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January 2005 News Archive

Febuary 2005 News Archive

2004 News Archive

~04/01/05 Reviews & News from the Web~




  • Revoltec Lightboard Compact, Lightmouse and Lightpad review @ XtremeResources Review Link

  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay–Developer’s Cut @ BRnR Review Link

  • XG Extreme Modding Kit @ XtremeComputing Review link

  • Wisetechusa UV IDE/SATA Cable Roundup @ Controlled-Insanity Review Link


  • Swiftech MCX478-V Heatsink Review @ Mikhailtech Review Link

  • Thermaltake Fanless103 CPU Cooler Review @ XYZ Computing Review link

  • Titan Vanessa S-Type air cooler heatsink @ A1 Review Link

~03/30/05 Reviews & News from the Web~


  • Wintec AMP-X PC2-5400 DDR2 Memory review @ XtremeResources Review link

  • Patriot PDC1G3200+XBLK 1GB DC Kit @ InsaneTek Review Link


  • LiteOn SOHW-1673S @ Review Link

  • Samsung Mini Cam Review @ DreamWare Computers Review Link

  • ProClip Automobile Mounting Solutions Review @ XYZ Computing Review Link

  • USBGeek Liquid Optical USB "Ducky" Mouse @ Controlled-Insanity Review Link

  • Flexiglow Keyboard & Gaming Mouse @ Viperlair Review Link

  • Genius Wireless Netscroll+ review @  Review Link


  • SilverStone Temjin TJ02 Enclosure Review @ XYZ Computing Review Link

  • NZXT Nemesis Elite @ Controlled-Insanity Review Link


  • Cooler Master AQUAGATE Mini R120 Water Cooling System Video Review #550: @ Review Link

  • installing a water cooler heatsink system into a computer case @ A1 Article Link

  • LICS M-I CPU Water Block Review @ PCModdingMy Review Link

~Contests & Giveaways~

~Video & Sound~

  • Chaintech 6600 GT SE6600G PCI-E Review @ XtremeResources Review Link

  • Icemat Siberia Multi Headset @ Review Link

~Power Supplies~

~03/27/05 Reviews & News from the Web~


  • DFI LanParty UT LP nF4 Ultra-D Motherboard review @ XtremeResources Review Link





~Video & Sound~

  • IceMat Siberia multi-media headphones @ A1 Review Link

~Power Supplies~

  • Logisys Meshed 500W PSU Review @ Mikhailtech Review Link

  • Seasonic S12 430W PSU Review @ Mikhailtech Review Link

~03/23/05 Reviews & News from the Web~



  • OCZ EL DDR PC-3200 Dual Channel Gold VX Memory Video Review #549: @  Review Link


  • Gigabyte K8NXP-SLI nForce4 AMD Athlon 64 socket-939 motherboard @ A1 Review Link

  • Foxconn Winfast NF4UK8AA-8EKRS @ Viperlair Review Link

  • Abit Fatal1ty AN8 @ InsaneTek Review Link


  • Mikhailtech March 2005 Giveaway - 1 Week Left @ Mikhailtech Review Link

  • The Logitech® Rumblepad™ 2 @ Review Link

  • Logitech MX1000 Laser Cordless Mouse Review @ Mikhailtech  Review Link

  • Xtrac Hybrid Mouse Pad @ Review Link

  • ArctiClean heatsink paste remover @ A1 Review Link



  • CoolerMaster CoolDrive Lite @ Overclockers Online Review Link

~03/21/05 Reviews & News from the Web~



  • Corsair Xpert TwinXP1024-3200XL 1GB DC Kit @ InsaneTek Review Link

  • OCZ Gold PC4000 VX 1GB DC Kit @ InsaneTek Review Link

  • Corsair DDR2 TwinX XMS2-4300C3 review @ XtremeResources Review Link


  • Thermaltake Kandalf Full Tower Series Case Video Review #547: @ Review Link


  • Performance Fan Comparison on XP-90 @ Mikhailtech  Review Link

  • Zalman VF700-Cu VGA Cooler Review @ PCModdingMy Review Link

~Video & Sound~

  • Icemat Siberia Multi Headset Video Review #548: @ Review Link

  • Altec Lansing GT-5051 @ Overclockers Online Review Link

  • Sparkle GeForce 6600 & 6600GT Review @ PCModdingMy Review Link


  • Vantec UV Reactive Gear @ Viperlair Review Link

  • Samsung CLP-510 Colour Laser Printer @ DreamWare Computers Review Link

03/18/05 Portable apps for USB flash Drives @


"Today we've gathered together a bunch of applications that you can use directly off your flash drive. We we're inspired by the release of portable Firefox and portable Thunderbird which was developed by John T. Haller. Basically what he did was optimize Mozilla's Thunderbird and Firefox to be used on a flash drive. Why would you want to do that you may ask? Well imagine if you will that you could use your applications such as your browser on any computer and still have access to your favorites/bookmarks, or your email in the case of Thunderbird.

