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November 17, 2001 - November 27, 2001

ALi MAGiK 1 Rev.C Chipset

posted: November 27, 2001 @ 6:30 EST by: ryan

X-bit labs has posted an article called "ALi MAGiK 1 Rev.C Chipset: Iwill XP333-R Mainboard Review". They reviewed the world's first mainboard based on the new revision C of ALi MAGiK 1 chipset - Iwill XP333-R. This Socket A solution will offer you excellent performance, support of the new ATA/133 interface, impressive stability and overclockability, and … DDR333 support?

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Abit KG7-RAID Review

posted: November 27, 2001 @ 6:29 EST by: ryan

Maximum3D has posted a review of the Abit KG7-RAID motherboard.

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Updated System Guides

posted: November 27, 2001 @ 6:28 EST by: ryan

ArsTechnica has updated their system guides.

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USB 2.0 Stuffs

posted: November 26, 2001 @ 8:25 EST by: ryan

USB 2.0 - Working Away At 480Mbps. PCSTATS:

"USB 2.0 operates at 480Mbps, about 40X times faster than USB 1.1 which currently works at a snails pace of just 12Mbps. For arguments sake, IEEE 1394 Firewire has transfer speeds of 400Mbps and has been around for a year or two now. Having had a taste of Firewire which has seen itself largely segmented to the digital video marketplace, USB2.0 is an exciting development. While there have been many devices launched under FireWire that enabled computers to have hard drives, CD-burners and similar devices located externally, the mainstream PC market never really seemed to embrace it - possibly due to the fact that it has become a standard on Mac computers."

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New DDR 333 Memory

posted: November 26, 2001 @ 8:24 EST by: ryan

OCZ. Technology group announces new
DDR 333 memory

Nampa, Idaho
November 26, 2001 - OCZ Technology Group announces the availability of OCZ performance series DDR 333. OCZ Performance series DDR 333 utilizes only the highest quality 6ns DDR DRAM chips.
"We are one of the first to release true DDR 333 memory", said Melvin Wong, VP Marketing. "We expect to continue our tradition of pushing the leading edge of technology".

OCZ DDR 333 is being offered under the performance series. You can find more information regarding the OCZ DDR 333 memory here. OCZ DDR 333 is available now through our U.S. and International resellers.

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Dragon Case Review

posted: November 26, 2001 @ 8:24 EST by: ryan

GiBTEK has posted up an article on a Dragon Case Review in the form of a Blow Hole MOD. Here's a snip:

"Work out where you want to place your fan filter. Mine was needed for a 120mm card cooler so the placement had to be relative to that. You may ask why use an 80mm rather than a 120mm well to be honest I've already fitted many 120mm and always thought an 80mm would do the job. Apart from that I already had one of these left over from an other Mod I'd been working on."

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Commandos 2 Review

posted: November 25, 2001 @ 9:21 EST by: ryan

T-Break has published a review of Commandos 2.

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Watercooling Buyer's Guide

posted: November 25, 2001 @ 9:19 EST by: ryan

ProCooling has written up a watercooling buyer's guide.

"Ok, A lot of people ask me for recommendations on water cooling gear. Partly because I've played with it a lot. Mostly because I have no life, and spend a lot of time keeping track of the latest developments in watercooling. So, I've compiled two lists to help people out with their watercooling."

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Mesh Rounded IDE Cables

posted: November 25, 2001 @ 9:18 EST by: ryan

MikHailTech has posted their review of the Mesh Rounded IDE/FDD Cables.

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ECS K7S5A Motherboard

posted: November 24, 2001 @ 10:50 EST by: ryan

OcPrices.com have just finished reviewing the SiS 735 based ECS K7S5A motherboard for socket A CPUs. Quote:

"SiS caused quite a big splash in the industry when they released their 735 chipset, with it besting better-known solutions from VIA and AMD in several benchmarks. A departure from the classic northbridge / southbridge design, the SiS controls all functions from a single chipset. This doesn’t mean features have been sacrificed however, since SiS735 is fully compliant to PC2001, provides an excellent communication solution in the form of integrated 10/100Mb Fast Ethernet, as well as a fast IDE controller that supports Ultra-DMA100. It provides a separate data path for the two IDE channels which eminently improves the performance under a multi-tasking environment."

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Optical Mouse Roundup

posted: November 24, 2001 @ 10:49 EST by: ryan

Dan'sData has checked out Microsoft's Wheel Mouse Optical and IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0, and pitted them both against Logitech's MouseMan Dual Optical.

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MSI 845Pro2-R Mobo Review

posted: November 24, 2001 @ 10:47 EST by: ryan

PCStats has posted up their review of the MSI 845Pro2-R Motherboard.

"I remember hearing a funny story from one particular video card manufacturer about their decision to go with a particular colour of PCB. As you might have noticed, just about every company has started to pick out their own distinctive shade of colour for the PCB that holds their motherboards or video cards together. In this case, the manufacturer was lamenting over the decision to move to an all red PCB design. The problem was they were concerned with how the workers in the manufacturing plant would deal with looking at red all day long, for weeks or months on end. According to a study they had seen, looking at red PCB for such a long period of time was liable to make some of the workers go insane. Seriously."

