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News Archives for January 2006

News: Site Update

Posted: January 8, 2006 @ time: 03:46PM
Author: Bosco

As most of you know by now we have been having issues with some of the scripts and such on the site not working. Such as reviews, News, and Folding@home have all be down. Well good news some of them have been fixed as you can tell by now I am posting news so that means the news will start to be updated again. I have updated the Case Gallery earlier today and the Folding@home script is being looked at right now. So with that being said we should be back to normal with a week or two and back on track. The new forums will hopefully be completed and uploaded by the end of this coming weekend. If you have any questions please let me know.


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Review: Thermaltake ToughPower 550w PSU

Posted: January 9, 2006 @ time: 07:22PM
Author: Bosco

Overclocker Cafe - Keeping it simple is always a good plan. Thermaltake has done this with the ToughPower 550w PSU. Bringing features to the table that would please anyone while keeping the extras to a minimum (ergo price) Thermaltake appears to have a product on their hands that makes everyone happy from a perspective of raw power, usable features and near silent operation.


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Review: COOL by Corsair

Posted: January 9, 2006 @ time: 07:32PM
Author: Bosco

Overclockers Online - While watercooling is not a common way of cooling your PC, with today's Socket 939 Opteron processors and dual core processors that tend to be smoking hot, you can expect more people will be buying watercooling kits like this. This entry kit will serve many people well, especially since it costs much less than some of the equipment offered by Asetek or Swiftech. By selecting Corsair, you not only get a chance to match the blinging LED memory modules, but you get a name enthusiasts trust.


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Review: AMD Athlon64 FX-60

Posted: January 9, 2006 @ time: 07:37PM
Author: Bosco

Tbreak - We didnt have much luck overclocking the sample we received and the max we could get it up to was 2.8GHz. While the system reached Windows at 2.85GHz, we could not get it to complete any benchmark- even with additional voltage which sort-of gives us an indication on why AMD didn?t release this CPU at a higher speed.


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Review: 120mm Fan Roundup

Posted: January 9, 2006 @ time: 07:41PM
Author: Bosco

Madshrimps - We test 6 different fans from Titan, Acousti, Arctic Cooling, Coolink, Antec and Papst. Using a Scythe Ninja in a closed case we're set to find out which fan will act as the best heat exhaust.


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Review: OCZ PC2-4200 1GB Gold GX XTC

Posted: January 9, 2006 @ time: 07:44PM
Author: Bosco

Phoronix
- Back on the first of this year, we had OCZ Technology's EL PC-4000 2GB Gold GX XTC in our penguin testing labs, and overall it fared quite well along with being accompanied by the new Xtreme Thermal Convection heatspreader. Now a week later, we are back with more GX XTC testing but now we have their recently released DDR2 modules. How do these new PC2-4200 modules perform? Well we had no troubles pushing them past DDR2-736MHz with the default being 533MHz.


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Review: Arctic Cooling fans

Posted: January 9, 2006 @ time: 07:48PM
Author: Bosco

Driver Heaven - Both fans are virtually identical, except for the size of course. But they are different to the "average" cooling fan you will have seen. First of all, the fans have no actual frame. The only part of the frame that exists is the front section, where the fan comes in contact with the mounting surface. The cables of the fans are entirely sleeved and the connectors are black. The fan motor is held in place by four plastic legs, which are reinforced by two plastic rings."


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Review: Zalman Fatal1ty FS-V7 Graphics Card Cooler

Posted: January 9, 2006 @ time: 07:57PM
Author: Bosco

Tweaknews - With great looks and excellent performance, this cooler would be an asset to most any compatible graphics board out there. Installation was a snap thanks to Zalman's online installation guides and compatibility charts, and the Fatal1ty's noise-to-cooling ratio is very good."