Through some hunting and searching on the net, we 've narrowed down a few choice useful applications that are small and will work completely off a flash drive. Most if not all of these are also freeware which is nice bonus."

Review Link

~03/18/05 Reviews & News from the Web~


  • Silverstone Strider SST-ST46F 460W Power Supply review @ XtremeResources Review Link

  • Thermaltake Kandalf full tower computer case @  A1 Review link


  • Speeze Vulture Spin 3 @ Review link

  • asetek WaterChill KT03A Extreme Review @ Ninjalane  Review link

  • Swiftech MCW20-A on Intel Desktop Dothan @ InsaneTek Review Link

~Video & Sound~

  • Samsung YP-T7 Portable MP3 Player @ eXtreme Hardware Review Link

  • FireWire 1814 18-in/14-out FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface w/ ADAT Lightpipe Review @ Review Link

  • Club 3D Radeon X800XL PCI Express @ Viperlair Review Link

  • ATI TV Wonder Elite @ Viperlair Review Link

  • BFG 6600 GT OC and ATI Radeon X700 Pro: PCIe Video Card Comparison @ XYZ Computing Review Link

~Power Supplies~

  • Thermaltake Purepower 680W @ Arctic Squad Review link

  • Silverstone's 300W 0dB PSU the SST-ST30NF @ xtremecomputing Review Link

  • Antec NeoPower480 Review @ PCModdingMy Review Link

~03/16/05 Reviews & News from the Web~


  • Gigabyte K8NXP-9 Review @ PCModdingMy Review Link

  • DFI LanParty UT nF4 Ultra-D Socket 939 Motherboard Review @ XYZ Computing Review Link


  • Mushkin PC2-4200 DDR533 CL 3-2-2-8 Review @ PCModdingMy Review Link

  • Crucial\'s Ballistix Tracer PC4000 @ LAN addict Review Link



  • Razer Diamondback & fUnc sUrface 1030 @ Review Link

  • Revoltec Star Series Chromus II RPS-450V2 @ XtremeResource Review Link

  • Buyers Guide: March 2005 @ Article Link

  • Mikhailtech March 2005 Budget System Buyer's Guide - Socket 754 under $400 @ Mikhailtech Article link

  • PolderbitS sound recorder & editor software @ A1 Review Link



~Video & Sound~

  • Icemat Siberia Computer Gaming Headset Review @ Review link

  • Altec Lansing GT5051 Surround Speakers @ Review Link

  • EVGA e-GeForce 6200 TC Video Card Video Review #546:@ Review Link

  • ATI TV Wonder Elite Video Review #545:@ Review Link

  • Twinhans DTV MagicBox Digital TV tuner @ xtremecomputing Review Link

  • ATI Radeon X850XT-Platinum Edition @ Viperlair Review Link

  • XFX 6600GT AGP Review @ DreamWare Computers Review Link

  • ATI All-In-Wonder X800XT Video Card Video Review #544: @ Review Link

~Power Supplies~

  • Enermax Noisetaker 600w! @ Review Link

  • Thermaltake PurePower 680W Power Supply @ InsaneTek Review Link

03/16/05 EVGA e-GeForce 6200 TC Video Card Video Review #546:@

"The EVGA e-GeForce 6200 TC Video Card is based on the NVIDIA NV44 Chip and comes with 64MB of DDR memory. The TC stands for TurboCache which essentially means it takes system memory automatically for a total of 256MB. While this is certainly not a product for the hardcore gamer it does play all the latest games. It would be an excellent inexpensive quality product for a HTPC. Watch the Video to find out more..."

Review Link

03/16/05 Razer Diamondback & fUnc sUrface 1030 @

"The hierarchy & collaborations behind Razer has spent almost a decade dedicated to refining precision gaming mice. Ever since Razer debuted the Boomslang 2000, their first generation precision mouse, which captured the title of gaming accessory of the year upon it's release, has recently put out the latest and greatest revision, The Razer Diamondback™ Precision Gaming Mouse. Supporting the latest in kärna Precision technology, the Diamondback pushes the envelope with second generation features and functionality. Let's take a look at some of the key features of this critically acclaimed mouse."

