Tech News June 2003

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Xoxide X-Hurricane (White)
Xoxide :: Monday, June 30, 2003

“It is obvious we went the full nine yards, when you realize there are 9 case cooling fans fitted inside the case. Four 80mm front intake fans pull air from the front bezel, which is designed with slots to allow good flow into the case. The side and top panels of the case are machine stamped, and fitted with three 92mm cooling fans. The rear of the case is stamped with two 80mm cooling fans, each with chrome finger guards for the best possible airflow. This case however boasts more than just a massive number of cooling fans, as we know this is not the only thing that matters when it comes to proper design. We cut the regular chassis mounted grills for the fans, and replaced them with chrome guards where applies. This greatly improves air movement over traditional designs. The bezel is also fitted with two front USB connections, so your hands don’t need to near any of the many dangerous spinning components, … just kidding.”

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Evercool NW9F715CA Pentium 4 Heatsink Review
Frosty Tech :: Sunday, June 29, 2003

“Countless heatsink designs have been cast into aluminum in an effort to meet the requirements of both low cost and high thermal efficiency. Aluminum extrusions have typically been the most popular option, and with the need to satisfy performance users, copper inserts have become a frequent addition. Evercool have recently released the NW9F715CA heatsink which is designed for the socket 478 platform. The heatsink breaks with tradition and features an extruded aluminum heatsink with soldered-in copper base insert. The heatsink and fan are separate units, with the clipping mechanism and fan coming as one entire assembly. Because of the way the clip and fan are assembled, the heatsink is limited in the size of cooling system it can support. Unless a 70mm-80mm fan adaptor is at hand, 70mm fans are the largest that any user will be able to use with the Evercool NW9F715CA cooler.”

 

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Prolink FX 5600 Ultimate Golden Limited Videocard Review
PCStats :: Sunday, June 29, 2003

“Based on DirectX 7 Hardware, the GeForce4 MX was closer to a GeForce2 class card then the DirectX 8 GeForce4 Ti’s were. nVIDIA, being the smart company that they are, noticed this and you can bet that there’s no way they’ll make the same mistake twice. Enter the GeForceFX family of cards. It’s nice and refreshing to see that all GeForceFX’s are DirectX 9 compatible, not just the top of the line FX 5800/5900 class cards. That feature is probably the main reason why so many retailers tell me even the budget FX 5200’s are selling well. Today we’re going to be checking out not a budget FX 5200, rather Prolink’s mainstream GeForceFX 5600 Ultimate Golden Limited 256MB videocard. Don’t be fooled by the internal NV31 core code name, the GeForceFX 5600 GPU is slower then that of the NV30 (FX 5800), but faster than the NV34 (FX 5200).”

 

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CoolerMaster Aero 7 HSF Review
OCIA :: Sunday, June 29, 2003

 

“The first thing you’ll notice about this heatsink is it’s big. This provided a bit of a problem for me in that I have an Asus A7N8X Deluxe motherboard which I dearly love. It is so crammed with extras that there wasn’t much room to work with on the install. I eventually broke down, removed the motherboard and the sink installed in a snap. This was because in my PC75 the chip placement means there was only about an inch of clearance between the bottom of the power supply and the base of the heatsink. I didn’t feel this was worth the risk of cracking the chip and after a couple of tries I removed the motherboard. The thumb clip was a breeze and the motherboard was installed and it was all running in less than an hour total.”

 

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Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 200 GB Hard Drive review
The Tech Lounge :: Sunday, June 29, 2003

 

“We all know that when it comes to hard drives, size matters. With all this advancing technology, software, and media, you need some beefy storage to contain it. Maxtor’s latest hard drive is the Diamond Plus 9, a 200 gigabyte 7200 RPM hard drive. If that isn’t enough for you, I don’t know what is. Not only does this drive have an extreme storage capacity, but it also has speed to back it up. Boasting a high cache buffer of 8 megabytes, a 9.4 ms average seek time and the new Fluid Dynamics Bearing Motor, this is one of the best ATA drives on the market.”

 

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OCZ Dominator 2cu Heatsink Review
GruntvillE :: Sunday, June 29, 2003

 

“…you just broke the bank on the new motherboard, CPU, and a kicking video card, so you have to do this without spending the last of your Bawls funds. So, with that in mind we are taking a look at the 2nd generation of the Dominator HSF from OCZ, the Dominator 2-Cu. As you might guess the Cu stands for Copper. Unlike the pervious generation of the Dominator this one has a copper core that will sit right on the CPU core for better cooling. So let’s see how this inexpensive cooler holds up.”

 

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Ideazon Zboard Review
MODTHEBOX! :: Sunday, June 29, 2003

 

“Across the top of the Zboard are 17 clear buttons, each labeled with associated icons. The first seven are media controls, such as Play, Pause and Stop, while the other ten are quick launch keys that can be configured to suit ones tastes. What would have been really impressive is if these keys had a backlight feature added. These keys are capable of launching Outlook, Internet Explorer, a favorite search engine as well as the Ideazon website and the Zboard configuration utility.”

