Seriously compact HTPC

Subject: Systems | May 3, 2007 - 01:34 PM |
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The Ion DEC-180 is a marvel of compactness, hiding a 1.66 GHz Intel C2D, a 100GB SATA HDD, 1GB DDR2 memory and integrated video, network and 5.1 sound in a 8"x 9"x 2" case. PC Mechanic found it incredibly easy to setup and use to record TV.  They though the picture quality was good, but not as good as some that they have seen, and hope for a HDD expansion for they could only manage about 50hrs of TV at a reasonable resolution.

Source: PC Mechanic

A peek under the hood - Intel's V8

Subject: Processors | May 3, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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HotHardware caught a glimpse of Intel's 8 core processor, the motherboard that it will sit on, and a few benchmarks as well.  Luckily they brought a camera so they can share.  Except for memory bandwidth, this new multicore CPU cleans up with Sandra benchmarks.  It obciously has a lot of power behind it, it can do a Cinebench rendering pass in 2/3's of the time it takes a C2E QX6800.

Source: HotHardware

Dropping hints about IE8

Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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The buzz at Mix'07 is focused on Silverlight, that Microsoft hopes will replace Flash; but there have also been some hints dropped about IE8.  As you might have suspected RSS, CSS, and AJAX support are all high on the list of features.  As well, there will be no interim versions of IE7 ... apart from security patches, the next big jump will be straight to IE8.  Ars Technica has more.

Source: Ars Technica

AMD Delivers the Ultimate Mobile Platform with New 65nm AMD TurionT 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technolog

Subject: Processors | May 3, 2007 - 11:13 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - May 2, 2007 - NVIDIA and Broadcom joined AMD (NYSE: AMD) to showcase the 3D graphics, wireless, battery life, and compute performance advantages of next-generation AMD mobile platforms at an event held in San Francisco today. Based on superior technologies from the AMD Better by Design program -- including next-generation 65nm AMD Turion 64 X2 dual-core mobile technology, chipsets from AMD and NVIDIA, and leading wireless networking solutions from Broadcom -- these mobile platforms deliver a superior Windows(tm) Vista experience for end-users.

Source: AMD

Interview with Admin The Wise One

Subject: Editorial | May 2, 2007 - 06:45 PM |
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Well, it's another Sunday. I've been sick for a week and I'm gettin tired of this crud. I here it's "going round" from many folks I know, but I just wish it were going round somewhere else is all. I can't remember ever missing 2 days of work without being hospitalized and I've had the same job for 27 years.

Fight fire with fire

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 2, 2007 - 05:45 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has a brand new overclocked E6300 for it's test-bed, and the first cooler that gets to try and tame it is Thermalright's Inferno FX-14.  It's shape is a little bizarre, but it does allow you to install 2 120mm fans if you so desire.  The size could lead to some problems though, at 6.3'(160mm) tall x 5.75'(146mm) wide x 4.8'(122mm) deep and 790 grams it is huge.  It also performs well, keeping that C2D at room temperature when idle and the load temps within 15°.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Roller coaster inspired cooling

Subject: Motherboards | May 2, 2007 - 02:36 PM |
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The Hardware Zone has a set of pictures detailing several of the upcoming Bearlake based motherboards from MSI.  On the high P35 Platinum D3 can handle DDR3 and the P35 Platinum will work with DDR2, for those who don't want to move on yet.  They are also releasing a pair of motherboards with less features than the Platinum series, called the Neo.  The first is just called the P35 Neo, and is built to handle DDR2 and it's very similar cousin, the P35 Neo Combo will have a hybrid memory controller able t

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES THE BFG NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GTS OVERCLOCKED 640MB WATER COOLED EDITION

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 2, 2007 - 01:09 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (May 2, 2007) — BFG Technologies®, Inc., a 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 GTS OC™ 640MB Water Cooled Edition PCI Express® graphics card.

The Ultras are here and they want your wallet

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 2, 2007 - 12:13 PM |
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The 8800 series owns both the performance crown and the record for most expensive consumer graphics card.  If you like to game above 1600*1200 then this card is what you want, but if your monitor can't handle that resolution you won't be able to take full advantage of the card.  [H]ard|OCP put the new Ultra version of this card to the test, and ran out of resolutions and features to turn up ... everything was maxed and the card was still going strong.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Gone to Gondor

Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2007 - 12:03 PM |
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HEXUS has just published a review of LOTR Online: Shadows of Angmar.  If you can spare the time from WoW, you can start a new online career as a hobbit, elf, dwarf or man.  With Tolkien's entire world replicated, there are a lot of sites you can enjoy checking out and plenty of orcs to slay and quests to complete.  It would also be a great way to first experience an MMORPG, as the reviewer has been playing for quite a long time and still hasn't died once.

