Tech News March 2003

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P4 Spark 7 Heatsink Review
Furioustech :: Wednesday, March 26, 2003

“This heatsink from Thermaltake is all copper and has a 6000 RPM fan. It has a thermal probe or a manual fan speed control. I think the people at Thermaltake have hit this one on the head so to speak. Want to know more? Come on in and read about this heatsink on the Furioustech chopping block!”

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ThermalTake Volcano 11 Review
Overclocker Café :: Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Looking more closely at the way the fins are attached to the base we see they are folded on the end and in someway bonded to the base. This method of fin attachment has always been hit or miss. If it is done right there is no problem. If it is done wrong, leaving gaps between the base and the point of fin attachment, the efficiency of the convection process gets thrown down the tubes.

 

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Kingston PC3500 DCDDR Review
Nexus Hardware :: Wednesday, March 26, 2003

 

“We previously wrote a review on a Kingston HyperX PC3500 512MB module, and now we are back with more! This time, we’ll be testing 2 sticks Kingston HyperX PC3500 256MB running in dual channel DDR (DC DDR) configuration on an Epox 8RDA+ along with an AMD Athlon XP 2700+ microprocessor. We’ll see if these modules are capable of supporting DC DDR and able to run lower timings at higher speeds. HyperX is a fairly new line of product for Kingston. Let’s see if this is what you’ve been looking for! ”

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Do it Yourself Watter Cooling Reservior Article
I Am Not a Geek :: Wednesday, March 26, 2003

 

“Water cooling components are not cheap. Key components consist of the radiator, CPU block, and the pump, while the less expensive components consist of tubing and radiator fans. There is sometimes the added cost of the reservoir, which almost always adds around 40-100 Canadian dollars to the total. Keeping this cost in mind when I decided to water cool, I opted to make my own reservoir and save my money. Reservoirs are fairly simple things, an input on one side and an output on another. Why pay so much for such a simple thing?…”

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CoolerMaster AFP-U01 CD Faceplate Review
Mikhailtech :: Wednesday, March 26, 2003

 

Now, this problem can be solved in a number of ways. The easiest way is to paint the drive in the color of the case, preferably using a special metallic paint for cars. Besides the fact that you lose the warranty on your drive, you can damage it by getting paint inside, on the electronics and loading mechanism. Also, metallic car paint is quite expensive. Another way to match the drive and case is to hide the drive. For this you must use one of the drive bay covers that come with the case. You simply attach the cover on the drive.

 

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Kingwin KT-436S-WM Aluminum Case
SystemCooling :: Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Recently I reviewed the C3 Acrylic case which was a complete see through case and prior to that was the all aluminum AMS gTower both of which, like this case, were provided by the good people at case-mod.com. Maybe you read those two reviews and wondered, wouldn’t it be great if a case could be almost entirely see through but offer great cooling like the all aluminum cases. Well if those were your wishes Kingwin has the answer. The Kingwin KT-436s-WM is all aluminum and it offers not only great cooling, good looks and not one, not two but three pre-modded windows.”

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Win a Cooler Master ATC-710 GX1 Case
XtReMoDs :: Wednesday, March 26, 2003

“XtReMoDs is having its very first contest. Don’t miss out. Enter to win a Cooler Mater ATC-710 GX1 Case today!”

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Silicon Image Serial ATA Controller Review
Techwarelabs :: Wednesday, March 26, 2003
Serial ATA, while late, is here! This review explores the new SATA technology with the Silicon Image 3112 SATA controller. While SATA is not terribly faster than traditional ATA, it does have many benefits and improvements. Read the review to see how it performs with a SATA Seagate hard drive.”

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Pentium 4 Overclocking Adventure
TweakTown :: Tuesday, March 25, 2003

“We all love overclocking, and the effect it has on our 3DMark scores – some people more than others. Today Tio “Tha Realest” Chaharbaghi takes us on a Pentium 4 overclocking adventure taking a 2.4GHz processor to its maximum with explanations along the way and clock speed increases and the effect on 3DMark 2001 SE scores. If you are new to the Pentium 4 overclocking scene, make time to check out this article!”

 

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The Folding@Home Project: Why do they do it?
Short-Media :: Tuesday, March 25, 2003

There is a quiet cause ticking away on nearly 100,000 computers worldwide. People are giving up a little of their computer time to unravel another of life’s mysteries. They work as individuals and they have grouped together to form teams. They cobble together pc parts to build new computers dedicated to the task. They even mark the passing of a friend with their accomplishments.

