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Logitech Harmony 880 Remote Review @ Techgage
"How many remote controls do you have right now? Let's see, TV, DVD player, PVR, Xbox360, Amp, Converter, and maybe a partially functioning universal that is more problem than solution. I bring you harmony, the Logitech Harmony 880 remote that is."

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OCZ Secure Digital Dual- USB and SD in One Memory Card Review @ XYZ Computing
"The SD Dual is an upgrade from the Mini-Kart, with one important change- the addition of a Secure Digital interface. The Dual has a USB 2.0 connection on the other side of the card under a removable cover. This means the device can be used with SD card readers or a USB slot without the aid of any other products. The most likely use of this will be as and SD memory card in a digital camera and then to use the USB interface in order to allow the card to work with as many computers as possible."

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Thursday, September 14, 2006
MGE Extreme Neon Review @ Techware Labs
"MGE has come forward with several items to customize your case and give you that little extra something for others to take notice of at your next LAN party. The Neon stick and cold cathode' fan are a little brighter then the competitors, which will give your case a sinister glow, resulting in the rest of the party asking "what is really in the box?" The good thing about all these items is you may spend some loose change on these items now, but you'll be able to continue to use them with every upgrade you do to your PC in the future."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ GameXStream 700W PSU Review @ Viper Lair
"The OCZ GameXStream is a rock solid PSU, it is an excellent performer voltage wise, well cooled and not so loud that you'll want to keep the PC in another room so you can hear yourself think. OCZ knows what gamers and PC enthusiasts want, extreme performance, stability, quality and last but not least it has to look good to. The GamerXStream provides all of this and more."

More information on this review can be found here.
SteelSeries SteelSound 5H v2 USB Headset Review @ 3DGameman
"The SteelSound 5H v2 USB is an optimized version of the original SteelSound 5H USB headset. I reviewed the original headset in 2005 and thought it was an excellent product. Version 2 now has an improved microphone, larger and more comfortable ear cushions, additional frame pressure so it fits securely on your head, and a few more technical improvements. If you're in the market for an affordable headset that has lots of features and looks great, keep this product at the very top of your list."

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SteelSeries Gaming Kit Review @ Bit-Tech
"One surprising fact is that despite hard mouse mats being the choice of pro-gamers in Europe, cloth mouse pads are the choice of the majority of US gamers. At the moment the best theory about why this is the case is attributable to cultural differences. The US had few hard mouse surfaces available commercially and therefore US gamers tend to use cloth mouse pads. Gamers like Fatality swear by them."

More information on this review can be found here.

Top 10 Unique Game Controllers Review

"Fishing is a solitary, sedentary and contemplative pastime that allows you to pass time slowly in the peace of the countryside. Sega Bass Fishing had a cheesy rock soundtrack and a guy who yelled ‘FISH!!!” at the beginning of each round. It was, to put it bluntly, not a game concerned with realism, and yet Sega, displaying all the acumen and business savvy that was to send the Dreamcast to an early grave, saw fit to make a realistic fishing rod controller."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nvidia Geforce 7950GT Review @ 3DAvenue
"The 7900 series of cards, particularly the lower end 7900's, have built a sturdy reputation for being good overclockers, so we expected plenty of headroom with the 7950GT. From the default clocks of 550/700 on the Core and RAM, I achieved an overclock of 604 or +54MHz on the core, and 816 or +116MHz on the RAM - not the biggest I've seen for the 7900 series but still impressive."

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XFX GeForce 7950 GT XT Review @ Bjorn3D
"Will the XFX's 'silent approach' in their design of the 7950 GT be a flash-in-the-pan idea that in a few months is a distant memory or will it truly be a fleeting glimpse of what the future has to offer. Join me today in Bjorn3D lab while we put this card through it's paces to find out for sure. I will assure you that shy of running this card in a fanless case we will have no mercy pursuant to its new design. At the end you can be the judge."

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XFX GeForce 7950 GT 570M Extreme Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"When XFX designed the GeForce 7950 GT 570M Extreme they took the NVIDIA reference design and overclocked it just a bit, which is nothing new to the graphics card industry. XFX then went against the flow and used a passive cooling solution on the overclocked card! The end result was music to our ears. The 570M Extreme is a truly silent graphics card that can play all the latest game titles without the roar of a fan. Even though the card is overclocked we found it to consume less energy than other cards in its class and it passed the 'light test' as our ceiling lights didn't dim when the card was being used under full load."

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HIS X1900GT IceQ3 Dual DL-DVI VIVO 256MB Review @ Hexus
"This is actually the first X1900 GT to grace the HEXUS.labs, so we'll take a moment to explain the differences between it and other X1900-series SKUs. There's not really that much difference, in reality. The Radeon X1900 XTX and XT/CrossFire Edition have the same number of pixel and vertex shaders (48 and 8 respectively), differentiated only by core and memory clocks - 650/1550MHz for XTX and 625/1450MHz for XT/CrossFire Edition. The X1900 GT has the slowest clocks of the bunch, running at 575/1200 and sporting only 36 pixel shaders. All 8 vertex shaders remain, however."

More information on this review can be found here.

NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GT Review

"Ready to check out the full-G71-sporting, 550/700-clocked, 512MiB-carrying, HDCP-protected, supposedly quiet new NVIDIA assault on the top end of the mid-range? Hold on to your tighty whiteys then, pixel fans, as we do just that."

More information on this review can be found here.
The State Of IPTV @ The TechZone
"Tough to believe we are now on the third generation of Internet in such a short time (starting in the early '80s). Darn thing just keeps getting better, more versatile, more indispensable. IPTV is now entering the picture and EVERYONE is wildly enthusiastic about the $$$. So who will reap the profits?"

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BenQ FP241W 24in Widescreen Monitor Review @ TrustedReviews
"At the end of March I looked at the Samsung SyncMaster 244T and was amazed at how much it offered considering the price. At the time, finding a good 24in 1,920 x 1,200 monitor for around £800 was quite impressive, but it seems that things have moved on considerably since then. Sitting on my desk right now is the BenQ FP241W 24in monitor, which has even more tricks up its sleeve, while hitting a price point that makes the Samsung look expensive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech Harmony 895 Review @ UKGamer
"Logitech's Harmony 895 is one of those rare breeds, combining high-end functionality with a price that won't leave you gasping for breath. As a universal remote control it needs to have a cool factor and the designers at Logitech have come up with something that looks sleek, does the basics very well and has a few tricks up its sleeve as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Tempest CPU Cooler Review @ Techgage
"OCZ obviously had the idea of not hogging the inside of your case, which is welcomed. It feels solid, which says a lot for it's durability. The entire unit is encased with many aluminum fins, with four copper heatpipes piercing through them. The heat will leave the CPU, hit the heatpipes and travel along to the other side. It's a simple concept, but it makes sense."

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CoolIT Systems Home Theatre PC Liquid Cooler Preview @ Futurelooks
"First they cooled a full sized PC. Then they cooled a Shuttle XPC. Then after that, they adapted their technology to cool an Xbox 360. They even cool your beverages on your desktop with one of their other products. Now they are going after your Home Theatre PC and it looks good."

More information on this preview can be found here.
HTPC Buildup Using NMediaPC Products @ Pro-Clockers
"Today, we bring to you a build up using products from one of the leading HTPC companies in the world. NMediaPC has been making HTPC parts for some time now. But now they have released a new line of products for your entertainment needs. The products that we are talking about are the HTPC280 enclosure, the Icetank cooler and the MP500 power supply. The mentioned three products are meant to work pretty much together in making an outstanding home theater PC."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Mystique 632 Case Review Review @ Gamepyre
"Though missing some of the “essentials” for the hardcore tweaker like a removable motherboard tray, or room for total beasts of video cards such as the 7950 series, this case has more than enough potential in it’s light weight frame than many more of the other full featured cases on the market have. Another thing to find unfortunate is the solid tray behind the motherboard, which will make hiding wiring that much more difficult."

More information on this review can be found here.
Project HybRed Mod @ MetkuMods
"I have always liked small computers, partly because they are aesthetical, and partly because I like going to LAN parties. Someone might say "Why don´t you buy a laptop?" Well you can´t get a gaming capable laptop for a decent price and you can´t even talk about upgradeability with laptops. I don´t like Shuttle-like cube-cases, and cooling solutions in those usually suck. And of course, I love modding and building computer cases."

More information on this project can be found here.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Taking Control of Windows Vista @ The TechZone
"Windows Vista is still in beta and already it is looking really good. There are a lot of features that can help some and hinder others. In this article you will see some tips to get Windows Vista to act the way you want it."

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The Strange and Twisted World of Internet Cafes @ Digital Grabber
"Well, I just went on a trip to several countries around the world and I ventured into this unknown sector, as I wanted to keep in touch with people back home. Although I admittedly didn’t visit many of these cafes (I needed a break from the computer worlds of school and work), the few I did see were quite different from what I expected. First stop was a café in Prague, Czech Republic. This was hidden down an alley but was next to restaurant so it seemed safe enough. I paid the equivalent of just over $1.00 U.S. for a half hour on the machine-not too bad eh? Now I don’t know if I was attacked by an evil spirit or just had something with my brain that day, but for some reason it took 25 minutes to just get into my hotmail!"

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Wolfking Timberwolf Gaming Keyboard Review @ Think Computers
"WolfKing is a gaming technology company positioned at the leading edge of gaming interfaces and accessories. The WolfKing Timberwolf is the creation of WolfKing Inc, their goal with this product was to produce a high quality gaming keyboard offering a serious alternative for those users who find a traditional style keyboard cumbersome when gaming. Today we will be looking at the WolfKing Timberwolf Keyboard is a combination of the Wolfking Warrior Gamepad, that was reviewed earlier, and a standard keyboard (without the numberpad)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair HX620w Modular Power Supply Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"At a current selling price around $189.99 from newegg, I think the Corsair HX620w is not a great value. For $100 sure, but not for almost $200. If Corsair would have had a high quality modular cable system and a red 120mm LED fan on the unit, it would have blown me away. The LED fan is optional of course, but the lackluster modular cables are something that I can not look past in this price range."

More information on this review can be found here.
Super Talent Fireball 2GB Flash Drive Review @ Pro-Clockers
"With all this being say Super Talent has sent us our one of their new Fireball drives. Not only does it have a large amount of storage capacity but it sports a unique design that will cause a little bit of attention getting."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon X1900XT 256MB Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The performance differences between the 512MB card and 256MB card are very small and represent a terrific compromise of price over performance. The X1900 line packs a very potent punch that gamers can rely on to give them a great experience and the X1900XT 256MB doesn't change that one bit. In fact we saw more than a few times where the 256MB card still had enough punch to K.O. the 7900 GTX."

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X1900XT 256MB Review @ Neoseeker
"Neoseeker has published a review of ATI's X1900XT 256MB card. Except for the memory size, the X1900XT 256MB is identical to the X1900XT 512MB edition launched last year: identical 625Mhz core clock and 1450Mhz memory clock. This makes the X1900XT 256MB a very attractive part in the sub $300 USD pricerange. We take a look at noise, power consumption, and performance against the logical competitors, including the X1900GT and X1900XT 512MB to see whether losing the 256MB of memory has any significant effect on gameplay."

