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July 2003

Voodoo5 6000... review?
Sudhian.com has posted a review of a 3Dfx Voodoo5 6000. No, that is not a typo. It is actually kind of fun too look back and see what could have been had 3Dfx not left the business. This is a good read if you have some time to kill.


XT Clothing Line Updated
I have updated some of the apparel in the Xtreme Tek store (run by Cafe Press). Hopefully you see it as an improvement. I updated the 'I Hacked You Mom' T-shirt and 'pr0n Star' Babydoll with a plain black url on the back, the golf shirt and the mouse pad have completely new designs. Please help support Xtreme Tek by purchasing items in the store.

MSI NBox FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra
A MSI NBox FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra has been reviewed over at PCStats.com. The reviewer did a good job and it's worth a look if you are looking for a top of the line card.
Gamers out there please note the exceptional performance of the GeForceFX 5900 Ultra in the Gun Metal 2 benchmarks - being the only DX9 game test able to show NV35 is faster than ATi's Radeon 9800 Pro.
Great DirectX 9 support, that can't be bad, right?

Cube Case Review
TwistedMods.com has taken a look at a crazy looking case, the MountainMods U2-UFO Cube Chassis. It's really a cube and it has an excessive amount of fan mounts. This is must see.


Motherboard Review Lovin'
I have a whole slew of motherboard reviews for you today. Let me see... you have the Soyo P4I875P Dragon 2 (875P Canterwood) at OCPrices, the ABIT IS7-G (865 Springdale) at 3DXtreme.org, the Chaintech Zenith 9CJS (875P Canterwood) at Tweaknews.net and EnvyNews, and the ASUS P4C800 (875P Canterwood) at Beyond3D.com.


Soltek SL-5600-XD
EnvyNews has a new videocard review out. This time around the reviewer has taken a look at the Soltek SL-5600-XD. The SL-5600 is a GeForce FX 5600 based card price in the value segment.

Enermax 550W PSU
IPKonfig.com has reviewed the stylish, powerful, and very cool Enermax 550W PSU. The reviewer likes it a lot and with good reason.


Xoxide's X-Elite
HighTekPC.com has a review of a pretty cool case with their Xoxide's X-Elite review. They gave it a pretty high score and it is definitely worth taking a gander at.

Eluminx Black Keyboard
Not tired of those eluminated keyboard reviews yet? Great, then XtremeMods.com has a review of an Eluminx Black keyboard review. Enjoy... or something.

Kingston HyperX DDR 434MHz
LegitReviews.com (ok, we're definitely out of names) has reviewed 1GB of Kingston HyperX DDR 434MHz memory. They have benchmarks and some overclocking, so it's a decent review.


ADPmods Giveaway
This summer, ADPmods is giving you a chance to win one DFI LAN Party NForce II Ultra Motherboard. Every order for $150 or more automatically receives one ballot in the draw. The draw takes place August 8th, so starting buying..


Epox 4PCA3+ Review
PCStats.com has reviewed the Epox 4PCA3+. This board is an Intel i875P based board. The reviewer was pretty impressed with the board overall; it is definitely worth a look.


ExtremeAlterations Giveaway
ExtremeAlterations is giving away a bottle of Bawls away per day. You have to order something to be entered. Personally, I think it should be a case of Bawls, but that's just me.

Videocard Reviews
Beyond3D.com (which I guess would be 4D?) has a review of the 256MB ATI Radeon 9800 PRO. If ATI isn't your thing for some reason, or you want a cheaper, not top-of-the-line video card, check out AthlonXP.com's review of the Albatron FX 5200, which is an NVIDIA based card.

Corsair TWINX1024-3700
If a Gigabyte of dual channel DDR RAM seems like something you could live with, I suggest checking out 3DExtreme.org's review of the Corsair XMS3700 TwinX 1 GB package. Just remember, having a lot of RAM in your computer doesn't make you cool, unless you use it.


Ideazon zBoard
GamingIn3D.com has a review of the Ideazon zBoard. It is a keyboard that allows you attach gaming control templates. Just check out the review, it's a pretty good idea. It just is not something I would buy.


