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Zalman LQ315 Liquid Cooling System @ frostytech.com
[Jan-16-14] (0 Comments)

Zalman released three water coolers in the hand of PC enthusiasts earlier this year, in this review Frostytech is testing out the LQ315 model - the middle child as it were. The LQ315 ships fully assembled, plumbed and filled with a coolant. It installs onto Intel socket LGA115x/1366/2011 and AMD socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2 processors. It uses a 120mm wide aluminum heat exchanger equipped with a single 120mm PWM fan that operates at 2000-900RPM. The pump/waterblock is built around a novel micro-skived copper base plate that is connected to the heat exchanger via a 30cm length of flexible rubber tubing.

Samsung ATIV S Cell Phone @ hardwaresecrets.com
[Aug-26-13] (0 Comments)

The Samsung ATIV S is a smartphone with a 4.8” HD screen, an 8 Mpixel camera, a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU, and the Windows Phone 8 operating system. Let’s analyze it.

How to Generate Floppy Disks for Old Macintosh Computers @ hardwaresecrets.com
[Jan-22-13] (0 Comments)

Did you buy an old Macintosh computer, but it didn’t come with programs and the operating system disks? In this tutorial, we will teach you how to generate them.

Apple iOS 6 Mobile OS (on an iPad 3) @ tweaktown.com
[Sep-25-12] (0 Comments)

We give the just-released Apple iOS 6 mobile operating system a run around the block, and provide our impressions.

Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 850 W @ techpowerup.com
[Aug-20-12] (0 Comments)

The Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 850 W is a wel l priced mid-range PSU with enough juice to power a triple-GPU system. B esides that, it packs enough interesting features like silent operation, modular cables, 80 Plus Silver efficiency and five year warranty. All t hat is offered at a very good price, resulting in great price/performanc e ratio.

How to install Windows 8 Release P using Oracle Virtual Box @ rbmods.com
[Aug-19-12] (0 Comments)

With the advent of desktop virtualization becoming more mainstream, it gives the computer enthusiasts and IT professional to test different operating systems easily. One product that is used quite often is Oracles Virtual Box. Virtual box is an open source type 2 hyper-visor that uses the host’s resources to run a virtual machine in an isolated environment. This gives the ability to test beta and release candidate operating systems without impacting your production workstation.

GX Gaming, by Genius:Maurus Professional FPS/RTS Gaming Mouse @ rbmods.com
[Aug-07-12] (0 Comments)

We have an interesting product to take a look at today, it is making its entrance into the now crowded pro gaming mouse genre. This is the first product I’ve seen from GX Gaming. GX Gaming is the gaming arm of parent company KYE Systems; who operate under the Genius trade name. I know that’s a a mouthful, but it bears explanation as most of you will have no doubt, never heard of GX Gaming. Suffice it to say, Genius/KYE make a LOT of peripherals elsewhere in the world; and likely have white labeled some of the products you HAVE used, albeit under a different name. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get to it.

Synology DS212j @ techpowerup.com
[Jul-19-12] (0 Comments)

Today we a re testing the Synology DS212j, an entry level NAS that comes at an attr active price of $199. Even at that price, the NAS is equipped with a hug e list of features and offers good power savings potential since it need s only 17.6W in operation.

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[May-21-12] (0 Comments)

The HIS 7850 Fan 2GB is another solid offering from HIS. It may not be the iCooler version, but it still maintains quiet operation and keeps temperatures cool. The 7850 Fan offers solid performance to match up with a full feature set that includes support for up to four monitors, PCI-e 3.0 and 2GB of GDDR5. The icing on the cake is solid overclocking room and performance gains.

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[May-01-12] (0 Comments)

The SilverStone Nightjar ST50NF 500W Fanless power supplydelivered excellent voltage regulation and dead silent operation. TheST50NF PSU includes a good assortment of fixed cables with two PCI-Econnectors for high-end graphic adapter support and is constructedfrom high-quality, server grade components. While certainly a goodpower supply the ST50NF falls short of being a great power supply dueto only 80Plus Bronze efficiency and AC ripple values higher than welike to see in a premium power supply.

Super Flower Golden King 500 W @ techpowerup.com
[Apr-11-12] (0 Comments)

Today we are going to rigorously test another Supe r Flower product, the Golden King 500W; a non modular PSU which combines top performance, 80 Plus Platinum efficiency and an affordable price. T he cherry on top is the super quiet operation. At low temperatures it ca n even go fanless.

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[Apr-10-12] (0 Comments)

Although laptop technology has improved dramatically over the lastdecade heat continues to be a problem for many laptops to cope with. Heatbuild-up in a laptop (as in any device) Can degrade both performance of thedevice and longevity of its components, and in laptops and notebook formfactors can seriously effect battery life and processor and GPU capabilitiesdegrading speed of operation and physically damaging components.

[Affiliates News] NZXT HALE82 750W Power Supply @ aphnetworks.com
[Apr-03-12] (0 Comments)

If you are white and you live in North America, chances are that you are not a part of the visible minority. That is, unless you are studying engineering here at the University of Calgary, or you are a computer power supply. While the Faculty of Engineering is dominated by Asians and most PSUs are black, a little over a year ago, NZXT decided to be brave and decided to be different -- they made a white power supply unit. The 80 Plus Gold certified NZXT HALE90 is certainly nothing short of impressive. It combines excellent performance, impeccable reliability, near silent operation, and top notch efficiency along with a sleek, unique appearance. So if the NZXT HALE90 is so distinguished from the competition, why did they resort to conformity and make the HALE82? As its name suggests, not only is it no longer over ninety percent efficient, it has also the same appearance as every other PSU. Hmm. So is distinguished excellence out, and blending in with the crowd back? Or is there more to the story? Read on to find out!

10 Things to Consider Before Setting Up RAID @ techwarelabs.com
[Mar-21-12] (0 Comments)

RAID, the final frontier. These are the voyages of...ah, who am I k idding? Choosing to implement RAID today isnt embarking on a mission to bol dly go where no one has gone before. This technology has literally been aro und for years, and today RAID support can be found within most operating sy stems, integrated on motherboards, or easily added to any system as a 3rd p arty controller for almost nothing (quick search on Amazon yields controlle rs for less than $30). With its wide availability, you may find yourself at some point contemplating taking the plunge and configuring a RAID setup on your own system. However, before doing so, there are some things you shoul d consider.

AMD FX-8120 Bulldozer @ rbmods.com
[Mar-16-12] (0 Comments)

AMD released the Bulldozer architecture processors late last year. In this review we will take a look at the AMD FX-8120 processor, which is the slowest octacores AMD has, but the differences between it and faster models are only in the operating frequency. Let’s see how well it performs and if it can hold the line against Intel Core I5 processors.

AMD FX-8120 Bulldozer @ rbmods.com
[Mar-16-12] (0 Comments)

AMD released the Bulldozer architecture processors late last year. In this review we will take a look at the AMD FX-8120 processor, which is the slowest octacores AMD has, but the differences between it and faster models are only in the operating frequency. Let’s see how well it performs and if it can hold the line against Intel Core I5 processors.

Installing Windows 8 Consumer P In A VirtualBox Virtual Machine @ pcper.com
[Mar-03-12] (0 Comments)

The new virtual machine is all ready to use and powered byWindows 8. Depending on your hardware and how much memory andprocessing power you were able to allocate, the experience may normany not be the smoothest. Nevertheless, it should give you a goodidea of what the OS looks like and how it operates. Then, using thatinformation, if you think the new beta operating system is for you,you can start planning a bare metal install on some physicalhardware.

Asus DirectCU and DirectCU II for AMD:6850, 6870, 6950, and 6970 @ pcper.com
[Feb-27-12] (0 Comments)

The build quality and ability to overclock for all of thesecards is above average. The cooling ability combined with low noiseoperation is another big advantage for all of these cards. Asusoffers a very good warranty, and the included bundles are decent(though not necessarily outstanding). The prices for these cards isabove that of reference boards, but I do believe the unique designsand better cooling performance set these well apart from referencecards. They are certainly worth the extra price.

Samsung Chromebook Series 5 @ hardwarelook.com
[Feb-17-12] (0 Comments)

The renowned Samsung Chromebook a product packing much more than yourordinary small netbooks - minus the Windows operating system of course - andcan offer you quick and easy access at home or on the go with its fastintegrated Google OS. The Samsung Chromebook is equipped with much betterspecs than your everyday netbooks...

Thermaltake Toughpower Cable Management 1350W Power Supply @ pcper.com
[Feb-14-12] (0 Comments)

The Thermaltake Toughpower Cable Management 1350W power supplydelivered very good efficiency and easily met the 80 PLUS Silvercertification criteria, even when operating at higher, real-worldoperating temperatures. It also delivered very good voltage regulationwith clean DC outputs. The Toughpower 1350W PSU includes an excellentassortment of fixed and modular cables with up to eight PCI-Econnectors and comes with a 5-year warranty.

Noctua NF-F12 120mm PWM Fan @ viperlair.com
[Dec-15-11] (0 Comments)

All in all, there is plenty on offer from the Noctua NF-F12 120mm P WM Fan and frankly their needs to be. At around Ł17 UK or $25 US it is a comparatively expensive item. Value is going to be subjective here though. The Noctua NF-F12 120mm PWM Fan is very quiet in operation, even at full sp eed and what little noise it does make is a slightly deeper tone than most other fans. Despite running at a low noise, it can still push a fair amount of air through restrictive items. You can further decrease the 1500 RPM to 1200 RPM via the included L.N.A. (Low Noise Adapter) and still maintain si milar performance. Also, Noctua have seen fit to give the NF-F12 120mm Fan a short 4 wire PWM power cable for CPU cooler use as well as a much larger sleeved extension cable. You also get regular fan screws and rubber bolts t o mount the Noctua NF-F12 120mm PWM Fan with.

Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W Power Supply @ pcper.com
[Nov-17-11] (0 Comments)

The Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W delivered very goodefficiency and easily met the 80 PLUS Gold certification criteria,even when operating at higher, real-world operating temperatures. Italso delivered very good voltage regulation with relatively clean DCoutputs. The Toughpower Grand 1200W PSU includes an excellentassortment of fixed and modular cables with up to eight PCI-Econnectors and comes with a 7-year warranty.

SilverStone Strider Gold 1200W Power Supply @ pcper.com
[Nov-07-11] (0 Comments)

The SilverStone Strider Gold 1200W power supply delivers goodefficiency with clean DC outputs and good voltage regulation. Undernormal operating conditions the power supply is very quiet. TheStrider Gold 1200W comes with a very good assortment of all-modularcables that can support the latest CPUs and multiple, high-end videocards along with active PFC and universal AC input. My only minorcomplaint is the 3-year warranty period.

Corsair HX1050 Professional Series Power Supply @ pcper.com
[Oct-18-11] (0 Comments)

The Corsair Professional Series HX1050 power supply deliversgood efficiency with clean DC outputs and good voltage regulation.Under normal operating conditions the power supply is very quiet. TheHX1050 comes with a good assortment of all-modular cables that cansupport the latest CPUs and multiple, high-end video cards along withactive PFC, universal AC input and a 7-year warranty. Overall, theCorsair HX1050 is very good power supply in its price range.

Coolink SWiF2 Fan Series @ eteknix.com
[Jul-14-11] (0 Comments)

At eTeknix we like to cover the full range of components for your computer and case fans are one of those things that are essential but rarely discussed for reasons such as; it is much more important to have a good CPU cooler than good case fans. However, that in itself is not quite strictly true as without a CPU cooler your processor will overheat within seconds but without a case fan you will struggle to remove any heat removed from the CPU and of course then no more heat can be removed. More simply put, it is essential to have good airflow through the case to remove the heat build-up else your CPU cooler won’t be able to operate.

Intel Rapid Storage Technology 10.5.0.1027 with SRT Support @ ngohq.com
[May-29-11] (0 Comments)

The Intel Rapid Storage Technology software package provides high-performance SATA AHCI and SATA RAID capabilities for Microsoft Windows operating systems. Intel Rapid Storage Technology provides improved performance and reliability for systems equipped with SATA disks for desktop, mobile, and server platforms. When using one or multiple SATA disks, you can take advantage of enhanced performance and lower power consumption. This version adds support for Intel Smart Response Technology (SSD caching).

OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS Edition SSD @ benchmarkreviews.com
[May-25-11] (0 Comments)

No so long ago, Benchmark Reviews tested the OCZ Vertex 3 SSD, which delivered the best transfer speeds and operational performance we

TechwareLabs Editorial:Use and Abuse of Search Engines @ techwarelabs.com
[May-20-11] (0 Comments)

To use a search engine effectively, you should apply some techniques to narrow down the results and improve the priority of the top hits. In this article, I am going to cover some strategies for boosting the performance of your chosen search engine. One of these ways is to use tools known as BOOLEAN operators.

HTC Inspire 4G Cell Phone @ hardwaresecrets.com
[Mar-22-11] (0 Comments)

Review of the HTC Inspire 4G smart phone, based on the Android 2.2 operating system and the first 4G cell phone offereded by AT&T in the United States.

HTC Surround Cell Phone @ hardwaresecrets.com
[Mar-12-11] (0 Comments)

Review of the HTC Surround cell phone as offered in the United States by AT&T, which comes with the new Windows Phone 7 operating system.

Logitech Revue with Google TV @ rbmods.com
[Feb-11-11] (0 Comments)

The concept of viewing content from the internet on your TV is not a new idea. HTPCs (Home Theater PCs) have been around since 1993, but have had limited success due to their cost and complexity to operate. In May of 2010 Google announced their internet-connected television platform, known as Google TV. Billed as “Television, meet search engine” the Google TV platform promises a lot – easy to use internet from your couch. Does it manage to live up to these lofty dreams? Our thoughts after the break.

Nvidia Researching Subpixel Reconstruction Antialiasing @ ngohq.com
[Jan-29-11] (0 Comments)

Subpixel Reconstruction Antialiasing (SRAA) combines single-pixel (1x) shading with subpixel visibility to create antialiased images without increasing the shading cost. SRAA targets deferred-shading renderers, which cannot use multisample antialiasing. SRAA operates as a post-process on a rendered image with superresolution depth and normal buffers, so it can be incorporated into an existing renderer without modifying the shaders.

TechwareLabs Editorial:Running Ubuntu 10.10 in a Virtual Machine @ TechwareLabs News
[Jan-24-11] (0 Comments)

Ever feel like you have been chained to your current operating system? Have you thought about switching to something new before but never got around to finding the right one? Well here is your chance to explore something new. Ubuntu 10.10 released this past October and has amazed me the more I started using it. This guide will show you how to install a virtual machine with Ubuntu 10.10 installed straight from your Windows desktop.

AMD Catalyst 11.1a Hotfix Now Available on NGOHQ.com @ ngohq.com
[Jan-19-11] (0 Comments)

AMD has released a new build of their Catalyst software suite. This particular software suite updates both the AMD Display Driver, and the Catalyst Control Center. This unified driver has been further enhanced to provide the highest level of power, performance, and reliability. The AMD Catalyst software suite is the ultimate in performance and stability. Catalyst 11.1a Hotfix brings the following features: AMD Radeon HD 6900 and AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series: • 3DMark Vantage improves ~7% • 3DMark06 improves ~3% • Call of Duty Black Ops improves ~20% at 4xMSAA and up to 35% at 8xMSAA • Riddick Assault on Dark Athena SSAO performance improves ~20% • Unigine Heaven OpenGL performance improves ~10% at moderate, 30% at normal and 100% at extreme tessellation levels AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series: • Aliens vs. Predators improves ~9% at 2xMSAA and up to 20% at 4xMSAA • Batman Arkham Asylum improves ~4% • Crysis Warhead improves ~2-4% • Metro 2033 improves ~28% at 4xMSAA AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series: • Battleforge DirectX 11 performance improves as much as 6% AMD Optimized Tessellation The Catalyst Control Center includes an early prototype of some new tessellation controls. Our goal is to give users full control over the tessellation levels used in applications. The default selection “AMD Optimized” setting allows AMD, on a per application basis, to set the best level of tessellation. The intention is to help users get the maximum visual benefit of Tessellation, while minimizing the impact on performance. Currently no applications have been profiled, so the “AMD Optimized” setting will be non-operational until further notice.

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Final Now Available on NGOHQ.com @ ngohq.com
[Jan-15-11] (0 Comments)

Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 includes previously released updates and delivers a number of powerful new features for Windows Server 2008 R2 for virtualization and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). New techniques in memory management with the addition of Dynamic Memory functionality, as well as the ability to deliver full-fidelity graphic experiences in remote and virtualized environments with RemoteFX, enable organizations to realize the greatest possible potential from their infrastructure. Microsoft continuously collects feedback on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems from its customers and partners. This feedback results in enhancements that help improve compatibility, reliability, performance, and user experience. These enhancements are typically made available in the form of regular updates delivered via Windows Update and, in some cases, the Microsoft Download Center. All updates are then rolled-up, along with additional enhancements, into a single package called a Service Pack. By integrating these updates into a thoroughly tested single service pack, Microsoft aims to provide a single high-quality update that will minimize both deployment and testing complexity for customers.

SilverStone Strider Plus 850W Power Supply @ pcper.com
[Jan-13-11] (0 Comments)

The SilverStone Strider Plus 850W power supply delivers cleanDC outputs with good efficiency and excellent voltage regulation.Under normal operating conditions the Strider Plus 850W PSU is veryquiet. The Strider comes with a good assortment of all-modular cablesthat can support the latest CPUs and multiple, high-end video cardsalong with active PFC and universal AC input.

Antec High Current Pro 1200W Power Supply @ pcper.com
[Jan-11-11] (0 Comments)

Antec continues to raise the bar with the introduction oftheir new High Current Pro series power supplies. The HCP-1200 hasexcellent voltage regulation, very clean DC outputs, and operates veryefficiently and quietly. Antec includes a good compliment of bothfixed and modular cables/connectors and backs the HCP-1200 with a5-year warranty. If you are looking for a high-quality, high-outputPSU, this one will be hard to beat. Highly recommended!

Kingston HyperX Max 3.0 128GB USB 3 SSD (Toshiba HG2) @ pcper.com
[Nov-27-10] (0 Comments)

The cast aluminum enclosure was very well made and does anexcellent job of protecting the internals, as well as dissipating anyheat generated by the Toshiba HG2 controller during sustained writeoperations. Fit and finish was excellent and the drive performed wellin our testing. While the HG2 may not be the fastest SSD controllerout there, it has proven to be a good match for this application.

Antec High Current Gamer 900W Power Supply @ pcper.com
[Nov-17-10] (0 Comments)

Overall the HCG-900 900W PSU proved to be a good performerdelivering excellent AC ripple suppression, quiet operation and goodefficiency at an affordable price. I was a little surprised to findonly one 8-pin EPS12V connector instead of two and only four PCI-Econnectors instead of six on a 900W PSU. I suppose most gamers willmost likely be interested in powering a single CPU system with dualhigh-end graphic adapters so supplying the extra cables might beconsidered overkill. This also helps differentiate the High CurrentGamer series from the High Current Pro series, which does offer morecables/connectors.

Samsung Fascinate Cell Phone @ hardwaresecrets.com
[Oct-21-10] (0 Comments)

Review of the Samsung Fascinate Galaxy S smart phone, which is based on the Android 2.1 operating system and offered in the US by Verizon.

OCZ Freeze Thermal Paste/Compound @ techwarelabs.com
[Oct-20-10] (0 Comments)

Thermal paste is quite literally the first line of defense in the WAR on heat. I prefer to think of my thermal compound as Special Forces. It operates best with a small tactical insertion working both separately and in conjunction with the larger forces (Heatsink /cooler) to ensure a successful operation. There are many choices on the market, today we test the OCZ Freeze and find out how well it works.

DXG DXG-595V 5MP 1080p HD Digital Camera/Camcorder @ monster-hardware.com
[Sep-20-10] (0 Comments)

The DXG-595V is somewhat picky about SD/SDHC support. When I first got the DXG-595V I had so many problems with spotty card usage that I actually tried to contact DXG customer service to see if there was a firmware update or at least a SD/SDHC compatibility list available. After several weeks DXG never bothered to respond to my inquiries but between Geeks and myself we determined that the DXG-595V requires SD/SDHC Class 6 media to operate. This means that those of you with older SD/SDHC Class 2, or 4 media laying around may be out of luck and have to purchase newer SD/SDHC Class 6 media.

Enermax MODU87+ 900W Power Supply @ pcper.com
[Aug-28-10] (0 Comments)

The Enermax MODU87+ 900W power supply delivered excellentefficiency with good voltage regulation and clean outputs. Inaddition, the PSU is very quiet during normal operation at low to midpower levels. Throw in support for high-end graphic adapters, modularcables, excellent build quality and attractive styling and Enermax hasanother winner on their hands.

Medal of Honor Beta Full HD Screenshots @ ngohq.com
[Jul-20-10] (0 Comments)

Their exact numbers, while classified, hover in the low hundreds. They are living, breathing, precision instruments of war. They are experts in the application of violence. The new Medal of Honor is inspired by and has been developed with Tier 1 Operators from this elite community. Players will step into the boots of these warriors and apply their unique skill sets to a new enemy in the most unforgiving and hostile battlefield conditions of present day Afghanistan. There is a new enemy.

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Notable Changes Leaked @ ngohq.com
[Jun-23-10] (0 Comments)

Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2will include previously released updates and will deliver a number ofpowerful new features for Windows Server 2008 R2 for virtualization andVirtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). New techniques in memorymanagement with the addition of Dynamic Memory functionality, as wellas the ability to deliver full-fidelity graphic experiences in remoteand virtualized environments with Microsoft RemoteFX, enableorganizations to realize the greatest possible potential from theirinfrastructure. The resulting increase in efficiency and functionalityallows for accelerated server consolidation, a more powerfulvirtualized desktop infrastructure, and an increased return ontechnology investments.The impact of SP1 on the Windows 7 client operating system isconsidered to be minimal. Included changes are expected to addressminor usability issues in specific scenarios, as outlined in thisdocument. Microsoft recommends that organizations do not need to waitfor SP1 to begin receiving the value of Windows 7 today as we don’tanticipate the SP1 for Windows 7 to be substantial.

Installed Memory vs RAM Usable by Windows @ benchmarkreviews.com
[Jun-15-10] (0 Comments)

Most PC users are familiar with the 4GB system memory limitation of 32-bit Windows Operating Systems, which is why 64-bit computing has

Thermaltake Toughpower XT Series 775W Power Supply @ pcper.com
[May-20-10] (0 Comments)

The Thermaltake Toughpower XT Series 775W PSU delivered very goodvoltage regulation with excellent efficiency. The XT 775W is relativelyquiet, runs cool during normal operation, and includes a good compliment ofmodular cables/connectors. And Thermaltake (CWT) finally has the AC rippleunder control. Overall, the Toughpower XT 775W is an excellent PSU and thebest unit Thermaltake has brought to market - well done.

Club 3D to the rescue! @ eteknix.com
[May-12-10] (0 Comments)

The Club 3D GTX480 has 480 cores and has a GPU operating at 700MHz. It also has 1401 shaders and 1536MB of GDDR5 memory running at 3696MHz and is paired up with a 384-bit memory interface.

12GB Corsair Dominator 1600MHz DDR3 RAM @ benchmarkreviews.com
[Apr-15-10] (0 Comments)

64-Bit Operating Systems allow PCs to utilize more than 4GB of system memory, which is great news for multimedia professionals who need

Enhancing Your Dual Boot System @ techwarelabs.com
[Mar-12-10] (0 Comments)

After you created a Dual Boot system you need to know how to enhance your dual boot system. I will show how to by having both Operating Systems use a shared storage space and go over some applications that work in both Operating Systems. This will give you a good stable platform for testing or for just learning.

What OS, Windows 7 or Ubuntu? Why not use both! @ techwarelabs.com
[Feb-26-10] (0 Comments)

The ability to dual boot systems is nothing new but very rarely done anymore. You more than likely will never find a good enough reason or use for an average PC user to run two Operating Systems (OS). So then you might ask yourself, “Why am I showing you how to?” The answer is easy, to quote Sir Francis Bacon’s much used aphorism “knowledge is power “. I personally wasn’t very familiar with Ubuntu as an OS so I wanted to learn more. The cost of a second PC wasn’t justifiable, just to put a second OS on so that I could learn it for my own gain. So I went and researched how to install both of them on the same machine.

ASUS EAH5750 Formula Radeon HD 5750 Video Card @ pcper.com
[Feb-25-10] (0 Comments)

I think I have actually found the perfect use for this card, atleast for myself. This is now in the Home Theater PC. With the fast VectorAdaptive De-Interlacing, bitstreaming audio, and overall quiet operation, itis one of the better HTPC cards around. Throw in solid gaming performanceat 1920 x 1080 resolutions, and it is a shoe-in for any serious HTPC withlots of video playback use and a smattering of hard core gaming.

Motorola Droid Cell Phone @ hardwaresecrets.com
[Feb-04-10] (0 Comments)

Review of the Motorola Droid cell phone, which is offered by Verizon Wireless in the United States and is based on the Google Android operating system.

How To Enable God Mode In Windows 7 and Vista Video @ eteknix.com
[Feb-02-10] (0 Comments)

This video shows you how to enable God Mode in Windows 7 and Vista.A hidden “GodMode” feature can be enabled in Windows 7 as well as Windows Vista.By enabling this feature, it will let you access the operating system’s control panel all in one single folder.

Hello Service Pack 1 @ eteknix.com
[Jan-21-10] (0 Comments)

The attempts made by the software giant:Microsoft, to fix security holes as well as functionality in their Operating Systems are generally provided by Windows Updates. Windows Updates have been around since Windows 98. A link was placed inside of the start menu in order

Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD Media Player @ legitreviews.com
[Dec-10-09] (0 Comments)

Seagate’s FreeAgent Theater+ is one of the most versatile media players on the market. Based on the Realtek 1073 chipset, the guts of the Theater+ are technically the same as the Patriot Box Office. Doing a side-by-side comparison, however, shows the Seagate to be a tad quicker when navigating around menus and playing files. The operating systems for devices featuring the Realtek processor are notoriously clunky or bland. Not so for the Seagate. The OS is actually quite sleek – almost minimalist. Everything you need is there and is easily accessible. In fact, my 5 year old was able to pick up the remote and navigate successfully to The Clone Wars TV Series Blu-ray-rips that I stored locally on the FreeAgent hard drive...

Noctua NH-D14 140mm CPU Cooler @ tweaktown.com
[Dec-04-09] (0 Comments)

Noctua, who is already well known for having great performance in their coolers, and at almost silent operation, had recently released a new 140mm fan, the NF-P14. This fan boasts more CFM and lower noise than the already good NF-P12 that Noctua users are accustomed to seeing and using. From previous testing, I can see a bit of room for improvement on CFM, but to do that and actually lessen the noise levels, now this I got to see!Aside from the noise levels, Noctua “super sized” the cooling capabilities of this version, not unlike the V10 concept, but Noctua saw no need for the third radiator, or a TEC for that matter. The new release utilizes two large fin assemblies and two fans to get the job handled. Knowing what I have seen from Noctua, I am excited to say the least.

The iPhone becomes a victim of its own popularity @ tweaktown.com
[Dec-02-09] (0 Comments)

It is no secret that the Apple iPhone is one of the most owned smart/entertainment phones in the world. It is also no secret that more than half of the phones out there on the market are jailbroken and of those a large number are both jailbroken and unlocked. This is a figure that drives Apple absolutely bananas. They hate the fact that users have control over what they can and cannot do with their phones.But now we see something new, Apple and its global partners may actually have a friend (although an unintentional one). With the sudden creation of a string of worms for the iPhone software, we have a real answer to the scare tactics that Apple has tried to use. But is this a real threat, or does it once again play on user ignorance to exploit a known hole in a rather insecure operating system?

