Archives - News,
23rd December 2003 - David
P4S800D-E SiS 655TX
roundup @ NordicHardware
FX Game Pad @ ASE Labs
Closed Doors @ Corsair Memory, Inc. @ Legit Reviews
Asylum GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 256MB @ Bjorn3D
Spectrum Fan Card @ FastLaneHW
Super Tornado 400w @ FastLaneHW
GeForce FX5700 Ultra @ TechConnect
NX-4000 PSU Review @ Xtreme Tek
Waterchill @ AMDZone
9800XT @ The Tech Zone
For IPod 3G @ EnvyNews
128MB MP3 Player @ ModSynergy.com
V5 Digital Media Mini PC @ BigBruin
Spode's Abode: Graphics
Card Overclocking - Worth It?
All-InWonder 9600 PRO @ Beyond3D
KT600 Dragon Ultra Platinum @ Tweaktown
4D Mousing Surface @ 3Dvelocity
SoundPad @ DVHardware
Deep Impact DP-102 @ Viper Lair
Infinity 875 @ MetkuMods
By Night - Modding the ThermalTake by ACRyan @ Madshrimps
Cooldrive 4 @ DataFuse
9800 XT vs. Gainward FX 5950U -> K-Hardware
15th December 2003 - David
Briefcase: James Bond Styling, Maximum Mojo
BC, CANADA -- Touted as one of the most innovative PC enclosures
to hit the consumer market this year, The Upgrade Path Inc.'s new
ClearPC® Briefcase is set to alter our concept of portable computers.
What is the ClearPC® Briefcase? Answer: An all-clear acrylic
computer case modeled after James Bond's attaché, or so Franjo
Goluza, manufacture of ClearPC® ( www.clearpc.ca ) computer
cases and owner of The Upgrade Path Inc. would have you believe.
thing is James. It's portable, low-profile and James-Bondian in
its styling: the modding possibilities are endless. Even LCD displays
take on a completely new meaning in this case."
ClearPC® Briefcase is the first commercially produced computer
enclosure of its kind. That's not surprising from a company that
is consistently at the forefront in enclosure design, producing
unique PC cases and modified acrylic products.
says, "Primarily, I wanted a case I could take to a LAN gaming
event that was portable, small and cool looking, but modeled on
the Full-ATX specification. Only benchmark-mark breaking main boards,
FPS smashing video cards, coupled with gigawads of DDR and a high
end Full-ATX power supply is going to get you the big numbers and
you can have it all in a really tight portable package."
Briefcase is an excuse to have fun. It's meant for gaming. What's
different about this case from all of the others ClearPC® produces?
Well, it has the smallest footprint than any other Full-ATX computer
enclosure ClearPC® makes, measuring just 61/4W x 14 1/4H x 18
1/2"L. It features Full-ATX and Micro-ATX motherboard compatibility,
but has a Full-ATX power supply opening, 2 CDROMs, 2 hard drives
and no floppy drive opening. A nice touch: the attention to detail
is superb right down to the low profile 3/8" thick clear handle
spanning the top of the case.
Features: Full-ATX power, 120mm side cooling fan, CPU Venting, contoured
3/8" thick heavy duty handle, 2 x CDROM, 2 x HDD, small, portable
footprint, fully-rounded thermoformed cast body utilizing only 2
thumbscrews in its structure, very clean, first acrylic gaming briefcase
in the world, compatible for Quiet PC.
insertion of a mainboard is seamless utilizing a set of 9 standoffs.
Securing the main board is as simple as fastening down 6-9 of the
provided machine screws.
Briefcase is the start of a string of new enclosures and select
acrylic satellite products from ClearPC® which will be offered
exclusively via the company's web site.
Briefcase is $139 USD. Worldwide shipping is available.
Franjo says, "Briefcase is a long time coming: I made one out
of metal a few years back and naturally, I wanted something in clear
acrylic. The enthusiasts, my friends included, are excited. ClearPC®
Briefcase is a departure from the norm. That is what I want to offer
my customers in the future: they don't want what everyone else has
got. All of our up and coming enclosures will reflect that idea."
Briefcase is certainly going to turn some heads this year, but worldwide
availability for this one of a kind enclosure might be tight. Get
one while you can.
15th December 2003 - David
answering the call for an unrivalled thermal solution for Socket
Inc., a world leading company of CPU thermal solutions, proudly
introduces the SP-97, the newest member to its formidable SP line
of heat sinks.
minor adjustments on Heatpipe angles to ease customers with installation,
a brand new base plate design to provide shortest passage for thermal
energy dissipated by socket A CPU, and 3 large heatpipes, the SP-97
has improved thermal performance when used with low speed fans (90/92mm
* 25 mm, 1500 RPM) for most silent demanding PC users and outrageous
cooling capability of 130W when coupled with the Delta FFB0912EHE
for those trying to squeeze out every last bit of performance from
their system. No other heatsink manufacture has yet produced a HSF
that possesses these extreme characteristics in the same package.
