Tech News February 2003

Overlockers New Zealand has updated their DDR RAM Guide
Overclockers New Zealand :: Friday, February 28, 2003

“The Corsair Twinx-3200 once again proved that Corsair is still the king when it comes to high performance memory modules. It achieved a staggering 205 MHz with our torturous 2-2-1 setting and a whopping 218 MHz with 2.5-3-3 setting.”

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Titan Aluminum Fans Review
Short-Media :: Friday, February 28, 2003

“The black plastic cooling fans mocked me from inside the aluminum PC case like a dark stain upon the shiny metal. What aluminum PC case can truly be said to be finished without the final adornment of aluminum case fans? Titan provided the answer with sexy aluminum frame cooling fans.”

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OCZ Gladiator II Copper Cooler Review
3dgameman :: Friday, February 28, 2003

“The OCZ Gladiator II Copper Cooler like the original Gladiator Cooler performs very well. With a large copper block and a 7000RPM fan this cooler is clearly designed for fast AMD CPU’s all the way to 3100+ and will make many overclockers very happy. It does all this at a very reasonable price. Watch the Video to find out more…”

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Lite-On 16X DVD-ROM Review
Mikhailtech :: Wednesday, February 26, 2003

“There’s nothing particularly exciting about the physical aspect of the drive. It’s about the size of a burner and comparable in weight. The front is painted a nice black color (though not an annoying reflective vinyl-ish black, just “black”) with the white DVD label we’ve all come to love. There’s the standard headphone jack (useless), the volume control (useless), the play/fast forward button (useless), and eject button and a green LED. For some reason people like to have lots of buttons even if they never use them (and very few people will plug headphones into a DVD-ROM to listen to music using the analog codec).”

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Gyration Ultra Cordless Optical Mouse Review
Voided Warranty :: Wednesday, February 26, 2003

“Not too shabby! This product was obviously very well thought out. It is actually the perfect size for functioning in the air, as well as on a surface. I would have liked the product better if it was a little larger, but that’s just because my hands are a little larger then some people. If they would have made it any larger, people with small hands would be pissed. Nice work!”

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Akasa Pax.Mate Acoustic Absorption Mat Review
XtReMoDs :: Wednesday, February 26, 2003

” If you have one of these extreme computers then you need extreme cooling. But if you use traditional ways of cooling, you will have very loud fans. For exactly this reason I was so excited about writing this review on Extreme Alterations’ Akasa pax.mate acoustic absorption mats. This material claims to reduce fan noise and stop case vibration. ”

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Sunbeam 80mm UC CCFL Review
MODTHEBOX! :: Wednesday, February 26, 2003

“Out of the packaging the fans have great aesthetic appeal and measure approximately 80mm x 80mm x 25 mm. Each fan is based on a sleeve bearing design and is capable pushing 31.73 CFM at 2700 RPM with a noise level of 28dBA. On the front portion of each fan is a round CCFL tube which fits the entire diameter of the fan. The round CCFL tube is secured to the base of the fan itself using four mounting screws. The CCFL tube has its own separate wire connections which are powered by a standard 12v inverter. The specifications for this product state that the CCFL tube has a brightness factor of 28,000 cd/m2 with very low power consumption at 2.4 watts.”

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Gigabyte SINXP1394 Motherboard
TweakTown :: Wednesday, February 26, 2003

“When SiS first began jumping into the Pentium 4 chipset race, some folks turned their heads the other way. But they have made a huge impact in this market niche and continue to do so today. Come join Cameron “Sov” Johnson as he takes a look at the Gigabyte SINXP1394 Motherboard based on the new SiS655 chipset. With such buzz words as Dual Channel DDR support and onboard Firewire, things are looking to get interesting!”

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Crucial PC2700 DDR 333 Memory Review
Tweaknews :: Wednesday, February 26, 2003

“Being one of the most crucial “pardon the pun” components in your computer, good ram is needed for system stability, optimal performance and successful overclocking adventures. Throughout my computer building and testing experience, a slow, poor quality stick of ram can sap away motherboard and cpu speed and render you computer more or less untweakable. Today I will be looking at Crucial’s pc2700 DDR333 ram and putting it through its paces. Crucial memory has been touted as being one of the best ram manufacturers in the world with great memory and customer service. Let’s see if they live up to their name…..”

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Silver X-Window Diamond-Bubble 5 LED Case Review
OCIA :: Wednesday, February 26, 2003

“The holes for the 4 fans are immediately visible. I think that the configuration of small holes could impede airflow and this is used on front and back. I was surprised though when I placed the fans in and felt the amount of air coming in. Even with the restriction there is more than sufficient air intake when the 4 intake fans in front and intake fan on the door are on. With only two exhaust fans and the power supply exhaust I was a little worried about positive pressure build up until I notice the rows of ventilation holes at the top of the case. Any positive pressure would quickly be vented there. Nice touch.”

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PCtoys MouseMaxx 100SI
SystemCooling :: Wednesday, February 26, 2003

After a period of neglect, the lowly mouse pad has gained new status with the release of a slew of very good looking, and even more importantly, a new synthetic resin mousing surface that enhances the use of your optical mouse. You could say that February could be called “Mouse Pad Month”


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Sunbeam Laser LED
Monkey Review :: Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Little puny LED’s, eh? I think not. The light emitted by the Lazer Leds is extremely bright; I didn’t think my camera was even capable of capturing them in all their brightness! While the Lazer Leds seemed to provide just enough light for my case, if you have a larger one, consider two Lazer Leds, as one may not illuminate your whole case. Also, I ran the Lazer Leds overnight, and when I checked it in the morning, the light was not heated at all.

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Chaintech Zenith 7NJS nForce 2 MB Review
Overclockers New Zealand :: Wednesday, February 26, 2003

“Overall, the Zenith is quite a good board. Its performance is on par with other nF2 boards, which is a great improvement from the Apogee board. The Zenith is pretty strong in overclocking as well, reaching a maximum FSB of 200 MHz. Lastly, it comes with a very impressive package, from rounded cables to Cbox2.”

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CPU Insulation Howto
Rabid Hardware :: Wednesday, February 26, 2003

“The article in front of you will continue on Profezzor_BoB’s video card cooling using a TEC article, but focus on CPU socket insulation. You should already have some concern over the fact that cold surfaces condense water. Water + Computer = titillating experience. Such extreme CPU (or GPU) cooling methods such as water cooling, water chilling, and using Peltier’s/TEC’s can create the perfect environment for water to condense and drip all over your pretty motherboard. Fortunately, it’s relatively simple to insulate your water block or heat sink.”


