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August 2000

WebMasterP
8-29-2000
Dan's Data has posted, what I'd call, a really in depth look at that all aluminum Lian Li PC-60 case everyone seems to want. He'll tell you if it's worth the price tag or not.


WebMasterP
8-28-2000
Wild Bill, of CPU Review, has a review posted of the MSI8809 GeForce 256. nVidia is going to stop production of these cards. These might start becomming rare.

WebMasterP
8-28-2000
Here's part of a news release from Evergreen Technologies announcing a new technology that makes it easier to add storage space to old computers. This is for use mainly with Macs, but there does exist PCs with firewire adapters so I thought I'd throw this in.

CORVALLIS, Ore.--Aug. 28, 2000--Evergreen Technologies, Inc., a
leader in PC performance upgrades since 1989, today added five new products to its fireLINE(TM) product family. (Evergreen's fireLINE products are developed using the new IEEE 1394 (or FireWire(TM)) high-speed data communication standard.) Evergreen has been shipping its 20GB external HotDrive since February 2000, and now the company also offers higher capacity 75, 60, 40 and 30 GB HotDrives. Evergreen's fireLINE HotDrives vastly increase data storage space and data transmission speed between the external drive and the PC, and the user can simply plug the drive into any available IEEE 1394 port without ever having to turn off the host system's power.

Evergreen has also added `lite' versions of its IEEE 1394 fireLINE interface cards to provide basic IEEE 1394 peripheral connectivity on a budget for users with existing desktop and portable PCs and Macs which do not have an IEEE 1394 connection. The lite versions of the fireLINE PCI card (for desktops), fireLINE CardBus/PCMCIA card (for portables) and fireLINE IEEE 1394/USB PCI Combo Card (providing desktops with both FireWire and USB connectivity) will be a smart choice for customers who do not need a FireWire cable or who do not need the Ulead Video Studio digital video editing software provided with the regular versions.


WebMasterP
8-28-2000
Extreme Overclocking has a review of the Card Cooler XT. This is that card cooler with the 120mm fans.

WebMasterP
8-28-2000
Grand Prix 3 has been reviewed over at The Game Den. These guys always get a hold of the latest stuff and put out a pretty good review. Enjoy.

WebMasterP
8-28-2000
Slacker News has a review on PC Power & Cooling's Turbo-Cool 2x. This bad boy attaches to the out side of you power supply and plugs into a wall socket. The reviewer reported some pretty impressive results; you have to see this.


WebMasterP
8-27-2000
HardwarePub has a guide up showing you some of the ways to benchmark your PC in order to test performance. There are a lot there, but he's still missing some. However, this is a good place to start.


WebMasterP
8-26-2000
I'm looking for a news pimp. If anyone is interested in pimping news for Xtreme Tek send me a email with your qualifications and any ideas you have for the site.

WebMasterP
8-26-2000
Counter Strike Beta 7 is out! Get it now while the getting is hot. The upgrade from the last patch is 30.4 MB and the Full Version is 67.4 MB. You can find a list of sites to download it from at Counter-Strike.net's download section.

WebMasterP
8-26-2000
Chick's Hardware has the low-down on AGP 8x. Now they have the scoop on ATI supporting it. .

"The AGP 8X interface is a 32-bit wide bus that will itself double the current AGP 4X transfer speed to 533MHz. Intel will release the new specification, Rev 0.9, in August 2000. The industry-leading RADEON(TM) graphics chip from ATI takes full advantage of the current AGP 4X specification today and selected future RADEON products will be ready with AGP 8X support when the new interface is released."


WebMasterP
8-26-2000
Epson Stylus Photo 1270 review over at Dan's Data. This bad boy can print out REAL photos. We're talking photo lab quality here.

WebMasterP
8-26-2000
Net Kills has some information on the new Counter Strike Beta 7 that is supposed to be released soon. If it has as many improvements as the last one, we're in for a treat.

WebMasterP
8-26-2000
I'm switching to a new news format so that you guys can get more news. Yes, it's true, my news staff will be more than just me! Neat!

WebMasterP
08-25-00
Hexues.com has a little bit of information on ABIT's soon-to-be dually Coppermine board. The ABIT VP6 is looking pretty cool so far. Now if we could just get a dual Thunderbird board.

WebMasterP
08-25-00
Via Hardware has posted the real VIA's chipset roadmap. Worth a look, especially since the chipset is one of the main factors when it comes to performance.