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X1900GT Cableless Crossfire Review

"In this study, as with our X1800GTO study of the same topic, we compare X1900 GT Crossfire using a cable, and a masterless X1900GT Crossfire setup with 2 x 16X PCI-E versus 2 x SMILY_.png PCI-E configuration to see whether SMILY_.png PCI-E bus slots have an effect on Cableless
setups."

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Corsair Twin2X1024-8500 C5 PC2-8500 DDR-2 Memory Review @ PCstats
"Corsair Memory has introduced a whole slew of memory in the last month; the releases spanned the gamut from low latency DDR2-800 parts to super high speed DIMM's like the Twin2X1024-8500 C5 modules that PCSTATS is evaluating now. Even though much of the memory has been targeted towards Socket AM2 and Core 2 Duo users, these DDR-2 parts will work equally well with dual core Intel Pentium 4/D processors. Corsair's latest Twin2X1024-8500 C5 memory is almost too hot to handle right out of the package just look at these specs - default timings are 5-5-5-15, each PC2-8500 module is 512MB in size, and Corsair guarantees that its memory can run at a blistering 1066 MHz!"

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Kingston HyperX 2GB PC2-8000 Review @ Techgage
"Since the beginning of Techgages existence, we've taken a look at over 30 kits of memory, but this is the first time we've had some Kingston on the workbench. As mentioned in the intro, Kingston is not a name that's usually thrown around all over in the enthusiast overclocking side of things, but I am not sure why after taking a look at these sticks. The more common "top end" memory speed now is PC2-8000, and that's what we are taking a look at today. There is PC2-8500 on the market also, but they haven't proved to be that popular yet. Especially due to the fact that many PC2-8000 kits will easily overclock to those speeds with no effort."

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Scythe Katana Cu Review @ techPowerUp
"With the Katana Cu Scythe has delivered a very solid all copper cooler that has excellent cooling performance. It uses a 92mm fan with an integrated fan speed controller. When the fan speed is turned all the way down the noise is reduced to an inaudible 30% of full speed, yet temperatures under load are only increased by 3 degrees Celsius."

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Aerocool Turbine 2000 120mm LED Fan Review @ GideonTech
"The Aerocool Turbine Fan comes equipped with a double layer fan blade design to improve air pressure. At 16 fan blades, it uses more than any other 120mm fan on the market. Originally I had thoughts to use this quiet but deadly fan in a mod, but decided to use it to quiet down a rackmount case."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI P965 Platinum Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"Feature wise it's got pretty much everything you'd ask for. SATA2 and lots of it, with RAID10 to boot, FireWire, USB2.0, decent PCI Express expansion, added ATA port and good audio on-board. For a £110 mainboard, MSI tick the requisite boxes. As we say all the time, though, none of that matters an iota without the performance, BIOS and layout to go with it. We'll look at the latter first of all."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright Ultra-120 Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ BigBruin
The Thermalright Ultra-120 is an extremely well designed heatsink capable of providing just about the best cooling available at this time. Thermalright boasts that they are number one, and they may have a case under the right circumstances. The Tuniq Tower 120 might have something to say about Thermalright's self proclaimed championship, but the differences in performance are so slight that they may have to settle for being co-champions."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech H20-220 Apex Ultra+ WaterCooling Kit Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Swiftech Apex Ultra Plus is definitely a fantastic complete water cooling kit. It is a kit meant for the serious enthusiast who intends to run silent or drain every ounce of computing power from their computer system."

More information on this review can be found here.

ThermalTake 745 Bigwater WaterCooling Kit Review

"The Thermaltake 745 Bigwater Kit does a surprisingly better job than one might expect at first glance. It is able to do a very respectable job against the heat despite an average pump and average looking blocks. A matching Aquarius Series water block for the chipset would round off this kit's appearance."

More information on this review can be found here.
CY DOCK MB124E Shuttle Disk Aluminum 2.5" FireWire HDD Enclosure Review @ DragonSteelMods
"Portable enclosures come in all shapes and sizes, the more popular ones are for the standard 3.5" hard drives, but they are just big and bulky, so why not use a notebook 2.5" drive instead? Today for review our friends at ICY DOCK have sent us over the FireWire version of their 2.5" HDD enclosure for review. It is nice and small and I have to say this thing is built like a little tank, your hard drive and data will be safe installed in the Shuttle Disk."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li PC-G50 Case Review @ XYZ Computing
"In this review we will be looking at an interesting new offering from Lian Li, the PC-G50. This aluminum mid-tower has most of the cool features of the Lian Li cases that we have loved in the past few months, but does puts in a small mid-tower enclosure. Despite the size, which is practically a mini-tower, the G50 can fit in a full ATX motherboard, three hard drives, and a lot of cooling."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Grid ATX Mid-Tower Case Review @ Modders-Inc
"Choosing the right case is becoming a hard thing to do with so many options out there. With the size, brand, style, color, form factor, and price all weighing heavily on a consumers decision. Lets take a look at one of Ultra Products newest cases, The Ultra Grid. We will see what the Grid brings to the table from all aspects."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
The Business Side Of Blogs @ The TechZone
"Blogs began to emerge a few years ago as an on-line personal diary (open - allowing comments or closed - locking out inputs). The blogosphere then evolved to one of social or like interest destinations. Recently it has become the up-to-the-minute “straight scoop” news location and business/political influence destination. It has been cited as the place that can help make or break a company, product or political candidate. Yet the overwhelming, ultra-positive blog noise for the movie Snakes in the Plane didn't produce blockbuster earnings on its opening weekend (and after). Some view this as proof that the personal aspect of the blogosphere is just that…personal."

More information on this article can be found here.
How To Access Your Computer Remotely @ LaptopGamers
"We live in and increasingly mobile society. We travel more for work, personal pleasure and in some cases we even have jobs where we are expected to work from home. Obviously there are heaps of advantages to this kind of mobile lifestyle, but there are also some challenges. The challenge we want to discuss here is maintaining consistent, secure access to your information. This article will show you how to do just that."

More information on this article can be found here.
Gaming on Windows Vista - ATI versus NVIDIA @ Legit Reviews
"All of the games that we tried playing, over 12 titles in all, were retail games that we purchased with the most recent patches. In case you are wondering about pirated versions working on Vista we don't know because ours were legit. The purpose of this article was to see how the drivers from ATI and NVIDIA are doing and they are coming along. Neither are what we would call shipping-caliber as both companies lack a ton of features. The NVIDIA drivers don't offer overclocking, GPU temperature monitoring, SLI graphics and many other features that I would call required. I'm a gamer and if my games play ~20-30% faster on XP Professional then you wont see me switch operating systems till the DirectX 10 titles come rolling out."

More information on this article can be found here.
Logisys Phone Smart LED Keyboard Review @ OCModShop
"Keyboards are the primary input device for computers today, and been one of the most overlooked when it comes to modding. There are many choices of bling for cases, mice, and even monitors, but the lowly keyboard needs love, too! Several years ago, innovative modders began using flexible EL lighting tape in their keyboard bases to add that final elite touch to their rigs, which was a laborous and messy undertaking. Now inexpensive LEDs are being used in keyboards to offer more Bling for the Buck. Logisys offers their Phone Smart LED keyboard, which they claim is one of the brightest available, and also notifies you when your cell phone rings."

More information on this review can be found here.
Das Keyboard II Review @ techFEAR
"When is what isn't there almost more important than what is? The Das Keyboard II is a quality mechanical switch keyboard without key labels. Its creator contends that the design will improve typing speed and accuracy. techFEAR determines if the keyboard holds true to that promise."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Infinity HeatPipe CPU Cooler Review @ Overclock3D
"Scythe package the cooler up very very well. cardboard inserts are used effectively to keep the heatsink in place. Perhaps the more environment conscious of us will notice that all this can be recycled (ok, that was my fiancée speaking). Let's just say that the cooler will not be damaged on the trip to your house good news for those who use the less reliable couriers!"

More information on this review can be found here.
iStarUSA 750PD-2 (750W) Power Supply Review @ Futurelooks
"On first glance, the unit is devoid of excess stickers and logos, showing off its clean and efficient-looking, aluminum surface. The only written piece of information you'll find are the obligatory specs and disclaimers on one side. The second thing one would probably notice is that there is an abundance of cable, and we don't just mean the number of cables; in-line with the server market where devices may be far apart, the power cables for the 750PD-2 are exceptionally long compared to the more mainstream units for "normies"."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Precise 650W PSU Review @ Techgage
"NZXT has impressed us quite a bit with their Lexa and Apollo cases, so we were looking forward to giving their entry into the PSU market a spin! It proves itself to be a supply worthy of your consideration, but is a wee bit overpriced."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Amanda CPU Cooler Review @ Overclockers Online
"I was thoroughly surprised when I saw the load temperatures drop by such a significant factor. The only fault is the high price tag Titan can be known for. Cost aside, this cooler will be a good fit for anyone looking for high performance without having to get their foot wet in the water."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zogis Overclocked GeForce 7300 GT Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Zogis is the newest player in the VGA market and they teamed up with nVidia. We’ve got an overclocked GeForce 7300 GT for reviewing, and we will compare this video card with the regular GeForce 7300 GT and other entry-level models, such as GeForce 6200, Radeon X1300 Pro and also with some mid-range chips (GeForce 6600 and GeForce 6600 GT) to see how is the performance of this video card from Zogis."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Dominator Review @ Bit-Tech
"The Dominator 8888C4DF modules are the fastest memory modules on the market at the time of writing. However, as we have shown over the course of this article (and in our previous memory articles), memory performance doesn't seem to have a massive impact on general system performance in this day and age with the advances in on-board cache technology. While there is not much of a difference in system performance, there are some obvious differences in design."

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Core 2 "Conroe" Memory Settings Guide @ Tweaktown
"Intel’s Pentium 4 architecture was one of the most bandwidth hungry - if you shoved DDR into it with a 400MHz rate with extremely low latencies, the system would perform worse then if it had 433MHz memory with higher latencies. Pentium 4 was just so memory hungry that higher MHz was better than lower latencies."

More information on this guide can be found here.
OCZ Technology Unveils the Exclusive PC2-6400 Platinum DFI Special Series
"Sunnyvale, CA—September 11, 2006—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the PC2-6400 Platinum DFI Special Edition, a new series of modules optimized for 1T memory command rate on the new DFI NF590 SLI-M2R motherboard. With the aim of delivering enthusiasts a different method of attaining high-speed performance results, OCZ developed the industry’s first dedicated 1T DDR2 module for AMD AM2 CPUs thanks to the aid of the leading-edge DFI 590. Rated at 800MHz 4-4-4 1T, the PC2-6400 Platinum DFI Special series is an innovative high speed total solution. Together the DFI NF590 SLI-M2R and PC2-6400 DFI Special Edition offer an unparalleled platform offering for performance-minded gamers and enthusiasts."