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New Revision 7.3 of the Definitive BIOS Guide
Tech ARP :: Wednesday, February 26, 2003

“Ever peeked into the BIOS and got your brains scrambled with all the mumbo-jumbo? Maybe it’s time to check out the most comprehensive guide on BIOS options! Currently in Revision 7.3, the Definitive BIOS Optimization Guide from Adrian’s Rojak Pot has been totally revamped and now covers 170 different BIOS options!”

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Cooler Master 111C-BXJ Case
SystemCooling :: Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Cooler Master Aluminum mid tower cases is available with many different finish options while sharing similar internal designs. Colors include Champagne, Silver, and Black. Some of these finishes are available as Car Coatings due to their smooth mirror finish. The ATC-111C-BXJ mid tower we are looking at today is simply anodized in a rich black color. While similar to the 201 series, the first obvious difference is the drives are not visible. There are no front mounted USB ports either. Like its bigger brother, the ATC-110, the ATC-111C is intended for use as a server but unlike the ATC-110C, the ATC-111C it is not built to accommodate extended ATX motherboards.”

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ABIT to the MAX – IT7 Max2 Rev 2.0 review
TweakTown :: Monday, February 24, 2003

“ABIT have had a very strong tradition of producing high quality motherboards with features right in the line of what enthusiasts want. Today Cameron “Sov” Johnson takes a look at their latest Intel based solution, the IT7 Max2 Rev 2.0 based on the i845PE with Hyper-Threading support for the Intel Pentium 4 platform. With future-proofing features for upcoming processors, does it have what it takes to be your next board? Read on and find out!”

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Spire Heatsink Mini-Roundup
XtReMoDs :: Monday, February 24, 2003

“With hundreds of heatsinks on the market, which one is right for you? Do you want a super loud one that gives you the best performance? Or should you go with the tamer heatsink that gives you enough cooling power and is quiet?”

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Singed Gaming Rig 2 – Scorpio TA-10BD Full-Tower Case Project
MODTHEBOX! :: Monday, February 24, 2003

“It is well known that concepts and ideas tend to change over time. The original Singed Gaming Rig started off as a three month project with a common goal to design a great modified computer case. Part of the problem with the original project, was while most of the focus was towards aesthetics and appearance, little was spent in terms of performance. The system components were under powered by today’s standards and overall the system really didn’t feel like a powerful gaming rig. Towards the end of 2002, I worked on a budget and started assembling various system components that I knew would work well for this new project. One of the goals that I adapted from the previous article was not to deviate away from the original design. I wanted the same colour scheme and to migrate away from an air cooled system to a complete water cooled system.”

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Heatsink and Waterblock Lapping Guide
SystemCooling :: Monday, February 24, 2003

“Lapping is an abrasive process used to dress the base of a heatsink or waterblock until the bottom surface is flat and smooth. It is used to promote better heat transfer. The metal base may look smooth but it is actually filled with microscopic peaks, valleys, scratches and pits. Few surfaces are perfectly flat. Lapping minimizes the surface irregularities, thereby increasing the available contact area. The following simple drawing shows two surfaces. The one on the left is how a surface might look before lapping and the one on the right after lapping. Lapping removes the microscopic mountaintops and produces relatively flat plateaus. Entire microscopic mountain ranges may need to be ground down in order to increase the available contact area.”

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IDF Day 2 : Keynote Coverage
Hexus :: Monday, February 24, 2003

In overview; Burns covered digital home and the transformation of information across common platforms. Also covered was the 2 upcoming chipsets from Intel in the form of Canterwood and Springdale. Chandrasker went in to more depth about the mobile market in the form of the Centrino, Dothan and Newport

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Tweakmonster EL Window Applique Review
Furioustech :: Monday, February 24, 2003

“Appliques are another way to dress up your computer! Today I am looking at a lighted window applique made by Tweakmonster. So if you modders out there would like to dress up that computer of yours, this is one awesome way to do it. Check these appliques out and bask in the glow!”

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Thermalright SLK-700 review
ViperLair :: Monday, February 24, 2003

“In terms of overclocking, I attempted to get by a couple of hurdles we’ve had with in our Athlon XP 2400+ review. One overclock that has always eluded us was the 15×166 OC. The other OC that has failed was 12.5×199. Unfortunently, we didn’t have any more success. I should add that we did match the overclocks that the Swiftech MCX462+ managed.”

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Sunbeam Rheobus II review
Monkey Review :: Monday, February 24, 2003

“Once we had everything setup, which is aided, furthermore, thanks to the included colored setup documents. It was time to test it out. Quickly we noticed that when simply turning the knob on (below 7v), the LED would light up red, and by turning the knob up more, at least to the point that the fans begin to rotate(7v+), the LED will then change to a blue color. The rated 20W that’s available to you should be able to offer up more than enough juice to power at least one fan per channel, if not more.”

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Beantech Igloo 3 review
Nexus Hardware :: Monday, February 24, 2003

“With many cases available on the market, choosing which one best suits your needs can be difficult. Today we have another aluminum model to look at. Beantech is a somewhat new addition to the performance case scene, their clear cases have been relatively well received, but not much has been said about their aluminum cases. ”

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Z40 Insight Case *Black* Review
OCIA :: Monday, February 24, 2003

“The rear of the case provides for dual 80mm exhaust fans. Unfortunately you will need to supply your own fans for this case. Those with a few extra fans lying around should have any problem with this. Those looking for a totally new solution might wish to pick up some fans along with their case purchase. Vents to the left of the add-in card slots will also help to vent the hot air from inside the case. Plenty of room is given at the top of the case for the power supply. This case does not come with a power supply. Again, this is good if you already own a power supply. Those needing a PSU should pick one up separately. A small ledge is in place to help support the power supply.”

