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Sep 29, 2006
HTPC cases have been shrinking faster than a super model of late, which is fine for those who don't mind smaller power supplies, mATX motherboards, notebook drives, and low profile add in cards. If you prefer the extra performance and flexibility of full sized ATX, your case choices have been a bit skinny also--till now--join us as we have a l...

Jul 14, 2006

First up for review in our Mevo Series is SageTV v5.0. SageTV LLC (formerly Frey Technologies) was one of the first companies to release functioning PVR software. I spent some time evaluating SageTV back when they were still releasing increments of Version 1. What has changed between then and now? Are we any closer to the ultimate HTPC Fron...

Jul 9, 2006

Lian-Li and the words "Budget Case" tend to appear in the same sentence about as often as a super model asks you out. If you're building an HTPC on a budget, but love Lian-Li's quality, there is hope for you on both “scores”. The answer is the Lian-Li PC-9300--an earlier model from a few year...

Lets Move the Page Shall we?

Again life has taken me away from things, so I shall slap up a bunch of stuff to poke through. So without further adieu,


Gigabyte X48T-DQ6 X48 Motherboard @ APH Networks
ECS A780GM-A Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
ASUS Striker II NSE 790i SLI Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org
bit-tech News: Early Look: Gigabyte P45-DS5 motherboard
ASUS M3N-HT Deluxe/Mempipe Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets


GIGABYTE ATI Radeon HD 3870 512MB Crossfire Review @ Virtual-Hideout
Everything You Need to Know About TV Technologies @ Hardware Secrets
PowerColor Radeon HD 3650 Xtreme Cooling Review @ MVKTech
The GeForce 9 series multi-GPU extravaganza @ TR-News
Midrange Graphics Card Round Up Review @ Driver Heaven


bit-tech News: AMD Phenom X4 9850, 9750 and 9550
AMD Opteron 2356 Dual Quad-Core @ Phoronix
Noctua NH-U12P CPU Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
Kingwin RVT-12025 HDT CPU Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews


Saitek Cyborg Command Unit Review @ Techgage
Thermaltake BlacX Hard Drive Docking Station Review @ Techgage
Gaming Mice Mega Roundup @ TweakPC
Mod Your Mouse Contest at Modders-Inc
Alphacool LC-Display reviewed at BurnOutPC.com


BFG ES-800 Power Supply Review @ HardwareLogic
Seagate Momentus 5400.4 250GB 2.5 HDD @ Tweaktown
Enermax Liberty DXX 500W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
Thermaltake Toughpower QFan 650W Power Supply Review @ ThinkComputers.org
Hitachi Deskstar 500GB SATA/300 7200RPM 16MB HDD @ Viper Lair


bit-tech News: Condemned 2: Bloodshot
XIII Century - Death or Glory (PC) Review @ Gaming Heaven
Imperium Romanum Review (PC) @ Gaming Heaven
bit-tech News: Gran Turismo 5 Prologue
Sins of a Solar Empire - PC Review @ Gamepyre


bit-tech News: Lian Li to release ten cases before Computex
DDR3 1800MHz Round Up @ Pro-Clockers
Cyber Acoustics CA-5001 5.1 Speaker Kit @ Tweaktown
D-Link DGL-4500 Xtreme N Gaming Router Review @ Techgage
Super Talent Pico 8Gb Micro USB2.0 Flash Drive Review @ Tweaknews.net

Well that should catch up and keep some of you busy for about 5.7 seconds. Have fun. :-) 

Posted by: Franz on 4/15/08 @ 07:56:06AM

"AMD recently released two new ATI TV Wonder HD tuners, both of which have been in our lab for the past few months. In that time, we've put them through numerous tests to see what each one was made of. While the 600 PCI left a bit to be desired, the 650 Combo USB proves to do a lot of things right."
Posted by: Franz on 3/2/08 @ 02:32:44PM