Intel Launches TRIM Firmware For 34nm SSDs @ legitreviews.com
[Oct-26-09] (0 Comments)

With the release of firmware version 02HA, the Intel 34nm SSD family becomes even more impressive. Intel delivered on their promise of releasing a non-destructive firmware update that supports the Windows 7 Trim command along with an end user tool to allow users to optimize the performance of their SSD on Windows XP and Vista operating systems. Those that have the 160GB 34nm SSDs got a very nice performance boost this morning as well. By just installing this firmware update you will see an instant performance boost on the sequential write speeds that allows you to reach speeds well over what you could have gotten with the existing firmware version...

Active Media Products Penguin BLU Pen Drive @ tweaktown.com
[Oct-14-09] (0 Comments)

Active Media Products sent us a surprise with the Executive I 2-in-1 Carbon Fiber Pen we took a look at last month. I have to admit I am not up to date on Linux or the many builds. The last time I sat down and tried to do anything with the operating system was a few nights before throwing my last LAN party where Linux was run on a few of the servers.The Active Media Products Penguin BLU is quite an odd creature. On the surface it looks like a cute little USB drive that a fifth grader would be carrying around. Once installed the drive springs to life like an action movie. You can use the drive either as a standard run of the mill thumb drive or set your BIOS to boot from a USB device and be looking at a Linux desktop in under a minute.

Enermax ECO 80+ 620W Power Supply @ pcper.com
[Oct-13-09] (0 Comments)

The ECO 80+ 620W power supply delivered very good voltage regulationwith clean outputs and good efficiency. Along with that, the ECO 620W isquiet during normal operation. Throw in support for high-end graphicadapters, a compact chassis that will fit in most any ATX style case, and agood assortment of peripheral connectors and you have an attractive PSU.

The Best Tech From The Show Floor @ legitreviews.com
[Sep-30-09] (0 Comments)

Intel has managed to put seven of their SSDs on a single card! We had the chance to speak to an Intel fellow who told us that the card is able to reach 1.076 million IOPS (input/output operations per second). Intel is claiming that to get this level of performance from magnetic drives, you would need over 5,000 of them. In terms of bandwidth numbers that we would understand, this would be around four gigabytes per second of storage bandwidth. This is equivalent to nearly 5,000 disk drives worth of random read/write performance and you can fit this in your hands. Try doing that with 5,000 disk drives! SSDs are clearly going to be the storage drive of the future and this is one example of the way they might be headed...

Enermax Galaxy EVO 1,250W Power Supply @ pcper.com
[Aug-27-09] (0 Comments)

The Enermax Galaxy EVO 1,250W PSU delivered good voltage regulation(especially on the important +12V rails) with relatively clean outputs andgood efficiency. The EVO 1,250W PSU is quiet, runs cool during normaloperation, and includes an excellent compliment of both fixed and modularcables/connectors. At 1,250W DC output, this is one of the largest PSUsmost NA users will be able to operate from a standard 120 VAC, 15Aresidential circuit. The Enermax Galaxy EVO 1,250W PSU is currentlyavailable and typically sells for around $300 USD.

Windows 7 vs. Vista CPU & Memory Performance Comparison @ tweaktown.com
[Aug-21-09] (0 Comments)

We've had a good look into the VGA side of things when it comes to Windows 7. However, while for many people that's the most important section, it's not all of it. Today we'll be having a closer look at how some of the other components in our system run under the new operating system due out in just a few months. Today we'll be looking at two core components; the memory and the CPU. We’ll be using a triple channel memory configuration with our Core i7 920 processor clocked at 4GHz. We'll be running our testbed through our standard memory benchmark line-up which does a good job of testing both the memory and CPU.

TechwareLabs s the CardScan Executive:Contact Management System @ techwarelabs.com
[Aug-18-09] (0 Comments)

If you have a need to enter contact information on a regular basis, then you can't miss our review of the CardScan Executive. This product is a combination of excellent hardware and great software that will make your life much easier. The CardScan Executive supports information exchange between several different e-mail and contact programs and will centralize all of your contact information needs. We test the CardScan Executive with 4 different operating systems including the new Windows 7. Did we hit any hiccups or was it smooth sailing?

Windows 7 (Final OEM) vs. Windows Vista VGA Performance @ tweaktown.com
[Aug-10-09] (0 Comments)

Today we'll be having a look at how the new Windows 7 operating system goes against Windows Vista which has really got a love / hate relationship going for so many people. The uptake on the OS was never great, which is the main reason why today we're still including XP in our graphics card benchmarks. The main focus today will be VGA performance; we'll have a look at one card in a number of our benchmarks and see how performance differs in the two operating systems. There isn't a whole lot that has to be said today, so we'll quickly have a look at our testbed and give a quick blurb on what we're doing before getting stuck into the benchmarks and see how the two operating systems perform.

AeroCool Touch-2000 LCD Fan Controller @ legitreviews.com
[Jul-31-09] (0 Comments)

When the AeroCool Touch-2000 is installed, it is a thing of beauty. It's very modern and touch screens are all the rage these days and are showing up virtually everywhere. At $53.99 shipped, you can certainly find a cheaper fan controller but not one with an integrated temperature monitor, touch screen operation and the added bonus of audio jacks, eSATA and USB ports....

Palm Pre Cell Phone @ hardwaresecrets.com
[Jul-28-09] (0 Comments)

Review of Pre, the new iPhone competitor from Palm, which is based on the new webOS operating system.

ATI Catalyst 9.7 Vista Driver Analysis @ tweaktown.com
[Jul-27-09] (0 Comments)

I had to check the Game.AMD website the other day to make sure I didn't miss the email about the release of the latest Catalyst drivers. As I expected, when I checked the website there wasn't a new driver. A few days later, however, and that email came through saying a new driver set had been released. While running a bit late this month, the AMD team finally managed to get a new driver out. This month also saw the release of Windows 7 to manufacturers and over the coming months we'll be integrating the new operating system into our benchmark line-up.

Thermaltake Toughpower XT Series 850W Power Supply @ pcper.com
[Jul-25-09] (0 Comments)

The Thermaltake Toughpower XT Series 850W PSU delivered excellentvoltage regulation with very good efficiency. The XT 850W is relativelyquiet, runs cool during normal operation, and includes a good compliment ofmodular cables/connectors. The main weakness we found was a relatively highlevel of AC ripple on the +12V DC output when the PSU was subjected to heavyloads.

MSI Wind U100 Netbook Overclocking Guide @ legitreviews.com
[Jul-01-09] (0 Comments)

Once the dynamic overclock setting has been enabled you then must pick the percentage of the overclock. You can select a CPU overclock of either 8%, 15% or 24%, for a maximum overclock of 2GHz. Once the percentage picked you just load the operating system like normal and use the Wind U100. When you are ready for a little more processor power you just need to press Fn+F10, and 'Turbo' mode will be enabled. You have to be plugged into AC power for the setting to work and you should see one of the above icons when you enable or disable the feature. Our MSI Wind U100 was unstable with an overclock of 24% due to instability of the memory module. That means the highest overclock that could be reached was 15%, which is still a great overclock on the Intel Atom N270 processor....

SilverStone ST70EF 700W Power Supply @ pcper.com
[Jun-30-09] (0 Comments)

The SilverStone Element ST70EF 700W PSU delivered excellent voltageregulation with very good efficiency. The ST70EF is quiet, runs cool duringnormal operation, and includes a good compliment of fixed cables/connectors.The only weakness we found was relatively high levels of AC ripple on the DCoutputs when the PSU was subjected to extreme loads.

OCZ Fatal1ty Champion Series 700W PSU @ pcper.com
[Jun-22-09] (0 Comments)

The OCZ Fatal1ty Champion Series 700W PSU delivered excellentvoltage regulation with clean DC outputs and good efficiency. The Fatal1ty700W PSU is quiet during normal operation and includes a good compliment offixed cables/connectors. And let's not forget OCZ backs the Fatal1ty 700WPSU with their 5-year PowerSwap warranty. It was co-developed by a gamerfor gamers and it delivers the goods! Overall, the Fatal1ty 700W is anexcellent PSU that will make most any gamer proud.

OCZ Neutrino 10" DIY Netbook @ legitreviews.com
[May-26-09] (0 Comments)

On March 30, 2009, OCZ Technology unveiled the Neutrino netbook, their latest Do-It-Yourself (DIY) solution for consumers looking to save a buck and do some sweat equity themselves. This netbook got the attention of many when it first was announced because it was the very first DIY netbook to be available to consumers. The OCZ Neutrino DIY netbook not only cuts costs it also lets consumers fine tune this netbook by being able to choose and install their own memory module, storage drive, and preferred Operating System (OS) into this Intel Atom processor powered 10.1” netbook. Not too shabby considering one of these chassis can be picked up for around $236.01 shipped. This a fair price for a 10.1

Hiyatek HY-CF-6288-1 Laptop Cooler @ bigbruin.com
[May-22-09] (0 Comments)

We have seen many laptop coolers here at Bigbruin.com, and this would be the fourth from Hiyatek. Most of them operate in near silence, which is a bonus. That being said, the fan on this one doesn't seem to be doing anything useful as the drop in temperatures experienced with the HY-CF-6288-1 could be recreated just by using a wire rack we had lying around.

Kingston SSDNow M Series 80GB SATA 2.5 Bundle Kit @ legitreviews.com
[May-19-09] (0 Comments)

Kingston took their popular SSDNow Series and added all the hardware and software necessary to replace your notebook or desktop computer's internal SATA hard drive with a new product series called the Kingston SSDNow Solid State Drive (SSD) Bundle Kit. The heart of the bundle is Acronis True Image HD software, an imaging program that copies the contents of one computer hard disk and loads those contents to another system drive; that will take you through the cloning process. This software allows you to move your Operating System and your personal data (including all settings, emails, etc.) from your current system hard drive to your new SSD. Once the Acronis True Image HD cloning process is complete and the data is successfully transferred to your SSD, your hard drive can then be used as a secondary drive for data storage with the included external SATA drive housing...

Patriot Extreme Performance Viper DDR3 6GB Kit @ modders-inc.com
[Apr-22-09] (0 Comments)

Patriot sent us over a sample of their Extreme Performance ViperSeries DDR3 PC3-12800 modules. These modules are designed to operate at1600MHz with 8-8-8-24 timings. They are available in either 3GB or 6GB kitsand utilize Patriot's ACC (Aluminum Copper Composite) heatsinks.

NZXT Performance Power 800W PSU @ rbmods.com
[Apr-21-09] (0 Comments)

When choosing a power supply, it can be very hard to find one thatexcels in both home/office applications that need quiet operations while atthe same time provided the raw power needed from a gaming power supply.NZXT, a manufacturer of a wide range of computer products, has produced apower supply, the Performance Power PP800 800W PSU, that claims to providesolid performance in a quiet package. Let's find out if it can deliver.

Caustic Graphics Ray Tracing Acceleration Technology @ pcper.com
[Apr-21-09] (0 Comments)

These new algorithms attempt to find order in what we all see as therandomness of ray tracing and they attempt to drastically increase thememory locality for efficiency reasons and the founders decided thatrequired a custom co-processor. But they seem to have played the gameintelligently by continuing to utilize hardware where it is most efficient:the Caustic card will handle only the operations that modern components areinefficient at yet they still leverage the power of the GPU for pure shadinghorsepower.

Corsair TX850 850W Power Supply @ pcper.com
[Apr-16-09] (0 Comments)

Overall, most higher-capacity Channel Well Technology built powersupplies have proven to be excellent but they have a weakness, which ishigher levels of AC ripple on the DC outputs. While still well within spec,the TX850W continues to exhibit relatively high levels of AC ripple,especially at max load. In reality however, the TX850 should perform verywell in real-world operation. I typically wouldn't push an 850W PSU beyondabout 600W (which is approximately 70% of the max rated capacity) and atthat level the TX850 performs very well.

64 bit vs 32 bit? @ w7forums.com
[Apr-02-09] (0 Comments)

Not only are there going to be several Windows 7 editions, but you will also need to decide if you are going to run a 32 bit or 64 bit version of the operating system. If your CPU is more than a few years old there is a good chance that you can only run the 32 bit version of Windows 7, however if you have a modern processor you may have to decide between each version.The 32 or 64 bit architecture refers to the memory address length that can be referenced by the processor. This also has an impact on the maximum amount of memory that can be utilised, which is 4GB for a 32 bit CPU (but in reality the maximum accessible ram is closer to 3.4 GB due to other hardware allocations).

Intel Xeon X5570 and E5520 Gainestown Processors @ legitreviews.com
[Mar-31-09] (0 Comments)

Our quick look at the Intel Xeon 5500 series was a very impressive one. The Intel Xeon X5570 that we looked at today operates at 2.93GHz during normal operation, but when Turbo Boost Technology is enabled the operating frequencies increased up to 3.33GHz. With this much clock frequency and all the performance features that the Intel Xeon 5500 series has to offer you end up with a server processor that blows past the competition without looking back...

Windows 7 series:NVIDIA and AMD Graphics and Gaming Performance @ pcper.com
[Mar-24-09] (0 Comments)

As I mentioned on the one of the first pages of this article (thatwas a LOONG time ago...) the only fair comparison for looking at pure Vistaversus Windows 7 gaming results is with AMD's graphics cards and theirunified Catalyst 9.3 driver that supports both operating systems. To thatend, the AMD situation showed us that users will likely see very modestperformance gains moving over from a Windows Vista gaming system to aWindows 7-based PC. Considering how early we are into the life of Windows 7(it is still in beta after all), this is a very welcome shift from howthings worked before Windows Vista's release.

Antec TruePower New Series 750W Power Supply @ pcper.com
[Mar-23-09] (0 Comments)

Antec has combined quality features from their high-end SignatureSeries with the affordable pricing of the TruePower line with theintroduction of the TruePower New series. The TruePower New 750W PSUdelivered excellent efficiency with good voltage regulation and cleanoutputs. The TP-750 is quiet during normal operation and includes a goodcompliment of both fixed and modular cables/connectors. And let's notforget Antec backs the TruePower New series with their 5-year warranty.

Driver Signature Enforcement Overrider v1.3 @ ngohq.com
[Mar-20-09] (0 Comments)

It seems that Microsoft has forgotten end users when itintroduced a very restricted module of driver signature enforcement inWindows Vista and Windows 7. All drivers and system files must bedigitally verified or they cannot run when using both 32-bit and 64-bitversions of Windows Vista and Windows 7. In the past, it was possibleto turn that feature off in Vista, but due to new kernel securityupdates, it is impossible to turn it off without degrading security andstability of your operating system or putting your master boot recordsin risk by using other software alternatives.So what is the problem with digital certificates? Well, the problem is…developers have to pay Microsoft to receive verified certificates, andthat makes many applications inaccessible under Windows Vista andWindows 7. However, it is still possible to turn it off by pressing theF8 function key during system boot up, but pressing F8 every time onboot up can be a serious pain in the butt. Others have foundworkarounds, but most of them are too risky and may trash your masterboot records, at least until now thanks to our latest tool.

G.Skill Triple-Channel 1600MHz DDR3 Memory Kit @ benchmarkreviews.com
[Mar-09-09] (0 Comments)

With 64-bit Operating Systems nearing popularity as Windows 7 approaches, the 4GB system memory barrier is going to be a relic of the

Enermax Revolution85+ 1,050W Power Supply @ pcper.com
[Mar-02-09] (0 Comments)

Enermax continues to raise the bar with the introduction of theirnew Revolution85+ power supply units. The Revolution85+ 1,050W exhibitedexcellent efficiency, very good voltage regulation, with relatively clean DCoutputs and quiet operation. And Enermax includes an excellent complimentof both fixed and modular cables/connectors to distribute over 1,000W ofpower. If you are looking for a top quality PSU in the 1,000+W range, thisone will be hard to beat.

Cooler Master UCP 900W Power Supply @ pcper.com
[Feb-23-09] (0 Comments)

The UCP 900W power supply is another good addition to Cooler Mater'sfull line up of PC switching mode PSUs. The UCP 900W power supply's voltageregulation, line regulation and cross-loading regulation are all good. Theoverall efficiency is excellent and AC ripple noise suppression is good,especially on the +12V outputs. Under normal operating conditions (below600W load) the UCP 900W is very quiet. The PSU comes fitted with a largeassortment of hard-wired cables and connectors that can support multiple,high-end video cards. And let's not forget that industrial look finish,active PFC, and a 5-year warranty.

Tuniq Potency 650W Power Supply @ bigbruin.com
[Feb-19-09] (0 Comments)

The Tuniq Potency 650W power supply is a no nonsense unit that will get the job done on a basic computer system without wasting your money on bells and whistles. It has decent features and specifications, was able to power the test configuration without issue, and it remains cool and quiet during operation.

Intel Atom 330 Dual-core Processor @ pcper.com
[Feb-11-09] (0 Comments)

The performance results for the Atom 330 processor are actually veryimpressive - in a lot of our tests the scaling percentages from a singlecore to the dual-core CPU are approaching or over 100%! Of course, it helpswith the applications we are benchmarking with are basically starved forprocessing power with any of derivative of the Atom or Nano processor sothat every additional floating point operation available is quickly gobbledup.

How to Install Windows 7 within your existing OS @ w7forums.com
[Feb-05-09] (0 Comments)

Trying out Windows 7 isn’t quite as difficult as you may think, as you don’t need to wipe or dual boot your existing Vista/XP installation to try out the new Microsoft operating system. It is entirely possible to run Windows 7 from within your existing Windows installation, at the cost of reduced performance. All of this is thanks to virtualisation technologies which allow you to run a computer within a computer.There is a downside to this, as a virtualised PC normally uses emulated hardware – so the graphics card used to power Windows 7 will be nowhere near as good as a modern gaming card. This means you won’t be able to play recent games within the virtualised installation, but it is more than adequate for testing and playing with the new OS.

Noctua NH-C12P CPU cooler @ xtremecomputing.co.uk
[Feb-02-09] (0 Comments)

Once it was fitted it was practically silent in operation without either the Low Noise Adapter or the Ultra Low Noise Adapter, with those fitted I couldn’t hear the fan on the NH-C12P at all above the other fans in my set up which isn’t at all noisy.

Energizer Zinc Air Prismatic Battery @ legitreviews.com
[Jan-30-09] (0 Comments)

The Zinc Air system requires oxygen from the air as “fuel” to operate. The air access holes under the tape have been included to support the maximum rate capability of the battery. When the battery tab is removed, the battery is “fully open”. The rate of oxygen flow required is proportional to the discharge rate. Therefore, limiting the amount of air access to a zinc air battery can increase the useful life of the battery from 1 – 3 months with no air management to 1 – 2 years using air management. The Energizer PP355 battery has an air requirement of 1.3 cc air/min @ 25 mA, so there is a minimum amount needed for the battery to operate. By using air as fuel it will leave design companies with the ability to custom tailor a battery to their device, which is very innovative...

Seagate ST3750330AS 750GB HD @ monster-hardware.com
[Jan-26-09] (0 Comments)

While making a few preliminary testing observations I noticed that the Seagate ST3750330AS burst rate seemed to be abnormally low. At first I couldn't discern why this was but after a little more poking around I discovered the drive was operating in SATA I mode. To switch it to SATA II mode meant removing the world's smallest jumper that was so tiny and pushed to the back of the block I had completely missed it in my earlier visual drive inspection, but taking the jumper off solved the low burst rate situation.

Sleek-Audio W1 Wireless Kit @ techpowerup.com
[Jan-22-09] (0 Comments)

Sleek-Audio's much anticipated wireless kit has finally arrived, dubbed the W1 it brings Kleer wireless technology to all Sleek-Audio earphones currently in production. With the promise of uncompromised sound quality and wireless operation this product is sure to meet the demands of many customers worldwide.

Antec Signature Series 850W Power Supply @ pcper.com
[Jan-15-09] (0 Comments)

The Signature 850 has excellent voltage regulation, exceptionallyclean DC outputs, and operates very efficiently. Antec includes a goodcompliment of both fixed and modular cables/connectors and backs theSignature 850 with a 5-year warranty. If you are looking for a top qualityPSU in the 850W range, this one will be hard to beat.

ThermoLab Baram CPU Cooler @ bigbruin.com
[Jan-06-09] (0 Comments)

The Baram CPU cooler made a strong first impression for ThermoLab and what they are capable of... I hope to see more products from them in the future. The cooler performed quite well during testing, and for those interested in running their system in near silence, the Baram will cooperate with temperatures that may be better than on some more popular (and louder) coolers.

T-Mobile G1 Smartphone @ hardwaresecrets.com
[Dec-23-08] (0 Comments)

Our review of the T-Mobile G1 cell phone with Google's Android operating system.

Left 4 Dead and A Vampyre Story ed @ gameconnect.eu
[Dec-11-08] (0 Comments)

Zombies. Left4Dead has a lot of zombies. There's weapons, and ammo, and enough shell casings to build a life-size replica of the Taj Mahal, but mostly, Valve's lastest shooter is filled with zombies. Do you enjoy teamwork? Are you into atmospheric locales that would give Dario Argento and George Romero the creeps? Are you enthrealled by cooperative gameplay? Do you often find yourself cursing your cowardly team mates for leaving you behind in dire straits to save their own skin? Left4Dead delivers all of the above, and then some, provided you don't object to zombies.

Battle of GPU Transcoders:ATI Avivo Converter and NVIDIA Badaboom @ pcper.com
[Dec-06-08] (0 Comments)

This first test takes a 1080p Blu-ray HD trailer, already in H.264format, and converts it to the 480x320 resolution of the iPod touch at 780kbps. The CPU-based Xilisoft Converter took 72 seconds to complete theoperation while the GPU-based applications pulled in MUCH better times:23seconds for NVIDIA's Badaboom and 12 seconds for ATI's Avivo Converter.While both GPUs performed well, the ATI application is nearly twice as fastas NVIDIA's program and is 6x faster than the CPU-based encoding process.NVIDIA's Badaboom is 3.1x faster than the CPU encode - still veryimpressive.

Palit Revolution R700 Deluxe - VR-Zone @ vr-zone.com
[Dec-04-08] (0 Comments)

For those who missed it, the HD4870 X2 is essentially two HD4870soperating in Crossfire mode, albeit on a single card. And as if theoriginal wasn't already huge enough, Palit has super-sized the HD4870 x2.What it calls the Revolution R700 Deluxe takes up a grand total of 3slots.

Driver Signature Enforcement Overrider 1.1 @ ngohq.com
[Dec-02-08] (0 Comments)

Microsoftdid well releasing Service Pack 1, but somehow they forgot end userswhen they introduced a very restricted module of driver signatureenforcement. In laymen’s terms, all drivers and system files must bedigitally verified or they cannot run when using both 32-bit and 64-bitversions of Vista. In the past, it was possible to turn that featureoff; but due to new kernel security updates, it is impossible to turnit off without degrading security and stability of your operatingsystem or putting your master boot records in risk by using othersoftware alternatives.Pressing F8 every time on boot up can be a serious pain in the ass andfrustrating to those that miss the time window available to press F8during start up. Others have found workarounds, but most of them aretoo risky and may trash your master boot records and some others weretoo complicated for the average end user to perform, at least until now- thanks to our latest tool.

Firehawk WebSuite 1.0 @ ngohq.com
[Nov-29-08] (0 Comments)

TheFirehawk WebSuite is an optimized stack of Apache, MySQL and PHP. Ourgoal is to provide a high performance, easy-to-deploy and stable webserver environment under the Microsoft Windows operation systems. Whilethe original developers are officially supporting Windows, webmastersand web developers have to deal with many problems such as installationissues, poor performance, compatibility and poor stability. FirehawkWebSuite is the solution! Webmasters and web developers can now runheavily loaded websites on Microsoft Windows-based servers.Installing Apache, MySQL and PHP on Windows can be a serious pain inthe ass. You have to edit many configuration files and find workaroundsto the known compatibility issues just to get it to work without ahitch or undocumented errors. With Firehawk WebSuite, you can get itall running in only a few seconds without the need of editingconfiguration files or looking for workarounds. In addition, TheFirehawk WebSuite includes Alternative PHP Cache and tweakedconfiguration files for maximum performance and stability.

Technic3D/Red Alert3 @ technic3d.com
[Nov-17-08] (0 Comments)

Command and Conquer:Red Alert3 PC Game from Electronic Arts a rrived Technic3D. Command and Conquer:Red Alert 3 from EA brings back the fan-favorite real-time strategy game in its latest incarnation wi th new features, powers, technologies, and a different world. Now, you can play not just by yourself but also cooperatively with a friend as you take on the enemy in this glorious, over-the-top romp. In Red Ale rt 3, you have the choice to play as the Allies, the Soviets, or the E mpire of the Rising Sun and has land units, air units, and naval units , all integral parts of the game. For previous fans of Command and Con quer, Red Alert 3 will provide the same light-hearted game play, but w ith more units, more strategies, and more fun? See you in the followin g Review.

[Affiliates News] VidaBox Premium Wireless HTPC Media Center Keyboard @ aphnetworks.com
[Nov-16-08] (0 Comments)

It has been over half a year since we last reviewed akeyboard, the last time being the APH Recommended Logitech MX5500 Revolutionby Jonathan. During the past six months, things in the technology world havechanged quite a bit -- for example, the introduction of the dual core IntelAtom 330, increasingly common usage of Mini ITX boards, and in general,low(er) cost computing products. Such products have lead to the creation ofNettop computers; a range of computers that are not only value oriented, butalso features a low running cost. Products built around Atom processors arealso propagating the market quickly -- from the Asus Eee Box to the ShuttleX27. Such computers are great for home theater PC setups if you're not aftersomething like 1080p Blu-ray decoding. Speaking of HTPCs, it's interestinghow computers are becoming more and more popular in the living room. Combinedwith such features built right into various editions of common operatingsystems, affordable computing hardware (Even if it's not a Nettop unit,excellent performing parts are readily available at very reasonable prices),and a large collection of peripherals to go with it in the market today,making it your weekend DIY project shouldn't be much of a luxury or challengeanymore. Okay, let's get to the point. Today, we'll be reviewing the VidaBoxPremium Wireless HTPC Media Center Keyboard. To be honest, I have never heardof VidaBox prior to this review. A quick visit to their website indicatesthat they have a ton of interesting home theater product, this keyboard isonly one of many. Let's see how this keyboard that's made primarily for hometheater computers works out. And not to mention that it has the uber hardcoregood ol' trackball.

[Affiliates News] VidaBox Premium Wireless HTPC Media Center Keyboard @ aphnetworks.com
[Nov-16-08] (0 Comments)

It has been over half a year since we last reviewed akeyboard, the last time being the APH Recommended Logitech MX5500 Revolutionby Jonathan. During the past six months, things in the technology world havechanged quite a bit -- for example, the introduction of the dual core IntelAtom 330, increasingly common usage of Mini ITX boards, and in general,low(er) cost computing products. Such products have lead to the creation ofNettop computers; a range of computers that are not only value oriented, butalso features a low running cost. Products built around Atom processors arealso propagating the market quickly -- from the Asus Eee Box to the ShuttleX27. Such computers are great for home theater PC setups if you're not aftersomething like 1080p Blu-ray decoding. Speaking of HTPCs, it's interestinghow computers are becoming more and more popular in the living room. Combinedwith such features built right into various editions of common operatingsystems, affordable computing hardware (Even if it's not a Nettop unit,excellent performing parts are readily available at very reasonable prices),and a large collection of peripherals to go with it in the market today,making it your weekend DIY project shouldn't be much of a luxury or challengeanymore. Okay, let's get to the point. Today, we'll be reviewing the VidaBoxPremium Wireless HTPC Media Center Keyboard. To be honest, I have never heardof VidaBox prior to this review. A quick visit to their website indicatesthat they have a ton of interesting home theater product, this keyboard isonly one of many. Let's see how this keyboard that's made primarily for hometheater computers works out. And not to mention that it has the uber hardcoregood ol' trackball.

