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NVIDIA Beta Detonators 30.82
Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2002 by Iain Metcalf

Theres a new set of Beta Detonator Drivers available for all you Windows 2000/XP users. No feedback on performance as of yet, so feel free to leave some feedback in the Hexus forums.

Download the drivers here


The 9x / Me drivers are now available.

Get them here

Make your own RamSinks
Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2002 by Iain Metcalf

"Some of the top cooling manufactures produce products to help cool your video card RAM down to not only prolong the life of your video card at overclocked speeds, but to also offer that extra temperature decrease you will need to increase the MHz of your video RAM. Anyone who is serious about overclocking should seriously consider this guide. This guide is written for the overclocker on a budget. With little effort, money, and supplies, you can have your very own self-made RAMsinks."

Read how to do it at Live PC

ECS AG400 SiS Xabre 400 Videocard Review
Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2002 by Iain Metcalf

"SiS is very hot at the moment and seems to be very much on the ball in terms of producing chipsets. It all started about a year ago with the release of the SiS 735 chipset for the Athlon and has simple grown from there. That chipset was the fastest thing when it came out, totally dominating the competition however SiS's success was not limited to AMD platforms alone, their 645/645DX also was very powerful and popular."

Read the full article at PC Stats

Exploring a 333MHz bus for the Athlon XP
Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2002 by Iain Metcalf

"AMD, meanwhile, is betting that its upcoming Hammer chips will turn things around. But, stray rumors aside, all indications are that the first Hammer won't be ready until December of this year at the earliest. What's AMD to do in the meantime? One answer is Barton, the planned next revision of the Athlon with 512KB of L2 cache. Another possibility, however—and one that's been getting more and more attention recently—is the possibility of a 333MHz bus for the Athlon XP."

Head over to The Tech Report for the full story

GF4 Ti4200 six card roundup
Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2002 by Iain Metcalf

"Today there are several different kinds of video cards you can choose from, and when you decide on a certain card you are then faced with picking a brand. One choice of video cards is the GeForce 4 Ti4200. While not as powerful as the Ti4600, the Ti4200 is much more friendly on the wallet and can be overclocked to higher speeds. The Ti4200 is a very popular choice for gamers because of the lower price and overclocking ability. We are going to take a look at several Ti4200 cards here today to see which one is worth your money. Read on for the info about the cards and the benchmarks and overclocking results."

Take a look over at VIA Hardware

EPoX 4G4A+ Intel 845G Motherboard
Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2002 by Iain Metcalf

"The progress of computer technology is non-stop. New features like USB 2.0, DDR333 support, RAID, support for 533 Intel Pentium 4 processors, and among others, are in high demand. In addition, more and more devices are being integrated into an all-in-one motherboard. Take EPoX's new 4G4A+ Intel 845G-based motherboard; it supports all the new functions listed above, while also integrating 10/100 Realtek Ethernet, an impressive Intel Brookdale graphics chipset, and onboard 6-channel digital audio. Surprisingly, this motherboard also works with EPoX's latest Bluetooth header (that comes bundled only with current EPoX 4BEAV motherboards). Essentially, EPoX takes all the useful features one would ever need and combines them into one awesome entity: the EP-4G4A+."

Take a look over at Techware Labs

TDK 48x24x48x CD-RW Drive Update
Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2002 by Iain Metcalf

"TDK told us that besides adding more 48x-rated CD-R media compatibility, the VS7S3 will increase the writing performance of the CDRW4800B 48x24x48x as well. So in this short update to our previous review, we'll take a look at how true the latter is. We would have loved to test the media compatibility part, but 48x-rated CD-Rs are still very much unavailable here. At the same time, we'll also conduct testing on the 24x re-writing aspects of the drive, which we initially missed out due to the lack of 24x-rated CD-RW media at that time."

Check it out at Hardware Zone

Lian-Li PC-601 & Skyhawk MSR-4610 Shootout Review @ Explosive Labs
Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2002 by Ryszard

Those exploding people at Explosive Labs have a shootout style article featuring a couple of sexy cases. Here's the snippet.

This time, Lian-Li has sent us their PC-601 USB, which at the time of this review had not even been listed as a product on their product page. Skyhawk's MSR-4610 has been out for a little longer. If you take a look at both of them you will find the designs incredibly similar. It seems to me that the PC-601 was made to address the needs of those that wanted a clean looking aluminum case with a front I/O panel.

You can find it here.

DesignComp DCi CM 42-BL DIY Acrylic Case Kit Review @ Mikhailtech
Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2002 by Ryszard

Mikhail sends word of the latest article up at Mikhailtech. It's a little unusual so I'll let the snippet do the talking.

With that said, we're ready to begin. DC was right about one thing: you need a lot of space because you'll find yourself reaching this way and that for all sorts of parts. Once the work area is set up (in this case, my bed covered with a dedicated Mikhailtech blanky) it's time to rip off the tape and open to bubble wrap bags. In the way of panels there are a total of eight; top and bottom, left and right, front and back, and two that make up the vertical drive cage. I would suggest you leave some in the bags until you're ready to use them, else you might make a few scratches. Put your gloves on, cause it's time to play Bob the Builder!

