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July 6, 2001 - July 13, 2001

Ace 112C Media Port

posted: July 13, 2001 @ 9:58 EDT by: ryan

The Tech Zone reviews a handy little device that will bring all those ports to the front, and eliminate this little annoyance. It's call the Ace 112C Media Port.

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MiniJam MP3 Springboard

posted: July 13, 2001 @ 9:57 EDT by: ryan

Innogear MiniJam MP3 Springboard Module review over at PCSTATS:

"With MP3 players becoming the defacto standard for portable music it was only a matter of time before someone decided to take advantage of Handspring's Springboard Platform - in the name of music. In this instance we see a company called Innogear has developed a portable Springboard-based MP3 player."

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Flowmaster Max Review

posted: July 13, 2001 @ 9:56 EDT by: ryan

VYW has just added a new review of a complete watercooling kit from www.dtekcustoms.com called the Flowmaster Max. This kit differs from most water cooling kits in that it features all 1/2" ID fittings and tubing and so has much higher flow rates through the system compared to 3/8" setups. Here is a quote:

"As I mentioned, the kit's finish and appearance was very professional. But looks alone can't tell the whole story. First of all, let's discuss the importance of a 1/2" inside diameter rather than a 3/8" one that has been standard in water cooling kits for a while. The cross sectional area of 1/2" tubing (pi*r2) is approximately double that of 3/8" tubing (0.20 vs. 0.11 square inches) and so water flow through the system is greatly increased. With my 3/8" system and a 250 gallon per hour (GPH) pump I measured actual flow rates of around 45 GPH with the waterblock and radiator connected. With the DTek Customs kit and Rio pump I measured flow rates of 80-85 GPH."

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3D Prophet 4500 Rv.

posted: July 13, 2001 @ 9:55 EDT by: ryan

HotHardware has taken a look at Herculesí Kyro II powered 3D Prophet 4500.

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FrontX Ports Review

posted: July 12, 2001 @ 9:33 EDT by: ryan

EXHardware has posted up a review of the FrontX USB and Serial add-on ports that go with the FrontX computer port extender. Snip:

"A little while ago, we reviewed the FrontX computer port extender unit. Basically, it's a front panel that plugs into a 5 1/4" drive bay and allows instant I/O connectivity up front without having to reach behind. The base FrontX model comes with a Line in jack, Microphone jack, Headphone jack and a Game port jack which is basically all the ports that you'd find on a sound card. Lately, with the rising popularity of USB and serial devices on the go such as digital cameras, MP3 players and such ease of connectivity with these devices is very important."

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Iwill KK266 Mobo Review

posted: July 12, 2001 @ 9:32 EDT by: ryan

T-Break has published a review of Iwill's KK266 motherboard- an extremely popular board with overclockers which is not without a reason. Here's a bit from the review:

"Iwill offers overclocking in the name of MicroStepping which is very similar to Abitís SoftMenu system. The KK266 provides multiplier-overclocking right up to 12.5x. Bus speeds are available in 1MHz increments from 100MHz right to 166MHz. Voltage overclocking is also provided for with settings ranging from 1.525V right up to 1.850V in 0.025V increments. Itís safe to say Iwill listens to the needs of overclockers.

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Car MP3 Player Review

posted: July 12, 2001 @ 9:31 EDT by: ryan

With MP3 being all the rage it was only a matter of time before car audio manufacturers started making MP3 players for the car. The Tech Zone takes a look at the KDC-MP8017 from Kenwood. This in dash CD/MP3 player may be just the thing to make those long road trips a little shorter. Read the full review here.

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Diablo II: LOD Review

posted: July 12, 2001 @ 9:30 EDT by: ryan

SystemLogic.net has done a review of Diablo II: Lord Of Destruction.

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VisionTek GeForce3 Review

posted: July 11, 2001 @ 10:45 EDT by: ryan

Tech-Gods takes a look at the VisionTek GeForce 3. Here's a quote:

"Then having a high resolution during a game allows you to see more, but makes the target smaller on your screen. Essentially if you are decent, then you don't need to "find" the enemy, as you usually have a good idea of where they are, but once they're on the screen, your resolution can determine whether or not they will be the size of a penny, or a dollar bill. That's just my $.02, but you could still be super 1337 and run high res and have the mouse targeting of a military satellite and handle your own quite well. In either case, counter-strike words are still hard to read."

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Palomino or T-bird

posted: July 11, 2001 @ 10:43 EDT by: ryan

Palomino or T-bird over at [H]ard|OCP.

