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May 28, 2001 - June 7, 2001


posted: June 7, 2001 @ 5:49 EDT by: ryan

NeoSeeker has posted their review of the ATI TV Wonder USB external TV tuner. Here's a snippet:

"As far as consumer-grade video decoding goes, ATI’s All In Wonder line is probably the most widely used solution. The All-in-Wonder cards, unlike the TV Wonder cards, are complete video card / video decoding solutions. They have the advantage of using only one slot, but the obvious disadvantage of not being able to have the video card of your choice (unless it is an ATI video card you are after –then the AiWs are perfect :] )."

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On AMD SMP Processing

posted: June 6, 2001 @ 10:25 EDT by: ryan

Ace's has posted up a little bit on AMD's new SMP processing. Here's a snip:

"Seeings as you rarely get a second chance at a first impression, can the 2-way Athlon sweep the engineers, 3D-artists, and hardware enthusiasts off their feet? AMD will be waging a slow footwar in the professional market, winning over the hearts of users and then ultimately the hearts of OEMs. Today, we'll see exactly how they plan to do just this."

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DigitalDoc5 Review

posted: June 6, 2001 @ 10:23 EDT by: ryan

TrainWrecker has posted up a review of the DigitalDoc5:

"It supports up to eight 12 volt fans with maximum startup current requirement of 1000 mA, or 12 watts per fan connector. That means the infamous 6800 RPM Delta fan (rated at 3.84 watt) that has been the cause of some MB fan headers to burn out can be connected to the DigiatlDoc5 and be monitored now."

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Samsung SpinPoint HDD

posted: June 6, 2001 @ 10:21 EDT by: ryan

Over at StorageReview they have posted up a review of the Samsung SpinPoint V20400 hard drive.

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Athlon 1.4 GHz Review

posted: June 6, 2001 @ 10:19 EDT by: ryan

Gamers Depot has posted their review of the new 1.4GHz Athlon. This will be the last of the Thunderbird series of processors:

"It has proven rather interesting to watch AMD progress over the last couple of years since the initial release of the Athlon processor. Since that time not only has AMD proved to the world that they can build a chip to compete with Intel, they’ve also shown PC people that a chips Megahertz rating is not always telling of its performance. Thanks to its EV6 bus architecture and advanced FPU (Floating Point Unit), the Athlon has the ability to beat Intel Pentium 4 chips that are clocked at 300Mhz faster than today’s release of the 1.4Ghz Athlon."

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Epox 8K7A+ Review

posted: June 5, 2001 @ 10:01 EDT by: ryan

Hexus.net has taken a look at Epox's DDR platform offering, the Epox 8K7A+.

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Swiftech MC462A Review

posted: June 4, 2001 @ 7:16 EDT by: ryan

Overclockers Online takes a closer look at one of the biggest, baddest and coolest looking heatsinks out there: the MC462A from Swiftech. Snip:

"With 53CFM of cooling power, noone is going to complain about its performance, but what about noise? You're right there ... this fan emits around 45dbA of soundwaves. Some will find this loud, others will laugh at this since they are used to their six 130CFM 120mm fans ;). Personally I think the noise is not annoying at all ... to be honest the noise of a 60mm delta fan is much worse (to me anyway). The fact that this one doesn't produce that high pitch tone that the delta's emit, but instead a more low "roaring" might got something to do with it."

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Adaptec SCSI RAID 3200

posted: June 4, 2001 @ 7:15 EDT by: ryan

NewsForge has just posted a review of the Adaptec SCSI RAID 3200s at NewsForge. The 3200s is a powerful RAID card from Adaptec with it's own RISC CPU and RAM. I run it through the paces under Linux.

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Angelina Jolie Interview

posted: June 4, 2001 @ 7:13 EDT by: ryan

GameSpyDaily recently got the chance to sit in on a round-table interview with Tomb Raider star Angelina Jolie and cast/production members.

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Tyan KT-A Motherboard

posted: June 4, 2001 @ 7:12 EDT by: ryan

PenStarSys has posted their review of the Tyan KT-A motherboard (S2390B). While it is nearly identical to the older Trinity KT, it features the VIA KT-133A chipset which significantly improves performance over the older Tyan board. Here is a direct quote:

"I have tested many motherboards in my time here, and I have experienced very few that have been 100% stable in nearly all situations. Some boards are stable when you retard the memory settings, or disable some of the advanced features. Other boards are usually stable when more advanced memory timings are used or all features are enabled, but only for a short period of time (such as 12 to 24 hours). This board was absolutely rock solid even with all advanced features enabled and all memory timings set to the maximum allowed."

They also have a preview of the Nvidia nForce.

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Belkin Optical Mouse Review

posted: June 3, 2001 @ 6:13 EDT by: ryan

XS Underground has posted a review of the Belkin Optical Mouse, which compares favorably with Microsoft and Logitech's offerings.

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Titan TTC-D4T Heatsink Review

posted: June 3, 2001 @ 6:13 EDT by: ryan

Titan TTC-D4T Heatsink review over at FrostyTech.

