Wednesday News part 2

Posted on Wednesday, March 05 2003 @ 9:05 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck

Bitspower 12" Cold Cathode Kits Rev 2.0 Review
In the original configuration of the first generation 12" Cold Cathode Kits, Bitspower opted to use a more circular 300mm tube encased in an all-acrylic shell. The ends of the tube were secured using silicon rubbers to keep the cathode tube centered and stationary. The latest revision uses a more traditional approach by securing both ends using silicon blocks. The silicon blocks simplify the process of mounting these units inside a case thanks to the included double stick Velcro pieces. All wiring has been extended the length of the tube and is conveniently routed to quick disconnect plugs that are inserted into the 12v power inverter.

Review Link : Modthebox

Nintendo Gameboy Advance SP (Extreme Tests)
"Next to the typical Q&A's that are being asked, there are other existential questions about the new sexy portable console from Nintendo: Is it really solid? Does it fly? Does it resist to heat? How does it taste? Today, Modtown in association with the team at Lik-Sang bring you the answers you have been looking for - with video evidence!

Warning: The Videos you are about to see can be interpreted either as violent or funny, depending on your taste. Please do not see them as an attack on the hardware. The GBA SP used in the following pictures was defective after a wrong installation of an Afterburner Chip for development purposes - it was already broken. It could probably have been repaired but... oh well. To make if brief: there was no harm done "

Review Link : Modtown

Thermaltake Volcano 9 CoolMod
Today I will be looking at the Thermaltake Volcano 9 CoolMod CPU cooler. My first impression of this cooler was great. I have had some good luck with the larger coolers lately and I was really looking forward to reviewing the Volcano 9. I will be putting this cooler up against the Spire 5F271B1M3 FalconRock that I reviewed in January .

Review Link : CyberCPU

Editorial : Windows XP Product Activation
By now I am starting to get angry, so what does the rep do? She cuts me off in mid-sentence, thanks me for calling Microsoft and then hangs up on me. Does anyone here think that this sort of behavior against your legitimate paying customers is warranted? Bill, if someone happens to forward this to you and you really don't know why it is that Windows piracy is running rampant, call me and I will be happy to tell you.
Read more at Monster-Hardware

Iwill XP4 Cute Cube
The XP4 is perfect for what my wife wants to use the computer for, surfing, business work, and mild gaming. She has plans to use a flat panel monitor with the Cube which would make the entire computer system tiny. Again, the XP4 cube is not intended for the hard core gamer or Overclocker, but if you are looking for a computer that combines good looks with great desktop performance, the XP4 Cube is for you.
Review Link : ClubOC

XFX GF4 MX440 Review
The MX440-8X overclocked exceptionally well. With the stock heat sink, I was able to achieve a stable core speed of 375mhz. That is an incredible 100mhz over stock speed. With a little better contact with the heat sink, the core should be able to achieve higher stable overclock. As mentioned before, the memory is rated to run at 3.3ns, allowing the memory to run at least 606mhz. I was able to push the BGA ram to at least 675mhz before artifacts started showing up.

Review Link : OCAddiction

About the Author

Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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