OCMS News December 2005

Kameo: Elements of Power Review for the Xbox 360
OCmodshop :: Sunday, January 01, 2006
Taking place in a mythical land, Kameo places the player smack-dab in the title role of Kameo, a headstrong princess who must roam the countryside rescuing the elemental creatures that she can transform into. The land is alive and brilliant with creatures working and doing their business just as one would expect even as war is occuring. As headstrong Kameo, your initial offensive to save your family led to a world class butt-whoopin’ by Thorn. But now with the help of the good wizard Ortho (who has placed himself into a magical book called the Wotnot) and the repulsive yet helpful Mystic, Kameo has a slim chance to save the kingdom.

Kameo has everything we want in our adventure games. With it’s grand overall mission of saving the kingdom broken down by continually rescuing the elementals that in turn allow us to move the game forward. It makes for the kind of play that begs us to keep playing rather then turning off and going to bed. Plus those occasional action sequences that the player must complete in order to help turn the tide of war only add to the game’s depth and versatility. I smell a franchise title here and I suspect that Kameo 2 is already in the early stages of development.
At the end of the review is a downloadable video that demonstrates sample gameplay.
read our review of one of the best Xbox 360 games

Evercool GT-365 Review
OCmodshop :: Saturday, December 31, 2005
You may have seen fan and case accessories that continue to operate case fans after the computer shuts down. Your computer’s processor may continue to radiate heat during shutdown (when the system fans have shut off), leaving your processor unprotected. Vendors claim these units prevent overheating of the processor by running the system fans (and continuing to disipate heat) after the computer has shut off. Little timid to buy one? Well join the crowd. Today I had the chance to review one of Evercool’s Gt-365 Extended Cooling System (ECS) provided by Evercool.

This is a great product when used for the right application. It may not be very practical for a water-cooled system, but that is no reason to mark it down. With this type of system the unit could be used on the rear case fans to draw out extra case heat when the computer is shut down, and does a great job at that. In an air cooled application this product does a great job at removing excess heat from the processor heatsink, or any other target component.
read about the Evercool GT-365 here

OCmodshop presents the downloadable Xbox 360 Kiosk Demo Disk
OCmodshop :: Saturday, December 31, 2005

A burnable self-booting Xbox 360 demo DVD image is floating around on the internet. Users can download, burn this image, and run it on the new Xbox 360. The demo disk is in .iso format, which must be burned to a DVD-R (or DVD+R). The 360 sometimes has trouble reading a disc burned at the highest speeds (8x or 16x), and works fine when burned at 4x.

The kiosk demo disk mostly contains videos of released or upcoming Xbox 360 titles, but includes 4 playable demos (Kameo: Elements of Power, King Kong, Call of Duty, and Hexic HD). OCmodshop was able to view this disc and has footage of its content. All of the demo videos are presented here, along with video of sample gameplay and other features. All videos were originally presented in high definition 720p but have been scaled down to DVD-quality 480i MPEG2.
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Blu-Ray Disc Format Interview @ Hardware Accelerated
OCModshop :: Saturday, December 31, 2005
“From a customer perspective, there are so many companies involved with the development of the format that will ultimately be producing products. The number of product offerings available will certainly be seen as a great benefit. Content protection will be a focus as well and it will be done with both the studios and consumer’s interests in mind. Flexibility and the ability to do more with digital content post-purchase is something everyone is looking forward to. Features such as managed copy are being developed with the customer’s needs in mind. ”
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D-Link DCM-202 Cable Modem @ AllOutComputers.net
OCModshop :: Saturday, December 31, 2005

Content: Today we are reviewing the D-Link DCM-202 cable internet modem. One of the most popular cable modems out. D-Link is well known for its network routers so we had to try out their latest and greatest cable modem.

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iPod Shuffle Review @ Creativemods.com
OCModshop :: Saturday, December 31, 2005
QUOTE: The iPod Shuffle is the first flash based mp3 player offered by Apple. It also is the first mainstream mp3 player to not have a screen. No screen?! How can that be? Well, I’ll be reviewing it today and will let you know if it really is worth the trouble. Please read on.
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AMD Opteron 144@2600 MHz Overclocking Bundle Review on Technic3D
OCModshop :: Saturday, December 31, 2005

Quote: “AMD Opteron 144@2600 MHz Overclocking Bundle send into the editorship of Technic3D.”

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Evercool GT-365 Review
Friday, December 30, 2005
You may have seen fan and case accessories that continue to operate case fans after the computer shuts down. Your computer’s processor may continue to radiate heat during shutdown (when the system fans have shut off), leaving your processor unprotected. Vendors claim these units prevent overheating of the processor by running the system fans (and continuing to disipate heat) after the computer has shut off. Little timid to buy one? Well join the crowd. Today I had the chance to review one of Evercool’s Gt-365 Extended Cooling System (ECS) provided by Evercool.

This is a great product when used for the right application. It may not be very practical for a water-cooled system, but that is no reason to mark it down. With this type of system the unit could be used on the rear case fans to draw out extra case heat when the computer is shut down, and does a great job at that. In an air cooled application this product does a great job at removing excess heat from the processor heatsink, or any other target component.

OCmodshop presents the downloadable Xbox 360 Kiosk Demo Disk
Friday, December 30, 2005
A burnable self-booting Xbox 360 demo DVD image is floating around on the internet. Users can download, burn this image, and run it on the new Xbox 360. The demo disk is in .iso format, which must be burned to a DVD-R (or DVD+R). The 360 sometimes has trouble reading a disc burned at the highest speeds (8x or 16x), and works fine when burned at 4x.

