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October 2000
Tuesday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 31-October-2000  10:36:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I guess you've really made it as a scientist when they assign you to experiment on burping sheep..

Dan's reviewed a mousepad with a silly name.

Hexus reviewed the 1GHz Thunderbird.. it's fast.

Interesting article (in German, but pics in English) about modding your Alpha and sticking a bigass fan on the top. Similar to one we saw yesterday..

JSI reviewed the intellimouse optical..

PCHardware reviewed the DFI AK74-EC SocketA, KT133 motherboard..

Darmok points out a BBSpot article to help you understand those new types of RAM.. 8. OWWIRAM - (Only works with Intel RAM) - 7. NCWACSRAM - (Not compatible with any chip sets RAM.)

PCMech have a comprehensive CPU Roadmap covering all of Intel and AMD's offerings..

If you'd prefer to look backwards, G3D have a look at "every modern intel CPU ever" .. hmm.. that title sounds sensible until you think about it.. especially as they only go back to the Pentium 60. Interesting anyway.. oh, and they get extra cool points for having 2 popup ad windows, grrrreat.

GU have a Transmeta Interview posted.

Monday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 30-October-2000  22:11:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Interesting multiple-fan thingy here in the forums.. hmm.. :)

GameSmack reviewed the SECC1 Golden Orb.. they also reviewed the ORB Drive and (like so many other reviews) failed to mention the catastrophic failure rate..

Funny thing about Linux users hacking MicroSoft on LinuxNewbie.org..

AwareMag are fitting Chrome Orbs on KT7's..

CaseModdersOz (one of our hosted sites) have reviewed the Agilent Arcticooler..

Andrew points out that online unfaithfulness is getting more dangerous day by day.. also you can now learn to crack in order to make more secure networks..

VIAHardware reviewed the VIA PL133 chipset..

alchemy points out that Winamp's Evil Version is now available.. v2.666. :)

TweakTown reviewed the Epox BX7+100.. BX mobo with all the modern trimmings..

Poit has a guide to replacing the PSU fan.. lost track of how many times I did this to those slimline Osborne P90's at work.. aaaargh.

AMD760 chipset is here! (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 30-October-2000  22:10:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Well, it's somewhere, officially, apparently. Here's the official AMD press-release about it. This is, of course, the much-anticipated motherboard chipset for AMD chips which supports, among other things, DDR memory, 266MHz-FSB (DDR) CPU's and (in the 760MP variant) SMP.. woo!

Tech-Report review it here.
GD reviewed it here.
Sharky reviewed it here.
TecChannel reviewed it here.
FlingingSquids reviewed it here..
Anand's review is here.. this last one was JUST put up as I was typing up this post..

iXBT (now called x-bit labs) have a press release about a new ASUS motherboard based on this chipset.

Monday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 30-October-2000  09:18:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Kazashi pointed out in IRC that the rumours of Dickhead Matches seem to in fact be true..

Apu'sHardware reviewed the CompuNurse thermal monitor.

Ooo, Akiba have pics of the 1.2GHz Athlon on sale.. they also have this pic which shows a 1GHz Slot1 P3, but Intel don't seem too confident about it, big disclaimer on the box.

3DHardware have an image quality and FSAA article up..

The usual interesting/weird stuff in ZZZ Online..

Sunday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 29-October-2000  23:33:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Ozone posted a very interesting message in the forums - as he calls it, "how to know if your RAM does CAS2, or 'how to re-use your BAD DIMMs in Linux HOWTO'".. useful memory-testing utilities, and a way to tell the Linux kernel not to use the bad part of otherwise-good memory modules.

TechPatrol have an case mod posted.. nothing too amazing but a nice job.

Another cool case mod on this personal page..

Mfpmax said: I burnt up a PCI SCSI 2 card and one of the slots on my P5A ASUS board...and it still works. And then there is my self-contained watercooler..

TweakTown reviewed the Asus A7V.. KT133, SocketA motherboard..

Baloor pointed out these amazing screens to go with those funky workstations from the previous news post..

OverclockersOnline reviwed the Asus CUSL2 motherboard.. remember we have our own forum for this motherboard.

2x GFD Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 29-October-2000  19:22:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

In this, the twilight of SlotA processors, there's still some innovation going on in the GFD market. I've reviewed a couple of third-generation units:

NorthWind GFD 3.0

Computer Zone GFD

These will probably be the last GFD's added to our original roundup, now covering 7 units. You can check out the full comparison here.

AGP VIA Win2k fix! (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 29-October-2000  16:56:19 (GMT +10) - by JimX

If you are having 3d lockup problems under Win2k with your VIA board, have a look here: http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q261/6/06.asp

Sunday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 29-October-2000  12:32:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

IANAG.com reviewed the SuperOrb.. twin-fan cooler.

JimX pointed out these (as he puts it) really really hardcore computer desks .. pretty wild if you've got the cash..

UKGamer reviewed the Slot1 Golden Orb cooler..

OCShoot reviewed the Globalwin FOP-38.. one thing I have been told about these coolers, and they make a note of it in this review, is that they are LOUD..

Hypothermia is giving away more stuff, a mobo and Duron.

G3D have been on a quest for broadband..

Some guy on DailyRadar does NOT like his PS2.

Sunday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 29-October-2000  11:53:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

RivaStation reviewed the Asus iPanel.. sits in a 5.25" bay, has some useful features and some questionably useful ones, only supported by the CUSL2. Thanks Flight.

PCExtremes reviewed the Enlight EN-7238 K7 case.. comes complete with a GigaByte motherboard, hmm.

JC has a performance analysis of the KT7, seeing if the various memory settings etc make much difference.. interesting read if, like me, you're considering buying a KT7..

Those of you with electronic engineering degrees might want to check out a vote on JC's now, what's Willamette's worst problem?..

Sneak peeks of the Creative 3DBlaster2 MX with DDR on iXBT..

If you're building a money-is-no-object water-cooling rig, this temp-sensing reservoir may be on your shopping list..

Hellfire pointed out (yet) another case-mods page..

TheRegister in their usual style pour a little water on the current " will nvidia buy 3dfx?" fire.. thanks b5lurker.

Win a bunch of cool stuff on AthlonMB.com including processors and motherboards.. doesn't say if it's open to international visitors or not.

HardCoreWare reviewed the Abit KT7-RAID..

More soonish!

Issue with fast PC's, Win9x/ME and HDD's with big caches.. (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 28-October-2000  23:06:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Right, let's try this again. Kinda bollocksed up the last mention I did of this. Submariner sends word that there is a potential issue if you have all three of the following [a] CPU faster than 733MHz Win9X or WinME [c] a HDD with a large cache.

More info here on AnandTech's forums.
Patch for Win98 here.
Patch for WinME here.
Registry edit from Microsoft here..

Thanks Submariner.

Saturday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 28-October-2000  11:47:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Poit has a guide to replacing/removing PSU's.. kinda something you take for granted but would be pretty daunting to newbies.

Interesting wraparound LCD stuff on NetKills..

Another P3 vs Athlon article on AthlonOC.. also some more info in their Project Duron..

PCMech have info on USB 2.0..

OCAddiction have info on making a custom heatsink mount for SocketA boards.. thanks Franki.

ApusHardware have a massive table of accuracy/damage stats for CounterStrike weapons..

I'm sure everyone else remembers that part of the Wombles theme song, "Making good use of the things that we find, things that the everyday folks leave behind.." ..? No? Fine.. anyway, this guy obviously does..

Overground, underground, wombling free..

Friday Night #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 28-October-2000  00:36:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Jim from RealTime let me know there's been a price drop on Corsair memory.. it's good stuff, read my review here.

ClubOC reviewed the Thunderbird 800MHz..

Chickshardware reviewed some Midiland Speakers..

BeddoesTech reviewed the DFI AK74 - EC motherboard.. KT133, SocketA.. like every other motherboard reviewed lately. :)

ExtremeTek have a GeForce2 MX Overclocking guide..

SavageZone have a two-way SocketA Cooler Shootout..

AnandReviewed the Transcend TS-ASL3 Socket-370 i815E motherboard.. also the Creative Labs Annihilator2 Ultra 64MB GeForce2 Ultra video card..

Here's a page on a watercooling project.. bit hard on the eyes.

More cooling Q&A over on ProCooling.com..

Friday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 28-October-2000  00:04:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Andyroo sent word that microsoft fell victim to a security hole in Outlook which let hackers steal copies of source code.. interesting twist on it here, thanks Daemon.

Cicada put up pics of his awesome fanbus in the Case Mods forum.

PCScoop have info on a new PC266 (DDR) motherboard from Chaintech..

Hmm, how not to celebrate the end of your highschool career..

InsideHardware reviewed the Transcend TS-AKT4 mobo. KT133, SocketA.. has an ISA slot.

3DSpotlight have a guide to tweaking your mouse..

Hexus have some info on Intel Price Cuts.. hopefully we will see them here, too.

TheTechZone reviewed the Abit KT7-RAID.. this seems to be one of the top SocketA KT133 motherboards at the moment, vying with Asus's A7V for the crown.

You thought AUD$800 for a PS2 was bad.. this guy is asking over $5000 USD.. thanks Simon.

Auenf pointed out this site which shows how someone pulled apart a Nomad Jukebox (mp3 player) and installed a 20GB HDD..

I think we may have already seen this.. anyway, Steve sent word of an issue with Win98/ME and HDD's with big caches.. like the popular IBM 75GXP. Everyone is pointing the finger at everyone else, but there's info in Anand's forums (lost the link and can't find it, dangit) and a patch here on Microsoft's site. You might want to read around a fair bit before using that patch, there's rumours of it causing BSOD's etc..

Ooo, neoseeker reviewed an IDE RAID controller from AMI called the Hyperdisk..

More in a bit..

Friday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-October-2000  08:48:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Clever stuff on HardOCP, doing the promise hack on an on-board controller without ever touching the board.. great lateral thinking here.

Strange story on Wired, about a plutino, or small planet, discovered between Neptune and Pluto. I don't think this is a "10th planet" as such, because the guy says there are dozens of them and this is just the biggest. Hmm, ok.. no mention of it on CNN either.

Also, new PPC upgrade boards for Amiga 1200's and 4000's.. gotta get a new case to fit it into, tho.

