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July 2000
Mon Night - Stranger and Stranger (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 31-July-2000  23:49:12 (GMT +10) - by YYK

Bizarre stuff sent to me by various people today….

Watch Mr. T go head to head with all your favourite celebrity and anyone else who won't quit their jibba-jabba. Quite frankly, I pity the fool.

Ever wonder what happens to all those dismembered body parts in the Trilogy? Someone has too much time. Thanks to "JarJarLove"

Wanna marry Britney? Well join The World Famous Society for Future Husbands of Britney Spears. I bet they have the path of the paddles.

Some guys collect stamps, some collect matchbooks, others the driveways of the rich and famous. But each to their very own.

To really freak you out a page dedicated to the groovy party chicks the Golden Girls. It made by the only people in this world to be fans of David Hasselhoff. Yup, Germans. Thanks to "S-Man"

They want you! They want you! They want you as a new recruit! The Klingon Imperial Diplomatic Corps that is.

Is your kid spilling drinks on your computer? Why not get the ankle biter his own? Thanks to "KngtRider"

Xena, Warrior Milkmaid is what keeps me sleeping safe at night. Reminds me of those old Milka ads.

On other note: Tobey Maguire (Cider House Rules, Pleasantville) has been given the role of Spidy

Monday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 31-July-2000  23:04:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg


Heh, finally proof that Linux kills Win2K! Thanks PSIKnight :)

HardOCP have some TBird vs Classic Athlon action happening..

Guru3D have reviewed the Guillemot 3D Prophet2 MX.. GeForce2 MX card, o'course.

VIAHardware have the 4th and final part of their VIA Hardware Guide up..

OCWorkbench have a guide to lapping yer coppermine..

TE have some info on Matrox and Amiga working together, hmm! Hopefully not yet-another-Amiga-rebirth-rumour.. still got fond memories of my A1000 and B2000..

The ArsMasters have some info on.. umm.. (whispers) .. MacWorld Expo2000 .. eww, I feel so dirty.

Wow! Andrew sent along a link to some AMAZING origami stuff on the Yamaha-Motorcycles site.. ok, not really origami, but paper-craft.. print out the plans and instructions to make a paper motorcycle, how cool. Those of you with nothing to do for the next 2 weeks, get cracking!

TweakMeister have info on why it's a bad idea to rub your RAM in your hair.

Woo, Lone-Star has Take Away now.. hmm, wonder if you can keep coming back for their unlimited ribs thing. Or if they let you take a truckload away and bring back the ones you don't eat. :) Or if they'll do delivery soon! Mmmm, I'm dribbling just thinking about it..

iXBT have reviewed a GeForce2 MX reference board..

All kinds of weird and wunnerful stuff in the latest issue of ZZZ Online..

Finally - domain transferring to new server! (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 31-July-2000  22:22:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

OK! The big news is I put in the request to transfer the domain over to the new server tonight. I'll fax the confirmation tomorrow and then in 48 hours or so (more likely next weekend) everyone should be seeing the new server when they go to www.overclockers.com.au.

What does this mean? Well, remember the massive speed increase when the forums switched over to the new server? You should see the same type of speedup for this (news) page and any articles/reviews on the site. It also means I can do some cool stuff behind the scenes that I've been promising for a while. This also means I can post some reviews that have been sitting here - I wasn't able to put them up because the current hosting company would get grumpy. So, while July was pretty quiet, August should have some cool stuff happening here - I appreciate your patience!

BTW, I will put a message up on each site, on the news page, saying either "OLD SERVER" or "NEW SERVER" soon. It should always be the top news message. So you'll know when your ISP has updated their DNS servers..

Sunday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 30-July-2000  21:24:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The KA7 forum has been renamed to "AMD Hardware" .. not that you can't discuss AMD stuff in the other forums of course, but it opens that forum to other Athlon boards and of course now Durons etc..

On that note, JimX has posted some monster memory figures on his Epox EP-7KXA.. not quite topping my KA7 results, but not bad at all!

Zobie pointed out a site which attempts to dispel myths in the PC vs Mac debate.. very interesting reading.

Ripper pointed out that Win2K Service Pack 1 is out now.. 83.2MB!

PCStats have checked out the Gigabyte 6OXM7E motherboard.. fc-pga, i815e.

Hypothermia has an interview with Robert Duffy from Id Software..

TweakTown have some info on Dead Durons.. mostly regurgitated from other sites, but they do point out an interesting AMD page listing approved Duron coolers.

Well, they did it to a GeForce SDR, then a GeForce2, and now they show how to hack your GeForce2 MX into a Quadro MX..

Reaper sent along a link stolen from HardOCP.. neato conductive pen that lets you draw traces onto components..

Alan sent in something that's pretty old but I'd forgotten about it and a lot of you guys mighta missed it before.. the Bitchin'Fast!3D video card.. :) While you're at it, remember our Voodoo5 9000 from months ago? Doesn't seem all that far-fetched now.. :)

AthlonMB have checked out the Asus A7V SocketA mobo..

InsaneHardware have a pic-fest happening, about their FIC factory tour in Taiwan. Some interesting stuff there, the site seems to be v.slow at the moment tho..

Jim from Realtime sent this along, seems to be a minor incompatability prob with Corsair RAM on an Intel mobo: The Intel D815 motherboard has 3 DIMM Slots. It can support 3 - Single Sided PC100 DIMMs or a maximum of 2 Double Sided PC133 DIMMs. This board does not suport ECC, and today we found that it does not suport the PC133, CAS2 module. This is probably a BIOS problem. We have contacted Intel andare currently waiting for a response. We will keep you updated.

If you think the RIAA are uncool for suing Napster, consider signing this petition..

Saturday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 29-July-2000  15:05:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Napster won in the appeals court and won't be shut down. Info here on CNN and here on ZDNET. So calm down, Sciby. :)

Ooh, a black stealth case. Actually, it looks like a pretty nice one, not just for looks..

Tom's has some interesting stuff, firstly NVIDIA may be making a DDR motherboard chipset.. also a guide to overclocking the Celeron, both mendocino and coppermine. Most interesting is this big graph comparing a wide range of Intel chips are various levels of overclock.. thanks SiliconAngel!

HardOCP does it again, they've discovered a badly-named slocket.. :)

GrandPrix3 was launched in Australia yesterday. I've been waiting for this one for a while.. there's a review here on GameSpotUK with some great screenshots..

There's a teaser video out for MechWarrior4, too. Not as cool as the intro sequence to MW3 tho. :)

Apparently on Monday, Intel will release their 1.13GHz P3.. good luck finding one!

The HardwareWizards have checked out a new Pioneer 16X DVD..

Dan has checked out the Asus A7V v1.1.. this one has the duron-unlocking dipswitches onboard.

Epoch[404] pointed out this article on DailyRadar which thinks games that build up huge communities are actually damaging the industry..

Friday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-July-2000  23:58:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

HardOCP found a hedgehog at the end of the garden.

PCRoddin' have reviewed the Gigabyte 6OMM7E motherboard.. i815, Socket370, MicroATX (only 3 PCI slots)..

TE has info on Sony's long-rumoured Playstation2 desktop machines..

Heh, napster pisstake on TheRegister. Thanks Jedd!

Speaking of Napster, another independent survey shows that MP3 is helping the CD market.. this time, it shows MP3 downloaders are more likely to buy CD's than non-MP3'ers. Shame the RIAA ignores this stuff.

AthlonMB have reviewed the FIC AZ11 motherboard. SocketA for yer Duron / Tbird.