 

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OCS Enhanced Radeon 9700 Level III SE review
OCAddiction :: Tuesday, March 25, 2003

 

“So what else is so special about this card you ask? This thing is an absolute BEAST with the Zalman cooler pre-installed and the clock speeds of this card are at almost insane levels. Well above any current product shipping from ATI. From OCSystem, the card comes clocked at a whopping 415MHz Core and 730MHz Memory. If you were looking for the highest performing card available today, this would be it. ”

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MSI K7N2G-ILSR nForce2 Motherboard Review
PCStats :: Tuesday, March 25, 2003

“In this review, we will be testing out MSI’s nForce2-IGP motherboard; the K7N2G-ILSR. The MSI K7N2G-ILSR is based on the nForce2-IGP (Integrated Graphics Processor) and is teamed up the MCP2-T southbridge. Unlike the no frills K7N2-L the K7N2G-ILSR is very well equipped with serial ATA/IDE RAID, a 10/100 LAN RJ45 jack, IEEE 1394, USB 2.0, 6-channel audio, TV-out (RCA composit and S-video) and of course nVIDIA’s integrated video. With all that on board it may seem pretty unlikely that you would actually need to add single expansion card to this board, but with five free PCI slots and an ACR (the blue one) you have plenty of room at your disposal. If the nForce2’s integrated video isn’t powerful enough for your applications there is also an 8X AGP port which from our own experience works really well with an ATI Radeon 9700 Pro video card… just don’t tell Nvidia we said so.”

 

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Sunbeam Tech Acrylic PC Case Review
Short-Media :: Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Beware! Naked computer pictures! The Sunbeam Tech Acrylic PC case will leave nothing hidden, unexposed or right out front for all to see. It’s a completely clear acrylic PC case that will delight modders. The case surpasses the majority of metal PC cases for design features as well. So it’s time to do the full Monty with your PC hardware!

 

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CEE2003 Coverage
Monkey Review :: Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Blurb “For now, I’d like to offer you the reasoning behind MonkeyReview attending CEE2003. We were there to cover the Zenith 8VJS, which was scheduled to release along side the AMD Athlon 64, which incidentally has seen its release pushed down to September. What has this inflicted to not only Chaintech but I’m sure a number of other board manufacturers? Well simply put, they’ve had the rug pulled out from under them.”

 

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Spire HD05040B FlowCooler Review
I Am Not a Geek :: Tuesday, March 25, 2003

 

“Processors, chipsets, memory, and video cards all receive special attention to ensure that they stay cool, which in turn extends their lives and increases performance. But what about the brain of the computer? The hard drive… The Spire HD05040B FlowCooler hard drive cooler is one solution available aimed at keeping your drive temperatures in a safe operating range.”

 

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Dremel MultiPro 395 & Flex Shaft Attachment Review
MODTHEBOX! :: Tuesday, March 25, 2003

 

“The Dremel MultiPro 395 is simple palm sized electric motor attached to a rotating shaft. The versatility of the MultiPro 395 comes from the fact that it can be wielded like an engraving tool and has a larger number of add-on accessories and attachments. As an all-purpose tool the Dremel MultiPro 395 is capable of being used with different attachments which include abrasive wheels, drill bits, wire brushes, polishers, engraving bits, router bits, and standard or re-enforced cutting wheels. The MultiPro 395 features a re-designed click and set-on setting which allows you to match the speed of your existing job as well as a new comfort grip housing for better control and handling.”

 

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VIA EPIA M9000 review
Hexus :: Tuesday, March 25, 2003

“It’s pretty easy to sum things up performance wise. Avoid high bitrate video that isn’t in MPEG-2 format and you’ll be fine. It can do pretty much anything else without fuss. The only sticking point was high bitrate DivX playback, something it just couldn’t manage due to lack of processing muscle.”

 

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KT400 Mobo Roundup
Overclocker Café :: Tuesday, March 25, 2003

 

One point I do want to make that actually was an afterthought, that was extremely surprising, was the gameport issue. If you go and drop $100 plus on a board with onboard audio you would think a gameport would be somewhere wouldn’t you? Not so. Out of the five boards, each had onboard sound but only two had gameports. These were the EPoX and the ASUS boards.

 

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Xoxide X450 Aluminum Mid-Tower Case Review
Virtual-Hideout :: Tuesday, March 25, 2003
The guys at Virtual-Hideout looks at a new Xoxide case. Here’s a snip from the review:

 

“The last review of a case I did was of their LL-61 Warrior, and while it proved to be an effectively designed case, its price was quite steep for some people. But those same people will perhaps still want a case that is not only aluminum, but looks great and is well-built. There are many advantages to the aluminum case: Heat can be dissipated better, they are easy to transport because of their light weight and they generally look nicer. Today, Xoxide answers the call of the budget aluminum case aficionado with their X450 Aluminum Mid-Tower.”

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How-to Quite a Noisy Power Supply
SystemCooling :: Tuesday, March 25, 2003

 

“The purpose of this guide is to illustrate how-to convert a high quality, but rather noisy power supply (PSU) into a silent performer. There are many good power supplies available to the computer enthusiast. Unfortunately, a lot of them are noisy. The noise produced comes from the internal fan used to move air through the PSU and cool its internal components. Some new power supplies contain variable speed fans that increase in speed (and noise) as the current load and internal temperatures go up.”

