Tech News November 2002

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Vantec Nexus NXP-101 Multi-Function Panel Review
Virtual-Hideout :: Thursday, November 28, 2002
“Look at any overclockers/modders PC and you’ll probably find some kind of monitoring or control device in it. It could be a simple temperature LCD or a fancy character/graphical LCD and from simple switches to cool home-made fanbus/baybus system. While the system have all the power it needs from the overclocked hardwares in it and all the cooling from the gazillion fans in it, it is inevitable that sometimes, something will go wrong or give way and it is important that the user is warned before it happens. That’s where the monitoring/control device comes into the picture. While many of the devices out there does the job and does it well, none does it in quite the style of the Vantec Nexus NXP-101 Multi-Function Panel that we’re taking a look today. Vantec is well known for their line of heatsink-fans for the Intel and AMD platform, with many of their HSFs winning awards and praises for their stellar performance. But with the modding scene getting bigger everyday, they have now included other products aimed at this particular genre and the Nexus NXP-101 Multi-Function Panel is one of the many upcoming gadgets that we’ll see from them.”

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Xoxide X450 Aluminum Case review
I Am Not a Geek :: Thursday, November 28, 2002
“Xoxide provides us with a solid aluminum case with an eye-catching side window. With case mods, especially windows, becoming more and more standard, it’s nice to see that all windows don’t have to be square, rectangle, round or oval. The front acrylic with blue accents adds a touch of class, and the all aluminum construction shows functionality. If you’re looking for something above average that won’t damage your wallet, take a serious look at this case.”

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Innovatek Innovaset 2 Water Cooling Kit Review
3dXtreme :: Thursday, November 28, 2002
“All in all the Innovatek Innovaset 2 Water Cooling Kit delivers in a big way. Installation and setup was a breeze and the cooling performance was nothing less than stellar. This was my first experience a water cooling kit and Innovatek did not disappoint me at all.”

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Epox 4SDA5+ SiS648 Motherboard Review
PCStats :: Thursday, November 28, 2002
“I’ve been a big fan of Epox motherboards for a long time now, and when I heard that they were producing a SiS 648 based motherboard, I was very interested to see how it would really perform. The SiS 648 chipset is generally know as a good performer in most situations, sometimes even rivalling Intel’s DDR chipsets. Unfortunately, most of the SiS boards we have tested have proven to be rather poor overclockers. If any manufacturer can make a good overclocking SiS 648 based motherboard, it’s Epox. Right? Realistically speaking, Epox are not bewildered by the mention of “overclocking” – the actual number of consumers who partake in this sport are small. The real market motherboard makers need to supply are consumers like you and me – people who just need a board with a good feature set, and reliable performance. In this regard the 4SDA5+ should turn a few heads with the sheer variety of on board features.”

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MSI 845PE MAX2 FIR review
Hexus :: Thursday, November 28, 2002
“Along with ABIT’s MAX series of boards, the MSI 845PE series would be high on my prospective motherboard list if I was looking for a fast, feature-packed, and stable platform. Priced at around £120, this MSI that a feature-laden motherboard doesn’t have to cost the earth. Sure, it’s more expensive than its SiS counterparts, but not radically so. The BFIR, with an additional bundled Bluetooth receiver, can be had for around £140.”

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Lian Li PC-402A Mini Flex ATX case review
Overclocker Café :: Thursday, November 28, 2002
When I first took the 402A out of its box it was something akin to Austin Powers and “Mini-me”. The 402A must have grown up on a diet of coffee and cigarettes. This is because the 402A looks exactly like the 6089A in its basic form.

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Sunbeam Sound Sensitive Cold Cathode Kit Review
MODTHEBOX! :: Thursday, November 28, 2002

“The Sunbeam Sound Sensentive Cold Cathode Kit includes a new sound activated module which has a microphone embedded in the left portion of the shell casing. A four position switch controls the different operation modes for the cold cathode kits. The “OFF” mode turns the kit completely off when not in use. The “ON” mode keeps the light on constantly and works like a standard cold cathode kit. The “SOUND CTRL” mode turns on the microphone which allows the cold cathode kit to react to sound. The “FLASH” mode turns on the cold cathode kit but flashes the units like a strobe light in 3 second durations. A volume switch on the right hand side allows you to adjust the sensitivity of the microphone.”

