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Wednesday, January 31, 2007
iOne Gemini R16 Keyboard and Mouse Combo Review @ Overclockers Club
"IOne has used the Greek word for twins in naming their new keyboard/mouse combo, the Gemini R16. It's an office keyboard and gaming mouse set, an unusual combination. However, the keyboard seems to be a promising product with solid construction, professional look, and 40 handy hot-keys. The mouse is pretty light with three re-programmable buttons, four way scroll wheel, and a DPI adjustment button. Oh man I can see all kinds of uses from this set!"

More information on this review can be found right here.
Midi Keyboard Project - Moo6 @ Metku.net
"When not modding, I usually compose some music. As an input device for the music software, I use old Casio CTK 530 keyboard. One day I realized how ugly it really is, so it's time for modding, once again! In this project I'll continue to use minimalistic design which I find attractive."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Saitek Eclipse Keyboard Review @ Gamepyre
"The keyboard is a standard 104 key keyboard with a few extra buttons. There are some boards out with 108, 111 or even more keys. I find the extra buttons to be ubiquitous for my uses, as the extra keys bring up Outlook, Internet Explorer, etc. Usually I use the shortcuts on the desktop for these as I’m used to it. The Media keys are useful in that you don’t have to go to your taskbar to change the settings of the volume control, play/pause and skip tracks."

More information on this review can be found right here.
2the Max GPX 750 Watt Power Supply Review @ Modders-Inc
"The power supply market has been growing at a considerable rate lately. Several units are being released boasting anywhere from 600w - 2kw of power. The demand of high end computers is pushing manufactures to squeeze every bit of power out of a PSU they can. Today we are going to take a look at one of 2the Max's power supplies called the GPX750."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Epox EP-5P945 Pro Express Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"The Epox EP-5P945 Pro motherboard PCSTATS tested is a value-oriented alternative for those of you looking to build a machine on a budget. Built on the passively cooled Intel 945P Express and Intel ICH7 chipsets, the EP-5P945 Pro has a basic feature set and a nice collection of expansion options. It's a good no-frills kind of motherboard, and especially well suited for the upcoming Celeron processor which is based on the Core 2 Duo architecture."

More information on this review can be found right here.

Zalman ZM600-HP 600W Heatpipe Cooled Modular Power Supply Review

"The Zalman ZM600-HP power supply is cooled by a single large 120mm ADDA fan (AD1212MB-A71GL) which is temperature controlled. During testing the ZM600-HP power supply was definitely very quiet would be inaudible when installed into a system. Zalman clearly states on the power supply sticker that there are no user serviceable parts inside the PSU and the fan is soldered to the power supply PCB. There is even a blue LED under the fan to give it a nice back-lit effect when. The fan itself is not illuminated though."

More information on this review can be found right here.
ABit NF-M2 nView AM2 m-ATX Motherboard Review @ techFEAR
"Home-built systems based on abit motherboards are quite common among the enthuisast crowd. abit has pushed the innovation envelope through the years forcing the competition to take notice and redesign to stay in the game. The motherboard manufacturer strives to support the gaming community through sponsorships and with the financial support of Universal are poised to proved why they are a Tier 1 motherboard maker."

More information on this review can be found right here.
NZXT Duet HTPC Case Review @ Techgage
"Home Theater PCs are the fastest-growing trend in home computing. Here’s an in-depth look at enthusiast case maker NZXT’s first HTPC case, the Duet. With its tasteful looks, clever design, and ample cooling, this case has serious potential."

More information on this review can be found right here.
ABit NF-M2 nView AM2 m-ATX Motherboard Review @ Bjorn3D
"It seems as though many manufacturers, possibly acting out of market uncertainty, have jumped onboard the HTPS bandwagon with a product entry of their own. Some have been well suited for the Home Theater environment, while others have managed to make themselves appear out of place in any environment. It seems a relief then that some of the biggest names in the industy decided to jump in with their own ideas. One of the largest names in the business has offered the public a very suitable solution for HTPC enthusiasts: ABit Computer Corporation."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Thermaltake LANBOX Case Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Thermaltake LANBOX is a sleek, lightweight option for the way we haul computer systems to and from LAN's. The overall weight with installed hardware was less than 25lbs, which is light compared to some cases that weigh that much without anything installed. The small size doesn't mean small components. The LANBOX can handle the high end graphics and CPU's."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Evesham Solar Storm PC Review @ Hexus
"Evesham, one of the UK's most prominent system integrators, decided to celebrate the launch of Microsoft's latest and greatest by building a multimedia machine based around it, priced at just a penny short of a grand."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Swiftech Quiet Power P180 Case Review @ Motherboards.org
"There are many good things about this cooling system and case combination that will make it great for many different users and applications. For the overclocker this solution is not the best you can get system for keeping your CPU at its lowest potential temperature. You can get decent results depending on the CPU you are using, for instance if you are running a very hot running Prescott the system will be taxed just to keep it cool, on the other hand if you are running a cooler by nature CPU your results may prove very adequate. We tried four different CPUs in our test setup and we were satisfied with the efficiency of the unit overall."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Moneual MonCaso 932B HTPC Case Review @ XYZ Computing
"Home entertainment is a very interesting thing. Enthusiasts are willing to spend large sums of money to get the right gear and a small upgrade to parts like tuners, televisions, and speakers can easily bring them from being reasonably expensive to downright unreachable for most consumers. HTPCs have followed this trend- while there is still a very strong enthusiast community lot of companies are beginning to sell expensive pre-built HTPC solutions that cater to hobbyists who want the best and are accustomed to spending a considerable amount of money on their equipment. This review will be taking a look at a company that most people have not heard of before, Moneual. These guys make a range of computer hardware, most of it aimed at home theater builders, and also sell full systems. The case we will be looking at, the MonCaso 932B, is their flagship HTPC enclosure and it is the same one used on the company's $4995 902T2 system."

This is one of new high quality designs to hit the consumer market. More information on this review can be found right here.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
iOne Scorpius N4 Mouse/Number Keypad Review @ Overclockers Club
"At some point or another, everyone found laptop keyboards to be ridiculously small, lacking both a decent mouse and a number pad. Now comes iOne's Scorpius N4 with a full featured number keypad and a mouse. That's right, they combined it into some sort of a num-mouse! This seems like a very cool idea! It saves space and rescues you from the horrors of a small keyboard! Let's see what happens."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Logitech Wireless Music System for iPod Review @ Think Computers
"So many people have an iPod. It is the most popular MP3 player out there. So say you have a ton of music on your iPod and you want to listen to it on your brand new home theatre system. Well you could go out and buy the iPod AV cables, but those are limited by the length of the wire and who wants to have wire stretching across their room. This is where the Logitech Wireless Music System comes in. It enables you to move around without the limitations of wires and listen to your iPod on your home theatre with ease."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Silverstone Strider 850w ST85F PSU Review @ Overclock3D
"Just over 3 months ago we had the oportunity to review Silverstone's upgraded 750w model of their original 600w Strider PSU. Today we're back again to see what their latest 850w model has to offer."

More information on this review can be found right here.
A-DATA Vitesta 800 Memory Review @ Ninjalane
"In this review we will be looking at a pair of Vitesta 800 DDR2 memory modules. These modules are part of the A-DATA Extreme Edition line and bear the Vitesta name as a result. These are 800Mhz modules and feature a CAS 5 speed rating. A-DATA has since revamped their Vitesta memory line to feature higher speed and lower latency modules."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Team Xtreem Dark 2x1GB PC2-6400 Review @ Overclockers Online
"I was a bit caught off guard with the Team Xtreem Dark but with an amazing looking heatspreader, lifetime warranty, impressive overclocking, and a price I can live with, how could I complain? As I have said, some of the D9 based 2GB kits I have tested were not able to match the impressive overclocking of the Team Xtreem Dark 2GB kit that I reviewed here today."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Corsair 2GB DDR2-667 Bring Performance Enhancement to Notebooks and Mini-PCs
"FREMONT, CA (January 30, 2007) – Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high performance computer products, today unveiled production-ready 2GB DDR2-667 (PC5300) ValueSelectTM SODIMMs. Designed for current generation notebooks and mini-PCs, the new high density SODIMMs allow users to maximize memory bandwidth and minimize performance bottleneck to deliver superior user experience. The Corsair ValueSelect SODIMMs are optimized for Microsoft® Windows® VistaTM client operating system.

“Current notebooks typically support up to 4GB of system memory when using a 64-bit operating system but feature only two memory slots. With this limitation in mind, it means users have to use 2GB SODIMM modules in order to maximize memory capacity. Having more memory in the notebook is vital in delivering a faster system response time and a smoother user experience,” said Richard Hashim, Director of Product Marketing at Corsair. “For those looking to transition to Vista, the 2GB modules allows instant upgrade of current notebooks to be Vista Ready and delivers Vista premium experiences.”

The new ValueSelect 2GB SODIMMs are designed to meet the growing demand for high density SODIMMs for maximum system responsiveness. Individually tested and certified to run at 667MHz, the new SODIMM is compatible with current Intel® CentrinoTM Duo based notebooks."

More information on this press release can be found right here.
ASUS X1950XTX Crossfire 512 MB DDR4 Review @ Bjorn3D
"The battle between NVIDIA and ATI to have the fastest available card is constantly raging. A few months ATI has the upper hand until NVIDIA releases their next GPU and so on. Right now at the time of writing the speed crown falls in the NVIDIA corner with their 8800-series of GPU's. ATI has to settle for second price with their X1950XTX GPU. While the X1950XT might no longer be the fastest GPU on the market it still is a fast GPU and with a price that won’t require you to sell your kidneys to be able to afford it (well, maybe one of them). Today we are testing the ASUS X1950XTX Crossfire 512 MB DDR4, the flagship in ASUS ATI-lineup."

More information on this review can be found right here.
HIS Radeon X1650XT & X1950PRO Video Card Reviews @ Tweaktown
"We have with us a pair of cards from HIS, one the Radeon 1650XT and the other a Radeon 1950PRO. We will see what these particular cards from HIS have to offer us along with what card is best for you. If you’re on an LCD monitor that only supports a resolution as high as 1280 x 1024, is it worth the extra money to move to the X1950PRO? We’ll discuss this and more. Normally we see a lot of IceQ type graphics cards from HIS but this time around while we do have an IceQ edition in the shape of the Radeon X1950PRO we also got the chance to check out the new iSilenceII cooling design on the Radeon X1650XT."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Evesham SilverEdge 300AH Server Review @ TrustedReviews
"Evesham Technology has always been a big player in the entry-level server market and its latest SilverEdge 300AH aims to deliver support for Intel’s dual and quad-core Xeon processors but at a price the small business can afford."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H G965 Express Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"Off the shelf, the Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H comes with the "-8KS2H" feature set; 8 for 8-channel High Definition 'Azalia' audio, K for dual Gigabit LAN, S for plenty of Serial ATA II hard drive support, 2 for DDR-2 and H because this slab of solder and circuits is RoHS compliant. A closer examination reveals five internal SATAII channels, one external (eSATA) jack for external data storage devices, eight 480Mbps USB2.0 ports. The Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H motherboard is a prime example of what Foxconn can do."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Spire BlackFin Case Review @ XSReviews
"Spire has featured prominently on XSReviews for their range of power supplies that they provide, but today I have one of their new cases; the soft skinned BlackFin. Hopefully their skill at power supplies will rub off on their case design."

More information on this review can be found right here.
NZXT ZERO Case Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"Some of today's high-end cases are solving the ever present heat issue by adding a large number of 120mm fans, and that is exactly what the NZXT Zero has done to make sure that no matter what processor you choose to operate inside this case, it will remain nice and cool."

More information on this review can be found right here.
NZXT Adamas Aluminum Case Review @ 3DGameman
"The four provided 120mm fans allow plenty of airflow through the case. If that's not enough, there's room for you to add another front mounted 120mm for intake. Sunbeam avoids going overboard with bells and whistles in order to keep to the tried and true. The Quarterback has everything that should be expected in a case plus that little bit of extra. Overall, I'd say the Quarterback proves to be an excellent value especially considering it has a sticker price of $60."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Monday, January 29, 2007
LowePro CompuTrekker Plus AW Camera Bag Review @ Futurelooks
"For anyone looking for a single do it all gear bag, the LowePro CompuTrekker Plus AW seems like the logical solution. Designed to hold a laptop computer, along with all our DSLR camera equipment and accessories, does it work as good as it sounds in the real world? Let's find out!"

More information on this review can be found right here.
Razer CopperHead & Krait Review Review @ Oz Case Modz
"The mice come in black, with nice vibrant colored lighting. The Copperhead is available in “Anarchy Red”, “Chaos Green”, and “Tempest Blue”. The Krait however is only available in Orange. They have used translucent rubber/plastic for the side strips and the scroll wheel, with the light emitting through these."

More information on this review can be found right here.

SteelSound 4H Review Review

"The cups have a good edging of thick, sturdy yet comfortable foam, covered in a nice smooth fabric. I have found these headphones extremely comfortable to use and they are great for long sessions, unlike the 3H which can only be used for so long before it starts setting pain on your ears."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Fanatec Head$hot Controller Review @ Gamepyre
"If you’re looking for a mouse+mousepad combination, the Fanatec Head$hot is an excellent combination with some caveats, offering the accuracy of the latest high-end mice from Logitech and a built-in mousepad with three USB ports that you can add other devices to. Where the Head$hot falls short is the relatively high cost of the combination and the short cord for the mouse if you want to use it in a system."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Cooler Master NotePal S Review @ Modders-Inc
"Finding a way to make your laptop more user friendly and at the same time being ergonomic could be a hit and miss situation. Cooler Master has taken of this for you with the NotePal S. With its S shape design and constructed of aluminum it may be hard to find a better notebook accessory."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Razer DeathAdder Gaming Mouse Review @ techPowerUp
"Razer has always been known to produce some of the best mice and sensors on the market. They established their reputation with the Razer Diamondback which has now found a worthy successor. The Razer DeathAdder is the best mouse we ever tested, in both low sensitivity and high sensitivity. The bundled control panel is a breeze to work with and boasts a huge number of features. With a price of $59.95 this mouse also offers an excellent price/performance ratio."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Thermaltake TMG A3 Silent CPU Cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"The base of the heatsink is well protected with a plastic cover, which we like to see, as any damage to the base of the heatsink would severely hamper its performance. The TMG A3 also comes with Thermal transfer compound pre-applied to the heatsink which may or may not be a good thing depending if you like to use a specific compound."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Antec EarthWatts 500Watt PSU Review @ DSM
"With all the chatter about global warming, and everything else related to it it's nice to see companies like Antec jumping in and doing their part for the environment. Today for review I have one of Antecs' EarthWatts 'Green' power supplies, the 500Watt version to be exact. In the past I've reviewed many of Antecs' products and they have become a favorite company of mine because of the excellent quality and performance of their products, and the new EarthWatts PSU lineup in no different, it is an exceptional example of Antec quality."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Thermalright HR-07 Memory Module Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"The HR-07 is nothing like any memory cooler I have seen, and the double heatpipe design is quite foreign looking to me. The concept of the design makes sense though, and what you have is a heavyweight heatspreader with a heatpipe on either side that draws heat up to a pair of cooling fins that will be situated in the moving air inside a typical system."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Team Group TXDD2048M800HC4DC-D DDR 2-800 Memory Review @ Bjorn3D
"With the advances of DDR2 technology, the higher speeds and lower lantencies are only gaining popularity. It seems that DDR2-800 has become the mainstream speed and higher speed memory modules are coming to the market as we speak. The recent drop in the price of DDR2-800 certainly makes it a great buy if you plan to overclock your system. Since a Core 2 Duo can be overclocked by simply raising the FSB to match the clockspeed of the memory without breaking a sweat. Thus, having that extra clockspeed would certainly come in handy.

Almost all memory manufactures have a DDR2-800 on their product line up. The question still remains, which one will offer the best performance and overclocking result. Well, we have received new entry into the market from Team Group, TXDD2048M800HC4DC-D, which we are going to put it to the the torture test."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Logitech Harmony 890 Advanced Universal Remote Review @ I4U
"Mortal remotes use AA or AAA batteries to operate, but the Harmony 890 utilizes a rechargeable battery like a portable phone. The good part is that you never need to buy replacement batteries. The bad part is that if you forget to recharge the remote for a few days you may find yourself out of luck when it comes to movie night."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Sapphire X1900 XT 512MB Video Card Review @ Think Computers
"A little while ago we took a look at the Sapphire Radeon X1300 XT video card. It proved to be a great midrange card, especially for the price. Well today we will be talking a look at its bigger brother on the high-end; the Radeon X1900 XT. I was really excited to get the X1900 XT and see what it had to offer. It really changed the way I play games and the feel of those games so let's take a look and see what it can do."

More information on this review can be found right here.
LG GBW-H10N Blu-ray Drive Review @ TrustedReviews
"The LG GBW-H10N looks pretty much like any other DVD writer apart from the Blu-ray Disc logo on the right side of the tray. The GBW-H10N will write BD-R discs at 4x, BD-RE media at 2x, DVD-R at 12x, DVD-RW at 6x, DVD+R at 12x, DVD+RW at 8x (media permitting) and DVD-RAM at 5x."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Mini-Box M200 Review @ EpiaCenter
"Back in November Mini-Box.com, the designers of the fabulous picoPSUs, introduced a new series of embedded systems built around their new range of M200 and M300 enclosures. I was of course eager to review one of those enclosures and Mini-Box kindly sent me one of the M200 cases so I could give it a thorough spin around the block. After having used the case for several weeks with both the EPIA CN13000G and another board that I'm currently reviewing I now had a chance to compile my thoughts on the M200 into an article."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Ultra Products Grid Midtower Case Review @ OCIA
"The tissue paper is also something not regularly seen in case packaging. After pulling all of that packaging away you can see the front panel and side window are further protected by yet another layer of plastic. The side window is even covered inside and out. Ultra has obviously taken extra steps to make sure this case arrives at your door with the finish in factory pristine condition."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Sunbeam Quarterback Case Review @ Overclockers Cafe
"The four provided 120mm fans allow plenty of airflow through the case. If that's not enough, there's room for you to add another front mounted 120mm for intake. Sunbeam avoids going overboard with bells and whistles in order to keep to the tried and true. The Quarterback has everything that should be expected in a case plus that little bit of extra. Overall, I'd say the Quarterback proves to be an excellent value especially considering it has a sticker price of $60."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Cooljag OAK-H Radial Skived Copper Fin Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Cooljag OAK-H heatsink is identical to the Cooljag OAK-H2 model in all ways, except for its internally illuminated blue LED fan. Both heatsinks offer a unique approach, largely due to the construction method which utilizes a ring of skived copper fins wrapped around a central copper column. CoolJag's OAK-H heatsink adapts the skived fin technique by turning everything on its side."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Thermalright HR-07 Memory Cooler Review @ Madshrimps
"Thermalright is known as a very competent and successful manufacturer of after market cooling gear. Today, we take a look at their latest gem, the HR-07 Memory Module Cooler. This passive cooler is made to cool your ram beyond any stock heat sink or heat spreader. Have a look and see if it surpasses its daring intentions."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Sondigo Inferno Soundcard Review @ Viperlair
"Most people out there today are fine with their integrated audio solutions, especially with Intel's High Definition Audio and nVidia's past and present push for better quality onboard audio. This does not mean that everyone is satisfied with these solutions, as good as they are, they are not to the standards set forth by Creative and now apparently, Sondigo."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Swiftech MCW60-T Review BurnOutPC
"Water cooling has become much more mainstream during the years. Water cooling products are available for all kinds of people and it's really not that difficult anymore to build a system, anyone with a little bit of common sense and technical insight will be able to do the job. However if you go a bit further than water cooling and start using peltiers it's a whole different ball game. I got in contact with Swiftech after their P180B silent system announcement and got the opportunity to check out their MCW60 water block with 180watts peltier, naming it the MCW60-T."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Intel Moves Closer to 45nm Penryn Processor Production @ Legit Reviews
"Intel has been able to nail down their high-k + metal gate transistor technology and the next generation dual-core and quad-core processors will have the new transistors. The first processor family to use this new technology will be Penryn, which is the next generation Intel Core 2 processor. Thanks to the high-k + metal gate technology the 45nm part will benefit from clock rate improvements."

More information on this article can be found right here.
Ultra 800W X-Finity & X-Pro Power Supplies Review @ 3DGameman
"The Ultra X-Finity 800W and X-Pro 800W power supplies are pretty much on equal ground when it comes to performance. The only real difference between them is; the X-Finity is black and comes with FlexForce cables, the X-Pro is silver and has sleeved cables. Both have plenty leads, two 80mm fans and thick aluminum housing. Either one of these power supplies is well suited for a hardcore gaming rig. Watch the video to find out more and check out the bloopers at the end."