The kiosk demo disk mostly contains videos of released or upcoming Xbox 360 titles, but includes 4 playable demos (Kameo: Elements of Power, King Kong, Call of Duty, and Hexic HD). OCmodshop was able to view this disc and has footage of its content. All of the demo videos are presented here, along with video of sample gameplay and other features. All videos were originally presented in high definition 720p but have been scaled down to DVD-quality 480i MPEG2.

VoiceBox and XM provide Voice-Driven XP Experience
OCModshop :: Thursday, December 29, 2005
SEATTLE –(Business Wire)– Dec. 29, 2005 — Voice Search Technology to Offer Consumers Easy-to-Use Experience and One-Stop Access to Digital Entertainment and Information

VoiceBox(R) Technologies Inc., developers of the world’s first conversational voice search technology, and XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ:XMSR), the nation’s leading satellite radio service, announced today a strategic multiyear, creative and commercial alliance to create and deliver a voice-enabled XM Radio platform to the automotive industry. Through the partnership, the companies will co-develop a voice-search-enabled reference platform that will allow drivers to simply “say it and get it.” Drivers will be able to access XM Radio’s 160 digital entertainment channels of commercial-free music and premier sports, news, talk radio, and entertainment. The technology is expected to be made available to automakers and the aftermarket in mid-2006.
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Fujifilm’s Labelflash Technology on CDRinfo.com
OCModshop :: Thursday, December 29, 2005
Labelflash technology was recently introduced by Yamaha Corporation and Fuji Photo Film Co. This technology promotes the ability to burn images directly onto a specialised dye layer on the disc label side, with the same laser used for data recording. This technology allows consumers to personalise and customise their DVDs with photos, text and graphics, replacing traditional sticker and marker labeling.

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Thinkpad Z60t Review @ eCoustics
OCModshop :: Thursday, December 29, 2005
The Z60t is the first widescreen notebook in the ThinkPad line, yet it’s still geared towards the business traveler who values portability, security and reliability. Plus it’s currently the only laptop with integrated BroadbandAccess Wireless connectivity from Verizon that gives you high-speed wireless internet access without having to be in a wi-fi hotspot.
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Crucial Ballistix PC3200 2x512mb Review
OCModshop :: Thursday, December 29, 2005
“We have decided to revisit the Ballistix sticks for various reasons. Previously our testing was limited, now it is not. Ontop of this, CCU and I had a suspicion that Micron’s yields are very strong right now. The results show this, and are quite impressive for a $120 set.”
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News@Technic3D / Notebook Samsung X20 XVM 1730 V
OCModshop :: Thursday, December 29, 2005

Quote: “Notebook Samsung X20 XVM 1730 V send into the editorship of Technic3D.”
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Silverstone Strider ST60F 600W PSU Review on Technic3D
OCModshop :: Thursday, December 29, 2005

Quote: “Silverstone Strider ST60F 600W PSU send into the editorship of Technic3D.”
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New Keyboard Layout? Get Real! @ WindowsAtoZ.com’s Opinion Column
OCModshop :: Wednesday, December 28, 2005
“A 62-year-old electrical engineer is showing off a new keyboard design and layout next month at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. He says that we are too tied to an “Industrial Age” keyboard. What in the world does that mean? Nothing to me.

After years of “hunt-and-peck” typing, he’s convinced that there is room for change and that if he can show the way, bigger companies might follow. His keyboards are arranged alphabetically, but instead of lining up the letters all the way across, he splits the keyboard in two, like most ergonomic keyboards. He then assigns the first half of the alphabet to the left hand and the second half to the right. Check out the picture of it here.”
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OCZ Technology Announces the Gamer eXtreme XTC DDR2 Series
OCModshop :: Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Sunnyvale, CA—December 27, 2005—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the release of the first DDR2 modules designed to make use of the recently introduced OCZ XTC heatspreader design. The Gold series modules will come in PC2-4200 and PC2-5400 configurations ranging from 512MB modules to 2GB dual channel optimized kits.
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ECS KN1 SLI Extreme 30-day Test Drive @ techFEAR
OCModshop :: Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Summary: “With the initial ECS KN1 SLI Extreme motherboard evaluation behind us, we turned our focus on the 30-day Test Drive. We use and abuse motherboards for 30-days beyond the base evaluation and report the results back to you. Let us show you how the KN1 SLI Extreme performed.”
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Xbox 360 Video Overview
Monday, December 26, 2005
OCmodshop has a video overview of the Xbox 360. There are two versions of the video available, a Windows Media wmv for the bandwidth-impaired and a full-screen DVD-quality version. This video is in a presentation style, with narrative voiceover covering all of the dashboard and setup features, including: Xbox Live support Xbox Live arcade Xbox Live Marketplace and Game Downloads Media capabilities Media Center Extension support MP3 player compatibility High definition video support System settings We also show off the graphics capabilities by demoing a few games, including: Kameo : Elements of Power Geometry Wars Perfect Dark Zero

Xbox 360 Video Overview
OCmodshop :: Monday, December 26, 2005
OCmodshop has a video overview of the Xbox 360. There are two versions of the video available, a Windows Media wmv for the bandwidth-impaired and a full-screen DVD-quality version. This video is in a presentation style, with narrative voiceover covering all of the dashboard and setup features, including:

  • Xbox Live support
  • Xbox Live arcade
  • Xbox Live Marketplace and Game Downloads
  • Media capabilities
  • Media Center Extension support
  • MP3 player compatibility
  • High definition video support
  • System settings

We also show off the graphics capabilities by demoing a few games, including:

  • Kameo : Elements of Power
  • Geometry Wars
  • Perfect Dark Zero

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How Xbox Happened
OCModshop :: Monday, December 26, 2005
In the late 1990s, Bill Gates was becoming increasingly frustrated by Sony’s success in the videogames market, and his company’s lack of movement into America’s living rooms.