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Koolcases.com Red Nest PC Case Review
Short-Media :: Monday, February 24, 2003

“Once more Koolcases.com has given us the pick of the site and like most of us we went by looks. The Koolcases.com Red Nest PC case caught our eye due to the front LED illuminated decorative strips. Is the Red Nest all show now that the it is in our hands”

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Blown and Leaking Motherboard Capacitors – A Serious Problem?
PCStats :: Monday, February 24, 2003

” While it may be true that we go through a lot more motherboards at PCstats.com than an average consumer will in a lifetime, it’s the boards that fail which seem to get noticed most – especially when they force a dreaded system reinstall. This particular Slot A motherboard was recently retired from active duty because the computer it was in became unstable, and too unreliable. This system had in fact been reinstalled a few times when no physical capacitor failure was visible, but this last time a quick inspection within the case had shown disastrous events underway. After ripping the computer apart to try an diagnose the strange problems which seemed to point to Windows 2000 instability issues, or possibly bad memory or hard Drive, we found half the low-ESR (Equivalent Series Resistance) aluminum capacitors on the board in pretty bad shape.”

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TwinMOS 7-in-1 USB Card Reader/Writer Review
Mikhailtech :: Monday, February 24, 2003

Speaking about the slots, this reader has a total of 4 slots. The upper left one is used for Compact Flash I and II and MicroDrive cards, the lower left is used for SmartMedia cards, while the upper right slot is for MultiMedia Card and Secure Digital formats. The last slot, situated in the lower right, is used for MemoryStick cards. Installation is very easy, I am sure that even the most inexperienced user will have no major problems installing the card reader. All you have to do is plug the cable on the back of the drive into the USB cable, which you will plug into a corresponding port in the back (or front) of the computer.

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Seagate Barracuda V Serial ATA Review
myWORLD :: Saturday, February 15, 2003

“The hard disk technology, parallel ATA (PATA), was the best if it’s time, back to 15 years ago. The transfer rate of the time was just merely 3.3MB/sec only. That was like the speed of 22X CD-ROM. As hard disk developers continue to strive much faster and reliable design, it has finally reached its maximum potential speed, which was 133MB/sec currently. Besides, other factor also contributes to the limitation of the parallel ATA design…”

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Plextor 24/10/24U USB2 External CD-RW Drive Video Review
3dgameman :: Saturday, February 15, 2003

“The Plextor 24/10/24U USB2 external CD-RW drive is all about mobility thus making reading or writing of data very convenient. Its USB2 capability results in high-speed transfers of data and that means error free burning. This product is also very stylish and is backed with the Pextor’s badge of quality and reliability. Watch the Video to find out more…”

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Asus A7N8X nForce2-SPP Motherboard Review
PCStats :: Saturday, February 15, 2003

“Ask anyone in the computer industry to name who they think is the best manufacturer and Asus will always be one of the first companies to come to mind. Asus have been producing motherboards, videocards, and countless other OEM components since 1989, and today we’re going to be examining their extremely popular Asus A7N8X nForce2 SPP motherboard.Based on the nVIDIA nForce2 SPP chipset, the A7N8X was one of the first nForce2 motherboards on the market and the board caught on like a wild fire. Being first always has its advantages. Asus offer the A7N8X in two versions; there’s the deluxe model which is probably the most well equipped motherboard on the market (with dual Gigabit ethernet, firewire, Serial ATA) and the plain “no frills” version which is what we’re reviewing today.”

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Matrix Orbital MX212 USB review
Hexus :: Saturday, February 15, 2003

“The price tag on the LCD kit could put some users off but if you want one of the world’s finest LCD’s then you have to pay the price.”

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AMD AthlonXP 3000+ Barton Processor Review
PCStats :: Saturday, February 15, 2003

“In the latter half of 2002, all AMD could talk about was about their 64-bit processor code named “Hammer.” Hammer this, Hammer that. You’d think the Hammer line of processors was the next best thing after sliced bread! Unfortunately for AMD, things did not pan out as they had hoped and Hammer… well let’s just say we’re still waiting for it. Today though, we’re testing out AMD’s AthlonXP 3000+ processor which is based on the core code named “Barton.” The Barton core is the last core of the fan favorite K7 Athlon, and a holdover before the K8 Athlon is realized. Unlike the transition from the Palomino core (0.18 micron process) to the Thoroughbred core (0.13 micron process) which was simply a die shrink, AMD have added something new to the Barton core! AMD have incorporated an extra 256KB of L2 cache on the core, thus giving it a grand total of 512 KB L2 cache.”

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Vantec Nexus NXP-201 Fan Controller Review
MODTHEBOX! :: Saturday, February 15, 2003

“The unit features four channels capable of handling up to 18 W each, which is more than enough for even large power demanding fans like the Vantec Tornado. The unit can adjust the voltage range from 7 to 12 volts. I would have preferred to have seen the full range of voltage present, since a 7 volt Tornado still sounds significantly louder than one running at 4 volts (the lowest voltage I could get my Tornado to remain spinning at). Most users will probably never drop their fans below 7 volts, but for users looking for a full range of adjustments, this unit falls short.”

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AMD ‘Barton’ XP3000+ CPU Review
Hexus :: Monday, February 10, 2003

“The biggest challenge faced by the Barton is its performance against arched rivals Intel and their flagship the P4 3.06. Intel have added ‘Hyper-Threading’ to further enhance performance in the 3.06, but even so in most games the XP2800 was more than a match for the Pentium. The XP3000+ seems to move AMD into a bigger performance lead in these arenas.”

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Belkin USB 8-in-1 Media Reader/Writer Video Review
3dgameman :: Monday, February 10, 2003

“The Belkin USB 8-in-1 Media Reader/Writer accepts 8 types of media all in one sleek product. Also, fitting into any USB port and working on either Apple computers or PC’s makes this product extremely flexible. To make the best of it, it’s surprisingly inexpensive. Watch the Video to find out more…”

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Thermalright SLK 900 review
Nexus Hardware :: Monday, February 10, 2003

“”Thermalright has been one of the three top players in the high performance cooling arena for quite a long time. I recently reviewed their AX-478 and I was impressed by the fact that it could perform as well as two other, much more expensive options. Today I have the brand new SLK 900 to check out. Please note that originally, the SLK900 was dubbed the “SLK 900U” (U for Universal). However, after adding support for 92mm fans, Thermalright found that the cooler would not fit on all Socket A boards. However, it is possible to slightly bend the capacitors to give the needed room.”

