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February 9, 2001 - February 15, 2001

7.52 Detonator Drivers

posted: February 15, 2001 @ 9:02 EST by: ryan

Tweaker's Asylum has just updated our Windows 9x/ME NVIDIA Detonator Driver Database with the new 7.52 Detonators. To date these are the fastest Detonators.

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Mini Super Orb Review

posted: February 15, 2001 @ 9:01 EST by: ryan

Iamnotageek.com just finished up their Mini Super Orb Review.

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Azzo 256MB Memory Review

posted: February 15, 2001 @ 6:00 EST by: ryan

Extreme Overclocking has another review posted. This on is on the AZZO brand of memory. They tested their 256MB PC133 CAS2 module against a Corsair 256MB PC133 CAS2 module.

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Abit SA6R Review

posted: February 15, 2001 @ 5:59 EST by: ryan

OverclockedCafe has posted their review of ABIT's SA6R motherboard. Here's a clip:

"Pound for pound both boards are very similar performance wise. The only real difference is ABIT adds a few more "bells and whistles" to the SA6R, which seems to be hampering it's overclocking ability, but I don't think ABIT released this board with the overclocker in mind. The end user would also have the ATA100 RAID option, which is ABIT's biggest selling point on this model."

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OEM Price Guide

posted: February 15, 2001 @ 5:58 EST by: ryan

Hardcoreware.net has updated their OEM price list.

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Soyo SY-7ISA+ Mainboard

posted: February 15, 2001 @ 5:57 EST by: ryan

Tech-GODS has got a review of the Soyo SY-7ISA+ mainboard. The i815E motherboard has got some spunk and some nice features. Here's a snip:

"The greatest feature that the 7ISA+ carries, in my opinion, is its Voice Doctor chip. This chip assists in system diagnostics by notifying the user of a potential system error or problem via the chassis speaker. The most refreshing thing about this features is that instead of the traditional beeps and LED's that we see and hear on other boards, the Voice Doctor actually plays back a recorded voice stating the potential bootup problem! Diagnostics are definitely a lot easier with the voice doctor."

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IOGear Switch Review

posted: February 15, 2001 @ 5:56 EST by: ryan

NeoSeeker has posted their review of IOGEAR's 2 port KVM switch which is a nifty device that lets you connect two systems to a single monitor, keyboard & mouse. Here's a clip:

"I run a pretty hectic life and I find that sometimes it is the most simple of devices that brings the most enjoyment. Many power users can sympathize: two computer systems running in one small working area with only one keyboard, monitor, and mouse to go around… not a happy scene in any camper’s mind. The constant plugging and unplugging between systems is enough to drive any sane individual to move into a secluded shaft nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains."

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Senfu DIY Housing Review

posted: February 14, 2001 @ 6:00 EST by: ryan

AcidHardware have posted their review of the Senfu DIY Housing. It is a very useful product for hardware testers and overclockers alike:

"The Senfu DIY House is a very good investment for overclockers and hardware testers alike. At a price of about $US25 it would be hard to find a better solution. Most people will not have a use for this product and it was clearly targeted at people who add/remove their hardware very often or to overclockers who need the coolest environment possible."

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Win a Super Orb

posted: February 14, 2001 @ 5:59 EST by: ryan

hardCOREware is giving away their favourite CPU cooler, Thermaltake's excellent Super Orb.

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GeForce2 Line Review

posted: February 14, 2001 @ 5:59 EST by: ryan

BrokenPixel has posted up a comprehensive product review of Nvidia's current GeForce2 product line.

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AMK PC20 Case Review

posted: February 14, 2001 @ 5:57 EST by: ryan

The Tech Zone has posted a review of the AMK PC20 overclocker's case. The PC20 is AMK's first ALL ALUMINUM case. Its dimensions are 17.5" high, 8.25" wide and 19.25" deep. For a mid size case, the PC20 has incredible expansion room. There are four 5.25" drive bays and SIX 3.25" drive bays plus a very innovative hard dive cooling system!

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Abit VP6 Review

posted: February 14, 2001 @ 5:56 EST by: ryan

ViaHardware just put up their review of the Abit VP6 motherboard. The VP6 is Abit's offering in the VIA 694x SMP market. Here is a snip:

"The VP6 uses an integrated Highpoint 370 ATA100 RAID controller which occupies IDE 3 and 4 on the motherboard. To test the RAID, I used a pair of IBM 30gb 75GXP hard drives. Both were left as Master and each hooked up to its own RAID controller to avoid any conflicts. After booting up you have an option to enter the RAID bios. The Highpoint bios is pretty simple and straight forward. I selected RAID 0, which striped both 30gb drives into one large 60gb drive, then exited."

