Tech News September 2002


Nexland Pro100 ISB
Voided Warranty :: Tuesday, October 01, 2002
“Well with some doubt I headed off to the T-1 line to setup the Nexland Pro100 ISB. I plugged in all the stuff and it was off to the races.”

Mikhailtech Giveaway
Mikhailtech :: Tuesday, October 01, 2002
This week MikhailTech is giving away a stealth fan and some rounded cables, check it out.

ReviewNation :: Tuesday, October 01, 2002

“You’ve spent hundreds on your new PC, installed all your favorite software and its running perfect. Then one day while playing your favorite game, the electricity goes out. When you reboot you discover your favorite saved game is gone! It’s a fact of life, sometimes we lose data, but this could have been prevented with the right equipment. This scenario is typical to most power companies across the country, especially now since we are using computers more than ever. For this reason we will be looking at American Power Conversion’s APC500 VA uninterruptible power supply. APC is a market leader in computer battery back up systems and surge protectors…”

Altec Lansing 2.1s :: Tuesday, October 01, 2002
“I’ve been using a pair of Labtec speakers for over a year now, and thought it was time I tried something different. Along comes Eurotech with their 221 Altec Lansing 2.1 speaker system, I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity to test out a new set of speakers.”

ICEMAT Mouse surface
PCReviewSpot :: Tuesday, October 01, 2002
“Many people probably notice that when they move their optical mouse very fast, the pointer would suddenly appear at the opposite end of the screen, where it was not supposed to. This is due to the loss and inaccuracy of the tracking data. This pad has the frosted texture and also has an anti-reflective coating on it, to combat these issues, which it does admirably.”

Athlon XP 2400+
PCStats :: Tuesday, October 01, 2002
“The Athlon has always been a very capable processor, often able to rival Intel’s flagship processors for the performance crown while maintaining an excellent level of value. It seems though that AMD has hit a snag with their 0.13 micron manufacturing process. Going down to a 0.13 micron manufacturing process is quite difficult and more than a few other FAB’s, like TSMC for example are having difficulty with the process. With the first revision Thoroughbred hitting a top speed of around 1.9-2 GHz things didn’t weren’t looking to good for AMD in the battle against Intel. So what exactly did AMD do to turn things around?”

More LED Fans
Ripnet-UK :: Tuesday, October 01, 2002

“Along with keeping their rigs cool a growing number of computer enthusiasts are also concerned with the aesthetics of their set-ups, as evidenced by the growing popularity of case modifications. The recent arrival of LED case fans on the market rather neatly marries together these needs for both style and functionality – you can still shift air around and now look good in the process!”

Akasa Glowing Fans
Frosty Tech :: Tuesday, October 01, 2002
“You’ve seen them in your friends computer, on half a dozen websites, and now you’re checking them out here. They are the infectiously popular LED impregnated glowing fans that I swore to myself I would never “review.” And if I can just direct you eyes up the title of this article you will see that this is clearly labeled “Akasa 80mm Glowing Fans for Case Pimping.” So there you have it – this isn’t a review!”

Lian Li PC-6089 Aluminum Case
Explosive Hardware :: Monday, September 30, 2002
“This case is truly spectacular in many ways. I liked what Lian Li did with this case and I am very happy with the design and structure. It’s very sturdy and will last you a long time. The airflow is very good thanks to the many intake and out take fans located throughout the case. I brought this case to a LAN party a while ago and I got a lot of positive comments. It’s an ideal choice if you are interested in having a case with killer looks and sufficient enough cooling for the most part.”
Lian Li PC-6089 Aluminum Case

Antec Truepower 430 Watt Power Supply Review
Tweaknews :: Monday, September 30, 2002

“Now, you might think that this powersupply is noisy… Think again. The Powersupply AND the three casefans make LESS noise then the Boxed cooler on my AMD. To be honest : my SCSI drives are annoying me right now because I can hear them rattle. Now that’s a first. I guess Antec was really telling the truth about their Antec Low Noise Technology.”
Antec Truepower 430 Watt Power Supply Review