Franz: Now, I am not a fan of all acrylic cases, mainly because they show every bit of dirt and dust bunny that the house.  This one is no different, all be it a HTPC case.  That might suit someones fancy.
"Construction of the case from the kit required no large amounts of time, skill or patience. Easy and quick to put together and no surprises is just what I like to hear with any build kit. Lots of room for up to eight hard drives, the ability to take extended PSUs, VGA cards and oversized coolers c..."
Posted by: Franz on 2/17/08 @ 06:46:22PM

Franz: Looking at smaller CPU coolers for the case that I put a system in recently, since who really wants to run a stock cooler, just because it fits. This little gem just might fit the bill.
"We just finished a review on one of AeroCools newest SSF case and now we have the oppurtunity to review one of their new heatpipe CPU cooler. The AeroCool SilverWind combine 15 circular horizontal fins with a solid 104 fin aluminum heatsink block and a variable speed fan ..."
Posted by: Franz on 2/17/08 @ 06:43:11PM

Franz: While this review compares beginner's WC to top dollar Air Cooling, this WC kit from Swiftech seems to be a good place to start dabbling in the black arts of water cooling. It comes with all of what you should need to WC today's CPU's, and with only two major parts, it should be hard to mess things up.
"There is a fine line between effective watercooling and relying on people believing that it is by definition better than air. Chilling by water is much more involved than a simple HSF combo, which normally holds people back from taking the plunge. With several components (radiator, reservoir, water ..."
Posted by: Franz on 11/4/07 @ 07:40:46AM

Franz: All I can say is that I thought this was just gonna be another normal old case that would bore me to death. But I stared flipping pages and stated seeing things that made me go, "Wow, that's NZXT?" Yeah, take a look, it's a LANer too, it even has its own carrying strap. Very cool.
"NZXT have been champions of the gamer case market for a while now. In order to keep a top position, you need to keep pumping out interesting cases designed for every user. To fit this bill, theyíve releases the Rogue. Featuring a box shaped design and LAN carrying strap, it should be able to keep NZ..."
Posted by: Franz on 11/2/07 @ 06:42:53PM

Case Reviews

Wanted to throw a bunch of cases together mainly because they are all black and sexy as hell. The Tagan is a MONSTER, the Moneual has a huge touch screan, and the Fusion and P-190 from are both from Antec so you know how good they are.

Antec P-190 Case Review @ Hi-Tech Reviews.com
Antec Fusion Black 430 HTPC Case review @ Metku.net
Tagan CS-Monolith Mid Tower ATX Case @ Benchmark Reviews
Moneual Lab 932B Black HTPC Case With 7 Inch Touchscreen Review @ Tweaknews.net

That's a pretty good line of stuff to look at for a while. Should at least keep the EIC busy on the throne for a few hours.

Posted by: Franz on 10/14/07 @ 06:03:10PM

News Catch up

Well I must say that it has been a long and busy time for the last month or so trying to get a house bought, paid for, and moved into but it's finally over. SOO I can finally concentrate just a bit on the news for you guys. We'll do a big list first and then I'll see what shows up.


Silverstone Kublai Series KL01B Mid-Tower ATX Case @ Pro-Clockers
Cooler Master CM 690 Case Review @ HardwareLogic
Gigabyte Isolo 120 ATX Case Review @ Hi-Tech Reviews.com
Tagan CS-EL Diablo Mid Tower ATX Case @ Benchmark Reviews
NZXT Lexa Blackline Case Review @ Virtual-Hideout


Tt DuOrb VGA Cooler Review@ OC CAfe'
OCZ Vendetta Exposed HDT CPU Cooler Review @ Benchmark
Scythe Ninja Mini CPU Cooler @ Pro-Clockers
Zalman Reserator XT Hybrid Liquid Cooling System Review @ Virtual-Hideout
CoolIT Eliminator and Freezone CPU Coolers Review @ Madshrimps