Two years before the Xbox’s launch, Bill Gates and his top executives retreated to Puget Sound to discuss Microsoft’s business model. A seismic shift was under way. The late nineties was a time of a burgeoning new consensus among media pundits and high-tech industry folks that the consumer world would turn its eye from desktop computers toward “information appliances.” Yet Microsoft’s business model was still almost entirely PC-centric. Gates was very clear in his instructions to the executives gathered around him–Microsoft was not going to end up being just another corporate software maker.
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moddin.net reviews the Matrix Orbital MX6
OCModshop :: Monday, December 26, 2005

Quote: ” I’m sure all of you (or at least the vast majority) have heard of Matrix Orbital in the past – they’re a huge name in the moddin community, and quite rightly so; their LCD displays have built a reputation as the most versatile and easy to use on the market. Their latest offering is the MX6 – a PLED screen. The difference between a PLED and an LCD screen is basically that rather than using a backlight, and creating text by blocking the light with a liquid crystal, it uses LEDs to create the text with lights – meaning that the viewing angles and response times are improved – much like a VFD display. Read on to find out more ”
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Microsoft says 360 ‘on track’ to meet forecasts
OCModshop :: Monday, December 26, 2005
Xbox 360 has been in agonisingly short supply since the console’s November 22nd launch, but GameSpot reports that some of the remaining pre-orders are now being filled.

Microsoft UK declined to comment as to whether it’s a situation reflected on this side of the Atlantic. “Xbox does not announce details of shipments, but I can tell you that we’re on track to meet our 90 day forecast of 2.75 to 3.0 million units,” a spokesperson told GamesIndustry.biz this lunchtime.

The US line is that Microsoft is “working around the clock to deliver as many Xbox 360 consoles as humanly possible”.
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Article: Primo 500 Holiday Upgrade Guide
OCModshop :: Monday, December 26, 2005
Tired of that old AMD Athlon XP box slowing you down while you are trying to crank out some frags in Quake 4? Putting Vaseline on your monitor to hide the terrible aliasing you get from that rusty GeForce2? Well we are too! But there’s hope. We here at Primotech bring you the end of your worries with the PRIMO 500 Holiday Upgrade Guide. This guide takes $500 of your *cough* hard-earned Christmas cash and turns into a box worth gaming with.
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Red Moon Rising Launches
OCModshop :: Monday, December 26, 2005
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND – December 16, 2005 – CCP Games, an independent developer and publisher of massively multiplayer online games, announced today the triumphant launch of “EVE Online®: Red Moon Rising”, a new content upgrade to its highly successful and fast-growing Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) “EVE Online®: Exodus”.
read more here

Article: What is TCP/IP?
OCModshop :: Monday, December 26, 2005
Article Quote: What is TCP/IP? Many people may not know what TCP/IP is nor what its effect is on the Internet. The fact is, without TCP/IP there would be no Internet. And it is because of the American military that the Internet exists.
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DONT FORGET ABOUT X_HOUR!!!
OCModshop :: Saturday, December 24, 2005
Get stuff for pennies on the dollar!!!

1 Hour.
60 Minutes.
3600 Seconds.
That is how long you have to take advantage of one of the best deals on the internet every single week. We call it…the X-Hour.
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Downloadable Xbox 360 Game covers
OCmodshop :: Friday, December 23, 2005
Want to see the games available for the Xbox 360?
Now at OCmodshop you can browse through the entire Xbox 360 lineup and view their covers. The entire cover is displayed (front and back), so you can see what features are available on each game, such as the ESRB rating, multiplayer support, resolution and other statistics.

Each cover is an unwatermarked high-resolution image and is suitable for printing (if you’re into that sort of thing).
browse through the game covers here.

Valve unveils 64-bit Source
OCModshop :: Friday, December 23, 2005
Available Now: 64-Bit Half-Life(r) 2 and Lost CoastTM Bellevue, WA. – December 22, 2005 – Valve, a leading entertainment and technology studio, unveiled a 64-bit version of its Source game engine technology today. The first 64-bit Valve games released will be native 64-bit versions of Half-Life 2 and Lost Coast, and have been developed to take advantage of AMD Athlon(tm) 64 FX processor-based systems – the ultimate 64-bit gaming platform for PC enthusiasts. The 64-bit versions of these games are being offered to all Half-Life 2 owners via SteamTM, Valve’s online platform for delivering games and digital content directly to users around the world.
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Three charged over Xbox chipping
OCModshop :: Friday, December 23, 2005
Three charged over Xbox chipping
Three men have been charged in the US with selling illegally modified Xbox game consoles that allow the devices to play pirated video games, according to reports. Two of the suspects ran a video games shop in Los Angeles. Games consoles such as the Microsoft Xbox or Sony Playstation 2 include copyright protections that prevent them running pirated games or games subject to regional control (where a console bought in one part of the world cannot run games purchased in another).
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Seagate to buy Maxtor for $1.9 billion
OCModshop :: Friday, December 23, 2005
Seagate Technology (STX.N: Quote, Profile, Research) on Wednesday said it would buy rival computer disk-drive maker Maxtor Corp. (MXO.N: Quote, Profile, Research) for $1.9 billion in stock.
read more here

Downloadable Xbox 360 Game covers
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Want to see the games available for the Xbox 360? Now at OCmodshop you can browse through the entire Xbox 360 lineup and view their covers. The entire cover is displayed (front and back), so you can see what features are available on each game, such as the ESRB rating, multiplayer support, resolution and other statistics.