Check out the full article here.

Thermaltake Volcano 9 HSF Review @
Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2002 by Ryszard weigh in with a cooler article featuring the TT V9, quite a sink for all you Socket A lovers.

Thermaltake, a well-known company around most pc-enthusiasts, which makes cooling products for almost every aspect of your computer has just raised the bar with their new cpu cooler; the Volcano 9. While this HSF resembles its predecessors, the major change is the switch from the 60/70mm to an 80mm fan...

Check it out here.

Cooler Master Alloy Mouse Pad @ Overclocker Cafe
Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2002 by Ryszard

I want one of these nifty litly CM alloy mouse mats! OCC take a peek.

While the Cooler Master Alloy Pad is not as frag happy as the Ratpad, it does have much more than its share of style. That shiny beveled edge and cool aluminum color definitely make a mark. The six thin non-skid feet do the job and not one bit of flex did we experience. With the thing being constructed of metal, I would hope not! The Cooler Master Alloy Pad reminds us that sometimes it’s not all about performance, it is also about sharp looks and lots of style.

You can find the full article here.

FrozenCPU Blizzard 900 Case Review @ Techware Labs
Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2002 by Ryszard

More content for the Techware guys, this time featuring a case that's a little out of the ordinary.

The FrozenCpu Blizzard 900 See Through is certainly a great case overall. With a few quirks here and there which may not bother the average user considering the extreme value of the case. For $99 you get a pre-installed window with your choice of color, a 350W Q-Power power supply, top mounted blowhole with fan and two extra USB ports located on the front bezel.

Check out the full article by pointing your web browser here.

Techware Labs Open + New Review!
Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2002 by Ryszard

Techware Labs, run by the old Hardware Pub staff that lost their domain, are are back with a bang with a new site and a new article for you featuring a Samsung 19" TFT.

It seems like just yesterday that the neighbor's massive15" CRT with more curvature than a baloon was the best thing since sliced bread. Unfortunately for our credit cards, that's simply not the case. Samsung's new 19" LCD boasts incredible visual clarity, combined with a tiny footprint, and a plethora of other features.

Check them out here and the new review here!

MSI KT3 Ultra2-BR Mobo review @
Posted on Monday, July 29, 2002 by David Ross

With all the P4 talk and most users going P4 at the moment it is hard to work out what board to get if you are an AMD user. We have taken a look at the latest KT333 from MSI - the KT3 Ultra2-BR, it has many features and some other features which we haven't seen from MSI on an AMD board yet.

The MSI KT3 Ultra-BR can be thought of as a seasonal update rather than a radically new motherboard.It carries over much of what we've already seen in the MSI KT3 Ultra and adds a few worthwhile features. The Bluetooth module and key are great for those who require the need to interact with their PCs on a wireless level. The emergence of sophisticated PDAs, well-specified mobile phones and a growing number of other devices all have the capability to make the most out of this wireless feature

Read more here

AKASA Rounded "Glow in the Dark" Cables @ Viperlair
Posted on Monday, July 29, 2002 by Ryszard

Glow in the dark is always good no matter what the item and rounded cables are no exception. Viperlair take a peek at some.

What I actually saw was some very cool silver effect braided cables. Yep that's right, when there not glowing they look just as cool. The outer rubber casing is the luminous part and in clear daylight its translucent showing off all of the braiding inside. If you look at them in a shadowy area then there is a green tint to the translucent rubber, but I expected the green shade to be more prominent than it was. The next thing I noticed was at each end of the cables at the plugs was a "tag" notifying you of what the plug is.

Check it out here.

Just got an email from my buddy Phill at OcUK has let me know they have this in here

9 Heat Exchangers tested
Posted on Monday, July 29, 2002 by Ryszard

HwLuxx have a comparison of 9 Heat exchanges for your water kit..

"You can buy the best watercooling kit, but it won´t work well if you have a bad heat exchanger. That´s enough reason for us to test nine high end heat exchangers :
- Black Ice Extreme
- Black Ice Pro
- Black Ice 2
- Heattransformer Single
- Heattransformer Dual
- Airplex
- Ice Rex
- C/S W1
- CS W2"

Read more here

ABIT SILURO GeForce4 Ti 4200 64MB @ HWZ
Posted on Monday, July 29, 2002 by Ryszard

HWZ take a peek at the ABIT Ti4200 64MB offering, the Siluro. Here's a peek.

The ABIT SILURO GeForce4 Ti 4200 64MB comes with dual analog display capabilities with an added TV Output feature. Priced attractively, does ABIT still have the magic in creating overclockable budget graphics cards for hardcore gamers?

Check out the full article here.

