Tech News October 2004

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Kingwin KT-424 Aluminum Midtower Case @ TheTechLounge
The Tech Lounge :: Monday, November 01, 2004

“It’s been a little over a year since I last reviewed a PC case, and for good reason. Lately the market has been so saturated with cheap-looking, pre-modded variations of classic cases such as the Dragon that, quite frankly, it disgusts me. I know I’m not the only one with a bad taste in my mouth from the current chassis trend, and that is why today I am checking out at an oldie that looks promising. Today I will be taking a look at the anodized black, windowed version of Kingwin’s KT-424. Even though this case has been around for over a year, it is still in production and continues to have more potential than many other cases on the market.”

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Scythe FCS-50 Heatlane @ Phoronix
Phoronix :: Monday, November 01, 2004

“In the United States, SUV’s are a very common car – but does bigger always mean better? In today’s review of the Scythe FCS-50 Heatlane, we will see if this massive heatsink really does the job of cooling our warm processor, or if it’s just another gas-guzzler like many SUV’s.”

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SilverStone SST-TJ06 Temjin 6
Overclockers Online :: Monday, November 01, 2004

“ It’s seldom we see cases this innovative. The Temjin 6 is one of the most unique designs we’ve seen to date. Implementing thermal zones and a wind tunnel, this case is a sight to behold. “

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Meridian Tech. XClio Jr. Case
SystemCooling :: Monday, November 01, 2004

“It would not be fair or accurate to say the XClio Jr. (referred to as just Junior hereafter) is just a smaller version of the XClio. True, they share the distinctive Silver “X” styling, the top mounted USB/ Firewire ports, the mesh-grilled side panel and the lighted 80mm fan mounted on it, but that’s where the similarities end: It is completely different from its larger brother internally. Don’t let “Junior” moniker bother you though, because most of the features on the XClio are present on Junior, just executed in different ways. As always, it is up to the reader to determine which case best fits his or her needs.”

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Pentium4 at 1066MHz System Bus
t-break :: Monday, November 01, 2004

“One of the changes that the Pentium4 is supposed to go through is the bump to a 1066MHz System bus (or 266MHz FSB) from the current 800MHz (or 200MHz FSB). We’ve been wanting to test the P4 at 1066MHz FSB for some time now but the very limited overclocking abilities of the 915/925 chipsets prevented us from reaching such high speeds on any motherboards. Luckily, DFI sent us their 875P chipset board with an LGA775 socket and at the same time Corsair sent us some memory modules that work at DDR533 speed. We decided to use both of these components with our unlocked Pentium4 CPU to emulate a 1066MHz bus CPU.”

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Western Digital WD360 36GB SATA Hard Drive Review @ The Tech Zone
The Tech Zone :: Monday, November 01, 2004

“Designed for servers and NAS/SAN systems, the drive of choice for high-performance workstation and gaming systems, the WD Raptor hard drive is a new class of drive that matches SCSI performance and reliability while providing simplified connectivity. Make no mistake about it, the Raptor is for serious speed freaks. If you don’t run a server farm or play cutting edge 3D games then this is not the drive for you. However, if you’re a power nut who wants – no needs – the fastest ATA drive available then this is your baby, or dinosaur as the case may be.”

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Cooler Master Real Power 450W @ InsaneTek
InsaneTek :: Monday, November 01, 2004

“Cooler Master has come up with so many new products lately that I’ve lost track. The new cases are classy and offer users plenty of space to work with. Their new heatsinks have earned themselves a good reputation in the enthusiast crowd. And now with the introduction of their power supplies, Cooler Master continues to offer their fans more of what Cooler Master is all about.”

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Intel P4 EE and i925XE @ Hexus
Hexus :: Sunday, October 31, 2004
“AMD has moved on but Intel’s top-level performance has remained largely the same, so whilst I’m a fan of all the good aspects of 925X/XE chipsets, I find it hard to recommend it as a performance platform when the Extreme Edition is still playing catchup, most notably in gaming. Cast aside any company-specific favouritisms and ask yourself objectively what you would rather have if money was not an issue – an AMD FX-55/nForce4/DDR1 2-2-2-5 memory setup or 3.46GHz Extreme Edition/i925XE/DDR2?”

