Logitech Classic

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2007 - 02:08 PM |
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After straying away from the MX series with the G5, a move that left off the features that made the MX series so popular, Logitech is going back to that design.  The new revision of the G5 sports the second thumb button as well as new features, like LEDs to show which DPI setting you are at.  Virtual-Hideout also applauded the use of variable weights, so you can get the mouse to feel exactly like you

Biostar TF560 A2+, The World's First Motherboard to support upcoming AMD AM2+ CPU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2007 - 01:58 PM |
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June 2007 - Biostar has released a new T-Series model TF560 A2+ in expectation of the launch of new AMD socket AM2+ CPUs. AMD is going to announce AM2+ socket CPUs, the so-called real Quad Core architecture, later this year. Socket AM2+ CPUs will be backwards compatible. TF560 A2+ is designed for both CPU series, AM2 and AM2+.
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Packed with the same technology used by the most demanding PC Enthusiasts, NVIDIA nForce 560 media and communications processor (MCPs) delivers outstanding quality and performance for every PC user.

Source: Biostar

Who overclocks better?

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 22, 2007 - 12:15 PM |
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ExtremeTech has throughly investigated factory overclocked cards in this eVGA review.  They grabbed a default speed 8800 GTX card, a 8800 GTX they overclocked themselves, an 8800 Ultra at default speeds and one they overclocked, and finally a hard to find 8800 Ultra Superclocked, all from eVGA.  Find

Destructive Criticism

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2007 - 12:02 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP noticed a video of a guy with a message to send to Apple.  It seems they denied his warranty claim on a Macbook, so he vented his frustrations and recorded it for posterity.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The secrets of Tesla

Subject: Systems | June 21, 2007 - 05:51 PM |
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Not too many sites have had much to say about Tesla, the newly announced GPGPU from nVIDIA.  You can count PC Perspective in amongst the sites that have, as well as PenStar Systems.  Heading over there will give you an idea of the hardware that makes this card tick, as well as the software it will be running; CUDA.

Hitachi joins the war of tera

Subject: Storage | June 21, 2007 - 03:17 PM |
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The brand new Deskstar 7K1000 offers more than just a lot of space on multiple platters.  Hitachi has incorporated perpendicular storage, which allows all of that storage space to fit on 4 disks.   The 32MB memory buffer pushes the performance up to the level of a Raptor for some tests, but not when it comes to some transfers.  Tech Spot is more than happy to tell you all about it here.

Source: Tech Spot

The sound of Linux

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2007 - 02:57 PM |
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Amarok is a popular and useful media player for Linux, but it also has some secrets you may not know about.  TECHGAGE takes you through some of these features, like streaming music and integrating the player with last.fm.  If you use Linux, or are even just considering it, take a look at what you can do with this program.

Source: TECHGAGE

OCZ Technology Group Unleashes Enthusiast-Grade DDR3-1333 CL7 Solution

Subject: Memory | June 21, 2007 - 12:15 PM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - June 20, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the newest OCZ DDR3 product addition.

Vertically gifted

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 21, 2007 - 11:55 AM |
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The new style in heatsinks is to have the fan sitting vertically, not horizontally, and it seems to be paying off.  Whether it is the increased surface area the fan can directly affect, or the push-pull configuration that some heatsinks allow, it tends to increase cooling performance.  The newest is the 3RSystem iCEAGE, and AnandTech has tested it out.  Read on to see one of the best retention systems they have seen in action.

Source: AnandTech

Royalties killed the internet radio star?

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2007 - 11:36 AM |
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In protest to the rise in both the minimum royalty payment, and the price per listener per hour, webcasters are planning a day of silence on Tuesday, June 26th.  The royalties do not come into effect until July 15th, so the participants still have some time to attempt to get it changed.  [H]ard|OCP can supply you with the tools you need to get the whole story.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Turning memory into a multilayer cake

Subject: Mobile | June 20, 2007 - 06:53 PM |
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New with the Santa Rosa chipset is a feature called Intel Turbo Memory, which is flash-based memory designed to cache data, and allow the hard drive to spin down, thus saving energy and extending your battery life.  AnandTech tries it out to see just what effect it has, if any.  As well they contrast it with Vista's RedayBoost technology, which while similar focuses more on performance enhancement than battery extension.