Antec Fusion Micro - XSs @ xsreviews.co.uk
[Nov-11-08] (0 Comments)

Thetransfer from traditional type computer cases to media centres andremote controlled equipment is rapidly occurring. There is much moreemphasis on the style and ability for an encasement to suit the livingroom rather than an office. Consequently, whole operating systems havebeen designed to provide the user with the perfect media platform. Today, at XSReviews, I have Antec’s latest addition to the Veris lineof media components designed in response to customer requests for alower profile case offering the same HTPC features as the oldereditions such as the Fusion Black 430. However, will this newestrelease from Antec to able to compete with its highly successfulpredecessors? Lets find out…

QNAP TS-509 Pro Gigabit 5-Bay SATA NAS Server @ benchmarkreviews.com
[Nov-07-08] (0 Comments)

When corporate funds are tight, companies find new ways to reduce operating costs wherever they can. As a network administrator for

Kingmax Long DIMM DDR3-1600 @ pro-clockers.com
[Nov-05-08] (0 Comments)

Our test bench will play host to the Kingmax FLGE85F-B8MF7 or betteryet their Long DIMM DDR3-1600. The Kingmax offering is capable of this whileoperating at 1.9 volts. And to protect the modules the kit wears a set ofblack aluminum heat spreaders that will remind you of the Corsair Dominatorsand the Patriot Viper. But we will see if the Kingmax set can set itselfapart when it comes down to performance and overclocking.

GMC R3 Corona - XSs @ xsreviews.co.uk
[Nov-04-08] (0 Comments)

TheR-3 Corona is the latest edition from GMC’s middle tower series.Incorporated in this new design is a very innovative idea where theoptical drive (ODD) is mounted on the chassis front allowing it tooperate vertically. However, how will these stylistic changes affectthe performance of this particular case? Let’s find out…

Non-Gamer @ bit-tech.net
[Nov-02-08] (0 Comments)

*/We don't normally operate our reviews according to the whims of manufacturers and developers, but this was an option that was far too tempting to ignore.

ATI All-In-Wonder HD Video Card @ legitreviews.com
[Oct-31-08] (0 Comments)

Overall I feel that the ATI All-In-Wonder HD is a great card for the casual gamer that is looking to upgrade their aging video card and would like to add HD content playback to their system. The bundled software is wonderful for anyone not planning to use Vista Media Center. There is little to dislike about the card, it is very quiet in operation and under the highest HD mode of operation the system uses less than 125W. Since so little power is used the video card stays nice and cool...

Patriot Extreme Performance Viper Series PC2-8500 4GB Memory @ modders-inc.com
[Oct-31-08] (0 Comments)

The Extreme Performance Enhanced Latency modules are designed tooperate at 1066MHZ with 5-5-5-15 timings. They utilize Patriots Viper HeatShields with integrated ACC (Aluminum Copper Composite) technology. They aredesigned for maximum performance and stability under extreme overclockingconditions. So let's dig in and find out.

Sunnytek Mobile Mini Backplane @ legitreviews.com
[Oct-17-08] (0 Comments)

With the laptop market growing in leaps in bounds over the last few years, the call for mobile external storage is sure to grow with it. SunnyTek has attempted to bridge the gap with its Mini Mobile Back Plane. As SSDs become more commonplace in laptops, the call for larger external storage will grow even more. For those early adopters of the SSD technology, we are often pigeon-held with small hard drives, which for the most part can only store the operating system, so an external hard drive is a must if you want to store more than a few documents. SunnyTek has set the bar high with its mini mobile back plane external hard drive caddy, offering many useful feature and also carrying the title of the first mobile mini back plane currently on the market...

Technic3D/Brothers in Arms - Hell's Highway @ technic3d.com
[Oct-12-08] (0 Comments)

Brothers in Arms - Hell's Highway PC Game from UbiSoft arrived Technic3D. Operation Market Garden was a real-life Allied offensive d esigned to destroy Nazi Germany before Christmas, 1944. The plan was a mbitious - it was largest airborne invasion in the history of the worl d. The plan was to capture a corridor through Holland to punch through the German lines. Paratroopers of the 101st Airborne and other divisi ons dropped from the sky in mid-September to seize and hold the corrid or by surprise. The surprise attack was a bust. Follow Matt Baker, Joe Hartsock and the rest of the 101st Airborne Division in

Zaward Gyre ZCJ010 CPU Cooler @ tweaktown.com
[Sep-19-08] (0 Comments)

Being new is much different than doing new. Zaward’s Gyre CPU cooler is new in action. The cooler features HDT, but that is hardly anything fresh at this point. But what is innovative is the design of the cooler, how it operates and the extent of engineering that went into the fan. By the time we finish this article the extent of engineering that went into the Gyre will be revealed, but it is important to remember that going against the mainstream doesn’t always net better results in performance. We will have to dig deeper to see if that is the case here.

SilverStone Nightjar ST45NF 450W Fan-less PSU @ pcper.com
[Sep-09-08] (0 Comments)

The SilverStone Nightjar ST45NF fan-less power supply is a uniqueproduct designed for a niche market. Under the right conditions it candeliver up to 450W of clean, well-regulated DC power with support for ahigh end video card. However, for this unit to operate successfully(especially at higher loads) you must pay close attention to the type ofcase you use, the amount of case airflow, and meeting the 25°C ambient airrequirements.

SumoSac Sultan Luxury 'Beanbag' Chair @ thetechlounge.com
[Sep-04-08] (0 Comments)

Endurance gamers will love the Sumo Sac Sultan. The huge pillow easily accommodates nearly any size human, and at least two average- sized ones. If you are looking for a man-chair to add to your furniture fold, consider the Sultan. Apartment residents wanting to save space and avoid shoving a couch up three flights of stairs may find a Sumo Sac a suitable alternative. The Sumo Sultan will suffice for basically any application you can think of for a huge bag of comfort... just don't operate heavy machinery after use.

Palit HD 4870 Sonic Dual Edition 512 MB @ techpowerup.com
[Sep-02-08] (1 Comments)

Palit is one of the first AMD board partners to release a custom Radeon HD 4870 version. Their new HD 4870 Sonic Dual Edition comes with a completely revamped cooling assembly that features two fans to keep the card cool. Also included is a DisplayPort connector and a Turbo switch which lets you select the operating frequencies of the card. The mandatory

Vantec NexStar 3i External Hard Drive Enclosure @ thinkcomputers.org
[Aug-07-08] (0 Comments)

The Vantec NexStar 3i External Hard Drive Enclosure incorporatespower saving modes to help save power and prolong the life of hard drives.It operates in three power saving modes:idle, stand by, and power down; allof which are automatic. The USB connectivity provides high data transferrates on hard drives with up to 1TB of data. The small design of the NexStar3i takes up very little desk space and even keeps cool with an aluminumcase. Read on further to see how it performs.

Sapphire HD 4850 Toxic 512 MB @ techpowerup.com
[Aug-05-08] (0 Comments)

Sapphire's new HD 4850 Toxic graphics card comes with a preinstalled Zalman VF-900 GPU cooler that greatly reduces the operating temperature of the card. Also the operating frequencies have been bumped quite a bit, with some additional overclocking potential left in the card.

Zotac GeForce 9800 GTX+ (Plus) Amp! Edition @ techpowerup.com
[Aug-04-08] (0 Comments)

NVIDIA's new GeForce 9800 GTX+ comes with a 55 nm CPU that runs at higher clock speeds, yet consumes less power than the original 65 nm chip. Zotac's Amp! Edition further increases the operating frequencies. Even though the higher clocks make the card faster than the ATI HD 4850, the difference is very small and probably not noticable while gaming.

Technic3D/SteelSeries Gaming-Keyboard 7G @ technic3d.com
[Aug-03-08] (0 Comments)

The SteelSeries 7G Gamer Keyboard arrived Technic3D. A Gamer K eyboard with advanced key combinations, PS/2 buffer-system, switch lif etime of 50 million operations, audio ports for headphone-out and micr ophone-in and two port USB hub. One of the best Gamer Keyboards in the moment? See this in the following Review.

Intel Atom 230 versus VIA Nano L2100 @ legitreviews.com
[Aug-02-08] (0 Comments)

I'm sure a fair number of you expected the VIA Nano L2100 to come out ahead because it operates at 1.8GHz, while the Intel Atom 230 runs at just 1.6Ghz, but there is more to it than the 12.5% difference in clock frequency. The VIA Nano processor is based on superior superscalar out of order architecture, which is why it performs better than the Intel Atom processor. The VIA Nano processor beat the Intel Atom processor in every single performance benchmark we ran and that says a ton for the engineers (Centaur Technologies) who designed the Nano processor...

WALL-E @ bit-tech.net
[Jul-28-08] (0 Comments)

* The reason that Pixar films are so successful is that operate on two levels:there's the twee story and characters that appeal to children, and then there's the clever dialogue and dirty in-jokes for the adults. Pixar have a virtually unmatched talent to weave both these aspects together in a film in such a way that both children and adults alike can rave about it.

Zalman ZM750-HP 750W Power Supply @ pcper.com
[Jul-22-08] (0 Comments)

Zalman has successfully added another high-quality power supply totheir line up. The ZM750-HP power supply's voltage regulation, lineregulation and cross-loading regulation are all very good. The overallefficiency is excellent and AC ripple noise suppression is very good. Undernormal operating conditions (below 500W load) the ZM750-HP is virtuallysilent. The PSU comes fitted with a good assortment of hard-wired andmodular cables that can support dual core CPUs and multiple video cards.

Intel Announces The Centrino 2 Platform @ legitreviews.com
[Jul-15-08] (0 Comments)

Centrino 2 is made of of three major components, the processor, the wireless card and the chipset. Intel Centrino 2 processors are 45nm Intel Core 2 Duo and Quad processors with up to 6MB L2 cache and a 1066MHz FSB. Intel is introducing the Intel Core 2 Extreme Mobile Processor X9100 is now the highest performing flagship processor for the Centrino 2 platform and operates at 3.06GHz. Just like other Extreme mobile processors the X9100 has 'Overspeed Protection' removed, so consumers will be able to overclock the processor if the notebook allows it. When it comes to TDP ratings the X9100 is mobile friendly at just 44W...

Intel Centrino 2 Platform Launches - New CPUs and Hybrid Graphics @ pcper.com
[Jul-15-08] (0 Comments)

We mentioned switchable graphics above as a new power savingstechnology from Intel, but what exactly is it? Think of it as NVIDIA'sHybrid SLI technology for a notebook rather than a desktop; a notebook thathas both discrete and integrated graphics (as all Centrino 2 systems willhave) can either automatically or manually be switched from operating oneither GPU solution. This way you can see the benefits of an IGP solutionfor battery life concerns when necessary or utilize the performance of adiscrete GPU solution for gaming sessions when battery life isn't an issue.

Aeneon XTune DDR3 1600 4GB Kit @ pro-clockers.com
[Jul-11-08] (0 Comments)

Qimonda was nice enough a few months ago to let us play around with aset of XTune DDR3 PC-1333MHz. They were not too bad of a kit and did prettywell in our round of tests. As things progress and the need for more isthere we asked to review a bigger and faster kit. We were granted permissionto do so and received a set of 4GB of AXH860UD20-16H which is rated at CL9at 1600MHz. We all know there is faster out there but this kit operates atonly 1.5 volts. Not too bad for some one that doesn't want to put anunnecessary load on their system. We will now stop rambling and get on withthe testing.

[News] Kingston 2GB DDR3-1600 HyperX DDR3 Memory @ virtual-hideout.net
[Jul-10-08] (0 Comments)

Surprisingly, Kingston was a little conservative on the specs. Thememory can operate freely at 8-8-8-24 timings as well as stock. This wasachieved without any extra memory voltage. It's a nice extra bonus not inthe specifications. Overclocking is somewhat limited which isn't surprising.The ICs are pretty much already well tuned and operating at what Kingstonfeels is optimal. Again, the memory in all its 1600 MHz splendor is going tobe enough for power users. Also, if your current motherboard isn't quite upto the 1600 MHz FSB, you can still enjoy great performance at lowerfrequencies and timings.

Top Spin 3 @ bit-tech.net
[Jul-01-08] (0 Comments)

It's important to realise that Top Spin 3 is more of a tennissimulator than a tennis game. There are no tennis-themed minigames inthe career mode and no unlockable naked tennis modes either. TopSpin 3 is all about the game, pure and simple.With that in mind, it's also important to realise that it isn't reallypossible to just pick up the game and start playing. It does take timeand perseverance before you'll be winning games consistently. If you'rewilling to put in the time and effort, and play through hours oftournaments, you'll be rewarded with a very in-depth and involving game.Online play is the icing on the cake and its polish and relativelyglitch-free operation could show some other developers how it's doneproperly. The inclusion of seasons in the online leaderboards meansthat there'll still be an incentive to play online tournaments, even inmonths to come.For me, I'm glad to say that my badminton wrists were up to the job,and I have just one final thing to add:move over Federer, there's anew boy on the tennis court.

Crucial Ballistix DDR3-2000 2GB Dual Channel Memory Kit @ thinkcomputers.org
[Jun-26-08] (0 Comments)

Yes, you read the title correctly, DDR3-2000. Isn't that incredible,that memory operating speed has climbed that high in such a short time?Think about it, one year ago, we were beginning to see the first DDR2-1066modules being released. Today, all memory manufacturers offer a DDR3-1600module, many offer a DDR3-1800, and over the past month the more prominentof them have released a DDR3-2000 module. Considering PC3 system memory hasonly been out for about a year, I don't think that we've come close toseeing the limits of DDR3.

HIS Radeon HD 4870 CrossFire Video Card @ legitreviews.com
[Jun-25-08] (0 Comments)

The Radeon HD 4870 is the first retail graphics card to use GDDR5 memory and the 512MB of memory uses Qimonda branded ICs. GDDR5 introduces features and functions that go beyond previous GDDR standards and enables GDDR5 to operate at data rates up to 6 Gbps, three times the performance of todays high speed GDDR3. The memory ICs feature adaptive power management, error compensation, adaptive interface timings and date eye optimization. The ICs being used are part number IDGV1G-05A1F1C-40X, which are entry level GDDR5 chips and are rated for just 4 Gbps. ATI has them clocked at just 3.6 Gbps, so these should have some overclocking head room left in them...

Silenx Ixtrema ICX-HA2 CPU Cooler @ rbmods.com
[Jun-22-08] (0 Comments)

We've seen a number of fan manufacturers branch out into the CPUcooler business, with mixed success. CPU coolers are a lot different thanfans, but if a company pays attention to quality, they typically do well.Acousticpc.com, well-known retailers of silent performance computercomponents, sent us a new cooler from Silenx, the Silenx Ixtrema ICX-HA2 CPUCooler. We've had a chance to review Silenx fans in the past and weregenerally impressed by their silent operations and good airflow. Will thisCPU cooler leave the same impression? That is what we're here to find out.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 and GTX 260 Unleashed @ hothardware.com
[Jun-16-08] (0 Comments)

=93The high-end 280 card is powered by NVIDIA's 1.4 billion transistor GT200GPU, produced on TSMC's 65nm process node and is the largest, most complexchip TSMC has ever manufactured. Beyond just a larger number of streamprocessing units, the GT200 also supports three times the number of threadsin flight, as NVIDIA's previous G80, at any given time. It also has a newscheduler design that is up to 20% more efficient, along with a wider512-bit memory interface with improved z-cull and compression technology.Perhaps what's most interesting about this GPU however, are its twooperational states, one as a 3D Graphics processor and another standardcompute mode configuration. NVIDIA's new behemoth chip not only lights upthe gaming benchmarks but also can be specifically reprogrammed for moreefficient general purpose GPU (GPGPU) computing usage models like Foldingand supports atomic read-modify-write operations in memory.=94

[News] QNAP TS-409 Pro Turbo NAS @ virtual-hideout.net
[Jun-15-08] (0 Comments)

For my own introduction to Qnap, they have sent the TS-409 pro. Itis a 4 bay NAS, with all those basics I've just mentioned. The guts of itare powered by a 500MHZ CPU, with 256MB of ram, and 8MB of flash memory forthe operating system. 500 Mhz might not seem like a lot these days, but thelow power usage, optimized design is more than enough when you pair it upwith a custom light Linux installation.

[News] ZEROtherm Zen FZ120 CPU Cooler @ virtual-hideout.net
[May-26-08] (0 Comments)

As for the test results, the ZEROtherm Zen FZ120 CPU Cooler ranksright up there with a lot of the newer-released coolers currently out on themarket however this cooler will only retail for $39.99. So even if you're ona budget, this cooler will still enable you to get a top tier cooler for arespectably low price. With ease of installation and a quiet operating fan,along with the same high quality and now lower cost, the Zen FZ120 will makean excellent addition to your hardware.

Making the Switch With Operating Systems @ cooltechzone.com
[May-17-08] (0 Comments)

Operating systems seem to have received more attention these days than they have ever before, and while there are numerous available discussion points, in relation to new versions of these operating systems, one of the biggest trends that has been fascinating to watch is how people are switching operating systems like crazy. When I say switching operating systems, I don?t mean upgrading to a newer version of an operating system that they already have, but instead, I?m talking about switching platforms completely, a la the switch campaign for OS X from Apple.

Is Microsoft's Dominance in Jeopardy? @ forum.ecoustics.com
[May-15-08] (0 Comments)

Nearly 16 months after Microsoft launched Vista, the company is still trying to convince some consumers of the operating system's merit. Vista

GlacialPower GP-PS550BP Power Supply @ jonnyguru.com
[May-05-08] (0 Comments)

We continue our exploration of some of the market's lesser knownpower supplies today with the GP-PS550BP from GlacialTech, a budget unitfeaturing semi-fanless operation, passive PFC, and a promise by the companyof being capable of full power to 45 degrees.

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage @ legitreviews.com
[Apr-29-08] (0 Comments)

With the ASUS PhysX card installed on the test system the CPU Test 2 sco re increased to 25.73 operations a second with seven gate pairs. This al so boosted the CPU score and the overall 3DMark score as you can see from the image above. The CPU score alone went up by 2177 points or 21.4%. T his won't impact rankings online as the AGEIA PPU must be switched off fo r the results to be approved as a default result. The ASUS PhysX P1 card retails $149 plus shipping, so it was nice to see the performance boost.. .

Virus Protection on Leopard? I Don't Think So. @ cooltechzone.com
[Apr-24-08] (0 Comments)

When you install a new operating system, everything on your computer tends to feel a lot fresher. Even though some of the stuff on your hard drive may be several years old, a new OS gives you a revised way to use that information. Since installing Leopard, this fresh feeling has extended to the way I view viruses and other assorted software and Internet vulnerabilities on OS X. I never really had a problem in this regard on Tiger, and now that I?ve upgraded to Leopard, everything feels even more secure. I trust the advancements of OS X and its good track record to keep my computer safe, but perhaps I shouldn?t feel that way.

Driver Signature Enforcement Overrider @ ngohq.com
[Apr-24-08] (0 Comments)

Microsoft did well bringing the 64-bit architecture to Windows Vista but somehow they screwed up. Apparently they forgot who their target audience was when they introduced a very restricted module of driver signature enforcement. In laymen's terms, all drivers and system files must be digitally verified or they cannot run when using the 64-bit version of Vista. In the past it was possible to turn that feature off; but due to new kernel security updates it is impossible to turn it off without degrading security and stability of your operating system.In order to turn this off it involves uninstalling critical security updates that Microsoft has released to increase system security. Sadly, this feature makes Windows Vista 64-bit into a closed and locked down operation system.So what's the problem with digital certificates? Well, the problem is. developers have to pay Microsoft to receive verified certificates, and that makes many applications inaccessible under Windows Vista 64-bit. This driver signature enforcement can be a serious pain to end-users; however it is still possible to turn it off by disabling it up by pressing the F8 function key during system boot up.Pressing F8 every time on boot up can be a serious pain in the ass and frustrating to those that miss the time window available to press F8 during start up. Others have found workarounds, but most of them are too complicated for the average end user to perform, atleast until now.

Mapower MAP-KC31 eSATA & USB 2.0 HDD @ techpowerup.com
[Apr-17-08] (0 Comments)

The Mapower KC31CSJ HDD enclosure has almost everything a user could ask for. The sturdy build quality is complimented by a sleek aluminum finish while remaining lightweight. The performance is pleasing especially compared to more expensive enclosures out there. The passively cooled heat dissipation system ensures silent operation while working hard to get that heat away from your important data.

D-Link DGL-4500 Xtreme N Gaming Router @ techgage.com
[Apr-15-08] (0 Comments)

D-Link's DGL-4500 wireless router brings a lot to thetable, including dual-band operation, 802.11n support, a killerbuilt-in OLED screen, on top of features perfectly suited for onlinegamers. Of course, such a feature-packed router doesn't come cheap, sois it worth your hard-earned $180?

BFG Tech ES-800 Power Supply - Frequency Conversion @ pcper.com
[Apr-03-08] (0 Comments)

BFG Tech has invested a lot of time and effort into improving thequality of their PSU offering over the past year and for the most part theyhave succeeded. The new BFG ES-800 is a definite step up from their earlierpower supply models. The overall efficiency is excellent, voltageregulation is very good, and the +12V outputs are very clean. The ES-800packs 800W of DC power into a compact chassis that will fit inside most anyenclosure and it operates quietly under normal operating conditions.

ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi-AP Motherboard @ thinkcomputers.org
[Mar-24-08] (0 Comments)

ASUS is one of the most well-known motherboard manufacturers. Itsboards are known for consistent stability and awesome features, as well asexcellent design. ThinkComputers reviewed the M3A32-MVP Deluxe/Wifi, atop-shelf, Crossfire-capable motherboard using the AMD 790X chipset and anon-board wireless module. This writer's first motherboard review, I loadthis board with everything I could throw at it:a top of the line powersupply and graphics card, oodles of RAM, and three operating systems.

Crucial Ballistix 2GB PC3-12800 Kit @ aselabs.com
[Mar-12-08] (0 Comments)

These modules are rated for operation at DDR3-1600 which is PC3-12800 at 1.8V. The modules have SPD values for lower speeds (DDR3-1066) at JEDEC specs to provide boards the needed initial boot to provide the RAM with the proper voltage and timings. The stock timings at DDR3-1600 are 8-8-8-24. DDR3 latencies are very high compared to DDR2 and should only get better in time. These modules are lead free which helps the environment. Nothing like being green in today's world. I almost forgot that the command rate is 1T which means you get an extra performance boost.

PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 860W PSU @ pcper.com
[Mar-11-08] (0 Comments)

The new PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 860W power supply was designedfor both industry professionals and high-end gamers who demand the verybest. The 860 demonstrated excellent efficiency, very good voltageregulation, and produced clean outputs. The Turbo-Cool 860 can deliver upto 64A (768W) of +12V continuous power at up to 50=B0C operating temperatureand can support dual, high-end video cards with four PCI-E connectors. Allthis in a small chassis that will fit in virtually any ATX style case.

Kingwin RVT-9225, RVT-12025, and RVT-12025D CPU Coolers @ techwarelabs.com
[Mar-03-08] (0 Comments)

TechwareLabs tests out three new CPU coolers from Kingwin that us e direct thermal transfer to integrated heatpipes. This is supposed to re sult in a great decrease in your CPU operating temperature. Does it work? Read our review on these three to find out.

Zalman ZM1000-HP 1,000W Power Supply @ pcper.com
[Feb-27-08] (0 Comments)

The ZM1000-HP 1,000W power supply's voltage regulation, lineregulation and cross-loading regulation are excellent. The overallefficiency is excellent and AC ripple noise suppression is very good. Undernormal operating conditions (below 600W load) the ZM1000-HP is virtuallysilent. The PSU comes fitted with a large assortment of hard-wired andmodular cables that can support multiple, high-end video cards. However,the cables are only 20

content-type; @ dragonsteelmods.com
[Feb-20-08] (0 Comments)

Arctic Cooling makes some of the best GPU coolers on the market and theyare about to unleash their newest model, fortunately, we were able to getour hands on the Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme 8800 Video Card Cooler. Thi scooler is designed to fit the nVIDIA 8800Ultra, GTX, GTS(G80) model graphiccards. Arctic Cooling has garnered a reputation for making excellentproducts that provide superb performance with whisper quiet operation. Let' ssee if they can continue the trend with the Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme8800 Video Card Cooler. Let's get started=85.

Gigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6 DES X48 DDR3 Motherboard @ benchmarkreviews.com
[Feb-18-08] (0 Comments)

Motherboards are at the heart of every computer, and their importance is central to stable system operation. No matter if you are a

The Secrets of PC Memory:Part 3 @ bit-tech.net
[Feb-08-08] (0 Comments)

When users overclock their computer memory, they are literallycompressing the size of the Data Eye and changing the waveform atmultiple levels by running at a higher frequency and as a result, moredata can be transmitted over a set period. However, this takes awaypre-established safety margins. It’s a “Dark Art” because overclockers cannot observe or visualise themulti-dimensional factors at play; instead, they are looking for signsin stability, the general “feel” of the system and good old trial anderror as each factor can and will interact and influence countlessothers, settling a new wave equilibrium.Generally, raising DRAM voltage allows for faster memory speed, “but that also depends on the architecture of the chip too” explainsBrett Williams, Senior Marketing Manager in Computing at MicronTechnology. “If the voltage is designed to be regulated, then increasingthe external voltage might not do anything for the chip because youhave got a regulator on the chip that is keeping the core at a specificvoltage. If the chip is unregulated, when you increase the externalvoltage, it goes right into the core and increasing the core voltageallows the part to operate faster.”As enthusiasts, we often enjoy the power of having various DRAMtweaking configurations exposed in the motherboard BIOS. While they maybe useful, average users at home do not have an intimate understandingof most functions in order to establish a basis to make effectiveperformance improvements.

ABS/Tagan BZ800 800W Power Supply @ pcper.com
[Feb-07-08] (0 Comments)

As we mentioned earlier, one unique feature found on the BZ800 powersupply is a small slide-switch on the back panel that can be used to selecteither Normal or Turbo operating mode for the +12V outputs. Tagan claims

TI Radeon HD 3870 X2 Video Card @ legitreviews.com
[Jan-28-08] (0 Comments)

The core frequency on the R680 is higher than that on an RV670, w hich is a shocking move. The ATI Radeon HD 3870 has a core clock of 775 M Hz while the ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 has been increased up to 825 MHz. This might have been down as the memory clock was decreased from 2.25GHz GDDR 4 to 1.8GHz GDDR3. The ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2's cooling fan operates at 36 dBA, which is just slighting higher than the 34dBA seen on the Radeon HD 3870. The boards peak power usage is also 91W higher than the Radeon HD 3870 at 196W under full load. Having two RV670 cores on one board doubles many things like the frame buffer size and the math processing power, bu t the power consumption does not double.

ATI Radeon HD 3450, 3470 and 3650 p @ bit-tech.net
[Jan-23-08] (0 Comments)

Starting with RV635, AMD has decided that instead of havingseparatePro and XT cards like it did in the Radeon HD 2600 series, it wouldstick with just one model name in the Radeon HD 3650 series. AMD’s IainMcNaughton explained that the company looked at the mainstream segmentand asked itself “what can we do that is different and disruptive toour competitors, while offering more value to our customers?”Despite only offering one model name, there are stilltwo products that fit under this name – both share the same engineclock, which is set at 725MHz (slower than the Radeon HD 2600 XT’sengine clock), and the same number of stream processors as the RadeonHD 2600 series cards (120 stream processors or 24 five-way superscalarshader units) – both also feature a 128-bit memory interface.The number of texture units and raster operators hasn’t changed either,meaning there are still just eight texture units and four rasteroperators (or ROPs). What has changed architecturally now though isthat there is support for DirectX 10.1, PCI-Express 2.0 and ATIPowerPlay at a high level... at a much lower level, I've heard (butstill waiting for confirmation) that AMD has added double precisionsupport at one quarter speed, but it’s not exposed in current 3Dgraphics APIs.RV635 also uses fewer transistors—a total of 378 million—than the RV630chip, which itself featured a pretty massive 390 million of the littleblighters. AMD says that it has made some optimisations during the dieshrink, which should help to improve performance per clock andefficiency a little bit when it’s compared to the ASIC it’s replacingat the same clock speed.