More information on this press release can be found here.
AMD Sempron 3600+ 2.0GHz Socket AM2 Processor Review @ PCstats
"The AMD Sempron processor has received little press, but that hasn't stopped it from runing circles around the wheezy little Celeron D! The Socket AM2 AMD Sempron 3600+ is AMD's to top of the line value processor and it has 256KB Cache as opposed to the standard Athlon64 amount of 512KB. With a retail price of just $117 CDN the single core 2.0GHz Sempron 3600+ CPU is certainly easy on the wallet... In this review PCSTATS will test the 2.0GHz Sempron 3600+ processor to see if it is the real best buy of the bunch. Get your cup of coffee ready, and let's begin."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS P5W DH Deluxe Motherboard Review @ Pro-Clockers
"ASUS is one if not the most known of all motherboard manufacturers. And when it comes to Intel based boards some say they can’t be beat. From the days of the P5P series to the newer P5W DH, they are showing they are the name in Intel compatible motherboards. So, today I am proudly reviewing the P5W DH Deluxe from ASUS. Is it the board of choice? Based on all the features it really could be."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra Grid ATX Case Review @ techPowerUp
"The Ultra Grid case does not only sport a great paint job, but includes two 12cm fans, a 500W power supply, a great door with magnetic locks and a fancy "Ultra" air duct. It even has space for 11 drives. We take a close look at the case & the included V-Series 500W power supply to figure out if the case has everything we look for when we pay a penny short of $150 or if it leaves a hurtful void in our wallet, wishing we have gotten more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Apevia X-Discovery PC Case Review @ Think Computers
"I remember a few years ago when modding first started to come into the scene, cases with windows and lights were very popular. Lately many PC case manufactures have been going for the more conservative sleek look. So there are not that many options when looking for a PC case with all that bling. Apevia, which was previously known as Aspire has sent us a great case that has a ton of bling. The X-Discovery case has everything you want in a case, a side window, LED fans, front lights and a clear door."

More information on this review can be found here.
NZXT Apollo Case Review @ Driver Heaven
"NZXT while being rather new on the scene have released many fantastically designed chassis. The Nemesis and Nemesis Elite were fine examples of good looking “gamer” cases, the Trinity an excellent “budget” case and finally the Lexa, which we reviewed earlier this year and found it to be an excellent “designer” case. NZXT just recently released a case which is meant to continue this success, the Apollo, a mid range gamer case. Despite its good price, the Apollo is designed to easily accommodate a powerful system, while being of high build quality with appealing aesthetics."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master iTower 930 Case Review @ 3DGameman
"The Cooler Master iTower 930 Case has lots of excellent features. There are six external 5.25" drive bays and four 3.5” external drive bays. Each of these 3.5” drive bays has an integrated hot swappable SATA hard drive enclosure, which makes installation of hard drives simple. This case is compatible with Micro ATX, Standard ATX, and CEB server form factor motherboards. It also has a unique cooling design. This case is like a tank though, weighing in at 16kg (35lbs)."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Monday, September 11, 2006
Back To School Technological Essentials @ Futurelooks
"It’s time to go back to school and regardless of whether you are a teenager going into high school or a senior in college, there are essential electronics that will help you get through your school year."

More information on this article can be found here.
Razer Barracuda HP-1 Gaming Headphones Review @ techFEAR
"The Barracuda HP-1 is Razer's first entry in gaming audio market. techFEAR takes a close look at these headphones to determine if they are built with Razer's near legendary quality."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec NexStar 3 Enclosure Review @ OCModShop
"By just looking at the boxart you know instantly what your dealing with, so the box shows us this version has a USB 2.0 and a firewire connection and additional information is on the back. Now as showed on the box is that you can get anything up to 480Mbps on USB2.0 and looking in the manual we can get up to 400Mbps for firewire, so it's a bit slower, but we'll see how much in the benchmarking."

More information on this review can be found here.
Super-Talent Fireball 2GB Flash Drive Review @ Bjorn3D
"Super-Talent is a company that in the last 6 months is starting to spring up everywhere with some very good memory, MP3 Players and Jump Drives. Today we are going to look at their FireBall 2GB Jump Drive. It is going against the Corsair Flash Voyager which up to this review was the fastest USB Jump Drive I have seen and we have many laying around."

More information on this review can be found here.
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB Review @ Techgage
"Though there are larger drives available, they do not fit into everyones budget. Simply going from 500GB to 320GB cuts the price in half, which makes this almost a steal. We will compare with one of our recently reviewed 500GB drives and see how it stacks up."

More information on this review can be found here.
Altec Lansing M602 Mobile Audio System For iPod Review @ Think Computers
"Altec Lansing has been around since 1928 and they are an industry leader in the design, manufacture, marketing and support for most audio systems. They are also a household name for most consumer audio like PC Speakers and headphones. You may remember that in the middle of the summer we reviewed the Altec Lansing inMotion iM500, which was a mobile speaker solution designed for the iPod Nano. Today we will be taking a look at the Altec Lansing M602 Mobile Audio System for the Apple iPod."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vizo Paragon 2.5" External Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ XYZ Computing
"In this review we will be looking at Vizo's Paragon 2.5" One Touch Backup HDD External Enclosure. This product uses a notebook hard drive in order to store a lot of data in an extremely small package. While 2.5" drives are expensive, they are extremely light and small enough to fit in a pocket or briefcase. While you have to pay a lot for this portability and the capacity is currently limited to 160GB this is the perfect accessory for storage on-the-go. The Paragon not only acts a portable hard drive, but can perform one touch backups, data synchronization, and data restoration."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair HX620 & Cooler Master iGreen PSU Reviews @ Bit-Tech
"The Corsair was relatively more solid, with neither 12V rail blinking when asked to pump juice to our hungry components. We were particularly impressed with the performance of the PCI-Express 12V rail which didn't so much as waiver, despite the graphics work our hot CrossFire cards were doing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeamtech Zorro ATX Case Review @ BigBruin
"In 2000 Sunbeamtech began creating cold cathode fluorescent tubes. Since then they have stretched their offerings into creative modification accessories and PC cases that always seem to offer something unique. The Zorro is one of those unique case designs, which sports smooth and rounded lines, a front that is mostly mesh, and a large round screen covered opening on the side."

More information on this review can be found here.
Why you Should Avoid Cheap Power Supplies @ Technibble

"The computer power supply is not only one of the most important parts on a PC; it is also the most overlooked. This article tells you why you should avoid cheap power supplies."

More information on this article can be found here.
High End Power Supply Roundup Summer 2006 @ Madshrimps
"Today's computers desire more and more power, and that power has to be clean and stable. For those that want to push their computers a little above their specifications, these devices have become a deciding factor for reaching maximum performance. We have models from Silverstone, OCZ and Sharkoon on our testbed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Laptop Desk 2.0 Review @ DragonSteelMods
"The heat that is coming from laptops is out of control lately, and no I am not talking about exploding batteries, I'm talking about the normal heat from the laptop. With every upgrade and advancement in technology the heat being emitted seems to rise exponentially, what is one to do about it? There are studies out there that say the heat from a laptop could make a man sterile, some may like that idea while most don't. So today for review I have one of the better solutions to the laptop or laptop bottom heat problem, it is call the Laptop Desk 2.0 and it is from our friends at LapWorks. This is more than just a portable desk, it is a really cool product that you'll just have to read on to learn more about."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Tempest CPU Cooler Review @ Phoronix
"OCZ has been gearing up for a break-through in the cooling arena for some months now. Earlier this year they had announced the Cryo-Z phase-change cooler, but unfortunately this product has yet to hit the retail sector. For those after air-cooling, OCZ Technology had recently unveiled the Tempest CPU Cooler. The OCZ Tempest offers a pure copper base, four heatpipes, and pure aluminum fins while supporting all major AMD and Intel sockets."

More information on this review can be found here.
Apack Zerotherm CF800 Intel Core 2 Duo Socket 775 Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"The ZEROtherm CF800 did a great job of taming a very hot processor while keeping noise to an absolute minimum. I like it. A lot. If Intel shipped one of these with their retail CPUs, just imagine how much customers would appreciate it. This cooler does what the Intel OEM cooler is supposed to do, but doesn't."

More information on this review can be found here.
Scythe Infinity CPU Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers
"The Infinity is Scythe newest entry on the list of high end cooler market. Its closely resemble the Ninja but on steroids. Boasting five heat pipes and tons of tiny aluminum fins, the Infinity is screaming to be the best and the top cooler on that same list."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan Amanda TEC Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"With all that said, the Titan Amanda performed well under some extreme situations, and although stock users really won't see much of difference, I can certainly recommend this cooler for the over-clocker or power user."

More information on this review can be found here.
Danger Den nVidia Watercooling Kit & MAG II-LE Pump Review @ OCModShop
"As our faithful readers might know we have a small history to reviewing DangerDen products (henceforth referred to as "DD"), and OCMS is proud to review yet another piece of fine craftsmanship in watercooling: the first NVIDIA-recommended watercooling kit in the world! Yes, that's right! DD got the NVIDIA recommended seal, making it the first ever watercooling company to be honored."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, September 9, 2006
Altec Lansing M602 iPod Speaker System Review @ Hardware-Review
"Using an iPod when you’re working out at the gym or just lounging around the house is fine, but what if you want to pump up the volume a bit and hear your favorite music without headphones or being connected to your PC? Altec Lansing has created a complete speaker system called the M602 to detach people’s iPods and give users the full experience they’ve been craving for. This high-definition audio device delivers clear sound and has a universal MP3 cradle so the M602 will work with any type of MP3 player. There’s also a remote control, headphone jack, and even a composite video output to play movies on your TV from your iPod. Let’s dive into the rest of this creative device and see what makes it more than just another set of speakers."

