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Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2007 - 05:17 PM |
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Back when we were young, it was a huge battle to get a PC in the house, and there was essentially no chance at getting a hand me down.  Times have changed, and the kids of PC enthusiasts are guaranteed to get their own PC after a few upgrades to their parents main rigs.  If you've got kids, how old were they when you built them their first rigs?  Over in the security forum, you can read up on the problems with securing WiFi, and just what kind of attacks ex

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WD finally expands their storage lineup

Subject: Storage | August 3, 2007 - 04:42 PM |
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Fans of Western Digital finally have a model that can be used for serious storage, the WD7500AAKS 750GB SATA HDDAs shown in HotHardware's review, their first foray into perpendicular storage is a huge success.  They've combined that new technology with their Caviar series to provide a drive that leaves their competitors in the dust.

Source: HotHardware

Sony's snazzy new notebooks

Subject: Mobile | August 3, 2007 - 04:32 PM |
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The VAIO lineup has been updated with 2 new models, the CZ and TZ, and Hardware Zone was there to get some pictures and specs.  The CZ is full sized, with a 14.1" screen and an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.80GHz on a PM965 Express based motherboard.  It comes with some nice features, including a built in 1.3 megapixal camera in a 2.5kg package.  The smaller TZ is only 1.5kg, but it still manages a 11.1" screen as well as Centrino C2D support on a Source: Hardware Zone

PC Power & Cooling sees red

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 3, 2007 - 04:17 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has put the PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W Quad Crossfire Edition into their PSU torture chamber, and puts this red box under pressure. From the over-sized heatsinks inside the casing, to the wiring guards and the sheer reliability of the unit under load, they felt this PSU lived up to the reputation people have come to expect from PC P&C.  They were left scratching their heads over the Silencer moniker though.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

When Vista just won't listen

Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2007 - 04:04 PM |
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If COM surrogate or DLLHost gives you grief when you are trying to play music or video files on Vista, then give this article at OCModShop a good read.  They cover everything from how to get the codecs you are missing that cause the error, to how to improve Media Center's overall stability.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Half way to a watercooled system

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 2, 2007 - 05:33 PM |
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The Puget liquid cooled Antec P180B is a handy case for someone just getting into watercooling or those who are old hands at it.  The already watercooling friendly case has been modified for watercooling and comes with a pair of radiators, 2 120mm fans, pump, and a reservoir.  Those just trying out watercooling will appreciate the work that has already been done for them and those familiar with the method will like the amount of heat the system can disperse.  The full review is up at Think Computers.

Mr. Fixit and the GPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 2, 2007 - 02:49 PM |
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TechARP continues their series of VGA card repair, this time focusing on the Surface Mounted Capacitors
Whoever owns the graphics card they are using for the how to pictures really did a job on it!  Head on over for the first step in your initiation into solder suckers anonymous.

Source: Tech ARP

Putting form too far before function

Subject: Displays | August 2, 2007 - 01:45 PM |
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The HP w2207 is a 22" monitor with a native 1680x1050 resolution and HDCP compatible DVI connections as well as VGA.  AnandTech found that the extra money this monitor costs has been put into the construction of the frame and stand, which are well constructed, and offer a better range of angles than most cheaper 22" LCDs.  Unfortunately, the review went downhill from there.

Source: AnandTech

AMD's new chipset strikes again

Subject: Motherboards | August 2, 2007 - 12:07 PM |
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The AMD 690G chipset is undergoing a revision, specifically it's the BIOS that is being tweaked.  The onboard graphics will have proper support for HD quality video and significant improvements to the overclocking potential.  The Tech Report has some pictures of a new Gigabyte board, and a bit more details on what to expect from this chipset's second wave.

Zero recall

Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2007 - 11:51 AM |
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After news broke yesterday about defective HD2400 & 2600 making it into the resellers channel, AMD has stated that there is no need for a recall.  The defective cards have not been sold to anyone, simply shipped to retailers according to the story they released to DigiTimes.  Unfortunately we are still in the dark as to whether the review models released to PC Perspective and other review sites suffered from this defect.