Sabretooth pointed out this page on MS's site showing how to enable UDMA/66 on various Intel mobo chipsets under Win2K..

AMD will officially launch the much-anticipated 760 chipset on the 30th of this month.

PCReview.co.uk checked out the Soltek SL-75KV2-X.. SocketA, KT133 mobo with 686B southbridge so native ATA-100.

AthlonMB reviewed the Duron 800MHz..

PCInsight have some info on a new 19.6" LCD Screen.. mind-wobblingly expensive, as you'd expect.

Thursday evening (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-October-2000  00:58:00 (GMT +10) - by Manaz

Well, after the massive news posts I made when Agg was away on holidays, I've had a break, and am ready to start with light duties. Not a huge amount of news tonight, though it's no five minute quicky either. :)

Col wrote to us to say that his site, PC Market, has officially opened. In case you're wondering, it's an Australian site, dealing mainly in PC Hardware issues. They have an archive section listing thousands of reviews around the web..

MegaBaz wrote in to say that he's published a Clear Case Guide on the NetKills site.

PC Mechanic have published an article, entitled I just got V.90, now what the heck is V.92?. Basically, it looks at the pros and cons of the new V.92 56k modem standard.

There's an update been made to Adrian's Rojak Pot's Affordable Water Cooling article, including information on using a stainless steel water block.

Apu's Hardware have an article about putting a copper slug on a Duron processor. Don't believe me? Check it out..

Sierra On-Line have published the patch for Half-Life.

Apparently Chemtronics are giving away free stuff, just for filling in a survey. Thanks to RR for letting us know. :)

Interesting twist on the whole DeCSS issue here.

Interested in where all the earth's satellites (man-made) are? NASA publish this page with a "really neato Satellite tracking Java applet thingo" (that's the technical term I believe).Thanks to Bubbelz, who sent us the link.

Chaintech are claiming to have released the world's first DDR266/SDRAM133 motherboard. PCInsight have the press release.


Inside Hardware have reviewed AOpen's 52x CD-ROM drive.

There's a review of a Card Cooler XT up at Dredd News.

SystemLogic have reviewed the Abit BF6 motherboard - it's an older, BX based board, but it still serves many people well.

Tech Extreme have compared the WinZip 8.0 and Stuffit 5.5 file compression utilities.

The Tech Zone have reviewed a 600MHz Celeron2 which runs at 1GHz. Read all about it here.

Minor Update (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-October-2000  00:52:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Just finished updating the template for the body of the site (everything except the forums). You'll notice there's now a link to the news archive and our SETI@HOME and RC5 teams. Our latest sponsors, eBay Australia and Mastercard were added also..

Don't forget, if you see something cool on the net, send it to news@overclockers.com.au!

Thursday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 26-October-2000  10:54:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hmm, the things you get emailed sometimes.. jeez. :) Very funny.

Some remodelling pics from Japan, here and here.. second one has english text.

Why remodel a motherboard? Well, so you can get mind-wobbling figures on the Max WCPUID Ranking..

The rampaging russians overclocked a Duron 600.. massive article, quite a good read.

FrothySuds reviewed the Asus V7100 2V1D GeForce2 MX video card..

ExtremeOC reviewed the Tweeking Device 2.. this is a GFD. You remember them, they're for SlotA processors.. you remember SlotA processors??

Apu's reviewed the PC Tote thing for carrying your PC around..

Hexus have a little info on a super-bright LED for inside your case.. or whatever, really.

Dan's reviewed another keyboard logger.. hmm, this looks cool and evil at the same time.

Wednesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 26-October-2000  00:16:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

DraganJ posted some cool pics of his wicked case in the forums..

Hmm, girls and computers.. naah, it'll never happen.

Blue orbs reviewed here on HardCoreWare and here on OCAddiction.

Tweakerinos reviewed the Gigabyte GA7ZM.. little bitty KX133 SocketA mobo. They're also giving away a GeForce2 MX..

There's a review of the Voodoo5 5500 on a site calling themselves WhoredWare.. hmm, I can see the big hardware companies just lining up to get affiliated with that domain. :)

Win coolers and stuff by sending email on G3D..

Squozen sent in a link to this article.. iMac is arguably the most compelling home entertainment appliance in existence. Hmm, is that a crackpipe I smell?

ipKonfig are smashing stuff up, setting stuff on fire etc. Keeps them off the streets I guess..

AwareMag reviewed the Epox 8KTA+.. SocketA, KT133 mobo.

The ArsMasters checked out the Apple G4 Cube. I admit, if someone gave me one of these.. I wouldn't instantly sell it. I might even keep it. But there's no way I'm forking out my own money for one.. yeeghs!

TE reviewed the Matrox G450 video card..

PCInsight reviewed the Gainward CARDEXpert GF2MX TwinView "Golden Sample" (deep breath) .. which I think is also a video card.

TechZone reviewed an MSI GeForce2 MX video card..

Guru3D have a case-modding guide.. random quote: Water-cooling - Here you put a small refrigerator into your case. Uhhm.. okey dokey.

Steve said: So am I! But I ended up going to www.printers.com and it was no damn good at all... go and have a look for yourself... scary stuff, especially the MIDI music at the end of the damn thing... .. hehe.

Ozone sent in a link to a page pointing out some interesting points about the recent DeCSS court case.. and how executable source code is not covered as free speech. They argue, among other things, is a picture of source code free speech then, as it's not executable? Interesting read.

Lombers pointed out this massive cooler.. what is that, heat pipes or something? Bizarre.

HotHardware reviewed the VoodooTV 200.. a tv tuner card from 3DFX.

MS Testing? (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 25-October-2000  20:19:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Dunno how long this will stay up, but is there a work experience person messing around on MicroSoft's website? :) Thanks Manaz.

Wednesday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 25-October-2000  09:39:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Guru3D have updated their GeForce utility: This piece of software installs itself in the Windows Taskbar as a couple Tray icons, and gives you 1-click access to enable or disable Direct3D and OpenGL antialias independently, and 2-click access to other GeForce's antialiasing settings, like Direct3D and OpenGL AA quality. Get it here.

Shane sent in word of an article he wrote about his experiences fixing an intellimouse..

PCMonkey have some cutting-edge journalism into a question at the heart of every gamer.. why are the boxes that PC games come in so big?

Dan Rutter of DansData fame, taking a brief break from his "rewriting the Encyclopaedia Britannica" project, wants to tell you more than you ever thought you'd want to know about a bunch of heatsink/fan units here.

More info on voltage hacks for A7V and KT7 on VR-Zone.. 2.4v for a socketA chip does NOT sound like a good idea.

Hexus reviewed the AOpen AX3S motherboard.. i815E, FCPGA.

Tuesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 24-October-2000  22:27:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Scott sent word of another distributed computing project - Golem@Home. This is an artififial life project, where your CPU time is used to generate robotic creatures.

Beddoestech reviewed the MSI K7T Pro 2 motherboard.. SocketA, KT133, talks to you.

Speedy3D have a huge slot1 cooler roundup.. of course the good thing about slot1 is that the coolers CAN be huge. :)

3DSpotlight reviewed the much-discussed Asus P3V4X motherboard. Much discussed? Well, our own P3V4X forum has nearly 18,000 messages and is still going strong..

TechZone review a combo digicam + webcam.. fairly cheapy, but interesting..

Hmm, if you're LANning with some potentially moral-free individuals, it might pay to have a decent keylock on your case. PCExtremes review one from AMK. Hmm, I dunno, doesn't look too impressive..

Neoseeker reviewed the Guillemot Maxi Sound Muse sound card.

On AskSlashdot, a topic we've covered a few times in the forums here - is burn-in required?

I'm not even going to bother laying the smackdown on this fool - This is because Windows pushes the CPU maximum safe speed beyond its limits, and this causes CPU OVERHEATING and implicitly errors. For example, my Pentium 200 MHz measured at 204 MHz under Windows (using AMI Diagnostics). So I underclocked my CPU.. link stolen from HardOCP.

InsaneHardware have a picture of a strange new game controller, The Claw.. aussie made, too.

TechPatrol have an article on mounting your PSU outside your case..

Unidentified Official? :) (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 24-October-2000  10:53:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Benjamin sent this in:

Bwahahaha.. for our international readers, that is John Howard, the Prime Minister of Australia. :)

Tuesday Morning #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 24-October-2000  10:17:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Redback points out that OatleyElectronics have 240V SQUARE FANS: Limited quantity. These Sunon Brand fans are brand new and operate from 240V AC @ 0.125A. They measure 120 x 120 x 38mm: (MF2) $12 each (small quantity available). Also on their fan page are 60mm 12V Panaflow fans for $3 each..

Flat panel screens could be getting cheaper.

Asus launched their GeForce with the lot.. tv-tuner, twinview, the works.

Gosh, hardcoreware had the brilliant idea of pitting the ratpadz against the everglide. Now that's hardcore! Actually, this is apparently a rematch with the new and improved ratpad.

Quelques jeunes hommes français ont pris un moment pour passer en revue ATI Rage Fury Maxx. C'est une honte que je ne puis pas parler français dans la vraie vie, est-ce qu' autrement je marquerais avec les poussins de façon considérable, oui?

InsaneHardware poke fun at people who no speeky the good english. How's your mandarin, Jai? :) Pretty funny wording tho.

Anand reviewed the Voodoo4 4500..

A backed-up toilet sounds like an Astronaut's worst nightmare..

Tuesday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 24-October-2000  09:36:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Pick the right spot in the ocean sometime next February and you could get 130 tonnes of Mir falling on your head..

Andrew sent a link to further Sydney Olympic Auction info - later this month their high-tech goodies including laptops etc will be up for grabs.. I'd rather have an olympic laptop than one of those prawn-bicycle things anyday.

The P4 we saw on Akiba the other day WAS an engineering sample, as a few people pointed out, but there's still a few for sale in Japan. Neil points out that they're selling for about $2300AUD, which Akiba says is "rather high" given the chances of finding a motherboard for them. The 1Ghz P3 was interesting because it was the first sighting of a cC0 1GHz unit in the wild. Okey dokey. Wilson sent in this list of cC0 S-Codes..

