One G33 Express mobo, hold the IDE

Subject: Motherboards | July 17, 2007 - 02:24 PM |
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The ECS G33T-M2 has an onboard Intel GMA 3100 graphics chipset, a Gigabit NIC and 7.1 HD Azalia, as well as 1 PCI Express x16, a PCI Express x1 slot a pair of PCI slots and 4 SATA slots.  What it doesn't have is any IDE channels.  It also supports 1333MHz FSB and DDR2.  Read on to find out what PC Stats thought of this all inclusive entry level motherboard.

Source: PCStats

Emaciated heatsink

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 17, 2007 - 01:08 PM |
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The marketplace today is flooded with heatsinks that weigh about 2 pounds, and are 120mm or more in at least one dimension so they can fit the largest common fan size.  This can make it hard for HTPC builders, or anyone who is looking at upgrading a rack-mount case.  FrostyTech has found a heatsink from Akasa, the AK-975Cu which is designed to fit in a 2U case.  It is 77x56x89mm and weighs in at 350g, with a pair of heatpipes and isn't going to be much competition for the Thermalright Ultra 120, or other high

Source: Frosty Tech

New iPhone blues

Subject: Mobile | July 17, 2007 - 12:16 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has posted some info on a lovely little trojan designed to redirect you to a fraudulent site when you try going to an official iPhone website to make a purchase.  Victims will end up giving their credit card. banking information and so on to these botnet farmers, with predictable consequences. Be careful.

"Researchers at PandaLabs have issued a warning to iPhone users about the new Aifone.A bot Trojan that is making the

rounds.

Looking to buy an iPhone?

Source: [H]ard|OCP

One password to rule them all

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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Techware Labs has found a handy little program called the RoboForm, which is also available in mobile form, as a USB drive.  It keeps all your passwords, as well as being able to generate ones for you.  The ones generated are fairly strong, and the RoboForm remembers them for you as opposed to you having to remember random letters and numbers.  If you are having trouble keeping passwords straight you can g

WD Announces 750 GB Enterprise-Class SATA Hard Drives

Subject: Storage | July 17, 2007 - 11:16 AM |
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LAKE FOREST, Calif. - July 17, 2007 - Addressing the needs for the growing
enterprise market for high-capacity, highly-reliable storage, Western
Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced it will be shipping its WD RE2
(RAID Edition) 750 GB hard drive this month.

Mid range nVIDIA versus AMD, dollar for dollar

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 16, 2007 - 05:40 PM |
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The contestants are ATI's Radeon HD 2600 XT 256 MB GDDR4 and XFX's GeForce 8600 GT XXX 256 MB GDDR3 card.  The ATI version of that card is exceedingly rare, only the Sapphire cards are up for sale on Newegg and Pricegrabber, although the specs do remain the same.  [H]ard|OCP did a fair amount of research to find two cards that are priced exactly the same (barring mail in rebate that makes the nVIDIA card cheaper), so the apples-to-apples comparison is dead on.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel Carrier Grade Platforms Certified for Sun Solaris

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2007 - 02:49 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 16, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced availability for Sun Microsystems' Solaris Operating System on Intel-based telecommunications rack and blade servers just months after a broad agreement between the two companies.

Intel Core 2 Extreme Mobile Processor, Extreme Gaming Goes Mobile

Subject: Mobile | July 16, 2007 - 01:11 PM |
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Outrageous mobile performance,
radical mobile enjoyment
.

Designed for gamers and power-users, the
Intel Core 2 Extreme mobile processor is the
worlds highest performing mobile processor.
For those who want the most intense, high
performance mobile computing experience
available, Intel Core 2 Extreme mobile processors
deliver revolutionary mobile dual-core performance, 4 MB of shared L2 Advanced Smart
Cache, and an 800 MHz Front Side Bus (FSB).

Intel's new king of the hill

Subject: Processors | July 16, 2007 - 01:02 PM |
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The Core 2 Extreme Quad core QX6850 makes it's debut today, and you can get a good impression as to what this ~$1000 processor can do at HotHardware.  We know the technical specs, 133MHz FSB, 3GHz on 65nm construction, 130W TDP, and a pair of 4MB L2 caches.  What you won't know until you read the review is how much better it is than the pair of 6800 Extremes already on the market.

