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[H] Enthusiast Archives: February 2005Archive Listing

Monday February 28, 2005

[H]ardNews 13th Edition


If socket 939 and SLi are two things you need in your next motherboard then have a look at this DFI LANParty NF4 SLi-DR review at PCPerspective. You can see our man Morry’s thoughs on this very same board here.

DFI has created the first non-1st tier motherboard SLI solution. Asus, Gigabyte and MSI were all hand held through the process of building their SLI motherboards, while DFI and its engineers were left to fend for themselves. The result is a well made and well thought out motherboard with SLI as an extra bonus feature on top of that.

A8N-SLI Versus LANParty UT NF4 SLi-D:

Hexus has a little “battle of the titan” style action going in this ASUS A8N-SLI Versus LANParty UT NF4 SLi-D review. Be sure you check out our A8N-SLI review here for comparison purposes.

To keep it brief, if you want solid nForce4 SLI performance, good features and pricing that won't break the bank, either board will do.

Corsair XPERT:

CoolTechZone has some of that spanky new Corsair XPERT memory in house for a little review action. We posted a little movie of the memory in action here to give you the full visual impact of the new LED display.

The price is our only serious concern with the XPERT memory. Other than that, Corsair has released an exceptionally well structured product that does everything that one might wish.

[H]ardNews 12th Edition - Blair's Tech Ed.

Game Essay Leads To College:

Can playing video games get you accepted into college? Well, if you are this guy it can. Quick, if you are in high school, show this article to your parents and ask for more allowance to buy college entrance exam tools ( *cough*games*cough*).

He has been accepted at three colleges so far, thanks in no small part to his essay on playing ``City of Heroes,'' an online superhero game developed by Cryptic Studios in Los Gatos. Can playing video games get you into college? Roman Sizykh thinks so.

Hot New PTA Handsets:

While the tech geek part of me thinks this PTA technology is cool, the other part of me sees 2 billion ways for this tech to be misused by Paris Hilton.

The core benefit of PTA handsets is the synchronous video conferencing. Similar to a walkie-talkie with video capabilities, the speaker's image appears instantly on the handset screen of the user or multiple users on the call.

Opera Targets Browser Vulnerability:

Taking a cue from Mozilla this week, Opera has updated its browser to combat the security vulnerabilities that lead to phishing attacks.

Taking a cue from Firefox and others, software developer Opera is updating the latest iteration of its Web browser to combat phishing attacks that take advantage of a domain name vulnerability.

[H]ardNews 11th Edition

ATI to Hawaii:

A little birdie told me that ATI is starting a little contest tomorrow in which the grand prize will be a trip for 2 to Hawaii for the North American winner and a trip to the Bahamas for the European winner. All the rules and specifics should be posted on this page soon and have nothing to do with meeting Steve for 10 minutes in his basement.



Make $100 the [H]ard way! Spend ten minutes alone with Steve in his basement....OR Make $100 the easy way and sell me those two old Pentium III Slot 1 processors you still have sitting on the shelf that have the passive OEM heatsinks on them.

[H]ardNews 9th Edition

HIS Radeon X850XT IceQ II:

T-Break has the HIS Radeon X850XT IceQ II in house for a few rounds of benchmarks. Like all high end cards, folks love the performance but hate the high price tag:

Again, a pretty good card from HIS and while it offers great performance, we would recommend waiting a bit for prices to drop. Even though it performed well in the Price/Performance ratio, we think that spending over $600 on a single video card is a bit too much.

HIS Radeon X800XL IceQ II Turbo:

If you gotta have a X800 series Radeon with the IceQ II cooling but the X850XT is out of your price range, this HIS Radeon X800XL IceQ II Turbo might be a better deal for you.

Amongst the endless amount of clones out there this Radeon X800XL graphics card stands out as something different, something special and something more!

Be sure to check out our X800 series round up for comparison purposes while you are at it.

VisionTek Radeon X850XT:

Continuing the whole Radeon review trend we got going here today, Driver Heaven has posted a 20 page review of the VisionTek Radeon X850XT for your viewing pleasure.

It would be hard NOT to recommend this card over a competitor's considering the lifetime warranty and the claims of toll free tech support with minimum "on hold" times.

[H]ardNews 8th Edition

Firefox Issues Fixed:

Thanks for everyone that let us know our content pages were FUBAR this morning. A software upgrade over the weekend was the culprit, but has now been fixed. The new review up today covering the Shuttle SB95P V2 should now be viewable (it is worth the read as well). Our apologies to all you Mozilla/Firefox users.

[H]ardNews 7th Edition

512MB GF 6800Ultra Pics:

The crew at Bit-Tech have a few top secret spy photos of the recently announced 512MB GeForce 6800Ultra Pics . Aside from the photos there are a few tidbits of information to be gleaned and there are a few notable differences from current cards that are also interesting.

