Making digital flat panels better: ExtremeTech
Microsoft DirectX 9.0b coming soon?: Neowin
Intel to launch notebook Celeron processors with Banias core in early 2004: DigiTimes
Nvidia-based graphics cards will have a bug in Half-Life 2? (FSAA cannot be enabled): Xbit
Woman dumps man for his online alter ego: IOL
Hercules 3D Prophet 9800 Pro video card review: DriverHeaven/Sharky Extreme
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro video card review: Lost Circuits
PalitDaytona GeForce FX 5200 Ultra 128MB video card review: Bjorn3D
Leadtek K7NCR18D Pro II Deluxe Limited motherboard review:
Albatron Gigi GeForce FX 5900PV 128MB video card review: Digit-Life
FIC AU13 Nvidia nForce2 Ultra 400 motherboard review: AMD Zone
Gigabyte GV-R96P128D Radeon 9600Pro 128MB video card review: Overclockers NZ
Evan Lieb over at AnandTech has completed a monster 20-way (30 page) 865PE and 875P motherboard roundup comparing boards from some of the industries finest.
Usually we don't do 20-way motherboard roundups because they would take up an enormous amount of space if they were to follow our normal motherboard format, where five pages of information are dedicated to each motherboard and an entire benchmark suite is run. So to write a 20-way motherboard roundup we were forced to condense all the important 865PE/875P motherboard information we had into charts and graphs so that you, our readers, won't have to peruse 100+ pages to find the motherboard you're looking for. This is why we're breaking up our 865PE/875P coverage into separate roundups. Don't worry though, we've managed to kept all the important data for this roundup that you normally read about in our individual motherboard reviews.More information @ AnandTech
OCPrices have just posted a roundup of quite a few PC3200 (DDR 400) and PC3500 (DDR 434) memory sticks. They are all high performance modules, so if your looking for the best RAM on the market for some overclocking fun, i suggest you check it out.Take a look here
Time for some more linkage! Here are a few reviews you might be interested in:
Spire Skivestream HSF @ Icrontic.com | Icrontic.com has a new review of the Spire Skivestream HSF. Spire Coolers have been in the cooling business for 10 years, and are also known as Spreeze or FannerTech. Even though this cooler does not perform as well as solutions from Thermaltake or Dr. Thermal, it is nice to see a good performer that operates with less noise.Enjoy!
MSI KT4 Ultra-FISR @ PCStats.com | While MSI is not known as a company that develops motherboards designed to be superbly overclockable, they have managed to develop a board packed full of reatures! Featuring 8x AGP, Serial ATA, Gigabit Ethernet, and Bluetooth, the new MSI KT4 Ultra-FISR has some sweet features. Add to this a beautiful red PCB and you've got yourself a deal!
Time for another Tech update! We've got some interesting things here you might want to check out.
256MB Corsair XMS3200 CAS2 @ PCStats.com | "When one wants premium quality memory, there are only a few names that come to mind first; Mushkin, Crucial and Corsair. A few other companies also consistently delight overclockers, but their availability is not always a sure thing (OCZ, Xtreme DDR and GeIL). Today we're going to be reviewing a 256MB stick of Corsair XMS3200 CAS2 DDR400 to see if it is as good as everyone says it is."
Video Review: HighPoint RocketRAID 1520 Serial ATA Controller @ 3DGameMan | "The HighPoint RocketRAID 1520 Controller supports the latest Serial ATA Hard Drives, all major Operating Systems and RAID 0, 1 and JBOD. This product includes two RocketHead 100 converters just in case you do not have Serial ATA Hard Drives. As with all Highpoint controllers, driver support is excellent and performance is great as well. Watch the Video to find out more..."
ASUS 87V8X KT400 Mobo @ LostCircuits | "...On the surface, this paints a rather odd picture of the new chipset. Under the hood, however, is much more than meets the eye. Dedicated support for 333 MHz FSB, AGP X8 and VLink X8 for a 533 MB/sec interconnect between North and SouthBridge are just the barebones."
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro @ OCAU | "ATI's Radeon 8500 was impressive, but would have been more competitive if released a few months earlier when the GF3 was king... But now, the R300 GPU is here - in the form of ATI's Radeon 9700 Pro chipset." | Compare to TweakTown's own review of the 9700 Pro!
Want us to post your articles? Email the news crew @ TweakTown!
First off out of this bunch is Overclocker Warehouse with their review of the CoolerMaster ATC-600 SX1 aluminium desktop case, it would make a good looking audio/visual PC though.
Remember the ancient, original desktop PCs? Before the ATX case came around, the kind that laid on your desk "sideways", with a monitor sitting on top? Unfortunately, so do we. Cooler Master has brought them back with some style, though, through the ATC-600 and -610 desktop series.More information at Overclocker Warehouse
SolidMercury.net is next along with a look at the HUGE Macase Champion Blue Fulltower ATX case.
