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Some reviews to get you through the weekend. (1 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 5-June-2004  02:15:00 (GMT +10) - by Wolfy

Following on from the recent 939 launch:
PC Perspective have a 939-pin Motherboard Preview: MSI, Asus and NVIDIA.
SharkyExtreme's Athlon 64 FX-53 & Athlon 64 3800+ Processor Review,
and AMDReview's AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 review.

Motherboards:
ABIT IC7-MAX3 S478 is the "Crème de la Crème of Socket-478 boards" according to Accelenation.
Abit's KV8 Pro at The Tech Report.
Gigabyte GA-K8VNX 'pocket sized review' at A1 Electronics.

Legion Hardware have a VIA K8T800 Board Roundup, which compares boards from Abit, Albatron, ASUS, EPoX and Gigabyte.

Cooling:
CoolSonic IceCube HSF at 3D Velocity, but I'll save you the trouble since they conclude: "all respects a fairly unspectacular cooler".

Video Cards:
Chaintech FX5950 Ultra, is fast, overclocks good but is loud according to R&B.
Sapphire Radeon X800 PRO Review at Beyond3D, is it Sapphire or is it really just ATI OEM?
Albatron GeForce FX5700U3 GDDR3 at PC Stats.
Hightech Excalibur Radeon 9200SE at TweakNews.

Monitors:
Samsung SyncMaster 191T plus LCD at Tech Mods.

Case, Systems and Laptops:
Agg doesn't let me link to stuff that I think is sexy, but Trusted Reviews say the new Sony VAIO VGN-X505VP "extremely slim and sexy"
Antec Aria MATX Cube Case at Bjorn3d.
Mesh Matrix64 3700+ Pro over at Trusted Reviews.
Systemax Encore 3107 is reviewed at Trusted Reviews, but it's really just a MSI MEGA 180 system.
ZMAX-AP P4 SFF, Iwills P4 small form factor system with integrated wireless at SffTech.
The Toshiba Portégé M200 Tablet PC is featured at Adrian's Rojak Pot
TTGI SuperFlower X-Mask Case at MadShrimps, but that X-mask is enough to give little children nightmares I think.
Super Flower SF-301T3-BK Aluminum Case, its cheaper than your average aluminum case, but TheTechLounge will tell you why.

Epiacenter.com have looked at two Skyhawk mini-PC's the SMC7261 and SMC7260 Cubes.

While Explosive Labs have a roundup of another 3 Small Form Factor PC's, this time all based on Intel's 865G; from Biostar, Epox and FIC.

Mouse Mats:
Steelpad 4s and 4D Mouse Surfaces at Hi-TechReview.com
Black Icemat 2nd Edition in 10 words or less over at TechIMO.

Misc:
Ars Technica has a look at 8 USB 2.0 Hi-speed Flash drives, using both PCs and Macs.

BlueTake BT500 Bluetooth Mouse & BT009X Adaptor at Modtown.
Spire Coolers Gigapod at PCTechZone, its an external HDD enclosure.
Altec Lansing CS21 Speakers over at Driverheaven.net.
StarTech StarView SV231USB KVM Switch, looks like a typical KVM to me, but ipKonfig have a two page review for you to read.
Actiontec Wireless Digital Media Player review Designtechnica, but they wern't really impressed by it, suggesting that only half the features worked.

And for those of us who would rather be somewhere else, here is a look at Computex 2004 from Trusted Reviews.



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