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May 9, 2001 - May 17, 2001

Swiftech MC-462A HSF Review

posted: May 17, 2001 @ 4:44 EDT by: ryan

Amdmb.com has posted a review of the Swiftech MC-462A Rev 1 HSF.

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Gigabyte GeForce 3 Review

posted: May 17, 2001 @ 4:43 EDT by: ryan

HotHardware has posted a review of Gigabyte’s GeForce 3 powered GV-GF3000. They ran quite a few benchmarks, posted a few screenshots and outlined the technology powering the GF3.

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Pentium 4 In-Depth

posted: May 17, 2001 @ 4:42 EDT by: ryan

Hardware Analysis has posted an article up on the Pentium 4:

"Intel's Pentium 4 CPU is being promoted as a CPU optimized for multimedia and streaming content based on its low latency architecture, deep pipeline, and SSE2 instructions. Here's a closer look into some of its most promising features."

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More on Rounded Cables

posted: May 17, 2001 @ 4:39 EDT by: ryan

Virtual Hideout gives you yet another Rounded Cables Review today. If you have not had enough of this cables, Stygian gives you another look at them. Here's a little snippage:

"They're cables, so there's not much hassle to installing them. In fact, it's easier to put these ones in compared to your standard ribbon cables, because of their flexibility. Much easier to rotate a rounded cable to align the connector with pin-1, than to try and twist a flat ribbon cable! One thing I did notice was that the length of the cables may be a problem in certain situations. For example, if you had 2 SCSI devices right after each other at the top of a fulltower (Like a CD/DVD-ROM and a CD-RW Drive), the cable probably won't reach to both of them from your host adapter. It's not that the cable is not long enough; it's that the connectors weren't meant to reach 2 devices in the upper-most drive bays of a fulltower. Also, the floppy cable couldn't reach the drive in my fulltower using the Asus P3B-F motherboard. I think this is the mobo's fault though, as the FDD connector on the mobo is in a most unpleasant place: underneath and to the right of the AGP slot :( I therefore installed these in my Enlight 7237 box, and had no problems at all."

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Crucial DDR Cheaper!

posted: May 16, 2001 @ 6:51 EDT by: ryan

Heh, and I thought prices were supposed to go up soon :)

Crucial's high-quality PC2100 DDR now costs the same as our PC133! We believe we are the first to offer this next generation technology at the same price as PC133, and we've done it even earlier than most analysts expected. How do we do it? Crucial DDR has been flying off the shelves, far exceeding our expectations and proving that our customers are adopting this next generation technology.

Crucial DDR RAM $41 + free shipping for 128MB PC2100 ... that is DAMN cheap. Might pick up some more myself.

Just FYI, I've bought (and gotten sticks for review) from these guys, and they're top rate.

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RumbleFX Headphones

posted: May 16, 2001 @ 6:40 EDT by: ryan

Hardware Daily has posted a review of Evergreen Technologies' RumbleFX Headphones. Here is a blurb from the article:

"Evergreen is obviously aiming the RumbleFX at gamers, so I was
anxious to test the headphones with Unreal Tournament. Already a
bone-chilling gaming experience (especially if played in the dark),
Unreal Tournament is further enhanced by the force feedback effects
of the RumbleFX. The effects produced by an explosion or gunshot
provides a level of interactivity that even the very best of
four-speaker systems can’t match with environmental and positional
audio technologies.

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Hardware Price Index

posted: May 15, 2001 @ 6:47 EDT by: ryan

The Tech Zone has updated their Hardware Price Index for Tuesday, May 15th. There are some great CPU deals this week. The price of the AMD T Bird 1200 went from $249.00 to just $162.03! With the GeForce 3 hitting retail stores, the price of older GeForce cards are dropping like a rock. The LeadTek GTS went from $152.64 to just $138.00! As for memory, can you believe 256 Megs PC-133 is going for just $51.00? It's true!

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Battle For Naboo Review

posted: May 15, 2001 @ 6:46 EDT by: ryan

SystemLogic.net has done a review on Star Wars Episode 1: Battle For Naboo. They thought the game was missing some quality, and had the potential to be very good, but just didn't cut it. It ended up getting a 6.5/10.

