Tech News June 2006

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Coolermaster Mystique 631 ATX Chassis Review
Virtual-Hideout :: Monday, June 26, 2006
“Coolermaster has done a fantastic job with the Mystique 631 with its great many options. With its plentiful and standard options, the Mystique will serve any kind user whether you are an enthusiast or looking to change your home or professional computer appearance to something that suggests refinement.”

Coolermaster Mystique 631 ATX Chassis Review

Spire SP741B3-U DiamondCool II Review
Computing On Demand :: Monday, June 26, 2006
snip: So you think you have it all figured out. You bought your AMD 64 and you have your system all rigged up. You are playing your games, checking your email, surfing the net, and doing your “thing” without any consideration for what is in store for you. It’s nice and cool out, the heat hasn’t really struck yet and keeping your processor cool is the last thing on your mind. These days it seems like people are very interested in companies that think outside the box. Today, we will be looking at a heatsink designed for the box! Spire thinks they have a product here that will steal your stock heatsink’s position in your system. Enter the Spire SP741B3-U DiamondCool II.

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ATP Pro Max 1GB Compact Flash Card Review
Think Computers :: Monday, June 26, 2006

“Flash memory can be found pretty much everywhere today, in almost every consumer electronic device from cell phones, digital cameras to video games. Many companies out there make flash memory, but which is right for you? What qualities do you look for in a flash memory card? Speed is always important, durability is very important, and capacity. Today for review I have a 1 GB Compact Flash card from ATP, it’s fast, water resistant and very durable.”

ATP Pro Max 1GB Compact Flash Card

NorthQ 3390A media center cooler review
Driver Heaven :: Monday, June 26, 2006

“There certainly isn’t a shortage of CPU coolers on the market, and they come in all shapes and sizes. They range from hard core coolers the size of a small house to inexpensive options for those on a budget. However, there are coolers designed for special purposes and applications. The NorthQ 3390A fits into this category. Measuring just 27mm tall, it is designed to properly cool a socket 939 CPU inside the smallest of PC cases, such as the Hiper Media Center case. People who build custom systems and cases will find good use for this cooler due to the looks, so it has a lot of potential to begin with.”

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Zaward Square Cooler Review
Technic3d :: Monday, June 26, 2006

Quote: “The Zaward Square Cooler arrived the Technic3D Editorship. See you in the following Review how the new and second Zaward CPU Cooling against others stated.”

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plextor (((shock Proof)) Portable Hard Drive Px-sp08u
Psyko Tech :: Monday, June 26, 2006
When one thinks of Plextor, one doesn’t really think of hard drives. Burners, video converters, sure. But not a NAS, certainly, and not a portable hard drive designed to take an occasional beating, or a least a drop off of a desk. Yet, Plextor comes though with typical regard to quality, with the Shock Proof 80GB Portable Hard Drive.

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Antec NSK2400 Desktop PC Case
Think Computers :: Monday, June 26, 2006

Quote: “At CES this year I got to check out some of Antec’s new products and I finally got one for review! It’s the NSK2400 Desktop PC case, it’s designed a bit different than other cases out there, the first thing you will notice is that it is not vertical it is a horizontal style case, the second thing you’ll notice is that it looks really cool on the outside. The real surprise is inside of the NSK2400 it features a three chamber thermal structure to isolate heat and noise produced by the power

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I-Star S-8 Storm Series ATX Case Review
MODTHEBOX! :: Monday, June 26, 2006
“Out of the box, the I-Star S-8 Storm Series ATX Case looks quite attractive. While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I’ve never been one for lights, bells, whistles or sirens. The front plastic bezel is textured with vertical lines, and brushed aluminum dash plates are a very nice touch. Ventilation holes are strategically stamped along the side panel of the case.”

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OCZ GameXStream 700W Power Supply Review
Extreme Overclocking :: Monday, June 26, 2006

Posted on Fri 23 Jun 2006, 11:47 PM OCZ Technology has released a new line of power supplies dubbed the “GameXStream” series. Currently available in only 600W and 700W configurations, these power supplies are meant for serious PC enthusiasts, gamers, and power users. Both models are SLI-Ready and feature some pretty impressive specifications.

OCZ GameXStream 700W Power Supply

Matrox TripleHead2Go
Techgage :: Monday, June 26, 2006
Quote: We have all dealt with products that, on paper, are full of promise. These products generate a lot of hype and buzz but once they become hands on, the magic surrounding them seems to disappear. Today we are taking a look at a product that seems almost too good to be true.