Review Link

03/16/05 Thermaltake Soprano VB1000BWS @ XtremeResource

"The mid-range case market has been expanding very fast the past several years. Since cases are not made obsolete by the development of technology, constant upgrades are not necessary, so users usually research a lot before buying a case with which they will probably for many month to even years in some situations. In order to draw the users into case upgrades, companies had to draw their interest by creating something original. So, the classic beige cases are becoming extinct and designer cases have become very popular. ThermalTake is renowned for their good looking cases that they have produced over the past few years. They are into the enthusiast market and industry since 1999, which does not make them an old company but as long as the enthusiasts market is concerned they are pretty much ancient already. They started by creating cooling solutions and lately they have expanded into cases, water cooling kits, power supply units and many other items. Their Tsunami line of cases were o­ne of the most well known cases last year and now ThermalTake is releasing the Soprano, a possible successor to the Tsunami. The Soprano is considerably cheaper, but can it be a worthy opponent like the predecessor was? "

Review Link

03/16/05 ATI TV Wonder Elite Video Review #545:@

"The ATI TV Wonder Elite is based on the very powerful ATI Theater 550 Pro chip. The large analog tuner of previous generation TV Wonder products is replaced by the small Microtune MT2050 Digital Tuner. This tuner not only is capable of TV but also FM radio. For convenience, the Remote Wonder Plus remote control is included. The only downside to this product is the weak software package, Power Cinema. Watch the Video to find out more..."

Review Link

03/16/05 Gigabyte K8NXP-9 Review @ PCModdingMy

"After going through this review and the benchmark results in the previous pages, you should be clear that this Gigabyte K8NXP-9 definitely is a top high end nForce4 Ultra. It outperforms the competitor by a small lead during our testing and we would like to say that the competitor is one of the famous nForce4 Ultra boards in the market now. Besides that, this Gigabyte K8NXP-9 also offers luxurious packaging, which really attract me a lot. Although the price is expensive, it's worth it. Dual BIOS, DPS, SATA 2, 7.1 channel audio, WiFi PCI card are the signs of a high tech motherboard. Maybe Gigabyte K8NXP-9 isn't a extreme overclocking board but it is definitely a good performance, high end, rich features board."

Review Link

03/16/05 Thermaltake Armor Super Tower Case Review @

"With today's enthusiasts and trend setting modifications, companies like Thermaltake have engineered a variety of case designs suiting the ever changing environments in which we install our hardware. Meeting the needs of most users, Thermaltake unleashes the latest in full tower hardware encasements, the Armor. The Thermaltake Armor revolutionizes case design with standard features found on custom gaming rigs, taking form and functionality to the next level..."

Review Link

03/16/05 Icemat Siberia Computer Gaming Headset Review @

"In the world of gaming you almost always will annoy people with the repetitive assault gun, the hundreds of grenade explosions or any other combination of weaponry slamming out of your desktop speakers. The desk-mounted microphone will always require yelling, especially when the adrenaline is pumping. This will cause people living with or even next to you to think you are borderline insane and potentially a security hazard.

Thus, Icemat decided to give us a headphone/microphone combo to keep our reputations from getting lower in the real world and to make everyone around us think we are completely normal. *twitch* "

Review link

03/16/05 Jetart JACSH1 @ Overclockers Online

"In our latest article, we look at a new VGA cooler from the people at Jetart. They claim great performance as well as low noise, and so we put those claims to the test. Read on, and see what we find..."

Review link

03/16/05 Chenbro Gaming Bomb II @ BRnR

"Chenbro is well-known for their colorful and affordable line of tower cases for gamers, particularly the Xpider II and Gaming Bomb. What was missing from their product line-up, was an aluminum enthusiast case with less flash and more functionality, that could compete against the higher-scale cases like the Cooler Master Wave Master and Praetorian 731; and Thermaltake’s Soprano, Tsunami Dream, Shark and Kandalf-series cases. But that’s changed with the Chenbro Gaming Bomb II tower case, which we’ll be looking at today."

Review Link

03/16/05 DFI LanParty UT nF4 Ultra-D Socket 939 Motherboard Review @ XYZ Computing

"The LanParty series from DFI has been around for a some time now and has built up a great reputation. These boards have been known to overclock very well, are readily available, and are reasonably priced. If this was not enough they are UV-reactive so they look super cool too. They are especially catered to the enthusiast system builder so, as you would imagine, they are on they way to becoming legendary in forums worldwide. The cool looking box shows how DFI is pushing their products to gamers and overclockers. This socket 939 motherboard is poised to become an enthusiast's favorite..."

