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November 1, 2000 - November 7, 2000

NOMAD Jukebox Review

posted: November 7, 2000 @ 7:00 EST by: ryan

x-bit labs has posted a review of the Creative NOMAD Jukebox Digital Audio Player. This is an MP3 player of a totally new generation. Due to a 6GB hard disk drive, it is capable of storing up to 100 hours of music. EAX support it features, should satisfy even the most pretentious listener.

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Another Vapochill Review

posted: November 7, 2000 @ 9:11 EST by: ryan

NFS Xtreme have just posted their review of the Vapochill. The Vapochill is an Xreme piece of hardware which allows you to cool your CPU to sub-zero temperatures, giving you stability and acceleration opportunities.

"The VapoChill the best overclocking products we have ever reviewed, and it last a lifetime! I fully recommend the VapoChill to anyone that wants the highest speed with a very reasonable price. The cost of the VapoChill, around $750 with FCPGA kit and Chill Control as tested. For being the best cooling method we award the VapoChill as the best cooling method and an overall of 9/10. Honestly, VapoChill does not have any disadvantage at all! Even if there is, the new VapoChill bareboon system have it all done."

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Win a Duron @ 1000Mhz

posted: November 7, 2000 @ 9:10 EST by: ryan

After a very successful first giveaway over a month ago in which a lucky 3DS reader won a Leadtek GeForce 2 GTS videocard, 3D Spotlight is back with a bigger giveaway, this time they are giving away a durn & abit mobo.

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Kodak Picture Card Adapter

posted: November 7, 2000 @ 9:09 EST by: ryan

NeoSeeker has posted their review of the Kodak Picture Card Adapter. Here's a quote to tell you in a bit more detail what the adapter does:

"The Kodak Picture Card Reader is a simple little compact flash adapter that takes your CF card and makes it compatible with a standard Type II PCMCIA slot. When installed, the CF card acts like a small disk, using the high throughput of the PCMCIA bus to make CF transfers a quick and painless procedure."

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Monkey Island 4 Screens

posted: November 6, 2000 @ 3:42 EST by: ryan

GameSpy has just posted 10 new exclusive screens taken from the final version of Monkey Island 4.

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Annihilator 2 Ultra Review

posted: November 6, 2000 @ 3:41 EST by: ryan

Gamer's Depot has just posted up their review of the Creative Labs Annihilator 2 Ultra graphics card. Based on the GeForce2 Ultra, it is a very good performer, but is this performance worth the price?

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Asus AGP-V7700 GeForce2

posted: November 6, 2000 @ 3:40 EST by: ryan

Technoyard has posted up a review of the Asus AGP-V7700 GeForce2 GTS Deluxe. Here's a little taster for you guys:

"Asus's wickedest 3D monster of all time, with integated video digitizing,time shifting and kick-ass 3D performance; Introducing the AGP-V7700 Deluxe !!Check this baby out."

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ATi Radeon 64MB Review

posted: November 6, 2000 @ 6:25 EST by: ryan

PCinsight has posted their review of the ATi Radeon equipped with 64MB along with Video-in/Video-out capabilities. Here is a clip:

"Though aimed to take the NVIDIA GeForce 2 GTS head-on, the Radeon still lags behind by 434Mpixels/sec and approximately 500Mtexels/sec in terms of fill-rate. However, the area in which the Radeon excels in is its availability of memory bandwidth where the Radeon offers a staggering 5.9GB/sec of bandwidth as against 5.3GB/sec-- what the GeForce 2 GTS provides. As we have seen time and time again, at higher resolutions and colour depth, memory bandwidth requirements increase dramatically and is easily considered to be the most prominent restriction of high frame rates under the circumstances."

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Integrated Video/Audio Article

posted: November 6, 2000 @ 6:24 EST by: ryan

Well if you don't have enough money for a sound card and are flat busted when it comes to getting a video card, an integrated board may be just the ticket. (Most likely not, but you never know.) Also, if you build systems for relatives or friends (you don't like), then this is a sure thing. Hard|OCP posted up an article just on this subject.

