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July 14, 2001 - July 22, 2001

DFI AK75-EC Review

posted: July 22, 2001 @ 4:49 EDT by: ryan

MikHailTech posted up a review of the DFI's AK75-EC, based on the KT133A chipset. For $80 this board is feature packed and seems to be the ultimate solution for the budget buyer, yet includes options to make any overclocker drool. Here's a quote:

"Unlike some boards I've seen which have their IDE/FDD connectors perpendicular to the DIMM slots in the lower section of the board, DFI chose to take the standard route and do things "by the book". The setup is classical: dual IDE channels next to each other with the FDD on the right. Before I go on, there's something about this board I absolutely love: "integrated" instructions. Basically the PCB is marked all over the place with words and letters detailing what goes where. For the first time, I didn't have to guess which 3-pin header the CPU fan hooked into. Most of the jumpers along with the internal audio connectors are also labeled for your convenience, so if you happen to lose that manual you're not totally screwed."

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Not Much News

posted: July 21, 2001 @ 3:29 EDT by: ryan

As with most weekends there doesn't seem to be much news worth posting. Got somes news? Send it in!

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Win Some Cool Hardware

posted: July 21, 2001 @ 3:28 EDT by: ryan

Win some stuff at Athlon OC:

MSI K7 Master (MS-6341)
OCZ Performance Enhanced PC-2100 CL2 DDR SDRAM 256megs
Tbird 1333 AYHJA Stepping
OCZ Gladiator

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EPoX EP-8K7A Mobo Review

posted: July 21, 2001 @ 3:27 EDT by: ryan

X-bit labs has posted EPoX EP-8K7A Mainboard review. What more needs to be said?

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New Poll Time!

posted: July 20, 2001 @ 5:24 EDT by: ryan

After running the last poll on whether or not you'll be buying Windows XP, it's time for a new poll. This time we are asking whether or not you own a portable computer (a.k.a laptop). Go Vote!

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TT Dragon Orb Review

posted: July 20, 2001 @ 9:36 EDT by: ryan

GideonTech.com is finished testing the TT Dragon Orb 3, and have posted up a review of it.

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Matrox Interview

posted: July 20, 2001 @ 9:35 EDT by: ryan

SystemLogic.net has posted an interview with Matrox. They cover many topics, especially based around the G550 which was recently announced. Other things include the reason for leaving the 3D performance market, Linux support, future technologies, company economics, Athlon MP support, and more.

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Intel Tualatin Review

posted: July 20, 2001 @ 9:32 EDT by: ryan

The Tualatin is Intel's new Pentium III processor based on the 0.13 micron manufacturing technology. With a smaller die, lower core voltage and a much friendlier packaging, the Tualatin currently offers up to 1.2GHz of processing power. Read on to find out how it compares with the Athlon and Pentium 4.

"The new Intel Tualatin is certainly going to be an interesting extension to Intel's Pentium III line of processors. With performance matching the Athlon, the Tualatin could very well give users a good alternative to using AMD's power hungry Athlon processor. With very low requirements for power (you can still use your old 250W ATX power supply unit) and low heat dissipation (a simple cooler should do the trick), the Tualatin is made for consumers seeking a quick and simple upgrade solution. The drawback is that users are required to change their current motherboard to accomodate the new Tualatin."

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SUMA PLATINUM Review

posted: July 20, 2001 @ 9:31 EDT by: ryan

X-bit labs has posted SUMA PLATINUM K2 Graphics Card review. This is one more graphics card based on STM Kyro II chip and equipped with 32MB memory.

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MX400 Roundup

posted: July 20, 2001 @ 9:29 EDT by: ryan

Hexus.net has a review of some MX400s, but this is different from a normal graphics card review, we compared the MX400 in 2 flavours 64MB and 32MB editions this shows how much performance you can get from this chipset. Quote:

"They are excellent performers for the price. In the same league are the ATi Radeon VE and the Kyro II boards from VideoLogic and Hercules. The MX400 has the advantage of extremely solid drivers on all platforms. Windows 2000 and XP performance of any GeForce, GeForce2 or GeForce3 card is very close to itís Windows 98 performance. I canít say the same for ATi, although its Windows 2000 driver support is much improved from the early days when I had a Radeon 64Mb DDR. The drivers caused me to switch to a GeForce based card (god I miss that blue Hercules Ultra)."

