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[H] Enthusiast Archives: March 2005Archive Listing

Thursday March 31, 2005

[H]ardNews 10th Edition

Albatron PX925XE Pro-R:

If you are out shopping for a LGA775 motherboard for your next desktop PC, check out this Albatron PX925XE Pro-R review. If you need a motherboard for some serious overclocking, this board is not for you.

The Albatron PX925XE Pro-R is a fine board but not one that a true hardcore enthusiast should aim for; if balls out overclocking is your thing you should look elsewhere.

Bug Hunter Gets $$ From Mozilla:

I found this little nugget of info worth posting. Mozilla paid out $2500 to a researcher for discovering 5 vulnerabilities in FireFox. The man was paid $500 per bug/flaw he found. If I were you guys, I’d get to looking!

"We developed the bug bounty program to encourage and award community members who identify unknown bugs in the software," said Chris Hofmann, director of engineering for the Mozilla Foundation. "This program is one of the many ways the Mozilla Foundation produces safe and secure software for its users."

Free A64 3200+ Processors:

I haven’t done a giveaway in a while so I thought I would round up a handful of Athlon64 3200+ processors and give one away to you guys each day (free) for the next five days. Head on over to my alter-ego site Hypothermia and enter your name to win. And NO, this isn't a April Fool's go win something!!

We will be giving away a total of five Athlon64 3200+ socket 939 processors over the next week. I will chose one winner a day for the next 5 days and announce all the winners next Friday.

[H]ardNews 9th Edition

Shuttle SN95G5 XPC:

The crew at Driver Heaven seem pretty impressed with the Shuttle SN95G5 XPC small form factor PC they just reviewed. While all the attention may be on the newer nForce4 chipset XPCs, the SN95G5 is still a solid choice. Our review can be found here.

To say I have been completely impressed by the Shuttle would be an understatement. All of my initial concerns mentioned in the review introduction have been completely resolved and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed using the system.

NewEgg 99¢ Shipping:

O.K. Here is today’s PSA (public service announcement) and this isn’t an early April Fools joke either. I just noticed that NewEgg has 99¢ shipping on everything until April 4th. If you have anything to get that normally cost a lot to ship, I suggest you head on over to NewEgg before the 4th and get in on the cheap shipping.

[H]ardNews 8th Edition

Crimson Sky On G4 TV:

Congrats to [H]ardForum member Paul “Crimson Sky” Capello on his G4 TV “Attack of the Show” appearance. Most of you know that Paul is the man behind the awesome DOOM3: Project Mars City case mod.

His more than 23 years of experience as master model builder, carpenter, and special effects artist is reflected in works such as Metropolis, Alien Case Mod, The Matrix: Rebirth 8.0 and his most recent Doom 3: Project Mars City.

After 7 Years, Internet Study Finished:

As shocking as people want to make this sound, is it really any surprise that a government study if the internet took 7 years to finish? Not really. It is more shocking that they actually bothered to turn it in at all. That is like graduating from college and then actually turning in your 10th grade math test.

Talk about turning in your homework late: The government just finished a report on Internet traffic that Congress requested seven years ago. Lawmakers had demanded the $1 million federal study, ultimately called "Signposts in Cyberspace," under a 1998 federal law, the Next Generation Internet Research Act.

[H]ardNews 7th Edition

DFI LANParty UT NF4 Ultra-D:

HardCoreWare has the DFI LANParty UT NF4 Ultra-D socket 939 motherboard on the bench today. Definitely a nice board with good OC features. You can see our review here for comparison.

From what I have seen, there is no reason not to recommend the Lanparty Ultra-D over any other NF4 Ultra board. It has everything you need, everything you don't need, and is virtually missing nothing you won't need.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 Hard Drive:

Geoff Gasior over at The Tech Report has taken the Seagate's Barracuda 7200.8 hard drive out for a spin. Get it? Spin? Heh…I kill myself! If you need a speedy 400GB hard drive, this bad boy might fit the bill. Check it:

At first glance, having 400GB of storage capacity on a desktop hard drive seems a little ridiculous. It raises the question: do everyday users or even enthusiasts really need that much storage? They just might.

