“If you’ve been holding out on the Athlon 64, particularly the more consumer based Socket 754 version, the K8N Neo Platinum is as good a reason as any to jump on board now. With the great performance, stability and system level firewall, you won’t be disappointed with it.”
“Opening the front door, you are greeted with the common sleek design provided by the Lian-Li manufacturers. On the bottom is a small indiscreet case badge. Although I really don’t like case badges, this one isn’t too bad in my opinion. The power button is mounted centerline on the panel with the tiniest LED indicators. Lian-Li includes an aluminum 5.25” floppy drive cover and a 5.25” CD/DVD stealth cover. I was really impressed that Lian-Li added these two extras with the V1100.”
“Fan controllers come in all shapes and sizes. Be that a simple knob rheostat all the way up to the fully automatic digital unit such as the Thermaltake Hardcano 12. Thinking outside the box, Thermaltake has gone in an entirely new direction with their newest fan controller dubbed the XTunner. You have wireless mice, keyboards, NICs and printers so why not a rheobus? Thermaltake’s press release cites the XTunner’s extra “n” in its name, is for innovation. To come up with an idea like a radio controlled rheobus, I have to agree.”
“The front bezel design of the SST-TJ02 is fantastic consisting of brushed aluminum, alloy, bevelled edges and silver mirror coating on the steel chassis. SilverStone continues to use simplistic design techniques eliminating the need for pre-modified case options and fancy gimmicks. The SST-TJ02 supports all mATX and Full ATX motherboard formats and does not ship with an included PSU. Consumers have the option of selecting from SilverStone’s SST PSU models which range from 300W to 460W.”
“Any self-respecting modder will sleeve his wires. It’s really that simple. The problem is, it can be one hell of a pain in the ass to do. So when cable sleeving kits come out, a lot of people flock to them in the hopes of saving themselves some grief. Frankly, they are useful not just for power supply units, but also for any other wires you need to run in your box; fans, front panel case wires (power/reset/activity LEDs), etc. The benefits are not just aesthetic, however. Sleeving your cables also allows air to flow better in your case.”
The Overclocker Cafe’ has two Corsair PC4000 PRO 1gb memory kits to giveaway. The PRO modules are the hip looking units with the activity LEDs on the spines of the memory. Now what’s cooler than that?! Between now and June 15th, folks can put their name in the hat by visiting the Overclocker Cafe’ contest page. Two people out there will be very happy indeed with some ultra fast and ultra cool looking DIMMs in their box – for free!
“When Cooler Master introduced the Musketeer, it was a considerable departure from traditional bay devices, both in form as well as function. Its automotive style gauges replaced the usual LCD panel, and the functions it offered were somewhat different as well. Now Cooler Master has introduced the Musketeer II, which departs even further from the expected where function is concerned, and adds some features that make the M2 even more attractive to modders.”
“We have another FX5950 Ultra card for you guys today. Chaintech sent us a sample of their fastest card. We will compare this sample to one we got from MSI awhile back and also vs a normal 5900XT card to see the difference in performance. We will test the card in heavy gaming and also overclocking tests.”