Be Quiet DarkPower 1000W PSU @ DH Review
Ultra X3 600W Modular Power Supply Review @ ThinkComputers.org
Thermaltakes Toughpower 500W Modular PSU Review @ XtremeComputing
Enthusiast power supply round-up @ Tech Report
A Look Inside Corsair's HX620W Power Supply @ OC Mod Shop


Kingston KHX11000D3LLK2/2G and OCZ PC3-10666 Platinum Edition DDR3 @ bit-tech
OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 2GB 1600MHz Memory Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
Patriot 2x1GB PC3-15000 1866MHz DDR3 Memory Review @ Virtual-Hideout
A-DATA Vitesta DDR2-800 Extreme @ Phoronix
Interview: John Beekley of Corsair Memory in 2007 @ Legit Reviews


Asus P5E3 Deluxe WiFi @n @ bit-tech
Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H Review @ Techgage
Intel X38 and Foxconn X38A @ HEXUS.net
Gigabyte GA-X38T-DQ6 @ TrustedReviews
MSI X38 Diamond Preview @ XSReviews


8800 Ultra SLI Review @ XSReviews
Inno3D GeForce 8600GT iChill - Fab OC'ed @ Tweaktown
Asus EN8600 GTS 256MB Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
Twintech OC'ed GeForce 8600GT with HDMI @ Tweaktown
XFX 8800 GTS 320Mb Fatal1ty and Gainward Bliss 8800 GTS 640Mb @ DH Review


Auzentech X-Fi Prelude review @ Techgage
BlueAnts Z9 Bluetooth Headset Review @ Legit Reviews

Bluetooth Headsets That Set You Free @ Digital Trends
Future Sonics Atrio Canalphones @ TheTechLounge


Logitech G9 Gaming Mouse @ Tweaktown
Cybersnipa Game Pad V2 and Intelliscope mouse @ DH Review
Ideazon Merc Stealth Illuminated Keyboard Review @ XtremeComputing
Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave @ Modders-Inc
New Standard Keyboards NSK 535 R Keyboard Review @ HardwareLogic


World in Conflict @ TrustedReviews
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Gameplay Performance @ NVNews.Net
Team Fortress 2 beta impressions @ bit-tech
Sega Rally @ TrustedReviews
Settlers: Rise of an Empire @ Gaming Heaven


Systemax Venture VX2 Gaming System Review @ Digital Trends
Vantec EZ Swap EX @ DH Review
Sunbeam Tuniq TX-2 Quality Thermal Grease Review @ MVKTech
Sony HES-V1000 Home Entertainment Server @ Digital Trends
MSI Starcam Genie Review - XSReviews

Well that pretty much takes care of about the last 3-4 weeks.  Lots of good stuff has been popping up on the market lately and it has been killing me not to get it up here.  Cruise the links and remember that if you are a Team Fortress 2 Playa, look for the BoxGods TF2 server, I will hope to see some of you there. 

Posted by: Franz on 10/6/07 @ 08:06:46AM

Franz: Man, this little WB is just that, LITTLE.  And it performs quite well for its size, given the real lack of surface area that other blocks have. 
"TTIC has been around since the late 90's, though it's only since few years that they jumped into the desktop CPU cooling market. Because of their advanced knowledge of heatpipe technology they have already accomplished quite a bit, now TTIC is exploring a very new world, water coolin..."
Posted by: Franz on 9/7/07 @ 07:38:44AM

Franz: How about having the ability to slap a 8800GTS into a SFF and NOT have to cut ANYTHING?  Yup, I think Silverstone hit a home run with the Sugo SG02.  Take  a look, the HHD's are out the way and the thing can even take a standard PSU.
"With motherboards getting smaller and smaller, small form factor PCs are all the rage. Itís possible to fit a whole lot of computing power into these tiny spaces, and people are taking notice. However, most SFF cases require you to make sacrifices in the way of graphics card length, or the size of p..."
Posted by: Franz on 9/7/07 @ 07:31:57AM

