Tech News December 2003

Biostar K8VHA Pro vs. K8NHA Pro
Hexus :: Wednesday, December 17, 2003

“Two boards that highlight the power of the Athlon 64 3200+ to the fullest. Both are extremely fast and carry a reasonable feature set. Yet we feel as if both could be improved markedly with a little more thought for the BIOS, feature set and bundle. If it’s raw power that you hanker for, both boards have it in spades.”

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VisionTek’s 256MB XTASY Radeon 9800 XT
Bjorn3D :: Wednesday, December 17, 2003

“It’s time to turn the focus on the VisionTek Xtasy 9800 XT, which is a 256MB card just like the 5950 Ultra. Also just like the 5950 Ultra, it’s basically just an overclocked version of its father. In this case, that father is a 9800 Pro, which has a VPU core clocked at 380MHz and memory running at 340MHz (680MHz DDR). The XT flexes its muscles a little harder and runs at 412MHz core and 365MHz memory (730MHz DDR). In addition to being clocked higher, the XT features a new and improved cooler design. It’s a lot more interesting design than on the basic 9800 Pro cards.”

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Trust 4500p 5,1 surround ki
Red & Blackness Mods :: Wednesday, December 17, 2003

“Tonite we are going to have a look at a sound kit from Trust. We got one of their best kits on our testing bench. Its a surround sound kit which seems to be pretty inexpensive. We are no audiophiles here so we are just going to see how this kit works in normal use as movies,games and music. Now lets have a look. ”

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KingMax PC-3500 (DDR433) Memory module Review
myWORLD :: Wednesday, December 17, 2003

“This time around, they have something for those who have the need to push beyond PC-3200 barrier. As more overclockers need more headroom to spare, KingMAX introduces its new DDR-433 SDRAM module which they believe is the best choice for avid overclockers. As part of the SuperRAM series, this is something different from the norm. Of course there are other memory modules which touch even PC-4000 but KingMAX is more focused towards regular overclockers with a smaller budget in mind. With no further ado, let’s take a closer look at KingMAX’s 256MB DDR-433 Memory Module (PC-3500).”

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StarTech PC Switcher KVM Switch Review
MODTHEBOX! :: Wednesday, December 17, 2003
“The switch is equipped with 1 x 2ft KVM cable and 1 x 6ft KVM cable giving you a total span of 8ft. This makes the PC Switcher KVM Switch ideal for connecting computers that are located far apart from each other. The rear portion of the package provides an easy to follow illustrated instruction guide which can be completed in less than 10 minutes.”

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Beginners Guides: Burning CDs and DVDs
PCStats :: Wednesday, December 17, 2003

“In this article, PCstats will continue its look at recordable optical media, or in other words, CD Writers. We will expand from our previous guide on “Optical Drives & Recording Formats” to discuss different recordable CD options work, and walk you through the steps to create an ISO file or disk image for burning. We’ll also touch upon burning MP3 or audio data onto a CD-R/RW with an eye towards creating audio and MP3 CDs, and much, much more. So, let’s get started! For this guide we are going to use a Windows XP system with Nero CD-creation software for our examples. The information will be applicable to other burning software, however.”

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Enermax 420 Watt Noisetaker Power Supply Review
3dXtreme :: Wednesday, December 17, 2003

“What can we conclude about the Noisetaker? Enermax has come through with a solid power supply unit that will perform solidly for the average to advanced computer user. The many features of the unit make it very attractive for present and future applications, particularly ATX12V v1.3. The unit itself is whisper quiet, even after the computer was turned off and the fans continued to spin to cool the unit, the fans could not be heard…”

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Crucial Radeon 9600 Pro Videocard Review
PCStats :: Wednesday, December 17, 2003

“I bet this holiday season quite a few of you out there are going to be getting new videocards. After all only videocards (aside from maybe a new processor) can dramatically increase your gaming enjoyment. While Crucial is not a name you’d think of when purchasing a videocard, they’ve been selling their own branded cards for the last year or so. After some initial teething problems, Crucial now sells some of the best high end ATi videocards on the market. Team that up with Crucial’s excellent level of customer service and it’s not hard to see why their cards are gaining so much popularity! Now Crucial are offering some options for the budget/mainstream market as well.”

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VIA EPIA CL10000 Mini-ITX Motherboard
ViperLair :: Wednesday, December 17, 2003

“I do think the CL10000 does have some interesting potential, even for power users. The size of the CL10000 will make it very easy to install almost anywhere. Though I haven’t seen it, I’ve heard stories of them being installed in cars, but I’m certain many of you can find more creative applications.”

