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 Review, Asetek WaterChill - Plug&Chill
By: Steffen Scheibler, October 22, 2003

Asetek, leader in exotic and high-performance PC-cooling, have just released their new water-cooling solution under the name of "Plug & Chill". This kit is the next generation in the WaterChill line of products and boasts a number of improvements on its predecessor.

 Warpzone 12 LAN report 2003
By: Sverre Sjøthun, October 8, 2003

Warpzone is an annual event held in my hometown Stavanger, Norway. Over 400 young, and not so young, people gathered together for gaming, tournaments, modding and socializing. Read on as we give you the report of this years event.

 Review, Zippy Electron Luminescence Keyboard
By: Robert Kropiewnicki, October 6, 2003

Keyboard review – how uninteresting does that sound? Quite a bit. On a second thought, when was the last time you saw a review on a keyboard? In fact, I dare to say that the keyboard must be one of the most underestimated computer parts out there. Read on as we take a closer look at the Zippy Electron Luminescence Keyboard.

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 Bodog.com Releases New Online Poker Client 2.0
By: Sverre Sjøthun, January 12, 2006

Today marks a major day in the history of online gaming and poker. This morning, after 11 months of conceptualization, design, re-design, usability testing and development, Bodog Online Poker Client 2.0 is now live.

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 Repairing a Damaged Motherboard
About a year and a half ago, I scored what seemed to be a dead motherboard. With a dremel, soldering iron, and some donor parts, I got it working again.
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 DDR and RAMBUS Data Transfer Explained
Many find the difference between FSB, DDR, RAMBUS and how it works quite confusing, so in this short write-up, I'll try to explain the difference. Enjoy.
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 Symmetric Multi Processing at a Glance
In dual processor x86 systems, the two processors operate indepedent of each other and are able to function simultaneously. But there are many myths and different beliefs on how SMP works. Read on to find out how it really works.
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 CaseAce Gear Grip LCD Shield Harness
LAN Party style events provide a unique opportunity for gaming enthusiasts to come together at one venue and play the latest top of the line gaming programs. Most venues have included extra events such as demonstrations, contests, lectures and product reviews. While the atmosphere is very competitive, one of the difficult challenges for attending one of these events is figuring out how to transport computer equipment from one location to another.
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 ATI All-In-Wonder 9800 Pro
One area ATI continues to dominate is the TiVo, multimedia market of consumer cards. With a Personal Cinema FX based card nowhere in sight, ATI has upped the ante with the All-In-Wonder 9800 Pro.
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 X-Micro Bluetooth Class 2 USB Dongle
OCAU has a review of this tiny gadget from X-Micro. I've never paid much attention to Bluetooth, thinking of it as just something to do with mobile phones and not too interesting. Jeremy Quirke shows in this review that there's quite a bit more to it than that.
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 FIC AU13 nForce 2
The AU11, FIC's first nForce2 mainboard was a resounding success, as it earned the reputation of being a very solid board that overclocked quite well. Let's see how this one does.
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 Sapphire 9800 & 9600 PRO Ultimate Edition
A while after ATI introduced the Radeon 9700 PRO Sapphire a slew of Radeon 9700’s appeared from board vendors, although most of them differed very little from the reference specification bar the shape and colour of the heatsink employed. Sapphire decided that with their ‘Atlantis Radeon 9700 PRO Ultimate Edition’ they would take this to the extreme and ship in with Zalman’s passive heatpipe cooling solution.
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 It's MRAM, not DDR
MRAM is not just newer and faster memory, it's a whole new ball game. Porcessors, bridges, and software will have to adjust when memory is non-volatile and much faster. What will you do with your obsolete P4s, Opterons, and so on?
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Vantec VAN-400B Ion 400 Watt Power Supply Review @ MODTHEBOX.COM
ModTheBox takes a look at the Vantec VAN-400B PSU. Check it out here.

"The rear panel of the unit has an 80mm exhaust fan protected by a chrome fan guard. The unit includes a standard 115/230V voltage switch, a standard ON/OFF rocker switch, and an AC inlet. Two additional features include a 3-position fan control switch, and an AC output. The AC output is an ideal choice for user's looking to power an additional AC device, such as a monitor or any water cooling pumps simultaneously with the computer. The 3-position fan control switch has three settings: Auto, Low & Medium."

