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Archives - News, November 2003

News: Tuesday, 23rd December 2003 - David

Asus P4S800D-E SiS 655TX @ HotHardware
SFF roundup @ NordicHardware
Flexiglow FX Game Pad @ ASE Labs
Behind Closed Doors @ Corsair Memory, Inc. @ Legit Reviews
BFG Asylum GeForce FX 5950 Ultra 256MB @ Bjorn3D
Vantec Spectrum Fan Card @ FastLaneHW
Seasonic Super Tornado 400w @ FastLaneHW
Albatron GeForce FX5700 Ultra @ TechConnect
Nexus NX-4000 PSU Review @ Xtreme Tek
Asetek Waterchill @ AMDZone
VisionTek 9800XT @ The Tech Zone
NaviPod For IPod 3G @ EnvyNews
Neuros 128MB MP3 Player @ ModSynergy.com
Nimble V5 Digital Media Mini PC @ BigBruin
Spode's Abode: Graphics Card Overclocking - Worth It?
ATI All-InWonder 9600 PRO @ Beyond3D
Soyo KT600 Dragon Ultra Platinum @ Tweaktown
Steelpad 4D Mousing Surface @ 3Dvelocity
Spire SoundPad @ DVHardware
Aerocool Deep Impact DP-102 @ Viper Lair
DFI Infinity 875 @ MetkuMods
LANFire By Night - Modding the ThermalTake by ACRyan @ Madshrimps
Coolermaster Cooldrive 4 @ DataFuse
Sapphire 9800 XT vs. Gainward FX 5950U -> K-Hardware


Press Release : Monday, 15th December 2003 - David

ClearPC® Briefcase: James Bond Styling, Maximum Mojo

VICTORIA, 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.

"This 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."

The 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.

Franjo 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."

ClearPC® 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.

Main 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.

The 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.

The 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.

ClearPC® Briefcase is $139 USD. Worldwide shipping is available.

As 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."

ClearPC® 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.


Press Release : Monday, 15th December 2003 - David

SP-97, answering the call for an unrivalled thermal solution for Socket A cooling

Thermalright, 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.

With 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.

With 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.


News: Monday, 15th December 2003 - David

Halfway through the month, Christmas is nigh, and so is a new year. Whoop-dee-do. In the meantime, here's the news.

aTuner 1.7.33 @ 3DCenter.de
Seagate 160GB External Hard Drive @ ClubOC
PFC decoded @ DansData
Akasa PC Modding Kit @ SystemCooling
9800XT Water Block Mod @ EnvyNews
Techflex Sleeving Kit @ MHW
Neuros MP3 Digital Audio Computer @ A True Review
Sapphire 9600 XT vs. Gainward FX 5700U -> K-Hardware
Vantec Spectrum Fan Card @ MODTHEBOX
Nu Tech 24x Combi Slim USB2.0 @ EnvyNews
DFI Infinity Nf2Ultra @ Rbmods
Letters eighty @ DansData
Corsair 512MB Low Latency PC3200 TwinX @ Rojakpot
Cooler Master Aerogate II & Musketeer - in Black @ SystemCooling
Spode's Abode: DX9 Graphics Card Round Up
Swiftech MCX159 Northbridge Cooler @ DVHardware
Seasonic Super Tornado 400W Power Supply @ PCStats
Thermaltake Extreme Volcano 12 @ PCtechZone
OCZ Gladiator 2 Heatsink/Fan @ NextGen Electronics
CoolerMaster Musketeer @ 3dXtreme
Chenbro Xpider Gaming Bomb Case @ GruntvillE.com
PimpRig Review // Antec Sonata Case
AOpen DRW4410 4x DVD+R/+RW Drive @ Legit Reviews
Icy Dock SATA Removable HD Enclosures @ SystemCooling
:: BiT-news :: Logitech Z2200 2.1 THX Speakers
Biostar M7NCD Ultra @ AMDZone
Cremax IcyDock MB911APGF Internal IDE Harddrive Rack @ Tweaknews
3 Way MP3 Player Roundup at The Tech Zone
Crucial Radeon 9600 Pro 128MB @ EnvyNews
5 Heatsink Shootout @ OCIA
BFG Asylum GeForce FX 5700 Ultra @ HotHardware
PolarFLO Universal SF Water Blocks @ Viper Lair
CableMart CS7250 Red Extra Midtower @ A True Review
Chenbro Xspider @ PCAbusers
ATi Radeon 9600 XT 256 MB @ LanAddict
Spire Whisper Rock IV Heat Sink @ OCC


News: Friday, 12th December 2003 - David

Here's a pile o' news that came in the past couple of days.