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Asheron's Call Volunteers

posted: February 13, 2001 @ 10:23 EST by: ryan

GameSpy have now gotten the official statement from Microsoft concerning the recent Asheron's Call volunteer situation, as well as feedback from some of the individuals involved.

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80GB Firewire Drive

posted: February 13, 2001 @ 10:21 EST by: ryan

Gamer's Depot has posted up their review of Maxtor's recently released 80GB Firewire drive.

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New RadeonTweaker

posted: February 13, 2001 @ 5:56 EST by: ryan

VC-News has informed us that there is a new version of the
RadeonTweaker. RT is up to version 10.0 and download it here.

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Napa MP3/VCD Player Review

posted: February 13, 2001 @ 5:55 EST by: ryan

Today hardCOREware reviews Napa's MP3 player that can read MP3 files off both CDR and CDRW media, in addition to playing VCD's off both media.

"We found it to be quite capable as a static multimedia player, but do NOT attempt to go for a jog with this if you plan on being able to hear music."

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Make Your Own Cat5 Cable

posted: February 13, 2001 @ 5:54 EST by: ryan

PC911 is featuring a new article about making your own network cables:

"No matter whether you're putting together a small home network, or maintaining a major network in your office, you'll need network cables. If you decide to make your own Cat 5 cable, you'll save a lot of money in the long run, as buying rolls of cable, a baggie of RJ-45 connectors, and the necessary tools will be a lot cheaper and pay for itself in a short period of time if you have an ongoing need. PC911 shows you how easy it is to make your own network cables."

Also, watch for our guide on making your cat5 cable soon.

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MP3 Your Car Stereo

posted: February 13, 2001 @ 5:53 EST by: ryan

Aiwa has brought the MP3 to your car stereo in their first design of the CDC-MP3. This mainstream MP3 deck will let you play 10 CDs worth of songs on one CD-R or CDRW disc! It supports regular CDs, has a AUX port to play all of your portable players such as an MD player. It does pretty much everything you could want from a CD/MP3 receiver. Although a very strong roduct, it lacks a few features that the average person expects from your everyday car deck.

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Napster Not Closed ... Yet

posted: February 12, 2001 @ 9:56 EST by: ryan

Sure you''ve heard it by now. Napster is hanging by a thread ....

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Blizzard Case Review

posted: February 12, 2001 @ 4:51 EST by: ryan

Virtual Hideout has just posted a review of FrozenCPU.Com's flagship line of The Overclockers Case, the Blizzard 360 Case. Here's a snip:

"You know, in this day and age of the high performing machines, it seems as though everyone is coming out with high performance products geared at the so-called "overclocker". Some folks only overclock there video by 5mhz and some double the recommended speed of their cpu. Big difference when comparing machines and situations. If you're barely running your machine above par, then a stock case with maybe a small extra fan should do ya just fine. But, if you're one of the L33T overclockers out there, you're gonna need some serious cooling that no "stock" computer case is gonna give ya."

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CPU/Memory Watch Update

posted: February 12, 2001 @ 5:55 EST by: ryan

SystemLogic.net has posted http://www.systemlogic.net/watch/21201">this week's update to their CPU/Memory Watch.

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Leadtek Enhanced GeForce2

posted: February 12, 2001 @ 5:55 EST by: ryan

Today, hardCOREware takes a look at Leadtek's "Enhanced" GeForce 2 GTS, sporting 64 mb of 5.5ns ram:

"Besides having a lot of ram, we were NOT impressed by this video card. Put head-to-head against a 32mb Elsa Gladiac, a vanilla GF2 GTS, it fell way short of expectations."

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AOpen 1640 Pro DVD Review

posted: February 12, 2001 @ 5:54 EST by: ryan

Tweaker's Asylum just finished up their review of the AOpen 1640 Pro DVD Optical Drive. Intro:

"I have to be honest before I start this review. I never really saw the attraction of having DVD on a computer, so I never really planned on "upgrading" to DVD. The kind folks at AOpen sent us the AOpen 1640 Pro for review so I went ahead and installed it. I have been playing with the drive for about a week now and although being able to watch a movie or two on my PC was "cool" at first I just don't see myself making a habit out of it. With that out of the way let me give you what AOpen has to say about the drive."