More information on this review can be found here.
TT Toughpower 700W Review @ Overclockers Online
"I think it is safe to say that Thermaltake has done well with this ToughPower 700W power supply. It certainly had no problem with the testing and I must say that I truly tried to make the power supply fail. Hundreds of 3DMark runs were made and endless hours of gaming couldn't budge any rail on
this power supply. The compact size also makes this power supply an easy choice for any system build."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saitek Eclipse II Illuminated Keyboard Review @ Techgage
"The layout of the Eclipse II is standard with the exception of the top right corner of the keyboard. This is where the media controls can be found. These include stop, play, forward, back, volume up, volume down and mute, but also has a knob that allows you to control the brightness of the backlit keys. There is also a button that allows you to cycle through the three different colors which are purple, red and blue. It should also be mentioned that you do not need to have to backlighting on at all. If you want to work with the keyboard unlit, you can do that but it’s nice to know that you have the option of three separate colors to choose from. It’s also nice to be able to adjust the brightness of the keys as well. Bright when you need it and dim when you want to be romantic. And nothing screams romance like a LAN party can."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright Ultra-90 CPU Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
"Our last Thermalright CPU heatsink review action at the site was at the beginning of this year when we tested the HR-01. At Cebit a month later we learned about two new products, the Ultra-90 and Ultra-120, while the HR-01 was designed for low airflow/passive cooling, the Ultra series with its tightly packed fins craves for strong airflow to perform well. Today we take a closer look at the Ultra-90 which supports 92mm fan size."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Ballistix DDR2 PC2 8000 2GB Kit Review @ XtremeComputing
"Obviously there are better 2 gig kits on the market with tighter timings, but in this price range the memory is spot on with the crucial being nearly a whole 1/3 cheaper than the lower latency modules. That for me despite the lower timings of the pricier kits makes this kit ideal for those that want speed but are on a tighter budget."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Nitrogon NT06 Review @ Phoronix
"Last year we looked at the SilverStone Nitrogon NT03. This
cooler was quite compact in size, but it managed to adequately cool an overclocked Pentium D 820. Up on the review block today we have the Nitrogon NT06, which promises to cool even the hottest CPUs in the world."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD's New Pricing - Necro's "Top OC Choices" @ PCApex
"Seems that AMD has been doing a little "CPU Shuffle" with the product mix recently, remember how not long ago they announced they were killing off the 2MB cache X-2's CPU's (1MB per core) on everything other than for the FX series? (And of course the single core 1MB versions are long gone) Well..there baaaaaack! (For AM-2 X-2 only)"

More information on this article can be found here.
Building A KICKASS Gaming Rig Part 3 @ 3DGameman
"This Video is part 3 of 3 on “Building a KICKASS Gaming Rig”. In this video I will show how to overclock and post the system benchmark results."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Sansun Bat Case Review @ ExtensiveMods
"Sansun has been around for awhile now, and has quite an interesting lineup of premods available. Now, personally, I don’t see premods as a benefit of any kind to the modding world, if anything they take away from it. However, the need for nicer looking cases does exist, and I can only guess that’s what Sansun was attempting to do with this case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, September 8, 2006
Razer Barracuda HP-1 Gaming Headphones Review @ ThinkComputers


"Razer is known for making gaming products, more specifically mice, so going into the audio market is a new venture for them. They start off this new venture with 2 products; the AC-1 sound card and the HP-1 gaming headphones. We are going to be taking a look at the HP-1 headphones today. These headphones feature eight discrete audio drivers, a built-in microphone and a 99% oxygen-free cable. Let's see if these headphones can compete with the other popular gaming headphones out there and Razer can make a name for themselves in the audio market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tech Bits: Microsoft Windows Vista Beta 2 @ GideonTech
"Since Microsoft was freely giving away Beta 2 copies of Windows Vista a couple of weeks ago, I decided to pick up a copy of the 32bit and 64bit DVDs. They are actually not hard to get. You just needed to answer a few questions from their quiz and wait a week or two for them to ship it. So what kind of experience can we expect to see within the first few minutes of running vista? We're going to take a look and see how Vista visually shapes up to a first time user."

More information on this review can be found here.
Revoltec Procyon Multifunction Panel Review @ Hardware-Review


"Multifunction panels have added loads of extra functionality to otherwise lack-luster PC cases for several years now. I’ve seen panels with fan buses, USB and Firewire ports, and card readers. One product that falls into this category is the Revoltec Procyon Multifunction Panel. This device fits snugly into an empty 5.25” optical drive bay and sports two USB 2.0 ports, one Firewire port, and a 7-in-1 card reader. The panel also comes with three interchangeable face plates to match almost any PC enthusiast’s paint scheme."

More information on this review can be found here.

Icy Dock MB449 Swap Pro SATA Internal Mobile Rack

"Switching out hard drives is pretty common for techies who work in climate-controlled server rooms, but typical PC users haven’t really grasped the art of “hot swapping”. Icy Dock is bringing this technology right into the user’s home with its MB449 Swap Pro internal mobile rack. This internal storage device has a specialized faceplate that’s functional, yet stylish and has a unique key lock that adds an extra layer of security. We are going to drop a Western Digital 150GB Raptor drive in this enclosure and see how it handles 10,000 RPMs running through its veins."

More information on this review can be found here.
HP LP2465 24-inch LCD Monitor Video Tour @ 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."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Mirai DML-522W100 22in LCD Monitor Review @ TrustedReviews


"It used to be the case that for any given monitor size, you knew the resolution you would be getting. 17 and 19in gave you 1,280 x 1,024 and moving up to a 20 or 21in LCD display would get you to the heady heights of 1,600 x 1,200. However, since the world has gone widescreen, it’s got
a little confusing. Most widescreen displays start at 20in and have a resolution of 1,680 x 1,050 and the next size up is 24in at 1,920 x 1,200. However, we’ve recently seen a 21in Samsung offering 1680 x 1050 and we’ve also seen a 19in widescreen from Asus with an awkward resolution of 1,440 x 900. If you’re an iMac fan you’ll also get this resolution on the 17in model."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Technology Annouces ATI CrossFire-Certified PC2-5400 Memory for Gamers and System Builders
"OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative ultra high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the new OCZ PC2-5400 ATI CrossFire™ Certified modules. The award-winning PC2-5400 gaming solutions from OCZ now feature the first ever exclusively designed heatspreaders for ATI Technologies. Co-developed with ATI, the unique PC2-5400 CrossFire-certified series offers an unparalleled opportunity to boost performance and stylize gamers’ systems.

Tested and qualified under ATI’s renowned certification program, the PC2-5400 CrossFire series not only meets a high standard of quality, but guarantees superior compatibly with CrossFire technology. Combined with ATI’s esteemed CrossFire platform, the OCZ PC2-5400 certified series delivers a stunning visual experience and high performance for gamers. ATI enthusiasts and system builders will love the customized look of the new PC2-5400 line; these modules are cooled with an exclusive ATI special XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heatspreader displaying ATI’s“Certified” logo.

“ATI CrossFire is all about high-performance frame rates and the best looking games, and the blazing speed, high reliability and visual appeal of OCZ’s new memory modules is right in line with what CrossFire stands for and what gamers want,” said Godfrey Cheng, Director of Marketing, Platform Technologies, ATI Technologies Inc.

With many of today’s PC game titles requiring a minimum of 2GB of memory, the CrossFire Certified 2GB kit is the supreme solution for gamers seeking the advantages of increased reliability and bandwidth management. This is just the first of many new ATI certified modules that will be available to gamers and enthusiasts."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Mega DDR-2 Memory Roundup @ Tweaktown
"SyncMAX, TwinMOS and A-DATA we also have to give some credit to, as these modules simply performed quite well for their price and performance bracket they fell into. Super Talent did a good job of performance but still wasn’t exactly what we were fully hoping for. Our real disappointment was the Kingston HyperX which we found to be the least performing memory, though we didn’t have Core 2 to test the RAM on at the time, maybe it simply isn’t the right companion for the AM2 platform."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI EAX1900XT Video Card Review @ Overclockers Club
"When I received this new card, I stopped in the middle of ripping open the package to take a look at the box art, and let me tell you that this card comes with some artwork! Depicting an armor clad, gun-toting marine, this box is just emanating that 'hardcore' feel."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K9N SLI Platinum Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"Despite not being based on NVIDIA's flagship chipset, the MSI K9N SLI Platinum has shown to be a very impressive board. The build quality and design is very good. Minor items, such as SATA connection placement, was well thought out by MSI. We liked the CMOS reset button, as it makes recovering from unbootable system changes very easy. The heatsinks scattered about do help in controlling the heat, though some active cooling is recommended if you're using a water cooler. The flat chipset cooler as well as the wide space between PEG slots leave more options for the user as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Galaxy 7300 GT with GDDR3 Review @ Bit-Tech
"The GeForce 7300 is a solid product at the low-end, and Galaxy have gone to a lot of effort to turbo-charge it and eek every last amount of performance out of it. The clocks are unbelievable speeds, bringing the performance right up to the cusp of the chip bracket above it. The cooler is a really nice touch, and facilitates a decent amount of overclocking. It's fantastically quiet, which will be a boon to anyone who likes to keep their system somewhere within earshot."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX GeForce 7900GS PV-T71P-UDE3 Video Card Review @ Motherboards.org
"With the announcement of the 7950GT and the 7900GS, NVIDIA looks to bring the 79xx series into the upper mid-range of the market with price points of $199 for the 7900GS. At this price point, you get all of the performance and features of the 7800GT on the 90 nanometer process. ATI has lowered their x1900xt in price to compete with the 7950GT, but without a 7950GT it's hard to compare. XFX continues to deliver high-end quality VGA cards to the market and the 7900GS is a solid Editors Choice due to its performance and price point. Good Job XFX!"

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X800 GTO IceQ II Turbo 256MB Video Card Giveaway @ XYZ Computing
"September is here, which means that holiday season is right around the bend. In order to start to get ready for the gaming/hardware busy season XYZ Computing has a new giveaway! This time around we will be giving away a HIS X800 GTO IceQ II Turbo 256MB PCIe video card! This is a good card with some very nice specs and it will have no problem playing any of the season's hottest games."

More information on this giveaway can be found here.
XFX GeForce 7900GS Extreme Review @ Tweaktown
"The 7900GS which we have with us today sits at the top of the mid-range or the bottom of the high-end range, which ever way you want to look at it. Designed to compete with the X1900GT in price and performance, it should be an interesting battle. While the 7900GT from nVidia is normally consistently ahead of the Radeon X1900GT, it is also more expensive so both cards offer excellent value but if you’re on a strict budget, you will most likely going to choose the cheaper X1900GT. The new 7900GS is placing nVidia in that low $220 USD ($300 AUD) bracket again."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AW9D-MAX Overclocking Review @ NordicHardware
"Today we have the honor as one of the absolute first hardware sites to seriously test Abit's coming AW9D-MAX motherboard. The sample we've received is one out of very few engineering samples and doesn't come with all the features of the retail package. We've been informed that the differences are only cosmetic though, the function remains the same. Waiting for a full review of the board, with all of its accessories, we will start by investigating how this motherboard overclocks."

More information on this article can be found here.
VIA EPIA CN13000 Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"VIA's back with a new Mini-ITX EPIA motherboard in the HEXUS.labs, but this one packs more of a punch than the previous models. It's got a new processor, fabricated by IBM and consuming less than 20W, plus it's got DDR2 RAM support."

More information on this review can be found here.
PC Design Lab Qmicra Aluminum SFF Case Review @ PCApex
"The distinctly beveled top corners may remind you of a lunchbox or a barn, and I admittedly didn't care for the minimalist aesthetics at first. The bevels give the case a good amount of added rigidity versus leaving them square and is but one of many finely engineered features I came to appreciate more and more as I worked with this case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Extreme Prometeia Case Painting Service Review @ Overclock3D
"Up until now case painting is something often only attempted by the most avid of case modders among us. Painting a case can be a tricky business, and to get it done correctly often requires a lot of time and expensive tools. However, the end result from a well resprayed case can be amazing, and most people will be in awe of your unique enclosure that breaks away from the dull black and silver units that fill the market. Enter Extreme Prometeia, a company that has focused on specialist PC projects for the niche market since in 1994. Traditionally offering radical high-end PC systems based around Prometeia phase change systems built into custom modified Lian Li cases, EP-UK has recently expanded its list of services to include powder coating."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, September 7, 2006
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Review @ Laptop Gamers

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

More information on this review can be found here.
Ultra X2 550 Watt Modular Power Supply Review @ Futurelooks
"The cables themselves are quite impressive: Moulded UV plastic and flat. These cables are easy to work with and not difficult to hide. The assortment of cables that this unit comes with should be more than enough for most computer users."

