OCMS News September 2004

OCmodshop Forums action
OCmodshop Forums :: Thursday, September 30, 2004
I will be running contests in the near future so keep checking the OCmodshop Announcements section of the forum. There are also over 1,000 threads to read through, like is your cable modem getting too hot? maybe it needs some cooling. chillin’ your liquid cooling it has potential or so says Rod who has done a good amount of testing.

X-Ray Technology Thunder8, Thunder9, & Aqua3 review
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Gaming has been getting more popular over the past few years and should continue to do so into the future. With games looking better and needing more computing power to run high end hardware is normally needed. To accompany all of this expensive hardware peripheral companies have been putting a lot of time and effort into R&D to design better keyboards, mice, and other input devices. With these precision mice that use advanced optical engines comes the need for better mousepads.

OCmodshop Forums posting
OCmodshop Forums :: Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Everyone is posting their 3DMark03 scores why not chime in with yours? Half-Life 2 is on its way, join in with the discussion of when it will be released. You can also add your thoughts about any OCmodshop Articles and let us know what you think about them.

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OCmodshop Forums :: Monday, September 27, 2004
The OCmodshop forums could use some more traffic so please head on over to and participate. Project QbiX WaterCooled is underway, you can watch the progress of it in Daniel’s project log. Windows Longhorn is on it’s way, check out this thread to post what you think about the upcoming OS. We also have an Official Gmail giveaway thread so you can get yourself a Gmail account. If your just in the mood for some relaxation in our off topic forum you can add to this word association thread.

GeIL Ultra Platinum PC4000 dual channel kit review
Sunday, September 26, 2004
After finishing all of the testing and looking back on everything I am quite impressed with this memory. Though I was able to run the memory at the specified speed with little to no problems I wouldn’t say that everything went according to plan. I was not able to get Comanche 4 to successfully complete even with my DDR voltage maxed out. I do feel that part of the problem in the overall equation was the motherboard being maxed out. I don’t think that my processor had anything to do with the problems since I was using an engineering sample and was able to lower the multiplier. So with all of these things being taken into consideration I would say this memory stands up pretty well. It would have been nice to be able to run the memory with latencies of 2-2-2-5 at DDR400 however since their specifications say nothing about this I won’t knock it too much. So I guess my one sentence summary of the memory would be as follows: If you have an overclockable Intel motherboard and processor and want to get your memory to 250MHz or faster this PC4000 from GeIL should do the job.

Cleaning Copper Waterblocks
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Here you can see some of the residues left on the acrylic tops from such a long period of use. Most likely under closer inspection, you could find a similar residue over the surface of the interior of your copper blocks. Just as dust hinders the performance of air cooled heatsinks, these residues or corrosion can hinder the performance of you blocks by adding another thermal interface material between the coolant and the surface of the copper…

Albatron PX915G Pro review
Monday, September 20, 2004
This motherboard has a lot of connections on the back of it. Aside from the PS/2, serial, parallel ports which are common to most motherboards there is also onboard video, 7.1 audio, gigabit NIC, 10/100 NIC, and four USB 2.0. Onboard video is nice for lower end systems which will save some people money on buying a separate video card. The socket is one of the biggest changes that comes with the new LGA775 standard. There are now shorter capacitors around the socket and four holes for mounting the heatsink.

Thermalright SLK-800U heatsink review
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
This is one heavy hunk o’ metal! This is basically an SLK800 with more flexible mounting hardware, which include additional clips, standoffs and screws. Previous models depended on fastening the product to the plastic ZIF socket, putting a tremendous amount of stress on plastic pieces that sometimes would break off. The new mounting method is much more involved but is also much more secure and stable.

How to Etch a PCB Tutorial
Thursday, September 09, 2004
The first question that I can hear u thinking is what’s a PCB? PCB stands for Printed Circuit Board, for example your motherboard is one big PCB (just multilayered) obviously a motherboard is way out of our league, however with some household equipment and some chemicals we can make ourselves some great casemodding PCB’s. Just think of fading LED’s, homemade fan controllers, and anything else you can come up with. In this guide I’m going to explain how to make a usable PCB. With this step by step guide you can make you own in no time.

Logitech Z-2200 Speakers review
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
I just want to say in this first sentence of my conclusion that these are the best 2.1 speakers I have ever heard. These speakers performed exceptionally in every testing environment and were more than loud enough for a large living room. The satellites have very good range of highs and mids even without a tweeter built in. The subwoofer is extremely powerful and has a huge punch for a 2.1 setup. I really like the THX-certification, it is great to have this feature if you intend on using these speakers for DVD playback. I am very impressed with these speakers and would highly recommend them to anyone searching for a 2.1 setup with a good amount of power…