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July 22, 2001 - July 30, 2001

Tualatin PIII Review

posted: July 30, 2001 @ 7:44 EDT by: ryan

HotHardware has a review of Intel's new "Tualatin" Pentium III processor. The "Tualatin" is the first Pentium III built using Intelís 0.13 micron process. Their chip was running at a default clockspeed of 1.20GHz.

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Best Games of All Time

posted: July 30, 2001 @ 7:42 EDT by: ryan

When was the last time you were a God, or the strategic commander of a large military, or a heavily armed rocket launcher wielding psycho warrior, or even a medieval necromancer? If you've recently been engaged in one or all of these activities, chances are that you've been playing some of the best PC games out there. Which of those games made The Tech Zone's list?

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Athlon 1Ghz @ 1.5GHz

posted: July 30, 2001 @ 7:41 EDT by: ryan

The Overclocker Cafe' just finished up playing with a 1GHz TBird of the AYHJAR variety, which they managed to get up to 1.5GHz. Here are two snips.

"Purchasing a new chip for most of us overclockers is somewhat like the search for the Holy Grail. Every rumor, tip, and even an occasional fact point us not only toward the direction of what chip to buy but what stepping and it's production week as well. Once we have our rumors straight, the hunt is on."

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90th ZZZ Issue

posted: July 29, 2001 @ 4:57 EDT by: ryan

The 90th issue of ZZZ online is out. This issue includes the reports about:

- the fastest human powered vehicle
- advanced technology e-shop
- desk you can sleep on
- propulsion system for enormous sea vessels

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Zalman CNPS 5000 HSF

posted: July 29, 2001 @ 4:56 EDT by: ryan

8Balls Hardware presents to you their latest review of the Zalman CNPS 5000 Plus heatsink-fan combo.

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Bose QuietComfort HF

posted: July 29, 2001 @ 4:56 EDT by: ryan

Adrian's Rojak Pot just posted their full review of the Bose QuietComfort Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headset!

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MSI K7T266 Pro Review

posted: July 29, 2001 @ 4:55 EDT by: ryan

After VIA Apollo Pro266, AMD 760 and ALi MAGiK1 we reviewed
again one more ddr-sdram chipset. Hardtechs4u took a look at the MSI K7T266 Pro, based on VIA KT266 chipset.

Translated to english.

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All About Hard Drives

posted: July 28, 2001 @ 3:28 EDT by: ryan

TweakMax has posted up an article that seeks to tell the answer to 3 basic questions on HDDs. What is the FAT (File Allocation Table)? What does a disk defragmenter really do? What does a ScanDisk utility really do? Here is a quote:

"What defragmentation does is in essence to rebuild each chain of clusters into one continuous chain for each file. When each file is located all together this reduces significantly the amount of seeking the Hard Disk Drive must do in order to locate and access the entire file, thus it significantly improves disk access time."

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Max Payne Review

posted: July 28, 2001 @ 3:27 EDT by: ryan

Remedy Entertainment's long-awaited shooter plays out just like an
action movie. GameSpot has posted a text review as well as a video review of it. I picked up this game a few days ago, and am very pleased with it.

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ECS D6VAA Dual Mobo

posted: July 27, 2001 @ 8:15 EDT by: ryan

HotHardware has posted up a review of the ECS D6VAA Dual-Socket 370 motherboard.

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MSI K7T266 Pro-R Review

posted: July 27, 2001 @ 8:14 EDT by: ryan

Amdmb.com has posted a review of the MSI K7T266 Pro-R motherboard, based on the KT266 chipset. Now that the bios and drivers for this board have improved and stabilized, it is showing to be a real competitor in the DDR market.

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RumbleFX Headphones Review

posted: July 27, 2001 @ 8:13 EDT by: ryan

GameSurge has a review on one of the latest offerings in force feedback technology: The RumbleFX Force Feedback headphones, which will let you feel the sound - literally.



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Samsung SyncMaster LCD

posted: July 27, 2001 @ 8:13 EDT by: ryan

Samsung SyncMaster 180T 18.1 inch LCD Display is reviewed over at PCStats.

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ADi MicroScan L712 LCD

posted: July 27, 2001 @ 8:12 EDT by: ryan

It's about time we set our eyes on something larger for a TFT LCD panel. Forget the 15-inch panels that can only display up to a resolution of 1024x768. Get big with a 17-inch TFT LCD monitor with the more affordable ADi MicroScan L712, HardwareZone has the review.

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Crucial Tech Interview

posted: July 27, 2001 @ 8:10 EDT by: ryan

SystemLogic.net has posted an interview with Crucial Technology. They try and uncover as much as possible about the past, present, and future of the company as well its products. They talk about the price drops, QDR (Quad Data Rate) SRAM, non motherboard memory plans and more.

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1GHz Athlon @ 1.7GHz?

posted: July 27, 2001 @ 8:09 EDT by: ryan

1Ghz CPU's clear up to 1.7Ghz! With the latest stepping AYHJAR's of course. As AMD continues to improve their yields us overclockers are the ones that benefit the most.


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EagleB-0003 ATX Review

posted: July 26, 2001 @ 8:38 EDT by: ryan

The Eagle has landed at The Tech Zone! The EagleB-0003 ATX case that is. This is an ultra light all aluminum case that's just packed with features, including a front media panel and cross bar for holding the PCI/AGP cards in place! Check out the full review here.

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Seagate Barracuda 36ES

posted: July 26, 2001 @ 8:38 EDT by: ryan

X-bit labs has posted a review of the Seagate Barracuda 36ES HDD. This review covers a new Entry-level SCSI solution from Seagate, which features 7,200rpm spindle rotation speed, boasts high reliability and performs so well in some tests that appears nearly ideal for video and audio processing.