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AOpen AX34 Pro II Review

posted: November 6, 2000 @ 6:22 EST by: ryan

The Tech Zone has posted a review of AOpen's AX34 Pro II motherboard. With its chrome chipset heatsink, this Socket 370 motherboard makes you want to "ooh" and "ahh" just at first glance. Its performance is great, able to take The Tech Zone's Celeron II 600 all the way to 1,008Mhz! And here's a quote:

"At first glance, you notice they WANT you to look at their mainboard, almost as a piece of artwork! Once you open the larger-than-usual mainboard box, you see that the mainboard isn't housed in your basic foam lined electrostatic bag. Rather, it's in it's own fitted plastic display case."

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Hedgehog 238-M Cooler

posted: November 6, 2000 @ 6:21 EST by: ryan

3D Spotlight has just posted a review of the Hedgehog 238-M cooler, as we all know this cooler comes with a heatsink made of pure copper.

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Prolink Winscan Scanner

posted: November 6, 2000 @ 6:20 EST by: ryan

HardwareZone has popped up a review of the Prolink Winscan Pro-SK42U flatbed scanner. Here's a quote:

"The output of the Prolink Winscan Pro-SK42U is sufficient for the budget-conscious home user, but if you are a digital photo enthusiast or a small business user, you may want to look elsewhere. At its low price of S$189, the Prolink Winscan Pro-SK42U flat-bed scanner exhibits ease-of-use along with speedy USB plug-and-play connectivity. It may not have as many features as other flat-bed scanners currently available, but it is sufficient as a basic no-holds-barred scanner."

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Via's Dual-Processor Chipset

posted: November 5, 2000 @ 8:11 EST by: ryan

x-bit lab has posted an article titled: "Dual-Processor Configurations On VIA Apollo Pro133A. In The Footsteps Of ABIT BP6". They tested one of the dual-CPU mainboards based on VIA Apollo Pro133A chipset: Gigabyte GA-6VXDC7. This chipset allowed mainboard manufacturers to develop inexpensive dual-processor boards with cool features.

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Colin McRae Rally 2.0

posted: November 5, 2000 @ 10:58 EST by: ryan

This weekend's preview on EuroGamer takes a hands-on look at a beta version of "Colin McRae Rally 2.0", the soon to be released PC version of the console hit.

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Duron Overclocking Guide

posted: November 5, 2000 @ 10:56 EST by: ryan

Hexus.net have posted a Duron overclocking writeup including how to unlock, what coolers are best and also what performance you will get.

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Acer 99sl 19" Monitor Review

posted: November 5, 2000 @ 10:54 EST by: ryan

Pcstats have a great little 4 page review of a 19" monitor by Acer. The 99sl makes working all day on the computer a lot easier than the older 17" standard. Quote:

"Resolution and picture quality with this monitor is first rate. We increased resolution to the max value of 1600x1200, but at only 65Hz flicker was slightly distracting - considering our typical monitor is set to 75Hz. Colour quality and pixel definition remained sharp and true throughout our tests with the contrast and brightness settings. Often poorer quality monitors oversaturate at high brightness settings and the pixels become washed out and blurred. The Acer 99sl had none of these problems."

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Brian Burke Interview

posted: November 4, 2000 @ 7:30 EST by: ryan

FiringSquad has just posted a new interview with NVIDIA's Brian Burke.

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SB Live Platinum 5.1 Review

posted: November 4, 2000 @ 7:29 EST by: ryan

Today Hardware Avenue have posted a review on the Creative Sound Blaster Live! Platinum 5.1 sound card. Preview:

"Sound cards. One of the only aspects of the pc that require years without upgrades. Once a good sound card, always a good sound card is the attitude of many average pc users. Introducing the newest addition to the already strong Sound Blaster Live! series, the Sound Blaster Live! Platinum 5.1. With the Sound Card market now totally under control by Creative Multimedia (especially since the purchase of Aureal), this sound card would seem to be a dud, but by the looks of things, Creative have pulled out a winner."

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Abit VH6 Review

posted: November 4, 2000 @ 7:28 EST by: ryan

The Tech Zone's weekend review is the VH6 motherboard from Abit. This is a Socket 370 motherboard using the VIA chipset. Designed for use with Intel Flip Chip CPUs, the VH6 offers a nice selection of bus speed, memory tweaks and on board sound.