Lexar 8GB ExpressCard SSD @ xtremecomputing.co.uk
[Jan-21-08] (0 Comments)

although it didn’t operate as fast as the USB drive, the power consumption is where the benefits were and for people on the move that is important. I also used the drive under vista, via vista boost and there was a slight increase in performance when opening and shutting files I was working with, so a performance boost without a huge power hit.

Corsair TX750W Power Supply @ rbmods.com
[Jan-16-08] (0 Comments)

About a year ago, we had the chance to review a power supply fromCorsair, who is typically known for their memory and cooling products. Atthat time, we were impressed with their performance and quiet operations.Corsair has continued to develop power products in the meantime and has sentus one of their newer supplies, the Corsair TX750W Power Supply. Will thissupply prove that Corsair is serious about becoming a player in the powersupply market? We will attempt to answer that question in this review.

Getting the most out of your Eee PC @ bit-tech.net
[Jan-15-08] (0 Comments)

I've been using the device fairly heavily for a few of weeksnow andoverall I've been really impressed with it. It's light, small andsturdy and has a great feature set for its price. It seems perfect fortrain journeys, with its quick boot up time and almost precisely theright size for sitting on chair-back tables seen on planes and trains.Not even my old X-series ThinkPad could manage that.One man's meat is another man's poison, and certainly many people willbe put off by the 800 x 480 display resolution and lack of Bluetooth.Word on the street is that the new Eee PC will sport a higherresolution screen, and as much as I'm now used to the smaller screen –most websites are designed for 1024x768 screens, so this will be awelcome addition. The keyboard is a little tricky to get used to, andeven now I constantly find myself pressing “up” instead of “shift”, and“2” instead of “1”. But for around £220, it still offers amazing valuein my eyes.The operating system is based on Xandros Desktop 4, which is in turnbased on Debian Etch. Asus has changed a few things in the install, soit's not 100 percent compatible with Xandros, but it's very close. Ifyou're a bit of a Linux fan, you might feel like just wiping the driveand installing EeeXubuntu, or Eeedora. However, I like to think of theEee PC as a single function device, rather than a fully-fledged PC.It's got an OS that is designed specifically for that hardware, and itworks well. Changing to a different OS is a recipe for lots offiddling, slower performance and a much greater chance of things goingwrong.As new updates come out, they are rolled out using “Add/RemoveSoftware”. As Asus knows the OS is identical on all their machines, itmakes rolling out such updates a lot easier – this has already pushedout an update for Skype 2.0 during my time using the Eee PC.The OS built into the Eee PC feels a lot like using a Psion device –simple and speedy. You can get a virtual tour of the OS here.With FireFox, Thunderbird and OpenOffice installed as standard, I feelright at home as this combination of software is what I would be usingon any Windows or Linux platform. The OS isn't perfect though, so in this article I'll be showing you afew of the things I've changed to make the Eee PC feel more like a MePC.

HIS HD 3850 IceQ 3 Turbo 512MB @ insidehw.com
[Jan-08-08] (0 Comments)

As usually, after the basic models all made in the same fashion asthe referent one, the first cards with more exotic cooling systems begin toarrive. Not that it is an imperative with such cold weather at the moment,but an overclocker values each degree Celsius. This time, we got a graphicscard from HIS, made in cooperation with ArcticCooling, the (in)famousmanufacturer of different advanced cooling systems for PC components. Thefull name of the graphics card we present you with today is HIS HD 3850 512MB DDR3 IceQ 3 Turbo.

Zalman VF1000 LED & RHS88 Coolers for the GeForce 8800 @ pcper.com
[Dec-25-07] (0 Comments)

The Zalman VF1000 LED VGA cooler and RHS88 heatsink combination isan excellent cooling solution for NVIDIA 8800 series graphic cards. Itsignificantly lowers the key component temperatures, even when running theintegrated 80mm fan at a relatively low speed for quiet operation. TheVF1000 LED/RHS88 is a compact, single slot cooling solution and iscompatible with SLI configurations. Both coolers come with everythingneeded for installation and the bundled Fan Mate 2 speed controller offersgreat flexibility for finding just the right balance between performance andnoise.

Hiper Type R Mk II 880W Power Supply @ pcper.com
[Dec-17-07] (0 Comments)

But beauty is more than just skin deep. The Hiper 880W PSU deliversexcellent voltage regulation and the overall efficiency is very good. Undernormal operating conditions (below 600W load) the Hiper 880W is very quiet.The PSU comes fitted with a good assortment of hard-wired cables andconnectors that can support dual, high-end video cards. And let's notforget 8 USB 2.0 ports and one USB-style mobile device charging port foradded connectivity.

Noctua NF-P12 120mm Case Fan @ rbmods.com
[Dec-10-07] (0 Comments)

About a year ago, we had a chance to review a couple of differentNoctua 120mm fans and were impressed by their solid performance and quietoperations. Noctua has been busy designing new products and are back with anew offering in the 120mm fan market, the Noctua NF-P12 120mm fan. Will theybe able to improve on an already near-perfect product? That is what we'rehere to find out in this review.

Cooler Master Real Power Pro 1,250W Power Supply @ pcper.com
[Dec-05-07] (0 Comments)

Cooler Master has done an excellent job of bringing to market one ofthe best high output power supplies available today. The Real Power Pro1,250W power supply's voltage regulation, line regulation and cross-loadingregulation are all very good. The overall efficiency is excellent and ACripple noise suppression is good, especially on the +12V outputs. Undernormal operating conditions (below 600W load) the Real Power Pro 1,250W isvery quiet.

Silenx Ixtrema 120mm Case Fans @ rbmods.com
[Dec-05-07] (0 Comments)

Your typical computer case fan is a cheaply built fan that oftendoesn't last long and can be the loudest source of noise in your computer.However, certain manufacturers do offer high-end case fans that offer highair flow and nearly silent operations, creating the desired combination ofquiet performance. AcousticPC.com, a large retailer of quiet PC computercooling hardware, sent us one such case fan that they highly recommend: theSilenx Quiet Case Fans. Will these fans bring an end to loud fanoperations? That is what we're here to find out in this review..

Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme CPU Cooler @ rbmods.com
[Dec-03-07] (0 Comments)

In the world of quiet PC builds, you often are faced with thecompromise of either quiet operations or performance. But nowadays,companies are starting to design products that offer what is known as

[News] Patriot PC2-6400LLK 4GB Memory Kit @ virtual-hideout.net
[Nov-28-07] (0 Comments)

One thing that can always make a computer operate like a new machineis memory. If you've ever used your system with the bare minimum amounts ofmemory or just enough to get the job done, then you've held your system backand probably noticed lots of lag. Plenty of system memory means your machinewill perform much smoother with little or no lag. This is especially truewith today's Windows XP Pro or Vista running these huge new games likeCrysis and Call of Duty 4. The larger the data amount, the quicker theaccess and read times seem due to the extra memory.

Legit s Message @ legitreviews.com
[Nov-20-07] (0 Comments)

Although modern processors are following a trend of faster and co oler operation, many notebook computers can still get very warm under nor mal operating conditions. Throw in a frag session and it may be more than your online opponent that goes up in flames, mainly due to the heat gene rated by today's higher-end video cards. Excess heat can damage your co mponents and lead to premature failure. Thankfully, companies like Antec have produced various models of cooling pads to help mitigate overheating and keep your notebook in its happy temperature zone all for around $25. 00...

Aliph's Jawbone - The Best Bluetooth Headset Ever? @ legitreviews.com
[Nov-17-07] (0 Comments)

This Aliph Jawbone Bluetooth headset really shines when operated in noisy environments as the on-board DSP, multiple microphones and the u nique Voice Activity Sensor sheds the unwanted sounds and isolates and en hances the user's voice. Unfortunately, as great as this headset's n oise suppression and voice enhancement are, the headset really stumbles w hen you are actually trying to hear your party in these noisy environment s...

Razer Lachesis @ techpowerup.com
[Nov-13-07] (0 Comments)

The Razer Lachesis is the first mouse to feature a third generation laser sensor which operates at a maximum of 4000 DPI. The new technology looks good on paper, but how does it perform in real world scenarios. In this review we will put this new technology to the test and see if it lives up to the expectations.

ThermalTake DH102 HTPC - XSs @ xsreviews.co.uk
[Nov-13-07] (0 Comments)

Mediais the buzz word, with manufacturers gunning for this market withremote controller equiped computers and even whole operating systemsdesigned around providing you with the perfect media platform.Today I have the much anticipated ThermalTake DH 102 which steps intothe game with an included 7” 800x600 LCD touch screen panel on thefront. It comes packaged with the tried-and-tested iMON software suite,including the remote control. You now don’t even need a monitor withyour next PC…

QNAP TS-109 Pro All-in-one NAS Server @ thinkcomputers.org
[Nov-12-07] (0 Comments)

Network-Attached Storage (NAS) servers are finally making headway inthe consumer market. Enthusiasts with multiple computers have been doingnetwork backups for years, but the expertise and/or time required to setup aNAS operating system has been quite prohibitive for the everyday user. Now,intelligent companies such as QNAP are at the forefront of the home NASserver revolution. ThinkComputers takes a look at the TS109 NAS server, aSATA hard drive enclosure with a network port, two USB host ports, and evenan eSATA host port. This little guy runs Linux, too.

Asus P5E3-Deluxe/WiFi-AP @ aphnetworks.com
[Nov-03-07] (0 Comments)

As Intel's flagship X38 chipset rolls into the hands of motherboard makers, there are times when ordinary material is used to make extraordinary products. Of such is Asus' new, pretty much flagship (considering its price haha), motherboard -- the Asus P5E3-Deluxe with its full name of Asus P5E3-Deluxe/WiFi-AP@n describing its wireless-N capabilities. There's a 'plain' Asus P5E3-Deluxe without the WiFi, but our focus would be the one with onboard wireless networking as we refer to the Asus P5E3-Deluxe for short. The latest and greatest, along with as many features as you can possibly imagine and beyond, is built into this motherboard. Like, an integrated Linux based operating system that boots in five seconds for instant internet access? Now that's something we've haven't seen in any motherboard before. Is the Asus P5E3-Deluxe truly the motherboard of desire, the envy of all your friends, and the ultimate girl magnet? Okay, maybe not the last one, but we will investigate the Asus P5E3-Deluxe together to see how well it stacks up against typical expectations.

Antec TruePower Quattro 1,000W Power Supply @ pcper.com
[Oct-15-07] (0 Comments)

The Antec Quattro 1,000W power supply has a lot of very goodfeatures. The voltage regulation is excellent and the overall efficiency isvery good. Under normal operating conditions (below 600W load) the Quattro1kW is quiet and runs relatively cool. The Quattro comes fitted with a goodbalance of hard-wired and modular connectors that can support dual, high-endvideo cards. And let's not forget active PFC and Antec's 5-year AQ5warranty!

Ideazon Merc Stealth Illuminated Keyboard @ xtremecomputing.co.uk
[Oct-04-07] (0 Comments)

I’m torn with this keyboard. To be honest, during general windows use the board frustrates the living daylights out of me. However I know that this is due to how much I rely on keyboard shortcuts for regular windows operation. But on the other hand this keyboard does more than excel at what it was designed for, gaming.

Enemy Territory:Quake Wars Gameplay Performance @ nvnews.net
[Sep-27-07] (0 Comments)

Today we are reporting on gameplay performance in the demo of Enemy Territory:Quake Wars. Enemy Territory:Quake Wars is one of the few PC games being released that uses the OpenGL API, which makes it portable to Linux and Mac operating systems, both of which are currently under development. Along with BioShock, Enemy Territory:Quake Wars will be incorporated into our graphics benchmark suite as we ready ourselves for the next generation of GPUs from NVIDIA.

Asus First Out Of The Gate With X38 Motherboard @ hothardware.com
[Sep-20-07] (0 Comments)

=93Express Gate is actually a self contained instant-on environment that bootsbefore the OS and gives you basic web connectivity as well as Skype andother functionality, like access to the BIOS and more. The EPU (hidingunderneath the socket area heat sink - top right), as the name suggests is asmall microcontroller of sorts that provides digital monitoring of voltageregulation to the CPU for higher efficiency and stable operation. =93

Gaming Culture:Four Stereotypes Examined @ bonafidereviews.com
[Sep-19-07] (0 Comments)

Because Hardcore gamers have such a wealth of info on gaming and how games operate, they are keener on figuring out game imbalance. Though this might make new gamers angry when presented with evidence that their favorite character is either

Lexar JumpDrive Secure II 4GB - XSs @ xsreviews.co.uk
[Aug-30-07] (0 Comments)

USBdrives are so prolific that they are now beginning to be givenaway free promotionally. There are literally thousands of differentmakes, models and capacities; all of which operate at different speeds.Of recent, the focus has been moving away from sheer storage to thespeed at which you can fill the provided space, with people becomingever more impatient.With the 4GB barrier broken a longtime ago, there have been more and more devices falling into thisbracket of size. They are mostly the same and rarely havedifferentiating features, and most come with an encryption program tostop an opportunistic thief running off with your important documents.Today I have the Lexar JD Secure II 4GB which has a nifty littlefeature that separates it from its other 4GB cousins.

Corsair Survivor 8GB Flash Drive @ gideontech.com
[Aug-22-07] (0 Comments)

The front of the package describes a few of the extreme highlights that come with this flash memory drive. Features like anti-shock and water-resistant operation are main selling points. The water resistant feature is a nice one to anyone that has washed their flash drives by accident in the washer or having your kids throw it into the fish tank.

iOne Scorpius N2T Wireless Keyboard @ thinkcomputers.org
[Aug-22-07] (0 Comments)

Having difficulties trying to navigate around on your HTPC? Well,the Scorpius-N2T has the solution. This wireless keyboard, brought to youhappily on a 2.4GHz wave, has an all in one solution for operating aroundyour PC. It offers a keyboard, mouse, and HTPC multimedia features all inone device. This keyboard has a lot to offer for any Home Theatre PC systemor even anyone who would like to use their computer far enough away topreserve their eyesight. Let's take a further look to see what the iOneScorpius N2T has to offer.

GIGABYTE GT-U8000-RH digital TV Tuner @ tweaktown.com
[Aug-13-07] (1 Comments)

This is a Hybrid tuner, which means that it can tune in both a nalogue and digital DVB-T TV programs. GIGABYTE also has a digital only v ersion, the U7000, which is a physically smaller model. Both models are b ased on a Dibcom chipset and if this doesn't say anything to you, then what you should know is that this is one of the best DVB-T chipsets on th e market for PC applications.It allows for the device that's it's based on to be used on the move, in fact it should work in speeds up to 100km/h (or a little over 60miles /h), so you could in reality use this in your car or onboard most trains which is connected to whatever mobile device you are using that includes a USB port and supported operating system (Windows XP and Vista =96 both 32-bit and 64-bit versions).

[News] Kingston HyperX PC3-11000 DDR3 Memory Kit @ virtual-hideout.net
[Aug-12-07] (0 Comments)

This is where Kingston Technology has come to answer the call. Oneof those kits could very well be the Hyper X KHX11000D3LLK2/2G Dual ChannelKits. It's based on their newest performance Hyper X DDR3 series intendedfor the upscale and more serious enthusiast who want to tap in to theirprocessor's unseen performance. At 1375MHz, it operates at a frequencyprevious DDR2 modules just couldn't quite achieve mainly due to powerrequirements and related heat causing too much instability. Have a look atKingston's latest signature Hyper X DDR3 1375MHz modules.

Rocketfish Twister Laser Mouse @ cooltechzone.com
[Jul-31-07] (0 Comments)

Although there are a number of notebook mice in the market, and they aregenerally similar to one another, once in a while we see a trulyinteresting product that defies traditional product designs and ends upbeing quite interesting. That's the case with Rocketfish's Twister, atleast. It's one of the smallest notebook mice in the market with updatedergonomics and a whole new dimension to portable mice. Based on the latestlaser engine, it's smooth and precise with regular operations, but it doeshave a few major quirks that prevents it from becoming our favorite.

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W Quad PSU - CrossFire Edition @ pcper.com
[Jul-30-07] (0 Comments)

The PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad CrossFire Edition is anexcellent power supply that delivers on all the advertised claims. Itproduces very stable, clean DC outputs efficiently at an affordable price.For most users (operating below 400W DC output with good case cooling), theSilencer 750W Quad CF PSU will be very quiet, but it can become noisy athigh loads with warm case air temperatures.

Can Linux Save the UMPC? @ xyzcomputing.com
[Jul-19-07] (0 Comments)

Getting back to the original question- saving the UMPC is a very difficult task. There is no doubt that Linux could work on the UMPC and that it could improve it while still offering a full-fledged operating system, but making it a success is another story altogether. The original idea of the UMPC, a flyweight travel companion that was smaller than your notebook and more affordable is something that has yet to be realized. With the pending release of Intel's MIDs and mobile Ubuntu there is hope for this form factor though. The problem still consists of explaining to people what the UMPC/MID can do and then getting them to understand why it is something that you would carry with you instead of a notebook, not something you buy instead of one.

World in Conflict Multiplayer beta impressions @ bit-tech.net
[Jul-14-07] (0 Comments)

Well, part of us is very excited. Very excited. The game looks not justawesome, but awesome to the max;the type of game which might make us use words like ‘rowdy’ and‘gnarly’ if we were cool surfer dudes. Instead, being tech geeks wehave to settle with saying that the volumetric smoke effects areawesome and the camera controls are both excellent and intuitive,allowing full and free-roaming control. Gameplay is excellent too, the perfect blend of small squad action,cooperative teamplay and edge-of-seat large scale battles. Units areexcellently priced and balanced so that gameplay never gets too oldand, while the unit selection is quite limited, there’s still plenty ofvariation there to keep us entertained.

OCZ PC2-9600 Reaper FlexXLC Memory @ pro-clockers.com
[Jul-05-07] (0 Comments)

Well we all know that OCZ is great at making ram. During the highdays of DDR, they gave us the VX series that with some voltage maintain somepretty tight timing with high FSB. And then there were the VX2 lines thatgraced the DDR2 period. But for the overclockers and water-cooled rigowners, OCZ has given us the likes of the FlexXLC line. With copper/aluminumheatsink, water barbs and 1200MHz operating frequency, OCZ may have giventhe world some of the fastest memory on the planet.

Zaward @ techpowerup.com
[Jun-15-07] (0 Comments)

Zaward has a small booth at Computex, but their CPU coolers are quite out of the ordinary. Some feature direct touch heatpipes, while others use golf fans in combination with heatpipes for silent operation. A pre-filled watercooling kit and passive northbridge heatsink can also be viewed at their booth

Memory and storage technologies @ pcper.com
[Jun-10-07] (0 Comments)

In particular, hard drives have been a bottleneck on manycomputing operations for years and as the last mechanical device withmoving parts (besides fans) in the in a PC, seeing solid-state drivesactually become available is exciting. Yes, the need for platter-baseddrives will continue for a long time as capacity for storing lots of datawill only increase and SSD will need to catch up over time.

HIPER HIPERFLOW 80 and 120mm Fans @ viperlair.com
[Jun-08-07] (0 Comments)

All three fans seen here today feel like quality, are solid, and have an extremely pleasing look to them. I have to say that the chrome bladed 120mm is without a doubt my favourite, but they are all good looking items. They all perform well enough but of course the silence of the fans in operation is more than just clever engineering; the slow running and therefore low output of the fans has to be taken into account here. Still, the CFM output despite the low noise and low fan speeds is quite high and certainly high enough for the majority of applications.

Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W Power Supply @ pcper.com
[Jun-04-07] (0 Comments)

Thermaltake has six new power supplies in their Toughpower SpecialtySeries with Cable Management, which range in output capacity from 650 to1,200 watts! These new models all feature a large 140mm cooling fan, highefficiency, active PFC, quiet operation, and ATX12V 2.2 compliance. Inaddition, the power supplies come with sleeved, modular cables and include asilicone rubber mounting pad to help reduce vibration noise.

ATI HD 2900 XT Vista Performance @ thetechlounge.com
[May-31-07] (0 Comments)

Hardware like video cards, especially high-end video cards, often fallunder the purview of the Enthusiast. An enthusiast is a computing hobbyistwith a kind of hardware pioneer's mindset. Never quite satisfied with wherehe or she is, enthusiasts tweak and modify, often risking and sometimesobliterating good hardware in attempts to find its limits. But there's oftenone territory that enthusiasts avoid:new operating systems. This makessense when you think of an operating system as the set of tools used totrailblaze hardware. How would you go digging when your shovel has a holethrough it? ATI's current flagship, the HD 2900 XT, runs about the same asNVIDIAs 8800GTS 640MB on computers using Windows XP. But that's patentlyirrelevant for Vista users. Here are the numbers from a side-to-sidecomparison:the pioneers of operating systems read on.

Asus EN8600GTS Videocard @ rbmods.com
[May-30-07] (0 Comments)

When you're trying to build a high-performing and quiet operatingcomputer, finding components that offer both solid performance with littleadded sound are little gems in the rough. While most people If you don'thave the money to buy the latest videocard then you might want to considergoing for something else that costs less but still can perform good.

Ubuntu Goes Ultraportable @ xyzcomputing.com
[May-29-07] (0 Comments)

In attempt to get the most possible from the P7230 I decided to completely remove Vista in favor of Ubuntu 7.04. This popular version of desktop Linux does not have manufacturer support from Fujitsu, but has a number of advantages over Vista, including a few that will be especially important to a notebook. Basically what I wanted from Ubuntu was an operating system that was less demanding on my hardware resources and would allow me to make the most of the notebook.

Noctua NC-U6 Chipset Cooler @ rbmods.com
[May-28-07] (0 Comments)

When you're trying to build a high-performing and quiet operatingcomputer, finding components that offer both solid performance with littleadded sound are little gems in the rough. While most people focus on CPUcooler and case fans, many chipset coolers often go unnoticed. Today we'lllook at a new chipset cooler from Noctua, whose high performance fans we'vebeen impressed with in the past. Will this offering live up to those highstandards? Read on to find out.

Catalyst 7.4 Vista OpenGL Performance Analysis @ ngohq.com
[May-26-07] (0 Comments)

There is nothing better then getting free performance boosts for our Radeon cards from the monthly Catalyst software updates. Every month we expect to see some new goods from AMD's finest software department. Sometimes our expectations are too high and we are left somewhat disappointed, and sometimes they manage to rock us all. Last month AMD has released Catalyst 7.4 and claimed that they had boosted its OpenGL performance on Windows Vista.With AMD's Catalyst 7.5 around the corner, and the hype around R600, we relaxed, sat back and tested the Catalyst 7.4 suite under Microsoft's new Vista operating system to investigate AMD's claims. Are they telling the truth? And if it's true =96 is it a pure performance improvement? or something we have to pay for by sacrificing image quality?Vista's OpenGL performance wasn't that impressive when compared to Windows XP, same as DirectX, but it's getting better with every software update. Since Windows Vista is the future, and NVIDIA owned the DirectX 10 market; AMD had to pull something out their bag of goods to make this remain interesting.

XSPC RS360 UV blue Radiator @ xtremecomputing.co.uk
[May-26-07] (0 Comments)

Today in Co operation with XSPC and www.watercoolingshop.com we takea look at XSPC's RS360 UV Blue. XSPC have released a whole new range ofradiators (the RS series) and UV blue is an option across the range so thoseof you that seek a 120 or a 240 could still choose the UV if you wish.

Samsung BlackJack i607 Smartphone @ thetechlounge.com
[May-08-07] (0 Comments)

The smartphone market has several recent entries, including the Motorola Q and the Samsung Blackjack. Both phones sport a slimprofile and QWERTY keyboard. Both phones are aimed at getting the phones in the hands of more consumers, not just business customersand their loyal Blackberry following. Today I'll be reviewing the Samsung Blackjack Smartphone. This phone runs the Windows Mobile 5for Smartphones operating system and is 3G capable. The phone runs on Cingular's HSDPA GSM network. So how does it shape up? Youmight be surprised to find out what our biggest complaint is.

Customer Support - The Turbine Experience @ bigbruin.com
[May-03-07] (0 Comments)

I have heard of problems with many of the current and past generations of MMOs (Massively Multiplayer Online games) on the market. Some of them are valid, some of them are not. Of course there is the old adage that you can't please everyone all the time, but I wonder if the developers/game operators even really try? While I can not personally speak to every MMO/Online Game out there, I can speak to Turbine's DDO (Dungeons and Dragons Online)...

Cooler Master Real Power Pro 1000W @ overclockersonline.net
[Apr-24-07] (0 Comments)

The Real Power Pro 1000W incorporates all the features one would expect in a high end power supply:excellent performance, a beautiful finish, sleeved wires, and last but not least, quiet operation. This power supply also includes the new 8-pin PCI-Express connector as a native option rather than supplying an adapter.

Super Talent T1000UX2G5 PC2-8000 Memory @ hardwarelogic.com
[Apr-22-07] (0 Comments)

With Microsoft's Vista operating system and newer games like Supreme Commander sucking up system resources, 2GB of system memory is no longer a luxury, it's is fast becoming a necessity. However, not any 2GB kits will do the job, save for those running systems from Dell, Gateway, etc. For them, they'll probably never know the difference or benefits of a quality memory kit. But for those who pride themselves on benchmarking and fine tuning their systems to the cutting edge, only high octane components will do.

Super Talent T1000UX2G5 2GB PC2-8000 DDR2 Memory Kit @ bigbruin.com
[Apr-20-07] (0 Comments)

The Super Talent T1000UX2G5 2GB PC2-8000 DDR2 Memory Kit performs great at its advertised speed of 1000MHz and fairly relaxed timings. Using more aggressive timings (4-4-4-12) allowed this memory to operated error-free up to 1075MHz, and changing the timings back to the default 5-5-5-15 allowed the memory to run stably at 1200MHz.

Windows Vista Article @ nvnews.net
[Apr-09-07] (0 Comments)

I began working on this article when I first acquainted myself with Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system. About a month ago, I spent a weekend installing, uninstalling, and fiddling around with the 32-bit and 64-versions of Vista. Vista itself seemed pretty solid, but 3D gaming was a hit or miss adventure with NVIDIA's 100.25 beta graphics driver. A couple of weeks later and I'm back to give Vista another shot. During that time, NVIDIA released WHQL driver version 100.65.

NGO ATI Optimized Driver v1.7.3 @ ngohq.com
[Apr-05-07] (0 Comments)

The NGO ATI Optimized Driver is a modified version of the ATI Catalyst driver. The main purpose is to satisfy the users with better performance, image quality and compatibility. The NGO ATI Optimized Driver can enhance your experience in games, multimedia and general usage. This project is especially suited for enthusiasts and gamers that want to have the best gaming experience.This release is based on ATI Catalyst 7.3 and the main change is the drastic performance improvement in the latest versions of ATI Catalyst Control Center. Because of the improvements, we have decided to include it and the old Control Panel. Users have now the option to choose their own ATI control panel environment. Be advised that Catalyst Control Center requires Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or higher to operate.

Cooler Master CM Media 280 Enclosure @ viperlair.com
[Apr-04-07] (0 Comments)

With support for enough devices for a good HTPC, and the convertibility to be a good Mid-tower as well make this one case to not overlook. The CM Media 280 has sharp looks and the option for the built in VFD display with media control buttons and IR Receiver solidify its place in the HTPC case sector. Cooling performance was adequate with potential to be great. The case was nice and quiet when tied with other silent components. The iMon VFD control software works well, although lacking in customizability the built in presets allow for easy operation and cover most if not all of your display needs.