Again, engineers at Thermalright prove that in pursue of silent
computing, one can also enjoy powerful computers without worry.
Thermalright patented stepping fin design to accommodate a vast
selection of fans to each user’s unique need, smart thin wire
fan clips to reduce unwanted airflow disturbance, new coating technique
to provide better corrosion resistance and Thermalright’s
unrivalled reputation as THE dominate air-cooling performer, SP-97,
as its older brother SP-94, will again show PC enthusiasts around
the world how air-cooling should be done.
15th December 2003 - David
through the month, Christmas is nigh, and so is a new year. Whoop-dee-do.
In the meantime, here's the news.
1.7.33 @ 3DCenter.de
160GB External Hard Drive @ ClubOC
decoded @ DansData
PC Modding Kit @ SystemCooling
Water Block Mod @ EnvyNews
Sleeving Kit @ MHW
MP3 Digital Audio Computer @ A True Review
9600 XT vs. Gainward FX 5700U -> K-Hardware
Spectrum Fan Card @ MODTHEBOX
Tech 24x Combi Slim USB2.0 @ EnvyNews
Infinity Nf2Ultra @ Rbmods
eighty @ DansData
512MB Low Latency PC3200 TwinX @ Rojakpot
Master Aerogate II & Musketeer - in Black @ SystemCooling
Spode's Abode: DX9
Graphics Card Round Up
MCX159 Northbridge Cooler @ DVHardware
Super Tornado 400W Power Supply @ PCStats
Extreme Volcano 12 @ PCtechZone
Gladiator 2 Heatsink/Fan @ NextGen Electronics
Musketeer @ 3dXtreme
Xpider Gaming Bomb Case @ GruntvillE.com
PimpRig Review // Antec
DRW4410 4x DVD+R/+RW Drive @ Legit Reviews
Dock SATA Removable HD Enclosures @ SystemCooling
:: BiT-news :: Logitech
Z2200 2.1 THX Speakers
M7NCD Ultra @ AMDZone
IcyDock MB911APGF Internal IDE Harddrive Rack @ Tweaknews
Way MP3 Player Roundup at The Tech Zone
Radeon 9600 Pro 128MB @ EnvyNews
Heatsink Shootout @ OCIA
Asylum GeForce FX 5700 Ultra @ HotHardware
Universal SF Water Blocks @ Viper Lair
CS7250 Red Extra Midtower @ A True Review
Xspider @ PCAbusers
Radeon 9600 XT 256 MB @ LanAddict
Whisper Rock IV Heat Sink @ OCC
12th December 2003 - David
a pile o' news that came in the past couple of days.
SLK-800U and SLK-900U @ DansData
Wax @ BitBenderTech
Power and Cooling Turbo-Cool 510 Deluxe @ FastLaneHW
PurePower 480w PSU @ FastLaneHW
SL-K8AN-RL nForce3 150 @ PCStats
PCA Reviews DynaPower
Spiden 99-B Case
e.SATA Kit v3.0 – External SATA Storage @ Tweaktown
SLCentral - PowerColor
Radeon 9200 SE
SLCentral - Corsair
vs Transcend RAM
for PC @ IceTeks
GD98-LED Computer Case @ A True Review
- Corsair TwinX1024-3200LLPRO @ SystemCooling
MCX462-V @ Viper Lair
SL-K8AV-R @ Ninjalane
SCX-4216F Flatbed Laser Multifunction Printer @ Tweaknews
655FX Reference @ Monkeyreview
H360 Case @ Legit Reviews
4D mouse pad @ TechTastic
Neoseeker Reviews : AOpen
Joybee 150 Digital Audio Player (128MB) @ PChardware
RADEON 9800 Pro 256MB @ Bjorn3d
CSX-147KBF-TOP Case at BigBruin
Radeon A9600XT Videocard @ PCStats
Guides: Optical Drives & Recording Formats @ PCStats
Athlon 64 Motherboards Head to Head – Albatron vs. EPoX
Legion Hardware - (Gigabyte
GeForceFX 5950 Ultra (N59U256V) 256MB)
Devices Squeezebox @ DesignTechnica
512mb PC4000 Performance Series Memory Kit @ ClubOC
ALX800 HSF @ GruntvillE
Pro/News - ThermalRight
Fan-Master SF-609 Fan Controller @ PC Guide
79 @ DansData
XC Cube SFF PC @ t-break
:: BiT-news :: Logitech
Premium USB 300 Headset
to PCI-Express: the AGP8X Replacement @ PCStats
reactive IDE cable @ Rbmods
10th December 2003 - David
Improves Award-Winning A7N8X Platform with Wi-Fi and Gigabit LAN
Deluxe Voted as the Best Innovation in Motherboards of 2003 by Readers
of Tom’s Hardware Guide
Taiwan, December 10, 2003 –
ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS), the worldwide leader of motherboards,
today introduced the A7N8X-E Deluxe motherboard, the latest addition
to the award-winning A7N8X series. The A7N8X-E Deluxe incorporated
the exclusive Wi-Fi slot for IEEE 802.11b wireless networking and
Gigabit LAN for high-speed Ethernet.