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Avalanche and Tundra 2 coolers
Techwarelabs :: Thursday, November 28, 2002
“To begin, the look and feel of these heatsinks is excellent. You can tell a lot about a product by the care taken in packaging and also in the finish of a product. These two heatsinks have very nice finish. The all copper Tundra2 features a clear, quiet, yet effective oversized fan delivered great performance. The aluminum Avalanche with copper insert, and a mean looking 11 fin fan performed equally as well.”

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IWill P4HT-S i845PE Motherboard Review
Hexus :: Thursday, November 28, 2002
In summary, if you’re looking for a performance-based motherboard with a touch of class, and want to be a little different from the crowd, the IWill P4HT-S should be a prime candidate. Priced at around 120 Pounds, it’s not cheap, but quality never is.

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Chieftec Matrix Full-Tower Review
Virtual-Hideout :: Thursday, November 28, 2002

“If you are in need of a large case, the Cheiftec Matrix does have many benefits. It’s a beautiful case, that does in fant live up to its reputation. There is plenty of space for all your hardware, with the easy of quick drive swapping and easy door removal. There were one or two minor problems with the case, however none were large enough to be considered negative. From the case modder’s view, I believe the Matrix has great potential. The case’s design of having maximum ventilation gives several places for glow wire or LED’s, and there is a lot of space on the panels, top and bottom of the case to install windows.”

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Innovatek innovaSET1 Water Cooling Kit Review
MODTHEBOX! :: Thursday, November 28, 2002

I really like these kits

Kuthtec KTM3000 Copper Core Heatsink Review
Frosty Tech :: Thursday, November 28, 2002
“Kuthtec use a larger copper center than most manufacturers, extending it the full 30mm height of the heatsink, 30mm. Some heatsink designs we have seen recently have cut the copper center to about 3/4 of the full height. This apparently makes the heatsink work a little better, but we shall have to see for ourselves in the case of the Kuthtec KTM3000. Cooling fans always tend to work a little better when there are a few millimeters of separation between the base and the heatsink fins. On the bottom of the heatsink we find a rather ingenuitive clipping method. Rather than cut a big hole down the center of the heatsink body, or one of a half-dozen other methods, the engineers have devised a clip which ‘bolts’ onto the copper insert directly.”

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Zalman ZM300A-APF 300W Power Supply Review
M:6 :: Thursday, November 28, 2002
“When I first hit the power button, I can’t hear anything from the PSU. I thought that maybe the noise was drowned by the other fans, but NO! Even with other fans switched off, I can hardly hear any noise. Very low humm to be exact. You won’t even notice the noise unless, of course, you put your ear next to the fan;) Even at the full load the noise is still acceptable.”

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Corsair XMS 3500C2PT DDR Memory Video Review #239:
3dgameman :: Thursday, November 28, 2002
“The Corsair XMS 3500C2PT DDR Memory performs very well and there is no question, it has Extreme Memory Speed. I was able to get it over the default speed of 434MHz (DDR) and even at these amazing speeds the memory is completely stable. If you are in the market for super fast reliable DDR memory, this is it. Watch the Video to find out more…”

I want some

Vantec EZ Swap Rack MRK-102FD review
Monkey Review :: Thursday, November 28, 2002

The LCD is the last thing I will talk about, this is really the meat of the unit and it’s what sets it apart from your normal HDD rack. The information you can achieve from the front LCD is what impressed me the most, being able to check if the drive is being accessed, if its set to master/slave and even how many hours the hard drives/system have been on, this is unfortunately only represented via days/hours and does not display minutes. It also shows you if its internal 40mm fan is functioning or not and lastly the temperature from within the unit.

