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- MSI 7800 GTX 512MB
- Gigabyte 6150 Mobo
- Gigabyte Silent GFX
- DFI Lanparty Expert
- Matrox DualHead2Go
- Vantec Nexstar GX
- Asus Vento 3600
- PCstats Weekly Tips

MSI's 512MB Geforce 7800GTX Videocard... Fast.

Thank Law and Order: CI for this one... know that fictional "stealthwave PC" from a recent episode? Well, it's really the Asus Vento 3600 case in Ferrari red, and we've got its review right here. The real news this issue is MSI's NX7800GTX 512MB version videocard; a tippy-top of the line gammers card from nVidia's side of the fence. This is the kind of graphics card where AA and AF just beg to be turned up to the max! Naturally, the race-bred DFI LanParty NF4-SLI DR Expert motherboard goes along nicely with the NX7800GTX/512MB, as it's built from the ground up for enthusiasts who want to overclock.

Not into overclocking? No worries, PCSTATS has a review of the Gigabyte NX66T256DE Silent 6600GT videocard that's certainly a welcome respite from the whine of computer fans. There are no fans on this Gigabyte Geforce 6600GT card, so it makes no noise. Next up is the Gigabyte K8N51PVMT motherboard which is based on the new nVidia Geforce 6150 chipset. This is one of the first boards to support Component Output right from the system IO. Be sure to look over our reviews of the Matrox dual monitor notebook adaptor, and this nifty external UBS2.0 hard drive chassis too.

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MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D512E 512MB-version 7800GTX Videocard Review
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TheGeForce 7800GTX 512MB versions are here, and you'd better believe that 35 FPS from a single videocard in FEAR with 4x AA and 16x AF enabled, at 1600x1200, is a breeze with one of these bad boys! A bleeding edge part like this has an equally shocking enthusiast-level price....Luckily for you, PCSTATS has managed to bring this monster 512MB card into the labs so you can see first hand what to expect! The MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D512E videocard utilizes the nitro boosted GeForce 7800GTX core, and it is backed with 512MB of lightning fast Samsung BGA GDDR3 memory. Natively running through the PCI Express x16 bus, the 512MB version MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D512E sports dual DVI connectors, as well as an array of TV output options, including component outputs.Continue Here>>

DFI LANParty UT NF4 SLI-DR Expert Motherboard Review
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To many, the DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR was simply the best enthusiast motherboard ever designed. Like the previous model, the DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert motherboard is based on the nvidia nForce4 SLI chipset. It supports all Socket 939 AMD Athlon64 processors on the market, and is geared for gaming performance. The four DIMM slots can be equipped with up to 4GB of the fastest dual channel DDR memory available, just as you might expect. In terms of onboard goodies, DFI is known to throw in everything but the kitchen sink in with its boards, the LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert is no exception. On the PCB you'll find a 7.1 channel audio codec, dual Gigabit NICs, an additional four channel Serial ATA controller and IEEE 1394a Firewire.Continue Here>>

Gigabyte GV-NX66T256DE Videocard Review
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Quiet computing is all the rage, and from noise dampening materials to quiet fans, heatpipe based heatsinks and the explosion in watercooling, the choices are plentiful. The Gigabyte GV-NX66T256DE videocard is not just another run of the mill GeForce 660GT with 256MB of DDR2 memory, this card is unique. The GV-NX66T256DE is cooled by fully passive means, and incorporates a couple of unique attributes to lower ambient case temperatures too. The 'Silent-Pipe II' cooler, as it is called, bridges the GPU to two separate heat exchangers.Continue Here>>

Gigabyte GV-K8N51PVMT-9 Motherboard Review
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The AMD K8 platform is the most popular desktop solution right now. According to recent statistics from Ziff Davis, AMD desktop systems out sold Intel, 49.8% to 48.5% for the first time ever. Looking at year thus far, AMD has seen its retail market share leap from 20% to 40%, as of late summer. The nVidia GeForce 6150 improves the situation markedly by offering a usefulness that rivals it mainstream GF6-series graphics counterparts. The Gigabyte GV-K8N51PVMT-9 supports all Socket 939 model AMD Athlon64/FX/X2 processors, and its four DDR DIMM slots can accommodate up to 4GB of PC3200 memory in a dual channel configuration.Continue Here>>

Matrox DualHead2Go Analog Edition Review
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The Matrox DualHead2Go Analog Edition is a device that enables multi-display functionality from mainstream lap tops or desktop PCs. It works with a computers' analog monitor output, and splits the display signal between two external monitors by pretending to be one extra-wide display. The host PCs graphics solution does all the processing, so the device is pretty compact, lightweight, and quick to set up. The pocket book sized DualHead2Go is compatible with a collection of recent Intel, nVidia and ATI mobile graphics chipsets.Continue Here>>

Vantec NexStar GX USB2.0 Hub & HDD Enclosure Review

The Vantec NexStar GX (NST-370GX) is the ideal solution for anyone looking for more flexible external HDD space. The small grey unit comes with a three port USB hub embedded into the back of it. The Vantec NexStar GX supports a single 3.5" IDE hard drive (not included), and connects to the computer via a 480Mbps USB 2.0 cable. The Vantec NexStar GX is basically built to look like the Apple Mac Mini, and it can rest under or above that mini-computer quite comfortably.Continue Here>>

ASUS Vento 3600 Case Review
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The ASUS Vento 3600 comes in three colours; red, green and blue. Our review model sported the blue colour. The outer shell is painted plastic and features an 'airlock' style detachable side panel as well as a self-opening front panel concealing the drive bays. The Vento 3600 case has a large 12" x 25" footprint and measures about 21" tall. It is considerably larger than your average computer case, and thanks to its all-steel 0.8mm SECC internal construction, its weight reflects this. The brght blue Vento 3600 case easily weighs as much as a typical fully installed ATX case does before you install a motherboard or other components. It's still moveable though, fortunately. It also has a hinged front panel which covers the external drive bays. When pressed, this panel slides up and over the front of the case, resting on the top.Continue Here>>

PCstats Weekly Tech Tips: Emails and Welcome Screens

One thing about Windows XP that I find very annoying is how it shows the number of unread emails per account for each user at the Windows Welcome Screen. Note, the Win2K style login screen does not display this info. Luckily this feature can be disabled in the Windows registry if it bugs you, or you would like to keep this information private.

First load up regedit (Start -> Run then type regedit and press the OK button) and follow this path HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> UnreadMail. Expand the 'UnreadMail' section and there you should see all the email accounts under the users' profile. Right click on each email account you wish to block from displaying at the welcome screen, and select 'Properties.' From there select 'Disable' and click the OK button. After you are done exit regedit and you're all set. From now on, Windows will no longer display which email accounts have unread email on the Windows Welcome Screen.

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