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Roboforge Game Review

posted: May 15, 2001 @ 6:45 EDT by: ryan

LITTLEWHITEDOG.COM has just finished a new review of Liquid Edge Games Roboforge. Are you tired of all the FPS and Real-Time Strategy games on the market today? Roboforge brings a new twist to an old concept, by incorporating today's latest programming language and high-tech graphics options. Quote:

"Even though I suck big time at creating robots, I found myself returning every night to RoboForge in an effort to create a better machine. The graphics are more than good enough for this type of game and the match play-back looks pretty cool, especially when your opponent explodes from a wicked attack. The interface was very intuitive and easy to learn. I was very impressed with the speed and overall compatibility and since a Linux version is in the works, RoboForge will surely be a hit with the penguin heads."

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Apacer 128MB PC-100 Review

posted: May 15, 2001 @ 6:44 EDT by: ryan

Apacer 128MB PC-100 SDRAM review at PCStats.

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Lian-Li PC60 Case Review

posted: May 14, 2001 @ 5:56 EDT by: ryan

What's the big deal with aluminum cases? And why on earth do they cost that much? There's got to be something stellar about these bad boys, especially Lian Li's ever so popular PC-60. MikHailTech takes a close look at what makes or breaks this case. Here's a quote:

"For starters, let's get a small rant going. I have to agree with the very sturdy design part and I was quite surprised to say the least. Being such a light case (I could actually lift it with one arm without bending over) I honestly thought this was going to be a piece of foil that would fold the second I put a pound of weight in there. Don't know exactly what it is that keeps this thing so tough, but it didn't even budge a bit while I was tossing it all over the place. The sharp edges deal is also true (for the most part). Everything has been rounded off to ensure that you don't gut .. err .. cut yourself while installing the necessary hardware. Moving right along, installation really is easy as can be, but there are a few misleading points which we'll discuss later. Not really drawbacks, but if you do things out of order (which I tend to be infamous for) you'll find yourself in a bit of a squeeze at the end. Unfortunately I had to find out the hard way :o)"

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VisionTek GeForce3 Review

posted: May 14, 2001 @ 5:55 EDT by: ryan

nVidia has struck gold again with their latest video chipset for the end consumer. The Game Den takes a look at Visontek's GeForce 3 video card. Here's a clip from their review:

"Gamers rejoice! The most highly anticipated video card of the year is finally here. nVidia’s new GeForce 3 video chipset is more than just an update to their older GeForce GTS cards. In fact, the introduction of this third generation graphics wonder meant shrinking and tweaking the core to find ways to make it 20 or 30% faster. Since the intro of the first GeForce, nVidia’s graphics adapters routinely exceed the optimum frame rate for games (60+FPS), so the focus begins to shift to image quality and speed. The GeForce3 is shaking up the gaming industry’s view of what is achievable in consumer level computer graphics.

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Ultra Memory Cooling Kit

posted: May 14, 2001 @ 5:54 EDT by: ryan

IANAG has posted up a review of the Ultra Memory Cooling Kit from the Cooler guys. It comes with ram sinks and some Artic Silver Epoxy. It is a pretty reasonable price and will give you a few more MHz from your RAM.

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Plextor PlexWriter 16/10/40A

posted: May 14, 2001 @ 5:53 EDT by: ryan

BrokenPixel.com has just reviewed the Plextor PlexWriter 16/10/40A.

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Gigabyte 7ZR v2.2 KT133A

posted: May 13, 2001 @ 7:43 EDT by: ryan

Amdmb.com has posted another review, this time of the Gigabyte 7ZR v2.2 KT133A motherboard.

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Cooler Guys Cool Shims

posted: May 13, 2001 @ 7:42 EDT by: ryan

The Overclocker Cafe' just finished up a review of the Cooler Guys Cool Shims. Here is a snip:

"You pay for car insurance, health insurance, life insurance, why not CPU insurance in the form of a shim. What shim to get is the only real question. We believe in being safe around here regardless of what the fireman up the street say."

