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Foxtel Digital PDR

Those of you already using or thinking of subscribing to the Foxtel Digital service now have the option of purchasing the Foxtel PDR (personal hard disk recorder) set-top box, which integrates perfectly with Foxtel's electronic program guide.

Single card SLI: Gigabyte GV-3D1, GA-K8NXP-SLI

In a great display of innovation, Gigabyte has taken NVIDIA's SLI graphics principle, which enables two individual graphics cards to be linked together in the same system, and applied it to one graphics card.

Fuji Xerox DocuPrint C525A

Targeted directly at home and small office users, the colour C525A from Fuji Xerox is easy to use, doesn't cost much and comes complete with 10/100 network card for TCP/IP networking.

FireWire High-Definition TV tuner: FireDTV

FireDTV is an external digital TV tuner that connects to your PC through a 6-pin FireWire connection. This supplies enough bandwidth to display high-definition channels on your PC's monitor along with standard-definition channels, and it also supplie...

ADSL Router/modem/switch

All-in-one ADSL modems are perfect for distributing an ADSL Internet connection to more than one PC in the home or office due to their convenience and ease of installation. The $199 Dynalink RTA-770 in particular is a very easy to use all-in-one unit...

Fast DVD, CD creation

Those of you looking for an inexpensive double-layer DVD burner could consider Gigabyte's GO-W1608A - also a very fast single-layer DVD burner and one of the fastest CD burning and CD reading units on the market (48x).

CPU speed blitz

The upper end of the CPU market received a major jolt this month. Firstly, AMD re­-leased faster ver­sions of its Athlon 64 and Athlon 64 FX processor products (Athlon 64 4000+ and Athlon 64 FX-55). Meanwhile, Intel announced a new motherboard chipse...

Dual-PCIe mobo: ASUS A8N SLI Deluxe

If you want the absolute latest technology you can muster, then look no further than ASUS's new Socket-939-based motherboard - the A8N SLI Deluxe. It has an unprecedented amount of connectivity and should offer great performance for a few years. It's...

Bass box

Logitech's new Z5500 speakers are ideal for those wanting a well featured and big sounding speaker system for a new DVD player, PC or game console.

AMD bang for buck CPU

AMD's new 32-bit Sempron processors have hit the market. Set to compete in the budget sector against Intel's Celeron processor line, the Sempron provides a larger cache memory capacity: 128KB Level 1; 256KB Level 2 - a boon if you want affordable bus...

PCI Express graphics: Extreme AX 600XT

Mid-range PCI Express graphics cards currently comprise NVIDIA's GeForce PCX 5750 and ATI's Radeon X600 series of graphics chips. This month we tested the ASUS Extreme AX 600XT card, based on the Radeon X600 XT chip and having 128MB of 128-bit DDR1 m...

Upgrader: Firmware fixes

When you buy a DVD burner, the natural assumption is that it'll work faultlessly and provide you with unlimited joy and versatility. Sadly, the reality is often different. As DVD burners get faster, you may begin to experience difficulties with some ...

New Intel processors

Intel's new range of Pentium 4 CPUs coincides with the release of its new platform (LGA-775 socket) and numbering system for its 520, 530, 540 and 560 processors. We tested the P4 560 and another new CPU using the new socket, the 3.4GHz P4 Extreme Ed...

Next-gen mobo: 925X platform

Intel's new D925XCV mother-board is based on the Intel 925X chipset and ushers in a new era of interconnectivity for the PC platform while featuring integrated high-definition (24-bit/192KHz) 7.1-channel audio and four Serial ATA ports. The 925X is t...

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