Think your new mobile phone isn't quite cutesy enough? IBM do too.. so they're working on jewellery that doubles as a mobile, a PDA, or maybe an MP3 player.

Microsoft show once again they have no idea about Linux and aren't afraid to inflict that upon the public. Bah, we know you're running scared, now!

Little LCD status panels are all the rage with case-modders at the moment, Keith pointed out this page with lots of interesting info including a cheap place to buy them..

ChicksHardware have a list of special deals.. spot the modded case for Australian readers from one of our hosted sites.

LWD have a Q&A session about dual-booting Win2K and Linux, prompted by their earlier article..

More in a bit..

Monday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 23-October-2000  20:45:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Vax sent word that Altech Computers was robbed recently - this page has pics of the robbers and of the stolen goods. If you can provide information, there's a AUD$10,000 reward on offer.

Vegeta529 posted some pics of his nicely modded system in the forum..

IPKonfig have some burnt, smashed or otherwise mangled pc bits..

GideonTech have a guide to online buying and selling.

PCExtremes have reviewed the Abit BX133 motherboard..

TekFront have an interesting article on a 180-degree display system.. imagine playing an appropriately-modified GP3 on this.

TweakTown checked out a thermal probe from Senfu..

TheTechZone have an article on when overclocking is not overclocking.. explains how a P3-600E is the same as an 800EB, for example. But we knew that. :)

PCScoop reviewed the Abit SA6R motherboard. i815E chipset, Socket370..

OCShoot have a minimalist review of the ThermalTake Blue Orb..

Systemlogic have a ranting article about ranting.

Underwater computers etc in the latest issue of zzz online..

..and here's a banner from our newest sponsor, eBay Australia. They have a computer section now, where you can buy or sell PC bits in auctions:

Sunday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 23-October-2000  01:04:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Dear God, let mslinux.org be a joke. :) Oldie but a goodie, very nicely done.

Akiba has pics of the 1GHz P3, this is revision B or something.. is this the smaller die size already? Newer stepping? I don't know. Socking great heatsink on it, tho, and a very funky looking attachment lever thingy. Looks much easier to use than the current heatsink clips..

GamePC look at some Alternate P3 SMP chipsets.. interesting read.

TweakTown reviewed the Abit BX133 RAID mobo..

PCStats reviewed a 19" monitor from ADI..

James pointed out these combination mouse and phone.. no, they're not a joke, I saw some at the markets a couple of weekends ago.

A link from alchemy reveals the internet is a nasty horrible place full of evil people doing evil things.. [stifles yawn]

PCStats have a three-way heatsink comparo.. socket units.

Sunday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 22-October-2000  11:24:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Gazzza put up some pics of his fairly standard HQ08 fulltower here in the forums. Useful if you're thinking of buying one, shows the internals pretty clearly. Interesting cable-tidying technique. :)

MBM5 is out now! I've not looked at it yet, but I preferred the old 4.18-ish interface over the v5 beta. Then again, I never was too comfortable with change.. that's why I'm typing this on my good 'ole 386sx20.

Dan's reviewed another black'n'silver motherboard from AOpen, the AX34 Pro 2.. seems a good one. Apollo Pro 133A, Socket370.

Hypothermia are giving away a Duron 800MHz..

Apu'sHardware have a big driver comparison happening, different Det's, different rez's, different speeds.. all on a TNT2 Ultra with annoyingly huge graphs.

"The geeks over at Simboo's geekhouse have done it again, DIY Telstra cable mods, click here". They made me say that. If you go to jail, I never saw you or that link before, ok? :) Funny article.

AkibaPCWatch have a comparison of GeForce2 GTS vs GeForce2 Ultra. Text in Japanese, but pics and graphs are readable.. for example, you can see that the Ultra only makes a major difference in 1280x1024.

G3D reviewed a force-feedback joystick from MS..

Ooer, Akiba also have pics of 1.4GHz P4's on sale in Japan.. or maybe it's just an engineering sample. Maybe these are the same pics I've linked to 3 times now. Damn, gotta put "learn to read Japanese" on the to-do list for today.

ChicksHardware reviewed the Voodoo4 4500.. they also send word of a new case mods store in the UK.. http://www.coolcasemods.com.

TheRegister points out that it seems unlikely we'll ever see the P3 1.13GHz CPU after it's dramatic launch and almost-immediate recall..

Anand reviewed the Chaintech CT-6OJV2 Socket-370 i815E motherboard..

DigitalDeities have info on the promise hack and Win2K. This is of course the simple technique to turn a cheapy UDMA-66 controller into an expensive IDE RAID controller. If you're looking for nice pics of an easy way to do the hack, check out our article from months ago by Poly.

Silly Planet Gayforce piss-take website. Thanks Mike. :)

Saturday Evening (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 21-October-2000  18:42:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Not a whole lot happening today. Many thanks to Manaz for keeping you news addicts sorted while I was away, btw.. :)

Samson sent word of an article with info about a surprise entrant in the 64-bit processor wars.. from IBM.

Reaper pointed out this article which puts forward the idea that NVIDIA should consider buying 3DFX.. interesting read indeed!

Mike sent a link to this article which shows Intel admitting RAMBUS turned out to not be as good as they were hoping.. good of them to admit this a year later than everyone else.

TechWatch reviewed the Mushkin PC150 HSDRAM..

InsideHW have a SocketA Cooler Showdown.. 4 units compared.

ClubOC reviewed the Z3 Blue Water-Jacket.

Holiday Snaps (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 21-October-2000  13:59:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I got back yesterday from a few days on the South Coast of NSW with my parents who moved down there a few years ago. Photography is another of my hobbies - I'm not very good at it, but occasionally surprise myself. Here's a few pics I took on the trip which I thought turned out pretty well.. Small pics are 640x480, large ones 1024x768. If you can wait for the big ones they're worth it. :)

Kangaroo Valley road.
The 1MB original of this is my current desktop.
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Kangaroo Valley Road.
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Burrill Beach.
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My GF's dogs encounter the sea for the first time.
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The bike in some of the pics is a Honda CBR1000, '93 model. All pics taken with a Nikon CP990 digicam.

Big AllAdvantage Cheque! (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 21-October-2000  09:02:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Yup, I'm back from my few days off.. might post up some nice pics I took soon. Anyway, one of the interesting things awaiting my return was this somewhat surprising cheque from AllAdvantage:

This is the first month ever that OCAU has paid for itself. Woo! :)

Now, before you go getting TOO excited, this is by far the biggest cheque I've received and I suspect this is the largest cheque I will EVER receive from them. Since August (when this cheque was earned) they have gone to this new sweepstakes thing and also had a go at me because one of my signups was apparently doing false surfing.. anyway, the short story is that this month's earnings so far are about $30 AUD.. yay. I'm going to give them another couple of months to see if they sort themselves out and if not I'll probably stop running the viewbar..

But anyway, it was fun while it lasted. If you want to give it a go, click here for details. Yes, if you sign up under me you are helping pay the OCAU server bills. If you already have someone else in mind for signing up under I really don't mind. Remember you need to get a few signups under yourself before you start making decent money.

Thanks to everyone who has signed up so far, and is surfing madly away.. I hope you got surprisingly large cheques this month too. :)

BTW, I'm not interested in any other schemes.. so don't bother emailing me about them, I'll just delete your message. :)

Thanks guys!

Saturday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 21-October-2000  08:34:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Couple more modded cases in the forum - LoneWolf's blowhole and ArakniD's darkness-dwelling beastie..

Draebor has info on making a cool OCAU Start Menu.. bunch of other useful stuff there too, actually.

PCInsight reviewed the Transcend TS-AKT4 motherboard, SocketA KT133.

UKGamer have a review of a pre-modded case with 4x 120mm fans installed.. hmm, their site seems to be down at the moment tho..

PCCritix reviewed the Asus CUSL2 motherboard, i815E, Socket370. Remember, we have a dedicated forum for this mobo here..

AthlonOC just woke up to the whole unlocking AMD CPU's with a pencil thing. They also have some DDR info..

Friday Night #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 20-October-2000  23:51:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

RizeNet reviewed the Soyo SY7VCA .. Socket370, Apollo Pro 133A.

The Other Toys Forum has been incredibly busy lately.. probably the fastest-growing new forum we've had. Despite this, there's been no discussion of personal flying devices like these.. cor, imagine commuting in one of those! Thanks Sam.

Just noticed we are now fifth in the Top100 Australian Hardware website listing. More interestingly, we're 14th in the world according to them. A few of the big names are missing from that list, tho..

NeoSeeker reviewed the new 12x10x32 CD-RW from Plextor..

AwareMag reviewed the Thermaltake Blue Orb..

iXBT visited the VIA Technology Forum and have a writeup about it..

Garrie sent info on some great looking radiators.. seeing if I can get one of these happening for the Big Kahuna project.

Speaking of which, remember the cool-computers radiator I reviewed a few days ago? James reckons they're made by Perma-Cool, and Robyn pointed out a review of it on overclockers.com.. sold by someone else, but seems to be the same unit. That review also mentions the perma-cool unit, but says it's different. The plot thickens.

HardwareCentral have a review of Micron's Samurai DDR chipset.. thanks Clonex.

PCScoop.com reviewed the Abit SA6R.. i815E, Socket370.

CTNews have an interesting article up, on overclocking your camera..

Hellfire pointed out an interesting site for case mods etc.. 7volts.com.

Friday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 20-October-2000  22:56:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

LWD have a thingy on changing the start button.. some some cool stuff about this in the IRC channel, hopefully have some details tomorrow.

Apparently there are some dodgy orbs out there..? I've not heard of this.. anyways, ExtremeOC want to show you how to tell if you've got the real thing.

ClubOC have a chrome orb review..

InsideHW have a review of the CardCoolerXT.. they also show how to mod it by slapping some bigass fans onto it.

SharkyExtreme have been overclocking their 800MHz Duron and 1.2GHz Tbird.. in case you missed it, AMD launched their 1.2GHz Tbird a couple of days ago.

HardOCP have been overclocking their Duron 800MHz..

Tech-Review have an article on various UDMA standards .. does -100 offer an advantage over -66?

Hmm, the 2nd generation of Microsoft Optical Mice is out, and TechExtreme reviewed one.

SystemLogic have an article all about cold hard cache.. what it is, what it does. Interesting stuff.