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Scythe Kamakaze 2 @ Phoronix
Phoronix :: Sunday, October 31, 2004

“At the turn of the century, mobsters stood out from other mob members for two reasons. First, some of them did such a great job that they were thanked and appreciated for their work. On the other hand, a handful of mobsters messed up a lot and needed to be taken care of. Will the Scythe Kamakaze 2 be another member of the mob that needs to be buried in Brooklyn, or will this heatsink stand the tests and make itself a leader?”

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Intel @ 1066 FSB – The 925XE Chipset & P4EE 3.46 CPU @ hardCOREware
hardCOREware :: Sunday, October 31, 2004
“After just four months, Intel in launching a new revision of the 925x chipset. The new part is called 925xe, and it is identical in every single way, except one – it supports a frontside bus of 1066 MHz (266 MHz quad-pumped), up from 800 Mhz (200 MHz quad-pumped).

To go with this new FSB rate, Intel has paired it up with their fastest flagship processor – the Extreme Edition. There wasn’t much in the way of clock speed increases this time – the CPU runs at 3.46 Ghz, up from 3.40 GHz. We’re going to compare the two FSB rates on these Extreme chips, and find out what 1066 FSB does for us today.”

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Intel’s 925XE Chipset & 1066FSB Processors Arrive @ Legit Reviews
Legit Reviews :: Sunday, October 31, 2004
“The Intel 925XE chipset and the 1066FSB 3.46EE Processor are a step in the right direction for Intel. If you were waiting for the new chipsets to come that support 800 and 1066 FSB processors your wait is over…”

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Intel’s 1066MHz FSB – D925XECV2 and P4EE 3.46GHz Review @ Beyond3D
Beyond3D :: Sunday, October 31, 2004
“Its often been the case that Intel have increased the CPU and system FSB in step with the memory speeds, for instance, when the 800MHz FSB was introduced it also came with a Dual Channel DDR400 memory interface. This trend was bucked a little with the introduction of the 925X chipset as although Intel kept the FSB at 800MHz they moved the RAM across to 533MHz DDR2. With the 925XE chipset this has been redressed by moving the FSB to 1066MHz, which puts it instep with the Dual Channel 533MHz DDR2 memory interface.”

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ACON Fatal1ty Great Wall Shootout @ Hexus
Hexus :: Saturday, October 30, 2004
“Fatal1ty has an envyable lifestyle: Travel the world playing games, shattering the egos of many wannabe gaming kings and queens. Recently, Fatal1ty’s gaming conquest took him to the Great Wall of China for the ACON Fatal1ty Great Wall Shootout. It was there that he met his match.”

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Silverstone TJ06 Case @ Bjorn3D
Bjorn3D :: Saturday, October 30, 2004
“Let’s face it: Every computer has to have a case, and cases aren’t anything new. From case to case, they are all pretty much a rework of the same basic design. Every now and then, however, there is a product that truly stands out…and Silverstone has done so recently with their Temjin 6 series. I must extend my greatest thanks to Sundial Micro Inc. for providing me the opportunity to review this product.”

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Discovering The Lighter Side Of The Internet @ The Tech Zone
The Tech Zone :: Saturday, October 30, 2004
“We all know the Internet is a great tool for finding out information and sharing knowledge. But as a human sometimes sitting at a computer all day can get quite tedious, especially if it is your job 5 days a week. This feeling can be compounded by other problems in one’s personal life, and the result can mean little productivity because of a sour mood. Well humanity does have a lighter side, and this too can be explored on the Internet. Sometimes a little humor or interesting trivia can really take the edge off a bad moment. You’d be surprised at how much comedy and insight is expressed on the Net. I’ve been exploring what’s out there and I just can’t stop laughing. Laughter of course is the ultimate medicine and some believe it to be the highest form of life. My only warning is don’t get hooked on this stuff as your work ethic will probably become worse than ever!”


