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Archives - News, September 2002

News : Monday, 30th September 2002 - David

News for the past weekend!

Motherboards
EPoX 4G4A+ i845G P4 Motherboard Review @ MKT
Five I845E Motherboard Shootout @ OCNZ
MSI KT4 Ultra-FISR KT400 Motherboard Review @ PCStats
Abit IT7-MAX2 and Media XP Review @ TheNakedReview
Undocumented Asus A7v333 Voltages @ SpodesAbode

Mousing / Gaming
Voided Warranty reviews The IceMat mousing surface
Ultimate HOTAS: CH Fighterstick and Pro Throttle USB Review @ OcPrices.com
PC vs. Console Comparison @ Hardwire
Premodded Xbox X-EcuterV1 Console Review @ TweakTown
Unreal Tournament 2003 Demo Review @ OCA
Onimusha 2: Samurai's Destiny Review @ GameAxis

Storage
Romtec Trios II Review @ ComputerInsanity
SanDisk Ultra 256mb CompactFlash Review @ Envynews
PleXWriter PX-W4824A hardware review @ CDRInfo
Kazan USB 2.0 Drive Enclosure Review @ Envynews
Stomp ClutterBuster review @ Envynews

CPUs
Intel Pentium 4 2.66GHz C1 Overclocked to the Max @ BlargOC
Intel/AMD CPU Overclocking Database @ Tweakers AU

Graphics
ECS Xabre400 Review @ Neoseeker
Abit Ti4200 OTES Graphics Card Review @ Tweaktown
MonkeyReview Posts Asus V8440 Geforce 4 Ti4400 Review

Cases
Addtronics CL7220 Server Tower Case Review @ ComputerInsanity.NET
Antec Performance Plus 1080 AMG Case Review @ Tweaknews.net

Mods
ICEHardware reviews the Akasa four colour LED fans
Akasa Crystal Blue Fan @ Casetest
Window and Light Mod Review @ ClubOC
Oracle Graphics' Custom Appliqué @ Tech Dreams
Directron's Sound Card Activated Neon @ Tech Dreams
Akasa UV Rounded cables @ PCA
PC Abusers Reviews the Baybus 6 Port Fan Controller
Voided Warranty has taken a good look at the CaseETC.com Cold Cathode Kit

Cooling
Coolink (H2T), U2P), (U1P2) @ MonsterHW
Bjorn3D Looks at the Antec Hard Drive Cooler
Socket A Cooler Roundup-II Review @ TechnoYard
ThermalTake Volcano 9 HSF Review @ MrPCPro.com
Zalman CNPS6500B-AICu CPU Cooler Review @ MODTHEBOX.COM
Ahanix Iceberg Watercooler Review @ OcPrices.com

Misc
Nexland PRO 400 ISB SOHO Review @ AusPCWorld
HWZ reviews the Dell Inspiron 8200 P4-M 2GHz
Belkin Regulator Pro 650 UPS @ PCArena
PCA Reviews The Philips MMS 306/A 3.600 5.1 Speaker System
Samsung YEPP YP-700H FM/MP3 Digital Audio Player @ Futurelooks
EPoX Banner Giveaway @ Envynews
ViewSonic VG700 17-inch TFT Display Review @ PCStats
Samsung YP-700H 128MB MP3 Player Review @ OnePC.NET
Belkin's USB 2.0 Dual-Port Hi-Speed PCI Card @ Bjorn3D


PR: Tweakmonster : Thursday, 26th September 2002 - David

To all of my loyal retailers, customers and my brethren of hardcore gamers and overclockers out pushing the limits of the digital divide. I thought it would interest you to know that I happened to be flipping through this month’s issue of Maximum PC magazine looking at what three of the top after-market system builders out there had to offer in the way of gear. I was pleasantly surprised to see that two out of three were using my Ramsinks to cool their video card memory.

On Page 28 of this issue there is an excellent picture of my product featured on Falcon Northwest’s Mach V Exotix machine. I smiled and thought to myself, ‘very cool…very cool indeed’. I moved on to Page 30 and reviewed Alienware’s Area-51 machine and I thought to myself, ‘well, just give them time, they’ll come around’. I proceeded to Page 32 and low and behold the Voodoo PC EGAD machine, and what did I find…Yes, correct my friends you read my mind, that custom heat sink in their machine, why yes, it’s my design.

As if there was any doubt, I think it’s just been made clear, if you want great coolin’ you need to just come here.

http://www.tweakmonster.com


News : Thursday, 26th September 2002 - David

More news bits ;)

Motherboards
MSI KT4 Ultra Motherboard Review @ Neoseeker
Abit SR7-8X SiS648 Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
Tech PC - ABIT IT7-MAX2 DDR VS ASUS P4T533 RDRAM Comparitive Review
Tech PC - Leadtek WinFast K7N415DA nForce Motherboard Review

CPU Cooling
Thermalright's AX7 Socket A Cooler Review @ PCREVIEWSPOT.COM
Zalman NPS6500A-CU HSF @ OCA
Vantec 1U CCK-6012 @ Viper Lair
Arkua 6228 Socket A Cooler Reviewed @ PCREVIEWSPOT.COM

Memory
DDR RAM Guide Updated - Cosair XMS3200 DDR @ OCNZ
OCZ 512Mb PC3500 DDR433 RAM Review @ BlargOC
Performance PC3200 & PC3500 DDR Review @ Hardware Test

Mousing
Voided Warranty has reviewed the Everglide Optical Mouse Pads
Black IceMat @ PCA
BoPC has reviewed the Belkin Nostromo N30 Mouse

Cases
Macase Galaxy II KA-280W Case Review @ AusPCWorld
Cooler Master ATC-210 DX1 Aluminium Case Review @ BlargOC
Chieftec SPX-02SL Case Review @ ComputerInsanity

Storage
YAMAHA CRW-F1DX @ CDRInfo
WAITEC FRISBY II @ CDRInfo

Graphics
Leadtek WinFast A250 Ultra TD MyVIVO Review @ Tweakers AU
GeForce4 MX gets AGP8X - Prolink GF4 MX440-8X @ Tweaktown
HWZ reviews the MSI MX440-VTD8X 64MB

Power
Antec True Blue 480W Power Supply Review @ AusPCWorld
PCA Reviews The Black Raidmax 400W Tri Lite Power Supply
Topower 520watt Power Supply Review @ Tweaktown
Antec True Blue Power Supply Review @ ReviewNation.com

Mods
Coolermaster TLF-R82 Blue Neon Led Review @ AusPCWorld
MacPower Digidoc 5 Review @ AusPCWorld
Switched baybus review at RipNet-UK
2FC Review: TweakMonster Rev. 3.0 Lightstrip
MTB Exclusive: Computuning MODRainbow Kit Review

Display
Hitachi CML190SXWB 19-inch TFT Display Review @ PCStats
GearGrip - LCD Shield Harness Review @ Bjorn3D
Samsung Syncmaster 171p LCD Review @ GideonTech.com

Misc
2800+ with 333MHz FSB arrives 1st of October @ Inquirer
Samsung Yepp-90S MP3 Player Review @ TechwareLabs
Free Hardware @ Techware Labs


News : Tuesday, 24th September 2002 - David

Lets try something new in terms of news presentation. This batch should keep you guys occupied ;) Tonnes of news in the inbox since Saturday!

