OCMS News November 2005

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

Happy Anniversary, Suzanne!
OCModshop :: Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Today is my 8th wedding anniversary to my wife, Suzanne! I love ya, Sue!

Overclocking Overview
OCmodshop :: Tuesday, November 29, 2005

I’ve written my first article at OCMS with an overview about overclocking and why people do it.

Here’s a snip: Most people overclock out of thrift, and the satisfaction of pushing the hardware’s limits. These people (myself included) are out to purchase the slower (and less expensive) hardware to yield better performance than their higher-priced equivalent. Example: Say I buy the AMD 3700+ San Diego core processor (2.2 GHz with 1MB cache multiplier locked at 11) at a price of $233. I get it home and I overclock it to 2.6 GHz, which is the equivalent of an AMD FX-55 San Diego (2.6 GHz 1MB Cache unlocked multiplier) at a price of $811… I just saved my self $578 Now let’s get some better cooling, like water, peltier, or vapor chill and clock it to 2.8 GHz. That is the equivalent of an AMD FX-57 (2.8 1MB cache unlocked multiplier) at $1,011.

Read the overclocking overview here.

Editorial: Die, Floppy, DIE!
Monday, November 28, 2005
OCmodshop has a new article about the frustrations with floppy drives, and how they continue to plague us as a society…

Here’s a snip: “We live in an age where processors have reached an atomic minimum, a sound card has more processing power than Apollo 11, and where video cards become garage sale fodder within six months. CDs could once only be created by large studios with deep pockets, but is now a very common consumer item, and almost obsoleted by DVD. Why is it that one component is older than all these other technologies, but has survived through these new innovations?

I give you the the 3.5″ floppy. ”

Laura was also kind enough to pose for us again. She looks great in camo!

Das Keyboard Review @ VelocityReviews.com
OCModshop :: Monday, November 28, 2005

Quote: Every computer has a keyboard. Most people choose to use the free one that came with their system. Others are buying keyboards with flashy features, but the Das Keyboard does not try to lure consumers in with those features, extra buttons, or cool lighting. Instead, its main selling point is its lack of a certain feature that everyone has come to expect from their keyboard. This keyboard has no characters printed on its keys.

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Editorial: Die, Floppy, DIE!
OCmodshop :: Monday, November 28, 2005

OCmodshop has a new article about the frustrations with floppy drives, and how they continue to plague us as a society…

Here’s a snip:
“We live in an age where processors have reached an atomic minimum, a sound card has more processing power than Apollo 11, and where video cards become garage sale fodder within six months. CDs could once only be created by large studios with deep pockets, but is now a very common consumer item, and almost obsoleted by DVD. Why is it that one component is older than all these other technologies, but has survived through these new innovations?

I give you the the 3.5″ floppy. ”

Laura was also kind enough to pose for us again. She looks great in camo!

You can read it here.

Waiting in Line for an Xbox 360
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Many waited in line at Best Buy to get their hands on a new Xbox 360, and OCmodshop was there! Here’s a snip:

Other parties were going on around Seattle, and Bill Gates himself was at the Bellevue, Washington store to hand out new Xboxes to the hundreds of patient fans. The night air was unusually foggy and cold for Seattle, and most of the squatters came prepared, either with portable heaters, makeshift fires, or even staying in a running car. It seemed like a non-stop party, as some hooked up Xbox games to a TV, swiping electricity and Wi-Fi access from Best Buy themselves!

read about how the die-hard fanboys spent their time!

Video of Xbox 360 crashing!
OCmodshop :: Wednesday, November 23, 2005
There have been numerous reports of the new Xbox 360 console crashing. Here is a video of the phenomenon…

Jsgongwon, one of our forum members, reported that his newly bought Xbox 360 keeps crashing while playing Project Gotham Racing 3 in single player mode. He’s playing with the default settings, and apparently his Xbox crashes even before the end of the first lap. Crashes on Xbox Live and on startup occur too. He included screenshots of the crashed Xbox 360 and a video of the crash.

A quick look on our forums seems to indicate he’s not the only one. Several of our members seems to get crashing 360s. It doesn’t seem to be related to a specific game, as we get reports of the Xbox 360 crashing with several games. And it’s not all the same Error-number either (E79, E74, E64, real crashes, …).

download the video

more info available at xbox-scene

Fourm Discussion

OCZ EL DDR PC-3500 Gold GX at CaseModGod.com
OCModshop :: Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Summary: Looking for an upgrade? With special features like OCZ’s “Extended Voltage protection” and “Ultra Low Noise” it’s hard not to seriously think about making the next memory upgrade choice OCZ.

