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Biostar M7NCD Pro

If you are building an AMD powered system these days chances are high that you will be using a motherboard using NVIDIA’s excellent nForce2 chipset. Today we are taking a look at Biostar’s second nForce2-based motherboard, the M7NCD Pro, a nForce2 motherboard with a $80 pricetag.

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DFI LANParty KT400A Motherboard

DFI isn’t leaving anyone guessing with their latest line of high performance, feature-packed boards. The LANParty family is quite obviously aimed at the enthusiast / gamer / modder who wants to show off his system. Dual LAN, UV reactive and RAID 1.5 are just a few of the interesting features ...

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Corsair TWINX512-3200LL DDR Memory Kit

The popularity of dual channel DDR (DCDDR) memory configurations seems to only be increasing, especially as more and more Intel and AMD based boards are becoming available with chipsets that support DCDDR. In early 2003, Corsair introduced TWINX memory kits to meet the demand of enthusiasts wanting high quality and ...

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BFG GeForce FX 5600

BFG offers an extra 128MB of memory with its FX5600, but is it worth the extra money?

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MSI TV@nywhere (MS-8876) Review

MSI’s TV@nywhere (model MS-8876) PCI TV-tuner packs a lot more than just video input and some TV-tuning software. Two features that stand out, right off the bat, are that the TV@nywhere can (1) record and convert between MPEG1, MPEG2, and MPEG4, and (2) actually serve its TV connection over the ...

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MSI CR52-A2 52/24/52 CD-R/RW

MSI is known for making high performance and high quality motherboards and video cards, but that’s not all they manufacture. MSI also has a nice line of optical drives, including this speed 52x burner that was sent to our labs.

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Belkin Quadra 4-in-1 Pen

If you’re looking for a new stylus for your PDA, then you might want to give the new Belkin Quadra 4-in-1 Pen a good hard look. It offers an unusual array of features at an outstanding value. How often does that happen these days?!

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Casewraps: The Cure For The Common PC

Got a case of the PC blahs? Beige got you bored? Try a Casewrap for a colorful quick fix!

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MSI GeForce FX 5600-VTDR128

The MSI FX5600-VTR128 is a quiet card, of reasonable size, which does NOT need extra power or an adjacent PCI slot and it comes with an excellent bundle of goodies.

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Xoxide UV Cold Cathode 80mm Fans

Want to add some cooling AND lighting to your case at the same time? There seems to be no better way than with some cold cathode fans! Xoxide offers several different types, and I take a look at the 80mm UV orange and blue versions. They’re quiet, bright and cool!

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Chaintech Reloaded 2003 Event Report

I was lucky enough to have the privilege to attend a media event — the Chaintech Reloaded Event. The event took place in New Orleans, and Chaintech took it as an opportunity to introduce itself and some of its products to the press. NVIDIA, InterVideo and Corsair were also there ...

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XFX GeForce FX 5200

With all the talk about the high-end FX5900 cards it is easy to forget that there also is a low-end part, the FX5200. I have taken a look at XFX’s GeForce FX5200 card to see if it is a good replacement for the GF4MX.

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OCZ Ultra 2 Thermal paste

Arctic Silver is the gold standard of thermal compounds. Can OCZ’s Ultra 2 dethrone it?

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Antec Sonata PC Case

Antec’s new Sonata case is quiet, compact, and beautiful.

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AOpen AK79D Max nForce2 Motherboard

After getting through some headaches with installation, the AK79D Max proved to be a pretty good board. It’s very stable and offers a lot of features. In this review, I compare this nForce2 mobo to a KT400 board to see which is really better.

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Can Rockstar Games successfully up on the overwhelming success of GTA3? According to Starfury, yes they can!

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Xoxide Dual 6 Inch Bubble Light Cold Cathodes

Xoxide’s 6″ Dual Bubble Light Cold Cathodes are a unique way to add some light to a case with a window. The kit comes with everything you need, and it is very easy to install!

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NVIDIA nForce2 400 and Ultra 400

NVIDIA is unveiling two new products in its nForce family — the NVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400 and NVIDIA nForce2 400 platform processors. So what’s new with these offerings? They are optimized and validated for the new AMD Athlon XP 3200+ processors with advanced 400MHz FSB technology.

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NVIDIA FX5900 GPU’s – Preview

Will the FX5900 GPU’s help NVIDIA regain the place at the top or will it be another disappointment like the FX5800 Ultra was?

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GameBoy Advance SP

Nintendo finally gave in to the hue and cry from gamers for a lighted screen on the GBA. To many peoples surprise they did more than just add a light, they totally redesigned the GBA’s form factor and added some other minor changes as well. Take a look to see ...