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Cooler Master IHC-H71 Intel P4 478 Review
3dXtreme :: Thursday, November 28, 2002
“The fan used by Cooler Master was a 70x70x25 fan that spins at 6000 rpm. Quite a bit faster than the Spire I’ve been using which spins around 3000 rpm. 46 Cfm of air comes at a price, 46 dBa to be exact. 46 dBa is much louder than most the other Intel P4 coolers on the market, however not many produce 46 cfm, those fans are mostly used for AMD cooling solutions.”


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Koolance — EXOS External Liquid Cooling System Review
SystemCooling :: Thursday, November 28, 2002
Koolance has been making pre-fab’d cooling kits for some time now. But much of the consuming public still fears the idea of placing water inside a case, and has fears of the installation process as well. Much of that fear can be dissipated, now, as it’s been made a lot easier. Koolance has designed an external water cooling kit that is very user friendly. In fact, you’ll have this kit installed and running in no time. The only ‘real’ tool that is needed is a simple screw driver, and some dykes. That’s pretty much all that’s needed: simple tools and a small amount of your time.

The Innovatek are better than these

Swiftech MCX462+ review
ViperLair :: Thursday, November 28, 2002
“Using a 70mm fan, we managed some decent performance out of the heatsink. Using an 80mm fan though, provided outstanding results. The only annoying thing about using an 80mm fan is the snap rivets. Although installation is easy, you’re going to need a flathead screwdriver to get these off if you want to change fans.”

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Vantec Nexus Multi-Function Panel
ViperLair :: Thursday, November 28, 2002
“The LCD display displays the system information your interested in with the touch of a button. There are three temperature probes included with the Nexus, and all you have to do is attach them to whatever it is you want to monitor. I would imagine the most likely combination is the CPU, hard drive and system. However, you can choose to watch the video card, your memory or even your Northbridge. It’s up to you. Another nice feature is the LCD is backlit, so even in the dark, you can still read the LCD.”

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AVC Tundra 2 Socket A Cooler Review
3dXtreme :: Thursday, November 28, 2002
“I should mention that the fan blades are curved more than a normal fan enabling it to run quieter. The heatsink itself is made of copper, allowing it to dissipate heat faster than aluminum, but will this cooler with its unique fan blades be a performer than your standard copper coolers?”

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Antec Plus 1080AMG File Server Case
PCStats :: Tuesday, November 19, 2002
“Computer cases used to be the last thing on everyone’s shopping list, and then something changed – case modding brought about a resurgence in design and case style. Now it’s possible to buy pre-modded cases and even all aluminum cases filled with blinking lights. In this situation, the case is designed to look professional, and be exceptionally functional. The Antec 1080AMG is an updated model of an old standby – the SX1030B and the face lift is well worth it. The new Antec Plus 1080AMG as it is formally called, comes with a coat of metallic grey paint, and features a hexagonal side blowhole and USB/Firewire ports up front. Add to that a few other minor refinements and you’ll be left wondering why you ever decided to go for a bland “white box.”

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SOYO P4X400 DRAGON ULTRA Motherboard Review
Hexus :: Tuesday, November 19, 2002
Considered in isolation, the SOYO P4X400 DRAGON is a good motherboard, but when considered with respect to the other Pentium 4 chipsets currently on offer, it is decidedly average.

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Nikao Union Mid-Tower Case Review
MODTHEBOX! :: Tuesday, November 19, 2002

“In true Nikao tradition, the Union Mid-Tower Case screams individuality and style. The case is accented by a character-rich front bezel. One immediately notices the frosted acrylic panel with an oval pattern embedded in it. Chrome power and reset buttons sit nestled in a small black oval in the centre of the pane. The sides of the bezel have a 1 inch section of grooved plastic running the length of the face. The drive covers offset the vertical frame with a single horizontal raised line at each base. The design is almost reminiscent of 1930’s Chicago architecture.”