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Abit KT7A Review

posted: May 13, 2001 @ 7:41 EDT by: ryan

Hexus.net has finally managed to get their comprehensive KT7A Review up and live:

"The KT7A RAID motherboard has lots of potential, with the right choice of system components it can be built into a very fast computer, I had the system specced out with some of the best kit around at the moment, a 1200MHz CPU @ 1400MHz, Crucial PC133 CAS 2 memory, and the Hercules Geforce 2 Ultra, this along with the Pioneer DVD drive and SoundBlaster Live 1024, turned it into a system capable of playing any game within the next year with ease. Also a system with upgrade potential, the KT7A will take a faster CPU and the numerous PCI expansion slots and memory expansion capability should see it lasting a good while yet (O:."

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Abit KT7E Mobo Review

posted: May 13, 2001 @ 7:40 EDT by: ryan

Overclockers Online has reviewed Abit's latest socket A motherboard: the KT7E. Here is a snip:

"So what exactly IS the VIA KT133E chipset? Well, the KT133E can be compared to the famous KT133A chipset but without official 133MHz FSB support. You'll find out later in this review that the FSB on our Abit KT7E even went up a 'little' higher than 133MHz, so I'm thinking ... Man, what's all this "no official 133MHz FSB support" crap?? One other interesting thing there is to know about the KT133E chipset is that it's quite a bit cheaper than the KT133A. Doesn't that sound tempting for manufacturers of low budget mainboards? :-)"

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Sudden Strike Forever Prv.

posted: May 12, 2001 @ 2:16 EDT by: ryan

This weekend's preview on EuroGamer takes a hands-on look at the massive add-on pack Sudden Strike Forever, which brings four new mini-campaigns, 30 new units, 10 new multiplayer maps and a mission editor to CDV's hit real-time strategy game.

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CheatBook-Database 2001

posted: May 12, 2001 @ 2:15 EDT by: ryan

CheatChannel let us know that they posted an updated version of their cheatbook-database. Description of the program:

"CheatBook-DataBase 2001 is a freeware collection of hints and cheats for PC-based games. It covers more than 3300 games, representing all genres and focusing on recent releases. The program opens in a simple toolbar, with the games categorized alphabetically in a series of menus. When you select a game via the menus, the relevant cheat is displayed in a text window with a print button. You can also add your own cheats."

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Global Win CAK38 Review

posted: May 12, 2001 @ 2:13 EDT by: ryan

The Overclocker Cafe' just finished up their review of the new Global Win CAK38 copper heatsink with the Delta 38cfm fan mounted topside. They're giving it away as well.

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Windtunnel Plus Case

posted: May 12, 2001 @ 2:07 EDT by: ryan

Cole3d.com has just posted the review of the Windtunnel Plus case from Coolerguys. Snippet:

"Overclocking, in all it's proverbial glory, was once known as a practice only done by a small amount of people who not only wanted to get more bang for the buck, but also those who had a real drive to push the envelope and exceed expectations set by the industry. There are many things that help overclocking such as aftermarket HSF's, aftermarket thermal compounds, water-cooling, #2 pencils and the list can go on. One thing that sometimes is overlooked is the case and the ventilation and cooling equipment in the case. Many people are modding their cases with blow/suck holes and doing it quite well, but there are those who don't want to bother with the cutting, filing, measuring, blood, and tears. To quench the thirst of a good cooling case with none of the work, Coolerguys.com has made yet another case that has all the bells and whistles, and it really blows and sucks, literally. We bring you the Windtunnel Plus from Coolerguys.com."

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Visiontek Tour

posted: May 11, 2001 @ 6:04 EDT by: ryan

[H]ard|OCP had the opportunity to head up to Illinois a few weeks back in order to watch the first VisionTek GeForce3 card roll off the production line. They took a lot of pictures, I like pictures.

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Soyo SY-7VDA Socket 370

posted: May 11, 2001 @ 6:03 EDT by: ryan

NeoSeeker has posted their review of the Soyo SY-7VDA Socket 370 Mobo.