Cheiftec Matrix full tower review
Furioustech :: Monday, September 30, 2002
“The past year or so Chieftec has made a massive impact on the computer chassis market with the cases like Chieftec Scorpio TX-10WD Mid- tower, Dragon, and several other cases with the same general design used. We also know that Chieftec cases are being used by several other manufactures like Chenming, Antec, and even Enermax. But all these re-marked cases have some form of markings indicating that they are Chieftec cases. Today I will be taking a look at the Blue Matrix MA-01BLD Full Tower Case. This case is also going to be featured in several upcoming modification articles in the near future. So enough of the hog wash, let’s get to the review!”
Cheiftec Matrix full tower review

Thermalright SK6 Plus
SystemCooling :: Saturday, September 28, 2002
“When the SK-6 was launched back in May of 2001 (it seems like a century ago), it became an instant success and the darling of Overclockers; and just about everyone who took cooling their hot CPU’s seriously. CPU coolers have been divided into two size classes since the SK-6 was launched, those that support an 80mm fan and those that use 60mm fans, with adherence supporting each class. Usually there are some issues concerning compatibility with some motherboards when using the larger 80mm coolers, mostly due to lack of compatibility issues when using 60mm coolers. However, to accomplish the same degree of cooling, the 60mm fans required for top performance are considerably noisier than 80mm counterparts while moving the same amount of air.”

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follow-up to the AMD Socket A – MCX-462+ heatsink
SystemCooling :: Saturday, September 28, 2002
“About ten days ago we showed you a preview of the new MCX-462+ and called it the latest and greatest 80mm AMD (socket 462) Athlon cooler ever to hit the marketplace-and, with testing complete, we haven’t changed our minds! We also said that over the last few years there has been a war raging around us-not for land, but for the ultimate prize: Power-Users and Overclockers hard-earned $$$ and the title “The World’s Best Cooler” or, as some would put it, “King of the Hill”.”

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After Dark Icemat
OCIA :: Saturday, September 28, 2002
“I was impressed and =omewhat surprised at how seriously the makers of the mousepad took their =roduct, even to the point of the box it was shipped in. I decided to bring the Icemat =o work with me and get the reaction of my fellow programmers so I boxed up the =ontents and off to work I went. Upon arrival at work I opened the box and got =he “Oh no Jim has another toy” reaction I was accustomed to receiving when I drag something with me to work.”

2 Samsung HDDs
Techwarelabs :: Saturday, September 28, 2002
“Now a days many people neglect the importance of a high quality HD and just seem to care about the capacity which is also important. The Samsung Spinpoint 40G and 80G HD’s introduce some great new technology and features to make themselves stand above others. What we all know and hate about HD’s is the fact that they can get very noisy and hot. Samsung though has thought long and hard on how to get rid of these problems without sacrificing performance. Remember that the most common HD’s in today’s home computers spin at 7200rpm which tends to cause some vibration therefore producing unwanted noises from our computers. Well Samsung has introduced 2 new technologies that are supposed to help quiet down a HD, NoiseGuard and SilentSeek.”

Albatron Geforce 4 MX440 64Meg
Tweaknews :: Saturday, September 28, 2002
Tweaknews has posted a review, check it out

Akasa ShinEtsu Thermal Interface
Tech-PC :: Saturday, September 28, 2002
“Akasa has been manufacturing coolers and PC Cooling related products for a while now. But recently they have introduced a new heat exchange material called Thermal Interface Material or for short T.I.M. Akasa put their thinking caps on for this product and ease of use must have been high on their list because this stuff is as easy to apply as applying tape to paper. No more messy guessing games with T.I.M.’s. Akasa developed the perfect chemical balance for excellent heat exchange and solid material for a more precise and easy application.”

CoolerMaster ATC-710 tower case
OCIA :: Saturday, September 28, 2002
“The front bezel is very stylish and professional looking. We see a door with lock that covers the drive bays and the front filter for the intake fans. One thing lacking from this case is a =eset button and hard drive LED. These basic features are found on nearly every case and I wonder why they aren’t present on the 710.”’s Clear LED Fan review
Voided Warranty :: Saturday, September 28, 2002
“If you match this up with a blue cold cathode, or the cathode that matches your led fan, then it should make an awesome combination for modding your pc.”