Each cover is an unwatermarked high-resolution image and is suitable for printing (if you’re into that sort of thing).

Xbox 360 VGA Cable review
OCmodshop :: Thursday, December 22, 2005
Back when the original Xbox was new there were only a few ways to connect it to a display. Many Xbox gamers were also PC enthusiasts, so a VGA cable was a coveted commodity and was rare. Only some manufacturer no one had ever heard of from DingChong, China were selling them, so they were hard to find for awhile. Microsoft never released an official VGA cable for the original Xbox, but should have. Finally the Xbox 360 guys heard our cries and released a cable that pumps out the new Xbox 360’s graphics in VGA format. It’s also helpful for those of us that want to show off our Xbox 360s at the next LAN party, where HDTV sets are scarce, but VGA monitors abound!

The cable has been available since the 360’s launch, and has been readily available. The Xbox 360 VGA HD AV cable has a DV-15S VGA connector and stereo audio cables, plus a SPDIF port for connection to a Dolby Digital receiver, similar to the high definition Component HD AV cable. The VGA cable is rather thick, but no so thick as to be inflexible. The left and right RCA audio jacks are of adequate thickness, but not Monster standard. The entire cable is 8 feet long and has a rubbery matte-grey texture along its entire length. The SCART plug is of course trapezoid shaped and will only connect in one direction, so there is no fear of attaching the plug incorrectly.
read about hi-def without the pricetag…

Uberw00t Article // Interview with Kris Kringle, gaming Santa
OCModshop :: Thursday, December 22, 2005
Our sister site which focuses on gaming content has a funny little interview up with the gamer known only as Kris Kringle aka. Santa. Very funny read. I thought you all would probably enjoy this as well. Here is a clip from the interview:

“2.Your North Pole LAN’s, called ‘ The Showdown in HoTown’, with the elves are infamous. Can you tell us a bit about them? Who comes to play? What are the game favorites?

Ahhhh the LAN’s… low ping fun for everyone! I’ve got a few “A” List Celeb friends who bring these funny bags of white powder with them. They tell me it’s custard powder to have with the mince pies, and what great custard it makes!! The outsiders are required to where Santa costumes so I can play in peace, plus it gets everyone in a festive mood.”
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Radeon X1800XT and HIS Radeon X1800XL review
OCModshop :: Thursday, December 22, 2005
“While Nvidia have been enjoying the success that is the 7800GTX and 7800GT, ATI were left with their older generation X800 series as their prime offering, and while the X800 was a quality series of chips (and still is), the power of Nvidia’s latest efforts could not be ignored. If you were looking for a high end videocard in the past month or two, it would have been hard to deny Nvidia’s 7800GTX. Much to the ATI fanbase’s approval, however, it wasn’t too long after that ATI finally let loose their latest series, that of course being the Radeon X1K series. Today, we check out two revisions from the X1K series, the X1800XT and X1800XL, from ATI vendor HIS.”
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Battlefield 2 Infantry Cup Online Tournament
OCModshop :: Thursday, December 22, 2005
Corsair Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory and cooling products for enthusiasts and overclockers, today announced that it has furthered its commitment to the gaming community by hosting the first Corsair BattleField 2 (BF2) Infantry Cup online tournament. In association with Team Dignitas, one of the world’s top ranked gaming teams, online registration will take place on Team-Dignitas.com and tournament logistics will be handled by these professional gamers to ensure a successful tournament. The first Corsair BattleField 2 Infantry Cup will include sixty-four (64) teams from around the world to compete for the tournament title and prizes.
read more here.

GeIL Copper Thermal Compound Review @ NGOHQ
OCModshop :: Thursday, December 22, 2005
Quote: “We all know GeIL as a popular memory modules (RAM) manufacturer. GeIL sent us a small amount of their copper thermal compound. This tiny niche market is being dominated by Arctic Silver. Many large manufacturers fail to create high quality thermal compounds that can deal with the latest Arctic Silver products. Today, we are putting the GeIL copper thermal compound face to face against one of the best thermal compound solutions in the market. You’re right; it’s the Arctic Silver 5. We are going to find out about it pretty soon.”
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FREE…. The words we all like to here.. How bout FREE OCZ!
OCmodshop Forums :: Thursday, December 22, 2005

I have made it my mission to find and bring you the best deals and the greatest products, well here is one of the leaders Giving away merchandise.. Once a month they are giving away a 1GB memory kit and other spectacular OCZ Poducts..
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Thermaltake Volcano 4005 Heat Exchanger Review at nVnews
OCModshop :: Thursday, December 22, 2005
“Thermaltake’s new waterblock is meant to be a direct replacement for any waterblock, not just the Thermaltake BigWater cooling system. Is the most advanced waterblock really much better than a standard waterblock? Yes…and No. ”
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Xbox 360 VGA Cable review
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Back when the original Xbox was new there were only a few ways to connect it to a display. Many Xbox gamers were also PC enthusiasts, so a VGA cable was a coveted commodity and was rare. Only some manufacturer no one had ever heard of from DingChong, China were selling them, so they were hard to find for awhile. Microsoft never released an official VGA cable for the original Xbox, but should have. Finally the Xbox 360 guys heard our cries and released a cable that pumps out the new Xbox 360’s graphics in VGA format. It’s also helpful for those of us that want to show off our Xbox 360s at the next LAN party, where HDTV sets are scarce, but VGA monitors abound!