NeoSeeker have a 4-way roundup of USB MP3 players..

PlanetSavage have checked out the new Asus video drivers that let you make walls invisible etc.. much hoo-haa about this a week or so ago.

Gawd, this is getting as bad as the original cardcooler review epidemic.. another review of the CardCoolerXT..

TE have reviewed the Promise FastTrack 100..

Uuurgh, ate too much, drank too much, off to bed.. :)

Thursday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-July-2000  00:20:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I've done a little forum shuffling tonight. There's a new forum, "Vendor Verdicts", which is where you can vent your angst or sing the praises of a shop or someone you bought something from. A few people have asked for this recently, seems like a good idea as the trading forums very busy. To tidy it up a bit I have put the "Trading Forum", "What/Where Should I Buy" and "Vendor Verdicts" forums together under a little heading of their own, "Shop & Swap". Feedback welcome as always.

Clonex sent word that Telstra may be offering Flat-Rate $65 DSL..

Mat sent word of this article on 2CoolTek.. how NOT to do a case mod..

Don't forget, if you're after a RadPad there's a bulk purchase happening in the forums..

Imagine if there was a way you could download movies like you can MP3's.. well, there is - it's called DiVX and SysReview wanna tell you all about it..

HardwareAvenue have a quick article on different 'net connection technologies.. fairly basic stuff.

Funky water-cooling action on BPT HQ..

More modified bridges over trouble Durons stuff, this time on AthlonOC.com.

The ArsMasters have their more-or-less-monthly hardware roundup up..

Micron are predicting higher memory prices.. they always say that!

Hypothermia have NVIDIA admitting strong-arm tactics on webmasters.. NVIDIA BAD!

Dan has checked out a Cheapish AOpen GeForce2 GTS..

Gaming3D have a Case Cooling Guide..

InsaneHW have info on the mysterious dipswitch settings for Asus's A7V SocketA mobo..

If that wasn't enough, OCUK have a full review of the Asus A7V, too..

Napster being shut down! (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 27-July-2000  19:29:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's official. Thanks to the (many!) people who sent this in. Info:
  • Here on ZDNET..
  • Here on Electic.com..
  • Here on Washington Post Online..
  • Here on TheRegister..
  • Here on Yahoo Daily News..

Thurs Morning - Mainly Sci-News (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 27-July-2000  11:48:57 (GMT +10) - by YYK

A quick look at Carnivore, the program the FBI is using to read your emails

"Shields Up" might be close to the future

The Brains of the ISS successfully docks

I first saw the "Robot Walking With Two Legs" whilst working with Agg, and now it's back in the news. It's still pretty impressive. It's in streaming format though.

The future of commuting from country to country might be underwater. Imagine commuting at Mach 2

Apparently God doesn't like us playing AD&D

Speaking of AD&D the teaser for Dungeons and Dragons is out and it looks very stupid, maybe cause it's in French

Good Grief! Celebrities are jumping on the e-commerce band wagon. They're either setting up their own or becoming venture capitalists

Biologists declare war on seaweed.

New planes of the future might have one wing or maybe four, we're not sure yet

Wednesday Night #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 26-July-2000  22:18:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Andrew sent in an interesting spreadsheet, you can use it to calculate the airflow/fan required for your machine.. check it out here in the forums.

HardOCP have a big Socket370 Cooler Roundup posted.. all the big players going head-to-head under lights.

OCAddiction have a cable-rounding how-to up.. good for improving airflow. One of these days I will get off my ass and do this to my fulltower.

Anand have reviewed the IBM 75GXP hard drive series.. these things rock, 37MB/sec sustained transfer is spectacular.

One of those little mini USB modems gets checked out on PCRoddin..

Overclockin.com have a guide to moddin' the AZ11 to allow Duron overclocking..

They also have an interesting reader survey thing up.. "Why We Overclock"..

Wednesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 26-July-2000  21:02:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Term sent word that the register have announced sample Sledgehammer silicon shipping.. quick quote: AMD's 64-bit processor, which maybe should be codenamed Iceberg if Intel's chip does turn out to be the Itanic, will not require massive operating system and application software porting exercises... hehe.

Wandering around, I discovered that SlotA.com's Athlon Motherboard List now contains 120 motherboards.. wow.

I dunno, some guys will complain about anything, as this [H]OCP forum thread shows..

Win2K owners will be happy, there are new Creative drivers for NVIDIA-based cards, and Leith pointed out that you can get full (not pre-release or beta) Voodoo5 drivers for Win2k here..

TweakMax have been on a quest for the perfect peltier.. quite an interesting article.

TE have reviewed the AOpen 8x4x32 CDRW drive..

Turns out the Seti Accelerator card was a hoax after all. Dang. Thanks TheGibbon.

You already knew that integrated motherboards suck, right? Well, tech-junkie will tell you why they suck, and why you don't want one.

Doesn't seem to be working for me, but Shaun sent word that there is a fake Star Wars Episode II ad up on AdCritic.com..

ExtremeOC have some tasty lasagna action..

Ooooo.. MSI have released the specs for a new motherboard, this looks like being the first to support DDR266 memory..

Some good news for Savage4-based video card owners, Rizenet have some info on new drivers, finally..

OCShoot have some GeForce Tweaking info..

iXBT have reviewed the Chaintech CT-6OJV motherboard.. this is an i815-based Socket370 unit which, according to them is not very cool for overclocking..

Hmm, Michael sends word that "I have found a bug in directX 8.0 (beta) when installed on windows98 1st ed. The bug causes the system to halt when running sounds (wav or midi files). Reinstalling directX 8.0 or sound card drivers do not resolve the problem. However the good news is that directX 8.0 (beta) works fine on windows98 2nd ed.".. something to keep in mind.

InsaneHardware have some updated Itanium info up..

PCScoop have checked out my favourite Athlon motherboard, the Abit KA7-100..

The monster new card cooler is reviewed on OCTools..

Tuesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 25-July-2000  23:17:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

TweakTown have checked out the FreeSpeed Pro GFD.. fer diddlin' yer Athlon, o'course.

Some monster watercooled-peltier action on CPUCentral.. C2-566 at 1.148GHz, yikes. I think this may be a re-write of an earlier link.. hmm. Thanks Morgan.

Maximum3D have reviewed the Prophet II GTS.. GeForce2 card.

PCStats have taken a look at a FireWire card for your PC..

The ArsMasters have a big technical Ram Guide up.. this is part 2 of a continuing series..

Iamnotageek.com have a bit of a weird one up, how to make your pc destroy it's HDD in seconds .. for those times when ASIO come kicking in your door (american readers, substitute FBI for ASIO). They are also giving away an enlight case..

Hexus have looked at the Everglide Giganta uber-mousepad.

For those of you still undecided what to get me for Christmas, IBM have a new supercomputer that'd go really well with my bedroom decor.

Another kinda weird one, the Wowbox is reviewed on Sysreview.. not too sure what it does, improves the quality of your speakers..?

VIAHardware have a gallery of user WPCREDIT tweaks.. their settings and results..

Hmm, hack your GeForce2 into a Quadro2.. thanks Clonex.

Monday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 24-July-2000  23:10:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

^Wolfy^ took some pics of an interesting ducted heatsink he found inside some new Dell machines..

Dan the man has reviewed the Asus A7V.. SocketA mobo.

TweakTown have reviewed the AMD Thunderbird 700MHz..

Term sent word of an article on 3DFXGamers about PCI vs AGP..