Motherboards
KT333 Motherboard Roundup @ AMDMB
Shuttle AK37 GTR review @ AMD3D.com
AOpen AX4G Pro mainboard @ OCC
Soltek 75DRV5 KT333 Mainboard Review @ TechnoYard
ASUS P4S8X (SIS 648 Chipset) Review @ TecCentral
Abit SR7-8X with the SiS 648 Chipset Reviewed at Hot Hardware

Cases
Prometeia Cooling System - Part 2 @ BlargOC
Lian-Li PC-6085B case Review @ M:6 Hardware
Lian Li PC-7323 @ OCC

Power
OCAddiction reviews the Zalman ZM300A-APF PSU
Vantec 470W Stealth Powersupply Review @ FrostyTech

Cooling
Vantec AeroFlow Heatsink with TMD Fan @ ClubOC
Thermaltake Volcano 9 Cooler Review @ BlargOC
Zalman 6000CU Review @ RabidHardware
Ahanix Iceberg 1 Water Cooling Kit Review @ MODTHEBOX.COM
Titan TTC-D5TB(TC) review @ phlux.co.uk
Taisol CGK760172 CPU Cooler @ Modtown.co.uk
Vantec Thermoflow Fans @ Viper Lair
Zalman CPNS6000-CU heatsink review @ OCC

Storage
ICEHardware reviews the DION USB Memory Drive
Plextor PleXCombo 8/8/24-8U Review @ HotHardware.Com
Plextor PlexWriter 40/12/40A CD-RW Kit Review @ BlargOC

Graphics Cards
Albatron GeForce4 Ti4200P-Turbo 128MB Review @ PCStats
BiT-news :: Gainward Ultra/650TV-Golden Sample

Mods
BiT-news :: Cutting Edge PSU Mods
Cold Cathode - Triple Color @ TobiTech
Project: [RICE:CASE] @ M:6
PCA Reviews an Etched Biohazard Window Kit with Green Laser LED
OC Card - ChipLite @ Moddin
VoidedWarranty.com reviews a window appliqué from ShatteredWeb
LUX Zantec 1 Window Review @ AntecAsylum.com
PCMods Power Down Protector Review @ GideonTech.com
Maelstrom - Premade Variable Speed Baybus @ MonkeyReview
Mini Mods @ MonsterHW
Sunbeam Tech Multi-Colored CCFL Kits @ Tweakers AU
Sunbeam Dual Multi-Colour 12" Cold Cathode Kit Review @ MODTHEBOX.COM
Alien Lasercut Fan Grill @ Modtown.co.uk

Memory
Corsair 256MB XMS PC3200 DDR @ Viper Lair
TwinMOS 512mb PC3200 DDR400 Memory Review @ MKT
Corsair PC3200 (DDR400MHz) CAS2 Review @ Hardware Test
Corsair XMS PC3200 DDR400 Memory Review @ PCStats

I/O
HWGuru.com have reviewed the Microsoft Wireless Intellimouse
IBM Rapid Access II Keyboard @ TobiTech

Misc.
AMD won't reject unlicensed comment @ TheInq
BlueTake BlueTooth Kit @ BOPC
Monitor buying guide at RipNet-UK
Crucial Technology Tour @ ClubOC
Stomp Inc. My Sound Studio Review @ winhq.net
Voided Warranty has written an article on why we hate the RIAA
Overclocking DDR Memory: Truths and Misconceptions - A Buyers Guide @ Extreme Overclocking
BiT-news :: ECTS 2002 - InDepth with Nvidia
Radeon 9700 pro giveaway @ TweakMonster


News : Friday, 20th September 2002 - David

DFI AD77 Infinity - KT400 Preview @ Hardware Test
News from Modtown: Antec LED Fan Showcase
Nexland ISB SOHO @ Viper Lair
PCA Reviews the IOSS RD7-CA Cooling After®
CIO Insight: Will Wi-Fi (802.11) Ever Take Off?
ExtremeTech: Virtual Keyboard "A Reality"
CIO Insight: How IT Security Has Changed
eWeek: Universal Translator, Here We Come?
Everglide Gaming Mouse Mat Review @ BlargOC
Actiontec 802.11a 54Mbps Wireless Gear Review @ PCStats
Arkua 848X-6B 1U Pentium 4 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
Bjorn3D reviews the SmartDisk FireLite external hard drive
ASUS 8420 Geforce 4 Ti 4200 @ Riva3d
Kingston 512mb SODIMM Review @ MKT
Stomp Inc's MySoundStudio @ Tech Dreams
Lian Li PC6089 Aluminium Case Review @ TweakTown
The Shattered Web Coloured Window Appliqués Review @ MODTHEBOX.COM
Avoiding electrocution @ DansData
SOYO Dragon Ultra KT333 "Platinum Edition" Review @ OCTools
Sound Dampening Material Shootout @ MonsterHW
Bopc has reviewed the Dr.Thermal Ti V86N cooler
PC Hardware reviewed Abit Siluro GF4Ti 4200
eWeek: Apple, IBM Team on 64-bit Chip
ICEHardware reviews a D-Link USB Radio
HWGuru.com Reviews the Silent Drive HDD Enclosure
Zalman 300W ZM300A-APF Quiet Power Supply @ FrostyTech
ClearPC acrylic case review @ phlux.co.uk
CoolerMaster Aluminum MousePad Reviewed @ BOPC
MSI 645E Max Motherbaord Review @ ReviewNation.com
Wintasks 4 Pro Review @ PcReviewSpot.com
HWZ reviews the Philips 180MT 18-inch LCD Monitor/TV


PR : VIA P4PB 400 Mainboard Powers Industry’s Leading Gaming Systems : Friday, 20th September 2002 - David

World's best gamers give thumbs up to VIA P4PB 400 Mainboard at the recent QuakeCon 2002, with a host of major design wins from leading gaming system integrators.

Taipei, Taiwan, 19 September 2002 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the new VIA P4PB 400 Mainboard featuring the blisteringly fast VIA Apollo P4X400 chipset has been chosen to power gaming rigs from a host of leading System Integrators including ABS Computers, Microtel Systems, Leadman Electronics, Elco Systems, Voyageur Systems and Polywell Computers.

Systems from each vendor were demonstrated by VIA at the recent QuakeCon 2002 in Mesquite, Texas. Gamers attending the event were blown away by the power, stability and leading edge features that make the VIA P4PB 400 Mainboard such a compelling choice for gamers and PC enthusiasts.