BFG GeForce 6600GT OC:

Bjorn3D is putting the BFG GeForce 6600GT OC through the wringer today testing the card in single and SLi configurations. For more info on the BFG 6600GT OC, be sure to check out our review from early February here.

Obviously since the 6600 GT OC offers great performance by itself, it will also provide some of the best performance numbers (if not the best) in SLI mode when you set up a pair of them on your SLI motherboard.

[H]ardNews 6th Edition

Batman Begins Case Mod:

Our forum members are easily some of the best case modders on the planet. As evidence of this, I give you the Batman Begins case mod done by forum member / case modder extraordinaire Qtip42. Here is a sample pic to get you started:

News Image

Apparently nobody likes the mediocre cases I've been doing, they all want to see the big stuff or as I call them "grand-scale customs". Anyway, this thing is huge at just about 4 1/2 feet wide. It will hang on the wall just above a monitor, tv, plasma, whatever.... If this doesn't get your attention, nothing will.


nForce4 SLi Mobo Round-Up:

HotHardware has rounded up a few nForce4 SLi motherboards and put them head to head in today’s article. Boards from Gigabyte, MSI and DFI are all represented. Here is a quote from the review:

Products based on the NVIDIA nForce 4 SLI chipset are on store shelves, and consumers need to know which one could potentially suit their needs. Although NVIDIA's nForce 4 SLI chipset is soon also going migrate to the Intel platform, for now it's AMD that gets to share the spotlight with NVIDIA.

For comparison purposes, you can check out our Gigabyte K8NXP-SLi, DFI nF4 SLi-DR and

MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI motherboard reviews here.

Super Fast Rechargeable Battery:

Check this out, Toshiba has developed a lithium-ion battery that recharges in one minute. Wow. One minute. You can’t get much quicker than that. Well, not at battery charging that is.

Toshiba on Tuesday announced a new lithium-ion battery -- the type used in virtually all laptops -- that recharges 60 times faster than current batteries and loses less than one percent of its capacity after 1,000 recharges.

ABIT Radeon RX700Pro:

Here is a review for those of you interested in a ABIT Radeon RX700Pro. The review isn’t in English so I have no idea how well the card performed other than what I gathered from looking at the pretty graphs. Grab a translator and check this one out.

Wie versprochen machen wir mit der Abit RX-Serie weiter und testen diese Woche ein weiteres Modell der Radeon X-Generation. Diesmal ist die X700Pro dran mit 256 MB Speicher. Schon im letzten Bericht haben wir die vielen verschiedenen Unterstufen der Radeon Karten erwähnt, vielleicht mehr bemängelt.

[H]ardNews 4th Edition

Google Prefetching For Firefox:

Google is now prefetching results for Firefox browser users. You can disable this feature if you decide you don’t want cookies and web pages in your web browser’s cache that you’ve never even visited or if the idea bothers you. Everyone else can enjoy the speed boost provided by prefetching.

Now Google's faster than ever on Firefox and Mozilla browsers. When you do a search on these browsers, we instruct them to download your top search result in advance, so if you click on it, you'll get to that page even more quickly.

[H]ardNews 3rd Edition - Mods & Ends


Corsair COOL Water Cooling Kit @ Mad Shrimps - Swiftech 5.25" Water Reservoir @ R&BMods;


Syntax Olevia LT30HV 30” LCD TV @ Designtechnica - LiteOn SOHW-1673S 16x DVD±RW @ Overclockers Online - Dell Axim X50v Pocket PC @ The Tech Zone - Skyhawk PSU ATX12V & EPS12V Compliance @ Legit Reviews - SMC EZ-Stream Media Receiver @ BigBruin - 13 Power Supply Round-Up @ Overclockers Australia - ePower Xmicro 350W @ Phoronix

Cases & Modding:

SilverStone Temjin TJ02 Enclosure @ XYZ Computing - Techsolo TC-90 Case @ OC-Service

[H]ardNews 2nd Edition

Gamer on Gamer Violence:

I guess this just goes to show you that even mentally unstable / homicidal freaks can play video games too. The sad fact is that anyone that would kill someone over a virtual sword had "issues" before he ever touched a video game. I have the feeling that losing a game of checkers would’ve set this guy off.

