Tech News May 2005

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OCZ EL DDR PC-3200 Dual Channel Titanium Review @ PC Modding Malaysia
PC Modding Malaysia :: Monday, May 30, 2005

“Since OCZ is marketing the Titanium series as being “exceptionally reliable”, I decided to test how well it would do under constant stress testing. While only one week of virtually constant stress testing may not be enough for me to say that this memory is “exceptionally reliable”, I will update this section of the review should I encounter any problem at all with this memory. I will be running it 24/7 perhaps for the next year or so in my server, so rest assured that I will keep everyone updated should it be any less than exceptionally reliable”

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Swiftech H20-120 Rev. 3a Water Cooling Kit Review @ PC Modding Malaysia
PC Modding Malaysia :: Monday, May 30, 2005

“Overall, the Swiftech H20-120-SB Revision 3a kit is a perfect water cooling kit. It is almost compatible with almost any case available in the market and the integrated bay reservoir and pump is simply space saving. I have to admit that this is the most convenient water cooling kit I have ever reviewed, period. Besides that, the Radbox allows installation on any case and it gives better performance with the radiator installed externally. I was also impressed with the Coolsleeves as it gave better flexibility to the tubings (without kinking) even under the tightest situation.”

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THERMALTAKE SVIKING BA400BWS BLACK COMPUTER CASE REVIEW @ Tweaknews
Tweaknews :: Monday, May 30, 2005

“The Thermaltake SViking series is a good buy, with a few exceptions. The sharp edges were kept to a bare minimum and for the most part the metal was rolled nice and neatly. The case offers a lot of room for optical and hard drives. The cases airflow is designed well, but mark my words, you won’t be able to take the full speed setting for long.”

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Danger Den MCT-40 Coolant @ Techniz.co.uk
Techniz.co.uk :: Monday, May 30, 2005

“The Danger Den MCT-40 is specially design for the water cooling usage. The coolant of the MCT-40 is able to reduce the temperature of the water to improve the cooling performance. During our testing, the MCT-40 is performing better than the distilled water. Beside that, by using the MCT-40 in your water cooling setup, it will have a lot of advantages such as controls algae by eliminating food source, extend the life of the water block and water cooling system.”

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Shuttle XPC ST20G5 Review @ Hexus
Hexus :: Monday, May 30, 2005

“All wrapped up in the very stylish G5 XPC chassis, the ST20G5 has a whole lot going for it. Until Shuttle pair nForce4 with the G5 chassis, there’s arguably no better teeny PC to place a Socket 939 CPU and a PCI Express graphics board into.”

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Corsair COOL Watercooling Kit @ InsaneTek
InsaneTek :: Monday, May 30, 2005

“Corsair continues their watercooling line with products from Swiftech. Sure they didn’t actually manufacture it but they do make a nice bundle at a great price. Plus you get a green bracket that Swiftech doesn’t offer”

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Ultra compact IWILL 4-Way, dual-core Intel Xeon MP mainboard pictures @ Hexus
Hexus :: Monday, May 30, 2005

“The board is based around the 6th generation Intel 8500 core logic and supports 4-way, 64-bit Intel Xeon Processors, and the chipset also has full dual-core Xeon support. It has the ability to use 16 DDR2-400 ECC Registered Memory modules, supporting hot-swap, memory raid – sparing/mirroring. ”

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DVdoctor.feature – PCI Express technology backgrounder @ Hexus
Hexus :: Monday, May 30, 2005

“PCI Express isn’t just about increased bandwidth. It also offers better power management, including native hot-plug support. And, although the physical interface is not backwards compatible, the driver architecture is. So PCI products can rapidly be moved over to PCI Express with little rewriting of software needed to make them work.”

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Intel Pentium 4 670 and Pentium D 820 @ Hexus
Hexus :: Saturday, May 28, 2005

“To state the obvious, where the Pentium D 820 thrives is in multi-threaded applications that take full advantage of both its cores concurrently. When that happens, its performance beats out the fastest and most expensive single-core models with comparative ease. Above all else, what the £200 Pentium D 820 does is bring real dual-core goodness to the masses.”