“The VIA P4PB 400 mainboard with its emphasis on performance and the very latest connectivity features, is a natural choice for gaming systems and VIA is proud it has been chosen by such a prestigious line-up of vendors,” said Richard Brown, Director of Marketing VIA Technologies, Inc. “The enthusiastic response from gamers who tested the systems at QuakeCon 2002 illustrates why VIA chipsets and mainboards are developing a growing presence in this exciting segment of the PC market.”

“Since the introduction of Voyageur's GamerSolution System based on VIA Motherboards and Intel Pentium 4 Processors, we have been extremely pleased with the platform's lightning quick speed and outstanding reliability. Typically one does not expect this type of top shelf performance from such an aggressively priced motherboard. Our customers have praised VOYAGEUR for providing a rock solid system at such a competitive price. VIA Motherboards seem to have it all,” commented David Bollig, president of VoyageurPC.com.

“ABS Computer is very excited to partner with VIA to showcase its new performance motherboard engineered for serious gaming. People attending QuakeCon 2002 were delighted to see this new cutting-edge product from VIA,” said Hip Lee, General Manager, ABS Computer.

“Leadman Electronics is a leading distributor of cutting edge technology solutions to the gaming market,” said Jim Liang, National Sales Marketing Manager, Leadman Electronics, Inc. “The VIA P4PB 400 Mainboard is a high performance, feature rich solution that allows us to deliver a superior PC system at unbelievably aggressive price points and is sure to be a big success with our demanding customer base.”

“Elco Systems’ ‘V8’ brand system gamer series were presented at the VIA Gaming Zone at QuakeCon 2002. Elco Systems (Canada) selected the VIA P4PB 400 motherboard as the core of the ‘V8’ gamer series simply for the performance,” said Frankie Wong, President, Elco Systems, Canada. “The ‘V8’ gamer series is the dream machine for the gamers at very reasonable price.”

“We found the VIA P4PB 400MHz DDR Pentium 4 Motherboard gives best price, features and performance ratio among all the motherboards that Polywell carries today. It enables us to produce a better value PC to be able to compete in the market. I believed this will be a best selling product in next few months,” Sam Chu, CEO of Polywell Computers, Inc.

VIA P4PB 400 Mainboard
The VIA P4PB 400 fully exploits the performance and connectivity capabilities of VIA's most advanced chipset combination, the Apollo P4X400 North Bridge and VT8235 South Bridge. Performance features includes AGP 8X and 533MHz FSB support, as well as the industry's fastest memory controller, providing the Pentium® 4 with up to 2700MB/sec of fast DDR333 SDRAM memory. The VIA P4PB 400's unsurpassed connectivity features include integrated USB 2.0/1.1, IDE ATA/133, onboard IEEE 1394, 10/100 LAN, and a Smart Card connector. The onboard VIA audio solution provides six channels of studio quality, crisp, digital surround sound, rounding out this totally connected multimedia package.

Ultimate Gaming PC Spotlight on VIA Arena
The feature rich VIA Mainboards are enabling leading system integrators to bring top performing, value for money gaming systems to market. For further information on the companies and a closer look at each system, please visit the ‘Ultimate Gaming PC Spotlight’ article on VIA Arena, at: www.viaarena.com/?PageID=177.


PR : VIA and S3 Graphics Announce QBM License Agreement with Kentron : Wednesday, 18th September 2002 - David

Incorporating QBM technology into core logic chipsets effectively doubles the bandwidth of current DDR SDRAM devices, demonstrating VIA’s continued leadership in delivering higher PC system performance through evolutionary memory technology

Taipei, Taiwan, 17 September 2002 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, and S3 Graphics, Inc. today jointly announced the licensing of QBM technology from Kentron Technologies. The adoption of QBM technology reflects the continuation of VIA’s industry defining strategy of driving evolutionary memory technologies into the market in order to deliver higher system performance with a minimal cost penalty, as demonstrated in the successful transitions to PC133 SDRAM in 1999 and DDR SDRAM in 2001.

The QBM controller interface license provides VIA and S3 Graphics with the necessary IP coverage to incorporate QBM into their line of core logic chipsets. QBM technology doubles the speed of Double Data Rate (DDR) memory devices while maintaining the existing 64-bit bus structure common in today’s general purpose computing systems and meeting market requirements for low cost memory modules.

This license marks the first time that PC based systems will be able to interface to high speed DDR533 and DDR667 modules featuring QBM technology. New systems using QBM enabled chipsets from VIA and S3 Graphics will combine the fastest speed memory in the industry with the fastest processor bus speeds and maintain backward compatibility with today’s DDR modules.

“VIA is committed to delivering higher performance chipset solutions to the marketplace while minimizing cost impact on our customers,” said Chewei Lin, Vice President of Product Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “Kentron’s leading edge QBM memory technology will enable us to strengthen our position as the market leader in providing high-performance chipsets and, at the same time, exploit all the potential of the existing DDR SDRAM infrastructure.”

“We are looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with VIA and S3 Graphics,” said Bob Goodman, Kentron Technologies’ chief executive officer. “As a developer of high speed and high density memory solutions, Kentron’s objective is to produce innovations that will benefit the semiconductor and system industries.”

"Kentron's QBM technology implemented with VIA and S3 chipsets will raise the performance bar and deliver the highest bandwidth achievable in a low cost 64-bit DDR configuration. Compared to the other high performance alternatives, this architecture could produce the best price/performance for several years to come," said Bert McComas, founder and principle analyst at InQuest Market Research.

In order to ensure a worldwide low cost supply of DDR based QBM modules in support of VIA’s chipsets, Kentron is providing the major DRAM and memory module manufacturers with the necessary tools (modules, gerbers, design guides, etc.) under a royalty-free license.

“QBM enabled chipsets from VIA and S3 Graphics mark a major milestone toward the implementation of QBM technology,” said Jun Kitano, Director of Technical Marketing for Elpida Memory (USA) Inc. “Elpida will continue to work closely with Kentron Technologies by offering high density, low power DDR SDRAM devices.”

Other partners in The QBM Alliance, such as STMicroelectronics and Acuid Corporation have been working closely with both Kentron Technologies and VIA in the activities targeted towards the development of QBM enabled chipsets.

“STMicroelectronics has been a member of the QBM Alliance since the beginning and we are pleased to be providing key components used in the QBM solution being brought to the marketplace by VIA, S3 Graphics and Kentron Technologies,” said Ricardo de Sa Earp, Director of Marketing at ST Microelectronics’ ASD & Discretes Division.

“Acuid clearly recognize the advantages that the QBM technology brings to the system market place and the requirement for advanced testing solutions,” said Ricci Brach, VP ATE Marketing and Sales North America at Acuid Corporation Ltd. “The move by VIA and S3 Graphics to incorporate QBM into their chipset products will have a very positive impact on the acceptance of the QBM technology in the marketplace.”

