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February 4, 2001 - February 9, 2001

Detonator Driver Database

posted: February 9, 2001 @ 6:04 EST by: ryan

Tweaker's Asylum have just finished putting together another huge NVIDIA Detonator Driver Database this time for Windows 2000. This database contains performance data from 21 different Detonator Drivers from the 5.xx, 6.xx and 7.xx Series. Intro:

"The Tweakers Asylum's Windows 2000 NVIDIA Detonator Driver Database contains performance data on most of the Windows 2000 NVIDIA Detonator Drivers. For each set of drivers listed on the right we have included performance data from the Mad Onion 3DMark2000 benchmark, Unreal Tournament - Kenguru Demo, Quake 3 Arena Demo, and the MDK2 Demo. This database will be updated with any future Detonator Driver releases as well."

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VIA Apollo Pro DDR Review

posted: February 9, 2001 @ 6:02 EST by: ryan

Over at HotHardware they have posted up a reveiw of the VIA Apollo Pro 266 DDR mobo.

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Handspring Visor Review

posted: February 9, 2001 @ 6:02 EST by: ryan

The Tech Zone takes a look at the Handspring Visor Prism. Currently the most expensive PDA model in Handspring’s line-up, at a direct price of $449. There are a few new features here to justify the rather lofty price tag however. The Tech Zone managed to overclock it from the stock speed of 33Mhz to a whoppin' 61Mhz!

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HDD 7 Drive Roundup

posted: February 9, 2001 @ 6:01 EST by: ryan

X-bit labs has posted an indepth "HDD Roundup: 7 Hard Disk Drives with 20GB Platters". This article covers the detailed study of almost all the latest generation hard disk drives with 20GB platters currently available.

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HedgeHog 238M Review

posted: February 8, 2001 @ 7:34 EST by: ryan

AcidHardware has written a review of a copper heatsink from a company you've no doubt heard of by now, Kanie. The heatsink they reviewed was a Socket A/FCPGA heatsink called the HedgeHog 238M:

"We usually see aluminium being used as the primary material for a heatsink. However, Kanie decided to differ from the pack and make an ALL copper heatsink. We have also been informed that this is not just one copper piece but each of the pins have been inserted separately into the grooves cut into the base. Copper has a huge advantage over aluminium because it takes in heat much faster than aluminium. Copper although obviously the superior material does have its downsides because it also dissipates heat slower than aluminium and copper is also substantially more expensive than aluminium. However, if performance is what you hunger for, Copper is capable of producing the best results for "overclocking" at a price premium. Another caveat is that copper is a soft malleable material and scratches quite easily."

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Tech Patrol Ramsink Review

posted: February 8, 2001 @ 7:33 EST by: ryan

TweakTown have posted a quick review of an eight pack of Ramsinks which are produced and manufactured by an online company based in Australia called Tech Patrol. The Ramsinks are just like heatsinks except designed to fit on video card RAM and SDRAM.

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fUnc sUrface 1030 Review

posted: February 8, 2001 @ 7:32 EST by: ryan

fUnc sUrface 1030 review @ PC Extremes. Here's a clip:

"The pad fits really snug in the base, and the reason they’re separate is because there is a rough and smooth side to the pad. I’d recommend the smooth for optical mice because it seems to glide “quieter” across the surface, but they both offer the same performance with the optical. If you have a traditional mouse with a ball you’ll have more traction on the rough side."

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OEM CPU Price Guide

posted: February 8, 2001 @ 7:32 EST by: ryan

The hardCOREware OEM CPU Price Guide has been updated.

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USB Zip Review

posted: February 8, 2001 @ 7:30 EST by: ryan

Gamer's Depot has posted up their review of Iomega's USB, self-powered, Zip250 drive.

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Rumored NV20 Specs

posted: February 8, 2001 @ 7:29 EST by: ryan

With the imminent release of Nvidia's NV20 chipset at the end of this month @ IDF PlanetHardware has posted up the rumored specifications, and do a little explaining on why the NV20 will dominate the market over the next 6 months.