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Gigabyte 7DXR Review

posted: July 19, 2001 @ 2:19 EDT by: ryan

NewsForge has just posted a review of Gigabyte's 7DXR AMD Athlon DDR motherboard running under Linux.

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HighSpeedPC AGP AirLift

posted: July 19, 2001 @ 2:19 EDT by: ryan

SystemLogic.net has reviewed the HighSpeedPC AGP AirLift. The AGP AirLift is a graphics card cooler that features a 60mm x 60mm x 25mm, dual ball bearing, fan. This fan runs at 4,200 rpm and generates 27 cfm along with 35 dBA noise level. It uses a 3-pin connector.

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2CoolPC Cooling Roundup

posted: July 19, 2001 @ 2:18 EDT by: ryan

GideonTech.com has a review up on an old player in the cooling field. 2CoolPC has sent them a collection of all the cooling models they have for their 2CoolPC system. They're also giving the review units away.

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Ferrari FFB Wheel Review

posted: July 19, 2001 @ 2:15 EDT by: ryan

MGON have reviewed the ferrari force feedback wheel.

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Nokia 9210 Review

posted: July 19, 2001 @ 2:14 EDT by: ryan

T-Break has posted a review of an extremely sexy device- the Nokia 9210 Communicator. It's a Mobile Phone/PDA unit that lets you access emails, faxes, the web and documents from anywhere and in brilliant color.

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DFI AK76-SN Review

posted: July 18, 2001 @ 2:36 EDT by: ryan

Today we have posted a review of the latest Athlon motherboard from the good folks at DFI. The AK76-SN incorporates the AMD 761 Northbridge with the Via 686B Southbridge in hopes of delivering a quality and cost effective motherboard.

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Copper Heatsink Comparison

posted: July 18, 2001 @ 2:35 EDT by: ryan

Amdmb.com has posted a new article that features 9 heatsink that either all copper or use copper in their construction. This is a great article that looks at the construction of each individually, then puts them in simple ranked order based on performance.

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Addtronics 7896 Review

posted: July 18, 2001 @ 2:34 EDT by: ryan

ArsTechnica took a look at the Addtronics 7896, giving the twice over to its cooling capabilities, noise factor, modifications, and other goodness.

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Apacer Memory Review

posted: July 18, 2001 @ 2:32 EDT by: ryan

8Balls Hardware presents their next offering, a review on the Apacer 256MB pc133 SDRAM memory module.

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Intel i815EPEA2 Review

posted: July 18, 2001 @ 2:31 EDT by: ryan

The Tech Zone does and Intel motherboard review! An Intel mainboard review? Yep! While not exactly the overriding choice of the hobbyist crowd, Intel boards find their way into alot of OEM systems. Sporting the a lot (sans onboard video thank god), plenty of expansion, an interesting layout, and some interesting onboard audio features (Soundmax3), this isn't your father's Oldsmobile....or whatever.:) Take a look here.

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Morpheus GeForce3 Review

posted: July 17, 2001 @ 10:20 EDT by: ryan

[H]ard|OCP has posted up a review of the Absoute MultiMedia Morpheus GeForce3.

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CoolerGuys Window Kit

posted: July 17, 2001 @ 10:19 EDT by: ryan

TweakTown have posted a quick review of the CoolerGuys Window Kit dubbed the "Retro Window Kit". The kit is for sale in either DIY form to save a few extra dollars or factory made. The window is designed to suit the Wind Tunnel II Gamer ATX case, which the CoolerGuys also produce for the retail market and sell on their new and improved website.

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Hardware Price Index

posted: July 17, 2001 @ 10:18 EDT by: ryan

The Tech Zone has updated their Hardware Price Index for Tuesday, July 17th. AMD continues to offer the best CPU deals. A 1100Mhz TBird has gone down to just $84.95! How low can memory goes? 256 Megs of PC-133 SDRAM is now going for just $26.50!

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AOpen AW744 Review

posted: July 17, 2001 @ 10:18 EDT by: ryan

NeoSeeker has posted their review of the AOpen AW744 Deluxe Soundcard on Neoseeker.

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SilentPC Pro S Case

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

SystemLogic.net has done a review of the SP USA SilentPC Pro S case. The case boasts decibal levels as low as 21.5.