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Review: Cooling Overview

Posted: January 9, 2006 @ time: 08:02PM
Author: Bosco

Frostytech - This article is a follow-up to the 2004 issue which looked at all the latest heatsinks and cooling systems from that period. Since this 2005 synopsis is mostly an examination of heatsinks shot at recent trade shows, we'll jump right into the mix. In the following pages we'll look at innovative heatsinks by Thermalright, Thermal Integration, Aerocool, Coolermaster, Aopen, Asus, Evercool, Foxconn, Gigabyte, Global Cooler, Glacialtech, Jetart, Kingcooler, Lexsys, Thermaltake, Vantec, Zalman and a few others. The first company on that list, recently showcased a variety of prototypes at a recent trade show FrostyTech attended.


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Review: Cooltek Hurricane Laser Mouse

Posted: January 9, 2006 @ time: 08:05PM
Author: Bosco

NGOHQ - Today we are going to test the new Accelero X2 VGA Cooler from Arctic Cooling. We will find out how the first GPU cooler with heat pipes technology performs. As I previously mentioned this product is intended for the new ATi RADEON X1800 series. In case you didn't know, the RADEON X1800's stock heat sink/fan is quite loud, especially at full speed or in use with Crossfire. It should be pretty interesting to see a VGA cooling solution with six heat pipes at work.


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Review: PowerColor X1600 XT & X1300 PRO

Posted: January 9, 2006 @ time: 08:10PM
Author: Bosco

Bjorn3D - Today I have less expensive parts to test for both middle and low-end sectors of the market. They are PowerColor X1600 XT and X1300 PRO. The first card is based around RV530 core. There should be a lot of different SKUs mainly because ATI allows for handful of configurations ie. memory size and type. As far as memory bus is concerned, it features two 128-bit rings which is essentially a 128-bit architecture (ATI calls it 256, but that's obviously wrong). It comes with 4 pixel pipelines, 12 pixel shader units and 5 vertex pipelines -- not a standard 1:1 configuration. The X1300 PRO sample came in a non PRO box though based on real specifications I can assure you it's a real PRO model (just not final retail product). This baby is
equipped with 4 pixel pipelines, 4 pixel shader units and 2 vertex pipelines (1 to 1 ratio, just like R520). As with X1600 XT it's also a 128-bit offering and should be available in many different configurations.


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Review: ATI Radeon X1800 XT CrossFire Evaluation

Posted: January 9, 2006 @ time: 08:12PM
Author: Bosco

HardOCP - The bottom line is that the Radeon X1800 XT is still playing catch up on the single card front with a single GeForce 7800 GTX 512. But since the GeForce 7800 GTX 512 is so scarce right now, that point may be moot. We have seen now what an X1800 XT CrossFire platform can do and it does hold its own well against the fastest GPUs that NVIDIA has to offer. It is playing catch up some, but it is catching up. In a few cases, CrossFire is winning.


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Review: ATI PowerPlay Benchmarked

Posted: January 9, 2006 @ time: 08:14PM
Author: Bosco

Phoronix News - Introduced in ATI's v8.19.10 proprietary display drivers for their RADEON series was support for PowerPlay. For the uninitiated, ATI's PowerPlay allows the user to specify various "power-states", or rather various frequencies and voltages at which the card can operate. The purpose for these various performance levels is ultimately to allow mobile users to save on battery life through running at reduced speeds
when not performing strenuous 3D tasks.


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Review: Super Flower Digi-Master Fanbus

Posted: January 9, 2006 @ time: 08:16PM
Author: Bosco

Pimprig - Now Super-Flower looks to follow the Fan Master with?..Drumroll please?. The Digi Master. The Digi Master is a separate system monitoring device that allows monitoring of up to 3 fans and 3 temp probes, but they didn't stop there. The display shows the activity of more items than Zennzzo can fry CPUs in a week. Let's take a look at what Super-Flower has to show off this time around.


