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Archives - News, February 2003

News: Thursday, 27th February 2003- David

8RDA+ vdd modding on teccentral.de
WinBackup Review @ ICEHW.net
Samsung ML-1430 Laser Printer Review @ GideonTech.com
GeIL PC3500 Platinum Ultra DDR Review @OCAddiction
Tyan's Granite Bay Trinity S2662 - Reviewed at HotHardware.com
Thermaltake Hardcano 8 VR @ Viper Lair
HWZ review: Compaq Evo N1020v Notebook
Spire SkiveStream Socket-A Heatsink Review @ ForumOC
Tweakmonster EL Applique Kit Review @ Icrontic
AMD reveals Opteron positioning @ TheInquirer
Verax P14Cu Review on TecCentral.de
Logitech Elite Duo Review @ ASE Labs
Epox 8RDA+ (Nforce2 Chipset) Motherboard Review at 3dXtreme
Free stuff @ wetandchilly
Ad-Blockers and Adrian's Rojak Pot
Sunbeam 80mm UV CCFL Fans Review @ MODTHEBOX.COM
Lite-On 16x DVD-ROM Review @ MKT
Gigabyte SINXP1394 (SiS655) Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
pcToys MouseMaxx 100SI @ Systemcooling
PC Toys Mouse MAXX Yellow Flame Mouse Pad Review @ OCIA
CPU Insulation Howto @ RabidHardware
UT2003 Server @ PCREVIEWSPOT.COM
Sunbeam Laser LED Review @ MonkeyReview.com
Project Nocturnal Raid @ OCWarehouse
UV Fans @ PCA
Bitspower's UV Fans @ TechTastic
EasyHardDisk 20GB USB 2.0 drive Giveaway @ Envynews


News: Thursday, 20th February 2003- David

MSI 648 MAX-L Mainboard Giveaway @ TechConnect
Blue LCD Comparison & IOSS - Cooling After Review @ Moddin.net
BulletPC Radeon 9500 To 9700 Reviewed @ BOPC
Thermalright SLK-700 Socket-A @ Viper Lair
ABIT to the MAX - IT7 Max2 Rev 2.0 Review @ Tweaktown
Thermaltake Aquarius II Water Cooling Kit Competition & Skip Doctor CD & DVD Repair Device @ MeetTheGeeks
Albatron Ti-4280PV GeForce 4 Ti4200 AGP 8X VGA Review @ OCNZ
Mercury KOB N884L GeForce 4 MX440SE 64MB DDR @ TweakersZone
MSI K7N2G-ILSR nForce2 Motherboard Review @ PCStats
Mad Dog Multimedia Raptor Geforce 4 Ti 4200 Video Card Review at 3dXtreme
Tyan S2495 KT400 Motherboard Review @ HotHardware.Com
R.A.C.H.A.L Computer Exhaust System @ ATrueReview
Intel Developer Forum Day 1 : Keynote Coverage @ Hexus
Yamaha TSS-1 Sound System Review @ PSA
Intel Developer Forum 2003 @ BitTech
Antec LanBoy @ PCA
Lindows OS 3.0 PC Operating System Review @ MeetTheGeeks
Dukgamers Review - Albatron Geforce 4 Ti4680P Turbo Graphics Card
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro Review @ SLCentral
Xport1 Laser Etched Window Kits Review @ TwistedMods
Soltek SL-75FRN L nForce2 & Pen Drive 2GB @ EnvyNews
Kingwin KWI-450WABK PSU Review @ ClubOC
VIA EPIA M9000 review @ HEXUS.net
Albatron GeForce 4 Ti4800SE Medusa Reviewed @ myWORLD Hardware
Skyhawk AL-4378D Case @ MHW
HWZ review: Sony Clié PEG-NZ90 PDA
KT400 Mobo Roundup @ OverclockerCafe
How-to Quiet a Noisy Power Supply @ Systemcooling
New BIOS Optimization Guide Rev. 7.2 Posted @ Rojakpot
Lamps Electronics Yellow CCFL Fan Grill Review @ ExtensionTech.net
Pentium 4 Overclocking Adventure @ Tweaktown
Laser Squad Nemesis at Bjorn3D
Albatron Geforce 4 Ti4680P Turbo Review @ MonkeyReview
Nanotherm Thermal Compounds Reviewed @ PCREVIEWSPOT.COM
Logitech Z-640 5.1 Computer Speaker System Review @ Tweaknews.net
3DMark03 Performance Tests article @ Beyond3d
Sunbeam Tech Green Lazer LED Review @ ExtensionTech.net
Spode's Abode: Transcend JetFlash Thumb-Drive
Mouse Wax Review @ MKT
Spire HD05040B FlowCooler Review @ IAmNotAGeek.Com
CoolerMaster Aluminium Mouse Pad Review @ DVHardware
NEW GIBTEK FORUMS ARE LIVE @ GiBTEK
Beantech's Igloo 7 case @ TechTastic
[PSA] Gainward GeForce4 PowerPack! Pro/600-8X XP Golden Sample Review
Home Systems February 2003 Builder's Guide @ ASELabs
Cooler Master ATC-220B VX1 @ Viper Lair
PCToys AirMaxx Pro HDD Cooler @ ClubOC
Thermaltake Xaser III @ HW Test
GeForce 4 Ti4200 8X Shootout @ Neoseeker
MSI Ti4600 8X VT2D8X Video Card @ ClubOC
Extreme Alterations Interview @ XtreMods
Koolance PC2-601 @ BitTech
OCS Enhanced Radeon 9700 Level III SE @ OCA
PCXmods X-Trac Eels @ ExtensionTech.net
PimpRig Review: Geil 1GB PC3200 Dual DDR Kit
Socket 478 Heatsink Shootout @ OCIA
(Voided News) Start menu is a bit slow on your W2K or Win Xp OS?
CEE2003 Coverage @ MonkeyReview
HWZ review: VapoChilling the Barton
MSI VT2D8X GeForce 4 Ti 4600 w/ AGP8X @ HotHardware.com
HWZ review: Compaq Evo N1015v Notebook
EPoX 8RDA+ @ Bjorn3D
The Folding@Home Project: Why do they do it? @ Icrontic
Howto : Making UV Reactive fans @ DVHW
EliteCool *Pre Lapped* SLK 800 @ NexusHW
ABIT KD-7 review @ athlonxp.com