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Grand Theft Auto 3 Preview

posted: June 2, 2001 @ 5:33 EDT by: ryan

This weekend's preview on EuroGamer has a shufti at Grand Theft Auto 3, which takes the smash and grab hit into the third dimension on PC, PS2 and Xbox.

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AMD and Intel SMP Plans

posted: June 2, 2001 @ 5:32 EDT by: ryan

Brett Dehaan takes a look at the AMD's and Intel's SMP plans.

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Skyhawk Aluminum Case Rv.

posted: June 2, 2001 @ 5:32 EDT by: ryan

It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's SkyHawk's new aluminum case! What is it? Why is it so expensive? Is an aluminum case worth it? For the answers to these questions and more check G3D:Gaming In 3D's latest review of SkyHawk's Eagle Case.

"Is it just me, but has there been an aluminum craze going on lately? While this element has been losing popularity in the waterblock and heatsink department, it's been gaining quite a few fans for computer cases. It's shiny, it's light, and Lian Li does not make it? Apparently it seems that Lian Li has a new competitor, SkyHawk Computers's Eagle AL-ATX4378+C-SL (yes, I know it's a long ass name)."

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Best of Socket A Coolers

posted: June 2, 2001 @ 5:30 EDT by: ryan

Technoyard.com have posted their latest review; The Best of Socket A Coolers. Here's a qoute:

"There are virtually a limitless range of Socket A coolers out there in the market. Choosing the best cooler in this messy cramped up Cooler market is no easy task. Our Socket A Cooler guide is here to help you on your search for the best Socket A cooler."

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Blizzard 360 ATX Case

posted: June 2, 2001 @ 5:29 EDT by: ryan

Chick's Hardware have posted the a review of the FrozenCPU's Blizzard 360 ATX Case. Here's a snip:

"Want a new case that has been designed for overclocking? Well you should take a look at FrozenCPU's Blizzard 360 ATX case, packed with 3 huge 120mm fans, this case is for the serious overclocker. Join us as we take a closer look at the case and it's features to see if it is a worthy choice for your next case."

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AMK TKO 2003 Case Review

posted: June 1, 2001 @ 4:19 EDT by: ryan

Virtual Hideout today checks out a Pre-Modified Full Tower case from AMK Computers. Here's a clip:

"For a while now, AMK Computers has been providing pre-modified cases to the public at a decent price. Chances are, that if you are familiar with the overclocking/modifying crowd, you have heard of them. I first became aware of them back in late 1999, when I was just getting into case-modifying. Being a Canadian-based company, they can provide their products at a decent price and shipping time to Canadians, and at the same time, offer their product to the USA with the added incentive of the exchange rate. Today, I'm here to review their latest offering, the full tower TK0 2003 case, which is based on the In-Win Q500N. Generally speaking, full towers provide the most room for expansion, and can be the easiest of cases to work with or inside of. They also can provide for better cooling strategies, and of course, allow for ample modification-room."

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Mucky Foot Interview

posted: June 1, 2001 @ 4:18 EDT by: ryan

This week's big EuroGamer interview is with Gary Carr of Mucky Foot, talking about the company's space-station strategy game Startopia, which should be available within the next few weeks.

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AOpen AK73 Pro Review

posted: June 1, 2001 @ 4:18 EDT by: ryan

Overclockers Online has tested another motherboard and this time the AOpen AK73 Pro A was put on the grill:

"Both IDE connectors as well as the floppy disk drive connector are on the right side of the board. The DIMMs are situated right next to the CPU socket (on the right side) and they are NOT blocking the AGP card in any way. What I really like about this board is that the ATX power connector is situated on the top edge of the board. This prevents the big fat PSU cable from hanging over the board and the CPU preventing the airflow in your case. There's plenty of space around the CPU socket expect maybe to the left side of the socket as the transistors are very close here, but normally you shouldn't have any problem installing a bigass HSF onto your CPU ... Apart from the nice black PCB and the expensive looking silver passive heatsink on the Northbridge, the layout of this board isn't much different from any other Socket A board on the market today."

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RumbleFX Headphones Review

posted: June 1, 2001 @ 4:17 EDT by: ryan

BoomGames has reviewed Evergreen Technologies' RumbleFX headphones. How do they add up? Find out:

"The RumbleFX headphones are very well made. On the inside there are the nice padded earcups, on top a padded headband. Everything that touches you is padded. They are also pretty lightweight when compared to other heavier headphones. The sides are adjustable, and the earcups have a cool exterior design. The RumbleFX headphones use Evergreen's new concept that allow you to not only listen to, but to feel the music. That is why they are force-feedback headphones; every time you hear bass, it vibrates. This works by catching all the low-frequency noises and replicating them by means of vibration."

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Vantec FCE-6030D HS Rv.

posted: May 31, 2001 @ 6:00 EDT by: ryan

ExtremeOverclocking has posted up a review of the Vantec FCE-6030D HS.

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Firewire USB Combo Card

posted: May 31, 2001 @ 5:59 EDT by: ryan

NeoSeeker posted their review of the Belkin Firewire USB Combo Card. Here's a quote:

"If you’ve read the Aten Firewire card review , you’ll know that I am a fan of Firewire (IEEE 1394); if not solely for the bandwidth, for the ease of use as well. It’s no secret that SCSI outperforms Firewire on several fronts, but IEEE 1394 is much easier to configurw and work with, which is more important for less experienced user (or for those fed-up with their tools impeding their productivity)."

