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FIC VC15 Motherboard Review

FIC has been around since the 80's and produces motherboards, video cards, PC systems and mobile devices. They've made a name for themselves in the low-cost basic boards arena. The Intel 845D chipset is geared directly towards that.
May 30th, 2002

Dungeon Siege Review

Famous for their hit RTS game Total Annihilation, Chris Taylor’s Gas Powered Games’ forges have produced the latest action-based RPG to hit the shelves; Dungeon Siege. Promising many hours of gameplay in a continuous world (i.e. no “zones” to load), lots of eye candy, and ease of modification for those who are so inclined, DS appears to be poised to become one of the top games to come out this year, at least on paper. Does it deliver on its promises, or is it merely (as some people describe it) a Diablo clone?
May 29th, 2002

Antec 80mm & 92mm Case Fan Review

Summer is approaching soon and what better time to upgrade that computer of yours. Why not add a couple of new case fans and maybe a few case mods to keep those summer temperatures down? Well, Antec’s got the perfect solution for you then.
May 28th, 2002

Samsung 760V TFT LCD Review

The Samsung 760V TFT LCD comes from a long line of LCDs from Samsung this year. When I first got my hands on this LCD, I was expecting quite a bit from it since I’ve tested a number of LCDs already, including several Samsung ones. The design and style of this LCD definitely fit in with the new LCDs from Samsung over the last year or two. I just hope more manufacturers would consider aesthetics and design more when they make a new product. I mean you want to buy a quality LCD with as good an image quality as you can get for the price. But then who really wants to buy a $700 monitor (LCD, in this case) that looks ugly? I have seen quite a few out there that look really bad, and I cannot understand why manufacturers do not pick up on this; but enough about aesthetics and style. In addition to design qualities, the Samsung 760V does have a lot to offer at a very competitive price.
May 24th, 2002

Newbie's Multimedia Speaker System Buyer's Guide

Multimedia speakers have come a long way. Today's offerings are considerably closer to midrange sound systems than they ever have been and the trend will only continue in that direction. Digital music, convergence and the Internet have all but guaranteed that the PC will become a general purpose multimedia device where once it was first used to do work and then to play games.
May 22nd, 2002

Samsung SC-152L 52X CD-ROM Drive Review

With the market trend leaning towards DVD and CD-RW players these days, it’s easy to see why there’s been decreasing emphasis on CD ROM players. However, for those that could care less and just need the basics to replace their clunky old CD-ROM drive, take a peek at the Samsung SC-152L, a 52X CD ROM player. Specifications
May 17th, 2002

Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra Motherboard Review

Since the release of the KT266, Soyo has been producing a fine line of "Dragon" named motherboards that include plenty of onboard goodies that are geared more towards the high end market. What does the KT333 offer over the older KT266a? Really only two things. The first one is the ability to run your memory asynchronous with your CPU bus. When your processor is running on a 133/266 bus, you can have your RAM running at 166/333 at the same time. This gives you a 25% increase in theoretical memory bandwidth. The second new feature is an improvement in the South Bridge to support ATA 133.
May 15th, 2002

Neoseeker Server Project 2002

In early 2001, we were caught by surprise when our server started going ballistic. As more and more users became aware of Neoseeker’s existence, our traffic had slowly started to mount up - to the point where we were literally growing too fast for the server to keep up. We had already undergone several painful server transitions, and we were faced with the hard decision of HOW to alleviate the server load.
May 10th, 2002

CPU & Chipset Lapping Guide

Every metal surface on every heatsink that I have ever seen has a lot of little imperfections in them. It simply isn't possible for the manufacturers to produce perfectly flat bottomed heatsinks. They are good enough for you to use but by doing something called lapping you can usually lower your temps a few degrees. Any real mod freak will want to lap the heatsink on your northbridge as well as the one on your CPU. Today we will be lapping our Northbridge heatsink but you can use the same principles on your CPU and heatsink.
April 30th, 2002

P4 Cooler Shootout

Modern day CPUs are capable of producing more heat than a toaster. Because of this, CPU coolers are necessary to prevent your $300 CPU from frying. Without proper cooling, a CPU could easily burn out in less than ten seconds. We will look at several coolers for the Intel Pentium 4 processor of the 478-pin variety.
April 26th, 2002

Optical Drive Tweak Guide

Many of you have 40+ speed cd drives or 10+ speed DVD drives and don’t even think about tweaking them out because you figure that is fast enough. Well guess what. It COULD be faster. We’re going to show you exactly what you have to do. We’ll start you out with the basics.
April 23rd, 2002

