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February 9, 2002 - February 21, 2002

PC3000 DDR366 RAM

posted: February 21, 2002 @ 9:57 EST by: ryan

PC3000 DDR366 RAM Review:

"AMD Athlon processors received a huge boost in performance when the motherboard manufacturers transitioned from SDRRAM based systems to DDR. Regardless of the gains PC1600 DDR and PC2100 first brought to the table, the performance market craved more, and shortly thereafter PC2400 and PC2700 rated DDR began to pop up. Sooner or later, even the mighty PC2700 DDR333 would be surpassed by something better and faster. The next level in DDR memory was met by PC3000, or DDR366. Priced at about $90USD for a 256MB stick, it's some of the least expensive "high" performance DDR DIMM's available."

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Aladdin eToken Review

posted: February 20, 2002 @ 7:04 EST by: ryan

The eToken resembles one of those USB Key Chain drives, but acts more like a car key, than a storage device. FutureLooks has the review:

"The eToken by Aladdin can be used for generating and securing storage of passwords and digital certificates, secure authentication and also digital signing and encryption. It's based on the smart card and requires no special readers. Is it the solution for your security needs?""

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VIA KT333 Chipset Review

posted: February 20, 2002 @ 7:02 EST by: ryan

VIAHardware.com has posted up a review of the VIA KT333 Chipset. Adding support for DDR333, will this chipset be the one you want to buy for your next board?

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KiMPC2700 vs. OCZ PC3000

posted: February 20, 2002 @ 7:02 EST by: ryan

IANAG has taken a look at two sticks of 256MB DDR SDRAM which are very popular amoung overclockers. The KingMax is true PC2700, and the OCZ PC3000 is overclocked.

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Apple Ipod Review

posted: February 20, 2002 @ 7:01 EST by: ryan

Today, OCAU looks at this interesting little gadget from Apple. It's small, lightweight and lets you carry around 5GB of MP3's. They review the Apple Ipod.

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Hardware Price Index

posted: February 19, 2002 @ 7:08 EST by: ryan

The Tech Zone has updated their hardware price index for Tuesday Feb. 19th. This week you can an Athlon XP1800 for just $155.00! Not fast enough? How about an Athlon XP2000+ for just $262.00? On the Intel side you can get a P4 1.8A for just $194.00 or a 2.0A for $358.00. Intel or AMD? Tough choice!

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ABIT Siluro GeForce3

posted: February 19, 2002 @ 7:07 EST by: ryan

EXHardware has posted up a review of the ABIT Siluro GeForce3 Ti200DVI 128MB Graphics card! Here's a snip:

"To start off, we take a look at the ABIT Siluro GeForce3 Ti200DVI graphics card. Yet another GeForce3 Ti200 graphics card I hear you say? Well, let's put it this way - the card reviewed here today comes with 128MB of DDR Memory (not 32 or 64 but 128 whooping megs of memory!), DVI and Video output capabilities. Considering the fact that GeForce3 Ti200 cards are almost always overclockable to match or surpass the performance of the original GeForce3 cards and taking the price drops in view of the GeForce4 launch, GeForce3 Ti200 cards might just be the next best deal around."

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Car Tycoon Review

posted: February 19, 2002 @ 7:06 EST by: ryan

SLCentral has posted a review of Fishtank Interactive's Car Tycoon. The premise was good, and they chose the name wisely, but unfortunately Fishtank Interactive has released a quite unpolished title that will not hold your attention for long, due to its lack of depth. Here's a quote:

"At first glance, the quality of the graphics in Car Tycoon looks pleasing enough. That is, until you try to play with the zoom feature one of many buttons along the bottom bar of the screen. Zooming into the action only enlarges the pixels, resulting in a blurry view. Because you can see so much more when zoomed out, this feature is utterly pointless. When zoomed out, there is a reasonable amount of detail in the vehicles and buildings."

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Two DDR P4 Boards

posted: February 19, 2002 @ 7:05 EST by: ryan

HotHardware has a showcase of two DDR based motherboards from Soyo for the Pentium 4. The Soyo P4S Dragon Ultra is a SiS645 chipset board with all the trimmings including ATA133 RAID. The Soyo P4I Fire Dragon is an i845D based board with all the trimmings and even integrated dual Fire Wire ports!

