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Friday, October 31, 2003
Thermaltake Extreme Volcano 12 HSF Review @ myWORLD Hardware
"First, let's take a look at what items you will get upon purchasing Thermaltake Extreme Volcano 12. Behind the plastic box packaging, you will stumble upon 2 fan knob controllers, one for PCI slot while the other for 3.5" bay. Besides the heatsink fan cooler itself, you will also get a nice pack of plastic bag that contains thermal sensor cable, thermal paste as well as adhesive tape. For those who are new to Do-It-Yourself job, Thermaltake has gladly included a simple instruction manual to guide you through the installation process."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Venus 12 AMD Athlon 64 HSF Review @ A1-Electronics
"We are delighted to award the Thermaltake Venus 12 heatsink three of our Gold medals for its excellent design, construction and of course its high performance making it an ideal heatsink for your AMD Athlon 64 or Opteron processor and overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilenX 400 Watt Power Supply Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"Most people do not realize just how important the PSU is to a modern day PC. It is really the heart of the PC, giving power and stability to each of the components in the system. A really good PSU is even more important to today's overclockers. With the ever growing demands placed on power supplies today, overclockers are always on the lookout for a very affordable PSU with really good and reliable power."

More information on this review can be found here.
Centrios Wireless Keyboard and Optical Mouse Combo Review @ Tech-Mods
"In this world of technology, just a few short years ago we could only fathum the options we have today. With the advancements to our home computer to starting our automobiles from inside the house with the push of a button. The trend seems to be going wireless, no need to be hooked up limiting us. We have evolved into a radio frequency world. Today I'll be looking at a wireless keyboard and mouse that the budget minded can endure, The Centrios Optical Desktop Keyboard and Mouse Set."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX GeForceFX 5600 Ultra Review @ NextGen Electronics
"It looks like the buys at XFX have done it again with a fantastic solution for people looking to upgrade to the nVidia GeForceFX line of product. This 5600 Ultra card performed well against card priced $150+ more and is a sleek and useful tool in gaming performance. This card comes highly recommended for purchase."

More information on this review can be found here.
Abit IC7 MAX3 875P Motherboard Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"The performance is certain top notch and the overclocking is also the best among the dual channel DDR motherboards. The six SATA ports with RAID functions should be enough for users with many SATA hard drives. All these benefits add up the cost of the motherboard and the price of IC7-MAX3 isn't cheap."

More information on this review can be found here.
KoolPCMods Case Plate Review @ System Cooling
"The KoolPCMods Case Plate is a 1/8" thick piece of plexy that is designed to stylishly decorate those plain and ordinary case windows. But the beauty of the Case Plate is in the fact that it cannot only increase the beauty of a case with a window but even those without."

More information on this review can be found here.
EZ Watcher 3060 Barebone System Review @ Legit Reviews
"The EZ-Watcher allows the end user to adjust the CPU frequency without accessing the BIOS or using any software. With an exclusive CPU speed monitor and CPU Tuner, it allows even the beginner to take full control of their system. You don't need to be an enthusiast, or read the user's manual just rotate the overclocking knob and you are done."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Centurion Case Review @ Viper Lair
"Cooler Master has taken their first step into the budget case market with a bold step. Their case is sleek and flashy, sure to catch the eye of many people. And for those of you who put your components into this case once, shut it up and leave it alone (except to clean the front filter every few years, this case is a good budget solution to a mid-tower."

More information on this review can be found here.
Icemax Fan Controller Review @ Crazymodders.be
"Now everything is connected we can give it a little test. When we put the PC on, we already notice one thing: The knobs light up, in one of the 3 colours. The colour is depending on the voltage what also adjust the rpm. The red colour is for the lowest positon and is between the 7v and 8v. When we turn it, the knob changes into yellow, this is from 8v to 9.5v. If we put it in his highest position, it turns blue, and that's from 9.5v to 11.5v. The downside of this is if you turn it just between 2 positions, the knob doesn't light up."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek New Generation WaterChill Review @ Monkey Review
"Excerpt: Before looking at temperatures, I first noticed the audible noise levels, or the lack thereof. At 7v, there's no question that it was running quieter than my previous setup. I'm confident that the difference in noise levels would have been more dramatic had my previous setup been using a standard HSF and not a WC kit. At 12v, the fan does have a slightly higher pitched whine, however still bearable, and as you'll soon see, the performance gain, in some cases may prove worthwhile."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chenbro Xpider Gaming Bomb Case Review @ Ohls-Place
"If the computer case is the home where your computer lives them some us are slumlords. Using cheap cases that would be better served as paint lockers than computer enclosures. You know the ones; they have more sharp edges than dull ones. It takes a complete Craftsman tool chest full of tools to do a board change in one of them. Today we are reviewing a case that is heralded as the "Gaming Bomb" from Chenbro. It also goes by the name of the Xpider so we will be checking it out to see where it lands on the rent scale."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, October 30, 2003
Taurus CX 450B Silent Switching PSU Review @ Ohls-Place
"Do you want your computer to operate with a great deal more stability, do you want the voltages on the all of the rails to stay within at least a 5% tolerance? Then you are going to have to invest in a good power supply. With the ever-increasing number of toys we seem to find ourselves placing inside our computers, the need for a high current, well regulated power supply should be a paramount concern. Today we are looking at Coolmax Taurus CX-450B Silent Switching PSU, which should be enough horsepower for most, but only testing it will tell."

More information on this review can be found here.

November and December Giveaway

"What happens when you take a VIA EPIA-M1000 Mini-ITX motherboard with the C3 EBGA M10000 Processor, place in it a solidly build, sleek self powered Morex 3688 case and finally finish it off with a Mitsumi SR2441 Slimline CD-ROM from Logic Supply to make installing that operating system of yours a breeze? You have our next give away contest and your chance you win this complete bundle so you can be well on your way to having your own Mini-ITX system. So how do you enter and win? Register for our forums between now and December 24th at midnight (CDT) and post a minimum of 10 messages and you will be entered to win. It doesn't get much simpler than that."

Free stuff rules! More information on this contest can be found here.
AC Ryan SATA+ATA PCI Combo Card Review @ Madshrimps
"Today we test a PCI SATA controller from AC Ryan. Allowing you to connect 2 SATA hard drives to any system that has a free PCI slot. Does it perform better or worse then an onboard solution? We installed it and let you know."

More information on this review can be found here.
Bytecc Mobile USB HDD Enclosure Review @ OCIA
"Size and mobility, the ultimate goal of most external enclosures, were at one time proportional in relationship. If you chose to increase the size of your external drive capacity you almost always had to increase the size of your enclosure. Multiple drives were used to give external capacity and cost was a key limiting factor. Speed was also a limiting factor if budgets were tight. Capacity has become less of an issue as the new IDE hard drives have increased cache and capacity while the cost has become more reasonable. Firewire was already available but had not been accepted as readily as USB. USB was slow and thus prevented real time computing of any critical processes. With the advent of USB 2.0 another avenue of external high speed connection became possible."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Lanfire Xaser III Case Review @ TechTastic
"Are you looking for a pre-modded computer case? Don't have the time or skill to do it yourself? Well today we take a look at the newest pre-modded case from Thermaltake the Lanfire Xaser III VM2000A."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Nexus NXP-301 Fan Controller Review @ FastLaneHW
"Today Vantec brings us a new model, the NXP-301 fan and light controller. While it features one less fan channel, it has a light knob and built in dual inverter to control the lighting inside your case, and also includes two blue Vantec 12" CCFL lights."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-7NNXP nForce2 Ultra Motherboard Review @ PC Guide
"The GA-7NNXP is a great board with more features than we've seen on any other board, including 400MHz FSB, AGP 8X, 4xDual Channel DIMMS, Gigabit LAN, 10/100 secondary LAN, SATA and PATA RAID, audio, dual BIOS, and lots of expansivity. The fact that these features also come with great performance bodes very well for this solution."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Volcano 12 Review @ Envy News
"The Thermaltake Extreme Volcano 12 is the latest in the Volcano series. An all copper base and a newly designed fan, the blood red and black tones are there to draw attention. Does the increase in size from my stock cooler guarantee proportionally increased results in cooling? Read on to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nexus PHT-3600 Heatsink Review @ GruntvillE

"If you are one of the people still firmly entrenched in the air cooling camp for whatever reason, then there is at least a ray of hope on the horizon. There are several new products that are arriving on the market that promise the return of decent cooling without the insane noise levels. Today we will be taking a look at one of these new products from Nexus Technologies. Specifically, we will be testing the PHT-3600 Intel P4 /Celeron socket 478 heatsink and Nexus's claim that their SkiveTek manufacturing process will allow it to cool up to 3.2 GHz at an amazing 19dB (about the same as a whisper)."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeForce FX 5700 and 5950 Ultra Reviews @ Tweaktown
"nVidia's NV36 (GeForce FX 5700) and NV38 (GeForce FX 5950) cores have arrived. How do they compare to the competition from the 2003 conquering ATI in the 9600 Pro and 9800 Pro. Read on!"

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 128MB PRO Video Card Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The ATI ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 128MB PRO Video Card is jam packed with goodies. This card is great for gaming, has a TV and FM Tuner built in, a remote control and much more. One very distinctive feature that this product has over the other All-In-Wonder cards is this one has dual display. Also, this Video Card is very reasonably priced considering its capabilities."

More information on this review can be found here.
ioCombo CoolEngine T6C P4 Cooler Review @ 3dXtreme
"It looked like a Water Cooling device but I later found out the T6C utilized a heatpipe design. This cooler uses a design that is definitely unique, of course products like this really interest us here at 3dXtreme. Different is usually good, how well did the ioCombo CoolEngine T6C perform, read on."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, October 29, 2003
DawG PounD Fall Giveaway @ GruntvillE
"GruntvillE is having yet another DPG; this one should strike the interest of every modder and OC'r out there. We've all been there, we just installed the nice dual cathode set or got the perfect chip that begs for more and then the reboot. Your PSU is huffin and puffin but just can't blow enough power for what you need. Antec is going to drop their King of the Hill winning TrueControl 550Watt PSU in the lap of one of our lucky readers. Good luck to all!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
Seasonic Super Tornado 400 Review @ Ohls-Place


"The last time we reviewed a Seasonic Super Tornado power supply it was only rated at 300 watt but it was still able to impress us with the tight voltages and the little extras that came with the unit. So when we got news that the new Super Tornado 400 was available to review we jumped at the chance to see if it could hang in there as well as its little brother did."

More information on this review can be found here.
OCZ DDR PC-4200 Dual Channel Review @ Madshrimps
"This article will not only be a review, it will discuss the discrepancies found from the label on your DDR, to the chipset claims of bandwidth. As Overclocker' (Enthusiast's), we can be an overly demanding and fickle bunch. We are insatiable when it comes to hardware performance, and whether it be DDR, Graphic's, or CPU's, we plug them in and immediately begin seeking the performance ceiling."

More information on this review can be found here.
Powmax Power Supply Tester Review @ 3dXtreme
"This ATX powmax PSU tester displays the condition of your power supply. Simply plug the tester into your power supply's 20 pin motherboard connector and the built in LEDs will give a basic diagnostic of your power supply. If all of the green LED's light up, then the power is OK. If a Red LED lights up, then there is a malfunction in the power supply and it is highly recommended to no longer use."

This is a very interesting little item. More information on this review can be found here.
Mushkin 1GB PC4000 Dual Pack Memory Review Review @ Legit Reviews
"Mushkin has been operating its memory and components e-commerce site since 1994 and it is not hard to see how they have made it this far! We can clearly see that their DDR500 memory modules are some of the best on the market after looking at the majority of 512mb modules sold in North America."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nvidia GeForce FX 5700 Ultra Review @ A1-Electronics
"All in all a decent improvement on the earlier GeForce FX 5600 Ultra which now puts Nvidia basically on a level playing field as such with ATI in the all important mainstream or mid-range graphics cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT Siluro FX 5600 DT 256MB & FX 5600 Ultra DT128MB Reviews @ Hexus
"The FX 5600 / Ultra series is a reasonable stab at attempting to balance features and performance to cost. ABIT has a couple of cards here that are quite different beasts. The 256MB model is a disappointing card, especially in view of its potential. The 128MB Ultra version is worthy of consideration, however. We just wish it was based on the newer revision 2. Both cards appear to be priced at around the £125 mark. You pays your money, you takes your choice."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte R9600 Pro 128MB Graphics Card Review @ PC Guide
"Time and time again we have seen that ATi been able to offer the market the best performance and quality available to date. Now with future gaming and 3D quality pushing the barriers of older graphic cards with detail required, the 9600 Pro offers end-users the ability to get ahead of the time where future software will be able to take full advantage of the technology implement in the R96P128D card and not just the grunt. It provides excellentprice/performance ratio, giving those looking for a decent performing 3D card without making a big dint in your back pocket as the 9800 Pro version would."

More information on this review can be found here.
EPoX 8HDA3+ Socket 754 Motherboard Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"The 8HDA3+ is based on the K8T800 chipset, supporting Athlon Socket 754 processors. The new chipset is loaded with features and we will see how well EPoX has incorporated this chipset into their design and of course put the board to the test against our Intel 3.2C on 875/865 motherboards."

More information on this review can be found here.
DynPower's Spiden Case Review @ Neoseeker
"Remove one thumb screw and the top panel slides back and off. This exposes the side panels that have small handles the panels easily pop off and give you access inside the case. Worth noting is the ease of replacing the panels; if you've ever struggled putting some sliding panels back in place you'll really appreciate how easy these just pop back in; very nice indeed. Also included in the side and top panels are two clear 80mm fans, the side panel houses an intake fan and the top panel has an exhaust fan, which allow for plenty of airflow."

More information on this review can be found here.
ABIT IC7 MAX3 Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
"AMD Athlon 64 has taken most of the spotlight over the past month but we shouldn't forget about Intel Pentium 4. One such motherboard to support it is ABIT's IC7 MAX3, which takes the Canterwood chipset to the MAX."

More information on this review can be found here.
Pelts for the People: What is Beyond Water Cooling @ The Modfathers
"Peltiers aren't for everybody. Their cost and level of involvement are geared more towards an extreme hobbyist than an end user looking to get 5 more frames per second running Unreal Tournament 2003. However, for someone geeky enough wishing to seriously cool a CPU, peltiers are the most effective method short of liquid nitrogen immersion."

More information on this article can be found here.
Wet and Chilly Chips Water Cooling System Rev2 Review @ Viper Lair
"Definite improvement to be seen here when compared to the old style radiators and a very impressive full load that tops out at only 12C above room temperature with the Evercool fan at full speed. The new design radiators would both seem to handle load temperatures with a low speed fan more efficiently as well, which for those wanting to get a quiet system will be good news."

More information on this review can be found here.
Beware of Fake Sunbeam Products
MTB has received word from Sunbeam's R&D Manager that they have found some online stores selling cheap, low-quality CCFL related products marketed as Sunbeam. Please note the following points:

1. The fake products use old CCFL style inverters which are known to burn out after extended use. The new revision of Sunbeam's CCFL inverters come in an enclosed case with ventilation holes.

2.There are two companies: www.sunbeamtech.co.uk and www.pc-x-treme.net that are pretending to be affiliates of Sunbeam Technology. Sunbeam Technology has received complaints from customers ordering products and not receiving orders or refunds.

Please make sure you purchase your products from a reputable source or authorized vendor. Sunbeam Technology does not have a UK division.
New DIY Days Sale @ VoyeurMods


"DIY Days are here for you Do It Yourselfer's. We think it is time for you to take control of that bird’s nest of wires in your case. To help you out we have marked down ALL of our SLEEVING to $0.25 a foot. Now that you are going to clean up your case a bit, how about adding some class to it. For this we have marked down all of our Window/Case Appliqués, pick from over 250 to choose from in 7+ colors including UV Sensitive colors."

More information on this sale can be found here.
Tuesday, October 28, 2003
Sunbeam Overclocker Cooler Kit Review @ R&B
"Overclocker cooling kit? Well this kit is supposed to be a product that enables you to get better air cooling in your computer. It's a straight pipe that goes from your front intake fan straight to your cpu so the plan is that it should provide with fresh air all the time. We are going to see if we get lower temperatures with this product."

This review really doesn't cover this product very well. If you want another opinion on this product, see our comparison review. More information on this review can be found here.
Logitech MX 700 Wireless Mouse Review @ ASE Labs
"Optical mice are nothing new, hell, even wireless mice are pretty much standard. The problem is the technology used to operate the wireless optical device and the power that the device needs to operate. If either of these technologies didn't depend on the other, then wireless would be more prevalent than it is. Alas, it is dependant, so we are forced to look to alternative ways to power and drive these devices. The Logitech MX 700 is a great example of the best in wireless optical technology, with no problems with power sources. Let's find out if this mouse is worth the cost."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial Hi-Speed USB 7-in-1 Card Reader Review @ 8BallsHardware
"Sometime ago, we took a look at their 6-in-1 portable card reader solution. Now, we take a look at an upgraded version, the Crucial Hi-Speed USB 7-in-1 Card Reader. With support for USB 2.0 transfer speeds, you will no longer have to wait for all your files to transfer over from your flash media."

More information on this review can be found here.
AudioTrak ProDigy 7.1 Review @ IPKonfig
"Demands by today's games on sound systems are growing, and technology is growing rapidly to meet them. This year we're seeing a lot of 7.1 sound cards being rushed to market, and game publishers and others are taking advantage of their technology. People love realistic and/or movie theatre sound on demand; there isn't anything else like it. I've always said that if you can't feel the music, then it ain't loud enough!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax UC-A07FATR2 Thermal Control Panel Review @ Tech PC
"On a monitoring level you get two fan controllers and a display that tells you the fan speeds and the temperature reading from the two sensors. The fact that you only get two fan controllers is the first let down on this product, and therefore is quite prohibitive to the extreme overclocker who might for example simply want to monitor more fans, so bare this in mind when buying. It would be good to mention here that there is an alternative product by Enermax in this range (UC - A5FATR2 Fan Controller) which has 6 fan controllers but no USB/Firewire/line out which should satisfy those with this particular desire."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston HyperX PC3500 Review @ MetkuMods
"And then there is that problem that overclocking these modules need very high voltages, which void your warranty and can be unhealthy for memory modules. But if you are going to be extreme, you need extreme memory and Kingston HyperX PC3500's filled with Winbond BH-5 chips are just that."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte R9800 Pro 256MB Graphics Card Review @ PC Guide
"Once again with the R98P256D Gigabyte have proven they can produced high performance cards, the R9800 Pro 256MB really showing why it is given the name as the King flagship of the graphics card industry. Although the R98P256D is the fastest card, I don't think the software has really developed to the stage where it actually takes advantage of the extra grunt that the 9800 Pro 256MB brings to the table."

More information on this review can be found here.
WinAmp Remote Control Review @ Viper Lair
"Currently I have remote control for Winamp, WinDVD, WinDVR, Windows Media Player 9, the Mouse (via the cursor pad), so basically anything you can think of to control, you can. Hell I turn my monitor off with the Tekgems remote now, which for a bedroom PC this is quite a handy prospect before sleep (no more waiting for Windows to shut it off after 10 minutes)."

More information on this review can be found here.
HighPoint e.SATA RAID Kit v2 Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The HighPoint e.SATA RAID Kit includes the RocketMate 1200 external HDD enclosure and the RocketRAID 1542 Host Adapter. The RocketMate 1200 allows the installation of standard IDE HDD's and when in a RAID0 configuration it is one of the fastest and most inexpensive external storage devices on the market today. Also, the RocketRAID 1542 Host Adapter not only has two external SATA connections but two internal SATA connections."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian-Li PC6077 Aluminum Mid-Tower Case Review @ System Cooling
"Today, my friends, we are going to show you the Lian-Li PC6077 that is like no other Lian-Li Aluminum Case that you or I have ever seen. So much has changed for the better that even cooling nuts (like me) just can’t help drooling over it; just about every change I’ve ever wanted to see in a case has been incorporated into the Lian-Li PC6077."