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Coolsonic CS1662K Copper Skive Heatsink Review
Frosty Tech :: Monday, February 10, 2003

“When we reviewed the very first copper skive heatsink a year or so ago there was only one manufacturer – now a days it seems as though there are dozens. Not to be left out, Coolsonic have a few skive based heatsinks of their own. The first of which we are examining today. A stout 60mm cube of a heatsink, the Coolsonic CS1662K is good for just about any AMD processor, and should be able to handle a little overclocking on the side as well. Skive technology for those who are unfamiliar with the term is based on a few principles which make it exceptionally good for heatsinks. The most important point is that the fins and base are one and the same – the fins have been cut from the base, rather than being soldered or swaged into cut groves. As the copper is unbroken from the base all the way to the tips of each razor sharp fin, thermal energy can flow more easily.”

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PCChips M847LU SiS 746 + Xabre 200 Mobo VS Nforce2 IGP review
Techwarelabs :: Monday, February 10, 2003

“In two arenas, large chipset makers battle against each other to produce the fastest performing and most robust motherboard chipset, to see who gets the biggest piece of the pie. In the recent past, SiS has made an impressive come back with their formidable AMD SiS735 and Intel SiS645 chipsets. These two good performing and value-minded motherboard chipset solutions allowed many users to own a low-cost, entry level computer system. This review will focus on the new and improved SiS746 chipset, which is found on the PCChips M847LU motherboard.”

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Abit IT7 Max 2 V. 2.0 review
Nexus Hardware :: Friday, February 07, 2003

“Abit has been in the computer industry since 1989. Since then, they have established themselves as one of the industry leaders for enthusiast based computer products. Today I have the 2nd implementation of the IT7 Max, the IT7 Max 2 V.2.0. Abit has put together yet another board aimed at the enthusiast market, and hopefully it will perform as well as some of their previous boards.”

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OCZ DDR PC3700 Review
OCAddiction :: Friday, February 07, 2003

“While the OCZ PC3700 is actually rated at 466MHz, my system is simply not capable of running at that speed. However, I was able to reach 460MHz effectively and while doing it, had the memory at the most aggressive settings possible. That is what is truly amazing about this memory. While OCZ claims these memory sticks are capable of 466MHz at CAS 2.5, hitting 460MHz at CAS 2/5/2/2 is nothing short of amazing. Also notice how Cpu-Z recognizes the memory modules at PC3700, whereas most other memories are recognized simply as overclocked PC2700.”

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Kingston HyperX PC 3500 review
Nexus Hardware :: Friday, February 07, 2003

“Kingston recently has recently released memory that is geared towards the gamers and enthusiasts crowd. This memory is called Kingston HyperX PC3500. It is rated at an astounding speed of 433MHz DDR CAS2-4-4-8-1T. Kingston’s engineers carefully designed and qualified these modules to their rated speed. HyperX modules are designed to push the limits of the enthusiasts’ computers. Lets see how they do!”

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Coolsonic CS1672A Copper Skive Heatsink Review
Frosty Tech :: Friday, February 07, 2003

“It’s hard not to be a little impressed each time a TMD fan spins up creating its distinctive ‘whirling’ sound. The Coolsonic CS1672A comes to us from Kai-Way Technology, and packs a 75mm all-black TMD fan which gives it a nice appearance, and plenty of cooling potential. Based on the copper skive process, the CS1672A comes bearing many little razor sharp copper fins which should make it an excellent heatsink. We have yet to see a skive heatsink which didn’t perform towards the upper end of the spectrum (mind you, they aren’t quite at performance cooling levels, yet).”

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CoolerMaster HHC-001 Heatpipe cooler review
GruntvillE :: Friday, February 07, 2003

“A heat pipe is a closed system that uses the natural properties of liquid to move heat from one location to another. Essentially there are two ends to a heat pipe, hot and cold. The hot end is at the source of the heat, in this case the bottom of the heat sink. The cold end is near the top. Liquid in the hot end absorbs the heat and turns into a vapor, at which point it moves to the cold end of the heat pipe. Once there it cools and contracts back to liquid form and in the process releases the heat. Once in liquid form it travels back down the sides of the heat pipe to the hot end. Here is what the pipes look like on the HHC-001…”

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SVC 3.5″ Bay VR Fan Controller Review
Furioustech :: Friday, February 07, 2003

“Fan controllers are a plus to have in todays personal computing world. They help reduce heat and noise, a plus to those of us who have lots of cooling fans on our rigs. What, you don’t have a 5.25″ bay to put a controller in! Samller can be better, I am looking at a controller that fits into a 3.5” bay that will controll four of your fans. Read on and find out what I think of this product from SVC.

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Arena Computers Rounded Clear Cables review
XtReMoDs :: Friday, February 07, 2003

“Why do you need new shiny rounded IDE cables from Arena Computers? Well, first of all rounded cables increase air flow and helps your computer run cooler. Another thing is they look really sweet, when looking at them through your side window.”

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Jab-Tech Digital Doc 5 TNG Review
MODTHEBOX! :: Friday, February 07, 2003

“The Digital Doc 5 TNG is an all inclusive package which comes pre-assembled and is available in three different front bezel colours (black, silver and beige). This product is being marketed as the lastest revision in the Digital Doc series and provides temperature monitoring & fan control for up to 8 fans. Consumers have the ability to monitor 8 different temperatures with support for high performance fans rannging from 60mm and 120mm fans with a max of 12 watts or 1000mA.”

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OCZ PC 3500 EL review
Nexus Hardware :: Friday, February 07, 2003

“Yesterday, I got to review one of the finest 845PE boards I’ve seen to date. The 845PE chipset brings a lot to the table. One of those things is a thirst for memory bandwidth. The 845PE allows for much faster memory speeds and impressive gains over older chipsets can be made due to this. Today I have a stick of ram that can fully take advantage of the 845PE chipset. Introducing, the OCZ PC 3500 EL DDR ram.”

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3 1/2″ Four Channel Rheobus Review
OCIA :: Friday, February 07, 2003

“As you can see the device is pre-made, so there is no assembly required to install. This is unlike it’s baybus counter-part which required drilling out a case face plate in order to install. While it is fun to mod your case, I for one am a huge fan of plug ‘n play.”