 

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Corsair (2×256) PC-3200LL Dual Channel Kit Video Review
3dgameman :: Tuesday, March 25, 2003

 

“The Corsair (2×256) PC-3200LL Dual Channel Kit offers fantastic performance and reliability in both dual and non-dual motherboards. Even though this memory is rated at 400MHz it surpasses that which is great for overclockers who want to push it to the extreme. Watch the Video to find out more…”

 

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Mad Dog Multimedia Raptor Geforce 4 Ti 4200 Video Card Review
3dXtreme :: Tuesday, March 25, 2003

“Throughout testing the card has run numerous benchmarks overclocked without a single crash, lockup or reboot. I have been gaming and testing with it now for about 12+ hours and it has been flawless.”

 

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Registry tweaking guide @ VoidedWarranty
Voided Warranty :: Tuesday, March 25, 2003
“Have you ever wondered if there was a way to speed up the way you scroll your start menu on a W2K or Win Xp OS? Well just like everything else on an operating system, this too can be modified under the registry.”

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Socket 478 Heatsink Shootout
OCIA :: Tuesday, March 25, 2003

“What happens when you lock some of the more reputable names in P4 heatsinks in a room? Well it’s much like a pack of wild animals. You have a few content with their place in the middle ranks, you have 1 or 2 that just flat out get their butt whooped, and you have a couple competing for the role of Alpha Male (no pun intended I swear, well ok, pun intended).”

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Mouse Wax Review
Mikhailtech :: Tuesday, March 25, 2003

 

Exactly what kind of compound/mixture is used I have no clue, but it certainly has unique qualities about it (kind of like silly putty). While half an ounce doesn’t seem like much, it’s actually quite a bit considering you only need one drop on each foot and 2-4 (depending on the size) on the pad. Similar to ethyl alcohol, Mouse Wax dries seconds after you smear it on. Being water based and non-toxic is also a plus, along with the lack of any kind of odor. Although it’s intended for use with gaming/plastic mouse pads, it also works on other surfaces (like cloth pads for instance), though not as well.

 

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Zalman ZM80A-HP VGA Cooler Review
TweakTown :: Tuesday, March 25, 2003

“We’ve been hearing about these Zalman Heatpipe coolers for the video cards lately, so it is time to see what they are all about. In a nutshell, they are claiming to be able to give sufficient cooling for performance video boards without the use of a fan. Come join Mike “Darthtanion” Wright as he takes a look at both the installation and performance of the Zalman ZM80A-HP VGA Heatpipe and finds out the final answer… can this contraption really work?”

 

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Vantec Power Supply Review
Furioustech :: Monday, March 17, 2003

 

“Very seldom do I get a product that scores a prefect 10. The Vantec Stealth power supply series has all the power the any computer builder and modder would want. Vantec makes a 420 watt to 520 watt PSU, and its server ready, ROCK STABLE. Read on and find out why I think this is one of the best power supplies on the market!”

 

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Extreme Alterations 12″ UV Cold Cathodes and 80mm UV Fan Reviews
Virtual-Hideout :: Monday, March 17, 2003

 

“Installing everything was simple. The first step was to remove the fan clips and plug the fans into them. After replacing them, I quickly plugged in the molex power cords and they were ready to go. Next I had to install the cold cathodes. I decided I wanted to run both bulbs off of one inverter to save space. To do this, I first mounted the inverter in the middle of the case. Then, I mounted one cold cathode in the top of my case and one in the bottom. I used the zip ties and stick clips, and the whole process took a few seconds. With everything mounted, I opened up the inverter case. There are two plugs for the cold cathodes, so I plugged in both of them. After closing the box back up, I plugged in the inverter’s molex power plug. The last step was to install the switch. Lucky for me, I just happened to have a hole already drilled in the back of my case! I popped the plug into place and I was ready to go!”

 

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Skyhawk Matrix Case Review
Overclocker Café :: Monday, March 17, 2003

 

The market is slowing beginning to fill out with economical and mid range priced aluminum PC cases that don’t skimp on features. The Overclocker Café looks at one of these, in the form of the Skyhawk Matrix series case. Here is a snip of the review.

Now we get to LCD display. Geeky looking and functional too. The display shows time, temperature, and hard drive and system status. It only uses one temperature probe, which is included; the wire is listed at 23″ (mine was 20.5″). In the future I hope they can expand this to five or so probes.

 

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Ratpadz GS Review
Overclocker Café :: Monday, March 17, 2003

 

A mouse pad, be it for gaming or work is all about two things and two things only; grip and glide. The Ratpad GS provides a no slip base for the most manic of gamers and smooth action glide for precision graphics design or precision headshots. The differences between the original Ratpad and the Ratpad GS are subtle but the cumulative effect of these small differences make an already outstanding product shine all the more.

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