News : Monday, 17th February 2003- David

Free AMD XP 1700+ CPU!

MODTHEBOXreviews the Thermaltake Hardcano 8 VR Fan Controller

GameAxis has just reviewed MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries for the PC

Stealthing 101 Part 2 Aluminum Cases @ ModAsylum.com

Over at Spode's Abode, Rackne reports on the Sun Tech days in London.

OnePC.NET has completed a review of the Lexmark X85 all-in-one printer. This all-in-one unit features 4800 dpi inkjet printing and 48-bit color scanning capabilities.

Systemcooling checks out a newfangled mousepad, the Xide-Pad Ultra.

Sunbeam Tech Acrylic PC Case Review @ Icrontic

"We've been hearing about these Zalman Heatpipe coolers for the video cards lately, so it is time to see what they are all about. In a nutshell, they are claiming to be able to give sufficient cooling for performance video boards without the use of a fan. Come join Mike "Darthtanion" Wright as he takes a look at both the installation and performance of the Zalman ZM80A-HP VGA Heatpipe and finds out the final answer... can this contraption really work?"

Amdmb.com has taken a look at the new Compaq/HP Evo N1015v laptop computer that uses an ATI chipset underneath an Athlon XP 1800+ processor.

Planet Savage has just posted their review of NBA Live 2003 as well as their review of the Palit Daytona GeForce4 Ti4200-8X video card.

ViperLair has a rant up about the state of today's tech sites. It's a pretty good read.

Asus A7N8X nForce2-SPP Motherboard Review & AMD AthlonXP 3000+ Barton Processor Review @ PCStats

" For something a little new to ASE Labs we have monthly system setups. I'll be covering the gaming systems for this month. I have three setups: your budget system that costs 800 or less, a middle level system that costs around 1200, and the Top of the Line system for $2000.Let's get into the budget system. "

It looks like Epox have succeeded in bringing an excellent platform chipset onto an excellent motherboard. The 8RDA+ is a cleanly laid out board and the inclusion of the 4 mount holes is a clue to its intended market. With features like onboard 10/100 Ethernet, SoundStorm audio, Firewire, USB2.0, AGP 8X and Memory support up to DDR400 Dual DDR, the Epox 8RDA+ is certainly a force to be reckoned with. The fact that you can unlock your Thoroughbred to lower multipliers is essential for 166MHz operation from standard processors and this feature on it’s own is very attractive. Combine that with the excellent BIOS and you have a winning combination.

PC-Arena: ThermalTake Aquarius II Watercooling Kit

Envynews checks out some Kingston 512MB PC2700 and the fUnc sUrface 1030.

"With the rise in popularity of USB Key Drives it’s hard to choose the best one for you. Today we take a look at one key drive that has more to offer than other key drives on the market, the DiskOnKey Pro."


News : Tuesday, 11th February 2003- David

Barton AMD AthlonXP 3000+ reviews: AMDMB, HotHardware, Bit-Tech, HardwareZone & Hexus

PC Abusers has up a review on a Vantec Stealth 420W PSU

“Computers users generally fall into two categories; either you are a Mouse user or a Trackball user. If you have gone the way of Trackballs, mice just do not work for you. On the other hand, if you’re a mouser, using a trackball is about as foreign and impractical as imaginable. Over the years, companies such as Kensington, Microsoft, and Logitech have released Trackballs with features such as higher-accuracy, greater comfort, multimedia buttons, and even cordless ones. Today, we look at Logitech’s latest incarnation – the Cordless Optical Trackman.”

SMC 22Mbps Wireless Broadband Router @ EnvyNews

OCIA has totally revamped their site with a new and improved site design.

OCAddiction is having a Case Badge Design Contest and giving away some sweet prizes for the winners. If your ready to get your graphical groove on, you may want to head on over there to show off your skills.