Acrylic Blue UV Reactive Computer Case @ Voided Warranty
Voided Warranty has published a review on an Acrylic Blue UV Reactive Computer Case. Read more here.

"With case modding being a regular thing to allot of PC enthusiasts, adding a window to your case seems to be one of the first things to do. Why stop at just a window? Acrylic cases aren't exactly new to the case modding scene but have become more and more popular in the last year."

Samsung 172B 17" LCD Review @ ExtensionTech.net
Davinder at ExtensionTech cranks out another LCD review. Read it here.

"Although this is an analog only LCD monitor, that does not take away from how it fared. I’m not trying to be biased and saying that analog monitors are just pure crap. Before I started reviewing them I thought this was true because a few reviews I’ve read seemed to downplay them quite a bit. “No digital input” said most of the reviews and it was quite clear that’s where the monitor lost some points for the overall rating. I believe you have to judge an analog monitor based on what it will most likely be used for."

H3003 Super Mini Optical Mouse Review @ Mikhailtech
Mikhailtech takes a look at the H3003 mini optical mouse. Read it here.

"The connector is very small USB plug accompanied by a wire several times thinner than that found on most mice. Aside from left and right click is a scroll wheel which makes a soft but audible clicking sound when rotated. The bottom piece is tinted black plastic, so it is possible to see a red glow emanating from the mouse at night, though it's not very luminous. There are four plastic stubs that act as feet on the bottom, all of which is held together by a pair of tiny phillips head screws."

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July 6, 2003   By: Chris Thomas

Compro Videomate TV Gold Plus (TV Tuner PCI Card) @ myWORLD HW
If you are low on space, and don't have room for a TV, or just want to watch TV on your computer, a TV capture card is the way to do it. Check out myWORLD HW's review of one here

"TV Video capturing cards are becoming increasingly popular in the market right now. They serve one purpose, that is to display and record TV shows right on your very own PC. From our initial review on Compro VideoMate TV, we are more than impressed enough with the product itself... "


Enermax CS-528 & CS-718 Series Aluminum Cases @ TweakTown
TweakTown takes a look at these two new cases from Enermax. Read more here

"When you hear about modified aluminum casing, you don't generally think of the word "affordable" in the same sentence. Come join Mike "Darthtanion" Wright as he takes a look at a pair of Enermax enclosures that somehow fit into both of the above mentioned categories. Pre-modded aluminum are generally expensive, but we'll see if you can make a cheaper product and still maintain any sort of quality!"


Albatron GeForceFX 5200 Ultra @ PC Stats
PC Stats checks out this offering from Albatron. Read more here.

"Buying a new videocard has never been more difficult and confusing than it is today. There are only two major players in the video graphics chipset manufacturing game (nVIDIA and ATi), but the market is flooded with various GPU's that have huge price differences, and very similar names. Manufacturers know that most computer users are not gamers, and of those who game, only a small fraction are "hardcore" enough to keep buying those $500 videocards every six months. That's why most manufacturers wisely focus on the low-to-mid end videocard markets. With the new GeForceFX class videocards even those on a tight budget can enjoy the benefits of DX 9, albeit at lower resolutions. Now that the arena has been set, Albatron has sent their GeForceFX 5200 Ultra to do battle with the other budget based videocards on the market."


Gigabyte GV-R96P128D Radeon 9600 Pro @ PC Stats
The Radeon 9600 Pro cards are high performance cards that don't cost too much. PC Stats checks one out. Read more here

"...and today we're going to be looking at Gigabyte's mainstream Radeon 9600 Pro which is obviously based on an ATi VPU. The tiny Radeon 9600 Pro VPU is built on 0.13 micron technology instead of larger more expensive 0.15 micron like the Radeon 9500/9700/9800's. This was a smart move for ATi as it's better to experiment on the lower cost chipsets and have all the quirks worked out by the time you migrate your high end VPU's to the smaller manufacturing process. nVIDIA learned this the hard way with their GeForceFX 5800 GPU's!"


