An unpretentious media player

Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2007 - 02:05 PM |
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Democracy Player has 2 things going for it, the first is it's integration with online video streaming from places like YouTube, and it's attitude which is very relaxed.  Instead of trying to take over all your media by default, as well as launching at boot time, you can set it to the behaviour you prefer right from the install.  It treats streaming media differently as well, downloading all of the video before letting you watch it, and then deleting it about 5 days later to save on space.  Read on

Source: PC Mechanic

More fans of silence

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 24, 2007 - 01:22 PM |
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In their 4th 120mm fan roundup, SPCR tests 8 different fans.  All of the fans tested did move a fair amount of air at a reasonable noise level, but only one can come out on top.  Read on to find out which fan could manage 34CFM at only 22dBa and still moved 19CFM @ 19dBa when reduced to 7V.

XLR8 GEFORCE 8800 ULTRA OVERCLOCKED & 8800 ULTRA STANDARD UNVEILED

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 24, 2007 - 11:55 AM |
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PARSIPPANY, N.J. - May 24, 2007 - PNY Technologies, Inc. today announced
the addition of two, new XLR8(TM) graphics cards based on the NVIDIA
GeForceR 8 Series of GPUs. The XLR8 GeForce 8800 Ultra and 8800 Ultra OC
(Overclocked) round out PNY's graphics card line up, so gamers have more
choices to select a high-end card based on their particular needs and
budget.

Other features that come with all of PNY's GeForce 8 series of graphics cards include:

Source: PNY

MSI's manageable mid-range motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | May 24, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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MSI's P6N-SLI Platinum is based on the nForce 650i SLI MCP, and also sports Realtek ALC888HD audio.  While the BIOS doesn't sport many features and limits your chance to overclock, it is more the job of it's big brother the 680i to satisfy users with those needs.  [H]ard|OCP found it to be a solid board for those looking at price and basic functions, not overclocking and a dozen USB p

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Incredible shrinking RAM

Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2007 - 11:37 AM |
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Hynix is leading the way; along with IMEC and 4 other CMOS producing companies in the never ending quest to shrink the manufacturing process.  This incarnation will be 32nm, although it may take some time before we see that process in memory chips, let alone CPUs. We are right on the technological edge of how tightly focused the UV beam can be when using it to etch memory, even using EUV lithography.  DigiTimes has a bit more, here.

Source: Digitimes

nVIDIA 8 round up, the affordable versions

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 23, 2007 - 06:26 PM |
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Over at HotHardware, you can catch a review of MSI's 8600GT, a silently cooled 8600GTS from Gigabyte and MSI's NX8500GT, all of which are under $200.  These are all contrasted against AMD's 1950 Pro which is worth about the same to buy, but is only capable of DX9.  As the benchmarks show, unless you are desperate to try DX10, the older 1950 Pro will give you more bang for your buck.

Source: HotHardware

Cutting corners on laptops

Subject: Mobile | May 23, 2007 - 03:00 PM |
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The LCDs on laptops really can't hold a candle to the desktop versions.  It isn't a size thing, so much as brightness, response rate and clarity.  Rather than depend on eyeballing to judge the difference, AnandTech tests 4 laptops against a Gateway desktop LCD.  The results are rather enlightening.

Source: AnandTech

Middle weight power battle

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 23, 2007 - 02:53 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews 5 PSUs ranging from 450W to 500W and from $20 to $100.  There are a lot of systems that only need a maximum of 500W, in fact for most office PCs it is almost overkill.  You would expect that these PSUs would be very stable and conform to specs, as the PSU manufacturers have managed that with PSUs twice as powerful.  Read the full review, as you may be surprised what they found.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

When aliens attack

Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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The UFO franchise has been trying to recapture the feel of the original X:Com UFO Defense in the early 90's.  While the graphics have evolved, and many different approaches have been tried, it just hasn't been same as in the good old days.  Strategy Informer reviews the latest, UFO:Extraterrestrials, which is set on a new planet called Esperanza not Earth.

Looking for a fall guy?

Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2007 - 11:43 AM |
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There is a help wanted sign in the window at 3D Realms, and if you get the job you could become one of the most loved, or one of the most hated game programmers of all time.  If you think you can drop the Forever from Duke Nukem Forever, follow the link from The Inquirer to apply, or just get a peek at a new screenshot.