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Voodoo4 4500 AGP Review

posted: November 4, 2000 @ 7:26 EST by: ryan

x-bit labs has posted 3dfx Voodoo4 4500 AGP Graphics Card review. This graphics card from 3dfx belongs to sub-$150 price category and represents one of the today's low-cost graphics solutions.

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Windows ME vs. BeOS 5PE

posted: November 4, 2000 @ 7:25 EST by: ryan

ReviewZone has just published a new article comparing Windows ME and BeOS 5PE.

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Brian Burke Nvidia Q&A

posted: November 3, 2000 @ 4:07 EST by: ryan

Gamer's Depot just slapped up the recent Q&A they did with Brian Burke, who used to work for 3dfx and is now working for NVIDIA. He talked about everything from his new job to what we can expect from NVIDIA at Comdex.

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Halcyon Sun Review

posted: November 3, 2000 @ 4:05 EST by: ryan

Today's EuroGamer review takes a look at "Halcyon Sun", the brand new episodic space combat game from Kuju and Freeloader.

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Aluminum Hard Drive Rack

posted: November 3, 2000 @ 4:03 EST by: ryan

Over at PCstats they have posted up a review of the Removable Aluminum Hard Drive Rack - the KF-21. Quoting:

"Naturally, their mobile nature makes pulling out that 'special' drive a snap. Whether this be for security reasons, for upgrade concerns, or because you need to move a lot of files between a series of computers is up to you. The ease, and convenience is what counts, and removable harddrive racks are where its at! Most of the hard drive racks we've seen in stores are rather shoddy, and when cooling a 7200RPM hard drive is concerned, fairly poor at best. So it was with some high expectations that we picked up this aluminum hard drive rack that came with an internal cooling fan."

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Thermaltake Super Orbs

posted: November 3, 2000 @ 4:01 EST by: ryan

Thermaltake's new Super Orbs just arrived over at nerdsbyte.com. The twin fan orb style socket-A CPU cooler is rated for CPU's up to 1.5 ghz. Nerdsbyte is running an introductory special offering them at only $19.99 and quantities are very limited.

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Microstar K7T Review

posted: November 3, 2000 @ 6:38 EST by: ryan

HardwareZone has posted up a review of the Microstar K7T Master Socket-A Motherboard. Here's a clip:

"The K7T Master is certainly a dream motherboard for all power users who seek performance and good features. The highly integrated board comes with built-in Firewire and Ultra160 SCSI that will help you get started with digital video editing right away. This high-end board is definitely not targeted at the gaming market and neither overclocking enthusiasts. It would be the board of my choice if it were to come with some great overclocking features. However, the K7T Master still exhibited excellent stability and performance. At an estimated retail price of about S$550, this board is certainly good value for your money."

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Win an AMD Duron

posted: November 3, 2000 @ 6:37 EST by: ryan

The Game Den and Game Hardware are giving away a 600 Mhz AMD Duron Processor (Overclockable to 1 Gig) to a lucky winner. That fortunate person will also be given a shiny new copy of Westwood Entertainment's real time strategy game "Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2!". Isn't life grand?

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Voodoo5 AGP Review

posted: November 3, 2000 @ 6:36 EST by: ryan

PCRoddin has posted up a review of the Voodoo5 AGP. Review burp, I mean blurb:

"The T&L issue is also something that I think needs and is being addressed by 3dfx for their future products. A T&L enhanced SLI configuration Voodoo card would kick some major ass. A quick search at the trusty site, pricewatch.com, reveals the Voodoo 5 5500 can be found for as low as $235 US dollars. This is kind of steep for my blood considering the performance."

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AMD Overclockers Combo

posted: November 2, 2000 @ 3:06 EST by: ryan

Overcolcked Cafe has put up a little review of the AMD overclockers combo from PCNut.