OK lets just get straight in to this review cos we all know that's what you want. First off an introduction to the company Macase most of you probably hadn't heard of them before and neither had I but it appears that they are a Sydney base manufacturer/Supplier. The first product we have from Macase was sent to us by FortuneTech and this is the KA130-BL from the Champion series. Now you may recognize this case all ready but if now we wont spoil it for you straight away.More information at SolidMercury.net
Last but not least is Icrontic with a LED Fan roundup comprising of several participants.
Computer case modification has become a large part of the overclocking community. There are entire forums and stores dedicated to the subject. The fact of the matter is, we all want a cool-looking computer, and the only way to set yourself apart from the rest of the crowd is to do a few modifications to your case. One of the most common modifications is a glow light, such as a StreetGlow kit. Now, however, we have the emergence of a new "case modification", the glow lights without the kits - LED fans.More information at Icrontic
Mikhailtech has a few copper CoolerMaster over for a roundup.
There are 13 fins on each side of the clip, 26 copper fins in total, and these fins stretch from one side of the heatsink to the other so they are 60mm long and about 25mm tall. But what is most interesting is the way the fins are attached to the base. They are not inserted or lead soldered, but copper based soldered as far as I can determine. I have closely examined the heatsink looking for anything that would resemble a hole in the base or a lead spot, but I found none, only copper. I guess this is why they called it a "pure copper" heatsink. The base of this heatsink is very smooth and it has an almost mirror shine.More information at Mikhailtech
TECH-PC has come through with a 15 Socket A Heatsink roundup.
In order to give the coolers a hard time I have also decided to test all the coolers with the CPU overclocked to 1915Mhz running at 1.92v Vcore, which makes this one extremely hot CPU and very hard to keep cool and stable. Using this method we will really stress the heatsinks cooling ability and only the best will cope. Also as temperatures do not always mean everything I have also decided to do overclocking test with each heatsink and fan configuration. Basically this will involve me overclocking the CPU to it's maximum stable speed at 1.92v, obviously once again the better the heatsink is, the more the CPU will overclock and remain stable.More information at TECH-PC
VIAHardware are taking a look at several Ti4200 video cards from various manufacturers.
When selecting a video card, you must not only consider features and performance, but also price. But price here doesn't seem to be an issue. Prices on all of the 64MB cards are very close ranging from $140 to $160 on average. The same is true for the 128MB version, though the Gainward is slightly more expensive than the Chaintech. Both cards range from $155 to $175.More information at VIAHardware
For those PC builders out there PC Stats has a 10 intergrated motherboard roundup.
Faced with the purchase of dozens of new computers, government agencies, schools and businesses need to find ways to keep costs down while still getting the equipment they require. "White box" systems based on integrated motherboards offer one of the best ways to lower the price of a new PC, as long as the application is right. Businesses looking to build workstations for high-end applications will obviously have to side with more expensive computers, but for the majority of standard office work System Administrators on a budget are well served.More information at PC Stats
Overclockers New Zealand has posted another review for your viewing pleasure and this time it's Geforce 4 Ti4200 round up.
Leadtek tops the chart when cards are running at stock speed. This is due to its higher memory speed, 513MHz as oppose to 446 MHz for 128MB cards. We can see in the overclocked graph that memory speed no longer dictates the speed of the card. In GF4 line, core speed is as important as the memory speed.More information at Overclockers New Zealand
I guess nobody was around this weekend to post some news, so I'll just sit and do it myself, shall I? Ok then...:
- Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra Black Edition review @ Active-Hardware
- Samsung SW-232B CD-RW review @ MBReview
- ECS K7VTA3 v3.1 review @ t-break
- ECS P4IBASD review @ Accelenation
- Leadtek WinFast A250 Ultra GF4 Ti4600 review @ Hardware Pub
- Lian Li 6083A review @ Tweakers Asylum
- Thermalright SLK-600 review @ Club Overclocker and phlux.co.uk
- Tyan Thunder K7X review @ Amdmb.com
- Athlon XP CPU Unlocking Kit review @ 3dXtreme
- ThermalTake Volcano 7+ review @ DeviantPC
- Epox 4G4M+ review @ PC Powerzone
- ABIT KX7-333R review @ PC Powerzone and their give-away
- Samsung Spinpoint 80GB HDD review @ GideonTech
- ATi All-In-Wonder Radeon 8500 128MB review @ Explosive Hardware
- Hercules 3D Prophet FDX 8500 LE review @ Tweakers Australia
- Leadtek K7n420DA review @ t-break
- Xoxide Sound Activated Cold Cathode review @ 3dXtreme
Making the news today VIA Hardware have posted a KT333 roundup with 10 boards from various manufactures. And while on the topic of VIA, both Legion Hardware and Tech Report have posted reviews of the P4X333 - a new chipset from VIA which brings DDR333 support to the Pentium 4 platform. We'll post our review of the reference P4X333 shortly, we've only just got our review sample.