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Who Are The Real Pirates?
OCModshop :: Wednesday, November 23, 2005
We hear the content industry and rights holders complaining about piracy everyday: file sharing, physical piracy, theft-of-services, derivative works, etc. But has anyone stopped to think about how many times consumers are asked to pay for the same content?

check it out

 

read about how the die-hard fanboys spent their time!

OCZ EL DDR PC-3500 Gold GX at CaseModGod.com
OCModshop :: Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Summary: Looking for an upgrade? With special features like OCZ’s “Extended Voltage protection” and “Ultra Low Noise” it’s hard not to seriously think about making the next memory upgrade choice OCZ.

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Tamron AF18-200MM F/3.5-6.3 DiII Lens Review
Monday, November 21, 2005
As a enthusiastic amateur photographer I wanted something else than my normal compact camera. I wanted some dimension. I’ve always had an eye on SLR cameras, particularly the Canon Rebel XT (EOS).

After experimenting with that camera and knowing its features I noticed one thing that missing with the provided kit lens: the ability to zoom! The kit lens is 18-55mm which is a fine lens but in certain situations I missed the powerful zoom of my compact camera.

Gigabyte GA-K8NF-9 AMD Athlon 64 Socket 939 PCIe motherboard Review
OCModshop :: Monday, November 21, 2005

Today again a nice AMD Athlon 64 Socket 939 Motherboard is tested on ocinside.de whereby it starts now after the past 11 AGP Reviews with the PCI express motherboards. The Gigabyte GA-K8NF-9 motherboard offers owing to the nForce4-4X chipset an inexpensive all-round board with three pci slots and one PCIe 16x video card slot. Further details to the good equipment, the overclocking features, the performance and other important characteristics are shown in this motherboard Review.

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Sorry about the slow news updates
OCModshop :: Monday, November 21, 2005
Attention OCMS Readers!

Sorry the OCMS news hasn’t been updated in the past few days. I’ve had a nasty cold and am just now getting back on my feet. Regular news updates will resume, as well as new news features!


OCMS will be implementing a news archive feature soon, so if you’ve missed any news, you can browse through the archives of what’s been missed. Also the news will be customizable, so you can prioritize what news you’d like to see first: a particular category, headline, or news source.

Just lettin’ you guys know what’s coming up! The upcoming holiday week may allow me to implement these changes; if I’m not too busy with the new Xbox 360!

Review: ASUS Extreme N7800 GTX TOP
OCModshop :: Monday, November 21, 2005
“The cooler featured on the ASUS 7800GTX TOP is similar to what we are seeing emerge from a lot of videocard companies lately – that is, a dual slot design that has an exhaust for dumping the air out the back of the case, shaped in a manner that reminds you of a hair dryer. The reason such cooling was adopted rather than a more standard solution was because the 7800GTX TOP actually comes pre-overclocked right from the beginning. In fact, the clock speeds here are 486MHz on the core and 1350MHz on the RAM, as opposed to the 7800GTX’s default clocks of 430MHz on the core and 1.2GHz on the RAM.”

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Broadband Security part tres – Wardriving
OCmodshop :: Friday, November 18, 2005

Tim has added a section about Wardriving in his Broadband Security article. Here’s a taste:

I actually knew a guy who took this a step farther and wrote a program on his Commodore 64 that could spoof the phone company computers and let him make “free” long distance phone calls…well, at least free to him…but I digress. In the modern day of broadband and high-speed internet, people have migrated from modems to routers, many of which have wireless capability. “War Driving” is the act of driving around in a car looking for “open” wireless access points, usually with a booster antenna on the roof that is attached to a wireless LAN card in a laptop. But these days, this can also be done with a PDA, like an iPAQ.

Read about Wardriving here

OCMS Exclusive: Interview with LanPartyNW’s Jason Harper
OCmodshop :: Wednesday, November 16, 2005

OCmodshop has an exclusive interview with one of the founders of the largest LAN party organizations in the Pacific Northwest, LanPartyNW. This LAN group started over 3 years ago and has grown to host 400 MAN LAN parties and has received press from MTV and Tom’s Hardware.

Here’s a snip:
How did the large LANs start?
We started looking at past rosters of our original garage LANs. Being that we could only hold 30 people in the garage, and that was really packing ‘em in. I noticed a trend of 60+ people trying to sign up for a 30 man LAN. I talked to Dan, and we agreed that we needed to do a big one. So we started the signups for a 100 man lan, and secured some contracts with the Holiday Inn, and they had never heard of such a thing. They had never heard of a customer who wanted to rent their facilities for a 24-hour event. I had to twist their arms for an event that lasted 24-hours past their normal 2:00am cutoff (This 100 Man LAN turned into a 200 MAN LAN due to the signups)

check out the exclusive interview

OCZ Technology Announces the Opening of OCZ Europe
OCModshop :: Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Sunnyvale, CA November 14, 2005

Sunnyvale, CA—November 14, 2005—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high-reliability memory, is pleased to announce the launch of the new OCZ European headquarters.