For further information on this QBM announcement, please see the White Paper, presentation, and question & answer document at the following URLs:
QBM White Paper: www.via.com.tw/en/apollo/WP110902QBM1.pdf
QBM Presentation: www.via.com.tw/en/apollo/PPT150902QBM.pdf
Questions & Answers: www.via.com.tw/en/apollo/QBMFAQfinal.pdf


PR : Powerleap New Product Announcement : Wednesday, 18th September 2002 - David

PowerLeap is glad to inform you its new product called PL-P4/N is now available to make Socket-423 M/Bs up to support Pentium 4 CPUs (Socket-478) with Northwood & Willamette Cores Support.

No BIOS update required, the plug & play installation definitely "value-adds" your Socket-423 M/B stock to boot up the Pentium 4/Celeron-P-4 CPUs built with Intel's 0.18 & 0.13-micron technologies as the same performance running on Socket-478 M/B. Please contact our sales team for more product info. or quotation request.

1. PL-P4/N: Pentium-4 / Celeron P-4 upgrade

P4 (Socket-423) to P4 (Socket-478) with Northwood & Willamette cores support
2.26/2.4B/2.53GHz (533MHz) & 1.6 ~ 2.4GHz (400MHz) Adapter,

6-layer PCB design.

2. PL-370/T v.2.0: Socket 370 up to Tualatin
PPGA/FC-PGA to FC-PGA2
FSB-100/133 MHz support

Adjustable Voltage from 1.4V to 1.75V

1.0A-1.4GHz Celeron and
1.13- 1.4GHz P-III (Tualatin)

3. PL-Neo/T: Socket 370 up to Tualatin
FC-PGA to FC-PGA2
1.0A-1.4GHz Celeron and 1.13- 1.4GHz P-III (Tualatin)
FSB-100/133 MHz support

4. PL-Neo S370: Socket-370 up to Coppermine
Celeron-PPGA to FC-PGA
P-III and Cel (Coppermine)

5. PL-iP3/T: Slot-1 up to Tualatin
P-II/Cel to P-III/Cel Tualatin
1.0A-1.3GHz Celeron and 1.13- 1.4GHz P-III (Tualatin)

6. PL-ProII/T: Socket 8 up to Tualatin
Pentium Pro 150-200 upgrades to Tualatin

1.0A-1.4GHz Celeron and 1.13- 1.4GHz P-III (Tualatin)
FSB-100/133 MHz support

See www.powerleap.com for more information.


News : Wednesday, 18th September 2002 - David

Crucial 256mb PC2700 Review @ ClubOC
EliteGuild.com - Razer Boomslang 2000dpi Review
Bluetake POKE 2 Bluetooth Adapter Review @ Tweakers AU
CoolerMaster TLF-R82 Neon LED Fan Review @ OCTools
RocketRAID 1520 @ DansData
Vantec CCK-7025 Copper Pentium 4 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
eWeek: Apple's Mac OS X Ultimatum
eWeek: Intel Unveils 11 Mobile Chips
eWeek: Red Hat to Simplify Desktop UIs
ExtremeTech: Via To Produce Quad-Band Memory Chipset
Cyber Cooler Neon Blue LED case fans review at RipNet-UK
A4 Tech Mouse Review @ PCA
Seagate Cheetah 73GB 15K SCSI Drive Review @ SCC
Xbags CTSS review @ ModdingZone
Samsung SW-240 40x12x40x CD-RW Review @ Modfactor.com
HighPerformance DDR-RAM Roundup @ 3DCenter.de
Pro/News - Chemistry of Coolants Article
ICEMAT Glass Mousing Surface Review @ PC Review Spot
OCAddiction reviews OCSystems Overclocked P4 System
PNY Quadro 4 900XGL Profession MCAD Graphics - Review @ HotHardware.com
Epox 8K5A3+ KT333 Motherboard Review @ OCNZ
Mikhailtech 9/02 Giveaway - Week 3
PCA Reviews the Nexland ISB Pro800
New FIC VC19 Motherboard Review @ Neoseeker


News : Tuesday, 17th September 2002 - David

MSI GeForce4 Ti4600-VTD MS-8872 @ HW Test.dk
Icewind Dale 2 Review Posted @ PlanetSavage
Nexland ISB 800 Pro @ MonsterHW
Zalman ZM80-HP review @ SolidMercury
ExtremeTech: Intel Looks to the Future
eWeek: Outlook Express Lets Attackers Skirt Filters
eWeek: AOL Announces Long-Awaited Shakeup
PCMag: Security Alert: Microsoft Acknowledges Word Security Problems
eWeek: NAI, McAfee Complete Merger Deal
eWeek: IBM Expands Support for Red Hat
eWeek: Microsoft Rolls Out .Net Mobile Tools
Zalman CNPS5700D-Cu Ducted P4 Heatsink @ FrostyTech
BiT-news :: Crucial 128Mb MMC
eWeek: Apple Folds in Mac OS 9 Group
16MB EasyDisk - USB Flash Drive @ Bjorn3D
SOYO KT333 DRAGON Ultra Motherboard Review @ BlargOC
APC 500VA Battery Backup @ ReviewNation.com
Samsung SyncMaster 171P @ MonkeyReview.com
Akasa 80mm Glowing Fans for Case Pimping @ FrostyTech
AMD AthlonXP 2400+ Processor Review @ PCStats
PCA reviews the Arctic Cooling Super Silent Pro
Voided Warranty reviews the Nexland Pro100 Internet Sharing Box
New MSI KT3 Ultra 2 Vs Gigabyte 7VRXP Motherboard Shootout @ Neoseeker
Antec Hard Drive Cooling System Review @ OCC


