OCMS News February 2005

PowerColor Theater 550 Pro Review
OCmodshop :: Tuesday, March 01, 2005
On the side of the card you can see the coaxial inputs for both the TV and FM radio, as well as the DIN connector for the A/V input cable. Since my prior experience with TV tuner cards were using would fall into the “all in one” category, my first thought was why there weren’t any connections to output the signal to an external source. Upon coming to my senses a moment later, I realized that since the primary video card in the PC is used for the actual output, there isn’t any need to include any on the card itself. Another nice thing I noticed was that there is no need to connect the card to anything but the PCI slot itself. All audio and video signal feeds are passed directly thru the PCI subsystem. A bonus for those of you out there who hate the restrictions of additional wiring in your system.

Excellent Windows Media Center 2005 Review
OCModshop :: Tuesday, March 01, 2005
This isn’t one of our main stream news sources, but I came across this excellent article about Windows Media Center 2005. If you are even remotely interested in home theater or TiVo, you need to read this article. The HTPC has come of age…

Folks, Microsoft nailed it with this release, and if you’re not excited about this product, check your pulse. Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 elegantly encapsulates all of the technologies I’m excited about into a single package that my entire family effortlessly uses every single day. It’s the ultimate example of how technology should be integrated into our daily lives: A seamless experience that improves the quality of our consumption of the digital media content that is most important to us. Thus, it also improves our very lives. We’ve all smiled or laughed at family photos in a small book: Now imagine them animating to your favorite music on an HDTV screen in your living room. We’ve spent countless hours ripping our CD collections to the PC: Now enjoy that music on your best stereo system. We’re all busy, but have TV shows we’d like to watch: Now consume that content on your schedule, not the TV network’s schedule, and skip the commercials, thank you very much.

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Danger Den RBX Waterblock Review
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
The accelerator nozzles on the RBX are a very interesting concept. They allow the end user to adjust the water flow through the block to best suit the rest of the cooling system. The accelerator nozzle kit contains four precut nozzles and one blank for your own design. The #1 nozzle is the only one included with the block but the nozzle kit is fairly inexpensive considering the adjustability and performance tweaking it allows.

The Current State of nVidia SLI – SLI Part 3
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Software support and strange bugs seem to plague those who want to write their own profiles for applications that nVidia has not supported yet. It’s a mixed bag of performance and issues that need to be worked out. However it shows a lot of promise, and if you don’t mind spending the extra dough to stay bleeding edge with your gamming performance in 15 games, nVidia SLI is the only route to go.

SilenX Luxurae Hard Drive Silencer Review
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
After installing the hard drive to the Luxurae hard drive silencer the noise was gone! I literally had to put my ear right next to the hard drive to hear it accessing. If I sat where I normally do in relation to my computer I couldn’t hear the drive at all, even with heavy access. To be honest I didn’t think this product would work as well as it does, call me a skeptic. Regardless of my pre-testing thoughts I can truly say now that this product does work, and works extremely well! This product from SilenX does what it says it will do, and does it really well. I simply can’t express enough how well this product works and how happy I am with it.

Asus Extreme N6600GT – SLI Part 2
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
The Asus Extreme N6600GT does what I think it set out to do. It gives the middle-of-the-road gamers on a PCI-Express system a card to drool over, it offers good overclocking headroom for tweakers, and it allows for expandable performance through SLI compatibility. The EN6600GT follows in the footsteps of its bigger 6800 series brethren without feeling completely crippled as many middle-of-the-road cards have been in the past.

Steelpad S&S and Gaming Accessories Review
Monday, February 07, 2005
This is the first mousepad I’ve ever seen that comes with its own protective covering, great for all those diehard LAN gamers. A nasty scratch on your pad is the worst nightmare of any gamer, with this its just unzip and frag. On the back of the cover is a separate pocket which can easily hold your mouse or a whole lot of other stuff, think of the possibilities. You can carry your peanuts and battery’s together with your mousepad.