A-Top Computer Case, Asus K8N and More
Good morning everyone, welcome back :) I am running short on time this AM so we are going to unfortunately dive straight into the juice jug and see what arrived over night.
Here is your first shot of the day...
"For less than $60, you can get a case that comes with more items included than a lot of $80 cases. The XPlode may not have all the latest features, but what it lacks in features it more than makes up for in value! From the pre-installed LED case fans to the 10" UV cold cathode to the windowed power supply with UV-reactive fluorescent wiring to the mesh windowing, A-Top's XPlode is an attention getter from the word, "Go"!"
"Hence our site's slogan, we always try to bring you product reviews that are typically out of the norm. The product I'll be looking at today certainly does fit this bill. The folks over at Sytrin Corporation have been working hard on a PC case that uses a re-designed thermoelectric AirCon cooling unit that primarily acts as an air-conditioning unit. This time, however, they have implemented it inside the chassis where it ultimately should be. It basically sports an innovative concept in cooling similar to a previous review we published on the PC AirCon PAC 400. The new Nextherm ICS 8200 is certainly an impressive chassis from the minute it is taken out of the box."
"After taking a look at VIA's K8T800 chipset last week and NVIDIA's nForce3-150 chipset internally in our labs, it's clear that both chipsets failed to offer AGP/PCI lock and lacked features that would impress the high-end home user. There were instances where certain manufacturers were able to implement AGP/PCI lock on certain motherboards, namely Abit, but majority of them did not bother to do so. The problem was a tough one to crack, since the chipset never had support for the aforementioned feature initially. NVIDIA's nForce-150, on the other hand, supported an AGP/PCI lock, but due to manufacturer's mistake, it wasn't implemented on many boards either. According to NVIDIA, many board makers wrote the BIOS incorrectly, which disabled the feature. Whatever the reason may be the initial socket 754 chipsets weren't for the high-end overclocker."
"Does anyone remember the nVidia TNT2 video card? How about the Ti4200 or Radeon 9500 Pro? One thing in common that these cards had were the capability to run any game at that time, they were significantly less expensive, yet their GPU was based on their flagship brethren. Whenever a new card comes around you'll always drool over it, but what most of us don't take into consideration is that the less significant cards are cheaper and perform just a fraction less. The X800XL debut from ATI actually caused quite a commotion due to its cost being 1/3 of the 850PE flagship card. What you get in a X800XL is a flagship GPU with slower clocks, yet unlike the X800 Pro series you still retain the 16 pipes which allow the card to maintain some outstanding performance in quality mode with anti-aliasing and anistropic filtering enabled. So lets dive in and take a look!"