SilverStone TJ04, Corsair TwinX Memory, ASUS N5900 and More
Hello everyone, how is your day going? With a cold weather front hitting the Canadian portion of the HH labs, I have a feeling my good friend Mr. Coffee will be getting an extra large workout today. The news front seems to be moving at a fairly steady rate, so there should be tons of goodies heading your way today....
"The profile picture below of the case shows how nice it looks and precise diamond cut edge that reflected from the flash. The back of the case features an exhaust which can accommodate an 80mm, 92mm, or 120mm fan. The first thing that came to my mind when seeing the possibility of easily adding a 120mm fan was watercooling. Innovatek, a German watercooling company has actually teamed up with SilverStone and sells the TJ02 and TJ04 with their watercooling kit built in."
"The Corsair TwinX 1024-3200XL Memory performs great at its advertised speeds, with a front-side-bus of 200MHz and aggressive (2-2-2-5) timings. Using the (2-2-2-5) timings and changing nothing else this memory operated error free up to 214MHz. A modest RAM voltage of 2.8V allows this memory to fly. Even at a FSB of 240MHz it still maintains respectable (2.5-3-3-6) timings."
"Overall I like the Extreme N5900, it is a good looking card, plays the newer games at very respectable rates and falls into a price point a lot of us can afford. One bright spot is that the ASUS Extreme N5900 is available now. However, it is a matter of time before we start seeing the GeForce 6600 series (as well as ATI's X700) come to market, and based on what we've seen, those cards are going to be a lot faster than the N5900."
"Today at the GamePC Labs, we've taken a look at one of the more interesting Xeon platforms to date, the Asus NCCH-DL. The NCCH-DL is different from the majority of other Xeon boards on the market as it utilizes Intel's nearly two year old 875P chipset with Intel's latest "Nocona" Xeon processors. Not only does this make the board extremely low cost (for a Xeon platform), but as our tests show, it actually makes this one of (if not the) fastest Xeon platforms on the market."
"To take advantage of the unlocked multiplier of the AMD Athlon64 processors, it is essential that the motherboard you choose is capable of locking the PCI and AGP bus speeds. While the K8T800 PRO chipset can do it, there is only one motherboard available with that chipset that supports Socket 754. nVidia's nForce3-250Gb chipset has the locks in place and Asus has built a board around the chipset called the K8N-E Deluxe. Finally having a board capable of unlocking the potential of my Athlon64 I set out to see just what it and the board itself are made of."
"Since I have multiple PCs and five family members in the house who all want access to the Internet, I have to create a small network to accomodate all of our needs. My past solution for this was running a Home PNA Network. Home PNA is a network that uses your existing phone wiring for data transfer. It worked well for me for over five years, but the catch is one of your PCs has to have the Home PNA NIC and a 10/100 NIC to the cable modem or router. This PC has always been mine since it remains on almost all the time. The problem with that is that I am always taking my PC apart for testing and reviews. Needless to say, the family was getting upset with me when they could not get onto the Internet."
Time for this boy to hit the road. Catch you in a few hours :) - Cheers