Review Link

~ Reviews & News from the Web~


  • Mushkin PC2-4200 DDR533 CL 3-2-2-8 Review @ PCModdingMy Review Link

  • Crucial\'s Ballistix Tracer PC4000 @ LAN addict Review Link



  • Revoltec Star Series Chromus II RPS-450V2 @ XtremeResource Review Link

  • Buyers Guide: March 2005 @ Article Link

  • Mikhailtech March 2005 Budget System Buyer's Guide - Socket 754 under $400 @ Mikhailtech Article link

  • PolderbitS sound recorder & editor software @ A1 Review Link


  • Akasa AK859 AMD Athlon 64 cooler @ xtremecomputing Review Link

  • Arctic-Cooling Silencer 64 Ultra @ Comp-Reviews Review Link

Video & Sound

  • Altec Lansing GT5051 Surround Speakers @ Review Link

  • Twinhans DTV MagicBox Digital TV tuner @ xtremecomputing Review Link

  • ATI Radeon X850XT-Platinum Edition @ Viperlair Review Link

  • XFX 6600GT AGP Review @ DreamWare Computers Review Link

  • ATI All-In-Wonder X800XT Video Card Video Review #544: @ Review Link

Power Supplies

  • Enermax Noisetaker 600w! @ Review Link

  • Thermaltake PurePower 680W Power Supply @ InsaneTek Review Link

03/11/05 Arctic Cooling Silentium T1 @ InsaneTek

"By now, you should all be very familiar with Arctic Cooling products and their capabilities.  Their cooling solutions make computing in silence a reality.  The VGA silencers are winning awards at every site and their Freezer coolers are now the preferred choice for my test bed.  With VGA coolers, CPU coolers, and case fans already set, what's the next step in providing a cool computing environment?  The case.  Arctic Cooling's step into the case category was somewhat surprising, considering that the majority of new cases today cater towards gamers.  All those cases focus mainly on looks and not any increased cooling performance.  Arctic Cooling has a different approach.  They look to provide better cooling performance while still maintaining the low level of noise they're very well known for.  With the goals in mind, they created the Silentium T1 and T2."

Review Link

03/11/05 XG Vigor 500W PSU Review @ PCModdingMy

The XG Vigor 500W is a stable power supply. We experienced no reboots or hickups while keeping it stressed. Besides, the Vigor 500W has a lot of nice features including cool looks, silent operation, sleeved cables and etc. The most important for me, I believe is the price. A price tag of 59.99USD is not a expensive for a 500W quality power supply. If you have budget to get a good quality power supply soon, then you might consider this power supply as well."

Review Link

03/11/05 19 Inch LCD Display Buyer's Guide @ XYZ Computing


"If you are looking to for a new monitor, a 19" LCD could be the one for you. These displays come in a range from mid-priced to expensive and are available with lots of different feautures- from stripped down to high-end. With LCD sales growing every year and at the same time prices falling, 19" is the new 17". The Buyer's Guide is going to take a look at some of the many 19" LCD display out there so as to help consumers learn a little bit and get a point to start from. The selection of 19" LCDs is almost unlimited so this is easier said than done, but if you know what you are looking for its not as daunting a task as it may seem."

Review Link

03/11/05 Speeze EEA67B4 VultureSpin III air cooled heatsink @ A1


" One can only wonder how well it would cool if it had even a slightly more powerful fan fitted to it. Very well we suspect from the top quality manufacture and design of this EEA67B4.

If you are looking for a very quiet and compact air cooled light weight CPU cooler with decent cooling performance then you will have to look a long way to better this Speeze EEA67B4."

Review Link

03/11/05 Thermaltake Beetle @ InsaneTek

"Thermaltake has taken many people by surprise with their new line of heatsinks. Recently at InsaneTek, we reviewed the Thermaltake Big Typhoon. It was a huge heatsink, but it performed well and was quiet.  Looks wasn't really a part of the Big Typhoon, but that'll change with the heatsink up for review today: The Thermaltake Beetle. This heatsink has a retail price of $56.99 and provides modding enthusiasts with something special in their case."

Review Link

03/11/05 Headline: Thermaltake's Beetle Heatsink @

"Today we take a look at one of the most original looking heat sink/fan combos that we've seen to date. The Heat sink in question is Thermaltake's Beetle with heat pipe cooling technology. The name Beetle is aptly named, as the unit actually does resemble some sort of flying insect. Looks are not the only thing going for this heatsink, it also can be used with all Intel P4 478/775, and AMD K7, K8 processors."

