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Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 2, 2004 - 08:28 AM | Ron Goldin
It's nice to see case manufacturers take to heart some of the requests seen on older case reviews, like, why cant you have 120mm fans instead of 80m fans. More and more cases are being designed around these larger fans. That means good news for everyone. Those who like quiet can enjoy the relative quiet of most stock fans to come in these systems and the overclockers can purchase their windtunnel fans to replace the stock ones without having to do any modifications. The best of both worlds.
Subject: Storage | April 2, 2004 - 05:53 AM | Ron Goldin
I have been looking into getting a USB thumb drive recently so I can carry some data around with me. But of course, it can't be too small with MS Service Packs the size that they are. But sometimes it would be nice to be able to move around A LOT of data. An external, portable hard disk drive is such a way. This review from Legion Hardware fits that bill. Fast, clean, and easy to setup and plug in is what Im always looking for.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 2, 2004 - 05:23 AM | Ron Goldin
Being in the position I'm in here at PCP for as long as I have, people even in real life are always asking me about choices for upgrades. One of the biggest categories for upgrades folks are looking to make is video cards. With all the choices on the market today, its hard to keep up with them all. Luckily this guide from Adrian popped up just when I could use it most. I hope its as accurate as Adrian's work has been in the past.
Subject: Processors | March 31, 2004 - 10:53 AM | Ryan Shrout
My buddy Kyle at HardOCP posted a quick overclocking test of the 2.4 GHz Prescott processor. Using just stock cooling and voltages, he was able to get this baby to 3.2 GHz but with some liquid cooling, he was able to get it to 3.7 GHz, which is quite impressive. Even the temperature numbers seemed better than expected.
Quite frankly, we were expecting to have to get out the fire extinguisher, but that was not even close to the case.
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2004 - 06:14 AM | Kristie Goldin
Welcome to this Special Focus edition of Bits & Pieces™ -- Modifications! Of all the catagories I post news on, Mods has to be my favorite. I love seeing all the cool things you can do to make your computer stand out in a crowd. So, enjoy today's Special Focus on Mods -- I enjoyed gathering the links! :)
Subject: Mobile | March 30, 2004 - 06:03 AM | Kristie Goldin
The soft-shell mobile phone is flexible and can wrap around the users arm.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 30, 2004 - 04:09 AM | Geoff Baker
If you are looking into re-doing your cooling, lots to look through today.
Subject: Motherboards | March 30, 2004 - 03:31 AM | Geoff Baker
Some motherboard reviews for you today. Here is an Epox with an 865PE Northbridge and the ICH4 Southbridge, and some Aopen A64 boards, both Nforce3 and K8T800, with looks by Hexus and Overclocker Cafe.
For processor articles we have an A64 vrs.
Subject: Editorial | March 29, 2004 - 07:51 PM | Kristie Goldin
Welcome to the Inside Perspective! Last week was a week I just as soon forget. So, instead of re-living my week of torture, I figured I'd spend today talking about something much more pleasant. How about M&M's? :D
Over the holidays this past year, my Secret Santa gave me an M&M Dispenser. It's really a cool little toy. You press a button and you get rewarded with three or four M&M's -- unless you get lucky and the button gets stuck, in which case you can wind up with a fist-full!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 26, 2004 - 03:55 AM | Geoff Baker
3Dxtreme has posted a quickie review of the Aerocool "Hightower" for Socket A or P4. They'll show you how it stacks up against the Volcano 12 and a stock AMD cooler.
"The HT-101 tower cooler is a large cooler when you first take a look at it,
but it is designed to compensate for that larger size. The cooler does come
with one blue UV LED fan that can be mounted on one side of the cooler;
however AeroCool has included the ability to mount a fan on each side.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 26, 2004 - 03:53 AM | Geoff Baker
A1 is testing an Evercool fan and sink for A64. If you can pick out the right colors in the graph you can see it is an OK, but not outstanding performer.
" We were hoping for better performance from this EverCool K802-715 all
copper heatsink compared to the EverCool Magic Cooler we reviewed earlier
which is Aluminium with a Copper insert. It must be remember that both these
EverCool heatsinks are much smaller and lighter than the other heatsinks
Subject: Processors | March 26, 2004 - 03:50 AM | Geoff Baker
Techtastic gets on the bandwagon and overclocks a Mobile 2500. They only get theirs to 2500 or so...but with PC2700.
Lately, some enthusiasts in the overclocking world have discovered that the
Mobile Barton processor has great
potential as a good overclocker in desktop computers. Claims of overclocking a Mobile
Barton 2500+ (1.83 ghz) to 2500-2700mhz
are quite common. We got our hands on a Mobile Barton 2500+ to see if we could achieve
Subject: Motherboards | March 26, 2004 - 03:48 AM | Geoff Baker
OCFAQ has reviewed the Nforce3 board fom Gigabyte, the K8N Pro. They take a look at the package, run the benchmarks, then overclock it some and run some more. Give it a look.
The main theme behind what Gigabyte has done is to take a less than
spectacular chipset and make the best of it. Through excellent overclocking,
solid reliability, and every onboard option one could desire, the K8N Pro
goes a long way torwards distinguishing itself as a leader in what is a
mostly leader-less platform. The usual Abit/Asus domination is not present,
blame first generation technology.
SUNNYVALE, CA-MARCH 25, 2004-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced attendees at last week's System Builder Summit event in Dallas, TX awarded AMD in three out of four eligible categories. AMD was crowned the winner for Best System Builder Program or Promotion, Best Hardware Product and Best Vendor Overall for both the System Builder Summit and VARVision events.
Subject: Motherboards | March 24, 2004 - 09:33 PM | Geoff Baker
Over at myWorld Hardware there is a new review posted of the Gigabyte board using the SIS 655FX chipset. Take a look as the performance is compared to an Abit IC7 and an Epox Epox 4PCA+.
"The GA-8S655FX Ultra is an excellent performing board and it does
threat to Intel's mainstream i865 platform with its value pricetag.
benchmark results, SIS's 655FX Chipset does hold some solid ground
Pentium 4 platform. It's about time that an alternative showed up
Intel some deserving competition."
Subject: Processors | March 24, 2004 - 09:28 PM | Geoff Baker
Accelenation has a review of Intel's new flagship. See how this CPU performs as compared to its brethren.
"Another day another speed bump. Unless you do a lot of office and
content creation work, it's hard to recommend any Prescott. The
extended 31 stage pipeline of the Prescott is still acting as a
handicap. In gaming tests the Athlon 64 3200+ beats out both the
3.4E and 3.4C, which indicates that the 3400+ should wipe the floor