Logitech Cordless Desktop S 530 Laser for the Mac @ pro-clockers.com
[Apr-02-07] (0 Comments)

Logitech has long been known as one of the premier manufacturers ofWindows-based input devices, especially keyboards and mice. So, when I heardthat they created their first wireless keyboard/mousecombo that was exclusively designed for the Mac, I had to call them up andrequest a review sample. Luckily, Logitech had one available and theyshipped it over to me. The Logitech Cordless Desktop S 530 Laser for the Maccombines Logitech's award winning design with the creativity of Mac'sarchitecture and unique operating system features. Let's jump right into this review with both feet,and see if the S 530 matches up to the quality of typical Mac products.

DirectX 10.0 Redistributable for Windows 2000/XP/2003/MCE @ ngohq.com
[Apr-01-07] (0 Comments)

Microsoft DirectX is a group of technologies designed to make Windows-based computers an ideal platform for running and displaying applications rich in multimedia elements such as full-color graphics, video, 3D animation, and rich audio. DirectX 10.0 includes security and performance updates, along with many new features, which can be accessed by applications using the DirectX 10.0 APIs.Until now DirectX 10 has only been available for our Windows Vista operating system. After major out cries from the windows gaming community we have finally dedicated a team to convert this Vista only solution into a version that can be installed on Windows XP SP2 based machines. This update will only work on Windows Genuine Advantage certified copies of Windows XP.

Alienware Area-51 7500 @ hothardware.com
[Mar-29-07] (0 Comments)

Like other Alienware systems, the Area-51 7500 has many configurableoptions, such as processor, operating system, memory, chassis color, harddrive, and much more. You can spend anywhere from $2,199 for the defaultoptions, which don't include a monitor, to over $10,000 if you maxeverything out.

Enzotech Ultra-X Active CPU Cooler @ pcper.com
[Mar-28-07] (0 Comments)

The Ultra-X active CPU cooler from Enzotech places right near thetop with the best CPU coolers on the market today. It delivers excellentperformance, offers a broad operating range, and looks great. The speed ofthe included 120mm fan can be adjusted to provide the right balance ofcooling performance and noise.

Xclio Stable Power 500W Power Supply @ bigbruin.com
[Mar-16-07] (0 Comments)

Overall, the Xclio Stable Power 500W Power Supply is a decent unit. It has a few faults, but nothing that should stop you from considering this power supply for purchase. It offers the connections you need for a modern system, quiet operation, and as the name implies it does provide fairly 'stable power'.

[News] Enermax Infiniti 720W SLI Power Supply @ virtual-hideout.net
[Mar-08-07] (0 Comments)

This is one powerfully capable PSU that works for any personal orprofessional computer system. It can be applied to any home based system andcan absolutely handle the job of any IT project you might have in mind. Thepower rails are very steady and fluctuate under a mere .07 volts duringoperations.

Super Talent DDR2-1000 PC2-8000 RAM Kit @ rbmods.com
[Mar-06-07] (0 Comments)

With the release of more power-hungry applications like the new Vistaoperating system and faster processors, there's no doubt that the need forfaster memory modules is growing. Super Talent, a fairly new company to thememory scene, has sent us one of their DDR2 kits, a 2GB PC2-8000 kit, thatpromises maximum performance in stressing environments. Will it stand up tothe competition? Read on to find out.

IPC Queen Dual HDD Enclosure @ modders-inc.com
[Feb-28-07] (0 Comments)

Are you looking to add more storage to your system? How about adual hard drive external enclosure with USB support.? The IPC Queen Dual HDDEnclosure does just that plus letting you add over one terabyte of storagewith supporting drives and an operating system.

Asus Chilly Vent Lux AMD CPU Cooler @ pcper.com
[Feb-26-07] (0 Comments)

Thermal performance of the Asus Chilly Vent Lux is comparable withthe stock cooler that comes bundled with most OEM AMD processors. TheChilly Vent's main strengths continue to be quiet operation, easyinstallation, small size, and affordability - not high-performance. Andthe Chilly Vent Lux's vertical airflow can help cool other components aroundthe CPU socket area like VRMs (voltage regulators).

Nokia N800 Internet Tablet @ xyzcomputing.com
[Feb-26-07] (0 Comments)

The N800 is actually Nokia's second generation internet tablet. The previous model, the 770, is still for sale (for $40 cheaper than the N800). The older model has a slightly larger, has a less elegant design, and lacks the N800's on-board camera as well as its second flash card expansion slot. The N800 has double the RAM and onboard storage of the 770 as well as a new processor. Both devices run the Internet Tablet operating system, which is based on Debian, though the newer model has been upgraded to the 2007 version. Aside from a few tweaks the controls on the devices are basically the same, though the N800 is overall a much more refined product. While the 770 was largely a toy for enthusiasts, the N800 seems ready for much wider adoption.

Spire Rocketeer VI 600W PSU @ rbmods.com
[Feb-14-07] (0 Comments)

When choosing a power supply, it can be very hard to find one thatexcels in both home/office applications that need quiet operations while atthe same time provided the raw power needed from a gaming power supply.Spire, whose power supplies we've reviewed in the past with much success,has produced a new power supply, the Rocketeer VI 600W PSU, that claims toprovide solid performance in a quiet package. Let's find out if it candeliver.

New Details on Intel's Terascale Processing Project @ pcper.com
[Feb-12-07] (0 Comments)

Even more impressive, this chip is able to achieve incredibly highclock speeds on modest power usage. Running on a 1.0v current at 110degrees C the tile maximum frequency is 3.13 GHz while at 1.2v the tiles canrun at 4.0 GHz. That brings the peak processing performance with all 80tiles functioning on block matrix operations to 1.0TFLOPS at 1.0v and1.28TFLOPS at 1.2v. Power consumption at these levels is estimated at 98Wand 181W respectively.

In Win Alpha 360 mATX Case @ bigbruin.com
[Feb-01-07] (0 Comments)

The styling of the In Win Alpha 360 mATX Case is definitely unique and is one of its best features. It looks like no other case I have used, and the aesthetics don't get in the way of an easy installation and convenient operation. It provides many well designed tool-less features, more drive space than many other mATX cases, and decent cooling despite just having one case fan. Overall it has made quite a positive impression on me.

ATI Catalyst 7.1 for Vista – Software improvement and Crossfire! @ tweaktown.com
[Jan-29-07] (0 Comments)

In one day or so depending on where you are sitting, Microsoft is set to release all versions of their latest operating system into the consumer world. AMD’s ATI driver team in Canada has seemingly saved all for the last minute. They sent us their Catalyst 7.1 graphics card driver for Vista to check out last week and have promised not just DirectX 3D performance and stability increases over the previous release but also an improved Catalyst Control Center, HD-DVD and Blu-ray support through AVIVO, a new installer and Crossfire support for the full range of X1000 series Radeon cards.We’ll examine the changes in the WHQL driver going through the PDF presentation which they sent to us and then run some 32-bit based benchmarks under Vista Home Premium to try and backup their claims. Let’s get started and see if AMD finally have a Vista driver for their Radeon cards, which is actually worth installing and using.

The Core 2 Duo Mini-ITX Box @ xyzcomputing.com
[Jan-25-07] (0 Comments)

After running my old Mini-ITX system as a PVR for a few months, I started to get somewhat annoyed at its lack of power. The embedded processor was great for simple tasks but even with the help of the powerful TV tuner card its operation was slow. The performance of the system was once acceptable, but when relaxing who wants to be waiting for a system to load when other options, like TiVo work so well? It was time for another upgrade. At about the same time as all this was happening my Mini-ITX motherboard died so there was no doubt that was time for a major overhaul. Unlike the old system, the new one was designed for serious performance, not just the bare essentials. What specifically does that mean? Core 2 Duo, Windows Vista, SATA storage, and more.

The Core 2 Duo Mini-ITX Box @ xyzcomputing.com
[Jan-25-07] (0 Comments)

After running my old Mini-ITX system as a PVR for a few months, I started to get somewhat annoyed at its lack of power. The embedded processor was great for simple tasks but even with the help of the powerful TV tuner card its operation was slow. The performance of the system was once acceptable, but when relaxing who wants to be waiting for a system to load when other options, like TiVo work so well? It was time for another upgrade. At about the same time as all this was happening my Mini-ITX motherboard died so there was no doubt that was time for a major overhaul. Unlike the old system, the new one was designed for serious performance, not just the bare essentials. What specifically does that mean? Core 2 Duo, Windows Vista, SATA storage, and more.

Noctua NF-S12 and RF-8 Cooling Fans @ bigbruin.com
[Jan-22-07] (0 Comments)

Noctua continues to impress with the cooling products they have sent to Bigbruin.com for review. The NF-S12 and NF-R8 fans provided the cooling performance needed, the low noise operation wanted, and many quality touches that might not be expected.

Three Ultra ATX Power Supplies ed:X-Pro and X-Finity @ pcper.com
[Jan-17-07] (0 Comments)

The higher output X-Pro 800W and X-Finity 800W units had the lowestAC ripple content of any power supply I have tested to date. They bothfeature aluminum enclosures with dual 80mm cooling fans that continuerunning for a few minutes after the PC is switched off. They are also oneof the few power supplies I have tested that use two output transformers.While they could use a few more connectors, these power supplies are wellsuited for workstation/server class operations.

CES 2007 Coverage- Razer @ xyzcomputing.com
[Jan-16-07] (0 Comments)

Razer's big news at 2007's CES was not an input device as we expected, but actually more audio equipment. In addition to a sound card and headset they will soon be producing speakers! This 2.1 speaker system, known as the Mako, is the product of cooperation between Razer and THX, the same organization that certifies equipment for theater-quality sound. This is not only Razer's first speaker system, but the first speaker system to be co-designed by the people at THX.

OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC @ overclockersonline.net
[Jan-15-07] (0 Comments)

As mentioned, these modules certainly showed that they are not justall show and no go. The overclocking results on both my AM2 and C2D systemsreally impressed. The DDR1280 achieved on my P5B-Dlx is by far the fastestthat motherboard has ever run memory and I don't expect many kits to matchthat frequency any time soon. For high frequency operation, this isdefinitely one of the kits to have. If you are in the market for memory thatruns tighter timings at lower frequencies, don't run the other way, the OCZPC2-9200 FlexXLCs held their own at 3-3-3-8 and 4-4-4-8 respectively.

In Praise of Sat/Sub Sets @ news.digitaltrends.com
[Jan-06-07] (0 Comments)

In the best of all possible worlds, I'd get a chanceto hear any speaker I review before I review it. Inthe real world=97where even three major trade shows ayear don't offer enough first-hand demos for a busy,quota-driven audio editor to work with=97I look atproduct literature and pictures instead. And thefirst thing I look at is size. Would it surprise you to learn that I prefer smallerspeakers to larger ones? If you assume that'sbecause of my workspace, you're half-right. My 19 by14 by 9 foot room totals just under 2400 cubic feet,making it more suitable for small and midsizedspeakers than for big, bulky ones. And I'm the firstto admit that, having been through one herniaoperation, I'd like to limit the chances ofundergoing another one.

TEAM Xtreem 2x1GB PC2-6400 3-3-3-8 Overclocking @ forum.overclockersonline.net
[Dec-25-06] (0 Comments)

These PC2-6400 modules are rated for DDR800 3-3-3-8 operation with 2.2v~2.35v but I have managed much more out of them. If you haven't heard of TEAM Group before, you are going to want to have a look.

Noctua NC-U6 Heatpipe Chipset Cooler Evaluation @ bigbruin.com
[Dec-22-06] (0 Comments)

The Noctua NC-U6 Heatpipe Chipset Cooler is an excellent choice for those looking for a significant upgrade in the chipset cooling department. It provides excellent performance that would make it appealing to overclockers and gamers, while offering absolutely silent operation that anyone could appreciate, especially HTPC users.

Jabra BT125 Bluetooth Headset @ bluetomorrow.com
[Dec-06-06] (0 Comments)

?Created for the first-time Bluetooth wireless headset user, the Jabra BT125 is an intuitive, basic, easy-to-operate Bluetooth headset which offers surprisingly great performance. It isn?t as stylish or as flashy as some of Jabra?s other headsets, but its target market of ?newbies? will certainly appreciate its basic design and user-friendly operation.?

Playing DivX and Xvid content on Xbox 360 – An easy guide! @ tweaktown.com
[Dec-06-06] (0 Comments)

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 gaming console is one of the most popular ever. It’s great for sitting around and playing games with friends and you can even play DVD’s and music CD’s on the console. While this isn’t terribly exciting, if you have a system that is running Windows Media Center (MCE) or Vista Ultimate Edition, you can stream Windows Media Video (WMV) movies to your 360 console over the network.The down side is that you are forced to use one of these operating systems and the WMV codec isn’t all that good – compression is not that great and although it’s becoming more popular these days, DivX and Xvid are preferred “DVD backup” choice codec’s, shall we say? These lesser mainstream codec’s offer better compression and many folks on the darker side of the Web mostly use this format to distribute movies around the Internet since they are the most 1337 choice among enthusiasts.

Salient VM223 wireless Pen mouse Presenter @ xtremecomputing.co.uk
[Nov-28-06] (0 Comments)

Salient advise the best way to hold the Pen is with your indexfinger resting over the lower button in a relaxed grip but to keep yourwrist and arm in a fixed position which will then allow you to enjoy thenatural, precise, smooth writing style operation that the mouse gives you.When the device is switched on there is an optical light source that glowsblue out of the end of the pen and with a working distance of up to tenmeters the device should work well.

[News] Super Talent 2GB PC2-8000 DDR2 Memory Kit @ virtual-hideout.net
[Nov-23-06] (0 Comments)

Super Talent recently revamped the looks of all their overclockingkits with new blue heatspreaders. And let me tell you these are some beefyheatspreaders. The kit I'll be checking out today is rated for 1000MHzoperation at an aggressive 4-5-4-15 and a respectable voltage of 2.2v.

OCZ Launches Water Cooled Memory Modules - FlexXLC @ legitreviews.com
[Nov-22-06] (0 Comments)

Just a couple days ago OCZ Technology announced that they will soon be offering a PC2-9200 DDR2 memory kit that operates at 1150MHz and has the option of being water cooled. This is significant for three reasons. The first is that the OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC 2x1GB kit is the fastest 2GB kit of memory that is in production for the retail market, which means that OCZ is still a contender when it comes to the world's fastest memory...

[News] ECS KN3-SLI2 Extreme AM2 Motherboard @ virtual-hideout.net
[Nov-16-06] (0 Comments)

The ECS KN3-SLI2 Extreme is a well rounded, good performing AM2socket motherboard proving to be very stable. The features are plentifulwith ample storage potential, 8-channel integrated HD audio, and SLIgraphics capabilities. If you are on a budget and contemplating amotherboard to operate your dual graphics card system, give the KN3-SLI2Extreme a look.

Cooler Master iTower 930 ATX Case @ bigbruin.com
[Nov-13-06] (0 Comments)

The Cooler Master iTower 930 ATX Case is a definite winner. It provides attractive styling, good system cooling, extremely quiet operation, mostly tool-less installation features, and high quality construction. These are all things you expect from a Cooler Master case, and they are what makes them one of the premier brands in the business. They then take things to a new level by adding the four extremely useful hot swap SATA drive bays. Cooler Master didn't cut any corners with the integration of the drive bays, as they are easy to use, do not impact drive performance, keep drives cool, and just look really sharp in the process.

Corsair DOMINATOR Modules Get 18K Gold Plated @ legitreviews.com
[Nov-10-06] (0 Comments)

Celebrating the company’s 1 millionth shipment in 2006, Corsair is currently offering 5 custom 2GB DDR2-8888 gold-plated DOMINATOR memory kits as contest prizes. These modules are rated to operate at 1111MHz at impressive timings of 4-4-4-12 2T. The PC2-8888 modules also feature the best IC's that Corsair can find, so computer memory doesn't get any better than the TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF kit. What the press release fails to mention is that these gold plated modules are actually plated with real gold. After getting all the details from Corsair it was found that these modules are 18 Karat gold plated!

Zalman CNPS7700-Cu Low Noise Heatsink @ frostytech.com
[Oct-28-06] (0 Comments)

The Zalman CNPS7700-Cu is one of the largest heatsinks in production by this Korean manufacturer, and like most Zalman coolers it is squarely aimed at low noise operation. The CNPS7700-Cu is an extension of the CNPS7000-Cu series, though it is about 30mm larger in total diameter, and weighs in at a hefty 918 grams. The heatsink is compatible with socket 478 & 775 Intel Pentium and Core 2 Duo processors, and socket 754/939/940 & AM2 AMD Athlon64 chips. Zalman assemble the CNPS7700-Cu heatsink from about 60 individual copper fins which are joined together at the center; the metal fins are compressed under great pressure and bolted firmly together to create the resulting heatsink shape, sort of like advanced origami.

Home Router Configuration @ aselabs.com
[Oct-25-06] (0 Comments)

Many readers are like me and want to see what Cisco's Internetwork Operating System (IOS) can do and how powerful it is. There are a plethora of guides on the internet to do many useful functions with a router and a later version of IOS, but none that are easy to follow and give step by step instructions on how to do basic setups such as a home router. I am sure many of you have an inexpensive router sitting in your homes doing all the routing for your network. I think it is time to upgrade to a bit more expensive router than can do the job of that and more.

[News] ICY DOCK MB454SPF-B Internal 4-Bay Drive Rack @ virtual-hideout.net
[Oct-16-06] (0 Comments)

The construction is high quality, with a very slick operation forremoving and installing the sleds. I like the fact that it's 4 Hard drivesonly taking up 3 optical drives. Simple install, compatible with RAID arraysand no drop in performance are all great features.

Terascale Computing @ techpowerup.com
[Oct-11-06] (0 Comments)

At Intel Developer Forum 2006 in Prague a presentation explained many of the obstacles that need to be overcome on the long way to Terascale computing. A Terascale computer is a machine that can perform one trillion operations per second, more than 50 times of what today's high-end CPUs can achieve. But Terascale is about much more than just building a CPU that can go that fast...

OCZ PC2-6400 Special Ops Edition Urban Elite 2GB Kit @ bigbruin.com
[Oct-05-06] (0 Comments)

Before we get to benchmarking, let's see how well the OCZ Special Ops Edition Urban Elite DDR2-800 can be overclocked. I would not consider myself an expert overclocker, and might expect more experienced overclockers to get better results that I did, but things went pretty well, anyway. Everest was reporting the memory operating at 1020MHz DDR2. 220MHz faster than the rated speeds isn't a bad bump, and it equates to a 27.5% increase!

HIS X1650Pro IceQ Turbo Video Card @ viperlair.com
[Sep-27-06] (0 Comments)

The video card itself is dominated by the IceQ cooler, which although big isn't at all heavy in comparison to some other video cards. Cooling was well taken care of with that cooler as well as the ramsinks. This allowed the card to keep cooler than many other cards I've looked at, while still keeping very quiet in overclocked operation. Overclocking wasn't anything to write home about but there was a increase that we were able to find out of this card. 2D quality is something that ATi and its partners can be very proud of, as it is among the best I've ever seen.

Scythe Infinity Heatpipe CPU Cooler @ bigbruin.com
[Sep-22-06] (0 Comments)

The Scythe Infinity provided cooling results that will keep your high end AMD and Intel processors at a safe operating temperature, but I was expecting a bit more. Given the shear size of the cooler, the total number of heatpipes provided to draw heat away, and the Scythe reputation, I was sure this would be the new number one cooler on my list.

Corsair XMS2 DOMINATOR PC2-8888 Memory @ legitreviews.com
[Sep-16-06] (0 Comments)

The DOMINATOR TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF memory kit that we have reviewed today is by far the fastest production memory available from any company. Corsair has raised the bar when it comes to performance memory. Not only did they increase the frequency of their flagship part they also lowered the timings and temperatures at which the modules operate. To make things better they have room to overclock. Being able to hit 1.2GHz at default voltages with C4 timings is very impressive. If you want to have the ultimate memory kit for your dream machine the answer is simple - Corsair PC2-8888 modules are what you need...

Gaming on Windows Vista - ATI versus NVIDIA @ legitreviews.com
[Sep-12-06] (0 Comments)

All of the games that we tried playing, over 12 titles in all, were retail games that we purchased with the most recent patches. In case you are wondering about pirated versions working on Vista we don't know because ours were legit. The purpose of this article was to see how the drivers from ATI and NVIDIA are doing and they are coming along. Neither are what we would call shipping-caliber as both companies lack a ton of features. The NVIDIA drivers don't offer overclocking, GPU temperature monitoring, SLI graphics and many other features that I would call required. I'm a gamer and if my games play ~20-30% faster on XP Professional then you wont see me switch operating systems till the DirectX 10 titles come rolling out.

Spire Rocketeer III 500w Power Supply @ rbmods.com
[Sep-09-06] (0 Comments)

With today's computer users installing more power-hungry components yet paying more attention to noise, power supply manufacturers struggle with conflicting demands:offer power supplies with more power yet keep them cooler and quieter then ever. Spire, known also for its cooling products, has developed a line of power supplies that claim to deliver high performance with silent operations. Today, we'll look at one of their power supplies, the Rocketeer III 500W PSU. Let's see if the Rocketeer lives up to these claims.

Albatron 7300GT 256MB @ overclockersonline.com
[Sep-05-06] (0 Comments)

I may just be overly pleased with this card but I think the performance, scalability of SLI, and passive/silent operation is blissful. Newer games will be required to run at low resolutions but for the price, that is more than acceptable, Keep your eyes out for 7300GT cards especially passive ones that perform well like the Albatron 7300 GT DDRII.

[News] Razer Barracuda HP1 Gaming Headphones @ virtual-hideout.net
[Sep-05-06] (0 Comments)

I think I'll take my experience and call it good. Great sound isalways a treat. For Lan party's, the volume control module rocks, and true 6channel sound is always better than stereo. I wouldn't be me if I didn'talso mention the ability to turn off the bright blue lighting whenever Ichoose, without affecting the operation of the speakers.

[News] OCZ PC2-8800 2x1GB DDR2 Memory Kit @ virtual-hideout.net
[Aug-31-06] (0 Comments)

The OCZ PC2-8800 2GB Gold XTC Dual Channel Memory may be theequivalent of OCZ's VX2, and Platinum modules. The memory is definitelyequipped to reach the 1100Mhz rating and being that it has quality memorymodules also operates at better, tighter memory timings. Voltage scalabilityof 2.2 to 2.4 volts is also a plus as some memory modules require 2.4 orhigher to even come close...

Lenovo Thinkpad X60s Notebook @ xyzcomputing.com
[Aug-31-06] (0 Comments)

Back to the original point- one constant which has remained throughout the evolution of the notebook computer is the Thinkpad. Processors and operating systems have changed, designs have been updated, and ownership has changed hands, but the Thinkpad remains. This product has never stopped being a top choice for demanding consumers and corporate buyers, whether they are looking for size, power, or features.

nMedia HTPC 280BAV @ overclockersonline.com
[Aug-24-06] (0 Comments)

nMedia has done a superb job on this case. It is a gorgeous unit that will be the pride of your entertainment station. With a beautiful face, silent operation, a programmable VFD, and many other neat features, there is a lot to like about the HTPC 280BAV. However, where this case falls short is in what's included. You will be paying ~$225US for this case, and that is more than a decent chunk of change to put down for a case.

HT Omega Striker 7.1 Sound Card @ thinkcomputers.org
[Aug-17-06] (0 Comments)

Today for review we will be looking at the new HT Omega Striker 7.1 sound card. HT Omega first showed its new Striker 7.1sound card via C-Media's booth at this year's Computex Tradeshow in Taipei. The Striker 7.1 appears to be HT Omega's first productin the sound card market. Until I was offered this review I had never heard of HT Omega so I did some research online and Idiscovered that HT Omega was a US based company operating out of California and their engineers have been designing soundcards forthe past five years. Their website says they have their own dedicated research and development division and they specialize inprofessional audio components. The Striker 7.1 sound card is their initial offering into the consumer PC audio market and it isbased on Dolby Digital and DTS Technologies.

Intel Viiv Technology – What the heck is it? @ tweaktown.com
[Aug-16-06] (0 Comments)

Any system with decent graphics and sound can be the backbone to a decent media system. All the other bits and pieces are really down to personal choice. The only limiting factor so far has been your choice of operating system. If you want a Windows-based solution, then you are either looking at Windows XP with a third-party media centre application on top, or Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE).

Zalman CNPS8000 @ overclockersonline.com
[Aug-15-06] (0 Comments)

With its four heatpipes, numerous fins, and a large 92mm fan, Zalman's CNPS8000 is a full-size cooler disguised as a small one. At less than half the height, its performance matches even the legendary Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro! In the end, the CNPS8000 pulls itself together thanks to its awesome performance, quiet operation, and Zalman's good name.

XClio GreatPower 750W Power Supply @ pcper.com
[Aug-14-06] (0 Comments)

=93If you are in the market for a power supply in the 500~750 wattrange, one of the new XClio GreatPower units deserve a close look. The 750Wmodel exhibited very good voltage regulation and stability and was quiet,especially while operating under moderate loads. The overall efficiency isgood and Active PFC and modular, sleeved cables are added pluses.=94

Enermax Chakra ATX Case with 25cm Fan @ bigbruin.com
[Jul-27-06] (0 Comments)

The Chakra is very quiet in its operation, despite having the biggest fan I have ever seen on a computer case. The fan is so quiet it is only audible if you put your ear next to it while in motion. Even with the case loaded up with the 25cm fan and two of Enermax's new 120mm Enlobal fans, it is extremely quiet while keeping all system components nice and cool.

Intel Merom Core 2 Processor @ pcper.com
[Jul-27-06] (0 Comments)

=93In our testing, the Intel Core 2 Duo T7400 mobile CPU has somesignificant improvements over the previous Core Duo processor. The biggestgains are seen in floating point and integer operations where some testsshowed improvements of more than double! One of the short-comings of theCore Duo was it's weakness in crunching numbers, but no longer. The Core 2Duo T7400 has shown itself to be a beast when it comes to chowing down thoseoperations.=94

SilverStone ELEMENT ST50EF 500w Power Supply @ ngohq.com
[Jul-20-06] (0 Comments)

Everything is just right, cables are aplenty and just the right length. Dual PCI-E connectors assure smooth dual video card operation. The motherboard connector fits both 20 and 24 pin motherboards, and of course it has the 4 pin 12v lead for the CPU. The SATA, Floppy, and Peripheral (incorrectly known as Molex) connectors are there as well, could always use more of those but there are enough to be adequate. Did I mention that this product has both ATi and Nvidia's stamp of approval for operating their Dual-GPU technology?

Palm Treo 700p @ xyzcomputing.com
[Jul-14-06] (0 Comments)

It is hard to boil down the analysis of a device as powerful and useful as the Treo 700p into just a few sentences, but overall this smartphone is w orth considering. The 700w was an OK attempt at a Windows Mobile phone, but now Palm is back in its element and has put together a successor to th e legendary Treo 650. While the 700p does not mark a drastic improvement over the older device, especially with the operating system, many 650 own ers are looking to trade up, and this product is a good choice (so long as they are intent on sticking with Palm). The improved OS, digital camera , and feature list will not revolutionize the mobile phone industry but th ey do mark a strong incremental upgrade.

Thermaltake Toughpower 750W Power Supply @ pcper.com
[Jul-06-06] (0 Comments)

If you are in the market for a power supply in the 60~750 wattrange, one of the new Thermaltake Toughpower units deserve a close look.The 750W model exhibited very good voltage regulation and stability and wasquiet, especially while operating under moderate loads. The overallefficiency is very good and Active PFC, sleeved cables, and a 3-yearwarranty are added pluses. The Toughpower 750W is notably the best powersupply I have ever tested from Themaltake.