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer Barracuda HP-1 Gaming Headphones Review @ XYZ Computing
"Despite Razer's great reputation for making hardware, the audio market will not necessarily be as hospitable to their expansion as the input device market has been. As opposed to doing more of what they do best, this is a new area for Razer and they have to deal with some major competition from companies like Creative, Shure, and Sennheiser. While competing with big companies is nothing new to Razer, they might be a bit out of their comfort zone with audio products. The Barracuda HP-1 headphones are built specifically with the unique demands of the gamer in mind. As with other products, like Shure's gamer earphones, Razer is going to have to convince consumers that the HP-1 headphones bring something big to the table. Razer's site says a lot about discrete audio drivers and oxygen-free cable, but what really matters is how these translate into a great gaming experience."

More information on this review can be found here.
Powercolor X1950XTX Review @ Overclock3D
"ATI have again stepped up the heat in the graphics card market. It has had an awesome top-end line with it's X1900 series and now ATI have felt that the time has come to give that performance sector a nice speed injection. Step up the X1950XTX. The basics have been kept the same. The R580 chip is still based on TMC's 90nm low-k technology and the basic parts that make up the R580 are still present. ATI have kept 48 pixel shaders, 16 texture units, 8 vertex pipes and 16 pixel engines. There has been a few minor improvements in the revision, along with a speed bump (of course), but the basics are all there."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake W3 Review @ techPowerUp
"Watercooling a CPU or a graphics card is nothing out of the ordinary these days. With the arrival of Core 2 Duo, people have started to put emphasis on cooling their chipset too, in order to achieve higher overclocks. As if Thermaltake was expecting this, they released a new chipset block, the Aqua Brazing W3, designed to cool almost any chipset on today's market."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX 7900GS Review @ Neoseeker
"The most notable aspect of this XFX in particular is the black PCB and black cooler. XFX have gone to good lengths to differentiate this board from the competition and the overall impression this board leaves is much larger than that of the usual green PCB variety. The black coating that XFX have used on this board is matte rather than the usual glossy surface we're accustomed to (see the third picture below for an example) and makes the card quite striking overall."

More information on this review can be found here.
nVidia Chips Comparison Table @ Hardware Secrets
"If you don't follow almost daily the video card market it is really complicated to understand the differences between the several different nVidia graphics chips available on the market today. To facilitate knowing and understanding the difference among these chips, we have compiled the following table."

More information on this article can be found here.
XFX GeForce 7900 GS 480M Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The 7900 GS is literally in a league of its own. ATI has no part that can compete with it at the $199 price point. The high-end features and power of the G71 core make it the card to have for anyone not willing to pony up three, four, or five bills for the latest and greatest. If one wants to run SLI with a pair of GeForce 7900GS video cards it can be done for under $400, which is a heck of a deal for the performance numbers that we are seeing."

More information on this review can be found here.
E6300 and E6400 Core 2 Duo Review @ Neoseeker
"The E6300 sits at the bottom of Intel's Desktop Core 2 lineup and despite being a brand new chip, can be had for less than $200 from major online retailers. It's clocked at 1.86 GHz, just over 2GHz less than the 2.16 GHz E6400 which can be had for under $250. As brand new chips, these prices are incredible and will doubtless make these CPU's the subject of high demand for quite some time."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI K9A Platinum Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"Features on the K9A Platinum come just short of the 40 point maximum that is possible on our chart. Performance is right there among the best of the AMD AM2 platform so far. The retail bundle of the K9A Platinum is a bit of an unknown at the moment, as the product has not launched in the United States to retail as of yet."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus P5NSLI Motherboard Review @ Bit-Tech
"We really like the P5NSLI for what it represents. It may be a pain in the butt to set up with the current BIOS, but everything seems to have a learning curve these days. Since the nForce 570 SLI Intel Edition chipset uses the same northbridge (and memory controller) as the older nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipset, we're expecting a new BIOS to fix the memory-related issues we've had. Once you've found the sweet spot, the P5NSLI will run all day, every day without issue. With all things considered, it's a great board for the price, even with the current DDR2-667 issues we've encountered."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus P5W64 WS Professional Motherboard Review @ Hexus
Evolving the Asus P5W series of mainboards to what we presume is its pinnacle, the P5W64 WS Pro seems to be almost the perfect mainboard for the power-hungry high-end PC user that wants to run Core 2 Duo or upcoming quad-core 'Kentsfield' processors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Telstar TLD-3500 Network Attached Storage Enclosure Review @ BigBruin
"Geeks.com has provided us a stand alone network attached storage device manufactured by TelStar. The TLD-3500 uses a 3.5" IDE hard drive to provide an external storage solution via an Ethernet or USB 2.0 connection. The installation was very simple, and no serious technical knowledge is required. If you can read and follow a set of instructions you shouldn't have any problems getting this up and running quickly."

More information on this review can be found here.
ICYDOCK MB122 SKGF and Modiflash 722 Review @ Virtual-Hideout
The only difference between the MB122 SKGF and the Modiflash 722 is the front faceplate appearance. If you want all-out bling, you'll probably go for the Modiflash 722 with its EL faceplate; for those wanting something more reserved, the MB122 SKGF looks great, and still has the same backlit LCD."

More information on this review can be found here.
Building A KICKASS Gaming Rig Part 2 @ 3DGameman
"This Video is part 2 of 3 on “Building a KICKASS Gaming Rig”. In this video I will show how to install the hardware that I’ve selected. Watch the Video to find out more."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Antec Fusion Media Center Case Review @ DragonSteelMods
"If you have read any of my reviews then you know I love Antec products, they are excellent in design and performance, today for review I have another of Antecs' great products the Fusion Media Center PC case. I have found that the Fusion is almost as perfect as a media center case can get. In fact after I completed this review I started playing with the case and made it into the perfect media center case, at least for me. Please read on to learn about the Antec Fusion and what I did to make it the Perfect media center case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, September 6, 2006
SteelPad QcK Heavy Review @ techPowerUp
"SteelPad has been producing high quality mouse pads for years. Only recently they started to make cloth mats. Today we have on our testbench the SteelPad QcK Heavy which is the biggest mat in the lineup with a surface of 450 mm x 400 mm. Additionally the thickness has been increased to 6mm for a better experience on uneven surfaces."

More information on this review can be found here.
SteelSound 5H Headset Review @ DreamWare Computers
"You probably know SteelSeries from the many gaming mouse surfaces we have reviewed from them in the past. The SteelPad series of mouse surfaces has proved to be a nearly flawless product line in terms of performance. SteelSeries has also been moving into the audio sector of gaming as well. Today we'll be looking at the USB version of the 5H headset from them. Will this product carry on the good performance trend set by this company?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer Barracuda™ HP-1 8 Channel Gaming Headphones Review @ Modders-Inc
"Razer, the leader in high performance gaming mice, has jumped full force into the sound products arena with their Barracuda HP-1 Headphones. Razer knows how much gamers want the best hardware available to beat down their opponents and hearing your foe before he hears you can mean a win or a loss! Did Razer do what they set out to do and give users of the Barracuda HP-1 Headphones an advantage over everyone else?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Extreme Spirit II Northbridge Chipset Cooler Review @ PC Fastlane
"This great looking northbridge cooler from Thermaltake promises to bring reliable and powerful cooling to motherboard northbridges. Featuring a blue LED fan, a heavy copper base, and two copper heatpipes for cooling, is this product a good buy or a bust?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Razer Barracuda HP1 Gaming Headphones Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"I think I’ll take my experience and call it good. Great sound is always a treat. For Lan party’s, the volume control module rocks, and true 6 channel sound is always better than stereo. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t also mention the ability to turn off the bright blue lighting whenever I choose, without affecting the operation of the speakers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Apack Zerotherm BTF80 Aluminum Heatpipe Processor Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Having previously reviewed Apack's ZEROtherm BTF-90, I expected good performance from their BTF-80 cooler as well. I wasn't disappointed. While it is much lighter than the copper BTF-90, it's no lightweight when it comes to performance. It is also relatively quiet and the red LEDs reflecting off of the aluminum fins give it a distinctive look."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Tempest CPU Cooler Review @ XSReviews
"The AMD AM2 stock cooler leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to cooling performance and noise levels. So what are you to do with your newly setup AM2 rig, suffer in silence with your high temperatures and loud fan? One option would be to get hold of an OCZ Tempest cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nmedia IceCone CPU Cooler Review @ DragonSteelMods
"I have quite a bit of experience with Nmedia products, they make excellent HTPC enclosures and other accessories for HTPCs, as well as various computer accessories. Today for review I have their new IceCone CPU cooler made for HTPC systems. The IceCone is made to be quiet to satisfy the needs of an HTPC system by not adding any additional noise but keeping the CPU cool in the process. It not only looks cool but does a very good job of keeping the CPU cool and your system quiet. Read on to learn about the Nmedia IceCone."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aquagate Mini R120 Review @ Driver Heaven
"The Aquagate Mini R120 is designed to make watercooling safe and easy for everyone to use. The pump and tank are integrated into the waterblock, the 120mm radiator fits a 120mm fan intake/exhaust like a glove and the whole system is assembled and filled with anti-icing liquid from the factory, which means that you have nothing more to do than install it on your CPU and then inside your case. Naturally many will question the reliability and performance of such a setup, so we will try to answer most questions in this review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair HX620W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
"HX620W (also known as CMPSU-620HX) is today the most high-end power supply from Corsair, delivering up to 620 W. This model features a modular cabling system, a big 120-mm fan and is EPS12V-compatible, being targeted to high-end SLI and CrossFire systems. Let’s take an in-depth look on this power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sunbeam Multi-Fan Power Port Review @ Hardware-Review
"Cable management is always on my list when I’m building a new computer for a client or friend. When I choose to use aircooling in a case, I end up having three or four fans running to keep my hardware cool. This sometimes causes problems because some motherboards don’t have enough three-pin connectors available to power all the fans. Sunbeam developed an affordable and efficient way to work around this issue when they created the Multi-Fan Power Port. This handy fan bus can power up to six different fans as well as provide a neat and tidy way to take care of fan cable clutter."