Source: Digitimes

Tell VIA what you think!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 2, 2007 - 11:42 AM |
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On VIA Arena they have posted a link to the VIA VP of Marketing's blog and email.  If you want a chance to give VIA an idea what you think of them, or even just see what is up on his blog, drop by this thread in their forums for a link, and a chance to see what other people are saying.

Source: VIA Arena

New Economic Study Finds Intel Extracted Monopoly Profits of $60 Billion Since 1996

Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2007 - 11:30 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - August 2, 2007 - A new economic study issued today by Dr. Michael A. Williams, Director, ERS Group, found that Intel has extracted monopoly profits from microprocessor sales of more than $60 billion in the period 1996-2006. Dr. Williams' analysis explains why pro-competitive justifications for Intel's monopoly profits are implausible.

Source: AMD

Corsair Introduces Eco-Friendly Power Supply Family

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 1, 2007 - 03:51 PM |
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FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 1 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer memory and peripheral components, today unveiled the environmentally friendly Corsair VX Series of power supplies. Designed and engineered for mainstream computer users, both the VX450W and VX550W supplies support the Energy Star 2007 Standard and feature the industry's most efficient power-management and ultra-quiet design available.

Logitech Announces the G15 Keyboard and G9 Mouse

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2007 - 03:46 PM |
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FREMONT, Calif. - Aug. 1, 2007 - Logitech (SWX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) today introduced the newest addition to its award-winning line of G-series peripherals for PC gaming.

Source: Logitech

Compact storage

Subject: Storage | August 1, 2007 - 02:40 PM |
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HEXUS just posted a video from Computex 2007 with 2 of the most compact flash drives around.  The first is no bigger that the USB plug, and offers up to 4 GB of storage, although we only get to see the 1 GB version, and a second that is the size of a business card, though about twice as thick.  That business card USB drive comes in a 64GB model, and you can customize the outside!

Source: Hexus

Dolly, the motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | August 1, 2007 - 01:41 PM |
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ASUS is the next manufacturer to offer a pair of P35 motherboards, the Blitz Extreme which supports DDR3 and the Blitz Formula which is a DDR2 board.  These boards are essentially twins, in Techgage's review, they have a picture of the boards side by side, and there are no visual clues as to which board is which.  Check out the surprises these clones have!

Source: TECHGAGE

Tasty eye candy, or just molasses?

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2007 - 12:56 PM |
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Crysis has been beaten to the punch for the first retail DX10 game by Lost Planet: Extreme Conditions.  Now that the final (barring patches) version is available, [H]ard|OCP tries out some of the latest graphics hardware to see if DX10 makes it worth switching to Vista for gaming.  We already know that performance takes a hit under DX10, but the quality should increase.  Take a look at their comparison shots, and see what you think.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The curse of the HD 2x00 series

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2007 - 12:31 PM |
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AMD is having incredible luck with their HD2x00 series, all of it bad.  From the lackluster performance of the top end, to the confusion about UVD, and now it turns out that some of the 2400 and 2600s that hit the market are defective, due to an error in the BIOS.  Read more about this latest chapter in the sad story of AMD's new graphics series at DigiTimes.

Source: Digitimes

Occlusion and obstruction obfuscation

Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2007 - 04:35 PM |
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The Tech Report has been try to get a hold of Realtek to discuss some missing EAX features for quite a while now.  The original inquiry was back in November, and they revisited it in May with the 1.66 driver.  There was no change in the driver's EAX implementation in that version either.  Today they try the 1.71 driver, so you can find out if Realtek has addressed their concerns.

Breaking the 4GB barrier

Subject: Memory | July 31, 2007 - 03:10 PM |
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OCZ's DDR2 PC2-6400 Vista Performance Platinum 4GB Dual Channel is not limited to Vista, but it is limited to 64-bit systems.  They are sporting OCZ's Xtreme Thermal Convection heatspreaders and the timings are relatively tight at  5-4-4-12 making these DIMMs easily overclockable.   Rea

Source: HotHardware