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Archives - News, November 2003

News: Friday, 28th November 2003 - David

Here's some news before I dash off to work.

Systems & Processors
Shuttle ST61G4/ATI R300 XPC @ t-break
AMD AthlonXP 2500+ Barton @ PCStats
DFI NFII Ultra Infinity @ MBReview
AMD Barton Core @ CyberCPU.net
Soltek SL-865-GR "Black Thunder" Review @ Ninjalane
Soltek SL-865-GR 'Purple Ray' Review 865PE Motherboard @ PC Guide
My Dream HTPC @ SystemCooling
Biostar M7NCG 400 and K8NHA-M mATX boards @ Hexus
Asus P4C800-E Deluxe memory voltage mod @ ClubOC

Graphics
nVidia Go5700 Launch at Comdex 2003 @ Hightekpc
ATI Radeon 9600 XT @ Tweaktown
Yuan R9800Pro VGA Review @ OCNZ

Storage
Bytecc ME-350US USB2.0 HDD Enclosure Review @ PCStats
Pioneer DVR-SK12D Dual DVD±RW @ CDRInfo
Netac OnlyDisk Secure III ODI Memory Stick @ PCHardware

Cooling
:: BiT-news :: NorthPole vs. ZM-NB47J
Swiftech MCX159-P @ BoPC
Aerocool Golden Crown Heat Sink @ A True Review
Asetek WaterChillT CPU Cooling kit Reviewed at Ohls-Place.com
Scythe Kamakaze CPU Cooler @ A True Review

Mods & Ends
Sunbeam Counterstrike led fan grill @ Rbmods
EL-715 Slim Illuminated Keyboard Review @ ClubOC
Logitech Z-5300 speaker system review @ DesignTechnica
SilverStone SST-SDP01 6-in-1 Portable Card Reader Review @ 3dXtreme
HP LJ1010 vs Samsung ML-1710 @ HardwareZoom
Tomb Raider Benchmarking Guide @ Tweakfactor

Cases & Power
CMI Mercedes and BMW Case Reviews @ FastLaneHW.com
Thermaltake PurePower 480 Butterfly PSU Review @ Tweaktown
PCA Reviews the Maxtop Signature Series IV Case
SilenX 400 Watt Power Supply Unit Review @ OCC
Morex Venus Cube Review @ Epiacenter.com


News: Monday, 24th November 2003 - David

Athena HPC 420 @ TecCentral.de
aTuner 1.7.17 @ 3DCenter
Letters #75 @ DansData
Stardock Object Desktop Windows Enhancement @ Tweaknews
Kingwin KT-424-BK-WM Case Review @ HightekPC
2003 Comdex Report @ The Tech Zone
Professional Case Modder Interview - mashie @ TwistedMods.com
Gigabyte Radeon 9600Pro VGA Card @ myWORLD Hardware
Corsair TwinX1024 XMS4000 Pro Review @ GruntvillE.com
Thermaltake Skull Case Review @ OverclockerCafe
Arctic Silver 5 Review @ Modsynergy
COMDEX 2003 Coverage @ Futurelooks
MSI K8T Neo-FIS2R @ Viper Lair
GlobalWin YCC-61F1-B Server Case @ Ohls-Place
Criticool's PowerPlant II PCI Relay Card @ AllHWZone
Thermalright SP-97 @ SystemCooling
Arctic Silver 3 vs. 5 Review @ Short-Media.com
SunbeamTech Round Up @ GideonTech.com
Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 200GB SATA/150 @ PCReview
Kingston HyperX PC3500 RAM 1GB @ EnvyNews
A+ GPB Aluminum Window Case @ A True Review


Press Release: Tuesday, 18th November 2003 - David

Wave Master Black Now Available

Wave Master is now available in black! Recently Wave Master was selected as Maximum PC magazine’s “Dream Machine 2003” (September 2003). The machine was also recommended as the machine of the year by an article titled “Give My PC Life” in the technical column of the Fortune magazine.

Like the previous silver edition, Wave Master Black features an impressively cool and sleek design. The machine also inherits the premium heat dissipation design (two fans in the front, one on the back, plus one on the top—could be swapped with the USB module) from the aluminum Cooler Master series. The other good news is that Wave Master has successfully passed the 10000-rpm system test of SATA, a well-known hard disk manufacturer.

In addition, Wave Master has the advantage of the best ever frame and materials. Made of aluminum alloy, the high strength case frame is constructed with 2mm plates. Such a design perfectly combines the solidest aluminum case with the most outstanding frame.