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CrazyPC Green Cold Cathode Kit

This cold cathode kit from CrazyPC happens to be a Sun Beam product, which is a well known name to light aficionados. The kit is pretty high quality and includes everything you need for installation.

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Biostar M7NCG Motherboard

This Micro-ATX motherboard has just about everything you need for a basic computer: built-in GeForce4 MX video, sound, network connection, USB 2.0, etc.

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MSI Ti4800SE-VTD8X

Remember the good ol’ days when 3D accelerators were new and card makers were trying to convince you to make the leap to 3D? MSI obviously remembers the good ol’ days (and recognizes the need to differentiate its products). Their NVIDIA Ti4800SE offering, the Ti4800SE-VTD8X, is chock full of goodies.

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X-trac Pro HS Mousing Surface

Even though optical mice marketing involves the claim of “not needing a mouse pad,” you still need a good surface to mouse on, especially if you are a gamer. The X-trac Pro Hard Surface is a mouse pad engineered with optical mousers and gamers in mind, and you can tell!

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nForce3 Professional

Following up the success with the nForce2, NVIDIA now offers a solution for the new AMD Opteron CPUs, the nForce3 Pro. Check out our article about the new chipset.

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GrinderGear Expedition PDA Case

The downside to a PDA being there for you all the time is that it’s also there when conditions are less than ideal for electronic equipment. If you frequently expose your PDA to rugged and hostile environments, you might want to check out GrinderGear’s Expedition case!

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Gainward GeForce4 PowerPack! Ultra/750-8X XP Golden Sample

The Gainward GeForce4 PowerPack! Ultra/750-8X XP is a great VIVO and gamer solution. This Ti4800SE is actually a Ti4400 with 8X AGP support, but it easily overlcocks to Ti4600 speeds (300/650) with Gainward’s included ExperTool utility. Overall, it’s a great package and high in value.

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Radeon 9600 Pro

Not content of owning the high-end ATI also want to own the mid-end. Today I am looking at the Radeon 9600 Pro to see what it offers.

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MSI K7N2G-ILSR

MSI offers one of the most feature-rich nForce2 boards in its price range. This board is directed at nearly every edge of the market. System builders will love it for its price, stability and features.

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Leadtek Winfast A300 Ultra TD MyVIVO Review

Leadtek has once again proved that they innovate. Their WinFast Twin Turbo II cooling solution on the A300 is likely enough to get me to choose the A300 over other models out there. A nice software bundle and VIVO features round it out.

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Antec TrueControl 550

Antec’s latest power supply combines the performance of the TruePower 550 with a tweaker’s delight: A remote control panel for adjusting voltages and fan speeds.

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PcToys System Maxx Fan Controller

If you need or want a way to manually adjust the speed and noise of your system’s fans, then you should definitely take a look at PcToys System Maxx Fan Controller. It’s easy to use and works great!

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Black Chieftech X-Sonic Mid-Tower Case

With a great set of features and having such an affordable price for aluminum, the X-sonic is definitely worth taking a look at if you are needing a new case. I have a couple issues with the case, but overall the pros outweigh the cons by far.

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AOpen AK79G Max nForce2 Motherboard

When you take a look at all the features included with the AK79G Max, you definitely start to understand the “Max” designation. With Serial ATA, FireWire, USB 2.0, WinBIOS (change BIOS within Windows), EzClock (overclock from within Windows) and many other great features, the AK79G Max is without a doubt ...

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Western Quake 3 Beta 2.0 Review

Western Quake 3 is a fun, action-packed and beautifully accurate Wild West Q3A mod that left me wanting more! It would be hard not to have fun while playing this game!

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NVIDIA’s (even bigger) Linux Advantage

NVIDIA’s latest Linux graphics driver aims to solve one of the number one Linux headaches: Installation. The NVIDIA Linux Update is a new feature that removes the hassles and potential for error that plague many Linux installations. Read on to find out why this development reinforces NVIDIA’s Linux commitment.

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SpeedUpMyPC

Have you ever had problems with low memory or low resources in Windows? Then LiUtilities SpeedUpMyPC might be the program for you.

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Chatlog: NVIDIA’s Director of Developer Relations Bill Rehbock

Edited log from our chat on March 25, 2003 with NVIDIA’s Director of Developer Relations Bill Rehbock.

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Compro Poladyne Ti4800SE

With all the talk about new cards like the ATI Radeon 9800 or the GeForce FX 5800 Ultra it is easy to forget that most people don’t want to or can’t afford to buy one of those. Thus it still is interesting to look at the GeForce 4 Ti’s since ...

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Melvine ”Blue Edition” HDD VU Kit

This cool electronic light show is one of the easiest mods I’ve ever seen. The lights flash outward from the center when your hard drive is active. During heavy access, all the LED light up. This is a perfect ”beginner’s mod”.

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