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Review: AMD Athlon64 FX-60 Dual Core Processor Review

Posted: January 10, 2006 @ time: 08:54AM
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pcstats -In house testing between an AMD Athlon64 FX-60 and Intel Pentium D 840 based system
illustrate the decreased power consumption of a FX-60, about 40W less power at idle
and about 45W at full load. Looking at total system power draw, with both cores
stressed, the AMD Athlon64 FX-60 system draws comparably less power than the
equivalent Intel PC under the same conditions.


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Review: FX-60

Posted: January 10, 2006 @ time: 09:33AM
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Neoseeker.com - The business benchmarks were dominated by the overclocked FX-60, and the stock FX-60 was only slightly slower than a highly overclocked 4000+. Raw processing power, as shown by the Sandra CPU and Cinebench benchmarks was outstanding; and memory bandwidth was quite good given the limitations of the maximum memory bandwidth reachable on our testbed - a whopping 285MHz.


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Tech News: ATI Promises Hard Launch with R580

Posted: January 10, 2006 @ time: 08:52PM
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CoolTechZone.com - ATI has received well deserved criticism with its current line of GPUs, and while ATI did its best to avoid paper launches, the company just couldn't keep up due to known and unknown circumstances, however, ATI promises to change that with its R580 launch.


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Tech News: Intel Plans to Update Core Duo in Few Months

Posted: January 10, 2006 @ time: 08:57PM
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CoolTechZone - As many of us know, Intel launched its Core Duo mobile platform at the Consumer Electronics Show 2006 earlier this year. While Intel's partners were excited about launching their notebook products equipped with the new platform, Intel was busy making plans to revise the platform in the upcoming months to increase its overall performance.


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Review: DFI NF4 SLI Infinity motherboard

Posted: January 11, 2006 @ time: 10:32AM
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Pro-Clockers - Everyone knows that DFi is the king of the hill when it comes to AMD 64 overclocking. There is no other motherboard out there that offers you the controls over the voltages and timings. When DFi brought the LanParty line of boards to the market, it offered all the goodies that would make the inside of your case look as good as it would run. But some of us enthusiasts don't need all that added flare, so DFI gave us the Infinity line.


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Review: P5N32-SLI Motherboard - 955X vs. nForce4 IE x16

Posted: January 11, 2006 @ time: 10:43AM
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TweakTown - With all these features you would expect us to get a good amount of
overclocking out of this board, you are not wrong here. We raised the CPU voltage to
1.5v, Memory to 2.2v, FSB term voltage to max, NB and SB voltages at 1.5v, PCI Express locked to 100, Hyper Transport links at 1000MHz and 16bit connection we managed to hit a FSB of over 361MHz - a record for any Intel Pentium 4 board we have tested so far. We also kept the memory locked at 800MHz DDR to eliminate any memory limitations which is easy through the asynchronous nature of the nVidia chipset.


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Tech News: New Wi-Fi standard back on track

Posted: January 11, 2006 @ time: 10:51AM
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CNET News.com - A revised draft of the specification known as 802.11n is expected to be introduced at the task group's meeting next week in Hawaii, and it's expected to get the required 75 percent approval vote to make it an official standards draft.


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Review: Thermaltake Blue Orb II

Posted: January 11, 2006 @ time: 08:30PM
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Overclockers Online - The Blue Orb II is a spectacular heatsink.... It managed to give the Thermalright XP-120 some tough competition and, in some cases, even performed better! Though the heatsink is not exactly quiet, it is bearable and most of the noise is the swooshing of air. Not only does this heatsink perform well, it also looks great! It is the Blue fins, and not obtrusive LED fan that makes the heatsink stand out! Overall, this heatsink is truly remarkable and is priced much lower than its competitors.


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Tech News: Microsoft's CES Keynote - A High-Definition Future

Posted: January 11, 2006 @ time: 08:44PM
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ThinkComputers.org - Microsoft has been on the leading forefront of advancing technology, and the Consumer Electronics Show is one place they have consistently showed an intriguing outlook on what the future could hold. The Microsoft pre-show keynote at CES 2006 covered lots of ground ranging from breaking new technologies to giving us a glimpse of what the Bill Gates future with Microsoft could look like. Although we were given a fairly exquisite look at all the latest offerings from Microsoft, the keynote was not as an exciting adventure in never-before-heard announcements as one might expect.


