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January 28, 2001 - February 3, 2001

Gigabyte GA-7DX Review

posted: February 3, 2001 @ 11:22 EST by: ryan

T-Break has published a review of Gigabyte's AMD 761 chipset based GA-7DX. This board supports DDR memory and we tested out the DDR performance with a standard SDR based KT133 motherboard. Here's a bit from the review:

"DDR- RAM that was to perform nearly as well as RD-RAM and yet cost only half of what RD-RAM costs. It was our savior from RAMBUS. But then, in this industry, it is so common to get extremely excited about a new product that, more or less, ends in a disappointment. But every once in a while we do get to see a product that not only lives up to expectations, but far surpasses it- Look at the AMD Athlon. Does DDR fall into that category? Let find out in our first review of a DDR board- the Gigabyte 7DX"

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Sad State Of The Industry

posted: February 3, 2001 @ 11:20 EST by: ryan

The boys at DeezTech have finally posted some new content besides news. It's an scathing editorial on the sad state of affairs in today's IT industry. This is not for the faint at heart, so use caution.

"Recently, I was astounded to find out that a fellow technician did not know what the “/s” switch on the “format” command did. This was after he was complaining that he had created the necessary partition and had formatted the hard drive for a new Windows 95 installation. Unfortunately, the hard drive was still not booting on its own. (Duh, really?!?!)"

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Uber LAN Box Stuff

posted: February 2, 2001 @ 6:55 EST by: ryan

This is the coolest Lan purpose H2O cooled box I have seen on the web.. and the most amazing thing is it was built in 7days! Quote:

"If you read the Pro/Mini plan then you know I was on a killer time table to get this machine done on time for the LAN. The time limit I had was exactly 7 days from the first cut to the last touch, including parts and stuff come’n in the mail from companies. Compared to DH3’s 3 months of work and planning, 7 days to do it all including the PC aspect was a big challenge."

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Wingman Force Review

posted: February 2, 2001 @ 6:54 EST by: ryan

Today’s Tech Zone review victim is a game controller. But not just any game controller. It’s a Logitech Wingman Formula Force GP Wheel, with force feedback for that last ounce of realism. If you're into racing games, this just may be the wheel for you.

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Rounded IDE Cable Review?

posted: February 2, 2001 @ 6:53 EST by: ryan

This is pretty sad ... EXHardware has just posted up a review of some awesome rounded cables for both IDE and Floppy devices! They make great additions to your awesome case mods or simply for those who are looking for cables that do not restrict airflow around the system. Here's a quote:

"Rounded IDE cables have been in the hardware arena for quite some time now. There are many guides out there on making your own round cables but really, it doesn't sound as easy as it seems especially with the new UDMA66/100 cables. Since the strands are so close to each other, it is very easy to make a mistake when splitting the cables up to be "rounded". I've tried making rounded cables of my own in the past but ended up with a few damaged cables because I was careless during the splitting process. When Scott of HighSpeedPC told us about the rounded IDE cables he was selling, I was very keen on taking a look at them considering that they are professionally finished in bright yellow (now available in Martian Green!?) and are machine made. When they arrived, I finally had the chance to play around with rouned cables (both an IDE and floppy cable) and see if they really work."

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KT7A RAID Review

posted: February 2, 2001 @ 6:52 EST by: ryan

HardwareOC Puts the newest board from Abit ( KT7A RAID ) through its paces and through the meat grinder and lets you know what this board is all about.

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Giants Demo!!!

posted: February 1, 2001 @ 7:45 EST by: ryan

The demo for Giants: Citizen Kabuto by Interplay is out for your downloading pleasure tonight! Here are a couple of mirrors:
(as most of you may have noticed, our own files section is undergoing some renovations, so we may not have this up right away).

3DFiles
FilePlanet

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Q3A: Team Arena Review

posted: February 1, 2001 @ 4:18 EST by: ryan

Quake III : Team Arena was finally released in the UK last week (HA! sucks for your guys!), and to celebrate EuroGamer has posted its review of the game.

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Enermax Power Supply Review

posted: February 1, 2001 @ 4:17 EST by: ryan

VirtualHideout.net has posted up a review of the Enermax EG451P-VE 431Watts Power Supply. Here's some snippage from the review:

"Nothing really fancy here, just what you’d expect to come in a PSU box. The box looked cool!! The actual unit is included (of course), as well as a manual, and some screws. The manual was a little too technical for me to understand completely, but considering it’s pretty common sense how to hook up a power supply it didn’t bother me much. And for all you guys that can speak like 5 different languages you can practice by reading the manual!! Hey, don’t forget it came with 2 power cables, not 1, but 2. What was that number again? 2. But there is a downside, for me anyway, it came with the AMERICAN cables, and unfortunately no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t wedge it into the Australian sockets!!"