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Planet Deus Ex Up

posted: February 7, 2001 @ 7:11 EST by: ryan

GameSpy is has announced that the brand new Planet Deus Ex site has officially launched and is now live! Here's some info on it:

They've got 2 new large features up today as part of the celebrations, as well as a massive array of information, screens, files, guides and much more from over the last 2 years.

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RB 2.2GB/s Memory Interface

posted: February 7, 2001 @ 7:09 EST by: ryan

HardwareCentral has posted a little bit on Rambus' 2.2GB/s Memory Interface:

"Yesterday, Rambus Inc. unveiled their latest signaling technology. The new signaling technology boasts a 2.2GB/s memory bandwidth as opposed to the previous 1.6GB/s. An update to QRSL was also discussed, offering a 25% increase in performance."

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Yamaha YST-MS201 Review

posted: February 7, 2001 @ 6:08 EST by: ryan

Iamnotageek has posted up a review of the Yamaha YST-MS201 Speaker set.

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New Thermosonic Heatsink

posted: February 7, 2001 @ 6:07 EST by: ryan

Just when you think you have seen it all, something else comes along.
Thermosonic Technology is new to the retail HeatSink and Fan market in the U.S. [H]ard|OCP has the scoop.

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Thermaltake Super Orb Review

posted: February 7, 2001 @ 6:06 EST by: ryan

BrokenPixel has popped up a a review of the Thermaltake Super Orb.

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TB Santa Cruz Review

posted: February 7, 2001 @ 6:05 EST by: ryan

NeoSeeker have posted a review of the Turtle Beach Santa Cruz Sound Card. Here's a snippet:

"I think one of the big selling points of the card is the MP3 acceleration. Unfortunately, the acceleration ONLY APPLIES when using either the included AudioStation 4 or Microsoft’s MediaPlayer version 6.4. AudioStation4 itself is a fairly good media player, but MediaPlayer is not only buggy and annoying to use, it lacks features found on even the earliest versions of Sonique and Winamp. MP3 acceleration itself is not as juicy a feature as you would think, considering that most of today’s current day CPU’s are so powerful that the acceleration is NOT noticeable."

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Vantec FCE-62540D Review

posted: February 7, 2001 @ 6:02 EST by: ryan

Voidyourwarranty got done with yet another review of the vantec FCE-62540D, and this week they have an all new give-away. They do some comparisons to the Globalwin FOP38. Heres a piece of the review:

"First I would like to cover the clips used on both of the coolers. The FOP38 has been known to be difficult to install simply because it's skinny and very tight. Some people have actually hurt themselves during installation, and the clip is also easy to break. I'm sure most of you already know this, but this is where it starts to get interesting.. If you look at the pics below you will see that the clip used by the Vantec is actually pretty big. This is good because it allows better control when installing."

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posted: February 7, 2001 @ 5:59 EST by: ryan

ViaHardware have put up a WPCREDIT/WPCRSET Resource Page. This page will be a Resource Page for everything to do with WPCREDIT/WPCRSET. They have included downloads for the two programs and the appropriate plug-ins. Also included is links to our WPCREDIT tweak guides for the Apollo Pro and KX/KT chipsets.

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New Type of Cooling Product

posted: February 6, 2001 @ 8:04 EST by: ryan

Chick's Hardware has some info on a new cooling product from ACS-Technologie that is definitely worth checking out, the product is currently being produced and will be available on March 15th 2001. Here's a taster:

"That overclocked system of yours running hot? Is this heat causing your system to crash? Do you need better cooling? Well, if you answered yes to any of those questions, then your just in luck. A new cooling system is on the way, designed for those who like to push their systems to the limit or are just seeking greater stability. ACS-Technologie offers you the possibility to push your system to its limits by reducing and controlling the ambient temperature inside your cases. The cooling system can be fitted to almost any case and needs a spare drive bay. As an added bonus for the ultimate cooling control, there is also a CPU Air Duct, that will feed your CPU cooler with cold air and aid in reducing the temperature of your CPU. The basic workstation model of this unit has the ability to cool the air inside your case by up to 32% of the ambient air temperature!"