Morgan sends word of a PCI card designed especially to run seti@home on an embedded linux system.. weird. Be warned, it might be a hoax.. (would anyone really buy a dedicated card to crunch seti units?)

PCRoddin have a review of the Guillemot Maxi Sound Fortissimo.. not a type of pizza but a sound card.

FreshlySqueezed have a Hercules Prophet MX review up..

ChicksHardware have updated their Case Mods Gallery.. don't forget we now have a Case Mods Forum here now, been quite busy since it came up a few days ago..

LiquidCool.org are giving away free games! No solitaire or minesweeper rubbish either..

Ooo, Flash 5 is out.. great news for all us modem users.. [cough]

We all live in a supersonic supercavitating submarine.. cor. Thanks JimX.

NetKills have a review of the Microsoft Wireless Wheel Mouse up..

OCWorkbench have reviewed the Cyrix III 533MHz..

PCCritix have reviewed the ASUS CUBX..

The ArsMasters have put up their thoughts about Diablo II..

PCInsight have reviewed the Abit KA7.. KX133 for your Athlon, of course..

Iamnotageek have reviewed the Enlight EN7230 case..

Interesting thing on the P3 vs Athlon battle, Intel are apparently shrinking the P3 to .13 micron soonish.. apparently they are looking at a 200MHz bus for these later P3's.. hmm!

Overclockzone is another new hardware site, they have some watercooled peltier action happening..

FiringSquad also have a K7T Pro review up..

Sunday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 23-July-2000  10:27:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Atte has been doing the hard work for us KA7 owners and has worked out a hardware hack to get >2.0 core voltage - great stuff! Check it out here..

There's another group purchase happening in the forums - this time it's Redback, hooking up a bulk Ratpadz buy.. so check it out there or email ratpadz@dingoblue.net.au.

AUS3D are arranging a LAN party at Bathurst in NSW. Check out the details on their site or here in the forums..

Epoch[404] has spent some time playing with the senfu watercooling kit..

Hexus.net have checked out the Voodoo5 5500..

ChicksHardware have reviewed the DFI TA64B, an Apollo Pro 133A motherboard..

GU have their own look at the NVIDIA hullabuloo.. they think it's all been blown out of proportion.

Tomas sent in a great link - on a swedish site (but in english) there is another technique for ulocking the Duron multiplier on the MSI K7T Pro.. they comment "As you can see, this board was made to be modified! The FIDs run on the bottom layer, spaced far apart for a while, inviting us to cut! Great pics and diagrams.

FreshlyScrubbed have an interesting one up, AGP overclocking on GTS2, the performance difference at 66MHz and 100MHz..

Food-powered robots, web browsers designed for pets and more in the latest issue of ZZZ Online.. worth going and seeing just for the pic at the bottom of the coffee-machine case. :)

Sat'dey Mornin' (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 22-July-2000  13:44:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Very nice supercooled rig on ChrisTek..

Interesting stats over on OCWorkbench, showing how many units each mobo manufacturer shipped in the first half of 2000..

PCStats checked out a 20GB external FireWire drive.. hmm!

Seems IE5.5 brings at least 1 improvement to the masses, the ability to easily reject cookies that you don't want..

OCWorkbench also have a review of a Leufkens peltier kit..

The International Space Station is coming along, the third bit is going to connect up in a few days. If you're interested in getting a glimpse of it, you can check on this NASA site when it will be flying over your part of the planet - like satellites, you can see it at dusk because it reflects sunlight down onto the surface.. looks like a fast-moving star.

More info, this time on Tech-Report, about NVIDIA trying to buy exclusive promo rights on websites. I'm not sure if you guys are interested in this stuff, there certainly seems to be a lot of jumping up and down over it at the moment, but it's not all that surprising to me - I mean, marketing people want to make their products look the best they can, so of course they ask for this kind of stuff. The important thing, to me, and where the real "ethical debate" comes into it, is whether or not the WEBMASTER accepts the exclusivity if he's aware it will skew the perception of his site and the products covered on it.

Anand have an Apollo Pro 133A motherboard roundup posted..

And, for those of you with a huge chunk of money burning a hole in your pocket, they also have their High-End Systems Guide posted..

Friday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-July-2000  23:38:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

TweakMax have checked out the Voodoo5 5500..

Sniper650 pointed the way to this very cool unlocking the Duron article on Tweakers.net.. Duron600 at 900MHz is not too bad at all.

iXBT have reviewed the Thunderbird 800MHz..

Rass sent word: Just got next month's APC magazine... page 127 there's a "link" to your site. .. woo, we're famous!

SysReview have checked out the Abit KA7-100, pretty much the sexiest SlotA motherboard around..

VIAHardware have put up part 3 of their guide to.. err.. VIA hardware.

TE have an article on the current competition to be the next mac gfx adapter..

Speaking of macs, the new PowerMac Cube is pretty sexy.. in a shiny-toaster kinda way. Apple really have to train their marketing people to stop saying things like "With its built-in Velocity Engine, the G4 processor reaches speeds of over one billion calculations per second. Humbling even the fastest Pentium III." ..about a 450MHz G4 machine. It makes it look like [a] they think we're stupid or they don't understand the technology properly. Ahh well. More info here on ZDNet, thanks Term..

Clonex pointed out that HardwareCentral have an interesting Seti article where they examine which CPU's are better for little-green-men hunting..

Want to make HalfLife / Counterstrike models? Netkills.com has some tips to get you started..

Iamnotageek.com have a 2-way thermal paste comparo..

Hmm, lotsa technical Duron info that seems to have been leaked to AthlonMB.com..

After the rant on HardOCP yesterday, there are some more articles about NVIDIA being Evil on the web.. here on GamingIn3D and here on InsaneHardware..

DangerousDan has a tale of woe involving RAID on his KA7-100 and some giant axlotls.

Simplified Tax Form (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-July-2000  22:21:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Cain for this one:


Thursday Night #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-July-2000  00:15:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Kyle from HardOCP has a pretty huge editorial up.. his optinions on NVIDIA's recent PR [mis]behaviour. Not had a chance to read the whole thing yet but you can bet I will tomorrow, looks very interesting for the hardware website community (which includes you guys).

We have some info and a pic up in the forum about Thermaltake's new SocketA Golden Orb.. this is their response to people reportedly damaging Durons with the FCPGA Orbs..

Also, MaxP sent along a cautionary message about misleading voltage settings on an Asus slocket.. it's apparently cost him 3 C2's so far. Ouch. Check out the details in the forums..

The AdrenalineVault have info on Asus releasing drivers that essentially let owners of their video cards cheat in games by being able to see through walls.. quite an uproar in the gaming community over this.

Guru3D have taken a look at the Outrageous GeForce2 GTS..

Thursday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 20-July-2000  22:31:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Dunno where TweakTown is getting this stuff, but they have some AMD Scoopage up.. theory #2 is the most interesting.. and the most unlikely-sounding to me. :) But who knows, remember how we all scoffed when the Promise hack was first revealed?

VIA have announced plans for a 1GHz Samuel 2 chip.. current ETA 2002.. ?!

HardAvenue have reviewed the JustCooler HD200, a hdd cooler..

More people being stupidly insecure on the net..

Interesting thing about AMD's SledgeHammer (K8) .. love the name.. thanks Sniper!

Some HSDRAM performance figures here.. they don't compare it to DDR SDRAM or PC133 SDRAM tho..

The ArsMasters have reviewed Abit's SE6, an i815-based motherboard.

