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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

Polk AMR130 5.1 Speaker Review

The AMR130 uses 4 identical satellites for each of the front and rear left-right speakers. In theory this allows for an even sound field for movies, however we really liked how the AMR150’s multi-driver front satellites allowed for its increased musicality.
March 13th, 2002

Samsung 151s TFT LCD Display Review

The Samsung 151s TFT LCD display is a new product from the line of budget LCD displays at Samsung. The styling and appearance of the unit is much more pleasing than their older line of displays, marking an almost total restyling of all the new displays at Samsung.
March 12th, 2002

17 Inch & 19 Inch Monitor Roundup

If you’ve been staring at the same monitor for the last 3 years, its colours are probably starting to fade and start up is probably taking longer than ever so it’s about time to put that baby to sleep. But cheer up, because there are limitless flavours of monitors out there at extremely affordable prices.
February 7th, 2002

Audiotrack MAYA Soundcard Review

As the great ball of time rolls along, the price of new and cutting edge computer components slowly recedes until even the common man (read: me) can afford. This is no different for audio cards which is why there has been such a bloom in home studios over the past decade or so. Each passing year, the output quality of these studios has increased by an insane degree and the number and variety of products is enough to make me weep.
February 1st, 2002

Sony MVC-CD300 Digital Camera Review

This is Sony’s latest addition to the CD Mavica series. Riding on the success of the CD200, the CD300 is the 3.3 Megapixel version of that digital camera. The defining quality in the CD Mavica series is the Carl Zeiss 3x zoom lens and the direct write to CD-R/CD-RW.
January 31st, 2002

RCA Lyra 2 Portable MP3 Player Review

A number of larger sized MP3 players have been staking claim to various advantages depending on the price of the product and its make. A few players offer larger storage capacity, some offer fancy displays, some offer compact size and some offer versatility [i.e. Radio functionality, multiple formats for playback].
January 30th, 2002

AVC Copper Skived Cooler Review

With all of the newer technologies and components that are arriving now, cooling solutions are becoming more and more important. Almost every computer that you buy now comes with an extra case fan, most of the video cards come with heat sinks and fans built onto them and cooling solutions for your ram are being heard of more and more. Hard drives are getting faster and therefore hotter and the all-important CPU is of course getting faster and still needs a reliable cooling solution.
January 28th, 2002

Samsung SyncMaster 1200NF Review

There are many types of CRT monitors out in the market, and one of the main differences between CRT monitors is the screen type, be it flat or curved. Flat monitors generally cost more in price but offer reduced geometric distortion of the screen, while curved monitors sacrifice some screen uniformity for lower prices.
January 25th, 2002

Tarzan Untamed Review

Disney and Ubi Soft Entertainment have teamed up to bring you Tarzan Untamed, a 3D third-person action game, based on the animated feature-length movie and cartoon television series. Once you start the game you’re offered to choose between the story mode and Terk’s challenge. In the story mode, we find Tarzan living a peaceful life joined by his wife Jane, her father Professor Porter and his gorilla family.
January 25th, 2002