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Review: Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 500GB

Posted: January 12, 2006 @ time: 07:00AM
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Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 500GB - Today, once again we take a look at one of the biggest hard drives currently out there, the Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 500GB. The model is the ST3500641AS, it is a Serial ATA II drive with 16MB of cache, 7200 RPM, four 125GB platters, 8.5ms seek time, and of course, Native Command Queuing. If you are still unaware of what NCQ is exactly we will go over it briefly on the next page. Otherwise, you can skip to page three and let's get going and take a look at this mammoth of a drive.


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Review: Crucial Value PC3200 1GB Memory Kit

Posted: January 12, 2006 @ time: 10:00AM
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3DXtreme - Today 3DXtreme has the great pleasure of reviewing a memory product from Crucial in their value lineup, a 1GB kit of PC3200. Crucial has always been among the leaders in the memory business and it's always nice to have a full range of products from the enthusiast to the budget minded individual. Our review kit takes a little bit of a turn from the typical memory module design than most people are used to. Let's see how well they do against some other value modules out there.


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Article: BIOS Optimization Guide

Posted: January 12, 2006 @ time: 11:28AM
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rojakpot.com - I am happy to announce that we have just posted 3 new BIOS options for both the full BIOS Optimization Guide and also the FREE BIOS Optimization Guide!

This will bring the FREE BIOS Optimization Guide Rev. 8.7.3 to more than
320 BIOS features!

This release features these 3 new BIOS features :-

- PEG Force X1
- Quiet Boot
- Small Logo (EPA) Show


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Review: Sunbeamtech Silent Storm ATX Case

Posted: January 12, 2006 @ time: 05:14PM
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Bigbruin.com - If you are looking for a case that is not meant to be seen or heard, the Sunbeamtech Silent Storm is a great option! It has a very plain look to it, but has the added benefit of being silent, while keeping your gear cool. The extra fan bracket will give you an extra 120mm fan inside your case to help improve airflow and your case temperatures, without increasing the noise level.


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Review: Vantec NexStar3 Enclosure

Posted: January 12, 2006 @ time: 07:55PM
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techgage.com - We all know that keeping our components cool is the best way to prolong their life, and our Hard Drives are certainly no different. Vantec is offering us a great looking solution for our external drives that grants us great speed and enough class to satisfy anyone.


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Review: VoyeurMods PC Ice Coolant

Posted: January 12, 2006 @ time: 08:01PM
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GruntvillE.com - Previously you could find water-replacements and add-ins that would help with lubrication or corrosion, or even cooling. However, many of them are conductive, meaning that a leak in a system with them is just as dangerous as one in a pure water system.. Needless to say I was very interested to see if the PC Ice lived up to these claims.


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Article: The X1800 is extremely overclocking friendly

Posted: January 12, 2006 @ time: 08:08PM
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NGOHQ - ATi has finally made the leap and given overclockers a reason to celebrate. In their new RADEON X1800 series they have given us the ability to modify the GPU/DDR voltages without using a voltage mod. Unfortunately, this useful feature never screamed out enough to the users like it deserved to be, until now.


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Tech News: Merom makes appearance on Intel roadmaps

Posted: January 12, 2006 @ time: 08:38PM
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theinquirer.net - THE LATEST ROADMAPS weve seen from Intel show that its next generation processor, the Merom, is on target for a launch in the second half of this year.


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Review: Gigabyte Radeon X1800 XL 256MB

Posted: January 13, 2006 @ time: 02:02PM
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HardwareZoom - Both X1800 and X800 are top-end models equipped with 16 pixel-pipelines and 256-bit memory bus. From our benchmark results, the new X1800 series has a significant increase in performance over the X800, especially at higher resolution with FSAA.


