A proper copper ... motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | June 19, 2007 - 01:43 PM |
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It seems easy to spot a P35 based motherboard from afar, just look for the board with the copper roller coaster on it.  In the case of the ASUS P5K3 Deluxe, look for the heatpipes that embrace the LGA775 socket, which are low profile enough not to interfere with any of the monstrous heatsinks needed to cool the C2Quads or C2DExtreme chips.  Join [H]ard|OCP as they put this motherboard thr

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Alienware Offers Exclusive Dekstop Chassis in Limited-Time Barebones Kit

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 19, 2007 - 12:09 PM |
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MIAMI - June 19, 2007 - Alienware - the leading manufacturer of
high-performance desktop, notebook and professional systems - is now giving
PC enthusiasts a limited-time opportunity to purchase an Alienware barebones
kit featuring the company's highly popular P2 desktop chassis.

Source: Alienware

Heatpipes and high voltage

Subject: Memory | June 19, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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The Reaper line of heatpipe cooled memory from OCZ continues to expand, and HotHardware grabbed the 2 from the middle of the pack.  The Reaper HPC PC2-8500 is rated for 1066MHz, @ 5-5-5-15, and theSource: HotHardware

So, ya wanna be in IT?

Subject: General Tech | June 19, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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More than that though, you want to work at a place you like.  To that end, Slashdot has linked to an annual survey done by Computerworld on the best I.T. departments in the USA to work at.  Check it out to see if there's one would apply at.  Be forewarned though, the workers that completed this survey may have done so under the vengeful eye of a representative from the H.R. department.

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High density caviar

Subject: Storage | June 18, 2007 - 05:37 PM |
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With half again the storage of it's predecessor, the 750GB Caviar SE16 has switched to perpendicular storage which also increases the speed of it's internal transfer rates while leaving the SATA interface unchanged at 300MB/s.  This increase places it in a league that used to be the exclusive domain of the 10,000 RPM Raptors, which have less than 1/2 the storage capacity.  The Tech Report has more, give th

AMD's new attack cat

Subject: Mobile | June 18, 2007 - 02:47 PM |
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The news on the mobile front from AMD is their Puma platform, based around their upcoming socket AM3 Griffin CPU , the RS780 northbridge, and the SB700 southbridge.  It will still utilize DDR2 on a HyperTransport 3.0 bus, offering 2.6GHz 16-bit scalable link.   Sticking with their main game plan in 2007, we will see significantly reduced power consumption, including the ability to separate the voltages supplied to each core in the CPU.  Read the full art

Source: Ars Technica

The new mid-level performance battleground

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 18, 2007 - 01:09 PM |
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At [H]ard|OCP, they compare the new HD 2900XT to the 320MB version of the 8800GTS and use it to exemplify the disappointment many people felt with the release of the new card from AMD.  Although both cards performance falls mostly within the same speed, a certain card does pull ahead noticeably in some of the benchmarked games.  Unfortunately, it is not the $400ish AMD card that pulls ahead, but rather the $250ish nVIDIA card.

"See how the 320 MB version of the GeForce 8800 GTS compar

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Computex Catchup

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 18, 2007 - 11:26 AM |
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Computex '07 may have closed it's doors, but there is plenty more to be seen.  Even Ryan is holding out on some additional pictures he took while he was there.  In the meantime, drop by HotHardware for a look at their newest pics, including MSI's Luxium, which will bring external PCIe 16x to laptops.  They also spotted a few new audio products from ASUS before getting sucked into VIAs UMPCs.

Source: HotHardware

Better for your neck than your image

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2007 - 11:20 AM |
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Video iPods and similar devices have made long trips a little more bearable, allowing you your own entertainment choices and freedom from depending on scenery or inflight movies.  At the same time, how many of us are vigorously rubbing the back of our necks trying to get the kinks out after having it bent for hours at a time?  Ars Technica reviews a pair of wearable video displays that sit over your eyes to display videos, so you don't have to crane your neck.  No guarantees that they make you look stylish.

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Friday forum follys

Subject: Editorial | June 15, 2007 - 06:17 PM |
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There is a lot of choice when it comes to web browsers nowadays, and not simply a decision between IE and Firefox.  If you are looking for something different, you can get Opera on the PC now, or at least a beta version of it.  If you do try it, drop by the General Forum and let people know what you thought.  As well, our inflatable moderator noticed that the free version AdAware 2007 has appeared, so thank him, and let us know how it works.