More information on this review can be found here.

Global WIN Super Silent 520W PSU Review

"There are power supplies, then there are POWER SUPPLIES. Today we’ll be showing you the Global WIN SAF520-Sapphire 520W unit that is in a class by itself."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chieftec Dragon Aluminum Case Review @ BitBenders
"This case should be great to work with, there's plenty of room and features, and the side panel with the fan is a definite plus. If you are looking for an aluminum case that has a lot to offer, you can't go wrong with this Chieftec design and it's available in a variety of colors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, October 27, 2003
Sunbeam Dual UV Cathode Acrylic Fan Grill Review @ The Modfathers
"With the growing tide of shiny, clear glow in the dark PCs is it any wonder that we are seeing an influx of cheap tacky products to the market? When asked to review a UV dual cathode fan grill I was to say the least laughing my butt off. So with a giggle I begrudgingly accepted the task. Its a dirty job being a site owner so it had to be done."

More information on this review can be found here.
Altec Lansing AHS-502 Headset Review @ GruntvillE
"There is nothing quite like laying a good smack down on your opponents while you and your buddies chat and laugh about it. In fact, the appeal of a headset/ mic combo is so great that most team gamers will overlook the better sounding headphones that don't have the convenience of a built in mic. I certainly fall into this category of players. My faithful Plantronics Audio 90's have seen many fun nights of gaming, but I have also been tempted by the cool looking headsets that offer up top quality sounds. I have often wondered how nice it would be if you could merge a high quality headset with a built in mic for gamers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Silverstone ST-360 Power Supply Review @ Ascully
"Shopping for a power supply for your PC used to be a simple experience. You went out and bought one that usually was manufactured by a company with a certain animal name. (Deer anyone?) Things have gotten a little bit more complex with the advent of those power hungry CPUs from AMD and the just as power hungry Radeon series of graphics cards out of ATI. Silverstone, a new company, has entered the PSU arena and is providing consumers with something just a little bit special. These Power Supplies are almost like the Rolls Royce of the industry providing stunning good looks with excellent performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
A+GPB PSU Round-Up @ FastLaneHW
"Today we'll be looking at 3 power supplies from a company called A+GPB. I've never heard of them either, but we have their TrueSilent 420w, MagicColor 480w, and the dual-fan 500w models all here on our testing table. Add a multimeter, a high-powered system, and Antec's TruePower 430w in the mix and you have a 4-way PSU shootout."

More information on this review can be found here.

Logitech X-620 Review

"Today we'll be taking the world's first look at Logitech's top end foray into the budget speaker market, with the X-620. Ringing in at just $99.99, they fill every gamer's needs with the 6-channel surround and subwoofer, as well as the ability to hook up to game consoles and televisions as well as PCs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS7000A-CU Cooler Review @ Pimped Out Cases
"In today’s computing world you have two typical choices: Fast or Quiet. Zalman’s mission over the last few years has been to try and overcome this tradeoff by providing efficient and unique cooling designs aimed at taming even the wildest of beasts. Today we’re looking at a new cooler from the fine folks at Zalman, the CNPS7000A-CU. This cooler is a continuation of their quiet cooling line and is the next logical progression from the previous CNPS7000 CU."

More information on this review can be found here.

Super Lazer LEDs Review

"Traditional lazer LED light kits have been around for a while now, and have never seemed to be the most popular form of case lighting. Things could change with the newest generation of these lighting tools from Xoxide, aptly named 'super' lazer LEDs. Improving some setbacks from the traditional model, these lighting kits have some exceptional features for anyone looking for alternative lighting solutions to traditional cold cathodes."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair CMX512-3200LLPRO Memory Review @ Ohls-Place
"Corsair's CMX512-3200LLPRO memory may just about be the top of the line in memory for someone looking for DDR400 memory. Yes we know that it designed for purest hardcore gamers and people running dual channel motherboards wanting the best possible performance. But I have one little question; will it help an aging KT-400A climb a bit higher in the search for the grail of speed? Come on along an find out as we take a a look at how an average person might find a use for this memory."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TwinX1024-4000Pro DDR Memory Review @ ExtremeMHz
"While Corsair has had DDR500 modules on the market for some time, the new XMS Pro series lineup sport a highly unique feature never seen before that should be a real treat among the growing number of case modders and enthusiasts. The PRO series has larger heat spreaders that include LED's on the top, 18 to be exact! Aside from great looks, the LED's do serve a purpose. Let's take a closer look."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston HyperX PC4000 512MB Kit Review @ Envy News
"The last time I reviewed memory from Kingston, I had a couple of sticks from their ValueRAM line solution. Although these sticks were 100% reliable, stable, and able to clock in a small increase of performance, they were not the stories made for the over clocking crowd. Since that time, Kingston has realized the increase in performance which enthusiasts sought. With the market moving towards faster bus speeds, Kingston Technology have come up with their new performance line, aptly named HyperX. In this review, we cover their PC4000 512MB Kit and show you how we achieved our Envy News overclocking record!."

More information on this review can be found here.
Soltek EQ3702M Mini Barebones Review @ Hexus
"A decent SFF barebones outfit should question the need for larger desktop or midi-tower boxes, especially for the non-power user. The Soltek does exactly that. Overall, however, the Soltek EQ3702 mini barebones PC covers most of its intended bases well. It's fast, stable, quiet, feature-rich in just the right areas and, subjectively speaking, looks cool. A genuine contender in the popular SFF market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Criticool Powerplant PCI Relay Card 2 Review @ Crazymodders.be
"The major difference between the Criticool Powerplant 2 and the Criticool Powerplant 1 is its isolation (however not the most important difference). The very first Criticool Powerplant was not isolated, at all. This huge security hazard was corrected in the Criticool Powerplant 1 by some silicone on each of the solder points. The Criticool Powerplant 2 however has a completely isolated backside by means of some, isolating substance that feels a bit rubberish."

More information on this review can be found here.
AOpen H360 Mini ATX Case Review @ 3dXtreme
"I work with a lot of book PC's, so I was excited to review this product. Let me start off by saying that I was impressed by the look of this case. A few features stood out above the rest. First off, the drive bays have a blue cover over the front of them to protect them from dust. This single feature alone makes this case a winner if it needs to be used in a restaurant POS system."

More information on this review can be found here.

Chenbro SR205 Sub-Entry Junior Level Server Case Review

"Chenbro is making a name for themselves in the computer case industry. They are known for manufacturing excellent cases at an affordable price. The SR205 out of the box looks like the perfect case already. It doesn't have any flashy colors or windows, but it looks like a big strong warehouse that is ready to store data. The case is an extended ATX case (12 x 13) which makes it a little bit wider then most cases. This will give us plenty of room to install the parts. The front door does not lock. Once opened, you can see the power and reset button, along with any exterior drives that are installed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Minuet Micro-ATX Desktop Review @ EpiaCenter
"If you are looking for a stylish desktop case or if you want to build a HTPC for your living room, you might take a look at the Antec Minuet Desktop case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, October 25, 2003
Motherboard Giveaway Contest @ MBReview
"MBReview would like to announce that they are running a motherboard contest for the next week. There are no catches to this contest like you would normally see, no forums sign up for this or that, no nothing, all you need to do is shoot over and E-Mail to contest@mbreview.com with your name, and preferred E-Mail address for contact. Winners will be randomly chosen from all of the entries on the 31st of October, and will be notified via E-Mail. This contest is open to anyone who wishes to enter also! There will be three prizes that will be given out. Each person will have a choice between a listing of hardware to select from, with the 1st prize winner gaining first selection. The prizes are: FIC KT-748, Abit KV7, FIC 875P Dynasty, MSI 865PE Neo2-FIS2R, Abit IS7-G, Soyo SY-P4I875P DRAGON 2, and a Gigabyte GA-8KNXP. If you'd like to enter yourself, just shoot over an E-Mail to the above address and you're set!"

Free stuff rules! More information on this contest can be found here.
Vantec Iceberq 4 Pro Review @ GruntvillE
"What's the story with most cooling solutions that come with video cards? It's almost like the manufacturers just slap any old fan and/or some copper on there and call it a day. Unless you're buying the top of the line card you end up with a cooler that's just 'adequate'. We all know that not a single one of us is happy with anything that is adequate. We want more. Heck, we demand more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Advance A320 Case Review @ Hexus
"The Advance A320 is a stunning case for very little money. Since the case is made from steel it is very strong, but not really ideal for LAN parties since it weighs quite a bit. I would certainly consider this case over the similar designed aluminium cases due to the price saving."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series Case Review @ CoolTechZone
"Thermaltake and the quality of their products are not unknown to most of us. They have engineered some of the best yet expensive cases in the market. Thermaltake is one of the few companies that pay close attention to every aspect of the product that includes shipping boxes, a well-designed website, easy to understand installation guides along with other such factors that make the product worthwhile to purchase."

More information on this review can be found here.
Enermax EHD-350 USB Enclosure Review @ Viper Lair
"The test copies, reads, and then deletes a file as many times as it can in one minute. The results are based off of these values using a file sized 512B, 32Kb, 256Kb, and 2MB. Higher values are better in this test as well. The drive once again performed pretty well. You obviously won’t get the same speed from the drive using the USB 2.0 interface as you would using the IDE interface but the drive still is working well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Real Surround Sound Theathre 6 Headphones Review @ Tech-Dreams
"The world of sound system products for computer has always been vast, and it has always been a growing world. From 4.1 to 5.1 to 7.1, sound systems have always been an essential part of a gamers (or multimedia gurus) computer setup. So what about your typical LAN gamer? Sure 5.1 systems are fine and dandy, but not everyone is going to want to carry in 6 speakers."

More information on thisn review can be found here.
Thermaltake Volcano 12 AMD Cooler Review @ 3dXtreme
"Before I get to the nitty gritty on the TT Extreme Volcano 12 I would like to explain that I really wanted to attempt to push this product by overclocking my Barton 2500+ on a BioStar M7NCD Pro Motherboard to AMD 3200+ speeds using a 200mhz front side bus and a multiplier of 11. This resulted in an overall CPU speed of 2.2Ghz and an overclock of just under 400 Mhz. Seeing that Thermaltake claims to be one of the best air cooling solutions for overclockers, lets see how well this cooler performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Packard Bell Fast Media PC Remote Control Review @ Tweaknews
"The Packard Bell Fast Media Remote Control is a very good addition to a PC that is used for multimedia (whether videos, music, tv, etc.). The programmable options and variety of available software make it easily customizable, meaning it can suit nearly anyone's needs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Silent Boost Cooler Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Thermaltake Silent Boost Cooler is virtually silent and offers good performance. Most Socket 462 coolers that have similar performance are extremely loud; however, the fan on this product is designed to allow maximum airflow but still be very quiet. While this cooler does have a secure three point clip design, a screwdriver is required to install and remove it."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Zalman ZM-WB2 Waterblock Review @ HiTechMods
"Zalman have been creating quite cooling products for a while but everything has been air cooled, until now. Zalman is stepping into the water cooling market with their first product which is a waterblock. The design is very different from most blocks on the market right now. Today at HTM we will be looking at the Zalman ZM-WB2 waterblock which is the newest addition to their Computer Noise Prevention System line of products."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Weekly Special @ The Cutting Edge
"If you have been waiting to get one of these lighted keyboards but did not have the cash then this should get your attention. This black keyboard with blue lighting is quite a bit cheaper than the others on the market and yet is physically identical. Features an on/off switch to turn off the lighting when you don't need it. Has a PS/2 connector. This is a very nice looking keyboard and at this price you no longer have an excuse to not buy one.

Specifications:

- Black keyboard with blue lighting
- On/off switch for light
- Fullsize keys
- PS/2 connection
- Cheaper than the competition

More information on this special can be found here.
Asetek WaterChill Kit Review @ Spode's Abode
"I'm quite impressed with these temperatures, because not only is the WaterChill kit cooling the CPU, it is also cooling both the north bridge(which is known to run hot on nForce2 based boards) and the video card. Even when highly overclocked, the temperature never rises to a critical level."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, October 24, 2003
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro Review @ PC Guide
"Creative are the real pioneers when in comes to sound hardware and the Sound Blaster Audigy ZS Platinum Pro once again proves their prowess in producing feature pumped cards that not only included latest technology for sound but make this count when it comes out in the speakers, not to mention recording facilities."

More information on this review can be found here.
Eumax EZ7000 Black Keyboard Review @ HardExtreme
"Are you currently shopping to buy a new keyboard? Don't buy just any keyboard before reading this review. If you can shell the extra cash then buy the Eumax EZ-7000 keyboard. Once you get your hands on this keyboard you won't want to touch a dull ordinary keyboard anymore! The Eumax EZ-7000 is dubbed the "Smart Office Keyboard". The keyboard is full of hot keys each categorized into separate sections. Hot keys can do anything from launching programs such as MS Word to completing tasks such as Log Off or shutdown."

More information on this review can be found here.
Christmas Prize Giveaway @ IndyGamers
"IndyGamers is running a contest to put some very nice prizes in your stocking for Christmas. An ATI Radeon 9800 256 Chipset is up for grabs, as well as, 2 Motherboards from DFI, a Crossfire set from Ideazon, a FraggPad from ShatteredWeb, a Cooldrive 4 from Cooler Master, and SO MUCH MORE!"

Free stuff rules! More information on this giveaway can be found here.
SilenX Ultra Quiet Temperature Controlled Case Fans Review @ Tweaknews
"These fans perform fantastically. Airflow is impressive, the thermistor is a nice feature for those who don't own a fan controller, and the silence is golden. I am seriously considering ordering 2 of these units to replace the remaining Antecs in my Lian-Li case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Trust 2500P 2.1 SoundForce Review @ Pirate Software
"Performing well in both games and music, these little speakers do really pack a lot of punch with their £30 price tag. Could they have made them better? Well, yes - there is always things that could be improved with any product. Design wise, the speakers are very very good, but there are better performing 2.1 speakers out there. Although for £30, these aren't bad at all - if only to see them with their vibrating cones."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plextor PlexWriter PX-708UF External DVD Writer Review @ Designtechnica
"Unfortunately the PX-708UF does not have the polish we have come to expect from Plextor products. We gave the PX-504UF a much better score because it was the first external DVD writer developed by Plextor and overall was a good first attempt. But we expected their updated version the PX-708UF to address some of the issues their predecessor had and this simply was not the case. The PX-708UF is a relatively fast and reliable drive, but it lacks the ability to daisy chain other FireWire devices through it and has a very loud internal fan. Priced at $299.99 we would recommend holding off for Sony's external 8X drive which was just announced while writing this review."

More information on this review can be found here.
VME BioDrive Fingerprint Security USB Flash Drive Review @ ExtremeMHz
"Flash drives are becoming more and more popular lately and many companies have been mass producing these highly useful storage devices. Due to this increased popularity, we at ExtremeMHz thought it would be time to review one of these drives. There are numerous flash drives out on the market so we started to do some research to find one that would offer some unique features not found in current models. The VME BioDrive, available from Meganet Corporation, uses biometric logon authentication combined with Meganet's Virtual Encryption Algorithm to provide the highest level of security. Biometric devices are slowly creeping into the PC market. What better way than introducing this technology on a portable flash drive!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec PC Noise Killer Review @ System Cooling
"Anything that purports to lesson or reduce the noise emanating from today’s power-laden, hot-running PC’s draws the immediate attention of PC enthusiasts. So it is, with aftermarket manufacturers who are ready to meet the needs of the computing public. Antec, one of the most trusted names in aftermarket products, is not a newcomer when it comes to helping us quiet our systems, so it was only logical that they go a step further than their quiet PSUs."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA GeForceFX 5700 Ultra and FX 5950 Ultra Review @ Hexus
"It looks like NVIDIA are on to a winner with their new mid-range entrant. Price is what's most exciting, with it being set at $199 (yes, for the 900MHz mem equipped Ultra version) it's a firm competitor to 9600XT. With it beating 9600XT in the majority of our tests, I can clearly see why NVIDIA are more excited about 5700 Ultra than any other FX product so far. NV38 is more evolution than revolution, being no more than a speed bumped NV35. However it seems to overclock a lot better than the outgoing version, pointing to core enhancements and elimination of hot spots, to give it some headroom. It's as quick as 9800XT for the most part, something we'll confirm properly with a new suite of tests in reviews featuring boards from retail partners. It's just a little too pricey."

More information on this review can be found here.
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 Ultra Review @ Sharky's Extreme
"The mainstream video card market has been quite active of late, and new models are consistently being released by both ATI and NVIDIA. The Radeon 9600 XT was the latest salvo from ATI, and basically improved on the previous Radeon 9600 Pro through higher clock speeds and an on-demand overclocking feature. This was an important product launch for ATI, as the company had taken some heat for shelving the popular Radeon 9500 Pro in favor of a lower-cost, and lower-performing, Radeon 9600 Pro. Once the Radeon 9600 XT was introduced, it effectively shut off any criticism of past moves, and ushered the RV350 core's performance past that of the Radeon 9500 Pro."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte Radeon 9800 Pro 256Mb DDR II Review @ The Modfathers
"This is not your normal DDR this is the true 256 bit DDRII. Now nVidia were the first lot to give this stuff a go with the ill fated FX 5800, however they only gave support for 128 bit of bandwidth ensuring that it could never truly perform. However the R350 allows the full 256 bit effectively letting the memory have a full head of steam."

More information on this review can be found here.
BFG GeForce FX 5700 Ultra and NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra Reviews @ BJorn3D
"Today, we're going to take a quick look at the newest members of NVIDIA's GeForce FX family -- the 5700 Ultra and 5950 Ultra, replacements for the 5600 Ultra and 5900 Ultra, respectively. Usually this means that we have only reference cards to benchmark, but thanks to BFG Tech, we have a retail 5700 Ultra in our possession and that's what will be featured in this article. Although we don't have a BFG 5950 in our hands, we do have some pictures of it to show you. The 5950 benchmarks will be from the NVIDIA reference unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
ASUS P4C800-E Deluxe Motherboard Review @ TheCrucible
"Asus P4C800-E Deluxe was released to add the overlooked features to their top end board (P4C800 Deluxe). While they have added most of the features they left out, they have added a few other issues. The CSA lan is nice as well as the ICH5R southbridge being included, you still get the IDE raid functionality, that you might want, and a overall good board at stock speeds. However with that said, they have failed to bring out a high performance motherboard, that is geared toward the popular overclocking scene."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron KX18D Pro II Motherboard Review @ myWORLD Hardware
"To be frank, Albatron has been producing nForce 2 board way back to few months ago where we took a look at KM18G Pro. The only thing that differ these two boards from each other was the form factor, whereby KX18D Pro II came in full ATX size. And talking about full ATX size, full ATX sized board usually offered much better expandability than smaller sized ATX board. KX18D Pro II or should I say the whole line of Albatron products came in blue colored PCB board, whereby it stands for tranquility and trademark of Albatron products."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, October 23, 2003
Trust 514DX Sound Card Review @ PC Review
"The last few years of Personal Computing have seen a huge rise in not only the speeds of computers, but also the features of the peripherals that come with them. This sound card is absolutely packed full of features, and enables you to get digital and optical inputs/outputs - allowing for some excellent 5.1 surround sound for DVDs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Win a stick of OCZ 512MB PC3500 High Performance Ram @ Tech Dreams
"Tech-Dreams and YI Industries is holding a contest in which a stick of OCZ 512MB PC3500 High Performance ram can be won. Check the contest link for details!"