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New Abit KT7 BIOS

posted: February 6, 2001 @ 8:03 EST by: ryan

Seems to be a rash of new Bios' flying around! This time, Abit releases a new one for the KT7 motherboards, version WZ04, dated 2/6/01.

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We Need Game Reviewers

posted: February 6, 2001 @ 5:41 EST by: ryan

If you're able to do a few freelance reviews/previews for us, and are willing to accept money & freegames (of which you must aquire yourself, normally by e-mailing/calling the publishers), than please contact ryan.

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Abit KT7A RAID Review

posted: February 6, 2001 @ 5:39 EST by: ryan

Overclockers Online has posted their review of the new KT133A board from Abit: the KT7A RAID. The successor of the KT7 RAID is very similar to its odler brother, but now it supports an 133MHz FSB and has some other minor bug fixes. A snippet:

"In order to see if the KT133A would support even higher FSB speeds, I used some Mushkin PC150 memory and OCZ PC175 memory and tested how high I could get the FSB before it freaked out. I ended up at 156MHz with both sticks, which is normal for the Mushkin ram as it is maxed out but the OCZ ram can take a lot more. So I must conclude that the KT133A chipset's limit has been reached. Maybe if I replaced the default heatsink + fan that Abit puts on top of the North Bridge, I would have gotten a few MHz more, but I decided against it as it would not give me any noticable difference. I was able to boot at 160MHz FSB, but the system would not load Windows :(."

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Win a Gorb!

posted: February 6, 2001 @ 11:47 EST by: ryan

DreddNews is giving away a Gorb. Hey, it's better than nothing!

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Blade of Darkness Screens

posted: February 6, 2001 @ 11:46 EST by: ryan

Fresh today on EuroGamer are ten exclusive new shots from fantasy action-RPG "Severance: Blade of Darkness", taken from a review copy of the game we recently got from publisher Codemasters.

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Wireless Networking Column

posted: February 6, 2001 @ 11:40 EST by: ryan

HardwareCentral has posted up the column: A quest for mobility, Wireless Networking.

"Cellular communications has changed the way we communicate with our friends, family or colleagues. Like cellular technology, Wireless Networking will give us the mobility and capability to revolutionize the way we work, communicate and interact with our friends, family and colleagues."

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AMD 1.2GHz with DDR

posted: February 6, 2001 @ 6:49 EST by: ryan

HardwareZone.com has posted up their evaluation of a DDR system based on the AMD platform. Here's a bit:

"This is our first evaluation of a DDR system based on the AMD platform and I am already very impressed with its performance. I would expect the same performance gain with similar DDR based chipsets. Having said that, the AMD 1.2GHz Athlon is indeed one of the fastest consumer based processor available today. The Pentium 4 is no doubt the current record holder for the fastest processor (in terms of MHz), but its hefty price tag remains to be one of its biggest drawback. Not many will dare to invest in an expensive machine that runs on expensive RAMBUS memory. Moreover, the motherboard is not that cheap either. The initial investment of a Pentium 4 system will certainly put a large dent on your savings, not to mention the likelihood of RAMBUS DRAM phasing out in the coming months when Intel decide to embrace the DDR platform. RAMBUS will likely to stay in high-end/server platforms and will probably not be affordable for average consumers like you and me. Would you buy RAMBUS memory when Intel themselves openly admitted that PC-133 performance to be on-par with PC-800 RDRAM?"

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$1000 Upgrade Guide

posted: February 6, 2001 @ 6:46 EST by: ryan

hardCOREware is back with another installment of their popular $1000 Upgrade Guide for February 2001. Here's a taste:

"What exaclty is this guide about? Well, we take you on a $1000 spending spree, and using the latest prices found on iBuyer's Search Engine, we suggest to you what your best upgrading options are, whether you are building an entire PC (you'd be surprized how for $1000 goes!), upgrading an old system, or upgrading a relatively new system!"