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OCZ Gladiator Review

posted: July 11, 2001 @ 10:42 EDT by: ryan

Case Junkiez has posted up a review of the OCZ Gladiator copper cooler from the top blokes at the OCZ store:

"Air cooling, while not the most efficient means available, is still the most used and cost effective means to keep today's CPU's within acceptable operating temperatures. Aluminium heatsinks have established themselves as ample and capable coolers, but copper heatsinks are starting to gather in popularity.

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Inside WinXP RC1

posted: July 11, 2001 @ 10:40 EDT by: ryan

Just a few days ago, Microsoft released Windows XP Release Candidate 1. What does that mean? Well, with the impending official launch date of October 25th, it means they are about finished cooking their latest OS. The Tech Zone takes a peek inside the new OS and brings you the goods over here.

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New Poll Up

posted: July 10, 2001 @ 8:36 EDT by: ryan

After about 1200 of you voted on our last poll on who makes your system, I put up a new one! This time our poll asks the question of whether or not you will be buying Microsoftís upcoming Windows XP, personally the jury is still out on that one as WPA (windows product activation) just makes me MAD.

Take a look at the choices on the right site, and vote.

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Thermaltake Dragon Orb3

posted: July 10, 2001 @ 8:32 EDT by: ryan

FrostyTech has posted up a review of the Thermaltake Dragon Orb3 Heatsink:

"The Dragon Orb 3 is simply a massive cooling solution. At 80mm tall, it is one of the tallest heatsinks we have have seen to date, and it has the distinction of being the only heatsink with a 30mm thick copper base we know of. With the new blue-anodized fins and the externally mounted fan in a gold-anodized casing, the Dragon Orb 3 gets high marks for its' looks"

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Chaintech 60JV2 i815E

posted: July 10, 2001 @ 8:31 EDT by: ryan

Adrian's Rojak Pot just posted a semi-review of the Chaintech 60JV2 i815E motherboard.

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Samtron 76E 17" Review

posted: July 10, 2001 @ 12:39 EDT by: ryan

Today, the Samtron 76E 17" Monitor is reviewed in the 8Balls Hardware labs.

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KB-Media Keyboard Review

posted: July 10, 2001 @ 12:38 EDT by: ryan

NeoSeeker has posted their review of the from AOpen.

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Samsung Yepp Review

posted: July 10, 2001 @ 12:37 EDT by: ryan

The Samsung Yepp is one of the latest MP3 players to hit the market. Are you still using a discman or even walkman? Get with the times, MP3 players are where its at. Quote:

"Before I give you the full list let me just cover some of the more notable features. As I said before it has 64MB RAM built, it also has a smart media slot which you can use to add up to an additional 64MB. It can hold 64 minutes of music at 128Kbps, it can also hold up to 256 minutes of voice recording. It has over 9 hours of play time, and has a transfer rate of at least 1.5Mbps."

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Hardware Price Index

posted: July 10, 2001 @ 12:35 EDT by: ryan

The Tech Zone has updated their Hardware Price Index for Tuesday, July 10th. Some great CPU prices this week. A 1100Mhz TBird for just $92.00 or a Bird 1200Mhz for just $104.94? Yep! It's true. Memory prices are insanely low as well. 256 Megs of PC-133 SDRAM is now going for just $27.00!

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ATI TV Wonder VE

posted: July 10, 2001 @ 12:33 EDT by: ryan

SystemLogic.net has posted a review of the ATI TV Wonder VE TV-Tuner. While PCs and television haven't converged in the way first thought, bringing the TV to the PC makes perfect sense for space and budget conscious consumers.

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PC Hardware Networking

posted: July 9, 2001 @ 10:36 EDT by: ryan

Today PC Hardware has posted a new article from the series dedicated to explaining LANs. This article focuses on the Layer 1 of the OSI refernce model, and is intented to be a guide through the network media used in the modern LANs, covering copper, fiber-optic and wireless communications. The main part of the article is dedicated to UTP, the most common network cable around. It also dicusses the TIA/EIA wiring standards for UTP cables (straight-through, cross-over and roll-over). Quote:

"The main disadvantage of UTP is that it is more prone to electrical noise than other types of media. It can only be run for 100 m (325 ft) without the signal being deteriorated below accepted standards. However, because it's the least expensive, is thin and easy to install, and capable of reaching high speeds, it remains the most used cable type."

