Cooler Master Announces ESA Chassis, PSU and Watering Cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 12, 2007 - 02:53 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan - November 12, 2007 - Cooler Master Co. Ltd. proudly announces the support of Enthusiast System Architecture (ESA), an industry wide initiative to integrate communication between PC components, thereby improving user control of enthusiast systems.

INTEL'S FUNDAMENTAL ADVANCE IN TRANSISTOR DESIGN EXTENDS MOORE'S LAW, COMPUTING PERFORMANCE

Subject: Processors | November 12, 2007 - 01:15 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 11, 2007 - Built using an entirely new transistor formula that alleviates the wasteful electricity leaks that threaten the pace of future computer innovation, Intel Corporation today unveiled 16 server and high-end PC processors. In addition to increasing computer performance and saving energy use, these processors also eliminate eco-unfriendly lead and, in 2008, halogen materials.

Hop onto the forums and join in on the controversy

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2007 - 05:13 PM |
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The release of the 8800GT sparked a lot of controversy from 8800GTS owners when they realized a cheaper card could out perform the one they just purchased.  It doesn't end there however ...

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Vista and Santa Rosa, dream or nightmare?

Subject: Mobile | November 9, 2007 - 04:15 PM |
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If you head over to X-bit Labs, you can learn a lot about Santa Rosa.  They start off by covering all the features included on Intel's new mobile platform and how laptops that conform to their standard should operate.  Then they jump straight into real life testing, with 3 Santa Rosa notebooks, so you can see how this standard actually performs.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Supersized portable storage

Subject: Storage | November 9, 2007 - 01:45 PM |
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If 4 and 8GB flash drives just don't cut it for you because of the size and amount of data you carry around, Hardware Logic has a review that will make your day.  How would you like a 160GB in a small 6oz package that should be tough enough to live in the bottom of a bag?  Head over and read all about the SimpleTech SimpleDrivePS.

Alone in the dark

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2007 - 11:59 AM |
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Horror fans will be glad to see the release of Clive Barkers' Jericho, a single player FPS that takes you through the ruins of of Al-Khali and pits you and your AI controlled team against the Firstborn.  If you head over to Gamepyre, you can get a look at more screenshots as well as reading through their impressions of the game.

Source: Gamepyre

Hector has not left the building

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2007 - 11:41 AM |
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Rumours flying around that Hector Ruiz is stepping down as head of AMD to be replaced by Dirk Meyer are exaggerated.  The Inquirer has been snooping around and bothering their usual sources, and no one except for those who don't have any inside sources, seem to put any faith in the rumours.

Source: The Inquirer

Choose your own P35 adventure

Subject: Motherboards | November 8, 2007 - 05:50 PM |
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Tech-Hounds has posted a review that is not short on choices by any means.  Seven P35 based boards are reviewed, with ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI all represented.  If the price of DDR3 and an X38 chipset is scaring you away from a Christmas upgrade, then peek through these boards, you are bound to find at least one that tempts you to pull out your wallet.

Source: Tech-Hounds

The new budget computer

Subject: Systems | November 8, 2007 - 02:28 PM |
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With new parts coming out for almost every component in your PC in the recent past, low priced parts to build a PC have undergone a significant change.  Some parts that were considered high end have had their prices reduced to levels the budget PC builder can reach, and there are lower cost parts that did not exist until now.  AnandTech has revamped their budget PC builders guide, and one of the biggest surprises is the cheap DDR800.

Source: AnandTech

Get extra fiddly bits for your PC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 8, 2007 - 01:25 PM |
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The VIZO Master Panel II Expansion Interface offers a way to control fans and plug USB and audio etc ... into their sockets without needing give your PC a reacharound.  It even gives you an eSATA plug for easing high speed removable storage swapping.  Benchmark Reviews couldn't find a kitchen sink attachment, but it can certainly do everything else.