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Dual Booting Win2K & Win9x

posted: May 11, 2001 @ 6:02 EDT by: ryan

OC-Melbourne has released a short "better late than never" guide to Dual Booting Win2K and Win9x.

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AXIA vs. AVIA Stepping

posted: May 10, 2001 @ 4:10 EDT by: ryan

AthlonOC has posted up a little showdown containing the two new T-Bird steppings, the AXIA, and AVIA. Which is better?

"I'm sure you've heard all the hype about the AXIA and AVIA stepping codes. That if your T-Bird is has those steppings, that you are almost guaranteed to be able to overclock it pretty good. If you haven't heard the fuss about these chips, then read this article here. Well I wanted to know exactly how much of a difference there is between the chips, and which ones overclock the best. So I decided to find out."

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Plextor 16/10/40A Review

posted: May 10, 2001 @ 4:09 EDT by: ryan

Overclockers Online takes a look at Plextor's latest cd burner, the 16/10/40A. This beauty writes cd's at (you guessed it) 16x, rewrites at 10x and reads at 40x! Next to those great specs, it also comes with BURN-Proof, overburning capabilities, Powerec and more! Snip:

"To return to the specs of Plextor's fastest, you can see that it features a 2MB buffer to help prevent the annoying buffer underruns we all know. For those who don't know what a buffer underrun is, let me give a brief explanation. A buffer underrun occurs when your hard drive can not supply the data fast enough to the writer. This means that the writer will stop and wait for the hard drive to catch up. With a normal cd writer (read: without BURN-proof or something alike) this means you have a "toaster" or a bad cd >=/."

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IBM Deskstar 60GXP HDD

posted: May 10, 2001 @ 4:08 EDT by: ryan

X-bit labs has posted a review of the IBM Deskstar 60GXP HDD. They tested a new hard disk drive with 20GB platters and 7,200rpm rotation speed from one of the leading storage solution manufacturers - IBM.

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Asus Notebook Review

posted: May 10, 2001 @ 4:07 EDT by: ryan

They're hideously expensive, difficult to expand, and what upgrades you can get are expensive. They're notebook computers. The Tech Zone takes a look at an "All In One" notebook from Asus. That's right, Asus, the same company that makes motherboards. Are their notebooks as good their mobos? The Tech Zone finds out here.

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Evergreen MP3 CD Player

posted: May 10, 2001 @ 4:06 EDT by: ryan

BrokenPixel has posted up a review of the Evergreen MP3 CD player.

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Swiftech Rev1 Heatsink

posted: May 9, 2001 @ 5:49 EDT by: ryan

FrostyTech has posted up a review of the Swiftech MC462-A Rev1 heatsink:

"The two main things you first notice about the MC462-A Rev1 is the MASSIVE fan and the amazing finish on the base. There are some comparison photos of the base later in the article, but they don't do justice to communicating the sheer size of it. The only downside, apart from having a motherboard that can't accept this cooler (it's rare, the Tyan KTA for example *just* let us mount the heatsink), is the $80USD price tag - but if you want performance you have to pay for it, right? As we're about to see, the MC462-A Rev1 is in a performance class of its own."

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Moving To Linux

posted: May 9, 2001 @ 5:48 EDT by: ryan

CPUReview has posted up an article called: "Moving to Linux: Part 1 - The Emergency".

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Diablo II: Expansion Tour

posted: May 9, 2001 @ 5:47 EDT by: ryan

At RPGPlanet, The Acolyte of PlanetDiablo takes us on a pictorial tour of the new features of the Diablo II: Lord of Destruction expansion pack.

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Mushkin Revision 3 PC133

posted: May 9, 2001 @ 5:46 EDT by: ryan

SystemLogic.net has done a review of the Mushkin Revision 3 PC133 SDRAM. As high quality and expensive ram goes, Mushkin is known as one of the best resellers.

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Logitech Cordless MouseMan

posted: May 9, 2001 @ 5:45 EDT by: ryan

NeoSeeker has posted their review of the Logitech Cordless MouseMan Optical Mouse on Neoseeker.

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