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Dual Voltage 6 Port Baybus Review
MODTHEBOX! :: Saturday, September 28, 2002

“All six of the 3-position switches have been clearly labelled from S1 to S6, with the numerical value representing each individual fan channel. One single switch is capable of handling 8W per channel up to a maximum of 14w compared to the PCMods Baybus, which is limited to 6w per channel. As previously mentioned, this baybus utilizes a series of voltage regulators aligned with yellow trimmer pots, which allow the minimum and maximum output voltage specifications for a fixed value (i.e. 12v) to be adjusted from 0v all the way to up 11.25v. Depending on the type of fan used, by changing orientation of the trimmer pots, users can increase or decrease the amount of voltage applied to a standard case fan.”

Here is the review

Intel Celeron 1.8GHz Processor
PCStats :: Saturday, September 28, 2002
“Intel’s new line of Celeron CPU’s are based on the older 0.18 micron Williamette core that was originally released two years ago and not the newer 0.13 micron Northwood core. The reason behind this is that Intel still has a vast 0.18 micron manufacturing process up and running, and it only makes sense for them to keep that operational while Intel is slowly moving everything down to 0.13 micron. Now that we know the new Celeron’s are based on the Pentium 4 architecture, how are they different from their more expensive bretheren? Actually the only difference between a Pentium 4 Williamette and the new Celeron Williamette is the amount of L2 cache.”

Corsair 256MB PC2700 DDR review
ViperLair :: Saturday, September 28, 2002
“So what can we see from the overclocking results? First we see that the generic RAM can’t even reach 166MHz, even using the slower ‘fast’ settings. It seems more like a good batch of overclockable PC2100 RAM and not the PC2700 RAM it’s supposed to be. The Corsair memory fairs better, as it manages to reach or pass the 166MHz ‘barrier’ in three of its four tests. Unfortunately, it ‘should’ have been able to pass 166MHz without a problem even at the Turbo settings at default voltage.”

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Vantec Stealth PSU Video review
3dgameman :: Saturday, September 28, 2002
“The Vantec Stealth series power supplies are simply of the highest quality and most functional I’ve ever seen. With three adjustable/auto fans, an AC outlet, aluminum housing and well priced, it’s impossible to beat. Watch the Video to find out more…”

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GideonTech is back with a new review on the 40X12X40 re-writer from
GideonTech :: Saturday, September 28, 2002
“Just like it’s younger brother, this 40X12X40 CD-RW incorporates similar technology. To prevent buffer underuns a hefty 8MB buffer is used by the drive. If that was not enough, also include is the Super Link technology. When Super Link is used, it monitors the buffers and slows/stops burning when incoming data buffer is empty. It then resumes when the data catches up later on. This helps in preventing burning ‘coasters’. The drive also incorporates DVA(Dynamic Vibration Absorber) which helps dampen the noise level of the drive during operation.”

that’s a pretty fast drive

Tech-PC :: Saturday, September 28, 2002
“MSI have produced the KT3 Ultra as a very stable, reliable and feature rich product. The KT3 Ultra (Non RAID) mainboard is priced aggressively with other competitors who make KT333 chipset mainboards and the features such as D-bracket, onboard 5.1 sound and the software bundle on the KT3 Ultra are what have set this product above some of its competitors.”

8Dimensional just updated the Motherboard Review List
8Dimensional :: Saturday, September 28, 2002
In our Motherboard Review List we try to collect all links to reviews online, sorted by manufacturer. Currently we have more than 1200 Motherboard reviews listed.

Go take a look at this massive motherboard database

12″ Multi-Color Cold Cathode Kit Review
Mikhailtech :: Saturday, September 28, 2002

All was well and I was done with this review, ready to post. Then hunger kicked in, so I went to grab some munchies and left the system running. I come back 30 minutes later and notice the light went out. There’s also a stench in the room. Something burning. Uh oh. So I turned off the system, unplugged the light and sniffed my way to the source of the odor. Though the cathode doesn’t get too warm, the transformer is another story altogether. Apparently this thing got so hot in a mere 30 minutes that it managed to melt the velcro covering. Not sure what happened after that. I removed the plastic covering and all the wires still seem to be intact. My guess is that it just overheated, varying the resistance and in turn frying something somewhere.