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MSI 845 Ultra-ARU DDR

posted: February 19, 2002 @ 7:04 EST by: ryan

PCStats has posted up a review of the MSI 845 Ultra-ARU DDR / P4 Motherboard:

"With its bright red PCB, and yellow IDE-RAID ports glaring at us we removed the MSI 845 Ultra from its box in record time and in went a 2.0 GHz Pentium 4 with an Arkua 8568 (copper core) sitting on top. We've always like MSI boards because they generally offer very good overclockability and so it will be interesting to see just how high we can pump up the 845 Ultra-ARU."

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Golden Sample GF4 MX440

posted: February 19, 2002 @ 7:03 EST by: ryan

MikHailTech takes a look at Gainward's Golden Sample Geforce4 MX440. If anything, it looks nice and overclocks like no other. Here's a quote:

"And as you can see, Gainward is sticking to their bright red PCB used for GeForce3 cards. I like this color very much although I have no case window. By closely looking at the edge of the PCB I think Gainward has opted for an 8-layer design, at least for Golden Sample cards to increase stability, overclocking potential and image quality. And they’ve succeeded as far as I can tell because the card is clocked at 290/400 MHz by default, right between the Safe and Enhanced settings in ExperTool. The GeForce4 MX440 from Gainward uses Samsung 4ns rated chips, four in total, two on one side and two on the other. If you ask me, placing the memory on both sides of the card is not a very smart thing to do because it makes it harder to install RAMsinks, but there’s no need for those on the card I tested. And 4ns memory should easily achieve 500 MHz DDR speed and maybe even above 500 MHz."

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Thermal Compound Roundup

posted: February 18, 2002 @ 9:53 EST by: ryan

ViperLair takes a look at some of the more popular thermal compounds:

"Some people swear by silver based compounds, and others prefer the generic stuff. Does the fancy goop really work better, and if so, does the performance justify the price? From my experiences, exotic compounds do tend to perform better, but we're not talking about copper heatsink to aluminum heatsink type differences. In fact, the differences are usually negligable. Are these compounds worth the extra cash then? Again, this will depend on a few factors, such as how often you need to replace it."

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117th ZZZ Online

posted: February 18, 2002 @ 9:51 EST by: ryan

ZZZOnlone has posted up issue 117 and they have a few interesting new things for you guys to look at. This week we have inflatable speakers, a titanium bear proof suit, and Wheelsurf, a powered monocycle.

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CPU/Memory Watch

posted: February 18, 2002 @ 9:49 EST by: ryan

SLCentral.com has posted this weeks CPU/Memory Watch update.

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Zalman Fan Mate

posted: February 18, 2002 @ 9:48 EST by: ryan

MikHailTech has a short review of Zalman's Fan Mate. This is basically a fancy potentiometer/rheostat. Here's a quote:

"In essence, you can fully customize it to your needs and in the end have a fan with "specifications" no one has ever heard of. It all depends on your taste. The other option involves lengthening the wires. Simple stripping and twisting (or soldering for the overachiever) will do. You can then cut out a tiny hole somewhere in the case to feed the knob through. Now you have a new rheostat! All in all this is another tinker toy: not something you should strongly consider, but nice to have around."

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What is Tweaking?

posted: February 18, 2002 @ 9:45 EST by: ryan

If you don't know you probably shouldn't be reading this site. But..."

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HighEnd IDE RAID Roundup

posted: February 15, 2002 @ 9:03 EST by: ryan

X-bit labs has posted Part 2 of High-End IDE RAID Controllers Roundup.

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1.6Ghz Northwood Review

posted: February 15, 2002 @ 9:02 EST by: ryan

GideonTech went on a shopping spree and picked up one of the new 1.6Ghz Northwood chips. Snip:

"So after a 960mhz overclock, I think it's ok to say that Intel's
P4 Northwoods has come up as a chip to consider for the power user.