Epox 8K3A+ Motherboard Review

Epox has been catering towards the more extreme overclocking crowd for a while now. I've been voltage modding boards for a while now and Epox has been taking the fun out of things lately by offering the kinds of voltages that would normally require a resistor being soldered onto a small IC chip.
April 17th, 2002

AOpen MS-900 5.1 Speakers Review

Still have a pair of $20 speakers cranking out your games, MP3s and -- dare I ask -- DVD movies? It’s easy to see why, though; for most, speakers are probably the least regarded component in a complete PC system.
April 16th, 2002

ATI Radeon 8500 Video Card Review

ATI has a tremendous job producing quality products that rival nVidia. The mainstream market is pretty much made up of these two giants. ATI’s Radeon chip series is a remarkable new chip technology. Designed for high-end graphics manipulation, the Radeon chip has proven to be more than just a regular video card.
April 12th, 2002

Compex NetPassage 16 Internet Gateway Review

Setting up a network in your home or office, and cluttering up the place with running wires and drilling holes everywhere? You’ve probably thought about using a wireless solution, as they are becoming more and more popular these days. Now that the technology has been around for a while, prices are dropping making it more affordable to invest in a wireless solution.
April 11th, 2002

Maya 7.1 & Maya 7.1 Gold Sound Card Review

Existing sound cards supporting only 5.1 channels (SB Live!, Philips Acoustic Edge PSC 706) cannot explore the full potential of DVDs allowing for more than 5.1 channels. Enter the MAYA 7.1 and MAYA 7.1 Gold sound cards, offering, as their name implies, 7.1 channels of auditory excitement to create a true desktop home theatre ("crowd cheers" - in 7.1 channels, of course).
April 9th, 2002

ClearPC Case Review

PC consumers nowadays look for quite a few specific elements in a case before they are ready to buy. There are the esthetics of the case, i.e. the look, as well as the features that the case has to offers inside. The ClearPC Case offers the consumer a flashy look, but does it stand up inside the box?
April 5th, 2002

MSI KT3 Ultra ARU Motherboard Review

MSI is one company that is always one of the first to release a VIA chipset or any chipset for the AMD Athlon. MSI has very close ties with VIA and AMD. They are always among the very first to bring boards for a new chipset to market.
April 3rd, 2002

Belkin Onmiview 4 Port KVM Switch Review

Like many computer owners these days, I now have more than one computer. These secondary systems serve many purposes, including operating system and application software testing, firewalls, and as a file/print servers. I have a limited amount of space in my work area and having an extra monitor/keyboard/mouse and other peripherals for four systems for really clutter up the place.
April 2nd, 2002

Warcraft III Beta Test Review

Ever since it was announced, Blizzard Entertainment’s WarCraft III has been hotly demanded by Real-Time Strategy (RTS) fans everywhere. WarCraft II was and is widely considered to be one of the titles that solidified RTS as a distinct genre.
March 28th, 2002

How to Maximize your FSB

We frequently get asked things like how can I get the maximum FSB speed possible from my system? Here we will try and fill in at least the basics on what you need to be familiar with in order to achieve your max FSB. I'll try and cover as much as I possibly can without being too technical.
March 27th, 2002

Samsung 151MP TFT Monitor Review

In the last year or two, we have seen the prices of LCDs drop considerably. The prices are still much more expensive than the traditional CRT monitors.
March 25th, 2002

Casio Cassiopeia EG-800 Review

Casio has been building its Cassiopeia line for a long period of time now and has since branched its Portable Digital Assistant [PDA] line to cover professionals and students in different environments. They have professional models like this EG-800, as well as models to cover price ranges, wants, and needs for all customers.
March 22nd, 2002

Stereo Link 1200 Review

Ever try to crank your favorite songs from your computer on your state of the art home stereo system just to find out they sounded a tiny bit better then your itty bitty computer speakers? Well you think to yourself, “It has to be because my computer speakers are just THAT good… Maybe that “state-of-the-art” subwoofer is just making my computer speakers sound that good? Unfortunately, you’re just kidding yourself.
March 21st, 2002

Pentium 4 2.2 GHz & Athlon XP 2000+ Shootout

How long has this rivalry been going on? It seems to me that the AMD vs. Intel battle is becoming an everyday event in the CPU market with supporters on both sides. From an overclocker’s point of view, AMD is ahead of the game with its Athlon XP 1900+ versus Intel’s Willamette 2 GHz Pentium 4.
March 18th, 2002