OCMS News October 2004

Danger Den Maze4 GPU Waterblock Review
Thursday, October 28, 2004
Yet again Danger Den delivered another great quality product, which really did the job that it is supposed to do, keeping things cool. Although I think the bolts are a bit on the long side a Dremel should take care of that. You won’t end up losing a PCI slot with this product if you leave the screws alone, however its gets pretty close. Other than that there’s nothing left for me to say except that I am giving this block a 9/10 and awarding it the OCmodshop Seal of Approval. I would like to thank Danger Den for sending me this block.

PCI-Express: First looks and the future
Monday, October 25, 2004
PC expansion slots have come a long way since the old eight bit ISA slots, and now we’re going to take a look at their newest incarnation, the PCI Express slot. In this article I’ll be covering some of the technical details of PCI Express (or PCI-E for short) and how it stacks up with what is currently available on the market, and what this means to average users and power users alike.

Cooler Master Stacker case review
Friday, October 22, 2004
Cooler Master has built a very solid and feature rich case with a demanding consumer in mind. This product seems to be well suited for professional seeking a solid case for a network file server or workstation. Although with a tank-like construction, endless interior space and the ability to mount an impressive array of components, I can see many an ambitious case modder taking advantage of this platform and turning it into a stunning creation.

SilverStone TJ04 case review
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
The profile picture below of the case shows how nice it looks and precise diamond cut edge that reflected from the flash. The back of the case features an exhaust which can accommodate an 80mm, 92mm, or 120mm fan. The first thing that came to my mind when seeing the possibility of easily adding a 120mm fan was watercooling. Innovatek, a German watercooling company has actually teamed up with SilverStone and sells the TJ02 and TJ04 with their watercooling kit built in.

Cleaning up power with additional cooling
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Along with a series of capacitors, mosfets convert the available voltages from the power supply into the power required to run components on the board. Because of their role in controlling power, mosfets with inadequate cooling can lead to power fluctuations across the motherboard and produce stability problems. While some manufacturers have handled power regulation more effectively than others, adding a little extra cooling on these components can reduce voltage fluctuation and improve system stability on most motherboards.

OCZ PC4000EL Gold Edition review
Monday, October 18, 2004
In this review, OCmodshop is testing OCZ’s Gold Edition PC4000EL DDR Dual channel kit. This 1GB of total memory consists of two 512MB modules and is specifically paired to use a dual channel motherboard. The OCZ PC4000EL DDR is rated to run at 250MHz while maintaing fast timings of 2.5-4-4-7 at 2.8V. Unofficially, this memory can easily run at 265MHz. The DIMMs are absolutely beautiful and have a quality look. The copper heat spreaders are gold plated and buffed to a mirror finish with a light golden color. Not only does this help protect the module from physical damage, but it looks really shiny, and we all like shiny things! The spreaders also add to the product’s weight, weighing in at 74 grams (a normal DIMM weighs an average of 40g).

Raidmax 520w RX-520XP Titanium PSU review
Friday, October 15, 2004
One particular feature of note is the ECASO Technology (Enhanced Cooling After System Off). This particular feature can continue to run several fans in your case roughly 3 minutes after you turn off your system. This allows you to dissipate the residual heat leftover once the fans have all shut off. If you run a hot system, this may help extend the life of some components more susceptible to heat like hard disk drives…

Gigabyte K8NS Pro motherboard review
Thursday, October 14, 2004
The DDR slots are positioned far enough from the AGP slot so you can easily change memory without having to remove your video card. The IDE and floppy connectors are adjacent to the DDR slots which is a good spot for them. This location however isn’t a good choice for the ATX connector and would have been better off over by the 12v connector. As I mentioned before the nForce 3 250 chipset is the only one on here and is covered by an active gold colored heatsink. This heatsink produces little to no noise when powered on which pleases me since I don’t like fan noise. One nice thing about Gigabyte motherboards is that they use a dual BIOS system which gives you redundancy. If you happen to improperly flash your BIOS saving you the time and frustration of having to RMA your motherboard.

it AA8-3rd Eye motherboard review
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Knowing Abit and how innovative they are with new technology I had high expectations for this motherboard. Of course being Abit they had no problem surpassing what I expected and just blowing me away. I don’t think that any overclocker could really ask much more from a motherboard when it comes to the BIOS, voltages, dividers, and stability. With this motherboard I was easily able to overclock my 2.8GHz to almost 3.8GHz while running the memory at 360MHz. The onboard features such as firewire, gigabit LAN, 8-channel audio, and four USB 2.0 make it basically unnecessary to buy anything but a video card. µGuru is something Abit really did a great job on and I can’t stress enough how useful and powerful this suite of applications is within the BIOS and Windows. Finally to top it all off Abit throws in their new µGuru clock which is such a simple idea but so very useful and helpful.