VIAHardware have an article in which they detail how VIA got to their current strong position in the chipset market.

TheTechZone reviewed the DFI CA64-EC motherboard.. Apollo Pro 133A, Socket370. 686B southbridge, so on-board ATA-100.

More in a bit. :)

Thursday evening - BIG news night...... (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 20-October-2000  00:05:34 (GMT +10) - by Manaz

Firstly, no less than five people emailed me to tell me what "Rojak" is - thanks guys. I think this link, on the site itself, and pointed out by Tim, explains it best. Thanks guys! :)

The Financial Times website is running an article about Intel and RAMBUS, in which Intel Chief Executive Craig Barrett admits that "In retrospect, it was a mistake to be dependent on a third party for a technology that gates your performance." (ie RAMBUS).

There's only one week left for you to enter Insane Hardware's Mad and Insane Giveaway. The winners list in the "Useless Junk Giveaway" is here. Furthermore, they've got the scoop on Asus' upcoming graphic card lineup.

Tarrasque pointed out that [H]ard|OCP have a (p)review of the ABIT VP6 motherboard. Lots of interesting information and benchmarks for you all to examine and evaluate.

Maximum3D have posted a review of the Nascar Pro Digital 2 racing wheel, and posted the next part of their "Tales of Woe" series.

XOverclocker have managed to get a 600MHz Duron to 1160MHz - the link is on their page (they use frames, so I can't link directly to the article without "breaking" their site).

Apparently (a la Microsoft, with Hotmail), Adobe Systems let their domain, adobe.com, lapse, and a Chinese resident has snapped it up, as a joke against ICANN. More details are available here, on the Fairfax IT website. Thanks to Andrew for pointing this one out.

Daily humour time. Clonex sent us this and this. Knowledge of Australian politics will help here....


Ars Technica have posted a review of the Compaq iPaq 3650/30 PocketPC.

FiringSquad has just posted a new review of the Logitech iFeel force feedback MouseMan. It's a vibrating mouse. If that does it for you (or you're just curious), head on over there and see what it's all about....

"Little bitty ones. Even smaller oblong ones. 74 minute ones. 80 minute ones. 99 minute ones that hardly anybody can use."Confused? Scared? Don't worry, it's just Dan (from Dans Data) talking about some unusual CD-R discs that he's had a look at....

Tom's Hardware have looked at the 32MB SDR version of the ATi Radeon card, and how it compares to the Voodoo4-4500 and GeForce2 MX based cards in the "performance on a budget" graphics card market....

CDRInfo have reviewed the Plextor PleXWriter W1210S CD-R/W drive.

TechWatch have reviewed Mushkin EMS PC-150 HSDRAM.

BootMax have reviewed the BTC 5113RF Wireless Multimedia Keyboard.

Guru3D have done a review of the ATi Radeon 64MB DDR video card.

GA-Hardware have done a review on the VideoLogic Vivid graphics card.

The guys down at HEXUS.net have done a review of the Kanie Hedgehog 238M heatsink, tested it with 2 different fans, and compared it to a few other heatsinks as well, to see which ones comes out on top....

FrostyTech have reviewed the Enermax 431W ATX PSU.

PC Hardware have reviewed the Altec Lansing ATP3 speakers.

UK Gamer have posted a review of the Fragmatic Precision Mousing Surface.

Late Wednesday Evening / Early Thursday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 19-October-2000  01:29:27 (GMT +10) - by Manaz

Another big news night. Always on my shift.....

Scott pointed out this link, to "The SmartCase", a modified case that monitors a water-cooling system for flow, temperature, etc.

Adrian's Rojack Pot (anyone have *any* idea what that means?) have some new articles posted, including a look at some PDAs, and a some advice for Windows 2000 modem users.

Pro Cooling have an article up on attaching two Blue Orbs to a 3dfx V5-5500. They're also giving away some Blue Orbs and Ratpadz.

Fast-MHz have added more cases to their case-mods section.

NFS-Xtreme have posted some information on changing your Windows startup and shutdown screens.

Apu's Hardware are giving stuff away! To be eligable, you need to be a registered user on their fourms, and have 50+ posts. As well as giving away free stuff (can't complain about that), they've posted some information on silencing your case using noise-dampening insulation.

Overclockers Workbench have posted AMD's CPU production plans for Q4 2000 and Q1 2001. You'll have to scroll down a bit to find it. Apparently the 760MP chipset (the SMP capable version of AMD-760) is being delayed due to bus noise issues. They've also done a comparison between the Via 686A and 686B motherboard chipsets.

It's funny. Laugh. Blame Nick if you don't find it amusing (I do, and I'm sure I won't be alone).

Community Broadcast.

The organisers of "Geek Night Out" are looking for sponsors. Basically, "Geek Night Out" is a get-together of some of the Australian Computing Community getting together to meet, make friends, learn some new things, and generally have a good time. If you, or someone you know, might be interested in sponsoring the event, please click here.


Project 1GHz have had a look at the FrontX Multimedia Ports, read what they think here.

Tech Extreme have reviewed a "Firewall Switch", which is basically just a switch for disconnecting your PC from your cable modem/xDSL connection when it's not in use - providing a physical barrier to you being hacked.

The guys over at The Tech Report have reviewed the Handspring Visor Deluxe PDA.

Following their review of the 1.2GHz Athlon, the guys down at the FiringSquad have posted a review of the recently-released 800MHz AMD Duron.

Gaming in 3D have reviewed a sound sensitive Neon kit for PC cases.

Club Overclocker have reviewed a video card water cooling setup.

Via Hardware have reviewed Overclockerz Store Enhanced PC-133 RAM, comparing it to/with Mushkin's High Performance CAS-2 PC-133 RAM.

Later Tuesday Evening..... (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 18-October-2000  00:16:05 (GMT +10) - by Manaz

It appears that [H]ard|OCP got the first review of the Thermaltake Super Orb onto the 'net. Thanks to alchemy for pointing this out to me. :)

The guys down under at TweakTown have also taken a look at the MSI 815e Pro MS-6337 socket370 ATX motherboard.

Tuesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 17-October-2000  23:45:05 (GMT +10) - by Manaz

3dfx have received a favourable ruling in the suit filed against them by nVidia. Details (preliminary) here.

LittleWhiteDog (don't worry, I have no idea either) are running a competition! Go here to find out what you can win, and to enter.

EuroGamer have posted an illustrated guide to overclocking Socket A processors.

There's a dual-voltage baybus tutorial over on CaseEtc.

Apu's Hardware have posted their latest week in review article.

OCWorkbench have a Duron overclocking database. If you're curious to know how well they overclock, or if you've overclocked a Duron, head over there and have a look, and maybe let them know how you went....

If you're interested in learning about cache RAM, particularly as used in Intel and AMD processors, head over to SystemLogic.net and have a read of their article entitled The Fundamentals Of Cache.


Dan (of Dan's Data) has reviewed the Agfa SnapScan e40 flatbed scanner.

Tech-Planet have a review of the GlobalWIN FKP32 heatsink.

PC-Roddin have taken a look at the Maxi Sound MUSE sound card, by Guillemot.

Club OC have reviewed the CompuNurse - which seems to be a cute name for a thermistor with a digital LCD output.

There's an ATi Radeon review over at Spode's Abode, though the site seems a bit slow for me at the moment....

XOverlocker.com have a review of the Epox EP-8KTA+ motherboard. The link is on their main page.

Hardware Central have (p)reviewed a DDR-based motherboard. You can check it out here.

The guys down at FiringSquad got hold of a 1.2GHz Athlon processor, and put it through it's paces.

Monday evening (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 16-October-2000  23:43:47 (GMT +10) - by Manaz

Lots of reviews tonight.... But first to the news.

Dan (you know who you are) wrote in to say that there's an article been written about modifying the voltage regulation on the KT7, in a similar way to what can be done on the A7V, allowing higher core voltage to be given to a stubborn procesor. Where you ask? The link he mentioned is this one, at VR-Zone Hardware.

AthlonOC have posted a guide to tweaking the KT7. Also, in the second part of their Duron overclocking project, they show you one method of putting a blowhole in your case.

Via Hardware have done a comparison between the PCI versions of the GeForce2 MX and Voodoo4 4500. Will this help settle the 3dfx vs nVidia battle?

Savage2K.com have posted part 1 of their "Super Cooling from the Ground Up" article, looking at how to build the ultimate overclocking/overclocked system.

Reviews - lots of them.

Project 1GHz have reviewed The Card Cooler XT.

Trainwrecker have reviewed the Thermaltake Blue Orb.

Not to be out-blorbed (you already know I'm strange, remember?), Extreme Overclocking have reviewed one as well.

Interested in owning a notebook? The Tech Zone have reviewed the Gateway Solo 3350 Notebook.

GideonTech.com posted their review of the ATI TV Wonder Value Edition video card.

Maximum3D has posted a review of the Abit KT7-RAID Socket A motherboard.

SystemLogic.net have reviewed the Gravis Eliminator Aftershock. In case the name doesn't give it away (could be anything, couldn't it), it's a gamepad.

Canopus GeForce2 Ultra..... (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 16-October-2000  23:06:56 (GMT +10) - by Manaz

Neil wrote in to give us some more specs on the Canopus GeForce2 Ultra card we've spent the last few days drooling over..

  • It goes on sale in November for 70,000yen, or around AUD$1200
  • 250MHz core speed.
  • 64MB of 250MHz RAM.
  • Specs otherwise the same as reference GeForce2 Ultra cards (though the board doesn't look like a reference design).

Not much, but it gives some idea of how it should perform (and what it will cost those lucky enough to have them available for purchase)...

Cool-Computers Water-Cooling Radiator (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 16-October-2000  16:51:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I've taken a look at a water-cooling radiator from Cool-Computers. This unit is quite small but boasts a high flow rate. How does it fare against my own system and the full Senfu kit?

Click here for the full review!

Monday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 16-October-2000  10:40:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

TechZone reviwed the DFI AK74SC, a KT133, SocketA board. Sadly, no multiplier adjustment..

Current top story on CableUser.com.au has some links to a new service from Optus@Home that lets you compare your bandwidth utilization to the average user. There's a thread discussing it here in our forums.

FoamingSuds reviewed some speakers from Abit..