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The Making of a Motherboard: ECS 2006
hardCOREware :: Monday, June 26, 2006
If you’ve been noticing more reviews of ECS products (and getting quite good scores at the same time) you’re not mistaken. After merging with PC Chips, ECS has recently started pushing into the retail market; prior to that, they have been one of the largest OEM manufacturers for more than a few brands.

They recently took the opportunity to bring some websites on a tour of their factory-in-the-making. At this huge factory that will eventually employ 8000 people, they can make motherboards from PCB to final product. We also talk a bit about the working conditions at ECS and China in general.

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Mandriva 2007 Alpha
Phoronix :: Monday, June 26, 2006

Summary: “The last time we had took a look at Mandriva was back in the Mandrake 9.2 days. Anyhow, with the first Alpha release now out for Mandriva 2007 Alpha, we decided to fire up the GNOME candidate to see how it looks these days. Some of the new items in Mandriva 2007 Alpha include X.Org v7.1, Linux 2.6.16.20, GNOME 2.15, and many other open-source software updates. Plenty of new features and changes can be found in this development release.”

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Coolermaster Mystique 631 ATX Chassis Review
Virtual-Hideout :: Monday, June 26, 2006

Quote: “Coolermaster has done a fantastic job with the Mystique 631 with its great many options. With its plentiful and standard options, the Mystique will serve any kind user whether you are an enthusiast or looking to change your home or professional computer appearance to something that suggests refinement.”

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EPoX EP-9U1697 GLI Motherboard
Tech ARP :: Monday, June 26, 2006

Quote – “Are you looking for a cheap alternative to all those nForce4 SLI motherboards? Then the EPoX EP-9U1697 GLI motherboard will be of interest to you! Join Max_87 as he takes a look at this EPoX motherboard! ”

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Ultra MicroFly Micro-ATX Case Review
Virtual-Hideout :: Monday, June 26, 2006
“Once upon a time, finding a versatile compact case that you would be proud to be seen with was nearly impossible. Then in buzzes the Ultra MicroFly Micro ATX Case. This attractive, all-aluminum case can house any micro ATX motherboard, and yet accepts standard depth optical drives and ATX power supplies due to being 1.5″ deeper than comparable cases.”


Ultra MicroFly Micro-ATX Case Review

Arctic Cooling Accelero X1 VGA Cooler Review
Hardware Secrets :: Monday, June 26, 2006
“Arctic Cooling manufactures a series of VGA coolers, divided into two series, Accelero and Silencer. Coolers from Silencer series pull hot air generated by the video card to outside the computer case. While coolers from Accelero series don’t do this, they are targeted to hi-end VGAs: Accelero X1 is targeted to video cards based on GeForce 6800 and 7800 series from nVidia, while Accelero X2 is targeted to video cards based on Radeon X1800 and X1900 series from ATI. We have already taken a look on NV Silencer 6, so now it is time for us to take a look on Accelero X1.”

Arctic Cooling Accelero X1 VGA Cooler Review

Apple: The Next Microsoft?
OS Weekly :: Monday, June 26, 2006
“Could it ever happen? Is there even a possibility that we will see OS X on the PC? To be honest, I believe there is. But unlike others who believe that it will happen on a large scale, what I foresee instead is OS X on a very select number of Apple approved PCs. And as great as this could potentially be, here comes the rub: If we do in fact see OS X on the PC platform, Steve Jobs would only allow it just for the press – nothing more.”

Apple: The Next Microsoft?

EPoX EP-9U1697 GLI Review
Overclockers Online :: Monday, June 26, 2006
It is not often that we see a lower-priced product compete with a higher-end product; thanks to EPoX and ULi, we have seen it! The ULi M1697 chipset, paired with EPoX’s awesome EP-9U1697 GLI board, performs greatly even against the more expensive nForce4 SLI chipset.

EPoX EP-9U1697 GLI Review

Tech Gurus Say They’ll ‘Switch from Mac’
eWeek :: Monday, June 26, 2006
“Playing on Apple’s past “Switch” ad campaign, which was aimed at getting Windows users to migrate to Apple’s Mac OS X-based computers, a few longtime Mac and open-source gurus are vocally publicizing their switch away from Apple’s platform to more open-source solutions.

Tech Gurus Say They’ll ‘Switch from Mac’

Spire SP-600W Rocketeer IV Power Supply
OCIA :: Monday, June 26, 2006

“The SP-600W Rocketeer IV is being marketed as a “modular cable, SLI-ready, gaming PSU”. As of this writing, if you look at the Rocketeer IV at Spire’s site, it is advertised as being “darkgrey titanium colored” (this one is definitely black), and the advertised specs are somewhat different (lower) than the ones on this PSU.”