Review Link

03/11/05 asetek VapoChill LightSpeed [AC] @ Viper Lair


"It really is pretty amazing when you hear that single beep to signify a successful POST of your system after an overclock, and to hear it time after time no matter how high you raise the FSB . absolutely magical. And I know mine isn't (currently) one of the best overclocks out there! Other folks are going higher, with 5GHz+ being very attainable thanks to the Vapochill Lightspeed."

Review Link

~03/11/05 Reviews & News from the Web~
  • Intel IDF 2005: What's New and Exciting @ InsaneTek Link

  • Samsung CLP-510n Color Laser Printer Review @ XYZ Computing Review Link

  • Vantec EZ-Swap @ Arctic Squad Review Link

  • Xtrac Hybrid Mouse Pad Review @ Mikhailtech Review Link

  • Samsung SCX-4100 Laser Multifunction Printer Review @ XYZ Computing Review Link

03/09/05 Crucial Tech. Press Release New ATI Line of Products



Meridian, Idaho, March 9, 2005 - Crucial Technology, a division of  Micron and one of the world's largest direct memory-upgrade providers, today announces immediate availability of the Crucial(R) RADEON(TM) X850 XT 256MB PCI Express(TM) graphics card powered by ATi(R). This leading-edge graphics card delivers an unparalleled gaming experience, featuring:

  • - PCI Express 16X technology with 16 parallel pixel pipeline utilization

  • - 256-bit quad-channel GDDR3 memory interface

  • - Power-throttling technology for cooler running temperature

 "We’re in the midst of what could be described as a high-end PC revolution," said Mike Sanor, Crucial Technical Support Manager. "If you combine the latest hardware options, such as DDR2-based LGA 775 motherboards, Serial ATA architecture for increased hard drive throughput and powerful PCI Express graphics cards like the Crucial RADEON X850 XT, you can remove the data-transfer bottlenecks that have traditionally held back gaming-system performance. You can create a speedy, revolutionary gaming PC."


   Crucial now offers gamers immediate access to two of these cutting- edge components: high-performance Crucial Ballistix(TM) DDR2 memory and the Crucial RADEON X850 XT. The Crucial RADEON X850 XT is currently priced at US$599.99. All Crucial graphics cards can be purchased directly from Crucial’s Web site at and come with a limited one-year warranty, multilingual user guide, Crucial’s award-winning customer support, free technical support, and free shipping (for a limited time) on orders within the contiguous United States.


Visit for more information about the new Crucial



About Crucial


   Crucial Technology is a division of Micron Semiconductor Products, Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Micron Technology, Inc. Crucial provides high-quality memory upgrades, graphics cards, flash memory and a host of products to enhance the entire computing experience on its Web site at Crucial offers over 110,000 upgrades for more than 20,000 desktops, notebooks, servers, routers, printers and electronic devices.

   Micron Technology, Inc., is one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions. Through its worldwide operations, Micron manufactures and markets DRAMs, flash memory, CMOS image sensors, other semiconductor components, and memory modules for use

in leading-edge computing, consumer, networking and mobile products. Micron's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the MU symbol. To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc., visit its Web site at


03/09/05 Samsung CLP-550's  @ OverClockersonLine


"I've had the CLP-550N and CLP-550 for about a month and I've done a fair bit of test prints. From my experience, the printer has turned out to be a very nice one. I'm quite pleased with the quality and quantity"

Review Link

03/09/05 Asetek WaterChill Antarctica Socket T @ PCModdingMy

"Overall, the Asetek WaterChill Antarctica CPU cooler is a piece of cooler designed especially for overclockers. The push on fittings was very easy to work with and it was very secure, giving me a peace of mind! When using the Antarctica for a long period, we noticed that the copper base tends to get corroded which not only makes the water block look bad but also this will definitely affect the performance. I would really like to see Asetek take a step forward in chrome or nickel plating their Antarctica. However for $48 / RM216, I would say that the Antarctica is a tad pricey but considering the performance it gives in return, I would say it is worth the price tag on it. From my point of view, there isn’t much better cooler for your socket T than the Antarctica. So if you’re looking for a nice water block for your socket T rig, you should to check out the Antarctica."

Review Link

03/09/05 XG Vortex 500W Power Supply Video Review #543:@

"The XG Vortex 500W Power Supply performs very well and looks stunning with its all-aluminum construction and two windows. It comes with two blue LED fans (120mm & 80mm) which can be easily adjusted in speed. There are plenty of sleeved leads which increase airflow inside your case. In addition, the sleeving and all the connectors are UV reactive. You'll be hard pressed to find a better overall PSU. Watch the Video to find out more..."