A7N8X series has won numerous awards, with the A7N8X Deluxe recently
voted as the Best of Innovations in Motherboard of 2003 by the readers
of Tom’s Hardware Guide, the world’s largest hardware
testing website. ASUS also won the Best Motherboard Manufacturer
award for the third consecutive year.
A7N8X-E Deluxe, base on the nForce2 Ultra 400 chipset and supporting
the Athlon XP processor, comes equipped with the exclusive Wi-Fi
slot, which supports the ASUS Wi-Fi@HOME platform. ASUS Wi-Fi@HOME,
as the name suggests, is the latest platform designed to simplify
the process of building a wireless home network. In short, the goal
is to enable reliable wireless data transfer through the 802.11b
standards, easy Internet access sharing and simple setup at an affordable
price. ASUS Wi-Fi@HOME includes three elements – ASUS motherboards
supporting the exclusive Wi-Fi slot, the ASUS WiFi-b WLAN card and
AP (access point) function.
A7N8X-E Deluxe also enhanced the networking environment with Gigabit
LAN support, allowing larger bandwidth for high-speed data transfer
at 1000Mbps all the while remaining backward compatible to 100/10Mbps
A7N8X-E Deluxe is sold in two editions – the basic edition
(the board alone) and the wireless edition, which includes the WiFi-b
wireless card. The wireless edition offers a 3 LAN-in-1 solution:
802.11b wireless LAN, Gbit LAN and 10/100Mbps LAN. For more information
about the A7N8X-E Deluxe, please visit the company homepage at www.asus.com.
10th December 2003 - David
738AV Digital Video Camera
Group Silent Solution Kit @ MODTHEBOX
Ultra vs 9600 XT @ Neoseeker
300Watt PSU - The Modded Version @ Madshrimps
ST61G4 XPC @ Hexus
64 (FX) vs. Pentium 4 (EE) @ K-Hardware
WinFast A380 Ultra TDH MyVIVO (GeForce FX 5950 Ultra) @ Bjorn3d
PimpRig Review // DangerDen
Way its Meant to be Reviewed? @ Beyond3D
K8V Deluxe @ Viper Lair
Mushkin PC4000 Dual Pack @ Rojakpot
Designtechnica reviews the Gateway
Nightmare Full Case Wrap @ ExtensionTech
AK79D-400 Max @ AMDZone
9600XT video card @ Rbmods
Volcano 12 @ DansData
9th December 2003 - David
Master with “new clothes”
Master's Desktop CPU Coolers - designed for standard applications
– is going away with its traditional image and just recently
changed packaging with a new corporate image color: purple - imperial,
elegant and noble. The model number and specification is shown clearly
on this package.
9th December 2003 - David
Master Musketeer System Dynamic Detector
@ Computer Critics
Li EX-23 Hard Drive Rack @ OCIA.net
Block Shootout @ MHW
Silent Stream Water Cooling Kit @ A True Review
with VIA @ Viper Lair
Revolution 7.1 Sound Card @ HardExtreme
Vortex HDD Cooler @ FastLaneHW
Color Radeon 9800 XT 256MB @ Tweaktown
7in1 media reader @ Rbmods
IC7-MAX3 @ ClubOC
PSU roundup @ NordicHardware
vs. IDE: Plextor 40 CDRW @ t-break
AK77-600 Max @ Legit Reviews
SB62G2 XPC @ MetkuMods
PC61319 Mid-Tower @ GideonTech
DVG-1120M VoIP Gateway @ BigBruin
Master Wave Master in Black @ SystemCooling
SP-94 HSF @ GruntvillE
Wi-Fi Directional cAntenna @ Overclockersclub
nForce2 400 Ultra Motherboard @ NextGen Electronics
Lanfire @ ClubOC
PT880 Chipset Preview @ HotHardware
Lanparty NFII Ultra Rev B @ FastLaneHW
TwinX XMS4000PRO Dual Channel Memory @ Tweaknews
e.SATA RAID kit v2 @ OCTools
Power supply Round up @ PCTechZone
Thursday, 4th December 2003 - David
TECHNOLOGY EXPANDS VIDEO CARD LINE
memory leader offers RADEON(TM) 9800, RADEON(TM) 9600, and RADEON(TM)
9200 series video cards
Idaho, December 2, 2003--Crucial Technology(R), a division of Micron
and one of the world's largest direct memory upgrade providers,
today expands its video card line to include cards from the popular
RADEON(TM) 9800, RADEON(TM) 9600, and RADEON(TM) 9200 series. Crucial
now offers the following video cards:
Crucial(R) RADEON(TM) 9800 PRO 256MB currently priced at US$469.99.
