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Epox 8K7A Socket A Motherboard Review

Epox is not one of the better-known motherboard manufacturers out there, but this board certainly moves them in the right direction. Using a DDR supported hybrid chipset combination of the AMD 761 North Bridge and the much talked about VIA VT82686B South Bridge, this board is more about setting up a machine from scratch than upgrading from a previous setup.
July 11th, 2001

AOpen KB-Media Keyboard Review

Since my review of the Logitech iTouch multimedia keyboard, I’ve been getting some queries regarding different brands of keyboards which include additional function keys. So it was with some interest when I was presented with AOpen’s KB-Media.
July 10th, 2001

Samsung SyncMaster 570b Review

Having a bulky CRT monitor on your desk is no longer the only option for consumers. The LCD display is finally making a reach for the mainstream, especially since the markdown of dozens of displays by name brand companies such as Samsung, NEC and Viewsonic.
July 5th, 2001

Mechcommander 2 Preview

The original MechCommander was but one of many games set in the Battletech universe. It had a good storyline and some cool graphics for its time and I enjoyed commanding the various mechs as they battled across the battered landscape of Port Arthur. It was followed up by the release of MechCommander Gold which included an expansion campaign as well as new options and new mechs. Now we are on the verge of getting MechCommander 2, and it looks very promising indeed.
July 4th, 2001

Power Cooler PCH141 Review

PCH141 is another socket cooler from POWERCOOLER. This is my second review on this manufacturer. The first one was for the model PCH123(7020), and oh my, was that a BIG one. But guess what? Yes, this one is even bigger.
July 2nd, 2001

Power Cooler PCH123 (7020) Review

CPU cooling has become one of the hottest topics in the personal computer market. The fact that average users starting to aware of the damage of heat to their computer and that hardcore overclockers needing to push the limits of their cores have encouraged companies to develop all sorts of design, good or bad. Today we have a specimen from POWERCOOLER. Let’s see how it fits in the big picture.
June 29th, 2001

HP Photosmart 1218 Review

Being the literal dominating force in the printer market, HP has introduced quite a few printers that have garnered the company top marks. With their Photosmart 1218, HP hopes to cover all bases with a printer to satisfy photo and regular text printing, and in many ways, they succeeded where others have failed before.
June 28th, 2001

Empire of the Ants Review

Everybody has spent some time in their childhood life examining these creatures, sometimes even playing God with them by feeding them sugar cubes and following the resulting line back to their colonies or flooding their home with water (bwahahaha!!). Some kids even went as far as getting their own ant colonies to watch them work. In any case, the developer Microids has given us the chance to run our own colony without the annoying problem of escaping ants. Published under Strategy First, Empire of the Ants can essentially be described as an RTS with elements of sim-style micromanagement mixed in.
June 26th, 2001

AMK TKO 2003 Case Review

At first glance, the case seemed to challenge me, "C'mon, I can take whatever you throw in me." Standing tall at its full tower height of 24", beautifully crafted from 1mm thick sheet metal, armed with an array of fans on the back, front, and sides, and weighing in at 32.5 lbs., the TKO-2003 was definitely a case to drool at. The design is modest and unassumingly simplistic, hiding its superior qualities under a smooth and blended exterior.
June 25th, 2001

Sonigistix Monsoon MM 2000 Review

With the popularity and success of their other speakers – the only truly high quality Flat Panel multimedia speakers on the market, it was only a matter of time before Monsoon released a surround sound flat panel speaker system. Consumer interest was quick when the company announced the MM2000, a surround system featuring 4 flat satellites utilizing Monsoons Planar Focus Technology.
June 22nd, 2001

OCZ Gladiator Review

Few coolers these days can still get my mojo flowing like they did way back when the Thermaltake Orbs were first introduced (before the widespread die cracking was well known – nothing sucks my mojo away like widespread die cracking ).
June 21st, 2001

Epson Stylus Photo 890 Review

Epson’s Photo Stylus 890 is a newly released model that competes in the same arena as the Canon S800 that we reviewed previously. Like other current generation inkjet printers, the 890 sports a multi-ink system, and several advanced technologies to create lush coloured printouts that are perfect for framing.
June 20th, 2001

Thermaltake Volcano II Review

The Volcano II is the latest addition to Thermaltake's line of CPU coolers: with a simple but catching design and great performance, the Volcano II looks to be a worth additon to the Thermaltake line.
June 19th, 2001

CaseAce Gear Grip CRT Review

Are you finding yourself constantly moving your monitor from room to room? How about to those LAN parties all the way across town? Moving 30 plus pounds of dead weight while avoiding cables trying to claim the life of you and your monitor is not a simple task. If you are in need of a saviour, then the CaseAce GearGrip-CRT may be the answer to your prayers.
June 18th, 2001