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Kingwin KT-436BK-WM Aluminum Case Review
MODTHEBOX! :: Friday, February 07, 2003

“Out of the box the Kingwin KT-436BK-WM Aluminum Case is very well constructed using brushed high ventilation Aluminum-Mg Alloy. Kingwin has marketed the KT-436BK-WM as an all-in-one pre-modified solution with a good focus on tool-less key entry using chrome thumbscrews. The case measures approximately 500 mm (W) x 210 mm (H) x 460 mm (L) and supports all Flex, Micro, Full ATX motherboards. The entire exterior and interior has been anodized jet black with the main focus on a triple window design. The front bezel is very stylish and is protected by an acrylic front plate all highlighted with chrome accents.”


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Sunbeam Tech UV Fans Review
Short-Media :: Friday, February 07, 2003

Light up your PC without flooding the room with unwanted light. UV Fans may not be a new concept but Sunbeam Tech made UV Fans self-illuminating. There is no need for buying a UV CCFL tube to activate the bright and vibrant colors of these fans. Sunbeam Tech took their CCFL Fans and transformed them.

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Kingwin Black Aluminum-Mg Alloy Case with 3 Windows Video Review
3dgameman :: Friday, February 07, 2003

“The Kingwin Black Aluminum-Mg Alloy Case has style and functionality written all over it. This case includes: Aluminum-Mg alloy construction, 3 clear acrylic windows, 4 front USB ports, 1 front firewire port, 1 front microphone jack and earphone jack, 5 ball bearing case fans, removable motherboard tray, and more. Watch the Video to find out more…”

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The Cutting Edge Acrylic Bay Reservoir Review
MODTHEBOX! :: Wednesday, February 05, 2003

“Out of the box, the Acrylic Bay Reservoir is very well constructed and consists of 6 pieces of 1/4″ cast acrylic joined together with a water-tight seal. The acrylic is non-coloured and has been pressure leak tested to assure that it will work with any standard water cooling system. The unit is very light weight and measures approximately 19mm (L) x 15mm (W) x 4mm (H), which makes it suitable for any mid-tower or server tower case. The emphasis for this particular product is the ability to conveniently fit this reservoir into one standard 5.25″ drive bay. Also included in the package was a 1 oz. bottle of blue UV reactant dye which adds a nice illuminated effect when added to deionized or distilled water.”

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The Xitel HiFi-Link: Bring your PC and your Stereo Together
Futurelooks :: Wednesday, February 05, 2003

“Is the majority of your music library on your hard drive? Does this force you to listen to what you want, when you want, through inferior speakers? Do you wish you could easily listen to all of that on your home entertainment system? If so then read on and if not well read on as well.”

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Antec PlusView 1000AMG Case review
DataFuse :: Wednesday, February 05, 2003

“I can say without a doubt: This product has what it takes. A top quality product, nice features, very nice looks, solid, room for lots of expansion. Only one thing bothered me a little bit, no motherboard tray, but besides from that, you can’t lose buying this product.”

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Taisol CGK760172A Copper Base Heatsink Review
Frosty Tech :: Wednesday, February 05, 2003

“This particular style of Taisol heatsink is very common – sporting a cold forged body with copper insert – and is a staple of Taisol’s socket A heatsink line up. The CGK760172A is a new take on an old and trusted design, though the only real difference between it and its predecessors is a larger size, 25mm thick fan. Cold forging is a process by which metal is shaped within a closed die with continuous pressure, or impact. No heat or machining is required to output the heatsink to final net shape, though the base is generally machined. The aluminum fins and base of the Taisol CGK760172A heatsink look like they are each made from separate components, but are in fact they are one and the same. To spice things up even further, a copper plate has been embedded into the aluminum base. Taisol call this their “impact forged copper base.”

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5in LCD Screen Mod
Mikhailtech :: Wednesday, February 05, 2003

“Many times I have wanted the ability to watch a movie while typing a paper, or be able to view Motherboard Monitor without intruding upon whatever application I happen to be running. Not having the desk space to place a second monitor, I looked for an alternative and settled on using a small LCD screen of the type often seen in cars and SUVs as headrest televisions.”

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Lian Li Aquarium Aluminum Side Panel Special Edition Video Review
3dgameman :: Wednesday, February 05, 2003

“Who would have thought that there would have ever been an aquarium on the side of your PC case. Well with the Lian Li Aquarium Aluminum Side Panel that’s certainly what you get. Six plastic fish, gravel, air pump and a neon light are included to give it that true aquarium feel. It’s unique, looks great and is easy to install. Watch the Video to find out more…”

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Thermaltake P4 Spark 7 Highest Performance Cooler Video Review
3dgameman :: Monday, February 03, 2003

“The Thermaltake P4 Spark 7 Highest Performance Cooler outperforms most other coolers that are currently on the market. Cooling performance is great even in the 3GHz+ range, has an adjustable fan and a fantastic clip design for super easy install and removal. Also, you get all of this at a reasonable price. Watch the Video to find out more…”

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Spire Neon Bar II Review
myWORLD :: Monday, February 03, 2003

“Case modding has been quite popular these day. After such a great effort in modding the case, you will surely feel the sense of satisfaction and admiration of your work. One most common thing when it came to modding was the lighting. Most of the case modder used to use the neon lights….”

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Meritline USB Notebook Light Review
Mikhailtech :: Monday, February 03, 2003

USB lights in general aren’t that popular because, as we’ll see shortly, while they do offer some functionality and quite a bit more pizzazz, they’re not justifiable enough for mass marketing, though for under $20 a pop it just might make for a nice stocking stuffer. 11 months from now. Anyway onto the kit. The packaging is pretty scarce, as should be the case; there’s nothing else aside from the light itself. No software is required (and therefore it’ll work on any OS, so long as your computer has a functional USB port) and although it is USB2.0 certified don’t get your hopes up, it won’t shine any brighter.

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Lian Li Aquarium Side Panel Review
Overclocker Café :: Monday, February 03, 2003

Right from the get-go, this review turned out to be the most fun I’ve had with a review in a while. My two kids had to come and watch me, to see how I was going to “make fish appear.” I was expecting at any minute one or both of them to go and get a fishing rod.

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Lux Design Aerocool X-Factor HSF Review
Virtual-Hideout :: Monday, February 03, 2003

“The X-Factor is based on an extruded-fin design, with fins radiating outward from a center that encompasses a copper core, a design that has been featured on other heatsinks before. The heatsink is about regular size in terms of its footprint, but isn’t tall, being only 28mm in height. This comes into effect later on as the implementation of the clip design futher shortens the fins’ effective height. The fan utilized is a 70mm square by 15mm thick unit. While the frame of it is made out of aluminum, the blades are still plastic and have merely had a metal finish applied to them. It flows a respectable 32cfm.”