Catch Up for a few days

Sorry for not posting much lately guys, life has been rather busy the last few weeks. I am glad to say that Im gonna be moving into a new house shortly and yes we have TANKS. More on that later. Anyhow, lets get to the news.


iON EC-2 Aluminum ATX Media Center/HTPC Desktop Case Review @ Madshrimps
NZXT Lexa Blackline Review - XSReviews
SilverStone Temjin TJ10 @ Phoronix
Thermaltake Wing RS 100 Case Review @ HardwareLogic
Ultra Grid ATX Mid Tower Case Review @ Madshrimps


ASUS P5K64 WS - where 4 x 16 = 20 @ HEXUS.net
Jetway 966PDAG-PB Budget S775 Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
GIGABYTE P35T-DQ6 (DDR3) Reviewed @ Tweektown
ECS G33T-M2 Micro-ATX Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
Biostar's TP35D2-A7 and TP35D3-A7 Deluxe motherboards @ TR-News


2GB Kingston ultra low-latency 1375MHz CL5 DDR3 Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
Chicks dig RAM @ bit-tech News
2GB Corsair 1800MHz DOMINATOR CL7 DDR3 Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
Crucial DDR2-800 2GB Memory Kit (CT12864AA80E.16FD) @ TheTechLounge
OCZ 2GB DDR3-1333 Platinum Edition Review @ Techgage


CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD 1500VA 900W LCD UPS @ Benchmark Reviews
Antec EarthWatts 500Watt Power Supply Review @ OC ModShop
Kingwin Mach 1 ABT-520WMA1 Review - XSReviews
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W @ Phrononix
Zalman ZM-600 HP 600 watt Heatpipe Cooled Power Supply reviewed @ hi-techreviews.com

CPU stuff

Core 2 Quad G0-stepping overclocking - Q6700 retail. How high will it go? @ HEXUS.net
Intel Xeon X3210 2.13GHz Quad-Core Review @ Techgage
Overclocking the G0 SLACR Q6600 to 4GHz @ Tweektown

Video Cards

HIS Radeon HD 2600 XT IceQ Turbo GDDR3 @ bit-tech News
XFX's GeForce 8600 GT 620M XXX Edition @ bit-tech News
HIS Radeon HD 2600 XTs @ HEXUS.net
Memoirs Of A 2900XT CrossFire System @ motherboards.org
Sapphire 2900XT 512mb Review - XSReviews


Bioshock Demo First Impressions @ Gamepyre
Attack on Pearl Harbour @ bit-tech News
BioShock Gameplay Review @ bit-tech News
Exclusive Hands-on preview of Haze @ bit-tech News
Depths of Peril Game Review @ Techdomain


CoolIT Freezone TEC Cooler Kit Review @ OC Cafe'
CoolIT PCI Cooling Booster Review @ Tweaknews.net

Coollaboratory Liquid Pro reviewed @ BurnOutPC.com
Sunbeam Silent Whisper Cooler Review @ OC Cafe'
Swiftech MCW6500-T reviewed @ BurnOutPC.com


Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 Review @ OCIA.net
Wolf King Warrior gaming keypad @ bit-tech News

Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave Review @ Techgage
Sennheiser CX-300 In-Ear Headphones Reviewed @ OC ModShop
MNPCTech Case Handles and 120mm Fan Grill @ Modders-Inc


WHEEWWW!! That was  bunch of stuff.  Hopefully I'll be able to keep on it for a few more weeks.  Then, life has a way of messing up plans.   

Posted by: Franz on 8/26/07 @ 07:26:58PM

HTPC-SFF Goodies!

Got some good stuff for the HTPC-SFF crowd. Seems like this ahs been the year of the type of system, every maker/manufacturer has been trying to throw in their two cents worth.

