Better for your neck than your image

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2007 - 08:20 AM |
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Video iPods and similar devices have made long trips a little more bearable, allowing you your own entertainment choices and freedom from depending on scenery or inflight movies.  At the same time, how many of us are vigorously rubbing the back of our necks trying to get the kinks out after having it bent for hours at a time?  Ars Technica reviews a pair of wearable video displays that sit over your eyes to display videos, so you don't have to crane your neck.  No guarantees that they make you look stylish.

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Friday forum follys

Subject: Editorial | June 15, 2007 - 03:17 PM |
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There is a lot of choice when it comes to web browsers nowadays, and not simply a decision between IE and Firefox.  If you are looking for something different, you can get Opera on the PC now, or at least a beta version of it.  If you do try it, drop by the General Forum and let people know what you thought.  As well, our inflatable moderator noticed that the free version AdAware 2007 has appeared, so thank him, and let us know how it works.

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AGEIA's PhysX Brings New Physical Realism to Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2007 - 12:55 PM |
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - June 15, 2007 - AGEIATechnologies, Inc. the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for PC and console games, today announced that AGEIA PhysX will be helping to provide a new level of realism in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (GRAW 2) from Ubisoft. Leading-edge video game developer GRIN has leveraged PhysX to extend the visually rich and complex GRAW 2 to an entirely new level of game realism and interactivity, with dynamic gameplay physics, impactful environmental effects and persistent destruction and debris throughout.

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Scaled Mousepads

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2007 - 11:39 AM |
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BestFeel has a line of mousepads, whose names sound a bit like some sort of musical scale, the VisRa PS, VisLa PS, and VisFa.  The La and Ra signify handedness, as these pads are shaped to make them more comfortable for your forearm, where as the Fa is a very large square.  The VisLa and Ra also come in two flavours, a PS which is very smooth and reflective as well as the MS which has a matte surface and a rougher texture.  ThinkComputers has tried them all out, so take a look.

Serious power for content creation

Subject: Systems | June 15, 2007 - 10:32 AM |
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While Intel's V8 system is not going to be used for much in the way of gaming, those who spend there time at the PC creating various multimedia content will probably pony up the money required to purchase one.  HotHardware puts the system to the test, focusing on programs that benefit from the V8's multi-threading capabilities, which is where this system really shines.

Source: HotHardware

The mothership has landed

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 15, 2007 - 09:10 AM |
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The Rosewill RCX-Z2 Heatsink has a very odd overall shape with fasteners that look a bit like landing gear as well as a glowing blue fan.  If it is run on a motherboard without PWM, the full 59dBA adds to the overall impression of some sort of alien craft landing.  Frosty Tech gave it a try on their test bench, and you can find out how well it did here.

Source: Frosty Tech

The name game

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2007 - 08:41 AM |
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As you have heard Ryan mention on this weeks podcast, AMD is changing their processor naming scheme again.  Now everyone is going to want a GP-7900, which would be a 65W+ Phenom quad-core, with a clock speed higher than the GP-7800, not that you can tell how much faster by the name.  Time to start making decoder rings!  DigiTimes has a bit more info here.

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A new home for HTPCs

Subject: Systems | June 14, 2007 - 03:02 PM |
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Big Bruin reviews the lengthily named nMEDIAPC HTPC 500SA ATX Media Center PC Case.  They found that it's ample ventilation keeps the temperatures very reasonable with essentially silent operation.  The VFD on the front adds a nice touch, even if it does need drivers, and the awkwardness of PSU and HDD cage installation is to expected in an attractive HTPC case.  Read on to see what else this case has to offer.

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More competition for Creative

Subject: General Tech | June 14, 2007 - 12:01 PM |
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Turtle Beach has been around for a while, but has had difficulty making progress against Creative's domination of that market.   Their newest, the Turtle Beach Montego DDL is a fairly inexpensive 7.1 Dolby Digital Live card with a sound that satisfied OCC's ears.  Their only complaint was that they couldn't turn it up to 11.

Eliminate RAM Bottlenecks with 1T Enabled RAM Support

Subject: Chipsets | June 14, 2007 - 11:30 AM |
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With industry-leading technologies, ASUS utilizes Super Memspeed Technology with the P35 chipset to surpass standard DDR3 1066/DDR2 800 speeds and is able to natively support DDR3 1333 and DDR2 1066 speeds. With great investment in R&D and innovative technologies, ASUS has enhanced the BIOS for the P5K series of motherboards to improve memory performances by enabling 1T command rates.

