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Old 07-07-2004, 11:17 AM   #1
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OcPrices reviews Case modding equipment
We have just released a new review on some cool case modding products. If you want to give your case some much needed bling you should check it out.

AOpen XCCube EZ18 nForce2 SFF System
When it comes to AOpen's XCCube EZ18, style is the first thing that strikes me as making it unique from the countless SFF choices available today. With its white exterior and silver accents, it has a very stylish and sleek look that makes a fashion statement (and it better considering that AOpen's marketing concept with it is 'Living Art'). Keep reading to find out if the 'compact, cute, cozy' EZ18 has the features and performance to match its great looks.

Asus P4P800 SE Motherboard Review
With its Prescott compatibilities this board can run any skt 478 processor, many of which can compete with the other, more exciting processors out there. For this reason we gave skt 478 one more try when we chose to build our most recent test computer. As far as price/performance this platform is tough to beat.

Neoseeker SFF Round Up
The two gems in the lineup are the Qbic 3401a and the Condor. Remember how I commented that the Qbic looked porky? It was for a good reason. This bad boy can house 2 optical drive and 2 3.5" drives. The possibility of two optical drives is pretty impressive as it is the only SFF box in our roundup with the ability to do this. I'm under the impression that Soltek may be the only manufacturer who allows 2 optical drives.

Slipstreaming Windows XP SP1a
For those of you unfamiliar with the term slipstreaming, it is basically the process of integrating service packs or hotfixes into an application or Operating System install. The whole point of this exercise is to speed up deployment of OSes and applications by reducing the time needed to download service packs to each PC that is configured.

Sony Vaio U50 Mini PC
While the Vaio U50/U70 sits somewhere between the power of a laptop and the portability of a PDA, it is still considered to be an "accessory PC", and it suffers from the same usage limbo that plagues other such computers. That being said, if you find a place for an ultra-portable PC in your life, you cannot find a better option than the Sony Vaio U50/U70. The U50 is a definite head turner, and completely capable of most any task that you would do on a regular desktop, laptop or PDA.

Shure E3c In-ear earphones
The design of the E3c earphones is a departure from the typical in-ear monitor design with it's refreshing and unusual L shaped appearance. The E3cs are finished in white which somehow, reminds me of the iPod and owners of the iPod will be happy to know that they now have better earphones to match their player. The E3cs are Shure's smallest design to date, weighing only 0.9 oz (28g) and are powered by high energy micro-speakers.

NZXT Guardian Crafted Gaming Armor
So there he is. The Guardian - NZXT's launch into the pre-modded gaming case world. With patent pending locking mechanisms, an incredibly unique overall design, and even killer rodents, the Guardian has stepped up to the
plate and hit a home run. The lights and glowing killer rodent will undoubtedly draw envy from gamers abound. The killer drive locking mechanisms are ingenious too. NZXT have really put their research and development teams to good use and come up with a handful of eye-opening features.

ASUS P5GD2 Premium
It is exciting to review a motherboard like the P5GD2 Premium. This really goes for any product based on a new generation of technology. Rarely will a product feature a number of new technologies and this is what makes the P5GD2 Premium so exciting. Although some of the new technology featured on this motherboard was not individually tested, they were all being used one way or another.

AMD Athlon 64 3200+
As a short term fix, the Socket 754 still has some life left to it. You will not be able to bring it with you later on though, as many manufacturers are only making Socket 939 version motherboards based on the newer chipsets. Availability is still limited though, and Socket 754 systems are something that are readily available now.

Zalman Theatre 6 5.1 Surround Headphones
The computer audio market has grown dramaticly since the days of the beeps and bonks of the 80's genre games. Today, there are powerful 5.1 surround sound audio systems that will move your pant legs with the sound of explosions and rifle fire. The problem is that with a really nice speaker system, there are times when you don't want everyone around you hearing the noises. Not to mention, carrying a 5.1 surround sound speaker system to a lan party would be rather difficult and rather impracticable.

ATI Radeon X800 XT (PCIe)
Comparing R423 to R420 we see that all the main characteristics of the two chips - process, complexity, configuration - are identical and this is indeed the case. The only difference between the two new high end ATI chips is of course the interface difference, with R420 featuring an AGP8X host interconnect bus interface, whilst R423 replaces this for a 16 lane PCI Express interface.

Intel's 925X Platform - D925XCV Desktop Board
PCI Express's serial point-to-point nature requires few sideband signals, meaning the the bandwidth per pin can be very high in comparison to PCI Conventional. The upshot of this is that a x1 connector can be a fraction of the size of a PCI Conventional slot, whilst still providing twice the bandwidth on its first implementation. Bandwidth can be further scaled up by increasing the number of lanes running two and from a device and the PCI Express standard allows for x1, x4, x8 and x16 slots.
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