Good morning PCstats readers - let's get a move on with some tech news, as
there is a lot to cover today. For starters, Keith at Penstarsys.com was able to
take a close look at one of the inexpensive wireless bridge solutions offered by D-Link aimed directly at the console gamer. John 'Gruntman' runs a little site called Gruntville, out of New York if I'm not mistaken... anyway, they have a review of the ATI Radeon 9800XT videocard today for you
to check out.
OCmodshop on the other hand aren't doing much modding these days, preferring instead to review cards like the XFX GeForceFX 5700 Ultra. I am not a geek....really.... has an editorial on the forthcoming Windows XP SP2 RC2 release. Microsoft is introducing some mighty interesting software features, and you can rest assured that PCstats will cover SP2 when it actually is released for everyone. myWORLD Hardware covered PC Fair (I) 2004 at PWTC earlier in the week, and still had time to take a look at a wireless solution by Quetec. Fellow Canuks, Techtastic.ca test out the X-Micro WLAN 11G Broadband Router, and Thermaltake's UV LED Y Cable.
I must admit that we have fallen a bit behind on news regarding Viperlair... so with out further delay, here are some of The Viper's best and brightest according to them :-) - Wireless-G and USB 2.0, A chat with Dan Snyder of Intel, Glowing keyboards... poor keyboards or not? MSI K8N Neo Platinum, taking a spin with an ASUS DVD burner, Albatron's high-end PX875P Pro motherboard, Corsair's TWINX-3200XL Pro and Innovatek's latest high-end watercooling gear.
A Windows Media Player 10 Technical Beta Preview is going on at Thecrucible.ca, while over at TechIMO, it's all about World of Warcraft - Near Completion and Looking Fabulous! Pssssst... Dungeon Siege II is over here. Jetart's funky X-Panel DT5000 has been tested out
Gaming Illustrated takes the Sapphire X800 Pro Video Card out for a spin, and surprise, surprise, it gets 96% and an Award. The New Stock Intel Prescott P4 Cooler... have you heard about this yet? Silent Mike in Vancouver also talks about Athlon 64 for Quiet Power. Excellent articles, so be
sure to read them.
Overclockers Online has just posted their look at the Samsung 192 MP. Today, MBReview has taken a look at a 1GB PC4000 kit from a memory manufacturer many of you have likely never heard of, Shikatronics. If you can't buy this stuff in your local stores, don't bother reading the review. Driverheaven just published data on their tests of the Visiontek Radeon X800 Pro... Just... as in
like....ummm... a few days ago.
The Tech Zone head to China for a tour of the Abit motherboard making factory. Seagate Announces 11 New Products. Does anyone care? Hardwarezone, who like to send me 4 copies of every email, have let me know, know, know, and know they have an Eight-Way GeForce FX 5900XT Shootout up now.
Xbitlabs usually have good content, so I'd suggest you have a look at some of their most recent reviews; Choosing a Budget CPU, ASUS P4P800-E Deluxe, 300GB Storage Devices, 3ware Escalade 8506-8 SATA RAID Controller, NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900XT, and last but not least, LGA775: New CPUs and Chipsets.
Some exploding/extreme/hardware/ultra/super-labs.com site reviewed the Sicuro RW-360XL 2.1 Gaming Speakers today too. ExplosiveLabs don't actually sell any explosives, but they do have a 3-Way SFF PC Comparo: Biostar, Epox, FIC.
ExtremeMHz has a few pages written up about the
"sexy new Centurion 5 Chassis from Coolermaster." "Sexy," eh? Miguel Fernandez also tests out the "sexy" Corsair TwinX1024-3200XL Pro memory, "sexy" Raidmax Virgo 811 Mid Tower Gaming Case, "sweet" Armor Mid Tower Chassis, "tasty" X-Bag CTSSL LAN Bag, and "screaming" Poseidon WCL-03 Water Cooling Kit. I see a trend in
Miguel's reviews. ;-)
Logitech's compact but powerful 2.1 speakers are compact, but, powerful. Adrian's Rojak Pot has just posted The FPIO2 Mod Guide! Now. what does "FPIO2" stand for? Adrian also has the ATI Radeon To ATI FireGL Mod Guide ready and waiting to kill the warranty on your card.
"AMDboard.com has been compiling AMD K8 motherboards since the early start of the platform. The recent Socket 939 motherboards launch forced the site to change the way mainboards were stored in order to make things even easier." yippee! The Samsung 173P is an LCD marvel, but is the ABIT IC7-MAX3 the perfect Pentium 4 board? Envynews bust out a few quick tests with a nice pair of Kingmax's high-end DDR500 RAM.
This is the ugliest case on the face of the planet: NZXT's silver Guardian. This is the best CPU on the face of the planet (at the moment anyway): Athlon 64 3800+. And lastly, Xtreme Tek has posted a review of Zalman’s ZM-RS6F 5.1 Real Surround Sound Headphones. "As demand for high-performance audio merges into the mainstream, 5.1 surround sound is now considered a mandatory item for a great many consumers."