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“The unit we have in the OCA Secret Labs is the QPower system built around the MCW462-U with the MCW40 graphics GPU water block, or what Swiftech affectionately calls the FS020-H20-C-W40. Said a bit easier, it’s a PC case preassembled and stuffed with everything you need to water cool your CPU and video card processor. The QPower system comes pre-primed and bled, filled with 90% water and 10% of Swiftech’s cooling fluid, which is basically antifreeze.”

http://www.ocaddiction.com/reviews/water/qpower/

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Web News: Light up your keyboard… let PCMax.de show you the way… 
Posted by: BeoR on Monday, November 04, 2002 – 11:50 PM >> 318 Reads


“You modded your PC? You modded your Monitor? Your mouse and even your Soundsystem? Well what about your keyboard? Using this guide you can make the spaces between your keys glow blue (green, yellow, red, whatever you want). Enjoy!”

http://www.pc-max.de/index.php?sel=04a24a
english translation

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Web News: Thermalright SK6+ @ ipKonfig 
Posted by: BeoR on Monday, November 04, 2002 – 11:43 PM >> 214 Reads


“As some of you may already know, this unit sports thin-fin design with a very thick copper base. But along with these sporty features, the wire-fan mounts and new three prong clamping device have added a few extras to a top performer. Much work and skill go into its products, with a view to offering the consumer only the best. You simply won’t find ‘cheap’ anywhere on or near its units. Thus Thermalright is well known for its screw-less heatsink fan installation, a nice feature that requires no skill to use.”

http://www.ipkonfig.com/Reviews/Heatsinks/Thermalright-SK6Plus/

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Site News: Final Fantasy XI Official Benchmark 
Posted by: BeoR on Sunday, November 03, 2002 – 09:39 PM >> 342 Reads


Check how Final Fantasy XI runs on your system… download the official benchmark here @ Common Grounds… just click on the link below…

download here

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Site News: Downloads Section… 
Posted by: BeoR on Saturday, November 02, 2002 – 03:06 AM >> 545 Reads


While we’re still sorting things out, you might want to download some files on our downloads section… the following are what we initially offer…

– nVidia Detonator 30.82, 40.72, 41.03
– ATi Catalyst Drivers & Control Panel
– Benchmark tools like 3DMark, PCMark, Dronezmark, Sisoft, etc…
– Utilities like Motherboard Monitor, wCPUID

All files were directly mirrored from their official websites so I can guarantee you that these are genuine and virus free… If you would like to see some utilities added to our list, pls feel free to email me your suggestions… Enjoy!

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Web News: [H] takes a look at the first AMD Certified KT400 Board 
Posted by: BeoR on Saturday, November 02, 2002 – 02:27 AM >> 297 Reads


” The KT4 Ultra is proudly billed by MSI as the very first AMD certified KT400 motherboard. Here, we take a closer look at what this board has to offer and how effective the VIA KT400 chipset is in this board�s performance lineup.”

http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MzY5

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Web News: Albatron Ti4200 Turbo Reviews 
Posted by: BeoR on Friday, November 01, 2002 – 09:57 PM >> 286 Reads


“The Geforce 4 was an amazing product at its launch, and it continues to be even now. As the mighty flagship Ti4600 model even now is out of reach of most consumer’s budgets, nVidia scaled it a few notches, which you all know as the Ti4200. The Ti4200 retains all technological benefits of the Ti4600, the only difference being that it was a little slower, and subsequently, cheaper. With the exception of Gigabyte, who crossed nVidia a while back, practically every video card maker jumped onto this Ti4200 bandwagon. Now the problem is, Ti4200 specifications are really tight, and almost every manufacturer�s end product is the Geforce 4 Ti4200 reference design, with slight differences within the parameters of colour and HSF / Ramsink design. What we have today is a black sheep, the Albatron �Medusa� Ti4200 Turbo. This video card is a hybrid of the Ti4200 and Ti4400, and as such, rises above the competition.”

http://www.ocprices.com/index.php?rev_id=96
http://www.ocaddiction.com/reviews/video/albatron_Ti4200p/