Source: ASUS

Diamond Multimedia Announces the First Radeon HD 2900 XT with 1 Gigabyte of memory

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 14, 2007 - 09:46 AM |
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CHATSWORTH, CA - June 14, 2007 - Diamond Multimedia, a leading provider of multimedia products, announces the release of the unique all new Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB (Gigabyte). With a unique combination of raw GPU power derived from the XBOX 360 Xenos GPU and 1GB of GDDR4 memory, the Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB sets the performance benchmark for its class.

Diamond Multimedia's new flagship graphics card is the foundation of a whole new generation of AMD/ATI Radeon Graphics.

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DDR2 on a P35 from MSI

Subject: Motherboards | June 14, 2007 - 09:11 AM |
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The MSI P35 Platinum offers all the advantages of the P35 chipset like the 1333MHz FSB but it is built to use DDR2, saving you from paying the current premium on DDR3, assuming you can find it for sale.  The passive cooling solution on this board is very unique, and may be what gives this board it's overclocking ability.  Although this is the first P35 on the market, HotHardware found it very sta

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NVIDIA Unleashes Highest Performance DirectX 10 GPU for Notebooks

Subject: Mobile | June 14, 2007 - 08:36 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - June 12, 2007 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced the GeForce 8700M GT graphics processing unit (GPU) for notebook PCs, a new high-end GPU designed for the most demanding notebook users.  The GeForce 8700M GT GPU extends the award-winning GeForce 8M Series product line to include high-performance notebooks, continuing five generations of leadership for the highest performance notebooks on the market.

NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT The GeForce 8700M GT GPU, the newest and fastest GPU in the GeForce 8M

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High powered PCI Express

Subject: General Tech | June 14, 2007 - 08:32 AM |
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PCIe 2.0 is coming to an AMD motherboard near you, sometime in the third quarter according to this story at The Inquirer.  It will transport 150W of power directly over the bus, which will make cabling from the PSU a little easier, although it also places the more of the responsibility of power management on to the motherboard.  These upcoming boards will also support quad Crossfire, which should provide some interesting performance.

Source: The Inquirer

Get back on the rack

Subject: Storage | June 13, 2007 - 02:40 PM |
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Vizo has updated the old hot swappable HDD rack with their Ares Internal SATA Mobile Rack.  Support for SATA II makes this a very easy way to hot swap HDDs, or just to be able to carry it with you for use in multiple systems.  It also has a small fan in the enclosure to keep your HDD comfortable during the summer.  Drop by Pro-Clockers for a closer look at this handy little device.

Look UltraSharp thanks to Dell

Subject: Displays | June 13, 2007 - 01:13 PM |
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The Tech Lounge has posted a review of a well featured 27" monitor from Dell, the UltraSharp 2707WFP.  Fairly expensive when compared to it's smaller brother, the 2407WP, it offers the same resolution and 20% more screen real estate.  It's back is packed with all the input connections you would expect as well as a four USB 2.0 ports.  The HD quality and response times make this mo

DX10 and CoH, what difference can a patch make?

Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2007 - 10:42 AM |
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ExtremeTech has posted a review of Company of Heroes upgrade to DX10.  If you have Vista and a DX10 class card (or two), then this is the patch you have been waiting for.  They compare the performance of the 2 versions of this game at the same time they contrast the visual differences.  Read on to see if all you get is extra rocks, shadows and a performance hit, or if it becomes a whole new game.

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Year of the UMPC

Subject: Mobile | June 13, 2007 - 08:47 AM |
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This may not be the year in which the UMPC catches on as a mainstream consumer product, but it is certainly a year that has seen these ultra mobile platforms make huge leaps forward.  It was the main focus of this years VIA Tech Forum, which VIA Arena participated in.  They have posted a video of the keynote speech, as well as embedding slides from other presentations, all about the new NanoBook.  This will be VIA's reference design for all UMPCs in the next while and will influence most of their mobile prod

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Heading out on Safari

Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2007 - 08:38 AM |
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Elite Bastards takes you on a tour of the wild world of the internets, Apple style.  There is a new public beta of Safari 3 and the PC version is being compared to IE and Firefox.  If you still aren't particularly interested, then remember that the upcoming iPhone will use Safari, so maybe you should familiarize yourself with it after all.