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Enermax EG351P-VE Review

posted: February 12, 2001 @ 5:53 EST by: ryan

EXHardware has posted up a reivew of the Enermax EG351P-VE Power supply which is another high end AMD approved power supply for the Athlon and Duron platform:

"The cables are another exceptional thing about this power supply, the main ATX power cable being wrapped in a braided enclosure, shrink wrapped at the end. The normal 4 pin connectors are among the best I have seen. They go in with a positive feel and you don't have to push it in hard unlike some power supplies with connectors that are really really tight. The connectors are all gold plated and this is even better because gold virtually "fuses" itself to connectors (now you know why they use it in hi-fi and audio) allowing for better signal or current transfer."

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PC2100 DDR Review

posted: February 12, 2001 @ 5:52 EST by: ryan

Hexus.net plays with some PC2100 Ram and some more DDR Stuff.

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Another GeForce2 MX Review

posted: February 11, 2001 @ 12:36 EST by: ryan

Technoyard just posted a review of a GeForce2 MX board from Nvidia. Here's a quote from the review:

"The GeForce2 GTS and Ultra boards are still going to be the choice of the performance crowd, and if you currently own any GeForce board, it is not likely that a GeForce2 MX card will be a worthwhile upgrade. But the Dual monitor support with TwinView is a definite high. I reckon once you get used to it, you'll never want to go back to a single monitor setup. Overall, the Nvidia GeForce2 MX provides the best price to performance ratio and features, which no competitor can match."

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Airplane Tycoon Review

posted: February 11, 2001 @ 12:35 EST by: ryan

Will it be coach or business class? Most of us dread taking the airplane to our desired destination. Thoughts of crowded airports and lost baggage have forced us to re-think the way airlines go about their business. Spellbound Software is quitefamiliar with these disturbances. In fact, they packaged them up into their latest management simulation called Airplane Tycoon. Here's a clip from The Game Den's review:

"The visuals are quite appealing and cute. Lively characters fill the airport with their varying colors and highlights. The toony feel brings the airport alive in a hurried but manageable pace. Owners of low end gaming rigs will have no problems tackling the friendly skies due to the low system requirements that is required. Mind you, the graphics is not really what this game is about anyway."

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Icemat Mousepad Review

posted: February 11, 2001 @ 12:34 EST by: ryan

Overwear Online have posted a 3 page review of the Icemat Mousepad. Made and Manufactured with Glass this mousepad provides the ideal surface for every gamer. Snippet:

"I first fired up Quake 3 Arena and started to play, the first thing i noticed was after about 5 minutes of play i was dropping my sensitivity by a few points because it is so smooth, unlike the everglide it isn't too smooth and the mouse will glide across the mat rather then quickly slide off. After i while of getting used to the size and also the smoothness i found myself hitting targets again and in fact more accurately then I was with the cloth pad."

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Bad Razor Boomslang Support

posted: February 10, 2001 @ 8:31 EST by: ryan

Thanks goes out to Dorky for sending this in. Seems that Karna isn't all they're cracked up to be. In their defense, I do have a razor and love it greatly, but something like this cannot be ignored:

Too Whom It May Concern,
I felt the overwhelming need to write a gaming site to let them know of my experience with the Razer Boomslang. Last year, oh around August, I went ahead and ordered a Razer Boomslang from EBworld. Within a few days my mouse had arrived and after hooking it up, did everything the hype said it would. But wait, there was trouble around the corner. After about 2 months of use, I started to notice that my left mouse button wasn't behaving correctly. I couldn't drag and drop windows and gaming with it was pointless as it would only sporadically fire. Puzzled, I quickly headed to the Razer "support" site where I downloaded the latest drivers for my mouse. After installing the new drivers I expected great things................WRONG!Still the same problem. After many different fixes and attempts including
formatting my hard drive, I decided to call Razer.
Here's where the story gets good. It was the beginning of November and I was promptly offered a replacement mouse. Satisfied with this I patiently waited the 7-10 days that I was told it would take for my replacement to show. Well, 3 weeks later I was on the phone with Razer again being told that it would only be a few more days until the replacement arrived. So I went back to waiting, and waiting and waiting another couple of weeks before calling again. It was the middle of December and lo and behold, this time I was given an apology. Apparently Razer had switched suppliers and they were trying to catch up on backorders.
"It should be there in 10-14 days" I was told. Needless to say I had to
laugh at that. But what could I do? I'm just the customer whose already paid there money and they don't really have to impress me anymore now do they? So I went back to my favorite new game, the waiting one, in the skeptical hope that the mouse would arrive. Well, it's now the second week of February and I've just gotten off the phone with Razer support. Because of high demand over the holiday season, my replacement mouse got pushed back in order to satisfy new orders. WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY DOING?!?!?!?!?!?! FULLFILLING NEW ORDERS WHEN THEY CAN'T REPLACE A MOUSE THAT IS BROKEN?!?!?!?!?!?! And to think, they pimp out their shiz at a break neck pace, failing or forgetting to let you know that once you've bought from them, you'll get dumped by them. Please, let the visitors that come to your site know about this. Let the buyer beware when purchasing from Razer. Otherwise you'll be right where I'm at.........still waiting.