News : Monday, 16th September 2002 - David

Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast @ OcPrices.com
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos @ OcPrices.com
IBM 120GXP Review @ Pc Revew Spot
Neon LED Fans @ OCC
Eliteguild.com - Value CPU Comparison
Verax GmbH P11T Silent Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
Chieftec Dragon full tower case review at RipNet-UK
Bjorn3D takes a look at the CRW-F1
M-Systems DiskOnKey 128MB @ Viper Lair
Logitech Keyboard Painting Guide @ MKT
TwinMOS DDR400 Review @ TheNakedReview
Dreddnews - Nexland ISB SOHO Review
Intel Celeron 1.8GHz Processor Review @ PCStats
Dynatron DC1206BM-L/610 AMD Cooler @ PC Review Spot
HWZ reviews the Matrox Parhelia-512
Kanie Hedgehog Type W HSF @ MonsterHW
533FSB Pentium 4 Chipset Shootout - Intel -vs- SiS -vs- VIA @ Tweaktown
GlobalWin CAK4-86 Copper Heatsink Reviewed @ Extreme Overclocking
Asus A7V8X review @ AMD3D.com
Small versus smaller @ Dansdata
BiT-news :: Noritake x64 graphic VFD
Bopc has reviewed a Belkin UPS
Tech PC - Akasa ShinEtsu Thermal Interface Pads Review
ASUS A7V8X + ASUS A7S333 + Crystalfontz LC-Display + Lian Li PC-86 Midi Tower @ 3DCenter
Alpha Ramsinks/GPU Cooler Review @ MKT
Lian-Li PC-76 "Massive" Server Case Review @ MrPCPro.com
ATi Radeon 9700 Pro Review @ Tweaktown
Computuning PC-Rider Kit Review @ MODTHEBOX.COM
Albatron Geforce 4 MX440 64Meg DDR Videocard Review @ Tweaknews.net
Tech PC - MSI KT3 ULTRA - Non RAID (MS-6380E) Motherboard Review
AOpen AX4B-533 Tube Mainboard @ Hardware Test
HighPoint Rocket RAID 1520 review @ AMD3D.com
BiT-news :: Acoustic absorption matting
Meblin's Mods IR Receiver review @ phlux.co.uk
A Psychological Perspective on eBay @ Futurelooks
Xtreme DDR400 "True" @ ClubOC
Samsung SP8004H 80G and SP4002H 40G HD Review @ TechwareLabs
Unreal Tournament 2003 benchmarks with 14 graphics chips @ HardTecs4U
Coolermaster Neon LED Fan Reviewed @ BOPC
Unreal Tournament 2003 Demo Review @ OcPrices.com
Shuttle XPC Athlon XP Mini system Review @ OcPrices.com
Soldering guide @ Alltechbox.com
Cooler Master Neon LED Fan Review @ PC REVIEW SPOT
Roundups added to 8Dimensional's Motherboard Review List
Corsair 256MB PC2700 DDR @ Viper Lair
HWZ reviews the Pine D'music SM-220C CD/MP3 Player
12" Multi-Color Cold Cathode Kit Review @ MKT
Samsung 40X12X40 CDRW Review @ GideonTech.com
1CoolPc.com's Clear LED Fan @ VoidedWarranty
Cooler Master ATC-710 Case Review @ ClubOC
Unreal Tournament 2003 Demo Tweak Guide @ Tweaktown
PCA Reviews the Dynatron SPC1 Chipset cooler
Dual Voltage 6 Port Baybus Review @ MODTHEBOX.COM
Samsung SW-232 CDRW Review @ Futurelooks
BlueTake Bluetooth Devices @ IcePC


TSMC's Dr Morris Chang Returns as Keynote Speaker at VTF T aipei 2002 : Thursday, 12th September 2002 - David

Dr Chang to head up a prominent array of key industry figures addressing the VIA Technology Forum 2002

Taipei, Taiwan, 10 September 2002 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today confirmed that Dr Morris Chang, founding Chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, will be giving a keynote address at the upcoming VIA Technology Forum 2002 in Taipei.

Pioneer of the dedicated silicon integrated circuit foundry, Morris Chang is widely acclaimed as one of the key architects of Taiwan’s dominance in the high-tech world, and has had numerous honorary degrees and awards bestowed upon him in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the microelectronics industry.

“I am delighted once again to be given the opportunity to address VTF Taipei,” commented Morris Chang. “With a focus on key IT markets, the VIA Technology Forum maintains its relevance and importance to IT professionals everywhere, bringing together the industry’s leading players to set future directions in technology.”

Dr Chang will open the keynote session on the second morning of VTF Taipei 2002, in the Plenary Hall of the Taiwan International Convention Centre at 9am on Wednesday 9th October 2002. His keynote will be followed by addresses from other Diamond Sponsors and a panel discussion on ‘Taiwan in the Internet Age’, chaired by Mr Hung-Tze Jan, CEO of PC Home and Cite Publishing.

“Morris Chang is a highly respected figure in our industry, both at home and abroad,” said Wenchi Chen, President and CEO of VIA Technologies, Inc. “We are therefore honoured that he has agreed to join us at VTF 2002, and we feel sure that all participants will benefit from his knowledge and vision for the industry.”

About VIA Technology Forum 2002
Through the event theme of ‘Total Connectivity: From Vision to Reality,’ the objective of VTF2002 is to provide leadership and innovative ideas in a very uncertain market environment, generating increased focus on emerging new Total Connectivity market opportunities through a closer linking of hardware with communications and applications. VTF2002 has garnered support from leading industry players, including Advantech, AMD, Hynix, Infineon, Maxtor, Micron, Microsoft, Phoenix and Wyse.

VTF2002 will open in Taipei, Taiwan on 8th October 2002 with a compelling two-day program of keynote presentations given by senior executives of VIA, industry experts and high level representatives of industry partners, and a series of three Technology Tracks in which VIA and our partners will deliver in-depth market, technology and product information seminars following the themes of the Totally Connected Home, Enterprise and Mobility. VTF Taipei will be followed one week later by a one-day event in Beijing on 16th October. Running alongside the seminars at both venues, VIA will host the VIA Technology Platform Innovation Showcase, an on-site exhibition for industry partners to demonstrate their latest technologies, products and services.

About VIA Technology Forum
The VIA Technology Forum (VTF) showcases VIA’s commitment to develop an innovative open architecture technology platform that enables our partners to design, manufacture and market products that exploit the possibilities and enhance the scope and utility of Internet connectivity. Over 2,000 industry professionals and press attended VIA Technology Forum 2001, of whom over 60% were engineering or technical specialists and over 25% accredited international press and analysts. VTF also attracts key national government and academic figures at each venue.

About VIA Technologies, Inc.
VIA Technologies, Inc. is a leading innovator and developer of PC core logic chipsets, microprocessors, and multimedia, communications, optical media and networking chips. VIA delivers value to the PC industry by designing, marketing, and selling high-performance VIA Apollo core logic chipsets for the full range of PC platforms, and cost-effective VIA C3™ processors for Value PCs and Internet Appliances, as well as developing complete solutions for the PC platform through its VPSD Business Unit. Its customers include the world's top OEMs, mainboard manufacturers, and system integrators. VIA is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, at the center of the Greater China high-tech manufacturing engine, and has branch offices in the US, China and Europe. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE2388), and achieved annual revenues of nearly US$1 billion in 2001. Additional information can be found at www.via.com.tw.


COMPUTERS DIVINE INC. PRESS RELEASE : Thursday, 12th September 2002 - David

AUSTIN, TEXAS.(Sept. 9, 2002) - COMPUTERS DIVINE INC. announces the release of their new PPG Automotive Paint Processes, 3 stage wet sanding and Clear Coat Finishes for the case modding industry. CDI, the grandfather of the modding scene by being the first company to ever release modified colored cool cases back in 1998 sets the stage for a whole new era in their quality by incorporating the procedures of top level customizers such as Steve Horch in the automotive to Texas's own "Bud" Harley Davidson Haal in the custom bike industry.