More information on the review can be found right here.
Intel 45nm Technology Overview @ Bit-Tech
"Obviously, this has some potentially quite serious implications, because gate leakage tunnelling through the silicon dioxide increases exponentially when the dielectric gate walls get thinner and thinner. Excessive current leakage causes an increase in power dissipation and heat output – something that the Prescott core was famous for. What you end up with is a transistor that’s never fully switched to off; instead, you’ve got millions of transistors that resemble a light bulb that only dims when you switch it off. In other words, the transistors end up becoming power inefficient."

More information on this article can be found right here.
AMD Quad FX Platform @ Hardware Secrets
"In response to the release of the new quad-core CPUs by Intel, AMD launched its Quad FX platform. Contrary to what many people could think, Quad FX isn’t a new AMD quad-core processor, but a platform, as we will describe in this article."

More information on this article can be found right here.
GeCube X1950 Pro Champion Edition Review @ techPowerUp
"The Radeon X1950 Pro series is one of the hottest selling video cards at the moment. It is competitively priced and can run all current games without breaking a sweat. Gecube has engineered a special TEC cooled solution for improved overclocking. In our testing we saw amazing clock increases of 20% on both the core and memory for a final clock of 682 MHz / 816 MHz."

More information on this review can be found right here.
iStarUSA D-300L-M6 Rackmount Case Review @ 3DGameman
"Improvements over standard 3U design include dual “two to three” hot swappable SATA bays and modular internal fans. This is truly holds fast to the theory that a server needs to be redundant. The option for various colors for doors make a wonderful choice for server rooms that would like to easily differentiate between servers by color, instead of looking for small labels on the face of the machines. This can also become a very useful tool for any business that has their servers in a window display."

More information on this review can be found right here.
CES 2007 Report on InWin @ ThinkComputers
"While at CES case company In Win was nice enough to invite us up to their suite. Although we have heard of In Win we really did not know much about them so we were excited to see what they would be showing us."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Tyan Tomcat i945GM Motherboard Review @ Phoronix
"While Tyan is mostly known for their selection of high-end server motherboards, their Tomcat i945GM is a rather interesting yet peculiar solution for them. The i945GM is a FlexATX motherboard that supports Intel's Socket 478 mobile processors (including the Core 2 Duo) along with onboard Intel i945 graphics with both DVI and VGA connections. The Tyan S3095 motherboard is targeted for industrial applications and embedded systems."

More information on this review can be found right here.
XFX 7600GT Fatality Review @ Gamepyre
"The 7600GT Fatal1ty card has some good and some bad points. The good is that it is the fastest available 7600GT card on the market today with clockspeeds exceeding the other 7600GT cards by a good margin. The card is quiet, meaning that if you’re wanting a silent system, this card is the card for you. It also carries the “Fatal1ty” brand, which kids may see as cool as this gamer is on TV with shows like “60 Minutes.” The 7600GT is Vista Premium ready meaning that it will run the new Aero Glass interface."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Brando WorkShop USB Mini Multimedia Keyboard Review @ DSM
"Today I have another short review for you of yet another small keyboard. The USB Mini Multimedia Keyboard is from our friends at Brando WorkShop and it's not only small but loaded with features as well. The Mini-Multimedia Keyboard, being so small makes it the perfect traveling companion for users on the go that want the functionality and versatility of a full keyboard."

More information on this review can be found right here.
A4Tech X-750F Laser Gaming Mouse Review @ Think Computers
"Ever since the GUI first started making it's way onto computers the mouse has been an incredibly important piece of equipment for any computer user. With the rise of modern PC gaming and modern graphic design the mouse has moved from a "point and click" device to a device of precision. Many gamers these days want a mouse that is going to not only meet their needs in game but also for their daily PC use. A4 Tech has answered the call of many gamers and has developed the X-750F Laser Mouse with 3X Fire "triple click", and adjustable DPI via the sixth mouse button."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Razer Krait Review @ Overclockers Club
"Well before I could start any testing with this mouse, I had to find a way to lower the sensitivity, as stock it comes so fast I could barley click on the close button on my windows. After installing the drivers I took a look at all the tweaks that I could perform to this mouse. First things first, I lowered the sensitivity from the max (10) down to something that felt closer to my old mouse (4). Now I was ready to go."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Cooljag OAK-H2 (JAC84MC) Radial Skived Fin Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The Cooljag OAK-H2 heatsink, also known as the 'JAC84MC,' is a unique thermal solution for a couple of reasons which are not immediately obvious. The heatsink is entirely copper, constructed from a ring of skived copper fins that have been wrapped around a central copper column and soldered together. Traditionally, skived copper fins are only used in linear applications, most often long rows under a powerful fan. Owing to the demands of the socket 775 Intel processor, skiving technology has been developed to remain relevant."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Cooler Master Aquagate Viva Giveaway @ 3DGameman
"Cooler Master and 3dGameMan teams up to bring you Giveaway/Contest 35: Cooler Master Aquagate Viva. Please read the rules very carefully."

More information on this contest can be found right here.
Spire Diamondcool II and Verticool II Review @ ExtensiveMods
"Today’s CPUs are running at faster speeds and require sufficient cooling to prevent a Chernobyl-like meltdown. As technology gets more advanced, companies are developing new ways to cool the CPU more efficiently than ever before; be it air or water-cooling. A top of the line water-cooling setup can easily run into the hundreds of dollars and be too steep of an investment to make for the average modder. Air cooling has been the standard option to keep your CPU temperatures under control and today I’m going to look at some new air cooling units from Spire Coolers; the DiamondCool II and the Verticool II."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Improving Skype Audio in Windows @ BigBruin


"Skype is arguably the most popular Web telephony service out there. One common complaint is that the quality of the calls varies widely. There are a number of simple changes that you can make to both your system settings and the settings of your Skype client software to improve the audio quality of your Skype calls."

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iPhone vs. LG Prada, Ruckus vs. iTunes @ Digital Trends


"Shortly after the Apple iPhone was announced, LG electronics, the largest Korean Electronics Manufacturer, announced the Prada which on spec is better than the iPhone and will show up about 4 months sooner and will be more widely available in Europe. In addition I just became aware of a competing service to iTunes that’s growing like wildfire in schools: Ruckus. With an advertising based model for listening to music off of PCs, and a subscription that allows you to put music on your non-iPod music player, Ruckus costs a reasonable $5 a month for unlimited tracks. Growth is apparently near vertical and from what I’m told; iTunes isn’t even competing for this opportunity."

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Samsung LN-S4051D 40 Inch LCD TV and DVD-R145 DVD Recorder Review @ Futurelooks


"Always stylish, always sexy. That pretty much sums up Samsung’s flat panel TVs these days. Pair one up with a DVD Player/Recorder like the DVD-R145 and you have a sexy/stylish combo you’d be proud have as fixtures in your living room! But how do they perform? Let's find out!"

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HD Format War @ Fast Silicon


"Because of these issues, we tend to think that it honestly doesn't matter which of the high definition media formats ultimately wins the "war", perhaps because it's a war being fought over an already apathetic consumer in the first place. And by the time high definition media (whether it's HD-DVD or Blueray) is ubiquitous, plentiful, and cheap, we feel the average consumer might possibly be too busy downloading or streaming their content to care."

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HIS IceQ3 X1950XT iTurbo Review @ Hi-Techreviews


"Not everyone can afford to spend four to five hundred dollars on a video card for their computer especially if they are say in high school, college or has a wife that controls the check book. So it is always nice to see companies come out with a video card that the average Joe or Jane can save for and be pleasantly surprised with once it is installed in their system. That is exactly what will happen when you install the HIS Ice3 X1950XT iTurbo, with a price tag of about three hundred dollars you end up with a video card that can handle most of the current lineup of video games on the market without breaking a sweat."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Antec Nine Hundred Gamers Case Review @ XSReviews


"The Nine Hundred is one of Antec’s cases designed specifically for the gamer. Containing a huge 200mm fan on top, and no less than five places to mount 120’s, at least it should run cool."

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Reviving and Volt Modding an Abit AW9D-Max Motherboard @ Madshrimps
"The overclock ability of PC hardware is known for more then a decade now. As the market seemed to ask for more user friendly ways to overclock, manufacturers came up with ideas like dipswitches, softmodding through BIOS, asynchronous bus functions, etc. Though the risk stays the same, and once you run out of luck you might find yourself paying another $200 for replacement parts. Today we take a look on how we revived our motherboard after a failed BIOS flash, followed by supercharging it for extreme performance."

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XFX 8800 GTX "XXX" Review @ Neoseeker
"The XFX GeFORCE 8800 GTX XXX power consumption is the highest of any Nvidia card I've seen it even overcomes ATI's notorious video card power consumption. The BFG GeFORCE 8800 GTS runs with significantly less power so make sure you have a efficient power supply if you plan on getting a XXX (or three). NVIDIA's minimum requirements state a 450W PSU for a single 8800 GTX but right on the box XFX recommends at least a 625W for a single XXX and 800W or greater for SLI GTX XXX cards."

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EPIA PX Pico-ITX Board Preview @ EpiaCenter
"The main thing that was missing from xyzcomputing's article and tweaknews.net's photos (which were the first sites to report on the new form-factor) were close-up photos of the Pico-ITX board itself. Fortunately we have obtained 3 macro-shots of the board shown at Lunch@Piero's!! On these photos you can clearly see that the board only comes with a VGA and LAN port, all the other connectors are available in the form of onboard headers, just like on the EPIA NL."

More information on this preview can be found right here.
ECS PX1 Extreme 965P Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"The ECS PX1 Extreme is an interesting board in many respects. The board supports Intel's Viiv platform. The included bundle is excellent in every respect with the hardware and software both, as 5 SATA cables are enough for everyone except the most ardent enthusiast. The board supports ATI's Crossfire dual video card setup, meaning if you have two cards you can run them in simultaneous mode."

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DFI LANParty UT NF590 SLI-M2R/G Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"DFI has brought the world of the super insane volt modding overclocker within reach of the average overclocker. Add a spec of good engineering, a touch of awesome voltage options, and a little of DFI's special magic and you have a platform that is killer fast right out of the box! The latest gear from those tweakers at DFI is the LANPartyUT NF590 SLI-M2R/G motherboard, and it's looking like a real gem too. The Socket AM2 motherboard supports single and dual core AMD Athlon64, X2 and FX as well as budget Sempron processors. DFI have based the LanpartyUT NF590 SLI on nVIDIA's extremely competent nForce 590 SLI and MCP55PXE southbridge chipsets."

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ECS PN2-SLI2+ NVIDIA 680i SLI Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
Anyone can definitely purchase this motherboard with confidence and know it will serve them well. And the price just adds to its attractive offerings as it retails for less than many of the current 680i platforms."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Windows Vista System Performance Reports @ Techgage
"Does performance suck on Vista when compared to XP? That's what I was set out to find out. I was worried at first, since the performance in Beta 2 was quite bad. While there is indeed a performance decrease, it's quite minimal as you'll find out."

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Raptor-Gaming P5 Hard Surface Mousepad Review @ DSM
"Mousepads come in many shapes, sizes, materials and textures, for the most part what kind you have is your preference. Any mouse, even the lowliest ball mouse can benefit from a quality mousepad, improved tracking and smoother movement of the mouse is usually the biggest improvement. Many companies today are getting into making what they are calling Professional Mousepads for gamers, while some are in name only, there are those that actually can be called a professional mousepad. One such pad is the Raptor-Gaming P5 mousepad, it is a hard surface pad that allows you mouse to glide effortlessly over it but yet offers the slightest bit of resistance for better control of you mouse."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Nintendo Wii Game Console Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Nintendo Wii Game Console is all the rage, but it's not about the high definition graphics. What everyone is getting so excited about is the gameplay. This game console literally puts you in the game. It's a tremendous amount of fun, especially with two or more players. It's really something you have to experience yourself to appreciate! Watch the video to find out more and check out the bloopers at the end."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Revoltec FightBoard, FightMouse and Gamepad Precision Review @ NordicHardware
"Today we're going to take a look at some new products from Revoltec, namely FightBoard Advanced, FightMouse Advanced and Gamepad Precision Basic. These are three products, keyboard, mouse and mouse pad, which are targeted to gamers."

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Razer Tarantula Review @ MetkuMods
"In the very ends of the board are 15 extra buttons we've used to see on top of the keyboard. Razer has included all the necessary buttons to control a media player to the right hand side, and Zoom, 100% and Rotate buttons to the lower left. These can be used in Windows' Fax and Image watching utility. On the top left there are keys for hibernate and to open a new browser window. Due to these buttons being on the sides rather than on the top, the Tarantula is sligtly longer than generic boards (51 cm)."

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Logitech G25 Review @ Overclockers Club
"Anyone who is anyone knows who Logitech is. From Mice to Joysticks, Webcams, and Keyboards, Logitech has pretty much been doing it all since 1981. When it comes to quality, I personally expect Logitech to be at the top of its game because I own a lot of their products and have become very dependent on them. The G25 looks to be a great product and I cannot wait to get started on testing it."

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Spire Rocketeer IV SP-ATX-600w Review @ XSReviews
"Spire have released some pretty good power supplies in the past. Today I have one of their higher end units, the Spire Rocketeer SP-ATX-600w. Supporting multiple graphics cards, lets see what this PSU can manage."

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Swiftech Apogee GT Water Block Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The Apogee GT is proof that Swiftech always find a way to improve the near perfect. The Diamond Matrix Pin revisions as well as some all around polishing and surface increase performance all over the cooling spectrum. The benchmarks and testing reflect excellent results that exceeded expectations."

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Spire RockeTeer IV 600Watt Power Supply Review @ DSM
"There are many parts to a computer system, and often the most overlooked in the power supply, you need to have a good, stable PSU for your system to run at its full potential. Today for review I have the Spire RockeTeer IV 600Watt Power Supply, the Rocketeer is a decent power supply that performs well and does so silently."

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Logitech Wireless DJ Review @ Digital Trend
"The Wireless DJ Music System uses the 2.4GHz frequency band to wirelessly transmit the audio signal from your PC and the included transmitter, to the base station receiver (which also doubles as the charger to remote control). You can install more than one receiver, in different rooms for example, and then label that room using the Streampoint software. The music system can then stream music to the desired room simply by selecting the zone you want with the remote control. Unfortunately you cannot stream music to different rooms/zones at the same time like you can with the Sonos Music System; you can only listen to one zone at a time. Additional wireless receivers cost a spendy $80 each, nearly 1/3rd of the systems total cost."

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Super Talent MEGA Screen MP3 Player Review @ Think Computers
"No doubt about it the iPod owns the portable audio market. If one of my friends have an MP3 player 99% of the time it is some type of iPod. The iPod is such a household name that when someone wants to go out and buy an MP3 player the automatically think "iPod". Well if you are looking for an MP3 player about the size of the iPod Nano and for about half the price you should check out the Super Talent Mega Screen MP3 player. It is not just an MP3 player it also features a FM tuner, voice recorder, photo viewer, and it plays movies. Today we will be taking a look at the 2GB model."

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Kingston 2GB K-PEX 100 Portable Media Player Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Kingston K-PEX 100 portable media player gives you the ability to make sure that your favorite music videos, recorded TV shows, photos, music or FM radio show is with you all the time. With a 2" brilliant TFT color LCD screen and a high speed USB 2.0 connection for drag-and-drop file moving could the K-PEX be your own personal theater? Read on to find out."

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Helios X3000 HD Network Media and DVD Player Review @ I4U
"With the Helios X3000 you can watch movies, listen to music and view photos along with internet content via your PC on your TV over wired or wireless network. And not to forget this device also plays DVDs and up-scales them to 1080p. The X3000 saves space in your living room by not having to get a separate media streaming box."

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Super Talent 2x1GB PC2-8000 Review @ Overclockers Online
"My main interest with memory is the overclocking and how well the memory runs at a range of timings. The T1000UX2G4 showed a distinct ability to run tight timings ridiculously well. The overclocking results at the timings of 3-3-3-8/3-4-3-8 and 4-4-4-8 are the best I have seen, without a doubt. There isn't much else to say except that the Super Talent T1000UX2G4 are sure to continue to turn heads everywhere they go, as they have here today."

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Intel D975XBX2 (BadAxe) Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"So what differentiates the Intel D975XBX2KR from other motherboards already on the market? The first thing you get is Intel's bundling. Intel can offer a lower price to OEMs with their CPU+motherboard combos. The software that comes with Intel's retail box is comprehensive, offering such tools as Intel Audio Studio, Diskkeeper 9 Home Edition, Farstone RestoreIT, InterVideo's MediaOne Gallery, and much more to their software bundle, meaning you get value with your purchase."

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MSI P965 Platinum Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"Intel’s P965 chipset has really shown us lately there is really no great point in getting a more expensive 975X chipset based motherboard but why? P965 has native DDR-2 800 memory support, its FSB overclocking potential is usually higher and it supports more peripherals on the ICH8 Southbridge. With Crossfire reorganisation from ATI, it has all the features of the 975X and more.

MSI’s second P965 motherboard they have sent us left a much sweeter taste in our mouths. The cheaper P965 Neo that was originally sent to us really should not have been considered, however, we can say that the P965 Platinum has some major pull here and it’s quite a capable product. And it’s really not that much more expensive than the Neo version."

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The Core 2 Duo Mini-ITX Box Project @ XYZ Computing
"After running my old Mini-ITX system as a PVR for a few months, I started to get somewhat annoyed at its lack of power. The embedded processor was great for simple tasks but even with the help of the powerful TV tuner card its operation was slow. The performance of the system was once acceptable, but when relaxing who wants to be waiting for a system to load when other options, like TiVo work so well? It was time for another upgrade. At about the same time as all this was happening my Mini-ITX motherboard died so there was no doubt that was time for a major overhaul. Unlike the old system, the new one was designed for serious performance, not just the bare essentials. What specifically does that mean? Core 2 Duo, Windows Vista, SATA storage, and more."

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007
SteelSeries SteelSound 4H Headset Review @ techPowerUp
"The SteelSeries SteelSound 4H is a headset made specifically for gamers. Like its big brother, the 5H, it is designed to give you an advantage in games by making sure you hear all the little details like footsteps. The SteelSound 4H offers great wearing comfort even when used for gaming sessions of several hours."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Saitek A-100 My Spkr Ipod Speaker System Review @ Tweaknews
"I always like a product that does what it says it will and does it well. Saitek has such a product in the A-100 My Spkr. This simple yet elegant device belts out the tunes with impressive clarity and the bass response is really amazing for its size. Small light and portable, the A-100 may find a large audience."

More information on this review can be found right here.
TTIC nPowerTek NPH-K8 Big Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"The (TTIC) nPowerTek NPH-K8 Big heatsink is a huge low noise cooler, but in fact it's that large size which allows it to operate without too much noise. The nPowerTek NPH-K8 Big is a deceptively simple combination of heat column and aluminum fins, intended for a Socket 754/939/940 AMD Athlon64 processor near you. At the heart of this heatsink is a huge copper cylinder; this is the heat column. The heat column is a 33mm diameter hollow copper cylinder which is vacuum sealed, creating the ideal environment for a special chemical coating on the inside that "superconducts heat axially at a molecular level." The technology works on a related concept to traditional heatpipes, but is physically different and should not be confused with the latter."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Open Linux Router Project Announced @ Phoronix
"ClarkConnect, IPCop, m0n0wall, and Smoothwall are among the Linux distributions currently available that are targeted for use as a firewall or network server. However, shortly another contender will be launching into this arena and that is the Open Linux Router."

More information on this project can be found right here.
Cooler Master NotePal P1 Laptop Cooler Review @ Futurelooks
"The Notepal P1 is powered by a standard USB port on your laptop. Although most laptops have a USB port these days, the orientation of the port may leave the included USB cable a bit short so watch for that. Also, instead of robbing you of a USB port, the Notepal P1 includes an extra port to replace the one it stole. The main power button is to the right of the USB port (big silver button). Fan speed is not adjustable however."

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Iiyama ProLite X486S-B1 19in Gaming TFT Review @ TrustedReviews
"I must admit that I was a little surprised when Iiyama popped round to the TrustedReviews offices to see if we would be interested in reviewing a regular 19in monitor. These days it’s all about the widescreen, and we looked at Iiyama’s own 22in display a few months ago. However, the X486S is more than just another LCD monitor."