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Antec KS282 Case Review

posted: February 10, 2001 @ 8:27 EST by: ryan

GideonTech.com has just finished a review of the affordable case from Antec, the KS282 Solution Series! Five pages filled with pics of this sturdy case. Snip:

"We used an Abit Be6.2 motherboard in this system, it slid in without a hitch and lined up correctly the first time on the I/O panel. We put in a Diamond V770 TNT2U video card to see how it fitted. We noticed that the screws right above the AGP expansion slot did not protrude out too much. This helped a lot since some of the case we have come across had huge screws that were always in the way!"

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DMP-CD100 MP3 Review

posted: February 10, 2001 @ 8:26 EST by: ryan

The DMP-CD100 is one of the first portable CD/MP3 players on the market, and D-Link has made a pretty impressive first foray into this field. Sporting the usual CD features and quild, this little number adds the ability to decode MP3 files off of a CD. PenstarSys has the review. Here is a quote:

"The ability to play up to 677 minutes of music is also very appealing, but when this player is used as a "portable", that amount of time is strictly limited to the batteries. About 4 hours is all a user can expect out of the batteries (whether they are rechargeable or not). I have for example several friends who love to go for motorcycle rides that last 6 to 8 hours in total, and appreciate listening to music during the ride. If they buy this product, they will have to be sure to take several extra pairs of new or recharged batteries to get the full use of this product."

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MidiLand 7100 Review

posted: February 10, 2001 @ 9:18 EST by: ryan

Hexus.net has posted up a review of the MidiLand 7100 Speaker set. Here's a bit:

"This system comes with Dolby Pro Logic and Dolby AC3 (Digital) support, which means it is a full 5.1 surround sound system, however you do not get a decoder for either of these with the package. With PC DVD and standalone DVD players becoming increasingly more popular many people will want to take advantage of the excellent sound quality or (if you can afford it) digital sound that all DVD movies offer.

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Mouse Skatez Review

posted: February 10, 2001 @ 9:16 EST by: ryan

AcidHardware are among the first to review EverGlide's latest product, the Mouse Skatez. They take a look at why this is the next best mousing upgrade since the Everglide mouse pad:

"Nowhere in the history of human civilization have two pieces of tape given so much happiness! Measuring in at 10.16cm x 1.27cm x 0.00762cm or 4" x 1/2" x .003" each strip is pure sublime bliss. What they essentially do is cover the Teflon pads of your mouse and provide an even more slippery surface for your mouse to glide effortlessly on with minimal riction."

Dan's Data also has a review of the skatez.

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Destroy Some Hardware

posted: February 9, 2001 @ 6:18 EST by: ryan

Over at G3D:Gaming In 3D they've posted up some pics of them lighting a power supplys on fire and beating the the old floppy drive and more. Here's a bit:

"First of all people I would like to say that we're not going to go on and on about how you shouldn't do this. We strongly recommend you trash and burn your old/dead hardware. It's great fun and is something for the whole family. Grab anything in your house, old cpus, cases, monitors, whatever is good for. =D. Now, onto the pics! And yes, I know this page is basically full of pics. ;)"

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Liquid Neon Kit Review

posted: February 9, 2001 @ 5:57 EST by: ryan

Our buddies over at Virtual Hideout have taken a look at another neon light kit from PCMods.Com! Here's a little taster:

"Are you tired of staring at the same old neon light thru your plexi-window? Maybe, you just got another case and your planning on adding a neon to that one? Well, today's neon light market is bigger than ever with tons of options out there for your veiwing pleasure. There's the Basic Neon Light Kit, the Sound-Sensitive Neon Light Kit, and now what is called the Liquid Neon Kit. Does it really have liquid in it?....hehe....no but what it does looks more like pulses or waves going thru the light to similate a "liquid" motion inside the tube. Its really quite impressive to look at along the lines of a "lava" lamp."

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