To accommodate the growing European enthusiast market and to provide dedicated service and support to European customers, OCZ Europe will open its doors November 14th, in The Netherlands. OCZ products will now be more readily available to the entire European market.

OCZ Europe’s office will begin operation on November 14th and is located at Kleveringweg 23, 2616LZ, Delft, Netherlands. OCZ Europe may be reached by phone at 015 213 5952 or by e-mailing oczeuro@ocztechnology.com

read more here

Plexiglass Basics: What you need to know at CaseModGod.com
OCModshop :: Monday, November 14, 2005

Summary: One of the first mods usually done to a case is the window mod. It shows off almost all the other mods, hardware and hard work done in a system. The material that goes in every window and many other mods is clear plastic, better known to Modders as plexiglass or acrylic. This is a Look into the basic tools and techniques for working with this material.

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moddin.net reviews the ULTRA mini portable disk
OCModshop :: Friday, November 11, 2005
Quote: ” Now that I have a pile of IDE hard disk drives sitting around in the wake of several SATA upgrades, what better than to use it in an external enclosure like this. This unit will upgrade any 3.5″ IDE hard disk drive into a portable external storage solution. All you will need to take with you is the unit, a data cable (USB or Firewire) and the power adapter. ”

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Winners of the Crucial Ballistix Tracer Mod Competition at CaseModGod.com
OCModshop :: Friday, November 11, 2005

Summary: We had over 30 entries in the CaseModGod Crucial Ballistix Tracer Mod Competition. There were sone great mods entered and both CMG and Crucial would like to thank all that entered.

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Broadband Security??? part deux
OCmodshop :: Sunday, November 06, 2005

Tim has updated his article to include specifics on locking down your broadband router

“How secure is my broadband internet connection?” This is a subject that comes up a lot with my clients. The answer is not as straight forward as it may seem. There are a lot of factors that can effect this.

If you signed up for Verizon DSL in the last year, you probably received a little grey box in the mail that is a Westell Wireless router. Verizon ships these routers with the wireless portion turned on. This allows anyone within about 300 feet to get access to your DSL connection and then the internet, while you pay for the bill…

read Tim’s article here

Photography guide: Setting up inexpensive lighting
OCmodshop :: Sunday, November 06, 2005
Laura has written another photography article, this one about how to get professional results without deep pockets.

Here’s a snippet:
“Starting out in photography can be an expensive proposition. The cost of a camera, lenses, backgrounds and props can add up to thousands, even tens of thousands, of dollars. There are ways to minimize these costs while achieving the goal of high quality images. This article will focus on inexpensive lighting for portrait photographers. ”

illuminate yourself here

Broadband Security??? part deux
Saturday, November 05, 2005
“How secure is my broadband internet connection?” This is a subject that comes up a lot with my clients. The answer is not as straight forward as it may seem. There are a lot of factors that can effect this.

If you signed up for Verizon DSL in the last year, you probably received a little grey box in the mail that is a Westell Wireless router. Verizon ships these routers with the wireless portion turned on. This allows anyone within about 300 feet to get access to your DSL connection and then the internet, while you pay for the bill…

Interview with VC from Arctic Cooling @ NGOHQ
OCModshop :: Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Quote: Today we had the chance to present some questions to Van Can TRAN from Arctic Cooling, but before we get to that we would like to present some information about Arctic Cooling as a company.

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Sharkoon Silent Eagle 2000 Review
OCModshop :: Tuesday, November 01, 2005
“Sharkoon came up with a new silent solution when it comes to fans, namely the Silent Eagle range. The Silent Eagle comes in 2 different versions, the Eagle 1000 and Eagle 2000 where the number stands for the rotation speed of the propeller. So what is so exciting about this new Silent Eagle 2000 and is it actually any different from many other silent fans on the market? Sharkoon itself sets the trend, and differentiates themselves from the other brands. Let’s find out together what that means…”

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Seagate 5.0GB USB2.0 Pocket Hard Drive Review @ CACHE-Community
OCModshop :: Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Quote: This funny looking USB 2.0 hard drive from Seagate has a retractable USB cable, enclosed 5GB 1″ Hard drive and a very cool blue activity light. It is a step further than a USB stick, in that it offers a whopping 5GB of truly portable storage, on its speedy shock-tollerant hard disk. It also boasts plug-and-play connectivity and a hot-swappable interface, and is compatible with both PCs and Macs.

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