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WinXP FAQ

posted: July 9, 2001 @ 10:35 EDT by: ryan

NTCompatable has posted up their WinXP FAQ.

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GlobalWin CAK38 Review

posted: July 9, 2001 @ 10:34 EDT by: ryan

GideonTech is finished with another review, this time on the copper contender from GlobalWin the GlobalWin CAK38.

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Earth Shaking Hardware

posted: July 9, 2001 @ 10:33 EDT by: ryan

The Tech Zone starts this week with a look at the top 10 most Earth Shaking Hardware of all time. These are 10 products that stood head and shoulders above anything else in its class.

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King-of-the-hill Heatsink

posted: July 9, 2001 @ 10:33 EDT by: ryan

The Overclocker Cafe' just finished up a short article looking and testing out the fans available for the current , the Swiftech MC-462. The stock unit blows 53 CFM while the Delta extreme blows a ear shattering 80.16 CFM.

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Absolute MORPHEUS GF3

posted: July 9, 2001 @ 10:32 EDT by: ryan

HotHardware took a look at 3D Power's Absolute MORPHEUS GeForce3.

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New Case Mod Gallery

posted: July 8, 2001 @ 11:09 EDT by: ryan

GideonTech.com just uploaded 20 http://www.gideontech.com/vprojects.shtml">new visitor case mods to their gallery.

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Leadtek GeForce2 Ultra

posted: July 8, 2001 @ 11:08 EDT by: ryan

Rather buy a GeForce2 Ultra rather than a GeForce3? HardTechs4U has posted up a review of the Leadteak Winfast Ultra.

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FrontX Review

posted: July 8, 2001 @ 11:06 EDT by: ryan

BiT-tech.net has posted up a review of the FrontX. Blurb:

"The basic function of the kit is to take all the annoying ports from around the back of the computer, and relocate them to a drive bay at the front......It's usefulness rating is off the scale, as constantly changing headphones, mics, joypads etc can be a nightmare - one set of headphones for music, one set for Counter-Strike, joypad for Tony Hawks, joystick for X-Wing."

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Mini Neon Case Lights

posted: July 7, 2001 @ 8:55 EDT by: ryan

Bit-Tech has posted up an article on mini neon lights. Blurb:

"Mini Neons. .....Do we bring you the latest craze? Is this going to be the latest craze? is bigger better? (your bird told me it was :p) a bit expensive for what they are... but they are different and thats what I wanted to show you... start a new cult? differentism?"

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GeForce 3 Voltage Tweaks

posted: July 6, 2001 @ 5:16 EDT by: ryan

X-bit labs has posted an article called "NVIDIA GeForce3 Voltage Tweaking and Extreme Overclocking". Their article is devoted to extreme overclocking of the today's fastest graphics accelerator - NVIDIA GeForce3.

Warning: Soldering is involved :)

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Elsa Interview

posted: July 6, 2001 @ 5:15 EDT by: ryan

This week on EuroGamer we interview Roger Bennett, Director General of European trade association ELSPA. With rumours this morning of a rift with Sony following the publication of a report on the future of the console industry commissioned by ELSPA, we went straight to the horse's mouth to find out what all the fuss was about, and what this means for ELSPA in the long run.

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Samsung 170MP TFT Review

posted: July 6, 2001 @ 5:14 EDT by: ryan

PCStats has posted up a review of the Samsung 170MP 17" TFT Display-TV:

"True to form, the display is so versatile that it not only connects up to the computer via an analog 15-pin cable, but can also be hooked up to RCA cables from a VCR, Super-Video from a DVD player, or even a plain old cable from your local cable provider. Each of these four connections represents a separate 'channel' for the 170MP display - denoted by either PC, V1, V2, or TV. Wow."

I was playing around with one of these in Best Buy the other day and I really thought it was a pretty good monitor.

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Evergreen Performa Review

posted: July 6, 2001 @ 5:12 EDT by: ryan

GideonTech.com just finished a review on the Evergreen Performa III 850 CPU Upgrade. It upgrades the CPU on older P2 motherboards to that of a P3 850.

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AOpen Speaker System

posted: July 6, 2001 @ 5:11 EDT by: ryan

TweakerAsylum just finished putting up their review of the AOpen MS 810 Speaker System. Intro:

"We see typical AOpen packaging and out of the box we see two satellite high/mid range speakers and the sub-woofer/amplifier enclosure. The sub-woofer enclosure is made from wood which is a plus over the "all plastic" units we have seen in the past."


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