The cable has been available since the 360’s launch, and has been readily available. The Xbox 360 VGA HD AV cable has a DV-15S VGA connector and stereo audio cables, plus a SPDIF port for connection to a Dolby Digital receiver, similar to the high definition Component HD AV cable. The VGA cable is rather thick, but no so thick as to be inflexible. The left and right RCA audio jacks are of adequate thickness, but not Monster standard. The entire cable is 8 feet long and has a rubbery matte-grey texture along its entire length. The SCART plug is of course trapezoid shaped and will only connect in one direction, so there is no fear of attaching the plug incorrectly.


Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro CPU Cooler Reviewed at HardwareXL
OCModshop :: Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Quote: “Arctic Cooling was founded by two long time friends Gebhard Scherrer and Magnus Huber in 2001. Since then Arctic Cooling has produced high quality cooling products for both mid- and high range hardware. Products including fans, cpu coolers, gpu coolers, pc cases and lets not forget thermal compound. Arctic Cooling products are known for their cooling abilities but also not to forget that these products are also very silent. Today I’m having a look at one of the two samples Arctic Cooling has send us recently, The Freezer 64 pro for the AMD platform.”
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moddin.net reviews the Xbox 360 console
OCModshop :: Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Quote: ” Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks then you will have seen all the recent news regarding the next gen console from Microsoft, namely the Xbox 360. Having got it on the day of release, it’s now been a week and I thought I’d share with you what you may find if you decided to jump onto the HD console gaming bandwagon. ”

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Get stuff for pennies on the dollar!!!
OCModshop :: Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Get stuff for pennies on the dollar!!!

1 Hour.
60 Minutes.
3600 Seconds.
That is how long you have to take advantage of one of the best deals on the internet every single week. We call it…the X-Hour.
check it out

Girl’s Gift Guide for the Geek Guy
OCmodshop :: Friday, December 16, 2005

OCmodshop has the definitive article revealing for once and for all what men really want for Christmas. Here’s a snip:

I’ll tell you the secret to the perfect Christmas gift. I really shouldn’t be revealing this, as the other men in the club will probably lynch me in the parking lot for sharing this with you. The truth is men don’t want you to know the Secret of the Perfect Gift. That way we can spend our money all year on what we really want, while you feel guilty that you can never find the perfect birthday, anniversary or Christmas gift. Women feel disappointed that they can never please their man, and want to express their love for you with a personal tangible item. Men’s taste is an enigma that cannot be understood by those of the female persuasion. We want you to be in the dark, oblivious, wearing your guilt around your shoulders like a familiar designer scarf: that way we can ride the Guilt Train all year and buy the things we really want.
Learn the Divine Secret here

Silverstone Strider ST60F 600W PSU Review @ NGOHQ.com
OCModshop :: Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Quote: “600W might seem like a lot to many people, but for the high end user there is no doubt that a good power supply is a must have. High end users often have dual graphics cards, multiple hard drives, a high end CPU, two optical drives and several fans involved in their current setup. With specs like that a 600W PSU is desirable if you want a completely stable system. The ST60F is capable of maintaining 600W of continuous power output at 50°C. The ST60F has quad +12V rails, for extreme performance and giving the Silverstone ST60F a total of 42 amps.”
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Put Your Mouse Where It Does Not Belong Contest at HardwareXL
OCModshop :: Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Quote: “…Place your mouse where it does not belong and take a picture of it and post it in here. The 2 most original, interesting or funniest picture wins…… ”
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ASUS P5ND2-SLI Deluxe Evaluation
OCModshop :: Tuesday, December 13, 2005
“The ASUS P5ND2-SLI Deluxe sports a fan-less design promising quiet operations. Did ASUS sacrifice stability to lower noise? Read on to see how the P5ND2-SLI Deluxe survived the techFEAR USeR Experience.”
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Xbox 360 : You Know You Want It (for Christmas)
Monday, December 12, 2005
Mike David has completed an overview of the Xbox 360. Here’s some Christmas Cheer:

When I first opened my 360, I was impressed with how much weight it had, the system itself is quite beefy and reminded me of a component from a home theatre system. The accompanying power system was as impressive a power supply I have ever seen. It’s close to four pounds and has its own gravitational pull, so be careful. The system itself sits nicely on its own shelf with the power supply next to it and the HD Component cables that come standard with the deluxe edition (the core edition only has standard AV cables) are long enough to fish around my other equipment and to the far side of my 47″ HDTV. Using a “Psyclone” brand optic cable (the system does not come with one) I was able to connect directly into my receiver and enjoy true 5.1 surround sound. Something of note about the cables though, there is a switch on the base of the connection that allows you to switch from regular TV to HDTV, so’s that everyone who happened to purchase the deluxe system would be covered. Yes, this system is fully embracing the HDTV revolution and man I cannot tell you how cool this bad boy looks when played on a kick butt television Using the 1080i and/or 720p settings the system really dials in on the worlds developed by the various game companies. Since I have several other systems hooked up to the same TV, I found myself marveling at how the 360 graphics (I was playing Kameo) just flat out blew away the other systems graphics ( I was toggling between input “ins”). Now I know that it’s like comparing apples to oranges, but you just can’t fully appreciate how one system pumps out graphics unless you compare them to another with the same type hookups and TV. Yes, this thing looks absolutely beautiful.