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MSI GeForce3 Ti200

posted: February 15, 2002 @ 9:01 EST by: ryan

ipKonfig has posted up a review of the MSI GeForce3 Ti200 Pro-TD video card. It's performance is quite well, and it's not an expensive card either:

"In today's gaming world we see frequent video card releases. The market and demand are quick to jump on the fast and furriest, and the GeForce 3 is just that. But our insistence on the fastest cards for our favorite games can come at a cost. nVidia, on the other hand, has tried to do things in baby-steps. Currently on the market are three types of GeForce 3 chipsets: Ti200, GeForce3, and Ti500. You can safely bet the Ti500 will set you back more. That said, the Ti200 is a video card that performs extremely well, and won't cost an arm and a leg!"

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Dr. Thermal EXTREME HS

posted: February 15, 2002 @ 9:00 EST by: ryan

EXHardware has posted up a review of the Dr. Thermal EXTREME heatsink.

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P4X266A Mobo Review

posted: February 15, 2002 @ 8:57 EST by: ryan

HotHardware has taken a long look at a motherboard from VIA Technologies based on their high-performing P4X266A Pentium 4 chipset.

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Dr. Thermal CPU Cooler

posted: February 14, 2002 @ 6:53 EST by: ryan

SLCentral.com has posted a review on the TITI Dr. Thermal CPU Cooler. Does this copper and aluminum cooler that seriously points back towards the Thermoengine of old actually hold its place in the cooling field? Here's a quote from the review:

"Now we're down to one of the most important parts of the heatsink...How easily can you install it? For those of you who remember the Thermoengine, this was the one place it came up short. SERIOUSLY short, mind you. It had a nasty habit of killing CPU's during install and removal. Since it's built so similarly, you'd expect the Dr. Thermal to have similar issues, right? Well, in a word, no."

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Prolink GeForce4 MX440

posted: February 14, 2002 @ 6:53 EST by: ryan

TweakTown has just posted a review of the Prolink GeForce4 MX440 Video Card. Here's a snip:

"We've all been hearing about them, and now we can see what the truth really is. With all the rumors flying around about the new GeForce4 MX cards being overpumped GeForce2's, it was time to do a little digging to see what the scoop REALLY was. So come join TweakTown as they do a little midnight testing on the Prolink GeForce4 MX440 Video Card."

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CAK-II 38 HSF Review

posted: February 14, 2002 @ 6:52 EST by: ryan

MikHailTech has reviewed Globalwin's high-end overclocking heatsink, the revised CAK-II 38. Here's a quote:

"As is the case with most clips, this one is controversial. It's a good improvement because there's now a secure spot for the screwdriver to go so it doesn't slip and damage anything. Unlike the SAK38, the CAK's is attached with a lot more ease and didn't snap when I got it on the socket. Being a steel clip, getting it on with your bear hands is extremely difficult and not a very wise thing to try. It's actually a lot safer using a screwdriver, believe it or not. What's bad about the clip is that 1) you still have to use a screwdriver (where's the finger-pushing plate?) and 2) it only covers one socket tab. This could pose a problem if one of your slugs is broken. On a more common note, be careful not to slide the heatsink and/or a CPU shim, which can be quite easy to do when dealing with such a retention mechanism."

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Logitech Z-560 Review

posted: February 13, 2002 @ 7:15 EST by: ryan

Looking for a good set of 4.1 speakers and thinking about Klipsch? Think again, my friend. The Tech Zone has a review of a set of speakers that could very well be a Klipsch killer. The kicker? They're made by Logitech! The same company that is known for such great mice and keyboards now have Klipsch in the crosshairs. Check the full review here.

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64MB Crucial CF

posted: February 13, 2002 @ 7:14 EST by: ryan

ViperLair has posted up a review of a 64MB Crucial compact flash card.

"It's uses range from being used in digital cameras, to PDAs, and MP3 players. Considering that many of these devices only include 8MB, or 16MB (if any at all) upon purchase, it's always wise to pick up little extra. I recently purchased a digital camera, and the default resolution takes up 1MB per shot. Considering I only had 8MB at first (I purchased 64MB of SanDisk ram later on), it doesn't take long to fill up."

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Soyo P4S Dragon Ultra

posted: February 13, 2002 @ 7:13 EST by: ryan

ViaHardware has posted up their review on the Soyo P4S Dragon Ultra based on the SiS 645 DDR chipset for the P4. The Dragon is feature packed including: ATA133 RAID, CMedia 6-Channel Audio, LAN, 6 USB, Soyo E-box and an excellent software package.