Review Link

03/09/05 Sparkle 6600GT AGP @

"As you may have guessed by now, the 6600GT is indeed Sparkles midrange performance card. It is almost text book Nvidia reference design. The only differences being: no dual DVI outputs, a custom graphic covering the heatsink and a nice blue PCB. If you look just below the Sparkle graphic, you will see a large silver heatsink. This is cooling the PCI-e to AGP bridge chip I mentioned earlier."

Review Link

03/09/05 PlusDeck 2 computer cassette player @ A1


" A super computer device for those of us with a collection of now old cassette tapes where we can now listen to them on our computer and make top quality recording for CD, MP3 or any other recording format we want. Use of the Plus Deck 2 cassette player could not be easier, simply half push in the cassette tape and press the relevant button on the cassette player.

Review Link

03/09/05 Silverstones micro ATX HTPC case the LC11 @


"Well after running the setup for 24hours on a looping benchmark, I was quite surprised with the temperature results, amazingly the CPU did not go over 44c at any time. This in my opinion shows that the designers at Silverstone have proved they know there stuff when it comes to designing the thermal aspect of a case as well as the eye candy side"

Review Link

03/09/05 HIS X800XL IceQ II Turbo 256MB PCI-E Video Card Video Review #542:@

"This product is based on the ATI R430 chip, has a core speed of 400MHz, a memory speed of 985MHz, and 256MBs of GDDR3 memory. Both the core and memory can be easily overclocked for additional performance. Like most other HIS Video Cards the cooler is very effective and quiet. Amazing performance at an affordable price! Watch the Video to find out more..."

Review Link

~03/09/05 Reviews & News from the Web~
  • Overclockers Online Asetek Waterblock Giveaway Contest Link

  • Updated our AMD roadmap for 2005/6 @ A1 Link

03/07/05 Fanless Power Supply Roundup @ XYZ Computing

"Ideally you would be able to silence your computer by removing some or all of your fans, but this is easier said than done, especially for the processor and GPU.
One area where its becoming increasingly easy to go fanless is your power supply unit. This is a great way to remove one or two fans from your computer and cut down on on extra system noise. Though PSUs are not exactly notorious for being loud this is a good step towards a quieter system and a crucial one towards a silent one. The review will be taking a look at fanless power supplies from Coolmax, Thermaltake, Antec, and SilverStone. We are attempting to test each out and see which PSU reigns supreme!"

Review Link

03/07/05 Icemat Siberia Headset Review @ PCModdingMy

"The Siberia is capable of reproducing rich, full bodied and soulful sound accurately and it follows the response of sound production down to a T! If you are looking for a versatile and comfortable Headset, that will cater to multiple applications whether it be for gaming, music or making the theatre experience more immersive, I'll highly recommend buying the Icemat Siberia, as it will NOT ONLY be a worthwhile purchase, but also I have to agree with the team at Icemat, IT SURE DOES LOOK DAMN COOL!!!"

Review Link

03/07/05 March 2005 Giveaway @ Mikhailtech

"Today we announce this month’s Sidewinder Computers-sponsored giveaway at Mikhailtech. We’re giving away a pair of low-noise, high-performance accessory bundles to a couple lucky winners!"

Contest Link

03/07/05 Doom 3 Rocket Launcher benchmark Demo @


"This is a demanding demo as it uses the Rocket Launcher as the primary weapon. This means high explosions, very fast updates, and lots of movement. This makes for a good tests of any graphics card set up."

Download and instructions -

Forum Thread -

~03/07/05 Reviews & News from the Web~
  • XtracPads Hybrid @ Extensive Mods Review Link

  • XTrac Hybrid computer mouse mat @ A1 Review Link

  • Thermalright XP-90 Heatsink Review @ Mikhailtech Review Link

  • Samsung 711t  @ OverClockersonLine Review Link

  • A64 500Mhz HTT barrier broken on DFI LT UP NF4 SLI-D @ XtremeResources Review Link

  • Win World of Warcraft for the PC – 14 Days remaining @ Review Link

Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR2 PC2-5300 Memory review @ XtremeResources

"The era of DDR RAM is slowly coming to the end and DDR2 is replacing the older format o­n the newest Intel platform. Companies began manufacturing DDR2 RAM in small quantities just a few months ago because of the low demand but production is projected to be in massive quantities by the end of the year. O­nly a very few select companies have made DDR2 modules for the enthusiast and overclocker to this day. Even fewer manufacturers took a step forward and offer 1GB capacity modules for the enthusiast who believe that size does matter. Crucial took the step forward and offers 1GB modules from their top of the line of Tracer Ballistix DDR2 PC2-5300 RAM."