More information on this review can be found here.
Apevia BeastPower PFC680W-BL Power Supply Review @ Think Computers
"Apevia (previously known as Aspire) was established in March of 1999 and they are in industry leader in the manufacture PC cases and power supplies. Apevia actively designs, imports and markets PC parts including computer cases, accessories, case fans, power supplies, and matching keyboard/mouse/speaker kits. Today we will be looking at the Apevia BeastPower PFC680W-BL power supply which features active PFC (optional), dual fans (80mm and 120mm), a fan adjustment knob, and LED lights on the PSU, and a maximum peak output power of 680W, and is SLI Ready."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolMax CUG-600B Green Power 600W Power Supply Review @ BigBruin
"Today's increasing energy costs are driving consumers to look for ways to make their money go further. A new power supply can help you achieve savings depending on how efficiently the unit can convert AC to useable DC power. With that said, today we will be reviewing the CoolMax CUG-600B Green Power 600W Power Supply which promises an efficiency of 80% and a power factor of 0.99. So, it is advertised as efficient, what about voltage rail fluctuations? Does it have any special features?"

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX GeForce 7900 GS XT Review @ Bjorn3D
"So much for history! Today, September 6th, 2006 is a new day and a special one at that. NVIDIA® along with XFX® are launching a new product, the GeForce7900 GS. The GeForce 7900 GS is the latest addition to the GeForce 7 family, and raises the performance bar in the $199 price range for the gaming enthusiast market segment. Please join us as we too launch our own extensive review of the XFX® GeForce™ 7900 GS XT edition to determine if it fits both your needs and pocketbook."

More information on this review can be found here.
eVGA e-GeForce 7900 GS Superclocked Review @ Hexus
"Today sees NVIDIA announce two new products in the high end of the mid-range, launching one with immediate availability to boot, in order to do something with less-than-perfect G71 silicon in one instance, and phase out an existing product with something they think is better in the other. GeForce 7900 GS and GeForce 7950 GT are their names, here's the skinny on them both."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nvidia Geforce 7900GS Review @ 3DAvenue
"Despite the 7900GT's success though, in the past few weeks and months, Nvidia have been working on a chip with potentially even more bang for your buck, and this goes by the name 7900GS. Unlike the 7800GS which was AGP only, the 7900GS is more or less aimed squarely at the PCI-E user who would consider the 7900GT, but might decide instead to go the 7600GT route due to cost. This is because the 7900GS will sell at the US$199 price point - wedged nicely in between a US$160-ish 7600GT and US$260-ish 7900GT."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sandisk Cruzer Titanium 2GB USB U3 Flash Drive Review @ Overclockers Club
"The drive itself is heavy, and has a thick metal shell, encasing the entire drive. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say I could probably take a hammer to it - literally (don’t try and test my theory!). It is, however, a little bit larger than the average flash drive. The connector is moved easily by a hard plastic slide, with a very smooth pushing action. The clip rather annoyed me, as it is supposed to slide in, but during the process, you can scratch the glossy side. Once it is in, the clip won’t be going anywhere for a while, as it is a genuine pain to take out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Western Digital 500GB HDD WD5000KS Review @ C.O.D
"I can't get away from it; I am just a sucker for storage. I try to keep myself away from the HDD scene because I know I will just buy everything I can afford to buy. Hard drives and Chassis are my weakness, and today Western Digital is going to smack me up with some big fat storage. WD impressed me with their WD2500KS drives and now they are back to try to win me over with their high capacity solution. Enter the WD5000KS."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS 945G-M3 Viiv Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"While aimed at being the basis for a media PC, there are a few omissions on the board that make other boards more attractive for this purpose. No DVI (and therefore no possibility of DVI to HDMI) is a pretty glaring one, as with only an analog 15 pin D-Sub onboard, you will still need to purchase a third party PCIe 16x graphics card. Thankfully there are plenty of cards in the marketplace that can compliment this mATX boards silent approach but be aware that adding a graphics card will likely prohibit use of the 1x PCIe slot, something that won't currently be a big issue for most."

More information on this review can be found here.
Motherboard Tray Mod @ Virtual-Hideout
"This task isn't for everyone out there, but the folks who review CPU coolers or even swap out CPU coolers regularly will love this little mod. I would also recommend this mod to users who are building a new system and plan on upgrading the CPU cooler in the future."

More information on this project can be found here.
ASUS WL-500g Premium Motherboard Review @ Phoronix
"ASUS has been known for their motherboards and graphics cards for some years now, but few have been exposed to their recent efforts to create viable wireless networking equipment. One of their most recent efforts is focused on the WL-500g Premium. With support for attaching external hard drives and cameras, as well as a unique download platform, ASUS has certainly placed itself in an interesting position. Did we mention that the router's firmware is also open-source and runs Linux?"

More information on this review can be found here.
VIZO Paragon 2.5" One Touch Backup HDD External Enclosure @ Hardware-Review
The sounds of people’s heads banging on their innocent keyboards can be heard on a daily basis these days after their computers give them the dreaded Blue Screen of Death and turn their hard drives into useless clumps of corrupted data. While these people make their way to their medicine cabinets for some much-needed aspirin, others happily continue working because they know they have all their files backed up on external hard drives. To help those less fortunate and deprived of any backup utilities, VIZO has developed a very compact portable back-up device called the Paragon that uses a tiny laptop hard drive and provided software to give users a unique “one-touch” system to conveniently back up all their important files and documents."

More information on this review can be found here.
ICY DOCK MB722 Drive Enclosure Review @ ThinkComputers
"A little while ago we took a look at the Icy Dock MB122 drive enclosure. Today up on the review block we have the MB722 enclosure. The MB722 drive enclosure is more geared toward gamers and people who want to add some style to their case. It features a four segment motion electron luminescence faceplate insert which looks really cool when powered on. This drive also has all of the great features we have come to know from Icy Dock. Read on to check it out!"

More information on this review can be found here.

Anyreal DPF-8800 8-inch Digital Photo Frame Review

"Every time I go over to my parent's house the first thing that I always notice is how many pictures they have displayed. All of the pictures really do take up a lot of space and they cannot even display all of the ones they want to because they do no have enough picture frames. This might not be the case with everyone, but I'm sure you would rather have a photo frame that you could display many pictures and save a lot of space. Well today we are looking at just that, the DPF-8800 8-inch LCD digital photo frame. It not only will let you display many photos, but it plays music too."

More information on this review can be found here.
Spire Pininfarina Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"It is hard to believe that when Spire first introduced cases into their product line there were a total of two to choose from, now when you visit their web site that number has grown to fourteen. One of most talked about cases in their line-up has to be the Spire Pininfarina, designed by the same people that have brought the world some of the most beautiful and fastest cars in the world."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, September 5, 2006
The Ten Common Myths of I.T. @ The TechZone
"You've heard them all before. They particularly arise whenever quality work is required or when organization and management control is imposed. Of course, I'm talking about the ten common myths of I.T. Ten common rationalizations people in the Information Technology world turn to whenever their authority or professionalism is challenged. They are neither new or limited to a specific geographical location. They have been around as long as the modern computer and they transcend all cultural and industrial boundaries. What's worse, they have proven to be effective."

More information on this article can be found here.
Albatron 7300GT 256MB Review @ Overclockers Online
"I may just be overly pleased with this card but I think the
performance, scalability of SLI, and passive/silent operation is blissful. Newer games will be required to run at low resolutions but for the price, that is more than acceptable, Keep your eyes out for 7300GT cards especially passive ones that perform well like the Albatron 7300 GT DDRII."

More information on this review can be found here.
Palit 7900GT Review @ Driver Heaven
"A long time ago someone came up with the phrase “Never judge a book by its cover” and that has gone on to become a well used and understood part of the English language. We all know the meaning behind the phrase and obviously that it doesn't just apply to books. Today’s review product is Palit's 7900GT however as is obvious from the first few lines of this introduction there is a lot more going on with this card than the model name suggests. Let’s take a look at what Palit have done to make their card stand out from the crowd."

More information on this review can be found here.
PowerColor X1650 PRO aka X1600 XT Review @ Bjorn3D
"Back in January this year I've reviewed X1600 XT and X1300 from PowerColor. We now have end of August and some of you've been curiously waiting for new middle class cards to come out of ATI. I don't usually start off reviews from disappointments, but in this case it will be just that. You have to realize, RADEONs X1650 and X1300 XT are also known as RADEON X1600 XT and X1600 PRO. There are few differences here and there, but for the major portion, it's old stuff we've seen from Q1.

The card I have today is a PowerColor X1650 PRO. It's not a high-end product, more like a middle class GPU with newer / lower price tag. Just as X1600 XT it's got the same pipeline configuration, 10 MHz higher core clock / memory and is manufactured using 80 nanometer process. No GDDR4 that we've seen on X1950 although it's technically possible. This RV535 uses 128-bit GDDR3 modules and supports the same technology back from Q1 2006. I will reveal more details as you read this article."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS Enthusiast AM2 Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"AMD is no doubt counting on its partners producing some killer boards that'll help it hold on to its market share. Enter two new enthusiast boards from ASUS, the CROSSHAIR and M2N32-SLI Deluxe, that just might be a pair of such killer boards."

More information on this review can be found here.

Corsair Dominator TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF Memory Review

"Recently a plane flew over HEXUS.towers, dropping a package for us. We were being dominated, or were we the ones that would be doing the Dominating? Join us as we give Corsair's fastest ever memory modules a workout, analysing performance, overclocking and of course, the new cooling solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe WiFi Edition Review @ Techgage
"Though the AM2 platform was not released that long ago, there are an innumerable amount of motherboards to choose from. Choice is a good thing though, especially when you may or may not be on a budget. The board we are looking at today comes from ASUS and is one of their top models. It has all the goods, including the nForce 590 chipset. Beyond that though, there are features found here that only ASUS provides. The M2N32 is an AI Lifestyle board, meaning it's feature complete for your lifestyle and performance needs. As we will see later in the review, this is clearly the case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Why It's Difficult To Build PCs For The Less Tech Savvy @ Hardware3D
"Most PC enthusiasts know what kind of power their PC needs to play the latest games, what hardware it will take to get that level of performance, and how much they will need to spend to finish it all off. But your friends, relatives, and customers may find it hard to justify dropping a grand on a PC which can "do it" for them."

More information on this article can be found here.
TrustedReviews Gaming Server Review @ TrustedReviews
"The Core microarchitecture doesn't stop with those chips, however it's the foundation for many more to come. The next Extreme Edition chip is called Kentsfield, and it has four cores, not just two, along with a hefty dollop of cache. In the server market, the new Xeon chip due to hit a little afterwards at Christmas is called Clovertown, which also
has four cores."

More information on this article can be found here.
Spire Pininfarina Designed SP-ATX-PALU/S™ Case Review @ Tweaknews
"Did the Pininfarina hold up to my tire-kicking? Yes, it did, and overall, I'm very impressed with the case. The fit and finish is excellent, the design is well-thought out, and like an exotic car, nothing is included that doesn't benefit from actual usage. A sleek look, useful PCI card retention, and swing-out case sides make this one a winner."