More information on this contest can be found here.
Sunbeam EL Strip 80mm Fan Grills Review @ ExtensionTech
"Here is something very hybrid for you folks to look at, and hear. Today, I launch my first ever audio review with pictures. Ok, it is a little rough around the edges, but hey, it's my first attempt. Join me as I take a look at some EL strip fan grills from Sunbeam Tech."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalTake Thin Wings Copper Sheet Review @ EnScape
"I have been looking around the market recently for some BGA cooling solutions, for cooling the so called 'hotspots' on my motherboard. Such as the southbridge, mosfets, and clock generators, to name just a few parts which give off more heat than you would think, especially in an overclocked system. Cooling these parts of your system, effectively, should allow you to gain a greater FSB, provided your northbridge and CPU are up to it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolermaster Jet 7 Review @ FastLaneHW
"Cooler Master has released recently a few heatsinks employing the use of the blower type of fan. On the table today we have the new Jet 7 CPU cooler. So, just how well does the Jet 7 perform and does it live up to its name and actually sound like a jet?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Jet 7 Review @ GruntvillE
"Some of you may be looking at the Jet 7 and thinking that it looks vaguely similar to the Aero 7+ that I reviewed back in July. The Jet 7 basically builds upon the standards set in place by it older brother. Cooler Master took the feedback they got from the Aero line of coolers and went back to the drawing board to make revisions in what we hope will ultimately result in a better cooling package for the user."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kamakaze CPU Cooler Review @ Hexus
"What the Kamakaze lacks in looks it makes up for in performance. The standard product provides for most needs and is excellent as a high performance cooler and excels as a silent cooler. As one solution fits both AMD and Intel setups this could be the only CPU cooler you need for years of upgrading."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire X-Alien Aluminum Case Review @ Envy News
"With many different variations on the standard, and much beloved, Chieftech/Chenming-based cases it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle of the many different manufacturers who use these cases as a basis to build off of. Put some lights here, a window there. Another fan here some front I/O ports, and now you start to give a second look. Aspire International, a relative newcomer to the ‘case race’ is trying to set itself apart; and they’re doing this in a few ways with their X-Alien."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek Waterchill Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Asetek Waterchill water cooling kit comes with three water blocks (CPU, Chipset & GPU), radiator, 120mm fan, reservoir, pump and more. All the gear needed for a complete cooling solution in just about any computer system. One very important part to any water cooling kit is the blocks and these are very well crafted. Also, the pump that is included is strong and will circulate water throughout the system with ease. Overall a very high end water cooling setup."

More information on this video review can be found here.
VL System's INDY LED Front Audio Display Review @ Tweaknews
"I was fairly disappointed with this product. There are too many issues with the unit such as the stereo connector, the writing on the faceplate, the loss of the case HDD activity LED and the lack of any real options leave me craving a better display."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI vs. Chaintech: Tier 2 i865PE Head to Head
"As promised back in our Tier 1 i865PE motherboard shootout, we promised to put Tier 2 and Tier 3 motherboards head to head, to see just who, in their respective classes can make the cut. In our Tier 1 shootout, we saw that Gigabyte was just that bit stronger over the ABIT IS7 motherboard due to better tuned BIOS that allowed better overclocking and an improved memory interface. While ABIT might have caught up with new BIOS we aren’t here to debate this issue. Today we are going to put two other great motherboard manufacturers through their paces - namely MSI and Chaintech."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte K8VNXP Athlon64 Motherboard Review @ Legion Hardware
"As you would expect from a reasonably high end Gigabyte motherboard, the K8VNXP comes loaded with just about every feature possible. The list of integrated peripherals includes; a GigaRAID ATA133 RAID controller, Texas Instruments IEEE1394b controller, Realtek 8110S Gigabit Ethernet controller, Realtek 8201 PHY LAN chip and Realtek ALC658 Audio AC'97 Codec."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hard Drive Mod Guide @ Creative Mods
"Putting a window on the top of your case is a common mod to do. the only problem is that there is usually not much to look at. To spiff things up a little, try this hard drive mod and learn how to put a window on the top of your hard drive."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Wednesday, October 22, 2003
iRiver SlimX iMP-550 CD/MP3 Player @ Designtechnica
"The quality and features of the iRiver SlimX 550 really stand out. It's "the" CD/MP3 player to get. The form factor is perfect with the ease of control, great battery life, great sound, and numerous features that put it ahead of anything else out on the market. iRiver continues to achieve excellence in the SlimX line. With a relatively low price point of $179.99, we believe you will not find a better similarly equipped CD player than iRiver's SlimX iMP-550 today."

More information on this review can be found here.
Avixe Portable CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive Review @ HardwareZoom
"On the other hand, Avixe Portable CD-RW/DVD Combo is even smaller than my Discman, it is about the size of two CD jewel case. You can keep it in your laptop bag and burn CD or watch DVD movie anywhere you go. This is great for laptop without a build-in CD-RW/DVD Combo. Not forgetting that the package comes with a great bundle, it is the best we have ever seen for a CD-Writer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial PC3200 DDR400 Review @ Viper Lair
"Everything was running well so we will go up 1 MHZ at a time until we reached our maximum over clock. As we approached the higher speeds, we had freezing issue, and we had to increase the memory voltage to 2.8v to maintain stability. At 3-4-4-10, I managed a maximum over clock of 236MHz (472MHz DDR), but the ram fails the Memtest86 tests."

More information on this review can be found here.
Crucial PC3200 DDR Memory Review @ BigBruin
"The Crucial PC3200 DDR has proven itself as a worthy choice for people looking for rock solid performance at default speed and timings, and surprisingly also allows for some impressive overclocking. The maximum speed of 466 MHz DDR achieved during testing translates to a speed rating equivalent to PC3700, which is far higher than I would have imagined."

More information on this review can be found here.
Speeze Buzzard Kite Review @ Ohls-Place
"The Buzzard Kite is a typical aluminum and copper plugged heat sink with pretty nice design design. Speeze has taken the extra step of doing a little fanciful art work in the aluminum base via the bored holes that transverse the width of the heat sink, thus making more than just a plain looking piece of metal and it also offers a bit more air space for the Buzzard Kite to cool things down a bit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek K7NCR18D-Pro2 Motherboard Review @ AllAMD
"Leadtek's K7NCR18D-ProII boasts NVIDIA's nForce2 Ultra 400 and NVIDIA nForce2 MCP-T, with loads of add on features. This is basically an updated version of Leadtek's original nForce2 board: the K7NCR18D-Pro. The major difference between the two boards is the change in chipset from the regular nForce2 to the nForce2 Ultra400. The only difference between the two is the added support for 400 Mhz front side bus. However, there are some added features on this board compared to the original K7NCR18D-Pro."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNSP7000A-Cu Heatsink Review @ Overclockers Club
"Last month I took a look at the CoolerMaster Aero 7+ heatsink, which brought forth a new unique design. Today, we'll be looking at a new heat sink from Zalman, who as many know also have a unique design of its own. H U G E. For those of you who complain about your computer noise, read on, as the CNSP7000A-Cu heatsink is something you are really going to like."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman Theatre 6 Real Surround Sound Headphones Review @ Tech-Mods
"May it have been neighbors complaining or just others in the same room, you were often asked to turn it down losing all what it was for. Regular headphones have solved that problem for years, But they do not quite do the job for a newly released movie with a 5.1 sound track. Has Zalman come up with a personal way of enjoying the latest 5.1 sound tracks at a level you desire? Today I am going to look at and test the new Zalman Theatre 6 ZM-RS6F 5.1 headphones."

More information on this review can be found here.

Strider Series ESST-ST400 PSU Review



"Is it time to purchase a new power supply? With almost every conceivable variation on the market today, it becomes hard to choose. Are you looking for the monster powerhouse or the elite and subtle laid back silent type? Silence has become as important to power supplies as the power they create Heading the main stream of your system, one may not realize how important a good power supply is. There has been many approaches to this level of noise the power supply generates trying to make them as quiet as possible today I'm looking at the Strider Series ESST-ST400 PSU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Highpoint Rockethead100 SATA Convertor & AC Ryan EL SATA Cable Review @ Tweaknews
"Several weeks ago, I picked up two 120GB Western Digital HDDs. the 8MB cache specials. My plan was to span them and use them for storage. My wife remarked that there is such a thing as too much storage space. I laughed at her. Apparently I shouldn't have. Luckily our couch is comfortable."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ahanix dboX Computer Case Review @ SL Central
"The last few years have given rise to cases with modded windows – a practice previously unheard of. Now it’s a growing a trend to have a modded PC case with a side panel window. With so many options available which should you choose? We reviewed the Ahanix dboX and liked it although there were a few minor issues. Read on to find out what we found in our official review."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek WaterChill Review @ DWPG
"The regulars here will know I recently reviewed Plug&Chill's predecessor, and was generally very impressed. One other difference between this kit, hereafter code-named "Plug&Chill", and the previous kit, is that this new kit contains a CPU cooler, a chipset cooler and a VGA cooler which are all connected in series and the old one encompassed just a CPU cooler. I am curious how this setup will work when taxed by an overclocked CPU and AGP card and a chipset running at full speed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Electronics 101 Guide @ PC Review
"In this series of guides I'll be introducing you to the concepts and practicalities of electronics, and how to use this essential and rewarding skill to add a little something special to your PC. Each part will introduce a few concepts and then a practical project or skill that
demonstrates these. In this edition I'm going to take you through the three most basic and important electronics concepts (Voltage, Current and Resistance) and the relationships between them. In the practical section I'm going to show you how to check and measure Voltage, Current and Resistance with a multimeter."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Tuesday, October 21, 2003
InFocue X1 Projector Review @ Designtechnica
"The X-1, introduced by INFOCUS in late 2002, is aimed primarily at the business projector market. It features an excellent Faroudja DCDi de-interlacing chip and is combined with a Pixelworks scalar chipset used for scaling and other functions. It is an SVGA resolution DLP (Digital Light Processing) projector (800x600 native resolution) that utilizes a single chip display with a rotating color wheel, but the picture quality belies the numbers. Not surprisingly, shortly after its introduction it was discovered by home theater enthusiasts and quickly became the entry level standard for that market. When INFOCUS dropped the MSRP from $1500 to $999, it took off in popularity as the low cost ticket to front projection home theaters."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro Review @ SlCentral
"I've never seen such a powerful card in my entire life, the ATI video card is the most powerful card at the time of writing and is packed with features. This card provides any gamer with a true experience of how a game should be played, packing realism and power in a card that is about 7 inches long. There is no question that the ATI Radeon 9700 Pro is simply the most powerful card out there at the moment so we will move on to the impressive features of the card, such as Frame Scene Anti-Aliasing and Antistrophic Filtering. All the things needed to give the gamer a completely realistic experience while gaming."

More information on this review can be found here.

ActionTec USB Bluetooth Adpater Review

"Bluetooth is supported by more types of harware every day but how would you go about giving your Windows-based PC Bluetooth support? We reviewed the ActionTec USB Bluetooth Adpater and it did exactly that, how did we rate this hardware and its installation?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Transcend's USB 2.0 Internal 6-in-1 Flash Card Reader @ Envy News
"Being the owner of a multiple portable devices usually leads to the requirement of having multiple Flash memory readers. However, in many cases, we don't need to have a portable card reader, and certainly not two, three, or four of them. Cables winding all over your desk is one thing peripheral vendors have started to cut with thing like cordless mice and Bluetooth printers. In this same step, Transcend opted for a 3.5-inch bay 6-in-1 multi-standard Flash card reader which tucks all the external cables into a permanent on-board USB 2.0 reader."

More information on this review can be found here.
Altec Lansing XA3051 Ultimate Speaker System Review @ Ascully
"You're already a serious gamer. Now you can get the 6-piece speaker system that matches your skills. Our top-of-the-line video gaming system features a center channel, a powerful subwoofer, and surround sound that put your TV's speakers to shame. Feel the bass. Unleash the power."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon 9600 XT Video Card Review @ A1-Electronics
"Our simple graph shows you the sort of performance you can expect from the ATI Radeon 9600 XT compared to similar competing graphics cards at 1024 x 768. Much as you would expect the performance of the ATI Radeon 9600 XT to be, slightly better than the 9600 Pro but still way down on the more powerful 9800 XT & 9700 Pro."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS7000(A)-CU Super Flower Cooler Review @ The Modfathers
"The main Flower cooler part of the Heatsink is derived from 66 fins of Copper compressed together in the center to create a one piece "SOLID" Copper heatsink."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asus A7N8X Deluxe Motherboard Review @ HighTekPC
"At HighTekPC we try to bring you the quality of review that you deserve. This time we have an overclocker's review of the Asus A7N8X Deluxe Motherboard. We have charts ands graphs showing our results and overclocks of the FSB. We were able to get this board at a 200MHZ FSB stable with PC2700 RAM. Read the review and found out more."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCX462-VT Heatsink Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Swiftech MCX462-VT Heatsink is designed a lot differently than most heatsinks. It has many aluminum ribbed fins which are positioned and designed to provide optimum cooling and reduce fan noise. These fins/pins are mounted directly into a solid 1/2" copper smooth base to allow for great heat dissipation. Also, an 80mm or 92mm fan can be very easily installed."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Chaintech's 7NJS Ultra Zenith Motherboard Review @ Neoseeker
"Provided with the C-box is the Handigator (they need better names), which is basically a remote control that windows detects as a IR composite device (keyboard and mouse). That big grey button near the top functions like a joystick (well, more like a directional pad of a game console system), and is used like a mouse. The 3 buttons underneath are for left click, scroll and right click. The remote is definitely designed for a right-handed user as trying to double-click using your left hand is not possible without substantial discomfort and/or moving your hand lower down."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek WaterChill Water Cooling Kit Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"Asetek is well known for their vapor phase cooling solution dubbed VapoChill. Not long ago, Asetek entered the water-cooling market with the WaterChill. Most of you know the benefits of using water-cooling. They run quieter than air-cooled systems and have the capability to provide much better temperatures. Water-cooling is becoming more and more popular, especially with enthusiasts. They are neat to use and can aid a lot in overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.
How NOT to Install Computer Hardware @ Hardware Analysis
"Wonder what could go wrong when installing your newly bought computer hardware? This article details how NOT to install newly purchased hardware. Please give it a good read and take the advice to heart."

More information on this review can be found here.
VL System L.I.S VFD Blue Platinum Front Panel Display Review @ Tweaktown
"There are a lot of front panel display products on the market which spit out all sorts of interesting information. However, have you ever seen one which spits out as much as the funky-looking L.I.S VFD Blue Platinum from VL System?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Minuet Case Review @ BJorn3D
"That’s right, this case only accepts half height expansion cards. That said, integrated video and audio might be something to look for when buying your hardware. The computer industry seems to be offering more compact and full featured components (such as motherboards), so it’s not out of the question to have a decent computer crammed into this case."

More information on this review can be found here.
MTB Staff Position Openings
MODTHEBOX.COM is looking for two dynamic and enthusiastic individuals to become apart of our growing team. We currently have two staff positions available for both product reviewers/forum administrators. This is an open opportunity for both male and female to be apart of one of the largest case modification sites in Canada. In order to apply you must meet the following qualifications:

1) Located in the U.S or Canada.
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4) Have access to a digital camera required for product reviews.
5) Able to work a fast paced schedule and meet target deadlines.

To apply please send a list of your qualifications, sample review or article to hitek (at) modthebox.com.
Monday, October 20, 2003
Zippy EL 601 Mini Keyboard Review @ OCIA
"This is where the function key comes in. The function key is located next to the Windows start menu key. This button acts like a shift to turn the Num Lock function on. Simply hold it down and press the "ScrLk/NumLk" key to activate/deactivate the Num Lock. Now I bet your wondering where the Numeric Pad is located. Well if you take a look around the U,I,O keys, you will notice small, blue numbers. Those numbers are the Numeric Pad. When the Num Lock is activated those buttons will only use the blue numbers. The only way to continue using the standard keys around U,I,O is to turn Num Lock off. That gets kind of irritating for me, so I prefer to use the number keys at the top of the keyboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Eumax Office and Foldable Keyboards Review @ BJorn3D
"Have you ever wished you could do more with your keyboard? Or maybe you travel with your keyboard a lot, so you wish you could roll it up and stick in a bag and not worry about it. As you probably already know, there are many options available to meet these two needs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Auravision EluminX Keyboard Review @ Spode's Abode
"But, I had to ask myself if it was really necessary. Being a touch typist anyway (as most of us are) we very rarely need to look at the keyboard. When we do, there is usually enough of a glow from our monitors to find our place. The glow to me seems for aesthetic reasons more than anything else. And why not? It looks great!"

More information on this review can be found here.
MCX478-V™ Heatsink Press Release @ Swiftech
Signal Hill, October 18, 2003

Press release for immediate release

Following the September release of the MCX462-V(tm) model, which defined an entirely new class of high-performance, low noise heatsinks, we are now proud to introduce the MCX478-V(tm) for Intel(r) Pentium(r) 4 processors.

With equal size and pin design to the MCX462-V(tm), the MCX478-V(tm) performance and usage specifications are identical to its AMD(r) counterpart:

- Optimized performance characteristics at the lowest possible audible noise levels.
- Plug-and-play installation with Intel's stock retention mechanisms.

MSRP : $49.95 - Shipping immediately

More information on this product release can be found here.
D-Link 802.11G 108Mbps Networking Review @ NextGen Electronics
"Not only does D-Link boast some of the best features of wireless 802.11G networking products in the industry, but with a new firmware upgrade the networks can run up to 108Mbps. In our review we take a look at their Router/Access Point , their PCI card, and their PCMCIA cardbus adapter in this wireless networking feature."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilverStone SST-ST360 360W Power Supply Review @ Sound Card Central
"This power supply is one that offers it's owner looks, quality, performance, silence, and value. While I really do encourage our readers to look into nothing less than 400W units this particular unit exceeds the power actually advertised by other brands. If you're looking for a good power supply for your next game rig or workstation I think the SST-ST360 looked at today and it's more powerful 400W brother would make excellent choices."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec TrueBlue 480 watt PSU Review @ GruntvillE
"If the PSU is weak, your machine is going to be weak. Over the last year I have been thru 3 different PSU's. The first, an Antec 350w was a good PSU but right off I knew I was going to need more power. So in Feb I came across a killer deal on a Thermaltake 420, and while that worked good for awhile it started to show signs of faltering. After I added my Raid array, when my Raid was accessed my CCFL's would flicker. Then the Raidmax came in for review and that didn't go as well as expected. Which leads me to the newest PSU to get a thorough inspection from us here at GruntvillE; the Antec True Blue 480watt. Let's see if this is going to cut it for me, and possibly for you."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Musketeer Review @ TwistedMods
"The limited range and usefulness of the Musketeer's slider controls are dwarfed by a very well made and good-looking unit. Cooler Master could have easily cut corners in several areas, like manufacturing and packaging, to produce a similar product, but they chose to make a solid device that mod accessory manufacturers should study and follow. The only electronics gripe I have is that Cooler Master did not reveal the rated amperage of the voltage slider, adding doubt to its usefulness for control of critical cooling. If you don't have a need for critical system control and monitoring, and want to add a very stylish and well-made device to that empty drive bay, I would highly recommend the Musketeer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Koolcases Silver Fusion PC Case Review @ Short-Media
"The mid-tower Koolcases Silver Fusion PC case stands out from the pack. The Silver Fusion boasts drive rails, screwless PCI slot mounts, front intake grills with foam mesh and solid construction. The included 120mm. fan clip makes for easy mounting and a 120mm. fan will provide wicked exhaust flow."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair XMS4000 ProSeries 1GByte TwinX Dual-Channel Memory Kit Review @ Hexus
"We'd like two things from the next iteration of super-fast RAM. Firstly, high speeds accompanied with lower latencies. Secondly, lower voltages for said speeds. That statement seems to contain a couple of mutually exclusive terms. We hope that DRAM manufacturers can rise to the challenge. This is perhaps the most unusual DRAM we've come across in a while. It's certainly got instant attention-grabbing appeal. We just wish the chips underneath would match the beautiful exterior."