Review Link

HIS X850XT IceQ II Turbo Dual DVI VIVO 256MB PCI-E Video Card Video Review #541:  @

"This product is one of the fastest Video Cards currently on the market. It's based around the ATI R480 chip & has default speeds of 520MHz (Core) & 1080MHz (memory). These speeds are blistering fast already but the card can be overclocked even higher, transforming an already super fast card into a monster. A hardcore gamers must have product! Watch the Video to find out more..."

Review Link

Thermaltake Soprano VB1000SWS Case @ XYZ Computing


"The Soprano is a newest in a trend of cases which have been emulating the CoolerMaster WaveMaster. Aside from Thermaltake, other companies have been doing this, including ones like SilverStone, who actually uses the same bezel as the WaveMaster on one of their cases. The Soprano adapts this wave-style with a few changes, including a plastic bezel and a steel enclosure, instead of aluminum. Changes like this will drop the price substantially, but there is more to the case than that- Thermaltake has a few tricks of their own to throw into the mix."

Review Link

Asetek's Triple 120mm Radiator CPU/Chipset and VGA kit the WaterChill KT12A-L30 @


"As you can see this is one seriously large radiator, I really doubt you will find another case that will be able to fit the radiator in this way without there being any extra height on it. How did I secure it and keep it in position, in the Photo above if you look to the right og the rad at the bottom there are 2 bolts bolted through drive bay against the radiator this is to stop any movement.&"

Review Link

~03/05/05 Reviews & News from the Web~

03/03/05 The Corsair XPERT Memory- TwinXP1024-3200XL Review @

"Performance wise, the Corsair TwinXP1024-3200XL XPERT modules isn't only beauty and brains. It's also muscles. The results can speak for themselves. Armed with ultra low latencies, the modules showed extreme performance and stability in all the test we have thrown at it. Overclocked, these modules provided the best of both worlds by being to able to run at xtreme latencies (CL 2-2-2-5) up to 220MHz (DDR440) and up to an impressive 247MHz (DDR494) still at CAS 2 (CL 2-3-3-5) timings. Whether you want ultra low latency or fast frequencies at CAS 2, the Corsair TwinXP1024-3200XL XPERT can easily provide them."

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03/03/05 PowerColor Theater 550 Pro @ eXtreme Hardware

"As time is becoming more important in our lives, many people just can't find the time every night to sit on a couch with the rest of the family, and watch their favorite TV show. Suppose you had a project due the next day at work, and the Patriots game was playing that night. You need to see the game, but you also need to make living, right? Well with PowerColor's Theater 550 Pro, you have a multitude of options available. If you want to record the game, that's great, and if you want to watch it live while doing your work, no problem there either! Now you're in control the TV, and the TV is not in control of you."

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03/03/05 PowerColor THEATER™ 550 PRO Review @ MVKTech

 "The PowerColor Theater™ 550 Pro home-entertainment system combines the latest technology such as hardware-accelerated 12-bit decoder video processing engine with a high-end 3D comb filter and noise reduction technology that significantly enhances fine-detail to video by adding luminance and chrominance to composite video and TV tuner signals to eliminate color bleeding and other artifacting that would otherwise cause degradation in the image quality in prior standards."

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03/03/05 Cooler Master Cool Drive Lite @ Viper Lair

"If you're only interested in cooling, and your case already does an adequate job of keeping your hard drive cool, this is not a required purchase. On the other hand, the Cool Drive Lite does shield some of the hard drive noise, and the included fan is essentially silent so if you're building a silent PC, you might want to give the Cool Drive Lite some consideration."
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03/03/05 Antec Phantom 350W Fanless PSU Review @ Mekhaltech

"Most of the above listed features are standard with the majority of quality power supplies, but the 85% efficiency is by far the highest rated value of any currently available PSU. Much like the fanless design, this is big news. Mechanically, efficiency is the ratio of useful energy delivered by a machine to the energy supplied for its operation. In power supplies, the rest is given off as heat. The industry standard is currently close to 70% with quality units ranging between 75%-80%. 70% vs. 85% may not seem like much, but consider this mathematically ideal situation: using a 300 watt load (more than adequate even for high-end systems), an 85% efficient PSU will give off 45 watts as heat; a 70% efficient PSU will give off 90 watts as heat - that's twice as much! So, even 15% of extra efficiency translates into half the heat output."

