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Sony Clie PEG-TJ25 @ TrustedReviews

"Without a doubt, the most amazing thing about this little beauty from Sony is the price. At under £130 including VAT on the street, the TJ25 looks like an absolute bargain, but what kind of compromises has Sony had to make to achieve this price point?"

Read more at TrustedReviews.

Dell Dimension 8300 3.0GHz @ TrustedReviews

"The Dell system case is truly excellent. Pressing a couple of buttons on the top and bottom of the case allows you to split it in half and open the whole case up. All the drive cages lever forward with the front of the case giving you unrestricted access to the system internals. A quick poke around gives you an idea as to why this machine is so quiet. Instead of a CPU fan, there’s a massive heatsink complete with copper heat pipes. This is subsequently cooled by a large 92mm fan, which, due to its dimensions spins slower than a smaller CPU fan, and thus creates less noise."

Read more at TrustedReviews.

Sapphire Atlantis 9800XT @ NVISION

"Time to check what RADEON 9800XT can!"

Read more at NVISION.

Mad Dog Multimedia Entertainer 7.1 DSP Soundcard @ Madshrimps

"VIA´s Envy24HT-S chip is powering some new soundcards out there, we take a look at its features and see how it performs when put it up against a Hercules Fortissimo III 7.1 / SoundBlaster Live 5.1 and nVidia´s Soundstorm."

Read more at Madshrimps.

Chaintech ZNF3-150 Review @ Ninjalane

"The synthetic benchmarks put the ZNF3-150 behind the reference system but in a strange twist the board won every real world benchmark we had. In the case of the Athlon64 3200+ we obviously cannot judge performance by synthetic numbers alone."

Read more at Ninjalane.

Bjorn3d.com reviews the Crucial Gizmo 256 MB Flash Drive

"Flash Drive´s are becoming common these days. Every respectable ´geek´ has one. We´ve taken a look at the Crucial Gizmo 256 MB to see if it is something to consider next time you need one."

Read more at Bjorn3D.

ABIT AI7 Springdale Motherboard — Pure Intelligence by ABIT @ TweakTown

"ABIT´s latest motherboard is the value-orientated AI7 for the Pentium 4 based on Intel´s Springdale chipset. We put it right up against the IC7 MAX3 based on the more expensive Canterwood chipset and it doesn´t fair too badly at all."

Read more at TweakTown.

Crucial Gizmo! 256MB review at Designtechnica

"We really enjoyed this flash drive and there is little to dislike about it. It handles file transfers with speed and efficiency and has the added benefit of securing sensitive and confidential information. Its small size makes it easy to tote from PC to PC and even from home to work. The included dust cap and hard plastic case make it unlikely that a drop or throwing the unit in your junk drawer will cause any stability problems."

Read more at Designtechnica.

3D Prophet 9800 Pro 128MB Review, Compared with 2k/XP/LH/3.7/3.8! @ OnlyNewZ

I have my (old) ATI Hercules 9800 Pro 128MB tested in my machine, you think why? Simple for comparison. Yes you read that right comparison. I have compared this card with the Catalyst 3.7 and with the Catalyst 3.8. I published a couple of weeks ago some benchmark results in Longhorn Beta 4029, visitors asked me why I published this because there isnt any comparison. Well I listen to my visitors and tried to get the latest build of Longhorn, it was Longhorn PDC Build 4051. Finally after a couple of days, I was finished installing Longhorn 4051 and ready for some benchmarks. Looking around on some sites, I noticed that people would like to see how the Catalyst 3.7 and the Catalyst 3.8 driver performend against each other. And ofcourse is this as well included in this review! Ok, here is a short brief of what I did:

  • Compared Windows 2000 with Catalyst 3.7 and Catalyst 3.8
  • Compared Windows XP with Catalyst 3.7 and Catalyst 3.8
  • Compared Windows Longhorn PDC 4051 with Catalyst 3.7 and Catalyst 3.8
  • Compared Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Longhorn PDC 4051
Now you know what I compared lets see what I used for comparison:
  • 3D Mark 2001 Second Edition (DX8)
  • 3D Mark 2003 Standard Version 330 (DX9)
  • AquaMark 2003 (DX9)
  • Quake 3 Arena (DX8)
  • Unreal Tournament 2003 (DX8)
  • Halo: Combat Evolved (DX9)

Read more at OnlyNewZ.

Make your own Glow Pad Guide @ Creative Mods

"In this new guide, you will learn how to make your very own glow pad. These glow pads are lit with 4x 5mm LEDs that make it shine very brightly. If you want to learn how to make this sweet mouse pad, please read on."

Read more at Creative Mods.

MSI K8T Neo-FIS2R Athlon64 Motherboard Review @ Bjorn3d

"Then, the more relevant question for this review is whether or not the MSI K8T Neo-FIS2R is worth considering if are jumping into the 64-bit revolution. With 6 channel audio, Gigabit LAN, 4 SATA connectors, SATA RAID, Live Update and other great features, I think it´s definitely worth your consideration if you are shopping for a Socket 754 motherboard, especially considering it only costs around $125 according to our Pricegrabber search."

Read more at Bjorn3D.

Event Coverage: Comdex 2003 @ Legit Reviews

"We just posted a piece on our trip out to Las Vegas for Comdex!"

Read more at Legit Reviews.

Legion Hardware — ASUS P4S800D-E Deluxe

"Finally, it would seem that someone has brought the competition to Intel and in a big way. SiS really should be proud of their 655TX chipset as it has single handedly taken on both the big guns from Intel. While it has performance that is comparable to the i875P, it also carries a retail value that should bring the price of the so called i865PE budget chipset down. The only disappointing aspect of this motherboard/chipset was its underachieving overclocking performance."

Read more at Legion Hardware.

AMD Athlon 64 Performance Computing – The heat is on! @ TweakTown

"We collected high-end performance parts from AMD, ABIT, ATI, GeCube, Mushkin, Maxtor and Thermaltake and built the fastest possible Athlon 64 desktop computer around. The heat is on — become part of the action and read about what this high-powered system is capable of!"

Read more at TweakTown.

HWZ Review: AMD Athlon 64 Chipset Shootout

"When considering the various chipsets from NVIDIA, VIA, SiS and ALi for the AMD Athlon 64 processors, these platforms only get differentiated in performance when we delved into the performance of the various subsystems which could be revealed only by specific benchmarks. As mentioned earlier in this page, if you have no real requirements and were to choose a motherboard by general performance indicators such as SYSmark 2002 and our gaming benchmarks, practically, any of the four platforms are a good companion to the AMD Athlon 64 CPU."

Read more at HWZ.

Gigabyte Radeon 9600Pro VGA Card Reviewed @ myWORLD Hardware

"There has been a debate over the past years when it comes to choosing the right 3D accelerated VGA cards. No doubt, 3D cards based on NVIDIA chip were the choice among 3D gamers few years ago and ATi wasn´t getting much attention; plagued by poorly programmed driver and unimpressive performance."

Read more at myWORLD Hardware.

Stardock Object Desktop Windows Enhancement Software Suite Review @ Tweaknews.net

"Object Desktop is a fantastic suite, although it does have the potential to overwhelm certain users. Novices will be intimidated by the amount of separate components which make up this suite. I believe Stardock would have been further ahead to group everything together neatly, allowing you to change each aspect of Windows (skinning, desktop, Start menu, etc…) within one application."

Read more at Tweaknews.

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