BigKev sent this in.. someone trying to deliberately give themselves athlete's foot as some kind of bizarre experiment.. stinkyfeet indeed. Some photos are not for the easily grossed-out. Never ceased to amaze me what some people put up on the web.

Heh, a very funny article on TechReport about new apple stuff.. Dr Damage bitch-slaps everyone in sight, good to see.

Lucas sends word that Telstra sent him an email saying they've got enough people for the DSL trial, and he's not one.. d'oh! I imagine a lot of people got that email today..

Wednesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 19-July-2000  22:46:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Interesting stuff happening in the memory world at the moment. Firstly, Intel seems to be prohibited from making DDR SDRAM chipsets, because of a 1997 agreement with RAMBUS, so they're allowing VIA to (despite trying to stop them in court earlier). VIA says they're going to make a DDR chipset for the P4 regardless of whether or not Intel lets them license the technology.

Intel have delayed Itanium.. more info here on CNet.

Ooh, AMD are aiming for 1GHz mobile chips Q1 next year.. thanks Term!

InsaneHardware have their Asus V7100 review up, GeForce2 MX goodness.

Anand has caught the slipstream from yesterday's info, they have their own ATI Radeon review up..

InsaneHardware also have a teeny bit of news about the Duron-cracking GoldenOrb, Thermaltake have said "hey, it's for FCPGA only, not SocketA!"..

OCWorkbench has reviewed an MSI i815 mobo..

TechWatch have pics of an A7V with no jumperblock.. bummer, no multiplier changes for you!

AnandTech weren't going to let that stop them, though, they modified their similar board and wrote a Duron Overclocking Guide..

Sniper sends word that Camino RDRAM failures now have an explanation..

Another System Guide.. kinda "what we think you should buy" on CPUBurn.

iXBT have a review of the Asus CUSL2 .. this is an i815 board, FC-PGA..

UKGamer have reviewed the GlobalWin CAF12.. card-cooler-type thingy.

MicroSoft made loads of money last year. Well, call me "Mr Surprised".

Wed Morn - Barley Alive (attempt 2) (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 19-July-2000  10:06:49 (GMT +10) - by YYK

Should be in bed trying to recover from this freakishly strong cold..

Technology that lets employers track their employees wherever they may roam

Mobile phone manufacturers will publish information on the amount of radiation that frys our brains

A new theme park has opened in France, called Space City.

The Australian Broadcasting Authority in their infinate wisdom are wondering if internet streaming is broadcasting, which results in censorship and broadcast licence payments

American Lawyers (uh-oh) want
cyber-borders to be put in place so they can have a much easier time dealing with this internet-thingy

An American man (Spaghetti-o) kills his dog for a stupidly bizzare reason

Want a TV, CD, DVD, VCR, GPS, VG, mobile, and a stereo system with 11 inch Sub-Woofers? Yeah? How about in your car? The TechnoCar is touring around. Looks like i'll be moving out into my car soon...

Disastrous news for some. Fans of Liz Hurley threaten Anna Kournikova... YAY Liz? :̃

Back to bed now

Tuesday Night #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 18-July-2000  23:45:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Dan has reviewed the Asus V7100 .. this is the new GeForce2 MX board, a good read as always.

Hmm, methinks the Radeon NDA went up last night. Besides Tom's one I linked to in the previous update, FlushingSquids have a thingy on it, as do HotHardware. PCInsight maybe didn't get a review card, but they got an interview with an ATI person..

Bunny is a constant source of inspiration.. now he has his TBird running on 140MHz FSB.. 280DDR!! .. thanks for the link Crinos..

AthlonMB.com have the "final word" on the Asus A7V dipswitch debate..

TweakTown have updated their WinME Tweak Guide..

What's this? A record company putting it's songs on the internet? Some little independent, rebellious one trying to cash in on MP3, right? Wrong, it's EMI, one of the biggies.. hmm!

Acer has had to delay their DDR chipset for AMD..

Trouble fitting your Alpha to your Tbird? Too many feet? The Heatsink Guide have the solution..

Maxtor have announced an 80GB hdd..

2CPU checked out a Thermal Alarm from PCPower&Cooling .. thanks again Andrew.

Epoch[404] pointed out some amazing-looking coolers..

Tuesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 18-July-2000  23:02:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Yeah baby! MadOnion.com have updated their fastest webmasters page.. I'm number 4. Already some people are dissin' me in the forums here.. :)

By popular demand (we held a vote in IRC tonight) I have created a Case Mods Forum.. so get your Dremels out! :)

Tom has done a review of the ATI Radeon .. this is also being discussed here in the forums..

OCTools have taken their P3-650E to 1GHz..

Iamnotageek.com have a guide to putting your PSU outside your case.. (unscrew it, move to outside of case, screw back in. woo.) .. simple but quite neat idea actually..

Telstra employees have your best interests at heart.. thanks Andrew.

SysReview has a Samsung DVD-ROM review up..

TechExtreme also have a DVD-ROM review, an AOpen this time..

OCWorkBench have reviewed the Senfu watercooling kit.

More news in a bit..

Monday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 17-July-2000  22:37:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Coincidence? In two separate articles now, TheRegister have referred to Intel's P3 as being a "slut 1" processor. Maybe they're just not getting enough.. enough review units from Intel, I mean. Today they report on Intel price drops and a few days ago on the 1GHz war.. thanks to Clonex for spotting today's one. :)

Term pointed out that AnandTech have reviewed the Gigabyte GA-7ZX, a KT133, SocketA motherboard..

Ever wanted to take a BFG into work and go completely postal? Well now you can.. if you win this auction on Ebay.. thanks Draebor!

The ArsMasters have a very interesting article up, a new hybrid petrol/electric car that is actually very usable on the road. Your grandkids will be hooning around in these things, no doubt..

PCInsight have checked out the Transcend AVE3 motherboard.. Apollo Pro 133A, FC-PGA.. not bad, but not so good for overclocking.

TrainWrecker (?) have some info on Tbirds on KA7's..

PCRoddin' have some tips and tweaks for 3DMark2000 for you.. mostly for NVIDIA-type folks, that article.

Interesting interview with a guy from RazerZone on Cached.net, discussing the Boomslang, Mamba and other snakey mice.

Sunday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 17-July-2000  01:17:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hexus are now at Hexus.net .. they have a Duron 700 review happening..

TechWatch have reviewed the Asus V7700, this is a 32MB GeForce2 GTS card..

FlingingSquids have a GeForce2 Overclocking article up..

BLeR sends word that Anand has a big socket cooler roundup posted.. remember Socket7, Socket370 and SocketA all use the same coolers - this is a pretty big comparo with Golden Orbs, some Alpha and GlobalWin goodies and of course the poxy Intel Retail unit..

TweakTown have reviewed the Epox EP-7KXA.. one of the first KX133 boards to hit the market. I quite liked it in my review, but the Abit KA7 outshines it now..

We've seen case painting, but keyboard spraypainting? GeoffD1 has the info..

ExtremeOC have a PC133 RAM roundup happening..

There's a new GFD design up, apparently.. his prototype looks really dodgy. :)

1181MHz from a P3-800 is not bad at all..

Spode's Abode has some interesting stuff on it, jam-jar watercooling and the like.. :)

Lunar eclipse on now! (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 16-July-2000  22:20:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Go look at the moon. The next one's not until 2011 and it's a beautiful clear night in pretty much all of Australia (bummer if you're cloudy) .. go check it out!

Or, if you can't see it - go here instead:


Saturday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 16-July-2000  00:43:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

TweakTown have a WinME Modem Tweak guide posted..

