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Morning all! Well, it's the day before the last real fix for football junkies. I won't go out on any limb and guess who will win. Our Seahawks didn't make the show but I'll watch anyway! Actually I'll be at work, but we'll make sure we have time set aside to watch the greatest sports event of the year. So, grab some cold ones, some munchies and good friends and get yourself ready for a real spectacle. I ain't talking about the purported halftime activities, either, btw....personally I could do without all that!
Subject: Systems | February 2, 2007 - 03:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has offered up 4 builds that will run Vista. The Econobox comes in at $537.95, featuring an X2 3800, an ASUS M2NPV-VM and it's onboard 6150 and 1 GB of RAM. If you can afford it, the $1691.92 Sweet Spot Machine with a Core 2 Duo E6600 an Asus P5B Deluxe 2 GB of RAM and eVGA's 8800 GTS will give you a nice start. There are 2 other systems, and some alternate components, so go on and get some good advice.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 2, 2007 - 02:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware reviews the Sapphire X1950 XTX, ATI's current flagship card, and direct competitor with the GeForce 7900 GTX. Unfortunately, they have no card that can take on the 8800 series, but this card offers a different advantage. It is priced about $200 below the 7900GTX, and is a better performer, especially if you decide to go for Crossfire.
Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2007 - 12:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS.tv has something to show you, the new Crysis trailer, using DX10. Compression kills, but you get the idea of just what this game will look like. With their proprietary physics engine, you won't need an Aegia card, but as they suggest at the end of the preview, it might be a good idea to get your hands on an 8800.
Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2007 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Join AnandTech in a look at the technology behind a little known game that will be taking place on Sunday. Did you realize there needs to be a laser map the entire field and a programmed palette to limit the colours that can be painted on, just to project an accurate First Down line on the grass and not the players? Many have noticed the wires that the cameras run along to bring the brilliant angles we have become used to, but did you know they ran on RTLinux? Make sure you check out the stats behind Eyevi
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 1, 2007 - 05:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Xigamatek is new to cooling, and their first device on the market is a self contained watercooled heatsink. It comes with a mix of anti-corrosive and antifreeze liquids mixed with water, and all pre-installed in the reservoir. The waterblock/pump/reservoir comes with brackets to fit any socket size, and it makes installation a breeze. At 55dB it is a little loud, but an interesting feature is separate power sources for the fan and the pump, so you can put a rheostat on the fan power to give you control ove
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2007 - 02:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Don't know your Ogg Vorbis from your FLAC? Confused about what lossless compression is, and if you could even tell the difference? Head to Big Bruin where they give you an overview of 5 of the most popular codecs, what they are and who uses them for what. Get over there and get in the know.
Subject: Motherboards | February 1, 2007 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA seems to be taking the world of chipsets by storm, with only Intel's newer chipsets for Core 2 competing. There is another player trying to make it's name though, and is mostly due to scarcity that it hasn't. The RD600 chipset supports Crossfire, and as X-bit Labs discovers, it likes overclocking just fine. Head on over for the full review of the DFI LANParty UT ICFX3200-T2R/G.
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2007 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CNET reports on a flaw that can cause smart phones running Windows Mobile 2003 and Windows Mobile 5.0 to crash. The good news is that this vulnerability was discover by researchers at Trend Micro, it was not discovered in the wild.
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2007 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
So you ran out and spent $1800 on a pair of overclocked 8800GTX's and then bought a copy of Vista Ultimate Edition. Now you are sitting in front of the computer foaming at the mouth because they won't play nicely together. As Ryan has pointed out and linked to, the 100.59 drivers add ... beta support anyways, but ...
Subject: Chipsets | February 1, 2007 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
INF V2.80A (updated from 2.60A)
AGP V4.60A (same as the previous package)
V-RAID V5.40A and RAID Tools v5.40 (Updated from 5.30C)
PATA/SATA IDE Driver V1.60A (Updated from 1.40A which did not support Vista)
VIA Hyperion Pro drivers are suitable for ANY VIA chipset - but they are
particularly recommended for KT4## series, P4X4## series and newer, for
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 1, 2007 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA Arena has a contest just starting and gallery of the entrants so far. From Bender the robot to an XP retail box to a gingerbread house, these EPIA based mods are fantastic. If you have a modded something, based on an EPIA board, or know someone who has, get your submissions in. If not, keep an eye on the contest, you are going to see some outstanding work.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 1, 2007 - 11:17 AM | Ryan Shrout
Late last night NVIDIA released an updated version of their GeForce 8800 Vista drivers, up to 100.59. This version adds SLI support, but ONLY for GeForce 8-series cards.
Hi there! Let me take a minute to introduce myself. I'm Uncle Bob, a Mod here at PC Perspective. We will be running a series of articles within the forum that will be called Mod Interviews. I ask revealing, embarrassing, stupid, probing questions of Mods and hopefully you get to laugh with us at ourselves and in the process get to know some of us better. Beware, not all the Mods are as forthcoming as you may like, I do my best to uncover the truth, but haven't always hit the mark!
Now, without further delay, here is the second interview with liquidsoul!
Afternoon to ya all! It's Wednesday afternoon and we already have another interview to pass on. I tell ya, I never knew these Mods were gonna be so anxious to tell you a little about themselves. It seems that the first Moderator Interview with Electric Bill was indeed well received, and why not. He\'s a like able fella! Go figure, huh?
Subject: Systems | January 31, 2007 - 05:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NZXT usually focuses on cases for high end gaming systems, with lots of room for components and cooling. Today, TECHGAGE reviews the Duet, a HTPC enclosure. They have stuck with what they though, this case has two 80mm fans included, space for 2 120mm at either end and another 80mm fan in a duct, so overheating should not be a problem. Read on to take a look at this fashionable case, and what TECHGAGE managed to get into it.
Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2007 - 04:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 31, 2007 — Forty high school seniors today were named finalists for the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) 2007. The competition is America's oldest and most prestigious high school science competition; six former finalists have won the Nobel Prize and others have been awarded the Fields Medal, the National Medal of Science and MacArthur Foundation fellowships.
Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2007 - 03:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back in the '80s, Rampage was a big arcade game, putting you in control of George, who was very King Kong-like, Lizzie the Godzilla lookalike, or Ralph who was a giant werewolf. You fought the military and each other in a huge monster free for all. The Wii has it's reincarnation already, Rampage: Total Destruction, but now there is a new game in the same genre.
Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2007 - 01:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Razer DeathAdder is a relatively small mouse when compared to some of the other gaming mice on the market. It is shaped much like the new Habu, as well as having LED lighting similar to it. Considering the Habu is a joint effort between Microsoft and Razer, this is not really a huge surprise. The software that comes with it has the features you would expect, with programmable buttons, tweakable on-the-fly DPI changes and as an added benefit, you can change the lighting as well. Head to techPowerUp to get
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