A Shanghai online game player stabbed to death a competitor who sold his cybersword, the China Daily said Wednesday, highlighting a dilemma in China where no law exists for the ownership of virtual weapons.

Hacking The Grade:

Can’t make the grade? Just hack into the school computer and fix it like this chick did. Is it just me or does it seem like these types of stories are becoming almost commonplace?

A UCSB student is being charged with four felonies after she allegedly stole the identity of two professors and used the information to change her own and several other students’ grades, police said.

[H]ardNews 1st Edition - Press Releases

Intel Offers 64-bit Tools:

Intel Corporation's Software and Solutions Group today announced the creation of the Intel® Software Network, a collection of software development products, tools, training and expert advice designed to help software developers bring more innovative products to market even faster on Intel platforms. The announcement was made during the introduction of the company's high-end Intel® Xeon™ processor MP line.

MS Releases Windows Server 2003 SP1:

Microsoft Corp. today released to manufacturing Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1). This unique service pack provides customers with significant security enhancements as well as reliability and performance improvements. Building on a comprehensive collection of security updates, Service Pack 1 addresses additional core security issues by providing customers with a reduced attack surface, better protected system services with stronger default settings, and reduced privileges.

Wednesday March 30, 2005

[H]ardNews 11th Edition

Shuttle SB95v2 XPC:

Sudhian has the Shuttle SB95v2 XPC LGA775 powered small form factor system on the review bench today. If you want to know more about this great SFF then be sure to have a look at our review here for comparison purposes.

Today we present the flagship Intel based SFF from Shuttle. Housed in the latest generation design, sporting the Intel 925XE chipset, a 350 watt power supply and five fans, this is the Intel counterpart to the SN25P.

Athlon64 3500+ Overclocking:

PCStats got a little Athlon64 3500+ overclocking action in today. The crew cranked up the power and took the 3500+ around the block a couple times running at over 3GHz, the results were impressive.

While the Athlon64 3500+ at stock speed is already pretty darn fast, with the chip clocked at 2.66 GHz it produced a very healthy speed boost in every benchmark application I ran.

Customers Making Matters Worse:

People hit their computers after they crash? Really? Whodda thunk it? Did they actually need researchers to figure that one out?

The first few moments in any crisis response are critical, and mistakes can be costly. Yet the first step for many computer users after a computer crash is to hit or yell at their machine, according to a new survey.

[H]ardNews 10th Edition - Blair's Tech Ed.

Elpida, Toshiba Make World's Fastest DRAMs:

Rambus is back in the news today and it has nothing to do with lawsuits or courtrooms. Toshiba and Elpida both are laying claim to the worls’s fastest DRAMs based on XDR memory interface technology from Rambus.

XDR DRAM is geared for high-end applications, such as digital televisions and home servers. It is based on the XDR memory interface technology developed by Rambus.

MS Mobile Video Download Service:

It would seem that Microsoft has launched a video download service so that Windows mobile based devices can download video content like TV and video clips.

The MSN Video Downloads service draws on content from Microsoft partners such as CinemaNow Inc., and TiVo Inc., allowing subscribers to watch video on their smart phones, Pocket PCs and Portable Media Centers.

Supercomputer “Jaguar” Progressing:

It is pretty cool to hear about supercomputers with cool names like “Jaguar” and the progress they are making but damn it, can we just get the thing put together and set some speed records already?

The high-performance units are part of a new Cray Corp. XT3 supercomputer, nicknamed "Jaguar," that could be reaching record speed before year's end.