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FIC AZ11E Socket A Motherboard Review

FIC has been very quick at the gate when it comes to AMD-based motherboards. Their Slot A based SD11 was one of the first available for the Athlon when it debuted in the summer of 1999. At that time, most motherboard manufacturers shied away from supporting AMD’s newest chip. MSI, Gigabyte, and FIC, on the other hand, took the Athlon and ran with it – much to their benefit. As time passed, more and more manufacturers realized what that the Athlon was in fact a contender in the CPU arena and support for it grew quickly.
January 29th, 2001

Samsung ML-4500 Laser Printer Review

The Samsung ML-4500 is one of the cheapest 8ppm laser printers that you can get your hands on, and yet it offers some compelling features, a low cost-per page, and a fairly good print quality that wouldn’t shame your home or small office.
January 26th, 2001

Boostaroo Personal Audio Amplifier/Splitter Review

Sometimes some of the most popular inventions are also some of the simplest solutions to common problems. That’s what the Boostaroo really is, a very simple, and cost effective solution to a simple problem: the limitations of audio amplifiers in portable audio. If you have a very active outdoor lifestyle, or if you travel a lot and use your portable audio player in a noisy environment, you’re already familiar with the problem.
January 25th, 2001

Microsoft Strategic Commander Review

With its Sidewinder line of gaming peripherals, Microsoft offers everything from traditional joysticks and steering wheels for simulation fans, to tilt pads for arcade addicts, and now an accessory for the RTS gamer. The Strategic Commander, as they’ve christened it, certainly fits in with the average desktop. If anything, it looks like a black mouse for the left hand. Southpaws take note: this is most definitely not a mouse replacement. Unless you can use the mouse with your right hand, this product is not for you. That little issue aside, how does it perform? Will this baby help your game? Read on and find out.
January 24th, 2001

Epox 3SPA3 Review

The Epox 3SPA3 is equipped with a newer version of the i815 chipset, referred to as the i815EP (Intel sure loves adding letters onto their product codes, don’t they?). Before this version came the i815E which introduced a second USB controller as well as support for ATA 100. The major difference with the i815EP is the removal of the on-board video (hallelujah!) which both the original i815 and i815E feature.
January 23rd, 2001

AOpen HQ08 Full Tower Case Review

In general, current day full tower cases share the same qualities, and the HQ08 is no exception. We found this baby after some readers sent us email asking us whether this bad boy would be a good alternative to the hot roddin’ Antec SX830 (by far my favourite full tower to date). The HQ08 is a fairly appealing case, and at first glance you can see that the case packs a solid offering. We’re showing the HQ08 with aquamarine trim, but the case also comes in grey, blue, and green, just in case (pun totally unintended) you’re fashion conscious.
January 19th, 2001

Polk AMR90 Review

I’m somewhat of a fiend when it comes to speakers. I see a pair that looks interesting or that has attracted some buzz, and I want to test them out myself. A while ago Polk Audio introduced their first multimedia speaker systems, and these were really good looking systems that I wanted to try straight away. Well I never got a chance to try those speakers first hand, though now I have the chance to try one of the newest additions to Polk Audio’s lineup. The AMR90 is a brand new 4.1 surround system that costs just a hair above $100.
January 17th, 2001

Antec Datachute PCI Review

PCMCIA is a standard port available on all laptop computers, but it hasn’t quite caught on in the desktop market. Since the PCMCIA slot is viewed as a sort of replacement for PCI and ISA slots found in the desktop, it would be redundant on a regular computer. With the laptop computer’s “motherboard” safely tucked in the casing, it was no wonder that some sort of compact, secure, and durable alternative arose.
January 15th, 2001

Sudden Strike Review

Through all the ups and downs of the RTS genre over the last several years, one theme has been largely ignored - WWII. Turn-based strategy games have typically dominated the WWII scene with games such as 101: The Airborne Invasion of Normandy and others. While turn-based games might offer more grit and depth than RTS, they sometimes miss the mark in the action and graphics departments.
January 12th, 2001

Thermaltake Low Profile Orb Review

The Thermaltake Orbs are a very popular line of cooling solutions. It’s easy to understand why: they’re good performers and their strikingly sharp looks have a pretty high “wow” factor. Thermaltake is hoping to spread this boom of popularity into other market niches with the introduction of several models, including the Low-Profile Orb which is made for space-confined rackmount servers.
January 11th, 2001

SMC Barricade 4-Port Internet Router Review

Last time we looked at internet routers with integrated hubs/switches, we did a comprehensive roundup of 5 different routers from some of the better known companies in the business. Unfortunately, because the companies could not send in their products in time, we missed out on Netgear’s 314 router, and SMC’s Barricade, the latter of which we cover.
January 10th, 2001

Blair Witch 3: The Elly Kedward Tale Review

The final chapter in the Blair Witch video games series is complete and the anticipation is over. What anticipation you ask? Okay, so you weren’t sleeping outside the video game store the day before its release, I wasn’t either. Surprisingly enough, Ritual Entertainment has developed an impressive game, one that probably would sell more copies without the Blair Witch insignia on the front.
January 8th, 2001