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Web News: CD-Rom Stealthing @ IceHW 
Posted by: BeoR on Friday, November 01, 2002 – 09:49 PM >> 220 Reads


“A while ago now some bright spark came up with the idea of hiding the fronts of their CD drives by using the blanking plates that came with their case, it didnt take long for the idea to catch and now it seems like a case mod isnt complete without having stealthed drives …”

http://icehw.net/article.asp?id=118

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Web News: Next Cool WaterCUBE GT3 waterblock review 
Posted by: BeoR on Thursday, October 31, 2002 – 11:11 PM >> 394 Reads


“The block’s dimensions are 50 x 50 x 20 mm, connections excluded, and it weighs 274g with water and 260g without.
The base is entirely made of copper, its size is 50 x 50 x 10 mm; the face in contact with processor is well polished and without any scratches that could compromise the heat exchange.”

<http://www.alltechbox.com/reviews/next_cool_watercube_gt3_water_block_eng.php3

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Web News: Another ATi Radeon 9700 Review 
Posted by: BeoR on Wednesday, October 30, 2002 – 12:24 PM >> 268 Reads


“Today I’m looking at the Ati Radeon 9000Pro. This is ATI’s challenge to the budget computer market. The card that has the latest technology onboard, and packed with enough power to play UT2003 at 1024×768 everything high, without any problems. This card has been around for a couple of weeks now and has already made quite an impact….”

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Web News: New Site Layout & ATI’s Radeon 9700 @ OCA 
Posted by: BeoR on Wednesday, October 30, 2002 – 03:23 AM >> 231 Reads


“It�s DX9 ready, Smoothvision, HyperZ, and TruForm have been improved (you can run AA, and ansio comfortably now) and VideoShader just rocks. It makes streaming video smooth, and actually watchable now. Plus you get the old stand by�s of multi monitor support (I couldn�t go back to using a single monitor now), DVI for LCD�s, and TV out if you wanted to hook it up to your multimedia center. ATI has also introduced HDTV support on the 9700.”

http://www.ocaddiction.com/reviews/video/r9700/
nice job on the layout Mack!

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Web News: Intel Pentium 4 2.4B GHz Processor Review 
Posted by: BeoR on Wednesday, October 30, 2002 – 03:19 AM >> 258 Reads


“Not everyone can afford top of the line processors like the Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz, but processors like the P4 2.4B are now clearly one of the best “value” Pentium 4’s out there. Offering a good mix of price and performance, we’ll be taking a look at whether this processor is “the one” to get.With a street price of around $330 CDN ($184 US) the P4 2.4B is not inexpensive, but when you compare that to the price of higher end P4’s, $330 is actually quite a bargain.”

http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1256

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Web News: XFX Graphics Geforce 4 Ti4200 Review 
Posted by: BeoR on Wednesday, October 30, 2002 – 03:17 AM >> 260 Reads


“XFX Graphics is a relatively new combatant in the fierce competition of the video card manufacturing, however from the performance perspective you never would have known that they were new. The secret to their success? They already have a lot of experience in the game of making top-notch components and cards as the company is a subdivision of Pine Technologies. In this review we are looking at XFX’s Geforce 4 Ti4200 64MB, we will be examining all aspects of this card, and whether it is a card worthy of your purchase.”

http://www.techwarelabs.com/reviews/video/xfxgraphics_gf4ti4200/

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Web News: Iwill P4GS i845G Motherboard @ PCStats 
Posted by: BeoR on Tuesday, October 29, 2002 – 01:35 AM >> 144 Reads


“A quick glance at the hardware features shows us that the P4GS is a pretty well rounded motherboard, it has onboard 10/100 LAN, 5.1 audio, IDE Raid, Serial ATA, support for memory stick and secure digital cards. There are five PCI slots should you find the need to upgrade a part of your computer, a 4x AGP (1.5V lock) slot and USB 2.0 comes native thanks to the ICH4 southbridge. As you probably noticed, there are only two DIMM slots which can support 2 GB PC1600/2100 memory (PC2700 unofficial support). The Iwill P4GS is a pretty compact motherboard that uses a rather odd layout.The first thing that stands out is the odd placement of the IDE RAID controller connectors but we’ll get to that a little later.”