Scythe Mine CPU Cooler @ bigbruin.com
[Jun-21-06] (0 Comments)

If you want near silent cooling for your high end processor, the Scythe Mine CPU Cooler should definitely be on your short list of options. It didn't provide the most extreme cooling of all the heatsinks used during testing, but it did manage to keep a hot dual core Pentium processor at a safe operating temperature, even when both cores were loaded to 100% for a period of 24 hours straight.

Sony Vaio UX Micro PC @ reviews.digitaltrends.com
[Jun-02-06] (0 Comments)

The Sony VAIO UX Micro PC weighs around 1.2 pounds and sports a 4.5-inch wide SVGA screen which uses the company's XBRITE technology to deliver brilliant color, crisp graphics and very fine details. The screen is also touch sensitive, usable with an integrated stylus and on-screen touch launcher for quick access to features and programs commonly used, such as games and Internet e-mail. Driving Sony's smallest PC is an Intel Core Solo Ultra Low Voltage processor and the Microsoft XP Professional operating system. This combination is joined by 512MB of 400MHz DDR2 SDRAM, an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 with 128MB of dynamically allocated shared RAM/video memory and a 300GB 4200RPM ATA hard drive.

Corsair Nautilus 500 External CPU Water Cooling Unit and Give Away @ bigbruin.com
[May-16-06] (0 Comments)

The performance of the Corsair Nautilus 500 is respectable, but can not be considered extreme. Enthusiasts generally want water cooling for either extreme cooling or low noise operation, and the Nautilus offered neither. The system instead seems to be designed for an introduction to water cooling that keeps the end user's budget in mind.

ThermoHawk 400 Touchless Thermometer @ metku.net
[May-11-06] (0 Comments)

Sensor in ThermoHawks operates by detecting the infrared radiation emitted by the object/surface being measured. This technique brings a lot of benefits. Being touchless is one of the most crucial. This allows you to take measurements from very hot, sterile or hazardous material that would be impossible with many thermometers that are operated via a physical contact.

Compile a Linux Kernel @ osweekly.com
[May-08-06] (0 Comments)

The kernel is the core piece of most operating systems. It is apiece of software responsible for the communication between hardware andsoftware components. As a basic component of an operating system, akernel provides abstraction layers for hardware, especially for memory,processors and communication between hardware and software. It alsoprovides software facilities such as process abstractions and makesinterprocess communication easier.

The "GNU/Linux" and "Linux" Controversy @ osweekly.com
[May-05-06] (0 Comments)

This famous controversy is there ever since I became aware ofoperating systems known as GNU/Linux. The GNU General Public License(GPL), which is used by Linux as well as most GNU software, armors bothcharacters.

Will Co-processors Be Key to Opteron Dominance? @ gideontech.com
[May-02-06] (0 Comments)

One of the most competitive markets in computing is servers, with companies always looking for more efficient processing to accommodate more complex simulations or decrease operating costs. For years, the X86 segment of the server market was controlled by Intel's Xeon offerings, but in recent years, a new contender has emerged, AMD's Opteron. Will the return of the co-processor ensure a victory for Opteron?

Detailing Structures in Linux File System @ osweekly.com
[May-01-06] (0 Comments)

In our last article, we discussed the registering process forthe file system and then mounting it accordingly. In this article,however, we’ll discuss the two widely used structures (structures as inC) in implementation of a file system. And then we will delve on theoperations on super block structure.

"The Future of Linux's Coexistence with Windows" @ xyzcomputing.com
[Apr-29-06] (0 Comments)

All too often the desktop operating system market is looked upon as some s ort of epic struggle between Microsoft and Linux. This =93versus=94 ment ality is fun to perpetuate but it is not at all helpful and increased inte raction between the two would certainly help everyone involved. No one i s expecting cooperation just yet, but a mannerly coexistence is certainly in order. This article goes over some reasons why it should happen and w hy, one day, it will.

Overclockers Online & Cooler Master April Give Away @ overclockersonline.com
[Apr-22-06] (0 Comments)

CoolDrive Lite, designed for HDD cooling, not only increasereliability of hard drive, but also reduce noise and shock during operation.Win one of two this week!

File System Implementation in Linux @ osweekly.com
[Apr-21-06] (0 Comments)

In Linux File System Demystified, we discussed the basics offile system in Linux operating system. We analyzed the file systems inLinux, definitions of relative terms, how Windows and Linux slashproperties (

Linux File System Demystified @ osweekly.com
[Apr-19-06] (0 Comments)

Roughly speaking, Linux is a versatile operating system thatsupports a wide range of file systems. This is made possible by theunified interface of the Linux kernel. This unified interface is knownas

Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) @ osweekly.com
[Apr-17-06] (0 Comments)

The Blue Screen of Death, or BSoD as popularly known, is ascreen displayed by Microsoft’s Windows operating systems when itcannot, or is in danger of, being unable to recover from a system error.

The Process of Booting an Operating System @ osweekly.com
[Apr-12-06] (0 Comments)

Thus far, we’ve discussed numerous intricacies of operatingsystems and how they interact with hardware, but we haven’t yet givenmuch thought to the basic concepts of computer processes, such as thebooting process that we all take for granted. This write-up is intendedto discuss the general principals involved in booting the operating system.

How System Calls Work in Linux? @ osweekly.com
[Apr-08-06] (0 Comments)

Every GNU/Linux programmer here reading this article must haveused system calls to code their programs. GNU/Linux programming isincomplete without system calls. System calls are initiated by softwareinterrupts. Before we delve into that, however, let’s define systemcalls. A system call is the mechanism used by an application program torequest service from the operating system, or more specifically, theoperating system kernel.

Microsoft buyout of ailing Sony possible @ bonafidereviews.com
[Apr-08-06] (0 Comments)

All this added up, you have to ask yourself. Will the next Playstation you purchase post-PS3 run a Microsoft operating system and have backwards compatibility for PS1 PS2 PS3 Xbox and Xbox360? Putting your rabid love for Sony aside, this doesn’t seem as far fetched as it once did, when the Sony name wasn’t covered in enough red tape to fill the Grand Canyon.

Vizo Opera portable HDD enclosure & multi-media player @ a1-electronics.net
[Apr-06-06] (0 Comments)

What a handy modern style item this Vizo Opera is for those of you who want mobility of your data and the super ability to play sound and video on your TV all from the comfort of your chair and with the remote control. Life just gets more easy for some with an Opera.

AVerMedia AVerTVHD MCE A180 HDTV PCI TV Tuner @ bigbruin.com
[Apr-04-06] (0 Comments)

I am most pleased with the interface of the AVerTVHD MCE A180. It has a modern look, with well laid out controls that makes operation in Windows XP Pro easy and enjoyable. As compared to the interface of tuners from other manufacturers, I'd have to say the AVerTVHD MCE A180's ranks at or near the top.

Antec Take 4 4U Rackmount Enclosure @ xyzcomputing.com
[Apr-04-06] (0 Comments)

Antec's Take 4 Quiet 4U Rackmount enclosure looks to be an ideal choice fo r any rack solution. Its generous feature set, quiet operation, and larg e size mean its as great for the home/SOHO environment as it is for your d atacenter. This review is going to take a close look at this enclosure i n order to see if it measures up the quality we expect from Antec and from rackmountable equipment.

When and Why to Use Network-Attached Storage @ hddsaver.com
[Apr-04-06] (0 Comments)

One of the most powerful tools for data storage is a Network-Attached Stor age (NAS) device. A NAS device is any product which connects to a networ k in order to provide file access to the network's systems. A NAS device generally has on-board hardware aside from the hard drives which control the file storage and distribution, it can even have its own operating syst em. NAS products range from things as basic as external hard drive enclo sures which are attached to a router to large, multi-drive devices which h ouse a controllable operating system, a switch, and other useful accessori es.

Extending the Operating System @ osweekly.com
[Mar-28-06] (0 Comments)

As we all know, operating system is an essential part of anycomputer system, but what most of us don’t understand are theintricacies of how OS environments operate. This article discusses theways of extending the operating system by various ways including, butnot limited to, recompiling the kernel and managing libraries.Extensibility is the need of time. It gives the user more

Mini-ITX Project Part III - Linux PVR @ xyzcomputing.com
[Mar-24-06] (0 Comments)

For the past few months I have been spending a lot of time using my Mini- ITX computer. This was originally a project system which I put together so that I would have something small and silent for my living room, on whi ch I could do a few very basic tasks, like check my email and get on the i nternet. The first part of the project featured a system which booted Pu ppy Linux off of a flash USB drive, a solution which was simple and quiet, but not very powerful. In the second part of the project the system was given a new case, improved cooling, and it booted off of a LiveCD and cou ld save to a CF card. As I used the system more I decided the best cours e of action would be to make a few more changes and increase the system's functionality, despite the impact that this could have on its silent opera tion.

[News] Thermaltake Silent Boost RX K8 CPU Cooler @ VH Diceman
[Mar-24-06] (0 Comments)

If Thermaltake fixes the problem area with the screws, I'd have noproblem suggesting it. Better than stock cooling, quiet operation, andunique looks are good, the easy to use clip is just excellent. I'd keep aneye out for any 2nd generation RX K8 coolers.

Asetek WaterChill KT12A-12VX @ overclockersonline.com
[Mar-13-06] (0 Comments)

Asetek is a leader in high-end cooling with a reputation of outstanding performance from their products and kits. The WaterChill KT12A-12VX certainly didn't disappoint with performance that kept one of the hottest processors I have worked with around the 40C mark. The ability to cool the chipset and video card were impressive to say the least again lowering the operating temperature of my X800GTO to temperatures I thought impossible.

RX K8 HSF @ moditory.com
[Mar-08-06] (0 Comments)

Thermaltake is a well known manufacturer of cooling accessoriesand computer cases. Today, we are evaluating their Silent Boost RX K8Heatsink/Fan, a copper CPU cooler for AMD's Athlon 64 line designed forsilent operation. How well will it keep your Athlon 64 cool? That's wha twe're going to figure out.

Thermaltake Tai-Chi M Laptop Cooler @ techniz.co.uk
[Mar-03-06] (0 Comments)

The Tai-Chi M laptop cooler from Thermaltake was great in looking andalso the cooling performance. The entire laptop cooler is fully made ofaluminum with the dual silent 70mm cooling fan, it was able to provide thebest cooling performance for the laptop. With the unique foldable design,it will easy to keep while not using it. It also builds in a retractablestationery tray to store the name cards and pen. As for the operationnoise, it was very silent as well....

Thermaltake Tai-Chi M Laptop Cooler @ techniz.co.uk
[Mar-03-06] (0 Comments)

The Tai-Chi M laptop cooler from Thermaltake was great in looking andalso the cooling performance. The entire laptop cooler is fully made ofaluminum with the dual silent 70mm cooling fan, it was able to provide thebest cooling performance for the laptop. With the unique foldable design,it will easy to keep while not using it. It also builds in a retractablestationery tray to store the name cards and pen. As for the operationnoise, it was very silent as well....

Arctic-Cooling Accelero X1 VGA Cooler @ techniz.co.uk
[Feb-28-06] (0 Comments)

The Accelero X1 is the latest technology of VGA Cooler fromArctic-Cooling. The Accelero X1 is not only powerful on the stylish look,but also the performance that able to deliver by it. The heatsink is madeof aluminum thin fins together with the copper base to provide the bestheat dissipations for the graphic card. A part of it, it also bundles withthe passive memory cooler for cooling the memory on the graphic card. Theoperation noise level is extremely silent as well. Due to the design ofit, the Accelero X1 is only support the Nvidia 6800 and 7800 series ofgraphic card...

Linksys WRT54GP2A-AT @ digitalgrabber.com
[Feb-20-06] (0 Comments)

The Linksys WRT54GP2A-AT Wireless-G Broadband Router is really four devicesin one. First, there's the Wireless Access Point, which lets you connectboth Wireless-G and Wireless-B devices to the network. Second, there's abuilt-in 4-port full-duplex 10/100 Switch to connect your wired-Ethernetdevices together. Third, there is a Router function to lets your wholenetwork share a high-speed Internet connection. The fourth and most uniquefunction is the VoIP phone adapter which enables high-quality feature-richVoIP Service through your high-speed connection even while you're surfingthe Internet. The router features two standard telephone jacks, eachoperating independently - like having two phone lines.

Palm Treo 700w Smartphone @ xyzcomputing.com
[Feb-17-06] (0 Comments)

A Windows Mobile smartphone from Palm was one of the Consumer Electronics Show's most highly awaited, but least surprising, products. No matter h ow feel about a Palm-based mobile PC, the prospect of Microsoft, Palm, and Verizon all teaming up to put out this product is a big deal. There has never been any doubt of the impact which the Treo 700w will have on the m obile communications industry.Though the Treo line has been doing well using Palm's operating system, th e fact that most of the business world is using Microsoft means that the r elease of a Windows-based smartphone gives Palm access to a much larger pa rt of the corporate market than ever before. Because a device like the 7 00w is targeted towards professionals this move should be a major boost fo r Palm, though they have entered themselves into a market which has very t ough competition and have risked alienating diehard Palm OS fans.

Thermaltake Mozart HTPC Case @ bigbruin.com
[Feb-17-06] (0 Comments)

The Thermaltake Mozart case offers a simple and sophisticated styling that will help your HTPC blend in nicely with your other audio/video components. The aluminum face includes the items you require for convenient operation, but the design does fairly well to disguise that this is a computer. Impressive styling, along with the low noise output, adequate cooling performance, and high quality construction are all things you should expect from a Thermaltake case... And the Mozart delivers.

Noctua NH Series Heatsinks @ gruntville.com
[Feb-09-06] (0 Comments)

Noctua, a recent up start in Austria, has entered the market with two, high performance cooling solution s; the NH-U9 and NH-U12. Both heatsinks utilize 4 dual heat-pipes joined to a copper base and attached to aluminum fins to disperse heat. The only diff erence between the two units is size; with the NH-U9 accepting 80 and 92mm fans wh ile the larger NH-U12 is designed for use with 120mm fans. While heatpipe tec hnology is nothing new to the cooling industry, the NH-U12 does look to have some o f the longest running copper heatpipes I've seen to date. Due to their massive size, both heatsinks can operate without the aide of an attached fan but are capa ble of utilizing up to two fans for maximum cooling.

Thermaltake Toughpower 550W PSU @ techniz.co.uk
[Feb-08-06] (0 Comments)

The Thermaltake Toughpower 550W PSU is a totally silent and powerful PSU.With the dual 12V rails of power at 38A of output, it will support manyperipheral devices without any problems. Furthermore, this PSU is equipwith silent 120mm cooling fan, it will be even better if the 120mm fan isa LED fan. The operation noise level was very silent as well. This PSU isready with the SLI, Cross-Fire, and Dual Core CPU support....

SilverStone ST60F Modular 600W PSU @ techniz.co.uk
[Feb-04-06] (0 Comments)

The SilverStone ST60F Modular 600W PSU is a totally silent and powerfulPSU. With the Quad +12V rails of power, it will support many peripheraldevices without any problems. Furthermore, this PSU is equip with silent120mm cooling fan, it will be even better if the 120mm fan is a LED fan.The operation noise level was very silent as well. Beside that, this PSUis SLI/CrossFire ready that comes with 2x PCI-E connector to support dualhighend VGA cards.....

Jackson Armor Card @ thinkcomputers.org
[Jan-31-06] (0 Comments)

There seems to be a new virus popping up all the time, sometimes I think that my Anti-Virus software won't be able to keepup. AV software is also sometimes bypassed by viruses, making your system vulnerable to attack. There is a way to protect your selfthat does not involve software; it is through hardware such as what I have today from Jackson Armor. It is called the Armor Card; itis impervious to attack by viruses as it runs outside of your operating system. It easily plugs into a free PCI slot on yourmotherboard and is setup before your OS boots. It also protects CMOS and BIOS settings as well from attack.

Keeping Windows Clean @ btxformfactor.info
[Jan-19-06] (0 Comments)

Windows is a living entity. Protecting Windows and keeping it clean from malware (malicious programs) is a full time job these days. Windows users are often frustrated by Microsoft's continued efforts to make its operating system secure against hackers because patching Windows seems like a full-time job. The real question here is what do all these patches mean to you?

Spire Rocketeer III 500W PSU @ techniz.co.uk
[Jan-08-06] (0 Comments)

The Spire Rocketeer 500W PSU is a powerful PSU with the silver andstylish housing and the 120mm blue LED cooling fan. With the dual 12Vrails of power, it will support many peripheral devices without anyproblems. Furthermore, this PSU is equip with the auto fan speed controlfor the 120mm Blue LED cooling fan. The operation noise level was verysilent as well. The bad thing for this PSU is, it was not Active PFC anddoes not have dual PCI-E connector ready to support dual VGA card at thesame time. However, you can use the extra 6-Pin PCI-E connector to run th eSLI/CrossFire without any problem..

TechConnect Magazine s the CoolerMaster 550W SLI Real Power PSU @ tcmagazine.info
[Jan-06-06] (0 Comments)

Coolermaster’s 550W SLI Real Power PSU is aimed square at the serious overclocking and modding community, with its massive power capacity, stable power lines, quiet operation and cool looks and design. Oh, and one mighty impressive fan.

"Linux's Difficulty with Names" @ xyzcomputing.com
[Dec-27-05] (0 Comments)

There are a number of things preventing Windows users from moving en mass e to Linux. While the naming of applications is probably not a make-or-b reak issue when considering a new operating system, it is a legitimate con sideration. This is the case because many of the names chosen for Linux programs are downright confusing, and the last thing desktop Linux needs r ight now is to make the transition from Windows or the acquisition of new users any harder than it has to be.

Desktop Linux's Hardware Woes @ xyzcomputing.com
[Dec-23-05] (0 Comments)

Linux works. This is a very matter-of-fact statement, but it is one man y people (myself included) make every day when they boot up their computer s. It is not a perfect product, it would not be sensible to expect somet hing as complex as an operating system to be flawless, but fact remains th at Linux does work. On the software side of things the open source commu nity has done a very good job of making this clear, but the other half of computing, hardware, this movement has not been as successful. Every day Linux users encounter driver and compatibility issues which Windows users have not had to deal with for years.

CoolMax CXI Series 600W 120mm Silent Fan PSU @ techniz.co.uk
[Dec-05-05] (0 Comments)

The CoolMax CXI Series 600W 120mm Silent Fan PSU is a very good lookingand powerful PSU. The performance of this PSU is very good and stable asyou can refer back to the testing and performance section. The operationnoise level was very silent as well. There are two SATA power connectorsincluded as well for supporting the SATA hard disk and dual PCI-Expressconnector to support the SLI technology VGA card...

Antec Neo HE 500 PSU @ pcper.com
[Dec-02-05] (0 Comments)

During our tests the Antec Neo HE 500 power supply reliably producedsolid voltages with very low AC ripple while operating above 80% efficiencyunder moderate to heavy loads. Universal line voltage input with active PFCis a plus and the Neo HE 500 comes with all modular peripheral power cables.

INDUS Idex 400 Hard Drive Switch @ tech-mods.net
[Dec-01-05] (0 Comments)

How many of us have had to share a computer? At work or at home, it can be frustrating to find out someone else deleted your files, downloaded viruses, and messed up the operating system so the computer won't boot. Wouldn't it be nice if you could really separate users? Not just a user-account, but a real physical separation? That would be like having multiple computers in one!.

Bigbruin.com : Zalman Fatal1ty FS-C77 CPU Cooler @ bigbruin.com
[Dec-01-05] (0 Comments)

Very few coolers offer a perfect blend between appearance, operation , and cooling ability. The Zalman Fatal1ty comes close, but has a few min or problems. The first issue is the need to use the custom motherboard ba ck plate on an AMD A64 system. Having to remove your motherboard to insta ll a CPU cooler isn't always fun, but does give you a good opportunity to c lean the cobwebs out of your case!

"Moving a Beginner to Linux" @ xyzcomputing.com
[Nov-29-05] (0 Comments)

This article goes over one person's experience when moving computer beginn ers from Windows to Linux. This is not always a smooth transition, but t his this case a computer which was barely working was salvaged and there w as an easy switch from one operating system to the next. Casual computer users almost always use Windows but the article observes that they could just as easily be using a Linux distribution, which would save money and e xtend the life of their computer, while avoiding many of the security haza rds to which new users are most vulnerable. This is not a HOWTO so much as it is a personal experience, but it relays thoughts and observations wh ich all people who find themselves often helping their friends and family with computers will find interesting.

Microsoft Xbox 360 @ viperlair.com
[Nov-23-05] (0 Comments)

There are three IBM PowerPC-based processors, each clocked at 3.2GHz and capable of handling 2 hardware threads each. The processors are each armed with 1MB of L2 cache and within the Xbox, operate as symmetrical cores. What this means basically is that the Xbox 360 is capable of executing 6 hardware threads simultaneously. While the launch titles currently available will not require that much power, future titles certainly may.

Dell's Open Source Desktop Systems @ xyzcomputing.com
[Nov-17-05] (0 Comments)

A major hurdle preventing the growth of Linux with non-professional users has been installation the operating system and dealing with the resultant compatibility issues. An ideal solution to this would be a major manufa cturer which is willing to sell computers with Linux preinstalled. This would not only make it easy for users to buy a computer and have Linux run ning after simply plugging it in, but it would theoretically allow the man ufacturer to lower the cost of a computer because software licensing costs could be minimized... Dell is not the first company to take the Lin ux plunge, but given their size and the outspoken statements from Michael Dell, their

WinBackup 2.0 Professional @ moditory.com
[Nov-16-05] (0 Comments)

As far as day to day computing goes, I consider myself a prettyaverage user. I surf the Internet, check my email, and once in a while(perhaps far too often) I'll play a computer game or two. While I can notspeak for every computer user on the planet, I know that I can say for afact that my computer isn't just an appliance; it's a major and importa ntpart of my life. In a way it is kind of like my wallet, it contains a lotof important and sensitive data that if lost, could make my life verydifficult.This is where WinBackup 2.0 Professional comes in. Instead of letting you rdata just sit on your hard drive waiting for an operating system error, avirus, or a hardware failure to come in a wipe out your data it allows yo uto adopt a more proactive posture towards keeping your important dataintact.

"Dell's Open Source Desktop Systems" @ xyzcomputing.com
[Nov-11-05] (0 Comments)

A major hurdle preventing the growth of Linux with non-professional users has been installation the operating system and dealing with the resultant compatibility issues. An ideal solution to this would be a major manufa cturer which is willing to sell computers with Linux preinstalled. This would not only make it easy for users to buy a computer and have Linux run ning after simply plugging it in, but it would theoretically allow the man ufacturer to lower the cost of a computer because software licensing costs could be minimized. Dell is not the first company to take the Linux plu nge, but given their size and the outspoken statements from Michael Dell, their

BTC 6301URF Low Profile Keyboard & Optical Mouse Combo @ techniz.co.uk
[Nov-11-05] (0 Comments)

The BTC 6301URF low profile keyboard and optical mouse combo is a combokit for the wireless keyboard and mouse. The 6301URF low profile keyboardand optical mouse combo are sure to be among the most stylish available!The slim and clean styled design is finished in an elegant silver colorand features improved usability piano-style hotkeys. The convenienthotkeys allow the user to easily and intuitively adjust to audio volume,navigate the internet, start e-mail or put the system to sleep.Furthermore, this combo was bundle with the battery for operate thekeyboard and mouse. If you are looking for quality keyboard and mousecombo that combines fantastic design with great features and highusability, then the 6301URF is the one to choose!.

Broadband Security part deux:So, how DO I get secure? @ ocmodshop.com
[Nov-10-05] (0 Comments)

The first thing you need to do is log into your router. For my examples, I will be using a LINKSYS router, which is one of the most popular brands today. LINKSYS routers come with a software package to help you get them setup. Because of this, often people do not know what IP address their IP address is or, more importantly, the IP address of their router. There is a simple way to get his information. I most windows operating systems, you can open a command prompt window and type the command

Beginners Guides:Forgotten Passwords & Recovery Methods @ pcstats.com
[Nov-04-05] (0 Comments)

Ever wondered how to recover or reset a forgotten password in WindowsXP? This guide will help you get back into your computer, all without reinstalling the operating system. Fortunately, for every method of password protecting a computer system, there is a method of defeating said protection, especially if you have physical access to the computer. Since it's your PC, that shouldn't be a problem, so cheer up.

Beginners Guides:Cloning WindowsXP @ pcstats.com
[Nov-03-05] (0 Comments)

If you upgrade your operating system hard disk, chances are the new one will be both faster and larger than your original disk. Since you can have multiple drives in your system, it makes sense to keep WindowsXP on the fastest drive, since its speed will make the most difference in that configuration. Trouble is, WindowsXP can't just be copied over from your old drive to the new one. There are essential files which will not be created on the new disk if you try this. So what to do? Follow along as we walk you through an easy process to simplify your life, so you can get back to work.

Antec Phantom 500W Hybrid Fan PSU @ pcper.com
[Oct-31-05] (0 Comments)

Antec has increased the output capacity of the new Phantom 500 to500 watts of combined, continuous power by adding a variable-speed fan withthree user selectable temperature profiles. The hybrid fan technologyenables the Phantom 500 power supply to run in silent (fan-less) mode mostof the time. The Antec Phantom 500 power supply should be of particularinterest to users requiring near silent operation while being capable ofdelivering above average output power. All of the outputs were stable andwell regulated across a wide range of loads and the Phantom 500 proved to beone of the most efficient power supplies I have tested to date.

Windows Vista, HDCP and Digital Rights Management @ pcstats.com
[Oct-28-05] (0 Comments)

Part of the feature set of Microsoft's upcoming Windows Vista operating system is support for High-Definition content, either through television signals, HD or Blu-Ray DVDs, or Internet video. Along with this support though, is a new set of restrictions designed to ensure the sanctity of HD content and protect it from copying. Microsoft, as you might imagine, intends to support HD DVD and video on all its current operating systems, especially the upcoming Windows Vista. To this end, the company is building support for HDCP into the operating system as part of its suite of DRM (Digital Rights Management) abilities called Output Content Protection Management (OCPM).

Jetart JAK801 Athlon64 Heatsink @ frostytech.com
[Oct-25-05] (0 Comments)

It might be a little strange to be testing out the Jetart JAK801 Socket 754 AMD Athlon64 heatsink, but remember there are plenty of single-channel DDR Socket 754 processors out there, and lots of Sempron's too. The Jetart JAK801 is an all-aluminum extruded K8 heatsink with a pretty standard set of accouterments. Its 15x70x70mm fan operates at a single speed, and is not temperature responsive.

Look at Flock Developer 0.49 Build @ techgage.com
[Oct-24-05] (0 Comments)

There's a new browser in town, and it has greatpotential if you use RSS feeds and other social networking sitesregularly. Based on the Firefox browser, it should prove just assecure. Let's check it out, and see if it has a chance to battleFirefox and Opera.

The Mini-ITX Project Part II @ xyzcomputing.com
[Oct-24-05] (0 Comments)

Once my original Mini-ITX project was completed I finally had a chance to sit back and use the computer. After a couple weeks of general internet browsing, emailing, and so forth, I was able to get a better understandin g of the system and a feel for its design. Knowing how simple my needs w ere, the Mini-ITX project computer was orginally designed to be as basic a nd quiet as possible. This meant no hard drive, no extra accessories- ju st a stripped down system. While this suited my needs well at the time, its lack of versatility soon became an issue. This meant it was back to the drawing board for a retooling of the Mini-ITX project computer. The changes include a new case, operating system and boot device, along with i mproved cooilng.

TechConnect's X-Micro Video MP3 400 Player @ tcmagazine.info
[Oct-20-05] (0 Comments)

X-Micro’s Video MP3 400 is a rarity in this age of conflicting standards and custom devices:it operates on easily replaceable and cheap AA batteries, it features a fully-specced USB interface that’s faster than a speeding bullet fired from a moving train, and it plugs into just about any USB-mini plug, with no need for expensive and exclusive cabling or special drivers.