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Universal Sound Enhancer

posted: July 16, 2001 @ 11:59 EDT by: ryan

Acidhardware has released a review on the latest sound enhancement gadget from 1388 technologies. They take a long look at the unit and open it up to take a look at the technology behind it. Here's a blurb:

"Traditionally, consumer level sound enhancement devices have been good ideas but generally very poor in execution. As a result they have received much criticism and skepticism from audio enthusiasts. Many attempts in the past have tried to add more bass, brighten treble and/or increase the sound stage. Some have succeeded to a varying degree but often at the cost of improving one aspect of the audio whilst distorting another. 1388 Technologies tries to salvage what reputation sound enhancement devices have and create a quality unit at an affordable price. They approach the issue of sound enhancement from a layman's plug and go solution. The user has no control of what exactly is enhanced or to what degree. The unit simply slots in and promises to be a magic bullet for all your audio woes. 1388 even goes so far as to claim "Converts Any Audio System into Stunning Hi-Fi Experience!![sic]"

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Socket AHO Cooler

posted: July 16, 2001 @ 11:58 EDT by: ryan

GideonTech.com just posted up a new review of 1CoolPC's Socket AHO cooler.

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monitorHO-FAN Review

posted: July 16, 2001 @ 11:57 EDT by: ryan

Is your monitor starting to yellow? Protect one of the most expensive pieces of hardware that you have. The monitorHO-FAN can extend the life of your monitor. IANAG has the review:

"No this fan is not for overclocking your monitor, there are other reasons to keep things cool besides overclocking such as extending the life of a product. Monitors get pretty warm when they have been on for awhile and that heat can do damage to your monitor over time. I have personally had two monitors die from over heating. This product could be something to save that monitor you have that is starting to yellow, so be sure to check out the temperature results on the next page."

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Plextor 16x CD-RW Review

posted: July 16, 2001 @ 11:56 EDT by: ryan

T-Break have just finished a review of Plextor's awesome 16X CDRW.

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WAW38 Cooler Review

posted: July 16, 2001 @ 11:55 EDT by: ryan

Global Win enters the P4 cooling market with three new coolers. The Tech Zone takes a look at their top of the line model, the WAW38. This all aluminum fin cooler is chilled by the super high performance (and super loud) Delta 38 fan.

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Bose QuietComfort!

posted: July 15, 2001 @ 10:32 EDT by: ryan

Adrian's Rojak Pot just posted a preview of the Bose QuietComfort Acoustic Noise Cancelling headset! Just so you know guys, this thing is AMAZING.

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Overclocker's Cooling Guide

posted: July 15, 2001 @ 10:31 EDT by: ryan

MikHailTech has posted their Overclocker's Cooling Guide, part 2 which focuses on noise reduction. Here's a quote:

"As far as the dBA level is concerned, it features a temperature-controlled Adda fan so it spins only as fast as need be to cool effectively, ensuring rock-solid stability without a high pitch. The extra large intake vents also provide for a decent intake area so pressure build-up (and in turn noise) is kept to a minimum. Perfect solution already bundled with the case."

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Copper Cooler Shootout

posted: July 15, 2001 @ 10:29 EDT by: ryan

8Balls Hardware has their first Copper Cooler Shootout, pitting the GlobalWin CAK38, Kanie Hedgehog 238M & the Powercooler PCH137. Quote:

"A snip from the review: "All 3 coolers in this roundup did not really perform as expected with the exception of the PCH137 combined with a Delta 38CFM. As they are made of copper, expect to pay a premium for them compared to other cheaper aluminium types. Another thing to consider is the sheer weight of these coolers which could easily crush your CPU's core if wrongly installed."

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RAMBUS = SDRAM Cheap

posted: July 14, 2001 @ 7:43 EDT by: ryan

Seems that RAMBUS has finally lowered their royalty fees thus making SDRAM cheaper for most users in the long run.

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Fast Boot up Guide

posted: July 14, 2001 @ 2:13 EDT by: ryan

[g-cards.co.uk] had just finished their Fast Boot up Guide. Here is the snip from the article:

ďWhen we all first got our first PC we all remember the time we marvelled at how fast it was, how it made the lightening fast start up from power on to a fully loaded computer in a matter of seconds? Now it must seem like a dream, you now have time to make yourself a cup of tea while your PC stresses itself out loading up windows. Does it seem that it's about time for something to be done about it? Then that's what this Article's for!Ē

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