AOpen AX4SG Max Springdale @ DV Hardware
If you don't feel like springing for a Canterwood, take a look at the Springdale... Read more here

"With the launch of the new 800MHz FSB Pentium 4 CPU's Intel also announced two new chipsets, the Canterwood for high performance systems, and the Springdale chipset which is a little bit cheaper. The only big difference between both is that the Canterwood chipset supports ECC (Error Correcting) Memory and officialy supports Intels PAT (Performance Acceleration Technology). But more about that later because some motherboard makers have enabled the PAT on their Springdale motherboards. Probally the Canterwoods have passed some sort of quality test, I guess that is the real difference between these two chipsets. The motherboard we have on our test bench for this review is a Springdale one from AOpen, the AOpen AX4SG Max."


Cooler Master CoolDrive 3 Hard Disk Cooler @ RojakPot
Hard drives too hot? Read more here

"Don't you just love 7200 RPM hard disks? They are blazing fast! Too bad they are also so HOT!!! As a result, most hardware enthusiasts now rely on a variety of fans and hard disk coolers to keep their ultra-fast hard disks running cool.

Today, we are going to take a look at one of the cooler looking hard disk coolers in the market - the Cooler Master CoolDrive 3! Does it work as well as it looks? Read on to find out! :)"


Soltek NV400-64: Single Channel nForce2 400 @ AMDMB
Want to see a $70 motherboard beat the A7N8X Deluxe? Read more here

"Quite on the contrary though, the Soltek NV400 includes a 4-pin power connector for added power to the board – something that is rarely seen on motherboards, let alone those that are heading for the mainstream market. If enthusiasts start to pick up on the chipset, however, this feature may entice some to the Soltek offering."


Asus P4SDX @ PimpRig
LOL - "Asus did something real stupid here; check out the Northbridge heatsink. It has thermal grease applied to the thermal pad. Dudes!! Use one or the other, not both!" Read more here

"Although the technology is no longer cutting edge, the board is stable, fast, and a good choice for anyone wanting hyperthreading and dual channel memory on an Intel platform. The Asus P4SDX with the SiS655 chipset is a combination that is hard to beat and easy to buy."


8-Way nVidia nForce 2 Motherboard Roundup @ TweakTown
Looking at an Athlon setup? Check out this quality review. Read more here (spoiler: they all perform pretty closely in most benchmarks, except for some standouts)

"Since its announcement from nVidia, nForce 2 has been one of the most hyped up chipsets the industry has seen. Roughly six months ago nVidia brought this chipset to life with a huge bang, with many motherboards sporting the chipset and its many variants. Today Cameron "Sov" Johnson takes a look at 8 of the most popular nForce 2 motherboards on the market putting them all head-to-head to see who has the force."

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June 20, 2003   By: Sverre Sjøthun

We have only one update for you today, and it's important. Our friends over at ViperLair told us that another site has ripped their content.

"Cybertheft is something that runs rampant through our community. Unfortunently, it has happened to VL.

Recently, I've been made aware that one of our articles have been stolen. Our original article is here: http://www.viperlair.com/articles/soft_guide/microsoft/officexp/offxpsp1.shtml

Here is the stolen content: http://mikecaldwell.com/XPSPIntegrated/XPSP2Integrated.htm

Look familiar?

What is distressing, is originally, he had our watermarks there (didn't even bother removing them), and after I emailed him politely to remove the article, he cut out the watermarks. Look at the article images closely, and you'll see a hack job at removing our watermarks. The real proof now is looking at the third image, and you'll see "Viperlair.com" in one of the fields.

Just a FYI: He never approached us for permission, and since I've emailed him, he removed my email addy from the article (yes, even THAT was still there), cut our watermatks out, and removed links relative to VL.

At the moment, I'm a bit of a loss of what to do. I figure emailing him is pointless, so I'm asking if anyone knows who I should contact to please drop me a line at sandviper@viperlair.com. "


So, there you have it. Help the guys at ViperLair out if you can, and if you run a site, please post this in your news section.

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