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Weekend News and Reviews. (22 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 8-August-2004  15:57:54 (GMT +10) - by Wolfy

Here is some weekend news and reviews:

Lots of people have told us that Windows XP SP2 is out, more details here, here, here and here.
Early information indicates it's going to be about 80Mb, it will automatically turn the firewall features on, and "virtually all Windows XP users will be able to download Service Pack 2, regardless of whether they have a legal or pirated copy of the operating system" - wow!

This one is for the modders out there: "Here's the new interactive resistor, where you get the resistor colors and values within seconds."

Aaron sent us a link of this poor PC that got a little too hot.

Sony have said that the PlayStation 3 will use the Blu-Ray disc format, to fit as much as 27Gb on each disk.

PCStats tell us they have a A Quick Guide for Eliminating Spyware and Hijacker Software, with all the stuff floating around now days, this is an important one for everyone.

Reviews:
RAM:
Corsair TwinX1024-3200XLPRO, you get what you pay for say TechIMHO.
Crucial Ballistix DDR2-533, at VRZone.

Video:
BFG GeForce 6800 Ultra OC, it's expensive, takes up two slots but fast say BleedingEdge.

Case/System and Mods:
Raidmax Scorpio 668 Aluminum ATX Tower Case, HardCoreWare liked the removable tray and front bezel.
Thermaltake Tsunami Case, it impressed the reviewer over at LegitReviews.
Dell Dimension XPS, it seems that Dell have entered the 'lets make the PC as pretty as possible' market now.
Opus Technologies TT-501 Titanium Tiny Case, except its really made from steel, say NewsTechInfo. ;)
Aspire AS500W 12V ATX Power-Supply, it looks impressive but how does it perform?
Jetart Xpanel DT5000 Multi-Purpose Display Panel, interesting that it almost seems the adverts on that page have more text than the review itself.
Enermax UC-9FATR2 Deluxe Multifunction Panel in a 'lots of pictures and pages' type review.

Storage:
DVD Burner round-up, featuring LG, Artec, Teac and two burners from Pioneer.

Monitor:
Philips 170S5FB LCD Monitor is a "no frills LCD monitor" say PCReview..
Mitsubishi Diamond PRO 2070SB, it's a big one.

Other:
X-Micro EVA MP3 Player at CoolTechZone.
Soft Trading Steelpad S, Hardware Pacers claim it's the "most useful out of all."
Steelpad S&S, phoronix liked theirs also.
Logitech MX310 Optical Mouse at MikhailTech.
Logitech MX510 Mouse, this one looks prettier.
HP Photosmart Mobile 1.3MP Camera at TrustedReviews.

And finally some Doom3 stuffs:
DOOM 3 high-end graphics comparo.
Doom 3 Review at Bjorn3D.
Martin from INAG sent news that to run Doom3 on W2k3 Server (I'm not sure why you'd want to, but anyway) you'll need to edit the Doom3.msi file.



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