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Epox 9NDA3+
Asus X600XT
Dual Layer DVD
104 TechTips!
Insane USB Guide
AOpen EX915 XCube
NF4 Ultra Mobo
PCstats Weekly Tips
Dual Layer DVD burner & Athlon64 Motherboards


nVidia is certainly putting itself in the spotlight as 2004 comes to a close. Not only has it introduced a long list of videocards this year, but nVidia has also brought PCI Express to the AMD Athlon64 platform. PCstats has already reviewed the nForce 4-based Gigabyte K8NXP-9, and previewed the SLI compatible K8NXP-SLI. In speaking with reps from MSI and ABIT, those companies NF4 boards using the 'A03' core stepping will be ready very shortly...

Furthermore, it's known that nVidia have signed an agreement with Intel, and have begun production of an nForce chipset for the Intel Pentium 4. nVidia's Bryan Del Rizzo tells PCstats that volume production of this chipset will commence early in the new year. I'd expect motherboards based on this class of Intel nForce chipset to hit stores early spring 2005.

In this issue, PCstats tests out the new Epox 9NDA3+ motherboard, HDTV compatible Asus EAX600XT videocard, MSI's 16X dual layer DVD burner, and an advanced networking book from Cisco. The Weekly Tech Tip rounds out a couple of other good articles, and be sure to flip through all 104 Tech Tips too!

Lastly, every now and then I get some 'hillariously funny' emails from people filled with very creative cursing, demanding this and that. Bad spelling, and capital letters aside, it seems our conveniently placed unsubscribe links are the perfect solution. If you'd like to stop receiving this wonderfully informative newsletter, then click the unsubscribe link and you're done.

And just so everyone else doesn't feel left out, a big "thanks!" goes out to everyone who has taken the time to write in with kind words, questions, and finicky tech questions that have become the basis for many Beginners Guides. :-)

Epox 9NDA3+ Motherboard Review

Everyone expected a big battle between AMD's Socket 939 Athlon64 and Intel's Socket 775 Pentium 4, but it seems that this conflict has fizzled out before it even started, leaving the Athlon64 a clear favourite among consumers. Based on the nForce3 Ultra chipset, the Epox 9NDA3+ Socket 939 motherboard comes with on board IEEE 1394a Firewire, Gigabit Ethernet, 8 USB2.0 jacks, an additional 2-channel SATA controller, a 7.1-channel audio and Epox's awesome Port 80 diagnostics card. Two other extras on the board and in the bundle are MOSFET heatsinks and a handy slot/Philips screwdriver.Continue Here>>

Asus eXtreme EAX600XT Videocard Review
Overclocking is nice, but with a videocard forming the basis of a home theatre system, overclocking isn't a very important consideration. With that in mind, PCstats will be putting the Asus eXtreme EAX600XT videocard through its paces today. The card is based on the ATI Radeon X600XT graphics processor, which allows it to bridge the gap between PC and home entertainment with a little thing we like to call HDTV. Of course, there's more to this PCI Express videocard than an HDTV cables; the Asus eXtreme EAX600XT can also handle full VIVO. Continue Here>>

MSI DR16-B Dual-Layer DVD Burner Review

Conventional recordable DVD media stores data on a single 4.7GB plane (level) of the disc. On dual-layer DVD media, there are two recordable 'layers' which can both store up to 8.5GB of data. Today we're looking at MSI's new DR16-B dual-layer DVD burner. The DR16-B is capable of burning DVD+/-R media at a blistering 16x, DVD+/-RW at 4x and most importantly, dual-layer DVD media at 2.4X. Included in the retail package is Nero Burning ROM.Continue Here>>

Beginners Guides: 104 Great Tech Tips for Windows X

From quick tips to WindowsXP, right through to cool tweak, toys and experiments, PCstats has go you covered with over a hundred new Tech Tips!
PCStats is pleased to present this latest installment of our Windows XP Tips collection. This guide brings you 104 ways to make using Windows XP faster, safer and more enjoyable. Combined with our first two tips articles, 101 Tech Tips and 99 Performance Tweaks, PCstats now has over 300 of the best tips for Microsoft Windows XP assembled in one place! Continue Here>>

Beginners Guides: USB Memory Drive Projects
The USB memory key appears well on its way to replacing the floppy drive completely; as flash memory prices have dropped, these devices have become cheap enough that anyone can afford them. As you will see there's a lot more you can do with your USB memory key than just transfer files. These flexible miniature storage devices can put a whole range of portable applications, and even operating systems in your pocket. From the mundane to the insane, we're sure you'll find something here that's worth trying, so let's begin!Continue Here>>
Top-Down Network Design - Cisco Press

Top-Down Network Design is intended to be more of an instruction on approaches and methods than an actual practical guide to building business networks. Given the enormous number of different procedures required in the implementation of such a network, this focus is not surprising. What this book will help you to do is to plan out such networks logically and present the information to clients in a focused manner. Continue Here>>

Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 nForce4 Ultra Motherboard Review

Over the course of this review, PCstats will explain the attributes of nVidia's hot new nForce 4 Ultra chipset, the benefits of this technology, and how it application on the Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 motherboard performs. As the nVidia 'CK804' chipset soldered to this board is an engineering sample, there may, or may not be a bit of latitude to the results against that of a retail bought solution. In any event, the Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 is bound to be a favourite solution, for not only does it incorporate the all important PCI Express x16 slot alongside an Athlon64 64-bit processor, but it also features a remarkable array of goodies. Continue Here>>

PCstats Weekly Tech Tips: System Ownership

Have you ever wanted to change the name WindowsXP is registered to without reinstalling the entire system? If you've bought a used system, you probably know what I'm talking about; luckily this is a very easy process.

First load up the registry editor (Start -> Run then type regedit and press the ok button) and follow this path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Microsoft -> WindowsNT -> Current Version. In the window on the right find the RegisteredOrganization and RegisteredOwner string values and change them to whatever you like. Once that's done simply exit and you're set. =D

Now whenever someone looks at your system properties, the OS will be registered to the right person.

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