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Lian-Li PC35 Case Review

posted: February 12, 2002 @ 7:19 EST by: ryan

IANAG has posted up a review of Lian-Li's PC35 case.

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Titan TTC-MT3AB Heatsink

posted: February 12, 2002 @ 7:18 EST by: ryan

FrostyTech has posted a Titan TTC-MT3AB Heatsink Review:

"Sometimes it seems as though heatsink manufacturers are trying to sell coolers by looks alone - hoping that the more outrageous a heatsink looks, the better it will sell. The Titan MT3AB certainly gains points for trying something new with this heatsink, but considering the lackluster performance we have seen from this type of cooler in the past, can we expect anything different here?"

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SAK38 Heatsink Review

posted: February 12, 2002 @ 7:17 EST by: ryan

MikHailTech reviews Globalwin's budget overclocking solution: the hybrid SAK38. Several major improvement over previous models have taken place. The performance is there and the price is nice, but efficiency is lacking. Here's a quote:

"The clip is another story altogether. For once Globalwin really surprised me. This 3-prong design is very effective for various reasons. First off, it prevents shifting during installation, therefore reducing the risk of a cracked core, regardless of whether or not you have a shim. Secondly, if one of your socket's tabs breaks (and this has happened more than you think) there are two more to compensate. Finally, when moving the computer around the heatsink won't shift from side to side, once again insuring safety. Instead of implementing a finger-friendly attaching mechanism, Globalwin remained with their screwdriver idea, only this time it's a lot easy and much less nerve-wracking. I was still petrified when I heard a snap upon the final push though; good thing it wasn't my core."

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P4 1.6A Overclocking

posted: February 11, 2002 @ 5:38 EST by: ryan

Tweakers Asylum has posted an article on the overclocking performance possibilities of the Intel Pentium 4 1.6A GHz Northwood.

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On The GeForce4

posted: February 11, 2002 @ 5:37 EST by: ryan

GU's Sureel Pathak was able to attend nVidias press conference concerning the GeForce4 launch and wrote a nice preview of nVidias newgeneration for you to enjoy and drool about.

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MSI VIA KT333 Board

posted: February 11, 2002 @ 5:36 EST by: ryan

T-Break has managed to get the World Exclusive review on the VIA KT333 chipset. They take the MSI K3T Ultra-ARU, based on the KT333 chipset out for a spin. Here's a bit from the review:

"VIA's KT333 is the third chipset for the Athlon platform that is aiming to bring PC-2700 or DDR-333 into mainstream. We looked at the first two chipsets supporting this faster type of memory- the ALi Magik in the form of Iwill's XP-333 and SiS 745 in the form of ECS K7S6A. Unfortunately, both the chipsets disappointed as far as DDR-333 performance was concerned. Would VIA be able to succeed where ALi and SiS failed? We'll find it out today with the MSI KT3 Ultra-ARU motherboard, based on the highly anticipated KT333 chipset."

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posted: February 9, 2002 @ 7:31 EST by: ryan

Overclocked Cafe has finished their review of the KT266A based, ABIT KR7A-RAID. A nice board, with all the features one would want - Onboard RAID (ATA133), SoftMenuIII, support for the latest Athlon CPU's and DDR memory support:

"Abit really has a winner here. The VIA KT266A chipset is, by far, the most stable Socket-A chipset I've had the pleasure to work with. There were a lot of growing pains with Socket-A chipsets, and VIA has certainly not come out of the foray unscathed, but I can honestly say that it looks like they took their lumps, learned from their mistakes, and made a darn fine product."

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Compucase 9106 Case

posted: February 9, 2002 @ 7:30 EST by: ryan

VoidYourWarranty has just finished up another review, this one being the Compucase 9106 case. This is virtually the same case as the Antec KS-188, but with a much smaller price tag. Here is a quote from the review:

"Compucase may not have a very recognizable name, but they certainly have a very recognizable case. However, you may not know it as a compucase. In fact, this same chassis is used by AOpen in their H_08 series and Antec sells a completely identical unit (same bezel and all) with power supply unit under their name as the KS-188. Today we take a look at this infamous chassis that so many modders have fallen in love with in one form or another."

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