WebMasterP
08-25-00
The 46th issue of ZZZ Online has been posted. They cover a new type of ROM (3D-ROM) and a electronic sniffer that's supposed to be cheap and effective.

WebMasterP
08-25-00
PC Citrix has a review of the Pioneer 16x DVD Drive. They compare it to the older 10x drive and a 50x Max CD-ROM drive.


WebMasterP
08-24-00
Guru3D takes a stick of Corsair SDRAM (The stuff I use, good stuffs) and shows you what the difference between CAS2 and CAS3. Might want to read this if you haven't ever tweaked your memory.

WebMasterP
08-24-00
There is another review of the whacky game entitled KISS Psycho Circus. This time the review is done by Review News.


WebMasterP
08-23-00
Sorry, I've been slacking on the news lately. I'm working on changing the format of the page so I can get some more news posters at work (besides myself). As far as news goes, check out Active-Hardware's review on the Shuttle ME21. It's an i815 solution for those of you in the market.


WebMasterP
08-21-00
TweakTown has a Socket A Orb Cooling Guide and a new Chrome Orb review with pictures. The Chrome orb has a 10,000 RPM fan in it and looks damn cool too. He has temp readings and the whole bit.

WebMasterP
08-21-00
Club Overclocker has a review on a copper chipset cooler. It's called the VIce III Xtreme Cu and offers some good cooling.

WebMasterP
08-21-00
Tech Watch has a review on the DigitalDoc3. These are some kick ass units but come at a high price.

WebMasterP
08-21-00
Want the best hard drive on the block? Providing you don't like next to a major network server, buying a Quantum Atlas V would do just that for you. If you can afford the drive, I'm sure you can afford the SCSI card too.


WebMasterP
08-20-00
I'm in a hurry, but I'll leave you with this: The 45th issue of ZZZ online is up. They have some pretty cool stuff over there. Can you say, solar powered notebook?


WebMasterP
08-19-00
Glide Underground has reviewed the debut game from a company called 32. The game is called Panic! Volcano. It's a very arcade like type of game and didn't receive a high rating. But this is a good way to see what we can possible expect from this company.

WebMasterP
08-19-00
Overclocking Manilla has their own review of the Thermaltake Golden Orb. I know there has to be around a hundred of these reviews now.


WebMasterP
08-18-00
Well, my dual boot experience went as smooth as butter. I'll probably be using Win2k a lot more than 98 SE. The performance boost from having dual processors is far to great to go back to an OS without SMP support. Now for some news...

WebMasterP
08-18-00
Fast-MHz has a new review on a CD-RW drive from Sony. They review the Sony Spressa Professional 10/4/32X CD-RW. While it's not the top of the line 12x write drive, it is probably still pretty darn fast and worth a look for you "value" guys,

WebMasterP
08-18-00
GlideUnderground has reviewed a game called BreakNeck. They're saying that it's a cross between Need for Speed and Twisted Metal. At least it sounds interesting.

WebMasterP
08-18-00
A DFI CS65 i815e Motherboard review has been posted over at Via Hardware. If I said anymore I would be lying so I'll let you read the review.

WebMasterP
08-18-00
Looking for a bad-ass of a computer case? Then you have to check out this review of the Lite-On FS020 Midi-Tower. This thing rocks, I'm thinking about picking one up myself.


WebMasterP
08-17-00
I'm about to format my computer and attempt a dual boot with Win98 SE and Win 2K Pro. I've heard some horror stories about ATA/66 and Win2K so we'll see. If there is no news tomorrow you'll know something went terribly wrong.

WebMasterP
08-17-00
Looking for a new motherboard? Here's a list of motherboard reviews.

Gigabyte GA-6OXM7E at iBXT Labs
Biostar M7MKA follow up review at Hexus
Tekram K7KX-A review at Via Hardware.
ASUS A7V Socket A Clip Problems have been covered by TweakTown

WebMasterP
08-17-00
Dan's Data beat me to it! He has a guide on what you should and should not get for your new Duron or Thunderbird, or any other processor. Go read it already.


WebMasterP
08-16-00
Insane Hardware has gone ASUS A7V CrAzY. They have dedicated an entire section of their site to it. Now, they have an FAQ, a link to a new BIOS that disables ATA/100 and information on a new manual.