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Anti-Spyware info @ I Am Not a Geek
I Am Not a Geek :: Saturday, October 30, 2004
“We continue to spend most of our time focusing on the fight against spyware! We continue adding the top ad/spyware related files to our File DB.”

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Win a UV X-Connect PSU! @ PimpRig
PimpRig :: Saturday, October 30, 2004

“The entries are coming in for our pumpkin carving contest but there is still time to get yours done. Remember that you have until the end of the 31st to enter your pumpkin for a chance to win a 500W UV X-Connect PSU!”

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Swapfile Optimization Guide Rev. 4.0 @ rojakpot
Tech ARP :: Saturday, October 30, 2004

“Even today, the swapfile is still very important component of the operating system. No matter how much memory you have, you will always find the swapfile in great use. Therefore, its performance is of great importance. An optimized swapfile will greatly improve the performance of the computer.

Today, we will take an in-depth look at the swapfile, what it really is and how to optimize it! We will also take a thorough look at making a contiguous swapfile. Come and check out the definitive Swapfile Optimization Guide!”

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Spider II Case Give-Away @ Hi-Techreviews
Hi-Techreviews :: Saturday, October 30, 2004
“Thanks to the fine people at Logisys Computer we are giving away and brand spanking new Spider II Computer Case to some lucky winner. But that’s not all, included along with the computer case Hi-Techreviews.com is tossing in a new Albatron PX875B PRO motherboard. Then to speed that little Intel board along we are including 1GB of Kingston HyperX PC4300 DDR memory.”

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Mushkin LII-V2 1024MB PC3200 Review @ IpKonfig
IpKonfig :: Friday, October 29, 2004

“Mushkin has recently introduced its next generation of High Performance memory, called V2, in 256MB and 512MB modules. The new memory sweeps in with a custom 6 layer PCB using high quality componets available to the memory industry.

As we’ve mentioned in previous reviews and articles, the memory industry has become a vast growing area trying to meet or beat the demand of hardware and consumer wants. Mushkin seems to be doing well from what we’ve seen over the years, and keeps pushing harder with each new version, and is making consumers very happy.”

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DDR RAM Guide III @ Overclockers New Zealand
Overclockers New Zealand :: Friday, October 29, 2004
“Users were begging for memory chips like the legendary Winbond BH-5 or Samsung TCB3 (back in DDR-333 days). Luckily, Samsung recently released its TCCD which people found to be a very good all-purpose ram, as it is capable of 2-2-2-5 at DDR-400.”

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Epox BT-HS02 Bluetooth Headset Review
Designtechnica :: Thursday, October 28, 2004
“The Epox BT-HS02 offers up a decent attempt at a Bluetooth headset. Few things hamper it from being one of the better units out there, but those things are enough to keep it from being the best it could be. On the positive side, the BT-HS02 is one of the smaller Bluetooth headsets on the market and also offers a solid battery life between charges. It is also a good value on the dollar. The pluses however are offset by the general problem which plagues most wireless headsets: moments when listening quality, on both the receiving and sending ends, is spotty.”

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OCZ DDR Booster Review @ hardCOREware.net
hardCOREware :: Thursday, October 28, 2004
“Today we’re reviewing the DDR Booster from OCZ. With such a generic name, you’d never guess what it does. Turns out that it is basically a ‘volt mod in a box’. It fits into an open DDR dimm slot, and has two molex power connectors.

OCZ makes some pretty hefty claims for this device, such as “vdimm adjustments up to 3.9V*” and “compatible with most DDR motherboards**”. If you’re like us, the first thing you noticed were the asterisks. Check out our review to see how the DDR Booster performed for us (once we were able to find a board that supported it!)”