 

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Zalman’s ZM-MFC1 Multi Fan Speed Controller review
Tech-Dreams :: Sunday, June 29, 2003

It seems now, more and more, that one of the most necessary peripherals for a modded computer is most definitely the fan controller. It would be so odd just to see a computer that does not have one. Everywhere you turn now, you see a review for a fan controller or some such device. I’m sure you have read at least five or six reviews of controllers by now. Today, we are going to look at something that breaks the ice in its own way, a unit that combines two of the most POPULAR forms of fan controllers together, into one sweet unit.

 

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Antec Sonata Super Mini Tower review
SystemCooling :: Sunday, June 29, 2003

 

“We normally don’t review many cases constructed of steel, but as you’ll see the Antec Sonata is one very special case for many reasons. With the front bezel constructed of plastic, to its outer shell of steel with its jet black, highly reflective automotive finish the Antec Sonata’s superior quality is a pleasure to behold!”

 

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Voided Warranty takes a look at a Wooden PC Case
Voided Warranty :: Sunday, June 29, 2003

 

“I took the liberty of testing the woods durability by slamming my keys against it many times. The case suffered no visual damage at all. I asked the creator of this fine case if he could make a case that wood match the finish of a persons desk. I was informed that this could indeed be done.”

 

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Five Way Performance PSU Roundup
TweakTown :: Sunday, June 29, 2003

“It wasn’t too terribly long ago that the power supply was just another component that had to be bought when it was time to build a new system. But times have changed with the advent of the newer more powerful computers hitting the market. Come join Mike “Darthtanion” Wright as he takes a look at five power supplies and gives some solid answers as to whether it might be just the right one for your own system.”

 

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Leadtek WinFast A310 Ultra TD MyVivo Review
Bjorn3D :: Sunday, June 29, 2003

“Today, we are going to take a look at the high end of the A310 series, the WinFast A310 Ultra TD MyVivo, which as noted above is based on NVIDIA’s FX 5600 GPU. As you may already know, this is a very capable midrange graphics processor that, as we will see, really flexes its muscle when GPU intensive features such as anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering are enabled. ”

 

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Thermaltake Volcano 11: Xaser Edition Giveaway @ XtReMoDs
XtReMoDs :: Sunday, June 29, 2003

 

” The Thermaltake Volcano 11: Xaser Edition Heatsink giveaway has less then 2 weeks left. Enter to win while you still can… ”

 

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New ATi Radeon 9800 video card review database
8Dimensional :: Sunday, June 29, 2003

“In our “ATi Radeon 9800 Review List” we try to collect all links to such video card reviews online, at the monent over 90 reviews are listed…”

 

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MSI MegaPC Review
Hexus :: Tuesday, June 24, 2003
“The mini PC market is getting very crowded; potential buyers have plenty of choice at the moment. MSI have exactly the right approach and have created something different with unique features to enable it to stand out from the crowd. We wish the MegaPC every success.”


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Non-ConDUCKtive Fluid
PimpRig :: Tuesday, June 24, 2003

“It all started with Gabriel, the Gaming Program Manager from Intel challenging me to make a great mod for a computer. He never expected this. The precursor for the “ORB””

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Antec Lanboy Review
OCAddiction :: Friday, June 20, 2003

“The first thing that strikes you when unpacking the case is that the LANBOY is all aluminum – I hear my back muscles are planning a celebration – meaning its light. VERY light. This is pretty much the lightest case I’ve ever lifted. I was actually quite shocked at the miniscule weight of the case with the power supply accounting for the majority of the weight – more on that later.”

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Vantec ION 400W power supply
PimpRig :: Friday, June 20, 2003

“The lawyers at Vantec made damn sure that there were plenty of warnings on the PSU to discourage curious folks from digging around inside. There are also warnings in the manual, but I am still wondering what the hell this means: “Don’t open the power cover without any authorizations; It will cause thunder-stroke danger.” Holy crap, thunder-stroke! I’ve never been thunder-stroked…and it kind of sounds like fun, sooo….”

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CoolerMaster Aero 7+ Review
The Tech Lounge :: Friday, June 20, 2003
Overall this is an outstanding CPU cooler. It performs better than the roaring Volcano 11 and looks cooler, sporting an innovative blower design. The 3.5″ mount simply won’t mount, but CoolerMaster is working on a solution. I would also like to see an optional temperature monitor to control fan speed like the similarly priced Volcano 11, maybe in a future blower fan? If you are looking for a CPU cooler that does the job, looks great, and remains quiet, look no further.