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Vantec’s ThermoFlow review
DataFuse :: Saturday, September 28, 2002

“ is proud to announce that we have a review of Vantec’s latest product: the ThermoFlow. Nobody likes their system noisy, everybody likes it when they don’t have to put on music to get over the noise of their fans. But when you’re overclocking you do not want to sacrifice your cool-running case to get some more silence, you just want the best performance. Vantec’s ThermoFlow’s may give the perfect solution, these fans are powerful, but temperature controlled. ”

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Alpha Ramsinks/GPU Cooler
Mikhailtech :: Saturday, September 28, 2002

“It’s a shame these aren’t as popular as the spiffy looking tin-plated coppers, but that’s exactly why: they don’t look as nice. However, as you’re about to see, they are significantly cheaper and perform on par, if not better, since they tackle the principle of cooling just as well as copper ramsinks deal with aesthetics. Anyway, I got a big batch of Alpha’s W45 parallel wing fin heatsinks. These are offered in sizes ranging from 30x30mm to 100x100mm and heights from 10-45mm. While not as densely packed as Alpha’s new Z-series (which look like 1U versions of the PEP66 but with more fins), these are something. The different sizes currently being sold are all based off a 45x45mm design, 10mm high. They either ship in full size, 22mm squares or 22x45mm strips. I’m not sure if they’re cut by hand or at some factory, but the edges are pretty smooth so it’s probably the latter.”

ABIT SR7-8X SiS648 Motherboard Review
PCStats :: Friday, September 27, 2002
“It’s nice to see that manufacturers are quickly adopting the SiS 648 chipset as an alternative to Intel’s i845D/E/G DDR chipsets. Competition is good, and this will only drive prices down further. We were rather impressed by the overall “stock” performance of our first SiS 648 motherboard, the MSI 648 MAX but it was not for really built for enthusiasts. With Abit (long known for openly adopting overclockers as their own) producing a SiS 648 motherboard, things are certainly starting to get interesting…”

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Neon LED Fan from Cooler Master
Overclocker Café :: Friday, September 27, 2002
You can see how bright the blue LEDs are. While they are not bright enough to light up a windowed case on their own, they do add quite a bit to the overall looks. I’m speculating that multiple fans of this type COULD light a case to an acceptable level. That will be something to try later though.

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3DForce Xabre400Q 128MB Video Card Video Review #211
3dgameman :: Friday, September 27, 2002
“We all know about ATI and nVidia, but what about SiS and their new line of Video Cards? Breaking into the 3D gamers Video Card market is no small feat but thankfully this card has dual display support, 8X AGP, performs good in 3D games and is well priced. Watch the Video to find out more…”

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dotNetBB is now available for purchase!
dotNetBB :: Friday, September 27, 2002

dotNetBB is a complete, powerful, scalable and fully customizable forum package for your personal or corporate web site. Supporting an unlimited number of forums, topics and members, dotNetBB is your best choice for your community forum needs. Written using Microsoft’s .NET Framework, dotNetBB offers a complete package :

  • True n-tier design for complete scalability.
  • Driven by fully managed ASP.NET assemblies to ensure optimum performance and reliability.
  • Public, Restricted and Private forum access.
  • Restriction of HTML in posts with common HTML code replacements (TBCode).
  • Web-based administration and moderator support.
  • E-Mail reply notifications and forum subscriptions.
  • Private Messaging between registered members.
  • Emoticon integration in forum postings.
  • Uses MS SQL Server (v7 or v2000 compatable) for better database performance and scalability.
  • Source code versions available for further customization.
  • …and much more.

So go buy a copy

Soltek SL-85ERV P4 Motherboard review
Think Computers :: Friday, September 27, 2002

“I have to say that this board is definitely designed for the performance-minded. The scores I reached in the benchmark tests not only were high, but during the whole time there were no stability issues whatsoever. I did get system instability when raising the memory speed to DDR400 speeds however, but this may be a BIOS limitation and DDR400 is not officially supported anyway, so I really cannot assign negative points for that. This board ran stable at a CAS of 2 at DDR333 with all other memory timing set to most aggressive. Truly, this motherboard serves as a great gaming platform. ”


Antec 80mm Clear TriLight Fan review
Monkey Review :: Friday, September 27, 2002

By looking at the unit, even quickly, you can see the impressive efforts by Antec to make this little guy really add a lot to your tower. The whole unit, aside from internal workings, are constructed using clear plastic, which looks good all on it’s own, when you throw in a few LED’s you have some impressive results. I particularly liked the way Antec has put a shielding on the wires which connect to your Power Supply, it is the first time I have seen this on an 80mm fan. Another note about the wiring of the unit, you also have a sensor wire for measuring RPM’s.

