Tech News February 2005

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Systemcooling’s Coolest of 2004 @ Systemcooling
SystemCooling :: Saturday, February 26, 2005

“It’s that time again. We’re almost two months into the New Year 2005, and with all the CES hoopla finally out of the way and some hard decision-making behind us, we’ve finally compiled SystemCooling’s Coolest of 2004. These are products that we thought made an impact on the enthusiast computer market and created a new standard for others to follow”

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Arctic Cooling Silencer 64 Ultra TCL @ InsaneTek
InsaneTek :: Saturday, February 26, 2005

“The Silencer series is not highly recommended for use in an overclocked system, but instead is aimed for systems with silence in mind. But without a doubt, you’ll be able to see this little budget cooler in action today, in both stock and overclocked environments.”

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Mushkin PC4400 1GB DC Kit @ InsaneTek
InsaneTek :: Saturday, February 26, 2005

“It seems like every RAM company has at least one module based on TCCD. Although it is used by most companies as low latency DDR400, Mushkin rates this TCCD as high latency DDR550. This is nice because you are guaranteed a high FSB, but you can also tighten the timings if you don’t mind lowering the FSB. Mushkin also has a low latency DDR400 TCCD based RAM in their product lineup, which is a little less expensive, but is not guaranteed to run higher speeds.”

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Razer eXactMat Mouse Pad Review @ PC Modding Malaysia
PC Modding Malaysia :: Saturday, February 26, 2005
“The eXactMat is the first and only mouse pad from Razer. It delivers good performance for users especially for gamers in terms of speed and control since this pad comes with two different pad surfaces. Price around USD35, the eXactMat shouldn’t be considered expensive as it’s really one of the best mouse pads in the market. Besides that, the eXactMat looks cool and can last longer than most rubber/cloth pads. If you planning to get a new mouse pad (especially for your Viper or Diamondback), you might want consider the Razer eXactMat”

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AMD’s Athlon FX – CPU Scaling to 3GHz and 250MHz dHTT @ Hexus
Hexus :: Saturday, February 26, 2005
“AMD recently released their latest Opteron running at 2600MHz, the same speed as the Athlon FX-55. With one Opteron speed hike usually comes the next one on the desktop, which for Athlon FX means 2800MHz and FX-57. Apply the logic above and we can examine the performance of FX-57 before launch, using an existing FX processor and its unlocked multipliers. With FX-55, all that means is the use of the 14x multiplier at the standard 200MHz dHTT (derived HTT, calculated by the use of the base HTT clock and clock divisors). While it’s not quite a front-side bus, since the memory controller always runs at core frequency, it’s close.”

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Asetek WaterChill KT03A-L30 Review @ Overclockers Online
Overclockers Online :: Saturday, February 26, 2005
“Today O² is presenting you an in depth look at Asetek’s most powerful watercooling kit currently available: the Asetek WaterChill CPU Power Kit featuring the Antarctica waterblock and a black ice radiator that can handle a total of three 120mm fans! Powerful? You bet! We also tested Asetek’s latest cooling block which is made to cool down your hard drive, so go ahead and check out our brand new article!”

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Kreisen LT-30FMP 30″ LCD HDTV Review
Designtechnica :: Saturday, February 26, 2005
“At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month, there were several new manufacturers offering LCD televisions at price points below our typical expectations. Two companies in particular, enCross and Syntax are offering 30-inch LCD TVs for right around $1500. The first thing you are probably thinking is that you get what you pay for, right? Not necessarily. For example, enCross’s Kreisen LT-30FMP which is the subject of this review, features LCD panels manufactured by either Samsung or LG.Philips. Both Samsung and LG.Philips are known for making excellent flat panels for both the PC and home television markets. enCross builds on a great picture and adds plenty of features to their Kreisen LT-30FMP 30-inch LCD television. With a street price of $1399, will you bite?”