An HTPC of a different colour

Subject: Systems | November 8, 2007 - 11:58 AM |
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The NEC Home Entertainment Concept is a different take on the HTPC.  The POWERMATE P5000 looks like the new iMacs, it is a large monitor that conceals an AMD Turion 64 X2 processor and RS690MC chipset with integrated ATI Radeon X1200 graphics.  The POWERMATE X is a more traditional looking box, playing the role of a powerhouse media server with a C2Quad processor and a NVIDIA GeForce 8600-series GPU plus 2TBs of storage.  Read on at Hardware Zone to see how CyberLink's SoftDMA and Media Server applications are used in tandem with these units to get you your music, TV and movie f

Secret plans revealed: The AM3

Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2007 - 11:36 AM |
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Once again, those Chilehardware fellows have managed to sneak some pictures of upcoming products, this time the reference design for the AM3 chipset from AMD.  Slashdot has a link to both there and an English site that is easier to understand than using Babelfish to translate the Spanish forums.  AMD is certainly looking at expanding their onboard audio and video solutions with the reference board used to make the diagram.

Source: Slashdot

AMD Delivers First Stream Processor with Double Precision Floating Point Technology

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 8, 2007 - 12:43 AM |
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This looks like it could be a coup for AMD's GPGPU area -- as NVIDIA has said their own double precision floating point hardware won't be around until mid-2008.

Visit http://www.amd.com/ for more info.

AMD Delivers First Stream Processor with Double Precision
Floating Point Technology

AMD FireStream 9170 and supporting Software Development
Kit unlock Stream-based Accelerated Computing

Taking power away from the middleman

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2007 - 03:05 PM |
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FSP has been making power supplies for other brands for a long time now, but have never really sold them by themselves.  The Everest 1010 PSU is a break from that tradition, and unsurprisingly it is a well executed kilowatt power supply.  It has plenty of 12V power, modular cabling and it was able to take what the Guru of 3D threw at it without displaying increased heat, or noise

Source: Guru of 3D

Can the special edition save the 8800GTS?

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 7, 2007 - 01:23 PM |
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We know the prices of the 8800GT and 8800GTS are rather far apart, but the performance is not.  nVIDIA has tried to remedy that by releasing a special edition GTS that has 112 shader processors, as opposed to the original 96, but still remains on t

DDR2 vs DDR3 RAMpage

Subject: Memory | November 7, 2007 - 12:20 PM |
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X-bit Labs has gathered RAM at several different speeds and latencies to see how well DDR3 is doing at taking over DDR2s spot in the hearts of enthusiasts.  You shouldn't expect to see a clear cut victor though, even though DDR3 has jumped from 1333MHz to 1800MHz in a very short time, many tests depend on low latency, and that doesn't begin to touch on the current pricing of 1800MHz modules.

Source: X-Bit Labs

I could have sworn there were people who's purpose was to think of the children

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2007 - 12:10 PM |
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It looks like even though you are old enough to legally vote while drunk, you are going to have a tough time buying Manhunt 2.  At some point the idea has become commonplace that it is the retailer or service provider that has responsibility for raising children, not some other person, like say the parents ...

Source: CoolTechZone

OCZ Technology Introduces the ReaperX Series, the Ultimate Combination

Subject: Memory | November 7, 2007 - 11:41 AM |
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Sunnyvale, CA - November 6, 2007 - OCZ
Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and
high reliability memory, today announced the ReaperX memory series, aninnovative memory solution that utilizes highly effective heat transfer
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QX9650, QX9550 and QX9450 support on the P5E3 Deluxe is just a flash away

Subject: Motherboards | November 6, 2007 - 06:32 PM |
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The brand new P5E3-ASUS-Deluxe-0512 BIOS will allow you to run QX9x50 series processors from Intel on both the Deluxe and WiFi@n models.  If you are considering an upgrade to these impressive new processors, this new 0512 BIOS will get you up and running.

Source: ASUS

The thumb drive that needs a finger

Subject: Storage | November 6, 2007 - 03:01 PM |
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If you have decided that using a thumb drive is a bad idea when it comes to transporting data you would prefer to keep private based on how easy they are to lose, then A-Data may have the perfect solution for you.  The FP1 drive offers both password protection as well as fingerprint scanning and can keep the data fairly secure even if you lose it.  The Tech Report tried it out, and while it isn't cheap or fast, it does give you some peace of mind.