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Shielded Round IDE Cables review
ViperLair :: Monday, February 03, 2003

“Unless we’re talking about SCSI or proprietary devices, IDE cables are fat and have a large amount of surface area, causing IDE to be one of the main culprits when trying to find airflow obstruction. So, as many a computer “modder” has done before, people started to improvise – they started to cut up their cables lengthwise, and twist their cables, or enclose them in heat shrink-wrapping or using cable ties to keep the wires tightly bound together, in a “rounded” shape.”

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Vantec Stealth VAN-470A Review
Monkey Review :: Monday, February 03, 2003

Each PSU delivers power, some a little more efficiently than others, but they all carry the same drawback: with the increase of power, you guessed it, you generate more heat. So this, in itself creates a new problem. Vantec has done a good job of remedying this issue by using 3, yes 3, double bearing fans which can be adjusted via rear switch. You have the option of selecting “Slow”, “Medium”, or “Auto”. The “Auto” setting relies on an internal sensor to detect the temps, and adjust the fans accordingly to meet these needs. I’ve looked at PSU’s with a similar feature; Antec’s True Power Line offers a similar feature but lacks the switch, which I really like.

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Zalman ZM300A-APF CNPS PSU review
DataFuse :: Monday, February 03, 2003

“I can honestly say that I’ve had quite some PSU’s in the last five years and more, and without a doubt I can say that this is the most silent one of them all. Only two disadvantages came to my attention, it’s a bit more expensive then other 300W PSU’s and it’s quite heavy, But all together if you love silence this will without a doubt make you happy ;). ”

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DDR RAM Guide II
Overclockers New Zealand :: Monday, February 03, 2003

“By now, many of you would have seen our original ram guide, which has a total of 15 modules, ranging from DDR-266 to DDR-400 varieties. Sadly, we were not able to push some of the modules to the maximum as the trusty Abit KR-7A maxed out at 200 MHz. (pretty amazing for a stock KT-266A board) In order to remedy the situation, we’ve upgraded to the latest Epox 8DRA+, which allows a more aggressive timing and higher FSB, maxed out at 218 MHz.”

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MSI MX440 8x – Graphics on a Budget
TweakTown :: Monday, February 03, 2003

“While graphics designers, programmers, and hardcore enthusiasts await the retail launch of the upcoming GeForce FX from nVidia, many forget the huge and very lively value market, with users who have a budget to consider. One of the current value solutions on the market is the GeForce 4 MX, and today Cameron “Sov” Johnson takes a look at MSI’s MSI MX440 8x graphics card based on this very chip from nVidia.”

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Thrust Master Firestorm Wireless
Nexus Hardware :: Monday, February 03, 2003

“There are a plethora of different game pads to choose from these days. However, shopping for them can be quite difficult. You try and take into account the price, features and comfort of the unit. Today we will look at Thrustmaster’s Firestorm wireless, hopefully this wireless technology will perform well, I have enough wires on my desk as it is!”

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Innovatek Set5 Water-Cooling Kit
PimpRig :: Monday, February 03, 2003

“Whether you are looking for that extra few megahertz or just trying to save yourself from going insane over that whining Delta, water-cooling is definitely the answer. The Innovatek Set5 Watercooling Kit is a shining example of good engineering and dedication to a quality product in this quickly expanding market. Almost every component included is top quality. The temperatures this kit is able to maintain along with the extremely low noise level make this a definite good buy.”

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Asus P4G8X Deluxe and FX Info
Hexus :: Monday, February 03, 2003

“Asus have created a real winner with the P4G8X motherboard. The issues surrounding the P4T and its ability to run at high front side bus speeds are but a distant memory because the P4G8X copes extremely well with what ever you throw at it.”

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AeroCool AB7080 Socket A Cooler Review
Overclockers New Zealand :: Monday, February 03, 2003

“All in all, the AeroCool AB7080 is an average HSF, with okay performance and a tolerable noise level. The only thing that makes it stands out is the easy engaging clip.”

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Lian-Li PC-6010 Aluminum Case Review
Think Computers :: Monday, February 03, 2003

“The last case I looked at from Lian-Li was the PC-7323B Big Tower Case. That case was the ultimate big rig, today we are going to look at something pointed towards the entry level Aluminum Case Owner. What is meant by entry level is someone in the transition point of moving from a steel case to the all mighty aluminum. Or someone purchasing his or her first computer case. Today I will be looking at the PC-6010 Aluminum Case manufactured by Lian-Li. This case is the coolest thing I have seen on the market to date and packs a hidden surprise.”

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Gigabyte 7VAXP Ultra Motherboard Review
Short-Media :: Monday, February 03, 2003

As NFORCE2 motherboards chip away at the top ranks the KT400 chipset seems in jeopardy. Gigabyte had a successful run with the popular 7VAXP motherboard. The Ultra series is the next step up. The Gigabyte 7VAXP Ultra motherboard comes with an absolutely impressive amount of features. Accessory after accessory come out of the box before the motherboard finally appears. On the surface Gigabyte appears to have put together one of the most user friendly purchases that has been seen to date.

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Tt G4 VGA Cool Mod Review
Overclocker Café :: Monday, February 03, 2003

The frame rates and temperatures from our modifications speak for themselves as far as raw performance. Some small but not insignificant gains. What I want to get back to is that the VGA CoolMod is geared more as a higher performance visual mod. Meaning, you don’t buy a neon chipset cooler and not think about the neon.

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SubBeam Tech’s 4 port rheobus review
XtReMoDs :: Monday, February 03, 2003

“Nowadays, people just want to get the quietest possible system. Some people will do anything as they simply hate the noise but with modern systems, nearly everything has to have a fan including the Graphics card, CPU, Chipset & PSU whereas at one time, nothing but the PSU did. So what does this device Xoxide have sent me do? Well…”

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Swiftech H2O-8500AV Liquid Cooling Kit Review
MODTHEBOX! :: Monday, February 03, 2003

“The base plate of the unit is 0.5″ CNC milled copper. The submersed side of the plate incorporates Swiftech’s latest design concept, the Diamond Pin Matrix. I did not open the block up prior to review, the Swiftech web site has some pictures of the plate. Essentially, the submersed side has rows of diamond-shaped fins on it, similar to a conventional heatsink. The premise is that the pins create additional surface area for increased thermal dissipation, while also creating flow turbulence within the block for augmented thermal transfer between the coolant and the copper plate.”