Shuttle's XPC SG33G5 small form factor barebones system @ TR-NEWS
Nexus 80-Plus Real Silent 400Watts reviewed @ BurnOutPC.com
Silverstone SG03 Micro-ATX Enclosure Review @ Virtual-Hideout
Abit Fatal1ty F-190HD Motherboard Review @ Virtual-Hideout
Asus Xonar D2 Sound Card @ TrustedReviews
SilverStone Milo ML02 @ Phoronix

Now if I could just get off my but and get my HTPC put together then I would be a bit more up to speed like the rest of the world.

Posted by: Franz on 8/5/07 @ 05:43:43PM

Franz: This is a nice little case for a HTPC, be it a bit expensive.  Then it does have many very well thought out features to help organize and cool the innards, and a LCD to display the functions.
"All in all this is a very smart little case, the lack of fan in the hard drive chamber did have me concerned that the drives would run too hot, but while they were a little warmer than with active cooling it was nothing to be alarmed about. Also excess heat is able to escape through the vents at the..."
Posted by: Franz on 7/29/07 @ 09:18:04AM

"In this article we test and compare 8 different VGA coolers from Zalman, Gigabyte, Vantec, Coolermaster, ZEROTherm, Arctic Cooling and Titan. The models range from completely passive no-noise solutions to multi heat pipes equipped cooling monsters. Read on to find out which one(s) offe..."
Posted by: Franz on 7/23/07 @ 01:38:03PM

Franz: Got a neat review on a wireless media keyboard/mouse combo from mother Microsoft.  Would be great for those that want that type of control for their HTPC's. 
"If you have a media PC, chances are you are looking for the perfect keyboard and mouse to compliment it. Microsoft's prime offering is the Wireless Desktop 7000, which uses Bluetooth technology and is perfectly suited for Windows Vista."
Posted by: Franz on 7/23/07 @ 01:15:01PM

Franz: Well, nothing like a good comparo review to get the thinking juices flowing.  AND if you are in the market for some DDR3 133Mhz RAM, then look no further.
"After taking a look at these four DDR3 kits it's clear that the Kingston HyperX PC3-11000 is the clear choice as it overclocks the highest at tight timings and won more benchmarks than any other kit. The fact that it's also the lowest priced kit of the ones that are available doesn't hurt anyth..."
Posted by: Franz on 7/15/07 @ 08:25:07PM

Franz: Gotta have that LCD display for your HTPC? Or any other case that you plan on putting a media center in? Well check out this display from Silverstone, it comes with a remote and software as well.  Pretty cool.
"Media center PCís are all the rage these days, with people swapping out their stand-alone DVD players for slim PCís. Unfortunately, a PC doesnít have its own screen like a DVD player. And thatís where SilverStone come in, or should I say SoundGraph"
Posted by: Franz on 6/25/07 @ 08:16:35AM

Franz: This is one sweet looking case for the HTPC market.  It's not huge or boring like most are.  Actually, it's pretty short but it still has plenty of room and goodies to play with. 
"As computers become more and more versatile and advanced, home theater PCs are getting more popular by the day. We have been tracking the evolution of HTPCs ever since desktop cases morphed into their latest manifestation – computers which are easy to use with only a remot..."
Posted by: Franz on 6/25/07 @ 07:40:05AM

Franz Goes Without Highspeed For a Few Days

God, I hate it when the world decides it wants to open up a big can of you know what on my rear end. Long story short, and many chapters later, I have to "borrow" internet from work now just to post some news up for you BOX-GODIANS. (THANKS FOR NOTHING AT&T) SOOOO, I will keep this short and hopefully interesting.


