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Monday, November 10, 2003

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Various GeForceFX Exposures (or "The secret X-mas War") @ TweakPC

"Now, we can present you some secret Details over nVidia. Just as new products from Leadtek and MSI, as well as very interesting price strategies, which could transfer ATI to the offside."

Read this original (in German) or this translation (in English).

HWZ Review: Genius Wireless Optical Office Kit

"Overall, we found the Genius Wireless Optical Office Kit a worthy consideration if you´re out to look for something that works and are not fussy about the quality of materials used on the keyboard and mouse. Although we quite liked the keyboard´s performance, we can´t say much about the mouse as it lacked good ergonomics and performance. Although it can still pass off as a normal office mouse, it won´t be a good gaming companion as it lacked the high sampling rate that gamers require."

Read more at HardwareZone.

Leadtek Winfast A360TD @ Trustedreviews

"The A360TD did remarkably well in our benchmarks and if you look at the numbers you´ll see that it´s very close to the FX5600Ultra as mentioned earlier. It also manages to beat the Radeon 9600Pro and even the Radeon 9600XT in some of the tests. This is indeed very impressive and in all honesty I didn´t expect the A360TD to perform quite this well."

Read more at Trustedreviews.

Leadtek WinFast A380 Ultra TDH My VIVO Review "GeForce FX 5950 Ultra" @ 3DChip

"Kaum hatte der Chipgigant nVIDIA am 23.10.2003 die neue Grafikchipgeneration des GeForce FX 5950 Ultra und des kleinen Bruders GeForce FX 5700 Ultra angekündigt, landete auch schon nur "5 Tage" später ein erstes Testsample der Geforce FX 5950 Ultra in unserem Testsystem. Der Grafikkarten und Mainboard Hersteller Leadtek hatte schon erste Testmuster parat und wir freuen uns riesig als Erster (soweit wir wissen) im deutschsprachigen Web eines von nur zwei in Deutschland verfügbaren Testmustern ergattert zu haben und in einem ausführlichen Test unter die Lupe nehmen zu können. Das neue Spitzenprodukt der Firma Leadtek ist die WinFast A380 Ultra TDH My VIVO, diese Grafikkarte basiert auf dem High End Customer Chip GeForce FX 5950 Ultra und ist zur Zeit der schnellste Grafikchip von nVIDIA auf dem Markt."

Read more at 3DChip.

Samsung Tantus LTM405W 40 Inch LCD TV / PC Monitor Review @ Tweaknews.net

"The Tantus LTM405W is not intended to be the average everyday TV for the regular consumer. This particular 40 inch LCD TV/Monitor is targeted towards a consumer that doesn´t want to just use it the view the daily news, but with the push of a remote control button, be transformed into one of the largest LCD PC computer monitors in the world. With a feature list that is just begging to be hooked up to a Home Theater PC, the LTM405W is one of the most complete multimedia TVs on the market today."

Read more at Tweaknews.

myWORLD Hardware Special Review Coverage: Tri-Cool (Wavemaster, Aerogate II and Musketeer)

".. One of the chassis that we are going to look at will be CoolerMaster WaveMaster! Along together in this review coverage, we have included some new CoolerMaster´s accessories as well that are Musketeer and Aerogate II! And hence forth, I´ve decided to call it, Tri-Cool review! Three cool CoolerMaster product review coverage at one go!.."

Read more at myWORLD Hardware.

Networking X-Micro Style – Cheap, Stylish and Simple @ TweakTown

"X-Micro is a company we know for producing a whole range of graphics cards. Today we take a look at their complete and new range of networking products including 802.11b wireless gear. Cheap, Stylish and Simple!"

Read more at TweakTown.

Cheap and Easy LED Case Lighting Guide @ Creative Mods

"In this guide, you will learn how combine a spare molex connector and 2 LEDs to create a simple and effective lighting solution. Basic soldering skills are necessary, but apart from that, this mod requires very little experience (and very little money :D)."

Read more at Creative Mods.

I4U News: NTT DoCoMo Finger Phone was already announced in 2000

"The DoCoMo Gadget, called Finger Whisper, uses a wristband to convert the sounds of conversation to vibrations that can be heard when the finger is placed in the ear. THe Finger Whisper phone is answered by touching forefinger to thumb and then by putting the forefinger in the ear to hear who is ringing. The call is ended by again touching forefinger to thumb. The phone has no keypad but users can make a call by saying out loud the number they want to reach. Some report that the whisper phone will be available in 2005."

Read more at I4U.

HardwareHell: Thermaltake Extreme Volcano 12 Review

"The Extreme Volcano 12 is a cooler I can recommend with safety for those looking for an alternative to Swiftech and Thermalright´s very impressive heatsinks. You won´t get as good performance as the high-end heatsinks coupled with a delta fan, but not too far from it."

Read more at HardwareHell.

Thermaltake EXTREME Volcano 12 HSF Review @ TweakTown

"Thermaltake´s latest heatsink fan for the AMD Athlon XP platform, the EXTREME Volcano 12, is on the test bed today. Extreme or conventional? Read on and find out!"

Read more at TweakTown.

HWZ Review: TYAN Transport GX28 B2880T1S (1U AMD Opteron Barebone)

"Overall, we find the TYAN Transport GX28 a product worthy of the IT Manager´s consideration as it has excellent airflow characteristics and built-in features. In addition, it´s currently one of the very few 1U rackmount systems that supports the latest AMD Opteron 246 processors. 2-way rackmount systems of such a form factor are hard to come by, and even more precious when it can replace your current servers running on 32-bit x86 applications while having the built-in flexibility to upgrade to 64-bit when needed. The only drawback is the fan noise, which can be a little too loud when used in an office environment. But if you can look past the noise, then we wholeheartedly recommend the TYAN Transport GX28 rackmount barebone system."

Read more at HWZ.

asetek WaterChill Review @ Ninjalane

"Watercooling is not much different than any other cooling system but when used on a small scale, like in a computer system, the parts tend to get rather complex. The asetek WaterChill makes it easy."

Read more at Ninjalane.

Building a Budget Storage Server @ FiringSquad

"Even though this is a budget server, we chose to go with Windows instead of Linux/Samba. Why? Full HDDs go into USB2/Firewire enclosures and it doesn´t make much sense to have ext3/XFS/ReiserFS external drives."

Read more at FiringSquad.

BenQ FP791 @ TrustedReviews

"Moving on to looks, the FP791 seems quite large but it is in fact a 17in TFT with a native resolution of 1,280 x 1,024. The reason that it looks rather broad and tall is down to the embossed design. To the back, the silver coloured chassis is about a couple of centimetres wider at the sides than the dark purple bezel that surrounds the raised panel. Now, because there’s a contrast in colour and elevation between these two divisions the final result is quite aesthetically pleasing, although that’s really down to personal taste."

Read more at TrustedReviews.

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