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January 19, 2001 - January 27, 2001

Duron 650 @ 1000MHz

posted: January 27, 2001 @ 10:08 EST by: ryan

Ever heard of the AMD Athlon Thunderbird 650? Well, head over to The Tech Zone and you’ll soon know what’s so special about this little critter. If 900-1000mhz on the cheap is your cup of tea, then you will love this. The techies check out the goods on the 650 TBird package from Overclock Warehouse. $85 for a TBird that does 1,000Mhz.

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How Fat is Your Pipe?

posted: January 27, 2001 @ 10:07 EST by: ryan

Are you tired of people swearing at you because you have low ping? Do you wish games ran as smoothly as your old modem to modem games ran? Do you flinch when a developer says he doesnt want make the netcode in his game high-speed optimized? Broadband is the future, and we're living in a broadband world.

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Gigabyte GA-6OXM7 Review

posted: January 27, 2001 @ 10:06 EST by: ryan

Planet Hardware has reviewed yet another i815 board, this time Gigabytes GA-6OXM7. It's got good overclocking utilities and standard features, plus more...Here's to a good weekend everyone :)

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Monsoon MM700 FPS Review

posted: January 26, 2001 @ 8:59 EST by: ryan

Broken Pixel has posted up their review of the Monsoon MM700 Flat Panel Speakers:

"The Monsoon Flat Panel Speakers rock. Not only have I been able to enjoy great music, but they are loud enough to piss off my neighbors as well."

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DTS-400 Copper Shim

posted: January 26, 2001 @ 8:57 EST by: ryan

Wow, a review of a hunk of copper ... UKGamer.net has posted it's review of the DTS-400 copper shim for socket A processors. This is one of the best shims on the market with a high level of workmanship.

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FASA Closes Doors

posted: January 26, 2001 @ 8:56 EST by: ryan

GameSpyDaily http://www.gamespydaily.com/news/fullstory.asp?id=1122">recently found out that FASA Corporation is to close down on April 30. Famous for their pen and paper RPG's, FASA owned properties such as BattleTech, Shadowrun and Crimson Skies.

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PlexWriter 12x10x32 SCSI

posted: January 26, 2001 @ 7:16 EST by: ryan

CDrLabs has posted up a review of the PlexWriter PX-W1210TS 12x10x32 SCSI drive. Here's a little bit:

"Shut yo' mouth! But I'm talkin' about Plex... Just like when you hear the name Shaft, the name Plextor brings thoughts of kicking serious butt with attitude. Over the past few years Plextor has brought us some of the fastest and highest quality CD-RW and CD-ROM drives. Whenever Plextor releases a new product the question no one asks is "How good the drive will it be?" You already know that it will be one of the top drives on the market."

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Business PC Buyers Guide

posted: January 26, 2001 @ 7:11 EST by: ryan

My buddies over at Sharkyextreme have popped up their Business PC buyer's guide.

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Cooler Roundup

posted: January 25, 2001 @ 4:44 EST by: ryan

Every once in a while [H]ardOCP gets all the newer big dog coolers together to see how they compare. They have a pretty good lineup this time round, including new entries from Global Win, Vantec, and a first for us from Taisol. They look at their cooling ability, ease of installation, and also just how loud and annoying they can be.

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NVidia Experimental Driver

posted: January 25, 2001 @ 4:38 EST by: ryan

The Overclocker Cafe has updated it's NVidia Experimental Driver Comparison to include the new v6.53 and the bogus v6.72. Yep, for those of you who don't know yet the v6.72 is a bogus driver, don't use it. It changes your start page to some German page.

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? Oligo 2.0 Browser Review

posted: January 25, 2001 @ 4:36 EST by: ryan

Oligo 2.0 - or Uglio 0.2? Oligo 2.0 Browser Review @ PC911

"Your current browser might be boring, mass-produced, and square (according to inKline Global), but it is still better than their Oligo 2.0 browser. Ugly skins and buggy UI are just a few attributes that come to mind. And the concept of URL-centered browsing is questionable at best."

Direct link: http://www.pcnineoneone.com/reviews/sw/oligo.html

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Olympus C-2100 Ultra Zoom

posted: January 25, 2001 @ 3:10 EST by: ryan

The Olympus C-2100 Ultra Zoom has a gigantic 38 to 380mm zoom lens, with an optical stabiliser, somehow packed into an ordinary sized digital camera.

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Tyan Dual Athlon Motherboard

posted: January 25, 2001 @ 2:34 EST by: ryan

Amdmb.com has posted the pictures of the recently seen Tyan Dual Athlon motherboard, but ALSO the specs on the motherboard that were given out on our site a few months ago.