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Scorpio Silver ATX Mid-Tower with LED Case Feet
SystemCooling :: Wednesday, December 17, 2003

“Today we’re going to have a look at a couple of products from CrazyPC.com. First on the agenda is the Scorpio Silver ATX Mid-Tower case. This is a case based on a classic design, but with a few surprises built in. And to accent the case we will add our second item, LED Case Feet. These give another light accent to help stand out from the crowd.”

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AOpen AX4C Max II review
Techwarelabs :: Wednesday, December 17, 2003
“A few months ago, when Intel officially released their Canterwood chipset, we took a look at one of the first Canterwood-based motherboards to hit the market, the AOpen AX4SC Max. In the time since then, the Canterwood and Springdale chipsets have become the performance chipsets of choice for the Pentium 4 platform.

AOpen has recently released a second revision to their high-end Springdale motherboard, the AX4C Max II. This motherboard only offers a few extra features over it’s predecessor, but remains indicative of the innovation in AOpen’s premium offerings.”

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Cooljag CJC66IC-A Copper Pentium 4 Heatsink Review
Frosty Tech :: Wednesday, December 17, 2003

“The secret of the Cooljag CJC66IC-A heatsink does not reveal itself until the fans’ intake air reaches elevated temperatures, and once that happens, the full speed of the fan kicks in and rapidly adds extra airflow to cool the copper skived fins below. With the aid of a thermistor sticking out the side of the fans’ motor, the Everflow fan can ramp up in speed from a whisper-quiet 1300RPM to a rather loud 6000RPM. At full blast, vibration can start to be an issue. The fully copper skived heatsink features fins of 0.6mm thickness, on a 2mm pitch, but what really makes the CoolJag CJC66IC-A stand out is the copper base. Machined in four places are relief cuts which have removed a 17mm x 26mm swath in each of the four corners. The reason for this?”

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DangerDen RBX Water Block Review
GruntvillE :: Wednesday, December 17, 2003

“About the same time we released the Maze 4 vs. WhiteWater shootout DangerDen had just released their newest block, the RBX. When compared to other blocks on the current market you’ll notice it looks similar to the WhiteWater with its deep horizontal channels. We’re going to test the RBX in the same system that was used for the shootout a few weeks ago.”

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VIA PT880 Reference PREview
ViperLair :: Tuesday, December 09, 2003

“Performance was very impressive, and more so when you consider VIA’s history with pricing. If they can get these boards to market at a competitive price, Springdale boards are going to have a real fight on their hands.”

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Zalman CNPS-7000 Cu
Nexus Hardware :: Tuesday, December 09, 2003

“In the past we have reviewed several Zalman products. Their headphones are a quality product, and the WB2 waterblock performed excellently in our testing. Furthermore, we have had our hands on their passive GPU heatsinks and we were impressed. Today we have their growingly popular CNPS7000-A Cu heatsink for testing. The 7000 Cu is aimed at the quiet computing crowd, and sports a very large full copper design. ”

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ABIT KV8-MAX3 S754
Hexus :: Tuesday, December 09, 2003

“ABIT’s first stab at S754 glory is a decent enough attempt. We’d prefer a revised layout that makes installation easier and a newer BIOS that uses AMD’s Cool’n’Quiet tech. to the fullest. Like ASUS, we’d like some form of control over the CPU’s multiplier. The KV8-MAX3 isn’t the perfect S754 board, but we feel that it has enough going for it to convince performance seekers over to the AMD 3xxx+ camp. It’s extremely fast, stable with the correct DIMM population and boasts a refined BIOS and bundle. Perhaps a rev.2 board will iron out some of our more pressing concerns. MAX3 magic has been sprinkled on to the VIA K8T800 with encouraging results.”

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SilenX 550W PSU
SystemCooling :: Tuesday, December 09, 2003

“If you’re in the market for a power supply you know that there are many choices out there. There is an ever-growing list of power supplies whose performance will satisfy most users. But what if you’re not like most users? What if you want and need something with that extra kick and you want it to provide that power in total silence?”

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Blue Neon Maxx Black Light Accent Paint Review
MODTHEBOX! :: Tuesday, December 09, 2003

“The Blue Neon Maxx Light Accent Paint comes in a 16 oz. can, which should be enough for most applications. The can features a yellow and white label, with the PC Toys logo, colour of the contents, in this case blue, as well as usage and cautionary information on the back. In order to test how well the Blue Neon Maxx Light Accent Paint worked on various colours and surfaces, I applied the paint in accordance to the instructions in a well ventilated environment. Simply hold the can 6 to 12 inches away from the piece in question and spray in continuous and even strokes.”