More information on this review can be found right here.
D-Link DNS-323 Network Storage Enclosure Review @ BIOS
"D-Links' Network Storage Enclosure offers an extremely powerful and flexible solution for storing and sharing digital media across the home or office network or across the Internet. It addresses the growing market need to store an ever-increasing amount of data in the home or business, while offering built-in protection to keep valuable data, photos, videos and other important files intact. If anything bad can be levelled at it, you need to
run the latest firmware upgrade to iron out a few bugs, and it runs a little hotter then we'd like."

More information on this review can be found right here.
MSI 7600GT 256mb DDR3 Passive Review @ XSReviews
"Noise and power are normally two things that go together these days in the graphics card market. However, with what I have in my hand today, that could all change."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Mushkin XP2-8500 DDR2 2GB Dual Pack Review @ OCTools
"It performed as advertised and ran flawlessly over its rated spec. We never had any stability issues at all during the entire testing. Mushkin has a solid reputation when it comes to producing stable DDR/DDR2 ram, and their XP2-8500 didn't disappoint us."

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PowerColor ATI X1950 Pro Extreme 512MB Graphics Card Review @ I4U
"Most gamers out there don’t want to spend the kind of money it takes to own a high end graphics cards like the 8800 GTX. Thankfully there are cards that perform well and wont break the bank like the card we are covering today the PowerColor ATI X1950 Pro Extreme 512MB Graphics Card.
One of the most interesting features of this graphics card is the silent cooling fan called the arctic Cooling Accelero X2. While this heatsink looks massive, it is still small enough for the card to require only one PCI slot. The design uses six heat pipes and will work in CrossFire mode as well as in BTX chassis."

More information on this review can be found right here.
NVidia 8800 GTX SLI Review @ Driver Heaven
"Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) have come on leaps and bounds in the last year as we saw the two graphics giants, ATI and Nvidia, battling it out for the performance crown. Unfortunately for the ATI fan boys Nvidia stormed ahead with the release of their 8800 range of cards. However, all is not lost as ATI's hard hitting x1950 series of cards comes with a brand new cooler, DDR4 and claims of excellent image quality. Today we have Connect3D's x1950XTX, read on to see what we thought."

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NVidia 8800 GTX SLI Review @ Driver Heaven
"While many other sites published rushed reviews on 8800 SLI to get the hits, we were testing and reporting various bugs with companies to give you the definitive review of Nvidia's 8800 solution in SLI. Over 2 months in the making, with testing on a Vapochill overclocked Quad Core CPU @ 4GHZ with a selection of 8800 SLI solutions from Foxconn, Asus and XFX. Not only are we testing at the highest resolution with all the eye candy on full but we have over half a gigabyte of downloadable High Definition content for you to look at. If your internet connection can handle it."

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Asus P5B-E P965 Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"The Asus P5B-E motherboard may be bland to look at but it's what's inside that counts right? ;-) There's a decent amount of onboard peripherals such as 7.1 channel Intel Azalia audio, IEEE 1394a, Gigabit LAN and an additional Serial ATA II controller. If you feel the need to add devices, the P5B-E has a lot of upgrade possibilities with three 32 bit PCI slots and three PCI Express x1 slots."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Cooler Master and Smooth Creations Presents: CSX
"Imagine your dream machine. A machine so unique, so stylish, you will be the envy of all your friends. Up until now, Custom Painted PC gaming systems have always been pre-built. If you wanted a Custom Painted PC you have one of two choices: buy a pre-built system which might not have all the components you want or build your own and find someone who’s skilled enough to bring your visions to reality.

Cooler Master, known for their innovative products with superior cooling capabilities have teamed up with Smooth Creations known for their custom paint job skills to create a one-of-a-kind product for you. Having won numerous awards, each in their own respective fields, both companies have joined partners to bring you your Ultimate Dream Machine.

CSX provides custom-paint jobs with excellent cases along with superior cooling, so that you could build your very own dream machine. That once unattainable goal is now within reach."

More information on this press release can be found right here.
Antec P180B Performance One ATX Case Review @ Bjorn3D
"Antec labels the P180B as part of their Performance One family of computer cases. While the name of this product line may give some insight to the purpose of these cases, their actual performance and features remains undefined."

More information on this review can be found right here.
AOpen Mini PC MP945-VX Ultra Small Formfactor PC Review @ PCstats
"The AOpen miniPC MP945-VX is built with Intel's very reliable 945GM and ICH7M chipsets (a pair of mobile core logic), and supports the Intel Core Duo Socket 478 mobile processor family. Everything else is based on notebook hardware which is compact, cool running, and quiet. The barebones AOpen miniPC MP945-VX system does not include a processor, memory or hard drive but does come with everything else including a dual layer slot loading DVD burner and wireless LAN."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Interview with Tony Wong President of PC Partner @ Hexus.tv
"You may not have heard of PC Partner, but there's a good chance you've used one of its products. We met Tony Wong, President of the company, during our Dragon Tour. This is what he told us about his business."

More information on this interview can be found right here.
CES 2007 ShowStoppers @ Think Computers
"The last press event we attended at CES was ShowStoppers. ShowStoppers is held at the Wynn and if you haven't been there then you should definitely see that hotel first hand, everything is over the top. ShowStoppers is a great press event that enables you to get a small look at what to expect from different companies without the crowd of the show floor. Of course there are drinks and food too. So let's check out some things that caught our attention at the ShowStoppers event."

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Alpha Novatech PRE9060M92P Socket 775 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
"When Alpha Novatech produce a new heatsink model the company tends to only produce one or two variations to get it right. On the other hand, companies like Thermaltake produce dozens of heatsinks for each new CPU platform, and six months down the road there is always an entirely new collection of thermal solutions to choose from. Did you ever wonder why it takes a high end heatsink manufacturer a handful of thermal solutions to cover an entire processor series, and other brands dozens and dozens? In this review, Frostytech will be testing out the Alpha Novatech PRE9060M92P heatsink; a large socket 775 solution ideally suited for Intel Pentium D, Core 2 Duo/Quad processors."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Spire Fourier IV Intel/AMD Copper Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"The Fourier IV is a pretty good cooling solution. Spire's innovative design and all-copper construction yielded very acceptable, but not outstanding, performance. The cooler has distinctive styling that looks good on a motherboard and can be used fanless, if the heat load is not too high."

More information on this review can be found right here.
VIZO Voyager HDD Cooler Review @ GideonTech
"The noise level of the fans, however, is negligible, and can't be heard over the other fans in the Thermaltake Mozart TX case used for testing. Importantly for modders, this cooler looks good and fits in most cases, a definite positive."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Sapphire Ultimate X1650PRO 256MB Graphics Card Review @ Virtual-Hideout

"The Sapphire Ultimate X1650PRO is a very stable and solid card to say the least. Although it didn't play F.E.A.R. smoothly at the game's maximum settings, it did play it fine at lower settings. The other games played fairly well, and I feel that this card would work out better in a HTPC setup rather than a gaming rig."

More information on this review can be found right here.
HIS X1650 IceQ Turbo Review @ Bjorn3D
"Unfortunately this means it might be a bit hard for a regular user to keep up and to figure out which card is better than the other. The card I am testing today, the HIS X1650XT IceQ Turbo, uses the relatively new graphic chipset, the x1650XT from ATI. While the name suggests it is nothing more than a slightly faster X1650 Pro, the truth is that it is much more than that."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Cable-Less Crossfire - P965 & X1600XT Review @ Fast Silicon
"Though the P965 is the more "value oriented" chipset in Intel's lineup relative to the P975, it has become an enthusiast favorite due to the drastically higher front side bus clocks you can obtain with it on many enthusiast boards. The PCI lane arrangement of the two chipsets is significantly different, with the 975 supporting twin slots with 8 PCI-E lane's directly within the MCH, while the P965 chipset support 16 PCI-E lanes on the MCH, and 4 PCI-E lanes on the ICH using the much lower bandwidth of the Direct Media Interface (DMI) for communications."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Intel QX6700 Core 2 Quad Extreme Edition CPU Review @ IU4
"Today we are going to have a look at the top of the line CPU offering from Intel, the QX6700 Core 2 Quad Extreme Edition. This CPU is the fastest desktop CPU Intel or AMD has built to date and lives up to the Extreme Edition Moniker very well. Not only is the QX6700 fast right out of the box but it also has good overclocking potential if you are so inclined. Read on to see how well the Intel QX6700 Core 2 Quad Extreme Edition performs."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 CPU Quad Core Review @ MVKTech
"Leap ahead, these two words drive focus at Intel. Their job is to find and drive the next leap ahead around technology, education, culture, manufacturing, and more to continuously encourage their customers, partners, consumers, and businesses to join them as they continue to take exciting leaps forward. After the incredible launch of Intel's Conroe series it's not too easy to follow that up. But make no mistake as at the end of last year, Intel has launched the world's first quad core desktop processor. The Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 is based on the new Kentsfield core, and actually features two Core 2 Duo processors packed together in one single chip featuring a total of 8MB of L2 cache."

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Netgear ProSafe SSL312 Review @ TrustedReviews
"The move towards affordable SSL-VPN appliances is definitely under way. We’ve already looked Billion’s slick little BiGuard S10 and now its Netgear’s turn with its even lower cost ProSafe SSL312."

More information on this review can be found right here.
SilverStone NAS NS311 Review @ Phoronix
"While SilverStone Technology is primarily known for their high-end selection of PC chassis enclosures and power supplies, last year SilverStone had introduced the Mobile Storage series. At that time we had reviewed the SilverStone Mobile MS02, which was a 2.5" mobile hard drive enclosure with a USB 2.0 interface. We had found this external 2.5" HDD enclosure to offer a great deal of features, while being encased inside a stylish aluminum housing. The latest series among SilverStone's storage products is the NAS series. SilverStone has introduced its first Network Attached Storage (NAS) device. The SilverStone NS311 supports both LAN and USB 2.0 connections and supports a single 3.5" IDE hard drive."

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A-DATA My Flash PD7 1GB Review @ techPowerUp
"A-DATA's My Flash PD7 USB Drive is certified for use with Microsoft Windows Vista ReadyBoost. In our testing this drive takes the performance crown with a sustained read transfer rate of 34 MB/s, far more than any other USB drive we tested so far. Access times are very important for ReadyBoost. Here the PD7 can shine too, only 0.6 ms is a new record as well."

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TechWareLabs Server Build and Video Review @ Techwarelabs
"We recently built a new server for our hosting needs at TechWareLabs and decided to record the build for our readers. It only took us 1 Minute 35 Seconds to create this powerhouse for you guys. A video in Quicktime or in MP4 format is available for you. If you are subject to motion sickness, or are fient of heart I suggest you check out whats on the Disney channel instead. Those with rock hard stomachs and a will of steel feel free to click on the links after you strap yourself and your computer to something stable. If our passengers are ready for take off then we are ready to begin. No smoking please. Read our article for all the details."

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Swiftech Quiet Power P180 Liquid Cooled Barebones System Review @ OCIA
"Swiftech included their extremely popular APOGEE CPU water block with the system and they have already installed and leaked tested the complete cooling system. Unless you have a AMD socket M2, all you'll need to do is install the block, connect the two hoses and fill the system. If you have an AMD socket M2 based system, you'll need to switch out the water block's mounting plate. Swiftech covers this in their instructions and the M2 mount plate is also included in the kit."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Aerocool Zero Flexi Tower Review @ Pro-Clockers
"The Aerocool Zero Flexi Tower is slightly bigger than a mid-sized case and smaller than a full-sized unit as well, and while it fills the middle-ground in terms of size, it does have the potential to store all your internal components. Most of all, the Zero provides some very serious cooling. Why we say this? Take a look at the article."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Beating the Winter Gaming Blues @ Digital Trends
"Happy New Year, gaming enthusiasts! As a special treat, I come bearing good news for fellow interactive entertainment fans suddenly feeling a strange bulge in their jeans: It’s not entirely because of all the hot cocoa and fruitcake we’ve spent the last 8-12 weeks stuffing our sunlight-deprived faces with. Presuming you didn’t blow all that holiday cash on a PlayStation 3 surely, faithful readers weren’t amongst the crowds who ponied up $2500+ for the system – it may actually be (gasp) what we so-called professional types love to dub “disposable income.”"

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Saitek Eclipse II Illuminated Keyboard Review @ Tweaknews
"The main feature of this keyboard is the customizable illumination. Although it won't really help you when doing your daily work, it does help when gaming in a dark environment such as at a LAN gaming event. The lighting does help surprisingly well in those situations and you won't be hunting for keys you cannot see anymore."

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Super Talent RBST 1 GB USB Stick w/ ReadyBoost Review @ techPowerUp
"Super Talent has recently announced their RBST line of USB sticks that support the Windows Vista ReadyBoost feature. ReadyBoost is a technology that enables you to increase system performance without doing any complex hardware upgrades. In our testing we see that the RBST offers amazing access times of only 0.9 ms and solid transfer rates of 17 MB/s for a very competitive price."

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Noctua NF-S12 & NF-R8 Fans Review @ Phoronix
"Nocuta is a newcomer to Phoronix, so when they had first asked us to look at a couple fans we were a bit hesitant. In the past year, the only cooling fans we had reviewed were the Sytrin KuFormula SFFD120 and the Enermax Marathon Enlobal Fan, which were both unique products compared to a traditional computer case fan. Ultimately, we decided to accept Noctua's invitation to try out the NF-S12 and NF-R8 fans, and in this review you will find out why."

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Noctua NF-S12 and RF-8 Cooling Fans Review @ BigBruin
"Noctua continues to impress with the cooling products they have sent to Bigbruin.com for review. The NF-S12 and NF-R8 fans provided the cooling performance needed, the low noise operation wanted, and many quality touches that might not be expected."

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IBL Box HDD20 Harddisk Silencer Review @ HardwareXL
"This week I took a look at the IBL Box HDD20. The design is simple yet it's very versatile in ways of installing in a case. There are three variations of HDD Boxes available resp; IBL Box HDD10 (for one harddisk), IBL Box HDD20 (for two harddisks) and IBL Box HDD30 (for three harddisks). Installing is child's play and truly makes your harddisks operate without any annoying sound."

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Antazone ASC-1000 CPU Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers
"If you take a new company and throw in a fresh design chances are that you will come across something really interesting. Today we take a look at a new cooler from Antazone and ask the question, should you consider it in your buying plans?"

More information on this review can be found right here.
Antec EarthWatts 500W Review @ Overclockers Online
"Chalk another one up for Antec. The EarthWatts 500W is an excellent power supply unit which combines efficiency, performance, and is almost inaudible despite the single 80mm fan. This power supply was able hold its ground even under absolutely treacherous conditions."

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Sharkoon Silent Storm 700W Quad 12v PSU Review @ XtremeComputing
"To really test the Silent Storm 120 I ran some demanding programs on all parts of the system. The CPU was clocked up to 3.0GHz. 3dMark 05 was used to stress the GPU while Prime95 was used on both cores to stress them and the memory. At the same time a DVD was written to from the hard disk to stress the file system."

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Linksys iPhone CIT300 Dual-Mode Skype Phone Review @ TheTechLounge
"The product we’ll be taking a look at today is the iPhone CIT300 from Linksys. This isn’t just your simple everyday cordless phone though, because not only does it support your typical landline connection, but it’s also compatible with Skype. If you’re not familiar with Skype, it’s simply a Voice Over IP (VoIP) service that allows you to talk to other Skype users on the computer for free. The catch is that you both need to be at your computer in order to talk, using a microphone and speaker/headphone combination or a headset of some sort. While it’s great that you can make free PC-to-PC “calls” in this fashion, the obvious downside is that you’re tethered to your computer for the duration of the conversation. With the CIT300 cordless phone however, this is not the case since you can use it to access your Skype contacts and converse with them as if you were still seated at your computer. There’s a lot more to the CIT300 and Skype, but before I get ahead of myself too much, let’s take a closer look at the unit itself."

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Logitech FreePulse Wireless Headphones Review @ Modders-Inc
"One of the main issues a person will find with an MP3 / iPod® player is the cord that always finds a way to get caught on something. With the latest headphone from Logitech that is no longer an issue. The Logitech FreePulse Wireless Headphones allow you to have even more flexibility with a range of up to 33 feet and battery life that lasts up to 6 hours."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Logitech Harmony 720 Universal Remote Review @ OCIA


"Simple and easy to understand commands make programming the unit a breeze. For those users who require more complex commands, you have the ability to adjust even the smallest factors such as delay time between macro commands. Logitech has an extensive database that should cover most any brand and model of equipment that you may own. The Harmony 720 can accommodate up to 12 different devices (far more than the average user would have)."

More information on this review can be found right here.
All Athlon 64 Models @ Hardware Secrets
"All new processors from AMD found on the stores nowadays are based on AMD’s Athlon 64 architecture, also known as x86-64 or “hammer”. In this tutorial we will list all Athlon 64, Athlon 64 FX and Athlon 64 X2 models released so far and the main differences between them."

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Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-500 MCE Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"With all that being said, I would feel confident in anyone using the WinTV-PVR-500 MCE who wants to build a HTPC system, or for the user who may have a dual monitor setup and wants to have live TV on the second monitor. The ease of setup and use through MCE also makes getting the WinTV-PVR-500 MCE a plus."

More information on this review can be found right here.
FoxxConn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H Motherboard Review @ Bjorn3D
"While I’ll get into details regarding its name later, I should first point out that the Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H is fully Core 2 Duo ready. Foxconn has a previous product titled, you guessed it, 975X7AA-8EKRS2H, that is not compatible with Core 2 Duo processors, so hence the “B” in the “975X7AB”. To recap, the board we have in this review is the “AB” product refresh/update with the needed changes having been made to the voltage regulator and BIOS."

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Biostar TF550 Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"At a price of $77 bucks online, the Biostar TForce 550 board is targeted towards the mainstream segment of the market and is a good buy for those wanting an inexpensive non-SLI motherboard. The performance isn't as good as the bigger brother nForce 590 SLI, but it's not meant to be. Considering the layout of the board, the 24-pin power connector is forced to be in that position. Positives of the board include plenty of expansion room for add-on cards and the ability to use 6 USB 2.0 devices without the use of a bracket."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
CES 2007 Spotlight on Corsair @ Futurelooks
"At the Bellagio Hotel, Corsair was showing off their line up for 2007. Though there was not really much new to show that hasn't already been released to the retail channel though, it doesn't mean it wasn't an interesting meeting. They did have a nice rack of memory and flash drives on display, but the highlight was their Dominator 10000 memory module: DDR2 1250Mhz (625Mhz), 5-5-5-18 latencies."

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CES 2007 Report on Zalman @ Think Computers
"At this year's CES Zalman showed a product that has to be on my list for one of the coolest products at CES. We know Zalman for CPU coolers and cases, but this product was not in that category at all. It's actually a monitor! Now you may be thinking what I thought, Zalman is making monitors now?! Well let's see what makes this monitor so special and take a look at what else Zalman was showing at CES."

More information on this article can be found right here.

CES 2007 Report Lunch@Piero's

"Lunch@Piero's is another great press event that takes place during CES. It actually gives us members of the press time to relax and get a free meal too! Piero's restaurant is located right across the street from the Las Vegas Convention Center so it is really convenient for Press to walk right over. It is a really cool environment with half of the restaurant reserved for eating and the other half is setup with small booth's showing some great new technology from many different companies. So let's see what all we saw at Luch@Piero's!"

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CES 2007 Report OCZ Technology @ techPowerUp
"OCZ's hottest announcement at CES was their upcoming 2000W powersupply that is so big that it is housed in an external case. Another promising product is their Equalizer series of gaming mice. These laser mice have a feature "Triple Threat Button" that simulates three keypresses when pressing a mouse button once. Quite useful for pistol action in Counter-Strike or to get off quick bursts."

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CES 2007 Cooler Master Flybook Lian Li Report @ XYZ Computing
"I have done some more wading through my multiple gigabytes of CES photos in order to keep the coverage coming. This time around we will be taking a quick look at the best from Cooler Master, Dialogue (the maker's of the Flybook notebook computers), and Lian Li. Each company had a few cool things happening at their booth, so we took the extended booth tour and compressed it down into a few pictures and some commentary."

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Heatsink and TIM Basics Guide @ PCApex
"Heat is actually molecular vibrations in any material and our fingers interpret this vibration as heat. The greater the vibration, the hotter the material is/feels. In order to cool down the material these vibrations need to be dispersed or thinned-out in some way. If you have ever played with a tuning fork, try to think of when you would strike it and let it stop vibrating on its own. If you were to touch the fork, your finger would absorb the vibrations and the humming would stop along with the vibration. This is a very very general example of what your CPU cooler does. It takes the heat (molecular vibrations) generated by your PC's CPU and disperses it in order to keep the CPU cool and prevent any heat build up which could kill your processor."

