Feeding the beast

Subject: Memory | August 31, 2007 - 01:15 PM |
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PC Stats tries to find the sweet spot for RAM on Vista.  Trying 512MB, 1, 2 and 4GB they see just what you can get away with, and if the 4GB helps you out.  Gaming and productivity software will start to respond a lot better if you can keep Vista happy.

Source: PCStats

Your choice of cooling styles

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 31, 2007 - 12:35 PM |
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X-bit Labs looks a two very different coolers, the Zalman CNPS8700 LED and the Thermaltake V1.  The Zalman is aimed at those without the room in their case for a huge cooler, and the V1 is a unique looking cooler with a special fan that fits in between it's fins.  Take a look and see which one would fit your needs best.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Simple rules for better security

Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2007 - 12:18 PM |
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PC Mechanic looks at some very simple ways to keep yourself and your private data secure when browsing the web.  Some of the tips may seem very simplistic, but there are those who don't follow them .. . and will probably be calling you to fix their PC soon, if they haven't called already.


You can also catch the 11th PC Perspective Podcast at the top of the page, if you haven't given it a listen already.

Source: PC Mechanic

OCZ Technology Unveils the Extremely Efficient yet Compact Vanquisher CPU Cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 31, 2007 - 11:42 AM |
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Sunnyvale, CA - August 30, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today announced the OCZ Vanquisher CPU cooler, a much-anticipated expansion of their cooling product line. Using a highly efficient and compact design, the Vanquisher is an enthusiast-grade thermal solution for the latest high performance processors. Catering to the needs of gamers and enthusiasts, the Vanquisher will become an integral addition to any extreme-performance gaming rig.

Low powered computing

Subject: Systems | August 30, 2007 - 05:17 PM |
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VIA Arena shows you just how easy it is to build a PC that consumes less than 60W.  It's not a crippled system either. It doesn't have the power to max out the settings in some intense games, but it handles World of Warcraft perfectly.

Source: VIA Arena

Pushing the quiet button

Subject: Storage | August 30, 2007 - 02:22 PM |
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The Tech Report reviewed Hitachi's Deskstar 7K1000 terabyte HDD earlier this month, and liked the performance, but not the noise when the drive was seeking.  It turns out that they had disabled Hitachi's Automatic Acoustic Management, which is supposed to limit the noise produced.  Head over to find out how well it works, and what performance costs you can expect to see from enabling it.

Two GPUs for you

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 30, 2007 - 01:24 PM |
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GECUBE is back with the Gemini 3, two overclocked HD2600XT cards in one.  It gives you a chance to essentially run 2 cards while taking up one slot and a lot less space.  It will be interesting to see if this board can be run in Crossfire before the new Quad-GPU support of the upcoming AMD 790 chipset.  Get a good look at this board, and what it can do, at TweakTown.

Source: TweakTown

Powerful peace of mind

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 30, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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Antec's 850 TruePower Quattro has four 18A 12V rails that can handle up to 768W, as well as a nice modular design that makes it very easy to spot the dedicated PCI Express plugs.  Hi-Tech Reviews was worried that the single 80mm fan wouldn't be enough to keep this PSU cool, but it did the job admirably, and Antec offers a 3 year warranty in case anything goes wrong.

AVG and BioShock don't play well together

Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2007 - 11:45 AM |
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Users of AVG anti-virus were in for a nasty shock this morning; if they were planning on calling in sick today and tomorrow to start the Labour Day weekend early.  Something, probably a patch from 2K, AVG or SecuROM, has changed.  AVG now prevents BioShock from launching because it is tagged as a virus. 

Do not attempt to heal the file, back up your save games and follow the instructions provided at Boot Daily to get yourself back up and running.

Source: Boot Daily

Intel to Respond to Request for Additional Information in Creation of New Flash Memory Company

Subject: Storage | August 30, 2007 - 11:16 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 30, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced it has received a request for additional information from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in connection with the agency's regulatory review of the proposed transaction with STMicroelectronics and certain affiliates of Francisco Partners to form a private, independent semiconductor company that will design, develop and manufacture non-volatile memory products.

