ABIT’s AA8-DuraMAX — The Next Winner or Loser?

ABIT’s AA8-DuraMAX — The Next Winner or Loser?

This is for the ABIT AA8. PQI Turbo memory has been doing a marketing push in North America. Is the memory something to take a look at or something to skip over? Today we pull out all the spots and punish the PQI Turbo PC-3200 memory with our RST Pro2 memory tester and a bunch of memory bandwidth benchmarks!

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Thermaltake Tsunami  Dream Tower Case

Thermaltake Tsunami Dream Tower Case

Introduction Today we take a look at the Thermaltake VA3000 Dream Series case. Thermaltake has always been known as a maker of quality cases. When I picture a Thermaltake case in my mind, I see something that could withstand a nuclear blast, a head on collision, or being thrown out a second story window at …more

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PolarFLO TT Series CPU water block

PolarFLO TT Series CPU water block

Can the performance match the looks of this incredible looking water block? Today I’d like to share with you my experience with the new PolarFLO TT CPU water block. PolarFLO is a division of the Horse Of Iron metal shop located in Bozeman, Montana.They are rapidly developing a fantastic reputation as makers of high performance …more

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Overclocker’s Lack Of Choices: cooling the LGA775

Overclocker’s Lack Of Choices: cooling the LGA775

Intel Socket 775 + ? = Lower Than Expected Sales Recently many in the media have been writing articles pointing out the low sales of Intel’s socket 775 processor. These articles touch on how Intel has many "small" issues going on internally right now. I’m sure you’ve heard about the lack of the high end …more

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How Will Doom 3 Play On My Notebook?

How Will Doom 3 Play On My Notebook?

Introduction: After attending Quakecon 2004 and meeting some dedicated readers we found that one of the most asked questions at Quakecon 2004 was: “How well does Doom 3 play on laptops?”. We had our laptop there, but honestly had never installed Doom 3. We got back home and installed Doom 3 on our ASUS M6N …more

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Quakecon 2004; Dallas, Texas (USA) | Pre-Show

Quakecon 2004; Dallas, Texas (USA) | Pre-Show

Introduction: Quakecon 2004 is here! We usually drive to Dallas from St. Louis as a tradition, but with some upcoming meetings and IDF around the corner we jumped aboard a plane to head the 600 miles to Dallas to skip out on the 22 hour round trip drive. When you drive you just throw your …more

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Gigabyte In The Fast Lane

Gigabyte In The Fast Lane

Introduction: Although much attention right now is focused on the new i915/i925 chipsets, there is still several good performing 865 and 875 boards out there for consumers. With the introduction of the new chipsets, we will also eventually see the prices fall on these now "old" chipset powered boards. I prefer to look at them …more

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Corsair PC-3200 Value Select Memory

Corsair PC-3200 Value Select Memory

Introduction: While we have looked at many of Corsair’s XMS modules over the past couple years we have yet to review any of their value memory. Seeing how many consumers cannot afford or are not in need of the Corsair XMS line they often opt for Corsair’s Value Select memory due to brand loyalty and …more

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Behind The Scenes: DDR2

Behind The Scenes: DDR2

Marketing Departments + DDR2 = One Very Confused Consumer When DDR2 memory hit the market I was honestly anxious to see what the memory companies and their marketing departments would do. During the months leading up to the launch of DDR2 platforms and the actual memory I was lucky enough to get see the development …more

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July 2004 DDR2 Pricing Update

July 2004 DDR2 Pricing Update

Introduction: Now that DDR2 are arriving on the market how are prices looking for DDR2? For the first time since DDR2 modules starting hitting the market in Q1 2004 we have begun to see the prices of the existing lines steady out, while at the same time we have the introduction of new models for …more

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Building a Whitebox Notebook: Part 2

Building a Whitebox Notebook: Part 2

Introduction: In Part 1 of our three part notebook series we showed what pieces were needed to build your own “custom” notebook. Once you get all the pieces for your notebook you then just have to put it together! While many DIY (Do-It-Yourself) users may feel overwhelmed building a notebook — it is really quite …more

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Is DDR2 Ready To Replace DDR1???

Is DDR2 Ready To Replace DDR1???

Introduction: To get a better understanding of DDR2 memory we need to go back to when it all began! It was back in October of 2002 that things started looking good for DDR2 memory and that it would actually become the successor to the DDR1 memory line. This is back during the time period where …more

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NVidia Announces Hidden SLI Technology

NVidia Announces Hidden SLI Technology

Introduction: Today NVidia announced a little hidden surprise for users interested in updating their systems to the latest and greatest graphics technology available. NVidia is bringing a technology to the public domain that developers have been using since the days of the Voodoo2 cards: SLI or Scalable Link Interface. How will it work? You all …more

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June 2004 DDR2 Pricing Update

June 2004 DDR2 Pricing Update

Introduction: Now that DDR2 platforms are out how are DDR2 prices? The next generation motherboards that will be using DDR2 are now out and many consumers are looking into building their next system. Since your old DDR memory won’t work on these new platforms you will need to run out and buy new DDR2 memory …more

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Socket T Arrives & Comes With A Plethora Of Goodie

Socket T Arrives & Comes With A Plethora Of Goodie

Introduction: We all knew that Intel had a bunch of new products coming, but by the time all the working parts got there we had little time to get the benchmarking done let alone anything else. We usually have a good 3-4 week advance on a new processor entering the market. This time around we …more

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