The most distinctive feature of Wave Master Black is its stylish appearance. The mirage black treatment gives the machine an elegant gloss finish while the low-key black exterior emphasizes Wave Master’s unique character and fine taste.

More info at CoolerMaster's website.


News: Friday, 14th November 2003 - David

Nordic hardware pits 6 graphics cards against each other: AIW Radeon 9600 Pro, Albatron GeForce FX 5600 Ultra, Albatron GeForce FX 5600 Ultra and Albatron GeForce FX 5900 PV.

PCStats has a very good article up on Memory Bandwidth vs. Latency Timings.

Adrian's Rojak Pot just posted the Interim Release 6 of the new REVISION 8.0 BIOS OPTIMIZATION GUIDE with 12 new BIOS options.

Start tweaking with NVIDIA's newest little utility that allows your nForce based motherboard to break the binding bonds of the BIOS and make changes to a number of settings in your Windows environment called the NVIDIA System Utility (NVSU). Bjorn3D gives you the lowdown.

Motherboards & Display
EPoX 8RDA3+ nForceII Ultra 400 Review @ MonkeyReview
Sapphire Atlantis Radeon 9800XT @ EnvyNews
FIC K8-800T @ AMDZone
Power Color Radeon 9200 SE 64 MB @ LAN Addict
Abit IS7 i865PE @ HCW
Epox 8K9A9+ / Via KT400A Review @ TecCentral
Chaintech FX5600 Ultra A-FX71 @ Viper Lair
Biostar K8NHA Pro @ AMDZone
AOpen AK79D-400MAX @ Neoseeker
Samsung SyncMaster 172X 17" LCD Flat Panel Display
@ EOC

Cooling
COOLINK Cool Armor2VS @ Madshrimps
Swiftech H20-Series Cooling Kit @ IPKonfig
Zalman CNPS7000A-Cu @ A True Review
WhiteWater vs. Maze 4 Waterblock Review @ GruntvillE
PrimoChill Dual and Floppy Bay Reservoir Review @ MODTHEBOX
Vantec Spectrum UV Reactive Fans @ BOPC

Storage & Memory
Kingwin "KF-72" Black SATA Mobile Rack @ Gamingin3D
Memix 128MB USB Memory Watch @ PCHWUK
Metal Gear Box USB 2.0 HDD Enclosure @ SystemCooling
Nu Technology DBW-521 COMBI 52x24x16x Combo Burner/DVD @ Modsynergy
Logitech IO Pen @ HardExtreme.org
OCZ EL PC4200 DDR533 Dual Channel Memory @ PCStats
Plextor 40*10*40 SCSI CDRW@ Rbmods

Cases, Mods & PSUs
Just PC 779 - Game Server Case @ TheCrucible
Matrix Orbital LCD @ RipNet-UK
Vantec ION 400W VAN-400B @ PCStats
Maxtop CSX-147K Signature Series Case @ Ohls-Place
Aspire X-Alien Aluminum Chasis w/420W PSU @ XTM
Lian Li PC-6077
@ Tweaktown
Nexus White iStyle @ MODTHEBOX.COM
Vantec Vortex HD Cooler Review @ GideonTech
Bytecc Mobile HDD Enclosure @ Ninjalane
Crucial 7-in-1 Card Reader @ EnvyNews
CoolerMaster Centurion 2 @ Ohls-Place

Misc
DansData Letters #72 & #73
Console Chipping @ Modasylum.com
Slim Devices SLIMP3 Player @ DesignTechnica
Silent Hill 3 Review [PS2] @ OcPrices.com
Max Payne 2 Review [PC] @ OcPrices.com
Max Payne 2 Review @ addaboy.com
APC 725 UPS Backup @ NextGen Electronics
Stardock Keyboard Launchpad Software @ Tweaknews.net
Homeworld 2 @ Rojakpot
Zippy EL 715 Illuminated Keyboards @ SystemCooling


Press Release: Wednesday, 12th November 2003 - David

Testing Solution Prevents Computer Crashes and Helps Developers Find ‘Bugs’

DALLAS, TX – (November 2003) – iTKO, Inc., a leading provider of products and solutions that maximize e-business performance, today announced the release of LISA 2.0.1, the latest version of its popular automated e-business application testing platform. Powerful enough for developers, yet easy enough for non-technical businesspeople to use, LISA 2.0.1 adds a number of usability improvements as well as enhanced Java application support, together making LISA an even more essential tool for fast-moving e-business enterprises.

Read the full press release.