WebMasterP
08-16-00
3D Accelerated has a review on a dual monitor hook up video card from a company you've probably never heard of. But, this is definitely worth a look. Just go and read their Appian Jeronimo 2000 review, already.


WebMasterP
08-15-00
I saw this in this months edition of Newsweek. Enjoy.

Gay Pride



WebMasterP
08-14-00
PC Review.co.uk has reviewed the Soltek SL-65JVB-X and have a lot of good things to say about it. I've never used a Soltek board so I'll keep my mouth shut on this one.

WebMasterP
08-14-00
I don't know about you, but I wasn't a huge fan of KISS. However, their new game looks interesting. The Game Den has a review on KISS Psycho Circus. I think you should click right on over there and see what's so psycho about it.

WebMasterP
08-14-00
Chick's Hardware has a Overclocking review on the CeleronII 600. However, they had three of them. This is a good demonstration on why some people have really bad luck.
"I was lucky enough to have three different CeleronII 600's for testing. The first two reached 675 MHz, but wouldn't budge any further. The last CeleronII I tested reached 900 MHz, which is phenomenal, considering that the CPU was rated at 600 MHz. Another bonus was that this Celeron was now running at a front side bus of 100Mhz."
I actually know why those first two wouldn't budge. It's a long story but it has to do with Taco Bell and an Intel clean room.

WebMasterP
08-14-00
There is a MSI KT7 motherboard review posted over at Athlon OC. He covers some important issues, such as the large capacitors next to the Socket that would prevent you from using one of the larger heat sinks on the market.

WebMasterP
08-14-00
Speaking of the MSI KT7, TweakTown has their own review up as well. He has comments and complaints in different areas. Which is why I always recommend reading at least 3 reviews before you buy something.

WebMasterP
08-14-00
Jsi Hardware has a review on the Card Cooler XT. Yes, this has been review about a zillion times in the past few weeks but if you haven't heard of the sucker then you probably should read about it.


WebMasterP
08-13-00
Train Wrecker has their mouse pad wars article posted. It's very informative and even tests the pads for vegetable chopping ability.

WebMasterP
08-13-00
Guru3D has some benches up for the new 6.16 Detonators. These will work TNT on up. The numbers he got with these drivers are phenomenal.

WebMasterP
08-13-00
Club Overclocker has reviewed the Card Cooler XT. Cooling overkill? I think not. Can the words cooling and overkill even be put in the same sentence? Crap! I just did it twice.


WebMasterP
08-12-00
Here's some A7V news for you all. First off, TweakTown has a review on the sucker. They're calling it their ASUS K7V "Better Late Then Never" Review. Also, Insane Hardware has posted their A7V Resource Central. They even have a dedicated forum for the freaking thing.


WebMasterP
08-11-00
Club Overclocker has a look at a video cooling kit called the GPack III Xtreme. No results but if you can't see from the pictures that these babies work, you have some vision problems.

WebMasterP
08-11-00
CPU Review has written a fairly large and informative article on AMDs upcoming Sledgehammer. It tells of their 64-bit integration and what not.

WebMasterP
08-11-00
Insane Hardware has a review up on some Burn-In software called BurnIn Test. This is probably pretty important for you people who are trying to make sure their processors are rock solid.

WebMasterP
08-11-00
Chick's Hardware reviews the a P3 Coppermine 850 MHz. I know that mid-range processor reviews aren't the most exciting but this is probably a good candidate to get to the ol' Gigahert.


WebMasterP
08-10-00
Is your hard drive a hotty? No, not like that, pervert. I'm talking about temperature here. Club Overclocker has just the thing you need to cool that hot metal down. They review Vantec's Hard Disk Cooler.

WebMasterP
08-10-00
Games Xtreme has their own review of Dues Ex up and it's by their good writer too. Get this, he actually uses capital letters when needed! Still not to long in length but this will give you the gist of the game.

WebMasterP
08-10-00
VIA Hardware gave me the heads up on VIA's new 4-in-1 drivers (v4.24). These are for KX/KT133, MVP3/4, and Apollo Pro/133/133A chipset based motherboards. You can download it here from their US site or their Taiwan site.


WebMasterP
08-09-00
The Game Den has a comparative review of Diablo II and Icewind Dale. I haven't even heard of Icewind Dale but I know that Diablo II is extremely addictive.

WebMasterP
08-09-00
Guru3D has their own Voodoo5 5500 AGP review up. We have our own review too for comparison purposes.