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Chaintech 9EJS1 Zenith Giveaway
ViperLair :: Friday, June 20, 2003

Just to let you all know that we’re going to be handing out a Chaintech 9EJS1 ZENITH 845PE motherboard to a lucky forum reader this month. Rules are here:

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GeIL Golden Dragon PC3200 Dual Channel DDR Memory Video Review
3dgameman :: Friday, June 20, 2003

GeIL Golden Dragon PC3200 Dual Channel DDR Series Memory Video Review #317:

“This product has major differences over conventional memory and the biggest difference is it uses the advanced WLCSP (Wafer Level Chipset Scale Packaging) for the memory modules. This means less heat and much higher speeds are possible. Even though this memory is rated at 400MHz DDR it can go much higher. The Watch the Video to find out more…” ~3dGameMan.com

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Speeze Panther Stream P4 Cooler Review
3dXtreme :: Friday, June 20, 2003
“The Speeze PantherStream wins our Editor’s Choce for it’s innovative clip design, great performance and quiet operation. If you’re in the market for a new P4 CPU Cooler or to complient an OEM CPU purchase, the Speeze PantherStream would fit the bill very nicely…”

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Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 200GB Hard Drive Revised review
The Tech Lounge :: Friday, June 20, 2003

We all know that when it comes to hard drives, size matters. With all this advancing technology, software, and media, you need some beefy storage to contain it. Maxtor’s latest hard drive is the Diamond Plus 9, a 200 gigabyte 7200 RPM hard drive. If that isn’t enough for you, I don’t know what is. Not only does this drive have an extreme storage capacity, but it also has speed to back it up. Boasting a high cache buffer of 8 megabytes, a 9.4 ms average seek time and the new Fluid Dynamics Bearing Motor, this is one of the best ATA drives on the market.

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Lian Li PC6010 Case & Aquarium Kit
GruntvillE :: Friday, June 20, 2003

“First things first, the wonderful slide-out mb tray. These certainly come in handy and are greatly appreciated when doing an install. The motherboard can be the easiest or most difficult part to install depending on what you have to work with. In the Lian Li it was a cake walk. The mb tray was very easy to use and it’s mounts felt very stable and smooth. After I installed the motherboard, processor and HSF I mounted the PSU. What a breeze. They’ve included a mount which can be flipped over to allow for better placement of your PSU. The drive bays were standard fare although I don’t like the fact that the bay covers aren’t screwed down. They have a small notch on the mounts and use pressure to stay in place. This might make it tough for some front panel mods that need support from the drive bays. I removed the bottom 3.5″ bay as I have no use for it, and found mounting the hdd and floppy drive standard fare. The way the case is designed also makes for easy cable management; it offers lots of places to tuck wires away. All said, it’s one of the easiest mid-towers to work with. My only complaints are the bay covers and the fact that the top support of the frame is quite large and hangs down below the PSU; it extends across the span of the case and becomes part of the 5.25″ drive bay. If I could offer a recommendation on the next version; I’d recommend that they trim this large support down and let some of this space that’s hidden be more visible and usable.”

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MainGear Premier F131 Complete System
SystemCooling :: Friday, June 20, 2003

“MainGear is a fairly new computer builder who has recently entered the market. What makes them standout above the rest is their devotion to their customers and their never-ending pursuit of the highest quality computer components available.”

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PCToys Power Maxx 520W Aluminum Power Supply Review
MODTHEBOX! :: Friday, June 20, 2003

“The rear portion of the PCToys Power Maxx 520W Aluminum Power Supply has all the standard features found on most PSU units with some new enhancements. There are two central 80mm dual ball bearing fans which have been postioned as front and rear exhausts to circulate all the hot air from inside the aluminum chassis. An additional slim profile 80mm fan has also been included as a top exhaust fan which again assists with air circulation and cooling. Each fan is controlled by a mini 3-position switch, which allows you to toggle the noise levels for each fan to make this unit practically silent in its operation.”

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Soltek SL-85SPE-L (Springdale) Review
Ninjalane :: Friday, June 20, 2003
Over the past couple of years Soltek has been one of the leaders in creative PCB marketing that usually follows the major chipset releases. Not to go against tradition a new marketing message has surfaced called “Violet Eyes” and as you might have guessed features a violet metallic PCB.

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Vantec Iceberq 4 Pro Video Card Cooler
OCIA :: Friday, June 20, 2003

“The finish on the base was mirror clear and on the pro you can actually see the reflection of my hand and Nikon digital camera. Each package included the Cooler, 4 plastic clips for attaching the cooler, a tube of white thermal paste, 4 RAM sinks, and 4 pieces of thermal tape for attaching the RAM sinks.”

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Sunbeam Lazer LEDs
Red & Blackness Mods :: Friday, June 20, 2003

There is tons of Lazerleds out on the market, but today we are having a look at Sunbeams Lazerled. Is it any better? Is it brighter? Does it produce heat? Well all this is something we are going to have a look at. So let’s get this review going……….

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Vantec Nexus Multi-Function Panel Review
Techwarelabs :: Friday, June 20, 2003
“Vantec has continued its tradition of making stylish add-on components with the release of the Nexus Multi-function Panel. The Nexus Multi-function Panel will make controlling and monitoring CPU temps a snap. With the great design and ease of installation anyone should find the Multi-function Panel a great buy. With 4 different colored themes to choose from it should match any case and will look great.”

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