Albatron PCX5750 review
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
er adding the coolbits registry hack to my system I started overclocking the card from its stock speed of 425MHz/500MHz. This is the first time I have used the “Detect Optimal Frequencies” button which worked really well. After it finished testing different speeds it overclocked the card to 495Mhz/630Mhz. I then tried to push the card farther than what it set it to but running it any faster would cause artifacts to appear or the system to lock up. This overclock is quite nice and will give you some extra power which will make gaming less choppy and more enjoyable.

OCmodshop forum contest week 2/3
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
AC Ryan has donated a lot of modding equipment to OCmodshop and I want to give it all to you! Week 1 is now over and the first winner has been chosen but I still have 2 packages left to giveaway. Another winner will be chosen this week and next week to win the same prize package. Entries will be accepted from anyone in the world, this contest is not limited to the USA. You will also be able to choose the color, size, and/or length of the items as long as they are in stock. To enter the contest all you have to do is participate in the OCmodshop forums. Every 5 posts will count as 1 entry and you may have a maximum of 5 entries (25 posts). This second week of the contest will run from October 12, 2004 – October 18, 2004 @ 12:00PM PST.

Corsair TWIN2X1024-5400C4PRO review
Sunday, October 10, 2004
Corsair has long been known as one of, if not the best memory for overclocking. I left the timings at 4-4-4-12 and started increasing the FSB while adding more voltage to the CPU, memory, and northbridge as needed. My final result was a FSB of 270 taking my 2.8GHz Pentium 4 to 3784MHz! To achieve this overclock I flashed the BIOS to version 15 and set the DDR voltage to 1.9v, northbridge to 1.65v, and CPU to 1.5875v. I did not lock the PCI-Express bus but did lock the PCI to 33.33MHz. I could tell that the memory had a lot more in it but my processor seemed to be maxed out which is understanding since it was running almost 1000MHz faster than normal.

Thermaltake Jungle 512 review
Thursday, October 07, 2004
With Intel’s new LGA775 Prescott processor on the market there is now a need for a new heatsink design. The current heatsink that Intel provides with their retail processors looks pretty unimpressive and will probably lead people to find an aftermarket solution. Currently there are not many aftermarket heatsinks out right now because the processors and motherboards still quite new. Thermaltake seems to be the one of the first on the market with this new type of heatsink and call it the Jungle 512.

OCmodshop forum contest week 1/3
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
“AC Ryan has donated a lot of modding equipment to OCmodshop and I want to give it all to you! I have 3 packages to giveaway and will choose 1 winner every week for 3 weeks. Entries will be accepted from anyone in the world, this contest is not limited to the USA. You will also be able to choose the color, size, and/or length of the items as long as they are in stock. To enter the contest all you have to do is participate in the OCmodshop forums. Every 5 posts will count as 1 entry and you may have a maximum of 5 entries (25 posts).”

Asus P5GD2 Deluxe review
Sunday, October 03, 2004
Because this motherboard has so many overclocking features I could tell from the start that things were going to go well. I decided to overclock normally by choosing the standard overclocking option and adjusting the FSB and voltage. After increasing the FSB and adding more voltage as needed my final result was a FSB of 265 taking my 2.8GHz P4 to 3.7GHz! With this overclock it also pushed my Corsair memory to DDR706 which is extremely impressive. To achive this overclock I flashed the BIOS to version 1003 and set the DDR voltage to 1.9v, northbridge to 1.5v, and CPU to 1.5875v. I also locked the PCI-Express to 100Mhz and PCI to 33.33MHz. Unfortunatly my cooling got in the way after increasing the CPU voltage causing it overehat and shutdown my system. I know this motherboard could have given me more, however without watercooling my processor would have been in danger.