From the Magazine

February 2005

The Perfect OS for the Perfect PC
You drew up the blueprints. You bought the best components.

MSI NX 6600 GT

Exactly how much speed must you sacrifice for a $200 part?

Month Reviewed: March 2005
Verdict: 7
URL: www.msi.com.tw

We admit it: Mid-range videocards—those in the $200 to $300 price range—just don’t fry our bacon these days.

Linksys Wireless-G Router with VoIP

Who knew phone service could kick this much ass?

Month Reviewed: March 2005
Verdict: 9 Kickass
URL: www.linksys.com

A bumpy setup notwithstanding, we’re unabashed fans of the Linksys WRT54GP2A-AT.

D-Link DGL-4300 Gaming Router

The first “gaming” router surprises us with excellent multitasking performance

Month Reviewed: March 2005
Verdict: 9
URL: www.dlink.com

You already have a smokin’-fast DSL line and sub-20ms pings on more than 200 servers.

Kick Ass Gaming PC Katana SLi

Overkill defined

Month Reviewed: March 2005
Verdict: 8
URL: www.kickassgamingpc.com

A Katana is a thin Japanese sword with graceful lines, fashioned for slashing-and-thrusting melee.

NEC ND-3500A DVD Burner

Fast is a blast, and the price is nice

Month Reviewed: March 2005
Verdict: 8
URL: www.necsam.com

When a student of the University of California, Berkeley decided to start walking around campus in the buff, the reaction from other students was fairly mild.

Sony DVDirect DVD Burner

Give your VHS tapes the two-finger salute!

Month Reviewed: March 2005
Verdict: 9
URL: www.sonystyle.com

Archiving creaky, old analog footage is sort of like flossing—we all know we should do it, but it’s such an easy thing to blow off.

Aerocool Spiral Galaxies

It would be best to keep this galaxy far, far away

Month Reviewed: March 2005
Verdict: 5
URL: www.aerocool.us

Back in November 2004, we reviewed a case from Silverstone that was strikingly similar to this Aerocool unit—the only major difference being the front bezels.

Chenbro Gaming Bomb II

This case really is the bomb

Voodoo Rage F:5

Month Reviewed: February 2005
Verdict: 9 Kick Ass
URL: www.voodoopc.com

We've long said that great PCs are crafted, not built.