More information on this review can be found here.
Budget DDR - PC3200 Ram Shoot Out @ The Crucible
"Looking for good ram on a budget? Want to overclock but don't want to spend all your cash on memory? Neil takes us through a quick look at some budget memory tested on AMD and Intel platforms."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM-RS6F 5.1 Stereo Headphones Review @ BigBruin
"Unlike many headphones on the market, these Zalman headphones seem to be made for LAN parties everywhere. Very durable and tough. Sporting a thick headband, and nice comfortable pads, there will be none of the usual fatigue common with cheap headphones. I had these on for many hours at a time and never got sore ears."

More information on this review can be found here.
Startech Cool Aluminator Case Review @ Modsynergy
"When a case comes by, it always has something different with it. Something going for it. Startech has a wide array of products and says that Startech is the place to find hard to find computer parts. Today we will be reviewing their high-end case, the Cool Aluminator."

More information on this review can be found here.

xTrac Ripper and Micro Mouse Pads Review

"The feel of the Ripper was smooth and slightly resistant. At first, the little resistance was not pleasing, but I later realized it helped with accuracy when playing games and didn't mind it at all. The smoothness is what really makes the resistance work".

More information on this review can be found here.
New Water Cooling Products @ Lux-Design
Lux-Design has released a brand new water cooled case dubbed the AquaXtreme XG. The case is packed with quality items, but the best thing about it is that you can customize it to your own preferences and needs. Mid or Full Tower, top blow hole, CPU block, GPU block, etc, you name it and we can get it done.
The second item on the list is the new Typhoon Floppy Reservoir. With the Typhoon design, you will be able to return your warm water to the reservoir, instead of the "Next Block" in your system. Perfect for any "Multi-Block" cooling system. This Floppy Bay needs to be mounted in 2 empty 3.5" bays.

More information on the Aquaxtreme XG can be found here. Information on the Typhoon Floppy Reservoir can be found here.
Ultimate Gaming-Workstation Guide @ The Firing Squad
"The Firing Squad has just posted a >12000 word system building guide featuring the construction of a flagship dual Opteron gaming PC. This system was built with no strict budget, but we made sure we weren't wasting money. We give out 7 awards in this article and feature 12 products never reviewed at FiringSquad before, and a few products never before reviewed on the Internet such as our Swans T200a PC speakers. It's the most detailed article of its kind."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Saturday, October 18, 2003
Electronic Lock with Key Card Guide @ GideonTech
"We have something a bit more advanced for you today to work on for your computer. This guide will allow you to replace your power button with a perforated coded card, giving the possibility to “lock” your computer. People won’t be able to turn it on nor off via hardware. If you want to power up or shut down your PC, all you have to do is insert the card and take it out. The size of the coded card depends on the size of the materials and you. I’ve chosen to use an optic reading circuit together with a perforated card containing a code because all you’ll see is a little slit wherever you put the reading circuit."

More information on this guide can be found here.
LAN Party Economics 101 @ LAN Party
"One final method for procuring a location for cheap, which I use, and I noticed only a few other LANs using is holding your LAN party as a charity event. It is not hard to find a decent location for cheap or free when they hear of your plans. Again, this is much easier to do if you know someone at the location you plan on using. If you use this method, I think you will find that the other costs will be easier to manage as well."

More information on this article can be found here.
Speeze EEA31B2 - CopperEagle Reviewe @ Ohls-Place
"Speeze has started to roll out their new heatsinks for the fourth quarter and we got our hot little hands on a dandy today. We may just be giving some of you a first look at the new Speeze EEA31B2 - CopperEagle ™, it sports a dual channel in-line ducing system and our tests show that this one is a keeper."

More information on this review can be found here.

Icemat (Clan Based Version) Review

"With todays high-precision optical mice the need for the same type of mousing surface arose and to our rescue came the crew at Icemat. With the release of the their Icemat gaming surface we were finally able to find out what Mousing
Nirvana finally was."

More information on this review can be found here.
Fellowes USB Foldable Stowaway Keyboard Review @ EpiaCenter
"I've already had some time to get used to the layout of this keyboard, as I bought the PDA version for my girlfriends HP Jornada Pocket PC. Same thing. I just received my USB version today. This might interest the CarPuter folks a little more than the others."

More information on this review can be found here.
SVC Pet Chrome Sleeving Review @ GruntvillE
"With the incredible sleeving guide Hobbes brought us, we felt it was time to take a look at some of the sleeving on the market. As many of you already know, my most recent mod was polishing up my case. I was looking for something that would fit the latest theme and came across some chrome sleeving at SVC and knew it was what I wanted to use. I was curious if it would actually be as shiny as real chrome since I knew it was on plastic and was also interested to find out if it would flake off."

More information on this review can be found here.
Connect3D Radeon 9600 128mb Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"Since the majority of gamers are students they often find themselves looking for a budget video card to suit their needs. After our ATI 9600 Pro review we were interested in seeing how the standard 9600 core can perform for the budget crowd. Today we are looking at the Radeon 9600 solution by Connect3D, which is a leading graphics card manufacturer here in Europe."

More information on this review can be found here.
GeXcube R9600Pro Extreme (R9600ProE) 128MB VGA Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"There you have it. GeXcube R9600Pro Extreme takes the crown from PowerColor's R9600Pro Bravo Edition, by raising the default memory clock to 730MHz. It is now THE fastest R9600Pro. Due to the higher memory clock, GeXcube R9600Pro Extreme holds quite a substantial lead, 13~20%, over standard R9600Pros."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM-BJ47J Northbridge Cooler Review @ myWORLD Hardware
"As Zalman emphasizes on noise levels, it is no surprise that the ZM-BJ47J comes in a single blue passive aluminium heatsink. One might wonder how could this blue metal piece could perform with fan cooled northbridge solutions. Let's take a look at this blue baby."

More information on this review can be found here.

Crucial PC3200 Memory Review

"By now you should have known that Crucial Technology, who is a division of Micron Semiconductor Products Inc, was one of the premier memory suppliers to every place known on earth. They've been producing great quality memory modules back to the year 1996 and have been growing stronger as of today. And speaking of today, Crucial Technology does not only produce memory modules, but expanding its market to storage solution, graphics and so on."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aqua Joe Water Cooling Kit Review @ Overclockers.com
"Another new face on the water cooling scene, AquaJoe, sent me their system to check out. As this is not yet marketed as a kit, I am calling this a preliminary review (no kit pricing available yet). However, if the critical components (waterblock, radiator and waterpump) do not change, final results should not vary significantly from what you see here."

More information on this review can be found here.
Global WIN YCC-1101 Micro-ATX Case Review @ System Cooling
"Today we are going to take a look Global WIN’s entry into the Micro-ATX case arena, the YCC-1101. It’s a sleek black case that can be set up horizontally or vertically. And by including a massive 300W power supply, the YCC-1101 will satisfy the most power hungry hardware configurations."

More information on this review can be found here.
Orange Chenbro Xpider: Screw-less Gaming Case Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Chenbro Xpider Case is available in a number of different colors and has a very distinctive look. This case has a screw-less design and that makes installing and removing hardware extremely easy. It also has a window in the side panel which is lockable. One feature many people will like is the fact that a 120mm fan can be installed at the back of the case to allow for excellent air circulation."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Friday, October 17, 2003
Logisys Computer LED Case Feet Review @ Tech-Mods
"When the art of case modding began to emerge, a large majority of the techniques and ideas required you to construct the materials yourself. Now, with computer modification becoming more mainstream, individuals no longer have to rely as much on their creativity and skills with tools to get great effects. One of these effects happens to be lighted case feet. Today, I am going to be reviewing the Logisys Computer Acrylic LED Lighted Case Feet."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon 9600PRO Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"ATI has successfully filled every possible sector with an All-in-Wonder option that is bound to please anyone with any wallet size. With great performance and a very good price tag, the All-in-Wonder 9600pro is bound to be one of the most sought after stocking stuffers for the 2003 Christmas season."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kool Case Fans Review @ Short-Media
"Do your friends light up the room when they walk in with their PC case and you don't? Are you ashamed of how your rig looks in the dark. Koolcases provides a step on the right road to cool LED accessories. We mean cool because Koolcases.com can line up the modding enthusiast with LED fans and grills to add that "kool" touch to a PC case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plextor PX-708A DVD Writer Review @ HardwareZoom
"As our test results shown, the PX-708A burned the entire 4.22GB image in less than eight minutes, just by using normal 4X DVD+R media. For the first time we've seen a consumer DVD writer that records disc image of this size at such speeds, it's especially amazing when you consider writing a 650MB CD four years ago probably needed longer. Plextor did not disclose the write strategy used in their 8X DVD+R recording, but our best bet is Z-CLV."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCW50-T Review @ Nexus Hardware
"Swiftech is a company that needs no introduction in the overclocking and enthusiast computer markets. Since their first enthusiast product release in the Celeron days, Swiftech has established a strong leadership role, and often times guides the industry to new innovations. Today we have their peltier powered video card water block for testing, the MCW50-T."

More information on this review can be found here.
Hoojum Cubit 3 Review @ Spode's Abode
"The Cubit 3 is an Aluminium MiniITX case, made by a company that goes by the rather whimsical name of Hoojum. The Cubit 3 is designed to accommodate any MiniITX motherboard, a laptop size CDROM drive, a miniature 2 part dc/dc power supply, and either a standard hard drive or a laptop sized one."

More information on this review can be found here.
DFI 865PE Infinity Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"It's very fast, stable, feature rich and should be aggressively priced. If DFI can iron out one or two presentation and overclocking problems it has the potential to be one of the very best consumer-level Intel based motherboArds. The CMOS Reloaded feature was an especially nice touch. A decent showing from DFI."

More information on this review can be found here.
SeaSonic 400w Super Silencer PSU Review @ Monkey Review
"Sea Sonic's 400W Super Silencer delivers an impressive slew of features to go along with its good amount of power. A shift in the desire an average user has for his PC has been changing over the last few years. Not only do people want their PC to run well, but also run quietly, and in some cases, look presentable. Sea Sonic has looked at the industries standards, Enthusiast standards, and the average user's standards on Power Supplies and they've come up with the Sea Sonic Super Silencer line, which offers the following models; 300W, 350W, 400W, and a 460W."

More information on this review can be found here.
Build a Homemade LCD for under $50 @ The Modfathers
"An LCD is just about the single coolest thing you can add to your computer, not to mention very useful. You can add all the neon lights you want, but the fact of the matter is that cold cathodes can’t tell you your CPU temperature, play back mp3 ID3 tags, tell you how much free memory you have available or if you have email waiting on your mail server."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Corsair TWINX4000 and TWINX4000PRO Kits Review @ BJorn3D
"The modules in the non-Pro TWINX kit that I am covering in this review are not much different than what you are used to seeing in the XMS line. The more interesting kit in this review is definitely the ProSeries pair. This is Corsair's latest innovation to put a smile on the enthusiast's face. The ProSeries modules feature a larger and nicer heatsink and activity LEDs! Yup, that's right. Just when you thought you'd seen it all with RAM, Corsair decides to be the first company to add activity LEDs. Although not high in utility, they are very cool and just right for a case window."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston HyperX PC4000 Memory Review @ Viper Lair
"At 1/1 CPU and memory, we settled on a final OC of 270FSB. We did manage 275FSB, but even at 3.0v, the system was not stable. Actually, the system was fairly stable at 271FSB at 3.0v, but occasionally we locked up. 270FSB was rock solid, and we were able to drop our voltage back to a safer 2.8v. Keep in mind that this all voids any warranty, but nothing like living on the edge, eh?"

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Interview @ NextGen Electronics
"AMD recently released their much anticipated 64 bit processors which promise to revolutionize the home and work computing industries. With powerful capabilities and rich features that promise just about everything under the sun, the 64 bit Athlon processors offer consumers more power than ever before. Check out NextGen Electronic's exclusive interview with AMD Marketing Manager John Crank, who answered a glutton of questions about this new technology."

More information on this interview can be found here.
Thursday, October 16, 2003
Dependency on Technology Editorial @ Designtechnica
"Hi, my name is Doug and I'm a technology addict. It is funny to think just how dependant on technology we really are but to what depth? This fact came crashing into my consciousness on the afternoon of August 14th when most of the eastern United States suffered a massive blackout. I was among about fifty million people that were without electricity and, therefore, devoid of the usual aspects of life we take for granted: computers, home theater, music and lights. With little more to do, I thought about just how dependant we have become on these little gadgets that surround us."

More information on this editorial can be found here.
Saitek Optical Mouse Pro Review @ GruntvillE
"The common PC mouse, one of the most relied upon input devices in use today. We all have our own tastes when it comes to the flavor of our mice. Some like three buttons, some five; some prefer a scroll wheel while yet others would rather thumb a ball. It's hard to come up with a device that will appease us all equally. This is why some manufacturers have started to incorporate "gimmicks" or extra features into these little plastic rodents. Saitek is one of these companies. Their two latest attempts to capture our attention are the TouchForce and Optical Mouse Pro. Today we will be pushing their Optical Mouse Pro around our pads to see what it has to offer the average GruntvillE reader."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingston DataTraveler 2.0 Hi-Speed USB Flash Drive Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"Wouldn't it be nice to have all your documents, bookmarks, and other important files with you at all times, and stored securely? The Kingston DataTraveler 2.0 Hi-Speed makes this all possible with just a few clicks of the mouse. Kingston has come up with a line USB flash drives that support USB 2.0 for high speed data transfer, software to password protect your data, and a utility that allows easy synchronizing with your "My Documents", "My Favorites", or any other folder! So no matter if the PC is at home, work, or on the road, the data you need will always be available."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Extreme Volcano 12 Review @ Ohls-Place
"Looking at the Volcano 12 from the side we can that the fan does indeed make up a large portion of the heat sink. This is a definite change from the prior versions. The base assembly is solid copper with the 66 fins being held in place with solder. Once the fan shroud is removed the base begins to look a lot like someone else's design but I could care less as long as it cools the processor down."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SP94 HSF Cooler Review @ Legion Hardware
"When it comes to cooling solutions you really do expect the very best from Thermalright, and the SP94 was no let down. As the Pentium 4 processor increases its clock speed, the demand for a more efficient heatsink design becomes quite strong. Increased Pentium 4 clock speeds are not the only cause for a greater demand of high end cooling solutions. The Pentium 4 processor has also become a very popular overclocking item, and when amplifying not only the frequency but also the voltage, temperatures will rise drastically."

More information on this review can be found here.
New ClearView Product for Shuttle XPC's @ Outsideloop.com
"The ClearView is a three-piece panel set designed to replace the aluminum cover of Shuttle XPCs. These panels are made from impact-resistant plastic and polished to a clear and smooth finish. The ClearView was designed with both functionality and aesthetics in mind. The ClearView panels offer superior airflow to the standard aluminum panel. Vents located at the bottom of each side panel allow air to be drawn into the case unimpeded. Each side panel also features a circular knockout surrounded by vents and four drill points. By drilling the four drill points and removing the knockout, it is possible to mount an 80mm fan grill, allowing greater airflow to add-in video cards or the system in general, or an 80mm fan and grill, to provide even more airflow to the compact Shuttle XPC system."

More information on this new product can be found here.
ATI TV WonderT Pro Remote Control Edition Card Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The ATI TV WonderT Pro Remote Control Edition has a 125 channel TV tuner, remote control, an input adapter and a lot more. It can easily capture all types of video and has excellent TV picture quality. The TV window can be resized, has a zoom in/out feature, TV programs can be scheduled and much more. This is a feature-rich TV card that has fantastic bang for the buck."

More information on this video review can be found here.
ATI Radeon 9600XT Review @ Spode's Abode
"The Radeon 9600 XT is ATIs latest mid range offering, and is essentially a higher speed 9600 Pro. The XT tag will doubtless give a chuckle to anyone who has been into computers for more than a decade or so. XT was the standard that came before AT, so it is hardly associated with the cutting edge of technology. I don't have anything against acronyms, but the whole point of an acronym is that it is an abbreviation of a meaningful name. I blame Microsoft for starting this moronic bandwagon rolling when they released Windows XP."

More information on this review can be found here.
Connect3D Radeon 9600 Pro 128 MB Review @ BJorn3D
"I really like the Connect3D Radeon 9600 Pro 128MB card. It’s a much better performer in DirectX 9 games, like Tron 2.0, compared to the FX5600 (non-ultra) that I have been using and the visual quality is also clearly better: The antialiasing is smoother and the distant textures are crisper, thanks to 16x anisotropic filtering. I’ll be discussing that in more detail later."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI 9600XT Preview with 5700 Ultra Comparison @ Hexus
"TMSC's process enhancements have basically handed ATI a fall refresh on a plate, and combined with the new drivers, it almost feels like a totally different product to 9600 Pro. Lots of core overclocking headroom (please please put better memory modules on retail boards if ATI's partners are listening), a decent price and very competitive performance. You can't ask for more than that."

More information on this review can be found here.
Three Dollar Card Cooler Guide @ Creative Mods
"This guide will show you how you can make your very own card cooler for under three dollars. There is very little experience needed to do this mod and it is a very useful one too. If you are interested in making your own card cooler for a very small amount of money, this guide is for you."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Black X-Dreamer Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"As you can very well make out, I am impressed with this case. It's packed with useful practical and aesthetic features and is has a great price tag. Costing a mere US$54.88 and even having an included power supply to boot launches this case up to my top choice and I have actually claimed this case to be the next candidate for my own computer system."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCW5000-A Water-Block Review @ CoolTechZone
"Since many users are moving to water-cooling nowadays we decided to review Swiftech's newly released MCW5000-A water-block for both AMD and Intel processors. How does it perform? Read on and find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Bay-Res Review @ HiTechMods
"The Bay-Res arrived in a white box, inside is the reservoir itself surrounded by bubble wrap. Taped onto the top is a small plastic bag with four mounting screws inside. The acrylic still has its protective plastic stuck on the outside. Simply peeling it back removes it easily and cleanly. The Bay-Res is available in clear acrylic, UV green, or UV blue colors. Also available is 1/2" and 3/8" straight or elbow barbs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xice EC600/H Athlon Water Cooling Kit Review @ Water-Cooling
"The two most common reasons for changing over to water cooling are one to overclock further and two to reduce the noise level. Today I will be reviewing the Xice EC600/H which aims to tackle that second reason. The Xice kit is an external unit which contains no fans and a quiet water pump and therefore can run practically silent but lets see how it performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Innovatek Water Cooling Kit Review @ Viper Lair
"Since I have always been an air cooler, but an avid overclocker, I decided to take a foray into the WC world to see what all the fuss is about. I looked around, and asked many questions to find out what was needed, I settled on a "kit" solution. I say "kit" because I was able to modify the kit on the fly during ordering."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, October 15, 2003
A Mod Goes Modding v2.0 @ Overclockers.com
"The H20 system is loosely based on Kevin and Dino's "Nebulous Cube". When this article was posted here a few months ago (and after having seen it in person at a LAN party in March, 2003), I wanted to see if I could build something similar."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Gyration Ultra Cordless Suite Review @ ASE Labs
"It has been a bit over a year since I last reviewed the Ultra Cordless mouse from Gyration, but now they have updated the kit to include a keyboard and revamped everything. Let's see how this new kit performs."