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Mushkin 1GB DC DDR400 Redline Review @ Techniz.co.uk
Techniz.co.uk :: Saturday, May 28, 2005

“The Mushkin 1GB DDR400 Redline series memory module is a very highly overclockable memory module that will meet the needs of most enthusiasts. This pair of DDR400 is one of the fastest frequencies RAM of the DDR memory range. This dual channel RAM is able to run at tight timings of 2-3-2-6 which is the best and basic requirement for a good memory module. Furthermore, with the voltage of 2.9V, it was able to hit 236 MHz which is equal to DDR 472 with the tight timings of 2-3-2-6. With a higher voltage at 3.6V, the Redline modules are able to reach 258MHz at the timing of 2-3-2-6.”

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DFI Lan Party nF4 Ultra-D Review @ PC Modding Malaysia
PC Modding Malaysia :: Saturday, May 28, 2005

“This board is just another legendary board from DFI. Without any doubt the DFI Lan Party nF4 Ultra-D will be the dream board for overclockers due to its high overclocking ability and luxurious BIOS tweaking. If you are lucky, you might get the older batch which can be modded to nF4 SLI without extra cost. However, if you are not an average / hardcore overclocker and do not bother to do the tweaking, you can still purchase this motherboard but it will be pointless getting a super-overclockable motherboard when you don’t even intend to overclock at the first place. Besides, this motherboard needs a lot of tweaking and trials to bring the best out of this board. Besides the high overclocking ability, this board also has other advantages as well such as the CMOS reload, EZ-on buttons and dual Gigabyte LAN, just for the list. With the price of around 130USD, it definitely an inexpensive solution for your ultimate overclocking setup”

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Talkback: The Console Wars
Designtechnica :: Friday, May 27, 2005
“All three gaming consoles have been disclosed at E3, the new Sony/Apple-like Xbox 360, the new Playstation 3, which looks like it was designed by Porsche, and the Nintendo Revolution, which rather looks like it was designed by, well, Sony.

The good news is all of the products look much better than those preceding them, and they should outperform their predecessors as well; however, there are massive differences between them. The Nintendo product is the lightweight in terms of performance, but it’s expected to cost less than half of what the other two products cost, in a market that traditionally has not liked products over $200 very much. Unfortunately, it will also be the last to market and it will enter when the other two players should have vastly greater game support. That gives the Nintendo long odds for this race, which has been increasingly between Sony and Microsoft.”

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E3 2005 Convention Coverage at TechIMO
Techimo :: Friday, May 27, 2005

The Electronic Entertainment Expo attracted much media attention this year, and we are serving up a quick overview of the spotlight attractions. Excerpt: Today’s roundup is the first of several articles that will be released about E3 2005. Future articles will include: game previews, game console previews, and even a couple of hardware previews. In the meantime, check out our official E3 gallery, complete with plenty of booth babe pics.

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News Flash – Logitech QuickCam for Notebooks Deluxe Webcam Review
Futurelooks :: Friday, May 27, 2005
“It’s small and you can hide it in the palm of your hand. What is it? It’s the Logitech quickcam, for notebooks deluxe. It’s the smallest webcam I have seen. The specifications that I have read are very impressive, but will it stand up to the test?”

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PimpRig Review // Sapphire Tech Toxic X700 Pro PCIe Video Card
PimpRig :: Friday, May 27, 2005
“One of the main benefits of this X700 Pro vs the vanilla one is that this one comes packaged with Sapphire’s A.P.E. software. This is definitely the easiest out of the box overclocking software I have ever used… to a fault. Simply slide in the install CD and run the setup app and reboot. Done. Don’t bother to look for any settings or fancy system tray setup. It won’t be there. For the minimalists among you this little app will be extremely attractive but for control freaks like me that love bells, whistles, switches and options (for starters) this little app just won’t sit well and you will most likely opt to use your preferred overclocking software instead.”


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Shuttle SB83G5C Media Center XPC @ t-break
t-break :: Friday, May 27, 2005
The two drive bays and the front panel are all concealed making the look consistent and elegant. The front also houses the VFD display which is a two line display with the top line showing icons of the currently used function and the bottom line showing text such as the time or the temperature of your XPC. We must say that the VFD display gels real well with the mirror finish giving it a somewhat Sony floating glass touch.