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Romeo DX Case from ExoticPC.com
PimpRig :: Tuesday, November 19, 2002

“I am very impressed with the case, it is incredibly well thought out. What catches the eye first is the beautiful red metallic front bezel, which happens to be removable. The red color goes well with the rest of the case. A very cool feature is the bezels are swappable for other colors and since the color of the rest of the case is silver, which goes with any other color, you can literally change the theme of the case instantly.”

Litepads LitePad Pro Mouse Surface
Monkey Review :: Tuesday, November 19, 2002

have been a First Person Shooter fan and I, like most, rely on precision when playing games. There is nothing worse then having a shot lined up and have it go awry simply because of your mouse surface. I thought the best way to test this would be to bring it to a LAN Party and so I threw it in with my gear last week and was off. While at the LAN Party I used my regular $3.99 mouse pad for 3 or 4 games and then switched over to the Litepad, priced at $6.99. What a difference…….

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Radeon 9700 Pro review
ViperLair :: Tuesday, November 19, 2002
“Just a few months ago, the nVidia Ti4600 was untouchable. How things have changed with the Radeon 9700. Will the speed crown pass back to nVidia in the future? Already, the rumored specs of the NV30 look pretty darn good, and it may well be the case that nVidia will be back on top, but I wouldn’t count on this card to come out for quite some time. Then again, ATi has already demonstrated the R300 with DDR-II, and perhaps we’ll see something updated in the 9700 in the near future. This is all just speculation, but let’s look at the facts. The Radeon 9700 Pro is no doubt, the fastest video card on the market that you can buy… today.”

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Vantec EZ-Swap unit review
SystemCooling :: Tuesday, November 19, 2002
“When I first took a look at this product back in May of this year it was only available in dull Beige. At the time, I thought it was a huge mistake, in that so many people were realizing the cooling attributes and sheer beauty of Aluminum Cases, very few (I can only think of one) of which are available in Beige, with most being Black or Silver in color. As you can see in our photo, Vantec quickly realized the need for Black and Silver versions of their “ez-swap” units; you can also see that I placed aluminum 5.25″ bay covers on top of each to show the almost perfect match in color, I say almost perfect because each run of cases may be slightly different in shade due to the anodizing process itself.”

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AMS Mid Tower Converted To Water Cooling article
SystemCooling :: Thursday, November 07, 2002
“I was looking for a mid tower case I could easily adapt to water-cooling and came across the AMS gTower from America Media Systems. It is the model CF-1006 in silver and blue. It is an attractive aluminum case with a blue tinted acrylic front panel. The case is also available in silver with a clear acrylic front panel. A full tower version is also available. While this is not intended to be a review, the case and it’s features are worth mentioning since you may not be familiar with it. Next to the polished power and reset button on the front panel are easily accessible USB, Firewire, headphones and a microphone jack. The harnesses are not hard wired so you can unplug and remove the wiring from the case if you choose not to use them. A blue power led and orange hard drive led shine brightly through the acrylic. It is a wide case and that feature will come in handy during the water-cooling conversion.”

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Thermaltake Volcano 9 review
ViperLair :: Thursday, November 07, 2002
“Upon first glance, the Volcano 9 appears very much like the Volcano 7. Ok, let’s be frank, it is a Volcano 7, except it isn’t blue. The Volcano 9 has 23 aluminum fins, just like the Volcano 7, and it has the same copper insert as its older brother. Personally, I think they should have stuck with the same all-copper design as the Volcano 7+.”

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Jab-Tech’s Dual Cathode Kit review
ReviewNation :: Thursday, November 07, 2002

“Case lighting through cold cathodes has been around for quite some time, although when you want more than one cathode in your case you have to spend the money on an extra inverter, not to mention all of the wires everywhere due to having the extra tube and inverter, and lets just face it… It’s a mess!!! Jab-tech has supplied us with an easy solution to this, a dual inverter for your CCFL’s. The dual inverter pretty much lets you supply power to two cathodes through one inverter, which eliminates wires, mess, and is much cheaper!!!”

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