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New A7V133 Bios Out

posted: February 5, 2001 @ 7:10 EST by: ryan

Asus just published a new A7V133 Bios 1002A-1 today, and seems to be getting good responces. Some of their forum members have even tried it on the original A7V with good results.

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Macpower Digital Doc 5 Review

posted: February 5, 2001 @ 7:09 EST by: ryan

Virtual Hideout takes a look at the latest Digital Doc device from Macpower Peripherals Ltd, the Digital Doc 5. Here's a snip of the reivew:

"Immediately after switching the system one, all the fans, except for the two 120mm ones starts spinning! It's so damn noisy in here! I pressed the "Force" button to force the last two channels to provide power to the 2 120mm Sunons and it just gets noisier! I can't stand all the noise these fans are making, so I left the system running for about an hour to get something to eat and do sumthing else! I had to close the door to my room as my mom and sister were already complaining about the noise! It would also be a good way to test the unit to see if it can take that amount of beating it's getting from all that wattage sucking fans!."

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Detonator v6.50 Release

posted: February 5, 2001 @ 7:08 EST by: ryan

Planet GeForce now has a copy of the official-release v6.50 drivers on their server.

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FrontX Multimedia Ports

posted: February 5, 2001 @ 7:07 EST by: ryan

AcidHardware has written a quick review of the FrontX Multimedia Ports. A very useful product, they liked it alot:

"The package I received from FrontX was very neat and tidy and didn't have anything broken in it when it arrived at my door. Everything was covered by a thin piece of foam and then the separate parts were in re-sealable airtight bags. The extension cords I got were for Audio In, Earphone, Microphone and Game ports. The faceplate is customisable to fit a total of 8 different types of ports if they come out. Currently 4 are being used by the other ports but FrontX informed us that in March 2001 they will be releasing USB and Serial port extensions and at a later date release Video, IEEE 1384, Parallel and USB 2.0 ports."

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Power Out!

posted: February 5, 2001 @ 7:06 EST by: ryan

Just when I'm ready to update the site this morning the power went out. Anyway, I'm back now and will be updating the site.

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Chilli Professional ” Case

posted: February 4, 2001 @ 10:04 EST by: ryan

Virtual Hideout has posted up a review of the Chili Professional Case:

"Chilli was very thoughtful in designing this case. It came with a 40pin IDE cable and a floppy cable, the usual bag of screws, hex wrenches, and just about anything you might need to get the installation just the way you want it. In order to access the main area of the case, eight screws must be removed from the right side of the case, since the motherboard is flipped, and the panel comes off fairly simply. It is not the quickest case to get inside and regular thumbscrews will not fit work. Yet, the many positives of this case far overshadow its downfalls. This case, given its size, has a far more specific application than most other cases. The hardcore pc user will only want this case for use at a LAN party and the average everyday user will only see the outside of the case after the initial installation. There is even a sliding, removable, color matched cover for the drive bay."

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No One Lives Forever Review

posted: February 4, 2001 @ 9:58 EST by: ryan

3DGF recently had a chance to review one of Monolith’s newest titles called, No One Lives Forever, which packed a real punched. Using the Lithtech 2.5 engine that powers the graphics; not a bad graphics engine at all, and much improved over the previous version, they gave it 9 out of 10 stars and only because Multiplayer is a bit limited. Here's some intro:

"With so many First Person Shooters (FPS) being released to the public each year it sometimes seems as if all we see is mindless bloody action, but every once it awhile something fresh comes along and shines a new light on the genre. A good example of an FPS that has rocked the gaming industry boat is Half-Life by Valve Software. While HL has been out for over 2 years now and is still very popular with gamers, its time for a different game to try to shake up the industry, and Monolith’s newest and surprisingly good title No One Lives Forever (NOFL) may be just that title."

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Another Abit KT7A Review

posted: February 4, 2001 @ 9:57 EST by: ryan

ExtremeOC has another review up, this time it's ABIT's latest offering, the KT7A-RAID.

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