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Voyeurmods VEXX Silent Edition PC Case
PimpRig :: Tuesday, December 09, 2003

“If you’re in the market for a power supply you know that there are many choices out there. There is an ever-growing list of power supplies whose performance will satisfy most users. But what if you’re not like most users? What if you want and need something with that extra kick and you want it to provide that power in total silence?”

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Merrill Lynch Praises Intel, Doubts AMD (Editorial)
IpKonfig :: Tuesday, December 09, 2003

“ipKonfig.com writes: These investor assessments are quite different. The Intel report includes some detailed financial data and a sector summary of its prospects, which are generally felt to be rather better than anticipated even at the start of the quarter. Its manufacturing advantage is crucial, it seems. ML thinks AMD has a good window of opportunity, but rather doubts it can take full advantage. Because of capital costs and delays in moving to 90nm and 300mm technology, it will be hard pressed to match the Chipzilla juggernaut. AMD’s management may be already dancing as fast as it can.”

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ABIT IC7-MAX 3 Motherboard
myWORLD :: Tuesday, December 09, 2003

“Nowadays motherboard have one thing in common, that is if you look at in terms of design and features wise, most of them are basically the same old design. Choosing a “suitable” board is almost as hard as picking up the freshest fruits in the market. However, manufacturers like Abit are constantly picking up with the pace in order to meet the never-ending savor for the latest and greatest of the high-tech equipped boards.”

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VisionTek ATi Radeon 9800 XT
Overclocker Café :: Tuesday, December 09, 2003

“The heatsink is copper with a good amount of surface area thanks to the fin design. Also notice that the fins are encased in a clear shroud of sorts that keeps the air channeled and increases the velocity of the air over the fins. This increased velocity through the use of a shroud takes some of the pressure off the fan, allowing it to run at a lower RPM and as such, quieter. That’s quite a paint job that shroud has I may add.”

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Thermalright ALX-800 Heatsink Review
Red & Blackness Mods :: Tuesday, December 09, 2003

“Last time I reviewed a mouse was from Logitech and it was the MX700. Tonite we are having a look at a wireless optical mouse from Microsoft. My requirments for a mouse are pretty high since I’ve been using the Mx700 now and it’s a really good mouse that has most of the features I’m looking for. Stay tuned as we are having a look at a really nice looking mouse from Microsoft tonite that has some special features also. ”

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Thermalright SLK-947-U Universal Heatsink
Xoxide :: Tuesday, December 09, 2003

  • All copper design for maximum performance.
  • Fins are soldered to base to ensure effective contact.
  • Uses screws that mount through motherboard for more safety in transportation.

Stepping fins for 92mm fan and 80mm as well as 70mm TMD fans for more cooling options.

Only $39.99

Icemat Black Gaming Mousing Surface Review
Tweaknews :: Tuesday, December 09, 2003

“I used to think that the mousepad made little or no difference in computing. Because of the Icemat, I now see the error of my ways. The mouse is one of the most used devices on your computer and it relies almost completely on surface texture to work properly. As such, the mouse pad used should optimize your mouse’s performance and efficiency.”

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Steelpad 4D Mouse Pad Review
GruntvillE :: Tuesday, December 09, 2003

“After a while my poor little mouse feet got ground down, and I noticed in SoF2, I was having trouble sniping. Every time I tried to move that last little bit over my target’s head, it would grind, and then slip making me miss. I picked up some Teflon tape and called it a day again. And all was well….. or was it?”

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Hercules 3D Prophet 9800XT Classic 256MB
Hexus :: Wednesday, December 17, 2003

“It’s these kind of factors that will plague any 9800XT model. Hercules’ is a sound one. It does exactly what it says in the box and is quiet in doing so. If you’ve got a spare £370 or so and absolutely must have the best consumer-level graphics card, the Hercules 3D Prophet 9800XT Classic isn’t a bad choice. However, it doesn’t do anything special to make it a must-have product. It’ll sell, but there’s plenty of manufacturers who now want a piece of the high-end pie. A good, solid card that’s a little boring.”

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HIS Radeon 9600SE 128Meg VIVO Videocard Review
Tweaknews :: Wednesday, December 17, 2003

“Before you buy any computer component, it is very important to do your homework and consider what you need (versus what you want… or crave… or drool over, in my case). If you do not need a $350 video card, why would you buy one? If you are not apt to use all of its features, then save yourself a couple hundred bucks and buy something that isn’t as powerful.”

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BFG Sniper Boomslang 2100 Mouse Review
Bjorn3D :: Tuesday, December 09, 2003

“Sniperus Boomslangicus: Latin for “really sensitive gaming mouse!” That is exactly what the BFG Sniper Boomslang 2100 mouse is. With a radical shape and some pretty radical technology to boot, this mouse will bring you new life in your gaming sessions, or put you to an early death.”

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