More information on this guide can be found right here.
CES 2007 Report Part 3 @ Virtual-Hideout
"The first things everyone noticed this year were the game systems built within some of their best looking cases you can find. One thing we've liked about Cooler Master is their willingness to be creative and even modify computer systems. This also makes the display booth look very cool."

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Everglide S-500 Headset Review @ techPowerUp
"Everglide has been known to produce very high-end mouse pads for years. Now they ventured into the gaming headset market with their S-500 series of professional headsets. The headset offers excellent wearing comfort, even when used over longer periods of time. Also the sound quality is good for both gaming and listening to music."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Viewsonic VG2230WM 22" Widescreen Monitor @ Bit-Tech
"All in all, the VG2230WM is a reasonable monitor at a reasonable price. If you want better quality, you'll spend the same amount of money for a smaller panel or more for the same size panel. If you want to save money, you can hack off a few quid and get the Iiyama. But overall, this is a good all-round buy."

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Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC2-8000 Review @ Neoseeker
"This memory kit performed exceedingly well. Not only does it have good specs to begin with, when pushed it ran WAY above spec and allowed for excellent overclocks. As a matter of fact, the Ballistix Tracer PC8000, our first memory review of 2007, turned in the best memory performance we've achieved on a 975X Intel platform to date, and as such is the best performing memory that we currently have in our lab! That's one heck of an achievement when you consider we review much of the highest performance memory here."

More information on this review can be found right here.
AMD QuadFX FX-70 Platform Performance & Overclocking @ Legit Reviews
"The AMD QuadFX platform hasn't made too much noise since it was launched a couple months ago, but the reasons are obvious to all. It's expensive to build, consumes energy like a muscle car and there is only one motherboard to pick from for those thinking of building a QuadFX system. When the QuadFX processors came out on November 29, 2006 they were expensive and not a great value for the level of performance they produced. Now over a month later and after rumors of slow sales on QuadFX systems, one would think that prices would go down on the parts, but they have actually gone up! Looking at an online retailer like Newegg it's obvious that each pair of QuadFX processors has gone up ~$100 across the board."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Thermaltake Swing Case Review @ Modders-inc
"Today we are going to take a look at the Swing case from Thermaltake. This case resembles the look of the Tsunami and Soprano mid tower cases. The Swing has a stylish front panel design which leaves some room for the modders out there. In the time spent writing the review I have already had several ideas that a modder could do to the case to make it their own."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Friday, January 19, 2007
Vantec Iceberq 6 VGA Cooler Review @ BigBruin
"Many stock coolers may get the job done, but the Vantec Iceberq 6 VGA Cooler may be just the upgrade for enthusiasts who aren't satisfied with just getting the job done. The Iceberq 6 dropped temperatures on the test GPU by about 13%, and as a bonus it dropped the case temperatures by about 10%."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 PRO Review @ A True Review
"Cooling your CPU is very important as we all know. Because of this, there are hundreds of solutions for a person to choose from. Arctic Cooling offers a CPU cooler that promises to provide exceptional cooling with very little noise by utilizing heatpipe technology. While most of these solutions tend to cost around $40-50, Arctic Cooling's Freezer 64 Pro is a very affordable solution. Normally, that means they took shortcuts and the cooler does not work all that well. CaseCooler.com allowed us to test the Freezer 64 PRO from Arctic Cooling, so let's find out how well it performs."

More information on this review can be found right here.
HuntKey HK500-13BP 500W Power Supply Review @ Madshrimps
"And they came from the East, a thousand strong. Like a storm, they ravaged the lands. Unknown, exotic, different than ever been seen. One sat down at my table, and ate, drank and laughed. We're all so different, yet all the same. HuntKey, a Chinese company let us test drive their 500W Power Supply."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Type III Wolf Claw Devour Keypad Review @ ExtensiveMods
"The Wolf Claw Type II is a full sized keyboard with a circular piece on the left side that catered to the FPS gamer. Well today I get to check out another keyboard that is designed with the FPS gamer in mind, the Wolf Claw Devour. Will this new circular gaming keypad devour everything in its site? Well hang around and find out."

More information on this review can be found right here.
HighPoint RocketRAID 2340 Controller Review @ Tweaktown
"Today we are going to take a close look at one of HighPoint’s very latest controllers and it’s one of the most impressive ones we’ve looked at so far, the RocketRAID 2340. Coming in at a little under $500 USD, it’s certainly not a cheap product but its feature list is neither short. Using special Mini-SAS connectors, it allows you to add up to an extra 16 SATA or SATA II hard drives to your system and run in a range of different RAID modes including 0, 1, 5, 10, 50 and JBOD. In fact, it has not just one but two controller chips on the card, which is powered by the PCI Express x8 slot for plenty of bandwidth throughput for extreme storage requirements."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Seagate Savvio 15K - Next Gen Enterprise Drive? @ Techgage
"Seagate announced a new addition to their Savvio lineup earlier this week, the 15K. These new drives boast impressive specs all around, including the fact that it's contained in a 2.5" frame. Even though these are the fastest drives available on the market, they use far less
power than their 3.5" counterparts."

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Kingston 1GB U3 DataTraveler Review @ Maximum CPU
"USB flash drives have been around for quite some time now. However, up until recently, there really wasn’t an easy way to install software to your flash drive so it was truly portable. Many programs require registry keys to work correctly or store their info in variety of different locations. This is were the Kingston U3 DataTraveler comes in, which features U3 technology. U3 technology allows anyone to easily install many different programs to their flash drive without worrying if the program will work when they plug the flash drive into a different computer. U3 compatible programs include Firefox, Thunderbird, Trillian, Gaim, OpenOffice, and many others."

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Akasa integral ESATA Review @ techPowerUp
"Akasa has a full range of external hard drive enclosures. The integral line-up includes every connection variant from LAN and USB 2.0 to eSATA. The Akasa integral eSATA combines USB 2.0 and eSATA. You can also use an IDE or SATA drive with the enclosure. This makes the integral eSATA a very versatile enclosure. We use every possible combination and take a look at the performance of both connection types. Its stackable, sleek looks combined with the good performance make this a perfect choice for users who plan to use multiple external enclosures."

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OCZ FlexXLC Edition DDR-2 PC-9200 Memory Review @ Tweaktown
"Companies like OCZ, Corsair and Crucial have really made some names for themselves with modules breaking into the 1000MHz+ DDR barrier, and today we are about to show off some of the latest enthusiast memory from one of these companies, namely OCZ. Today we have the FlexXLC Edition memory modules designed to run at 1150MHz DDR or 575MHz out of the box using a few memory voltage tweaks along with some really innovative cooling. So come and see just what OCZ’s latest memory modules have to offer."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Patriot PC2-6400 2GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ Viper Lair
"Overclocking was decent, impressive that they could stretch beyond 800MHz @ 4-4-4-12 but none the less, very little gained by doing so. Patriot once again brings a solid competitor to the market space, giving the consumer a nice alternative to the well known brands that also looks good while doing it with the all black heat spreaders! Another underrated feature is the warranty. Patriot offers a lifetime warranty which is a nice security measure for peace of mind."

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OCZ Technology Announces New Premium Flex Memory Series PC2-6400 Flex XLC
Sunnyvale, CA—January 18, 2007 — With the goal of providing their latest proprietary technology to every enthusiast, OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today launched the OCZ PC2-6400 FlexXLC 2x1GB Kit, the mainstream edition of the recently released DDR2-1150 memory part. Intended for the enthusiast looking for the absolute highest performance and value, the new PC2-6400 Flex XLC delivers unprecedented speed, signal integrity, and thermal management, all at a lower price point than the current flagship high-speed binned Flex XLC solution.

"The overwhelming demand for our first Flex XLC modules shows us that this design is exactly what ultimate enthusiasts are looking for," commented Dr. Michael Schuette, VP of Technology Development at OCZ Technology. "To ensure that none of our customers feel left out, we are releasing a more affordable, lower voltage 800 MHz version of our flagship memory product with built-in headroom for those who really want to explore the benefits of overclocking."

More information on this press release can be found right here.
HIS X1950Pro 256MB AGP Video Card Review @ 3DGameman
"The HIS X1950Pro 256MB AGP Video Card is a welcome addition for anybody who still has an AGP setup. The new standard is PCI Express, but that would mean replacing motherboard, memory, and other computer hardware. This can be very expensive and certainly is not within everyone's budget. The cheapest option is simply replace the video card. This product has all the current technologies and will support the very latest games."

More information on this video review can be found right here.
XFX 8800 GTX XXX Video Card Review @ Bjorn3D
"XFX, one of the best known graphics solutions manufacturers in the computer industry, has just released the first factory overclocked version of this card; the XFX GeForce® 8800 GTX XXX. Bjorn3D was extremely fortunate in that we were chosen by XFX to be one of the first of a small number of review sites to have the opportunity to examine this card's performance in depth. Please join us as we find out if a new King will be crowned or if this product is just another contender."

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AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ EE 65nm Review @ TrustedReviews
"In isolation, the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ EE is a decent processor. However, simply put, it's time for a much needed update to AMD's K8 architecture. We know that it's coming later this year, but in our opinion, it can't happen soon enough. K8 has been great over the years, but AMD just can't get to high enough frequencies to compete with Intel at the moment. If you're looking to build a new system then the choice is quite a clear one; unless you already own a socket AM2 motherboard, Intel's Core 2 Duo processors are a much better choice."

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DFI LANParty UT ICFX3200 T2R/G Motherboard Review @ Bit-Tech
"DFI's LANParty UT ICFX3200 T2R/G is mostly a motherboard for enthusiasts that want to get serious about overclocking. It's for those of you that took stuff apart as a child, then played with those bits for longer than they had when the toy / remote / Dad's new phone was in one piece. For around £180 including VAT, the ICFX3200 T2R/G requires some serious investment, especially given that the heavily overclockable P965 boards top out at around the £140 mark and the promising nForce 650i boards are even cheaper. However, it's still cheaper than most of the problem-free nForce 680i SLI mobos that are £200+."

More information on this review can be found right here.

Athlon 64 5000+ 65nm Review

"The one interesting decision that AMD has made is the increase L2 cache latency on Brisbane - the performance deficit between Brisbane and Windsor wasn't massive, but it was distinguishable and fairly consistent over the course of the application benchmarks we've shown here. This leaves me a little perplexed, but the explanation that there's the potential for 65-nanometre Athlon 64 X2's with larger caches if there is a need to move to much larger cache sizes seems a fair one."

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Gigabyte H971 Home Theater PC Review @ Tweaktown
"The newest HTPC design to come out of Gigabyte is the “H971” and it improves on the now somewhat outdated H663, in quite a few ways. The new version is a little bigger and implements a new style which is modern and subtly sophisticated, brings support for Core 2 Duo through the use of the Intel G965 chipset, adds in HDMI and HDCP support by means of a GeForce 7600GS graphics card and generally just brings it more up-to-date with the technology you’d expect this year."

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NZXT Adamas Premium Crafted Chassis Review @ Overclockers Club
"Adamas, Greek for unconquerable or impenetrable. NZXT certainly wasn't kidding when they named the beast. This mid-tower weighs in at a hefty 20 pounds with 2-3mm thick aluminum throughout most of the case! Along with the 300lb capacity, it was also designed with cooling in mind, with its exterior and drive bays being finned, yes that's right, finned. And to top it all off, it stands tall in its all brushed aluminum with not a single flashy LED or annoying light in sight. In all probability, it's another great case from NZXT."

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Silverstone CW01-WD HTPC Enclosure Review @ XtremeComputing
"Silverstone and Western Digital in perfect harmony, you have to see it in action to see the effect it has. Also on a plus the chassis was doing a good job on the thermal side as well with the CPU running cooler in this than in the desktop case it used to be in, that kept the CPU at 34, in the CW01-WD that dropped to 28 at idle."

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Thursday, January 18, 2007
Dacos Technologies Rapsody 2.5" Multimedia Player Review @ BigBruin
"The Dacos Technologies Rapsody 2.5" Multimedia Player is an excellent fit for my digital multimedia device needs, and I really do like it. It is very easy to transfer media via USB or OTG, and the size and simplicity make it extremely portable. They did a good job incorporating support for different file types, but could have made it a little more robust."

More information on this report can be found right here.
CES 2007 The Parties @ The TechZone
"Most of the 140,000+ people who attend the Consumer Electronics Show think it's just a big trade show. However, that is only a small part of it. The companies that exhibits at CES throws some of the biggest and baddest parties around and yours truly is the master at getting invited to them."

More information on this report can be found right here.

Zune Cracks Under Pressure @ The TechZone

"The particular Zune unit I was looking at had a rather good sized crack on the edge of the screen. This did surprise me somewhat, as I had heard about the supposed durability of the unit due to it's out shell. The Zune is built with a rubberized plastic out shell surrounding it's gooey innards, and although many assumed this would make for a much tougher player it was untested until now."

More information on this report can be found right here.
CES 2007 Spotlight ECS Elitegroup @ Futurelooks
"ECS Elitegroup has been making some strides towards erasing the ugly PC Chips/Crappy Product reputation that has dogged them for years. Well guess what? They've done it! The NEW ECS is about fun, performance, and value. We meet up with them at CES to see what's happening for 2007."

More information on this report can be found right here.

CES 2007 Spotlight Arctic Cooling

"We've had a few opportunities in 2006 to sample some Arctic Cooling products and really grew to love their low noise and high performance products. This year at CES, Arctic Cooling shows off some even more silent cooling stuff. Let's have a look!"

More information on this report can be found right here.

CES 2007 Spotlight AGEIA

"If there is one thing about this company that is harder to figure out than the spelling of its name, it’s whether or not they are actually on to something, or if they are just another computer fad. We attempt to figure that one out at CES!"

More information on this report can be found right here.
Extended CES Coverage @ TheTechLounge
"Even though CES has come and gone, our coverage still goes on. We ran into so many cool gadgets that we just didn't have time to write about them all. Check out our Extended CES Coverage for even more cool toys such as Cowon's new iAudio digial media players including the Q5, D2 and A3, Logitech's latest Harmony remote, the Harmony 1000, Altec Lansings new audio products and more."

More information on this report can be found right here.
CES 2007 Picture Galleries & Final Thoughts @ Overclockers Club
"Well, this was OCC's first experience at CES, and what an experience it was! We saw so many things and made so many new friends, it truly was an incredible experience that you have to see to believe. From day one, OverclockersClub was committed to providing you with as much up-to-date coverage as possible on all of the latest news and products at CES. Easily, the highlight of the event for OCC was being interviewed live by FoxNews.com. (You can watch the video HERE) If you'd like to see what being at CES experience is like, then check out our picture galleries that contain over 200 pictures that cover everything from booth babes to CES booths , to the Hoover Dam! OCC would like to thank all of our guests and member's who used OCC as their source of the latest news coming out of CES. We look forward to going back next year and we hope you'll join us again!"

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CES 2007 on Mushkin @ Think Computers
"Our friends over at Mushkin were nice enough to invite us up to their suite at the New York New York hotel to take a look at some of their new products for 2007. Mushkin will be adding new products to their Memory and Power Supply line as well as releasing a new CPU cooling solution. So let's take a look and see what Mushkin has to offer in 2007."

More information on this report can be found right here.

CES 2007 Report on Corsair

"On the last day of the show I headed up the Corsair's suite at the Bellagio. I really was not sure what to expect other than just some new memory, but Corsair has some really cool new products coming out this year that you should definitely know about. I was very impressed with Corsair's new flash memory products, so let's take a look!"

More information on this report can be found right here.

CES 2007 Report on D-Link & Creative

"D-Link has a large booth at CES and they are showcasing a number of products. The first of which that I was able to get a look at was D-Link's DSM-510 which was released 5 weeks after development was completed because the engineers were so happy with it. Also Creative had a lot of products but most of them were product demos so it was a bit difficult to be able to talk with someone about a particular product, but I was able to talk about Creative's Zen Vision W portable media player."

More information on this report can be found right here.
CES 2007 Coverage Aopen Enermax Silverstone and Zalman @ XYZ Computing
"At this year's Consumer Electronics Show there was a lot of ground to cover and a lot of companies showing off their goods, so in this article we are going to try to get through four companies in record time. While each of these are staples of the computer hardware community each only had a few noteworthy products for the show so we are going to get through them quickly and show off the new gear. The highlights include new Mini-ITX gear from Aopen, great new cases from Silverstone, and a few surprises from Zalman."

More information on this report can be found right here.
CES 2007 Report Part 2 @ Virtual-Hideout
"This year at CES, Intel was the top demo processor of choice among the exhibits. Let's face it, everything is Core 2 Duo and soon to be Core 2 Quad Duo. You just can't get past the benchmarks and performance of the latest Intel processors when it comes who's holding the 'title' champion."

More information on this report can be found right here.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Blu Ray Burner Pioneer BDR 101A Preview @ Overclock3D
Blu-Ray, along with HD-DVD is one of the flavours with which you can get your HD fix. It is an optical media format that is read by a blue laser - hence the name. This is in contrast to HD DVD which is read by an enhanced red laser diode, similar to that of it's namesake, DVD. Blu-Ray was developed by the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) formed by some big names in the industry (Sony, Apple, Dell, LG to name but a few).

More information on this preview can be found right here.
Hiper Type M 730W Quad SLI Power Supply Review @ PCApex
"My first impression upon pulling the PSU out of the box was that of surprise. This thing is one long, black, and heavy (6.6 lbs.) mutha of a PSU. If I were to make any car references here, I would say the Type M is definitely looking to be more of a V-8 than a Vtech. Looking at all the angles, it can be seen that Hiper put a lot of detail into the Type M just as they did with the Type R."

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Noiseblocker CoolScraper V2 Review @ Driver Heaven
"Noiseblocker is a German company specializing in silent computer cooling solutions. We have tested some of their products in the past, which we found to be of high quality albeit somewhat expensive. Since Noiseblocker is a rather new company, their product line-up is still small. Noiseblocker mainly focuses on designing and building some of the best quality computer fans around, but also produce other cooling related products, such as CPU coolers and accessories. Today we will take a look at the second revision of their CPU coolers, the CoolScraper 120 V2."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Spire VertiCool 3 Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Spire has done a great job with the VertiCool III in regards to its cooling ability. It holds up well against some pretty good competition while bringing a bit of its own individuality to the table. The addition of a fan speed control device will allow the user to dial in just the right noise-to-performance ratio for their particular hardware and environment. It doesn't have any fancy lighting or other visual enhancements, just great performance."

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Corsair Augments Flash Readout USB Product Family with 4GB and 8GB Capacities
"Fremont, CA (January 17, 2007) – Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high performance computer products, today announced the immediate availability of the Corsair Flash Readout USB drive in new 4GB and 8GB capacities. The Corsair Flash Readout USB drive takes the benefits of USB Flash drives one step further by allowing users to label the drive with personal IDs and showing the remaining storage capacity via the embedded digital display, hence alleviating the need to plug the USB drive into the PC to verify content.

“The concept behind the Flash Readout drive is a simple one. With the growing number of consumers owning more than one USB drive, we wanted to introduce a product that will allow the users to visually see what is on the drive without having to plug it into the PC. The Flash Readout delivers exactly that – you can see available storage capacity and personalize it with names to keep content organized,” said Richard Hashim, Director of Product Marketing at Corsair. “With HD content becoming more mainstream, consumers are demanding larger capacity flash drives to allow them to bring content on the go. Each 8GB Flash Readout USB drive has the equivalent storage capacity to hold the entire series of the Lord of the Rings movie!”

Flash Readout USB drives feature a Bi-stable Cholesteric Display (BCD) showing data usage and availability. These drives have a customizable label that users can personalize and edit to identify the drives’ contents. Flash Readout USB drives have been designed for users who demand aesthetics and advanced functionality in a small portable device. They feature an 11 character alphanumeric label display, a pie chart to indicate disk space usage and a four digit display showing available storage space. The BCD display retains and displays information for up to one year without the use of a battery."

More information on this press release can be found right here.
How to Discover Your Network Card Real Manufacturer @ Hardware Secrets
"Sometimes you will need to know the real manufacturer of your network card, especially if your need some kind of support or its drivers. The problem is that the usually the manufacturer of the big chip found on your network card isn’t who manufactured the card. In this short tutorial we will teach you how to do that."