More information on this review can be found here.
Building A KICKASS Gaming Rig Part 1 @ 3DGameman
"This Video is part 1 of 3 on “Building a KICKASS Gaming Rig”. In this video, I will outline how to select the correct hardware. The average computer user still purchases pre-built systems. The reason for this is that most find selecting the right components and installing them a very daunting task. This Video is intended to help you build your own high end gaming computer system. Please remember though, that this video is intended as a general guide."

More information on this video review can be found here.

Giveaway/Contest 31: Two Cooler Master Mystique 631 Cases

"Cooler Master and 3dGameMan teams up to bring you Giveaway/Contest 31: Two Cooler Master Mystique 631 Cases. Please read the rules very carefully."

More information on this contest can be found here.
Zalman HD135 HTPC Case Review @ MetkuMods
"In the Computex 06 Zalman had two new HTPC cases at show; HD135 and a new HD160XT beefed up with a seven inch LCD screen. Now the totally new model, HD135, has arrived to our tests. According to the specifications the HD135 is pretty much like its bigger brother we tested last time, full aluminum case which houses standard ATX hardware."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone Temjin TJ08 Micro-ATX Case Review @ Hardware-Review
"For years, the Temjin series has been an excellent line of PC cases that met the needs of almost every PC user. When SilverStone engineers began working on a micro ATX tower case, they made sure it was very compact, but powerful and flexible at the same time. The SilverStone Temjin TJ08 was born with a setup that is simple, yet very unique for a micro ATX. It's equipped with dual 120mm fans that create a natural wind tunnel effect that rivals some of the best full tower cases on the market. Besides having great cooling performance, the TJ08 is also easy to use with a removable motherboard tray and logically placed buttons and I/O ports on its thick aluminum front panel. If using high-end components in a micro ATX tower was not an option before, it is now with the TJ08."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Mystique ATX Case Review @ Madshrimps
"After removing the two thumbscrews, you can open the side panel, by pressing the locking mechanism together, and pulling the panel outward. One thing you notice immediately is the light weight of the material, but at the same time the sturdiness of the panel. Being made of 0,85mm aluminum, with folded edges makes it firm, and sharp edges are hard to find."

More information on this review can be found here.

Zalman HD135 HTPC Case Review

"Zalman has been on the pc components market since past century. Through all those years they´ve evolved into one of the biggest silent computing companies in the world not only having silent CPU coolers, but also offering chipset/video card cooling, water-cooling, fanless cases, power supply´s, audio products and still, they continue to develop even more products. We take a closer look at their latest HTPC case, the HD135."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, September 2, 2006
Ultra 2000VA UPS Review @ Driver Heaven
"As PC’s become even further engrained into everyday life; our reliance on their convenience continues to increase. An ever increasing number of us have become accustomed to day to day interaction with our friends and family thanks to the internet. Because of this heavy reliance on technology, adding a UPS to your home setup is quickly becoming a choice that many of us would have never considered until now. Ultra who are well known for their modular power supplies have recently expanded their lineup of UPS products. Today we have a chance to take a look at the big daddy of their lineup the 2000VA UPS."

More information on this review can be found here.
The Growing Dependency on Mass Mediocrity @ The TechZone
"Back in the 1990's, IBM introduced its OS/2 operating system for the PC platform. Frankly, OS/2 was years ahead of itself. Not only did it have a fine Graphical User Interface (with a true object oriented desktop), it also included preemptive multitasking, crash protection, a vastly superior file management system, multimedia, Internet access, Java support, etc., etc. Microsoft, on the other hand, offered Windows 3.x which provided a simple Graphical User Interface for DOS (which most people were using at the time). Over time, enhancements were added and the product was superseded by newer versions entitled Windows 95/NT/98/ME/2000/XP, all at ever-escalating prices."

More information on this article can be found here.
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Review @ ThinkComputers
"Logitech is known for creating some of the best computer and gaming peripherals available. Their expertise in building well constructed and groundbreaking products definitely shows in the G15 Gaming Keyboard. The G15 has a wide array of features that any gamer would find extremely useful. The keyboard also has a folding LCD panel that is a first for keyboards."

More information on this review can be found here.
CrystalFontz 635 USB LCD Review @ XtremeComputing
"CFA’s DB635AL-TMF-KU3 is not what I could call perfect (although I want to). The grumble I have is that I would like to see more software support. For example, I would like the buttons to control the fans if set to manual, and some way of setting up the keys to do other tasks using software rather than the config files. Don’t get me wrong—configuring the screens is not hard, but it does take out those of you that have not got the time or patience for this."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax Chakra ATX Case Review @ Phoronix
"While Enermax has been manufacturing PC peripherals for years now, they have not had many home runs when it comes to designing ATX cases that have been immensely popular with enthusiasts and gamers. Enermax's latest attempt at creating a unique ATX chassis comes in form of the Chakra. One of the most noticeable features about the Enermax Chakra is its 25cm side intake fan. Also offered is a front eSATA port."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian Li Aluminium Modular Cube Case Review @ Overclockers.com
"The good guys at Microplex Norge were nice enough to send a sample of their Lian Li Aluminium Modular Cube Case to check out. This case is made by Lian Li to Microplex's specs. Let me say at the outset that this is the LARGEST shipment I have ever received."

This case reminds me of the Mountain Mods U2-UFO but with 19 drive bays you have to be impressed. More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, September 1, 2006
AlphaShield Pro Hardware Firewall Giveaway @ 3DGameman
"VoyeurMods and 3dGameMan teams up to bring you Giveaway/Contest 30: AlphaShield Pro Hardware Firewall."

More information on this contest can be found here.
MBHW August Giveaway Sponsored by Spire
Contest runs August 1 - September 1 2006.
Four winners will be chosen at random from contestants who complete the form below.

Grand Prize : Pininfarina SP-ATX-PALU/B Aluminum PC Case - two winners
Second Prize: VertiCool II SP601B3 CPU Cooler - two winners

More information on this contest can be found here.
Silverstone Zeus 850w ST85ZF Quad SLI PSU Review @ Overclock3D
"With 22amps on each of the +12v rails this power supply should have no problems what so ever running any kind of SLI/Crossfire setup, and should be well equipped for a 7950GTX Quad-SLI setup too."

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

More information on this contest can be found here.
Be-Quiet StraightPower Series Review @ Driver Heaven
"Be-Quiet have impressed us in the past with their high quality power supply units. Their DarkPower series have always been a very good choice for power users, enthusiasts and those of us addicted to silence. It would be fair to say that Be-Quiet have not been able to compete in the mid range sector because their power supply units, although very reliable and powerful, tend to cost too much for the “average” user. Be-Quiet have decided to address this situation by releasing the StraightPower series, which retain many of the features of the DarkPower series with extremely competitive pricing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair CMPSU-620HX 620 Watt Power Supply Review @ Bjorn3D
"Today we have the rare opportunity of reviewing a product before its actual release date. Corsair, a company well known to the entire enthusiast market for making some of the finest memory currently available has joined a few of its memory manufacturing brethren in moving into the manufacture and sales of power supplies. Corsair's first two offerings consist of both a 520W and 620W watt PSU that offer most if not all of the bells and whistles currently available. Please join us while we review the Corsair's CMPSU-620HX 620 watt power supply to see if this product fully warrants your consideration as a viable alternative to its considerably more expensive counterparts in the PSU arena."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ Technology GameXStream 600W Power Supply Review @ Hardware-Review
"Power supplies are increasingly becoming a huge necessity in today's high end gaming systems. With dual cores, dual video cards, and multiple SATA hard drives becoming the normal in many user systems, PSUs have had to up the ante a bit in terms of power, stability, and performance. While some might advertise they can produce solid and consistent power, OCZ and their 600W GameXStream have proven this statement through real-world testing and personal testimonies from their respective users. We've got one of these babies on our test bench to see if all the hype about this PSU is fact or fiction."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair Enters the Power Supply Market with Two High Performance Best in Class Solutions
"Fremont, CA (August 1, 2006) –Corsair® Memory, the worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high performance memory and cooling solutions, today announced the introduction of the Corsair HX Series power supply product line. The HX Series modular power supplies mark a new exciting first for Corsair. As the latest entrant into the power supply industry, Corsair’s best in class, high performance, ultra-efficient power supplies are expected to set new performance expectations for modular power supply solutions.

With the same legendary focus on performance and reliability that has produced countless award-winning products, Corsair has engineered the HX Series power supplies to stand up to the demands of the most robust PC systems. The HX Series is the ideal power supply for high performance PCs and gaming systems, audio/video workstations, and file servers.

Corsair’s HX Series feature an enhanced modular cable solution, offering flexible cables for superior cable routing. The modular design eliminates cable clusters and optimizes the airflow inside the computer case to help keep the system cool. Available in 620Watt and 520Watt models, the HX Series efficiently delivers continuous fully rated output with solid triple +12V rails for a combined maximum output rating of 50Amp (40Amp on 520Watt) even at 50ºC ambient temperature. These output ratings exceed the requirements for even the most power hungry computers. Additionally, the HX620W and HX520W models offer native support for dual graphics card configurations and include two PCI-Express cables. The HX Series has been thoroughly tested and is compatible with today’s NVIDIA’s SLI and ATI’s Crossfire solutions.

The HX Series provides 80%+ high efficiency and Active Power Factor Correction (PFC), ensuring the PSU generates minimal heat during operation using less electricity. In addition, the high quality thermally controlled double ball-bearing 120mm fan delivers excellent air flow with whisper quiet operation.

“Corsair has engineered a power supply that appeals to both enthusiasts as well as performance seekers who desire optimum performance, reliability and modular flexibility,” commented Don Lieberman, Chief Technology Officer at Corsair Memory. “During the development cycle, we carefully designed the HX power supplies to ensure our final product provided maximum performance with all the features demanded by enthusiasts,” continued Lieberman."

More information on this press release can be found here.
Intel Core 2: Is High Speed Memory Worth Its Price? @ Madshrimps
"Does the Intel Core 2 need fast DDR2 memory to perform at its best? In this article we compare different memory speed and timings to provide you with the answer. Read on to find if cheap memory is enough to feed the Conroe."

More information on this article can be found here.
EVGA 7900 GT KO Superclock Review @ Bit-Tech
"EVGA's e-GeForce 7900 GT KO Superclock is a good implementation of NVIDIA's GeForce 7900 GT SKU, boasting some incredibly high clock speeds out of the box. From our testing of this card, it doesn't appear to suffer from the third day syndrome problems under heavy load, but we recommend checking EVGA's support forum for customer reports on the product. With that said though, EVGA has a solid support programme, a great warranty term and some nice perks on top."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD brings DDR-2 Support to Athlon CPU Platform @ Tweaktown
"AM2 is a new socket and hence it does add one new feature to the mix for AMD Athlon 64 and AMD Sempron based on this new socket - that being DDR-2 memory support. Today we are going to pit an AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800 AM2 against a similarly clocked Socket 939 CPU to see just what, if any, gains come from the new memory interface for AM2 based processors."