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AMK ATX BAMK-0003 Review

posted: May 31, 2001 @ 5:58 EDT by: ryan

Overclock case maker AMK is at it again. This time they sent The Tech Zone the BAMK-0003 19" ATX. If it looks like case used by Alienware, it's because it is. Special features include sliding motherboard tray and sliding cover for the front face. The BAMK is available in black, silver or beige. If you want that Alienware look without paying that Alienware price, take a look over here.

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FrontX Multimedia Ports

posted: May 31, 2001 @ 5:57 EDT by: ryan

SystemLogic.net has done a review of the FrontX multimedia port. Tired of digging behind your PC to plug something in?

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Make Air Chillerz

posted: May 30, 2001 @ 6:09 EDT by: ryan

HardwareOC has posted up a guide on how to make an Air Chillerz:

"What is that? That's probably what your asking yourself right now. Well it's what I like to call an Air Chiller. Using one of these you can improve the cooling on your computer quite significantly. And in this guide, I'll tell you how you can make your own."

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Dual Athlon Benchmarks!

posted: May 30, 2001 @ 6:08 EDT by: ryan

IANAG has some benchmarks of dual athlons in action.

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Soldam Corp Aluminium Case

posted: May 30, 2001 @ 6:07 EDT by: ryan

Soldam Corp. MTPro-2200 ATX aluminium case review over at VH.

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Zalman Copper HS Review

posted: May 30, 2001 @ 6:05 EDT by: ryan

The Overclocker just finished up a review on one of the most unusual designed heatsinks ever seen; the Zalman CNPS 3100 copper heatsink. It boosts sporting good looks, a sound signature that is ultra quite, but can it handle the overclocker's proverbal rodeo burger? Here is a snip of our review:

"As far as all out performance goes, the Zalman CNPS3100 heatsink flat sucks. But that isn't the main thrust of what Zalman was trying to achieve with this sink. At almost every juncture you will have noticed that decreasing the sound was of primary concern to Zalman. Look at the sink's name for goodness sakes! " Computer Noise Prevention System."

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1000th Visiontek GeForce3 Rv.

posted: May 29, 2001 @ 6:43 EDT by: ryan

Our buds over at PenStarSys have posted up their review of the Visiontek GeForce3 64MB. Hehe, I don't suspect this to be the last Visiontek GeForce3 review. Here are a few quotes:

"The last major change to the architecture is the inclusion of a hardware based early Z-checking device. This basically "looks ahead" of the actual rendering of a scene and throws out the pixels that will not be visible (due to being behind another rendered pixel). ATI has a similar process that it calls "Hyper-Z", but there are some major differences between the two technologies. This also makes memory usage much more efficient, and the overall graphics performance can be significantly increased in many situations (eg. complex scenes with a high depth factor)."

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Seagate Barracuda 180 HDD

posted: May 29, 2001 @ 6:39 EDT by: ryan

X-bit labs has posted their review of the Seagate Barracuda 180 HDD. They have reviewed the world's largest hard disk drive from Seagate featuring 180GB storage capacity - Barracuda 180.

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ATI TRUFORM Technology

posted: May 29, 2001 @ 6:38 EDT by: ryan

ATI has just announced its new TRUFORM technology, which takes a low poly game model and transforms it into a curvaceous super-model in real-time. EuroGamer has the scoop.

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Build a Splitter Cable

posted: May 29, 2001 @ 6:38 EDT by: ryan

Overclocker's has an article up explaining how to build a splitter cable that lets you monitor fan RPM while powering the fan itself off a molex connector. This is useful for monster power-sucking fans you're scared to run off a motherboard header, but still want to monitor the RPM's of.

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Cyber Cooler HC-250 HDD

posted: May 28, 2001 @ 10:10 EDT by: ryan

There is a Cyber Cooler HC-250 HDD Cooler review over at MikHailTech.

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Terapin Video/Audio Recorder

posted: May 28, 2001 @ 10:09 EDT by: ryan

The Terapin Video/Audio Recorder offers a quick and easy solution for storing multimedia from analog or digital sources onto CD-R/CD-RW media which can be played on standard VCD/DVD players or multimedia PCs. Here's an excerpt from the HardwareZone review:

"For S$999, users will get a no-nonsense versatile VCD recorder. Our attractively designed evaluation unit fit snugly a-top the VCR recorder (there are two other optional colors available if sea-green doesn't match your décor), and it worked flawlessly recording and playing back analog video/audio. It's unfortunate we didn't get a chance to test the digital input/output connections this time around. The most time-consuming aspect about the Terapin Audio/Video Recorder will be figuring out how to use all of the 32 buttons found on the accompanying remote-control device. Until DVD-RW/RAM recorders/players become affordable to many consumers (and widely available), the Terapin currently offers a quick way to capture and store video/audio onto CD-R/CD-RW media for storage purposes or replay."

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