More information on this guide can be found right here.
Beginners Guides To Converting Videotape Into Video Files @ PCstats
"As you may have noticed, the VCR is a dying technology. DVD players are now equivalent in price, and their disks have practically crowded VHS tapes right off the shelves of your neighborhood video store. Give it another three years and you may be hard pressed to find a new release on tape. So what happens when your VCR finally breaks?"

More information on this guide can be found right here.
Beginners Guide To Upgrading Your RAM @ Technibble
"Are your applications running slow or the whole computer running a little sluggish? Chances are you might need some more memory. So what is the ideal amount? What do I need to know before I start? In this guide we answer these questions."

More information on this guide can be found right here.
Power Color X1950 Pro Extreme PCIe Review @ Driver Heaven
"A while back we reviewed the Power Color X1950 Pro Extreme card at Driver Heaven, which proved to be a very good performing mid-sector card with quiet and efficient cooling. Now the time has come to its Sapphire counterpart The Sapphire Ultimate X1950 Pro. We will see if this card lives up to the “ultimate” moniker."

More information on this review can be found right here.
XFX 8800 GTX XXX Edition Graphics Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"XFX raises the bar in gaming performance with their overclocked 8800 GTX XXX Edition video card. With an extra speed boost over the standard GTX you can be sure you’re getting the absolute best gaming experience any single video card can provide today. With the launch of the GeForce 8800 GTX XXX Edition, XFX delivers an 8800 GTX with obscene performance worthy of the title XXX."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Foxconn C51XEM2AA Motherboard Review @ Driver Heaven
"Since the release of the AM2 socket, NVIDIA has been enjoying the largest share of the motherboard chipset market. The nForce 5 series chipsets dominate not only at the high end but also at the value motherboard production lines. Today we will take a look at a motherboard made by the company which created the reference nForce 590i motherboards, Foxconn. Foxconn entered the retail market only recently, but they are old in the industrial and OEM business. They must have felt confident about their work on the reference nForce 590i motherboard, because they released it nearly unchanged to the retail market. If most reference motherboards of other companies ever made it to the retail market, it would be nothing more than trouble, but we feel confident about NVIDIA’s and Foxconn’s combined effort. The name of the motherboard is C51XEM2AA, which is certainly not the easiest model number to memorise."

More information on this review can be found right here.
NXZT Lexa Case Review @ Motherboards.org
"The NZXT Lexa case is an excellent case for those wanting plenty of expansion room while wanting a different look than the standard beige case. Aesthetically, the NZXT Lexa case is absolutely beautiful. Positives of the case include an all-aluminum design, resulting in a weight of around 5 Kilograms for the case itself, plenty of expansion room, and plenty of fans included to keep computer components cool."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Sunbeam 9-Bay Acrylic Case Review @ ThinkComputers

"Sunbeamtech was established in 2000 as a cold cathode fluorescent lamp manufacturer, but has recently added computer hardware to its product lineup. Notably, it produces a line of modular power supplies in competition with Ultra's X-Connect series, as well as lines of keyboards, mice, cooling devices, and cases. It cases use a patented fan structure called "Core-Fan," a lip on which fans can sit and be easily adjusted wherever needed within the height of the case. This review is for one such case, the 9-bay Acrylic Case, a transparent chassis ready for a high-performance, water-cooled, gaming, showcase rig. However, flaws make the future of this case unclear."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Razer DeathAdder Mouse Review @ 3DGameman


"After spending some time with the DeathAdder I really liked the look, fell, and responsiveness of this mouse. While the DeathAdder is not on par with its big brother the Copperhead, but it does perform very well. It's an excellent choice for a gaming mouse at an affordable price. As a matter of fact, it's one of the few on the market that offers such a bang-for-the-buck."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Cyber Snipa Spotter USB Webcam Review @ Tweaknews
"While not the most compact webcam available, the Cyber Snipa Spotter takes pretty nice photos and video and is a good value for anyone who frequently uses Skype, Netmeeting, or any other application that warrants using a webcam. Like other Cyber Snipa products this is not a typical looking PC peripheral but to me that's a plus."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Creative GigaWorks T20 Speakers Review @ Hexus


"Creative has always had a knack of producing well-built products, and the T20 speakers are no exception; the build quality, subjectively speaking, is excellent. The main body of the speakers is made from a simple black plastic shell, fitted to which is a smooth, gun-metal-coloured, high-quality plastic front panel."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Linksys WVC200 Wireless IP Camera Review @ TrustedReviews
"Not only does the Linksys WVC200 stand out for it distinctive design but it’s also the lowest cost PTZ camera we’ve yet seen. For such a low price you’re actually getting a lot of features as along with pan, tilt and zoom functions the camera supports 802.11g wireless operations, has built in audio functions and provides motion detection facilities."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Bluegears B-Flexi 80/B-Flexi 120 Case Fans Review @ DSM
"We all need to keep our computers cool, and sometimes those stock fans just don't cut it, or there aren't enough of them to do an adequate job. Many companies make replacement fans for you computer, but not many are like the one I have for review today, they are from a company called Bluegears, and they are called the b-flexi, for review I received one each of their 80mm fans and 120mm fans. The b-flexi fans are color changing fans, the LEDs can be changed to red, blue or green or you can just turn them off."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Young Year YP-AB Transparent Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
"Young Year YP-AB, which is also sold under Aspire and Apevia brands, is an aluminum power supply with a big transparent acrylic cover, so you can see inside the power supply, being a very interesting choice for users that like transparent cases or cases with a transparent side window. Available in models ranging from 350 W to 520 W, in this article we fully disassembled this unit and discovered that internally it is a trashy “generic” power supply."

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Swiftech™ Introduces The Apogee GT Water-Block
"Lakewood, CA – Monday January 15th, 2007 12:00 AM Pacific Standard Time- Rouchon Industries, Inc. dba Swiftech™ today announced the release of the new Apogee GT water-block. While both water-blocks look exactly alike, the “GT” features an optimized Diamond Pin Matrix structure which the company claims will yield performance improvements ranging from 1°C and up to 3°C at 100W depending on the CPU's, with Intel's latest QX6700 quad core processors benefiting the most from the revised structure. Swiftech also announced that all its water-cooling kits will now be shipped with the Apogee GT version. “While the enhancements represent a natural progression in our Diamond Pin Matrix Technology, the real challenge was in manufacturing. I am glad to report that not only did we improve on the performance of the product, but we were also able to boost our production capacity to an industrial level unmatched in the history of our Company; this will no doubt please our OEM partners and kicks off 2007 with high expectations of success for the year” said Gabriel Rouchon Swiftech's Chairman & CTA."

More information on this press release can be found right here.
OCZ Technology Announces the New 1000W ProXStream Power Supply
Sunnyvale, CA—January 15, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and power supplies, today announced the launch of the ProXStream power supply series, a new high performance PSU that was first showcased at the recent 2007 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. OCZ engineered the ProXStream to provide ample power to even the most demanding high-end systems. Incorporated in a small and diverse form factor, the ProXStream 1000W core is extremely efficient and very practical, as it can be integrated into just about any chassis.

A first-rate power supply is immensely important to ensure your system runs both effectively and efficiently. The OCZ ProXStream comes complete with quad PCI-Express connectors and sufficient power to operate high performance graphics cards with plenty of power left over to handle the remaining high end components found in today’s most demanding PCs. OCZ continues to push the envelope in controlling ripple noise and producing the cleanest power for high-end systems.

"The ProXStream pioneers OCZ’s new line of ultra-compact extreme power supplies," commented Dr. Michael Schuette, VP of Technology Development at OCZ Technology. At 1KW power with 70A distributed over four independent 12Vrails, the OCZ1000 PXS is an uncompromising, performance PSU with a plethora of connectors to deliver the power to every component in the system. The small form factor still allows fitting this powerhouse into even mid-size cases.”

More information on this press release can be found right here.
OCZ SD Dual 80X 2GB Review @ Overclock3D
"OCZ has recently started delving into a few new areas of the technology market as we've seen here on OC3D with their new lines of flash drives. Today I will be looking at another mobile storage solution from them, the OCZ SD Dual 80X 2GB."

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ABit Fatal1ty AN9 32X Motherboard Review @ NordicHardware
"ABit needs no further introduction. Among overclockers and game enthusiasts it has always been a manufacturer you can trust because performance is high on the wish list. Through the years, Abit has manufactured motherboards that manage to deliver an outstanding overclocking."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Kingston 2x1GB PC2-5300 FB-DIMM Memory Kit Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"Unlike DDR2, where you can only have 8GB of memory per channel, FB-DIMM allows for up to 192GB of RAM per channel! (That might actually be enough for Vista!) It also allows for more bandwidth per channel too, 40GBs vs. 10GBs for DDR2. However both of those numbers are theoretical."

More information on this review can be found right here.
ASUS Striker Extreme Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"Today is ASUS’s day in our labs. We have been sent the extremely feature packed ASUS Striker Extreme motherboard based on nVidia’s new nForce 680i chipset for our testing purposes – it falls into the “Republic of Gamers” series of boards from ASUS and it’s the first for the Intel platform. We are today going to see how well it performs and just what you get for the over $400 USD asking price when compared to a regular 680i motherboard and DFI’s impressive RD600."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Fluid XP+ HP Watercooling Fluid Review @ Overclock3D
"More interesting is the fact that Fluid XP+ has a shelf life of 5 years. Maintaining a water cooling loop can be quite a pain, and its certainly a big bonus if you can fill your loop and forget about it for a good few years."

More information on this review can be found right here.
CoolIT Systems USB Beverage Chiller Review @ Legit Reviews
"The CoolIt USB Beverage Chiller does exactly what it's advertised to do and nothing more. The chiller is also great for turning heads. Everyone that saw the chiller sitting on our desk had to take a second look and thought it was cool (no pun intended)."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Thermalright Chill Factor Thermal Paste Review @ Tweaknews
"If you spend much time in online computer forums, I'm sure you've read it many, many times. “Which thermal paste is best?” For the last several years a couple of products by a single supplier seem to always top the list. The occasional challenger steps up, but so far no one seems to be able to dethrone the reigning king."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Thermalright Chill Factor Review @ Overclockers Online
"Competing well with Arctic Silver 5, the Chill Factor might be a great alternative due in part to its great advantages. For one, you get a lot of thermal compound for the same price as other premium thermal compounds. Also, it should appeal to beginners and enthusiasts alike as beginners can relax due to its electrical non-conductivity and ease of application while enthusiasts will love the performance and value."

More information on this review can be found right here.
abit iDome Digital 2.1 Speaker Kit Review @ XtremeComputing

"The abit iDome has a lot to live up to in this review, as the whole kit it is roughly 146-160 GBP and 270 dollars respectively Vs a 160 GBP 280 dollar sub let alone the cost with the 2 Technic’s satellite speakers. Let us get on with the review and find out if these speakers are hype or if they really do bring superb sound to the PC and home."

More information on this review can be found right here.
BroadClip MediaCatcher Review @ Krunker
"BroadClip’s MediaCatcher provides a great alternative to purchasing television content from iTunes. The concept is simple enough. Use a PC based TV tuner and capture/record the television shows you want to see on your iPod right in the comfort of your home. You only need to purchase the tuner and software application - no need to spend money at iTunes. The user interface is web based, easy to use and you can be up and running within 15 minutes after getting the hardware and software."

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ATI Theater 650 TV Tuner Review @ Viper Lair
"The ATI Theater 650 is easily the most advanced dedicated TV tuner we've had the chance to look at. Image quality is excellent and the product is extremely easy to install. Setup under Windows XP is about a couple minutes, and after a reboot you're almost ready to go. It takes some configuration depending on your video feed, but we did not have any installation quirks under XP or MCE. Those of you eyeing Vista on the horizon will be happy to know the card is fully supported by the upcoming OS."

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PowerColor Radeon X1950PRO with Arctic Cooling Review @ Tweaktown
"PowerColor seem to be following in the footsteps of HIS with the team up with Arctic Cooling to help their cards stand out from the norm. The good news is while we quite often see high price tags affiliated with cards using aftermarket cooling, PowerColor have been able to keep the price low without sacrificing any quality. With a straight out comparison against the Gigabyte Zalman cooled GeForce 7900GS, we will see if our thoughts can finally change for the better on the Radeon X1950PRO or if it will continue to let us down."

More information on this review can be found right here.
OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC Review @ Overclockers Online
"As mentioned, these modules certainly showed that they are not just all show and no go. The overclocking results on both my AM2 and C2D systems really impressed. The DDR1280 achieved on my P5B-Dlx is by far the fastest that motherboard has ever run memory and I don't expect many kits to match that frequency any time soon. For high frequency operation, this is definitely one of the kits to have. If you are in the market for memory that runs tighter timings at lower frequencies, don't run the other way, the OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLCs held their own at 3-3-3-8 and 4-4-4-8 respectively."

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CES 2007 - The Booth Babes @ The TechZone
"Out of all the halls at the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show, the most popular is always the North Hall. This is the hall where the hot cars and hotter women hang out. Manufacturers of mobile audio and video equipment are always trying to out do each other with wild demo cars and many booths will have booth babes to man them (or woman them in this case). We've posted some of the best ones here."

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Asrock Conroe945G-DVI Motherboard Review @ Pro-Clockers
"Well, today we will bring to you the fourth Asrock motherboard to be reviewed here. The Conroe945G-DVI offers a world of options and features for a good dollar value. Boasting a DVI add-on card and support for the market leading processor, the Intel Core2 Duo, this board is poised to be the ultimate HTPC/SFF motherboard out there today."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Crucial Ballistix DDR2-1000 2GB PC2-8000 Kit Review @ MVKTech
"Crucial Technology has a long tradition in producing quality memory modules for all categories of users. Crucial as many hardware enthusiasts know is the retail arm of the Micron who actually makes many of the RAM chips used by other manufacturers such as OCZ. Crucial has been known as reliable partner, a company which is stable and pushed the bar in terms of enthusiast memory modules. Recently Crucial has a new high performance memory product line, which goes by the name of Ballistix. The Ballistix products are offered at faster speeds and lower latencies, and comes with the same limited lifetime warranty and award winning support you expect from Crucial."

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CES 2007 Spotlight on Zalman @ Futurelooks
"Known for their huge honking flower shaped copper heatsinks, Zalman was also at this year's CES in Las Vegas. Though not a whole lot of new this year, we thought we'd at least give you a snapshot of some favourites coming to a store near you."

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CES 2007 Digital Experience @ Think Computers
"Digital Experience is a great press event put on by Pepcom. They always do a great job making sure you get a chance to see all of the companies and get some good food in the process. Each year there is a theme to the event, this year it was a pirate theme. The entire show was filled with pirates, a pirate themed bar, and even a live parrot! There were a ton of companies to check out, but we are going to show you some of the things at the show that we thought were cool."

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SilverStone TJ09 ATX Full Tower Chassis Review @ Overclock3D
"SilverStone have established themselves as manufacturers of high-quality cases. The TJ09 is a full-tower ATX chassis with some awesome features."

More information on this review can be found right here.
CES 2007 Coverage SilverStone @ OCIA
"Following on the success of the SG01, SilverStone will be releasing the SG03 in March. The SG03 is a MicroATX case that has two 120mm intake fans behind the removable front bezel to draw in cool air and a spot for an optional 80mm fan on the roof of the case. Two hard drives can mount in the bottom of the case and one 5 1/4" optical drive sits in a bay at the top of the bezel."

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Cooler Master Stacker RC-831 Lite Case Review @ Technic3D
"The Stacker RC-831 Lite Case is the next Tower in the Technic3D Editorship. See you in the following Review which qualities the "small" RC-830 Case presents."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Thermaltake Aguila Case Review @ Bjorn3D
"We have checked out a handful of cases from Thermaltake here are Bjorn3D. Each review brought up interesting points and facts about Tt products. Mid tower enclosures are still the big thing for the market. Customers appreciate reasonable dimensions, cool interior, useful features and definitely unique look. Thermaltake is all about satisfying your needs. The company makes wonderful PC cases, not to mention cooling solutions and accessories. Before we start off, I want you to take a look at our previous reviews: Thermaltake Mozart TX, Thermaltake Armor Jr and its bigger brother, Armor. Today I'm checking out another PC case from Thermaltake. Aguila is its name. It's a mid tower case, all aluminum design with a very unique look. Internal-wise it's very similar to Armor Jr and essentially comes with the same features."

More information on this review can be found right here.
XG Viper 2 Case Review @ 3DGameman
"XG has surprised us in the past by coming out of no where and providing us some pretty awesome products. Their attention to the customer appears evident in the Viper 2 case and they have definitely found a customer in me. The Viper 2 case is obviously not geared toward the high end class of the case market. The Viper 2 is a youthful, eye catching gaming chassis. With Shinny good looks, the included Intrusion Switch/Alarm, and LCD display with included temperature probe, this Viper lashes out for your attention and consideration when buying your next gaming case."

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Saturday, January 13, 2007
Internet Survival Guide @ Fast Silicon
"Ever wondered why your cousin ends up with 400 instances of spy ware EVERY-SINGLE-TIME you're called over to fix his mess? Ever gotten a virus and not been able to figure out exactly how you got infected? Does Paypal email you 10 times a week and you don't understand why? The Internet can be a mine-field for the unprepared, but it can be surprisingly simple to stay above the "noise" and "drama" with some simple tips, and something as simple as a change in mindset. With this in mind, we submit to you our Internet Survival Guide."

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Top Ten New Features in Windows Vista @ BTXFormFactor
"Windows Vista, scheduled for release on January 30th, 2007 has something for everyone, from tight security and stunning new graphics to some new bundled applications. In fact, there is much that this new operating system has to offer, that it will be a real test for the hardware configuration of your PC. With its sleek new look and eye-catching interface, actually it's what's under the hood that impresses the most."

More information on this article can be found right here.
Noctua Case Fans Review @Modders-Inc
"For the most part case cooling fans have been pretty consistent in design. Well Noctua is about to show us that case fans can be improved. The Noctua case fans incorporate several changes from the standard case fans on the market. We will be looking at the NF-R8 (80MM), NF-S12-800 (120MM / 800RPM), and the NF-S12-1200 (120MM / 1200RPM) fans."

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Antec Nine Hundred Case Review @ 3DGameman
"If you're in the market for a new chassis, I would strongly recommend checking out the Antec Nine Hundred Case. It has most of the ingredients you should look for when purchasing a case. There are lots of fans and one massive 200mm fan at the top of the case, which provide excellent air circulation inside the case. There are many drive bays and modular HDD cages, which can be configured for your particular drive setup. Watch the video to find out more and check out the bloopers at the end."

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Thermaltake Armor LCS Full Tower Review @ hardCOREware
"There are a handful of cases out there that cost over $200. These are the specialty cases that do more than just look pretty; an example of this is Zalman's heatpipe case that works as a fanless cooler for your entire system. Thermaltake's Armor LCS is another such case. They took their popular Armor case and modified to to fit in one of their top watercooling kits. The result is a watercooled system without the mess and frustration of trying to figure out where to put all the parts. But is it worth the $250 price tag?"

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Abit NF-M2 nView Motherboard Review @ Phoronix
"A few months back we had looked at the Abit AW9D i975X motherboard, which was one of the first motherboards to come out of the Universal Abit camp. We had found this Intel flagship motherboard to be very competitive and offer a great deal of features even though it was not able to pack the equivalent punch of the legendary IC7-MAX3 or NF7-S v2.0. What we have on the table to look at today is the Abit NF-M2 nView. The NF-M2 nView is an AM2 motherboard that is powered by the NVIDIA GeForce 6150 with nForce 430 that offers both onboard DVI and VGA support along with 7.1 channel HD audio, Abit Silent OTES, and IEEE-1394a Firewire."

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Asus P5N-E SLI Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"ASUS has done a wonderful job with their P5N-E SLI chipset. So wonderful, in fact that in many respects the performance of the board outdoes its bigger sibling the 680i SLI. The features that the nForce 680i SLI boards bring to the table that this board does not have include: dual x16 cards, Dual Gigabit Ethernet, LinkBoost, 6 SATA ports instead of 4 and 2 additional USB ports."

More information on this review can be found right here.
CES 2007 Coverage: The Cars @ OCIA
"Besides our love for computers, we here at OCIA.net are also very much into cars. While CES is not specifically geared towards the automotive industry, there are plenty of hot rides on hand being used to showcase new audio, navigation and other vehicle-related goodies. We took a few hours to tour the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center to scope out what was new in the industry."