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Working At: Seagate Software

posted: November 2, 2000 @ 6:23 EST by: ryan

Ever wonder what its like to work in a high tech company? Are you one of those people thinking about moving towards a career in IT? The Game Den has kicked up an article on Seagate Software, and covers the working environment surrounding the company known for its hardware. Here's a clip of their article:

"To say that the work environment as Seagate Software is very relaxed and welcoming is a big understatement. There are no sick days at Seagate Software. If you are sick, then you don’t come in to work, simple as that. There are no scheduled breaks and lunch time is when you feel hungry. People do not wear suits and ties to work, they wear jeans and t-shirts, shorts and sweatshirts, and this includes the president of the company as well! At both Vancouver Offices, Seagate Software employees who find time within their busy schedules can work out at the corporate fitness facility or play fooseball, shoot pool or table tennis. Bring your own skewers and you can BBQ on the roof top deck, which overlooks downtown Vancouver. No food? No problem. The vending machines at Seagate Software are practically free and that doesn’t mean just pop and candy bars – it includes frozen dinners, Hagen Daaz ice cream bars and all the tea, hot chocolate and gourmet coffee you can drink. There is even a big screen television dedicated to Sony Playstation and Nintendo 64."

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AMK Lapkit Review

posted: November 2, 2000 @ 6:21 EST by: ryan

PC Extremes has posted up a review of the AMK Lapkit. Here's a clip:

"Everyone seems to be after that last MHz, the one that’s just on the edge between your system freezing and total stability. Let’s face it overclockers are trying to suck every last MHz out of their processor, how you accomplish it all depends on how badly you want it. Some choose just a simple fan and heatsink combo others choose bolder approaches that include Peltiers and Water Cooling. If you’re the type that uses a heatsink to cool of your CPU, then every product that will give you that extra edge is usually looked upon with interest. One such product is AMK Services Lap Kit, it’s uses the principles of Lapping to remove unevenness in your heatsink; thusly creating a better surface for heat transfer."

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Nike MP3 Player Review

posted: November 2, 2000 @ 6:20 EST by: ryan

NeoSeeker has posted their review of the Nike Personal Sport Audio Play 120 Review. This one sure is a great design, but does it sound as good as it looks? Have a read and find out. Here's a quote:

"The main draw of this unit has got to be its lightweight design and its slant towards the sports market. The unit is small, ergonomically designed, and very, very light – at 2.7 ounces it is almost feather light when clipped onto your belt or worn with the included armband. This means that during your crazy exercise sessions, you won’t have a heavy player that threatens to fly off from overly enthusiastic motions. The armband is a sweet little number, it wraps tightly around your arm, and has a rubber cup into which nestles the player."

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Yamaha CRW 8824IX Review

posted: November 2, 2000 @ 6:17 EST by: ryan

HardwareZone has just posted a review of the Yamaha CRW 8824IX. Here's a blurb from the review:

"The CRW8824IX, which wooed the storage crowd with its Firewire interfacing capabilities, was announced a few weeks back to complement the existing Enhanced IDE/ATAPI, SCSI-3 (Ultra SCSI) internal and external models (8824E, 8824S and 8824SX respectively). Naturally, our greater curiosity would be on how well the external drive performs on a Firewire interface compared to SCSI or IDE. The drive works on both Windows 98 SE/2000 and/or Macintosh OS 8.6/9 systems, where you'll need at least the FireWire software version 2.2.2. or later for it to work. Besides checking its compatibility with the OSes, we would also want to know if the drive works as well as the specs sheet claim. Of course, we'll give you a load of buzz on whether the drive is as user-friendly on Aheads Nero as compared to Adaptecs Easy CD Creator."

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Aopen AK72 Review

posted: November 2, 2000 @ 6:14 EST by: ryan

GlideUnderground has posted up a review of the Aopen AK72. Snippage:

"To take stock, let's look first at the expansion slots. The internals of the board allow users to hook up their hard drive, floppy drive, CD-ROM, and two other devices. In my case, I was fully covered already: I run 17 GB of H/D space in a 13GB and 4GB drive, one CD-ROM for normal use, an HP CDRW, and of course the floppy drive. The AGP slot went immediately to my Elsa Gladiac, a PCI slot to my LAN card and SB Live each, the ISA slot to my modem, and the AMR slot to my SB Live daughtercard (finally, a use for those silly AMR slots!). That left me with two PCI slots left; if I ever get a DVD decoder card or something else, I'll have the space."

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ASUS P4T P4 Mobo

posted: November 1, 2000 @ 8:37 EST by: ryan

x-bit labs has posted a news item on ASUS P4T mainboard for the upcoming Intel Pentium 4 CPU.

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