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Sharp Zaurus SL-C3000 Review
Designtechnica :: Friday, May 27, 2005
“It’s been a while since we’ve seen any innovation in the PDA scene, especially since Sony stopped selling their Clie line. With the PDA market seemingly shrinking and stagnating, Sharp has released a new versatile PDA that may change what the definition of a PDA is.

The Zaurus SL-C3000 is the latest in the line of Linux-based PDAs from Sharp. What distinguishes the Zaurus from other popular PDAs is the use of Linux as the core operating system. This allows the Zaurus to have a stable, tried and true operating system with a lot of flexibility and extensibility. In addition, Sharp packs the Zaurus SL-C3000 with the best of technologies to create a very unique product.”

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VIA EPIA SP 1300 All-In-One – HTPC Dream and Car PC Paradise
TweakTown :: Friday, May 27, 2005
“Today we’re taking a look at VIA’s latest small form factor All-In-One EPIA motherboard, the SP 1300 based on the latest processors and chipsets to come from the VIA labs. This low power consumption platform with hardware MPEG-2 decoding and hardware MPEG-4 acceleration might just what you’re looking for in a silent HTPC or car computer. Read on as we take a close look at the humble yet impressive EPIA SP 1300 All-In-One motherboard from VIA Technologies.”

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News – LiteOn SOHW-1693S DVD Writer
Techniz.co.uk :: Friday, May 27, 2005

“LiteOn have come out with another great DVD Writer, the SOHW-1693S. The SOHW-1693S was a very good optical drive in terms of performance. The overall performance was much better than the previous model which is the SOHW-1673S and this new model is support the writing of the DVD-R Dual Layer media. The drive itself is very stable during the reading/writing of any CD/DVD media. As for the noise level, it was much quiet compare to the all the previous model. Furthermore, this new unit is comes with the extra bezel kit that you can change the color of the bezel according to you needs to match with your chassis. The LiteOn SOHW-1693S DVD Writer is a worthy solution of the new 16x Dual Layer DVD writer”

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Prime Cooler Hypercool III+ & Hypercool 4+ Review @ PC Modding Malaysia
PC Modding Malaysia :: Friday, May 27, 2005

“Basically the Prime Cooler Hypercool III+ and Hypercool 4+ are both good coolers for midrange overclockers because it seem that it can’t handle the heat for higher overclocking. Although these coolers are huge in size but the installation isn’t that hard. I found that it is quite easy to use for all kinds of sockets. Besides that, these coolers are silent, universal (Hypercool 4+), and its ablility to cool down not only the processor but other motherboard components (MOSFET) as well. With its acceptable price, I would suggest you to try it if you’re looking for a silent CPU cooling solution”

 

HEXUS.net – ZMAXd2: More Pictures
Hexus :: Friday, May 27, 2005
Packing support for NVIDIA’s SLI technology via nForce4 SLI core logic, along with support for dual-core Opteron, the ZMAXd2 crams even more into the same space, doubling the CPU and graphics power with help from a new 400W power supply, specially developed by IWILL for the unit.

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Aspire X-QPACK Micro ATX Case Review @ ModdersHQ.net
ModdersHQ.net :: Friday, May 27, 2005

A Quote “…Now for some not so typical testing. My wife has always rolled her eyes at my passion and desire for computers and all things geeky. She would often laugh at me when I would ramble on about the new (insert name here) case. While doing the final photos for this review, she stuck her head in the door to see what I was doing and immediately feel in love with the X-QPACK. I was politely ordered to earmark this case (including the hardware…bye bye Gainward) for her next rig. If a case can demand that kind of attention from MY WIFE, it has to be doing something right.”

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The Future of Linux on Laptops @ CoolTechZone
CoolTechZone :: Friday, May 27, 2005

“Although Linux is growing meekly when it comes to end-user usage and interaction, the overall experience of using a Linux distribution has turned out to be a positive one for numerous beginners. In recent years, Linux has made advancements in leaps and bounds, which has led to its adoption by many corporate users as well as regular desktop users. Though it’s still not in a perfect state, the rapid pace of development in numerous areas of Linux promises a bright future, nonetheless.”