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CES 2007 Day 4 Coverage @ Tweaknews
"Day 4 is here and it is the last day of the 2007 CES. Joe and I both admit that our first year covering CES has been a big learning experience. But as with new things, they are always rough and many lessons are learned. Lesson #1, to hell with fashion, I am getting a much more comfortable shoes for next year."

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CES 2007 - The $15,000 Race Chair @ The TechZone
"D-BOX, the Canadian manufacturer of high-end motion sensing home theater seats, has entered the gaming market with the new GP-100 Gaming Platform. This is a racing chair that cost $15,000. Will gamers buy it?"

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CES 2007 An Overview @ XYZ Computing
"Expectation for this year's CES have been quite mixed. While this is the number one time of the year for a company to make a big product release every year can't be a blockbuster and this year was decidedly more about evolution than revolution. The large majority of what happens at CES has to do with consumer electronics, which means that while computer hardware companies do show up they are not the focus and they are definitely not in the majority. When it comes down to it, CES is all about big money consumer electronics products, like LCD televisions and cell phones, not so much computer cases, hard drives, and motherboards. That said, there are more than enough companies here to keep things interesting and while we did a lot of CE coverage, we are going to keep things separate so all you computer enthusiasts can get what you want and then read about the rest if you want."

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CES 2007 Coverage Antec

"Overall, Antec did not have many surprises for us. As far as cases are concerned we saw the P190 which we previewed this summer, a third revision of the Sonata quiet case, a smaller version of the Fusion, and an update to the P180, the P182. As usual there was nothing aluminum, no crazy lighting, and the normal focus on value, features, and sleek exteriors. In addition, we saw a few smaller accessories, some home theater gear, and, of course, power supplies."

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CES 2007: Part 1 @ Virtual-Hideout
"The 2007 CES event was held at both the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Sands Expo Center at the Venetian as well as some of the surrounding hotels. This means you should bring your most comfortable shoes and plenty of water as there was about 2700 exhibitors this year and over 1.8 million square feet of space used for booths."

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Friday, January 12, 2007
JetArt Xcool NP7000 Note Book Cooler Review @ DSM
"If you own a laptop then you know it really isn't made to be on your lap, they just get too darn hot. There are many companies today that make coolers for those hot laptops, but today for review I have found one that performs exceptionally well, it is the JetArt Xcool NP7000 Note Book Cooler."

More information on this review can be found right here.
SilverStone Zeus ST85ZF 850W Power Supply Review @ Madshrimps
"SilverStone Technology Ltd. is a relative newcomer to the PC-world having been founded in 2003. As a manufacturer of power supplies, CPU-coolers and enclosures they aggressively sought to compete with the very best in these product categories. Over the last year they have come into their own with the release of the well received Temjin TJ06 aluminum case and Zeus line of PSUs. SilverStone is now a relatively familiar name and we have the flagship of the Zeus series, the ST85ZF."

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Ultra Products 1025 VA 615 Watts Backup UPS Review @ BTXFormFactor
"I have been quite pleased with Ultra Products brand memory, cases, and power supplies that I have used, but my initial impression of the 1025 VA 615 Watts Backup UPS is a bit mixed. The specifications, pricing, and warranty coverage are all great, but the performance just didn't live up to expectations. Providing a fraction of the run time expected severely hinders the final verdict on this UPS from Ultra Products."

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Crucial Ballistix DDR2 PC2-6400 Kit Review @ XSReviews
"When 2gb kits started to become standard among gamers, Crucial ruled the roost with their high end PC4000 kit. Since then it has all moved on to low latency, high bandwidth DDR2 and Crucial is once again trying to dominate the market with their high performance modules. Today I have with me a mid range PC6400 kit from the Ballistix series. However, these modules are sporting the D9GMH chips which are touted as the new TCCD. This should mean high performance and some extreme overclocking, lets see how well they do."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Super Talent PC2-8000 DDR2 2GB Kit Review @ Overclock3D
"Super Talent may be relatively unheard of in the UK market but they are certainly no newcomers to the memory scene. Today I'll be looking at their high-end T1000UX25G modules to see how they fair in the fierce DDR2 market."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Patriot Memory Extreme Performance 2GB DDR500 DC Kit Review @ Techniz
"The Patriot Memory Extreme Performance 2GB DDR500 DC Kit is very overclockable RAM. Furthermore, it comes with a premium aluminum heat spreader. This pair of DDR PC4000 is able to run at 500MHz with the timing of 3-4-4-8 even at default CPU speed. As for the overclocking performance, with the slightly changed the timing and increase the memory voltage, the RAM was able to hit 252MHz which is equal to DDR504."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Foxconn FV-N88SMBD2-ONOC GeForce 8800 GTS Video Card Review @ Bit-Tech
"One problem at the moment is that the card isn't available to purchase and current pricing estimates indicate that the card will cost around £350 including VAT. At this price, Foxconn's overclocked GeForce 8800 GTS sits right in between BFGTech's 8800 GTS (at around £300 including VAT) and a slew of GeForce 8800 GTX cards that come in for just under £400. This the card's major downfall because unless you don't want to overclock one of the cheaper 8800 GTS's (like the one from BFGTech) or you can't afford to spend an extra £50 on a considerably faster video card, this isn't the card for you.

If you're looking for a bargain-basement GeForce 8800 GTS, Palit's card is available for less than £260 including VAT. While we haven't tested that card (and thus can't make a solid recommendation to buy it), it does make Foxconn's FV-N88SMBD2-ONOC all the more expensive."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Gigabyte GV-RX195P256D-RH Video Card Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"Finally, with the release of RV570 VPU, a.k.a. ATi Radeon X1950Pro, we are blessed with native CrossFire, which eliminates the resolution and Master/salve cards limitations; the VPUs are connected via the two CrossFire connectors found on the upper left hand side of the cards. In addition to the native CrossFire mode, the ATi RV570 is the first ATi VPU to be made with 80nm process technology, which further reduces the power consumption and heat output."

More information on this review can be found right here.
ASUS EAX1650XT 256MB Video Card Review @ Sharky Extreme
"ATI has since gone back to the drawing board, and emerged with a new mainstream core that effectively doubles the base architecture of the Radeon X1600 XT, and makes it a far more dangerous competitor. The result is the improved Radeon X1650 XT, which powers the ASUS EAX1650XT 256MB card, and is a GPU that just might give the GeForce 7600-based line some problems."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Asus Crosshair Motherboard Review @ Bit-Tech
"So in all, for a pure gaming PC it offers a great performing, stable option for people looking for a machine based around socket AM2 with support for SLI. For a workstation PC that can take some hardcore I/O, it doesn't fair so good, but then again, it isn't marketed to do that. Some people have complained that the Asus Republic of Gamers series boards are just a licence to charge more, and that the cost is excessive. There's no doubting this board is one of the more expensive socket AM2 motherboards based on the same chipset, but you do get a lot more for your money in terms of quirky features. Despite only slightly better overclocking, if those extra features appeal to you than the Asus Crosshair is a good choice."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Asus P5N-E SLI Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"Asus has produced a fantastic board in the Asus P5N-E SLI. it is a board that performs as good as anything else out their in our testing, but goes way beyond anything we have seen yet in the area of overclocking. If you are looking for a great enthusiast board, with very little headaches to setup and overclock well, and you do not want to mortgage the house for the 680i series, this board is it."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Ultra X-Blaster ATX Case Review @ Modders-Inc
"What color? What form factor? What style? These are common questions we ask ourselves when looking for the right case. The options are plentiful and growing by the day. Deciding on which case to go with has a lot to do with what you actually plan on doing with the computer. Today we are going to take a look at Ultra's newest case offering the X-Blaster."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
CES 2007 Day 3 Coverage @ Tweaknews
"Although we were tired and our feet still sore from the show floor, we forced ourselves back into the consumer hurricane here at CES 2007 in Las Vegas. Today as you will see was a very productive day with lots of contacts made and a lot of booths visited."

More information on this article can be found right here.
Ultra Products Introduces High-End Carbon Fiber Case at CES 2007
LAS VEGAS – January 11, 2007 – Ultra Products, a global leader in technology solutions, today has unveiled a top-of-the-line carbon fiber case for PC enthusiasts and gamers. The new Ultra Carbon Fiber case with cast aluminum frame will be available with Ultra’s new line of gaming PCs and available for individual purchase later this month. Ultra Products will also offer a clear-window version for users who wish to showcase the case’s internal features and their own PC components, and will announce later this month a custom-paint program for users who wish to customize their own DIY rig with original artwork or designs.

The Ultra Carbon Fiber Case’s panels are made from carbon fiber composite. Carbon fiber is often used in aerospace and automotive fields, as well as in sailboats and modern bicycles, where the material’s strength-to-weight radio. Carbon fiber has been used as “trim” in the PC industry in the past, but this is the first time a PC case has been made almost entirely of carbon fiber.

The Ultra Carbon Fiber Case measures 20 ½” (height) x 19 ¾” (depth) x 8 ¼” (wide), and supports five 3.5” internal drives, two 3.5” external drives, and five 5.25” external drives."

More information on this press release can be found right here.
The 2007 CES Half Time Report @ The TechZone
"As has been our tradition since the Comdex show in 2003, each of the major Vegas events is kicked off by a major party held by those of us at TTZ. This year, the CES Kickoff Party was once again held in the MGM Skylofts. Before the party got started, John and myself decided we should pose next to our battle worn party banner. Once the photos were taken, we spread out and started mingling with our honored guests."

More information on this article can be found right here.
CES 2007 Coverage: OCZ Technology Overclockerfest @ OCIA
"We will be seeing a new heatsink from OCZ in about a month. The Vindicator is a 6-heatpipe universal socket heatsink that can be used passively or with a 120mm fan. The demo unit we saw had the optional 120mm fan installed. As you can see, the unit is very large and looks similar in design to Noctua's tower-style heatsinks."

More information on this article can be found right here.

CES 2007 Coverage: Cool IT Systems

"Think of it in terms of a case fan with a temperature sensor. Once the sensor on the fan detects that more heat is being generated, the fan is then told to spin faster to compensate for the increased load (reactive cooling). Cool IT's proactive system will detect the load on the CPU and know that heat will soon follow. The software will then take measures to prevent this heat increase from taking place."

More information on this article can be found right here.
CES 2007 - Day Three Show Coverage From Las Vegas @ Legit Reviews
"Day three at CES included meetings with numerous companies and LR brings you some great coverage from the likes of Antec, Zalman, FSP Group and ECS Elitegroup. LR starts with Antec's 1200W P190 computer case, Zalman's 3D LCD, FSP's small 1000W PSU and the latest in hardware from ECS. Read on to see what these companies are up to!"

More information on this article can be found right here.
CES 2007 The Night Before CES Party Highlights @ Futurelooks
"2007 is not only the 40th anniversary of CES, but it's also the first time that Futurelooks.com has co-hosted a party with "Night Before CES Party" Alumni, TheTechZone.com. Joined by Thinkcomputers.org, Cooltronics as well as sponsors OCZ and Bigfoot Networks, it was a night to remember."

More information on this article can be found right here.

CES 2007 Spotlight on ThermalTake USA

"Even through the hustle and bustle of the CES show, it was not difficult to spot Thermaltake from a mile away. Known for some pretty off the wall ideas of product design, our curiousity was satiated by an invitation to check out their upcoming products."

More information on this article can be found right here.

CES 2007 Spotlight on Cooler Master

"CoolerMaster was also at CES in Las Vegas showing off their latest products including some new prototypes. Released in late Q4 of 2006, the ITower 930 gives the user the option to install or extract SATA hard drives from the front using an ingenious hot swap system. It's also one of the few cases (that we've seen) that also has four USB ports in the front too. The should be at your local retailers now. Look for a review of this case on Futurelooks coming up soon."

More information on this article can be found right here.
CES 2007 Bill Gates Keynote Video @ Digital Trends
"Bill Gates and Microsoft give us a look at the cool new features in Vista, Microsoft Office 2007, Xbox 360, Windows Media Server and the Home of the Future"

More information on this video can be found right here.
CES 2007 Bill Gates Keynote Overview @ Think Computers
"The most exciting keynote speech of CES is Bill Gates. If you have not heard him speak you should definitely try to catch a speech of his sometime. At this year’s CES he discussed Windows Vista, Windows Live, Vista MCE, The Zune, Xbox 360, Games for Windows, and much more. Check out our entire overview of the keynote!"

More information on this article can be found right here.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Fanatec Headshot Controler Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"In the end it's like Fanatec took and used every suggestion there was for "the perfect mousing set." In doing so, you have a Swiss Army knife feel. The Fanatec does EVERYTHING but in doing so it overpowers its finer points with its large feature set. Here's where I get back to that dizzy feeling I mentioned earlier; I can't find fault with the Fanatec unit for doing it all but this 'everything but the kitchen sink' feeling makes it hard for me to completely love it."

More information on this review can be found right here.
The Tech Zone CES Kickoff Party @ OCIA
"The Bigfoot crew had a custom-designed case on display running F.E.A.R. We spoke with the Bigfoot rep. for a bit and also picked up some really nice goodies, including a full copy of F.E.A.R. and Killer NIC necklaces (a blingin' Killer NIC heatsink on a chain - genius marketing technique!)."

More information on this report can be found right here.
Jetway J7F3E1750 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review @ EPIACenter
"In the end I'm convinced that Jetway's daugther board concept is a great feature. By offering more 20 daugther boards there's really no other board that offers that much flexbility and versatility. Add to that the good CPU performance and you're looking a real allround talent."

More information on this review can be found right here.
HEC AcePower 480 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
"HEC (a.k.a. Compucase) is a traditional OEM manufacturer, meaning that their core business is to manufacture power supplies (and cases) to other companies. They decided to enter the retail business but in order to not compete with their customers they decided to launch products with lower specs. According to HEC, their goal is to deliver high-quality power supplies costing less than high-end competitors. We’ve got an AcePower 480 W to see if this is really true. Let’s take an in-depth look on this power supply."

More information on this review can be found right here.
CES 2007: Arctic Cooling @ techPowerUp
"Arctic Cooling has been in the video card aftermarket cooler market for several years. Their products are well known among overclockers and users that are looking to lower the fan noise of their video card. At this year's show they presented two completely fanless passive VGA coolers that can even cool GeForce 7950 and X1950 cards."

More information on this report can be found right here.
CES Day 1 Coverage @ TheTechLounge
"Today the CES showfloor finally opened and we were able to peruse the halls of the various convention centers as well as the ShowStoppers press event. In addition to today's coverage, we are also continuing to post our coverage from companies we met with at the Pepcom Digital Experience and at various suites prior to CES. Check back regularly for more showfloor coverage as we continue lurking the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center."

More information on this report can be found right here.
CES 2007 - Day One Show Coverage From Las Vegas @ Legit Reviews
"With CES 2007 running full steam ahead in Las Vegas, Legit Reviews has been running around the show trying to bring you what we think are the highlights of the event for computer enthusiasts. To start out our coverage we bring you Intel with their 4X4 'V8' system. This system was running a pair of Intel quad-core Xeon processors that brought the total cores present in the system to eight."

More information on this report can be found right here.

CES 2007 - Day Two Show Coverage From Las Vegas

"Our second full day at CES included meetings with numerous companies and LR brings you some great coverage of Sapphire, ASUS, Cooler Master, CoolIT and Mushkin's latest products in our day two article. With external GPU's, the talk of quad-Crossfire, 4GB memory kits and killer cooling day two was full of hardware that is sure to impact your PC in 2007."

More information on this report can be found right here.
CES Day 1 Coverage @ Tweaknews
"First and formost, we at Tweaknews love anything to do with the latest technology coming onto the consumer market. CES essentially drops you directly into one of the highest concentrations of consumer technology in the world and some, if not most of the important product launches are done here. It is essentially a hub for every important manufacturer to display their product to prospective buyers and to the media. Every manufacturer you know that makes your home electronics and your computer hardware will be represented here."

More information on this report can be found right here.

CES Day 2 Coverage

"Day 2 started rather slowly seeing we had to spend the morning writing and arranging the content for Day 1. We tried to write the night of the first day, but we were out until close to 1am and were absolutely tired. As we sat yawning at each other across the work table, we decided that if we wrote anything now it would be absolute garbage and wouldn't represent what we truly accomplished during our introduction to the CES madness."

More information on this report can be found right here.
Mini-Box.com M300 Mini-ITX Enclosure Review @ BigBruin
"Not only is the M300 one of the smallest Mini-ITX enclosures with a full height expansion slot, it manages to pack other useful goodies inside as well. Given the size, built in features, and simple good looks, it is easy to recommend for anyone looking for a compact Mini-ITX case with some nice added touches."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Rosewill RX353-S 3.5" SATA to USB/e.SATA External Enclosure Review @ Tweaktown
"Today we will be checking out one of the company’s newer offerings, a 3.5” SATA external enclosure. Since the goal of this company is value, we will take a look at the cost of this product compared to other similar items, as well as taking a look at the performance. After all, low price is one thing but our enthusiast rigs deserve nothing but top notch performance!"

More information on this review can be found right here.
Antec's 2007 Product Lineup @ TheTechLounge
"Antec was nice enough to schedule a meeting with Brian and myself at the Bellagio. Many of you reading this may remember that we covered their new lineups for the coming years during our time at CES the last two years. This year they had their next series of cases (Such as the Sonata III, P182 and P190) to show us as well as some hard drive enclosures, power supplies (1000 & 850 watts) and their HTPC cases, plus an interesting AV component I’ll talk about at the end of the article."

More information on this report can be found right here.
CES 2007 Report @ Overclockers Club
"For the first time, several staff members of OverclockersClub.com are attending CES 2007 in Las Vegas. With the day not even over, there are already several extremely interesting tidbits of information available at OCC. This includes a new gaming headset and wireless technology from LTB Audio Systems. Geil is also making a splash at this years CES with several new products. Perhaps the most "buzz" is being generated by their "1160 Plus" line of PC2-9280 memory that runs at a blistering 1100Mhz. If that's a little to extreme for you, then they're also working on their "Black Dragon Gaming Series" of memory. This DDR2 memory will run at 800MHz, however, buzz from the Geil booth has indicated that this RAM has been seeing some extreme overclocks. Stay tuned to OverclockersClub.com for all your CES news!"

More information on this report can be found right here.

CES 2007 Report Day 2

"Well day two is finally over, and what a day it was! We met with Logitech, Supertalent, Enermax, AData, Mushkin and Abit. It seems like every booth we go to, we see something that completely blows us away. >From the large scale; The 1000W Enermax PSU powering two, 8800GTX-equipped PC's, to the small scale; Adata's line of both thumb drives and SD cards that actually had an LCD display to tell you how much space remained on the card! It was a day full of exciting surprises and new product introductions. We took a ton of pictures and they should be up on the site by mid-day on the 10th. We posted even more news on CES today, than yesterday & we look forward to providing our readers with even more tomorrow. Stop by OCC and get a sneak peak at what products will be hitting your local store shelves in the coming months."

More information on this report can be found right here.
Thermaltake Lanbox Review @ techPowerUp
"The Thermaltake LanBox is a portable case, which - as the name implies - is perfect for LAN parties. It features a large, comfortable and very sturdy handle, while keeping the weight down. It may cost more than other SFF cases out there, but certainly shines in every aspect. We let you know if the money is well spent for this case that is made to be the ultimate LAN party case."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Samsung SE-S184 18x USB DVD Burner Review @ Hexus
"The Samsung SE-S184 was proclaimed the world's fastest USB external DVD burner. Well, in the world's first review of it, Bob Crabtree checks out the Samsung's writing and reading credentials, sees how it performs some of the many useful tasks a burner can carry out and ponders the need for speed and the claims made for DVD writers."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Data Backup Guide – Online and Hardware Solutions Examined @ Tweaktown
"After reading a newspaper article recently, we discovered there are plenty of online backup sites which will store your data for you on their servers – some free and some are paid services. There are also more expensive hardware backup solutions, such as the Freedom9 freeStor 4020, which we will be taking a closer look at today in this guide. These types of devices are designed more for SOHO and business users but if your data is important to you, it is money well spent no matter who you are. We’ll also look at some cheaper alternatives if you don’t wish to spend as much money. Let’s change those backup percentage figures – today we’ll give you a rundown of those online backup services, the hardware solutions and generally good practices in preventing data loss through measures such as using RAID arrays with redundancy, Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware software."

