OCMS News November 2004

A First Look At Half-Life 2: Deathmatch
OCmodshop :: Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Steam just released an update which included Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, Half-Life 2/Source SDK, and various tweaks and fixes. Until tonight I did not think there would be any multiplayer to Half-Life 2 other than Counter-Strike: Source. Well Valve has made a very good decision doing this and should spark more interest in the game than there already is. With this release I’m sure we will see many new maps added, different mods, and lots of excitement.

How to use an Xbox Controller as a USB PC Gamepad
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
When I bought Tony Hawk Underground 2 the game simply wasn’t playable with a mouse and keyboard so I needed a gamepad. I had a lot of consoles but I like the Xbox controller the most of all, however that is a personal preference. The big plus of an Xbox is that it is in fact an extremely modded pc, well in my eye’s it is. So if you know how to strip and solder a few wires you can get your Xbox controller to work on your pc, here’s how we do it.

Thermalright XP-90 Heatsink Review
Thursday, November 18, 2004
In addition to the fins there are four heat pipes. Heat pipes are closed metallic tubes that generally contain a phase change liquid in side. Heat is applied to one end of the pipe, which in turn changes the liquid to vapor where it moves to the other end of the pipe where heat can be removed. In this design the heat pipes are enclosed into a cast aluminum base where heat from the processor will be applied and then whisked away and distributed to the top of the fin array. Here a fan will remove the heat from the fins through forced convection. It seems the theory behind this design is to remove heat as quickly as possible (higher heat transfer rate – aluminum dissipates heat faster than copper using forced convection) as opposed to having a high heat capacity (large copper bases – copper has a higher heat capacity and conduction rate than aluminum). This tends to explain such a drastic change from what many would consider a usual design from Thermalright.

FIC KT-748 Motherboard Review
Monday, November 15, 2004
I believe that this board fits well within the market space it is aimed at, mainly the budget builder market. While not a stellar performer, it does support many of the newer technologies that many older boards with similar prices may not. The ability to use the 400MHz front side bus Athlons is a big plus, as is support for PC3200 memory. I would recommend this board to someone looking to build an entry to mid level gaming PC, but not to the budget overclocker as the lack of overclocking options make it a very poor performer in that respect.

Making Your Own Window Appliqué
Thursday, November 11, 2004
Window appliqués. We all know them or have seen them in the case modding world. There are dozens of standard etches like your biochemical hazard logo or the nuclear radiation logo, but what if the design you want doesn’t exist? Well its time to take matters into your own hands; I’m going to explain how to create your own custom window appliqué. This guide will be cheap and easy, the only thing that might hold you back is your imagination and patience.

OCZ T-shirt Giveaway
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
OCZ was nice enough to send over some of their new T-shirts for me to give away. This contest will be similar to the previous contest that was run. Every post you make in the forum will give you a single entry into the contest. You can get a maximum of 50 entries from 50 posts over the duration of the contest. There will be 7 winners in this contest so come on over and start posting!

HC Technology DH-720G Dolby Headphones Review
Monday, November 08, 2004
With technology progressing as fast as it is these days things are getting better and better. Recently the portable audio market has exploded with MP3 players like Apple’s iPod. There have also been huge improvements and advances with portable DVD players, computer audio, home theater systems, and game consoles. As these pieces of equipment evolve the audio that they can offer evolves as well. Of course these higher quality audio devices are nothing without a output for them. Traditionally headphones were a simple pair of speakers which did their job just fine. Today people demand more than the usual and want the biggest and best on the market. If you would have told me a few years ago I would be seeing 5.1 headphones I probably would have called you nuts. Well, 5.1 headphones are now available from many manufactures and are becoming the standard of quality.

Exclusive: Gigabyte GA-8TRX330-L motherboard review
Monday, November 01, 2004
Now another well-known graphics card maker is making motherboard chipsets, this time it’s ATI with their RX330 chipset for Socket 478 (Pentium 4) processors. The board features 4 DIMM slots for memory, and are dual-channel, an AGP 8x slot, 5 PCI slots, and a Realtek 100Mbit Ethernet controller. Serial ATA-150 support is provided by ATI’s own SB300 I/O controller. The new RX330 offers no integrated graphics core as one might anticipate, as do some nForce motherboards.