WebMasterP
08-09-00
Gaming In 3D is giving away free stuff and there is nothing wrong with that. You can win some killer thermal grease (Artic Silver) and 120mm fan among other things.

WebMasterP
08-09-00
Heavy Metal FAKK 2 has been review over at ye olde 3D Game Gear. All I know is you can FAKK as a bad word substitute. (e.g. Stop reading this FAKKing news and get the FAKK out of here)


WebMasterP
08-08-00
NFS Xtreme has an article posted entitled "Pentium 3 700E Coppermine - The Need For Gigahertz." I hate to spoil the fun, but they get it to 1022 MHz. Now you just have to see how they did it.

WebMasterP
08-08-00
There is a 2CoolPC and 2CoolPC Plus giveaway and review over at TweakTown. I you haven't heard of these products by now, I'm going to have to wonder where you were the last two months.


WebMasterP
08-07-00
The news posts for today will be written for the thinking impared.

WebMasterP
08-07-00
iBXT Labs has a review of the MSI Star Force 815 graphics card. This thing makes stuff show up on your monitor! Neat!

WebMasterP
08-07-00
A company called Inno3D has made a video card (the thing we just talked about). The card, which is called the Inno3D Tornado GeForce2 GTS, has 64 MB of DDR RAM on it and has been review at Chick's Hardware and Via Hardware. Wowzers!!!

WebMasterP
08-07-00
Trainwrecker.com has a article on a contraption that actually lets you make your own CDs! Who would have thought you can make your own? It's called the Plextor 12/10/32 CD Writer. Rad!


WebMasterP
08-06-00
iBXT Labs has reviewed one the very disappointing VIA Cyrix III processor. They got a hold of one in the 533 MHz flavor.

WebMasterP
08-06-00
The Sony MVC-CD1000 digital camera is a very nice, very expensive toy. The lucky bastard at Dan's Data got to play with one. I know some people who would sell them selves for one of these.


WebMasterP
08-05-00
GlobalWIN's FOP32 is a mighty nice cooler, especially for its price. Extreme Overclocking has their review up and running, you should check it out especially if you're looking for a cooler for your new Thunderbird/Duron.

WebMasterP
08-05-00
Athlon OC has got their panties in a bunch but they do so for a valid reason. It seems the Epox 7KXA (Socket A motherboard) has some problems with the ELSA Gladiac (and probably more GeForce2 cards). Can you say 50 FPS at 640x480?

WebMasterP
08-05-00
Club Overclocker has a review on some mini heatsinks for your videocard. These are made buy Overclockers Hideout and work pretty well. You'll have read this review to look at these puppies.

WebMasterP
08-05-00
3d Game Gear is giving away a Razor Boomslang 2000. You have to sign up for their email though.

WebMasterP
08-05-00
Insane Hardware has a mod guide for you A7V people who want to stick a multiplier switch on their. I don't think they've actually done it themselves, so good luck to the brave souls who try this.


WebMasterP
08-04-00
TweakTown has an article up on the future of Socket A. This is pretty important for you AMD buyers. Especially, if you're getting a mustang.


WebMasterP
08-03-00
Sorry news has been slow lately. I've been working 6 days a week at the daily grind. 50 hour work weeks make for a tired WebMasterP.

WebMasterP
08-03-00
Glide Underground has their own Diablo II review up. It's just another take on it which is valuable if you're undecided on buying a product.

WebMasterP
08-03-00
The Chaintech CT-6OJV motherboard has been review at Active-Hardware. This is probably a good board for making you sister an internet box. Here's the gist of it:
"Chaintech certainly doesn't appear to be dragging its feet when it comes to developing new products. After all, the moment that the Intel 815 chipset hit the streets, Chaintech was there build a motherboard around it. Thanks to the i815's inclusion of an integrated AC"97 audio, and i752 AGP 3D video, their newest product is among the new breed of all-in-one motherboards. In short, for a minimal investment, it becomes possible to build a complete system, complete with audio & video support. That said, let's take a look at the newcomer: the Chaintech CT-60JV."



WebMasterP
08-01-00
Lemme Boy has posted a Dark Reign 2 review over at The Game Den. He's saying that the graphics are "simply pleasing to the eye." I guess that must be a good thing.

WebMasterP
08-01-00
iXBT Labs has got a hold of a MX reference board from nVidia. As you might or might not know, these Germans right one hell of a review. Worth a look? Yep.

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