From first stage metal wet sanding to achieve maximum smoothness and surfacing for their first coat of PPG automotive primers. Followed by their second stage of color base application and additional wet sanding treatments. To their third stage of PPG Delta and Global clear coat final finishes followed up by a third wet sanding stage and buff polishing. The extra attention to detail, perfection and quality that CDI is integrating into their new products is nothing short of astounding.

This is a new era for Computers Divine. And through the incorporation of state of the art customizing procedures, the results coming from their Austin based R&D test labs are already proving to be nothing short of amazing. From their new paints, designs and materials to their new equipment, paint booths and particulate filtration and ventilation systems. Nothing is being left out of the equation.

CDI also announces there will be no increase in price for their new PPG Automotive Procedures and Finishes and availability to the public will start immediately. For more info you can visit them at www.computersdivine.com or toll free at (888)77D-VINE, "773-8463".


News : Thursday, 12th September 2002 - David

EliteGuild.com - IR Remote Control
802.11b Wireless LAN Networking Roundup @ PCstats
Thermaltake Volcano 9 Review @ Viper Lair
64MB SanDisk Cruzer Review - Expandable USB Flash Drive @ Bjorn3D
Lian Li PC-6085T Aluminium Case Review @ Tweakers AU
BiT-news :: Antec Tri-Lighted Fan
DDR400 Prizematch @ OCC
eWeek: Support Lags for Pentium 4
PC Mag: Special Report on "Homeland Security"
eWeek: Apple Fields Dual Conferences
eWeek: MS sets launch date for XP SP 1
ExtremeTech: Inside PCI Express
First Watercooling Experiences @ Spodesabode
Reviewers Wanted @ SCC
PSXAmp Remote Control Review @ MKT
ProCooling: 3 Years Later. A Look at where we were and where we are going
Everglide Optical Mouse Pads Review @ Tweaktown
Evergreen Thermagic CSS liquid cooling Review @ MonkeyReview.com
3 Heatsink Review @ OCIA
Custom Aluminum Chenming Case Review @ ClubOC
HWZ reviews the Gigabyte MAYA II GV-R9700 PRO
America's Army Tweak Guide @ Tweaktown
Swiftech MCW462/478-UT Review Posted @ Extreme Overclocking
Marvel Comics™ Laser Sculpted Custom Fan Grills Review @ MODTHEBOX.COM
Coolink H2T Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
ExtremeTech: Intel goes 4.7 GHz, Wavers on Palladium
eWeek: Windows XP SP1 Review
Mikhailtech September 2002 Giveaway - Week 2 @ MKT
ExtremeTech: "Mobile MMX" To Hit PDAs; Banias On Track
ABIT SR7-8X SiS648 Motherboard Review @ PCStats
Dynatron DY1206BH-625 Review from PCA
DangerDen Water Cooling Kit Review @ OCC
CyberDrive CW088D (48/16/48) CD-RW review @ CDRinfo
MSI 648 Max Review @ CPU3D.com
Cooler Master Neon LED FAN TLF-R82 Review @ Modfactor.com
eBlitz Shuttle MP3 Player Review @ Bjorn3D
TherMagic CPU Cooling System Review @ ClubOC
Highpoint RocketRAID 404 Review @ ReviewNation.com
OCSystem's Enhanced GeForce4 Ti4200 @ OCA
Quakecon 2002 @ Tech Dreams
Tom's Hardware 3.3GHz and 3.6GHz article a fake??? (ed: Tom's an ass, simple as that.)
IOSS RD3XP Gladiator Super Shielded ATA133 Cables Review @ Tweaktown
Updated: WinXP/9x Tweak, Hacks and Tips Collection @ Tweakers AU
ExoticPC Landrover Server Case Review @ MODTHEBOX.COM
Antec TriLight Review @ MonkeyReview.com
CIO Insight: 9/11: Managing the Unthinkable
Shatterweb Custom Applique Design @ OCC


News : Wednesday, 11th September 2002 - David

Haven't been keeping up on the news lately, my bad, so theres a ton of the stuff in the inbox. I'll be clearing it out whenever I can, so heres the first lot!

FIC Radeon 9000 Pro @ AMD3D.com
Thermaltake Volcano 7+ @ AntecAsylum.com
Asus P4S8X Review @ CPU3D.com
Connect Playstation Joypad to PC @ Alltechbox.com
Crucial PC2100 DDR 256MB RAM Review @ AusPCWorld
Bjorn3d takes a stroll down memory lane with Defender of the Crown
MonkeyReview Posts Steel VS Aluminum Article
IOSS Bios Saviour @ PC Arena
PC Mag takes a look at the rollout of Windows Media Player 9
eWeek: Microsoft Fesses Up to Month-Old Security Hole
eWeek: Maxtor Launches Mega Drives
Zalman CNPS6500B-Cu Pentium 4 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
ExtremeTech: Bluetooth in the Crosshairs?
Cooling After: PC Turbo Timer Review @ Tweakers AU
Plextor PlexCombo 20/10/40-12A Review @ BlargOC
Keyboard Roundup - Internet Style @ PCstats
Epox 8K5A2+ Bluetooth Motherboard Review @ PCstats
Thermaltake Crystal Orb @ ModTown
MSI K7T266Pro-R KT266 Motherboard Review @ MKT
Zalman CNPS6000-Cu Heatsink @ MyPCMadness
ECS AG400T8-D64 Xabre Video Card Review @ AusPCWorld
Mousemats! Reviewed @ DansData
Swiftech MCX4000 HSF Review @ AusPCWorld
Irock 520 Portable MP3 Player Review @ M:6
UH looks at a Cybex KVM
RefreshForce 1.10 Review @ Bjorn3D
Protecting your PC @ Ripnet
Mitsumi Black Multimedia Keyboard Review @ MKT
ABIT KX7-333R Motherboard Review @ ClubOC
Lian Li Face Plates for CD-ROMs @ ClubOC
Vantec ThermoFlow Case Fans @ ClubOC
Antec Trilite LED Case Fan Review @ AusPCWorld
LAN Party Etiquette @ Bjorn3D
Gigabyte GA-7VAXP Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
TwinMOS PC3200 DDR400 RAM Review @ PCstats
Samsung ML-1440 Laser Printer Review @ Tweaknews.net
EPoX 8K5A2+ KT333 Motherboard Review @ MKT
Voyeurmods Bad Ass Case Review @ OCA
GF4 Ti4200 Shoot-Out: Updated @ HotHardware.Com
HWZ reviews the RICOH MP5125A DVD+RW writer
Zalman CNPS 5100CU Review @ RabidHardware
Kyle Bennett Interview @ OCIA
Antec Performance Plus660 Mini Tower Case Review @ OnePC.NET
CAE Sound Dampening Sheets @ MHW


New article and competition on VIA Arena : Friday, 6th September 2002 - David

A new competition has begun on VIA Arena, the prize being a complete VapoChill case/kit, a VIA P4PB 400 Mainboard and 512MB of Corsair XMS3200 RAM.