Source: The Inquirer

OCZ Technology Premium Memory Line Expands with the Introduction of Next Generation DDR3

Subject: Memory | May 23, 2007 - 11:35 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. May 22, 2007 OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra high performance and high reliability memory, today announced their official crossover into DDR3 memory to coincide with the recent launch of the Intel Bearlake Chipset. OCZ's hand tested DDR3 solutions enable ardent enthusiasts to take advantage of the highly anticipated P35 platform while experiencing the legendary quality and reliability of OCZ memory.

More on the P35

Subject: Motherboards | May 22, 2007 - 04:20 PM |
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Legit Reviews managed to get a hold of 2GBs of Kingston's PC3-11000 HyperX that runs 1375Mhz @ 7-7-7-20 and 1.7V.  They also tried Corsair's PC3-10600 XMS3 DHX, 1333MHz @ 9-9-9-24 and 1.5V.  They tested their DDR2 modules on an ASUS P5K Deluxe and the DDR3 on an ASUS P5K3 Deluxe.  It seems that even with these high speed DDR3 modules, there isn't any overwhelming gain to be received by switching from DDR2.

A cautionary tale

Subject: Storage | May 22, 2007 - 04:00 PM |
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TweakTown has managed to repeat a rather scary incident involving QuickTime, Vista and a RAID on an ICH8R chipset.  They haven't seen this behaviour occur on other platforms, but you may want to be careful just the same, especially if you are using RAID 0.

Source: TweakTown

Intel, STMicroelectronics And Francisco Partners Establish A New Leader In Flash Memory

Subject: Storage | May 22, 2007 - 03:14 PM |
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GENEVA and SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 22, 2007 STMicroelectronics, Intel and Francisco Partners today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to create a new independent semiconductor company from the key assets of businesses which last year generated approximately $3.6 billion in combined annual revenue.

Low voltage, high frequency

Subject: Memory | May 22, 2007 - 02:58 PM |
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The new Reaper series from OCZ really impressed Overclockers Online.  Running at 1150 @ 5-5-5-18 straight out of the box they are some of the fastest chips, period.  The new cooling solution both adds style to the DIMMs as well as some very good cooling.  Once they got down to testing, they found limitations in tightening the timings, but by keeping the timings at the rated intervals, they could get a nice jump in speed.

"The performance of these Reaper HPCs at 5-5-5 certainly was br

We're going to pump you up

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 22, 2007 - 02:46 PM |
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Overclock3d has published a review of 2 new water pumps from Laing.  They compare the performance with Swiftech's MCP600 pump and use Alphacool, Petra's Tech and OCLabs tops to see how powerful these pumps are.  Flow rate and head may not mean much to those who are not into watercooling; if you are though, it looks like these pumps are a step up in performance.

"Today in the OC3D Labs we get to compare the Alphacool, OCLabs and Petra's Tech tops for the Laing DDC

Source: Overclock3D

A first for OpenOffice

Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2007 - 02:30 PM |
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Thankfully it has never been used for an exploit, but researchers have found a vulnerability in OpenOffice.  Using the built in StarBasic scripting language, this virus can infect Windows, Mac or Linux boxes, and show a picture of a man in a bunny suit ... er ... being naughty.  The Inquirer has more on this vulnerability, that should hopefully be fixed soon.

Source: The Inquirer

Sony updates their VAIO

Subject: Mobile | May 21, 2007 - 04:30 PM |
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Sony has never been considered the makers of the best laptops around, but their VAIO series is the most portable laptop, without crossing the line into a UMPC.  This incarnation, the Sony VAIO TZ weighs in at 2.62lbs, and comes with a 1.06GHz C2D, Windows Vista Professional, 1GB of DDR2, an 80GB ATA HDD, a multipurpose DVD RW/R and integrated Intel graphics.  The display is 11.1" with a resolution of 1,366x768, which should be enough to let you see without a magnifying glass.  As Coo

Source: CoolTechZone

The newest in gaming accessories

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2007 - 04:00 PM |
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Bjorn3D has had a good look at Listan's upcoming products for this year.  A very high resolution mouse, a backlit keyboard and a pair of mousepads are their feature products right now. If you are in the search for a better way to frag your friends, drop by for a look at what they have to offer.

Source: Bjorn3D

2900XT 975X versus the P35

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 21, 2007 - 03:17 PM |
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AnandTech has taken advantage of the release of Intel's P35 to revisit the performance of AMD's 2900XT in Crossfire.   The old P965 had some serious issues with Crossfire when it first appeared, something that Intel has dodged with their release of the P35, as Crossfire does work.  Take a look at the benchmarks to see just how well they have managed to do this time.

Source: AnandTech