NetKills have some modded cases from a recent LAN day.

The krazy krauts have gone lapping-mad, lapping an entire motherboard flat. really flat.

I was just thinking to myself that what the hardware scene really needs is.. another overclocking site. :) And whaddya know, overclockersonline started up today. The difference with these guys is that they actually wrote a few reviews and articles etc before launching. Nice one!

PCReview.uk checked out the Asus A7Pro .. this is the MicroATX version of the A7V.

Another blue orb review over on RizeNet..

The GA boys reviewed the ThrustMaster Nascar Pro Digital 2 Racing Wheel.

Big blue OCZ SocketA Cooler is reviewed on IPKonfig..

Another RatPadz review on PCInsight..

Some P-IV Pics on AkibaPC, possinbly the same ones we saw before.

More random interesting technical stuff on ZZZ Online..

Random Prize Winners! (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 15-October-2000  21:33:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Full list of winners in our recent competition including random winners (you could be one!) here!

Sunday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 15-October-2000  17:55:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Not a whole lot happening today..

KLHardware checked out the Blue Orb chipset cooler.

Little more preview info on the Super Orb over on AwareMag.

Pisstake of those "Ultimate PC" Guide's you see everywhere. ApusHardware have the Ultimate Welfare PC.. total cost $45 USD.

Redback points out that we get a mention way down the bottom of the new issue of the WindowsHelp newsletter.

TrainWrecker have a bag review posted. Yup, they reviewed a black bag. Seems to be good for swinging butt-ugly dogs around with.

Late Saturday Evening (so late in fact it's Sunday Morning)... (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 15-October-2000  00:29:54 (GMT +10) - by Manaz

Megabaz wrote to tell us that Case-Mods Australia is now looking for dealers/distributors for their products. Further information is available on their website.

DmBand wrote in to tell us that he's found that as well as some quite "sexy" water blocks, Kendon are selling some interesting waterblock retaining mechanisms. You need to scroll down quite a bit to find them, but they are there.

Following this morning's news of a 1300MHz Athlon processor, Hypothermia have acheived the same thing, using a 1GHz factory unlocked Athlon, a KT7 motherboard, and, well, some pretty decent cooling. Check it all out here.

Follow last night's news about Canopus and their GeForce2 Ultra video card, tlai909 posted this comment and information in the forums. Included is some information as to why Canopus left the market (except for in Japan it appears), and a few good pictures of their GeForce2 Ultra card....

OCWorkbench are running a VP6 give-away. You need to visit their site, register an account on their forums, and make a meaningful contribution, then answer some questions. Full information can be found on their Competition Page.


Chicks Hardware have a Geforce2 MX roundup.

Alchemy points out that Anandtech have done a ATi Radeon review.

hardCOREware.Net have reviewed the Leadtek Winfast GeForce2 MX video card.

Saturday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 14-October-2000  11:33:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I dunno, you think you're hardcore and then Bunny comes along and blows you out of the water with his 1300MHz (300MHz DDR FSB) Thunderbird.. check out the monster caps added to the board, jeez. Scroll down a bit and note as he says "If the temperature of CPU was kept -150 degrees or less, PC was able to be operated with 1500MHz!"

This guy in the HardOCP forums has done pretty well too, adding a VW Air Filter to his case to keep dust out. Okey dokey.

KLHardware checked out the Arctic Silver Thermal Paste..

What's this? Microsoft thinking about writing Linux apps?

Q&A with some NVIDIA marketing dude over on GAHardware.

FlingingSquids have the Voodoo 4 4500 up for a 15-page extravaganza..

Ahh, it's so refreshing to read a review that essentially says this game just plain sucks. Reminds me of the Daikatana launch..

Not a whole lot else happening as far as I can tell. If you've found something, send it in!

New news email (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 14-October-2000  00:00:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Those of you guys who dig up news and email it to me, thanks and keep doing it (please! :) ), but send it to news@overclockers.com.au instead.. that will be the news email account from now on, so that the other news posters can have easier access to it when I'm busy or whatever.. thanks!

BTW, Manaz will be doing news for most of next week as I will be away. So if you send it to me, it might not get posted immediately - send it to news@overclockers.com.au instead! Thanks Manaz!

Friday (the 13th) evening..... (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 13-October-2000  23:48:50 (GMT +10) - by Manaz

Big night for news tonight.

Apparently Free.Net have shut down 2 days early - they were due to cease operations on the 15th of this month, but are apparently down already. Thanks for KngtRider for for this info.

TweakHardware have posted an article, describing how to hack an A7V to give it ATA-100 RAID support. Thanks to Wolfy for the heads-up.

Morgan wrote to say that MBM v5, PB 2.7 is out. Some bug fixes and new features are included.

Trevor has pointed out that Abit are releasing a Slot-1 motherboard based on the Intel i815E chipset. It is called the SH6 (there's a link on the Abit page). EDIT Jarl pointed out that the Slot-1 i815E board as actually the SH6, not the SA6R as I originally posted. Thanks. :)

Netkills has a guide to running a successful LAN party.. which turns out to just be a bit of blurb about a party he went to recently.

Fancy a Twiddler? Would you like to know what a Twiddler is before you answer that? Check out this site for more information on wearable computers (or at least components). Thanks to Mr Bill for this link, and also for the next two...

Impress PC Watch (a Japanese site) have a picture of a Canopus GeForce2 Ultra video card. Considering the reputation Canopus had when they made Voodoo and Voodoo2 video cards (I had a Pure3D, a Voodoo card with 6MB of RAM - the most any other card had was 4MB), it would be VERY interesting to see what sort of nVidia-based card they could produce. Check the end of the card - as Mr Bill pointed out, it looks like a Molex power connector. They also have a story (in Japanese, but the pictures are rather universally readable) about Maxtor's recently released 80GB Firewire hard drives. Looking at that pic of the Canopus video card closely, it looks like the Copyright notice says 1999. Interesting for a supposed GeForce2 Ultra. Cheers sabretooth for your help there....

GeoffD has turned some junk into some treasure. Check out his X-Wing computer case.

GamingIn3D have 11 (yes, eleven) CoolPC Pluses to give away. You can enter the competition to win one here.

Tom's Hardware have posted the second article in their coverage of the 2000 Microprocessor Forum.

GA-Hardware have posted an interview with Jason Della Rocca, who is currently the Program Director of the International Game Developers Association, but who has previously, amongst other places, worked for Matrox.


The Tech Zone looks at a dual 1GHz (overclocked 700MHz processors) system, benchmarks it, drools over it, and, well, go look!

ViaHardware has taken a look at the Via PM133 chipset, competition finally for Intel's i810/i815 chipsets for inclusion on all-in-one motherboards.

PCRoddin have had a look a the Inno3D Tornado GeForce2 MX PCI video card - useful for people with a motherboard with no AGP slot...

i815 WCPREDIT data file (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 13-October-2000  23:28:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

i815 owners rejoice, JustRight has slogged through putting together a .PCR data file for the i815 chipset. This allows you to use WCPREDIT to tweak the chipset registers, fine turning AGP settings, DRAM timing etc. You can grab the file from our Asus CUSL2 forum here.

Further Friday 13th News...... (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 13-October-2000  13:01:24 (GMT +10) - by Manaz

It's also a full moon tonight apparently...

Keep your kiddies inside, and your computers under guard...

And if anyone comes across any "Easter Eggs" in games, etc, let us know. :)

The Morning of Friday 13th (oooOOOaaahhh!) (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 13-October-2000  09:26:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I didn't realise today was going to be Friday 13th. That'll teach me to not watch the news. Now, where's my chainsaw..

I'm starting to wonder what year it is, too, what with people holding conferences titled Physics and Biology of Making Mars Habitable. How cool is that? But what are they thinking about sending there first? Roaches. I'm not kidding.

InsaneHardware have reviewed the Thermaltake Blue Orb .. little 'un, for your video cards and whatnot.

Dan's been playing with a TwinView GeForce2 MX video card. One video card, two monitors, GeForce2 MX goodness on both.

TonDino pointed out that LiveWare 3.0 for WinME is out now.. bloatware is more like it.

OCWorkbench reviewed the QDI Kinetiz 7T motherboard.. Socket A, KT133.

PCstats have a gadget that lets you do long-distance calls on the net..

HardOCP Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 12-October-2000  23:30:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Wow, an explosion of reviews over at HardOCP today:

Soyo K7-VTA, a SocketA, KT133 board.

AOpen AX34Pro II, sexy black Apollo Pro 133A FCPGA board.

Sneak Peek at an Intel i850 chipset mainboard from MSI..

..and some Intel Roadmap Information to wrap it all up.

Must be something in the water in Dallas at the moment..

Thursday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 12-October-2000  22:45:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Mmm, pics of the VP6 up on HardOCP. Yes please.

Fysh put some pics of his cool metallic green machine up in the forums here..

The IEEE have an article up on wearable PC's.. are they ready for prime time? The guy in the picture obviously thinks so.. but he's obviously a dork. :)

Samson pointed out this article which makes note of AGP 8X..

PCInsight reviewed the Soltek SL-75KV motherboard.. SocketA, KT133.

Thermal Fan-Control Circuit (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 12-October-2000  21:44:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sud sent in an interesting circuit design he's using in his case. Basically, it supplies power to your fans depending on the temperature being read by a thermistor. So, your system will automatically speed up and slow down your case fans as the internal temperature rises and falls. Cool!

Click here for the diagram + info!

New Forums (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 12-October-2000  11:47:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hmm, I'm always paranoid about having too many forums, but there's been a fair bit of demand for these two lately.. so:

Other Toys is for cars, bikes, hi-fi's, home theatre etc.. whatever else you spend your toy budget on besides PC's.

SMP and Clustering is for all you multiprocessor freaks.. :)

Thursday Morning #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 12-October-2000  11:03:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

SiliconAngel's RatPadz and ThumbScrews group purchase reaches the next stage, prices now posted.

HDM has also put up prices for the Eheim water-pumps he's arranging a group buy of, in this thread.

InsaneHardware have some Willamette Pics.

G2K managed to crank their 1GHz Athlon to 1.33Ghz.. benchmarks etc.

VirtualHideout have a guide to making a thermal probe.

