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ASUS A7V8X 

ASUS A7V8X

Like the KT4 Ultra, the ASUS A7V8X is an Athlon XP board that uses the VIA KT400 chipset. It packs in a truckload of extras, such as Serial ATA, FireWire, Gigabit LAN, AGP 8X and even RAID.
Shenmue II 

Shenmue II

Dan Gardiner gets sucked through a rabbit hole... and finds himself back in 1980s Hong Kong playing Afterburner.
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault: Spearhead 

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault: Spearhead

Dan Gardiner just wishes that it was a little bit longer – the game that is…
World Rally Championship II Extreme 

World Rally Championship II Extreme

Those are mud skids on the backs of Dan Gardiner's pants...
Galactic Civilizations 

Galactic Civilizations

Dan Gardiner discovers he actually enjoys getting arse-whipped by E.T.
VIA C3M266FL 

VIA C3M266FL

VIA is attempting to tackle Shuttle’s stranglehold on the micro-PC market with the launch of the C3M266 motherboard coupled with a C3 processor...
Gigabyte GA-8KNXP 

Gigabyte GA-8KNXP

Gigabyte's new Canterwood-based GA-8KNXP is, without a doubt, one of the most full-featured motherboards we've ever seen. It incorporates all of the basics offered by the MSI 865PE Neo2 (see below) plus more. The differences between the older 845 and new 865 (Springdale) and 875 (Canterwood) chipsets are primarily feature-based – the 875P is designed to be the ultra-high-end option for extreme power users. As such, it's more expensive but has more niche capabilities.
Gigabyte Maya 2 R9500 Pro 

Gigabyte Maya 2 R9500 Pro

Gigabyte Maya 2 R9500 Pro
Triplex Xabre Ultra 600 

Triplex Xabre Ultra 600

Triplex Xabre Ultra 600
IBM THINKPAD T40 (2732 72U) 

IBM THINKPAD T40 (2732 72U)

Intel's new Centrino is possibly the most hyped notebook technology ever launched. Centrino is the name for a group of Intel's technologies including a tweaked P3-M CPU, built-in wireless, and excellent battery life.
ACER TRAVELMATE 800LCI 

ACER TRAVELMATE 800LCI

Acer has taken a different tack to IBM with its version of Centrino. Whereas the ThinkPad focused on being small and portable, the TravelMate 800 is a better-featured notebook with a 1.6GHz processor, 15in display and a fast graphics chip
HI-GRADE ULTINOTE 6600DH 

HI-GRADE ULTINOTE 6600DH

Hi-Grade's new performance-oriented notebook is equipped with a 3.06GHz desktop P4, 60GB HDD, and a gigabyte of RAM. The Ultinote 6600DH displays Hi-Grade's typically first-rate build quality, with solid casing and a good quality TFT screen.
DELL INSPIRON 5100 

DELL INSPIRON 5100

Dell's new Inspiron 5100 delivers a truckload of performance thanks to a 2.8GHz P4 processor, which even managed to outscore the 3GHz Hi-Grade we tested this month.
XENON Z1s VISUAL WORKSTATION 

XENON Z1s VISUAL WORKSTATION

This is the kind of workstation that budding 3D artists have wet dreams over. It packs two Hyper-Threaded 3.06GHz Xeon processors – currently the best workstation processors on offer from Intel – a gigabyte of RAM and a 10,000rpm SCSI hard drive. In short, you'll be hard pressed to find a faster workstation without forking out the $15,000 or so for a blazing Silicon Graphics machine.
LG GMA-4020B 

LG GMA-4020B

Like the Panasonic LF-D521U, this DVD-RW drive is a generation behind the newest ones on the market. As such it lacks a lot in burning speed – in fact most of the newer models on the market are twice as fast.
DIAMOND DATA DVD+RW A1 

DIAMOND DATA DVD+RW A1

The difference between 'plus' and 'minus' DVD writers comes down to features. Despite some headway being made by the companies pushing DVD-RW, DVD+RW is still a more flexible format for those interested in creating movies and storing data.
PANASONIC DVD BURNER II (LF-D521U) 

PANASONIC DVD BURNER II (LF-D521U)

Panasonic's LF-D521U has a lot in common with the LG drive in this issue – in fact, with the exception of two reading speeds, both drives have identical specifications.
Hi-Grade Notino 6700 

Hi-Grade Notino 6700

From five feet away, you'd be forgiven for mistaking Hi-Grade's new Notino for an Apple PowerBook.
Dell Inspiron 8500 

Dell Inspiron 8500

Dell is never one to be outdone when it comes to cutting edge tech
IBM THINKPAD R40 (2682K4U) 

IBM THINKPAD R40 (2682K4U)

While IBM ThinkPads might look a little bulky and coarse compared to some of their competitors, they've generally got it where it counts; delivering in function if not form.

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