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Titan2 GeForce2 Ultra

posted: January 25, 2001 @ 2:32 EST by: ryan

Tweaker's Asylum have just finished doing a review of the OCZ Titan2 GeForce2 Ultra video card. Intro:

"The particular NVIDIA GeForce2 Ultra we are taking a look at today is the OCZ Titan2 GeForce2 Ultra. OCZ is probably best known for their pretested processors. But a quick glance at the thier new website will show you that OCZ is much more then just pretested processors. OCZ now has their own line of memory, HSF combinations, thermal paste, case enclosures, and of course video cards."

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New Matrox Drivers

posted: January 24, 2001 @ 11:58 EST by: ryan

Matrox has released some new drivers for the G200/G400 and G450 series of boards for Win9x/Me and 2000 with optimizations for certain apps and sku's.

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Strategic Commander Review

posted: January 24, 2001 @ 11:57 EST by: ryan

NeoSeeker has posted thei review of the Microsoft Strategic Commander. Here's a clip:

"With its Sidewinder line of gaming peripherals, Microsoft offers everything from traditional joysticks and steering wheels for simulation fans, to tilt pads for arcade addicts, and now an accessory for the RTS gamer. The Strategic Commander, as they’ve christened it, certainly fits in with the average desktop. If anything, it looks like a black mouse for the left hand. Southpaws take note: this is most definitely not a mouse replacement. Unless you can use the mouse with your right hand, this product is not for you. That little issue aside, how does it perform? Will this baby help your game?"

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Viewsonic PF790 19"

posted: January 24, 2001 @ 11:54 EST by: ryan

BrokenPixel has posted up http://www.brokenpixel.com/sections.php?op=viewarticle&artid=2">a review of the Viewsonic PF790 19" monitor:

"A word of advice to anyone planning on purchasing this monitor: If you don't have a minivan or a truck, good luck getting this thing home without taking it out of the box. With all the Styrofoam surrounding the PF790, you would think the box held a 27" TV, or a Cadillac engine."

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Dual i815 Based Board

posted: January 24, 2001 @ 11:51 EST by: ryan

ViaHardware put up some information on what appears to be the first dual i815 based motherboard, coming from Acorp. A picture and specifications are listed. Here is a snip:

"Acorp looks as if they will be the first to the market with a dual i815 based motherboard. This is fairly significant because the i815 chipset supposedly does not support SMP. I have been told by one motherboard manufacturer that the i815 chipset actually is SMPable, but is hard to get working right and thus too expensive to ship one."

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Dreamcast Ending?

posted: January 23, 2001 @ 5:43 EST by: ryan

GameSpyDaily has gotten some developer feedback about the recent rumor that Sega is to stop production of the Dreamcast console at the end of March, 2001. Score one for the PC!

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Thermal Compound Remover

posted: January 23, 2001 @ 5:39 EST by: ryan

UKGamer.net has reviewed something which every overclocker should have in his or her's toolkit. The Thermal Compound remover does exactly what is says on the box and does it very well. The last thing you want is to have inferior thermal compound with your Arctic Silver.

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Win an 81.9GB Maxtor HD

posted: January 23, 2001 @ 5:22 EST by: ryan

Everyone needs more space right? Well Iamnotageek wants to help you out. The Overclockerz Store has giving them a 81.9GB Maxtor HD to give away!

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Caseetc Rheostats Baybus

posted: January 23, 2001 @ 5:20 EST by: ryan

Virtual Hideout has popped up a review of the Rheostats Baybus, from CaseEct. Here's a blurb:

"If you haven't heard of the term Baybus or Fanbus, then you probably wouldn't even have the slightest idea about case modding! The Baybus and/or Fanbus is like a central unit for you to hook up the fans in your case. Why would anyone wanna do that? Well, for once, you would not have to struggle with so many cables in your case and with the right combination of electronic parts, you can even control the status or the speed of the individual fans. All this thanks to the Father of Fanbus, as we like to call him here at VirtualHideout, Mr. Cliff Anderson of the Fanbus.Com fame! As you can see, we here in VH has learned a lot from his inventions and we've also came out with our very own rendition of his works. But if you hate hunting for individual parts just to make 'em, then these baybuses kits from CaseETC is just the perfect one for ya!"

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Mouse Bungee Review

posted: January 22, 2001 @ 12:50 EST by: ryan

EuroGamer today posted it's review of Everglide's weird Mouse Bungee, a doohickey designed to hold your mouse cord above your desk surface to stop it snagging on stuff.
Amazingly it's actually incredibly useful, although at 15.99
it doesn't come cheap.

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New Guru's World Rant

posted: January 22, 2001 @ 12:32 EST by: ryan

SystemLogic.net has posted a new A Guru's World column entitled "Motherboard Mounters".