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Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI nForce4-SLI Motherboard Review @ PCStats
PCStats :: Saturday, February 26, 2005
“The Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI is built around the popular nVidia nForce4-SLI chipset. This board supports socket 939 Athlon64 and AthlonFX processors, as well as up to 4GB of PC3200 DDR RAM in a dual channel configuration. The board features an onboard four port SATA/RAID Silicon Image controller, two Gigabit NICs, one wireless 802.11g PCI network card, a 7.1-channel audio controller, three IEEE 1394b ports, Gigabyte’s DPS-2 power system, and of course dual BIOS’. The GA-K8NXP-SLI also has two PCIe x1 slots as well as two standard PCI slots. Finally if that weren’t enough already, the nForce4-SLI MCP supports the new Serial ATA II standard for up to 3Gb/s of HDD goodness on four channels. A pretty well rounded motherboard I’d say, wouldn’t you?”

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Digital Extreme’s Pariah Preview @ Hexus
Hexus :: Friday, February 25, 2005
“In a nutshell, you play the part of Jack Mason (a great action shooter hero name if ever there was one!), a burnt out doctor who really has hit the lowest point in his less than illustrious career. You’re reduced to baby sitting cryogenically frozen medical patients and are on a routine trip when your ship is blasted from the sky over a prison planet.”

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Silverstone SST-FP53 HDD Cooler Review @ FastLaneHW
FastLaneHW :: Friday, February 25, 2005
“Components in your computer need proper cooling– I’m sure you know that. CPUs, video cards, cases, hard drives all need to be cooled well, but in my opinion, hard drive cooling is the most important. If a CPU dies, you can get it replaced under warranty or at worst, go buy a new one– but a failed hard drive could mean weeks of downtime, and most importantly, losing all your precious data.”

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MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI Motherboard Review @ PCStats
PCStats :: Friday, February 25, 2005
“The MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI is actually the third revision of MSI’s popular K8N Neo series, and it’s now based on the brand new nVIDIA nForce4 SLI chipset. The motherboard supports Socket 939 AMD Athlon64 processors with HyperTransport running at a smooth 1 GHz. In terms of memory, the board supports up to 4GB of PC3200 non-ECC DDR RAM, and unlike Intel’s new DDR-2 systems, you won’t have to throw out those trusty sticks of DDR memory if you’re upgrading from an older box. There are two physical PCI-Express 16x slots on the motherboard as well as three standard 32-bit PCI slots. Under SLI, the two PCI Express videocard slots operate with 8 lanes each. The SLI jumper is included in the package.”

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PDP Systems Patriot XBLK PC3200 Review @ OcPrices
OcPrices :: Friday, February 25, 2005
“The memory we are looking at today is part of their Patriot range of sticks, which feature either ultra high frequency or ultra tight timings depending on the sticks you choose. This particular model is a dual channel kit of XBLK PC3200, which uses Samsung TCCD chips on a non-JEDEC PCB.”

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Mushkin PC2-4200 DDR2 Low Latency Kit Review @ ViperLair
ViperLair :: Friday, February 25, 2005
“We were quite pleased with Mushkin’s PC2-4200 3-2-2-8 as it performed reliably and was quick as well. We did hit some hurdles in overclocking past DDR2-667, but in that case you would be better served by their PC2-5300 kit. Other than that, Mushkin doesn’t package the bling such as flashing LEDs, but in turn their ram modules are easier on the wallet.”

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A4 Tech EasyGo Notebook USB Optical Mouse Review @ Futurelooks
Futurelooks :: Friday, February 25, 2005
“The A4 Tech Mouse goes into the category of things that should have been thought of earlier. The cord management is excellent, but how’s the actual performance? Read on to find out!”