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Cheap Video Card Roundup

posted: November 24, 2001 @ 10:46 EST by: ryan

nVIDIA MX400 vs. ATI Radeon VE vs. ST Micro. Kryo II. Can you handle that?

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OCZ Octane Ti240 Preview

posted: November 23, 2001 @ 1:23 EST by: ryan

Tweaker's Asylum just finished up with their exclusive preview of the OCZ Octane Ti240 video card. This Ti200 based card comes with 4.0 ns DDR SDRAM!

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PSX to USB Bridge

posted: November 23, 2001 @ 1:21 EST by: ryan

EXHardware has posted up a new review! This time around, Silverhawk takes a look at the Rockfire PSX to USB Bridge which allows you to use your PSX controller with your PC! Great if you love running PS games via an emulator.

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Crucial 256MB SODIMMs

posted: November 23, 2001 @ 1:19 EST by: ryan

IANAG has posted up their review of Crucial 256MB SODIMMs.

"With RAM prices being so low today there is no reason to have less the 256MB in your system. Even for laptop memory you don't have to spend much to get a lot. Today I am looking at a 256MB SODIMM for laptops from Crucial."

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Happy Thanksgiving

posted: November 22, 2001 @ 4:43 EST by: ryan

This goes out to everybody here in the USA.

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SiS P4/DDR Chipset

posted: November 21, 2001 @ 7:01 EST by: ryan

T-Break has finished up taking a look at SiS' latest P4/DDR chipset supporting PC-2700 or DDR-333 memory. Here's a bti from the review:

"SiS opened quite a few eyes when they showed off their 735 solution for the AMD platform. It was the fastest chipset when it came out and by a good margin. Now SiS is entering the Intel P4 market and just like the 735 chipset, SiS is once again trying to kill two birds with one stone- by utilizing the SDR technology for value and the DDR instead of the expensive RAMBUS for performance. Different vendors will chose the different memory technologies, while some, like ECS will have both, SDR and DDR on one board.

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Comdex 2001 Parties

posted: November 21, 2001 @ 7:00 EST by: ryan

When most people think of Comdex, they think of computer hardware. However, Comdex is also famous for the wild parties companies put on every year. And this year was no exception. The Tech Zone puts on their party hats to bring you some of the best parties coverage at Comdex 2001. Check it out here.

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Tom Leufken Water Block

posted: November 21, 2001 @ 7:00 EST by: ryan

GideonTech.com got some pics on the new water blocks from Tom Leufken.

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Titan All Copper GPU

posted: November 21, 2001 @ 6:59 EST by: ryan

OverclockedCafe has posted up a review of another Titan product. This time it's the Titan all copper GPU cooler (it could double as a chipset cooler too). Here's a taster:

"As with the other Titan products that I've looked at, the fit and finish was of a very high caliber, the back of this heatsink is in fact mirror bright. The fan assembly drops right into the center of the heatsink and uses 3 very tiny Phillips screw to attach directly to the fins. 3 different clips are provided and because of the tight tolerances involved much trial and error "dry" assembly is required to insure that you are using the correct clip."

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ProLink PixelView GF2Ti

posted: November 20, 2001 @ 6:58 EST by: ryan

PCStats has posted up their review of the ProLink PixelView GF2Ti.

"Prolink is relatively unknown to North American consumers - they usually sell their products to OEM's rather then the general public. Their PixelView GF2 Ti is evidence that they're trying to gain a foothold on the retail market, and specifically the value area. The card is rather plain, while it does come with TV-Output capabilities (courtesy of Conexant's Bt869KRF chipset) it does sport Samsung 4ns RAM clocked at 440 MHz! That extra memory speed should give the PixelView the edge over it's competition."

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Inno3D GeForce3 Ti200

posted: November 20, 2001 @ 6:58 EST by: ryan

Tweaker's Asylum just finished putting up their review of the Inno3D Tornado GeForce3 Ti200. Here are some details:

With 5.0 ns DDR SDRAM slapped onto the Inno3D GeForce3 Ti200 you can be sure it's capable of doing some impressive overclocking! In the case of this particular Inno3D Tornado GeForce3 Ti200 I was able to get 475 MHz out of the memory and 220 MHz out of the core!

In case you haven't been paying attention that's faster than a brand spanking new GeForce3. Did I already mention this was at almost half the cost? Of course a similar Tornado GeForce3 Ti200 might not overclock as well, but this gives you a ballpark figure to play with.

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Unlocking the Athlon XP

posted: November 20, 2001 @ 6:57 EST by: ryan

It seems to be fashionable at the moment to do an unlocking guide as the advent of the XP has led to many people wondering the best way to unlock the new CPUs. ChillBlast felt that Intel's kiddy microscope would aid the cause, we then strapped a likely looking XP1900 to the bench and set to work.