Anand has a roundup of video cards, focussing on DVD quality.

In case yesterday's Furby Electrocution didn't sate your desire for furry destruction, Geoff pointed out this Furby Dissection that we linked to a few months ago. Entertaining read.. :)

Morgan pointed out that overclockers.com have a hedgehog vs alpha heatsink showdown.

TE have a guide to firewalls.. keep the scriptkiddies out of your PC.

Thursday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 12-October-2000  10:44:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Big day for the distributed computing teams yesterday. Squozen joined the Seti@Home team, his tally of 1250 units pushing me down to 4th place in the team. The RC5 Challenge team has a new member too (not sure who, sorry!) which made us leap from about 2500th place on the ladder to nearer 2100.. great stuff!

A couple of nice server tower cases get the going over at TrainWrecker.com. Still no idea what the relevance of that domain name is.

Dan's been having something of a writing frenzy lately - he checks out a few memory card readers for the PC, a very cool super-slim cd-writer and a tv/video/phone/radio thing for your PC.. thanks alchemy.

Andrew from Aussiegamer obviously has way too much spare time on his hands, he's written my little grandpa, a kinda web-tamagotchi thing involving bedpans. Someone send him a game to review or something. :)

HardAvenue have reviewed the Asus V7100 GeForce2 MX video card..

LittleWhiteDog have a guide to dual-booting Win2K and Linux.

Not all is well in the get paid to surf world, according to Wired.

Review of the TDK Cyclone CD-RW on CDRInfo.

More soonish..

SLOGAN COMP WINNERS! (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 11-October-2000  20:33:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Go here for all the details.

Wednesday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 11-October-2000  11:41:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

CaseModdersOZ reviewed a thermal probe kit from Senfu.

Oooh! AMD demonstrated a dual TBird system with DDR!

In other news, geeks win Nobel Prize.

Someone pointed this out in the forums, can't remember who (sorry!) but it's funny - a furby being electrocuted.. the video is cool. :)

RivaStation have a guide to TNT2 drivers for those who prefer to stay a little behind the bleeding edge..

..but if you're looking to upgrade, GAHardware have a video card buying guide.

If that still doesn't answer your questions, you can ask 3DFX anything on G3D.

Couple of cool things in the forums, this thread has info on those cool LCD displays we've been seeing on a few modded cases lately and this one shows why boredom, hardware freaks and matches are a dangerous mix.. for old crappy hardware.

InsaneHardware have some more Orb Action, pics etc of some new models..

CounterStrike is going to be a proper retail product soon (not just a mod patch thingy) .. FragoholicsAnonymous have a pic of the box.

Guru3D reviewed the 3d Prophet II Ultra.. mind- and wallet-wobbling video card.

The AMD 1.1GHz Tbird is reviewed on ChicksHardware.

Tuesday Evening (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 10-October-2000  20:31:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's something you don't see every day. Orthello from NZ has achieved the mystical 100% overclock, by cranking a C2-566 to 1133MHz.. at -45C !

SharkyExtreme has a high-end video card shootout.. don't see any GeForce2 Ultra's there tho..?

Sharky also has a scoop, some Intel Inside(r) Information about why Timna was scrapped and a grim outlook for PentiumIV..

TweakTown have some MadOnion Promo Packs to give away..

GideonTech have some photos of crushed socket-a chip cores.. for those of you with a morbid streak.

TheDukeOfURL has an article on getting 3D under Linux.. interesting.

Anand have a Linux video card comparo. Great to see more Linux stuff happening on hardware sites..

OCWorkBench have a (very) little thing on a mobo that can apparently do 100MHz-250MHz in 1MHz increments.. not much info sadly.

Matthew sent word that there's a new Asus Download Site for easier access to drivers, BIOS files etc..

TE have some info on the PlayStation 2 Launch..

IWILL KV200 SocketA, KT133 motherboard on VIAHardware.
Voodoo5 5500 on Maximum3D.

Star Wars - The ASCII Strikes Back. (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 10-October-2000  20:16:02 (GMT +10) - by JimX

For those of you who like their ASCII art and Star Wars, telnet to blekko.net and then type "starwars" at the prompt. Unfortunately it only goes up to around the bit where Obi Wan shuts down the generator but it's still pretty funky.

Toosday Mornin' (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 10-October-2000  10:17:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Don't forget to vote for winners in the slogan comp..

Special greets to Darmok, who added 2154 units to the OCAU SETI Team's total yesterday!

UltraGooey posted pics of his Unreal and Q3 cases in the forums. The Unreal case was one of the first publicised case mods and still looks great, the Q3 one is his latest creation.

Big G posted about some success he's had with the newer C2-600's.. all 6 that he tried were stable at 1008MHz.. if you're looking for a C2, might pay to go scribble down those batch numbers!

InsaneHardware have a pic of the new super orb cooler. Apparently designed for 1.5GHz SocketA chips, it features 2 fans stacked vertically inside the heastink.. and looks cool. :)

They also have a contest running, win some free stuff including an A7V mobo or a V7100T video card!

TheTechZone are also in a generous mood, giving away a complete C2 system, already overclocked and everything. :)

PCHardware.ro want to tell you all about DRAM..

..and FryingSpuds have the second part of their article on memory performance.

If you're looking for some LAN action on the NSW/VIC border, AWOL is based in Albury and organised by some IRC regulars.

Kurt said: After reading a discussion in the software forum that mentioned the restore files I pissed about with a WinME bootdisk and added the option to the boot menu to remove the C:\_restore directory.
Not exactly rocket science but it's handy.
.. you can grab the file from here.

Asus A7V (SocketA, KT133) from PCReview.co.uk.
Abit SE6 (Socket370, Apollo Pro 133A) at TheTechZone.
Shuttle 10X DVD at TechReport.
New RamSinks at ClubOC.
Socket A Chrome Orb at PCRoddin'.
GeForce2 GTS cooling kit on OCWorkbench.

Awesome BIOS boot-up screens! (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 10-October-2000  00:44:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Check this out, this is what my P3V4X does during the POST:

Click here to find out how!

Slogan Comp - Vote for winners! (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 9-October-2000  18:49:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here we go again. This one closes midnight tomorrow night, so get to it! Details here.

Monday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 9-October-2000  14:54:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Noticed Beast has put up an article on lapping his coppermine CPU.. great pics. My celeron lapping article from nearly 18 months ago is still drawing traffic to the site!

AwareMag have a 3-way SocketA Heatsink Roundup posted..

TrainWrecker took a look at the Detonator 6.34 drivers.. and liked them.

Number-crunchers looking for aliens take note that SETI@HOME v3.00 is now out. Looking for a team to join? Join the OCAU SETI Team! Thanks Dr. Spock. :)

Monday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 9-October-2000  08:20:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hmm, baking heat or driving rain.. I love Sydney in the springtime. :)

Tasty pic of the HardBOX's internals over on HardOCP. I want.. I want..

Rizenet have some pre-tweaked drivers for GeForce cards based on 6.27 Dets with BIOSes included..

They also reviewed the GlobalWin FOP-38 socket cooler..

Having USB trouble on your KT7? APUsHardware wanna know about it.

All kinds of interesting stuff including 3d displays from conventional books here in the latest issue of ZZZ Online..

ClubOC reviewed the Asus V7100 Pure.. GeForce2 MX video card.

Heh, discovered this on ArsTechnica.. their cookbook of bachelor chow. Mmm... noodles.

MPU yesterday (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 9-October-2000  00:30:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I went to Multiplayer United yesterday.. it was fun, even though I wasn't playing any games. Anyway, I took a few pictures of some cool cases etc that I saw there..

Click here for pics + info!

Late Sunday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 9-October-2000  00:26:29 (GMT +10) - by JimX

If you go LANing (LANning? LAN'ing?) regularly, you need a computer harness! Well, no you don't, but you might find it comes in handy. Avault review one (the only one?) here. Thanks to B5lurker for the link.

Tweaktown review the Abit KT7 RAID mobo. Here's the blurb:
Cameron "SOV" Johnson, head of the TweakTown AMD Division has completed a 5 page review on the ABIT KT7 RAID Motherboard! In the first Abit review at TweakTown, they test the motherboard against a MSI K7T Pro and FIC AZ11... So, does this board deserve to carry the Abit name?

Se7en from ipKonfig has finished his review of Windows Millennium Edition. It seems to be the current gamer's OS of choice. Read his review here.

The Voodoo5 apparently now has some wicked drivers according to PCinsight.

Would you like a vibrating mouse? Surely it stuff up your accuracy? Or would it? Read the review at The Techzone to find out. (I wonder if it comes with attachments?)

I had to do a double-take to figure out the amusing point of this pic.

Virtual Hideout show you how to modify your BIOS logo. Tested on a KT7, but apparently workable on most if not all Award bios mobos. Thanks to Alchemy for the link.

Thanks to Clonex for these links - Intel slashes its unreleased hardware (P4) prices, The ZX81 is back from the dead (ha!), and a weird one for you mobile phone users. The last one almost looks like it belongs on The Onion.

Apu's Qu.. I mean Hardware have a look at the Compaq iPAQ H3630 PDA. It seems to be the bad boy of the PDA world! (personally, I wouldn't know one way or the other)

Adrian's Rojak Pot has just posted revision 5.3 of their BIOS Optimization Guide. Things that are added include explanations of these functions -
- DRAM Read Latch Delay
- DRAM Interleave Time
- Byte Merge
- PCI Pipeline / PCI Pipelining

I think some of this site's forum readers might like to subscribe to this religion. Other readers would want them to burn in hell. Hmm. Apparently you can't go to hell until the 10th of October. Woohoo!

CASE BADGE COMP WINNERS! (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 8-October-2000  21:33:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Go here for details!

Sunday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 8-October-2000  11:00:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hmm, coming 6th in Top100.com.au and 3rd in the ALLHW Grudge Match.. cool. :)

Oh dear, another optical mouse reviewer makes the same mistake.. this time it's JSIHardware in their Logitech Cordless Wheel review: As far as I know while back Microsoft released the first optical mouse.. bzzzzt! Wrong. If only they'd read JimX's intellimouse explorer review.. they'd know better. :)

AMDWorld.co.uk have a user-submitted review of the Abit KT7.

