September 2005

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September 2005 - Dual-Everything!

In the PDF archive of the September 2005 issue, you can find:

  • Dream Machine '05!
  • Creative's Top-Secret Soundcard!
  • CPU Heatsink Showdown
  • How To: Identify and eliminate all the sources of noise in your PC
  • Latest Product Reviews
  • Ask the Doctor
  • Rig of the Month
  • The Watchdog
  • And a whole lot more!

Click the big giant cover image to the right to download the PDF archive today!

September 2005

Dream Machine 2005
El Gigante. The Big Kahuna. Colossus. Call it what you will, our 2005 Dream Machine is 42 pounds of brute strength that's goin' Krakatoa on our benchmark tests.

Introducing the All-New Maximum PC

By Will Smith
Welcome to the new and improved Maximum PC. When we began planning the magazine’s redesign, I had only one goal: to make an already kick-ass magazine even better—to do a better job informing, entertaining, and delighting you.

Cooler Master Hyper 48

This little guy stands out from the competition by being a bit smaller than most and fabricated entirely of copper.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Carl “CJ” Johnson is thousands of feet in the air hurtling towards the San Fierro Bay, and he doesn’t have a parachute.

ACDSee PowerPack 7

ACDSee 6 wasn’t just bad—it was vindictive; it was a clunky monstrosity that buried unstable features beneath an interface resembling something you might find on a 1950s’ Russian submersible.

Oakley Thump MP3 Player Sunglasses

To hell with the schmucks at the office who pointed fingers and doubled over with laughter as we walked around the building—Oakley’s Thump might look abominable, but the sound quality and build far surpassed our expectations, and this most unlikely of convergence devices comes in handy like no other MP3 player can.

Cambridge SoundWorks PlayDock MP3

MP3 players are all about taking your music everywhere you go, but headphones don’t cut it when you want to rock out with a crowd.

Apple's x86 Gamble

By Tom R. HalfhillApple had reasons for ditching PowerPC in favor of Intel’s x86.