* Crucial(R) RADEON(TM) 9800 PRO 128MB currently priced at US$355.99.
* Crucial(R) RADEON(TM) 9600 PRO 128MB currently priced at US$174.99.
* Crucial(R) RADEON(TM) 9200 128MB currently priced at US$90.99.
* Crucial(R) RADEON(TM) 9200 SE 64MB currently priced at US$53.99.
have expanded our video card line to offer an option for just about
everybody," said Crucial Technology General Manager Fred Waddel.
"The Crucial RADEON 9200 series is a great introductory-level
card for price-conscious customers, the Crucial RADEON 9600 PRO
offers a high-end graphic experience for the mainstream computer
user, and the Crucial 9800 PRO line will appeal to the gamer or
multi-media professional looking for extreme graphics performance."
www.crucial.com/pr/videocards for more information about Crucial’s
new video cards. All Crucial video cards are powered by ATI technology
and come with a multilingual user guide, limited lifetime warranty,
free second-day shipping within the contiguous U.S. on qualified
orders, and Crucial’s renowned customer service and technical
Crucial Technology is a division of Micron Semiconductor Products,
Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Micron Technology, Inc.
Crucial provides high-quality memory upgrades, video cards, flash
memory, and a host of products to enhance the entire computing experience
on its Web site at http://www.crucial.com. Crucial offers over 110,000
upgrades for more than 20,000 desktops, notebooks, servers, routers,
printers, and electronic devices.
Technology, Inc., is one of the world's leading providers of advanced
semiconductor solutions. Through its worldwide operations, Micron
manufactures and markets DRAMs, Flash memory, CMOS image sensors,
other semiconductor components and memory modules for use in leading-edge
computing, consumer, networking, and mobile products. Micron's common
stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the
MU symbol. To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc., visit its
Web site at www.micron.com.
Thursday, 4th December 2003 - David
Telecom Licenses Extended Systems’ Infrared Technology for
Next Generation CDMA Connectivity Applications
Systems’ software development kit enables short-range wireless
connectivity technologies for current and future 3G applications
such as Internet access and point-of-sales utilities
Diego, California, 3 December 2003 - VIA Telecom, Inc, a leading
innovator and developer of CDMA chipsets, today announced that it
has licensed the infrared software development kit (SDK) of Extended
Systems (Nasdaq: XTND), a leading provider of mobile application
solutions for the enterprise, for use in next-generation CDMA chipsets.
This license enables mobile handset manufacturer customers to add
infrared communications capabilities using the Infrared Data Association
(IrDA) specification to their product line-up.
current applications for infrared technology in handsets include
Internet connectivity and exchanging and updating contacts with
laptops and PDAs, and printing through enabled printers, infrared
supporting mobile handsets are increasingly being used for more
sophisticated applications such as point-of-sales purchase payments,
with the shorter range of infrared transmission deterring fraud
while enabling seamless convenient payment. Already commercially
launched in South Korea, infrared POS systems are being tested in
Japan and the US, and look set to drive greater functionality in
part of the agreement, VIA Telecom also licensed the Extended Systems’
OBEX (Object Exchange) transport protocol, providing the ability
to beam files over infrared. OBEX is the underlying protocol that
enables both IrFM (Infrared Financial Messaging) and SyncML. This
provides VIA Telecom customers with a clear development path to
implementing IrFM or SyncML capabilities into their handsets as
those applications become more widely used.
have worked with Extended Systems’ embedded protocol stacks
in the past, and I know, from first-hand experience, the product’s
excellent architecture, small code footprint, portability and reliability,”
said Doug Brown, program manager for VIA Telecom. “With Extended
Systems’ software, we can be sure that we are implementing
the best-supported IrDA stack on the market and that our customers
will have a superior IrDA transport on which to build applications
now and in the future.”
