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Archive for June 13th, 2021

Apple iPod Nano 2GB MP3 Player Review @ Bigbruin

Snip:? The Nano is the best designed MP3 player I have ever seen or used. While they made it look all slick and shiny, it has to lose some points because it’s so easily scratched. I would like to see Apple come out with a more "hardened" version that is meant to take the abuse that a flashed based MP3 player should expect to take. Full review @ Bigbruin

Seasonic S12 600W Power Supply @ PCStats

Snip: There are a lot of expensive power supplies on the market but unfortunately most are expensive due to gimmicks like flashy LED fans, see through PSU containers and detachable cables. What you should look for instead is for a power supply that has passed industry certification (like nVIDIA’s SLI certified PSUs) and do your homework by posting in computer forums asking the more experienced users what they think of certain models. This way you can get yourself a truly reliable power supply, not some pretty piece of junk. Full review @ PCStats

Thermaltake Big Water 745 @ ThinkComputers

Snip: ?Liquid Cooling, I love it! There used to be a time when liquid cooling was for the ‘pros’ and enthusiasts who quite a bit of money to play with, now pretty much everyone can afford the luxury of a liquid cooled computer. Thermaltake is one of those companies that knows what people want and need, they seem to be able to put together quality performance setups with quality parts and still keep the costs down so the average Joe can afford them. Today for review I have their new BigWater 745 liquid cooling system, not long ago I reviewed their Big Water SE and was impressed, let’s see how the 745 compares. Full review @ ThinkComputers

Ageia PhysX PPU @ HEXUS

Snip: I chose to use GR:AW (pre-release code) for our first look at what a PhysX board will get you performance wise in a current game, using that to explain how the hardware is likely to shape up in the first generation of supporting titles that will mostly use effect-based physics to tack on extra visual effects. Full review @ HEXUS

Asetek WaterChill Xternal Water Cooling @ 3DGameMan

Snip: There are many external water cooling kits on the market, but few are as hardcore as the Asetek WaterChill Xternal. This kit has everything needed for a complete water cooling solution. It comes with three waterblocks; one for the CPU, GPU, and Chipset. All have an acrylic top with a thick smooth solid copper base. The main unit houses a great pump, viewable reservoir, large radiator, and four 120mm fans. One very unique feature with this system is that it can be connected to your computer’s USB and controlled with custom software. It even comes with an LCD. As external water cooling kits go, this product is king of the hill! Watch the Video to find out more. Full review @ 3DGameMan

S3 Chrome S27 PCI Express Videocard @ PCStats

Snip: If you want to take advantage of Microsoft Vista’s fancy Aero Glass visual interface (and by all accounts you really do) the computer must have videocard hardware capable of at least DirectX 9 with a minimum of 64MB on board memory. And wouldn’t you know it, the new S3 Chrome S27 videocard fits the bill perfectly with a very affordable price too. Funny that. The S3 Chrome S27 PCI Express videocard specs look quite appealing on paper, it has everything a decent graphics accelerator boasts these days; a 90nm manufactured silicon core, eight pixel rendering pipeline, 128MB GDDR3 memory and dual monitor outputs. Full review @ PCStats

Plantronics Pulsar 590A Bluetooth Headset Review @ Legit Reviews

Snip: Using the Plantronics Pulsar 590A to listen to music in the office, computer lab, or while traveling is sweet since Plantronics has given the user everything they need to connect and communicate with any device out there. The Universal Adapter is worth its weight in gold. Being small and rechargeable the Adapter goes wherever you need it to go to interface with whatever device you need. Full review @ Legit Reviews

G.Skill: F1-3200PHU1-512NS – a bargain? @ TweakPC

Snip: You don’t need 2GB memory? What about less but with the quality of G.Skill? Full review @ TweakPC?(german)

ASUS Extreme Radeon X1900 XTX Video Card @ Viper Lair

Snip: There’s pretty much nothing to complain about here in regards to the image quality while gaming. HDR is especially impressive in Oblivion, though it’s not really my game of choice. Battlefield 2, my game of choice, looks fantastic at 16×12, everything on at 6xAA and it runs smooth as butter. Considering how much the card costs, this is something we expect. Full review @ Viper Lair

OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 PEL XTC Dual Channel Memory Kit @ Motherboards.org

Snip: Unfortunately, a great name and cool looking modules just can’t make up for piddly poor overclocking at such a high price point ($170 at time of writing) for this kit. For $50 less, you can purchase yourself a nice, entry level kit that’ll probably overclock decently, or for $30 less, you can grab a set of time tested and proven Corsair CMX6400. The point of the matter here is that for the extreme overclocker’s, these sticks are unfortunately second best, and even for the gamer, where in the modern day 2GB kits are king, with a meager $50 cost above these, these modules just don’t seem to be a viable option. Full review @ Motherboards.org

Thermaltake PurePower 600AP (600W) PSU @ Technic3D

Snip: Is that new PurePower 600W PSU from Thermaltake better than the ToughPower? See you at the Review on Technic3D. Full review @ Technic3D?(german)

Battlefield 2: Modern Combat @ Trusted Reviews

Snip: When Battlefield 2 launched on the PC last year it caused quite a stir ? partly because it was a truly brilliant multi-player warfare simulation and partly because actually getting it to work could be frustrating, to say the least. I loved playing Battlefield 2, but what I didn?t love was constantly being thrown out of servers for no apparent reason, being told that I was running the wrong patch and waiting absolutely ages to get onto a ranked server in the first place. Full review @ Trusted Reviews

Wow-Wii: Nintendo’s Thunder @ BFR

Snip:? BOOM. That’s the sound of Nintendo’s recent announcement of their next console’s official name spreading across the Internet. In case you have been under a rock the past week or so, Nintendo’s next console, formerly known as the "Revolution", is now called "Wii". My personal thoughts on the name later. Regardless of the name change, I still believe Nintendo is in a great position with their console to make a serious run at regaining the throne of console gaming. Full review @ BFR

Thermaltake eSATA SATA2 Muse 3.5″ external enclosure @ A1 Electronics

Snip: Today we review this superb Thermaltake eSATA SATA2 Muse external hard drive enclosure that we think is excellent and hope you agree. With its excellent design and with a superb finish extended right down to the care to help remove as much vibration and noise from your SATA hard drive. Full review @ A1 Electronics

Tech Bits: Will Co-processors Be Key to Opteron Dominance? @ GideonTech

Snip: One of the most competitive markets in computing is servers, with companies always looking for more efficient processing to accommodate more complex simulations or decrease operating costs. For years, the X86 segment of the server market was controlled by Intel’s Xeon offerings, but in recent years, a new contender has emerged, AMD’s Opteron. Will the return of the co-processor ensure a victory for Opteron? Full review @ GideonTech

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