Has Logitech gone overboard

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 05:24 PM |
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The Logitech G9 gaming mouse does offer a lot of features, from adjustable weights, a dual mode scroll-wheel and on the fly DPI changes.   The price is certainly a drawback, but TECHGAGE soldiered on  with a full review, so you can find out if it is worth it, or not.

Source: TECHGAGE

Cooler Master Opens MyCOSMOS Contest

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 05:14 PM |
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Since the introduction of the COSMOS PC Chassis from Cooler Master, people have begun to experience the refinement and performance of a truly revolutionary PC case. To celebrate its release, Cooler Master is pleased to open the MyCOSMOS Contest to Cooler Master fans worldwide. From September 3rd to 28th, COSMOS owners around the world can enter the MyCOSMOS contest simply by creating a written or video review of their COSMOS experiences and filing in the entry from on the MyCOSMOS contest site.

A sneak peek at Gigabyte's new board

Subject: Motherboards | August 29, 2007 - 02:44 PM |
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We still don't know when AMD will announce their upcoming RD790 chipset, but TweakTown managed to get a sneak peak at it at the World Cyber Games.  This is a big step for AMD, as this is the chipset that will run Phenom processors, and add support for PCI Express 2.0.

Source: TweakTown

Quiet, and flexible cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 29, 2007 - 01:44 PM |
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Zaward's Twin Towers have incorporated some nice flexibility into their design.  They are fanless, which means they are a very large and not compatible with all motherboard/case combos, but more so than other huge coolers on the market now.  techPowerUp's testing also proved that you can expect better cooling from this heatsink than the one shipped with retail C2Ds.

Source: techPowerUp!

DX10 must be good for something

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP continues the quest to find something useful about DX10, this time examining the performance and image quality of Call of Juarez.  There is good news for AMD, the the 2900XT can keep up with the 8800 GTS for the first time in a series of benchmarks.  There is also good news on the quality side, there are very striking differences between DX10 and DX9, for the first time you don't even have to give the game the benefit of the doubt, you can see the differences easily.  It makes th

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Targeting the iPhone, or the $100 laptop?

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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The Gphone is coming, and we should know what it's all about in September.  Running Linux and projected to be very cheap, it will be interesting to see what the phone is capable of, and if Google has plans to emulate Apple's locked service.  According to what the Inquirer learned, Google seems to hope to make money from ads (Ad Words?) piped directly to the phone.

Source: The Inquirer

Mobile multimedia on the cheap

Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2007 - 05:12 PM |
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Transcend's T.Sonic 820 has some good points, and some bad points.  While it is able to show photos and video on it's 1.5" colour OLED, it only has 2GB of storage.  The good news is that it's price is well under $100.  If you are looking to get a small cheap portable music and video player then check out Pro-Clockers review.

Storage on the go

Subject: Storage | August 28, 2007 - 02:59 PM |
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The Cirago Smart Mobile Storage System sports a Compact Flash, XD and SD card readers, as well as USB, and contains a standard 2.5" drive, making it very handy.  OCC did notice 2 troubling problems with this otherwise perfect mobile storage device ... it only supports FAT 16/32, and the LCD is very hard to read.

Taking the easy route to an HTPC

Subject: Systems | August 28, 2007 - 01:41 PM |
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NMEDIAPC HTPC 288 SA offers a cheap way to get into HTPCs.  With plenty of features, inputs and cooling, you can skip a lot of the planning that otherwise goes into building an HTPC, and overall X-bit Labs decided this is a great entry level case.  Those who are old hands at building HTPCs will probably prefer other models, though.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Dell adds the 2400Pro and 2400XT to their OptiPlex line

Subject: Systems | August 28, 2007 - 12:58 PM |
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While not available on the entire lineup, the OptiPlex 740 and 745 can be customized to include the 2400Pro or XT, giving you an advantage over systems with an Intel IGP.  If you are looking at picking up a cheap PC for friends or family, or even a new line of PCs to supply your company with, these new options are worth checking out.

Source: AMD