More information on this review can be found here.
BlueTake Wireless LAN 802.11b BW320 Router Review @ Modtown
"This combined product allows a user to share a Cable or DSL Internet Connection within a LAN environment - both wired and wirelessly, so that a single connection can be used simultaneously by many users within your LAN. This wireless LAN router not only provides TCP/IP, NAT, DHCP, PPPoE for regular network sharing configurations but also features an inbuilt Printer Server for wireless printing."

More information on this review can be found here.
What’s up with 802.11G? @ Tweaktown
"Last week we received Belkin’s entire range of 802.11G wireless equipment including router, access point, PCI and notebook cards – it was our first taste of the new, exciting and unofficial 802.11G wireless standard which is still a few months away from becoming a confirmed standard. It was also my first time working with Belkin gear, and the initial impression was good – quality and style was all there in abundance."

More information on this article can be found here.
Cooler Master JET 7 HSF Review @ Legit Reviews
"There is no doubt that the customer base for the Cooler Master Jet 7 is in the enthusiast community! Therefore, we decided to show you the temperatures we observed based at idle and full load situations with our Barton 2500+ at default speeds then again when overclocked to 3200+."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Volt Modification Guide @ Madshrimps
"Today we take the ATI Radeon 9800pro graphic's card under our wing and we give it a few tweaks and modifications to push it far beyond any graphic's card currently on the market to take your PC gaming over the edge."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Thermaltake Silent Boost K8 Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"As we and you expected the performance from the Thermaltake Silent Boost K8 is not world shattering with its slow but quiet fan, but none-the-less the performance is still decent as our graph clearly shows. As with the Thermaltake Volcano 12 Extreme we reviewed recently this is testimony to the new heatsink design adopted by Thermaltake."

More information on this review can be found here.
Microcool NorthPole Northbridge Cooler Review @ The Crucible
"If you are looking for the absolute best available northbridge air cooling available make sure you check out Microcool's NorthPole. While it will put a pretty good dent in your wallet, it performs as expected or better. Microcool has done a very good job on the NorthPole northbridge cooler set, and already other manufacturers are following their lead."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright ALX-800 HSF Review @ System Cooling
"The last time Thermalright released a hybrid cooler, they had no idea it was destined to become one of the most popular and revered heat sinks of all time. The excellent price/performance ratio of the AX7 allowed it to develop an almost cult following that continues to this day, in spite of the release of newer and better-performing models. Improving on this showing is something that Thermalright didn't take lightly, and it took until now for them to perfect their next-generation aluminum/copper cooler, the ALX-800."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM-WB2 CPU Waterblock Review @ The Modfathers
"It was however with some concern when I saw these dinky little waterblocks coming on the market appeared under the name of Zalman. With the experience of other East Asian companies getting into watercooling with horrific results, there was not a good foundation to build upon."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire X-Alien Case Review @ 3dXtreme
"The Aspire X-Alien case uses Green LED fans to illuminate the entire chassis with a green glow. (The X-Superalien uses Blue) There are six 80mm fans 3 with LEDs and 3 without. On the top of the case is an exhaust fan that features an Alien head grill over it."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte P4 2004 GT Edition Motherboard Review @ HardwareZoom
"Amazingly, C.I.A. has done a better job than with manual overclocking. Benchmark results have shown that when C.I.A. is activated and accelerated by 7%, the actual performance is about 3% better than manually overclocking the CPU by 7% in BIOS. Seems that C.I.A. not only overclock the FSB but it also optimised other settings to improve the performance further."

More information on this review can be found here.
Galaxy Tech GC-900 Acrylic Case Review @ FastLaneHW
"Lately, it seems that almost every computer case comes with a window of some sort. Some come in weird shapes, some have fans, some have windows in the top or even the front. Today, we're doing away with windows and cutouts and going the distance with the Galaxy-Tech GC-900 acrylic case, which IS a gigantic window!

More information on this review can be found here.
Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Everyday Information Security Guide @ ExtensionTech
"A few weeks ago I bought a Hewlett Packard OfficeJet LX for the price of $14.99. The OfficeJet LX is pretty old, but it has a copier, fax, and printer all in one, and I needed an extra printer for my workstation computer. The first thing I did was explore the printer menu on its LCD screen, and among other things, I came across a speed dial list."

Very interesting read and some good advise. More information on this article can be found here.
Stardock WindowBlinds 4.1 Windows GUI Customization Software Review @ Tweaknews
"WindowBlinds is a fantastic little application with a lot of power. For those us who detest the stock look of Windows, this is a gift from the nerd-gods. It can transform your desktop in an instant, and improve your system's performance as well (if you are already using visual styles)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Everglide Ricochet Pro 2.52 Dual Surface Mousepad Review @ GiBTEK
"This mouse pad has brought to the market with at lot of ideas that have been around for quite awhile, but has nearly successfully combined them in to one solid all-round product. The idea of having 2 surfaces is excellent, especially if you are a gamer/designer; if you just use your PC to word process or play solitaire then you might not notice the difference or more likely not be willing to pay nearly £30 for it (especially as you can get other makes for around £8 - £16)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Allied AL-B500E 500W Power Supply Review @ BigBruin
"Available online for $62.95, its price and performance are quite attractive as compared to some of the other brands that may have a more familiar name. Although I generally look at power supplies for their performance alone, the fact that Apex didn’t comprise the technical specifications in order to make it visually appealing is just the icing on the cake."

More information on this review can be found here.
ThermalTake X-Blower Kit Review @ Think Computers
"Are you looking for a different and unique cooling setup, but do not have the money for anything real elaborate. Well Thermaltake has a really cool product out called the X-Blower kit. The X-blower kit is a 2 channel VR Fan kit with a dual fan speed control panel."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerocool Extreme Socket 478 HSF Review @ Overclocker Club
"Having been involved in the North American cooling market for only 2 years, AeroCool has established itself as a major player in this category, offering over 17 different heatsink & fan (HSF) packages that cater to varying levels of the "overclocking enthusiast." Today I will be looking at the AeroCool Extreme, one of the two heatsinks from AeroCool that can be used on the socket 478 platform."

More information on this review can be found here.
Titan TTC-CU9TB/SC Heat Sink Review @ Ohls-Place
"When I saw the finish on the base of Titan TTC-CU9TB/SC heat sink I knew that this one was going to be a contender. This was hands down the best non-lapped surface I had ever seen on any heat sink. But will it perform as good as look?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Tyan Tachyon G9600 Pro 128MB Review @ Hexus
"As a card that's aimed at the midrange sector, the Tyan G9600 Pro does well at 1024x768x32 with and without antialiasing and anisotropic filtering. That's exactly its target performance market, we feel. A robust, semi-powerful card, Tyan should be on to a winner here. Tentative pricing puts it at around the £125 mark. Recommended"

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS7000A - Cu Review @ OC-Zone
"What can we say of a cooler that can do all this? All I can say is that this is one of the best coolers ever constructed, that is able to ally the performance of an high-end cooler, with the silence demanded more and more by the desktop consumers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Serial ATA Versus Parallel ATA Hard Drive Review @ PC Guide
"So with Serial ATA making it's presents felt in mainstream solutions for storage devices the decision is being presented on whether to save couple of dollars and stick with PATA a little while longer or go for the extra advantages that SATA clearer offers above PATA besides the extra performance increase as we have seen with the benchmarks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Ximeta Netdisk 80GB Review @ Ascully
"Storage, now there's something every computer user needs more of at some time or another. Until now you either deleted files to make way for new ones or you opened up one of your PC's and installed another hard disk. The product we are looking at today the Ximeta NetDisk 80GB is a portable hard disk that runs from either a USB 2.0 port or an Ethernet port to provide you with a instant 80GB of extra storage space."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Cool Drive 4 Review @ GruntvillE
"My first impression of the Cool Drive 4 was pretty good. It looked great and seemed to have solid construction. The front panel had all sorts of buttons and gadgets on it, making the appearance even better. The only negative aspect I found was that Cooler Master decided to put a piece of clear acrylic over the front of the aluminum unit. This might not bother too many people, but I like my Cooler Master products to match. Before the Cool Drive 4, most of Cooler Masters products have had identical silver brushed aluminum housings to coordinate. This acrylic takes away from the sexy aluminum in my opinion."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI 848P Neo-S Motherboard Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"When the Intel 875/865 chipsets were released, they became an instant success with the incorporation of an 800MHz FSB, dual 64-bit memory controllers, native serial ATA, and official support for DDR400. These features are nice, but do not come cheap. Not everyone can afford to dish out $100-$200+ just for a motherboard. MSI has come up with a solution to this problem by designing the 848P Neo-S. This mainboard sports most of the same features as the higher end 875/865 boards minus a few key things such as dual channel DDR."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCX462+T Review @ OCIA
"When a TEC is included into the overclocking equation, temperatures can easily drop below ambient temperature. When this happens, the overclocker's enemy rears its ugly
head.. condensation. To an extreme overclocker, condensation is an evil beast which must be contained. The best weapon we have against the war on condensation is a wonderful material called neoprene which has been the primary component in wetsuits and mouse pads for many years."

More information on this review can be found here.

EL Case Badge & UV Crystal 4 LED Fan Review

"The case badge comes with an inverter and a 4 pin molex connector to power it up. To truly install it properly I suggest drilling a hole in your case. I couldn't find my drill (13 year old son last used it) so I slid it between two 3.5 bay covers. I was pleased at how bright it is. I'm contemplating getting the drill and doing a proper installation."

More information on this review can be found here.
Airflow and Heat: A Cooling Guide @ Short-Media
"Low temperatures are what we want. PC cases become like Swiss cheese riddled with fan holes in the quest for cooling. Is there an optimum configuration? Is one cooling fan enough or is it the combination of fans? One PC case was set aside and filled with fans to find out just what combination works best for airflow's effect on heat."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Thermaltake Xaser III Super Tower Giveaway @ ADPMods
"ADPmods is giving away a Thermaltake Xaser III V2000A Super Tower (retail $300 CDN, $200 USD). The V2000A has an exceptional feature set and is destined to be the definitive “high-end pre-mod case”. Orders over $100 and placed between Oct 15th and Nov 15th 2003 get one ballot in the draw. Open to residents of Canada and the United States. Enter as many times as you wish."

More information on this giveaway can be found here.
ExtremeCase Z-Black Windowed Case Review @ Tweaktown
"Remember back a couple of years when all computers were created in a beige box? Things have changed considerably since then, but that doesn't mean all new designs are created equally. Come join Mike "Darthtanion" Wright as he takes a look at the Z-Black Case from Extreme Cases, Inc. It offers a true budget price and some features that may give you enough reason to add it to your wanted items list!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, October 13, 2003
Startech Video Game Jockey Review @ Modsynergy
"The VGJ has many uses other than just for games. You can use it for displaying your VCR, Laserdisc, VCD, Camcorder, or DVD player to name a few. Anything with RCA Composites or S-Video can be used with the VGJ. One of the big things is that this VGJ is NTSC and PAL compatible, meaning you can bring it all over the world. The VGJ converts these signals into VGA mode to be displayed on your PC monitor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Eumax FOLD3000B Keyboard Review @ HardExtreme
"The Eumax Fold-3000 is something out of the ordinary. This keyboard can be folded in all directions and you can even roll it diagonally. The keyboard is waterproofed so your keyboard won’t get damaged by water."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xoxide Black PS/2 Illuminated Keyboard Review @ Viper Lair
"For the lighting; you have an (on / off) switch which is really nice since you don't want this thing glowing when you don't need it to. You don't have to put it into an external power source either, as the PS2 port supplies the power needed. One thing to note. When the backlight is illuminated there is an annoying high pitch noise that comes from the keyboard."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman 400w Active PFC PSU Review @ FastLaneHW
"15 or 20 years ago, computer enthusiasts were probably just as worried about heat in their computers as Bill Gates is about winning this week's PowerBall. Unfortunately, those days are over, and computer components not only suck up tons of power, but output lots of heat. Heat must be solved by noise, and the last thing we need to add to our computer's noise levels is the power supply. Today we'll be taking a look at Zalman's 400w Active PFC PSU, which not only is enough to supply all the power your components need, but stays quiet at the same time. VERY quiet"

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Vibration Dampener Review @ OCIA
"The fan kit comes with two 80mm silica gel vibration dampeners, more than enough fan screws to install two fans and silica gel washers to use if the fan dampeners will not fit your case situation. The dampeners are easy to install. To use them, simply place the dampener on the fan on the surface between the fan and the installation point and screw the fan in place."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Nexus Fan Controller Review @ Hexus
"These controllers are by far the best fan controllers I have seen. It's an innovative idea by including 2 cold cathode tubes within the kit, to provide a 2 in 1 product. If you have been looking for a fan controller then I would certainly recommend one of these products."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SLK-947U HSF Review @ CoolTechZone
"Today we had the opportunity to test one of Thermalright's many copper based heatsinks. The SLK-947U heatsink supports both AMD and Intel processors, which makes it a good choice in theory but will this heatsink carry on Thermalright's tradition of making quality products? Read on and find out what we think."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chenbro Xpider Chassis Review @ HightekPC
"Many manufacturer's have developed cheaper, better quality cases over time, building in not only good looks, but good features and a quick, easy to use, screwless design. One such case is the Chenbro Xpider. With is low price, good feature set, good quality, and refreshing looks, this case is sure to make quite a name for itself."

More information on this review can be found here.
Chill Vent 1 Review @ Ohls-Place
"We are always looking a means of cooling the inside of our computer case and by doing do so hopefully reducing the temp of our processor as well. The crew over at Cool Solutions Systems Inc. have come up with what I think is a very innovative method of getting those temps down a couple of degrees or so. So today we are checking out their new release the Chill Vent 1. Take cool air directly from the bottom of your case and route it directly to your heatsink with the aid of a 80 x 80 fan and I think you will find out as I did that it does indeed do what they claim it will do."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman RS6F Theatre 6 Headphones Review @ Nexus Hardware
"There are times when running a 5.1 speaker system at full blast is impractical, and even rude. Furthermore, toting a 5.1 speaker system to a LAN is not an easy task, disregarding the fact that speakers are disallowed at most LAN parties. Where does this lead us? Headphones. However, typical headphones lack the 5.1 support and the accompanying immersive effects. Today we have a product that claims to combine 5.1 audio in a headphone design. Enter the Zalman RS6F “Theatre 6” headphones."

More information on this review can be found here.
Albatron FX5900 Turbo (FX5900QV) 256MB Review @ Legion Hardware
"The Wise Fan technology cooling system did an excellent job of keeping the Albatron FX5900 Turbo cool as it maintained excellent stability throughout the testing phase. With that said there were no stability or compatibility issues encountered during testing to speak of. The performance of the Albatron FX5900 Turbo was also impressive and in all tests the card was able to out do the ASUS competition."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman VGA Heatpipe ZM80C-HP Review @ myWORLD Hardware
"Zalman is well known for its silent cooling device. Unlike other cooling solutions, Zalman emphasizes on keeping systems cooled while keeping noise levels low. All the way from Korea, they have made pretty good publicity themselves for their Zalman CNPS and their previous ZM80A-HP VGA Heatpipe Cooler."

More information on this review can be found here.

Epox 4PDA2+ (Springdale) Motherboard Review

"Choosing a motherboard can sometimes be very hectic. With so many different companies throwing out their products for sale, users alike may find it confusing to get the board which they would really suits them well. Joining us today in our review, we will take a look at the latest Pentium 4 motherboard by Epox, 4PDA2+. The board was powered by Intel Springdale chipset or better known as i865PE and this board is a must and find out why we say so in the next pages of this review coverage!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Mounting a Prometia or Vapochill on AMD A64/FX51 @ Madshrimps
"In due time CPU kits will be offered from both nVentiv and Asetek for the AMD A64/FX51 motherboards. But for those of us that don't want to wait, we must improvise!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
Budget FanBus Guide @ Spode's Abode
"The circuit I will show you how to make here is one of my own design, using only 4 components. If you can solder wires together, you can build it. The key part is the LM317T chip. It has only 3 legs, and looks like a simple transistor, but it is in fact very complicated inside. Wiring it up is simple. It has an input leg, an output leg, and an adjustment leg."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Build a PC from Parts to Software Guide @ Short-Media
"We enthusiasts often forget our humble beginnings and what it is like to build a PC for the very first time. We forget that sometimes what we see as the simplest of tasks is intimidating territory for others. This is a complete step by step guide on how to assemble a PC from a box of parts to a working computer with WindowsXP fully installed, updated and tweaked. This guide will take you from parts to software the right way."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Saturday, October 11, 2003
Samsung 173T 17" LCD Flat Panel Display Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"LCD monitor technology has come a long way since it was first introduced, gone are the days of only being able to see the screen dead on, and washed out looking colors. Current LCD monitors like Samsung's 173T have a large available viewing angle and rich colors."

More information on this review can be found here.
Microsoft Tilt-Wheel Wireless Optical Mouse Review @ Ohls-Place
"Microsoft has opted to use a multi-channeled 27 MHz smart receiver for this particular wireless mouse. The 27 MHz smart receiver technology works with wireless mice and keyboards to reduce the likelihood of cross talk and to reduce the impact of signal interference."

More information on this review can be found here.
The "Spider Case" Project @ Mini-ITX
"The Spider Case was a creation which took about a month of 12 hour work days to complete. The first two weeks were for finding the right parts and the last two were for building. As I rushed to get it completed for a certain case contest *cough TechTV*, I cut some corners and strayed from my original plan. The template I went off was a digital artwork piece by Giorgio Camnasio of a mechanical spider. Inspired by it's mean look, I figured I could produce something similar with a computer inside."

I originally saw QTip42's work featured at [H]ardOCP, here you can read the entire worklog. More information on this project can be found here.
Cooler Master Jet7 Heatsink Review @ DVHardware
"A few weeks ago, Coolermaster released a new cooler, which can be added to their famous collection of heatsinks. The Jet7 cooler is the 'brother' of their latest cooler: the Aero7. Let's have a look to the differences between Jet7 and Aero7. Jet7 has a bigger and more beautiful looking fan, but a cheaper aluminum with copper base heatsink?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Stealth 420W Aluminum PSU Review @ 8BallsHardware
"Choosing a good power supply for your PC is just as important as choosing the best possible processor, motherboard or memory for your soon-to-be monster rig. Nowadays, most computer enthusiasts aren't looking for just a power supply any more. They want oodles of power for their computer systems. They want reliability. They want something which runs with minimal noise. They want something unique. Thankfully, you've got many brands to choose from in the current market: Antec, Enermax, HEC, PC Power & Cooling; the list goes on and on."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Weekly Special @ The Cutting Edge


"Aluminum Chieftec Cases are the most popular cases today for very good reasons. They are made extremely well and have features such as removable hard drive bays, drive rails, space for 4 internal fans as well as plenty of room for modding and these aluminum versions weigh in at only 16 pounds. Very impressive."

More information on this sale can be found here.
Belkin Bluetooth USB Adapter Review @ HardExtreme
"All of the functions that Bluetooth has to offer is amazing; the dial-up networking allows you to connect to the Internet using GPRS with your cellphone. There are also many other synchronization protocols between the computer and the cellphone to exchange files, information or even contact list. The last function called “voice gateway on Joseph” is the function I liked the most. I could have a handsfree for my phone with my computer,which means that I can have my sound system work as the speaker and the microphone as the mic for the cellphone."

More information on this review can be found here.
EZ-Buddie Review @ RipNet-UK
"The system is also very well catered for as far as connectivity is concerned. You get PS2 x2, RS232 x1, Parallel x1, VGA connector x1, USB x4, LAN port x1, IEEE1394 x1, and Line in/Line out/Mic. x1 on the rear of the PC, plus 2 USB ports on internal headers, and also earphone, mic, USB and IEEE1394 connections hidden behind a panel at the front of the unit. As if that wasn't enough ECS manage to cram in a card reader as well which can accommodate CF I / CF II / MD, SMC, SD/MMC, and MS cards."