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Logisys Spider II case reviewed @ Hi-techreviews.com
Hi-Techreviews :: Thursday, October 28, 2004

” It’s almost Halloween time and what better time to review a computer case that uses spider webs for accents on the bezel and side window. The case I’m referring to is the Logisys Spiders II. One other thing that makes this case rather unique is the fact that it has blue LED thermal display in the front bezel thus allowing you to monitor your processor temperature or case temperature depending on which way you configure the probe.”

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Shuttle SN95G5 Reviewed @ VR-Zone Hardware
VR-Zone :: Thursday, October 28, 2004
“Here we can see the latest rendition of Shuttle’s ICE (Integrated Cooling Engine) cooling solution for the SN95G5. From the picture you can see that the base of the ICE cooling system is made of copper with heatpipes connecting to the aluminum exhaust portion of the cooling unit. Installation of the ICE cooling unit was very easy, with it being just like any other Shuttle SFF system. You attack the heatsink, fasten it tight with the included fastener, and just install the 80mm exhaust fan.”

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Asetek Hard Drive & Antarctica Socket T Waterblock Review @ ocprices.com
OcPrices :: Thursday, October 28, 2004
“Renowned for their high-end cooling products, Asetek has recently announced their new hard drive waterblocks as well as updating their Waterchill series to be compatible to Intel’s new Socket T (LGA775). We have their hard drive waterblock as well as the Antarctica Socket T waterblock for testing. Read on to find out more…”

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OCZ Announces 600Watt PowerStream Power Supply
OCZ Technology :: Thursday, October 28, 2004
OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high-reliability memory, today announced the release of the PowerStream 600 Watt power supply. OCZ will also be releasing the international versions of the PowerStream 420/520/600 Watt power supplies with 220V Active PFC (power factor correction) and a standard European AC cord.

In addition to PowerStream’s exclusive features, such as the ultra-quiet PowerWhisper, PowerFlex, and stabilizing PowerShield technology, the more powerful 600W power supply includes ATX12V 2.01, sleek, black cable sleeving, a PCI Express connector, and 220V Active PFC (International version only). With these complementary features, OCZ has developed a truly complete power supply with unprecedented performance capabilities. The OCZ 600 Watt PowerStream is an effective solution for PC-users searching for maximum performance, power, and versatility.

Link: http://www.ocztechnology.com/aboutocz/press/2004/113

PQI Turbo DDR-2 5400 Memory @ PCstats.com
PCStats :: Thursday, October 28, 2004
“While not as well known as some of the other manufacturers, PQI has been in business since 1998 and produces a wide variety of memory based products from simple DIMM’s to flash card readers. Today PCStats has the opportunity to play with some of PQI’s latest and greatest in the form of their Turbo PQI25400-1GDB dual channel memory kit. Officially rated to run at PC5400 speeds, or DDR2-667, the PQI Turbo memory uses conservative timings of 4-4-4-12 by default; it seems companies from Corsair to Crucial, Kingston and OCZ are being conservative with their ratings these days.”

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PrimoFlex Tubing Review @ GruntvillE.com
GruntvillE :: Thursday, October 28, 2004

“PrimoFlex and is a silicon-base tubing which means it has all the same qualities, but is much softer and therefore more flexible. In addition, PrimoFlex tubing is available in 3 UV reactive colors. Clear, which glows a slight purple in UV light, green, and blue. The green and blue are opaque so that they retain their color under regular light, which means no more need for dyes.”

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ePower Tech Xscale-600 @ Phoronix
Phoronix :: Thursday, October 28, 2004
“Due to the release of PCI Express, a warrant is issued for upgrading your current power supply, simply since in most cases your ATX PSU can’t handle the demands that come with PCI Express and the new LGA 775 processors. ePower has just recently released a brand new power supply, the Xscale-600 that provides a whopping 600 watts of power, support for AGP Pro, PCI Express, and 20, 24, 8, and 4 pin connectors for your motherboard!”

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