Noritake Graphic VFD @ BiT
Posted on Monday, July 29, 2002 by Ryszard

The BiT boys and girls are back with a look at a very very cool VFD display for your PC.

'I think it is fair to say that this display is pretty amazing, and I don't say this lightly. This is; the best looking display I've ever used, the fastest, it has a nice sized screen capable of a good resolution, it fits in a single bay insert, it is easy to connect and control, for users wanting an easy life it delivers (excusing the small amount of soldering needed) and for those wanting bags of advanced features and a toy to play with for a fair while it also delivers. In fact it is pretty hard to say anything bad about this display, the only thing lacking is software to take full advantage of everything that this display is capable of.'

You think they like it?

Check it out here.

40X CD Writer Roundup @ Neoseeker
Posted on Monday, July 29, 2002 by Ryszard

40X writers are a dime a dozen these days and Neoseeker take a look at a few.

2002 is possibly the best year so far for CD burning. Twice this year we’ve seen some serious advances to burning speeds – and now the average drive being pushed by manufacturers is a sizzling 40X (with the 48X speed burners already being released by some pioneers). These new 40X drives don’t come with a huge price premium either – you’ll find them for around $30-50 more then for a 24X or 32X burner.

Check out the full article here.

Chaintech Apogee Review @ VIA Hardware
Posted on Monday, July 29, 2002 by Ryszard

VH get back to reviewing VIA based hardware with this look at Chaintech's Apogee board with its KT333 base. Here's the regulation snippet.

This company is taking great strides to reach a fairly new type of buyer. The modern PC enthusiast, more commonly known as the overclocker or tweaker is becoming more and more common as time goes on. Home users are realizing the power and relative safety of pushing their hardware to its limits. The folks at Chaintech, like many other manufacturers, have accepted this reality and bring you Apogee (def.-peak, pinnacle, high point). This all sounds great, but can this board really live up to its name?

Check it out here!

Posted on Monday, July 29, 2002 by David Ross

With upcoming chipsets such as the SiS648 claiming support for the latest AGP8X standard, HWZ asked themselves if there were any performance benefits. They took the SiS648 and Xabre 400 reference boards, modified them and compared the results here.

At the chipset level, there are only a handful available today. If you're looking for an Intel-based solution, there's only the VIA
P4X333, VIA P4X400 and SiS648. Intel does not yet have any announcement for chipsets supporting AGP8X but we have heard
that the upcoming Granite Bay would support AGP8X. Over at the AMD camp, you should look out for VIA's KT400 or NVIDIA's
nForce2 chipsets - both of which will support AGP8X and DDR400.

Read more here

Soundcard Roundup Part 2 @ RADIATIVEnz
Posted on Monday, July 29, 2002 by Ryszard

Cool site name of the week award for these guys! They take a look at an oft neglegted part of a system, the soundcard. Here's a quick snip.

Sound plays a huge part in the overall computing experience, even more so now that computers are becoming a central multimedia device in the home. In this release we had the pleasure of taking a look at the Leadtek Winfast 6X, Philips Rhythmic Edge & the Philips Acoustic Edge.

Point your browser here.

Nexland WaveBase Wireless 802.11b Router @
Posted on Monday, July 29, 2002 by Ryszard

In their own words after a 'brief hiatus', are back with a new article featuring some wireless Ethernet router magic.

Nexland is a relatively young company but they are coming on strong, producing hi quality networking components for business and home users alike. Last year was also a profitable one for Nexland, making this newcomer one to watch in the future. takes a look at the WaveBase, a hi-end wireless gateway that brings a little extra to the table with advanced setup screens and a great new technology: IPSec VPN pass through. This technology makes the WaveBase standout from its competitors but also increases the cost of the unit.

Check out the full article here.

Shuttle XPC SS51 Review @ Tech Report
Posted on Monday, July 29, 2002 by Ryszard

Shuttle's SS51 that we took a look at recently gets the Tech Report treatment. Here's a sneak peek at their take on the mini marvel.

Shuttle's XPC line of small form factor barebones PC kits has an infectious appeal. They're small, stylish, relatively quiet, brimming with ports, and the hardware inside is often fast enough to please most users. Most users just use their PCs to surf the web, do a little word processing, and maybe listen to a few MP3s. The enthusiast community, however, is quite a bit more demanding than most users. We're a hard bunch to please, and Shuttle's mini barebones systems have always lacked the crucial AGP expansion slot necessary for the screaming fast graphics performance we've come to expect from our systems.

Check out the article in its entirety here.

Newly Revised System Forum Grand Giveaway
Posted on Monday, July 29, 2002 by Ryszard

The title says it all, have revised their forums and are celebrating it with a bit of a giveaway.

To promote our recently created Forums and to celebrate our first 90 days of operation, in conjunction with CPUFX have added a "GRAND PRIZE" to be awarded in addition to 10 great prizes with winners to be drawn at random from amongst our registered *active Forum members. All you have to do is register in our Forums and take part in our growing community

There's a full explanation of it all here.

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