Dan the Man has reviewed a cheapy sound card that doesn't suck.

Techwatch have a card cooler review .. so does everyone else! :)

HardCoreWare have a cable modem shootout..

Kyle fried a 1GHz Tbird, Kyle fried a 1Ghz Tbird..

Technomancer have detailed an Athlon upgrade experience..

Water-cooled TBird overclocking from Komson!

OCWorkbench have reviewed the DFI TA64B .. Apollo Pro 133A mobo with FC-PGA and slot1..

ClubOC have a review of a Vantec HDD cooler

iXBT have a full review of Intel's i815 chipset.. a good read with enough detail to make your head explode as usual.

UkGamer have reviewed the FreeSpeed Pro, this is a GFD for overclocking yer Athlon, o'course..

Silly thing, "Overclockers donate heatsinks to the homeless"..

This isn't news to many of you, but if you're thinking of getting a new HDD and want some reviews, info etc, www.storagereview.com is an excellent site with info on HDD's, CD-ROM's etc.. check out their leaderboard for their current recommendations..

GamingIn3D have info on benchmarking programs for you..

NAP have reviewed the GlobalWin FOP-32.. (auto-translated from Russian)

Tennmax Lasagna Cooler is reviewed on Rizenet, this is a video card chipset cooler.

NEC and Mitsubishi have a new joint venture making monitors in the US..

VIAHardware have reviewed the MSI K7T Pro socketA motherboard..

Hexus.com have been sticking heatsinks on their GeForce..

Send dead stuff to Sciby! (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 16-July-2000  00:30:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sciby has access to a scanning electron microscope. If you have any dead computer equipment, preferably dissected chips or other extremely-finely-detailed stuff, contact him about sending it to him so he can take more amazing photos like these ones! I have offered to host any more images he takes on the new server, so send your old dead stuff to him!

Friday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-July-2000  23:55:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Uuuurrgghhh.. I'm full of Lone Star Beef Ribs.. they have that all-you-can-eat thing happening at the moment.. [burp]

Clonex pointed out this harcore link, the crazy Japanes remodellers have turned their attentions to the Epox EP-7KXA.. 310MHz DDR FSB, wow.

Messiah pointed out that the Register have a theory why the Duron is multiplier-locked..

Hexus have a system recommendations page up..

TweakTown have checked out a PCChips integrated mobo ..eeeew.

PC-Roddin have been playing with a Thunderbird..

Fan overkill on an Athlon here on ChicksHardware..

Clonex also pointed out this cool page.. very very cool in fact, but someone has way too much time on their hands..

AthlonOC have a comparison of Classic Athlon vs Thunderbird..

FlingingSpuds have a review of the Voodoo5 5500 up..

TE say that Intel is a fanny pack.. no, I've no idea either.

TE also have part 2 of their Surround Speaker roundup..

Edge Auction info: According to a few people [a] the Sydney one has already been held, we missed it :( .. the Adelaide one had zillions of people and the prices reached were in many cases higher than street prices..

Thursday Night #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-July-2000  23:42:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This stuff all came in from SiliconAngel - thanks dude! You trying to get yourself a job here or something. :)

DIY soundproofing article -

Interview Explaining How Memory Works & EMS' HSDRAM Review -

IBM Deskstar 75GXP ATA-100 Hard Drive Review -

The Ultimate Overclocking Case Project -

King Kong II Hard Drive Cooler Review -

MSI 694D Pro Dual VIA 133A Motherboard Review -

Updated Next Generation Video Cards Article -

Windows Millenium Edition Guide -

Thursday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-July-2000  23:26:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

PCCritix have some SlotA T-Bird overclocking happening..

Ficticious court drama to decide if Intel is Evil on TE..

IE5.5 is officially out, apparently..

Geo sent word of a ADSL review on APCMag.. not all the news is good.

iXBT have their monthly hardware roundup posted, these are usually a pretty good read..

Hypothermia has interviewed Scott Dalton.. who's he? A level designer for Legend Entertainment.. getting paid to have fun, cool..

It's finally happened. The Russians paid for the launch of their latest contribution to the international space station with advertising. They put an ad on the side of the rocket. An ad for Pizza Hut. I am not kidding.

Some thoughts on full-tower cases on HardAvenue..

Overclockers.com have a guide to pointlessly mangling your case .. okey dokey..

Edge Technology Auction (mother lode!) (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-July-2000  23:13:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Ok, sync_array and a few other peeps pointed out this page listing all the lots in one of the Edge Technology auctions. In case you missed the news, Edge went bust not long ago and all their stock is being auctioned off to repay creditors. This could be a great opportunity to snap up some stuff on the cheap (like Lot 50, "Box of assorted phone books", woo!) .. anyway, there are nearly 1300 lots on auction.

I think these details are for the Perth one. Or maybe the Adelaide one. Where the hell is Brompton? Sure isn't in Sydney. UPDATE: Apparently (here) it's in Adelaide. Thanks Wolfy!

Still no news on what's happening to the Sydney stock.. keep digging, my faithful news-hounds! :)

Lunar Eclipse! (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-July-2000  22:50:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A few people sent me this, but nobody said where it was from! So don't sue me for copyright infringement:

SYDNEY, July 13 AAP - The moon will appear to vanish briefly and
return as a luminous rose-coloured disc when a total lunar eclipse
occurs on Sunday night.
Australians across the continent will be able to witness the
rare and spectacular astronomical phenomenon from 8.45pm (AEST),
Maria Hunt of the University of Western Sydney observatory said
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon lines up with the sun
and the earth and passes through the shadow of the earth.
"Between 10-11pm the moon will almost disappear as it becomes
completely covered by the heaviest part of the earth's shadow," Ms
Hunt said.
"It is at this time that the eclipse will be at its most
The entire process will take several hours, with the moon
beginning to leave the darkest part of the Earth's shadow after
12.45am (AEST) and remaining dim until 3am (AEST).
The eclipse will also have a dramatic effect on the night sky by
making the milky way cluster of stars appear brighter when viewed
away from city lights, according to information from the
Astronomical Society of Australia.
In early days a lunar eclipse, with the apparent disappearance
of a heavenly body, was seen as a bad omen.
But Ms Hunt said lunar eclipses were perfectly safe and could be
viewed with the naked eye.
The last time a total lunar eclipse was visible in Australia was
in September 1997.
The next total lunar eclipse visible from Australia will not
occur until 2011.

I'll be outside with the binoculars for sure..

Wednesday Night (zzzzz) #3 ! (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-July-2000  00:27:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Intel's going to try and crank out a million P4's (milly-willy?) in 6 weeks.. and these will be 1.7GHz parts. Oooh yeah. If you've got any spares at the end, guys, I've still got this space on my testbench here. Just so you know. Thanks for the link Clonex. :)

Speedy3D have a Slotfan-on-the-cheap guide..

More case mods on ChicksHardware..

Anand takes a look at the Voodoo5 5500..

Urgh, JeffK has made his version of those stupid Survivor shows.. :)

Sleep now!

Wednesday Night #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-July-2000  00:17:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hexus.com got 1002MHz from a C2-533.. not too shabby at all!

PC-Roddin got to 1008Mhz, but they started with their P3 at 933MHz..

There's a review of a KingKong3 Cooler here on a russian site, auto-translated into English.. doesn't seem to be loading for me, hmm.

Ahh, dodgy drilling, twist-ties holding fans in place.. reminds me of the good old days. Netkills.com have a hyperventilated case.