Hofacker, business unit manager of Extended Systems’ Universal
Mobile Connectivity group, says that Extended Systems has had a
great deal of success with chipmakers because the company has become
known in the industry as a one-stop SDK shop. “The ability
to obtain multiple protocol stacks from one vendor was especially
compelling for VIA Telecom, as it provides complete flexibility
for their customers to add infrared technologies to their product
Extended Systems’ Software Development Kits
Systems provides Bluetooth, IrDA and SyncML software development
kits that enable hardware manufacturers to reduce development costs
and shorten time-to-market. Extended Systems’ SDKs offer small
memory footprint, low MIPs requirements and easy portability. The
company has more than 400 design wins including Palm, Motorola,
HP, 3Com, Fujitsu, NEC, Mitsubishi, and Visteon.
Systems provides the expertise, strategy and solutions to help enterprise
organizations streamline their business processes through mobile
technology. The company’s mobile software suite enables companies
to mobilize critical enterprise applications such as e-mail, field
service, sales force automation (SFA), enterprise resource planning
(ERP), and customer relationship management (CRM). In addition,
the company offers Bluetooth and IrDA wireless connectivity software
and client/server database management systems. Extended Systems
has more than 2,500 enterprise customers worldwide; and key alliance
relationships with Ericsson, Handspring, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Motorola,
Nokia, Palm, Sharp, Siemens and Toshiba.
in 1984, Extended Systems has offices and subsidiaries in the United
States and worldwide. For more information, visit the company Web
site at www.extendedsystems.com.
VIA Telecom, Inc.
Telecom is a leading innovator and developer of Baseband Processors
for 3G CDMA2000 mobile applications used in a wide range of 3G devices
spanning voice, data, and GPS-enabled applications. Headquartered
in San Diego, California, VIA Telecom has design centers in San
Diego and Fremont, California, and Hangzhou, China, and sales offices
in the US, Taiwan, China, and Korea. For additional information,
please visit the website at www.via-telecom.com or send an e-mail
Monday, 1st December 2003 - David
PR-DL(S)533/RACK Motherboard, with Streamline Layout for Slots and
Heat Sink, Enables Cooler Rackmount Server Operation
Taiwan, December 1, 2003 – ASUSTek Computer Inc. (ASUS), the
worldwide leader of motherboards, today announced the PR-DL(S)533/RACK
motherboard specifically designed for 1U and 2U rackmount servers.
With a streamline layout for memory slots and the heatsink, the
PR-DL(S)/RACK maximizes airflow to provide cooler system operation.
The all-new motherboard also adopted two PCI-X slots and SCSI or
non -SCSI options for excellent scalability and flexibility.
a streamline layout that has the DIMM slots lined up parallel to
system airflow and a specially designed core logic heatsink that
enhances ventilation, the PR-DL(S)533/RACK successfully resolved
the thermal issue in 1U and 2U rackmount servers.
PR-DL(S)533/RACK comes equipped with 2 PCI-X slots for superior
expandability. One of the PCI-X slots supports a 133MHz clock for
performance enthusiasts, while the other supports 1-to-3 PCI-X riser
cards for 2U applications.
PR-DL(S)533/RACK adopted the ServerWorks® GC-LE (CMIC-LE) core
logic to support an architecture of dual-Intel® Xeon® on
533MHz for processing power up to 3.2GHz. In addition, the motherboard
includes flexible input/output interface offering both SCSI and
non-SCSI options for different application demands.
balanced system performance, the PR-DL(S)533/RACK included the Intel
82540 and 82554 Gigabit Ethernet controllers. With the dual LAN
controller platform, the PR-DL(S)533/RACK offers exhilarating network
Intel® Xeon processors up to 3.2.GHz
North Bridge: ServerWorks® GCLE (CMIC-LE)
Up to 12GB registered PC2100 ECC DDR RAM, 6 DIMM slots
Optional Dual channel Ultra320 SCSI controller
1 x Onboard Intel® 82540 Gigabit Ethernet controller and 1
x Intel® 82554 Gigabit Ethernet controller -ATI® Rage-XL
VGA controller with 8MB graphics memory
X 3.3V/64bit/133MHz PCI-X slots, 1 x 3.3V/64bit/66MHz PCI-X slot.
For SCSI model, PCI-X Slot 5 support MD3 low profile LSI MeGaRAID
SCSI320-0 ZCR card and Intel SRC ZCR card in 2U application
PCI-X Slot 2(3.3V/64bit/66MHz) can support 1-to-3 riser card for
ASUS PR-DL(S)533/RACK is available now. For more information, please
visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com.tw.