The rampaging Russians at iXBT have their montly hardware roundup posted, usually an interesting (and long) read.

Quick review of the Genius NetScroll+ Mouse on Secret.com.au. Looks like a bargain..

G3D have reviewed the InWin Q700 FullTower case..

Sun Morn - Dogs and Tetrinet (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 8-October-2000  10:56:03 (GMT +10) - by YYK

Intel has decided to can their Timna chip. This was supposed to be a lower chip than the Celeron.

But on the other hand, their P4 chip is on target, and has never been delayed...riiight

Yet another top Microsoft official is changing their position in Microsoft. Paul Allen resigns his directorship. Leads me to think about corporations law, namely the duties and liabilities of a director.

A hacker disclosed security holes to administrators Nasdaq.com, and made sure that they closed it up. Now THIS is what hackers are supposed to do!

Microsoft invests in shares of Corel, becoming one of the largest shareholders, thus destroying, yet another competitor.

There are some companies suing each other over patents. Most notably Adobe is suing Macromedia, and Macromedia suing Adobe. Then there's Philips who is suing six different chip companies. All great stuff!

The tiny island of Tuvalu is doing very well with its .tv domain name. Its just cashed it $12million dollar cheque

China, it seems, are underway in their desire to launch manned flights to the moon, and then to mars.

A microchip is being developed that would enable people to share their feelings. That is in the nervous system sense of the word. It apparently can also tell you if the other person is faking an orgasm. It just proves that scientists are going nuts.

Do you want an anal-retentive table? Perhaps I should elaborate and tell you it is a table for very lazy people. What ever happened to the big discoveries scientists used to make?

Sciby pointed out an interesting site that asks everyone to prepare for the second coming. I read a book 5 years ago during high school called "Honk if You're Jesus", that had the same idea. This time they're hurrying things along by cloning Him..

The evil thoughts of all members of the IT community. Thanks to JC!

Saturday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 8-October-2000  00:13:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Not a whole lot happened today.. I went to MPU, saw some peeps, took some photos.. :)

Cool pics here of WolfMan's water-cooling rig. He says: My first water cooling effort. Duel celeron 466's on a bp6. currently at 622Mhz and dieing for more. Surprisingly I managed to palm my cooler off as a school project (HSC in NSW), allowing me 200 hours of school time to get it completed, as well as funding and professional advice and tutorial. ahh.. It's the way overclocking should be :) Hehe! Nice setup, too. Love that dual-cpu water-block. :)

This is cool! Darmok just sent me this in IRC, he has made a palmpilot-controlled in-car MP3 player.. very cool. I want one. Hmm, need a car to put it into first..

Found an interesting personal page here.. just a guy showing off his setup and a mate's, general overclocking info, some nice pics.

EuroGamer reviewed the Asus A7V, SocketA, KT133 mobo..

Anand reviewed a similar board from Chaintech, the CT-7AIV2.. this is MicroATX tho.

Hmm, ipKonfig have got me all worried with their talk about invisible Ions coming out of my computer to kill me.. here's what you can do about it. Every electronic device puts off bad Ion's, and can be very dangerous to your health. EMF, Electric Magnetic Fields, are around you right now as your reading this article. No! Bad Ions! Baaaad!

Insanehardware have a 3dmark splash screen with their logo on it. Should have some of those for this site soon based on the logo winners..

PCMech have a thing on windows virii. Anyone else heard the Conspiracy Theory that the virus companies write and release viruses to keep themselves in business? Just a theory. :)

Remember that Folding@Home thing? Like seti@home, but for analyzing the way proteins self-assemble. Well, OCAU now has a team, thanks to Alex. And.. our team has a web page.. cool. The good thing about folding@home is that not many people are in it yet, so it's easy to get a team near the top of the ladder!

More scoop info about the I7 dots, this time from Slain: I just pulled one apart and they have film that changes from red to yellow if you put it on your tv. I also worked out that they work if you put them in the sun for about ten seconds. .. the plot thickens! :)

 Saturday, 7-October-2000  22:14:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Full details HERE!

Friday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 7-October-2000  02:03:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Urrrggh.. hot... I hope nobody is affected by the bushfires raging in Sydney at the moment.

Quick, rush over to InsaneHardware to see if you won any useless crap! Hmm, someone hold me back. :)

They also have a quick reader-submitted thingy on hacking Gorbs to fit a dual Slot1 mobo..

ProCooling have some Cooling Questions & Answers up..

TE have an interesting review - Crimson Skies, sounds like Midtown Madness in the aircraft. :) FlamingShrubs also have a review of this game today..

Hypothermia are giving away an unlocked 750MHz duron..

PCRoddin reviewed the DFI AK74 light assault rifle.. errr, SocketA, KT133 motherboard.

3DSpotlight have a Voodoo5 tweaking guide..

BootMax have a guide to getting the most from your FPS.. okey dokey.

ipKonfig.com pointed out that AMD are planning to have 1.2GHz and 1.5GHz chips soonish..

ClubOC have a survey of maxtor HDD failures.. had one go bang recently? Tell 'em all about it..

The ArsMasters have a motherboard buying guide happening..

VIAHardware reviewed the PowerColor MX video card..

Clonex pointed out that TheRegister says Celeron will be 100MHz FSB in Q1 2001..

Also, some bigass scsi drives go head-to-head on HardwareCentral, Atlas 10K vs Atlas 10K II.

Alexander has solved something I was wondering about: another quick message, i just got one of these dumbass i7 dots (u know the ones on channel 7 adopt-a-gay dot promotion) well the truth is that they have no *special* film in it or anything they're just a cardboard shit thing with a hole in it! that sticks on ur tv screen!!!!! .. bah! :)

Friday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 6-October-2000  10:47:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Don't forget, the voting for the TShirt Design Comp and the Case Badge Design Comp close at Midnight TONIGHT! So if you haven't voted yet, go vote! If you voted in the Case Badge one, please check if your vote is there and re-vote if it's missing.. as UBB had a bit of a Failure To Cope.

HDM is hooking up some cheap Eheim water-pump prices apparently, hmm - been looking to replace my RIO @#$%##$ for a while now.

I think most of you have already seen this, but for those who haven't - here's an article on using CPU heat to distill alcohol .. :) Thanks Slurry Dog.

Wolfy put pics of his systems into the Case Mods forum. Not as dramatic as some we've seen but pretty cool nonetheless..

[FJ]Nitro pointed out that Tech-Report reviewed the FrontX Multimedia Ports.. he rightly says Its kinda like the live drive, except you don't have to spend $400 on a Live Platinum :D

HardAvenue have reviewed the Kanie Hedgehog Copper HSF unit..

Adrian has a fairly basic budget water-cooling article up..

Sean said I bought some pc100 kingmax ram a little while ago... Yesterday I bought
some hyundai pc133 ram. Got the hyundai stuff because intel has tested it
with their chipsets and its all good, and I want to upgrade to an asus culs2
board... kingmax has some apparently dodgy ram going around. Well go figure,
I looked at the chips on the kingmax stick when I got home, and it had an
almost identical set of serial #'s on the chips as the hyundai pc133 ram.
Infact the only difference was the final letter in the serial number, pc100
kingmax final letter was an a, pc133 hyundai was a b.. So I'm assuming
kingmax do, or did use hyundai as their chip supplier?

If thats the case, then any kingmax ram with hyundai chips should be some
pretty good quality.

Hmm.. from what KingMax have told me, they use Micron wafers but make the chips themselves (hence their TinyBGA chips) .. what Sean has observed may only apply to their older PC100 stuff. Still, might be worth trying to crank it up if you have some of their older stuff.. as if you haven't already! :)

FrostyTech have an article on dust in your PC and what to do about it. I dunno how many times I've had people bringing their home PC's into work to be "fixed".. quick strip & clean of the CPU heatsink/fan and the lockups and reboots are magically fixed..

There's a bunch of interesting registry tweaks over on PCMech.

ProCooling have a review of the AOpen HX45A minitower.. this website is served to you by a machine living in one of those cases. :)

Thursday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 5-October-2000  11:43:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Have you voted for OCAU in the Grudge Match today? :)

I guess the big news for today is that Quantum and Maxtor are merging their HDD manufacturing businesses into a single company called Maxtor Corporation. Quantum Corp will continue making tape drives etc. Anyone else remember when Conner was inhaled by Quantum? :) UPDATE: Ahh, well done to everyone who spotted my (ahem) deliberate mistake. It was, of course, Seagate who inhaled Conner.

Tweaktown reviewed the 2CoolPC Turbo. Just like the old 2CoolPC, but with a bigass 60CFM fan..

TheRegister revieal that the P4's yields are not good..

IANAG.com reviewed the QDI KinetiZ 7T, cheapy SocketA mobo.

Mike sent word of a very cool article - how to Join two ATX PSU's together.. so when one turns on, the other one does too. Great for overloaded systems.

IWill have entered the SocketA, KT133 motherboard market and Anand have reviewed their first offering..

ExtremeOC reviewed a couple of proggies for dial-up users, Modem Booster and Stay Connected..

A bunch of cooler tests collected here on OCShoot.. fairly brief info on each but good to see them all in once place..

PCReview checked out a coolermaster Heat Pipe cooler. Chunky indeed.

Hexus have a guide to making a BayBus.. fan controller, temp monitor etc. Theirs is pretty cool looking actually..

A guide on PCMech to backing up Windows without doing the whole HDD. Little batch file that copies all the important stuff somewhere else.

PCi reviewed the Soyo SY-7VCA motherboard.. Socket370, Apollo Pro 133A.

InsaneHardware pointed out some Linux guys building a wireless WAN in Canberra using old Galaxy Pay-TV satellite dishes.. far out. :) 2MB/s over the airwaves is pretty cool.

PCRoddin reviewed the Belkin Regulator Pro 650, a UPS..

Vote Screwup.. (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 5-October-2000  00:11:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

In case you didn't notice, some of the votes from the case badge vote are missing..

Ok, the official word from UBB Support is that the missing votes are irrevocably lost due to some kind of file locking issue with UBB which caused the file to be corrupted. Grrreat.

So, apologies.. if you voted, and it's gone, please re-vote in order to be counted.. please don't vote again if your vote is still listed.

