Tech News November 2004

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MSI DR16-B Dual-Layer DVD Burner Review
PCStats :: Tuesday, November 30, 2004

“Conventional recordable DVD media stores data on a single 4.7GB plane (level) of the disc. On dual-layer DVD media, there are two recordable ‘layers’ which can both store up to 8.5GB of data. Today we’re looking at MSI’s new DR16-B dual-layer DVD burner. The DR16-B is capable of burning DVD+/-R media at a blistering 16x, DVD+/-RW at 4x and most importantly, dual-layer DVD media at 2.4x. Of course you can still burn conventional CD recordable media and the MSI DR16-B flies along at 40x for CD-R, and 24x for CD-RW.”

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Valve Wins Summary Judgment Motions in Copyright Infringement Case
Valve Software :: Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Valve today announced the U.S. Federal District Court in Seattle, WA granted its motion for summary judgment on the matters of Cyber Café Rights and Contractual Limitation of Liability in its copyright infringement suit with Sierra/Vivendi Universal Games.

Judge Thomas S. Zilly ruled that Sierra/Vivendi Universal Games, and its affiliates, are not authorized to distribute (directly or indirectly) Valve games through cyber cafés to end users for pay-to-play activities pursuant to the parties’ current publishing agreement. Valve games such as Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero and the recently released Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike: Source are all popular in cyber cafés.

In addition, Judge Zilly ruled in favor of the Valve motion regarding the contractual limitation of liability, allowing Valve to recover copyright damages for any infringement as allowed by law without regard to the publishing agreement’s limitation of liability clause.

“We’re happy the court has affirmed the meaning of our publishing contract. This is good news for Valve and its cyber café partners around the world,” said Gabe Newell, founder and CEO of Valve. “We continue to add value to our program and we look forward to working with cafés to get them signed up and offering Valve’s latest games to their customers.”

The Valve Cyber Café Program is the only legal way to use Valve games in your cyber café or gaming center. There are currently thousands of cyber cafés participating in the program throughout the world. More information regarding the Valve Cyber Café Program can be found here: http://steampowered.com/index.php?area=cybercafes

XG Viper Enclosure @ Viper Lair
ViperLair :: Tuesday, November 30, 2004

“Overall, this is a pretty nice case. If you’re looking for a new case that’s a bit different than the rest and inspired by the Dodge Viper car, the XG Viper case is worth a look. At around $99 at the time of this review, it is a great value, especially when you factor in the included 500 watt PSU and the cooling possibilities it affords.”

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Ultra Products ULT31576 8-in-1 MP3 Player review
SLCentral :: Tuesday, November 30, 2004

“The eight functions that comprise one ULT31576 (herein known as “device”) is an MP3 player, FM tuner, voice recorder, thumb drive, e-mail client, and MMC reader. Oh wait. That’s 6 functions. There are eight functions listed on the package, but the other two are ID3 tags and language learning function. I don’t count those as functions because “ID3 tags” simply means an MP3’s ID3 tag can be edited with the included software and is scrolled in it’s entirety across the screen and language learning function is something you can do with the repeat function of the voice recorder (or so I extrapolated from the English on the back of the package.) If you were to include those functions, you might as well include the functions of volume, eq presets and the ability to skip forward and backwards through tracks. Now it’s 11 in 1, just like that!”

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Xtrac Mouse Grips
TechTastic :: Tuesday, November 30, 2004

“Today we take a look at an add-on for your mouse called Mouse grips. Mouse Grips are pre-cut shaped neoprene pieces

that you can place strategically on your mouse that will give you more grip and help prevent hand sweat while gaming.”

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AOpen ACP4SH Pentium 4 Heatsink Review
Frosty Tech :: Tuesday, November 30, 2004

“Included along with the AOpen EX915 XCube small form factor PC is this heatsink, the AOpen ACP4SH. Designed with a skived copper base, and heatpipes, this cooler is technically used with the socket 775 Intel processor in the XCube system. However, the ACP4SH heatsink is designed to work with the socket 478 architecture, and clip system. It also happens to be a pretty competent cooler, so this is why FrostyTech is testing it here for you today.”