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Intel Itanuim CPU

posted: July 26, 2001 @ 8:37 EDT by: ryan

T-Break has some pictures up of the Intel Itanuim CPU.

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Thermaltake HS/Fan Review

posted: July 26, 2001 @ 8:36 EDT by: ryan

SystemLogic.net has posted a review of the Thermaltake TT-6025A fan.

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ASUS KT266 Mobo Review

posted: July 26, 2001 @ 8:35 EDT by: ryan

HardOCP has posted a review of the ASUS KT266 Mainboard.

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AMD Athlon 4 Article

posted: July 25, 2001 @ 12:44 EDT by: ryan

Xtrememods.com has a new article up on the AMD Athlon 4:

"AMD have been recognised as a major force to reckon with against the Intel behemoth. The Athlon CPU placed AMD at the top of the performance market over night with Intel on the defence. Intel's latest CPU, the Pentium 4, is already phasing out the Pentium 3. The Pentium 4 can hit higher clock rates then AMD's T-Bird (Thunderbird) and has superior bandwidth capabilities. However AMD themselves did not expect the T-Bird to reach such high clock rates. AMD have hardware enthusiasts around the World supporting them, yet they haven't decided to rest on their laurels. Their latest hardware roadmap shows that they have some surprises for us yet to come."

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Asus 8200 GF3 Review

posted: July 25, 2001 @ 12:43 EDT by: ryan

MGON has reviewed the 8200 GeForce 3 card from Asus.

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Icemat Review

posted: July 25, 2001 @ 12:42 EDT by: ryan

Bit-Tech has http://www.bit-tech.net/?page=article&id=64">a review of the Icemat. They also have a 1mb downloadable video of it.

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Compex DS2216 Switch

posted: July 24, 2001 @ 11:07 EDT by: ryan

nullpoint.com just released a review on the Compex DS2216 Switch. The Switch is 16-port and features a few benefits not commonly found in switches around the same price range (such things as priority settings and port trunking support for 4 port cascading). Heres a quote:

"The DS2216 also features PowerButtons which are 2 buttons on the front panel that are used to configure the switch on a port by port basis, making for an extremely versatile addition. Compex also made powering their product a breeze, by making it powered by a standard 3 pronged power cord. So no more having to call up the company requesting to be sent a replacement power adapter when you lose your own."

I'll be posting my own reivew of this unit in the next day or two.

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LAN Cable Tester

posted: July 24, 2001 @ 11:05 EDT by: ryan

PC911 is featuring a new article about making your own LAN cable tester.



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Cables: Rounded Vs. Flat

posted: July 24, 2001 @ 11:05 EDT by: ryan

SystemLogic.net has updated their article "ATA Cables: Rounded Vs. Flat". The article is a performance comparison of various speed and types of ATA cables. Here's a quote about the new results:

"However the new test does help point out some things that are kinda useful. The ATA-33 cables don't slow much when using a lower performance ATA-100 drive even, as shown in the WD tests, they only lagged by about 2MB/s."

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Samsung DVD-N501

posted: July 23, 2001 @ 10:17 EDT by: ryan

IANAG has posted up a review of the Samsung DVD-N501. The Samsung DVD-N501 is not just a DVD player, it is also an MP3 player and a gaming console based on the not to common NUON platform:

"For both regular CD and MP3 CD play back if you have your television turned on you will be able to "watch the music". If you have ever played with the graphical plug-ins for Winamp the Virtual Light Machine will be very familiar to you. The Virtual Light Machine basically turns the music into graphic effects. There are over 100 modes from which you came pick. It looks very cool but is far from exciting to watch. I suppose if you were having a dance party it would be something cool to put on."

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Iwill KK266-R Review

posted: July 23, 2001 @ 10:16 EDT by: ryan

The Iwill KK266-R motherboard has became a very popular motherboard among overclockers. And why shouldn't it? This is one of the most stable motherboard you can buy! With a great layout, terrific feature set and support for RAID, the KK266-R maybe just what the doctor ordered. The Tech Zone has the full review over here.

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AOpen Wireless Mouse

posted: July 23, 2001 @ 10:15 EDT by: ryan

NeoSeeker has posted their review of AOpen's R-25W Wireless Mouse.

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CPU/Memory Watch

posted: July 23, 2001 @ 10:15 EDT by: ryan

SystemLogic.net has updated their CPU/Memory Watch. This week in processors things seem pretty quiet. The most noticeable changes are drops in retail Pentium 4's and another week of 1GHz+ Athlon processors in both OEM and retail. Rambus continues its fall this week as well.

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Virus Alert

posted: July 22, 2001 @ 4:57 EDT by: ryan

We'll I've recieved this bug from a number of people so far (though I haven't run the attachment). Here's the Juice:


Aliases:
SCAM.A, TROJ_SCAM.A, W32.Sircam.Worm@mm

Description:
This Trojan propagates via email using SMTP commands. It sends copies of itself to all addresses listed in an infected user's address book. It arrives in an email with a random subject line, and an attachment by the same name. It has no destructive payload.


Here's some more info on it.

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We're Smarter!

posted: July 22, 2001 @ 4:53 EDT by: ryan

The latest study into the effects of computer games on youngsters has shown once again that gamers are quicker and smarter than non-gamers.

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Shuttle AK31 Mobo Review

posted: July 22, 2001 @ 4:52 EDT by: ryan

T-Break has published a review of the relitively unknown Shuttle AK31 motherboard based on the KT266 chipset.

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CPU Cooler Roundup

posted: July 22, 2001 @ 4:50 EDT by: ryan

Adrian's Rojak Pot just posted a comprehensive CPU Cooler Roundup.

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