NZXT Duet Review @ XSReviews
NZXT Hush Case @ OC Cafe'
Revoltec Zirconium reviewed @ bit-tech.net
Thermaltake Eureka Aluminum Case @ Techgage
Ultra Microfly BX6 Micro-ATX Case w/ 600w XVS Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews.net


ECS PN2 SLI2+ Extreme Motherboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
ECS NF650iSLIT-A Motherboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
MSI P35 Platinum reviewed @ bit-tech.net
MSI P35 Neo Combo Motherboard Review @ Hardware Secrets
ASUS P5K Deluxe WiFi-AP @ Techgage


eVGA 8800 Ultra KO, yours for just £520! @ HEXUS.net
Jetway 8600GTS VGA (nvidia) @ DNRhardware
ASUS 8800GTX 768MB @ TheTechLounge
XFX GeForce 8800 Ultra 650M Extreme reviewed @ bit-tech.net
CoolIT takes CrossFire to a new level @ HEXUS.tv


Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W Modular Power Supply Review @ ThinkComputers.org
Tagan GuardianX 1000W Silver Power Supply Review @ Virtual-Hideout
OCZ ProXstream 1000W Power Supply Review @ Legit Reviews
Cooler Master Real Power Pro 550W Power Supply @ Pro-Clockers
ThermalTake ToughPower 1200w Review @ XSReviews


OCZ 1GB 80x Secure Digital Dual Memory Review @ Virtual-Hideout
G.SKill PC8500 DDR2 F2-8500CL5D-2GBHK @ TweekPC
Super Talent T800UX4GC5 4gb Review @ XSReviews
Super Talent STF SM USB 2.0 4GB Flash Drive @ Viper Lair


Understanding RAID @ bit-tech.net
Antec MX-1 Actively Cooled Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ ThinkComputers.org
Samsung 32GB Solid State Drive @ TrustedReviews
Western Digital's Caviar SE16 750GB hard drive @ TR-News


Bluegears b-COOL120 Fan Review @ HardwareXL
Thermaltake V1 Heatpipe Copper AMD/INTEL CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
CoolIT Cooling Accessories Roundup @ Techgage
A.C.Ryan Blackfire4 Kameleon Fan Review @ XtremeComputing
Vizo Igloo water cooler @ Gideon Tech


WoW Report: Guild or No Guild @ ThinkGaming.org
Sun's Check Tool: Does Your Hardware Work? @ Phoronix
The Top 5 Most Moddable Games @ bit-tech.net
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars preview @ bit-tech.net


Samsung Q40 HSDPA Notebook @ TrustedReviews
TypeMatrix Ez-Reach 2030 Keyboard Review @ HardwareXL
Hiper HCK-1K18A-US Black "Darkness" Alloy USB Keyboard Review @ Benchmark
Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook P7230 @ TrustedReviews
Icemat Siberia In-Ear Headset @ Modders-Inc
Fujitsu P1610 Tablet Review @ XYZ Computing

Well, that was a lot more than I thought it was going to be but hey, gotta keep you all in the know damint. I'll see what the rest of the weekend brings, maybe things will shape up. See you all in the forums.

Posted by: Franz on 6/16/07 @ 06:07:03PM

Cooling Porduct Reviews to Gaze Upon

While none of these reviews seemed able to carry themselves, by themselves, I figure we can just put then all together and let them help each other out.

Cooljag Falcon 92-AL AMD/INTEL CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews.net
Titan TTC-G4TZ Aluminum Notebook Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout
HIPER HIPERFLOW 80 and 120mm Fans @ Viper Lair
Thermaltake V1 CPU Cooler @ Pro-Clockers
Jetart Bay Freezer Giveaway @ Techdomain

There is one freebie/giveaway in there, but it requires registering and posting, which is work and a pain but hey, free is good! 