GlideUnderground have a rant about misinformation on the 'net up..

auenf pointed out these sexy PC cases with built in LCD monitors.. kind've an iMac with style and standard PC innards. :)

PCInsight have reviewed the IWILL VD133Pro.. Apollo Pro 133A, Socket370 mobo with IDE RAID.. I've said this before, sucky location for the extra IDE headers, imagine trying to hook them up in a full-tower..

Woo, V.92 Modems.. not actually faster throughput from the sounds of it, but some interesting internet-oriented features..

Oh dear.. it's dead. Dead as a Duron, in fact. InsaneHardware are blaming a manufacturing defect..

2GB of flashmem in a digicam? That'll cost ya..

JSI have a thing on rounding HDD cables.. I keep meaning to sit down and do this one day.

Argh, can't remember who pointed this out in IRC last night. Anyway, in case you're wondering what kind of connectivity the new server has, we're plugged directly into one of Zip's LAN switches. Zip have an info page with full details of their links. Let's just say.. BIGASS pipes. :)

Urgh, more still to come!

Wednesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-July-2000  23:42:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Aaargh, domain registration can be a nightmare sometimes.. really, you seem to send off endless emails only to get back to where you started. Still, I'm making some progress. Hope to have the site moved over to the new box really soon.. then the rest of the site will be as fast as the forums! ..and, I can post all these articles I have queued up waiting for somewhere to live..

Cool, Morgan has found a copy of the Win2K source code and posted it here in the forums.. reading through that explains a lot about how Win2K works. :)

EasyOC have a guide to lapping video chips up.. (click the link on that page to get to it, bloody frames!)

Sniper points out that on this page there's a link to some Intel price drops, but I find it much more interesting that they refer to the P3 as a "slut one" processor. Well, my P3 has certainly seen a lot of action..

DrTom has info on changing the multiplier on SocketA cpu's (T-bird, Duron) via the surface-mounted copper "bridges" on the top face of the CPU.. hmm! Does this lend itself to some kind of clip-on GFD device? If it does, it means you can change the multiplier/voltage on any socketA mobo, like a GFD lets you do it on any SlotA.. (this is a Good Thing) ..thanks Morgan!

SiliconAngel sent word that DrTom also has a GeForce2 head-to-head, new cards from Gainforce and Absolute Multimedia..

PCWorldAU have put up their take on Intel's recent benchmarks showing that RAMBUS runs like a 3-legged dog with a broken leg.. thanks Leith.

TweakTown have more info on the FSB settings on the K7V. This stuff was sent to me shortly after my own K7V review, but I could NOT make it happen on the review board.

TE have reviewed the Tornado 2000 case, lotsa fans (derr).

TweakMeister, another new site on the scene, have a networking article up..

Want a Dremel? Don't have the cash? Go win one on IPKonfig! It's the woosy cordless one, not the monster power-corded one.. but you can still do some major damage to your case (and yourself) with it.

He's not a geek, but he's written a review of DX8 on an Athlon system..

Hah! Cnet.com report that people don't care for swoopy funky-looking PC's if they're overpriced and slow.

Hmm, another big news day.. more soon!

Tuesday Night #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-July-2000  21:35:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The ArsMasters are going to straighten you out, sort your DRAM's and SRAM's..

Savage4 owners can get a tweaked driver here on RizeNet.com..

Graeme sends word that there is more Edge Auction info on http://www.ozauctions.com.au/.. thanks!

Some Altec Lansing speakers are reviewed on HardCoreWare..

Anand has a GeForce2 GTS Roundup.. mmmmmm.

I've been eyeing this motherboard for a while, 2CPU check out the Tyan Trinity, a Dual Slot1 Apollo Pro 133A mobo.

Heatsink-guide have a very quick thing about the differences between the 2 types of Golden Orbs.. different fan RPM's, didn't know that, thanks Mad Mike.

Maxtor have a bigger HDD than you. Oh yes they do.

FlyingSquid have a review of the Asus CUSL2, an i815 motherboard..

CoolPC.com.au are expecting the ArctiCooler in the next 10-14 days..

Overclocking TV (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-July-2000  21:22:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Dave from OutsideLoop sent this in:


Never thought they'd touch us, but ZDTV is running a spot on "The Screen
Savers" program with a review of the Afterburner, and another goldfinger
device (I don't know which one-they didn't tell me). The show airs this
Wednesday, July 12th, at 7pm Mountain Time on ZDTV. They also are posting a
full review on their webpage on Wednesday: www.zdtv.com. On DirecTV, ZDTV
is channel 354. Most cable providers carry it also. Thought you might want
to know this.
Overclocking going mainstream? We're getting closer every day!

Tuesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-July-2000  20:56:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Michael sends word that there is a cool Matrix rip-off film up.. but at 49 mins long, it's a lot bigger than my 56k modem can handle, I'll bet.

Manaz put up a interesting post in the forums - his thoughts on in-case airflow.. an interesting read which has sparked some discussion..

Speaking of which, I just noticed there are 1110 registered members in the forums now.. wow! :)

Wondering which VIA-based motherboard to get? Let these guys point you in the right direction.

Sniper650 pointed out a monster-heatsinked Athlon 750 at 1.1GHz on VRZone..

On MadOnion.com, they have a list of the Fastest Webmasters in the default 3DMark2000 benchmark.. the top score is currently 6300 ish, I submitted my 6771 score last night, we'll see how long it takes them to update me into the #1 position.. and how long I stay there. :)

How cool, a digital wallet.. expensive to leave in your back pocket, tho..

Ducted house airconditioner bringing an Athlon 950 to 1.2GHz.. nice one. Now, stay focussed on the PC, ignore any other distractions on the page. :) Thanks Andrew M..

Serious fan overkill on NetKills.org - definitely a contestant in the "swiss cheese case" stakes..

CPU-Burn have a review of the Alpha PEP-66T up, an FC-PGA cooler, kinda side-mounted for slocketed chips.

TE have a surround-sound speaker roundup up..

TweakTown managed to get their K7V up to 124MHz FSB.. I managed to get the K7V I reviewed to boot at 124MHz exactly ONCE using the dipswitches, but it never worked at anything over 107MHz after that.. very odd.

USB seems to be the perfect solution for laptop peripherals, no more proprietary garbage, being charged $500 for a floppy drive because you can only buy original equipment. Saw a ThinkPad with a USB floppy at work the other day, neato. TekFront have a review of a USB CD-RW, which is cool indeed..

By popular demand, Intel have dropped the 800MHz Xeon.. the big server companies told them they wouldn't buy it, they're waiting for the 900MHz part. Fair enough.

Ooh, IPv6 is finally being trialled..

FryingSpuds have a thing on how display adapters work..

Far out, lots of news tonight, more in a bit..

Monday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 10-July-2000  20:22:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Aaaaargh, the air-conditioning in the computer room at work is screwing up and it was 40C in my office today. :(

Haven't seen one of these for a while - Wolvie reviews the RatPad..

Big scary monster CardCooler XT gets reviewed on Tweak3D..

Clonex sends word that http://betatester.tin.it/en/index.htm is the place to go if you're interested in beta-testing the latest software..

Not quite sure what this proves, but InsaneHardware have gotten a system down to 1% free resources stably..

He's famous for saying "I'll be back" .. and it looks like he will. Terminator 3 is up on IMDB.com, thanks again Clonex!

Video industry interview here on ChicksHardware, with the head of a company who just released a card based on the Kyro chipset.

BeOS 5 Pro gets a shakedown at FusionHardware..

Andrew pointed out this UK site about SMP..