More information on this review can be found here.
FIC A96P Radeon 9600 Pro Review @ Viper Lair
"LAN gamers looking for good speed (albeit at lower resolutions), and a card that is cheap enough for you to still be able to buy parts to mod your rig, I would say this is a great choice. With good image quality, texture and performance this card makes this a good choice for the serious gamers without serious cash."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek nForce2 Ultra 400 Deluxe Limited Motherboard Review @ BJorn3D
"A little over three months ago we brought you a review of the Leadtek K7NCR18D Pro II motherboard. A quick look at Leadtek's motherboard lineup reveals that all of their nForce2-based motherboards share the WinFast K7NCR18x (x varies from board to board) name. The nForce2 Ultra400 Deluxe Limited is no exception. Even though Leadtek calls it something different on its website, the box even reveals that this motherboard is actually a K7NCR18D Pro II with a much better bundle than the original. So, this amounts to a product refresh really. I believe Leadtek is trying to grab the attention of the enthusiast audience by adding such goodies as rounded cables, faster FSB support, and extra voltage tweaking capabilities."

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX FX5600 Ultra 128MB DDR DVI & VIVO Video Card Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The XFX FX5600 Ultra 128MB Video Card supports dual display, video in/out and many other advanced features. This enables users to enjoy gaming and work more productively. While this product is not the fastest in the nVIDIA lineup it is very stable, overclocks and performs well. If you are ready for an affordable Video Card upgrade then keep this product at the top of your list."

More information on this video review can be found here.
LeadTek GeForceFX 5900 Ultra Review @ NextGen Electronics
"LeadTek's Winfast A350 TDH Ultra myVIVO card, which sports the dynamically fast GeForceFX 5900 Ultra chipset, is the true behemoth of video cards on the market today. With an attractive bundle and top marks for benchmarking, this is the nVIDIA card of choice for gamers and enthusiasts."

More information on this review can be found here.
Value Gaming System Buyer's Guide @ Sharky's Extreme
"Finding the best system components for a value gaming system is more difficult than simply picking the very best hardware money can buy, and it entails a great deal of concession on the part of the buyer. The $1,000 budget gets eaten up pretty quick and slapping down the cash for a 21" flat screen monitor or 3.2 GHz Pentium 4 would take care of it in very short order. When compiling our Value Gaming PC Buyer's Guide, we try and find that happy medium between spending a fortune on a new PC, and being "penny wise/pound stupid", and getting stuck with obsolete hardware."

More information on this guide can be found here.
PSU Mod Guide @ Creative Mods
"Almost every part of our computers have been modified in some way, but the Power Supply always seems to be the one left out, except for maybe a flimsy Lexan cover. This is an ugly but vital part of the computer and I thought it too needed to be Modded."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Zalman ZM-WB1 Water Block Review @ System Cooling
"Zalman has made a name for itself offering up a variety of excellent quality, quiet air-cooling solutions. However, air-cooling is not the only choice Zalman offers. The ZM-WB1 is a water block that aspires to the same engineering and performance excellence that Zalman has become known for. We're going to find out today if it lives up to these expectations."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM-MFC1 Fan Controller Review @ Voided Warranty
"Each controller has a blue LED that indicates whether or not a fan is connected. If a fan is connected the LED will light up blue and the light emitted from the LED will very in intensity depending on the speed you have the fan running at."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, October 10, 2003
Exclusive Interview with Macroman @ PC Review
"Today I'm going to be interviewing Macroman; the legendary creator of Macro-Black. This case, in a single stroke, changed the world of modding as we once knew it, with its ultra-stealthed design that would send a B-2 bomber running off in tears. A member of the Bit-Tech staff team and although honest, open and friendly he is quite an illusive figure in modding circles."

More information on this interview can be found here.
Sunbeam EL Wire Fan Grills Review @ ExtensionTech
"Today we have a new innovation from Sunbeam that I haven't seen before in a fan grill. These new fan grills contain EL wire for lighting effects. While EL wire hasn't been the rage for general lighting effects in computer cases, EL wire justifies its purpose by highlighting. This is the first time that I have seen EL wire used in something such as a fan grill. Continue on as I'll show you the grill as well as my opinion on it."

More information on this review can be found here.
LG Super Multi DVD Writer GSA-4040B Review @ HardwareZoom
"The GSA-4040B is one of the few drives out there that can reach the advertised speeds when reading a DVD. There are drives that fixed the read-speed at 2X while reading a DVD-Video, and some work very poorly with dual layer / CSS encrypted DVDs. Gladly, the GSA4040B has none of those problems. A dual layer encrypted DVD-Video (considered the hardest to read) can be easily read by the drive at 8X, and a single layer one can hit 12X without much difficulty : no re-reads, no pauses or halts. The reading capabilities of the GSA4040B are commendable."

More information on this review can be found here.

Microsoft Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer 2.0 Review

"The manual claims that the wireless mouse can work up to 6 feet (1.8m) and this varies depend on positioning and interference. I've tested the mouse and transmitter with a clear line of sight and they actually still work at 2m. However, if the transmitter is blocked by a table, the range will be shorter. I have tried to turn on my wireless router, wireless PCMCIA adapter, bluetooth mobile phone and bluetooth headset, but all these wireless devices does not affect the operation of the mouse. In case of any interference, you can actually change the wireless connection channel."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung 173T 17" LCD Review @ Designtechnica
"The 173T does not offer any technological improvements over its predecessor, the 172T, so you will need to decide if it is worth the $100 increase to step up to a higher contrast ratio on an older model. The Syncmaster 172T offers higher a contrast ratio (700:1 over 450:1) than the 173T, a better looking and more adjustable base and can still be found for under $600. In fact the 191T, Samsung's 19" LCD from last year can be had for a mere $20-$40 more than the 172T. But what the 173T does offer over other 17" LCD monitors in its price range is both analog and DVI inputs. Business users will love the features and functionality that the 173T has to offer and once the 172T becomes unavailable the 173T will be the best 17" monitor in its class."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Vibration Dampener Kit Review @ HiTechMods
"If you are like me you have many fans in your computer trying to keep it reasonably cool. Noise has always been a major issue with computers. The noise and vibrations from fans are the target of many products trying to stop it. Sure a rheobus will help lower the volume some but they also lower the amount of air moving and raise temperatures. You can't just turn the fans off completely, well I guess you could but that would not be very smart. Vantec has created a new product that aims to stop fan noise and vibration, the Vibration Dampener Kit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Nexus NXP205 Fan Controller Review @ The Modfathers
"My initial impressions were excellent. The smooth, matt black colouring combined with the detailing in white looked most excellent, matching my case colour almost perfectly."

More information on this review can be found here.
PolarFLO SF Waterblock Review @ GruntvillE
"Inside this box was the new PolarFLO SF that Steve had rambled on and on about, how the finish is better then lapping and is way better then anything we have ever seen. He told me about five times that I am not to touch the base at all, so I wouldn't get fingerprints on it. I was tempted to setup a clean room before opening the box, but I didn't. Needless to say, Steve had my curiosity piqued. So I carefully opened the box to find."

More information on this review can be found here.
Coolermaster Aero 7 Lite Heatsink Review @ Overclockers Club
"Today we'll be looking at another iteration of Coolermaster's popular 'Aero' line with the very unique blower fan. The Aero 7 Lite is an "Aluminum extrusion with copper inserted" type heatsink. The idea is that the copper draws more heat from the CPU die, and the aluminum disperses it. Those of you familiar with HSFs will be familiar with this concept. The benefits of this design is that while the temperatures may be slightly higher then an all-Cu design, the heatsink itself will be significantly lighter."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Volcano 12 Extreme Heatsink Review @ A1-Electronics
"We think our graph speaks for itself with the performance from the Thermaltake Volcano 12 Extreme only behind the performance of the EverCool WC-101 water cooled heatsink making this an excellent choice for overclocking your AMD Athlon XP processor."

More information on this review can be found here.
Swiftech MCX462-V Extreme Duty & Low Noise Heatsink Review @ TheCrucible
"Swiftech has been producing high quality cooling equipment for many almost 10 years. Possibly the first company to cater to the overclocking community. Swiftech's commitment to the world of overclocking has grown ever since. Swiftech products are unmistakeable. The patented helicoid pin design and thick copper base make sure that you know its a swifty."

More information on this review can be found here.
Dual Channel Memory Roundup - Part 2 @ Tweaktown
"It's time for Part 2 of our Dual Channel Memory roundup series where this time we check out new modules from Kingmax, Corsair, Geil, OCZ, Transcend and Crucial - 8 different types of modules all up over a massive 33 pages!"

More information on this review can be found here.
SiS655FX Dual-Channel P4 Chipset Review @ Hexus
"We'll wait on retail examples' performance before passing judgment, but it does appear that there's another viable proposition for users demanding dual-channel power from Intel's latest CPUs. It's just a shame that SiS didn't go the whole way by attempting to beat the integration available on competing solutions. Expect dual-channel 800MHz FSB motherboards to be cheaper than has recently been the case. Bottom line is that the SiS655FX gives the consumer even more choice with respect to their buying decisions. The low-end Springdale boards had better watch out. They have a serious competitor to worry about."

More information on this review can be found here.
Skyhawk IMC-6271 Cube Review @ EpiaCenter
"EpiaCenter has got another exclusive review. This time we take a look at the Skyhawk IMC-6271 cube. The IMC-6271 is the first full aluminium cube with an LCD-display."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Xaser LanFire Review @ FastLaneHW
"There are literally hundreds of options out there for computer cases. Some are plain, some are pre-modded, some are cheap, and some well aren't. Today we'll be taking a look at a new case from Thermaltake, dubbed the Xaser LanFire. The LanFire brings together the two things that some enthusiasts want most; pre-mods up the wazoo in an easy-to-transport design."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, October 9, 2003
Dupli-Color METALCAST™ Aerosol Paint Review @ EnScape
"A review of the Dupli-color METALCAST™ aerosol paint system - An anodized surface color system designed to give the appearance of anodized components to metal and non-metal surfaces."

More information on this review can be found here.
Catalyst 3.8 Review @ Ascully
"ATI have come a long way in the last year or so. There was a time when ATI driver suites were something that the majority of the enthusiast scene scoffed at but then the Catalyst suite arrived and things changed for the better. Normally here on Ascully.com we do not review drivers, but when ATI contacted us about the new Catalyst 3.8 release we were so excited about it we simply had to give this some coverage. There are so many new features that ATI are calling this release the "most important software release in the history of ATI". From the looks of things this isn't all marketing hype either. Let's take a look at the new features these drivers are about to offer."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin Thunder Cold Cathode Review @ HiTechMods
"There are many lighting options available to choose from today. Cold cathodes are the main item, and they come in all varieties. Most just give off a plain glow. Kingwin's new light with a rather long name is the Thunder Liquid Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp. Now this is not just any normal lamp, according to Kingwin it has thunder liquid style lighting."

More information on this review can be found here.
Yamada H8420 5.1 Speaker Set Review @ MetkuMods
"I think that H8420 is suitable home theatre system. It is at its best on 5.1 DVD soundtracks but stereo mixed music tracks aren't so good. Taking into consideration low price and quite rich features I think Yamada H8420 is a very good purchase. Heavy and metal music listeners should however look elsewhere."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Iceberq 4 VGA Cooler Review @ Envy News
"As our video cards get more powerful, heat becomes a real issue to dispense with properly. As we have seen with the NVIDIA GeForce FX 5800 fiasco, engineers are faced with a real challenge to get heat away from these new VPU cores, and in many cases even out of the system. However, careful and engineering and design of a high-performance cooler does not have to lead to the creation of a monster heatsink and fan assembly. Using the right materials and careful planning, a good VPU cooler can be created for yester year's gaming cards without an impact on noise, your wallet, or adjacent PCI slots."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master CoolDrive4 Review @ System Cooling
"The CoolDrive4 is Cooler Master's latest creation, and in truth, it's less revolutionary than evolutionary. In effect, what they've done is take the multi-function Aerogate II front panel, along with the housing from their CoolDrive3, and combine the two to give you all the benefits of both units while only taking up one drive 5.25" drive bay."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Nexus NXP-301 Light and Fan Controller Review @ PC Guide
"Vantec's NXP-301 is definitely an enthusiast part not to bypass, it combines the ability to vary fan noise and speed, with something that looks good and presents well. This product is in my opinion a good buy, especially if you want to do both of these tasks."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plextor PlexWriter™ Premium-U Review @ Ohls-Place
"When we think of premium CD-RW drives the name that always seems to come to the top of the list is Plextor. So what better drive to review than the aptly named Plextor PlexWriter Premium-U CD-RW External Drive."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingmax SuperRAM 512MB DDR433 Review @ Legion Hardware
"The SuperRAM DDR433 memory modules are not exactly what I would call a ‘good’ product, however I would not go as far as to say that they are ‘bad’. For a start forget about overclocking with these modules is my advice. I believe a true overclocker looking to get the most out of their hardware would or should give these modules a miss for several reasons. There is no better reason than the one that was evident with the SuperRAM DDR400 series."

More information on this review can be found here.
Raidmax Z-Blue 868 Case Review @ 3dXtreme
"The Extremecase Z-Blue case has a laser cut window design with a centered intake along with four front 80mm fans mounts and two rear 80mm fan mounts for maximum airflow. The Extremecase Z-Blue case also includes four 5.25" and two 3.5" external bays with another four 3.5" internal bays."

More information on this review can be found here.
Corsair TwinX1024-4000Pro Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
"A few weeks ago Corsair released a new line of memory (XMS Pro) that was aimed directly at the heart of the enthusiast and DIY (Do-It-Yourself) crowd. The main changes are the memory activated LED's and a newly designed heatsink that looks pretty effective and has now been bonded to the memory IC's."

More information on this review can be found here.
Super-Flower Fan Master Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"Super-Flower and TTGI, Traditional Technology Group Inc. is already one of the top makers of PC power supplies and cases. We have already reviewed products from them in the past: the TT-350SS, and the TT-520SS. Today we are going to have a look at what they can do for the fan bus market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Musketeer Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Cooler Master Musketeer is a very distinctive looking product. With three reflective blue L.E.D. displays and two sliders at the front it's something you would never expect to see in a case. Despite that this product does add a rugged personality to any computer system. It's also functional; controlling one fan and displaying fan voltage, controlling and displaying audio activity and temperature."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Biostar iDEQ 200N SFF System Review @ BJorn3D
"All the power and drive cables are neatly placed out of the way, cable-tied and strapped up all around the case. The IDE / FDD cables are flat ribbon cables, but they have been folded and taped with special tape so they are very small and neat, reducing clutter and helping airflow. So, basically all you need to do when you receive your case is add the CPU, RAM and drives, no routing of cables or wires is necessary. I really liked this because when it comes to case wiring / tidiness I'm a bit of a neat freak. It saved me from having to do some work! Always a good thing."

More information on this review can be found here.
Orac³ Part 1 - From Power Supply to Junction Box @ Bit-Tech
"Ever since I saw the first series of Blakes 7 I have wanted my own Orac. For those that don't know, Blakes 7 was a late 70s/early 80s British Science Fiction series and Orac, the box in the picture above, was this intellectually snobbish, difficult and incredibly brilliant computer, hand built by an eccentric scientist. The special effects were straight out of 60's Star Trek and a lot of the props were converted from (or later converted to) props from other classic BBC series such as Doctor Who and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (where the Bambleweeny 57 sub-meson brain looks like it was made by the same bloke!). I just thought it looked too damn cool, in a retro-futuristic way - plus it reminded me of most of the computers I have owned , being difficult, temperamental, making you feel stupid and simply refusing to help when you need it the most."

More information on this fantastic project can be found here.
Wednesday, October 8, 2003
Panasonic Toughbook W2 Review @ Designtechnica
"The W2 is one of those rare head turners. No one in the States has probably seen one, and it looks different from everything else on the market. The combo drive loading mechanism is one of a kind, and, provided you don't end up turning the unit off when you're trying to show it off, makes for a nice feature demo in a coffee shop. The anime styling borders on fun and tacky, but that's one of the reasons we liked it. No other laptop out now has that 'fun' feeling that the W2 does. While it may not be "business appropriate", the W2 is an all around great second computer to have if you need the ultimate in portability and performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Duron Applebred vs. Athlon XP Thoroughbred @ Madshrimps
"Recently AMD introduced its new durons. We bought one of them, the 1.6 ghz version. The most interesting part of this cpu is its core voltage, only 1.5 V. This cpu begged to be compared with an Athlon XP, dlt3c (known for reaching speeds up to 2700Mhz!). Is the new Duron an equally good overclocker? Maybe even better? Find out in this review."

More information on this review can be found here.
LED Spotlight Review @ OCIA
"The spotlights are powered via a standard 4 pin power connector. The wire is a little stiff so anchoring them down will take some planning. I would place them in a relatively hidden position in a corner etc where the wires can be tied down with a zip tie so that they don't cause the double sided tape to fail from tension caused by the wire."

More information on this review can be found here.
SilenX 400 Watt Ultra Quiet Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews
"I simply cannot praise the SilenX 400W PSU enough. I mean, I beat the hell out of this little unit, and it laughed at me. It never faltered once, and held true to all of its claims. It is stable and amazingly quiet. Power supplies are, in my opinion, the most important part of a system. They provide the juice which powers the entire computer and a generic p.o.s. can harm your precious devices and hinder your box's performance."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon 9800 XT Review @ A1-Electronics
"The ATI Radeon 9800 XT graphics card is the latest top of the range version from ATI which simply put is an enhanced or extended version of current models. XT standing for extension or extended."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI nBox FX5900 Ultra-VTD256 Review @ Viper Lair
"For the most part in the synthetic tests the FX5900 Ultra and the Radeon 9800 Pro performed very similarly. In SPECviewperf the MSI 5900Ultra did much better on the DRV-09 test than the Radeon 9800 card, but worse on the DX-08 and UGS-03 tests than the Radeon 9800. In OpenGL games the MSI 5900 Ultra was as fast as the Radeon 9800 Pro in all tests, though with overclocking at the highest resolution in Jedi Knight II it provided slightly better frame rates."

More information on this review can be found here.
Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 Pro2 GTR 865PE Motherboard Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"The 8IPE1000 Pro 2 GTR is designed for performance and the MIB gives the overall system boost to the 875P level. On the innovative side, the CIA is Gigabyte's latest invention on user friendly overclocking."

More information on this review can be found here.
Case Window Guide 2 Hardware 12V
"Hardware12v have been published a guide to make a window ithout any plastic border or riveted window. The results are an integrated window 100% in the lateral one. Requires more time to get it to work but the results are fine."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Power Supply Wire Sleeving Guide - Part 1 @ Voided Warranty
"I have had more than a few people ask, "How can I hide the ugly wiring inside my case?" And to answer that question, I have composed the following guide using the "Lab Rat" as the subject. Man, if ever a case needed some serious wire management, this is the one. So roll up your sleeves (no pun intended), and let's get at it."

More information on this guide can be found here.
High-End Gaming System Buyer's Guide @ Sharky's Extreme
"The purpose behind this guide is to give you a general idea of what kind of gaming PC is possible with a budget of $2500. While the individual components we choose are excellent, we take a look at the larger picture, and decide which pieces meld together the best to form the highest-performing, feature-rich gaming PC possible. We recommend configurations for both the Intel and AMD sides of the spectrum, and are not here to promote one platform over the other."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Minuet Case Review @ Monkey Review
"Opening the Antec Minuet gave way to a couple of interesting findings. The initial one that pointed out was the lack of any fans for cooling/air circulation. Antec has given us a place in the rear to install a 40mm intake/exhaust. My personal recommendation: that it be used as an exhaust. Inside we also see how Antec has remedied the cumbersome job of installing a 5.25" or 3.5" drive/device. The removable drive bay, which is capable of housing the following drives 5.25" x 1, 3.5" external x 1, 3.5" internal x 1, is equipped with metal pegs on the side which fit into groves in the case. This allows it to move up and down freely and ultimately be removed completely."