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Gigabyte G-Power Cooler Pro (GH-PDU21-MF) Review @ Bjorn3D
Beyond3D :: Friday, May 27, 2005
With today’s high-end CPU’s running hotter than ever, companies are trying to come up with new CPU heatsink and fan combinations to keep the CPU cool. Today, I am going to look at the Gigabyte’s G-Power Cooler Pro (GH-PDU21-MF) on my AMD Athlon 64 FX 55. We will be comparing it to the Thermaltake K450 that I reviewed last month.

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THERMALTAKE PUREPOWER TWV 500W ATX 2.0 MODULAR POWER SUPPLY REVIEW @ TWEAKNEWS.NET
Tweaknews :: Friday, May 27, 2005

“Thermaltake has done a good job with their first entry into the modular power supply market. The TWV 500W sells for around $130US, putting it at the high end of the spectrum, price wise. The inclusion of a case fan and the TWV module offsets the high price somewhat, if the prospective buyer finds these features desirable.”

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Iwill ZMAXd2 Dual-Opteron Dual-Core ready Specs, Motherboard & first photos ever published!
AMDboard :: Friday, May 27, 2005
The Computex show in Taipei is always bringing some exciting new products and today AMDboard.com is revealing one of those The Iwill AMD dual-Opteron is based on the hugely attractive ZMAXdp barebone design with incredible specifications. The motherboard is dual-core ready (yes, that’s potentially 4 AMD Opteron cores in a SFF!) which sports NVIDIA NFORCE4 SLI chipset for allowing 2 PCI Express x16 graphic cards to run simultaneously. To power such hungry puppy, Iwill has integrated no less than a 400W power supply unit (PSU) and that’s undoubtedly a minimum. But that’s not all and we invite you to enjoy more pictures, motherboard and short specification at:

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HEXUS.review – ABIT AN8 Fatal1ty S939 Motherboard
Hexus :: Friday, May 27, 2005

Snip: ABIT Fatal1ty AN8’s passes its biggest test, that is, being a supreme enthusiast-orientated S939 motherboard. What makes it so good is the sensible choice of a feature-rich chipset, nForce4 Ultra, and due care and attention that’s given over to both frequency and fan-speed manipulation. These two factors combine to push the sample’s stable HTT frequency to 320MHz – the highest yet seen at HEXUS. It’s achieved without any additional cooling and it paves the way for the Fatal1ty AN8 to be paired with the best S939 overclocking CPUs available today, be they Venice or San Diego cores.

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Thermalright XP-90C Heatsink @ Viperlair
ViperLair :: Friday, May 27, 2005
“Three or four degrees difference over the Zalman cooler may not seem like much, but to an enthusiast that may mean the difference in a decent overclock and a great overclock. Naturally when compared to the stock cooler on the 3.4 there is no surprise in the huge temperature difference, but it does give a great example of how much more efficient the XP-90 is.”

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Ultra X-Connect 500W Power Supply @ GideonTech
GideonTech :: Saturday, May 21, 2005
“The Ultra X-Connect is rated at a beefy 500W, which should more than enough for most modern day machines. That’s actually not the selling point of this model. Instead of the typical wires, the design is made to incorporate modular wires. Use what you need, remove what you don’t.”

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OCZ PC3200 Gold Edition (BH5) DDR RAM @ PimpRig
PimpRig :: Saturday, May 21, 2005
“BH5… the Lich King. Any avid overclocker who is worth his salt and has been involved in the OC scene for a while has at least heard of the legendary Winbond BH5 RAM. This RAM was heralded for it’s ability to keep low/tight timings (2-2-2-5 1T) at rediculous overclocked speeds (250+MHz) as long as you could feed it the juice it needed (3.5V+). BH5 is back from the dead! OCZ has arranged to have new BH5 chips made from old dies. The result is a lightning quick pair of 512MB sticks available for under $160!”

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