Posted by: Franz on 6/12/07 @ 07:50:35AM

Franz: I can't wait for the day when I know longer have to worry about Serial cables running all over my PC.  As is there are still at least 2 in the current one I run and that is because I can't part with a certain HDD, and my DVDRAM/RW drive needs one.  With that said, I will definitely be looking for one (or several) of these new SATA DVD drives. Goodbye ribbons!!
"Long ago it seems, when I bought my first SATA HDD and yet, it is only now that I get to play with my first SATA DVD drive. Why you ask? Well it's actually taken this long for SATA CD/DVD drives to catch up to IDE drives in terms of performance and price. QuietPC have sent me the Samsung Writemaste..."
Posted by: Franz on 6/12/07 @ 07:31:40AM

Franz: Got one for the HTPC/budget builders out there that want a decent mobo for their Conroe's and want it cheap and mATX. Check out this review on the ASRock Conroe 1333-DVI/H from Legit.
"When it comes to motherboards, the mATX format is not something that most people are just biting at the bit to get their hands on. While it has its place, it certainly is not mainstream. Even though that is true, it has not stopped ASRock from putting a lot of time into developing these tiny motherb..."
Posted by: Franz on 6/9/07 @ 04:46:22PM

Franz: Here's a good one for all of you that have the thought to build a file server/ web-server/ media host/ bit-torrent client/ NAS box all with leftover parts and a bit of Linux.  Yeah, I read the whole thing, and it gets pretty in depth but that is how I like my instructions when I read them.  Got me thinking about building one if I can find some spare cash for a few good HDD's.
"After showing that one of the known pitfalls of Linux isn't as bad as most expected, it's about time to get things into gear and show one of the strengths of Linux. It's a known fact that Linux (or any other flavour of 'Nix) is a great OS to run on that low power, the-day-before-yesterday's-gen..."
Posted by: Franz on 6/9/07 @ 04:02:01PM

PSU Review Round Up

Ok, this time round there are several good reviews on PSU's. Yeah, I know each computer we own has to have one, but really, how many people actually think about what they want when looking at buying one? Well, read a few of these and see if they help make sense of the madness.

FSP ZEN400 400Watt Passive Cooled Power Supply Review @ Madshrimps
ePower EP-1200P10-T2 1200W Tiger Series XLR-Type Power Supply Review @ Extreme Outervision
OCZ ModXStream 780 Watt Power Supply @ Pro-Clockers
OCZ StealthXStream 600w Power Supply Review @ OCIA.net
OCZ Technology GameXStream 1010w PSU Review @ XtremeComputing
Antec TPQ-850 TruePower Quattro 850W Power Supply Review @ Extreme Outervision

Yeah I know OCZ is sorta taking over this one but personally, I like the FSP ZEN400, mainly because it is quiet and cool looking too.

Posted by: Franz on 6/9/07 @ 03:53:26PM

Franz: Nothing like a lot of power with no noise.  This 8600GTS has a silent heatpipe cooling system, and it comes with Supreme Commander to boot.
"While most of us wait.....and wait.....and continue to wait for DirectX 10 games to arrive, NVIDIA continues to saturate the market with videocards covering every price range supporting the highly anticipated graphics platform. As AMD/ATI struggle to find their way with their much hyped R600 arrivin..."
Posted by: Franz on 6/4/07 @ 07:34:27PM

Franz: For those that ever wondered what an average HTPC setup would be like running Linux and Myth TV, the people over at Phoronix give us a nice once over. Now if I could just find some more storage for all the good stuff that I'll probably have to save now.
"With more and more people assembling MythTV boxes as alternatives to Windows Media Center or going out and buying a TiVO, for this introductory article we will share some recommendations of hardware we had used on a recent MythTV build along with other information to consider when building your next..."
Posted by: Franz on 6/4/07 @ 07:11:16PM

Franz: I'm gonna put this review up for you HTPC people that might be looking at a new cooling solution. Then again, this CPU heatsink is a MONSTER, might be a pain to shoehorn into some of the smaller cases.
"Arguably the most interesting comparison to be made was the performance difference between the Noctua NH-U12F, which was using only one NF-S12 fan at 600RPM, and the GeminII. The GeminII trailed the NH-U12F by almost six degrees, which doesn't bode well for the GeminII's cooling efficiency. Even t..."
Posted by: Franz on 5/29/07 @ 05:57:09PM

News Catchup for the Week

Well, I don't know about the rest of you but the world has been busy for me lately. Long hours, crazy weather, and even wilder people have left me a mess of an inbox. So I figure I'll make a nice long list of goodies and you all can read the ones you want.