Mild rant about the Voodoo / GeForce fight on Guru3D..

TE can't make up their mind about DiabloII. Half of the time they hate it, and the other half they just can't get enough of it..

BXBoards have done something revolutionary and reviewed a BX-based board.. the Soyo SY6BA+100.

GameDen have a WinME review..

One of those little pen scanner things was reviewed on HardwarePros.

Sunday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 9-July-2000  23:14:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A bit more info on the Perth Edge auction including a partial stock list.. thanks to.. (uuurrggh) .. whoever it was who pointed it out in IRC today. Sorry dude.

Speaking of which, at about 9pm on most days the IRC channel is jumpin' - you should drop in. Don't know how? Get yourself a copy of mirc (it's free) .. connect to an oz.org server (omen.perth.oz.org is good, as is aussie.sydney.oz.org, client.oz.org, greenbank.brisbane.oz.org - all good). Once you're connected, type /join #overclockers and there we are!

Hexus have some pretty wild water-cooling happening..

Not the newest board on the block, but still pretty strong, AthlonOC have reviewed the Epox EP-7KXA, which was the first KX133 board to hit the streets.

Interesting PC case on OCWorkbench, good for sticking your PC into your hifi/tv cabinet I guess..

More water-cooling action here on ClubOC..

Techwatch have reviewed the Asus V7100, that's a GeForce MX board..

Interesting GFD review on FrostyTech. Basically they say "We couldn't make it work at all". Hmm. This is odd - another powerplug-less GFD, like the NorthWind GFD2.0, which doesn't work on the KA7. I had the same problem with the NW.. on the KA7 AND K7V. KX133 incompatability with the powerplug-less design? Maybe..

Eyo have the PC150 KingMax in stock.. cool.

CPU-Overclockers UK will flog you a 1GHz Athlon for £220.00.. (yay, I can do the pound symbol now)

Guru3D have Updated their GeForce tweak utility..

More funky water-cooling, this time 2 CPU's and a GeForce2 .. cor.

Anand has checked out the FIC AZ-11, a SocketA board for yer Duron ron ron, yer Duron ron.

They also took a closer look at FSAA on the GeForce2.. new drivers make it better..

A bunch of P3-650E's put through the wringer on overclockers.com..

They also have another (seriously large, almost 175) bunch of coppermines in a reader FSB survey, interesting stuff indeed.

Dang, another weekend where I didn't do all the things I wanted to..

Saturday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 9-July-2000  00:29:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

TweakTown have the scoop on Microsoft Whistler 2001 - check out the preview here ..

Anya from iXBT pointed out this interesting page, modify your Chaintech GeForce and turn it into a Quadro, professional-type video card.. makes it faster, anyway, with just a bit of soldering. Not sure what to make of that, but.. interesting stuff!

Hypothermia are giving away two V5-5500's .. cor.

VIAHardware have a guide to tweaking your memory on Apollo Pro chipset boards..

Barney freaking you out? Maybe it's a known fault with the big purple guy.

You'll be pleased to know that [a] Dan has done a quite detailed review of the Duron 600 and MSI MSI-6330 and there's no pictures of his face in this one.

Coupla interesting things on VR-Zone.. firstly KingMax have announced PC150 memory (cas3, o'course) and Intel have announced the specs for i850, the chipset for Willamette (P4)..

GamesDomain have a review of Deus Ex up.. fair to say they flame its ass off.

Clonex sends word that you can sign up for the beta tests of Settlers and Midtown Madness 2 ..

PCRoddin' have benchmarks comparing WinME with Win98..

Issue five of The Critix Speaks is up on PCCritix, talks about graphics and stuff..

Friday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-July-2000  23:59:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Heh, do-it-yourself railgun kits, now you're talking! Thanks Term..

TweakTown have a WinME Preview up..

iXBT have written up an article on ATA-100 .. long read, benchmarks and stuff..

Hmm, Sciby pointed out that Joshua is dead, or at least feeling very unwell, VIA are having trouble getting the part up to speed..

NeoSeeker have a NIC card roundup..

VIA now has to pay Intel for every DDR chipset it sells.. sigh.

JDAlpha has a review of the SBLive! X-Gamer..

JSI have a how-to on mounting a P3 heatsink with no backplate .. hot naked cpu action!

JC has info on a big PC expo in the US somewhere..

Go go Gadget shoes! .. cool, I want some. Thanks Morgan. :)

InsaneHardware say that the rumours of the A7V not having the multiplier setting are not true..

Abit KT7 SocketA Motherboard (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-July-2000  23:58:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Abit just sent around a press-release about their new KT7 SocketA motherboard .. based on the excellent KA7, this motherboard boasts "FSB settings from 100MHz to 183MHz in increments of 1 (84 settings). Moreover, ABIT has added CPU Multiplier Factor Adjustments, allowing the user to choose the proper multiplier factor" .. sounds awesome! We'll see how high a FSB we can actually use, but based on what I've seen of the KA7 it should be a great board..

Promise ATA-100 hack! (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-July-2000  12:55:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Ssingleton just pointed this out in the forums - there's a hack to convert the Promise Ultra100 to a FastTrack100, just like the old ATA-66 one Poly covered for us here!

Here's the ATA-100 version. Text is mostly Japanese, but there are diagrams and if you scroll down there is an English set of instructions..

Thursday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 6-July-2000  21:18:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Woo, faster modems, thanks Timoid.

I don't know why some companies just can't be happy making good products.. they have to be pushy bastards as well. NVIDIA vs HARDOCP this time.. give 'em hell, Kyle!

Concepts sends word that GameDude in Brisbane have C2-566's for $240 .. I'll take his word for that being good..

Gigabyte GA-7VM gets reviewed here on AthlonOC.. this is a MicroATX SlotA board..

mr bill sends word that double-density CD info is up on AkibaPC..

BXBoards have a 10-stick PC133 SDRAM Roundup posted!

The ARS-Masters apparently have a Securing Win2K guide up, but I can't get to it at the moment..

Some cool case mods on HardwareCorner..

Interesting article on those flourescent multi-layer CD's on PCStats..

DrTom has a roundup of five i815 motherboards..

He also checked out the Gainward Expert GeForce2 GTS - lotsa fast mem makes it the fastest GTS2 card yet apparently, and it overclocks well too. Thanks to Clonex (and everyone else who sent the link) ..

I bet you were just thinking "Cor, I'd love to read another review of the 2CoolPC" .. well, Dan's the man who can, and he has written one. Only Dan could turn a review about a plastic scoop with a fan in one end into a comfy-chair-required experience.

TechDungeon has a newbie article on what SoftFSB is and what you can do with it..

OCShoot have a review of a 430W PSU from Enermax..

Wednesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-July-2000  23:26:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

DrDobb's has a biiig article on Microsoft's X-Box - they quite like the idea.. thanks Sniper.

Stop the presses! Check out these sneak preview Quake IV screenshots .. damn, that looks realistic..

Yet another review of the pc air-scoop, the 2CoolPC, here.. I think those guys gave away more review units than sales. :) Actually, I reviewed one here a few months ago, they work quite a bit better than you might think..

A DDR Geforce card, the Hercules Prophet is reviewed on GlideUnderground.com.

Clonex sends word that if you go here you can maybe win stuff.. 1GHz of stuff!

Stephen Den Beste is a spoilsport, re the new VIA 4-in-1 drivers:
The only difference between 4.22 and 4.23 is that they rolled the AGP403
driver into 4.23, and AGP403 was already available for separate download.
The version numbers of the other components are identical between the two.