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Review: Cooler Master Stacker CM 830

Posted: January 13, 2006 @ time: 02:06PM
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EOC - Always striving for perfection, Cooler Master has released a new model in their Stacker line of PC chassis. The CM Stacker 830 represents a revolutionary leap in innovation and style, making a bold and fresh departure from the more traditional case styles that all seem to be the same design rehashed over and over. Cooler Master has created what looks like something from the realm of science fiction, the smooth brushed aluminum panels combined with large black mesh grills give the Stacker 830 a clean and futuristic feel.


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Review: Tt Bach HTPC Case Review

Posted: January 13, 2006 @ time: 02:11PM
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Overclocker Cafe - With everything connected and powered up, the Bach walks that thin line between being conservative and being gaudy very well. The blue LED effects are visible but not overpowering. The VFD with the software installed allows the VFD to cycle through world news, weather, system usage, e-mail alerts and quite a bit more.


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Review: Tt Bigwater 745 H2O Kit

Posted: January 13, 2006 @ time: 02:15PM
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Overclocker Cafe - The Thermaltake BigWater 745s best point is also its weakest. Effectively having triple the capacity of a standard 120mm radiator, the BigWater 745 offers fantastic performance and I applaud Thermaltake for releasing a kit that represents the extreme! The downside to this is mounting space.


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Review: The Attractive Raptor X

Posted: January 13, 2006 @ time: 06:56PM
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CoolTechZone.com - If youve read our recently published report from CES in regards to the storage industry, you will realize that 2006 appears to be a dull year for hard drives. But what has me intrigued is Western Digitals attempt to favor the enthusiast community with its newly announced Raptor X drive that features a window, so you can see live platters, read and write heads and the actuator arm moving crazily.


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Review: Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2

Posted: January 13, 2006 @ time: 06:59PM
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Overclockers Online - What else is left to say? I think this is seriously the best Intel motherboard Ive used in years now. I think a lot of the benefit comes from nVidias nForce4 chipset, but if youve ever used any variant of nVidias chipsets youll feel very comfortable knowing that the same quality and direction towards the enthusiast is still there.


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Review: Mozilla Thunderbird v1.5

Posted: January 14, 2006 @ time: 07:38PM
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Phoronix - While Mozilla Firefox 1.5 had made its debut back on November 29 of 2005, Thunderbird wasnt released until January 12 of this year. However, packed into Thunderbird, Mozillas flagship mail client, is an array of improvements in a multitude of areas. Now implemented in v1.5 is streamlined and automated updates. improved spam control and security, enhanced RSS and Podcasting abilities, phising detector, Kerberos Authentication, and spell check as you type. Mozilla Thunderbird v1.5 is very much worth the download.


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Article: WiMax vs WiFi Article

Posted: January 16, 2006 @ time: 12:42AM
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Techware Labs - WiMax is new wireless networking standard that will provide non-line of sight wireless coverage up to 30 miles. This article explains how this new technology affects other wireless technologies like cellular phones and WiFI.


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Review: An Introduction to Cooler Master's BTX Form Factor Cases

Posted: January 16, 2006 @ time: 12:48AM
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BTXFormFactor.com - Since its release very few manufacturers have taken advantage of BTX and a majority of the newly released chassis designs still cater to the ATX format. Cooler Master has developed a significant reputation in the consumer market by providing a wide selection of cases that cover desktop and full tower case requirements. Here they come, the Cooler Master BTX family: Centurion B540, Centurion B541, CM Media BTX-B260, and CM Stacker 820.


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Review: Corepad Magna Glass Mouse Pad

Posted: January 16, 2006 @ time: 12:54AM
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The TechZone - The Corepad Magna can be purchased for as low as $23.99 over at Newegg. Upon opening the box, you will find the Corepad Magna (Grey), a rubber base, and Corepad Skatez (a strip of teflon tape). In addition to these items, the Corepad manufacturers were kind enough to send over 4 sets of the pro version of the Skatez (not included in retail product). These are custom cut feet that will replace the existing mouse feet. Each set is specifically cut for a particular mouse. The mice supported are: Logitech MX500, MX510, MX518, MX700, MX900, Logitech G5 & G7, Logitech MX1000, and the Razer Diamondback.