In the future, I guess a proper voting script should be used, as UBB I guess is not designed for that kind of load on a single thread.. hmm.

Best Hardware Site? (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 4-October-2000  12:07:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hmm, I don't normally do these things as they seem to be blatant bannerwhoring.. but anyway. Go here and vote for OCAU! Only if you think we're the best site of course.. hmm, could be setting myself up for a fall here. :)

UPDATE: You guys rock! We're now up to 6th on the list.. beating TomsHardware among others!

Wednesday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 4-October-2000  10:53:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Tweakerinos have blue orbs.. the poor dears. Pretty cool looking actually, and they test it on a few different chips/chipsets..

G3D reviewed the MSI KT7 Pro.. SocketA, KT133.

PCMech have an article on the history of BX, the grand-daddy of motherboard chipsets. 2 years on it's still the king in terms of memory throughput.

The GeForce Tweak Utility has been updated.

Hexus have done a bit of jumping up and down about the whole Radeon speed thing.. just be aware that the Retail boards use faster memory than the OEM ones.

Or, if you'd prefer life a little further back from the bleeding edge, CPUBurn's review of a GigaByte GeForce256 SDR may be more the go..

Seen this before but Vortron reminded me about it - the PVC case (scroll down for pics) with surely the biggest fan ever mounted in a case..?

Dan reviewed the Acer FP350 LCD screen.. seems to have similar issues as the Acer F51 I reviewed a couple of months ago.. ie: poor image quality, high price.

CypherPunks will be interested to learn that lot of Colossus information has been declassified. This is the machine the Brits used to crack Nazi communications and changed the course of WWII.

Interesting (long) article here about some futuristic aircraft designs, an unmanned helicopter that can (maybe) fly for 48 hours, ways of suppressing a sonic boom etc.. thanks Sam!

Case Badge Competition - VOTE FOR WINNERS (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 4-October-2000  00:39:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Ok! Same deal as yesterday, but this time for competition #2. The thread is here.

Many thanks this time to Realtime Systems, who donated the prize for this competition!

Tuesday Evening (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 3-October-2000  23:51:52 (GMT +10) - by Manaz

Gotta love long weekends....

Vax (a member of the Overclockers Australia forums) has modified his nVidia control panel to reflect his ever-lasting loyalty to this site. What are you waiting for? Get to it! :)

Insane Hardware have the drop on AOpen's new Socket-A motherboard, the AK73 Pro. Check out what they found here, thought you may have to scroll down the page a bit.

Anyone read Japanese? If not, the pictures are pretty anyway. Akiba PC Hotline have the scoop on 733MHz & 766MHz Celeron processors.

Tweaktown have a new UBB based forums section (the Overclockers Australia Forums are based on UBB as well). In order to celebrate, they're giving away a GeForce2 MX video card. Instructions for entering can be found when you follow that link.

BeddoesTech have a look at the leaked nVidia Detonator3 (6.31) drivers, and tell you if they're worth the download, especially if you don't have a brand spanking new nVidia GeForce2 GTS/Ultra or 1GHz processor.

Creative have released "exclusive EAX game enhancements for Activision's Soldier of Fortune". You can get them here.

Review news (I always do reviews last). [H]ardOCP have a review of the Abit BX133-RAID. Is this the BX chipset's final performance before the curtain comes crashing down?

Tuesday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 3-October-2000  17:49:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Don't forget to GO VOTE for the TShirt Logo Competition. Almost 100 votes in the last 18 hours!

By popular demand, a forum specifically for the ASUS CUSL2 motherboard has been created.

Not had enough of the Olympics yet? Well, maybe you should go bid on your favourite bits of memorabilia..

PCIndex reviewed the Asus CUV4X mobo. Socket370, Apollo Pro 133A.

Not entirely sure what the story is but OCWorkbench claim that "fake copper durons" are on sale in Taiwan, having apparently been run without a heatsink which makes them look redder.. or something.

TE have an article on the fall of RAMBUS.. too expensive, too slow, too late!

Speedy new Magneto-Optical Drive from Fujitsu, designed for recording/encoding video directly to disk.

TheTechzone got their hands on a sweet Gateway Solo 9300XL Laptop.. P3-800, massive screen, hefty pricetag.

The ArsMasters checked out the Mac OS X Public Beta.. hmm, a pay-to-participate beta program.

Want to write games? Aussiegamer.com have an article explaining how to (and how not to) break into the industry..

XWing.net have a (very) quick review of a Belkin Omniview, a keyboard-video-mouse switch.

Tuesday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 3-October-2000  10:36:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

DES is dead! DES is dead! Well, almost. The US Govt has chosen a new encryption standard.. only took 'em 23 years.

DrROM has been emailing AMD about the missing multiplier pins rumour and has a semi-official response from them.

TE has the story of NVIDIA posted.. company history etc.

AthlonMB reviewed the Epox 8KTA+ KT133 SocketA motherboard..

Mouse bunjee thing reviewed here on PCHardware.ro and here on PCNewsCentre. Tame that mouse's tail..

GD3 checked out the 1GHz P3 and discovered, much to everyone's surprise, that it's really fast.

Apu'sHardware have an interesting article on setting up RAID on a KT7-RAID and KA7-100..

JSI have some homemade ramsinks happening..

The Thumbscrew Saga continues - here you can order brass ones, here for the nickel-plated ones.

HartCore reviewed a copper cooler from RJDJ, has the dubious honour of being the only aftermarket HSF unit to be certified for use on the now-extinct 1.13GHz P3.

Voodoo4 4500 and GeForce MX go head-to-head on VIAHardware..

GT reviewed the GlobalWin VOS-32 monster cooler..

TheTechZone reviewed a workstation tower case from Antec.

Redback pointed out that Autobarn have some neon kits in stock, various cool colours, about 28cm long, for AUD$45.00.. worth checking out if you're working on a case mod!

T-Shirt Logo Competition - VOTE FOR WINNERS (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 2-October-2000  23:08:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Please go to this thread and cast your vote for the T-Shirt Logo Competition!

Many thanks again to EYO Technologies for providing the prize for this competition.

Voting for the Case Badge logo and Slogan should start tomorrow!

Monday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 2-October-2000  14:31:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

11:37am up 100 days, 21:33, 1 user, load average: 0.06, 0.09, 0.12 .. heh, 100 days without a reboot for Odin!

DrROM pointed out some mind-wobbling sandra memory scores of his own, in response to the ones from yesterday.

Adrian has put up a L2 Latency Guide.. does this mystery setting actually do anything to performance?

AthlonOC have a Celeron vs Duron comparo..

FastMHz have more case mods posted.. so does TweakTown..

LittleWhiteDog checked out an interesting proggy, called Don't Panic!.. useful for when the boss walks past, it lets you hide all running applications, or make them look like other things. Instantly hide or close any or all applications with a mouse click, mouse movement or keystroke. Immediately clear cache, cookies, browser history, recently viewed documents and other personal history lists, leaving no telltale footprints behind!

PCi reviewed the Voodoo5 5500 AGP..

SocketA.com reviewed the MSI K7T Master, this is the SocketA, KT133 mobo with optional on-board ATA-100 RAID, SCSI, LAN etc..

TweakTown also reviewed the Gear Grip Pro.. LAN-day PC-carrying handle thing..

HardwareCentral reviewed the Matrox G450 video card..

Mon Morn - Feeling like Crap (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 2-October-2000  13:52:49 (GMT +10) - by YYK

Stanford Uni would like to ask you to do Folding@Home, same concept as things like Seti@Home, but this time its to understand how proteins self-assemble.

In a strange, yet oh-so-very-amusing, coincidence, Scott asks everyone to do Yeti@Home.

Do you have a third nipple? If so, your worry is over! Now you can care for it, till your hearts content! Thanks again to Scott.

Are you a 4-year-old kid in New Zealand and want to play with your pretend gun? If so, now you will need a license? Forget about fleeing in your pretend car, cause the pretend police will nab ya!

Agg, in his infinite wisdom, wouldn’t mind if we all went here. Why? You ask? Who are we to question those so much wiser than us mere mortals.

In a move that strangely reminds me of numerous Simpsons episodes, NBC has decided to make a surviour-esque show on Mir.

It seems that some people are distributing porn through their mobile. Sounds strange? Well let me just utter the phrase that will make it all logical. “Only in Japan”

In Paris, gangs are roaming the streets with “attack monkeys”, but not all, only the very chic. Can anyone say “Ebola virus”?

In a move that moves Roe vs. Wade into the home, RU-486 has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Here’s how to make Star Wars origami, thanks to "JC"

In case anyone was interested, “darkstar” has sent in a site that explains those pesky web-bugs. Many thanks!

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 Sunday, 1-October-2000  23:59:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Details on winner selection coming soon!

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 Sunday, 1-October-2000  10:00:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Robin sent a link to this twin-fan 550W PSU, Athlon approved and everything!

TweakMax have some mind-wobbling Sandra memory scores.. even (just) beat my own record.. bah! Curiously, his machine is at 100MHz FSB, not really overclocked.. using the KT7, SocketA version of the KA7 which I used to set my scores. Gotta hand it to Abit for performance tweakability..

Hexus reviewed the CoolerCase Extreme-XS.. a total of 514CFM of airflow.

They also checked out the GlobalWin FOP-38.. socket cooler.

G3D reviewed the DangerDen water-cooling block..

JSI reviewed the Duron 700..

PCReview checked out the Asus V7700 video card.

Hmm, TomsHardware has put up a bunch of interesting stuff that I didn't notice before. Quickly: a FireWire vs USB comparo for mass storage, an Asus A7V overclocking/tuning guide, a look at AGP Pro slots and a comparo of Intel vs AMD for MPEG-4 video creation..

ChicksHardware have a AMD vs Intel at 1GHz article..

The latest issue for the community to band together and feel grumpy about is the whole CueCat thing. Give something free to people, violate their privacy, encrypt it so weakly and secure the data so poorly that it's (of course) hacked into and (probably) sold to Bad People. Panic, sue everybody. Next to happen, hopefully, is that they discover it's very hard to sue someone for misuse of something you gave to them for free.

New version of MBM is out.. v5 beta 2.6. I don't really like the v5 interface, I prefer v4.18 for now..

Wow, a Star Trek game that doesn't COMPLETELY suck..


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