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Tagan TG420-U02 420W i-Xeye Power Supply Review
OcPrices :: Tuesday, November 30, 2004

“After reviewing our first Tagan power supply, the TG480-U01, everyone at OcPrices agreed that it was one of the best PSUs we had yet seen. Including some excellent features, such as EPS and BTX support out of the box, plus rails to match the best in the industry, it was not only us who were impressed. Tagan PSUs are now sold in most high performance online PC shops here in the UK, and along with Antec, Enermax and OCZ, are on the shortlists of most overclockers. Today we are looking at the 420W i-Xeye version.”

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Tech Station @ OCIA.net
OCIA :: Tuesday, November 30, 2004

“The motherboard doesn’t actually mount onto the Tech Station. Instead, it simply rests on the lower platform. This is one reason it’s so easy to install hardware on the Tech Station. You place this foam pad on the bottom shelf and then put the motherboard on top of it. This protects the bottom of the board, prevents it from sliding around and ensures a static-free motherboard.”

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Sunbeam Transformer Case @ OCIA
OCIA :: Monday, November 29, 2004

“Sunbeam has listened to the cries of enthusiasts for years and has included a 120mm front intake fan hole. I am not sure why they included a fan bracket, as a 120mm fan can be mounted directly to the steel shell behind it, eliminating the need for the bracket. Personally, I removed and discarded this bracket. Another great feature visible in the photo above is the fan grill. Many manufacturers use the tiny punched-holes, which do not provide adequate airflow for the fan. This style, with much larger holes, is less restrictive and allows for more cool air to flow into the case. Unfortunately, a 120mm fan was not included for this location. One can be purchased separately from Sunbeam, or you can simply use one you already own.”

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E-Power Warrior Case Review @ FastLaneHW
FastLaneHW :: Monday, November 29, 2004
“The Warrior gaming tower is made by a little known company called E Power Technology. Little known E Power is trying to make their name better known, and with 13 LED’s I think they are on the right path of becoming a well known company. But does all this bling, bling deserve your hard earned cash or better yet a place on your Christmas wish list?”

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Passive Power Supplies Review: Silverstone and Yesico @ Madshrimps
Madshrimps :: Monday, November 29, 2004
“In today´s review we continue our search for the whole grail of complete silence. We have looked at some very efficient CPU coolers in the past, and today we extend our horizon to include another noisy part of every PC: the Power supply.”

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Tyan Tomcat S3098G2N-G @ Phoronix
Phoronix :: Monday, November 29, 2004

“Measuring in at 9.0” x 7.5”, Tyan’s S3098 (i845GV) is one of the smallest motherboards to ever enter our testing labs. Although it may be small, will its performance also be diminutive?”

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Evercool Mini Water Cooler Review @ Techniz.co.uk
Techniz.co.uk :: Monday, November 29, 2004

“Evercool is the top 5 cooling fan manufacturer in Taiwan, we specialized in PC Thermal Solutions, especially in CPU cooling field, our main products including CPU Coolers, DC Fans, Heat Sinks, H.D.D. Coolers and System Blowers. Computers having a quick increase temperature need a good heat dissipation, and the air cool method adopted in the past habitually speeds up the fan to increase the air flow. However, such arrangement brings the problemof loud noise while improving the heat dissipation performance. The model of this mini water cooler is only solution such an annoying problem. The mini water cooler can be used individually for heat dissipation of a CPU, a GPU or an HDD as well as the heat dissipation for any combination of the series connection of the CPU, GPU and HDD. Our review sample was a mini water cooler for the CPU only.”

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Evercool Ice Man Heat Pipe CPU Cooler @ Techniz
Techniz.co.uk :: Monday, November 29, 2004

“Today, we are reviewing [Evercool’s] latest CPU cooler which is the HPC-925. The HPC-925 is a very huge CPU cooler. We will look more into it on the closer look sections.”

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Bloodline Coverage: Interview with Nick Knupffer & The History of the CPL @ Hexus
Hexus :: Monday, November 29, 2004
“During the course of our preparations to support the forthcoming gaming action, HEXUS has managed to score this exclusive interview with Nick, and get Intel’s view of the world with regards to gaming and its sponsorship of the successful UK Clan ‘4Kings’.”