Danger Den Acetal Maze4 GPU Block @ techniz.co.uk
[Oct-19-05] (0 Comments)

Overall, the Danger Den Acetal Maze4 GPU water block is performing verywell during in the testing section. The package includes all the necessar ycomponents for proper assembly. Furthermore, it was totally silent duringthe operation. The installation was very simple, just took about fewminutes is able to install the Maze4 GPU water block on to the VGA card.But, it does not bundle with any RAM sink for the VGA RAM. So, therecommended Ramsinks to purchase is the OCZ Copper BGA Ramsinks. Anyway,the retail price for the Acetal Maze4 GPU block is at US $44.95 which is avery affordable price and the 8 pieces of OCZ Copper BGA Ramsink is at US$18.99.

Asus EN6600GT Silencer Videocard @ pcstats.com
[Oct-13-05] (0 Comments)

The Asus EN6600GT Silencer offers users an excellent mix of performance from its GeForce 6600GT core and silent operation thanks to its passive heatpipe cooler. The videocard is based on the GeForce 6600GT core and is backed by 256MB of DDR3 memory. The card sports dual output with a pair of DVI/analog connectors. There is also a DVI to analog converter in the package for dual monitor users.

Antec TruePower II 480w Power Supply @ ngohq.com
[Oct-09-05] (0 Comments)

As most of you already know, today's latest hardware tends to require very reliable power sources for it to operate properly. Some video cards require as much as 200w at full load. If you are one of us dreaming of going towards an SLI or Crossfire setup, then you will have to shop carefully and make sure that you acquire a very powerful high end power supply. Most people are familiar with Antec for their high quality power supplies and cases. They have earned a high level of respect among us by continuing to offer quality product lineups.

yellowTAB ZETA OS Version 1.0 @ xyzcomputing.com
[Oct-06-05] (0 Comments)

When looking for an alternative to Windows most people think of either Ap ple's OS X or Linux. Of course, these are both viable alternatives but t here are not the only options. One way to go is with yellowTAB's ZETA op erating system. Though it is not yet very popular, ZETA is the successor to BeOS, the highly regarded OS from Be Incorporated. This is a very in teresting and beautiful operating system which may not presently be a thre at to Linux but it does have more than a few things going for it.

TwinMOS Speed Premium PC3500 @ multipart/alternative
[Sep-26-05] (0 Comments)

Approximately two years ago, in 2003, the memory market had gone through a mini-revolution with the arrival of DDR memory modules based on Winbond's BH-5 chips. These memories were able to operate at very high speeds and low timings, which was practically impossible up until then. The only disadvantage of these memory modules was that in order to reach high speeds and low timings, they required very high voltages.At some point during that same year, Winbond decided to drop the production of the BH-5 chips, and they disappeared from the market after only a few months in which they gained extreme popularity among overclockers all around the world.In the past few months we have seen several memory modules with chips that have

"Windows Vista Wishlist @ moditory.com
[Sep-20-05] (0 Comments)

With Windows Vista (AKA Longhorn) finally starting to appear asmore than vaporware, we thought we would take a look at some of thefeatures, changes, and functionality we would like to see in this newversion of the Windows operating system. They may already be slated forinclusion or not, but hopefully with the release of Vista and all it'sfeatures, we'll have a better and improved edition of Windows.

Epox 5NVA+ SLI NF4 Intel Edition Motherboard @ pcstats.com
[Sep-15-05] (0 Comments)

Motherboards like the Epox 5NVA+ SLI support Socket 775 Pentium 4/D/Extreme Edition as well as Celeron D processors. The four DIMM slots can accommodate up to 8GB of unbuffered non ECC DDR2 memory running at 400/533/667 MHz, while operating in dual channel mode with 1.8V. Epox also bundles a few on board goodies with the board such as Gigabit LAN, a 7.1 audio controller, IEEE 1394 and my personal favorite a Port 80 diagnostics card. If you need something the motherboard does not support, there are two free PCI Express x1 slots (three if you count the second PCI Express x16 slot when only running one videocard) and two open 32 bit PCI slots for legacy hardware. Of course, we must not overlook the two PCI Express x16 slots which will support SLI set-ups with the appropriate videocards either!

Zalman CNPS9500 LED Heatsink @ frostytech.com
[Sep-14-05] (0 Comments)

FrostyTech's back, and in addition to thermal stress tests, we've taken sound measurements, poked and prodded, measured and compared just about every surface of the Zalman CNPS9500 LED heatsink in their latest review! The CNPS9500 LED heatsink is compatible with all current AMD and Intel socket formfactors. The heatsink is voluminous, but designed to operate quietly and cool under low noise, low fan-speed conditions. Three heatpipes bent into a figure-eight form the backbone of the CNPS9500 LED heatsink, and the rest of the design is simply form following function to a

Akasa Powerplus PSU @ techniz.co.uk
[Sep-06-05] (0 Comments)

The Akasa Powerplus 550W and 650W PSU is a very good looking and powerfu lPSU. The performance of the Akasa Powerplus 550W and 650W PSU is verygreat and stable as you can refer back to the testing and performancesection. The operation noise level was very silent as well. There are fou rSATA connectors included as well for supporting the SATA hard disk anddual PCI-Express connector to support the SLI technology VGA card. Withthe 4X12V rails of power, it will support many peripheral devices withoutany problems. This was a good buy power supply unit if you are looking fo ra powerful and nice looking PSU although it was slightly expensive thanother normal PSU. Highly Recommended!

Modding the Xbox in 10 Minutes @ techfreaks.org
[Aug-29-05] (0 Comments)

Xbox modification has come a long way in the past couple years. Withthe introduction of the TSOP mod, potential modders no longer had toshell out money for a modchip; rather just bridge two points on the Xboxmotherboard. Now one doesn't even have to open up his Xbox. Welcome tothe world of soft modding. Using code exploits in certain games, a useris able to load a phony gamesave that will boot into a Linux basedoperating system and allow a user to mod his Xbox... in under ten minutes.

How to quickly improve your computer's performance @ bonafidereviews.com
[Aug-24-05] (0 Comments)

If you're a computer expert, you'll probably already know about these tips (hopefully this will provide you with a little reminder). If you're not an expert, don't worry - these tips are simple, and don't require a lot of computer experience. While an old computer will never operate at the same speed as a newer (and bigger & faster) computer, you can help your computer stay as

Antec Phantom 500 Power Supply @ xyzcomputing.com
[Aug-23-05] (0 Comments)

The fact that computers must operate in close proximity to people means that any sound they produce is bothersome and extraneous. As quiet computing has grown from a hobby of a few people to a major part of the industry, the number and quality of the available quiet/silent parts has increased greatly. This review will be taking a look at Antec's new Phantom 500 power supply unit. Its predecessor, the Phantom 350, has been a huge hit for Antec and has become the benchmark for fanless power supplies. The Phantom 500 has been bumped up from 350W to 500W and also has a number of other interesting changes, the most important of which is the addition of a fan. This means this power supply is no longer fanless but is Antec has still labeled it as silent.

Intel Pentium D 840 Dual-Core LGA775 Processor @ pcstats.com
[Aug-20-05] (0 Comments)

The most obvious new feature of the LGA775 Intel Pentium D 840 processor is its dual-core nature. This 90nm processor uses a pair of Prescott cores running at 16 x 200MHz to bring multi-processing to the desktop in a LGA775 pinless package. The most significant extra that this CPU brings to the table is its support for 64-bit x86-64-based operating systems through Intel's EMT64 technology.

Guide To Understanding and Creating Batch Files @ pcstats.com
[Aug-12-05] (0 Comments)

At their simplest, batch files are text files which execute one or more command prompt commands in a specific order. The power of a batch file lies in the way that it allows you to combine multiple commands into one batch file ' program' and customize the way that each command operates. In this article PCSTATS will illustrate what batch files are good for and how to create them. By creating a useful series of batch files designed to allow you to selectively back up files from one location to another, we'll demonstrate the ways that batch files can make your computing life easier while you learn the various option involved in creating them.

MGE Extreme Gamer (XG) Vortec 600W PSU @ techniz.co.uk
[Aug-07-05] (0 Comments)

The MGE Extreme Gamer (XG) Vortec 600W PSU is a very good looking andpowerful PSU. The performance of this PSU is very good and stable as youcan refer back to the testing and performance section. The operation noiselevel was very silent as well. There are two SATA connectors included aswell for supporting the SATA hard disk but without any PCI-Expressconnector to support the PCI-E VGA card. It is also the only disadvantagewhere it was not SLI ready. Anyway, with the 600W of power, you will beable to support all the incoming future computer hardware. With the priceof around $90 US, this was a good buy and affordable power supply unit ifyou are looking for a powerful and nice looking PSU.

MSI NX6800TD-128E Geforce 6800 SLI Videocard @ pcstats.com
[Aug-03-05] (0 Comments)

Over the next few pages PCSTATS will be reviewing a pair of PCI Express MSI X6800 TD-128E SLI-capable videocards in both single and SLI mode. We're going to see just what kind of performance a user can expect from these high-end cards operating in tandem. By now, most consumers should be familiar with SLI benchmarks from 6600GT mid-range nVidia cards, so let's take things up a notch! Each of the MSI NX6800 TD-128E videocards we'll be testing are based on the nVidia Geforce 6800 GPU and sport 128MB of GDDR3 memory, SLI compatibility, full HDTV/S-Video/composite TV-out capabilities and dual-monitor support. The blue analog connection is for CRT monitors and the white DVI connector is for digital LCD displays.

Thermaltake Rocket fanless AMD & Intel water cooler heatsink @ a1-electronics.net
[Aug-02-05] (0 Comments)

All that said for a heatsink system that does not make any noise and can be used on AMD Athlon and Intel Pentium 4 processors this Thermaltake Rocket is great. Because of its performance, quality of manufacture and noiseless operation we are proud to award this Thermaltake Rocket our Editors Top Choice for a fanless water cooler heatsink system.

Linspire Five-O Desktop Linux @ xyzcomputing.com
[Jul-30-05] (0 Comments)

Linspire Five-O is a full-featured Linux operating system which is intended for desktop use, mainly as an alternative to Windows XP. The company, which was formerly known as Lindows, has gotten a lot of press for including their OS with pre-bundled computers. Linspire's goal is to offer a complete OS which is as easy to use as Windows, but with the added performance and cost-effectiveness of Linux. Some long time Linux users have lodged complaints about the interface and the fact that this OS is designed for beginners but it has proven itself to be a great option.

New at The Moditory:WinTasks 5.0 Pro and Process Library @ moditory.com
[Jul-23-05] (0 Comments)

On your computer there's all sorts of applications running andyou're not always able to see them. In fact, there are many base processesthat run in the background to keep your operating system,well...operating. Anyways, with viruses, worms, trojans, and othermalicious forms of destruction, you can have processes running on yourcomputer that you don't know about, using your PC for unsavory purposes.Illicit processes beware, UniBlue has created a duo that not only helpsusers combat undesired programs, but also provides information aboutnearly any process along with a ton of other features. UniBlue presentsProcessLibrary.com and WinTasks 5 Pro.

Koolance Exos-2 Liquid Cooling System @ pcper.com
[Jul-19-05] (0 Comments)

The Exos-2 surpasses the original Exos in performance thanks to alarger radiator, greater airflow and increased coolant flow. The dual 120mmfans produce a wide range of capabilities, which allows the Exos-2 toprovide optimal cooling (with noticeable fan noise), or virtually silentoperation with the fans turned down low. The clear plastic reservoir, whichis mounted right up front for easy access, includes blue LED lighting thatis both functional and adds to the overall custom look of the system.

Thermaltake PurePower 460W PSU @ techniz.co.uk
[Jun-27-05] (0 Comments)

The Thermaltake PurePower 460W PSU is a very good looking and powerfulPSU. The performance of this PSU is very good and stable as you can referback to the testing and performance section. The operation noise level wasvery silent as well. There are two SATA connectors included as well forsupporting the SATA hard disk and single PCI-Express connector to supportthe PCI-E VGA card. It is also the only disadvantage where it was not SLIready. With the price of around $85 US, this was a good buy and affordablepower supply unit if you are looking for a powerful and nice looking PSU.

Neoseeker 3 way HD Cooler/Silencer shootout @ neoseeker.com
[Jun-15-05] (0 Comments)

When it comes to the three products' silencing abilities, not much can besaid for the Xilencer. Rather than silencing the drive, it actuallyamplified its vibrational and operating noise, just as I had suspected. Thetwo large metal covers, making direct contact with the drive, act asamplifiers. Padding is a must if there is to be a reduction in noise forsuch a small enclosure. The SilenX Luxurae and Cooler Master CoolDrive, onthe other hand, do what they are intended to do. When placed in eitherenclosure, the WD Raptor was noticeably less audible. Any audible noise Imay have heard was during hardcore thrashing, and even then it was verymuffled. On the other hand, when placed in the A.C. Ryan Xilencer, the WDRaptor's thrashing sounded more metallic than usual, undoubtedly due to thelack of padding as previously discussed.

Bigbruin.com :Titan Bianca CPU Water Cooler @ bigbruin.com
[Jun-13-05] (0 Comments)

To make water cooling a little more bearable Titan has simplified things by combining the radiator, fan, reservoir, and pump into one assembly=2E Unlike many other water cooling systems this unit is designed to sit atop your computer tower=2E This feature allows you to keep the inside of your case clean while allowing you to operate a variable speed fan controller and refill the cooling reservoir if necessary=2E

Windows Hosting versus Linux Hosting @ bonafidereviews.com
[Jun-13-05] (0 Comments)

The matter of choosing between the operating system (OS) running the web server hosting your web site as old as the web hosting business. The OS controls all the functions of the web server hosting your site, so it comes naturally to pay special attention when choosing one over another. But what are really the options you have?

TechConnect's of the Symantec Security Suite @ tcmagazine.info
[Jun-11-05] (0 Comments)

Could it be true? An actual, honest-to-god integrated security suite that does not disappoint? Are we on drugs again? Perhaps so, but this time around they are the sweet drugs of contentment, and the secure knowledge of operating a hack-proof machine.

Corsair XMS PC4400 1 GB TwinX DDR @ www.overclockersonline.com
[Jun-03-05] (0 Comments)

There's little doubt that DDR memory has got some life left in it. Though not quite capable of reaching the heights of the fastest DDR2 available, DDR is still quite popular and widely used especially on the AMD platforms. Today we look at a matched set of DDR modules rated for 550 MHz operation at 2.5-4-4-8 timings in the form of Corsair's XMS TWINX1024-4400C25PT.

Lack of news @ Iceteks
[May-31-05] (0 Comments)

There has been a lack of news lately, but fear not! The news posting will now be done by a bot, which needs lot of tweaking and debugging and once ready, will post all the news that is parsable.

This is part of an operation in order to automate things around the site as much as possible to free up time for stuff that counts - like articles and reviews.


bit-tech news: NVIDIA's next high-end GPU to support TurboCache @ Bit Tech
[May-17-05] (0 Comments)

Under the cross licensing agreement undertaken by NVIDIA and Sony, we expect NVIDIA's next high-end chip will utilise TurboCache technology in a similar manner to the Playstation 3.The graphics chip inside the PS3 is co-designed by NVIDIA and Sony, and is known as the RSX Reality Synthesizer. The chip is clocked at 550MHz and is said to be twice as fast as a GeForce 6800 Ultra, which means that it will be faster than NVIDIA's current bleeding edge solution: Dual GeForce 6800 Ultra's operating in SLI.

Linksys Phone Adapter PAP2 Review @ thetechzone.com
[May-10-05] (0 Comments)

The New Linksys Phone Adapter, combined with a subscription to a specific VoIP service plan, turns your existing Internet connection into a high-quality phone line for placing and receiving phone calls. The phone adapter comes equipped with two standard phone ports (RJ-11) and one Ethernet port (RJ-45). Users connect their existing cordless or stationary phones or a fax machine to the phone adapter; connect the phone adapter to a router or gateway via the Ethernet port. Each phone jack operates independently, with separate phone service and phone numbers. It's just like having two phone lines.

Corsair & 3dGameMan Giveaway - Four 1GB Corsair Flash Voyager Memory Drives @ 3dGameMan
[May-02-05] (0 Comments)

Corsair Flash Voyager USB drives are rugged, stylish, compact, reliable, and exceptionally fast, making them ideal for transporting MP3s, digital images, presentations and more. With data transfer rates up to 19Mb/sec, Flash Voyager drives are fully Hi-Speed USB 2.0 compliant, and are backward compatible with USB 1.1. They support Plug and Play with most operating systems. Their durable rubber casing is easy to grip and water resistant. These highly portable drives are available in capacities ranging up to 2GB.

Cooler Master Aquagate Mini R120 Watercooling Kit @ pcper.com
[May-02-05] (0 Comments)

The pump comes fitted with a 3-pin connector that can be plugged right into a motherboard fan header. This allows the PC to monitor pump speed just like it would the fan on a heatsink. However, the pump is rated for up to 600 ma (7.2 watts), which is typically above the capacity of some mobo fan headers. I used a 3-pin to 4-pin adapter with a separate tach lead so I could power the pump from a 4-pin Molex connector and still send the tach signal to the mobo to monitor pump operation.

Zalman CNPS7700-Cu and VF700-ALCu Heatsink Reviews @ GruntVillE
[Apr-25-05] (0 Comments)

The stock 9800XT cooler is not even in the ballpark! The VF700 just simply outclasses it. With the same clock settings the VF700 outscored the ATI cooling solution, I was able to clock higher with no artifacts long after they appeared with the ATI cooling. For testing temperatures I kept the clock speeds at a level the stock cooling could handle with no artifacts. The CPU was set at 250fsb during all video card tests. Since I could not vary the fan speed on the ATI based card I conducted all these tests with the VF700 operating at 12-volts.

Pentium Extreme Edition 840 Processor Review @ pcper.com
[Apr-20-05] (0 Comments)

Each of those applications has its own set of variables, tasks, execution orders and data that can be manipulated independently of any of the other programs running. That is the ideal situation for multiple cores to run in, only instead of having an application be responsible for multiple threads of execution (ala CineBench or 3D Studio Max) we have the operating system handling them.

Beginners Guides: Understanding and Creating Batch Files @ pcstats.com
[Apr-14-05] (0 Comments)

In this Beginners Guide, PCSTATS is going to going to walk you through one of the simplest but potentially most powerful ways to customize and simplify the management of your computer: batch files. These text files are easy to create, and only as complex as you want them to be, but they can perform many useful operations from file backups to system configuration quickly and automatically. In this guide well illustrate what batch files are good for and how to create them.

World Exclusive AMD Dual Core desktop processor details @ hexus.net
[Apr-14-05] (0 Comments)

The flagship AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ will have both its cores operating at 2.4GHz, the same frequency as the AMD Athlon 64 4000+, and well be surprised if this doesnt obliterate the already impressive Pentium Extreme Edition 840 we reviewed here.

Hardware MPEG2 TV tuner round-up @ Tech Report
[Apr-13-05] (0 Comments)

PCs ARE SLOWLY creeping into every room of the house, particularly the living room, where home-theater PCs (HTPCs) have become popular among enthusiasts seeking to integrate multiple audiovisual devices into a single system. Personal video recording (PVR) features have also become an increasingly popular feature for HTPCs, a trend that has not gone unnoticed. Microsoft recently eased licensing restrictions on its Windows XP Media Center Edition operating system to allow any system builder to purchase the OS. However, Media Center Edition still has strict video requirements. To take full advantage of MCE’s features, a system requires a TV tuner with hardware MPEG2 encoding and a DirectX 9-compatible graphics card.

DirectX 9-class graphics cards have been available for some time, but a year ago, hardware MPEG2 TV tuners were only widely available from Hauppauge. This situation changed recently with the release of ATI’s TV Wonder Elite and NVIDIA’s NVTV, both of which offer hardware MPEG2 encoding. Hauppauge has also been busy revising and expanding its PVR lineup with products specifically designed for Media Center Edition 2005. But which hardware MPEG2 TV tuner reigns supreme? We've rounded up ATI’s TV Wonder Elite, NVIDIA’s NVTV, and Hauppauge’s PVR-150MCE-l.p to find out.


SilenX 400w 0dBA Luxurae Power Supply & HDD Silencing Solution Video Review @ 3dgameman.com
[Apr-08-05] (0 Comments)

This product offers quality power and quietness in one package. Unlike most power supplies with 2 or more fans this product only one small 60mm. This fan only is to be used if theres poor case air circulation and/or operated in a hot environment. The Luxurae PSU coupled with the HDD Silencing Solution are excellent steps in quieting a PC. Watch the Video to find out more... ~3dGameMan.com

HIS X800XL IceQ II Turbo 256MB PCIe @ bonafidereviews.com
[Apr-05-05] (0 Comments)

After reviewing the HIS X850XT PE and X700 Pro we continue the PCI Express series with a review of their X800XL IceQII Turbo graphic card. Like the X850XT, the X800XL comes with 256MB of on board memory and HDTV capability. The X800XL is also quite similar to the X850XT when looking at the technical specifications of both cards. Both have the same amount of pixel pipelines (16), vertex engines (6), and transistor counts (160M) as well as operate on a 130nm process.

Linux vs. Linux: The Battle for the Desktop @ cooltechzone.com
[Apr-04-05] (0 Comments)

So, you have mastered every aspect of computing (or maybe not), and you are bored with the Internet. What can you do to bring back the thrill that you had the first time you fired up the latest Windows operating system? How about downloading or purchasing Linux? Linux is an open-source operating system that is in the public domain, meaning that it must be offered free and no company or individual can claim it. Even for the most literate users, experimentation into new areas of computing can be a fun and an interesting challenge; therefore, trying out one of the latest Linux distributions is an excellent way to venture into the world of Unix based operating systems.

Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X1024-4300C3PRO 1GB DC Kit @ insanetek.com
[Apr-03-05] (0 Comments)

What we have today is Corsairs new addition to their DDR2 line of memory. Although not the fastest rated memory available, the XMS2 PC2-4300 Pro allows low latency operations at 266MHZ.

Obsolete Is A Dirty Word (Intel Pentium 64 Bit Microchip) @ bigbruin.com
[Apr-02-05] (0 Comments)

Get ready everyone, home computers are about to set new LAN speed records! The Intel 64-bit microchip will soon be powering the new line of Pentium 4 computers. This long awaited sizzling fast release will be heading to store shelves across America just in time for the new blazing fast Windows 64-bit operating system. Youll get the 64-bit Pentium microchip, the 64-bit operating system, and thats not all, if you spend all your money, youll also get all the new 64-bit stellar fast software programs that will leave current versions coughing in the rooster tail of their 64-bit micro-dust.

Fujifilm MP-70 Portable Printer Preview @ CoolTechZone
[Mar-21-05] (0 Comments)

Fujifilm is the first manufacturer to bring a portable printer that prints credit card sized images directly from a certain group of cell phones via infrared technology (wirelessly). According to Fujifilm, the printer weighs in at mere seven ounces (without batteries). The MP-70 requires two CRT2 lithium batteries to operate and prints about 130 images with fully charged batteries. In addition, Fujifilm’s Image Intelligence technology allows the portable MP-70 to print images at 256dpi resolution. The Image Intelligence technology auto exposures the image in low-light conditions to enhance the overall quality. The peripheral supports images only in JPEG format no larger than three megapixels (or 900K).

Beginners Guides: Linux Part 2: Installing a PC @ PCstats.com
[Mar-14-05] (0 Comments)

For the second installment of this PCstats guide, we're looking at something a little more permanent. We're going to take one of the most popular and easy to use free Linux distributions, SUSE Personal 9.1 and explore the process of installing Linux onto your hard drive as a full operating system. We'll look at how to configure your desktop using the KDE desktop manager, get a grasp on your personal files in the Linux file system and connect to the Internet for web browsing and email. We'll also teach you how to make Linux co-exist peacefully with your existing Windows installation, so you can use both. This particular version of Linux was chosen because its small footprint and easy to use configuration tools make it an excellent way to reduce the often-daunting learning curve that the Linux OS can present. We firmly believe that learning to use an operating system productively is the first and most important step in achieving full familiarity and expertise with that system.

bit-news Jack of No Trades @ Bit Tech
[Mar-05-05] (0 Comments)

Is it me, or are we getting to the point of Software for Softwares Sake? Ever wonder whether the myriad of packages that do everything under the sun could perhaps be simplified down a little? Maybe even included with the operating system? This weeks heavyweight column could be just for you!

Hard Drive/OS install refresher 2005 @ short-media.com
[Feb-28-05] (0 Comments)

Back to the basics and sooner or later every PC user faces a full operating system installation. While there is not absolute correct procedure there are hints, tips and tricks that can save any user time and problems in the future. This guide takes the novice step by step through the process of setting up Windows XP and reminds veterans of a few good habits.

World Exclusive: Pioneer DVR-S806 16x Dual-Layer DVD Writer Review @ CoolTechZone
[Jan-03-05] (0 Comments)

At times it seems that drive speeds are moving along in small steps, inching along just enough so that you feel that your six month old drive is slow and ready for replacement. This is exactly what we have been experiencing in the optical drive market. Occasionally, we find that a simple firmware upgrade is all that is needed to hit the next jump in speed. A trip to the development labs of any of the major drive manufacturers would reveal some amazing drives operating at speeds much faster than we can purchase. This trickle of technology is due to economics and little else. Basically, we have to watch closely and make our purchases when the time seems right.

Swiftech H20-120T Rev.3 Liquid Cooling Kit Review @ mvktech.net
[Dec-30-04] (0 Comments)

The new kid on the block is the H20-120™ Rev.3 Liquid Cooling Kit. Taking the critically acclaimed H20-120™ Rev.2 to the next evolution, the Rev.3 kit offers the revolutionary MCP350™ pump. Redefining performance, near-silent operations, and offering extreme reliability the MCP350™ is a dream come true in a small size foot print that is smaller than a pack of cigarettes. The Rev.3 kit offers the same award winning performance as Rev.2 but with quieter operations and easier installation.

Seasonic S12 - 430 Watt Power Supply Reviewed @ hi-techreviews.com
[Dec-29-04] (0 Comments)

It used to be we took our power supplies pretty much for granted that ugly box that had a mass of wires running out of it which we relegated to the top portion of our cases and pretty much forgot all about. Times have certainly changed with the current processors and video card demanding more and more current as we try to make do with old power supplies that were never intended to operate under the types of loads we are punishing them with today.

Today we are reviewing a power supply from Seasonic that can best be described as state of the art; it conforms to the current ATX12V 2.01 guidelines, with both ATX 2.0-24-pin power connector and the latest ATX12V 2.0 connectors for hooking up a pair of SATA drives. The Seasonic S12 - 430 watt power supply also operates at a extremely high efficiently of nearly 80%. All in all this is one power supply worth checking out.


Glonim 1.32 Available! @ tcmagazine.info
[Dec-22-04] (0 Comments)

Glonim is a realtime patch for Windows that adds many "cool" features to the operating system, some probably never seen before. It can: Add animations in many styles to when most windows open and close. Tile your own bitmap images on the back of windows and application backgrounds and much more..

Advanced Guides: Unattended Windows 2000/XP Installations @ PCstats.com
[Dec-21-04] (0 Comments)

"If you've seen PCstats' Guide to Slipstreaming Service Pack 2 for Windows XP, you'll already be aware that it's quite possible to add components to Windows operating system files then rebuild and burn a bootable CD with the new features. We're going to take that concept one step further, and examine how to introduce SATA and RAID drivers, and a few other things options and drivers, into a customized unattended install Windows 2000 or XP boot CD. The goal is to help you create a bootable WinXP/2K install CD which not only contains the latest version of your operating system, but also has any SATA/RAID drivers needed to install Windows and all the necessary drivers Windows will need for your hardware. Not only that, once you start the installation process it will install all of this automatically in on go, without any input from the user. Grab a coffee, and let's get started!