Source: AnandTech

A very well behaved PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 20, 2007 - 02:40 PM |
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SilverStone, better known for their cases, has joined the kilowatt crowd with their Olympia 1000W.  While it lacks many features that are common in PSUs, like modular cabling and multiple 12V rails it is still a very solid PSU.  In fact, the single 12V rail offers 80A, which is one of the most powerful on the market, and one of the most well regulated as well.  [H]ard|OCP puts i

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel's low power initiative

Subject: Processors | June 20, 2007 - 01:22 PM |
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Rather than letting the Pentium line die, Intel has repositioned it as low cost and low power.  With the E2140 and E2160, they are positioned to take on AMD's new BE series of chips.  Techgage puts these chips through their banchmarks, as well as managing overclocks worthy of the old Celeron series.

Source: TECHGAGE

Antec Introduces TruePower Quattro Power Supply

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 20, 2007 - 12:42 PM |
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Fremont, CA - June 20, 2007 - Antec, Inc., the leading global brand of
high-performance computer components for the PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself
markets, today announced its latest power supply unit (PSU), TruePower
Quattro. Antec's most powerful PSU is designed for high efficiency while
providing the ultimate in green energy for system builders and support for
the latest generation of dual video cards.

TruePower Quattro is the most efficient power supply to date in Antec's
successful TruePower line due to Active Power Clamping technology.

Source: Antec

The return of Pipboy

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2007 - 11:58 AM |
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Fallout 3 is definitely more than just a few ink spots on a designers wall, although it will still be locked away in a vault for a year before we get our hands on it.  The trailer was really just a tease, but The Tech Report has spotted a bit more info, and what looks like gameplay screens.  Bethesda has been being very quiet about this game, but as details emerge it looks to be something special, as long as they didn't make a bloody mess, in which case they're dogmeat.

Asset Light

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2007 - 11:45 AM |
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The Inquirer has a link with a bit of interesting news about AMD.  It would seem that they are looking for a partner to help them set up a new fab in Saratoga County, in upper NY State.  Also in the article, although denied by the AMD rep, is a question about the future of one of the two AMD Dresden fabs.

Source: The Inquirer

Opening up ATI/AMD

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2007 - 06:43 PM |
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Phoronix has a look at the new Linux driver for ATI, the xf86-video-avivo.  They take you through the build process, and discuss the limitations that currently affect it.  Take a look at what the replacement for the fglrx binary blob can do, and what still needs some ironing out.

Source: Phoronix

The MFD & Fan Controller for micro managers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 19, 2007 - 02:45 PM |
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Check out the NZXT Sentry Temperature Controller MFD up for review over at OCC.  Along with the clock display and fan controllers you would expect, there are also 3 thermocouples.   These allow you to take temperature readings from 3 separate areas in your system, your choice which ones.  As well there are 3 separate programmable temperature alarms, so you can adjust for the components you are monitoring. 

OCZ Technology Unveils 4GB Platinum Edition Kit with Optimized Timings for Enthusiasts

Subject: Memory | June 19, 2007 - 01:57 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA - June 18, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the PC2-6400 Platinum Vista Performance Edition 4GB (2x2048MB) dual channel kit.

GeForce 8400 GS hits retail soon

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2007 - 01:53 PM |
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We are extending the retail line-up of our award-winning GeForce 8 Series by offering the NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS to consumers. NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS graphics processors offer the features of the GeForce 8 Series architecture for an incredible value. Superb for driving the Microsoft Windows Vista experience, the GeForce 8400 GS runs Vista features quickly and seamlessly, allowing you to play the latest Microsoft Direct X 9 and DirectX 10 games, and enjoy an outstanding HD DVD/Blu-ray movie experience.

Source: NVIDIA