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Verax GmbH P11T Silent Heatsink Review
Frosty Tech :: Friday, September 27, 2002
“The first exposure we saw of a Verax GmbH heatsink was the P14. The slightly smaller P11T is based on the same principles but employs a 65mm fan CAIRdB fan. Like the larger version on the P14, this fan is virtually silent, and based on a fairly revolutionary design that should turn the heads of even the most jaded heatsink shopper.The CAIRdB TAP65201237-KT fan rotates at between 1200RPM-3700RPM over a range of 10C-46C. Even at the higher RPM’s the fan’s surprising impeller design means that noise is not an issue. The downside is that when compared to standard fans, the Verax units offer up substantially less airflow per minute.”

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ExoticPC Landrover Server Case Review
MODTHEBOX! :: Friday, September 27, 2002

“The Landrover Server Case includes a swing out front panel door which is a nice feature for those individuals who don’t want to stealth or paint stock beige coloured drives. The door encompasses the entire front bezel effectively hiding all the drive bays. Once the door has been opened, consumers will be pleased at the amount of expansion room available in this case. The Landrover has a total of 8 x 5.25″ external drive bays, with 3 located on the top and 5 positioned on the bottom. Towards the center of the case is 1 x 3.5″ external drive bay, Power and Reset switch.”

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Highpoints RocketRAID 404 review
ReviewNation :: Friday, September 27, 2002

“With the advent of large size/low cost hard drives, RAID is becoming more of a viable backup solution for end-users. What is RAID you say? Well it stands for Redundant Array of Independent (Inexpensive) Disks, a standard created in the 1980’s at UC Berkeley. The idea is to replace a single hard drive with multiple drives with fault-tolerant data redundancy, invisible to the end-user. What used to be a server-only option is now available to the masses, at a low cost to the consumer. A prime example of this is the Highpoint RocketRAID 404 controller supplied to us by Highpoint Technologies…”

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New products & a sale!
ZX Mods :: Friday, September 27, 2002
ZXMods now has the popular 4 blue LED clear fans and the Tri Red-Green-Blue they also are having a sale on the popular Pyramid Model I units in both black and clear top versions! Also, the SUPER popular 80mm Stainless Biohazard grills

SystemCooling reviews the three big ones, the three top P4 Heatsinks
SystemCooling :: Friday, September 27, 2002
“As is always the case when it comes to high-end, high-performance coolers it comes down to which one can lay claim to the title of “Worlds Best”. After studying no less than 30 different P4 coolers, we’ve narrowed the field down to the top three which we will present to you today for your evaluation. It is important to note that unless you push your CPU to the limit, the standard Intel P4 packaged coolers will do an adequate job, for the rest of us, we need something considerably better, the three heatsinks we will show you, fit the bill nicely!”

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LED Fan Roundup
Short-Media :: Thursday, September 26, 2002
I was most impressed with the Antec LED fans. They are made from quality plastic, and are the most solid out of all the fans in the roundup. Antec employed the same LED technique as the YL Quad LED fan, putting a strip of flat LEDs around the outside of the fan, pointing in. This gives the fan a really cool light “mist” in the middle, something that the Galaxy Crystal fans can’t even compare to. The effect these fans generate is really awe-inspiring.

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Marvel Comics™ Laser Sculpted Custom Fan Grills Review
MODTHEBOX! :: Thursday, September 26, 2002
“The grills themselves are laser cut stainless steel. Where colouring is required, the grill is powder coated, and then finished with an extremely high gloss clear coat. This gives the Spidey grill a rich, almost blood red colouring, and makes the Punisher™ grill stand out nicely, even against an aluminium background. One nice feature of the grills is that that have an identical finish on both sides. Should your grill suffer a scratch or other visual handicap, simply flip the grill over and reinstall. Needless to say, my initial impression of both grills was quite positive, and I immediately found myself thinking of installation options for them.”