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Lian-Li PC65U Case Review
ViperLair :: Monday, February 03, 2003

The only thing keeping me from 100% recommending the Lian-Li 65U is the fact that almost everyone has one, or some variant of it. I wouldn’t exactly call it a clone, but if you look at the Skyhawk MSR-4610, it looks a lot like a Lian-Li. This is a really petty thing, I know, but the fact that your dream machine is going to be housed in a case that doesn’t stand out like it used to makes it lose a little of its lustre.

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MSI StarSpeed 16x DVD-ROM Drive review
ViperLair :: Sunday, February 02, 2003

“The StarSpeed handled commercially pressed software well enough, and handled every DVD I threw at it. Things were not as rosy with some CDR media though. All media, burned at 16X and lower, were readable by the StarSpeed, but I had some problems with some random discs (Sony, Kodak, and generic) burned at 24x. Our Plextor 24/10/40A, the burner used to create these discs, read them without any issues.”

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Matrix Orbital MX212 USB LCD review
GruntvillE :: Sunday, February 02, 2003

“The LK202-24-USB has six general purpose outputs. These are provided to control relays or other electronic devices. This allows external devices to be turned on or off using your PC or controller and software commands. That’s right; you can control everything from case fans to cold cathodes to even your desk lamps! If you’ve followed my article on installing a color video module into your case, you can also use the GPO’s to control that! There are2 types of GPOs on this bad boy, low and high power. GPO 1, 2 and 3 are referred to as Low Power GPOs and are capable of sourcing +5V at 20mA which is limited with a 240 ohm current limiting resistors. GPO 4, 5 and 6 have no current limiting resistors and offer an optional +12V power through the white floppy connecter located bottom left of the display.”

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Zalman ZM80A-HP VGA Heatpipe Cooler Review
Frosty Tech :: Sunday, February 02, 2003

“There was a time not too long ago when all graphics cards were cooled by tiny little aluminum heatsinks. Then along came ATI and Nvidia who developed faster and stronger GPU’s which needed active cooling, and so fans were added.The fans started off fairly quiet, but as graphic card technology continued to advance, things began to get louder and louder. Now as we sit in the face of nVidia’s NV30 which is reported to produce as much as 60 Watts under load, it’s comforting to find at least one manufacturer producing an after market VGA cooling solution that can handle the heat. Silently. The Zalman ZM80A-HP is the latest incarnation of a revolutionary concept we saw introduced early last year, and one which has been garnering a lot of attention of late.”

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AMK PC75 PC Case Review
Short-Media :: Sunday, February 02, 2003

“The AMK Computers PC75 PC case has always been a favorite. It is roomy. It has a multitude of features. It looks great. And it is expensive. For the extravagant few who want to splurge then this PC case will more than satisfy. We got together with AMK Computers and took the PC75 one step further…yes it’s moddin’ time. Hang on as there’s over 65 images for the full tour!.”

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Alpha 8942 review
Nexus Hardware :: Sunday, February 02, 2003

“Alpha has been producing cooling solutions for quite a long time! Their first leap into heatsink technology was in 1989, and since then, they have produced nothing short of outstanding products. Today I have their latest P4 cooling solution to test”

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ABIT Siluro GF4 Ti-4200 Review
Overclocker Café :: Sunday, February 02, 2003

“We were able to get the core clock up to 310 MHz and the memory topped out at 321 MHz. Anything beyond this and tearing started to occur, but would still run. At 319/626 the card would lock up under load after about 45 minutes. We ran the speeds at 310/621 for about 3 hours under stressful conditions with absolutely no problems whatever.”

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Black Ice Extreme Review
Nexus Hardware :: Sunday, February 02, 2003

“As watercooling solutions become more and more popular, more and more commercially made products are being released. After my first water cooling attempt, I must say that I couldn’t be more pleased with the temperatures as well as sound levels of my computer. Since then, I have expanded my list of “used and abused watercooling gear”. I have played with tygon tubing, a dual fan radiator, as well as an innovatek graph-O-matic. Today, I have yet another radiator to look at, the Hardware Labs Black Ice Xtreme.”

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Koolcases Aluminum Silver Case Video Review
3dgameman :: Sunday, February 02, 2003

“The Koolcases Aluminum Silver Case is a very stylish product that comes standard with two 80mm Sunon fans, drive rails, removable HDD cages, front USB ports, side window, all aluminum construction and more. This case has all the looks and space needed at an amazingly low price. Watch the Video to find out more…”

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Logitech Access Keyboard Review
Mikhailtech :: Friday, February 28, 2003

“If that was all that had been included in the keyboard, it would be a decent buy for $15, but there is a substantial amount more to this keyboard. In the upper left of the board is the User button. In the manual it’s labeled as the Suspend button, but the function is the same. Directly below that is the F-Lock key, which is useless if the iTouch software is not installed, but allows you to add 8 programmable keys with the touch of a button once the software is installed.”

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M-Systems DiskOnKey Flash Drives (DiskOnKey Pro, Classic and Classic 2.0 products) Video Review
3dgameman :: Monday, February 24, 2003

“Flash Drives make transferring and transporting data extremely easy and very convenient. The Classic and Pro models are both USB1.1 and the Classic 2 model is USB2. All models are great however their Classic 2 product transfers data at blistering speeds which is even better news for an already “must have” product. Watch the Video to find out more…”

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Logitech Cordless Elite Duo Review
3dXtreme :: Friday, February 07, 2003

The elegant and comfortable Logitech Cordless Elite Duo delivers maximum freedom, performance and value. It combines an ultra-flat cordless Zero-Degree Tilt™ keyboard with the high-performance Cordless MouseMan® Optical.

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Samsung Syncmaster 191n 19″ TFT LCD review
Monkey Review :: Friday, February 28, 2003

“The unit sports some relatively decent specs, 25ms response which seems to be the norm these days. We see a 500:1 contrast ratio and a brightness level of 250cd/m2. The contrast ratio seems to be the only real change between the 171n and the 191n in terms of screen performance. With that said, the only real difference between the two is the larger screen area, a better contrast ratio, and a few additional features which we will discuss next.”