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Ultra 80 & 120mm Titanium Finish Fans Video Review @ 3dGameMan
3dgameman :: Friday, February 25, 2005

“The Ultra 80 & 120mm Titanium Finish Fans are stunning & will unquestionably add new life to any case. Not only do they have the looks, but they have the performance & quiet operation to match. Both include four mounting screws & a 3-to-4 pin pass-thru power cable. The 80mm fans come in a 3-pack while the 120mm are packaged singly. Watch the Video to find out more…”

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nTrensound 128mb MP3 Wrist Watch Review @ Tech-Mods.Net
Tech-Mods.net :: Friday, February 25, 2005

“We have been wearing watches on our wrists for quite some time now; we almost take them for granted. Knowing at just a quick glance to see if we are on schedule or not. Many of us have also become acclimatize to carrying our favorite music around with as well. Today we are going to take a look at a wrist watch that not only will tell us the time when needed but also can provide our favorite music via the built in MP3 player. nTrensound has provided us with their new take on time and music with an 128mb MP3 Watch .”

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Chaintech VNF4 Ultra Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
Legit Reviews :: Friday, February 25, 2005
“The Chaintech VNF4 Ultra was found to be an extremely stable motherboard at defualt clock speeds. When you consider price versus performance, this board is a perfect fit for those looking to get the most out of their money….”

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The History Of The Computer @ The Tech Zone
The Tech Zone :: Thursday, February 24, 2005

Unlike most devices, the computer is one of the few inventions that does not have one specific inventor. Throughout the development of the computer, many people have added their creations to the list required to make a computer work. Some of the inventions have been different types of computers, and some of them were parts required to allow computers to be developed further.

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Oakley Thump MP3 Sunglasses @ TheTechLounge
The Tech Lounge :: Thursday, February 24, 2005

Take Oakley’s high-tech eyewear technology, morph it with an MP3 player built on a SigmaTel chip and out comes Oakley Thump. Though you will need some major coin ($395 for the 128 MB version up to $545 for 256 MB model) to get a hold of a pair of Oakley Thump, it does separate the men from the boys when it comes to cutting edge style and technology. Lil’ John even has his own limited edition Thump color scheme (WHAT?!? YEAH!!!).

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XGBox Viper case reviewed @ XtremeResources
Xtreme Resources :: Thursday, February 24, 2005

Welcome back to my second half of my look into two gamer computer cases by XG and I saved the best for last. Let me introduce you to the Viper. The Viper is easily the single most impressive OEM case you can buy that has most all the modifications you could want from a low cost mid-tower. The Viper runs a little more than the Sidewinder but what you get is an amazingly unique case that is fully modded from the factory.

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Ultra UV X-Connect 500Watt ATX PSU Review @ Tech-Mods.Net
Tech-Mods.net :: Thursday, February 24, 2005

Back in the day the old street racing term was “If it don’t go chrome it!” we would say that about cars that never really had the edge. Make it look good and show it off instead, if it wasn’t going to perform. Well Ultra Products took a different approach; when it comes to their power supplies. You take looks, function and performance and put them all together in one sharp looking package and you end up with the Ultra X-Connect 500Watt ATX Power Supply. Today we are going to see if it has the edge or is it just a show piece.

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V-Tech X-Focus7105H Mid-Tower Case Review @ GruntvillE.com
GruntvillE :: Thursday, February 24, 2005

Snugly packaged inside the box were the two case handles and the two case feet. The two can be distinguished by the textured rubber coating applied only to the ones that point down. “Always keep the rubber side down”, a good tip I’ve learned from my motorcycle riding seems well applied in other areas too. The feet made from the same diameter steel as the case are quite sturdy and I don’t think one need worry about over stressing them. They should be able to take your system weight and them some due to their rolled edges.

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Intel Pentium 4 6xx Series PREview @ Viper Lair
ViperLair :: Thursday, February 24, 2005

While we give Intel a lot of credit for the new features, at the same time we’re left thinking is that it? AMD owners have been sitting on similar technologies for almost two years now. While the names differ, for all intents and purposes they do the same thing. Basically, Intel hasn’t brought anything new to the table for computing in general.