Xbox 360 : You Know You Want It (for Christmas)
OCmodshop :: Monday, December 12, 2005
Mike David has completed an overview of the Xbox 360. Here’s some Christmas Cheer:

When I first opened my 360, I was impressed with how much weight it had, the system itself is quite beefy and reminded me of a component from a home theatre system. The accompanying power system was as impressive a power supply I have ever seen. It’s close to four pounds and has its own gravitational pull, so be careful. The system itself sits nicely on its own shelf with the power supply next to it and the HD Component cables that come standard with the deluxe edition (the core edition only has standard AV cables) are long enough to fish around my other equipment and to the far side of my 47″ HDTV. Using a “Psyclone” brand optic cable (the system does not come with one) I was able to connect directly into my receiver and enjoy true 5.1 surround sound. Something of note about the cables though, there is a switch on the base of the connection that allows you to switch from regular TV to HDTV, so’s that everyone who happened to purchase the deluxe system would be covered. Yes, this system is fully embracing the HDTV revolution and man I cannot tell you how cool this bad boy looks when played on a kick butt television Using the 1080i and/or 720p settings the system really dials in on the worlds developed by the various game companies. Since I have several other systems hooked up to the same TV, I found myself marveling at how the 360 graphics (I was playing Kameo) just flat out blew away the other systems graphics ( I was toggling between input “ins”). Now I know that it’s like comparing apples to oranges, but you just can’t fully appreciate how one system pumps out graphics unless you compare them to another with the same type hookups and TV. Yes, this thing looks absolutely beautiful.
read about what you can’t have here.

Bill Gates sets Indian software professionals on fire
OCModshop :: Monday, December 12, 2005
News from the “Thank you for calling Microsoft, my name is Abu, how may I help you?” department…

Gates, who is on a four-day visit to India, has announced plans to invest 1.7 billion dollars in the country in four years to deepen its presence in the fast-growing software powerhouse. To increase sales, Microsoft has launched softwares in local Indian languages to ride a software boom in the world’s second-most-populous country. The company has further plans of bringing out software in more Indian languages since only 5 percent of the billion-plus population understands and writes English.

In other news, the familiar “Start” logo to be replaced by that red forehead dot…
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AMD stops production of Socket 939 Opterons
OCModshop :: Sunday, December 11, 2005
THE LAUNCH of Opterons for Socket 939 was obviously just a smoke in the mirror. The complete stock of Opterons model number 14x and 16x (dual-core) dissapeared from e-tailers and retailers, with hundreds of overclockers buying even six or eight CPU’s at the same time. Reason: Opteron, a 1MB L2 cache processor was priced lower than Athlon 64 models with 512KB of L2 cache. Also, those Opteron babies were bad-boys when it comes to cooling, working at 2.7-2.9 GHz with air-cooling – at zero problems, with a lower operating temperature than default-clocked Pentium D 840.
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QPADR Gamer LowSense AIM & The LowSense Masterpad Review @ HardwareXL
OCModshop :: Sunday, December 11, 2005

Quote: “…QPAD is based in Sweden and probably better know among gamers. My first impression of QPAD is that its a young and creative company that knows how to cater to every hardcore gamers needs. Today I’m taken a look at the QPAD® Gamer LowSense Mouspad and The LowSense Masterpad Soft Contact 4mm Mouspad. It all started when I got home, the first thing I saw was this….. ”
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Is the Xbox 360 cooler than Jesus?
OCModshop :: Saturday, December 10, 2005

I go to a secular high school because my stupid unsaved parents don’t have decent jobs and can’t afford to send me to a Christian school. So if you will, please excuse my poor grammar, as I present a question to you…

I was visiting a friends house (someone who I had been witnessing to for about 2-years) and we sat down in his living room to play some video games. He had one of those new Xbox 360’s that everyone is talking about. Well, now I know why everyone is going so nuts over them, because they are freaking incredible! I told my friend that his Xbox was amazing, and he afforded the opportunity to mention to me (because he knew I was always trying to get him to go to church) that the Xbox 360 is cooler than Jesus!
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F.E.A.R. Lives up to its Name
OCmodshop :: Friday, December 09, 2005
David has written a new review for F.E.A.R. – First Encounter Assault Recon.

Here’s a tasty morsel:
To be blunt, FEAR is the best first person shooter to come out on the PC this year. It uses a story unique to the genre to create an immersive atmosphere of dread with perhaps the most visceral combat experience ever brought to the PC. When Soldier of Fortune 2 came out, I remember thinking that it was just great that you could blow off your enemy’s legs and disembowel him, but also thinking that it seemed too flippant. FEAR manages to take that level of gore and put it in the right climate: an over-the-top action movie. It features the beautiful bullet ballets popularized by Max Payne and pushes squad AI past the Half-Life standard. The level of first-person immersion that it for the most part creates is what makes the odd clipping glitch or being able to kick a dead body ten yards that much more painful. Thankfully, you’ll be too busy having a blast with psychic visions and waves of deadly clones to notice these infrequent oddities or the drab environments.
Face your F.E.A.R.

Best Buy hoarding Xbox 360s for new launch date
OCmodshop :: Friday, December 09, 2005

I heard a rumor that Best Buy would be getting a shipment of new Xbox 360s on the 6th, but not one of the Best Buys I talked with could confirm this. Was Micro$oft holding out to generate buzz about the product? Apparently Best Buy is stockpiling Xbox 360s until they can sell a bunch of them at once…

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Best Buy hoarding Xbox 360s for new launch date
Thursday, December 08, 2005
I heard a rumor that Best Buy would be getting a shipment of new Xbox 360s on the 6th, but not one of the Best Buys I talked with could confirm this. Was Micro$oft holding out to generate buzz about the product? Apparently Best Buy is stockpiling Xbox 360s until they can sell a bunch of them at once…

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OCmodshop has a new RSS feed!
Thursday, December 08, 2005
I know alot of you out there like to receive your news via RSS feed, and OCmodshop listens to da people!