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03/03/05 XG Vortec 500W Power Supply Review @ PCModdingMy

"The Vortec 500W is a great looking power supply with enough juice to power even most demanding hardware. The sleek and stylish blue coloured aluminium housing looks great with the sleeved power cables. Besides that, I wished that the Vortec 500W came with a 24-pin power connector (just like the ModStream) and maybe another 6-pins PCI-E power connector. Priced at just $90, the Vortec 500W has a very strong place in the power supply market. If you’re a gamer or looking for the right hardware for your case mod project, the Vortec 500W power supply should be the right choice for you!"

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03/03/05 MVKTech - Corsair 4-Gigs Memory Giveaway!


Corsair - A leading hi-performance memory storage solution provider and MVKTech - The world's largest graphic card BIOS resource center, has joined forces to give our readers and members a chance to win 4-Gigs of some of the fastest DDR modules on the planet: Corsair XMS TWINX1024-3200XLPRO. So 4 Winners, 4 Prizes, 4 Gigs! (1GB kit will be award to 4 winners). Prizes are new in the box, shipped directly from Corsair!

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~03/03/05 Reviews & News from the Web~
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03/01/05 Samsung 915N LCD Review @ DreamWare Computers

"We've looked at some awesome LCD monitors from Samsung in the past. Today they've sent us their 915N LCD monitor which has a massive 19 inch screen size, and to top that off, the fastest response time currently on the market, 8ms!"

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03/01/05 Corsair XPERT PC-3200 Memory w/Programmable LED Display Video Review #539: @

"The Corsair XPERT DDR PC-3200 Memory comes with a programmable LED Display. This display is very unique & useful showing a frequency, voltage, temperature & more. The included software enables total control over what's displayed as well. It's fast memory, with a default timing of 2-2-2-5 & overclockable when the timings are relaxed. Watch the Video to find out more..."

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03/01/05 Demon 480w Power Supply @ Controlled-Insanity


"The Demon includes all of the standard connections you may need, the 20 pin ATX, P4 connector, 2 floppy connectors, and 2 strings, with 3 molex connectors on each. These are again, all pre-modded with nice blue connectors. If you have ever replaced these before, you will understand the value of having these pre-modded, especially the 20 ping connector. Also included, but not blue like the rest, were 2 SATA connectors, for those of you with hot swappable SATA drives, these will see a lot of use. No PCI-e connectors here, sorry but we are dealing with a mid range product. If this is what you desire, please keep moving as you won't find any here."

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03/01/05 Samsung 711T LCD Display Review @ XYZ Computing

"One company which has done a great job of putting their displays on a pedestal above most other companies has been Samsung. Through quality, innovation, design, and some clever marketing it has become known that Samsung's LCD are usually a cut above the rest. Though this is debatable, and competition is stiff, it cannot be refuted that Samsung is a leader in the LCD market. This review will be taking a look at the first 17" LCD monitor to feature a 1000:1 contrast ratio, a distinction which will certainly prevent it from being confused with the rest of the products out there."

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03/01/05 MSI MEGA View 561 @ Viper Lair

"One of the benefits of the MEGA View 561 is that it is multipurpose. While it's larger than the iPod, it's smaller than portable DVD players. Add to the fact that you can pile on quite a few movies on the 20GB drive, you save the additional hassle of packing extra DVDs."
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03/01/05 GeCube Radeon X850XT Uni-Wise Edition Review @ PCModdingMy

"Overall, the GeCube X850XT is an amazing piece of hardware. Up to date, this has got to be the fastest and meanest graphics card we had ever tested back in our labs. The Uni-Wise cooling solution is an ingenious solution we saw with the GeCube X850XT. Not only does it saves space, the cooler also performed great and made less noise. However, keep in mind that the X850 series run pretty hot so indirectly it could raise your case temperatures. So make sure your casing is properly ventilated to exhaust all the hot air made by the card. Retailed at USD$553 / RM2099, the GeCube offers excellent performance at its price. If you’re looking for an awesome PCI-E graphics card, look no further! The GeCube X850XT should get you started into a wonderful gaming and overclocking journey."

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~03/01/05 Reviews & News from the Web~
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  • Leadtek WinFast A400 GeForce 6800 @ Steamed Turtle Review Link

  • Abit NF8 @ InsaneTek Review Link
    Speeze EE475B13 CopperSnake III air cooler heatsink @ A1 Review Link

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