Inkblot Passwords
Slashdot.org has an article posted about some research Microsoft is doing with Inkblot Passwords. The Microsoft page it links too has been 'spotty' for me (12:30 PST), but it could be fine now. Here's an expert from the article.
Adam Stubblefield, an intern with Microsoft Research, thought that our ability to tell ourselves unique stories about inkblots might be a secret key to a strong digital lock - the online password.
Pretty cool stuff! However, I can remember complex random passwords and I do!

Pioneer DVR-A06 DVD±RW recorder
CDRinfo.com has posted a thorough review of the Pioneer DVR-A06 DVD±RW recorder. They liked it enough to give it their editor's choice award. If you plan on burning DVD's anytime soon, you should check out this drive.

Samsung SyncMaster 153B
Just when you think the world is fresh out of monitor reviews, BAM, Tweaknews.net hits you with a review of the Samsung SyncMaster 153B. The 153B is a 15 Inch Black LCD Monitor that will cost you around $250-$325. I'm sure we all prefer the $250, unless you like spending money, then $325 should be good.


Modder's Mesh
OCModShop has posted what they are calling a review of Modder's Mesh. It is more of a look at what you can do with the stuff. A lot of it doesn't look to bad. I don't know if I would seriously consider using the stuff though; maybe you will.

Ripnet-UK giveaway
Ripnet-UK is having a giveaway to promote their forums. Personally, I recommend the Xtreme Forums. Smile We're just not giving away free stuff right now.

Corsair TwinX512-3200LL
8ballshardware.com has posted a review of the Corsair TwinX512-3200LL RAM modules. I've been a long time customer of Corsair because they have not let me down yet. I recommend checking this review out if you're in the market for dual channel memory.


Almost There
The site is almost put back together. We switched hosts after serveral days of downtime with our previous host.


Tyan Tachyon G9600 PRO
Firing Squad has posted a review of the Tyan Tachyon G9600 PRO. The G9600 PRO received an editor's choice award. I guess it can't be that bad. Smile

More Mobile Water Cooling
I found this over at slashdot: apparently NEC has developed a water cooling notebook module. This is something Toshiba had done a while back, but in my opinion, this one sounds like it is much better. How it performs is another thing, but it is still pretty cool.


Cooling Reviews and Articles
EnvyNews.com has posted a review of the Thermalright SLK-900U. But, if you're not looking to cool your CPU anymore than it already is, maybe you should check out OCIA.net's review of the CoolerMaster CoolDrive 3 or PimpRig's article on how to Fill and Bleed an Inline Water Cooling System.


4th of July Review
I've posted a 4th of July for you guys to read over today. The review is of the Steelpad 4S, check it out.

NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra
OCTools.com has written up a review of the NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra. This is NVIDIA's top of the line card. Performance is a mixed bag when you compare it to the Radeon 9800 Pro, but it definitely beats it in a number of benchmarks.


Everglide DKT
For the love of god and all that is holy, Overclock-uk.net has posted a review of Everglide DKT, which is a mouse pad that is the size of a small house. Well, it isn't that big, but still... that's a BIG BITCH!

Chenming 301KE Review
PimpRig.com has posted a review of a Chenming 301KE aluminum case. The reviewer put up a lot of pictures; that is always a good thing... unless the pictures are of stupid stuff, like a picture of his toilet. PCAbusers have a review of the same case.

30,000 ft. and Still Downloading Pr0n?
DWGP.com has posted a summary of a press announcement by Scandinavian Airlines. The airline has announced that they will start installing wireless networks in all long-haul flights beginning next year.
Even at 30.000 feet it will be possible to log on and check your email, use VPN and such in a safe and secure way if your company support features like this. Regular users will still be ablse to enjoy high speed internet connection or online gaming on their journey.
Just imagine, now you can pirate music and the RIAA won't be able to get you... well, at least until you land.

Compex SKW811 WiFi Internet Kit
EnvyNews.com has a 9 page review on the Compex SKW811 WiFi Internet Kit. I was amazed that the review is 9 full pages. I'm not sure all information is very important but you can tell the author was very thorough and most of the content is useful.

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