A4Tech NB-30 Wireless Battery Free Mouse Review @ ASE Labs
[Dec-16-04] (0 Comments)

A4Tech makes the first wireless mouse that happens to be battery free. It uses a
special mousepad that transfers power by induction. Let's see how this new type of
mouse operates...


Tt Silent LGA775 Cooler Review @ overclockercafe.com
[Dec-11-04] (0 Comments)

Cooling the Intel's LGA775 CPU presents quite a challenge due to it's high operating temperatures, and while the ideal solution would be to use water, not all of us are ready to make the jump, nor are there many, if any, water cooling kits available for this CPU. Thermaltake has jumped into the breech with a solid performer in the Silent 775. I can now place my stock Intel cooler back on the shelf.

Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC4000 Memory Review @ pcstats.com
[Dec-10-04] (0 Comments)

Along to top edge of each stick of the brand-spanking-new Crucial Ballistix Tracer memory are sixteen red & green activity LED's, and an additional eight blue LED's along the bottom of the DIMM. These blue underlights are particularly cool as they illuminate each DDR socket. Each 512MB Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC4000 stick is rated to run up to 250 MHz, while maintaining CAS2.5-4-4-8 at 2.8V. The timings are not the tightest, but Crucial is typically a little conservative so we're hoping for some magic. The Ballistix Tracer memory is also certified to run in both single and dual channel operation, for those wondering.

Diagnose PC problems with Memtest86+ @ short-media.com
[Dec-02-04] (0 Comments)

One of the recommended steps to diagnose a problem with a PC that is crashing or unstable is to test and diagnose memory because memory is one of the more likely hardware components that can fail. Faulty memory can cause many problems even if the PC continues to operate.

Waffer PC AirCon PAC 400 System Cooler Review @ BigBruin.Com
[Dec-02-04] (0 Comments)

Waffer Thermal Division has come up with a very innovative idea in
the PAC 400. The PAC 400 will cool all components in the computer case, and it is very easy to install and operate. Unfortunately the performance does not live up to the expectations and does so at a high cost in terms of drive bay space, noise, and price.


A4Tech's Wireless Battery Free Mouse @ TechTastic.ca
[Dec-02-04] (0 Comments)

Today we take a look at a new innovative new product from A4tech called NB-30
Wireless optical mouse. The cool thing about this mouse is it requires no batteries to operate! Thus allowing you to save on battery costs and avoiding contributing to battery pollution.


A4Tech NB-30: Battery Free Wireless Optical Mouse Review @ CoolTechZone
[Nov-25-04] (0 Comments)

A4Tech has recently announced their "no-battery" mouse, which is the world’s first optical mouse that operates without the use of batteries, at least to some degree. Undoubtedly this makes them unique and certainly attention grabbing, but is the innovation justifiable? As you will later find out, the price to performance ration may not be so desirable to many. While the company enters the market with a nice and innovative product, we do recommend that they consider some aspects of the products such as the price and the mouse pad.

Thermaltake Purepower Fanless Power Supply Review @ AuphanOnline.com
[Nov-18-04] (0 Comments)

In the never ending quest for the silent PC, Thermaltake weighs in with their solution to combat the ever noisy power supply. The Thermaltake Purepower 350W Fanless PSU operates absoultely fan free, as the name would suggest, but lets see how it stacks up performance wise...

New Athlon 64 Notebook and stand-alone DVD & MP3 Player @ amdboard.com
[Nov-17-04] (0 Comments)

The latest Averatec 6200 series features a powerful and versatile AMD Athlon 64 processor and mobile users can enjoy outstanding performance on PC software including productivity and entertainment. This unique machine also operates as a fully functional notebook and as a personal DVD player. Innovative technology allows for users to watch DVD movies, listen to audio CDs or MP3 files all without having to start-up the computer! All you need to do is insert the disc, power-on the DVD with the wireless remote, sit back and watch up to 3 DVD movies consecutively on a single battery charge. AMDboard.com, the AMD specialist is first to have a preview of this new Averatec AMD Athlon 64 notebook and it's right here.

SilverStone LC06 Mini-ITX Case @ 3dvelocity.com
[Nov-16-04] (0 Comments)

There's nothing fundamentally wrong with the idea of the PC as a domestic entertainment device. It has all the necessary power and flexibility to do justice your DVD's, to pipe high quality music around your house or to keep pace with some dedicated games consoles. What it has tended to lack though are an effective control system, a less layered operating system and a selection of attractive enclosures.

TCTool: Glonim 1.00 @ tcmagazine.info
[Nov-11-04] (0 Comments)

Glonim is a realtime patch for Windows that adds many "cool" features to the operating system, some probably never seen before. It can:

* Add animations in many styles to when most windows open and close.
* Tile your own bitmap images on the back of windows and application backgrounds.
* Make windows transparent whilst they are being dragged.
* Change the window styles to put shadows behind windows.
* Make the Taskbar partly transparent, adjust it's transparency in realtime, and put a bitmap on it on pre-XP machines.
* Put free memory, the day of the week, or your own custom (short) caption in the Start button.
* Remove the shading behind desktop icon text on Pre-XP systems.


MGE XG Ice Age Socket 478 Cooler @ InsaneTek
[Oct-24-04] (0 Comments)

What we have today is MGE's first attempt at a CPU cooler, given the name "Ice Age". The version we have is for Intel Pentium 4 Socket 478 CPUs. As many of you know, Intel's latest CPUs, both Northwood and Prescott, are well known for the extreme amount of heat they generate. Keeping these processors cool would require a large heatsink with a high CFM fan. Trying to cool these scorchers under silent operation in an overclocked environment is no easy task. The recent implementation of heatpipe technology on CPU heatsinks allowed for much better cooling, as it pulled heat away from the center of the CPU and distributed it evenly across the heatsink fins. This made cooling an overclocked Pentium 4 in silence an easily achievable possibility. MGE thus comes with their first heatpipe CPU cooler.

Mushkin PC3200 LII V2 Memory Review @ pcstats.com
[Oct-21-04] (0 Comments)

Today PCstats will be checking out a couple of Mushkin's new low latency PC3200 Level II version 2 memory modules. Each stick of DDR RAM is 512MB in size (for total of 1GB), and operates at 200 MHz with timings of 2-2-2-5 at 2.6V. Both modules are protected by sleek black heatspreaders which should keep the modules safe from physical damage.

Beginners Guides: Upgrading Win98 to Windows @ PCSTATS.COM
[Oct-09-04] (0 Comments)

Today's computers really don't get the best out of Windows 98. Games and software have started the transition to being 2000/XP compatible only, and it's only a matter of time before the operating system loses its viability completely. If you have a newer computer with Windows 98 installed, it's high time you considered updating your operating system to Windows XP. In this article, we will explore the procedure of upgrading a Windows 98/ME system to Windows XP. We will cover your upgrading options, what you will need to do in order to prepare for the upgrade, changes you can make to ensure the upgrade goes smoothly and how to troubleshoot any problems that might occur.

Alphacool Pumpstation 1000 Review @ Gurureview
[Oct-05-04] (0 Comments)

In operation the pump is very quiet and the insulated base does make
vibration noise very hard to detect, placing the unit on some thin packing foam
eliminates this noise altogether. The flow is strong with the hoses visibly
“jumping” when the unit is switched on. My only concern is that when the pump is
switched on occasionally a grinding noise is heard that lasts a second or so before
the pump resumes its normal quiet operation.


Why Opera is better than Mozilla @ IceTeks
[Oct-02-04] (0 Comments)

There are several reasons why I think Opera is better than Mozilla. These reasons are probably all personal, but hey, I can't help that. First and foremost, I like that Opera comes with a lot more features...

Tuesday Stuff
[Sep-30-04] (0 Comments)


ATi Catalyst 4,11 beta test @ 3DChip
Connectland 2-Port PS/2 Mini KVM Switch @ overclockers.com.au
HEXtreme UV paint Review @ Crazymodders.be
The headphones you probably want @ dansdata.com
Synchronizing Files and Folders @ pcstats.com
Tech-Mods.net End of Summer Giveaway @ Tech-Mods.net
6800 to 6800Ultra mod @ PCUnleash
BFR: Review of IRiver iFP- 190T 256MB MP3 Player @ bonafidereviews.com
A.C.Ryan "Backy" review on OCAU
Alphacool NexXxoS XP Waterblock Review @ GruntvillE.com
Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising Game Review @ NewsTechInfo.com


BTC 9019 URF Wireless Keyboard w/ Dual Mode Joystick Mouse Reviewed @ Hi-techreviews.com
[Sep-26-04] (0 Comments)

Wireless keyboards are not something I get to worked up about because they either work or they don't. That changed when I got a chance to review and use the BTC 9019 URF Wireless Keyboard with Dual Mode Joystick Mouse. This keyboard just might be the perfect solution for anyone that has a Home Theater PC. Yes it's a wireless keyboard but it also offers a dual mode joystick as well. The joystick can be switched to operate either as a mouse or a plain gamers joy stick. Now that is nice. Come take a look and I'll bet you will agree.

Gigabyte K8 Triton GA-K8NS Pro @ HEXUS.net
[Sep-05-04] (0 Comments)

The K8NS Pro felt every inch the solid Gigabyte mainboard that they're famous for. It didn't miss a beat during testing, BIOS operation was flawless and stability was excellent. After that, and given that the ASUS K8N-E is just as good at those things, it's the feature set that determines what you purchase for your Athlon 64 CPU these days, with performance being so derivative and tied to the CPU itself.

: Antec ARIA Barebone case @ Dark][Tweaker
[Aug-29-04] (0 Comments)

Dark][Tweaker has posted another review. The last days we have tested the Antec aria barebone case. This little perfect designed case accepts motherboards up to MicroATX and 4 full-height PCI expansion cards. Also included is the 300 watt powersuply with universal input delivers quiet, stable power and 120mm fan ensures nearly silent operation. More about the little case you can find in our review.

How To Protect & Backup Your Data @ The Tech Zone
[Aug-27-04] (0 Comments)

Death, Taxes, HD Loss
Won’t happen to you? Let’s face some facts:


1. In the first half of the year virus scribblers unleashed 4677 new viruses or 26 a day and that was an increase of 21% over last year! No wonder security software companies do such a brisk business.
2. It doesn’t matter which operating system you use – MS, Apple, Unix, Linux – these people who find it “fun” to take over your system or just destroy your data find ways in.
3. Protection software only protects you AFTER the stuff has been unleashed and has infected hundreds or thousands of systems. It isn’t proactive.
4. Seagate just announced a five-year warranty on HDs but “your mileage may vary.” And when the drive goes south they may swap it out for you but what about all of your great, irreplaceable content?
5. According to people who keep these kinds of statistics lightning strikes somewhere in the country over 30 times a day.
6. According to Contingency Planning Research you are the cause of 50% of all computer disasters


Opera Tips @ IceTeks
[Aug-22-04] (0 Comments)

Opera is a free browser which is a great, better alternative to old bloody buggy IE. In this article learn how to make it even faster then it already is!

Windows XP Service Pack 2 @ PCstats.com
[Aug-17-04] (0 Comments)

Waiting for the next Windows Service Packs has become a way of life for Windows users, especially professional ones. Microsoft's irregular barrages of bug fixes, new features and changes to the institution that Windows has become are viewed with a mixture of expectation and trepidation by home users (and with outright fear by business IT departments). The new offering makes fundamental changes to the way Windows XP operates, mostly in the name of security. In this article, PCstats looks at the new features Windows XP Service Pack 2 offers, as well as why the average user should bother with it.

Slipstreaming WindowXP and SP2 @ pcstats.com
[Aug-13-04] (0 Comments)

The idea of installing Windows XP first then painstakingly applying its latest service pack to each machine seems... unnecessary. Fortunately, that's exactly what it is - unnecessary - there is an easier way, and PCstats is about to show you how to do it. Slipstreaming refers to the process of creating a new bootable installation CD or network file for Windows XP or Windows 2000 installations which contains all the original operating system files, plus the latest Service Pack. In this guide, PCstats will detail how to create a bootable Windows XP CD with Service Pack 2 included.

Cooler Master Real Power 450watt Super Silent power supply review. @ a1-electronics.net
[Aug-10-04] (0 Comments)

A power supply is a power supply some might say, but with this Cooler Master Real
Power 450w Super Silent supply you get ample juice for to days hungry processors and
beyond, super quiet operation and an excellent power supply meter for the front of
your computer.


Coolmax 14cm Silent Cooling Fan Switching Power Supply Reviewed @ hi-techreviews.com
[Jul-14-04] (0 Comments)

With more and more people looking a quiet solution to their computer needs
we are still faced with the problem of having a large enough power supply to
provide enough current to run all of the accessories so many people are
demanding be installed in their computers. Coolmax has come up with a power
supply that might help solve this problem. It's their 14cm Silent Cooling
Fan Switching Power Supply (Model CR500B). With the adjustable speed 120mm
fan, along with the option of letting the temperature circuitry control the
fan you end up with a near silently powered system under normal operating
conditions.


Joint Operations Tweak Guide @ TweakGuides.com
[Jul-12-04] (0 Comments)

TweakGuides.com has released its new Joint Operations Tweak Guide, filled with a truckload of setting descriptions, advanced config file tweaks, console commands and troubleshooting tips. The guide has been written to make sure you have the knowledge and resources to be able to tweak Joint Operations correctly for maximum efficiency on your machine. The guide refers to the latest version of the game (Version 1.2.0.7).

What is spyware? @ IceTeks
[Jul-04-04] (0 Comments)

Spyware is a malicious piece of code that attaches itself to your operating system, modifies operating system files or/and otherwise runs stand alone and does nasty things to your computer. It comes bundled with software such as KaZaA and Gator.

480w ATX PSU Review at The Moditory @ Moditory
[Jul-03-04] (0 Comments)

Mixing a bit of pre-mod with a nice titanium blue coat and 480
watts, this psu is priced accordingly and gives you quiet operation and
all the room needed for expansion. It's a looker alright, but how stable
is it...


4 New Reviews @ CDRinfo
[Jul-02-04] (0 Comments)

Philips was the first manufacturer to develop DL recording, in cooperation with Mitsubishi Chemicals. The brand new recorder from Philips supporting this feature is the DVDRW885K. The recording speed for this format is up to 2.4X. The drive also supports DVD+R/RW recording with speeds at 8X and 4X respectively. In the CD category, the drive offers 24X for CD-R and 16X for CD-RW media.

Slipstreaming Windows XP SP1a @ Viper Lair
[Jun-30-04] (0 Comments)

For those of you unfamiliar with the term slipstreaming, it is basically the process of integrating service packs or hotfixes into an application or Operating System install. The whole point of this exercise is to speed up deployment of OSes and applications by reducing the time needed to download service packs to each PC that is configured.

Beginners Guides: Flashing A Motherboard BIOS @ pcstats
[Jun-30-04] (0 Comments)

Upgrading the BIOS (Basic Input Output System) of your computer's motherboard, also sometimes called 'flashing,' used to be a complex operation full of potential perils for your PC. The task involved downloading the correct BIOS file, the proper CMOS chip flashing software, rebooting the PC into DOS mode, applying the correct commands and then waiting in suspense until the update finished. All the while there was a lurking danger - if something went wrong, you would be left with an essentially unusable motherboard… Not an operation for the novice, and not one that even PC enthusiasts approached with enthusiasm. Since BIOS updates can add new features and considerable stability to their products, it was definitely in the manufacturer's best interest to find an easier and more fault resistant way for consumers to update a BIOS.

Corepad Glass Mousepad Review @ Ascully.com
[Jun-28-04] (0 Comments)

The mouse I use for day to day operation is the Razer Viper 1000DPI optical mouse, this is probably one of the most accurate mice on the market and is primarily designed for gamers and graphic design wizards. The mouse performed perfectly on the Corepad actually surpassing my expectations, the Icemat we reviewed some time back had trouble with super fast movements but the Corepad held true through many games of Vice City and UT2004.

ATX PSUs @ pcperspective.com
[Jun-15-04] (0 Comments)

Both Silencer ATX units exhibited good voltage regulation with
excellent stability and low AC ripple. (However, I would like to see the
3.3 VDC rail a little higher.) Both of the units tested include active
power factor correction and produced above average efficiencies while
operating under a moderately heavy load. I also like the look of the new
black cases and fan grill.


Gigabyte GA-7VT600-RZ Motherboard Review @ pcstats.com
[Jun-10-04] (0 Comments)

Most of the computer hardware community has been focusing on Pentium 4 and Athlon64 CPUs, but we shouldn't count out the trusty ole AMD K7 just yet. In fact there are probably still more users with AMD Athlon or AthlonXP based systems than there are Athlon64's! And as there are no killer applications or 64-bit operating systems (or games) on the market, why should an average user upgrade, other than perhaps for bragging rights?

WinDriver Supports Driver Development for Linux on PowerPC Platforms @ Jungo.com
[Jun-09-04] (1 Comments)

WinDriver™ PCI / USB driver development tool now enables PowerPC based driver development for the Linux operating system. The PowerPC support is an enhancement of WinDriver for Linux, which already supports Intel's x86 line of microprocessors.

WinDriver enables development of high performance drivers for USB and PCI peripheral devices that run Windows 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Windows CE .NET, Linux, Solaris and VxWorks, providing cross platform capabilities that enable porting of code across all supported operating systems. WinDriver provides graphical development environments, Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), hardware diagnostic utilities and samples to accelerate driver development.

Free full featured, 30 day evaluation versions of Jungo's driver development tools are available for download from the Jungo web site at: http://www.jungo.com/dnload.html. Jungo's products may be purchased from Jungo directly, or via one of Jungo's worldwide resellers.


MSI K8N Neo Platinum motherboard review. @ A1-Electronics
[May-25-04] (0 Comments)

Packed full of features from Gigabit LAN and 7.1 channel audio this top quality MSI K8N Neo Platinum motherboard sets a great standard for others to follow.
With rock solid stable operation, bags of overclocking headroom and all the necessary leads included our only gripe with this MSI K8N Neo Platinum motherboard is that there is no matching SmartCard reader to buy option to give that finishing touch to a complete motherboard package. A SmartCard reader is so easy to use and just plain handy.


Coolmax Fanless Switching PSU @ TechTastic.ca
[May-20-04] (0 Comments)

One of the newer trends for computer enthusiasts nowadays is to build a silent computer system.
This can involve using larger fans at lower rpms to get the same potential as the smaller fans.
Videocards can now be outfitted with fanless heatsinks with heatpipes technology, etc.
One potential source of noise that hasn't been dealt with comes from the power supply.
That is till now. Coolmax has stepped up to the plate with their new Fanless Switching Power Supply.
This power supply operates completely silent with absolutely no fans.


3Rsystens Poseidon WCL-03 @ PC Unleash
[May-18-04] (0 Comments)

As recent as a year ago, a water cooling system was considered an
expensive accessory, even for the hardcore hardware enthusiast. This is
because the presence of a water cooler wasnt really necessary to operate a
computer. But 3Rsystem is introducing complete water cooling kit for under
100 dollar US. Poseidon cooler was known for Iceberg in North America.
WCL-03 is the next version of Iceberg II water cooling kit.


Evercool ECS @ Rbmods
[May-17-04] (0 Comments)

This is a new little gadget to me. Evercool sent us a product called extended cooling system which is supposed to keep the fans going after you turn off your computer to cool it down a bit more. Quote: The device will extend DC fan to operate for 5 additional minutes after computer shutdown". Does this work? Well thats what we are here to find out.

Beginners Guides: RAM, Memory and Upgrading @ pcstats.com
[Apr-19-04] (0 Comments)

Modern computer processors can perform several billion operations per second, creating and changing incredible amounts of data in a short period of time. To perform at this level, they have to be able to juggle the information they process, to have someplace to store it until it is needed again for modification or reference. Random Access Memory (RAM) can be thought of as the short-term memory, in the sense that once the power is turned off, all information stored there is not saved. All modern computers have hard drives which store data permanently as magnetic information, but even with the improved speed of today's hard drive technology. Hard drives are still too slow to keep up with the needs of the processor since it can operate on considerably more information per second than can possibly be transferred to and from the hard drive."

Three Seasonic Power Supply Reviews @ PCperspective
[Apr-13-04] (0 Comments)

The Super Silencer and Super Tornado names may be a little misleading.
The “Tornado” is actually quieter than the “Silent” units while operating under
an identical, moderately heavy load. For the typical home PC user, noise
should not be a problem. If you place a heavy load on one of these power
supplies and/or have relatively warm ambient room temperatures with poor case
cooling, then expect the fan to run at a higher speed and become noticeably
noisier.


ShowShifter @ Steamed Turtle
[Apr-03-04] (0 Comments)

Some might think that this is just one of many Media Center software programs for your PC. What ShowShifter does is let you use all of your PC's media capabilities from the comfort of your favorite chair or couch. It can be operated via remote control or wireless keyboard which is kind of fun, so kick back and let's see how this particular Media Center Software works.

Plextor 708A DVD Burner Review @ Hardextreme
[Mar-28-04] (0 Comments)

For many computer enthusiasts Plextor has been a name that was synonymous with HIGH quality components and recordable media devices and is very well known in the industry. There is no exception when looking at Plextor's newest internal DVD+- R/RW internal drive. For media professionals the ability to burn data quickly and efficiently (efficiently being the operative word here, read: NO COASTERS) is a must.

Battlefield Vietnam Review @ overclockersclub.com
[Mar-26-04] (0 Comments)

Battlefield 1942 took the FPS genre to a whole new level. With the game's detail, historical accuracy, vehicles, and focus on team play, it didn't couldn't much better. Soon the great game would be followed up with two expansion packs and a modding community that rivals that of the ancient Half-Life. Mods like Desert Combat, Eve of Destruction, and Galactic Conquest took BF1942 to Operation Desert Storm, Vietnam, and even to a galaxy far, far away. Now EA and Digital Illusions take us to another battlefield, Vietnam. It's not another expansion for BF1942, it's a whole new game with several updates based on their experience with the ever-so-popular Battlefield 1942.

Samsung SyncMaster 192T LCD @ Ipkonfig
[Mar-15-04] (0 Comments)

The SyncMaster 192T supports both Analog and Digital connectors, provided your video card supports digital--which most do. Digital is beneficial to graphics artists who require a more accurate calibration of color. This also works well in conjunction with the 750:1 contrast ratio, which gives a higher range of purest of white, and darkest of black. However, LCDs operate best with the default setups when operating in native resolution. Using the digital connection feature reduces the adjustments allowed.

VIA EPIA ME6000 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review @ Tweak News
[Mar-10-04] (2 Comments)

I am quite happy with the Epia ME6000. Certainly, there are a couple things that I would have liked to see done differently. The ability to handle faster DDR would have been nice, not to mention the availability of more USB headers on the motherboard. And were it possible, an AGP slot would propel this motherboard much further for HTPC users. Lastly, the file transfer on this system is quite slow.

However, let's stack that against the boards strong points… low power consumption, fanless for ultra-quiet operation, geared toward HTPCs and multimedia users, 6 channel sound, embedded MPEG-2 decoder, DDR support up, and the list goes on.


Beginners Guides: Installing RAID on Desktop PCs @ PCstats
[Mar-09-04] (0 Comments)

Hard disks are mechanical devices with moving parts, and as such will break down eventually, compromising any data stored on them that is not backed up. One technology that was developed to deal with this pair of issues is RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks). The idea is to use multiple hard disks in the same system to provide both increased performance (by dividing up data so multiple disks can process different parts of it at the same time) and increased reliability by writing the same information to multiple disks at once. This technology filtered down to the enthusiast level a while ago, and has become a common feature on many motherboards, as well as an integral part of newer operating systems such as Windows 2000 and XP professional. In this guide, we will explore how the different implementations of RAID technology function, and how you can make your own RAID setup using a hardware RAID controller, or the software RAID function built into Windows XP Profes!sional.

Invensys Powerware 5125 1000VA UPS Review @ PCstats
[Mar-04-04] (0 Comments)

In August of 2003 a massive power blackout hit Canada and the US, plunging 50 million people into darkness for nearly two days. During the first few seconds of that blackout, countless computers went silent, causing untold data loss. For most people, the power failure simply resulted in a 'data integrity check' by the operating system the next time their PC booted up. For others, the blackout may have caused the loss of an unsaved document, or in the worst case, total file corruption. The Powerware 5125 is a Line-Interactive 1000VA UPS, and with additional Electronic Battery Modules (EBMs) can increase its overall power capacity to 2200VA or thereabouts should your future requirements increase. The UPS features Powerware's own advanced battery management console, "buck and double boost" regulation to deliver constant voltage, hot swapable batteries, the ability to power up the UPS without utility power, sequential shut down and load management, network transient protecto! r (surge protection), and the very handy X-slot communications port."

2005 C6 Corvette Convertible Preview @ TheTechZone
[Mar-04-04] (0 Comments)

The sixth-generation Corvette Convertible features an optional power-operated soft top, a feature that last appeared on the car in 1962. The power top features a single-button control and completes its cycle in 18 seconds. The top is designed and manufactured in partnership between GM and Car Top Systems, Gmbh, experts who’ve contributed to some of the world’s most celebrated open cars. An easy-to-operate manual top remains standard.

Acousti Products 120mm AcoustiFan Review @ BigBruin.Com
[Feb-26-04] (0 Comments)

The AcoustiFan operates whisper quiet, but the amount of air being moved is noticeably less than the Papst and Delta brand 120 mm fans in question. With the wired resistor in place on the AcoustiFan power lead, the airflow drops even more, and although the noise at any level is barely detectable, it did drop a bit, as well.

VLSystem's Lost In Space (L.I.S.) Multifunction External Display Review @ Tweak News
[Feb-05-04] (0 Comments)

The Lost In Space (L.I.S.) VFD Blue Platinum from VL System is a fantastic LCD with a great software package. It is very easy to operate and configure, and outputs information that is handy for the average user and mandatory for overclockers.

irock!'s portable digital music player and FM receiver @ Envy News
[Feb-04-04] (0 Comments)

The irock! 860 Digital Audio Player is small, stylish, fun and easy to
use. Ultra compatibility with the three major Operating Systems, long
battery life and improved sound quality all come together to bring more
than a small smile to my face. When your favorite MP3 and WMA files run
their course, switch to the built-in FM receiver for more possibilities to
entertain yourself. If you are not ready to delve into the heady (and more
expensive) world of the hard drive based players, the irock! 860 Digital
Music Player may be one of the best choices.


Corsair TwinX PC4400 DDR550 Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ Tweak News
[Feb-03-04] (0 Comments)

Boiling down my thoughts and impressions of Corsair's PC4400 ram is no easy chore. The good and the not so good points have placed me in the uncomfortable position of being torn between two different, yet equally important factors.
For one, DDR550 memory bandwidth to say the least is amazing. Having the ability to overclock my favorite 2.4C processor to 3.3Ghz while using a 1:1 divider does definitely give your system the performance boost expected from such high end memory. Observed performance increases were very impressive and anyone with a capable system will love the increase in gaming framerates and performance. But this leads me to the operative word in that last sentence, "capable".


Open Range DVD Review @ Ascully.com
[Jan-28-04] (0 Comments)

This is not just a story about cowboys taking their cattle across country. In fact, that is just a backdrop to a bigger idea. These men operate on a level of honor and justice that, while diluted at times, is solid and unwavering. They stand up for what they believe, for what they have decided are worth fighting for

WinXP SP2: Security? @ IPkonfig
[Jan-13-04] (0 Comments)

There's been quite a delay for Windows XP Service Pack 2, with good reason: overwhelming security holes found within the Windows operating system. Turn your head for only a few moments, and another patch is released under the "Critical" heading in of Microsoft's Windows XP Update tool. It gives us great concern that despite the money we've spent so many cumulating holes open us up to the world of the unknown.

Microsoft Windows is the most widely used operating system in the world. Which brings me to this thought: An operating system so popular, has the most security holes--will be probed and picked at more than any other. Its popularity has opened doors not just for common users, but for hackers at large.



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