Source: Hexus

DDR3 is on it's way

Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2007 - 11:48 AM |
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With Bearlake's release date bumped up from May 27th to May 9th, DDR3 is about to become a hot topic.  Of course, DDR2 has had quite a lot of benefit from being on the market, with very tight timings now becoming common, and that may make DDR3 systems slow in comparison.  The Inquirer shares a bit more here.

Source: The Inquirer

EVGA e-GeForce 8800 Ultra Step-Up

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 2, 2007 - 11:21 AM |
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Welcome to the EVGA exclusive Step-Up program
. We have just opened a limited special offer to allow customers
with any NVIDIA 8800 Series product to Step-Up to the new e-GeForce 8800 Ultra. A total of 20 pieces for North
America and 20 pieces for Europe have been set aside for this offer. Now is your chance to switch your
video card from another brand to EVGA, Step-Up to the highest level video performance, and qualify for the best
customer service in the industry.

Source: Email

VELOCITY MICRO ACQUIRES GAMING BOUTIQUE OVERDRIVE PC

Subject: Systems | May 1, 2007 - 06:19 PM |
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Richmond, VA — May 1, 2007 — Velocity Micro, the largest independent U.S. builder of custom, high performance computers and workstations, announced today that it has acquired Overdrive PC, a U.S. based boutique manufacturer of highly overclocked gaming and multimedia computer systems. Following the acquisition, Velocity Micro and Overdrive PC will maintain individual brand identities to collaboratively provide high quality, performance systems for a broad range of professional, enthusiast, and PC gaming customers.

Source: Email

Soft mod your iPod

Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2007 - 05:51 PM |
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Overclocker's Club has posted a review of some add-on software for iTunes from Avanquest called TransferMy Music.  Designed to fit right into iTunes, it offers a user friendly way to music from iTunes to your iPod and back again.  It also lets you make text notes and other interesting customizations to your iPod.  The warning messages might scare you a little, but there were no problems durin

Bringing back the dead part 2

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 1, 2007 - 02:27 PM |
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In part one of Tech ARPs guide to fixing dead graphics cards, they covered larger capacitors and inductorsToday they have released part 2 of their guide, dealing with Surface Mounted Devices, in this case capacitors, which is a much more delicate job.  Even so, a pair of tweezers and a steady hand can repair the damage and get the card working again.

Source: Tech ARP

Alienware's new Vista box

Subject: Systems | May 1, 2007 - 01:29 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews the Alienware Aurora 7500-R4, an AMD based machine running Vista.  With an A64 FX 5200+, 1GB of 800MHz DDR2 and a 7950GT it does meet the specs for running Vista, but can Alienware manage to make Vista rock solid?  Keep reading to see the final verdict in full detail, from the purchase straight through to their Tech Support, with a little gaming in between.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Tips to keep it going and going and going ...

Subject: Mobile | May 1, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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Big Bruin has some tips on how to extend your laptop batteries life.  They cover tips that will keep the battery going longer on a charge, as well as delaying the inevitable slow death of your battery.  From tips you would expect like hibernation mode, to making sure you don't expose the battery to temperatures beyond it's comfort zone.  Read on, if you don't feel like buying replacement batteries anytime soon.

Source: Big Bruin

Silverlight - the new web hotness or just a flash in the pan?

Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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Ars Technica shares what they know about Silverlight, Microsoft's new Flash killer.  Based around XML, and now integrated with .NET commands it features a new 'Dynamic Language Runtime' layer, designed to allow more programming interfaces, like Python.  With no Linux support, and Microsoft's habit of not following existing web standards, read on to to see if they have a chance at unseating Flash as a web app.

"Yesterday, Microsoft revealed the latest alpha rele

Source: Ars Technica

Solid storage for laptops

Subject: Storage | April 30, 2007 - 05:33 PM |
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TweakTown managed to get their hands on a pre-production solid state drive from Team.  At 16GB and a 2.5" profile, this is designed to be a rugged hard drive for a laptop.  With no moving parts, the noise and heat that most HDD create are completely absent.  Unfortunately, the large speed benefits that SSDs were hoped to have is also absent, but don't sneer at a cool, quiet and nearly indestructible (under normal usage) HDD.

Source: TweakTown

Whisper quiet speed demon

Subject: Memory | April 30, 2007 - 02:51 PM |
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OCZ's 2GB PC2-9200 Reaper HPC kit is designed for speed and quiet at the same time.  The DIMMs are totally covered in a black heatspreader that has a heat pipe running along the top, and extends to another heatspreader located above the DIMM, attached only by the heatpipe.  It is timed @ 5-5-5-18 out of the box, and is capable of 642MHz at those timings.

Source: TECHGAGE