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Review: Zalman VF700-Cu LED

Posted: January 16, 2006 @ time: 02:24PM
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Pureoverclock.com - The build quality is simply first rate. The base is lapped to a fine finish and there simply isnt a rough edge in site. If you like aesthetics, this is the cooler for you. If you think of Arctic Coolings approach, this is the opposite. Finesse is the name of the game here.


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Review: Ideazon ZBoard Customizable Gaming Keyboard

Posted: January 17, 2006 @ time: 12:35AM
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Tweaknews.net - Ideazon has a great idea here, and one that has held up well since its introduction. The Gaming Keyset supports a surprisingly large number of games, and keymaps are easily accessible from the menu. Well over 50 games are supported, including not only oldies-but-goodies such as Leisure Suit Larry, but also new titles such as F.E.A.R.


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Review: MSI RD480 motherboard

Posted: January 17, 2006 @ time: 12:37AM
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Pro-Clockers - MSI is one of those companies that has and will always have a place in the gaming and enthusiasts community. Time and time again they have released a great product, whether it is a motherboard or a video card. Today, we take a look at their newest motherboard, which is based in the ATI XFire chipset, the RD480-FI.


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Article: NVIDIA nForce4 SLI XE and nForce4 Ultra Technology Report

Posted: January 17, 2006 @ time: 02:48PM
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rojakpot.com - NVIDIA has just launched two new chipsets for the Intel platform. Lets take a look at the new nForce4 SLI XE and nForce4 Ultra chipsets and see whats so special about them!


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Review: Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal Motherboard

Posted: January 17, 2006 @ time: 02:51PM
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- Rare jewels (diamond), precious metals (platinum), positions of distinction (royal)... all of these are common themes used by manufacturers to distinguish its flagship products from the rest of the pack. For Gigabyte, the theme is royalty, and the board to most recently grace our labs is the GA-8I955X Royal.


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Tech News: Microsoft: XP SP3 won't arrive until '07

Posted: January 17, 2006 @ time: 03:46PM
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CNET News.com - The software maker is putting more priority on Windows Vista, which is slated for release later this year.


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Review: Antec P180 Computer Case

Posted: January 17, 2006 @ time: 10:58PM
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XYZ Computing - The Antec P180 ended up having the specs and pricetag I wanted, all in a package that was hailed as a nearly silent PC case. Even more importantly Ive been in love with the functionality of Antec for years, but this is the first case whose looks actually made me turn my head. In doing my background research it all seemed overwhelmingly positive except for a few dissenters grumbling about the necessary power supply cable length and flimsy front panels. The semi-minimalist look suited my needs exactly, but the case would be tried and tested based upon the noise it produced- my studio apartment is the epitome of close quarters.


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Review: Thermalright V-1 Ultra VGA Cooler

Posted: January 18, 2006 @ time: 01:23AM
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ThinkComputers.org - Thermalright is well known in overclocking and enthusiast circles. The name Thermalright or the name of one of its products always comes up when someone asks for a CPU cooler recommendation. Thermalright recently came out with the V-1 VGA cooler, and it got rave reviews in the hardware community. Now Thermalright has tried to improve on that success with the introduction of the V-1 Ultra VGA cooler. Today I have it for review.


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Review: Titan Robela WaterCase (TWC-A88/AS)

Posted: January 18, 2006 @ time: 12:05PM
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Virtual-Hideout - The Radiator is the largest Ive seen on a stock water cooling case, in fact there are very few modders who have bigger. They had to put on this nice little sticker that says "Warranty void if removed". Right, how mean can they get, now I HAVE to remove it.


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