News: Wednesday, 12th November 2003 - David

TwinMOS launches 2GB DDR ECC Registered DIMM

Nov 11, 2003, Taipei-TwinMOS Technologies Inc., a leading memory module maker, recently unveiled its high-capacity DDR333 (PC2700) 2GB DDR ECC Registered DIMM module, compatible with advanced server platforms supporting Intel, AMD and Server Work DDR chipsets. TwinMOS DDR333 (PC2700) 2GB DDR ECC Registered DIMM module has passed qualification to support the new Dual-Channel memory architecture of ASUS SK8N and more of motherboards supported will update on website soon.

Read the full press release.


News: Wednesday, 12th November 2003 - David

Looking for a an affordable entry into 800FSB land without the expensive price tag? The Albatron PX865PE Lite Pro may be the ticket you're looking for. Viperlair has the scoop.

HardTecs4U takes a look at the VIA PT880 on the VIA VT5798B reference motherboard, the first VIA chipset featuring a Dual Channel DDR400 memory controller, and compared its performance against Intel´s i875P.

Video cards continue to turn up the frame rates and pack on the onboard memory but how is this "bigger, better, faster" benefiting you and how much? Is 128 MB of onboard memory enough or is it the new monsters with 256 MB? ATI's 9800 PRO 256 MB edition is stacked up against its little brother, the 9700 PRO 128 MB edition, to reveal a few answers. Brought to you by Short Media.

The guys at NordicHardware have taken some time out to measure the performance with the new patch for 3DMark03. Has nVidia and ATi been good little boys since the last patch or are there new optimizations? The text is in swedish but the performance charts speak for themselves.

Motherboards & Graphics: Abit IC7 Max 3 @ OcPrices.com, Epox 8HDA3+ K8T800 @ PCStats, Crucial's Radeon 9800 Pro @ ClubOC, VIA EPIA CL10000 Mini-ITX @ Tweaknews, DFI LANParty 865PE @ 3DVelocity, Hercules 3D Prophet All-In-Wonder 9800SE @ Hexus, ABIT KV8-MAX3 @ TheCrucible

Cooling: SkiveStream II @ 3dXtreme & PCTechZone, asetek WaterChill KT03-L20 @ Madshrimps

Memory: OCZ 512mb PC3500 EL DDR @ Tech-Dreams, HyperX 1GB DDR400 Registered @ Legit Reviews

Mods: Sunbeam Meteor Light @ Systemcooling, PSU duo II @ Bit-Tech, Antec PlusView 1000AMG @ LegionHW, Spode's Abode: Home Made Cube Case,

Networking: X-Micro's USB Wireless Network Adapter @ TechTastic, Beginners Guides: Securing A Wireless Network @ PCStats, Multi-Tech MVP130 VOIP Gateway @ TechConnect, iNexQ 54G Access Point @ Hexus

Misc: Ricochet 2.52 Mouse Surface @ PCHardwareUK, Gizmos, Gadgets and Goodies Guide #4 @ Tweaktown, HP Business Inkjet 1100d @ DesignTechnica, BIOS flashing guide @ CyberCPU, Insight Solution Mediabox @ Epiacenter.com, Trust Combi TV-PC Pop View @ MetkuMods


News: Tuesday, 11th November 2003 - David

Besides computer, The Tech Zone loves cars! And what better place to see some really hot cars than in Las Vegas for the 2003 SEMA Show! TTZ got some really great pictures of some of the hottest demo cars in the world. And if you look carefully, you'll see some hot booth babes as well.

Hardware Analysis checks out the PCChips EZ-Watcher EZW-3060 Mini-PC, which offers, among other features, dynamic overclocking functionality. Hmm.

OCIA spices up an old case with a Red Meshed Zalman 400w Silent PSU and some replacement UV molex connectors.

TechJuice takes on the Logitech Cordless MX Duo, something i'd live to get for myself if not for the exorbitant prices over here.

The Overclocker Café has just posted up their review of the ABIT KV7 mainboard based on the KT600 chipset. They found it not to be the nForce2 killer it was originally thought to be but being laden with features including native SATA; it is worth a look especially with its $80 (~RM 320) price tag.

Here’s something interesting – 6 channel surround sound headphones! Zalman Tech has just released a new pair of audio headphones designed to create a realistic surround sound listening experience. The lads at SystemCooling gives us the lowdown.