You can now get your OCmodshop news from the following RSS link: http://www.ocmodshop.com/ocmodshop.xml.

Please send any feedback about this feed to alan@ocmodshop.com. OCMS would like to hear any suggestions for content, compatibility issues

FUNC sUrface 1030 Archetype Series review @ CyberwizardPit
OCModshop :: Thursday, December 08, 2005

“ROCKLIN, California – 17th October 2005: Headquarters of the famed Func Industries have released a new threat upon the mousing industry with their legendary sUrface 1030 series of mousepads. The original Func sUrface 1030 is widely known as one of the best mousepads ever built, and as of today Func has released a new model in the sUrface 1030 series of pads, dubbed the “Archetype”. Aptly named, the new Func sUrface 1030 Archetype is the latest incarnation of the original Func 1030, although whether it matches its famed reputation is another question altogether. This review by CyberwizardPit aims to do just that; CyberwizardPit determines whether the new Func sUrface 1030 Archetype is just hype, or whether is a worthy successor to its own archetype, the original 1030.”
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News: iRiver H10 Review
OCModshop :: Thursday, December 08, 2005
“iRiver has been attempting to make an iPod killer for years, but has always seemed to be a few steps behind the Apple juggernaut. I did a review of the iRiver H320 a few months back and found it to be a very good MP3 player, yet something was missing. Ease of use is a main factor in any gadget, and iRiver has always disappointed in this facet. I purchased the iRiver H10 hoping that it would improve on the flaws prevalent in their older models — and I have to say I was surprised at how much they have changed since my last encounter with them.”
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OCmodshop has a new RSS feed!
OCmodshop :: Thursday, December 08, 2005

I know alot of you out there like to receive your news via RSS feed, and OCmodshop listens to da people!

You can now get your OCmodshop news from the following RSS link:
http://www.ocmodshop.com/ocmodshop.xml.
Please send any feedback about this feed to alan@ocmodshop.com. OCMS would like to hear any suggestions for content, compatibility issues, or anything else that could make the RSS feed better!

Believe the Hypex, class-D DIY amplifier
OCModshop :: Thursday, December 08, 2005
Amplifiers in kit form have been available for years, now Hypex enters the market with kits based on class-D technology that offer outstanding features and sound quality. We take a closer look and construct an amplifier using Hypex’s UcD400 amplifier modules.
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OCZ Gold EL PC3500 GX Review
OCModshop :: Thursday, December 08, 2005
“OCZ is a company well known among the enthusiast and overclocking crowd. We recently got a 2x512mb set of some Gold PC3500 GX, which uses UTT-BH chips, and is rated for 2-2-2-6 at stock speeds. It was quite fun to play with, go have a look”

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Review of Dragon Quest VII: Journey of the Cursed King
OCmodshop :: Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Our resident Playstation 2 Expert, Trisha Oliver has written a review of the newly released Dragon Quest 8: Journey of the Cursed King. Let’s see what she writes:

The many monsters and other creatures in the game are very colorful, though. One of the most hilarious monsters is an upright rooster-man thing called the Cockateer… no I’m not making this up. Yangus requently gets bitch-slapped by a Cockateer while wielding his “Mighty Club”. This stuff just writes itself. I guess that’s where the Teen rating comes in.

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December – World of WarCraft Atlas [Autographed] Contest @ techFEAR
OCModshop :: Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Summary: “techFEAR has a signed copy of the World of WarCraft Atlas hardback to give away for the month of December. This would make a great post-holiday present for a World of WarCraft player or Blizzard collector.”

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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro Review at nVnews
OCModshop :: Monday, December 05, 2005
“The XTREMEMUSIC, Platinum and Fatal1ty FPS have similar features such as 24-bit/96KHz sound at a 109dB Signal-to-Noise Ratio and EAX Advanced HD 5.0. The Platinum and Fatal1ty include a remote control and a front drive bay adapter. The Fatal1ty steps up once more with 64MB of X-RAM. Sounds good, right? Well, the Elite Pro has everything the Fatal1ty does and goes over the top for the all-in. Featuring a 116dB Signal-to-Noise Ratio and better quality DACs than the other cards, as well as the 64MB X-RAM and external breakout box, the Elite Pro is a true audiophile and home studio musician’s dream come true.”
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States Preventing Minors from Purchasing Mature Games…So What? @ Windows A to Z’s Opinion Column
OCModshop :: Monday, December 05, 2005
I’m sure that many have you have seen in the news the law that was passed in California that prevents the sale of “mature-rated” video games to anyone under the age of 17. Many parents approve of this bill and in fact, they are the ones who really push these kind of things because they think that it will protect their children. I’m not saying that that is wrong, but I am saying that it won’t work and here’s why…

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The Ultimate Matrix Collection @ MHW
OCModshop :: Monday, December 05, 2005

“At first glance you might wonder what a hardware site is doing reviewing The Ultimate Matrix Collection DVD box set. But instead of me making some tenuous long-winded connection of how the virtual world of The Matrix is starting to resemble today’s MMORPG, I thought I would just say that it’s The Matrix, it’s way cool, and Christmas is coming.”

there is no spoon

Top 50 Products of 2005 @ WindowsAtoZ.com
OCModshop :: Monday, December 05, 2005

“As 2005 comes to a close, we take a moment to remember the great products that came out over the past year. We chose 50 products that we think were the best of the best in the year 2005. They’ve been ranked and put into categories with links to reviews and pricing information. Find out which product made our number one choice for best product of 2005.”