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“Munoz has been a gaming fan since the days of ‘Pong’ and this transferred into his professional life as an investment banker where he specialised in financing new technologies. He was so successful that by 1994 he was able to retire! With more time on his hands, Munzo launched the Adrenaline Vault, a website dedicated to all things gaming. Through the contacts he made with AV, Munzo soon realised that there was, at that time, a huge gap between what developers assumed they could peddle to gamers and what gamers actually wanted.”

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WinTasks 5 Professional Review @ Bjorn3D
Bjorn3D :: Saturday, November 27, 2004
“Windows is a complicated beast. Behind the flashy exterior a myriad of processes runs trying to keep your computer stable and working. Sometimes things though don’t work as they should. Processes crash, start taking up precious CPU cycles or start to use up all your memory. Other times spyware and other malicious programs sneak in and start running in the background. Windows includes a taskmanager that allows you to see which processes are running as well as some details about them but if you want a deeper understanding and control over your process you need a external program. WinTasks 5 Professional from Liutilities is such program and today I am testing it to see if it is worth to spend $49.95 instead of just using the built-in taskmanager.”

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asetek 3.5″ Bay HDD Cooler @ SystemCooling
SystemCooling :: Saturday, November 27, 2004

“Many of us in the computer playground know and worry about the damaging effects heat can have on hardware. Whether causing instability and/or decreasing the hardware’s lifetime, excess heat is something that most of us want to combat. The ever increasing weapon of choice in the enthusiast arena has been watercooling. It’s allowed users to squeeze those extra MHz out of their CPU’s and GPU’s, but at the same time keep them cool, quiet and preserve their life expectancy. But benefits of watercooling don’t have to extend only to processor, hard drives can also benefit greatly. In today’s review will be taking a look at asetek’s 3.5” bay hard drive cooler. Will its looks, ease of installation and most importantly performance be a worthy addition to your watercooling?”

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Sunbeam Samurai Case Review @ OCIA
OCIA :: Saturday, November 27, 2004

“Here we have the side panel window. It provides a nice view of the interior, though reaches a little too far over the drive bays for my taste. I like side fans, and this case doesn’t disappoint there. The laser cut fan grill is nicely unobstructed. Too bad it doesn’t come with a fan in place.”

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Jasc Paint Shop Pro 9 @ TechTastic
TechTastic :: Saturday, November 27, 2004

“Awhile back we reviewed Jasc’s Paint Shop Pro Studio which was an easy way for the novice user to get into photo editing and graphics. This time we take a look at the more powerful program that Paint Shop Pro Studio was based on, the newly released Jasc’s Paint Shop Pro 9.”

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ATake UV Two Color LED Fan @ Phoronix
Phoronix :: Saturday, November 27, 2004

“Nowadays, computer case fans can be found in different varieties with their size, color, airflow/noise ratio, and appearance. In this review at Phoronix, we will take a look at the ATake Phantom Robot Two Color Effect Fan, which is capable of pushing 32.5CFM of air while creating 28.3dBa of noise. However, the impressive part about these fans is the attractive appearance when their in action.”

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Galaxy GeForce 6600 256 MB PCI Express @ Overclockers Online
Overclockers Online :: Saturday, November 27, 2004
“The Galaxy GeForce 6600 is a great card for those on a tight budget, but still looking for a good PC gaming experience. It handles all of todays games very well without sacrificing image quality or features. My only gripe is with the card’s simple cooling solution which will hinder any worthwhile overclocking gains. It seems like RAM-sinks would be of great benefit to realize this potential.”

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Intel Pentium 4 Processor Extreme Edition Challenge III – Bloodline @ Hexus
Hexus :: Saturday, November 27, 2004
“The venue couldn’t be finer, being at Black Island Studios, the largest film and TV studios in central London… Bloodline is using the largest of them with 16,000 sq ft of space for gamers to battle out over an ultrafast LAN…. But how many PCs can you cram into that much space? 16,000 sq ft sounds a lot, but just how big is it? Well, Jolt reckon that’ll nicely seat 400 players. Yep, you read that right… 400!”

