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#209| source: [H]ard|OCP by crossbow on Tue May 08 2001 
http://www.trainwrecker.com/Reviews/VantecFCE/VantecFCE.htm
Review of the Vantec FCE-6254OD. The best Socket A/PPGA/Socket 370 Cooler I have ever seen for 1) ease of installation 2) performance and 3) cost.
#208| source: [H]ard|OCP by crossbow on Tue May 08 2001 
http://dw3d.com/hreview/k7master/index.html
Another review of the MSI K7 Master, the AMD 760 DDR socket A motherboard.
#207| source: [H]ard|OCP by crossbow on Tue May 08 2001 
http://www.amdmb.com/article-display.php?ArticleID=78
A look at commercial fan adapters. What do they do you ask? They allow you to reduce the noise in your case by using a large fan with a lower decible output on that expensive heatsink you just purchased.
#206| source: Tomshardware by crossbow on Sun May 06 2001 
http://www.tomshardware.com
Seems both intel and amd are having alot of trouble getting their latest cpu's to the oem market. Shortages of both the 1.333 Ghz Tbird and 1.7 Ghz P4 are rampant. The reasons for the shortages differ however. Intel's is caused by a delay in the production of the chip, while Amd's reason is that they can't make the chips fast enough to fulfill the demand.



Also in the AMD and Intel news, is their agreement to share patent technology. I hope this doesn't mean some sort of price fixing later...
#205| source: Chickshardware by crossbow on Sun May 06 2001 
http://www.guru3d.com/creative/interview/
Creative Labs decides to not leave the graphics card business. First they want to leave, then they want to come back. Its all a bit sketchy to me.
#204| source: Chickshardware by crossbow on Sun May 06 2001 
http://www.overclockersonline.com/index.php?page=articles&num=73
A nice socket cooler roundup. Remember cooling is just as important for stable workstations, as it is for overclocked gaming rigs.
#203| source: Chickshardware by crossbow on Sun May 06 2001 
http://firingsquad.gamers.com/hardware/windowsxp/default.asp
Review of the upcoming Microsoft OS, Windows XP. Here's a quote from the article.


"Along with these enhancements, Windows XP ships with tons of enhancements that leave you lurking about trying to figure out how to turn them off. Shadows, animated windows, text enhancement .."

#202| source: [H]ard|OCP by crossbow on Sun May 06 2001 
http://fullon3d.com/reports/fsaa/
An Article on Antialasing. This is one excellent article, very indepth with excellent What jaggies mean, and how to avoid them like the plague.
#201| source: [H]ard|OCP by crossbow on Sun May 06 2001 
http://www.overclockedcafe.com/How_To/how_to1.htm
How to build a computer...with pictures!
#200| source: [H]ard|OCP by crossbow on Sun May 06 2001 
http://www.hardocp.com/reviews/cpus/intel/p417/index.html
Kyle really pimps it out this week. He takes a look at a stock 1.7 Ghz P4 vs a 1.333 Tbird, and then a 2.1 Ghz P4 vs a 1.53 Ghz Tbird. Man those tbirds are fast. Here's a quote from the article.


"We speak to hundreds of computer users every week here at the [H] and I can count the ones that I am aware of building a Pentium4 system on one hand. The platform is simply not being accepted outside the OEM market"

 
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