OVERCLOCKED VERSION OF THE BFG NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GTX 768MB WATER COOLED EDITION

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 29, 2007 - 11:41 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (January 29, 2007) — BFG Technologies®, Inc., the leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GTX OC™ 768MB Water Cooled Edition PCI Express™  graphics card.

Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Processor for Sale @ Newegg

Subject: Processors | January 27, 2007 - 03:08 PM |
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This tip just made it into my mail box...  Newegg is selling an OEM Athlon X2 6000+ processor that runs at 3.0 GHz, the same speed as the top Athlon FX processors using the 1207-pin Socket F.  It is still a 90nm processor, but should be damn fast.

Hurry, you're missing it all!

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2007 - 05:34 PM |
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We offer advice on a new diagnostic skill this week on PC Perspective ...

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LOTR online details released

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2007 - 03:32 PM |
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HEXUS has quite a bit of information On LOTR Online: Shadows of Angma.  There are some unique bonuses to getting in on a pre-order, or The Founder's Program as they refer to it. If you have any interest in Middle Earth, and love MMORPGs, head to the European or American pre-order sites before the release date of April 24th. 

Source: Hexus

First 720p and 1080i, now 1080p

Subject: Displays | January 26, 2007 - 01:45 PM |
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Arguments about whether a progressive 720 or an interleaved 1080 is the better HD standard are kind of moot with the appearance of 1080p, but the argument about whether investing a lot of money in an HD system right now are still going strong.  With this new display type, if you are really utilizing it, you have a resolution above 1920*1200 or higher, which translates to about 1MB per second if you are trying to stream it.  TweakTown looks at what this tech can do

Source: TweakTown

Putting the P5W DH Deluxe on a diet

Subject: Motherboards | January 26, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews a new 975X board from ASUS.  The P5B-E is much like the Deluxe version that is out already, especially when it comes to overclocking.  With 450MHz FSB within reach, this motherboard offers a lot for a small price.  Even without a second PCI-E 16x slot, there are a lot of extras on this board, so give it a look.  There were some oddities during the testing stage, keep an eye on this thread in their forums

Source: [H]ard|OCP

I'll bet you didn't expect that

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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Who could have imagined it?  The Inquirer has located a computer store that stays open until midnight, and not just on nights when a new MMORPG expansion is released!  Think of all those times you had to give up and go to bed because you destroyed a keyboard, and didn't have a back up.  If this catches on, you'll never have to worry about that happening again!

Oh, and it has an iMac running Vista Ultimate Edition too.

Source: The Inquirer

Announcing the CoolViva Pro

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 26, 2007 - 11:49 AM |
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CoolViva Pro's pure copper base and 3 heat pipes effectively draws heat from your GPU and direct them to the Aluminum Heat sink.

What to buy when you can't afford the 8800

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 25, 2007 - 05:26 PM |
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For under $300 you can get the EVGA e-GeForce 7950 GT KO, a card with power, albeit not as powerful as the 8800s or the X1950 XTX.  HotHardware has posted a review of this card, running by it's lonesome as well as in SLI, so head over and check it out.  There is one warning though, this is not a DX10 card, so those planning to upgrade to Vista may want to skip out on the card.

Source: HotHardware

Systemax tries again

Subject: Systems | January 25, 2007 - 03:04 PM |
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The first time [H]ard|OCP reviewed a Systemax system, the Hellcat, things didn't turn out so well.  Systemax contacted them, and even dropped by their forums to address concerns that members had, and ended up promising to improve.  Now, they have sent their TigerShark system to [H] for review.  As is their wont, this is a full review, from purchasing through to tech support, by way of benchmarking, so drop by and see what Systemax managed to change.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Aerocool is a lover of BIG fans

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 25, 2007 - 02:01 PM |
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The Aerocool Zero Flexi Tower has some serious cooling built into it.  A 250mm side panel fan is pretty much the biggest you will find on a non-modded case.  The front panel has room for 2 120mm fans and the back can fit either 1 120mm or a pair of 80mm.  There is a lot more that makes this case unique, so head to Pro-Clockers and take a look.

A Core 2 Duo that OCs like a Celeron

Subject: Processors | January 25, 2007 - 12:47 PM |
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The new E4300 is essentially an E6300 without Intel's Virtualization Technology, and a slightly slower clock speed ... 1.8 GHz versus 1.86.  However, with a reasonably efficient air cooler it can reach 3.47GHz, which is pretty reasonable for a $130 dollar processor.  The bad news right now is that the only places you will find it for sale have it priced about $10 less than the E6300, so it isn't worth buying ...

Source: Tech Spot

But how will you ever find it once you put it down?

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2007 - 12:32 PM |
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The storage density record was destroyed by a joint group from Caltech and UCLA.  While you are not likely to see this for sale anytime soon, that circuit seems to be well ahead of Moore's Law and proves we have a while to go before we hit any sort of limit to the complexity of circuits.

Source: Slashdot

AMD Announces Strategic Partnership with TCL Computer

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2007 - 12:08 PM |
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BEIJING - Jan. 25, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that TCL Computer Tech. Co.

Source: AMD

Age of the MicroPC

Subject: Mobile | January 24, 2007 - 06:21 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP takes a look at the MiniPC, something that didn't really exist until the past year.  PDAs have been common for a while, as well as browser enabled phones, but neither really had the functionality of a laptop.  With the MiniPC, or UMPC as it was first called, you have a much more useful device, and in a much smaller package than a laptop.  Read the editorial for an overview of what these little wonders can do, and if smarter phones, like the iPhone, will replace them before they can even

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Exclusive ASUS Motherboard Technologies Maximize Vista Enjoyment

Subject: Motherboards | January 24, 2007 - 03:35 PM |
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Fremont, CA, January 23rd, 2007 - ASUS, the world's motherboard leader, is now offering 4 motherboard models that are designed especially for the new operating system.

Source: ASUS

Absolutely fabulous, or total flop?

Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2007 - 02:17 PM |
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Slashdot links to a game currently in development, called The Crossing.  It is based around the idea of having the enemies controlled by other humans.  In the single player, story mode, you have missions to accomplish, and occasionally skirmishes to fight in.  In the mission mode, you will likely be on your own, but with a chance another human may take over one of the AI characters, a la 'Agent Smith'.  In the skirmish mode, those playing single player games take the roles of Elites, and the purely muli

Source: Slashdot

Well, that won't cause controversy

Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2007 - 01:01 PM |
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The Inquirer and Ars Technica have 2 different takes on the news out of Redmond today, that 1 in 5 Windows installs fail a WGA check.  To put it another way, 114 million systems of the 512 million that have installed WGA have failed, and you can add a significant amount of systems that people have never installed WGA on to that total.  Of the 114 million that failed, Microsoft has stated about 20% are not due to piracy, and although they do not say

Source: The Inquirer

Lunch @ Piero's @ CES 2007

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 24, 2007 - 12:39 PM |
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VIA Arena represented VIA at an Ultra Mobile PC focused event, called Lunch @ Piero's.  From the extremely portable  to designs made to fit in your car, the UMPC has come a long way in the past year.  There are quite a few shots of the products, which help you get an idea of what the UMPCs released this year will look like.

Source: VIA Arena