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FIC VC19 Advanced Motherboard (Socket 478) Video Review #210
3dgameman :: Thursday, September 26, 2002
“FIC might be new to many, however, they were founded in 1980 and it is one of the world’s leading companies in the hardware industry. With onboard RAID, audio, NIC, and USB2 the FIC VC19 Advanced Motherboard has it all, is very stable and performs well. Watch the Video to find out more…”

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Evergreen Thermagic CSS liquid cooling Review
Monkey Review :: Thursday, September 26, 2002
Well I have to say I am extremely pleased with the Thermagic CSS, for my first experience with Liquid Cooling, I must say that Evergreen Technologies really did a great job of making it a pleasurable one. The installation was easy, performed better than a High End HSF, and took no time to install, what more could I have asked for? For the $99 MSRP I couldn’t have asked for anything more, shy of having Evergreen install the unit for me =). If you’re new to Liquid Cooling or want a unit which won’t require you to cut up your nice new Aluminum Tower, then I strongly suggest taking a look at the Thermagic CPU Cooling System.

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Coolink H2T Heatsink Review
Frosty Tech :: Thursday, September 26, 2002
“If you’ve seen any of thermalright’s heatsinks you should get the basic idea of what were about to look at. By itself the basic aluminum extrusion looks something like the Globalwin TAK68, but Coolink have taken the additional step of adding a very simple 4mm thick punched out copper base plate. The point of this plate is to spread the thermal energy across the entire base area. Does this technique work? Will the Coolink H2T prove itself to be one of those heatsinks we really ought to think about getting for a future upgrade? Well, we’re just about to find out.”

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PSXAmp Remote Control Review
Mikhailtech :: Thursday, September 26, 2002

The product comes in a small simple package. There are no specifications or any kind of information written on the box, except PSXAmp’s logo and few words here and there. The product is labeled as “MP3 Card Remote Controller”. You might be wondering if there’s a relation between the PSXAmp and the Sony Play Station (a.k.a. PSX). Well, there is. This product is actually designed for the PSX platform, not for computers. As we’ll see later on, the infrared receiver looks similar to Sony’s memory cards. The remote control, however, can be used with any serial IR receiver, and should work without any problems on your computer.

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Mitsumi Black Multimedia Keyboard Review
Mikhailtech :: Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Let me preface this by saying that this keyboard works, exactly as it was meant to. So there’s nothing really wrong with it. And that means it’ll work for most people just fine. But for some it might not be such a happy tale. And that’s why I suggest you keep reading, unless you’re one of the majority. Keyboards are, for the most part, identical between manufacturers. Sure, some have pretty wild notions about hotkey placement and others are keen on integrating some sort of dial, usually for volume adjustments. But they’re still built the same way. They’re all QWERTY and use rubber domes. I haven’t exactly seen DVORAK boards being mass produced and membrane keyboards are pretty rare.

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Dual Voltage 6 Port Baybus review
SystemCooling :: Wednesday, September 25, 2002
“They go by many names and use various methods of controlling your case fan’s output. Some are external, some are internal, requiring you to open your case to make adjustments, and some are built right into the fans, changing speed and output as the heat inside your case increases or decreases. In this article we’ll be looking at what we believe is the very best of the external units designed to control the output of case and CPU Cooler fan(s).”

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SystemCooling takes a look at the three most popular fans by Vantec.
SystemCooling :: Wednesday, September 25, 2002

“When it comes to cooling, the discussion invariably ends up with fans; from the outrageously loud, to the whisper quiet and everything in between. Fans to one degree or another have been made necessary by the ever increasing heat generated by modern CPU’s and computer equipment; even liquid cooled systems depend on fans to cool the solution running through their systems. We are not going to get into a dissertation of the proper positioning or number of fans required cooling a system; because all computers are not created equally in that we all have different mixes of hardware thus different levels of generated heat and we all have different perceptions as to tolerable noise levels.”