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Soltek SL-K890Pro-939 Review @ Ninjalane
Ninjalane :: Thursday, February 24, 2005

Throughout the review process the general impression of this board has been very favorable. Soltek has made quite a few improvements with the SL-K890Pro-939 that compliment the new chipset and make the motherboard very enthusiast friendly.

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Thermaltake Purepower 680watt PSU reviewed @ XtremeResources
Xtreme Resources :: Thursday, February 24, 2005

This beefed up power supply by Thermaltake, is o­ne of the few o­n the market currently to feature two PCI Express connectors, and also includes four SATA connectors, along with 3 separate +12V rails. All the power cables are sleeved in different colors, to differentiate the type of connectors. Thermaltake advertises this power supply to produce 680 watts of clean power, along with support for the latest motherboards and other components.

The Thermaltake PurePower 680W Power Supply features a plethora of connectors. It comes with a 24-pin power connector for the motherboard, but also includes a 24-pin to 20-pin adapter so this power supply will be compatible with most motherboards currently o­n the market. You will have plenty of expandability, with this power supply furnishing ten 4-pin Molex power connectors. You’ll also find four 5-pin SATA connectors. Dual 80 millimeter fans are included with the Thermaltake PurePower 680 watt power supply, and a classy touch was the addition of the gold plated fan grills o­n the exterior of the unit. This unit also includes two 6-pin PCI Express connectors. Air vents o­n the side of this power supply assure good thermal management features, along with the beefy internal aluminum heat sinks, in combination with the afore mentioned 2 x 80mm fans. This particular power supply is advertised by Thermaltake to o­nly produce 17 dBA, and I can honestly say that anyone needing a quiet power supply, will not be disappointed by this model. It is virtually silent compared to some of the high powered case fans I utilize.

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V-Tech X-Focus Review @ FastLaneHW.com
FastLaneHW :: Thursday, February 24, 2005

Well, I was just starting to think that every new case on the market was modeled after something you might find in a comic book. Today we’re here to see a pleasant surprise, a new case from Vtech called the X-Focus.

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Beginner’s Guide To HTTP @ The Tech Zone
The Tech Zone :: Wednesday, February 23, 2005

“I thought about calling this article a “Geeks view of HTTP”; I am not going into the nitty gritty, but rather present a sketch of how a geek might see something like HTTP, how they can think something like HTTP is simple, and why they are not trying to make things complicated just for the sake of it!”

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Intel Pentium4 3.73GHz EE @ t-break
t-break :: Wednesday, February 23, 2005

“When Intel released their first EE CPU, we saw a very clear distinction between itself and other standard Pentium4 CPUs- the amount of on-die cache. At that time, the Pentium4 processor had 512k L2 cache while the EE came equipped with a 512k L2 cache as well as a hefty 2MB L3 cache. However, between that time and today, the Pentium4 CPU got upgraded to a 1MB cache and now a 2MB L2 cache while the 3.73GHz’ L3 cache got replaced by an L2 cache of the same size due to its move to the Prescott core.”

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Thermalrock Circle Silver Designer ATX Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews.net
Tweaknews :: Wednesday, February 23, 2005

“Beauty, they say, is in the eye of the beholder. That is certainly true when it comes to computer case design. When the Circle showed up at my house I was less than ecstatic with its appearance, but over the week or so that I’ve had it around, I must confess that it’s grown on me. Love it or hate it, you have to admit that ThermalRock’s Circle chassis has a very distinctive look.”

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AMD Cool’n’Quiet How-To @ Envy News
Envy News :: Wednesday, February 23, 2005

“AMD’s Cool’n’Quiet is, for many, a major selling point of the Athlon 64 processor family. Designed to cut down on heat and noise, this option has not been the easiest to enable for many users. This Quick’n’Easy guide to enabling Cool’n’Quiet will hopefully help those befuddled users take a step closer to lower temperatures with less noise.”

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