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52X CDROM Drive Review

posted: February 1, 2001 @ 4:16 EST by: ryan

T-Break has published a review of Creative's blazing fast 52X CDROM that also rips audio at 20X. Imagine- a whole 74 minute CD cab be ripped in 4 mins! Here's a bit from the review:

"Creative have long been making CD ROM drives and it comes as no surprise that they’ve introduced another one with a higher speed grade. Like its older siblings, the Digital IR52X comes bundled with a cool credit-card sized remote control. Creative touts this drive as having very fast/accurate Digital Audio Ripping and we’re here to tell you how much weight that statement holds."

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ASUS A7M266 Review

posted: February 1, 2001 @ 4:15 EST by: ryan

iamnotageek.com just finished up their review of the ASUS A7M266.

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Siemens ID Mouse Review

posted: January 31, 2001 @ 3:48 EST by: ryan

NeoSeeker has posted their review of Siemens ID Mouse, a great device with a fingerprint sensor to ensure that only authorized users have access to your system. Here's a quote:

"The Siemens ID Mouse is one of the first devices to integrate the FingerTIP sensor technology to provide biometric security for any Windows based system (drivers and extensive PDF documentation are included for Win98, Win NT, and Win2K). Identification is based on the biometric characteristics of your fingerprint, called minutiae, which acts as a unique identifier for each person."


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Quantum SnapServer Review

posted: January 31, 2001 @ 3:47 EST by: ryan

HardwareCentral has posted up a reivew of the Quantum 4100 SnapServer:

"A NAS server is in reality nothing more than a small server that is optimized for file sharing, and doesn't have the other services and overhead that conventional servers have. We'll be taking a closer look at NAS, its features and benefits, in the form of Quantum's SnapServer 4100."

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Nvidia Strategy Guide

posted: January 31, 2001 @ 3:46 EST by: ryan

d128.com has posted what they call (not me saying this) the "unofficial NVIDIA strategy guide", which is an excerpt from a recently filed legal document pertaining to the NVIDIA/3DFX deal.

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Diablo II 1.05 Patch

posted: January 31, 2001 @ 3:44 EST by: ryan

FilePlanet has posted up the Diablo II patch.

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Transmeta Killer

posted: January 31, 2001 @ 7:15 EST by: ryan

Intel to announce its Transmeta killer.

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Giants Interview

posted: January 31, 2001 @ 7:13 EST by: ryan

epradio.com has posted up an interview with Bob Stevenson of Planet Moon, they talk about Giants of course.

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Iwill KK266 Mobo Review

posted: January 31, 2001 @ 7:11 EST by: ryan

VIA Hardware has posted up their review of IWill's VIA KT133A based KK266 motherboard. They were able to get it up to a FSB of 165MHz.

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Entertainment Now?

posted: January 30, 2001 @ 6:20 EST by: ryan

Over at GameSpy they have an article fresh from the "Entertainment in the Interactive Age" conference, about the future of Will Wright's Sims series.

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"Insane" The Game Review

posted: January 30, 2001 @ 5:54 EST by: ryan

EuroGamer's review today takes a look at the multiplayer focused off-road racing game "Insane".

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Crucial PC133 Review

posted: January 30, 2001 @ 5:53 EST by: ryan

And here's some more RAM :) AcidHardware has written their own review of Crucial's PC-133 128MB CL2 SDRAM module. Here's a bit from the review:

"Both modules performed without problems at this overclocked memory bus speed at CAS2. They were tested for stability by running Quake 3 Arena benchmarks for an hour with 12 bot deathmatch. After this test Half Life was also run for another hour endlessly looping demos. The Apacer module would not perform at PC150 despite numerous attempts. It is a great stick of RAM considering its price. On occasion we could get the system to post or boot into Windows with the Apacer module but it crashed soon afterward."

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Win a Notebook Cooler

posted: January 30, 2001 @ 5:52 EST by: ryan

Geez, seems everybody wants to give stuff away! Overclockedcafe has a contest up and running, brought to you by their sponsor Cyber Cooler. They are giving everyone the chance to win a Cyber Cooler Notebook Cooling Pad, there will be ten winners in all and you can enter once a day until the February 12th deadline.

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Win a Stick Of PC150

posted: January 30, 2001 @ 5:50 EST by: ryan

SystemLogic.net is giving away a stick of OCZ High Performance PC150 SDRAM. It's pretty straight forward on how to win.

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MSI's new 850 Pro P4 Review

posted: January 30, 2001 @ 6:41 EST by: ryan

Gamer's Depot has posted up their review of MSI's new 850 Pro P4 board.

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QUAKE 3: Team Arena

posted: January 30, 2001 @ 6:41 EST by: ryan

Broken Pixel has posted up a review of Q3A: Team Arena:

"Of the three game types, Overload is my current favorite. It satisfies both that desire to destroy inanimate objects (I blowed it up! I blowed it up good!) and the need for good, strategic gameplay. However, Harvester is really starting to grow on me. Overall, I was impressed by the way that all three games require teams to act like teams in order to win. Lone wolves aren't likely to be all that successful at Q3TA."