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Zalman CNPS 5100CU Review
Rabid Hardware :: Wednesday, September 25, 2002

“Right away when I opened the box I was pretty impressed – included was thermal compound (although the generic kind), a fan controller for increasing/decreasing fan speed (officially named the Fan Mate 1), and spare parts. Next it was time to drool over the heatsink itself. Weighing in at 454grams (that’s about 167.3 quarts/PSI for you imperial system people) this sure wasn’t in the bantam class of heatsinks. Zalman even warns that this is above the AMD heatsink mass specification, so “special care should be taken when moving the computer.” I really don’t think that should be much of a problem, as the heatsink actually bolts to the motherboard (much like the Alpha Pal 8045).”

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Antec Trilite LED Case Fan review
AusPCWorld :: Wednesday, September 25, 2002
Well if you havent seen the Antec Trilite Case fans, who knows where you have been. Today we take a look at one of case modding’s coolest must haves.. the Antec Trilite Case Fan! This fan definitely has to be seen to be truly appreciated.

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Volcano 9 review
ViperLair :: Wednesday, September 25, 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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Swiftech MCX4000 HSF review
AusPCWorld :: Wednesday, September 25, 2002
” Now you think you have seen a heatsink? You obviously haven’t seen the MCX4000 Socket 478 Cooler from Swiftech. This would have to be one of the coolest looking heatsinks I have ever seen, with its patented Helicoid design Lets take a look and see if this is the most superior Socket 478 cooler ”

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DDR400 Pricematch
Overclocker Café :: Wednesday, September 25, 2002
“The last time we had some Corsair in out test box we raved about having a stable ceiling of 176MHz. How does 194MHz for the XMS3200 C2 stick grab you? Someone hand me a paper bag to breathe in. Opening the settings even more to 2.5-3-3 2T gave us some action higher than Tommy Chong. And finally, we see the XtremeDDR break 200MHz. But only for the 512 stick. The 256 stick is left sucking wind as it hits the wall at 191MHz.”

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256MB version of the DiskOnKey review
Overclockers RIP :: Wednesday, September 25, 2002
“Imagine being able to carry 256 MB of storage with you anywhere, being able to use it with any USB machine with any operating system, with as much speed as a 10Mb network or faster. All this, and more, is promised with the DiskOnKey USB storage device made by M-Systems. The DiskOnKey is a flash memory powered device small enough to fit in your pocket.”

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Logitech Keyboard Painting Guide
Mikhailtech :: Friday, September 27, 2002

I’m sure that most of you have seen color morphing paint at some time or another. Maybe driving down the street you have seen a car that changes color depending on the angle you view it from. I saw one a few days ago and I thought it would be great if a system was modded in the same style. The first step is to paint the keyboard. Any keyboard will work for this mod, but I wouldn’t spend too much on one solely to paint it. The model used here is a Logitech Corded Deluxe Access keyboard. I picked it up at Best Buy a few months ago for around 15 bucks, so it won’t hit your wallet very hard. The paint is Mirage and is marketed under the Dupli-Color brand. This paint or similar versions can be found at your local automotive retailer. I chose Magenta and Gold, but there are several other color choices such as purple and green, or purple and gold.

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M-Systems DiskOnKey 128MB review
ViperLair :: Friday, September 27, 2002
“At the end of the day, it does the job it was designed for extremely well and is worthy of a Viperlair recommended award on its own merits. I can’t give it this award however as it is simply too expensive for what you get. If you can justify the price and are looking for some portable storage medium then this is something you should take a look at.”

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Irock! 520 Portable MP3 player review
M:6 :: Wednesday, September 25, 2002
“The player is a great value at $99USD for what you are getting and great for the everyday user. The long battery life, great sound quality, bass and Smart Media Card Expansion in it self is worth the money. If you are a night owl or have bad memory of your play list, this player is lacking a back light and a play list title info display.”

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Samsung Syncmaster 171P monitor review
Monkey Review :: Tuesday, October 01, 2002
“The stylish design of the SyncMaster 171P will make you the envy of all your friends, family and co-workers. It looks good from all angles and will compliment any office desk. Unfortunately, the stylish design and quality comes at a price of 999$ US. This price, for most, is a lot to spend on a 17 inch monitor. If price wasn’t a factor, this monitor would be sitting in front of every computer that I work on.”

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