The competition URL is: http://www.viaarena.com/?PageID=5. The URL of the article which entrants will have to read to answer the competition questions is http://www.viaarena.com/?PageID=163


News : Friday, 6th September 2002 - David

ECS L4IBAE Socket 478 Motherboard Review @ AusPCWorld
80mm Crystal Blue 4 LED Fan Review from PCa
Terratec TerraCam USB Pro review @ Alltechbox.com
Chaintech Apogee 9EJL1 Motherboard Review @ Tweaktown
Thermaltake Copper Fan Grills Review @ Tweakers AU
Lousy thermometers reviewed @ Dansdata
Verax GmbH P14 Silent Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
PC-60xx cases reviewed @ Dansdata
FIC Radeon 9000 Pro @ AMD3D.com
aTuner 1.1.9.24 @ 3DCenter
Computuning Space2000+ Watercooling Kit Review @ MODTHEBOX..COM
Lian Li PC6085T Reviewed @ BOPC
Samsung SyncMaster 191T 19" LCD Review @ Modfactor
Globalwin CDK38 Copper Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
Dual Volt 6 Port Baybus @ ClubOC
Cultures 2 - Gates of Asgard Review @ GameAxis
iWill P4R533N Mobo Review @ ReviewNation.com
Stomp Inc My SoundStudio Review @ MrPCPro.com
MSI 648 MAX-L Motherboard Review @ PCStats
HWZ preview: Sony VAIO PCG-GRX3P Notebook
AM-2000 Crystal Optical Blue LED Mouse Review @ MKT
Radeon 9000 Pro Review @ AMDMB
Windows XP SP1 - Updating Tips 'n' Tricks @ Tweaktown
CoolerMaster HSC-V62 AMD Cooler Review @ AusPCWorld
Levicom WIN-400PS 420 Watt Power Supply Review @ TecCentral
Abit AT7 Max Review @ ViperLair
MSI KT3 Ultra2-BR Bluetooth Motherboard Review @ PCStats
Zalman CNPS6500B-AlCu Pentium 4 Heatsink Review @ FrostyTech
Soltek SL-85MIR-L Motherboard Review @ Tweakers AU
MSI KT4 Ultra review @ AMD3D
Power Cooler PCH610T cooler reviewed @ BOPC
GlobalWIN TAK 58 Cooler review @ TobiTech
Zalman ZM17-CU Video Card Cooling Kit Review @ MODTHEBOX.COM
Looking For Some New Writers @ MrPCPro.com
MonkeyReview Posts Volcano 9 Review
Antec HD Cooling System Review @OCAddiction
Laptop Buying Guide - Power User (Editorial) @ MKT
Not Another Nexland Router Review @ AMDPower.com
HighPoint RocketRAID 404 Review @ Techware Labs
Thermaltake GF4 "Highest Performance" COpper Cooler @ OCTools
ATI Radeon 9700 PRO review @ ChillBlast
TwinMOS PC2700 DDR333 RAM Review @ PCStats
Big Scale Racing @ MonsterHW
Linux kernel patch article at RipNet-UK
MSI Champion Edition G4Ti4600-TD Videocard @ PCStats
Coolermaster Aerodynamic Cables Review @ Modfactor.com
Wintasks 4 Professional @ SpodesAbode
Meblin's Escher Mod @ phlux.co.uk
Thermaltake Volcano 7+ @ AntecAsylum.com
HWZ reviews the ComeMon CPD-174 17.4-inch LCD Monitor
Abit IT7 MAX I845E Motherboard Review @ OCNZ
Seasonic PSU Blue LED Fan Mod @ MKT
New Windows XP Tweaking Guide @ Neoseeker


News Part 2: Tuesday, 3rd September 2002 - David

More!

New review@amdpower.com: Albatrons GeForce4 MX440 Vid Card
Epox 4BEAV With Bluetooth @ Techware Labs
Cooler Round Up @ SpodesAbode
Hercules XPS 510 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System @ Tweaknews.net
Hardware Accelerated GeForce4 Ti 4400 and 4200 Giveaway
GeIL PC3500 DDR Memory Review
at OCAddiction
Nikao Cube Tower Review @ Monkeyreview.com
KoolPCMods Laser Etched Window Kit & Custom Case Badges Review @ MODTHEBOX.COM
Seasonic 300, 350, and 400watt PSU Roundup @ MKT
Frames Per Second: Fact & Fiction Editorial @ MKT
CoolerMaster AMP-U01 Aluminium Mousemat Review @ AusPCWorld
Via Eden Modification @ SpodesAbode
ATI Radeon 9000 @ hardware test.dk
Chieftec DX-01BD Case Review @ CaseFreakz.net
Skynet2 Revamp @ Ripnet
WinXp Tools Customizer XP and Tweak-XP Review @ TecCentral
Thermalright 80mm heatsink roundup @ phlux.co.uk
TDK veloCD 48x16x48 CD-RW Review @ Tweaktown
"How to spreng an TV" Movie @ 3DCenter.de
HWZ reviews the Iomega 48x24x48x Internal CD-RW
NVIDIA Detonator 40 Driver Eval and Benchmarks @ Hothardware
Codegen "Real McCoy" Server Case Review @ MKT
AZZO Computers CCFL Kits Review @ GideonTech
HWZ reviews the Iwill XP333-R & DDR400
Mikhailtech September Giveaway - Week 1
Pentium 4 double punch @ 3DCenter.de
ECTS Coverage @ Bit Tech
PC-Look round IDE cables @ phlux.co.uk
Powerleap PL-iP3/T - Slot 1 to Socket 370 Adaptort Review @ AusPCWorld
AMD's 333 FSB benchmarks confirmed, revealed @ The Inq
Four more coolers @ DansData
Choosing the right home for your computer @ MonkeyReview
Hercules 3DProphet 8500 128MB Review @ Bjorn3D
Akasa Silver Mountain 2Q @ PC Arena
Xoxide Crystal Blue Led Fans reviewed @ BOPC
Samsung Tantus LTM1775W 17 inch TV/Monitor @ Futurelooks
Lian Li PC-6087a Aluminum Case @ Tech Dreams
Case Wire Clean-up and CD-ROM LED Mod Guides @ TechwareLabs
PC Buyers Guide - September 2002 @ Tweaktown
Pioneer DVR-A04 R/RW CD-R/RW @ ClubOC
OCAddiction reviews WarCraft 3
Soyo Dragon Ultra KT333 Motherboard Review @ OCNZ
Compad Speed-Pad Review @ OCC
Thermalright SLK-800 @ Monster HW
HWZ reviews the iRiver SlimX (iMP-350) MP3/CD Player


