OCMS News January 2005

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.

ATi Radeon X800 Pro Review
Monday, January 31, 2005
There is a DVI, VGA, and HDTV & TV-out (Mini Din 10pin S-Video) connector which means you will be able to use this video card with a CRT, LCD, TV, HDTV, and just about anything you can think of. Because this video card requires more voltage than the AGP slot is able to dole out you will need to plug a 4-pin molex from your power supply into the purple connection on the card. Adjacent to the purple connector is a yellow connector which is an analog video-in connector. This is so you can run a cable from the video card to an analog video capture port on the front of your case if you have one.

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe – SLI Part1
Thursday, January 27, 2005
Asus was kind enough to send us their brand new AMD flagship, the nForce4 A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard and two EN6600GT’s so we could review a full-blown Asus SLI setup. We are going to take a look at this hardware in a three part article suite. With this article, Part 1, we will be looking at the motherboard. Then in Part 2 we will look at the the SLI compatible EN6600GT’s, and finally in Part 3 take a closer look at the performance and issues of a current SLI hardware setup, and maybe give some insight to those looking at 6600GT SLI hardware.

Introducing NVIDIA nForce Professional
Monday, January 24, 2005
The nForce Professional 2200 MCP chip communicates directly with the Opteron via the HyperTransport link which currently operates at 800MHz. There is flexible PCI-Express which has 4 controllers and 40 lanes. This chipset has integrated gigabit Ethernet, 4 SATA 3Gb/s, 4 ATA-133, NVIDIA RAID, and Native Command-Queuing. There are also 10 USB ports available and PCI 2.3 if the motherboard manufacturer wants to include it. The nForce Professional 2050 is a I/O companion chip for the nForce Processional 2200 MCP. This chip is sort of like a traditional southbridge would by handling I/O functions. Each 2050 chip provides additional I/O capability by adding 4 controllers and 20 lanes to the PCI-Express bus. It also adds another gigabit Ethernet port, and 4 more SATA 3Gb/s.

Join OCmodshop’s Distributed.net team today!
OCModshop :: Wednesday, January 19, 2005

OCmodshop’s Distributed.net team has been running for about 2 months now but we need more people on our team. Our team is currently around 2,000 place however with some more people on our team that could quickly improve. RC5-72 is an encryption challenged posed by RSA data security. The winner of the task will receive $1000, and the team an additional $1000. Participation is simple and fun plus you might win $1000 for your spare processor time.


For more information on Distributed.net and how to join team OCmodshop follow this link to our forum post with all the information.

OCZ ModStream 520W PSU Review
Monday, January 17, 2005
PC enthusiasts sometimes talk that their “rails” are low and that they need a new power supply. First off, the “rails” that they are referring to are the 3.3V, 5V, and 12V lines that come off the power supply. The 3.3V and 5V generally power the digital devices like the motherboard, PCI slots, AGP slot, etc. The 12V is usually for motorized devices like the hard drives, CD-ROM, fans, etc. These lines are rated to run at a certain specification, usually somewhere around plus or minus 5%. Technically, if these lines stay within this margin, the system should run fine with no instabilities but if they do run out of specification a number of problems can arise. Usually power supplies go under the minimum voltage when used over a long period of time. When the rails are low this usually leads to blue screens and various other instabilities like random reboots. When these lines are overvolted problems arise again like drive failure, blue screens, damaged drives and damaged motherboards. Therefore, it is easy to see why it is important to have “clean” power – power that is stable, does not fluctuate, and within a tight tolerance.

Join OCmodshop’s Distributed.net team today!
OCModshop :: Friday, January 14, 2005
OCmodshop’s Distributed.net team has been running for about 2 months now but we need more people on our team. Our team is currently around 2,000 place however with some more people on our team that could quickly improve. RC5-72 is an encryption challenged posed by RSA data security. The winner of the task will receive $1000, and the team an additional $1000. Participation is simple and fun plus you might win $1000 for your spare processor time.

For more information on Distributed.net and how to join team OCmodshop follow this link to our forum post with all the information.

SilenX 400w 0dBA Luxurae PSU Review
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
This particular Luxurae Series power supply provides a 400w output and is totally silent. Meeting ATX 2.10 specifications and having support AMD and P4 systems this power supply should be able to handle a fair load. The SilenX website says that this power supply can to operate for 100K Hours @ 25C MTBF (mean time between failures) which basically means the average time before the device fails. The lifespan of this system will be lower in most situations since your temperature is normally going to be higher than 25C. Some features added to protect your system include: Short-Circuit Protection on Outputs, Over Voltage Protection (3.3V/4V 5V/6V 12V/14V), and Over Power Protection (105%~150% of max load). Along with these nice features this power supply uses a passive PFC (Power Factor Control). There are two methods used, active and passive. Passive uses the AC line frequency to poll and regulate the line. Active costs more and regulates the lines at a higher frequency than the AC line.

OCmodshop’s Best of 2004
Sunday, January 09, 2005
Well the year 2004 is now only a memory, there were a lot of great products that were released and many that were not that great. We decided to write a small article as a group to decide which products we felt were the best of 2004. Now you may agree or disagree with what we chose for each section but these are what we felt were the best as a group.

SMC Gigabit Equipment Review
Friday, January 07, 2005
Until recently gigabit was too expensive for the average home user who wanted to setup a small LAN. However because of the technology improving the cost to the consumer has slowly been dropping. Just about all of the networking companies are selling gigabit switches and network cards at reasonable prices that are not much more than your standard 10/100 equipment. There are however different types of switches and network cards that will affect the overall cost of that item. To successfully setup a gigabit network you will need a 1000BASE-T switch, a 1000BASE-T NIC (Network Interface Card) in each computer you want to have gigabit, and cat 5e or cat 6 patch cables. The great thing about gigabit over copper is that it is backwards compatible with 10BASE-T and 100BASE-T standards. This means that you can have a mix of 10/100/1000BASE-T systems operating on the same network.

2005
OCModshop :: Saturday, January 01, 2005
On behalf of the whole OCModshop team, a Happy New Year, and the best of whishes for 2005.
The OCMS Team