OK, it's about time I did a proper news post here, not just a boring old posting of links... so let's see what we've got today:
- 'The Million Man LAN'. Sounds impressive. While it didn't exactly have 1 million people, it was still a fairly impressive effort. LAN Addict.com have done a follow up article here. Looks like they had some fun too:
Though the LA site was cancelled, there still was plenty of gaming fun to be had. Counter-Strike and Jedi Knight II were the games of choice for the weekend. In addition to the LANing, Gamefixx.com setup a demo area of Gamecubes, PS2's, and Xboxes. LANWAR held different contests like paper airplane design and Frisbee tossing for prizes like Geforce4 cards and more. Other activities included sampling the concession stand and duct taping your sleeping buddy to the floor.
Might have to remember that for the next LAN I'm going to... Just need lots of duct tape. While they were at it, LAN Addict also give us a review of the Xoxide Sound Activated Cold Cathode, which were a recent favorite of Mr Tweak himself.
- Mikhailtech have just posted a review of the Kingston 64mb SmartMedia Card and do a brief comparison to CompactFlash cards. Here's a snippet:
A big attraction with Smart Media is its physical dimensions; this thing is four times thinner than CompactFlash which automatically makes it an ideal solution for extremely small devices. On the console level, think of it this way: going from a cartridge (N64) to a CD (Playstation). With 1,000,000 program/erase cycles, SM has over three times the endurance of CF. The operating temperature is slightly less, but no one really uses it in a 60°C environment anyway. But the main point (in my opinion) is power consumption. Although somewhat against the specs, in real life SM can use approximately 5 times less power than CF when reading/writing data and up to 1000 times less when in standby.
- 'McBain' over at PC Paradox.com decided to give us his Ultimate Case Mod article, which shows us step-by-step how he went about modding his Chieftec DA-01WD case. Nice result for a first time effort at modding...
- CPU3D have posted a review on the MSI 645E Max2 motherboard. It's based on SiS 645DX chipset which supports the new 533FSB and DDR333 RAM. Here's a quote from the article:
Having established its commitment to produce quality Pentium 4 chipsets, SiS have now become a major force in chipset manufacture. MSI have made the right descision for introducing the MSI 645E Max2. Using the much improved SiS 645DX chipset, they have produced a board which not only offers good performance but also great value for money.
- Now I'm all for descriptive product names, but I think Leadtek have taken this a little too far with their latest Geforce 4 offering, the 'Leadtek WinFast A250 Ultra TD GeForce4 Ti4600', which happens to be reviewed here at Sharkey Extreme. Long title, but still a great little product. Apparently the name isn't the only big thing about this card:
Given the size and complexity of the Leadtek WinFast A250 Ultra TD's cooling solution, there were high expectations concerning its overclocking potential. The GeForce4 Ti 4600 has proven to be only a moderate overclocker so far, with most topping out at about 5% on the core, and 10-15% on the memory. In Leadtek's case, however, their novel cooling solution seems to have paid off as the core was able to hit a 15% overclock.
OK, I said I was going to do a proper post... but I lied. There's only so much stuff you can ramble on about, so here's some quick links:
- ABIT KX7-333R review @ t-break
- ABIT NV7-133R review @ Hexus
- ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon 8500 128 MB review @ PCStats
- Crucial DDR 2700 Memory video review @ 3DGameMan
- FrozenCPU Blizzard 360 'Ultra Quiet!' case review @ Virtual Hideout
- Global WIN YCC-61F1-B Server Case review @ System Cooling
- Intel 850E & Pentium 4 2.4GHz review @ Tweakers Australia
- Microsoft Wireless Desktop review @
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