"AMD have pulled a dirty trick on the overclocking world. They have made it harder to unlock their CPUs (the cads). So we have decided to knock up another guide, this time we will show you how to unlock the XP in a matter of minutes (ten to be exact). It is a simple task and provided you take a reasonable amount of care, the risks are extremely low."

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posted: November 20, 2001 @ 6:56 EST by: ryan

ViaHardware have posted their review on the ECS P4VXAS. This P4 based board may not be the pinnacle of performance, but if all you are looking for is a simple word processor and email machine, then this board may be something to look at.

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Overburning & Your CD-RW

posted: November 20, 2001 @ 6:55 EST by: ryan

HardwareZone has posted a user's guide titled "Overburning & Your CD-RW drive". Quote:

"When a recording program tells you the exact capacity of the disc, it's not including the area reserved for the lead-out. There's nothing magic about this reserved area though. With the right kind of setup -- and a willingness to accept write failures as a matter of course -- you can put data into the reserved area, and possibly into a few blocks past the end of it. This is often referred to as "overburning" a disc."

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Comdex 2001 Report

posted: November 19, 2001 @ 6:35 EST by: ryan

This was almost the Comdex that wasn't. The Tech Zone was all getting ready to head down to Las Vegas for a week of fun, hardware and those famous Comdex parties. Check it out here.

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CPU/Memory Watch Updated

posted: November 19, 2001 @ 6:34 EST by: ryan

SystemLogic.net has updated their CPU/Memory watch for this week. This week in processors we see retail Durons drop in price as well as OEM Athlon MP and retail Athlon XP's. In memory, DDR, PC133 and PC100 prices go up while Rambus prices continue to drop.

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RAM Sink Comparison

posted: November 19, 2001 @ 6:33 EST by: ryan

Today at G3D, they've done an good ole fashion shootdown between
two popular RAM Sinks: Tweak Monster RAM Sinks vs. Thermaltake RAM
Sinks. Who will triumph? Copper or Aluminum? How about some actual
performance numbers? Check out the article.

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VisionTek's XTasy Everything

posted: November 19, 2001 @ 6:32 EST by: ryan

Today's feature presentation at HotHardware.com, is VisionTek's XTasy Everything! What's drives DVDs, TV, 3D, Time Shifts, Slices, Dices and even makes Margaritas? You guessed it, that funny little GeForce2MX 400 bolted up to that whacky translucent green nVidia Personal Cinema Break Out Box!

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Wireless Optical Mice

posted: November 19, 2001 @ 6:30 EST by: ryan

A great comparison between Logitech and Microsoft Wireless/Optical Mice has been posted over at 3daccelerated. Here is a snippet:

“Let's face it. A mouse is one of the most important instruments of your computer, and if you don't have a good one, you're missing out. Without a good mouse, you're in for a bad computing experience. If you're mouse gets cluttered up with nasty dust every time you use it, then you don't have a good mouse. If it skips, and makes you frustrated because the mouse pointer doesn't let you click what you want, then you have a bad mouse.”

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Microsoft Office Keyboard

posted: November 17, 2001 @ 11:34 EST by: ryan

AcidHardware have just posted their review of the Microsoft Office Keyboard. This keyboard has many cool features such as a scroll wheel, application rocker switch, Microsoft Office hot keys and many more programmable functions. Is it worth spending $US64.95 on? Here's a quote:

"This would have to be the largest keyboard I have ever seen, with dimensions of 50cm x 25cm x 2.5cm. Due to the fact that my computer desk features a slide out tray for the keyboard and mouse, the office keyboard would not fit on the tray next to my rather large Everglide Giganta mouse pad. Even with the mouse pad removed, there was still very little room to move the mouse around. Many of you will not be bothered by such a large keyboard, but it is still worth taking into consideration before going out and purchasing it. Although the Office Keyboard is USB, Microsoft supply a converter for those of you that require PS/2.""

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ThermalRight CB-6L Review

posted: November 17, 2001 @ 11:33 EST by: ryan

M:6 has another review done on another ThermalRight HSF – CB-6L.

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Iwill XP333-R Mainboard Review

posted: November 17, 2001 @ 11:32 EST by: ryan

OcPrices.com have just finished reviewing Iwill's XP333-R motherboard. Quote:

"Iwill is one of the most innovative motherboard manufacturers out there, and are usually quick off the mark with new technologies, but I don't think any company in recent years has managed to cram so many new features into a new board at the same time. The XP333-R is based on the latest revised ALi MAGiK 1 chipset (C version) which promises improved performance and stability across the board (no pun intended). New technologies supported by the Iwill are ATA-133, which improves the maximum peak-transfer rate of supported hard disks. Excitingly, the on-board HighPoint HPT372 IDE-RAID chip is also compatible with the ATA133 standard allowing (in theory) obscenely fast hard disk access. The other technology, from which the board gets its name, is that it supports DDR333 modules."

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Athlon XP on 183MHz FSB

posted: November 17, 2001 @ 11:32 EST by: ryan

IANAG has posted screen shots of WCPUID, and Sandra Mem Scores of my Athlon XP running with a 182MHz bus. Wow, but I think there are people who have gotten higher than this.

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