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Gigabyte GA-7DXC Review

posted: January 22, 2001 @ 12:31 EST by: ryan

FiringSquad posted their review of the Gigabyte GA-7DXC, the first motherboard based on AMD's 760 chipset to hit the retail market. With its support for DDR memory, 760 has been eagerly anticipated by the hardware community. However, its lack of support for 266MHz FSB negatively affects its performance. In this review, we compare the board to KT133 and KT133A motherboards to see just how it stacks up to its competition. Here's a piece from the review:

"One feature we're seeing implemented on many of the newer motherboards is an AGP retention mechanism. While everyone knows to secure their AGP card to the system case via a screw and screwdriver, it's often overlooked due to forgetfulness. That's where the retention mechanism comes in to save the day. Once the video card is mounted in the AGP slot, a plastic notch in the retention mechanism holds the video card in place. While it may look crude to the uninitiated, it gets the job done very effectively."

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VideoLogic SonicFury Review

posted: January 22, 2001 @ 12:30 EST by: ryan

Today at 3D Spotlight they've posted their review of the Videlogic SonicFury. Here's a snip:

"As I mentioned earlier, the sound quality when using these API’s was quite accurate to what I had experienced with the SBLive previously. It’s also worth noting that the SonicFury is capable of supporting/performing EAX 3, as was answered by Colin Crawford at Videologic. It's technically entirely possible, but there are no firm plans to implement it yet. We're going to hold back for a while to see how EAX3 goes before committing to it."

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ATI Interview

posted: January 22, 2001 @ 12:29 EST by: ryan

To start the week off right, The House of Help is the posted their discussion with David Nalasco of ATi Technologies. David is the Technical Marketing Manager for ATi, but what makes him special, is he used to be (and is still very close to) a Senior Engineer for ATi.

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MSI K7T Pro 2-A Review

posted: January 22, 2001 @ 12:28 EST by: ryan

The Tech Zone has posted a review of the MSI K7T Pro 2-A. This is a socket A motherboard based on VIA KT133 chipset. The board features 6 PCI, 4X AGP, UDMA 100 and onboard AC'97 sound. To top it all off, it's one of the best overclocker's board you can buy. It was able to take their TBird 700 all the way to 1000Mhz!

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EPoX EP-8KTA3 Review

posted: January 21, 2001 @ 6:41 EST by: ryan

X-bit labs has posted a review called VIA KT133A in Action: EPoX EP-8KTA3 Mainboard. We tested one of the first mainboards based on a new Socket A chipset VIA KT133A, which is none other but VIA KT133 supporting AMD processors with 266MHz FSB. The results obtained show that VIA KT133A may appear a serious competitor to AMD-760 DDR chipset!

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New Right Nav Bar

posted: January 20, 2001 @ 8:56 EST by: ryan

You may have noticed that our pages were kind of messed up off and on all day today. This is the cause of the new nav bar we have implemented to the left of the site. We are still fooling around with this as while most pages work perfectly now there are still a couple that may not work right. If you do find a problem, or have any suggestions for us, please e-mail me!!!

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Stupid Invaders Review

posted: January 20, 2001 @ 11:27 EST by: ryan

Today's review on EuroGamer takes a shufti at "Stupid Invaders", the mad cartoon-style adventure game featuring writing talents and voice acting from veterans of shows like "Ren & Stimpy", "Futurama" and "The Simpsons".

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Fireball Plus AS Review

posted: January 20, 2001 @ 11:26 EST by: ryan

Quantum has released a new line of drives in their Fireball high performance series, the Fireball Plus AS Series and The Tech Zone decided to take a peek at the Fireball Plus AS QMP30000as 30Gb hard drive. This could be the highest performing ATA/100 hard drive you can buy.

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Win Some CPU Keychains!

posted: January 20, 2001 @ 11:26 EST by: ryan

ExtremeOverclocking has a new giveaway. They are giving away 10 dead CPUs that we made into key chains. They have 8 blue core Athlons, a P3-700, and a Celeron2-566. Nobody likes a dead CPU, but everyone loves a cool keychain, especially when they are free!

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GeForce2 MX 16MB Review

posted: January 20, 2001 @ 11:23 EST by: ryan

Iamnotageek.com has the World Premier of the Worst GeForce2 MX. It only has 16MB RAM. You thought the memory bandwidth was bad on the GeForce2 MX with 32MB, well now you can see how much worse it is with 16MB. Nice.

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New K7T Pro2-A BIOS

posted: January 19, 2001 @ 12:27 EST by: ryan

MSI has released a new bios for their K7T Pro2-A motherboard, version 2.2.

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