http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1255

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Web News: Corsair XMS PC3500 RAM Review @ OCIA 
Posted by: BeoR on Tuesday, October 29, 2002 – 01:31 AM >> 216 Reads


“I recently had the opportunity to test this RAM in a more suitable test system. This rig consisted of a 2000xp chip (unlocked), Epox 8K5A2+ Motherboard, ThermalRight SLK800 HSF, 420watt PSU, GF4 Ti 4400, Win XP Pro, etc… We were able to attain a max stable FSB of 210. To get this speed, we had to lower the multiplier to 8.5 and raise the DDR voltage to 2.8 as well as the CPU core voltage up to 1.85 This gave us an overall speed of 1785 MHz. All RAM timings were set to their most agressive values.”

http://www.ocia.net/reviews/xms3500/xms3500.shtml

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Web News: Koolance EXOS External Water Cooling @ [H] 
Posted by: BeoR on Tuesday, October 29, 2002 – 01:26 AM >> 222 Reads


“Koolance EXOS External Water Cooling : Koolance is a name we’ve all come to associate with OEM style cooling on the cheap. Now, you can take that cooling on the road, from system to system and case to case…without a single modification to your current case.”

http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=Mzc2

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Web News: ATI Radeon 9500 Pro Reviews 
Posted by: BeoR on Friday, October 25, 2002 – 01:36 AM >> 215 Reads


“…ATI is introducing the Radeon 9500 Pro and Radeon 9500 (non Pro) to the performance mainstream market in the $179 to $199 price range. This directly competes against the GF4 Ti 4200 GPU…”

http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=Mzc0
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.html?i=1735
http://www.bjorn3d.com/_preview.php?articleID=71

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Web News: Thermalright AX-478 Heatsink Review @ Frosty Tech 
Posted by: BeoR on Thursday, October 24, 2002 – 03:05 AM >> 130 Reads


“What do you get when you cross a die-hard overclocker with the need for an insanely powerfull cooling solution? The Thermalright AX-478. With an 80mm Delta screaming away at 5700 RPM (producing nearly 70dB of noise), the end result is one hell of a loud heatsink boasting top of the line thermal performance for the Pentium 4. Don’t forget for a second that tha fan can dice through finger tips like a blender! You can test this for yourself if you don’t believe me, but I’d really suggest investing a few bucks into a nice wire grill to cap off the Delta fan used in this review.”

http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1246

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Web News: OCIA has posted their thoughts on the Zalman CNPS 6000-Cu HSF 
Posted by: BeoR on Thursday, October 24, 2002 – 02:53 AM >> 91 Reads


“There is nothing more pleasing than sitting next to your high end, top of the line, Billy-Bad-Butt PC. What isn’t all that pleasing is the noise that your heatsink’s fan gives off trying to keep your overclocked chip from bursting into flames (ok, so maybe it would just get too hot and lock up the system, but you get the point). I have long strived to find that one heatsink fan combo that gives good performance, but is also easy on the ears. If this sounds anything at all like you, than keep reading. If that 7,000 RPM fan in your case doesn’t phase you in the least bit, I suggest you stop reading here. Today we will be checking out Zalman’s CNPS 6000-Cu HSF combo in an ongoing effort to find a cooler which is easy on the ears yet doesn’t lack anything in performance.”

http://www.ocia.net/reviews/zalman6000cu/zalman6000cu.shtml

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Web News: Bit-Tech shows off the LED Beamers 
Posted by: BeoR on Monday, October 21, 2002 – 03:03 AM >> 99 Reads


As usual Bit-Tech comes out with some new stuff to light up your PC =)


“…LED Beamers are small led spotlights that run off a 12V supply. The version I have for review is designed for in-car use although a new version intended specifically for PC modding is due out soon…”

http://www.bit-tech.net/review/148