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FIC AZ11e KT133 Review

posted: January 30, 2001 @ 6:40 EST by: ryan

It seems TweakTown has gone VIA KT133 motherboard review crazy this past week, this time they have reviewed the FIC AZ11e motherboard which is based on the VIA KT133 Northbridge chipset which is coupled with the VIA 686b Southbridge chipset. Here's a taster:

"After the success of the AZ11 and the introduction of the 686B Southbridge, FIC took the AZ11, added built in overclocking options and added the 686B Southbridge and labelled it the AZ11E, the board we are reviewing here today at TweakTown!"

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January 2001 Buyer's Guide

posted: January 29, 2001 @ 10:14 EST by: ryan

HardwareCentral has posted up their January 2001 Buyer's Guide:

"Got a few bucks left over from those bad gifts you returned after Christmas? Or are you expecting your tax refund shortly? How about piecing together a computer for yourself? Let us help you build a system to suit your exact needs for a reasonable price."

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Another KT7A-RAID Review

posted: January 29, 2001 @ 6:43 EST by: ryan

Another KT7A-RAID Review. Nuff said.

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Samsung Laser Printer Review

posted: January 29, 2001 @ 6:42 EST by: ryan

NeoSeeker has posted their reviews of the Samsung ML-4500 Laser printer. Here is a clip:

"The Samsung ML-4500 is one of the cheapest 8ppm laser printers that you can get your hands on, and yet it offers some compelling features, a low cost-per page, and a fairly good print quality that wouldn’t shame your home or small office."

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Yamaha 16x10x24x Review

posted: January 29, 2001 @ 7:15 EST by: ryan

HardwareZone has posted up a review of the smokin' Yamaha CRW2100E-VK 16x10x24x CDRW drive.

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OCZ Monster II Review

posted: January 29, 2001 @ 7:13 EST by: ryan

LITTLEWHITEDOG has just posted up a review of the OCZ Monster II Socket Cooler:

"It seems like every hardware-techy site around has reviewed a product or two from The Overclockerz Store lately and I've been wondering if any of these products are truly worth the cash, or if other sites are just kissing too much ass over free stuff. Over the next week or so, we will be taking a look at three separate products from OCZ and putting them through the works to see where they stand. The first one on the firing line is the OCZ Monster II Socket Cooler."

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Dual Socket D6VAA Mainboard

posted: January 28, 2001 @ 9:04 EST by: ryan

T-Break has published a review of ECS Dual Socket D6VAA motherboard. It's a nice stable motherboard for anyone looking into the Dual-CPU config.

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MSI K7T Turbo-R Review

posted: January 28, 2001 @ 9:02 EST by: ryan

TweakTown have posted a five page review of the MSI K7T Turbo-R VIA KT133a Motherboard which is coupled with the VIA 686b Southbridge chipset. They seemed very impressed with MSI's first VIA KT133a based motherboard, performance and stability is excellent. The MSI K7T Turbo-R beat both the Epox 8KTA3 and Iwill KK266-R, this is certainly a board to keep your eyes on if considering buying a new motherboard to support the new AMD Athlon with 266MHz DDR FSB support!

"With the introduction of the VIA KT133A chipset, MSI has once again jumped in and have produced a new board in the K7T family called the MSI K7T Turbo-R which we are investigating today."

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DigitalDoc5 Review

posted: January 28, 2001 @ 9:00 EST by: ryan

AcidHardware have written an exclusive review of the final retail version of the DigitalDoc5 from Macpower. Among it's many features are controls for each of your fans so you can lower the fan speed to keep you sane at night, it also cools your harddrive and monitors temperatures. A very useful product indeed:

"Apart from utilizing the computer's power supply the DigitalDoc5 functions completely independently of everything else including operating system. This is a big plus for users of alternate operating systems with no software to monitor their PC health status. In effect the DigitalDoc is a hybrid between an advanced baybus and PC health monitoring software. The only item the DigitalDoc is not capable of monitoring is core voltage and chasis intrusion (if your motherboard supports this feature). Its advantage is that it can turn on/off fans as needed."

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Iwill KK266-R KT133a Review

posted: January 28, 2001 @ 8:57 EST by: ryan

TweakTown has posted a six page review of the Iwill KK266-R VIA KT133a motherboard. Here's a little bit:

"The KK266-R motherboard is based in the new VIA KT133A chipset. The KT133A chipset is the same as the original KT133 chipset only this new baby supports official 266MHz FSB using PC133 SDRAM modules. This means this chip has a AGP divider and PCI divider at 266MHz FSB. The design of the KK266-R board layout and functions are almost identical to the KV200 range of motherboards."

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