OCZ Scandal Continues!

Asus Geforce 4 Ti4400 V8440 @ Viper Lair

"The Log Cabin PC" - The Original Lincoln Log Type Mini

The Arrgo 52x24x52x is one drive that brings true to the reference of Def Leppard's "When Love & Hate Collide". As a CD-ROM, the Arrgo 52x24x52x does the works pretty well as seen in our benchmarking results - although Nero CD Speed refused to run the drive with a CD-RW media.

Zalman ZM80A-HP VGA Heatpipe Cooler Review & Give-Away @ I Am Not A Geek

Thermalright SLK 900 & Zalman Heatpipe GPU Cooler @ Nexus Hardware

Gainward GeForce4 Ti4200-8X Video Card Review @ MikhailTech

Dukgamers have got a new review online of ATI's Radeon 9000 Pro 64MB Graphics Card.

Intel D845PEBT2 review @ HEXUS.net

"Well, winter is making it's way out in a month or so and all of us here at Extreme Alterations felt like there would be no other way to welcome the spring time as to have a winter clearance! So there you have it! Tons of things marked down cheaper then ever. The clearance won't last long so get your items today before time runs out! We will have extra support on stand by for anyone that has any questions or concerns regarding anything at the store. So head over to the Winter Clearance and get hooked up! Also be sure to check out the Extreme Forums to chill out and talk about the best of all; computers and computer modding!"


News : Wednesday, 5th February 2003- David

Coming back to an assload of news, I decided to just post up the stuff in the past two days.

The OCAddicts have the ABIT Siluro™ GF4 Ti4200-8X OTES video card in the labs today and are giving it the good once-over. The ABIT OTES has some revolutionary features but does it truly warrant a spot on your short list of video cards? Lets take a look.

Viperlair checks out the MSI GeForce 4 MX440 AGP8x.

Lately a lot of manufacturers have been producing rheobus' for case fans in order to quiet down and limit the use of the fans inside your case, some rheobus' are more powerful than others, and some come with an extra cosmetic feature to make it stand out from the others. But not many come complete. Until recently when Vantec introduced there stylish NEXUS Fan Controller unit.

PCREVIEWSPOT.COM has published an review over Altec Lansing's 621, 2.1, 200W speaker system. These speakers are top-notch when it comes to quality, and the 4 page review is worth a good read.

OCIA checks out the Vantec Nexus NXP-201 Fan Controller in their latest review.

HardwareZoom just posted a review of the Digituz 350W ATX Power Supply.

Today @ HEXUS.net is a new article up about MATX Writeup and Modding using the YeongYang A102 MATX

PC Abusers has posted a review in a lighted cable called the "EL IDE Cable".

“Want your cake and eat it too? Tired of having two or more optical drives, and you are looking to cram your system parts into an XPC or similar MiniATX case? You have but two choices – drop three C-bills on a new DVD-RW or +RW drive with all around mediocre speed and performance ratings, or hand out a respectable sum one third that of DVD recorders and have stats that are shockingly good. Introducing the Samsung SM-348B - a 48/24/48x CD-RW + 16x DVD-ROM Combo drive.”

Neoseekr posts a review of the MSI GF4 Ti4600 8X video card while Bit Tech checks out the GeForce4MX 8x

Corsair Memory has just sent ClubOC a "Dual Channel Memory Kit" designed to get the most out of your dual channel equipped motherboard. The memory scores on the nForce2 are outstanding and the overclocking capabilities of Corsair memory is phenomenal! Check out the review to find out if the TWINX Memory Kit is right for you.

"Nvidia's current line of GeForce4 Titanium video cards aim to offer an ideal, fast video card solution to fill the gap between the mainstream sub-$100 video card market and the ultra-high-end market currently catered by Nvidia's main competitor ATI. While the GeForce4 Titanium series has enjoyed its reigning seat for a good time, it is now time for them to secede their superiority to the ATI Radeon 9700. Meanwhile, the GeForce4 Titaniums continue to prove their worth, costing a fraction of their original introductory price, and adequately offering the 3D performance that all the latest games demand. Today, we will look at the 128MB MSI G4TI4200-TP. Let's find out why MSI's GeForce4 Ti4200 offers an unbeatable price to performance and value ratio."

The AMD Athlon MP 2600+ may mark the last of the MP Thoroughbreds but AMD is definitely running one of their favorite horses fast in the last turn. The MP 2600+ pegs an impressive 2133 MHz or 2.13 GHz and is the fourth in the line of the 0.13 Micron MP processors. What will it mean to you as Barton, Athlon-64 and Opteron stand in the wings waiting for their cue.

"It seems that the Intel crowd keeps getting bigger and the chipset market is up to the challenge with new designs all the time. But how can the end user know what works and what doesn't? Come join Cameron "Sov" Johnson as he answers these questions in regards to the EPoX 4PEA+ Motherboard. It uses the i845PE chipset and has a list of features that will make most folks drool, but can it cope with the stress that the enthusiast will put it through? There is only one way to find out, so come see for yourself!"

Vantec Aeroflow gets the once over at NexusHardware



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