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Samsung Syncmaster 152T 15” LCD monitor
Futurelooks :: Wednesday, February 26, 2003

“Are you not finding enough room on your desk due to the fact that your conventional CRT monitor is taking up way to much space? Well, this is one of many reasons why consumers are switching from CRTs to LCDs. Another big reason is that LCD monitors can create sharper text than CRTs which is much easier on the eyes. Believe me; after testing the Samsung SyncMaster 152T, I am without a doubt, considering investing my money on one.”

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Samsung DVD-L100 Portable DVD Player Review
Tweaknews :: Monday, February 24, 2003

“I know my first impression was that those portable DVD players must be really expensive and you must have to be rich to afford one. Maybe a couple years ago this may have been so, but not anymore. Reading this review will expose you to a truly unique product packed full of great features for the home, the office and mainly for the road.”

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Leadtek K7NCR18G-Pro IGP nForce 2 Review
Tech-PC :: Monday, February 24, 2003

“Looking at the platform from a budget upgraders point of view we see how the board performs with an XP1800 and how the onboard graphics compares to a now older and budget r8500. The hard thing though is judging who to recommend this to. Obviously the gamers aren’t going to buy this particular board as they’ll have no need for onboard graphics, though the board is certainly capable of running all but the most intense games at a decent resolution. For anyone who is running on an older motherboard with an older graphics card, this motherboard has been made especially for you.”

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MSI GeForce4 Ti 4800-SE review
Hexus :: Monday, February 24, 2003

“I’d like to commend MSI on producing another excellent package. The massive software bundle, the latest Philips 7108AE TIVO chip, splitter, DVI-to-VGA converter, and a massive heatsink help to ensure that it will undoubtedly be one of the better Ti 4800-SE cards available. I’d like to recommend this card, but with a similarly priced competing product that is faster in almost every respect (and we are at the performance end of the market here), it is extremely hard to do so. In summary, a nice card based upon a comparatively limited GPU.”

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Logitech Z-640 5.1 Speakers Review
Virtual-Hideout :: Monday, February 24, 2003

“As of late, Logitech needs no introduction when it comes to speakers. Ever since the introduction of their Z-560 speakers over a year ago, they have earned the respect that is needed for them to compete with the heavyweights in audio entertainment. However, Logitech did not neglect the entry-level and value markets, and included in their “Z” lineup the Z-340 and Z-540 systems which were geared towards those markets. Just as their Z-560 turned heads, these lower-end systems also garnered praise for their quality and low price. Just last year, Logitech released two new speaker systems in its new “Z” fall-2002 lineup, one of which was the Z-640. Today, we’ll be looking at this system to see if it lives up to the legacy of its predecessors.”

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ATI Radeon 9000 Pro All In Wonder Article
Hexus :: Saturday, February 15, 2003

“The ATI All-In-Wonder 9000 Pro performs exactly as advertised, and is simply the best all-in-one TV, Multimedia and Capture solution for the home PC in the budget market segment, without doubt.”

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Asus Geforce 4 Ti4400 V8440 review
ViperLair :: Monday, February 10, 2003

“They average between 190$ – 210$, and although they’re about 60$ more expensive than most Ti4200s, they are only about 40$ cheaper than Ti4600s. Six months ago, they were 100$ cheaper, and back then, they would have been a great deal, but today, I’m afraid not. Performance matches the Ti4600 when overclocked, but most Ti4200s can also be overclocked to those speeds, and some of the latest ones also support AGP8x.”

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XFX GEFORCE4 Ti 4200 8X AGP 128MB DDR TV & DVI out Video Card Video Review
3dgameman :: Friday, February 07, 2003

“The nVidia based Ti4200’s Video Cards have been on the market for some time now but they offer fantastic bang for the buck and the XFX GEFORCE4 Ti 4200 is no exception. This particular model comes with 128MB of memory, is 8X AGP and has TV and DVI out. Watch the Video to find out more…”

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Albatron GeForce4 Ti4800SE Videocard Review
PCStats :: Wednesday, February 05, 2003

“Even though all mighty nVIDIA saw fit to finally release their much anticipated, and long awaited GeForceFX GPU the current crop of GeForce4 Titanium GPU’s still have loads of power left in them. The recent addition of 8XAGP breathes new life into the GeForce4 core, not really in terms of performance, but in terms of the ever lasting marketing battle between manufacturers. Today we’re going to be examining Albatron’s Ti4800SE videocard which is based on the Ti4400 platform with 8x AGP. Don’t you just love nVIDIA’s marketing department. :) The Albatron Ti4800SE is backed by 128MB of 3.3ns BGA DRAM and comes with a DVI output for LCD displays, 15-pin analog output for regular old CRT monitors, and TV-Output port for video and such things. In terms of other goodies; the Albatron Ti4800SE comes with an S-Video to RCA converter, a RCA-to-RCA cable, SVideo-to-SVideo cable, WinDVD software and full versions of Motocross Mania and Serious Sam. We would have liked to see Albatron include a DVI-to-analog converter as well, but I guess you can’t win them all every time.”

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ATI Radeon 9700 Pro review
3dXtreme :: Wednesday, February 05, 2003

“Currently I would suggest the ATI Radeon 9700 Pro to anyone looking to make an upgrade to their video card. Keep in mind that this card can now be purchased for around $280 for the Pro version making it at least $100 cheaper than the nVidia Geforce FX.”

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BFG GF4 Ti-4200 Review
Overclocker Café :: Sunday, February 02, 2003

“We overclocked our Asylum Ti-4200 using the Coolbits registry hack. In doing so, we discovered why the BFG seemed to in most every test; barely edge out the ABIT card. What we expected to find was the core clock speed set at 250MHz and the memory clock set to 500MHz. What we saw was that the memory speed of the BFG card was defaulting to 513MHz instead of the expected 500MHz. This is not enough to get big gains or in a tizzy about but it does explain the constant 1-2 fps advantage the BFG card has shown so far.”

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Albatron GeForce4 Ti4280PV Review
Techwarelabs :: Sunday, February 02, 2003

“AGP 8x is now in the forefront of the video graphics environment, and Albatron is the first to bring it to you. The GeForce 4 Ti4280 is now out. Always driving to be first in the market with strong products, Albatron has delivered new and cutting edge products for years. They have decided to keep up the tradition by coming onto the Video card market with a strong representation of what this company is all about. See how it performs here…”

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