More information on this article can be found here.
Vadim Fusion Cetus Overclocked Core 2 Duo System Review @ Hexus
"The recent release of Intel's excellent Core 2 Duo/Extreme processors make for the perfect base around which S.I.s can construct the ultimate PC. Vadim Computers took the opportunity offered by Core 2 Duo and sent us a base unit that, it reckoned, was faster than anything seen at HEXUS."

More information on this review can be found here.
ECS RS485M-M Motherboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
"ECS RS485M-M is one of the first socket AM2 motherboard with on-board video, based on the new Radeon Xpress 1100 chipset from ATI. Costing very little and targeted to the entry-level market, we were very curious to compare its performance to cheap add-in video cards, like GeForce 6200. Let’s see how RS485M-M performance looks like."

More information on this review can be found here.
Sansun Galaxy Case Review @ Motherboards.org
"A good design, plenty of features, a full complement of fans, and good looks - so what's stopping Sansun from coming out slugging? Once again, I've got another case that'd be a damn hard one to find out there in the open market, which is a real shame, because with a base chassis like this (which is also featured in the Tuniq 2 for those wondering), and the additional features provided, this case can really be a winner."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuniq 2 Mid-Tower ATX Case Review @ 3DGameman
"The Tuniq 2 case does have some excellent features. One of the best things about this case is the layout inside. There are three 120mm fans that provide excellent cooling power. There is also a plastic ducting system that assists in cooling. Also, the power supply gets mounted at the bottom. There are plenty of drive bays, but the way the 5.25" drive are installed is odd. It's a steel case for the most part, so it's fairly heavy."

More information on this review can be found here.
Insomnia365 Game Server Review @ Bjorn3D
"Setting up your own game server actually is pretty easy. Most games have a free server-component that can be downloaded and set up either under Linux or Windows. The problem of course is that you first of all need a server and second of all you need the bandwidth. So setting up the server at home might not be the best option.

The Planet has a game server line called Insomnia365 which promises not only to give you a good server for your games but also make it easy to administrate and set up the games. We got a opportunity to test a server for a few months and on the following pages we’re going to tell you what was cool and what was less cool with this whole package."

More information on this review can be found here.
nMedia HTPC 280BA Case Review @ ThinkComputers
"So you want to build a quiet HTPC do you? Where do you go to find that case that is just what you want or need? Sure lots of companies make HTPC cases, but why not go to a company that specializes in them, a company that is known for making well designed and high quality cases. That company would be Nmedia, and today for review I have their latest offering the HTPC 280. This case has lots of features and looks great, pair it with some other Nmedia products and you have the makings of possibly the best HTPC system out there today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Fusion HTPC Media Center Enclosure Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Antec has long strived to achieve the goal of producing high-end computer components, and this they have certainly accomplished. With the release of MS Media Center and some low priced capture cards, along with low priced high storage hard drives, a lot of people have been given the chance to build their own PVR or home media systems. Instead of using bulky beige cases, Antec created the Fusion, which comes from their LifeStyle Series of cases. As it was designed for the home theater, or even an office meeting room to run a LCD projector, the Fusion enclosure will fit nicely in either of these locations. The Fusion is designed with quiet computing in mind, complete with vibration dampeners and rubber feet so you won't have to relegate your media PC to a closet in order to lessen any noise."

More information on this review can be found here.
Brando WorkShop Optical Liquid Wireless Mouse Review @ DragonSteelMods
"Everyone needs a mouse fro their computer, sure there are exceptions, but the majority of people use and need a mouse to work with their computer. So when you are looking for a mouse why settle for a plain old thing, why not spice it up a bit with different kind of mouse like the one I have today fro review from Brando WorkShop. This mouse actually has liquid in it, and in the liquid is floating a duck! The duck 'swims' around as you move the mouse, kinda cool actually and surprisingly a great performing mouse as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright Ultra 90 Review @ techPowerUp!
"The Thermalright Ultra 90 is a solid performing air cooler with six heatpipes to keep your CPU temperature down. Its unique design allows you to use your own 92mm fan for fine tuning of heat vs. fan noise. A competitive price of 25 USD makes this cooler even more attractive, and if you need more cooling power you can just get the 120mm Ultra 120."

More information on this review can be found here.

Zboard MERC Gaming Keyboard Review

"The Ideazon MERC Gaming Keyboard is the one thing the gamer can use, but may have never thought of. Many of us buy expensive mice, large and specially made mouse pads but continue playing on ordinary keyboards. The MERC gaming keyboard changes all that and gives gamers the one thing they actually use the most - a butterfly. We take a look at the keyboard and its software, to see if it really makes our gaming lives easier and more efficient."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plextor PX-755SA Burner Review @ 3DGameman
"The old IDE interface is slowly but surely dying! While Serial ATA hard disk drives have been on the market for some time, Serial ATA burners are relatively new to arrive. The Plextor PX-755SA burner supports dual layer media, buffer memory size of 2MB, and a gamut of other features."

More information on this video review can be found here.

ThermalRight Ultra-120 Heatsink Review

"ThermalRight has always been partial on my heart. Ever since the days of my (still in use) AX-7, ThermalRight has impressed with its innovative products. Today we are looking at the all new Ultra-120, all aluminum, CPU heatsink. Just the name alone, Ultra-120, gives you a heads up that this will be one Godzilla-ish cooler. The size is only the first half. The performance put out by this unit is just as impressive!"

More information on this video review can be found here.
Seagate Sata2 320GB vs. Western Digital Sata 2 320GB Review @ Overclockers Club
"Upon receiving these two shiny new hard drives, I noticed the difference in packaging techniques used by each manufacturer. The Seagate comes sealed in an antistatic bag with the end of it folded and taped closed. The Western Digital drive, on the other hand, is in an antistatic bag with moisture gathering beads, and the bag is heat sealed on both ends, requiring you to cut the bag open."

More information on this review can be found here.
Verbatim Store'n'Go 4GB USB HDD Review @ OCModShop
"Verbatim has released their Store'n'Go Hard Drive which aspires to be more than a traditional portable drive. This device allows you to run applications directly, without installing on the host machine. You can even browse directly from it, preventing all temporary internet files (including favorites, history, etc) from even touching the host computer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Buffalo FireStix PC2-6400 2GB DDR2 Review @ Virtual-Hideout


"I don't know what else to say in conclusion other than: GO GET SOME NOW!! The micron modules rock with the AM2 setups and run extremely stable. I highly recommend the Buffalo FireStix to anyone who is into over-clocking and gaming."

More information on this review can be found here.
HIS X1650Pro 256MB Video Card Review @ 3DGameman


"The X1650Pro Video Card is not hardcore, but performance is good and it has lots of excellent features. It can also be setup in a crossfire configuration for better performance. If you are on a budget and need a quality video card for some light-to-medium gaming, then check it out."

More information on this video review can be found here.
ATI X1950XTX Video Card Review @ Neoseeker


"While a new cooler may not in itself be enough to herald a new SKU, the addition of newer memory running at significantly faster speeds evidently is. The X1950 XTX uses 512 MB of brand new GDDR4 memory and is the first graphics card yet to ship with this new memory. The focus of GDDR4 is increased bandwidth (at the expense of latency however) and lower power consumption and has been tested running at speeds up to 3.2 GHz DDR . Being the first product to market with the new technology, ATI have not pushed the envelope that far but still manage a whopping 2.0 GHz representing the fastest memory clocks of any shipping graphics card yet."

More information on this review can be found here.
AGP Graphics Card Group Test @ TrustedReviews
"If you have a fairly decent AGP rig, with say a 3400+ or 3.2GHz Pentium 4, it's a tough situation to be in, as upgrading will likely involve throwing away most of the components in your system. DDR has moved to DDR2, AGP has moved to PCI Express and most of the CPU sockets have changed too. If you have a Socket 939 AGP system, it's not quite as bad, as you can buy a newer nForce4 board for under £60, but this is a fairly rare situation to be in."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS P5NSLI Motherboard Review @ Bjorn3D
"Currently there are several options to the consumer to choose from each based on either the Intel® 975 chipset, the Intel® 965 chipset, and most recently the NVIDIA® 570 chipset. In the not to distant future we should see the NVIDIA® 590 and ATI RD600 chipsets also become serious players in the quest for this elusive dream. One thing is definitely for sure, the manufacturer that gets it right will definitely have a gold mine in their back pockets. Hype, as it always is, will certainly be both the mitigating and driving factor. All that being said, I invite you to join me today as we review one of the newest contenders on the block, the Asus® P5NSLI. This board is not only the newest kid on the block, but it's different from the standpoint it's the first released version of a Conroe™ motherboard based on the NVIDIA® 570 chipset."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit AW9D-MAX Motherboard Review @ Bit-Tech
"I'm excited at the prospect of Abit re-uniting itself with the overclocking crowd. It's been a long time since Abit was a household name among overclockers, and the AW9D-MAX is a board that could go a long way to help re-establish the Abit brand at the top. The AW9D-MAX has all of the bases to establish itself as one of the best 975X motherboards out there and it just needs a little time to iron out the issues that we've come across during our short time with the board. Once the issues are ironed out, I can see this board setting some records."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASRock 775Dual-VSTA Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"After spending a a couple weeks with the ASRock 775Dual-VSTA board I have to say I really like it. When you consider we’ve just seen a $55.99 motherboard hold its own against the Intel 975 chipset, which says alot for a motherboard that is over 4 times more expensive ($242.99). I'm currently using it in my 24/7 system which should tell you a lot about the confidence that I have in it. For those looking for a real bargin these can be found from time to time for just $26.99 as OEM versions (open box) at Newegg, making the 775Dual-VSTA motherboard the lowest priced Core 2 board on the market."

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

More information on this article can be found here.
MSI NX7300GS-TD256E GeForce 7300 GS 256MiB Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"It's key for system integrators be able to put together budget systems that can still provide the fully-fledged interfaces of the likes of Vista, without having to fork out for a high-end card. That's quite possible with the help of today's generation of budget cards, like MSI's NX7300GS-TD256E, which we're reviewing here today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Fusion Media Center Case Review @ ThinkComputers
"As I have said many times Antec is one of the best case manufacturers out there. Every case of theirs that I have had the chance to look at I've been impressed with. That is why when I first heard of the Fusion case I was extremely excited. For those of you who don't know the Fusion case is Antec's newest member into their LifeStyle family of enclosures. This is not Antec's first media center case, but it's the best looking one so far. All of the features and the one of a kind design of the case make it one of the best media center cases out there."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Minuet 300 Mini ATX Case Review @ OCModShop
"Whether it be for home theater, LAN parties, or simple space economics, a small PC case can fit your needs. Even though components are hotter than ever, today's small form factor PC cases provide enough features to keep your components cool. Antec's Lifestyle series of cases aims to efficiently cool your computer components while being blissfully quiet and look good. Antec feels confident that these cases are quiet enough for the living room, bedroom, or any place where you should hear anything but the computer. The Minuet 300 has the smallest footprint in the Lifestyle series, and can fit into the tightest spaces. It is designed to accommodate a wide range of full-performance micro ATX components."

More information on this review can be found here.
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