More information on this article can be found right here.
Cooler Master NotePal P1 Review @ Overclockers Online
"Many laptop users complain about heat issues. This is expected as there are so many components crammed into a tiny space. Cooler Master's new NotePal P1 tries to alleviate that issue, and succeeds. Not only does it cool my laptop down, it raises it slightly when used on a desk. This allows me to type in a more ergonomically sound fashion and improves my posture. Also, unlike some other notebook coolers that my friends own, you don't have to connect it to an external power source; it runs off your laptop's USB and yet, you don't lose a port because the NotePal P1 actually has two USB ports: one to power itself and one for your use."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Zalman Fatal1ty VGA Cooler Review @ GideonTech
"I'm going to be using the 7900GS I reviewed recently because one of my complaints with it was the heatsink, which was merely adequate. The 64-degree core temperatures recorded with the stock heatsink, while safe, was too high for my personal taste."

More information on this review can be found right here.
SilverStone Tundra TD01S External Liquid Cooling System Review @ DSM
"SilverStone makes excellent, high quality products that are designed well with functionality and performance in mind. Today for review I have the SilverStone Tundra TD01S, it is their venture into liquid cooling, and they have done it with style and class. The Tundra is something amazing to behold, it is an external liquid cooling system that is truly noiseless, as there are no fans involved in the cooling process. It uses a unique, patent pending, uni-body technology where the entire housing is the radiator to dissipate the heat from the coolant. I am truly impressed by the Tundra, not only does it look like a work of art, it performs exceptionally well at cooling, and does so truly silently."

More information on this review can be found right here.
VIZO Igloo Self-contained Water Cooling Heatsink Review @ Bjorn3D
"Back in late October of 2006, VIZO Technology Corp and their product development team released a product which many would consider past-due: a self-contained liquid cooled CPU heatsink and fan. That's right, an all-in-one CPU cooler which has an integrated water-cooling pump, reservoir, and fan, and manages to consume no more space than the average aftermarket cooler. VIZO even beat all of the others to the market, but since they are a relatively small name in the advertising-fueled industry, their product went nearly unnoticed. Even major web technology tabloids made the mistake of awarding a product released over a month later as the first; but forgetting to inquire upon the facts is not uncommon for web tabloids."

More information on this review can be found right here.
OCZ 2x1GB PC2-9200 Flex XLC DDR2 Memory Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"OCZ did well in choosing the best Micron D series modules which contribute to the memory's ability in breaking and setting some new records. Coupled with any flagship 965X, 975X, and 680i chipsets, the Flex XLC becomes a very powerful tool."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Corsair Amplifies DDR2 Memory Performance With World’s First PC10000 2GB Kits
LAS VEGAS (January 8, 2007) – Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high performance computer products, today unveiled the new TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF DOMINATOR™ memory kits. Designed for overclocking and achieving the highest frequencies in mind, the TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF DOMINATOR is rated and tested at a frequency of 1250MHz, thus making it the world’s highest frequency production ready memory. Specially designed for NVIDIA® nForce™ 680 SLI™ media and communications (MCP)-based motherboards, the new DOMINATOR extends Corsairs leadership in enthusiast memory.

As a part of the CES live demonstrations, Corsair has partnered with Charles Wirth – world renowned extreme overclocker known as Fugger and the owner of the popular web site Xtremesystems – to host an overclocking workshop where world records are expected to be re-written with the new TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF DOMINATOR.

“DDR2 memory performance is at its prime thank to the latest Corsair screening process and our DHX technology. Bringing production-ready PC10000 2GB kits to market ahead of the introduction of DDR3 is an exceptional achievement,” commented John Beekley, VP of Applications Engineering at Corsair. “The most exciting news about the release is that we will begin shipping these kits soon after the show. Consumers can benefit from the memory technology breakthrough immediately and enjoy an enhanced PC experience.”

The TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF DOMINATOR is the newest member of the DOMINATOR family designed to unleash the performance of the NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI-based platform. Each module of memory is built to Corsair’s legendary quality and reliability standards. Every RAM is highly scrutinized and must pass Corsair’s aggressive speed screening process. The TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF DOMINATOR is certified by NVIDIA as SLI-Ready Memory, joining the NVIDIA SLI technology ecosystem to provide a building foundation for an ultimate performance PC."

More information on this press release can be found right here.
MSI 965P Platinum Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"From a feature standpoint, between the MSI 965P and Abit AB9, the MSI board seemed like a more feature loaded product. There was more "stuff" in the package, but mostly the ability to run a CrossFire configuration could be a possible deal maker for those planning such a setup down the line. Seven SATA connections should be more than enough for most people, as well as the extensive RAID support."

More information on this review can be found right here.
DFI ICFX3200-T2R/G Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"This left us wondering on the Intel front, would RD600 ever make it to the market potentially being an AMD owned chipset for an Intel CPU. First there were rumours of it being scrapped, but now we have finally seen the first board based on this chipset cross our path, and by the looks of it possibly the only one that you will ever see. DFI has taken to the market and with courage decided to face whatever Intel does to them further on down the track, after all, why be afraid these days? There is still the AMD market if DFI gets shafted by Intel. Nevertheless, it’s good to see a company like DFI stand up and be strong and give the consumer what they want."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Mnpctech Vinyl Film and Billet Fan Grill Review @ FastLaneHW
"I managed to get a 24 inch by 15 inch sheet of Carbon Fiber vinyl film (about $9), a 120mm Billet Fan Grill (about $21), and some large vinyl film samples from Bill Owen at Mnpctech. In this review I will show you how I installed them, and during the installation process I took lots of pictures and evaluated the pros and cons of both items. I know, I know. It's a tough job but somebody has to do it!"

More information on this review can be found right here.
Zalman HD135 HTPC Enclosure Review @ Bit-Tech
"We are torn tremendously when we see a product like this - we are left wondering if the included features justify such a high price tag. However, if you want a good quality, flawless performing, excellent looking HTPC case - and price is not much of a consideration - then you could probably find nothing that comes as close as the HD135. The only thing to stop the HD135 taking away an award with it like the HD160 is the price tag, especially considering how much it is available for in the USA. In fact, if we were reviewing at the US price it would undoubtedly be given the bit-tech award for excellence. Shame really."

I had a chance to review this chassis last month and the build quality is top notch. More information on this review can be found right here.

Shuttle SD37P2 Case Review

"When you consider that Shuttle's XPC product line is the standard-setter for small form factor barebones, you are unlikely to find an equivalent to the SD37P2 elsewhere. There are some limitations that you have to take into account before you consider buying the SD37P2, but then drawbacks are expected when you're packing a lot into such a small space. Even with these shortfalls, the SD37P2 would definitely be on my list if I was building a Core 2-based SFF system."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Monday, January 8, 2007
RAID Guide @ Technibble
"One of the buzzwords that appears during server setups is RAID. Originally called Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks, RAID arrays have become a neccessity in every storage-intensive field, in order to both speed access up, as well as provide additional protection for stored data."

More information on this guide can be found right here.
Danger Den Maze 5 GPU Waterblock Review @ techPowerUp
"The Danger Den Maze 5 is a waterblock that fits most ATI and NVIDIA video cards. It is engineered for optimum performance and flow rate. Danger Den has years of experience in designing water blocks, which you can see in this product. In our testing we saw an increase of maximum stable GPU clock by over 70 MHz compared to the ATI stock cooler."

More information on this review can be found right here.

Everglide Titan Fnatic Edition Review

"The Everglide Titan "Fnatic" is the first mousepad which is the result of the collaboration between Clan Fnatic and Everglide, hence the name. Everglide has always been known for producing high quality gaming surfaces. A great feature for low-sensitivity gamers is its size, it is absolutely huge. But will it live up to Everglide's standard and reputation?"

More information on this review can be found right here.
2the Max MaxPower GPX750 PSU using Modular Design @ Tweaktown
"The GPX750 tested today shows itself to be a very solid power supply capable of handling the rigors of a high-level system even under adverse conditions. With power levels across all three rails that exceeded industry specifications, you can be assured of a solid supply of power to your rig. The modular design is also a huge plus, especially for those looking for some help in the cable management arena. When you don’t have to have those extra cables inside the case you don’t have to hide them. As noted before, this also helps with proper airflow since you don’t have all those extra wires getting in the way of your fans’ airway."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Jeantech Storm 700W Modular PSU Review @ XtremeComputing
"For this review I will be looking at the new Jeantech storm 700w modular PSU, now personally I am weary of this PSU from the outset, don’t get me wrong on the budget side of things in the case department Jeantech have got it absolutely spot on, take the excellent Phong which exceeded our expectations. But offering out a budget priced modular PSU would make the end user think twice, we will find out if that is the case."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Sapphire Ultimate ATI X1950 PRO Review @ Modders-Inc
"Sapphire introduced their X1950 Pro just a short time ago and they have already updated it with new features. The flat heatsink/fan has been replaced with a cooler from Zalman. They also upped the memory speed which Sapphire claims to increase performance by 5%. I guess we will have to put it to the test."

More information on this review can be found right here.
Auzentech Auzen X-Meridian 7.1 Soundcard Review @ Driver Heaven
"Today’s review product comes from Auzentech a company who have been making a name for themselves in the PC home theatre market with the release of the World's first Dolby Digital Live Sound card (the X-MYSTIQUE 7.1 Gold) and the World's first DTS Connect Sound Card (the X-PLOSION 7.1 DTS Connect). The X-MERIDIAN 7.1 is aimed to directly compete with the Creative X-Fi in both the PC home theatre and gaming markets and on paper it certainly is impressive with numerous Dolby Digital technologies mixed with the latest DTS modes and some excellent technical specifications, let’s take a closer look at the card."

More information on this review can be found right here.
CES 2007 Coverage - First Carbon Fiber Case @ Legit Reviews
"Ever seen a mass produced carbon fiber computer case? The answer is no, because carbon fiber has only been used as “trim” in the PC industry. For the first time a standard size ATX computer case has come to market that is made almost entirely of carbon fiber! Ultra Products is back at it again and Legit Reviews brings you the exclusive first pictures of this carbon fiber chassis!"

More information on this preview can be found right here.

OCZ's 1000W ProXStream Power Supply Preview

"This years Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has yet to kick off, but that doesn't mean that we can't post highlights from Vegas yet! OCZ Technology has a ton of new products coming out soon and today we look at one of the first standard sized 1000W power supplies known as the ProXStream and an interesting CPU water block called the SilverArray that uses silver rods to improve water cooling performance."

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Corsair Announces PC2-10000 DDR2 Memory

"Legit Reviews managed to sneak a peak at some un-released and yet to be announced PC2-10000 DDR2 Corsair Dominator modules that are going to be showcased for CES 2007. The kits that we spied today have been specially designed for NVIDIA nForce 680 SLI based motherboards and have a final frequency of 1250MHz, making it the world's highest frequency production ready memory."

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Road Trip To CES: Part 3 (The Last Leg) @ OCIA
"We pulled into Vegas around 6 p.m. PST (8 p.m. CST). I was completely taken back by the amazing view that we had overlooking the city. The picture here is nowhere even close to doing it justice. I plan to pick up a tripod in the next day or so and should have some really nice Vegas scenery photos to post for you guys."

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Pre-CES Coverage @ TheTechLounge
"2007 marks the 40th anniversary for the Consumer Electronics Showcase (CES), the largest technology convention in North America. This will be the 4th consecutive year of TheTechLounge covering CES. Today we attended the CES Unveiled press event where we were able to talk one-on-one with several different companies who were showing off their latest and greatest gizmos and gadgets. Check back regularly for more coverage of CES and our Pre-CES coverage including more from CES Unveiled and Pepcom Digital Experience."

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CES 2007 Photo Gallery @ Think Computers
"We are at CES 2007! With all of the commotion and excitement we have made a section in our gallery just for pictures! Make sure you check it out for all of the cool products, parties, and of course booth babes! Remember to check back all week as we will be adding new pictures each day!"

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CES Unveiled 2007 Report

"Well it is the beginning of another year and that means CES. This year marks the 40th anniversary of CES. Last year was our first year at CES and now it is our second so we know what to expect. It is 2 days before the actual show and we are at CES: Unveiled, which is the official press preview of what to expect at the show. Last year we were able to take a look at some really cool products before everyone else did, let's take a look at what we saw this year."

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Saturday, January 6, 2007
Road Trip To CES: Part 1 @ OCIA


"Mapquest calculates the trip to be 1602.61 miles from Olive Branch, MS to Las Vegas, NV which equates to 23 hours, 18 minutes and traveling through eight states. The original plan was to leave out at 8 a.m. Friday morning. Well, that didn't happen as some last minute packing and vehicle maintenance was required. We ended up rolling out around 2:30 p.m. after a quick Burger King lunch. We will be driving straight, only stopping for food and gas (who needs sleep anyway?)."

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Road Trip To CES: Part 2 (The Blizzard)

"As with most tasks that XPTB and I set out to accomplish, things rarely go smoothly... and this trip is no exception. Our last update was just four hours into the trip. It is now 16 hours later and we have just left Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our journey to this point is as follows."

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be quiet! 750W & 850W Dark Power Pro PSU Review @ Virtual-Hideout


"In today's crosshairs we have a couple of modular power supplies from a company called be quiet! That's right, I said BE QUIET! This is another new company to me and looking over their site, I've found they offer some really nice looking power supplies at many different price levels. be quiet! sent out 2 power supplies for review: the BQT P6 PRO750W and the BQT P6 PRO-850W. These units are identical in every way except for the 100W difference, which is spread out over several of the power rails. Also these power supplies have been Nvidia SLI and ATI CrossFire approved."

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Razer Tarantula Keyboard Review @ Modders-Inc


"Razer is known for their outstanding gaming products and with each new one they get better. There are just a few peripherals that can help make you a better gamer, on of them is the keyboard. If you don't feel comfortable with it you just can't play well. Razer’s Tarantula is hoping to make you feel right at home."

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Thermalright HR-03 VGA Videocard Cooler Review @ Tweaknews


"The HR-03 VGA cooler is a great leap forward for Thermalright, putting them back in the VGA cooling business with a vengeance. The innovative design and dual configuration mounting system combine to make the HR-03 a real winner. Good passive cooling performance and monstrous active cooling should make gamers very happy, and anyone overclocking a card with this cooler and fan combo won't have to worry about heat holding them back."

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Super Talent T1000UX2G4 Review @ techFEAR


"The Super Talent T1000UX2G4 2GB (2 x 1GB) kit includes Serial Presence Detect (SPD) settings of 5-5-5-15 at DDR2 800 speeds. Yes, this is 1000MHz memory, but Super Talent took a conservative stance with the T1000UX2G4 modules to support a wider consumer base out of the box. A quick trip to the BIOS and this Super Talent kit will reach 1000MHz with ease (depending on the platform, of course). Also note that the T1000UX2G4 needs 2.2V on the power front."

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ECS GeForce6100SM-M Motherboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
"ECS GeForce6100SM-M is one a socket AM2 motherboard with on-board video, based on the latest version of GeForce 6100 chipset from nVidia, MCP61S. Costing very little and targeted to the entry-level market, we were very curious to compare its performance to its main competitor, Radeon Xpress 1100 from ATI, and also to cheap add-in video cards, like GeForce 6200. Let’s see how GeForce6100SM-M performs."

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Killer Notebooks Executioner Review @ Techwarelabs
"We recently had Killer Notebooks 17" laptop the Executioner in the lab for a few rounds of testing. The Executioner is one of the highest performance laptops we have ever had the pleasure of testing. True to its name the Executioner is ready to put other laptops on the chopping block. Read our review for all the details."

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ASUS P5B Deluxe Motherboard Review @ Phoronix
"The ASUS P5B Deluxe supports Intel's latest Core 2 processors as well as being backwards compatible with the Pentium and Celeron series. This motherboard also features an eight-phase power design, fan-less motherboard cooling, and many more ASUS innovations."

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Aspire X-Pleasure ATX Case Review @ PCApex
"My first impressions of the case once it was out of the box were mixed. It looks and feels, as previously stated, like a Chenming/Chieftec Dragon with a different front door. You will notice that this case is much lighter than the older steel Dragon case, having a shipping weight of just over 19lbs, a far cry from the older steel cases. Aspire also offers the X-Pleasure in the normal steel variety if you want something a little more durable and dent-resistant. Handling the X-Pleasure, it feels pretty sturdy and is solidly built for an aluminum case."

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Friday, January 5, 2007
A $50+ Million Cash Cow @ The TechZone
"Mozilla Foundation chairman Mitchell Baker on Tuesday disclosed how much money Mozilla made from their Firefox web browser in 2005: $52.9 million. If you're wondering how Firefox makes any money, then this article will tell you."

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Razer Barracuda AC-1 Gaming Audio Card Review @ OCIA
"I have a tradition that I've had for about 30 years. Any time I get new audio equipment, the first music I listen to on it is Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon". I wore out at least two vinyl records of it, a couple of 8-track tapes, at least one cassette and a couple of CDs, so I can say that I have listened to the entire album once or twice. There are a lot of sounds in it that are easily hidden by poor sound systems, and I feel that it is an excellent test for any sound system. So, I put DSOM in the tray, cranked up the sound, sat back and prepared myself."

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Apevia ATX-IB680W-BL Iceberg PSU Review @ Viper Lair
"A PSU is still one of those things that many people don't put a lot of thought into when in reality it should be one of the components you put the most thought into. Would you build a performance car with "no name" brand, or inferior quality parts? The Apevia Iceberg we tested was well within spec and didn't have any wild fluctuations that would lead me to believe there are any problems with the unit."

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Samsung SyncMaster 225BW 22" Widescreen LCD Review @ TheTechLounge
"Samsung has an outstanding history of producing great LCD monitors. Today we look at the Samsung SyncMaster 225BW 22" Widescreen LCD display. Its 22" size is an upgrade from the 20" widescreens that have dominated the market for the past two years. And what a welcome upgrade it is. The unit sports an MSRP of $500, however I couldn’t find any store that is actually selling it for that price. The usual price is between $380 and $400 (plus any applicable shipping and tax); although at the time I checked (December 26th) prices were cut further because of the after Christmas sales."

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Guide To Storage Technology @ Fast Silicon
"Today we have an informative article, the purpose of which is to enlighten you on the topic of mass storage technology. Mass storage is an interesting technology, storing its data in a series of what looks like (to our eyes) as a bunch of pseudo-randomly situated magnetically aligned bits. Yup, you heard it. A bunch of little micromagnetic charges arranged in 2 different directions. Odd huh? Well my fellow geeks, shall we dig into the wonderfully diverse worlds of hard disks? Read on!"

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OCZ Technology 2GB PC2-6400 Special Ops Urban Edition RAM Kit Review @ Hardware-Review
"Enthusiasts and gamers are always looking for quality components that will help them stand out from their friends and colleagues, especially hardware that will look awesome and perform at a high level. OCZ Technology has heard their cry for a unique memory kit with the new Special Ops Urban Edition kit. This high-performance kit’s 800MHz default megahertz setting might put off some people, but after they see our overclocking results, I’m sure they will reconsider this position.

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Crucial Ballistix 2x1GB PC2-5300 Review @ Overclockers Online
"As I mentioned in the opening, this was our first experience with a kit of memory from Crucial here at Overclockers Online and I don't think we could have had better modules to look at. I had big expectations from this memory after I saw that the IC's they used were the famous D9GMH and those lofty expectations were surpassed in all aspects of overclocking."

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XFX GF 8800GTX XXX Overclocked Video Card Review @ Motherboards.org
"The XFX GF 8800GTX 630M 768 M Dual DVI TV XXX Edition video cards is an interesting addition to XFX's lineup. The card is overclocked over the standard 575MHz core/1.8GHz memory 8800GTX, but in many respects the card is CPU limited even on a AMD FX-62 CPU. If you want the fastest, most feature-rich card today, the XFX GF 8800GTX 630 M 768 M Dual DVI TV XXX Editions is it. Ryan, the PR person for XFX says the card should retail about $50 more than the standard card, making it a good choice for those with a Core 2 Extreme X6800 or QX6700."

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ECS Elitegroup PN2 SLI2+ nForce 680i SLI Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"We've seen a couple of nForce 680i boards already here at HEXUS. Now it's the turn of ECS to showcase its nForce 680i SLI. Is it more of the same or has ECS done things differently? Read on to see if the PN2 SLI2+ makes for a sweeter deal."

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FOXCONN GeForce 7950GT 512MB GDDR3 Video Card Review @ Futurelooks
"With the sea of massive dual slot graphics cards out there, one would think that high performance graphics cards had to have monster heatsinks as a pre-requisite. However, FOXCONN has shown us that this is definitely not the case. The slim profile of this 7950GT based video card shows that it can be done on a diet."