News Part 1: Tuesday, 3rd September 2002 - David

Tonnes of news in the inbox, so i'll do this in chunks throughout the day. This is what you get when failing to post news that came in over the weekend :P

PSU Mod Review @ Modfactor.com
Thermalright SLK-800 Heatsink Review @ ClubOC
Zalman ZM-NB32J Chipset Cooler Review @ OCC
HWZ reviews the Gigabyte GA-8IHXP Socket-478 mainboard
CPU Cooler Snap Judgement Guide @ DansData
Chaintech 7AJA2E motherboard review at Ripnet-UK
Cool Neon Clear Blacklight Paint @ MonsterHW
Bantam BA350 MP3 Player Review @ SCC
Zalman CNPS 6500B-Cu CPU Cooler Review @ BlargOC
Interview with Doug Avery @ GameAxis
eWeek: Don't Fear, Power Mac G4 servers are here
Bitspower 12" Triple Colour Cold Cathode Kit Review @ MODTHEBOX.COM
TweakMonster BGA Ramsink Review @ OCA
Mikhailtech August 2002 Giveaway - Week 4
Mitsumi ECM-S6102 Black Optical Mouse Review @ MKT
Chyang Fun CF-S868 Thunderbolt Small Form Factor PC @ HotHardware.com
Slipstreaming Office XP Service Pack 2 @ ViperLair
HWZ previews the Plextor PlexWriter 48x24x48x CD-RW
ExtremeTech takes on ATI Radeon Mobility 9000
Further letters @ DansData
VIA EPIA-800 Motherboard Review @ THW
ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 @ SpodesAbode
Detonator 40.41 benched @ 3DCenter.de
Spire 5E32B3 CPU Cooler Review @ MODTHEBOX.COM
Shattered Web Appliqués Review @ MKT
The Icemat Mousing Surface @ FutureLooks
Triplex Geforce 4 Ti4400 VGA Review @ OCNZ
GEIL 512MB PC3500 DDR433 RAM Review @ Extreme Overclocking
Point Sampling on 40.41er nVidia driver @ 3DCenter.de
Pre-Modded Chieftec Case Contest @ OCC
128MB Gigabyte Radeon 8500 Deluxe Review @ Neoseeker


PR: VIA Press Release - VIA Announces Microtel Design Win for Sub-US$200 PC Available at Walmart.com : Tuesday, 3rd September 2002 - David

Heralding a new era in affordable personal computing, Microtel launches an innovative series of desktop PC systems powered by VIA C3™ Processors

Taipei, Taiwan, 30 August 2002 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that the VIA C3™ processor will power the new Microtel SYSMAR710, SYSMAR715, SYSMAR150 and SYSMAR151 PC systems available from WalMart.com.

The combination of the low power VIA C3™ processor and 128MB SDRAM on a VIA Apollo PLE133 Chipset based motherboard with integrated 2D/3D graphics provides consumers with all the performance they need to enjoy everyday computing and connectivity applications including E-mail, web browsing, CD/mp3 playback, productivity applications and games, at system prices never seen before. The Microtel SYSMAR710 $199 PC will be equipped with the new LindowsOS, while the SYSMAR150 $299 PC will feature the MicrosoftÒ Windows® XP Home edition.

Offering full PC functionality at consumer electronics price points, the Microtel systems look set to redefine the desktop PC market, initially targeting the back-to-school, small office and home computer segments through the hugely popular Internet shopping channel, Walmart.com.

"VIA is delighted to provide the computing power inside these revolutionary new systems," said Richard Brown, Director of Marketing at VIA Technologies, Inc. "Incorporating the cool processing VIA C3 and the VIA Apollo PLE133 integrated graphics chipset, Microtel has built an exciting system that is sure to prove a real hit with customers at Walmart.com.”

"VIA is a company that delivers high quality technology solutions, providing satisfaction and affordability to our customers,” said Rich Hindman, vice president of Microtel. “The Microtel LindowsOS SYSMAR710 system is a new benchmark in performance and usability for mainstream PC buyers.”

About the Microtel SYSMAR710, 715, 150 & 151
The Microtel SYSMAR710, SYSMAR715, SYSMAR150 and SYSMAR151 PCs feature a VIA C3™ Processor with 133MHz Front Side Bus, 128MB SDRAM, integrated 2D/3D graphics, 10GB Hard Disk Drive. For easy connectivity, the PC can be equipped with a 56Kbps Modem or 10/100 Ethernet card or both* depending on customer preference. The system comes in a Micro ATX tower case with two 5.25-inch external, two 3.5-inch external and one 3.5-inch internal drive bays, 3 PCI slots, High-speed serial port, Parallel port, 2 USB ports, Game port, 104-key keyboard, 2-button mouse with wheel, Audio port (line-in, line-out, mic-in) and Stereo speakers. The Microtel SYSMAR710 and SYSMAR715 PCs at $199 and $218 respectively will be equipped with the new LindowsOS, while the SYSMAR150 and SYSMAR151 at $299 and $318 respectively will feature the Microsoft Windows® XP Home edition. The systems are available now exclusively** from Walmart.com

* $19 supplement with both LAN and Modem
**Currently, this offer is limited to Walmart.com online purchases and not available through Wal-Mart stores.

About the VIA C3™ Processor
The VIA C3™ processor boasts the world's smallest x86 processor die size and an industry leading 0.13 micron manufacturing process, delivering ultra low power consumption at speeds up to 1Ghz and world class levels of stability. Other features include 128KB Level 1 and 64KB Level 2 full speed cache, as well as support for a 100/133MHz Front Side Bus and MMX™ and 3DNow! multimedia instructions, to ensure robust levels of performance for all the most popular mainstream software and Internet applications. The VIA C3™ processor is compatible with Socket-370 motherboards.

About Microtel Computer Systems
Microtel Computer Systems through its built-to-order business model, designs, manufactures and customizes products and services to customer requirements, and offers an extensive selection of software and peripherals. Microtel desktop PCs are sold through U.S. retailers, System Integrators, and VARS/VADS. Visit www.buymicrotel.com for more information.

About VIA Technologies, Inc.
VIA Technologies, Inc. is a leading innovator and developer of PC core logic chipsets, microprocessors, and multimedia, communications, optical media and networking chips. VIA delivers value to the PC industry by designing, marketing, and selling high-performance VIA Apollo core logic chipsets for the full range of PC platforms, and cost-effective VIA C3™ processors for Value PCs and Internet Appliances, as well as developing complete solutions for the PC platform through its VPSD Business Unit. Its customers include the world's top OEMs, mainboard manufacturers, and system integrators. VIA is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, at the center of the Greater China high-tech manufacturing engine, and has branch offices in the US, China and Europe. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE2388), and achieved annual revenues of nearly US$1 billion in 2001. Additional information can be found at www.via.com.tw.



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