SOHOware CableFREE NetBlaster II Review

Wireless is the wave of the future. Or so we have been told. In the every day working world it?s not obvious, but technology is ever moving towards the day when wireless communication and networking become easier to integrate into the work and home environment. Right now the products to wirelessly network your office or home are already on the market.
June 14th, 2001

Thermaltake Copper Orb Review

Thermaltake has added a new heatsink to their line of Orb coolers; the Mini Copper orb offers a variety of new features including a copper base and a redesigned clip. Read on as I set out to see how these new features will affect this unit’s performance.
June 12th, 2001

Air Command 3 Review

In AC3, players can have a try at being an air traffic controller in any of several busy major international airports (although the actual airports aren’t simulated, the airspace is). Players get a chance to choose a desired difficulty level and then an airport before being shown the main game screen. This consists of a simulated radar console that displays the various aircraft that are in your airspace as well as their flight paths.
June 8th, 2001

ATI TV Wonder USB Review

As far as consumer-grade video decoding goes, ATI’s All In Wonder line is probably the most widely used solution. The All-in-Wonder cards, unlike the TV Wonder cards, are complete video card / video decoding solutions. They have the advantage of using only one slot, but the obvious disadvantage of not being able to have the video card of your choice (unless it is an ATI video card you are after –then the AiWs are perfect.
June 7th, 2001

E3 2001 Report Day 3

So we managed to survive Day 2 of E3, and now we were back again for the last day. E3 was beginning to wind down and judging by everybody?s look on his or her faces there, it seemed that they were just as tired as we were. Everybody seemed to be moving about a slower pace and the mood appeared to be somewhat muted as well. We took a deep breath and set ourselves to the task of braving E3. I was amazed that there was still so much more to look at.
June 7th, 2001

Thermaltake Memory Cooling Kit Review

I remember back when not even CPUs had heatsinks: back in the day they sat bare to the world, but as technology and speeds increased eventually they became to the overclocker and then ubiquitous and even required. Next came video card cooling as tweakers tried to force out the last ounce of power from their graphics chips; now even motherboard chipsets have cooling on them to allow for more stability at higher speeds.
June 4th, 2001

Warcraft III Preview Part II

Last month was that of May, and for many people it meant term papers, and cramming for finals as everyone prepared for the impending summer. Fortunately for me, this also meant that the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 for all of you uncouth folks out there) would be making its way back to the Los Angeles Convention center. As usual I was as giddy as a schoolgirl at the opportunity to go and rub elbows with the gaming bigwigs as I had done last year. This year’s E3 however was a bit if a disappointment.
June 1st, 2001

E3 2001 Report Day 2

Being fully rested and recharged from a good night?s sleep and a ?hearty? continental breakfast (consisting of grapefruit juice and a bagel for me), we made our way back to the circus that we all call E3. Because we had arrived relatively early, there wasn?t a crowd yet but people were beginning to trickle in. Since we had already explored a lot of South Hall already, we decided to go downstairs to Kentia Hall (the ?Forgotten Hall? as some people call it) where some international developers and other smaller companies made their home at E3.
June 1st, 2001

Belkin Firewire USB Combo Card Review

If you’ve read the Aten Firewire card review, you’ll know that I am a fan of Firewire (IEEE 1394); if not solely for the bandwidth, for the ease of use as well. It’s no secret that SCSI outperforms Firewire on several fronts, but IEEE 1394 is much easier to configurw and work with, which is more important for less experienced user (or for those fed-up with their tools impeding their productivity).
May 31st, 2001

Waterloo: Napoleon's Last Battle Review

Waterloo – The name is synonymous with utter and total defeat, due to what can arguably be the biggest event of 1815. Without going into too much historical background, this was the site of Napoleon Bonaparte’s last battle against the combined might of the Anglo-Allied forces arrayed against France. Even to this day, the subject of Waterloo provides great fodder for debate, especially between historians who like discussing “what if?” scenarios.
May 30th, 2001

AOpen AK73 - 1394 Socket A Motherboard Review

Even though the updated version of the VIA KT133 chipset, the KT133A, was released a number of months ago AOpen choose to use the older version for their AK73-Pro and AK73-1394 motherboards. The only tangible drawback of this for end users is the lack of support for the 133 MHz DDR FSB Athlon CPUs; however, this could be a key feature for some people’s system plans. The upside is that using the older chipset will reduce the cost of the board and money saved is always a good thing.
May 29th, 2001