It is also worth noting that there is a new power layout at the end of the board, much different to previous versions of the GeForce 6800 series on both AGP and PCI-Express. There is also memory on the back as we discussed last week - interestingly this is not cooled.

[H]ardNews 6th Edition

[H]ardForum [H]appenings:

Welcome to the Monday edition of [H]ardForum [H]appenings. We get a lot of questions around here asking us to rate their cable routing skillz or people asking us what we think of the pictures of their new PC. While we love to share our opinions on your choice of components for your system, we highly suggest you post them in the case modding forums to get the input of thousands of people, not just ours. After browsing the For Sale & Trade forums for a bit, I hit the [H]otDeals forum and posted this deal I stumbled across for a 19" LCD For $370 with free shipping. Runner up in the deal of the day category is this 160GB Seagate hard drive for $49.99 after rebate. Got a cool thread you want to see posted here? Shoot me a line, we’ll get it in the next installment [H]ardforum [H]appenings. In the mean time, we’ll see you in the forums!

[H]ardNews 5th Edition

Geek Horoscopes:

It is that time of the month again folks, not that time of the month…don’t be gross. We are talking about BBSpot’s Geek Horoscopes. Head on over and get your horoscope so you can plan your month around it…like I do.

Sagittarius, Nov 22 - Dec 21:

The stars wish to congratulate you on your 87th straight week of being a complete loser.

AOL Opens Up AIM:

AOL is trying to boost AIM popularity with stuff like AIM Sync which integrates AOL Instant Messenger presence awareness into Microsoft Outlook contacts.

Next up is presence integration with CareerBuilder's online recruiting Web site. Job seekers can now register their AIM Screen Name with their resume to provide prospective employers with a real-time connection.

I'm not sure it is a good idea to have prospective employers using AOL to instant message you using your AOL handle “$3xu4L dYn4m0”.

17 FireFox Security Flaws?

We posted a link last week to the new Firefox 1.0.1, if you didn’t download it then, you need to download it now. Apparently there are a total of 17 security flaws in Firefox 1.0. Yikes!

The organization released Firefox 1.0.1, which fixes 17 security flaws in the popular Web browser. The most serious flaws could allow an attacker to gain full control over a victim's PC.

[H]ardNews 4th Edition

[H] Sighting:

Last week it our random [H] sighting came from Romania, this week…Serbia. [H] reader extraordinaire FSamir sent me this picture of his “must have hardware”. Let’s see, we have cigarettes, alcohol a gas mask and a home made [H] mousepad…this can mean only one thing…Serbian LAN party! Woo Hoo!!!

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[H]ardNews 3rd Edition - Mods & Ends


Zalman VF700-Cu @ Rbmods - Kingwin KWVC-3 Video Card Cooling System @ ClubOC


ATake SATA Cables @ - Demon 480w Power Supply @ Controlled-Insanity - XG Vortec 600W PSU @ ATGamers - Nexus DampTek Noise Absorption Material @ TWLabs - - ULTRA All in One MP3 Player @ HardCoreWare

Cases & Modding:

Enermax Maxflow CS-718B ATX Case @ BigBruin

Free Stuff:

Sunbeamtech Transformer ATX Case Giveaway @ BigBruin - Sunbeam Samurai Giveaway! @ LAN Addict

[H]ardNews 2nd Edition

Ready Or Not, SP2 Is Coming:

For corporate customers who use automatic updates, SP2 is on the way come April 12th. Microsoft is letting customers know that it will start delivering Windows XP Service Pack 2 to all customers using automatic update, ready or not.

While recognizing the need for customers to test software, Microsoft has been urging businesses to move to SP2 for its enhanced security benefits, particularly for portable machines that frequently travel in and out of a corporate firewall.

Mac Pioneer Dies:

Jef Raskin, the legendary Mac pioneer and the 31st Apple employee, died Saturday of cancer.

Jef Raskin, the computer interface expert who launched the Macintosh project for Apple Computer, died Saturday at age 61. The author of "The Humane Interface: New Directions for Designing Interactive Systems," died of cancer at his Pacifica, Calif., home.

Last Chance For Free Stuff!

Today is the last chance to get your name in the hat to win some cool autographed Ghost Recon 2 collectors items. The great guys over at Red Storm sent me a bunch of autographed Ghost Recon 2 stuff, posters, Xbox games, PS2 games, hats and shirts for me to hand out to you guys. Hurry and get your final entry to win one these awesome collectors items signed by the team at Red Storm. Winners will be selected tonight and notified Tuesday, March 1st 2005. ENTER HERE.

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