Spire SP-600W Rocketeer IV Power Supply

Antec Atlas Quiet Mini Server Case Review
Motherboards.org :: Monday, June 26, 2006
Hot on the heels of the Titan 550 release, Antec has provided us with the smaller of its server case line, the Atlas. With the Atlas, Antec has scaled things down to more of a mid tower size. The Atlas promises to deliver the same quality and features in a smaller package. Do they deliver?

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A Bluetooth ?How to?: Sending Pictures From Your Phone
Blue Tomorrow :: Friday, June 23, 2006
Quote: “Bluetooth technology is the perfect way to get around those fees you may encounter when sending pictures from your camera phone. Depending on your mobile phone and service provider, many Bluetooth enabled camera phones allow you to wirelessly transfer photos to other compatible phones, PCs, PDAs and other devices that support the necessary Bluetooth profiles. ”

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OCZ PC2-8000 EL Platinum XTC DDR2 Review
Virtual-Hideout :: Friday, June 23, 2006

Quote: “OCZ has once again pushed the limits of ultra-high quality memory. Their new 2x1GB PC2-8000 EL Platinum XTC is impressive to say the least. Remember now, this is running at 1000mhz at only 5-5-5-15 and 2.1v. To top that, those are the official specs directly from OCZ. How many high quality 1000mhz 2x1GB DDR2 kits are out there?”

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Computex 2006 – ECS, HIS, Corsair & Thermaltake
The Tech Zone :: Friday, June 23, 2006

At Computex Taipei, Corsair had a suite at the Grand Hyatt and invited us to swing by to sample the fastest DDR2 memory in the world. The test system features Corsair’s XMS DDR2 modules running at a staggering PC10000 speed. Other components used included the AMD Athlong64 FX62 at 2.8GHz, ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard, a pair of NVIDIA 7900GTX in SLI mode. The system was cooled with Corsair’s Nautilus500 external water cooling kit with Corsair SLI water blocks.

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Super Talent 2 GB Multimedia MP3 Player Review – The nano Alter Ego?
Futurelooks :: Friday, June 23, 2006
I have to be honest; I had never heard of Super Talent before. But a box dumped on my desk sparked my curiosity, and it turned out to be an MP3 player inside the package. I heard these guys did RAM? Well, it looks like they do MP3 players too.

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Thermalright SI-120 CPU Cooler Review Posted!
Tech ARP :: Friday, June 23, 2006

It may be a lightweight, compared to the monster coolers that have been popping up, but it sure performs like a champion! Like a thoroughbred horse, the Thermalright SI-120 CPU cooler certainly shows its distinguished lineage. Find out why we love this cooler so much! ”

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China’s Linux Adoption Threat to Microsoft?
OS Weekly :: Friday, June 23, 2006
“Over the past couple of years, I have seen an alarming increase in people concerned over China’s efforts to gain a stronger foothold in the digital marketplace.”

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Cooltek CT 600 PSU review
Driver Heaven :: Friday, June 23, 2006

“Cooltek is a European based brand with various cooling products but with Main focus on power supplies. The products are designed in Scandinavia and Germany and produced in selected factories in China. Today we are having a look at the Cooltek CT 600 Power Supply Unit.”

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Laptop Buying Guide
PC Mechanic :: Friday, June 23, 2006
In the olden days of computing, everyone got a desktop computer. Laptops became available in the mid to late 1980s, but they were clunky, expensive, and underpowered. Some road warriors purchased a laptop, but they usually had a desktop as well because of the shortcomings of the laptops of the day. However, over time laptops became sleeker, cheaper, and more powerful, and users started to get enthusiastic about them, sometimes using one as their primary computer. At this point in history, laptops are only a bit more expensive than comparable desktops at the low end, and at the high end are essentially just as powerful. Throughout the range of prices, there are laptops too big to fit in most cases as well as laptops that only weigh a couple of pounds and are very small.

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Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe nForce 590 SLI AM2 Motherboard Review
PCStats :: Friday, June 23, 2006
“The Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe is one of the first Socket AM2 motherboards to make it into the PCSTATS labs, and it’s one motherboard with a lot of expectations attached. Coming out of the box, the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe is extremely user friendly; in the hardware layout on-PCB, inside the BIOS, and with respect to its tweaking software. The Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe supports 940-pin socket AM2 AMD Athlon64/X2/FX and Sempron processors and is based on the flagship nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI and nVidia MCP55PXE chipsets. ”

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