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Corsair TwinX1024-3200XL Memory Review @ PCStats
PCStats :: Saturday, November 27, 2004
“Over the next few pages PCstats will be testing out a set of Corsair TwinX 1024-3200XL DDR 512MB memory modules, using the above-mentioned 2-2-2-5 memory timings at 200MHz. Sweet memory, indeed. These chips sport Corsair’s standard black aluminium heat spreaders. If you’re into overclocking, you’ll be interested to hear that Corsair’s own internal tests show this DDR RAM is capable of running up to 250 MHz, with timings of 2.5-3-3-7 (with a modest voltage increase)! ”

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SunBeamTech Samurai Case Review @ CoolTechZone
CoolTechZone :: Friday, November 26, 2004

“The enthusiast computer case industry has come quite a long way in the past few years. Just a quick look at any major online reseller and you can see that literally dozens of manufacturers are competing against each other. From a consumer perspective, this is great news. More competition means better prices and features. We are starting to see features like tool-less designs, removable motherboard trays, solid construction, windowed side panels, UV lights, and numerous internal bays become available in more and more cases at lower and lower prices. The latest in budget oriented gaming cases is the Samurai from SunBeamTech.”

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HyperCube² : Extreme PC case mod
Madshrimps :: Friday, November 26, 2004
“This mod was started back in July, since then the project has been updated quite often, in his latest update at the his web log he’s done a photo shoot of the “near – finished” casemod.

Suffice to say it looks breath taking, but don’t take my word for it, check it out yourself…”

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Ultra ULT31434 Connector Kit review at SLCentral
SLCentral :: Friday, November 26, 2004

“Today, I’m reviewing the ULT31434 13-piece ZipCord Laptop Connector Kit. The kit includes more than what you need in one simple package: RJ45, RJ11, USB and Firewire cables plus adapters to fit many connections. Each cable features a retractable cord that helps eliminate tangles and unsightly bulky mess. Everything comes together in a foam-lined leather (plastic leather aka imitation leather aka pleather) carrying case with the word “Ultra” embossed across the top.”

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Mushkin MP3/WMA/Voice Recorder @ ViperLair
ViperLair :: Friday, November 26, 2004
“MP3 players like this are very common, but what isn’t so common is the rechargeable battery negating the need for regular purchases of standard batteries. If this is a feature you could use, then you will be happy with this player.”

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Thermalright SI-97 Heatsink Review @ Techniz
Techniz.co.uk :: Friday, November 26, 2004

“Thermalright have come out with a number of excellent performance heatsink. Today, we are review another solid heatsink, the Thermalright SI-97. This heatsink is cost around $35 US. To install the SI-97 on to the motherboard, it is no needed to take out the motherboard, unlike the installation of the SP-97. This is a newer generation of heatsink from Thermalright to support the AMD K7 platform. And the SI-97 is able to support all the AMD K7 series motherboard according to the Thermalright SI-97 motherboard compatible list.”

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256MB SanDisk Memory Stick PRO Review @ rojakpot.com
Tech ARP :: Friday, November 26, 2004
“In collaboration with SanDisk, Sony came up with the new Memory Stick PRO standard. Boasting much faster read and write speeds as well as much larger capacities, the Memory Stick PRO is what the original Memory Stick was meant to be; but could never be.

Today, we will take a close look at the 256MB SanDisk Memory Stick PRO. Although ostensibly similar to the Sony Memory Stick PRO, we found the SanDisk Memory Stick PRO to be far better than the Sony Memory Sticks. Find out why!”

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ABIT AG8 915P Motherboard @ Bjorn3D
Bjorn3D :: Friday, November 26, 2004
“ABIT is one of those companies that people seem to continually expect a lot from. When so many enthusiasts flock towards ABIT’s products, that’s bound to happen. Enthusiasts expect and demand more, and ABIT delivers that time and time again with abundant tweaking options and innovative features. A company like ABIT is good for all of us really, as it makes other companies think about innovation and staying ahead of the game as well.”

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