Thermalright SLK-800U and SLK-900U @ DansData
Mouse Wax @ BitBenderTech
PC Power and Cooling Turbo-Cool 510 Deluxe @ FastLaneHW
Thermaltake PurePower 480w PSU @ FastLaneHW
Soltek SL-K8AN-RL nForce3 150 @ PCStats
PCA Reviews DynaPower Spiden 99-B Case
Highpoint e.SATA Kit v3.0 – External SATA Storage @ Tweaktown
SLCentral - PowerColor Radeon 9200 SE
SLCentral - Corsair vs Transcend RAM
Halo for PC @ IceTeks
SilverStone GD98-LED Computer Case @ A True Review
Undressed - Corsair TwinX1024-3200LLPRO @ SystemCooling
Swiftech MCX462-V @ Viper Lair
Soltek SL-K8AV-R @ Ninjalane
Samsung SCX-4216F Flatbed Laser Multifunction Printer @ Tweaknews
Halo @ TecCentral.de
SiS 655FX Reference @ Monkeyreview
AOpen H360 Case @ Legit Reviews
Steelpad 4D mouse pad @ TechTastic
Neoseeker Reviews : AOpen AK77-600 Max
BenQ Joybee 150 Digital Audio Player (128MB) @ PChardware
Crucial RADEON 9800 Pro 256MB @ Bjorn3d
Maxtop CSX-147KBF-TOP Case at BigBruin
Asus Radeon A9600XT Videocard @ PCStats
Beginners Guides: Optical Drives & Recording Formats @ PCStats
AMD Athlon 64 Motherboards Head to Head – Albatron vs. EPoX @ Tweaktown
Legion Hardware - (Gigabyte GeForceFX 5950 Ultra (N59U256V) 256MB)
Slim Devices Squeezebox @ DesignTechnica
OCZ 512mb PC4000 Performance Series Memory Kit @ ClubOC
ThermalRight ALX800 HSF @ GruntvillE
Pro/News - ThermalRight 947U Heatsink
Super-Flower Fan-Master SF-609 Fan Controller @ PC Guide
Letters 79 @ DansData
AOpen XC Cube SFF PC @ t-break
:: BiT-news :: Logitech Premium USB 300 Headset
Introduction to PCI-Express: the AGP8X Replacement @ PCStats
Uv reactive IDE cable @ Rbmods


Press Release : Wednesday, 10th December 2003 - David

ASUS Improves Award-Winning A7N8X Platform with Wi-Fi and Gigabit LAN Support

A7N8X Deluxe Voted as the Best Innovation in Motherboards of 2003 by Readers of Tom’s Hardware Guide

Taipei, 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.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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 Ethernet.

The 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.


News: Wednesday, 10th December 2003 - David

Trust 738AV Digital Video Camera @ PirateSoftware
FSP Group Silent Solution Kit @ MODTHEBOX
5700 Ultra vs 9600 XT @ Neoseeker
Aopen 300Watt PSU - The Modded Version @ Madshrimps
Shuttle ST61G4 XPC @ Hexus
Athlon 64 (FX) vs. Pentium 4 (EE) @ K-Hardware
Leadtek WinFast A380 Ultra TDH MyVIVO (GeForce FX 5950 Ultra) @ Bjorn3d
PimpRig Review // DangerDen RBX Waterblock
The Way its Meant to be Reviewed? @ Beyond3D
ASUS K8V Deluxe @ Viper Lair
512MB Mushkin PC4000 Dual Pack @ Rojakpot
Designtechnica reviews the Gateway M675CS
CrazyPC Nightmare Full Case Wrap @ ExtensionTech
Aopen AK79D-400 Max @ AMDZone
Sapphire 9600XT video card @ Rbmods
Extreme Volcano 12 @ DansData


Press Release : Tuesday, 9th December 2003 - David

Cooler Master with “new clothes”

Cooler 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.

Read more here.


News: Tuesday, 9th December 2003 - David

Cooler Master Musketeer System Dynamic Detector @ Computer Critics
Lian Li EX-23 Hard Drive Rack @ OCIA.net
5 Block Shootout @ MHW
GlobalWin Silent Stream Water Cooling Kit @ A True Review
Interview with VIA @ Viper Lair
M-Audio Revolution 7.1 Sound Card @ HardExtreme
Vantec Vortex HDD Cooler @ FastLaneHW
Power Color Radeon 9800 XT 256MB @ Tweaktown
Beantech 7in1 media reader @ Rbmods
ABIT IC7-MAX3 @ ClubOC
11 PSU roundup @ NordicHardware
SCSI vs. IDE: Plextor 40 CDRW @ t-break
AOpen AK77-600 Max @ Legit Reviews
Shuttle SB62G2 XPC @ MetkuMods
Chenbro PC61319 Mid-Tower @ GideonTech
D-Link DVG-1120M VoIP Gateway @ BigBruin
Cooler Master Wave Master in Black @ SystemCooling
ThermalRight SP-94 HSF @ GruntvillE
2.4Ghz Wi-Fi Directional cAntenna @ Overclockersclub
XFX nForce2 400 Ultra Motherboard @ NextGen Electronics
Tt Lanfire @ ClubOC
VIA PT880 Chipset Preview @ HotHardware
DFI Lanparty NFII Ultra Rev B @ FastLaneHW
Corsair TwinX XMS4000PRO Dual Channel Memory @ Tweaknews
Highpoint e.SATA RAID kit v2 @ OCTools
A+GPB Power supply Round up @ PCTechZone


Press Release: Thursday, 4th December 2003 - David

CRUCIAL TECHNOLOGY EXPANDS VIDEO CARD LINE

Online memory leader offers RADEON(TM) 9800, RADEON(TM) 9600, and RADEON(TM) 9200 series video cards

Meridian, 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.

"We 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."

Visit 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 support.

About Crucial
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.

Micron 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.


Press Release: Thursday, 4th December 2003 - David

VIA Telecom Licenses Extended Systems’ Infrared Technology for Next Generation CDMA Connectivity Applications

Extended 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

San 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.

While 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 mobile phones.

As 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.

“I 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.”

David 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 line-up.”

About Extended Systems’ Software Development Kits
Extended 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.

About Extended Systems
Extended 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.

Founded 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.

About VIA Telecom, Inc.
VIA 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 to marketing@via-telecom.com.


Press Release: Monday, 1st December 2003 - David

ASUS PR-DL(S)533/RACK Motherboard, with Streamline Layout for Slots and Heat Sink, Enables Cooler Rackmount Server Operation

Taipei, 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.

With 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.

The 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.

The 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.

For 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 performance.

Key Specifications:

  • Dual 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
  • 1 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 2U server

The ASUS PR-DL(S)533/RACK is available now. For more information, please visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com.tw.


   


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