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Antec Notebook Cooler S Review @ XSReviews
"Antec are well known for their ground breaking cases and intuitive cooling solutions. XSR recently reviewed the Antec Spot cool, the worlds first fully adjustable mounted fan cooler. Today we will be testing another of their interesting looking products, the Antec Notebook Cooler S."

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The Chill Factor Thermalright Thermal Compound Review @ DSM
"Everyone pretty much knows that Thermalright makes excellent quality products, their products have won numerous awards for their excellence in design, quality and performance. Up until now, Thermalright has only made the cooling products, now they have ventured into making their own thermal compound called The Chill Factor."

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Cooler Master NotePal S Notebook Accessory Review @ Virtual-Hideout


The lightweight and simple-to-use design of the Cooler Master Notepal S makes it a joy to use. There is no need for an USB cable to power fans since it doesn't have any. This is major plus in the quest to save the laptop's battery energy."

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CoolIT Eliminator Review @ Overclockers Club
"Last month we had the privilege to take a look into Coolit's Freezone CPU cooler. That unit used TEC (Peltier) cooled water, in a "chiller" module to cool the CPU. Being the first of its kind, Coolit was basically pioneering this field. This month we have the unique and very privileged chance to take a look at their latest addition, the "Eliminator" CPU cooler. This unit has the same basic design as the Freezone, although it looks to be a little bigger. Only time will tell us if they worked out the few bugs that the Freezone had and if this Eliminator is actually an improvement over the Freezone. However, with the slated $199 price tag, this cooler will definitely be grabbing more of the market than the Freezone. With the smaller price and hopefully the same kind of performance, this will make the Eliminator a CPU cooler for the masses."

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CoolIT Eliminates CPU/GPU Heat from Shuttle SDXi Gaming PCs
Calgary, Alberta – January 4, 2007 – Shuttle, a leading designer and manufacturer of small form factor computers and accessories, has revealed its new line of SDXi gaming PCs, including state-of-the-art liquid cooling technology powered by CoolIT Systems. Known for its top-performing and award-winning MTEC liquid cooling technology, CoolIT Systems has designed a compact and robust cooling system that directly cools the dual ATI video card set-up, effectively removing heat from within the computer’s chassis. This MTEC system employs three Thermoelectric Coolers (TECs) that enhance cooling performance and allow the user to maximize the computer’s capabilities.

Kevin Tu, Product Marketing Manager of Shuttle, asserts that "CoolIT Systems’ MTEC technology has really enabled us to take our performance to the next level and pack more capabilities into our signature small form factor PC. In addition to the phenomenal cooling performance it provides for the dual ATI Radeon X1950XTX graphics cards, the system allows for increased reliability of these vital components and maintenance-free operation which preserves the longevity of the SDXi."

CEO of CoolIT Systems, Geoff Lyon, remarks that "What really sets this system apart from others on the market is its ability to efficiently cool the video card and reduce their footprint to allow the utilization of adjacent PCIe slots. With the increasing complexity of graphics cards, traditional methods of cooling are no longer effective. These lesser alternatives often exude excessive noise, are prone to breaking down, and require a lot of space. MTEC constantly reduces the video processor below the specified operating temperature allowing for optimal performance in a quiet and reliable package."

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Antec Nine Hundred Hardcore Gaming Case Review @ Madshrimps
"After spending more than a month with this Nine Hundred Gamers case we stress tested it with different system to find its strong and weak spot, read on to see if this new Antec case is worth your money."

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Thermaltake Mozart Case Review @ GruntvillE
"The front consists of 2 leds, a power and reset button, and the standard mic and headset jacks along with two USB and one firewire port. The sides are plain steel with no grills or holes for airflow, only the top and rear have grill work to allow a pretty straightforward airflow."

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Wednesday, January 3, 2007
Ratpadz XT Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"The Ratpadz continues to be the first choice for gamers in its excellent feel for both work and home uses. Photo editing and precision head shots both require a steady hand. The Ratpadz XT gives you the platform to accomplish either or both. This is done by an attention to the top and bottom of a performance mouse pad. Ratpadz.com has done just that. While the top feels like it just had a fresh bikini wax, the base sticks like nobody's business. Is there NASCAR tire technology in there?"

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Where is the Infamous iPod Killer? @ The TechZone
"On paper the Zune sounds like a very nice device. It looks pretty good and comes in a range of color combinations. It has a large 3-inch screen. It even offers Wi-Fi capability and song and playlist sharing. On top of that, the Zune Marketplace allows you to buy individual songs or choose a monthly subscription which offers unlimited downloads. Couple that with a $100 million marketing campaign and Microsoft may capture some serious market share."

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Icemat Siberia In:Ear Headset Review @ BurnOutPC
"The Icemat Siberia In:Ear Headset is a fine piece of equipment for anyone looking for the ultimate in ear headset, but if you need one with a microphone that works, look elsewhere. These type of headsets works much better than the one included with your mp3 player, simply because it provides a better bass, and outside noise is filtered and damped by the design of the ear bud. The headset sounds great, but Icemat should have improved the sensitivity of the microphone to make it worth using. Overall a really good choice if your lookin for some new ear buds."

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ETASIS ET850, 850 Watt Power Supply Review @ Bjorn3D
"I received the ETASIS ET850 850 Watt power supply a few days before Christmas and immediately began to wonder if part 2 of my daydream; 'meets the needs of the needs of the greater majority of my readers at a price that everyone could afford', would be affirmed. Please join me as we explore this product in great detail and see if this entire scenario is surreal, or if perhaps sometimes dreams really do come true."

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Razer AC-1 Barracuda 7.1 Sound Card Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"If someone asks me a quick question “Is this worth getting for my system?” My answer is a simple “Yes, by all means”. This is a VERY viable replacement for any Creative Audigy and Audigy 2 sound card, and a huge upgrade from on board sound."

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SteelSound 3H Review @ Oz Case Modz
"The 3H Headset has the same superior quality as the rest of SteelSeries products. Unfortunately, I found that the design was lacking with this particular product. Retailing at US$49.95, this is still a great product for the price."

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Kanguru AES Flash Drive Review @ GideonTech
"The big selling point for this drive is Kanguru's support of 256-bit AES encryption, making this the first drive to meet federal requirements for insuring the confidentiality of sensitive data. Working in the health care field, I have spent a lot of time on the HIPAA (Heath Information Privacy Accountability Act) so I know how important it is to keep private information as safe as possible."

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OCZ PC2-6400 2GB ATI CrossFire Dual Channel Memory Review @ Think Computers
"There are many factors that go into choosing memory for your computer. From how much ram to what speed etc. If you are a gamer you want quality memory that will work at the highest level of performance with your video card(s). That is where OCZ's ATI CrossFire certified memory comes in. This memory is tested and qualified under ATI's renowned certification program. This ensures that gamers get the highest quality and compatibility possible for their CrossFire system. These modules also feature special ATI heatspreaders that any ATI fanboy will appreciate."

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Kingston HyperX PC2-9600 DDR2 Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
"I was very excited to see just how well the Kingston HyperX PC2-9600 DDR2 memory kit would overclock on the 680i board, and as you can see above it did not disappoint as we were able to get another 100MHz out of it by reaching 1300MHz!! Unfortunately it was the NVIDIA 680i SLI motherboard that was not stable enough to complete testing at this awesome speed, not our Kingston memory. We were able to boot up and get the screen shot above."

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BFG Watercooled 8800 Video Card Review @ Bit-Tech
"Even with the card running at its highest stable clock frequencies after playing through Oblivion for an hour, the GPU core temperature (as reported by NVIDIA's nTune system monitoring software) was lower than the idle temperature of our reference-cooled GeForce 8800 GTX installed in the same environment - this is a testament to how good the Danger Den waterblock on BFGTech's card is."

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MSI K9N Diamond nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review @ PCstats
"If you're a gamer, multimedia enthusiast, or future indie rock star mixing tracks for your debute CD, the MSI K9N Diamond is a board well worth your attention because it integrates a Creative Audigy 7.1 channel hardware sound card right in. Standard onboard equipment includes dual Gigabit Ethernet network jacks, a Soundblaster Audigy SE 7.1 sound card, IEEE 1394a 400Mpbs Firewire and USB2.0. When it comes to peripheral expansion we find two PCI Express x1 slots for high bandwidth devices, a 32 bit PCI slot, and the two PCI Express x16 SLI compatible slots for videocards. Data storage is supported by one Ultra 133 IDE channel and six 3GB/s SATA II ports. Nvidia RAID (0/1/0+1/5/JBOD) comes standard with the nForce 590 SLI chipset."

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ASUS P5B-E Plus Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"ASUS’s first P965 board we tested, the P5B Deluxe, while able to keep up on the onboard features, it certainly isn’t able to keep up when it comes down to the crunch in the overclocking front. ASUS fall behind by nearly 80MHz in the FSB department, and with the latest BIOS from Gigabyte, there is even more speed coming from the DQ6, as it keeps surprising us. ASUS to this point has decided rather than relinquish the performance/overclocking crown to its partner, they have decided to bring out a board that is designed to overclock from the word go."

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Ultra X-Blaster Case Review @ techPowerUp
"The Ultra X-Blaster is a midi tower ATX case with a lot of potential. It may sport a small price tag, making the buy an easy one, but certainly does not disappoint. The case is quite sturdy, features drive rails for easy installation as well as a screwless setup for expansion cards. The included 400W XVS FlexForce modular power supply is a great addition, making this case the perfect allrounder for anyone looking to build their own system."

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AeroCool Zero Degree Flex Case Review @ Hi-Techreviews
"AeroCool knows when something is working right, so why change it. When we first saw AeroCool introduce the Masstige and CoolView in August and September of 2005 we were immediately struck by how ease these cases made building a system. Not wanting to change something that isn’t broken AeroCool has now introduced the Zero Degree Flex Case. This case uses some of the basic principles that the other two cases used, but the Zero Degree has some additional refinements added such as a 250mm side-panel fan along with room inside the case for three 120mm fans."

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Thermaltake Mozart TX – Monster Dual System HTPC Enclosure Review @ Tweaktown
"Computer cases are built to meet the specific needs of all sorts of niche system requirements – business desktops, home servers, gaming machines, media centers and so on. Each niche market has its own set of requirements, essentials and nice-to-haves, and case manufacturers vie to create cases which not only meet those requirements but offer innovations which will hopefully give their products the competitive edge. And if you’re looking for true innovation, it’s hard to look past Thermaltake’s Mozart TX range of cases which were introduced back at Computex last year. Marketed as “The Ideal Home Entertainment Center”, so far everyone I’ve spoken to who has seen one has had some sort of comment to make – some favourable, some not. Regardless, the case has made an impression on every single person who has seen it."

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Tuesday, January 2, 2007
Masters of The LANiverse 2006 @ Phoronix


"While it was no QuakeCon, over the weekend was the Masters of the LANiverse LAN party that turned out 250 gamers for 16 hours of gaming action with several tournaments. We had captured some photographs of this event and have some thoughts to share on this Michigan LAN
organization."

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B-Flexi Case Fans Review @ Modders-Inc


"Fans are a part of everyones computers. Without cooling fans things in the computer would come to a scorching halt in a hurry. Today we are going to take a look at Bluegears latest fan the B-Flexi. The B-Flexi is similar in design to their B-Ice fans. The major difference that the B-Flexi brings to the table is a four position switch (Off, Red, Blue, and Green) that allows you to change the color of the LEDs on the fan."

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Zalman CNPS8000 CPU Cooler Review @ Techgage


"Zalman recently launched a new low-profile cooler by the name of CNPS8000. Physically it looks to have a lot of potential; It's a great looking product overall. Included is a fan speed controller for when you feel the need for an extra punch. Sadly, in our testing we have found even with that extra cooling ability, this cooler falls short."

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VIZO Xena Notebook Cooler w/SATA Drive Review @ DSM


"VIZO is a company that makes some excellent, quality products, everything I have had the pleasure of reviewing has been very well made and designed. Today for review I have another of their products, it is the Xena notebook cooler, what makes this cooler special is that it includes a 'one-touch' backup system that uses an SATA notebook hard drive, and offers extra storage as well. The Xena, of course has fans to cool your laptop, and cools very well actually, but the Xena is far from the perfect notebook cooler, read on to see what I learned about it."

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Zalman CNPS9700LED CPU Cooler Review @ Pro-Clockers


"The new CNPS9700LED shares the same exact appearance as its small brother only it's bigger. The fan size jumps from a moderate 92mm to an enormous 110mm. That alone should make the cooler outperform its smaller brother."

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Ultra X-Pro 600W APFC Review @ Overclockers Online


"Anything short of solid does not do justice to these results. Not only was the power supply loaded up to the brim, but it also was put through quite harsh environments."

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OCZ Technology PC2-8500 Platinum SLI-Ready Dual Channel DDR2 2GB Kit Review @ BigBruin


"Once again it is easy to see why OCZ Technology is one of the top brands in the gaming and enthusiast market. If you are looking for the absolute best performing RAM for your nVIDIA SLI system, you can not go wrong with the new OCZ Technology PC2-8500 Platinum SLI-Ready Dual Channel DDR2 2GB kit. With a modest (and easy) overclock, a performance boost of over 10% was achieved when compared to what was possible with another 2GB kit without EPP or nVIDIA SLI certification."

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OCZ GameXStream 850W SLI-Ready PSU Review @ Virtual-Hideout
"The OCZ GameXStream is an 850W power supply. As more and more gamers take advantage of the gaming benefits offered by multi-GPU technology, the need for improved power supply solutions increases greatly."

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ASUS WL-500W SuperSpeed N Wireless Router Review @ Think Computers
"ASUS isn't just known for its fantastic motherboards and bare-bones laptops. It also produces a series of wireless devices, most notably the WL-500G, an 802.11g-compliant wireless router that has a built-in USB port. The router can be combined with an external hard drive to set up a file server, or a printer to set up a print server. The WL-500W, the subject of this review, is the WL-500G's big brother. It is a pre-N router, meaning it supports the most current draft specifications of 802.11n as of its manufacture date and firmware revision. Read on for a investigative review."

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Gigabyte H663 Home Entertainment PC Review @ Tweaktown
"The H663 is an Intel Viiv-compliant system, which automatically sets a particular standard of hardware specifications. The motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-8I945EF-RH, which has an Intel 945G Express Northbridge chipset and an Intel ICH7-DH Southbridge. The motherboard has an onboard Intel GMA950 graphics adaptor, but there is also a PCI-E Gigabyte GC-ADD2EF-RH graphics card with DVI and S-Video – this card isn’t an independent graphics card in its own right, it simply expands the capabilities of the GMA950 adaptor. Onboard audio is provided via a Realtek HD audio chipset."

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SilverStone LC05 Mini-ITX Case Review @ XYZ Computing
"This time around we will be looking at the LC05 from SilverStone, an extremely slick looking case with a number of differences from the models we have reviewed in the past. The case is flat and stackable, so it should fit nicely into a number of areas where other enclosures would not, such as in with home theater equipment or as a desktop style case, possibly with a monitor on top of it. Perhaps the most interesting feature of this enclosure is that has an exposed 5.25" bay, which means you can used a full-sized optical drive or any number of other devices in this area."

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Systemax Sabre Extreme Crossfire Gaming PC Review @ Driver Heaven
"Today we have the chance to examine a system from Systemax. The Systemax Sabre is built around the new [UTF-8?]Intel®Core™2 Extreme X6800 processor and [UTF-8?]ATI’s X1900XTX Crossfire technology. The system includes Windows XP Pro SP2, 2 x 150 GB 10K RPM Raptor SATA drives, 2 GB of Corsair TWINX PC6400 memory, a Plextor SATA DVD-RW drive, a Sony DVD/CDRW combo drive, a floppy drive and a flash card reader."

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Budget System Building Guide @ OCIA
"The AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Windsor dual core processor will give you plenty of bang for your buck, and coupled with the TForce motherboard, offers lots of headroom for overclocking. It is not uncommon to see these chips hit 2.5 GHz+ on stock air cooling. We chose the retail version because it comes with AMD's 3 year warranty and an adequate stock heatsink. Sure, you can get better cooling from most aftermarket heatsinks, but remember, we are on a budget here."

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Monday, January 1, 2007
Flexible Mini Keyboard Review @ DSM
"Keyboards come in many shapes and sizes lately, many of them are very specialized, but not many of them are virtually indestructible, dust proof, water resistant and very portable. Our friends at Brando WorkShop have sent us over the Flexible Mini Keyboard for review today and this keyboard is all that the others aren't and more."

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Microsoft Habu Gaming Mouse Review @ techPowerUp
"Razer and Microsoft have been known to produce some of the best gaming mice on the market. Not long ago the two competitors teamed up to create a new gaming mouse, the Microsoft Habu. This newcomer to the mouse market is of course packed with the latest technology that the two companies came up with. The design of the mouse is much like the old Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0, but you get some unique new features that only the Habu has."

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Everglide s-500 Professional Gaming Headset Review @ MVKTech
"Everglide is one of the world's leading designers and manufacturer of enhanced gaming peripherals since its inception in 1997. Optimizing game play for a wide range of games such as Counter-Strike, Quake and Painkiller. Everglide is also regarded as one of the leading brands in home and office peripherals. As the audio in PC games gets more advanced, the demand for high quality sound gear increases along with it. Everglide, known more for their line of mice and mouse pads, has come out with a set of headphones, the Everglide s-500 Professional Gaming Headphones, which are optimized for the best gaming experience and more."

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OCZ PC2-6400 ATI CrossFire Certified 2 GB Kit Review @ techPowerUp
"When deciding on components for a new system, users are often worried about incompatibilities with the memory of their choice. OCZ has teamed up with ATI to bring you CrossFire certified memory. This means that you can install this memory on any CrossFire certified motherboard and it is guaranteed to work. In our testing the modules performed very well over a wide range of timings from CL3 to CL5. To distinguish this memory from their other products OCZ colored the heatspreader in a beautiful ATI red which looks mighty good."

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CoolIT Freezone Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ Think Computers
"When it comes to water-cooling a lot of us are clueless, not knowing what type of pump to get or what size tubing. That is why all-in-one systems are great, everything is there all in one piece and it usually is easy to use. Today I will be looking at the CoolIT Freezone all-in-one liquid CPU cooler. This system includes multiple TEC's that provide unique liquid chilling for superior cooling performance. So let's see how well it performs and how easy it is for a first time water-cooling user like myself."

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OCZ Roadster 1GB Flash Drive Review @ Overclock3D
"The OCZ Roadster is the ideal solution for anyone seeking ultimate portability with their personal USB flash drive; In addition, the Roadster's small footprint means you'll never have to unplug surrounding USB ports to make room, a common problem with many oversized competitor drives. Users can access files stored on the Roadster from the convenience of any USB port thanks to True "Plug and Play" functionality. Instantaneously play music, view images, or open files as if the Roadster was an onboard hard drive."

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EPoX AF570+ Ultra nForce 570 Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
"EPoX has done a good job with the 570 Ultra chipset. It has many of the features of last [WINDOWS-1252?]year’s nForce 4 Ultra chipset. The only real glaring omissions from the board is the lack of a second PCI Express x16 slot, but the ordinary user won't need two video cards. Other than that the EPoX board features are second to none in the mainstream chipset."

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Foxconn NVIDIA 8800 GTX Graphics Card Review @ I4U
"The thing that is different with the Foxconn 8800 GTX is the bundle. Most of the 8800 GTX cards don’t include anything with them as far as extras or software. Foxconn includes a nice USB game pad, VirtualDrive v10 and RestoreIT v7.0. The addition of a USB game pad was a nice touch as was the other software, but I would rather see a nice current game title included in the bundle, but that is nit picky considering none of the other 8800 GTX cards I have reviewed to date include anything in the bundle much less three items."

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SilverStone LC09 Mini-ITX Case Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today we will take a step back from that and look at something from the Mini ITX cases and see if their chassis design team take their knowledge over to designing cases for one of the smallest platforms out there. Step up the LC09 a improvement over the much praised LC05 mini ITX case by adding a PCI slot and a slim DVD rom bay, the question is does it still live up to the SilverStone standard."

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Lian-Li PC-A16 Case Review @ BoxGods
"The terms "classic" and "modern" are often tacked onto designs that are neither modern, nor classic (much like the overused "extreme"); however, true classics, modern or otherwise, are easy to spot. The distinction for me became clear several years back when I was looking through a book of modern home designs and was shocked to find out that the beautiful concrete, glass, and stainless steel structures were designed and used in the 50's. Lian-Li, with a few rare exceptions, has elevated clean, contemporary PC case designs to an art form. Today, we have a look at their latest classic--the PC-A16."

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