Displays: Solarism Flex-View LM-1730 17in LCD @ Mikhailtech, Xenarc 700TSV 7" Touch Screen VGA LCD @ MODTHEBOX

Mods & Cooling: XBOX CombiCable mod @ MetkuMods, Zalman Cnps3100+ @ Rbmods, asetek WaterChill Review @ Ninjalane, Zalman CNPS7000A-Cu @ Tech-Dreams, Thermaltake EXTREME Volcano 12 @ Tweaktown

Power & Cases: Aluminum Green X-SuperAlien w/ 500W PSU @ TwistedMods, Antec Overture Desktop/HTPC @ GruntvillE, CMI Mercedes Style Case @ TechIMO, Aspire X-Dreamer II @ Modsynergy, Global WIN YCC-1101 @ Ohls-Place, Chenbro Gaming Bomb @ Dukgamers, Titanium Magic Color, 480W PSU @ A True Review, SilverStone Gamer @ Short-Media

Games: Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader @ LAN Addict, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy @ TechIMO


News: Monday, 10th November 2003 - David

I know i've been slacking off on the news lately. My bad. Here's the first batch of news from the inbox. I'll post the rest later today.

SLCentral - DVD Burner Roundup Review
9800 Pro Heatsink Modification @ Nexus Hardware
Vantec Nexus NXP-305 3.5" Rheobus Kit @ GruntvillE.com
OCZ PC3200 Dual Channel DDR 512MB RAM Review @ NextGen Electronics
Speed Strip SSA-1 Review (Athlon Unlocking Strip) at neoseeker
VIA K8T800:Asus SK8V & Highpoint Tech RocketRaid 1640 @ AMDZone
Samsung Tantus LTM405W 40 Inch LCD TV / PC Monitor Review @ Tweaknews.net
Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz Extreme Edition Processor @ PCStats
Steelpad 4S mouse pad @ TechTastic.ca
Crucial 256MB 'Gizmo' USB Hard Drive Review @ PCStats
Mitsumi Floppy/Card Reader Combo @ SystemCooling
CMI BMW Case & PS @ MHW
myWORLD Hardware: Tri-Cool (Wavemaster, Aerogate II and Musketeer)
Hercules 3D Prophet All-In-Wonder 9800SE @ Hexus
Networking X-Micro Style – Cheap, Stylish and Simple @ Tweaktown
Xpcases X-dreamer 2 case @ Rbmods
Thermaltake VM2000A Xaser Lanfire @ Modsynergy.com
GeForceFX 5700 Ultra Review @ AMDMB
SteelPad 4D @ TheCrucible.ca
Icemat Black review at RipNet-UK
X-Micro Wireless Broadband Router XWL-11bRRG @ PC Guide
iRock 830 Review @ HardExtreme.org
America's Army: Special Forces Tweak Guide @ tweaktown
Zalman ZM-RS6F 5.1 Real Surround Sound @ DataFuse


News: Tuesday, 4th November 2003 - David

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 4, 2003 - Intel Corporation today introduced the Intel(r) Pentium(r) 4 processor Extreme Edition supporting Hyper-Threading (HT) Technology** at 3.20 GHz. High-performance computers based on this new processor are designed for high-end gamers and computing enthusiasts and are now available from system manufacturers worldwide. For the full PR, see here.


News: Monday, 3rd November 2003 - David

Just got a PR from Asus, with some nice pictures and information on their ATI 9800XT Limited Edition cards. Certainly a very tasty (and definitely pricey) bundle.

Check out the PR here for more info.


News: Monday, 3rd November 2003 - David

TT Hardcano 8 VR Review @ GideonTech.com
TechConnect reviews the INcoder Slim D1 Combo Drive
Shuttle SB65G2 with ClearView cover @ Tweaktown
Steelpad 4D Professional Gaming Mousepad Review @ Tweaknews.net
Cooler Master Licensed Etched Window @ SystemCooling
Alpha 8045 heatsink Review @ hard-h2o
Corsair Twinx1024x-3700 @ Rbmods
Gigabyte 8IPE1000 Pro 2 GT2004 @ Tweaktown
PimpRig Review:: Ahanix Blu III Case
BeanTech My Reader Review @ FastLaneHW.com
SilverStone Lascala SST-LC01 HTPC Case Review @ MODTHEBOX.COM
Apex 128 meg Flash Stick @ TechTastic.ca
POWMAX PS Tester @ MHW
Editorial: Will "brilinear" filtering persist? @ 3DCenter
Klipsch GMX D-5.1 Speakers Review @ The Tech Zone
Lian-Li 6 in 1 Card Reader @ SystemCooling
AMD Optimal BIOS settings + Overclocking Guide @ Madshrimps
Swiftech 8501 Series Water Cooling Kit Review
@ ClubOC
Nvidia FX5700 Review @ Neoseeker
D&D: The Temple of Elemental Evil (PC) Review @ GameAxis
Multi-Function 3.5" Fan Controller Review @ GruntvillE.com
Albatron PX865PE Pro II @ X-trememodz


   


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