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AGEIA's PhysX Brings New Physical Realism to Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2007 - 03:55 PM |
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - June 15, 2007 - AGEIATechnologies, Inc. the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for PC and console games, today announced that AGEIA PhysX will be helping to provide a new level of realism in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (GRAW 2) from Ubisoft. Leading-edge video game developer GRIN has leveraged PhysX to extend the visually rich and complex GRAW 2 to an entirely new level of game realism and interactivity, with dynamic gameplay physics, impactful environmental effects and persistent destruction and debris throughout.

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Scaled Mousepads

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2007 - 02:39 PM |
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BestFeel has a line of mousepads, whose names sound a bit like some sort of musical scale, the VisRa PS, VisLa PS, and VisFa.  The La and Ra signify handedness, as these pads are shaped to make them more comfortable for your forearm, where as the Fa is a very large square.  The VisLa and Ra also come in two flavours, a PS which is very smooth and reflective as well as the MS which has a matte surface and a rougher texture.  ThinkComputers has tried them all out, so take a look.

Serious power for content creation

Subject: Systems | June 15, 2007 - 01:32 PM |
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While Intel's V8 system is not going to be used for much in the way of gaming, those who spend there time at the PC creating various multimedia content will probably pony up the money required to purchase one.  HotHardware puts the system to the test, focusing on programs that benefit from the V8's multi-threading capabilities, which is where this system really shines.

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The mothership has landed

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 15, 2007 - 12:10 PM |
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The Rosewill RCX-Z2 Heatsink has a very odd overall shape with fasteners that look a bit like landing gear as well as a glowing blue fan.  If it is run on a motherboard without PWM, the full 59dBA adds to the overall impression of some sort of alien craft landing.  Frosty Tech gave it a try on their test bench, and you can find out how well it did here.

Source: Frosty Tech

The name game

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2007 - 11:41 AM |
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As you have heard Ryan mention on this weeks podcast, AMD is changing their processor naming scheme again.  Now everyone is going to want a GP-7900, which would be a 65W+ Phenom quad-core, with a clock speed higher than the GP-7800, not that you can tell how much faster by the name.  Time to start making decoder rings!  DigiTimes has a bit more info here.

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A new home for HTPCs

Subject: Systems | June 14, 2007 - 06:02 PM |
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Big Bruin reviews the lengthily named nMEDIAPC HTPC 500SA ATX Media Center PC Case.  They found that it's ample ventilation keeps the temperatures very reasonable with essentially silent operation.  The VFD on the front adds a nice touch, even if it does need drivers, and the awkwardness of PSU and HDD cage installation is to expected in an attractive HTPC case.  Read on to see what else this case has to offer.

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More competition for Creative

Subject: General Tech | June 14, 2007 - 03:01 PM |
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Turtle Beach has been around for a while, but has had difficulty making progress against Creative's domination of that market.   Their newest, the Turtle Beach Montego DDL is a fairly inexpensive 7.1 Dolby Digital Live card with a sound that satisfied OCC's ears.  Their only complaint was that they couldn't turn it up to 11.

Eliminate RAM Bottlenecks with 1T Enabled RAM Support

Subject: Chipsets | June 14, 2007 - 02:30 PM |
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With industry-leading technologies, ASUS utilizes Super Memspeed Technology with the P35 chipset to surpass standard DDR3 1066/DDR2 800 speeds and is able to natively support DDR3 1333 and DDR2 1066 speeds. With great investment in R&D and innovative technologies, ASUS has enhanced the BIOS for the P5K series of motherboards to improve memory performances by enabling 1T command rates.

Source: ASUS

Diamond Multimedia Announces the First Radeon HD 2900 XT with 1 Gigabyte of memory

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 14, 2007 - 12:46 PM |
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CHATSWORTH, CA - June 14, 2007 - Diamond Multimedia, a leading provider of multimedia products, announces the release of the unique all new Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB (Gigabyte). With a unique combination of raw GPU power derived from the XBOX 360 Xenos GPU and 1GB of GDDR4 memory, the Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB sets the performance benchmark for its class.

Diamond Multimedia's new flagship graphics card is the foundation of a whole new generation of AMD/ATI Radeon Graphics.

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