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Sunday, December 14, 2003

Daily mailbox: OnlyNewZ, I4U, K-Hardware, DarkVision Hardware, JSI Hardware, Legit Reviews, etc. Cormac @ 15:20 Discuss this

Latest Bios and Drivers updates @ OnlyNewZ

Latest Drivers and Bios updates:
- 3 new MSI bios updates
- 25 new ASUS bios updates
- 7 new AOPEN bios updates
- 11 new Chaintech bios updates
- 3 new GIGABYTE bios updates
- 10 new ECS bios updates
- 4 new other updates

Read more at OnlyNewZ.

I4U News: New PC T-Cube as small as an Orange

"At the TRON 2004 Show Japanese Personal Media Company shows off the T-Cube a pocket-size PC running T-Engine. T-Engine is somekind of OS standardization project for networked computers in Japan that started in 2002. Seems they want to build something that does not require to license Windows. Don´t know why they not just adopt Linux. The T-Cube runs the current T-Engine OS and uses a CPU from NEC VR5701. The desktop is written for the chinese Market supporting Multi- and Super-Chinese Character sets. The T-Cube (tentative name) is supposed to ship in Q1 2004. "

Read more at I4U.

Sapphire 9600 XT vs. Gainward FX 5700U @ K-Hardware

"ATI and NVIDIA presented both modified successors for the High-End and Mainstream market in October. These offer clock changes, and otherwise the well-known characteristics. How is the 9600 XT Fireblade Edition from Sapphire and the FX 5700U from Gainward performing?. Experience of the Mainstream part."

Read more at K-Hardware.

3x Digital Pen´s @ TrustedReviews

"The Pens integrate with all your regular packages such as Outlook or Lotus Notes, Calendar and Word, enabling you to send your writing or sketches where needed. Handwriting sites based on Anoto technology are now appearing although the quality of the content has some way to go to catch up with the technology."

Read more at TrustedReviews.

Swiftech MCX159 Northbridge Cooler review @ DarkVision Hardware

"The MCX159 is Swiftech´s latest air-cooled Northbridge cooler. It is available for both AMD and Intel motherboards and in this review I´m going to test it on the Pentium 4 platform, with a Springdale motherboard from AOpen. The motherboard has a very simple aluminum heatsink for passive northbridge cooling, and temperatures were pretty high with it. Read further to see what Swiftech his MXC159 Northbrigde cooler was able to do."

Read more at DarkVision Hardware.

JSI Hardware *World Exclusively* Reviews Evercool SCP-A Fan Speed Controller

"The market now is pushing towards silent computer systems, with the introduction of fanless coolers such as the Zalman and itx solution motherboards such as the Epia, end users are getting near silent systems whether it be a midi atx case or a Shuttle. We have to take into consideration that not all users want to waste there pay packets each month on new release high end items in order to be that few decibels quieter."

Read more at JSI Hardware.

AOpen DRW4410 4x DVD+R/+RW Drive @ Legit Reviews

"This time around we have a DVD burner in the hot seat. With DVD burners now in the affordable price range, more and more customers are picking them up. The drive we are testing today is AOpen´s DRW4410. This drive has really started to get some press as one of the most affordable drives in its class. This 4x DVD burner is one of the first to break the US$100 barrier..."

Read more at Legit Reviews.

Leadtek WinFast DV2000 @ TrustedReviews

"To pigeonhole this product as a video capture board would mean ignoring the range of additional features provided by this PCI card and accompanying software, but it.s fair to say that the WinFast DV2000 will appeal to anyone who wants their PC to be more than just a PC. Particularly if you have more than a passing interest in video".

Read more at TrustedReviews.

Gigabyte GV-R98X256D Radeon 9800XT Graphics Card @ OCW

"Gigabyte GV-R98X256D Radeon 9800XT comes with 256M of memory and incorporates V-tuner which allows instant overclocking of the card within Windows. The card has pretty good performance. It is comparable to PowerColor´s Radeon 9800XT and faster than its own 5950FX Ultra. Check out the review with pictures of the heatsink, fan, ram etc."

Read more at OCW.

Cremax IcyDock MB911APGF Internal IDE Harddrive Rack Review @ Tweaknews.net

"Overall, I was quite impressed with the ICY Dock. It did a fine job of keeping my hard-drive cool and is amazingly easy to remove from its tray if needed. I was rather pleased with the included 12V fan, which did a superb job of keeping my ICY Dock well below average case temperatures."

Read more at Tweaknews.

5 Heatsink Shootout @ OCIA.net

"It seems that a consistent theme is being used in many of today´s better heatsinks. Copper absorbs heat better than aluminum while aluminum sheds heat. Aluminum fins therefore shed the heat faster while the copper base is more efficient pulling the heat from the CPU due to its better thermal absorption properties."

Read more at OCIA.

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