More information on this review can be found here.
Xoxide X-Turbine & X-Elite Case Reviews @ LAN Addict
"Despite its weaknesses, it is the front panel which really makes the X-Elite what it is. The main attraction for this case is the light behind the iCute symbol. It is placed above a drop back and cycles through 7 different colors. It’s a pretty impressive sight, and will definitely impress your friends. To make things even more attractive, the backset for the plastic front covering is brushed aluminum, which makes matching your drives easy. You can just run down to CompUSA and pick up some drive bevels and you’re matching with style."

More information on this review can be found here.
Kingwin K-11-BK-WM Aluminum Case Review @ BJorn3D
"The case has an awesome black paint job that I have fallen in love with. I have jarred, moved, scraped, and banged this case around already and have yet to notice a mark on it. Not only is the outside painted, but the entire inside of the case is coated with the exact same paint job. Very cool to say the least. The color really adds to the overall look and quality of the case. The coating is pristine and very well done."

More information on this review can be found here.
Beantech BT-85 Acrylic Case Review @ CaseModWorld
"Its time to get my white cotton gloved hands into some more acrylic case action, this time its the Beantech BT-85 that comes complete with many big case features such as a removable motherboard tray and built in fan control."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Xaser III V2420U Review @ GruntvillE
"As you can see, the front is very sharp looking. It has tons of eye candy and it's functional too. Both the door and the bottom cover are similar in appearance but are not one piece that's cut in half. The door is thicker than the bottom cover. They both have a red anodized plate in the middle with a very thick silver aluminum plate on top of it. The cover also includes a backlighted centerpiece that proudly shows its manufacturer's name. This electroluminescent light can be customized with other fillers or your own if you choose but as always, modding is required."

More information on this review can be found here.
VapoChill XE Review @ Hexus
"For those looking to get the most out of a Pentium 4 processor, especially up in the giddy heights of 4GHz operation with a 3.0, 3.2 or 3.2 Extreme Edition, VapoChill XE will suit your obviously deep pockets. Again, thoroughly recommended for the well off overclocker, especially the Pentium 4 runner. 4000MHz is a lovely figure. The overclocking world awaits Asetek's Athlon 64 mounting hardware with baited breath, I'm sure they wont disappoint."

More information on this review can be found here.
Voyeurmods.com 10% off Discount 2 Days Left
"Congratulations to Brian and Melissa on their new baby BOY! His name is Aidan Tyler and he weighed in at 7lbs 2oz. We would like to celebrate this miracle with all of you. On the left navigation bar you will see a picture of Aidan with a discount code, "Aidan". Enter this code during checkout and you will receive 10% off your purchase of $30.00 or more. Offer Expires on 10/10/03."

More information on this discount can be found here.
Tuesday, October 7, 2003
Zippy Electron Luminescence Keyboard Review @ DWPG
"When Bytecc first sent the Zippy Electron Luminescence Keyboard (EL-610) to me, I wondered whether I had found that next rare item. The keyboard, with its lightweight design and sharp look, definitely had the requisite cool factor. It turned the heads of just about everyone who saw me using it. The question to be answered was whether its value was purely as eye candy."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lamps Electronics CCFL Review @ GruntvillE
"The Cold Cathode Flourescent Light (CCFL). Important to modders, but sometimes considered over-reviewed. The CCFLs most important quality is brightness, color depth, boldness, and the fact that it does not generate heat. It is critical to modders that the CCFL is the deepest and boldest color available. When modders, like myself, purchase a red CCFL, we want it red NOT pink. Same with all the other CCFL colors as well. Lamps Electronics is one of the newer light manufacturers on the market, and they are listening to the modders wants and needs. So let's see how well Lamps Electronics worked to provide us with the ultimate bright and true color CCFL!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Monarch "Hornet" SFF PC Review @ Hardcoreware
"We had trouble classifying the Hornet as a Small Form Factor PC - with more PCI slots than most other SFF's, and side case window, the Hornet doesn't quite know where it belongs. However it is definitely smaller than any standard ATX case, and compatible with the ATXu motherboard specification. We'll investigate its strengths and weaknesses against SFF and normal PC's."

More information on this review can be found here.
PCToys Cooler Master AERO 7+ Review @ XtReMoDs
"The Heat sink and CPU fan that you choose to use in your computer is a lot of things, it is your main protection against overheating, it determines what percentage you can overclock by, and chances are its the loudest component of your system. When choosing an HSF (Heat Sink & Fan), it's good to find out what's on the market, and decide exactly what type of HSF you're looking for before buying. During the course of this review, we will be taking a look at the AERO 7+, which is one HSF option produced by Cooler Master, generously provided by PCToys."

More information on this review can be found here.

Ahanix SilentX 300W Power Supply Review

"When you are buying a high performance PC you may not always consider getting a high performance power supply. Well, your power supply is a VERY important part of your computer. After all, the power supply is directly related to how the rest of the components in your computer will work."

More information on this review can be found here.
Bluetake Wireless LAN Router BW320 & BW101 USB LAN Adapter Review @ Technoyard
"As prices of network equipment have dropped significantly over the past few years, more and more users are opting to go for these devices than ever before. The competition is fierce among manufactures and each one is coming out with better and smarter designs to stay on top of the game. Today we take a look at a few wireless networking devices introduced by Bluetake; namely the BW320 wireless LAN router and the BW101 wireless USB LAN adapter."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Vortex HDD Cooler Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Vantec Vortex HDD Cooler does exactly what it says, cool down a hard drive and it's very good at it. There are a lot of products on the market that claim to be HDD Coolers; however, they usually have a small fan which does virtually nothing when it comes to lowering the HDD temperature. This product offers an effective, low cost way to substantially lower the HDD temperature."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Crucial PC3200 DDR Review @ Ascully
"Crucial is a name we are all familiar with in the memory market and recently I have even noticed TV advertisements dedicated to memory upgrading. They have always had a reputation for reliability but not a reputation for overclockability. As such, Crucial are practically ignored by the enthusiast market who usually opt for Kingston or Corsair branded strips. This is Crucial's first foray into PC3200 DDR RAM. PC3200 DDR is essentially RAM that will run at 400Mhz, something today's modern processors and motherboards crave. So let's take a look at how two strips of 256 meg perform."

More information on this review can be found here.
CoolJag CJC66IC Review @ Ninjalane
"The base of the heatsink is actually rather thick which can be looked at in a couple of different ways. The first would be negative by saying that the heatsink is very heavy and rather difficult to cool. Though in a positive light you can pump tons of heat into this heatsink and still expect your system to be relatively stable. The deciding factor is in how the heat is removed."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aerocool Deep Impact DP-101 Rev2 Review @ Viper Lair
"So just how efficient is the Supertube? When it comes to metals, silver is the best conductor with silver pushing 10.312 K (watts/inch C). The Supertube on the other hand is capable of 72.184 K (watts/inch C) which even beats diamond at 16.000 K (Just for reference copper sits at 9.7790 K)."

More information on this review can be found here.
Athlon64 3200+ with Gigabyte GA-K8VNXP Review @ HardwareZoom
"Overclockers will be glad to see that there is a wide range of CPU voltage you can choose from. Up to 1.700V at 0.050V step. You can also increase the AGP and DIMM voltage up to +0.3V. With memory controller inside the Athlon 64 CPU itself, the front side bus is actually 'eliminated', however you can still overclock the CPU by increasing the CPU clock, which is similar to the traditional FSB."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon 64 3200 with VIA K8T800 nForce3 150 Motherboard Review @ Hexus
"It's far too early to say which chipset complements the Athlon 64 better. What's clear is that AMD has risen to a new performance plane with the Athlon 64. Multiplier unlocking (AMD permitting) and the ability to toggle DRAM timings are two of the features we're looking for in subsequent BIOS revisions. All in all, we're pleasantly surprised by the Athlon 64's performance, and we have been receptive to VIA's K8T800 design. The nForce3 150, though, seems to be a little barren by comparison. That's not an observation that's normally directed at NVIDIA. Our initial examination of the Athlon 64 reveals great promise. EPoX and Shuttle have both done well to market boards so quickly. We'll reserve our judgment of the K8T800 and nForce3 150 until a few more examples have passed through the labs. EPoX and VIA has the upper hand so far, though. Effortlessly smooth at 2.3GHz / DDR460."

More information on this review can be found here.
Active Cool AC4G Review @ Spode's Abode
"On top of the TEC is an aluminum heat sink and a fan. The heatsink is very standard in design, and is in no way over sized. The fan measures 70mm x 70mm x 15mm, and according to Active Cool it’s noise level is ranging from 29 dBA to 45dBA, depending on load. It can deliver up to 36 cfm. Both the TEC and fan are powered by the control unit."

More information on this review can be found here.
Lian-Li PC-73SL Aluminum Chassis Review @ TwistedMods
"Just when I thought cases could not get any better, Lian-Li offered me the case of a lifetime; one that is so "perfect" that any flaws could not be seen during this full evaluation. From the soundproofing foam lining the drive bay cut-outs to the removable power supply plate and indented power supply rack; including the anti-vibration rubber washers and special screws for the super-duty hard drive rack, and the extremely clean and professional front swinging aluminum door, there were no flaws that I could have seen under a magnifying glass even if I tried. Lian-Li completely out did themselves with this case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Noise Isolator Water-Cooling Review @ Water-Cooling
"I have been interested in reviewing a noise isolator block for a while now. Going from the past information and reviews that I have read I did not have high hopes for the performance of this kit. This seemed strange as the block looked decent quality and looked to have a solid copper base. As you will find out from the rest of this review we were pleasantly surprised at the performance of this kit and the ease of setup."

MTB had a chance to review this very same kit, here is our comparison review. More information on this review can be found here.
Monday, October 6, 2003
Custom GruntvillE Fan Grills @ GruntvillE
"We had a fan grill contest awhile back and the top two winners both had great designs. We worked them together and came up with what we thought was the perfect grill. Unfortunately it was so detailed that our cutting sources couldn't get it done. We finally got in with one of the big guys and are having a pre-order special. $2 off each grill until the pre-order is over."

More information on this product can be found here.
Logisys RED Quad Red LED Fan Review @ ExtensionTech
"Fans, fans, fans. They suck, or they blow, depending on configuration, and some even look really cool. Now this one does look cool. Actually, if you have been waiting for a really RED fan, look no further than this new red tinted/quad red LED fan from Logisys. Like it, love it, hate it? Well, continue on to read the review, or at least look at the pictures."

More information on this review can be found here.
Steelpad 4S Review @ Tech-Mods
"Every gamer knows that the mouse is a very important part of gaming. You can't just use a ball mouse and expect to get the best score in Quake or Counter-Strike, but with an optical mouse you can. They spend hundreds of dollars to get the best mouse's out there, but the only problem is that they don't have the proper mouse pad. That is why today I will be reviewing the Steelpad 4S provided by Steelpad."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake Venus 12 HSF Review @ Legit Reviews
"With the introduction of the Operton and Athlon 64/FX processors many users will soon find that their old cooling solutions will not work on the new socket designs. Since the Athlon 64 FX-51 processor has been aimed at the enthusiast crowd we are glad to see companies like Thermaltake came out with solid looking cooling solutions prior to the launch of these processors. In order to meet and satisfy customer demands Thermaltake came out with three different cooling solutions for the retail market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SP-94 In-Depth @ Madshrimps
"Thermalright has certainly kept their eye on the ball lately, and they´ve scored yet again with their latest offering, the SP-94. This marks Thermalright´s ingress into heat-pipe technology, and they've made a distinguished entrance. The SP94 is an all copper thin-fin cooler, the embodiment of which centres around their SLK series. From what your about to see, Thermalright has truly raised heatsink manufacturing process to an art form. We compare it to the SLK-947U and SLK-900U in this article."

More information on this review can be found here.
Tyan Tachyon G9800 PRO-M Review @ Hexus
"Tyan has to be congratulated on producing a non-reference 9800 PRO card, yet we somehow cannot stop the nagging feeling that it could have gone further with the G9800 PRO M. Give us the same model with pre-inflated clocks for both VPU and memory, a bigger, more comprehensive bundle that included a few cutting-edge games and the Tyan Tachyon G9800 PRO-M would have been an almost perfect card. As it is, it's another decent addition to the Tyan range. Solid but unspectacular."

More information on this review can be found here.
Inno3D GeForce FX 5900 Review @ Hardcoreware
"The 5900 compares directly with ATI's Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB in both specs and price. We test it directly against that card, along with a 9800 Pro 256, and a 9700 Pro. The Inno3D version comes with a nice dual fan heatsink light up with blue LEDs. Is that enough to make it recommendable though? It all depends on how the 5900 chipset itself performs!"

More information on this review can be found here.
FIC Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB Review @ BJorn3D
"I think the main question that we want to be answer with this review will be, "Does the extra memory really increase performance?" I know we have all heard that there really isn't that many opportunities for a graphics card to utilize all 256MB of memory it has available. Hopefully, we can help shed some light on this subject with some straightforward numbers."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman CNPS-7000A-Cu Heatsink Review @ FastLaneHW
"Zalman is a company that focuses on making your computer quiet without sacrificing performance. They have a history of making silent cooling products that perform extremely well. When I found out I was getting the chance to review the new 7000A-Cu, I was very excited to be able to get a hands on experience with this new heatsink from Zalman. So, how does this new heatsink actually perform? Read on to find out."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Vortex HDD Cooler Review @ Virtual Hideout
"With the Vortex HDD Cooler, Vantec has raised the bar for hard drive cooling. They managed to do it with a sleek and stylish design of the Vortex and utilizing the CrossFlow Blower, it eliminates dead spots and engulfs the whole hard drive with cool air. The aluminium construction also helps in removing the heat generated from the hard drive, keeping it cool and cosy. Removable and washable filters keeps dust out and the LED display allows you to monitor your hard drive temperature. And that's not all, the foam dampeners also helps in reducing the noise and dampens the shock from the spinning motor spindle."

More information on this review can be found here.
Briefcase Mod Project @ SoundCardCentral
"Awhile ago I decided I needed something light to lug around to LAN parties. I started planning on a briefcase mod project. Little did I know it would take about four months to complete. Most of that time was spent waiting for items on backorder (SVC.com sucks). But regardless, I finally got it done today. I am pretty satisfied with the way it turned out."

This concept is not new, but its nice to see people modding PC's this way. More information on this project can be found here.
Nexus 305 Fan & Light Controller Review @ OCIA
"The Nexus 305 comes with 2 cold cathodes, wire extensions for each of the device connectors, and the 3.5 controller itself. It is available in both silver and black. The Directions were clear and the installation was easy. The only problem you might have would be if you have devices above and below the bay where the 305 is installed. The space could be a little tight for making connections."

More information on this review can be found here.
X-Micro Bluetooth USB Dongles @ Think Computers
"With the emerging need for consumers to be on the go and take their internet with them, the need and demand for wireless technologies is blossoming among consumers today. Until recently, much of the wireless technology available simply was too complicated or unaffordable for most people to utilize. However, the past few years have seen innovations with technologies such as HomeRF, 802.11, and Bluetooth. Today we will look at the Class 1 and Class 2 Bluetooth USB dongles from X-Micro."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cremax IcyDock Bodyguard525 Advanced HD Rack Review @ Tweaknews
"The ICY DOCK Bodyguard525 is not only worthy of one of your 5 1/4" bays, it actually deserves one. The unit came through on all of its claims to protect the hardware(cooling the HDD anywhere from 4-6 degrees Celsius) and it provides the user with useful monitoring tools. It is aesthetically pleasing, sleek, stylish, and fits in many different case designs."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman ZM-WB1 Review @ Nexus Hardware
"Zalman has been a very popular producer of enthusiast computer cooling goods since their first introduction in 1999. Their so called “flower” line of both passive and active heatsinks have received nearly unanimous praise. Furthermore, their passive GPU heatpipe powered heatsinks have produced stellar results. Today we have their first water-cooling product, the ZM-WB1."

More information on this review can be found here.
Asetek WaterChill KT15-L20 Review @ Pirate Software
"The main difference comes when we look at the radiator. In the previous WaterChill incarnations, we have the BlackIce radiator which comes complete with several pipes to allow water to travel through. This new and hopefully improved version has ditched the pipes in favour of a slim channel version which most likely increases the surface area of the radiator for the water to cool down in. The radiator also now has push-in fittings, so no longer will people have to clamp their tubing onto the inlets and outlets something that reading reviews around the web,
people were having difficulty with."

More information on this review can be found here.
Saturday, October 4, 2003
The Cyberathlete Professional League Interview - Angel Munoz @ TwistedMods
"Launched June 1997, the CPL was the first organization to advance computer game competitions to the level of a professional sport. Today, the CPL is the global leader in competitive computer gaming, having held live tournaments on five continents. The CPL has also sanctioned a large number of qualifying tournaments held in over thirty countries. Angel Munoz is the founder and president of the Cyberathlete Professional League."

More information on this interview can be found here.
Cooler Master CoolDrive 4 Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Cooler Master CoolDrive 4 cools your HDD; however, it's much better at looking fantastic and monitoring/controlling the CPU, VGA, HDD and Case temperature and fan. This unit really sets itself apart from most other similar products because of its very sleek looks and functionality. It's truly a great product and a super addition to any PC."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Cooler Lapping Guide @ Tweakfactor
"To get started you'll need three or for pieces of wet/dry sand paper in grits of 320, 600, 1000 and if you can find a 2000. The first two you should be able to find easily at Home Depot or some other hardware store, the last two however are for fine finishing and you might have to find them at a hobby store or automotive retailer that carries car paint products (such as Canadian Tire). You'll also need to be near a sink or have a cup of water handy."

More information on this guide can be found here.
nVidia FX5600 Ultra 128mb Reference Card Review @ The Modfathers
"It is also with interest that I am reviewing a nVidia reference card, as this should let me know how the creators of this card envisaged it to be. Good or bad, this is the standard that the manufactures have to beat or accept that they have screwed up."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung SyncMaster 213T 21 Inch Digital LCD Monitor Review @ Tweaknews
"Today I will be reviewing Samsung's new 21 inch 213T digital flat panel which is catered to anyone wanting the highest quality digital flat panel available. In this review I will walking you through all the monitor features and illustrating why this monitor should be on short list of "must-have" LCD monitors for now, or when Santa Claus punches a hole through your roof."

More information on this review can be found here.
Cooler Master Musketeer Review @ GruntvillE
"It’s a sharp looking 5.25" bay device that has 3 analog gauges for measuring fan voltage, sound pressure, and the temperature from one thermal sensor. There are also two adjustable sliders that control the fan voltage and the sound pressure readings. I can only assume that the imagery of the three blue gauges represents the original swashbucklers, and that their motto “One for All and All for One” would represent the merging of all the various functions into one device."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI 9600Pro vs. Nvidia 5600 Comparison @ Techware Labs
"Everyone knows of the battle between ATI and Nvidia for the top slot in the consumer graphics card market. Nvidia has been the Intel of the graphics world, encountering some competition but not enough to worry about for the past several years, until ATI came back onto the scene."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB Review @ Voided Warranty
"I could go on for hours about interlacing, Z-Buffer compression, parallel rendering pipelines, DirectX comparability, pixel shaders, etc., but I really don't think that that is what you want to read about. When you buy a video card, you simply want to be able to plug it in, install the drivers, and know that you are getting what you pay for."