Source: HotHardware

Form and function compete for your attention

Subject: Storage | July 16, 2007 - 12:26 PM |
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The Galaxy Metal Gear Box 3500SASP is a no frills, dirt cheap external SATA/USB 2.0 enclosure.  The drawbacks to that are obvious, materials and a manual that don't measure up to their more expensive competition, and the lack of eSATA are the prominent ones.  On the other hand, the performance is every bit as good as the more expensive docks, and the extra cash you save can be translated directly into a bigger HDD.  AnandTech can tell you a

Source: AnandTech

A very unpopular anniversary

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2007 - 11:45 AM |
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Back in 1982, a prank was pulled which has been identified as the initial computer virus infection.  Oer the past 25 years, they have gone from easily fixed hacks designed to mildly annoy the user into mutating bugs that do far more than just create mild frustration.  You can read about the virus, as well as the 15 year old that wrote it on Slashdot.  Virus writing is definitely for the young.

Source: Slashdot

Intel has announced some new shinys!

Subject: Processors | July 16, 2007 - 12:13 AM |
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The QX6850, a quad extreme 1333MHz FSB , as well as new C2Ds with 1333 FSB, and a even a new Core 2 Quad have all just been announced.  Sticking with the new philosophy CPU manufacturers have, these new parts will not have a significant increasing in TDP.

Additionally, the first mobile extreme processor, the Core 2 Extreme X7800 is making an appearance.  It's a fully unlocked Merom, allowing OCers to try their hands at pushing it to the limits.

Calling all Frogs!!!

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2007 - 03:37 PM |
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Now that summer is here, some of our members may opt to trade their nice CRT/LCD generated pallor for a beach suntan.  Please remember that while you may like a nice refreshing dip, your laptop doesn't.  They do benefit from better virus protection than their users, and even have a choice of which one to use.

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Dual-Link DVI KVM switch

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2007 - 02:31 PM |
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The Tech Report has been searching for a KVM switch that supports Dual-link DVI, and they have found one.  The USB controlled Belkin Flip DVI-D offers just that.  You had better read the full review though, many USB KVMs have issues, and adding Dula-link DVI creates more opportunities for issues.

"I was excited to learn recently about a new product from Belkin, the Flip-DVI-D.

Make mine a Gigabyte

Subject: Motherboards | July 13, 2007 - 01:19 PM |
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Gigabyte's GA-N680SLI-DQ6 has everything you would expect from a 680i motherboard.  Support for 1333MHz FSB, SLI and solid capacitors, along with a bright colour scheme and copper heatpipes for the chipset.  The testing Hot Hardware put it through proves that this motherboard can compete with any of the other enthusiast class motherboard on the market, both in speed and features.

Source: HotHardware

The new PSP goes on a diet ... and steroids

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2007 - 12:07 PM |
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The only thing HEXUS didn't get was picture of the new PSP.  They do have a complete listing of the components in it, the interfaces available as well as it's weight.   The biggest thing is the 4.3" monitor that has a 16:9 ratio.  Read what Sony has in store for mobile gaming.

Source: Hexus

A more PC PC

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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The Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool will become as ubiquitous as the Energy Star symbol.  It is a US program to indicate that a PC has been constructed with the environment in mind.  From reduced levels of heavy metals, to eco-friendly packaging, there is a list of 11 different requirements that must be met to be certified EPEAT.  Find out more on this new(ish) tool at ECO PC Review.

Cooler Master quality carries over

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 12, 2007 - 06:16 PM |
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Cooler Master Real Power Pro 750w offers 4 separate 12V rails, with a combined 54A and 648W output, which should keep your PCI Express cards quite happy.  When subjected to [H]ard|OCP's torture test, there was barely a ripple, with or without the Bead Cores.  Read about those and more in the full review.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Kingston Technology FIRST with Ultra Low Latency DDR3 KHX11000

Subject: Memory | July 12, 2007 - 04:04 PM |
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Fountain Valley, CA (July 12, 2007) Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the
independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is first to
market with ultra low-latency PC3 1375MHz DDR3 HyperX memory modules,
driving memory benchmarking and gaming further and faster than ever before.
"Our new HyperX DDR3 ultra low latency modules give early adopters and
performance enthusiasts the opportunity to push their DDR3 motherboards as
far as current memory technology will allow," said Mark Tekunoff, senior
technology manager, Kingston.

Interview with member undersea

Subject: Editorial | July 12, 2007 - 03:25 PM |
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I have the extreme pleasure in posting an interview with a member who has consistently been a bright helpful addition..undersea..or as you will come to know him, Brian. US has long been active in Chaintech and later Gigabyte where I got to know and appreciate him. I'm sure you have bumped into him elsewhere as well. Nuf ratchet jawin, here's the real deal:

Hi there. Let me take a minute to introduce myself. I'm Uncle Bob, a Mod here at PC Perspective.