VisionTek Geforce 2 Ultra Review

Last April, we saw the release of NVIDIA’s Geforce2 GTS. Produced using the 0.18-micron fabrication process, the Geforce2 GTS had a core speed of 200MHz and a memory speed of 166MHz which was up from the 120MHz /150MHz (core/memory) speeds of the original Geforce (which used the 0.22-micron process). The smaller die process reduced power consumption, which reduced the amount of heat it produced, allowing it to reach the higher clock speed.
December 21st, 2000

Mechwarrior 4 Vengeance Review

Mechwarrior IV: Vengeance, the fourth game in the hugely successful Mechwarrior franchise, is the prototypical "mecha combat game". Based on a highly acclaimed boardgame by FASA, Mechwarrior is about your quest to avenge the execution of your family by invaders. To do so, you pilot a giant war machine, called a Battlemech, and wage war on those responsible for the death of your loved ones. Over the course of the game’s four campaigns, you pilot a variety of mechs on a plethora of missions to fulfill your quest for Vengeance.
December 20th, 2000

Sensory Science rave: MP-2300 Review

Sensory Science has made itself a name in the portable digital music market with their popular rave:mp mp2200 player, which we found to be an excellent entry chock full of features and backed by good quality sound. It’s one of the more popular players here at Neoseeker’s portable MP3 section, and Sensory Science, encouraged by their player’s success, has come out with the latest member of their rave:mp portables: the rave:mp MP2300.
December 19th, 2000

Delta Force Landwarrior Review

Novalogic is no stranger to combat simulations. With two previous installments of the Delta Force series under their belt, they have now launched what is essentially Delta Force3, otherwise known as Land Warrior. Land Warrior gets its name and overall theme from the U.S. military’s advanced combat training program of the same name.
December 18th, 2000

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 Review

The long awaited Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 is out and now PC owners can enjoy the action for once. There is nothing I can say that is negative about this new addition. The smooth, clean game play hasn’t changed and it has brought with it some hardcore new features to ensure a great drop in your social and academic life. THPS2 is impossible to put down, more so than the original, so get some supplies before you start, I suggest tons of twinkles and Jolt cola.
December 15th, 2000

Sony Spressa Professional 12X8X32X CD-RW Review

Sony is making waves again in the CD-RW drive arena with the release of it’s latest Brand of CD-RW Spressa Series drives. Some say it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks –but we think Sony has polished the Spressa drive even more than before and it’s ready to compete in the heavy-weight division with speeds of 12X8X32X! For the most part this drive is identical to it’s older brother, the Spressa 10X4X24X –but the big difference is what’s under the hood!
December 14th, 2000

Thermaltake Super Orb Review

Not too long ago, Thermaltake made their grand entrance into the cooling arena with the original Golden Orb -- the first, in what has come to be, a very popular series of "Orbs". While being one of the sleekest looking cooling solutions, this original orb quickly proved that looks certainly can kill.
December 13th, 2000

Blair Witch Volume 2: The Legend of Coffin Rock Review

The player takes control of Lazarus, a former Union soldier whom was found by a young Robin Weaver. You have been resurrected from the dead of the forest by this girl and her grandmother. You awaken from your catatonic state only to find that the little girl has gone missing, and her grandmother charges you with the task of finding her in the forest.
December 12th, 2000

Escape from Monkey Island Review

Escape From Monkey Island (“Escape”) is the fourth installment of the highly acclaimed Monkey Island series. In this adventure-comedy game (with a definite emphasis on “comedy”), you play Guybrush Threepwood, a somewhat naïve but well-meaning pirate. The game starts during your honeymoon (a lead-in from the third Monkey Island game) with you helping your wife Elaine fight off an enemy ship.
December 8th, 2000

Philips Acoustic Edge PSC 706 Review

The Acoustic Edge is powered by Philips’ own SAA7785 ThunderBird Avenger DSP chip. This audio accelerator can process 256 sounds simultaneously and actually offloads digital mixing and Directsound processing from your CPU. This becomes important when you consider that the card has some sophisticated features that would otherwise put added stress on your system.
December 7th, 2000

No One Lives Forever Review

Lara Croft seems to have some competition on her hands, there’s a new girl in town and her curves seem to be up to the challenge, that would be due to her high polygon count, of course. Introducing the gorgeous Agent Cate Archer, the starlet in Monolith’s new FPS spy game “No One Lives Forever”. Just take Tomb Raider and James Bond's Golden Eye and bash them together like a couple of terrorist skulls, add an essence of Austin Powers and you’ve got the idea.
December 6th, 2000

Red Alert 2 Review

Picture yourself sitting peacefully in the comfort of your living room watching your favorite television program, when suddenly a newscast flashes on the screen declaring that invading Soviet armed forces have destroyed the Statue of Liberty and their next target is Washington, D.C. and the Pentagon. Such a dreaded scenario plays out in Command & Conquer Red Alert 2, the long overdue sequel to the RTS game that helped put real-time strategy on the map.
December 5th, 2000

Epox D3VA Review

A common denominator between most computer enthusiasts is the wish list. These lists are usually comprised of either really expensive or really extravagant items that hold only a faint hope of ever being purchased. One item that shows up more often than any other (for the power users anyway) is a dual processor system. Up until recently, SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) based systems were privy solely to the high-workstation and server markets, well out of the price range for the majority of consumers. Thankfully, things have changed.
December 4th, 2000