More information on this review can be found here.
SiS 655FX Chipset Preview @ myWORLD Hardware
"With that, most of the chipset manufacturers, including the giant Intel who once committed to RAMBUS solution, finally gave it up and chooses the dual channel DDR memory solution for their line of desktop chipset, which included the all-time-favorite, Intel Springdale(i865) and Intel Canterwood (i875). For our SiS, initially, SiS had never designed any dual channel memory solution for their chipset that includes our previously reviewed 648FX for Pentium 4 and 748 for AMD. But, seeing at how Intel and NVIDIA were happily earning away with their successful product, SiS has finally taken the step to introduce their first ever dual channel DDR memory solution for Intel Pentium 4 CPU."

More information on this review can be found here.
Leadtek WinFast A350 TDH MyVIVO vs. Albatron Gigi FX5900PV @ Explosive Labs
"As video cards based on NVIDIA's latest and most powerful GPU, the NV35, begin to hit retail shelves, we are finally given the opportunity to take a look at what exactly this new GPU is capable of. As the ultra versions always tend to take a little longer to hit the store shelves we will be doing some coverage of them a little later on. For now our coverage is based on the FX5900 non-ultra editions from both Leadtek and Albatron. Now why did we choose to compare these 2 cards and not any of the other already available FX5900 based cards you ask?"

More information on this review can be found here.
Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz Extreme Edition Review @ Hexus
"The enthusiast with ultra-deep pockets will have a choice between two monster CPUs that go about their respective work in differing ways but tend to achieve similar results. The 3.2GHz Extreme Edition puts Intel back in the very high-end performance game. For that alone, it's a decent CPU. A niche product for a niche market, and it's sure to tempt all those who had their minds fixated on the Athlon FX-51. Competition is always a good thing for the consumer. It's positively rife here. We just hope that Intel decide to leave the Extreme Edition CPUs multiplier unlock. £650+ of your money deserves that treat."

More information on this review can be found here.
New Weekly Special @ The Cutting Edge


"MTB has received word from The Cutting Edge that this weeks special is a 6 in 1 memory card reader. This 6 in 1 memory card reader is a great little addition for those that use digital storage media. It comes with 2 faceplates, both black and beige, and fits in a 3.5 inch floppy drive bay. It hooks up to a USB 2.0 header for fast reads and is backward compatible with USB 1.0. It can read Smartmedia, Memory Stick, Secure Digital and Multimedia cards and CF Type I & II. A great replacement for those external readers."

More information on this sale can be found here.
Xidepad Ultra II Pad Sale @ Lux-Design
"Are you looking for a mouse pad that not only satisfies your gaming appetite, but also your modding addiction? This mouse pad is awesome! Not only does this pad have an unearthly glow that causes mouse pad envy, but the surface is based off of a tough synthetic resin that makes for an incredible optical mousing surface. Perfect for gamer's. The mouse pad doesn't just look good, but plays great! The XIDE-PAD ][ comes with a 6' cord which plugs into any standard USB plug. Lux-Design also has all laser grills below $10CDN plus some really good prices on a lot of other items."

More information on this sale can be found here.
Beantech BT-85 Acrylic Case Review @ Water-Cooling
"Today I will be reviewing Beantech's new acrylic case the BT-85. I have previously reviewed a test version of the BT 84 so for those of you who have read the review you will know that the case had a few design flaws like the PSU tray which covered dual fan PSU's and the PCI slots which were too small for some video cards hopefully all the problems has been solved in this new model of the case."

More information on this review can be found here.
Afina AS 7180AV Desktop Review @ Designtechnica
"Powering the Afina AS 7180AV is an AMD Athlon XP-M 1800 processor, 256MB of memory, an 80 GB hard drive, and a built-in TV tuner. The monitor is a 12" XGA LCD screen. The amazing thing is the Afina weighs in at 9.1 pounds, similar to a desknote, a laptop which can replace your desktop."

More information on this review can be found here.
Aspire X-Dreamer II Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"Once again, I have absolutely no problems giving our highest recommendation to this case. The features and attention to detail that this case has are just something that I would not expect to find in a "budget" case that sells for less than $70 with an included PSU, and LED fans and laser cut grills. Plus the bright as crap front LEDs that could blind you if you're not careful."

More information on this review can be found here.
Friday, October 3, 2003
Quieten Your PC (Noise Reduction) Guide @ OCPrices
"I have since been trying to find new and innovative ways of keeping the system as quiet as possible without compromising performance. My current spec of choice is a Pentium 4 2.4GHz “c” at 3.0GHz, an Asus P4C800 motherboard, 1GB of OCZ PC4000 Gold, a Radeon 9800 Pro and a RAID setup of two Western Digital hard drives. Naturally this is a powerful system but it also sounds like a train."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Logitech MX310 Optical Mouse Review @ CoolTechZone
"Logitech is one of the best companies that focus on making keyboards and mice. Logitech also manufactures speakers; joysticks and other various PC input components. They have been the leading manufacturer that is revolutionizing both keyboards and mice. To enhance the performance Logitech has introduced many engines for mice and many layouts and styles for their keyboards. Logitech is a name that users have built a trusting relationship with and Logitech in return has set standards in mice and keyboard market."

More information on this review can be found here.
Antec Internal LED Light Tube Review @ Legit Reviews
"Many enthusiasts enjoy making their case/rig look its best. So many of them modify (mod) their cases to add uniqueness and personality. Today we are taking a look at one of the items that should be included in almost every case mod: a light. The light we are looking at is made by Antec: the Illuminate Blue Internal LED Light Tube. As you can see in the picture above, this light consists of six LED’s in a tube. It emits light in three different ways that help illuminate the innards of your chasis."

More information on this review can be found here.
Samsung 172W LCD Review @ Tweaktown
"Widescreen is a new way of viewing life, at least your computer life. Widescreen or 16:9 started to become popular as Plasma displays entered the market. Today Shawn "Toxic" Baker, the man addicted to 16:9, takes a look at Samsung's 172W LCD monitor. Interested in viewing life at 16:9? If so, read on and discover the benefits of the new dimensions."

More information on this review can be found here.
GlobalWIN SAF420 Power Supply @ Envy News
"The power supply is one component where function should never be sacrificed for form. A good power supply is critical for any system, especially if you plan on overclocking and gaming. A poorly manufactured power supply could spell death for any PC component. GlobalWIN wants to give the PC modding community a unit that provides clean, stable power, while having an eye for style. With Active PFC, PSU windows, and even blue LED fans, the SAF420 is one hip and extremely well-behaved power-supply unit."

More information on this review can be found here.

Samsung YEPP YP-55i MP3 Review

"Some companies seem satisfied to merely meet the needs of their consumers. While there are others that strive to find new and more interesting ways to satisfy desires that consumers don't even know they have. One of the companies in the latter group is Samsung, and the aspect of their products that I'm referring to is the Samsung Yepp lineup. Today, we take a look at their YP-55i, a 192MB pendant style solid-state MP3 player that will blow your socks off!"

More information on this review can be found here.
XFX FX5600 Ultra Review @ Viper Lair
"For $200, you're getting some excellent performance in many of todays games, though the Splinter Cell performance was severly lacking. The games of tomorrow? I can't say for sure, but I consider a card of this caliber to be the bare minimum for Half-Life 2 when it arrives later this Fall."

More information on this review can be found here.
XP2600+ T-Bred vs XP2600+ Barton @ AMD3D
"At the beginning of September AMD released a new processor for their existing Barton range. Not another high-end processor to top their existing XP3200+ Barton, but surprising slipping it in between the popular XP2500+ and XP3000+. This processor was released as a XP2600+ Barton."

More information on this review can be found here.
ATI TV Wonder VE Remote Control Edition Review @ Extreme Overclocking
"Have you ever wanted to watch a late night show or catch up on news? The ATI TV Wonder VE with remote control makes watching TV possible on your computer. You can watch it now or record it for later viewing just like with a VCR. With this card you can have TV on the PC and still have a high end video card for benchmarks and game play, or be able to catch up on the news and get that paper/report done at the same time. This card will work with most video cards out of the market now."

More information on this review can be found here.
Triplex REDai Millennium Silver R9600 Pro 128MB VGA Review @ Overclockers New Zealand
"Well, Triplex has certainly surpassed PowerColor's R9600Pro Bravo Edition with its REDai Millennium Silver and becomes the fastest R9600Pro on the market, at stock setting. REDai MS also overclocks slightly better than PowerColor R9600BE, with a maximum clock of 492Core/714Memory."

More information on this review can be found here.
A+GPB CA-AP107 Mid-Tower Review @ FastLaneHW
"Lately, pre-modded cases have been all the rage among computer enthusiasts, due to the fact that buyers can get cool-looking computers without putting time and money into modding them, which many of us do not have time for. Today we'll be looking at a nice new premodded mid-tower case from A+GPB, complete with a 400w power supply."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermaltake LANFIRE Case Review @ Overclocker Cafe
"For the Thermaltake to be priced approximately $30 over another excellent LAN box that includes a PSU, will make things difficult for Thermaltake extra features or no. However, if money is no object (and we're not talking tons of cash here folks) the Tt LANFIRE is the best LANBOX you can buy. Its pricing is the only thing that kept it from earning an Editor's Choice award."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thursday, October 2, 2003
Ideazon Zboard Review @ Ohls-Place
"Ideazon, Inc. is an innovator in the design and development of next generation keyboard systems. The company was founded in May 2000 by gaming enthusiasts who saw the need for a keyboard system that would allow consumers to very quickly learn and master complex games and business applications."

More information on this review can be found here.
Overclocking The Very Low-End @ Overclockers.com
"The purpose of this article is to follow my little adventure in upgrading my living-room machine the really, really cheap way. In my opinion, this would be a nice upgrade for any really budget-conscious overclocker - it should allow any secondary machine to last until A64s become more affordable next summer while still using mostly old equipment."

More information on this guide can be found here.
Samsung SCX-4216F Review @ ExtensionTech
"In the end I found the unit to be quite impressive. Apart from boasting the specs shown previously, it performs just as well. Scanning was no problem, and neither was printing. The machine can photocopy without being connected to a computer, so that's always nice. I personally don't have a fax number at home, so I hauled it down to my friends place and left it there for a few days. He received and sent faxes just as he normally would have with his regular fax machine, so it looks like the fax aspect of the unit works just as well."

More information on this review can be found here.
Plextor PlexWriter PX-708A Review @ Designtechnica
"The Plextor PlexWriter PX-708A is currently the fastest DVD+/-RW drive on the market with its 8X DVD+R write performance. We experienced no problems burning content to any of our test media and were able to heavily multi-task while doing so. The included software suite is very robust and complete compared to other DVD writers on the market. It should be a while until we see the next generation of dual format DVD writers hit the market so if you have been waiting to make a DVD writer purchase, now is the time and the PX-708A is what you will want."

More information on this review can be found here.
Thermalright SLK Series Lapping Guide @ ForumOC
"While the base of the heatsink is flat, the finish leaves a lot to be desired. It needs to be lapped to get a smooth surface that will give you more surface area and better heat transfer. This article will guide you through lapping your SLK heatsink like a pro, so get ready to make a shopping list and start sanding!"

More information on this guide can be found here.
PowerColor Radeon 9800 Pro 256 Review @ Hardcoreware
"The card itself is absolutely standard reference faire. There is nothing to distinguish PowerColor's 9800 Pro 256 from any other one based on reference design. Some people might want something a bit more exciting, but this gets the job done perfectly well. You'll note that ATI switched to a 4 pin molex connector from the small 4 pin floppy connector used on the 9700 series cards. Good move; we are sure to have more spare 4 pins than floppy connectors!"

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI GeForce FX5600 Ultra Review @ Hexus
"Given a price of ~£160, this card will represent a good buy. MSI give you a nice bundle, VIVO, decent overclocking and good base performance for your money. IQ is a mid-range reality, games can finally look like they should."

More information on this review can be found here.
MSI i865 NEO2-FIS2R Motherboard Review @ Viper Lair
"What is so interesting about CSA, that makes it so different from using a standard PCI 32/64 gigabit card? Simply put CSA, or Communication Streaming Architecture is just like the Hub link between the 865PE and the ICH5. This means that the gigabit card doesn't have to go through the PCI bus, which if used to its maximum, would saturate the PCI bus very quickly."

More information on this review can be found here.
Qtronix Libra 990 P Remote Control Review @ EpiaCenter
"Qtronix offers an infrared remote control, the Libra 990P, and we had a look at it. The following sentence should give you a good impression of this product: "Using the trackball and the ergonomic design of the RC you'll be able to comfortably control your HTPC without having to get up from the couch."

More information on this review can be found here.
Zalman 5.1 Headphones Review @ GruntvillE
"If you haven't already figured it out, the Theatre 6's mainstay is to deliver the 5.1 capabilities of your high end soundcard directly to you ears and not to your walls, floor, and ultimately your neighbors or roommates. If you're a little fuzzy on the 5.1 concept let me explain it briefly. As the name cryptically suggests, it consists of six total speakers. The first five being the front right and left, a center, and the rear right and left. The sixth speaker is the sub-woofer. This is included to provide the low frequency effects that are necessary for realism. The sub-woofer is non directional and therefore sits on the right side of the "point" in 5.1."

More information on this review can be found here.
Contec 6" Advanced TFT LCD Monitor/TV Tuner Video Review @ 3DGameman
"The Contec 6" Advanced TFT LCD Monitor/TV Tuner is a unique product that can be used for many applications. This product can be plugged into a vehicles cigarette lighter or regular AC home outlet. Also, just about any Audio/Video source can be connected into it and let's not forget the built-in TV Tuner."

More information on this video review can be found here.
Chenming 301KE Case Review @ TechFreaks
"For the price, it's a little steep for not coming with a power-supply, but still is a steady-performer. Therefore with all the tasteful aspects of and surrounding the case, I recommend this case to anyone and everyone."

More information on this review can be found here.
Senfu Tech Station Review @ OCAddiction
"As you can see in the pictures, the speaker, LED's and switches have very short leads. This can be a problem depending on the layout of the motherboard header pins. The motherboard in the picture is an MSI board and as you can see, everything is bunched up tight. I would prefer to see the speaker LED's and switches mounted onto a small PCB with four to six inch leads for adaptability to different motherboard layouts. The final item in the kit is the dust cover and it does exactly what it's supposed to do. It covers the tech station and everything sitting on the shelves."

More information on this review can be found here.
Wednesday, October 1, 2003
JMC SkyJet 70 HSF Review @ Ohls-Place
"JMC's Radial fin cooling offers a very unique and highly effective cooling solution and what makes it even more amazing is that it is all done without the aid of any copper inserts. So come on along as we check out the SkyJet 70 and learn why it maybe one of the best kept secrets in the heatsink world."

More information on this review can be found here.
Steelpad 4S Professional Gaming Mousepad Review @ Tweaknews
"Today I will be reviewing my introduction into the high performance gaming mousing surfaces, the SteelPad 4S. Now as most people cruise the net for high performance gaming videocards and monitors to help them be their very best at gaming, sometimes the simple solution is overlooked. I myself prescribed to the thought train of "It's only a Mousepad" or "This is not going to do much to help me". After the initial setup and testing, boy, was I wrong."

More information on this review can be found here.
Precision Series Cases Now Available @ VoyeurMods


"You can say BYE-BYE to the cold and ugly factory window, and hello to one KICKASS Water-Jet window. Voyeurmods.com, has taken the already proven Lian-Li PC 6070 case and made it a touch better. The case is outfitted with the Water-Jet cut of the HL2 or Counter Strike logo. Native to the case is a top mount noise pad and a sound proof door enclosure."

More information on these cases can be found here.
Logitech Cordless MX Duo vs Logitech Freedom Optical Review @ HardwareZoom
"Introducing the Logitech Cordless MX DUO and the Logitech Cordless Freedom Optical, the 2nd and 3rd generations wireless keyboard and mouse combo from Logitech. Both versions use the same Cordless Elite keyboard, but different mouse. MX DUO comes with MX700 Cordless Optical while the Freedom Optical comes with Cordless MouseMan Optical. The other difference is the receiver; the MX DUO receiver is also a recharging cradle for the mouse."

More information on these cases can be found here.
Swiftech MCX159 Chipset Heatsink Review @ System Cooling
"If you never believed Northbridge chip cooling was a big deal, then you better think again. The chips can run very hot, and can have a great effect on stability, especially when the system is overclocked. For a long time, there were no truly high-performance air-cooled solutions available, but that is changing now."

More information on this review can be found here.
Vantec Nexus NXP-301 Fan & Light Controller Review @ 8BallsHardware
"Vantec's engineers decided to go one step above a fan controller, and integrate a light controller on board, basically fusing the rheobus with a cold cathode, giving the user the ability to control both his or her case lighting and fans from the same control panel, hence, the Vantec Nexus NXP-301 Fan & Light Controller."

More information on this review can be found here.
Radeon 9800 XT Review @ [H]ardOCP
"ATI is all about expanding the visual experience. They started with the Radeon 9700 Pro a year ago and are still pushing forward with this goal. One thing that ATI has been doing lately and succeeding very well in is expanding to add-in Board Partners. They have some very solid names under their belt now. The Radeon 9800XT is their next new high-end card. They have taken this core and expanded it and made it even more overclockable allowing for higher default clock speeds and still providing the same shader architecture."

More information on this review can be found here.
Radeon 9600XT & Radeon 9800XT Reviews @ BJorn3D
"Today we've taken a look at the new Radeon 9600XT and the Radeon 9800XT. While neither VPU's are more than an evolution from the 9600/9800 they still have some nice improvements that make them interesting for anyone looking for a new 3D card. Together with the basic information of these cards we have run a series of benchmarks comparing the Radeon 9800XT to the Radeon 9800 Pro 256 MB and the BFG FX5900 Ultra."

More information on this review can be found here.

MSI NBOX N5900 Ultra Review

"Drool-inducing is probably the best way to describe the NBOX. This has be be one of the best bundles ever offered with any PC component! MSI really outdid themselves with this one. The included games are great and the utilities and other software are quite useful. Kudos to the team at MSI that put the NBOX together!"

More information on this review can be found here.
Soyo KT600 DRAGON Ultra PE Review @ MBReview
"The layout and design of the KT600 Platinum, in my opinion, is about as near perfect as I have ever worked with on K7 platform. With so many different integrated components, the Soyo engineers really did do a fantastic job. We do wish that the main ATX connector could be moved and totally replace the dip-switch though. Case modders will have a walk in the park for sure. The KT600 Platinum defines the mark of a high-end motherboard with an impressive feature set list. The Sigma Box that accompanies the board is a great product that worked flawlessly, and is icing on the cake."

More information on this review can be found here.
AMD Athlon 64 & FX Review @ A1-Electronics
"Considering the AMD Athlon 64 3200+ needs an approximate increase of 50% of its clock speed to compare to the Intel Pentium 4 at 3.2GHz then if we simply add 50% to the height of the graph for the AMD Athlon 64 3200+ it would well and truly be off the scale."

More information on this review can be found here.
Project Heavy Metal by James Anderson
"During that upgrade period, the modding scene began to unfold. At first it seemed to be a natural evolution to overclocking as many were installing additional fans and cleaning up the wiring (me included) as a necessity. As it continued to evolve though, ascetics seemed to come into play as a lot of people began doing their own home grown mods."

If you haven't had a chance to check out this project log you are really missing one of the best YY-Cube mods on the Internet. More information on this project can be found here.
Koolance EXOS External Water Cooling System Review @ Tweaktown
"Computers aren't getting cooler, and as this is true, we are seeing more and more water cooling products hit the market place as the said style of product slowly gets closer to becoming a mainstream commodity. Today Cameron "Sov" Johnson takes a look at the Koolance EXOS External Water Cooling System."

More information on this review can be found here.
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