June 2006

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June 2006 - Are You Ready For Vista?

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June 2006

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Coolit Freezone

We all know that water-cooling delivers more cooling power to the CPU than air-cooling does, but even water-cooling has an Achilles’ heel. It can’t achieve temperatures below the ambient room temperature. The Coolit Freezone gets around this limitation by using six thermoelectric coolers (TEC), aka Peltier coolers, to chill the water to below room temps. It’s a fantastic idea, and it seems like the best CPU cooler ever made, on paper. In practice, however, it’s not quite as awesome as we expected.

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Altec Lansing iM11

Altec Lansing's inMotion iM11 is an even smaller portable speaker/docking station than the iM5 model we reviewed in January, and we like it just a bit more than its portlier sibling.

LOTR: Battle For Middle Earth II

If you're looking for a sophisticated RTS that innovates and really pushes the genre forward, The Battle for Middle-Earth II is definitely not for you.

EVGA eGeForce 7900 GT CO Superclocked

Can't afford a top-shelf videocard like the screamin' XFX model reviewed here? Take comfort in the knowledge that EVGA has an impressively overclocked version of the only slightly less powerful GeForce 7900 GT: Its $360 street price is $230 lower than the aforementioned 7900 GTX card.

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Sytrin Kuformula VF1 Plus

Sytrin is a newcomer to the cooling scene, and this is the second product we’ve seen from the company. The first product we sampled was its air-conditioned PC case (reviewed March 2006), which impressed the hell out of us. Sytrin’s VF1 Plus GPU cooler is also impressive, although it has a few faults.

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Logitech Wireless Music System for iPod

Logitech's Wireless Music System for iPod will turn any MP3 player into a wireless music-streaming device, and it sounds fantastic.