Ahh well. Thanks Stephen!

Interesting what I'd upgrade for USD$100 article on HardCoreWare..

iXBT have reviewed an Acer LCD screen..

Mike pointed out that TheRegister have done an abrupt about-face on their story yesterday about how cool Intel's flash utility is, lets you flash under Windows.. turns out it hosed their sound. Bummer.

Next time you get caught buying pantyhose at the supermarket, you'll have an excuse.. I dunno how you're going to explain those Dolly magazines, tho..

HotHardware are unlocking and overclocking their Thunderbirds.. and you can, too.

Apparently there's a bit of a problem surfacing with some 1GHz Thunderbird systems. Tech-Report have some musings on what may be at fault..

Peter sent along an interesting link, a free firewall proggy that fits on a bootable diskette and is configured from remote, so you don't need a kb/mouse/screen on the PC..

3DAlpha have reviewed the Kenwood True-X 72X CD-ROM drive..

An entire PC on a chip? Bizarre.

Tuesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-July-2000  00:02:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hmm, just had a fairly dodgy Indian meal.. .. uh-oh..

Well, the Edge Technology auction is definitely on. To whit, MGS have this page listing their auction details (Adelaide office/stock I believe), the Perth stuff seems to be going via Ross Auctions .. thanks Clonex and Adam! Anyone know the where's and when's for the Sydney stuff? Gotta be worth going along to check it out..

VIAHardware have a guide to the various VIA chipsets..

Hmm, a guide to building a box for BeOS..

Heh, flying bags and missing bags, it's all go with the new baggage system in Sydney airport.. thanks Andrew.

Abit have fired their last BX salvo, the BX-133 RAID..

New 4-in-1 drivers for VIA chipset users..

Register reports Intel's new bios flashing proggy works within windows, thanks Sniper..

Dan the Man reviews a digicam.. pretty good and pretty cheap!

BTW, all the stories you're reading about how some hacker nearly blew up a space shuttle - they're bollocks. If any of the "reporters" making up those stories actually READ the NASA press-release mailing list (which I've been on for about 8 years now, some very interesting stuff there) .. they'd know it was only a minor delay to some non-critical data. Of course, NASA may be covering up, too. They just reek of sensationalism, these stories..

Hexus.com have some info on some very funky sounding high-performance coolers for the overclocking market.. not much info actually, just teasers..

GPU3D have a review of the elsa gladiac.. this thing seems to be getting a fair bit of coverage lately..

Clonex also sent word of an ADSL trial that people can participate in.. not read much of it yet, probably some restrictions, worth checking out tho. Ooer, there's another one here.. I signed up for that one. Gimme ADSL!

FryingSpuds have a 1GHz shootout happening..

Ars have an interesting one up, converting michaelangelo's work to digital form..

Hempie has a FSAA vs T&L comparison..

Monday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 3-July-2000  22:54:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Point out a security hole, get hassled by the cops. That'll learn you. Thanks Morgan.

Interesting (lengthy) article on how hard-drive manufacturers are pushing some fundamental physical limits to storage.. thanks Sniper650.

Concerned about trespassers? Andrew sends word of an Australian company with a new area-denial system with some serious loud-bang potential.. just what the world needs.

Much more useful is another Australian breakthrough, the 50-year lightbulb.. imagine the dust buildup!

Ahh! Remember the Edge Technology auction? Rumour has it the Adelaide office's stock auction will be held by these guys on the 14th of July at Edge's Adelaide office..

Leo got his Athlon 500 to 800Mhz, well done and nice website too..

Kuen from Australia won ipKonfig.com's latest competition, an Alpha heatsink is his. Good for him..

NeoSeeker have a cordless mouse shootout..

Mints with caffeine in, in the forums..

Hmm, AOpen make sound cards? CPU-Burn have reviewed one..

Mount a bigass cooler on yer GeForce!

Corsair PC133 CAS2 SDRAM Review (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 3-July-2000  00:29:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's been a little while since I reviewed anything. I liked this particular thing so much I bought it with my own real money. Why? I'll show you why:

Click here for the full review..

Look again, that's a Sandra MEMORY benchmark..

Sunday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 3-July-2000  00:27:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Overclockers.com have some interesting info on the Asus A7V motherboard, perhaps something dodgy going on with configurations of it. Or perhaps not. Cheshire sent me this info earlier actually but I was too busy to really look into it.. [slaps forehead] ..sorry dude!

InsaneHardware have been on the red phone to Asus again, this time scoopage on upcoming video cards..

Some pretty severe grumpiness over at millisec.com, directed at HP/Agilent for their marketing strategy for their ArctiCooler..

Guru3D have updated their GeForce Tweak Utility..

A bunch of stuff submitted by you guys today, good stuff! Keep sending it in..

Morgan pointed out that overclocking has made an appearance in the User Friendly comicstrip.. spend some time going through their archives if you have time, some classic stuff in there.

Sniper650 sent a link to some interesting stuff on VR-Zone, reports of Intel soon releasing a 1.13GHz P3 "for enthusiasts" and the P4's special power requirements.. also scroll down, interesting pic showing a program that can (apparently) report the real core speed of a chip? Hmm.

This is very cool, Sciby sent it in - he's attacked a 486 chip and cracked it open, then photographed it under an electron microscope. Some amazing images..

MWP sent along an interesting link to a page of bandwidth comparisons.. see just how much faster a T1 is than a 56k, for example..

Another issue of ZZZ Online is out, usually some interesting stuff..

My brain started to wobble pretty severely about 2 paragraphs into it, but I found an interesting article on electronics-cooling.com (great site btw) about peltiers.. very technical, lotsa maths and stuff.. umm.. duuuhh.. [drools on keyboard]

Finally, some Sunday night funnies for you.. (ok, early Monday morning really) .. here ..thanks Bren!

Saturday Night #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 1-July-2000  23:20:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Tweak3D have an article up on Dualbooting Windows and Linux.. thanks Clonex.

mr bill sent in an interesting link, an IDE to SCSI converter ..?

Hexus.com have a review of WinME..

Quick preview of a very serious scsi card on TE..

Bit of a Vampire outbreak on the net, here on TE and here on ARSTechnica, here on GameSpy (ta Epoch)..

PCInsight have reviewed the DFI CW35E i810E motherboard..

PCStats reviewed the Soyo SY-6VCA mobo..

iXBT reviewed the Chaintech RI71, a GeForce DDR video card..

IBM have build the world's fastest computer AGAIN.. 12.3 TFLOPS. Big numbers stop meaning anything after a while..

Saturday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 1-July-2000  22:42:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

HardOCP have some TBird+K7TPro 1.1GHz action happening..

There's an update to 3DMark2000 out.. 2.5MB for the update file to v1.1, supports newer processors (P4, woo) .. get it here.

Overclockers.com are grumpy about people at PC shows being treated like morons..

Tech-Dungeon has an article up about happenings in the chipset market..

TweakTown have a WinME Tweak Guide up..

Ever wanted to write your own FPS? SomethingAwful have a few guidelines to get you started.. :)

For further inspiration, consider GameSpot's list of the Top 10 Games this year.. sounds like a forum thread. :)

Not entirely scientific :) but TweakMax finally answered the question "how hot is too hot? .. for a K6-2, anyway.

Iamnotageek.com have a review of the AOpen HX-08 fulltower.. my main workstation lives in one of these, nice case but a little cramped in parts..

JSI checked out the Globalwin FKP-32 .. we looked at it a few months ago here..

More in a bit!


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