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[BoPC] BoPCNews – Boxwave PSP Gameshields
OCModshop :: Monday, December 05, 2005

“The gameshields are truly beautiful to look at, but the should be functional as well. Two of them work great but the third one with the joystick is simply not functional at all. It just doesn’t align right, and buttons are hard to push and you really need to push hard to actually get the button to work.”
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Title: Parallax Mapping
OCModshop :: Monday, December 05, 2005
Hi guys, in this article we take a detailed look at parallax mapping and ask if this technique represents the first step toward a ray-tracing paradigm for hardware acceleration.

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OCMS has enough news to choke a yak!
OCmodshop :: Sunday, December 04, 2005

OCmodshop has increased it’s daily news capacity over 800% by adding 5 additional news categories to it’s general PC industry news. Readers can now get their fill from the nearly 200 posts per day from the following topics:
  • Gaming: Gaming posts and articles including PC, Xbox 360 and other consoles
  • PC News: Our regular news covering PC, overclocking and modification news
  • Graphic Design: News about Photoshop tips and tricks, graphic designer interests
  • Home Theater: Home theater equipment, HDTV, HTPCs, TiVo, Microsoft Media Center
  • Networking: Network industry news, from routers to cell phones to hacking
  • Photography: News about digital photography equipment, software, and how-tos

In addition, readers can browse through the entire OCMS web news and site news archive, going all the way back to 2002!

Huge online font library
OCModshop :: Sunday, December 04, 2005

MyFonts.com provides the largest collection of fonts ever assembled for on-line delivery. Well that’s what the website says anyway. That’s obviously debatable, but it’s true to say that they do have a lot of fonts to view – over 30,000 – with links to dozens of font foundries. A wholly owned subsidiary of Bitstream Inc., the site certainly has an impressive selection of typefaces. One interesting feature is the WhatTheFont tool. This lets you upload scanned images of fonts to the Web site and then will try and display the closest match to your font sample. Hours of fun uploading pictures of inanimate objects to see what they come up with. Well it kept us amused, but then we probably need to get out more.
bring in the fonts!

Photographic Libraries
OCModshop :: Sunday, December 04, 2005

Most graphic designers and art directors will know about Getty Images. And there’s no doubt that the resources of the largest image library in the World are vast. But sometimes you want something just a little bit special. Something that the big fish just won’t have. And that’s when it is neccesary to look for a more specialised image resource. That’s where the Photographic Libraries directory comes in. A vast listing of image and photographic resources ranging from photography, to film, to fine art, fashion, maps and many others.

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Mandarin Design
OCModshop :: Sunday, December 04, 2005

Occasionally you come across a web resource that really impresses. Mandarin Design is such a site. Without fuss and blowing it’s own trumpet it impresses and teaches at the same time. To be fair, there’s probably less here for hardened web coders and more for graphic designers who want to add a bit of spice to their sites, with the minimum of pain. If you design web sites and want inspiration via the clever use of HTML and css styles, then pay them a visit. At the very least, it will inspire.
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NetGear Settles Speed Claims without Admitting Fault
OCModshop :: Sunday, December 04, 2005
NetGear has reportedly settled a class-action lawsuit about its claims of speed for some of its gear: The settlement includes an enormous class: every purchaser of NetGear wireless equipment since January 1999. Folks in that category will get a 15-percent discount off a future wireless purchase. These kinds of settlements are often barely exercised, partly because they often rely not on a rebate against a street price but rather a discount off retail which might be only slightly below street price and involve more conditions for fulfillment.

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Nintendo’s Online Move Analyzed
OCModshop :: Sunday, December 04, 2005
Nintendo’s future may be in handheld players, not consoles: Despite its attempts to compete against juggernaut Sony, which owns about 70 percent of the console market, and Microsoft, with a nearly equal 15 percent share, Nintendo’s success has been in handhelds. The latest DS device is the first to feature Internet connectivity, and its Wi-Fi Connection service has so far been a hit through both free hotspot usage (at what are normally for-fee hotspots) and home Wi-Fi connections.

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I4U: Slim Devices Squeezebox V3 Network Music Player Review
OCModshop :: Saturday, December 03, 2005
Quote: “Slim Devices announced in October. Besides it’s great looks the new Squeezebox V3 lets users stream music from a PC or directly from the Internet via the Squeeze Network. As a trendy goody, the Squeezebox V3 can display news via RSS feeds.”

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Compatibility issues with Maxtor DiamondMax 9/10 and nForce4 @ NGOHQ
OCModshop :: Saturday, December 03, 2005
Quote: “It seems that there is a serious compatibility issue between some of the Maxtor DiamondMax 9/10 SATA series with an early firmware revision and some nForce4 based motherboards.”

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er Den D4 Review
Thursday, December 01, 2005
The amount of noise from a pump is somewhat of a subjective factor but noise can make a pump intolerable regardless of the pump’s performance. While dBA meters can provide a number for the raw volume of pumps, fans, etc., the tone and pitch of the sound is usually what determines whether or not the part is considered loud or annoying. Watercooling pumps can make a variety of annoying sounds such as impeller ticking or clicking, humming, vibrations noises, as well as others. So, how does all of this apply to the DD4?

Danger Den D4 Review
OCmodshop :: Thursday, December 01, 2005

The amount of noise from a pump is somewhat of a subjective factor but noise can make a pump intolerable regardless of the pump’s performance. While dBA meters can provide a number for the raw volume of pumps, fans, etc., the tone and pitch of the sound is usually what determines whether or not the part is considered loud or annoying. Watercooling pumps can make a variety of annoying sounds such as impeller ticking or clicking, humming, vibrations noises, as well as others. So, how does all of this apply to the DD4?

read how the Danger Den D4 stacks up