Corsair CM2X1024 XMS2 PC5400C4 @ Tekbunker
Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 Tracer Memory Kit Review @ HardwareLogic
OCZ 2GB PC2-9200 Reaper @ Driverheaven
OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 SLi-Ready Memory @ Modders-Inc
DDR2-1000 tested: Crucial Ballistix and Super Talent @ Madshrimps


EVGA 8800 Ultra Superclocked Review @ XSReviews
Jetway X1650XT and Sparkle 7600GT Reviewed @ BurnOutPC.com


be quiet! 700w Power Supply Review @ OCIA.net
OCZ GameXStream 1010 Watt Power Supply reviewed @ hi-techreviews.com
Zalman ZM500-HP Review - XSReviews


abit AB9 QuadGT @ motherboards.org
Intel's new Bearlake P35 chipset @ HEXUS.net
DFI INFINITY 965 DARK Motherboard Overclocking Test @ Madshrimps
Asus P5K3 Deluxe WiFi AP with DDR3 @ bit-tech.net


3RSystem M-Station HT-1000 HTPC Chassis @ Viper Lair
Tuniq 3 Case Review @ XYZ Computing
Enermax Pandora Case review @ bit-tech.net
Apevia X-QPACK2 Aluminum Case @ Viper Lair
Lian-Li PC-A08 Classical Series Case Review @ HardwareLogic


Laing DDC-1T And DDC1+ Ultra Tops Shootout @ Overclock3D
Arctic Cooling Accelero S2 - Passive Graphics Cooler @ Overclock3D
ZEROtherm CF800 and CF900 Review @ XSReviews
Swiftech H2O-Apex Liquid Cooling Kit Review @ TechDomain
ASUS Arctic Square CPU Cooler Review @ Virtual-Hideout


Ancient Wars Sparta PC Game Review @ Gamepyre
Made Man PC Game Review @ Gamepyre
Spiderman 3 Review @ Gaming Heaven
How the heck do I change my File Associations in Vista? @ OCModShop
Take Ownership of System files in Windows Vista @ OCModShop

There that gets most of the main boring stuff. I would like to thank the boy for hitting the power button on my computer HALFWAY through that and making me loose most of it. Anyhow, enjoy.

Posted by: Franz on 5/27/07 @ 10:02:31AM

Franz: So what's next for the AMD crew? Well, the fellas over at bit-tech got a look see at some of the new CPU specifications and toys that are due out shortly. I hope for AMD's sake, that they are a lot less of a flop than the 2900's.
"It still looks like AMD has something exceptionally powerful on paper, and finally a true competitor to Intel's Core as we peer through the glass, nose pressed against the surface, but until we get hold of one to test all bets should remain off. Intel's 1333MHz FSB quad core CPUs and eventually 45..."
Posted by: Franz on 5/19/07 @ 04:35:20PM

Reviews of Random Access Memory

Yeah, I know RAM is boring no matter how you look at it. They all pretty much look the same, and most work the same, just at different speeds. SOOO, you all will probably not look at any of this anyway, but here we go.

TakeMS 667/800 DDR2 Memory Kit @ Tekbunker.com
Patriot DDR2-1150/PC2-9200 2 GB Memory Kit Review @ Hardware Secrets
Mushkin HP2-6400 (PC2-6400) 4GB DDR2 Kit @ Overclock3D
Getting To Know DDR3 Memory Modules @ Legit Reviews

Time for a snooze I know. Enjoy.

Posted by: Franz on 5/19/07 @ 04:22:01PM

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