It's been yet another busy day around here, and as far as content goes, it should be a fairly busy week, again. We have taken reader suggestions and tried to branch away from our regular flow of standardised reviews and spice things up with articles and what not, look forward to new things soon. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve things, even more, around here, we'd love to hear them! Before checking out the news, make sure you read Asher Moses' interesting article entitled "Intel vs. AMD - The Road Ahead", which we posted earlier today. Now, I present you with some news to keep you busy for a while.
- MSI 645E Max2-LRU (SiS 645DX) review @ t-break
- DFI AD73 (VIA KT266A) review @ AMDMB
- SiS 645DX chipset review @ Xbit Labs
- AMD Athlon XP 2100+ review @ Icrontic
- nVidia GeForce4 Ti4200 preview @ nV News
- ATi Radeon 8500 review @ Hot Hardware
- Vantec Stealth Fan review @ Heatseekerz
- ColorCases X-Wing case review @ The Tech Zone
Starting a new week on this very early Monday morning in Australia, news has slowed down somewhat, but there are a few interesting reviews waiting in my inbox to be posted, and here they are:
- CoolerMaster ATC-710-GX1 case review @ Hexus
- Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra first look @ AMD Zone
- Vantec Stealth Fans review @ Win HQ
- SiS 315 GPU article @ Overclocked Cafe
- Pine XFX GeForce4 MX400 review @ Tech Report
- ClearPC All Clear Acrylic case review @ Tweakers Australia
- Creative 3D Blaster GeForce4 Ti4600 review @ Hexus
I've just finished my article entitled "JPG Compression - The Bandwidth Saver", feel free to check that out, it basically explains how to compress JPG images thus saving bandwidth. Now on with the news roundup...
- Pioneer DVR-A04 DVD-R review @ CDR Info
- OCZ Goliath HSF review @ IANAG
- ATI Radeon 8500 review @ The Tech Zone
- Shuttle SS50 Barebones review @ Tweak3D
- VIA P4PA (VIA P4X266A) review @ Legion Hardware
- GeForce4 Mod article @ Legion Hardware
- Leadtek GeForce4 Ti 4400 review @ nV News
- 3 in 1 GeForce4 review @ accelenation.com
After you've read our new Gigabyte GA-8SIML motherboard review based on the SiS 650 chipset for the Pentium 4 platform... Here is some more news for you all to take a look at - As usual I've picked out the more interesting news items to hit my inbox.
- MSI i845-D Ultra-ARU review @ Overclocked Cafe
- Epox 8K3A+ (VIA KT333) review @ Neo Seeker
- Taking the Leap: Why it's time for Apple to move to x86 article @ VIA Hardware
- NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti4600 Three-way comparison @ Got Apex?
- Leadtek WinFast A250 Ultra TD review @ HardwareZone
- SkyHawk ATX 4388 Aluminum case review @ Speedy3D
- Multiple OS Setup article @ PCMech
Pretty busy day today as far as web news goes. Seeing as no one has posted any yet, I thought i'd serve up a few links for you to browse through.
AthlonXP 1800+ vs. Intel Pentium 4 1.8GHz review @ Overclocker Cafe
Xoxide PC Tachometer review @ VoidYourWarrany
eVGA GeForce4 MX440 review @ Mikhailtech
Massworks ID-75 touchscreen review @ GideonTech
iCute Aluminium Power Supply review @ Overclockers Online
Visiontek GeForce4 Ti4600 review @ DeviantPC
AOpen 32x12x48 CDRW review @ Active-Hardware
Samsung Syncmaster 900IFT review @ PCStats
Hercules Fortissimo II review @ HotHardware
ThermalTake Hardcano II review @ Tweakers Australia
Asus P4B266-C Motherboard review @ PlanetSavage
Abit GeForce 4 Ti4600 review @ Hexus
VIA P4PA Motherboard review @ Accelenation
Time for a bit of news catch-up...
- ASUS P4S333 (SiS 645) review @ Lost Circuits
- Epox 8K3A+ (VIA KT333) review @ Noticias 3D
- ECS L4S5A (SiS 645) review @ accelenation.com
- DFI AD73 RAID (VIA KT266A) review @ Hot Hardware
- Actiontec 802.11b Wireless USB Adapter review @ Hardware Avenue
- Video Chipset Analytical Comparison @ VIA Hardware
- Sub-$200 Video Card Roundup @ AnandTech
- Lian Li PC35 case review @ Tweakers Asylum
- Video Card Overclocking & Cooling guide @ Tweakers AU
- Leadtek WinFast A250 Ultra TD @ Hardware Zone
- Terminator K7 Barebone System review @ The Tech Zone